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Saturday, 27 January


Leaked doc: New Mexico Oil and Gas Association fears homegrown environmental movements in New Mexico CENSORED NEWS

New Mexico Oil and Gas Association clearly fears the homegrown resistance in New Mexico. Photo credit: . The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association clearly fears the homegrown environmental justice movements in New Mexico Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News A leaked transcript from the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association reveals that it fears the


Council of Europe tells PA to stop supporting prisoners families Aletho News

MEMO | January 26, 2018 The Council of Europe has called upon the Palestinian Authority to halt the payments it distributes to the families of Palestinian prisoners and those who have been killed by Israeli forces, the Jerusalem Post has reported. The Israeli narrative swayed the council during its parliamentary session, prompting it to make []


Chris Hedges: Resist Internet Censorship stan van houcke

Chris Hedges, Socialist David North Discuss Internet Freedom

by ERIC ORTIZ JAN 16, 2018


Colorado: Convert to Islam, ISIS supporter, gets life in prison for murder of transit security guard Jihad Watch

Yet another convert to Islam somehow gets the crazy idea that his new religion, which every right-thinking person knows teaches peace and tolerance, commands him to commit murder. Authorities, as always, have no interest whatsoever in this phenomenon. I do hope, however, that the learned imams Pope Francis and H.R. McMaster are preparing to travel []


Mainstream Media Is Now an Extension of Imperial Power stan van houcke


Mainstream Media Is Now an Extension of Imperial Power



Demonising Russia and RT - the dark effects of liberal authoritarianism stan van houcke


Demonising Russia and RT - the dark effects of liberal authoritarianism

The current political and media assault on Russia, fearmongering over Russian 'bots', and McCarthyite outing of  'Russia apologists' casts revealing light not only on the usual right-wing foghorns, but the more crucial role liberals play in upholding, reproducing and naturalising the dominant order.

Such is the rising liberal antagonism against Russia that leftist writer Glenn Greenwald has had to dismiss countless facile tweets casting him as a Kremlin stooge, while pointing out that Western liberal charges against Russia are now so hysterical and distorted that it's left even liberals in Russia itself perplexed and isolated.



Western Propaganda and Fake News stan van houcke


The common world of 'defence' chiefs, 'defence' journalists and 'defence' politicians 

General Sir Nick Carter, the British Army's Chief of General Staff, has been on the propaganda circuit, talking-up the 'Russian threat', promoting the UK's latest imperialist ambitions, and, of course, lobbying for more public money.

Delivered from the lofty Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Carter's speech is the latest top-brass military display of rhetorical weaponry and stealth evasion of...


Israel, are you a real state? Mondoweiss

This week, three things related to Israel made my jaw drop:

1)     It turned out that centrist Israeli lawmaker (deputy minister and former Ambassador to the US) Michael Oren had not merely opined that the Tamimi family was not a real family, but that he had initiated a parliamentary committee investigation into this matter, already 2 years ago.

2)     Palestinian-Israeli lawmakers were expelled from Israels parliament plenum within 10 seconds of US Vice President Mike Pence beginning his speech, for lifting signs of protest.

3)     The publication by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman (in The New York Times), of how Israel in the 1980s was so bent on assassinating Yasser Arafat, that it was willing to bomb a crowded stadium in Beirut where he was to speak, willing to down commercial airliners if he was aboard, and willing to have Israeli journalists killed (including Uri Avnery) as collateral, if they could only provide a trail to him when meeting the Palestinian leader.

And thats just in one week. Where do you even start, right? Lets start with Michael Oren.


Michael Oren and the Tamimi family

Haaretz revealed that Oren had been heading an inquiry by a Knesset subcommittee two years ago, into whether the Tamimis were a real family. The inquiry didnt reach unequivocal conclusions, and was prompted by suspicions that the family from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh was not genuine, and was specially put together for propaganda purposes by the Palestinians, a statement issued by Orens office said. The incident with the Tamimi family is simply exploitation of children, the statement added.

The final assessment of the investigation was that it apparently is a family, but slowly, [other] children who fit the profile they sought were annexed to it, a spokeswoman for Oren told Haaretz. Nevertheless, she added, there was no unequivocal conclusion on the matter.

Oren told Haaretz that the subcommittee also investigated many other aspects of the Tamimi phenomenon. For instance, there was a boy who ostensibly belonged to the family but has rather disappeared. He would come to demonstrations one day with a cast on his right hand and the next day with a cast on his left or no cast.

He said the committee looked into whether members of the family were chosen for their appearance blond, blue-eyed and light-skinned. Also clothing. A real costume. American dress in every respect, not Palestinian, with ba...


UN Security Council to see missile parts and lunch with Trump Peace and Freedom

The Associated Press

January 26 at 1:11 PM

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council is heading to Washington on Monday for lunch with President Donald Trump and to see missile remnants the U.S. says are proof that Iran is arming rebels in Yemen.

The U.S. Mission announced Friday that Ambassador Nikki Haley has organized the trip, which will also include a visit to the Holocaust Museum with national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

In November, Haley took journalists to an emptied-out hangar at a military base near Washington to see fragments recovered from missiles launched from Yemen.

Haley said the U.S. intelligence community concluded unequivocally the missiles were supplied by Iran.

The Trump administration is seeking to rally the world at the U.N. and elsewhere to punish Iran for funneling weapons to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen, which Tehran steadfastly denies.


US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley points to previously classified missile segments she says prove Iran violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by providing the Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms, during a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia in Washington, DC, on December 14, 2017. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley points to previously classified missile segments she says prove Iran violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by providing the Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms, during a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia in Washington, DC, on December 14, 2017. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)



In Global Currency Game, China Is Losing to U.S. Peace and Freedom


Jan. 26, 2018 5:44 a.m. ET

Fresh from its battle to defend the yuan last year, Chinas central bank is looking at another: how to rein in its recent fast ascent.

Driven by an unexpectedly prolonged softening of the dollar, the Chinese currency has surged to around its strongest level against the greenback since its surprise devaluation in August 2015. The yuan is now on track for its best monthly performance since December 1982, rising 3% against the dollar so far in January.

The yuans move is roughly in line with the euros 3.9% gain and yens 3.4% rise against the dollar thus far in January. The Chinese currency strengthened 0.2% against the dollar Friday, with one dollar buying 6.3227 yuan in recent trade.

Strong YuanThe yuan is poised for its biggest monthlygain in years as the dollar drops broadly.How many Chinese yuan one dollar buysSource: Wind Info
.yuanDec. 17Jan. 186.306.356.406.456.506.556.606.65

The yuans resurgence is making the currency a policy headache for the Chinese government once again. If it keeps going up, government advisers and analysts say, it could encourage speculative fund flows from overseas and hurt exports amid already rising trade tensions between China and the western world, particularly the U.S.

This is not what the central bank would like to see, said Xiao Lisheng, a senior economist at government think tank the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, referring to the recent fast appreciation of the yuan, also known as renminbi.

The central bank wants the renminbi to move up and down according to market supply and demand, he added. Now its basically being held hostage by the...


Refugees arriving in Europe ask for wifi first, food and shelter second Jihad Watch

Wifi? Isnt that a comparative luxury? One might almost get the idea that these werent actually desperate refugees fleeing a war zone. But that thought would be Islamophobic to think, so strike it. Refugees ask for wifi first, food and shelter second, by Anthee Carassava, The Times, January 26 2018: Refugees arriving at European migrant []


Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fin, Calls for Irish Government to Recognize Palestine Fig Trees and Vineyards

Gerry Adams, president of the Irish Republican political party Sinn Fin, has called upon the Irish government in Dublin to recognize the state of Palestine. Gerry Adams, president of #SinnFein, calls on the #Ireland government to recognize the state of #Palestine #FreePalestine #EndTheOccupation . (@naim_basem) January 26, []


Germany: Muslim teen stabs non-Muslim in the neck for looking at his mother provocatively Jihad Watch

When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) According to the current state of investigations, the accused and his mother had an appointment with the schools community worker. According to the community worker, the 15-year-old has got a police record for violence, and was deemed aggressive and unfit for school, and had, for []


Organizing Tips Around the Olympic Truce World Beyond War . . .

Between Feb. 2 and March 25, 2018, the UN has asked for a global Olympic Truce. Both Koreas have agreed, and the United States has agreed to forego its war rehearsals in Korea during the Truce. But other wars rage on, and South Korea and the United States plan to resume their exercises as normal after the Truce. We need to take this opportunity to mobilize voices for upholding the Truce and then continuing it indefinitely. Here are activity ideas:

Sign this petition online or gather signatures for it offline.

Print out the PDF of signatures on that petition page and deliver them to governments.

Same with the Peoples Peace Treaty.

Olympics watch parties gather friends and family in your home or a community venue to celebrate the Olympics. The opening ceremonies, main skating and skiing competitions are probably the best nights but do it whenever it makes sense for your group. Add a dollop of Korean culture and cuisine, and call for peace and diplomacy. Invite your local news media (in the United States, make it NBC, the television network of the Olympics).

Teach-ins, webinars, and other types of educational events, supported by fact sheets, articles, videos and podcasts. Some history is in order, if you can get a local professor who specializes in Korea or Asian history. Here are general event resources.

Vigils for peace, public protests where appropriate, visibility actions.

Lobby visits to legislators.

Publish letters to the editor and op-eds on the Olympic Truce and your local organizing.

Videos you can record short videos on the Olympic Truce and why its a crucial opportunity to move away from the brink of war with North Korea, and post via social media. Maybe also some person in the street interviews (that can be fun!)

The post Organizing Tips Around the Olympic Truce appeared first on World Beyond War . . ..


Israel behind car bombing that injured Hamas official, says Lebanon Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Mohammad Hamdan was wounded when a bomb placed in his car exploded in Sidon


IMF chief Christine Lagarde finds common cause with Donald Trump Peace and Freedom

IMF chief Christine Legarde found common ground with US president Donald Trump on encouraging fair trade and protecting intellectual property rights. (AP)

LONDON: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde found at least some common cause with US President Donald Trump on Friday in supporting the global fight against intellectual property (IP) theft.

Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Lagarde echoed a similar sentiment delivered by Trump earlier in the day, stating that he would not tolerate IP theft.
Lagarde also stressed that it was important to tackle unfair trade practices.
We need to have more, better trade and fair trade, but for this we need international cooperation, she said. We need a reset, we need to look at IP rights, but it needs to be looked at in a cooperative way. The World Trade Organization is a forum where this should happen.
The IMF expects global economic growth of about 3.9 percent this year and next year. We are in a sweet spot and we should celebrate, said Lagarde.
She said this was the result of good policies, but there were risks, including excessive inequalities and lack of international cooperation...


March 17 #Hamburg: Demonstration Against #NoG20 #Repression & Formation of Authoritarianism Enough is Enough!

This week there was another NoG20 related raid in Germany. On January 23 about 50 masked cops raided an apartment in Magdeburg, Germany. Today there will be a demonstration against repression in Magdeburg. The United We Stand campaign against NoG20 repression is not only calling for transnational days of action from from January 28th to February 4th, but also started to mobilize for a demonstration in Hamburg. This demo will take place on March 17, 2018, 02:00pm (14:00), Gaensemarkt, Hamburg, Germany.

Submitted to 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.

Read all our NoG20 reports; here.

March 17 Hamburg: Demonstration Against NoG20 Repression & Formation of Authoritarianism

This week there was another NoG20 related raid in Germany. On January 23 about 50 masked cops raided an apartment in Magdeburg, Germany. Today there will be a demonstration against repression in Magdeburg. The United We Stand campaign against NoG20 repression is not only calling for transnational days of action from from January 28th to February 4th, but also started to mobilize for a demonstration in Hamburg. This demo will take place on March 17, 2018, 02:00pm (14:00), Gaensemarkt, Hamburg, Germany.



Opinion: Donald Trump unmasks World Economic Forum in Davos Peace and Freedom

There was not really anything essentially new in US President Donald Trumps speech in Davos. But his appearance there highlighted the well-known restrictions of the World Economic Forum, DWs Andreas Becker writes.

Donald Trump in Davos

There had been massive speculation about the much-anticipated speech of the US president on the final day of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Would he make any concessions? Praise the merits of free trade and multilateral treaties?

After all, participants at the forum had been meeting to help shape a joint future in a fractured world, according to the events motto, which was seen by many as a deliberate broadside against Donald Trumps policy agenda.

But, after his 15-minute address, it was obvious that Trump had said what hed been saying all along. He lauded his own policy, which he said was behind increased employment and economic expansion in the United States. He emphasized that the interests of his own nation were his top priority, adding that every other national leader in the room would also be well advised to care primarily about their own countries interests.

Trump insisted that there would be no free trade without fair accords. Nor did I hear anything new when he talked about migration, North Korea or Iran.

DW correspondent Andreas Becker


DW correspondent Andreas Becker

The president just didnt want to let his audience get distracted from his main message: Invest in the US! He repeatedly encouraged business and finance leaders to seize the opportunity and do more robust business in the United States. By the way, Ive seen many other heads of state and government touting their countries as good business locations too.

But Trumps campaign to attract investments is absolutely straightforward and direct. America is open for business, he said, mentioning the benefits of tax cuts, cheap energy and less red tape.

Applause, applause!

World E...


From New Mexico to Palestine: Ending Israel/U.S. Police Exchange, Reclaiming Safety CENSORED NEWS

From New Mexico to Palestine: Ending Israel/U.S. Police Exchange, Reclaiming Safety clock Friday, January 26 at 6 PM - 8 PM MST Starts in about 6 hours  48 Mostly Sunny pin Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice 202 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 From NM to Palestine: Ending Israel/U.S. Police Exchange, Reclaiming Safety One


FB dismisses Daniel Greenfield as spam Fausta's Blog

Greenfield recognizes that In the economics of identity politics, Hispanics, unlike African-Americans, are not an enduring group. Then FB dismisses Daniel Greenfield as spam. Read my post. Related: The Hispanic mirage.


'Protecting Sacred Chuska Mountains from Oil and Gas Industry' by Robyn Jackson, Dineh CENSORED NEWS

Jan. 11, 2018 Fall 2017 Health, safety of communities behind the Red Valley tour BY ROBYN JACKSON, DINEH Censored News Last week's Navajo Times included an article about a tour of oil and helium well sites in Red Valley that I helped organize ("Tour finds toxic gas leaks in Red Valley," Jan. 18, 2018).This tour included community members from the Chuska region and elsewhere


UK spells out Brexit transition demands as pressure mounts on May Peace and Freedom


TEESPORT, England (Reuters) Britain wants to benefit from European Union trade deals and have a say over EU laws passed during its transition out of the bloc, Brexit minister David Davis said on Friday, seeking to defuse tension between senior ministers over the interim deal.

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Britains Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis 

Davis set out the governments position on a transition period, looking to offer something for both those who want to keep close ties with the European Union after leaving and those who want a more radical break.

The balancing act, designed to appease both business and Brexiteers, is a taste of things to come for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been unable to prevent divisions in her party repeatedly spilling out into the open.

On Thursday, finance minister Philip Hammond was rebuked by Mays office after saying he hoped Britain would diverge from the EU only very modestly after Brexit. He spoke hours before the head of a hardline group of Brexiteer lawmakers urged May to stop accepting negotiating terms set by the EU.

Its only by being outside the EU but continuing with the existing structures of rules and regulation that we can meet the requirements for a smooth, orderly and successful exit, Davis said in a speech at Teesport in northeast England.

The existing international agreements we are party to should continue to apply during this period. They are an important part of the existing EU structure of rules and regulations, to which we will remain a party during the implementation period.


Davis also said there needed to be some mechanism for Britain to query new laws introduced during the transition period, which it would be duty-bound to follow, and that the future jurisdiction of regulators needed to be clarified.

We will have to find a way, to agree a way, of resolving concerns if laws that are deemed to run contrary to our interests, and we have not had our say, he said.

There is little distance between Britain and the EU to overcome to agree the transitional deal, which will give the two sides time to prepare for the far-reaching impact of the end of more than 40 years of union.

Davis said he expected a political agreement on the transition deal at an EU summit on March 22-23 a target Brussels is also working towards, with plans for fortnig...


Jordan ends bread subsidy, doubling some prices, to help state finances Peace and Freedom

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King Abdullah II of Jordan arrives on stage during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

AMMAN (Reuters) Jordan said a decision to end subsidies on staple pitta bread that will lift its prices by between 60 and 100 percent will take effect on Saturday, the first such step in over two decades to ease the countrys budget woes.

The price of a kilo of white pitta bread was raised 60 percent to 0.40 dinars from 0.25 dinars and prices of large pita bread were nearly doubled. Other types of bread that most middle class Jordanians consume are not affected.

The government has put in place a mechanism to offset the impact on the poor by cash transfers.

The move, which takes effect after midnight, is the first major rise since 1996. A move to raise prices then sparked civil unrest when the government was forced to push for it to comply with International Monetary Fund requirements for extending new credit.

The bread move comes 10 days after Jordans cabinet announced a major package of IMF-guided tax hikes it says are crucial to gradually lower record public debt needed to get the economy hit by regional conflict growing again.

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Toying with the bread subsidy is never popular

Although lifting bread subsidies were not asked by the IMF this time, the Fund has long said Jordans ability to maintain a costly subsidy system was increasingly untenable in the absence of large foreign capital inflows or infusions of foreign aid.

Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki said the delay in implementing the much needed reforms to generate extra revenues would increase the already high financing needs and threatens to hit the countrys finances.

$1=0.7090 dinars

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg


The not-so-secret life of Mathilde Krim Mondoweiss

On January 15, Mathilde Krim, a scientist and socialite, died on Long Island at 91, and the obituaries described her courageous leadership in the fight against AIDS. Krim was incensed by the widespread stigmatization of AIDS victims as somehow deserving the disease, and she worked to lift prejudice that kept our society from taking the illness seriously. (I saw her work for myself, attending a fundraiser at her East Side townhouse back in the 90s).

What the news has not told you about is Krims other great achievement: helping to swing the White House to Israels side in the 1960s. The no-daylight policy of U.S. alignment with the Israeli government, so obvious today in Trumps deference to Netanyahu, was born under Mathilde Krims dear friend Lyndon Johnson. In the feverish weeks surrounding the 1967 war, Krim, who had once emigrated to Israel, and her husband Arthur, a leading fundraiser, were continually at Johnsons side, and advised him on what to say publicly.

Johnson was the pivotal president for our relationship with Israel and I think Mathilde Krims sway over Johnson was such that it turned the entire relationship, allowing Israel to continue on, especially after the Six Day War, in a manner that defied not only the U.N. but the whole world with regard to Israels treatment of the Palestinians, says Martin Brod, a retired systems analyst in New York who has long studied the role of Israels American friends in cementing the special relationship. Here is that story.

Mathilde Krim had depth and intrigue. Born Mathilde Galland in 1926 in Italy to parents of Swiss, Italian and Austrian background, she moved with her family to Switzerland as a girl and went on to be a brilliant student, earning a Ph. D. in genetics from the University of Geneva.

A woman of great compassion, Krim identified with Jews when she learned about the Holocaust. She felt for them what she would feel for AIDS victims 40 years on, a need to protect them against prejudice, abandonment, and exile from the global community.

These feelings led Krim to support Zionist militants during and after the war. The New York Times obituary by Robert D. McFadden includes one reference to her Zionist zeal:

Appalled by newsreels of Nazi concentration camps in 1945, she sought out Jewish activists, joined the Zionist underground Irgun and spent a summer smuggling guns over the French border for resistance fighters against British rule in Palestine.

After earning a bachelors degree in 1948, she married an Irgun comrade, David Danon, a Bulgarian medical student, and converted to Judaism.

Danon had been exiled by the British from Palestine for his Irgun activities, and Krim saw him as a dashing and heroic figure dedicated to a noble cause that had...


Donald Trump came to Davos with a mission to reassure Peace and Freedom

BBC News

Donald TrumpImage by EPA

Few people knew what to expect.

Would this be belligerent Trump wagging his finger at the global elite about how divorced they were from reality, from what people really want?

Or would this be conciliatory Trump, setting a different tone? We heard the second.

The president touched many of the World Economic Forums erogenous zones. But many were not quite sure how to take it considering the pit bull they were expecting.

He talked about the voices of the forgotten a constant theme here among the super-haves who are coming to a creeping realisation that the system has to change if faith in the capitalist system is to endure.

He talked about economic success being about more than the sum of production, it was about the sum of its citizens.

Businesses, he argued, had to remember their obligations to the people who worked for them.

Critics will pick at the easy holes. For example, on those income tax cuts its the wealthy who will gain more.

And the business tax cuts are far larger than those for middle-income Americans.

Mr Trump said that America First did not mean America Alone. It was the key line of the speech.

Fair trade, not trade war

And it was a message echoed by other leading members of the White House power pack here, including Gary Cohn, the presidents chief economic adviser and head of the US National Economic Council.

This is all about trade and the US approach.

The fear was that America under Mr Trump would throw up a series of trade barriers, increasing protectionism at a time when most government leaders at Davos Narendra Modi of India, Justin Trudeau of Canada and Emmanuel Macron of Fr...


Davos: Trump calls on world to confront Irans support for terrorists Peace and Freedom

DAVOS: President Donald Trump on Friday called on world powers to do more to confront the threat posed by Iran due to its alleged support for terror groups.
He was addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, a gathering of generally pro-free-trade political and business leaders.
We continue to call on partners to confront Irans support for terrorists and block Irans path to a nuclear weapon, Trump told the forum.
Trump also called for maximum pressure to de-nuke the Korean Peninsula.
The US pres...


Eastern EU states tell Brussels to back off Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia want talks talks among all EU leaders on how to reform the bloc following Britains departure Peace and Freedom

BUDAPEST/BRUSSELS (Reuters) The four eastern European Union states who are often at loggerheads with the blocs executive told Brussels on Friday not to overstep its mandate in policing national capitals.

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Czech Republics Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Slovakias Prime Minister Robert Fico, Hungarys Prime Minister Viktor Orban attend a Visegrad Group panel discussion in Budapest, Hungary, January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Meeting in Budapest, the leaders of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic agreed a joint stance for talks among all EU leaders on how to reform the bloc following Britains departure next year.

The four ex-communist countries are pushing back as leading, western EU powers Germany and France, backed by the European Commission in Brussels, are floating proposals for more integration among the remaining 27 EU states.

Europe needs a new blueprint. We must speak about an alliance of free nations, said nationalist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

He was echoed by Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki who said a strong, integrated Europe should be based on a group of sovereign, national member states rather than an increasingly centralised federation as some western states want.

Warsaw and Budapest have become the enfants terribles of the EU under right-wing populist leaders who promote Catholic, conservative values and often clash with Brussels as it singles out deviations from EU standards on democracy and rule of law.

Poland has drawn the sharpest criticism from Brussels since the conservative, nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party won election in late 2015 and swiftly acted to tighten control over publicly-owned media, as well as the judiciary.

The bloc has taken unprecedented punitive steps against Warsaw, the largest, ex-communist EU state, for violating the rule of law and democratic principles. Warsaw has lashed back, accusing Brussels of double standards and saying its judicial overhaul is ridding Poland of lingering communist influence.

All four Visegrad countries have repeatedly rebuffed requests from Brussels and western EU states to host some of the hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim refugees that have streamed into the EU since 2015. The bitter row has undermined trust between the blocs members and weakened their unity.

Such differences were redolent in a joint document issued by Bratislava, Prague, Budapest and Warsaw on Friday.



Billionaire Omidyars Intercept: Government-Silicon Valley Nexus to Intercept & Censor Whistleblowers Newsbud

Newsbud Founder and Editor Sibel Edmonds is joined by Investigative Journalist Whitney Webb to discuss Webbs recent three-part investigative report exposing billionaire founder of the Intercept- Pierre Omidyar. Webb delves deep into Omidyars long-ongoing multi-billion dollar partnership with government agencies, including the CIA and NSA, questionable coincidences and ties between Omidyar-Snowden, Glenn Greenwalds hushed contract and arrangements with Omidyar to privatize Snowdens 500+K page leak, Freedom of Press Foundations betrayal of Wikileaks Julian Assange, and much more. Do not miss this explosive interview exposing the new trend in intercepting and neutralizing whistleblowers and their information.

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Palantir: The PayPal-offshoot Becomes a Weapon in the War Against Whistleblowers & WikiLeaks

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Glenn Greenwald Goes on Record: I Dont Doubt PayPal Cooperates with NSA!



Act Now In Solidarity With Honduras PopularResistance.Org

Over 30 people have been murdered, many of whom were killed by the Military Police or other state security forces who fired live bullets at protesters, and hundreds of others have been injured or tortured.  According to human rights organization COFADEH (Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras), over one thousand people have been detained and many are facing criminal charges aimed at silencing dissent. Others have been victims of torture or have had to flee for their lives. Security forces have entered neighborhoods, setting off teargas inside homes with children present, and seizing adults for arbitrary arrests. Jesuit priest Father Melo has received death threats and he and other social movement leaders have been the subject of vicious defamation campaigns.


US Capitalism Lets Children And Mothers Die PopularResistance.Org

One of the authors of a recent study of U.S. childrens deaths told an interviewer that, The U.S. is the most dangerous of wealthy, democratic countries in the world for children  Across all ages and in both sexes, children have been dying more often in the U.S. than in similar countries since the 1980s. The report was published online January 8 in Health Affairs. Ninety percent of the deaths analyzed there were of infants and older adolescents. According to the authors, we examined mortality trends for [20] nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for children ages 019 from 1961 to 2010 using publicly available data. They discovered that, Over the fifty-year study period, the lagging US performance amounted to over 600,000 excess deaths.


Kurds in Lebanon march against Turkey Peace and Freedom

Lebanese Kurds wave flags and chant slogans on January 26, 2018, during a protest near the Turkish embassy in Rabieh, on the outskirts of Beirut, against the ongoing  Turkish military campaign in the Kurdish-held Syrian enclave of Afrin. Turkey launched an offensive against the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) on January 20 in their enclave of Afrin, supporting Syrian rebels with air strikes and ground troops. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO
BEIRUT: Hundreds of Kurds living in Lebanon have gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Lebanon to protest Turkeys ongoing military operation in northern Syrias Kurdish-controlled Afrin region.
Protesters carrying Kurdish flags chanted slogans on Friday denouncing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including: Down with Erdogan!
Lebanese policemen deployed around the embassy and erected barbed-wire barriers to prevent protesters from approaching.
All the Kurds here in Lebanon are supporting Afrin and saying long live the resistance of Afrin, said protester Hanan Osman.
Turkey launched the offensive against Afrin on January 10 and is vowing to expand the operation eastward, toward the border with Iraq.


John Pilger On Mainstream Media And Imperial Power PopularResistance.Org

Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Pilger is among the most important political filmmakers of the 20th and 21st century. From Vietnam to Palestine to atomic war, Pilgers work has been on the cutting edge, and his stinging critique of western media has always be revelatory. And, no doubt, his biting analysis is more relevant and important now than ever.  His latest film, The Coming War on China powerfully presages the growing potential for war between the US and China. Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein spoke with Pilger on January 18 about the multiple failures of the corporate press in fanning the phony flames of Russiagate, and turning its back on Julian Assangeacting more like prosecutors than journalists, whose responsibility it is to monitor the centers of power and report back to the people.


TeleSUR Englishs Day In Facebook Jail Raises Doubts About Silicon Valley Hospitality PopularResistance.Org

QUITO, ECUADOR  Facebook users who followed Latin American news outlet teleSUR English were confused on Tuesday when the fan page suffered a mysterious disappearance from the site that lasted nearly a full day. The pages deletion and subsequent reemergence raised questions about potential censorship by the California-based social networking giant, which has previously acted at the behest of repressive governments and faces pressure from U.S. officials and traditional media to crack down on so-called fake news. The page has a modest presence on Facebook about 400,000 followers as well as millions of social media interactions, such as comments, likes, shares and views. The page also hosts tens if not hundreds of hours of originally-produced video content including original programs, documentaries, and tightly-edited one-minute clips.


Orgs Call On FEMA To Address Critical Housing Needs Of Disaster-Impacted Families PopularResistance.Org

Washington DC  More than 250 national, state, and local organizations called on FEMA to implement proven disaster-recovery housing solutions like the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) for families with the lowest incomes. They note that the need for DHAP is underscored by FEMAs recent decision to abruptly end its Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) for displaced Puerto Rican families in Connecticut. In a recent letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long, the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC) comprised of more than 250 organizations led by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) called on FEMA to address the longer term needs of low income people displaced by the recent hurricanes and wildfires.


Dutch fight to shut down EUs largest gas field after earthquake Waging Nonviolence

by Bryan Miranda

Protesters carried torches during a march against gas drilling in the Netherlands on Jan. 19. (WNV/Johann van der Geest)

A march against Shell and Exxons gas drilling drew thousands in the northern Dutch city of Groningen on Jan. 19, after a heavy earthquake rocked the region earlier this month.

Ten thousand people a record number for Groningen marched through the city with torches and chanted slogans scolding the government, as well as its partners Shell and Exxon, for the gas operations they say are responsible for the 3.4 magnitude earthquake felt throughout the province on Jan. 8.

Seismic activity has been recurrent in Groningen since the late 1980s in what scientific experts and numerous reports have long confirmed to be a direct repercussion of drilling in Europes largest gas field. But not since a heavy quake in 2012 after which the Dutch government was forced to halve its gas production has the magnitude been this intense. Up to 3,000 people reported cases of damage as a result of the earthquake this month.

No one saw this coming. We thought they [Shell and Exxon] had this under control, that they were extracting in such a way to produce less quakes, said Jelle van der Knoop, the co-founder and chairperson of the Groninger Bodem Beweging, the leading organization resisting gas production in the province. But then this quake came and reminded people this is not the case; it can get worse. Everyone is really fed up with it now. We are pissed off and ready for action.

With public opinion and mainstream media swaying in favor of the plight of Groningers, the pressure has mounted on the liberal conservative government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte to take tough measures regarding its gas production.

After a long controversial delay, the Minister of Economy and Climate Eric Wiebes finally released a public letter on Jan. 23 stating that gas production in Groningen must come to a halt by 2022. For me, the starting point here is that thi...


Brazils Democracy Pushed Toward The Abyss PopularResistance.Org

The rule of law and the independence of the judiciary are fragile achievements in many countries and susceptible to sharp reversals. Brazil, the last country in the Wessstern world to abolish slavery, is a fairly young democracy, having emerged from dictatorship just three decades ago. In the past two years, what could have been a historic advancement the Workers Party government granted autonomy to the judiciary to investigate and prosecute official corruption has turned into its opposite. As a result, Brazils democracy is now weaker than it has been since military rule ended. This week, that democracy may be further eroded as a three-judge appellate court decides whether the most popular political figure in the country, former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva of the Workers Party, will be barred from competing in the 2018 presidential election, or even jailed.


Americas National Defense Is Really Offense Aletho News

By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 26.01.2018 On Friday, the Pentagon released an unclassified summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy report. On the same day, Secretary of Defense James Mattis delivered prepared remarks relating to the document. Reading the summary is illuminating, to say the least, and somewhat disturbing, as it focuses []


Honduran Anti-Fraud Protesters Clamor For Justice As State Killings Continue PopularResistance.Org

Virgilio Yareth vila loved to sing. The 16-year-old high school student also played drums at his church. Thats where he was headed on a Monday afternoon last month. vila left the simple family home and walked up to the gravel road to cross the highway that bisects the town of Agua Blanca Sur, 10 miles south of El Progreso, Honduras. Minutes later, gunshots rang out. vilas mother started running up the road after her son. When she reached the highway, she found one of her older sons weeping in anguish. Police had opened fire on residents blockading the highway as part of ongoing nationwide protests against election fraud. vila had been shot in the head. He was still breathing, but in my heart I knew I was going to lose him, vilas mother told Toward Freedom. As she approached, she asked police not to shoot.


The ethical hollowness of Israel's liberals Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

When it comes to Palestinians, liberal Israelis sound little different from Netanyahus supporters. Both are concerned about maintaining Israel as a fortress Jewish state


WATCH: The Unknown Putin part 1 OffGuardian

This two-part Russian documentary is pretty tabloid & makes no attempt at objectivity. Its also not easy to follow since a single female translator is used for both sides of every conversation and for the voice over, so you need to concentrate in order to follow whats going on. But with these caveats in mind its worth persevering for its take on the ruthless Western exploitation and infiltration of Russian oil assets in the 1990s, an outrageous abuse that doesnt get a lot of coverage. What at a first glance may appear as the slightly hysterical claims made in the documentary are, in fact, pretty much correct. More on the Product Sharing Agreement (PSA) that Russia signed with foreign nations in the immediate post-Soviet era, for the extraction and sale of its oil and gas reserves, can be found in The Sakhalin II PSA a Production Non-Sharing Agreement, a PDF document from 2004 by Dr Ian Rutledge. It largely confirms what is alleged in the program that Russia was cheated of vast amounts of


US Democrats Accusations Against Russia Distract Public From Real Problem Aletho News

Sputnik 26.01.2018 US Democrats have asked Facebook and Twitter for evidence of Russias involvement in an online campaign to release a politically charged memo. The move comes as Congressional Republicans have been calling for the public release of a four-page classified memo they claim reveals reported abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) []


In a Trump Hunt, Beware the Perjury Trap Aletho News

By Pat Buchanan Unz Review January 26, 2018 Asked if he would agree to be interviewed by Robert Muellers team, President Donald Trump told the White House press corps, I would love to do it as soon as possible. under oath, absolutely. On hearing this, the special counsels office must have []


Escaping Yemen, 30 refugees drown en route back to Africa Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel which left Aden in southern Yemen on Tuesday


Israeli forces ambush youths in Palestinian village, shoot 16-year-old in neck Mondoweiss

Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian teenager in the neck in Nablus-area village
NABLUS (Maan) 25 Jan A Palestinian teenager was injured in the neck on Wednesday evening when Israeli soldiers opened fire at him at the entrance of Burqa in northwestern Nablus. An official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told Maan that Muhyi al-Din Abed al-Rahman Salah, 16, was injured with a live bullet in the neck at the entrance of the village as Israeli soldiers ambushed youths in the area. Daghlas added that Salah was transferred to the Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus City for treatment where his injuries were reported as moderate.

Army shoots two Palestinians after alleged stabbing attempt near Nablus
IMEMC 23 Jan Israeli soldiers shot, Tuesday, two Palestinians near Zatara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after they reportedly attempted to stab them, and refused to allow Red Crescent medics to provide them with the needed medical attention.
:  The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that the two injured Palestinians are children, identified as Mohammad Farhan Mohammad, 14, and Ahmad Said Zazouq, 14, from the al-Jadeeda village, south of Jenin. Both were shot with live rounds in their legs and remained bleeding on the ground after the soldiers prevented Palestinian Red Crescent medics from approaching them. The soldiers later called for an Israeli ambulance, and moved them to a hospital, while the extent of their injuries remained unknown.
Media sources in Nablus said the two Palestinians were shot in the lower extremities, and remained bleeding on the ground until an Israeli ambulance was called to the scene, even though Palestinian medics were there, but the soldiers refused to allow them to approach the wounded. Israeli sources claimed that the two Palestinians attempted to stab the soldiers at the military roadblock but were shot before reaching them. The soldiers then closed Zatara roadblock, while dozens of units were deployed in the area and around it. After the alleged stabbing attempt, the head of the so-called Regional Council of Settlements in northern West Bank, Yossi Dagan, said that terrorism will not deter Israel we will be and continue to expand, and demanded Israel to respond to this incident by boosting settlement constructions in the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.


Twitter dismisses Russian interference in Brexit referendum Aletho News

RT | January 26, 2018 A university study that proved Russias influence over the 2016 EU referendum has been thrown out by Twitter. The social media giant said one percent of the bots used during the lead up to the Brexit vote were actually Russian. The data compiled in a City University study, published in []


Veterans Challenge Islamophobia Campaign PopularResistance.Org

Veterans For Peace and the Veterans Challenge Islamophobia campaign are participating in the We Are All America week of action from January 27th through February 3rd to protest the one-year anniversary of the first iteration of the Muslim Ban and show solidarity with those still impacted by the current bans on people from nine Muslim-majority nations and refugees. Although all versions of the ban have been ruled to be discriminatory by multiple courts, Muslim Ban 3.0 is currently in effect and is causing heartbreak for American families and their relatives abroad. The Trump administration has also cracked down on refugee admissions by instituting more burdensome screening requirements, lowering the United States annual refugee cap to 45,000, and proposing more limits on family reunification.


As walls close in on FBI, the bureau lashes out at its antagonists Aletho News

By Sharyl Attkisson | The Hill | January 25, 2018 What happens when federal agencies accused of possible wrongdoing also control the alleged evidence against them? What happens when theyre the ones in charge of who inside their agencies or connected to them ultimately gets investigated and possibly charged? Those questions are moving to the forefront []


Weekend long read BBC Watch

1) Grant Rumley writes about The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas at the Atlantic.

Picture a Palestinian leader in the twilight of his reign. Besieged on all sides and challenged by younger upstarts, he lashes out against Israel, his Arab brethren, and the United States. Other Palestinian officials jockey to replace him, convinced hes past his prime. This is how it ended for Yasser Arafat, whose insistence on waging the second intifada left him isolated in the final years of his rule. It may well be how it ends for Mahmoud Abbas.

2) At the JCPA Amb. Alan Baker discusses Palestinian Manipulation of the International Criminal Court.

International law does not recognize General Assembly resolutions as a source of legal authority for granting statehood. Following on from this, the Palestinians cannot give jurisdiction to the ICC over territory over which they do not exercise sovereignty and jurisdiction, and which is subject to an ongoing dispute and negotiation as to its final status.



Newsbud Exclusive- The Nuclear Insanity of the Trump Administration. Newsbud

President Donald Trump and his generals are ready to use tactical nuclear weapons against North Korea and its hereditary leader, Kim Jung-un.

In early January, the Pentagon sent three B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bombers along with approximately 200 Airmen attached to the 509th Bomb Wing to the Andersen Air Force Base located on Guam in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean, according to Business Insider.

The nuclear capable B-2s join an unspecified number of B-1B Lancers deployed to Guam to support the US Pacific Commands (USPACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission. B-52 bombers are also stationed at the airbase.

The B-2 and B-52 comprise the air wing of the US nuclear triad. Both aircraft carry nuclear air-launched cruise missiles and also the B-61 gravity tactical nuclear bomb. It is currently the primary thermonuclear weapon in the Enduring Stockpile arsenal established after the Cold War. As of 2004, the arsenal included 5,886 strategic warheads and 1,120 tactical weapons. Of this number, 1,600 are B-61 and B-83 gravity bombs. The arsenal also includes 320 nuclear warheads for Tomahawk missiles.

The B-61 underwent modification and tests in October 2015. The bomb has two key difference from an earlier version, notes Russian military analyst Viktor Murakhovsky. It has the so-called scalable nuclear yield which allows for controlling the yield to a certain extent. In addition, its aerodynamic configuration and control surface makes the bomb extremely high-precision. The previous versions were developed several decades ago. Since nuclear warheads have limited operational time they need to be replaced from time to time. With the new bomb, the US has incorporated high-precision developments with the scalable nuclear yield technology.

Known as a nuclear bunker buster, the B-61 is designed to penetrate underground facilities, making it an ideal candidate for use against North Korea. It is estimated North Korea has hundreds of underground bunkers. In 2009, it was reported the regime planned to build over a thousand of these bunkers, many serving as decoys.

In 2010, it was reported by the Hong Kong bureau of the Canadian defense information center that Kim Jung-un has a huge underground command center...


New Orleans City Council rescinds human rights resolution, igniting the movement for Palestinian rights Mondoweiss

After pressure from local pro-Israel organizations, the New Orleans City Council yesterday voted unanimously to rescind a human rights resolution that the body passed exactly two weeks ago.

Pushed for months by the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee (NOPSC), Resolution 18-5 would have established a committee to assess all city contracts and terminate those with companies complicit in human rights abuses.

While the resolution mentions no specific country, company or person, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (JFNOLA) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed immediate outrage that the council would support anything put forth by the NOPSC.

Jewish Federation CEO Arnie D. Fielkow addressing the New Orleans city council with pro-human rights supporters holding up signs outside the meeting. (Photo: Chana Rose Rabinovitz)

In a joint-statement issued today, the JFNOLA, ADL and Jewish Community Relations Council thanked the City Council for its withdrawal of the resolution.

Still, in an attempt to save face they maintained that the decision in no way reflects a lack of commitment to human rights, from either Federation, ADL or the City Council.

Anna Baltzer, Director of organizing and advocacy with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, called the vote a travesty of justice, revealing the guilty parties disregard not only for Palestinian life but all human life.

The hoods are off. We see the way Zionist organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Federation are willing to kill a human rights resolution...


Monsantos Fingerprints All Over Newsweeks Hit On Organic Food PopularResistance.Org

If that name sounds familiar Henry I. Miller it may be because the New York Times recently revealed a scandal involving Miller: that he had been caught publishing an article ghostwritten by Monsanto under his own name in Forbes. The article, which largely mirrored a draft provided to him by Monsanto, attacked the scientists of the World Health Organizations cancer panel (IARC) for their decision to list Monsantos top-selling chemical, glyphosate, as a probable human carcinogen. Reporting on an email exchange released in litigation with Monsanto over cancer concerns, the TimesDanny Hakim wrote: Monsanto asked Mr. Miller if he would be interested in writing an article on the topic, and he said, I would be if I could start from a high-quality draft. The article appeared under Mr. Millers name, and with the assertion that opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.


Erdogan has made his choice The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog It seems that Erdogan has already made up his mind, but the speculations about what deals have been and havent been done seem


Do Trump Tariffs Signal a Trade War? Geopolitical Monitor



The Trump administration didnt pulled any punches this month when it finally announced trade tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines. The tariffs target South Korea and China, two Asian countries the Trump base has often identified as free-riding on the US-led global order. The restrictions are aimed at boosting US manufacturing, but critics warn the tariffs will slow down the global shift to renewable energy whilst increasing consumer costs. A bigger question is whether the measures are simply red meat for the presidents base as he attends the World Economic Forum at Davos, or if they mark the start of a more directly protectionist turn in US policy and, eventually, international markets. The decision to put 30 percent tariffs on solar panel imports could usher in a downturn in relations with China for example, which have been growing uneasy as the presidents war-of-words with Chinese ally North Korea has escalated.

The post Do Trump Tariffs Signal a Trade War? appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy stan van houcke


We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

From the cover of "US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality." (Haymarket Books)


Refuser de rencontrer votre oppresseur, c'est se respecter soi-mme stan van houcke

Refuser de rencontrer votre oppresseur, c'est se respecter soi-mme : l'OLP rplique Trump

- Avec AFP
Refuser de rencontrer votre oppresseur, c'est se respecter soi-mme : l'OLP rplique TrumpNicholas Kamm Source: AFP
Donald Trump durant une runion avec Benjamin Netanyahou au forum conomique de Davos, en Suisse, le 25 janvier 2018. 


Stanford: Robert Spencer is dangerous Jihad Watch

Zhao said that he believes speakers like Robert Spencer should be banned from speaking on college campuses, especially if countries like the United Kingdom have deemed them a national security threat. The question [of] whether this man is dangerous has already been settled, Zhao said. We have to draw a reasonable line between what is []


Russia could kill thousands and thousands and thousands with cyber attack on UK Aletho News

Press TV January 26, 2018 The British defense secretary says Russia could kill thousands and thousands and thousands of Britons with a cyber attack that could cripple infrastructure and energy supply and cause panic and chaos across the United Kingdom. In an interview with The Telegraph, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson claimed Moscow had been researching []


Forget About Hollywood Endings For Movies About Our Neverending Wars ThereAreNoSunglasses

Entertaining or not, movies like 12 Strong show the difficulty in trying to understand the Afghanistan War from within.

Another January, another film that plays off American fear of foreign invaders. Hot on the heels of 2017s Patriots Day and 2016s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,...


Finland looks set to stop arms sales to UAE over Yemen war Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


All eight candidates looking to become Finland's next president next month vow to halt arms sales to the Gulf country


Korea, the Winter Olympics, and the Spirit of Queen Min Original

We are told by practically everyone that nationalism is an archaic, aggressive, and downright evil sentiment, one that causes wars, racism, bigotry, and probably the common cold as well. And we get this from both the right and the left. Nationalism of any kind, we are told, is a dangerous atavism, a throwback to primitive Continue reading "Korea, the Winter Olympics, and the Spirit of Queen Min"

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UK says funding cut to UNRWA could lead to instability Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


The UK said it remains committed to Palestinian aid agency but that it could be more cost-effective


Mongoose: Vaccinations as a Form of Triage 99% Get the Make You Stupid and Infertile Version Public Intelligence Blog


This 2009 article went viral and received over 300 million reads. It shut out Google for the first six thousand hits, got translated into every language, triggered policy changes in several nations and made it to publications from Pub Med to several major religions. This is the number one most read article this site ever released, and it remains true to this day though it has been superseded by a following report. I suggest you also read this article about bacteriophages which is the new direction they are taking destructive vaccines because the damage is more precise with this new method.

Tainted nightmare

Dr. Sarah Stone, Pharm-D
Jim Stone, Freelance Journalist
Russ Clarke, Editor

The H1N1 vaccination program, when put into the same frame as the engineered virus to go with it, appears to be a clear effort to divide humanity into two groups; those who have lost their intellect, health and sexuality via a tainted vaccination, and those who have not and are therefore superior.

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Germany: Three Muslim migrants sexually assault mother with toddler in stroller Jihad Watch

Are we diverse enough yet? They had a dark complexion and spoke in a foreign language. Thats the only clue that TAG24 gives as to the identity of the perpetrators, and it is enough for those who know how to read the tea leaves of the establishment media, but it does leave the unfortunate impression []


Saudi Arabia sentences two human rights activists to a total of 21 years in prison Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


The sentencing comes amid what is being presented as a reform drive in the kingdom


Berto Jongman: 10 Future Shock Emerging Risks Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

Future shocks: 10 emerging risks that threaten our world

1. Not enough food to go around
2. Algorithms shut down the internet
3. The end of trade as we know it
4. Democracy buckles
5. The extinction of fish
6. Another global financial crisis
7. The rise and rise of inequality
8. War without rules
9. Who are we?
10. The break-up of the internet


Congressional Research Service: Irans Foreign and Defense Policies Public Intelligence Blog

Irans Foreign and Defense Policies
Kenneth Katzman
January 19, 2018

PDF (65 Pages): CRS R44017 Iran Foreign Defense Policies

Phi Beta Iota: The Deep State party line. Neglects reality of US and Zionist terrorism across the board, US funding of dictators, 44 US bases around Iran, economic sanctions being war crimes, and more. CRS is totally unreliable and needs to be abolished or put under leadership with integrity capable of producing reports that are truthful, holistic, and representative of true costs. What the US does in the Middle East is both unaffordable, and a war crime.


CryptoRuble is Set to Prick on the CryptoBubble Covert Geopolitics

The Russian crypto-currency is in its final stretch towards national implementation as the draft law is submitted to the Russian parliament. A draft law introducing the national cryptocurrency CryptoRuble as an official means of payment in Russia has been submitted to parliament. The amendments proposed by the draft law codify the digital financial asset Continue reading CryptoRuble is Set to Prick on the CryptoBubble


Ton cnh l n B trng Quc phng Hoa K James Mattis thm Vit Nam The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

B trng Quc phng Hoa K thm Vit Nam l ln u tin t khi nhm chc, ngi James Mattis


Tu sn bay M USS Ronald Reagan thm Vit Nam The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

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Antisemitsm- Reality or Merely Statistics? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

January 23, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon Last weekend, the Israeli press gave the impression that a new global pogrom is going  to burst any minute.  Hike in worldwide anti-Jewish incidents was Israels Ynetnews headline. Early on Sunday, the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs released the 2017 Anti-Semitism Report, which showed a substantial increase in racist incidents against []


Daily Sabah: Exclusive interview with Gilad Atzmon Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Comment: Brother Gilad said: To survive is to win. I say: To Win is to Survive and to Survive is to Resist. To Win Palestinians should realize that Palestine is a Part of Greater Syria Bilad Asham. They should bury Afratats slogan about Palestinian Independent  Decision. Thanks to Syria and allies for keeping the Palestinian []



South Front By The Intercept, click to see the full-size map Israel is using several Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in a three phases-plan to impose a 40km-deep safe zone in southern Syria, the Intercept reported on January 23. According to the report, Israel already accomplished the first phase of its plan and it is []


Economic Collapse and Dollar Hegemony How Did This Start? Strategic Culture Foundation

Gold had its own intrinsic value and was valid in every empire around the world; the same with silver and bronze. Gold had become not only a means of exchange and a measure of value but also a reservoir of value to be bequeathed to heirs. Above all it was a means of payment.


What is the US endgame in Syria? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

If the US occupation of Syria cannot change the battlefield, protect its allies, or alter the policies of regional states, then what objectives can it achieve?


Synanon, the Brainwashing Game and Modern Transgender Activism: The Orwellian Implications of Transgender Politics OffGuardian

It appears as if the creation and promotion of trans cult activism and ideology is part of a larger social engineering agenda, and one that requires everybodys attention. Governments that engage in social engineering using deception and propaganda do not tell people why they are doing it. As was the case with the incubator baby slaughter fraud that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq by President George Bush Sr., we the people only find out after the fact, and in that case after hundreds of thousands of lives were lost. It thus becomes incumbent upon freedom loving citizens to speculate on the reasons why our leaders are supporting the mass delusion that is transgender activism, and this will be addressed in the final section of this essay.


Czech Republic: Imam and his relatives accused of jihad terror activity Jihad Watch

An imam? Someone who had dedicated his life to understanding Islam properly? How could such a person possibly turn to jihad terrorism? Doesnt he know Islam is a religion of peace? Surely the imam Pope Francis and the imam H.R. McMaster are on their way to Mauritania now, so that they can explain to the []


Why Is the Israeli Army Suddenly Concerned About Gaza? Strategic Culture Foundation

More than 10 years ago Israel tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the two million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.


America"s National Defense Is Really Offense Strategic Culture Foundation

Pentagon planners clearly anticipate another year of playing at defense by keeping the offense on the field. An impetuous and poorly informed president is a danger to all of us, particularly as he is surrounded by general-advisers who see a military solution to every problem.


UN Security Council to Hold a Session on Palestine Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

UN Security Council to Hold a Session on Palestine The United Nations Security Council is made up of 5 permanent members (China, France, Russian Federation, UK, USA) and 10 non-permanent members (currently Bolivia, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and Sweden) The UN Security Council is meeting Thursday, 25 January, to []


Germany: Judge removes crucifix from courtroom in trial of Muslim who threatened a convert to Christianity Jihad Watch

The man is on trial for threatening someone who converted from Islam to Christianity, but now he says: Im a normal person, Im not a [Muslim] believer, I have Christian friends. That seems unlikely in light of the fact that he is on trial for threatening to kill someone who left Islam for Christianity, in []


NATO Conflict in Syria Spotlights Illegal US Blundering Strategic Culture Foundation

The American interloping in Syria increasingly looks like a brazen illegal occupation whose ulterior agenda is to further destabilize the Syrian state. Washington needs to be censured and sanctioned. Its policies are illegal, criminal and prosecutable under international law. It needs to get its military forces out of Syria now.


Undercover israeli Soldiers Attack Three Schoolchildren Near Ramallah Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Attack Three Schoolchildren Near Ramallah Childhood in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is anything but carefree. An everyday occurrence: Palestinian children often throw stones at Israeli army vehicles invading Palestinian land but even if they dont, they may be accused, arrested, or even abducted for allegedly doing so. from IMEMC News A []


Blackouts and Flashpoints in 2018 The Official James Petras website

I want to argue from a different perspective, focusing on the increasing subdivision of markets, the deepening autonomy of political action from economic development, the greater threat of military interventions and increasing political accommodation. Read essay [...]


Reportback: The Barricade Evictions in #Hambacher Forest Enough is Enough!

A reportback by an activist in the Hambacher Forest of the barricade evictions on January 22.

Originally published by Hambi Bliebt.

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.

Reportback: The Barricade Evictions in Hambacher Forest

A reportback by an activist in the Hambacher Forest of the barricade evictions on January 22.

I arrived at 8.00 in the forest. When I wanted to go to tripod (Jesuspoint) towards Gaul, 3 policemen (presumably SWAT Hambach) arrived. They made derogatory and offensive remarks to the activists. When I arrived in Gaul, I met several local citizens and supporters. In Gaul, there were about 14 police officers from the evidence preservation units, they took pictures and videos(those are later used to prepare treehouse evictions and other large scale actions). When they were done they went back to Secustrae.



israeli torture of Palestinian children institutional Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli torture of Palestinian children institutional Israel tortures Palestinian children, Amnesty report says Israel News Israeli torture of Palestinian children institutional Confessions by Palestinians who have been tortured are regularly accepted by Israeli judges, rights groups say. by Ben White Methods of torture reportedly include slapping the head and forcing a handcuffed []


UN refugee chief says Europe must prepare systems to cope with bigger migrant flows Jihad Watch

The hijrah continues to be escorted into Europe by the United Nations, which has signaled to Europe that whatever the price-tag, whatever the cost including mass rapes, violent no-go zones, jihad attacks and other abuses European citizens must accommodate Muslim migrants and expect more to flow in. United Nations refugee chief Filippo Grandi []


Erdogan: Islamic education will build new civilization for Turkey Jihad Watch

The steady Islamization of Turkey is not new. Since 2002, the government has built 17,000 new mosques, and its goals stretch beyond Turkish borders. Robert Spencer speculated on January 16 that the reason why Erdogan has been so notably dilatory in fighting against the Islamic State may be that he wants to co-opt its caliphate []


#Hambacher Forest: Nine Activists Still in Pre-Trial Detention After Police Operation Enough is Enough!

Nine activists from the Hambach Forest occupation are in pre-trial detention, accused of obstructing the work of police officers. They were arrested during the barricade evictions on January 22.

Submitted to 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.

Hambacher Forest: Nine Activists Still in Pre-Trial Detention After Police Operation

Nine activists from the Hambach Forest (between Cologne and Aachen, Germany) occupation are in pre-trial detention, accused of obstructing the work of police officers. They were arrested during the barricade evictions on January 22.


Arriving early in the morning on January 22, the cops had to face activists occupying blockading-infrastructure, including 2 tripods, 3 monopods, a skypod, and a 3 meter deep tunnel. The cops arrested several people, nine of them, the Hambi 9, are still in pre-trial detention.

The cutting of the Hambacher Forest was officially stopped early this season, on a court-decision, postponing cutting until October 1st 2018, however the risk of eviction of the occupation is as great as ever.

The Hambi 9 would love to get mail! Exact information, including adresses and languages, can be found on the blog of ABC Rhineland.



The network: A virtual hunt for Islamic State fighters fleeing Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Over a secret WhatsApp group, hundreds of Syrian volunteers work to stop IS members slipping away before justice is served


When It Comes to Davos, It"s Inequality, Stupid Strategic Culture Foundation

For billions of people, the Groucho Marx rule applies when talking about Davos. This is the exclusive club, which meets in the luxury Swiss resort each year to discuss the global business environment.


Germany: Pants sold with alarm to ward off Muslim migrant rapes Jihad Watch

Germany has introduced pants with safety alarms to ward off Muslim migrant sex attacks, as Europe continues to descend into lawlessness and dhimmitude. UK police once advised potential victims not to harm their attackers, issuing a statement: You must not get a product which is made or adapted to cause a person injury. Possession of such []


israels Effective Colonization of the US Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israels Effective Colonization of the US A sitting US senator proclaimed allegiance to a foreign country, and nobody asked him to resign! This article originally appeared at Counterpunch, a leading left-leaning alternative site, in late 2016, but we just came across it and are running it as part of the ongoing debate about excessive Jewish []


US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map January 26, 2018

This is the newst update of the U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map January 26, 2018

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Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. Its composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the worlds oceans.

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Iran Seizes Hauls of Explosives Smuggled for Terror Attacks Geopolitics Alert

Tehran (TNA)  Iranian intelligence forces confiscated two consignments of bombs and explosives in separate operations east and west of the country, finding out that Saudi Arabias intelligence services were behind the smuggling of explosive devices from eastern borders.

In a statement on Wednesday, Irans Intelligence Ministry said its forces had seized two caches of explosives and ammunition smuggled into the country to be used for terrorist attacks in public places.

In the first operation, the security forces confiscated a consignment of 23 remote-controlled bombs, smuggled from east of Iran under the supervision of Saudi intelligence services, for the purpose of creating insecurity in Irans eastern provinces.


The second haul of explosives was captured by the intelligence forces in the city of Marivan in the western province of Kordestan from a separatist terrorist group whose elements had crossed the border from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in order to carry out attacks in Iran.

According to the statement, the cache included bomb-making equipment, TNT, C4, explosive kits, electronic detonators, grenades, AK-47 magazines, rocket-propelled grenades, and several assault rifles.

RELATED: The MEK: From Revolutionary Group to Imperialist Asset

In June 2017, members of Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group launched attacks on Irans parliament and on the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini south of Tehran, killing 17 people.

Hours before tho...


Iran, as Supporter of Self-Determination, a Thorn in Imperial Washingtons Side Geopolitics Alert

Tehran (MPN) Irans unapologetic self-determination, including its ballistic missile and nuclear energy program as well its resistance to economic imperialism, make it a constant thorn in Washingtons side.

Washingtons hostility towards the Islamic Republic of Iran dates back nearly 40 years to February of 1979 when revolutionary forces overthrew the Western-backed monarchy of Mohammad Reza Shah.

The United States consistently maintains that its involvement began with the hostage crisis in 1979 and continues today due to Irans ballistic missile and nuclear program, as well as meddling throughout the region in places like Syria, Lebanon, and now Yemen (albeit without evidence in some cases).

What the media and Western governments dont mention is that Irans core ideology stands directly opposed to U.S. military and economic expansion. The Islamic Republics promotion of self-determination indeed poses an existential threat to Washingtons dominance throughout the entire region similar to that of communism during the Cold War.

However, the Islamic Republic of Iran is nothing like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Despite the medias almost childlike ignorance, Tehran and Riyadh stand at direct odds due to pervasive ideological differences rather than simple Sunni-Shia sectarian disagreements.

But why is Tehran such a thorn in Washingtons side and why have tensions recently increased?

To answer this, its important to understand the key ideological differences between the United States and Iran, as well as how these differences play out on the geopolitical landscape.



Apartheid State: UNHRC Condemns Israel for Human Rights Abuses Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source A Palestinian journalist faces angry Israeli occupation soldiers in the West Bank. (Photo: File) Israels human rights record was put under the spotlight Tuesday during a major international review at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva as part of the bodys regular examination of Israels actions in Palestine. Israel is the only []


What Is "Safari Club II" and How It Can Change Middle East Dynamics Strategic Culture Foundation

The CIA and its Cold War allies, in forming the original Safari Club, has provided an invaluable template to the besieged peoples of Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and the wider Middle East. The Safari Club II is giving the Saudis, Israelis, Americans, Egyptians, Moroccans, and others a taste of their own bitter medicine.


Playing Kurdish Card in Syria Backfires on US As Turks Move In Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

JAMES GEORGE JATRAS | 25.01.2018 | FEATURED STORY Playing Kurdish Card in Syria Backfires on US As Turks Move In What the result will be of Turkeys offensive against the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria may not be clear for a while, but two things are already certain. Bad decisions in Washington provided the trigger, []


Zionist Legislation stan van houcke

In West Bank, teenager's arrest sheds light on two-tiered legal system



Anarchists in the Trump Era: Scorecard, Year One : Achievements, Failures, and the Struggles Ahead CrimethInc.

January 20, 2018 marked the conclusion of the first year of the Trump eraa string of back-to-back crises that made unprecedented demands on US anarchists. Despite limited numbers and resources, we rose admirably to those challenges. Congratulations on a roller coaster of a year! Now its time to analyze how we succeeded, identify the opportunities we missed, andabove allprepare for what comes next.

Over the past year, weve disrupted the far-right attempt to legitimize a more totalitarian strategy of governance and pushed back the threat of a street-level fascist movement. Neither of these victories are complete, but we achieved them against incredible odds. In 2018, well have to continue fighting those battles, but well also contend with centrists bent on re-legitimizing the political system, a resurgent authoritarian Left, and the next wave of ecological and geopolitical catastrophes. In order to succeed, well have to broaden our focus and expand our range of tactics.

For a detailed timeline of anarchist activity throughout 2017, consult this report by Its Going Down; Spencer Sunshine has also composed a timeline of fascist activity. The following analysis is hardly comprehensive; for example, it passes over anarchist participation in disaster relief, which played an important role in demonstrating our ethos of mutual aid this past year.

Dawn of a New Apocalypse

The election of Donald Trump marked the ascendancy of a new nationalist strategy for managing the state. Trumps nationalism is not centered in old-fashioned economic protectionism, but a neo-fascist model in which the violence necessary to sustain neoliberal capitalism is directed disproportionately at those outside the gated communities of citizenship, whiteness, and patriarchy. From the opening of his campaign, it was clear that he had no real plan to reverse the course of global development and bring factory jobs back to the US. Rather, he was promising voters the wages of whiteness, and they bought it hook, line, and sinker.

Anarchists in the US have...


BBC policy on use of term migrants ignored in WS report about Israel BBC Watch

h/t BF

As readers may be aware, the BBC sometimes appends a footnote to relevant articles concerning its use of the term migrant.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

That editorial policy was also the subject of an article published on the BBC News website in August 2015.

However, listeners to the January 2nd edition of the BBC World Service radio podcast Africa Todayheard presenter Bola Mosuro repeatedly use terminology that does not conform to that editorial policy....


Trump Attends World Economic Forum

Via: Reuters: Donald Trump flew into the sanctum of the global elite on Thursday to promote his tax cuts and deregulation policies to CEOs and bankers, many of whom are eager to invest in the United States despite reservations about his turbulent presidency. The first sitting U.S. president to visit the World Economic Forum in []


Kolkata, India: International Anarchist Solidarity Action with Villawood Hunger Strikers Insurrection News


Received on 25.01.18: 

On 24 January, 2017, we, a group of anarchists from 3 different continents, undertook an action in support of the hunger striking prisoners in Villawood Detention Centre, so-called Sydney, Australia.

The solidarity action, which was undertaken in Kolkata, Bengal, India, involved a protest street theater action outside the Australian Education Fair. The aim of the action was to inform the general population, and prospective students considering study in Australia, of the vile racist policies of the government in relation to its ongoing treatment of refugees. Our goal was also to challenge the dominant rhetoric of Australia, as &#822...


He died because hes black! aNtiDoTe Zine

We do it because otherwise they won't leave, Zurich functionary Mario Fehr (Social-democratic Party) recently explained.


Drunk Missouri Police Chief Arrested For Pointing Gun in Mans Face Photography is Not a Crime

It is unusual for a police chief to get arrested and tased, because they are the head of the department.

But the police chief of the Drexel Police Department in Missouri got drunk, started an argument with a man, pointed a gun in the mans face, and then was arrested for it; not to mention the police chief was tasered in the process. Drexel is about an hour south of Kansas City.

KMBC reports that Police Chief Jonathan R.G. Carpenter, 39, was arrested early Wednesday morning and booked into the Cass County jail. Carpenter was off duty at the time of his arrest.

Cass County deputies were called to a convenience store to meet with the victim. The call was for a domestic disturbance.

The 911 caller stated that a man had pointed a gun at another man. Upon deputies arrival the male victim said that Carpenter started a verbal argument with him, pulled out a gun and pointed it at his face. Additionally the victim stated Carpenter was intoxicated when the argument occurred.

The victim is the son of Carpenters longtime girlfriend.

Deputies then arrived at the home of Carpenter on East Hickory Street in Drexel at 3 a.m. As deputies moved in to make the arrest, Carpenter began to resist so much that a deputy had to shoot Carpenter with a Tazer.

Deputies were finally able to arrest Carpenter on scene and charged him with unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated and resisting or interfering with arrest. Carpenter is being held in jail on a $7,500 bond.

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News you may have missed #894: Economic warfare edition

The government of Qatar accuses the Saudi-led coalition of enacting an illegal embargo against it that amounts to "economic warfare". Does it have a point? Does economic warfare constitute a tangible part of the arsenal of modern nations, or is it a fantastical concept with little relation to reality?


Uncle Sam dumps the Kurds (yet again) The Vineyard of the Saker

[This article was written for the Unz Review] The drama which is unfolding in northern Syria is truly an almost ideal case to fully assess how weak and totally dysfunctional


How the Pentagon Enlisted Trump To Continue Its Perpetual War on Terror Original

The speech by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on January 17 laying out a series of conditions that would make it possible to withdraw US troops from Syria confirmed what had already been revealed by the Pentagon itself: The Trump administration is planning to keep US troops in Syria indefinitely. Although it was not a Continue reading "How the Pentagon Enlisted Trump To Continue Its Perpetual War on Terror"

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Veterans in Politics: Its Not About Honor Original

The Atlantics Ronald Brownstein reports that a new political organization, With Honor, has launched a major effort to elect to the House more recent military veterans who commit to working across party lines. a bipartisan core of House Members who are inclined to seek common ground, whatever their personal views. The idea that veterans Continue reading "Veterans in Politics: Its Not About Honor"

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Facebook and Instagram are getting a Dose of their Own Medicine Covert Geopolitics

A couple of days ago, while we were setting up a Facebook account for our new healthcare site,, it demanded that we submit a photo that clearly shows our face. Facebook promised that they will delete the photos from their servers afterwards. So far, this is the most aggressive imposition of the Deep State Continue reading Facebook and Instagram are getting a Dose of their Own Medicine


Seven arrests at Pentagon witness commemorate Massacre of the Holy Innocents The Nuclear Resister

Report of December 27-28, 2017 Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat and Pentagon Witness  by Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House   On December 27-28, over 40 members of the Atlantic and Southern Life communities, and other peacemaking friends, gathered for a retreat at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church in Washington, D.C., and a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon to commemorate []


Seoul says military solution to N Korea crisis unacceptable Aletho News

Press TV January 25, 2018 South Korea has hinted for the first time since the start of a standoff with the North over Pyongyangs nuclear program last year that a military solution would be no answer to the crisis and that differences should be settled diplomatically. South Koreas Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said on []


Too Big To Believe Massive Scandal Is Brewing At The FBI Aletho News

By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | January 24, 2018 As the Potemkin Village walls of The Lefts Trump Collusion narrative crash and burn along with special counsel Muellers credibility, The New York Posts Michael Goodwin sees far more wide-ranging problems ahead for Americas intelligence agencies as the anti-Trump secret society and lovers-texts-gate debacles threaten []


Syrian War Report January 25, 2018: Syrian Army Prepares To Clear Abu al-Duhur Pocket The Vineyard of the Saker The Syrian military is deploying reinforcements to northern Hama and eastern Idlib reportedly preparing to launch a military operation to clear the militant-held pocket there. According to pro-government sources,


US creates task force to promote internet freedom in Cuba Aletho News

RT | January 24, 2018 The US has created a special task force to promote the free flow of information on the internet in Cuba, the State Department announced. The move was decried by Cuban media as an attempt to destabilize the island. The Department of State is convening a Cuba Internet Task Force composed []


From secret societies to flawed FBI probes, the Russiagate narrative is imploding Aletho News

By Robert Bridge | RT | January 24, 2018 The anti-Russia narrative is collapsing under the growing weight of evidence pointing to a concerted internal effort on the part of the US establishment to sabotage the Trump presidency. Russiagate the ongoing American witch hunt that imagines the Kremlin behind everything, up to and including []


A Conspiracy of Silence Assaults Privacy Aletho News

By Andrew Napolitano Unz Review January 25, 2018 During the past three weeks, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law vast new powers for the NSA and the FBI to spy on innocent Americans and selectively to pass on to law enforcement the fruits of that spying. Those fruits can now []



Union Station, Washington DC Around noon on Saturday January 20th,  hundreds of activists gathered in support of the J20 defendants and the Black Lives Matter movement. In front of Union Station, two activists scaled the two opposing gargantuan flagpoles which fly the banner of this great nation.


These two activists had a banner drop in mind. Strapped in harnesses they performed a highly technical ascension of the poles about 30 feet high with a cord stretched in between them to secure the banner. One misstep could be fatal.



Hugh Fitzgerald: No Comment, Or, Read It and Weep Jihad Watch

Margaret Johnson, sociologist, writer, and business owner, who is an acolyte of Fethulleh Gulen, recently delivered herself of an article entitled How Islam led me to reject toxic masculinity and realize my worth. Ive long been eager to reject my toxic masculinity, and theres nothing Id rather do than to realize my net worth. So []


Giulio Regeni: Italian prosecutor says student murdered for Cairo research Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Without directly blaming government for student's death, prosecutor says Regeni attracted attention of 'Egypt's state apparatus'


Oldest human remains outside Africa found in cave in Israel Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Researchers believe jawbone from Homo sapien can be dated as far back as 194,000 years ago


Palestines Mamilla Cemetery and Israels colonial project Aletho News

By Mustafa Fatih Yavuz | MEMO | January 25, 2018 Israel has many instruments with which to conduct its colonial project in occupied Palestine: cutting-edge military technology; its nuclear weapons and strategic alliance with the US that Israels deterrence factor relies on; and US diplomatic protection to contain countries attempting to stop the colonial-settlement of []


Ireland May Criminalize Trade with Israeli Settlements Aletho News

Palestine Chronicle | January 25, 2018 Ireland is set to discuss a new bill that seeks to prohibit the import and sale of goods originating in illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian Territory. Independent Senator Frances Black, yesterday, launched the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018, which is scheduled for debate in Seanad ireann []


Sleepless in Khmeimim or why Russians cant just pull out of Syria (English)

In December 2017, Russias president stated once again that the Russian army had won a victory in...

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How Uncle Sam Launders Marijuana Money Dissident Voice

In a blatant example of do as I say, not as I do, the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits. Onerous reporting requirements are driving small local banks to sell out to Wall Street. Congress needs to harmonize federal with state law.

Thirty states and the District of Columbia currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. The herb has been shown to have significant therapeutic value for a wide range of medical conditions, including cancer, Alzheimers disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, glaucoma, lung disease, anxiety, muscle spasms, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, and arthritis pain. The community of Americans who rely on legal medical marijuana was estimated to be 2.6 million people in 2016 and includes a variety of mainstream constituency groups like veterans, senior citizens, cancer survivors, and parents of epileptic children. Unlike patented pharmaceuticals, which are now the leading cause of death from drug overdose, there have been no recorded deaths from marijuana overdose in the US. By comparison, alcohol causes 30,000 deaths annually, and prescription drugs taken as directed are estimated to kill 100,000 Americans per year.

Under federal law, however, marijuana remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance a deadly dangerous drug with no medical use and high potential for abuse and its possession remains a punishable offense. On the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump said the issue of marijuana legalization should be up to the states, continuing the hands off policy established under President Obama. Under the 2013 Cole Memorandum, the Department of Justice said it would not prosecute individuals and companies complying with robust and well-enforced state legalization programs. But on January 4th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded that memo and gave federal prosecutors the authority to pursue marijuana cases at their own discretion, even in places where the herb is legal under state law. The action has made banks even more afraid to take marijuana cash, which can be prosecuted as illegal money laundering, an offense...


Were going to have nothing to do with (peace process) any longer Trump threatens Palestinians Mondoweiss

Today at joint press appearance with Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos, Switzerland, Donald Trump bragged that the U.S. had taken the toughest issue Jerusalem off the table with his embassy announcement. We dont have to talk about it anymore.

But if the Palestinians dont accept his Jerusalem announcement and dont agree to negotiate peace with the Israelis, the U.S. was going to have nothing to do with it any longer.

Trump issued that warning in the context of threatening to withdraw hundreds of millions of aid from Palestine unless its leaders negotiate.

When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great Vice President to see them and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support That money is on the table, and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace. Because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace. And theyre going to have to want to make peace too, or were going to have nothing to do with it any longer.

The president also said that the U.S. will have a small version of the Embassy opened in Jerusalem ahead of schedule in 2019.

Trump said Israel will pay for Jerusalem in negotiations to come, but expressed bewilderment at why the Palestinians take Jerusalem so seriously as to stop talking over it.

So I will say that the hardest subject they had to talk about was Jerusalem. We took Jerusalem off the table, so we dont have to talk about it anymore. They never got past Jerusalem. We took it off the table. We dont have to talk about it anymore. You won one point, and youll give up some points later on in the negotiation, if it ever takes place. I dont know that it ever will take place.

But they have to respect the process also, and they have to respect the fact that the U.S. has given tremendous support to them over the years, in terms of monetary support and other support.

Amir Tibon of Haaretz says that Trump undercut his administrations claims that Jerusalems borders and status as the Palestinian capital were all still on the table, despite the embassy announcement:

Trumps statement on Jerusalem today in Davos contradicts everything his own administration has been saying about the issue for the last month. It also makes his talk about a peace plan that would be great for the Palestinians very unconvincing.

Asked if he has a peace plan, Trump said everybody is going to be very happy in the end if the Palestinians would only talk:

Yes, we have a proposal for peace. Its a great proposal for the Palestinians. I think its a very good proposal f...


How the New York Times phrases Israeli orders to kill Arab civilians The Angry Arab News Service/

Look at this: "In the wake of the Nahariya atrocity, Raful Eitan, the I.D.F. general, gave the regional commander Avigdor Ben-Gal a simple order: Kill them all, meaning all members of the P.L.O. and anyone connected to the organization in Lebanon."  Members of the PLO? There was no card carrying membership of the PLO. All Palestinians considered themselves members of the PLO. And if you add "anyone connected to the PLO in Lebanon, you have more than half the Lebanese population added to the Palestinian population in Lebanon. This explains why this order was translated into the murder of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian civilians in Lebanon. This is the nature of Israeli terrorism which Arabs won't forgive and why most won't settle for anything less than the dismantlement of the racist terrorist state of Israeli occupation.


Killing Yasser Arafat: Mossad propaganda in the New York Times The Angry Arab News Service/

The story in the New York Times (which is part of a book which is coming out) is a typical Mossad planted story in US media.  Notice that there is an attempt to show that humanitarian consideration went into planning to kill Arafat. The most fervent effort by Israel to kill Arafat was in the summer of 1982 during the savage siege of Beirut.  As I lived those times, I remember how whole apartment buildings would be bombed by concussion bombs from the air ON THE SUSPICION that Arafat was in the building.   I remember that there were hundreds of people who were incinerated by Israeli fighter jets merely because they lived in apartments where Arafat was suspected by dumb Mossad agents of being there.  There massive sites of bombing that people visited and knew that this was due to wrong Israeli intelligence.  But in the article somewhere toward the end they mention this group:  "With Eitans blessing, Ben-Gal appointed the man he considered the I.D.F.s top expert in special ops, Meir Dagan, to lead the efforts in south Lebanon. The three of them set up the Front for the Liberation of Lebanon From Foreigners." The story says in passing that "hundred of people were killed" by them. But this is what they don't tell you: this front specialized in car bombs in crowded neighborhoods.  They would plant car bombs in West Beirut for purposes of sheer terror.  I would estimate that the number of innocent victims killed by this group was in the thousands and not the hundreds.  This is the record of Israel which many Lebanese and non-Lebanese Arabs won't forget. These are part of the war crimes for which Arabs hold Israel responsible, in addition to the illegal occupation of Palestine--all of Palestine.

PS The title of the book from which this was excerpted is "The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations".  T...


New York City truck jihadi refuses to stand for federal judge Jihad Watch

He refused to stand because he recognizes only the authority of Sharia, which he regards as divine law and superior to the manmade law of the Manhattan federal court. Many other Muslims have in the past refused to stand for judges for the identical reason. Yet authorities have shown no interest in pondering the implications []


The Russiagate Stakes Are Extreme Foreign Policy Journal

Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017 (The Kremlin)


Meet the spies injecting Israeli propaganda into your news feed The Angry Arab News Service/

"It should be a big wake up call to all defenders of free speech and human rights when a peaceful civil society campaign is targeted by spy agencies responsible for hacking, torture, kidnapping and murder in Palestine and around the world." I want to create a community of fighters, Vaknin-Gil said soon after her appointment to the strategic affairs ministry. She said she planned to flood the internet with Israeli propaganda that would be publicly distanced from the government."


Germany's record-breaking arms exports The Angry Arab News Service/

"Angela Merkel's government has approved over 25.1 billion ($30.9 billion) worth of weapons sales since taking power in 2014. This puts the current administration, a coalition of Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), above any other German government in modern history, public broadcaster ARD reported on Tuesday."


WaPo editor blames lack of U.S. leadership for famine caused by U.S. leadership The Angry Arab News Service/

"Obama and Trump have logistically and politically supported the Saudi-led bombing and blockade of Yemen that caused the famine." (thanks Amir)


Playing Kurdish Card in Syria Backfires on US As Turks Move In Aletho News

By James George JATRAS | Strategic Culture Foundation | 25.01.2018 What the result will be of Turkeys offensive against the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria may not be clear for a while, but two things are already certain. Bad decisions in Washington provided the trigger, and Washingtons regional position will suffer as a []


This is why the film by the silly Lebanese director got nominated for the Academy Awards: no mystery there The Angry Arab News Service/

" "Three years ago, while I was watering my plants, I got in a fight with a Palestinian guy because the water was falling on him. And I told him, 'You know, [former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon should have wiped you all out.'"  Can you imagine if he were to say that about, say, Jewish people? Or blacks? Would he still be nominated and would he still be bragging about his bigotry?  


The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget Foreign Policy Journal

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, I Have a Dream, speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. (Public Domain)


Republicans Sitting On Evidence That Clears Trump: The Stupid Party Remains Stupid Foreign Policy Journal

FBI Director Robert Mueller in the Oval Office on July 20, 2012 (White House)


"Who Lost Turkey?" - The U.S.-Kurdish Project In Syria Endangers NATO Moon of Alabama

Back in the 1950s the U.S. political sphere was poisoned by a groundless smear campaign against country-experts in the State Department who were identified as those who lost China. If the Trump administration proceeds on its current course we may...



The first monkeys have been cloned in China... but is there a deeper story:
In a scientific first, cloned monkeys are born. Will they


Listening to Mattis The Vineyard of the Saker

by Auslander for The Saker Blog I watched US Secretary of Defense General Mattis live on 19 January and Im reasonably sure a lot of us either watched him or


Hundreds protest Morocco trial of journalists Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


The journalists are accused of publishing excerpts of a parliamentary commission debate over a budget deficit


US Defense Secretary Paints a Misleading Global Picture ThereAreNoSunglasses

US Defense Secretary Paints a Misleading Global Picture


US Defense Secretary Paints a Misleading Global Picture

PARIS U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a remarkable admission last week while introducing the new National Defense Strategy.

We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that were engaged in today, Mattis said, but great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.

Using the term competition instead of war implies an economic component, since there are currently no direct military competitions between the U.S. and either...


Irans Fast Boats Stop Harassing U.S. Navy, Baffling Military Peace and Freedom

Tehran halts dangerous encounters in Persian Gulf amid tensions over nuclear deal

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Updated Jan. 25, 2018 11:46 a.m. ET

The Iranian military has halted the routine harassment by its armed fast boats of U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military said, a turnabout that officials welcomed but were at a loss to explain.

The boats for at least two years would dart toward the U.S. vessels as they passed through the Persian Gulf, risking miscalculation, but havent done so for five months, U.S. military officials said.


The officials said they hoped the respite would continue. I hope its because we have messaged our readinessand that it isnt tolerable or how professional militaries operate, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads U.S. Central Command, told reporters traveling with him in the Middle East this week. Iranian officials didnt respond to a request for comment.

The fast boats, typically armed with .50 caliber machine guns and rocket launchers, have come within shooting distance of American naval vessels, encounters that grew routine even though each one presents potential dangers to American vessels transiting through international waters.

In some of the more serious incidents, Iranian crews have directed spotlights at ship and aircraft crews, potentially blinding pilots as they conduct operations, according to U.S. military officials. In one case, an Iranian boat pointed a weapon at an American helicopter flying off a Navy vessel, officials said. In the most serious incidents, U.S. vessels have fired warning shots in return.

The Iranian boats are typically crewed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,...


To preserve our democracy we need freedom of speech and of the press Peace and Freedom



To preserve our democracy we need freedom of speech and of the press. Hence our Constitution itself provides that No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances (Article III Section 4).

Covered by this constitutional precept is every form of expression, whether oral or written particularly in print and electronic media, taped or recorded in a disc, including movies and symbolic speech such as wearing an arm band as a means of protest, peaceful picketing and holding rallies. And with the advent of information technology, blogs in social media are likewise included.

This freedom is observed and protected by prohibiting government restrictions on the press and other forms of expression in advance of actual publication and dissemination although in case of movies, censorship may be allowed with some procedural safeguards. This is the prior restraint rule which is a system of licensing administered by an executive officer. This prohibition however is not absolute especially when a nation is at war. On similar grounds the primary requirements of decency may be protected against obscene publications. Likewise the security of community life may be protected against incitement to acts of violence and the overthrow of the orderly government by force.

In order not to curtail this freedom, subsequent punishment of the expression is likewise prohibited. This prohibition does not apply however when the expression creates a dangerous tendency which the State has the right to prevent or when there is a rational connection between the speech and the evil feared. An example of this is the remark made during the American colonial rule by a Filipino who said: Filipinos like myself, must use bolos for cutting off Woods (the American Governor General at that time) head for having recommended a bad thing for the Philippines. According to the Supreme Court in the case of People vs. Perez, 45 Phil, 599, this is a seditious speech.

The second test on whether or not the subsequent punishment of free expression will be proh...


Kerry to Abbas Confidante: Stay Strong and Do Not Give in to Trump Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

January 25, 2018 Ex-Secretary of State John Kerry has confided that he may make a second bid for the White House as he urged Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to resist President Trump, according to a report. [Abbas] should stay strong in his spirit and play for time that he should not break down []


We Will Remember Freedom : Why It Matters that Ursula K. Le Guin Was an Anarchist CrimethInc.

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Ive never liked the part of the story when the mentor figure dies and the young heroes say they arent ready to go it alone, that they still need her. Ive never liked it because it felt clichd and because I want to see intergenerational struggle better represented in fiction.

Today I dont like that part of the story because I dont feel ready.

Last week, I lived in the same world as Ursula Le Guin, a grandmaster of science fiction who accepted awards by decrying capitalism and seemed, with every breath, to speak of the better worlds we can create. On Monday, January 22, 2018, she passed away. She was 88 years old and she knew it was coming, and of course my sorrow is for myself and my own loss and not for a woman who, after a lifetime of good work fighting for what she believed, died loved.

Its also a sorrow, though, to have lost one of the most brilliant anarchists the world has ever known. Especially now, as we start into the hard times she said were coming.

To be clear, Ursula Le Guin didnt, as I understand it, call herself an anarchist. I asked her about this. She told me that she didnt call herself an anarchist because she didnt feel that she deserved toshe didnt do enough. I asked her if it was OK for us to call her one. She said shed be honored.

Ursula, I promise you, the honor is ours.

When I think about anarchist fiction, the first story that comes into my head is a simple one, called Ile Forest, which appeared in Le Guins 1976 collection Orsinian Tales. The narrative is framed by two men discussing the nature of crime and law. One suggests that some crimes are simply unforgivable. The other refutes it. Murder, surely, argues the one, that isnt for self-defense, is unforgivable.

The chief narrator of the story then goes on to relate a story of a murdera vile one, a misogynist onethat leaves you with both discomfort and with the awareness that no, in that particular case, there would be no justice in seeking vengeance or legal repercussions against the murderer.

In a few thousand words, without even trying, she undermines the readers faith in both codified legal systems and vigilante justice.

It wasnt that Le Guin carried her politics into her work. Its that the same spirit animated both her writing and her politics. In her 2015 blog post Utopiyin, Utopiyang she writes:

The kind of thinking we are, at last, beginning to do about how to change the goals of human domination and unlimited growth to those of human adaptability and long-term survival is a shift from yang to yin, and so involves acceptance of impermanence and imperfection, a patience with uncertainty and the makeshift, a friendship with water, darkness, and the eart...


WaPo Editor Blames Lack of US Leadership for Famine Caused by US Leadership Aletho News

By Adam Johnson | FAIR | January 23, 2018 American leadership is one of a long list of vague, seemingly benign pseudo-concepts our media throw around to justify increased spending on soft power and military adventurism. Its a difficult concept to pin down, but its almost always presented as something the United States is failing []


Trump: Money will be cut off to Palestinians if leaders dont engage in peace negotiations Jihad Watch

At last some common sense in the Oval Office. The peace negotiations are useless and foredoomed, of course, but the point here is that President Trump is holding the Palestinians accountable, as no President has ever done before. We give billions of dollars away every year to countries and in many cases those countries dont []


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Groups describe Khan as having 'no grassroots credibility' within the Muslim community


Celebrities express horror over Trump aid cuts to Palestinian refugees Peace and Freedom


Olivia Wilde attends the 5th Annual Save The Children Illumination Gala at The American History Museum on October 18, 2017. (AFP)

JERUSALEM: Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are among more than 25 celebrities and public figures expressing horror over President Donald Trumps decision to cut funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, an advocacy group said Thursday.

The real target of this lethal attack is the Palestinian people themselves, the group said in a joint statement. It has been launched with the clear aim of dismantling their rights, by dismantling the institution that is charged with protecting them.
Actresses Gillian Anderson, Olivia Wilde, Emma Thompson and Tilda Swinton were also among the signatories.
The letter was released by the Hoping Foundation, a London-based group that assists Palestinian children.
Expressing frustration with a freeze in Mideast peace efforts, Trump this month bl...


Mattis just doesnt understand how US operates around the world Aletho News

By Nebojsa Malic | RT | January 25, 2018 US Defense Secretary James Mattis is a Marines Marine and a respected military scholar. Yet his recent remarks to reporters about US conduct around the world smack of either hypocrisy or woeful misinformation. Mattis is visiting Indonesia and Vietnam this week, as part of a US []


Trump threatens to pull aid to Palestinians if they dont pursue peace Peace and Freedom


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DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to withhold aid to the Palestinians if they did not pursue peace with Israel, saying they had snubbed the United States by not meeting Vice President Mike Pence during a recent visit.

Trump, speaking after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland said he aimed for peace in the Middle East.

Palestinians shunned Pences visit to the region this month after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital and vowed to begin moving the U.S. embassy to the city, whose status is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trumps endorsement in December of Israels claim to Jerusalem as its capital drew universal condemnation from Arab leaders and criticism around the world. It also broke with decades of U.S. policy that the citys status must be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands that money is on the table and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace, Trump said.

Washington had already said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called Trumps Jerusalem declaration a slap in the face and has rejected Washington as an honest broker in any future talks with Israel. Abbas left for an overseas visit before Pence arrived.

Israels government regards Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the country, although that is not recognized internationally. Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Trump said Palestinians had to come to the negotiating table.

Because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace and theyre going to have to want to make peace too or were going to have nothing to do with them any longer, Trump said.

Trump said his administration had a peace proposal in the works that was a great proposal for Palestinians which covers a lot of the things that were over the years discussed or agreed on, without providing specifics.

Trump said that his declaration of Jerusalem as Israels capital took it off the negotiating table and Israel will pay for that, adding theyll do something that will be a very good thing without elaborating.

Earlier at the World Economic Forum, Jordanian King Abdullah said Jerusalem had to...


While complaining that Palestinians will starve because of Trumps cuts, PA buys Abbas $50,000,000 private jet Jihad Watch

Both may be true. Palestinian children may starve, while their jihadi leaders spend the billions in aid they get from their easy marks in the West on private planes and other perks of authoritarian rule. Amid funding cut fears, PA purchases $50 million private jet for Abbas report, Times of Israel, January 24, 2018: []


New 2018 Pentagon Defense Strategy: From the War on Terror to Predatory Economics Newsbud

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DoD Secretary Mattis Didnt Get Indonesias Bizarre Message for Him Covert Geopolitics

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is on an Asian tour to check the loyalty of his Asian counterparts. When he arrived in Indonesia, he was treated to a bizarre Special Forces martial art skills demonstration, including the live decapitation of snakes and the consumption of their blood. Unsurprisingly, he was very impressed by the unusual Continue reading DoD Secretary Mattis Didnt Get Indonesias Bizarre Message for Him


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Mahmoud al-Werfalli is wanted by the ICC for war crimes


Davos: Inequality Rocks The Magic Mountain PopularResistance.Org

A major cause of such inequality is tax havens which in the current casino atmosphere stand no risk of being regulated. The so-called globalized elites meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year under the specter of extreme turbulence. The WEF Global Risks Report is hardly reassuring. The top five most likely risks for 2018 all range from extreme weather/climate change disturbances to cyber-attacks. Yet, according to the report, in terms of impact, they are superseded by weapons of mass destruction a direct consequence of the Korean peninsula standoff. Global elites are somewhat paralyzed by political inaction facing the most pressing questions of our time, just as the global economy is inundated by liquidity. Quantitative easing was actually the only concrete response to political inaction, adhered to by every Central Bank, from the ECB to the Japanese.


Black Women Challenge White Feminism of Womens March PopularResistance.Org

Black womens issues need to be at the forefront in order for this country to move forward, said Brittany Oliver, founding director of Not Without Black Women (NWBW), to many cheers from the crowd gathered at the Lincoln Memorial. About 10,000 people wrapped around the Reflecting Pool and stretched up the Memorials steps. Oliver said she was there to challenge white feminism and stress how important our voices are. Since we were here a year ago, there has been a seismic shift in the way women are dealing with the symptoms of gender bias, including the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, she said. She reminded them that #MeToo was founded a decade agoby a black woman. You saw #MeToo and Tawana Burke for over ten years, and [she] didnt get recognition for it until recently, Oliver said.


Myanmar says it terminated position of US diplomat Richardson He said he could not in good conscience sit on a panel he feared would only whitewash the causes of the Rohingya crisis Peace and Freedom


AFP/File / by Richard SARGENT | Myanmars State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi had hand picked US diplomat Bill Richardson to serve on a panel on the Rohingya crisis

YANGON (AFP)  Myanmar on Thursday said it made the decision to dump US diplomat Bill Richardson from an advisory panel on the Rohingya crisis, accusing the veteran politician of a personal attack on Aung San Suu Kyi in his stinging resignation letter.The war of words has heaped embarrassment on Suu Kyi whose star as a rights defender continues to plummet over her failure to speak out for the Rohingya in the face of overwhelming evidence of the Muslim minority groups suffering.

Suu Kyis office said that during discussions in Myanmars capital on January 22, it became evident that Richardson was not interested in providing advice as one of five international members of a new panel on a crisis that has seen nearly 690,000 Rohingya flee a military crackdown to Bangladesh.

In view of the difference of opinion that developed, the government decided that his continued participation on the board would not be in the best interest of all concerned, the office said in an English statement posted on Facebook.

Myanmars explanation stands in stark contrast to Richardsons, who after his three-day visit to the country said he could not in good conscience sit on a panel he feared would only whitewash the causes of the Rohingya crisis.

He tore into Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi for an absence of moral leadership over the problem, and described her furious response to his calls to free two Reuters journalists arrested while covering the crisis.

A Myanmar government spokesman hit back earlier on Thursday, accusing the former New Mexico Governor of overstepping the mark.

He should review himself over his personal attack against our State Counsellor, government spokesman Zaw Htay told AFP, using Suu Kyis official title.

Urging understanding instead of blame, Zaw Htay said the issue of the arrests was beyond Richardsons mandate and he should not have brought it up at his meeting with Suu Kyi.

The heated discussion left Myanmars leader quivering with rage, Richardson told the New York Times.

Tepid response

The Reuters journalists, Myanmar nationals Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, face a possible 14 years in prison under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly posses...


Trump: If Palestinians Dont Want Peace, The U.S. Has Nothing To Do With Them Sit down and negotiate peace. The money is on the table. Peace and Freedom

The Jerusalem Post
 JANUARY 25, 2018 17:12

He added that under the proposal, Israel would have to pay.

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Davos Switzerland

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. (photo credit: CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERS)

Unless the Palestinian Authority shows that it wants to make peace, the US will not have anything to do with them any longer, US President Donald Trump said Thursday in Davos before meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

I can tell you, Israel does want to make peace, and they [the Palestinians] are going to have to want to make peace too, or we arent going to have anything to do with them any longer, Trump said. This was not brought up by other negotiators, but it is brought up by me.

Trump did not hide his anger toward the Palestinians for snubbing Vice President Mike Pence during his visit in Israel this week, saying that the US will withhold aid funds to them until they return to negotiations.

The Palestinians, he said, disrespected us by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid support.

That money, Trump said, will not go to the Palestinians unless they sit down and negotiate peace.

Trump said that his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels...


Sanctuary Cities Threatened With Federal Subpoenas PopularResistance.Org

Twenty-three cities and states are facing subpoenas if they do not prove they are complying with federal immigration laws regarding sanctuary cities in a timely manner, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Letters were sent to each of the jurisdictions, which include California, New York City and Chicago, on Wednesday, demanding they provide documentation that proves they are not violating federal law. That law known as Section 1373  says state and local governments cant prevent their employees from communicating with Immigration and Naturalization Service officials about the citizenship or immigration status of any individual. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is threatening to pull federal grants from cities not demonstrating compliance, though multiple federal courts have blocked President Donald Trumps administration from withholding those funds; the issue is still being litigated.


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Relationship with Trump was promising until he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinian envoy says


Iran Disrupts Saudi Bomb Plot, Seizes 23 Bombs and Bomb-Making Materials ThereAreNoSunglasses

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Iran has captured two large caches of explosives and powerful bombs that were supposed to be detonated in populated areas as part of two terrorist plots, one of them directly designed and led by Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry said in a Wednesday statement that in one operation, security forces discovered no less than 23 remote controlled bombs that terrorists were going to use in order to wreak havoc in the eastern parts of the country.

Terrorists had managed to carry the bombs over Irans eastern borders and sneak them into the country using help from Saudi intelligence agencies, according to the statement.

The ministry said another shipment of explosives complete with bomb-making equipment were seized from a terrorist group in the western province of Kordestan.

The materials, captured from a separatist militant group in the border town of Mariwan, included military-grade material such as TNT, C4, explosive kits and electronic charges.

The statement did not reveal further details about the identities of the terrorists or their possible targets.

Saudi officials have on several occasions made open calls for instability in Iran.



Trump kicked the Islamic world in the teeth today, and loved doing it. Sic Semper Tyrannis

"President Trump said Thursday that U.S. aid to the Palestinians won't continue until they're willing to "sit down and negotiate peace." At a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr....


We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices Inspiration For Young Activists PopularResistance.Org

New York, NY  Random House Childrens Books will publish WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES, an empowering collection of poems, letters, personal essays, art, and other works from over 50 diverse, award-winning childrens book authors and artists in collaboration with Just Us Books, a Black-owned publisher committed to exclusively producing Black and multicultural childrens books. Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers, acquired world rights for publication from Just Us Books co-founders and anthology compilers Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. The beautiful, full-color keepsake collection will be available on September 4, 2018.


U.S. Officials Worried Jered Kushner Under Influence of Chinese Campaign Peace and Freedom

 JANUARY 25, 2018 16:59


The crux of the concerns center on Kushners numerous encounters with Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai.

Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner . (photo credit: REUTERS)

NEW YORK The US security establishment is reportedly concerned that senior White House adviser and son-in-law to the president of the United States, Jared Kushner, may be the subject of a Chinese influence campaign due to his personal business interests.

Those worries were revealed this week after The New Yorker reported that the 37-year-old has repeatedly held private meetings with Chinese government officials since the outset of the Trump administration.

The crux of the concerns center on Kushners numerous encounters with Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, with some meetings being accompanied by disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Cui and Kushner have also met alone on at least one occasion, according to The New Yorker, which intelligence officers say is a flagrant breach of security protocols.

The US usually conducts high-level talks with foreign governments in large groups, with experts on the American side present to ensure its interests are not manipulated or undermined.

But Kushners alleged eschewing of the diplomatic procedures have made some people in the US government uncomfortable, leading experts to believe that Beijing could be using the political neophyte to influence American policy.

He went in utterly unflanked by anyone who could find Beijing on a map, one security official told the Manhattan-based magazine. It was a dream come true. They couldnt believe he was so compliant.

Those concerns were first raised follo...


More Than 750 Communities Have Created Internet Networks PopularResistance.Org

A new map from Community Networks shows that more communities than ever are building their own broadband networks to end big telecom's monopoly. Communities invest in telecommunications networks for a variety of reasons - economic development, improving access to education and health care, price stabilization, etc. They range from massive networks offering a gig to hundreds of thousands in Tennessee to small towns connecting a few local businesses. This map tracks a variety of ways in which local governments have invested in wired telecommunications networks as well as state laws that discourage such approaches. Our map includes more than 750 communities...


Turkey to U.S.: end support for Syrian Kurdish YPG or risk confrontation Peace and Freedom


ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) Turkey urged the United States on Thursday to halt its support for Kurdish YPG fighters or risk confronting Turkish forces on the ground in Syria, some of Ankaras strongest comments yet about a potential clash with its NATO ally.

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Turkish soldiers are pictured in a village near the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province, Turkey January 24, 2018. REUTERS Umit Bektas Reuters

The comments, from the spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogans government, underscore the growing bilateral tensions, six days after Turkey launched its air and ground operation, Olive Branch, in Syrias northwestern Afrin region.

Turkeys targeting of the YPG, which it views as a security threat, has opened a new front in Syrias multi-sided civil war.

Any push by Turkish forces toward Manbij, part of a Kurdish-held territory some 100 km (60 miles) east of Afrin, could threaten U.S. plans to stabilize northeast Syria and bring them into direct confrontation with U.S. troops deployed there.

Those who support the terrorist organization will become a target in this battle, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

The United States needs to review its solders and elements giving support to terrorists on the ground in such a way as to avoid a confrontation with Turkey, Bozdag, who also acts as the governments spokesman, told broadcaster A Haber.

The United States has around 2,000 troops in Syria, officially as part of an international, U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. Washington has angered Ankara by providing arms, training and air support to Syrian Kurdish forces that Turkey views as terrorists.

U.S. forces were deployed in and around Manbij last March to deter Turkish and U.S.-backed rebels from attacking each other and have also carried out training missions in the area.

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Erdogan on Wednesday to curtail the military operation in Syria, the White House said.

However Turkey has disputed that characterization of the conversation.

President Trump did not share any concerns about escalating violence with regard to the ongoing military operation in Afrin, a Turkish official said.

The two leaders discussion of Operation Olive Branch was limited to an exchange of views, the official said.

Six days into the campaign, Turkish soldiers and their Free Syrian Army rebel fighter allies have been battling to gain footholds on the western, northern and eastern flanks of Afrin.

They appear to have made only limited gains, hampered by rain and clouds, which have limi...


Without UNRWA we have nothing: Palestinian refugees speak out against US aid cuts Mondoweiss

Bethlehem, occupied West Bank Palestinians in Bethlehems Aida refugee camp have expressed their mounting anxiety over a US decision to slash funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Earlier this month, the US State Department informed UNRWA that it would be withholding over $100 million from the organization. Heather Nauert, the departments spokesperson, said that the funds will be held for future consideration. Its money thats being frozen at this time. The US wants to see some revisions made in how UNRWA operates, she said.

She added that the decision was not aimed at punishing anyone.

Palestinians in Aida refugee camp disagree, telling Mondoweiss that the cuts are a continuation of US policies aimed at strangling the lifeline of Palestinian refugees.

UNRWA was established in 1949 to provide services to some 750,000 Palestinians expelled from their homes and lands during Israels creation in 1948.

The UNRWA refugee status is passed down to children via their fathers; the number of Palestinian refugees under UNRWAs responsibility is now more than five million all of whom are scattered across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.

Erosion of services

Aida refugee camp is located adjacent to Israels separation wall and an Israeli military tower in northern Bethlehem city. On the roof of some homes, an illegal Israeli settlement can be seen beyond the cement wall that snakes around the camp.

The camp is the site of frequent Israeli military raids and a recent study conducted by UC Berkeley School of Law concluded that the camp was the most tear-gassed area in the world.

The some 3,150 residents of Aida are dependent on UNRWA to provide food and cash programs to vulnerable refugees, school and healthcare.

Sajida Allan (Photo: Jaclynn Ashly)

Sajida Allan, a 24-year-old who voluntee...


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GWPF | Jan 24, 2018 2017 seemed like a year full of bad weather news. But a deeper look at the global data suggests that attempts to link the last years extreme weather to climate change are misleading.


Burger King Loves Net Neutrality (?!) And Other Whoppers PopularResistance.Org

Some buzz-killers are complaining that Burger King doesnt really care about Net Neutrality and is just trying to exploit a hot-button topic. To them, I say: I know! Isnt it great?! Net Neutrality is so popular right now that its being used to sell hamburgers. This supposedly obscure issue, one that all the political experts spent years trying to dismiss and rename, is so prominent that Burger-freaking-King wants a piece of it. Right now Net Neutrality ranks high on the list of concerns of millennial voters right up there with marijuana legalization. If nothing else, BK knows its target demo. The unprecedented public response since Ajit Pais FCC moved to kill Net Neutrality in December has now seized the attention of Madison Avenue. This is new territory. And its delicious.


Norman Finkelsteins new book on Gaza is a meticulous account of Israels crimes Mondoweiss

GAZA: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom
By Norman Finkelstein
440 pp. University of California Press, $34.95

Norman Finkelstein has the moral gravity of an Old Testament prophet, the scrupulous attention to detail of a Talmudic scholar, and the mordant sense of humor of a Yiddish novelist. All these attributes are on display in Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom, an indictment of Israels crimes in the overcrowded Palestinian territory from 2008 up to the present.

The criminal pattern of Israels ongoing blockade, punctuated by murderous assaults against the civilian population of the beleaguered territory, will not be news to anyone who follows Israel/Palestine. But the cumulative impact of Finkelsteins meticulously-documented 408-page chronicle is devastating, and it will leave the reader stunned that the worldwide reaction is so muted.

Finkelstein does have one major new finding. He argues that the major international human rights organizations, after effectively denouncing Israels assault on Gaza in 2008-09, have since quieted down, to the point that Human Rights Watch issued only one feeble report after the biggest Israeli attack of all in 2014. Israels hasbara (propaganda), along with other kinds of pressure, is successfully whitewashing Israeli crimes.

Finkelstein deals in turn with Operation Cast Lead (2008-09; 1400 Gazans dead, including 350 children); the assault on the Mavi Marmara ship that was bringing medical and other supplies to the territory (9 dead); the less well-known Operation Pillar of Defense (2012; 100 dead, 35 children); and the most savage attack to date, Operation Protective Edge (51 days in 2014; 2200 dead, 550 children). He points out that by contrast, a total of 86 Israelis died in all these assaults, and of the 73 Israeli casualties in the 2014 invasion, fully 67 were Israeli combatants.

Throughout, Finkelstein thoroughly disproves Israels justification for its assaults, that they constituted self-defense. He points out that Hamas, the largest Palestinian political force in Gaza, did not start the regular hostilities; in fact, the organization showed growing signs of compromise with the reality of Israel, Hamass policy was characterized by what Finkelstein calls flagrant pragmatism. Hamas also signed on to a 2014 agreement to end its feud with its rival, Fatah. Israels prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, threatened by the specter of Palestinian unity, staged raids across the West Bank; Finkelstein explains that the rampage was patently tailored to elicit a violent response from Hamas, so as to prove it was a terrorist organization.



Turkey invades Afrin: the Kurds lose again The Vineyard of the Saker

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Trump, May Meet at Davos Amid Strained Relations Peace and Freedom

U.K. leader appeared to tread carefully during her speech but stressed Britains special relationship with the U.S.


By Jenny Gross
The Wall Street Journal

Updated Jan. 25, 2018 10:01 a.m. ET

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May strongly defended free trade and globalization in a speech Thursday at the World Economic Forum, implicitly distancing herself from President Donald Trump amid strained relations.

Mrs. May and Mr. Trump were meeting in Davos, Switzerland, their first since the U.S. president abruptly called off a planned trip to London earlier this month.

She needs Trumps support as the U.K. leaves the European Union and seeks to build economic relations with the U.S. But she also has publicly admonished him and sought to avoid the political fallout of appearing too close to a leader who is unpopular in her home country, including within her Conservative Party.

The U.K. leader is expected to tread a careful path. In her speech in Davos last year, May implicitly rebuked Trump with a strong defense of globalization and free trade. This year, May is instead expected to urge technology companies to do more to crack down on extremist material, according to excerpts of her speech sent by her office.

Its a special relationship not only in words, but its how we work together, really, on every issue. It is very, very hard to find any place where our interests dont overlap almost completely with those of the United Kingdom.

-White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

Downing Street has said the special relationship between the U.K. and the U.S. is long and enduring. White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster earlier this week sought to play down tensions, emphasizing the relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. remains special and that the president was prioritizing his meeting with May, the first of his four bilateral meetings with foreign leaders in Davos.

Trump was one of the few world leaders to support Brexit, and May wants to secure a quick and favorable trade deal with the U.S. to show that Britain can make up for the costs of leaving the blocs free trade zone.


Trump holds meeting with Israels Netanyahu at Davos Urges Palestinians to the negotiating table Peace and Freedom

Combines from Reuters, AFP and CBS News

Mr. Trump arrived in Davos and the World Economic Forum Thursday, hours after an impromptu press conference with reporters in which he said he is looking forward to being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and is open to a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was looking forward to opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world leaders.

One of President Trumps first official meetings in Davos was with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu.

Mr. Trump is greeting Netanyahu following the prime ministers visit with Vice President Mike Pence during his overseas visit to the Middle East. There, Pence had announced the U.S. embassy in Israel would be making its move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv earlier than planned.

While addressing the international media in Davos, President Trump said he had withheld several millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians in order to get them to the bargaining table. He also said he decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in order to remove that topic from the negotiating table.

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WaPo Defends Its Owner Against Charges That Hes Very Wealthy PopularResistance.Org

Awkwardly enough, one of the worlds six wealthiest people is the owner of the paper doing the factchecking. Or as the Postcoyly put it, (Among the names on the list: Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post.) The Posts Nicole Lewis didnt say that Sanders was wrong, exactly. Instead, she said that he has made a habit of relying on simplified statistics that are provocative but do little to illuminate the complexities of the US economic system. Or as she said of a similar statement Sanders made about US (not global) wealth, While technically correct, the condensed soundbite lacked nuance about wealth accumulation and debt in the United States. The factcheck started out by acknowledging that, yes, the six richest people, according to Forbes, have net wealth of $462.6 billion.


Narrm / Melbourne, So-Called Australia: Banner Action for Invasion Day 2018 Insurrection News

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Banner drop. West Gate freeway. Melbourne. Solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.


Messianic Mike Pence spouts pseudo-biblical literalism in Jerusalem Mondoweiss

Not long ago it seemed that the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority were eager to negotiate a peace deal. Secretary of State John Kerrys leadership of this effort from July 2013 to April 2014 will likely never be matched by the Trump administration. Over a period of nine months, Kerrys shuttle diplomacy raised eyebrows amidst strained relations between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama as he attempted to chart a proposal through almost a hundred meetings between Palestinian, Israeli, and American negotiators. The effort ultimately proved fruitless; yet it remains instructive.

Five months into the talks and after repeated leaks of intense discussions among the negotiators, the most scathing assessment came from Moshe Yaalon, then Netanyahus Defense Minister. In January 2014, he said the American security plan presented to us is not worth the paper its written on, and that the Secretary was acting out of incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling, cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.

Yaalons remarks were not unnoticed by the American team. The mutual disdain between Obama and Netanyahu had, by that point, fueled several instances of such derogatory public comments by Israeli officials. While Yaalon quickly apologized, his words soon proved a harbinger of the negotiations death. After all, no deal could materialize without the Defense Ministers approval. Moreover, Israeli approval of 14,000 illegal settlement units during those nine months of shuttle diplomacy undermined the confidence of the Palestinian negotiating team. Kerry himself admitted toward the end of his effort that the settlements approval was a cloud that made it very difficult for any leader to deal under.

Today, it seems that roles have been reversed. The U.S. is indeed on a messianic mission only of a different kind  and, this time around, Israel could not be any more supportive. This is especially so in light of the Trump administration campaign to upend fact with biblical prophecy and the stuff of fantasy.

Vice President Mike Pences speech at the Knesset on January 22, 2018, is only the latest display of his evangelical Christian worldview as it relates to Israel.


How Can We Bridge The Widening Global Inequality Gap? PopularResistance.Org

For the past five years, I have carried Oxfam's call to tackle global inequality to the rich and powerful people attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. I don't sing alone there any more. I'm worried my message is almost mainstream, that I sound like I'm part of the choir. I bet nearly every politician and industry leader I meet in Davos this week will talk the talk about the evils of inequality and be very eloquent and believable, too. I mean, how could they not? The evidence is overwhelming. Surely, no stable genius attending Davos could possibly try to deny, minimise or justify 2018 levels of global inequality? Now that would be a controversial sideshow! Oxfam's report this year is as much about people's stories as it is about inequality's staggering statistics. These are the people around the world losing their lands and livelihoods as fast as ever.


Pakistan condemns US drone strike that killed two Islamic jihadis Jihad Watch

Yet more indication that Pakistan is no ally of the United States. Pakistan condemns US drone strike inside its territory, Reuters, January 24, 2018: The unmanned aircrafts missiles targeted an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistans northwestern Kurram region, a statement from the Pakistani foreign office said. Such unilateral actions, as that of today, are detrimental []


BBC's House of Saud: How much of it is real? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The film highlights the huge issues which endanger Saudi Arabia's survival over the medium term


No Indigenous Women, No Womens Movement PopularResistance.Org

It is no secret that, beginning with the first wave of feminism, the womens movement has been a white womans crusade. While white women championed suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, black and indigenous women still were fighting for their personhood, not yet even considered human by the white race and simply not in the privileged position to be discontented with their inability to vote. Still today, white and upper-class womens issues stand in stark contrast to the issues of many indigenous and black women. In todays womens marches across the nation, scores of white women express their feminist vigor wearing pink pussy hats, a rebuff to Donald Trumps grab em by the pussy comment from a 2005 Access Hollywood recording that emerged publicly shortly before the 2016 presidential election.


AU summit 30: Should Africa worry about a growing foreign military presence? World Beyond War . . .

By Peter Fabrucius, January 24, 2018

From ISS Africa

The United States in particular, but also France, have had a lot of flak for their military presence in Africa. However a surprising number of other foreign powers have quietly been putting boots on African soil over the past couple of decades, though attracting little attention.

Does the African Union (AU) endorse all this activity? Is it monitoring it? Is it concerned about it? And if not, should ordinary Africans be worried and demand action from the continental body?

Alex Vines, head of the Africa programme at Chatham House, discerns a growing diversification of security partners on the continent. In 2000, security in Africa meant mostly France, a bit of the US and some niche deployments such as Morocco (as presidential guard) and the United Nations (UN), Vines told ISS Today.

We now have Djibouti hosting many military bases. China in 2017 joins other recent arrivals in Djibouti with military facilities. Japan too has its only foreign military base there as do the Italians. Troops from Germany and Spain are hosted by the French, but the Russians failed to negotiate a partnership with the Chinese to share their facilities. India is also considering opening its own base in Djibouti, as is Saudi Arabia.

But it isnt only Djibouti thats accepting new foreign military bases, he says. In February 2017, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) secured agreement for a fore...


Kentucky Medicaid Enrollees Sue To Block Work Requirement Waiver PopularResistance.Org

Groups representing Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries sued the federal government Wednesday to block the state from implementing its Medicaid waiver program that includes a work requirement. The proposed class action complaint alleges the changes, which include premiums, cost-sharing and a controversial work requirement, will lead to substantial reductions in Medicaid coverage. The CMS approved Kentucky's Medicaid waiver application this month. The controversial work requirement means able-bodied beneficiaries will have to complete 80 hours per month of community engagement activities, such as employment, education, job skills training or community service to maintain their Medicaid eligibility.


Mexico: Cartels cripple the countrys refineries Fausta's Blog

Nearly ten years ago, one of this blogs readers was aware of this, THE REFINERY RACKET: Mexicos drug cartels, now hooked on fuel, cripple the countrys refineries Drug gangs pressure refinery workers to tap the lifeblood of Mexicos oil industry. One former worker fled the country. One former gang member helps authorities understand the racket. []


Clausewitz would approve ... Sic Semper Tyrannis

"This map provides a general look at the military situation in the area of Abu al-Duhur. The Syrian Arab Army and its allies have been working to secure their recent gains in eastern Idlib, including the town of Abu al-Duhur...


Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Jihad in Toronto? Jihad Watch

Maybe, but we may never know. My latest at FrontPage: A 20-year-old Brampton man, the Canadian Press reported Tuesday, is facing dozens of charges, including seven counts of attempted murder, in what police describe as a string of unprovoked, random shootings in Toronto that narrowly missed being fatal. As it turns out, this could have []


Germany investigating whereabouts of main Turkey coup suspect: Reports Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Adil Oksuz has been accused of being the primary conduit between Turkish military forces and US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen


Barnes & Noble offered al-Qaeda bomb instructions as a free download Jihad Watch

Barnes & Noble took this down after this story first ran at PJ Media, but the message is clear nonetheless. Last August, while you could get al-Qaeda bomb instructions as a free download from Barnes & Noble, Jihad Watch applied for their Affiliate Program, by which we would have sold my books at this site []


The Emerging Militia-ization of Venezuela Geopolitical Monitor



Short-term, the announcement by President Nicols Maduro that he is seeking early presidential elections in April 2018 is just one more sign of Venezuela de facto slipping into a one party regime. But looking longer term, a more pressing problem is emerging: the combination of a collapsing economy and a weak and corrupt government is creating the ideal conditions for criminalized non-state actors to emerge as the primary powers within large pockets of the state. Political control in Venezuela increasingly rests with criminalized militia groups and state security services rather than the presidents own United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) as an institution. These groups are providing reliable muscle to the Venezuelan president, but they are increasingly acting in accordance to their own economic interests as well.

The post The Emerging Militia-ization of Venezuela appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


YouTube investing $5 million to counter hate and promote tolerance Jihad Watch

Who decides what constitutes hate speech and what doesnt? That is the all-important question that Leftists who call for hate speech to be restricted in various ways consistently ignore. The grim reality is that those in power can label any opinion they dislike as hate speech, and proscribe it accordingly. That is the pathway to []


Venezuela: The eight armies behind Maduro Fausta's Blog

With a vested interest for the status quo, According to Otero, there are eight armed groups that make up the Maduro administrations muscle: Armed civilian militias that are uniformed and trained by the army The Bolivarian National Guard (Guardia Nacional Boliviariana GNB) The Bolivarian National Police (Polica Nacional Bolivariana PNB) The Bolivarian National Armed Forces []


German journalist: Like many other women in Germany, I no longer feel safe Jihad Watch

Are we diverse enough yet? Interview with a German journalist: Like many other women in Germany, I no longer feel safe, Voice of Europe, January 24, 2018: We interviewed German journalist and model Anabel Schunke. She studied political science and history and is one of Germanys most well-known criticasters of the countrys migration policy. This []


Money for nothing: Riyadh's cash injection does little to revive Yemen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Saudi Arabia last week poured $2bn into Yemen's central bank to save the rial and ease prices - but ordinary Yemenis have seen no change


Arabic press review: Has Abbas really bought a private jet? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Palestinian president reported by Israeli media to have signed deal for a $50m private jet for personal use


Al-Qaeda: Muslims Should Kill Americans Everywhere Clarion Project

Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Khalid Batarfi (Photo: video screenshot)

A senior Al-Qaeda leader has called on all Muslims to rise and attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere.

In a video released this week, Khalid Batarfi, a top commander with the groups  Yemen-based operation (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), said killing them is one of the most important things.

The response was ostensibly aimed at the decision by U.S. President Donald Trumps to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The next day, the State Department named Batarfi  a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. According to State, the designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Batarfis property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

In April 2015, Batarfi broke free from the Central Prison of al-Mukalla in Yemen when AQAP militants attacked the prison.

Here is a clip from the original 18-minute video:



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Stats defy the BBCs repeated portrayal of a siege on Gaza BBC Watch

When, in the summer of 2014, the BBC began describing the counter-terrorism measures employed by Israel along its border with the Gaza Strip as a siege we noted that the definition of that term is a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling those inside to surrender and commented:

A besieging army does not ensure and facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid including food and medical supplies to those it surrounds. It does not supply them with 50% of their electricity supply, with oil and diesel or with cooking gas. It does not help them export their produce and give their farmers agricultural training. It does not evacuate their sick and treat them [] in its own hospitals.

The use of that inaccurate terminology is however still evident in BBC content both by unchallenged interviewees and by BBC journalists. For example:



Honduras: the Coup has the Seal of the United States Dissident Voice

For over two months, the Opposition Alliance has claimed that their candidate, Salvador Nasralla, was the winner of the presidential elections of November 26. Gilberto Ros Grillo is a national leader from the LIBRE party, one of the parties that makes up the Alliance, whose secretary-general is Manuel Zelaya, the former Honduran president who was deposed in a coup in July 2009. After the announcement of further mobilisations from the Honduran society to protest against the government, Ros Grillo tells us about the recent developments in this social and political crisis that has already generated 34 casualties. He also stresses the international dimension to this crisis that Honduras is currently facing.


Alex Anfruns: In late December we saw these controversial statements from the US State Department, legitimising the fraud that had taken place in your country. How do you evaluate the situation from an international perspective?

Gilberto Ros Grillo: In general, the international situation we are witnessing is of struggle. Even though Honduras is a small country, it is quite important to the United States. So in this fight for hegemony Honduras is not allowed to join the struggle.

After the almost total loss of legitimacy by the Honduran institutions, especially after the 2009 coup, the 2013 fraud and the most recent fraud which is even more blatant than the previous one, the seal of approval for the elections came from the US Embassy itself through Mrs. Fulton, the charg daffaires.

The picture is very clear at the moment when she recognises the electoral triumph of Juan Orlando Hernndez, because the president of the Supreme Electoral Court, David Matamoros Batson, appears on television with his hands in his pockets, standing behind the US official, as if assuming that she is the one who needs to certify or rubber-stamp the electoral process. The American meddling right in the face of the international community and the need for them to directly intervene in Honduras is plainly evident.

AA: What is this struggle that you were mentioning?

GRG: In the past ten years there was clear progress for the left in Central America, with the victory of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the FMLN in El Salvador, even the left in Costa Rica. Also with the out of control situation seen in Guatemala, because even though the American will was to remove the president, there was a considerable popular mobilisation.

In Honduras, if a leftist coalition became the ma...


Saudi VS the Victims Families of 9/11: The battle is not yet resolved! Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Ali Mrad 25-01-2018 | 08:03 Saudi Arabias print and broadcast media outlets as well as social networking sites have been celebrating the so-called Saudi victory for days now over the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Saudi media claims that US District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan has refused to accept []


Lebanon's Oscar hopeful: An insult indeed - to the Palestinians Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

In the film Lebanese are depicted as ever benevolent, while the Palestinians are aggressive and entitled


Military Situation In Syrias Afrin On January 25, 2018 (Map Update)

This map provides a look at the military situation in Syrias Afrin. The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) are pressuring on Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces on mutliple frontlines. The most intense fighting is ongoing in Birsaya Mount.

Military Situation In Syria's Afrin On January 25, 2018 (Map Update)

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Palestinian prisoner who requires urgent medical care loses bid for freedom Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Israa Jaabis's family, lawyer and supporters say they will now push for her to receive medical treatment inside the Israeli prison where she is being held



On April 26, 2017, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) Judge Rosemary Collyer issued a 99-page ruling, spelling out the conditions under which American citizens could be placed under electronic surveillance and the records retained by the FBI, the CIA, the...



Yoda: Introducing the Galactic Confederation of Stellar Nations Public Intelligence Blog

Phi Beta Iota: Recommended as a notional construct. The real thing appears to be much more violent and nuanced. Some sort of cosmic turning appears to have started in 2012 and is accelerasting in 2018. We have no direct knowledge.

See Especially:

Review: Project Human Extinction The Ultimate Conspiracy

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Extraterrestial @ Phi Beta Iota


How to Deal with Radical Islam at Home Clarion Project

Clarions David Harris speaks with Louisianas KPEL radio about the threats, the signs of radicalization in our homes and what we can do.




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Mongoose: Deep State, Shadow State, and Trump Progress Public Intelligence Blog

An alert reader provides a summary below the fold worth a full read!

ome say that Q is the horses mouth (Trump = POTUS = President Of The US). Listen to the stunning revelations, long before they (hopefully) become general knowledge. Stop at minute 42. The rest is a waste of time. Thanks Darrel Waldthausen, for finding and passing this along.

Louisa has trouble understanding why Trump is doing the Deep States bidding in the Middle East and Korea. I have learned that the simple answer is this: There is a distinction between the Deep State and the Shadow Government, both ruling and destroying the US (and the planet) for their own selfish purposes.

According to this brilliant article on Zero Hedge:                          Trump needs the (reluctant and unwitting?) support of the DS in his priority war with the SG.

DS = Military-Industrial-Security Complex, Corporate and Banking Lobby = Corrupted Congress, Netanyahu/Putin = Jesuits, Freemasons & Rothschilds

SG = Intelligence (and Media) complex, which controls 90% of the politicians by blackmail, controls the international drug trade, giving them an illicit private/independent income of around a trillion dollars annually.

Each of these groups has their inside fraternities of people with a conscience (white hats helping Trump), but the SG, which was in charge via Obama and Hillary was clearly much more dangerous for America, because of their end goal of a communist, monopolist, globalist, anti-human, depopulation tyranny, as you can hear in the YouTube discussion mentioned in the top line link...


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The MEK: From Revolutionary Group to Imperialist Asset Geopolitics Alert

Tehran (MPN) With the recent protests across Iran, some people are, for the first time, being exposed to a fringe group of Iranian exiles known as the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, and their political front group, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

While audiences of Western media may be seeing the group, they arent actually being provided the proper context of who the MEK and NCRI are. Instead, MEK protests are being shown across Western media as anti-regime protests representative of the general mood of Iranians. The problem with these protests which have been highlighted by outlets like Fox, Salon, and Vox  is that they arent actually taking place in Iran.

Instead of highlighting the concerns of the legitimate protests in Iran, multiple news outlets instead showed protests in cities like Paris, where the NCRI is based. MEK protests were highlighted due to their demand for the fall of the revolutionary government in Tehran, an agenda very different from that of the protesters in Iran.

But who exactly are the MEK and NCRI? How did this group which claims to be based on a strange, malleable blend of Shia Islam and Marxism, and was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. until 2012 become a close ally of the U.S. foreign policy establishment as a tool for applying pressure to Iran? To better understand how the MEK, which is almost universally rejected by the Iranian people, found itself in bed with nations like Israel and the U.S., it is worth examining MEKs full history.

Peoples Mujahedi...


Berto Jongman: Surveillance Capitalism and Silent War Kees Van der Pijl Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

Surveillance Capitalism and Crisis

Makes the case that elite contrive perpetual crisis to keep the poor in a state of tension and unable to organize for political or financial power.


Kerry tells Abbas to be strong and not yield to Trumps demands Jihad Watch

Moral support for a jihad leader. Kerry to Abbas confidante: Stay strong and do not give in to Trump,' by Ben Caspit, Jerusalem Post, January 24, 2018: While the White House has confirmed that since the Jerusalem Declaration there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration, it turns out []


Patrick Cockburn: Economic Sanctions = War Crimes Public Intelligence Blog

Patrick Cockburn

Its Time to Call Economic Sanctions What They Are: War Crimes

Economic sanctions are like a medieval siege but with a modern PR apparatus attached to justify what is being done. A difference is that such sieges used to be directed at starving out a single town or city while now they are aimed at squeezing whole countries into submission.

Sanctions are just as much a collective punishment as area bombing in East Aleppo, Raqqa and Mosul. They may even kill more people than the bombs and shells because they go on for years and their effect is cumulative.

Read full article.


Ethical Stardom: Pursuing Dreams in Cities Under The Shadow Of Gentrification Dissident Voice

As cities become increasingly difficult to afford for middle-income Americans, how do we reframe the concept of ethical consumption to fit the requirement for creative people to move to a major cultural center to succeed?

Banksy, Follow your Dreams

The idea of moving to New York to pursue your dreams or a better life has a history dating back centuries. There are chefs from around the world who wanted to open a restaurant sharing their hometown cuisine with American audiences. There are artists, writers, and musicians from the Midwest who wanted to be in the biggest city in the country for the most opportunities.

Its a romantic story thats no less interesting and unique because its so common. While native New Yorkers rightly show off their stripes, go back a generation or two and youll find most of their families were based somewhere else.

This narrative continues as people arrive by bus, train, and plane every day. However, this is a different era with different conditions.

Im not talking about immigrants seeking refuge or people whove bravely fled war-torn countries for survival. Im talking about people who choose New York purposely, because of its cultural capital.

Where once this was a city to arrive in with a dollar and a dream, its now a city that requires you to save for months or years in advance to land on your feet.

Moving to New York, or most American cities, to pursue your dreams has become both a privilege and a requirement in many fields, especially the arts and humanities.

But with city populations ballooning and real estate prices skyrocketing, cities already have a great pool of talent vying for every position.  There are kids growing up in the Bronx struggling to get the change together to take a train downtown for an art or music camp their parents saved up to bring them to.

It takes a charming arrogance to presume that as a small kid from Minnesota, you could be better than every other dancer or poet living in New York. It makes for a great origin story. Sometimes it works out and its hard not to identify with that underdog story.

The only problem is that type of success is starting to look a lot less like luck and a lot more like a victory lap.

Its not always a victory lap for the young person who h...


New Jersey public school teaches Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the last & final Messenger of God Jihad Watch

We have seen this all over the country, and in every case, the school officials insist that the school is simply teaching the tenets of Islam, not proselytizing for them. But it is noteworthy that public schools never seem to teach, say, that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of the world without []


Pakistan Calls For Credible Probe into Taliban-Claimed Kabul Hotel Attack ThereAreNoSunglasses

Pakistan Calls For Credible Probe into Kabul Hotel Attack

Pakistans foreign ministry rejected claims by some circles that Pakistan militants had been involved in the attack.


The Pakistani government has called for a credible investigation into Saturdays deadly Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul that left at least 43 people dead and many more wounded.  

Reacting to the attack, the Pakistani ministry of foreign affairs rejected allegations by some Afghan circles that Pakistan-based militants were behind the attack.

We reject the knee jerk allegations by some Afgh...


Hottest Week Of The Year All Of Antarctica Below Freezing Aletho News

By Tony Heller | Real Climate Science | January 24, 2018 This week is the hottest week of the year in Antarctica, and the entire continent is below freezing. In the map below, I have masked out all above freezing temperatures. Climate Reanalyzer Meanwhile, our fake news and fake science organizations tell us Antarctica is melting []


Philippine Police To Be Charged With Murder, Torture and Planting of Evidence in War On Drugs Case Palace Claims Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded very positively to President Dutertes comments about the Philippine governments war on drugs Peace and Freedom


Court orders arrest of cops for murder of Carl Arnaiz

The charges of murder, torture and planting of evidence are non-bailable

By Lian Buan

Published 12:13 PM, January 25, 2018
Updated 1:58 PM, January 25, 2018

DOUBLE MURDER. Carl Angelo Arnaiz is buried on September 5, 2017. The Public Attorneys Office (PAO) eventually filed a double murder case for the killing of Carl and his companion the night he went missing, Reynaldo De Guzman. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler



Hezbollah to Launch Four Thousand Rockets onto Israel Every War Day: Haaretz Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

January 24, 2018 The Zionist newspaper Haaretz published an article in which it presented a completely dark view about the serious threat posed by Hezbollah rockets during any upcoming war, stressing that the peril would be very destructive. The Israeli paper mentioned that Hezbollah would launch three to four thousand rockets on a daily basis []


German leftist rebels fight to sink Merkel power pact Peace and Freedom


dpa/AFP/File / by Frank ZELLER | Kevin Kuehnert says Social Democrats should break a cycle of repeated tie-ups with German Chancellor Angela Merkels party

BERLIN (AFP)  Germanys Angela Merkel hopes to form a new government by late March, half a year after inconclusive elections, but if there is one man who may yet torpedo the plan, its a 28-year-old Young Socialist.Kevin Kuehnert has burst onto the German political scene as the passionate leader of a guerrilla campaign against another grand coalition or GroKo government which now spells the greatest threat to the veteran leader.

The Berlin university student heads the youth wing of the Social Democrats (SPD), Germanys second biggest party, which has reluctantly agreed to once again negotiate a role as junior partners to Merkels conservatives.

To Kuehnert and other like-minded youth wing members such a power pact would spell a betrayal of the over 150-year-old labour partys cherished ideals that could consign it, after a string of election defeats, to the dustbin of history.

While SPD leader Martin Schulz has made his peace with the idea of playing second fiddle to Mutti Merkel, Kuehnert and other next-generation politicians are doing their best to derail the plan.

In his fiery speech at an SPD party congress last Sunday, Kuehnert said that repeated tie-ups with Merkels party over recent years were an endless loop that we have to break.

He urged party comrades to bite the bullet, go into opposition and be a dwarf today so we can be a giant again one day.

With the mood in the party glum and fragile, the plan to negotiate another loveless left-right alliance was backed with a dangerously thin margin, by 56 percent of the 600 party delegates.

Now Kuehnerts rebel alliance hopes to bomb the GroKo plan at the end of coalition talks, expected several weeks from now, when the partys 440,000 rank-and-file members get to have the final word in a vote.

If the young activists, and other internal critics, succeed with their #NoGroKo campaign, this would likely spark snap elections in Europes biggest economy, and probably the end of the Merkel era.


Merkels troubles started when, 12 years into her reign, September 24 elections left her short of a governing majority and in need of new coalition partners for a fourth term.

The rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), driven by public fears over a mass influx of asylum seekers, came at the expense of the mainstream parties...


Harris Poll Says Most Americans Agree With President Trump on Immigration Peace and Freedom

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Mark Penn of the Harris Poll appeared on Fox and Friends this morning with Steve Doocy to say, Our polling shows that most Americans agree with president Trump on immigration.

Americans want an end to chain migration and the lottery and they want a meaningful barrier on the southern border, he said.

They also want us to get beyond DACA.

Makes one wonder why we had a government shutdown at all.


From NPR

Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley touted a Harvard Harris poll on Morning Edition Tuesday, saying that it showed Americans support the presidents agenda.

Its an 80-percent issue, people want to close down the borders, he told NPRs Rachel Martin. Its a 70-percent issue to end chain migration. [A] 68-percent issue to end the visa lottery program and ask people to come here on merit. Thats a 70-percent issue. And this is a study from Harvard.

First things first theres a lot more to these poll numbers than Gidley is saying.

That Harvard Harris poll didnt find that 8 in 10 Americans want to close down the borders. Rather, it asked Americans, Do you think we should have basically open borders or do you think we need secure borders?

Given the choice between open borders a position that no mainstream political leaders are proposing and a secure border, which is current U.S. policy, 79 percent of Americans agreed that the U.S. needs secure borders.

It is true that 68 percent of Americans said they oppose the lottery that randomly picks 50,000 people to enter the U.S. each year for greater diversity. And in fact, even more (79 percent) favored merit-based immigrati...


Theater Review: McResistance and the Government Shutdown of 2018 Dissident Voice

The 2018 government shutdown is now over but Im thankful Democrats like Chuck Schumer got the chance to make announcements that expose just what the Democrats presently are and what they actually stand for. The party that is currently referring to themselves as the Resistance is, in reality, closer to being a movement of submissive obsequious corporatists. What Democrats are to the actual left is the same as what Nickelback is to Rock n Roll, nothing but a bland facsimile of something genuine with the primary purpose of selling something.

Democrats talk about compromise and bipartisanship while having no fundamental base of priorities. Who cares about bipartisan anything if what youre agreeing to is reprehensible. Lets take what I would call a somewhat important issue that the Democrats didnt feel worthy of shutting down the government over, I dont know, lets say providing more funds to address the impending ecological apocalypse surrounding topics like climate change and species extinction? Perhaps worthy causes to shutdown the government over?

However, climate change didnt even receive lip service from the party ostensibly representing the left. The Democrats adherence to fulfilling the will of corporations over the people is what amounts to a total abandonment of representation of Americans. The people have no voice in America. If youre into basic human issues, like a habitable planet, human dignity, and you dont agree with killing babies in senseless warfare overseas then you have no representation in the US government. None.

The Republicans were obviously not going to back anything related to tapping the brakes on unhinged slavery fueled resource extraction that is rapidly destroying all flora and fauna, but the Democrats didnt make a single whimper on any ecological issue publicly. Much like the presidential debates the Democratic party again showed they actually give zero shits about the natural world.

Part of Schumers Big things he touted the government could do if Republicans would just play oligarchy cooperatively is raising military spending to the highest level ever. Somehow increasing spending on the military, which is essentially a planetary genocide machine that is the worlds largest polluter doesnt seem congruent with caring about anything but war profiteering. If enthusiastically raising military spending to the highest level ever is the left, then we know the McResistance are themselves worthy of resisting.

No one stands for peace in our government. No one is anti-murder, and the Democrats are not only silent on the idea of peace, but they tout to anyone who listen how eager they were to increase military spending during the shutdown.

To further show the gutlessness of the Democratic party,...


Fotomovimiento on #Chios Enough is Enough!

We published many reports about the situation of refugees on Lesvos in the past weeks. Unfortunally we didnt manage to come to Chios or one of the other Greek islands to report about the situation there. At the moment the people of Fotomovimiento are on Chios and we re-publish a report that they published on their Facebook page.


Originally published by Fotomovimiento Facebook 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.

Read all our reports about #RefugeesGR; here.

Fotomovimiento on Chios

We published many reports about the situation of refugees on Lesvos in the past weeks. Unfortunally we didnt manage to come to Chios or one of the other Greek islands to report about the situation there. At the moment the people of Fotomovimiento are on Chios and we re-publish a report that they published on their Facebook page.

Day 9. Chios. The situation in the Vial camp is also an absolute disaster. On a wall there is the phrase of a boy who was here and who has remained as a sign of the suffering of so many people every day. Vial is very far from the center and there are few possibilities for people in the countryside to move.

People are crowded in a space surpassed among garbage. There are a few (but wonderful) volunteers who work tirelessly. The situation in Chios is harder than Lesbos, because it is even more forgotten and less visible. In one of the photos, you can see the space where 100 children (many minors) sleep, separated by plastics and blankets. They say its like being in a grave: Its like living dead. At night the rats bite them.

With cold, ba...


UAE-backed group vows to overthrow Yemens government Peace and Freedom

Al Jazeera

Aidarous al-Zubaidi held a meeting in Aden on the future of South Yemen [Courtesy of Southern Transitional Council]
Aidarous al-Zubaidi held a meeting in Aden on the future of South Yemen [Courtesy of Southern Transitional Council]

A group of separatists in southern Yemen, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has declared a state of emergency in the port city of Aden and vowed to overthrow the countrys internationally recognised government within the next week.

Aidarous al-Zubaidi, the leader of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), said Yemens parliament would be barred from convening in Aden or anywhere else in southern Yemen unless President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi replaced Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr and his entire cabinet.

Speaking at a meetin...


Ex-Montana House Majority Leader Gets 18 Years for Drug Trafficking

Via: Great Falls Tribune: A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring. Michael Lange, the Republican House majority leader during the 2007 Legislature, arranged deliveries of at least 20 []


Sara Khan is not the issue, it is how the state treats radicalisation Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Sara Khan's appointment as the UK's counter-extremism chief is symbolic of how the problem of radicalisation is ultimately addressed by the state


Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 41 stan van houcke

In zijn column van 10 september 2007 op The Worlds Opinion Page van  Project Syndicate gaf Ian Buruma het volgende resum van de Amerikaanse buitenlandse politiek na 1945:  

South Korean democracy was not something the US gave to the Koreans, or even always encouraged. From the late 1940s to the late 1980s, the US played along with, and sometimes actively backed, anti-Communist authoritarian rulers, who grabbed and consolidated their powers through violent coups and the suppression of dissent.



Biggest Washington DC Lobbyist Is Now Google

Via: Register: For the first time, an internet company has become the largest lobbyist in Washington DC. With the release of fourth quarter lobbying figures a legal requirement it has been revealed that Google (well, Alphabet) spent no less than $18m in 2017 to lobby lawmakers in the US capital: a 17 per []


WATCH: Ron Paul warned of FBI corruption years ago stan van houcke

WATCH: Ron Paul warned of FBI corruption years ago



Americas Syria Trap stan van houcke

JAN 24, 2018

Americas Syria Trap

Remember when a ground invasion of a sovereign countryperpetrated by a NATO allywould constitute a big story?
Before Donald Trump, Russiagate and the mainstream medias apparent obligation to cover every presidential tweet, Turkish planes bombingand tanks rumbling throughSyria mightve been real news. These days hardly anyone has the energy to care. No, Washington pols have been too busy misappropriating the poor, underpaid military to bolster their own narrative around the three-day government shutdown. Neither side comes up fo...


Moscow accuses Washington of blackmailing Europeans into altering Iran nuclear deal Russia, China and Iran are together on this Peace and Freedom

Russia Today (RT)

January 25, 2018

Protestor demonstrates outside the White House wearing a Donald Trump mask Jim Bourg / Reuters

Washington is essentially blackmailing European signatories to Irans nuclear deal to amend its conditions, Russias envoy to EU said, urging the parties to preserve the status quo created by the landmark agreement.

Following Donald Trumps repeated bashing of the historic 2015 deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced on Monday that the US is dispatching a diplomatic team to Europe to work out a joint initiative aimed at amending the P5+1 agreement. France, Germany and the UK, who earlier repeatedly urged the US to honor the deal, seemingly expressed some readiness to cooperate with the US administrations demands.

It is difficult to consider Trumps recent statements as anything other than an attempt to blackmail the European participants in the deal, Russias Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told TASS on Wednesday.

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Russias Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov

However, despite Washingtons incitement, so far there are no clear signs that the European members of the six-party group have changed their position, the Russian envoy said, adding that all the signatories continue to actively consult with each other and the Iranians.

Donald Trumps attacks against Iran have intensified this year. The US president began 2018 by accusing the previous administration of basically funding terrorism by signing the landmark nuclear accord with Tehran. While certifying for the last time on Irans compliance with Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Trump explicitly warned that the US would pull out of the agreement unless terrible flaws of the agreement were fixed. Tillerson is now on the mission that might kill the main foreign policy achievement of the Obama era.

The deal, sealed by the US, UK, Russia, France, China and Germany, places limitations on Irans controversial nuclear energy program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. The agreement among the P5+1 does not have any binding restrictions on Irans ballistic-missile program, which has since become the focus of growing criticism. Iran repeatedly stated that its missile program is not up for negotiation.

Considering the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) repeatedly certified Irans full compliance with the deal, Russia and China relentlessly warned the US against unilaterally revising the agreement, which they argue would hurt global securi...


Anger over Sara Khan appointment to lead UK counter-extremism commission Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Campaigner described as 'a creation of and mouthpiece for the Home Office' as government faces criticism over controversial appointment


Monkeys Cloned in World First

Via: Independent: Two monkeys are the first ever primates to be cloned using the technique that created Dolly the sheep. The technique brings the prospect of cloned human beings even more closer. But scientists caution that there may be no good reason to create such clones, and that ethical and legal questions need to be []


EU top court dismisses class action suit against Facebook for privacy violations Peace and Freedom

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled an Austrian privacy activist can not bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook. Max Schrems had been seeking damages for himself and 25,000 others for privacy violations.

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Europes highest court ruled on Thursday that Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems could not bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook for what he claims is illegal use of private data.

With 25,000 signatories to his suit, Schrems case was highly unusual for Europe, where class action lawsuits are rarely recognized.

Read more: Mark Zuckerberg makes fixing Facebook a personal goal for 2018

The facts of the case:

     Since 2014, Schrems has been making assertions that Facebook violates the data protection rights of European users, including giving their data to a US intelligence agency.

     Facebook claims that it adheres to European Union privacy laws.

     The social media giant has also argued that Schrems, as an author and lecturer on privacy rights, has a professional interest in the case and thus cannot be treated as a normal customer under consumer protection laws.

     Schrems was seeking 500 euros ($620.55) in damages for each of his 25,000 co-plaintiffs.

Max SchremsSchrems first brought Facebook to court as a law student in 2011. Facebook was subsequently audited under EU law and forced to delete some of its files

Facebook knows they cant win

Ahead of the verdict, Schrems accused Facebooks lawyers of trying to stop the case from being heard: Facebook knows that they cant win this case when it will be heard. Therefore, they are trying everything to block the lawsuit by making it economically impossible.

Europe is already putting in place strong enforcement measures that hold Facebook and other companies accountable for priva...


US not concerned with short term dollar value: Mnuchin We are not looking to get into trade wars, on the other hand we are looking to defend Americas interests. Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, January 11, 2018

DAVOS (SWITZERLAND) (AFP)  US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said he had no particular worry about the dollars value in the short term, a day after he sent the US currency plummeting by appearing to back a weaker greenback.I thought my comment on the dollar was actually quite clear yesterday we are not concerned with where the dollar is in the short term, it is a very liquid market, Mnuchin told journalists at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

We believe in free currencies and that there are advantages and disadvantages where the dollar is in the short term. So I thought that was clear, the former Goldman Sachs banker said.

He added that over time for dollar, the long term reflects the strength in the US economy?.

The dollar was relatively stable in European trading Thursday morning after taking a battering on the back of Mnuchins comments Wednesday, with analysts suggesting it looked part of the Trump administrations America First policy to help US exporters.

Mnuchin also defended the White Houses tough talk on trade, which he said was consistent with its long-term agenda.

We are not looking to get into trade wars, on the other hand we are looking to defend Americas interests, he said.

This came after US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross defended new tariffs and warned Washington would be prepared to fight back in the future against countries it felt had flouted the rules.

Minutes after latest Mnuchins comments, at 0845 GMT, the euro was stable at $1.2402.



Jack Ma: Dont use trade as a weapon Peace and Freedom

  @AlannaPetroffJanuary 24, 2018: 8:37 AM ET

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma has a warning for Davos: Trade wars are easy to start, but they can have devastating consequences.

Dont use trade as a weapon, Ma said Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Its so easy to launch a trade war, but its so difficult to stop the disaster of this war.

Ma, who has built a massive e-commerce platform with global ambitions, made his comments just days after President Trump slapped tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines.

Beijing, which expects to be hurt by the move, has said the tariffs aggravate the global trade environment.

Yet more U.S. actions are expected. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters in Davos on Wednesday that more trade actions are in the pipeline.

Related: Team Trump talks trade in Davos

Ma, who is chairman of Alibaba (BABA) and one of Chinas most prominent business leaders, acknowledged that globalization was going through some growing pains. But he said that tech advances and customer demand meant that free trade and globalization would continue.

I think it is impossible to stop the trade, he said. The world needs trade. If the trade stops, the wars s...


'Calls Upon' Trickery - How Europe Cheats on Iran's Nuclear Agreement Strategic Culture Foundation

The Trump administration wants to abolish the nuclear agreement with Iran. The big European countries want to keep the formal agreement but are actively looking for other reasons, specifically Iran's ballistic missiles, to put new sanctions on Iran. A detailed look into the issue reveals that those European countries are willfully misreading the relevant UN resolutions and mislead the public about their real motivations.


LG to hike washing machine prices in response to Trump-imposed tariffs China warns of retaliation over US tariffs Peace and Freedom

Increases of about $50 are likely on at least some washing machines and dryers

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Will Trumps Import Tariffs Cause Trade Wars?
President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that imposed tariffs on washing machines and solar panels. WSJs Gerald F. Seib examined whether these moves could ignite a trade war with South Korea and China. Photo: AP

Updated Jan. 24, 2018 11:51 p.m. ET

LG Electronics Inc. has told retailers it plans to raise prices on its laundry appliances following President Donald Trumps approval this week of steep tariffs on imported washing machines.

As a result of the trade situation, we will be initiating pricing actions, which will be sent under separate cover shortly, Thomas Yoon, an executive at the South Korean manufacturer, told retailers in a memo dated Wednesday and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.


Workers installing solar panels in New Mexico. President Trump has approved solar tariffs for the next four years. Credit Sergio Flores/...



As you might have gathered, I've been watching the news this past week with an eye on financial and cyber-hacking stories. And this one

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North Korea planning military event on eve of Pyeongchang Games Peace and Freedom

In this April 15, 2017, file photo, a submarine missile is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is preparing to stage a major event to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military on Feb. 8, 2018 just one day before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. (AP/Wong Maye-E, File)
PYONGYANG, North Korea: North Korea is preparing to stage a major event to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military on Feb. 8 just one day before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Officials refuse to confirm what exactly is planned for the event.
A major show of military power could create anger in South Korea, which is hoping the games will be a symbol of peace and stability. Seoul has agreed to North Korean leader Kim Jong Uns last-minute proposal to send a delegation to the games and will have its athletes march together with the North Korean team under a blue-and-white unification flag.
Pyongyang residents have been assembling every day in temperatures hovering around minus 15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) to practice for what is expected to be a mass rally by civilians in Kim Il Sung Square, while open-source satellite imagery obtained by outside analysts suggests military units are training at an airfield on the outskirts of the city for a possible military parade.
Over the past few days, the area around the square itself has been sporadically closed to traffic.
The activity in Pyongyang is common before major parades or rallies, which take months to organize and can involve th...


Canada: Leaked intelligence documents show greater threat of Islamic terror than government admits Jihad Watch

Leaked Intelligence Documents Show Greater Threat of Islamic Terror than Government Admits Breitbart Leaked documents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) show that the intelligence service is far more concerned with Islamic terrorism behind closed doors than the left-wing Trudeau government will admit in public. This is a confirmation of what was already []


UK morning show feature of childrens book about terrorism sparks outrage Jihad Watch

A book aimed at teaching five-year-olds about terrorism sparked outrage today as parents demanded: Let kids be kids. Good Morning Britain viewers were horrified by Carole Liebermans cartoon-style guide which features an image of a masked jihadi with a Kalashnikov and a suicide vest. The US psychologist Lieberman defends her work by saying that []


Clarions Raza Takes on Naysayers; Wins Hands Down Clarion Project

The state Capitol building of Minnesota in St. Paul.The state Capitol building of Minnesota in St. Paul. (Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

When Clarions Raheel Raza began her latest tour of a U.S. city this time to Minneapolis little did she know of the storm it would whip up.

Scheduled to meet lawmakers from both houses in the Minnesota Capitol, a local paper broke the story that a local Democrat politician wanted Razas visit to be stopped because of allegations of Islamophobia made against Raza, who is a Sunni Muslim.
Undeterred by the story, Razas hosts, Republicans Rep. Roz Peterson and Sen. Warren Limmer, not only carried on with their plans but, in Limmers case, issued this statement to media:
Ms. Raza is a practicing Canadian Muslim and an outspoken opponent of radical Jihadism. She is a fierce advocate of womens rights and has dedicated her life to fighting against the radicalization of our youth. She was recently awarded Canadas 150th anniversary medal for service to the country, and has been invited to speak to governments around the world, including the U.S. Congress, UK House of Lords, Canadian Parliament, Swedish government, and the United Nations.

During her week-long tour, Raza is meeting leading figures in the Muslim community in Minnesota to discuss counter-radicalization and ways to ensure youngsters stay away from radical Islam in all its forms.

In 2018, Clarion will launch our new film Jihad Generation which tells the stories of radicalized children who became jihadis many of whom came from non-Muslim families. During the year, we will also launch an educationa...


Why Europe Must Reject U.S. Blackmail Over Iran's Nuclear Agreement - An Update Moon of Alabama

The Trump administration has threatened to end the nuclear deal with Iran. In our last post we argued in detail that the attempt of the European 3, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, to soothe Trump by condemning Iran's ballistic...


Playing "Kurdish Card" in Syria Backfires on US As Turks Move In Strategic Culture Foundation

What the result will be of Turkeys offensive against the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria may not be clear for a while, but two things are already certain. Bad decisions in Washington provided the trigger, and Washingtons regional position will suffer as a result of Ankaras Orwellian-named Operation Olive Branch.


Muslim US soldier watched bloody jihad videos for hours daily, laughed and insulted the victims Jihad Watch

A Hawaii-based Army soldier was obsessed with videos depicting terrorism beheadings, suicide bombings and other violence and he watched them in his bedroom for hours every day. His aspirations were allegedly to be a jihad suicide bomber; he is said to have met with Islamic State agents and to have given them classified military information. []


Revealed: Seven years later, how Facebook shuts down free speech in Egypt Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Would those social media accounts which supported Egypt's uprisings in 2011 now be shut down?


Turkey Re-Enters Syrian Endgame with "Smart Power" Strategic Culture Foundation

The UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday regarding Turkeys military operations in Syria turned out to be like the dog that didnt bark in the night in the Sherlock Holmes short story. There was no bark no statement by the Security Council condemning Turkey.


Terror Suspects Now Anti-Radicalization Consultants Clarion Project

El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine DjermaneEl Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane (Photo: social media)

A young couple who were recently acquitted of terrorism charges in Canada are now working for a publicly-funded deradicalization agency.

Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali, both 21, were charged with attempting to leave Canada to join a terrorist group and  possession of an explosive substance in April 2015. When police searched their shared apartment they found a handwritten bomb recipe copied down by Djermane.

Jamali was convicted of possessing  explosive substances while Djermane was acquitted on both counts. Jamali was sentenced to time already served while in custody.

The crown is appealing Djermanes acquittal.

Djermanes sisters tipped off the police that she was radicalized in 2015. The parents of both Djermane and Jamali contacted the Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence and asked for help. The center prepared deradicalization programs for the couple to undertake while in prison.

The couple will work three days a week at the center, as part of a reintegration strategy. That strategy will see them spend half a day undergoing psychological evaluations and follow-up sessions, and the other have preparing preventative strategies for others.

Some have doubts about using former radicals so soon after their acquittal.



Military Situation In Syrias Abu al-Duhur Area On January 25, 2018 (Map Update)

This map provides a general look at the military situation in the area of Abu al-Duhur. The Syrian Arab Army and its allies have been working to secure their recent gains in eastern Idlib, including the town of Abu al-Duhur and the Abu al-Duhur airbase. As soon as this is done, government forces will be able to clear the remaining militant-held pocket in northeastern Hama.

Military Situation In Syria's Abu al-Duhur Area On January 25, 2018 (Map Update)

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Qatar in talks to buy Russian air defence system Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Since the Gulf crisis began last June, Russia has sold its missile defence system to regional powers, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey


Not Anti-Semitism but less Sympathy for israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Reports on Anti-Semitism are booming. Most of these stories are produced by Zionist organizations, the Israeli government or close affiliates to both of them pretending, however, non-partisanship.  Just recently the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs released the 2017 Anti-Semitism Report that showed an increase in racist incidents against Jews, especially in Western Europe such []


The Vital Importance of Radical Empathy Clarion Project

Illustrative picture. (Photo: Kathy Drasky)Illustrative picture. (Photo: Kathy Drasky)

Its alright Ma, Im only bleeding Bob Dylan

Radical empathy is the idea that transformative change can come through listening compassionately, openly and genuinely to what others are saying and therefore coming to understand who they really are and what they really want.

When it comes to radical Islam, the dialogue on the subject has become tense. Partisan loyalties, lack of deep knowledge and mutual suspicion make it difficult to have honest and open conversations about these topics. Frequently, valid complaints about extremism are dismissed as mere bigotry and fear-mongering. On the other side, complaints about anti-Muslim bigotry can be dismissed as either understandable backlash against radical Islam or worse as apologetic covering for Islam.

Neither of these approaches helps solve the problem or promotes integration.

Radical empathy can bridge these divides. The value of genuine listening is that it validates the other persons humanity and the pain they may be facing. When that is demonstrated, truly and honestly, it can lead to transformative social change.This is because once humans feel understood and cared about as people, they are that much more able to have an honest conversation about diverse issues in a rational way.

Without first acknowledging our shared humanity and taking active steps to understand where the person we are talking to is coming from, we are basically left in tribalistic groupings screaming at each other.

Examples of this include:

Many Muslims fail to comprehend the deep-seated emotional attachment Jews have to the land of Israel,...


EU Delivers 11 Million in Support of Palestinian Families. But How Much of That Will be Stolen by israel? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source   25 Jan  1:40 AM SEE ALSO 72% of aid money intended for Palestine is stolen by israel The European Union (EU) said, on Wednesday, that it delivered the Palestinian Authority the quarterly payment of a 50-million to support poor and vulnerable Palestinian families in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. According to the []


Turkey calls on US to end support for pro-Kurdish forces or risk confrontation Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag warned that any US supporter of the YPG could 'become a target' in Syria


New US National Defense Strategy Is Again Offensive Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source By David Macilwain | American Herald Tribune | January 23, 2018 Last week Mad Dog Mattis announced a new US Defence Strategy, the first for a decade and with a radical change of focus, from fighting terrorism to fighting Russia and China. The US DoD put it like this: The National Defense Strategy seeks []


On the Arizona Border, We Know Who the Monsters Are CENSORED NEWS

By Brenda Norrell Censored News It is sad to hear that the volunteers who leave water for migrants are being arrested on the Arizona border. A few years ago, my friend took me to these same places, showing me the trails. It was about 116 degrees, and her car had no air conditioning. We wrapped ourselves in wet towels to keep going. We watched the Border Patrol agents sit in their


Syria: West Obstructing Objective Chemical Probe Because It Reveals Collusion with Terrorists Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Al-Manar | January 24, 2018 Damascus condemned as lies on Wednesday allegations made by US State Secretary and French Foreign Minister about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In remarks carried by Syrias State news agency, SANA, an official source at the Syrian foreign ministry said the US-French allegations are part of a []


No BBC English language reporting on a PLO decision BBC Watch

After the BBC News websites publication of an article on January 14th in which parts of a speech made by the PA president Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting of the heads of the PLO were heavily censored, the BBCs English-speaking audiences saw no further reporting from that two-day event and hence remain unaware of the decisions taken by the Palestinian Central Council.

Palestinian leaders voted on Monday to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel, and to suspend security coordination with Israel, as they met in response to US President Donald Trumps acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The vote ordered the Palestine Liberation Organisation to suspend its reco...


The Rise of Fascism in a Brave New Digital World OffGuardian

by Jeff Einstein, via DigitalApostate There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution Aldous Huxley We are watching Huxleys dystopian vision of a Brave New World controlled by state-sanctioned addiction unfold right before our eyes. And true to Huxleys prescience, we rather enjoy it. The only surprise is that the operative pharmacological agents he warned against arent delivered in pill or liquid or other physical form, and we dont call them soma or heroin or crystal meth or crack.  Theyre delivered in bits and bytes instead, and we call them media.  Consider The average American household has only 2.75 people, but 3


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U23 Vit Nam v sc mnh i on kt ca bng : n mng chin thng trn c nc The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

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Britain to set up intelligence unit to combat fake news by foreign states

The British government has announced that it will form a new intelligence unit tasked with preventing the spread of so-called fake news by foreign states, including Russia.


The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget Dissident Voice

On January 15, millions of Americans commemorated Martin Luther Kings Day. His famous speech, I Have a Dream was repeated numerous times in media outlets as a reminder of the evil of racism, which is being resurrected in a most pronounced way in American society.

Exactly one year before he was assassinated, on April 4, 1968, Dr. King delivered a truly scathing speech that challenged not only the state apparatus by the liberal hierarchy which posed as if they were his allies. It was called: Beyond Vietnam.

We must stop now, he said, his voice thundering. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted.

Then, he added these words, which sent much alarm among those who sought to isolate anti-war efforts from Kings own struggle:

I speak of the for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam.

Unlike the more famous speech I Have a Dream delivered in the 1963 March on Washington Beyond Vietnam pushed past the boundaries of what is acceptable by liberal America into whole new territories, where Dr. Kings anti-war and global solidarity values were unapologetically linked to the fight against racism and poverty at home.

On that day, the American civil rights struggle courageously broke free from the confines of American exceptionalism, to join a worldwide movement of struggles against racism, colonialism and war.

Unsurprisingly, Dr. Kings speech angered many members of White communities who were directly or indirectly affiliated with the Washington establishment.

Merely three days after the speech, the New York Times countered in its editorial: There are no simple answers to the war in Vietnam or to racial justice in this country. Linking these hard-complex problems will lead not to solutions but to deeper confusion.

In fact, there was no confusion, but total and complete clarity and coherence. To be truly meaningful, human rights values cannot be sectionalized and isolated from one another.

Yet, what alarmed the so-called liberals is the intellectual growth and awareness of the civil rights movement at the time, which matured enough to the point of pushing for greater integration among all struggles.

A more vibrant and empowered King, aged on...


Evidence Shows Kurds Have Received MANPADS and TOWs OffGuardian

by Adel Karim According to Al-Masdar, as part of a bargain struck on 15 January 2018, Kurdish YPG have received a shipment of MANPADS and TOWs from the United States to counter Turkish aircraft and armored vehicles to use if the situation deteriorates. Obtaining intelligence data on the forthcoming Turkish offensive, the U.S. Special Operation Forces (USSOF) delivered these weapons well in advance in Afrin and handed them over to the Syrian Kurds. This has been reported by Turkish president Erdogan.  While addressing the audience in Elz Province, he stressed that the Pentagon had sent weapons, including MANPADS, for further use against the Turkish AF and military hardware. A number of independent Twitter activists have already confirmed the information. brahim Haskololu has published information on weapons captured from Kurds in the cantonment of Afrin. Another Kurdish Internet activist and witness, Ahmad Masih, twitted that Kurds are already equipped with about 100 MANPADS and TOWs and are ready to use them against Turkish armed forces at any moment. Besides, a geopolitical and security analyst on MENA, Michael A. Horowitz, has published footage of



A Conspiracy of Silence Assaults Privacy Original

During the past three weeks, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law vast new powers for the NSA and the FBI to spy on innocent Americans and selectively to pass on to law enforcement the fruits of that spying. Those fruits can now lawfully include all fiber-optic data transmitted to or in the Continue reading "A Conspiracy of Silence Assaults Privacy"

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Nuclear War: A Thousand Buttons Original

When President Donald Trump bragged that his nuclear button was bigger and more efficient than North Korean leader Kim Jong-Uns button, he was perpetuating the myth that the leaders of nuclear-armed nations control their weapons. But you do not have to be Trump, Kim, Vladimir Putin, Theresa May, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, Mamnoon Hussain, or Continue reading "Nuclear War: A Thousand Buttons"

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Grid Up. Grid Down.

The grid has been having intermittent issues since last nights thunderstorm, and the power was off for most of the afternoon today. Back to posting early AM NZ time tomorrow, assuming the power stays on.


Lucky Pence Aletho News

By Gilad Atzmon | January 24, 2018 According to Times of Israel former British chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks helped US Vice President Mike Pence write his Monday address to the Knesset. A source with knowledge of the speech-writing process said Rabbi Sacks provided input and editorial suggestions on various drafts throughout the writing process. As []


The North calls for unification of all Koreans without foreign aid Aletho News

Press TV January 24, 2018 North Korea has called on all Koreans at home and abroad to make a breakthrough for unification without foreign assistance. The rare announcement, which was made via the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday morning, called on all Koreans to promote contact, travel and cooperation between North []


The end of French artistry: Labor capitalism comes to France in 2018 The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog The French dont want to think of themselves as miniature capitalists: they want to think of themselves as artists. Or at least artisans.


Apartheid State: UN Slams Israel For Human Rights Violation Aletho News

Sputnik 24.01.2018 On Tuesday, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) held a session aimed at assessing the progress Israel made during its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a UN-backed process designed to assess the human rights record of a state and make recommendations for improvement. In the course of the struggle between the Israelis []


LPNM Statement on the Tragic Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi INTERNATIONALIST 360

UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION ORIGINAL IN ARABIC A press release of the Libyan  Peoples National Movement on the terrorist attacks in the Salmani area of Benghazi city. The Libyan  Peoples National Movement (LPNM) condemns the horrific terrorist attacks that took place in the Salmani area of Benghazi, which killed dozens of worshipers and passers-by near a mosque...


South Africa: New Plans for a Radical Transformation of Society INTERNATIONALIST 360

Alexander Mezyaev On 13 January, the latest in a series of celebrations to mark the 106th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC) party took place in South Africa (see ANC manifesto link below). The partys plans were announced for the first time by the ANCs new head, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was elected at the...


UN expresses alarm over extrajudicial killings following Benghazi bombings Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Pictures emerge online to show militants executing nine people at scene where car bombings took place


The Algiers Accords: Decades of Violations and Silence Dissident Voice

This week marks the 37th anniversary of a pledge made by the United States in 1981:

The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Irans internal affairs.

This week also marks 37 continuous years of the United States failing to uphold its pledge: the 1981 Algiers Accords.

Just how many people have heard of the 1981 Algiers Accords, a bilateral treaty signed on January 19, 1981 between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran? Chances are, not many. Just as chances are that not many are fully aware of what actually led to the signing of this treaty.

Following the success of the 1979 Iranian Revolution that overthrew the Shah, Americas strongman in Iran, plans were made to topple the new government in Tehran.  In 1980, under the Carter administration, the United States began clandestine radio broadcasts into Iran from Egypt. The broadcasts called for Khomeinis overthrow and urged support for Shahpur Bakhtiar,1 the last prime minister under the Shah.  Other plans included the failed Nojeh coup plot as well as plans for a possible American invasion of Iran using Turkish bases.2

The new Revolutionary government in Iran, with a look to the past and the 1953 British-CIA coup dtat that overthrew the Mossadegh government and reinstalled the Shah, had good reason to believe that the United States was planning to abort the revolution in its nascent stages.  Fearful, enthusiastic students took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took the diplomats as hostages in order to prevent such plans from fruition.

These events led to the negotiation and conclusion of the Algiers Accords, point 1 of which was the pledge by the United States not to intervene in Irans internal affairs in any way. The Algiers Accords brought about the release of the American hostages and established the IranU.S. Claims Tribunal (Tribunal) at the Hague, the Nethe...


South Africas ANC Manifesto for Transformation INTERNATIONALIST 360

Statement of the National Executive Committee on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the African National Congress Fellow South Africans, The African National Congress turns 106 years this year. We are in the Eastern Cape, the home of legends. As the newly elected leadership of the ANC, we visited and laid wreaths at the...


Turkey's Near Century Distrust of the US = Rational Basis for Afrin Move Penny for your thoughts

From the Atlantic

How the Past......

In the 19th century, Britain, France, and Russia occupied or fostered the independence of Greece, Serbia, Romania, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Tunisia, and Egypteach one part of the Ottoman Empire. In 1920, the victors of World War I forced the Ottomans to sign the Treaty of Svres, which detached what would become Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel from the House of Osman. The agreement also granted the French a zone of influence in the southeastern portion of Anatolia, adjacent to its Mandate for Lebanon and Syria, while the Italians were ceded an area that included southern and central parts of Anatolian territory, including Antalya and Konya. The Greeks established a protectorate in Smyrna, now known as Izmir.

In response, an Ottoman officer named Mustafa Kemal, later known as Atatrk, and a cadre of nationalist collaborators, raised an army and drove the Allies out of what became the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 1923. Despite Atatrks triumph and Turkeys subsequent growth into a regional power, the dissection of the empire and the attempted division of its remnant has sowed a profound and pronounced mistrust of foreign powerseven alliesin Turkeys political culture.
Through 94 years of independence, Turkish leaders have made clear that the nightmare of post-World-War-I dismemberment can never repeat itself. But it has, despite their best effortsalbeit in an updated form, involving the United States and Syrian territory that the Kurds call Rojava, or Western Kurdistan.
Erdogan in Ankara

.......Shapes the Future
" The Turkish operation is enti...


SDF: American, British volunteers join fight against Turkey in Afrin Aletho News

MEMO | January 24, 2018 American, British and German citizens are among other volunteers with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that have joined the fight against Turkey in the Syrian province of Afrin, an official told Reuters earlier today. Turkeys offensive on the northern region, with the support of Free Syrian Army brigades, started []


The First Anniversary of #DisruptJ20 Report Back Enough is Enough!


Saturday, January 20th, 2018 marked the 1 year anniversary of the disruption of the inauguration of President Trump, and the arrests of over 200 demonstrators, journalists, medics and legal observers at the infamous L12 kettle in Washington DC.  Following #Disrupt J20, 194 defendants were each ultimately charged with multiple felonies, and faced decades in prison.  Six defendants were acquitted in the first trial in December 2017, and prosecutors subsequently dropped all charges against 129 of the defendants.  59 defendants remain under the threat of 60-70 years of incarceration.

Anti-fascists and activists in multiple cities across the United Snakes organized various actions in solidarity with our brothers and sisters facing state oppression from the 2017 J20 protests. 

Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington DC on Saturday, and two activists scaled the flagpoles in front of Union Station and dropped a banner that read DONT TRUMP OUR COMMUNITIES.  Six were arrested for this direct action.



Texas Cop Arrested For Soliciting Undercover Cop For $60 Sex Photography is Not a Crime

Search warrants released Tuesday shed light on new details of Waco, Texas Police Officer Willy Lopezs arrest on a prostitution charge last week. Additionally the search warrant details an allegation that Lopez had previously recorded a woman cops know to be a prostitute having sex with him.

Lopez, 35, was arrested on Jan. 15 on a Class B misdemeanor charge of prostitution. A member of the Waco Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Lopez was expected to stop prostitution, but instead he used it to his advantage.

The McLennan County Sheriffs Office conducted an online prostitution buy bust operation on Of all people, Lopez took the bait and arranged to meet the undercover cop for paid sex at a low ball price of $60 on Jan. 12, but Lopez spooked out and cancelled that arrangement.

But the warrant states that Lopez continued verbal interactions with the undercover cop for the next few days eventually scheduling a casual meeting at a restaurant on Jan. 15 near the Baylor University campus. At the restaurant, sheriffs deputies moved in to make the arrest. Deputies obtained a search warrant for Lopezs phone and discovered a video of him having sex with a known prostitute, according to the warrant.

The warrant states:

Upon making contact, Lopezs cellphone was sitting in his lap, with the screen open. His phone was removed from his lap and secured as he was being detained. There was an open text app called Burner that did have [open communication with the undercover cop] active. Upon searching the phone, video of a female, known to me to be a prostitute, enters the room and begins to talk to Lopez about the room. The two individuals then begin to have sexual intercourse on camera.

Now that Lopez has been burned himself, he is now on administrative leave.

The Waco Police Department released this statement:

The department has protocols in place. We take our responsibility seriously and will take appropriate action as necessary. The criminal justice system is in action and will take its course

Lopez has since been released from the McLennan County Jail after posting a $1,000 bond. If convicted he can be jailed up to 180 days. Lopez has been with the Waco Police Department for 5 years.


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Son of b***h got fired: Joe Biden forced Ukraine to sack prosecutor general in six hours Aletho News

RT | January 24, 2018 Former US vice president Joe Biden boasted that he had a word to say in another states internal affairs, admitting to have pressured the Ukrainian government into sacking a prosecutor general in just a few hours. I looked at them and said: Im leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor []


ISIS: We will be generous in shedding your dirty blood unless you embrace Islam or give the jizyah Jihad Watch

The disbeliever west will see our power through the jihad of sincere people and the sacrifice of monotheists. We will be generous in shedding your dirty blood unless you embrace Islam or give the jizyah. Where did these hijackers of the peaceful faith of Islam get this twisted, Islamophobic idea? Could it have been from []


Brand New US Warship Trapped in Icy Water in Montreal, Canada Penny for your thoughts

Canadas harsh  winter weather is just too much for this ship
Global Warming?  As previously stated Mother Nature didnt get the memo.
Admittedly this news made me laugh. And then laugh some more

US Warship Trapped in Montreal

USS Little Rock

 The Canadian climate is apparently too harsh for the US Navy, as one of its state-of-the-art vessels found itself trapped in ice in Montreal waterway and may spend the whole winter there before it can set sail again.

The US Navys Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Little Rock has been behind schedule almost from the very beginning of its military duties. Its first journey to its home port at Mayport Naval Station in Florida from Buffalo, New York, where it was commissioned on December 16, was delayed three days due to the weather.

The 118-meter warship also faced a few challenges on the way to Montreal, but safely arrived there on December 27. It was not supposed to spend more than one day in the city, but the weather sank the crews plans again. The USS Little Rock found itself trapped in ice and has to wait for the spring thaw to move on.

Significant weather conditions prevented the ship from departing Montreal earlier this month and icy conditions continue to intensify, a Navy spokesperson told the media. The official added that the vessel will stay there until wintry weather conditions improve and the ship is able to safely transit through the St. Lawrence Seaway. However, navigation season there usually closes in January, and opens only in March.


Hugh Fitzgerald: The Latest Astonishment, Or Arthur Wagners Private Business Jihad Watch

Until just the other day, Arthur Wagner was a leading member of Alternative for Germany,  the anti-Islam party that has the Homeric epithet right-wing permanently affixed to it, and is known for its mantra that Islam doesnt belong in Germany. Now, this once senior member of the party in Brandenburg, where he sat on the []


UK and Egypt sign deal for British universities to set up Cairo campuses Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Egyptian official says UK universities will be 'catalysts' for broader partnerships between Cairo and London


US General Threatens To Punish Non-Reconciling Afghan Taliban ThereAreNoSunglasses

[Work with our diplomats or deal with US military Mattis warns, unveiling new defense strategy

US Threatens Taliban Of Tough Action If Militants Dont Reconcile

Commander of US air forces in Afghanistan said they would no longer sit back and allow the Taliban to kill women and children.


Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker, commander of US air force...


#DefendAfrin: #Afrin is Everywhere Resistance is Everywhere! Enough is Enough!

The cops expected between 200 and 300 people at yesterdays demonstration against the Turkish military aggression in Afrin (Rojava), but 1000 people joined the demonstration in Wuppertal, Germany. Among the 4 arrested people on a solidarity with Afrin demo in Hannover, Germany today were 2 minors. On Saturday there will be similar demo in Cologne. According to German mainstream media reports, organizers expect 20.000 people. Anarchists are calling for an anti-authoritarian block on Saturdays demonstration in Cologne. Anarchists in Afrin, Rojava need financial support for food. They started a fundraiser (link in the aricle).


Image: Demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Wuppertal, Germany last night. Image by Straszenkultur.

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#DefendAfrin: Afrin is Everywhere Resistance is Everywhere!

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Republicans Sitting On Evidence That Clears Trump

Republicans Sitting On Evidence That Clears Trump


SEC Has Opened Probe of GEs Accounting Peace and Freedom

GE said regulators have sought information about its contract assets and its insurance business

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Updated Jan. 24, 2018 4:28 p.m. ET

General Electric Co. said securities regulators have opened a probe into the companys accounting practices, a new challenge to the conglomerates efforts to untangle its problems and turn around its struggling business.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating GEs recent review of its insurance business that led to massive charges, as well as the companys revenue recognition for certain service contracts.

We are cooperating fully with the investigation, which is in very early stages, Chief Financial Officer Jamie Miller said on a conference call Wednesday morning.

The disclosure came as GEs fourth-quarter revenue and profit dropped amid its massive restructuring and further deterioration in its core power division.

Shares of GE, which had rallied as much as 5% in premarket trading, surrendered those gains after executives revealed the existence of the SEC probe. The stock was recently down about 1% to $16.73. The shares have tumbled 45% over the past 12 months.

Last week, GE surprised investors when it disclosed it would book a $6.2 billion charge in its fourth quarter related to its insurance operations and needed to set aside $15 billion over seven years to bolster insurance reserves at its GE Capital unit.

The company said the moves were necessary after a review of the insurance business revealed that it wasnt collecting enough premiums to cover claims for long-term insurance that GE had guaranteed. GE has said the shortfall was detected in its regular annual review of the insurance business

Chief Executive John Flannery took over GE in August of last year and is working on restructuring the company, which could involve dividing the company up. Mr. Flannery wants to focus on power, aviation and health care.

On Wednesday GE reported more weakness in its power and transportation divisions, with revenue and operating profit plunging from a year ago.

In prepared remarks Wednesday, Mr. Flannery said...


SkoolLive Screens Cause Controversy in Arizona and Beyond World Beyond War . . .

Students are encouraged to upload personal information to military recruiters, possibly circumventing federal law. The screen shows a recruiter and a young man and instructs students to complete the form.

Students are encouraged to upload personal information to military recruiters, possibly circumventing federal law. The screen shows a recruiter and a young man and instructs students to complete the form.

By Cooper Hedger and Pat Elder

January 24, 2018

Andrea Falcone and Marina Valenzuela were early for Biology class at Perry High School in Chandler, Arizona on a crisp desert morning last fall. To pass the time, the girls watched the 6-foot SkoolLive screen in the hallway that resembles a giant I-phone.

High school students line up to upload information onto the giant screens.

High school students line up to upload information onto the giant screens.

Normally, the screen displays a slow-moving video of advertisements and school calendar items, like the dates and locations for the next cheerleader practice, or when class rings will be available. In the meantime, video feeds include advertisements from a variety of sponsors. Students are prompted to enter personally identifiable information in response to various promotions by corporate and military sponsors.



Canada: Two accused jihad terrorists hired as anti-radicalism consultants at taxpayer expense Jihad Watch

One was convicted of having explosives, and they could still be convicted of jihad terror charges on appeal. This is the utter insanity that is Justin Trudeaus Canada. Two accused terrorists hired as anti-radicalism consultants and youre paying their salaries, by Ezra Levant, The Rebel, January 23, 2018: Shocking news from Quebec: Sabrine Djermane []


Greece: Convenient Victim or Complacent Masochist? Dissident Voice

Why this title? Because Greece doesnt have to continue playing the card of the victim, nor being masochist. Greece seems to suffer under the Stockholm Syndrome she is in love with her hangman. Greece could change this. Exit the prison, exit the EU and exit the euro. Greece could return to her sovereign national currency, her own sovereign central bank, make her own monetary policy and implement it with a sovereign public banking system that works solely for the Greek economy. Within less than 10 years Greece would have recovered and would even be able to pay back some of her illegally begotten debt.

Although, here must be added, according to international law, most of Greeces debt was imposed by the troika under illegal circumstances. Its also called odious debt, the description of which reads:

In international law, odious debt, also known as illegitimate debt, is a legal doctrine that holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interest of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are, thus, considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state.

This doctrine is complemented by a similar one inscribed in the charter of the IMF that says that the IMF shall not make any loans to a country in distress, that will unlikely be able to reimburse the debt and pay the debt service.

Both of it is true. The debt was imposed by the troika and accepted by the Tsipras Government against the will of the people who, in a referendum on 5 July 2015, voted with an overwhelming 61% NO to the bail-out package, of which not one euro has benefitted the Greek people, but covered merely Greeces debt service; i.e., interest and related fees; and, second, the Greek debt was and is by IMF standards admitted in private by Mme. Lagarde beyond Greeces repayment capacity, yet the IMF, along with other members of the troika, kept pumping more illegal debt into Greece.

There is not a day that goes by without Greece making the headlines as being abused by the troika IMF, European Central Bank (ECB), and the unelected European Commission (EC) and by the Germans. Here are three of the latest examples, but there are many more Destroying Greek, Plundering Greece. The Latest Update (by Leonidas Vatikiotis); Austerity: Public Hospital Halts Chemotherapy, turns away Cancer Patients, because Budget Exceeded; and Greece Crisis: Cancer Patients Suffer as Health System Fails (Giorgos Christides).

Already years ago, The British Lancet reported an increase in Greek suicide rates and child mortality. The misery is indeed real and mounting every day. The western imposed atrocities also abound on a daily basis. Salary cuts and at least five pensions reductions since 2010, an almost completely dismantled social safety net. Those who depend on it are g...


Philippine Police Rev Up President Dutertes War on Drugs Again Without Ever Answering Allegations of Murder, Kidnapping and Other Crimes Peace and Freedom

The true spirit of tokhang
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Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa

A year and a half after it was first launched, the Duterte administrations defining policy will be reintroduced. The antidrugs campaign known as Oplan Tokhang will be bloodless, President Dutertes favorite policeman pledged.

The spirit of tokhang, if implemented properly, is bloodless. Thats why its called knock and plead, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa told reporters.

Tokhang is a made-up word, formed by joining common Visayan terms together: toktok or knock, hangyo or request or plead. But today, a year and a half after it was first launched, on the day the President took his oath of office, tokhang has become a familiar word with a familiar, unmistakable meaning: It means killed.

When ordinary people say, Na-tokhang ang tren, referring to the awful light rail system spread across Metro Manila like an ugly scar, they are referring to yet another train stalled in the tracks, and they mean, The train has been killed or The train is dead. When ordinary people say, Na-tokhang ang baterya, referring to a cell phone battery that has been drained, they mean The battery has been killed, or The battery is dead.

The reason this is now the widely used and widely accepted meaning is the sheer scale of violence of President Dutertes so-called war on drugs.

Thousands of people have been killed in the antidrugs campaign, most of them poor. The total number is undetermined; it may not in fact be possible to determine the total any longer, with the PNP itself changing its definitions in the course of the campaign; the statistics themselves are the subject of additional controversy. But very few people will dispute that thousands have been killed, in an exhausting war of attrition.

Oplan Tokhang has been suspended twice.

The first time was about a year ago, when the President ordered the unit in charge of the campaign disbanded because of the killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo. The murder of the kidnapping victim inside Camp Crame itself, the PNP headquarters took place in October the previous year, but became public knowledge only after the victims wife,...



South Front The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has liberated the villages of Totah, Hjaila and Anij Bagra in northern Hama, the countrys defense ministry said on January 22. On the same day, the SAA, the Tiger Forces and other pro-government factions further advanced on -Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the local branch of al-Qaeda) []


The US Has Military Bases in 80 Countries. All of Them Must Close. World Beyond War . . .

People protest the planned relocation of a US military base in Japan to Okinawa's Henoko coast on April 17, 2015. (Reuters / Issei Kato)

People protest the planned relocation of a US military base in Japan to Okinawas Henoko coast on April 17, 2015. (Reuters / Issei Kato)

By Alice Slater, January 24, 2018

From The Nation

On the weekend of Martin Luther King Day, Baltimore University fittingly hosted more than 200 activists in the peace, environment, and social justice movements to launch a timely new initiative, the Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases. Ajamu Baraka, Green Party vice-presidential candidate and co-founder of the Black Alliance for Peace, opened the meeting reminding us that Reverend King, in his historic anti-war speech more than 50 years ago at Riverside Church in New York, called the government of the United States the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today adding that the war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, while warning that a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. Taking on the very nature of capitalism King further urged that:

We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

In a series of panels over two days, conference speakers from every corner of the globe proceeded to describe the extraordinary cruelty and toxic lethality of US for...


Trump tells Erdogan to curb Turkey's Afrin offensive in Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Two leaders discuss US arms supply to Kurdish militias and Turkey's military campaign via phone call


Breaking: Syrian Army welcome to enter Afrin region YPG official to Mayadeen Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Leith Aboufadel   24/01/2018 BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) A Kurdish official from the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) told Al-Mayadeen TV on Wednesday that his group welcomes the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to enter the Afrin Canton. We welcome the Syrian Army to enter the whole Afrin region, as there is an agreement between us []


Despite pleas, US immigration authorities refuse to release Palestinian businessman Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


US Congress committee, family and community call for release of Amer Adi Othman, who is on hunger strike


Benin media regulator threatens to prosecute online outlets over registration Committee to Protect Journalists

Benin's media regulator, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC), on December 21, 2017, threatened to shut down online publications that did not have authorization to distribute content, according to an HAAC press statement and the news website Beninwebtv.


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American Museum of Natural History targeted for relationship with right-wing climate denier Waging Nonviolence

by Skanda Kadirgamar

The Revolting Lesbians protest Rebekah Mercer outside of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on Jan. 21. (WNV/Skanda Kadirgamar)

A new activist group launched its first direct action on Sunday, targeting climate change denier Rebekah Mercer and the American Museum of Natural History for retaining the New York City heiress as a trustee. The organizers say that Mercers presence is not only in conflict with an institutions mission, but also represents an opportunistic ploy to legitimize fake science for which she should step down.

The protest was organized by a group called Revolting Lesbians, which showed up in front of the museum with costumes and props to depict Mercers nefarious influence on scientific discourse. Mercers $2.9 million in contributions to the museum are a pittance when compared to the amount shes doled out to organizations like the Heartland Institute, which has claimed that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will continue to help plants thrive, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should be disbanded as a threat to mankind.

While Mercer plays no direct role in museum curation or curriculum, the action drove home the point that her presence on the board is nonetheless impactful when it comes to the wider environmental discourse. Among the signs the organizers brought to the action were several emblazoned with Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tysons observation that When you have people who dont know much about science standing in denial of it and rising to power, that is a recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy.

In a manner reminiscent of the Lesbian Avengers in the 1990s, Revolting Lesbians formed in late 2017 in opposition to the aggressive right-wing political turn in the country. They aim to challenge manifestations of this agenda on a local level. The group is interested in taking on voter suppression as an issue and plans to confront the organizations that have supported such initiatives, lik...


Myanmar Trying to Whitewash Violent Crimes Against Rohingya, Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says Peace and Freedom

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Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson


YANGON (Reuters) Veteran U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson has resigned from an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis, saying it was conducting a whitewash and accusing the countrys leader Aung San Suu Kyi of lacking moral leadership.

Richardson, a former Clinton administration cabinet member, quit as the 10-member advisory board was making its first visit to western Rakhine State, from where nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled in recent months.

The main reason I am resigning is that this advisory board is a whitewash, Richardson told Reuters in an interview, adding he did not want to be part of a cheerleading squad for the government.

Richardson said he got into an argument with Suu Kyi during a meeting on Monday with other members of the board, when he brought up the case of two Reuters reporters who are on trial accused of breaching the countrys Officials Secrets Act.

He said Suu Kyis response was furious, saying the case of the reporters was not part of the work of the advisory board. The argument continued at a dinner later that evening, the former New Mexico governor said.

Neither Suu Kyi nor her spokesman Zaw Htay, who is also the government spokesman, responded to requests for comment.

Reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had worked on Reuters coverage of the crisis in Rakhine, from where 688,000 Rohingya have fled an army crackdown on insurgents since late August, according to estimates by the United Nations.

They were detained on Dec. 12 after they had been invited to meet police officers over dinner in Yangon. The government has cited police as saying they were arrested for possessing secret documents relating to the security situation in Rakhine.

The armed forces have been accused by Rohingya witnesses and human rights activists of carrying out killings, rapes and arson in a campaign senior officials in the United Nations and United States have described as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar rejects that label and has denied nearly all the allegations.

Richardson said he was also taken aback by the vigor with which the media, the United Nations, human rights groups and in general the international community were disparaged during the last three days of meetings the board held with Myanmar officials.

Shes not getting good advice from her team, Richardson said of Suu Kyi, whom he said he has known since the 1980s. I like her enormously and respect her. But she has not shown moral leadership on the Rakhine issue and the allegations made, and I regret t...


March 16 18: #Climate Action Workshop Weekend in #Denmark Enough is Enough!

The Climate collective is hosting a weekend workshop at Makvrket (Teglvrksvej 30, 4420 Holbk, Denmark) from the 16 until the 18th of March. The aim of the weekend is to share the experiences of the Climatecollective in organising actions and campaigns and furthermore to create a space for new collaborations.


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March 16 18: Climate Action Workshop Weekend in Denmark

The Climate collective is hosting a weekend workshop at Makvrket (Teglvrksvej 30, 4420 Holbk, Denmark) from the 16 until the 18th of March. The aim of the weekend is to share the experiences of the Climatecollective in organising actions and campaigns and furthermore to create a space for new collaborations.

The weekend will focus on civildisobedience actions and direct actions, such as the climate collectives small group actions in Aabenraa and Aalborg and mass actions such as Ende Gelnde and Code Rood. During the weekend we will work with different elements of of planning an action from start to finish, such as press work, scouting, logistics, communication etc.

The weekend is open to individuals interested in doing climate actions and possibly starting a new climate action group as well as exciting groups, interested in getting new tools and ideas for planning effective actions and campaigns.

Its not important that you have done actions or campaigns before, but that you will like to do so in the future.

We will use the newly launched campaign FREE THE SOIL, which the Climatecollective is a part of, as a base for our work in the weekend. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the huge role played by industrial agriculture in the climate crisis. Learn more on...


'Akicita' Premiere -- Standing Ovation for Water Protectors at Sundance Film Festival CENSORED NEWS

. Add caption . At the premiere of Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock, the filmmakers said, "We are overwhelmed by the love and support from todays screening of AKICITA: THE BATTLE OF STANDING ROCK. Thank you to everyone who came out!"Watch video below:video link on Twitter and clip below from Facebook .


Failed Houthi militia-launched ballistic missile falls on house near Sanaa airport Peace and Freedom


A failed Houthi militia-launched ballistic missile has fallen on a house near the airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (Shutterstock)
JEDDAH: A failed Houthi militia-launched ballistic missile has fallen on a house near the airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, according to reports.
It comes as clashes in the Yemeni rebel heartland of Saada province killed 40 rebel fighters, as Saudi media reported on Wednesday.
The uptick in fighting came as Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir held talks on the conflicts in Yemen and Syria with his British, US and United Arab Emirates counterparts in Paris on Tuesday.
The Saudi-led coalition this week pledged $1.5 billion in new aid for Yemen after the United Nations launched a record appeal to address what it says is the worlds worst humanitarian crisis.



Italian Parliament Votes to Increase Troops in Libya Geopolitics Alert

On 15 January, Ghanaian security forces arrested three returnees from Libya planning a terrorist-related attack. One of the suspects, Ishmael Ali Musa, is alleged to have connections to ISIS in Libya. The men were found to possess grenades, ammunition, and explosives thought smuggled into Ghana from Libya. The arrests are a part of joint military and police intelligence-led operations focusing on Ghanaian returnees with possible links to ISIS in Libya.

On 19 January, the al-Bunyan al-Marsous Sirte Security Force deputy commander, Ali Rafida, announced they had been tracking ISIS fighters for three days in the valleys south of Sirte.

On 17 January, the Italian parliament voted to increase its military presence in Libya to combat illegal immigration and counter-terrorism threats. This announcement has increased political tensions between Misrata and the House of Representatives (HoR) based in Tubruq. The HoR are calling for Italy to remove its forces, which are currently positioned in Misrata to manage the military hospital established in September 2016 during the anti-ISIS operations in Sirte.

On 19 January, the GNAs Foreign Ministry requested the Italian government to clarify its recent decision to increase its troops in Libya. Italys embassy in Tripoli has insisted that there is inaccurate information circulating around the media and it said nothing had changed. On 22 January, the HoR held a special session to discuss the controversial Italian vote, condemning it as a violation of Libyas sovereignty. Several prominent Libyan activists and diplomats have also deplored the move.

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Upcoming US Kremlin Report release worries Russian elites Peace and Freedom

The US government is set to present its Kremlin Report to Congress detailing oligarchs close ties to President Vladimir Putin. Whose names will appear in the document and will its release result in new sanctions?

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One week before day zero, political heavyweights in Russia have gone on the offensive. President Vladimir Putins spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a Sunday interview that the government and the president had taken all necessary precautions. On the same day, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed that his countrys foreign policy was supported by the Russian people and that any attempt to change that, by putting pressure on the countrys elite, was doomed to failure.

An election time bomb

For weeks, Russians have been wondering what exactly will appear in the so-called Kremlin Report that the US government is set to present to Congress on January 29.

When Congress passed sanctions against Washingtons adversaries Russia, Iran and North Korea in the summer of 2017, lawmakers added a built-in time bomb to those measures affecting Russia. They ordered the secretary of the treasury to deliver a detailed report to Congress no later than 180 days from the date on which the bill was passed. That deadline is approaching whether intentional or not in the middle of Russias presidential election campaign. Observers agree that Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin will, in all likelihood, be victorious in the March vote. The report takes aim at the elites that have loyally supported him.

Names, holdings and relatives

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German sources deny PM Netanyahus claim Merkel understands concerns over Iran nuke deal Peace and Freedom

Rebuffing PM who said chancellor expressed sympathy for Israeli opposition, diplomats say she was talking about Tehrans threat to region, not P5+1 agreement

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Davos, Switzerland on January 24, 2018 (Amos Ben Gershon/ GPO)

After his meeting with the chancellor on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Netanyahu said that Merkel had said that she understands our concerns regarding the nuclear agreement even though she does not necessarily agree with the way in which we want to deal with it.

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Netanyahu to Merkel on Iran Nuclear Deal: Put in real and not cosmetic changes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where the two discussed the Iran Nuclear Deal. Netanyahu emphasized the necessity to implement substantial changes to the agreement and stated that Merkel understands our concerns.

Jan 24, 2018, 7:00PM  Judith Abramson

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took advantage of his attendance at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday evening in order to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where the two discussed the Iran Nuclear Deal. Netanyahu implored Merkel to implement substantial alterations to the agreement, while Merkel stated that she understands Israels concerns regarding this issue.

It was an important meeting, Netanyahu said following the meeting. I said that in my view, the only existing option at the moment is to put in real not cosmetic changes that will prevent Iran from going nuclear, which would otherwise be assured by the agreement as it stands.

I also expressed my appreciation for Chancellor Merkels genuine commitment to the security of Israel, Netanyahu added. She understands that this touches our concerns, the things that could threaten our very existence. She has proven this co...


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Disgust Follows Pictures of Seinfeld at 'Anti-Terror Fantasy Camp' in Occupied West Bank

Comedian blasted for attending facility that offers "special programs for tourists seeking a taste of the Israeli military experience"


Fake News: Russia and Sputnik Accused of Meddling in Malaysian Elections Aletho News

By Ivan Danilov | Sputnik | January 24, 2018 In its latest Asia insight feature, Japanese news agency Nikkei speculates that Russia is meddling in Malaysia and other Asian countries with alleged authoritarian streaks. It seems that the fake news epidemic that struck Western media during the US presidential elections and the Brexit vote has spread []


Former team doctor for the American gymnastics team, Dr. Larry Nassar, Sentenced to 40 to 175 Years for Sexual Abuse A child molester, and a monster of a human being. Peace and Freedom

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Larry Nassar, the former doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics, listens during his sentencing on Wednesday.Credit Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

LANSING, Mich. After an extraordinary seven-day hearing that drew more than 150 young women to speak out publicly about sexual abuse they said was committed by Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, the former team doctor for the American gymnastics team, a judge sentenced him on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison.

He had faced a minimum term of 25 to 40 years.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who had opened her courtroom to all the young women who wanted to address Dr. Nassar directly, and forced him to listen when he pleaded to make it stop, handed down the sentence, saying to him, Youve done nothing to deserve to walk outside a prison again.

It is my honor and privilege to sentence you, she said, and noting the length of the sentence, added, I just signed your death warrant.

Given an opportunity to address the court before sentencing, Dr. Nassar apologized and, occasionally turning to the young women in the courtroom, said: Your words these past several days have had a significant effect on myself and have shaken me to my core. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days. Several women sobbed in the gallery as he spoke.

More than 160 women say Larry Nassar sexually abused them. Here are his accusers in their own words.

He was lauded as the must-see doctor who worked with Americas best gymnasts. Now Lawrence G. Nassar will spend the rest of his life in prison. Over seven days, women recounted his sexual abuse at a marathon sentencing hearing in Michigan.

Just before sentencing Dr. Nassar, the judge read parts of a letter that he had submitted to the court last week, in which he complained about his treatment in a separate federal child pornography case and wrote that his accusers in this case were seeking news media attention an...


San Francisco Honors Indigenous Peoples, Dumps Columbus Day CENSORED NEWS

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Facebook pretending to care about democracy now is the height of hypocrisy Aletho News

By Danielle Ryan | RT | Jan, 2018 Facebook has admitted that sometimes, it might actually be bad for democracy. Facebook is right about that. However, Im not sure that the social media platform really understands why this is the case. The admission comes in a series of official blog posts by Facebook insiders about []


Dollar Hits New Low After Mnuchin Says Weakness Aids Trade Peace and Freedom

Some market participants say an end to the dollars drop may not be imminent

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at Davos

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The U.S. dollar hit another three-year low against a basket of leading global currencies, a continuing rout that accelerated Wednesday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a weaker dollar was good for trade.

The comments added to the greenbacks woes and rippled across global markets, boosting the price of metals and emerging market assets, halting the rally in European and Japanese shares, and pushing currencies like the British pound and euro higher. But the decline also comes as Treasury yields rise to a three-year


White House Declares Open Season on the Dollar at Davos


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January 24, 2018, 9:29 AM EST Updated on January 24, 2018, 12:03 PM EST
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Merkel warns protectionism not the answer to world problems Peace and Freedom


AFP | German chancellor Angela Merkel addreses the annual World Economic Forumon January 24, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland

DAVOS (SWITZERLAND) (AFP)  German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted Wednesday protectionism is not the answer to world problems, addressing the Davos economic summit before US President Donald Trump appears to defend his America First agenda.We think that shutting ourselves off, isolating ourselves, will not lead us into a good future. Protectionism is not the answer, Merkel said in a speech in the Swiss resort.

She spoke a day before the arrival of the US president whose aggressive trade policies have raised concern among defenders of globalisation.

Let us not shut off from others, let us keep pace with the best in the world and let us canvas for this multilateral approach, Merkel said.

She had dragged herself away from fraught efforts to form a new government at home in Germany and took the stage at the World Economic Forum a day ahead of Trumps arrival.

She added her voice to other world leaders at the summit to defend the liberal international order after a year of protectionist rhetoric by the US president.

Trump angered China and South Korea this week with new tariffs on solar panels and large washing machines.

He is scheduled to close the annual Davos conference with a speech on Friday.

French President Emmanuel Macron was due to speak later on Wednesday.

Top US officials said Wednesday that his trip was intended to defend US interests while also promoting international ties.


US puts pressure on Turkey over Syria push Peace and Freedom

Turkish tanks are parked near the Syrian border at Hassa, in Hatay province on Wednesday, as part of the operation Olive Branch. (AFP)
KIRIKHAN, Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed to press Turkeys offensive against a Kurdish militia in Syria until the last terrorist was killed, as the US ramped up its concerns over the campaign.
Turkey on Saturday launched operation Olive Branch together with the Syrian opposition and Turkish warplanes striking targets to oust the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) militia from its Afrin enclave in northern Syria.
Erdogan said the offensive was continuing successfully, adding that Syrian opposition fighters and Turkish forces were step by step taking control of Afrin.
Until the last terrorist is neutralized, this operation will continue, he vowed.
Ankara views the YPG as a terror group l...


Policy Road Map To Reparations For War On Weed PopularResistance.Org

Over the past 50 years, the city of Baltimore and the State of Marylands active investments in policing the War on Drugs have created conditions of concentrated poverty in Baltimore City. While not limited to marijuana, cannabis prohibition has been, and continues to be, the vanguard of the War on Drugs in terms of social impact. Even today, despite the perception of increased tolerance of marijuana and many states pursuit of legalization, marijuana possession is the number of cause of arrest in the United States. In fact, in recent years marijuana arrests have continued to increase. Currently, over 100,000 Americans are incarcerated for marijuana possession, racking up a total cost of over three billion dollars. From 1990 to 2000, 75% of the increase in arrests for drug charges nationwide came from marijuana related offenses.


Congressmen Pushing LNG Exports Bills Have Deep Financial, Revolving Door Ties PopularResistance.Org

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce held a subcommittee hearing on two bills to expedite permitting for exports of natural gas. Domestic production of this fossil fuel has been booming in recent years, mainly thanks to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) opening up vast reserves in shale formations. Several former and present committee staffers have either taken oil and gas industry-sponsored trips as staffers or spun through the government-industry revolving door between Congress and the lobbying sector. And all of the politicians backing the two bills under consideration have taken tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from the oil and gas industry for their 2018 mid-term election campaigns.


The Opioid Epidemic in America - Killing One Million Workers: The Triumph of Capital (Creating a Domestic Shithole) The Official James Petras website

The Chinese government, which had banned the use and sale of opium, was alarmed at the growing social chaos created by mass addiction and went to war with the Western powers to halt the flood [...]


Analysts Explain How Russia, Iran May Scupper US Army of Bots Aletho News

Sputnik January 24, 2018 The US is allegedly mulling over sophisticated new methods of influencing the public opinion in Russia, Iran and North Korea, among other countries. Russian and Iranian cyber-security specialists shed light on the US Army Intelligence and Security Commands (INSCOM) recent initiative and the potential counter-measures to handle the challenge It []


A National Defense Strategy Of Sowing Global Chaos PopularResistance.Org

Presenting the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States on Friday at the Johns Hopkins University, Secretary of Defense James Mattis painted a picture of a dangerous world in which U.S. power and all of the supposed good that it does around the world is on the decline. Our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace, he said. And it is continually eroding. What he could have said instead is that the United States military is overextended in every domain, and that much of the chaos seen around the world is the direct result of past and current military adventurism. Further, he could have acknowledged, perhaps, that the erosion of U.S. influence has been the result of a series of self-inflicted blows to American credibility through foreign policy disasters such as the 2003 invasion of Iraq.


Support #DeVloek 10! Come to the Court of Appeal! Enough is Enough!

On the first of February the appeal of the 10 people who resisted against the eviction of De Vloek. The city of The Hague (Netherlands) tries to impose a fine of 50,000 Euro against the 10, earlier the 10 were convicted to pay 33,000 Euro. The court case will start at 09:30am at the court in The Hague.


Originally published by Autonomen Den Haag. Translated 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.

Support De Vloek 10! Come to the Court of Appeal!

On the 1st of February the appeal of the 10 people who resisted against the eviction of De Vloek. The city of The Hague (Netherlands) tries to impose a fine of 50,000 Euro against the 10, earlier the 10 were convicted to pay 33,000 Euro. The court case will start at 09:30am at the court in The Hague.

On the February the 9th, 2015 the free space De Vloek was evicted. De Vloek was squatted for 13 years and offeredpeople a place to live, a vegan and organic eat caf, a space for concerts, several working spaces and the development of extraparliamentary politics. After a one and a half year campaign to save De Vloek the free space was evicted for a sailing center.

During the eviction 10 people were arrested. All arrestees were prosecuted, five of them were imprisoned for 2 weeks. The city of The hague now also demands 50,000 Euro damages from the 10 in a civil court case.

The claim for damages by city authorities is a repressive way to punish the 10 people double who resisted against the eviction. This absurd claim musst be off the table!

Come to the court case and support De Vloek 10!

Date: 01/02/2018
Time: 09:00am
Location: Paleis van Justitie, Prins Clauslaan 60 , The hague, Netherlands



Here Are All the Facts about Russiagate Foreign Policy Journal

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Disengaged By Design: Neoconservative War On Youth PopularResistance.Org

When I say that students are disengaged by design, I dont have in mind the popular thesis that schools are stuck in some factory model past, designed perhaps 150 years ago to satisfy the needs of industrialists, and since left unchanged. This kind of future proofing imaginary about the past and future of schools is popular among neoliberal reformers in Silicon Valley & Ken Robinson. Often, the real world of work is supposed to be more interesting and vibrant, demanding and permitting of creativity than schools. Of course, they have in mind only a slim sliver of jobs in the offices of places like Apple and Google, rather than the vast majority of work that increasingly alienates people.


Some Pipeline Foes Speak, Others Boycott At Hearing In Hancock PopularResistance.Org

HANCOCK As people spoke against a proposed natural-gas pipeline during a hearing in Hancock on Monday, other foes gathered outside to boycott the proceedings. More than 60 people attended the Maryland Department of the Environment public hearing at Hancock Middle-Senior High School. As they have done before, opponents raised concerns about environmental pollution, climate change and contamination of water wells. We all live downstream from something, said Laura Bayer of Martinsburg, W.Va., the first of 22 speakers, all of whom opposed the pipeline. Benjamin H. Grumbles, Marylands secretary of the environment, spoke before public comments began. He promised a robust review of the pipeline application and stressed that no decisions have been made on the project. Mondays session, which lasted about two hours, was held to resume the hearing that was continued last month.


Khaled Ali, Sisi's 'final challenger', quits Egyptian presidential race Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Khaled Ali's withdrawal comes a day after authorities detained another of Sisi's final serious rivals, former military chief of staff Sami Anan


Spy Court Finds Surveillance Operating Outside the Law Foreign Policy Journal

The National Security Operations Center (NSOC), part of the National Security Agency (NSA)


'Moral depravity': Row deepens over Turkey using German-made tanks in Afrin Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Images on social media showed German-made Leopard 2 tanks inside Afrin being used by Turkey's army


Thousands Protest At World Economic Forum In Davos PopularResistance.Org

Thousands of people took to the streets of Zurich to protest against Donald Trumps presence at Davos. The US president has planned to attend the World Economic Forums annual meeting in Switzerland this week. In response, anti-capitalist activists called for protests under the slogans Trump Not Welcome! and Smash WEF! Trump is due to speak on Friday at the WEF meeting in the Alpine town of Davos, an annual meeting of global business and political leaders. That march went off peacefully, unlike violent anti-WEF protests in several Swiss cities that were held in the early 2000s. More than 4,000 Swiss soldiers have been deployed to guard DAvos, alongside 1,000 police officers. A no-fly zone was also put in place to protect delegates.


UK: Facebook let Muslim repeatedly post videos calling for jihad violence Jihad Watch

Facebooks Vice President Joel Kaplan traveled to Pakistan last July to assure the Pakistani government that it would remove anti-Islam material. That endeavor had already started before Kaplans trip. In mid-February, traffic to Jihad Watch from Facebook dropped suddenly by 90% and has never recovered. We do not post any hateful or provocative material and []


Global Forecast (01-24-2018) Geopolitical Monitor



The GPM Global Forecast is a bi-weekly, members-only article series for 2018. It provides analysis and short-term forecasting on key military, political, and economic events around the globe. 


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Solidarity with the Anarchists in Afrin / Solidarit avec les Anarchistes de Afrin / Solidariteit met de Anarchisten van Afrin Insurrection News


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Solidarity with the Anarchists in Afrin Solidarit avec les Anarchistes de Afrin Solidariteit met de Anarchisten van Afrin 

Anarchists of Afrin, Rojava need financial support for food. This fund is not used for military equipment! !!!!

Les anarchistes de Afrin, Rojava ont besoin de moyens financiers pour survivre, pour manger. Ce fonds ne sert pas lquipement militaire !!!!

Anarchisten van Afrin, Rojava hebben financiele middelen om te overleven, om te eten. Dit fonds wordt niet gebruikt voor leger materiaal !!!!

A pack of cigarettes in Europe costs ~10 Un paquet de cigarettes en Europe cote +/- 10
1 = 4 turkish lira & 360k syrian paund) (1 = 4 lires turques et 360k livres syriennes

10 = a big familys one week food expense 10 = de la nourriture pour une grande famille pendant une semaine

10 = a babys 2 week expense 10 = des dpenses pour un bb pendant 2 semaines

10 = basic medical expense of one family 10 = des dpenses mdicales de base pour une famille

So please, we need your aid Alors svp, faites un geste, nous avons besoin de vous



The Czech president's undying love affair with Israel Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Milos Zeman, who hopes to be reelected in the second round of voting, has a long history of making inflammatory comments on the Middle East


Syria: West Obstructing Objective Chemical Probe Because It Reveals Collusion with Terrorists Aletho News

Al-Manar | January 24, 2018 Damascus condemned as lies on Wednesday allegations made by US State Secretary and French Foreign Minister about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In remarks carried by Syrias State news agency, SANA, an official source at the Syrian foreign ministry said the US-French allegations are part of a policy []


Afrin Update - TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis

Its damned difficult to figure out whats happening with Operation Olive Branch since both, or I should say all, sides are expending considerable energy in controlling the narrative. In other words we are wading through a pond of bullshit. The...


DAMASCUS: Death in the Afternoon, Ignored by Corporate Media in the West Aletho News

By Vanessa Beeley | 21st Century Wire | January 24, 2018 Two days ago, nine civilians, mostly schoolchildren were murdered by the US Coalition-financed terrorist factions embedded in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, in this instance East Ghouta. I was leaving the Bab Touma area of the Old City on the same day, less than []


ICE is out of control: Amer Othman Adi continues hunger strike as family fights for his freedom Mondoweiss

Eight days have passed since Amer Othman Adi was detained by federal immigration agents upon arrival at a routine check-in, as mandated by the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) office in Cleveland.

Adis arrest comes amid a swell in ICE detainments, in what appears a methodical targeting of well known community leaders and immigrant-rights activists.

Lina Adi, Amers second oldest daughter, said ICE is targeting as many people as possible, by any means possible.

This isnt [ICE] deporting immigrants; this is ICE bullying and tricking people, Lina told me. ICE is out of control.

Echoing this sentiment, human rights attorney Noura Erakat told Mondoweiss that ICE, ultimately a conduit for the Trump administration, is conducting aggressive sweeps to appeal to a extremely xenophobic, white nationalist base.

Theyre scoring political points on purpose, Erakat said of the choice to go after individuals more well known to their respective communities.

In the weeks prior, ICE arrested a number of immigrant rights activists in New York and Detroit. Like Adi, the detainees have also lived in the US for decades, are married to American citizens and undeniably pose no threat to public safety.

Erakat characterized the push to deport prominent activists and community leaders as a full frontal attack a goading invitation from ICE to challenge the agency and administration.

This isnt about adhering to immigration laws, Erakat said. This is about picking a fight and drawing lines in the sand.

An ICE spokesperson responded to Mondoweiss latest inquiry, stating only that there have been no substantive changes in the case. Multiple queries by Mondoweiss regarding the legal justification for keeping Adi detained remain unanswered.

While President Obama deported record numbers of immigrants, Adis detainment and the preceding circumstances bear out the Trump administrations shift in immigration policy. As Mondoweiss reported, Adi was prepared to voluntarily leave the country for Jordan in compliance with ICEs January 7 deadline. At the last minute, the agency notified David Leopold, Adis lawyer, that it would issue him a stay of deportation.

Then in a complete reversal, the same agency arrested Adi just ten days later, confounding his family, community, supporters and elected officials.

Since his arrest, ICE has shuffled Adi through three detention facilities, not once informing his family nor filing charges to justify his continued imprisonmen...


Sweden: 90% of Muslim migrants from Morocco caught lying about their age Jihad Watch

War is deceit, said Muhammad, and his coreligionists have found an endless supply of easy marks in European immigration officials. Nine in Ten Underage Moroccans in Sweden Caught Lying About Their Age, by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, January 23, 2018: A new cooperation agreement between Sweden and Morocco to share their fingerprint databases has revealed that []


Can Womens March Evolve Into Radical Resistance Movement? PopularResistance.Org

Those words--from one of the many hundreds of thousands of protesters who took to the streets on January 20 as part of the massive Women's Marches marking the shameful anniversary of Trump's first year in office--summed up the political mood. In two words: Pissed off. The sheer size of the marches--smaller overall than last year's turnout of some 3.5 million, the largest single day of protest in U.S. history, but not by much--caught organizers and longtime activists off guard: as many as 300,000 in Chicago; 200,000 in New York City by the official count, but possibly twice that; half a million in Los Angeles; 65,000 in San Francisco and 50,000 across the Bay in Oakland. Smaller towns and cities, including in reliably red states, turned out big time: some 8,000 in Omaha, Nebraska, for example.


Pakistan: Doctor who helped US find Osama still in jail after seven years, with no trial Jihad Watch

The clearest indication, among very many, that Pakistan is no ally of the United States, and is aligned with the global jihad force. Hero doctor who risked his life tracking down Osama bin Laden for the U.S. remains locked in a Pakistani jail after seven years without a trial, despite American promises to get him []


The Arab Spring: Restoration, Repression & Regime Change Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

FINIAN CUNNINGHAM | 22.01.2018 | WORLD / MIDDLE EAST The Arab Spring: Restoration, Repression & Regime Change The outbreak of mass protests in Tunisia this week comes on the seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011. This week, seven years ago, saw Tunisias strongman ruler Ben Ali fleeing for exile to Saudi Arabia. Before the month was []


Anti-Trump Protest In Haiti Temporarily Shuts US Embassy PopularResistance.Org

The U.S. Embassy in the Haitian capital closed Monday as demonstrators gathered outside to protest President Donald Trump. More than a 1,000 people marched toward the embassy. They were prevented from reaching the gates by barricades set up by Haitian police. Officers in helmets and carrying shields eventually fired several rounds of tear gas after some protesters threw rocks at them outside the heavily fortified compound. Many Haitians were angered over reported disparaging remarks about Haiti by Trump and his administration's decision to end a program that gave temporary legal residency to about 60,000 Haitians in the United States. The embassy said it would be closed for the afternoon and directed employees in a statement to keep away during the protest. It was expected to reopen Tuesday.


Afghanistan: Islamic State jihadis storm Save the Children office, at least one person killed Jihad Watch

And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may strike terror in the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know, whom Allah knows. (Quran 8:60) Save the Children Is Attacked in Afghanistan; ISIS Claims Responsibility, by Zabihullah []


Montana Enacts Net Neutrality, Provides Template For Other States To Follow PopularResistance.Org

The states governor, Steve Bullock, signed an executive order Monday that effectively reinstates net neutrality principles dismantled by the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) in December. Montana will curtail the power of internet service providers (ISPs) by preventing those with a state contract to block or charge more for faster speeds to certain websites. There has been a lot of talk around the country about how to respond to the recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules, which keep the internet free and open. Its time to actually do something about it, Bullock said in a statement. This is a simple step states can take to preserve and protect net neutrality. We cant wait for folks in Washington, D.C., to come to their senses and reinstate these rules.


Families of Sudanese tortured in Libya say kidnappers called them to demand ransoms Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Relatives of men abused in videos shared on social media say kidnappers phoned them and demanded payments to spare their lives


Tillersons open-ended Syria war proves US is stuck in Mideast quicksand

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced last week that American troops would remain in Syria indefinitely, he sounded much like the legendary nation-grabber Theodore Roosevelt. We have hoisted our flag, and it is not fashioned of the stuff which can be quickly hauled down, Roosevelt declared during debate over the Philippine War more than a century ago. There must []


Pentagon Schedules Its China War for 2018 Newsbud

This week on China Watch, America  aches for its manhood measuring moment in Asia; but will China oblige?  Pacific Commands Admiral Harry Harris is promising big doings in the Indo-Pacificyou know, that region that isnt supposed to have China in itin 2018.  Will the Chinese rise to Admiral Harriss bait prematurelyor will the PRC continues to dodge direct confrontation until it has built its way to military dominance?

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New Defense Department strategy elevates threats from Russia, China over terrorism

Managing Asias Security Threats in the Trump Era Michael Swaine, now with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is perhaps the highest-profile figure in the shrinking coterie of China specialists who are engagement-minded i.e. havent bought into the idea that the solution to Americas Asian headaches is a systemic clash between the PRC and the United States.  Swaines detailed, cautious and critical discussion of the Taiwan card is an indirect indication that the China hawks who have the upper hand in US China policy right now hope to play the Taiwan card in a major way.



Julian Assange Calls Effort Of Corporations To Control Internet Discourse An Existential Threat To Humanity PopularResistance.Org

The future of humanity is the struggle between humans that control machines and machines that control humans. Between the democratization of communication and usurpation of communication by artificial intelligence. While the internet has brought about a revolution in peoples ability to educate themselves and others, the resulting democratic phenomena has shaken existing establishments to their core. Google, Facebook and their Chinese equivalents, who are socially, logistically and financially integrated with existing elites, have moved to re-establish discourse control. This is not simply a corrective action. Undetectable mass social influence powered by artificial intelligence is an existential threat to humanity.


New US National Defense Strategy Is Again Offensive Aletho News

By David Macilwain | American Herald Tribune | January 23, 2018 Last week Mad Dog Mattis announced a new US Defence Strategy, the first for a decade and with a radical change of focus, from fighting terrorism to fighting Russia and China. The US DoD put it like this: The National Defense Strategy seeks to []


There are two narratives, but one reality: Palestinian dispossession Mondoweiss

I just finished reading Palestine The Reality: The Inside Story of the Balfour Declaration 1917-1938, by J.M.N. Jeffries, a British journalist for The Daily Mail at the time of the events discussed.  Who would think that a 748-page book on the diplomatic history of the Balfour Declaration and its aftermath could be a page-turner, but this book definitely is.  Its a truly remarkable achievement and a fascinating read in many ways.  First a bit of back story.

The book was published originally in Great Britain in 1940.  It appears it was largely ignored, with very few reviews.  But then what really sent it to oblivion was the German blitz, in which the warehouse holding almost all the copies of the book was destroyed.  Recently Michel Moushabeck, a Palestinian man who runs Interlink Publishing (and a neighbor of mine, a musician, and fellow activist, here in Western Massachusetts), was told about a copy of the book held by the British Museum and, after reading it there, decided it needed to be reissued.  It came out in time for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, and the world of Palestine scholarship and activism owes a great debt of gratitude to Interlink Publishing for bringing this extraordinary work to light.

If one is looking for an objective, impartial treatment of the history, this isnt it.  Far from it.  Jeffries makes clear from the outset that he has a polemical goal and that is to present the Arab case.  This he does with passion, skillful writing, meticulous attention to detail, amazing wit, and insightful analysis.  Its especially interesting to see the events leading up to and including the first two decades of the British Mandate through the eyes of a contemporary someone without the knowledge of what was yet to come WWII, the Holocaust, and then the Nakba and creation of Israel in 1948.  Jeffries, a man of his times, is no foe of European colonialism in general, but still he finds the treatment of the indigenous people of Palestine by the British and the Zionists to be an affront to justice and the honor of Great Britain.  His sense of righteous indignation screams out from almost every page, yet not in a way that either clouds his judgment (which appears razor sharp throughout) or obscures the narrative he has to tell.

No short review can do this book justice, so Ill just try to hit some of the points that I especially found striking.  Not being a trained historian of Zionism or the British Mandate, Im not in a position to determine how much of what he presents is news; but I have to say that as someone who has read quite a bit as an amateur, I found a number of his arguments either totally new to me or at least a new spin on what I already was aware of.

The first point that struck me and its consonant with the material presented in John...


Israeli Defense Minister urges ban against poet for calling Ahed Tamimi a hero Mondoweiss

Poet and author Yehonatan Geffen is an iconic popular figure in Israeli culture since the 1970s. I grew up as a toddler on his childrens books, and he has a lot to say to adults today. He is tongue-in-cheek and doesnt mince his words. The kind of guy who calls out Netanyahu for being a racist.

On Monday, he posted a poem on his Instagram which infuriated Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman so much that Lieberman called for the army radio to ban him and his work completely, also urging all media outlets to do the same. 

Lets have a look at Geffens poem. Ive seen some slightly imprecise translations in Israeli media, including Haaretz, so Im providing mine, containing just about every word he wrote:

A beautiful 17-year-old girl did a terrible thing

And when a proud Israeli officer

Once again invaded her home

She slapped him

She was born into it and in that slap

Were contained 50 years of occupation and humiliations.

And on the day the story of the struggle is told,

You, Ahed Tamimi,

With red hair,

Like David who slapped Goliath,

Will be mentioned in the same line  

As Joan of Arc, Hannah Szenes and Anne Frank.

It is the last line that had apparently infuriated Lieberman most. Apparently not so much the mentioning of Joan of Arc, but more the mentioning of Hannah Szenes (a Palestinian Jew who volunteered to parachute in WW2 Europe in order to save Jews), and Anne Frank:

The State of Israel should not give a platform to a drunk who compared a girl who was murdered in the Holocaust and a heroine who battled the Nazi regime, to Ahed Tamimi, the bimbo who attacked a soldier, Lieberman said.

Culture Minister Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev also attacked Geffen, and said, with a somewhat bizarre twist:

Yehonatan Geffens outrageous reference to Ahed Tamimi as comparable to Hannah Szenes, Anne Frank and King David is surely part of Geffens delusions.

Where did King David come from? Part of Regevs delusions perhaps?

Regev exploited the opportunity in...


Foreign fighters join YPG fight against Turkey in Afrin Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Among the volunteers is a 24-year-old British-Chinese fighter Huang Lei, who is reportedly leading the six-man squad


Fearing breakup of Israel lobby, liberal Zionists stress the power of Jewish unity Mondoweiss

The partisan divide over Israel has never been greater (as Pew documented this week). Republicans love Israel, while Democrats are ambivalent. The difference represents a fundamental political divide: Democratic liberals know about the occupation and they dont like it, and thats driving them to have far greater solidarity with Palestinians than Israelis, by nearly two to one.

You might think that the liberal Democratic shift would hearten liberal Zionists who are trying to end the occupation. Finally, U.S. politicians will criticize Israel, and force change. But no; there is panic among liberal Zionists writing in the Forward. More than they hate the occupation, they hate the possibility of Israel turning into a political football. For that could lead to Israel ultimately losing its protection by the U.S. from all international criticism.

They warn that Jews must stick together, because that is how we exercise power, by speaking in one voice to the U.S. establishment.

Jane Eisner, the editor of the Forward, wrote last week, Trump Has Handed The Israel Lobby To Evangelicals. Thats Terrifying. Whats terrifying to Eisner is the possibility that a powerful institution Jews built, the lobby, will be undermined: as pro-Israel becomes synonymous with conservative Republicans, American Jews still largely identified with the Democratic party will move away, she says.

Eisner urges American Jews to stay true to the lobby. [T]here are many ways to love and support Israel, she says, even if you dont like Netanyahu; and she tells Jews theres an organization for them: AIPAC.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee remains the largest, richest and dominant Israel lobby in Washington, and its big tent approach still defines support for Israel in Congress and beyond. AIPAC prides itself on being bipartisan, and its annual convention attracts scores and scores of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. While the number of yarmulke-wearing Orthodox Jews attending that convention has increased over the years, AIPAC still finds support in all Jewish religious denominations, and has actively courted other faith groups into its fold.

But after Trumps unlikely victory, AIPAC is now directly challenged by Christians United for Israel, an evangelical lobby with a more hard-line and partisan approach that aligns with those setting the agenda in the White House.

AIPAC has long supported settlements and occupation and discrimination whatever the Israeli government wants. But if AIPAC lose...


The Year Ahead for Chinas Coal Industry Geopolitical Monitor



China ranks third in the world in terms of total coal reserves behind Russia and the United States, and coal is expected to dominate Chinas power landscape for decades to come. However, Beijing has launched a national campaign to reduce coal capacity by around 500 million tons over the 2016-2020 period as part of its effort to boost coal prices and shut smaller, less efficient mines in favor of large and more productive ones. Much of Chinas proven coal reserves are in the north of the country, making it difficult logistically to supply electricity to the countrys more heavily populated coastal areas. As a result, Chinas Shanxi province, responsible for about 25 percent of the countrys total coal output, has announced it is cutting its production capacity by 23 million tons, and is aiming to shut down or consolidate mines with an annual production capacity of less than 600,000 tons

The post The Year Ahead for Chinas Coal Industry appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


Can UK MPs turn to the BBC for accurate information on Hizballah? BBC Watch

In his latest report on The week ahead in Parliament the BBCs parliamentary correspondent Mark DArcy notes that on January 25th the House of Commons will hold:

a general debate on proscription of Hezbollah, led by Labour MP Joan Ryan. She will argue that Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation, driven by an anti-Semitic ideology, and has had a role in destabilising Lebanon, and fighting in Syria. She wants the Government to end its policy of only proscribing Hezbollahs so-called political wing.

Two days ahead of that debate MPs were provided with a research briefing on the topic which explains the UKs current position.

The UK proscribes the military wing of Hizbollah as a terrorist group, but not the political side of the organisation. The UK Government has...


The War on Men (and women, and kids, and families and nature and even God imnsho!) The Vineyard of the Saker

Paul Joseph Watson clearly knows as much about Communism as he knows about Islam: nothing.  But in his observations of what is going on in the US society, he is


Examining Ten Myths about Israel, by Ilan Pappe Mondoweiss

This review of the book Ten Myths About Israel by Ilan Pappe will appear in the Winter 2018 ISSUES, the quarterly journal of the American Council for Judaism. The book is published by Verso

The Middle East remains a subject of increasing examination and debate.  The prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians seem to be receding.  Early in 2018, Israels ruling Likud Party unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for the annexation of West Bank settlements.  This decision marked the latest step by Likud to distance itself from the internationally backed idea of establishing an independent Palestinian state as part of a future peace agreement. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan declared:  We are telling the world that it doesnt matter what the nations  of the world say.  The time has come to express our biblical right to the land.

Much of the worlds understanding of the conflicting claims to historic Palestine is confused.  We have heard over the years of an Israeli narrative and a Palestinian narrative.  There have been too few efforts to understand what really has happened in this region, and to arrive at some agreement about where myth ends and facts begin.  In this book, written on the 50th anniversary of Israels  occupation of the West  Bank and East Jerusalem, Professor Ilan Pappe, an Israeli historian now teaching at the University of Exeter in  the United Kingdom,  examines the most contested ideas concerning the origins and identity of the contemporary state of Israel.

The ten myths that Pappe explores reinforce the regional status quo.  He explores the claim that Palestine was an empty land at the time of the Balfour Declaration, as well as the formation of Zionism and its role in the early decades of nation building.  He asks whether the Palestinians voluntarily left their homeland in 1948, and whether June 1967 was a war of no choice. Turning to the myths surrounding the failures of the Camp David Accords and the official reasons for the attacks on Gaza, he explains why the two state solution, in his view, is no longer viable.

Historical Disinformation

As the example of the Israel-Palestine conflict shows, writes Pappe, historical disinformation, even of the most recent past, can do tremendous harm.  This willful misunderstanding of history can promote oppression and protect a regime of colonization and occupation.  It is not surprising, therefore, that policies of disinformation continue to the present and play an important part in perpetuating the conflictThe Zionist historical account of how the disputed land became the state of Israel is based on a cluster of myths that subtly cast doubt on the Palestinians moral right to the landThis boo...


When it comes to Davos, its inequality, stupid The Vineyard of the Saker

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) For billions of people, the Groucho Marx rule applies when talking about Davos. This is the


Saudi Arabia is the light and Iran is darkness, says foreign minister Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Adel al-Jubeir says Iran must renounce terrorism and extremism if region is to prosper, and defends Riyadh's new aggressive foreign policy


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Two approaches to grooming children for war, filmed 80 years apart.  


US National Defense Strategy Sowing Global Chaos INTERNATIONALIST 360

Nicolas J.S. Davies Presenting the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States on Friday at the Johns Hopkins University, Secretary of Defense James Mattis painted a picture of a dangerous world in which U.S. power and all of the supposed good that it does around the world is on the decline. Our...


Opioid Epidemic in America: The Triumph of Capital Creating a Domestic Shithole INTERNATIONALIST 360

James Petras and Robin Eastman-Abaya The link between capitalism and drugs reaches back to the middle of the 19th century, when the British Empire forced their surplus opium crop from their South Asian colonies into the Chinese market creating massive demand from millions of addicts. The Chinese government, which had banned the use and sale...


Journalists detained after criticizing Turkey's Syria incursion Committee to Protect Journalists

Turkish army tanks and armored personnel carriers are seen near the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province, Turkey on January 23, 2018. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Istanbul, January 23, 2018 --The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention of at least four journalists in Turkey after they criticized its incursion into northern Syria, and urged Turkish authorities to release the journalists and allow the media to report without fear of reprisal.


Missile strike kills local Yemeni photographer Committee to Protect Journalists

A pro-government fighter sits on the back of a military truck during clashes with Houthi fighters in the southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen on June 2, 2017. Photographer Mohammad al-Quadasi was killed in a missile strike in the Taiz governorate on January 22, 2018. (Reuters/Anees Mahyoub)

New York, January 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Yemeni photographer Mohammad al-Qadasi in a missile strike allegedly by the Ansar Allah movement. Al-Qadasi, who worked for the privately owned Belqees TV station, was killed today in the Khayami area of Taiz governorate while on assignment, the channel's director general Ahmed al-Zurqa told CPJ.


5 Ways to Attract Financing for Your Business Bold Face News

The economy is booming: consumers are spending, businesses are expanding, and investors are looking to drop a large pile of capital on a worthy company. Despite the immense level of debt hanging over the heads of those in the public and private sectors, it feels like the economy is really revving up for the first time since before the global economic collapse.

Here is a question: are you worthy of investors capital and consumers loonies and toonies?

Although the economy is experiencing the boom phase of the boom-bust cycle, not every business will generate large sums of revenues, or even profits. In other words, it is still up to you, your business model, and your product to attract financing. So, how exactly can you garner the capital you want to boost your bottom line, hire new workers, and relocate to another commercial property? Lets find out!

Here are five ways to attract financing for your business:

1. Request Discounts from Suppliers

You may not need to seek lucrative financiers to find money for your business. Oftentimes, you just need to revisit your operations, dealings, and expenditures to discover a sum of cash.

Case in point, your connections or relationships with suppliers.

How long have you been working with these suppliers? Are your orders large every month? Have you recommended the business to others?

Whatever the case, sometimes youre better of requesting a discount from suppliers to attract financing for your startup or small business. This could be a reduction in prices, free shipping, or a monthly percentage for every referral you give the supplier.

2. Concentrate on Quality Clients


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Two Nigerian journalists assaulted after denied access to Buhari appearance in Kaduna Committee to Protect Journalists

Nigerian police on January 4, 2018, denied at least 10 journalists access to the public commissioning of a dry port in Nigeria's northwestern Kaduna state, and then assaulted at least two of the reporters, according to accounts form the two reporters, Enemaku Ojochigbe and Taye Adeni, and the Daily Trust newspaper.


Dynamic Security Threats and the British Army, by General Sir Nick Carter Voltaire Network

Malcolm, thank you for those kind words of introduction and good evening everybody, it's good to be with you and it's particularly good to see so many friendly faces in the audience. In Parliament last week the Defence Secretary explained that the analysis of threats in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review remained sound, but he did observe that these threats have diversified and become more serious, and at a faster pace than we expected. Hence the Government initiated the (...)


Local journalist killed in rural Brazil after receiving threats Committee to Protect Journalists

Sao Paulo, January 19, 2018--Authorities in the Brazilian state of Gois must undertake a thorough investigation into the murder of local radio show host Jefferson Pureza Lopes, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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5 Tips for Tipping Your Limo Driver Bold Face News

Not many of us hire a limousine service on a daily basis. Suffice to say, when we hire a limo, it is usually for a special occasion: wedding, bachelor party, funeral, prom.

With that being said, most of us are unaware of the etiquette of taking a limo, whether it is to the airport or to a business function. This is especially true when it comes to tipping.

For whatever reason, tipping is one of the most awkward aspects of our regular transactions. Perhaps because we are too cheap or because we are terrified of making a point (at the wrong time). But tipping shouldnt be confusing or intimidating, including when you take a limo.

So, how exactly should you handle the tipping ordeal with a limo driver?

Here are five tips for tipping a limousine service:

1. Tip in Cash (When Possible)

You may have a kind heart when you leave a tip as you pay with your credit card or debit card. But this may leave the limousine driver in quite the predicament: he may have a terrible boss that will skim the tips, or the tip may be reduced thanks to transaction fees.

To make their life a little bit easier, and to perhaps brighten their day, you should always tip in cash. This will show immediate gratitude on both ends, and leave a little more in his pockets.

2. Limo Tips Vary on the Trips

Unsure how to tip the limo driver? Well, it really depends on the trip and its length.

Here are a few recommendations when youre trying to determine how much tip to leave:

  • Going to the airport requires a minimum tip of $10 to $20.
  • Driving several hours will demand a minimum tip of $50 to $100.
  • A night ride of $500 should yield a 20 percent tip.
  • All other occasions: 10 percent of the base fare.

Or, if you dont remember these suggestions,...

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Pakistan orders closure of US-funded Radio Mashaal office in Islamabad Committee to Protect Journalists

Pakistan's cricket fans wave a national flag in Karachi, Pakistan on June 20, 2017. Pakistan's interior ministry ordered he Interior Ministry on January 19, 2018 ordered the Pashto-language service of U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Mashaal, to close immediately. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

New York, January 19, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistani authorities to immediately reverse the order issued to close the Islamabad bureau of Radio Mashaal, the Pashto-language service of U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).


UK-France Joint Security and Defence Voltaire Network

1. The United Kingdom and France are Europe's two leading defence powers, with independent nuclear deterrents, full spectrum armed forces able to deploy and operate, alone or with Allies and partners, across the world on land, at sea, in the air, and increasingly today in cyberspace. We both sustain important defence industrial capabilities essential to Europe's defence and security. We have consistently shown both the will and ability to promote and defend our interests, and support global (...)


United Kingdom-France Summit Communiqu Voltaire Network

1. This, the 35th UK-France Summit, underlines the uniquely close relationship between our nations, two of the world's oldest and greatest democracies. Today we affirm our shared vision of our relationship over the decades ahead, one committed to furthering our mutual and prosperity and the flourishing of our societies. 2. We meet in the year that marks one hundred years since the end of the First World War, when our troops fought side-by-side in defence of our shared belief in freedom and (...)

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Friday, 19 January


Colombia's Supreme Court orders magazine to reveal sources Committee to Protect Journalists

A newspaper vendor display papers in downtown Bogota, on June 23, 2016. A Colombia court ordered a magazine based in the city to reveal its sources. (AFP/Guillermo Legaria)

Bogot, Colombia, January 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the Colombian Supreme Court ruling that forces a business magazine to reveal its sources and urges the court to overturn its decision on appeal.


Brazilian journalist killed in Amazonian region Committee to Protect Journalists

A presidential guard walks past a window that allows a view into the Planalto presidential palace's main lounge, decorated with an image of a Brazilian national flag, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, April 13, 2017. (AP/Eraldo Peres)

Sao Paulo, January 18, 2018--Brazilian authorities should launch a thorough investigation into the murder of reporter Ueliton Bayer Brizon, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.


Sudan arrests journalists, confiscates papers for reporting on inflation protests Committee to Protect Journalists

New York, January 18, 2017--Sudanese authorities should cease harassing and arresting journalists and confiscating newspapers, and should allow journalists to report on matters of public interest without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.


Wife of critical Chinese-American journalist disappears in China Committee to Protect Journalists

American-Chinese journalist Chen Xiaoping and his wife, Li Huaiping, who went missing in September after Chen ran a series of interviews with a prominent Chinese critic. (Family photo)

Washington, D.C., January 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the disappearance of the wife of a critical American-Chinese journalist and today called on police in China to disclose whether they have her in custody. Chen Xiaoping told CPJ that his wife, Li Huaiping, disappeared on September 18 after he carried out a series of interviews with a high-profile government critic.


Climate for press freedom worsens in Missouri, surrounding states Committee to Protect Journalists

Journalists tell international delegation of hostility, restricted access


India charges photojournalist arrested in Kashmir in September with sedition, other crimes Committee to Protect Journalists

Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard in Srinagar in December, 2017. Freelancer Kamran Yousuf, who covers the Kashmir region, is facing anti-state charges. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

New York, January 18, 2018--India's National Investigation Agency today charged photojournalist Kamran Yousuf with criminal conspiracy, attempting to wage war against India, and sedition, according to news reports. Authorities charged Yousuf alongside 12 others accused of anti-state activities, reports said. Yousuf, a freelancer working in the Jammu and Kashmir region, who contributes to the daily Greater Kashmir, has been in custody since September 5 after being arrested for allegedly throwing stones, according to reports.

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Thursday, 18 January


Jordan arrests two journalists over report on finance minister Committee to Protect Journalists

A sunset over Amman in 2012. Two Jordanian journalists are facing charges in the city over their reporting. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Beirut, January 17, 2018--Authorities should immediately release two journalists from the independent news website Jfranews who have been charged under Jordan's Press and Publication Law and Cybercrime Law, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.


In India, Dalit activists harass journalists during hospital interview Committee to Protect Journalists

A sea-plane takes off in Ahmedabad in December. A journalist says Dalit activists in the city attacked and threatened her when she tried to interview a patient. (Reuters/ Amit Dave)

A group of Dalit activists harassed two journalists at an Ahmedabad hospital on January 7, 2018, and deleted a recording of an interview, according to one of the reporters. Damayantee Dhar, a reporter for The Wire, told CPJ that she and Brendan Dhabi, a reporter for the Ahmedabad Mirror, were harassed and threatened while trying to interview a patient.


6 Guidelines to Getting Botox Bold Face News

There are many benefits to Botox injections including smoothing wrinkles and helping with excessive sweating. While Botox is still new, and the long-term side effects are not yet known, it is a popular choice for many women and men looking to help them improve the look of their skin or help with the pain in their body.

One of the most popular uses for Botox is for beauty purposes. Its used to minimize the look of crows feet or face wrinkles. However, Botox can also be used to help those who suffer from migraines and arthritis. As well as hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating.

1. What is Botox?

Botox comes from Clostridium Botulinum, a bacterium that has shown to be safe for cosmetic creation. Tested and created in a laboratory, Botox was originally created to help treat spasms, particularly eye spasms.

As the tests continued, it became apparent that Botox has other uses that could be helpful for cosmetic and pain relief purposes, for example, freezing muscles and reducing migraine pain.

2. Botox for hyperhidrosis

A common use of Botox is for hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating. While this syndrome has been treated with prescription antiperspirants in the past, many people today are choosing Botox to help ease their anxiety over their sweating.

Choosing Botox is a great option because botox can balance the problem and relieve the hyperhidrosis for several months.


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Mexican journalist killed in Tamaulipas Committee to Protect Journalists

A photographer takes pictures of images of reporter Candido Rios, who was killed in Veracruz, during a demonstration against his killing, at the Interior Ministry building in Mexico City, Mexico on August 24, 2017. Last year, at least six reporters were murdered in Mexico in retaliation for their work, according to CPJ research.(Reuters/Henry Romero)

Mexico City, January 16, 2018--Authorities in Mexico's northern Tamaulipas state must undertake a swift and credible investigation into the murder of journalist Carlos Domnguez Rodrguez, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unknown assailants on January 13 killed Domnguez Rodrguez while he was driving through the city of Nuevo Laredo near the Texas border, according to news reports.

Saturday, 13 January


3 Common Misconceptions About Divorce Bold Face News

Going through a divorce is a stressful time even if that is what you want. It is not only hard on both parties but if you have kids, it will be terrible for them as well. Believe it or not, there are still some people who think that they can handle divorce on their own without the help of a divorce lawyer.

There are so many things to consider and take care of and unless you happen to be a divorce lawyer yourself who is going through a divorce, it can be near impossible to handle it on your own. Things like living arrangements, child custody and support and the division of property and money are just some of the complicated issues to deal with. Lets look at why handling a divorce on your own is never a good idea.

1. Some People Think They Know Whats Needed

There are people in life who always think they know it all and know whats needed in a lot of matters. Perhaps you know someone like this? These people think that they are always right and that everyone else is wrong. Their arrogance makes them think that they are better than everybody. These are the people who, if they are going through a divorce, may decide to go it alone.

After all, nobody can touch them, right? As mentioned, unless you are a trained divorce lawyer, there is no way you can know what will be needed during a divorce. Such people will have to learn the hard way. They will decide to go it alone, thinking it is straightforward and before they know it, they will realize what a huge mistake they have made.

The fact of the matter is, divorce, even if you want it badly to get out of a marriage made in hell, is stressful and it can be difficult to think straight. Emotions run high and since you will be handling it on your own, yet, being so close to the issue at hand, many things may be neglected or overlooked. A divorce lawyer can get the most out of a bad situation for you so that you can move on.

2. Theyll Work It Out Themselves


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