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Friday, 23 March

01:14

The BBCs partisan coverage of the Ahed Tamimi case continues BBC Watch

On March 21st the BBC News website published a report billed Palestinian slap video teen gets jail term. That framing of the story was reinforced in two items of related content offered to audiences under the headings Was slap terrorism? and Spotlight on slap video teen.

The same messaging was further reinforced in the reports headline Ahed Tamimi: Palestinian slap video teen gets eight months in plea deal and in the caption to the same video offered as related content (a highly problematic report by the BBCs Middle East editor dating from January 31st) which was embedded at the top of the article: Is a slap terrorism?....

01:11

Teachers Unions Intensify Efforts To Suppress Growing Class Struggle In The US PopularResistance.Org

On Sunday night, the National Education Association (NEA) shut down the strike by 4,000 teachers and support staff in Jersey City, the second-largest school district in the state of New Jersey. The NEA ordered educators to return to their classrooms without providing any details on the tentative deal, let alone allowing workers to vote on it. Presuming that an agreement actually exists, it will do nothing to address teachers demands to end soaring health care costs. The one-day strike is the latest in a growing wave of protests and calls for strikes that have spread from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Tennessee, Colorado and other states, plus the US territory of Puerto Rico, where teachers struck against school privatization yesterday.

01:06

A Multinational Regional Remake was Impeded in Afrin Penny for your thoughts

 I'm not going to say it was stopped dead in it's tracks. Since I'm expecting the US to make yet another move. Perhaps with Israel by it's side?

 The remake the region agenda has been spoken of for years here at the blog. Its interesting to me that the Turks and Russians both speak openly about the US plan to remake the region. Assad has also. The 5 eyes msm and alt don't mention it. Save for a handful of individuals. Why might that be?

Waybacks- November 2014: Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis - The Impending Destruction of Turkey.
Pt.2- Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey

Flashbacks: Really Think the US & Turkey Arent Fighting One Another in Syria? Think, Again!

The US was beaten in Afrin: Not the PKK
Turkey spoiled a huge plan with the Afrin operation. It destroyed and negated a multinational scenario, a major map design and the plans to divide four countries at once. This is the first important geopolitical move of the 21st century in terms of Turkey

Whats most important is that the plans of those who have turned toward Turkey, who are getting ready to open the Turkey Front, who are making plans to move the war into Turkey, who are doing this through terrorist organizations, but who are also making total attack plans behind all this, are destroyed.

Turkey did not fight against terror in Afrin. It did not fight against a terrorist organization. It wasnt the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) or its Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that we were facing. We need to comprehend this truth now. We need to know that there is no longer a term as fighting terror. We need to know that all this is a war now, that it is a major showdown which includes many states. It wasnt a terrorist organization fighting against us in Afrin, but the U.S. military forces. It was the U.K. mind. It was the Israeli aggression. It was the stupidity of some Arab countries
  Im not glossing over the conduit role Turkey played in the very early days of the Syrian destabilization-...

01:05

UK: Councillor offends Muslim, his epic groveling apologies still not enough Jihad Watch

Dumfries and Galloway councillor Jim Dempster made an off-colour remark: In a meeting with Transport Scotland officials, the councilor said if Mr Yousaf had visited the region, no-one would have seen him under his burka. Dempster has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation into his comment. Dempsters remark was insensitive and inappropriate. []

01:02

Perennial Wealth is not Paraded in Magazine Billionaire Listings Newsbud

Alright.  Year in, year out, popular financial and lifestyle magazines and networks such as Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN, CBS, Vanity Fair and others put out these ostentatious rich people lists in issues dedicated to profiling the stated fortunes, backgrounds & future projects of the worlds most obscenely hyper-wealthy people.  You know, elites such as []

01:01

Judge Says Groups Can Sue To Keep Arctic, Atlantic Drill Ban PopularResistance.Org

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A lawsuit challenging President Donald Trumps reversal of a ban on petroleum drilling in most of the Arctic Ocean and Atlantic underwater canyons can move forward. Federal court Judge Sharon Gleason ruled Monday in Anchorage, Alaska, that environmental groups can sue to keep the ban in place. Former President Barack Obama withdrew Arctic waters under provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Obama also banned exploration in 5,937 square miles (15,377 square kilometers) of Atlantic Ocean canyon complexes. Environmental groups say presidents can permanently withdraw areas but the law makes no provision to reopen areas.

00:54

Dont Believe Media Hype About Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman PopularResistance.Org

Saudi Arabias 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne after eliminating his rivals, is on a two-week whirlwind visit to the United States starting March 19. He plans to cement his ties to the Trump administration, shore up support for his war in Yemen while whipping up more opposition to Iran, and make lucrative business deals. From political meetings with Donald Trump and Congress to cultural events at DCs Kennedy Center, a talk at MIT, gatherings with tech leaders in Silicon Valley and oil executives in Houston, the prince will be selling dolled-up versions of both his repressive kingdom and his favorite product from the House of Saud: himself. But dont get sucked into the media hype, seeded by well-paid PR firms, that the prince is a reformer who is bringing substantive change to the kingdom.

00:54

Willy van Damme stan van houcke

Boekvoorstelling nepnieuws

Met de nieuwe onthullingen rond Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, Steve Bannon en de uiterst conservatieve Amerikaanse miljardairsfamilie van Robert Mercer komt het verhaal van nepnieuws opnieuw op de voorgrond. Nu blijkt dat het verspreiden van nepverhalen via sociale media zich vooral in de VS situeert en in die kringen die de wereld willen kneden volgens hun normen en waarden. Een schokkend verhaal dat angst aanjaagt. 
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00:52

Illegal Wars: The New American Way stan van houcke

MAR 21, 2018
TD ORIGINALS

Illegal Wars: The New American Way


A U.S. Army soldier patrols with Afghans in the village of Yawez in Afghanistan in 2010. (U.S. Army / CC BY 2.0)
[T]he President is...

00:51

Cambridge academics fought man at centre of Facebook furore Lack of regulation and common agreement about social media data made it difficult for academics to make ethical decisions. Peace and Freedom

Colleagues had been concerned about Aleksandr Kogans use of research

Aleksandr Kogans app, which was was downloaded by 270,000 Facebook users, acted as a gateway that allowed him to access 50m profiles

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Aleksandr Kogan

By Aliya Ram
Financial Times (FT)
March 21, 2018

The University of Cambridge resorted to external arbitration in an attempt to resolve a bitter dispute between Aleksandr Kogan, the academic at the heart of the Facebook scandal, and colleagues concerned by how he was planning to use data in work with Cambridge Analytica four years ago.

Members of the Cambridge Psychometrics Centre, which has worked for years on tools that can analyse anonymised Facebook data for political and psychological insights, raised questions about Mr Kogans alleged use of university research to develop a similar app for Cambridge Analytica that could be used commercially, according to messages seen by the Financial Times.

Mr Kogan built an app that was downloaded by 270,000 Facebook users and acted as a gateway that allowed him to access up to 50m profiles. These data were allegedly passed to Cambridge Analytica according to Christopher Wylie, a former employee-turned-whistleblower at the British data analytics firm and used in Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign.

The University of Cambridge has sought to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica, which chose its name to invoke the universitys renowned academic reputation. Mr Kogan joined its psychology department as a senior research associate in 2012.

According to an academic working at the university who wished to remain anonymous, Mr Kogans work for Cambridge Analytica used Facebook information in ways that we might not have approved of and clearly threatened to undermine liberal democracy.

He shouldnt have done it and when he did the department should have done something about it, the person said.

Documents raising concerns were exchanged between the universitys legal office and the psychometrics department. Hostile messages, seen by the FT, went back and forth before an external lawyer was appointed to arbitrate the dispute, with costs split between the Psychometrics Centre and Mr Kogan. The case was abandoned because of its complexity, which the university warned could become costly, according to the academic.

Cambridge university declined to comment on whether specific concerns had been raised by academics but said it had previously sought and received assurances from Mr Kogan that no university data, resources or facilities were used as the basis for his work with Global Science Research. It has also contacted Faceb...

00:49

Americas Biggest Beef Eaters Responsible For Large Chunk Of Climate Emissions PopularResistance.Org

The biggest eaters of burgers, steaks and ribs contribute the largest hunk of diet-related greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to a new study that examined individual eating habits across the country. New research from the University of Michigan and Tulane University finds that 20 percent of American eaters accounted for nearly half of total diet-related emissions, and that their diets were heavy on beef. If those people consumed fewer calories and shifted to a more moderate diet with less beef, that could achieve almost 10 percent of the emissions reductions needed for the U.S. to meet its targets under the Paris climate agreement, the researchers found. The study, published Tuesday in Environmental Research Letters, adds to a growing pile of evidence linking beef with high greenhouse gas emissions, but it is the first to look at what people ate...

00:48

Canadas feminist Trudeau continues to court Iran despite its oppression of women Jihad Watch

Trudeau is an avowed feminist and human rights defender, but where are his words of support for the courageous Iranian women who are being arrested in Tehran for removing their hijabs? Herein lies a mammoth problem with Justin Trudeau: his claims to support womens rights while being a supporter of Islamic supremacist interests. The Iranian []

00:44

West Virginia: Peters Mountain Blockade Enters Into Third Week PopularResistance.Org

For 21 days, the tree sit on so-called Peters Mountain has been occupying a section of land preventing the Mountain Valley Pipeline from felling trees where they plan to drill beneath the Appalachian Trail. They have faced blizzards and 60 MPH winds, and been greeted with massive community support. As of today, the sitters risk extraction attempts on multiple legal grounds. On February 26th, Forest Service police informed the tree sitters that they had 21 days to remain in their sits based on federal legislation that places limits on a campsite. The forest service proceeded to enforce a closure of the easement, the access road, and 200 feet surrounding the access road. The sitters have remained strong and active in the closure. The question of jurisdiction and enforcement remains convoluted.

00:41

Israel Finally Admits to Bombing Syrian Nuclear Reactor, Warns Iran Could Be Next The Anti-Media

(CD)  Israel on Wednesday admitted it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear facility 11 years ago, and Israeli officials used the confirmation to boast about their countrys military might and again threaten Iran. The message from the 2007 attack on the reactor is that Israel will not tolerate construction that can pose an existential threat, military chief Lt. Gen. []

00:34

The Saker interviewed by the free Slovak radio stations show Casus Belli The Vineyard of the Saker

This is the website of the radio which interviewed me: https://slobodnyvysielac.sk/ This is their download page: https://hearthis.at/slobodnyvysielac/casus-belli-36-2018-03-21/ You can also listen to the show here: Listen to Casus belli 36

00:23

Arabic press review: 'Deal of century' postponed due to Jordanian, Palestinian criticism Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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And the US is holding off announcing 'deal of the century,' given Palestinian and Jordan hesitations

00:21

Clashing with the Jewish state: ultra-Orthodox Israelis who reject Zionism Mondoweiss

Before the sun has a chance to rise, Israeli riot police tiptoe through one of Jerusalems oldest Jewish neighborhoods, their shadows dancing across lines of anti-Zionist graffiti decorating buildings and walls.

Their objective is to arrest residents in Mea Shearim for refusing Israels mandatory army draft and organizing against the state, according to community claims. They say such raids have occurred on a near nightly basis in the neighborhood for decades. However, in recent years Israels police operations have escalated in Mea Shearim.

In their telling, when Israeli forces break into homes during these overnight raids, ultra-Orthodox residents are dragged out of their beds and thrown into police vans.

Many in Mea Shearim, established in 1874, are part of the Eda Haredit, Congregation of God-fearers in English an ultra-Orthodox group in Jerusalem that is also fiercely anti-Zionist.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld described a less recurrent scene. He was not able to provide the numbers of arrests carried out in the neighborhood over the past few months, but told Mondoweiss police units do not normally carry out night raids unless there are specific individuals who the police know were involved in illegal demonstrations.

The Eda Haredit opposes the Israeli state and any attempts at assimilating them into the larger Israeli society. The cloistered neighborhood of Mea Shearim has become a symbol for the group, whose members insulate themselves from state institutions and affairs as much as possible.

Eda Haredit members also reside in the Jerusalem-area city of Beit Shemesh and Safed in northern Israel.

Many of the groups members are descendants of the Old Yishuv, Jews who resided in historic Palestine under Ottoman and then British rule.

Outside the homes of many Eda Haredit members in Mea Shearim hang signs that read: Here lives a non-Zionist Jew. Palestinian flags fluttering outside homes are a common sight here.

Eda Haredit members can often be found protesting the state and Israels army draft on the streets of Jerusalem. Israeli forces typically respond by dousing them in skunk spray a noxious smelling liquid.

The members come prepared, even wrapping their black, wide-brimmed hats in protective plastic. When Israeli police releases skunk spray on the protesters, instead of running away, Eda Haredit members often sing and dance as the putrid concoction rains down on them.

The Israeli police have been accused of using excessive force on the demonstrators, including severely beating unarmed Eda Haredit members.

...

00:13

Bin Salman Flies Into New York City as 9/11 Families Push Case Against Saudi Arabia The Anti-Media

Bin Salman(MEE)  The two-week long visit by Mohammed bin Salman to the US is at risk of being overshadowed by an ongoing legal battle being waged by the families of hundreds of people killed in the 9/11 attacks, two legal sources have told Middle East Eye. Nearly 3,000 people died when hijacked airplanes crashed into New Yorks []

00:03

Criticism of Womens March leaders reminiscent of attacks on Jesse Jackson 30 years ago Mondoweiss

Recent criticism of Womens March activists Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory over accusations of antisemitism have caused a new round of moral manic about left-wing antisemitism. Sarsour, whose anti-Zionism has been well documented and fretted over in major media outlets including the New York Times, has been a target by Zionists and conservatives for years. Mallory has largely avoided the same level of controversy as Sarsour. However, her recent interactions with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has focused attention on both her and the controversial Nation of Islam leader. Allegations of antisemitism and sanctimonious calls for Womens March leaders to educate themselves about Farrakhan and denounce him echo attacks on Jesse Jackson three decades ago.   

Jackson first found himself targeted by supporters of Israel in 1979, when United Nations ambassador Andrew Young was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had met with representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which was against American policy. Young was the first African American appointed to the position, and both his appointment and resignation came with much press coverage and analysis. The Young Affair inflamed tensions between American Jews and African Americans, with Jewish groups and intellectuals going on the defensive and arguing that they were unfairly under attack by African Americans angry about Youngs forced resignation.

Neoconservative media such as Commentary and the New Republic used the controversy surrounding the Young firing as proof of systemic changes in the relationship between American Jews and African Americans and blamed the Black community for the tensions between Jews and African Americans that were becoming more strained. The pages of both magazines were filled with accusations of antisemitism mixed with calls for American Jews to support Ronald Reagan for president because, they argued, the Democratic Party no longer supported Jewish interests. Writing about Andrew Youngs ouster from the UN in Commentary in 1979, neoconservative commentator Murray Friedman argued that the reaction by African Americans to Jewish organizations efforts to get Young removed was unfair and that African American leaders in the late 1970s were not making a concerted effort to challenge antisemitism in the African American community.

When Jackson visited Israel in September 1979, Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan helped...

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Thursday, 22 March

23:58

Peru: President PPK resigns Fausta's Blog

Perus President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has quit over a vote-buying scandal. He has denied wrongdoing but said on Wednesday that he did not want to be an obstacle to the countrys development. Party leaders in Congress later agreed to accept President Kuczynskis resignation. He had been facing an impeachment vote on Thursday. Pressure has been []

23:56

Prayer and Meditation for Friday, March 23, 2018 You are gods? You Make the Laws? Scripture cannot be set aside. Peace and Freedom

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Lectionary: 255

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Art: Jews prepare to stone Jesus

Reading 1 JER 20:10-13

I hear the whisperings of many:
Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
and take our vengeance on him.
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
who probe mind and heart,
Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD,
For he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!

Responsorial Psalm PS 18:2-3A, 3BC-4, 5-6, 7

R. (see 7) In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
The breakers of death surged round about me,
the destroying floods overwhelmed me;
The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,
the snares of death overtook me.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
In my distress I called upon the LORD
and cried out to my God;
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

Verse Before The Gospel SEE JN 6:63C, 68C

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.

...

23:52

Memo to NYTimes: Go to Ahed Tamimis village in Palestine and report the truth Mondoweiss

A MEMO

TO: David Halbfinger, New York Times Bureau Chief, Jerusalem

FROM: Mondoweiss

RE: A Follow-up to the Ahed Tamimi story

Ahed Tamimi, only 17 years old, is already one of the most well-known Palestinians ever, but your New York Times readers are still in the dark. Youve only written two articles about her; the first, relatively long piece back in December, was a dueling narratives account of how Palestinians and Israelis interpret her resistance to occupation differently. (Your second article, today, is just a summary of how an Israeli military court sentenced her to 8 months in jail, on top of the three months she has already spent behind bars. Todays report didnt even make it into the Timess print edition.)

Enough of the dueling narratives. Go to her village in Occupied Palestine, Nabi Saleh, and report some facts. So far, all you had to say in your first article was that the Tamimis live in a tiny village that has long-running disputes with a nearby Israeli settlement, Halamish, that Nabi Saleh residents say has stolen their land and water.

David Halbfinger (Photo: New York Times)

Hold on. Time for the facts. Find out if the Nabi Saleh residents are right. Ben Ehrenreich, who published a long piece in your magazine in 2013 about the village, has already provided some history. In the late 1970s, Israel seized 150 acres of Nabi Salehs land, supposedly for military purposes, but then handed it to Jewish settler/colonists. In the following years, Israel stole more Palestinian land in the area, as Ehrenreich recounts in his excellent book, The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine. The land expropriations are illegal under international law, as every nation in the world aside from Israel agrees. Next, the Jewish settler/colonists seized a Palestinian water source, called Bow Spring, and built a fish pond next to it. Palestinians protested again. Years later,...

23:46

Germany Slows Iran Talks Bt Refusing to Label Hezbollah a Terror Organization Peace and Freedom

Jerusalem Post

Trump said in January that the European states have until May 12 to work with the US and improve the Iran deal, or the US will withdraw from the agreement.

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
 MARCH 22, 2018 02:13

 Hezbollah terrorist trial in Bulgaria starts

Hezbollah official warns terror group can destroy Israeli army

US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at t

US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, 2017. (photo credit: POOL)

Germanys government tossed a wrench into the ongoing Iran nuclear talks with the United States, rejecting a US demand to designate the entire Hezbollah organization as terrorist and blaming the Trump administration for its pro-Israel policies.

Two sources familiar with the US negotiations with Germany, France and the United Kingdom over correcting flaws in the Iran nuclear deal told The Jerusalem Post of Berlins position and said Chancellor Angela Merkels administration is the least cooperative of the three European powers.

When asked about Germanys position, a US State Department representative restated President Donald Trumps demands from January, telling the Post on Monday: They should designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization.

The representative added that we are working closely...

23:45

Syria rebels begin Ghouta evacuation: state media Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Russia reports more than 5,000 civilians leaving besieged eastern Ghouta on Thursday

23:39

Cambridge Analytica A red herring Peace and Freedom

For the sake of privacy and political transparency, more attention should be paid to Facebooks own data collection and the tools it makes available to clients

By Leonid Bershidsky  /  Bloomberg View

Facebook is being hammered for allowing the data firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) to acquire 50 million user profiles in the US, which it may or may not have used [the firm says it did not use them] to help then-presidential candidate Donald Trumps campaign, but the outrage misses the target: There is nothing Cambridge Analytica could have done that Facebook itself does not offer political clients.

Here, in a nutshell, is the CA scandal: In 2014, Aleksandr Kogan, an academic of Russian origin at Cambridge University in the UK, built a Facebook app that paid hundreds of thousands of users to take a psychological test. Apart from their test results, the users also shared the data of their Facebook friends with the app.

Kogan sold the resulting database to CA, which Facebook considers a violation of its policies: The app was not allowed to use the data for commercial purposes.

Carol Cadwalladr and Emma Graham-Harrison, writing for the UK publication the Observer, quoted former CA employee Christopher Wylie as saying the firm broke Facebook on behalf of Stephen Bannon, the ideologue and manager behind the Trump campaign.

It did not escape keen observers that if the Trump campaign used Facebook user data harvested through an app, it did no more than former US president Barack Obamas 2012 data-heavy re-election campaign.

It is not documented exactly how Obamas team gathered oodles of data on potential supporters, but a deep dive into the tech side of that campaign by Sasha Issenberg mentioned how targeted sharing protocols mined an Obama backers Facebook network in search of friends the campaign wanted to register, mobilize, or persuade.

To do this, the protocols would need to use the same feature of the Facebook platform for developers, discontinued in 2015, that allowed apps access to a users friends profiles with the users consent, as Facebook invariably points out.

Lets face it: Users are routinely tricked to obtain such consent. Tech companies make giving it, or agreeing to complex terms of service, look like a low-engagement decision.

Is it okay if we look at your friends info? they ask.

Sure, why not? I want to take this nifty psychological test, we answer.

Afterward, only Facebook itself is interested in the legal minutiae of what permissions it gave to which developers. As far as everyone else is concerned, it does not matter whether an app gets the data for research purposes or for straight-up political ones. Average users worry more about convenience than privacy.

However, the relevant question is what a campaign can actually do with the data.

CAs supposedly si...

23:27

India and China Have Learned to be Frenemies Perhaps others can learn from our relationship. Peace and Freedom

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WASHINGTON: India and China are frenemies which are working with each other despite disagreements and the world can learn from their relationship, Indias top diplomat at the UN has said.
In Hollywood there is a term, which has become quite popular. And that, I think, is called frenemies. Thats what we have with China. We engaged with them, we compete with them. In some areas we work with them together and in some areas we agree to disagree and move on, Indias Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, said here on Tuesday.

Responding to a question after delivering the inaugural Ambassador Howard Schaffer Memorial Lecture at the Georgetown University, the senior Indian diplomat said India has engaged with China on its development initiatives like Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) but opposed it on its Belt and Road initiative.

Belt and Road Initiative, to me, is not a normal multilateral or plurilateral approachWe are not party to that, he said at the event organised by the Georgetown India Initiative.

India skipped Chinas high-profile Belt and Road Forum last year due to its sovereignty concerns over the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through PoK.

Touted as Chinese President Xi Jinpings ambitious project, the One Belt One Road initiative focuses on improving connectivity and cooperation among Asian countries, Africa, China and Europe.

Asked about his views on India-Pakistan relationship and Islamabad raising the Kashmir issue on UN platform and seeking a plebiscite, he asserted that Pakistan has no internal support on this.

Frankly to me, issues of India and Pakistan, the way you framed it are yesterdays problems. This does not mean that we dont need to address them, he said, responding to a question.

This does not mean that they are not of a serious nature. But in terms of where we look at ourselves 20 years from now or 25 years from now, we dont see these as issues of a nature which will destabilise us in fundamental ways, Akbaruddin said, adding that in the last one year not a single country joined Pakistan in raising the Kashmir...

23:21

Slovakias Political Crisis Escalates following Journalists Murder Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

A suspected mafia killing of an investigative journalist last month continues to upend politics in the small central European country of Slovakia. Jn Kuciak, 27, was an investigative reporter who covered cases of tax fraud and corruption, some of which were linked to Slovak politicians. The final story he was working on when he and his fianc Martina Kunrov were murdered involved members of the Italian mafia and the ruling Smer-SD party; it described shady business ties between suspected crime syndicate members and Slovak politicians, including the misappropriation of European Union funding by organized crime.

The episode has triggered the largest public protests in Slovakia since the end of the communist era, with demonstrators seeking early elections to remove the present governing coalition, which they allege is corrupt and infiltrated by organized criminal groups. Corruption has long been a serious social problem in Slovakia, with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright famously calling the country the black hole of Europe back in 1997.

The post Slovakias Political Crisis Escalates following Journalists Murder appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

23:12

US General rules out hot pursuit of militants who flee to Pakistan.usually ThereAreNoSunglasses

US rules out hot pursuit of militants who flee to Pakistan

The Pentagon building in Washington, DC, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. (File photo: AFP)
The Pentagon building in Washington, DC, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. (File photo: AFP)

WASHINGTON: The US forces in Afghanistan have no plans to cross the international border to take out the Taliban and other militants who flee to Pakistan after conducting attacks inside the war-torn country, according to a top Pentagon official.

Afghanistan has witnessed some of the worst terrorist attacks killing scores of people. It has blamed Pakistan-based terror groups such as the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban for these attacks.

To be c...

23:07

Steve Bannon's Europe tour: When fascists are on the attack, we fight them back Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

As Bannon works to forge a link among alt-right groups around the globe, the time is ripe for a broad societal alliance to repudiate this ideology

23:02

'Thousands' of Syrian asylum seekers deported by Turkish security forces: HRW Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Syrians fleeing violence in Idlib denied entry and shot at by Turkish security forces, says HRW, as resentment against refugees rises

23:00

Mongoose: Cambridge Analytica Dirty Tricks on Film Public Intelligence Blog

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Revealed: Trumps election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians

Bribes, sex workers, and social media manipulation

In the meetings, the executives boasted that Cambridge Analytica and its parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) had worked in more than two hundred elections across the world, including Nigeria, Kenya, the Czech Republic, India and Argentina.

Watch the full series here.

22:48

Should Media Be Shut Down During a Terror Attack? Clarion Project

A woman makes a call on a cell phone at the site of the 2016 terror attack in the Brussels airport (Photo: KETEVAN KARDAVA/AFP/Getty Images)A woman makes a call on a cell phone at the site of the 2016 terror attack in the Brussels airport (Photo: KETEVAN KARDAVA/AFP/Getty Images)

A new law in Singapore has kicked up a controversy about powers given to authorities, free speech and terror attacks.

The law gives government officials the power to block all electronic communications at the scene of a serious incident. This means that in the event of a terrorist attack, for example, all news coverage at the scene, as well as cell phone communications, etc., would be shut down.

Essentially no photos, text or audio messages, emails or phone calls.

At first glance the law sounds logical for the following reasons:

  • Information reported live whether by media outlets or private citizens can inadvertently aid the terrorist(s)
  • Cell phones can be used to activate bombs, thus a primary attack can be used as the bait to lure more people to the site for a secondary and possibly more deadly attack
  • Safety and saving lives come first. Pushy media personnel in pursuit of a scoop and private citizens out for their five seconds of glory can impede the work of police and other authorities including EMTs at the scene of the attack, adding to injuries or even causing unnecessary deaths

On the other hand:

  • What exactly is a serious incident? Authoritarian societies (which Singapore has been accused of being) can use such a designation to shut down coverage of peaceful protests and the like. Reporters Without Borders ranks Singapore 151st out of 180 countries in its World Press Freedom Index (with number-one being the best ranking).
  • Shutting down coverage is a convenient way to avoid publicizing politically-inconvenient truths specifically Islamist ter...

22:46

#DefendAfrin Lets meet in #Brussels against Turkey and #NATO on March 27 Enough is Enough!

The Platform for Afrin issued a call for a march to protest the Turkish invasion in Afrin and NATO on March 27 in Brussels.

Originally published by ANF News.

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.

Lets meet in #Brussels against Turkey and #NATO on March 27

The Platform for Afrin issued a written statement to call for a central march and rally to be held in Brussels on March 27.

The statement starts with, Tens of thousands of people will join the NATO protest in Brussels on March 27 and stop the massacres and the genocide, and continued with:

ERDOAN CAN BE STOPPED THROUGH RESISTANCE

The fascist Turkish state carries out massacres and invasion attacks in Afrin using all the opportunities and weapons NATO offers, as well as the silence and support of international powers.

The second largest army in NATO is implementing a genocide in Afrin with open approval for the massacre by Russia. NATO is directly responsible for the massacre inflicted on a civilian population, using all opportunities and resources of NATO.

The people of Afrin have put forth the Resistance of the Age and stupefied imperialist states and their tool the fascist Turkish state. Since January 20, the peoples of the world have been witnessing the most noble resistance of human history. We are faced with the duty to increase the resistance of the peoples which will foil the plans of the imperialist states and international institutions who have offered silent support for the massacre of the Kurdish people. The murderer Erdoan is glad of this silence, but he can be stopped if we turn everywhere we are into the grounds of resistance.

WE WILL BE THE VOICE OF AFRIN

The genocidal operation against our people in Afrin is implemented barbarically by the Turkish state with the permission and approval of imperialist states. Hundreds of civilians, women and children have been massacred by the fascist Turkish states army and the murderous Al-Nusra, Free Syrian Army and ISIS gangs to date. Together with the anti-fascis...

22:37

Zuckerberg Response Fails to Quiet Critics Scorning Mea Culpas Zuckerberg missed the bigger picture. Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Sarah Frier

March 21, 2018, 8:42 PM EDT Updated on March 22, 2018, 7:05 AM EDT
  • CEO vows to investigate leak, audit all third-party apps
  • Lawmakers say he must still testify; analysts question impact

Facebook Will Tell Everyone Whose Data Was Affected by Breach, Zuckerberg Says on CNN

Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence on the crisis over political-advertising firm Cambridge Analyticas access to user data on the social network, outlining concrete steps the company is taking to make sure such a leak doesnt happen again. Critics were underwhelmed.

The billionaire finally spoke in a series of media interviews, and a blog post, promisingto probe the extent to which rogue apps are harvesting sensitive data on the social network. Zuckerberg told CNN that Facebook would inform every one of its two billion-plus users that may have gotten their personal data compromised.

 Image result for zuckerberg photos

Shares in Facebook were down 2.3 percent during pre-market trading at 7:04 a.m. in New York.

Ive been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesnt happen again, Zuckerberg...

22:30

CounterPunch: Paul Street Rants on US Wrecked Democracy Under 1% Deep State Oligarchy Public Intelligence Blog

Time is Running Out: Who Will Protect Our Wrecked Democracy from the American Oligarchy?

Consistent with the proto-fascistic and neo-McCarthyite spirt of the times,  the Democratic Party is reconfiguring itself  as what Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers call the  party of military and intelligence candidates.

It may play out how the PPC Dems hope, helping their party turn the House blue and putting the impeachment of on the table.

22:25

Andrew Bacevich, A Memo to the Publisher of the New York Times stan van houcke


MAR 21, 2018
TD ORIGINALS

Illegal Wars: The New American Way



A U.S. Arm...

22:09

Reporters Without Borders: A dark day for press freedom in Turkey Peace and Freedom

A company with close ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has bought the daily newspaper Hurriyet and TV station CNN Turk. The consolidation is a deep cut, says Reporters Without Borders Christian Mihr.

Dogan Holding (picture-alliance/epa/T. Bozoglu)

DW: What does the sale of the Dogan Group mean for freedom of the press in Turkey?

Christian Mihr: It is a turning point for Turkeys media landscape. The Dogan Group, which counted Turkeys largest daily newspaper Hurriyet and the television channel CNN Turk among its holdings, stood for independent journalism.

Of course journalists at those outlets were constantly confronted with censorship and also self-censorship that stopped them before they crossed any red lines. Nevertheless, we saw the Dogan Group as an independent commercial media conglomerate.

The sale represents a deep cut, above all, because the last remaining independent newspapers, like CumhuriyetEvrensel and BirGun have a pathetically low combined circulation of about 45,000 in daily sales the Dogan Group had far greater reach.

Read more: European Rights Court condemns Turkey over journalist jailings

More than anything, I fear the worst because the Dogan Group was not bought by just any company but rather by the Demiroren Group, which has close ties to the government.

Christian Mihr Geschftsfhrer Reporter ohne Grenzen (DW/S. Padori-Klenke)

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Mihr: It is still a dark day for freedom of the press

Does that spell the end for freedom of the press?

I hesitate to declare freedom of the press dead in Turkey simply because there are a lot of colleagues there who stand up for it and try to live and work by its principles each and every day.

When I say that, I am thinking of our colleagues at CumhuriyetEvrensel and BirGun, as well as those...

22:03

Dutch voters appear to have denied security services more ability to snoop on emails and online data Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File / by Jo Biddle | Dutch voters were split on whether to give the countrys security services boosted powers to snoop on emails and online data

THE HAGUE (AFP)  Dutch voters appeared Thursday to have narrowly voted against new laws giving security services boosted powers to snoop on emails and online data, amid growing global fears about internet privacy.With some 80 percent of votes counted from Wednesdays referendum, the results were still on a knife-edge.

The country was split, with 48.9 percent of voters opposing the legislation and 47.2 percent in favour, the NOS public broadcaster said.

Official results are not due until March 29.

The referendum, triggered by a group of Amsterdam students as a citizens initiative, was held alongside municipal elections across 380 Dutch local councils.

Although it is non-binding, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has vowed he will take the results of the referendum seriously, and a no vote may send the legislation back to the government for changes.

Historic results

Results from the municipal elections were fractured, with local parties doing well, and support slipping for many traditional mainstream parties such as Ruttes Liberal VVD.

The biggest winner was the eco-friendly leftist party GroenLinks, which emerged as the largest in several major cities, including Amsterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem and Eindhoven.

I am very proud, these are historic results for our party, its popular young leader Jesse Klaver told a late-night celebration party.

But with all eyes still on the rise of the far-right and populist parties in Europe, the anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) of MP Geert Wilders also boosted its presence across the country.

Taking a gamble, the PVV for the first time ran in 30 councils and won seats in each one, the Dutch news agency ANP said, adding it now had about 74 councillors across the Netherlands.

Previously the fiercly anti-immigrant party had only been represented in The Hague and Almere, where it retained seats even though support fell.

Local parties also did well hanging on to power in places such as Rotterdam, Europes largest port, where the right-wing populist Leefbaar Rotterdam remains the biggest with 11 seats on the 45 seat council.

And new kid on the block, far-right Forum for Democracy set up only a couple of years ago and led by the charismatic, self-styled intellectual Thierry Baudet, also made a splash by winning two seats in left-leaning Amsterdam.

Baudets brash style, calling for a new Dutch nationalism and raging against the European Union, is increasingly seen as splinteri...

21:59

U.S. Trade Leverage With China Is Weakening Peace and Freedom

Chinese workers are less dependent on labor-intensive export industries than before. But U.S. farmers are more dependent on China.

Workers spread out steamed sorghum to cool ahead of fermentation at a distillery in China last year.
Workers spread out steamed sorghum to cool ahead of fermentation at a distillery in China last year. PHOTO: QILAI SHEN/BLOOMBERG NEWS

So, it turns out winning trade wars isnt easy.

As President Trump prepares to unveil wide-ranging tariffs on Chinese imports Thursday, China is readying its own countermeasures, including potential levies on big-ticket U.S. farm exports like soybeans, hogs and cereal crop sorghum. Not coincidentally, those are all items produced mainly by Farm Belt states that overwhelmingly voted for Mr. Trump in 2016.

Factory FloorChinese workers employed, percent of totalSource: CEIC
%TextilesElectrical machinery and electronicsIndustryServices200005101501020304050

But waitChina has a gargantuan trade surplus with the U.S., and millions of Chinese jobs depend on American exports. Surely the U.S. has the upper hand?

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21:45

EU Fails to Blame Russia for Nerve Gas Attack Strategic Culture Foundation

EU foreign ministers have expressed solidarity with the UK but failed to take the final step. They have fallen short of offering their unanimous support for the allegations that Russia was behind the Salisbury spy poisoning.

21:28

Flint, Michigan Airport Jihadi Faces Additional Charges Clarion Project

(Illustrative photo: Maarten Van Damme/Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)(Illustrative photo: Maarten Van Damme/Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Additional charges were levied against the Canadian national who carried out a jihadist attack against a police officer at the Flint, Michigan airport in June 2017.

Amor M. Ftouhi, 50, stabbed Officer Jeff Neville with a knife in the neck while screaming Allahu Akbar (God is greater) in retaliation, he said, for coalition killings in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite a 12-inch wound, Neville survived the attack.

Ftouhi faced life in prison for the attack. However, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice added the additional charge of committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, a charge that also carries a possible life sentence.

Prosecutors say that Ftouhi entered the U.S. with the intention of killing government officials. While in Canada, he researched online how to buy a gun in Michigan. When he was unsuccessful, he bought a knife.

 

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21:25

Overview Of Battle For Eastern Ghouta On March 22, 2018 (Map, Videos, Photos)

Overview Of Battle For Eastern Ghouta On March 22, 2018 (Map, Videos, Photos)

Buses arrive Harasta

On March 22, about 40 buses arrived the area of Harasta in the Damascus subrub of Eastern Ghouta. The buses will be used to implement an evacuation agrement between the Syrian government and Ahrar al-Sham. On March 21, it was reported that about 1,500 members of Ahrar al-Sham and 6,000 civilians [mostly members of the militants families] will be evacauted from Harasta to the militant-held part of Idlib province.

Overview Of Battle For Eastern Ghouta On March 22, 2018 (Map, Videos, Photos)

Click to see the full-size image

The evacuation of militants from Harasta will allow government forces to re-establish control over this important urban area and to further divide the militant-held pockets in the southern and northern parts of Eastern Ghouta.

21:21

Through Sherlocks eyes: the Litvinenko poisoning Aletho News

OffGuardian | March 21, 2018 This short documentary film on the Litvinenko case, featuring Vasily Livanov, the Russian actor internationally celebrated for his portrayal of Sherlock Homes, makes some valid points that deserve a lot more attention than they have so far received. Made by a collective of filmmakers & investigators known as Russian Hour []

21:15

Salisbury, Skripal and Novichok a Local View Strategic Culture Foundation

Jeremy Corbyn correctly reminded Parliament of Tony Blairs attempt to frighten people into going to war with Iraq with his dodgy dossier and 45 minutes claim. But most have forgotten that, four days before the huge demonstration in London the Army very visibly arrived at Heathrow airport, because there was a possible threat of planes being hit by al Qaida missiles. They disappeared after a day or so as it was obvious the protest by millions would go ahead anyway.

21:12

Why the UK, the EU and the US Gang-Up on Russia stan van houcke

Why the UK, the EU and the US Gang-Up on Russia

Theme: ...

21:09

Sarkozy charged over Gaddafi links, blasts 'lack of evidence' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Ex-president has been charged charged with corruption, illegal campaign financing and concealment of Libyan public money

21:06

British Fake News about 'Novichok' stan van houcke

Russian Scientists Explain 'Novichok' - High Time For Britain To Come Clean (Updated)

A week ago we asked if 'Novichok' poisons are real. The answer is now in: It is 'yes' and 'no'. Several Russian scientist now say that they once researched and developed lethal poisons but they assert that other countries can and have copied these. 'Novichok', they say,  is a just western propaganda invention. They see the British accusations as a cynical plot against Russia. The people who push the 'Novichok' accusations have political and commercial interests.
The British Prime Minister Theresa May insinuated that the British-Russian double agent Sergej Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who collapsed on March 4 on a public bench in Salisbury, were affected by a 'Russian' nerve agent:
It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. It is part of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok.
Theresa May's claims are highly questionable. 

Maria Zakharova, spokeswomen of the Russian Foreign Ministry: "'Novichok' has never been used
in the USSR or in Russia as something related to the chemical weapon research" - bigger
A highly potent nerve agent would hurt anyone who comes in contact with it. But the BBC reported that a doctor who administered first aid to the collapsed Yulia Skripal for 30 minutes was not affected at all. Another doctor, Steven Davies who heads the emergence room of the Salisbury District Hospital, ...

21:01

Bitcoin bubble unfolding at a faster pace than dot-com bubble stan van houcke

Morgan Stanley: Bitcoin bubble unfolding at a faster pace than dot-com bubble

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20:57

British Government Has Gone Mad stan van houcke


Boris Johnson compares Putin and Russia World Cup to Hitler hosting the 1936 Olympics

Foreign Secretary says it would be sickening to watch Vladimir Putin glory in sporting event
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20:45

Hawks Resurgent in Washington Strategic Culture Foundation

Donald Trump, for all his international experience as a businessman, is a novice at the step-by-step process required in diplomacy and in the development of a coherent foreign policy, so he is inevitably being directed by individuals who have long American global leadership by force if necessary.

20:34

Report: #Ljubljana, #Slovenia Solidarity demonstration to #StopAfrinGenocide Enough is Enough!

Reportback about a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Ljubljana, Slovenia on March 21.

Submitted to Enough is Enough. Written by Katarina Pavii-Ivelja. Images by Rojava klie (Warning Facebok Link)

 

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: Ljubljana, Slovenia Solidarity demonstration to #StopAfrinGenocide

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20:33

Chemical weapons in Syria: A huge distraction from conventional war crimes Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

All of the actors involved in the Syrian conflict are trying to spin the question of chemical weapons to promote their own interests

20:29

Tolerance Cuts Both Ways: Freedom for the Speech We Hate Dissident Voice

Those who created this country chose freedom. With all of its dangers. And do you know the riskiest part of that choice they made? They actually believed that we could be trusted to make up our own minds in the whirl of differing ideas. That we could be trusted to remain free, even when there were very, very seductive voices taking advantage of our freedom of speech who were trying to turn this country into the kind of place where the government could tell you what you can and cannot do.

Nat Hentoff, The Day They Came to Arrest the Book, 1983.

Tolerance cuts both ways.

This isnt an easy pill to swallow, I know, but thats the way free speech works, especially when it comes to tolerating speech that we hate.

The most controversial issues of our daygay rights, abortion, race, religion, sexuality, political correctness, police brutality, et alhave become battlegrounds for those who claim to believe in freedom of speech but only when it favors the views and positions they support.

Free speech for me but not for thee is how my good friend and free speech purist Nat Hentoff used to sum up this double standard.

This haphazard approach to the First Amendment has so muddied the waters that even First Amendment scholars are finding it hard to navigate at times.

Its really not that hard.

The First Amendment affirms the right of the people to speak freely, worship freely, peaceably assemble, petition the government for a redress of grievances, and have a free press.

Nowhere in the First Amendment does it permit the government to limit speech in order to avoid causing offense, hurting someones feelings, safeguarding government secrets, protecting government officials, insulating judges from undue influence, discouraging bullying, penalizing hateful ideas and actions, eliminating terrorism, combating prejudice and intolerance, and the like.

Unfortunately, in the war being waged between free speech purists who believe that free speech is an inalienable right and those who believe that free speech is a mere privilege to be granted only under certain conditions, the censors are winning.

We have entered into an egotistical, insulated, narcissistic era in which free speech has become regulated speech: to be celebrated when it reflects the values of the majority and tolerated otherwise, unless it moves so far beyond our political, religious and socio-economic comfort zones as to be rendered dangerous and unacceptable.

Indeed, President Trumpwho has been accused of using his very public platform to belittle and mock his critics and enemies while attempt...

20:19

Palestinians launch a new weapon against Israels occupation Peace and Freedom

Haaretz

The first field trial is next week, the day of Passover. A new weapon against occupation, wielded by Palestinian refugees. And Israel, with its layers of defense against every manner of killing devised by man, is unprepared

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Israeli security forces stand before Palestinians waiting to cross into Jerusalem for the first Friday prayers of Ramadan on June 2, 2017.
Israeli security forces stand before Palestinians waiting to cross into Jerusalem for the first Friday prayers of Ramadan on June 2, 2017. ABBAS MOMANI / AFP

It is the sum of all fears of Israels ruling right. It is a weapon against which one of the worlds most powerful, advanced militaries is at a loss.

It could succeed where suicide bombings, ballistic missile barrages, and sophisticated attack tunnels have failed. And its coming on Passover, just over a week away.

Its non-violence.

Beginning on the day of the...

20:15

Facebook, Uber and the End of the Great American Tech Delusion Strategic Culture Foundation

Americans woke up one day in early 2000 and realized that salacious entertainment could not support equity market valuations indefinitely. Now Americans have discovered that cars wont drive themselves like magic and that the Facebook fishbowl is not a substitute for ordinary human interaction, but rather a vast commercial experiment in profiling their behavior.

20:12

Real concern should be Singhs support of Canadian violence Aletho News

By Yves Engler March 20, 2018 We should be concerned about Jagmeet Singhs support for political violence. But not the stuff thats making news. While the media makes much of the new NDP heads ties/indifference to Sikh violence, theyve ignored Singhs leadership of a party/community that has repeatedly backed Canadian aggression. In a Rabble []

20:07

Khazarian Jews Who Run US Foreign Policy ARE the Swamp Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Khazarian Jews Who Run US Foreign Policy ARE the Swamp Walter DuBlanica Trump spoke of draining the swamp. It is no secret that many Ashkenazi Jews (AJ) live and work in the swamp. AJs have nothing to do with, nor are they genetically related to Biblical Sephardic Jews from the middle east and north Africa. []

20:07

Kashmir: 10 killed after fierce gun battle Peace and Freedom

Al Jazeera

Gunfight started after rebels opened fire on Indian troops in the forested area of Kupwara near the Line of Control.

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Indian soldiers take positions near the site of a firefight near Srinagar last Thursday [Danish Ismail/Reuters]
Indian soldiers take positions near the site of a firefight near Srinagar last Thursday [Danish Ismail/Reuters]

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir  Five Indian soldiers and five separatist fighters have been killed in a fierce gun battle in northern Kashmir.

Police Superintendent Shamsher Hussain told Al Jazeera th...

20:03

China getting nervous about looming US tariffs China Smears US But Trump Wont Budge Peace and Freedom

China has called on other nations to stand firm against Washingtons protectionist measures, with the US president expected to announce new sanctions and tariffs on Thursday and Friday. Will the world listen?

Chinese worker (picture-alliance/dpa/Mark)

Chinese state media pre-empted Thursdays expected trade sanctions by the US by urging other countries to create a united front against Washingtons protectionism.

Since the US seems unlikely to mend its ways, other countries should stop hoping they will be spared its protectionist shots and become more resolute in standing firm against them, the China Daily said Thursday.

The newspaper added that while US tariffs would initially boost the countrys GDP expansion and slow Chinas economic growth, they would also reduce global economic activity, harming both nations in the end.

The US is set to impose further trade restrictions on China to force Beijing to change its intellectual property practices.

Trade war inevitable?

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had warned that no one would emerge a winner from a trade war, adding he hoped Washington would act rationally.

Beijing had repeatedly emphasized it had no wish to fight a trade war, but warned it would, if needed.

China will not sit idly by while legitimate rights and interests are hurt, The Chinese Commerce Ministry said in a statement. We must take all necessary measures to firmly defend our rights.

Not the first time

Beijing accused the United States of repeatedly abusing trade practices as the worlds two largest economies looked set to slide toward a major trade conflict.

On Wednesday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that Washington had not fully complied with a 2014 ruling against its anti-subsidy tariffs on various Chinese products raging from solar panels to wind towers and steel cylinders.

China sai...

20:00

UK media admits that in Skripal case: due process does not apply to Russia OffGuardian

by Alexander Mercouris at the Duran It is becoming increasingly difficult for the British authorities and for the British media to deny that due process ie. the well-established system of rules for conducting fair and impartial trials and investigations in order to determine questions of guilt or innocence are not being followed by the British authorities in the Skripal case. Here are some of the violations of due process the British authorities which in my opinion the British authorities are committing: (1) The British government is interfering in the conduct of a criminal investigation, with Prime Minister Theresa May and especially Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pointing fingers at who they say is guilty (Russia) whilst the criminal investigation is still underway; (2) The British government has said that unless Russia proves itself innocent within a specific time the British government will conclude that it is guilty. As I have explained previously this reverses the burden of proof: in a criminal case it is the prosecution which is supposed to prove the defendants guilt,

20:00

YET ANOTHER CRACK IN THE EU AND IN MERKELS GOVERNMENT Giza Death Star

The fissures in the European Union appear to be growing, in spite of the recent capitulations of London to Brussels in BREXIT. In this

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19:57

Poll Shows Americans Waking Up, Majority Now Suspects Unelected Shadow Govt in Charge Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Poll Shows Americans Waking Up, Majority Now Suspects Unelected Shadow Govt in Charge Source: Matt Agorist A recent poll shows that both parties are waking up to the unelected shadow government that forms policy in secret and spies on its own citizens. According to a Monmouth University Poll that was released this week, the majority []

19:55

American Day of Reckoning for Muslim Brotherhood? Clarion Project

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in EgyptSupporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (Photo: Reuters)

The Muslim Brotherhoods sigh of relief after being rescued by Secretary of State Tillerson and National Security Adviser McMaster has been replaced by a sweaty panic.

With Tillerson out and Pompeo in and McMasters days numbered, it is now probable that the Muslim Brotherhood will finally be designated by the State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, paving the way for its infrastructure in America to begin being dismantled.

Groups associated with the Muslim Brotherhood network like the Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat ul-Fuqra are likely to see a similar fate. President Trumps desire to pressure Pakistan and more closely ally with India adds to the likelihood that these Pakistani-led groups will be blacklisted.

The incoming secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was one of the earliest cosponsors of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act when he was a member of Congress. Now, as secretary of state, he has the authority to designate Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).

Now, most of the Trump Administrations top officials are staunch foes of the Brotherhood, including:

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was one of the few early cosponsors of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act when he was a Senator.
  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who was forced to withdraw a seni...

19:49

Most Asian Stocks Rise Thursday After Fed Rate Increase Tech stocks still drag Peace and Freedom

Japans Nikkei Stock Average gets a boost from gains in energy shares

Updated March 22, 2018 1:58 a.m. ET

Asian stock markets outside China strengthened Thursday, after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates but stopped short of signaling a faster pace of increases for this year.

Shares in China fell after the Feds move prompted the Peoples Bank of China and Hong Kongs de facto central bank to raise rates, weighing on stocks in both markets.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/asian-stocks-rise-after-fed-rate-increase-1521684233

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Tech Stocks Drag Global Markets Lower

Japans Nikkei Stock Average gets a boost from gains in energy shares

Updated March 22, 2018 4:39 a.m. ET

Tech stocks under pressure S&P 500 futures lower BOE decision eyedShares of technology companies led stocks in Europe and China lower Thursday while investors continued to grapple with the trajectory for global central bank policy and the prospect of increasing trade friction.

The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.5% in the early minutes of trading, weighed down by a 1.6% drop in the technology sector. Hong Kong stocks fell 1.2% after a disappointing earnings report from tech titan Tencent Holdings, while Nasdaq-100 futures were

https://www.wsj.com/articles/asian-stocks-rise-after-fed-rate-increase-1521684233

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19:48

In israeli military courts, Palestinian minors always lose Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

In Israeli military courts, Palestinian minors always lose In Israeli civilian courts, detention is always a last resort for a minor. But when it comes to Palestinian minors in Israeli military courts, prison is almost guaranteed. By Yael Marom Ahed Tamimi in the Ofer prison military court. December 20, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills) Israeli authorities have []

19:48

Has Russia Had Enough? Aletho News

By Paul Craig Roberts | Institute For Political Economy | March 21, 2018 This morning I watched a briefing the Russian Foreign Ministry provided for the diplomatic community where international toxic substances experts presented information concerning the alleged nerve agent used in the alleged attack on Skripal and his daughter. This information has been known []

19:45

Beijing follows Fed with rate hike with eye on cashflows Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | The Peoples Bank of China said Thursdays rise matches expectations, and is a normal response to the US Federal Reserves interest rate hike.

BEIJING (AFP)  China on Thursday raised the amount it charges lenders to borrow cash as it looks to prevent cash outflows after the Federal Reserves latest interest rate hike.With the Fed embarking on a period of monetary tightening as the economy continues to strengthen, Beijing has sought to stop a tide of money leaving the country as investors seek out better returns in the United States.

It also comes as Chinese authorities try to address a huge debt pile that many commentators have warned could hit the economic powerhouse and possibly spark another global crisis.

The Peoples Bank of China (PBoC) said on its website the 0.05 percentage point lift in the seven-day reverse repurchase agreement matches expectations, and is a normal response to the US Federal Reserves interest rate hike.

It announced similar moves in December and March last year in response to a US increase.

We dont interpret this as a move to tighten monetary conditions, said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China Economist at Capital Economics in a note, adding the central bank sets liquidity from its lending operations and interbank rates.

There is nothing to prevent the PBoC from stepping up its injections and pushing market rates lower, even as it hikes the reverse-repo rate, Evans-Pritchard said.

Earlier, Hong Kongs de-facto central bank also announced a rate hike, as is customary owing to the citys monetary policy link to the United States via their currency peg.

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority lifted its base rate by 25 basis points to 2.0 percent.

However, there are growing concerns officials may be forced to step into money markets to support the Hong Kong dollar owing to a divergence of key rates between the two.

While the HKMA lifts borrowing costs alongside the Fed, it has little effect as a huge well of cash in the citys banking system means lenders have ample liquidity, keeping the crucial Hong Kong Inter-Bank Rate (HIBOR) at record lows.

With US rates continuing to rise, investors are therefore selling local dollars and buying the higher-yielding greenback.

In the long run, (the Fed hike) is going to make the Hong Kong dollar much weaker, unless we are going to increase the interest rate to protect that, said Jackson Wong, an associate director at Huarong International Securities.

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19:45

Is the North Korea Deal a Stalking Horse for Trump"s Mid-East Makeover? Strategic Culture Foundation

Does Trump seek war with Russia? No. But the covert state does; and will try everything to get it. Trump does want war with Russia. In fact, he wants President Putin to help him make peace in the Middle East.

19:40

Al-Qaeda Leader Calls on Muslims to Attack US Clarion Project

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-ZawahiriAl-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (Video screenshot)

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urges action against American interests everywhere in his latest video. The 17-minute address focuses on several issues but always keeps its sights on attacking the U.S.

Al-Zawahiri says the battle is about religion the differences between Islam and the secular, materialistic West.

Zawahiri draws attention to what he sees as:

  • The impudent Donald Trump showing Americas true colors and the real views of Americans towards Muslims
  • The only ways to deal with American aggression which are dawa and jihad
  • The successful attacks by jihadis against American interests in Somalia, Kenya, Yemen and elsewhere
  • The day when the mujahideen will defeat the U.S.

 

 

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19:35

Turkey says will drive Kurdish YPG from Syrian border area if no deal with U.S. Extortion? Peace and Freedom

Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) Turkey will drive the Kurdish YPG militia away from the Syrian border if it does not reach agreement with the United States on a plan to remove the group from Syrias Manbij region, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

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 Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan

If this plan is not realised, the only option left will be clearing away terrorists. This is not just valid for Syria, but also for Iraq, he said in interview with state-run Anadolu news agency.

He added that President Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will speak by telephone on Thursday.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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Two articles, one from 2001 & from 2017, highlight the affect U.S. occupation has had on opium production Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Figures reveal dire trend in Afghan opium production CBS News Nov 15, 2017 An Afghan farmer collects raw opium from poppies in Balkh province, Afghanistan. Heroin production in the country has increased significantly in recent years. Click to enlarge Afghanistans opium production has almost doubled this year compared to 2016, while areas that are []

19:09

The Arab Spring: Made in the USA: Bringing instability to the Middle East & North Africa Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Arab Spring: Made in the USA By Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, This article was first crossposted on GR in October 2015. Arabesque$: Enqute sur le rle des tats-Unis dans les rvoltes arabes (Investigation into the US Role in the Arab Uprisings) is an update of Ahmed Bensaadas 2011 book LArabesque Amricaine. It concerns the US government role []

18:59

#Germany: Statement on police brutality in the refugee reception center in #Donauwrth on 14th of March Enough is Enough!

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Originally published by  Solidarity and Resistance.

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.

Germany: Statement on police brutality in the refugee reception center in Donauwrth on 14th of March

On Wednesday, 14th of March, police forces showed extreme brutality towards the inhabitants of the reception center and arrested at least 29 persons. This happened after a legitimate protest against an attempted deportation. The location of those who were arrested is still unclear. There was no violence against humans on the side of the refugees. The charges of breach of peace and grievous bodily harm are utterly unfounded and constructed and will need independent evidence.

Refugees and human rights organisations have been criticising the inhuman living conditions in the reception centre (EA) in Donauwrth for months. The minister of the interior, Herrmann, used the false accusations against refugees spread by police as a pretext to personally travel to Donauwrth on Friday to continue his electoral campaign with right wing demands such as more police and more deportations.

The refugees in the EA of Donauwrth have released a statement (see below), in which they reject the unfounded accusations against them, demand the release of the prisoners, the recognition of their asylum applications, working permits and protection from the police.

Antiracist innitiatives and human rights organisations are stating their solidarity with those involved and with their demands. In addition to this, these groups demand the dismissal of the social workers w...

18:57

Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants express concern over Singapore plan to fight fake news Peace and Freedom

 

Singapore is among the countries looking to introduce legislation to rein in fake news, a trend that has stirred concern among tech giants including Facebook and Twitter that such laws could be used to exert government control over the media. (Reuters)
SINGAPORE: Global tech giants including Facebook and Twitter on Thursday expressed concern about a possible Singapore plan to bring in a new law to tackle the threat of fake news, saying sufficient rules are already in place.
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Officials of Facebook, Twitter and Google attended a parliamentary hearing on how to counter the threat that Singapore...

18:51

Britain and the US Must Stop Fueling the Bloody Saudi War on Yemen Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Patrick Wilcken 21-03-2018 | 13:16 The end of this week marks three tragedy-filled years for the people of Yemen, who have suffered from the Saudi-led military coalitions devastating and often indiscriminate bombing of their country. Fleets of fighter jets, the bulk from Saudi Arabia itself, have wreaked havoc on an impoverished country, with []

18:50

Turkey-Allied Jihadists Slaughtering Christians, Yazidis in Syrias Besieged Afrin Peace and Freedom

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Turkey-linked jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda are taking advantage of the Ankara offensive in the besieged Afrin region in northwestern Syria to slaughter Christians and Yazidis, caution several activists.

The warnings come as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced over the weekend that his allied forces conquered the center of the Kurdish-held city of Afrin.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

U.S. President Donald Trumps State Department has expressed a serious and growing concern over the situation in the Syrian city, but maintains, We remain committed to our NATO ally Turkey, to include their legitimate security concerns.

Khalid Haider, a U.S.-based Yazidi (or Yezidi) activist with ground sources in Syria, told Breitbart News the Turkish military is working alongside ISIS in Afrin, noting:

Time and time again the indigenous people of Syria are suffering, but this time is at the hands of members of the Turkish military who have been incubating ISIS terrorists. ISIS militants and their leaders are embedded with the Turkish military, and they are annihilating religious minorities. The world needs to wake up and stop this from happening.

Haider went on to say that Turkey-...

18:48

Libya: The true face of humanitarian intervention Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Libya: The true face of humanitarian intervention Daniel Kovalik | RT FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises after coalition air strikes in Tripoli, Libya Reuters Seven years ago, on March 19, NATO began its humanitarian bombing of Libya. While humanitarian bombing is an oxymoron, many believe that a country is not truly advancing human rights if []

18:46

UN seeks rare labor probe against Venezuela Aletho News

Press TV March 21, 2018 The UNs labor body on Wednesday set up an investigation into alleged violations in Venezuela, following a request by a private-sector group long opposed to the Caracas government. The United Nations International Labor Organization rarely creates this type of probe, known as a Commission of Inquiry. The last case []

18:32

Death of Texas teacher highlights true cost of US drugs Peace and Freedom

Flu victim should have paid much less for her medication, data show

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By David Crow in New York
Financial Times
March 22, 2018

When Heather Holland, a primary school teacher, went to collect her flu medicine at a local drugstore in Texas in January, she balked at the price. The pharmacist said she would have to pay $116 out of her own pocket, so she left empty-handed.

There is no way of knowing whether Mrs Holland, who was in otherwise good health, would have survived if she had taken the medicine sooner, although the delay cannot have helped.

A Financial Times analysis of confidential and public pricing data has found that Mrs Holland should have paid much less for her flu medication.

Her story captured the attention of a US public already outraged by the soaring cost of healthcare, and prompted many to ask the same question: how is it that a common flu drug which is on the worlds list of essential medicines can end up costing so much in America?

The answer lies in part in the miserly health insurance policies now held by millions of Americans, but also in the way that access to drugs is managed by for-profit middlemen like CVS Healths Caremark, Express Scripts and UnitedHealths Optum.

These middlemen, officially known as pharmacy benefit managers or PBMs, are unique to the private US healthcare system. Their business model involves amassing millions of patients from different health insurance plans, before using the combined heft to demand big discounts from drugmakers.

Pharmaceutical companies that refuse to discount their medicines can find themselves frozen off the lists of drugs that PBMs are willing to pay for, which can have a chilling effect on their sales. More often than not they agree to the price cuts.

But critics allege that PBMs have opaque business models that boost their profits while pushing up costs for patients.

If Mrs Holland had not used her insurance card and instead paid outright herself, she would have been charged roughly $107 for 10 tablets of generic Tamiflu, according to several pharmacies contacted by the Financial Times.

The cost would have fallen further still if she had foregone insurance and printed off a savings coupon from the website GoodRx. A 10-tablet pack of generic Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir phosphate, can be bought by without insurance for about $52 with a coupon at Walmart, the grocery chain.

Whats the point of having insuran...

18:30

Palestinian teen Ahed #Tamimi to be sentenced to 8 months in israeli prison Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi to be sentenced to 8 months in Israeli prison MEANWHILE Sentence of Israeli soldier who executed Palestinian reduced to nine months Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network March 21, 2018 Ahed Tamimi, 17-year-old activist from Nabi Saleh whose case has received widespread global attention, will be sentenced to eight months in Israeli []

18:29

How Somalias charcoal trade is fuelling the Acacias demise Horseed Media

The Acacia bussei, a slow-growing hardwood, has long been the backbone of Somalias multimillion-dollar trade in charcoal. For decades, the country struggled to implement a 1969 ban on charcoal and firewood exports. The gradual erosion of state institutions, which resulted in complete lawlessness and an outbreak of a full-fledged civil war in 1991, only further []

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18:25

Another Hamas cross-border tunnel ignored by the BBC BBC Watch

On March 18th the IDF announced that it had thwarted an attempt by Hamas to renew an old terror tunnel directed towards the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Israel. In addition as reported by the Times of Israel a separate tunnel that did not cross the border was also destroyed.

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The Israeli military on Sunday announced that it destroyed two attack tunnels, one that entered Israeli territory and another inside the central Gaza Strip, the latest in a series of underground structures have been demolished by Israel in recent months.

The border-crossing tunnel destroyed early Sunday morning was located in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said. []

According to Conricus, the cross-border passage destroyed Sunday was an old tunnel that was built before the 2014 Gaza war and part...

18:23

israels chief rabbi calls black Americans monkeys Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israels chief rabbi calls black Americans monkeys MEMO | March 21, 2018 Israels chief Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, has stoked controversy by describing black Americans as monkeys during one of his weekly religious lessons. The remark, which will prompt further discussion about entrenched racism within the country, was reported by Israeli newspaper Ynet News. ADL slams chief []

18:21

Trump to announce trade sanctions against China for intellectual property theft Peace and Freedom

The US has accused Beijing of forcing US firms to share their intellectual property with Chinese state-owned companies. The decision is set to escalate global trade tensions.

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On Thursday, US President Donald Trump is set to announce new sanctions against China for stealing US intellectual property, according to a White House official.

The move comes amid heightened fears about a potential trade war over US plans to introduce tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

Read more: US President Donald Trump orders probe of Chinas intellectual property practices

What we know so far:

  • Raj Shah told AFP news agency: Tomorrow the president will announce the actions he has decided to take based on USTRs 301 investigation into Chinas state-led, market-distorting efforts to force, pressure, and steal US technologies and intellectual property.
  • Restrictions could also be placed on apparel and Chinese investments in the United States.
  • After calling on Trump not to act emotionally, China is expected to impose countermeasures on US agriculture exports. Beijing has accused Washington of repeatedly abusing international trade rules set out by the World Trade Organization.

Read more: Germany and G20 push for free trade amid fears of global trade war

How deep are US-Chinese trade relations?

In 2016, total trade between the United States and China reached $579 billion (468 billion) with Chinese imports of US goods totaling $115.8 billion and US imports of Chinese goods at $462.8 billion. Only the 28-member EU saw more trade with the United States in 2016. Last year the US ran a $375 billion trade deficit with China, though US exports to China also hit a new record high.

US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell called the prospect of a trade war a growing threat to the United States.

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18:17

The Dead End of Identity Politics The goal of both sides is to pull groups of Americans apart and set them against each other. Peace and Freedom

To expand the base is almost inevitably to shrink it equally.

The Dead End of Identity Politics
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Suppose there are two political parties, the Blues and the Reds, each pursuing a demographic strategy to maximize its vote: targeting voters exclusively by race and sex. To make it simple, there are two racial categories, white and minority. Imagine that no other demographic features are relevant, 100% of the electorate turns out, and everyone votes as the parties want them to: The Blues get all the female and minority votes; the Reds get all the white and all the male votes.

Your imagination runs out right there. All the white men will vote for the Reds, all the minority women for the Blues. But are white women and minority men supposed to vote their sex or their race? Unless we can split individual voters into fragments of themselves, the scenario is impossible. Both parties are pursuing an impossible result.

Yet our actual political parties are pursuing something close to these strategies. Democrats have argued for years that demographic shifts would give them an enduring majority any minute now. Hillary Clintons campaign was obsessed with demographics, formulated explicitly as an appeal to women and minorities. The Trump campaign ran on a barely masked appeal to white people and men, under the auspices of advisers like Steve Bannon.

When both parties are dedicated to maximizing race and gender gaps, they are s...

18:10

Designed in California and made in China: How the iPhone skews the U.S. trade deficit Peace and Freedom

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U.S. President Donald Trump often tweets from his iPhone about pressuring China to address its $375 billion trade surplus with the United States. But a closer look at the Apple smartphone reveals how the headline figure is distorted.

The big trade imbalance at the heart of a potential trade war, with Trump expected to impose tariffs on Chinese imports this week exists in large part because of electrical goods and tech, the biggest U.S. import item from China.

Apple Inc.s iPhone, however, illustrates how a big portion of that imbalance is due to imports of American-branded products many of which use global suppliers for parts but are put together in China and shipped around the world.

Take a look at the iPhone X. IHS Markit estimates its components cost a total of $370.25. Of that, $110 goes to Samsung Electronics in South Korea for supplying displays. Another $44.45 goes to Japans Toshiba and South Koreas SK Hynix for memory chips.

Other suppliers from Taiwan, the United States and Europe also take their portion, while assembly, done by contract manufacturers in China like Foxconn, represents only an estimated 3 to 6 percent of the manufacturing cost.

Current trade statistics, however, count most of the manufacturing cost in Chinas export numbers, which has prompted global bodies like the World Trade Organization to consider alternative calculations that include where value is added.

The impact on export data of just the iPhone could be major.

Apple shipped 61 million iPhones to the United States last year, data from researchers Counterpoint and IHS Markit show, spending $258 on average to make each iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Using a rough calculation, that implies the iPhone 7 series added $15.7 billion to the U.S. trade deficit with China last year, about 4.4 percent of the total. That is also about 22 percent of the $70 billion in cell phones and household goods the U.S. imported from China.

With an iPhone, where China is just the final assembler, most of the value (contributed by China) is just the labor rather than the components themselves, said John Wu, an economic analyst with a U.S.-based think tank, the Information & Innovation Foundation.

Louis Kuijs, head of Asia economics research at Oxford Economics, notes that U.S. companies using global supply chains to manufacture products in China means other economies would be caught in the crossfire of a trade war.

That is an important reason why U.S.-China trade friction will cause collateral damage, especially in other Asian economies, he said, adding that in value added terms, the U.S. trade...

17:55

One of Europes Biggest Funds Is Betting on the Dollar Peace and Freedom

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Bloomberg

By John Ainger

March 22, 2018, 1:00 AM EDT

Its cheap and just about every investor is short the currency. That makes the dollar a screaming buy for Allianz Global Investors.

The fund, one of Europes biggest, is betting against the trend on conviction that a turnaround is in the cards. Buying the greenback versus a basket of currencies including the euro and the Canadian dollar is one of Allianzs strongest trades, now that gains following the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President in 2016 have reversed.

That runs contrary to how traders are shaping up, with positioning the most bearish in four years, according to the latest CFTC data. The dollar is the worst performer among Group-of-10 currencies in the past year.

The narrative should still be for a long dollar, said Kacper Brzezniak, a fixed-income money manager at Allianz, which oversees 498 billion euros ($612 billion). The dollar is a lot cheaper fundamentally than it was a year ago. Positioning is extremely short, so only quite a small move can cause a big turnaround.

U.S. fiscal expansion and increasing interest-rate differentials are reasons to favor the dollar, while flattening yield curves elsewhere could help weaken currencies such as the euro, according to Brzezniak. Since a peak in early January 2017, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index, a trade-weighted measure, has lost around 12 percent.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-22/dollar-abandoned-by-everyone-finds-a-buyer-in-big-european-fund

17:48

Vienna, Austria: Revenge for Afrin Resistance Means Life! Insurrection News

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Received and translated by Insurrection News on 22.03.18:

Our hearts are burning with anger over the fascist attack by the Turkish army against Afrin. And so, as a sign of solidarity with the YPG / YPJ fighters in the Rojava region we attacked the Ahmet Yesevi Camii Turkish club on 108/3 Tabor strae early in the morning of March 21st. Even though they present themselves to the public as just a mosque club, they are actually a fascist Grey Wolves organization.

We damaged their windows and left the slogan AFRIN.

Our motivation for the attack was not their religion or country or origin, but our hatred of their fascist ideology. In late February it became known to us that the Turkish army dedicated a bomb to the club that was used against the fighters of the YPG / YPJ.

While the aggressive war of the Turkish army takes place in northern Syria, many fascist stooges spread their ideology in Europe and support the military aggression of Turkey. A large part of the weapons and equipment used for the attacks against Rojava are also produced in Europe. Our answer: Direct actions against those responsible!

We are not only in solidarity with the antifascist defense against Turkey, we also support the resistant people in northern Syria and their struggl...

17:16

Hamas seeking alliance with Iran, Hezbollah to foil Trump peace plan report Consulting with Russia and China Peace and Freedom

Seeing as-yet unpublished proposal as most dangerous in history of conflict, Gaza terror group said to bolster regional ties, consult with Russia, in bid to thwart Washington

Times of Israel
March 22, 2018
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Palestinian school girls pass a billboard covered by national and Iranian flags with Arabic reading, "thanks and gratitude to Iran", in Gaza City, Wednesday, November 28, 2012. (AP/Adel Hana)

Palestinian school girls pass a billboard covered by national and Iranian flags with Arabic reading, thanks and gratitude to Iran, in Gaza City, Wednesday, November 28, 2012. (AP/Adel Hana)

Hamas has bolstered its relations with Iran and Hezbollah and is consulting with Russia and China as part of an effort to thwart US President Donald Trumps yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip said Thursday.

Hamas is working to forge a Palestinian-Arab-Islamic alliance that would be able to confront Trumps plan, a source said.

Discussions with Iran and Hezbollah on this matter have gone a long way.

Hamas supporters in Gaza hold Hezbollah and Islamic flags as they demonstrate against the Israeli offensive in Lebanon, July 30, 2006. (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)

The sources in the Gaza Strip told the London-based Al Hayat newspaper said that the discussions between the three parties Hamas, Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah were based on the belief that Trumps plan, which he has described as the deal of the century, was the most dangerous in the history of the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Regional changes have put Hamas, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian cause in front of big...

17:06

International jurist knocks Philippines reasoning on International Criminal Court withdrawal There is an obligation to investigate allegations of extrajudicial killings. Peace and Freedom

 

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Dan Manglinong (philstar.com) March 21, 2018 3:06pm

MANILA, Philippines The chief of the International Commission of Jurists has very stern words for fellow lawyer President Rodrigo Duterte and his team over the decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

In a letter dated March 19 addressed to Duterte, ICJ Secretary General Sam Zarifi countered the legal bases cited by the Malacaang in explaining Manilas exodus from the Rome Statute which established the ICC.

The Philippine governments submitted justifications for withdrawing from the ICC are a litany of poorly thought out pseudo-legal arguments and self-serving statements that focus on President Dutertes fear and resentment at facing questions for the horrific campaign of extrajudicial executions that his government has explicitly condoned, Zarifi said in a statement.

Ratification not fraudulent

The Philippines ratification of the Rome Statute of the ICC is valid, Zarifi said, noting that the Philippines enacted RA 9851, or An Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity, in 2009.

The enactment of such law as well as the Philippines active campaign for the election of current ICC judge Raul Pangalanan to the body signified its acceptance and understanding of its obligations in ratifying the statute.

Initial review not a violation of local courts powers

The Iranian-American lawyer also insisted that there was no violation of the principal of complementarity, as opposed to presidential spokesperson Harry Roques reason.

Complementarity refers to the ICCs powerwith consent of the state party which ratified the statuteto deal with cases when national authorities are unwilling or unable to carry out fair investigations and proceedings.

The conduct of a preliminary examination is entirely consistent with that princ...

16:55

New York Politics, qualified lesbian, Trumps bimbo and the FBI Peace and Freedom

By Michael Goodwin

New York Post

Politics aint beanbag, as Cynthia Nixon learned right out of the starting gate. On day two of her primary campaign against Gov. Cuomo, the Sex and the City actress got a taste of what is coming her way.

Nixon is an unqualified lesbian, declared Christine Quinn, a Cuomo associate. The former City Council speaker called herself a qualified lesbian in accusing Nixon of being completely unprepared for the office she is seeking.

Welcome to a one-party town, where Democratic shootouts frequently happen in lifeboats.

The bad blood between Quinn and Nixon is personal, stemming from the fact that Nixon endorsed Bill de Blasio over Quinn in the 2013 mayoral primary. But Cuomo must nonetheless be pleased his opponent has been defined in memorable terms that could marginalize her as a fringe candidate.

Using words that Cuomo himself couldnt use without being called a male bully, Quinn also patted Nixon on the head for being a good liberal activist before adding, Being an actress and celebrity doesnt make you qualified for public office.

Cuomo was so busy being governor that even famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot would not be able to find Cuomos fingerprints on Quinns inflammatory attacks. Yet there is no question that the governor, despite being a heavy favorite in the polls, is concerned about Nixons challenge.

For one thing, he needs to win a third term by a huge margin to have any viability as a presidential candidate in 2020. Although Republicans havent united behind a single gubernatorial challenger, they are salivating at the possibility that Nixon can damage Cuomo enough to open the way for a GOP victory.

For another, if Nixon gets any traction, it likely will come in New Yorks urban areas, which are Cuomos base. In his 2014 re-election, Cuomo got 54 percent of the statewide vote in the general election, while winning only 11 of the 57 counties outside New York City against GOP candidate Rob Astorino.

In fact, Cuomos 568,000-vote margin in the five boroughs was greater than his state-wide margin of about 532,000. Thus, if Nixon damages Cuomo enough to shrink city turnout in the general election, that could make the difference if the GOP nominee performs well elsewhere.

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16:47

Sorry: Facebook was never free Peace and Freedom

By John Podhoretz

The New York Post

 Youve likely spent a thousand hours or more on Facebook over the past decade. Did you think that the energy-sucking servers holding your photos and hosting the groups dedicated to your high-school class and your neighborhood ran on good wishes?

Did you think the company that has allowed you to consume news and opinion at no cost whatsoever to you was doing so out of the goodness of its collective heart?

Did you think . . . it was free?

Did you really not know that your agreement with Facebook was that Mark Zuckerberg would provide you with hours a day of enjoyment in exchange for your personal information?

There isnt an adult in this country who shouldnt know better than to screech in anguish at the supposed horrifying discovery that his or her personal data have been gathered by social-media networks and others to earn the dough necessary to run these networks and make massive profits besides.

Guess how long weve lived in a world in which media have been provided to us without charge because networks earned their keep selling the fact of our presence to advertisers? The first radio station to broadcast over the airwaves transmitted news about the 1920 presidential elections in Pittsburgh. That was 97 years ago, people.

From radio to broadcast TV to the Internet, the model has been the same. You sell yourself your ears, your eyeballs, your attention and get entertainment in exchange. The only expenses you incur are for the device that entertains you and (since the advent of cable) the wires that come into your house to provide you with unalloyed access to the entertainment.

When you watch a car commercial, yo...

16:37

Mark Zuckerbergs Reckoning: This Is a Major Trust Issue Peace and Freedom

 

Whenever theres an issue where someones data gets passed to someone who the rules of the system shouldnt have allowed it to, thats rightfully a big issue and deserves to be a big uproar, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebooks chief executive, said in an interview. Credit David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

For much of the past week, Facebook has been embroiled in a controversy involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm with ties to Donald J. Trumps 2016 presidential campaign, and how the firm improperly obtained and exploited personal data from 50 million Facebook users.

On Wednesday, following widespread questions about his whereabouts, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, spoke with two New York Times reporters, Sheera Frenkel and Kevin Roose, about the controversy and the steps he was taking to make the social network less prone to abuse.

Below is a transcript of the conversation, edited for length and clarity.

Sheera Frenkel: Did it come as a surprise to you, the user response to the news that Cambridge Analytica had accessed this...

16:35

Buy American: Trump to Boost Exports of Lethal US Drones to Create Jobs The Anti-Media

Lethal US Drones(ANTIWAR.COM)  With drone warfare a hot business in recent years, the US has kept a careful handle on who they allow to buy US-made lethal drones. Reports suggest thats about to change, with President Trump set to ease the rules substantially, opening up sales to dozens of new customers. This isnt just a scramble for growing arms []

16:30

Sayyed Nasrallah Presents Hezbollahs Electoral Program: Fighting Corruption, Protecting Lebanon on Top Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

21-03-2018 | 22:14 Zeinab Essa Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah presented on Tuesday the partys electoral program. In a televised speech, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed the need to work for the production of a national authority based on stability and the tripartite equation: the army, the people and the resistance. According to His []

16:26

Taiwan Watches Chinese Fleet It seems [China] is a few more steps closer to annexing [Taiwan] by force Or Pointless show of force by China Peace and Freedom

Taipei Times (Taiwan)

By Sean Lin

Such missions take at least two weeks to plan, meaning it was likely meant to mark the end of the CCPs congress, not the US Taiwan Travel Act, one lawmaker said

The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escort warships on Tuesday night again passed through the Taiwan Strait, Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa () said.

Yen confirmed the reports during a question-and-answer session at a meeting of the Legislative Yuans Foreign and National Defense Committee in Taipei following questioning by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lo Chih-cheng ().

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Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning

However, Yen declined to comment further on the carriers passage, saying only that the ministry had thoroughly monitored the event.

The Chinese fleet entered Taiwans air defense identification zone at about 8pm, sailed southwest to the west of the median line of the Strait and exited the zone at about 12:30pm yesterday, the Ministry of National Defense said, adding that jets and vessels were dispatched to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, Chinas state-run tabloid the Global Times () touted the move as Beijings response to US President Donald Trumps signing of the Taiwan Travel Act on Friday last week.

In an editorial titled Taiwans disaster is on the way, the tabloid criticized Trump for recklessly signing the act and therefore breaching Washingtons usual practice that there would be no meetings between US officials and the Taiwanese president, vice president, officials, foreign ministers or defense ministers since the nations severed diplomatic ties in 1979.

Trumps signing of the act has crossed Beijings bottom line regarding Taiwan affairs, and in the next five years, China could even go to war with the US over the Taiwan issue, it said.

It seems [China] is a few more steps closer to annexing [Taiwan] by force, it said.

Chinese-language The Credere Media yesterday also said the carriers passage was China politically browbeating Taiwan.

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However, DPP Legislator Tsai Shih-ying () said that the proximity of the Liaoning, Trumps signing of the act and the arrival in Taipei on Tuesday of Alex Wong (), of deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, were likely coincidental.

Missions involving the Liaoning, which travels at a slow speed, take between two weeks and one month to plan, and the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Navy had likely planned the mission to mark the end of the Chinese National Peoples Congress on T...

16:17

Chinese paper says China should prepare for military action over Taiwan Peace and Freedom

Reuters

(Reuters) A widely read Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday China should prepare for military action over self-ruled Taiwan, and pressure Washington over cooperation on North Korea, after the United States passed a law to boost ties with Taiwan.

Beijing was infuriated after U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation last week that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa.

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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alex Wong said in Taipei on Wednesday the United States commitment to Taiwan has never been stronger and the island is an inspiration to the rest of the Indo-Pacific region.

China claims Taiwan as its own and considers the self-ruled island a wayward province, which Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday would face the punishment of history for any attempt at separatism.

The Global Times said in an editorial China had to strike back against the law.

China can pressure the U.S. in other areas of bilateral cooperation: for example, the Korean Peninsula issue and Iran nuclear issue. China can also set itself against the US in international organizations such as the UN, it said.

The mainland must also prepare itself for a direct military clash in the Taiwan Straits. It needs to make clear that escalation of U.S.-Taiwan official exchanges will bring serious consequences to Taiwan, said the paper, which is published by the ruling Communist Partys official Peoples Daily.

This newspaper has suggested that the mainland can send military planes and warships across the Taiwan Straits middle line. This can be implemented gradually depending on the cross-Straits situation, it said.

The island is one of Chinas most sensitive issues and a potential military flashpoint. Underlining that threat, Taiwan sent ships and an aircraft earlier on Wednesday to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier group through the narrow Taiwan Strait, its defense ministry said.

The Global Times said it was a misunderstanding to think that peaceful unification would be a harmonious, happy process.

Sticks matter more than flowers on th...

16:14

Its Time to Transform the War Economy World Beyond War . . .

The Poor Peoples Campaign offers an antidote to a poisoned and militarized culture that has perverted the national agenda.

by Brock McIntosh, March 21, 2018, Common Dreams.

A working class boy from Illinois sent halfway around the world to kill a young farmer. How did we get here? How did this crazy war economy come to be? (Photo: Philip Lederer)

This piece is adapted from a speech given by Brock McIntosh at a mass meeting for the Poor Peoples Campaign.

Im here to speak to you today about one of Dr. Kings triple evils: militarism. As an Afghanistan War veteran, Id like to highlight an aspect of his warning about militarism, when he said, This way of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love.

Id like to tell you all about the precise moment I realized there was poison in me. Im the child of a nurse and a factory worker in the heartland of Illinois, the family of blue-collar and service workers. At the height of the Iraq War, military recruiters at my high school attracted me with sign up bonuses and college assistance that some saw as their ticket outfor me, I hoped it was my ticket up, providing opportunities that once felt out of reach.

Two years later, when I was 20 years old, I was standing over the body of a 16-year-old Afghan boy. A roadside bomb he was building prematurely detonated. He was covered in shrapnel and burns, and now lay sedated after having one of his hands amputated by our medics. His other hand had the calloused roughness of a farmer or a shepherd.

As he lay there with a peaceful expression, I studied the details of his face and caught myself rooting for him. If this boy knew me, I thought, he wouldnt want to kill me. And here I am, suppose...

16:13

Yes, Shut Down Mueller Before all of official Washington descends into total systemic madness Peace and Freedom

Donald Trump is right about the special prosecutor, but for the wrong reason.

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March 21, 2018 6:39 p.m. ET

President Trump and his lawyer John Dowd are right that the Mueller investigation should be shut down. But theyre right for the wrong reason.

The Mueller investigation should be shut down before all of official Washington descends into total systemic madness. We may be there already.

The madness has two sources.

16:08

Trump to announce China trade sanctions on Thursday Peace and Freedom

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WASHINGTON (AFP)  President Donald Trump is poised to unveil sanctions against China Thursday for the theft of US intellectual property, a White House official said, teeing up a second potential confrontation in as many months.

Spokesman Raj Shah told AFP that Trump will announce actions following an investigation into Chinas state-led, market-distorting efforts to force, pressure, and steal US technologies and intellectual property.

According to his schedule, released by the White House on Wednesday evening, he will sign a Presidential Memorandum targeting Chinas economic aggression.

Beijing has already warned the Trump administration against the move, urging him not act emotionally.

It is just weeks since Trump short-circuited White House deliberations and announced a raft of sanctions on foreign-produced steel and aluminum off the cuff.

That move prompted the resignation of top economic advisor Gary Cohn, a global stock market selloff, legal disputes and threats of retaliatory measures.

On Wednesday Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned that the prospect of a trade war was a growing threat to the worlds largest economy.

But the impulsive president is showing no sign of backing down.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer recently put a separate proposed package of $30 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports on Trumps desk.

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

And Trump appears to have agreed to at least that amount, as he tries to fulfil campaign promises to get tough on cheating by US trade partners, which he says have destroyed American jobs.

The US trade deficit with China ran to a record $375 billion last year but US exports to the country were also at a record.

Washington has long accused Beijing of forcing US companies to turn over proprietary commercial information and intellectual property as a condition of operating in China.

Trump claims to have built up a generally good relationship with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping whom he has praised for his role in pressuring North Korea over its nuclear program.

However, the trade dispute threatens to cast a pall over those relations, especially given the recent warnings from Beijing.

A laundry list of grievances

A senior official in Lighthizer...

15:57

Turkey threatens to clear terrorist group from Iraqs Sinjar mountains Peace and Freedom

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a meeting in Ankara on Wednesday. (Reuters)

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to clear terrorists from northern Iraqs Sinjar mountains if Baghdad does not act on his warning that the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has set up a headquarters there.

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Speaking on Monday, the president said: We have told the central (Iraqi) government that the PKK is establishing a new headquarters in Sinjar.
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If you can deal with it, you handle it. But if you cannot, we will suddenly enter Sinjar one night and clear this region of terrorists.
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Erdogan said he told Baghdad to deal with PKK camps and warned Sinjar may become a stronghold for the group. If we are friends, you will make it easy for us, he said.
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The PKK have waged a decades-long insur...

15:43

Analysis: Trump has made record use of US Special Forces since becoming president intelNews.org

With reports about the activities of the United States Special Forces continuously surfacing in the media lately, it is important to remember that the White House has drastically increased Special Forces deployments since Donald Trump assumed the presidency. In December last year, it was reported that President Trump had ordered the deployment of Special Forces troops more often than any other president in American history.

15:20

France and their Red Zone World Beyond War . . .

I just crossed this off my list of areas to see in Europe.

From Edward Morris, March 20, 2018.

When you picture France, you probably think of a lush countryside or the romantic City of Lights (Paris). However, France didnt always seem that way, and during the horrors of World War I, it had a much bleaker landscape.

Thats because, deep within its borders, there lies a 460-square-mile section known as Zone Rouge (Red Zone), which has been forbidden from public use for nearly a century. When you see whats hiding within this dangerous place, you may never look at France the same way again.

In World War I, near the French town of Verdun, 460 square miles of forest became the site of one of the bloodiest battles in recorded history. The Battle of Verdun lasted for 303 days and killed 70,000 soldiers per month.

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Today, the area is considered extremely dangerous because of all the unexploded munitions in the ground. Experts say that it would take 300 to 700 years to clean the area, though it may even be impossible, due to the amount of toxins absorbed by the soil.

The area is fenced off from public use.

Olivier Saint Hilaire

There were so many unused, dangerous weapons and human remains in the area that the government determined they had to completely relocate everyone living in the area. There were whole towns that were evacuated and wiped off the map...

15:12

Gun Control? No, Youth Liberation! : Mass ShootingsSchool WalkoutsGetting Free CrimethInc.

Students at Concords Mt. Diablo High break through gate in gun protest.

Following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School last month and ahead of the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC this coming weekend, people all around the United States are talking about gun violence. As politicians seek to exploit horrific tragedies to consolidate even more power for the state and channel youth outrage into support for the Democratic Party, we have to direct attention back to the structural factors that cause these mass killings in the first place. Weve prepared the following poster, zine, and handbill addressing the root causes of school violence and the solutions that genuine grassroots organizing can offer. Please print these out to distribute at your local high school, walkout, or protest!

Poster version: click the image above for downloadable PDF.

Zine version: click the image above for downloadable PDF.

Handbill version: click the image above for downloadable PDF.

The New Normal

Another mass shooting. Were horrified, but we cant say were surprised. These shootings have been going on for as long as we can remember. The victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School werent even born when Columbine happenedand mass shootings have only gotten worse since then. Four of the ten deadliest mass shootings in American history have taken place in the last two years.

Why the last two years? The answer tells us a lot about this soci...

15:00

Bring Back Bricker! Antiwar.com Original

In this era of America first, when an upsurge of nationalism is sweeping the country (and, I might add, the rest of the world), the populist complaint is that ordinary people are being manipulated and exploited by the Davos crowd, a claque of would-be world-saving oligarchs. A political class that disdains Middle America and seeks Continue reading "Bring Back Bricker!"

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15:00

15 Years After the Iraq Invasion, What Are the Costs? Antiwar.com Original

This March marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In 2003, President George W. Bush and his advisers based their case for war on the idea that Saddam Hussein, then dictator of Iraq, possessed weapons of mass destruction weapons that have never been found. Nevertheless, all these years later, Bushs Global Continue reading "15 Years After the Iraq Invasion, What Are the Costs?"

The post 15 Years After the Iraq Invasion, What Are the Costs? appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

15:00

Wake-Up Call: Damaged Vets, Unnecessary War, and the Price We Pay Antiwar.com Original

"If you dont care for obscenity, you dont care for the truth; if you dont care for the truth, watch how you vote. Send guys to war, they come home talking dirty." ~ Tim OBrien, The Things They Carried (1990) Violence begets violence. The empire, it seems, always comes homeeventually. No doubt, Albert Wong, who Continue reading "Wake-Up Call: Damaged Vets, Unnecessary War, and the Price We Pay"

The post Wake-Up Call: Damaged Vets, Unnecessary War, and the Price We Pay appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:33

Facebook Caught in Spy-for-Dollars Scheme CENSORED NEWS

By Brenda Norrell Censored News Some would call it karma. We were writing about how Facebook had provided a platform for the theft of the content and revenues of honest people, tee-shirt designers, hard working news reporters, and many others. Then, at the same time, bam, Facebook gets caught with far more than screwing over the little people. It got caught with its major

13:48

Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi to Serve 8 Months in Israeli Prison The Anti-Media

Ahed Tamimi(MEMO)  Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi is to serve eight months in an Israeli jail after reaching a plea bargain, Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported. Details have yet to be made public after the court held a closed session today, however the paper reported that Tamimi would plead guilty to four charges of assault and that the agreement must be approved []

13:19

Leaked documents detail close liaison between Trump and Saudi, UAE: Report Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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13:15

Unsheltered Indigenous Peoples to Rally Against Racism and Racial Profiling in Flagstaff CENSORED NEWS

News Advisory Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Contact: Klee Benally Tala Hooghan Infoshop volunteer taalahooghan@protonmail.com Unsheltered Indigenous Peoples to Rally Against Racism & Racial Profiling in Flagstaff FLAGSTAFF, AZ -- Unsheltered Indigenous community members are holding a rally to end racism and racial profiling in Flagstaff. They will share their experiences and calls

13:14

U.S. Military Research Into Generating Sounds with Lasers cryptogon.com

This one is a keeper! Via: DefenseOne: Within three years, the Pentagons non-lethal weapons lab hopes to have a direct energy weapon that can produce an effect like a haunted walkie-talkie or the biblical burning bush.

12:56

Islamic State: By Allah, we will fight you in the heart of Paris and at the corner of the Eiffel Tower Jihad Watch

He criticized those living in France who claim to be Muslims yet dont fight. One might almost get the idea that all this had something to do with Islam, if we werent always assured otherwise by our moral superiors. ISIS Message Resurrects Paris Terrorist and Call to Smash Heads with Rocks, by Bridget Johnson, PJ []

12:18

North Carolina Muslim guilty of aiding ISIS, linked to plot to murder Pamela Geller and attendees at free speech event Jihad Watch

The jihadis made it clear in their communications with each other that their primary target was Pamela Geller, but they planned to kill as many people as possible at the AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, of which I was co-organizer and at which I spoke, in Garland, Texas on May 3, 2015. []

12:11

Syrian War Report March 21, 2018: Three Chemical Weapons Attacks Are Prevented The Vineyard of the Saker

Three attempts by militants to use chemical weapons in Syria were prevented last week, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on March 20. Despite attempts by militants to disrupt peace

11:58

Florida: Woman who intentionally crashed car into police station is devout Muslima Jihad Watch

Total media blackout. The media elites want to keep you ignorant and complacent regarding the jihad threat. Last June, the Islamic State published a poster depicting an SUV driving over a heap of skulls and bearing the legend Run Over Them Without Mercy. And the Islamic State issued this call in September 2014: So O muwahhid, []

11:53

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: College of the Holy Cross Axes Crusader Mascot to Avoid Islamophobia Jihad Watch

While the ancient foes of the Crusaders are more aggressive than ever. My latest in PJ Media: The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, is dropping its Crusader mascot. The College Fix reports that the Catholic college has decided to stop using knight imagery to represent its Crusaders nickname amid concerns that it []

11:46

100 French Intellectuals Issue A Warning About Islamic Totalitarianism Jihad Watch

A group of 100 French intellectuals has just published in the newspaper Le Figaro (March 19, 2018), its denunciation of Islamic totalitarianism. Among the signatories are some of the most distinguished historians, philosophers, professors, jurists, and journalists, in France, known to all, and representing political leanings from Left to Right. Among them are some ex-Muslims. Not a group easy to dismiss.  The []

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aide-memoire from the Russian Foreign Ministry to clarify the state of affairs in the Skripal case OffGuardian

This is the text of an aide-memoire on the Skripal case, ssued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, 21 March 2018. Its a reasonable summary of the state of play thus far, and helps us to understand the Russian perspective on 1. On 12 March 2018, Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May, addressing the House of Commons, said it was highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the poisoning of former GRU colonel, double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal on 4 March 2018 in Salisbury, with a nerve agent identified according to British classification as A-234. The United Kingdom has publicly raised a question about Russias concealing and using part of its chemical arsenal, thus alleging that Russia has violated its obligations under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC) one of the most effective multilateral treaties in the disarmament and non-proliferation field, which was initiated, among others, by our country.

10:53

SYRIAN WAR REPORT MARCH 21, 2018: THREE CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACKS ARE PREVENTED Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front Three attempts by militants to use chemical weapons in Syria were prevented last week, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on March 20. Despite attempts by militants to disrupt peace initiatives in East Ghouta, we are negotiating with the leaders of the armed groups in order to stop fighting and prevent a humanitarian []

10:46

Official Statement of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Skripal Case The Vineyard of the Saker

AIDE-MEMOIRE to clarify the state of affairs as regards the so-called Skripal case 1. On 12 March 2018, Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May, addressing the House of Commons,

10:45

Rights group warns against rushing Libyan elections; UN says vote is 'priority' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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10:09

Russian MFA summons all ambassadors to a meeting on Skripal case (MUST WATCH!!!) The Vineyard of the Saker

  Briefing by Director of the Foreign Ministry Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Yermakov, Moscow, March 21, 2018 http://www.mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/3134581?p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_cKNonkJE02Bw&_101_INSTANCE_cKNonkJE02Bw_languageId=en_GB Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, friends, Good afternoon. We are

10:09

Ahed Tamimi Agrees To Eight Month Plea Bargain In Military Court PopularResistance.Org

The conviction rate in Israels military courts in the West Bank is almost 100% - not because the military prosecution is so efficient, but because Palestinian defendants reluctantly sign plea bargains in which they plead guilty. A new report published yesterday by BTselem shows how the measures that Israel has showcased over the last decade as examples of its improved treatment of Palestinian minors in military courts have little to do with the protection of minors and everything to do with public relations. In fact, the function of the military juvenile court boils down to signing off on plea bargains such as the one signed today. This afternoon, the military court at Ofer signed off on plea bargains for Ahed and Nariman Tamimi. The plea bargains include eight months in prison and a fine.

10:00

PVDA Amsterdam Gehalveerd. stan van houcke



De PVDA in Amsterdam gehalveerd, maar 'Asscher (PvdA) denkt dat zijn partij weer op de goede koers zit.'



09:57

Army National Guard General Investigated After Ties to Defense Contractor Exposed The Anti-Media

Army National Guard General(ANTIMEDIA)   A former general of the Army National Guard who rose to the role of advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon is under criminal investigation over his close ties to a defense contractor. Brigadier General Michael Bobeck, whose military service spanned nearly four decades, retired in December of 2016. But that was only after []

09:34

Tatars and Erzians called on their countrymen to fight for their rights InformNapalm.org (English)

On March 21, 2018, a press conference of representatives of indigenous peoples of the Volga region was...

The post Tatars and Erzians called on their countrymen to fight for their rights appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

09:29

10 Big Changes to Expect With Pompeo at State The Counter Jihad Report

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, March 21, 2018: By replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Trump has hit the restart button on his foreign policy a little over a year into his term. Trump Continue reading

09:06

Why the UK, the EU and the US Gang-Up on Russia Dissident Voice

For the greater part of a decade the US, the UK and the EU have been carrying out a campaign to undermine and overthrow the Russia government and in particular to oust President Putin. Fundamental issues are at stake including the real possibility of a nuclear war.

The most recent western propaganda campaign and one of the most virulent is the charge launched by the UK regime of Prime Minister Theresa May. The Brits have claimed that Russian secret agents conspired to poison a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in England , threatening the sovereignty and safety of the British people. No evidence has ever been presented. Instead the UK expelled Russian diplomats and demands harsher sanctions, to increase tensions. The UK and its US and EU patrons are moving toward a break in relations and a military build-up.

A number of fundamental questions arise regarding the origins and growing intensity of this anti-Russian animus.

Why do the Western regimes now feel Russia is a greater threat then in the past? Do they believe Russia is more vulnerable to Western threats or attacks? Why do the Western military leaders seek to undermine Russias defenses? Do the US economic elites believe it is possible to provoke an economic crisis and the demise of President Putins government? What is the strategic goal of Western policymakers? Why has the UK regime taken the lead in the anti-Russian crusade via the fake toxin accusations at this time?

This paper is directed at providing key elements to address these questions.

The Historical Context for Western Aggression

Several fundamental historical factors dating back to the 1990s account for the current surge in Western hostility to Russia.

First and foremost, during the 1990s the US degraded Russia, reducing it to a vassal state, and imposing itself as a unipolar state.

Secondly, Western elites pillaged the Russian economy, seizing and laundering hundreds of billions of dollars. Wall Street and City of London banks and overseas tax havens were the main beneficiaries

Thirdly, the US seized and took control of the Russian electoral process, and secured the fraudulent election of Yeltsin.

Fourthly, the West degraded Russias military and scientific institutions and advanced their armed forces to Russias borders.

Fifthly, the West insured that Russia was unable to support its allies and independent governments throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Russia was unable to aid its allies in the Ukraine, Cuba, North Korea, Libya etc.

With the collapse of the Yeltsin regime and the election of President Putin, Russia regained its sovereignty, its economy recovered, its armed forces and scientific institutes were rebuilt and strengthened. Poverty was sharply reduced and Western backed gangster...

08:48

Western Media Finally Gives Credit to Syrian Government for Defeating ISIS The Anti-Media

Syrian Government(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  The Syrian government and its allies are fast defeating ISIS and al-Qaeda out of Syria, Deutsche Welle (DW) reports. However, one wouldnt know this was the case if they consumed only mainstream medias one-sided coverage of the Syrian conflict. According to U.S. media, only Donald Trump receives credit for the disintegration of ISIS caliphate, and very few outlets actually []

08:38

Russia is fighting a lethal enemy Aletho News

By Petr Akopov* | Vzgliad | March 20, 2018 Londons boorish behaviour has resulted in a fiery reaction within Russia from indignation to jokes about Little Britain. Sadly, such derision is not the best possible answer. For we are dealing with a threat that is far from comical, and the entire history of relations []

08:36

Attack Against Nord Stream 2 Renewed with Vigour: Whose Interests Does It Meet? OffGuardian

by Alex Gorka, March 20, 2018, via Strategic Culture Foundation Economics dictate national interests. Foreign policy is the tool used to advance it. Moscow has to fight back on all fronts, but the truth is that Washington does not care much about chemical attacks in Eastern Ghouta, the Salisbury poisoning, election meddling, or so many other fairy tales used to justify its anti-Russia policy. These are just pretexts to promote US economic interests abroad. Gas exports to Europe present exciting opportunities but supplies from Russia are cheaper and more reliable. So the US needs to get rid of the obstacle in its way the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Germany. Washington will do anything to achieve this cherished goal. On March 15, a bipartisan group of 39 senators led by John Barrasso (R-WY) sent a letter to the Treasury Department. They oppose NS2 and are calling on the administration to bury it. Why? They dont want Russia to be in a position to influence Europe, which would be detrimental, as

08:28

US Planning a Terrorist False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria stan van houcke

US Planning a Terrorist False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria: Russia Says It Will Respond

By Federico Pieraccini 

March 20, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  Events in Syria increasingly resemble a direct confrontation between major powers rather than a proxy war. Lavrovs words, delivered a few days ago, reveal the critical phase of international relations the world is going through, with a potentially devastating conflict ready to ignite in the Middle East region.
An alarming warning by Sergei Lavrov and Chief of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, was announced via the RT broadcaster and several Russian media. The content is explosive and deserving of the widest possible dissemination. Gerasimov claimed that Moscow had "reliable information that fighters are preparing to stage the use by government troops of chemical weapons against the civilian population." He alleged that the US intends to accuse Assad's troops of using chemical weapons against civilians, and then "carry out a bombing attack" on Damascus. Gerasimov warned that Russia would "take retaliatory measures" if the US targeted areas...

08:25

Paul Craig Roberts 256 stan van houcke

Is the US Government Criminally Insane?

Is the US Government Criminally Insane?
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08:09

Syria Report 21 March 2018 - TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis

"DAMASCUS, SYRIA (06:05 PM) Turkey is not planning to remain in Syrias Afrin district indefinitely, according to Bekir Bozda, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey. Bozda made the remarks during a press conference on Monday, as reported by Turkish newspaper...

08:06

The war against fake news is a war on us stan van houcke


The war against fake news is a war on us



Barely a day passes without a new development in the war on social media that is, the war on us. Today, it is a report that Twitter has emailed hundreds of thousands of its users, warning them that they shared Russian propaganda.
As WSWS notes:
Twitter is warning its users that it knows exactly what they are viewing and sharing on social media, implying that if they post something that falls afoul of the US government, they may be subject to investigation or prosecution.
And, we should add, they will almost certainly be subject to online disappearance the virtual form of what authoritarian regimes have always done to dissidents.
WSWS continues:
Last week, representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Googles YouTube testified before the Senate Commerce committee on their efforts to combat extremist content.
Monika Bickert, head of Global Policy Management at Facebook, told lawmakers that the social media company ha...

08:03

The Reality Oprah Helped Us Create stan van houcke

The Reality Oprah Helped Us Create: Disempowering People From Changing an Unjust Society

Thursday, February 01, 2018 By Alison Rose LevyTruthout | Op-Ed 
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07:59

US Raises White Flag, Wants Talks With Russia Over Arms Race Aletho News

By Gilbert Doctorow | Russia Insider | March 21, 2018 One can say with certainty that Vladimir Putins presentation of Russias new weapons systems during his Address to the Federal Assembly on 1 March has finally elicited the desired response from its target audience in Washington, D.C. In that presentation, Putin spoke about strategic []

07:58

The Zionist Lobby stan van houcke

Nikki Haley Sells Her Soul To Zionism

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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley addresses AIPAC

Monday's General Session features a host of US politicians. Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are all also scheduled to speak.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - delivers remarks at AIPAC


Senator Chuck Schumer makes remarks at the AIPAC Policy Conference


07:34

Yemeni Americans seek peace as Saudi crown prince tours US Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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American Oil Memes Is the Best Thing on the Internet Right Now The Anti-Media

American Oil Memes(ANTIMEDIA)  Memes have become the fabric of everyday internet life, and while many are often silly or flat out stupid, every once in a while, a new meme craze provides potent social commentary. Last year, If it pleases the crown memes questioned the fundamental authority of government and mocked the widespread belief that we must []

07:23

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook made mistakes in handling the Cambridge Analytica scandal Peace and Freedom

But he stops short of apologizing

Mark Zuckerberg has finally responded to the furor over Facebooks handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In a post today, he said he is working to prevent similar abuses of user privacy. We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we cant then we dont deserve to serve you, Zuckerberg wrote in a post. Ive been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesnt happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, theres more to do, and we need to step up and do it.

Though he took responsibility for Cambridge Analyticas abuse of the platform, he stopped short of making an apology. His remarks were Zuckerbergs first since reports in The New York Times and The Guardian revealed the extent to which data mining firm Cambridge Analytica misused user data from as many as 50 million Facebook users.

The data was provided by a University of Cambridge psychology professor named Aleksandr Kogan, who passed it along to Cambridge Analytica in violation of Facebooks terms of service. The move raised fresh concerns about how Facebook data can be used without consent, triggering investigations in the United States and the United Kindgom and causing the companys stock price to plunge.

Zuckerberg also laid out a three-step plan to rebuilding user trust. In the most significant step, Facebook will remove developer access to your data if you havent used it in three months. The company is also p...

06:43

Newsbud Exclusive Report- Syria Under Siege: Guarding Against Wolves in Sheeps Clothing Newsbud

Vanessa Beeley & Eva Bartlett vs. Ethical Journalism & Human Decency in the Age of Social Media Reporting Syria is a cultural, ethnic and religious mosaic of a country, with Sunnis, Shias, Druze, Christians. Additional ethnicities include Syrian Kurds, Turkmens, Armenians, Circassians, Turkmens, Greeks, Yezidis, and Shabaks. Syria is a nation under siege with multiple []

06:19

No Spirit of Liberty: The Salisbury Case, Corbyn and the Need for Dissent Dissident Voice

Fifteen years ago this month, the US-led Shock and Awe offensive began against Iraq, supposedly to disarm the country of its weapons of mass destruction. The illegal invasion and subsequent brutal occupation led to the loss of around one million lives, created millions of refugees, destroyed the infrastructure of a country already ravaged by over a decade of cruel UN sanctions, and contributed significantly to the rise of Islamic State. All of this might never have happened were it not for an intense campaign of propaganda and deception in which the so-called mainstream media, including impartial BBC News, were enthusiastic participants.

In the Guardian, Martin Woollacott had declared of Saddams supposed WMD:

Among those knowledgeable about Iraq there are few, if any, who believe he is not hiding such weapons. It is a given.

This conformity throughout the corporate media was remarkable. Ardent armchair war supporter David Aaronovitch, also writing in the Guardian, confidently...

05:55

Facebook knew of loopholes in 2011: privacy campaigner Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File | Max Schrems, an activist who has brought several cases before European courts to strengthen data protection online, said that the controversial data harvesting methods at the centre of the current Facebook scandal were those he had raised in 2011

VIENNA (AFP)  Facebook was warned in 2011 of the loopholes exploited by UK data firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) but said it saw no need to change its policies, an Austrian privacy campaigner said on Wednesday.Max Schrems, an activist who has brought several cases before European courts to strengthen data protection online, said that the controversial data harvesting methods at the centre of the current scandal were exactly those he had raised in a complaint before the Irish Data Protection Authority in 2011.

The current scandal centres on an app which its developer says was used by 200,000 people, but which saw around 30 million US Facebook users details harvested.

The apps vast reach beyond its users was due to it scooping up data from users friends on Facebook.

CA is accused of then improperly using the data for US President Donald Trumps 2016 election campaign.

Schrems told AFP that as well as the 2011 case, he had a seven-hour meeting with Facebook representatives in 2012 to discuss concerns around apps operating in this fashion, but that they said they saw no problems with their policies.

They explicitly said that in their view, by using the platform you consent to a situation where other people can install an app and gather your data, Schrems said.

In addition, he said Facebook had no way of knowing whether the companies in receipt of the information would adhere to data protection regulations.

There are thousands of other apps that have probably done exactly the same thing, the only reason were talking about this is because its to do with Trump. But it might not be the biggest case.

Im surprised that Facebook are now claiming to have been betrayed because of this behaviour, Schrems said, adding: Actually its not surprising its more like laughable.

Schrems is now launching a new NGO, NOYB (None Of Your Business) to help individuals enforce their rights under new EU data regulations due to come into effect in May.

The current scandal has wiped billions off Facebooks market value and had also led to the suspension of CA chief executive Alexander Nix.

In undercover filming captured by the UKs Channel 4 television, Nix was seen boasting about entrapping p...

05:54

Face it: Cambridge Analytica story proves Facebook doesnt give a toss about privacy or democracy Aletho News

By Danielle Ryan | RT | March 20, 2018 Mainstream media have obsessed over Russias alleged use of Facebook to swing the 2016 US election. In reality, it was actually a shady British data-mining firm that was running pro-Trump Facebook propaganda campaigns Irony doesnt feel like strong enough a word. Which is worse: Russia allegedly []

05:41

LIVE Protect Inlet of Coast Salish at Burnaby Mountain CENSORED NEWS

. Click arrow below to watch live: Now, March 21, 2018 . On Tuesday, Youths on the Frontline were Arrested (below) .

05:37

Yemeni Family Tells Story of the Night Their Home Was Bombed Geopolitics Alert

Sanaa (GPA) Ahmad Abdullah al-Ussari tells us of the traumatizing and life-changing experience with his children under the air raids on his home in the area of Faj Attan, Sanaa, on August 25 of last year. On that day, three of his children died. Ahmad Abdullah was wounded along with his wife and his eight-year-old daughter Sarah.

That Friday, at 2:00 am, I woke up with the sound of explosion because of the air raids in the neighborhood where we lived.

I could hear the screams of the children, women, and men in the neighborhood: scared, traumatized, and everyone was running on the streets to find shelter.

I brought my children and wife to the lower floor and hid us in a small room, but there was no place which could actually protect our lives from such destructive bombs.

Suddenly, the second missile came it targeted our house.

I saw the light of the missile but somehow I felt my life changed. I did not lose consciousness completely. I could still hear screams from my daughter, Nora, calling me: Please father save our lives, we are dying.
My wounds were severe and shrapnel-filled my body so I could not get up.

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Ahmad Abdullah and his family.

My heart hurt more and more especially when my daughter was calling me at that moment, no one could come to help us or take us to the hospital.

Once again, after a period of more than 15 minutes, as soon as people came to take my body lying on the ground, I saw my daughter Sarahs hand visible from the rubble. The hand was shaking.
I told myself that as long as Sarah is still alive, she and her and sibling are alive. They are in the lap of their mother and, yes, they are all still alive.

People took us to the hospital but they did not tell me about the death of my children, Nayef and Shorouq. They told me after four days while I was recovering. Not my heart, though: that has not stopped aching. I still hear my childrens voices whispering in my ears every moment of every day.
My two children Sarah and Hadhiah continuously have nightmares and bear the brunt of trauma every time...

05:32

Comment by the Russian Information and Press Department regarding the latest terrorist attacks on Damascus Voltaire Network

On March 20, militants in the village of Ein Tarma in Eastern Ghouta, which is controlled by Faylaq al-Rahman (the al-Rahman Corps), launched rockets at the Kashkoul market in Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus with a mostly Christian and Druze population. According to the latest information, 37 people have been killed and another 35 wounded. The Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides has reported that four attacks on Damascus originated from Eastern Ghouta that day. Four (...)

05:14

Getting Away With Murder Arnold Schwarzenegger Sues Big Oil stan van houcke

Getting Away With Murder Arnold Schwarzenegger Sues Big Oil for Killing People

Earlier this week, in his typically bombastic and bold style, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that hell be suing the oil giants. The reason? According to Arnold:
They are knowingly killing people all over the world. The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it that it would be risky for peoples lives, that it would kill (emphasis added).
Like tobacco, fossil fuel burning is certainly harmful to peoples health. According to the Lancet, 9 million premature deaths each year are attributed to air pollution. Oil, coal, and gas burning are the primary causes of this pollution and, in turn, of these mass deaths. A far, far greater impact on the rate of human loss of life than warfare. And a primary contributor to heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and strokes.
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05:11

#Athens: March 24, demonstration to defend the squats community of #Koukaki & in solidarity with squats & places of struggle Enough is Enough!

Athens: On the 24th of March, Saturday, 12:00 in Paidiki Hara, Koukaki we are calling comrades, friends, from Athens and all over Greece, all of ages, genders, persons who work, studying, or are unemployed, with animals, with their music instruments and their expression means, to walk together.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia.

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Athens: March 24, demonstration to defend the squats community of Koukaki & in solidarity with squats & places of struggle

Almost a year ago, a new project bloomed in the neighborhood of Koukaki. We created a community of housing and struggling squats. We occupied three empty buildings which were getting rotten at Matrozou 45, Panaitoliou 21 and Arvali 3. We rebuilt them through a lot of work to become sustainable, to become places of gathering and communal organization. Some us them are living here permanently.

We are coming from different places of the planet, co-exist with dogs and cats, creating relations of solidarity and freedom. This community, as its buildings is opened to the people through discussions in public spaces, projections, music events, caf-bar, presentations of theories, and games with children. We have create structures for common use like library-reading space, compost on the Filopappou hill, public bathroom-laundry and free shop to exchange clothes, laboratory of conserves production and urban gardening. From the very start, we knew that freedom can be claimed only through struggle. Our community is part of the anti-authoritarian/anarchist/libertarian movement and participates to the defending of the squats, in struggle against state repression, prisons and detention centers, against patriarchy, fascism, destruction of nature and stand in solidarity with migrants.

Out of institutions, legality and capitalism extortions, our multiethnic community gain grounds and became visible. As a result, the state and the fascists attacked us. On February 21, fascists tried to burn the squat at Panaitoliou 21, attack unsuccessfully repeated on 14 of March. On 12 of March, at 6 oclock in the morning, the full-equipped mercenaries invade the neighborhood, surround and evacuate the squat Matrozou 45, beat up and arrest all the people who were inside the house, seize personal and collective objects, se...

05:11

The Hotwire #23: March 21, 2018 : Historic school walkoutsAlt-right unravelsSolidarity with anarchists in Russia CrimethInc.

Listen here. Hundreds of thousands of high school students defy adult authority and walkout against mass shootings; anti-pipeline camps hold strong from Virginia to West Virginia to so-called British Columbia; we interview an anarchist in Brazil as protests erupt there after an anti-police brutality politician was assassinated; the annual march against police brutality in Montreal beats cops back; Russian anarchists explain in an interview why its not just Putin thats the problem, or Trump for that matter, but the systems of power they inhabit; plus a repression round up, announcements for Saturdays international day of action to #DefendAfrin, and calls for exciting upcoming anarchist bookfairs and speaking tours.

04:53

Philippines May Have Pulled Out of the International Criminal Court By Mistake The President Did Not Read the Law. Presidents lawyers do not understand international law Is there a doctor (or a lawyer) in the house? Peace and Freedom

Editorial

 / 05:09 AM March 21, 2018

Whoever gave President Duterte legal advice that led to his decision withdrawing [the Philippine] ratification of the Rome Statute effective immediately did both the country and the President a serious disservice.

In the first place, the escalating series of announcements first a three-page Statement of the President of the Republic of the Philippines (from which the passage above is quoted), followed by varying explanations by Palace officials, then a 15-page Statement of the President of the Republic of the Philippines on the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, then the formal notice to the secretary general of the United Nations painted a revealing picture of rolling rationalizations, obvious to the nonpartisan eye.

The least the Presidents lawyers could have done was to insist on strict message discipline. Instead, the cacophony that began blaring on Wednesday, March 14, showed to an unbelieving world that the Duterte administration was trying out different reasons.

The one justification that actually counts was the reason (the only one) advanced by Ambassador Teodoro Locsin Jr. in his notice to the office of Secretary General Antnio Guterres, namely, the supposed politicization and weaponization of human rights.

Second, the phrasing itself (withdrawing its ratification) is thick with implication unfavorable to the President. By referencing the process of ratification, it creates an opening for those who were party to the process namely, the Senate to insist that they should have been included in any attempt to undo the ratification.

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Left: Rodrigo Duterte; Right: ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

The Presidents lawyers should have spent a little more time thinking about the legal language the President would use, to prevent potential problems.

In contrast, the official notice to the United Nations nuanced the matter in this way: withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court To be sure, regardless of which phrasing was used, we believe that because the Senate is involved in the ratification of treaties, it must also be involved in any attempt at deratification.

But why should the Presidents...

04:53

Ahed Tamimi, 17, to serve 8 months in prison for slapping soldier in occupied village Mondoweiss

Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian who was imprisoned in December for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier, has reportedly reached a plea bargain to serve eight months in prison including time served, according to U.S.-based civic organization Avaaz, which is organizing the Free The Tamimis campaign.

Following a closed hearing on Wednesday at Israels Ofer Military Court, Avaaz released a statement saying that Tamimi pleaded guilty to four of the 12 charges against her, which initially carried a sentence of up to 10 years.

The decision came just days after the court rejected Tamimis appeal to hold her trial in open court, as  activists voiced concerns of the court being able to act with increased impunity behind closed doors.

The Israeli military was forced to give in and drop eight of the charges against Ahed as part of a plea bargain, in which Ahed recognized in court the fact that she slapped the soldier and called for protests, Avaaz said on Monday.

As part of the plea deal, Tamimi will get the minimum sentence of eight months, though according to the statement from Avaaz, the Israeli prosecutor initially pursued a sentence of three years for Tamimis guilty plea.

Avaaz characterized the sentence as a victory. In a statement to the media, Palestine-based head campaigner for Avaaz, Fadi Quran, said despite Israels best efforts to terrorize and break Ahed, she will soon walk free with her head raised high.

Her call for freedom has inspired a generation of Palestinian children who are daring to demand a different kind of future. Now lets think about the hundreds of other Aheds out there. Over 300 kids are currently held by Israels military together we can make sure they walk free too.

Tamimis December indictment included five counts of assault against security forces, including stone throwing. She was charged with assaulting a soldier, threatening a soldier, disrupting a soldier and inciting and throwing objects at a person or property.

Tamimis mother, Nariman, who was arrested one day after her daughter and charged with incitement for publishing the now famous video of Aheds altercation with the soldier, will also be released in July along with her daughter.

The fact that a child will be jailed for 8 months for slapping a soldier whose troops just shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face is extreme, the statement said, but in the context of the 99% conviction rate in the Israeli military court system and right-wing incitement against Ahed, this compromise by the Israeli military shows they have decided to back down in the face of growing pressure to release Ahed.

The statement went on to detail the intense military interrogations Tamimi was subject to, along with the 10 other Palestinians eight of them children from he...

04:44

Blood of Thousands on Their Hands: Congress Votes to Continue US-Backed Yemen War The Anti-Media

US-Backed Yemen War(CD)  While 44 U.S. Senators on Tuesday were applauded by peace groups for voting in favor of a resolution that would have allowed Congress to begin reclaiming its war-making authority and ended the U.S. militarys backing of Saudi Arabias assault on Yemen, it was ultimately not enough to overcome entrenched opposition from the 45 Republicans and []

04:35

#Rojava: Proz be #Newroz! Happy #Newroz! Greeting message from the Internationalist Commune Enough is Enough!

This Newroz we want to thank all the international solidarity with the revolution in Northern Syria and the Afrin resistance, especially all the people working for organize actions and movilizations in solidarity with the #WorldAfrinDay. All the demonstrations and initiatives to defend Afrin are very important, not only for raising awareness all around the world, but also for giving moral and hope to the all the people resisting under the bombs and the oppression of turkish fascism.

Originally published by the Internationalist Commune of Rojava.

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Rojava: Proz be Newroz! Happy Newroz! Greeting message from the Internationalist Commune

This Newroz we want to thank all the international solidarity with the revolution in Northern Syria and the Afrin resistance, especially all the people working for organize actions and movilizations in solidarity with the #WorldAfrinDay. All the demonstrations and initiatives to defend Afrin are very important, not only for raising awareness all around the world, but also for giving moral and hope to the all the people resisting under the bombs and the oppression of turkish fascism.

The brutal attacks under which the land and the people of Afrin are suffering, are a terrorist alliance between the chauvinist racism of the turkish army and the religious fanatism of the islamist militias. The self-defense forces of Northern Syria already defeated them in Kobane, in Raqqa and in many other places, and now they will fight to expell them from Afrin. Resistance is life, and the spirit of kawa will light the fire in this 2631 year of Newroz.

The Revolution that is taking place in Northern Syria is a revolution for democracy, for social ecology and for the liberation of women. It is a revolution against the male dominated capitalist system and against the brutal damage that it causes to our planet. It is a revolution where the women are taking a leading role in all parts of society, challenging patriarchal oppresion not only for the freedom of the women in midle east, but for all women.

The local resistance of the people in Rojava is also a global resistance, and the internationalist commune is a good example for this. From many different places, people who understood the...

04:29

US, EU pledge to find acceptable outcomes on metal tariffs Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held talks with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem

WASHINGTON (AFP)  The United States and the European Union are launching a fresh round of talks in order to reach a mutually acceptable solution on trade disputes including steel and aluminum tariffs, officials from Washington and Brussels said Wednesday.The announcement comes after talks between US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and visiting EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem, and with steep new US import duties on steel and aluminum due to take effect later this week.

Ross and Malmstroem said they had agreed to launch immediately a process of discussion on trade issues of common concern, including steel and aluminum, with a view to identifying mutually acceptable outcomes as rapidly as possible.

Washington has already said Canada and Mexico, which are major producers of the metals, will temporarily be exempt from the tariffs during talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

But other trading partners have peppered Washington with requests that they too be excluded from the punishing new tariffs of 10 percent on aluminum and 25 percent on steel.

Malmstroem had already said Europe should be exempted as a whole.

In congressional testimony earlier Wednesday, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Washington was currently discussing tariff exemptions with Australia, Argentina and Brazil.

The talks should be finished by the end of April, Lighthizer said.

Meanwhile, Trump is expected to raise the temperature on trade this week yet again by unveiling a new package of retaliatory trade measures on Chinese imports to punish Beijing for the alleged theft of American companies intellectual property.

The Trump administrations aggressive moves on trade have stoked alarm among lawmakers in the presidents own party, as well as industry groups, who say the measure exposes the United States to higher prices and retaliation.

04:29

Israels chief rabbi calls black Americans monkeys Aletho News

MEMO | March 21, 2018 Israels chief Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, has stoked controversy by describing black Americans as monkeys during one of his weekly religious lessons. The remark, which will prompt further discussion about entrenched racism within the country, was reported by Israeli newspaper Ynet News. Yosef, whose status as chief rabbi is constitutionally recognised, is []

04:27

Four Days to Declare a Cold War Dissident Voice

The week that has just ended was exceptionally rich in events. But no media were able to report it, because they had all deliberately masked certain of their number in order to protect the story that was being woven by their government.

The British government and certain of its allies, including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have attempted to launch a Cold War against Russia. Their plan was to fabricate an attack against an ex-double agent in Salisbury and at the same time a chemical attack against the moderate rebels in the Ghouta. The conspirators intention was to profit from the efforts of Syria to liberate the suburbs of its capital city and the disorganisation of Russia on the occasion of its Presidential election. Had these manipulations worked, the United Kingdom would have pushed the USA to bomb Damascus, including the Presidential palace, and demand that the United Nations General Assembly exclude Russia from the Security Council.

However, the Syrian and Russian intelligence got wind of what was being plotted. They realised that the US agents in the Ghouta who were preparing an attack against the Ghouta were not working for the Pentagon, but for another US agency.

In Damascus, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fayal Miqdad, set up an emergency Press conference for 10 March, in order to alert his fellow citizens. From its own side, Moscow had first of all tried to contact Washington via the diplomatic channels. But aware that the US ambassador, Jon Huntsman Jr, is the director of Caterpillar, the company which had supplied tunneling materials to the jihadists so that they could build their fortifications, Moscow decided to bypass the usual diplomatic channels.

Heres how things played out:

12 March 2018

The Syrian army seized two chemical weapons laboratories, the first on 12 March in Aftris, and the second on the following day in Chifonya. Meanwhile, Russian diplomats pushed the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to get involved in the criminal investigation in Salisbury.

In the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Theresa May violently accused Russia of having ordered the attack in Salisbury. According to her, the ex-double agent Sergue Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a military nerve gas of a type developed by Russia under the name of Novitchok. Since the Kremlin considers Russian citizens who have defected as legitimate targets, it is therefore highly likely that they ordered the crime.

Novitchok is known by what has been revealed by two Soviet personalities, Lev Fyodorov and Vil Mirzayanov. The scientist Fyod...

04:20

Put The Brakes On US Empire: Interview With Ajamu Baraka PopularResistance.Org

We discuss the current situation in Venezuela and why that solidarity by people in the United States is critical, even if we believe the process in Venezuela is not perfect. We also discuss Syria, North Korea and the Ukraine, and the serious threat of conflict with Russia and China. Baraka places the current discussion of gun control in the United States in the context of the need to make deeper connections between violence and weapons in the U.S. and U.S. imperialism around the world. We also talk about the upcoming military parade in November called for by President Trump.

04:18

Nariman and Ahed Tamimi: Icons of Palestinian Resilience Aletho News

By Bassem Tamimi | MEMO | March 20, 2018 The incarceration of the two most important women in my life, my wife Nariman and daughter Ahed, is not an extraordinary or exceptional case. On the contrary, Palestinians have continued to endure such atrocious behaviour from Israel as an occupying power since the Nakba of 1948. []

04:15

Canadas NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Political Violence Dissident Voice

We should be concerned about Jagmeet Singhs support for political violence. But not the stuff thats making news. While the media makes much of the new NDP heads ties/indifference to Sikh violence, theyve ignored Singhs leadership of a party/community that has repeatedly backed Canadian aggression.

In a Rabble story on the controversy, Karl Nerenberg described Singh as the leader of a party that has throughout its history favoured peaceful and non-violent solutions. As such, Nerenberg called on the NDP leader to make a stronger statement against any use of violence in furtherance of Sikh goals.

While not downplaying the terrible human loss in the 1985 Air India bombing or disagreeable aspects of the Khalistan movement, its more salient to know Singhs position on Canadian violence. Contrary to Nerenbergs claim, the NDP has repeatedly supported Canadian aggression.

Seven years ago the NDP wholeheartedly endorsed bombing Libya, a quarter century ago it applauded the bombing of Serbia and in 1950 it cheerlead Canadian participation in the Korean War. At the beginning of the century important elements of the party backed Canadas deployment to Afghanistan and the NDP was ambivalent towards Canadian-assisted violence in Haiti.

After the Communists took control of China in 1949 the US tried to encircle the country. They supported Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan, built military bases in Japan, backed a right-wing dictator in Thailand and tried to establish a pro-Western state in Vietnam. The success of Chinas nationalist revolution also spurred the 1950-1953 Korean War in which eight Canadian warships and 27,000 Canadian troops participated. The war left as many as four million dead.

The NDPs predecessor, the CCF, endorsed the US-led (though UN sanctioned) war in Korea. Deputy leader and party spokesperson Stanley Knowles immediately endorsed the deployment of Canadian naval units to the Western Pacific, which the government sent in case they might be of assistance to the United Nations and Korea. Before Ottawa committed ground troops the CCF Executive Council called for them. The CCF started to shift its position on the Korean War when Washington had the UN...

04:11

Neither Carrot Nor Stick: Still refusing to vote in the #Ontario election Enough is Enough!

Against all expectations, the Ontario provincial election is shaping up to be politically interesting. I dont ever vote and I encourage others to also abandon any remaining faith in electoral democracy. If you dont care much about which party leads the province, since you intend to oppose them no matter what, you dont need to pay attention to the details of party politics. However, in Ontario, the argument in favour of voting has seldom been stronger. Doug Ford is an ideal right-wing bogeyman, giving centrists and leftists a source of fear and guilt to coerce those who have abandoned electoralism into casting a ballot for a lesser evil. And at the same time, the Ontario NDP finally tries to distinguish themselves from the Liberals on the left by including free dental care in their platform, which, if implemented, would undeniably make lots of peoples lives better (including the cavity-plagued anarchist writing this text).

Originally published by Northshore Info.

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Neither Carrot Nor Stick: Still refusing to vote in the Ontario election

Against all expectations, the Ontario provincial election is shaping up to be politically interesting. I dont ever vote and I encourage others to also abandon any remaining faith in electoral democracy. If you dont care much about which party leads the province, since you intend to oppose them no matter what, you dont need to pay attention to the details of party politics. However, in Ontario, the argument in favour of voting has seldom been stronger. Doug Ford is an ideal right-wing bogeyman, giving centrists and leftists a source of fear and guilt to coerce those who have abandoned electoralism into casting a ballot for a lesser evil. And at the same time, the Ontario NDP finally tries to distinguish themselves from the Liberals on the left by including free dental care in their platform, which, if implemented, would undeniably make lots of peoples lives better (including the cavity-plagued anarchist writing this text).

And yet, I still dont intend to vote and I still want to encourage you to reject the ballot and representative politics too. But I feel like the generic anti-electoral argument (No matter who you vote for the government still gets in!) are particularly inadequate this...

04:00

South China Sea: China challenges aircraft You are entering Chinese airspace Not true under international law Peace and Freedom

 

FILE In this undated file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Chinese have been challenging Philippine airplanes flying over its outposts in the Spratly Islands. Xinhua via AP/Liu Rui, File

Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) March 21, 2018 5:31pm

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MANILA, Philippines   China has been warning off Philippine planes doing patrols in the countrys airspace, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday.
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Lorenzana, in a television interview, said that the military has been sending naval patrols of the countrys territory from time to time.
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These planes, every time they fly over the features occupied by the Chinese, they challenge Well, they will say You are entering Chinese airspace,' the Defense chief said, referring to Beijings artificial islands in the Spratlys.
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The Defense chief clarified that the Chinese and the Filipinos only exchange words when the latter conducts patrols in the West Philippine Sea.
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They just exchange words, No, we are passing by Philippine airspace. This is just a play of words but it happens every time our patrols go around, Lorenzana said.
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Aside from the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources also conduct patrols in the West Philippine Sea.
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The Philippines is now using the Cessna aircraft that the US donated last year to conduct patrols over the waters surrounding the country.
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Lorenzana said that the Philippines did not have equipment for the aircraft upon receiving them last year. The aircraft from the US have been installed with equipment and are now capable of patrolling the countrys domains.

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ScanEagle can be used for patrols

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The ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle system that the US recently donated to the Philippines may also be used for patrolling the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise.
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They will be used in the south and also anywhere because they are very mobile. They can be transported easily because they are just put in a container, Lorenzana said.
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Beijing has installed military capabilities in its Big Three islands in the Spratly Isla...

03:54

Snowden Documents Expose How the NSA Worked to Track Bitcoin Users The Anti-Media

Snowden Bitcoin NSA(TIM)  A new report from The Intercept reveals that the National Security Agency has been able to track users of the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin since at least 2013. The revelation is detailed in newly released classified documented obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden and provided to the The Intercept. The documents show the agency accessing the fiber-optic cables which []

03:49

Irans ambition is to destroy the Saudi state. Peace and Freedom

Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi ambassador and chief of the General Intelligence Directorate. (AFP)
WASHINGTON: Iran is a threat and aims to destroy the Saudi state, the Kingdoms former intelligence chief has warned.

Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi ambassador and chief of the General Intelligence Directorate, said that Iran had boasted about its interference in regional states.

I dont think they threaten our existence. But definitely, their ambition is to destroy the Sa...

03:45

What did the Salisbury physician mean by no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning? OffGuardian

We cant draw conclusions from any of this of course. It could very well be - as many have suggested - that Mr Daviess letter was hasty and his meaning unclear. It could be he meant to say no one other than the the unnamed three he specifies have "experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning. Or, of course, it could mean exactly what it literally says...

03:43

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi to be sentenced to 8 months in Israeli prison Aletho News

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network March 21, 2018 Ahed Tamimi, 17-year-old activist from Nabi Saleh whose case has received widespread global attention, will be sentenced to eight months in Israeli prison following a plea bargain on 21 March at Ofer military court, Palestinian media have reported. The plea bargain will involve a modified indictment []

03:36

Kidnapped schoolgirls freed in Nigeria You can expect more kidnappings and extortion from Boko Haram. Peace and Freedom

BBC News

A man wipes away a tear after the girls were released in DapchiA relieved man wipes away a tear after the girls, who went missing on 19 February, arrived back in Dapchi. Credit ISAAC LINUS ABRAK

The majority of the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants in the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says.

A presidential aide said 101 schoolgirls were dropped back in the town in the early hours of Wednesday.

The government said the army allowed the militants through, so lives were not lost, but denied paying a ransom.

However, reports suggest at least five girls died during their kidnapping, and that a Christian girl remains captive.

One of the freed girls, in a phone conversation with a relative, said the five had been crushed to death as they were herded into vehicles and driven away.

The girl said they were taken into the bush, to an enclosed place. When asked whether they were well fed, she said they had to cook their own food.

The government did not make any mention of deaths.

No ransom paid

The father of one girl said she was being kept by the militants thought to be from the Boko Haram group because she refused to convert from Christianity to Islam. In a radio interview he said he was happy that she had not renounced her faith.

The BBCs Tomi Oladipo says the government is likely to have given something in return for the girls release.

But Nigerias Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told Reuters that no ransom was paid.

People waving their arms in joy in DapchiImage copyright...

03:28

Abahlali baseMjondolo: Brutal and Illegal Evictions Continue to Undermine our Human Rights in New City, Marianridge Enough is Enough!

Abahlali in New City in Marianridge are under attack following the Citys continuous violation of a Durban High Court interdict. On Monday, 19 March, at about 17pm, the Isambulo security guards illegally and brutally evicted four families who are protected by the court order. This act angered residents who were then forced to resist. Three activists were seriously injured when the protest intensified during the whole day yesterday.

Submitted to Enough is Enough. Press release by Abahlali baseMjondolo.

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Abahlali baseMjondolo: Brutal and Illegal Evictions Continue to Undermine our Human Rights in New City, Marianridge

Abahlali in New City in Marianridge are under attack following the Citys continuous violation of a Durban High Court interdict. On Monday, 19 March, at about 17pm, the Isambulo security guards illegally and brutally evicted four families who are protected by the court order. This act angered residents who were then forced to resist. Three activists were seriously injured when the protest intensified during the whole day yesterday.

Sisi Nonhlanhla Zungu broke her leg while fleeing the police. Sibusiso Mngonyolo was shot with rubber bullets and sustained serious injuries. A one month old baby Dimpo Mohale inhaled tear gas as the police attacked activists in their homes (and not in the road where protest took place). The baby was admitted to hospital too. We remember last year that we lost baby Jayden Khoza as a result of police attack on activists in their homes in the Foreman Road settlement in Clare Estate. Comrade Noloyiso Ziyunguma was arrested and still in custody.

The protest continues today. Now as we speak as comrades are demanding the release of comrade Noloyiso. Her only crime has been to demand umhlaba wokuhlala land for living.

Today, is supposed to be Human Right day on which we celebrate the achievement of Human Rights for all. The Human Rights written into the laws only exist on paper for people who are black and impoverished. In reality we are impoverished, our homes are...

03:21

Who Was the Austin Bomber Mark Anthony Conditt and What Was His Motive? The Anti-Media

Austin Bomber Mark Anthony Conditt(ZHE)  Police have identified the Austin bombing suspect as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt. Metro also pointed out that a Reddit user with the screenname Austinbomber was suspended from the site last night after publishing a post purporting to explain the bombers motive. According to the post, the bomber didnt plan the bombings because he wanted to []

03:19

Youths Arrested: Defending Water and Land at Burnaby Mountain from Tar Sands Pipeline CENSORED NEWS

On Tuesday, youths were on the frontline, and arrested defending Coast Salish land and water from Kinder Morgan's TransMountain tar sands pipeline at Burnaby Mountain. (Twitter photos)

03:16

Im afraid there is a systemic problem with the algorithms and the business model of Facebook that allow bad actors to cause harm to innocent users of Facebook. Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Quitting Facebook is not always easy because of the way the social network is intertwined into the fabric of the internet

WASHINGTON (AFP)  As Facebook reels from the scandal over hijacked personal data, a movement to quit the social network has gathered momentum, getting a boost from a high-profile co-founder of the WhatsApp messaging service acquired by the huge social network in 2014.It is time. #deletefacebook, Brian Acton said in a tweet, using the hashtag protesting the handling of the crisis by the worlds biggest social network.

The WhatsApp co-founder, who now works at the rival messaging application Signal, posted the comment amid a growing uproar over revelations that Facebook data was harvested by a British political consulting firm linked to Donald Trumps presidential campaign.

Delete and forget. Its time to care about privacy, he said.

Several websites offered tips on how to quit Facebook, while noting that the process is more complicated than it appears.

Facebook offers users the option to deactivate an account for users who want to take a break and return later, or to delete the account and its data entirely.

But Facebook noted that some data such as posts on friends timelines might remain in the system even after an account is deleted.

And longtime Facebook users could face complications on dealing with log-ins and authorizations to other websites and apps through the social network.

The website The Verge published a guide to deletion, advising users to download a copy of all personal data including photos and posts before quitting.

The website noted that it could take up to 90 days to fully delete an account, and that data may be inaccessible during that period.

Users may also face choices on what to do about other Facebook-owned properties such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.

It was unclear how many users were following through on plans to quit Facebook, which has more than two billion users worldwide.

But Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook, said the social network was losing the trust of its users.

The issue is a callous disregard for the privacy rights of users and a lack of care with respect to data that had been entrusted to Facebook, McNamee told National Public Radio.

Im not sure exactly whats going on here, but Im afraid there is a systemic problem with the algorithms and the business model of Facebook that allow bad actors to cause harm to innocent users of Facebook.R...

03:09

International Solidarity Movement tour conveys Palestinian trauma to a stunned US audience Mondoweiss

The other night in Brooklyn, I caught two activists from the International Solidarity Movement, Rana Nazzal and Joe Catron, describing their work in Palestine to 70 people crowded into the Commons Cafe. The tour continues tonight in Syracuse and on to many other venues in Canada and the States (and at times includes our own artist Katie Miranda). I would urge anyone who wishes to understand the depth of the conflict to catch one of these appearances.

The tour is noteworthy because it conveys to Americans, in the most unrhetorical manner, some small portion of the immense trauma that Palestinians are experiencing. Two activists come to the stage and speak plainly about their experience. Both began these talks with videos, and both videos as the activists warned us contained film of a Palestinian being shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.

Joe Catron

Joe Catron showed us the famous killing of Salim Shamaly in Gaza in 2014. In Nazzals case it was Rushdi Tamimi in Nabi Saleh in 2012.

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03:02

Belgrade, #Serbia: #Fight4Afrin From #Belgrade to #Afrin NO PASARAN! (Video) Enough is Enough!

Antifascist solidarity with Afrin and Rojava, 19. march Belgrade, Serbia. Video and statement.

Submitted to Enough is Enough. Originally published by Insurrection News.

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.

Belgrade, Serbia: #Fight4Afrin From Belgrade to Afrin NO PASARAN! (Video)

Svugde je Afrin, svuda je otpor.
SOLIDARNOST SA AFRINOM,
PROTIV FAIZMA, DRAVA I KAPITALA!

In the recent days there have been several solidarity actions in Belgrade supporting the struggle for freedom and autonomy in Afrin, part of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (Rojava).

Posters and writings on the walls appeared in several focal points of the city, such as the turkish cultural center, the area of the Turkish embassy, universities etc. to denounce the unspoken profit that the Balkan weapon industry is making out of the recent conflict in Rojava and the political subjugation of the Vui-government to the AKP.

In addition, this monday a banner was hanged from a building in Trg Republike (the main square of Belgrade) saying Stop the invasion in Afrin! Lets defend self-organization against states and capital!!

These actions are meant to support the resistance of people of Rojava, to stand for their social revolution that represents a threat to the expansionist fascism of AKP.

The silent complicity of EU and UN in the invasion is also mentioned as it is well known how several powers are benefiting not only financially but also politically from the attack on Afrin. In Belgrade as all over the world solidarity is shown to unveil the dirty side of an imperialist war against the people in Rojava perpetrated by this coalition of forces.

These acts of dissent anticipate the official international day of action for Afrin, called by the comrades of Rojava for the 24th of March.

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03:01

The Russian Military Warns: a Major War in Syria Is Imminent Aletho News

By Arkady SAVITSKY | Strategic Culture Foundation | 21.03.2018 On March 17, the Russian General Staff warned about an imminent attack on Syria. The statement did not elaborate. Of course, some information is classified but an independent and impartial analysis of publicly available information leads one to the same conclusion. Lets look at the facts. There are []

02:47

Indigenous communities carry on Berta Cacres work by defending nature and health care in Honduras Waging Nonviolence

by Jeff Abbott

A child lights his brothers torch during the march in memory of Berta Cceres on March 2. (WNV/Jeff Abbott)

On March 2, hundreds gathered in Honduras to commemorate the life and work of the renowned Honduran activist Berta Cceres on the second anniversary of her assassination.

Carrying torches, Cceres supporters marched to the city center of La Esperanza to demand justice for her 2016 assassination. The march was made up of students from the Honduran National Autonomous University, families from the communities organized by the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or COPINH, which Cceres founded in the early 1990s, as well as international supporters of the late environmental activist.

During the march, chants of Fuera JOH, or Out with Juan Orlando Hernndez which are a major part of the protests against the fraudulent November presidential election were mixed with chants of Berta did not die, she multiplied.

As the indigenous Lenca communities of western Honduras commemorated Cceres, Honduran investigators announced the arrest of David Castillo Mejia, who Honduran authorities accuse of being the intellectual author of the assassination. Castillo Mejia, a former U.S. trained soldier, was working as the CEO of the energy firm Desarrollos Energeticos, which was building a hydroelectric project in the community of Ro Blanco.

The arrest is a step forward in obtaining justice for the high-profile assassination, but it falls short of identifying the true intellectual authors, who many believe are connected to the administration of Juan Orlando Hernndez. Months before the assassination, Cceres name appeared on a hit list distributed to Honduran security forces.

A Catholic mass was held the day after the march to remember Cceres and her dedication to challenging capitalism and patriarchy in Honduras, as well as across the region.

The assassination of Cceres by Honduran state forces dealt a great blow to the movement of the Lenca people. But the communities have remained organized...

02:45

Mark Zuckerberg Is No James Madison Peace and Freedom

The Constitution was designed to constrain our worst impulses. Facebook encourages them.

Portrait of James Madison
Portrait of James Madison PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

One of the many conceits of the digital age is that so-called platforms are a new invention. In some respects they are. Built with computer code, powered by microchips and operated in the cloud, these digital building blocks did not exist until relatively recently. But in other respects, platforms are simply large aggregations of people coming together to search information online, shop or connect with friends.

Compare todays platforms to the American Constitution: a large aggregation of citizens organized on the principle of self-government. As a work of design, the Constitution is a brilliant piece of architecture, an intellectual foundation that has stood the test of time. If James Madison were a software developer in a Harvard dorm room and not a Virginia planter, we might say he was a better coder than Mark Zuckerberg. The Constitution understands human nature. Facebook , dangerously at times, does not.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Faceboo...

02:35

Moscow: UK is Either Unable to Protect From Attack or Staged Skripal Attack Aletho News

Sputnik 21.03.2018 The Russian Foreign Ministry and Russian Defense Ministry jointly delivered a statement after a meeting with foreign envoys amid the scandal surrounding the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal. According to the official, either the British authorities are unable to protect from a terrorist attack on its territory or staged the attack themselves. []

02:25

Strike in northwest Syria kills 20, including 16 children Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Children were killed after they fled an earlier air strike on a school in the opposition-held province

02:24

Oppression Radiates: Gaza and the Arab Spring aNtiDoTe Zine

We need to connect and learn from each other about the histories of struggles in different places; get together and build together, so that when there is another revolutionary wave, we can be more prepared to make it everybody's.

02:19

Israel delivers eviction orders to villagers in Negev desert Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Eviction and demolition orders posted on buildings in Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran that has been the subject of a years-long legal battle

02:18

The stoic Ahed Tamimi and her remarkable family were portrayed in Ben Ehrenreichs 2016 book Mondoweiss

Back in 2011 an 11-year-old Ahed Tamimi and her young cousin, Marah, scampered to the front of another peaceful march in their home village of Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine, the American writer Ben Ehrenreich relates. The two were joining weekly protests against the Israeli settler/colonists who had stolen much of their land, seized their spring, and built a fish pool next to it. Israeli soldiers, there only to protect the settler/colonists, tossed stun grenades at the girls feet, and then violently drove the demonstrators away.

Ahed was her usual stoic self all through the tense day, Ehrenreich writes. But then, that night, she had nightmares she talked in her sleep until morning, waking again and again in panic and fear. Her mother, Nariman, told Ehrenreich, I dont know what to do, but raise my children to be strong.

16-year-old Ahed Tamimi in Israeli military court (Photo: Tali Shapiro/Twitter)

Ahed Tamimi, now 17, has become one of the most well-known Palestinians in the world. She is still in an Israeli military jail, more than 3 months after she slapped an Israeli soldier who had invaded her family home. Israelis and their apologists sneer at her as Shirley Temper, and some even suggest she and her family are actors.

Fortunately, the truth about Ahed is in Ben Ehrenreichs impressive book, The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine, which appeared in 2016. He spent months in Nabi Saleh, including stays in the Tamimi home, and his first-hand account is a fascinating, lengthy description of this remarkable young woman and her remarkable family. Ehrenreichs account of the injustice of occupation is even more compelling because it is understated; the facts speak for themselves.

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02:04

Why the UK, the EU and the US Gang-Up on Russia Aletho News

By James Petras :: 03.20.2018 Introduction: For the greater part of a decade the US, the UK and the EU have been carrying out a campaign to undermine and overthrow the Russia government and in particular to oust President Putin. Fundamental issues are at stake including the real possibility of a nuclear war. The most []

02:04

Time To Eliminate Your Wall Street Tax? PopularResistance.Org

As we get older, and hopefully wiser, we generally start to become more discerning on how we view the world and the problems we face. Many of us who seek to make the world a better place try to look at the problems, analyze them, and do what we can to correct them. However, because there are so many different problems facing us, this approach often overwhelms us and can instill a sense of hopelessness in our ability to create positive change. Looking more deeply into this situation, we discover that many of these difficulties are SYMPTOMS of much deeper problems, and that attempts to address these SYMPTOMS are not an effective or efficient way to bring about the changes we desire.

02:01

Ahed Tamimi agrees to plea deal, to serve eight months Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinian teenager was filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in occupied West Bank

01:55

Whats To Celebrate? Iraq, 15 Years Later PopularResistance.Org

H.W.  he was left in power in Iraq and during the regime of the Commander in Grief  Bill Clinton, the people of Iraq were devastated with crippling sanctions and active bombing. Moreover, Clintons Sec of State Madeleine The Ghoul Albright (in)famously told journalist Leslie Stahl that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was worth it. First of all, that is a deeply perverse and vicious statement; and secondly, worth what? Not too long after Clinton was just a stain on the blue dress of history, the US was once again, in an even more intense way, bombing the crap out of Iraq which eventually led to the murder of Saddam Hussein and another million, or so, Iraqi.

01:48

U.S. Builds Military Garrison At Largest Syrian Oil Field ThereAreNoSunglasses

U.S. Builds Military Garrison At Largest Syrian Oil FieldSouthfront

01:47

A Princeton Middle East Expert explains why Muhammad bin Salman is a great man The Angry Arab News Service/

""Haykel described Mohammed as an optimist by temperament,a pious man who drinks Coke Zero and has the retail political skills of Bill Clinton.He shakes hands, he remembers names, he doesnt talk down to people."

01:35

Nigerian Government Paid Boko Haram To Return Kidnapped Girls; Terror Group Promised to Avoid Confrontations Peace and Freedom

A member of an NGO in Nigeria told Peace and Freedom that the Nigerian government paid Boko Haram to return the Kidnapped schoolgirls today. He said he had first hand knowledge of the deal worked out between the terror group and the government.

The government also promised to not incite confrontations with Boko Haram and to keep the girls out of school as part of the transfer.

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DAKAR, Senegal Dozens of schoolgirls from the northern Nigerian community of Dapchi were returned early Wednesday morning, dropped off by the same Boko Haram militants who kidnapped them more than a month ago.

The surprising turn of events was greeted with joy from parents whose daughters were safely returned, but the relief was tempered by suspicions that several girls had died, possibly of thirst, while in the hands of the militants. Some are apparently still being held.

Jauro Usman, a resident of Dapchi who is close to many of the parents of the kidnapped girls, said those who had been reunited were very, very happy.

Boko Haram came themselves and dropped our daughte...

01:34

In the occupation, slapping a soldier is worse than killing a Palestinian Mondoweiss

On Monday in Israel there were two parallel events:

1)     The Israeli military appeals court denied Ahed Tamimi, 17, the request of an open trial on charges stemming from her slapping an Israeli soldier occupying her home last December 15, claiming a closed trial was in her best interest.

2)     The Israeli military parole board further shortened Elor Azaryas prison sentence for shooting an incapacitated Palestinian suspect in the head at point blank-range, killing him in 2016, to 9 months, after the army chief of staff had reduced the original 18 month sentence to 14 months.

These two stories are a mirror of each other.

In Tamimis case, many Israelis want a price to be exacted from her for slapping an Israeli occupation soldier. Some suggested that she should be punished in the dark, without witnesses or cameras (centrist Israeli journalist Ben Caspit), or that she should end her days in prison (Education Minister Naftali Bennett). The decision to close the doors on her trial initially came last month at the first hearing. The military judge opined that it is in Aheds best interest as a juvenile to have a closed case, and the appeals judge doubled down on that view despite the fact the military prosecution itself did not object to its being open.

The court decided what is best for the court, and not what is good for Ahed, Aheds defense attorney Gaby Lasky told reporters last month, and it is still doing so.

The military appeals court tried to explain its rejection by portraying itself as if it were a normal civilian court:

The accumulated experience over the eight years that the juvenile military court has existed has taught us that giving the minor and his family a real chance to make their arguments in an intimate framework of proceedings that arent open to the general public is a basic component of conducting fair and just proceedings. In this, the judicial process in the military courts isnt any different than the process before a civilian court. Therefore, even if the process before a military juvenile court is slightly different than before a civilian court I also agree that closing the proceedings in the case of minor defendants must be the rule and it usually expresses the best interests of the minor. (Cited in...

01:33

Video from Germany: Muslim spokesperson says we dont have to integrate Jihad Watch

This woman is a member of JUMA (Young, Muslim, Active), a Muslim activist group in Germany. She is saying that Muslims need not integrate into German society and adopt German values and mores. This is not surprising, since the Quran tells Muslims that they are the best of people (3:110), and that non-Muslims are the []

01:31

Finally, Some Good News Foreign Policy Journal

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 7, 2014 (Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0)

01:30

How Trump could be king - Saudi style Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

When Donald Trump meets Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

01:25

China to reorganise propaganda efforts at home and abroad Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | The CCTV tower in Beijing: the broadcaster is facing consolidation with other state media

BEIJING (AFP)  China Wednesday announced a series of changes aimed at strengthening its global influence, including the creation of a centralised news service to better communicate the ruling Communist Partys message at home and abroad.The changes are part of a larger overhaul of government functions that will also see an increased role for the United Front Work Department, a shadowy organisation that has been accused of trying to manipulate politics abroad.

Under the new arrangement, the partys Central Propaganda Department will take direct responsibility for print, news and movies away from the central government, according to an announcement published by the official Xinhua news agency.

The move to put these branches of the media directly under the partys control comes as China has been tightening censorship and efforts to dictate the outlook and positivity of content.

Control of radio and television will be placed under a separate government-run organisation tasked with carrying out the Partys propaganda guidelines and policies.

The change is aimed at ensuring that broadcast media acts as the Partys mouthpiece, the announcement said.

As part of the change Chinese state media outlets CCTV, China Radio International and China National Radio will be consolidated into one super-broadcaster answering to the Central Propaganda Department.

Programmes targeted at foreign audiences will be rebranded as the Voice of China, the announcement said.

The reorganisation will also increase the prominence of the United Front Work , an agency which works to promote ties between the Communist Party and non-Communist elite including other political parties, former government officials, religious groups and overseas Chinese.

Under the new arrangement it will have complete responsibility for work related to Chinas ethnic minority groups, religious management and contact with overseas Chinese, which Beijing sees as an important constituency for its propaganda efforts.

President Xi Jinping has described the United Front Work Department as a magic weapon in the countrys soft power arsenal.

But it has come under increased criticism for what some say are covert efforts to influence politics in other countries.

Chinese donors tied to United Front-affiliated groups gave money to Australian politicians, providing impetus for Canberra to introduce new...

01:23

Video from Paris: Muslim migrants storm church, force cancellation of evening Mass Jihad Watch

Muslim migrants invade the Basilica of Saint-Denis, which is in a heavily Muslim area of France. By the end of the video, police line the doorway to the church, preventing the Muslim migrants from entering. This is a glimpse into the future of France. Before too long, anytime a church service is going on, there []

01:21

Talks Between Putin and Trump Going Great; Two Will Meet Soon The Anti-Media

(ANTIWAR.COM)  US relations with Russia have been suffering in recent months, but may be making a turn for the better. President Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on a decisive election victory over the weekend, and the two seemed to get on quite well. All indications are that the talks were quite positive, and indeed []

01:16

Israel admits to launching military attack on Syria in 2007, warns region of more Aletho News

Press TV March 21, 2018 Israel has formally admitted that it had attacked and destroyed a site in eastern Syria back in 2007, warning the region of more such assaults. The announcement by the Israeli military through declassified documents came on Wednesday about Operation Out of the Box against what Israel claims to be []

01:15

London Police threaten arrest for doing something legal for the wrong reasons Jihad Watch

They withdrew the threat after being ridiculed, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will act upon it. Thoughtcrime such as believing that Islam is not a religion of peace is already getting people persecuted by British authorities. Britons have no reason not to expect much, much more of this. Criticism of []

01:06

Boom! Trump China Trade War Train Wreck Hits Telecom Newsbud

There is a superpower that is groaning under erratic one-man rule that tramples on state institutions and flouts the constitution and the rule of law.  Unfortunately for China hawks, that country is not China. Donald J. Trump tried his hand at stopping Chinas global telecom surge by quashing a big-ticket acquisition in the US telecoms []

01:05

Can Nuclear War Be Avoided? Foreign Policy Journal

A 23 kiloton tower shot called BADGER, fired on April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site, as part of the Operation Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series.

00:53

'Only death': How Mohammed bin Salman has torn up the rules of kingship Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

By insisting that only death would stand in the way of him becoming king, Mohammed bin Salman dropped all pretence about Saudi Arabia's consensual royal family politics

00:51

Protests over Morocco's 'death mines' rage on despite intimidation Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Residents died attempting to extract coal from long abandoned mines to make money. Now protesters are demanding an economic alternative

00:50

What you did is against Islam!: Muslims dump sewage on heads of couple for violating Sharia Jihad Watch

Imagine if a group of Christians, or any group other than Muslims, did this. The outcry would be immediate, immense, and international. There would be commissions and studies about how Christianity inspires people to be brutally and intransigently self-righteous, and warnings to people to leave Christianity for their own sake. But no one will take []

00:48

Pro-government group buys Turkish media giant in potential blow to free press Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Media group had of late muted its criticism of government policies as it came under increasing attack

00:47

Saudi saviour or king of spin? Fact-checking Mohammed bin Salman Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Crown prince MBS has been hailed as a great reformer by US media - but not everything he says can be taken at face value

00:42

Zuck Made Him a Billionaire, Now WhatsApp Founder Urges Users to Delete Facebook The Anti-Media

(ZHE)  Three years after Mark Zuckerberg made Brian Action a billionaire by paying $22 billion for WhatsApp, the messaging apps co-founder has a clear message for the billions of social media drones worldwide  #deletefacebook. MarketWatch notes that Acton and fellow co-founder Jan Koum sold the messaging service WhatsApp to Facebook in 2014 for $22 billion. Acton received about $3 []

00:40

Belgrade, Serbia: #Fight4Afrin From Belgrade to Afrin NO PASARAN! (Video) Insurrection News

Antifascist solidarity with Afrin and Rojava
19. march Belgrade

Svugde je Afrin, svuda je otpor.
SOLIDARNOST SA AFRINOM,
PROTIV FAIZMA, DRAVA I KAPITALA!

In the recent days there have been several solidarity actions in Belgrade supporting the struggle for freedom and autonomy in Afrin, part of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (Rojava).

Posters and writings on the walls appeared in several focal points of the city, such as the turkish cultural center, the area of the Turkish embassy, universities etc. to denounce the unspoken profit that the Balkan weapon industry is making out of the recent conflict in Rojava and the political subjugation of the Vui-government to the AKP.

In addition, this monday a banner was hanged from a building in Trg Republike (the main square of Belgrade) saying Stop the invasion in Afrin! Lets defend self-organization against states and capital!!

These actions are meant to support the resistance of people of Rojava, to stand for their social revolution that represents a threat to the expansionist fascism of AKP.

The silent complicity of EU and UN in the invasion is also mentioned as it is well known how several powers are benefiting not only financially but also politically from the attack on Afrin. In Belgrade as all over the world solidarity is shown to unveil the dirty side of an imperialist war against the people in Rojava perpetrated by this coalition of forces.

These acts of dissent anticipate the official international day of action for Afrin, called by the comrades of Rojava for the 24th of March.

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00:35

Tech Giants Face Hundreds of Millions in New Taxes Under EU Proposals Peace and Freedom

EU measures come amid strained relations with Washington over an escalating trade dispute

Facebook and Google are among a clutch of U.S. tech giants that could face higher taxes in Europe.
Facebook and Google are among a clutch of U.S. tech giants that could face higher taxes in Europe. PHOTO: DAMIEN MEYER/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

The European Union on Wednesday unveiled sweeping new legislative proposals to raise taxes on big technology companies, a move that risks angering U.S. officials when trans-Atlantic relations are already strained by an escalating trade spat.

The proposed taxes are among Europes most-aggressive measures to target the alleged excesses of a small cadre of tech superpowers, including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.sGoogle, potentially adding hundreds of millions of euros to some tech firms tax bills. The U.S. warned last week against imposing tax measures that single out digital companies.

On Wednesday, the European Commission, the blocs executive body, proposed an additional tax at 3% of revenue from some digital activities offered by companies whose annual global revenue exceeds 750 million ($918 million). The tax would apply to services where users play an important role in creating value...

00:35

South Sudan: A Fragile Country Ravaged by Famine and War Foreign Policy Journal

Sudanese refugees flee into South Sudan in 2012. Today, over two million refugees have fled South Sudan to neighboring countries. (EU European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations/CC BY-SA 2.0)

00:35

The Curious Case of Mubin Shaikh, the Undercover Jihadi (Part 1) Jihad Watch

I am a Canadian ex-Muslim male; I converted to Islam and stayed in the religion for approximately four years, before leaving it due to disbelief and moral disgust. Now I live every day with Islams formal and informal death penalty for apostasy, hoping that my former Muslim friends dont recognize me on the street. In []

00:30

Ghouta: Issues Behind the Apocalypse: Armed and civil rebellion, Class and Islam Syrian Revolution Commentary and Analysis

Before and after a school used as an underground basementSchool basement used as underground bomb shelter, before and after bombed by Russian airforce on March 20 (Mohammed Abdullah)

By Michael Karadjis

In early April 2011, shortly after the start of the Syrian uprising on March 15, people poured into the streets in Ghouta, peacefully chanting The people want the fall of the regime. Watch this video, and see what happened next: this slaughter of peaceful protest throughout Syria continued for the next six months before some citizens began defending their protests with weapons, and some regime troops began to protect their brothers and sisters rather than kill them; thus was formed, organically from the struggle, the Free...

00:19

US has 25 Military Facilities in NW Syria "Russia/Iran/Assad Don't Stand a Chance.." Penny for your thoughts

Saved this article the other day. It featured quotations from Tony Badran a claimed Syria expert at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies  Headlined: "Why Russia, Assad, and Iran combined don't stand a chance against just 2,000 US troops in Syria"

  • Two thousand or so US forces remain in control of Syrias rich eastern oil fields.
  • Iran, Syrias government, and Russia openly oppose the US presence, but theres not much they can do about it.
  • An expert explains why it would be a losing battle to take on the US.
I think the cruise-missile attack in April showed, and the ongoing Israeli incursions show, the Russian position and their systems are quite vulnerable, said Badran, referring to the USs April 2017 strike on a Syrian airfield.
Let's refer back to today's earlier post where the April 2017 strikes on the Syrian airfield were discussed : Russian Diplomat Calls on the US to Unconditionally Abandon Plans to Attack Damascus And it was reported that Russia had brought in some new equipment. 
Noticing that Tony Badran is glossing over the fact that many, many missiles missed their target last year.
Russia has just a few dozen jets in Syria, mostly suited for ground-attack roles with some air-supremacy fighters. The US has several large bases in the area from which it can launch a variety of strike and fighter aircraft, including the worlds greatest fighter jet, the F-22.

Iran has a large inventory of rockets in and around Syria, according to Badran, but an Iranian rocket attack on US forces would be met by a much larger US retaliation.

Its vulnerable, Badran said of Irans military presence in Syria. Its exposed to direct US fire, just like its exposed to direct Israeli fire.

If Iran fired a single missile at US forces, then the bases and depot and crew will be destroyed after that, said Badran, who added that Iranian forces in Syria had poor supply lines that would make them ill-suited to fight the US, which has airpower and regional assets to move in virtually limitless supplies.
Everybody poses this question as though the US is Luxembourg, Badran said, comparing the US, which has the most powerful military in the world, to Luxembourg, which has a few hundred troops and only some diplomatic or economic leverage to play with w...

00:17

Deena Strykers Russias Americans The Vineyard of the Saker

We have a vibrant book here that makes current history come alive in the eyes of those that study it in depth, as well as the eyes of those that

00:15

Focus Shifts to Manbij as Turkey Moves into Afrin Unopposed Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

Turkish armed forces, in cooperation with their Free Syrian Army allies, moved into Afrin city on March 18, marking the ostensible completion of a 56-day-long military campaign.

In the end, resistance from the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) and pro-Assad volunteers who made it to Afrin was surprisingly tepid in the city center. There had been indications in both word and deed that the Kurds were going to shift toward a long, destructive, and bloody strategy of urban warfare against the invading Turkish forces. The city itself is a testament to the plan: its peppered with defensive tunnels, ditches, and bunkers that were erected long in advance of the attack. These structures were never even used.

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00:15

WATCH: Through Sherlocks eyes: the Litvinenko poisoning OffGuardian

This short documentary film on the Litvinenko case, featuring Vasily Livanov, the Russian actor internationally celebrated for his portrayal of Sherlock Homes, makes some valid points that deserve a lot more attention than they have so far received. Made by a collective of filmmakers & investigators known as Russian Hour TV, in 2012, but unseen in the West apart from one screening at the Russian Embassy in London, this documentary examines three key questions in the official case against Lugovoi and Kovtun, the two Russians convicted of the murder in the bizarre and barely legal Public Inquiry of 2015. The issues raised in this film 1. Lugovois polygraph During the filming of this documentary in 2012, the team employed a British polygraph practitioner, Bruce Burgess, to question Andrey Lugovoi, one of Litvinenkos alleged assassins, about his alleged involvement in the murder. The interview itself doesnt appear in the film, but we see Burgess announce the results on camera. He says he asked Lugovoi three questions. Did you do anything to cause the death of Alexander

00:10

Nordea bank halts investing in Facebook Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Nordea bank unliked (at least temporarily) shares in Facebook, telling its investment funds to stop buying stock in the social media giant over concerns of misuse of user data

STOCKHOLM (AFP)  The Nordic regions largest bank Nordea said Wednesday it would not allow its investment funds to buy stocks in Facebook after the social media giant was ensnarled in a major data scandal.Facebook has in recent days been pounded by criticism at home and abroad over revelations that UK-based firm Cambridge Analytics working for Donald Trumps presidential campaign harvested and misused data on 50 million members.

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Were now pulling the brake because we see that the risks related to governance around data protection may have been severely compromised, Katarina Hammar, head of Nordeas Responsible Investment unit, said in a statement.

Fund managers are not allowed to buy Facebook shares for three months, but they can sell the ones they already hold, the bank said.

Until weve had time to fully assess the breath and width of this problem, we choose to quarantine the company, Hammar said.

Currently only the Nordea Global Stars fund, which invests in companies it considers are fulfilling human rights, environmental and labour standards, holds shares in Facebook. They account for just under two percent of the total holding,

Facebook said it has hired a digital forensics firm to examine how the data leak occurred and to ensure that any data collected had been destroyed.

A Cambridge Analytica statement denied misusing Facebook data for the Trump campaign.

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23:57

Genoa, Italy: Righi Telecommunications Repeater Up In Flames / Genova, Italia: Repetidor de Telecomunicaciones en Llamas Insurrection News

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We live in a world where being connected is essential if we want to keep up with the times and keep pace with the neurotic rhythm that modern society is offering us.
Human relationships have broken up behind displays, Apps.
Without WhatsApp you risk being excluded from your group of friends seriously.
At work, in the family, as a couple, we all need to be constantly available: send your precise position, send a selfie , listen to this voice message.

Although we realize that perhaps were spending a lot of time at home, links are becoming more and more virtual and our first thought as soon as we get in after a days work is to turn on the pc, we dont want to figure out for ourselves that somethings wrong, were lying to ourselves.
Its a well-known fact that technology and its damsels have full control over our lives today, what needs to be analysed is why weve accepted it.

Perhaps because we consign ourselves to something we see as bigger than ourselves, perhaps because we are fed up with the unpleasant daily life imposed on us, t...

23:51

Kabul suicide bombing: Heavy casualties in Persian New Years blast Peace and Freedom

At least 29 people have been killed and another 52 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up during Persian New Years celebrations in Kabul. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

AFGHANISTAN-UNREST (AFP/Getty Images)Afghan police block off the road in front of Kabul University after a suicide bomber targeted Shiite worshippers marking the Persian New Year

New Years festivities in the Afghan capital of Kabul turned deadly on Wednesday, after a suicide bomber detonated himself near the citys main university, killing at least 29 people.

Another 52 people were injured in the blast, according to Health Ministry officials. Several women and children were among the casualties.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi warned the death toll was likely to rise.

Read more: Kabul residents in shock after wave of violence

The Islamic State (IS) jihadi group claimed responsibility for the blast.

Shiite worshippers targeted

The explosion went off on a road leading towards the Shiite Kart-e Sakhi shrine, where locals had gathered to mark the Persian New Year, known in Afghanistan as Nauruz. The countrys Shiite minority typically marks the holiday by visiting such shrines.

Rahimi said that the bomber had sought to detonate himself by the shrine, but couldnt get closer due to tight security. Instead, he detonated his explosive on Kabul University Road, right in front of Ali Abad hospital, among the civilians who were on the way to shrine, he added.

Kabuls police chief, General Daud Amin, said the bomber had managed to slip past police checkpoints set up along the road. Authorities had already launched an inestigation into the security breach and anyone found to have neglected their duties would be punished, he added.

23:46

Trump Hits Again at Mueller, Invoking Alan Dershowitzs Support Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Terrence Dopp

March 21, 2018, 7:50 AM EDT
  • President keeps up attacks on prosecutor leading Russia probe
  • Mueller wrong way to address Russian 2016 meddling: academic

President Donald Trump returned to criticisms of the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling Wednesday, this time quoting Alan Dershowitz on Fox News mounting a vigorous attack on Robert Mueller, saying he never should have been appointed and that there was no evidence of a crime.

Special Council is told to find crimes, whether crimes exist or not. I was opposed the the selection of Mueller to be Special Council, I still am opposed to it. I think President Trump was right when he said there never should have been a Special Council appointed, Trump said on Twitter, quoting the former Harvard law professor.

Alan Dershowitz

Photographer: Lior Mizrahi/Hulton Archive

In a subsequent message, Trump wrote, there was no probable cause for believing that there was any crime, collusion or otherwise, or obstruction of justice!

The tweets come as even Republicans in Washington have become concerned that Trump will fire Mueller, the former FBI director brought in as special counsel after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised Mueller and said he should be allowed to...

23:37

Russian Scientists Explain 'Novichok' - High Time For Britain To Come Clean (Updated) Moon of Alabama

A week ago we asked if 'Novichok' poisons are real. The answer is now in: It is 'yes' and 'no'. Several Russian scientist now say that they once researched and developed lethal poisons but they assert that other countries can...

23:32

Chemical attacks: How the nightmare of 1988 still haunts an Iraqi town Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Thirty years after sarin and chlorine fell from the skies on Halabja, residents of the Iraqi city still bear physical and emotional scars

23:20

Bin Salman flies into New York as 9/11 families push case against Saudi Arabia Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Families of 9/11 victims have called for Mohammed bin Salman to use the visit to 'take responsibility' for alleged Saudi role in attacks

23:16

Facing U.S. Tariffs, China Plans Countermeasures But Beijing is also weighing concessions Peace and Freedom

Beijing prepares to deliver pain to President Trumps support base, including with tariffs targeting agricultural exports

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U.S. soybeans being loaded for export

March 21, 2018 7:38 a.m. ET

Faced with mounting trade offensives from Washington, China is preparing to hit back with tit-for-tat tariffs aimed at President Donald Trumps support base, including levies targeting U.S. agricultural exports from farmbelt states, according to people familiar with the matter.

But Beijing is also weighing concessions, including easing restrictions on foreign investments in securities firms and insurance companies, these people said.

In taking a stick-and-carrot approach, President Xi Jinping is seeking to avoid escalating trade tensions with the Trump administration.

Any Chinese response to new U.S. tariffs would be measured and proportional, said a Chinese official involved in policy-making.

For the stick side of the equation, China is likely to target U.S. exports of soybeans, sorghum and live hogs, according to the people with knowledge of the matter. They cautioned, however, that plans could change based on what the Trump administration proposes.

Plans for the retaliatory measures were laid out at a meeting last month convened by Chinas Commerce Ministry with Chinese importers of U.S. farm products, including China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp., a state-owned food-processing giant.

At the meeting, Commerce Ministry officials sought the companies views on the effects of scaling back U.S. agricultural imports, the people said. Since then the companies have been lining up alternatives sourcesfor soybeans, for instance, countries including Brazil, Argentina and Poland.

The potential retaliation is calibrated to hit states that helped elect Mr. Trump in 2016, the people said.

...

23:15

Mongoose: Australian Pedophile Judges The Noose Tightens Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson protects his paedophile mate Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and 17 others

On Wednesday, the 21st June I was charged by the NSW police for breaching telecommunications laws for an email that I sent in September 2016 to all the judges of the NSW Supreme Court asking questions and giving them an opportunity to respond to allegations which is nothing more than journalists do around the world every day of the week.

The email in question shows up in an article I published last year titled Paedophile priest gets 3 months jail for raping 3 boys by NSW Supreme Courts Justice Hoeben and the article was also filed in court on the 4th of May as part of my defence. 

Read full post.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: President Donald Trump has, in the NSA database of all emails and telephone calls captured at a 99% level for the past ten years, all that is needed to indict, convict, and incarcerate all dirty cops, dirty prosecutors, and dirty judges and all elite pedophiles from Prime Ministers and Presidents through judges down to media mavens, world-wide. This is going to be the front line of the battle between God and Satan in the next decade not world war or other false conflicts promoted by...

23:10

War Is On The Horizon Foreign Policy Journal

Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress)

23:00

Herausforderungen und Chancen der Klimaerwrmung in der Arktis Offiziere.ch

von Patrick Truffer. Er arbeitet seit ber 15 Jahren in der Schweizer Armee, verfgt ber einen Bachelor in Staatswissenschaften der ETH Zrich und ber einen Master in Internationale Beziehungen der Freien Universitt Berlin.

Zu Unrecht ist in den mitteleuropischen Breitengraden von den Vernderungen in der Arktis wenig zu hren. Der an der Zusammenkunft des Arctic Circle in 2014 eingefhrte Begriff Global Arctic unterstreicht die Tragweite der Vernderungen in der Arktis. Gemss Konrad Steffen, Direktor der Eidgenssischen Forschungsanstalt fr Wald, Schnee und Landschaft, hat das schmelzende Eisschild in Grnland in den letzten 40 Jahren den Meeresspiegel durchschnittlich um 1 mm pro Jahr ansteigen lassen; bis 2100 sollen es zusammengefasst noch einmal rund 1 m sein. Dies wird global zu einer nachhaltigen Vernderung der Kstenregionen fhren. Nicht nur haben die Vernderungen in der Arktis globale Auswirkungen, sondern entfernte Ereignisse, wie beispielsweise zunehmende Kohlendioxidemissionen, bewirken weitreichende Vernderungen in der Arktis. Diese wechselwirkende Beeinflussung ist nicht nur im kologischen, sondern auch im konomischen, geopolitischen, gesellschaftlichen und kulturellen Bereich erken...

23:00

ITNJ: Lithuanian Government Elite Pedophile Scandal Public Intelligence Blog

Phi Beta Iota: The International Tribunal of Natural Justice (ITNJ) Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse has taken an interest in this case.

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Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, March 22, 2018 I will maintain my covenant with you And with your descendants after you Whoever keeps my word will never see death. Peace and Freedom

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Lectionary: 254

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The Stoning of Stephen

Reading 1 GN 17:3-9

When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:
My covenant with you is this:
you are to become the father of a host of nations.
No longer shall you be called Abram;
your name shall be Abraham,
for I am making you the father of a host of nations.
I will render you exceedingly fertile;
I will make nations of you;
kings shall stem from you.
I will maintain my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
throughout the ages as an everlasting pact,
to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
I will give to you
and to your descendants after you
the land in which you are now staying,
the whole land of Canaan, as a permanent possession;
and I will be their God.God also said to Abraham:
On your part, you and your descendants after you
must keep my covenant throughout the ages.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Verse Before The Gospel PS 95:8

If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.

Gospel  JN 8:51-59

Jesus said to the Jews:
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22:47

Festival of Newroz celebrated across Turkey even as arrests are made Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Kurdish and pro-Kurdish politicians in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir slam Turkey's Syria operation during Persian New Years celebrations

22:45

James Fetzer: Parkland School False Flag 10 Reasons This Was Staged Plus Operaton Hoggwash The Criminal Parents Media Is Covering Up Public Intelligence Blog

Jim Fetzer

Parkland: Top Ten Reasons we Know it was a Staged Political Event

(1) It was staged in the immediate vicinity of Mar-a-Lago to as a challenge to President Trump:

(2) The timing was exquisite on multiple grounds, which were to benefit the Democratic Party:

(3) The school was named after an environmentalist who opposed draining the Everglades:

(4) The Florida State Legislature was considering broadening concealed-carry laws that day:

(5) The Secret Service came to the campus and changed security protocols two weeks earlier:

(6) A key surveillance camera was removed from the entrance to the freshman building:

(7) Army personnel were directing students not to look at bodies they were concealing under mats:

(8) EMTs were anxious to go in to aid the wounded, but were held back by law enforcement:

(9) There were students faking wounds, teachers and doctors lying, and phony student activists:

(10) The father of student activist David Hogg turns out to be an FBI Crisis Management Specialist:

Read full post with graphics, links, expansions for each of above.

Phi Beta Iota: The Parkland School was without question a false flag. Anyone who says it is not is either stupid or complicit. This is the real problem facing the National Rifle Association: they have neither the brains nor the balls to come out publicly and call Parkland and all other such events for what they are: false flag attacks intended to advance the gun confiscation agenda while distracting the public form the persistent atrocity known as the Deep State.

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22:43

Could Saudi Arabias nuclear ambitions shake up the Middle East? Peace and Freedom

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has stated that the Kingdom could develop nuclear weapons if Iran also does so. What would this mean for the Middle East and how would Israel and Egypt view such an arms race?

Saudi King Mohammaed bin Salman during a cabinet meeting (picture-alliance/dpa/Saudi Press Agency)

In an interview with US broadcaster CBS last week, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bombs, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.

Saudi Arabia and Iran cut off relations in 2016 after an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. Since then, the Saudis have been even more wary of Iran expanding its influence in the Middle East. 

Riyadh expressed its nuclear ambitions in 2009 when a royal degree said that the development of atomic energy is essential to meet the Kingdoms growing requirement for energy to generate electricity.

Israeli view very negative

When asked how Israel would respond to Saudi Arabia ultimately developing nuclear weapons, Shlomo Brom, an Israeli senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies said: The Israeli view would be very negative and they would do whatever is needed to prevent it. While the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia is reasonably stable right now, that could change in the future, he explained, making it risky for Israel should the Saudis pursue nuclear weapons.

If you are talking about mutual deterrence between two parties, that is a relatively simple situation, Brom said. If you are talking about three parties, that is less stable and much more complicated.

Egypt growing closer to Saudi Arabia

Egyptian President Fattah el-Sissi meeting with King SalmanEgypt and Saudi Arabia have grown closer under el-Sissi

Egypt, under President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi, has signed multiple military...

22:33

Russian aide-memoire to clarify the state of affairs as regards the so-called Skripal case' Voltaire Network

1. On 12 March 2018, Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May, addressing the House of Commons, said it was "highly likely" that the Russian Federation was responsible for the poisoning of former GRU colonel, double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal on 4 March 2018 in Salisbury, with a nerve agent identified according to British classification as A-234. The United Kingdom has publicly raised a question about Russia's "concealing" and "using" part of its chemical (...)

22:30

Stephen E. Arnold: Dark Cyber 08:08 Be Very Concerned Public Intelligence Blog

DarkCyber reveals the alleged connections between Tor and the US government, why baby data are for sale on the Dark Web, the DarkMatter cyber intelligence firms capabilities and its Katim secure mobile phone, and how inmates at a Federal penitentiary ran a pornography business via mobile phones from their cells.

22:28

Low Energy, High Profits: How Privatizing Public Utilities Left Us All In The Dark PopularResistance.Org

More than a generation after President Ronald Reagan barked at his subordinates, Dont just stand there; undo something! government officials from South Africa to southern California have embarked upon an unprecedented dismantling of the public sector, hiring for-profit enterprises to manage everything from homeless shelters, to toll roads, parking meters, and utilities. While there are no known comprehensive studies, the best available evidence strongly suggests that consumers worldwide have never spent so much of their paycheck to park downtown, or for a liter of water, or a kilowatt of electricity. No demographic has been squeezed more than communities of color, which have borne the brunt of Wall Streets restructuring of the economy, and its 40-year effort to hollow out the manufacturing industries that Blacks and Latinos have heavily relied on for jobs that pay a decent wage.

22:27

10 Big Changes to Expect With Pompeo at State Clarion Project

Secretary of State Mike PompeoSecretary of State Mike Pompeo (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Trump has hit the restart button on his foreign policy a little over a year into his term.

Trump referenced the Iran deal as the point of contention sparking Tillersons departure, as Tillerson and his State Department colleagues favored a policy of making additional demands with additional pressures instead of withdrawing from the deal.

Expect 10 big changes in foreign policy once Pompeo is officially the Secretary of State.

 

1.Unleashing the sleeping hounds upon on our enemies

Expect a shadow war against our enemies that will likely out-do the Obama Administrations strong covert attacks on the Iranian-North Korean nuclear and missile programs.

As CIA Director, Pompeo reportedly ordered a dramatic increase in human intelligence-gathering, covert operations, cyber security and counterintelligence. He loosened restrictions on drone strikes and other measures to kill terrorists.

Pompeos top terrorist hunter was Michael DAndrea, who married a Muslim woman overseas he met while serving undercover and subsequently converted to Sunni Islam. As the New York Times explained, perhaps no single CIA official is more responsible for weakening Al-Qaeda.

DAndrea, also known as The Dark Prince and Ayatollah Mike, oversaw the successful search for Osama Bin Laden, as well as the impressive killing of the elusive Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyah.

When Pompeo took over the CIA, he informed the Dark Prince he has a new focus: Iran.

In North Korea, Pompeo argued that the ultimate solution should be to...

22:22

De Zionistische Lobby van D'66 en GroenLinks stan van houcke


Propagandareis naar Isral jongerenbeweging GroenLinks was geen probleem

 
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22:21

Statement from Sir Mark Sedwill on the Salisbury attack, by Mark Sedwill Voltaire Network

On Monday EU foreign ministers expressed unqualified solidarity with the UK after the terrible attack in Salisbury and gave their support for our efforts to bring those responsible for justice, demanding urgent and full answers from the Russian government. EU ministers agreed the need to focus on the implications of this shocking incident. Tomorrow the Prime Minister and other EU leaders will discuss this at the European Council. I came to Brussels today as part of the preparations for (...)

22:17

Badass Breakfast Club Turns Detention Into Yet Another Gun Reform Protest PopularResistance.Org

Lookit These Kids Redux: Over 200 students at Pennsylvania's Pennridge High who defied their school's ban on joining last week's nationwide walkout have transformed their ostensible punishment into Civil Disobedience 101 by turning their detention into a silent, moving sit-in. Days before the planned walkout, school officials had announced a Remembrance Assembly featuring a 17-minute silence and slide show to honor the Parkland victims; citing "safety concerns," the school board also said any students who joined the walkout would "face consequences. Somewhat defensively, the Superintendent clarified that students would be disciplined, not because "they expressed any particular viewpoint or opinion," but for "willfully breaking a school rule about leaving the building without permission."

22:10

The covert department behind Chinas growing influence Peace and Freedom

Magic wand used to extend Chinas reach abroad gets enhanced role at time of growing international concern over states covert influence

South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2018, 3:02pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2018, 4:37pm

22:08

Former CIA Chief Brennan Running Scared PopularResistance.Org

It is easy to see why Brennan lost it. The Attorney General fired McCabe, denying him full retirement benefits, because McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor including under oath on multiple occasions. There but for the grace of God go I, Brennan must have thought, whose stock in trade has been unauthorized disclosures. In fact, Brennan can take but small, short-lived consolation in the fact that he succeeded in leaving with a full government pension. His own unauthorized disclosures and leaks probably dwarf in number, importance, and sensitivity those of McCabe.  And many of those leaks appear to have been based on sensitive intercepted conversations from which the names of American citizens were unmasked for political purposes.

21:59

Getting From Profits For A Few To Health Care For All PopularResistance.Org

Democracy is a more radical idea than socialism. That has been noted by a fair number of democratic socialists, including one of the steady campaigners on the left wing of the British Labor Party, Tony Benn, who died in 2014. By stressing democracy first and foremost, he plainly did not abandon the full range of his socialist commitments. On the contrary, the extension of democracy into the workplace and the advance of workers into public life has been the real ground of social democracy. Without democracy in basic goods and services such as health care, housing and education, the ability of people to participate in public life and politics is deeply undermined. We, the people, did not gain ground in civil and human rights simply through the Constitution.

21:50

Walk To Palestine: Activist Walking 5,000km PopularResistance.Org

Twenty-five-year-old Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa is on a treacherous walk from Sweden to Palestine to raise awareness about human rights violations in the occupied territories. As of Wednesday, he is in Bulgaria and should reach Istanbul on March 20, walking 30-50km a day. Ladraa began his 5,000km journey from Gothenburg, Sweden, on August 8 last year. "The plan is to continue through Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and again through Syria to Jordan, and if I cannot get into Palestine, I will try to inform the media about it," he said.

21:47

Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, warns Iran Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The 2007 incident had long been an open secret, but has now been publicly disclosed

21:45

The Russian Military Warns: a Major War in Syria Is Imminent Strategic Culture Foundation

Washingtons plan includes the goal of partitioning Syria in such a way that a large chunk of it would remain under the control of the US-led coalition. The Americans are already assembling municipal councils on the lands east of the Euphrates River.

21:43

Stem op Marjan Sax. Lijst Bij1 stan van houcke



AMSTERDAMMERS, STEM OP MARJAN SAX VAN LIJST BIJ1




21:41

SPLC just released a report detailing the rise in hate.

Luckily, Southern Poverty Law Center is also working to reduce that hate in the US through its Teaching Tolerance program.

21:40

US Envoy In Venezuela Tried To Dissuade Falcon From Presidential Bid PopularResistance.Org

Venezuelan opposition leader Henri Falcon received a visit from United StatesCharge d'Affaires in Venezuela Todd Robinson in which he tried to convince him not to run in the May 20 presidential elections, according to sources close to the candidate. The United States has been threatening President Nicolas Maduro's government with increasing sanctions if they go on with the elections, which they have called fraudulent, and are carrying out an international diplomatic campaign to isolate Maduro and discredit the democratic process. With Falcon, an important opposition figure in Venezuela running for the presidency, the Venezuelan elections gain credibility in the international community which goes against Washingtons attempts to discredit the socialist government in Caracas and lay the groundwork for a military coup which has been publicly suggested by multiple senior U.S. officials in the past few months.

21:36

100 French Intellectuals Denounce Islamist Separatism Clarion Project

Supporters of French President Macron celebrate his victory (Illustrative photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)Supporters of French President Macron celebrate his victory (Illustrative photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

A group of 100 diverse French intellectuals denounced Islamist totalitarianism in the newspaper Le Figaro on March 19, 2018. The following is a translation of their statement made by Clarion contributor Leslie Shaw:

We are citizens of differing and often diametrically opposed views, who have found agreement in expressing our concern in the face of the rise of Islamism. We are united not by our affinities, but by the feeling of danger that threatens freedom in general and not just freedom of thought.

That which unites us today is more fundamental than that which will undoubtedly separate us tomorrow.

Islamist totalitarianism seeks to gain ground by every means possible and to represent itself as a victim of intolerance. This strategy was demonstrated some weeks ago when the SUD Education 93 teachers union proposed a training course that included workshops on state racism from which white people were barred.

Several of the facilitators were members or sympathizers of the CCIF (French Collective Against Islamophobia) or the Natives of the Republic party. Such examples have proliferated recently. We have thus learned that the best way to combat racism is to separate races. If this idea shocks us, it is because we are Republicans.

We also hear it said that because religions in France are trampled on by an institutionalized secularism, everything that is in a minority in other words Islam must be accorded a special place so that it can cease to be humiliated.

This same argument continues by asserting that in covering themselves with a hijab, women are protecting themselves from men and that keeping themselves apart is a means to emancipation.

What these proclamations have in common is the idea that the only way to defend the dominated (the term is that of SUD Education 93) i...

21:31

Woman Who Alleged Assault By Guard Finally Released From Detention PopularResistance.Org

A Salvadoran woman who came forward four months ago with allegations of sexual assault by a guard has been released from the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas, where her abuser remained employed for the bulk of her detainment. Laura Monterrosa was released from detention Friday evening after a months-long campaign by the advocacy organization Grassroots Leadership, culminating with a letter to the Department of Homeland Security signed by more than 45 Congressional representatives calling for an investigation into sexual abuse allegations at Texas detention centers. The members of Congress demanded an expedited audit to assess Huttos compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Getting released from detention has been a long road for Monterrosa, who Grassroots Leadership says is adjusting to her new environment and recovering from the trauma she has experienced.

21:21

Overview Of Battle For Eastern Ghouta On March 21, 2018 (Maps, Videos, Photos)

Overview Of Battle For Eastern Ghouta On March 21, 2018 (Maps, Videos, Photos)

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The Tiger Forces, the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army and other pro-government factions have entered the town of Hazeh and captured a number of points south of the Ein Tarma area.

According to pro-government sources, army troops are now in control of about a half of Hazeh and are still developing momentum inside the town.

In coming days, the Tiger Forces and their allies will further develop their advance in Ein Tarma aiming to tighten the siege on the remaining positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and Faylaq al-Rahman.

Clashes in the area of Kafr Batna:

Meanwhile, reports are circulating that a preliminary evacuation agreement has been reached between the government and local militants in the area of Harasta. If the agreement is implemented, the army will free additional forces for offensive operations across the area.

Overview Of Battle For Eastern Ghouta On March 21, 2018 (Maps, Videos, Photos)

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Government troops in Eastern Ghouta:

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21:19

Columbus Activists Turn Out To Support Black Pride 4 Protesters During Sentencing PopularResistance.Org

On March 13, roughly two dozen community activists and supporters gathered outside a courtroom in Franklin County Municipal Court to support four young activists accused of disrupting last Junes pride parade in Columbus, Ohio. The Black Pride 4 Wriply Bennet, Ashton Braxton, Deandre Miles-Hercules, and Kendall Denton and six other activists blocked the path of the parade for seven minutes last June to protest the acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who killed Philando Castile in 2016, as well as to shed light on the lack of safe spaces for black and brown people in the LGBTQIA+ community, according to their press release. Three out of four of those arrested were sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation and dozens of hours of community service; two of them were fined.

21:15

Saudi Nuclear Blackmail Should Be Nipped in the Bud Strategic Culture Foundation

An innocuous news leak in the Pakistani newspaper The News on Monday has great bearing on the visit by Saudi Arabias Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman to the United States. The report stopped just short of disclosing that Saudi Arabia is extending an extraordinary Balance of Payments loan to Pakistan to the tune of US$2 billion.

21:13

At Riyadh gold souk, 'Saudisation' spells salesmen scarcity Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The Saudi government's strategy to tackle high unemployment has upended businesses struggling to find skilled locals willing to work

21:09

After victory in Afrin, a Turkey-US confrontation looms in Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Turkeys capture of Afrin is a signal that with Russian acquiescence, it can now crush other Syrian Kurdish enclaves - but first it must eliminate the US presence in Manbij

21:06

Gina Haspels Nomination Should Be Withdrawn, She Should Be Investigated PopularResistance.Org

Amnesty International calls upon President Donald Trump to withdraw his nomination of Gina Haspel to the post of Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), for the reasons outlined below. At the same time, the organization calls upon the US Department of Justice to initiate investigations into Gina Haspels alleged activities in the context of the program of secret detention operated by the CIA, a program in which the crimes under internationallaw of torture and enforced disappearance were committed. The investigation should include any role she may have had in the destruction of evidence of such crimes. Finally, Amnesty International calls upon members of the US Senate, if the nomination of Gina Haspel remains in place and the above investigation is not initiated, not to holda confirmation hearing.

21:06

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook outraged over misuse of user data Era of preposterous lies Peace and Freedom

As anger spreads over the improper use of user information, Facebook says it is the victim of a deception by Cambridge Analytica. The social media giant now faces shareholder lawsuits after its stock value plummented.

Facebook icons reflected in a pair of glasses (picture-alliance/empics/D. Lipinski)

Facebook says it was hoodwinked by Cambridge Analytica, the company that harvested data from millions of social media users on behalf of US President Donald Trumps 2016 election campaign.

In a statement cited by US media late on Tuesday, the social media network said: the entire company is outraged that we were deceived, in a reference to the UK-based political research firm at the center of the scandal.

We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect peoples information and will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens, it continued.

Facebook said its top executives were working around the clock to get all the facts, after a whistleblower revealed how Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the data of 50 million Facebook users to attempt to influence US voters.

Read more: Facebook bans Trump campaign data firm Cambridge Analytica

Embattled CEO steps aside

Hours earlier, Cambridge Analytica said it had suspended its CEO Alexander Nix, who was caught on camera boasting about how the data firm influenced Trumps election win.

The data misuse scandal has heaped additional pressure on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has been called by the British and European parliaments to explain the misuse of its user data. A US consumer watchdog has also begun an investigation into the scandal.

The social media firm is already under fire for allowing fake news to proliferate on its platform during the US election campaign, and has repeatedly faced criticism over the privacy of its 2.1 billion regular users.

Read more: Fake news 70 percent more likely to be shared

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20:50

Charlotte Man Planned to Carry Out Attacks for ISIS Clarion Project

Erick Jamal Hendricks [Photo: (inset) Mecklemburg, NC Sheriff's Office; (background): Joe Raedle/Getty Images]Erick Jamal Hendricks [Photo: (inset) Mecklemburg, NC Sheriffs Office; (background): Joe Raedle/Getty Images]Erick Jamal Hendricks of Charlotte, North Carolina was convicted of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.

Hendricks used social media to recruit others to plan and carry out attacks on our homeland in the name of ISIS, with the goal of creating a sleeper cell on our soil, said Assistant Attorney General Demers.

Hendricks, 37, was the youth coordinator for a mosque that belongs to the Islamic Circle of North America.

Hendricks represents the significant online ISIS threat that we face daily a U.S. citizen that becomes radicalized online and attempts to recruit and train individuals to commit jihad, all while on American soil, said Special Agent in Charge Anthony.  The FBI urges the public to report information regarding individuals pledging their allegiance to ISIS or other identified terrorist groups.

Hendricks said his goal was to create a sleeper cell to be trained and housed at a secure compound that would conduct attacks in the U.S.  He mentioned potential targets including military members whose information was released by ISIS, and Pamela Geller, who organized the Draw Prophet Mohammad contest in Garland, Texas, on May 3, 2015.

Hendricks claimed to have 10 members signed up for his group, according court documents and trial testimony.

Among those contacted by Hendricks was a man named Amir Al-Ghazi, who had pledged allegiance to ISIS in social media and made statements expressing interest in conductin...

20:46

Austin, Texas Bomber is Dead Photo of Bomber With Box at FedEx Assisted Law Enforcement Peace and Freedom

CBS and CNN are reporting that the Austin, Texas bomber is dead

He apparently killed himself with a bomb as police closed in on him.

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Austin bombing suspect is dead, sources say

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The suspect in the Austin explosions has died, multiple CNN affiliates in Austin reported, citing law enforcement sources. CNN is working to confirm this latest information.
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While police dont know the identity or motive of the Austin bomber, one thing is clear: the goal is to cause mayhem and death, a federal law enforcement official said late Tuesday.
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Since March 2, a serial bomber has terrorized the Texas capital, leaving several explosive packages around the city.
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In the latest incident, a package exploded at a FedEx sorting center near San Antonio on Tuesday, and a second unexploded bomb was discovered on the same day at another FedEx facility near Austin. Those two packages are connected to four previous bombings that left two people dead.
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The bomber doesnt appear to be targeting one group, the source said.
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A possible explosion reported Tuesday night at a Goodwill store in Austin turned out to be unrelated. In that incident, an employee was injured by two artillery simulators in a donation box, said Ely Reyes, Austins assistant police chief.
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Highway closure: Police shut d...

20:45

Putin"s Landslide Election Poisoned by British Cold War Antics Strategic Culture Foundation

Incredibly, Britain is currently in the process of exiting the EU, and yet it is actively bequeathing a legacy of even worse relations between Europe and Russia as it departs the bloc.

20:42

Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country stan van houcke


20:41

Finanzminister Scholz holt Goldman-Banker als Staatssekretr stan van houcke

 Finanzminister Scholz holt Goldman-Banker als Staatssekretr

Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten  |  Verffentlicht: 19.03.18 14:08 Uhr 
Finanzminister Scholz holt Goldman-Banker Kukies als Staatssekretr.
Ihren XING-Kontakten zeigen
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20:41

Attacke gegen Russland: Um Grobritannien tobt ein Energie-Krieg stan van houcke


Attacke gegen Russland: Um Grobritannien tobt ein Energie-Krieg

Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten  |  Verffentlicht: 14.03.18 15:54 Uhr 
Die aktuellen Spannungen zwischen Grobritannien und Russland kommen nicht berraschend: Um die Insel tobt ein Energiekrieg, bei dem die Amerikaner den Russen Marktanteile abjagen wollen.
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20:40

Polar Warming Spawns More Severe Winter Storms stan van houcke

Polar Warming Spawns More Severe Winter Storms

So theres a lot of groundbreaking work going on in the climate sciences right now. And a major focus is evidence that winter polar warming events are increasingly connected to blizzards and storms in places like Europe and North America. Storms that are both historically powerful and that occur with greater frequency.

20:21

China activists fear high-tech crackdown in Xis new era Beijing Analytica Monitoring of the behaviour and thoughts of the people. The new emperor is a tyrant. Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Joanna CHIU | Some Chinese police have been using high-tech sunglasses that use facial recognition technology to spot suspects in crowded areas

BEIJING (AFP)  As Xi Jinping embarks on a potentially lifelong presidency, activists fear that the Chinese leaders promise of a new era sounds the death knell for human rights under an increasingly digital-savvy police state.The Chinese government has severely reduced space for civil liberties since Xi took power in 2012, and authorities are developing new technologies to keep the vast population in check.

They include include facial recognition software as well as a social credit system for good behaviour eerily similar to an episode of Netflixs sci-fi hit Black Mirror that depicted a dystopian society governed by such scores.

Ye Du, a poet and activist who lives in southern Guangdong province, warned that China is entering a stage of high-tech totalitarianism in which most citizens will feel the psychological impact.

The Chinese Communist Party has begun to pay more and more attention to cloud technology, monitoring technology and other tools, trying to integrate the most cutting-edge technology for the monitoring of the behaviour and thoughts of the people, Ye told AFP.

Xis move to stay in office beyond the end of his second term in 2023, rubber-stamped this week when parliament abolished term limits, triggered a rare bout of criticism on social media.

Censors blocked dozens of phrases such as I disagree or emperor, in an illustration of their resolve to maintain stability, backed by a massive increase in domestic security spending in recent years.

High-tech specs

Last month, some police began to don high-tech sunglasses that can spot suspects in crowded areas, the newest use of facial recognition technology that has drawn concerns among human rights groups.

The glasses send peoples images to a database that checks their personal information.

It is part of Chinas efforts to build a digital surveillance system able to use a variety of biometric data from photos and iris scans to fingerprints to keep close tabs on the movements of the entire population.

A group of legislators suggested during the parliament session that iris recognition be added to the countrys national identity system, including for passports, according to state-run media.

On the web, China has further tightened its Great Firewall wit...

20:15

Finally, Some Good News Strategic Culture Foundation

Washingtons gratuitous raising of tensions with Russia that we have been witnessing for many years is so reckless and irresponsible that we need some relief from the depression of it all. Perhaps I am grasping at straws, but here are some hopeful developments.

20:09

Israeli Court Rules Against Open Trial for Ahed Tamimi Geopolitics Alert

Al Quds (TeleSUR Israels Ofer military court ruled Monday to deny 17-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimis request for a public trial.

Tamimi was taken from her home in Nabi Saleh in December 2017 and charged with assault and incitement for slapping two occupation soldiers in full gear.

Ahed TamimiAhed Tamimi
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Tamimis trial has been held behind closed doors despite reiterated requests by Tamimis defense team for a public trial. According to Judge Lt. General Menahem Liberman, the decision seeks to protect Tamimis right to privacy as a minor, but her family, her lawyers, and supporters argue the courts decision seeks to curtail international attention.

Ahed faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty on 12 different charges, including assault and incitement. Her defense team fears a closed-doors trial will allow the court to act with impunity.

Fadi Quran, a coordinator of the Free Ahed Tamimi campaign, told Mondoweiss Israel has made an immense effort to endanger her by putting her in the public spotlight for the past four months and by targeting her family for the last 10 years. It is hypocritical now to claim they want to protect her privacy.

Meanwhile, Aheds father Bassem Tamimi visited his daughter and wife in prison Monday for the first time since they were both arrested in December. The mother Nariman was arrested a day after Ahed for videotaping her daughters encounter with the Israeli soldiers.

Related: Young US Jews Write 700 Letters of Solidarity to Ahed Tamimi

Bassem said he spoke to Ahed and his wife Nariman for 45 minutes, using a telephone as they sat on the other side of a window, according to local Israeli media. He said they were both in good spirits and that Ahed was focusing on her English studies.

The Tamimi family has been in the forefront of the struggle against the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The Israeli occupation has...

20:08

Remembering the War on Iraq: March 20, 2003 Dissident Voice

Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq.

Neither solid analyses, moral reasoning and decent argument nor historys probably largest pre-war, anti-war demonstrations worldwide had any discernible impact on the Bush and Blair Administrations decision to go to war and do so on a false pretext. Neither could major allies like France and Germany by their opposition to the war on Iraq persuade Washington and London to first try a peaceful resolution in accordance with the UN Charter provisions.

TFF was deeply engaged in preventing this war also by being on the ground in Iraq and wants to a) document the research we did and how we argued back then and b) contribute to this tragedy never being forgotten.

We also want to place our analyses and debate articles at the disposal in one place of the students, researchers, concerned citizens and others who are willing to spend the time and energy in understanding it more in depth and from a peace and conflict-resolution perspective which is still far from known in the public debate, politics and media.

We are not out of what would be false, misplaced modesty seeking to hide the fact that we made a much more comprehensive conflict analysis and produced much better predictions than the intelligence services, foreign ministries and foreign policy institutes of Western interventionist governments and, grosso modo, the Western mainstream media and their commentator experts (few of whom had, of course, ever set foot on Iraqs dry soil).

In short, there were alternative modes of understanding back then and there are in todays wars too. It would have been possible to solve the conflicts without causing the unspeakable human suffering we see still today as would the later conflicts.

Wars take place because somebody wants them to be fought for this or that reason and never the reasons offered to the public. And while wars may also sometimes be seen as mistakes, as wrong means-end calculations repeated wars are not mistakes.

They are produced by elites who benefit from them being fought and who turn warfare into their nations lifestyle, or addiction.

Photo Jan Oberg: The little boy was photographed in 2002 in the book market of old Baghdad. He must be about 20 years old today. If he is still alive. From the Iraq Photo Series

The invasion, occupation, mismanagement and the 13 years of sanctions destroyed large parts of an ancient civilisation and took the lives of...

20:06

The west was built on racism stan van houcke



The west was built on racism. It's time we faced that Kehinde Andrews | In my opinion






20:02

How Israel Saved Us From a Nuclear ISIS Clarion Project

Israel just produced evidence to show in 2007 it took out a suspected nuclear reactor in Syria, something Israel says is further evidence of Irans control over the country.

Later that area was largely controlled by ISIS.

Its time to say thank you to our Israeli allies.

 

In this video, Israel Defense Forces Chief of the General Staff, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot talks about the attack on the Syrian nuclear facility in 2007, when he headed the Northern Command.

 

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20:02

Kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls freed in Nigeria Boko Haram running low on food? Peace and Freedom

BBC News

A signpost of the Government Girls Science and Technical College is pictured in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe, Nigeria March 3, 2018.The girls were taken from a boarding school in Dapchi, Yobe state, in February. Reuters photo

Many of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants from the town of Dapchi have returned, according to residents who spoke to the BBC.

People said that many of the 110 schoolgirls were brought back in a vehicle convoy this morning.

The circumstances of their return is still not quite clear, but there are indications five of the girls may have died.

They were taken from the school more than a month ago.

Parent Kundili Bukar told the BBC the militants believed to be Boko Haram drove into the town in a motorcade and surrendered the girls to the community.

The militants are said to have left immediately. He said the girls were looking haggard and tired although some reportedly found the strength to run home to their families after being released.

Another parent, Manuga Lawal, said he had managed to speak to his daughter Aisha, who was among the kidnapped girls, on the phone.

The police chief in Yobe state, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu, would not confirm whether or not the girls had returned, but said he had heard the same reports.

However, a military officer working at a checkpoint near the town told Reuters news agency : Boko Haram have brought the girls.

The girls were taken from their school on the evening of Monday, 19 February, by a group of militants who had attacked the town of Dapchi.

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19:53

Silvio Berlusconi Didnt Win Italys Election But Hes Making All The Demands Bunga Bunga Peace and Freedom

Reuters

ROME (Reuters) Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wants the center-right to team up with the 5-Star Movement to form a government with a pre-determined agenda, La Repubblica newspaper reported on Wednesday.

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Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi gestures during a meeting in Rome, Italy, March 1, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

The newspaper said Berlusconi, leader of the Forza Italia party, told the head of his main center-right ally, the Leagues Matteo Salvini, of his position during a meeting on Tuesday.

It quoted Berlusconi as saying during a meeting that he did not have any preclusion towards 5-Star.

Berlusconi told Salvini that the center-right could form a government with a specific, pre-determined agenda to tackle issues such as the economy, labor, security, and immigration, the newspaper said, without citing specific sources.

The March 4 election ended in a hung parliament, with a rightist coalition winning a combined 37 percent of the vote and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement emerging as by far the largest single party in parliament on 32 percent.

La Repubblica said Berlusconis strategy was to put the ball into 5-Stars court so that they would have to assume responsibility if no government were formed.

Berlusconi and his center-right allies, which also include the smaller Brothers of Italy party, were due to meet in Rome later on Wednesday.

The League took some 17 percent of the overall vote, compared to 14 percent for Berlusconis Forza Italia, putting the League in the drivers seat of the center right.

The solution feared most by markets is a marriage between 5-Star and the League, excluding Forza Italia, which is seen a moderating, pro-European force.

The League and 5-Star on their own would have a parliamentary majority and there are some overlaps in their manifestos, with both calling for tax cuts, greater spending on welfare and a rejection of EU budget rules.

Both used to call for Italy to quit the euro, but while 5-Star says the moment has passed, the League says it still wants to leave the single currency at the earliest politically feasible time.

Salvini last year said he was open to hooking up with 5-Star, but has since said he will not abandon his rightist bloc.

Pre...

19:45

Why America's Major News-Media Must Change Their Thinking Strategic Culture Foundation

When the government is trusted but the head-of-state is not, or vice-versa, there cannot be a functioning democracy. In other words, theres a dictatorship at that time, and the only real question regarding it, is: What type of dictatorship is this?

19:44

Israeli Intelligence Minister: Strike on Syrian Reactor Shows Israel Wont Accept Nuclear Iran Peace and Freedom

Haaretz

Israel publicly acknowledgement for the first time that its F-16 and F-15 warplanes bombed a partially constructed nuclear facility near Deir al-Zor in 2007

.: A still frame taken from video material released on March 21, 2018 shows a combination image of what the Israeli military describes is before and after an Israeli air strike on a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor site near Deir al-Zor
A still frame taken from video material released on March 21, 2018 shows a combination image of what the Israeli military describes is before and after an Israeli air strike on a suspected Syrian nuclear facility HANDOUT/ REUTERS

Israels intelligence minister said that the operation to destroy Syrias nuclear reactor in 2007, which was cleared for publication on Wednesday, shows Israel will not allow those threatening our existence to have nuclear weapons. Syria then and Iran today.

In a tweet, Yisrael Katz said he saluted then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for destroying t...

19:43

Attack Against Nord Stream 2 Renewed with Vigor: Whose Interests Does It Meet? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Attack Against Nord Stream 2 Renewed with Vigor: Whose Interests Does It Meet?  Alex GORKA Economics dictate national interests. Foreign policy is the tool used to advance it. Moscow has to fight back on all fronts, but the truth is that Washington does not care much about chemical attacks in Eastern Ghouta, the Salisbury poisoning, []

19:34

Our American friends want us to buy their gas instead of Russian, even though its 50% more expensive Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US Threatens With Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture between Russias state gas giant Gazprom and five European companies, including Frances Engie, Austrias OMV AG, Germanys Uniper and Wintershall, as well as Royal Dutch Shell. Berlin and the EU have repeatedly expressed an interest in implementing the []

19:28

The memo said DO NOT CONGRATULATE PUTIN Trump did it anyway Peace and Freedom

Washington: US President Donald Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection, including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating DO NOT CONGRATULATE, according to officials familiar with the call.

US President Donald Trump said he called Russia President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his election victory.

Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn Putin about the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and US governments have blamed on Moscow.

The Presidents conversation with Putin, which Trump called a very good call, prompted fresh criticism of his muted tone toward one of the United Statess biggest geopolitical rivals amid the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russias election interference and the Trump campaigns contacts with Russian officials.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-memo-said-do-not-congratulate-putin-trump-did-it-anyway-20180321-p4z5fe.html

Image result for Donald Trump with Putin, G20, photosDonald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Germany last year.Photo: AP

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Trump Congratulates Putin on Re-Election, but Fails to Mention Meddling in U.S.

NYT:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/us/politics/trump-putin-russia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=st...

19:19

Liars, damned liars, and Boris Johnson Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Liars, damned liars, and Boris Johnson This post is also available in: Spanish, Italian There are three categories of liars: Liars, Damned liars, and  Boris Johnson, the Secretary of State for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The FCO minister, backed by Prime Minister Theresa May and the roar of the mainstream media, has provoked []

19:08

Fighting leaves six al-Shabab fighters dead in southern Somalia Horseed Media

At least six al-Shabab fighters were killed and several others injured in heavy fighting with the Somali National Army in southern Somalia, officials said Tuesday. Somali Army official Abdirahman Ibrahim Muhamed said the militants ambushed an army base in Budhubo town, in Gedo region, on Monday evening, sparking fighting that lasted several hours. Somalia National []

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19:02

Irishmen subjected to CIA-style 5 techniques by British not tortured European court Aletho News

RT | March 20, 2018 A European court has rejected a request to find that a group of 14 men detained during internment in Northern Ireland suffered torture. The prisoners were subjected to white noise, sleep and food deprivation as well as beatings. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected the Irish government petition []

19:01

If anyone still thinks that the EU referendum resulting in #Brexit was democracy in action then its time to wake up to reality. Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Revealed: The Highjacking of Britains EU Referendum By True Publica, We have witnessed in full view how a shadowy global operation involving dark money, big data and American billionaires influenced the result of the EU referendum. If anyone still thinks that the EU referendum resulting in Brexit was democracy in action then its time []

18:55

Psychometrics: How Facebook data helped Trump find his voters Hillary Clinton had the FBI and Justice Department Going for Her But Forgot Facebook? Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Paul HANDLEY | Powered by Facebook: President Donald Trump on the night of his 2016 election victory, which was helped by a massive social media database

WASHINGTON (AFP)  It was one of hundreds of cute questionnaires that were shared widely on Facebook and other social media, like Which Pokeman Are You? and What Are Your Most Used Words?This one, an app called thisismydigitallife, was a personality quiz, asking questions about how outgoing a person is, how vengeful one can be, whether one finishes projects, worries a lot, likes art, or is talkative.

About 320,000 people took the quiz, designed by a man named Alexsandr Kogan.

Kogan was contracted to do it by a company called Cambridge Analytica, founded by US Republican supporters including Steve Bannon, who would become the strategist for Donald Trump.

Because Kogans app was circulated via Facebook, it reaped far more than just the information on those who took the test. At the time, in 2015, such apps could scrape up all the personal details of not only the quiz-taker, but all their Facebook friends.

That ultimately became a horde of data on some 50 million Facebook users their personal information, their likes, their places, their pictures, and their networks.

Marketers use such information to pitch cars, clothes, and vacations with targeted ads. It was used in earlier elections by candidates to identify potential supporters.

But for Kogan and Cambridge it was a much bigger goldmine. They used it for psychological profiling of US voters, creating a powerful database that helped carry Trump to victory in the 2016 presidential election.

The data let the Trump campaign know more than perhaps anyone has ever known about Facebook users, creating targeted ads and messaging that could play on their individual biases, fears and loves effectively creating a bond between them and the candidate.

Psychometric profiling

The project was based on the work of a former Cambridge scientist, Michal Kosinski, who studies people based on what information they generate on line.

Kosinski and fellow researcher David Stillwell had for several years tapped into Facebook for psychometric profiling using their own personality test app, myPersonality.

The app accumulated six million test results, along with users Facebook profiles, and their friends profiles, in a powerful research database.

In 2015 they published a study carrying the bold title: Computer-based personality Judgments are mo...

18:46

Berlusconi balks at unfamiliar junior role as League calls tune Berlusconi is causing trouble. Peace and Freedom

Centre-rights divisions add to complexity of forming stable government in Italy

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Head of the centre-right Forza Italia group Silvio Berlusconi (right) and League head Matteo Salvini AFP

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Before Italys general election this month one big question had been whether Silvio Berlusconi, the 81-year old media mogul and former prime minister, could tame Matteo Salvini, his populist junior coalition partner, in talks to form a rightwing government.

But after Italian voters delivered huge electoral gains for Mr Salvini, making him the dominant force on the Italian right, the tables have turned. It is Mr Salvini who is trying to break Italys post-election logjam and construct a government and Mr Berlusconi who is causing trouble.

Tension between Mr Berlusconis camp and Mr Salvinis party, the League, has become public over an emerging deal with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement to choose the speakers for Italys bicameral parliament. The basic outline discussed by Mr Salvini with Luigi Di Maio, the Five Star leader and the other big winner from the Italian election would be for the League to clinch one chambers presidency and Five Star the other.

Mr Berlusconi who underperformed in the election has balked at such an arrangement, insisting that his party, Forza Italia, claim one of the roles.

The demand has frustrated the League. [Berlusconi] is still recovering from the hit he took in the election so I dont know what kind of role he can claim, says Guglielmo Picchi, a League lawmaker from Tuscany. He was chief of everything but now he has to adapt to being number two.

The tension within the rightwing alliance is only one strand to the political weaving taking place before Sergio Mattarella, Italys president, starts formal consultations over how to form a government after the inconclusive election. A divided right will further complicate Mr Mattarellas task.

Mr Berlusconis resistance to a pact between Mr Di Maio and Mr Salvini on the speakerships in parliament signals that he fears a broader pact between Five Star and the League to govern the country could be in the works.

Many investors and European policymakers would see that as the worst possible outcome, bringing together two parties that are openly critical of EU and eurozone policies.

Mr Berlusconi described Five Star as a bigger threat to Italy than communism during the campaign, warning that they would raise taxes, increase poverty through government handouts to the poor and be overly zealous in campaigning against corruption. His allies have warned Mr Salvini that an accommodation wit...

18:44

Apartheid israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Apartheid Israel By Jonathon Cook | AMEU | 2018 Volume 51 North from Nazareths city limits, a mile or so as the crow flies, is an agricultural community by the name of Tzipori Hebrew for bird. It is a place I visit regularly, often alongside groups of    activists wanting to learn more about []

18:29

Era of preposterous lies: Russian FM threatens to hit back at Britain over spy poisoning Russia has chosen to be a strategic competitor. Use of chemical weapons shows disdain for international law and norms. Peace and Freedom

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. REUTERS Sergei Karpukhin FILE PHOTO

TOKYO (AFP)  Russias foreign minister threatened Wednesday to retaliate against Britain for anti-Russian measures, with the two countries at loggerheads over the poisoning of a spy in southern England.

Speaking after a meeting with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, Lavrov said: If the British government continues taking some anti-Russian measures, we will hit back under the principle of reciprocity.

Lavrov urged the British government to respond calmly over the March 4 attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who remain in critical condition.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has long been part of Putins inner circle.  AFP File PHOTO

Britain says only Russia had the capability, motive and intent to be behind the attack, which used the nerve agent Novichok reportedly developed by the former Soviet Union.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed this as nonsense.

Britain reacted by expelling 23 Russian diplomats and their families around 80 people in total and has also cut off high-level contacts.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said London was actively considering other measures.

On Tuesday, the head of the OPCW chemical watchdog said it would take two to three weeks to complete laboratory analysis of samples taken from the poisoning.

The affair has poisoned Russias already shaky relations with many Western countries.

The EU has expressed its solidarity with Britain and leaders at a summit later this week will agree to coordinate on the consequences for Russia, according to a draft statement seen by AFP.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suggested on Tuesday that Moscows suspected involvement shows Russia has chosen to be a strategic competitor.

However, President Donald Trump skipped the issue when congratulating Putin on his re-election and proposed a summit in the not-too-distant future.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced outrage over the attack in a call to May, according to her office.

Skripal, 66, a former Russian officer who sold secrets to Britain and moved there in a 2...

18:17

Taiwan shadows China carrier group after Xi warning Peace and Freedom

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BY FABIAN HAMACHER

TAIPEI (Reuters) Taiwan has sent ships and aircraft to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier group through the narrow Taiwan Strait, its defense ministry said on Wednesday, after Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his strongest warning against Taiwan separatism to date.

China claims Taiwan as its sacred territory and considers the self-ruled island a wayward province, which Xi said on Tuesday would face the punishment of history for any attempt at separatism.

Taiwans defense ministry said the carrier group, led by Chinas sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, entered the waterway late on Tuesday, but kept on its western side.

By midday on Wednesday it has left Taiwans air defense identification zone heading southwest, the ministry said, adding it looked like China was conducting drills.

Taiwans military sent ships and aircraft to shadow the carrier group the entire way, but spotted nothing out of the ordinary and people in Taiwan should not be concerned, it added.

Chinas Defence Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In January, the Liaoning sailed twice through the Taiwan Strait, in what China said was part of routine drills.

Taiwan says China has ramped up military exercises around the island in the past year or so. The island is one of Chinas most sensitive issues and a potential military flashpoint.

Chinas hostility towards Taiwan has risen since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, a member of the islands pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.

China suspects Tsai wants to push for formal independence, which would cross a red line for Communist Party leaders in Beijing, though Tsai has said she wants to maintain the status quo and is committed to ensuring peace.

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18:04

International Revolutionary Peoples Guerrilla Forces, North America Foundational Statement Enough is Enough!

Statement by the International Revolutionary Peoples Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF).

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.

International Revolutionary Peoples Guerrilla Forces, North America Foundational Statement

Today we announce the North American incarnation of the International Revolutionary Peoples Guerrilla Forces, previously active only in Rojava. We do this as Americans in  the imperial center who have the mind and conscience to see that the interlocking systems of oppression (capitalism, statism, patriarchy, racism, colonialism etc) exist to extract wealth from those who need it most, for the benefit of a ruling class whose desires are met in luxury. We see that capitalism relies on both systemic racism and patriarchy to keep the exploited classes fighting amongst themselves rather than rising together. We see nationalist and imperialist wars being perpetrated for profit at the expense of the poor and working class. We see climate change ushering in late/end-stage capitalism, wherein the inherent contradictions are finally causing the machine to break down. Perhaps a monkey wrench thrown into the gears to accelerate the breakdown of that machine would be an ethical response, provided that we also work to create a more just and sustainable present to build a bridge into the future, through community self-determination, democratic confederalization, intersectional anarchism, and mutual aid.

We are autonomists. This means we believe that both sovereign individuals and their communities of voluntary association should be self-determining to the fullest degree possible. If their autonomy is threatened they have the right to engage in revolutionary self-defense.

The people of Chiapas, Mexico inaugurated the first postmodern autonomist revolution in 1994, and we love and honor them for it. We believe that in Rojava this autonomism has evolved into a form that can spread virally around the world and adapt to local conditions- experimental democratic confederalism. Let us begin with perhaps the most important thing Ocalan ever said: Human liberation begins with womens liberation. Jineology offers a starting point for the social revolution: the emancipation and empowerment of women, trans women, femmes, and non-males. Secondly, Rojava has made it clear that the nation-s...

18:02

Attack Against Nord Stream 2 Renewed with Vigor: Whose Interests Does It Meet? Aletho News

By Alex GORKA | Strategic Culture Foundation | 20.03.2018 Economics dictate national interests. Foreign policy is the tool used to advance it. Moscow has to fight back on all fronts, but the truth is that Washington does not care much about chemical attacks in Eastern Ghouta, the Salisbury poisoning, election meddling, or so many other []

18:00

More context free portrayal of Jenin on BBC Radio 4 BBC Watch

On March 15th BBC Radio 4 aired an edition of a contemporary art programme called The Art of Now titled Dangerous Places.

As can be seen in the synopsis, all but one of the stories showcased in that programme relate in one way or another to Israel.

Composer Errollyn Wallen meets some of the artists working in places of conflict, violence and oppression around the world. She hears their personal testimonies and explores why art and music, poetry and drama can sometimes flourish in times and locations of danger and violence.

What use is art in a warzone, and what can these individuals and their work tell artists in more peaceful places about making art that helps us question and communicate?

Cartoonist and free improvisational trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj talks about his work during the 2006 Lebanon war and the problem of exoticising art from warzones. Journalist and poet Bejan Matur describes how living as a Kurd in southeastern Turkey has shap...

17:35

Facebooks Lax Data Policies Led to Cambridge Analytica Crisis Peace and Freedom

Social-media giants loose policing of app developers went on for years

The Cambridge Analytica crisis has its roots in a 2007 decision by Facebook to open access to its so-called social graph. Above, Cambridge Analyticas London offices.
The Cambridge Analytica crisis has its roots in a 2007 decision by Facebook to open access to its so-called social graph. Above, Cambridge Analyticas London offices. PHOTO: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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Updated March 20, 2018 9:26 p.m. ET

Facebook Inc.s loose approach to policing how app creators and others deployed its user data persisted for years, including after a 2015 effort by the social network to restrict access, according to court documents and people familiar with Facebook. The social-media giant is now dealing with the fallout.

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook violated terms of a 2011 settlement when data of up to 50 million users was transferred to an analytics firm tied to President Donald Trumps campaign, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. If the FTC finds that Facebook violated the settlement terms, the company could face millions of dollars in fines.

That firm, Cambridge Analytica, said Tuesday it is launching its own investigation to determine if the company engaged in any...

17:26

Google launches news initiative to combat fake news Peace and Freedom

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Google launches news initiative to combat fake news

Google said it plans to spend $300 million over the next three years to improve the accuracy and quality of news appearing on its platforms.  (Shutterstock/File)

Alphabet Incs Google is launching the Google News Initiative, to weed out fake news online and during breaking news situations, it said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Google said it plans to spend $300 million over the next three years to improve the accuracy and quality of news appearing on its platforms.

The changes come as Google, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc face a backlash over their role during the U.S. presidential election by allowing the spread of false and often malicious information that might have swayed voters toward Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Read also: Nine social media, messaging apps agree to combat fake news

In a separate blog post, Google said it was launching a tool to help subscribe to news publications.

Subscribe with Google will let users buy a subscription on participating news sites using their Google account and manage all their subscriptions in one place.

Google said it would launch the news subscription with the Financial Times, the New York Times, Le Figaro and The Telegraph among others. The search engine said it plans to add more news publishers soon.

17:21

In Europe, Mark Zuckerberg To Face Wave of Anger Over Facebook, User Data Privacy, Cambridge Analytica Calls to regulate social media companies Peace and Freedom

The UK and European parliaments have called on Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to explain the use of its data by Cambridge Analytica. The social network said it also faced questions from the US consumer watchdog.

Mark Zuckerberg meeting with a group of entrepreneurs

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was on Tuesday summoned by a British parliamentary committee to explain how UK-based Cambridge Analytica managed to harvest the personal data of Facebook users.

Facebook is under fire after reports that Cambridge Analytica misused information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. The social network has lost billions of dollars in market value since Monday.

In a letter addressed to Zuckerberg, Damian Collins, the chairman of the UK parliamentary media committee, said he has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data. He accused the social media giant of misleading the committee by consistently understating the risks surrounding data protection.

Read moreInventor of internet: Regulate social media companies!

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It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process, Collins said in the note. Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to fixing Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.

The request to appear comes as British data protection authorities seek a warrant to search the London offices of Cambridge Analytica.

EU parliament invite for Zuckerberg

The Facebook chief has also been invited by the European Parliament to speak on the data misuse case.

Weve invited Mark Zuckerberg to the European Parliament, the bodys president, Antonio T...

17:12

Authorities In Austin Say Latest Package Bombs Sent By Same Person Peace and Freedom

People evacuate as emergency vehicles stage near the site of another explosion on Tuesday in Austin, Texas.

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Updated at 1:30 a.m. ET

Police in Texas are investigating two more package bombs found on Tuesday at separate FedEx facilities in Austin and near San Antonio the latest of six such devices this month that are thought to be the work of the same individual. Authorities say another incident at a Goodwill store in south Austin is unrelated.

Police said the latest incident involved an artillery simulator dropped off at the Goodwill that initiated at about 7 p.m. after being handled by an employee.

After our investigation on scene, we determined that this was not an explosive device and was not related to the other bombings, Austin Assistant Police Chief Ely Reyes told reporters. He said police did not believe it was a copycat.

A lot of times these military-type momentos will be found by a family and they will not know how to dispose them, he added.

Authorities say the employee, a man in his 30s, suffered potentially serious, not expected to be life threatening, injuries.

Although apparently not connected to a series of package bombs that have killed two people and injured several this month, the incident at the Goodwill store was an indication of just how tense things have become as authorities hunt for what they believe to be a serial bomber. The first attack occurred on March 2.

Just after midnight on Tuesday, a package detonated at a facility in Schertz, Texas, northeast of San Antonio, the FBI says. One person was treated and released at the scene, the Schertz Police Department said.

Schertz Police...

17:08

New Investigations Into Facebook Add New Pressures What if advertising revenue crashes? The scale of errors can only lead one to conclude these are systemic problems. Peace and Freedom

The headquarters of Cambridge Analytica in central London on Tuesday. The company, which worked on President Trumps campaign, has faced a backlash after reports that it had obtained information on 50 million Facebook users. CreditJack Taylor/Getty Images

WASHINGTON Federal regulators and state prosecutors are opening investigations into Facebook. Politicians in the United States and Europe are calling for its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to testify before them. Investors have cut the value of the social networking giant by about $50 billion in the past two days.

They are all focused on the same thing: whether Facebook mishandled users data.

Facebook has built its highly profitable social network off its users, selling advertisements based on their ages, interests and other details. But the scrutiny over the companys vast trove of personal data following a report that a political consulting firm had improperly obtained information of 50 million users is taking direct aim at that lucrative formula.

Investors are reacting to fears of regulation and the consequences of regulation, said Brian Wieser, a senior research analyst at Pivotal Research Group. The scale of errors can only lead one to conclude these are systemic problems.

So far, most of the social networks top executives have been silent. Mr. Zuckerberg, its founder, and Sheryl Sandberg, his top deputy, have not made any public statements in recent days. The pair did not appear at an employee meeting on Tuesday in Men...

17:02

Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO over Facebook data scandal Peace and Freedom

Alexander Nix, the chief executive of the London-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, left his offices through the back door on Tuesday. Credit Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA, via Shutterstock

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES, REUTERS) Cambridge Analytica, the political data firm with ties to President Donald Trumps 2016 campaign, suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, on Tuesday (March 20), amid a furore over the access it gained to private information on more than 50 million Facebook users.

The decision came after a television broadcast in which Nix was recorded suggesting unseemly practices to influence foreign elections.

The company, founded by Stephen Bannon and Robert Mercer, a wealthy Republican donor who has put at least US$15 million (S$20 million) into it, offered tools that could identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behaviour.

So-called psychographic modelling techniques, which were built in part with the data harvested from Facebook, underpinned the companys work for the Trump campaign in 2016. Nix once called the practice our secret sauce, though some have questioned its effectiveness.

In a joint investigation published online on Saturday, The New York Times and The Observer of London detailed the companys acquisition and use of the Facebook data.

In the latest segment of an investigation aired on Tuesday by Britains Channel 4 News, Nix describes questionable practices used to influence foreign elections and said his firm did all the research, analytics and targeting of voters for Trumps digital and TV campaigns. He also boasts he met Trump when he was the Republican presidential candidate many times.

Nixs comments do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation, Cambridge Analytica said in a statement on Tuesday.

Brad Parscale, the 2016 Trump campaigns main digital adviser who dealt regularly with Cambridge Analytica, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Nixs claims.

Nix also acknowledged his company used a self-destructing email server to communicate with clients in order to eliminate evidence of their contact.  You send them and after theyve been read, two hours later, they disappear,

Nix was recorded telling an undercover Channel 4 News reporter in a private meeting. Theres no evidence, theres no paper trail, theres nothing.

Jared Kush...

16:53

Republicans angered as Trump congratulates Putin Peace and Freedom

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Yuri Kadobnov / Pool / AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin meets at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 19, 2018.

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Latest update : 2018-03-21

President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election, drawing bruising criticism from members of his own party, including a leading senator who scorned the election as a sham.

Trump also said he and Putin might meet in the not too distant future to discuss the arms race and other matters.

What they didnt discuss on Tuesday was noteworthy as well: Trump did not raise Russias meddling in the U.S. elections or its suspected involvement in the recent poisoning of a former spy in England.

An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and has pressed the Trump administration to respond aggressively to Russias interference in the U.S. presidential election.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic, called the presidents call odd. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump can call whomever he chooses but noted that calling Putin wouldnt have been high on my list.

At the State Department, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it was no surprise that Putin was re-elected, commenting that some people were paid to turn out to vote and opposition leaders were intimidated or jailed. She also cited a preliminary report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that said Russias election took place in an overly controlled environment that lacked an even playing field for all contenders.

Her comments were notably tougher on Russia than those coming from the White House.

White Ho...

16:46

Whats genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump They both used Facebook and Cambridge Analytica methods Peace and Freedom

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BY BEN SHAPIRO, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
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THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

On Sunday, The Guardian reported on the supposedly nefarious workings of President Trumps data-gathering team at Cambridge Analytica. The report suggested that Cambridge Analytica had essentially issued questionnaires through a third party; those questionnaires, which were personality quizzes, requested that you use your Facebook login. Cambridge Analytica then compiled data regarding those who completed the quiz and cross-referenced that data with political preferences in order to target potential voters.

This isnt particularly shocking. In 2012, The Guardian reported that President Obamas reelection team was building a vast digital data operation that for the first time combines a unified database on millions of Americans with the power of Facebook to target individual voters to a degree never achieved before.

What, exactly, would Obama be doing? According to The Guardian, Obamas new database would be gathered by asking individual volunteers to log into Obamas reelection site using their Facebook credentials. Consciously or otherwise, The Guardian states, the individual volunteer will be injecting all the information they store publicly on their Facebook page home location, date of birth, interests and, crucially, network of friends directly into the central Obama database. 

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Facebook had no problem with such activity then. They do now. Theres a reason for that. The former Obama director of integration and media analytics stated that, during the 2012 campaign, Facebook allowed the Obama team to suck out the whole social graph; Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didnt stop us once they realized that was what we were doing. She added, They came to [the] office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldnt have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.

Not so with Trump. As soon as Facebook realized that Cambridge Analytica had pursued a similar strategy, they suspended the firm.

Again, this isnt surprising. Since Trumps election, Democrats in search of a rationale for their favored candidates defeat have blamed a bevy of social media outlets. Senate Democrats trotted o...

16:44

The Ease of Accusation: The Skripal Affair Dissident Voice

The policy of responding to assassinations on British soil is a near non-existent one.  Her Majestys Government is certainly in the habit of huffing, and steam can issue from deliberations in the House of Commons. But substance is often absent.

When Buzzfeed conducted an investigation into the mortuary of incidents in 2017, it found a degree of indifference on the part of British authorities.  Trumpeting findings that fourteen individuals had been assassinated on British soil by Russias security services or mafia groups, two forces that sometimes work in tandem, the reporters honed in on British sluggishness.  While the Russian bear was busy, Britannia was asleep.

The attempted poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia by a nerve agent is coloured by such a backdrop.  With each day, Downing Street has had to seem to be doing something in linking the attempted killings with identifiable culprits.  Britain is at a low ebb, barely finding its place at the Brexit negotiation table with the European Union.  Weakness and questionable competence is all around.

While this has happened, President Vladimir Putin has been re-elected.  Russia is revitalised.  The Kremlin comes with conveniently heavy baggage of blame.  A perfect situation, then, to point a distracting finger of accusation, making Britain the first state to accuse another of attacking it with a chemical weapon since the Chemical Weapons Convention came into force in 1997.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has obviously been landed the job of running the accusations which have been beaded together with faux consistency. The case for the prosecution, he argues, is that the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack was of the Novichok group according to our scientists at Porton Down.

The second point is track record and experience. You also have to consider, he explained to Deutsche Welle, that Sergei Skripal is somebody who is being identified as a target for liquidation and that Vladimir Putin has himself said that traitors, i.e. defectors such as Mr. Skripal, should be poisoned.

Let us take the Novichok suggestion.  The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons which oversees the implementation of the CWC, claimed on March 16 that there was no record of the Novichok group of nerve agents having been declared by a state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Where intelligence matters are politicised, links will be forged and tenuous ties made.  The Russian factor, goes the British line, is unmistakable and unimpeachable.  This, despite...

16:38

Chinese citizens with poor social credit rating to be barred from public transport Peace and Freedom

If the government doesnt like you, youll have to walk to work

Chinese citizens with poor 'social credit rating' to be barred from public transport
Chinese citizens with poor social credit rating to be barred from public transport

THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT will implement the latest phase of its Black Mirror-esque Social Credit System on 1 May, which will see citizens who have a poor social-credit rating barred from planes and trains.

Chinas Social Credit System is coordinated by the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms. It mashes together information gleaned from a wide variety of sources in order to give every citizen a social-credit rating.

This includes data from the countrys social insurance database and the criminal records system, as well as information gleaned online. It is intended to penalise not just citizens who have failed to pay fines or taxes, for example, but also people the government deems guilty of spreading false information and causing trouble.

While the full system hasnt been rolled out yet, several regional pilot programs have been run. In those pilots, more than nine million Chinese people have already been barred from air transport, and three million stopped from buying high-speed train tickets, according to Chinas National Development and Reform Commiss...

16:33

Chinese rights activists fearful as policeman takes charge of legal affairs Peace and Freedom

BEIJING (Reuters) Chinese rights lawyers and activists say the promotion on Monday of former police official Fu Zhenghua to head Chinas justice ministry signals an even deeper freeze on attempts to use the countrys legal system to defend against rights abuses.

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Fu Zhenghua, head of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau

Lawmakers at Chinas annual meeting of parliament rubber-stamped the appointment of Fu, previously a deputy head of Chinas ministry of public security, to take charge of the department in charge of maintaining and improving Chinas legal system. Fu was preceded by Zhang Jun, who is now head of the state prosecutor and courts.

Long seen as a rising star in law enforcement, Fu led a number of high-profile investigations and crackdowns, including the probe into former security czar Zhou Yongkang, who was found guilty of corruption.

Since 2015, he headed an office dedicated to the suppression of what the ruling Communist Party calls evil cults, including the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong.

Fus self-described heavy fist approach to law enforcement has won him plaudits from Chinese state media, which has previously said his campaigns helped clean up Chinese society and tackle graft.

Rights groups have called for the United States to target Fu with sanctions under the Magnitsky Act, which authorizes the U.S. government to freeze assets of those responsible for gross human rights violations.

A coalition of 23 groups coordinated by Washington-based Human Rights First asked the United States to impose sanctions against Fu and two other police officers for their role in overseeing the detention of activist Cao Shunli, who died in custody in 2013.

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Fu Zhenghua has presided over a number of serious human rights violations throughout his career, said Frances Eve, a Hong Kong-based researcher for Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

Fus appointment is a sign that the Xi Jinping regime is not going to back down on its suppression of human rights.

Neither Chinas justice department or public security ministry responded to faxed requests for comment about rights activists concerns and complaints over Fus appointm...

16:29

Salisbury, Skripal and Novichok: A Local View Dissident Voice

From the moment the news came out that on Sunday March 4th in Salisbury, one of Englands revered cathedral cities, a Russian spy and his daughter had been poisoned by some form of nerve agent my reaction was Oh dear.

Jeremy Corbyn correctly reminded Parliament of Tony Blairs attempt to frighten people into going to war with Iraq with his dodgy dossier and 45 minutes claim.  But most have forgotten that, four days before the huge demonstration in London the Army very visibly arrived at Heathrow airport, because there was a possible threat of planes being hit by al Qaida missiles.  They disappeared after a day or so as it was obvious the protest by millions would go ahead anyway.

The ever-increasing hysteria of the government and mainstream media in the days that followed the Salisbury incident was giving off the same nasty smell.  All the news was evidence-light and full of anomalies that no one addressed.  It seems that once again, a government is trying to scare everyone, this time to make us point the accusing finger at Russia.

Then I read a comment by a Salisbury resident: Its like a ghost town.  The governments reaction had so frightened everyone that people werent coming to the city.  Shops and businesses were suffering.  I dont exactly live a million miles from Salisbury, so I hopped on the train to see for myself how it was coping.

Visit Salisbury at any time of the year and it will be heaving with people coming to shop, to eat at one of the many cafes, restaurants and pubs, to visit the Cathedral and to walk through the ancient narrow streets.  N...

16:19

Israeli Court Claims Ahed Tamimis Closed Trial Is for Her Own Good The Anti-Media

Ahed Tamimi(MEMO)  An Israeli court has refused to hold a public trial for Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi claiming it is for her own benefit, reports Haaretz. Last week the military prosecution told the court that they had no objection to a public court proceedings but were later informed that the case would be held behind closed doors as []

15:12

What the Media Isnt Telling You About Social Media The Anti-Media

Weaponization of Social Media(CORBETT)  Now openly admitted, governments and militaries around the world employ armies of keyboard warriors to spread propaganda and disrupt their online opposition. Their goal? To shape public discourse around global events in a way favourable to their standing military and geopolitical objectives. Their method? The weaponization of social media.  TRANSCRIPT: It didnt take long from []

15:01

India Abductees Found Dead Near Mosul; 72 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

The bodies of 39 Sikhs were discovered in a mass grave near Mosul. Their identities were confirmed through DNA testing.

The post India Abductees Found Dead Near Mosul; 72 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

15:00

Pompeo and Haspel are Symptoms of a Deeper Problem Antiwar.com Original

President Trumps recent cabinet shakeup looks to be a real boost to hard-line militarism and neo-conservatism. If his nominees to head the State Department and CIA are confirmed, we may well have moved closer to war. Before being chosen by Trump to head up the CIA, Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo was one of Continue reading "Pompeo and Haspel are Symptoms of a Deeper Problem"

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15:00

The Untold Story of My Lai: How and Why the Official Investigation Covered Up General Westmorelands Responsibility Antiwar.com Original

Fifty years ago this month, on March 16, 1968, two companies of US Army troops belonging to the Americal Division entered the My Lai and My Khe hamlets of Son My village, in Quang Ngai province, and killed 504 Vietnamese civilians overwhelmingly women, children, and old men in cold blood. The national press Continue reading "The Untold Story of My Lai: How and Why the Official Investigation Covered Up General Westmorelands Responsibility"

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15:00

Who Wants To Kill Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah? Antiwar.com Original

On March 13, while on his way to the besieged Gaza Strip, two 33-pounds bombs targeted the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah. Hamdallah was visiting Gaza, through the Israeli border checkpoint, Erez, to open a large sewage treatment plant that, if allowed to operate regularly, will make life easier for hundreds of Continue reading "Who Wants To Kill Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah?"

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14:59

French consular employee caught smuggling guns to Gaza using diplomatic car intelNews.org

An employee of Frances consulate in Jerusalem is under arrest for allegedly smuggling weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, according to French media reports, which have been confirmed by Israel.

14:56

US Pastor Held by Turkey Charged with Supporting Terror, Faces 35 Years Geopolitics Alert

Ankara (GPA Pastor Andrew Brunson, a US national in Turkish custody since October 2016, has officially been charged with supporting terrorism and faces 35 years.

In September of last year, we first published a story about Andrew Brunson, a US national who has dedicated 23 years to Christian missionary work in Turkey.

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Brunson, who was initially arrested in October of 2016 as a part of sweeping purges that followed a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Erdogan, made the news last year when Erdogan decided to use him as a bargaining chip with the US. This offer was first made public in September when Erdogan was speaking to a group of police officers who he told about a vague offer he made to Washington to trade one pastor for another.

Erdogans comment about the pastor he wants to be returned, of course, was in reference to exiled cleric/former Erdogan ally Fethullah Gulen. As reported at the time, Erdogan framed this possible trade as a no-brainer since it would be easier for [the US] to give up Gulen because the one that we have [in our hands Brunson] is being tried, the one you have [in your hands Gulen] is not being tried. During this pep rally with police Erdogan also claimed that Turkey had given [Washington] all the documents necessary [for the extradition], of Gulen.

According to Turkey, they also have strong evidence against Brunson which hypothetically should make Washington eager for his extradition. Yet upon further examination, the case for detaining Brunson looks incredibly weak and is likely based on accusations stemming from the testimony of a single...

14:53

Syrian Refugees are Going Home, the West Ready to Attack Dissident Voice

How many years have you been living in Beirut? I asked my barber, Eyad, after he told me, beaming, that in three months from now, he will be returning home, to Damascus.

Even one year ago, such conversations would not be easy to commence. But now, everything has been changing, rapidly and, one wants to believe, irreversibly.

Although nothing is truly irreversible, the better things are on the ground in Syria, the more threatening the West is becoming, particularly the United States. Now it is, once again, intimidating Damascus, ready to attack the Syrian army, something that could easily drag Russia and others into a lethal confrontation. The war! The West is clearly obsessed with perpetual war in Syria, while most of the Syrian people are passionate about bringing back an everlasting peace.

6 years, replied my barber, preparing his razor. I detected sadness and indignation in his voice, 6 years too many!

After you go back, then what? Are you going to open your own salon in Damascus? I was curious. He is the best barber I have ever had, a real master of his trade, quick and confident, precise.

No, he smiled. I never told you, but Im a mechanical engineer About being a barber; I learned the trade from my grandfather. In the Arab world now, millions are doing something that is not their main profession But I want to return home and help to rebuild my country.

I knew nothing about Eyads political affiliations. I used to consider it impolite to ask. Now I sensed that I could, but I didnt. He was going back, returning home, eager to help his country, and that was all that mattered.

Come visit me in Damascus, he smiled, as we were parting. Syria is a small country, but it is enormous!

Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

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On February 24 2017, The New York Times, unleashed its usual vitriolic sarcasm towards the country which hosts enormous number of Syrian refugees Lebanon:

About 1.5 million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon, making up about a quarter of the population, according to officials andrelief groups, and there is a widely held belief in Lebanon that refugees are a burden on the countrys economy and social structure.

Mr. Tahan, a gregarious man who sought to portray himself as the refugees benefactor, dismissed the idea that they are harming the countrys economy and straining social services. He said the government pushed that view to get more money fro...

14:00

UN Calls on Turkey to End State of Emergency, Torture, Purging Civil Servants Geopolitics Alert

Ankara (TP The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called on the Turkish government to promptly end an ongoing state of emergency, torture and passport cancellation as well as a ban imposed on dismissed public servants from rejoining the civil service.

In a 28-page report issued on Tuesday the OHCHR called on Turkey to take all necessary measures to ensure an enabling environment for independent media and civil society organizations to operate safely and freely; immediately release journalists, writers, judges and academics who have been detained pursuant to counterterrorism legislation and emergency decrees; and ensure an independent, individualized review of their cases.

Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad UN Turkey OHCHRHigh Commissioner of the OHCHR Prince Zeid bin Raad
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In the report, the OHCHR provided an overview of key human rights concerns in Turkey in the period between January and December 2017, with a focus on the consequences of the state of emergency on the enjoyment of human rights.

In its report the OHCHR concluded:

The prolonged state of emergency has led to a continued erosion of the rule of law and deterioration of the human rights situation in Turkey.

Related: Whats Driving Turkeys Recent Emergence as a Middle East Power?

In September 2017, the High Commissioner urged the Government not to renew the state of emergency and to allow adequate administrative and judicial oversight over all related procedures, including by ensuring...

14:00

Why Israel struck a Syrian nuclear reactor a decade ago Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

For the first time, former Israeli politicians and intelligence chiefs are speaking out about what happened in the 2007 bombing outside Deir Ezzor

13:34

American Public Troubled by Deep State Aletho News

By John V. Walsh | Dissident Voice | March 20, 2018 Public Troubled by Deep State is the headline that the Monmouth University Polling Institute tags to its recent poll. Polling about the term Deep State is problematical, because as the polling report says: Few Americans (13%) are very familiar with the term Deep State; []

12:50

Yemeni so-called President The Angry Arab News Service/

Western media have not reported that Mansour Hadi has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.

12:42

DC Lawmaker Warns Public About Rothschild Climate Manipulation Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

A Councilman for the District of Columbia posted a video warning the public about climate manipulation under Rothschild control. More

12:34

Anthrax: The Forgotten Lie Aletho News

OffGuardian | March 20, 2018 Fifteen years ago today, March 20, the Coalition of the Willing declared war on Iraq. We now know that war was based on a monumental and inexcusable lie about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction, and that the war itself was a crime under international law. But we tend to []

12:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: At Speakers Corner, Its Time to Show Muslims Some Respect Jihad Watch

When I first went to London, decades ago, I was shown around by an English friend who wanted me to observe the Parliament in session, to see justice being administered at a criminal trial at the Old Bailey, to visit the Tower of London, and most of all, he wanted to show me that living []

11:55

Tolerance Cuts Both Ways: Freedom for the Speech We Hate Aletho News

By John W. Whitehead | Rutherford Institute | March 20, 2018 Tolerance cuts both ways. This isnt an easy pill to swallow, I know, but thats the way free speech works, especially when it comes to tolerating speech that we hate. The most controversial issues of our daygay rights, abortion, race, religion, sexuality, political correctness, []

11:03

Why the UK, the EU and the US Gang-Up on Russia The Official James Petras website

The most recent western propaganda campaign and one of the most virulent is the charge launched by the UK regime of Prime Minister Theresa May. The Brits have claimed that Russian secret agents conspired to [...]

11:01

US Empire: Global Imperialism and Internal Colonialism The Official James Petras website

In this paper we will challenge the notion that overseas economic exploitation has transferred income to buy-off the domestic working and middle classes, in the course of consolidating imperial hegemony. We will argue that the empire [...]

10:23

The UFO/Aliens Dialogue Is Out! Giza Death Star

Dialogue 275: Ufology, Abduction, Eight Theories of Alien Life is available to members in the members area under Video Dialogues. You gotta be a

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09:59

Facebook Just Lost $50 Billion in Market Value Over the Last Two Days The Anti-Media

Facebook Market Value(ANTIMEDIA)   The Cambridge Analytica scandal has Facebook feeling it where it counts most for a publicly traded company investor confidence. On Friday, the social media giants closing stock price was $185.09, making it worth about $538 billion. The next day, the news broke that data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with Donald Trump on the 2016 election, had allegedly obtained []

09:43

Liberal MSNBC Remains Totally Silent About US-Backed Decimation of Yemen The Anti-Media

MSNBC Russia Yemen(FAIR)  What use is having a liberal cable network if it remains silent on the major issues facing the left? As FAIR noted in January (FAIR.org, 1/8/17), MSNBCs coverage of the US-assisted bombing and siege of Yemen is virtually nonexistent. In the year 2017, MSNBC ran only one segment that focused on the USs role in Yemen; zero in the []

09:42

Crown Prince in the Oval Office The Angry Arab News Service/

Never has a visitor to the Oval Office been insulted in this manner. Trump covered the Saudi Crown Prince with boards to show arms sales and to underline the true nature of the relationship between the two countries. And the Crown Prince laughs.

09:20

Paul Craig Roberts 255 stan van houcke

America Is Losing Its Economy

America Is Losing Its Economy
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09:03

'It Was a Crime': 15 Years After U.S. Invasion stan van houcke

Ian Buruma, lauded by the Dutch establishment for his so called 'cosmopolitan' outlook.


In his column of June 6, 2017,  liberal opinion maker Ian Buruma, current editor 

of the New York Review of Books wrote for 

Project Syndicate -- financed by, among others, the speculator 

...

08:27

The crook and the despot The Angry Arab News Service/

The man to the left bribed the man to the right, while the man to the right helped overthrow the man to the left. Both deserve what befell them.

08:19

26 Reasons Why You Need to Start Paying Attention to Edward Snowden The Anti-Media

Edward Snowden(ANTIMEDIA)  In June of 2013, Edward Snowden was the most wanted man in the world as the U.S. government and others frantically attempted to arrest him for leaking documents that exposed the breadth of surveillance imposed upon the public. The Portuguese government even forced a plane carrying Bolivias president to be grounded because of rumors that Snowden might be on board. []

08:09

Trump tells Saudi crown prince US has zero tolerance for terrorist funding Jihad Watch

The test of whether or not this vaunted Saudi reform is real will be if they really cut off funding not only for terror groups, but for Muslim Brotherhood mosques and organizations in the United States. Trump tells Saudi crown prince US has zero tolerance for terrorist funding, by Steven Nelson, Washington Examiner, March 20, []

07:57

Dr Kevin Barrett interviews the Saker The Vineyard of the Saker

The Saker on Anglo-Zionist Empires escalating lies & hysteria source: https://www.patreon.com/posts/17657399 (you can listen to the interview here) download file: tjradio-3-19-18-saker_-_31918_9.10_PM.mp3 (for direct download) Kevin Barretts show notes: The Saker

07:40

Cancer, George Monbiot and Nuclear Weapons Test Fallout Aletho News

By Chris Busby | CounterPunch | March 20, 2018 George Monbiot, who has now been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the young age of 55, was therefore born in 1963, at the peak of the atmospheric test fallout. He is thus a peak exposed (at risk) member of a cohort of those exposed in the []

07:00

#Thessaloniki March 10: No nation! No homeland! Fire to the states! Enough is Enough!

Thessaloniki: About our participation in the mass anti-nationalist demonstration in Salonika on the 10th of March 2018, in the clashes against the repressive forces of the state that followed, and in the attack against the turkish consulate and the cops that guard it.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia.

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.

Thessaloniki March 10: No nation! No homeland! Fire to the states!

Thessaloniki: About our participation in the mass anti-nationalist demonstration in Salonika on the 10th of March 2018, in the clashes against the repressive forces of the state that followed, and in the attack against the turkish consulate and the cops that guard it.

On the 10th of March 2018, we participated in a mass demonstration in the city of Salonika (Thessaloniki, EiE), responding to a call across Greece and the Balkans. On this day thousands of people came together on the streets with a common stance against fascism and nationalism. Every block in the demonstration lent a different focus to the manifestation. Some blocks expressed primarily their solidarity to Libertatia, the squat that was burned down by fascists during the recent nationalistic manifestations over the naming of a neighboring country. Others stressed nationalism and patriotism as foundations of the greek society. Others stressed patriarchy as a structural element of the nation-state. There was also internationalist presence from the Balkans. This mass demo was well and strongly guarded against possible police or fascist attacks.A big part of this gathering understood that the struggle against fascism is one and the same with the struggle against the state. 

In this spirit a big crowd from the demonstration proceeded to attack the m...

06:58

Syrian Army seizes most of Ayn Tarma Valley in East Ghouta, pushes to outskirts of suburb Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Leith Aboufadel 20/03/2018 BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) In response to the militant counter-offensive in the Harasta suburb, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a big assault at the nearby Ayn Tarma Valley. According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent in Damascus, the Syrian Army seized most of the Ayn Tarma Valley, following a short battle []

06:55

Landmine kills Syrian photographer in northwestern Syria Committee to Protect Journalists

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army members ride on a motorbike near a Turkish military vehicle in Afrin, Syria on March 19, 2018. Turkish forces and FSA factions seized Afrin from the Kurdish People's Protection Union (YPG) on March 18 after a two-month offensive, news reports stated. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

Beirut, March 20, 2018--Kamel abu al-Walid, a photographer for the Turkish-backed pro-opposition Jarabulus Media Office, died from injuries sustained in a March 19 landmine explosion in the northern Syrian city of Afrin, according to his employer, the Syrian Journalist Association, and the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

06:51

The struggle against colonialism: a review of Why Palestine Matters Mondoweiss

Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism
Edited by Noushin Framke and Susan Landau
104 pp. The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), $15.00

There is an adage that some of the most productive conversations at conferences often happen in hallways outside the meeting rooms.  The idea for Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism was conceived during such a conversation, in a hotel lobby, at the 2016 meeting of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.  Standing outside the church-based discussions meeting room on the eve of that annual convening, Susan Landau of Christian-Jewish Allies Working for a Just Peace in Israel -Palestine, and Noushin Framke of the Presbyterian Church Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN), which had earlier published two other books, Zionism Unsettled: A Congressional Study Guide (2014),  Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace (2009) considered putting together another IPMN volume, this time written for a wider readership, both secular and faith-based.

The fruit of that first conversation, Why Palestine Matters, which comes out in April 2018, is indeed an extremely valuable contribution to the recent body of literature on Palestine.  Designed as a study guide, it is accompanied by a dedicated website, featuring numerous videos accompanying each chapter, as well as discussion guidelines, and further resources.

06:46

Who Wants to Kill Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah? Dissident Voice

On March 13, while on his way to the besieged Gaza Strip, two 33-pounds bombs targeted the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah.

Hamdallah was visiting Gaza, through the Israeli border checkpoint, Erez, to open a large sewage treatment plant that, if allowed to operate regularly, will make life easier for hundreds of thousands of Gazans, who have endured a perpetual Israeli siege since 2006.

The Prime Ministers visit was also seen as another important step in the reconciliation efforts between the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah led by PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, in the Occupied West Bank and Hamas, led by former Prime Minister, Ismael Haniyeh, in Gaza.

Although reconciliation efforts have, for years, been half-hearted at best, the latest round of talks between both groups led to a breakthrough in Cairo last October. This time, Palestinians were told that the two factions are keen on establishing unity, ending the siege on Gaza and revamping the largely dormant Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) institutions.

Hamas and the Islamic Jihad were to join the PLO at some point in the future, leading to the formulation of a unified Palestinian political program.

And, perhaps, this keenness at ending the rift has led to the attempt on Hamdallahs life.

But who is Rami Hamdallah?

Hamdallah, 60, was chosen by Abbas to serve in the current post in June 2013, despite the fact that he was not a member of Fatah. He took over from Salaam Fayyad who served for six years, focusing mostly on state-building in a region that is still militarily occupied by a foreign power.

Hamdallah, though not a particularity controversial figure, has been a follower of Abbas and committed to his agenda. He is a political moderate by Palestinian standards, and it was through his strong ties with powerful Fatah figures like Tayeb Abdul Rahim and Tawfik Tirawi who served under late PA leader, Yasser Arafat, and Abbas respectively that allowed him to claim the post and keep it for nearly five years.

Last October, Hamdallah led a delegation of Fatah PA officials to Gaza to end the painful impacts of divisions and to rebuild Gaza brick by brick.

Since Israel destroyed much of Gazas infrastructure and thousands of homes in the summer of 2014, Gaza already reeling under a hermetic siege and the impact of previous wars has been in ruins. Hamdallahs visit rekindled hope among Gazans, and all Palestinians, that respite is on the way.

Hamas insistent attempts to break from its isolation seemed to be finally bearing fruit.

Abbas party, too, moved forward w...

06:45

ANALYSIS: Money flees Saudi Arabia at rapid pace Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Cash is leaving Saudi Arabia at an exponential rate because of the country's struggling economy, report shows

06:19

We Must Be Strategic To Win Social Change PopularResistance.Org

We have more power than we think. But weve got to go beyond the protest-petition-call officials-vote routine. Think outside that box, and youll find a world of creative solutions and strategies to tap into. Id like to issue a challenge to all of our nonprofits and organizing groups to at least employ a one-for-one strategy. If youre going to ask people to call public officials or join a large protest, add a second strategy that uses an organized, sustained, and strategic act of noncooperation and/or intervention targeted at a second group of power holders. The time has come to double down on strategy and make great strides toward change.

06:09

Map Update: Military Situation In Eastern Ghouta On March 20, 2018

This map provides a general look at the military siituation in Eastern Ghouta on March 20, 2018. The Syrian Arab Army and its allies have advanced in the areas of Ein Tarma and Hazeh and captured a number of points there. MORE DETAILS

Map Update: Military Situation In Eastern Ghouta On March 20, 2018

Click to see the full-size map

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05:53

Sweden: Mosque that applied to broadcast call to prayer has asked Allah to destroy the Jews Jihad Watch

What did Swedish authorities expect? The Quran depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allahs power is limited (5:64); []

05:48

Abahlali baseMjondolo: ANC Continues to Encourage Tribalism Enough is Enough!

South Africa: Our movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo) is built from the unity of families, neighbours and communities in struggle. If you live in a land occupation you are from that land occupation irrespective of what language you speak, or the province or country in which you were born.

Submitted to Enough is Enough. Press release by Abahlali baseMjondolo.

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.

Abahlali baseMjondolo: ANC Continues to Encourage Tribalism

South Africa: Our movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo) is built from the unity of families, neighbours and communities in struggle. If you live in a land occupation you are from that land occupation irrespective of what language you speak, or the province or country in which you were born.

However the ANC continues to try and weaken the power of impoverished people by attempting to divide us according to the provinces and countries where we were born. The ANC constantly encourages tribalism and xenophobia, especially at the local level. In Durban it is normal for Ward Councillors in the eThekwini Municipality to openly discriminate against people from the Eastern Cape. There are many examples of this.
For instance people have been living in inhuman conditions in the Barcelona 2 transit camp since 2007. When they were moved into the transit camp they were promised houses in a nearby housing project. The promises made to them turned out to be lies and more than ten years later they remain stuck in terrible indignity. The ward councillor in the area does not recognise them. She has called them AmaMpondo and said that they are not entitled to benefit from housing projects that are meant for the Zulu community. She continues to say that they deserve to live like pigs in a pig sty because they do not belong in Kwazulu-Natal. Houses that were promised to the people of Barcelona are now occupied by the Umkh...

05:44

Florida Court to Determine If Police Use of Facial Recognition Software Is Even Legal The Anti-Media

Facebook Facial Recognition(AP)  Floridas First District Court of Appeals will take on a case involving law enforcement use of facial recognition technology to catch a drug dealer. Specifically, the court will determine whether police are allowed to use the facial recognition software to catch suspects without notifying them of the technology. Police One reports: The court battle, regarded by researchers []

05:42

US War Plans: Kurdish land bridge to Israel? Aletho News

By Petri Krohn | The Duran | March 19, 2018 Russia, Turkey and the United States have come to a tacit agreement that the final settlement of the Syrian civil war will include population transfers, where isolated problem populations are ethnically cleansed and moved to larger, economically and logistically more viable larger enclaves. The relationship []

05:26

Who Are These Mysterious Activists Calling for Boycott of World Cup in Russia? Aletho News

Sputnik March 20, 2018 A campaign encouraging the boycott of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia is gaining steam. Avaaz, a US-based cyber-activist civic organization is behind it. However, as Sputnik has discovered, the group has not-so-open links to financial speculator George Soros and his Open Society Foundations. Last week, using the []

05:12

Philippines: Rule of Law is Variable, Flexible Drug Kingpins Had Charges Dismissed; Now Justice Secretary orders vacating the dismissal of the case so that there is no such dismissal anymore Peace and Freedom

DOJ scraps dismissal of Kerwin, Lim drug cases
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Aguirre said the motion of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) seeking the reversal of the decision to clear Lim and Espinosa is now moot because of his directive.  File

Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) March 21, 2018 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered the scrapping of the dismissal of charges against suspected drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa as he faces stinging criticism for allegedly allowing them to escape accountability.

Aguirre said the motion of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) seeking the reversal of the decision to clear Lim and Espinosa is now moot because of his directive.

I issued an order yesterday (Monday) vacating the dismissal of the case so much so that there is no such dismissal anymore. And I ordered that the case be ordered wide open for both parties the complainants and the respondents to file whatever evidence they have in support of their respective position, Aguirre said in a press briefing in Malacaang yesterday.

Aguirre, who is rumored to be on his way out of the Cabinet because of the issue, said his order would allow both the prosecution and the defense to strengthen their cases.

The dismissal of the panel is now vacated and the case is remanded back to the new prosecutors that I have appointed. And the parties are free and required to submit all their evidence in support of their position, he said.

The justice department had cleared Espinosa and Lim of drug charges allegedly because of weak evidence, drawing outrage from groups who claimed that the decision casts doubt on the seriousness of President Dutertes anti-drug war.

Espinosa, the son of slain Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, Lim and several others were accused of involvement in the illegal drug trade. Other persons who were cleared by government prosecutors were alleged New Bilibid Prison drug trafficker Peter Co, Max Miro, Ruel Malindangan, Jun Pepito, Lovely Adam Impal and 12 other individuals.

Duterte was angered by the clearing of Lim and Espinosa and threatened to put Ag...

05:11

US & South Korea to start massive joint military drills on April 1 Aletho News

RT | March 20, 2018 Following a months-long pause in military drills and despite a thaw in relations between Seoul and Pyongyang, South Korea and the US will resume joint military exercises on April 1, the Ministry of National Defense announced. The practice is slated to begin April 1, and it will be conducted on []

05:04

Comment by the Russian Information and Press Department on the situation in Damascus' suburb Eastern Ghouta Voltaire Network

We note with satisfaction that the situation in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus where terrorists and extremists had ruled supreme and had sporadically shelled the capital of Syria and committed other crimes for a long time, is now becoming more stable. The government forces have reestablished control over most of this district's territory. Talks, now underway with credible members of military units, aim to end the confrontation as soon as possible. At the same time, representatives of (...)

05:00

China warns Philippine aircraft every time they fly over the South China Sea Peace and Freedom

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Map showing potential Chinese radar cover in the South China Sea, according to analysis by US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. (Photo by ADRIAN LEUNG / AFP)

The Philippines continues to get warnings from China whenever it aerial patrols over the features of China, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday, but without referring to the Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

These [Philippine] planes, every time that they fly over these features of Chinese, they will challenge, Lorenzana told The Source, a CNN Philippines program.

They will say that you are entering Chinese airspace. Just exchange of words. Then we will say: No, we are passing over Philippine airspace. Its just a play of words every time we have patrols, he said.

China has transformed some of the reefs claimed by the Philippines in the Spratlys into artificial islands capable of supporting military facilities, which has become a concern for several nations.

Three of these seven artificial islands have 3-kilometer airstrips that may be used by China to land military planes in the future.

For its part, the Philippines conducts regular patrols in its maritime domains in the West Philippine Sea and Philippine (formerly Benham) Rise as part of its mandate, Lorenzana said.

Aside from the aerial patrols, the Philippines holds naval patrols and sends vessels from the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

The Philippines recently acquired six drones worth $13.76 million from the United States through a grant. These drones could also be used to patrol those waters.

Now that we have the drones and we have what you call the marine patrols, we send our naval patrols every now and then...

04:58

Sex and the City Star Under Attack for Supporting BDS The Anti-Media

Sex and the City Cynthia Nixon(MEMO)  A leading pro-Israel activist is attempting to derail an American actors bid to become the governor of New York over her support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Cynthia Nixon, one of the stars of the Sex and the City television series and movies, announced on Monday that she is planning to []

04:58

Minneapolis: Muslim cop who shot unarmed woman charged with murder, turns himself in Jihad Watch

Islamophobia kills. We saw this again in Minneapolis, when a 40-year-old Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, was killed by a rogue cop, Mohamed Noor. It is a cherished fiction on the Left that there exists an Islamophobia Industry, a well-funded group of propagandists who spread hatred of Muslims solely to line their pockets. This is []

04:54

Rebel rocket fire kills 35 in Damascus suburb: State TV Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Damascus blamed 'terrorist' groups for the attack which reportedly derived from rebel-controlled Eastern Ghouta

04:50

#Anarchism: Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair & Call for Submissions Enough is Enough!

During the weekend of June 22-24, Asheville, North Carolina will host the second annual Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair (ACAB). Last year, hundreds of people from the southeast and beyond participated in workshops, talks, panels, community building, skill sharing, and celebrating resistance. Dozens of presses, publishers, radical and anarchist groups displayed their books, zines, artwork, and promoted their projects. This year will be even better, as we continue to build sites of resistance, structures of counterpower, and networks of solidarity across the region and the world.

Originally published by Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair.

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.

Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair & Call for Submissions

During the weekend of June 22-24, Asheville, North Carolina will host the second annual Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair (ACAB). Last year, hundreds of people from the southeast and beyond participated in workshops, talks, panels, community building, skill sharing, and celebrating resistance. Dozens of presses, publishers, radical and anarchist groups displayed their books, zines, artwork, and promoted their projects. This year will be even better, as we continue to build sites of resistance, structures of counterpower, and networks of solidarity across the region and the world.

...

04:46

We are bigger than your Jesus: Pakistani Muslims beat Christians with bricks, open fire on them, injuring seven Jihad Watch

Will the Islamophobia never end? Christians Wounded in Muslim Attack on Church Service in Pakistan, Morning Star News, March 20, 2018: LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) At least seven Christian worshippers were injured in an armed attack by local Muslims on a church service on Sunday (March 18) in southern Punjab Province, Pakistan, the church []

04:45

EUs Juncker under fire for nauseating Putin letter Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File / by Damon WAKE | EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker is under fire over a nauseating letter congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election even as Britain blames Moscow for a deadly toxin attack

BRUSSELS (AFP)  EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker came under fire Tuesday over a nauseating letter congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election even as Britain blames Moscow for a deadly toxin attack.Juncker wrote to Putin, returned for another six years in power on Sunday with a record vote share, pledging to always be a partner in improving security cooperation with the Kremlin.

Russia is currently under a punishing regime of sanctions for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and is accused of running a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyber attacks against several EU members.

I have always argued that positive relations between the European Union and Russian Federation are crucial to security of our continent, Juncker said in the letter, which he shared on Twitter.

Our common objective should be to re-establish a cooperative pan-European security order.

Juncker added: I hope that you will use your fourth term in office to pursue this goal. I will always be a partner in this endeavour.

Junckers letter came just a day after EU foreign ministers offered Britain unqualified solidarity in a dispute with Russia and despite the EUs own diplomatic service voicing concern about violations and shortcomings in the election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said her government believes that Moscow was behind the March 4 poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury using a Soviet-designed nerve agent.

Disgraceful

The head of Mays Conservative Party group in the European Parliament said that with his letter Juncker was effectively appeasing a man who poses a clear threat to western security.

This is a disgraceful letter from Jean-Claude Juncker, MEP Ashley Fox said in a statement.

His failure to mention Russias responsibility for a military nerve agent attack on innocent people in my constituency is nauseating.

The European Parliaments Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt joined the criticism, saying on Twitter this is no time for congratulations.

The former Belgian premier insisted that ties with Russia must be conditional on respect for the rules ba...

04:45

Under a false flag, UK attempts three chemical attacks in the Ghouta Voltaire Network

On 17 March 2018, the Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov denounced the presence of the US, British and French Special Forces in Syria; this is something that both London and Paris deny. He drove home the point, insisting: What this presence means is that the issue is no longer a war by proxy but direct intervention in a war. Mr. Lavrov then went on to give a stern warning to Washington, London and Paris, should they take the decision to bomb Damascus. The documents seized (...)

04:40

The United States is evacuating Daesh leaders from the North of Syria Voltaire Network

A number of eyewitnesses have testified to Sana Agency that on 26 February 2018, two anti-Daesh Coalition's helicopters landed at Twaimin, in the South-East of al-Shadadi. They took on board some of the Daesh officials that they were supposed to fight and transported them to the illegal US base of Sabah al-Kheir, 20 kilometres from Hassake. Monday morning 19 March: three helicopters belonging to the US-led Coalition landed, in a location situated between the villages of Jissi and Calo, in (...)

04:30

Video: Cops Laugh at Man Being Held Naked in Chair for 46 Hours Before Dying The Anti-Media

Andrew Holland(TIM)  Chilling jailhouse footage captured an inmate as he writhed on the floor, lost consciousness and subsequently died after being bound naked in a restraint chair for 46 consecutive hours, as California sheriffs deputies at the San Luis Obispo County Jail looked on, with some occasionally laughing. The newly released video stands in contrast to the []

04:29

UK cops ask public to become counter-terrorism citizens to help stop attacks (but theyll arrest you if you do) Jihad Watch

This piece from the UKs Independent demonstrates that the British government is going all in with its contention that far-right extremists are an equivalent threat to that of Islamic jihadis. However, the most prominent people that they smear as far-right extremists, including Tommy Robinson, the recently banned Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone and Lauren Southern, as []

04:29

Russian Diplomat Calls on the US to Unconditionally Abandon Plans to Attack Damascus Penny for your thoughts

Diplomat calls on US to unconditionally abandon plans of attacking Damascus

MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/.Moscow calls on Washington to unconditionally abandon plans to attack Damascus, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Tuesday.

"We have been warning the United States about the need to abandon these plans unconditionally," he said.

"Any illegal use of force, like the air attack on the Shayrat air base about a year ago, would be an act of aggression against a sovereign state, in accordance with the United Nations Charter," the senior Russian diplomat pointed out.

The Russian diplomat has also told TASS he doesnt rule out further fake reports about Damascus using chemical weapons.

"Fake reports continued and may continue further on, especially taking into account Syrian government forces successes in exterminating terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta (Damascus neighborhood)," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabov said.
Attack on Shayrat airbase

On April 7, 2017, US President Donald Trump ordered a strike on Syrias Shayrat military air base located in the Homs Governorate. The attack, involving 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4. The Pentagon said that the airstrike on Idlib had been launched from the Shayrat air base.
I covered the strike at the time it occurred in Syria- albeit on April 6 due to time zone differences ( No special psychic capabilities on my part) US Launches Airstrikes Against Syria- Military Intervention Begins

At the time of the airstrikes in 2017 many of the Tomahawks didn't strike their targets;

The reasoning for stray missiles was mentioned in this post: 
 A myriad of jamming devices that Russia had at their ready were mentioned:
"Airborne forces are being re-equipped with Infauna complexes. These are installed on armoured vehicles or other military vehicles and can locate and jam enemys radio connection in short wave and ultra-short wave frequencies, and put out remotely-controlled land-bombs. They will explode but only after the Russian troops have passed by and are far enough to be safe.
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04:27

Putin's sinister threats and lies extend far beyond his own country, by Boris Johnson Voltaire Network

To understand why 3 people lie stricken in Salisbury, look at Vladimir Putin's actions inside Russia. Yesterday he was proclaimed the winner of an election that resembled a coronation, complete with a triumphant ceremony outside the walls of the Kremlin. Mr Putin's leading opponent had obviously been banned from standing and an abundance of CCTV footage appeared to show election officials nonchalantly stuffing ballot boxes. One loyal functionary in Siberia used balloons in Russia's national (...)

04:12

Bears Ears Prayer Run -- 'Running to Heal our Lands and for Identity' CENSORED NEWS

Photo copyright Nicole Nells Photo copyright Nicole Nells Yavapai Apache youths exploring, always running for the water. Photo copyright Nicole Nells Ending a beautiful day of running with this sunset. Photo copyright Nicole Nells. Bears Ears Prayer Run -- 'Running to Heal Our Lands and for Identity' Sacred Strides for Healing Relay Run, Photos by Nicole Nells and Jackie

Turkey Vows to Destroy US-Backed Terrorists in Syria The Anti-Media

Turkey Kurds US Troops Syria(ANTIWAR.COM)  With Turkey having captured the Afrin District over the weekend, President Erdogan is even more bellicose about the ongoing invasion of Syrian Kurdistan on Monday. He is even suggesting the offensive could grow more than ever expected. Erdogan is now saying that the offensive is going to span the entire Turkish border with Kurdish territory. This []

04:06

French consular employee uses diplomatic vehicle to smuggle guns to Palestinian jihadis Jihad Watch

All over Europe, Israel is routinely vilified using false Palestinian victimhood narratives, while the Palestinian jihadis bloodlust and atrocities are ignored. This is the result. French consular employee charged in Gaza gun-running scheme, Times of Israel, March 19, 2018: An employee at the French consulate in Jerusalem was indicted on Monday for using a diplomatic []

04:02

Sinan Antoon on the anniversary of the Iraq invasion The Angry Arab News Service/

"I was one of about 500 Iraqis in the diaspora of various ethnic and political backgrounds, many of whom were dissidents and victims of Saddams regime who signed a petition: No to war on Iraq. No to dictatorship. While condemning Saddams reign of terror, we were against a war that would cause more death and suffering for innocent Iraqis and one that threatened to push the entire region into violent chaos. Our voices were not welcomed in mainstream media in the United States, which preferred the pro-war Iraqi-American who promised cheering crowds that would welcome invaders with sweets and flowers. There were none."

03:50

FTC Probing Facebook Over Data Use by Cambridge Analytica Peace and Freedom

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By John D. McKinnon

The Wall Street Journal
Updated March 20, 2018 12:36 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON The Federal Trade Commission is probing Facebook Inc. over the use of personal data by an analytics firm tied to President Donald Trumps campaign, a person familiar with the matter said.

The FTC is looking into whether Facebook violated terms of an earlier consent decree when data of up to 50 million of its users was transferred to Cambridge Analytica, this person said.

However, a person close to Facebook said that the agencys probe at this point doesnt appear to be a formal investigation, and the company is expecting to receive a letter from the FTC with questions.

We remain strongly committed to protecting peoples information, said Rob Sherman, Facebooks deputy chief privacy officer, in a statement. We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have.

The social-media firms shares fell 6.1% in morning trading to $162.05

The probe was first reported by Bloomberg.

The FTC said in a statement: We are aware of the issues that have been raised, but cannot comment on whether we are investigating. We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously.

The FTC statement went on to cite a 2012 privacy case against Alphabet Inc. unit Google, in which the company was fined $22.5 million for violating terms of its consent decree.

Facebooks consent decree was announced in 2011 and approved in 2012. The social-media giant agreed in its decree to get user consent for collecting personal data and sharing it with others.

Facebook was charged with deceiving consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, but then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. The settlement required Facebook to give consumers clear and prominent notice and obtaining their express consent before sharing their information beyond their privacy settings. It also agreed to maintain a comprehensive privacy program to protect consumers information.

If the FTC eventually finds that Facebook violated its consent decree, the firm could face millions of dollars in fines as well as harm to its reputation with users.

Lawmakers in Washington and in the U.K. also are demanding more information from the company, in the latest in a string of regulatory headaches for Facebook as well as other big tech firms.

Last week, Facebook said it suspended the firm Cambridge Analytica from its platform following reports the firm had violated Facebook policies that govern how third-party developers can deploy user data they...

03:46

Facebook is reportedly under FTC investigation over its handling of user data Peace and Freedom

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The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook violated a government privacy agreement by allowing Cambridge Analytica to obtain users personal data, according to a report from Bloomberg.

FACEBOOK AGREED TO THE SETTLEMENT IN 2011

We remain strongly committed to protecting peoples information, Facebooks Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Rob Sherman said in a statement. We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have.

Facebook agreed to the settlement, known as a consent decree, in 2011, after allegedly deceiving users over how much personal information they were sharing. The FTC argued that Facebook had misled users by not explaining, among other problems, how much data third-party apps received. As part of the settlement, Facebook agreed to rules governing its users privacy, including receiving express consent before using data beyond privacy settings.

We are aware of the issues that have been raised but cannot comment on whether we are investigating, an FTC spokesperson said in a statem. We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously as we did in 2012 in a privacy case involving Google.

After news broke last week that Cambridge Analytica obtained information on 50 million...

03:43

Scramble for Syria opens up disturbing scenarios Aletho News

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | March 20, 2018 The US State Department issued a strong statement on March 19 following the fall of Afrin, the Kurdish city in northwestern Syria to the Turkish forces. The statement is highly critical of Turkeys military operation in Afrin. It expresses concern over the humanitarian situation []

03:38

SYRIAN WAR REPORT MARCH 19, 2018: EASTERN GHOUTA BATTLE ENTERS FINAL PHASE, AFRIN FALLS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front On March 18, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) established full control over the city of Afrin. The city had been the main stronghold of the YPG in northeastern Syria. However, the YPG had withdrawn from it almost without fighting. A notable part of civilians had also fled []

03:25

Trump pushes arms sales to Saudi Arabia as he lauds bin Salman Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Senate votes to dismiss resolution that sought to end US support for Saudi's campaign in Yemen

03:15

Dun Type Dvelopp par des Menteurs Aletho News

By Craig Murray | March 20, 2018 Those who have so kindly followed my analysis of the Skripal case so far will not have been surprised by this formulation appearing yet again in todays European Union statement: The European Union strongly condemns the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, UK []

03:00

Russiagate Comes to England Aletho News

Who poisoned the Russian spy? By Philip Giraldi Unz Review March 20, 2018 I dont know what happened in Salisbury England on March 4th, but it appears that the British government doesnt know either. Prime Minister Theresa Mays speech before Parliament last Monday was essentially political, reflecting demands that she should do something []

02:59

Putin as the new Gandalf The Vineyard of the Saker

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02:56

US, British, French Special Forces Directly Involved in Syria War stan van houcke

Russian FM: US, British, French Special Forces Directly Involved in Syria War
Russian FM: US, British, French Special Forces Directly Involved in Syria War

02:52

Jewish Fascist Supported By The West stan van houcke




Video: Jewish settler looses attack dog on Palestinian 

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02:48

UK parliament asks Zuckerberg to testify in data misuse case Peace and Freedom

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LONDON (AP) A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions on fake news as authorities step up efforts to determine whether data has been improperly used to influence elections.

The request comes amid reports that a U.K.-based company allegedly used Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. The company, Cambridge Analytica, has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts. It denies wrongdoing.

The chairman of the U.K. parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said Tuesday that his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data and that Facebook officials have been misleading to the committee.

It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process, Collins wrote in a note addressed directly to Zuckerberg. Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to fixing Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.

The request to appear comes as Britains information commissioner said she was using all her legal powers to investigate the social media giant and Cambridge Analytica over the alleged misuse of data.

Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analyticas servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease in its efforts to pursue its own audit of Cambridge Analyticas data use.

Our advice to Facebook is to back away and let us go in and do our work, she said.

Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the U.K. investigation. However, Denham gave the firm a deadline to produce the information she requested and it failed to meet it, her office said.

Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires platforms like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.

Chris Wylie, who once worked for Cambridge Analytica, was quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.

The firm found itself in further allegations of wrongdoing. Britains Channel 4 used an undercover investigation to record Cambridge Analyticas chief executive, Alexander Nix, saying that the company could use unorthodox methods to wage successful political campaigns for clients.

He said the company could send some girls around to a rival candidates house, suggesting that girls from Ukraine are beautiful...

02:46

US Planning a Terrorist False Flag Chemical Attack to Justify Bombing Syria: Russia Says It Will Respond Aletho News

By Federico PIERACCINI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 20.03.2018 Events in Syria increasingly resemble a direct confrontation between major powers rather than a proxy war. Lavrovs words, delivered a few days ago, reveal the critical phase of international relations the world is going through, with a potentially devastating conflict ready to ignite in the Middle []

02:44

Zionist Power in the USA stan van houcke

Schumer says he opposed the Iran 

deal because of threat to Israel

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02:41

US smooths Israels path to annexing West Bank stan van houcke

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02:41

US Senator Demands Zuckerberg Be Subpoenaed to Testify Under Oath The Anti-Media

Zuckerberg Facebook(CD)  As the damning details of Facebooks largest-ever data breach at the hands of pro-Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica continue to pour inand as the social media giants share price continues to plummet as a resultSen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Monday called on CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify under oath before Congress to explain why his company took so long to []

02:35

A curious incident PART II The Vineyard of the Saker

A Curious Incident Part II In the immortal words of USN Rear Admiral Joshua Painter: Russians dont take a dump, son, without making a plan A Curious Incident Part I

02:31

Athens, Greece: Demonstration to Defend the Squats Community of Koukaki & in Solidarity with Squats & Places of Struggle Insurrection News

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Almost a year ago, a new project bloomed in the neighborhood of Koukaki. We created a community of housing and struggling squats. We occupied three empty buildings which were getting rotten at Matrozou 45, Panaitoliou 21 and Arvali 3. We rebuilt them through a lot of work to become sustainable, to become places of gathering and communal organization. Some us them are living here permanently.

We are coming from different places of the planet, co-exist with dogs and cats, creating relations of solidarity and freedom. This community, as its buildings is opened to the people through discussions in public spaces, projections, music events, caf-bar, presentations of theories, and games with children. We have create structures for common use like library-reading space, compost on the Filopappou hill, public bathroom-laundry and free shop to exchange clothes, laboratory of conserves production and urban gardening. From the very start, we knew that freedom can be claimed only through struggle. Our community is part of the anti-authoritarian/anarchist/libertarian movement and participates to the defending of the squats, in struggle against state repression, prisons and detention centers, against patriarchy, fascism, destruction of nature and stand in solidarity wi...

02:30

Florida: Muslim screaming Allahu akbar murders his girlfriend and daughter, injures son, sets house on fire Jihad Watch

Muslims who kill in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings are routinely characterized as mentally ill, but Ronnie Oneal may really be: Ive just been attacked by some white demons. Her name is Ke-Ke and she tried to kill me and I just killed her. Ke-Ke, however, may be referring to []

02:28

Venezuela: US bans the petro Fausta's Blog

The new cryptocurrency cannot be legally traded in the USA: U.S. Bans Use of Venezuelas Cryptocurrency. Official blasts so-called petro as a desperate attempt by a corrupt regime to defraud international investors. With the economy in shambles and the country cut off from debt markets, Venezuela President Nicols Maduro launched the so-called petro cryptocurrency last month in []

02:27

Holy Ground Desecrated At Site Of Apache Resistance To Mine PopularResistance.Org

On March 17th, a representative of the Apache Stronghold arrived to Oak Flat, Arizona and found that the four crosses of an Apache holy ground had been intentionally destroyed. Two of the crosses were missing, ripped from the ground and two of the crosses have been left standing, but destroyed with what appears to be an axe. Evidence of large tires driving through the space covered the dirt surrounding and through the site of prayer. Ceremonial eagle feathers were left laying on the ground.

02:25

CPJ expresses concerns with the U.S. CLOUD Act Committee to Protect Journalists

The Capitol Building is seen from Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. in December 2017. A group of senators is trying to attach the CLOUD Act to an upcoming spending bill that needs to be passed before midnight on March 23 to avoid government shutdown, according to news reports. (Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein)

New York, March 20, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed its concerns with the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act and its potential to expose journalists to targeting by foreign governments. The CLOUD Act would make it easier for some foreign governments to obtain data from U.S. technology companies and allow U.S. law enforcement to access data stored around the world, according to civil liberty organizations. A group of senators is trying to attach the legislation to an upcoming spending bill that needs to be passed before midnight on March 23 to avoid government shutdown, according to a report on the news website Gizmodo.

02:24

Russia Warns Washington Against Conducting Strike Against Syria Fig Trees and Vineyards

Sputnik Russia has called on the United States to abandon its unconditional plans for a strike against the Syrian government forces and Damascus, Sergei Ryabkov stated, answering the journalists question. Weve warned and warned the US that these plans must be unconditionally refused. Any such unlawful use of force, similar to what happened almost a year ago at the Shairat air base, would be []

02:22

Government Forces Advance In Ein Tarma, Repel Militant Attack South Of Douma (Maps)

On March 20, Syrian government forces advanced on positions of Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in the area of Ein Tarma in the Damascus subrub of Eastern Ghouta.

According to pro-government sources, units of the Republican Guard, the Tiger Forces and other pro-government factions captured a number of positions in Aswaq al-Kheir following a series of clashes with militants. Some pro-government activists speculated that this advance was a sign that government troops see Ein Tarma as a next target of their advance.

Government Forces Advance In Ein Tarma, Repel Militant Attack South Of Douma (Maps)

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Meanwhile, units of the Republican Guard, the Tiger Forces and the Syrian Arab Army repelled attacks by militants south of the area of Douma. The militants had attempted to lift the siege from Harasta but had failed to do this.

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02:16

Britain First leader Paul Golding beaten up by inmates in prison days after being jailed Jihad Watch

British authorities set this up to happen, and whatever you may think of Britain First, its an ominous development. Jihadis are never beaten up in British prisons, but prison officials obviously exposed Golding to danger from people who hated him. Totalitarian states jail people for saying things they dont like and then expose them to []

02:15

Activists protest Saudi Crown Princes visits to US cities, call on elected officials to oppose US role in Saudi war on Yemen War Resisters League

Protestors told de Blasio to denounce prince visit; told Schumer & Menendez to immediately commit to vote to end US support for Saudi war on Yemen

CONTACTS:
New York, NY:   Isaac Evans-Frantz, 347-756-1896, actioncorps.nyc [at] gmail.com 

Washington, DC:   Ariel Gold, 510-599-5330, ariel [at] codepink.org

Tuesday the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is meeting with President Trump. Meanwhile, the Senate likely will vote today on ending US support for the Saudi war on Yemen. The prince plans to travel to NYC next week, where protestors this morning called for cancellation of his visit. The Saudi Crown Prince is the chief architect of the 3-year-long bombing and blockade in Yemen.

The NYC protest began at 9:00 on NY City Hall Steps, while another protest is scheduled to begin at 11:00 in front of the White House, where Trump is expected to receive bin Salman. Additional protests of the prince are planned for the rest of this week in Washington, DC:

Wednesday March 21st 6:00 pm in front of the Kennedy Center
Thursday March 22nd 11:30 am in front of the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Thursday March 22nd 6:30 pm in front of the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave NW

Protests are being planned in additional US cities where the Saudi Crown Prince is expected. 

QUOTES FROM SPEAKERS

For three years now, I have witnessed the total destruction of my ancestors homeland and the pain and suffering of family, friends, and millions of innocent Yemenis as my beloved America continues to fuel and support Saudi Arabias war on Yemen. Rabyaah Althaibani, NYC Protest Co-Organizer

"For more than three years I have seen the world forgetting the war on Yemen. I have seen the people who didn't get killed by rockets and Saudi bombs killed by slow death. Sixty-five percent of the Yemeni people have been working without a salary for two years. They need immediate help. The people are dying from hunger and disease from no electricity, no water, and no gas. Even the environment is polluted by the use of internationally prohibited weapons. I have a hope that the USA is going to stop the war and save Yemeni people's lives." Somia Alrowmeim, NYC Prot...

02:01

Apartheid Israel Aletho News

By Jonathon Cook | AMEU | 2018 Volume 51 North from Nazareths city limits, a mile or so as the crow flies, is an agricultural community by the name of Tzipori Hebrew for bird. It is a place I visit regularly, often alongside groups of    activists wanting to learn more about the political []

01:59

Bomb Meant for Austin Explodes at FedEx Facility Near San Antonio The Anti-Media

FedEx Bomber Austin(ZHE) FedEx has discovered a suspicious package at a different facility in Austin, according to media reports. The package is being investigated. Meanwhile, a former FBI official responsible for catching the Unabomber appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning and said the FedEx bomb was a game changer in the bombing case. For all of these bombs to []

01:53

Malaysian government denies hiring Cambridge Analytica Peace and Freedom

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has never contracted, employed or paid Cambridge Analytica nor its parent company SCL Group, said the Prime Ministers Office on Tuesday (Mar 20) in response to reports that the political consultancy firm had helped the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition win the 2013 general elections.

Contrary to media reports, neither Cambridge Analytica nor its parent company SCL Group have ever now or in the past been contracted, employed or paid in any way by Barisan Nasional, the Prime Ministers Office or any part of the Government of Malaysia, it said in a statement.

Executives from UK firm Cambridge Analytica  which is accused of using private Facebook data to manipulate the US elections  were reportedly recorded saying that they had used a web of shell companies to disguise their activities in elections in Mexico, Malaysia and Brazil, among various countries where they have worked to sway election outcomes. This was according to a Reuters report.

The website of the firms division, CA Political, also stated that it supported Barisan Nasional in Kedah state with a targeted messaging campaign highlighting their school improvements since 2008.

This has implicated Mukriz Mahathir, the son of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, given that he was with BN Kedah and became the states chief minister in 2013 until he was sacked from the party. He later helped to form opposition party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

In its statement, the Prime Ministers Office said: The SCL Group country representative today confirmed to the government that Cambridge Analyticas advice on the 2013 general election was provided personally to Mukhriz Mahathir, PPBM Deputy President.

The SCL representative also confirmed that he reported directly to Mukhriz Mahathir, not BN or the government.

The representative it referred to was Azrin Zizal, the director of SCLs Southeast Asian division who was Mr Mukrizs former media officer.

Mr Mukriz has denied having any knowledge of Cambridge Analytica, calling the PMO statement misleading.

I categorically deny any contact with Cambridge Analytica at any time, he told Channel NewsAsia.

Azrin Zizal was employed by me as my media officer from 2009 to 2013 when I was the Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry. He was not employed by me as a representative of a company such as SCL Group or Cambridge Analytica, and he was...

01:48

Philippine Foreign Minister on Trip To China To Strengethen Relationship Talk Prisons (and Ignore South China Sea) Peace and Freedom

In this Sept. 21, 2017 photo, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at an event by the Asia Society.

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Cayetano to fly to China, setting aside sea row anew

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MANILA, Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday has announced that he will be heading to China for the main reason of strengthening relations between the two countries.

The Philippines top diplomat said that the South China Sea dispute will be set aside during his trip to China while discussing broad areas of collaboration and cooperation.

We agreed with them, we will put our dispute in one side and grow the relationship in all other aspects so whether we talk about our agricultural exports, whether we talk about the infrastructure, talk about counterterrorism, Marawi, we usually also discuss systems, Cayetano said at a press conference.

Cayetanos flight to China is scheduled on Tuesday evening as his first meeting is set on Wednesday.

The Foreign Affairs chief said that he will meet with a visiting group that develops smart cities or cities that incorporate information and communication technologies, which to help the Philippines.

Cayetano said they will be discussing a possible jail management system for the Philippines to counter the illegal drug trade in the countrys prisons.

Last month, officials Philippines and China met in Manila for the second bilateral consultation meeting on the South China Sea.

The two countries had agreed to continue discussions on confidence-building measures to increase mutual trust and confidence and to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities in the South China Sea that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability.

ALAN PETER CAYETANOCHINA-PHILIPPINES TIESSOUTH CHINA SEA

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01:40

The MBS tour will raise the cost of securing US interests in the Middle East Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

There has never been as alarming a moment in the history of US support for Saudi Arabia as this one

01:38

Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team FBI and DOJ people were trying to frame Donald Trump [for] a falsely created crime Peace and Freedom

By Mike Allen and  Jonathan Swan
Axios
March 20, 2018

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A new addition to President Trumps legal team  Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) Its another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekends attacks on Mueller wont be the last.

David Ignatius, on Morning Joe, said this shows Trump is moving toward more of a scrappy cable news style defense.

The intrigue: In private conversations, the president has recently exhibited less confidence in his team.

  • The WashPost says diGenovas hiring caught many of [the presidents] advisers by surprise, prompting fears that Trump is preparing for bigg...

01:33

NATO's right to reply, response by Manlio Dinucci and comment by the Voltaire Network Voltaire Network

The public relations service of the NATO Joint Force Command in Naples wrote to the daily Il Manifesto about Manlio Dinucci's article In the USA/NATO grip . They did not send us a copy of this letter, even though it also pointed out a mistake made by our English translator. In the past, the US State Department directly contacted the news outlets whose articles we publish in several languages, pressuring them to cease all collaboration with us. However, this approach seemed impossible with a Communist publication. Here we print the letter, the response given by the Italian geographer, and our comment.

01:32

Dear Senator Harris, You have been drinking the pro-Israel Kool-Aid Mondoweiss

An open letter to Senator Kamala Harris of California:

Dear Senator Harris,

I am an 81-year old resident of Alameda County and I have lived here for 19 years.  I grew up in the U.S. northeast and in France, and I have also lived in Scotland and Israel.  I am Jewish and I am a committed Palestinian solidarity activist.

It therefore pains me to know that you have been drinking the pro-Israel Kool-Aid.  With your international background not to mention your law degree (I come from a family of lawyers) I would have thought that you might have understood the brutal reality that is todays Israel.  Your pandering March 28, 2017 speech in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was a disgrace which only reflected and highlighted your ignorance and your willful blindness to the brutal and grotesque reality that is todays State of Israel.  Unfortunately, your recent 2018 remarks to AIPAC have not yet been made public.

I had so hoped that you would be a California politician whom I could support, of whom I could be proud.  It seems, though, that you have chosen to pander to moneyed Zionist interests.  Your support for Israel is the diametric opposite of a path to peace in the Middle East.  I am so sorry that you are not the politician that I was hoping youd be.

Alice Diane Kisch. (Photo: Twitter)

If you should ever wish to become informed about the real Israel, there are easy ways to do this:  read Jewish-Israeli historian Ilan Papp; read Jewish Israeli-American author and activist Miko Peled; read Jewish-Israeli Haaretz journalists Amira Hass and Gideon Levy.  And please do read Jewish-American writer and analyst Max Blumenthal.  I particularly recommend Bl...

01:26

Dear Amir, you dont need to describe what death means to me Mondoweiss

I am the Gaza correspondent for a blog called Canada Talks Israel Palestine. In response to my introduction, an Israeli man named Amir wrote the message below, which sparked an intense exchange. My reply to Amir might be helpful if you encounter similar arguments in defense of Israeli policies and behavior.

Ahmed,

You are 23. I am more than double your age. You never faced wars and killing. I did. Too much. It is indescribable what death means. I write to you as I think that your motto, your starting point, is very bad. You say that your dream is to advance the cause of Palestinian human rights and to expose the human face of the Israeli occupation. But the Israeli occupation is humane. It is much more humane than your own regime and your people, the Arabs.

Lets take your place, Gaza. The occupation supplies you with everything you need. Your problem is that your (elected?) regime takes all of it from you, the people, and uses it for military/destructive purposes or uses it for their private uses, selling it on the market and taking the money. If Israel was not supporting you with food, water, energy and power, you would have never survived. Please do your job properly. Before you start writing, learn the matter. You dont know the facts. what you read/hear in Gaza is not the truth. It is Arab propaganda. Just look at the support/help that Israel gives to Jordan, Egypt and even your people who get medical treatment free of charge in Israeli hospitals. Israel is a humane state. Yours is not. So, instead of pulling us, Israel, down to your low level, you should write, bravely, the truth and pull your people up. You must help them rebuild the ruins your leadership caused. If you do the opposite, blaming Israel for everything, you ruin your chance to get out.

Amir

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Amir,

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am sorry I am replying late; my mother was diagnosed with cancer this week, and I have not been in the best of spirits. (Your humane government limits the treatments available to her.)

Its true I am half your age. However, you are wrong when you say I have not faced wars and killing. I assume you held a gun and defended yourself while serving in the Israeli militaryprobably when invading Palestinian lands and homes, as it so often does. (If you are really unaware of, or unwilling to admit, the terror inflicted by the Israeli military during its operations, simply read the testimony of your states own soldiers.)

...

01:19

Facebook to hold crisis meeting without Zuckerberg Peace and Freedom

Sky News

The meeting will be led by Facebooks deputy general counsel as CEO Mark Zuckerberg remains silent on the data scandal.

13:27, UK,Tuesday 20 March 2018

Facebook says it may take legal action
Image:Facebook says it may take legal action

Facebook is holding an open meeting for all employees following allegations that data belonging to its users was harvested by Cambridge Analytica.

The companys chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg has not commented on the scandal nor made a public appearance since the story broke.

Mr Zuckerberg will not be present to lead Tuesdays meeting, which instead will be chaired by Facebooks deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal.

Cambridge Analytica is accused of illegally harvesting the personal data of 50 million Facebook users.

The crisis meeting follows a stock fall which wiped $37bn (26bn) off its value as investigations are launched by the UKs Information Commissioner as well as European authorities.

According to an internal calendar invitation seen by technology publication The Verge, the meeting is scheduled for 10am Pacific Time (5pm UK time) today.

...

01:13

Rising Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Another South China Sea? Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

The Eastern Mediterranean has seen the birth of some of historys greatest civilizations, and the most disparate cultures have met along its shores through trade and war. Today, this tradition continues in the form of a continuously shifting mix of cooperation and competition among the states located in the area. As a matter of fact, this maritime region witnesses a complex and dynamic interplay of interests among its main players, each one of which has a distinctive socio-political nature and specific objectives. The recent discovery of lucrative gas and oil deposits below its waters has the potential to reshape the regional geostrategic framework and open a new phase in the relations between the states along its shores, notably one marked by increased competition and maritime skirmishes. Its a dynamic that shares a lot of similarities with the South China Sea dispute in Asia.

 

Background

A prominent feature that has marked the geopolitical asset of the Eastern Mediterranean since the rise of civilization has been its position as a crossroad between three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. Todays regional power distribution reflects this centuries-long status. States like Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt all play a major role in this area; but Iran and the EU (through Greece and Cyprus but also Italy and France, whose energy firms are present in the region) have also considerable stakes there. Moreover, great powers like the U.S., Russia and now even China (with the OBOR initiative) are involved as well.

This intricate network of diverging interests and opposed identities, combined with the areas intrinsic geostrategic importance, explains why the Eastern Mediterranean is characterized by so many conflicts and territorial disputes. In this context, the recent discovery of important hydrocarbon deposits has the potential to make the situation even more tense. Drilling exploration activities have increased in recent years, and a number of promising offshore gas fields have been discovered, thus attracting the attention of major energy firms like Exxon Mobil, Total, and ENI. A 2010 study...

01:10

Building The Iron Wall PopularResistance.Org

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, along with 18 members of the House of Representatives15 Republicans and three Democratshas sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding that the Qatari-run Al-Jazeera television network register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The letter was issued after Al-Jazeera said it planned to air a documentary by a reporter who went undercover to look into the Israel lobby in the United States. The action by the senator and the House members follows the decision by the Justice Department to force RT America to register as a foreign agent and the imposition of algorithms by Facebook, Google and Twitter that steer traffic away from left-wing, anti-war and progressive websites, including Truthdig. It also follows Decembers abolition of net neutrality.

01:04

Greenpeace Founder Arrested At Kinder Morgan Pipeline Protest In Burnaby PopularResistance.Org

Greenpeace International co-founder Rex Weyler joined the ongoing protests against Kinder Morgans pipeline expansion Monday. Weyler, formerly a director of the original Greenpeace Foundation, was arrested along with Bob and Barbara Stowe, the son and daughter of Greenpeace founders Irving and Dorothy Stowe, with others who attached themselves with zip ties to the gate at the entrance to the Trans Mountain terminal in Burnaby. According to Burnaby RCMP, 14 people were arrested Monday related to the protests, following Saturdays action where 28 were arrested after blocking the entrance to the tank farm. Protesters blocked the entrance to the facility in waves. A group of four attached themselves to the gate with zip ties Monday morning, and after they were arrested, three more took their place.

01:02

Jennifer Rubin likens Trump to Hitler in blood and soil ethno-nationalism that threatens Jews Mondoweiss

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin went back to her stomping grounds, Temple Israel of Hollywood, on February 21 (video here), and likened Donald Trump to Hitler in having an ethno-nationalist blood and soil definition of America that is especially threatening to Jews, and Muslims and Hispanics too. Throughout her speech, Rubin cut a break for Israel, which is surely an ethno-nationalist society. She said Israel is doing better than the U.S. as a democracy.

Here are some excerpts. Jump to the end for the Hitler.

Trump is an ethno-nationalist, Rubin said, and he attacks the American creed that all are created equal and all can succeed, no matter where you are from or what your skin color or religion is.

This president has adopted a philosophy that can only be compared to the ethno-nationalists of Europe, something we thought we would never see in this country, sometimes referred to as blood and soil. It matters who you are not as a person but as a matter of identity. That I think is the first big, big problem with Donald Trump. In defining America and governing and campaigning to one segment of the country, to white, primarily Christian, America, he is defining the rest of us out of the country. We are all becoming the other whether youre Hispanic, whether youre immigrant, whether youre Jewish.

She said that Jews in particular are vulnerable when Trump undermines democratic norms such as the rule of law, respect for the First Amendment, and respect for human equality:

Those should be and always have been especially important to Jews in the Diaspora. Its what we depend upon. We had a very bad experience with authoritarians and we had a very bad experience with countries that did not hold to a rule of law. It is Jews, just like its any other minority group any other unfavored, non majoritarian group that requires the rule of law, that requires norms and a pact that puts all Americans regardless of birth on the same playing field. Without that we are subject to the whims of the president just like we are subject to the whims in historical terms of authoritarian leaders and dictators

Jews should be at the forefront of perceiving the presidents attempt to define everyone outside of his cultlike following, as the other. That whether its a Muslim, a Hispanic or a Jew, once he defines someone as outside the body politic, do we think well be far behind? Do we think these will be isolated instances? Of course not.

She said Jews have never had it so good as we do in the U.S. till Trump.

When Im asked Is Trump so bad? I say, Of course hes so bad. Hes undermined the basis for American democracy, and with that the greatest protection,...

00:54

Indigenous Women Unite To Defend The Amazon, Mother Earth And Climate Justice PopularResistance.Org

It was the first time ever that indigenous Amazonian women from seven nationalities, including the Kichwa, Spara, Shiwiar, Shuar, Achuar, Andoa, and Waorani, joined forces and marched together in defense of their rights, rainforests and future generations. They came from remote rainforest communities, local towns and provinces by foot, canoe, bus and plane to denounce a newly signed oil contract between the Ecuadorian government and Chinese oil corporation Andes Petroleum for blocks 79 and 83, which includes parts of the indigenous territories of the Spara, Shiwiar and the Kichwa of Sarayaku, Pacayaku, Teresamama along the Bobonaza and Curaray River Basins. Contrary to Ecuadorian and international laws, they were not consulted and did not give their consent for any oil operations on their territories and have vowed to defend their rainforest homes and cultures.

00:52

We must end the manipulation of history Mondoweiss

3/16/18

I support a free Palestine and I believe in the Palestinian right to live a peaceful, safe and productive life. It must happen and soon! I reject all forms of racism and hate and I condemn without reservation the brutality and cruelty of Zionist colonization and a 70-year-old agenda to refuse the rights of Palestinians to live in peace on their own land.

Systematic lies and propaganda have colored the Zionist agenda to keep alive the myth of Zionist Israel as a Democracy.  Jews-as-victims is hammered in, to include many references to the Nazi Holocaust and quite horrifyingly has twisted, lied and distorted the reality of Zionism, which includes jailors, occupiers, murderers, persecutors, torturers and profoundly  fiendish victimizers. The obsessive propaganda reference to Jews as victims has colored many in the older generation of Jews who maintain a strong allegiance to Zionism.  In this way, references to the Nazi Holocaust are used to imprint and inflame the fear of a second Holocaust. The identification is as eternal victims destined to be wiped out. This time the perpetrators are  Arabs, hated would-be destroyers of Israel, sub-human monsters who must be countered or destroyed in order for a Jewish state to be born.  Yes, Zionism an ideology of Nationalism and racism has managed to keep the lies alive through domestic intimidation that obscures the violent agenda of genocide that continues to reign.

I struggle  to understand how the rape of Palestine continues for these endless decades and realize a mastery of manipulation has so brilliantly hidden the nightmare of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe brought on by Zionist Nationalism.

One does not hear it mentioned in the mainstream news.  This brilliant yet so deeply disturbing  introjection of victim sustains fears still smoldering  in Jewish consciousness and fed by clever, ugly propaganda. In truth, Israel is an occupying power with powerful military capacities aided by the US and Germany. They are all complicit in what can be called another crime of the century. The most moral army has  suffocated and brutally controlled Palestinian life.  Gaza is dying, as is the Zionist fantasy of a Jewish state for Jews only. A Jewish State can never be founded on terrorism and genocide. Lies are woven into the fabric of Zionist society and cover up a most virulent form of mans inhumanity to man.

We cannot leave out another preposterous lie so destructive to the question of what and who is a Jew.  I embrace this question by recognizing Zionism as a nationalist and racist ideology and NOT a religion. Zionists attempt to blur the distinction and one must be vigilant and clear about this targeted propaganda so deeply flawed and destructive. The Zionist self-serving myth has spread far and wide to condemn  all opponents  as anti-Semitic.

Israel, you have learned well mans inhumanity to man as the cycle of hate continues. Zionists betray Juda...

00:51

Russia is fighting a lethal enemy The Vineyard of the Saker

by Petr Akopov for Vzgliad translated by Edvin Buday Londons boorish behaviour has resulted in a fiery reaction within Russia from indignation to jokes about Little Britain. Sadly, such

00:48

Whistleblowers Sue Citys Top Health Insurance Providers PopularResistance.Org

Three whistleblowers representing New York City employees and retirees are suing the citys top health insurance providers for defrauding taxpayers of more than a billion dollars. The lawsuit unsealed in New York Supreme Court last month alleges that GHI, along with parent company EmblemHealth and their partner, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, engaged in a long-running scheme that provided inadequate healthcare to city employees and retirees  while collecting $3 billion in premiums from the city each year. The GHI-Empire plan covers 600,000 people  about 75 percent of city workers, retirees and families. In a 63-page complaint, the plaintiffs say the companies filed false claims to overstate their expenses by an average of $55 million dollars a year between 2008 and 2014.

00:47

Tennessee: Man converts to Islam, watches ISIS videos, tries to buy weapons, is committed to mental institution Jihad Watch

Because a desire to wage jihad against unbelievers couldnt be anything but mental illness, right? There couldnt be anything in the Quran about such warfare, could there? After all, its a religion of peace! This is just another manifestation of the global outbreak of mental illness. Antioch man flagged by local police arrested for lying []

00:38

You cannot occupy another people and consider yourself a just society Haneen Zoabi, suspended Palestinian legislator Mondoweiss

Israeli-Palestinian lawmaker Haneen Zoabi was suspended from the Knesset for a week by the ethics committee last week, after the committee reviewed a case where Zoabi suggested that Israeli Defense Forces soldiers murder Palestinians.

Zoabi had made her comments at a Knesset committee discussion last month, and it was actually lawmaker Oren Hazan who had complained about her the same one who recently said he would put Ahed Tamimi in hospital, the same one who recently called Gazan families visiting relatives in Israeli prison dogs, human scum and beasts.

The discussion in which Zoabi made her statement was concerning the bill prohibiting representatives of organizations that act against the army from lecturing in schools. She said:

The army also murders from time to time, not every day. Havent you heard of Palestinian youths being murdered? Who [is it that] murders the Palestinians in the occupied territories?

The ethics committee opined:

Using the expression murderers in relation to soldiers acting in the states name, is unworthy of the broad protection the committee extends to MKs political freedom of expression and is a violation of the rule that an MK will act in a way appropriate to his status as an MK and act to foster the publics confidence in the Knesset.

Zoabi said in response to the suspension:

The committee redefines its role from Ethics Committee to Censorship Committee. I didnt know I needed a permit from the MKs for what terminology to use, what to say and what not to say and what values I may or may not defend. Is my duty to tone down the Israeli armys war crimes, or to cry out against these crimes and say murder is murder? The Ethics Committee forces us to lie and cover up crimes. It would be better without such ethics.

I would like to provide a translation and transcript of an interview with Zoabi from Thursday, which she had on the Israeli Maariv radio channel 1045 FM with host Yossi Mizrahi. It provides Zoabi with more space for clarification of her stance and the host is just tolerating her enough to let her speak without too much disruption for a few minutes. I start about 00:35 with the essentials. Note that the podcast is titled Justified suspension, exhibiting the bias against Zoabi from the start:

Mizrahi: From your tone, I understand that you accept this, that you understand that when words like murderer soldiers, there is punishment, even if it is very light?

Zoabi: Yes, for the truth, a hurting truth, for a society that do...

00:33

More than 130 Palestinian sports clubs urge Adidas to end sponsorship of Israel Football Association over settlement teams Mondoweiss

Today, over 130 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations called on German sportswear giant Adidas to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA) over its inclusion of football clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.

In a letter addressed to Adidas CEO Kasper Rrsted, the Palestinian clubs cautioned that as the main international sponsor of the IFA, Adidas is lending its brand to cover up and whitewash Israels human rights abuses and give international cover to Israels illegal settlements.

The letter notes that UN Security Council Resolution 2334 denounces Israeli settlements as flagrant violations of international law and cautions the worlds second largest sportswear manufacturer that its sponsorship of the IFA makes it eligible for inclusion in the UNs database of complicit companies doing business in or with Israels illegal settlements. The Palestinian clubs further warn that the companys continued complicity with Israels settlement enterprise may expose it to consumer-led boycott campaigns in the Arab world and globally.

Former Palestinian national team player Mahmoud Sarsak said:

Palestinian footballers are routinely forced to endure Israeli military raids and tear gas on our fields, denied by Israel our right to travel to matches, and have seen our teammates killed and our stadiums bombed.

I was jailed by the Israeli occupation for three years without charge or trial and releas...

00:31

Possessed! Europes American Demon Must Be Exorcised Dissident Voice

Europe is suffering the tortures of the damned as it struggles with split-personality psychosis.

Here in the center of Western Europe one can tune in Germanys national public broadcasting networks any day of the week and hear scornful diatribes against Trump, outrage over his withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, shock and anger regarding his threats against our German automobile industry in his incipient trade war, calls for more EU independence and self-sufficiency.

Every Washington Post CIA-funded-Big-Breaking-News-Report about Muellers latest move to impeach and bring down the Orange Menace is always the top headline here: The Washington Post reports that   No mention of Jeff Bezos and his relationship to the CIA. If the Post says Trump is on shaky ground and cruisin for a bruisin, Europe gets excited. They wanted Hillary here, badly.

Europeans knew Hillary. They trusted Hillary. They associated her with that good-looking, smooth-talking young President Barack Obama. Sure, he blew it with the NSA stuff, but nobody cares about that anymore, either here or in the USA. All forgotten. Obama talked a good game on Europe. Polite young man. Went to Harvard.

I want to tell you that there was some serious panicking and freaking out going on here in Europe the morning after election day 2016. Europeans dont often run around shrieking their fears in public, a cool faade is the preferred mode here, but they did that day, and for many weeks afterward.

They had just spent more than a year sneering and raising their eyebrows and scoffing at the ludicrous orange-cartoon-figure-come-to life, both physically and in print. They had reassured each other and the public in endless columns and debates and editorials that he didnt have a chance to (first) win the nomination and (then later) to become President. They were already doing a major freak over Brexit. Trump winning was just too much. The sky was falling.

And he has not disappointed them in putting into effect the catalogue of horrors they had anticipated. Pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords. Refused to pay even lip service to gun control (lip service goes a long way here in the EU, actual progress is less important). Continued to flaunt that ridiculous comb-over that looks as though its deliberately designed to show his contempt for fashion and good taste. Threatened to pull out of the nuclear treaty with Iran, which is very popular here and practically the only way in which the EU has ever been willing to go against Israel, otherwise we are World Champion Israel-Ass-Kissers here. Trump ranted against Muslims and foreigners, defended white racists (here we mostly just pretend they dont exist, although they carried out 1,000 attacks on Muslims last year in Germany alone), created new legal hurdles to immigration. Of course, the EU does all of that last bit with immigrants too, except for the ranting part. One does th...

00:31

Abbas calls US Ambassador to Israel a son of a bitch, ambassador accuses Abbas of antisemitism Mondoweiss

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday called the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman a son of a bitch, and referred to him and his family as settlers during a meeting with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, further straining the rift between the Palestinian officials and the White House.

Abbas insults came hours after Friedman chided the Palestinian president over social media for his silence following an attack on two Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank on Friday. Cpt. Ziv Daos, 20, and Sgt. Netanel Kahalani, 21, were killed when Palestinian Ala Qabha, 20, rammed his car into a military site. In response to the deadly encounter, Friedman, who has made previous comments condemning the killings of Israelis, posted Monday morning:

The ambassador seemingly struck a nerve as Abbas told senior Palestinian officials, David Friedman, a son of a bitch, is a settler and his family are settlers and he serves as the American ambassador in Tel Aviv, reported the Palestinian outlet Arab48.

The controversy continued into the late afternoon when Friedman made a statement at a conference in Israel, suggesting Abbas comment was antisemitic.

I saw his response on my iPhone. His response was to refer to me as son of a dog. Is that anti-Semitism or political discourse? I leave that up to you, Friedman said. 

Before Friedman took over the post as ambassador to Israel he was a bankruptcy lawyer for President Donald Trump and was the president of the American Friends of Beit El Institutions, a fundraising group for an Israeli settlement of the same name.

Abbas also mocked the White House for hosting a forum on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza last Tuesday with 29 nation...

00:24

No CEO Should Earn 1,000 Times More Than A Regular Employee PopularResistance.Org

The CEO of Marathon Petroleum, Gary Heminger, took home an astonishing 935 times more pay than his typical employee in 2017. In other words, one of Marathons gas station workers would have to toil more than nine centuries to make as much as Heminger grabbed in just one year. Employees of at least five other US firms would have to work even longer more than a millennium to catch up with their top bosses. These companies include the auto parts maker Aptiv (CEO-worker pay ratio: 2,526 to 1), the temp agency Manpower (2,483 to 1), amusement park owner Six Flags (1,920 to 1), Del Monte Produce (1,465 to 1), and apparel maker VF (1,353 to 1). These revelations come thanks to a new federal regulation that requires publicly traded US corporations to disclose, for the first time ever, how much their chief executives are making compared with their median workers.

00:18

Its Time To Transform The War Economy PopularResistance.Org

Im here to speak to you today about one of Dr. Kings triple evils: militarism. As an Afghanistan War veteran, Id like to highlight an aspect of his warning about militarism, when he said, This way of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. Id like to tell you all about the precise moment I realized there was poison in me. Im the child of a nurse and a factory worker in the heartland of Illinois, the family of blue-collar and service workers. At the height of the Iraq War, military recruiters at my high school attracted me with sign up bonuses and college assistance that some saw as their ticket outfor me, I hoped it was my ticket up, providing opportunities that once felt out of reach.

00:17

UK: Police dropped cases against 20 Muslim rape gang members in Telford, they were too much trouble Jihad Watch

West Mercias Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans claimed that the cases were dropped for many reasons: These included the fact that there would have been a requirement for victims to give evidence in court, furthering their ordeal. But one of the victims said: I was never told about these orders or asked if I would []

00:10

Trump to Greet Visiting Saudi Prince with a Crowded Agenda Peace and Freedom

Both countries touting this weeks meetings as reflection of growing ties between Washington and Riyadh.

President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman shaking hands last year in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman shaking hands last year in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC. PHOTO: NICHOLAS KAMM/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump is expected to meet Tuesday with Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office, where the two leaders are likely to focus on combating Irans influence in the Middle East and strengthening ties between their two countries.

Mr. Trump has made relations with the ambitious 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne a cornerstone of his Middle East strategy and visited the kingdom last spring on the first stop of his first overseas trip as president.

For Prince Mohammed, who arrived in Washington, D.C. overnight, the visit is an opportunity to affirm his role as a ruler the U.S. can count on to advance shared goals like curbing Irans influence in the Arab worldand to pitch Saudi Arabia as a business destination.

But the deepening ties between the two countries face a number of challenges, including Saudi Arabias war in Yemen...

00:01

These Maps Show All The Cities And States Now Defending Net Neutrality PopularResistance.Org

As seen in the map above, 28 different states have proposed legislation to adopt net neutrality regulations. Only one state Washington has already passed a law in the state legislature protecting net neutrality statewide. Its legislation basically reinstates the Obama-era regulations repealed by the FCC, meaning that ISPs wont be able to block content or establish fast and slow internet lanes once it goes into effect in June. Some believe that Washingtons legislation might provoke a lawsuit from the FCC, because the December repeal of net neutrality stipulated that city and state governments were prohibited from drafting their own rules. Because the FCCs new plan isnt set to go into effect until April 23, we might have to wait to see if the FCC pursues action against Washington.

00:01

Dodgy Dossier Two Dissident Voice

Never forget the Dodgy Dossier. That was the supposed evidence claiming in 2003 that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction that could be used against Britain within forty minutes. The Dodgy Dossier was presented in Britains House of Parliament as the truth and was unchallenged by the mainstream media. It was included in the case for war presented to the UN by the United States, and became the given reason for Britain then joining forces with the US in the illegal war that followed, a war which, in addition to costing almost two hundred British lives, killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis and ruined the lives of millions more. The Dodgy Dossier turned out to be pure bunkum.

Fifteen years later a brand new dodgy dossier appears to be in the making, which once again is being unchallenged by the mainstream media. We are now supposed to believe that the Russian government is behind an alleged chemical attack on an ex-spy. Once again, the hard evidence for the allegation is nowhere to be seen. All that passes for evidence are stories about a chemical that was supposedly invented in Russia forty years ago (but almost certainly could easily be reproduced a few miles away from Salisbury at Porton Down or by the CIA), and Oscar-winning performances of righteous rage in parliament by British politicians not unlike the pantomime we saw in the same theatre a mere fifteen years ago.

Another possibility for the sourcing of Russian chemical weapons might be Syria. When Isis (who were actively assisted by western special forces) were enjoying their early successes in that tortured country, they overran some Syrian military bases which could have been storing chemical weapons. Russia has supplied Syria with military equipment in the past, and could have perhaps supplied chemical weapons too. All this happened before Assad destroyed his remaining stockpiles, and may have accounted for why he did so. So Isis could have obtained these chemicals at that time, and they could then have found their way into the hands of the west to be used in exactly the kind of scenario were seeing played out now in Salisbury.

Shortly after the Salisbury incident, Britain announced it was going to impose trade sanctions on Russia. I bet that had the Kremlin shaking in their boots. Imagine, a country that has almost no natural resources and is incapable of manufacturing anything that Russia cant make for itself is going to stop trading with the country who supplies it with much of its natural gas. Thats sensible, isnt it? About the only service that Britain provides in exchange for essential energy supplies is offshore banking and even that is a service thats probably used more by Russian gangsters than by the state. Russia is a country that grew up with trade sanctions and for most of the last hundred yea...

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23:58

The Rise and Fall of the American Farmer Geopolitical Monitor

Sparse hints of spring are just beginning to tease the eastern seaboard as the slow recession of winter finally begins. Still, going west of the Mississippi River will bring you perilously close to where Jack Frosts reign of terror isnt over yet. Record setting temperatures continue to slow lifes pace not just for the people, but for the local economies; which means farmers.

Harsh conditions are an occupational hazard in this industry, yet that doesnt make them any less of a threat. But the chilly weather isnt the only thing nipping at their patience these days.

Being an American farmer isnt what it used to be. An honest days work doesnt only include an alarm set for 6:00 a.m. and a healthy appreciation for a combine anymore. Even for the small farm, it requires an understanding of technology, international markets, and a firm grip on a future that has never been so severely in question.

Farming was never easy, but the economic realities of the 21st century have erased the picture-perfect image of American agricultural supremacy. In 2012-2013, Brazil surpassed the United States to become the worlds chief exporter of soybeans, and is poised to beat American farms in the beef industry. The United States is now 4th in wheat production, 4th in potatoes, and is fast losing its 1st position in maize.  China is now the worlds main exporter of wheat, utilizing the fertile Yellow River and Huai River Valleys in ways the U.S. cant match. The depressing truth is that the United States is no longer the worlds breadbasket.

The slow demise of the American farmer has been at the center of US domestic politics for decades, and it seems every politician within 100 miles of a silo has an answer that will somehow help them with rural constituents.

The array of symptoms that afflict this dying symbol of American cultural and economic preeminence is mostly modern, but it is not necessarily new. Agricultural studies from the US government have shown that US farms have been on the decline since the 1970s, with the peak number being 6.8 million in 1935. By 2002, it was only 2.1 million.

The slow demise of the American farmer has been at the center of US...

23:58

US Political Meddling is Very Real, Spans the Globe Militant Libertarian

March 14, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar NEO) The United States has spent over a year now leveling accusations against the Russian Federation regarding alleged political meddling during the 2016 US elections. While accusations range from everything including fake news spread across the Internet to direct ties to the administration of US President Donald Trump used to assist him into power, no evidence has yet to surface to prove Russia has meddled at all in Americas internal political affairs.

 

And while Russia certainly possesses a large and growing presence across the international media, concerted attacks against this presence stems more from the fact that decades of uncontested control over global public opinion by the US and Europe is now shifting toward a multipolar balance of power in information space.

In stark contrast to the whispers of shadows cited by the US and Europe regarding Russia, to begin understanding the scope of US political meddling abroad, one needs only to visit the US State Department and corporate-funded National Endowment for Democracys (NED) own website.

Industrial-Scale Meddling 

US meddling is so extensive that NED is broken into multiple subsidiaries (National Democratic Institute (NDI), International Republican Institute (IRI) and Freedom House) which in turn, are joined by parallel organizations such as George Soros Open Society Foundation, USAID, the UKs DFID and many more.

The NED website is broken into several regions including:

Africa;
Asia;
Central and Eastern Europe;
Eurasia;
Global;
Latin America and Caribbean and;
Middle East and Northern Africa.

Within each region, NED lists its extensive funding for organizations and fronts in over 100 different nations around the globe....

23:40

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, March 21, 2018 If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Peace and Freedom

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Lectionary: 253

Image result for Nebuchadnezzar and golden statue, art, photos

Reading 1 DN 3:14-20, 91-92, 95

King Nebuchadnezzar said:
Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
that you will not serve my god,
or worship the golden statue that I set up?
Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made,
whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet,
flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe,
and all the other musical instruments;
otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace;
and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar,
There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you
in this matter.
If our God, whom we serve,
can save us from the white-hot furnace
and from your hands, O king, may he save us!
But even if he will not, know, O king,
that we will not serve your god
or worship the golden statue that you set up.King Nebuchadnezzars face became livid with utter rage
against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times more than usual
and had some of the strongest men in his army
bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
and cast them into the white-hot furnace.

Nebuchadnezzar rose in haste and asked his nobles,
Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?
Assuredly, O king, they answered.
But, he replied, I see four men unfettered and unhurt,
walking in the fire, and the fourth looks like a son of God.
Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed,
Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him;
they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies
rather than serve or worship any god
except their own God.

Responsorial Psalm DN 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56

R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for...

23:40

ANALYSIS: Hubris over Afrin victory could lead to mistakes Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Undefined

'At this moment we have some worrying statements and some sober ones. It is hard to tell who will prevail'

23:39

Iranian Baha'i leader released from jail Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Vahid Tizfahm spent 10 years in jail under charges of 'espionage' and making 'propaganda'

Donald Trump's new CIA chief can't hide her role in torture cover-up Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Trump's nominee for CIA director was a great supporter of getting rid of the evidence of torture, although it seems she has nothing to worry about now

23:31

Inspired By West Virginia, Teachers Spread Red For Ed Movement Across Arizona PopularResistance.Org

This all got started two Fridays ago, March 2. I had become friends with Jay ONeal from West Virginia, who helped start the teachers and public employees Facebook group there, and he let me into their group. Id been hanging out, just watching things, thinking, Why is nobody in Arizona doing this? So my Chicago blood got boiling, and I said, Im just going to spark the fire, Ill be the catalyst. I had been communicating with some folks on the Arizona BATS pageBad Ass Teachers. I had been posting some things coming out of West Virginia, and others would get fired up too, so we started a dialogue. And then one of the admins of that page said, Anybody else think Arizona should do something like that? I said, Yess!!! I and another teacher started a Facebook group that day: Arizona Teachers United. There was no mention of striking, no mention of action.

23:24

Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Locals Take Over Pipeline Office, Then Occupy Drill Rig PopularResistance.Org

A busload of fifty local residents took over the field offices of Williams/Transco at 805 Estelle Drive, Suite 101, in Lancaster. We dropped a 12 foot stretch of pipeline in Williamss meeting room, sang songs through the hallways, and slapped a Condemnation Notice on the door before leaving. When a Williams employee complained about our visit, one of our residents deadpanned: Sucks to be invaded, doesnt it? Our message was simple and direct: we the people, whose lives and land are under assault by this toxic pipeline, openly defy the right of dirty energy giants to profit at the expense of our health, safety, water, and land. From there, the bus headed down to southern Lancaster County where Williams is drilling under the Conestoga River and desecrating federally recognized indigenous graves.

23:23

3 Attempts to Use Chemical Weapons in Syria Prevented Last Week: Russian Defense Minister Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

March 20, 2018 The terrorist groups in the eastern suburbs of Damascus may stage new chemical attacks in the war-plagued country amid the ongoing ceasefire and the general stabilization of the situation. There is a possibility that terrorists will use poisonous substances in order to accuse the Syrian troops of using chemical weapons in the []

23:19

Flawed Assessments Caused $2 Billion Shift In Property Taxes PopularResistance.Org

In the first effort to measure the cost of Cook Countys error-ridden assessment system under Assessor Joseph Berrios, a new study estimates that at least $2.2 billion in property taxes was shifted from undervalued Chicago homes onto overvalued ones between 2011 and 2015. Because the countys assessment system is skewed in favor of high-priced homes, the errors amount to a staggering transfer of wealth that benefited Chicagos most affluent homeowners at the expense of people who own lower-priced homes. The study, released Thursday by the Municipal Finance Center at the University of Chicagos Harris School of Public Policy, was conducted by Professor Christopher Berry, a critic of the assessors office who testified at a County Board hearing in July about flaws in the countys assessment system.

23:18

Rome, Italy: Some Words from Prison by Anarchist Comrade Anna Beniamino Insurrection News

FTTP

Right you areif you think you are

Reflections and updates on a trial

Theres not much to be said about an episode of repression, after all its the simple cyclical occurrence of action and reaction or even on how repression plays dirty another well-known fact. At most these are just a few notes on the development of techniques and strategies.

This Ill try to do. More than a year after the arrests, with the trial already underway, a crack has opened in the censuring bell jar and the court papers been disclosed in all their misery after the short report on the last issue of Croce Nera and the latest developments on the closure of investigations and the preliminary hearing.

Before any assessment, however, I simply want to reiterate my pride in anarchy and the anarchists who have allowed me to nourish myself on the solidarity of actions, written words, anger ricocheted behind the gates and from prison to prison, showing yet again how the anarchist tension is alive, topical and capable of ridiculing categories and jumping over the obstacles that repression wants to impose, shaking off the burden of fear and the myth of consensus.

Ive always thought that anarchy is something serious if practised by women and men doted with reason and instinct, something that when locked up in the cages and traps of dominion turns against it and gains strength from the weakness dominion wants to instil. Were here for...

23:15

23:00

Mongoose: US Training Syrian Islamists in False Flag Chemical Attacks According to Official Russian Sources Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

US Instructors Training Syria Militants for False Flag Chemical Attack, to Justify Airstrikes

According to Russia Ministry of Defense

 

 

Phi Beta Iota: This could be Zionists pretending to be Americans; American contractors funded by Zionists, rogue elements of the CIA or Pentagon, or least likely bona fide official US contingents. False flags in Syria, the USA, and elsewhere will multiply; CIA is both incompetent and also lying to our President on a daily basis he needs an Open Source Agency he can count on.

See Especially:

D3C Presidential Innovation Memorandum 3.3

Robert Steele: Gina Haspels Confirmation Challenge

See Also:

False Flag @ Phi Beta Iota

Syria @ Phi Beta Iota

Zion @ Phi Beta Iota

22:58

MH17-Linked Ukrainian Pilot Shoots Himself In UkraineKyiv Post ThereAreNoSunglasses

Vladyslav Voloshyn, Ukrainian pilot who fought in the Donbas war and was an acting director of Mykolaiv airport, shot himself in his apartment in Mykolaiv on March 18.

Renowned Ukrainian pilot Vladyslav Voloshyn died after shooting himself in his apartment in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv on March 18. His family was at home at the time of the incident.

Voloshyns wife who heard the shot called the ambulance. Volos...

22:45

Berto Jongman: Trump & The Truth Comment by Robert Steele Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility

Since Mr. Trump became a presidential candidate, PolitiFact has evaluated more than 500 assertions and found 69 percent of them mostly false, false or pants on fire false. By comparison, it judged 26 percent of the statements by Mr. Obama that it evaluated as false and the same percentage for those by Hillary Clinton.

Read full article.

...

22:40

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, A Memo to the Publisher of the New York Times TomDispatch - Blog

Dear Mr. Sulzberger: Congratulations on assuming the reins of this nations -- and arguably, the worlds -- most influential publication...

22:32

Trump Blasts IRGC in Iranian New Years Greeting Clarion Project

U.S. President Donald TrumpU.S. President Donald Trump (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

In a message to the Iranian people on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, U.S. President Donald Trump said, I wish a beautiful and blessed Nowruz to the millions of people around the world who are celebrating the arrival of spring.

However, he used the message to call out the regimes rulers who serve themselves instead of serving the people and expose the countrys powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps as a hostile army that brutalizes and steals from the Iranian people to fund terrorism abroad.

Trump said the Guards spent more than $16 billion financing Syrias government and supporting terrorists in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Twenty-five centuries ago, Darius the Great asked God to protect Iran from three dangers: hostile armies, drought, and falsehood, Trump said in a statement. Today, the Iranian regimes Revolutionary Guard Corps represents all three.

In January, the president informed his European counterparts that unless the flaws in the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers are fixed, he will not extend the existing waivers for sanctions relief that expire May 12.

In a bid to persuade the U.S. not to pull out of the agreement, France asked the European Union on March 19 to consider new sanctions on Iran due to its involvement in the Syrian civil war and its ballistic missile program.

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reported that Iran rejected any negotiations on the nuclear deal or its ballistic m...

22:30

Stephen E. Arnold: Big Data + Smart Software = Disruption Public Intelligence Blog

Stephen E. Arnold

Big Data and Smart Software: A Volatile Mixture?

For several years big data and artificial intelligence have been running on parallel tracks. Once in a while they cross over, but mostly they kept independent of one another. But that is poised to change, as we saw from a recent press release from Lucidworks, Lucidworks Launches Fusion 4 With Operationalized AI and Portable Applications.

According to the piece, their AI and big data are coming together because:

Read full post.

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Artificial Intelligence @ Phi Beta Iota

Big Data @ Phi Beta Iota

IO Impotency @ Phi Beta Iota

22:29

Israel's 'humiliation queue' for East Jerusalem Palestinians Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

In recent months, the task of obtaining an appointment with the Population and Immigration Authority has become an ordeal, in Israels latest attempt at the 'soft expulsion' of Palestinians

22:28

Turkish President threatens to launch wider offensive against Kurds after capturing Afrin Peace and Freedom

Turkeys vow to hand [Afrin] back to its real owners suggests fears of the ethnic cleansing of the Syrian enclave may be realised

By Patrick Cockburn

 The Independent
Turkish President threatens to launch wider offensive against Kurds in northern Syria after capturing Afrin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to follow up the capture of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin by launching an across-the-board military offensive against the remaining Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria and the main Yazidi population centre in the Sinjar region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

He claimed that the next target of Turkish troops would be the cities of Manbij, which the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) captured from Isis in 2016, and Kobani, which withstood a famous siege by Isis that ended in 2015. Unlike Afrin, both places are protected by the US Air Force, backed by 2,000 US specialised ground troops.

Mr Erdogan undoubtedly intends in the long term to eliminate the de facto Kurdish state that developed in northern and eastern Syria as the result of the advance of the YPG, backed by US air power, in the war against Isis. But it is unlikely that he will seek a confrontation with the US, which is sending out patrols of armoured vehicles into the front lines around Manbij, a strategically placed city between Aleppo and the Eup...

15:00

The New Latin American Dictatorships INTERNATIONALIST 360

Jorge Beinstein Translation by Internationalist 360 The authoritarian rise The reactionary radicalization of the governments of countries like Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico or Honduras generates controversy around their characterization. None of these regimes have been the result of military coups. In the cases of Brazil, Honduras or Paraguay the dismissal of the presidents was carried...

11:00

Can the Monroe Doctrine Triumph in the 21st Century? INTERNATIONALIST 360

Sergio Alejandro Gmez | internet@granma.cu Can the United States achieve its current goals to dominate Latin America and the Caribbean with a doctrine based on principles from the 19th century? Although many of us would like to answer this question with a resounding No! and insist that our region is well prepared to defend itself...

National Indigenous Congress: The Result of Irreverence INTERNATIONALIST 360

Ral Romero On February 19 the time period expired for turning in (INE) the signatures of citizens that supported the initiative of the Indigenous Government (CIG, its initials in Spanish) to the National Electoral Institute (INE). In its latest public report, the INE realizes that 266, 114 people signed so that the CIGs spokeswoman, Mara...

07:22

DRC security forces harass journalists covering Kabila protests Committee to Protect Journalists

Catholics sing and dance during a December 31, 2017 demonstration to call for the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to step down. At least three journalists covering the rallies in Kinshasa say police harassed them. (AFP/John Wessels)

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on December 31, 2017, harassed at least three journalists who were reporting on protests in the capital, Kinshasa, over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to stand down when his second five-year term in office expired in 2016 and his refusal to hold elections, according to local journalists and media reports.

04:17

Boris Johnson and Jens Stoltenberg Joint press point , by Boris Johnson, Jens Stoltenberg Voltaire Network

Jens Stoltenberg: [NATO Secretary General] : Foreign Secretary Johnson, my friend Boris, Welcome to the NATO Headquarters and it's really a pleasure to meet you today, here, and thank you also for updating me on the latest developments in the Salisbury investigation. The attack in Salisbury was the first use of a nerve agent on Alliance territory. It showed total disrespect for human lives. And the attack was an unacceptable breach of international norms and rules. NATO Allies have been (...)

02:52

Statement by the UE Foreign Affairs Council on the Salisbury attack Voltaire Network

The European Union strongly condemns the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, UK on 4 March 2018, that also left a police officer seriously ill. The lives of many citizens were threatened by this reckless and illegal act. The European Union takes extremely seriously the UK Government's assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible. The European Union is shocked at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type (...)

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07:54

Ecuador pledges to reform repressive media law Committee to Protect Journalists

Country needs free press for Moreno's fight against corruption

Quito, Ecuador, March 16, 2018 --The government of Ecuador pledged in a meeting Wednesday with the Committee to Protect Journalists to reform an oppressive communications law this year and to invite international experts to visit the country and analyze Ecuador's compliance with international legal standards.

07:52

In Maldives, at least three journalists detained over protest coverage Committee to Protect Journalists

Maldivian police pictured at a protest in the capital, Mal, on March 2. Three Raajje TV journalists are detained over their coverage of anti-government protests held on March 16. (AFP/Ahmed Shurau)

New York, March 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Maldivian authorities to immediately release three Raajje TV journalists who, according to their pro-opposition station, were detained today over their coverage of anti-government protests in the capital, Mal.

04:32

Chinese authorities briefly detain RFI correspondent in Beijing Committee to Protect Journalists

Delegates attend a plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing in March 2018. Police in the city briefly detained a RFI reporter who was interviewing people about a vote on China's constitutional reform. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)

Police in Beijing detained French journalist Heike Schmidt, the China correspondent for the French Foreign Ministry-funded outlet, Radio France Internationale, for about an hour on March 9, 2018, and confiscated her tape recorder, according to the journalist's outlet.

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01:06

At least two journalists injured as police in India break up rally Committee to Protect Journalists

New Delhi, March 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in northeast India to investigate the beating of at least two journalists by police who broke up a student rally on March 10.

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Thursday, 15 March

07:26

Airstrike kills Syrian photographer in eastern Ghouta Committee to Protect Journalists

Members of the Syrian civil defense forces known as White Helmets search for victims following an airstrike in Arbin, eastern Ghouta on February 9, 2018. An airstrike on March 12 killed Arbin Unified Media Office photographer Bashar al-Attar. (AFP/Abdulmonam Eassa)

Beirut, March 14, 2018--Bashar al-Attar, a photographer for the pro-opposition Arbin Unified Media Office, died from injuries sustained in a March 12 airstrike in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area of Syria, outside of Damascus, according to his employer and the Syrian Journalists Association.

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07:10

India releases photojournalist Kamran Yousuf on bail Committee to Protect Journalists

Photojournalist Kamran Yousuf, pictured, is facing charges after covering unrest in Jammu and Kashmir state. (Younis Khaliq)

New York, March 13, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomes the release on bail of Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and calls on Indian authorities to drop all remaining charges against him. Yousuf was granted bail by a National Investigative Agency (NIA) special court in Delhi on Monday and was released today after providing 100,000 Indian rupees (US$1,545) in guarantees, according to the bail order seen by CPJ and news reports. In the bail order, the court also said that Yousuf "was working as a photojournalist and was covering all kinds of incidents...in the Kashmir Valley" prior to his arrest, contradicting the NIA's claims that Yousuf was not a "real" photojournalist.

Tuesday, 13 March

13:59

Pakistan releases journalist on bail Committee to Protect Journalists

Pakistani journalist Hafiz Husnain Raza (center with garland) was released on bail March 10, 2018. (Hassaan Raza)

New York, March 12, 2018 --The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomes the release on bail of Pakistani journalist Hafiz Husnain Raza and calls on Pakistani authorities to drop all remaining charges against him. Authorities released Raza from prison on March 10 after an Anti-Terrorism Court in Punjab province acquitted the journalist on eight charges under the Anti-Terror Act and granted him bail on five other charges under the Illicit Arms Act, Raza's lawyer, Farooq Bajwa, said.

08:27

Chilean police accused of spying on journalists Committee to Protect Journalists

Airplanes fly in formation in Santiago, Chile on March 3, 2017. The independent Santiago-based Center for Investigative Journalism on March 7 reported that Chilean police intercepted calls, as well as WhatsApp and Telegrammessages, between five journalists and their sources. (Reuters/Ivan Alvarado)

Bogot, March 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed its concern about reports that Chilean police spied on reporters as part of an intelligence operation in the southern La Araucana region.

06:45

South Sudan suspends broadcast of UN-backed radio station Committee to Protect Journalists

Peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan patrol on March 7, 2018. The South Sudanese Media Regulatory Authority ordered the UN-backed station Radio Miraya to suspend operations because the station had not acquired a broadcasting license, according to reports. (AFP/Stefanie Glinski)

New York, March 9, 2018--South Sudanese authorities should allow the UN-backed station Radio Miraya to continue broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The South Sudanese Media Regulatory Authority ordered Radio Miraya to suspend operations because the station had not acquired a broadcasting license, according to a copy of the suspension notice seen by CPJ and a report by the Dutch-backed Radio Tamazuj news outlet.

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