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Wednesday, 13 June

01:42

Russia is Wary of Borrowing Abroad but Has Increased Foreign Debt by 10% in 2018 Anyway Aletho News

Sputnik 12.06.2018 Worried by Russias small foreign debt, international creditors are advising it to borrow more, but Russias Central Bank believes that investments, not loans, are the way to go. Russias $525-billion foreign debt is dwarfed by $7.5 trillion in Britain, $5 trillion in France, $4.8 trillion in Germany and a whopping $21 trillion []

01:32

Nicaragua on the brink of calamity StephenKinzer.com

As a mass of unarmed protesters filed past Dennis Martnez Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua, on May 30, snipers inside the stadium began firing at them. That days casualties joined a list of about 100 dead and 1,000 wounded and missing in the last two months. Among those outraged was the person for whom the stadium []

01:29

WRL Endorses Statement of Unity by Korean Americans and Allies on the Historic Inter-Korean Summit and the U.S.-North Korea Summit War Resisters League

The full statement and endorsement is below and can also be found here.

 

Since the historic April 27 summit between the leaders of North and South Korea at Panmunjom, longstanding tensions and war threats on the Korean peninsula have given way to the promise of peace and reconciliation. Soon, another historic summit, between the United States and North Korea, will take place in Singapore. The two parties, which not too long ago were on the brink of war, will finally sit down to discuss a peaceful settlement to the Korean War. All eyes of the world will be on this momentous event, which could determine not only the fate of the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia but also the prospect of global peace. 

 WeKorean Americans who have long fought for peace and the self-determined unification of the Korean peninsula, and allies who stand on the side of peace and justice and share a critical stake in the struggle for peace in Koreawish to make clear our views on the recent inter-Korean summit and the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summi.

 

1. We applaud the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification of the Korean peninsula.

In the Panmunjom Declaration, the leaders of North and South Korea "solemnly declared before the 80 million Korean people and the whole world that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun." They also pledged to work together for independent unification.

The two leaders held hands as they crossed back and forth over the military demarcation line, demonstrating that the arbitrary line no longer has the power it once possessed as a symbol of division and confrontation. Should the governments of North and South Korea as well as the 80 million Koreans on the peninsula and the diaspora come together to implement the Panmunjom Declaration, we can realize peace, prosperity, and unification of the Korean peninsula.

 

2. We welcome the U.S.-North Korea summit.

We hope the scheduled U.S.-North Korea summit will end seven decades of hostile relations between the United States and North Korea and usher in a new era of peaceon the Korean peninsula, in Northeast Asia as well as for the rest of...

01:16

Muslim leader led forth his army to ravage Hindustan. Every person that fell into his hands he slew. Jihad Watch

Ramadan Day 27 thought for the day from my new book The History of Jihad: in the 1340s, the Delhi sultan Muhammad ibn Tughlaq, according to a contemporary historian, led forth his army to ravage Hindostan. He laid the country waste from Kanauj to Dalmau [on the Ganges, in the Rai Bareli District, Oudh], and []

01:09

Will Bilderberg still be relevant as the future of war is transformed? stan van houcke

Will Bilderberg still be relevant as the future of war is transformed?

This years summit is all about war but what they all want to conquer is artificial intelligence
...

01:03

Bilderberg 2018: new tech helps oil the wheels of the global elite stan van houcke

Bilderberg 2018: new tech helps oil the wheels of the global elite

Secretive meeting in Turin embraces AI and Silicon Valley with globalisation under threat

01:00

Tom Engelhardt 290 stan van houcke

June 12, 2018

Tomgram: Shammalah and Marlowe, The Return of the Women of Gaza

We know her name but not, as the courageous Israeli journalist Amira Hass has pointed out, the name of the Israeli sniper who shot her down in cold blood during an unarmed demonstration at the blockaded Gazan border as she ran to aid a man struck in the head by a tear gas shell. She was 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar, a volunteer emergency medical worker, who, reported the New York Times, wanted to prove in an increasingly conservative Gaza Strip that being a medic is not only a job for a man. Wearing a white coat clearly identifying her as medical personnel, she was shot through the chest and died in a Gazan hospital later that day. (Two other medics were wounded in the same set of incidents.) She was the ...

00:57

Two Quantum Computing Bills Are Coming to Congress cryptogon.com

Disclosure: I am long Quantum Resistant Ledger (QRL). Via: Gizmodo: Quantum computing has made it to the United States Congress. If this field of quantum information is the new space race, the US doesnt want to fall behind. After all, China has funded a National Laboratory for Quantum Information Sciences, set to open in []

00:55

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Defaming Fred Fleitz: Whats In It For Andrew Kaczynski? Jihad Watch

Why does CNN think opposing jihad is worse than jihad itself? My latest in FrontPage: Liberty has ruthless enemies, but CNNs Andrew Kaczynski is on the case. He is deeply alarmed that the new chief of staff to national security adviser John Bolton defended anti-Muslim and far-right activists in a pair of online columns. Clearly []

00:55

Trump Dangles Wooden Carrots at Russia over Crimea Strategic Culture Foundation

If you think Russia annexed Crimea, wait until you see Trump push Putin to securing the land bridge between the Donbass and Crimea. Because that cannot be ruled out here.

00:53

Knesset foils efforts to end Israeli apartheid Mondoweiss

For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an image of itself as a light unto the nations.

It claimed to have made the desert bloom by planting forests over the razed houses of 750,000 Palestinians it exiled in 1948. Soldiers in the most moral army in the world reputedly cried as they were compelled to shoot Palestinian infiltrators trying to return home. And all this occurred in what Israelis claimed was the Middle Easts only democracy.

An industry known as hasbara a euphemism for propaganda recruited Jews in Israel and abroad to a campaign to persuade the world that the Palestinians dispossession was for the good of mankind. Israels achievements in science, agriculture and medicine were extolled.

But in a more interconnected world, that propaganda campaign is swiftly unravelling. Phone cameras now record moral soldiers executing unarmed Palestinians in Gaza or beating up children in Hebron.

The backlash, including a growing international boycott movement, has driven Israels right wing into even greater defiance and self-righteousness. It no longer conceals its goal to aggressively realize a longed-for Greater Israel. 

A parallel process is overtaking Israels traditional left but has been far less noticed. It too is stubbornly committed to its ideological legacy the creation of a supposed Jewish and democratic state after 1948. 

And just as the immorality of Israels belligerent rule in the occupied territories is under ever greater scrutiny, so too is its claim to be a democracy conferring equal rights on all citizens.

Israel includes a large minority of 1.8 million Palestinian citizens, the remnants of those who survived the expulsions required for its creation. Although Palestinian citizens have the vote, it was an easy generosity after Israel gerrymandered the electoral constituency in 1948 to ensure Palestinians remained a permanent and decisive minority. 

In a system of residential apartheid, Palestinian citizens have been confined to ghettos on a tiny fraction of land while Israel has nationalized 93 percent of its territory for Jews around the world.

But after decades of repression, including an initial 20 years living under military rule, the Palestinian minority has gradually grown more confident in highlighting Israels political deficiencies. 

In recent days, Palestinian legislators have...

00:48

Sweden Tries to Halt Its March to Total Cashlessness cryptogon.com

Via: Bloomberg: A key committee of Swedish lawmakers wants to force the countrys biggest banks to handle cash in an effort to halt the nations march toward complete cashlessness. The move is a response to Swedens rapid transformation as it becomes one of the most cashless societies in the world. Thats led to concerns []

00:41

Police Dogs Trained to Find Hidden Electronic Storage Devices cryptogon.com

Via: cnet: Only one out of every 50 dogs tested qualifies to become an electronic storage detection, or ESD, dog, says Kerry Halligan, a K-9 instructor with the Connecticut State Police. Thats because its a lot harder to detect the telltale chemical in electronics than it is to sniff out narcotics, bombs, fire accelerants or []

00:40

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, June 13, 2018 A message to whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments Peace and Freedom

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St. Anthony of Padua can be recognized easily by his statuary which usually depicts Jesus jumping out of the Gospel!

Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 361

Reading 1 1 KGS18:20-39

Ahab sent to all the children of Israel
and had the prophets assemble on Mount Carmel.Elijah appealed to all the people and said,
How long will you straddle the issue?
If the LORD is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.
The people, however, did not answer him.
So Elijah said to the people,
I am the only surviving prophet of the LORD,
and there are four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal.
Give us two young bulls.
Let them choose one, cut it into pieces, and place it on the wood,
but start no fire.
I shall prepare the other and place it on the wood,
but shall start no fire.
You shall call on your gods, and I will call on the LORD.
The God who answers with fire is God.
All the people answered, Agreed!Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal,
Choose one young bull and prepare it first,
for there are more of you.
Call upon your gods, but do not start the fire.
Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it
and called on Baal from morning to noon, saying,
Answer us, Baal!
But there was no sound, and no one answering.
And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.
When it was noon, Elijah taunted them:
Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating,
or may have retired, or may be on a journey.
Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.
They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears,
as was their custom, until blood gushed over them.
Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state
until the time for offering sacrifice.
But there was not a sound;
no one answered, and no one was listening.

Then Elijah said to all the people, Come here to me.
When the people had done so, he repaired the altar of the LORD
that had been destroyed.
He took twelve st...

00:37

Mauritania makes death penalty for leaving Islam mandatory: We want to be as close to the real Sharia as possible Jihad Watch

Islamic apologists in the West routinely insist that Islam has no death penalty for apostasy, but as always, reality is otherwise. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. Its based on the Quran: They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among []

00:37

Why Ahed slapped the soldier an interview with Bassem Tamimi Mondoweiss

This interview with Bassem Tamimi was recorded on May 4, 2018 in the occupied village of Nabi Saleh, by International Solidarity Movement activists.

His daughter Ahed Tamimi, 17, is serving an eight-month prison sentence for slapping an Israeli soldier on the familys property on December 15 of last year, after Israeli soldiers shot her cousin in the face.

Bassem reflects on his daughters choice:

I think more than 300 times they raided inside my house They took my electronic devices several times. They broke the windows several times. They shot most of my children several times. My son was arrested two times. My wife was arrested five times.  I was arrested nine times. I was tortured and be paralyzed for a period of time. My wife was shot in her leg, two years she couldnt walk. My home is under a demolition order.

After all of that somebody asked, why Ahed slapped a soldier? She must slap the soldier.

Sometimes I feel there is a triple standard or more than in dealing with the Palestinian issue.

Also check out Tamimis comments on the two-state solution (a project of the Israeli left, and the Israeli left has disappeared) and the heart of the issue: a colonization project. Till the colonization project ends, the Palestinian resistance will not cease. And notice at the beginning when he shows visitors the surveillance balloon over Nabi Saleh.

You see that balloon watching us? Its a camera for watching everything.

00:31

Trump Gave Kim a Summit But Left With Little to Show for It Peace and Freedom

Its not clear what the U.S. got out of Singapore meeting Summit delivered a longtime strategic goal for Kim family
Did Trump Give Up Too Much to North Korea?
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk from lunch at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12. | Susan Walsh/AFP/Getty Images

Did Trump give North Korea too much? Bloombergs Kevin Cirilli reports from Singapore.
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Donald Trumps historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was unquestionably a success for Kim.

By credibly threatening the U.S. with nuclear war, he won a one-on-one meeting with the American president a longtime strategic goal of his familys regime. And thats not all.

Trump tossed in a suspension of military exercises with South Korea, while China suggested revisiting economic sanctions that the White House credits for the summit. Meanwhile, the president showered Kim with praise, calling the dictator who leads one of the planets most oppressive and brutal regimes smart and very talented, declaring the meeting a grea...

00:25

Democracies under attack as world grapples with privacy policies, watchdog says Peace and Freedom

Dr Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, says governments must fight the threat that data collection poses to our freedom of choice

Illustrative: Democracy at work: casting a vote the old-fashioned way, in a ballot box. (Paperkites; iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative: Democracy at work: casting a vote the old-fashioned way, in a ballot box. (Paperkites; iStock by Getty Images)

Democracies globally are under huge attack, and governments must work together to counter the threat that social media and the collection and sale of personal data poses on our freedom of choice, said Dr Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute who studies the impact of technology on democracy.

It is not enough to give people personal control over their data as the new European Data Protection Regulation has set out to do. What needs to be done, and urgently, said Shwartz Altshuler, a former research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is to set out standardized and global legislation that clearly states what is forbidden to be collected.

Biometric data, some of the healthcare data, and emotional and well-being data should all be out of bounds, she said.

As the world becomes more digitized and the use of internet, social media and online transactions mount, websites are increasingly using information about users online activity what they buy, what they eat and where they travel.

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg departs after testifying before...

00:24

German authorities let Muslim migrant who murdered Jewish teen flee the country Jihad Watch

Why did they do this? Are the German authorities intolerably slow-witted, or were they just hoping that this story would fade away in the absence of the perpetrator? The German government seems intent on making sure that Germans (and the world at large) remain ignorant and complacent regarding the devastation that Muslim migrants are wreaking []

00:22

Poor People-Led Poor Peoples Campaign Comes To Washington, DC PopularResistance.Org

An advocate for the poor and homeless was arrested today at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) while attempting to speak with Secretary Ben Carson. Federal Protective Services police took Cheri Honkala into custody Monday afternoon when she refused to leave the lobby of the HUD building. All I wanted is a meeting on behalf of poor, homeless families across the entire country, she said as police pulled her toward a vehicle. Poor people deserve to eat. One fucking meeting! The arrest took place during a protest at HUD organized by the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, which has set up an encampment in Dupont Circle. Honkala was Jill Steins running mate and the Green Party candidate for vice president in the 2012 election.

00:18

Hamas-linked CAIRs Jewish lawyer whines: I was barred from speaking at my temple because I work with Muslims Jihad Watch

Albert Fox Cahn is the legal director for the New York chapter of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations. Here he complains to a rabbi: What does it say about your limits that I was excluded for nothing other than my affiliation with the nations largest, most-prominent Muslim civil rights organization, the Council on American-Islamic []

00:13

Back When College Was Debt-Free PopularResistance.Org

As May gives way to June, the last college grad ceremonies are wrapping up and the last parties are coming to a close. Now the job hunt for recent grads begins in earnest with the looming specter of student loan payments drawing ever closer. Todays average student debt is around $37,000. But in Americas largest state, it wasnt that long ago that any student could get a world-class, debt-free education regardless of their economic background. That state was California, and Gail Leondar-Wright was one of those students. Gail came from a middle-class family her dad was an engineer and her mom a stay-at-home parent. She attended UC Berkeley from 1976 to 1980, graduating with a bachelors degree in theater. At the time, the elite public school was tuition-free and required a mere $600 per year in fees, or just under $1,400 in todays dollars.

00:10

Leaving the past behind ... Sic Semper Tyrannis

"President Trump and Kim Jong Un signed a document after a historic day of meetings in Singapore on Tuesday and while the contents weren't immediately disclosed, it was clear that the two men had clicked. "We had a terrific day...

00:05

Supreme Court Allows Purging Voter Registration For Nonvoters Who Do Not Respond To Mail PopularResistance.Org

WASHINGTON In a 5-4 ruling in Husted v. APRI, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld an Ohio voter purge practice that removes infrequent voters from the registration rolls. The decision creates a danger that other states will pursue extreme purging practices to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters across the country. Todays decision threatens the ability of voters to have their voices heard in our elections, said Stuart Naifeh, senior counsel at Demos, which led the legal team challenging the states practices. The fight does not stop here. If states take todays decision as a sign that they can be even more reckless and kick eligible voters off the rolls, we will fight back in the courts, the legislatures, and with our community partners across the country.

00:02

Are We Too Scared to Talk About Pulse? Clarion Project

Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter (Photo: Twitter)Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter (Photo: Twitter)

June 12 marks the second anniversary of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub. Orlando residents will gather to remember those lost to Omar Mateens particular brand of hatred. Candles will be lit, bells will be rung, a new mural will be unveiled.

What will not be taking place among these memorials though, is a long overdue and frank conversation about Islamist extremism in Orlando. Few things honor those lost to violence as nobly as the truth being told about what led to their lives being cut short.

This difficult conversation is desperately needed to prevent additional tragedy. The discourse must be not only fearlessly honest, but deeply mindful of not maligning an entire demographic. In the quest for the truth, healing and prevention, discernment must be practiced, while hatred and discrimination rejected.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of conversation around the attack has been focused on firearms. While gun violence should be a topic of ongoing conversation in the United States, the conversation must include other issues central to the specific type of violence in which those firearms are used.

In matters of domestic violence, society does not singularly focus on the weapon a man uses to maim or kill his wife or girlfriend. We rightly tackle the mindset and ideology of the individual who uses violence to exert and maintain power and control in such a relationship. We challenge that thinking and rightly reject the ideas which justify domestic abuse.

But in America, in general, and in Orlando, in particular, we have yet to apply the same moral courage to the discussion about religiously-sanctioned violence. Omar Mateens gun did not fire itself, and it wasnt his gun that called 911 and pledged allegiance to a terror organization. Mateen could have just as easily used another weapon as so many others have.

The 911 hijackers used aircrafts, the Tsarnaev brothers who attacked the Boston Marathon used pressure cookers loaded with na...

00:00

Could A Risky Pipeline Bring Together A Politically Divided State? PopularResistance.Org

"This project threatens some of our most basic American values; I think you'll find the people in Pennsylvania care a lot about public safety especially of their most vulnerable residents children and seniors. Back in 2015, then President Barack Obama stopped the construction of the XL pipeline and the national environmental movement took a long victory lap. The wider movement of people who dont follow day to day environmental issues congratulated themselves with a pat on the back and went back to MSNBC. They had won, and even during the Obama administration victories were few and far between. But that didnt mean that the pipeline story was over.

00:00

Iraqi Christian: We have actually been weakened by the stance taken by the Vatican Jihad Watch

Aziz Emmanuel al-Zebari is right. Last September, the Pope met in the Vatican with Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, the secretary general of the Muslim World League (MWL), a group that has been linked to the financing of jihad terror. During the meeting, al-Issa thanked the Pope for his fair positions on what he []

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Tuesday, 12 June

23:51

France: Farmers Block Refineries To Protest Palm Oil Import PopularResistance.Org

In France, some 200 farmers dumped dirt on the roads leading to the Total refinery in Grandpuits as well as parked about 40 tractors to form blockades. Farmers in France have blocked access to several oil depots and refineries in protest that is organized to last three days against the proposed use of imported palm oil at a Total biofuel plant. According to the president of the National Federation of Agricultural Holders Unions, Christiane Lambert, 13 sites will be blocked early Monday following five that were blocked on Sunday. The companies, on the other hand, have urged people to not panic-buy gas as it would result in shortages. Some 200 farmers dumped dirt on the roads leading to the Total refinery in Grandpuits Sunday night, as well as parked about 40 tractors, president of the Jeunes Agricultures, Sebastien Guerinot, said.

23:47

Understanding Jewish Power Aletho News

Who has helped create a war-addicted America? By Philip Giraldi Unz Review June 12, 2018 I recently was asked to speak at an online conference entitled Deep Truth: Encountering Deep State Lies. My panel addressed Understanding Zionism: Deconstructing the Power Paradigm and my own topic was How Jewish Power Sustains the Israel Narrative. []

23:45

BBC News finally mentions Gaza arson attacks in just sixteen words BBC Watch

Readers of a BBC News website article titled May raises concerns with Israel over Gaza violence which appeared on the UK Politics and Middle East pages on June 6th (with the tag Gaza border clashes) were probably rather confused when they saw a reference to burning fields.

Responding to her [Theresa Mays] comments, Mr Netanyahu said the problems in Gaza were rooted in the fundamental goal of Hamas to destroy Israel.

He added: We are not witnessing a peaceful protest. In addition to burning our fields, these people are being paid for and pushed by Hamas to try to break into Israels defences, kill as many Israelis as they can when they get through the border and kidnap our soldiers. [emphasis added]

Photo credit: KKL

We have previously noted here that BBC audiences have seen no coverag...

23:44

Syrian War Report June 12, 2018: Army Repels Militants Attack Coming From US-held Area On Palmyra The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-12-2018-army-repels-militants-attack-coming-from-us-held-area-on-palmyra/ Early on June 11, pro-government forces, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, repelled a militant attack coming from the US-held area of Al-Tanf in eastern Syria on the ancient

23:40

Rebels, US Forces Preparing ANOTHER False Flag Chemical Attack In Syria PopularResistance.Org

The Free Syrian Army and US special operations forces, are preparing a provocation using toxic substances in Syria, more in the key stronghold of Deir ez-Zor, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Monday, as reported by Sputnik. The Russian Military has evidence of the rebels bringing in chlorine canisters to the city in order to stage a chemical attack, similar to the one that led the nations of Britain, France, and the US to strike targets of the Syrian Governments. According to the information received via three independent channels in Syria, the command of the so-called Free Syrian Army with assistance from the servicemen of US special operations forces is preparing a serious provocation with the use of toxic substance in Deir ez-Zor province, Konashenkov said.

23:37

Egyptian electricity prices to rise as subsidies slashed once more Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Egyptians could end up paying anywhere between 20-40 percent more for their power as austerity bites

23:36

France: 50 Islamic jihad terrorists and 450 radicalized Muslim prisoners will be released by 2019 Jihad Watch

What could possibly go wrong, you greasy Islamophobe? Diversity is our strength! France: 50 Islamic terrorists and 450 radicalised prisoners will be released by 2019, by Abdelhamid Kaddour, Voice of Europe, June 7, 2018: Four-hundred-fifty radicalised prisoners will be out of jail by 2019 plus fifty Islamic terrorists, said the French Justice Minister, Nicole Belloubet, []

23:32

Twin suicide attack kills two as Haftar closes in on besieged Derna Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Fighting intensifies in last remaining eastern city out of the LNA's control with around 150,000 residents caught in the crossfire

23:30

Trump Was Outfoxed in Singapore Peace and Freedom

It sure looks as if President Trump was hoodwinked in Singapore.

Trump made a huge concession the suspension of military exercises with South Korea. Thats on top of the broader concession of the summit meeting itself, security guarantees he gave North Korea and the legitimacy that the summit provides his counterpart, Kim Jong-un.

Within North Korea, the very special bond that Trump claimed to have formed with Kim will be portrayed this way: Kim forced the American president, through his nuclear and missile tests, to accept North Korea as a nuclear equal, to provide security guarantees to North Korea, and to cancel war games with South Korea that the North has protested for decades.

President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

By  Nicholas Kristof
The New York Times
June 12, 2018

In exchange for these concessions, Trump seems to have won astonishingly little. In a joint statement, Kim merely reaffirmed the same commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula that North Korea has repeatedly made since 1992.

They were willing to de-nuke, Trump crowed at his news conference after his meetings with Kim. Trump seemed to believe he had achieved some remarkable agreement, but the concessions were all his own.

The most remarkable aspect of the joint statement was what it didnt contain. There was nothing about North Korea freezing plutonium and uranium programs, nothing about destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles, nothing about allowing inspectors to return to nuclear sites, nothing about North Korea making a full declaration of its nuclear program, nothing about a timetable, nothing about verification, not even any clear pledge to permanently halt testing of nuclear weapons or long-range missiles.

Kim seems to have completely out-negotiated Trump, and its scary that Trump doesnt seem to realize this. For now Trump has much less to show than past negotiators w...

23:29

Agreement Reached Between North Korea And United States, Meaning? PopularResistance.Org

Perhaps you watched the forced smiles on the faces of President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as they exchanged words with Kim Yong-chol, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, on the grounds of the White House. Or perhaps you observed how Trump first told the press that he had read the personal letter delivered to him from Kim Jong-un, and then stated a few hours later that he had not even looked at the letter. If you felt sick to your stomach, it is not because of the omelet that you eat for lunch. There is something so grotesque going on in Washington D.C. today that it rivals the institutional decay under Louis XVI or Nicholas II.  Maybe you had solace in the suggestions that Trump might win a Nobel Peace Prize, or you read the editorials suggesting direct parallel between his daring actions and Ronald Reagan reaching out to Mikhail Gorbachev.

23:24

Tariq Ramadan: Too Devilishly Attractive For His Own Good Jihad Watch

The lawyers for Tariq Ramadan, the towering intellect and foremost Islamic scholar, recently won a lone victory: the judges considering the accusations against him by the woman known as Marie, whose real name is Mounia Barrouj. On June 5, the French judges handling Ramadans case dismissed the charges made by Marie. As I wrote at []

23:19

Fiona Barnett: Australias Satanic Pedophile Network Public Intelligence Blog

Satanic Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia (Just like in the USA)

Australian woman Fiona Barnett showed a ton of courage in going public at a Sydney press conference in October 2015 and naming names. Fiona, a former victim of Satanic ritual abuse and part of an international VIP pedophile ring, not only exposed the existence of the Satanic pedophilia network and its international child trafficking ring, but actually named 3 former Australian Prime Ministers and 1 former US President as perpetrators. She reveals that this network, composed of famous actors, celebrities, judges, politicians and other high-flyers, has infiltrated all the key organizations and institutions in Australia just as it has in the US and Britain.

See video, read full full article.

See Especially:

Robert Steele: Overview on Pedophilia (Pedopredation) for the London Hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse

ITNJ Judicial Commission of Inquiry London Hearings

Review: Trance: Formation of America

See Also:

Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

Donald Trump: January 2018 Is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Betty Boop: Death By Hanging From a Doorknob The Sign...

23:19

Norway to invite more U.S. Marines, for longer and closer to Russia Peace and Freedom

Norway will ask the United States to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed in the country in a move that could raise tensions with its eastern neighbor Russia.

The government in Oslo has grown increasingly concerned about Russia following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Some 330 U.S. Marines were scheduled to leave Norway at the end of this year after an initial contingent arrived in January 2017 to train for fighting in winter conditions. They are the first foreign troops to be stationed in Norway, a member of NATO, since World War Two.

The initial decision to welcome the Marines irked Russia and Moscow said it would worsen bilateral relations and escalate tensions on NATOs northern flank.

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide told reporters the decision did not constitute the establishment of a permanent U.S. base in Norway and was not targeted at Russia.

U.S. Marines on winter training northern Norway in 2016. Photo: Forsvaret

There are no American bases on Norwegian soil, she said, adding the decision had broad parliamentary support.

Oslo will ask Washington to send 700 Marines from 2019, compared with 330 presently. The additional numbers will be based closer to the border with Russia in the Inner Troms region in the Norwegian Arctic, rather than in central Norway.

The rotation of forces will last for a five-year period compared with an initial posting that ran for six months from the start of 2017, and then was extended last June.

In addition the U.S. want to build infrastructure that could accommodate up to four U.S. fighter jets at a base 65 km (40 miles) south of Oslo, as part of a European deterrence initiative launched after Russias annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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Marines rehearse various infantry maneuvers in preparation for the tactical phase of arctic-weather training in Norway, Feb. 13, 2016. (Cpl. Immanuel Johnson/Released)

Norway said the expanded invitation was about NATO training and improving winter fighting capability.

Allies get better at training together, Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen told reporters.

Soereide told Reuters in April that Oslo did not see Moscow as a military threat an...

23:18

Lets Continue Progress Toward Peace in Korea World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, June 12, 2018.

Less than a year ago, President Donald Trump was threatening North Korea with fire and fury.

Today such threats are completely absent from his remarks and tweets.

Today Trump said, We will be stopping the war games . . . I think its very provocative. This move has been a central proposal in the Peoples Peace Treaty and other petitions and actions that Korean and American and global peace activists have advanced and precisely for the reason that practice bombing flights are extremely provocative. It was their suspension during the Olympic truce that advanced peace, and their resumption more recently that together with threatening comments from the likes of John Bolton impeded progress and temporarily canceled the just-held summit.

But we should not forget the earlier necessary focus on halting the verbal threats coming from Trump himself. That we have moved away from those is the big news.

Yes its embarrassing and annoying to watch Trump brag and praise himself falsely and present a false history of the world and of his own recent actions, all of which he did in Singapore following the screening of a ridiculous propaganda video that his team had produced and shown to the North Koreans as well as to the press. But these things are not more embarrassing or annoying than watching humanity actually end in fire and fury.

The important thing to notice about Tuesdays Singapore press conference is that every question from the U.S. media pushed for g...

23:18

Mother Of Slain Medic Goes To Border Fence, Vows Her Daughters Mission Will Not End PopularResistance.Org

Yesterday paramedics staged a march along the eastern borders of Gaza with the family of the medic shot dead last week, Razan al-Najjar. The 21-year old paramedic was killed when Israeli troops opened live fire on tens of protesters near the fence east of Khan Younis. Al-Najjar was attending to wounded protesters. Her mother Sabreen explained why she was attending the demonstration, below. For me, coming here is more powerful than words. I came to complete my daughters mission. We will continue working tirelessly until the whole world gets our message.

23:09

Trump says he will stop war games with S. Korea Peace and Freedom

The US will stop holding joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula, President Donald Trump said Tuesday, making a major concession to North Korea after his summit with Kim Jong Un.

YONHAP/AFP/File | A US Air Force F-22 Raptor lands at Gwangju Air Base in South Korea during the Max Thunder drills in May

Washington and Seoul are security allies, with 28,500 US troops stationed in the South to defend it from its neighbour which invaded in 1950.

They hold joint military exercises every year that infuriate Pyongyang, which has long demanded an end to the drills and often responds with actions of its own, ratcheting up tensions.

North Korea in May cancelled talks with Seoul over Max Thunder joint military air exercises between the US and the South. They were a rude and wicked provocation, it complained.

We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money, Trump told reporters.

I think its very provocative, he said echoing Pyongyangs traditional line.

Under the circumstances we are negotiating a complete deal, he added. It is inappropriate to have war games. Number one, we save money. A lot. Number two, it is really something they very much appreciated.

Trump did not indicate whether the North would make any concessions in return for stopping the exercises.

The move, if fulfilled, would appear to be effectively an implementation of the freeze for freeze proposal promoted by China, under which the North would stop nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a halt to the exercises.

Kim has previously declared a moratorium on testing, saying the development of his nuclear arsenal is complete.

Trump also said he wanted to withdraw the US troops stationed in the South, something he promised on the campaign trail, saying: Id like to be able to bring them back home.

The issue was not part of the equation right now, he said, but at some point I hope it will be.

Trumps declarations are likely to alarm conservatives in South Korea, who have appealed to him not to put its security at risk.

A presidential spokesman, in a cautious response, said Seoul needed to understand the exact meaning and intention of Trumps remarks.

But various ways to encourage dialogue on denuclearisation should be seriously considered, the spokesman said.

US Forces Korea said it had received no new instructions about its scheduled training exercises, including this summers Ulchi Freedom Guardian.

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23:08

Scurrilous MH17 Reporting stan van houcke

14/8/16

                           Truthful, Balanced, Impartial, Dispassionate???                                                                                                 Dream On                                                                             

UK Medias Scurrilous MH17 Reporting

An open email to the following sent 10/8/2016:                                                                      Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The NewStatesman, The Economist, The Spectator, BBC Newswatch, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Financial Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Private Eye, The Week, Washington Post, New York Times, Izvestia, New Internationalist,  Associated Press

How quietly the second anniversary of the MH17 crash has passed, and yet over the past eighteen months the Dutch investigating authorities have published two documents vitally important to an understanding of that tragedy which should have been of interest.

On 8/4/2015 the General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands (AIVD) and the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) published an English edition of its Review Report Arising from the Crash of Flight MH17.*

On 19/4/2016 in a letter** headed Criminal Investigation MH17 the coordinator of the Dutch JIT wrote to the relatives of those killed in the tragedy.

Both documents (links below) come from sources of unimpeachable integrity and competence and yet despite the major impor...

23:08

New World Economic Order Minimizes US Dominance PopularResistance.Org

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.

23:03

Kim Jong Un outmanoeuvres Donald Trump in Singapore Peace and Freedom

The North Korean leader has proved himself the cannier deal maker
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U.S. president Donald Trump (right) has revealed a list of American concessions that went well beyond anything the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) could have imagined a few days ago Reuters

By Jamil Anderlini 

The surreal meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday was perhaps best summed up by the performance of former basketball star Dennis Rodman. Wearing his Make America Great Again red baseball cap, dark sunglasses and a shirt emblazoned with his marijuana cryptocurrency sponsor, Mr Rodman broke down in tears on CNN as he declared June 12 a great day for the whole world.

Mr Trumps rambling press conference at the conclusion of the summit only enhanced the aura of reality television spectacle. In more than an hour of banter with a room full of reporters, the US president revealed a list of American concessions that went well beyond anything Mr Kim could have imagined.

Along with a promise to end joint military exercises with South Korea, Mr Trump said he expected a formal peace treaty between the two countries would be signed soon and indicated his strong desire to eventually remove the 32,000 US troops stationed in South Korea (it does not appear to have been consulted before Mr Trump decided to unilaterally end the joint exercises).

In that context, the short joint statement signed by the two men can only be interpreted as a victory for the North Korean dictator. Apart from bland commitments on both sides to establish new relations and work towards peace, the document committed Pyongyang to merely work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Mr Trump chose to ignore the fact that Mr Kims regime interprets that phrase as the removal of Americas nuclear umbrella from South Korea in exchange for denuclearisation in the north. In outlining the concessions he had extracted from Mr Kim, the US president complained he had not had enough time at this summit...

23:00

Prefigurative Politics, Catastrophe, and Hope : Does the Idea of Prefiguration Offer False Reassurance? CrimethInc.

Anarchists such as David Graeber and Cindy Milstein have used the term prefigurative politics to describe the anarchist principle that the ways we organize in the present should reflect the sort of society we hope to create in the future. Yet the concept of prefiguration is drawn from a Christian theology that presumes a future salvation so certain that it radiates backward through time, generating its own precursors. Many Marxists, too, see history as the inevitable unfolding of an ordained processa sort of secular second coming of Christian millenarianism. Most anarchists, by contrast, take nothing for granted about the future, especially in todays context of ecological collapseso it may behoove us to revisit the concept of prefigurative politics to see whether it still serves our needs today. We are pleased to present the following text by Uri Gordon, in which he rigorously explores the origins of the concept of prefiguration and its emergence in anarchist discourse.


(We are an image from the future)

Prefigurative politics is commonly used to express a radical ethos of unity between means and ends. Less attention has been given to the peculiar way of imagining time that this concept invokes. On the one hand, there is the familiar ethical revolutionary practice, chiefly indebted to the anarchist tradition, in which the fight against domination is connected to the immediate construction of social alternatives. On the other hand, however, this concept is based on prefigurationa temporal framing, drawn from Christian theology, in which the future is thought to radiate backwards on its past.

Where does this idea come from? Is the idea of projection from the future necessary to maintain unity between means and ends? Or should the terminology of prefiguration be abandoned on account of the false reassurances it offers?

First, Gordon uncovers the theology of prefiguration, tracing it from the Church Fathers to politicized resurfacings in the Diggers and the New Left. He argues that this temporal framing is indeed connected to a mental process of reassurance, common among many revolutionaries who drew confidence from the notion that they were realizing a pre-ordai...

23:00

Biggest UK Asset Manager Seeks Removal Of 8 Company Chairs Over Climate Change PopularResistance.Org

LONDON (Reuters) - Britains biggest asset manager wants to remove the chairmen of the board at eight companies worldwide, which it says have failed to confront the threats posed by climate change. Legal & General Investment Management, the fund arm of insurer Legal & General (LGEN.L), has been among the most vocal asset managers on the topic, recently writing to some of the worlds top companies calling for more action. On Monday, it said it would vote against the chairs of China Construction Bank (601939.SS), Dominion Energy (D.N) and Japan Post Holdings (6178.T), as well as Occidental Petroleum (OXY.N), Rosneft Oil (ROSN.MM) and Subaru (7270.T). The other two companies on its list were Loblaw Companies (L.TO) and Sysco Corp (SYY.N).

22:54

Ramadan: If I Cant Eat, Neither Can You Jihad Watch

Every religion encourages fasting as a form of spiritual discipline, but only one to my knowledge requires it publicly of every adherent for one month of the year. That religion, of course, is Islam, and the month of fasting is Ramadan, the ninth month of Islams lunar calendar. While exceptions are made for those in []

22:50

Controlling the Heights: Great Power Competition in Nepal Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

Nepal is a relatively small, land-locked agricultural state squeezed between China and India, Asias main rising powers. While its importance is limited on its own, in the context of ongoing Sino-India competition Nepal holds a greater geopolitical significance. As a matter of fact, it is a typical example of buffer state between two great powers. But for a buffer zone to preserve its nature, a fundamental requirement must be respected: none of the two neighbors should have a prominent role in its affairs. In other words, there must be a mutually acceptable status quo. If the buffer state starts leaning toward one power, the equilibrium is put at risk as the other will consider it an extension of its competitor, and therefore as a potential threat.

Recent geopolitical developments indicate that this may well be the case in Nepal; the equilibrium is straining, with potential ramifications for the region and beyond.

 

Background

Originally a Kingdom within the sphere of influence of the British Empire, Nepal began facing serious political troubles in 1996, when a Maoist insurgency triggered a civil war that lasted 10 years. In 2008, two years after the end of the conflict, the monarchy was abolished and Nepal became a federal democratic republic. In the short term, this did not have much of an effect on the countrys foreign policy, and especially towards India. Nepal maintained friendly (and some even say subordinate) relations with its large southern neighbor for decades.

The post Controlling the Heights: Great Power Competition in Nepal appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

22:50

Six Of The G7 Commit To Climate Action. Trump Wouldnt Even Join Conversation. PopularResistance.Org

President Donald Trump's disdain for action on climate change, along with his trade demands and behavior, left the United States estranged from its closest allies following the weekend summit of the Group of Seven major industrial democracies. Trump skipped the G7's formal discussions on the global warming crisis. And in the summit's communique, the United States refused to join in common statements by the other six nations reaffirming their commitment to the Paris climate agreement, which he wants to abandon. Instead, the U.S. unilaterally promoted fossil fuels. And in the end, Trump renounced the whole communique in a Twitter tirade. The governments of France and Germany said afterward that they and the European Union stood by the communique.

22:47

Islamicize Me Day 27: The Penalty for Failing Allah Jihad Watch

On Day 27 of Islamicize Me, the gang must find their ex-dhimmi Jihad Junior, and seek advice from the Sheikh on dealing with Robert Spencer. (Special Guest: Halal Hogan!) To visit Vocabs channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jons channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net Thanks to everyone for watching Islamicize []

22:45

Scapegoating Iran PopularResistance.Org

NEW YORKSeventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is resurgent and has a presence in over 70 percent of the country. Libya is a failed state. Yemen after three years of relentless airstrikes and a blockade is enduring one of the worlds worst humanitarian disasters. The 500 moderate rebels we funded and armed in Syria at a cost of $500 million are in retreat after instigating a lawless reign of terror.

22:42

Jordan's role in region diminished under King Abdullah, opposition figure says Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Laith Shubeilat says kingdom should ally with Turkey and Iran rather than rely on Gulf Arab countries

22:40

Trump-Kim Historic Summit Concludes With Ambitious Agreement Aletho News

Sputnik 12.06.2018 The first-ever summit of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has concluded with an agreement in which Pyongyang reaffirmed its commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, while the United States pledged to provide security guarantees. The final document is made up of only four points: the []

22:39

Donald Trumps Surveillance Of New York Times Reporter Is A True Declaration Of War Against The Press PopularResistance.Org

Ever since he began his campaign for president, Trump has engaged in a largely rhetorical battle against the press, casting the reporters who cover him as the enemy of the average American and as disseminators of what he calls fake news. But for the most part, Trumps bark has been worse than his bite. Unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump was not known to have spied on journalists or tried to jail them  as Obama did with me  for refusing to reveal their sources. Until now. Now we know that the Justice Department secretly seized the phone and email records of Ali Watkins, a New York Times reporter, in a leak investigation involving a former Senate staffer. It is the first time the Trump administration is known to have engaged in such an aggressive tactic against a reporter, and it is exactly the kind of press surveillance at which the Obama administration excelled.

22:37

UK police crack down on hate crimes while ignoring Muslim rape gangs and epidemic migrant crime Jihad Watch

While Tommy Robinson remains in jail for his opposition to Muslim rape gangs, thousands of hours of policing in the UK are aimed at tracking down the perpetrators of so-called hate crimes, even amid an epidemic of crime involving migrants. The British media goes to great lengths to avoid identifying who is responsible for these []

22:32

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Geert Wilders Puts the Political Elites On Notice Jihad Watch

The people are rising up. Can the elites put the genie back in the bottle? My latest in FrontPage: Geert Wilders spoke at a massive rally for Tommy Robinson on Saturday. 20,000 people came out to call for Tommys release, and Wilders took the opportunity to put the political elites of Britain and continental Europe []

22:30

UK: Muslim Baroness Warsi accuses Conservative Party of using dangerous hatred of Muslims to win elections Jihad Watch

Baroness Warsi manipulates the Islamophobia victimology narrative to further her supremacist goals: The Conservative Party deliberately uses dangerous hatred of Muslims to win elections, its former chairwoman declared today. Sayeeda Warsi said Tory Islamophobia goes all the way to the top because the attitude is who cares as long as it gets votes. Warsi []

22:28

Is Moroccos boycott the future of political resistance in north Africa? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The further developments in Morocco will be watched with much care throughout the region

22:26

South Korean President: U.S.-North Korea Summit ends cold war legacy The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

The President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, on 12 June called the meeting historic Summit between the U.S President and

22:26

Policing Muslims, policing dissent: Free speech is under attack at Westminster University Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The president of the Palestinian society at the university has been disciplined for campaigning against Islamophobic policies on campus

22:25

The Gazan Martyr of Malaysia Sheikh Dr Fadi al-Batsh ThereAreNoSunglasses

The Gazan Martyr of Malaysia Sheikh Dr Fadi al-Batsh

Where do we begin when we speak of an inspirational man who proved that you do not need to be in Palestine to win martyrdom? One who showed that you do not need to be on the battlefield to die with honour and nobility? One who established that academic excellence can be combined with Islamic distinction, estrangement and very humble means and beginnings?

Sheikh Dr Fadi al-Batsh was a man true to his word, an icon of Palestinian bravery and sacrifice, intimately in service of Palestine, but murdered in the Malaysian Capital of Kuala Lumpur, nearly 5,000 miles away.

A scholar and a companion of the Book of Allh, having committed it to heart and memory, a pioneer in Electrical Engineering, Fadi al-Batsh was killed in cold blood whilst on his way to dawn (Fajr) prayers in the Masjid. Several of fourteen bullets penetrated his body, and w...

22:22

New German migration master plan delayed as conservatives bicker over asylum Peace and Freedom

Interior Minister Horst Seehofers new migration master plan for Germany was set to be published on Tuesday. At the last moment, apparently amid disagreement with Chancellor Angela Merkel, it has been postponed.

    
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, left, talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Germanys conservatives have announced a delay to their new migration master plan. The precise reason for the delay was not clear, with the Interior Ministry merely saying late Monday that some issues still needed to be agreed.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, of Bavarias Christian Social Union (CSU) party, was expected to present a 63-point plan on migration and asylum rules on Tuesday to other parties, but seemingly couldnt get the green light from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Read more: Bavaria plans tougher approach to asylum-seekers in Germany

According to a report in Germanys mass-circulation daily Bild, the pair disagreed over whether or not to send people away at Germanys border if they had already been refused asylum, or had applied for asylum, elsewhere in the EU.

I have a responsibility for this country, namely to steer and maintain order. And I cannot postpone it until hell freezes over, Seehofer said. He insisted that Germanys asylum system needed a total overhaul in order to win back trust. He also said that the difference between his and Merkels position came down to just one of the 63 points the issue of sending people away at the border.

On Tuesday, however, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he and Seehofer would jointly present a plan to protect EUs borders. The two ministers are in full agreement on security and immigration, and would act also with the aim of wasting no more time, according to Italian officials.

Salvini also said he was set to visit Seehofer in Berlin.

The issue appears to be causing a row with the third part of Germanys governing coalition, the Social Democrats (SPD). Reacting to what they called the disastrous image being presented by the conservative allies, the SPD said they were coming up with their own plan to deal w...

22:22

Saudi Arabia Uses Counter-Terrorism to Justify Terror ThereAreNoSunglasses

Saudi Arabia Uses Counter-Terrorism to Justify Terror

Saudi Arabias counter-terrorism measures are violating human rights and the kingdoms legislation is criminalising peaceful expression of opinion, assembly and association, as well as freedom of thought and religion, a report by the UNs special rapporteur on anti-terrorism says.

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22:15

Yoda: Is Falon Gong Organ Harvesting a PSYOP Against China? Public Intelligence Blog

An Alert Reader offers the following thoughts.

Sitting at my desk all day doing interpreting, I watched all the videos of ITNJ and I learned a lot.  Thanks to whoever posted them.  Phenomenal work and very impressive members and witnesses.

I hit an enormous psychological roadblock on this following one, about organ transplants in China, for the many following reasons:

1) One of the presenters looks, sounds and feels like Clapper.  He may be right and what he stated may be true but I couldnt get past it;

2) Duckduckgo yielded absolutely no information on Omar Healthcare Service in Tianjin, China.  http://www.china.org.cn/english/health/185370.htm#27

3) The Falon Gong story is very recent and very sudden.  I tend to subscribe to David Icke: when something allegedly going on for decades suddenly comes out, out of nowhere, and is grabbed onto by the West, with sudden evidence (be it pictures or videos), one needs to take a step back and seriously investigate;

4) When horrendous stories suddenly appear about a country against which the West is engaged in economic, trade or financial war, and has suddenly been demonizing, one needs to take two steps back and seriously consider where all the information against it originates from and why;

5) It makes very little sense for China to name a healthcare system Omar unless it is a joint venture with what country? It requires investigation.  Blaming China for some multinational is tantamount to blaming the US for Monsanto or Germany for Bayer; China is still a Rothschild country.  It is rules by banks and multinationals.

6) The Middle East very oil-wealthy are the biggest organ-transplant consumers in China;

7) Organ transplants are a horrendous practice no matter where (and anyone looking into India knows about how many women/mothers in the pariah cast had to sell a kidney in order to feed their children in the past 40 years).  Unless there were enough people to be afraid of dying and desperate to remain alive, that trade would never exist.  What kind of people are so afraid of death and where do they originate from? Rockefeller, Bush,...

22:12

Vietnam Tightens Grip on Internet With Data-Storage Law Peace and Freedom

New cybersecurity law requires internet companies to store Vietnam-based users data on servers in the country

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June 12, 2018 6:35 a.m. ET

Vietnams plans to vigorously police the internet took a step forward Tuesday when it adopted a cybersecurity law that requires internet companies such as Facebook and Google to store their Vietnam-based users data on servers in the country.

Critics say the new law could make it easier for authorities in the one-party communist state to track down critics online. Legislation passed by the National Assembly also requires internet companies to open offices in the country, which they have been hesitant to do, in addition to removing content within 24 hours at the governments request.

Last year, China enacted a law requiring that cloud data from China-based consumers be stored in the country, sparking worries about privacy. And Vietnam has steadily increased scrutiny of what is posted online as Facebooks reach has grown.

Vietnam has seen a surge in protests over plans to allow foreign companies 99-year land leases at strategic sites.
Vietnam has seen a surge in protests over plans to allow foreign companies 99-year land leases at strategic sites. PHOTO:STR/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Both Facebook Inc. and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc., have long flagged their opposition to the law through the Asia Internet Coalition, which also includes companies such as Apple Inc., Yahoo and Twitter Inc. The group has warned that the measures could deter investment and undermine local businesses that have profited from a boom in social media in recent years.

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22:08

Germany: Merkels refugee policy, asylum deal becomes first major row for coalition government Peace and Freedom

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was fighting Tuesday to stamp out the first major row within her uneasy coalition, as disputes over her refugee policy returned to haunt her while she negotiates a broad EU asylum deal.

AFP / by Hui Min NEO | German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing a row within her coalition over her refugee policy

The discord within her conservative bloc burst into the open when Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of Merkels Bavarian allies CSU hastily cancelled plans to present his masterplan on immigration.

The interior ministry said in a short statement that the presentation had been pushed back because several points still need to be agreed.

Seehofer, the former premier of conservative Bavaria state, has long been one of the fiercest critics of Merkels decision to open Germanys borders at the height of Europes migration crisis in 2015.

The migrant influx has shaped German politics since. Voters handed Merkel her worst ever score in Septembers elections as well as giving the far-right AfD seats for the first time in the Bundestag.

With a crucial state election in Bavaria coming up in October, Seehofer and his Christian Social Union party are anxious to stop a haemorrhage of support to the anti-migrant and Islamophobic AfD.

The CSUs strategy is underpinned by Seehofers 63-point immigration plan, anchored by the key proposal to push migrants back across the border.

Standing his ground late Monday, Seehofer stressed that all 63 points of his plan are in my view necessary in order to restore control and order in Germany.

He added that he would not publish a half-baked plan with lazy compromises.

Underlining what is at stake, broadcaster Deutschlandfunk said if no deal is found, the choices there for the interior minister would be resignation or dismissal.

That of course, would be the end of the coalition, it added.

They must be turned back

The arrival of more than a million asylum seekers, many fleeing war-torn Syria and Iraq, since 2015 has deeply divided Germany.

Three years after the migration crisis erupted, the inflow has slowed dramatically but the coalition is still bickering over what would be a sustainable solution.

Within Merkels CDU party too, some are openly championing Seehofers vision.

The masterplan is important now and it must be implemented quickly, said Saxony premier Michael Kretschmer.

Of course they must be turned back at the border...

22:02

Freedom is fake without justice, Catholic Church leader says on Philippine Independence Day Peace and Freedom

 

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle blessing the palm fronds during a mass at the Manila Cathedral.
The STAR/Edd Gumban
Kristine Joy Patag (philstar.com) June 12, 2018 5:19pm

MANILA, Philippines True liberty is without killings, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said as the country commemorates the 120th anniversary of the Philippine Independence.

In a statement, the church leader lamented the continued killings of Filipinos within the country and even in foreign land.

Freedom is fake if justice is being toyed at. We repeat: Destruction of life is against the will of God. Killing is not the solution to personal and societal problems, Tagle said in Filipino.

Tagle mourned that demise of Henry Acorda, an overseas Filpino worker in Slovakia who was beaten up to death, and the continued killings in the country, including priests, latest of which was Father Richmon Nilo.

READ: OFW dies after being beaten up in Slovakia

Just last weekend, Nilo was gunned down by unidentified gunmen as he was about to celebrate a mass inside the Nuestra Seora dela Nieve Chapel in Brgy. Mayamot, Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija.

Nilo was the third priest who was killed in a span of six months. Father Marcelito Paez was gunned down in Jaen, Nueva Ecija last December 4, while Father Mark Ventura was killed by armed men in Gattaran, Cagayan Province.

We weep for them, for their families and the entire country. We ask justice for them, the Manila archbishop added.

Nilos killing sparked strong condemnation from different dioceses across the country and human rights groups.

Plea for Filipinos

Tagle then asked the Filipino Catholics not to heed anger, envy, arrogance and revenge to hurt their fellowmen.

The Filipino who is truly free does not abuse, destroy and lambast others, the archbishop added.

He also urged lawmakers and law enforcement agencies to review the laws on manufacture and use of firearms.

Why are there so many guns or weapons at disposal? Tagle said.

Let us not wait for the day when it would be easier to buy guns than rice, he added.

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21:48

Tomgram: Shammalah and Marlowe, The Return of the Women of Gaza TomDispatch - Blog

I am here because I heard my town call me, and ask me to maintain my honor... 

21:38

Italys new anti-migrant coalition blocks rescue ship carrying 629 migrants Jihad Watch

Italys new coalition government that was nearly sabotaged by its globalist President Sergio Mattarella a couple of weeks ago vowed to deport 500,000 migrants immediately. Last week at a rally in northern Italy, Lega leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini sent a message to illegal migrants: Get ready to pack your bags. Now, under testing []

21:30

Stephen E. Arnold: Forbes Tests Amazons Police State Capability Rekognition Public Intelligence Blog

Stephen E. Arnold

Forbes Does a Semi Rah Rah for Amazon Rekognition

based on conversations with those in my lectures, two categories of comments and questions capture the reaction to the US government documents I reviewed.

First, Europeans do not think about Amazon as anything other than a vendor of products and a service which allows relatively low cost backend services like storage.

Second, the idea that a generalist online eCommerce site and a consumerized cloud service could provide industrial strength tools to investigators, security, and intelligence professionals was a idea not previously considered.

Read full post.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE:  I have received the full private briefing that is available to those who wish to purchase it from Stephen E. Arnold. He has  a six-month lead, perhaps more, on marketplace awareness of the totality of both Amazons capabilities, and Amazons strategy (they will do to all forms of financial service, including crypto, and all forms of data analytics services, what they did to retail.

See Especially:

Stephen E. Arnold: Dark Cyber Video on Amazons Streaming Data Marketplace

See Also:

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21:30

The INF Treaty Is About to Give Up the Ghost: Alarm Bells Are Ringing Strategic Culture Foundation

A range of options and angles should be explored to find a resolution to the most serious crisis in the 55-year history of nuclear arms control since the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963.

21:13

After summit, Trump announces halt to US-South Korea war games Peace and Freedom

President Donald Trump and North Koreas Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary nuclear summit Tuesday with the U.S. president pledging unspecified security guarantees to the North and Kim recommitting to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.

Both leaders expressed optimism throughout roughly five hours of talks, with Trump thanking Kim afterward for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people.

Trump added during a news conference that Kim has before him an opportunity like no other to bring his country back into the community of nations if he agrees to give up his nuclear program.

Trump announced that he will be freezing U.S. military war games with its ally South Korea while negotiations between the two countries continue. Trump cast the decision as a cost-saving measure, but North Korea has long objected to the drills as a security threat.

Trump acknowledged that the timetable for denuclearization is long, but said, once you start the process it means its pretty much over.

Trump sidestepped his public praise for an autocrat whose people have been oppressed for decades. He added Otto Warmbier, an American once detained in North Korea, did not die in vain because his death brought about the nuclear talks.

Trump said Kim accepted his invitation to visit the White House at the appropriate time.

Light on specifics, the document signed by the leaders largely amounted to an agreement to continue discussions as it echoed previous public statements and past commitments. It did not include an agreement to take steps toward ending the technical state of warfare between the U.S. and North Korea.

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Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, by Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un Voltaire Network

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. (...)

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Trump reiterates European, Canada unfair trade complaints while discussing North Korea Peace and Freedom

Donald Trump reiterated complaints over the EU and Canada over trade on Tuesday in an extensive press conference in Singapore.

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By Edward White 


Donald Trump reiterated complaints over the EU and Canada over trade on Tuesday in an extensive press conference in Singapore.

The president complained of tremendous trade barriers and tariffs imposed on the US by other countries that he said amounted to an $800bn trade deficit for the US.

It is very unfair. It is very unfair on our workers. And Im going to straighten it out, he said.

Mr Trump also signalled specific US trade actions against Canada because of comments made by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in the immediate wake of the G7 summit.

That is going to cost a lot for the people of Canada, the US president told journalists.

Mr Trumps comments came after he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a pact which included a pledge to work towards complete denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula. He had been asked by a reporter as to whether the US was treating its traditional allies worse than its traditional adversaries.

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Ukraine, Russia fail to agree on UN peacekeeping mission Peace and Freedom

The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France met in Berlin on Monday to discuss the implementation of a fragile ceasefire for Ukraine and the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the countrys conflict zone.

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Ukrainian servicemen fire an artillery weapon in the direction of positions of the armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic near Novoluhanske in Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 2018. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after the four-way talks that Russia and Ukraine agreed in principle on a UN peacekeeping mission, but their ideas about how to implement it were still very much apart.

Regarding the parameters of a possible UN mission for Eastern Ukraine, we agreed to instruct our political directors to continue negotiations not about if but how such a mission could happen and discuss this in the coming weeks, Maas said.

It was the first meeting of the foreign ministers since February 2017, though lower level officials have met regularly in the past four years in the so-called Normandy format to try to resolve the separatist conflict in Eastern Ukraine, in which more than 10,000 people have been killed.

Relations between Moscow and Kiev have been tense since a popular uprising drove a pro-Russian president from power in 2014. Russia went on to annex Crimea from Ukraine and backed a pro-Russian separatist insurgency in the countrys east.

A ceasefire agreement that was signed in February 2015 in Minsk has failed to end the violence, with fighters from both sides violating the peace plan on a nearly daily basis.

We know that there was a lack of will to implement these commitments in the past, Maas said in a joint news conference with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Maas said all sides agreed that they should stick to the Minsk peace plan from now on, including the removal of heavy weaponry from combat zones and a further exchange of prisoners.

France and German also offered Ukraine and Russia logistical help for the securing of minefields in the combat zones, he added.

I am firmly convinced that the political negotiations today are also exerting pressure on the ground, Maas said, despite the apparent lack of progress in the negotiations.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Toby Chopra and Leslie Adler

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20:47

North Korea Open for Business? Some See Hope in Trump Talks Peace and Freedom

North Korea is one of the worlds most isolated countries. It is ruled by an unpredictable dictator with his finger on the nuclear button. So, whos ready to do business there?

Well, basically nobody.

But leading up to President Trumps meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong-un, which concluded on Tuesday with a deal to keep talking, some intrepid businesses and investors have begun considering the possibilities. What happens if North Korea opens its economy, even just a little, giving global businesses a shot as East Asias last untapped growth market?

President Trump on Tuesday dangled visions of what North Korea could win if it abandoned its nuclear weapons and changed its ways.

As an example, they have great beaches, he said at his news conference after the summit meeting. You see that whenever theyre exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, Boy, look at that view. Wouldnt that make a great condo?

A power station smokestack rises behind the skyline of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. Any business considering setting up shop in North Korea if sanctions dropped would have to worry about steady water and electricity supplies. Credit Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse Getty Images

Lets back up. The chances are slim very, very slim to none that North Korea would open up like that in the foreseeable future. Still, some businesses are setting up internal task forces to start drawing up plans, according to lawyers and advisers who specialize in North Korea. Shares of companies that could profit are starting to rise, in what one analyst called the Rocket Man rally.

A few big companies have tentatively reached out to contacts in North Korea, said Wook Yoo, a partner a...

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Terror, hooligan threats cast shadow over Russias World Cup Peace and Freedom

Russia has deployed air defence systems and stringent fan background checks in a sweeping security operation to counter the twin threats of terror attacks and hooliganism at the World Cup.

AFP/File / by Dmitry ZAKS | Russian riot police take part in exercises in Saint Petersburg

The country was already intensely policed when it was controversially awarded the right to host the event in 2010 but the clampdown that followed saw hardened hooligans seek cover and business barons wind down the operations of factories that process hazardous materials for fear they might be attacked.

Fans travelling to Russia are required to register with the police on their arrival in one of the 12 host cities and even riverboat traffic is being curtailed to make it easier for the authorities to keep track of everything that moves.

At least 30,000 security personnel will fan out across Moscow by the time the hosts kick off against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.

Squadrons of fighter jets will be on standby near the capital and air defences will be on the alert for suspicious aircraft.

After long years of preparations we have created a clear security plan, said FSB domestic security service deputy chief Alexei Lavrishchev. We are ready to avert and overcome any security threat.

Tempting target

The 64 matches beamed around the globe will give President Vladimir Putin the chance to project Russia as a modern state that has regained the superpower status of its Soviet past.

But Putin is not the only one trying to take advantage of the unrivalled platform of a World Cup.

Security experts noticed the Islamic State (IS) group threatening to make its presence felt in Russia.

The IS propaganda arm began posting social media pictures at the end of last year showing superstars such as Lionel Messi and Neymar dressed in the orange suits used for videotaped executions.

The message accompanying the images was explicit: You will not enjoy security until we live it in Muslim countries.

Analysts said the sheer size of the World Cup would have made it a target even if Russia had not launched a bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September 2015.

But Russias role in fighting IS and other militant groups in Chechnya and other parts of the mostly Muslim north Caucasus has made it a prime target.

In the months leading up to the tournament, Russian state TV regularly broadcast images of combat operations against purported militants that end either with suspects lying in pools of blood or mouthing confessions.

Russia has also witnessed a spate of suicide bombings claimed by Islamists that has killed dozens o...

20:40

US Public Being Misled on Trump-Kim Summit Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump and Kim will be able to agree only on a broad statement of principles that reflect Pompeos meetings with the North Koreans, leaving significant differences remaining to be resolved in negotiations over the coming weeks. 

20:35

Theresa Mays Brexit Options Minister Quits to Join Rebels Peace and Freedom

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Theresa May has dodged one rebellion but is still trying to face down another as her key Brexit legislation heads back to Parliament with pro-European lawmakers threatening to vote against her.

Voting starts from around 3 p.m. on Tuesday and the main amendment to watch is number 19. It would give parliament unprecedented power to direct Brexit negotiations if lawmakers reject the divorce deal that May plans to bring back from Brussels in October. Its known as the meaningful vote amendment.

May objects to the clause inserted by the unelected House of Lords because she says it would tie her hands in negotiations. Brexit-backers hate it as they see it as a tool to thwart the split. Business quite likes it as it all but removes the chances of a chaotic no-deal divorce.

The government has put forward a compromise amendment but the rebels arent buying it. Dominic Grieve, a leading rebel, has put down his attempt at a compromise, but theres no sign that the government will go for it.

We will be following developments here in real time.

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Netanyahu Makes Direct Offer to Iranian People Clarion Project

In a remarkable video, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells drought-stricken Iranians that Israel is about to transfer to them the know-how to create clean, usable water. Netanyahu says he will bypass the Iranian regime and give the specifics for free to farmers and members of the public.

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International day solidarity for long-term anarchist prisoners! Enough is Enough!

From the network of Anarchist Individualis Yogyakarta, in International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason, Ucil, Oza, Azwar, Cedar, the J20 protesters and All term anarchist prisoners!

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

Banner reads Abolish the Prison! Freedom for Mason, Ucil, Oza, Azwar, Cedar, J20 & All Anarchist Prisoners. 

International Solidarity to Marius Mason an Anarchist militant from Earth Liberation Front (ELF) who is serving a 22-year prison term. Imprisoned for burning the University of Michigan Laboratory conducting research on genetically engineered organisms (GMOs) funded by Monsanto.

International Solidarity to class war prisoners in Yogyakarta who is undergoing legal process, after being arrested while protesting against the monarchy-feudal society and the repression of the apparatus in building the New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) infrastructure mega project that rid the peasants of Kulonprogo.

Solidarity to Cedar (Peter) Hopperton who had been arrested and indicted for the property damage that occurred in Locke Street, Hamilton.

International Solidarity to approximately 200 J20 prisoners in the US who are threatened  of up to 60 years in prison after protesting against Trumps presidency and the hegemony of the economic-political system of capitalism.

The last, International Solidarity to all long-term Anarchist Prisoners.

YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, and NOT ALONE. WE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU IN ANY SITUATION.

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German investor confidence slumps on trade fears Peace and Freedom

Confidence among German investors slumped to its lowest level since September 2012 Tuesday in a closely-watched monthly barometer, as financial players were spooked by a transatlantic war of words over trade.

The ZEW institutes regular poll of economic expectations for the coming months lost 7.9 points for a reading of -16.1.

AFP/File | A trade battle is brewing across the Atlantic after Trump hit steel and aluminium imports with tariffs

ZEW President Achim Wambach pointed to the latest escalation in the trade conflict with the United States as a major reason for the gloomier prognosis.

The survey was conducted between May 28 and June 11, a period including last weekends disastrous G7 summit that saw US President Donald Trump tear up a joint communique with other leaders of advanced Western economies, citing trade differences.

Financial players judgements of both the current economic situation and the outlook for the coming months slipped, with both readings much worse for the 19-nation eurozone than for Germany alone.

A tit-for-tat trade battle is brewing across the Atlantic after Trump hit steel and aluminium imports with tariffs and justified them on national security grounds to the outrage of historic allies like the European Union and Canada.

Both the EU and Canada have said they will hit back, spurring the US leader to vow further border taxes on car imports potentially a heavy blow for Germany, whose car industry with its more than 800,000 employees is vital to the economy.

Closer to home, Wambach pointed to fears of policies from the new Italian government that could destabilise the financial system, although the coalition between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and anti-immigration League parties has moderated its tone on tax and spending issues in recent days.

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Social Crisis in Gaza: Bartlett Pierces the Fog of War Lies and Omissions

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NATO Installs Itself in Latin America stan van houcke

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Take the Quiz: How is North Korea Tied to Radical Islam? Clarion Project

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19:47

America"s Genocide in Yemen Starts Tuesday Strategic Culture Foundation

The U.S.-Saudi-UAE plan is to destroy the Yemenese port city of Al Hudaydah, which is the only entry-way by which food reaches approximately seven million Shiites, members of the Houthi tribe, who occupy the western third of Yemen, and who had recently ruled all of Yemen. 

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Conference in Vienna discusses the end of nuclear power International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW)

On the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, the Austrian Forum Wissenschaft & Umwelt organised a conference on the global phase-out of nuclear energy from civil and military use.

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Shanghai Spirit Gets Indian flavor at Qingdao Summit Strategic Culture Foundation

It is the SCO, which provides a unique platform for India to restructure its problematic relations with both China and Pakistan.

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Singapore Summit: Read the full text of Trump and Kims joint statement Peace and Freedom

Saul Loeb, AFP | The signatures of US President Donald Trump (L) and North Koreas leader Kim Jong Un (R) are seen on a document held up by Trump following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

June 12, 2018

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.

But a joint statement signed at the end of their historic summit in Singapore gave few details on how either goal would be achieved.

Here is the text of the joint statement the leaders signed on Tuesday on Sentosa Island, Singapore.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Convinced that the establishment of new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Having acknowle...

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Jordanian Tribe Threatens to Shake Country Unless Jailed Figurehead Freed GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Amman (MEE)  Beni Sakhr tribal leaders give authorities 24 hours to free Fares al-Fayez, arrested on Saturday on charges of seeking to overthrow the regime.
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Leaders of one of Jordans most powerful tribes have threatened to shake the pillars of the Jordanian state unless a prominent opposition figure arrested for calling for political change is released within hours.

At a press conference late on Sunday, the son of Fares al-Fayez said members of the Beni Sakhr tribe would block the main road between Amman and Madaba and disrupt flights from Jordans main airport unless his father was released.

Fares al-Fayez was arrested on Saturday after footage of a speech he made last week to protesters, in which he was highly critical of King Abdullah II, was widely shared on social media.

We would shake the pillars of the Jordanian state, Muhjem al-Fayez said at a news conference in Madaba, adding that he would accept his fathers arrest if Jordanian authorities also arrested 10 prominent figures accused of corruption.

Madaba, which is about 30 kilometers south of Amman and close to the Queen Alia International Airport, is considered to be Beni Sakhrs hometown.

Jordan has been shaken by days of street protests triggered by rising prices and proposed economic reforms some of which have now been withdrawn -that would have led to higher income tax rates in the kingdom.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait offered $2.5bn in aid to Jordan amid concer...

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Cuban Doctors Assist Victims of Fuego Volcano in Guatemala GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Guatemala City (TSN The Cuban Medical Brigade has been working day and night to help Guatemalan medical teams struggling to handle the tragic event.
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Since the first moments of the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, the Cuban Medical Brigade (BMC) in Guatemala has been working day and night to help people who are struggling with the tragedy, Cuban and Guatemalan media have reported.

The brigade arrived in the Central American country 20 years ago and have been involved with local communities since then, meeting the people and learning about their different cultures and customs.

Since the tragedy, the Cuban doctors have been visiting the Jose Marti school in Escuintla, now turned into a shelter for one of the regions most affected by the eruption, to take over 12-hour night shifts while other local and foreign doctors and volunteers are out resting.

And after their long nights at the shelter, they still go the Escuintla hospital to work their regular shifts.

Several families from El Rodeo, one of the most affected villages by the eruption, are sleeping on mats at the school, adapted to assist about 900 people in need. The doctors visit the rooms, attending to patients and victims of the natural disaster.

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The Cuban government put the whole brigade, spread around the countrys 22 departments, at Guatemalas disposition during the tragedy to assist the 26-member delegation designated for Escuintla.

Niovis Duvergel Margendie (pathologist) and Dina Lafargue Mayoz (epidemiologist) took a census of diseases Sunday using a list the evacuated people.

Relmar Quintana Martnez, who coordinates the br...

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As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity Strategic Culture Foundation

The G7 summit highlighted the limits of the Atlantic alliance, while the SCO meeting opens up unprecedented possibilities for Eurasian integration.

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First Thoughts On The Kim Trump Photo-Op Summit Moon of Alabama

The photo-op summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea went well. The visuals show North Korea and the United States as equal partners. bigger The atmosphere was cordial. bigger Both...

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In Brexit showdown, British PM May faces issue of meaningful vote Peace and Freedom

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown on Tuesday with lawmakers who want power to force her government to go back to the negotiating table if they reject a Brexit deal, testing her plans for leaving the European Union.

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Britains Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the final news conference of the G7 summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

On the first day of votes that could further complicate her tortured negotiations to quit the EU, parliament will debate a demand for a meaningful vote on any agreement May negotiates with Brussels before leaving the bloc next March.

Such a vote would give the lower house of parliament more power to set the governments direction if lawmakers reject the agreement, which could mean sending May back into negotiations with EU officials just months before Britain is due to leave.

May says her Brexit blueprint, or EU withdrawal bill, offers lawmakers a meaningful vote on a final deal when they can either accept or reject it, which would see Britain crash out.

Beyond that, her Brexit minister David Davis told BBC radio the government would never allow lawmakers to reverse Brexit.

Whatever we do, were not going to reverse that, Davis said. A meaningful vote is not the ability to reverse the decision of the referendum.

Conservative Party officials have been frantically lobbying lawmakers to support the government in a series of votes on amendments handed down from the upper house of parliament on the EU withdrawal bill, which will sever ties with the EU by copying and pasting the blocs laws.

May made a last-ditch appeal to lawmakers on Monday and Davis sent a letter making the same case vote against the prime minister and risk tying Britains hands in the Brexit negotiations.

The government has also tried to stem rebellions by offering its own options on the meaningful vote, it has proposed a 28-day breathing space if parliament rejects a Brexit deal.

It is not clear whether that will win over potential rebels, but another proposal for an alternative to an amendment on the customs union which refers only to customs arrangements seems to have won over Conservatives to the government line.

We are asking members of parliament to abide by the referendum result, our manifesto commitment and to back our country, Andrew Bridgen, Conservative lawmaker and Brexit campaigner,...

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Italian ships to take Aquarius rescue vessel migrants to Spain Peace and Freedom

Hundreds of migrants stranded on board the Aquarius rescue vessel in the Mediterranean will be transferred to Italian ships and taken to Spain, French charity SOS Mediterranee said Tuesday.

The 629 migrants, including pregnant women and scores of children, were saved by SOS Mediterranee on Saturday.

Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP | Migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard rescue ship MV Aquarius off the coast of Sicily in this May 14, 2018, file photo.

The Aquarius rescue vessel was however caught in a dramatic standoff over the weekend that saw Italy and Malta refuse to allow it to dock.

Supplies will be received shortly from an Italian vessel onto #Aquarius. Plan from MRCC (the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) Rome is that rescued people will later be transferred on Italian ships before heading together to the eastern Spanish port of Valencia, the charity said on Twitter.

The development comes a day after the new Spanish government headed by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez offered to allow the Aquarius to dock in Valencia, insisting it was an obligation to do so.

The refusal to accept the Aquarius in Italy was the first major anti-migrant move since far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini took office this month.

Authorities on the French island of Corsica also offered to host the migrants, the morning after SOS Mediterranee raised fears that the Aquarius would not be able to reach Spain safely due to deteriorating weather conditions.

Aid workers had also warned that food and drink supplied by the Maltese navy to the migrants would only last until Tuesday.

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Iran Tries to Sabotage Trump-Kim Deal Clarion Project

North Korea would be well-advised not to do business with U.S. President Donald Trump, according to Irans Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi. The Iranians stand to be further isolated if their close ally North Korea enters a deal with Washington.

Clarions Ran Meir has the details in this podcast:

 

 

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China redeploys missile systems on disputed South China Sea island (SATELLITE PHOTOS) Peace and Freedom

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Chinese missile systems that mysteriously disappeared have been spotted again on the disputed Paracel Islands in the contested South China Sea, according to satellite images released by the Israeli company ImageSat International.

The movement of Chinese arms was initially reported on June 3, when surface-to-air missile systems of unknown models disappeared from Woody Island the largest of the Paracel Islands. However, the coastal line remained empty for less than five days, as pictures taken on June 8 revealed that multiple missile systems are back again. ImageSat published the new satellite photos on Monday. Some of the missiles were earlier identified as HQ-9s, according to the South China Morning Post.

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Residents of Eastern Ghouta talk of life under U.S. armed terrorist groups before being liberated by the Syrian Army, including the White helmets fraud Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Torture, starvation, executions: Eastern Ghouta civilians talk of life under terrorist rule In Horjilleh centre for displaced, Sabah al Mushref spoke on Jaysh al Islam cruelty. Photo Eva Bartlett  June 10, 2018, RT.com -by Eva Bartlett Last week I wrote about what civilians from Ghouta told me regarding unverified claims of the Syrian Army attacking []

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Xi Jinping: China Ready to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation With Iran Peace and Freedom

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BEIJING (Sputnik) Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday Beijing was ready to advance the development of bilateral relations with Iran, as well as to strengthen cooperation with Tehran within the framework of multilateral mechanisms.

China-Iran relations have the potential to further and deeper development. China is ready to jointly advance China-Iran relations of comprehensive strategic partnership, Xi Jinping was quoted as saying during the meeting by Chinese Foreign Ministry.

He stressed that the parties need to constantly improve the level of strategic mutual trust, strengthen contacts at all levels, continue to provide mutual support in matters of each others fundamental interest.

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China to Continue Business Relations With Iran Despite US Withdrawal From JCPOA


Xi Jinping again confirmed that China stood for the full implementation of the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iranian nuclear deal.

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The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program is the result of multilateral efforts that contribute to the maintenance of regional peace and stability, as well as the protection of the international non-proliferation regime. The agreement should be fully implemented, the Chinese leader stressed.

Xi Jinping also expressed Chinas readiness to strengthen cooperation with Iran within the framework of multilateral mechanisms. Chinese leader met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday in Qingdao within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 by Iran, the European Union and the P5+1 group of countries China, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The deal called for the gradual lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions in exchange for Tehran maintaining a peaceful nuclear program.


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Why is Washington pressuring Jordan?, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

Are the Jordanian demonstrations a sign of a new episode of the Arab Spring, or, on the contrary, are they a means of pressuring King Abdallah II to accept the US plan for Palestine ?

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Turkey Election Campaign Heats Up: Daily Sabah Says CHPs nce, if elected, will work with war criminal Assad Peace and Freedom

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Muharrem nce, the CHPs presidential candidate, gives a speech at a rally as part of his election campaign.

Kemal Kldarolu, the leader of the main opposition CHP, signaled for closer relations with the countries in the region, including the Assad regime, if their candidate Muharrem nce becomes president. He also blamed Washington and Moscow for the upheaval in the Middle East

Main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kldarolu said that their presidential candidate Muharrem nce will visit Middle Eastern countries, including Syrias Bashar Assad regime, to bring peace to the region if he wins the elections on June 24. Speaking at a meeting of the Union of Chambers of Merchants and Craftsmen in eastern Malatya province, Kldarolu said that they are determinant to establish a Middle East Peace and Cooperation Organization with Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran, adding that this is only way to stop bloodshed in the region.

After civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, the Assad regime has not been considered a legal representative of the Syrian people by many countries including the U.S., U.K, EU and several regional powers. They have frequently reiterated that Assad has no place in Syrias future and called for a transition period that leads to a democratic election to form a new government in the war-torn country. Assad is blamed for the death of hundreds of thousands of Syrians since the beginning of the civil war.

The CHP previously expressed necessity of talks with Assad several times. In February, in his address at the CHPs parliamentary group meeting, Kldarolu called on the government to establish contact with the Assad regime to resolve the conflict in Syria.

Also, while announcing the 230-page election declaration in May, Kldarolu said, After stability is ensured in Syria and non-state actors are disarmed, we will support a political solution where the Syrian people will be able to make decisions on their own.

While the CHP calls for establishing contact and talks with Assad, the government has been against it, saying that Assad needs to be removed and replaced by a democratically elected government.

In response to Kldarolus call over the issue, President Recep Tayyip Erdoan said in February that Turkey will not contact or sit at the table with Assad.

What will we talk about with a murderer who has killed one million of his citizens, the president said.

During his speech in Malatya, Kldarolu also blame...

18:07

Understanding Jewish Power which has helped create a war-addicted America Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Understanding Jewish Power Who has helped create a war-addicted America? Philip Giraldi I recently was asked to speak at an online conference entitled Deep Truth: Encountering Deep State Lies. My panel addressed Understanding Zionism: Deconstructing the Power Paradigm and my own topic was How Jewish Power Sustains the Israel Narrative. Working on my presentation, I []

17:55

Immigration: GOP centrists face decision day on Dreamer petition Peace and Freedom

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Republican centrists will have to show their cards on immigration cards Tuesday after a month of gamesmanship within the House Republican Conference.

If the centrists demanding votes on legislation to protect Dreamers, who came to the country illegally as children, can get 218 signatures on their petition, it will force a vote this month that Republican leaders have sought to avoid.

If they do not, theyll miss a deadline, punting the issue to July and taking their foot off the accelerator.

The moderates will begin the day three signatures shy of 218, but they insist they have the support to reach the threshold.

The question is whether the handful of GOP lawmakers who have remained open to signing on will actually do so or whether they will back off to allow more time for negotiations.

The pragmatic approach, preserving a unified GOP front ahead of a difficult midterm election, has its advocates. And GOP leaders have taken steps to try to cool enthusiasm for the discharge petition which represents a clear challenge to leadership.

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), who has been receptive to signing the petition, suggested Monday that he wont sign on after winning a promise from GOP leaders that theyll consider proposals this year that not only protect the Dreamers and bolster border security, but also tackle a guest-worker program thats crucial in Florida.

He has received a commitment that Leadership intends to move legislation to achieve these reforms, Kyle Glenn, Rosss chief of staff, said in an email.

If the centrists dont get to 218 on Tuesday, theyd still have a chance to force a vote in July.

But doubts will also grow about how serious they really are about forcing a vote and challenging GOP leaders and the House Freedom Caucus.

While conservatives in the Freedom Caucus have frequently bucked their leadership and have been willing to cause chaos on the House floor, revolts from centrists have been less common.

The difference this time could be the fall elections, as centrists in several pockets of the country representing swing districts are facing pressure to take action. Delaying the vote would renew questions about just how serious the Republican moderates are when it comes to protecting Dreamers.

There also have been signs of mounting frustration at the control the Freedom Caucus has on floor proceedings, which could be a factor.

The obscure rules surrounding discharge petitions dictate that June 1...

17:48

Dont Fear Regime Change in Iran Peace and Freedom

For the past century it has been in a struggle between oppressive rulers and a freedom-hungry public.

President Trumps decision to withdraw from the Iran deal, and to relentlessly pressure the Islamic Republic, has elicited a predictable response. Critics cite history, particularly a counterproductive 1953 coup, as a reason to oppose the strategy. But looking more closely at the past shows that a regime-collapse containment policy is the best way to effect change.

Westerners often look at Iran as an island of autocratic stability, as they once did with the U.S.S.R. American and European officials tend to see the mullahs tools of repression as indomitable. But for much of the past century Iran has been locked in a convulsive struggle between rulers wanting to maintain their prerogatives and the ruled seeking freedom.

The Constitutional Revolution of 1905 first injected the notions of popular representation into Irans bloodstream. During the first half of the 20th century, feisty Parliaments had little compunction about flexing their muscles. The local gentry would marshal the peasants, laborers and tribesmen into polls that would choose each Parliament. It wasnt a Jeffersonian democracy, but the system had legitimacy. Bound to each other by land, family, tradition and the vote, the governing class and the people created mechanisms for addressing grievances. Consequently the Parliaments were sensitive to local concerns.

The first Pahlavi monarch, Reza Shah, challenged this system by imposing his will in the name of modernity. After his abdication in 1941, constitutional rule again gained strength. Yet it was Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, deposed in the 1953 coup, who tried to derail Irans democratic evolution. Forget for a moment the nefarious Central Intelligence Agency intrigue; what happened in 1953 was an Iranian initiative.

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17:39

Bearing witness to the routine violence of israels occupation Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Bearing witness to the routine violence of occupation In East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestinians have virtually no civil rights. What rights they do have can be revoked at a moments notice. By Zak Witus and Sasha Belenkiy Israeli police arrest a Palestinian Red Crescent medic as a woman pleads with the officer, Thats []

17:36

Macron resolute on trade as Trump bromance cools Peace and Freedom

Merkel backs French president in standing firm on EU position over tariffs

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Anne-Sylvaine Chassany in Paris and Tobias Buck in Berlin

This time, there was no kissing, hugging or planting trees. Less than two months after Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron displayed mutual affection in Washington, their encounter at the G7 meeting in Canada was marked by angry rhetoric on US trade tariffs and a white thumbprint left on Mr Trumps hand by a firm squeeze from the French leader.

Mr Trumps weekend onslaught on the postwar multilateral order has cooled his bromance with Mr Macron and reinforced the French leaders determination that the EU should stand its ground on trade, seen by the EU as a defining transatlantic issue. For Mr Macron and Angela Merkel who described the G7 outcome as sobering and depressing the Quebec debacle also emphasised how much the EUs two dominant leaders will have to rely on each other in a colder multilateral era.

Flattery has had no effect, we are now in a more confrontational phase, Franois Heisbourg, a geopolitical analyst, said.

Josef Janning, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, said: This moves Germany and France even closer together Merkel and Macron tried different approaches with Trump, but both ended up getting their fingers burnt. We may look back at the G7 summit as one of those formative events.

In the first year of his presidency, the youthful and liberal Mr Macron bent over backwards to establish a friendly rapport with Mr Trump in recognition of the close economic and military ties between Europe and the US.

Flattery has had no effect, we are now in a more confrontational phase.

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But the wooing has yielded little and come with a political price at home for the French president. Since Mr Macrons state visit to Washington in April the Trump administration has pulled out from the Iran nuclear deal, imposed tariffs on EU steel and aluminium and threatened more duties on German cars.

Mr Macrons switch to a more combative approach is partly designed to address criticism at home that his efforts to sway Mr Trump have gone too far. But analysts also said the harder line reflected a desire by the French leader to seize a rare opportunity to assert the blocs independence and strength.

In contrast to areas such as defence and economic integration, where national governments have led policy, the EU has long had a common stance on trade, which is managed by the European Commission in Brussels.

To the satisfaction of Mr Macron who has pushed to strengthen the EUs role as a...

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Trump, Kim sign agreement on denuclearization, security of North Korea Peace and Freedom

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.

President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, said a joint statement issued after their historic summit in Singapore.

DPRK is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea.

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Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start very, very quickly. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials would hold follow-up negotiations at the earliest possible date, the statement said.

It however did not give any details on how denuclearization would be achieved. The document also made no mention of the international sanctions that have crippled North Koreas economy, for pursuing its nuclear weapons program.

Nor was there any reference to finally signing a peace treaty. The combatants of the 1950-53 Korean War are technically still at war, as the conflict, in which millions of people died, was concluded only with a truce.

But the joint statement did say the two sides had agreed to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action and repatriating them.

If the joint statement does lead to a lasting detente, it could fundamentally change the security landscape of Northeast Asia, just as former U.S. President Richard Nixon visit to Beijing in 1972 led to the transformation of China.

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Prayer for Peace: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Peace and Freedom

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SCRIPTURE READINGS: [1 KG 17:7-16;  MT 5:13-16  ]

Jesus said to His disciples, You are the salt of the earth.  Salt has two elements, one is for preservation and the other is for flavouring.   So when Jesus asks us to be the salt of the earth, He is telling us that we need to protect our faith and preserve the faith of others in society.   But besides merely protecting our faith, we need to add flavor to the lives of others.  We are called to enrich one another with the gifts we have received and bring life to all whom we meet each day.

Elijah is a role model with respect to what it means to be the salt of the earth.  In the first place, Elijah sought to preserve the purity of the faith of Israel which was contaminated by the import of pagan elements through inter-marriage, especially that of the kings foreign wives.  So Elijah was sent to King Ahab to help him to regain his faith by showing forth the power of God in bringing about drought in the country; a beautiful symbol of the state of Israel, barren in faith and justice.  (cf 1 Kg 17:1)

But he was also asked to strengthen the faith of those who already had faith, as in the case of the widow at Zarephath.  The Lord asked him to go to this village in the region of Sidon.  There he met the widow who was preparing her last meal as there was nothing left for her and her son to eat.  Knowing this, Elijah challenged the woman to total faith in God by sharing with him the little food she had left.  In total surrender, she made him a meal saying, As the Lord your God lives, I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil...

17:02

Charity group protests as Italy plans migrant voyage to Spain Peace and Freedom

A humanitarian group protested on Tuesday over Italian plans to make more than 600 migrants sail to Spain, rather than let them disembark immediately in Italy.

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FILE PHOTO: The MV Aquarius rescue ship 

Spain agreed on Monday to take in the migrants, who were picked up off the Libyan coast at the weekend and are packed onto an overcrowded rescue boat, after both Italy and Malta denied them access to their ports.

But more than 16 hours after Spain made its offer, the Aquarius, which is operated by the charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders, was still drifting at sea close to Malta, awaiting instructions over how to proceed.

With a storm approaching, Doctors Without Borders said on Tuesday that Italy wanted to transfer some of the 629 migrants onto Italian vessels and then head together to Valencia, Spain.

This plan would mean already exhausted rescued people would endure 4 more days travel at sea, Doctors Without Borders said on Twitter. (We) call for peoples safety to come before politics.

It added: The better option would be to disembark the rescued people in the nearest port after which they can be transferred to Spain or other safe countries for further care and legal processing.

Italys new, far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, looking to make good on election campaign promises to crack down on illegal immigration, closed the countrys ports to the Aquarius on Sunday saying other EU states should step in.

On a visit to Sicily, Matteo Salvini said Italy must increase its deportations of migrants.

The standoff came ahead of a European Union summit later this month which is due to consider changes to asylum law to better share the burden of incoming migrants.

More than 1.8 million have entered Europe since 2014, with more than 600,000 arriving in Italy alone.

Italy brought fresh supplies to the Aquarius early on Tuesday ahead of the planned transfer of some of the migrants, who include more than 100 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women, to other boats.

SOS Mediterranee said an approaching storm would bring with it waves of over 2 meters (6.5 ft) making any trip to Spain highly uncomfortable...

16:51

In quotes: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Peace and Freedom

Leaders spoke effusively at summit despite a history of antagonism and barbs

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Donald Trump after his meetings with Kim Jong Un:

The letter that we are signing is very comprehensive, and I think both sides will be very impressed with the results Were going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world.

Kim Jong Un after his meetings with Donald Trump

The two countries would leave the past behind The world will see the major change.

Donald Trump on Tuesday morning:

I feel really great. Were going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. It will be tremendously successful. And its my honour. And we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.

Kim Jong Un on Tuesday Morning:

It was not easy to get here. The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward. But we overcame all of them, and we are here today. (via interpreter)

Kim Jong Un to Donald Trump

Many people in the world will think of this as a . . . form of fantasy . . . from a science-fiction movie.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in:

The North-US summit has started. Perhaps the minds of our people are on Singapore. I too spent a sleepless night. Together with the South Korean people, I ardently hope for a successful meeting that brings us complete denuclearisation and peace, and opens a new era for the South, the North and the US.

 

Mr Trumps tweets on the morning of the summit

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16:49

israel admits to killing Palestinian man throwing stones, its illegal unless you are jewish Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel admits to killing Palestinian man throwing stones               Israeli occupation forces have admitted to killing a Palestinian man who soldiers accuse of throwing stones in Nabi Saleh, northwest of occupied Ramallah. The incident, denounced on social media as another example of Israeli brutality, happened as Prime Minister Netanyahu []

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Youngsters Disabled for Life by israels Shoot-to-Cripple Policy in Gaza Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Youngsters Disabled for Life by Israels Shoot-to-Cripple Policy in Gaza By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune | June 10, 2018 And the response by Western leaders to the wanton slaughter and Israeli snipers use of high velocity dum-dum rounds on civilians? Some are happy to leave the rogue state to investigate itself. Writing in the []

16:39

The Autumn of ObamaCare Peace and Freedom

How to score the election debate over rising premiums.

June 11, 2018 7:27 p.m. ET

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Republicans are in a predictable spot as they head to the midterm election: The party failed to repeal ObamaCare, and the press is waving around double-digit premium increases for 2019. Democrats are pinning the blame on Republicans, though the basic problem is still the structure of the Affordable Care Act.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared the other day that Democrats will be relentless in making sure the American people exactly understand who is to blame for the rates. Some insurers have been requesting large premium increases for next year as they have every year: 19% on average in Washington, 24% in New York. The Congressional Budget Office said in May that benchmark or midlevel plans on the exchanges would absorb a 15% increase.

State regulators approve increases and rates are set in the fall, so this pot will reach a boil as Republicans are campaigning for re-election. The GOP deserves some of the political heat after eight years of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The excuses for failurean open process or fear of touching Medicaidare no more compelling now than they were a year ago.

Still, the sticker shock headlines conceal some compensating realities. The left claims the increases are novel and due to Republican sabotage, but ObamaCare has been on this road for a long time. Average premiums doubled between 2013 and 2017, according to Health and Human Services data.

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The laws benefit mandates and issuer rules bar insurers from pricing based on actuarial risk. Many Americans have decided the quality of the product isnt worth the price even with subsidies for those below 400% of t...

16:31

Vietnam lawmakers approve cyber law, tighten rules on Google, Facebook Peace and Freedom

Vietnamese lawmakers approved a controversial cybersecurity law on Tuesday, voting amid tight security following weekend protests over other legislation that turned violent in some parts of the communist country.

A demonstration in Ho Chi Minh City on June 10. Photographer: Kao Nguyuen/AFP via Getty Images

The law, approved by 91 percent of attending lawmakers, would require Facebook (FB.O), Google (GOOGL.O) and other global technology firms to store locally important personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices in the country. The companies have pushed back against the provisions.

The vote took place two days after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in several cities and provinces to denounce a plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fueled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country.

Security was tight ahead of Tuesdays vote, with police manning barricades outside the National Assembly in the capital Hanoi.

Some protesters on Sunday had derided the cybersecurity bill, which experts and activists say could cause economic harm and stifle online dissent.

The United States and Canada had urged Vietnam to delay the vote and review the cyber law to ensure it aligned with international standards amid worries it may present serious obstacles to Vietnams cybersecurity and digital innovation future.

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16:11

New type of Hamas tunnel not newsworthy for the BBC BBC Watch

On June 10th it was announced that the IDF had destroyed a new kind of Hamas tunnel the previous week.

Israeli Air Force fighter jets bombed a terror tunnel in northern Gaza in the early hours of last Sunday meant to be used by Hamass elite Nukhba naval commandos to secretly go underwater, it was cleared for publication on Sunday. []

The entrance to the tunnel, which was similar in structure to a sewage tunnel, was in a building used as a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip, three kilometers south of the border with Israel.

The tunnel then continued several dozens of meters underground until it reached the shoreline, and from there it continued into the water on until it reached a depth of 2-3 meters. At this depth, Hamass divers could go out to sea without being spotted by IDF observers.

The existence of the tunnel had been known in advance.

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16:01

Rebuffed Parliamentary Bills Foil Efforts to End Israeli Apartheid Dissident Voice

For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an image of itself as a light unto the nations.

It claimed to have made the desert bloom by planting forests over the razed houses of 750,000 Palestinians it exiled in 1948. Soldiers in the most moral army in the world reputedly cried as they were compelled to shoot Palestinian infiltrators trying to return home. And all this occurred in what Israelis claimed was the Middle Easts only democracy.

An industry known as hasbara a euphemism for propaganda recruited Jews in Israel and abroad to a campaign to persuade the world that the Palestinians dispossession was for the good of mankind. Israels achievements in science, agriculture and medicine were extolled.

But in a more interconnected world, that propaganda campaign is swiftly unravelling. Phone cameras now record moral soldiers executing unarmed Palestinians in Gaza or beating up children in Hebron.

The backlash, including a growing international boycott movement, has driven Israels right wing into even greater defiance and self-righteousness. It no longer conceals its goal to aggressively realise a longed-for Greater Israel.

A parallel process is overtaking Israels traditional left but has been far less noticed. It too is stubbornly committed to its ideological legacy the creation of a supposed Jewish and democratic state after 1948.

And just as the immorality of Israels belligerent rule in the occupied territories is under ever greater scrutiny, so too is its claim to be a democracy conferring equal rights on all citizens.

Israel includes a large minority of 1.8 million Palestinian citizens, the remnants of those who survived the expulsions required for its creation. Although Palestinian citizens have the vote, it was an easy generosity after Israel gerrymandered the electoral constituency in 1948 to ensure Palestinians remained a permanent and decisive minority.

In a system of residential apartheid, Palestinian citizens have been confined to ghettos on a tiny fraction of land while Israel has nationalised 93 per cent of its territory for Jews around the world.

But after decades of repression, including an initial 20 years living under military rule, the Palestinian minority has gradually grown more confident in highlighting Israels political deficiencies.

In recent days, Palestinian legislators have submitted three legislative measures before parliament to explode the illusion that Israel is a western-style liberal democracy.

None stood the faintest chance of being passed in a system rigged to keep Palestinian lawmakers out of any of Israels complex but entirely Zionist coalition governments.

The first measure sought to revoke the quasi-governmental status of major international Zionist organisations like the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and the Jewish Agency.

Although th...

15:51

Syrian Army, Hezbollah Repelled ISIS Advance In Humaymah-T2-Muazilah Triangle (Map)

After a series of attacks on the city of al-Bukamal, ISIS has shifted their attention to a desert area east of the border city.

ISIS units have attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah in the Humaymah-T2-Muazilah triangle. The most intense clashes have erupted near Humaymah and Muazilah.

However, all the ISIS attacks have been repelled.

The recently increased ISIS activity on the western bank of the Euphrates and in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert contribute to claims by some Syrian expert that the US-led coalition still hopes to use the terrorist group as a tool against Syrian government forces. ISIS has no important facilities or even notable villages in its control near the government-held area, but it is fiercely attacking the SAA and its allies.

At the same time, there are many ISIS-held villages, even besieged, in the zone of responsibility of the US-led forces. But no major ISIS attacks are reported in the area.

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15:43

American President Donald Trump reviews meeting with North Koreas really amazing The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

American President Donald Trump reviews: results of the Summit meeting is the U.S-North Korea beyond every wish, information on U.s.-North

15:23

Why Jordan needs Saudi Arabia Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

As long as five percent of Jordans income is provided by expatriates in Saudi Arabia, their alliance will be crucial

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Israel has secretly worked with Emirates against Iran for decades, report alleges intelNews.org

A lengthy expos by a leading American newsmagazine has claimed that Israel and the United Arab Emirates, two countries that officially have no relations, have been secretly collaborating for more than two decades.

14:01

Backgrounder: Trump-Kim Summit Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are poised to meet in a historical summit in Singapore on Tuesday. The event will begin with a one-on-one meeting between the two leaders and then proceed to a working lunch with key officials and experts on both sides. The summit will conclude in the evening and President Trump is expected to leave by 8 p.m.

For all the media hype of a seminal historical moment, the summit will be very brief. But its this brevity that will increase its chances of success, at least from a public relations point of view. If the devils in the details of denuclearization, then its unlikely that hell be making the trip to Singapore.

Here are some of the key considerations surrounding the Trump-Kim summit:

 

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14:00

How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong Antiwar.com Original

For weeks, the corporate media have been saying that the Trump-Kim summit could have only two possible results: Either Trump will walk away angrily or Kim Jong Un will trick him into a deal in which he extracts concessions from Trump but never commits to complete denuclearization. The idea that North Korea could not possibly Continue reading "How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong"

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14:00

A Mile in Their Shoes Antiwar.com Original

This past Friday in Afghanistans Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistans national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the journey are wearing sandals. At Continue reading "A Mile in Their Shoes"

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Trump/Kim Meeting Shows Value of Policy Over Politics Antiwar.com Original

When President Reagan met with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 11, 1987, it helped put into motion events that would dramatically change the global system. A line of communication was fully opened with an enemy of decades and substantive issues were on the table. Though the summit was initially reported as a failure, Continue reading "Trump/Kim Meeting Shows Value of Policy Over Politics"

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13:14

Turkey Election: Recep Erdogan Looking at Second-Round Challenge GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Ankara (GPA The Turkish election for President is in full swing and it seems the incumbent, Recep Erdogan is going to face a second-round challenge.
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If the latest polls are to be believed, Recep Erdogan doesnt seem to be in as good of electoral shape as he was when he first called this snap election in April. If anything, he may be regretting his decision now that it appears his Justice and Development Party (AKP) and their coalition partners in the MHP will fail to obtain the fifty percent of the vote required to win the first round of elections outright.

Instead, what has happened is it seems is that the four opposition parties which are all united in opposing the AKP   may manage to force the race for President into a run-off. While this may seem like potentially good news for the opposition, it is still unclear whether the candidate that will go on to the second round will be able to win.

Judging by the latest polls prior to the election kickoff for expatriate voters on June 7th the vote in Turkey will happen on June 24th it seems the candidate the will be the runner-up to Erdogan and the AKP is Muharrem Ince, the candidate of the Republican Peoples Party (CHP). The CHP has remained consistently around twenty-five percent since the AKP became the dominating force in Turkish politics.

Related: Turkey Election: Muharrem Ince, The Man Looking to Unseat Erdogan

While twenty-five percent may not seem like much, this makes the CHP the second highest polling party in Turkey. If this historical trend continues as it has the p...

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~ from the Glynn County Detention Center, by Martha Hennessy The Nuclear Resister

A reflection written by Martha Hennessy at the Glynn County Detention Center during the week before her release to home confinement: In southern Georgia it is nearing the end of May and we are approaching the eighth week of incarceration at Camden and Glynn County jails, following the Kings Bay Plowshares action. I am reading []

12:21

How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong Aletho News

By Gareth Porter | truthdig | June 11, 2018 For weeks, the corporate media have been saying that the Trump-Kim summit could have only two possible results: Either Trump will walk away angrily or Kim Jong Un will trick him into a deal in which he extracts concessions from Trump but never commits to complete []

12:08

U.S.- North Korea Summit: China should worry more than glad? The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

About the expert review, U.S.- North Korea Summit successful in Singapore has put China in the position of isolation in

11:57

How Fascist Loot Funded US Anti-Communism Dissident Voice

In Gold Warriors, by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, the authors reveal one of the most shocking secrets of the 20th century. It is the story of the vast treasure Japan managed to loot across Asia, today worth billions or even trillions of dollars, the concealment of it in hundreds of sites, and the secret recovery of much of it by what would become Americas Central intelligence Agency. America helped Japan cover up this vast fortune, fooling the world into believing Japan was bankrupt after the war and was unable to pay reparations for their mass murder and material damage.

Most of Japans vast stolen fortune would remain in the hands of imperialist war criminals, and would for decades be used to prop up Japans corrupt one party democracy ruled by the Liberal Democratic Party, with the CIA and the Yakuza pulling the strings behind the scenes. It would be controlled by men like Allen Dulles and John J. McCloy through their Black Eagle Trust, which managed both Japanese and Nazi War loot. The Gold would be deposited in the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, Union Banque Suisse (UBS) in Switzerland, Citibank, HSBC and other major banks who often stole it for themselves.  The gold was also used to manipulate the global economy, finance assassinations and covert ops, bribe politicians, and finance right wing political movements like the John Birch Society domestically.

Gold Warriors tells a compelling tale of secrecy, greed, treachery, murder and lies. The book offers a window into the vast and mysterious world of offshore banking and the Gold Cartel. The authors estimate that today, the ultra-rich are hoarding over 23 trillion dollars, mostly in offshore bank accounts. Meanwhile around the world, health and education are being cut, poverty and homelessness are on the rise, and the rest of us are constantly told to tighten our belts.

The Seagraves destroy the myth that America reformed Japan after the war, revealing the shocking story of the MacArthur occupation and its alliance with fascists along with Japans ruthless imperial family and their huge corporate backers like Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki and Sumitomo. They used this loot to finance Japans postwar recovery and meteoric rise. Companies that have since become household names made their fortunes through looting Asia and employing slave labor, including that of American POWS. When the survivors tried to sue for reparations, State Department officials like Tom Foley with corrupt ties to these Japanese...

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United Against Swindlers Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

June 08, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon Reported by Gilad Atzmon Yesterday, the Philippine police arrested 8 Israeli citizens for online fraud. The Israeli suspects are said to have managed an online investment fraud apparatus of 500 that scammed clients around the globe. The JPost reports that the suspects are said to have lured their victims into investing []

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The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit Dissident Voice

If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

The Democrats asserted that the planned summit could only be judged successful if the North Koreans agreed to dismantle and remove all their nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, end all production and enrichment of uranium, dismantle its nuclear weapons infrastructure, and suspend ballistic missile tests.

Those demands would constitute an unconditional surrender on the part of the North Korean leadership and will not happen, and the Democrats know it.

But as problematic as those demands are, here is the real problem that again demonstrates the bi-partisan commitment to war that has been at the center of U.S. imperial policies: If these are the outcomes that must be achieved for the meeting to be judged a success, not only does it raise the bar beyond the level any serious person believes possible, it gives the Trump administration the ideological cover to move toward war. The inevitable failure to force the North Koreans to surrender essentially forecloses all other options other than military conflict.

This is a reckless and cynical game that provides more proof that neither party has the maturity and foresight to lead.

Both capitalist parties support the use and deployment of militarism, repression and war, but somehow even though the historic record reveals the opposite the Democratic party has managed to be perceived as less likely to support the war agenda than Republicans. That perception must be challenged directly.

The Democrats have had a long and sordid history connected to North Korea, and every other imperialist war that the U.S. has waged since the end of the Second World War. It was the policies of Democrat president Truman that divided the Korean peninsula and led to the brutal colonial war waged by U.S. forces. Conflict with Korea was valuable for Truman and his party advisors who were committed to re-militarizing the U.S. economy, and they needed the justification that the Korean war gave them. Truman tripled the military budget and established the framework for the network of U.S foreign bases that would eventually cover the world over the next few decades.

The bipartisan commitment to full spectrum dominance continues with no real opposition from the Democratic party-connected resistance. Even the Poor Peoples Campaign (PPC) that was launched in May and purports to be an independent moral movement still dances around the issue of naming the parties and interests responsible for the moral failures of the U.S.

On the other hand, the Revolutionary Action Committee, the S...

10:18

MBS Repeatedly Met with Israeli Officials during His Disappearance: Report Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

June 9, 2018 Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salmen, has repeatedly met with Israeli officials during his month-long disappearance, a report said. The Saudi prince, who is widely known as MBS, met with high-ranking Israeli officials as part of Riyadhs latest moves to normalize Arabic ties with the Zionist entity, The New Khalij News reported []

09:57

Hiding The Real Number Of Unemployed PopularResistance.Org

A better indication of how many people have found work is the civilian labor force participation rate. By this measure, which includes all people age 16 or older who are not in prison or a mental institution, only 62.7 percent of the potential U.S. workforce was actually in the workforce in May, and that was slightly lower than the previous month. This is just about equal to the lowest this statistic has been since the breakdown of Keynesianism in the 1970s, and down significantly from the peak of 67.3 percent in May 2000. You have to go back to the mid-1970s to find a time when U.S. labor participation was lower. This number was consistently lower in the 1950s and 1960s, but in those days one income was sufficient to support a family. Now everybody works and still cant make ends meet. And that brings us to the topic of wages. After reaching a peak of 52 percent in 1969, the percentage of the U.S. gross domestic product going to wages has fallen to 43 percent, according to research by the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve. The amount of GDP going to wages during the past five years has been the lowest it has been since 1929, according to a New York Times report.

09:48

Death Row Saved My Life PopularResistance.Org

Christopher Young is on death row at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas, listed in 2013 as one of Americas 10 worst prisons. He has an execution date of July 17, 2018. Young, 34, was sentenced to death in 2006 for the 2004 murder of 55-year-old convenience store owner Hasmukhbhai Hash Patel. Youngs lawyers claim religious discrimination occurred during the jury selection process of his trial, and over 500 religious leaders signed a statement saying he deserved a new trial. In January 2018, the United States Supreme Court turned down Youngs latest appeal.He seeks clemency.

09:41

New York Times And Israel Smear Slain Palestinian Medic PopularResistance.Org

The New York Times today printed a long article giving credence to Israeli claims that Razzan al-Najjar, the young medic killed by an Israeli sniper a week ago, was not innocent. The article takes at face value Israels desperate efforts to taint the young woman, whom the army has previously maintained it killed by accident. The first paragraph announces the Timess service to Israel: "The Israeli military published a brief video on Thursday aimed at showing that a Palestinian medic killed by Israeli forces last week was not the neutral health care worker she has been portrayed as." The article parrots Israeli hasbara, or propaganda, about al-Najjar: that in a video interview of the medic that the Israelis passed along she described herself as a human shield.

09:33

Google Sets Limits But Allows Work For Military PopularResistance.Org

Earier this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai described artificial intelligence as more profound to humanity than fire. Thursday, after protests from thousands of Google employees over a Pentagon project, Pichai offered guidelines for how Google willand wontuse the technology. One thing Pichai says Google wont do: work on AI for weapons. But the guidelines leave much to the discretion of company executives and allow Google to continue to work for the military. The ground rules are a response to more than 4,500 Googlers signing a letter protesting the companys involvement in a Pentagon project called Maven that uses machine learning to interpret drone surveillance video. The dissenting employees asked Google to swear off all military work. Pichais response? We hear you, but you can trust us to do this responsibly.

09:30

United States No Longer A Major Player In World Affairs PopularResistance.Org

The picture above is from Vienna. The wall drawing was done by the artist Tabby. It captures in essence the way in which a considerable section of the worlds population sees the US President Donald Trump. But Trump is not solely responsible for what appears to be the irrational policy of the United States. Why, for instance, did Trump set in motion a tariff policy against close US allies such as Canada, Europe and Mexico as well as China on the same day? Why not go after China which Trump has indicated is an adversary on trade and then tackle the others in sequence?

09:28

Cambridge Analytica Docs Reveal Private Intelligence Global Surveillance Program PopularResistance.Org

The proposal the Chamber of Commerce was considering was to "target, track, and neutralize people, organizations, and companies" that were challenging the Chamber of Commerce. As part of the proposal process Team Themis investigated the "personal information about the principals of VR and their family members, promising to exploit 'pressure points' of the named targets." They planned a "a dirty tricks campaign against the Chamber opposition organizations." This included creating fake email personnas, i.e. creating "two fake insider personas using one to discredit the other giving the second immediate legitimacy." They were also going to provide fake documents to get us to report on them and then show they were in accurate to attack our credibility.  Many of the tactics described in Blumenthal's article were going to be used against me and my colleagues (we were specifically named). The plan was exposed by people from Anonymous and thereby foiled.

09:26

The US Just Helped Bomb a Doctors Without Borders Cholera Clinic in Yemen The Anti-Media

doctors without bordersWhether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable, said Doctors Without Borders a statement. (CD) After the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires announced that a newly constructed cholera treatment center in Yemen was bombed on Monday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)who has led the fight in the U.S. Senate to end []

09:24

French Thought Police and the Creeping Dictatorship of Virtue Penny for your thoughts

One man I do revile gets a special mention in the article posted at Consortium news- that is Bernard 
Im so full of myself   Henri Levy. In fact Id saved an article the other day regarding this blowhard:  Bernard Henri Levy: A False Prophet
Regarding Brexit. And Levy really, really wants Britain to stay in the EU.

Last week, the vainest man on the planet, Bernard-Henri Lvy, came to Sloane Square in Chelsea to perform a one-man show against Brexit in Cadogan Hall.

Mr. Lvy is often described as a public intellectual though publicist extraordinaire might be a better title.
Bernard-Henri Lvy: No one proliferates more fact-free assertions

Enough ridiculing BHL- though actually one can never really ridicule a fool!  
Which is why I included the image from Consortium News: (right)
Truly no one proliferates more fact free assertions then BHL!

hattippin gallier2 for bringing this oped to my attention.
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09:24

Who Owns Americas Water? PopularResistance.Org

Yes, water is a human right, fundamental to life - yet if you are an average American, you would be lucky to have access to it, at a price you can afford to pay and not be poisoned. Just ask the residents of Flint, Michigan - a low income community forced for years to use expensive bottled water for everything from cooking to showers - they believe their tap water is good for one thing, and one thing only: To flush the toilet. Flint first gained notoriety for lead-poisoned water in 2014, when the water source for the municipal water supply was changed from Detroit to Flint's own river.

09:12

Trump Continues Drone Attacks, Facilitates Civilian Deaths PopularResistance.Org

The NGO CAGE, which campaigns against discriminatory state policies and advocates observance of due process and the rule of law, reminds readers that in October 2017, US President Donald Trump replaced the Obama rules pertaining to drone strikes with his own rules called the Principles, Standards, and Procedures, or PSPs. It reports that according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) these laws make it easier to kill more people in more places outside recognized battlefields, posing grave risks of death and injury to civilians

09:06

Anthony Bourdains State Department Smorgasbord OffGuardian

by Lorenzo, June 10, 2018 Anthony Bourdains suicide in June 2018 will cement his reputation as a progressive celebrity with a unique acumen for explaining the world to his fans. CNNs obituary says that the most common sentiment in response to his death is I feel like Ive lost a friend. Youd have to go back to the death of Steve Jobs to find a celebrity who provoked this kind of personal investment on the part of his fans. Bourdains reputation was built for this, because the chef could be relied on to impart a very specific view of the world, and more importantly, to not look like he was doing it. This was the most consequential part of his workwhy he was hired by CNNand its the part that will get discussed the least as the adulation pours in. The following was written a few months ago but it is offered today with minor changes. As of March 2018 Patrick Radden Keefe, a journalist who typically covers El Chapo and ISIS, can add to

09:05

US Latin American Regime-Change Tour Now Playing Nicaragua PopularResistance.Org

Managua, Nicaragua - For over seven weeks, events in Nicaragua have devolved into an increasingly common scenario for leaders who find themselves at odds with Washington: the countrys president, Daniel Ortega, stands accused of killing his own people after authorities have used lethal force in quelling recent protests. The unrest, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 110 people, has brought increasing pressure on Ortegas government, as the United Nations, establishment human rights groups such as Amnesty International, and the U.S.-dominated Organization of American States (OAS) have come out in support of the political opposition amid Ortegas repression of domestic dissent.

08:57

A Mile In Their Shoes PopularResistance.Org

This past Friday in Afghanistans Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistans national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the journey are wearing sandals. At rest stops, they must tend to their torn and blistered feet. But their mission grows stronger as they walk. In Ghazni, hundreds of residents, along with religious leaders, showed remarkable readiness to embrace the courage and vision of the Helmand-to-Kabul peace walk participants.

08:57

The Eerie Silence Surrounding The Julian Assange Case PopularResistance.Org

There is a silence among many who call themselves left. The silence is Julian Assange. As every false accusation has fallen away, every bogus smear shown to be the work of political enemies, Julian stands vindicated as one who has exposed a system that threatens humanity. The Collateral Damage video, the war logs of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Cablegate revelations, the Venezuela revelations, the Podesta email revelations these are just a few of the storms of raw truth that have blown through the capitals of rapacious power. The fakery of Russia-gate, the collusion of a corrupt media and the shame of a legal system that pursues truth-tellers have not been able to hold back the raw truth of WikiLeaks revelations. They have not won, not yet, and they have not destroyed the man. Only the silence of good people will allow them to win. Julian Assange has never been more isolated. He needs your support and your voice. Now more than ever is the time to demand justice and free speech for Julian. Thank you.

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08:52

The US Is Once Again Supporting Death Squads In Central America PopularResistance.Org

The United States has been quietly funding and equipping elite paramilitary police units in El Salvador accused of extrajudicially murdering suspected gang members, according to a forthcoming United Nations report reviewed in advance by CNN. Beginning with George W. Bush in 2003, successive US administrations have provided tens of millions of dollars in aid for Salvadoran military and police in support of the governments Mano Dura (Firm Hand) security program, an aggressive campaign to combat out-of-control gang violence in a country with one of the worlds highest homicide rates. The United States has long operated or supported death squads, from the CIAs Phoenix Program in Vietnam (40,000 killed) through the implementation of the Salvador option during the recent invasion and occupation of Iraq. The latter effort was run by Col. James Steele, a decorated veteran of Central Americas dirty wars, including a stint training Salvadoran death squad units during the civil war. Unsurprisingly, secret prisons, torture and extrajudicial killings became commonplace throughout occupied Iraq. It now appears that the Salvador option has made its way back home from halfway around the world, further terrorizing guilty and innocent alike in what was already one of the most frightful corners of the planet.

07:37

Bahrain bans members of dissolved parties from running in election Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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07:17

Palestinians protest in Ramallah against the Authority of Shame Mondoweiss

Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah city Sunday night, demanding that the Palestinian Authority (PA) end its sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip that have exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the small Palestinian enclave.

At least 1,500 protesters marched downtown starting at the central Manara Square at 9:30 p.m., a time when the streets are bustling with people shopping, eating, or enjoying ice cream after breaking their fasts during the holy month of Ramadan.

The protest, led by an independent youth movement, was the largest show of support for Gaza in the occupied West Bank since the Great March of Return was launched in the besieged territory on March 30.

The crowd consisted of mostly young Palestinians, but older protesters and children also joined the demonstration. Palestinians traveled from across the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and Haifa, among other places, to attend the protest.

While the protest was focused on demands that the PA end its punitive policies in Gaza, the chants heard during the march were indicative of a broader discontent with the Palestinian leadership.

The crowd chanted, With our souls and blood, we will save you Gaza and Shame on you, you sold Gaza in dollars.

Other chants referred to the PA as the authority of shame, called for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to step down, and denounced international negotiations. Some also called for an armed uprising against Israel.

Palestinian protest with a sign that reads lift the sanctions, Ramallah. (Photo: Jaclynn Ashley)

Banner dropped from rooftop in Ramallah reads The Hamas coup is the reason for all the difficulties. (Photo: Jaclynn Ashley)

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07:11

A hat trick for Trumps presidential legacy Aletho News

By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | June 10, 2018 It is clear by now that US President Donald Trumps remark on Thursday as he was setting out for the Group of 7 (G7) summit in Canada on the readmission of Russia into the grouping was not an off-the-cuff remark. On Saturday, the American leader []

06:46

Baroness Warsi says Islamophobia is rampant in UK Conservative party Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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'I think that there is a general sense in the country that Muslims are fair game,' Warsi told Business Insider

06:23

UN Security Council backs efforts to avert UAE-led assault on Yemen's Hodeidah Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Humanitarian aid agencies say assault on port city would be 'catastrophic'

05:05

Alumna response to the Beacon Schools moment of silence for Gaza Mondoweiss

On Tuesday, May 15th, students at the Beacon School, an elite public high school in Hells Kitchen, decided to commemorate the 62 Palestinians who were killed the day before in Gaza during the Great March of Return. A simple announcement over the loudspeaker that lasted a minute somehow warranted a witch hunt on the administration by parents comparing the civilians killed by Israel to ISIS operatives. Some Beacon parents stated their children were subjected to Hamas propaganda, and that a political opinion voiced over a P.A. system was inappropriate for a public school. Yet, instead of asking for a conversation, email threads written by Zionist parents attacked and demanded the removal of Beacons principal, Ruth Lacey.

We have to ask a few questions when talking about the controversy at Beacon: can students talk and organize freely around political issues in public schools?  Do parents and school administrators have a right to censor these conversations? Finally, is political discourse the issue, or is Palestine the issue?

To answer these questions, understanding the events that transpired a week after the debacle is important.

The day after the moment of silence students at Beacon wanted to reclaim the narrative by trying to organize a forum where members of the school community could speak candidly about the events happening in Gaza. Many Beacon students had backed the moment of silence and wanted to express themselves. Most people I know were actually in support of the moment of silence, senior Veronica Bettio said, but I think the media was also fishing for a controversy and they found a few people with certain views to write that NY Post piece.

The students did not want their voices to be overshadowed by the media, by the administration, or by a group of angry parents. I think there is some disparity in how the parents feel and how the students feel,  junior Matt Klass told the Forward....

05:03

Germanys Migrant Rape Crisis: Failure of the State The Counter Jihad Report

Gatestone Institute, by Soeren Kern, June 11, 2018: Susanna is dead. Maria from Freiburg; Mia from Kandel; Mireille from Flensburg; and now Susanna from Mainz. Alice Weidel, co-leader AfD party. Susannas death is not a blind stroke of fate. Susannas death Continue reading

05:03

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Tuesday Meeting The Anti-Media

Donald Trump Kim Jong-un north korea singapore(ANTIWAR.COM) The historic Trump-Kim summit is just hours away, and both leaders have arrived in Singapore. Kim arrived on an Air China plane Sunday afternoon local time, and Trump arrived just hours later at Paya Lebar Air Base. This caps weeks of questions around the summit. President Trump withdrew from the summit after North Korea angrily condemned John Boltons []

05:01

A Mile in Their Shoes Dissident Voice

This past Friday in Afghanistans Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistans national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the journey are wearing sandals. At rest stops, they must tend to their torn and blistered feet. But their mission grows stronger as they walk. In Ghazni, hundreds of residents, along with religious leaders, showed remarkable readiness to embrace the courage and vision of the Helmand-to-Kabul peace walk participants. It seems likely that ordinary Afghans, no matter their tribal lineages, share a profound desire to end forty years of war. The 17-year U.S. war in Afghanistan exceeds the lifetimes of the youngsters in Ghazni who greeted the peace walkers.

On June 7th, Afghanistans president, Ashraf Ghani, declared a week-long halt to attacks against the Taliban. Spokespersons representing an undetermined number of Taliban affiliates accepted the ceasefire on June 9th, with the U.S. also agreeing to suspend attacks against Taliban fighters.

Can the declared cease-fire lead to negotiations and an end to the war? Given the desperate circumstances I saw during a visit to Kabul in early June, it seems clear that a lasting peace will require finding ways to employ people and enable them to provide food and water for their families.

Destitution has caused numerous Afghan people to enlist in military forces, pro-government or insurgent. Its extremely difficult to earn a living wage in Afghanistan, but military and paramilitary units, answerable to various warlords, including the U.S., pay wages which many Afghan families cant afford to dismiss. My young friends in Kabul assure me their family members who joined military groups dont want to cause bloodshed and they dont want to be killed. They simply dont have other viable options.

Almost 54 percent of Afghan citizens live below the poverty line, according to Afghanistans Tolo News coverage of a recent joint survey undertaken by the Central Statistics Organization and an international NGO.

The Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV), who welcomed me as their guest last week, want to help build a more egalitarian economy that will provide basic human needs. This year, theyre forging ahead in establishing worker cooperatives. During my visit, they celebrated the opening of a shoe-making cooperative. Theyve also devised a one-year plan for seamstresses to form a tailoring cooperative and explored possibilities for a carpentry cooperative.

Once up-and-running, their blog explains, thes...

04:47

A Mysterious Silence Has Surrounded Julian Assange The Anti-Media

wikileaks assangeJulian Assange remains cut off from the world in Ecuadors London embassy, shut off from friends, relatives and thousands of supporters, leaving him unable to do his crucial work, as John Pilger discusses with Dennis J. Bernstein. (CN) In a recent communication between Randy Credico, an Assange supporter, comic and radio producer, and Adam Schiff, the []

04:19

Yemen - U.S. Grants Approval For Genocide Moon of Alabama

The genocide in Yemen is going to start tomorrow. Eight million are already on the brink of starvation. Eighteen out of twenty-six million Yemenis live in the mountainous heartlands (green) which are under control of the Houthi and their allies....

04:12

The Foundation For International Justice Is Anti-Imperialism Dissident Voice

An Anti-Imperialist Mural in Caracas, Venezuela (from Telesur)

The United States has had a policy of imperialism beginning after the Civil War. The US way of war, developed against Indigenous peoples, spread worldwide as the US sought to extend its power through military force, economic dominance and diplomatic hegemony.

Imperialism is driven by what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified at the end of his life, the triple evils of racism, capitalism, and militarism. Lenin described imperialism as the highest stage of capitalism. Imperialism has justified mass slaughter, resulting in the US killing 20 million people since WW II. The People of the United States must say no to imperialism.

Advocacy against imperialism is needed to prevent confusion around US militarism. The US disguises imperialism by attacking so-called dictatorial leaders who use violence against their own people. This results in Orwellian-phrased humanitarian wars violence by US surrogates inside a country, massive funding to create opposition against a government or economic sanctions that cause widespread suffering.

The propaganda justifying these abuses hides the real intent expansion of US domination so US corporations can profit from resources and cheap labor under a US-friendly government. People confused by this rhetoric sometimes repeat the propagandistic claims of US imperialists and help justify US intervention.

End US Imperialism (from PopularResistance.org)

Why US Imperialism Must Be Opposed Today

US imperialism is aggressively working on al...

03:53

French Thought Police and the Creeping Dictatorship of Virtue Aletho News

By Jean Bricmont | Consortium News | June 11, 2018 The French government of Emmanuel Macron has introduced a new law to protect the French from fake news during election periods. This vaguely drafted amendment to existing press law seems to have been inspired by Macrons resentment at rumors circulated against him during last years []

03:15

Syrian War Report June 11, 2018: Syrian Army Repels Series Of ISIS Attacks On Al-Bukamal The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-11-2018-syrian-army-repels-series-of-isis-attacks-on-al-bukamal/ Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled another series of ISIS attacks on the town of al-Bukamal at the Syrian-Iraqi border. ISIS used several suicide

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Saudi propaganda now talks about Taliban's Shi`ite clerics The Angry Arab News Service/

"The Iranians let the Arabs and their Some graffiti in Tehran called for expelling Talibans Shiite clerics to Afghanistan because they provided significant support to Arabs in Zahedan and Tehran, he added." (thanks Basim)

02:29

Anything Goes When Youre Saving the World Aletho News

By Donna Laframboise | Big Picture News | May 30, 2018 SPOTLIGHT: Saving the world = barbaric behaviour. BIG PICTURE: The paperback edition of biologist Paul Ehrlichs 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb, was 233 pages long. The first three chapters described a problem. The final two chapters were titled What Needs to be Done and What Can You []

01:53

Putin teases new arms: Lasers & hypersonic missiles in service, but thats not all "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By RT New

All the recently unveiled cutting-edge Russian weapons will be put into service in time, while some are already adopted, President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Q&A session in Moscow, teasing more surprises to come.

The hypersonic air-deployed Kinzhal system the missile which can travel at 10 Mach speed is already used by our troops in the South Federal District, Putin said. A laser combat system is in service as well.

Two other novelties the hypersonic Avangard system and Sarmat ICBM will be put into service in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The Avangard hypersonic glider system, which can exceed the speed of sound 20 times during final approach, has been already put into serial production, the president revealed.

I dont think that any other country will develop such weapon [as Avangard]. Naturally, it will emerge at some point, but, as Ive said already, it wont bother us, since we already have it, he said.

The nuclear powered weapon systems drone submarine and cruise missile of global range will be put into service on schedule, Putin said, adding that he had no doubts about this as the propulsion systems have been already developed and successfully tested.

But the Russian military has more aces up their sleeve, the president hinted, promising cutting-edge weaponry to be unveiled soon, without giving any details. Thats not all that we are planning to produce and adopt, Putin said. Well talk about it soon.

The counter-terrorism campaign in Syria provided a large boost to weapon development, he said, as engineers were deployed alongside Russian troops to test and fine tune modern weapons in the field. Russias involvement in Syria, however, is primarily a campaign to fight terrorism, and those who died in the line of duty will be always remembered, the president stressed.

Calling it a unique, priceless experience of the armed forces, Putin stressed that Russias mission in Syria was not meant to use the country as a testing ground.

Nevertheless it [the Syrian campaign]helped to fine tune the modern weaponry, namely the high-precision missile systems. Its two completely different things to have them in stock and to test them in reality, in combat.

This article (Lasers & hypersonic missiles in service, but thats not all) was originally published on RT News and syndicated by The Event Chronicle

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01:52

I tried to find a street in which I would not have to walk over the corpses; but that was impossible Jihad Watch

Ramadan Day 26 thought for the day from my new book The History of Jihad: in 1064, the Seljuk Turkish sultan, Alp Arslan, besieged the Armenian city of Ani. The thirteenth-century Muslim historian Sibt ibn al-Jawzi recounted the testimony of an eyewitness: The army entered the city, massacred its inhabitants, pillaged and burned it, leaving []

01:30

Jordanian tribe threatens to 'shake' country unless jailed figurehead freed Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Beni Sakhr tribal leaders give authorities 24 hours to free Fares al-Fayez, arrested on Saturday on charges of seeking to 'overthrow the regime'

01:29

Germany: Politician from Merkels party says girl murdered by Muslim migrant would have been hit by a car Jihad Watch

Apparently there is no depth to which the political elites will not sink in order to defend their disastrous policies regarding mass Muslim migration. CDA politician: Susanna could have died differently, translated from CDA Politikerin: Susanna htte auch anders sterben knnen, MM News, June 10, 2018 (thanks to Searchlight Germany): A post from NRW Christian []

01:24

Zardana reels after attack as air strikes escalate in Idlib Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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A sudden uptick in bombing has stoked fears that a new offensive on northern Syria could be on its way

01:17

Toronto: Al-Quds Day rally features flag of jihad terror group Hizballah Jihad Watch

Glorying in hatred, bloodshed, and murder. WARMINGTON: Bnai Brith files police complaint over Saturdays al-Quds hatefest,' by Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, June 10, 2018: Ontarios next premier has denounced racist and anti-semitic protests that took place at Queens Park Saturday, and vowed it wont happen again on his watch. Blatantly racist or anti-Semitic ideology should []

01:07

Video: Ex-Muslim says Death is preferable to life under Islam Jihad Watch

On May 7, I interviewed ex-Muslim Shazia Hobbs, The Goris Daughter, about her life as a Muslim and why she left Islam.

01:07

Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron Aletho News

A view of Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, West Bank on 8 July 2017 [Issam Rimawi/ Anadolu Agency] MEMO | June 11, 2018 The Israeli occupation forces yesterday closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to Muslim worshippers without prior notice. Israels 0404 website claimed that an explosive device was found []

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Oil Kingdom In Crisis: Saudi Royal Family Rift Turns Violent- Sadr couldnt visit. Penny for your thoughts

 In case you are wondering. Sadr is, in my opinion, completely owned by the empire. He offers no hope for Iraqi unity or regional stability- Just the guarantee of Iraqs dissolution.
 And continuing turmoil in the region. Maliki would have been better for regional stability. Which is why the US pushed him out!

OilPrice.com

"Saudi Arabia has plunged its immediate region into major strategic uncertainty. What can only be described as a serious outbreak of shooting in the Royal Palace in Riyadh on April 21, 2018, was the catalyst for events which could determine the fate of the Crown, the Kingdom, and the regional competition, particularly with Iran, for influence.

By June 1, 2018, however, the crisis seemed to be subsiding. (or not)

The delicacy of the situation posed serious questions for Russia, the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), and the US, in particular, in shaping their strategies, given that it raised serious questions over energy supply, the war in Yemen, control of the Red Sea, and the Eurasia-Africa links in the PRCs Silk Route network. It is clear that the Saudi Government, controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, itself was, even by early June 2018, uncertain how the situation would evolve.
Gregory Copley, of Defense &Foreign Affairs, noted on December 12, 2017: Saudi Arabia now appears to have moved beyond the point of recovery, and could collapse at any time into internal conflict or fracturing. On October 8, 2015, he noted: Concerns are growing within Saudi Arabia that the Kingdom is facing systemic challenges which could see its break-up within a decade or two.

Matters came to a head on the evening of April 21, 2018, when heavy automatic weapons fire was heard over a fairly long timespan, coming from the compound of the Al-Khazami Palace in the neighborhood of Khuzama, in Riyadh. Government officials issued a report that the shooting was by Palace guards, firing at a civilian toy drone (unmanned aerial vehicle) which had strayed into forbidden airspace over the Palace. However, it was clear that some of the firing occurred within the Palace itself.

There were a significant number of casualties, and Riyadh had some discreet but clearly high-level funerals in the days which followed, although no announcements were subsequently made (even by early June 2018) of the deaths of any senior officials. It was understood that some visiting and very senior princes and officials were in the Palace with their armed bodyguards at the time of the incident.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was...

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Ex-Muslim: Although I live in a western country, I have endured so much abuse and threats from the Muslim community where I live Jihad Watch

This is highly unusual: an establishment media outlet noting (and at great length, too) the plight of people who leave Islam. Watch for ABC Australia to be inundated with charges of Islamophobia. The death penalty for those who leave Islam is based upon the Quran: They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you []

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Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/06/11 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2018/06/11 14:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

00:24

Lees Willy van Damme's Weblog over Syri en de Chemische Wapens stan van houcke

Syri en de chemische wapens De centrale rol van de VS

Verhalen rond Syri en chemische wapens die de wereld recent bijna over de afgrond duwden begonnen al te circuleren in de nazomer van 2012. Toen rukten die salafistische rebellen dankzij de toestroom van tienduizenden buitenlandse Syristrijders overal op. Met grote delen van zelfs Damascus en Aleppo, de twee grootste steden, die samen met steeds meer militaire basissen in hun handen vielen. De vrienden van al Qaeda & co in onze media zagen hen toen al de macht in Damascus overnemen.
Syrisch gifgas
En op sommige van die basissen welke was geheim lagen sarin en mosterdgas in grote hoeveelheden opgeslagen. Zo beschikte het leger over meer dan 1.300 ton gifgas. (1) Specifiek voor gebruik in de oorlog tegen Isral...

00:17

Robert Spencer: The FrontPage Interview on The History of Jihad Jihad Watch

Jamie Glazov interviews me on my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS at FrontPage: Robert Spencers magnum opus is the first and only book to tell the whole story of fourteen centuries of jihad devastation worldwide. Frontpage Interviews guest today is Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman []

00:07

U.S. China: Winds of War Sweep into Shangri La Newsbud

The U.S. made its case at the Shangri La security conference in Singapore for continued America strategic leadership in 21st century Asia.  It the case solid?  Or is it what Shakespeare called sound and fury signifying nothing? America is clearly losing control of the master narrative for North Korean engagement.  Korean affairs at present are []

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US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map June 11, 2018

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

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map June 11, 2018

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

The post US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map June 11, 2018 appeared first on .

00:05

Apache Stronghold Spiritual Fleet in Los Angeles June 10, 2018 -- Caravan to D.C. CENSORED NEWS

"Prayers and Blessings for Vanessa Nosie who departs today from the launch of the Sacred Journey to go to DC to testify at a Committee Hearing on the Environment about what we have learned about ecological devastation impacts on the Pomo tribe at Clear Lake, California." -- Steve Pavey Apache Stronghold Spiritual Fleet in Los Angeles June 10, 2018

00:01

France: Muslim rapper with Jihad album to perform at site of jihad massacre Jihad Watch

For Laurent Wauquiez, the president of the Republicans, this announcement is a sacrilege for the victims, a dishonor for France.' Yes. The rapper Medinas concert at Bataclan is controversial, translated from Le concert du rappeur Mdine au Bataclan fait polmique, Le Figaro, June 11, 2018 (thanks to David): The rapper Medinas concerts at the Bataclan []

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23:58

Qatar takes UAE to UN human rights court over boycott Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Qatari government says UAE has violated an international discrimination convention while Emirati minister says its another of Doha's 'lies'

23:53

UK government faces new call for inquiry into rendition and torture Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Former justice secretary Ken Clarke says 'ministerial involvement' in abductions must be investigated after apology to Abdel Hakim Belhaj

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23:41

Ramadan in Judea and Samaria: Bomb found near the Tomb of the Patriarchs Jihad Watch

Islamic jihadists want to destroy the artifacts of non-Muslim civilizations because doing so testifies to the truth of Islam, as the Quran suggests that the destroyed remnants of ancient non-Muslim civilizations are a sign of Allahs punishment of those who rejected his truth: Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: []

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Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 You are the light of the world Rid yourself of worry and anxiety Peace and Freedom

We have everything we need. Do not be afraid. Reflect the glory of God.

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Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 360

Reading 1 1 KGS 17:7-16

The brook near where Elijah was hiding ran dry,
because no rain had fallen in the land.
So the LORD said to Elijah:
Move on to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there.
I have designated a widow there to provide for you.
He left and went to Zarephath.
As he arrived at the entrance of the city,
a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,
Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.
She left to get it, and he called out after her,
Please bring along a bit of bread.
She answered, As the LORD, your God, lives,
I have nothing baked;
there is only a handful of flour in my jar
and a little oil in my jug.
Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks,
to go in and prepare something for myself and my son;
when we have eaten it, we shall die.
Elijah said to her, Do not be afraid.
Go and do as you propose.
But first make me a little cake and bring it to me.
Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, says,
The jar of flour shall not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'
She left and did as Elijah had said.
She was able to eat for a year, and Elijah and her son as well;
the jar of flour did not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 4:2-3, 4-5, 7B-8

R. (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us.
When I call, answer me, O my just God,
you who relieve me when I am in distress;
Have pity on me, and hear my prayer!
Men of rank, how long will you be dull of heart?
Why do you love what is vain and see...

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23:08

Nasser Kandil: 60 minutes on Great Return March and the Emerging Multipolar New World Order Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Related Palestine will remain the priority in spite of them       The US proposal of demarcating borders in Shebaa Farms       The American withdrawal from Syria has become imminent []

23:07

Syrias game of chess on the southern front: Playing by Hafez al-Assad's rulebook Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

If a deal is reached in the south of Syria, it would go some way towards further entrenching the return of the Syrian government to near full control of the country

BBC World Service history show recycles one inaccuracy and adds more BBC Watch

As readers may recall, on June 5th listeners to the BBC World Service radio history programme Witness heard that the Lebanese civil war began in June 1982 and that Israel started it.

The day after that programme was aired BBC Watch submitted a complaint to the BBC on that issue but to date has received neither acknowledgement nor a response to the request to correct that obvious inaccuracy.

Moreover, on June 11th that same report by Simon Watts was recycled in its entirety (from 10:09 here) in another BBC World Service radio history programme The History Hour where the item was described as being about an assassination attempt that sparked Lebanons war.

Once again, after Watts asked had the son of the form...

23:04

Israel branded illegal state by Spains Podemos party leader Aletho News

RT | June 11, 2018 Israel has been branded an illegal state by the leader of Spains third-largest party, Podemos, for conducting an apartheid-like massacre at the Gaza fence bordering Palestine. We need to act more firmly on an illegal country like Israel, Iglesias Turrion told Spanish RTVE channel. Accusing the country of violating international []

22:43

UN warns of 'highly explosive' situation in Syria's Idlib Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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2.5 million Syrians risk displacement inside Syria, the United Nations says following intensified battles in Eastern Ghouta and Aleppo

22:38

Australia: University student newspaper celebrates jihad mass murderer, refuses to apologize Jihad Watch

Honi Soit is the weekly student newspaper of the University of Sydney, Australia. Published since 1929 by the Students Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Sydney and distributed around campus free for all students to read. In a media release published today, AUJS claimed the Queer Honi cover, which includes a graphic of a []

22:31

An Important Book the Mainstream Media Refuses to Review Dissident Voice

When a book as fascinating, truthful, beautifully written, and politically significant as American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, written by a very well-known author by the name of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and published by a prominent publisher (HarperCollins), is boycotted by mainstream book reviewers, you know it is an important book and has touched a nerve that the corporate mainstream media wish to anesthetize by eschewal.

The Kennedy name attracts the mainstream media only when they can sensationalize something scandalous preferably sexual or drug related whether false or true, or something innocuous that can lend credence to the myth that the Kennedys are lightweight, wealthy celebrities descended from Irish mobsters.  This has been going on since the 1960s with the lies and cover-ups about the assassinations of President Kennedy and his brother Robert, propaganda that continues to the present day, always under the aegis of the CIA-created phrase conspiracy theory.  A thinking person might just get the idea that the media are in league with the CIA to bury the Kennedys.

Such disinformation has been promulgated by many sources, prominent among them from the start in the 1960s was the CIAs Sam Halpern, a former Havana bureau chief for the New York Times, who was CIA Director Richard Helmss deputy (the key source for Seymour Hershs Kennedy hatchet job, The Dark Side of Camelot), who began spreading lies about the Kennedys that have become ingrained in the minds of leftists, liberals, centrists, and conservatives to this very day.  Fifty years later, after decades of reiteration by the CIAs Wurlitzer machine (the name given by the CIAs Frank Wisner to the CIAs penetration and control of the mass media, Operation Mockingbird), Halperns lies have taken on mythic proportions.  Among them: that Joseph. P. Kennedy, the patriarch, was a bootlegger and Nazi lover; that he was Mafia connected and fixed the 1960 election with Chicago mobster Sam Giancana; and that JFK and RFK knew of and approved the CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Of course, whenever a writer extols the Kennedy name and legacy, he is expected to add the caveat that the Kennedys, especially JFK and RFK, were no saints.  Lacking this special talent to determine sainthood or its lack, I will defer to those who feel compelled to temper their praise with a guilty commonplace.  Let me say at the outset that I greatly admire President John Kennedy and his brother, Robert, very courageous men who died in a war to steer this c...

22:17

Philippines demands China stop taking fishermens catch With China here, there is only Chinas law. Peace and Freedom

The Philippines on Monday demanded that China stop confiscating the catch of Filipino fishermen in the disputed South China Sea, calling the practice unacceptable.

The remarks by President Rodrigo Dutertes spokesman were a rare public rebuke from Manila, which has taken a non-confrontational approach with Beijing over the resource-rich waterway.

AFP/File | Filipino fishermen say the Chinese coast guard is seizing their catch at the disputed Scarborough Shoal

China controls several reefs in the sea including Scarborough Shoal, which Beijing seized from Manila in 2012 and is just 230 kilometres (143 miles) from the main Philippine island of Luzon.

China claims almost the entire sea, through which trillions of dollars in trade passes annually, despite competing partial claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Dutertes spokesman Harry Roque on Monday confirmed a report that Chinese Coast Guard personnel seized the catch of Filipino fishermen in the shoal in May in violation of an agreement between the two nations allowing Filipinos to fish there.

We are demanding that the Chinese take steps to stop the coast guard from doing these acts, Roque told reporters.

That is unacceptable. That is why we informed the Chinese we will not allow fish to be taken from our countrymen.

The Chinese foreign ministry said it was investigating the reports and authorities will seriously deal with them if they are confirmed.

Out of friendship, China has made proper arrangements for Filipino fishermen, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing.

The Chinese coast guard is monitoring relevant waters to ensure peace and order in the area, and also offers humanitarian assistance to the Philippines fishermen, Geng said.

The Chinese coast guard always abides by the law.

Dutertes administration rejects criticism that its response to Chinese activities in the hotly contested waters has been weak.

China in May reportedly deployed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on the Spratly Islands and flew nuclear-capable bombers to a base in another disputed part of the sea.

Dutertes aides have said previously the Philippines is taking all diplomatic action to protect its claims while insisting it would not anger China by engaging in megaphone diplomacy.

Manila, which has pursued trade deals and investment from China, instead holds regular talks with Beijing on the dispute.

On Monday Roque refused to describe the latest incident as harassment, adding the Chinese Coast Guard gave the Filipino fishermen no...

22:15

Yoda: Fiona Barnett on Watergate, Nixon and Billy Graham as Pedophiles Public Intelligence Blog

Fiona Barnett, who was trafficked by Nicole Kidmans father.

WATERGATE WAS PEDOGATE

In 1972, Rothstein arrested one of the five Watergate burglars, CIA operative Frank Sturgis. During a subsequent two-hour interrogation, he discovered the truth about Watergate. The burglars sought something they nicknamed The Book which listed the Democrat and Republican politicians who accessed child prostitutes, their sexual proclivities, the amounts they paid to rape kids, and such.

The official Watergate explanation is that the Liberals broke into Democratic National Committee Headquarters to obtain information about their election strategies. People who lived through Watergate typically comment with a frown, that never made sense. Rothsteins experiences make better sense of why Nixon conspired to quash the Watergate investigation, why he suggested the investigation posed a threat to national security, why his personal secretary destroyed Oval Office tape recordings after they were subpoenaed, and why his own Vice President issued a pardon which protected him from prosecution for any crimes he had committed or may have committed or taken part in as president. If Nixons crimes included pedophilia, that would make perfect sense.

I am confident President Richard Nixon and his good buddy the Reverend Billy Graham were named in the Watergate pedophile records, because I was sex trafficked to both men as a young child.

22:13

Dessert Diplomacy: The Difficulty of Presenting a United Front Against North Korea Geopolitical Monitor

 

In the months preceding North Korean leader Kim Jong-uns historic meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump, there has been much talk of the need to present a united front against the dictator from the North. The first of the planned meetings took place on April 27 between the two Koreas, where the leaders sat down just south of the Demilitarized Zone for talks, document signings, and dinner. As Canadian chef Gail Simmons once said: There is no better way to bring people together than with desserts. Ironically, the final culinary dish scheduled to be served at the historic North-South summit actually resulted in a downturn in neighborly relations. The menu choice served to inflame tensions between South Korea and its close neighbor Japan, and in the process highlighted the stark reality of the US alliance network in the Asia-Pacific: it is far from united.

The concept of using food to facilitate international negotiations is hardly new. The practice dates back to ancient Greece and beyond, and continues to be a topic of discussion today. American University even hosted a 2015 conference as part of the Conflict Cuisine Project, an exploration of the role of food in war and conflict.

With regard to the inter-Korean summit, the dessert in question was a mango mousse creation which bears an image of the Korean peninsula. Included in the image are the Liancourt Rocks, known in Japan as Takeshima and Dokdo in Korea. The Liancourt Rocks are a small set of islets which have been the subject of an ongoing territorial dispute between the two states. Japan officially requested that the dessert not be served, but it remained on the menu at the summit nonetheless. The diplomatic spat, while small, serves as a microcosm of contemporary Japan-South Korea relations, where lingering resentment over Japans actions in World War II underlie a continual mistrust. The often-frosty relations between two of the United States closest allies in the Asia-Pacific has often complicated US efforts to develop an effective regional strategy and contend against competing interests, particularly those of China and North Korea. South Korea recently reiterated that it will not consider joining a trilateral military alliance with the United States and Japan. However, the United States mus...

22:00

Jon Rappoport: Police Criminalize Truthful Science About Vaccine Dangers Public Intelligence Blog

Jon Rappoport

Police raid scientists who discovered new vaccine dangers

Two scientists discover that vaccines are contaminated, in the manufacturing process, with many small particles of metals that are toxic to humans when injected. Alarming.

The published research is ignored. Then the scientists are raided by police.

21:59

Spain to take in 629 migrants stranded on Mediterranean rescue ship Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The Aquarius and the hundreds aboard it have been caught up in a diplomatic tug of war between Italy and Malta

21:57

Islamicize Me Day 26: Jihad Junior vs. the Kafir King Jihad Watch

On Day 26 of Islamicize Me, the Halal Heroes send in their ultimate weapon to end the Muhammad cartoon contest. But will Jihad Junior be able to stand against the Kafir King (Robert Spencer)? To visit Vocabs channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jons channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net Thanks []

21:54

Arabic press review: Jerusalem not for sale, say Islamic and Christian leaders Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Religious leaders set up committee to monitor 'suspicious' holy city purchases while Algerians organise to prevent a fifth term for Bouteflika

21:47

Syrian Forces Anti-ISIS Operation In Eastern Al-Suwayda Enters Its Fifth Day (Videos, Map)

Syrian Forces' Anti-ISIS Operation In Eastern Al-Suwayda Enters Its Fifth Day (Videos, Map)

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On June 11, Syrian government forces operation against ISIS in eastern al-Suwayda entered its fifth day.

While before the start of the operation and during its first days, some pro-govenrment sources said that it can be finished in less than a week, the reality on the ground appeared to be a quite different.

The Syrian military depoyed a notable group of troops supported by armoured vehicles and battle tanks to deal with ISIS members remained in the area. However, till now, the area has not been fully cleared from ISIS members.

Syrian Forces' Anti-ISIS Operation In Eastern Al-Suwayda Enters Its Fifth Day (Videos, Map)

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The main clashes are still ongoing near Khirbat Jarbu, Kura and Hibbariyah.

According to sources in the Syrian Arab Army, this complicated situation is linked to the  fact that a number of ISIS members from southern Damascus are now deployed in the area.

...

21:30

Ellen Brown: How California Can Exit from Wall Street Public Intelligence Blog

Ellen Brown

How California Could Get Its Money Out of Wall Street

The worlds fifth largest economy could keep the money in a state-owned bank to fund local infrastructure.

Californias pools of idle funds cant be spent because they must be saved for a rainy day or for future pension fund payouts; but they could be deposited or invested in a publicly owned bank, where they could form the deposit base for infrastructure loans. California is now the fifth largest economy in the world, trailing only Germany, Japan, China, and the United States. Germany, China, and other Asian countries are addressing their infrastructure challenges through public infrastructure banks that leverage pools of funds into loans for needed construction.

21:26

Iraq court orders arrest of four suspects in Baghdad ballot fire Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Sadr, who won the election, calls on Iraqis to unite rather than repeat the polls in the wake of the blaze

21:08

How Russian arms sales help to keep the Gulf divided Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Selling missiles to the Qataris is not only good business for the Russians; it also allows them to meddle in the conflicted and splintered politics of the Gulf states

21:00

Netanyahu: The Iranian regime shouts, Death to Israel. In response, Israel shouts, Life to the Iranian people.' Jihad Watch

Today @netanyahu made an unprecedented offer to Iran that can help save countless lives.PLEASE RT. #FreeIran2018 For more information:https://t.co/RP7zFlwXgThttps://t.co/YfPuOoTMAG pic.twitter.com/ZQU7ONHsYN Yanki farber (@Farberyanki) June 10, 2018 Beautiful. This superbly encapsulates the humanity of the Judeo-Christian tradition in the face of the hatred and violence taught in the Quran and Sunnah.

20:55

Moldova-Ukraine-Georgia Alliance: Nothing More Than Flash in the Pan Strategic Culture Foundation

The formation of this bloc can be used for propaganda purposes, but in reality its nothing but a flash in the pan that will soon be forgotten. It has no future.

20:47

Mexicans Organize To Defend The Will Of The People And Impose Democracy PopularResistance.Org

This massive support for AMLO reflects the peoples anger and despair after more than 30 years of policies that have handed over the nations wealth and resources to a handful of billionaires and transnational corporations. These have been decades of wage cuts, unemployment, and loss of labor and social rights. They have been decades during which the country has been dislocated and torn apart by the so-called war on drugs, which has only fueled more violence and militarization, and more killings of women and disappearances.

20:43

Blast outside Kabul govt ministry, multiple casualties: officials Peace and Freedom

A suicide attacker blew himself up outside a government ministry in Kabul on Monday, causing multiple casualties, officials said, as employees were leaving their offices early for Ramadan.

Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said a number of employees were killed or wounded in the attack that happened at the main gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.

Employees were leaving their offices at 1:00 pm (0830 GMT) due to the holy month of Ramadan, when most Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

AFP/File | An Afghan policeman keeps watch at a checkpoint in Kabul on June 12, 2014

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the entrance gate of the ministry killing and injuring a number of the employees of the ministry, Stanikzai told AFP.

Employees inside the ministry at the time of the attack confirmed hearing a blast.

An explosion happened at the exit gate of the ministry, Daud Naimi, director of the communications department at the ministry, told AFP.

At least six people were killed and 30 wounded, he said, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

I was in my office when I heard a big blast, another employee told AFP.

Most of my colleagues were leaving for the day to go home. I am worried about my colleagues. We are told to stay inside for now.

AFP

20:41

Glazov Gang: Mohammeds Teachings on Camel Urine Jihad Watch

On this new edition of The Glazov Gang, we were joined by Armin Navabi, an ex-Muslim who is the founder of Atheist Republic. Armin discussed Mohammeds Teachings on Camel Urine, unveiling what Islamic texts really say. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate through []

20:36

U.K. Factory, Construction Data Cast Doubt Over Economy Peace and Freedom

Bank of England expects strong rebound after weak 2018 start
Trade data also disappoints as deficit widens on export drop
Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

U.K. manufacturing output fell the most in 5 1/2 years in April and construction posted a smaller-than- expected gain, casting fresh doubt over the health of the economy. The pound fell.

Factory production shrank 1.4 percent, the most since 2012, the Office for National Statistics said on Monday. Economists had expected an increase. Building output rose 0.5 percent, well short of the strong rebound expected after a snow-blighted March.

There was also disappointing news on trade, as the deficit unexpectedly widened to a five-month high amid a sharp drop in exports to countries outside the European Union.

The figures may cause the Bank of England to question its assumption that the pronounced economic slowdown in the first quarter will prove temporary. The central bank has said more interest-rate increases will be needed to bring inflation back to its 2 percent target.

The pound reversed gains after the report, dropping 0.2 percent to $1.3387 as of 9:33 a.m. in London.

Nine out of 13 manufacturing sectors saw output fall in April, led by metals and transport equipment. Production fell 0.5 percent between February and April, the first decline in almost a year, after factories trimmed output in each of the past three months.

Warmer Weather

Overall industrial production fell by 0.8 percent on the month, the most this year, with demand for energy declining as warmer weather returned.

The construction industrys order book took a hit in the first quarter, falling 4.6 percent.

Separate figures showed the trade deficit widening to 14 billion pounds ($18.7 billion). Exports fell 5.9 percent, the largest drop since 2015, and imports rose 0.8 percent. Imports were boosted by higher crude volumes but rising oil prices had little impact.

The f...

20:33

Putins Directives for Russian Military and Intelligence Newsbud

In the eighty-fifth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Kommersant, Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Izvestia.  He discusses the implications of the Russian president Vladimir Putins visit to Vienna and his meetings with the Austrian president and prime minister. In addition, Professor Kovacevic []

20:25

US Constitutional Attorney: "Trump Has Become a Unilateral Power' Strategic Culture Foundation

Someone needs to alert Donald Trump: there is no Get Out of Jail Free card just for being president. According to Trumps Twitter feed, he believes that he has an absolute right to pardon himself of any crimes for which he might be charged while serving in office.

20:17

Singapore Summit: As Clock Ticks Down to Trump-Kim Meeting, Sides Huddle in Last-Minute Talks Peace and Freedom

The president is well-prepared for tomorrows engagement with Chairman Kim, Secretary of State says

President Donald Trump is flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly at a lunch in Singapore with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.
President Donald Trump is flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly at a lunch in Singapore with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORESenior U.S. and North Korean officials were locked in last-minute negotiations Monday trying to iron out differences ahead of a summit meeting between the two countries leaders, while Americas top diplomat said Washingtons position on denuclearization was clear and unchanged.

While teams from the two sides huddled in a conference room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump was well-prepared for his face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, set for Tuesday morning in this wealthy city-state.

Earlier on Twitter, Mr. Pompeo said: We remain committed to the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Messrs. Trump and Kim generall...

19:59

Bas Heijne's 'Hollands Perspectief' 4 stan van houcke


In de NRC van 25 mei 2018 liet opiniemaker Bas Heijne onder de kop 'Een Hollandse 

column' zijn publiek weten: 

Had ik nog zin in Rutte IV en V? 
Als ik de bakens eens zou verzetten? 
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19:55

Russia Can Change the Balance Between Israel and Palestine Strategic Culture Foundation

The need for Russia to be active is most definitely there, particularly after Trump violated ongoing international norms of no unilateral actions on the issue of the future of Jerusalem.

19:54

Chinese Taking Fish From Philippine Fishermen Local fishermen called on the Philippine government to help Peace and Freedom

Filipino fishermen ask govt to act on barter with Chinese coast guard
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Fisherman Romel Cejuela says the China has control over Scarborough Shoal. PH Coast Guard is nowhere to be seen. But Cejuela belies reports of harassment. He says they often barter noodles, cigarettes and water in exchange for fish.

Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) June 11, 2018 3:35pm

MANILA, Philippines Local fishermen called on the Philippine government to address the fish-taking incident with Chinese coast guard personnel at Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday confirmed that the Chinese coast guard has been conducting a sort of barter trade with Filipino fishermen in the traditional fishing ground off the coast of Zambales.

Speaking in a Malacaang press briefing, fisherman Romel Cejuela narrated how the Chinese have been boarding their boats and taking away their catch from Scarborough Shoal.

Gusto lang namin ipaabot sa ating gobyerno limitahan sila na ano lalapit doon sa amin yung maghihingi ng isda (We just wa...

19:52

Heres Another NYC Public School Supporting Terrorism Clarion Project

"Peaceful" protests in the Gaza border organized by the terror organization Hamas (Photo: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)Peaceful protests on the Gaza border organized by the terror organization Hamas (Photo: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

In what appears to be an alarming trend growing among NYC public schools, students attending Brooklyns Midwood High School were recently used as instruments to advocate terrorism when they were targeted for the distribution of Hamas propaganda claiming to pay tribute to the Palestinian victims of violence in Gaza.

On May 23, 2018 following a related incident previously reported at The Beacon School in Manhattan, large numbers of Midwood students donned the Palestinian black and white chequered keffiyeh on their heads as well as scarves around their necks displaying the colors of the Palestinian flag which were boldly inscribed with the word Palestine.

The enthusiasm for this event was so great that several teachers complained of students bursting into their classrooms disrupting lessons to obtain the scarves from others who were supplying them.

This tribute was intended to show support for so-called peaceful protests occurring on the Gaza border with Israel which, according to Gazas Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, were actually organized as violent riots meant to infiltrate Israel and commit as many acts of murder and kidnapping as possible.

After Israel repeatedly warned protestors not to approach the fence, a number of threatening protesters were killed, inciting the usual condemnations of civilian deaths (despite admissions by Hamas officials themselves that 52 of the 60 people martyred were with Hamas).

In the days that have followed, Hamas has encouraged youngsters in Gaza to carry out cross-border arson attacks against Israeli farmers using flaming kites. The terror group has also fired the largest mortar barrage in years at southern Israeli towns.

Jewish students and teachers at Midwood reported feeling intimi...

19:47

Cold War Alive and Well in Middle East Clarion Project

When Reagan told Gorbachov to tear down this wall, some of the nukes may have been decommissioned but tensions between Washington and Moscow remained high. Today their battle continues the Cold War in the Middle East.

 

 

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19:43

New airports on Tibetan border may test China-India dtente Peace and Freedom

Will Beijings efforts to enhance connectivity with isolated parts of Tibet put a chill on the recent thaw in ties with New Delhi?

State media has revealed that China plans to build three new airports along Tibets rugged southern border, an area dubbed the Roof of the world.

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New airports are planned in Lhoka, Xigaze and Ngari, which border India, Bhutan and Nepal, and an additional runway is also envisaged at the capital Lhasas airport. The projects, referred to collectively as the 3+1, have a total price tag of 16.7 billion yuan (US$2.6 billion). They are slated for completion by 2021 to spur air travel, trade and tourism, according to a Peoples Daily report that cited a Chinese Civil Aviation Administration official.

But India claims large chunks of land in Lhoka, known as Shannan in Mandarin, a prefecture-level city in southeastern Tibet that borders India and Bhutan on the south, was territory that formerly belonged to Arunachal Pradesh state. The disputed area, around 28,700 square kilometers in size, is not far away from Doklam Plateau and the valley that sits at the junction of Tibet, Bhutan and Indias Sikkim state.

This handout photograph released by India's Press Information Bureau on April 28, 2018, shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping looking on along the East Lake in Wuhan. Xi and Modi ended informal meetings in China on April 28 with a promise to reduce border tensions after a high-altitude standoff in the Himalayas last year. Photo: AFP
This photo released by Indias Press Information Bureau on April 28 shows Indian PM Narendra Modi, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping looking over East Lake in the city of Wuhan. Xi and Modi ended informal meetings in China with a promise to reduce border tensions after a high-altitude standoff in the Himalayas last year. Photo: AFP

Doklam was the scene of a military standoff between the two Asian giants, who assembled troops and weaponry in the area last year after Beijing tried to widen a road in the area.

However, ties have improved recently. Beijing and New Delhi agreed to a dtente after Narendra Modi met with Xi Jinping in China three times since September last year. The Indian PM was in Qingdao last weekend for the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting.

The new airport in Lhoka was proposed long ago in Beijings 13th Five-year Plan (2016-20) but its feared th...

19:36

America First! Its Not Just the G7, Its Also About Radical Islam Clarion Project

U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the 2018 G7 conference (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the 2018 G7 conference (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump raised the hackles of Americans allies when he refused to sign the G7 trade agreement last week. He blamed Justin Trudeau for his rejection of the pact, saying the Canadian prime minister made false statements and was very dishonest.

Before the conference, Trump warned Americas  allies he would cut them off from U.S. markets if they didnt lower their trade barriers. The gig is up. he said.

Trump, who was elected on an America First platform has shown he is serious not only about putting the interests of the U.S. first, but in restoring the moral leadership of the U.S. in the world. Nowhere is this more prominent than in the fight against Islamist extremism, where his actions have made it clear to extremists that the gig is up.

Here are five global fronts Trump has opened where he is leading the way in the fight against radical Islam:

Immigration Pause

Against cries of racism and Islamophobia, Trump stuck to his guns in an effort to protect America from infiltration by Islamist terrorists. His immigration pause which was eventually certified as legal by the Supreme Court stopped the flow of immigrants from problematic countries so America could get its act together regarding vetting. Contrast Trumps immigration policy to the problematic flow of immigrants to Europe, where the unregulated influx of immigrants has caused massive culture-related problems and terror attacks.

 

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19:33

Could North Korea Become the Next Singapore? Strategic Culture Foundation

Did President Trump choose Singapore as the site for next Tuesdays summit with North Koreas Kim Jong Un by accident? No way. One of Trumps wildest cards in his unorthodox path to this meeting with Kim Jong Un is his vision of a prosperous North Korea.

19:30

AUDIO: Academic Propaganda Protecting US Financial Imperialism OffGuardian

Australias Renegade Economists radio show interviews US economist Michael Hudson (June 7, 2018). Prof Michael Hudson joins to review his critique of US financial imperialism in light of recent events. From the World Bank, IMF through to deep state strategy, Hudson is the best in the business at tying the economic pressures in our lives to the geo-political forces at work.

19:28

G7 vs. G6+1: The War of Words Dissident Voice

Background

The war of words has intensified between the U-S and G-7 allies after President Donald Trump retracted his endorsement of the communiqu of the once-united group.

The German chancellor called Trumps abrupt revocation of support for a joint communiqu sobering and depressing. Angela Merkel, however, said thats not the end. France also accused Trump of destroying trust and acting inconsistently. Trump pulled the U-S out of the groups summit statement after Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on the U-S.  The White House said Canada risked making the U-S president look weak ahead of his summit with the North Korean leader. But, Canadas Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland later reiterated that her country will retaliate against U-S tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way.

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PressTV: What do you make of Mr. Trumps decision to renege on the G7s final statement?

Peter Koenig: Trump pulling out from the final G7 statement is just show; the usual Trump show. He signed it, then he pulled out. We have seen it with the Iran Nuclear Deal, with the North Korea meeting, on and off, with the tariffs first. About two months ago the tariffs were on for Europe, Mexico and Canada, as well as China. Then they were off for all of them, and now they are on again

How serious can that be? Trump just wants to make sure that he calls the shots. And he does. As everybody gets nervous and talks about retaliation instead of practicing the politics of silence strategy.

In the case of Europe, the tariffs, or the equivalent of sanctions, as Mr. Putin recently so aptly put it, may well serve as a means of blackmailing Europe, for example, to disregard as Trump did, the Iran Nuclear Deal, step out of it and we will relieve you from the tariffs.

In the case of Canada and Mexico, its to make sure Americans realize that he, Mr. Trump, wants to make America Great again and provide jobs for Americans. These tariffs alone will not create one single job. But they create an illusion and that, he thinks, will help Republicans in the up-coming Mid-term Elections.

In China tariffs are perhaps thought as punishment for President Xis advising President Kim Jong-Un ahead of the June 12 summit and probably and more likely to discredit the Yuan as a world reserve currency, since the Chinese currency is gradually replacing the dollar in the worlds reserve coffers. But Trump knows that these tariffs are meaningless for China, as China has a huge trade surplus with the US and an easy replacement market like all of Asia.

PressTV:  How could the silence strategy by the 6 G7 partners have any impact on Trumps decision on tariffs?

Peter Koenig: Well, the G6 they are already now considered the G6+1, since Trump...

19:27

Disruption Isnt Enough Peace and Freedom

Trump has dismantled Obamas legacy, but can he build his own?

President Trump at a breakfast with G-7 leaders in La Malbaie, Canada, June 9.
President Trump at a breakfast with G-7 leaders in La Malbaie, Canada, June 9. PHOTO: MICHAEL KAPPELER/ZUMA PRESS

June 10, 2018 4:13 p.m. ET

Donald Trump has proved in 18 months that he can disrupt the global status quo, for better (Iran) and worse (trade). The question as he brawls with his G-7 allies after their annual summit and now meets with adversary Kim Jong Un is whether the President knows that disruption isnt enough. Sooner or later he has to contribute to a better world order instead of merely blowing up the old one.

Unlike most of the U.S.-Europe foreign-policy elite, we think the world needed some shaking up. Barack Obama saw America as an overstretched power that needed restraining for the worlds good. He thought the U.S. was better off with its interests tied down like Gulliver in Lilliput in a multinational web of collective security. As the U.S. retreated, regional powers like China and Russia and rogues like Iran, North Korea and Islamic State asserted themselves; the world became more dangerous.

Mr. Trump sometimes campaigned like an isolationist but he also asserted a more muscular defense of U.S. interests, and he has followed up as President. The Iran deal offered the illusion of containing Tehrans nuclear ambitions while facilitating its imperialism. The Paris accord punished the U.S. economy far more than Chinas with little benefit to the climate. He withdrew from both. Mr. Trumps demand that NATO partners spend more on defense has achie...

19:14

Italian assets rally on finance ministers stability pledge Peace and Freedom

Sharp rally for bonds as banks lead gains in equities

By Michael Hunter

A clear commitment to the euro and a pledge to avoid financial instability from Italys new finance minister has spurred a sharp rally in the countrys bonds and shares.

Heavy demand for countrys two-year government debt is taking the yield on it down by over 50 basis points to 1.172 per cent, taking it further from the high of 2.731 per cent it hit at the height of the uncertainty during the composition of the populist coalition government.

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Italys new finance minister Giovanni Tria

The benchmark 10-year yield is also significantly lower by almost 26 bps at 2.873 per cent as investors buy back into the paper. It marched as high as 3.388 per cent. Yields fall when prices rise.

Milans FTSE MIB stock gauge is powering ahead of its peers up 2.3 per cent, compared with a 0.5 per cent gain for the Europe-wide Stoxx 600 and a rise of the same margin for Frankfurts Xetra Dax 30.

Italian banks, which are one of the main holders of the countrys debt, are leading the rally. UniCredits stock is up by over 5 per cent. UBI Banca is up by almost 4 per cent.

Giovanni Tria, the finance minister, told Corriere della Sera, the Italian daily, in remarks published on Sunday:

We are not discussing any proposal to exit the euro. The government is determined to avoid the materialisation of market conditions that push us towards an exit in any way.

Mr Tria, an economic policy professor by background, also spoke of the governments commitment to reducing the countrys debt level , which has reached more than 130 per cent of gross domestic product:

This is one of the governments explicit goals . . . there should be no doubts.

We are not focused on keeping our accounts in order and bringing down the debt because of what Europe tells us, but because we should not undermine trust in our financial stability.

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19:00

Nearly 1800 Families Separated At US Border In Just 17 Months GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Washington (teleSUR)  Nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from October 2016 through February of this year, according to a senior government official, as President Donald Trump implemented stricter border enforcement policies.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents
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The numbers are the first comprehensive disclosure by the administration of how many families have been affected by the policies. Previously, the only numbers provided by federal officials on family separations covered a single two-week period in May.

The government official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said he could not provide up-to-date statistics, but acknowledged the number of separations had risen sharply in recent weeks, largely because of new administration policies.

In May, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a zero tolerance policy in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally would be criminally charged, which generally leads to children being separated from their parents.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official testified last month to Congress that between May 6 and May 19, 658 children were separated from 638 parents because of the stepped-up prosecutions. That brings the total of officially acknowledged separations to more than 2,400, though that does not include recent weeks or the period from March 1 to May 6.

Immigration and child advocates, Democratic lawmakers and the United Nations have all condemned the practice of separating families at the border, but the administration has defended its actions saying it is protecting children and making clear that illegal border crossers will be prosecuted regardless of their family circumstances.

In most of th...

19:00

Anthony Bourdain: The Last Gasp of CNNs Original Vision GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Atlanta (FAIR)  CNN began with the slogan, articulated by its founder Ted Turner: The news is the star.
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That has long since ceased to be a reflection of what CNN does. Despite promoting itself with its dubious facts first slogan, the network endlessly touts its celebrity pundits and anchors: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria, et al. The view of the world that they depict is what the viewer needs to understandnot the world itself.

Anthony Bourdain didnt join CNN until 2013, didnt do news per se, and his own personality was certainly a major part of his show, Parts Unknown, but the lens was largely on the places Bourdain went, whether Armenia or West Virginia and the people he met there. This work was more mini-doc than anything else typically found on CNN.

At his best, to Bourdain, the world was the star. The people, the cultures, the varied beliefs, the booze, the music, the rivers, the cities, the ethnic groups, what they share and their tensions. Hed often at least indicate class distinctions in his shows, at times gender dynamics as well. He spoke up in defense of the many immigrants in the restaurant industry and was an ally of the #MeToo movement.

Starting with A Cooks Tour (on the Food Network) and then the Travel Channels No Reservations and The Layover, Bourdain often presented the realities of places around the world, using the universalism of foodeverybodys gotta eat, right?as a way to show both the commonality of humanity and the creativity of various cultures.

Related: Censorship of RT and Sputnik Shows US Hypocrisy on Subversion

Bourdains programs were in sharp contrast to corporate medias typically clichd depiction of other countries, frequently shown as synonymous with their caricatured rulers, with canned images tirelessly repeated. Bourdain was a television m...

19:00

Chinese missile launchers reappear on disputed South China Sea island Peace and Freedom

A series of Chinese missile systems have reappeared on a disputed island in the South China Sea, days after satellite imagery appeared to show they had been removed.

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The initial discovery of their disappearance was made by ImageSat International (ISI) in early June, who provided images showing bare sand where previously there had been a large number of missile launchers.
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But in new intelligence analysis released Monday, the organization said the weapons had reappeared on Woody Island on the Paracel island chain.
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Satellite images provided to CNN on June 11 show before and after images of Woody Island.

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In their initial analysis of the surface-to-air missile systems removal, ISI said it was possible they had simply been redeployed to another island, or moved as part of a drill.
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When the original images were released, experts were extremely skeptical that the launchers had been permanently removed, suggesting instead they may have been sent for maintenance.
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Due to the corrosive effects of salt and humidity in the islands, HQ-9 missile systems must be removed and sent back to the mainland for maintenance periodically, said Timothy Heath, a senior defense analyst at the Rand Corporation.
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19:00

A COLLUSION OF A DIFFERENT SORT Giza Death Star

(Recently during a private conversion, Ms. K.M. shared a hypothesis about the "Russian collusion" meme that the hysterical western media keeps shouting. I have []

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18:55

Trump Meets Kim Amid Shifting World Order Strategic Culture Foundation

China and Russia, under the leadership of Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, are on an evolutionary level of political awareness that exceeds that of the US and its coterie of Western flunkies.

18:54

How Japan Might Lose Out in the Korea Talks Peace and Freedom

Even if Tuesdays meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Koreas leader, goes well, Japan stands to lose from it in some ways. Despite a last-ditch effort last week by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to play adviser to Mr. Trump before the talks, the American president still seems rather unconcerned by Japans long-term strategic interests actually, its imperatives.

By Yoichi Funabashi

President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at the White House on June 7. Japan could be left vulnerable depending on the substance of Mr. Trumps meeting with North Korea about denuclearization. Credit Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

As Mr. Abe put it last week, first and foremost, we need to seek advancement for the abduction, nuclear and missile programs. He meant that Japans priorities are to obtain the return of all Japanese citizens that North Korea abducted years ago, North Koreas actual denuclearization and an end to its efforts to develop any missiles, and not just the kind that can reach the United States.

Although the abductee issue is an emotional and sensitive matter in Japan, the government finds itself dependent on third parties to discuss it on its behalf, much like President Moon Jae-in of South Korea reportedly did with Mr. Kim in late April. On this question, and other major matters to do with North Korea, Japan...

18:48

12th #Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 15th September 2018 Teachers Club 35 Parnell sq Enough is Enough!

The 12th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair takes place on the 15th September 2018 at the Teachers Club 35 Parnell square.  Every year hundreds of people attend the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair for a day of inspiring discussions and the opportunity of meeting lots of other radicals, browsing books and meeting campaigns.

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.

The Dublin Anarchist Bookfair is the largest regular gathering of grassroots activists and campaign groups in Ireland. We always aim to deliver a series of talks and workshops that are both interesting and useful to experienced campaigners as well as those who are totally new to thinking about politics. We also always have a wide selection of stalls & books to browse. More event details will follow.

There is no admission charge DABF but donations are always welcome.

Be sure to join the DABF 2018 Facebook event and help
with our promotion by inviting your friends and tweeting with #DABF

The bookfair web page which currently had details and video from previous bookfairs is at www.wsm.ie/bookfair


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18:44

Palestinian negotiator shoots back at Trump official in ongoing spat Peace and Freedom

After Jason Greenblatt says Saeb Erekats false claims and rhetoric havent brought peace closer; PA official says US has refused to discuss anything of substance

 

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks at the Haaretz and New Israel Fund conference in New York City, on December 13, 2015. (Amir Levy/Flash90)
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks at the Haaretz and New Israel Fund conference in New York City, on December 13, 2015. (Amir Levy/Flash90)

A top Palestinian official accused the Trump administrations top Middle East ngotiator of parroting right-wing Israeli views and refusing to put anything of substance on the table for discussion Sunday.

Saeb Erekats was the latest volley in an ongoing op-ed spat with Jason Greenblatt, coming less than a day after US President Donald Trumps special Mideast envoy lashed out at the veteran negotiator and said he should step aside, in an episode that has highlighted simmering frustration between the sides over moribund peace efforts.

Erekats article in Haaretz Sunday evening accused Greenblatts of using discourse akin to leaders of the far right in Israel.

It is not the rhetoric of a US official tasked with supporting the interests of peace in the region, he wrote.

In dozens of meetings we had with Mr. Greenblatt, he refused to discuss substance: no borders, no settlements, and no two-state solution. Today, his role is nothing less than peddling Israeli policies to a skeptical international community, and then becomes upset when hes reminded of this, Erekat wrote.

On Sunday morning, Greenblatt said Erekats false claims and rhetoric have not brought peace closer. He was responding in Haaretz newspaper to a May 17 op-ed by Erekat accusing American officials of acting as spokespeople for Israel and criticizing the US for moving its embassy to Jerusalem....

18:32

Austria against political manipulation of Islam Voltaire Network

Enforcing the law on Islam adopted in Feb 2015, the Austrian Minister for Internal Affairs (to the right in the photo) has proceeded to close down 7 mosques and to expel 40 Imams (some of the 260 Imams that are present in the country). Specifically, the Austrian authorities have reproached these Imams for organizing a ceremony with children in military uniforms. This goes beyond the cultural limits on their activity imposed by the aforementioned law. These Imams are members of Grey (...)

18:30

The Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister challenges the Electoral Commission Voltaire Network

The outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has denounced the serious irregularities during the Iraqi legislative elections. In particular, he has accused members of the Independent Electoral High Commission (IEHC) of rigging the electronic votes that operated from abroad. Al Abadi announced his intention for a pre-emptive ban on members of the IEHC leaving the country while waiting for a judicial decision. For its part, the IEHC has already annulled the results of more than a (...)

18:29

Two new anarchist feminist projects in Scotland Enough is Enough!

A quick blog in which Im very optimistic about the Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair, and a new class struggle self-education project in Edinburgh.

Originally published by Libcom. Written by Ramona.

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.

Its an exciting time to be a feminist. Theres a renewed interest in feminism in popular culture, and movements like #MeToo have given a voice and confidence to women, propelling conversations about power and oppression into the mainstream. There is an explosion of young people exploring and discussing how race, gender, sexuality and (occasionally) class affect their lives. The recent victory of activists in Ireland in securing access to abortion is an inspiring and concrete example of how grassroots feminist organising can force real changes to improve our lives.

However, anyone familiar with the state of the movement will know that all is not rosy in the current atmosphere of radical politics. The resurgent discussions around race, gender, and sexuality have been met with many criticisms[1], and frequently lack a robust analysis of capitalism and class. When approaches to feminism that pose no real challenge to capitalism are increasingly popular [2], we need to find ways to make class struggle politics relevant and welcoming to people who are developing their understanding of feminism. Within our own movement there is an active backlash against our trans comrades, and too many off-hand dismissals of feminist politics, illustrating how far we have still to go to establish a shared understanding of class composition and solidarity. So how to develop and promote class struggle, materialist feminism to both liberal feminists and amongst our own movement? The theory exists, but how can we embed it into our everyday organising and practice?

A bookfair, of course!
Anarchist bookfairs have long been a crucial part of our movement, and with both the London Anarchist Bookfair and the Glasgow Radical Independent Bookfair both sadly packing their stalls up for the last time, a group of us in Edinburgh decided to roll up our sleeves and organise the first ever Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair. A one-day event to be held on 21st...

18:28

Relations between President Trump and Macron deteriorate Voltaire Network

While the Elysee restricts itself to communicating that a telephone conversation had taken place between the French President and the US President on 1 June 2018, the White House has started leaking bits of it. It seems that the conversation did not go very well: Emmanuel Macron started by making a frank criticism of US policy, and Donald Trump made withering comments to him in return. The interview probably ended with insults in both directions. We need to go a long way for the French (...)

18:26

US PaCom is now the US IndoPaCom Voltaire Network

During a ceremony at Pearl Harbour, on 30 May 2018, the US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, announced that the US PaCom (literally the US Command in the Pacific) was to become the US IndoPaCom. The General did not seek to clarify the reasons for this change. All he said was that the area that the Command would cover would include both the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Admiral Harry Harris, the outgoing commander of this CoCom (Unified Command for Combat), has specified that the time (...)

18:25

Will 7 million Iraqis be deprived of water this summer? Voltaire Network

According to the Iraqi Minister of Hydraulic Resources, this summer around 7 million people could be without water and therefore would have to be moved to other regions of the country. Over the last year, several sources of water have seen their level drop drastically. The two images above are two photos of one of the principal basins of the country. The first (on the left) was taken on 25 May 2017 and the second (on the right) was taken a year later. The drop in the level of water is (...)

18:20

US could pull out of Syria Voltaire Network

The Syrian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Walid Mouallem, has invited the United States to withdraw its troops from the country prior to the foreign forces that have participated in defending the Syrian Arab Republic, withdrawing. The Pentagon has a presence both in Syria's South (Al-Tanf) and the North (the area occupied by the Kurdish YPG). If the US were to withdraw its troops from Al-Tanf, then the Lebanese Hezbollah would retreat from the South. For quite some time now, the Hezbollah (...)

18:04

Fresh Bread in #Jordan Enough is Enough!

Here we (Black Rose Anarchist Federation) share the exclusive reflections of a Jordanian anarchist on the ongoing popular mobilizations that have gripped Jordan beginning on May 30, 2018, as a response to tax-reform measures proposed by the State in accordance with International Monetary Fund (IMF) demands.

Originally published by Black Rose Anarchist Federation. Written by by Mohammad Abdel Qader Alfar.

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.

As soon as authority was born, it developed its most dangerous habit: creating scenarios where it appears as if any move the people would take can be against peoples own interests, taking them a step away from their aspirations instead of making them advance. Helpless masses who plead for justice from their rulers and feel grateful when given the least have always been the best nation example for authority, every authority.

It is similar to chess, when a player employs some tactics that can put the opponent in zugzwang, where the best move is not to move. However, what works for chess does not work in the fields. Chess is focused on the king, but real streets are all about the people. In the streets, people would die to achieve justice for themselves or for their neighbors. War, on the other hand, is what harshly resembles chess, where ordinary people die helplessly to protect the ruler. Thats why authoritywhen its control over fields fallshas no problem in turning public squares into battlefields.

And thats exactly the position we thought we were in after 7 years of the Arab Spring. We, as ordinary people, lost part of our hope and called that maturation. Our appreciation for security grew and consumed our sense of adventure and our will to be free at any cost. Seven years of witnessing people on the other side of the northern borders being slaughtered [i.e., in Syria] have made a lot of us slow down, and accept all the flaws that are ruining our lives, from corruption to mismanagement to wasting public money.

But when things went beyond the limits, people moved spontaneously, without the need for any model to follow this time. In 2011 we were influenced by Tunis and Egypt and sometimes we tried to copy their examples. Our circumstances [in Jordan] were not mature enough, but we were driven by the wave. But this time it is essential and real. We have developed our own model that was born from our own context,...

17:57

Three Hong Kong democracy activists jailed up to seven years for rioting China Rules Peace and Freedom

Three protesters from Hong Kongs radical youth opposition were jailed on Monday for taking part in a violent unrest, receiving the harshest sentences handed down to democracy activists since the city returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

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Pro-independence activist Edward Leung walks inside a detention centre before leaving for the High Court for a sentencing hearing in Hong Kong, China June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Edward Leung, 27, one of the leaders of a movement advocating Hong Kongs independence from China, was jailed for six years for rioting and assaulting police in a 2016 overnight protest that turned violent. He was found guilty of rioting by a jury and had pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.

Two other activists, Lo Kin-man and Wong Ka-kui, were jailed 7 and 3.5 years respectively for rioting.

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Ray Wong (Left) and Edward Leung (Right). Photo: Apple Daily.

About 130 people, mostly police, were injured when masked protesters tossed bricks and set trash cans alight to vent their anger against what they saw as mainland Chinese encroachment on the citys autonomy and freedoms. The government quickly labeled the overnight unrest a riot.

Leung has supported Hong Kongs outright secession from China given Beijings perceived erosion of the one country two systems principle granting the city a high degree of autonomy since it was handed from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

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It wasnt immediately clear if he would appeal against the sentence.

Leung appeared calm upon hearing High Court Judge Anthea Pang announce the sentence, while murmurs of disbelief rippled through a crowd of about 150 activists and supporters watching a live broadcast outside the courtroom.

Pang condemned the severe violence of the riot, which she said had caused great danger to those at the scene, and which warranted the imposition of a strict deterrent sentence.

The court absolutely does not allow livelihood or political disputes to b...

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#Dublin: Call for solidarity with our Russian comrades! Enough is Enough!

Dublin: Demo outside the Russian embassy on the 20th of June at 7pm.

Originally published by Anarkismo.

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.

Tuesday, June 12 (Russia Day) We are asking for a day of action to highlight the torture and detention of Russian Antifascist Anarchists who are being detained with forced confessions for charges of terrorism.

The Actions: Please take photos of yourselves with messages of support and solidarity for the Anarchist prisoners. You can include signs with the names of those detained and tortured (names are below). 

Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland will be holding a demo outside the Russian embassy on the 20th of June at 7pm with such posters and signs.

We hope you can join us in this day of action and solidarity. 

Egor Zorin Arrested October 17-18. He was the first arrestee, and the first to make a confession. Currently under house arrest.

Ilya Shakursky Arrested October 19. Law enforcement planted two grenades and a pistol under the back seat of Shakurskys car. Tortured with electricity in the basement of the pre-trial detention center until he confessed. Currently in pre-trial detention.

Vasily Kuksov Arrested October 19. Beaten by police and tortured in custody. Guns were planted in his car (the lock of which is broken). He still has not agreed to offer or validate any testimony to the police. Currently in pre-trial detention.

Andrey Chernov Arrested at the beginning of November. Was tortured until admitting guilt. Currently in pre-trial detention.

Arman Sagynbayev Arrested at the beginning of November in St. Petersburg. Sagynbayev is reportedly experiencing serious health problems and needs medical attention. Brutally tortured. Currently in pre-trial detention.

In the city of St. Petersburg
Viktor Filinkov Kidnapped in an airport by the FSB on January 23 and tortured until he signed a confession. Currently in pre-trial detention.

Igor Shishkin Kidnapped and tortured until he signed a confession....

17:41

China warns citizens in Vietnam after protests over economic zones Peace and Freedom

China has warned its citizens in Vietnam after protesters clashed with police over a government plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fuelled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country.
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More than 100 protesters were arrested and dozens of police injured at a protest in central Vietnam on Sunday, one of several demonstrations nationwide against the special economic zones opponents fear will be dominated by Chinese investors.

The Chinese embassy in Hanoi posted a notice on its website referring to the protests as illegal gatherings that had included some anti-China content.

The Chinese embassy in Vietnam is paying close attention to the relevant developments and reminds Chinese citizens in Vietnam to pay attention to security when traveling, the notice said.

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Protesters hold a banner which reads No Leasing Land to China even for Anytime during a demonstration against a draft law on the Special Economic Zone in Hanoi, Vietnam June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Staff

Vietnams National Assembly agreed on Monday to delay a vote on the draft bill, which would allow foreign investors to lease land for up to 99 years and provide greater incentives and fewer restrictions than at present in the country.

Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairwoman of the Assembly, said the protesters might have misunderstood the nature of the bill.

People should stay calm, believe in the decisions of the party and the state, especially in the fact that the National Assembly is always listening to the peoples opinions when discussing the bills, Ngan said.

Public protests are not rare in Vietnam and are often quickly quelled by the police.

On Sunday, protesters in the central province of Binh Thuan threw petrol bombs and bricks at police and damaged local government offices and vehicles, state media reported.

Police arrested 102 protesters, the online newspaper VnExpress reported on Monday, citing local police. The report sai...

17:39

Three rebuffed parliamentary bills show how little legal recourse Palestinians have against residential apartheid Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Three rebuffed parliamentary bills show how little legal recourse Palestinians have against residential apartheid  The backlash against Israeli propaganda, including a growing international boycott movement, has driven the countrys right wing into even greater defiance, writes Jonathan Cook Villagers in Al Porat in the Negev Desert. Israel has nationalised 93 per cent of its territory for Jews []

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Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE approve $2.5bn aid package for Jordan at emergency Gulf summit Peace and Freedom

The package will include a deposit in the Jordanian central bank, World Bank guarantees, budgetary support over five years and financing for development projects. King Salman called the meeting to muster support for ally Jordan, which had been rocked by mass protests against price rises and a proposed tax hike in recent days.

Saudi King Salman (left) meeting with Jordans King Abdullah II (center), UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid (right) and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (back toward the camera) at the Safa Palace in Makkah early Monday. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates agreed on Monday to provide an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion for Jordan, which is facing an economic crisis following anti-austerity protests.

The package, announced at a summit of the four nations in the holy city of Makkah, will include a deposit in the Jordanian central bank, World Bank guarantees, budgetary support over five years and financing for development projects, said a summit communique carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

The summit, called by Saudi King Salman, was attended by Jordans King Abdullah II along with UAEs Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

King Salman called the meeting to garner support for ally Jordan, which had been rocked by mass protests against price rises and a proposed tax hike in recent days.

The statement noted that funding for Jordans economic crisis comes from contributory funds for development projects in the Kingdom.

Following the meeting, King Abdullah II offered his gratitude to King Salman, Kuwait and the UAE for their support. Jordan is struggling to curb its debt after securing a $723 million loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2016.

Austerity measures tied to the loan have seen prices of basic necessities rise across the Kingdom of Jordan culminating in a week of angry protests over tax proposals that forced prime minister Hani Mulki to resign.

The authorities on Thursday announced they were withdrawing the unpopular legislation, but still face a mammoth task to balance popular demands with the need to reduce the public debt burden.

Jordan blames its economic woes on instability rocking the region and the burden of hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn Syria, complaining it has not received enough international support.

The World Bank says Jordan has weak growth prospects this year, while 18.5 percent of the working age population is unemployed.
Saudi Arabia and the United States are two of the...

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Digital and social media firms should be forced to protect children from addiction, experts say Peace and Freedom

Social media and online gaming firms should have a statutory duty of care to protect children from mental ill health, abuse and addictive behaviour, a coalition of the countrys leading experts demands today.

Data amassed by charities, academics and doctors links childrens use of social media and gaming to a range of serious and lasting harms, many of which build gradually over time and go undetected by parents or teachers.

They accuse businesses such as Facebook and Snapchat of cynically targeting children as young as eight, using addictive hooks from the worlds of behavioural psychology and gambling to capture new skins to keep them logged on for as long as possible.

Experts say existing controls are not effective, with charities like...

17:12

New Zine: Anarchy In A Small Pond Enough is Enough!

This new zine published in Kingston, Ontario discusses both the challenges and advantages of being an anarchist in smaller places.

Originally published by Nortshore Info.

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The first two pieces are reflections on workshops facilitated by the authors on these questions in North Carolina and Virginia. The third piece is a From Embers interview with Christine from Prince Edward County on rural organizing. The last piece is a report-back on Kingstons 2018 May Day.

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17:10

Italy shuts ports to migrant rescue ship No to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration Peace and Freedom

Italy wants to be taken seriously, It does not want to be Europes migrant dumping ground. Migrants picked up by the AquariusSOS Mditerrane posted photos of rescued migrants

A rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italys new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. Credit: SOS MEDITERRANEE

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Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, said Malta should accept the Aquarius but he was rejected.

Malta says the German charity SOS Mditerrane picked up the migrants in Libyan waters, which means they fall under Italys jurisdiction.

Italy is the main entry for migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe.

The League promised voters during Italys recent general election that it would take a tough stance on immigration.

SOS Mditerrane, which runs the Aquarius, said the ship had been instructed by the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to stand by in its current position, 35 nautical miles from Italy and 27 nautical miles from Malta.

Map showing the approximate location of the ship AquariusImage captionThe approximate location of the Aquarius early on Monday

It reports that the migrants were picked up in six different rescue operations off Libyas coast.

Our objective is the disembarkation in a port of safety of the 629 people now on board the Aquarius some we rescued yesterday...

17:06

War on Iran is US Policy Now According to US Secretary of State Dissident Voice

Former CIA head offers policy of prevarication and tortured truth

On May 21, in his first formal public address, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (sworn in May 2) effectively declared war on the sovereign nation of Iran. Pompeo has no constitutional authority to declare war on anyone, as he well knows, so his declaration of war is just short of overt, though it included a not-so-veiled threat of a nuclear attack on Iran. Pompeos declaration of war is a reactionary move that revitalizes the malignant Iranaphobia of the Bush presidency, when predictions were rife that Iran would have nuclear weapons by next year, next month, next week, predictions that never came true over twenty years of fearmongering. In effect (as well see), Pompeo wants us to believe that everything bad that happened in the Middle East after Saudi terrorists attacked us on 9/11 in 2001 has been Irans fault, starting with Afghanistan. Almost everything Pompeo had to say to the Heritage Foundation on May 21 was a lie or, more typically, an argument built on lies.

Heritage Foundation host Kay Coles James called Pompeos 3,700-word speech Bold, concise, unambiguous and a bold vision clear, concise, unambiguous.  It was none of those, except perhaps bold in its willingness to go to war with an imaginary monster. Even without open warfare, warmongering has its uses both for intimidating other states and creating turmoil among the populace at home. Buckle your seat belts.

The 2012 Iran nuclear deal (officially the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) was, by all reliable accounts, working effectively in its own terms up until May 8: inspectors confirmed that Iran had eliminated the nuclear programs it had promised to eliminate, that its uranium enrichment program for nuclear power plants was nowhere close to making weapons grade material, and so on. Whatever perceived flaws the deal may have had, and whatever other problems it didnt cover, the deal was working to the satisfaction of all its other signatories: Iran, France, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, and China. As a measure of international cooperation, the deal not only worked, it was an available precedent for further negotiations among equal parties acting in good faith. The US was not such a party. On May 8, the US President, unilaterally and over the clear objections of all the other parties to the agreement, pulled the US out of the deal for no more clearly articulated reason than that he didnt like it.  Or as Pompeo tried to re-frame it in his May 21 declaration of war:

President Trump withdrew from the [Iran nuclear] deal for a simple reason: it failed to guarantee the safety of the American people from the risk created by the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This is a Big Lie worthy of Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbe...

17:04

President Assad UK publicly supported White Helmets that are a branch of Al Qaeda, US and UK existence in Syria is invasion Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

President al-Assad to Mail on Sunday: UK publicly supported White Helmets that are a branch of Al Qaeda, US and UK existence in Syria is invasion 10 June 2018 Damascus, SANA President Bashar al-Assad said that the UK publicly supported the White Helmets that are a branch of Al Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra in []

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Merkel Backs Trump-Putin Summit in Nod to U.S. Peace and Freedom

Dialogue with the U.S. president must continue and global partnerships arent over.
Trump trashing G-7 statement depressing, German leader says U.S. president links trade, EU defense spending in new blast
Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor, center, watches as U.S. President Donald Trump, right, arrives for the Group of Seven (G7) Gender Equality Advisory Council Breakfast at the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she favors a U.S.-Russian summit, seeking to point global diplomacy forward after a tumultuous meeting of Group of Seven leaders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wasnt invited to the G-7 summit in Canada, although U.S. President Donald Trump suggested he be readmitted. In an echo of Cold War meetings on neutral ground, Austria is encouraging the U.S. to hold a summit with Putin in Vienna, a White House official said last week.

Im certainly in favor of that, Merkel said in a German television interview. Id even wish for that to happen that two presidents meet for an extended period of time.

Merkels comment was one of two nods to Trump during her hourlong ARD interview after returning from the G-7. She also said the U.S. president wasnt entirely wrong in pressing Germany to increase defense spending.

Read more: Austria Offers to Host U.S.-Russia Summit in Cold War Echo

Almost 18 months into Trumps presidency, Merkels comments offered evidence of Germanys struggle to adapt to an upended relationship with the U.S. Echoing a series of comments shes made about the erosion of U.S.-European ties, Merkel expressed consternation about Trumps disavowal of the G-7s...

16:54

13th Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Call For Participation Enough is Enough!

We are pleased to announce the thirteenth annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Victoria, British Columbia.

Originally published by Puget Sound Anarchists.

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The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings, films, presentations, and much more! Get involved! Please get in touch with proposals for workshops and tables by August 25th, 2018. Late proposals will be considered but may not be included promotional material.

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1. Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Dates & Contacts

September 22nd and 23rd
Fernwood NRG, Victoria, BC, Lekwungen Territory

We are pleased to announce the thirteenth annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, located on unceded Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia. The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond. The Bookfair always includes workshops on a wide range of topics. We seek to challenge colonial attitudes, introduce anarchism to the public, foster dialogue between various political traditions, and create radical, inclusive, anti-oppressive spaces.

Participants with different visions, practices, and traditions are welcome. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings,films, presentations, and much more!

Please consult our Statement of Principles before sending your proposal. It can be found on our website: http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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16:52

Merkel: Trumps G7 tweets sobering and depressing Peace and Freedom

Germanys Angela Merkel sharply criticized Donald Trumps decision to retract his endorsement of the G7 communique. The German Chancellor said the EU would continue preparing counter-measures to US metal tariffs.

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Germanys Angela Merkel on Sunday chided US President Donald Trumps decision to retract his endorsement of the G7 communique via Twitter.

In her first interview since the contentious two-day G7 summit in Canada, Merkel told German broadcaster ARD that Trumps withdrawal via Twitter is of course sobering and a little depressing. The chancellor also announced that the European Union would forge ahead with counter-measures to Trumps steel and aluminum tariffs.

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We wont let ourselves be ripped off again and again, Merkel said, taking on an unusually combative tone. Instead, we act then too.

The bloc is expected to announce its counter-measures to US tariffs on July 1.

Read more: G7 summit fails to calm trade tensions as Trump refuses to endorse joint statement

Arduous negotiation

Hours after leaving the G7 summit on Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to assault the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus false statements and instructed US representatives to renege on the US endorsement of the joint communique. He went on to announce that the US would be looking to impose tariffs on car imports.

When asked why she appeared so calm following the fiasco, the chancellor said that escalating the rhetoric wouldnt make things any better.

Merkel said she first found out about Trumps decision on the flight back from Canada. She described the experience as sobering, after Trump dashed what had been an arduously negotiated declaration.

Nevertheless, Germany would stick to the legally-binding declaration that was agreed at the end of the summit, she insisted.

Relations to continue

Despite Trumps withdrawal and decision to doubl...

16:44

Are we growing in faith? Not afraid to take risks to be a disciple of Christ? Prayer for Monday, June 11, 2018 Peace and Freedom

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Reflection by  The Most Rev Msgr William Goh Archbishop of Singapore
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Monday, June 11, 2018
A CHURCH COMING OUT OF HERSELF TO THE PERIPHERIES

SCRIPTURE READINGS: [ Acts 11:21-2613:1-3Mt 10:7-13 ]

The persecution of the Christians in Jerusalem resulted in the Church of Jerusalem going out of herself to other cities.  If not for the persecution, the Christian Church would not have grown because it would have been domesticated and reduced to another sect of Judaism.  So divine providence used such events for the spread of the gospel.   One of the cities that the Jewish Christians went to announce the Good News was Antioch. A great number believed and were converted to the Lord. The church in Jerusalem heard about this and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. There he could see for himself that God had given grace.

Barnabas, whose feast we celebrate today, played a key role in the spread of the gospel to all the nations.  Indeed, without Barnabas, Paul, who was then called Saul, might have been left as an unknown figure as many did not quite trust a former persecutor of the Church.  Barnabas might not have been the chosen apostle to the Gentiles, but he was certainly instrumental in rehabilitating Saul in the Christian community, giving him credibility and confidence.  It was his initiative to bring Paul to help him in his ministry.  Barnabas then left for Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him he brought him to Antioch. As things turned out they were to live together in that church a whole year, instructing a number of people.  Without his graciousness and encouragement, Saul would not have entered the Church to assume leadership.

Barnabas, whose name means ...

16:38

Elite Atrocities: Australias Special Forces in Afghanistan Dissident Voice

Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going up the Congo.

Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 9, 2018

They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors.  Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place for those abiding by armchair rules. Whether it was the Soviet army engaged in strafing operations indifferent to combatant and civilian, or those subsequent intruders of the Global War on Terror the forces of the US-led International Security Assistance Force and associated allies the complement of atrocities was only set to grow.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has had an eye on Afghanistan for some time for that very reason. In 2016, she claimed in a report that, Members of US armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014.

The Central Intelligence Agency was not to be left out sulking on the side, with Bensouda suggesting that 27 detainees in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Lithuania had been subjected to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity and/or rape between December 2002 and March 2008. A true smorgasbord of violence.

In November 2017, Bensouda concluded, after a seemingly interminable preliminary process, that all legal criteria required under the Rome statute [of the ICC] to commence an investigation have been met.  The investigation specifically into the conduct of forces in Afghanistan, she suggested, would cover the alleged perpetration of crimes against humanity including murder, targeting humanitarian workers, and summary executions.

Afghanistan has again become the site of interest for the maligned side of human nature, this time from the Australian angle.  The weekend began with Canberra in a tizz over allegations that Australias special forces have committed war crimes since commencing operations in 2001.

On Friday, Fairfax Media revealed certain contents of a report written by Defence Department consultant Dr Samantha Crompvoets in 2016 alleging the commission of such crimes suggesting a complete lack of accountability.  It had been instigated...

16:28

Trump rips Canada and NATO in tweets from Singapore Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal. New World Order? Peace and Freedom

President Trump started his day in Singapore on Monday where he blasted the Canadian Prime Minister and slammed NATO just after meeting with the US allies at the G7 in Quebec.

Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal, Trump tweeted Monday morning in Singapore.

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According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!Trump was referring to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the tweet.

The president has accused Canada of taking advantage of American workers through their trade practices.

According to the US trade representative, however, there was an $8.4 billion US trade surplus with Canada on goods and services in 2017.

Trump also took aim at NATO for relying too heavily on the US for their security.

The U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!), Trump tweeted.

The European Union had a $151 Billion Surplus-should pay much more for Military!

The US pays 22 percent of NATOs budget higher than any other nation.

The US has pushed NATO member nations to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP a benchmark some have been unable to meet.

Trump was in Singapore preparing for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air! Trump wrote.

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16:22

Sen. Jeff Merkley Describes Immigrants Held In Cages Like Dog Kennels Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Sen. Jeff Merkley Denied Entry Into One Migrant Detention Facility, Claims he Saw Kids Caged in Another Watch Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley tried to visit an immigration detention facility in Texas over the weekend, but was soon denied access into the building. This prompted questions about whats going on behind closed doors at some of []

16:21

Inaccuracy, partial language and speculation on BBC WS Newshour BBC Watch

As we saw in an earlier post, viewers of Newsnight saw the Israeli prime minister being interviewed by Evan Davis on June 7th. However, BBC World Service radio listeners heard extracts from that interview several hours before it was broadcast on BBC Two in the afternoon edition of Newshour.

During his trip to the UK the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, tells the BBC recent protests in the Gaza Strip were violent riots aimed at killing at Israelis.

Presenter Razia Iqbal began (from 01:08 here) by giving an account of the purpose of the Israeli prime ministers visit to Europe which was soon shown to be inaccurate by Netanyahu himself.

[emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bol...

16:19

Bitcoin Falls Sharply After Another Cryptocurrency Exchange Is Hacked Peace and Freedom

The largest cryptocurrency has lost more than half its value this year

Updated June 10, 2018 10:34 p.m. ET

A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange said it suffered a cyberintrusion, prompting bitcoin prices to fall sharply toward year lows.

Bitcoin dropped more than 10% over the weekend, falling below $6,700, according to research site CoinDesk. The largest cryptocurrency has lost more than half its value this year, falling by nearly two thirds from its record high near $20,000 in December. Its low for the year came in February at less than $6,000.

Other large cryptocurrencies like Ethereum ETHUSD, +1.33%  , RippleXRPUSD, +0.73%   and bitcoin cash BCHUSD, -1.23%   have all fallen more than 11% over the past 24 hours. EOS, the token backed by startup Block.one which has raised more than $4 billion, is down 20%, according to research site coinmarketcap.com.

The latest declines came after a small exchange called Coinrail said Sunday several so-called alt coins alternative versions of bitcoin appeared to have been stolen in the attack. Coinrail said 70% of its digital assets have been moved to what is known as a cold wallet storage that isnt connected to the internet and that it is working with authorities on finding the lost assets. Coinrail didnt say how much was stolen in terms of value, but it is possible that more than $40 million worth of alt coins were taken, according to a wallet address that some have said belongs to an attacker.

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15:41

England & Theresa Mays Anti-Russian Shame stan van houcke

England & Theresa Mays Anti-Russian Shame

MATTHEW JAMISON | 10.06.2018 | WORLD / EUROPE

England & Theresa Mays Anti-Russian Shame

I am not sure really where to begin when it comes to the anti-Russian hatred rooted deep within the English people and exemplified by their current prime minister Theresa May, probably one of the worst and weakest prime ministers the English have ever had. There is just so much ...

15:27

Israel Aiding Saudi Arabia In Developing Nuclear Weapons stan van houcke

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For the summit, legal documents about the Korean War period are hard to find - By Robert Willmann Sic Semper Tyrannis

Even though the circus has come to town in Singapore this week with performers Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un and various supporting actors, it can distract from the serious business of Korea after World War 2. Since governments present...

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Tom Engelhardt 289 stan van houcke

June 10, 2018
Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Promoting Islamophobia in America

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: A small reminder: a signed, personalized copy of my new book, A Nation Unmade by War, is available to anyone who sends a $100 contribution to the site ($125 if you live outside the U.S.). Check our donation page for the details -- and my deepest thanks to all of you who have already so generously done so. Of my book, Noam Chomsky says, "The violence, destruction, and suffering resulting from the imperial arrogance of Bush, Cheney, and cohorts have proceeded on their shocking course while most Americans, Tom Engelhardt writes, were 'only half paying attention.' Regular readers of his incisive, lucid, and brutally informative columns could not fail to pa...

15:11

Dangers of Conflating Anti-Zionism With Anti-Semitism stan van houcke

14:15

Wind of Change: G7 Crumbles, SCO Rises Up Covert Geopolitics

The G7 Summit crumbles beneath Donald Trumps feet, while the SCO Summit got bigger and better. Why not? Erstwhile geopolitical enemies, India and Pakistan, just got full memberships to the real gamechanger in the Eurasian continent and the world, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, making the latter the largest grouping of countries pursuing multipolarity around the Continue reading Wind of Change: G7 Crumbles, SCO Rises Up

14:13

New Anti-ISIS Operation Launched; 14 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

A new operation against ISIS was launched. Meanwhile, Turkish forces killed a number of PKK members.

The post New Anti-ISIS Operation Launched; 14 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:01

Analysis: The Islamic State is far from dead; it is regrouping and rebranding itself intelNews.org

Like al-Qaeda before it, the Islamic State is proving to be resilient and able to withstand intense military pressure from its enemies. Currently, all signs show that the group is actively reorganizing under the command of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and his top lieutenants, most of whom were trained under Saddam Hussein.

14:00

Democrats Use Bipartisan Anti-Diplomacy Playbook, but Moon Has Changed the Game Antiwar.com Original

With the Singapore summit fast approaching, leading Democratic Senators headed by Chuck Schumer went to battle against diplomacy, issuing a letter to President Trump on June 4th demanding an impossible set of preconditions for North Korean sanctions relief. In doing so, they took a page out of an old bipartisan playbook for derailing diplomatic initiatives Continue reading "Democrats Use Bipartisan Anti-Diplomacy Playbook, but Moon Has Changed the Game"

The post Democrats Use Bipartisan Anti-Diplomacy Playbook, but Moon Has Changed the Game appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:00

America: A Prisoner of Our Allies Antiwar.com Original

All the Very Serious People are tweeting and retweeting this iconic photo of Trump surrounded by the Euro-weenies, with Angela Merkel seeming to lecture the President while the rest of our faithless allies look on. Its America Alone   the visual representation of the internationalist worldview: Trumps policy of America First is isolating us, Continue reading "America: A Prisoner of Our Allies"

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14:00

Promoting Islamophobia in America Antiwar.com Original

Honestly, if youre trying to grasp our strange new world, this Washington Post headline gets you at least part of the way there: New NSC Chief of Staff Is From Group That Believes Muslims Are Plotting to Take Over U.S. No, that NSC isnt the National Student Clearinghouse or the Norfolk Southern Corporation or the Continue reading "Promoting Islamophobia in America"

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A Personal Message from Major Danny Sjursen Antiwar.com Original

This is all very intimate for me; hard to speak on, really. Suffice it to say that this middling soldier gave his youth, and innocence, to what we used to call the Global War on Terror (GWOT). I left several of my boys in the meaningless streets and fields of Iraq and Afghanistan: five killed Continue reading "A Personal Message from Major Danny Sjursen"

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13:35

Why Venezuela and Syria Cannot Fall Covert Geopolitics

Despite tremendous hardship which the Venezuelan people are having to face, despite the sanctions and intimidation from abroad, President Nicols Maduro has won a second six-year term. Two weeks ago, at the Venezuelan embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where I addressed several leaders of East African left-wing opposition, an acting Charge d Affaires, Jose Avila Torres, Continue reading Why Venezuela and Syria Cannot Fall

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Federal Funds Fraud Involving Sandy Hook and Chalk Hill Schools? Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

Note: Fraudulent manipulation of federal school funding also reveals foreknowledge of intent to perpetrate a mock school shooting as a weaponized psychological operation upon consumers of mass media propaganda. Facebook Post: Lets see how they did it! I will always remember my math teacher making sure that we double-checked our math work. Show me how Continue reading

11:43

Debate on Islam: Imam Tawhidi versus Mufassil Islam The Counter Jihad Report

Gad Saad moderates a lively debate between reformist Muslim Imam Tawhidi and ex-Muslim Mufassil Islam: Imam Tawhidis Twitter handle: @Imamofpeace Mufassil Islam  @mufassili

10:58

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait offer $2.5bn in aid for Jordan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Package is aimed at helping Jordan ease its economic crisis amid wave of anti-austerity protests

10:37

The Islamicize Me controversy: Is it wrong to mock Islam? Jihad Watch

A controversy has broken out over the web series Islamicize Me, and I feel partially responsible. Thats not because I had anything to do with the conception of the series I didnt, although I am in it (stay tuned) but because it was inspired by a real incident with which I was involved. []

10:36

10 Characteristics of False Flags (Truthstream Media) Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

Video published Oct, 8, 2017 Censored by Youtube Watch Video on WordPress Censored Fom Youtube  (See Details)  

10:22

PFLP Calls for Continuation, Escalation of Resistance Actions Throughout the Occupied Territories INTERNATIONALIST 360

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine   Protest in Ramallah against sanctions imposed by the Palestinian Authority on the Gaza Strip Popular Front calls for the continuation and escalation of popular movement in the occupied West Bank and the whole nation in the face of occupation and the punative actions of the Palestinian Authority The...

10:00

The Empire Against Nicaragua INTERNATIONALIST 360

Manu Pineda Translated by Internationalist 360 With a former director of the CIA now in charge of US foreign policy, the United States continues to consider Latin America its backyard, and their impudence is such that Tillerson, former Secretary of State, said at a conference at the University of Texas: Latin America does not need...

10:00

Rebuffed parliamentary bills foil efforts to end Israeli apartheid Aletho News

As Israels belligerent rule in the occupied territories is under ever greater scrutiny, so too is its claim to be a democracy conferring equal rights on all citizens By Jonathon Cook | The National | June 10, 2010 For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an []

09:38

Erdogan calls for his jailed Kurdish political rival to be tried 'quickly' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Turkey's president has stepped up attacks against Selahattin Demirtas, former co-leader of Peoples' Democratic Party

09:06

U.S. Versus the West stan van houcke



POLITICS 

06/10/2018 02:37 pm ET Updated 20 minutes ago

U.S.-Canada Spat Escalates, Europeans Criticize Trumps G-7 Move


The spat drew in Germany and France, who accused Trump of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

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09:03

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Breakthrough signalled in talks over $4bn Ethiopian dam that Egypt fears may threaten its water supply

08:47

The Foundation For International Justice Is Anti-Imperialism PopularResistance.Org

The United States has had a policy of imperialism beginning after the Civil War. The US way of war, developed against Indigenous peoples, spread worldwide as the US sought to extend its power through military force, economic dominance and diplomatic hegemony. Imperialism is driven by what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified at the end of his life, the triple evils of racism, capitalism, and militarism. Lenin described imperialism as the highest stage of capitalism. Imperialism has justified mass slaughter, resulting in the US killing 20 million people since WW II. The People of the United States must say 'no' to imperialism.

08:45

The Myth Of Medicares Projected Insolvency PopularResistance.Org

Every year the Medicare trustees project the year in which the funds for Part A of Medicare will be inadequate to pay the full costs for that year, based on anticipated revenue and spending. Each year the media then report the pending insolvency of Medicare. This is nonsense. Although revenues and demographics may change, adjustments are made to keep the program fully funded. Only if Congress were to decide to destroy Medicare would funding be reduced below sustainable levels. This is particularly ironic since this year the Republicans in their budget have already made a statement that we do not have to have adequate revenues to pay our bills - producing a budget with a trillion dollar deficit. Our job is to elect representatives who support Medicare - not just for current beneficiaries but for everyone, in an improved version. The inevitable political support would ensure full funding forever.

08:40

US Committed War Crimes In Syria PopularResistance.Org

From amid the rubble of Raqqa, civilians are asking why US-led Coalition forces destroyed the city, killing hundreds of civilians in the process of liberating them from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International said in a new report ahead of the offensives anniversary.  Amnesty International researchers visited 42 Coalition air strike sites across the ruined city and interviewed 112 civilian residents who had survived the carnage and lost loved ones.  The Coalition strikes detailed in the report are examples of wider patterns. There is strong evidence that Coalition air and artillery strikes killed and injured thousands of civilians, including in disproportionate or indiscriminate attacks that violated international humanitarian law and are potential war crimes.

08:39

Summer Offensive For Net Neutrality Starts Now PopularResistance.Org

Net neutrality is being stolen from you. And we have a warrant out for each and every House of Representatives member that has yet to sign to force a vote to reinstate net neutrality rules. Right now the Internet is dying because there are no net neutrality rules in place, but the fight is not over. Join the protest by sharing our wanted posters and using them as your social media avatar/profile pic. Let your representatives know that they are wanted and we want our net neutrality back.

08:34

Global Economy A Giant Debt Scam,What the Financial Elite Dont Want You to Know PopularResistance.Org

Capitalism collapsed in 2008, just as communism had collapsed in 1991 the system we have now is something else This is an argument Varoufakis has made many times, including in his 2011 book The Global Minotaur. As he expressed it to me, the financial crisis of 2008 led to a wholesale collapse of what used to be called capitalism, which has not recovered nearly as much as most people believe. What we have instead is an almost galactic-scale system of moving debt around to conceal the various flaws and shortfalls in the system. Varoufakis calls it bankrupt-ocracy, in which enormous but endangered or bankrupt financial institutions wield enormous power over the rest of society. Thats not capitalism. And on the subject of shell games

08:28

Egypt prosecutor accuses 28 of forming group to topple government Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Advocacy groups have condemned arrests, calling on authorities to release activists

08:22

In Face Of US Threats, Iranians Remain Calm And Confident In Their Strength PopularResistance.Org

The look on peoples faces when I mention that I had just returned from visiting Iran is priceless. Even if the trip had been a terrible failure, it still would have been worth it just to see these expressions of confusion, disbelief and sometimes disdain at the mere mention of a visit to Iran. The trip was not a terrible failure; quite the opposite in fact. It was a reminder that looking at the U.S. from the outside, and in this case from a country that has all but been declared an enemy of the U.S., one has the advantage of a very different perspective; and America, led as it is by Donald Trump, seems petulant and dangerous and possessing far too much power. Naturally, wanting to hear first-hand what Iranians thought about current affairs played a big role in my decision to embark on this trip. It happened that it came about shortly after Trumps declaration that the U.S. is pulling out of the Iran agreement and that sanctions were going to be reinstated.

08:09

Letter From Nicaragua: A Catastrophic Well-Orchestrated Event Is Occurring PopularResistance.Org

I am completely certain that this is a coup detat and given the present state of things, I am not surprised the Ortegas have been left somewhat stunned. With mobs roaming the street wielding knives and mortars I do not blame them for constructing a barrier. With the dialogue abandoned, the Truth Commission rejected, the international community failing to be at all constructive, they are in a tight spot... What does surprise me is that few seem to see this catastrophe for the well-orchestrated event which in my opinion it so clearly is. I would not even say the US is the primary backer of the events, they are just there in the background. It is the right-wing within Nicaragua with a level of antipathy toward the Ortegas that cannot be overstated who have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

08:02

Israeli Firm Under FBI Scrutiny In Trump Probe Allegedly Targeted BDS Activists PopularResistance.Org

Psy-Group, a mysterious Israeli company that is reportedly being investigated by the FBI in connection with Special Counsel Robert Muellers probe into alleged illegal interference in the 2016 US presidential election, was also involved in covert anti-BDS efforts, according to a lawsuit against the company and multiple sources who spoke to The Times of Israel. BDS is a campaign by some pro-Palestinian activists encouraging people to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over what they call its ill-treatment of the Palestinians. Psy-Group, which operates in Israel under the name Invop Ltd, is a self-styled leader in intelligence and influence which boasts in its marketing material of its covert techniques and capabilities.

07:52

Seymour Hersh: The CIA Is Filled With Criminals PopularResistance.Org

When a reporter has covered 50 years of American foreign policy disasters, the last great untold story may be his own. That, more or less, is the premise behind a new memoir by Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who has been revealing secrets and atrocitiesand often secret atrocitiesto great acclaim since he exposed the My Lai Massacre in 1969. Hershs book, economically titled Reporter, is focused on the work. I dont want anybody reporting about my private life, he once said, and Hersh abides by his own request. In lieu of the personal, were treated to the professional: Hershs rise from the City News Bureau of Chicago to the United Press International to the Associated Press. His breakthrough, however, was as a freelancer: Hersh, famously, received a tip about William Calley, a court-martialed Army lieutenant accused of killing 109 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in a village nicknamed Pinkville.

07:50

Top Russian and US General Hold Talks in Finland Penny for your thoughts

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HELSINKI The top U.S. military chief met Friday in Finland with his Russian counterpart to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the international security situation.

The meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russias chief of the militarys General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, took place in Konigstedt Manor, a Finnish state-owned venue north of the capital, Helsinki.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Gerasimov and Dunford discussed European security issues and the situation in Syria.

A brief statement on the Joint Chiefs of Staff website stressed, without elaborating, that U.S. and Russian militaries have undertaken efforts to improve operational safety and strategic stability.

Both (military) leaders recognize the importance of maintaining regular communication to avoid miscalculation and to promote transparency and de-confliction in areas where our militaries are operating in close proximity, the U.S. statement said.

Neither Dunford nor Gerasimov spoke to media. In accordance with past practice, both generals have agreed to keep the details of their conversations private, the Joint Chief of Staff statement said.

On Thursday, Dunford met separately with Finlands military chief, Gen. Jarmo Lindberg who also held talks with Gerasimov.

Both military leaders had separate meetings with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto late Friday.

It is important and a positive thing that this of kind dialogue takes place, Niinistos office said. Finland is happy to provide facilities for these kind of meetings.
Finland hosted a similar meeting in 2008 at the same venue.

In April, NATOs top military officer, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, met with Gerasimov in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was the first such encounter since relations between Moscow and the alliance sank to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis and Russias 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

07:45

Urgent Call For Help From Water Is Life Camp PopularResistance.Org

WE NEED YOU. I am asking you to make plans to joins us at Leau Est La Vie Camp ASAP, within the next 6-8 weeks (most effectively in the next four). Weve been fighting this battle to stop the tail end of DAPL, known as Bayou Bridge. We have won on both a state and federal level, yet the construction continues... The hundreds-of-years-old Cypress trees continue to fall, the water and wildlife cry out from the war zone, and the people in the path are squashed even further beneath the shoes of the oppressor. I realize that it is ceremony time. I realize that there are other important fights out there, and I wouldnt want anyone to do what they are unable or morally opposed to but if you ever thought about coming to fight beside me/us, that time is now and honestly like no other.

07:31

Zionist Fascism Supported by NATO stan van houcke


Horrific moment IDF gas canister hits Palestinian in the face (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

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Horrific moment IDF gas canister hits Palestinian in the face (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

07:15

President Putin's Marathon Q&A Sessions stan van houcke

I Watched Putin's Entire 4 Hour Q+A With the Russian People - He Even Answered My Question

" ... a blogger wanted to know why there are virtually no electric cars in Russia. Putin explained that electric cars actually mostly run on coal, which is whats used to generate the electricity they run on, and coal is not an environmentally friendly fuel ... The blogger ... was positively shocked by this bit of non-news. Teslas burn coal, very inefficiently; I hope you already knew this."

07:09

Poor-Led Peoples Campaign Marches To Resurrect Resurrection City PopularResistance.Org

For the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign and Resurrection City, poor and houseless people marched from the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia to Washington, DC where they are setting up a Resurrection City in DuPont Circle. We speak with Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia), co-founder of POOR Magazine and a participant on the march, about the reality of poverty in the United States. Tiny describes the march and the intersections between poverty and many other areas such as mass incarceration, health and colonization. This is a poor-led people's campaign that is not only resisting the policies and systems that drive the current crises, but is also putting forth poor people-led solutions, such as the Bank of Community Reparations and Homefulness.

06:56

Erdogan Predicts War Between the Cross and Crescent over Austria Mosque Closures The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by Simon Kent, June 10, 2018: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked Austrias impending closure of mosques and consequent expulsion of Turkish-funded imams, saying the move is anti-Islamic while promising a response. These measures taken by the Austrian prime Continue reading

06:39

Kurdish Syrian Democratic Council ready for unconditional talks with Assad regime ThereAreNoSunglasses

A Syrian child walks past a gun among destroyed buildings in Kobane on May 27, 2018. Photo: Delil Souleiman / AFP
A Syrian child walks past a gun among destroyed buildings in Kobane on May 27, 2018. Photo: Delil Souleiman / AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), a Kurdish-Arab alliance and political wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), announced on Sunday it is ready for peace talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assads regime.

In a statement, the SDC said is wants to resolve the deadly conflict in Syria, now in its eight year, through dialogue and would not hesitate to agree to unconditional talks with the Syrian government, as reported by AFP.

Hekmat Habib, hea...

06:39

Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Promoting Islamophobia in America TomDispatch - Blog

Imagine that a nominee for secretary of state had shared platforms with white nationalist Richard B. Spencer and been given a major award by his National Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world..."

06:36

Putin and Xi top the G6+1 The Vineyard of the Saker

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) East vs. West: the contrast between the dueling summits this weekend was something for the history

06:21

Hassan Nasrallah on Israeli Warmongering & US Sanctions: Hezbollah Stronger than Ever, Resistance Not For Sale The Vineyard of the Saker

Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 25, 2018, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the Liberation of Lebanon. Translation: unz.com/sayedhasan Transcript:

06:20

Brexit backer Arron Bankss golden Kremlin connection allegation raises laughter Aletho News

RT | June 10, 2018 The UK media has come up with yet another sensational revelation that allegedly sheds light on ties between the Kremlin and major Brexit campaigners. The story only seemed to raise laughter from those mentioned in it, though. There is no rest for the wicked, it seems, as the British media []

06:17

Western Mainstream Media and the Ukraine Crisis: A Study in Conflict Propaganda stan van houcke

Western Mainstream Media and the Ukraine Crisis: A Study in Conflict Propaganda (Media, War and Security)Paperback 15 Mar 2018


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06:13

Conspiracy builds to force Assange out of Ecuadorian embassy stan van houcke

Ten weeks incommunicado: Conspiracy builds to force Assange out of Ecuadorian embassy

By James Cogan 
6 June 2018
One day after Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Mara Fernanda Espinosa declared that her government would continue blocking WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from all communications and deny him any personal visitors, she was elected president of the United Nations General Assembly. Today marks 10 weeks since Ecuadors government deprived Assange of his rights, which it is obliged to honour after granting him political asylum in its London embassy in 2012.
The UN vote in support of Espinosa was a substantial 128, versus 62 for the only other nominee, Hondurass UN ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake, and two abstentions. The vote suggests that the United States did not energetically intrigue on behalf of Honduras. Washington was believed to favour Honduras because its right-wing government supported the provocative relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
There is little doubt that the treatment of Assange by Ecuadors governmentand behind it, the small countrys corporate eliteis the outcome of pressure and threats by the US and other powers. Washington is demanding Assanges head as the price of restoring relations. CIA director Mike Pompeo, now US secretary of state, asserted last year that WikiLeaks was a non-state hostile intelligence agency, due to its publication of documents exposing the operations of US intelligence.
Assange is being used as a bargaining chip in sordid negotiations between the US and Ecuador. On June 4, US Vice President Mike Pence met with Ecuadorian President Lenn Moreno. Amid the stepped-up persecution of Assange, Pence issued a statement lauding their discussion on opportunities to reinvigorate the bilateral relationship between the two countries. In words dripping with imperialist deceit, he said they would work...

06:07

Italy shuts ports to migrant boat, asks Malta to open its doors Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Malta brushes off Italy's request, says it had nothing to do with rescue operation

06:01

Israeli Butchers Shoot Palestinian Man In Face w/Teargas Canisterhad to be surgically removed ThereAreNoSunglasses

Horrific moment IDF gas canister hits Palestinian in the face (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

Horrific moment IDF gas canister hits Palestinian in the face (GRAPHIC PICTURES)
A Palestinian protester is on life support after a tear gas canister launched by an Israeli soldier hit him square in the face. The still-smoking canister got lodged in the mans cheek and had to be surgically removed.

A Reuters photographer snapped the moment after a tear gas canister caught Palestinian protester Haitham Abu Sabla in the face. The blood-chilling images show the man splattered with blood, with the canister embedded right next to his nose, with the tear gas still billowing out of it, as well as from the protesters mouth.

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05:31

The Necessity of a Trump-Putin Summit World Beyond War . . .

Brezhnev and Nixon

By Stephen F. Cohen, June 6, 2018

From The Nation

Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (You can find previous installments, now in their fifth year, at TheNation.com.)

Recent reports suggest that a formal meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is being seriously discussed in Washington and Moscow. Such ritualized but often substantive summits, as they were termed, were frequently used during the 40-year US-Soviet Cold War to, among other things, reduce conflicts and increase cooperation between the two superpowers. They were most important when tensions were highest. Some were very successful, some less so, others were deemed failures. Given todays extraordinarily toxic political circumstances, even leaving aside powerful opposition in Washington (including inside the Trump administration) to any cooperation with the Kremlin, we may wonder if anything positive would come from a Trump-Putin summit. But it is necessary, even imperative, that Washington and Moscow try.

The reason should be clear. As Cohen first began to argue in 2014, the new Cold War is more dangerous than was its predecessor, and steadily becoming even more so. Its time to update, however briefly, the reasons, of which there are already at least ten:

1. The political epicenter of the new Cold War is not in far-away Berlin, as it was from the late 1940s on, but directly on Russias borders, from the Baltic states and Ukraine to the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Each of these new Cold War fronts is, or has recently been, fraught with the possibly of hot war. US-Russian military relations are especially tense today in the Baltic region, where a large-scale NATO buildup is unde...

05:12

Islam Means Submission. Will You Submit, Or Resist? Batten, Waters, Kassam at #FreeTommy Rally The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by Jack Montgomeery, June 10, 2018: UKIP leader Gerard Batten, For Britain leader Anne Marie Waters, and former Breitbart London editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam joined Dutch opposition leader Geert Wilders and members of Tommy Robinsons family for a massive rally outside Downing Street on June 9th. Continue reading

05:12

Austrian Muslims denounce mosque closures; Erdogan vows response Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Vienna wants to 'discredit the religious community,' Austria's Muslim federation says

04:55

EU in Existential Crisis: Everything that Could Go Wrong Has Gone Wrong, Says Soros The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by Victoria Friedman, May 30. 2018: Billionaire open borders advocate George Soros has said that the European Union (EU) is having an existential crisis and that member states must set aside their national interests to save the bloc. The Continue reading

04:53

President Assad interview with Mail on Sunday (10 June 2018) Aletho News

Following is the full text of the interview: Question 1: Mr. President, as of the 31st of March 2018, the total sum of funding that the British government supplied to the White Helmets, also known as the Syrian Civil Defense, is GBP 38.4 million. At the same time, Russia accuses Britain of helping stage the []

04:34

Anti-Elite Canadian Conservative Leader Doug Ford Wins Landslide in Ontario as Liberals Wiped Out The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by Chris Tomlinson, June 8, 2018: Anti-elite Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford has won a landslide victory against the Canadian political establishment beating back the former ruling Liberal Party which have been reduced to so few seats they have lost Continue reading

04:30

Big Mountain -- The Endless Struggle, In Times of No Rain -- Louise Benally CENSORED NEWS

Photo by Brenda Norrell, Dine CARE Peoples Convention 2018 Big Mountain -- The Endless Struggle, In Times of No Rain -- Louise Benally Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News Video interview by Govinda Dalton Spirit Resistance Radio video DILKON, Navajo Nation -- Louise Benally of Big Mountain describes the endless struggle against relocation, Peabody Coal and livestock seizures. Now,

04:20

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TELLS NATO PREPARE FOR RUSSIAN ATTACK stan van houcke



TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TELLS NATO PREPARE FOR RUSSIAN ATTACK WITH PLANES, SHIPS AND TROOPS


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03:58

Jewish Fascism the Dutch Mainstream Media Ignore stan van houcke

Hundreds in months-long Gaza protests crippled for life by Israeli gunfire

By Ben Wedeman, CNN
Updated 1706 GMT (0106 HKT) June 8, 2018
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03:53

Henry Giroux: The Nightmare of Neoliberal Fascism stan van houcke

Henry A. Giroux: The Nightmare of Neoliberal Fascism

03:47

Persecuted Kurdish People on #Lesvos Release Statement to Authorities Enough is Enough!

Statement of Kurdish people who left Moria and that are threatened by Greek authorities with deportation when they dont return to the inhuman Moria camp.

Originally published by Open The Islands.

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

The Kurdish individuals who are temporarily living in Pikpa Camp in Lesvos have released a statement demanding that Greek and European authorities protect their rights. These individuals fled war and persecution in Syria and Turkey and on 25 May 2018 they faced further violence in Moria Camp. The extreme violence they have fled and that they continue to face in Lesvos, Greece has left several injured and traumatized. Their trauma has not ended however, as Moria camp administration have this week threatened them with deportation to Turkey if they do not return to Moria Camp, which would subject them to collective expulsion and persecution in Turkey, in violation of human rights and refugee law.

Download, read and spread their statement and demands below in Greek and English (PDF files):

ENG Letter Kurdish 8 June

GREEK Letter Kurdish 8 June


On June 13 some of the Enough team will return to Bosnia with the Cars of Hope collective to support refugees.

Please donate for food, tents and other things for everyday life.

The Cars of Hope  bank account details:

Bank: Volksbank in Bergisches Land

Account holder: Hopetal e.V.

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03:22

Muslim leader: I have a Satan who takes possession of me; so when he comes to me, avoid me Jihad Watch

Our Ramadan Day 25 thought for the day from my new book The History of Jihad comes from Muhammads first successor (khilafa) as the leader of the Muslims, Abu Bakr, the first of the four Rightly-Guided Caliphs: If I am upright, then follow me, but if I deviate, straighten me out. I have a Satan []

03:15

#Antifa Far right rally brings 15,000 onto the streets of #London Enough is Enough!

Well done to all who opposed the racists and fascists in London and York on Saturday. The rally in support of Tommy Robinson in York completely flopped, but London was a different story. Up to 15,000 turned out in Whitehall for the far rights imprisoned poster boy.

Originally published by United Against Fascism.

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

The scale of the far rights turnout and the vile, violent racism informing it must be seen by everyone on the Left as an urgent wake up call.

The hate rally for Robinson ended with hundreds of racists attacking the police in Trafalgar Square. They charged at officers in Whitehall, before staging running battles with the police.

And earlier, hooligans associated with football firms from Millwall and Chelsea tried to attack Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism supporters in Whitehall.

At least two journalists were attacked by Robinson supporters. One was viciously kicked to the ground by a group of fascists.

Backers of Robinson pulled the biggest numbers seen on a far right demo for a number of years. It was larger than the EDL had managed. Openly racist speeches were cheered by often-drunk crowd members.

But this was much more than an EDL mark 2 demo. Robinson supporters openly did the Nazi salute, for instance. Racism ran through their demonstration, with vicious Islamophobia at its heart.

Far right hipsters from Generation Identity mingled next to old National Front members. Firms from football hooligan groups from Portsmouth to Leeds, including several from the West Midlands, were there in numbers. Ulster loyalists were also present. Tiki torches, associated with the American fascists 2017 rally in Charlottesville where antifascist Heather Heyer was killed, were on display.

UKIP flags and For Britain placards were waved as a variety of far right speakers called for Robinsons release.

Geert Wilders, the notoriously racist Dutch MEP spoke at length. He called Robinson, the bravest man in Britain and ranted that we are foreigners in our own lands.

Steve Bannon, former key aide to Donald Trump...

02:59

20,000 People Come Out for Tommy Robinson at Londons Whitehall Jihad Watch

The BBC never got there until the end of the days events, apparently, when a handful of incredibly drunken attendees decided to block off the traffic at Trafalgar Square. Riot vans surrounded them, drunken fans cheered them on, as the drunken protesters sometimes hurled bottles of beer and expletives at the police. These are the []

02:57

In solidarity: #Fraguas and the creation of community Enough is Enough!

We (Autonomies) have recently posted a series of articles against the idea of a revolutionary government, against the idea of government or the State as an instrument of anti-capitalist reform or radical change.

Originally published by Autonomies.

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.

We believe that in whatever guise, the State can never be a medium for the creation of autonomous forms of life.  The overwhelming testimony of historical events is reproduced daily, in the repeated failure of social-democratic projects (Syriza, Podemos and their like), as well as the frontal attack on autonomous community projects (most recently and emblematically, the Notre-Dame-des-Landes ZAD in france).

This last Friday, members of the rural community of Fraguas, on the outskirts of Madrid, were condemned for the unlawful occupation of an abandoned village.

A group of young settlers arrived in 2013 and began bringing the village back to life with the blessing of its former inhabitants. Over the past five years, they have rebuilt houses, planted vegetables and worked to restore the overgrown village cemetery.

Their activities have been opposed by the regional government, which points out that Fraguas lies in public woodland within the Sierra Norte natural park and argues that their presence is a fire hazard.

Castilla-La Manchas high court ruled on Friday that the collective had unlawfully occupied the site and sentenced six of its members to 18 months imprisonment. They were also fined 2,700 (2,370) each and ordered to reimburse the regional government for the cost of demolishing the newly restored areas of Fraguas.

Although the sentences could be served on probation as they are under the two-year threshold, the court said failure to pay the fines would result in a three-year sentence.

Jaime Merino, a spokesman for the collective, described the sentences as devastating and said an appeal would be launched.

We had thought we might be acquitted. We thought the trial had gone well, he said. There w...

02:46

The professional liars and fabricators of Israeli propaganda industry: the Jerusalem Day in Iran The Angry Arab News Service/

This Israeli propaganda site (carried over by many in the US media) claim that there was a low turnout in Jerusalem Day in Iran (and look at the picture they use).  The truth is in this source and this.

02:45

A Brief History of the Kremlin Trolls Aletho News

By Scott Humor | The Saker | October 15, 2018 Saint Petersburg, Savushkina, 55 is the most famous office building in the world, thanks to the relentless promotion of the United States government, the CIA, FBI, and by the powers of the entire Western media, financed by Western governments.  VOA, NPR, and Svoboda, by the []

02:37

#Amsterdam banner drop inside Van Gogh museum: End the fossil fuel age now Enough is Enough!

If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then is wrong to accept money from those who wreck the climate. This is the message behind the biggest and boldest performance to date, of the artist collective Fossil Free Culture NL in the Van Gogh Museum.

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Amsterdam banner drop inside Van Gogh museum: End the fossil fuel age now

If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then is wrong to accept money from those who wreck the climate. This is the message behind the biggest and boldest performance to date, of the artist collective Fossil Free Culture NL in the Van Gogh Museum.

The artists hung a 12-meter high text installation that read End of fossil fuel age now, urging the museum to cut their ties with Shell. The collective also presented its manifesto, which is an appeal to all cultural institutions in the Netherlands that accept money from the fossil industry to immediately break the ties with them.

Fossil Free Culture NL is convinced that artists, cultural workers and institutions play a crucial role in countering the climate crisis and is doing so by exposing the economic ties that cultural institutions have with companies like Shell. Maria Rietbergen of Fossil Free culture NL: More and more people are aware now that Shell is responsible for twice as much CO2 emissions than all Dutch citizens together. However, Shell has just indicated that it does not want to meet the demands of Milieudefensie to combat climate change, upon which the environmental organisation announced to take Shell to court. Shells major shareholders have recently rejected the climate resolution of Follow This requesting the company to set targets that are aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2C. This is absolutely unacceptable. The climate crisis is the most significant existential crisis that humanity has ever consciously faced. The cultural sector must stop being an accomplice and simply stop accepting funds from Shell. Therefore: Van Gogh Museum, drop Shell!

Around 14:00 one of the approximately 35 performers of Fossil Free Culture NL took the floor on the monumental staircase of the Van Gogh Museums main building. While she was reciting...

02:37

Prayer and Meditation for Monday, June 11, 2018 The Beatitudes Jesus never promised us a blessed life without pain or suffering. Peace and Freedom

The messages in this world are often dangerous to us. The News is full of drug addiction, violence and suicide. But there is a source of purity and joy available to us always.

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Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle
Lectionary: 580/359

Reading 1  ACTS 11:21B-26; 12:1-3

In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
he rejoiced and encouraged them all
to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.
And a large number of people was added to the Lord.
Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch.
For a whole year they met with the Church
and taught a large number of people,
and it was in Antioch that the disciples
were first called Christians.Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger,
Lucius of Cyrene,
Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.
Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
they laid hands on them and sent them off.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4, 5-6

R. (see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has revealed to the n...

02:36

Nasrallah's unprecedented appeal to Israelis (not only to Jews) The Angry Arab News Service/

One of the ways in which Zionists controlled the discourse about Arab-Israeli conflict in the West is by insisting on presenting to the West whatever they select (and distort and fabricate) about Arab discourse on Zionism and Judaism.  From the days of Yehoshovat Harkabi (former Israeli director of military intelligence and official expert on Arab statements on Judaism and Zionism) to the days of MEMRI--or even the writings of Bernard Lewis: there is a Zionist industry to produce only the ugly and hateful of Arab political discourse.  There is so much about Arab political discourse that is deliberately not being covered by MEMRI and the likes--because it does not fit into the Zionist political agenda.  On Jerusalem Day, Hasan Nasrallah concluded a long speech about Palestine with a direct appeal to Israelis. This is rather unprecedented from an Arab resistance group.  He said (my translation): "We don't want to kill, we don't want to destroy, we dont want to throw anyone into the sea. We say in a fully civil way, ride your ships and planes and return to your countries where you came from.  As for the indigenous Jews who are part of Palestinian people, those stay in Palestine...This is the message of Islam and this is the message of resistance, and this is the message of the people of the region.  No one wants to perpetrate a new Holocaust or anything like that as Netanyahu says".

02:25

Muslim leader: Ramadan is the pious month of jihad and killing Jihad Watch

Flag of Islam will be hoisted in India and America. (PM) Modi will be killed. India and Israel will get disintegrated as more and more martyrs will be produced. One would think that vowing that a neighboring head of state will be murdered would be actionable, but it is unlikely that the leaders of the []

02:15

#june11 Communication is a weapon Enough is Enough!

Solidarity video for the June 11, International day of solidarity with long term anarchist prisoners.

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01:58

Ramadan in Somalia: Muslims murder U.S. soldier, injure four others in firefight Jihad Watch

The troops had been on a mission to clear al-Shabaab from contested areas as well as villages the militants controlled, and establish a permanent combat outpost to expand the reach of the Somali state. Theyll never succeed in this without confronting the ideology that al-Shabaab represents, and upon which it recruits among Muslims. But the []

01:56

Hassan Nasrallah on Israeli Warmongering & US Sanctions: Hezbollah Stronger than Ever, Resistance Not For Sale Aletho News

Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 25, 2018, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the Liberation of Lebanon. Translation: unz.com/sayedhasan Transcript: In Any Upcoming War, Hezbollah will Surely Defeat Israel  [] Despite all the intimidation, all the threats, all the blockades, (despite the inscriptions on the) []

01:34

Iraqi ballot box storage site catches fire in Baghdad Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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A provincial council leader says all the ballot boxes and papers in the storage site have been destroyed

01:18

Kurd-Arab council ready for 'unconditional talks' with the Syrian government Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The Syrian Democratic Council says it would not hesitate to agree to unconditional talks

01:13

Youngsters Disabled for Life by Israels Shoot-to-Cripple Policy in Gaza Aletho News

By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune | June 10, 2018 Writing in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Gaza, Dr Nafiz Abu-Shaban, reports that the death and injury toll by sniper fire, as at 18 May, was 117 dead, including 13 children, and 12,271 injured, of whom []

01:06

Erdogan says Austrias crackdown on jihadi imams is leading toward a war between the cross and the crescent Jihad Watch

Make no mistake: Erdogan is itching for such a war. He is the only one talking about it. Certainly the desiccated Leftist internationalists who lead Western Europe are horrified at such a prospect, and will find no measure of appeasement and accommodation too low to stoop in order to head it off. But Erdogan is []

01:01

What is Israel doing in Alaska?! World Beyond War . . .

From the Peace Report, June 5, 2018

Israel will be testing their Arrow 3 weapons system, among other things, on Kodiak Island, Alaska in the summer of 2018. The Arrow 3 weapons system was funded and developed by both Israel and the United States. All amenities and resources will be provided for the Israeli military free of charge, paid for by American taxpayers. Kodiak has a long history of pollution from the Pentagon that they are still trying to clean up from WW2.

The post What is Israel doing in Alaska?! appeared first on World Beyond War . . ..

00:56

Statement of Unity by Korean Americans and Allies on the Historic Inter-Korean Summit and the Upcoming U.S.-North Korea Summit World Beyond War . . .

Since the historic April 27 summit between the leaders of North and South Korea at Panmunjom, longstanding tensions and war threats on the Korean peninsula have given way to the promise of peace and reconciliation.

Soon, another historic summit, between the United States and North Korea, will take place in Singapore. The two parties, which not too long ago were on the brink of war, will finally sit down to discuss a peaceful settlement to the Korean War. All eyes of the world will be on this momentous event, which could determine not only the fate of the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia but also the prospect of global peace.

WeKorean Americans who have long fought for peace and the self-determined unification of the Korean peninsula, and allies who stand on the side of peace and justice and share a critical stake in the struggle for peace in Koreawish to make clear our views on the recent inter-Korean summit and the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit.

1. We applaud the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification of the Korean peninsula. 

In the Panmunjom Declaration, the leaders of North and South Korea solemnly declared before the 80 million Korean people and the whole world that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun. They also pledged to work together for independent unification.

The two leaders held hands as they crossed back and forth over the military demarcation line, demonstrating that the arbitrary line no longer has the power it once possessed as a symbol of division and confrontation. Should the governments of North and South Korea as well as the 80 million Koreans on the peninsula and the diaspora come together to implement the Panmunjom Declaration, we can realize peace, prosperity, and unification of the Korean peninsula.

2. We welcome the U.S.-North Korea summit. 

We hope the scheduled U.S.-North Korea summit will end seven decades of hostile relations between the United States and North Korea and usher in a new era of peaceon the Korean peninsula, in Northeast Asia as well as for the rest of the world.

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00:52

Ramadan in France: Muslim who killed his 5-month-old daughter says without eating, my nerves were on edge Jihad Watch

Shouldnt the French authorities accept this explanation and free this man? Wouldnt doing otherwise be Islamophobic? Muslim Indicted for Shaking Baby to Death Blames Ramadan Fasting for Making Him On Edge, by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, June 9, 2018: A Muslim man in France who was indicted for manslaughter for shaking his 5-month-old daughter to death []

00:43

Ramadan in India: Muslim recites Quran verses, kills his 4-year-old daughter as sacrificial offering to Allah Jihad Watch

He slit her throat. That is, of course, a way to murder that is sanctified in the Quran: When your Lord inspired to the angels, I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike upon the necks and strike from them []

00:39

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2018-28 Moon of Alabama

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: June 5 - John Bolton Wants No Deal With North Korea Or Iran - But Is There Any Other Choice? Trump is in Singapore to meet Kim Jong-un. Bolton will take part in...

00:32

Vote to End Fractional Reserve Banking in Switzerland cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: A radical plan to transform Switzerlands financial landscape by barring commercial banks from creating money when they lend looked set to fail, according to initial projections on Sunday. The vote, called under Switzerlands system of direct democracy after gathering more than 100,000 signatures, wanted to make the Swiss National Bank (SNB) the []

00:30

Islamicize Me Day 25: Our Dhimmi Converts to Islam! Jihad Watch

On Day 25 of Islamicize Me, the gangs dhimmi decides to become a Muslim, and the gang figures out a way to deal with the infamous Robert Spencer! To visit Vocabs channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jons channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net Thanks to everyone for watching Islamicize Me, []

00:18

Israel says it destroyed Hamas undersea tunnel Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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An Israeli army spokesperson says the tunnel is the first of its kind to be discovered

00:09

Oregon: Muslim food truck work calls black woman n-r, throws bottle at her for trying to pay with change Jihad Watch

No, this is not a jihad incident. This is an incident that illustrates the mindset of all too many Muslims, including jihadists. We see here the effects of growing up in a culture that sanctifies violence and has contempt for women and blacks. And it is noteworthy that this story has gotten virtually no attention []

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10:00

Nicaragua: Church Leaders Criticize Bishops Role in Mediation Process INTERNATIONALIST 360

According to the pastors, the Catholic Church needs to call on their priests to stop inciting people at the protests in Nicaragua. Jorge Raschke, the president of the evangelical church Ministerio Clamor de Dios Internacional, criticized the Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference Friday and dismissed calls for President Daniel Ortega to leave office. We need to reach...

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