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Wednesday, 15 November

01:42

Live Video Presentation: Grand Jury Resistance : November 21, 8 pm Eastern Time CrimethInc.

Resisting the Standing Rock grand jury.

On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.

This follows up our earlier presentations, An Overview of the J20 Prosecution and The RNC 8, Standing Rock, and J20 Cases.

Over the course of 2017, anarchists and radicals have actively resisted grand juries from Standing Rock to North Carolina. Its vital to learn what a grand jury is and what tools of resistance our communities have against them. This presentation is intended to demystify a legal process that relies on secrecy, paranoia, and suspicion as a means to tear apart communities and resistance movements. One of our strongest weapons against this particular tactic of state repression is knowledgealongside bold acts of solidarity!

Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.

01:42

How Chinas Xi upstaged Trump as the world leader Peace and Freedom

Deutsche Welle

President Donald Trumps Asia trip was an opportunity for the US to showcase itself as the supreme global power. Instead, President Xi Jinping grabbed the limelight and presented China as the new world leader.

China US, Donald Trump & Xi Jinping in Beijing (Getty Images/T. Peter)

Xi Jinpings extravagant reception of Donald Trump in Beijing last week was a perfect opportunity for Xi to display his vision of establishing China as an economic and geopolitical equal to the US on the world stage.

President Xi has reached a political zenith in the wake of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress in October, during which he consolidated control over Chinas ruling elite and saw his political philosophy incorporated into the party constitution.

President Xi currently commands an unrivaled level of political power and he has been dubbed the worlds most powerful man by several western media outlets.

And President Trump seems to agree with this assessment. During his two-day visit to the Chinese capital, Trump played along with the pageantry and pomp that had been laid out by President Xi, calling him a very special man.

Trump also had warm praise for Chinas economic performance and contradicted his previous rhetoric, in which he blasted China for killing the US on trade.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Reuters/D. Sagolj)Trump called President Xi a very special man

On Thursday, during an appearance with Xi in front of reporters at the Great Hall of the People, Trump said he didnt blame China for a one-sided and unfair trade surplus, placing the blame instead on his predecessors for allowing the out-of-control trade deficit to take place and grow.

After all, who can blame a country for taking advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens, Trump said. I give them great credit.

Incidentally, US and Chinese firms signed $253 billion (220 billion) worth of deals during the ceremony, which according to the South China Morning Post, is the largest in the history of US-China relati...

01:31

BBC WS Newshour Balfour Declaration centenary special part one BBC Watch

Like its Radio 4 counterpart Today, the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour aired a Balfour Declaration centenary special on November 2nd.

A century since the British government letter which endorsed a Jewish homeland. The current Lord Balfour reflects on what drove his ancestor and we hear from a Palestinian and an Israeli.

The first part of that broadcast (from 00:65 here) was introduced by presenter James Menendez using very obvious framing. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Menendez: Well our main story today is events m...

01:30

The Ecological Indian and the History of Environmental Ideas The Disorder Of Things

A guest post from Phillip Conway, who a PhD candidate in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. His thesis is titled The Historical Ontology of Environment: From the Unity of Nature to the Birth of Geopolitics. He blogs at Circling Squares and micro-blogs @PhilipRConway.


Cosmological questioning

But what about indigenous cosmologies? This kind of question is becoming more and more common in debates in International Relations, human geography and other fields. Whether articulated in terms of decolonisation, worlding, ontology, lifeways, cosmopolitics or pluriversality (other terminologies are available), there is a strong and growing conviction that making space for modes of collective existence beyond, besides and despite the hegemonic naturalism of the West is a pressing intellectual and political priority.

Indeed, this is a question that I am asked (and ask myself) on a regular basis. However, it is a more conceptually, ethically and politically complicated question than it may first appear. This essay explores some of these complications in relation to the research project that I am currently embarked upon  namely, a history of how environment became a conceptual commonplace of Euro-American scientific, literary and political conversation by around about 1910.

The project investigates how this everyday expression  environment came to be taken for granted and, more to the point, what this tells us about the ways in which we think (or dont think) about ourselves, the world around us and, in short, how our conceptions contrive to carve things up (and stitch them back together).

The we and us here, of course, come with a caveat. Plural pronouns do not designate a straightforwardly pre-existing collective but rather actively distinguish between those they encompass and those they do not. Any such act of distinction therefore requires care and open-endedness. Accordingly, the expression environment, and the convocation of concepts that comes with it, can in no way be taken as universal (and this is why its history can be written). However, it is, nevertheless, an expansive and, for much of the world, almost omnipresent part of the semantic and symbolic fabric of our contemporary political condition. It must, therefore, be understood in both its expansiveness and its specificity.

01:27

Russia could target any foreign media under new law Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Russia Today has registered as a foreign agent in the US

MOSCOW (AFP)  Russia would be able to list any foreign media outlet as a foreign agent under new measures expected to be approved Wednesday, a lawmaker said, as Moscow responds to US pressure on the Kremlin-backed RT channel.

The move comes as Washington fights what it calls a barrage of fake news from Russian media and online outlets aimed at interfering in US domestic politics.

Parliament is set to approve a set of amendments to an existing media bill Wednesday, meaning they could go into force as early as next week, deputy speaker of Russias lower house of parliament Pyotr Tolstoy told Rossiya 24 channel.

(The law) gives the relevant government institution the opportunity to classify media outlets that receive money from abroad as foreign agents, he said, when asked which outlets are likely to be put on the list first.

Most likely the list will be maintained by the ministry of justice, which already keeps a similar database of non-governmental organisations which have been designated as foreign agents.

The bill is a tit-for-tat response to Washingtons move to register T&R Productions LLC, a corporation which operates US studios of state channel RT, as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Asked to clarify exactly who could be listed as a foreign agent in Russia, Tolstoy said these are media outlets that receive money from foreign governments regardless of their ownership structure.

TASS news agency however published details of more sweeping amendments, according to which the measures could apply to any media outlets receiving money from international and foreign organisations, foreign citizens.

Tolstoy said outlets that are put on the list will be subject to similar treatment as foreign agent NGOs under the law that was adopted in 2012.

Such media will have to file the relevant reports and most likely mark its product, he said.

The law applying to NGOs forced many organisations to close.

Others have complained that government institutions refuse to work with them following the acquisition of the foreign agent label, which in Russia is akin to being branded a spy.

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01:23

Message to the Saker Community about Great October Socialist Revolution The Vineyard of the Saker

Dear friends, I have been getting a lot of requests to express my views about the event which was officially known as the Great October Socialist Revolution.  All over the

01:21

Path to peace between Pakistan, India passes through Kashmir Peace and Freedom

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November 14, 2017

ISLAMBABAD: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat on Tuesday said Kashmir issues still remains a flash point for a nuclear war between Pakistan and India.

Speaking at an international Conference, the CJCSC said the path to relations between Islamabad and New Delhi passes through Kashmir. There is no bypass, said he.

Criticizing Indias international ambitions, the general said New Delhi policies are becoming a cause of instability in South Asia.

He stressed the need to take into consideration strategic, economic and political affairs of  South Asia.

He said the political and strategic  issues in South Asia were intensifying disputes in the region, adding Pakistan would maintain  strategic balance and equilibrium in the field of conventional weapons because imbalance always gives birth to disputes.

He said the struggle to become guaranteer of peace in the region holds strategic significance.

Commenting on the situation in Afghanistan, he said the war stricken country was an important region between South Asia and Central Asia. He said Islamabad supports a peaceful Afghanistan.

He said South Asia is being destabilized through non-state elements whole and instability in Afghanistan was harmful for the region .

Pointing towards weak  governance  in Afghanistan and fragile peace process in the country, he said Pakistan was paying a heavy price for instability in Afghanistan.

Highlighting Kashmir issue, he said lasting peace was not possible in South Asia without resolving the issue of Kashmir. Pakistan wants resolution of Kashmir and Afghan issues. We want similar progress on all the issues.

He said Pakistan was aware of its responsibilities without ignoring its defence. Pakistan will maintain minimum nuclear capability considering  the circumstances.

Commenting on rapidly growing extremism in India, General Zubair said India has turned into extremist state.

He said India continues its sub conventional war against Pakistan and New Delhis Surgical strike mantra  was an important example in this regard.

The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said India has committed over 1200 ceasefire violations in which 1000 Pakistani civilians and 300 soldiers lost their lives. This Indian behavior can turn into a big war, he warned.

He also accused India of carrying out terror activities in Pakistan through Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Baloch separatists.  He said Indian conspiracies against CPEC were also no secret , adding that New Delhi has allocated 500 million dollars to sabotage  the CPEC.

He said India was rapidly increasing its missile defence technology, nuclear weapons and conventional...

01:00

Cuba: The forgotten Escambray Fausta's Blog

Mary OGrady writes about A Soviet Cleansing in Cuba.The Russians used their experience at home to annihilate dissident peasants. Most Americans have never heard of the anti-Castro uprising in Cubas Escambray Mountains, which began in 1959 and took Fidel and the Soviet Union six years to put down. At the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik []

00:56

Israeli arms firm investigated over live drone test on Armenian soldiers Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Undefined

Azerbaijan is one of the biggest recipients of Israeli weapons

00:51

Venezuela: Restructuring debt? Fausta's Blog

The guy in charge of the commissions in Washingtons drug kingpin list. The Finance Minister is under U.S. sanctions for alleged corruption. And the investors couldnt get information on how to attend the commissions meeting in Caracas on Nov. 13, which happens to be the deadline for almost $300 million in outstanding bond interest payments. []

00:46

Qatar thousand times better off without Gulf allies Peace and Freedom

AFP

Qatar News Agency/AFP | Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani: We do not fear the boycott of these countries against us, we are a thousand times better off without them
DOHA (AFP)  Months into a dispute that has seen Doha cut off from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Qatars emir said Tuesday his country was a thousand times better off without them.

In a speech to the Shura Council, the upper house of parliament, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said his government had nonetheless put in place contingency plans as he expected the bitter political dispute with his neighbours and former allies to drag on.

We do not fear the boycott of these countries against us, we are a thousand times better off without them, the emir told members of the council and foreign dignitaries in Doha.

But vigilance is required, he added.

Sheikh Tamim nonetheless said his government was working on introducing a number of food security projects and had given special attention to water security as it looked to a future without its former Arab allies.

Iran, Turkey and most recently Spain have stepped in to help Qatar secure food imports amid a boycott by four Arab states.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in June announced they had severed ties with Qatar, sealing off the emirates only land border in the wide-ranging boycott.

They accuse Qatars government of supporting Islamist extremism and fostering close ties with Iran.

Qatar denies the charges, claiming the dispute is an attack on its sovereignty.

Both parties in the crisis, the worst to grip the Gulf Cooperation Council in its 36-year history, have refused to back down despite mediation attempts by Kuwait and the United States.

Sheikh Tamim said his country also planned to hold elections for the Shura Council, whose 45 members are currently appointed by the emir.

The worlds largest exporter of liquified natural gas, Qatar has claimed it can cope with the demands of the dispute, despite the boycott being put in place by former regional allies and major trading partners.

Moodys has estimated that Qatar used $38.5 billion equivalent to 23 percent of its GDP to support the economy in the first two months of sanctions.

Qatar, which is scheduled to host the 2022 World Cup, insists that it is economically strong enough to survive the crisis.

Doha this month said it...

00:44

Another safe space set up at Stanford in anticipation of Robert Spencer event Jihad Watch

We as a staff understand that the campus atmosphere has the potential to feel more stressful than usual, and even threatening for some. Threatening? Yeah, to me. But not to you snowflakes. Mind if I drop by for a slice of pizza? Seriously, this is what universities have fallen to. Theyre not in the least []

00:40

Trump Kept One Eye on Re-Election in Asia With His Push for Deals Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Justin Sink, Jennifer Jacobs , and  Nick Wadhams

November 14, 2017, 6:11 AM EST
  • President hit up leaders along the way to buy American weapons
  • Asia leaders offer warm words but few concessions to president
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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. AP Photo

Deutsche Banks Slok on Takeaways From Trumps Asia Trip

President Donald Trump had one question for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Why wasnt his country buying more American military equipment?

For Trump, a self-styled traveling salesman, crisscrossing the region to reverse decades of trade deficits, Vietnams decision to buy arms from Russia was incomprehensible, almost insulting. Never mind that U.S. law prevented such sales until last year.

Trump reminded Phuc that hes been president for 10 months, according to two people who requested anonymity to discuss a private meeting. What was he waiting for?

He needed quick wins, he told his team in the room, because hed be running for re-election before anyone realized. And weapons sales, in Trumps view, are good for his approval ratings.

T...

00:40

Saudi attempts to discredit Hariri fail as Lebanese public backs PM Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Lebanese political circles interpreted Hariris interview as a Saudi back-pedal to its initial position as public showed PM wide support

00:26

Quds Force Assassinates Iranian Dissident in Europe Clarion Project

(Illustrative photo: Pixabay)(Illustrative photo: Pixabay)

It appears that an Iranian dissident was killed by Iranian assassins in a European capital last week.

A report from an Iranian media outlet that regularly cites credible information from regime insiders has quoted a regime official as stating that Ahwazi Arab Ahmad Mola, who was murdered last week outside his home in The Netherlands, was assassinated by an operative from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force.

The report in Amad News quoted an unnamed officer of the Guards Corps  intelligence division who said that the operative carried out the brutal assassination, shooting Mola three times, once in the head and twice in the chest at point-blank range .

This is not the first such assassination ordered by the regime of an Ahwazi or other dissident in exile. Such murders have been documented in the Middle East and Europe since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

The officer said the assassination was carried out in revenge for Saudi Arabias policies towards Iran, claiming that Mola traveled to Geneva a week before the murder for a meeting with Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, the former head of Saudis intelligence agency.

The Iranian regime provided no evidence to substantiate its claims about Mola, but it does suggest the Ahwazi struggle for freedom, rights and autonomy is a fabricated cause created to justify a proxy war against the regime by the Saudis as part of the current tensions between the two regional powers.

This is despite the fact that the Ahwazi peoples struggle for freedom predates the theocratic regime, dating back to the British-backed annexation of the autonomous emirate by the former Pahlavi monarchy in 1925. The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), of which Mola was a founder member, was formed in the 1999.

This attempt to smear...

00:26

Stanford profs claim Robert Spencer is harassing students, staff and faculty by responding to attacks Jihad Watch

The Stanford student press has for the past week been filled with numerous baseless and hysterical attacks on my work and on my character as a human being. In hit piece after hit piece in the Stanford Daily and the Stanford Review, it has been claimed that I promote hate and disinformation, and give license []

00:21

Brotherhood Using Deep Web to Open New Front in US Clarion Project

Deep web

A former Egyptian government minister says the Muslim Brotherhood is using the deep web to raise funds for operations in the U.S. and possibly to purchase weapons. Thats according to the Egyptian weekly el-Fagr, which interviewed (Arabic link) former deputy interior minister Mohammad Nour el-Din.

El-Din said the Brotherhood uses those parts of the internet that dont appear in search engines (Google, etc.) to fundraise. Much of this effort is via Bitcoin, a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system.

The Muslim Brotherhood is fundraising on the deep web to create an Islamist front in the U.S.The Muslim Brotherhood is fundraising on the deep web to create an Islamist front in the U.S. (Image: Computer screenshot)

The former minister, who is a security expert, suggested the organization could well be purchasing rockets and mortars and hiring mercenaries via the deep web as well.

The newspaper item says the Muslim Brotherhood is attempting to establish a new Islamist front in the U.S. and elsewhere but currently lacks sufficient funding. This is despite recent reports of the large sums of money transferred to the Brotherhood, particularly from Qatar and Turkey.

 

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00:17

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for finance minister Peace and Freedom

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the veteran politician failed to turn up for several court hearings.

The warrant comes at an awkward time for Pakistan, which wants to raise in excess of $1 billion on international debt markets through a Sukuk and a Eurobond in coming months and has been trying to woo international investors.

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Finance Minister Ishaq Dar

Dar, who has been charged with amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income, has missed three weeks of court hearings conducted by the anti-graft agency the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Judge Mohammad Bashir issued the warrant on the grounds of continued absence from the court, according to a court statement.

Dar, who has pleaded not guilty, is receiving medical treatment in London and now faces arrest upon his return to Pakistan.

The case has been adjourned until Nov. 21.

The charges against Dar followed an investigation into the finances of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a small salary from his sons off-shore company.

The finance minister is one of Sharifs closest political allies and Dars son has married Sharifs daughter. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

Dar has rejected growing calls to resign amid his legal woes and a worsening economic outlook for Pakistan, which is battling to stave off a balance of payments crisis due to dwindling foreign currency reserve and a widening current account deficit.

Dar was initially lauded for steering Pakistan out of a balance of payments crisis in 2013 and returning the nuclear-armed country toward a higher growth trajectory.

But over the past year he has faced criticism for his refusal to allow the rupee to weaken to ease macroeconomic pressures. He has also been accused of eroding the central banks independence.

Reporting by Saad Sayeed and Drazen Jorgic; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Robert Birsel


00:10

Spains Rajoy vows to defeat separatists in Catalan election Peace and Freedom

AFP

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called for massive participation from voters in next months electionMADRID (AFP)  

Spains Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday he hopes to defeat separatists in next months Catalan election, which will be dominated by regional lawmakers independence drive, calling for a massive turnout by voters.

Were going to work so that independence groups dont win, Rajoy told Spanish radio.

The Catalan independence crisis has triggered alarm in Brussels as the European Union deals with the fallout of Brexit and more than 2,400 businesses have moved their legal headquarters out of the region as uncertainty persists.

Rajoy dismissed the government of Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont last month over his independence bid, suspending the regional parliament and organising a new election.

The prime minister has been rallying support for his Popular Party (PP) in the December 21 election in Catalonia a region that remains deeply divided over independence despite its parliaments declaration.

The PP only managed to finish fifth in Catalonias 2015 election, which saw pro-separatist groups gain power in the region of 7.5 million people.

On Tuesday Rajoy issued a call for massive participation from voters on December 21 in the hope that parties in favour of keeping Catalonia part of Spain put in a strong showing.

Several former Catalan cabinet members are currently in jail over their role in agitating for independence, which is illegal under Spains constitution.

Rajoy said that there was no ban on detained officials contesting the regional vote but added that they need to respect the law.

They can all run as candidates since theyve not been declared ineligible by a judge, Rajoy told COPE radio.

But he accused deposed Catalan officials of being political delegitimised after tricking Catalan citizens by claiming independence.

Puigdemont himself is in self-imposed exile in Brussels and has said he wants to run as a candidate next month.

With fallout from the crisis affecting his own PDeCAT partys standing in polling, he had hoped to form a united separatist ticket with his former government ally, the leftwing ERC.

But the ERC said last week that it would not allow its candidates to run alongside PDeCAT hopefuls.

Puigdemont acc...

00:00

KINDLE: Reflections Philosophy of Intelligence Public Intelligence Blog

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Our legitimately-elected President is severely handicapped by a secret intelligence community that is a complete failure across the board. As General Tony Zinni, USMC (Ret.) has said, when he was fighting two wars and twelve joint task force actions, he got, at best, 4% of what he needed to know from the cesspool we call the Intelligence Community.

Our President cannot defeat the Deep State, govern, reduce the size of the federal government by 50%, or restore peace and prosperity at home and abroad, without an effective national intelligence community. This short paper is a starting point for anyone who wants to get it right.

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23:58

Syrian Troops Retake Large Area From Militants In Northern Hama (Map)

Syrian troops have liberated a large area from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies in northern Hama, according to pro-government sources.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) established control over the areas of Qasr Shawi, Muwaylih Shamali, Mhassar, Rabiah, Hamra Silos and Mhassar Hill.

Earlier, the  SAA and the NDF liberated the village of Hasnawi in the nearby area.

Syrian Troops Retake Large Area From Militants In Northern Hama (Map)

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23:54

A Telling Comparison: Israel versus North Korea Dissident Voice

from Al-Monitor

Missing from corporate media accounts is what causes the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK aka North Korea) to be singled out for opprobrium for what, essentially, is developing a deterrent against any entity that would attack it.

A comparison with how the United Nations deals with North Korea vis--vis another member state state, Israel, is instructive.

Israel occupies Palestinian territory; destroys Palestinian olive groves and poisons Palestinian sheep; sprays Palestinian homes with sewage; sabotages Palestinian water supplies; cuts off power to Palestine; terrorizes Palestinians for hours at checkpoints, including the sick, infirm, and pregnant women, some who are forced to give birth at the checkpoints; stops fishermen from earning a living from the sea; shells hospitals, schools, and playgrounds; blows up kids on beaches; and commits myriad other war crimes. Israel has nuclear weapons and ICBMs. The last point is the only one that North Korea shares with Israel.

Yet only North Korea is vociferously criticized and sanctioned by the US and its allies. Is this fair?

And is it just that North Korea is bullied and sanctioned for developing a self-defense?

Creation

Israel was brought into existence by the UN granting Palestinian land from Mandate Palestine to Jews, who happened to be mainly migrant Jews from another continent Europe.

North Korea was created by World War II victors, predominantly the United States, splitting a country into two halves. Thereby, one ethnic group was separated from the other by a border.

Occupation

Whereas the Koreans are indigenous to Korea, Americans are occupying the territory of many Indigenous nations, as are Jewish Israelis (with the exception of Mizrahi Jews) occupying Arab territories.

Israel signifies a situation whereby one group of outsiders was favorably positioned by the UN to carry out an occupation of an Indigenous people.

The DPRK signifies a situation where a people indigenous to a territory were separated from kin by an outside entity. The self-determination of Koreans was not respected.

Notably, the US...

23:53

23:45

Owl: Open Secret The Film Buried by Hollywood Public Intelligence Blog

Who? Who?

Child abuse documentary Hollywood didnt want you to see goes viral

The film An Open Secret died upon release in 2015, but is seeing a renewed interest online amid a cascade of allegations against Hollywoods elite

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23:42

Pakistan police arrest dozens from Islamist party blocking entrance to capital If this cannot be resolved, the roads will have to be cleared. Peace and Freedom

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Members of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, an Islamist political party, shout slogans during a sit-in in Rawalpindi, Pakistan November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood Reuters

By Asif Shahzad and and Mubasher Bukhari

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) Pakistani police have arrested dozens of members of a hard-line Islamist party that has blocked a main entrance to the capital since last week, a provincial spokesman said, in the latest confrontation between religious activists and authorities.

Hundreds of supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party have blocked a main road to Islamabad since Friday, threatening violence if their demand that the minister of law be sacked is not met.

The group blames the minister, Zahid Hamid, for changes to an electoral oath that it says amounts to blasphemy. The government puts the issue down to a clerical error.

Pakistans blasphemy law has become a lightning rod for Islamists, especially since 2011 when the liberal governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was murdered by a bodyguard for questioning the law that mandates the death penalty for insulting Islam or the Prophet Mohammad.

A spokesman for the Punjab provincial government, Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, told Reuters the protests were a serious inconvenience for people and disturbing public life in the province that surrounds Islamabad.

The Punjab government has detained dozens of Tehreek-e-Labaiks activists from various districts, he said.

Labaik spokesman Ejaz Ashrafi said in a statement police arrested hundreds of its workers in a countrywide swoop, mainly in the partys base in Punjab.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal late on Monday urged the protesters to call off the sit-in, saying he hoped the government wouldnt be forced to take extreme steps.

One security source said the protesters detained several po...

23:35

New York Times robs Pamela Gellers book of a spot on its bestsellers list Jihad Watch

This is systematic and ongoing, and is one manifestation of the many ways in which the Left endeavors to deny any place in the culture to those whom it hates and opposes. The ridiculous brouhaha over my appearance at Stanford is another example of the same phenomenon: the idea that opposing jihad terror is reprehensible, []

23:33

Use of keyboard armies to manipulate media has gone global, report says Peace and Freedom

AFP

Freedom House | Online manipulation and disinformation tactics affected elections in at least 18 countries this year, including the US, according to the 2017 Freedom on the Net report.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-11-14

More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.

A study of internet freedom in 65 countries found 30 governments are deploying some form of manipulation to distort online information, up from 23 the previous year.

These efforts included paid commentators, trolls, bots the name given to automated accounts false news sites and propaganda outlets, according to the 2017 Freedom on the Net report by human rights group Freedom House.

The report said online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including the United States.

The use of paid commentators and political bots to spread government propaganda was pioneered by China and Russia but has now gone global, said Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.

The effects of these rapidly spreading techniques on democracy and civic activism are potentially devastating.

Sanja Kelly, director of the Freedom on the Net project, explained such manipulation is often hard to detect, and more difficult to combat than other types of censorship, such as website blocking.

The organization said 2017 marked a seventh consecutive year of overall decline in internet freedom, as a result of these and other efforts to filter and censor information online.

China is worst, again

Freedom House said China was the worlds worst abuser of internet freedom for a third straight year,...

23:30

John Caputo with Sarah Westall: Truth Shocking, Traumatic, Paradigms, & Frameworks Plus List of Reviews Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: I recommended Dr. Caputo to Sarah, as I have recommended Parag Khanna and others I consider Sarah a business professor to be among the best of the searchers for truth on the YouTube circuit. Dr. Caputo is the foremost thinker I know at the intersection of reailty, science, and faith which does matter, very much. Pursuing heretical notions is an essential foundation for arriving at the truth in the face of closed minds. He specially condemns the use of conspiracy theory discrediting and the attacks on fake news (a form of witch hunt). This video should be required study for all who aspire to be anything but most especially, intelligence officers, military officers, civil servants, corporate executives, and academic instructors.

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23:29

What Does the New Saudi Arabia Mean For America? Clarion Project

Saudi Arabia's King Salman welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to the kingdomSaudi Arabias King Salman welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to the kingdom (Photo: MANDEL-NGAN-AFP/Getty Images)

Back in May, President Trump stood before the assembled leaders of the Sunni Muslim world and called on them to drive out the terrorists and extremists  from this earth. We do not know what was said privately between Trump and Saudi royalty, but since then changes have come thick and fast, most of all in Saudi Arabia, one of the last absolute monarchies in the world.

How Trumps administration adapts to these changes will either restore American prestige that was lost in the region during the Obama years or risk seeing the Middle East fall almost completely under Russian and Iranian influence.

Two main shifts are taking place. The first concerns efforts by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (known colloquially as MBS) to concentrate power. The fact that this 32 year-old royal will be the first grandson of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud to succeed to the throne will be a significant change in the political culture, in contrast to the rule of 81 year-old King Salman, his father.

To build his power base, MBS has been promoting a slew of princes from the younger generation of Saudi royalty, many of whom will now be beholden to him. MBS is also crushing potential rivals. Older royals are being sidelined, while oth...

23:15

Islamic Jihad Raises Readiness Level to Highest Destruction of Islamic Jihad-Constructed Tunnel By Israel Considered an Act of War Peace and Freedom

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 NOVEMBER 14, 2017 11:50

 

The group says that they are closely monitoring Israeli activity.

Report: Islamic Jihad raises state of readiness to 'highest level'

Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants attend a military parade in Gaza October 19, 2016.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Amid increasing tensions between Israel and Islamic Jihad, the militant group has raised its state of readiness to its highest level, according to a report in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat.

Senior sources in the Gaza-based militant group stated that, should Islamic Jihad choose to act against Israel, any action would be for purposes of self-defense and deterrence.

The group also said that they are closely monitoring Israeli activity, including watching civilians in Gaza border communities.

The increased state of readiness comes, according to the report, as the IDF carries out a military exercise near the Gaza Strip.

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The Russian Ministry of Defence Publishes Screenshots of Computer Games as Evidence of US Collusion with ISIS bellingcat

On the morning of November 14th 2017 the Russian Ministry of Defence published multiple posts in Russian, Arabic, and English on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, claiming to show irrefutable evidence of collusion between the US and ISIS combat units:

Unfortunately for the Russian MoD, eagle-eyed Twitter users immediately spotted some problems with the images. One image claimed to show an ISIS convoy leaving Abu Kamel on November 9th, 2017:

What this in fact showed was a cropped screenshot from the mobile phone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, specifically a screenshot from a promo video for the game:

A side by side comparison of the Russian MoD image and the mobile phone game screenshot shows they are identical, with even part of the text from the promo video reading DEVELOPMENT FOOTAGE. THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. ALL CONTENT SUBJECT TO CHANGE. visible in the cropped image used by the Russian MoD as their irrefutable evidence:

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Captured ISIS Wives Hiding Yazidi Children Clarion Project

Children from Nineveh Province in a refugee camp in IraqChildren from Nineveh Province in a refugee camp in Iraq (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS wives are believed to be hiding the identities of hundreds of kidnapped Yazidi children whom they have taken with them to prison and displaced persons camps in Iraq. The women, who are of foreign origin, were captured after their husbands were killed or they fled from the onslaught of government forces fighting ISIS in the region.

Some of the children were either taken as babies from their mothers when ISIS conquered the Yazidi areas of the Nineveh province in August of 2014. Others were born to Yazidi women who were captured and sold as sex slaves to ISIS fighters.

Speaking to Sputnik News, Yazidi journalist Chader Chalat said one child, who was no older than five, was recently discovered with an ISIS wife in a prison site in Tasfirat, located north of Mosul and Baghdad in the center of Nineveh Province. The woman is believed to be either from Turkey or Azerbaijan.

Efforts are now being made to identify the childs family and locate any surviving members. We expect that there are between 150 and 250 other Yazidi children that are being held by ISIS women in Tasfirat as well as in a displaced persons camp south of Mosul in Chamam el-Alil, he said.

In one month alone, 15 kidnapped Yazidi children were discovered with ISIS women or with Arab families in Mosul. Ages of the children ranged from four to seven.

Local sources reported the ISIS women planned to smuggle the children to their countries of origin possibly to train them to carry out future terror attacks.

Hussein Kaydi , who manages the office for kidnapped Yazidis, said that since the office opened i...

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UKs top counterterrorism officers tell media to rein in coverage of the Islamic State and jihad terror Jihad Watch

Britains top counter terrorism officers have urged the media to rein back on coverage about Islamic State and terrorist attacks because of concerns that it helps to spread propaganda. And here we hoped (against hope) that Britain had learned a lesson following the shocking, massive coverups of Muslim rape gangs brutalizing tens of thousands of []

22:51

Prince Charles gets pushback for blaming foreign Jews for Middle East conflict Jihad Watch

The suggestion by Prince Charles that an influx of foreign, European Jews was a cause of turmoil in the Middle East has been challenged by a host of dissenting voices Well, it is about time reasoned voices fought back. Robert Spencer covered this story with commentary about a damaging shared world view between the British []

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House may vote on its bill as soon as Thursday; Senate continues hammering out the details Peace and Freedom

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The Senate tax-writing committee continues hammering out the details of its tax cut proposal on Tuesday, while the House may vote on its bill as soon as Thursday. Here are the latest developments, updated throughout the day:

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The Houses chief tax writer says hes confident its tax bill will pass, but a major challenge...

22:47

Why Israel does not want a sovereign Palestinian state Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

It is time to accept the reality that Israel simply does not want a sovereign Palestinian state and consider its serious implications

22:42

Chinas Indicators Point to Slowing Economy Peace and Freedom

With the Chinese leaderships 2017 growth target secure, the economy showed signs of slowing in October after Beijing dialed back stimulus efforts and closed northern factories around a big Communist Party meeting.

The Wall Street Journal
November 14, 2017

BEIJINGWith the Chinese leaderships 2017 growth target secure, the economy showed signs of slowing in October after Beijing dialed back stimulus efforts and closed northern factories around a big Communist Party meeting.

Growth in factory output, fixed-asset investment and retail sales all slowed a tad in October, as Beijing imposed tighter pollution controls and continued restrictions on home purchases in the countrys big cities.

Industrial output, a rough proxy for economic growth, expanded by 6.2% in October compared with a 6.6% increase the month before, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday. The reading, though it met economists estimates, was the second slowest this year.

Economists say the slower output growth was a result of Beijings antipollution crackdown and a production halt in northern China as Chinese leaders gathered in the capital last month for a twice-a-decade party congress.

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Fixed-asset investment climbed 7.3% in the January-October period from a year earlier, slowing from a 7.5% increase in the first nine months and hitting the slowest pace since December 1999. Slower property investment was the main factor dragging down total investment, economists say.

The cooling real-estate market is the biggest downside risk for the Chinese economy next year, said Liu Xuezhi, an economist with Bank of Communications .

Chinas housing sales slowed further in October as the governments property-buying controls continued to chill the market. Housing sales by value dropped 3.4% from a year earlier in October, compared with a 2.4% decrease in September.

Property investment expanded at 7.8% in the January-October period, though Mr. Liu expects it to be below total investment growth next year and expects slower home sales will mean demand for furniture, home appliances and construction materials will shrink accordingly.

Chinas retail sales grew 10.0% in October from a year earlier, down from a 10.3% increase in September. The reading was the slowest in eight months and below market expectations.

Both investment and fiscal spending have decreased, indicating that the government has pulled back some stimulus as the whole-year growth is on track to beat the 6.5% target, said Zhou Hao, an economist with Commerzba...

22:30

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 28 stan van houcke

Op Project Syndicate, een website die zichzelf aanprijst als The Worlds Opinion Page, van dinsdag 7 november 2017 stelde opiniemaker Ian Buruma:

In our populist age, right-wing ideologues have managed to move in high circles, by muting their overt racism and disguising their bigotry under a lot of smart patter. But they have also benefited from liberal elites' lofty disdain, which validates their narrative of victimization.

Typerend voor dezelfde hooggestemde minachting zijnBuruma...

22:27

Ray McGovern: Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt stan van houcke

Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt

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22:25

Global Warming stan van houcke

Record high CO2 emissions delay global peak

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It was previously hoped that emissions might soon reach their peak after three stable years, so the new projection for 2017 is an unwelcome message for policy makers and delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn this week.
The research, published today simultaneously in the journals Nature Climate Change, Earth System Science Data Discussions and Environmental Research Letters, reveals that global emissions from all human activities will reach 41 billion tonnes in 2017, following a projected 2% rise in burning fossil fuels.
The figures point to China as the main cause of the renewed...

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Hezbollah at the center of Lebanons current crisis Peace and Freedom

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FILE In this Sept. 17, 2012 file photo, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, center, escorted by his bodyguards, waves to a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters during a rally denouncing an anti-Islam film that has provoked a week of unrest in Muslim countries worldwide, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Nasrallah, who took over the militant group in 1992, has focused on integration into Lebanons sectarian-based politics, fighting Israel and expanding the groups regional reach. (Hussein Malla, File/Associated Press)

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BEIRUT The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah is at the center of the recent crisis that has gripped Lebanon and rattled a region already rife with conflict.

When Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri declared his resignation in a surprise announcement from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, he blamed Hezbollah for imposing itself on the country and doing the bidding of its main backer, Iran, in Lebanon and elsewhere in the region.

The one-time local Shiite guerrilla army that rallied Lebanons Shiites and battled Israel even earning admiration from the regions Sunnis has turned into a powerful, well-armed group caught up in the Iran-Saudi rivalry that is shaping the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia singled Hezbollah out, accusing it of declaring war on the kingdom, just as the U.S. ratcheted up its pressure on Iran and imposed new sanctions on Hezbollah, which it considers a terrorist group.

Here is a look at the 35-year old militant group, its sources of power and regional role.

Hezbollahs leader, Hassan Nasrallah, accused Saudi Arabia of detaining Lebanons Saad al-Hariri and forcing him to resign, but Riyadh said Hariri is a free man...

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Vermoordt Poetin journalisten? stan van houcke

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German & intl fighters join Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion stan van houcke

Growing number of German & intl fighters join Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion report

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Deutsche Nazi's in Ukraine stan van houcke

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Das ukrainische Regiment Asow wirbt mit Flyern auf Neonazi-Veranstaltungen um neue Mitglieder - offenbar erfolgreich: Immer mehr Sldner schlieen sich an, um "Europa vor dem Aussterben" zu bewahren.
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Tomgram: Alfred W. McCoy, Washington's Drug of Choice in the War on Terror

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Yemen - Having Lost The War Saudis Try Genocide stan van houcke

Yemen - Having Lost The War Saudis Try Genocide - Media Complicit

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Saudi Arabia reacting to UN famine warnings says ports in Yemen it controls will reopen for aid deliveries. Riyadh shut them down last week after a missile attack blamed on Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
The above headlines are false. The Saudi government announced the re-opening of some Yemeni ports and airports. All of these are in the south and under control of Saudi proxy forces who are fighting the Houthi-Saleh alliance in north-west Yemen. Some 70% of the population lives in the north-western areas which will continue to be under an extreme blockade. The most important port in their area is Hodeida which will stay closed. Back in March the U.S. Pentagon tried to get control of the port. But fighting for it would have destroyed the piers and thereby the supply route for some 20 million people. The most important airport is in Sanaa. The Saudi/U.S./UK alliance blocks even UN flights with medical supplies from using it.
The Saudis now "request" the UN to send an expert commission to Riyadh to "discuss" procedures for future control of the ports that are not held by its proxies. Such a process will take weeks if not months. The Saudis will, like the Pentagon earlier, demand total control over the ports which their opponents will of course...

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Federal Appeals Court Agrees to Hear Case for Dzhokhar Tsarnaevs Innocence

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U.S. Manufacturing Picks Up Pace While Waiting for Donald Trumps Policy Promises Peace and Freedom

Makers of everything from bulldozers to food products are on an upswing as production, spending and sentiment improve

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American manufacturing has improved during the year since Donald Trumps election, despite a lack of promised policy changes aimed at lifting the sectors fortunes.

Instead, say executives and observers, business for makers of items from bulldozers to semiconductors to food products is on an upswing thanks to steady global economic growth, a rise in energy and other commodity prices, and increased confidence. Overall in the U.S., the sector is adding jobs.

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Manufacturing absolutely has improved relative to where we were a year ago, said William Strauss, a manufacturing economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, who described the sectors growth as modest.

Various measures of industrial production, spending, sentiment, and employment have climbed, while stock markets have risen to record highs partly in anticipation that the businessman-turned-president would usher in reduced taxes and fewer regulations.

Global macroeconomic conditions are solid, Rockwell Automation Inc. Chief Executive Blake Moret told analysts, citing strong orders and optimistic forecasts for global gross domestic growth and industrial production.

Rockwell the Milwaukee-based maker of factory hardware and software to myriad manufacturers around the world said last week it expected organic sales growth as high as 6.5% in its fiscal 2018, with an additional 2.5% boost from a weaker dollar.

Global energy and commodity prices have rebounded amid growth in many economies around the world. That has led to more sales for Illinois-based manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. and other makers of heavy machinery used to extract natural resources.

In the process, Caterpillar has increased its domestic workforce by 3,200 from the end of March to 49,700 at the end of September.

The overall environment is more bu...

21:45

British PM to Russia: We know what you are doing Peace and Freedom

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has strong words for Russia: 'We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed' https://t.co/AB4s1k5n2y

Updated 10:03 PM ET, Mon November 13, 2017

(CNN)  UK Prime Minister Theresa May has strong words for Russia over what she called its attempts to weaponize information to sow discord and undermine Western institutions.

We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed, she said on Monday. Because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies, and the commitment of Western nations to the alliances that bind us.
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In a speech at the Lord Mayors Banquet in London, May accused Moscow of meddling in elections and planting fake news stories as part of sustained campaign of cyberespionage and disruption. Since its annexation of Crimea, May said Russia had fomented conflict in eastern Ukraine, violated airspace of European countries, and hacked the Danish ministry of defense and the German Parliament.
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The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise, she said. So we will take the necessary actions to counter Russian activity. But this is not where we want to be and not the relationship with Russia we want.
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Her criticism comes amid mounting allegations that groups linked to Russia or the Kremlin itself meddled in elections and referenda, including BrexitCatalonias independence vote, and the 2016 US presidential election. Her comments are in stark contrast to Presidents Donald Trumps recent comment that he believed...

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Revealed - Saudis Plan To Give Up Palestine - For War On Iran Moon of Alabama

The tyrants of Saudi Arabia developed a plan that sells away Palestine. They see this as necessary to get U.S. support for their fanatic campaign against their perceived enemy Iran. An internal Saudi memorandum, leaked to the Lebanese paper Al-Akbar,...

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Foreign Agent News Sputnik Publishes Drone Film of ISIS Troop Columns Fleeing Russian Bombing ThereAreNoSunglasses

Russian MoD Releases Photos Proving US-Led Coalition Refused to Strike Daesh

The Russian Defense Ministry has said that US forces had refused to carry out airstrikes against Daesh (ISIS) terrorists who were retreating from Syrias town of Abu Kamal.

The operation to liberate Syrias eastern town of Abu-Kamal has shown that the US-led coalition has been directly supporting Daesh terrorist group, according to the Defense Ministry.

The ministry has published photos showing that the armed extremists were leaving Abu Kamal leaving for the Syrian-Iraqi Border. The Russian forces command has offered the US-led coalition to conduct a joint operation to destroy columns of terrorists on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river. However, offers have been rejected, according to a statement from the Russian military.

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Austrian activist can sue Facebook Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File | Max Schrems is suing Facebooks Irish division for various alleged rights violations
LUXEMBOURG (AFP)  Austrian activist Max Schrems can sue Facebook over alleged privacy breaches, but cannot bring a class action lawsuit against the US social media giant, the adviser to the EUs top court said Tuesday.

Schrems is suing Facebooks Irish division in an Austrian court for various alleged rights violations including tracking of user data and involvement in the US National Security Agencys PRISM surveillance programme.

He had also lodged cases on behalf of seven other Facebook users in Austria, Germany and India.

Facebook had challenged the jurisdiction of the Austrian courts in the case, and argued that Schremss professional activities on his account meant he was no longer a private consumer.

The advocate general to the European Court of Justice said in a legal opinion that Schrems may be able to rely on his consumer status in order to sue Facebook Ireland before the Austrian courts.

However, Mr Schrems cannot rely on his consumer status with respect to claims assigned to him by other consumers.

The EU advocate generals legal opinions are often, but not always, followed by the the ECJs judges in their final decision.

Austrias Supreme Court had referred the matter to the ECJ after Schremss lawsuit was first thrown out and then restored by the countrys courts.

Facebook welcomed the findings on the collective lawsuit.

Todays opinion supports the decisions of two courts that Mr Schremss claims cannot proceed as class action on behalf of other consumers in Austrian courts, a Facebook spokesman said in a statement to AFP.

Schrems is also suing Irelands data protection regulator over the transfer of personal information by Facebook from Europe to the United States in a separate case being considered by the ECJ


21:32

Donald Trumps Asia trip shows that he is being played Peace and Freedom

By Will Gore
The Independent

The Chinese have rolled out the red carpet and thus avoided both tricky questions of the sort usually asked by Western leaders and any sort of confrontation over trade

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Such is the paradoxical nature of Donald Trumps Presidency that it should perhaps have come as no surprise that the man who swept to power on the promise of putting America First should undertake a lengthier tour of Asia than any of his three most recent predecessors.

Perhaps he decided that it is more pleasant to be feted as a foreign dignitary than hated as a divisive head of state. Certainly he enjoyed many warm words of welcome from those he visited during his trip and he repaid the compliments by the bucketload. Yet it remains unclear whether Trump actually achieved a great deal during his 11 days away.

At the outset, he was said to have three objectives, according to General HR McMaster, the US National Security Adviser. First was the promotion of democratic freedom and openness; second was to press for fair trade to boost Americas prosperity; third was to deal with North Korea.

In relation to the first aim, it might have been thought that the President would raise concerns over human rights abuses by China, or the large-scale killing of drug pushers in the Philippines, or the lack of media freedom in Vietnam. When it came to it, though, he evidently felt it was a little impertinent to be so rude. He is, after all, always wary of causing offence.

As for the second, he has regularly railed against Chinese trade policies, which he argues amount to an assault on Americas economy. Yet when he was actually in Beijing, he simply told President Xi what a special man he was (Xi, not Trump, though he probably feels the same about himself).

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21:25

israels Money Machine-Jewish oligarchs fund crimes against humanity Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israels Money Machine Jewish oligarchs fund crimes against humanity Philip Giraldi   The stars came out in Hollywood on November 2nd, or at least some of them did. The gala event celebrated the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and raised funds to support its mission in Israel itself and on the occupied West Bank. The organization []

21:23

Why Chinese vendors, large and small, are rushing to embrace cashless payments Peace and Freedom

Switch reduces risk of being robbed and they no longer have to worry about fake banknotes

By He Huifeng
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 3:27pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 5:51pm

Shenzhen taxi driver Xu Jialiang used to worry that the stack of banknotes he carried in his cab each night made him an easy target for robbers.

But Chinas mobile payments boom has changed all that, with taxi drivers among the many people now accepting cashless transactions made using smartphone apps that scan QR codes. They and street vendors, along with bigger operations, now worry less about counterfeit notes and the risk of robbery, and the use of QR codes has even spread to churches and temples, with many now accepting donations made via cashless payment apps.

Id been carrying a few hundred yuan sometimes more than a thousand in the car every day for years because I was...

21:16

Athens, Greece: Insurrection Festival Digital Anonymity and Security (PDF) Insurrection News

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13.11.17: As activists we must know the dangers of the cyberspace, and learn how to protect our privacy. Avoiding the use of telecommunication tools is not an option. But either we own the technology we use or the technology owns us.

Here are some basic concepts and tips from yesterdays workshop. We publish this info and ask you to help spread it because information wants to be free 

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21:16

Wars for israel a very expensive pastime Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Post-9/11 War Debt Will Cost $8 Trillion in Interest alone US Paying for Terror War With Massive Borrowing ed noteas we have counseled here now for sometime, Trump, Inc represents the biggest Hail Mary pass in history on the part of those heavily-invested interests (military, financial, etc) who understand that America has run out of road []

21:15

Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR Peace and Freedom

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SYDNEY (Reuters) The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealands offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea, as about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water.

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An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via REUTERS

The asylum seekers have been holed up inside the center for the past two weeks defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility, saying they fear for their safety if moved to transit centers.

With many detainees complaining of illness bought about by the unsanitary conditions in the camp, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Australia to allow 150 of them to resettle in New Zealand.

We urge Australia to reconsider this and take up the offer, Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative at the UNHCR told Reuters.

Most of the asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Syria.

Australias sovereign borders immigration policy, under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups but has bipartisan political support in Australia.

Australia says allowing asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores would only encourage people smugglers in Asia and see more people risk their lives trying to sail to Australia.

Two motions introduced in Australias parliament by the Labor and Green parties, and passed in the upper house on Tuesday, call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to approve the New Zealand proposal.

This is a foul and bloody stain on Australias national conscience, Greens senator Nick McKim told reporters.

Turnbull this month rejected the refugee resettlement offer from his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, preferring instead to work through an existing refugee swap deal he negotiated with former U.S. President Barack Obama last...

21:15

Behind the Saudi Troublemaking Strategic Culture Foundation

Saudi Arabias monarchy is bombing Yemen, locking up domestic rivals and stirring up trouble in Lebanon, while a slow-burning confrontation continues against Qatar which could split the Gulf Cooperation Council, says Paul Cochrane.

21:09

China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings Peace and Freedom

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AFP | China has not only overtaken the US in sheer numbers, but also in aggregate performance of supercomputers

BEIJING (AFP)  China now has more high-performance supercomputers than ever before, again besting the United States in global rankings, a supercomputer tracking organisation said.

The standing corresponds with Chinas growing reputation as the global leader in supercomputers, as the Asian power prepares to launch in June 2018 a prototype exascale computing machine a super supercomputer.

Some 202 of the worlds fastest supercomputers are in China compared with 143 in the US according to Top500, a site that has tracked supercomputer development for more than two decades.

The list, produced twice a year, rates supercomputers based on speed in a benchmark test by experts from Germany and the US.

It is the largest number of supercomputers China has ever claimed on the Top500 ranking, the survey said on Monday, with the US presence shrinking to its lowest level since the lists inception.

Supercomputers are vital tools for advanced scientific work because of their ability to perform rapid calculations for everything from weather forecasts to missile development.

China has not only overtaken the US in sheer numbers, but also in aggregate performance. Two of the fastest machines on the list the Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 (Milkyway-2) are in China.

Located at Chinas national supercomputer centre in the eastern city of Wuxi, the Sunway TaihuLight is used for climate modelling and life science research.

Taking the third and fourth slots on the performance list are supercomputers from Switzerland and Japan, respectively, while the American Titan sits at fifth.

The US led with 169 systems to Chinas 160 just six months ago, but its performance fell while Chinas improved in a reversal of fortunes, the survey said. However, it remained well ahead of third-place Japan, which has 35 machines on the list.

China surpassed the US in the Top500 list for the first time in 2016.

If China successfully develops a super supercomputer prototype this coming summer, it will take the lead in an international race to a build a system capable of one quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second.


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21:06

Challenge Accepted! Muslim Activists Hack ISIS Servers Clarion Project

Activist Muslim hackers threatened ISIS that they will 'destroy" the organization on November 17, 2017.Activist Muslim hackers threaten ISIS that they will destroy the organization on November 17, 2017.

A group of Muslim activists hacked into ISIS servers after the terror group announced it upped online security following a series of cyber attacks on its news agency Amaq.

In response to recent events, we have imposed more stringent security measures on our systems, ISIS said in an Arabic email. We can now handle email attacks or any type of hack.

Challenge accepted wrote the hackers on Twitter who operate

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under the handle Di5s3nSi0N and use the hashtag #SilenceTheSwords.

Barely three hours later, the hackers tweeted Challenge complete too easy! 2000 email subscribers hacked from Amaq What is next??

The hackers released the 2,000 email addresses of Amaq subscribers online.

ISIS uses its news agency to distribute its propaganda as well as to announce terror attacks around the world. As ISIS power base continues to shrink due to global defeats, so does its online presence.

Amaq was hit with a series of hacks and is now reduced to communicating with its supporters solely on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app.

The hackers...

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NEW CHAMBER IN THE GREAT PYRAMID DETECTED Giza Death Star

This story, I suspect, regular readers here knew I would be talking about. Using muons, scientists seem to have confirmed the existence of yet

The post NEW CHAMBER IN THE GREAT PYRAMID DETECTED appeared first on Giza Death Star.

20:57

Saudi insanity, US belligerence and ridiculous mainstream media propaganda: Things are escalating quickly right now Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Saudi insanity, US belligerence and ridiculous mainstream media propaganda: Things are escalating quickly right now Michael Krieger Liberty Blitzkrieg Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00 UTC I didnt spend all week writing about the gigantic tremors occurring in the Middle East because I thought it was fun. If Im even remotely correct in my analysis, the []

20:46

President Macron snubbed by Saudi Arabia, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

Having hastily organised a detour via Saudi Arabia in order to repatriate the Lebanese Prime Minister, who is being held prisoner with his family there, President Emmanuel Macron had to swallow an unprecedented public affront. Although the French and Western Press did everything they could to camouflage the events, Arab public opinion could not help but note the staggering loss of French prestige and influence in the Middle East.

20:45

Russia"s Alleged Meddling in Catalan Vote: Playing the Blame Game Strategic Culture Foundation

Western politicians have been resorting to blame-shifting tactic increasingly often. Each and everything going awry in the world is the fault of Russia. The drive of peoples for independence is a good example. Take Catalonia to illustrate the point.

20:36

Iraqi Kurds accept court decision to ban secession from Baghdad Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Kurdistan Regional Government says it hopes acceptance begins a new phase in efforts to restart stalled negotiations over its future

20:24

Why David Daviss Brexit vote announcement matters Peace and Freedom

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I know this doesnt sound that exciting unless you are as much of a nerd as I am. However, the Brexit secretarys announcement in the House of Commons in the last few minutes really matters.

It matters because the Brexit deal that shapes the future of the country will now be the subject of a specific new Act of Parliament that MPs and Lords will have to approve in early 2019, before we leave the EU.

It matters because Parliament will now be given specific votes, therefore, on the deal itself once the broad outlines have been agreed (Remember, the thrust of it is expected in about a years time, although that feels hard to believe sometimes.)

It matters because the decision is a big concession to the Tory rebels and Labour MPs who were threatening to vote against the government, in part, because of ministers refusal to promise a new set of laws.

And it matters because it demonstrates that the government was unlikely to be able to persuade enough of their own side to vote with them to keep the show on the road this week.

A confident government wouldnt have conceded like this the day before the Brexit debate was due to come back to the Commons in earnest.

This climbdown does not remotely mean that other grievances over the existing Brexit legislation will disappear.

It doesnt mean that the next few weeks will suddenly become plain sailing. And if there isnt a withdrawal deal with the rest of the EU, well, then there cant be a bill that covers the withdrawal bill.

Its only in the coming days that the government will know if they have done enough to get the...

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British PM May pledges to protect Europe from Russian threats Peace and Freedom

LONDON (Reuters) British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday the government would maintain its commitment to protecting Europe after Brexit as she accused Russia of military aggression and meddling in elections.

The prime minister said Britain would continue to provide assistance to states that were victims of aggression.

The UK will remain unconditionally committed to maintaining Europes security, May said in a speech at the Guildhall in Londons financial district.

The comprehensive new economic partnership we seek will underpin our shared commitment to open economies and free societies in the face of those who seek to undermine them.

The British government is playing one its strongest cards in the Brexit negotiations by offering to put its defense and security assets at the disposal of the EU in the hope of winning concessions on future trading and economic relations.

The country has bigger defense budgets than any other EU member state and its diplomatic and intelligence services are among the most extensive in Europe.

FILE PHOTO: Britains Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

Its government also argues it is one of the leading EU contributors to a range of security measures, such as data and evidence sharing, extradition measures and to the EUs police agency Europol.

May on Monday accused Russia of fomenting violence in eastern Ukraine, of repeatedly violating the national airspace of several European countries, and mounting a campaign of cyber attacks.

She also accused Russia of meddling in elections and hacking the Danish defense ministry, the German parliament and its state-media of planting fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to undermine western institutions.

May said the government is working to reform NATO so it is better placed to counter Russian hostility and has stepped up military and economic support to Ukraine.

We will take the necessary actions to counter Russian activity, she said.

May also said she wanted better relations with Russia if it worked to promote peace.

Russia can, and I hope one day will, choose this different path, she said. But for as long as Russia does not, we will act together to protect our interests and the international order on which they depend.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg


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20:15

Trump and Putin: What Comes Next? Strategic Culture Foundation

As the APEC summit drew nearer, it became clear that the Russian president would not bring any agenda to Vietnam that suggested a willingness to reverse course or offer major concessions to U.S. preferences regarding Russian policy on North Korea, Syria, Iran and Ukraine.

20:14

The last thing israel wants are de-escalation zones in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Tel Aviv signals Israel will continue striking Syria with no respect to de-escalation zone agreement Source : PressTV Link:  (AhlulBayt News Agency) The Israeli regime has signaled that Tel Aviv would continue with military strikes across the Syrian border to thwart any alleged encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, including the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, even []

20:10

Santiago, Chile: Sale el nmero 22 del boletn La Bomba Insurrection News

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A nuestrxs queridxs lectores en cualquier parte del globo, y a lxs presxs subversivxs de nuestro territorio. Entregamos para ustedes un nuevo boletn recopilatorio, el cual esta vez corresponder a septiembre.

Empezamos esta recopilacin adjuntando acciones que se desarrollaron en el mes de agosto, como por ejemplo distintas manifestaciones estudiantiles las cuales culminaron con fuertes enfrentamientos en varios liceos de la ciudad y en donde la propaganda anrquica e insurrecta se vio reflejada lejos de lxs convocantes y la institucionalidad. Los cortes de calle con barricadas, las bombas molotov contra la polica y los panfletos por los aires llamaban al caos y a la solidaridad activa con lxs presxs.

Mientras en el sur, especficamente en Concepcin, las manifestaciones contra el gaseoducto que se quiere instalar en el mar toman mucha fuerza. Expresiones...

20:06

israels Threats Could Push It into Unnecessary War with Iran Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israels Threats Could Push It into Unnecessary War with Iran  AXIS OF EVIL by Shemuel Meir  Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are striving together to cancel the JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran. Even Netanyahus new mantra, that he only wants to fix the deal, is actually mean to bring about its cancelation in a slightly more []

20:03

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On November 14, 2017 (Map Update)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah are still struggling to establish control over the border city of al-Bukamal. The city is at least partly controlled by ISIS. Existing photos and videos show clashes in the area.

The SAA Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces have started their advance agaiinst ISIS in the countryside of al-Mayadin. They have advanced about 30km and got control over Bir Daham and Tall Milhim. They are now in about 40km from al-Bukamal.

Clashes continued between the SAA and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham north and northeast of Hama city. No significant advances have been made by the sides.

Iraqi forces are now working on clearing the bank of Euphrates near the ISIS-held town of Rawah. When this is done, they will start an operation to liberate the town.

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On November 14, 2017 (Map Update)

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20:03

Lebanon again dangerously at mercy of Saudi Arabia-Iran rivalry Peace and Freedom

Mystery of missing prime minister continues even after interview

By Nahlah Ayed, CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2017 5:42 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2017 6:04 PM ET

Posters depicting Saad Hariri, who has resigned as Lebanon's prime minister, are on display throughout Beirut.

Posters depicting Saad Hariri, who has resigned as Lebanons prime minister, are on display throughout Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir/Reuters)

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19:59

20 European Officials Denied Entry to israel for Boycott Support #BDS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

20 European Officials Denied Entry to Israel for Boycott Support   .singleblog-contan .summary-image:not(:first-child){ display: none; } 14 Nov 9:22 AM           Israel announced, on Monday, that it plans to deny entry to a European delegation, using the recently approved legislation which bars visits by anti-Israel boycott activists. Israeli newspaper Haaretz said []

19:56

Trump calls for repeal of ObamaCare mandate, cuts to top tax rate Peace and Freedom

By Naomi Jagoda
The Hill

 

 November 13, 2017
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President Trump on Monday said the final GOP tax bill should include language repealing ObamaCares individual mandate and cutting the top individual tax rate to 35 percent.
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I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard on cutting taxes {& reform.} Were getting close! Trump tweeted.
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Now, how about ending the unfair & highly unpopular Indiv Mandate in OCare & reducing taxes even further? Cut top rate to 35% w/all of the rest going to middle income cuts?
Trump, who is currently in the Philippines for the last leg of his 12-day tour of Asia, has repeatedly called for the tax legislation to include a repeal of the individual mandate in recent weeks. Repeal of the mandate is not in either the House or Senate bills, but GOP lawmakers say the issue is still under discussion.
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President Trump on Monday at a summit meeting in Manila. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticized Trumps comments in his own statement, saying that the presidents core blue-collar, middle class supporters wer...

19:55

An Escalating Afghan Crisis of Profit Over Life Dissident Voice

Surkh Gul with her daughter.

My familys water well has dried up, 18-year-old Surkh Gul said.

Ours too, echoed 13-year-old Inaam.

A distressed Surkh Gul lamented: We have to fetch water from the public well along the main road, but that water is muddy, not fit for drinking. I get bottled water for my two-year-old daughter. At least someone in the family should stay healthy.

Inaam chipped in: Fortunately, for now, the water that we fetch from a nearby mosque is clean.

A U.S. and Afghan Geological Survey of Kabul Basins water resources found that about half of the shallow groundwater supply could become dry by 2050 due to declining recharge and stream-flows under projected climate change.

For years, the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees has also highlighted this water crisis to the Afghan government.

But, the U.S./NATO/Afghanistan coalition and mainstream media have been so occupied with the business of a failed war on terror that basic human development and needs are glossed over or ignored.

Because of worsening security, Surkh Guls husband and in-laws left Afghanistan to seek asylum in Europe, abandoning her and her daughter in Kabul. Surkh Gul cant find any job. She stopped schooling when she got married, and though she re-enrolled herself in school this year, she couldnt attend classes on many days. I have to take care of my daughter and find some income sewing odds and ends for people in the neighbourhood.

Its no wonder that on some days she feels like shes going mad. Sometimes, when she visits us, we can tell shes stressed and moody: she speaks in edgy bursts, her voice is harsh and her eyes are restless, underlined by tear stains.

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Seems the USA and their attack dog, NATO, are willing to sacrifice Europe in their bid to destroy Russia Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

NATO Tells Europe: Prepare for a Russian invasion. Who Are the Most Dangerous Russians in the World Today? By Marcus Godwyn As western media and politicians relentlessly continue to spew forth warnings to their hapless populations about the ever present and growing Russian threat, only today: 12-11-2017 NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg has told Europe []

19:49

The Harsh Plight of 152 Million Child Labourers HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Nov 14 2017 (IPS) While trillions of dollars are being spent on exploring remote galaxies, Planet Earth is still home to harsh realities that could be easily and much less expensivelyresolved. One of them is that worldwide 152 million children are currently victims of child labour.

Child labour is mostly found in agriculture. 108 million boys and girls are engaged in child labour in farming, livestock, forestry, fishing or aquaculture, often working long hours and facing occupational hazards. Child labour violates childrens rights. Credit: FAO

Of this total, 60 per cent of child labourers aged 5-17 years work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock. This makes a total of around 100 million girls and boys used as a cheap or even unpaid work force.

The majority (67.5 per cent) of these 152 million child labourers are unpaid family members. In agriculture, however, this percentage is higher, and is combined with very early entry into work, sometimes between 5 and 7 years of age. Add to all this that about 59 per cent of all children in hazardous work aged 517 is in agriculture.

This scary data, elaborated by key specialised UN agencies, also shows that agriculture is one of the three most dangerous sectors in terms of work-related fatalities, non-fatal accidents and occupational diseases.

Poverty is the main cause of child labour in agriculture, together with limited access to quality education, inadequate agricultural technology and access to adult labour, high hazards and risks, and traditional attitudes towards childrens participation in agricultural activities, says the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Especially in the context of family farming, ILO adds, small-scale fisheries and livestock h...

19:48

Justice Dept. to Weigh Inquiry Into Clinton Foundation Should a special counsel should be appointed? Peace and Freedom

The Shootaring Canyon uranium mill in the desert outside Ticaboo, Utah, last month. Credit George Frey/Getty Images

WASHINGTON The Justice Department said Monday that prosecutors were looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate political rivals President Trump has singled out for scrutiny, including Hillary Clinton.

The department, in a letter sent to the House Judiciary Committee, said the prosecutors would examine allegations that donations to the Clinton Foundation were tied to a 2010 decision by the Obama administration to allow a Russian nuclear agency to buy Uranium One, a company that owned access to uranium in the United States, and other issues.

The letter appeared to be a direct response to Mr. Trumps statement on Nov. 3, when he said he was disappointed with his beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and that longstanding unproven allegations about the Clintons and the Obama administration should be investigated.

Any such in...

19:45

Obama"s Legacy: the Failed State of Libya Strategic Culture Foundation

Thanks to the discordant foreign policy of President Barack Obama and his secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Libya, once the gem for high-living standards in Africa, is today a failed state.

19:41

Dozens of Afghan security forces killed in Taliban raids Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | Afghan security forces have faced soaring casualties in their attempts to hold back the insurgents since NATO combat forces pulled out of the country at the end of 2014

KABUL (AFP)  Dozens of Afghan police and soldiers have been killed in a wave of Taliban attacks on checkpoints in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, as insurgents step up assaults on the beleaguered security forces.

The raids in the southern province of Kandahar and the western province of Farah on Monday night came hours after a suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a US military convoy, wounding four soldiers.

The Taliban issued statements on their social media accounts claiming the attacks.

I can confirm that last night the Taliban launched a wave of attacks on police checkpoints in Maiwand and Zhari districts and we lost 22 brave policemen, Kandahar governor spokesman Qudrat Khushbakht told AFP.

He added that 45 militants were killed during the fighting that lasted around six hours.

In one of the attacks militants used an explosives-packed police pickup to ambush a checkpoint, Kandahar police spokesman Matiullah Helal told AFP.

At least 15 policemen were wounded in the coordinated assaults.

The attack on the US military convoy in Kandahar added to the casualty toll.

There were a total of four US service members injured and all are in stable condition in US medical treatment facilities, a spokesman for NATOs Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said, adding there were no fatalities.

Farah governor spokesman Naser Mehri told AFP nine Afghan National Army soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in the province bordering Iran that also claimed the lives of at least three civilians.

There are signs the Taliban may have used night vision technology to approach and surprise our forces, though they were spotted before reaching the posts and suffered casualties, Mehri said.

The Taliban have intensified attacks on security installations across the country in recent weeks in a show of strength as the United States deploys more troops to train and assist Afghan forces.

Analysts said the Talibans almost daily attacks are intended to show their ability to strike even heavily defended targets with the aim of further demoralising Afghan forces already beset by huge casualties and desertions.

The Taliban often use bomb-laden armoured Humvees and police vehicles stolen from Afghan security forces to blast their way into security compounds.

The tactic was used multiple times last month...

19:38

Cambodia opposition MPs brace for dissolution Cambodia appears to be tilting into dictatorship. Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Delphine THOUVENOT and Suy SE | Cambodias Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has dominated Cambodia for more than three decades, has tightened his grip on the country after recent CNRP electoral gains shook his authority

PHNOM PENH (AFP)  Dozens of their fellow MPs have fled into exile and the prime minister has warned they face hell, but a handful of Cambodian opposition politicians are standing firm ahead of a court ruling almost certain to dissolve their party for good.

Among the holdouts is Lim Kimya, 65, who continues to show up to work for the painstaking task of debating the governments 2018 budget.

But his routine belies the perilous state of his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which strongman premier Hun Sen has promised will be disbanded by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Hun Sen, who has dominated Cambodia for more than three decades, has tightened his grip on the country after recent CNRP electoral gains shook his authority.

The court ruling could carry a five-year ban from office for Lim Kimya and more than 100 other CNRP politicians and staff a fatal blow to a popular movement that has campaigned tirelessly to break Hun Sens 32-year hold on power.

With dual French-Cambodian citizenship, Lim Kimya could have easily joined the three dozen MPs who have fled abroad after the partys president was detained on treason charges in September.

Yet Lim Kimya refuses to quit.

I will never give up politics, he told AFP from the CNRPs headquarters in Phnom Penh, where just 20 other MPs and a skeletal staff remain.

Most MPs are keeping a low profile to avoid arrest or worse in a country with a grim history of political violence.

When Lim Kimya and other MPs protested outside the remote border prison where their leader Kem Sokha has been held since his arrest, guards told them: Well break your head, the MP recounted.

Death knell for democracy?

The court case against CNRP, filed last month by the government, has been blasted by rights groups as Hun Sens final attempt to eliminate his rivals ahead of 2018 polls.

The case accuses the party of conspiring with foreign forces to stage a revolution.

Like many Cambodians, Lim Kimya doesnt have any illusions about how judges will rule in a country where Hun Sens influence seeps through all layers of government. Last week the premier bluntly told CNRP politicians to defect to his party, an offer only one MP has taken.

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19:32

U.S. Pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi Only Helps China, Aides Warn Peace and Freedom

Ahead of Rex Tillerson visit to Myanmar, leaders team says West is driving them closer to Beijing

Updated Nov. 13, 2017 2:05 p.m. ET

NAYPYITAW, MyanmarAides to Aung San Suu Kyi have been warning Western ambassadors that their pressure on Myanmar in support of ethnic Rohingya Muslims is pushing the country closer to Chinaa sign of the resistance that awaits U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he visits on Wednesday.

Washington and others are pressing Buddhist-majority Myanmar and its Nobel Prize-winning leader to do more to address a humanitarian crisis caused by a military crackdown on the Rohingya that drove over 600,000 people across the border into Bangladesh.

Mr. Tillerson in September condemned what he called the horrors that we are witnessing in Myanmar, amid reports that the military had burned Rohingya villages and killed and raped villagers. Proposed legislation in the U.S. Congress seeks to block the assets of military leaders and ban their travel.

During his visit, Mr. Tillerson intends to meet with senior leaders and officials on actions to address the crisis and U.S. support for the democratic transition in the formerly military-ruled country, according to the State Department.

Myanmar denies refugee accounts of atrocities during the security operations, which came after a Rohingya militant group attacked military outposts near the border in August. Ms. Suu Kyis government accuses Western leaders of falling for what they say are biased reports.

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar take shelter in Teknaf, near Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh on Monday.Photo: navesh chitrakar/Reuters

Ms. Suu Kyis aides said she wouldnt change course in response to U.S. or European sanctions. We are used to being under pressurefirst it was the military, now its the West, said Win Htein, a senior party leader close to Ms. Suu Kyi.

Mr. Win Htein said he has told Western diplomats that if such pressure continues, its inevitable that Myanmar will move closer to its neighbor China.

Beijing has been Myanmars most vocal defender, last week blocking Western efforts for a resolution in the U.N. Security Council, which settled for a nonbinding statement that demanded an...

19:30

The enemy within: israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel Lobby Dragged Into the Light Jonathan Cook on their powerful role in US politics The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britains international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a family holiday, offers a small, opaque window on the UKs powerful Israel lobby. Patels off-the-books []

19:29

Antibiotic Resistance Is a Global Crisis We Cannot Ignore UN HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on 13 November 2017, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), called for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Laboratory worker testing antibiotics on a resistant infection. Photo: PAHO/Joshua Cogan

Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we cannot ignore, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

If we dont tackle this threat with strong, coordinated action, antimicrobial resistance will take us back to a time when people feared common infections and risked their lives from minor surgery.

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. Infections affecting people including pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhoea and animals alike are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.

FAO advocates for the implementation of good practices in terrestrial and aquatic production and health systems, said Kundhavi Kadiresan, the UN agencys Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, as she formally opened the Weeks celebrations in the region.

This years theme is to seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics. For food and agriculture, this means that one of the best ways to tackle AMR is to diminish the need of antimicrobials at farm settings through the promotion of good practices in livestock production, aquaculture farming and c...

19:27

How the British Governments Attempts to Fight Corruption and Money Laundering are Already Failing bellingcat

On 19 August 2017, Bellingcat published an article regarding the new Persons of Significant Control (PSC) requirements introduced by the government, intended to deter the owners of Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLPs) from using the vehicles unique opaque structure as a means to conduct criminal activity.  Subsequently, as reported by the Guardian and the OCCRP, SLPs were used to launder the proceeds of another multi-billion money laundering scandal, this time the Azerbaijani Laundromat, hot on the heels of numerous stories revolving around SLPs and their widespread use by money launderers and fraudsters all around the world.

Now that the deadline has long-passed for SLPs to reveal who their PSCs are, Bellingcat have taken a second look at the PSC filings, to ascertain whether the governments initiative has proven to be effective and what kind of information is being submitted to Companies House.

For the purposes of this article, all of the SLPs incorporated from 1 January 2016 to 31 October 2017 were examined and their PSC filings as of 8 November 2017 were recorded. During this time period, 7,827 SLPs were incorporated.  Of these, 7,213 are still active.  2,402 (33%) have still not filed their PSC statement.  2,158 (30%) have named an individual or corporate vehicle as their PSC. The remainder have filed a variety of statements explaining why they cannot currently name their PSC, or statements claiming that there is no registrable person.

In the PSC statements so far filed, individuals from 62 countries are named. Notably, individuals in all of the post-Soviet states have been named and every continent in the world (excluding Antarctica) is represented.  As stated in our previous report, British citizens are not named on the majority of PSC filings, falling behind Ukrainian, Russian, Belarusian and Uzbek nationals.

In fact, just 75 PSC filings name British nationals.  In contrast, 557 Ukrainians are named on PSC documents...

19:25

The Real War on Coal Is in China Peace and Freedom

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President Trumps efforts to support U.S. coal are tangential to the real action

An open-pit coal mine, located in Fushun, in northeast China's Liaoning province.
An open-pit coal mine, located in Fushun, in northeast Chinas Liaoning province. PHOTO: YAN BO/ZUMA PRESS

The U.S. is suddenly coal country again, thanks to President Trump.

But in the real coal countrythe one that sucks up half of global supply every yeardemand for the black stuff is poised to deteriorate sharply over the next year. Investors hoping strong global growth and favorable U.S. policies will boost coal prices and stocks should keep focused on China instead.

Winter is usually Chinas peak coal season, but this time around environmental inspections, rebounding hydropower, and slowing real-estate development are together painting a dire picture for demand. Figures released Tuesday showed Chinese power demand growing at the slowest rate since mid-2016 in October. Production of nearly every other heavy industrial product also slowed as a weaker property market and pollution crackdowns start to bite. Hydropower output meanwhile rose 17% as the effects of a nasty drought faded. Coal power production went negative for the second month in a row, falling almost 3% on the year.

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19:23

Riyadh to host Syria opposition meeting Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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19:17

I must say I was amazed to see this on the BBC News: Exposed: Secret Raqqa ISIS Withdrawal Deal Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Exposed: Secret Raqqa ISIS Fighters Withdrawal Deal By BBC A secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition Lorry driver Abu Fawzi thought it was going to be just another job. He drives an 18-wheeler across some of the most []

19:14

German Economy Steams Ahead in Boost to Euro Area Recovery Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Piotr Skolimowski

November 14, 2017, 2:00 AM EST Updated on November 14, 2017, 2:32 AM EST
  • Total output increased 0.8% in third quarter vs 0.6% estimate
  • Growth was especially driven by exports and investment
While Germany has long been an engine of expansion for the euro area thanks to robust domestic demand and striving exports, the rest of the region is finally catching up.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The German economy powered ahead in the third quarter, underpinning a recovery in the euro area.

Gross domestic product rose 0.8 percent in the July-September period after increasing 0.6 percent in the previous three months, the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden said on Tuesday. Thats well above the 0.6 percent median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. Output increased expanded 2.8 percent from a year earlier when adjusted for working days.

The report confirms the Bundesbanks prediction that the German economy carried its strong growth momentum into the second half, putting it on course for its best performance since 2011 and potentially straining up against its maximum capacity. As the euro areas largest economy, that expansion is bolstering the currency blocs upturn and supporting the global outlook.

You can feel the German economy is really humming along, Holger Sandte, chief European analyst at Nordea Markets in Copenhagen, said before the release. We are looking at a pretty robust picture so that raises the question: where is the speed limit?

The euro strengthened after the release and traded 0.2 percent higher on the day at $1.1688 at 8:27 a.m. in Frankfurt....

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BBC coverage of missile attacks in two ME locations BBC Watch

As regular readers will be aware, since the beginning of this year there have been five separate incidents in which missiles were launched into Israel from the Sinai peninsula and nine additional  missile attacks from the Gaza Strip. 

The BBCs English language services have not reported any of those fourteen attacks.

Fortunately and not least because Israeli civilians are well-drilled in taking appropriate precautions when such incidents take place none of those attacks resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.

On November 4th a missile fired at the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh from Yemen was intercepted and no injuries were reported.  

The BBC News website published two written articles and one filmed report on that incident, reporting that:...

18:12

Bern, Switzerland: Arson Attack Against Detention Centre Construction Contractor Implenia Insurrection News

BURNINGBERN

During the night of the 6th to the 7th of November in Bern, two cars and a construction machine belonging to the Implenia company were torched in the district of Lorraine.

This arson attack took place within the context of the fight against the Bsslergut Prison (detention centre) in Basel as well as the struggle against the prison system and the struggle against the deportation machine in general.

Implenia are participating in this prison expansion project and are helping to keep more and more people incarcerated and often deported.

(via Sans Attendre Demain, translated by Insurrection News)


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18:02

The Pied Piper of Shenanigonia: A Tale of Guns and Rats Dissident Voice

Once upon a time, on the banks of a great river in the north of our world there lay a land called Shenanigonia.  The citizens of Shenanigonia were honest folk who lived in peace in their stone houses.  The years went by and everyone prospered and lived healthy lives.  Then one day, an extraordinary thing happened to disturb the peace.  Shenanigonia had always had guns, plenty to tell the truth, but the people had never felt they were in danger.  Why?  Well, of course, because the elders had always solved the gun problem in the usual way by regulating them.  Suddenly the guns had begun to multiply. In the end the wave of guns swarmed over the whole land unleashing an epidemic of death and destruction.  The terrified citizens hoping to free themselves from the plague of violence joined together in gun control defense committees.

Meanwhile on the other side of the land of Shenanigonia, in the town of Corruptina, The National Gun Association, known by the common folk as the N.G.A., was holding a meeting of the Board of Directors.  The president said, These gun control committees are multiplying like rats we must come up with a plan.  Just then there was a loud knock on the door of the N.G.A.  The door was opened and there stood a tall thin man dressed in brightly colored clothes, with a long feather in his hat, and waving a gold pipe at them. He then spoke in a thunderous voice, Ive freed other lands from gun control organizations and for $10 million in gold, Ill rid you of yours.  $10 million! exclaimed the Board of Directors, We will give you $1 million only if you succeed. At once the stranger hurried away saying: Its late now, but by dawn tomorrow, there wont be any gun control organizations left in Shenanigonia.

The sun was still well below the horizon when the sound of a pipe wafted through the streets of the land.  The piper made his way through the streets and as he passed the gun control offices and their banks they all vanished into thin air.  By the time the sun was high in the sky there was not a single gun control organization left in the land.  There was a great celebration taking place at the headquarters of the N.G.A.   When the piper came to claim his reward, the N.G.A president exclaimed: $10 million in gold? Never!

Give me at least $1 million in gold cried the pied piper angrily.

The President screamed back: The gun controllers are all out of business now, so be grateful for $100,000, or youll not get even that amount

His eyes filled blood red with rage, the pied piper pointed a finger at the president of the N.G.A. and said: You will bitterly regret ever breaking your promise, and then he vanished. A shiver of fear ran through the room, but the President said: Dont worry; we have saved over $9 million.

That night, freed from the gun controllers, the N.G.A. Board of Directors slept soundly with their favorite pistol tucked under their pillows.  At dawn...

17:36

Socialist Planning Circles Dissident Voice

Common objections to socialist planning from below

In my last article, Do You Socialists Have Any Plans? Why We Need Socialist Architects, I argued that the only way 21st century socialism is going to get any traction with working class people is to not only have a socialist vision, but also to have feasible plans which suggest transitions in between the current capitalist crisis and our ultimate vision.

In that article, I presented the following objections along with their rebuttal through a dialogue between two workers: an older worker, Andrew, and a young, anarchist worker, Sean. The objections of Sean to socialist planning transitions were:

  • Marx said a plan isnt necessarythe workers of the future will figure this out.
  • Workers are only capable of dealing with survival needs. Planning is too remote from every-day life for them.
  • Plans are rigid and cant do justice to the complexity of social life.
  • Plans arent implemented as politics gets in the way. (Stalins chaotic five-year plan)
  • There is something inherently revolutionary about collective spontaneity.

Lets examine some small but hopeful moments that could benefit from and be deepened by socialists who have collective experience making socialist plans.

Disaster socialism as a precursor

Workers cooperatives

Capitalists have done a good job of convincing people that there is no alternative to capitalism because all socialism is Stalinism and that has failed. This ignores the fact that workers self-management, workers control, and worker cooperatives currently ex...

17:36

#Anarchism #CAB: For a Theory of Strategy Enough is Enough!

Essay by the Brazilian Anarchist Coordination (Coordenao Anarquista Brasileira CAB).

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Originally published by Brazilian Anarchist Coordination (Coordenao Anarquista Brasileira CAB) on Anarkismo. Translated by S. Nicholas Nappalos for Black Rose Anarchist Federation.

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.

Anarchism CAB: For a Theory of Strategy

Power, Dominance, and Social Classes

Power relations permeate all social relations, and involve social agents in the most diverse disputes and attempts to influence situations. In societies divided into social classes there is a specific power relationship that can manifest itself in different social spheres (economic, political and ideological): dominance, domination.

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16:57

Iraqi Forces Clearing Euphrates Valley From ISIS, Move To ISIS-held Town Of Raqa (Maps)

Iraqi Forces Clearing Euphrates Valley From ISIS, Move To ISIS-held Town Of Raqa (Maps)

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The Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are clearing  the Euphrates Valley from ISIS terrorists in western Iraq. The army and the PMU have recently liberated Simmah, Jafariyah, Bubiyah and other points on the northern bank of the Euphrates River.

The ongoing advance is aimed at setting foothold for an operation to liberated the ISIS-held town of Rawa, which is also located on the northern bank.

Iraqi Forces Clearing Euphrates Valley From ISIS, Move To ISIS-held Town Of Raqa (Maps)

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16:48

Hariri Interview Confirmed Lebanese Impressions about His Resignation: Al-Akhbar Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 13, 2017 Eight days after his controversial resignation, the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri held an interview with Future TV aimed at debilitating the suspects cast on his situation in Riyadh as Lebanons senior officials and major political parties considered that the premier is under house arrest imposed by Saudi for political reasons. According []

16:36

Political tension grows in Zimbabwe as army chief threatens coup intelNews.org

Political affairs in Zimbabwe took an unprecedented turn on Monday, as the chief of the armed forces warned the countrys President, Robert Mugabe, that the military would not hesitate to step in to stop infighting within the ruling party.

16:22

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany: Police Patrol Vehicle Torched in Solidarity with Imprisoned Comrades Insurrection News

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Flensburg, November 10, 2017

On the night of 10.11.2017, a patrol car at Harrislee police station (Flensburg area) was torched.

Solidarity with the prisoners from the G20 processes that began on calendar week 45.

Freedom for Fabio, Christian and all other comrades affected by repression!

Freedom for all political prisoners, you are not forgotten!

(via Chronik, translated by Insurrection News)

*Translation note: This action was originally posted on Indymedia in Germany but was removed due to censorship. 


16:02

Militias Destroy Kurd Homes; 12 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

In Tuz Khormato, militiamen destoryed 1500 homes belonging to Kurds.

The post Militias Destroy Kurd Homes; 12 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

16:00

Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia Antiwar.com Original

If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him. Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, the 32-year-old son of the aging and ailing King Salman, is making too many enemies for his Continue reading "Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia"

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16:00

Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light Antiwar.com Original

The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britains international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a family holiday, offers a small, opaque window on the UKs powerful Israel lobby. Patels off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were organized by a British lobbyist Continue reading "Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light"

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16:00

Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt Antiwar.com Original

If the bloody debacle in Iraq should have taught Americans anything, it is that endorsements by lots of important people who think something is true dont amount to evidence that it actually is true. If endorsements were the same as evidence, U.S. troops would have found tons of WMD in Iraq, rather than come up Continue reading "Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt"

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15:55

Grcia: Declarao da Assembleia de Solidariedade com Konstantinos Yigtzoglou Insurrection News

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SOLIDARIEDADE AO PRISIONEIRO DE GUERRA ANRQUICO KONSTANTINOS YIGTZOGLOU

Na manh de 28 de outubro de 2017, o companheiro Konstantinos Yigtzoglou foi capturado pela polcia antiterrorista. O pedido, emitido pelo procurador especial E. Nikopoulos, se baseia na acusao de pertencer a uma organizao terrorista e de tentativa de assassinato em srie pelo ataque com carta-bomba contra o ex primeiro-ministro Papadimos. As acusaes se baseiam num mescla de material gentico supostamente recolhido e armazenado em objetos aps confrontos com policiais em uma
manifestao em 2011, no qual o companheiro foi detido. Esta mescla, arbitrariamente relacionada com o ataque explosivo, foi encontrada segundo a polcia nos resduos no envelope da carta-bomba, junto com o DNA de Papadimos. As acusaes contra o companheiro, combinadas com as coisas que estavam na sua posse durante a priso, levaram acusao pela lei antiterrorista (187A).

No mesmo dia, um companheiro prximo de Konstantinos foi capturado. uma ttica constante da unidade anti-terrorista atrair pessoas do ambiente afetivo e amigvel para intimidao, na tentativa de isolar poltica e fisicamente xs detidxs. Em 29 de...

15:05

U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, November 13, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy t...

14:45

Walk for the Salmon, Beautiful Yurok Land, Photos by Bad Bear CENSORED NEWS

Walk for the Salmon Seattle to San Francisco Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson Yurok Nation Nov. 13, 2017 Censored News . .

14:03

Breaking: NAACP Calls on Government to Investigate ALL Gulen Charter Schools in U.S. Newsbud

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13:54

Flash: a secret Saudi document about the Saudi-Israeli agreement The Angry Arab News Service/

Al-Akhbar has obtained a top secret Saudi document (prepared by Adil Al-Jubeir to Muhammad bin Salman) about cementing the Saudi-Israeli agreement.  

13:50

The shoddy journalism of the Economist The Angry Arab News Service/

Does the correspondent of the Economist knows Lebanon or is reporting from Saudi regime sources? Look at this: "Its secret policemen round up dissenters". What? Most media in Lebanon are vocally anti-hizbollah, and there are vocal pro-Saudi critics of Hizbullah who live in the southern suburbs and publish there and there were never ever cases of dissidents who were arrested.  There are large sections of the population in Lebanon who are opposed to Hizbullah. How can you trust the Economist anymore?

13:04

'A challenge for us all': Study highlights prevalent Islamophobia in UK Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Report calls for independent inquiry into 'discriminatory' Prevent counter-terrorism strategy and features incidents of discrimination

12:03

Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S. cryptogon.com

Via: Wall Street Journal: The Memphis police use the surveillance cameras to scan the streets for crime. The U.S. Army uses them to monitor a base in Missouri. Consumer models hang in homes and businesses across the country. At one point, the cameras kept watch on the U.S. embassy in Kabul. All the devices were []

11:54

Bandar bin Sultan Sic Semper Tyrannis

"Among those ousted is his cousin, the head of the national guard, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was his only serious rival. However, among the names of those detained some leaked, some confirmed by well-placed sources are people...

11:17

EU calls for Hariris return to Lebanon Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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European officials warn against foreign interventions in Lebanese affairs, calling for unity in the country

11:09

Who have violated the terms of the Lebanese settlement? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Who have violated the terms of the Lebanese settlement? 13, 2017 Written by Nasser Kandil, The phrase The resignation was the result of Hezbollahs violation of the terms of the settlement which the government was formed as an interpretation of it has dominated and has become a repetitive phrase that follows any speech that []

11:06

Syria War Report November 13, 2017: ISIS Conducts Suicide Attempt To Seize Back Al-Bukamal The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syria-war-report-november-13-2017-isis-conducts-suicide-attempt-to-seize-back-al-bukamal/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront The battle for al-Bukamal

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10:52

"Proof of US Failure" If Syrian Army Captures Boukamal/Abu Kamal, City From ISIS Penny for your thoughts

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"If the government takes Boukamal, they will show that they can control this area and can push back U.S. proxies

Proof of US failure if ISIS does not succeed against Syria's army... ponder that?
Syrian troops and allied militias, including Iraqi Shiite groups and the Lebanese Hezbollah, are now attempting to wrest control of the militants last stronghold in the country.
Capturing Boukamal and gaining access to the border crossing will facilitate the flow of fighters and weapons between Syria and Iraq, while also helping Iran secure a land bridge to the Mediterranean, according to Fabrice Balanche, Visiting Fellow at Stanford Universitys Hoover Institution.
Control over a section of the border with Iraq is also likely to boost Syrias economy by allowing trade and exports to resume, he added.
In a broader scope, Balanche said the capture of Boukamal would serve as proof of U.S. failure, in eastern Syria and of increased Iranian influence in the country.
Balanche has written extensively on developments in east Syria, about the implications of the Syrian governments latest advance, including its impact on the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, Washingtons interests in Syria and, ultimately, the survivability of President Bashar Assad.

*What would the capture of Boukamal mean for the government in Deir Ezzor?
The Syrian government in recent weeks has taken Deir Ezzor city and Mayadeen. The capture of Boukamal would mean that the three most important cities in Deir Ezzor province would be under government control. It will also be easy for Assad to take the countryside, so we should expect areas on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River (controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces) to fa...

10:46

War Clouds Beyond Lebanon Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source By Brother Nathanael Kapner November 12, 2017  ___________________________________ ISRAEL WILL SUFFER GRAVELY, warned Russias ambassador to Lebanon regarding rumours of war aroused by troubles in the region. His warning is a remarkable corroboration of what Hezbollahs Sayyed Nasrallah said in his speech last month on the occasion of the Shia commemoration of the Islamic martyrdom of Imam Hussein. What []

10:14

Tikrit and Najaf: the agony and the ecstasy Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 10, 2017 by Pepe Escobar TIKRIT and NAJAF, Iraq Nothing, absolutely nothing prepares you to revive, on the spot, the memory of what will go down in history as ISIS/Daeshs most horrid killing field in Iraq or Syria since the death cult stormed across the border in the summer of 2014; the Speicher massacre of June []

09:35

Spanish Government Blames Russian Dezinformatsiya Campaign For Catalan Uprising Aletho News

No, not The Onion By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | November 11, 2017 In what is perhaps the least surprising tactic from the Spanish establishment, a government-backed research institute in Madrid has stated that Spains struggle to quash separatism in its Catalonia region was disrupted by Russian hackers agitating for a break-up, in a []

09:33

Israel raises security alert after threats to Islamic Jihad Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinian group says Israels threats amount to 'act of war' and condemns Israeli 'escalation'

09:15

King Charles Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 13, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon Yesterday the impossible happened the non existent Jewish Lobby attacked Prince Charles for mentioning the Jewish Lobby. Amid the ongoing outburst of Jewish paranoia, Prince Charles has come under fire after the exposure of a private letter he penned in1986 in which he blamed the influx of foreign Jews []

09:11

Is it a Saudi war or an Israeli war with Saudi facade? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Is it a Saudi war or an Israeli war with Saudi facade? 12, 2017 Written by Nasser Kandil, The Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman tried to play dominos through imposing accelerated facts on his coupist movement which he accompanied with a war speech against Iran and Hezbollah through the first phrases in the resignation []

08:59

WATCH: Connecticut Cops Beat Man who Called them While his Mother Records Photography is Not a Crime

A video going viral on Facebook shows Connecticut cops beating a man who called them after a minor car accident on November 10.

Dont hurt my son; dont hurt my son, the victims mother pleas while recording the beating.

Get back! Bridgeport cop Christina Arroyo shouts.

Or youre next!

Video footage shows four Bridgeport cops attempting to subdue Aaron Kearney, 18, after learning his license was suspended.

Arroyo can be seen hitting the side of Kearneys face with her hand while other officers hold his head.

He called his mother about the accident before calling the Bridgeport police.

It turns out, Kerney is a college student who comes from a law enforcement family with a long line of police officers.

Tiffany Eilliot, Kerneys aunt, whose mother is a retired city cop, said she believes officer Arroyo used excessive force.

She shouldnt be a police officer anymore, thats very clear from her actions,Elliot told the CTPost.

I come from a family of police officers so I understand when officers say they feel threatened. But this female officer clearly was not being threatened when she beat my nephew.

Officers claim Kearney became agitated and physically threatened officer Arroyo.

As more officers arrived, they also felt threatened, even though Kearney had no weapons and doesnt appear to be resisting.

On top of being beaten, Kearney was charged with breach of peace and assault on a police officer after the incident.

Police Chief Armando A.J. Perez placed the officers seen in the video on paid leave and ordered an investigation by the citys Office of Internal Affairs.

When it comes to my attention that there are legitimate questions surrounding an officers use of force, I place that officer on administrative status, Perez said

This status removes the officer from contact with the public while the case is expeditiously and vigorously investigated by the Bridgeport Police Office of Internal Affairs. This measure is taken to protect both the officer and the public while the officer is afforded their due process. I have taken this step with the officers involved in the incident Friday night following a motor vehicle accident on Seaview Avenue, some of which was filmed on video and posted to social media.

On Sunday, Elliot, along with about 20 other people, attended a rally at the Bridgeport police department protesting what happened to her nephew.

Warning: the video, which some may find graphic, contains profanities.

08:53

Carnicom Institute Chilling Analysis of Morgellons Web Filaments From Ireland Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

The filament material received in this case, in all respects known, is identical to that sent to the U.S. EPA close to 20 years ago More

08:51

Guantnamo Bay victim sues Ottawa for $50 million Aletho News

Rehmats World | November 13, 2017 Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian-born technician, who took refuge in Canada in 1995, has sued the Canadian government for $50 million as compensation for the detention, and physical abuse he suffered during his eleven years imprisonment (2002-2013) at the Guantnamo Bay Zionist torture camp. Djamel Ameziane was deported to his native country []

08:30

Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S. Peace and Freedom

Company 42%-owned by the Chinese government sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base, Memphis streets, sparking concerns about cybersecurity

Nov. 12, 2017 2:12 p.m. ET

The Memphis police use the surveillance cameras to scan the streets for crime. The U.S. Army uses them to monitor a base in Missouri. Consumer models hang in homes and businesses across the country. At one point, the cameras kept watch on the U.S. embassy in Kabul.

All the devices were manufactured by a single company, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology. It is 42%-owned by the Chinese government.

Hikvision (pronounced hike-vision) was nurtured by Beijing to help keep watch on its 1.4 billion citizens, part of a vast expansion of its domestic-surveillance apparatus. In the process, the little-known company has become the worlds largest maker of surveillance cameras. It has sold equipment used to track French airports, an Irish port and sites in Brazil and Iran.

Elsewhere in the WSJ

  • Polish Nationalist Youth March Draws Thousands in Capital
  • Three UCLA Players Remain in China Amid Theft Probe
  • This Sunday, Some Churchgoers May Choose to Pack Guns With Their Bibles
  • Spain Sees Signs That Tide Is Turning in Catalonia

Hikvisions rapid rise, its ties to the Chinese government and a cybersecurity lapse flagged by the Department of Homeland Security have fanned concerns among officials in the U.S. and Italy about the security of Hikvisions devices.

The fact that its at a U.S. military installation and was in a very sensitive U.S. embassy is stunning, says Carolyn Bartholomew, chairwoman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which was created by Congress to monitor the national-security implications of trade with China. We shouldnt presume that there are benign intentions in the use of information-gathering technology that is funded directly or indirectly by the Chinese government.

Some security vendors in the U.S. refuse to carry Hikvision cameras or place restrictions on their purchase, concerned they could be used by Beijing to spy on Americans. The General Services Administration, which oversees $66 billion of procurement for the U.S. government, has removed Hikvision from a list of automatically approved suppliers. In May, the Department of Homeland Security...

08:09

Ansarullah Threatens To Sink Saudi Warships, Oil Tankers Unless Yemen Blockade Is Lifted Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor 13-11-2017 | 08:43 Yemens Ansarullah revolutionary government threatened to sink Saudi coalition warships and oil tankers unless Riyadh lifts its blockade which threatens the lives of millions in the war-torn country. Warships and oil tankers of the aggressor and its movements will not be immune from the fire of Yemeni naval forces if []

07:54

F.B.I. Counter-terrorism Supervisor finds Rolex, Handgun Stolen by Exotic Dancer after Boozy Night Photography is Not a Crime

A supervisor for the F.B.I.s counterterrorism  unit has his Glock .40-caliber handgun, a $6,000 Rolex watch and some cash stolen by an exotic dancer after a night of drinking at the Westin hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

FBI division chief Robert Manson met the exotic dancer at the hotel on July 9 after a night of drinking and awoke the next day to find his property missing.

Investigators determined that the victim, Robert Manson, met a woman in the hotel bar the prior night and took her back to his hotel room, Robert Tufano, spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, said on Thursday.

So, far no arrests have been made, according to the New York Post.

And officers have not yet recovered the gun.

Manson is in charge of overseeing all terrorism related investigations within the Midwest and the Carolinas.

Manson was in Charlotte for continued training along with other senior agents who told police theyd been drinking with women who were exotic dancers.

At around 6:30 a.m. the next morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers were called to the hotel where they found Manson incapacitated from drinking alcohol, according to the police report, which Manson didnt file himself.

F.B.I. agent Kevin Thurman gave the report to police, stating the theft occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The hotel bar at Westin closes at 2 a.m.

In the police report, the gun was identified as an easily concealable Glock 27.

Federal law allows agents to carry concealed weapons while off-duty, but forbids it while theyre intoxicated.

According to F.B.I. rules, agents are prohibited from leaving their guns in unsecure places.

At the Westin hotel, every room is equipped with a safe.

The report, which can be read below, contains few details.

It does not mention that Manson works for the F.B.I.  and only identifies the the thief as an unknown suspect.

According to spokesperson Tufano, Manson was not acting in a law enforcement capacity at the time of the incident.

F.B.I. Spokesman Michael P. Kortan declined to comment, saying it was the subject of an internal investigation.

 

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07:45

Germany: No terror charge for Muslim migrant who attacked shoppers while screaming Allahu akbar Jihad Watch

He wanted to murder Christians, but apparently to charge him with terrorism would be Islamophobic. Palestinian Migrant Who Attacked Hamburg Shoppers Wanted to Kill Christians, by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, November 12, 2017 (thanks to the Geller Report): German federal prosecutors now believe that Hamburg supermarket attacker Ahmad A. was motivated by religious hatred to kill German []

07:45

Turkey's Erdogan criticises Russia and US roles in Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Before heading to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin, Turkey's president suggests Moscow and Washington 'should pull their troops out' of Syria

07:37

Paris cancels Christmas market; holds special Ramadan party every year Jihad Watch

Meet the new France, not the same as the old France. If Charles Martel were to reappear in France today, he would be denounced as an Islamophobe. Paris cancels Christmas market; holds special Ramadan party every year, Voice of Europe, November 11, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): The Champs-lyses Christmas market in Paris []

07:34

Chinas Silk Road revival hits the buffers Peace and Freedom

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Chinas One Belt, One Road has run into problems from a stalled Indonesian rail project to an insurgency-threatened economic corridor in Pakistan

The One Belt, One Road initiative, unveiled by Chinas President Xi Jinping in 2013, envisages linking China with Africa, Asia and Europe through a network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks. Photo: Reuters

The One Belt, One Road initiative, unveiled by Chinas President Xi Jinping in 2013, envisages linking China with Africa, Asia and Europe through a network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks. Photo: Reuters

Singapore: From a stalled Indonesian rail project to an insurgency-threatened economic corridor in Pakistan, Chinas push to revive Silk Road trade routes is running into problems that risk tarnishing the economic crown jewel of Xi Jinpings presidency.

The One Belt, One Road initiative, unveiled by Xi in 2013, envisages linking China with Africa, Asia and Europe through a network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks.

Xi, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, has pushed the infrastructure drive which is central to his goal of extending Beijings economic and geopolitical clout.

The initiative was enshrined in the Communist Partys constitution at a key congress last month, and some estimates say more than $1 trillion has been pledged to it, with projects proposed in some 65 countries.

But on the ground it has run into problems. Projects traverse insurgency-hit areas, dictatorships and chaotic democracies, and face resistance from both corrupt politicians and local villagers.

Building infrastructure across countries like this is very complicated, said Murray Hiebert, from Washington think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), who has studied some of the projects in Southeast Asia.

Youve got land issues, you have to hammer out funding agreements, you have to hammer out technological issues.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying however insisted the initiative was moving forward smoothly.

Beijing won the contract to build Indonesias first high-speed railway in September 2015, but more than two years later work has barely started on the route from Jakarta to the city of Bandung.

A recent visit to Walini, where President Joko Widodo broke ground on the train line in January last year, found excavators flattening land but no track laid for the train, which...

07:13

Iraq didnt work out, but at least it was a belief in progress David Brooks reflects on a BIG mistake Mondoweiss

Charlie Rose asked David Brooks last Friday night about Americas role in the world. The New York Times columnist said he rejected Trumps slogan, of America First, as too selfish, then brought up the Iraq war.

Were actually all better together. And were better when we cooperate. This is especially true when youre the top dog nation. And Bob Kagan and many other people have made this point. When youre the top dog nation, you want multilateral power because it gives you a tool to extend your power. If we go back to where were all dog-eat-dog in a Hobbesean wilderness, thats not good for any of us. And so what Trump embodies and his foreign policy embodies is an inherent suspicion of social connection, whether its global or personal. So its an assumption, that were all competing against each other, that were in a world of us and enemy, us and enemy, us and enemy. Thats his view of race in America

Youre just locked in conflict, and that conflict is the essential order. And of course thats sometimes true. But that doesnt mean its always true, and the belief in the liberal global order was the belief that were not locked in conflict, we can be locked in conversation. Sometimes there will be arguments, and sometimes there will be competition. But essentially its a compensation between human beings where the barriers between us were not essential. Were not defined by our difference, were defined by our common humanity.

Thats what the liberal order used to believe in and people like me used to, you know, advocate for [making a bit of a fist] spreading democracy around the world. Sometimes we were naive. And Iraq was Iraq, and it didnt work out. But at least it was a belief in essential progress that history is not just an endless war of all against all, but a common march toward a more common future.

I think thats whats called a limited hangout. Brooks ought to cop to the mistake, call neoconservatism neoconservatism, and tell us why he believed that load of bollocks that a common march to progress could begin with a murderous invasion. He should also explain why no media figure/intellectual has paid the price for that mistake.

Speaking of belief, Brooks is most compelling in that interview in his spiritual comments about the meaningful life and the central commitments of a life of purpose. He verges into the New Age and pastoral here, for instance when he describes the mountains of life and the false summit of ambition and ego in lifes first adult phase, and the looming mountain of dedication to the big thing. Or when he describes the four central life commitments, of family, vocation, community and p...

07:12

Ominous Russophobia in America Aletho News

By Stephen Lendman | November 12, 2107 It infests America like a malignant tumor, exceeding the worst of the post-WW I Red Scare and its repeat following WW II. Beginning in 1938, House Un-American Activities Committee witch-hunt hearings into alleged disloyalty and subversive activities became headline news. Starting in the late 1960s, more of the []

07:03

Tiger Forces Push Towards al-Bukamal, Syrian Army And Hezbollah Still Clash With ISIS There (Maps, Photos)

Tiger Forces Push Towards al-Bukamal, Syrian Army And Hezbollah Still Clash With ISIS There (Maps, Photos)

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The Syrain Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and their allies are rapidly pushing towards the border city of al-Bukamal from the direction of Mayadin. They have captured the village of Bir Daham, the hill of Milhim and entered the Ward fields.

Tiger Forces Push Towards al-Bukamal, Syrian Army And Hezbollah Still Clash With ISIS There (Maps, Photos)

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Meanwhile, the SAA and Hezbollah continued clashing with ISIS terrorists in the strategic border town of al-Bukamal. According to photos from the area, pro-government forces actively use artillery and rocket launchers. This means that an intense fighting is ongoing in the city and ISIS has enough fortified positions which could be targeted there.

If the SAA and Hezbollah are not able to establish a full control over the city within few days, this will be done while the Tiger Forces reach al-Bukamal from the northeastern direction.

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06:49

Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt Aletho News

By Ray McGovern | Consortium News | November 13, 2107 If the bloody debacle in Iraq should have taught Americans anything, it is that endorsements by lots of important people who think something is true dont amount to evidence that it actually is true. If endorsements were the same as evidence, U.S. troops would have []

06:45

Trump holds the line on foreign policy Aletho News

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | November 13, 2017 For the first time since US President Donald Trump took office, a reality check is possible on the foreign policy platform he espoused during the 2016 campaign. Most of the key elements of that platform faced the litmus test one way or another during []

06:43

#Philly Reportback: Drop the #J20 Charges Rally Enough is Enough!

Reportback and image gallery of the Drop the #J20 charges rally in Philadelphia on November 11.

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Originally published by Philly J20 Solidarity Facebook page.

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

Read all the Enough is Enough J20 reports; here.

Philly Reportback: Drop the #J20 Charges Rally

Thanks to so many who came through to show support. Despite unseasonably cold weather we danced our asses off, called to drop the charges and raised awareness about our upcoming trials.

Moreover we triumphed over the unnecessary antagonism of the Philadelphia Police Department who pushed us off of the plaza in front of the Rocky Steps and on to the sidewalk stating ridiculously ...

06:36

The Older I Get, the Less I Seem to Know Peace and Freedom

They say wisdom comes with age. Maybe, but not the kind of wisdom I always cared about.

Some of the things that used to define wisdom for John Buskin, like doing crossword puzzles, dont come so easily anymore.
Some of the things that used to define wisdom for John Buskin, like doing crossword puzzles, dont come so easily anymore. ILLUSTRATION: GARY HOVLAND FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Older but wiser.

How many times a day do we older people hide behind that chestnut? Or that wisdom comes with age? Or if only I knew then what I know now?

Well, I dont mean to sound too curmudgeonly, and Im not really that old (just having turned 70), but I want to throw at least some cold water on the older-but-wiser conceit. In many of the ways I long used to keep score, I dont feel nearly as wise as I used to.

Sure, I can probably tell you things Ive seen and done and learned along the way. I can probably tell you the mistakes Ive made and what you can learn from them (not that anybody will ask or learn). And I know plenty of facts: I can quote Wordsworth and can grasp the difference between hot and cold fusion.

Still, what about the day-to-day things that Ive long used to define my wisdom? Unfortunately, those are things that I no longer know, or can no longer do.

Older but wiser? More like older but dumber.

Not a clue

Lets start with crossword puzzles. I am not ashamed to say that my lifelong thirst for knowledge was in s...

06:03

US court allows part of Trump travel ban to go into effect Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The ban will apply to people from Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Chad who do not have family connections to the United States

06:02

'Keep it in the Ground!' and 'No Nukes!' message as White House pushes dirty energy COP23 CENSORED NEWS

NOW at COP23! Indigenous offer prayers, songs, and words minutes before Trump's dirty energy event -- then the crowd of hundreds shut down Trump's White House debacle promoting dirty coal, destructive gas drilling and unsafe nuclear! Now, there's a sit in outside at U.N. Climate Summit in Germany, with the crowd chanting, "Climate Justice Now, Keep it in the Ground!" Governors of Washington

06:00

American Intelligence Horror Story Peace and Freedom

Are U.S. spies losing their technological edge?

The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland in 2013.
The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland in 2013. PHOTO: PATRICK SEMANSKY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Bad Bear 'Walking for the Salmon' Photos, Seattle to San Francisco 2017 CENSORED NEWS

. Bad Bear 'Walking for the Salmon' Photos, Seattle to San Francisco 2017 Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson is on the Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco. "We did 60 miles today, walking and running in groups," Bad Bear said after they passed alongside the Rogue River, Siskiyou National Forest, on Oregon's coastline. Thank you Bad Bear for

05:50

Pakistan: Christians flee for their lives over false Muslim claim of blasphemous Facebook page Jihad Watch

These Christian families needed to escape their homes after the photo of a Christian youth was shared on Facebook and individuals of the range were induced to kill him and consume the congregation. There are reports that a Muslim mob had likewise been composed to rebuff the Christian young man. These are real threats. Look []

05:39

California Woman Posts to Facebook about Two Lost Dogs; Cop Arrives and Kills them Photography is Not a Crime

A California woman posted to a Facebook group about two lost St. Bernard dogs in her cul-de-sac.

Ten minutes later, a Red Bluff police officer showed up and shot them dead.

The officer claims the dogs were acting aggressively.

However, a witness at the scene gave a different story.

There was two large St. Bernard dogs in my cul-de-sac. I posted on 530 (the areas zip code) needs hoping somebody would recognize the dogs I feared they would be killed because of their large size. 10 minutes later a cop shows up corners them in front of a house and kills them!! I am beyond loosing my mind. One dog is still in the front yard suffering as we speak, Amy Diane Ball posted to her Facebook page. 

It turns out, the dogs belonged to her neighbor, Kevin Hutchison, who also posted to his Facebook page about the loss of his dogs, a mother and daughter pair, along with some photos of the two pooches.

We were the best of friends and I cant believe I wake up one day to you being gone! Just feels like a crazy nightmare! Rest easy big sis!

Now, people are taking to Facebook to warn others not to call police about stray dogs. One poster, John Gregory, apparently created a meme and public service announcement of sorts and posted it to Amy Diane Balls Facebook page.

 

The Red Bluff Police Department along with the Tehama County District Attorneys Office are investigating the shooting that initially killed one of the dogs and injured the other, according to KRCRTV.

However, Ball posted to her Facebook page that the injured dog died at the animal clinic. Red Bluff police said at approximately 9:30 a.m., the department received a 911 call about two large dogs running loose on Nelson Drive.

The caller...

05:29

US admits American arms given to Iranian jihadists in Iraq Jihad Watch

We have seen reports that some U.S.-origin military equipment is being operated by Iraqi militia units that are not the approved end-users, said a spokesman for the White House National Security Council. We urge the Government of Iraq to expeditiously return this equipment to the full control of the Iraqi Army. Yes, no doubt theyre []

05:26

#Montreal: November 12th, Against Hate or Just Racism? Enough is Enough!

On November 12th, 2017 a demonstration of about 5,000 people snaked through Montreal under the banner large demonstration against hate and racism.

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Image: Demo in Motreal on November 12. Image by Montreal Counter Info.

Originally published by Montreal Counter Info.

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

Read the Enough is Enough antifa reports: here.

Montreal: November 12th, Against Hate or Just Racism?

On November 12th, 2017 a demonstration of about 5,000 people snaked through Montreal under the banner large demonstrat...

05:25

'I just want to go home': Tanzanian women describe abuse in Oman and UAE Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Domestic workers who flee their abusive employers in the UAE and Oman could be charged with a hefty fine and sent to prison, says HRW

05:22

Tory Rebel Calls Theresa May Brexit Plan Stupid Peace and Freedom

Ex-cabinet minister Dominic Grieve said the amendment will not have his support

By Joe Watts Political Editor

The Independent

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Tory rebel calls Theresa Mays latest Brexit plan thoroughly stupid

A leading Tory Brexit rebel has branded the Governments plan to fix the date of the UKs EU withdrawal in law as incoherent and thoroughly stupid.

Dominic Grieve said he would not support the proposal brought forward by ministers, raising the prospect the Government could suffer an early defeat on Theresa Mays key piece of Brexitlegislation.

Ministers hoped the proposal might allay some concerns about so-called Henry VIII powers in the bill, as it serves to clarify when they will expire but Mr Grieve said it tied the Governments hands.

05:21

The goy and the golem: James Angleton and the rise of Israel Mondoweiss

The special relationship between the United States and Israel is usually viewed as the product of great forces, the imperial interests of the United States in the cold war and the work of establishment Jewish groups after Israels two regional wars 50 years ago. But individuals play a part, too; and a new biography of the secretive CIA official James Angleton shows the power that a non-Jewish rightwing nationalist played in knitting the two countries together, and building up Israel.

Angleton was was a leading architect of Americas strategic relationship with Israel that endures and dominates the region to this day, Jefferson Morley writes in The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton.  More than any other man, the longtime chief of U.S. counterintelligence made possible Israels shift from an embattled settler state into a strategic ally  of the worlds greatest superpower.

Angleton did so chiefly by burying any effort in the U.S. intelligence establishment to question Israels acquisition of nuclear weapons in the 1960s. Angletons loyalty to Israel betrayed U.S. policy on an epic scale, Morley writes. Instead of supporting U.S. nuclear security policy, he ignored it.

Could one person effect such significant policy? It is the persuasive argument of this book that a man as willful and brilliant (and twisted) as Angleton was able in the 1960s to acquire such position inside the executive branch that he could control vital flows of information. And Angleton reasoned that intelligence-sharing between the countries was more valuable to the United States than thwarting Israels path to becoming a regional superpower.

Today it is no surprise that Angleton is remembered more fondly in Israel than in the United States. Here he has the clouded reputation of a paranoid who used the CIA to spy on domestic political activities, resulting in scandal that forced his resignation in 1975. In Jerusalem there are two memorials to Angleton, dedicated by high officials, Morley relates. One stone is outside Angletons beloved oasis, the King David Hotel. In memory of a dear friend, it says.

Israeli officials felt great gratitude to Angleton for his actions. [H]e was a friend you could trust on a personal basis, Yitzhak Rabin said of Angleton. He was the biggest Zionist of the lot, said Meir Amit, the late Mossad director.

It is hard to imagine a person of Angletons eccentricity advancing so high in todays bureaucracy. As the Minneapolis Star Tribune has said in lauding Morleys biography, In...

05:17

The battle of ideas in Iraq's most dangerous city Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Fallujah's de-radicalisation project has proved so successful that it's being rolled out to the rest of the country

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Lithuania to militarize largest sea-port OffGuardian

by Adomas Abromaitis A NATO defense ministers meeting that took place in Brussels on November, 8-9 resulted in the new and very important decisions for the future of Europe. Speaking at a meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said it is vital that European roads, ports, bridges and rail networks are able to carry tanks and heavy military equipment. Stoltenberg also added that NATO countries have agreed to cooperate to improve civil infrastructure objects to make them usable for military needs. What does it mean in practice for Europe in general and for the Baltic States in particular? Lithuanian authorities, for example, will for sure try to attract NATO attention to the capabilities of its largest sea port Klaipda. As it is well known, that Klaipda is one of the few ice-free ports in northernmost Europe, and the largest in Lithuania. It serves as a port of call for cruise ships as well as freight transport. The port was always an important gateway of trade between East and West. But times have changed. The gateway

04:57

UK minister says parliament will vote on any Brexit deal Peace and Freedom

Reuters

ONDON (Reuters) British Brexit minister David Davis said on Monday the government would allow parliament the opportunity to debate, scrutinize and vote on any final Brexit agreement, offering a concession to Conservative Party rebels.

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David Davis, Britains Secretary of State for Leaving the EU (left) with Michael Barbier, the French EU rep for Britains departure

Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to offer a meaningful vote on any deal for Britains departure from the European Union.

Members of her own party are willing to vote against the government to stymie a bill which she says is needed to sever ties with the bloc.

I can now confirm that once weve reached an agreement we will bring forward a specific piece of primary legislation to implement that agreement, Davis told parliament.

This also means that parliament will be given time to debate, scrutinize and vote on the final agreement we strike with the European Union. This agreement will only hold if parliament approves it.

Mays blueprint for Britains exit from the EU faces a crucial test starting on Tuesday, when lawmakers will debate the EU withdrawal bill that she says is crucial to give companies confidence that the rules will not change after Brexit.

Lawmakers have proposed 186 pages of amendments to the bill, which largely copy and paste EU rules and regulations into British law but also, critics say, hand the government wide-ranging powers and cut parliament out of some Brexit planning.

Davis said the government would allow parliament the chance to vote on a withdrawal agreement and implementation bill once it has secured a Brexit deal with the European Union, which both sides aim to do by late next year.

This confirms that the major policies set out in the withdrawal agreement (with the EU) will be directly implemented into UK law by primary legislation, he said. Primary legislation means making law by acts of parliament or statute.

Some lawmakers welcomed the move, but others said the change in procedure would mean that if Britain failed to negotiate a deal with the EU, parliament would have no say, and that there would not be time for a proper chance to have sway over a deal.

Hasnt he just given the game away on what a sham offer this is? Totally worthless to parliament, essentially trying to buy off people, Chris Leslie, a member of the opposition Labour Party and a pro-EU campaigner, said.

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04:51

The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury : What it means to resist a grand jury; stories from those who have; how to support North Carolina grand jury resistance CrimethInc.

Listen here. In this episode, we share the first-person stories of three comrades on the frontlines of grand jury resistance. As the state escalates repression through a new grand jury investigation in North Carolina against longtime anarchist Katie Yow, this episode offers perspectives from those who have successfully fought a grand jury summons. Tune in to demystify the process of how and why to resist testifying at a grand jury. For more information on her case and to support Katie, check out https://ncresiststhegrandjury.com/ and to learn more about resources available for those resisting and their supporters, check out https://saynothing.noblogs.org/grand-jury-resources/.

For more information on how to stay strong during state repression, see our article How to Survive a Felony Trial.

To hear more about North Carolina Grand Jury Resistance and other cases of ongoing state repression, listen to this episode of The Hotwire.

04:41

Israel Will Act In Accordance With Our Security Needs Netanyahu says Peace and Freedom

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM
 NOVEMBER 13, 2017 16:51
A ceasefire agreement allowing Iranian troops 5km from Israels border is a real danger to Israels stability, said former Defense Minister Amir Peretz.
Hezbollah fighter walk near a military tank in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 23, 2017.

Hezbollah fighter walk near a military tank in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 23, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Israel will continue to carry out strikes in Syria despite a United States-Russia ceasefire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday after reports that the deal would allow Iranian troops to remain 5 kilometers from Israels border.

Speaking during the weekly Likud partry faction meeting, Netanyahu described Israels security policy as the right combination of firmness and responsibility and said he has told Moscow and Washington that Israel will continue carrying out strikes in Syria despite the ceasefire agreement in accordance with our understanding and in accordance with our security needs.

Netanyahu has publicly criticized the US-Russian ceasefire deal in Syria, saying that it does not include any provisions to stop Iranian expansion near Israels northern border...

04:39

Greece: Declaration of the Solidarity Assembly for Anarchist Prisoner of War Konstantinos Yigtzoglou Insurrection News

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On the morning of October 28, 2017, comrade Konstantinos Dinos Yigtzoglou was captured by the anti-terrorist police. The arrest order, issued by Special Prosecutor E. Nikopoulos, was based on accusations of belonging to a terrorist organization and attempted murder for the letter bomb attack against former-Prime Minister Papadimos. The accusations are based on a mixture of genetic material that was allegedly collected and stored from objects following clashes with law enforcement during a demonstration in 2011, in which the comrade was arrested. This mixture, supposedly related to the explosive attack, is alleged to have been found by the police in the remains of the letter bomb, along with the DNA of Papadimos. The charges against the comrade, combined with the material allegedly found in his possession during his arrest have led to him being prosecuted under the anti-terrorism law (187A).

On the same day, a comrade from Konstantinoss circle of friends was arrested. It...

04:39

A Top Secret Desert Assembly Plant Starts Ramping Up to Build Northrops B-21 Bomber cryptogon.com

Via: Los Angeles Times: A once-empty parking lot at Northrop Grumman Corp.s top secret aircraft plant in Palmdale is now jammed with cars that pour in during the predawn hours. More than a thousand new employees are working for the time being in rows of temporary trailers, a dozen tan-colored tents and a vast assembly []

04:36

Its time UK ministers learn: Foreign policy conventions are matters of national security Aletho News

By Alastair Sloan | MEMO | November 13, 2107 Former International Development Secretary and lobbyist Priti Patels scandal has echoes from the past. Rather than learning those lessons the Conservative party appears to have laid the groundwork for her louche approach to the importance of diplomacy being run by the government, not some freelance []

04:36

Indigenous and community groups pressure for strong climate solutions at COP 23 Waging Nonviolence

by Brandon Jordan

Protesters disrupted Jerry Browns speech at COP 23 on Saturday. (Twitter/@IENearth)

As California Gov. Jerry Brown detailed his plans to curb climate change at the 23rd session of the United Nations Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany on Saturday, protesters interrupted his speech to demand tougher climate policies and an end to policies that favor the fossil fuel industry.

The action was organized by It Takes Roots, a coalition of people of color from groups such as the Indigenous Environmental Network and Cooperation Jackson. They went to COP 23 to pressure officials and government representatives like Jerry Brown who are there to work on specific goals to reduce carbon emissions as well as to highlight the damage caused to frontline groups, such as indigenous people.

Daniel Ilario, an activist with Idle No More San Francisco and part of the It Takes Roots delegation, attended Browns speech because of the history of fracking and refinery expansions in California that affect marginalized communities.

We [are] demanding more aggressive emissions reductions and a just transition from an extractive to a regenerative economy that respects all life for generations to come, Ilario said.

The delegation also wants countries in attendance to accept other solutions, such as renewable energy commitments across the globe and preventing new fossil fuel projects from happening. There is a sense of urgency for action as many of our people, especially indigenous people and people of color, have already experienced the point of no return, Illario said. They have lost their lands and their lives. Humans need to remember that there is nothing more sacred than Mother Earth and her natural resources of clean air, water and soil.

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04:30

Did Russia Accidentally Provide the Best Evidence of the Syrian Governments Involvement in Sarin Attacks? bellingcat

Russias latest attempts to challenge accusations of Syrian government responsibility for the April 4th 2017 Sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun may have inadvertently produced the best evidence yet that the Syrian government is responsible for not only the Khan Sheikhoun attack, but the earlier March 30th 2017 Sarin attack on Al-Lataminah.

Remarkably, the Russian presentation appears to be the first-time images of these munitions have been made public, and before the press conference, no other references to MYM6000 or M4000 bombs appear online. Gregory Koblentz, Associate Professor and Director of Biodefense Graduate Program in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, noted that these designations match bombs declared by Syria to the OPCW, although there appears to be no open source material that provides specifics about the types of bombs declared to the OPCW. In the press conference the source of the diagrams are described as being provided by certain organisations, but no more specifics are given.

In the recent report by the OPCW Fact Finding Mission (FFM) on the March 30th Al-Lataminah attack photographs of a number of items recovered from the attack site by the Syrian Civil Defence and provided to the OPCW were featured. This includes two metal filling caps that are identical in design to a filling cap recovered from the site of the April 4th attack in Khan Sheikhoun:

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04:26

Theyre Spending Billions to Chip Our Brains Anti Oligarch

Right up to the creepy line and beyond! A microchip in your brain? Theyre spending billions to make this a reality within the next decade. Will you accept it? Resources: Bryan Johnson invests $100 million in Kernel to unlock the power of the human brain SUPERHUMANS: Chips inserted in brains will give us MIND-BLOWING abilities []

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Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 The Joy of Humble and Selfless Service Peace and Freedom

Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 492

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Reading 1 WIS 2:233:9

God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made them.
But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,
and they who are in his possession experience it.But the souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19

R. (2a) I will bless the Lord at all times.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.

Alleluia  JN 14:23

R. Alleluia,...

04:21

Camp Makwa's New Solar Office, Frontline Resistance to Tar Sands, Enbridge Line 3 CENSORED NEWS

Mazaska Talks @MazaskaTalks 46m46 minutes ago More Our first real office is officially up & solar powered at #CampMakwa ! Featuring the banner @RAN made for the @jpmorgan AGM #DefundLine3 "We are an Anishinaabe led group of water protectors dedicated to shutting down the construction of the Line 3 pipeline using non-violent direct action. Stand with us to protect our sacred land

04:06

Daily Quizzes to Train Your Verification Skills bellingcat

You can read the original blogpost by Fiete Stegers, on which this article was based, here.

Where exactly was a photo on Twitter taken? When was a Facebook video recorded? Is that image fake, or authentic? These are just some of the common questions you can face when verifying social media content.

A few months ago, Julia Bayer (Deutsche Welle) started posting each Monday photo assignments on Twitter to train the verification skills of  journalists  and anyone else interested. Since then, a number of journalists have joined to provide new challenges ever day to test and train your verification and geolocation skills.  At an investigative journalism conference in Hamburg, she told me about her project, and I was happy to take the spot on Thursday.

The over 100 quizzes (and answers) are collected by Fiete Stegers (NDR) in a Twitter moment...

03:53

Saudi Arabia and Israel Know They Cannot Defeat Iran, Want to Drag the US into an Uncontainable War Aletho News

By Philip Giraldi | American Herald Tribune | November 13, 2107 There is considerable confusion about what is occurring in the Middle East, to include much discussion of whether Israel and Saudi Arabia have formally agreed to combine forces to increase both military and economic pressure on Iran, which both of them see as their []

03:47

Laffaire Wakefield: Shades of Dreyfus & BMJs Descent into Tabloid Science Anti Oligarch

Age of Autism links to Alliance for Human Resesearch Protection for Vera Sharavs damning indictment of the British Medical Journals intervention in the Wakefield affair. She traces its history from the beginning but focuses on the journals allegations of  fraud in 2011 and its sinister repercussions. Introduction: I have undertaken this review of the case against []

03:43

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Boris Johnson and a century of Anglo-Iranian suspicion Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The detention of a dual national in Iran speaks to continuing volatility in Anglo-Iranian relations. But skillful diplomacy may save the day

03:41

Robert Spencers Confessions of an Islamophobe #1 New Release in Islam Jihad Watch

Imagine the rage and gnashing of teeth among the Leftist propagandists, Islamic supremacist taqiyya masters, and academic fascists over this book zooming to #1 on the Islam charts. What happens when an ordinary person starts telling the truth about the motivating ideology of jihad terror? Rage, hysteria, defamation, and death threats. And thats just the []

03:32

Bangladesh: Muslims riot over Hindus criticism of Muhammad on Facebook, but accused man is illiterate Jihad Watch

Jihad Watch reported on Saturday about these riots: Muslims set fire to at least 30 Hindu houses of the village. They also looted and vandalised a good number of houses in that village. Why? Because one of the Hindu villagers was rumored to have criticized Muhammad on Facebook. However, that man is illiterate. This was []

03:29

How Mainstream Media Fake News Led to the U.S. Invasion of Iraq stan van houcke

The Lie of the 21st Century: How Mainstream Media Fake News Led to the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

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03:26

Open letter to singer Nick Cave from the Gaza war protesters he once supported Mondoweiss

Dear Nick Cave,

When the nine of us climbed the roof of the Elbit UK drone factory, your voice helped to amplify our action. You standing up for us in 2014 gave a wider echo to our arms factory protest against the ruthless Israeli bombardment of Gaza that was happening at the time.

You signed the letter asking that all charges against us, the nine protesters, should be dropped indeed they were. The prosecution collapsed in February 2015, when Elbit refused to provide details of its military export licences and investigations into its trade with Israel.

Now again we need your voice for justice.

As you know, we scaled the roof of the Elbit factory because of the devastation being wreaked on the Palestinian population in Gaza, the majority of whom are children. They massacred more than 2000 Palestinians in 51 days, including over 500 children 90 entire families were wiped off the citizen registry. This wanton destruction of besieged Gaza was carried out with Elbit drones, F16s, Merkava tanks, Jeeps, snipers and a plethora of other weapons in Israels arsenal.

While the equivalent ammunition of an atomic bomb was unleashed on one of the most crowded places on the planet, Palestinians beneath the bombs in Gaza called for solidarity in the form of support for the Palestinian call for international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel. The goals of the BDS movement are hardly utopian. They are asking for the freedom, justice and equality that we take for granted, yet has been denied to the Palestinians for nearly seven decades.

It is one thing to support us as we risked prison by taking action on the Israeli arms factory roof, to shine a light on the profits being made by Israels crimes against the Palestinians. But a real stand with the Palestinian people is not to cross the BDS picket line, to honour their call by refusing to perform in Israel, and to refuse to participate in Brand Israel, a Foreign Ministry project using cultural icons and sports stars to whitewash the violent and racist practices of the Israeli state.

According to British and Israeli musicians Brian Eno and Ohal Grittier, The foreign ministry in Israel works hand in hand with show promoters in Israel, who off...

03:20

EU nations sign up for new era of deeper defense cooperation Peace and Freedom

AFP and AP

Emmanuel Dunand, AFP | EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (c) with foreign and defence ministers after signing the PESCO notification in Brussels on November 13.

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Latest update : 2017-11-13

European Union countries on Monday officially launched a new era in defense cooperation with a program of joint military investment and project development aimed at helping the EU confront its security challenges.

Twenty-three of the EUs 28 member nations signed up to the process, known as permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO. Britain, which is leaving the EU in 2019, and Denmark with a defense opt-out were among those not taking part.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described it as a historic moment in European defense, and added that 23 member states engaging booth on capabilities and on operational steps is something big. Those who didnt sign up can join later.

03:00

100 Israeli raids on Syria in the last few years The Angry Arab News Service/

Israeli occupation military conceded that it bombed Syria 100 times in the last few years. Yet, I still read in the American press that Israel has stayed out of the Syrian conflict.  

02:58

Stanford staff encourage students to tear down flyers for Robert Spencer talk Jihad Watch

In The Coming of the Third Reich, historian Richard J. Evans explains how, in the early days of National Socialist Germany, Stormtroopers (Brownshirts) organized campaigns against unwanted professors in the local newspapers [and] staged mass disruptions of their lectures. Stanford student Andrew Quirk disguises his fascism as a concern for the safety of Muslims, who []

02:54

Saad Hariris Resignation Video Was Obviously Coerced ThereAreNoSunglasses

The Prime Minister of Lebanons Unnerving Interview

 

Saudi Arabia appears ready to sacrifice the country in its reckless bid to confront Iran.

Lebanons Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who has resigned, is seen during Future television interview, in a coffee shop in Beirut, Lebanon November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
In the Middle East, the parlor game of the moment is guessing whether Saad Hariri, Lebanons prime ministeror is it ex-prime minister?is literally, or only figuratively, a prisoner of his Saudi patrons. In a stiff interview from an undisclosed location in Riyadh on Sunday, Hariri did little to allay concerns that hes being held hostage by a foreign power that is now writing his speeches and seeking to use him to ignite a regional war. He insisted he was free, and would soon return to Lebanon. He said he wanted calm to prevail in any dispute w...

02:49

GOP is shackled to Trump Peace and Freedom

By Juan Williams
The Hill
November 13, 2017

Well, there goes the fake news.

It is real news that Republicans got shellacked last Tuesday in gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.

And it is real news that President Trumps grip as the partys leader loosened for the first time since he claimed the White House.

Republican running in 2018 saw the reality of an anti-Trump wave among white suburban voters. House Republicans rely on votes from suburban areas to keep their majorities in states such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Florida.

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Republicans currently hold 23 seats in congressional districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and 11 in districts she lost by fewer than five percentage points.

The anger at Trump was evident in exit polls conducted by Edison Media Research.

In Virginia, Republican Ed Gillespie won 91 percent of voters who approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president. Democrat Ralph Northam won 87 percent of those who disapprove.

In essence, Gillespie had all the Trump voters. But there just werent enough of them and Northam won easily, by nine points.

People upset with Trump turned out in big numbers. In fact, exit polls showed one-third of the electorate wanted to send a message of opposition to Trump with their vote for governor.

Now the urgent fear among Republicans on Capitol Hill is a 2018 landslide for Democrats as voters turn on Trump.

The vote in Virginia comes on the heels of Trumps disapproval hitting 57 percent in the latest Fox News poll.

The presidents support among white men without a college degree is down to 56 percent from the 71 percent who voted for him a year ago. He has lost support among white evangelicals, with 66 percent supporting him now instead of the 80 percent that voted for him. He has also seen his support among independents slide from 46 percent in 2016 to 30 percent today.

Trumps support among self-identified Republicans remains high at 83 percent in the Fox poll, but fewer people overall are identifying themselves as Republicans.

That sets the stage for the battle to claim the future of the party going into the 2018 races.

On one side, you have Trump and Steve Bannon, his former top political aide. On the other side are the Presidents Bush, both 41 and 43, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker ...

02:40

Saad Hariri gives awkward new interview that many believe was staged Aletho News

By Adam Garrie | The Duran | November 13, 2107 When Saad Hariri appeared on Saudi state-run Al Arabiya television last week to deliver his resignation as the Lebanese Prime Minister, many felt that Hariri, who is also a Saudi citizen was being forced to resign by the Saudi regime. Several obvious inconsistencies were present []

02:38

Douma, Syria falls to the R+6 Sic Semper Tyrannis

"Pro-government forces have opened up a new front against militant groups in Hama Governorates northern countryside, rapidly liberating a key town. According to military-affiliated sources, the Syrian Arab Army and local fighters from the National Defence Forces attacked rebel positions...

02:36

Al-Akhbar has a special supplement on Lenin: and you think that a Hizbullah paper would honor Lenin and Bolsheviks? The Angry Arab News Service/

Ignorant Western correspondents who cant read Arabic refer to Lebanese daily, Al-Akhbar, as Hizbullahs paper. Here is a supplement on Lenin published by the paper. You think Hizbullah likes Lenin?

02:33

Despite Israeli Demands, Syria Cease-fire Deal Allows Iranian Forces Near Northern Border Peace and Freedom

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Israeli defense figures are troubled by the fact that Russia and the U.S. seem unwilling to take genuine measures to kick Iran out of southern Syria

ByAmos Harel
Haaretz
Nov 13, 2017 7:03 AM

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FILE PHOTO: Irans army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looks into binoculars as he visits the Iranian military near Aleppo, Syria on October 20 2017. Uncredited/AP
Analysis Israel is in no hurry to do the Saudis bidding in Lebanon

Israel made no official response on Sunday to the trilateral agreement between Russia, America and Jordan on a cease-fire in southern Syria. The agreement, signed over the weekend, requires all foreign forces, including the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and Shiite militias operated by Iran, to leave Syria.

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But it does not set deadlines, and secret understandings among the parties provide for the IRGC and Irans proxy forces to withdraw only a short distance from the Israeli border, at least in the near term. Israeli defense figures are troubled by this and by the fact that the superpowers seem unwilling to take genuine measures to kick Iran out of Syria in general, and southern Syria in particular.

Israel Channel 2 News reported Sunday night that army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Eisenkot secretly flew to Brussels on Thursday to meet with Gen. Curtiss Scaparrotti, head of the U.S. armys European Command. The meeting dealt mainly with Iranian moves in the Middle East, and especially Syria.

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Two men, not specified which group of rebels, ride a motorcycle towards an abandoned UN base at Syrias Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Nov. 28, 2016Ariel Schalit / AP

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Eisenkot and Scaparrotti had met just two weeks earlier at an international gathering of chiefs of staff hosted by Washington. A second meeting so soon afterward presumably reflects the extent of Israels concern over recent developments.

Over the weekend, the BBC, quoting Western intelligence sources, reported that satellite photos show the Iranians are secretly building a base near Damascus. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Saturday that Israel wont allow Syria to become a forward base for the Shiite axis.

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02:32

The shoddy journalism of the Economist magazine: how I miss the old Economist and former correspondents The Angry Arab News Service/

Look at this trash:
1) "In 2008 its militiamen briefly took over the capital".   Briefly? They are talking about one day. ONE DAY.
2) "Now Hizbullahs green-and-yellow flags flutter above checkpoints on roads between Sunni villages." This is simply made up.
3) "Rafik Hariri, Saads father and a popular former prime minister, was assassinated in 2005 when he tried to disarm the group."  This is hilarious.  Rafiq Hariri tried to disarm Hizbullah? When was that? And how?  So they just make things up as they go along now?

02:31

Brides from Jerusalem, grooms from the West Bank and can only live together in no mans land Mondoweiss

Restriction of movement / Residency

For some Palestinians in love, this slum is the only place to live
JERUSALEM (Reuters) 9 Nov by Miriam Berger   Kafr Aqab is no ones dream destination: the overcrowded neighborhood separated from adjacent East Jerusalem by Israels barrier in the occupied West Bank is notorious for rutted roads, drugs and violence. But for Palestinians in marriages in which one partner comes from the West Bank and the other from territory Israel had declared to be part of the Israeli state, the slum is a haven where they can live legally together. When 23-year-old Yacout Alqam, a resident of East Jerusalem, first met her fianc, she loved that he was very kind. Very free. Everything. There was just one catch: The problem of identification cards, said Alqam, the wide smile on her small frame fading. Hailing from East Jerusalem, Alqam carries an Israeli-issued Jerusalem residency card, which provides her many benefits but not actual citizenship. Israel annexed the area after the 1967 Middle East war in a move not recognized internationally. Her fiance, Adham Abu Lateefa, 23, is a Palestinian from the West Bank, territory also captured by Israel in 1967 but where the Palestinian Authority administers limited self-rule. Holding a West Bank identification card, Lateefa cannot, under Israeli rules, live in East Jerusalem. Alqam cannot live in the West Bank without risking the loss of her residency permit, as she must prove she resides in Jerusalem to keep it. So along with what residents describe as apartments full of other mixed couples, he and Alqam see a solution in a sort of twilight zone, in Kafr Aqab. Since its inhabitants pay Jerusalem municipal taxes, Alqam can live in Kafr Aqab and still be considered an East Jerusalem resident. And because Israels barrier and a military checkpoint separate Kafr Aqab from the city, her fiance can reside there, even with his West Bank identification card.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-marriage/for-some-palestinians-in-love-this-slum-is-the-only-place-to-live-idUSKBN1D910Z

Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem 
Army injures a child, abducts a young man, near Ramallah...

02:19

Netanyahu signals Israel will act with free hand in Syria Peace and Freedom

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem November 12, 2017. REUTERS-Abir Sultan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he has put the United States and Russia on notice that Israel will continue to take military action across the frontier in Syria, even as the two powers try to build up a ceasefire there.

We are controlling our borders, we are protecting our country and we will continue to do so, Netanyahu said in public remarks to members of his right-wing Likud party in parliament.

I have also informed our friends, firstly in Washington and also our friends in Moscow, that Israel will act in Syria, including in southern Syria, according to our understanding and according to our security needs.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday affirmed joint efforts to stabilize Syria as its civil war wanes, including with the expansion of a July 7 truce in the southwestern triangle bordering Israel and Jordan.

Israel has been lobbying both leaders to deny Iran, Lebanons Hezbollah and other Shiite militias any permanent bases in Syria, and to keep them away from the Golan Heights frontier, as they gain ground while helping Damascus beat back Sunni-led rebels.

RED LINES

Netanyahus remarks echoed those on Sunday by Israels regional cooperation minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, who sounded circumspect about the ceasefire deal and said Israel has set red lines and will stand firm on this.

Israels military has said it has carried out around 100 strikes in Syria. Attacks have targeted suspected Hezbollah or Iranian arms depots or have come in retaliation for shelling from the Syrian-held Golan.

A U.S. State Department official has said Russia had agreed to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces a defined distance from the Golan Heights frontier with Israel, which captured the plateau in the 1967 Middle East war.

The move, according to one Israeli official briefed on the arrangement, is meant to keep rival factions inside Syria away from each other, but it would effectively keep Iranian-linked forces at various distances from the Israel-held Golan as well.

Those distances would range from as little as 5-7 kilometers (3-4 miles) and up to around 30 km (18 miles) depending on current rebel positions on the Syrian Golan, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

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02:09

The Attack on Fake News Is Attack on Alternative Media stan van houcke

The Attack on Fake News Is Really an Attack on Alternative Media

As the author of an article labeled pro-Russia propaganda, I can testify that unorthodox views are under attack

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02:09

WATCH: Video Shows South Florida Cop Booking Hotel to have Sex with Mentally Ill Woman who Needed Help Photography is Not a Crime

Video has emerged showing a Miami Gardens cop who responded to a call about a woman running in traffic taking her to a hotel for sex instead of back to her home where she lived in July 2016.

The woman was too afraid to go to police.

She didnt run. She didnt call the police. Because he was the police, said attorney Stephan Lopez who represented the woman in a lawsuit, which has since been settled, along with attorney Phillip Ortiz.

The surveillance videos clearly establish a complete departure from all law enforcement policies and procedures, Ortiz said in a written statement to Local 10 News.

At the hotel, Miami Gardens Police Sergeant Javier Romaguera tells the hotel clerk the woman is a domestic violence victim, but that he cant take her back to her home because her husband beats the shit out of her.

And that the the police cant find him.

Its kind of sad, Romaguera explains to the clerk.

Shes just a baby. Shes Haitian, so she doesnt speak English. Her parents brought her here so she could have an education. She comes here with her husband. He beats the shit out of her. Were trying to find him, but she cant go back to the house.

I would rather pay whatever because I have four daughters, he told the clerk.

The problem with Romagueras story is he made no report of a domestic violence incident that night and, according to her friend, Jensen Mondesir, the woman isnt married.

The woman only told Mondesir after he called the Miami Gardens Police Department to track her down.

But the department told him they dropped her off at her previous residence.

Mondesir eventually received a call from the woman and located her at the hotel where she told him what happened.

Together, they filed an internal complaint with police in November, as we reported about in January.

 On the night of the incident, after picking her up, Miami Gardens police Sergeant Javier Romaguera radioed in claiming he was taking the woman to her former residence in Miramar.

Im giving a transport to a black female, Romaguera c...

02:07

Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills over 400 More than 100 aftershocks followed Peace and Freedom

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 400 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday.

Irans western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor Sunday night, with authorities saying the quake killed 407 people in the country and injured 6,700. Kermanshah is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming.

In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535, all in the countrys northern Kurdish region, according to Iraqs Interior Ministry.

The quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as people began retiring for the night.

It could be felt on the Mediterranean coast, some 660 miles (1,000 kilometers) away.

The earthquake struck 23.2 kilometers (14.4 miles) below the surface, a shallow depth that can amplify damage. Magnit...

02:04

The Genocide Bioweapon Newsbud

Russian President Vladimir Putin says DNA samples are being taken from people living in different geological regions within the Russian Federation. Presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov also confirmed Russia's intelligence agencies have documented the collection of genetic material by nongovernmental organizations. In July the US Air Force Air Education and Training Command posted an inquiry on the government owned FedBizOp website. It was looking to acquire RNA and other genetic samples from Russians. In 1992, the journal Defense News reported genetic engineering could be used to kill specific ethnic groups. All of this is possible due to advances in genetic mapping. As far back as 2004 the British Medical Association reported genetic weapons would soon become a reality. It said it may entail genetic bombs containing anthrax or bubonic plague that would activate when exposed to a targeted group. The Human Genome Project set the stage for the development of ethnic bioweapons. Its home is at Cold Springs Harbor, the same site where the notorious Eugenics Research Office was started in 1910. In 1972, the US signed and ratified the UN International Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention that outlaws all offensive biological weapons programs. After 9/11, the US violated the convention. The Pentagon Trump inherited is heavily investedalong with the military industrial complex and associated industriesin developing and using not only biological weapons, but other high tech weapons as well. The Russians have all the right in the world to be paranoid. Since the end of the Second World War, the national security state has shown it will go to extraordinarily brutal lengths to controlas they put itthe battlespace, including the Russian people.

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01:58

Beyond Thankful: Cultivating a Life of Gratitude Peace and Freedom

Gratitude can strengthen the immune system, improve sleep and reduce stress and depression. But to reap the benefits, you have to express your thanks

Nov. 13, 2017 9:30 a.m. ET

A simple thank you isnt always enough.

Yolanda Avram Willis has spent much of the past two decades finding out as much as she could about the families who risked their lives to save her Jewish family during the Nazi occupation of their island home of Greece. She wanted to chronicle their good deeds and give thanksand do so before it was too late.

Im 83, she says. I dont know how long I am going to be around. I wanted to do this while I have my mind. Her mother and aunts suffered from some forms of dementia.

Ms. Willis recently completed a book about her familys experience, A Hidden Child in Greece, Rescue in the Holocaust, which she self-published through Authorhouse.

The process helped her, too, giving her purpose and deepening her appreciation, says her son, Martin. The act of writing can help flesh out experiences and makes you understand things better, he says.

A photograph of Ms. Willis, left, with her mother and younger brother, as seen in her book, A Hidden Child in Greece, Rescue in the Holocaust.  Photo: Yolanda Avram Willis/Ross Mantle for The Wall Street Journal

Feeling gratitude starts with a realization of what we have received from others and what it cost them, says Robert Emmons, a psychologist and author at the University of California, Davis, who researches the effects of gratitude. Its not surprising then, he says, that someone like Ms. Willis has overwhelming gratitude.

Gratitude is good for us in many ways. Studies have shown that it strengthens our immune systems, helps us sleep better, reduces stress and depression and opens the doors to more relationships. But to reap those rewards, we need to do more than feel grateful, says Dr. Emmons.

The word thanksgiving means giving of thanks, says Dr. Emmons. It is an action word. Gratitude requires action. It might mean composing a letter, or posting a photo and caption on Instagram.

Most people arent very good at it. Only 52% of women and 44% of men express gratitude on a regular basis, according to a 2012 gratitude su...

01:48

#RefugeesGR November 20: Call for Demonstration on #Lesvos Enough is Enough!

The situation on Lesvos and other Greek islands is escalating more and more. Winter is coming soon and people are still forced to stay on the islands. Many of them sleeping in summer tents. Refugees are protesting with hunger strikes and occupy Sappho square in Mytlini (Lesvos) for weeks now. On November 20 they want to take the streets of Mytilini, we would like to add that those who are not on Lesvos could organize solidarity actions in their own cities and countries on the same day.

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Published by Enough is Enough.

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

Read all our reports about refugees in Greece; here.

#RefugeesGR November 20: Ca...

01:45

Grecia: Declaracin de la Asamblea de Solidaridad con Konstantinos Yigtzoglou Insurrection News

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SOLIDARIDAD EN EL PRISIONERO DE GUERRA ANARQUICO KONSTANTINOS YIGTZOGLOU

La maana del 28 de octubre de 2017, el compaero Konstantinos Yigtzoglou fue capturado por la polica antiterrorista. La orden, emitida por el fiscal especial E. Nikopoulos, se ralaciona con la acusacin de pertenencia a organizacin terrorista y de intento de asesinato en serie por el ataque con carta bomba contra el ex primer ministro Papadimos. Las acusaciones se basan en una mezcla de material gentico supuestamente recogida y almacenada desde objetos despus del enfrentamientos con fuerzas del orden en una manifestacin del 2011, en la cual el compaero fue detenido. Esta mezcla, arbitrariamente relacionada con el ataque explosivo, se encontr segn la polica en los residuos de la envoltura del paquete bomba, junto con el ADN de Papadimos. Los cargos contra el compaero, combinados con las cosas que se encontraron en su poder durante el arresto, llevaron al enjuiciamient...

01:45

Mali Crisis: A Historical Perspective of the Azawad Movement Geopolitical Monitor

 

The current crisis in Mali is quite a complicated affair, comprising of a mixture of persistent and fundamental grievances from diverse ethnic groups. Additionally, it now involves the vital interest of global superpowers. France is deploying special military forces in the country under the pretext of protecting civilians from various extremist groups risking the Afghanistization of Mali.

Over the years, the Sahara has seen several ethnic movements against colonization, and industrialization, which have been mercilessly suppressed and uprooted by the superpowers. The Azawad movement by the indigenous Tuareg communities in Mali is one such example.

The Tuareg people have been living in the harsh conditions of the Sahara for millennia. There are about two million Tuareg living in Mali, Niger, Libya, Algeria, and Chad. But the largest population of Tuareg is found in Mali, with an estimated 950,000 people.

Tuareg men wear indigo veils, which gave rise to the popular characterization Blue Men of the Sahara. But it is not their beautiful attire which is attracting attention from the worlds superpowers. The Tuareg homeland has the largest energy deposits in Africa. Their dream of an independent state, separation from Mali, and the right to govern their own land, which they called Azawad, threatens five neighboring states and has the potential to trigger the biggest war that Sahara has seen in a century.

And they are not the only group who wants to rule here. Al Qaeda is also strengthening its roots in the desert with a vital interest of realizing Bin Ladens dream of creating a new Afghanistan in the Sahara and promoting Sharia law. Mali is left in the middle, as a powder cake of war between the Tuareg rebels and Al Qaeda.

After Malis independence from France in 1960, a series of droughts affected the northern cities of Timbuktu, Kidal, and Gao. This is one of the least developed regions of the country, and its the homeland of Tuaregs. The present-day state of Mali failed to ensure a holistic and inclusive development across all regions; the northern part was ignored by the government and now finds itself crushed by the ever increasing weight of climate change.

 

Tuaregs: A Bitter History

This is a people with a long history of resistance to centralized rule, from the Roman Empire to Arab conquest and French colonization and then, since 1960, the independent state of Mali, says Bruce Whitehouse, an anthropologist at the University of Lehigh.

The Tuareg have fought a series of rebellions against colonialism since the 20th century. But they were brutally subdued by colonial France during this period and suffered untold discrimination and exploitation.

There have been four major rebellions since the 1960s. The first Tuareg rebellion took place in 1962-64. During this period, Tuaregs were greatly oppressed by the government o...

01:40

Yemenis March Against US-Saudi Violence and Blockade [PHOTOS] Geopolitics Alert

Sanaa (GPA) Tens of thousands filled the streets of Yemens capital Sanaa in front of the United Nations office today protesting the ongoing US-backed violence from Saudi Arabia as well as the devastating siege.

Saudi Arabia along with most members of the Gulf Cooperation Council have continued their war against Yemen for nearly 1,000 days with the full support of the United States and other western allies. Another prominent member of the Saudi-coalition, the United Arab Emirates, currently occupies most of southern Yemen.

Conservative estimates put the death toll around 13,000 while local estimates suggest the number is far higher. This number only accounts for deaths from direct military aggression such as airstrikes.

RELATED: Another Saudi Massacre: 50+ Killed Today Including Children and Rescuers

Hundreds of US-backed Saudi airstrikes pounded Yemen last week alone killing dozens of civilians including women and children. Attack targets included homes, fishermen, farms, cars, and rescue personnel.

Tens of thousands more have died from the ongoing blockade and siege which restricts land, sea, and air imports. This severely restricts aid, food, medical supplies, and the general flow of movement.

The siege has also triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak claiming the lives of over 3,000. Experts expect nearly 1 million will become infected by the years end.

After the Yemeni missile strike on the King Khalid Airport near Riyadh, Saudi authorities closed Yemens few remaining lifelines for aid. With seven million people already at risk for famine and another 17 million facing food insecurity, this was a death sentence for many Yemenis.

RELATED: Saudis Continue War Crimes in Yemen Attacking Homes Killing Women, Children

The siege and blockade are all part of the Saudi strategy to beat Yemen into submission by any means necessary.

Riyadh also used the Yemeni missile strike as an opportunity to continue baseless lies regarding Irans involvement in Yemen. Washington was quick to reinforce the Saudi narrative and condemn the strike. However, all the previous Saudi attacks on Yemeni civilians continue as planned completely unchecked from the international community.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

President of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad spoke at the event. He urged the Saudi regime and its supporters to end the end the war and the siege and to engage in a political dialogue. He also stated that if the aggression continues, the Yemeni people reserve...

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I can confirm to you that Saad Hariri is indeed held against his will: although Western governments are covering it up The Angry Arab News Service/

Citing a Western diplomat who met Hariri in Riyadh last week (not at liberty to reveal the name): Hariri "is mostly silent (during meeting) and (the impression was) that his house is bugged.  Even his wife is being searched every time she enters the door".

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Yemen - Having Lost The War Saudis Try Genocide - Media Complicit Moon of Alabama

Fakenews: Saudi Arabia ends its blockade of Yemens ports and airports - Daily Mail Saudi-led coalition says will reopen Yemen ports - Anadolu Yemeni ports to reopen for aid, says Saudi Arabia - Deutsche Welle ... From the last link:...

01:23

9/11: Demolition of WTC-7 Began Before Twin Towers Collapsed Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

Emergency Coordinator, Barry Jennings a victim of explosive demolition inside WTC-7 before Twin Towers collapsed. More

01:20

Peru: Global Witness report on timber trafficking Fausta's Blog

Report Exposes Inner Workings of Timber Trafficking in Peru The report, released on November 9 by investigative watchdog group Global Witness, tells the story of the most high-profile anti-timber trafficking operation in Peruvian history: the November 2015 attempted seizure of illegal timber from the ship Yacu Kallpa as it was anchored in the Amazon River near []

01:10

Dozens of Syrians reported killed in air strikes on Aleppo market Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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At least 61 people have been killed in the air strikes, believed to be Russian, according to war monitor

01:09

A review of Godfree Roberts yin-yang Xi-Trump crystal ball predictions. Moscow-Beijing Express on The Saker The Vineyard of the Saker

by Jeff Brown for the Saker blog Cross-linked with: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/11/13/a-review-of-godfree-roberts-yin-yang-xi-trump-crystal-ball-predictions-china-rising-radio-sinoland-171113/ https://youtu.be/2YrPvTVtKEc https://soundcloud.com/44-days/a-review-of-godfree-roberts-yin-yang-xi-trump-crystal-ball-predictions-china-rising-radio-sinoland Love, hate, war, peace, the good, the bad and the ugly? Lets see how Godfree Roberts crystal ball

00:54

Hezbollah, crown jewel of Irans influence spreading, arm twisting Peace and Freedom

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AL-MANAR TV/AFP / by Tony Gamal-Gabriel | Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah speaks on the groups Al-Manar television channel on November 10, 2017

BEIRUT (AFP)  Lebanons Hezbollah, blamed by Saad Hariri for his shock resignation as premier, has grown over the three decades since its founding into a mighty army used by Iran to project regional influence.

Hariri criticised the powerful Shiite movement for its meddling across the Middle East during a televised interview from Saudi Arabia on Sunday, his first media appearance since he stepped down on November 4.

Hezbollah has participated in Hariris government for almost a year.

From Lebanon to Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, Hezbollah has matured into Irans most useful tool drawing the ire of Tehrans regional rival Riyadh, analysts say.

Hariris surprise resignation sparked worries that Lebanon would be caught in the crossfire of the bloody, decades-long power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

This resignation indicates Saudis will to put a stop to Irans expansion, said international relations expert Karim Bitar.

Hezbollah had become Irans trump card in the Middle East, added Bitar, of the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Affairs.

Since its founding in the 1980s during Lebanons grinding war, Hezbollah has relied heavily on Iran for financial, political and military support.

It is the only faction to have retained its arsenal of weapons after the end of Lebanons 15-year civil conflict in 1990.

Despite being branded a terrorist organisation by the United States and Gulf countries and targeted with economic sanctions, Hezbollah has risen to play a decisive role in regional conflicts.

Most important tool

The most important Iranian tool in the region is Hezbollah, said Hilal Khashan, political science professor at the American University of Beirut.

Hezbollah has trained Iraqs powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary forces, Khashan said, and even has operatives in Yemens war to back Shiite Huthi rebels targeted by Riyadh.

Closer to home, Hezbollah has fought ferociously in Syria to defend the government of President Bashar al-Assad, also an ally of Iran.

The groups intervention in Syrias six-year conflict was a major turning point that helped Assads troops reta...

00:54

MEMO Balfour event participant hosts BBC Radio 4 discussion on Balfour Declaration BBC Watch

A journalist known for his promotion of the notion of a secretive pro-Israel lobby allegedly influencing British politics who regularly writes for one media outlet linked to Hamas and participated in a Balfour Declaration/Israel bashing conference organised by another outfit with Hamas connections might not seem like the ideal presenter for an item discussing the Balfour Declaration centenary aired by a broadcaster supposedly committed to impartiality.

Nevertheless, Peter Oborne did present the October 28th edition of BBC Radio 4s The Week in Westminster and that programme included (from 22:03 here) reflections on the letter which paved the way for the creation of the state of Israel, 100 years ago....

00:52

AltRight vs The Saker The Vineyard of the Saker

A very telling example of a very ugly trend I just got an email from my daughter this morning saying Youve probably seen this, and you might not really care

00:49

Russian Debt Restructuring Keeps Venezuelan Government Afloat Geopolitical Monitor

 

On November 8, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced that Russia would restructure $3 billion of Venezuelas debts. Reuters later reported that Russia and Venezuela would sign a deal on November 15 that would restructure Venezuelas payments for 10 years. While the amount is modest compared to Venezuelas total foreign debt of $120 billion, it provides some relief for the Venezuelan government to make short-term payments and avoid declaring default.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on November 2 that he wants to restructure and refinance Venezuelas foreign debts. While Maduro did not explicitly say that the government is going into default, the restructuring announcement signals that Venezuela may not be able to continue making payments in the near future. Despite the countrys ongoing economic crisis, the Venezuelan government has continuously made payments on its foreign debts over the years. On November 9, the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA managed to pay an overdue principal of $1.1 billion. While the payment shows that the Venezuelan government still intends to continue meeting its foreign debt obligations, PDVSA has still not paid $500 million in interest on the principal payment.

 

Russias Investment in the Venezuelan Government

The Venezuelan government has depended on Russian financial support to remain solvent. The Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft has purchased substantial stakes in five major PDVSA oil projects in exchange for credit and cash. In addition, Rosneft made collateral swaps with Citgo, PDVSAs US subsidiary, giving it a 49 percent ownership share. The Russian government has provided the Venezuelan government with over $10 billion in financial aid over the past three years. Russia has also sold arms and military equipment to the Venezuelan government; in 2009, Russia gave Venezuela a 2.2 billion loan to purchase tanks and anti-aircraft missiles.

Russias investment in the Venezuelan government furthers its own geopolitical interests. Moscows financial support directly challenges the United States sanction regime, which seeks to isolate Venezuela. Propping up the anti-American Venezuelan government helps undermine US influence in Latin America. Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Ch...

00:29

Sea-Watch: Complete Footage of Libyan Coast Guard Escalation During Rescue on November 6, 2017 Enough is Enough!

Sea-Watch released the complete footage of the escalation by the Libyan coast guard during a rescue operation on November 6, 2017.

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Image: Screenshot of the video of the Seawatch rescue operation on November 6, 2017.

Originally published by Sea-Watch Facebook page.

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Sea-Watch: Complete Footage of Libyan Coast Guard Escalation During Rescue on November 6, 2017

Sea Watch wr...

00:19

Pakistan: After death threats from Muslims, government minister requests non-Muslim security detail Jihad Watch

Minister Sanaullah hit the headlines a few weeks back when during a TV interview he claimed there were minor differences between Muslims and AhmadisIn response, the radical Islamist group Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah has organized countrywide protests and over three thousand of their protestors are currently blocking the capital Islamabad, demanding the resignation of []

00:04

Arabic press review: Royal rumble in Riyadh, battle stations at TV network Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:00

Yoda: OpenStack and Multi-Cloud Integration Public Intelligence Blog

Still lacking assured anonymity, identity, privacy, and security, but interesting.

OpenStack adoption grows into multi-cloud formations

The open source cloud platform sees a rise in unique installations, as well as more integration with commercial clouds.

There is a strong trend to multi-cloud integration among OpenStack users. Close to half, 48 percent, indicate that they also interact with other clouds up from 38 percent a year ago. Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the most popular cloud interacting with OpenStack deployments, at 48 percent, though this is down from 58 percent a year ago.

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23:58

Stanford students promote hate and disinformation in claiming Robert Spencer promotes hate and disinformation Jihad Watch

Another week has rolled around, and the Stanford Daily is filled with more hit pieces denouncing me, trying to shame the College Republicans into apologizing for inviting me, and above all, trying to keep people from attending my scheduled lecture tomorrow evening. In The Coming of the Third Reich, historian Richard J. Evans explains how, []

23:57

#RefugeesGR #Lesvos: Update From Hell Enough is Enough!

Statement by 105FM, Self-organized radio of Mytilene.

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Originally published by 105FM, Self-organized radio of Mytilene Facebook page. Translated by Black Cat.

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#RefugeesGR Lesvos: Update From Hell

At this moment in Moria the number of unaccompanied minors has reached 350 in a chaos of 7000 people- with that number increasing daily. The majority of unaccompanied minors sleep on the ground in a central tent. Suicidal incidents occur daily could we understand what this means?

Apart from that, there are thousands of people, families with children, sleeping in summer tents. The southern wind is already becoming stronger....

23:45

Berto Jongman: BBC Fabricates Film of Syrian Attack on Children How Trama Simulations Are Taking Over Mainstream Media Reporting (and Supporting False Flag Attacks) Public Intelligence Blog

Phi Beta Iota: We must not forget that BBC has been a funded subsidiary of the CIA for some time the lack of integrity across our academic, government, law enforcement, and media institutions is now catastrosphic.

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23:43

Bipolar Britain For Israel But Then Against? Peace and Freedom

Editorial

The Jerusalem Post
 NOVEMBER 12, 2017 21:47

We understand that newspapers have to make money and that sensationalism sells.

Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May look at the original Balfour Declaration

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara look at the original Balfour Declaration with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Lord Balfour and Lord Rothschild. (photo credit:KOBI GIDEON/GPO)

Many in Mays Conservative-led government are outspoken in their support of Israel, not just Priti Patel, the UKs former secretary of state for international development.

However, the scandal surrounding Patel, who was forced to resign last week after it came to light that she had met with a number of Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seems to point to the bipolar nature of Israeli-British ties.

On one hand, the two countries share sensitive intelligence; Britain has purchased hundreds of millions of pounds worth of Israeli weapons systems; and coordination between the militaries of the two countries has reached new heights.

On the other hand, Patels innocuous 13-day visit to Israel has been betrayed in the most nefarious way, as if Patel had not been visiting a close ally with mutual interests and shared values, but a country with which Britain was at odds. As noted by Tovah Lazaroff, The Jerusalem Posts deputy managing editor, One has to ask, if Patel had s...

23:35

Tribal justice awaits returning Iraqis who joined IS Everything we owned, we sacrificed everything for the people of Iraq. Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Sleimane al-Anbari | No longer anywhere to hide for IS: Iraqi forces and members of the Hashed al-Shaabi advance on Al-Qaim in Anbar province on November 3, 2017
AL-OBEIDI (IRAK) (AFP)  In the unforgiving deserts of Iraq, there is just one way to deal with defeated members of the Islamic State group who try to come home tribal justice.

No pardons are possible among tribes which have agreed among themselves to treat with the utmost severity those members who became jihadists.

As for the families of IS members, many have already fled, fearing reprisals.

The former army commander for operations in the western province of Anbar, where IS once held sway after a sweeping offensive across Syria and Iraq in 2014, told AFP returning jihadists face short shrift.

The Bumahal and the other tribes have agreed to adopt a common stance on the issue, said General Ismail Mehlawi, himself a Bumahal.

In the vast Sunni region where tribal law prevails, the tribes have addressed the thorny question of what to do about any relatives who pledged allegiance to the self-proclaimed IS caliphate.

Theyve all fled to neighbouring Syria, say residents of Al-Obeidi village in the heart of what was the last jihadist bastion in Iraq, which has just been retaken by Iraqi forces.

But if any return or are discovered in the area, they will be treated with severity, Mehlawi said.

No pardon will be possible, said the moustachioed Iraqi whose home was dynamited by members of his own tribe who had joined IS.

We will punish them as prescribed by God so justice is done to the tribesmen who have been wronged during the jihadist occupation.

The cycle of revenge has already begun in Al-Obeidi, said a security official in the Al-Qaim region whose 150,000 inhabitants belong to around half a dozen tribes.

Acts of vengeance

A week ago, Busharji fighters blew up the house of a member of their tribe who had joined IS and who was himself accused of blowing up homes in Al-Obeidi, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Before destroying his home, the tribe shunned him, leaving the former IS man unprotected in a country where tribal law often takes precedence over the law and the courts.

Mohammed al-Mohammedi heads the municipal council in Hit near the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi.

He told AFP that several months ago, he was approached by f...

23:30

Stephen E. Arnold: Google Math & Algorithms Not Trustworthy? Public Intelligence Blog

Stephen E. Arnold

Google and Search Trust: Math Is Objective, Right?

Trust, however, seems to mean different things to different people. Consider the write up Its Time to Stop Trusting Google Search Already. The write up suggests that people usually trust Google. The main point is that those people should not trust Google.

Phi Beta Iota: There is no question but that Google and its surrogates (YouTube) as  well as its counterparts (Facebook, MeetUp, Twitter) are in the service of the Deep State, both domestically and foreign. They cannot be trusted just as the other segments of society from academia and media to government and non-profit foundations cannot be trusted. Truth and trust are not to be found in the current information environment. That is the civic challenge of the century, and one bearing on whether America will once...

23:29

Amnesty slams Syrian regime for crimes against humanity Peace and Freedom

Amnesty International says the Syrian regime has conducted unlawful sieges aimed at forcing civilians from their homes ahead of reconciliation accords. It accuses Damascus of using surrender or starve tactics.

Ruined street in Aleppo(picture alliance/Zumapress)

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has committed crimes against humanity and war crimes by subjecting cities to unlawful sieges that gave civilians no choice but to give up or die, rights group Amnesty International said on Monday.

In a new report entitled We leave or we die, Amnesty examines four so-called reconciliation agreements between the Syrian government and the armed opposition that were preceded by sieges and unlawful bombardments that forced civilians to live in dire conditions and caused widespread displacements.

The pacts under consideration were concluded in Daraya, Madaya, eastern Aleppo city and the al-Waer neighborhood in Homs city between August 2016 and March 2017.

Over the past five years, the Syrian government and, to a lesser degree, armed opposition groups have enforced sieges on densely populated areas, depriving civilians of food, medicine and other basic necessities in violation of international humanitarian law. Besieged civilians have further endured relentless, unlawful attacks from the ground and the air, the report says.

Read more: Concerns grow about abuses, war crimes in Syria

hospital in Atareb near Aleppo (Reuters/A. Abdullah)Hospitals have been among civilian infrastructure damage in government airstrikes

Crimes against humanity

Amnesty said the forced displacement of civilians, often not carried out for reasons of civilians security or military necessity, amounted to a war crime under international law. The rights body further concludes that the sieges, unlawful killings and forced displacement by government forces are part of a system...

23:24

How Many US Soldiers Have Died Fighting Terrorism? Clarion Project

A shot of whiskey left on the grave of a soldier in Arlington cemetery, Virginia. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)A shot of whiskey left on the grave of a soldier in Arlington cemetery, Virginia. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Our war on terror begins with al-Qaida, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated. President George W. Bush, September 20, 2001.

The war on terror has been raging since al-Qaeda brought down the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001, killing almost 3,000 people. Since that fateful day, America has fought terrorism across the globe. Militarily, the war has been largely successful, defeating jihadi groups and armies alike. But for each victory, a new threat has emerged. Fully 16 years after beginning, the war on terror looks no closer to finishing.

This veterans day weekend, we look at the cost of that war in the lives of American servicemen and women.

 

Afghanistan

On October 7, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom began. United States jets pounded Taliban positions in Afghanistan, supported by the United Kingdoms Royal Air Force. Other allies including Germany, Turkey, France, the Netherlands and Italy deployed troops and the ...

23:23

Israel Is in No Hurry to Do the Saudis Bidding in Lebanon Peace and Freedom

Analysis
The Israeli army is not about to cross the border despite the Saudis anger at Iranian meddling and the Syrian drone that Israel shot down in the north

By Amos Harel
Haaretz

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Hezbollah supporters cheer as they listen to a speech of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, November 10, 2017. Bilal Hussein/AP

The first leader to exploit claims that Saudi Arabia is trying to push Israel into a new military confrontation in Lebanon is also the most devoted reader of Israeli and foreign news reports Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. In a speech broadcast Friday on Lebanese television, Nasrallah claimed that the Saudis had declared war on Lebanon and Hezbollah, and warned Israel not to intervene lest it pay a heavy price.

To viewers in Israel, Nasrallah seemed unusually stressed, and his tone sounded almost plaintive. His concerns about future Israeli moves didnt match his past swaggering declarations in which he described Israeli society as a flimsy spiderweb that would collapse under Arab pressure. It seems the crisis created by the Saudis in Lebanon, with the forced resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, caught the Hezbollah chief off guard.

Nasrallah isnt the only leader who seems to have slid into something now over his head. The Saudi gamble is a big one and theres no guarantee that the kingdoms aggressive stance will end in success, despite the enthusiastic support of U.S. President Donald Trump. In a statement, the State Department was much less enthusiastic. It called for Hariri to be restored to his post and warned other countries namely Iran, but also Saudi Arabia not to interfere in Lebanons internal affairs.

The Washington Post has provided extensive details on Hariris resignation; it emerges that Hariri indeed served as a Saudi puppet. The resignation letter was dictated to him at a morning meeting in the royal palace, to which he had been summoned unexpectedly. He was later transferred to a villa in the Ritz-Carlton compound in Riyadh, in which Saudi princes and tycoons are being held following this months purge. There, Hariri is under the surveillance of the Saudi security services.

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Israel, other than a public verbal assault on Iran a week ago, isnt commenting on Hariris resignation. No official has responded to accusations that this was a Saudi-Israeli move against Iran and Hezbollah. And no steps have been taken to increase vigilance along the northern border, which would have suggested that the Israel Defense Forces was preparing something.

For now, it seems its the Saudis who may seek such a scenario, while Israel has no interest in a military confrontation. One should note that Saudi...

23:19

Why Would Muslims Be in a Christmas Ad? Clarion Project

A frame from Tesco's 2017 Christmas adA frame from Tescos 2017 Christmas ad (Photo: video screenshot)

 

A Christmas ad (see below) for a large supermarket chain in the UK that includes a Muslim family garnered strong reactions in the country.

The ad follows a diverse cross section of Brits from same sex couples to Muslims preparing for the holiday by cooking a turkey and opening bon-bons. The scene in question features Muslim women in hijabs greeting each other with gifts as they arrive at someones house for a celebration.

Supermarket giant Tesco who put out the ad responded by saying said it was meant to show how people come together at ChristmasEveryone is welcome at Tesco this Christmas and were proud to celebrate the many ways our customers come together over the festive season.

Clarion Project wants to hear what you think of the ad. Write us your thoughts by clicking here.

The Twitter-sphere #EveryonesWelcome abounded with reactions to the ad ranging from support, incredulity, anger and bigotry including quite a few complaints that if everyones welcome at Tesco, they should provide a halal turkey option!

Speaking on his LBC radio show, anti-extremist Muslim activist Maajid Nawaz had harsh criticism for the complaints he deemed bigoted.

Your real agenda here is you just want a white, nat...

23:12

Iran vs Saudi Arabai: As Middle East Heats Up Peace and Freedom

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Missiles and a portrait of Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran. (photo credit:NAZANIN TABATABAEE YAZDI/ TIMA VIA REUTERS)

LONGSTANDING rivals have hit a crisis point as tensions continue to escalate. Patience is wearing thin on both sides.

NOVEMBER 13, 2017  11:36AM

THEY have never been the best of friends, and a recent escalation in tensions means Saudi Arabia and Iran are unlikely to become allies anytime soon.

A Yemeni missile attack, the resignation of Lebanons prime minister and a crown prince moving to consolidate his power have all seen tensions flare up across the region once again.

While experts agree the risk of military conflict remains low, there is no doubt the Cold War between Middle East rivals has been heating up for months.

The recent flare-ups are just the start of a long list of incidents between the two powerhouses, whose longstanding rivalry predates the Iranian revolution of 1979.

TENSIONS FLARE

The tensions have been years in the making.

Riyadh and Tehran broke off diplomatic relations in January 2016 after Iranians stormed Saudi Arabias embassy and consulate in response to the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

That followed the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, which Riyadh feared was a step towa...

23:10

Grcia: A insurreio no pode ser negociada por Panagiotis Argyrou, membro preso da Conspirao das Clulas de Fogo FAI-FRI Insurrection News

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A insurreio no pode ser negociada

O tempo a doena da realidade. Na priso, o tempo parece envenenar a atmosfera. O ar engrossa como se estivesse inundado com limalhas de chumbo e todos os dias nossos pulmes so infestados com esse oxignio to txico que pesa sobre ns repetidas vezes, mais a cada dia que passa.

Voc se sente to sobrecarregado que em algum momento voc comea a pensar que cada passo que voc toma, remove um dia da sua vida; cada passo e um dia menos, cada passo e um dia menos.

Durante estes quase 6 anos e meio da minha priso, eu sempre senti como se estivesse matando tantos dias enquanto movia infinitamente para frente e para trs nos tribunais. Eu vi o ritual desprezvel de julgamentos ter lugar em nome da Democracia muitas vezes repetidamente e cada vez que eu me afastei com pacotes de dcadas de frases nas minhas costas.

No entanto, no so apenas as duras sentenas que me impuseram por toda essa brbara burocracia que tem passado vidas na pedra da mina da justia que mais me incomoda, mas tambm o estilo arrogante e auto-justificado dos juzes que executam nossa liberdade enquanto mantendo a iluso de representar algo especial.

Agora, estamos no processo de uma nova srie de provas, ond...

23:07

YouTube Takes Down Terror Ideologue Clarion Project

Al Qaeda idealogue Anwar al-Awlaki. (Photo: Screenshot from video)

YouTube has removed thousands of videos recorded by the late American jihadist ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki, The New York Times reported. American jihadist Anwar al-Awlaki was one of Al Qaedas most prominent English-language ideologues. Six years after his death in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, he remains the leading jihadist recruiter on the internet, according to the Times.

Until recently, his lectures were available on YouTube. Now that has changed. YouTube has taken down thousands of hours of his talks in a landmark crackdown on radicalization.

The video giant has deployed video recognition software to recognize clips of Awlaki as soon as they are uploaded. Human moderators then delete them before they are viewed.

Its a watershed moment on the question of whether were going to allow the unchecked proliferation of cyberjihad, Mark D. Wallace, the chief executive of the Counter Extremism Project, told the Times. You just dont want to make it easy for people to listen to a guy who wants to harm us.

Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico to parents from Yemen. He became an Islamic preacher and scholar and gradually became convinced that the United States was waging a war against Islam and Muslims. Although many of his lectures focused on Islamic history and theology, large portions of them incited violence and support for terrorist organizations.

He was placed on the kill list in 2009 and killed in 2011 along with three companions while in Yemen.

The move is the first time a major tech company has specifically targeted the work of an individual radical in this way. 

YouTubes counter-terrorism policies have not just impacted terrorists however. In just one example, last year YouTube...

23:06

Bitter harvest: Israeli settlements close in on Palestinian olive farmers Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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For villagers of Wadi Fuqin, harvest is a regular reminder of the occupations impact on Palestinian agriculture

23:05

UK considers diplomatic protection for British woman jailed in Iran Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Prime minister's spokesman says move 'one option' being looked at to secure Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release from prison in Iran

23:00

UK: Muslim rape gang survivors say the gangs are still abusing girls in Rotherham Jihad Watch

Why wouldnt they be? The Quran hasnt changed. It still teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the []

22:58

Hariri's exit strategy: The ball is in Hezbollah's court Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Hariris strategy is more about stripping Iran and Hezbollah of their pretensions than about presenting an implementable road map for ending the resignation crisis

22:49

Are US and Turkey heading for a divorce? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

There seems to have been no progress in resolving the growing tangle of political and legal disputes between the two former close allies

22:40

Unruly GOP Tax Factions Put Senates Tax Plan in Jeopardy Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Sahil Kapur

November 13, 2017, 4:00 AM EST
  • Groups include fiscal skeptics, tax-cut fans and wildcards
  • Senate leaders will have to corral 50 votes quickly to succeed
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is about to face a legacy-defining test of whether he can keep his unruly caucus in line to deliver President Donald Trumps coveted goal of massive tax cuts in 2017.

He needs 50 of 52 members, and they have a variety of competing demands. Some want to limit new deficits, while others want to deepest tax cut possible; some prioritize family tax breaks while others want to give businesses a boost; some have parochial concerns while others tend to be notoriously difficult to win on major pieces of legislation.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn says he wants a floor vote the week of Nov. 27. Thats two weeks away. Here are the factions McConnell and his team have to navigate:

The Fiscal Skeptics

The tax plan going before the Senate Finance Committee Monday would increase the federal deficit by about $1.5 trillion over the next decade before accounting for any economic growth that it might spur. That complicates the plans prospects among some Republicans.

Tennessees Bob Corker, Arizonas Jeff Flake and Oklahomas James Lankford have all warned against fiscal recklessness in the bill.

Corker says he doesnt want a penny in new deficits or hell vote against the bill. Lankford says it should be revenue-neutral in the first decade and beyond. Both say theyre willing to assume reasonable economic growth that would cushion the deficit impact.

After the Senate plans rollout Thursday, Flake fired a warning shot:...

22:36

US Media Resurrecting Dragon of Communism, To Frighten Superstitious American Children ThereAreNoSunglasses

By Stephen Lendman
stephenlendman.org
11-12-17

It infests America like a malignant tumor, exceeding the worst of the post-WW I Red Scare and its repeat following WW II.

Beginning in 1938, House Un-American Activities Committee witch-hunt hearings into alleged disloyalty and subversive activities became headline news.

Starting in the late 1960s, more of the same followed by the renamed House Committee on Internal Security.

Notorious McCarthyism in the 1950s was a demagogic smear campaign against prominent figures, slandering them, ruining careers, even accusing General George Marshall of being soft on communism.

Notable Hollywood figures were blacklisted. McCarthyism was baseless slander, unscrupulous fear-mongering, and political lynchings.

Harvard Law School dean Ervin Griswold once called McCarthy judge, jury, prosecutor, castigator, and press agent, all in one.

Modern-day Russophobia includes a second Cold War, Russia under Vladimir Putin again considered the evil empire, relentless Washington and media Russian bashing, along with endless congressional and special counsel witch-hunt investigations suggesting the worst, revealing nothing.

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22:20

Theresa Mays ability to deliver Brexit in doubt amid growing threat to her leadership Peace and Freedom

The Prime Minister must push through her Brexit legislation this week after a torrid 10 days

By Joe Watts Political Editor

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Theresa May. Credit PA Wire PA Images

The Independent
Theresa Mays ability to deliver Brexit is in doubt amid a growing threat to her leadership and concerns over whether she still has the political clout to govern.

Ms May must this week renew the drive to push her EU withdrawal Bill through the House of Commons, with Tory MPs who backed Remain in the referendum threatening to join forces with Jeremy Corbyns party to impose changes.

But Labour and other opposition parties warned that Ms May no longer has enough authority over the Conservatives to secure the Bills passage, after it emerged some 40 Tory MPs may now be willing to sign a letter of no confidence in her and a note emerged in which two cabinet ministers appear to direct her Brexit policy.

It also follows reports that the EU is preparing for the collapse of Brexit talks and of her Government, which is torn between trying to give more ground in Brexit talks to achieve progress while also maintaining the support of Eurosceptic Tories who want no further compromise.

Labours Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday raising concerns that she no longer has the influence over her own party to deliver key facets of a successful Brexit in particular, securing a transition period to smooth the withdrawal.

The letter...

22:12

Christos Tsakalos: The Point is That People Should not Leave from Prison Dehumanized. Enough is Enough!

Interview with Christos Tsakalos. Christos is not speaking as an anarchist or as a member of the C.C.F. in this interview but as a member of the Committee of Struggle from Korydallos Prison.

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Christos Tsakalos: The Point is That People Should not Leave from Prison Dehumanized.

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22:02

European Shares Creep Lower Ahead of Central Bank Speeches Peace and Freedom

The British pound slipped on a potential leadership challenge in Parliament

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European stocks started the week mostly down after closing in the red Friday as investors appeared increasingly concerned over the U.S. tax-overhaul plan.

The Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.3% lower, led by losses in banking and financial services.

Futures pointed to a small opening loss for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, after both indexes posted drops last week. In Asia, markets were broadly down.

In currencies, the British pound dropped 0.9% Monday on weekend news that as many as 40 Conservative members of Parliament had agreed to sign a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May, eight short of the number needed to trigger a leadership challenge.

Sterling could face further pressure this week, with several Bank of England members set to speak and data on U.K. inflation and retail sales due.

Some investors warned that the disunity within the ruling Conservative party could weigh on Brexit talks and diminish the probability of an extended transitional arrangement.

I think the vulnerability in terms of the government and the lack of unity within the Conservative party means that the political backdrop for smooth Brexit negotiations has probably decreased slightly, said Mark Richards, multi-asset Strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

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21:46

Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep as Canada Wakes Up Dissident Voice

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments.  It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.

Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.

No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments.  Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.

While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat.  As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.

For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted.  Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate.  Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion.  The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.

None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved.  The remaining states would keep the ship steady.

Now that Canadas Justin Trudeau has decided to give the remaining countries a grand snub, Ciobo has been left searching for justifications....

21:46

Former U.S. intelligence officials: Trump being played by Putin Peace and Freedom

. By John Wagner
The Washington Post . Two top former U.S. intelligence officials said Sunday that President Trump is being played by President Vladimir Putin on Russias interference in the 2016 election and accused him of being susceptible to foreign leaders who stroke his ego. . By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know youre responsible for this, I think hes giving Putin a pass, former CIA director John Brennan said on CNNs State of the Union. . I think it demonstrates to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint.

Appearing on the same program, former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said he agrees with that assessment.

He seems very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honor guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance that come with the office, and I think that appeals to him, and I think it plays to his insecurities, Clapper said.

Trump told reporters traveling with him in Asia that Putin had assured him at a...

21:45

Drums of Big War Heard in Middle East Strategic Culture Foundation

Summing up the recent events in the Middle East leads to the conclusion that the threat of a Saudi-Iranian war is looking increasingly credible as tensions rise in the Middle East.

21:37

Syrian Army Resumes Operation Against ISIS South Of Mayadin, East Of Sukhna-Deir Ezzor Highway (Map)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF), led by the Tiger Forces, have resumed their operations against ISIS near Mayadin city. According to pro-government sources, government troops have passed about 30km southeast of it. The SAA and the NDF have also advanced against ISIS and reached the settlements of Bir Duhul and Al-Duhul.

The SAA and the NDF faced little ISIS resistance during their advance because a major part of ISIS members had withdrawn from the desert area. ISIS is now focusing in clashing with government troops in al-Bukamal.

The government advance will put an additional pressure on ISIS members in the border area and would contribute to a joint effort of the SAA and Hezbollah to secure al-Bukamal.

Syrian Army Resumes Operation Against ISIS South Of Mayadin, East Of Sukhna-Deir Ezzor Highway (Map)

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21:35

Anti-Immigration Youths Receive Para-Military Training Clarion Project

Generation Identity at a recent event in the UKGeneration Identity at a recent event in the UK (Photo: Video screenshot)

 

Young, right-wing European youths are reportedly attending military-style training camps in France, according to Newsweek magazine, which based its report on a newly-released documentary by Britains ITV.

Members of the anti-immigration UK Independent Party also reportedly attended the training camps.

The youth are part of a pan-European movement called Generation Identitaire (Generation Identity) and are dedicated to preserving what they term the ethno-cultural identity of Europe. The group opposes multiculturalism, mass immigration and the Islamization of Europe, according to its talking points.

Although it says its dedicated to non-violence, reporters from ITV who infiltrated the group claim members bragged about receiving para-military training at the camps for two hours a day.

It was really good, one of the trainees allegedly said. We had like a mock demonstration. It was like really realistic because they had like pepper spray, everything. It was really organized.

Members of the group criticized the documentary, calling it fake news and saying that remarks from members were taken out of context.

In a video (see below) responding to the documentary, founder of the group, Martin Sellner, a 28-year-old student activist from Austria, states the group has no secret agenda.

Sellner says the press likes to paint the group as a white supremacist organization, literally Hitler in disguise, yet he claims that the group is not fighting against a certain group of people but against a system. [We] are not advocating a genocidal or people-hating ideology.

 

 

Sellner says the group is f...

21:35

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core Peace and Freedom

A serial leak of the agencys cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.

21:24

Smog chokes Indian capital as emergency measures fail to bring relief Peace and Freedom

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A woman walks across a field on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Saumya Khandelwal Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) A thick cloud of toxic smog 10 times the recommended limit enveloped Indias capital, New Delhi, on Monday, as government officials struggled to tackle a public health crisis that is well into its second week.

A U.S. embassy measure showed levels of poisonous airborne particles, known as PM 2.5, had reached 498 on Monday afternoon, compared with the upper limit of good quality air at 50.

Indias weather office said rain was forecast over the next three days which could help clear the smog.

Light rainfall is likely in states surrounding Delhi and in Delhi over the next three days, and this could result in a change in wind pattern in the region, Charan Singh, a scientist at India Meteorological Department, told Reuters.

Smog will start to abate starting tomorrow.

But Skymet, Indias only private weather forecaster, said dense smog would continue over Delhi and the surrounding area for at least the next two days.

The Supreme Court is due to hear a petition filed by a New Delhi lawyer to direct government authorities to tackle the intolerable and unbearable air pollution.

The Delhi state government declared a public health emergency last week after pollution levels spiked, a yearly phenomenon blamed on a combination of illegal crop burning in northern states, vehicle exhaust and dust.

Over the weekend, authorities began using fire trucks to spray water in parts of the capital to keep the dust and other air particles down, but it has had little effect.

A senior federal government official said there was little more that could be done.

We can only do this much, and now we will have to wait for rains to clean the atmosphere, said Prashant Gargava, an official at the Central Pollution Control Board.

A man walks through smog near Delhi, India November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Gargava, who is in charge of monitoring air quality, said Delhis air has been consistently in the hazardous zone, despite measures such as a halt to construction and increasing car parking charges four-fold to encourage people to use public transport.

EVERY BREATH

The PM 2.5 airborne particles are about 30 times finer than a human hair. The particles can be inhaled deep into the lungs, cau...

21:16

Saudi Arabia and israel Know They Cannot Defeat Iran, Want to Drag the US into an Uncontainable War Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source There is considerable confusion about what is occurring in the Middle East, to include much discussion of whether Israel and Saudi Arabia have formally agreed to combine forces to increase both military and economic pressure on Iran, which both of them see as their principal rival in the region. During the past week, a []

21:16

#Korydallos: Prisoners Letter to the Ministry of Justice Announces Creation of a Legal Committee Enough is Enough!

Letter to the Ministry of Justice by the Prisoner Struggle Committee- Korydallos Prison (women and mens prison).

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Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Black Cat.

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.

Korydallos: Prisoners Letter to the Ministry of Justice Announces Creation of a Legal Committee

November 9th 2017

TO THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE (concerning Mr. Stavros Kontonis)

To the Secretary General of counter-crime policy Mr. Eftychios Fytrakis

To the General Coordinator of Correctional Facilities Mr. Pavlos Doulamis.

In the context of our mobilization in prison against the new correctional bill, a legal committee has been created which will amplify our voices beyond prison walls. At the same time the committee will keep us informed on the developments regarding the new cor...

21:15

Vietnam and China agree to back off conflicts in South China Sea Peace and Freedom

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POOL/AFP | Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (R) at the presidential palace in Hanoi

HANOI (AFP)  Vietnam and China agreed Monday to back away from conflicts in the South China Sea, in a move aimed at easing tensions over Beijings claims to most of the waterway.

The communist neighbours have long-sparred over the sea to which Brunei, Taiwan and the Philippines also have partial claims through which $5 trillion in shipping trade passes annually.

China has built artificial islands and airstrips capable of hosting military installations in the sea, which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.

Hanoi and Beijing agreed Monday to keep the peace in the sea, the countries said in a joint statement during a state visit to Hanoi by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Tensions flared earlier this year when Vietnam suspended an oil exploration project in an area off its coast that China claims as its own, reportedly following pressure from Beijing.

Relations hit rock bottom in 2014 when Beijing moved an oil rig into waters claimed by Vietnam, sparking weeks of protests.

On Sunday US President Donald Trump offered to use his negotiation prowess to help Vietnam resolve the long-simmering tensions.

If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know I am a very good mediator, Trump said on his own state visit to Hanoi at the tail end of his marathon tour of Asia.

But on Monday, China appeared to take a swipe at his offer.

We hope non-regional countries can respect the regional countries efforts in maintaining the regional stability of the South China Sea, and play a constructive role in this aspect, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.

Trump was in Manila Monday for meetings with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and several other countries.

Later Monday China and ASEAN, which includes Vietnam, were expected to announce in Manila that they have agreed to begin talks on a much-delayed code of conduct for the sea.

China insists the code must not be legally binding, a demand to which Southeast Asian countries have so far acquiesced....

21:15

Ominous Russophobia in America Strategic Culture Foundation

...Intense anti-Russian sentiment in America risks the unthinkable possible catastrophic nuclear war, humanitys survival at stake.

21:07

Why does RT have to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act but not AIPAC? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Foreign Agents Registration Act Marked by History of Politicization, Selective Enforcement The singling out of RT for treatment as a foreign agent while entities such as Al Jazeera and AIPAC are ignored reflects a history of selective enforcement and the politicization of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. by Whitney Webb Though it garnered []

21:01

Polish Leaders Condemn Nationalist March Peace and Freedom

Independence Day rally in Warsaw, organized by two far-right groups, drew tens of thousands

A demonstrator holds a flare in the streets of Warsaw during a march celebrating celebrating Polands Independence Day on Nov. 11.
A demonstrator holds a flare in the streets of Warsaw during a march celebrating celebrating Polands Independence Day on Nov. 11.PHOTO: CELESTINO ARCE LAVIN/ZUMA PRESS
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Updated Nov. 12, 2017 8:14 p.m. ET

Polish government leaders condemned two self-described radical nationalist groups seeking an ethnically and religiously pure country that organized an Independence Day event attracting tens of thousands of people.

We do not approve of support in the public sphere for an ethnic national community, we support the idea of a nation rooted in culture, Piotr Glinski, the countrys deputy prime minister said on Sunday, a day after the countrys largest national independence celebration attracted far-right movements from at least six other European states.

The National Radical Camp and the All Polish Youthtwo nativist political movements both named after Polish anti-Semitic fascist leagues from the 1920s and 1930sorganized Saturdays march to mark the 99th anniversary of the countrys independence. Many of the attendeesestimated at 60,000 by the policesaid they were not members of those organizations, but saw nothing wrong with celebrating their countrys 1918 statehood marching alongside them.

The march underscores how a growing section of Polish youth are turning rightward. The National Radical Camp seeks an ethnically pure Poland, and has focused rhetoric against Jews and Muslims...

21:00

Three US Aircraft Carriers Enter South Korea in Joint Drills Geopolitics Alert

Seoul (TNA) Three US aircraft carriers joined an ongoing exercise with the South Korean Navy in the East Sea on Sunday in an unprecedented show of force against a provocative North Korea.

The three flattops USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz, and USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the operational area, called the Korea Theater of Operations (KTO), for the four-day maneuvers slated to end Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reported.

The KTO is an area that the commander of the South Korea-US combined forces is to zone off for military operations in case of a contingency. It can also involve open seas.

It marks the first time that three US aircraft carriers have joined together at close range for a joint exercise with South Korea, officials said.

RELATED: Analysis: CIA Directors Pompeo, Petraeus & Brennan: 3 Views on North Korea

Seouls Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the maneuvers are aimed at enhancing the credibility of extended deterrence against the Norths nuclear and missile provocations. Extended deterrence refers to the US commitment to defend its ally by mobilizing all military capabilities, nuclear and conventional, against the Norths aggression.

The combined drills are to present our resolve and will to deter North Koreas provocations and retaliate if provoked, a Seoul official said, declining to be named.

Apart from the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, 11 US Aegis ships and seven South Korean warships, including two Aegis destroyers, participated in the drills.

The exercise comes after the two countries agreed in talks between their respective defense ministers last month to expand the rotational deployment of US strategic military assets to the Korean Peninsula to better cope with North Korean provocations.

RELATED: While US, North Korea Both Make Threats, Only One Has Killed Millions of the Others People

Seoul and Washington have recently carried out a series of drills to show off their military heft in response to the Norths saber-rattling, such as its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3 and a series of missile launches.

American leaders, including President Donald Trump, have warned the belligerent regime not to underestimate or test US strength.

This post originally ran on Tasnim News Agency.

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21:00

TIDBIT: QUARK FUSION Giza Death Star

Apropos of today's main blog, Mr. G.B. shared this intriguing article:
Quark Fusion Produces Eight Times More Energy Than Nuclear Fusion

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Ret. US General: US Could Lose War With North Korea Geopolitics Alert

Washington, D.C. (GPA A retired US General has a warning for the Trump regime: The US could lose a war with North Korea.

Over the weekend, retired General Jan-Marc Jouas issued an ominous warning to the Trump regime concerning their escalating rhetoric with Pyongyang.

Unlike a lot of other instances of establishment figures telling President Trump, he is unfit for office, this time the warning came from an actual retired military figure with some standing. In fact, not only is Jouas a high ranking former general but his last official position was as the deputy commander of US forces in Korea.

Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas (Left)
Image: USAF

The warning from Jouas came via leaked letters the general wrote to members of the US Congress which contained an honest assessment of what would happen should a new war break out between the US and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Despite the image of military superiority painted by Donald Trump, Jouas warned that the US would face multiple challenges in any potential large-scale operations on the Korean Peninsula. Not least of which, according to Jouas, is the fact that US forces are vastly outnumbered by North Korean forces, as well as [allied] forces that will conduct the overwhelming majority of the fighting.

Jouas also warned that due to the logistics around a war on the Korean peninsula that Unlike every conflict since the last Korean War, we will not be able to build up our forces prior to the start of hostilities. This could be an obvious problem for western troops since the DPRKs army is 1.2 million strong.

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ALCHEMY THAT MAKES YOU GO HMMM: GOLD (AND OTHER ... Giza Death Star

Mr. M.D. spotted this one, and it's a "fun" one... maybe. During "routine maintenance" at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the lead shielding around the

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Venezuela Reaches Deal with Russia on Debt Restructuring Geopolitics Alert

Caracas (TeleSUR President Maduro: We have reached an agreement to refinance and restructure the debt with Russia.

We have complied with all our international commitments, the Venezuelan leader recalled.

venezuelan oppositionImage: The Kremlin

Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro announced this Sunday that the government had reached an agreement to refinance and restructure the Venezuelan debt with Russia.

We have reached an agreement with Russia, this week will be signing an agreement where refinancing is established, we have complied with all our international commitments, the president said.

The tweet from President Maduro says: This Monday, the first round of renegotiation of the Venezuelan external debt will take place, we are overcoming the economic war, they will not be able to beat us.
It is worth noting that 91% of all holders of the Venezuelan debt will participate tomorrow in the first stage of debt renegotiation and refinance.

This post was originally written for and published by TeleSUR English.

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20:51

Bitcoin Plunges 29% From Record High Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Justina Lee and Yuji Nakamura

November 12, 2017, 9:05 PM EST Updated on November 13, 2017, 3:06 AM EST
  • Offshoot called bitcoin cash is luring users amid tech debate
  • Bitcoins jump this year has attracted Wall Streets interest

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Bitcoin slumped as the cancellation of a technology upgrade prompted some users to switch out of the cryptocurrency, spooking speculators who had profited from a more than 500 percent surge this year.

The cryptocurrency has dropped 5.6 percent since late Friday, and at one point extended its slide from last weeks record to as much as 29 percent. Bitcoin cash, a rival that split from the original bitcoin in August, has jumped 32 percent since Friday, according to data compiled by Coinmarketcap.com.

Bitcoin cash is gaining popularity because of its larger block size, a characteristic that makes transactions cheaper and faster than the original. When a faction of the cryptocurrency community canceled plans to increase bitcoins block size on Wednesday a move that would have created another offshoot some supporters of bigger blocks rallied around bitcoin cash.

The resulting volatility has been extreme even by bitcoins wild standards and comes amid growing interest in cryptocurrencies among regulators, banks and fund managers. While skeptics have called bitcoins rapid advance a bubble, it has become too big for many on Wall Street to ignore. Even after shrinking by as much as $38 billion since Wednesday, bitcoin boasts a market value of $105 billion.

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20:45

The Arctic Silk Road: A Huge Leap Forward for China and Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

The Silk Road, renamed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is developing infrastructure along land and sea trade routes. However, little is known about Chinas initiative in the Arctic Circle, which represents a new route that Beijing is now able to develop thanks to technology together with the strategic partnership with Russia.

20:42

North Korean soldier, shot and wounded, defects to South Peace and Freedom

SEOUL (Reuters) A North Korean soldier defected to the South on Monday after being shot and wounded by the North Korean military, South Korea said.

The soldier was found on the south side of the border village of Panmunjom, about 50 meters south of the Military Demarcation Line, wounded in his shoulder and elbow, according to a South Korean defense ministry official.

He defected from a North Korean guard post nearby and was being treated in hospital.

The defector was urgently transferred to hospital in a helicopter of the United Nations Command, and there was no exchange of fire with our side, the ministry official told Reuters.

Since it was an area exposed to the North, we had to crawl toward there to get him out, the official added.

There was no immediate comment on the incident from North Korea.

While on average more than 1,000 North Koreans defect to South Korea every year, most travel via China and it is unusual for a North Korean to cross the land border dividing the two Koreas, which have been in a technical state of war since their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

The last such crossing was in June.

The South Korean ministry official said the soldiers condition and military rank remained to be verified.

The defection comes amid tension between the two Koreas, and between the United States and the North.

North Korea has this year been boosting its nuclear and missile capacity with a series of tests as it faces off with U.S. President Donald Trump who has vowed to stop it from being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test on Sept. 3, but has not launched any missiles since firing one over Japan on Sept. 15, the longest such lull this year.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Nick Macfie, Robert Birsel


20:34

Earthquake hits Iraq-Iran border, leaves hundreds dead, thousands injured Peace and Freedom

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck the mountainous border region between the two countries late on Sunday. More than 335 people have been killed, mostly in Iran.

People sitting in rubble in Bam, Iran (picture-alliance/dpa)

At least 328 people have died and more than 2,500 were injured in Iran after an earthquake shook the border region between Iraq and Iran on Sunday, according to authorities in both countries. In neighboring Iraq officials confirmed seven people have died and 321 were injured.

The hardest-hit region was western Irans Kermanshah province, which lies in the Zagros mountains dividing Iraq and Iran. Reuters reports more than 236 of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the Iraqi border.

Irans emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand said it was difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off there have been landslides.

Later, the Interior Ministry added that the night has made it difficult for helicopters to fly to the affected areas adding to the grave concern about remote villages in the area.

Tehran has sent 30 Red Crescent teams to the quake zone, parts of which were without power. Three emergency relief camps were being set up by Iranian officials.

Residents huddle by an open fire after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border. (Getty Images/AFP/P. Pakizeh)

Residents huddle by an open fire after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border.

Quake felt in Turkey

The Iraqi ministry of health said seven people had died and 321 taken to hospital in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan. Four people reportedly died in the town of Darbandikhan and two including a child and an elderly person died in the town...

20:28

Saudi Crown Prince Blazes Reckless Regional Trail Now is he out on a limb? Peace and Freedom

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 NOVEMBER 12, 2017 22:52
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Muhammad bin Salman is taking an activist approach that is in sharp contrast to the behind the scenes, nonconfrontational style that had hitherto prevailed in Riyadh.

Saudi crown prince blazes reckless regional trail

Le prince hritier Mohammed bin Salman. (photo credit:REUTERS)

In the process, however, he is raising concerns that Israels de facto ally in the battle to contain Iranian influence in the region is being steered by a reckless driver.

The 32-year-old prince, known as MBS, has set off waves throughout the region, from Lebanon, whose prime minister he appears to be holding against his will, to Yemen, where he started a war as defense minister in 2015 that has turned into a Saudi Vietnam, to Qatar, where he has spearheaded a boycott that failed to intimidate it into toeing the Saudi line.

In all these cases, MBS is taking an activist approach that is in sharp contrast to the behind the scenes, nonconfrontational style that had hitherto prevailed in Riyadh. Domestically he has also used shock tactics, with sweeping arrests 10 days ago of princes, cabinet ministers and businessmen in a consolidation of power touted as an anti-corruption drive.

It was only in June that MBS was named crown prince, setting the stage for him to inherit the throne from King Salman, 81. Since then he has projected an image of a modernizing reformer, making extremely ambitious economic plans and evoking praise in the West for vowing to retu...

20:24

Hollywood Sex Scandals Go Back To Its Jewish Founding Fathers Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Harvey Weinstein, the politically connected and influential Jewish Hollywood mogul. On October 5, The New York Times a publication owned and operated by wealthy Jews for virtually its entire existence  published a lengthy article detailing the sexually perverse and predatory nature of Jewish Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Weinsteins disgusting and debasing sexual advances on []

20:19

Facebook Has Weaponized the First Amendment, Allowed Nazi-Like Propaganda Peace and Freedom

BY JTA
 NOVEMBER 13, 2017 10:54

 

He added that the company had weaponized the First Amendment to essentially absolve themselves of responsibility.

Early Facebook investor compares sites techniques to Nazi propaganda

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during a town hall at Facebooks headquarters in Menlo Park, California September 27, 2015.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

An early Facebook investor likened the social media sites practices to Nazi propaganda.

Roger McNamee made the comparison Friday in an interview with the London-based Telegraph. He said Facebook has borrowed methods from Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

In order to maintain your attention, they have taken all the techniques of Edward Bernays and Joseph Goebbels, said Roger McNamee, also referring to an Austrian-American public relations pioneer known for marketing cigarettes to women. And all of the other people from the world of persuasion, and all the big ad agencies, and theyve mapped it onto an all-day product with highly personalized information in order to addict you. We are all to one degree or another addicted.

McNamee, who made a fortune as an early investor in the internet giant, said Facebook was creating a culture of fear and anger and was lowering civil discourse. He added that the company had weaponized the First Amendment to essentially absolve themselves of responsibility.

Two former Facebook em...

20:17

#Greece: The Mobilization in #Korydallos Prison Continues 4th Announcement Enough is Enough!

Statement by the Committee of Struggle Representing Men and Women -Korydallos Prison (sections A B C D and section A in the annex of the underground facility).

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Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Black Cat.

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.

Greece: The Mobilization in Korydallos Prison Continues 4th Announcement

Today, on November 12th, in the context of our mobilization against the new fascist ordinances of the correctional code, WE ARE KEEPING THE YARD OPEN, for two hours beyond the scheduled lock-up.

A week ago, the general coordinator of correctional facilities in Greece, Pavlos Doulamis, had a meeting with the Struggle Commitee and reassured us tha...

20:15

Why Niger Proves America's Counterterrorism Tactics Are Failing Strategic Culture Foundation

The United States cannot do much capacity building in nations such as Niger. The countrys military forces will fight ISIS once they have a firsthand experience of what that is like, in their own ways.

20:12

Top Lebanese priest to head to Saudi Arabia amid crisis Peace and Freedom

Cardinal Bechara el-Rai

BEIRUT: A top Lebanese Christian religious figure is to head to Saudi Arabia where he is expected to meet with Lebanons prime minister who resigned earlier this month in a surprise televised address from the kingdom.

Cardinal Bechara el-Rai had planned his visit before Saad Hariri announced his resignation in Riyadh on Nov. 4, throwing Lebanon into crisis.

El-Ra heads the Maronite sect, Lebanons largest Christian community and the Middle Easts largest Catholic church.

He is to depart from Beirut on Monday afternoon.

Hariri said on Sunday hell return to...

20:07

Mainstream Media's Fake News stan van houcke

Selected Articles: Mainstream Media Fake News, War Propaganda

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20:00

Prince Charles decried White House lack of courage to take on Jewish lobby over israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Prince Charles decried White House lack of courage to take on Jewish lobby over Israel   Prince Charles Thirty years ago, Prince Charles said that U.S. support for Israel is a cause of terrorism and that the Jewish lobby tied an American presidents ability to address the issue. He wrote in a 1986 letter: []

19:48

The Protocols of Zion A Documentary Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

MUST WATCH: The Protocols of Zion A Documentary A compilation of eye-opening material that will red pill anyone with half of a brainFiled under: Jewish Deception, Jewish Ideology, Jewish Mentality, Jewish Propaganda, Jewishness, Jews, Jews Only, Russia

19:45

How Runaway Inequality Creates Runaway Global Warming Strategic Culture Foundation

The bottom half of humans own next to nothing, but they own as much as the worlds richest 80 individuals do, because though the bottom half are poor, there are 3.79 billion of them.

19:40

UN Report: KDF on the spot over Shabaab charcoal exports in Somalia Somali News in English Horseed Media

[Daily Nation] Kenya Defence Forces units assigned to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) are failing to enforce a ban on charcoal exports by Al-Shabaab, a team of United Nations monitors charges in a new report. Shabaab earns at least $10 million (Sh1 billion) a year by shipping charcoal from ports in southern Somalia []

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19:39

Hezbollah-led offensive stalls in battle for IS's 'last city in Syria' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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At least 50 civilians killed in pro-government air strikes as Hezbollah-led offensive forced back by Islamic State counter-attack

19:38

Should British MPs Including the PM and Foreign Secretary be Lobbyists for Israel, An Undeclared Nuclear-armed State? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source By Hans Stehling Apparently more than 80% of Conservative MPs at Westminster are members of the CFI lobby group for Israel. This is a powerful, influential, moneyed, political pressure group that holds a lavish dinner every year at the House of Commons for up to 700 guests and arranges trips to Israel (but not []

19:31

Behind the Saudi Troublemaking Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Behind the Saudi Troublemaking Saudi Arabias monarchy is bombing Yemen, locking up domestic rivals and stirring up trouble in Lebanon, while a slow-burning confrontation continues against Qatar which could split the Gulf Cooperation Council, says Paul Cochrane. By Paul Cochrane Five months after the diplomatic spat between the so-called Anti-Terror Quartet and Qatar kicked off, []

19:19

Putin says claims of Russian intervention in US presidential election mere fantasies Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Press TV November 11, 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again strongly rejected claims that Moscow interfered in the 2016 US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, saying these allegations are mere fantasies. The Russian leader made the remarks at a news briefing on the sidelines of the annual summit of []

19:16

TSA Plans to Use Face Recognition to Track Americans Through Airports cryptogon.com

Via: EFF: The PreCheck program is billed as a convenient service to allow U.S. travelers to speed through security at airports. However, the latest proposal released by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reveals the Department of Homeland Securitys greater underlying plan to collect face images and iris scans on a nationwide scale. DHSs programs will []

19:15

Priti Patel and Jewish Conspiracies Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Priti Patel and Jewish Conspiracies By Gilad Atzmon | November 12, 2017 The British Jewish media is upset. Priti Patel, a  cabinet minister responsible for international development, had no fewer than 14 meetings with Israeli politicians and political leaders. It seems that Patel didnt clear any or most of these meetings with the Foreign Office. So Patel []

18:41

55 Years After: Political Legacies of the Cuban Missile Crisis Dissident Voice

The last two weeks of October 1962, 55 years ago, was the closest the world has come so far to a widespread nuclear exchange in what has become known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

The First Use of Nuclear Weapons

In August 1945, the United States government, having, at that moment, a monopoly on the atom bomb, unilaterally dropped nuclear explosives, successively, on the civilian inhabitants of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At the time of this clear war crime, Japanese imperialisms conquests and vast expansion in China, the Pacific Rim, and Southeast Asia, that began in the 1930s, had shrunk sharply. The Japanese rulers were utterly alone and isolated politically; their German Nazi ally was defeated, smashed, and under occupation. Japanese imperialism was in headlong retreat under intense attack from, on the one hand, rival colonial powers and imperialists fighting to get their colonial territories back, and indigenous independence forces in the remaining lands they occupied on the other. The latter was a mass upsurge for national independence and included resistance to Japanese aggression in parts of Manchuria in China, as well as Korea, Vietnam, and the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia.

At the time the decision to explode the nukes on Japanese cities was made, the Japanese navy was incapable of any operations and the Japanese merchant fleet was destroyed. The Japanese government had begun to send out peace feelers, fully aware of its hopeless situation. Washingtons utterly ruthless action rationalized as necessary to prevent mass casualties for US soldiers in a ground invasion of Japan finalized the defeat and prostration of the Japanese Empire in the Asian-Pacific theater of World War IIand sent an unmistakable shock and signal to the world for all time.

Cuba In the Eye of the Storm

The young leaders of the Cuban Revolutio...

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Soldiers of Rocket Battalion of Chechnya-based 18th Brigade: from Crimea to Donbas InformNapalm.org (English)

An OSINT investigation by InformNapalm has uncovered new evidence that the soldiers of the rocket battalion of...

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18:28

Bulgaria: New Text by Antifascist Prisoner Comrade Jock Palfreeman Insurrection News

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Reply to Statement Concerning Prisoners

06.11.17:  The text (available only in Bulgarian) released by the FAB (Federation of the Anarchists in Bulgaria) on the webpage of their newspaper Svobodna Misal (Free Thought) written by Hristo Nikolov has some valid points. However the question arises what the hell would FAB know about prisons in Bulgaria?

Instead of the FAB showing solidarity towards prisoners and in this case with myself, the FAB has lead a campaign of lies against me for many years. The actions of the FAB are not only contradictory to their claimed goals and all principles of anything remotely socialist. But when they joined the nationalistic hysteria they became just another apparatus of state oppression themselves.

Not only have the FAB been almost totally ineffective and inactive, their biggest accomplishments have been homophobic, racist and nationalist diatribe. To this day, the FAB and any other Left people or organisations that ally themselves with the right wing are the single biggest threa...

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BBC Watch complaint on Partition Plan inaccuracy upheld BBC Watch

Readers may recall that in an edition of the Radio 4 programme PM broadcast back in June, the BBCs Hugh Sykes portrayed the 1947 Partition Plan as follows:

And 70 years ago in 1947, the UN General Assembly passed the partition resolution, recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states with economic union and an international regime for a shared Jerusalem. The two-state resolution 181 seventy years ago was rejected by Palestinians and by most Jewish organisations. [emphasis added]

As was noted here at the time:

The Palestinians in the form of the Arab Higher Committee did indeed reject the Partition Plan outright but so did the Arab states; unmentioned by Sykes. While some groups such as Etzel and Lehi expressed opposition to the Pa...

16:53

Saudis War on Lebanon Backfires Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

After being accused of forcing him to resign, Saudi Arabias apparent detention of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has boosted support for Hezbollah, says author and professor Amal Saad Filed under: Al Qaeda, AngloZionist Empire, Ansarullah, Arab Zionists, Hariri, Hezbollah, ISIL, July war, MBS, Nasrallah, Saudia, Syria, Trump, USA, Yemen, Zionist entity

16:37

US airport screenings failed to detect 70% of hidden weapons in tests intelNews.org

Attempts by undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, explosives and contraband aboard American passenger flights were successful between 70 and 80 percent of the time in the past year, according to reports.

16:25

What the Priti Patel Scandal tells us about the Dark Operations of UKs Powerful Israel Lobby Dissident Voice

The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britains international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a family holiday, offers a small, opaque window on the UKs powerful Israel lobby.

Ms Patels off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were organised by a British lobbyist in violation of government rules requiring careful documentation of official meetings. That is to prevent conflicts of interest and illicit lobbying by foreign powers.

Government protocol was flouted again when Ms Patel headed to the Golan Heights, occupied Syrian territory, escorted by the Israeli army. There she was shown an Israeli military field hospital that patches up Syrians, including Al Qaeda-affiliated fighters, wounded in Syrias civil war.

Afterwards, Ms Patel pressed for the Israeli army, one of the most powerful in the world, to receive a chunk of Britains overseas aid. Meanwhile, she has sought to cut aid to the Palestinians, including to vital projects in Gaza. A clue as to how she reached such absurd humanitarian priorities is provided in the figure of Stuart Polak, mentor on her Israel holiday.

The honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, Lord Polak has recruited four-fifths of Conservative MPs, and almost every government minister, to a group whose explicit goal is to advance Israeli interests in Britain. The prime minister, Theresa May, is regarded as one of Israels most fervent supporters in Europe.

That should be a cause for public indignation no other foreign state enjoys such unabashed, high-level political support.

Another window on Israels meddling opened briefly last week. The BBCs political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, took to Twitter to relay a damning comment from an unnamed senior member of Ms Patels party. In a clear reference to Israel, the source observed: The entire apparatus has turned a blind eye to a corrupt relationship that allows a country to buy access.

A short time later, presumably under pressure, Ms Kuenssberg deleted the tweet. The BBC has not reported the comment elsewhere and the senior Conservative has not dared go public. Such, it seems, is the intimidating and corrupting influence of the lobby.

More than a decade ago, two leading American academics wrote a study of the Israel lobbys role in the United States, Israels chief patron for half a century. It was a sign of the lobbys influence that John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt could not find a publisher at home. They had to turn to a British journal instead.

The Israel lobbys strength in western capitals has depended precisely on its ability to remain out of view. Simply to talk about the lobby risks being accused of perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish cabals.

But professors Mearsheimer and Walt described a type of pressure group familiar in the US and increasingl...

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Washingtons Drug of Choice in the War on Terror Antiwar.com Original

Originally posted at TomDispatch. As you read todays piece by historian and TomDispatch regular Alfred McCoy, author most recently of In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, think of Afghanistan as the gateway drug for three Washington administrations. Within weeks of the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush Continue reading "Washingtons Drug of Choice in the War on Terror"

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I Will Survive Antiwar.com Original

Dear Readers, I write this under great duress, and against my better judgment: it has never been my policy to mix my personal life and my writing/professional life. This time, however, I dont see how I can avoid it. My regular readers will have noticed that Ive skipped more than a couple of columns recently, Continue reading "I Will Survive"

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US Service Member Among 19 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

Although formal talks between the Kurdish and Iraqi governments are stalled, back-channel communication is ongoing. However, the most important news of the day is unrelated to war or politics. An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck at the border between Iraq and Iran with the heaviest damage being reported at Darbandikhan, Kurdistan. Continue reading "US Service Member Among 19 Killed in Iraq"

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People Act Where US Fails On Climate Dissident Voice

WASHINGTON, DC MARCH 10: Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Thousands of protesters and members of Native nations marched in Washington DC to oppose the construction of the proposed 1,172 Dakota Access Pipeline that runs within a half-mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The climate crisis is upon us. It seems that every report on climate conditions has one thing in common: things are worse than predicted. The World Meteorological Report from the end of October shows that Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) are rising at a rapid rate and have passed 400 parts per million. According to Dr. Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the changes were making today are occurring in 100 years, whereas in nature they occur in 10,000 years.

The United States is experiencing a wide range of climate impacts from major hurricanes in the South to unprecedented numbers of wildfires in the West to crop-destroying drought in the Mid-West. In October, the General Accounting Office reported that the US has spent over $350 billion in the last decade on disaster relief and crop insurance, not counting this years hurricanes. These costs will continue and rise.

We are past the time to make a major commitment to the transformation we need to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. Imagine the benefits that such a commitment would have in creating a cleaner environment, better health and more jobs and, if structured in a way that is democratized and benefits the public, in ending environmental racism and economic injustice.

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A modern Ottoman Anti Oligarch

The Turkish cleric Fethullah Glen, winner of our intellectuals poll, is the modern face of the Sufi Ottoman tradition. At home with globalisation and PR, and fascinated by science, he also influences Turkish politics through links to the ruling AK party. Published in July 2008 issue of Prospect Magazine Is it possible to be a []

13:02

Athens, Greece: Insurrection Festival Destroy the Means of Mass Control (Video) Insurrection News

Every camera is working for the state. Not because they own them, but because they have the laws and power to obtain all recorded material.

They also control the telecommunication networks owned by private companies.
ATMs and ticket machines at mass transport also offer information to the state.

Its not just the pervert system that watches our moves and spies on our relationships. The problem is that this info is used by the state and capital to block our attacks and liberation projects.

Controllers are doing coordinated attacks in the means of transportation to exclude those who cant pay for them.

ID papers are the means for a state to decide who has the right to exist in the area it controls.

All Cops Are Borders.

On the street they can identify and search anyone who passes by.
According to the info they collect about us they decide the fate of a person: freedomprison, or exile.

(via Insurrection Festival)

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12:47

Syrian government guilty of crimes against humanity: Amnesty Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Amnesty appeals to international community to refer Syria to ICC and demand unhindered access for those investigating abuses

12:36

The Danger of Our Russian Delusion by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis

I'm closing in on 65. Years, not miles. And I do not recall a time where so many people willingly have accepted lies and falsehoods about the threat from Russia and Russians. The combination of delusion and lies about Russia...

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Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support Anti Oligarch

Getty Images It is fair to say that most Americans dont know exactly what to make of our ally Turkey these days, as it endures a prolonged political crisis that challenges its long-term stability. The U.S. media is doing a bang-up job of reporting the Erdoan governments crackdown on dissidents, but its not putting []

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Targeting Michael Flynn & Shielding the Radical Cleric Gulen: Special Counsel Robert Mueller MUST Step Down Anti Oligarch

General Michael Flynn, Former National Security Advisor to President Trump, is being investigated by Special Counsel for accepting legitimate payments from Turkish companies for researching and exposing Wanted Terrorist and Radical Islamist Fethullah Gulen and his $25+ Billion criminal network in the United States. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is Special Counsel in charge of the case. He is the same []

11:22

CNI in San Cristbal: Constructing Something New from Below INTERNATIONALIST 360

Radio Zapatista Marichuy speaks in San Cristbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico The plaza of the San Cristbal cathedral, affectionately called Plaza de la Resistencia (Resistance Plaza), was full. A four-deep wall of women and men from communities belonging to the National Indigenous Congress guarded the stage where members of the Indigenous Government Council and...

11:21

Palestinian demolishes own home in Jerusalem to avoid Israeli fines Aletho News

Maan November 12, 2017 JERUSALEM A Palestinian from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was forced to destroy his own home on Saturday in order to avoid incurring a demolition fee from Israels Jerusalem Municipality, which was set to carry out the demolition. According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Abd al-Ghani []

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British-Iranian woman in Iran prison tested for cancer, husband says Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Husband says he fears Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has lost ability to control her emotions after 20 months in prison

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Colombia: The Genocide Hidden Behind the War INTERNATIONALIST 360

ELN Editorial N.607 / Insurrection Magazine Translated by Internationalist 360 These are difficult times for the popular movement amidst Colombias changing political trends. Despite the expectations generated by the benefits that peace agreements would bring for communities historically neglected, the extermination campaign against organizations and leaders of those communities continues. Worse, it increases at an...

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Canada: Jihadi tells court, Damn your legislation, go to hell. Hey you infidels, I do not worship what you worship. Jihad Watch

This is rich. Rehab Dughmosh, who tried to murder people with a golf club and a knife in a Canadian Tire store, said in court: Damn your legislation, damn your nationality, go to hell. Hey you infidels, I do not worship what you worship. Dughmosh is quoting chapter 109 of the Quran, which is an []

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Why Robert Mueller Was Selected to Be the Special Prosecutor OffGuardian

by Eric Zuesse It all began with the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers apartment complex in the Saudi city of Khobar, which killed 19 U.S. military, who worked at the Dharan air base three miles away. That incident became the lynchpin of the accusation by the Saudi royal family, the U.S. State Department, and the CIA, that Iran is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism. Both Robert Mueller and his longtime ally James Comey (the latter of whose firing as the FBI chief, by U.S. President Trump, had sparked the appointment of Mueller to become the Special Counsel investigating the U.S. President) performed crucial roles in establishing that the Khobar Towers bombing had been a Hezbollah operation run by the Iranian Government and, starting upon this basis, in helping to develop the case that Iran is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism. However, as has been made clear by several great independent investigative journalists, on the basis of far more-solid documentation than the official account, the Khobar Towers bombing was instead entirely a

10:05

YouTube finally removes jihad terror mastermind Anwar al-Awlakis videos Jihad Watch

The appalling New York Times pseudo-journalist Scott Shane has likened me to Anwar al-Awlaki, even though I have never aided any terrorists in plotting their attacks, and have never perpetrated, approved of, or called for any acts of terrorist violence. Will Shane pressure the New York Times to take down my videos next? He probably []

09:46

Minnesota: Muslim who tried to join the Islamic State is released from federal halfway house Jihad Watch

Is there anything in the governments eyes that through their investigation he should not be released? asked U.S. District Judge Michael Davis. No, your honor, none whatsoever, said Assistant U.S. Attorney John Docherty. Lets hope the government is right. If they arent, the consequences could be explosive. First of Minnesotas ISIS defendants wins release []

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TIME MONK RADIO NETWORKS THE PLAIN TRUTH INTERVIEWS THE SAKER Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Filed under: AngloZionist Empire, Hezbollah, July war, Netanyahu, North Korea, Russia, Syria, The Saker, Trump, US Foreign Policy, USA, WAR, War on Iran, World Peace

08:43

Tomgram: Alfred W. McCoy, Washington's Drug of Choice in the War on Terror TomDispatch - Blog

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trumps White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and -- so they insist -- win...

08:31

AIM West Conference Nov. 20 -- 21, 2017 CENSORED NEWS

AIM-WEST hosts the annual American Indian Movement (AIM) West Coast Summit/Conference When: Monday and Tuesday, November 20-21, 2017.  Where: 2969 Mission/26th Street, San Francisco Time: 10 am to 6 pm daily. opening prayer/close Why: From Alaska to Big Mountain to Standing Rock, We are Still Strong! The public is welcome. Webcast on Earthcycles.net  Dennis Banks Memorial

08:21

Hundreds killed in strong earthquake along Iraq-Iran border Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Resigned PM says he is free, will return to Lebanon Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | A poster of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned last week in a televised speech airing from the Saudi capital Riyadh, hangs on the side of a roundabout in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli on November 10, 2017

BEIRUT (AFP)  Saad Hariri pledged on Sunday he would return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia very soon, in his first television interview since his shock resignation as prime minister eight days ago.In an exclusive interview from Riyadh with his partys Future TV, Hariri brushed aside rumours that he was under de facto house arrest in Saudi Arabia.

I am free here. If I want to travel tomorrow, I will, Hariri told journalist Paula Yaacoubian.

I will return to Lebanon very soon to initiate the necessary constitutional procedures, Hariri said.

Hariri, who also holds Saudi citizenship, stepped down in a televised broadcast from Riyadh on November 4, a move that sent shockwaves throughout Lebanon and the region.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has yet to formally accept Hariris resignation and has said he wants to meet him in person to discuss the situation.

Just hours before Hariris interview on Sunday, Aoun blasted the obscure circumstances around the resigned prime ministers stay in Riyadh.

In a statement from his office, Aoun said Hariris freedom has been restricted and conditions have been imposed regarding his residence and the contacts he may have, even with members of his family.

In his announcement last week, Hariri accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of taking over his country and destabilising the broader region, saying he feared for his life.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that Hariri was detained in Saudi Arabia and banned from returning to Lebanon.


07:02

Arab League to meet on Irans regional 'violations' at Saudi request Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Rivalry of Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia and predominant Shia power Iran based on geostrategic interests and religious differences

07:01

Open Thread 2017-41 Moon of Alabama

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: November 7: Defeated Elsewhere, Saudi Tyrant Declares War On Lebanon The quasi kidnapping of Saad Hariri has been reported in detail by Robert Fisk in The Independent, David Ignatius in the Washington Post...

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Arab League to meet on Iran at Saudi request: diplomats Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | A general view shows the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on July 27, 2017 during the meeting of Arab foreign ministers

CAIRO (AFP)  The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss violations committed by Iran in the region, according to a memorandum.Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates supported the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, said the document shown to AFP by diplomats on Sunday.

Tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Iran, including over League members Qatar and Lebanon.

According to the memo, the Saudi request was based on a missile the Sunni-ruled kingdom says its air defences intercepted near Riyadh after being fired from Yemen on November 4.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen, and it has accused the Iran-backed rebels of firing the missile.

Saudi Arabias powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman later accused Iran of direct military aggression against the kingdom by supplying the rebels with ballistic missiles.

But Iran denied any involvement in the missile attack, with President Hassan Rouhani warning that the Islamic republics might would fend off any challenge.

According to the memo, Saudi Arabia decried what it described as sabotage and terrorism over a pipeline fire in Bahrain on Friday that temporarily halted oil supplies from its territory.

Tehran also rejected any involvement in the incident, calling the allegation childish.

In its request for the meeting of Arab foreign ministers, Saudi Arabia referred to those two incidents in addition to the violations committed by Iran in the Arab region, which undermines security and peace, not only in the Arab region, but around the globe, according to the memo.

Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront of a dispute with Qatar since June 5, leading a group of nations including Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE in accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

Riyadh has for its part been accused of being behind last weekends resignation of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, in a televised address from Riyadh.

The Arab League has 22 members, but Syrias membership was suspended at the end of 2011 following months of brutal repression of anti-government demonstrations and an opposition movement supported by Gulf monarchies.


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06:27

Senior Saudi Figures Tortured, Beaten in Purge: David Hearst Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 12, 2017 Some senior figures detained in last Saturdays purge in Saudi Arabia were beaten and tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment, Middle East Eye can reveal. People inside the royal court also told MEE that the scale of the crackdown, which has brought new arrests []

06:25

Some Heavy-Duty Truth-Telling From Two of Mainstream Medias Most Demonized Enemies Fig Trees and Vineyards

We here in the West are swimming in a sea of lies, in countries that are falling apart and led by politicians who stage the crudest displays of chicanery and hypocrisyand who seemingly have no qualms about doing so. How refreshing it is when occasionally high-ranking individuals have the courage to stand up and speak []

06:22

Hariri says he will return to Lebanon 'soon', but offers no date Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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06:10

WATCH: Texas Cop Still on the Job after Three Excessive Force Incidents Result in Settlements Photography is Not a Crime

A Texas cop remains on the job after the department he works for settled the third excessive force lawsuit against him Thursday.

Austin police officer Eric Copeland was sued three times for using excessive force between April of 2011 to April of 2015.

Austin City Council members approved the latest $150,000 settlement November 9 for unnecessarily tasering Adrian Aguado, 20, after removing him from handcuffs and telling him to exit the police cruiser.

Video from inside the patrol car shows Copeland tasering Aguado immediately as he slowly exits the vehicle.

He also tells Aguado he seemed slow and can be heard asking if he takes any medication for mental retardation.

Instead of firing Copeland after yet another excessive force lawsuit, former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo suspended him for 90 days, allowing him back on the job and ultimately enabling him to commit another act of excessive force in the future.

Copeland was also sued in 2012 after fatally shooting 37-year-old Ahmede Bradly during a traffic stop.

Bradley fled in his vehicle, then on foot, before Copeland intentionally struck Bradley in the face, head and body at a time when Bradley had not assaulted Copeland, according to a lawsuit filed by Bradleys family.

He then shot Bradley, who was unarmed, three times in the chest, killing him.

A judge awarded Bradleys surviving family members $1,000,000 for that incident, according to KXAN.

In 2011, Eric Copeland and another Austin cop, Russell Rose, used excessive force against Carlos Chacon after Chacon called 911 to report suspicious activity at a Motel 6.

Chacon was surprised when he approached officers to assist with their investigation and found himself on the other end of the officers guns while still on the phone with a 911 dispatcher.

Their guns were drawn, pointed at me. They were shouting at me. They were cursing at me. I was trying to identify myself as a person that called the police. They did not listen or engage in the conversation, Chacon told Fox7.

Chacon was beaten, tasered and charged with resisting arrest.

What I did is, as a good citizen, is I called the police and I reported it. I identified myself fully with a description of my vehicle and myself. I stayed on the phone the whole time with the operator and I waited for the police to arrive, he explained.

A federal jury awarded Chacon $1 million in March 2015, but Federal Judge Sam Sparks reduced the amount to $60,000 a few months later.

Austin City Council members later agreed to increase the amount to $154,000.

Videos of all three incidents a...

06:00

Belgium: Muslims riot, burn cars, injure 22 police officers in celebrations over soccer victory Jihad Watch

Imagine what would have happened if Morocco had lost. Cars burnt, police hurt in Brussels after Morocco World Cup success, Reuters, November 12, 2017: BRUSSELS (Reuters) Celebrations in Brussels to mark Moroccos return to soccers World Cup finals for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday, when crowds clashed with []

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Chevening Scholarships and Modern Day Imperialism Aletho News

By Joseph Thomas New Eastern Outlook 12.11.2017 In 1983 the British government created Chevening as an international award scheme aimed at developing what it calls global leaders. It is funded and directed by the United Kingdoms Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and includes both scholarships and fellowships for individuals selected by British embassies []

05:27

Priti Patel and Jewish Conspiracies Aletho News

By Gilad Atzmon | November 12, 2017 The British Jewish media is upset. Priti Patel, a  cabinet minister responsible for international development, had no fewer than 14 meetings with Israeli politicians and political leaders. It seems that Patel didnt clear any or most of these meetings with the Foreign Office. So Patel had to go and []

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Hariri Set to Appear in Interview Tonight, But Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 12, 2017 Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is set to appear in an interview with his partys media outlet, Al-Mustaqbal TV on Sunday night, in a clear attempt by Saudi authorities to deny that the man is held captive by Riyadh. Al-Mustaqbal TV presenter Paula Yacoubian confirmed Sunday that she was preparing to interview []

04:51

Greece: Imprisoned Revolutionary Struggle Members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis Begin New Hunger Strike Insurrection News

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November 11, 2017

THE ROTTEN SYSTEM AND THE ABSENCE OF RESISTANCE ARE THE REASONS FOR THE ROTTING OF SOCIETY

Almost 10 years after the outbreak of the crisis with the collapse of the financial system, bank bankruptcy, and seven years after the commencement of the era of the memorandum and the monitoring of the country by the troika (IMF, EC, ECB), the social base in this country has suffered the strongest blow since the Second World War.

Greek puppet governments have definitively delegated substantial economic and political governance to EU supranational organizations and indirectly to the capital markets and are imposing new measures of social euthanasia for large sections of the population in this country, they are now insignificant for their added value to capitalist wealth. Thats why it does not matter if they disappear. This condition of condemnation is also a prerequisite for the survival of the system itself, for the preservation of the political regime, for the perpetuation of capitalism.

The governments propaganda to overcome the crisis and return the Greek economy to a recovery path is a common European lie to showcase the supposed success of the programs and memoranda, to allow the EU to...

04:50

Prince Charles blames foreign Jews for Middle East conflict, calls on US to confront the Jewish lobby Jihad Watch

This may offer some insight into why the UK government is inviting in so many Muslims, and doing everything it can to appease and accommodate them, even to the extent of letting Muslim rape gangs run wild for years, with British authorities too afraid of being called racist and Islamophobic to do anything about: key []

04:39

Former Afghan President Karzai Says US Responsible for ISIS Aletho News

teleSUR | November 12, 2107 During an interview with Al Jazeera television, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai linked the emergence of Islamic State group in the region to U.S. interventions. In my view, under the full (United States) presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh has emerged, he said. Karzai also noted that that the United []

04:29

Shaping the battlefield. Hama to Morek road is open. Sic Semper Tyrannis

"A new crossing point linking government and rebel-controlled areas in northern Hama countryside is now available for both trade and civilians. Hama-Morek highway has been officially opened today following extended talks between the Syrian government and rebel factions, aimed primarily...

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Arab states spent $130bn to destroy Syria, Libya, Yemen: Algerian PM Aletho News

Press TV November 12, 2017 Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia says some regional Arab states have spent $130 billion to obliterate Syria, Libya and Yemen. Ouyahia made the remarks on Saturday at a time when much of the Middle East and North Africa is in turmoil, grappling with different crises, ranging from terrorism and []

04:15

Radio Fragmata #Athens: A Toy For Every Child -Solidarity Campaign Enough is Enough!

Against apathy, racism and xenophobia, with anarchy and solidarity among the oppressed as our power, we are creating another solidarity initiative.

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Originally published by Contra Info.

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

Radio Fragmata #Athens: A Toy For Every Child -Solidarity Campaign

Against apathy, racism and xenophobia, with anarchy and solidarity among the oppressed as our power, we are creating another solidarity initiative.

As an anarchist/ anti-authoritarian radio, we make a call to everyone; every comrade/ companion, squat, assembly etc. to participate either by offering toys or by undertaking similar actions in our cities and neighborhoods. Lets make each city and neighborhood a place of struggl...

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How colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war World Beyond War . . .

The Great War is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under imperialist rule, terror and degradation were nothing new.

The Great War is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under imperialist rule, terror and degradation were nothing new.

by Pankaj Mishra, November 12, 2017

From The Guardian

Today on the Western Front, the German sociologist Max Weber wrote in September 1917, there stands a dross of African and Asiatic savages and all the worlds rabble of thieves and lumpens. Weber was referring to the millions of Indian, African, Arab, Chinese and Vietnamese soldiers and labourers, who were then fighting with British and French forces in Europe, as well as in several ancillary theatres of the first world war.

Faced with manpower shortages, British imperialists had recruited up to 1.4 million Indian soldiers. France enlisted nearly 500,000 troops from its colonies in Africa and Indochina. Nearly 400,000 African Americans were also inducted into US forces. The first world wars truly unknown soldiers are these non-white combatants.

Ho Chi Minh, who spent much of the war in Europe, denounced what he saw as the press-ganging of subordinate peoples. Before the start of the Great War, Ho wrote, they were seen as nothing but dirty Negroes good for no more than pulling rickshaws. But when Europes slaughter machines needed human fodder, they were called into service. Other anti-imperialists, such as Mohandas Gandhi and WEB Du Bois, vigorously supported the war aims of their wh...

03:58

UK: LBC, Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz denounce opposition to hijabbed Muslims in Christmas ad as racist Jihad Watch

Says LBC: The supermarket has responded to an outpouring of racist abuse after featuring a Muslim family in a Christmas advert. And Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz: Your real agenda here is you just want a white, nativist, non-Muslim Britain. Once again: Islam is not a race. There are Muslims of all races. Objecting to Muslims []

03:50

Prince Charles decried White Houses failure to take on Jewish lobby over Israel Mondoweiss

Thirty years ago, Prince Charles said that U.S. support for Israel is a cause of terrorism and that the Jewish lobby tied an American presidents ability to address the issue. He wrote in a 1986 letter:

I now begin to understand better their [Arabs] point of view about Israel. Never realized they see it as a US colony.

I know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated?

Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in US? I must be naive, I suppose!

The Mail on Sunday broke the story, saying it obtained the letter from a public archive. Charles was 38, had just visited the Persian Gulf, and was writing to a mentor, the South African-born writer Laurens van der Post, then nearly 80.

The letter is causing a stink in Britain and Israel, with the Times of Israel accusing the Prince of employing anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish wealth and influence. Another source of controversy is the Princes view that the immigration of foreign Jews had worsened the conflict.

I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally and it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland, they say) which has helped to cause great problems.

A 1986 letter written by Prince Charles to his friend Laurens van der Post. (published by The Mail on Sunday)

The Mail says that Prince Charles has very good relations with the Jewish community but is widely thought to hold unorthodox views of the Middle East....

03:49

#RefugeesGR #Lesvos: Hunger Striker in #Moria Detention for Deportation Enough is Enough!

Lesvos. Yesterday we reported that one of the hunger strikers, Hesam Shaeri Hesari, was arrested. Today people found out Hesam Shaeri Hesari was brought to the Moria detention center for deportation after his arrest.

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Image: Hesam Shaeri Hesari, one of the hunger strikers on Lesvos. Image by Arash Hampay Facebook profile.

Published by Enough is Enough.

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

Read all our reports about refugees in Greece; here.

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03:26

Cambridge University under fire for threatening to cancel anti-Israel meeting Aletho News

Press TV November 12, 2017 The University of Cambridge has been criticized for threatening to cancel and replacing the chair of a meeting about an anti-Israel movement. The institution is now facing accusations of censorship following the Wednesday meeting which was related to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Ruba Salih from the []

03:07

Settler celebration of life of Sarah turns into a torment for Palestinians in Hebron Mondoweiss

Hebron activist Badee Dwaik sent us the video below showing a group of settlers celebrating the feast of Sarah on Thursday night in Hebron by threatening Palestinians who live in a locked-down portion of the city. Dwaik said some of the settlers carried guns, according to Palestinians who witnessed the action, and chanted Am Yisrael Chai the people of Israel live.
Israel is the only state in which there are two armies, namely the organized official army and the army of settlers armed with weapons, Dwaik said. Where Jewish settler festivals have become a hell for Palestinian families.

The settlers, from the nearby illegal colony of Kiryat Arba, threw stones and empty bottles of wine at Palestinian homes in the Hebron Arif Jaber neighborhood. Earlier in the same neighborhood, a group of Israeli armed forces broke into a school, terrorizing students and arresting a teacher.

Activist Imad Abu Shamsiyah, a founder along with Dwaik of the group of Human Rights Defenders and a coordinator of the national campaign to lift the closures on Hebron, said that large numbers of settlers attacked the families of Hajj Mufid al-Sharbati and Jamila Shalaldeh in Shuhada Street, which is under lockdown by Israeli forces, and called for the deportation of Arabs. Abu Shamsiyah says that he and his 12-year-old son were chased in the streets by a group of settlers, some of them wearing masks to prevent identification.

I appeal to international human rights and media organizations and Western governments that provide pressure on Israel to respect the values of human rights because the issue has become serious and a matter of life or death, Abu Shamsiyah said.

03:06

Prayer and Meditation for Monday, November 13, 2017 For the Holy Spirit of discipline flees deceit and withdraws from senseless counsels God is the witness of his inmost self Peace and Freedom

Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin
Lectionary: 491

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Reading 1 WIS 1:1-7

Love justice, you who judge the earth;
think of the Lord in goodness,
and seek him in integrity of heart;
Because he is found by those who test him not,
and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him.
For perverse counsels separate a man from God,
and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy;
Because into a soul that plots evil, wisdom enters not,
nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin.
For the holy Spirit of discipline flees deceit
and withdraws from senseless counsels;
and when injustice occurs it is rebuked.
For wisdom is a kindly spirit,
yet she acquits not the blasphemer of his guilty lips;
Because God is the witness of his inmost self
and the sure observer of his heart
and the listener to his tongue.
For the Spirit of the Lord fills the world,
is all-embracing, and knows what man says.

Responsorial Psalm PS 139:1B-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10

R. (24b) Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

Alleluia...

03:03

DEW Line Dissident Voice

in the morning
without warning
terrible tenderness
lay exposed
where once
were smiles
suppressed
under debts
weight
compressed
judgment feigned
viciously trained
from above to fall
To each others smiles
they woke
only to reach
only to reach
through the last
through the blast
that not only barriers
sonic1
but in their hearts
the window broke
chipped glass flying
shredded flesh lying2
blood and love
dripping everywhere
they might have looked
the dew drops dripping
Facebook ripping
early one morning
without warning.

  1. DEW line is the archaic system of counter-measures along the line from Alaska to Washington, designed to protect the US regime from retaliation should it have launched the planned atomic assault against the USSR. DEW stands for defense early warning. The name implied that the US feared a Soviet strike. In fact, US strategy since the 1950s has always been a pre-emptive strike against the USSR with the capacity for a second wave.
  2. 11 November, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, depending on whose dead one cares to count. But a century ago the slaughter was ongoing. And in most of the world it has never stopped

03:03

One Sip Dissident Voice

Rhythms and rhymes
and tides
of cascading energy
that collide
atop waves
of miraculous
magical moments
orchestrated by
divinely
enchanted signs
that point
to the sky
where clouds sneeze
a breeze
that blows
gently through bones
and blood
and flesh
enlivened
from the caress
of a spirit
beyond this plane
of physical
mundane
insane
ways of doing
everyday things
when the focus
should be
on the freeing
of souls
that let go
to take hold
of the molded
promises
from paradise
inherently imbued
within psyches
manifesting grace
and blessings
galore
from the realm
of the Lord
where love pours
from a well
that springs eternal
entering a cup
that flows
holy
with water
forever

03:03

Living On The Stretch Dissident Voice

Hunger pains twanging,
nauseatingly,
like out of tune bass strings.
Dysentery of the mind.
Neurotic Apathy;
now theres a contradiction in terms
but, when you cross the borderlands
into that crazy and confused
Land Of Empty
you realized that Hell isnt just waiting
its gone and sent you a Taster
Scattergun thoughts,
trying to lead you sideways,
deep into the Muddled-Mazes
it can sometimes
take a good year or two
to resurface from those strange places.
A Stray Dog is fluid and careful,
sticks to the shadows and back lanes,
does not Sleep but Rests only.
Takes what it can when it can,
storing nowt
which doesnt fit inside its body.
Survival is a word
to be never taken lightly,
its true grip resonates
each curve and syllable
through the dirty marrow
of your itinerant bones.
Seagull swoop to rat-run to fox lay,
On Yer Toes
until they are ragged and bleeding.
The Cold Greys of the Day
will blind you
if you dare to look too far ahead.

03:02

Deaccession Dissident Voice

As the city we love
submerges
into decay,
stores closing everywhere
no one concerned enough
to stop decline,
the wealthy secure
in castles of comfort
indifferent
to loss of jobs, homes,
and the people are silent,
overwhelmed
by disaster waiting
to embrace us.

Conditioned by the media
to passively accept
threats to existence.
we do not protest
the collapse of our future,
since it creeps up
on stealthy paws,
rather than Goth invasion.

And as prosperity seeps away
the privileged revel,
either too stupid to recognize
dependency on the people,
or too uncaring,
engrossed in fleeting pleasures,
blandly assuming
theyll sail to safety
on mega-yachts,
find luxurious refuge
in another land,
continue their feasting.

03:02

The Veteran Dissident Voice

His nickname was Spanky.
A Vietnam vet who slept
under the rattling rails
of the brown line on Western.
With gashes grossly gathered upon lips
from bar room fist fights
he would wander through nights
floating with alcohol wings
probing the street with passive stare.
Dust in every pore.
Dirt under every nail.
Drink on every breath.
The sweat stench of summer
wrapping its odor over the alleyways.
The war bitter soldier stands
trapped in his splintered mind
howling hourly,
growling at the
world.

03:02

Suicide Silos Dissident Voice

Out where the durum wheat grows to
Mill into our daily loaves, not far away

From the fields of waving bounty, reside
Metal gods deep in the plains, modern-

Day trolls armed for war. We never see
These secretive metal deities for whom

We tithe our taxes to house in pricey
Subterranean cathedrals radiant with the

Latest high-tech comforts. In return, their
Keepers, our missileteers, vow to keep us

Safe. Alas, these are false gods heralded
By false prophets. They promise only ashes

For us, omnicide, a day of suicide for all.
Dread the hour our silos vomit false gods.

03:02

so many Dissident Voice

so many lives have been offered for
borders, constitutions, ideals, and religions
the number of corpses must have fallen short
for there is still a need to fightto destroyto kill

so many soldiers have died
some with honor
some in disgrace

so many civilians have killed and
many more have died
but they lack a tomb for the unknown

so many years since

hominids became humans
developing societies and cultures and dreams

so many years have provided the opportunity for some to be socialized to destroy humanity

so many years and roving bands of demented cause seekers have pressed the dream of civilized creatures deep into the dirtthe mudthe crust of the earth

so many years and some of us are foolish enough to dream of peace

how many years are left for dreaming

03:02

war, survival, guilt and choice Dissident Voice

redemption starts in a dark nightmare

i cant forget the light behind my eyes
not only when i sleep but, when i hide
inside, forgiveness bursts a fireworks
display of every choice i made to survive
and its cost in lives

not dying became a muscle memory
living a habit to survive
then a habit to forget
then a habit practiced
in a dark nightmare

tears exploding
i choose not to die
at anyones hand
not even mine
and step into the light
and cry: all i did
was to survive

03:00

Syria Declares End of ISIS, But Whats Next Geopolitics Alert

Damascus (GPA Last week, the Syrian government declared the end of ISIS as a territorial presence in the country, now new questions arise.

Thursday, November ninth is a day that will be in history books as the day The Islamic State Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or just IS, Daesh, etc. was finally pronounced dead as a territorial entity and the world witnessed the end of their fraudulent caliphate that began with a giant theft of towns and cities almost four years ago.

end of ISISA blown bridge over the Euphrates in Deir Ezzor province
Image: Wikipedia

The official word of Syrian victory comes at a time when the army and militias on the other side of Daesh, in Iraq, have also liberated all the land stolen by the takfiri group in their 2013-14 blitzkrieg and managed to push them into a small pocket of desert along the Syrian border. Now on the western side of the remaining members of Daesh, the soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), along with their allies, Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia have managed to close in on the Salafist scraps they have chased from the final villages in Deir Ezzor province.

The End of ISIS

The SAAs final victory came in the town of Abu Kamal, near the Syrian-Iraqi border in Deir Ezzor province. Despite the recent history of drawn-out sieges and battles over the past several years, this final showdown in Abu Kamal ended on the same day it began, with...

02:49

Skirmishes as Mayor of Paris suburb tries to block Muslims screaming Allahu akbar from praying in the street Jihad Watch

Holding prayers in the street is not the result of mosque shortages. Throughout the history of Christianity, Christians established house churches when they didnt have a church to pray in that is, they would just go to someones house and hold services there. There were no ostentatious prayers in the street. These street prayers []

02:40

War Commemoration Porn: Remembrance Day Celebrations Aletho News

By Binoy Kampmark | Dissident Voice | November 11, 2017 The officials are called one by one to lay wreathes, a ceremony of mechanical efficiency.  With each laying comes the sense of wonder at how this could happen. Political figures are the first to vote in parliaments and side with the executive when it comes to []

02:25

Trump, Fellow Populist Duterte to Meet as U.S.-Philippine Relations Improve Peace and Freedom

Two leaders to discuss renewal of U.S.-Philippines alliance

Nov. 12, 2017 9:55 a.m. ET

MANILA, PhilippinesPresident Rodrigo Duterte meets Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump, carrying with him a longstanding animosity toward America that has been tempered by Mr. Trumps implicit support of his war on drugs and by U.S. help in crushing Islamic State-backed fighters who occupied a southern city.

The firebrand Filipino lobbed repeated verbal attacks at the U.S. when he took office in June 2016, swiftly clashing with then-President Barack Obama on human-rights issues. Relations improved under Mr. Trump, who

 https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-fellow-populist-duterte-to-meet-as-u-s-philippine-relations-improve-1510498539

02:19

Trump and Vietnams president underscore free and open access to South China Sea Peace and Freedom

Reuters

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Vietnams President Tran Dai Quang and U.S. President Donald Trump review troops before their bilateral meeting at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam November 12, 2017. REUTERS Jonathan Ernst

(Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang underscored the importance of free and open access to South China Sea, in a joint statement issued on Sunday.

The two leaders called for the full and effective implementation of the declaration on the conduct of parties in the South China Sea, and for all claimants to clarify their maritime claims.

Trump and Vietnams Quang said parties should halt escalatory action and militarisation of disputed features.

Reporting by Mi Nguyen, editing by Larry King


02:18

NATO shown evidence how arms given to SDF end up in PKK hands Penny for your thoughts

This latest news will come as a surprise to no one who reads here..
I presented the obviousness, the reality, that the US supports the PKK as a sort of stay behind army to keep Turkey in check three years ago. In 2014. And wrote about that subject several times afterwards. I will relink that post with selected quotes at the end of this latest news


First up:

Defense Minister Canikli said weapons given to PKK-linked groups in Syria has exceed 3,000 trucks, adding that he presented documents at a NATO meeting that show the PKK used those arms in their latest attacks on Turkish forces

Defense ministers of NATO countries who gathered for a two-day meeting in Brussels were given documents and images by Turkish officials showing the links between the People's Protection Units (YPG), a militant group dominated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and the PKK, which killed six Turkish soldiers and two village guards last week with an anti-tank missile the U.S. gave to the SDF.

Speaking on the second day of the meeting at NATO headquarters yesterday, Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said the weapons given to the SDF now exceed 3,000 trucks, and "this number does not match the necessity in the fight against Daesh."

Explaining that he has told all of his NATO counterparts about the danger caused by providing weapons to the SDF, Canikli said that since the fight against Daesh is over, there is no further explanation for the ongoing arming of a terrorist organization by a NATO ally.

"We said that the YPG was the PKK's Syrian offshoot, they are commanded from the same place and they are bred from the same pool. We presented it with documents and photographs. We have presented it not only to the U.S. but also to Britain, Spain, Albania and other countries," Canikli said.

Turkish intelligence officials and police recently discovered a secret tunnel from the Turkish border town of Nusaybin to Qamishli, Syria.

The governorate of Mardin where Nusaybin is located said that the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and the local police were carrying out counterterrorism operations in the area and started combing the site on Oct. 31, upon information regarding a secret tunnel.

The tunnel was six meters underground and its entrance in Syrian was blocked. It was located in an empty lot, officials said, noting that they were examining "the workplace and residence" where the tunnel's entrance in Turkey is.

Continuous U.S. support for the YPG has stirred tensions between Washington and Ankara. Washington has insisted that the PKK, and the YPG which is the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) m...

02:09

Can There Be Another October Revolution in Russia? Newsbud

In the fifty-fifth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Parlamentskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the approach taken towards it by the Russian president Vladimir Putin. In addition, Professor Kovacevic investigates the most recent Gladio C operations in the Crimea and the impending privatization of an important component of the Russian state-run weapons industry. Lastly, he looks at the sensationalist account that appeared in the Russian semi-tabloid press about the U.S. working on a genetic biological weapon against Russia.

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Parlamentskaya Gazeta November 3, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta November 2, 2017

RBK November 7, 2017

Komsomolskaya Pravda November 3, 2017

02:00

Turkey denies offering cash for plan to extradite Gulen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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US media reported investigators were examining whether ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn and Turkey discussed expelling cleric

01:57

Democratic Party oligarchs already scheming for the 2020 nomination Aletho News

By Greg Felton | November 12, 2017 To this day, establishment Democrats are in denial about their partys role in causing the election of Donald Trump. Rather than support the candidacy of the popular, progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, who would have defeated Trump handily, the Democratic National Committee sabotaged his campaign so that it could []

01:41

Quantum Computers a Threat to Bitcoin Security cryptogon.com

Via: MIT Technology Review: A crucial feature of Bitcoin is its security. Bitcoins have two important security features that prevent them from being stolen or copied. Both are based on cryptographic protocols that are hard to crack. In other words, they exploit mathematical functions, like factorization, that are easy in one direction but hard in []

01:38

Israel signals free hand in Syria as U.S., Russia expand truce Penny for your thoughts

Reuters

 Israel signalled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria

Im unconcerned with their most recent claimed justification for military strikes. Since Israel has been striking Syria for years now, using varied excuses.
"In televised remarks opening Israels weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not speak about the new U.S.-Russian arrangement for Syria.

His regional cooperation minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, sounded circumspect about the deal, telling reporters that it does not meet Israels unequivocal demand the there will not be developments that bring the forces of Hezbollah or Iran to the Israel-Syria border in the north."

01:34

Stanford hosted son and supporter of Palestinian jihad murderer and supporter of 9/11 jihad attacks, with no uproar Jihad Watch

Im set to speak at Stanford University on Tuesday night, and the social justice warriors on campus are in magnificent convulsions of rage and self-pity. The staff of the Freshman Sophomore College dormitory has told students to report other students who put up posters advertising my event to university authorities. In no fewer than eight []

01:30

Troopaganda Eats Its Own Tail World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson

First they tell you what to think the wars are for. Theyre for protection from evil enemies, for spreading democracy and human rights.

Then you discover that wasnt so. The evil enemies were actually human beings and no threat. The wars on terrorism have created many more enemies and spread terrorism far and wide. Theyve endangered rather than protected. Theyve damaged democracy at home and abroad. Theyve violated human rights and normalized their violation.

Then they tell you to keep the wars going for the sake of the poor fools sent into them and coming out of them with PTSD, brain injury, moral injury, and suicidal tendencies. If youre not for harming more troops youre against the troops.

Then you discover that this is all a twisted lie, that these one-sided slaughters that so devastate even the aggressors have no benefits, that people could have better and better-paying and more satisfying and less environmentally destructive jobs in peaceful industries for less financial, moral, and societal expense. It turns out the wars are for weapons profits and resource control and political domination and sadism.

Then they tell you it isnt your right to have an opinion on the matter at all, that the troops themselves can decide what the wars are for. Even retroactively, they can simply choose some nice things to say the wars were for. And the wars can have been for different things for each person. Its a question of personal preference.

If you dont believe me, check out the hash tag #WhatIFoughtFor, pointed out to me by Coleen Rowley and created by a human rights organization. One guy declares that he fought for his family. Thats nice. How much more pleasant for him to love his family than for him to be willing to kill and destroy for a larger salary for the CEO of Lockheed Martin, or for the creation of ISIS, or for turning Libya into a hell on earth, or for the advance of climate change, or for any of the other actual results.

Others declare that they fought so that one particular collaborator or refugee could flee the hell that their fighting created or contributed to. Thats nice too. Surely veterans groups promoting kindness to refugees is better than veterans groups promoting hatred toward refugees. But what about the idea of ending the wars that create the refugees? What about the millions killed, wounded, traumatized, and left homeless for every one charismatic refugee whom someone claims after the fact that they were somehow fighting for?

And if veterans simply get to declare what they fought for, what is to stop the veterans among the fascists who come to Charlottesville from declaring that they fought for white supremacy? Surely they will be given louder microphones for that claim than will any members of Veterans For Peace. And if the contradictions between those who say they fought for genocide and those who say they fought for womens rights are co...

01:14

01:09

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel October 2017 BBC Watch

The Israel Security Agencys report on terror attacks (Hebrew) during October 2017 shows that throughout the month a total of 71 incidents took place: fifty in Judea & Samaria, 17 in Jerusalem, one within the green line and three originating in the Gaza Strip/Sinai sector.

In Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem the agency recorded 58 attacks with petrol bombs, 8 attacks using explosive devices and one shooting attack. A fatal stabbing attack took place in Kfar Qasim (Kasseem) and in the Gaza Strip/Sinai sector there were two shooting attacks and one missile attack.

One civilian was murdered during October.

The BBC did not report the murder of Reuven Schmerling on October 4th and the missile attack from Sinai on October 15th likewise went unreported. None of the additional incidents that took place during the month of October received any BBC coverage either.

Throughout the first ten months of 2017 the BBC News website has reported 0.68% of the total terror attacks that took place and 88% of the resulting fatalities.

...

Sunday, 12 November

23:15

Global Banks, City of London Raise Disorderly Brexit Alarm "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Global Banks, City of London Raise Disorderly Brexit Alarm from Wolf Street Shifting trillions of euros of derivatives positions could be hugely disruptive. By Don Quijones, Spain, UK, & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. The growing prospect of a hard or disorderly...

The post Global Banks, City of London Raise Disorderly Brexit Alarm appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:15

Putin and Trump at APEC Summit Strategic Culture Foundation

On Friday they met, shock hands, chatted briefly, and stood side-by-side, posing for the traditional family photo at the Danang, Vietnam APEC summit.

11:24

Venezuela: The Shadow Agenda INTERNATIONALIST 360

calvospina hernando This documentary by Hernando Calvo Ospina will be valid as long as the United States persists in attacking the Bolivarian Revolution that is being built in Venezuela, to seize its immense oil wealth. It is based on interviews with Venezuelan scholars who, in simple and didactic language, tell us a story that the...

11:00

A Slap in the Face of the Other Colombia INTERNATIONALIST 360

Gabriel ngel No doubt Colombia is a unique and surprising country. Only here happens what we see happening. Enough to review them a bit to conclude it. First an internal war waged for more than half a century, leaving a toll of about eight million victims, among which officially more than 220,000 killed. Victims, by...

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