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Thursday, 08 November

03:48

Thailand has a New party, old faces: political entrants leaders are Shinawatra loyalists Peace and Freedom

Family members and loyalists to the powerful former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra were Wednesday elected to head a new party, reinvigorating the division that has characterised and paralysed Thai politics for over a generation.

The controversial Shinawatra family have long been key political figures in Thailand. Former prime minister and billionaire Thaksin Shinawatras administration was booted out in a 2006 coup detat by the powerful military, although all parties and proxies affiliated with him have won elections since 2001.

This includes Thailands biggest party, Pheu Thai which was headed by Thaksins sister Yingluck before she was ousted in a coup in 2014.

ASAHI SHIMBUN/AFP/File | Former Thai prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra have been divisive political figures in Thai politics

The new party associated with the clan is Thai Raksa Chart, which held a meeting Wednesday to vote on its leader and board members, and has formed ahead of much-anticipated elections early next year.

Political analysts say the party is a proxy for the Pheu Thai party, with an almost identical party logo and support from Pheu Thai stalwarts.

Preechapol Pongpanit was elected as Thai Raksa Charts new leader Preechapol was also the government whip under the Pheu Thai-led administration of Yingluck Shinawatra.

Rupop Shinawatra, Thaksins nephew, was elected as the new partys deputy leader.

He has previously served as an assistant to Thaksin during the brief period when the billionaire owned British football club Manchester City.

I cannot change the name that comes with me but I want people to see me as me instead of just another Shinawatra, he told reporters Wednesday.

Chayika Wongnapachant, Yinglucks niece, is another member of the new party, who demurred when asked if her new party would align itself with Pheu Thai in a coalition government.

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Chayika Wongnapachant

We stand with any party that stands with democracy, Chayika said.

Political analyst Somchai Phagaphasvivat said this proxy party was created to circumvent a 2017 junta-drafted constitution, which makes it very difficult for any one party to have a majority in elections.

A popular party like Pheu Thai would have to get crucial support from smaller parties to gain control under the new rules.

Its like (Thai Raksa Chart) are in the same political family, but they are a different party, Somchai said.

Junta leader and prime min...

03:43

Energy industry scores victories in US midterm elections Peace and Freedom

Voters reject proposed carbon tax in Washington and oil production curbs in Colorado

By Ed Crooks in New York

The US oil and gas industry scored important victories in the midterm elections, defeating proposals for what would have been the countrys first-ever carbon tax in Washington state and new restrictions on production in Colorado.

Overall, the election results were favourable for the US renewable energy industry, which will receive a boost from Democrat victories in several key races for governor, including in Nevada, New Mexico and Maine.

Much of US energy policy is set at the state level, and control of governorships and legislatures can have significant effects on critical regulations and tax incentives.

There were setbacks for the oil industry, including new offshore drilling restrictions in Florida and failure to repeal a petrol tax increase in California However, oil companies were successful in fending off threats in two high-profile votes.

One of the most watched ballot propositions on Tuesday was Washington states revived attempt to introduce a carbon tax, an idea that was put forward by a bipartisan campaign backed by leading companies, including ExxonMobil, as way for the US to address climate change.

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The plan faced strong opposition from oil companies with refineries in the state, including BP. By early Wednesday morning it seemed clear that it had failed. The Western States Petroleum Association, backed by oil companies and business groups, raised $31.6m to fight the measure, a record for the state. It said its members believed that climate change should be addressed at national and international levels.

State-level policy in Washington would have a negligible impact on mitigating climate change but could have a significant negative impact on our states businesses, it warned. There was another important victory for the industry in Colorado, which is the fifth-largest oil producer and sixth-largest gas producer in the US.

Proposition 112 would have forced all new wells drilled and brought into production to be set back at least 2,500 feet from occupied buildings, a rule the industry said would devastate the states economy.

By early Wednesday the proposal was poised for defeat.

Chip Rimer, chairman of the board of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and a senior vice-president at Noble Energy, said: We appreciate our fellow Coloradans support for responsible energy development. This measure was an extreme proposal that would have had devastating impacts across the state on jobs, education and numerous other programs important to each of us.

The oil industry, however, had a setback in Florida, where voters approved a strange hybrid amendment to its constitution banning both offshore drilling and the use of ecigare...

03:34

Yemen: As clashes near Hodeida, aid groups plead for Yemen civilians Peace and Freedom

International aid groups on Wednesday appealed for safe passage for civilians in Yemen, as government forces and Iran-backed rebels battle for one of the countrys most densely populated cities.

Humanitarian workers called for the urgent protection of residents in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, as clashes approach civilian hospitals.

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Save the Children reported one of its facilities had been hit, warning that warring parties were now waging a battle within the city area, which is home to around 600,000 people.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of people, roughly half of them children, are in danger, said Save the Children, adding that there were temporary roadblocks preventing residents from leaving or entering Hodeida.

One of the biggest hospitals in Hodeida, Al-Thawra, is now only metres away from an active frontline, said International Committee of the Red Cross spokeswoman Mirella Hodeib, speaking from the Yemeni capital.

Save the Children UK

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03:26

Chinas new J-20 stealth fighter engine a no-show at Zhuhai air show Peace and Freedom

China leading aviation expo was expected to be showcase for purpose-built WS-15 Emei but performance problems force rethink

PLA relies on Russia for engines for its most advanced stealth fighter

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South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2018, 9:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 November, 2018, 12:12am

A purpose-built engine for Chinas new generation stealth fighter jet has not gone on display as planned at Chinas biggest air show after it failed reliability tests, according to military insiders.

It was widely expected that the performance of the WS-15 Emei engine for the J-20 fighter, known as the Powerful Dragon, would b...

03:24

Crown Prince Launches Saudi Arabias First Nuclear Reactor Same Day Sanctions Hit Iran The Anti-Media

Saudi Nuclear Weapons coup(ZHE)  In but the latest after an insane month of news featuring the kingdom since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the AP reports Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid the ceremonial foundation stone for Saudi Arabias first nuclear research reactor on Monday. The site is the first of 16 planned reactor sites to be []

03:14

Zionist Settlers Attack School in Occupied West Bank, Injure Seven Students Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Zionist Settlers Attack School in Occupied West Bank, Injure Seven Students November 7, 2018 Zionist settlers attacked on Wednesday Auref school in southern Nablus in the occupied West Bank, stoning the students who clashed with them. The clashes between the settlers who were guarded by the Israeli occupation army at the spot and the Palestinian []

03:07

Israeli tech helped Saudis kill journalist, Snowden tells Tel Aviv confab Peace and Freedom

Fugitive NSA leaker lambastes Israels NSO Group as the worst of the worst, is rebuked by former Mossad official who now works in the surveillance industry

Edward Snowden speaks to journalists and invited guests at a Tel Aviv event produced by the Orenstein Hoshen PR agency (Courtesy)

Edward Snowden speaks to journalists and invited guests at a Tel Aviv event produced by the Orenstein Hoshen PR agency (Courtesy)

In a video address Tuesday to a group of Israeli journalists and other guests, fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden slammed Israels burgeoning cyber-surveillance industry, singling out the Herzliya-based company NSO Group for his harshest criticism.

Suggesting a link between the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi use of NSO Groups Pegasus software, Snowden asked the Israeli audience, How is it that we have industries in developed countries using their powers not for saving lives but for making money to such an extent and to such a level of recklessness and irresponsibility that it actually starts costing lives?

Snowden described Israels NSO Group as the worst of the worst of cyber-surveillance companies, and said its entire business is based on the idea of developing digital burglary tools.

Snowden spoke to an invited audience via videolink from Moscow at a Tel Aviv event organized by an Israeli public relations agency Orenstein Hoshen. The audience was composed mainly of journalists along with clients and well-wishers of the PR firm.

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02:59

Merkel ally Horst Seehofer to resign CSU leadership Peace and Freedom

Sources close to the Interior Minister spoke told a respected German paper he plans to resign. Seehofers spokesperson has denied the reports.

    
CSU leader Horst Seehofer in the German parliament (picture-alliance/dpa/S. Stache)

Horst Seehofer, leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkels Bavarian sister party, will resign from his role in the next few day, according to a German media report.

Sources told Die Zeit newspaper that Seehofers decision to leave the helm of the Christian Social Union (CSU) has been influenced by Merkels planned resignation from the leadership of her own party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

What we know so far

  • Numerous sources close to Seehofer told Die Zeit he plans to step down from the party leadership but wants to stay on as Interior Minister.
  • The Ministers spokesman denied the claims, saying Seehofer has not committed to stepping down from the role.
  • The CSU press office told DW it had no further information.
  • Seehofer later denied reports, calling them a red herring.

Seehofers tenure as CSU leader: Seehofer has been at the helm of the party since 2008. The CSU is the Bavarian sister of Chancellor Angela Merkels CDU, and is part of the German government coalition. Despite the alliance, Seehofer has been a stark critic of Merkel, in particular of her open-doors migration policy.

Increasingly under pressure: The past few months have put Seehofer under increased scrutiny. On the one hand, the CSU performed poorly in last months state election in Bavaria; on the other, there have been increasing disputes with the partys government coalition partners, the CDU and the Social Democrats (SPD). Two big topics of contention: migration policy and Seehofers support of disgraced former intelligence chief Georg Maassen.

02:57

Favoured Merkel successor vows to pursue chancellors path Peace and Freedom

German Chancellor Angela Merkels favoured successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Wednesday presented herself as a moderate continuity candidate, refraining from criticism or bold new vision statements.

The 56-year-old usually dubbed AKK or mini-Merkel is running in December to take over as head of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) while Merkel hopes to serve out her government term as chancellor through to 2021.

While two other top candidates have criticised Merkels liberal immigration policy of years past and vowed to return the CDU to its conservative roots, AKK has signalled she will stick with a centrist stance.

At a press conference in Berlin, the former state premier of tiny Saarland said that new leaders stand on the shoulders of those who came before them.

She said an era is ending and a new chapter is beginning but was careful to refrain from signalling any bold policy changes.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is congratulated by Angela Merkel (Reuters/H. Hanschke)

A poll published on Monday showed more than 60 percent of CDU members favour sticking to Merkels centrist line.

Sounding much like the incumbent, AKK said her priorities were to maintain prosperity and the good life, to safeguard public security, and to boost social inclusion so that all citizens can feel at home.

She also refrained from challenging the other top candidates corporate lawyer Friedrich Merz and Health Minister Jens Spahn saying: I am not campaigning but rather presenting an offer and pledging to include them in her team if she wins.

The biggest change AKK, currently the CDUs general secretary, promised was to improve the internal dynamics of a party that has been mocked for its lack of debate and internal democracy under Mutti (Mummy) Merkel.

At the height of Merkels power, when she regularly won support in the high 90 percent range at party congresses, the CDU was sometimes mocked as the association for the reelection of the chancellor.

Kramp-Karrenbauer promised that in future the CDUs big decisions would trickle up from the party base via its block of lawmakers and into the government, rather than the other way around.

AFP

See also:

Merkel taps possible successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as next CDU secretary general

https://www.dw.com/en/merkel-taps-possible-successor-annegret-kramp-karrenbauer-as-next-cdu-secretary-general/a-42639522

02:50

Irish PM sees fading chance of Brexit deal in November Peace and Freedom

The chances of sealing a deal on Britains withdrawal from the European Union this month are receding, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday, and the EUs Brexit negotiator called on Britain to make decisive choices.

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

EU sources have also told Reuters the bloc would need to see a breakthrough on Brexit within a week if its leaders were to endorse any deal with Britain this month.

The leaders had previously penciled in a summit for mid-November to sign off on a deal with London. Negotiators from both sides, however, remain at odds over ways to guarantee there is no return of border controls on the frontier between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.

I do think that, with every day that passes, the possibility of having a special summit in November becomes less likely, Varadkar told reporters after meeting Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila.

But we do have one scheduled for the 13th, 14th of December, so not getting it done in November doesnt mean we cant get it done in the first two weeks of December. But I think beyond that youre into the New Year, which I think wouldnt be a good thing.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier, who also met Sipila, said it was impossible to say when the divorce talks would conclude, adding that there would be no deal without a solid fix for the Irish border.

We are not there yet. The clock is ticking. The choices need to be made now on the UK side, he told reporters. There are still important issues outstanding.

Brussels has proposed a backstop arrangement as part of the withdrawal agreement that would ensure an open border by keeping Northern Ireland inside the EU customs union and large parts of the single market. Britain has complained this would create a border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Without a backstop there will be no deal. It is as simple as that, Barnier said. (It is) clear that more work is needed in Brexit negotiations. We remain determined to reach a deal.

Varadkar spoke to British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, agreeing that any backstop should be temporary. May also told him that there would need to be a mechanism to end it.

On Wednesday, May also spoke to the chairman of EU summits, Donald Tusk, to discuss the next steps. EU envoys in Brussels will get an update on Friday and then ministers from the 27 states staying in the bloc after Brexit are due to meet on Monday.

For me, its always about the objective, more so than the mechanism what are you actually trying to achieve, Varadkar said on Wednesday. We hope that the backstop wi...

02:47

Trudeaus Warm Welcome To The White Helmets Is Highly Hypocritical Aletho News

By Andrew KORYBKO Oriental Review 07/11/2018 Canada has accepted over 100 so-called White Helmets from Syria. Popularly described as neutral civilian volunteers and humanitarian rescuers, this organization was proven by investigative journalists Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett to be linked to terrorist groups, which makes Canadas rolling out of the red carpet for []

02:45

U.S. Stocks Gain After Midterms Peace and Freedom

Election results remove one source of angst, as a split Congress will make radical policy changes less likely, analysts say

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U.S. stocks extended a recent rebound Wednesday as investors weighed a congressional power divide and looked ahead to signals about interest-rate and trade policies.

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The S&P 500 rose 0.8%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 134 points, or 0.5%, to 25769. Both indexes were on track for their sixth advance in the past seven sessions. The Dow is about 4% below its recent record, while the S&P 500 is 5% off its September peak.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.2% Wednesday.

Anxiety about the health of the global economy and rising rates pulled major indexes off recent all-time highs last month with investors eyeing several sources of uncertainty heading into the end of the year.

But analysts said Tuesdays anticipated midterm election results, with Democrats claiming a majority in the House of Representatives and Republicans retaining control of the Senate, removed one source of angs...

02:42

Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria On November 6-7, 2018 (Map Update)

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria:

Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria On November 6-7, 2018 (Map Update)

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02:37

Mueller Readies Next Steps for Trump Probe With Uncertainty at DOJ Peace and Freedom

Special counsel said ready to deliver key findings in probe He may feel added pressure to finish work before bosses change
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller, now freed from the constraints of his pre-election quiet period, must decide on the next steps in his high-profile investigation of Russian meddling and the role of President Donald Trump.

But Mueller still faces the prospect of a shake-up in the Justice Departments leadership. Trump has signaled widely that he may replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the fate of the man supervising Muellers probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, also remains unclear.

With that possibility hanging over him, Mueller may feel extra pressure to complete his work as quickly as possible. A replacement for Sessions or Rosenstein could fire him or rein in the probe that Trump regularly denounces as a witch hunt fueled by anti-Trump sentiment in the Justice Department and the FBI.

Mueller is conducting an expansive investigation that includes Russias interference in the 2016 election, whether anyone close to Trump colluded with the Russians and whether the president sought to obstruct justice. Ousting the special prosecutor would probably produce bipartisan protests in Congress, with Democrats opening investigations once they take control of the House in January.

Producing Findings

Mueller is expected to soon produce some investigative findings on collusion and obstruction of justice, according to two U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter who asked to not be identified speaking about the probe. Mueller already was facing intensifying pressure from Trump and Republican lawmakers to produce more indictments or shut down his operation.

Unless the findings result in new indictments or subpoenas that are made public, they might stay secret. As Muellers super...

02:32

US Declares War on Troika of Tyranny Pushing Them Closer to Russia Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US Declares War on Troika of Tyranny Pushing Them Closer to Russia The US is going to extend its combat operations the sanctions war aimed at reshaping the world to Latin America. Tough new penalties are planned against the troika of tyranny, consisting of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua in the very near future. This announcement was []

02:09

02:05

Michigan: Defense in female genital mutilation case asks judge to dismiss charges, claims law is unconstitutional Jihad Watch

The defense is also claiming that the female genital mutilation procedure was no crime, because it is a religious ritual. Theyre trying to make this case into a showdown over the First Amendment: does the freedom of religion grant one the permission to commit other crimes that are allowed by ones religion? We shall see. []

02:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: Islam Classes In Germany (Part One) Jihad Watch

DORTMUND, Germany It was the second week of Islam class, and the teacher, Mansur Seddiqzai, stood in front of a roomful of Muslim teens and pointed to the sentence on the chalkboard behind him: Islam does not belong to Germany. He scanned the room and asked, Who said this? Hands shot up. The AfD? []

01:58

Election of 3 Israel critics to Congress is historic, but for far more new Dems commitment to Israel is permanent as the sky Mondoweiss

Last nights midterm elections saw a historic opening for critics of Israel. Three women stars of the Democratic Party who have openly criticized Israels human rights record were elected to Congress.

Those stars are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from Queens/Bronx, Ilhan Omar from Keith Ellisons former district in Minneapolis, and Rashida Tlaib from Detroit. Omar and Tlaib are Muslim and have been highly critical of Israel; Omar called Israel an apartheid state and said once that it has hypnotized the world, though she has disavowed boycott of Israel. Tlaib has called for (are you sitting down?) one, democratic state in Israel and Palestine and for an end to aid for Israel. Ocasio-Cortez also sharply rebuked Israel over the Gaza massacre of May, called it a massacre. She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, which has endorsed boycott of Israel; but she waffled on her Israel criticism during the general election campaign, even equivocating about the occupation, I may not use the right words.

Still, there can be no question that these women represent a fresh breeze in the Congress, and the voice of the progressive base of the Democratic Party, which is showing more and more solidarity with Palestinian demands for basic rights. Jewish Insider says today there is a fight for the soul of the Democratic Party, with Linda Sarsour calling out progressive Dems for cower-ing to AIPAC, the Israel lobby.

There were two losses by potential Israel critics many on the left had their eyes on. Leslie Cockburn, a journalist and realist on Middle East issues who was accused of anti-Semitism because of her criticisms of the US-Israel relationship, lost in her bid for an open seat in suburban Virginia/Charlottesville, to a Trump-backed businessman and Bigfoot-biographer, Denver Riggleman.

In suburban Philadelphia, Scott Wallace had as chair of a family foundation supported organizations that favor BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions). He was defeated in the Bucks County district by Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican and former FBI agent.

The elevation of Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Tlaib must be seen in the broad context. Republicans are overwhelmingly in favor of Israel-right-or-wrong policy under Trump. And among the other Democratic winners are many Israel-lovers. Including powerhouse Eliot Engel, who has sa...

01:57

Michigan: Muslim migrant who stabbed cop while screaming Allahu akbar says hes innocent, rejects plea deal Jihad Watch

There is no conceivable way he is not guilty under American law. He stabbed Lt. Neville in plain sight, in a crowded area. He is, however, not guilty of any offense under Islamic law, which allows for jihad violence against Infidels. His earlier refusal to leave his cell for a hearing is an indication that []

01:57

01:55

ErdoganUS sanctions on Iran wrong, aimed to unbalance world ThereAreNoSunglasses

Erdogan: US sanctions on Iran wrong, aimed to unbalance world

 

 

Turkish president rejects re-imposition of economic sanctions against Iran, saying they are wrong and unfair.

Erdogan: US sanctions on Iran wrong, aimed to unbalance worldErdogan said Turkey imports about 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas from Iran [Evrim Aydin/Anadolu]

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the new US economic sanctions on Iran, saying that Turkey will not abide as they are aimed at unbalancing the world...

01:37

Israeli Software Was Used to Track Khashoggi: Snowden Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli Software Was Used to Track Khashoggi: Snowden November 7, 2018 US whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the Israel cyber intelligence firm NSO Group Technologies of selling a digital burglary tool which he claimed had been used to track Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in Istanbul last month, according to the Jerusalem Post. []

01:33

Minnesota: Keith Ellison elected attorney general despite domestic abuse allegations Jihad Watch

The far-Left, they are different from you and me. They dont have the same responsibility or accountability. And if theyre Muslim, the blank check is even more readily available. Keith Ellison defeats Doug Wardlow in Minnesota attorney general race, by Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, November 7, 2018: Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will be Minnesotas []

01:23

Newly elected Socialist Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib wore Palestinian flag at primary victory celebration Jihad Watch

No American flag was in sight. This is History. Watch every second of this. Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian and Muslim American congresswomen, proclaims victory. Share widely, and be inspired. #ElectionNight pic.twitter.com/oP7qWJyHJK Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) November 7, 2018 Newly Elected Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Wore Palestinian Flag at Primary Victory Celebration, by Kristinn Taylor, []

01:15

Video: David Wood and Robert Spencer on Asia Bibi vs. Sharia Jihad Watch

David Wood and I discuss the shameful recent handling of the Asia Bibi blasphemy case in Pakistan. You can order The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS here.

01:13

Eight Lessons From History To Help Make Sense Of Todays Madness PopularResistance.Org

I learned to peer beyond my political bubble in the early 1980s, first when Ronald Reagan was elected president and destroyed the New Deal coalition in which I was raised and then when Phyllis Schlaflys Stop ERA women indeed stopped the Equal Rights Amendment for women from becoming the law of the land by defeating those of us fighting to win its passage in the Illinois legislature. We needed one more state for the Constitutional Amendment to be enacted, and Illinois was one of three where we had a chance. On the steps of the Springfield, Illinois, capital were white women with lacquered hair wearing skirt suits and beige stockings carrying red Stop ERA signs.

01:04

Chinas Empire of Debt Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

Staggering in its ambition, Chinas globe-spanning Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure financing in Asia, Europe, and Africa over the coming years ahead. Even before BRI, the rising superpower was a leading lender worldwide.

Chinese finance represents a chance for economic rejuvenation in some states. For others, its a shackle that will create unredeemable fiscal burdens in the near future. This model of debt dependency will increase Beijings geopolitical leverage over small and impoverished states, grant favorable access to key resources, and potentially revolutionize the power balance in international forums like the IMF and the UN General Assembly. It will also give Beijing a powerful voice in regional forums, allowing it to influence decision processes from which it would otherwise be excluded, such as ASEAN deliberations on the South China Sea dispute.

This is not a phenomenon that is historically unprecedented. Western countries engaged in a similar lending binge both during and after the Cold War, one that ultimately resulted in undue influence over the domestic and foreign policies of countries in the developing world.

 

Background

International studies have shown there are already a number of states that are increasingly at risk of debt peonage to China (i.e. countries with large outstanding debts held by Beijing, and whose economies are unlikely to grow at a sustainable enough clip to meet their future debt payments on schedule. These countries include Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, the Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Then there are other countries such as Nepal or Cambodia, who could easily join this group in the near future due to their growing need for outside finance. This report will cover four countries in particular where Chinas geopolitical ambitions are converging with the BRI and other state-backed lending schemes aimed at expanding Beijings commercial, and by extension geopolitical, outreach....

00:55

A BBC programme from Jerusalem and you can take part BBC Watch

The BBC television and radio programme Global Questions will be visiting Jerusalem next month.

As the state of Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of its creation, Global Questions travels to Jerusalem to ask what the next 70 years might bring.

Ever since its birth, Israel has been dominated by conflict with Palestinians and its neighbouring Arab states. Is more conflict inevitable or could there be a lasting peace that allows the next generation to live without war?

The Middle East is awaiting President Trumps much anticipated peace plan billed as the deal of the century. But the Palestinians see Americas Embassy move to Jerusalem as a dangerously provocative gesture.

Global Questions brings together a high-profile panel and an audience of young Pa...

00:45

Iconic Palestinian protester shot by Israel says he was deliberately targeted Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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In an interview with Middle East Eye, Aed Abu Amro says Israel singled him out and that he was defending his homeland

00:44

The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse In America PopularResistance.Org

According to the Credit Suisse 2018 Global Wealth Databook, 34 million American adults are among the WORLD'S POOREST 10%. How is that possible? In a word, debt. In more excruciating words: stifling, misery-inducing, deadly amounts of debt for the poorest Americans. And it goes beyond dollars to the "deaths of despair" caused by the stresses of inferior health care coverage, stagnating incomes, and out-of-control inequality. Numerous sources report on the rising debt for the poor half of America, especially for the lowest income group, and largely because of health care and education costs. Since 2008 consumer debt has risen almost 50 percent. The percentage of families with more debt than savings is higher now than at any time since 1962.

00:40

America will not isolate me from my Islamic duty: Muslim refugee in California joins jihad terror group Jihad Watch

Those who call for more stringent policies regarding the vetting and admission of refugees continue to be derided as racist and Islamophobic. Hipster terrorist pleads guilty to traveling to Syria to join precursor to ISIS, by Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, October 31, 2018 (thanks to Lloyd Billingsley): Hes been dubbed the hipster terrorist for the []

00:37

Controversial AI Lie Detectors Coming To EU Airports, Border Crossings PopularResistance.Org

Several European airports will deploy an AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints in a trial run of the new technology, reports CNN.  When a passenger approaches customs, they will be asked a series of questions by a "virtual border guard avatar," which will use an Artificial Intelligence to monitor their faces to quickly determine whether they are lying in an effort to reduce congestion.  The avatar will become "more skeptical" and change its tone of voice if it believes a person has lied, before referring suspect passengers to a human guard and allowing those believed to be honest to pass through, said Keeley Crockett of Manchester Metropolitan University in England, who was involved in the project.

00:35

After Khashoggi Scandal, another Journalist Dies due to Torture at Al Sauds Prison Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

After Khashoggi Scandal, another Journalist Dies due to Torture at Al Sauds Prison Local Editor Saudi journalist and writer Turki bin Abdulaziz al-Jasser died as a result of torture while in the regime custody as the conservative Saudi Kingdom grapples with an international crisis over the murder of prominent dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The rights []

00:30

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Our New Muslim Representatives Jihad Watch

Sharia, corruption, and Jew-hatred come to the House. My latest in FrontPage: As expected, two Muslim women, Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, have been overwhelmingly elected to Congress. The establishment media will celebrate these victories as triumphs of Americas diversity; unfortunately, in reality neither one is worth celebrating. Tlaib is a []

00:29

Security Situation In Palestine On November 7, 2018 (Map Update)

This map provides a general look at the security situation in Palestine on November 7, 2018. Israeli Security Forces are preparing for another round of large-scale crackdown on Palestinian protests, which are expected on November 9.

Security Situation In Palestine On November 7, 2018 (Map Update)

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00:26

Is There Really A Militia Caravan Traveling South To Protect US Border From Marching Migrants? PopularResistance.Org

Most media outlets have published as fact claims that vigilante groups incited by Donald Trump are organizing themselves to confront the migrant caravan, but the story appears to be based on little more than an unverified boast. Variously named as armed militias and far right activists, some gun-toting groups have been reported as forming their own caravan in scores of media reports over the weekend, from the Huffington Post to The Hill in the US to international outlets such as the UKs the Sun, Turkeys Anadolu, and Russias Sputnik. The vigilantes are reportedly equipped with military-level tech, and will form units hundreds-strong. They have caused alarm among both local residents afraid that their land will be invaded and the army contingent forced to separate sides.

00:22

Egypt considers banning the burqa as part of its crackdown on Islamic extremism Jihad Watch

A government bill prohibiting the veil is being pitched as an effort to fight terrorism. Egypt is discussing a new draft law that would prevent women from wearing a burqa (nikab) in public spaces as part of a government campaign against extremist interpretations of Islam..Ahmad Sharbini, an Egyptian political analyst, told The Media Line that []

00:20

Mixed Bag Midterms: Democrats Take House by Slim Margin, Republicans Increase Lead in Senate Aletho News

21WIRE | November 7, 2018 Undoubtedly, 2018 saw one of the most hotly contested Midterm contests in living memory. As the final returns trickled in this morning, it seems that check and balances have returned to Washington, sort of. The results are now in. As many pollsters had predicted, the Democratic Party succeeded in flipping []

00:16

Sudan: Christian converts from Islam arrested, tortured, forced to recant faith Jihad Watch

Sudanese officials raided a house church in South Darfur, Sudan on 13 October, arresting 13 Christians and subjected the converts from Islam in the group to a day and night of beating and tortureTen of the Christian converts were later released after reportedly being tortured into recanting their faith. Abuse against Christians and Jews worldwide []

00:15

Robert Steele: Has the Deep State Used NATO to Make War with Russia Inevitable? Should President Donald Trump Fire General Scaparotti & Suspend Trident Juncture by 15 November? UPDATE 1: US Sends HUGE Ammunition Shipment to Europe Public Intelligence Blog

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Norway, whose Constitution constrains the use of its territory as a base for military operations threatening to Russia, now appears to be the final card to be played by the Deep State using NATO to make war with Russia possible. Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 comes at the end of eighteen other NATO exercises with Eastern European countries and could not be more provocative.

Below is a lengthy essay from an Alert Reader in Norway. In my view, the President should withdraw the USA from NATO, order the immediate removal of all US military personnel and equipment from all Nord...

00:15

War On Dissent: Shrinking Space For Protest In The UK PopularResistance.Org

The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) campaigns against police surveillance and the regular smearing of activists and groups as domestic extremists. Writing in 2016, Netpol observed that the government and the police in Britain are in a permanent state of war. This war is fought on a number of fronts apart from the never-ending war on terror, there are also wars on drugs, on urban black youth, on migrants and on alleged extremism, particularly but not exclusively targeting Muslim communities. Every battle, we argued, requires an enemy and these wars are no exception. Not least among those perceived enemies are the political dissenters...

00:11

De VS Chanteert Nederland en Shell stan van houcke

De emeritus hoogleraar Kees van der Pijl wees hier al enkele weken geleden op:

Ambassadeur VS: Shell riskeert sancties vanwege Russische gasleiding

Ambassadeur VS: Shell riskeert sancties vanwege Russische gasleiding
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De Amerikaanse ambassadeur, Pete Hoekstra, waarschuwt Nederlandse ondernemingen als Shell, Boskalis en Van Oord dat zij sancties uit de Verenigde Staten lopen door hun medewerking aan een Russische gaspijpleiding.

Dat zegt Hoekstra woensdag in gesprek met radioprogramma De Nieuws BV. De ambassadeur kan niet zeggen of er daadwerkelijk sancties komen, maar hij benadrukt dat de Amerikaanse regering klaarstaat om de beslissing te nemen.

De Amerikaanse president Donald Trump kan deze sancties instellen op basis van een vorige maand getekend besluit, de sanctiewet CAATSA. Met deze wet kan de Amerikaanse overheid onder meer bezittingen en rekeningen van bedrijven of particulieren in de VS bevriezen.

Het gaat specifiek om betrokkenheid van de bedrijven bij de gaspijpleiding Nord Stream II die in de Oostzee wordt gebouwd. De Verenigde Staten zijn tegen de bouw van de pijpleiding.

Bedrijven ondernemen nog geen actie
"Het is enorm belangrijk voor sommige Nederlandse bedrijven. Als er sancties worden opgelegd, zitten ze met allerlei juridische verplichtingen", zegt Hoekstra tegen het radioprogramma. "Maar belangrijker: eerst moeten zij besluiten of ze door willen gaan met Nord Stream, en wanneer zij dat doen heeft dat sowieso gevolgen."

Van Oord en Boskalis volgen de ontwikkelingen en hebben ook afspraken met de klant gemaakt over hoe om te gaan mogelijke sancties. "Wij zien momenteel geen aanleiding om vooruit te lopen op eventuele consequenties", aldus de ondernemingen in een gezamenlijke verklaring. Shell zegt het belangrijk te vinden de verplichtingen als financile investeerder in Nord Stream II na te komen.

Minister Stef Blok (Buitenlandse Zaken) verklaart dat de bed...

00:11

The threat of far right terrorism versus jihad terror Jihad Watch

Counter-terrorism police in London have arrested two men over concerns about a potential extreme right-wing terrorism plot. There are a couple of reasons why this story is being covered at Jihad Watch, despite being about far-right terrorism. 1. There is a determined effort by the mainstream media and some authorities to overplay the threat of []

00:01

Sonja van den Ende: The Deep State stan van houcke

Wie het nieuws de afgelopen weken maanden volgt over het midden-oosten, Syri, Palestina, Jemen, Iran, etc..ziet de vertwijfeling van de Zionisten en de deep-State, maar ook het continent Europa en de VS zijn in turmoil.
Afbeeldingsresultaat voor zionisten en deep state in trouble cartoon
Overal op de wereld worden oorlogen uitgevoerd door de deep-state i.s.m. de zionisten. Syri, Irak, Libi, Afghanistan (drugsoorlog), Jemen, sancties op Iran, ook in Afrikaanse landen zoals Mali en Congo en de rest wat ik hier niet genoemd heb. De EU is hard op weg een totalitaire staat te worden, waar het niet om burgers draait, maar om regels, denk maar aan het nepnieuws, oorlog met Rusland, beperking van meningsvrijheid en inperking van journalistieke vrijheden, de waarheid is niet meer gewenst!
De Amerikaanse deep-state, bestaat voor een groot deel (net als Europa), uit de wapenhandel fabrikanten, die verkopen wapens aan vriend en vijand en veroorzaken de oorlogen, waarbij miljoenen mensen om het leven komen! Zover is het gekomen met de mensheid, zij zullen zichzelf inderdaad vernietigen, de trend is gezet, robot en kunstmatige intelligentie!
Wij, de burgers van de EU hebben letterlijk nietsmeer te willen of zeggen. Of het nu om geld gaat, of vrijheid van meningsuiting, stemmen en referendum is een vieswoord geworden. De pers...

00:01

Tunisia's deep structural inequality will take generations to unwind Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Despite the popular post-revolutionary narrative, the real playing field will remain uneven for the foreseeable future, with large sections of society disadvantaged

00:00

Review (Guest): Supernatural What the Bible Teaches About the Unseen World and Why It Matters Public Intelligence Blog

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We know of the Bible as the story of Gods plan of salvation for mankind. From the first page to the last, we see that he had the end in mind from the very beginning. However, most of the time we see just two parties to the story: the Triune God and mankind, those inhabitants of the third heaven and the first.

However, there is another group that plays the role, the divine council. Part of the group referenced in Ephesians 6:12 which refers to the unseen realm ruled by principalities, two of which are named in a brief reference in Daniel 9. There are a few explicit references to these beings in the Bible along with many references that are implicit.

Without understanding that yes, there is an actual unseen realm and a variety of beings who inhabit it and that some of the words spoken in the Bible are judgments against them, we can completely miss the context of what certain passages are saying.

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23:45

Penguin: Ideas for Gab Public Intelligence Blog

Alert Reader from Europe offers the following:

Gab 2.0 (in a 3.0 internet)

Since gab has experienced its infrastructure being removed / demolished. It might benefit from the following tips.

Instead of completely merging with Mastodon. It can instead adopt the underlying infrastructure.

Meaning, the protocols for communicating with Mastodon and its sisters & federation.

Thus: Activitypub, Webfinger, Ostatus, DFRN2

So gab becomes able to use instances and can communicate with other instances and federations.

An initial setup can look something like this:

          3 to 5 gab instances, social1.gab.com, social2.gab.com, social3.gab.com, and so on.

Or other names of choise by the Gab team. The idea is clear. They will all need to be federated(name for linked) with each other to provide a strong cluster acting as a single   social platform.

          This has a downside. Multiple hosting companies...

23:44

Saudi to deport scores of Rohingya refugees against their will to Bangladesh Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Rohingya detainees say they can prove their identities to the Saudis with their old Burmese ID cards

23:40

A war on dissent? The shrinking space for protest in the #UK Enough is Enough!

The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) campaigns against police surveillance on political dissent and the regular smearing of activists and groups as domestic extremists. Kevin Blowe explains how the police are closing down the space for protest in the UK.

Originally published by TNI.

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.

Writing in 2016, Netpol observed that the government and the police in Britain are in a permanent state of war fought on a number of fronts: apart from the unending war on terror, there are also wars on drugs, on urban black youth, on migrants and on alleged extremism, particularly but not exclusively targeted within Muslim communities.

Every battle, we argued, requires an enemy and these wars are no exception. Not least amongst those perceived enemies are the political dissenters, the campaigners who oppose state coercion and violence and the dehumanising use of highly contested terms like gang member, economic immigrant or domestic extremist. The extraordinary breadth of social and political movements, of all sizes and interests, which have been targeted over the years by UK secret police units is a testament to this. It has been one of the few revelations to emerge from the Undercover Policing Inquiry that has trundled on to little effect since it was set up by the Cameron government in 2015 in the wake of the spycops scandal...

23:29

Europe has turned a blind eye to Arab tyranny in pursuit of profit Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Despite ongoing rights violations in countries such as Saudi Arabia, European capitals have been willing to look the other way in pursuit of economic interests

23:04

U.S.-Turkish Ties May Be Cut for Good in Syria Penny for your thoughts

Oddly enough I wrote a post similar to this March 01/ 2017:

Yesterday:
Aaron Stein is a resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Councils Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.
The two countries are trying to work together in Manbij, and it isnt going well.
"Last week, the United States and Turkey started joint military patrols in the Syrian town of Manbij. The patrols are part of the second phase of the so-called Manbij Roadmap, an agreement the two countries signed this year to try to lessen tensions between them in Syria. Despite some progress, the plan hasnt really worked, and what happens in the city could further undermine an already strained U.S.-Turkish relationship"
Recall my repetitively stating that this agreement is a non starter?
"Manbij, which lies near the Syrian border with Turkey, has long been a point of contention between the two powers. In 2016, the United States, together with allied Kurdish forces, made a push to oust the Islamic State from the city. The mission was meant to block the militant group from access to the Turkish border, and it came in preparation for a larger campaign to liberate Raqqa slated for the following year. But the operation violated a long-standing Turkish red line against any Kurdish presence west of the Euphrates River."
 "Manbij, which lies near the Syrian border with Turkey, has long been a point of contention between the two powers" As has been state...

22:25

US-British Threats Against Russia Have a Long History Strategic Culture Foundation

In their new book Union Jackboot: What Your Media and Professors Dont Tell You About British Foreign Policy (At Books), doctors T.J. Coles and Matthew Alford debate the rationale of Anglo-American policy towards Russia.

22:04

Iraqi and British activists protest BPs sponsorship of Assyrian exhibition Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The British Museum's latest show is a celebration of Iraqi culture. Why is an oil giant accused of exploiting Iraq sponsoring it, protesters ask

21:55

US Declares War on "Troika of Tyranny" Pushing Them Closer to Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

Now that this new US policy is in place, Moscow and Washington appear to have another divisive issue clouding their relationship. The troika of tyranny against which Washington has declared war enjoys friendly relations with Russia.

21:25

Trump, Gorbachev and the Fall of the American Empire Strategic Culture Foundation

The US State Department granting permission on the weekend to the eight countries to buy Iranian oil was akin to waving the green flag at a train that has already left the station.

21:19

The Death of Americas Hyper-Power Fantasy Covert Geopolitics

In 1987, Paul Kennedy, a British professor of history at Yale University, unleashed a political and intellectual firestorm with the publication of his great (677-page) book, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. Kennedy produced a magisterial overview of the competition for global power over the past 500 years from 1500 AD to the Continue reading The Death of Americas Hyper-Power Fantasy

21:19

EU Court rules that Hungarys state monopoly over mobile payments is illegal Peace and Freedom

The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the Hungarian states monopoly over national mobile payment services was illegal.

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The ruling would require the end of exclusive control over Hungarian mobile payments exercised since July 2014 by state-owned firm Nemzeti Mobilfizetesi Zrt.

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This exclusive operation is contrary to EU law, the blocs top court said in a statement.

Even if the services provided under that system constitute services of general economic interest, their supply cannot be reserved to a state monopoly, the court added.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

Reuters

21:15

New U.S. sanctions over chemical weapons would be illegal: Russia says Peace and Freedom

Russia would consider any new chemical weapons-related sanctions imposed by the United States to be illegal, a Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday.

The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it would impose additional sanctions on Russia after Moscow failed to give reasonable assurances it would not use chemical weapons after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England.

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We consider restrictions imposed by the United States against Russia illegal, Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

Reuters

21:13

American Politics Is Now Just Civil War by Other Means Covert Geopolitics

In the wake of the sending of bomb-like devices of uncertain capability to prominent critics of US President Donald Trump and of a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue (both Trumps fault, of course) plus a migrant invasion approaching the US through Mexico there have been widespread calls for toning down harsh and Continue reading American Politics Is Now Just Civil War by Other Means

21:09

Henry Paulson: U.S. Alone in Trying To Isolate China Effort Could Create New Economic Iron Curtain Peace and Freedom

  • Ex-US treasury boss predicts a long winter in relations if broader issues are not addressed
  • Calls on Beijing to implement bold reforms
South China Morning Post
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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2018, 2:24pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2018, 5:28pm
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Former US treasury secretary Henry Paulson warned a new economic Iron Curtain could descend between China and the United States as the divisions between the two nations broaden amid the escalating trade war.

Paulson also warned against attempts to isolate China, but called on leaders in Beijing to implement bold reforms like their predecessors Deng Xiaoping and Zhu Rongji.

Addressing the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore on Wednesday, Paulson said the American business community had turned from advocate to sceptic and even opponent of past US policies towards Beijing as China had been slow to open up.

And even on issues where the two nations agreed, such as North Korea, they often pursued divergent approaches, which persuaded people to believe the two did not have...

21:09

The Immaturity Of American Concepts Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 06, 2018 by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog One imagines from outside of America at leastthat the political system there, robust one year, retro the next, is on its way to drowning in a sea of vitriolic comeuppance. Half the population think Donald Trump is a buffoon while the other half think []

21:00

You Didnt Hear About This Mob Attack in Minnesota Clarion Project

The roller coaster at Minnesota's Valleyfair amusement park (Photo: Larry ieniazek/WikimediaCommons/https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:GNU_Free_Documentation_License,_version_1.2)The roller coaster at Minnesotas Valleyfair amusement park (Photo: Larry Pieniazek/WikimediaCommons/https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:GNU_Free_Documentation_License,_version_1.2)

On Saturday, September 22, 2018, while the world focused on the tragedy in Iran of the Ahvaz military parade attack carried out by ISIS, a mob of Somali Muslim men and boys rushed the entrance to Valleyfair, a family amusement park that had set aside the day to honor law enforcement in Minnesota.

The mob overcame security, jumping fences avoiding metal detectors while bringing in weapons. It was a direct, premeditated attack on police and security. Backup had to be called in along with fire trucks, ambulances and even a police helicopter. This attack should be understood as a dry run test (in counterterrorism parlance).

When my kids were little, we used to go to Valleyfair, just like these law enforcement families were doing this past September for a special and fun summer day. How Minnesota has changed.

The mob action occurred even after the Somali community had just enjoyed their very own special Somali day with reduced ticket prices at Valleyfair in July!

The incident has gone virtually unreported in the mainstream media. This shows that a vocal number of troublemakers  have been effective in paralyzing honest reporting concerning the deepening of Somali violence in Minnesota.

The media is afraid to report the truth. Allegedly, the reason being given is that Minnesota is facing midterm elections and four Muslims are running for government positions.

Of note in the running is Keith Ellison, the Democratic nominee for attorney general (who is not Somali). Ellison, who is under investigation for domestic violence, formerly associated with the Nation of Islam, a virulently anti-Se...

21:00

LION AIR CRASH SUSPICIONS Giza Death Star

If you're a frequent flier, you might want to avoid the Malaysian-Indonesian archipelago, for aircraft seem to have an odd habit of crashing (or []

The post LION AIR CRASH SUSPICIONS appeared first on Giza Death Star.

20:55

Written in History: The Death of America"s Hyper-Power Fantasy Strategic Culture Foundation

A wakening to sanity is long overdue and the hour is late: National catastrophe can be the only other outcome

20:53

Qatar announces aid for Gaza amid Israel truce talks Peace and Freedom

Qatar has announced it will provide temporary support to 50,000 impoverished Gaza families as mediators attempt to broker a truce between the Palestinian territorys Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel.

The Gulf state will provide $100 each to 50,000 poor families in the next few days, a statement from Qatars Gaza Reconstruction Committee said late Tuesday.

The beneficiaries are being selected in coordination with the Hamas-led authorities.

AFP/File | Qatar has announced it will provide temporary financial relief to 50,000 impoverished Gaza families as mediators attempt to broker a truce between the Palestinian territorys Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel

Separately on Tuesday, cash-strapped Hamas announced that civil servants would receive the majority of their salaries for the first time in months.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since ousting forces loyal to the internationally recognised Palestinian Authority in a near civil war in 2007.

Since then, the Islamists have fought three wars with Israel, which maintains a crippling blockade of Gaza.

Egypt and the United Nations have been brokering indirect negotiations that would see Hamas end months of often violent protests along the border in exchange for Israel easing its blockade.

In an Israeli-approved deal, Qatar has started buying additional fuel for Gazas sole power station, allowing planned outages to be reduced to their lowest level in recent years.

Qatar is a longtime ally of Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

AFP

20:28

LISTEN: Why the West Can Expect Blasphemy Riots Clarion Project

A protest against Asia Bibi following the Supreme Court's decision to acquit Bibi of blasphemy, in Islamabad on November 2, 2018. (Photo: Aamir Qureshi / AFP / Getty Images)A protest against Asia Bibi following the Supreme Courts decision to acquit Bibi of blasphemy, in Islamabad on November 2, 2018. (Photo: Aamir Qureshi / AFP / Getty Images)

In this podcast, Clarion Projects National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi warns that the same blasphemy riots like those against Asia Bibi in Pakistan recently are less than a generation away in America.

Qudosi connects the surge of violence against the acquittal by Pakistans Supreme Court of Bibi on charges of  blasphemy  with a recent European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling. The ECHR ruled that defamation of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed goes beyond the permissible limits of freedom of expression and is therefore not allowed.

Meanwhile, in America, blasphemy accusations are currently framed as Islamophobia. Qudosi believes this accusation is a cloaked way of legitimizing blasphemy laws in the West. She says that instead of looking at speech that triggers a behavior, we need to look at the psychological state of mind of those triggered.

She also challenges the myth that Islamophobia is a collective Muslim grievance, and urges lawmakers not to place their trust in Islamists who claim to represent all Muslims and true Islam.

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20:26

Cholera Is Becoming A Serious Problem. Heres Why. GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Sanaa (CFW) Cholera is a familiar name for an ailment that is not well understood in modern western society. It was eradicated in many developed nations years ago, though cholera has recently made a comeback across the globe due to changing weather patterns, increased globalism, and other factors that are not well understood.

Cholera is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.

Cholera was last common in the U.S. in the 19th Century, before modern water and sewage treatment systems prevented its spread via contaminated water. Today, only 5-10 cases of cholera are reported annually in the U.S., and half of those are contracted abroad. Due to its waterborne nature, rare cases of cholera outbreaks can occur in the U.S. due to contaminated seafood.

In spite of its extreme rarity in the U.S. and Western Europe, cholera outbreaks are still a serious health problem in other parts of the world. The World Health Organization documents over 150,000 cases each year.

Cholera is most common in places with poor sanitation systems, overcrowding, active war zones, and famine. Cholera is still considered an epidemic in parts of Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

Tropical climates that never get cold enough to kill bacteria combine with wet soil and unsanitary groundwater to mix with most drinking water supplies, allowing a single case of cholera to spread to entire communities and preventing the bacteria from ever being truly eradicated from regions with overcrowded, rapidly developing cities.

In recent years, storms and political turmoil have interfered with local water supplies and created sanitation crises and cholera outbreaks in countries across the globe.

Global Disease Transmission

A recent cholera outbreak in Haiti claimed tens of thousands of lives, and the country has repeatedly claimed that it had the disease completely under control before visitors from foreign countries brought it back into its borders.

After deliberations dating back to 2010, it was determined that the outbreak began near a United Nations peacekeepers camp, where nearly 500 people freshly arrived from Nepal, where an ongoing cholera outbreak was occurring at the time.

The disease has killed over ten thousand people and infected hundreds of thousands more in Haiti since its reintroduction, and since its recent natural disaster woes critically damaged infrastructure, the nation is now struggling to manage cholera once again.

This story is tragically familiar across the globedeveloping nations manage to radically reduce the infection rate of cholera and other sanitation-related diseases, only to suffer a setback in the form of natural disaster or war that damages infrastructure and leads to high-risk transmission behaviors like obtaining water from unverified sources.

In a nation like Haiti, where civil pro...

20:20

Why Is Israel Afraid of Khalida Jarrar? Dissident Voice

When Israeli troops stormed the house of Palestinian parliamentarian and lawyer, Khalida Jarrar, on April 2, 2015, she was engrossed in her research. For months, Jarrar had been leading a Palestinian effort to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Her research on that very evening was directly related to the kind of behavior that allows a group of soldiers to handcuff a respected Palestinian intellectual, throwing her in jail with no trial and with no accountability for their action.

Jarrar was released after spending over one year in jail in June 2016, only to be arrested once more, on July 2, 2017. She remains in an Israeli prison.

On October 28 of this year, her administrative detention was renewed for the fourth time.

There are thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, most of them held outside the militarily Occupied Palestinian Territories, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

However, nearly 500 Palestinians fall into a different category, as they are held without trial, detained for six-month periods that are renewed, sometimes indefinitely, by Israeli military courts with no legal justification whatsoever. Jarrar is one of those detainees.

Jarrar is not beseeching her jailers for her freedom. Instead, she is keeping busy educating her fellow female prisoners on international law, offering classes and issuing statements to the outside world that reflect not only her refined intellect, but also her resolve and strength of character.

Jarrar is relentless. Despite her failing health she suffers from multiple ischemic infarctions, hypercholesterolemia and was hospitalized due to severe bleeding resulting from epistaxis her commitment to the cause of her people did not, in any way, weaken or falter.

The 55-year-old Palestinian lawyer has championed a political discourse that is largely missing amid the ongoing feud between the Palestinian Authoritys largest faction, Fatah, in the Occupied West Bank and Hamas in besieged Gaza.

As a member of the Palestine Legislative Council (PLC) and an active member within the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Jarrar has advocated the kind of politics that is not disconnected from the people and, especially, from the women who she strongly and uncompromisingly represents.

According to Jarrar, no Palestinian official should engage in any form of dialogue with Israel, because such engagement helps legitimize a state that is fo...

20:17

Tehran Slams Renewed Cruel Sanctions as US Split With EU Allies Remains Apparent GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Washington D.C. (MPN) The renewed sanctions only serve to further isolate the U.S. from the international community and bring economic hardship home in the form of higher oil prices.

n Monday, Washington re-imposed sanctions against Iran. Touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as the strongest weve ever imposed, the renewed sanctions expand the restrictions in effect prior to the 2015 nuclear deal.

As the United States launches direct attacks on Irans economy through these increased sanctions, Iran is resisting by vowing to continue selling oil on the international market regardless of the consequences.

With U.S. allies like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and South Korea doing everything in their power to continue doing business with Iranian entities, the renewed sanctions from Washington only serve to further isolate the U.S. from the international community and bring economic hardship home in the form of higher oil prices.

Donald Trump isnt bluffing; the current round of sanctions target 1,350 individuals, organizations, operators, and companies with a heavy focus on crippling Irans shipping, banking, oil, aviation, and energy sectors.

Washingtons ultimate goal is to bring Irans oil exports down to zero.


Read more about US-Iran relations:

US Outlets Peddling Russiagate Scramble to Meddle in Irans Politics

US Anti-Iran Summit Coincided with Foreign-based Terror Attack in Iran Killing 25

Cutting Off Iran Could Send Oil Soaring to over $120 A Barrel: Bank of America


Yet the Iran of today is not the Iran that existed prior to 2015. Since signing the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or nuclear deal, investment has flooded into Iran as Tehran has developed trade ties with nations including France, Germany, South Korea, among many others.

Amid mounting tensions over the weekend surrounding the renewal of the sanctions, President Trump tweeted a passive-aggressive attack on Tehran featuring an image of himself with the text sanctions are coming rendered in a style clearly referencing the HBO series Game of Thrones.

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19:56

First two Muslim women elected to US Congress Horseed Media

US voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress on Tuesday, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise, American networks reported. Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, []

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19:55

"Hawai"ianized" New Caledonia Votes Against Independence Strategic Culture Foundation

South Pacific islanders deserve to be left alone by European colonizers and white European settlers and squatters.

19:53

Eritrea hopes UN Security Council will soon lift sanctions Horseed Media

Eritrea is hoping that the UN Security Council will soon lift sanctions it imposed on the East African nation in 2009, now that its relations have thawed with Ethiopia and other neighbouring countries. The Security Council imposed an arms embargo and other tough sanctions on Eritrea for supplying weapons to al-Shabab Islamic militants opposed to []

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19:44

AU Peacekeepers Accused of Killing 4 Somali Civilians Horseed Media

Authorities in Somalia are investigating the deaths of four civilians reportedly killed by African Union troops Tuesday, after a roadside bomb targeted the peacekeepers convoy. The bombing occurred in Mogadishus northern Huriwaa district, near Ex-Control Balad Junction, and damaged a water truck. Witnesses tell VOAs Somali Service that afterward, AU troops looking for the perpetrators []

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19:29

Christine Lagarde: China should only ease policy when needed Peace and Freedom

Chinas economy faces external and internal pressures, including trade friction with the United States, but should only ease policy when needed, Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said on Tuesday.

Christine Lagarde    Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Speaking at a news conference in Beijing, Lagarde said she was reasonably upbeat about the global economy.

Reporting by Kevin Yao; Writing by Ryan Woo; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

Reuters

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What concerns me at the moment is some countries have chosen the good choice in the easy times, Lagarde says referring to removing subsidies to fossil fuels, setting a price on carbon tax. But as the price of oil rises, then the temptation to reinstate subsidies comes back.

 

19:21

#BDS Hollywood Stars Raise Record $60m for israeli (apartheid state) Army Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Hollywood Stars Raise Record $60m for Israeli Army MEMO | November 6, 2018 Hollywood celebrities raised a record breaking $60 million for the Israeli military at the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces (FIDF) annual gala last week. This years sold-out Western Region event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel welcomed more than 1,200 supporters of Israel, including []

19:04

A Short Take On The Midterm Elections Moon of Alabama

The midterm elections in the United States had mixed results. Both sides will claim victory. There was no landslide in either direction. The Republicans extended their majority in the Senate while the Democrats took the House of Representatives. My hunch,...

18:55

Boeing, FAA to Issue Safety Alerts Following Lion Air Crash Peace and Freedom

Actions expected to highlight hazards of suspect or misleading cockpit alerts

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Responding to the Lion Air jetliner crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia last week, manufacturer Boeing Co. BA 1.24% and U.S. aviation regulators intend to issue twin safety warnings about potentially suspect flight-control software that can confuse pilots and lead to a steep descent of the affected aircraft model, according to people familiar with the matter.

The moves are the first public indication that investigators suspect a possible software glitch or misinterpretation by pilotsrelated to an essential system that measures how high or low a planes nose is pointedmay have played an important part in the sequence of events that caused the Boeing 737 Max 8 to plunge into the Java Sea.

Incorrect data about the angle of the plane can lead to a cascade of cautions and warnings that can be misinterpreted by pilots when they are flying manually, even as safety systems automatically adjust flight-control surfaces to push the nose of the plane downward, these people said.

The anticipated actions by Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration are preliminary, these people said, and are expected to stop short of urging or mandating replacement or inspection of any specific onboard system. Rather, they amount to an official red flag for pilots, highlighting potential hazards stemming from the interaction of certain software with various other cockpit alerts, and reiterating the importance of following standard procedures under such circumstances.

In the wake of previous crashes in which pilot error or confusion were contributing factors, manufacturers and the FAA have issued safety warnings reiterating the limits of certain aircraft systems and the importance of pilots following recommended procedures.

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18:41

Philippines: Human Rights Lawyer Killed Peace and Freedom

A human rights lawyer in Negros Occidental was gunned down by unidentified men on Tuesday night.

The National Union of Peoples Lawyers said that Benjamin Tarug Ramos, secretary general of the groups Negros Occidental Chapter, was shot dead by men aboard a motorcycle in Kabankalan on the night of November 6.

The 56-year-old lawyer was just taking a break from working on documents for his pro bono clients when he was killed.

The NUPL noted that Ben Ramos was for the longest time the go-to pro-bono lawyer of peasants, environmentalists, activists, political prisoners and mass organizations in Negros.
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He sustained three gunshot wounds at the right back side and left upper chest of his body and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital, said the NUPL.

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Ramos is one of the founding fathers of the NUPL, a group of human rights lawyers that provides free legal assistance to the victims of human rights violations.

The NUPL noted that Ramos was for the longest time the go-to pro-bono lawyer of peasants, environmentalists, activists, political prisoners and mass organizations in Negros.

The slain lawyer recently provided free legal assistance to the family of the victims in the killing of nine sugarcane workers in Sagay, as part of the Quick Reaction Team.

He was also earlier tagged in a public poster as one of the so-called personalities of the underground armed movement, said NUPL.

These beastly attacks by treacherous cowards cannot go on. Not a few of our members have been attacked and killed before while literally practicing their profession and advocacies in the courts, in rallies, in picket lines, in urban poor communities, and in fact-finding mission, the NUPL said.

They also noted that their fellow NUPL lawyer Katherine Panguban was tagged by the police in the Sagay massacre. She is facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention complaints about her assistance to the survivor and witness in the massacre.

The NUPL slammed raps against Panguban as baseless and fabricated.

NUPL: Who will defend the defenders?

The NUPL lamented the loss of their fellow human rights defender that brought distress to them, but they vowed that they would continue their work.

But who will defend the defenders? Our clients will. The people and their various organizations will, the NUPL said.

And we, t...

18:33

Gary Cohn Sees No Instant Cure on U.S.-China Trade After Midterms Peace and Freedom

Former White House economic adviser says he doesnt see a quick resolution to U.S.-China trade tensions I think China would like to solve the trade issue.

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Gary Cohn, formerly President Donald Trumps top economic adviser, said he doesnt see a quick resolution to U.S.-China trade tensions after congressional elections.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council, during a retreat with Republican lawmakers and members of his Cabinet at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland, January 6, 2018.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council, during a retreat with Republican lawmakers and members of his Cabinet at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland, January 6, 2018. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images

I dont think theres an instant cure for the trade issue, Cohn said at Bloombergs New Economy Forum in Singapore on Wednesday after it was clear the Democrats would take control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans held onto the Senate.

I wish that I could sit here and say, after the midterm elections, the White House and the administration understand theyve gotta solve trade issues, he said. I think China would like to solve the trade issue.

Asked if he could give any insight on why Trump is focused on trade deficits, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. president responded: No. He added that Trump had found one economist on Amazon who thinks trade deficits matter, and he listens to him.

Trumps move to put tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods in a bid to rebalance global trade has led to retaliation from Beijing and exacerbated a raft of disputes, from human rights to U.S. military support for the democratically run island of Taiwan.

Dueling Issues

Topic number one for some reason is the size of the trade deficit, Cohn said. The actual trade deficit with China is about $300 billion net and the president seems to t...

18:31

Accuracy, impartiality and context lacking in BBC Two film on Gaza BBC Watch

BBC Two has recently been showing a four-part series titled Mediterranean with Simon Reeve which will be available on BBC iPlayer for the next five months.

Simon Reeve embarks on an extraordinary four-part journey around the Mediterranean, uncovering the wild extremes that lie behind the tourist veneer.

In episode two of the series (also available here) its writer and presenter visited Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel and the Gaza Strip.

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18:14

November 6, 2018: Russian Mercenaries Casualties Narrative Resurfaces In MSM Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Fronts Russian-linked private military contractors (PMCs) have suffered new casualties in Syria, Syrian pro- and Russian pro-opposition militant media outlets claim. Initial speculations on this issue appeared on November 3 and November 4 when several outlets claimed that an explosion reportedly hit barracks of the 5th Assault Corps of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) []

18:10

Anarchist Film Archive- More than 1000 FREE rare films & documentaries Enough is Enough!

Christie Books just relaunched the Anarchist Film Archive, an easy to use online streaming, and has a ton of rare and hard to find films, documentaries and historical archives from early 20th century until our days.

Originally published by Void Network.

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In their own words:

The archive is free to access and contains a growing collection of nearly 1000 difficult-to-find feature films, documentaries, interviews, talks and short videos all with anarchist or libertarian-oriented themes of education, justice, resistance and liberation. Complementing the archive is a comprehensive and regularly updated database of anarchist/libertarian films compiled and maintained by Santiago-Juan Navarro. The archive is easy to use: you can scroll through the titles, search for a particular film in the Search box or search by tag. You can also embed individual films in blogs, facebook pages etc.

Check it out now here:

https://christiebooks.co.uk/anarchist-film-archive/


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18:04

Chinas new recognition tech can ID people by how they walk Peace and Freedom

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: gait recognition software that uses peoples body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, gait recognition is part of a push across China to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go.

Huang Yongzhen, the CEO of Watrix, said that its system can identify people from up to 165 feet away, even with their back turned or face covered. This can fill a gap in facial recognition, which needs close-up, high-resolution images of a persons face to work.

You dont need peoples cooperation for us to be able to recognize their identity, Huang said in an interview in his Beijing office. Gait analysis cant be fooled by simply limping, walking with splayed feet or hunching over, because were analyzing all the features of an entire body.

Watrix announced last month that it had raised 100 million yuan ($14.5 million) to accelerate the development and sale of its gait recognition technology, according to Chinese media reports.

Chinese police are using facial recognition to identify people in crowds and nab jaywalkers and are developing an integrated national system of surveillance camera data. Not everyone is comfortable with gait recognitions use.

Security officials in Chinas far-western province of Xinjiang, a region whose Muslim population is already subject to intense surveillance and control, have expressed interest in the software.

Shi Shusi, a Chinese columnist and commentator, says its unsurprising that the technology is catching on in China faster than the rest of the world because of Beijings emphasis on social control.

Using biometric recognition to maintain social stability and manage society is an unstoppable trend, he said. Its great business.

The technology isnt new. Scientists in Japan, the United Kingdom and the US Defense Information Systems Agency have been researching gait recognition for over a decade, trying different ways to overcome skepticism that people could be recognized by the way they walk. Professors from Osaka University have worked with Japans National Police Agency to use gait recognitio...

17:55

General Dunford: US Troops Wont Deny Migrant Caravan Entry to America The Anti-Media

Migrant Caravan(ANTIWAR.COM)  Speaking at Duke University on the thousands of ground troops sent to the US border with Mexico, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford insisted that there are no plans for the troops to ever come in contact with the migrant caravan. Dunford says the troops, which could number as many as 15,000 according to []

17:54

CNNs Van Jones calls election results Heartbreaking Peace and Freedom

CNN political commentator Van Jones called the midterm election results heartbreaking on Tuesday night as Republicans won two key U.S. Senate seats.

Republican Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn is projected to win her Senate race against Democrat Phil Bredesen while Republican Mike Braun ousted Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana.

This is heartbreaking, Jones said. Its heartbreaking. The hope has been that antibodies would kick in. That this sort of infestation of hatred and division would draw a response from the American people, really in both parties, to say, no.

That does not seem to be happening tonight, Jones admitted. Its not a blue wave but its still a blue war. Weve gotta continue the fight forward.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Van Jones speaks onstage during the 4th Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL)

NEW YORK, NY OCTOBER 23: Van Jones speaks onstage during the 4th Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL)

CNN anchor Jake Tapper admitted earlier in the evening that the midterm results were not turning out to be the blue wave that Democrats were hoping for.

It is entirely possible that Democrats will regain control of the House but, I have to say, when you look at whats going on here tonight, this is not a blue wave, Tapper said.

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https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/06/cnn-van-jones-election-results-heartbreaking/

17:52

Charlotte Wilson: Democracy or Anarchy Enough is Enough!

Democracy as the rule of the majority is incompatible with anarchy. This is what the author, Charlotte Wilson, clarifies in a very clear and synthetic way.

Originally published in 1884. Online by Panarchy. Wtitten by Charlotte Wilson.

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Charlotte M. Wilson (6 May 1854, Kemerton, Worcestershire  28 April 1944, Irvington-on-Hudson, New York) was an English Fabian and anarchist who co-founded Freedom newspaper in 1886 with Peter Kropotkin, and edited, published, and largely financed it during its first decade. She remained editor of Freedom until 1895.

Democracy is the political theory that assumes that all members of a community meet as equals on equal terms, but that nevertheless the majority have an absolute right to over-rule the minority. And it is worth while to look closely into the real significance of this curious non sequitur, which starting with the formula of free association ends with the formula of authority.

Where does the majority get its absolute right from? Right is a dubious word that one gets in the way of using without explanation; but I suppose that we mean by it in a general way, a claim put forward by members of a society and allowed by the rest, either because they feel it to be just or because they are afraid or unwilling to contest it a socially recognised claim in fact. It is often said that men have no rights as against one another individually and collectively but such as they are able to maintain by superior force. And I think that though this barbarous and inhuman theory is perfectly untrue of many social rights, it is the universal explanation of the acceptance of a claim to rule. But can majority rule claim its right on these grounds?

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17:48

Pompeo delays talks with senior North Koreans Peace and Freedom

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has shelved plans to meet with senior North Korean officials, including one of leader Kim Jong Uns top aides, the State Department said Tuesday.

The talks between President Donald Trumps top diplomat and the North Korean delegation, which had been due to take place in New York on Thursday, will now take place at a later date, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit, she added in a statement.

POOL/AFP/File | The talks between US chief diplomat Mike Pompeo (l) and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol (r) had been due to take place in New York on Thursday

The announcement came only a day after officials had said Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol one of the North Korean leaders right-hand men would discuss how much progress had been achieved towards securing denuclearization since a landmark summit over the summer.

Although Trump has had warm words since he meet with Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June, his administration has nevertheless annoyed Pyongyang by maintaining a regime of sanctions.

North Koreas foreign ministry has warned that Pyongyang will seriously consider reviving its nuclear weapons program unless the sanctions are lifted.

In announcing the meeting with Kim Yong Chol, Pompeo said he expected to make some real progress including on laying the groundwork for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Kim Yong Chol is a general, a former top intelligence chief and right-hand man to the North Korean leader.

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17:39

Thousands of caravan migrants seek asylum in Mexico Peace and Freedom

Thousands of Central Americans marching towards the US border have applied for asylum in Mexico. Three caravans of people fleeing Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have spent the past few weeks trekking north.

    
Migrants rest at the Jesus Martinez stadium in Mexico City

More than 3,200 Central American migrants traveling with United States-bound caravans have filed asylum requests in Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.

Of those applicants, some 2,697 people have received temporary papers allowing them to work in the country while they wait for further assistance, according to a statement from the Mexican Secretariat of the Interior. All asylum-seekers have received food and medical attention, the statement added.

The first group of migrants set out from Honduras in mid-October, hoping to escape poverty and violence in their home country and reach the United States. The caravan grew in size as it progressed, drawing other Central Americans from Guatemala and El Salvador.

Read more: Migrant caravan could not be larger gift for Donald Trump

Three caravans heading to the US border

On Tuesday, the main caravan of up to 4,500 people rested at a sports stadium in Mexico City  still about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the US border. Hundreds of aid workers were on hand to distribute food, water and other supplies, as authorities warned the stadium was nearing its 6,000 capacity.

Meanwhile, a second caravan of 1,500 to 2,000 people reached Tapanatepec in Oaxaca State, about 750 kilometers southeast of the Mexican capital. A third group of around 2,000 Salvadorans is further south, in Huixtla.

US troops secure the border with MexicoUS troops secure the border with Mexico as thousands of Central American migrants march north

The migrants have said they are determined to...

17:36

UK Fears secret deal with Brussels as May accused of shutting out Cabinet Peace and Freedom

Theresa May was tonight accused of secretly lining up a Brexit deal behind the backs of her Cabinet after a leaked memo revealed detailed plans for selling the deal to the public.

A three-week strategy leading up to a parliamentary vote includes daily themed announcements, a major speech by the Prime Minister and a televised interview with David Dimbleby.

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The document, which was seen by the BBC and appears to have been written in the past week, proposes a vote on the deal on Nov 27, adding to suspicions from ministers that Mrs May, desperate for a deal before Christmas, was rushing into an agreement with Brussels.

It came after a Cabinet meeting at which senior ministers warned Mrs May not

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Theresa Mays secret plan to secure a Brexit deal and win the backing of parliament can be revealed today.

Senior sources say the prime minister has secured private concessions from Brussels that will allow her to keep the whole of Britain in a customs union, avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland. They expect this to placate remainer Tories and win over some Labour MPs.

And in a move that will appeal to Eurosceptics, May is also said to be on course to secure a political deal on a future economic partnership (FEP) with the European Union that will allow Britain to keep open the prospect of a free trade deal resembling that enjoyed by Canada.

The Sunday Times has been told that preparations for

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17:33

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarifs Declaration on Trump Sanctions (MUST SEE!) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 06, 2018 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lashed out at the United States for imposing illegal and draconian sanctions on Tehran, saying Washington would once again regret its unwise measures. The US administration appears to believe that imposing illegal, draconian sanctions on Iran will bring about such pain to our nation that it []

17:24

Morning Prayer for Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Resentments Destroy My Inner Peace Peace and Freedom

Resentments can ruin my life and ruin me.  Getting even with people doesnt do any good. When we try to get revenge, instead of making us feel better, it leaves us frustrated and cheated. Instead of punishing our enemies, weve only hurt our own peace of mind. It does not pay to nurse a grudge; it hurts us more than anyone else. Hate causes frustration, inner conflict, and neurosis. If we give out hate, we will become hateful. If we are resentful, we will be resented. If we do not like people, people will not like us. Revengefulness is a powerful poison in our systems. Have I lost my resentments?

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It is not so much you, as the grace of God that is in you, that helps those around you. If you would help even those you dislike, you have to see that there is nothing in you to block the way, to keep Gods grace from using you. Your own pride and selfishness are the greatest blocks. Keep those out of the way and Gods grace will flow through you into the lives of others. Then all who come in contact with you can be helped in some way. Keep the channel open, free from those things that make your life futile and ineffective.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that all who come in contact with me will feel better for it. I pray that I may be careful not to harbor those things in my heart that put people off.

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17:08

Netanyahu meeting with Putin said scrapped as tensions over Syria linger Peace and Freedom

Both Iran and Hezbollah are fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assads regime in Syria

Public broadcaster says confab planned in Paris next week was called off by Moscow; PMs office says France requested that no meetings be held on sidelines of WWI commemoration

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 9, 2018. (AFP/Sergei Ilnitsky)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 9, 2018. (AFP/Sergei Ilnitsky)

A meeting planned for next week between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been canceled by Moscow amid anger over Israels airstrikes in Syria, Israels public broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

Israel had already begun preparing for the meeting, which was to be held in Paris during events marking Armistice Day, before it was called off by Russia, according to Kan news.

The Prime Ministers Office did not deny the report, but told Kan that France requested meetings not be held on the sidelines of the World War I commemorations in Paris.

A new date for a meeting between the Israeli and Russian leaders has yet to be set, according to the report.

Netanyahu may cancel his Paris trip altogether after the Putin meeting was called off, the Ynet news website reported on Tuesday night.

The two countries have been grappling with the fallout over the downing of a Russian military plane in September by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli airstrike in Syria.

Russia blamed Israel for the downing of the plane a charge rejected by Jerusalem and sent advanced S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Syria in the wake of the incident, in which 15 Russian servicemen were killed. Israel has also rebuffed a Russian claim its jets hid behind the Russian reconnaissance aircraft.

Screen capture from video showing the delivery of Russian S-300 air defense missiles to Syria. (YouTube)

While there has been a n...

17:01

Pakistans Bureaucracy has stopped working due to fear, insecurity Calls for increase in salaries of bureaucrats Peace and Freedom

Chinese refused to give Imran Khan what he was expecting. Now where will money come from?
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This is a serious situation that has caused serious dent to service delivery, CM Murad said. DawnNewsTV/File
This is a serious situation that has caused serious dent to service delivery, CM Murad said. DawnNewsTV/File

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Tuesday that government officials on important positions had stopped working due to fear and insecurity.

In an oblique reference to the National Accountability Bureau, he said it had created a wave of fear and insecurity among the officers, many of whom now chose to remain without posting and those holding important positions preferred to not perform.

This is a serious situation that has caused serious dent to service delivery, he said while speaking at the graduation ceremony of 26th Mid-Career Management Course at the National Institute of Management (NIM) here.

Calls for increase in salaries of bureaucrats

He asked the officers to come out of the fear [of NAB] and start serving people without any stress and pressure.

He also asked the NIM to design such courses which inculcate confidence among fear-infested officers.

Pleading the case of bureaucrats for an upward review of their salaries, he said that the bureaucracy had considerably lower salary structure and perks if compared to people of the same merit in other sectors.

Bureaucracy is the backbone of this country and they have to p...

16:55

Ocasio-Cortezs Medicare for All tax scheme needs a magic wand Peace and Freedom

Maines about-to-be-ex-governor, Paul LePage, has never been a traditional politician, but he still surprised by announcing that hes moving to Florida after leaving office. Because: taxes.

I have a house in Florida. I will pay no income tax and the house in Floridas property taxes are $2,000 less than we were paying in Boothbay [Maine], LePage said. At my age, why wouldnt you conserve your resources and spend it on family [rather] than spend it on taxes?

In his two terms, LePage signed the states largest tax cut ever, but fell short of his ideal of eliminating Maines income tax.

Hes no fat cat: He was the general manager of a discount-store chain before entering politics, and his wife got a job while he was governor to help pay the bills, since Maines chief executive is the nations lowest paid.

In any case, we take his move as an unintentional reply to the latest from another untraditional pol, soon-to-be-Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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Asked how shell pay for her agenda, AOC replied: People often say, like, how are you going to pay for it? And I find the question so puzzling, because, how do you pay for something thats more affordable?

You see, she insists that Medicare for All will overall save money. No matter that its widely estimated cost to the taxpayers is more than $3 trillion a year; Uncle Sams magic wand will make the numbers work.

How do you pay for cheaper rent? she explained. You just pay for it.

And this, were told, is the future of the Democratic Party.

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16:42

Ex-US Treasury chief warns of economic iron curtain Peace and Freedom

Former US Treasury secretary Henry Paulson warned Wednesday of the risk of an economic iron curtain unless the United States and China step up efforts to ease soaring trade tensions.

Washington and Beijing have been locked for months in a stand-off over US President Donald Trumps move to end what he describes as years of unfair trade practices by China.

He has imposed new tariffs on Chinese imports, prompting Beijing to retaliate with its own levies on US products, and continued the offensive by boosting military support for rival Taiwan and denouncing Chinas human rights record.

GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File | Former US Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson shown on January 29, 2015 warned that decades of US-China economic integration appeared to be going into reverse

In a speech in Singapore as Americans voted in midterm elections set to deliver a stinging rebuke to Trump, Paulson warned that economic tensions are reaching a breaking point between Washington and Beijing.

Today this region must look warily at the prospect that what until now has been a healthy strategic competition could tip into a full-blown Cold War, said Paulson, who served under Republican president George W. Bush.

Paulson, who backed Trumps Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, warned that decades of US-China economic integration appeared to be going into reverse, which could have broad impact.

I fear that big parts of the global economy will be closed off to free flow of investment and trade, he said.

I now see the prospect of an economic iron curtain one that throws up new walls on each side and unmakes the global economy, as we have known it.

The Iron Curtain was the term used to describe the political and ideological barrier that divided western Europe from the communist Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Tensions have gone beyond trade in recent weeks as the midterms approached.

Trump has cast China as a villain set on bringing him down, and in a closely-watched speech earlier this month Vice President Mike Pence vowed to challenge the Asian giant on multiple fronts and accused Beijing of seeking to interfere in the polls.

There have been signs of ties improving in some areas, with the State Department announcing this week that top-level US-China security talks will take place in Washington Friday.

Nevertheless Paulson, speaking at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, warned: We are in for a long winter in US-China relations.

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16:19

France arrests six far-right militants who plotted to kill President Macron intelNews.org

Authorities in France have announced the arrest of six individuals who were allegedly involved in a plot to kill French President Emmanuel Macron.

16:04

America Counts on Egypt, But Is It So Stable? Clarion Project

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the opening ceremony marking and $8 billion expansion of the Suez Canal in 2015.. (Photo: David Degner/Getty Images).Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the opening ceremony marking the $8 billion expansion of the Suez Canal in 2015. (Photo: David Degner/Getty Images).

America counts on Egypt as a solid ally in the volatile Middle East. Egypt is a country, along with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, that buttresses the U.S. coalition against Iran and a stalwart in Africa.

But is the government of Egypt as stable as it seems?

If you believe the picture painted by Egypts state media, the answer is yes. State media portrays a stable Egypt, safe for tourists to flock to its many archaeological sites and beach resorts, an Egypt that is ripe for foreign investment and growth.

Indeed, on the surface, it appears that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisis government does have a firm handle on things.  They have thrown thousands of radical Muslim Brotherhood members and their sympathizers in jail.  On the economic front, the el-Sisi government has invested heavily into infrastructureincluding building entire new cities.  And, in the past several years, the country has claimed an annual economic growth rate of a Chinese-esque 5-8 percent years.

Yet, under the surface, there is potential for a large amount of trouble.  When el-Sisi first came to power, he was rather vocal in calling for a reformation in Islam.  The term he used was islah, which is somewhat stronger than our word reformation.  Islah means something more like restructuring or repair.

After the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, el-Sisi went so far as to call for the de-sanctification of the hadiths and the sunna, as well as doing away with the books on Islamic jurisprudence (all of which were written in the 9...

16:00

Trump Bullying Will Hurt Millions of Iranians Antiwar.com Original

Iranian government officials want to know how the Trump administration can get away with punishing Iran and other countries for complying with the internationally recognized nuclear deal signed in 2015. The US is, in effect, threatening states who seek to abide by Resolution 2231 with punitive measures, said President Rouhani. This constitutes a mockery of Continue reading "Trump Bullying Will Hurt Millions of Iranians"

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16:00

Why Is Israel Afraid of Khalida Jarrar? Antiwar.com Original

When Israeli troops stormed the house of Palestinian parliamentarian and lawyer, Khalida Jarrar, on April 2, 2015, she was engrossed in her research. For months, Jarrar had been leading a Palestinian effort to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Her research on that very evening was directly related to the kind of behavior Continue reading "Why Is Israel Afraid of Khalida Jarrar?"

The post Why Is Israel Afraid of Khalida Jarrar? appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

16:00

Israel and the Trillion-Dollar 2005-2018 US Intelligence Budget Antiwar.com Original

The American public and think tank analysts are not supposed to know precisely how billions in taxpayer dollars flowing into the intelligence community are spent. Even the best plead ignorance. Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy commenting on huge budget increases told the Washington Examiner, "What exactly that signifies, Continue reading "Israel and the Trillion-Dollar 2005-2018 US Intelligence Budget"

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15:15

New civil society statement with focus on environmental security released International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW)

For the last few weeks the Conflict and Environment Observatory (CEOBS) have been working with PAX to prepare a statement to mark the United Nations' International Day for preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict' on November 6th. This year it is focused on environmental security.

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Mexican Congress eyes legalizing pot Peace and Freedom

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obradors future interior minister introduced a bill Tuesday to legalize marijuana in Mexico, a country wracked by violence fueled by its powerful drug cartels.

Senator and future interior minister Olga Sanchez Cordero introduced the bill, to propose a responsible regulation model adapted to Mexicos circumstances, according to the text published on the Senates website.

Sanchez has been given carte blanche to explore ways to overhaul drug policy under Lopez Obrador, an anti-establishment leftist who takes office on December 1 after winning Mexicos July elections in a landslide.

AFP/File | A bill has been introduced into the Mexican congress to legalize marijuana after decades of prohibitionist policy

Lopez Obradors coalition holds a majority in both houses of Congress, giving the bill a good chance of passing.

That would mark a sea change after decades of prohibitionist policy in Mexico, whose shared border with the United States, proximity to leading narcotics producers such as Colombia, and domestic production of marijuana, heroin and other drugs have made it one of the top drug trafficking countries in the world.

If the bill passed, Mexico would become just the third country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis use, after Canada and Uruguay.

The bill proposes strict legal regulation that would regulate and monitor marijuana production, sales and consumption.

It would allow users to grow up to 20 plants at a time and produce 480 grams (17 ounces) of the drug per year for personal consumption.

The bill comes on the heels of a Supreme Court decision last week that created a legal gray area around marijuana.

The court ruled in favor of a private citizen who sued for the right to be able to consume marijuana recreationally. It was its fifth such decision, which under Mexican law sets a legal precedent.

However, as things now stand, each individual seeking permission to use the drug will have to file a separate court case. Authorities say they have received 615 requests so far.

Desperate to crack down on its brutally violent cartels, Mexico deployed the army to fight drug trafficking in 2006.

Since then, the violence has worsened. The country registered a record 28,711 murders last year, and the record is on track to be broken again this year.

AFP

15:09

While Chinas Xianjing Remains Stable, it is in India Where Muslims Are Being Systematically Attacked Astute News Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

From a diverse history to a sectarian crisis The modern borders of India do not precisely correspond to those of any one of the many sovereign entities that arose in south Asia over the millennia. Instead, todays India in terms of its political geography was shaped by the modern Partition of British India which began [] []

15:04

Democrats retake US House, Republicans keep Senate Peace and Freedom

Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to win control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, Fox News and NBC News projected, giving Democrats the opportunity to block Trumps agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny.

In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the US Senate, CNN, NBC and ABC News said, following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

President Donald Trumps Republicans maintained their Senate majority in crucial midterms, networks projected Tuesday. (AP)

At last count, Democrats had gained a net 14 of the 23 Republican-held seats needed to capture a majority.

With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trumps tax returns and possible conflicts of interest, and challenge his overtures to Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea.

They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.

S&P equity index futures erased most of their gains on expectations Democrats would seize the House.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Democrats in the House could be banking on launching an investigation using the results of US Special Counsel Robert Muellers already 18-month-old probe of allegations of Russian interference on Trumps behalf in the 2016 presidential election. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

Tuesdays result was a bitter outcome for Trump, a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician, after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.

Down the stretch, Trump hardened his rhetoric on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American mobs.

Democrats turned out in droves to register disapproval of his divisive rhetoric and policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats turned off by Trumps policy agenda.

The election results mean Democrats will resume House control in January for t...

15:04

Save Us From Freedom! Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Freedom once meant something significant for mankind. It meant ceasing to be suppressed and imprisoned  by forces that endeavour to control one. The word freedom conjured a sense of what it means, at least to some degree, to be master of ones destiny.  No longer, For many, the new freedom has almost exactly the opposite meaning. []

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Asian markets mostly up as traders keep tabs on US elections Peace and Freedom

Asian markets mostly rose early Wednesday as investors tracked early results from the US midterm elections with Democrats looking on course to win back control of the House, which could impact Donald Trumps legislative agenda.

Equities and the dollar were fluctuating through the morning with results in many key constituencies on a knife-edge with turnout expected to be high.

But, while the vote is the first major electoral test of the Trumps presidency, analysts pointed out that the poll is unlikely to lead to a reversal of the White Houses tax cuts and deregulation.

AFP | The US midterm are on a knife-edge with the Democrats tipped to take control of the House of Representatives

Nor will it wind in his aggressive efforts to reframe international trade, which has been a key to recent volatility in global markets.

These midterms were never really expected to be a remarkable market event if they go to plan that is but a shock on either side could spring forex markets out of this November slumber, Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA, said.

However, the vote has the added twist of a probe looking at whether Trumps campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. If the Democrats win one house of congress, it would likely lead to extensive investigation of Trumps administration, creating new roadblocks for his agenda.

Hong Kong and Shanghai edged up 0.1 percent while Tokyo was 1.2 percent higher at the break thanks to a weaker yen.

Sydney added 0.2 percent, with Singapore and Seoul each 0.6 percent up. There were also gains in Taipei and Jakarta though Wellington and Manila dipped.

Energy firms dropped with oil prices on worries about an oversupply following a forecast-beating rise in US stockpiles, while the head of the International Energy Agency called on OPEC to boost output.

The comment from director Fatih Birol comes as Venezuelas production dries up and US sanctions on Iran kick in.

However, the commodity was already depressed by news that Washington had given waivers to eight countries allowing them to continue buying crude from Tehran, tempering most of the embargos impact.

At least three of the top five consumers of Iranian crude have been granted waivers. Therefore the impact is likely to be substantially muted, Sukrit Vijayakar, founder of energy consultancy Trifecta Consultants, told AFP.

Apparently, President Trump had a more important short-term goal of bringing oil prices down so as to help the re-election of Republican congressmen.

Both main contracts are down about a fifth from their four-year highs touched at the start of last month.

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14:54

America Goes to War Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Philip Giraldi Source Some believe that the Cold War ended in 1991, when the Soviet Union fell apart. In retrospect, many observers also believe that a golden opportunity was missed to heal the wounds inflicted by over 45 years to hostility between the Washington and Moscow. Rather than encouraging development of a Russia that []

14:49

Has America Lost Its Moral Compass? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Reverend John Bryson Chane Source The alleged direct ties of Saudi Arabias Prince Mohammad Bin Salman linking him to the murder and dismemberment of United States resident and Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi has heightened the awareness of President Trumps willingness to put his self-interests and deal making first, before condemning the criminal behavior of the Saudi Government. []

14:48

Chinas Denial: Rejects allegations of Uighur mass detentions in Xinjiang Peace and Freedom

Tibetan and Uighur protesters marched through Geneva chanting Shame on China!

Western countries, including Germany, have demanded China shut down detention camps where up to a million ethnic Muslims are allegedly being held. Beijing has rejected the allegations as being politically driven.

    
Indian Muslims hold placards during a protest against the Chinese government over the detention of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang

China has dismissed criticism of the suspected mass internment of Uighur Muslims in the far western region of Xinjiang.

At a United Nations review of the countrys human rights record in Geneva on Tuesday, China said training centers to equip people with employable skills had helped quell Islamist extremism in once troubled Xinjiang.

Rights activists, however, say the centers are political indoctrination camps where ethnic Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities are taught Communist propaganda and forced to renounce their faith.

UN experts have   previously said there are credible reports that as many as 1 million ethnic Uighurs are being held in a secret network of camps.

Read moreChinas Xinjiang Muslims live in fear of disappearing into camps

Calls for immediate release of detainees

At Tuesdays UN review  a process every member state undergoes every four to five years  the United States, France, Germany and several other countries called on China to address concerns about its treatment and heavy surveillance of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

Mark Cassayre, the US charge daffaires, urged Beijing to immediately release the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of individuals arbitrarily detained in the regions camps.

Read more:...

14:39

US Midterm Elections Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Stephen Lendman Source US elections most often reflect no more than rearranging deck chairs on Americas deeply debauched ship of state conditions for ordinary people worsening over time, not improving, things heading for totalitarian rule with bipartisan support. America is governed under one-party rule by what the late Gore Vidal called the []

14:34

Undercover Documentaries on the Diabolical Israeli Lobby Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Stephen Lendman Source Israeli lobby power exerts enormous influence over nearly all members of Congress. With rare exceptions, House or Senate members dont dare confront it or criticize Israeli policies, a career ender for some who tried. Truth-tellers about Israeli state terror risk being intimidated, blackmailed, smeared, pressured, removed from positions of authority, or []

14:32

Brexit is teaching Britain its true place in the world Peace and Freedom

The UKs place in the world is hardly terrible if you like Canada

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Politicians and voters alike have nourished delusions about the nations global role

By Robert Shrimsley

In one sense, Boris Johnson is right. The Brexit process has indeed felt like a national humiliation.

How many Brits have felt our innards shrivel at key moments of the negotiations? And I am not talking about the incidents of diplomatic bumbling, of unwarranted second world war references and Dads Army condescension.

I am talking about the parts of this process that have gone as predicted. Perhaps we should step back from the bloviated rhetoric.

Humiliation is too strong; a national humbling is more accurate. The philosophy of Brexit was that, freed of EU constraints, the UK would take its rightful place in the world. This is indeed what is happening, but alas that place is not as the great power of their imagination.

The UKs place in the world is hardly terrible but, as Mr Johnson learnt during his brief but undistinguished term as foreign secretary, our emissaries no longer bestride summits like Castlereagh. For far too long British politicians, journalists and voters have enjoyed a patently distorted vision of the nation as indispensable world player. Now the nation is facing the painful truth that the UK is not as pre-eminent as it has liked to believe.

For proof, look at the negotiations over the Irish border. One need not get into the rights and wrongs to see that the UK has essentially been pushed around by Ireland, because the EU has thrown its weight behind the demands of its continuing member.

The hard fact is that the power imbalance has meant the UK is being forced to choose between the chaos of a no-deal Brexit or undermining the constitutional integrity of one of its four sovereign parts and signing up to a significant amount of rule-taking.

This is what happens when a single country that is not America or China negotiates with a global trading bloc.

From the sequencing of the negotiations to the empty scorecard of British wins, the entire process has been a lesson in power politics. Few who saw the TV programme on Americas London embassy will forget the smirks as an US official described the British Brexit delusions: They sort of see it as a negotiation between two equal parties.

One should not overstate this. Britain is not Latvia. It still carries heft. It is a top 10 global economy (fifth, sixth or ninth depending on the market and your choice of methodology).

It remains a military power, with a nuclear deterrent and a seat on the UN Security Council. It is the only European nation with access to US intelligence through the five ey...

14:26

Why Is Benjamin Netanyahu Defending Mohammed bin Salman? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Richard Silverstein Source For the past month, while governments and media outlet around the world sounded a drumbeat of shock and dismay over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, all that could be heard on the subject from Israel was the sound of crickets. Israeli columnist Ben Caspit said his countrys leadership was avoiding the subject like []

14:22

How Chinas mishandling of the US led to trade war Misjudged Trump Peace and Freedom

American academic Orville Schell says the two countries are now in a very difficult position

Beijing failed to take chances to make relations more reciprocal and balanced by engaging with reasonable and logical people, he says

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Beijing is facing strong headwinds to reverse tensions with Washington after missing extremely good opportunities to address problems in the past, according to a China scholar.

We are now in a very difficult position. I dont see either side trying to break the downward slide of bilateral relations, said Orville Schell, Arthur Ross director of the Centre on US-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York.

He said there had been no new proposals to de-escalate trade tensions and no new recognition of the severity of the situation in speeches made by President Xi Jinping and Vice-President Wang Qishan at international events this week.

Over the last 10 to 15 years, China has missed extremely good opportunities to rebalance the relations without any catastrophic effects, the American academic said on the sidelines of the Bloomberg New Econo...

14:18

Assessing Imran Khans Historic Visit to China Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Adam Garrie Source Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has just concluded his five day visit to China which saw him hold meetings with top Chinese officials including President Xi Jinping in Beijing before flying to Shanghai where Xi, Imran and other world leaders opened the first China International Import Expo (CIIE). While Imrans visit []

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Turkeys Erdogan: US sanctions on Iran wrong, will not abide by them Peace and Freedom

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit out at new sanctions on Iran imposed by the administration of President Donald Trump, saying they were aimed at upsetting the global balance and against international law.

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Washington on Monday announced the sanctions on the Islamic Republic that aim to isolate the countrys banking sector and slash its oil exports. Turkey was one of eight countries exempted from the demand to stop buying Iranian oil.

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President Hassan Rouhani with Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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We dont find the (Iran) sanctions appropriate, Erdogan was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

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Because to us, they are aimed at upsetting the global balance, he added. They are against international law and diplomacy. We dont want to live in an imperial world.

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Erdogans comments came after his Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that isolating Iran was dangerous.

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While we were asking (for) an exemption from the United States, we have also been very frank with them that cornering Iran is not wise. Isolating Iran is dangerous and punishing the Iranian people is not fair, he told a press conference during a trip to Japan.

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Turkey is against sanctions, we dont believe any results can be achieved through the sanctions, he added. I think instead of sanctions, meaningful dialogue and engagement is much more useful.

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Washington has imposed two sets of sanctions this year after pulling out of a nuclear pact agreed between world powers and Iran that President Donald Trump slammed as defective.

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The latest round went into effect on Monday.

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Washington has granted eight countries, including Turkey and Japan, waivers to allow them to continue importing Iranian oil without facing diplomatic consequences.

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Mainly Sunni Turkey has a complex relationship with Shiite Iran that has seen disputes notably on what Ankara has seen as moves for domination of Iraq by the majority Shia community.

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But the two countries are also working closely on a host of issues, notably ending the conflict in Syria even though both Ankara and Tehran are in theory on opposite sides of the civil war. Iranian oil and gas exports are also crucial for resource-poor Turkey.

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The new sanctions have sparked furious reactions from Iran, whose President Hassan Rouhani said the country would proudly bypass your illegal, unjust sanctions.

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On Monday, Washington vowed to be relentless in countering Iran, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying the US wanted Iran to make a 180-degree turn and abandon its current revolutionary course.

AFP

14:04

Invasion or brother migrants? Caravans threaten Mexico-U.S. detente Peace and Freedom

A stream of U.S.-bound Central American migrant caravans risks clouding the rapprochement between Mexicos next leader and U.S. President Donald Trump, who has railed against illegal migration to energize his electoral base.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexicos President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a combative leftist who takes office in December, has signaled he hopes to repair bilateral ties damaged by Trumps criticism of Mexico for failing to stop migration and his demands for a border wall.

From opposite sides of the political spectrum, he and Trump have so far defied fears they could clash, with both helping to find common ground for a new North American trade deal.

But a spate of Central American migrant caravans pushing into Mexico in recent weeks revived tensions in the run-up to U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday. Trump has threatened to close the U.S-Mexico border if the migrants are not stopped.

This is one of the potential flashpoints that could end the bromance between Lopez Obrador and Trump, Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to the United States, told Reuters.

Trumps 2016 election win sent relations between the two neighbors to their lowest ebb in years.

During the campaign, he repeatedly vowed to make Mexico pay for a border wall to keep out migrants, and accused the country of sending rapists and drug runners north.

Tensions over migration spilled over into economic affairs.

Trump tried to use border security to extract concessions in the revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which he threatened to scrap before the United States, Mexico and Canada agreed a new deal on Sept. 30.

Mexico sends 80 percent of its exports to the United States and the NAFTA renegotiation rattled Mexicos financial markets and disrupted investment.

Since a convoy of Hondurans left the city of San Pedro Sula on Oct. 13, several thousand Central Americans have crossed into Mexico. Trump has said he will send troops to the U.S. southern border to stop what he calls an invasion.

Lopez Obrador, by contrast, has been offering to help his brother migrants with visas and employment. He wants to persuade Trump to contribute to a plan to promote development in Central America and Mexicos poorer south.

However, Sarukhan said Trump would almost certainly continue to campaign divisively on border security and migration as the race for the 2020 U.S. presidential election heats up.

Its hard for me to see, given the current dynamics in the United States, how Lopez Obrador is going to either ensure that this doesnt become a flashpoint or convince Trump to spen...

13:53

Turkeys Erdogan Says Hell Defy U.S. Sanctions on Iran Peace and Freedom

Leader attacks imperialist move in new peril for Washington-Ankara thaw

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ISTANBULTurkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country would ignore sanctions the U.S. introduced against Iran this weeka defiant tone that could complicate Ankaras recent efforts to defuse tension with Washington.

Mr. Erdogan lashed out at the Trump administration, saying the U.S. sanctions risked disrupting the world order.

We do not want to live in an imperialist world, Mr. Erdogan told reporters after a meeting with lawmakers from his ruling Justice and Development Party. We will absolutely not abide by such sanctions.

Without vital natural-gas imports from Iran, he said, Turkey wouldnt be able to get through the winter.

Irans President Says America Will Regret Sanctions

Iran's President Says America Will 'Regret' Sanctions

As the U.S. reimposed economic sanctions on his country, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would bypass the measures and make America regret reinstating them. Photo: AP...

13:06

Mohawk Nation News 'Stop Messing With Us!' CENSORED NEWS

New! Kahentinetha, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, just released a video message to the caravan of asylum seekers. Watch: http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2018/11/06/stop-messing-with-us/ Read article at MNN http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2018/11/06/stop-messing-with-us/

13:00

Oceania is at War with Fascism OffGuardian

CJ Hopkins If youre a critic of global capitalism (sometimes referred to as globalism), Ive got some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is, youre not a peddler of Russian propaganda anymore. The bad news is, youre an anti-Semite. Youre probably also a domestic terrorist, or an emboldener of domestic terrorism, or at least some sort of terrorism-apologist. And not good old-fashioned Islamic terrorism like we used to get during the War on Terror, because that ended in the Summer of 2016, right around the time Trump won the nomination. No, the brand of terrorism you are probably emboldening by criticizing global capitalism is anti-Semitic, fascist terrorism the most terroristic form of terrorism there is! Up until recently, you might have just been going about your normal business, criticizing global capitalism, completely unaware of your anti-Semitic, white supremacist terrorist activities, but from now on there will be no denying them. Your hate thoughts are right there for everyone to read. Go back and check your Facebook posts and your

11:44

Historic first: Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib is elected to Congress Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Tlaib, an environmental advocate and former state legislator, will be one of two Muslim women to sit in Congress

11:33

US to impose additional sanctions on Russia over Skripal poisoning claim Aletho News

RT | November 6, 2018 Washington will move to impose additional sanctions against Russia, saying Moscow did not meet its demands by the deadline set by the US and accusing Moscow of a chemical attack against a former spy and his daughter in the UK. Today, the Department informed Congress we could not certify that []

10:36

Saudi Journalist Tortured to Death in Prison The Anti-Media

Saudi Journalist(MEMO)  Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser has died after being tortured while in detention, the New Khaleej reported yesterday. Reporting human rights sources, the news site said that Al-Jasser was arrested and tortured to death after Saudi authorities claimed he administered the Twitter account Kashkool, which disclosed rights violations committed by the Saudi authorities and []

09:50

A Badge of Shame: The Governments War on Americas Military Veterans Dissident Voice

For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in combat.

Bren Brown, research professor at the University of Houston, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, September 11, 2012.

Not all heroes wear the uniform of war.

In the United States, however, we take particular pride in recognizing as heroes those who have served in the military.

Yet while we honor our veterans with holidays, parades, discounts at retail stores and restaurants, and endless political rhetoric about their sacrifice and bravery, we do a pitiful job of respecting their freedoms and caring for their needs once out of uniform.

Despite the fact that the U.S. boasts more than 20 million veterans who have served in World War II through the present day, the plight of veterans today is Americas badge of shame, with large numbers of veterans impoverished, unemployed, traumatized mentally and physically, struggling with depression, suicide, and marital stress, homeless, subjected to sub-par treatment at clinics and hospitals, and left to molder while their paperwork piles up within Veterans Administration offices.

Still, the governments efforts to wage war on veterans, especially those who speak out against government wrongdoing, is downright appalling.

Consider: we raise our young people on a steady diet of militarism and war, sell them on the idea that defending freedom abroad by serving in the military is their patriotic duty, then when they return home, bruised and battle-scarred and committed to defending their freedoms at home, we often treat them like criminals merely for having served in the military.

The government even has a name for its war on Americas veterans: Operation Vigilant Eagle.

As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, this Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program tracks military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and characterizes them as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats because they may be disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.

Coupled with the DHS dual reports on Rightwing and Leftwing Extremism, which broadly define extremists as individuals, militar...

09:21

Hollywood Stars Raise Record $60m for Israeli Army Aletho News

MEMO | November 6, 2018 Hollywood celebrities raised a record breaking $60 million for the Israeli military at the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces (FIDF) annual gala last week. This years sold-out Western Region event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel welcomed more than 1,200 supporters of Israel, including prominent actors and singers like Ashton Kutcher, []

09:08

Normalizing External Narratives in Palestines Spaces for Education Aletho News

Palestinian students in a school of the UNRWA. (Photo: via Facebook) By Ramona Wadi | MEMO | November 6, 2018 In collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Education, the EU launched a competition across schools in Gaza and the occupied West Bank called Know Europe. The aim, according to EU Deputy Representative Tomas Niklasson, is []

08:33

Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi: The most important torture story never told Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The Libyan - whose false intelligence extracted under torture was used to make the case for war in Iraq - was an embarrassment to powerful people, and Gaddafi was willing to make him disappear

07:55

We Are Winning! Peace Action @ Weapons Expo 2018 World Beyond War . . .

Auckland Peace Action

From Auckland Peace Action, November 4, 2018

The 2018 Weapons Expo and the accompanying campaign to shut it down are finished for the year. It has been an awesome and successful week for the peace movement in Palmerston North, and the urge to keep struggling has only grown stronger. It is never easy to stand up to the largest and most powerful industry on the planet the weapons trade but it is clear that our work and our tactics are bearing fruit.

The diverse group of people making up Peace Action Manawat engaged in critical work across their local community. They built real support and alliances from church groups, refugee and migrant groups, artists and businesses. They were patient and persuasive, acting with honesty and integrity in bringing the issue of the Weapons Expo to the City and the Council.

They found a great deal of support within the Council. Unfortunately they also found some bastions of support for the NZ Defence Industry Association from the Mayor and his Deputy. The former had agreed to the event without any input from other Councillors, and sought to hide the extent of his communications with the event organisers by directing them to contact him only by telephone. He gave an opening welcome to the Expo, and has publicly called for the event to be held in the City again next year. His conduct is not surprising given the addictive nature of power, but disappointing for many who had called him an ally on other issues. The Event organisers also sought to impose an illegal roadblock around the venue, forcing essential community organisations to close or curtail their services during the duration of the event. A legal challenge to this mitigated the worst effects, but there is a lack of understanding of the NZ Bill of Rights by Council, particularly in terms of peoples rights to freedom of movement and protest.

The gargantuan police presen...

07:44

Israeli minister visits Oman as push to build ties to Gulf continues Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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07:11

The Oil Price as Rope in A Tug-of-War Newsbud

Remember when the oil price shot up to an unprecedented level of nearly $150 a barrel a decade ago, right in the middle of the Global Financial Crisis?  Odd timing, huh?  How, during that general fiscal fear & mayhem, this manic run-up in price of the most important industrial commodity on earth forced you to []

07:01

The Immaturity Of American Concepts The Vineyard of the Saker

by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog One imagines from outside of America at leastthat the political system there, robust one year, retro the next, is on its way

06:36

Hidde J. van Koningsveld. Zonder Dollen: Wees Gewaarschuwd! stan van houcke


Hidde J. van Koningsveld

Zonder dollen: wanneer zet @cafeweltschmerz (ooit een geweldig kanaal) aluhoedje @stanvanhoucke1 eens bij het grofvuil?
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06:19

Greek minority member murdered by Albanian Special Forces The Vineyard of the Saker

  CIA sees instability in the Balkans Greek minority member murdered by Albanian Special Forces This is how the plan for Greater Albania unfolds This analysis is made

06:12

Paris: Muslims violently assault two young Jews in a single week Jihad Watch

A young schoolgirl wearing the uniform of the Jewish school that she attends was approached by an older man who spoke to her in Arabic before punching her hard in the back. And then a separate incident the following day was reported in the 19th arrondissement in northeastern Paris. A young man wearing a yarmulke []

06:11

November 6, 2018: Russian Mercenaries Casualties Narrative Resurfaces In MSM The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-6-2018-russian-mercenaries-casualties-narrative-resurfaces-in-msm/ Russian-linked private military contractors (PMCs) have suffered new casualties in Syria, Syrian pro- and Russian pro-opposition militant media outlets claim. Initial speculations on this issue appeared on November 3

06:11

Erdogan says US sanctions on Iran are against international law Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Turkish president says US sanctions on Iran, which came into effect Monday, aim to 'upset the global balance'

06:08

Stop Shaming People Who Dont Vote The Anti-Media

Don't VoteYou arent an abhorrent citizen failing to perform your civic duty if you abstain from voting. (FEE Op-ed)  Caught between opening days for several professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, and NHL to name a few) and the year-end holiday season is the midterm election cycle. Tis the Season against Reason There are few states in the []

05:58

Lavrov Calls US Sanctions on Iran Illegitimate, Slams Pressure on SWIFT Aletho News

Sputnik 06.11.2018 Washington implemented tough unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic on Monday following President Trumps withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned Washingtons decision to slap Tehran with sanctions, calling the restrictions absolutely illegitimate and deeply disappointing, and saying that it was unacceptable to hold []

05:51

Video: The Apostate Prophet and Robert Spencer on countering the global jihad Jihad Watch

A wide-ranging and most interesting recent discussion with the Apostate Prophet.

05:43

Muslim takes photos of Oklahoma City National Memorial, says hundreds of people are going to die in Oklahoma City Jihad Watch

Nothing to be concerned about: A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer responded and performed a mental evaluation on Nayebryazdi. He was then placed in protective custody and taken to St. Anthony Hospital for a mental health evaluation. After all, what else could this possibly be but mental illness? The possibility that a Muslim might be []

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05:18

Capitalism Is Killing Patients And Their Physicians Dissident Voice

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Physician burnout, depression, and suicide increasingly invade discussions within the medical field. Depression and suicide are more common among male and female physicians, with suicide rates 1.41 and 2.27 times greater than that of the general male and female populations, respectively. Though, the insults to the mental health of physicians begins much earlier in their career.

While the numbers may vary from study to study, some 28 percent of medical residents experience a major depressive episode during their training compared to 6 to 8 percent of the general population. These numbers are important, not only because suffering physicians are suffering humans in their own right, but also because this epidemic leads to poor patient care.

As a recent study out of the Stanford School of Medicine suggests, burnout and depression in physicians can lead to medical error and death. Many have tried to explain the causes of the epidemic, referencing everything from unmanageable workloads and work inefficiency, to lack of meaning in work and lack of work-life balance. Films are now being produced to shine light on the issue. In her TED talk Why Doctors Kill Themselves, Pamela Wible points to a medical school culture of hazing and bullying that continues into residency, along with a professional culture that hinders physicians from obtaining mental health treatment.

These factors certainly contribute to the epidemic, but when discussing physician suicide, we ignore the elephant in the room: capitalism. We are unable to recognize how the exploitation and alienation of physicians is integrally connected to this dominant economic system, but nothing could be more poignant, given in the state of the world today.

Ironically, the same destructive system that is driving physicians to extremes is also the main driver of the deterioration of health of the patients and populations, requiring patients to see physicians in the first place. The sooner we realize and confront our own exploitation, the sooner we can join in the fight to address the real driver of disease that is plaguing physicians and patients.

The...

05:11

Diagnostic of the Future : Between the Crisis of Democracy and the Crisis of Capitalism: A Forecast CrimethInc.

In this in-depth analysis, Peter Gelderloos explores the technological and geopolitical changes that movements for liberation will face over the next several decades. How will those who hold power today attempt to weather the economic and political crises ahead? Will artificial intelligence and bioeconomics save capitalism? Whats more dangerousgovernments refusing to address climate change, or the technocratic solutions they will propose? Will we see the rise of fascism, or the regeneration of democracy? If we study the challenges that capitalism and the state will confront, we can prepare to make the most of them to put forward another way of life.


This article is also available as a e-book and as a print-ready zine PDF. Pick the medium that suits you best.

Diagnostic of the Future

Peter Gelderloos

It is no secret that both democracy and capitalism are in crisis. For more than half a century, state planners and their pundits only had to justify democracy as better than (state) communism. For the 1990s and most of the 00s, they didnt have to offer any justification at all. Democracy was the only possibility imaginable, the teleological destiny of all humankind.

Today, that is no longer the case. On the world stage, democratic institutions of interstate cooperation are in shambles, and the emergence of new alliances and new postures suggests that an alternative is beginning to coalesce. At the level of specific nat...

05:04

Norway Needs to Apologize, Explain Fabricated Bochkarev Arrest Russian Embassy Aletho News

Sputnik 06.11.2018 Moscow is expecting explanations and apologies from the Norwegian authorities over the arrest of Russian citizen Mikhail Bochkarev in Oslo in September on fabricated espionage charges, the Russian Embassy in Norway said Tuesday. This provocation involves people who ordered it and those who carried it out. They must be held responsible. Russia []

05:01

Yemen: Dozens of children at 'risk of death' in Hodeidah hospital Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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At least 59 children at al-Thawra hospital in the Yemeni port city at 'imminent risk of death,' the UN's child rights agency says

04:50

Radicals for a Sensible Foreign Policy The Disorder Of Things

James Gillray - Promised Horrors of the French Invasion - Burke, French Revolution, caricature, Gillray

Authoritarianism is globally resurgent. Of that there can be no doubt. The demagoguery club welcomes its latest initiate in the person of Jair Bolsonaro, who promises a cleansing never seen before in the history of Brazil against left activists and th...

04:38

De Zionistische Haat Tegen de Democratie stan van houcke

Klassiek antisemitisme
Ook de alternatieve media staan bol van klassiek antisemitisme. Zo biedt het veelbekeken Youtube kanaal Caf Weltschmerz een podium aan een bonte stoet antisemitische complotdenkers. Mensen als Arnoud van Doorn, Stan van Houcke, Cees Hamelink, George van Houts, Karel van Wolferen en Kees van der Pijl,

04:32

Rhetoric And Reality In The U.S.-China Trade War: The View From Shanghai Peace and Freedom

State-run press ran headlines bolstering Chinas commitment to reform. Internet access and virtual private networks were tightly controlled.

Many Chinese executives privately admit they would like to take more of their wealth outside China

By Michael C. Wenderoth  

Forbes

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks at the opening ceremony for the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Aly Song/Pool Photo via AP)

As the U.S. heads to the polls for midterm elections and China wraps up the second day of its highly touted China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, both countrys leaders have sought to control the narrative in the escalating trade war.

President Trump, speaking to reporters, stated that the Chinese economy went way down due to the tariffs, adding that the Chinese very much want to do a deal.

President Xi Jinping, delivering the keynote to open the import expo, projected China as a champion of reform and globalization, touted the resilience of Chinas economy, and attacked Trump in all but name.

Dont believe the hype of either leader.

Trump is pushing to get his base out to the polls. Xi wants the world to see China as the good guy, despite overseeing a massive shift toward authoritarianism and backing Chinese State-run companies.

With the rhetoric heating up, its better to look at three realities on the ground in China, and what that means when Trump and Xi meet at the G20 Summit later this month in Buenos Aires:

Reality #1: Xi has tight control in China

The week leading up to the CIIC, Shanghai was pure blue sky possibly due to luck with the weather, but more likely due to a strategic shutdown of pollution emitting factories in the r...

04:23

Pipe Bombs: Frantic Denunciations of the False Flag Concept Aletho News

By Prof. Graeme McQueen | Global Research | November 1, 2018 Onto the 24-hour reality show that is U.S. politics, 15 package bombs recently made their entrance. The devices were sent to vocal opponents of Mr. Trump, most of them prominent members of the Democratic Party.  The incident became public on October 25, less than []

04:18

Investors Should Give Thanks for CVS Deal Peace and Freedom

Acquisition of Aetna likely to close before Thanksgiving; a synergies windfall is forecast

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CVS Health shareholders are still waiting for answers to the most important question surrounding the business: How will its acquisition of a health-insurance giant turn out?

Even so, there are enough reasons for investors to be optimistic about the companys future.

CVS said Tuesday in its third-quarter earnings release that it expects its nearly $70 billion acquisition of Aetna to close before Thanksgiving.  That is good news, because investors have been supportive of the proposed deal. And Chief Executive Larry Merlo said on the conference call that CVS now expects to realize more than $750 million in deal synergies by the second year after closing, an improvement on previous guidance.

CVS Chief Executive Larry Merlo in Washington last month. He said Tuesday that the company expects to realize over $750 million in synergies by the second year after the acquisition of Aetna closes.
CVS Chief Executive Larry Merlo in Washington last...

04:16

De Terreur van de Zionistische Lobby in Nederland stan van houcke

De zionistische lobby in Nederland is weer eens gemobiliseerd in een poging kritiek op de schurkenstaat Israel monddood te maken, want de 'usual suspects' van de pro-Israel club haat de democratie, de vrije uitwisseling van gedachten. Deze extremisten, een ander woord is er niet voor dames en heren die terreur proberen goed te praten, of kritiek erop trachten te verbieden, prefereren het in Nederland te blijven, maar accepteren niet de democratische regels van de Nederlandse rechtstaat. Leest u maar:

04:05

Israeli press review: Diamonds and the death penalty Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Police apprehend alleged diamond smugglers; a newspaper defends Saudi Arabia; and Netanyahu backs death penalty bill

04:01

Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On November 6, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On November 6, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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On November 6, clashes near the port Yemeni city of al-Hudaydah continued with forces of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition were attempting to capture more areas around it in the fraework of its wider effoort to encircle the Houthi-held city.

Intense clashes took place near the Matahin square where members of Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) and their allies recaptured a number of positions from coalition forces. However, they were not able to develop gained momentum immediately and to force coalition troops to retreat from nearby positions.

At the same time, coalition forces made an attempt to capture the Saleh housing, but failed to do this.

According to reports from the ground, in the period from November 4 to November 6, warplanes of the coalition carried out up to 200 strikes on positions on Ansar Allah-led forces in the area.

Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On November 6, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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So far, this very attempt of the coalition to capture al-Hudaydah city has appeared to be more sucessful than the previous ones. The Houthis have faced a number of issues, which are mostly caused by problems with anti-armour means and measure...

03:45

Global Forecast (11-05-2018) Geopolitical Monitor

Ebola Continues to Spread in DRC

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to pick up speed.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been 298 total cases and 186 deaths as of November 3.

The aid response is being hampered by violence within the outbreak zone, particularly in and around the city of Beni, where most rebel attacks have been concentrated. Recent data from WHO showed a spike in cases in mid-October and then a lull over the second half of the month. However, the report warns that this is likely down to coverage gaps due to the inaccessibility of certain areas. In other words: the true extent of the outbreak could be far worse than is presently believed.

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03:44

Iran Sanctions: The Triumph of Short-Term Thinking Geopolitical Monitor

As President Donald Trump announced on Twitter last week: Sanctions are coming. He was referring Iranian sanctions which were reinstated on November 5, the day before 2018 midterm elections in the United States.

Game of Thrones Winter is coming references aside, the announcement has put a new freeze on US-Iran relations and that will bring lasting economic and political consequences to international society.

In 2015, Iran agreed on a long-term deal on its nuclear program with the P5+1 world powers: the United States, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was negotiated with the aim of limiting Iranian nuclear activities in return for lifting economic sanctions. Iran also agreed to allow inspectors into the country to monitor its internal nuclear activities.

The Obama administration was confident that the deal would prevent Iran from developing a secret nuclear weapons program. President Obamas approach to dealing with Iran was a pillar of his strategy to reshape the US role in the Middle East and to rehabilitate Iran as an actor on the international stage.

US foreign policy during the Obama era applied a different approach toward its conventional allies in the Middle East region for reasons related to both energy security and political stability. Following the boost in US shale gas production and the reduction of US dependency on Arab oil, Washington wanted to shift US policy focus toward other important areas such as Central Asia and China, disengaging from the conflict-torn Middle East. According to the President Obamas view, rebalancing relations with Iran would have been one way to rebalance Saudi Arabia influence in the region, reinforcing a more bipolar distribution of power while Washington would have slowly disengaged from its own security commitment in the Middle East.

Traditional allies like Israel fiercely criticized the Obama administrations foreign policy in the region, opposing to the JCPOA from the very beginning. The issue for Israel stems from the risk of Iranian hegemony in the region, and the threats that it might represent for Israeli security.

Since his electoral victory, Donald Trump has repeatedly argued against the deal; in his view, the terms are unacceptable and the agreement doesnt go far enough in preventing Iran from developing a nuclear program. The deal also does nothing to prevent Iran from imposing its influence on neighboring countries like Syria and Yemen.

Washington has now reinstated sanctions aimed at energy production the core area of the Iranian economy. Squeezing Iranian oil exports could lead to higher oil prices; this would be in the interest of domestic US oil production, which has boomed over the past few years. However, analysts are still not sure about the long-term market consequences, and oil prices have already plunged despite U.S. sanctions on Iran, showing that oil global market...

03:37

Fossil Fuels On Trial: Where The Major Climate Change Lawsuits Stand Today PopularResistance.Org

A wave of legal challenges that is washing over the oil and gas industry, demanding accountability for climate change, started as a ripple after revelations that ExxonMobil had long recognized the threat fossil fuels pose to the world. Over the past few years: Two states launched fraud investigations into Exxon over climate change, and one has followed with a lawsuit. Nine cities and counties, from New York to San Francisco, have sued major fossil fuel companies, seeking compensation for climate change damages. And determined children have filed lawsuits against the federal government and various state governments, claiming the governments have an obligation to safeguard the environment.

03:33

David Frum: Most important challenges to free societies once came from Islamists, today come from populists Jihad Watch

David Frum debated Steve Bannon the other day and lost, and so he has resorted to a strategy often employed by debate losers. He has written a windy article to re-debate the debate and turn it in his favor: The Real Lesson of My Debate With Steve Bannon, by David Frum, The Atlantic, November 4, []

03:31

Armed Militia Groups Head To The Border, Sparking Military Concerns PopularResistance.Org

Armed bands of civilian militia members are traveling to the southern U.S. border, where President Donald Trump has ordered thousands of active-duty troops to rebuff the approaching migrant caravan. About 200 unregulated armed militia members [are] currently operating along the southwest border, says a planning document for Army commanders leading the 5,200 troops Trump has deployed at the border, according to Newsweek. The groups operate under the guise of citizen patrols supporting border officials, the document says, pointing out reported incidents of unregulated militias stealing National Guard equipment during deployments.

03:22

Prince Charles opposed Iraq invasion, is sympathetic to Palestinians, says new book Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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03:21

No Nuclear Arms Race In Europe! PopularResistance.Org

US President Trump announced to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INF) with Russia. The Treaty put an end to the stationing of land-based intermediate range nuclear missiles in Europe. It is reassuring that both sides have announced that they are seeking negotiations now. The aim of these negotiations must be to uphold the general prohibition of intermediate range nuclear missiles (zero-solution) in Europe, now and in future. The INF Treaty protects Europe and especially Germany since more than 30 years from being the stage of a threatening nuclear arms race. Ronald Reagan and Michail Gorbatschownegotiated the Treaty at the end of the 1980s.

03:16

Two Pro-Kiev Fighters Injured In Clashes In Eastern Ukraine (Map Update)

Two pro-Kiev fighters were killed in clashes with forces of the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) and the Luganks Peoples Republic (LPR) in the region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine. Sources from the DRP and the LPR provided no info about casualties suffered by their forces.

According to reports from local sources , the most intense clashes took place in the villages of Krasnohorovka, Luhanskoe, Novoluhanske, Novomykhailovka and Pavlopol. However, bouth sides avoid using heavy military equipment. So, at least a part of the ceasefire regime terms has not been violated.

Two Pro-Kiev Fighters Injured In Clashes In Eastern Ukraine (Map Update)

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03:14

From Embers, Anarchist podcast from #Kingston, #Ontario: New Content in October 2018 Enough is Enough!

From Embers is a regular anarchist podcast produced in Kingston, Ontario.

Originally published by From Embers.

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

We produce a few episodes a month about actions and projects going on in so-called Canada that inspire us, or about topics that we think will be relevant to anarchists living north of the border. We are a proud member of the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network.

Our host radio station CFRC is currently in the midst of our annual funding drive. On Wednesday November 7th from 8-9pm EST, we will be doing a special live broadcast and sharing some of our favourite clips since the podcast launched this past May. Tune in to 101.9FM in the Kingston area or online at http://www.cfrc.ca and throw the station a few bucks if you got em.

Usually we produce three original episodes each month. We had an interview fall through so only put out two this month. They are:

October 3rd: Contesting Canadas Game
A conversation with podcaster and anarchist organizer 
Aaron Lakoff about his new podcast Changing On The Fly. We talk about sports and anarchy, the intersections between hockey and radical politics, and what to do about Canadian nationalism.

October 19th: Schoolhouse Squat and DisconTent City
Organizers with...

03:12

Chicanos Welcome Central American Caravan PopularResistance.Org

Los Angeles, CA On October 26, as the caravan of refugees from Central America traveled through Mexico, they were welcomed with food, festivity, aid, and clothing. As Chicanos, we must do the same when the caravan arrives at U.S. border. Attacking Mexicans, and by extension Chicanos, Trump has dispatched the U.S. military to the U.S.-Mexico border to block the caravan. We say down with Trump, down with him hiding like a coward behind the U.S. military, down with the continued militarization, killings and abuses at the border, down with the injustices to the undocumented in the U.S., and down with the U.S. destabilization of Central America. We must demand legalization for all current 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., and asylum now for the caravan refugees when they arrive at the border.

03:11

Open Source Monitoring of NATO Trident Juncture Exercises bellingcat

Russias massive annual military exercises, which are named after cardinal directions (e.g. Vostok for east, Zapad for west), garner a tremendous amount of international attention and intense scrutiny. While in some rare circumstances Russian military exercises parlayed into larger international conflicts, such as the July 2008 Kavkaz military exercises that were followed the following month by the Russo-Georgian War, they are usually just opportunities for Russia to showcase its military hardware, ensure its combat readiness, and practice various scenarios the same as most other states and alliances military exercises. Meanwhile, from October 25 to November 23 of this year, NATO is carrying out its own military exercises, dubbed the Trident Juncture Exercises, in Norway and the North and Baltic Seas.

About 50,000 participants are involved, from all NATO members along with Norways neighbors of Finland and Sweden. With such a range of participants, there is an abundance of potential open source material to gather and analyze as related to these exercises. This article will provide some methodology to anyone interested in monitoring and analyzing the exercises, along with some basic findings on the exercises thus far.

Satellite Monitoring of Exercises

Much like the Russian Zapad exercises in Belarus in Russia, the NATO Trident Juncture Exercises are quite spread out, but with a few locations that have an especially high density of activity. A map provided by the Norwegian Armed Forces shows a rough estimate of the largest locations used to host the exercises throughout Norway:

The largest location detailed by this map is the Rena Camp in Hedmark County, followed by the Haltdalen-Rros-Brekken location in Trndelag County these two spots make a good starting location to begin monitoring the exercises. The Haltdalen-Rros-Brekke location is relatively spread out, as it is a...

03:09

Islamic apologist Robert Azzi: Nowhere in the Quran is there legitimacy for killing, period Jihad Watch

Jihad Watch writer Hugh Fitzgerald has gotten under Robert Azzis skin. Hugh Fitzgerald, a writer for the online magazine Jihad Watch, has hounded Azzi in print, wondering in one piece why Azzi would equate Islamic fundamentalism with Christian fundamentalism. Hounded, i.e., pointed out Azzis inconsistencies and dishonesty. Where are the tens of thousands of victims []

03:05

Of the Triggered, by the Triggered, and for the Triggered Aletho News

The Trump Resistance By Michael K. Smith | Legalienate | November 5, 2018 With election day looming (November 6) Trump resistance hysteria is at its shrieking worst. Yet again we face the most important election of our lifetimes, or as some prefer to put it, the second most important, the first being the election of []

03:02

Democracy, Class And The Fight Against Recolonization PopularResistance.Org

Having lost Eurasia, the US elites and their allies have focused much more attention on Latin America and the Caribbean in order to re-consolidate their absolute control of the region's resources. They work to destroy the movements and political leaders who defend impoverished majorities against the neocolonial agenda of the West. Western elites devote special attention, along with their local allies, to the elimination of all expression of international sovereignty. From within countries, they undermine and co-opt governments and institutions. From the outside, they deploy all kinds of financial, commercial, diplomatic and media aggression, in addition to the blatant military harassment.

02:52

Nicaragua Is A Victim Of Double Political Standards PopularResistance.Org

Julie Lamin is a committed secondary school teacher in the UK and an author. During the summer holidays of 2017, as part of a teacher delegation organised by her trade union NEU (NUT Section), she travelled to Nicaragua at the invitation of the Nicaraguan teachers union, ANDEN and the Ministry of Education. Their purpose was to support Nicaraguan teachers in developing the curriculum of English as a second language. Experiencing first-hand the huge progress Nicaragua was making in the lives of young people and their families in terms of education, health and well-being in one of the safest countries in Latin America, Julie was shocked and hurt to hear of the violence that began to disrupt the country only nine months later.

02:51

Foxconn may import workers for US plant: not enough skilled workers in Wisconsin Peace and Freedom

Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn is struggling to find enough skilled workers for its planned facility in Wisconsin and may bring in personnel from China, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The report said Foxconn, which makes devices and components for Apple and other tech firms, is facing a tight labor market for the manufacturing plant, which is getting some $3 billion in incentives from the midwestern state.

The company has pledged to hire 13,000 workers at the southern Wisconsin site, but some reports say the total may be lower as Foxconn scales back its initial plans.

GETTY/AFP/File | Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony in June for a new Foxconn factory complex in Wisconsin

The groundbreaking for the plant was attended in June by US President Donald Trump, who claimed credit for the decision by the company to locate the plant in the United States.

Republican Governor Scott Walker, seeking re-election in Wisconsin, is touting the Foxconn deal as an achievement but his critics claim the state will end up losing as a result of the large subsidies.

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02:49

Narrative Divergence and Degrees of Blessed Freedom Aletho News

By Norman Ball | Full Spectrum Domino | November 1, 2018 Today in America, a tug of war rages between two competing visions of the public interest. One vision is indicative of direct democracy as evidenced by the mammoth and spontaneous Trump rallies. The other is the same ole top-down imposition orchestrated by managed democracys invisible rulers. Look at the []

02:45

The US Midterms discussion thread OffGuardian

The United States of America is going to the polls. Will it be a fair election, or will it be rigged? Who will win? Does it matter? Is Putin controlling the whole thing from his iPhone? This and more feel free to discuss

02:42

How Yemeni Immigrant Activists In NYC Are Changing A Whole Communitys Mindset PopularResistance.Org

Riyadh Alhirdi is trying not to cry. Hes sitting in the Yemeni American Merchants Associations (YAMA) new offices in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, explaining the convoluted process of procuring asylum for his wife and five children. Alhirdi, who is 43-year-old and was born in Yemen, has been dealing with opaque immigration procedures regarding his family for over four years. They have been stuck in Egypt since 2015 because the American Consulate in war-torn Yemen is closed. Although he talks on video chats with them daily, over the past eight years, he has been with his family only once.

02:33

Plain People By Richard Sale - republished at RS' request Sic Semper Tyrannis

To no one: I will tell you why I single out Trumps transgressions as you put it. Why his attitude gets under my skin. The character of Donald Trump can only be seen clearly by means of an historical lens,...

02:29

Talk Nation Radio: Greta Zarro on Organizing a World BEYOND War World Beyond War . . .

Greta Zarro is Organizing Director at World BEYOND War. She has a background in issue-based community organizing. Her experience includes volunteer recruitment and engagement, event organizing, coalition building, legislative and media outreach, and public speaking. Greta graduated as valedictorian from St. Michaels College with a bachelors degree in Sociology/Anthropology. She then pursued a masters in Food Studies at New York University before accepting a full-time community organizing job with leading non-profit Food & Water Watch. There, she worked on issues related to fracking, genetically engineered foods, climate change, and the corporate control of our common resources. Greta describes herself as a vegetarian sociologist-environmentalist. She is interested in the interconnections of social-ecological systems and sees the profligacy of the military-industrial complex, as part of the larger corporatocracy, as the root of many cultural and environmental ills. She and her partner currently live in an off-grid tiny home on their organic fruit and vegetable farm in Upstate New York. Greta can be reached at greta@worldbeyondwar.org.

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02:20

Increased Restrictions On Protest Wont Keep Communities Safer PopularResistance.Org

On Oct. 15, the Portland Police Bureau held a press conference to announce a new ordinance that would expand police power to limit protest activity. The proposal comes after two years of catastrophic attacks poised as political theater, including mass melees downtown that left people in the hospital, white nationalist contingents taking the streets and an acolyte murdering two people on public transportation when interrupted in the middle of an Islamophobic attack. Every time Patriot Prayer, the Trumpian far-right group who allies with white nationalists, takes to the streets, the entire city revolts. On Aug. 30, Patriot Prayer returned to Portland after a rally a month earlier where attendees brutally assaulted counter-protesters.

02:19

Xinjiang: Chinas Muslim camp spending revealed Peace and Freedom

 

This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows a Uighur man praying in a mosque in Hotan, in China"s western Xinjiang region.China is accused of detaining huge numbers of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang. AFP photo

China massively increased security spending in 2017 in the far-western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims are alleged to have been detained, a new report says.

Spending in areas that explain nearly all security-related facility construction rose by 213% between 2016 and 2017, said the US-based Jamestown Foundation.

Satellite data shows a spike in new security facilities in 2017.

China says they are training centres.

But according to budget data reviewed by German academic Adrian Zenz for the report, spending on vocational training in Xinjiang actually decreased by 7% in 2017.

Spending on security-related construction, meanwhile, increased by nearly 20bn yuan ($2.9bn).

Xinjiangs budget figures reflect patterns of spending consistent with the construction and operation of highly secure political re-education camps designed to imprison hundreds of thousands of [Uighurs] with minimal due process, Mr Zenz said.

Mr Zenz has previously suggested, based on local government tendering documents, that at least several hundred thousand and perhaps over a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities could have been detained in Xinjiang.

Such estimates were also quoted at a UN human rights panel earlier this year. China denies the facilities are internment camps.

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02:13

Were heading for no deal Brexit, Northern Ireland DUP lawmaker says Peace and Freedom

The United Kingdom is heading toward leaving the European Union without a divorce deal, a senior member of the Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa Mays government said on Tuesday.

With less than five months until Britain is due to exit the EU, May has yet to clinch a divorce deal, with negotiators stuck on the so-called backstop arrangement that would keep open the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland regardless of what course Britain takes after Brexit.

Looks like were heading for no deal, Jeffrey Donaldson, one of 10 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) lawmakers whose support May currently needs to get any deal passed in the British parliament, said on Twitter.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Jeffrey Donaldson

Sterling fell on the DUP remark. But it later recouped losses when Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said Thumbs up when asked by a BBC reporter to describe a cabinet meeting he had just attended in London on Brexit negotiations.

The euro briefly fell to a five-month low against the British pound at 87.19 pence on Raabs comment. Against the dollar, the British currency rallied to $1.3073.

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UK Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier.

Many business chiefs and investors fear politics could scupper a deal, thrusting both the EU and the United Kingdom into a no-deal Brexit that they say would weaken the West, panic financial markets and block the arteries of trade.

British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday it was impossible to say whether a Brexit deal could be reached with the EU this month or next, but that Britain wanted an agreement, and a deal is better than no deal.

German automotive supplier Schaeffler (SHA_p.DE) said it will shut two factories in Britain as part of changes prompted partly by Brexit.

Negotiators are trying to find an emergency Irish border fix that would satisfy Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party and Mays divided Conservative Party.

Ireland insists that there must be no border infrastructure, the DUP insists Northern Ireland must not be treated differently from mainland Britain, and Brexiteers say Britain must have the right to do its own trade deals after Brexit.

The DUP position has caused friction before: nearly a year ago, a refusal by the DUP to sign off on a deal on the border caused the temporary collapse of talks at a crucial stage, before negotiators found a way to keep all sides on board.

An open frontier is seen as crucial to the...

02:12

Europe And The US Clash Over Washingtons Economic War On Iran PopularResistance.Org

Washingtons imposition of sweeping new sanctions on Iranaimed at strangling its economy and precipitating regime change in Tehranis roiling world geopolitics. As of today, the US is embargoing all Iranian energy exports and freezing Iran out of the US-dominated world financial system, so as to cripple the remainder of its trade and deny it access to machinery, spare parts and even basic foodstuffs and medicine. In doing so, American imperialism is once again acting as a law unto itself. The sanctions are patently illegal and under international law tantamount to a declaration of war. They violate the UN Security Council-backed 2015 Iran nuclear accord...

02:08

With Brazils Bolsonaro, Israel finds another natural partner on the far-right Mondoweiss

The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazils presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The worlds fifth-most populous nation will now be coloured in blue and white, an Israeli official said, referring to the colours of Israels flag.

The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately called to congratulate Bolsonaro, a former army officer with a pronounced nostalgia for his countrys 20-year military dictatorship. Critics describe him as a neo-fascist.

According to Israeli media reports, it is highly probable that Netanyahu will attend Bolsonaros inauguration on January 1.

The Brazilian president-elect has already promised that his country will be the third to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, after the United States and Guatemala. That will further undermine Palestinian hopes for an eventual state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Bolsonaro has told Israel that it can count on Brazils vote at the United Nations, and has threatened to close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia.

One might imagine that Netanyahu is simply being pragmatic in cosying up to Bolsonaro, given Brazils importance. But that would be to ignore an unmistakable trend: Israel has relished the recent emergence of far-right leaders across the Americas and Europe, often to the horror of local Jewish communities.

Bolsonaro has divided Brazils 100,000 Jews. Some have been impressed by the frequent appearance of Israeli flags at his rallies and his anti-Palestinian stance. But others point out that he regularly expresses hostility to minorities.

They suspect that Bolsonaro covets Israels military expertise and the votes of tens of millions of fundamentalist Christians in Brazil, who see Israel as central to their apocalyptic, and in many cases antisemitic, beliefs. Not that this worries Netanyahu.

He has been engaged in a similar bromance with Viktor Orban, the ultra-nationalist prime minister of Hungary, who barely veils his Jew-baiting and has eulogised Miklos Horthy, a Hungarian leader who collaborated with the Nazis.

Netanyahu has also courted Polands far-right prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, even as the latter has fuelled Holocaust revisionism with legislation to outlaw criticism of Poland for its involvement in the Nazi death camps. Millions of Jews were exterminated in such camps.

Israel is cultivating alliances with other ultra-nationalists in and out of power in the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

The conclusion drawn by Jewish communities abroad is that their wellbeing even their safety is now a much lower priority than bolstering Israels diplomatic influence.

That was illustrated starkly last week in the immediate aftermath of a massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue on October 27. Robert Bowers gunned do...

02:07

India has historic role in Moscow format on Afghanistan Aletho News

By M. K. BHADRAKUMAR | Indian Punchline | November 6, 2018 Many a slip between the cup and the lip may be possible when it comes to the Afghan peacemaking, but with the caveat added, prospects for the second Moscow conference on Afghanistan slated for coming Friday have significantly improved with the expected participation by []

02:05

Washingtons I-1631: A Chance To Choose Hope, Not Fear PopularResistance.Org

It has been a tense and tragic time in the runup to the midterm election next week, and voters nationwide have reasons to feel fear about what may happen next, but we need to remember that there are also opportunities for great hope in the election next Tuesday. For example, few issues have generated as much excitement for climate action as the Washington State carbon pricing initiative, I-1631.   This initiative, developed after a painstaking and highly inclusive planning process that has  garnered enthusiastic support from a large, diverse coalition of constituencies, would create a groundbreaking carbon fee on polluters that would be reinvested in Washingtons communities, businesses, and clean energy industries.

02:05

Facebook must act to stop spreading hate ahead of 2020 Mynamar poll: report Peace and Freedom

Myanmars 2020 elections may be fertile ground for incitement to violence and Facebook should prepare now, an assessment of the tech giants presence in the country warned Tuesday, as it detailed how the platform had been used to spread hate.

Facebook has for years come under fire from rights groups for its slow response to abusive posts, with the countrys Rohingya Muslims bearing the brunt of the invective.

Language portraying the Rohingya in sub-human terms or as terrorists on the network helped drum up support for a military crackdown that forced more than 720,000 of the stateless minority to flee the country last year.

AFP | Facebook has for years come under fire from rights groups for its slow response to abusive posts, with the countrys Rohingya Muslims bearing the brunt of the invective

Facebook has blacklisted several hardline Buddhist monks, and after a UN probe called for the army chief and other top military brass to be prosecuted for genocide, the platform blocked them too.

It also commissioned an assessment on its performance by California-based consultants Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), which carried out interviews between May and September 2018.

While BSR agreed that the platform had been used by those seeking to incite violence and cause offline harm, it also said Facebooks link to rights violations should not be overestimated and that the state bore ultimate responsibility.

But it also warned that Facebooks problems in Myanmar are far from over.

The upcoming election in 2020 is likely to be a flashpoint for hate speech, harassment, misinformation, incitement to violence, and other actions designed to undermine the political process, it said.

Facebook should be prepared for multiple eventualities now, it said, without going into detail.

Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi won the 2015 vote, ending decades of military rule. But her administration which is in an uneasy power-sharing agreement with the military has floundered in handling the Rohingya crisis.

The assessment additionally warned that authorities and nationalists in the country have become more sophisticated in targeting civil society groups and activists on the platform.

It said Myanmar risks turning back into a surveillance state with a large number of insecure accounts due to the use of out-of-date Facebook apps.

Facebook said it is working on rooting out abuse ahead of the elections but admitted it had failed to do enough to prevent the incitement of violence.

The report concludes that, prior to this year, we werent doing enough to help prevent our p...

02:02

Is Pakistans PM Imran Riding the Tiger? Geopolitical Monitor

For three days there was a societal shut-down, disruption of law and order, an unleashing of violence and anger throughout Pakistan following the radio broadcast of PM Imran Khan. He had tried to give his agitated compatriots sane and sensible advice on the Supreme Courts verdict on the Asia Bibi case of blasphemy. The Supreme Court said that there was no irrefutable evidence to prove blasphemy against Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children. The case has been hung for nine years by now. The court has set her free.

The fanatical religious extremists in Pakistan felt deeply humiliated by this pronouncement of the court and threatened to launch a countrywide protest against the verdict. They threatened to disrupt law and order and paralyze the government, charging that Islam was being undermined in Pakistan. At the front of these protests was Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, the offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba an extremist Sunni Hanafi organization that has taken upon itself the genocidal mission of decimating the Shia community of Pakistan.

Upon realizing the gravity of the situation, Prime Minister Imran Khan felt the compulsion of addressing the nation through a hurried broadcast.  He spoke what any rationalist and sensible politician and leader would speak. He was polite and persuasive, appealing for respect for the judiciary and the need to maintain peace. He even said that the country was passing through severe financial crisis and is not capable of bearing further strain on its economy. He asked how Pakistan could be run when there are calls for the army to revolt; when there is demand to kill the concerned judges of the Supreme Court; and when there is the cry that the Army Chief is not a Muslim. However, the sting was in the tail: he said it was the duty of the state to protect the life and property of citizens.

Apart from the threats and intimidation flowing rapidly from the extremist groups, there was urgency for Imran Khan to make his hurried broadcast. He was scheduled to leave for Beijing the same night and he did not like that his maiden official visit to China should get spoiled. Nevertheless, his apprehensions did not fail him.

The mayhem let loose by the fundamentalists has forced the government to deploy high-level security at the Pakistan Supreme Court and for its judges. The lawyer who was pleading the case of the defendant has left Pakistan owing to threats to his life. Important government installations have been brought under a security umbrella. And the government has surrendered to fundamentalist pressure and agreed to revisit the matter.

Pakistans malaise is rooted in history. The country was created on the assumption that the Muslim community in India was entirely a separate and a superior entity having nothing in common with the indigenous communities of India. Actually, this type of thinking goes into the history of Islam and the Pakistan movement leadership was unable to...

02:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: Why Did Netanyahu Go to Oman? (Part Two) Jihad Watch

Perhaps the visit had a new purpose: for Netanyahu to fully apprise Sultan Qaboos of the continuing Iranian threat, and its possible consequences for Oman itself. Having been unable to persuade Sultan Qaboos to cut ties with either Iran or Qatar, the Crown Prince might have decided that the Israeli prime minister could help persuade []

01:58

Saudi Arabia to pay compensation to Khashoggi family, fiancee: Turkish official Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:54

America Goes to War Aletho News

Fighting Russia, China and al-Qaeda simultaneously requires more money By Philip Giraldi Unz Review November 6, 2018 Some believe that the Cold War ended in 1991, when the Soviet Union fell apart. In retrospect, many observers also believe that a golden opportunity was missed to heal the wounds inflicted by over 45 years []

01:50

Muslim convert Sinead OConnor is no longer white Jihad Watch

I'm terribly sorry. What I'm about to say is something so racist I never thought my soul could ever feel it. But truly I never wanna spend time with white people again (if that's what non-muslims are called). Not for one moment, for any reason. They are disgusting. Shuhada Davitt (@MagdaDavitt77) November 6, 2018 []

01:48

Netanyahu advances bill seeking death penalty for Palestinians accused of terrorism Mondoweiss

Israels parliament, the Knesset, will renew its debate next week over a bill that would seek the death penalty for Palestinians accused of terrorism, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced their support to advance the bill earlier this week.

The bill was introduced in 2017 by Liebermans right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party, and passed its first reading in the Knesset by a vote of 52 to 49 in January 2018.

Despite being stalled since January due to opposition from Israels internal intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, and the Israeli military, Netanyahu told Israeli army radio on Monday that the opposition of the countrys security establishment should not stop the bill from being pushed through.

Lieberman vowed on Tuesday that the bill would be passed into law, posting on Twitter After over three years of a stubborn struggle, the death penalty for terrorists law will finally be brought to the law committee next Wednesday (November 14), and then for its first reading in the Knesset plenum.

We wont relent or stop until completing the mission, he continued.

Lieberman and other right-wing politicians have previously argued that the bill would act as  a deterrent to Palestinians who commit attacks against Israelis, and in 2017 called for the death penalty to be used against a 19-year-old Palestinian who stabbed and killed three Israeli settlers.

Though Israel abolished the use of capital punishment for murder in civil courts in 1954, it can still be applied in theory to cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, treason and crimes against the Jewish people.

The last execution carried out by Israel took place in 1962, when Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was hanged.

However, under Israeli military law the system which Palestinians are charged and tried under capital punishment can be applied to an individual who is convicted of killing an Israeli, though it requires a unanimous ruling from a court with three judges, according to Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer.

Additionally, the current law as it stands requires that the military prosecutor request the death penalty, which has not been recorded as happening before.

The current bill being proposed would lower the threshold of the current law and require a simple majority amongst three judges. It would also prohibit the commutation of a death sentence, and would not require that the military prosecutor request the death penalty.

According to  Addameer, the bill will include an amendment that would also allow Israeli criminal courts to hand down death sentences.

In a...

01:36

France: Six arrested over ill-defined plan to attack Macron Peace and Freedom

French authorities arrested six people Tuesday as part of a preliminary investigation into a suspected plan to attack President Emmanuel Macron, according to an official familiar with the probe.

The arrests were carried out in three separate areas of France: Isere, southeast of Lyon; Moselle, on the border with Germany and Luxembourg; and in Ille-et-Vilaine, in the northwest near the city of Rennes.

The planned attack was not at a very well defined stage, according to a source close to the investigation, and it was not immediately clear what the connection between those arrested was or how they were in touch with one another.

The six people were arrested on suspicion of undertaking an imprecise and loosely-formed plan for violent action against the president.

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French TV channel BFM TV reported that the six were members of the far-right, but that could not be independently confirmed.

In an interview published on Sunday, Macron warned of the threat from far-right movements across Europe, saying complacency during the 1930s was what had opened the way for the rise of Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy.

The arrests came as Macron kicked off a seven-day tour of northeastern France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

01:36

Egypt's Youth Forum ridiculed as nation mourns attack victims Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:31

Is This Good-Bye? Petrobras CEO Ends Presser on Sentimental Note Peace and Freedom

  • Ivan Monteiro hasnt received an invitation to remain as CEO
  • Bolsonaro has freedom to change Petrobras management in 2019
Ivan Monteiro Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

Ivan Monteiro concluded the presentation of Petrobras quarterly financial results, perhaps his last as chief executive of the state-controlled oil producer, by praising the companys progress in the past four years and offering an unusual thank you to the media.

Monteiro was chief financial officer of Petroleo Brasileiro SA in 2015, when the company struggled to publish its financial reports amid billions of dollars in writedowns related to a corruption scandal uncovered by the Carwash investigation. He became CEO when Pedro Parente resigned after a nationwide trucker strike this year. Its not clear whether Monteiro will remain in the job under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro in 2019.

The next government will have all the freedom to make any changes it deems necessary, he told reporters when asked about possible shifts in Petrobras management.

Monteiro declined to say whether he would like to keep the job. So far he hasnt received an invitation to stay, he said, before ending the meeting by offering a special hug to journalists who covered Petrobras all these years.

Asked whether that was a farewell, he only smiled.

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01:26

Petrobras Results Jump on Rising Oil Prices Peace and Freedom

With uncertainty from corruption probes mostly over, Brazilian oil major plans to boost production in its offshore fields

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SO PAULOBrazilian oil major Petrleo Brasileiro SAs PBR 1.80% profit jumped in the third quarter from a year earlier, boosted by a rise in the price of oil.

Net income attributable to Petrobras shareholders reached 6.6 billion reais ($1.8 billion), soaring from 266 million reais in the third quarter of 2017, while sales revenue rose to 98.3 billion reais from 71.8 billion reais, the company said.

Petrobras agreed at the end of September to pay $853.2 million to Brazilian and U.S. authorities to end yearslong investigations into company corruption. Excluding those settlement costs, Petrobras would have had a net income attributable to shareholders of 10.3 billion reais, the company said.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization came to 29.9 billion reais compared with 19.2 billion reais a year earlier.

The net income and adjusted Ebitda figures came in lower than expected, according to Gabriel Francisco, an analyst at XP Investimentos in So Paulo. He nevertheless still rates the companys shares as a buy because of its plans to boost production from its pre-salt fields, among other things.

Petrobrass preferred shares fell more than 3% shortly after the open.

 

With uncertainty about the corruption probes mostly over, the company plans to ramp up output from its offshore fields in the pre-salt area, so called because the oil deposits are located in deep water off the coast of So Paulo and Rio de Janeir...

01:22

UK high school tells furious parents that 30-year-old Muslim migrant posing as 15 may return to the school Jihad Watch

The letter sent by email confirmed that the Home Office was investigating the status of the pupil, but did not rule out that he might return in the future and simply said that he was not at the school at this time. He might return. Of course he will return. Because to bar him would []

01:18

UK must tighten regulation of Facebook, says data watchdog Peace and Freedom

Facebook needs to change, significantly change, their business model and their practices to maintain trust.

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Information commissioner tells MPs that company needs to significantly change

By Aliya Ram

The UK must tighten its regulation of Facebook, the head of the countrys data watchdog said on Tuesday, after an investigation into how the company leaked personal data to the consultancy Cambridge Analytica. .

Facebook needs to change, significantly change, their business model and their practices to maintain trust, said Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, to MPs at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday. .

We have seen some evidence on the voluntary side of Facebook being more transparent, things like the provenance of political ads, but I think they need to do more and I think they should be subject to stricter regulation and oversight, she added.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) last month confirmed a 500,000 fine for Facebook, the maximum possible amount under the previous regulations, for serious breaches of data protection law. It added on Tuesday that it would refer outstanding issues about the tools that Facebook uses to monitor browsing and the way it targets users to the Irish data protection authority. Facebook had previously used Dublin as its global tax and revenue base.

Ms Denham also said Facebook had not followed its own rules in obtaining signed confirmation from the heads of organisations using Facebook user data that the information was subsequently deleted.

Weve found some problems with the signing of those authorisations some of them werent signed at all, she said.

The ICO found that Cambridge Analytica still held some of the data as recently as spring 2018 despite claiming it had previously been deleted.

The follow-up was less than robust and thats one of the reasons we fined Facebook 500,000, she said.

Ms Denham told the parliamentary inquiry into disinformation and fake news: The major concern that I have in this investigation is the very disturbing disregard that many of these organisations across the entire ecosystem have for the personal privacy of UK citizens and voters.

The leak of data from 87m Facebook users to Cambridge Analytica caused significant concern about election integrity around the world, because the company worked for political campaigns including that of US president Donald Trump. In the UK a linked company, AggregateIQ, worked for the pro-Brexit Vote Leave campaign group.

The ICO investigation, which analysed 700 terabytes of data, the equivalent of 52.2bn pages, said on Tuesday that the relationship between Canada-based AggregateIQ and Cambridge Analytica was permeable above and be...

01:15

Gazas iconic liberty protester shot in the leg by Israeli forces Mondoweiss

Aed Abu Amro, 20, is the owner of a small kiosk that sells cigarettes in the al-Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza Citys south side. On October 22 he reached internet infamy after photographer for Anadolu Agency Mustafa Hassouna captured a shirtless Abu Amro gripping a Palestinian flag firmly in one hand and a slingshot in the other during a protest at the fence that divides the Gaza Strip and Israel. The picture has been shared more than 50,000 times.

When the image went viral it was compared to Eugne Delacroixs famed painting Liberty Leading the People where lady liberty incarnate leads an armed crowd to oust King Charles X during the Second French Revolution while clutching what later became the flag of France.

Yesterday Abu Amro was shot in his leg with a rubber bullet while the Israeli navy was cracking down on the marine protests in the northern city of Beit Lahia that borders Zikim beach in Israel south of Ashkelon. I saw paramedics carry him off of the sandy shoreline. Abu Amro was struck when Israeli forces opened fire on a rally of 15 Palestinian boats unmoored from Gaza Citys port and headed towards Israeli waters. The scene was frantic as the fire came amid a barrage of tear gas also fired on the flotilla.

The flotilla protests have coincided with the Great March of Return demonstrations, meaning weekly Palestinians are facing off with Israeli forces at both the land barrier and on the seafront.

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01:10

Codename Cuckoo: Who was Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:00

Day of judgement? Saudi Arabia rides out criticism at UN Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The kingdom's generous UN donations and regional political clout are preventing many countries from criticising its poor human rights record

00:54

Sky News Arabia report on Druze elections in Golan is riddled with distortions and falsehoods BBC Watch

This is a cross-post from UK Media Watch

Bukata, Golan Heights

On November 1st Sky News Arabia  a joint venture between the UK-based Sky News and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation published a report about local elections in the Golan Heights that is riddled with errors and distortions.

The article focuses on Israeli municipal elections held on October 30th in the four Druze towns in the Golan Heights and the resulting protests and clashes they sparked. Below is a full translation of the original Arabic article, with the errors and distortions underlined. (Translation by ...

00:34

What should I ask Rebecca Kukla? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

I will be doing a Conversation with her, here is her home page:

Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University

Also: amateur powerlifter and boxer and certified sommelier

I live in the middle of Washington, DC, with my 13-year-old son Eli and my two Portal-themed cats, Chell and Cube. My research focuses on social epistemology, philosophy of medicine, and philosophy of language. 

This interview is an excellent entry point into her thought and life, here is an excerpt from the introduction:

[Rebecca] talks about traveling the world with her nomadic parents, her father who was a holocaust survivor and philosopher, hearing the Dream argument in lieu of bedtime stories, chaotic exposure to religion, getting a job at and apartment at the age of 14, the queerness of Toronto, meeting John Waters and Cronenberg, her brother who is the worlds first openly transgender ordained rabbi, getting into ballet, combating an eating disorder, the importance of chosen family, co-authoring an article with her dad, developing an interest in philosophy of mathematics, the affordability of college in Canada, taking care of a disabled, dramatically uninsured loved one, going to University of Pitt for grad school, dealing with aggravated depression, working with Brandom, McDowell, the continental/analytic distinction, history of philosophy, how feminism and womensuch as Tamara Horowitz, Annette Baier, and Jennifer Whitingwere treated at Pitt, coping with harassment from a member of the department, impostor syndrome, Dan Dennett and freeedom, her sweet first gig (in Vermont), dining with Bernie Sanders, spending a bad couple of years in Oregon, having a child, September 11th, securing tenure and becoming discontent at Carleton University, toying with the idea of becoming a wine importer, taking a sabbatical at Georgetown University which rekindled her love of philosophy, working on the pragmatics of language with Mark Lance, Mass Hysteria and the culture of pregnancy, how parenting informs her philosophy, moving to South Florida and the quirkiness of Tampa, getting an MA in Geography, science, philosophy and urban spaces, boxing, starting a group for people pursuing non-monogamous relationships, developing a course on Bojack Horseman, her current beau, Die Antwoord, Kendrick, Trump, and what she would do if she were que...

00:28

Erdogan: US Iran sanctions aimed at upsetting global balance Peace and Freedom

Turkish president and foreign minister criticize re-imposition of trade embargoes lifted under 2015 nuclear deal as unilateral, unwise and dangerous

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech as he attends the parliamentary group meeting of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on November 6, 2018 in Ankara, Turkey. (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech as he attends the parliamentary group meeting of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on November 6, 2018 in Ankara, Turkey. (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

ANKARA, Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit out at new sanctions on Iran imposed by the administration of US President Donald Trump, saying they were aimed at upsetting the global balance and against international law.

Washington on Monday renewed sanctions on the Islamic republic that aim to isolate the countrys banking sector and slash its oil exports. Turkey was one of eight countries exempted from the demand to stop buying Iranian oil.

We dont find the (Iran) sanctions appropriate, Erdogan was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Because to us, they are aimed at upsetting the global balance, he added. They are against international law and diplomacy. We dont want to live in an imperial world.

Erdogans comments came after his Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that isolating Iran was dangerous.

Turkeys Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu holds a press conference in Tokyo on November 6, 2018. (Martin BUREAU / AFP)

While we were asking (for) an exemption from the United States, we have also been very frank with them that cornering Iran is not wise. Isolating Iran is dangerous and punishing the Iranian people is not fair, he told a pres...

00:21

Chip Designers and Semiconductors: The easy ride that chip designers have enjoyed over the past decades has come to an end Peace and Freedom

We are at a magical pivot point in computing.

As Moores law fades, computing finds itself at a crossroads

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Future performance improvements will involve far greater cost and complexity but chip designers seem to be relishing the challenge Reuters

By John Thornhill

Moores law describes a phenomenon that has arguably influenced our modern world more than any other.

The exponential growth of computing performance over the past 40 years has reshaped our lives in myriad ways, empowering all manner of wonders from the world wide web to smartphones to the Internet of Things.

But Moores law has been fading fast, if it has not already expired.

The big, as yet unanswered, question is to what extent this matters.

In an article in 1965, Gordon Moore, the future founder of Intel, explained how the number of components that could be crammed on to an integrated circuit doubled every year. In 1975, he revised this to two years and his forecast, subsequently adopted as a law, has pretty much held true ever since.

The impact of exponential change is often hard to grasp. In practical terms, the increase in computing performance has enabled chips to become smaller, faster and cheaper to an astonishing degree.

Whereas the Apollo guidance computer that steered Neil Armstrong to the moon contained 12,300 transistors, Apples iPhone 7 boasts 3.3bn.

But physics is exacting its revenge, as it always tends to do.

Now that manufacturers are fiddling around at sizes of seven nanometres we would appear to have reached the physical limits of how many can be reliably crammed on to an integrated circuit.

The easy ride that chip designers have enjoyed over the past decades has come to an end. That would appear to be a problem for the computing industry and the rest of us as future performance improvements will involve far greater cost and complexity.

But chip designers seem to be relishing the challenge.

Some are even forecasting that it will open an exciting new era of innovation. Mike Muller, chief technology officer at Arm, the chip designers, says that for the foreseeable future, computer users are unlikely to notice much difference as their products continue to improve.

Some people are saying that Moores law is slowing, Moores law is dead. But from Arms perspective, we do not care, he says. The end products are still going to get better and better even if our jobs are going to get harder and harder.

By necessity, chip designers are having to become ever more creative.

They can cheat by improving infrastructure architecture or stacking chips on top of each other to create a 3D effect.

They are also manufacturing chips for specialist purposes, such as artificial intelligence. For exa...

00:15

Donald Trump: Victory? Migrant Caravan Fragments, Many Give Up Public Intelligence Blog

VICTORY! Migrant caravan leaders admit defeat

President Donald Trumps promise to defend the United States border from outside invaders seems to be paying off.

The migrant caravan of thousands of would-be illegal immigrants some of whom have criminal backgrounds lost a lot of momentum over the last week after Trump ordered the U.S. military to protect our nations southern border.

Now the caravan leaders are admitting defeat, and the group may be splintering into fragments.

Read full story.

Tip of the Hat to Ray Songtree

 

00:00

CAIRs Hollow Tolerance Jihad Watch

CAIRs Hollow Tolerance
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) leaders have a peculiar way of expressing their oft-preached virtues of inclusion, pluralism, and participation as evidenced by a recently filmed October 10 CAIR panel on Anti-Muslim Bias in Politics. CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw specifically asked me to leave this private event broadcast online in an []

00:00

Jeremy Hunt and his war against fake news OffGuardian

Kevin Smith INTRODUCTION I thought it would be helpful to explain my general perspective on the media and the endless warmongering by our governments. One of my observations about many independent news sites is that while you can see much of the readership is enlightened and knowledgeable on these matters, sometimes people feeling vindicated for their beliefs retreat back to their comfort zones. For example, this site may include many discerning ex-Guardian readers whove seen the light and are content they are reading articles which represent their views. But whats next? My thinking is we need to reach out to others and the way to do that is appeal to the lurkers reading this site. In my experience on a site like this the majority of readers are lurkers and never comment because they are slightly behind the curve and dont feel knowledgeable or confident enough to join the debate. So my take on this is that to some degree we now need to take the next step, gather what we know and put this

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23:55

Saudi Arabia To Build Nuclear Reactors- Israel wants No Uranium Enrichment Penny for your thoughts



"Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched the building of his countrys first nuclear reactor on Monday during a visit to Riyadhs King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, according to a report by the Saudi Press Agency.
Saudi Arabia is currently the worlds top crude exporter, and uses oil and natural gas for power and water desalination.
But now the country is slated to build 16 nuclear reactors in the next 20 years for $80 billion.
Though Saudi Arabia and Israel are both enemies of Iran and allies of the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested that U.S. President Donald Trump commit to stopping a deal to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia.
Trump reportedly refused, telling Netanyahu that if the United States refused to make the sale, the Saudis would acquire the same materials from Russia or China.
Netanyahu subsequently requested that if the sale went through, it should include a stipulation that Saudi Arabia not be permitted to enrich its own uranium, which is a critical ingredient in the creation of nuclear weapons"

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23:55

Glazov Moment: Sinead OConnors Islamic Odyssey Jihad Watch

In this new Jamie Glazov Moment, Jamie discusses Sinead OConnors Islamic Odyssey, and he offers some advice to the newly Islamic convert: Be careful, Sinead, if you ever decide to check out. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate through our Pay Pal account. []

23:45

Mongoose: Israel Bribes (and Blackmails) Most Members of Congress Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

Midterm scoreboard reveals massive pro-Israel influence on Congressional candidates

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Phi Beta Iota: The dollars donated to campaigns are understated.  There is a vast amount of illegal support to include tens of millions of dollars worth of in-kind support such as the Zionist controlled social media and rendered with Anti-Defamation League being the primary means of directing prejudicial actions against conservatives while also manipulating polls and trends to favor their favorites, e.g. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi. The scoreboard also does not reflect the degree to which the Zionists are using blackmail such as videos made by Jeffrey Epstein, among many others, capturing members entraped in pedophilia and drug situations. America First?  Not...

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Jean James: Broken and Corrupt Police Forces in Collusion with Broken and Corrupt Judges, Lawyers, and Accounting Firms A UK Case Study Public Intelligence Blog

Jean James

British born Canadian, Jean James, is a visual artist, writer, and researcher, with a particular interest in organised crime and public sector corruption. Since her family was defrauded in 2007 by criminals using the British Court of Protection as a tool, she discovered the racketeering that targets the elderly and vulnerable in the UK. Her research has put her in touch with numerous other victims whom the British state and police have also refused to protect. She encourages all British subjects to work together to expose crime and corruption, and restore fairness and equality in the British justice system, and take back their power.

A broken police force is great for the...

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Berto Jongman: CIA Claims It Lost Dozens of Spies in China and Iran to Failed Google Covert Communications (Robert Steele Comments: BULLSHIT This is a Cover Story for Not Having Any Spies in Those Countries) Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

Dozens of US spies killed after Iran and China uncovered CIA messaging service using Google

One former official claiming that our biggest insider threat is our own institution.

The CIAs communications suffered a catastrophic compromise. It started in Iran.

Yahoo News reporting on this global communications failure is based on conversations with eleven former U.S. intelligence and government officials directly familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive operations. Multiple former intelligence officials said that the damage from the potential global compromise was serious even catastrophic and will persist for years.

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Militarization of Crimea by Russia. Infographics InformNapalm.org (English)

What excited some Crimeans about Russia coming to occupy Crimea back in spring 2014 were not only...

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EXCLUSIVE: UK spy agencies knew source of false Iraq war intelligence was tortured Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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MI6 officer saw Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, who later falsely told interrogators of a link between Iraq and al-Qaeda, being flown to Egypt in a sealed coffin

22:53

How Pink Tide Failed #Brazil Enough is Enough!

How the failure of the leftist Pink Tide movement lead to the rights victory in Brazil.

Originally published by Libcom.

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.

Brazils runoff election has been won by the right wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Among Bolsonaros less than savory traits are colossal misogyny, and nostalgia for Brazils military dictatorship. This is naturally a dark time for Brazils working class and oppressed people. Regardless, Bolsonaro did not fall from the sky. His victory was the direct result of the failure of the so called Pink Tide in Latin America.

At the turn of the 20th century Latin American social movements in resistance to neoliberal policies of exploitation lead to the election of left-wing officials and governments. This has been called Pink Tide. From Pink Tide came significant left-wing governments on the continent such as that of Correa in Ecuador, Morales in Bolivia, and Chavez to Maduro in Venezuela. These new leftist regimes were suppose to be popular governments that actively resisted neoliberalism. They were suppose to create economically self-sufficient nations. If the goals of Pink Tide governments were met at all, it was only in very limited ways.

The fundamental problem with Pink Tide was two-fold. Firstly the popular energy of Pink Tide was transformed into state power. Prominent figures in social movements were absorbed into the state bureaucracy and the state, as it always is, was constituted as a sovereign power completely uncountable to popular demands. Secondly, and most obviously, capitalism was left in tact. Effectively Pink Tide tried to resist the pressures of the global capitalist economy through a national capitalism controlled by left-wing governments. This plan did not account for the fact that capitalism can not be channeled by leftists for their aims. Capitalism only cares about the maximization of profit which is only accomplished through the exploitation of labor and the environment.

Pink Tide amounted to nothing more than another leftist attempt at managing capital and the state. The problem with such attempts as can be seen in so called Nordic Social Democracies and Stalinist regimes is that they are attempting to manage the very foundation of modern peoples misery. Rather than overthrowing the systems of domination that keep the working class s...

22:25

Censorship and Gun Control Will Not Make Us Safe Strategic Culture Foundation

The effort to silence hate speech is not just about outlawing racist, sexist, or anti-Semitic speech. 

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UN says Islamic State left behind more than 200 mass graves in Iraq Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The United Nations says at least 202 mass graves were excavated in Iraq, containing thousands of victims

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5 Ways Your Vote Today Can Combat Radical Islam Clarion Project

Dressed in a Revolutionary War era costume, a participant views a mock voting booth at the 2018 Politicon in Los Angeles, California in October, 2018. The event covers all things political with dozens of high profile political figures. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)Dressed in a Revolutionary War era costume, a participant views a mock voting booth at the 2018 Politicon in Los Angeles, California in October, 2018. The event covers all things political with dozens of high profile political figures. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Exercising your citizens right to vote today and select elected officials who represent you is one of the most basic principles of democracy. We urge everyone to participate in that process!

When making your decisions today, we also urge you to choose candidates that understand the threat of radical Islam. Here are some of the pressing issues. We encourage you to elect candidates who will:

 

Designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terrorist Organization

The Muslim Brotherhood is an international Sunni, pan-Islamic organization whose ultimate aim is the establishment of a global caliphate run by sharia as state law.  The Brotherhood aims to accomplish this goal through their doctrine of gradualism.

The Brotherhood has been the leading source of inspiration behind most terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda and Islamic State. During World War II, the Brotherhood backed the Nazis.

Most Islamist organizations in the U.S., including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and...

21:55

Attacking Russia: Another Provocation Launched by US-led Group of OSCE Members Strategic Culture Foundation

The Moscow Mechanism is being invoked to divert attention from serious and pressing problems that are beyond what the OSCE or any other Western-dominated institution can manage.

21:54

Thai junta says no need for foreign observers at next years election Peace and Freedom

You can always trust a military junta regime to conduct fair and honest elections.

Thailand does not need international observers to monitor next years general elections, the foreign minister said on Tuesday, despite criticism from pro-democracy activists that the junta has restricted fundamental civil rights.

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Thailands Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha

The government has promised to hold elections between February and May after repeated delays, a contest between supporters of the military and royalist establishment and the populist political forces now led by the Puea Thai Party that was ousted by the military in a 2014 coup.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said past elections in the Southeast Asian country have been credible.

To have others observing means the country is having a problem, he told reporters.

The last time Thailand held a successful election was in 2011 when the Yingluck Shinawatra and her Puea Thai Party won by a landslide.

In February 2014, an election was disrupted by massive street protests that saw voting blocked in a fifth of the countrys constituencies and eventually led to the May 2014 coup.

Human Rights Watch said foreign observers should be allowed to monitor the 2019 vote and called on the government to lift the ban on political activities to ensure the election is free and fair.

As the countdown for an election has begun, the Thai military government seems to care about seeking hand-shake and photo opportunities at major international events, but refuses to allow foreign allies to come and witness what is going on the country where the environment for a free and fair election does not exist, Sunai Phasuk, senior Thailand researcher at Human Rights Watch, told Reuters.

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The military government has recently relaxed some political restrictions by allowing political parties to organize but a ban on campaigning and gatherings of more than five people remains in place at least until December.

An election date has not been set but senior government officials have said that it would likely be on Feb. 24.

Reporting by Pracha Harirakspitak, Panarat Thepgumpanat, and Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor and Nick Macfie

Reuters

21:45

Philippines Accuses Human Rights Watch of Intruding in the Countrys Internal Affairs Peace and Freedom

How many deaths will it take?

The Presidential palace at Malacaang on Tuesday slammed Human Rights Watch for intruding in the countrys affairs after it called on the Philippine government to create an independent commission to probe the alleged involvement of cops in killings under the administrations war on drugs.

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The New York-based rights organization made the call after Chief Superintendent Debold Sinas, regional police director for Central Visayas, was quoted as saying in a Cebu Daily News report that hitmen hired to kill people allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade might be retired or active cops.

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HRW said the proposed commission should be independent from the Office of the President and the PNP and should include investigators from the Commission on Human Rights and representatives from non-governmental organizations.

Reckless proposal

But presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo dismissed the call of the human rights group.

Its inference from an interview of a lone police official cannot be a valid ground for such reckless proposal. This is not new and is no different from those hurled by desperate [critics] of this administration since Day One of the presidents war against illegal drugs, he said.

Panelo, moreover, accused HRW of resurrecting an old issue to undermine the integrity of the Philippine government.

Government data showed than 4,854 individuals have been killed in legitimate anti-drug operations since President Rodrigo Duterte was elected into power. But rights groups have higher estimatesmore than 12,000 people dead.

The police force has been heavily criticized for being at the forefront of the deadly government campaignfrom allegedly planting weapons and illegal drugs on suspects bodies and claiming that killed drug personalities resisted arrest.

Functioning mechanisms

Panelo, who is also the chief presidential legal counsel, assured HRW that the government has mechanisms to look into reports that some policemen are involved in the alleged killings of drug suspects.

He said the Internal Affairs Service of the PNP acts on cases of errant cops, while the Commission on Human Rights and the Congress conduct probes into reported abuses of authorities.

These, among other governmental bodies engaged in counterbalancing measures, are functioning. We thus reiterate our position that we dont need schooling from outsiders on how to run the c...

21:41

Trouble #16: Conspiracy to riot Enough is Enough!

Submedia video about the case of the J20 resistance.

Originally published by Submedia.

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.

On January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Following his inaugural address, as the upper echelons of the American political establishment mingled on the National Mall, several blocks away, a riot was breaking out. A black bloc several hundred strong was wreaking havoc on the streets. The bloc was part of the anti-capitalist and anti-fascist march, one component of a broader day of protests organized under the umbrella #DisruptJ20. Armed with spray paint, crowbars and rocks, this mob smashed windows, clashed with police and redecorated a limo that would eventually be put to the torch. The police repression was swift. Amidst the haze of pepper spray and flashbangs, over two hundred protesters were kettled, and arrested by DCs Metro Police.

So began one of the most important political trials in recent history. In an effort to set a chilling precedent for anti-Trump resistance, the US Department of Justice charged over 200 people with eight separate felony charges, threatening them with upwards of 80 years in prison. In her crusade to paint the J20 black bloc as one giant conspiracy to riot, federal Prosecutor Jennifer Kerkhoff filed warrants to seize peoples digital data, and entered into an alliance with discredited far-right media outfits peddling doctored evidence. Faced with this repressive array of state power, J20 defendants responded with unflinching solidarity, setting a new standard for political defense in the age of Trump. This is their story.


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Yemen government eyes budget as war famine looms Peace and Freedom

 

Yemens government ordered tighter tax collection at ports under its control Tuesday as it began preparing its 2019 budget with no end in sight to nearly four years of war.

The government had approved just one formal budget since rebels overran the capital Sanaa in 2014, seizing most of the rest of the country and forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee into exile.

AFP/File | A child suffering from severe malnutrition lies in hospital on the outskirts of Yemens government-held third Taez, on October 30, 2018

After a meeting in its interim headquarters in second city Aden late on Monday, the government announced the formation of a committee to draw up a 2019 budget, which is again expected to run a huge deficit.

This years budget, approved in January, projected a deficit of $1.3 billion. There has been no official update since then on the state of the governments finances but the actual deficit is expected to be far higher.

The value of the Yemeni rial has dived more than 36 percent since the start of the year, despite a $2 billion deposit in the central bank by Saudi Arabia aimed at shoring it up.

The rial has now lost two-thirds of its value since 2015, when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened in support of Hadis government triggering a gruelling war of attrition.

The collapse in purchasing power in an impoverished country long dependent on imports for basic foodstuffs has left most of the population dependent on humanitarian aid and nearly 14 million at risk of famine.

The government levies taxes and duties totalling 10 percent on goods entering areas under its control but the war has made collection uneven.

The cabinet approved measures to improve collection on all taxable imports at all land, sea and air ports in liberated areas, the government-run Saba news agency reported on Tuesday.

The move came as fighting flared around the Red Sea city of Hodeida home to Yemens most important port which has been under rebel control since 2014 but has been under assault by government and coalition forces since June.

There was a brief lull in the fighting as the United Nations attempted to convene peace talks in Switzerland in early September but it resumed when that effort collapsed.

Aid agencies have warned that an all-out battle for Hodeida, the entry point for nearly all UN-supervised humanitarian aid, would trigger heavy civilian casualties and a major famine.

The World Bank has said that no improvement in the Yemeni economy is forseeable without an end to the war, and that even then the dividends of peace will not reach the 80 percent of Yemenis who live in poverty.

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21:25

There is a Real Risk of War with Iran Strategic Culture Foundation

Tehran may try to wait out Trump. It may try to outfox America with negotiations, serious or not, or to get Russia or China to take more risks to get around the sanctions.

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American Democracy Is Organized Bribery On A National ScaleHow Does Russia Interfere? ThereAreNoSunglasses

Its not Russia thats damaging American democracy its money

 

 Danielle Ryan is an Irish freelance writer based in Dublin. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Nation, Rethinking Russia, teleSUR, RBTH, The Calvert Journal and others. Follow her on Twitter @DanielleRyanJ

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The Banality of Evil Creeps into those Who Believe They Are Good Dissident Voice

I was at a city hall meeting in Beaverton, Oregon, the other day when a few questions I had for the presenters dropped jaws. Well get to that later, the jaw-dropping effect I and those of my ilk have when we end up in the controlled boardrooms and chambers of the controllers bureaucrats, public-private clubs like Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and both political operatives and those who liken themselves as the great planners of the world moving communities and housing and public commons around a giant chessboard to make things better for and more efficient in spite of us.

Look, I am now a social worker who once was a print journalist who once was a part-time college instructor (freeway flyer adjunct teaching double the load of a tenured faculty) facilitating literature, writing, rhetoric classes, and others. The power of those planners and institutional leadership wonks and those Deanlets and Admin Class and HR pros and VPs and Provosts to swat down a radical but effective teacher/faculty/instructor/lecturer isnt (or wasnt then) so surprising. I was one of hundreds of thousands of faculty, adjunct,  hit with 11th Hour appointments, Just-in-Time gigs and called one-week-into-the-semester with offers to teach temporarily. Then, the next logical step of precarity was when a dean or department head or someone higher got wind of a disgruntled student, or helicopter (now drone) parent who didnt like me teaching Sapphire or Chalmers Johnson or Earth Liberation Front or Ward Churchill in critical thinking classes, it was common to get only one or many times no classes the following semester. De facto fired. They fought and fought against unemployment benefits.

Heres one paragraph that got me sanctioned while teaching in Spokane, at both Gonzaga and the community college:

As for those in the World Trade Center Well, really, lets get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of Americas global financial empirethe mighty engine of profit to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslavedand they did so both willingly and knowingly. Recourse to ignorancea derivative, after all, of the word ignorecounts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite. To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved inand in many cases excelling atit was because of their absolute refusal to see. More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some pen...

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Anti-Semitic Islamist Invited to Florida College. Why? Clarion Project

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In the wake of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre by a Neo-Nazi who screamed, All Jews must die, the same vile hate is being welcomed in Orlando   only this time it will be delivered by well-known anti-Semitic Islamist hate preacher Dr. Yasir Qadhi.

Qadhi has been described by the New York Times Magazine as one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam. His lecture is being sponsored by the Muslim Students Association at the University of Central Florida and Rollins College, the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia Collage and the Muslim Ambassadors for Peace at Valencia College.

In 2001, during a lecture on Islam, Qadhi alleged that Jews were sowing division and discord among Muslims, saying: How many Muslims know about this? You go to America, you find 95% of the Islamic Studies professors are Jews Why are Jews studying Islam?

There is a reason. Not that they want to help us, they want to destroy us. And they want to bring about shubuhat, they want to bring about doubts. Look at the doubts that are existing, look at the division, look at the discord, look at the disunity, look at all these ideologies that are being spread and know that Yahood [Jews] and the kuffar [non-believer] do like this type of thing.

Call Valencia College at 407-299-5000 and let them know how Dr. Yasir Qadhis comments divide us as a community rather than unite us. He should not be given a platform to espouse his hate.

In the same lecture, Qadhi said,Hitler never intended to mass-destroy the Jews. There are a number of books out written by Christians on this, you should read them. The Hoax of the Holocaust, I advise you to read this book, you may want to write this down, The Hoax of the Holocaust, a very good bo...

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Don't be fooled by US calls for Yemen ceasefire. It's PR spin for more war Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The request for a cessation of hostilities within 30 days is yet another PR exercise designed to justify, rather than to reign in, this brutal war

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TIDBIT: MALAYSIAN FINANCIAL FRAUD Giza Death Star

Mr. M.H. sent this story, along with his own high octane speculations, wondering just what the heck is going on in the whole Malaysia-Indonesia []

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THE CONTINUING SAGA OF MALAYSIA AIR 370: ENGINES FOUND IN CAMBODIA? Giza Death Star

Regular readers here know that I am fascinated by the strange - and still unexplained - disappearance of Malaysia Air Flight 370. So when []

The post THE CONTINUING SAGA OF MALAYSIA AIR 370: ENGINES FOUND IN CAMBODIA? appeared first on Giza Death Star.

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Qatars Emir says he regrets the conflict with Quartet As Turkey hammers Saudi over Khashoggi, Arab World stays together Peace and Freedom

Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Tuesday he regrets the continuation of conflict with other Arab states, but added that crises will pass, outlining the nations economic achievements over the past year.

The Emir said he regretted the conflict, but said he believed crisis will pass. (File/AP)

The country would continue to develop its oil and gas industries as it is keen to preserve its status as the top liquefied natural gas exporter in the world, and that the country had grown its exports by 18 percent last year and slashed spending by 20 percent, Tamim said in a speech to the Arab states shoura council.

Qatars currency has preserved its value since the start of the rift last year and the economy has diversified to overcome the impact of sanctions imposed by other Arab states, Tamim said.

Reuters

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Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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20:55

Saudi Regime Survives but Enters the Time of Troubles Strategic Culture Foundation

Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downers disclosure completely transforms the narrative about Khashoggis death and it is bound to be hugely consequential.

20:54

Workers Power and the Spanish Revolution Enough is Enough!

In a political moment where the tide of fascism appears to be on the march, looking at past examples can provide inspiration, hope and lessons. In this valuable and lucid long-form essay, veteran writer and activist Tom Wetzel details what George Orwell described when first arriving in anarchist dominated Barcelona as his first time actually seeing the working class was in the saddle.

Originally published by Black Rose Anarchist Federation. Written by Tom Wetzel.

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.

Most critically the essay focuses on the question of working class power and revolutionary vision within the events and specifically from within the anarchist movement in Spain. Often overlooked in many accounts is that the military coup of July 1936 was anticipated by the organized left in Spain. In May of 1936 the CNT held what was known as the Zaragoza congress which debated and adopted a revolutionary vision of libertarian communism that would be built from a dual structure of governance based on both workplace assemblies and assemblies of residents in villages or neighborhoods which would federate on the national level. Also discussed are the critical internal debates and opposition within the CNT to joining the popular front government, the alternative proposals to replace the government with organs of working class power, and the betrayal of the revolutions ideals by the Soviet-aligned Communist Party.

By Tom Wetzel

In Spains national elections in February of 1936, a repressive right-wing government was swept out of office and replaced by a coalition of liberals and socialists. Taking advantage of a less repressive environment, Spains workers propelled the largest strike wave in Spanish history, with dozens of citywide general strikes and hundreds of partial strikes. By the end of June a million workers were out on strike.

Bare...

20:45

Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Dissident Voice

The surgical dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi has sent the military establishments of several countries into a tizz.   Arms manufacturers are wondering whether this is an inconvenient blip, a ruffling moral reminder about what they are dealing with.  Autocratic regimes indifferent to the lives of journalists are wondering whether the fuss taken about all this is merely the fuss endured, till the next bloody suppression.  But importantly, those states notionally constituting the West may have to reconsider the duping strategy that the House of Saud has executed with the deft efficiency of the dedicated axeman.

The ranks are closing in around the Saudi royals, notably the purportedly suspicious son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose status has been given an undue measure of inflation from various powers happy to see reform in the air. The measures taken by MBS have been modest and hardly worth a sigh: the cutting of subsidies, permitting women to drive, and restructuring the economy.  But like a fake article of purchase at an inordinately expensive auction, the princes counterfeit credentials are starting to peer through the canvas.

The Crown Prince has been happy to provide a train of examples to suggest to his Western audience that the roots of a liberal Saudi Arabian past are very much in evidence.  To Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, the beguiling royal explained that, Before 1979 there were societal guardianship customs, but no guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia.

The tactic is clear: speak of a yesteryear that was jolly and a touch tender, and promise that a current era seemingly harder can emulate it.  Goldberg was good enough to make the observation that the Crown Prince had gotten one thing right from the perspective of his sponsors in Europe, the Middle East and the United States: He has made all the right enemies.

In the aftermath of Khashoggis disappearance, Mohammed was keen to get a word in to the Trump administration before any firm conclusions could be drawn.  His first port of call was President Donald Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton.  According to The Washington Post, the call featured one theme of justification: Khashoggi was a dangerous, destabilising Islamist, and any tears shed would be premature.

Publically, the Crown Prince played along with the conceit that the death of Khashoggi had been very painful for all Saudis, being unjustifiable. Khalid bin Salman, Riyadhs ambassador in Washington, insisted that the slain journalist had been a friend of...

20:39

Donald Trump Sends Offensive Tweets and Talks Too Much But When Democrats Gave Up On Civility They Hurt Their Own Cause Rage Is Never the Answer Peace and Freedom

Prior to the 2016 election, critics raised a genuine question that fueled much of the Rights concern about Donald Trump: With zero political experience and a capricious nature, would Trumps whims and most unhampered flaws threaten the civic norms that make our republic function?

Between his goading that he would pay the legal fees of his supporters if they knock the crap out of political dissidents and his flagrant hatred of the political press, Trump gave legitimate cause for concern that he would abuse his executive power to the worst possible excesses. But for the most part, he didnt.

Trump has said other terrible things in his presidency, most egregiously his remarks after the fatal violence in Charlottesville, Va., and at the Helsinki podium with Russian President Vladamir Putin. He certainly hasnt become more reserved in his visceral castigation of the press, and his Twitter feed has remained a political minefield for Republicans.

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But Trump hasnt destroyed the republic. His Department of Justice hasnt surveilled or threatened any journalists as Obama Attorney General Eric Holder did to Fox News correspondent James Rosen. Even though hes mused about more inflammatory policies, such as barring transgender Americans from the military or ending birthright citizenship, on Twitter or in interviews, the so-called adults in the room, notably his national security apparatus, have done a pretty fantastic job. We were supposed to suffer horrible defeats in the Middle East or enter nuclear war with China. Instead were defeating Islamic State, killing bad Russians, and maintaining a significant, albeit fragile, peace with North Korea.

Democrats, meanwhile, decided to become the image they painted of Trump. They responded to a rude and brash president with calls to mob political adversaries in restaurants. Just weeks ago, Holder, widely considered a potential Democratic presidential nominee, declared, When they go low, we kick em. Pre-emptively covering for a weaker blue wave than expected by publicly contemplating bringing back court-packing, abolishing the Electoral College,...

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Israel lawmakers to debate death penalty for Palestinian 'terrorists' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinians have warned that new death penalty will be aimed at political prisoners

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Saudi Barbarity Grows Bolder Clarion Project

Protest over the execution of Indonesian migrant worker Tuti Tursilawati in front of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia at Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, November 2, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Lotulung / NurPhoto / Getty Images)Protest over the execution of Indonesian migrant worker Tuti Tursilawati in front of the Saudi embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, November 2, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Lotulung / NurPhoto / Getty Images)

Saudi barbarity grows bolder as the regime launched multiple execution campaigns on both foreign nationals and in foreign lands.

Its a move that has American Muslims pushing further away from the birthplace of Islam.

 

Saudi Arabias Murder of  Jamal Khashoggi

On October 2, 2018, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was attacked and killed in a Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi had flown in from the United States to settle paperwork ahead of his marriage to his fiance. Saudi consulate cameras show him entering the consulate, but cameras failed to record thereafter.

Saudi officials burned through a series of deniability claims, including that Khashoggi had left and also doctored video footage of his departure. They later confessed Khashoggi had died in a fight in the consulate, presumably at the hands of the hit squad sent in to kill him and who also allegedly cut Khashoggi into pieces and possibly dissolved his body in acid. Turkish authorities leading the investigation shared news that a...

20:21

European stocks ahead at open on US election day (Its the economy, stupid.) Peace and Freedom

Europes top stock markets rose at the start of trading on Tuesday, with investors on tenterhooks as the United States heads to the polls in midterm elections.

In initial deals, Londons benchmark FTSE 100 index inched 0.1 percent higher to stand at 7,112.61 points.

In the eurozone, Frankfurts DAX 30 gained 0.2 percent to 11,518.17 points and the Paris CAC 40 also added 0.2 percent to 5,110.80 compared with Mondays closing levels.

Tuesdays US vote is widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trumps performance since taking the White House.

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Most experts expect the Democrats would win the House of Representatives, while the Republican party would hold onto control of the Senate, dealers said.

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20:12

Ping An Become Biggest Shareholder of U.K.-based HSBC overtaking BlackRock as China Buys Britain Peace and Freedom

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A major Chinese insurer has overtaken BlackRock Inc. as the biggest shareholder of U.K.-based HSBC Holdings HSBC -0.62% PLC, with its nearly $12 billion stake demonstrating Chinas growing appetite for offshore equity investments.

Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China Ltd.s 601318 0.33% stake in the Asia-focused bank rose to more than 7% after a small purchase last week, a late Monday filing showed. That is up from about 5% in December, when its investment was unveiled.

The stake, held by Ping Ans asset-management arm, is valued at 93.72 billion Hong Kong dollars ($11.97 billion), based on HSBCs closing price in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Ping An has overtaken BlackRock, the worlds largest asset manager, which owned roughly 6.6% of HSBC based on its latest filing in October. A Hong Kong-based spokeswoman for BlackRock declined to comment.

The investment also marks a reversal in the duos relationship: HSBC once owned a sizable stake in Ping An, but in 2012 sold its 15.6% holding to a conglomerate controlled by Thai tycoon Dhanin Chearavanont for $9.39 billion.

China has a huge and fast-growing money management...

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Saudi Arabia Grilled Over Human Rights Record at UN Review GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Geneva (MEE Saudi Arabia has insisted that its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be fair, amid a barrage of criticism at a United Nations meeting on Monday.
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The half-day public debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva came just over than a month after the Saudi insider-turned-critic was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish officials said last week that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate on 2 October in a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and dissolved in acid.

The head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Bandar Al Aiban, stressed that the country is committed to carry out a fair investigation.

All persons involved in that crime will be prosecuted, he said.

Related: WATCH: GPA Editor Delivers Statement to UNHRC in Response to Yemen GEE Report

The so-called Universal Periodic Review which all 193 UN-member countries must undergo approximately every four years came as a Turkish official charged on Monday that Saudi Arabia sent experts to Turkey to cover up the journalists murder before allowing Turkish police to search the consulate.

The murder has placed huge strains on Saudi Arabias relationship with the United States and other allies and has tarnished the image of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Calls to end Yemen war, use of death penalty

During Mondays review, several Western countries voiced outrage at the killing, with many calling for a credible and transparent investigation, and some, like Iceland and Costa Rica, went further and demanded an international probe.

The British ambassador to the UN, Julian Braithwaite, told the council his country was &...

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The US Pretends to Support The Independence of Syria and Iraq GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Washington D.C. (AHT) During the International Institute for Strategic Studies 14thdialogue in the Bahraini Capital Manama, Bert McGurk, the US envoy for the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State group (ISIS), took leave of his designated function by expressing unusual solicitude for Syria when he said it is necessary for the Iran-Backed militias to leave Syria to ensure a stable and independent country. The US presidential special envoy also said he is looking forward to promoting mutual US-Iraq interests and for the Iraqis to strengthen their own interests and sovereignty.

McGurk, who was directly involved in the formation of the Iraqi leadership (Speaker, President, and Prime Minister) in the last few months, didnt manage to return his favorite candidate Haidar Abadi to power and failed to prevent Faleh al-Fayyad from coming to power. According to private sources in Baghdad, al-Fayyad will be nominated as Interior Minister, a position that requires coordination with US forces in Iraq. McGurk clashed with Fayyad on several occasions when he unsuccessfully sought to limit the activity of Iran and Hezbollah in supporting the formation of the new Iraqi leadership in Baghdad.

The US is mustering all its diplomacy against Iran in preparation for unilateral implementation of full sanctions against the Islamic Republic, expected on the fourth of November. This is why McGurk is attacking Iran in Syria and Iran. Nevertheless, the new Iraqi government is reversing Abadis concession to the US: the new prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi has ordered Hashd al-Shaabi to deploy its forces along the Syrian-Iraqi borders. Abadi kept Hashd away from borders where the US forces are deployed and where they occupy part of Syrian territory and the al-Tanf crossing between the Levant and Mesopotamia.

Washington wrongly believes its forces can limit the influence and movement of the Iranian and allied forces in Syria by keeping the Marines in the country. Iranian influence is well established in Syria today, following its unlimited support to the government of Damascus. Even in Iraq, the US presence failed to limit Irans leverage on the new government.

US concern is indeed justified: Washington and its allies have lost and failed to change the regime in Damascus despite seven long years of war. The Americans used all possible tools and pressure to no avail. US leadership used the chemical attacks excuse to bomb the Syrian army without creating any change on the ground. It has used also the card of the Syrian refugees, trying to block their voluntary return. It failed to keep the Jordanian-Syrian crossing at Naseeb closed to prevent Syria from recovering part of its economy. It is also keeping al-Tanf under occupation to stop the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars into t...

19:57

Syria: peace implies international condemnation of the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

Although several peace projects are currently circulating in the chanceries, Thierry Meyssan points out their inadequacy for this sort of war. According to him, those who begin with an amputated analysis of the conflict, yet still believe they are doing the right thing, will not only fail to resolve the problem, but will pave the way for a new war. It is imperative to treat the ideological question as a priority.

19:57

Untold stories of everyday israeli (apartheid state) brutality Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Untold stories of everyday Israeli brutality Israeli border police officers stand guard as a Jewish settler boy plays near a disputed house in the West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli soldiers and settlers terrorize Palestinians every day. Stories from November 4-5 (that wont appear in mainstream media) include 2 Palestinian deaths, at least 14 abductions []

19:55

Of the Triggered, by the Triggered, and for the Triggered Dissident Voice

With election day looming (November 6) Trump resistance hysteria is at its shrieking worst. Yet again we face the most important election of our lifetimes, or as some prefer to put it, the second most important, the first being the election of 2016, when deplorables put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, say the Trump haters, these scarcely human degenerates will have a chance to redeem themselves by voting responsibly, i.e., according to how their self-appointed betters tell them to vote. The persistence of this incredibly arrogant attitude is a good way to deliver a permanent Trump majority. Just ask Steve Bannon.

Even the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting has been made Trumps fault, though the shooter was clearly anti-Trump. (Thank God there were no mass shootings in the Obama era!) The toxic brew of Trump xenophobia, racism, misogyny and Islamophobia somehow made the shooter a raving anti-Semite. It couldnt be that decades of Identarian Politics rendering white male a dirty word paved the way for Trumps nationalism, could it? Of course not. Its that Trump is stained with original sin and must be removed to make way for utopia?

In short, we are to understand that Trump-the-Monster (Trumpenstein?) single-handedly bred a political climate that produces everything bad directly out of his evil mind while exonerating establishment politicians of both parties whose political wreckage Trump only coincidentally rose out of. But it should be obvious that this makes history entirely irrelevant, since the Devil himself has triumphed. Whats the point of engaging in political action at all?

Liberals and fake radicals are so triggered by Trump that they dont even notice their descent into madness, much to the delight of a vast swath of middle America that is willing to re-elect Trump on that basis alone. The incredibly misguided resistance has somehow convinced itself that boundless indignation over Trump will lead them to victory. They do not see, apparently cannot see, that their indignation is Trumps rocket fuel: the more they hate him, the higher and farther he flies. Until they can stop being triggered by him, they have no chance of making him go away.

Investigative journalist Allan Nairn, a longstanding critic of the Democratic party, voices the thoughts of many progressives on this election eve:

Democrats are arguably war criminals not as big as the war criminals on the Republican side, but still war criminals. And they belong in prison. But we are facing such a crisis in this country at this moment that you have to use your head. You have to be tactical. You have to, at this moment, vote in the warmongers who will preserve democracy to block the warmongers would abolish it and t...

19:55

Russia and China Invest in Infrastructure; U.S. Instead Spends on Military Strategic Culture Foundation

US infrastructure is rotting; and, while every recent US President has promised to reverse that decline, none has done anything significant to repair this nations rotting infrastructure it has always been just talk and empty promises.

19:52

Undercover Documentaries on the Diabolical israeli (apartheid state) Lobby Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Undercover Documentaries on the Diabolical Israeli Lobby by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) Israeli lobby power exerts enormous influence over nearly all members of Congress. With rare exceptions, House or Senate members dont dare confront it or criticize Israeli policies, a career ender for some who tried. Truth-tellers about Israeli state terror []

19:51

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Give Yourself Away Pour Yourself Out Fulfill Your Vows Peace and Freedom

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Bring in the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.

The last shall be first and the first last.

Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 486

Reading 1 PHIL 2:5-11

Brothers and sisters:
Have among yourselves the same attitude
that is also yours in Christ Jesus,Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and, found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
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Responsorial Psalm  PS 22:26B-27, 28-30AB, 30E, 31-32

R. (26a) I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him.
The lowly shall eat their fill;
they who seek the LORD shall praise him:
May your hearts be ever merry!
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
All the ends of the earth
shall remember and turn to the LORD;
All the families of the nations
shall bow down before him.
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people. 
For dominion is the LORDs,
and he rules the nations.
To him alone shall bow down
all who sleep in the earth.
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
To him my soul shall live;
my descendants shall serve him...

19:45

Trump Regime Blames Iran for Its Own High Crimes Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Trump Regime Blames Iran for Its Own High Crimes by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) The blame game is longstanding US policy, blaming other governments for its own wrongdoing notably its endless high crimes of war and against humanity, along with supporting the scourge of terrorism it pretends to oppose. The []

19:44

Socialism and the ballot Dissident Voice

In recent elections, it seems American voters have had little choice but to elect candidates they perceive as being on their side, or perhaps as being better than the other guy. Since the enfranchisement of women and Black Americans in the course of the last century, voter participation has been too easily circumscribed by powerful elements, and often approached as if little more than a championship football game. Damage control is simple enough when just two teams play, when only two rule books vie for predictable outcomes, and when always, always, the rich get richer in the end, win who may. Certainly, to an appreciable extent, voters themselves have co-produced this system. Albeit, this problem is nothing new to anarchists who have long pointed out that democracys fundamental flaw is that it pivots on processes, not results.

Now, in a country where monopoly pretends to validate the total success of financial as much as political ventures, there may be a telling irony to the current American political moment, a time in which a protracted battle for supremacy yet rages between the major political parties and underscores, rather than snuffs, radical sentiments and the concomitant trends in voting behavior that bespeak them. For many voters today, these elections indicate a departure from what was not so long ago perceived as politics as usual. Obamas election marked a kind of departure from the Bush-Gore election moment, and now, right-wing populism and white nationalism once again leave their substanceless but de-democratizing watermark on the pages of American political history being underwritten by Donald Trump, a shameless clown.

With this years midterms, voters yet witness what has been seeping through the political cracks all along. Rather than being eclipsed by the usual two-party political football rivalry, and now a peculiarly self-serving presidency, socialist ideas are being floated with a fresh degree of regularity, and very much at the grass-roots level. Some of this years candidates, notably women and members of minority and marginalized groups, folks who propound radical ideas to realize necessary dreams, seek to secure historically off-limits establishment positions. One question is why, now, in this utmost neoliberal moment, do socialist ideas lure voters away from either ideology of the dominant, entrenched camps in support of once unthinkable political victories?

The economists who have published the recent World Inequality Report 2018 offer several income-based observations that elucidate a potential, if partial, answer to this question. For example, Piketty and colleagues state:

Until recently, most available long-run series on inequality focused on top-income shares. [W]e present new findings on how the shares going to the lowest groups of populations have evolved. [B]ottom-income shares have declined significantly in many countries. In particular, we docum...

19:33

Miguel Amors: Culture as the spectacular domestication of desire Enough is Enough!

In a further installment on our (Autonomies) series of May 68 writers, we share Miguel Amors short essay Culture as the spectacular domestication of desire.

Originally published by Autonomies. Written by Miguel Amors.

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.

In the current historical phase, and insofar as a project opposed to the dominant system is conceivable, the recovery of culture as a Ciceronian cultura animi does not imply patient dedication to learning, or a craftsman-like cultivation of skill, or a militant restitution of memory. It is above all a practice of cultural sabotage inseparable from a total critique of domination. Culture died long ago and has been replaced by a bureaucratic and industrial substitute. This is why anyone who speaks of cultureor art, or the recovery of historical memorywithout reference to the revolutionary transformation of social life, speaks with a corpse in his mouth. All activity in this domain must be inscribed within a unitary project of total subversion; all creation must as a result be fundamentally destructive. One must not take flight from conflict; one must think seriously about it and remain within it.

Miguel Amors

The crisis of capitalism erodes all forms of human expression, transforming them into the alienated affirmation of desire.  Culture is rendered a commodity, a spectacle to be passively consumed in the times and spaces of oppression.

A third essay by Miguel Amors continues our series on May 68 writers.

A situationist-inspired summary of the history and meaning of culture, from its origins as the privilege of leisured classes in ancient societies to its takeover by the bourgeoisie in the 19th century and its subsequent decline as todays mass culture of entertainment, which the author claims is subordinated to the logic of the commodity economy and is therefore a bureaucratic and industrial substitute, decontextualized and stripped of historical perspective and intended for the consumption of a passive, childlike spectator public. (...

19:28

Morning Prayer for Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Calm Down and Do the Next Right Thing The antidote to fear is faith Peace and Freedom

Fear and worry had me down. Drinking and using drugs increased them. I worried about what I had done. I was afraid of what the consequences might be. I was afraid to face people because of the fear of being found out. Fear kept me in hot water all the time. I was a nervous wreck from fear and worry. I was a tied-up bundle of nerves.

I had a fear of failure, of the future, of growing old, of sickness, of personal ruin, of suicide. I had a wrong set of ideas and attitudes.

We have to surrender these fears and worries to a Higher Power.  I now try to think faith instead of fear. Have I put faith in place of fear?

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Meditation for the Day

Spiritual power is God in action. God can only act through human beings. Whenever you, however weak you may be, allow God to act through you, then all you think and say and do is spiritually powerful. It is not you alone who produces a change in the lives of others! It is also the Divine Spirit in you and working through you. Power is God in action. God can use you as a tool to accomplish miracles in peoples lives.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may try to let Gods power act through me today. I pray that I may get rid of those blocks which keep His power from me.

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19:07

Chinas Trade Olive Branch Cant Dispel Fears of Clash With U.S. Both sides still think they have the upper hand. Peace and Freedom

  • Top Xi deputy says China still wants trade talks with Trump
  • Kissinger warns conflict would destroy hope for world order
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the Communist Party leadership was coming to terms with a fundamental shift toward a more assertive China policy in Washington. Henry Kissinger who helped broker the U.S.s 1970s rapprochement with China said he was fairly optimistic a wider clash could be avoided, but warned that failure would destroy hope for world order.
China Stands Firmly Against Unilateralism, Trade Protectionism, VP Wang Says

A top Chinese officials offer of trade talks with the U.S. on Tuesday did little to assuage concerns that the worlds two largest economies were headed for a confrontation that could disrupt the global order.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan a long-time ally of President Xi Jinping told Bloombergs New Economy Forum in Singapore that Beijing remained ready to discuss solutions to its trade war with the U.S. But Wang also warned that China wouldnt again be bullied and oppressed by imperialist powers, underscoring fears by business and political leaders on hand that rising nationalism in both countries would be harder to manage.

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18:59

#Amsterdam: Mobiele Eenheid squat goes to court! Enough is Enough!

Three weeks ago, the collective De Mobiele Eenheid squatted the building Gedempt Hamerkanaal 86, Spijkerkade 2 in Amsterdam Noord.

Originally published by Radar.

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

To counteract the commercialisation, mass-tourism and precarious housing market, we have created a social centre offering a weekly program. Soon after the buildings occupation in opposition to an all-encompassing property-based violence, the end is near. Following dangerous threats, the owner of the building is summoning the collective to court, based on his supposed plan to turn the building into a hotel.

Amsterdam contains a disproportionate number of hotels and is completely over-crowded. The hotel stop decreed by the previous city government, is hardly noticeable. But the owner in question, a diamond merchant and property speculator, knows that real diamonds nowadays have two legs, arrive in Schiphol and pull wheelie bags.

His presented plans are not only problematic, but also highly questionable. In 2006, the building was squatted for the first time and already then, the plan was to build a hotel. Besides an environmental permit in 2013, the owner has undertaken little to no action hinting at reconstruction of the building. Overall, the greatest part of his property has been standing empty for many years.

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18:57

Half of the Russians in London are spies, claims new report Peace and Freedom

Tens of thousands of Russian spies are living in Britain, a major report which has been endorsed by the former head of MI6 has warned.

A new study from the Henry Jackson Society thinktank said there were as many as 75,000 informants in London half the 150,000 Russians who live in the capital who are actively helping Moscows secret service.

The study also warned of a huge increase of Russian case officers in the UK over the past eight years, with 200 officers handling an estimated 500 agents.

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And the report estimated that as many as half of Russian Embassy diplomats are actively engaged in intelligence work.

The report said the number of spies now comfortably outstrips Cold War levels. Oleg

Read the rest (paywall):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/11/05/half-russians-london-spies-claims-new-report/

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Londongrad: Explosion in number of Russian spies in UK

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Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London in 2016 (Source: Getty)

The number of Russian spies in the UK has exploded in recent years with up to five times as many Russian case offices in the UK as there were in 2010, a new report says.

The report fro...

18:47

Everyone knows settlers (jewish terrorists) cut down Palestinian olive trees. But israel (apartheid state) doesnt care Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Settlers Attacking Palestinian Farmers Produce, and Israeli Authorities Dont Care  by Amira Hass Everyone knows settlers cut down Palestinian olive trees. But Israel doesnt care Israelis coming from a nearby northern West Bank outpost damage trees, steal olives and throw stones, yet the Palestinian villagers say involving the police is a waste of time The October 4 []

18:43

US midterms: why the world fears Trumpism is here to stay Peace and Freedom

The elections will be seen as a test of whether Donald Trump has permanently changed America

By Gideon Rachman in London

The world outside America is used to staying up all night to watch the US presidential election. The midterm elections, however, are not normally regarded as a global event. But this time is different. The results of the 2018 midterms will be seen all over the world as a crucial test of whether Donald Trump has permanently changed America.

The stakes have not been higher in a generation.

If the Republicans do well, then many will conclude that Trumpism is here to stay.

The rest of the world would have to make a long-term adjustment to an America that is highly protectionist and suspicious of treaties on principle whether they deal with climate change, arms control, refugees or migration. However, if the Democrats prosper on Tuesday night, then the US presidents foreign critics will cling on to the hope that the Trump years may yet turn out to be an aberration and that the old America is waiting in the wings to return.

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Countries that have been targeted by sanctions or tariffs by the Trump administration such as Iran and China will be keen to see the president receive a bloody nose at the ballot box. It is unlikely that significant Democratic party gains would be enough to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal or to roll back tariffs on China not least because many Democrats also lean towards protectionism and are hawkish on Iran.

But a big political setba...

18:31

Abahlali baseMjondolo: Factual Errors in Mail & Guardian Article Enough is Enough!

South Africa: Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement of Monday, 5 November 2018.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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

As everybody knows our movement has been subject to sustained violence, including assassinations by the izinkabi and murders by the police, municipal security and the Anti-land Invasion Unit. On 8 October we marched, in our thousands, against political violence.

We are not the only organisation that is subject to political violence in KwaZulu-Natal. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the South African Communist Party and various political parties, including the ruling party have all had their members assassinated. Most of the people who have been killed are ANC leaders who have been killed on the orders of other ANC leaders.

On 18 October Sbu Maphumulo the ANC councillor for Ward 88 in Umlazi was assassinated. The next day the African News Agency reported that:

Maphumulo made local headlines last year when shack-dweller group Abahlali baseMjondolo accused him of intimidating one of its Silver City, uMlazi, branch leaders at a community meeting.

The group claimed Maphumulo stormed the meeting with police officers and hitmen.

Speaking to ANA on Friday after the news of Maphumulos murder, Abahlali president Sbu Zikode said: He was one of the councillors that intimidated Abahlali leaders in our Silver City branch in Umlazi.

We had opened an intimidation case against him and the police would not arrest him. He would come into Abahlali meetings with his armed men and intimidate and disturb our meetings. May his soul rest in peace.

Having said that, I do want to say, our condolences to Maphumulos family and children. No human being deserves this kind of brutality. That is why we came out in our thousands last week to say killing of people must come to an end. May his soul rest in peace.

This report accurate...

18:30

Despite all the brave talk, israel confirms that no further illegal attacks on Syria have taken since Syria received S-300s Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli Air Force Shuns Attacks in Syria Since S-300 Delivery  Lawmaker Sputnik 05.11.2018 Russia has delivered 49 units of its sophisticated S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Syria in wake of the accidental destruction of a Russian Il-20 plane by Syrian air defenses responding to an Israeli attack. Ksenia Svetlova, who sits on the []

18:24

Photo of Brazil President-Elect Bolsonaros Sons Wearing IDF and Mossad Shirts Goes Viral The Anti-Media

Bolsonaro Sons IDF Mossad(MPN)  Just a week after far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaros electoral victory in Brazils presidential election, the consequences of fascism and support for apartheid and ethno-nationalism rising to power are already coming to fruition. A photo of Bolsonaros sons donning shirts depicting logos of Israels Mossad spy agency and Israeli Defense Forces (military) has gone viral, highlighting []

18:21

Revisiting BBC messaging on the Balfour Declaration BBC Watch

This time last year, the BBCs generous multi-platform coverage of the Balfour Declaration centenary had just come to an end.

As documented in our subsequent overview of the relevant BBC content:

Most of that BBC content adopted and amplified PLO framing of the Balfour Declaration as an injustice and advanced the notion that Britain should apologise for the century-old document.

Only five items out of the fourteen accurately informed BBC audiences that the Balfour Declarations second part which was for the most part presented as being incomplete and unfinished business specifically refers to the civil and religious rights of non-Jewish communities rather than, as was inaccurately claimed in the rest of the content, rights in general. []

The narrative of the Balfour Declaration as colonialism and an act that Britain had no right to carry out was repeatedly advanced in many of these items, as was the claim that the British government should take a stand against settlements. The anti-Israel BDS campaign was promoted in two of the items.

The notion that Palestinians were dispossessed of...

18:14

Turkey Vows To Make Sea Bandits Drilling Gas Off Cyprus Pay Like Terrorists In Syria Did Peace and Freedom

Ankara will not allow any sea bandits to roam free and tap the disputed natural gas reserves off Cyprus, Turkeys president has vowed, while commissioning a new warship to challenge competitors militarily, should the need arise.

We will not accept attempts to seize natural resources in the Eastern Mediterranean through the exclusion of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC),

Erdogan said Sunday, according to Daily Sabah. While claiming that Turkey has no ambitions to annex any territories, Ankara promised to protect the rights of our country and of our brothers.

Those who thought that they could take steps in the Eastern Mediterranean or the Aegean despite [this] have begun to understand the magnitude of their mistake. We will not allow bandits in the seas to roam free just like we made the terrorists in Syria pay, Erdogan said at a ceremony transferring the TCG Burgazada corvette to the Turkish Navy.

The exploration of hydrocarbon resources off the coast of the Republic of Cyprus has become a sensitive issue for the international community, ever since the first gas deposit discoveries were made off the coast in 2011. While the Republic of Cyprus belongs to the EU community and is recognized by the UN, TRNC, the northern third of the island, has been occupied by Turkey since 1974. As a result, Ankara continues to claim jurisdiction for offshore research in the East Mediterranean, an area thought to be rich with natural resources.

The region has recently witnessed an escalation in tensions, after the Turkish Navy intercepted a Greek frigate which tried to interfere with a Turkish research vessels seabed exploration on October 18.The incident prompted a diplomatic row with Greece, which traditionally supports the ethnically Greek government of the Republic of Cyprus. While Greece denied interfering with the Turkish research vessel, Ankara has cautioned its neighbor and longtime opponent not to stir trouble in the region.

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18:02

Russia: Israel endangered our troops by not giving notice before Syria strikes Peace and Freedom

Moscows foreign minister accuses IDF of placing Russian personnel in danger on several occasions; says Russia responded in contained but firm manner to downing of spy plane

This Thursday, December 29, 2016 photo shows an Israeli Air Force F-15 plane in flight during a graduation ceremony for new pilots in the Hatzerim air force base near the city of Beersheba, Israel. (AP/Ariel Schalit)
This Thursday, December 29, 2016 photo shows an Israeli Air Force F-15 plane in flight during a graduation ceremony for new pilots in the Hatzerim air force base near the city of Beersheba, Israel. (AP/Ariel Schalit)

Russias top diplomat on Monday accused Israel of breaching its commitment to inform Moscow before it carries out airstrikes in Syria, placing its military personnel in danger on several occasions and forcing Russia to respond in a firm but contained manner.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovs criticism came after Israel-Russia ties soured, following the September 17 downing of a Russian spy plane by Syrian forces during an Israeli air raid.

Moscows defense ministry had blamed Israel for the deaths of its 15 servicemen on the plane, arguing that Israeli jets were hiding behind the Russian aircraft. Israel denies that claim.

Israel and Russia have coordinated their military efforts in Syria in recent years, in order to avoid friction and accidental conflict. Israeli officials do not generally discuss the full extent of that coordination, but they stress that the Israeli military does not seek Russian permission before carrying out operations.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gestures as he attends a meeting with Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Thomas Greminger, in Moscow, on November 2, 2018. (Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

Jerusalem has touted the cooperation as a sig...

18:01

Saudi Arabia Grilled Over Human Rights Record at UN Meeting in Geneva The Anti-Media

Saudi Arabia Death Penalty(MEE)  Saudi Arabia has insisted that its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be fair, amid a barrage of criticism at a United Nations meeting on Monday. The half-day public debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva came just over than a month after the Saudi insider-turned-critic was murdered in the Saudi consulate []

17:57

Crown Prince launches project to build Saudi Arabias first nuclear research reactor Peace and Freedom

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a project to build Saudi Arabias first nuclear research reactor on Monday.

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)

The project is one of seven cutting edge ventures in the fields of renewable energy, atomic energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and aircraft design that were inaugurated by the crown prince, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The projects were discussed during his visit to King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

The new reactor will help Saudi Arabia conduct research develop technology for the countrys burgeoning nuclear industry.

The Kingdom plans to build two full nuclear power reactors for energy and as many as 16 over the next 25 years.

The design of the reactor has been developed by KACST scientists with the help of international experts. Construction of the reactor is already underway and expected to be completed by the end of next year.

It will follow all the safety standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The reactor is designed to use uranium oxide fuel with 2.1 percent enrichment.

One of the other projects reviewed by the Crown Prince is a center for the development of aircraft structures to be based at King Khalid International Airport.

The center is one of the largest buildings for developing aircrafts in the Middle East with an area of 27,000 square meters with plans to expand it to 92,000 square meters. The center has the capacity to manufacture most aircraft structures, whether civilian or military.

Another project is a genome laboratory for tackling genetic disease in the Kingdom. The National Laboratory of the Saudi Human Genome contains the latest technologies in the study of genetic code, and 100,000 samples which are being examined to create a medical database.

The laboratory is equipped to diagnose a large number of genetic diseases, which cost more than SR4 billion a year to treat.

During his tour of the KACST headquarters, Crown Prince Mohammed also reviewed two solar-powered water desalination plants. A plant in Al-Khafji will have a capacity of 60,000 cubic meters per day, while another in Yanbu will have a capacity of 5,200 cubic meters per day.

He was also briefed on satellite projects, including the SaudiSat 5A and SaudiSat 5B satellites.

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17:52

Australia central bank raises economic growth forecast Peace and Freedom

Australias central bank on Thursday said the economy was performing well and lifted its growth outlook while keeping interest rates at a record low but warned there were concerns about global trade.

The announcement comes as worries also begin to emerge about the countrys once booming housing market, which has slowed in recent months.

The Reserve Bank of Australia said this G20 economy continues to chug along and should expand around 3.5 this year and next, a fraction up from its previous forecast and continuing a global record 26 years of continuous growth.

AFP/File | Australians have looked increasingly jittery, with consumers tempering their spending and confidence steadily ebbing this year

Its main cash rate was left unchanged at 1.50 percent to stimulate consumer and business spending.

But it said there were doubts prompted by the direction of international trade policy in the United States, with Donald Trump having embarked on a protectionist agenda sparking standoffs with key partners including China and the European Union.

Meanwhile, at home consumers have looked increasingly jittery, with Australians tempering their spending and confidence steadily ebbing this year.

And a drop in house prices may be good news for renters, but it could hit the broader economy with recent buyers saddled with assets worth less than they paid for.

It wouldnt be too much of a concern yet, in the near term, Jason Yek of Fitch Solutions told AFP. But I do think housing prices are going to go down over coming quarters.

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne have increased by around 70 percent this decade, with wage growth lagging well behind, despite low unemployment rates.

Many Australians already find balancing the household books tougher despite the booming market and household debt remains at one of the highest levels of all OECD.

Some analysts predict household finances will only get tighter as a rash of interest-only home loans granted in 2015 end a five-year grace period.

By 2020, Yek said, many Australian home owners will have to start paying down the principle too.

According to NABs Consumer Anxiety Index the cost of living is still the biggest driver of Australian consumer angst.

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Trump to reporters after racist anti-immigration ad pulled A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive a lot of the time. Peace and Freedom

President Trump on Monday defended an anti-immigrant ad that critics called racist after several television networks said they would not run it, calling it effective and telling reporters their questions were offensive.

They certainly are effective, Trump told reporters as he was about to board Air Force One en route to another MAGA rally.

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to a series of campaign rallies. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to a series of campaign rallies. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Asked about charges that the ad which several networks have either refused to air or decided to stop running was offensive, the president went on the offensive himself.

A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive a lot of the time, he said.

Fox News, Fox Business and NBC said earlier Monday they would stop airing the ad, which was widely condemned as racist after NBC ran it during an NFL Sunday Night Football game.

Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network, said ad sales president Marianne Gambelli in a statement to reporters issued shortly after NBC made a similar announcement.

After further review we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible, an NBC spokesperson said in a statement to CNN, which has declined to run the ad at all.

Sunday Night Football already a ratings hit likely drew a bigger than usual audience because the game featured the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots and their star quarterbacks, Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady.

CNN had earlier declined to run the ad, deeming it racist.

The ad was part of Team Trumps campaign to demonize immigrants as the pivotal midterms approach to fire up the presidents nativist, America First base.

The ad paints a doomsday scenario in which an invasion of a few thousand Central America asylum seekers  many of them women and children traveling in a series of caravans supposedly posed a dire threat to American democracy.

The ad also featured Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant convicted of murde...

17:41

Civilians Trapped as Saudi Airstrikes and Warships Pound Yemeni City of Hodeidah The Anti-Media

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Saudi airstrikes and warships continue to pound the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Monday, with escalating strikes coinciding with Saudi-backed ground forces advancing closer to the city, just three miles from the port itself, according to officials. This further limits the movement of aid into and out of the vital port, which before the Saudi []

17:36

On Election Day, dont forget: Its a republic, if we can keep it Peace and Freedom

In perhaps one of the most poignant interactions surrounding the ratification of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall and was accosted by a citizen of Philadelphia who posed the question, What have we got, Mr. Franklin? A republic or a monarchy? Most have heard Franklins notorious, almost pessimistic reply, A republic, if you can keep it.

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Every other November, and sometimes more often, we vote. We send representatives to our townships, counties, state legislatures, and Washington, D.C., to represent our interests and ensure the future security of the republican form of government. Some elections receive more pomp and circumstance than others, but each is fundamentally necessary for the preservation of our way of governance.

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Yet, when a citizenry has so long been favored with the privilege of self-government, it often becomes callous to the blessings such a system bestows.

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Congressional approval in recent years often never rises above 25 percent, and even in years past, rarely reaches 35 percent. Presidential approval hovers in the 40-50 percent range, with the occasional spike in either direction during nation-shaking events. Inarguably, government has grown more intrusive than it was ever intended to be.

Inefficient, out-of-control spending creates a looming financial crisis, judicial activism runs rampant, as the nations courts create law rather than interpret it, trade barriers drive up production costs and hurt both producer and consumer, unwise foreign alliances and tedious appeasement policy attempt to band-aid wounds that need comprehensive surgery, border crises reveal that U.S. immigration policy is essentially nonexistent, and reform is desperately needed.

Winston Churchill famously said, The best argument against democratic government is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Some of the voting bloc recognizes that there is much work to do, but this is overshadowed by low voter turnout and apathy.

In presidential elections, voter turnout is about 60 percent, while midterm elections turn out roughly 40 percent of eligible voters and local elections turn out embarrassingly low numbers. People...

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Opinion: US midterms a battle over principle, not facts (Feelings seem to matter more) Peace and Freedom

The US midterms have taken on a new dimension because Donald Trump has made them all about himself. While the vote is still wide open, the president has indelibly changed the country, says DW editor-in-chief Ines Pohl.

    
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There are some bets you dont really want to win.

After I had spent a year travelling around the US as a reporter, my prediction ahead of the countrys 2016 presidential election deviated widely from prevailing opinion. It was clear to me that Donald Trump had a very good chance of moving into the White House. He did, and I won a bottle of bourbon.

Friend and foe

Two years later, the US faces elections again. This time, its not about the president, but the members of both houses of the US Congress. But in Donald Trumps America, everything on the political stage is also about him. Accordingly, he got heavily involved in the election campaign, working even harder over the past weeks on his agenda of splitting the world into friend and foe for instance by deploying more troops on the Mexican border than are stationed in Iraq.

Read moreWhy the US midterm elections matter for America and the world

This president actually makes things easy for his opponents. His heavy-handed, aggressive manner, the exaggerations and lies are reliably provocative, and the people he targets rarely leave an attack unanswered. That in turn keeps him in business and it prevents the Democrats from focusing on themselves and revamping both personnel and program. Their obsession with Trumps tweets means theyre neglecting to rally around a candidate who might in two years time, with the right policies, be able to prevent another four years of Trump.

Polarizing political system

This is particularly dangerous in a two-party system that polarizes in the first place because it does not have to rely on coalitions that would need a certain degree of compromise. Basically, it is detrimental to democracies when camps are so split that people dont even listen to the other side any more let alone admitting at times that their political...

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November 5, 2018: Former US-backed Militants Switch Sides In Conflict Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front Former members of US-backed militant groups are joining forces with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, operating in Syria, the WSJ reported on November 1. According to the report, approximately 2,000 fighters had joined the forces and have even started receiving salaries. The WSJ claimed that it was due to losing funding from the US. []

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New book names ex-KGB defector who outed FBI agent Robert Hanssen as Russian spy intelNews.org

A new book reveals for the first time the name of a former intelligence officer of the Soviet KGB who helped American authorities arrest Robert Hanssen, an American spy for the Soviet Union and Russia.

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Not on the Agenda Americas Wars Are a Non-Factor in Todays Midterm Elections Antiwar.com Original

The United States military is actively fighting in seven Muslim-majority countries; and no one cares. As Americans go to the polls today in a ritual pretense of democracy, they will vote for one of the two major political parties on issues ranging from healthcare to immigration to the basic personality of President Donald Trump. The Continue reading "Not on the Agenda Americas Wars Are a Non-Factor in Todays Midterm Elections"

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Chinese employees beaten and forced to drink urine after they failed to meet business goals Peace and Freedom

Public humiliation can often become the punishment for failure to produce enough, sell enough or meet business goals.

Human dignity is often lost when Chinese business goals are foremost. Censorship usually keeps these stories out of the public domain

Three managers of a home improvement firm in southern China have been jailed after they forced staff to drink urine, eat insects and flogged them with belts because they did not meet sales targets, local media reported on Monday.

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They were arrested after an employee of the company in Zunyi, Guizhou province claimed staff had been subjected to extreme punishments in a post on social media site Weibo last week. The hashtag employees who failed to meet their goals forced to drink urine has since been viewed almost 540,000 times.

The post included a video showing a man standing topless in the centre of a room being whipped by another man with a belt, with other people gathered around watching. It also shows people drinking cups of yellow liquid.

It was later deleted, but screenshots carried by news website Zunyi Yaowen showed text messages apparently sent by managers threatening staff with various punishments if they did not meet sales targets set by the company.

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Chinese man beats his wife in public Shame, shaming, public humiliation and loss of human dignity can be part of the social compact

If the sales goal has not been met by the end of this month, the team leader will have to eat three cockroaches for each failed sale, one text message read.

Other punishments involved drinking vinegar or toilet water, selling condoms and sanitary pads on the street and having their head shaved, according to other text messages in the post.

Two of the company managers have been jailed for 10 days, while a third manager will spend five days in jail, Zunyi police said in a statement on Weibo.

Many people on social media have asked why the employees did not quit...

15:52

More Bombs in Baghdad Despite Ministry Denials; Six Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

A spokesman for the interior ministry denied any bombs exploded in Baghdad in the last day.

The post More Bombs in Baghdad Despite Ministry Denials; Six Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

15:43

China and U.S. Still moving toward a trade deal, not further away. Peace and Freedom

The United States and China will hold a delayed top-level security dialogue on Friday, the latest sign of a thaw in relations, as Chinas vice president said Beijing was willing to talk with Washington to resolve their bitter trade dispute.

The resumption of high-level dialogue, marked by a phone call last week between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, comes ahead of an expected meeting between the two at the G20 summit in Argentina starting in late November.

It follows months of recriminations spanning trade, U.S. accusations of Chinese political interference, the disputed South China Sea and self-ruled Taiwan.

China and the United States have both described last weeks telephone call between Xi and Trump as positive. Trump predicted hed be able to make a deal with China on trade.

In a concrete sign of the unfreezing, the U.S. State Department said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Chinese politburo member Yang Jiechi and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe will take part in diplomatic and security talks later this week in Washington.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, meets with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe in Singapore, Oct. 18, 2018.

China said last month the two sides had initially agreed in principle to hold the second round of diplomatic security talks in October but they were postponed at Washingtons request amid rising tensions over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

Mattis had been due to hold talks with Wei in Beijing in October, but those plans were upended after Washington imposed sanctions on Chinas Peoples Liberation Army for buying weapons from Russia.

Mattis did meet Wei in Singapore on Oct. 18 and told him that the worlds two largest economies needed to deepen high-level ties to reduce the risk of conflict.

Speaking in Singapore on Tuesday, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, who is close to Xi, reiterated Chinas readiness to hold discussions and work with the United States to resolve trade disputes as the worlds two largest economies stand to lose from confrontation.

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Both China and the U.S. would love to see greater trade and economic cooperation, Wang told the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore.

The Chinese side is ready to have discussions with the U.S. on issues of mutual concern and work for a solution on trade acceptable to both sides, he said.

The world today faces many major problems that require close co-operation between China and the United States, Wang said.

Wang echoed comments made by Xi on Monday at a maj...

15:34

Trumps Republican Populism Much of his record is easily lost amid the Trumpian tweets and excesses Peace and Freedom

Why he succeeds where Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura failed.

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Long before he was president, Donald Trump was a celebrity, a walking, talking jumble of political incorrectness who rode his billionaire populism all the way to the Oval Office.

But a funny thing happened to Mr. Trump once he became president. At some point he understood that if he was not to fizzle out like so many populists before himthink pro wrestler turned governor Jesse The Body Ventura in Minnesota or Arnold The Terminator Schwarzenegger in Californiahe would need to tether his populism to the Republican policy agenda. And, mostly, he has.

This record is easily lost amid the Trumpian tweets and excesses. Even so, it remains a record most Republicans cheer: a major overhaul of the tax system that has brought the economy roaring back to life, two stellar jurists seated on the Supreme Court and a record number of nominees confirmed for the district and appellate courts, a thoroughgoing regulatory overhaul courtesy of what had been the la...

15:22

US networks pull racist Trump ad on eve of midterms Peace and Freedom

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Aaron P Bernstein / Getty Images / AFP | US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally for Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun on November 5, 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

NBC, Fox News and Facebook pulled an ad by President Donald Trumps campaign that critics had labeled racist as a bitter election fight for control of the U.S. Congress headed on Monday for an unpredictable finish.

Tuesdays elections, widely seen as a referendum on Trump, have been portrayed by both Republicans and Democrats as critical for the direction of the country.

At stake is control of both chambers of Congress, and with it the ability to block or promote Trumps agenda, as well as 36 governors offices.

A surge in early voting, fueled by a focus on Trumps pugilistic, norms-breaking presidency by supporters of both parties, could signal the highest turnout in 50 years for a midterm U.S. election, when the White House is not on the line.

The 30-second ad, which was sponsored by Trumps 2020 re-election campaign and which debuted online last week, featured courtroom video of an illegal immigrant from Mexico convicted in the 2014 killings of two police officers, juxtaposed with scenes of migrants headed through Mexico.

Critics, including members of Trumps own party, had condemned the spot as racially divisive.

CNN had refused to run the ad, saying it was racist. NBC, owned by Comcast Corp, said on Monday...

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Cancer-Linked Chemicals Manufactured by 3M Are Turning Up in Drinking Water cryptogon.com

Via: Bloomberg: Water tests show that 110 million Americans have levels of PFAS in their water that the most cautious scientists call unsafe, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that advocates for public health issues. At the same time, new studies show how the chemicals can cause harm even at tiny doses. []

14:41

US midterms: Democrats take partial control of Congress in blow to Trump Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Democrats capitalise on some voters' anger toward Donald Trump's xenophobic rhetoric by taking control of House of Representatives

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To Change The World, Treat Your Rebels Well PopularResistance.Org

Throughout history, there has been tension between those who desire obedience to authority and those who question authority. It is those who question authority that contribute to social change, but our culture does not treat them well. We speak with psychologist Bruce E. Levine about his latest book, "Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person's Guide to being an Anti-Authoritarian - Strategies, Tools and Models" and the lessons it teaches for the political moment in which we find ourselves, how anti-authoritarianism is being suppressed and what we must do.

13:30

Why the US-Saudi Crisis will Pass The Angry Arab News Service/

My article in Consortium News about "Why the US-Saudi Crisis will Pass"

13:00

Under the Pakistani volcano Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Via The Saker November 04, 2018 While Khan plays on a complex geopolitical chessboard, Chinese aid could be a financial lifeline as Islamabad faces off against deadly religious extremism by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) It has been a breathless week, huddled in the shadow of the simmering, []

12:58

Narrative Divergence and Degrees of Blessed Freedom Dissident Voice

Today in America, a tug of war rages between two competing visions of the public interest. One vision is indicative of direct democracy as evidenced by the mammoth and spontaneous Trump rallies. The other is the same ole top-down imposition orchestrated by managed democracys invisible rulers. Look at the obligatory apparatchiks at Obama rallies. No comparison.

The first vision is both subversive and organic, deriving its strength from the economic populism (Make America Great Again MAGA) that Donald Trump has so effectively cultivated in his role as anti-establishment outsider. (Ive suggested elsewhere Trump is supported in this populist crusade by an America-First subset of the elite intent on trade normalization and re-industrialization. The plot thickens.)

The second vision is overwhelmingly reactionary, roughly comprising the establishment parties (Democrats and RINO Republicans), the Trumanite Military-Industrial-Surveillance-Media-Complex, the US Chamber of Commerce (multinational corporatism), the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a relative latecomer: Antifa foot soldiers dedicated mostly to Open Society Foundation paychecks. Soon, full employment will hire these Bolshe-vistas away.

Too bad so many decent moderate and left-leaning Americans are effectively caught in the dissonant headlights of the second visions media-propagated, out-sized fear of Trumpism.

Managed Democracy has little choice but to ignore the booming economy and satisfy itself with telegenic pratfalls, such as how Trump occasionally walks in front of his wife and sets umbrellas down without closing them. To Americas great credit, the CNN snarks are losing big-time. Trumps job approval keeps rising despite the relentless whingeing. Even a 92% media negativity onslaught cant avert the upward ascent of Trumps numbers (see the Media Research Center and recent Gallup numbers, below).

Then just ye...

12:56

Making America as secure as Israel Israelis train U.S. police Aletho News

By Alison Weir | CounterPunch | February 3, 2005 When youre receiving advice free or otherwise, its wise to first evaluate the source. Its probably not the best idea to hire a squinting optometrist, a limping podiatrist, or a toothless dentist. If youre considering a heart surgeon and a search for his previous patients turns []

12:13

The Pentagon Realised What It Has Done the Chinese Put the US Army on Its Knees Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 04, 2018 By Ivan Danilov Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/ivan-danilov-the-pentagon-realised-what-it-has-done-the-chinese-put-the-us-army-on-its-knees/ source: https://ria.ru/analytics/20181104/1532106144.html In the system of national defense of the US a gaping vulnerability was found that is very difficult to close. The reaction of the Pentagon is reminiscent of badly hidden panic, and journalists who examined the results of []

12:07

For the first time since the Cuban crisis, nuclear war threat is real Stephen Cohen Aletho News

RT | November 5, 2018 The US has announced its withdrawal from the historic nuclear arms treaty with Russia. How serious of a setback is this for the two countries relations and global security? We talked to Stephen Cohen, contributing editor of The Nation magazine, professor emeritus at Princeton University, and author of the []

11:30

Pipe Bombs: Frantic Denunciations of the False Flag Concept OffGuardian

Graeme MacQueen Onto the 24-hour reality show that is U.S. politics, 15 package bombs recently made their entrance. The devices were sent to vocal opponents of Mr. Trump, most of them prominent members of the Democratic Party. The incident became public on October 25, less than two weeks before the November 6 elections that mark the middle of Trumps first term. Now, it is an interesting question as to whether the designated perpetrator, Cesar Sayoc, is a lone wolf terrorist or a patsy acting on behalf of larger forces. I am encouraged to see researchers exploring the second possibility. But my focus in this article is different. The suggestion that the package bomb incidents might be false flag attacksattacks by opponents of Trump deceptively imputing the attacks to his supporters to discredit them before the electionswas rapidly put forth. Among the fastest off the mark were right-wing pundits, so it was easy enough for various liberals (whatever this term means today in the U.S.) to characterize the false flag suggestion as a variety of right-wing

11:22

43 Years of Green March: Moroccos Occupation of West Sahara INTERNATIONALIST 360

Nov. 6 marks 43 years of Moroccos occupation of the Western Sahara, which has forced the Saharawis to continue living in precarious conditions in the desert. On Nov. 6, 1975, a mass demonstration was held by Morocco to force Spain to hand over the disputed province of Spanish Sahara to Morocco. During the infamous Green March 350,000...

11:09

Brazil: New Fascist Rio Governor Wants Snipers and Assassins INTERNATIONALIST 360

Gabriel Deslandes Rio police killed over 1000 people last year. Now Jair Bolsonaros neofascist gubernatorial ally says he wants police snipers to assassinate low level drug traffickers in favelas. The new Rio de Janeiro Governor-elect, Wilson Witzel, from the Partido Social Cristo (Social Christian Party/PSC) was elected with a campaign focused on one of Jair...

11:00

The New Battle For Nicaragua INTERNATIONALIST 360

Western media present the unrest in Nicaragua as a black and white fight between a brutal dictatorship and peaceful student protests. redfishs on the ground investigation finds thats far from the truth Months of civil unrest in Nicaragua have left hundreds dead and wounded. The international media has chosen to put the blame squarely on...

11:00

Russia and China Invest in Infrastructure, US Instead Spends on Military INTERNATIONALIST 360

Eric Zuesse Chinas Belt and Road Initiative is famous as an extension of their domestic infrastructure investments, but Russia is also investing heavily in infrastructure. Both countries need to do it in order to improve the future for their respective populations, and both Governments have avoided the Western development model of going heavily into debt...

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Saudi Arabia grilled over human rights record at UN review Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Several countries call for 'credible' and 'transparent' investigation into murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at UN meeting in Geneva

09:58

US and Mauritania in dispute over slavery charge Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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US pulled African country's status as a preferential trade partner, accusing Mauritania of tolerating forced labour and slavery

09:52

Palestinian Authority presents photo of Holocaust victims as photo of Muslim victims of Israel Jihad Watch

War is deceit, said Muhammad (Bukhari 4.52.268), and the Palestinians listened closely. Of course, even the Palestinian nationality itself is invented. The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality, today there is []

09:48

Pentagon Spins Taliban Defeat of ISIS As Its Own Victory ThereAreNoSunglasses

US military continues to spin a Taliban victory against Islamic State as its own

In the Department of Defenses latest quarterly report on Afghanistan, the US military claimed the Talibans victory against the Islamic State Khorasan Province in Jawzjan over the summer as its own. The US militarys claim highlights just how desperate it is to report success in Afghanistan, and how infrequent those successes are in reality.

At the end of July 2018, the Taliban massed its forces and targeted a large cadre of Islamic State fighters that were based in Darzab district in Jawzjan. The Taliban operation was decisive; the Islamic State was routed. More than 150 of the 600 Islamic State operatives based in the district were killed and an estimated 100 more were wounded. Another 134 were captured by the Taliban. [See FDDs Long War Journal report, Taliban says Islamic State has been completely defeated in Jawzjan.]

Following the drubbing by the Taliban, more than 250 Islamic State fighters and a handful of leaders, including the groups military commander for the...

09:31

Dont be Flattered, Fooled and Flummoxed in Tomorrows Election Dissident Voice

Lets face it. Most politicians use the mass media to obfuscate. Voters who dont do their homework, who dont study records of the politicians, and who cant separate the words from the deeds will easily fall into traps laid by wily politicians.

In 2002, Connecticut Governor John Rowland was running for re-election against his Democratic opponent, William Curry. Again and again, the outspent Curry informed the media and the voters about the corruption inside and around the governors office. At the time, the governors close associates and ex-associates were under investigation by the U.S. attorney. But to the public, Rowland was all smiles, flooding the television stations with self-serving, manipulative images and slogans. He won handily in November. Within weeks, the U.S. attorneys investigation intensified as they probed the charges Curry had raised about Rowland. Rowlands approval rating dropped to record lows, and impeachment initiatives and demands for his resignation grew. He was prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned. Unfortunately, enough voters were flattered, fooled, and flummoxed to cost Bill Curry the race.

In 2004 Tom Frank, a Kansas author, wrote: The poorest county in America isnt in Appalachia or the Deep South. It is on the Great Plains, a region of struggling ranchers and dying farm towns, and in the election of 2000, George W. Bush carried it by a majority of greater than 75 percent. Inattentive voters are vulnerable to voting against their own interests. They are vulnerable to voting for politicians who support big business and ignore their interests as farmers, workers, consumers, patients, and small taxpayers. Big Business will not spur change in a political system that gives the fatcats every advantage. Change must come from the voters, and heres how:

President Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress are masters at flattering voters and lying about their positions on issues ranging from health care to the minimum wage. Before you vote, rid yourself of all preconceived, hereditary, ideological, and political straitjackets. Use two general yardsticks for candidates for elective office: Are they playing fair and are they doing right?

Stay open-minded. Avoid jumping to conclusions about candidates based solely on their stance on your one or two top issues. Pay attention to where these politicians are on the many other issues that profoundly affect you and your family. If you judge them broadly rather than narrowly, you will increase your influence by increasing your demands and expectation levels for public officials. There are numerous evaluations of their votes, easily available on the Internet.

Know where you stand. A handy way to contrast your views with those of the incumbents and challengers is to make your own checklist of twenty issues, explain where you stand and then compare your positions, the candidates votes and declarations. Seeing how their positions or their ac...

08:56

Why Professional Wrestling is the Perfect Metaphor for US Politics The Anti-Media

(CJ Opinion)  I havent been writing about the US midterms much, because I dont care about that nonsense anymore. The whole things a fake pro wrestling performance staged every couple of years to give a heavily armed populace the illusory sense that they have some degree of control over the things their government does. By this []

08:38

Hugh Fitzgerald: Those JewsAlways Complaining About Antisemitism This and Antisemitism That Jihad Watch

Members of the Labour Party hit a moral rock bottom the other day. In County Durham, Steve Cooke, the secretary of a local chapter of the Party, presented a resolution condemning the murder of 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue. He couldnt imagine that anyone would object. He was wrong: A local chapter of the []

08:27

UK: Muslim rape gang member told victims mother that the police wont touch us Jihad Watch

The mother says: I think being in fear of being called racist. The police deny this, but thats obviously what it was. All of Britain was and is paralyzed by this fear, as the charge destroys careers and lives. Apparently the British would rather lose their freedom and their very nation than be seen as []

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Tunisian PM reshuffles cabinet to boost troubled economy Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Trump wants to impose sanctions gradually on Iran's oil Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Afghan delegation to attend multilateral peace talks in Russia Aletho News

Press TV November 5, 2018 An Afghan delegation will attend international talks on the war-torn country, which are scheduled to be held in the Russia capital Moscow this month. The spokesman for the High Peace Council, Sayed Ihsan Taheri, said on Monday that the council would send four representatives to the meeting, which will []

06:42

Realism Israeli-style: A kinder, gentler occupation Mondoweiss

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The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War
by Micah Goodman, Translated by Eylon Levy
264 pp. Yale University Press $26

Israeli Jews arent communicating. Theyre not listening to each other. Theyre blaming each other. The problem isnt ideological polarization; ideology has imploded. Israels political discourse is degenerating not because Israelis have moved apart from one another but precisely because they have drawn closer to one another. The conflict isnt any longer about ideas, its about tribe against tribe, a battle of identities. One tribe, the left, having long since abandoned its belief in socialism and more recently seen its vision of peace shaken by the Second Intifada, now focuses on the demographic threat posed by the 1967 occupation. The other tribe, the right no longer argues that settling the territories will bring redemption but instead insists that withdrawing from them will bring disaster.

The irony? Both left and right are correct! The right is correct that a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria would endanger Israel. The left is correct that a continued presence in the territories would endanger Israel. Its a double-bind. A catch-22 (or, rather, a catch-67, in reference to the territory occupied in the  June 67 war). It turns out that everyone is right, and since everyone is right- all are trapped. Discourse is frozen.

Or so argues Micah Goodman, a researcher at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem (previously best known for his work on Maimonides) and a resident of the Jewish West Bank settlement of Kfar Adumim. (I would rather not be called a settler, says Goodman. its where I live, not who I am).

Goodmans book, Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War (recently available in an English translation) topped the Israeli nonfiction best seller list for weeks after its original Hebrew publication in March 2017. According to The Times of Israel, it was

read in Israels halls of power Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seen carrying it in the Knessets corridors with a bookmark peeking from its pages and by many top officials involved in administering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ID...

06:37

Not Too Big to Fail: Facebooks Long Reign May Be Coming to an End The Anti-Media

Facebook Killing Independent News facebook steemit blockchain social mediaSears and Blockbuster fell because neither was able to adapt and grow with its consumer base. Is Facebook making the same mistakes? (FEE)  Over the last several years, Facebook has gone from facilitating the free flow of information to inhibiting it through incremental censorship and account purges. What began with the ban of Alex Jones []

06:00

On eve of midterms, Netanyahu hails Trump as courageous, determined on Iran Mondoweiss

Today the US government reimposed all sanctions on Iran lifted with the 2015 nuclear deal forged by former president Barack Obama. The sanctions will hit oil exports, shipping and banks, and make it difficult to do business with the oil-rich nation. (BBC)

Europeans are vowing to violate the sanctions, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is over the moon. He spoke at the Knesset today, in praise of Donald Trump, a day ahead of the US midterms.

This day is a historic day. This is the day on which the United States, led by President Trump, imposed the most severe sanctions on Iran, the most severe sanctions imposed on Iran since the beginning of the effort to stop its aggression And the second wave of sanctions, especially the sanctions imposed on the SWIFT, the banking clearing system used by the Iranian regime, will add a very severe blow to Irans terrorist regime.

I believed that sanctions must include this element of credit clearance. I raised this several times, even during my last meeting with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and I am pleased that the US has decided to include this component, the credit component

I would like to thank President Donald Trump again for a courageous, determined and important decision. I think that this contributes to stability, security and peace

This is a great day for the State of Israel. This is a great day for the people of Israel. This is a great day for the future of Israel.

Donald Trumps largest donor, Sheldon Adelson, is also a big supporter of Netanyahu. Adelsons issue is Israel, and he and his wife have poured more than $55 million into the Republican effort in the midterms. Adelson sought Trumps dramatic policy moves in the Middle East, tearing up the Iran deal, moving the embassy to Jerusalem, and defunding the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

Netanyahus praise for Trump is sure to aggravate Israels image problems among U.S. Jews, about 3/4 of whom vote Democratic. Haaretzs Allison Kaplan Somer has said that American Jews may never forgive Israeli leaders for refusing to blame Trump in the wake of the Pittsburgh massacre. As IfNotNow writes:

Not only did Israels leaders choose Trump over American Jews but they did so easily, naturally, without hesitation, leaping to the defense of a political leader who is...

05:53

UN Envoy Angelina Jolie Calls for Ceasefire in Yemen The Anti-Media

Angelina Jolie Yemen(MEMO)  Angelina Jolie has called on the UN Security Council to expedite the ceasefire in Yemen and reach a lasting settlement of the conflict. The Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement distributed by the international organisation in Geneva on Sunday. Jolie said the Council should work with countries []

05:47

November 5, 2018: Former US-backed Militants Switch Sides In Conflict The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-5-2018-former-us-backed-militants-switch-sides-in-conflict/ Former members of US-backed militant groups are joining forces with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, operating in Syria, the WSJ reported on November 1. According to the report, approximately 2,000

05:47

Olive Branch Military Outpost Built Atop Afrin Cemetery bellingcat

Since the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and allied Syrian Arab and Turkmen militias concluded Operation Olive Branch in Syria in late March of 2018, allegations of human rights abuses have widely circulated on social media.

Among these charges is the destruction of graveyards and accompanying shrines throughout Afrin. Videos and photographs have surfaced depicting Yezidi religious shrines looted and vandalised, as well as a cemetery housing of fallen Peoples Protection Units (YPG) and Womens Protection Units (YPJ) fighters being destroyed with construction equipment.

Using publicly available satellite imagery and photographs taken on the ground, we have examined one such case near the town of Anqele in Afrin. Following the towns capture by TSK and allied Syrian opposition groups, a hilltop military position was constructed on top of a local shrine as well as portions of a cemetery (located here). The Ali Dada shrine was completely leveled, while numerous graves have disappeared underneath the recently moved dirt. Months afterwards, this occurrence was reported on by local media activists in Arabic and in English. Like many such allegations and reports, it did not receive wider attention.

A communal meal being eaten on the hilltop near Ali Dada shrine in 2014 (source).

Anqele is situated in the Sheikh al-Hadid subdistrict of Afrin and sits on hilly terrain overlooking Syrias western border with Turkey. It is adjoined in the north to the town of Senare, while the graveyard and shrine in question lie on a hilltop to the east. The hilltop is elevated approximately 60 meters above the town and 90 meters higher than the small valley further east, making it a natural vantage point over the surrounding area. On the other side lies a forested ridge which reaches out toward Afrin city. This portion of the countryside to the west had seen no combat prior to 2018 and, likely due to its relative low elevation and proximity to the Turkish border, had not been fortified by the YPG.

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05:38

Watch the film the Israel lobby didnt want you to see stan van houcke

Watch the film the Israel lobby didnt want you to see

The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby  USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israels covert influence campaign in the United States.
It is today publishing the first two episodes. The Paris-based Orient XXI has published the same episodes with French subtitles.
The film was made by Al Jazeera during 2016 and was completed in October 2017.
But it was censored after Qatar, the gas-rich Gulf emirate that funds Al Jazeera, came under intense Israel lobby...

05:37

#HambacherForest: Expropriation of the #meadow: #RWE workers and their interests only forgotten? Enough is Enough!

Hambacher Forest: Expropriations are by law in the public interest. For example, because of jobs. Significantly, neither RWE in the application for expropriation of the meadow (Wiesen camp, EIE) nor NRW in the 3rd Framework Plan substantiate this expropriation with workers interests. Was that only forgotten by RWE and NRW? Kurt Claen, the owner of the meadow, digs deeper and wants a statement. Embarrassing

Originally published by Hambi Bleibt. Images and video by @freundeskreisv.

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

The expropriation of the meadow at the Hambacher Forst, file number 65.04.2r 255-1-1
RWE employees are struggling to keep their jobs! RWE and NRW do not lift a finger?

When approving the 3rd framework plan Hambach for the continuation of the open pit Hambach 2020-2030 (District Government Arnsberg = NRW) and the application for expropriation of the meadow on Hambacher forest (RWE Power AG), the workers interests in the preservation of their jobs seem to have stayed completely unconsidered. As far we can see, the interests of the employees in retaining their jobs at RWE are neither matters to be taken into account in RWE s application for expropriation of the meadow at the Hambacher Forst (38 pages) nor matters to be considered in the approval of the 3. Framework plan Hambach 2020-2030 by NRW (374 pages).

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05:18

Capitalism Is Killing Patients And Their Physicians PopularResistance.Org

Until physicians are willing to accept the fact they they are being exploited by the same system that harms their patients, there will be no progress made in addressing physician depression and suicide. At that same time, until health care providers generally accept that it is our current capitalist system which puts profit production above the well being of every living thing on this planet--including themselves--we will not be able to effectively address true social and structural causes of disease and suffering. Capitalism exploits, damages, and destroys us all.

05:12

Pompeo: Unfortunate if Turkey decides to leave NATO.Turkey Already Gone? Penny for your thoughts

 When Pompeo claims it would be unfortunate if Turkey leaves NATO, Im curious as to what the context for the use of the word unfortunate is? What or who could make this move unfortunate? 

Unfortunate  regrettable or deplorable:  marked by or inviting misfortune
Greener Pastures

Is Pompeo suggesting that if Turkey leaves NATO (or doesn't get back in line) that departure would be marked by or inviting misfortune onto itself?  
 If so, who would deliver said misfortune on Turkey?
 Or create the circumstances that would lead to misfortune and regret?

I don't think Turkey would view it as a negative should they decide to exit NATO.
To my mind if Turkey was to leave/has left NATO they would certainly do so with the idea that the move was to greener or more favourable pastures.....


Better places and spaces. Ya know what I mean?

I'll underline Pompeo's words. Threats? Or not?

Keeping in mind Pompeo is ex CIA (if that's possible) and head of State.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should resist any temptation to leave NATO in pursuit of Russian friendship, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.
It would be unfortunate for NATO; itd be unfortunate for the United States, and I think even more unfortunate for the people of Turkey if that were to become the case, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told radio show host Tony Katz.

Pompeo was responding specifically the i...

05:10

How the Bersih movement is laying the foundation for a new Malaysia Waging Nonviolence

by Hema Preya Selvanathan

A protester holds the Malaysian flag with the word sold written on it during the Bersih 5 protests on November 18, 2016. (Bersih 2.0/Lim Yeok Quan)

The fifth and last round of mass street demonstrations in Malaysia organized by the Bersih movement took place almost two years ago. Bersih, meaning clean in Malay, is a movement demanding clean and fair elections. During the Bersih 5 demonstrations, thousands of Malaysians from different backgrounds came together under the slogan Satukan tenaga Malaysia baru, or Stand united for new Malaysia, to demand electoral reform. This rallying cry for change was in some ways answered during the recent historic elections held on May 9, and the movement continues to reshape Malaysian politics today.

For the first time since the founding of the country, the longtime governing coalition, the Barisan National, or National Front, lost to the opposition coalition, the Pakatan Harapan, or Alliance of Hope. The win was particularly surprising given the many malpractices that was put in place to favor the National Front, such as gerrymandering, vote-buying and manipulation of the electoral roll. Malaysia continues to rank near the bottom internationally on perceptions of electoral integrity according to the Electoral Integrity Project, which monitors electoral conduct worldwide.

In spite of the corruption that marred the elections, the win for the Alliance of Hope marked a momentous shift in the political landscape of Malaysia towards democratic principles. With a...

05:08

CNN Actively Helping Riyadh Spread Propaganda and Terrorize Khoshoggis Sons ThereAreNoSunglasses

View image on Twitter Jamal Khashoggis Son Forced To Meet Saudi King and Crown Prince For Photo-Op Whitewash

[Jamal Khashoggis sons are obviously being forced into dispensing Riyadhs propaganda line in the photo belowthe same look that Salah Khashoggi had on his face in the previous forced photo-op with the mad, young prince.]

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05:03

Leon de Winter versus Caf Weltschmerz stan van houcke


De Telegraaf-columnist Leon de Winter heeft via Twitter de aanval ingezet op Caf Weltschmerz. Hij citeert een joodse fanatieke zionist, die voor zover ik weet net als De Winter het prefereert om niet naar de zelfbenoemde 'Joodse Staat' te emigreren. Leest u zelf:

Leon de Winter

Uri van As over jodenhaat in ons land: "Caf Weltschmerz (biedt) een podium aan een bonte stoet antisemitische complotdenkers. Mensen als Arnoud van Doorn, Stan van Houcke, Cees Hamelink, George van Houts, Karel van Wolferen en Kees van der Pijl."


Zonder enige verwijzing naar wat nu precies 'antisemitisch' is. Wat is hier aan de hand? Enige tijd voor zijn dood vertelde de hoog-bejaarde joodse Nederlander, Hajo Meijer, die Auschwitz had overleefd, mij het volgende:

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04:55

Neocon Think-Tank Ridiculed for Claiming UK Has Up to 75,000 Russian Informants Aletho News

Sputnik 05.11.2018 The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) has published a report claiming up to half of Russian expats in the UK could be informants for the Kremlin, attracting ridicule. The neocon think-tanks report, titled Putin Sees and Hears It All: How Russias Intelligence Agencies Menace The UK, claims interviewees said anywhere between a quarter []

04:53

Pakistan Renews Servitude To Saudis After Latest Bailout ThereAreNoSunglasses

Pakistan Army To Submit To Saudi Anti-Iranian Warfare Plans?

Pakistani media delegation affirms support for Saudi Arabia against hostile media campaign

Riyadh  Minister of Media Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad met today in Riyadh with a Pakistani media delegation, currently visiting Saudi Arabia.

The Pakistani media delegation confirmed the solid relations between the two countries and affirmed their support for Saudi Ara...

04:52

Are You Syrious: Fake news and hate propaganda in Austrian media Enough is Enough!

At the border to Croatiaonly 224km from Austriamore than 20,000 people hope to break through on their way to Central Europe. An analysis from Group III (migration) in the interior ministry says the rush could happen soon. This is what fake news and hate propaganda looks like. The article, and this is only part of it, was published on Sunday by one of the most influentially daily newspapers in AustriaKronen.

Originally published by Are You Syrious. Slightly edited by Enough is Enough.

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The newspaper also writes that among people in Bosnia, 95 percent are male, mainly from Pakistan, Algeria, Iran and Morocco. Many armed with knives. One border police officer has already been attacked, and none of this is true.

Additionally, they write about a storm at the border, whatever that means.

On the other side of the border, thousands (but far from 20,000) of people who are looking for asylum in a safe country, or just dreaming about a better life, are deprived of their basic rights, left to live in mud with their children and families. Many of them are from war torn countries like Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, while some are coming from unstable states, where poverty, corruption and insecurity are preventing them to even hope for a better life.

Among people who are now in Bosnia, there are hundreds of unaccompanied minors and nobody takes care of them.

The government of Bosnia is weak and inefficient, and not able (or willing) to take care of asylum seekers or its own citizens who are leaving the country in large numbers. Over the last eight years, it is estimated that more than 150,000 people left Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the poorest countries in Europe, and among the poorest...

04:46

Israeli Air Force Shuns Attacks in Syria Since S-300 Delivery Lawmaker Aletho News

Sputnik 05.11.2018 Russia has delivered 49 units of its sophisticated S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Syria in wake of the accidental destruction of a Russian Il-20 plane by Syrian air defenses responding to an Israeli attack. Ksenia Svetlova, who sits on the Israeli parliaments defense committee has confirmed that Israeli warplanes had not []

04:32

Chinas Newest Bid for Influence Runs Through the Wests Backyard Peace and Freedom

Beijing is constructing parallel financial and commercial networks across Central and Eastern Europe to challenge the global order

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A highway construction site in Bioce, Montenegro, on June 18. Chinese engineers are building Montenegros first-ever highway.

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BELGRADE, SerbiaEurope is distracted by internal discord over immigration and its tense relationship with Russia and the U.S. Seeking to fill the void, China is taking advantage of a historic opportunity to wedge itself into the heart of the West.

Deal by deal, applying experience honed in Asia and Africa, China is constructing parallel financial and commercial networks in Central and Eastern Europe to challenge the global order. It has taken footholds in more than a dozen nations on the periphery of the European Union. Some, such as Hungary, are smaller, more marginalized members. Others, including Serbia, are on the runway for admission.

Chinese workers set a highway through Montenegros impassable mountains on pillars as tall as a 50-floor skyscraperpart of an emerging corridor of highways, ports and rail lines that outlines a new Chinese trade route between Greeces Aegean coast and Latvia on the frigid Baltic.

Chinese technology governs a new international money-transfer system in Serbia. Chinese banks gobbled up a newfangled issue of yuan-denominated bonds from Hungary. Outposts like Koice, Slovakia, are now stops for freight trains from China.

Beijings offers of trophy infrastructure and financial lifelines to troubled economies give those countries proposals they arent hearing from Washington and Moscow, which both generally view the region through prisms of national security. Nor are they hearing such proposals from Brussels, preoccupied with fraying EU cohesion.

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04:19

The Hague: 700 people on No Human Is Illegal demonstration Enough is Enough!

On Saturday November 3 700 people demonstrated under the slogan: No Human Is Illegal in the center of The Hague, Netherlands. Refugees traveled to the demonstration from four state refugee lager, including many children from family locations.

Originally published by Anti-Fascistische Aktie (AFA). Edited machine translation 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.

500 people gathered at the Peace Palace. After a speech from Anti-Fascist Action (AFA), the group that organized the demonstration, people started marching. More people joined on the route so that the demonstration grew to 700 people. In the center there was another speech by Stop the War on Migrants about the militarization of the European borders and the companies that make profit with it.

At the final point at the Helena van Doeverenplantsoen, several children from AZCs (state refugee lagers in the Netherlands, EIE) gave emotional speeches about their situation. About the friends they made, about the lives they have build up here and what they want to become later. Someone of the campaign Geen Kind aan de Kant (No child sided, EIE) also spoke about situations in family locations and how migration policy has an impact on children.

We look back on a very good and successful demonstration. We want to thank everyone who came to the demonstration, in particular everyone who came from AZCs.The fight certainly does not stop after this demonstration. The struggle continues unabatedly. S...

04:05

Whither Russiagate? Aletho News

By Philip M. Giraldi | American Herald Tribune | November 5, 2018 Two years have passed since the 2016 presidential election. Allegations that foreign interference had influenced the result, perhaps decisively, began to surface even as the last ballots were being counted. Against all odds underdog Donald J. Trump had been elected president and the []

04:00

Turning grief into energy for change: For 24 hours your gift to Mondoweiss can be multiplied! Mondoweiss

I have a confession. Its my job to gather people like you around the cause of justice in Palestine. Its my responsibility to marshal your energies and funds to strengthen Mondoweisss contribution to that cause. But in these dark times, I myself am often discouraged. The shootings in the U.S. and the constant Israeli violence push me toward despondency. Im writing now to share with you the simple, generous acts that have restored me to hope and action.

In recent weeks, I have met activists from around the globe, who have reminded me that we *can* and *must* use journalism to fight back against atrocities in Palestine as well as the U.S. corruption and racism that enable them. Im writing so you can hear the voices that have revived my commitment and energy for this work.

First, I must tell you of the remarkable offer from five Mondoweiss supporters, who are pulling together today to challenge you and others. These five people are offering up to $3,000 to match every gift we receive in the next 24 hoursa 1:1 match for gifts from prior donors, and a 2:1 match for new donors!

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Please give now so we dont have to leave any of the challenge funds on the table. Our generous supporters understand that in the wake of the Tree of Life shooting, there is a risk that American Jews will turn inward and become even more attached to Zionist myths that Israel promotes Jewish safety. They understand that Mondoweiss tackles that risk by representing the range of opinion among U.S. Jewsby reporting every day on so many different voices about anti-Semitism and its relation to Islamophobia.

The generosity of our current challenge donors is part of what has restored my hope. I am honored that they believe in the value of Mondoweisss truth-telling. And I know they would want me to express my gratitude also to the other activists who have re-energized me over th...

03:58

'We are waiting for death': Despite calls for peace, battles rage anew in Yemen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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03:52

Het Fanatisme van de Zionistische Lobby stan van houcke

De emeritus hoogleraar Internationale Betrekkingen Kees van der Pijl twitterde enigszins verbijsterd:

03:45

A hard days night for a rump of fascists humiliated in #Liverpool again! Enough is Enough!

Hundreds of protesters drove a far right group out of Liverpool on Saturday. The Merseyside and North West Frontline Patriots had intended to march to Derby Square in the city centre. Instead they never left Moorfields train station. Around 500 anti-fascist protesters pushed the small group of around ten fascists back onto trains out of the city.

Originally published by Unite Against Fascism.

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Anti-racists shouted, Youre not going anywhere, as the fascists were forced back. Video footage showed the patriots running up the steps of the station and back inside. Anti-fascists made sure they could not leave the stations other entrance to get into the city.

Some Newcastle fascists were so demoralised they didnt go to Moorfields station, at all.
Police tried to re route the fascists.  Anti fascists then stopped the fascists marching from.Old Hall street. The writing was on the wall.
Faced with determined, lively and broad numbers of anti fascists, the fascists were put back on a train and taken away.

The protest came a day after Alice Weidel, leader of German far right party Alternative for Germany, was forced to cancel a speech at Oxford university. Fear of mass anti-racist opposition forced Weidel to cancel the visit.

In Liverpool, Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Merseyside and Liverpool Stand Up to Racism called a demonstration in opposition to the group at Moorfields Station.It was supported by regional unions in the North West including the CWU, GMB, NEU, PCS, Unison and Unite.

Constituency Labour Parties including Bir...

03:43

World BEYOND War News: Opposing War in 175 Countries World Beyond War . . .

People have signed the Declaration of Peace in 175 countries now!

Has everyone you know signed it? Can you ask them to? Just forward this email. You can also bring signup sheets on clipboards to events, including Armistice Day events.

In particular, can you please send this to anyone you know in any of these places where nobody has yet signed: Mongolia, Cuba, French Guiana, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Benin, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, or Myanmar.


Celebrate Peace on Armistice Day #100!

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Your Chance to Meet WBWs Director David Swanson in Dublin!

The first International Conference Against U.S/NATO Bases is only two weeks away! Join World BEYOND War Director David Swanson in Dublin this November 16-18 for this historic, global gathering of the top experts, leaders, and activists in the close bases campaign.

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Did you know that the United States has more than 150,000 military troops deployed in more than 800 military bases in more than 130 countries? There are over...

03:42

In first, UK university divests from firms supplying Israel army Aletho News

Students hold a protest calling for an end of Israels occupation on Gaza at Leeds University, UK on 5 May 2018 MEMO | November 5, 2018 In the first move of its kind, a UK university has divested from companies that supply military equipment to the Israeli army following a student campaign. The University of []

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03:34

Islamists in Pakistan Schedule More Protests Against Asia Bibis Acquittal Peace and Freedom

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) on Monday said it plans to hold a million march in Karachi on Thursday against the Supreme Courts recent acquittal of Asia Bibi  a Christian woman who was previously condemned to death on blasphemy charges by lower courts.

November 05, 2018
A file photo of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal leaders.
A file photo of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal leaders.

Last Wednesday, the apex court, in a landmark judgement, had accepted Asia Bibis appeal against her sentence, following which several religiopolitical parties had taken to the streets to protest, which at some places had escalated into riots.

A day later, JUI-Fazl Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, whose party is one of several that constitutes the multi-party MMA alliance, had announced that a million march would be held in the port city, where he said the future strategy on the issue would be chalked out.

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JUI-Fazl Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman

Rehmans party today recapitulated their plans, urging party workers to gather at Shahrah-e-Quaideen on November 8.

Thursdays march will be Rehmans second major political event after he headed a rally in Peshawar last Friday.

In the P...

03:27

79 school pupils abducted in restive anglophone Cameroon Peace and Freedom

Gunmen kidnapped 79 school students on Monday in an English-speaking region of Cameroon where separatists are fighting an armed campaign for independence, security and government sources said.

The abductions, the worst incident so far in 13 months of unrest, came a day before longtime President Paul Biya was to be sworn in for a seventh term in office.

The students were abducted along with their principal, a teacher and a driver, the government official said.

AFP | The kidnappings come four weeks after longtime leader Paul Biya won re-election to a seventh term in office. Here paramilitary police are shown patrolling a pre-vote rally in the Northwest province

A source close to the school confirmed the kidnapping of the pupils, saying however: All we know is that the abducted students are mainly boys.

The first mass abduction in Cameroon follows two major such incidents in neighbouring Nigeria, where the Islamist group Boko Haram snatched more than 200 schoolgirls from the Borno state town of Chibok in April 2014.

Some 107 girls have since been released or found, but the Islamist group abducted scores more schoolgirls from neighbouring Yobe state in February this year.

The students kidnapped Monday were enrolled at the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda, capital of Cameroons Northwest Region one of two regions hit by attacks by anglophone militants that have met with a brutal crackdown by the authorities.

The search for the hostages has been launched every man has been called in, the government source said, speaking after a crisis meeting.

Elsewhere in the same region, a high-ranking local official was also seized, a security official told AFP.

The schools website says that the student body numbers more than 700, drawn from all the religious and linguistic origins of Cameroon.

The kidnappings coincide with an upsurge of political tensions in the majority French-speaking country.

It comes after elections on October 7 in which 85-year-old Biya, who has ruled the country with an iron fist for 35 years, was credited with 71.3 percent of the vote.

The polls however were marred by allegations of widespread fraud, low voter turnout and violence.

Around a fifth of Cameroons 22 million people are English-speaking a minority whose presence dates back to the colonial period.

Cameroon, once a German colony, was divided between Britain and France after World War I.

The French colony gained independence in 1960, becoming Cameroon. The following year, the British-ruled Southern Cameroons was amalgamated into it, giving rise to the Northwest and Southwest regions.

But resentment at perceived discrimin...

03:21

#RWE train driver disregarded international emergency signal and brought activists in mortal danger Enough is Enough!

Hambacher Forest,m Ende Gelaende: With a little delay, a report on an incident on Sunday, Oct 28th, 2018.

Originally published by Hambi Bleibt. Image above by @revomage

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.

On Sunday evening, a railway blockade by Ende Gelnde activists was violently evicted. A train with prisoners from this blockade was stopped by two people in a lock-on and came only to a standstill immediately before the blockade. This gave the police opportunity to a new misrepresentation and accusations of the activists. As we can read in the police press release:

rwelockonAbout 5:00 pm, two people chained themselves to the track in the course of the same. The driver of a rail bus with more than 40 passengers was only able to avoid a collision with the two darkly dressed persons with immediate emergency braking. Fortunately, the rail bus stopped about 10 meters in front of the people. The d...

03:12

Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On November 1-5, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

Battle For Yemen's Al-Hudaydah On November 1-5, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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Over the past weeks, the Saudi-UAE-led coalition has deployed signficiant reinforcements in the area south of the Houthi-controlled city of al-Hudaydah in western Yemen. The reinforcements include at least 10,000 troops and a few hundreeds pieces of military equipment.

Using these fresh forces, the coalition kicked off a new offensive in an attempt to capture the strategic port city. The coalition forces advanced in three main directions: in the area west of the airport, the area east of the airport and the area east of the city itself.

Thus, the coalition is aiming to isolate the airport, which is an important stronghold of the Houthis, from the rest of the city. A wider goal is to isolate the city itself from the rest of the Houthi-controlled area.

So far, the Houthis have not been able to stop the advancing coalition forces. The Houthis lack military equipment and anti-tank weapons to counter the mechanized infantry of the coalition. However, they are now concentrating forces for a counter-attack. The fate of the battle for al-Hudaydah will depend on the ability of the Houthis to force the coalition forces to withdraw from the city countryside.

Battle For Yemen's Al-Hudaydah On November 1-5, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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