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Saturday, 17 February

09:53

Will the Iran-Israel conflict in Syria lead to war? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Iran will only involve itself in a defensive war if it is attacked directly by Israel and the survival of the Islamic Republic is seriously threatened

00:35

New York Teamsters Become A Sanctuary Union PopularResistance.Org

Donald Trump is selling his proposal to dramatically cut immigration to the US as a necessary protection for the blue-collar workers of the US. Fewer immigrants would mean higher wages for American workers, and more opportunities for them to flourish, White House officials told reporters during a Feb. 14 call about the presidents plan. At least 120,000 workers are not buying that argument. Teamsters Joint Council 16, a union that represents workers in New York City and surrounding areas, has declared itself a sanctuary union to protect its undocumented members. Like some of the cities and states that have implemented sanctuary policies, it is refusing to cooperate with federal officials attempting to deport them, and will not collect any information that could be used for that purpose.

00:25

Close The Forever Prison At Guantanamo PopularResistance.Org

It was with heavy hearts that we, as members of Witness Against Torture, listened to Trumps State of the Union address Tuesday evening. We heard him attempt to stoke fear in his listeners with wave after wave of references to terrorists and criminals. He began by linking terror to illegal immigrants, border walls, chain migration, and visa lotteries, before moving on to ISIS, Al Qaida, rogue regimes, unlawful enemy combatants and more. By the time he mentioned the prison at Guantanamo, he had already clearly connected the foreigner and the immigrant with the idea of danger in his listeners minds. He had already skillfully set the stage when he announced his executive order to keep open the detention facilities at Guantnamo Bay. In Guantanamo, he reassured his listeners, we would have all necessary power to detain terrorists wherever we chase them down.

00:19

Texas High Schoolers Walk Out To Protest ICE Detaining Of Student PopularResistance.Org

HOUSTON, TX Dozens of high schoolers in Houston walked out of class on Wednesday in support of a classmate who was living in the United States illegally and was detained by federal immigration authorities following a fight at school. Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a 19-year-old student at Stephen F. Austin Senior High School in the Greater Eastwood neighborhood, was arrested on Jan. 30 on a charge he assaulted a student. Court documents allege Rivera-Sarmiento struck a female in the head with his fist, KTRK-TV reported. But the immigrant advocacy organization United We Dream says Rivera-Sarmiento was defending himself against bullies who were making fun of him over his immigration status. The group says the bullies even threw bottles at him.

00:17

Netanyahu is in trouble, but who will replace him? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The unfortunate truth is that no Israeli political leader - nor the electorate at large - is willing to take any risks for peace

00:15

Robert Steele in Tehran Times: Zionists Control US National Security, New Nuclear Policy is About Spending Billions (Stealing from the Poor, Giving to the Rich) Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Steele, Robert with Javad Heirannia. Zionists control U.S. national security policy: ex-CIA officer, Tehran Times, February 13, 2018.

I am a patriot, true to the US Constitution. The truth at any cost lowers all other costs. The Zionists own the Congress as well as the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security as well as Treasury and Commerce. The US Government is, generally speaking, in enemy hands. That is the truth.  Deal with it.

The absolute first step in cleansing the US Government is the elimination of the Zionist parasite. The Vatican (which should lose its diplomatic status), the Federal Reserve (which should be nationalized), the Rothschilds (who are seeking an exit strategy) are all secondary. Eliminating Zionist influence over US national security policy and eliminating Zionist blackmail of Members of Congress and eliminating Zionist electronic espionage advantages across both US Government and US commercial networks is Priority One.

See Especially:

Robert David Steele

See Also:

Steele, Robert, Zionism in America Steven Strikes & Counting, Veterans Today, 14 December 2017.

Steele, Robert, War in the Middle East, A strategic survey of possibilities, winners, losers, Veterans Today, November 18, 2017.

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00:11

ADAPT Condemns The Passing Of HR 620 Bill In The House PopularResistance.Org

Today, 59 million Americans with disabilities witnessed the U.S House of Representatives torpedo their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. HR620 was passed, and civil rights of disabled and older Americans went down in defeat. Over 27 years after passage of the worlds first comprehensive civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability the business-backed House of the people chose profits over people. The House decided that the burden of getting justice for discrimination against people with disabilities lies with the victim. Where is the justice in that? Even though more than 500 disability organizations sent letters to Congress opposing the bill, the Representatives who voted for the bill decided that the people with disabilities are second class citizens whose rights do not matter.

00:02

University Of Nebraska Faces Growing Calls To Expel Violent Neo-Nazi Dan Kleve PopularResistance.Org

Lincoln, NE Administrators at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) are facing mounting criticism over their choice to ignore safety issues posed by 23-year-old biochemistry major Dan Kleve. Anti-racists have been calling for Kleves expulsion from UNL since last summer, when images of him surfaced after the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville. Public pressure on administrators has been building again after the recent release of a video from a Google Hangouts session in which Dan Kleve describes himself as the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area and says I want to be violentreally violent. A similar video shows Kleve discussing his desire to murder a black man who asked him about his pagan tattoos. Kleves former roommate recently told Newsweek that the young man would keep an assault rifle in plain view and discussed wanting to kill black people...

00:00

Henry Makow: Feminism Created by US Communist Party/Cabal Public Intelligence Blog

Feminism Was Created by the US Communist Party

For newbies, I am reposting this key article, a review of Kate Wiegands Red Feminism: Communism and the Making of Womens Liberation (2002) as a reminder that the  transformation of society in our lifetime was quite literally Communist-inspired. Communism, in turn, was a creation of the Masonic Jewish world banking cartel that controls all other corporate cartels and seeks to impose its satanic tyranny on mankind. The essence of Communism (Cabalism, Freemasonry) is that humans do not have a soul or there is no God (moral order or spiritual purpose in creation.) The Cabalist is God and inverts reality so his material interests and perversions are paramount.

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Friday, 16 February

23:53

Why Were Underestimating American Collapse PopularResistance.Org

February 15, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - You might say, having read some of my recent essays, Umair! Dont worry! Everything will be fine! Its not that bad! I would look at you politely, and then say gently, To tell you the truth, I dont think were taking collapse nearly seriously enough. Why? When we take a hard look at US collapse, we see a number of social pathologies on the rise. Not just any kind. Not even troubling, worrying, and dangerous ones. But strange and bizarre ones. Unique ones. Singular and gruesomely weird ones Ive never really seen before, and outside of a dystopia written by Dickens and Orwell, nor have you, and neither has history. They suggest that whatever numbers we use to represent decline shrinking real incomes, inequality, and so on we are in fact grossly underestimating what pundits call the human toll...

23:48

America's new nightmare: The deadly alliance of Islamophobia and gun culture Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The Valentine's Day school massacre has all the hallmarks of a new type of killer, with a love of guns, and motivated by the ideology of white supremacy and hatred of Muslims

23:45

Berto Jongman: Pentagon Plans $500M for Guantanamo Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

Trumps Pentagon wants to spend almost $500 million on Guantnamo construction

Phi Beta Iota: Criminal insanity is alive and well under the leadership of Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The Pentagon consumes 60% of our disposable budget, is 50% waste, and cannot win wars.  Say what?

On a positive note:

23:34

The Army Of The EU PopularResistance.Org

The current president of the European Commission wants it. So did his predecessors. And now the whole EU is taking steps towards the creation of a unified European military, along with unified defence research. Since our vote to Leave, the EU establishment has moved rapidly towards setting up an EU army with a single central command, without any national, democratic controls. Given the EUs aggression in the past look at Kosovo, Ukraine, and the bellicose stance against Russia this is a dangerous development. It would give the EU, acting as a bloc, a free hand to beat the drums of war where it chooses in the world. Our governments act aggressively too, of course. But they are subject to control by the people, when we choose to exercise it. Brexit should bring increasing awareness and exercise of our power to do so.

23:30

Johan Galtung: 15 Cases of Constructive versus Destructive US Foreign Policies Public Intelligence Blog

15 Cases: Constructive vs Destructive U.S. Foreign Policies

The right column is sadly familiar; add more recent cases. The left column also carries an element of sadness but nothing really radical; more like common sense that could easily be translated into political practice. A theory is something tested along its edges (Quine); what you deduce from the theoryand to me the key edgeis its action-consequences.

Read full posts with table.

23:27

Scholars For Social Justice Launches With 100+ Members PopularResistance.Org

Scholars for Social Justice (SSJ) is a new formation of progressive scholars committed to promoting and fighting for a political agenda that insists on justice for all, especially those most vulnerable. We are clearly living in dangerous times with the election of Donald Trump and the empowerment of a set of rabidly right wing and racist forces. Trump, Pence and the Republicans have made it clear that not only will they usher in a radically conservative policy agenda threatening any incremental advances won under the Obama presidency, but more fundamentally reactionary right-wing supporters will directly target the rights, status and lives of people of color, Muslims, women, immigrants, LGBT communities, the poor, indigenous and differently-abled and all who have been forced to live on the margins in this country.

23:20

Myths About Teachers: We Need More Police In Our Public Schools PopularResistance.Org

Public schools are plagued by gangs and ghting, assault and battery, drug dealing, and other criminal behavior, including, in extreme instances, actual shoot-outs between students. All of these hard realities demand an active and alert police presence to maintain safety, order, and discipline. Schools must be safe havens for all kids, as well as for all school personnel. The good kids who want to learn and feel secure must be shielded from the actions of a minority of bad kids who get no discipline at home and have no respect for their classmates, the teacher, or learning itself. Suspending kids for bad behavior and sending them home may have made sense decades ago, but its no longer an adequate control: too often parents dont believe in strong management and probably arent home anyway because the mother may be working two jobs, and in many cases the father isnt home because he has left or is in prison.

23:08

Turkish court sentences six journalists to life, frees another pending trial Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Deniz Yucel still faces up to 18 years in jail as Berlin says it has not agreed to 'dirty deals or other arrangements' to secure the release

23:07

Wall Street: Bullish Mood Returns as Investors Shrug Off Big Price Swings Peace and Freedom

For many, the rout eased their concerns that valuations were getting too high

Feb. 16, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

U.S. stocks, emerging markets and other risky investments are rallying again after last weeks big declines, a sign that bullish sentiment remains intact despite the volatility of the past two weeks.

U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday for the fifth consecutive session. The S&P 500 has now recovered more than half the losses that sent it into correction territory last week, when the broad index suffered declines of more than 10% from its January peak. For the year, the index is up 2.2%.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is also up more than 5% from its recent low, oil prices have edged higher, and copper is back near the roughly four-year high it reached in December. Even the price of bitcoin has come roaring back. The cryptocurrency was recently trading at $9,875.51, about 43% higher than its recent low on Feb. 5, according to CoinDesk.

The markets sudden resurgence is giving many investors whiplash as they try to make sense of the wild price moves that have left many confused.

If youve been a bull its pretty good, and if youre bearish, youre starting to question your thinking, said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at research firm Leuthold Group. If you go back five days ago, it would be just the opposite.

For some, this weeks rebound makes sense. The rout reflected concerns that valuations were getting too high, and the sudden spike in volatility made the selling worse, they say. After last weeks selling, metrics like price-to-earnings ratios have come down.

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23:05

Florida Shooters JROTC Took NRA Money, Excelled At Marksmanship PopularResistance.Org

Whether the latest school shooters participation in a JROTC program that took NRA money and trained in marksmanship contributed to the shooting or not, it is symptomatic of a culture in which many schools are forgetting that The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Is Not a Substitute for Education. The worst kept secret in our gun-mad and war-mad culture is that U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans. Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer. Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say)...

22:59

UK to push EU for City of Londons favored Brexit plan Peace and Freedom

Reuters

A European Union flag in front of the Elizabeth Tower

LONDON (Reuters) Britains government is ready to push for the kind of Brexit plan for financial services that the City of London has long favored, but which has already run into opposition in Brussels, two government officials said on Friday.

London is expected to signal in the next few weeks that it wants a mutual recognition system to regulate financial services after Brexit, in the hope of preventing a hit to the City of Londons access to the bloc, they said.

It is obviously in everyones interest to not just totally turn on its head the pan-European banking system, one of the officials said. Everyone has a lot to lose from this if we cant get a deal.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has previously said Britain and the EU should adopt a system of mutual recognition or run the risk of a hit to financial services across Europe.

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

With little more than a year to go before Brexit, many banks have begun activating contingency plans to move some operations out of the country.

Frustrated that there was little sign of how Britains government intended to protect the industry, London bankers came up with their own plan to the keep the single market open by Britain pledging to honor global standards.

But Brussels has rejected that industry proposal, meaning Londons bankers may have to rely instead on what is known as the equivalence system for regulation.

That legal mechanism allows countries from outside the EU to access the single market in limited circumstances. Access is patchy and can be revoked at short notice.

The government officials said that the mutual recognition plan was still favored by London because it would retain access for firms based in Britain to the EUs single market while allowing some flexibility from EU rules.

The announcement could also ease the concerns in the finance industry that the government does not have a plan for the sector, the officials said.

One of the government officials said there were reasons to believe that Britains favored outcome was possible.

The EU has never struck a deal with someone before where it has already had the exact same regulatory equivalence, the official said.

Secondly the commer...

22:51

China New Year (Year of the Dog) Starts Quietly Firecrackers, fireworks banned in the name of lessening air pollution Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | A man prays with incense sticks to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which has had an unusually subdued start in Beijing
BEIJING (AFP)  Beijing began the Year of the Dog Friday with eerily silent streets, as the usual thunderous bursts of firecrackers and fireworks were silenced by a strict ban that sacrifices tradition in the name of an anti-pollution campaign.Overnight, police patrolled deserted neighbourhoods in the Chinese capital normally abuzz with excitement as the country welcomes the arrival of the Lunar New Year.

I never imagined it would be this quiet! Its usually packed, said a Beijing resident surnamed Wang who had been out in the city centre following a traditional New Years Eve family dinner.

A migrant worker from neighbouring Hebei province surnamed Zhu said that without the firecrackers, the magic of the New Year is gone.

The low-key celebrations were in stark contrast to previous years, when the streets were crammed with Beijingers setting off firecrackers and the sky was lit by near-constant firework displays, unleashing a deafening thunder until dawn.

But the tradition, conceived as a way to ward off evil spirits, has this year been targeted by authorities anxious to lower winter pollution levels.

Some 440 Chinese cities have banned the use of firecrackers and fireworks which are also set off during weddings or when moving house since last year. Beijing introduced a ban in December.

Like all Beijingers, I have been lighting firecrackers since I was a child. But times have changed () air quality is what matters most to people now, said a man who gave his surname as Zhang.

The government has launched a huge campaign to reduce pollution during the winter, ordering polluting factories to leave Beijing and its surroundings, and designating no-coal zones where more than three million homes have abruptly switched to gas or electric heating.

In 2017, the level of PM2.5 particles which penetrate deep into the lungs in Beijing over the New Year was 26 times higher than the level recommended by the World Health Organisation.

But on Friday the sky was a brilliant blue.

It (the ban) is a good thing, given the disastrous state of the environment, said Xi, a young student, before adding: Even if it deprives us of a little pleasure.

Peace and quiet

Safety is another reason behind the ban. Every year there are numerous accidents...

22:46

Dutch Lies Over Putin's "Aggression" Expose NATO War Agenda stan van houcke

Dutch Lies Over Putin's "Aggression" Expose NATO War Agenda



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22:28

US Buys More Bombs to Target Nuclear Weapons Stored Underground Aletho News

Sputnik 14.02.2018 The US just ordered a lot more of the bombs tailored for missions of reaching and destroying our adversaries weapons of mass destruction located in well-protected facilities, scenarios that call to mind potential military foes like Iran or North Korea. The Pentagon is paying Boeing for about $21 million worth of Massive []

22:02

Notorious israeli settlers attempt to kidnap Palestinian children Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Notorious Israeli settlers attempt to kidnap Palestinian children Settlers from Yitzhar are notoriously hardline and violent [Getty] Israeli settlers from the fanatical Yitzhar settlement allegedly attempted to kidnap two Palestinian children as they raided the nearby village of Madma. from The New Arab Palestinian villagers thwarted an attempt by Israeli settlers  to kidnap two Palestinian []

22:01

Israel is hanging on to its illegal occupation of the Golan Voltaire Network

On 6 February 2018, Israel bombed a Syrian Military Research Centre at Jamraya near Damascus . The justification the Israeli army used for this operation: the important aim of destroying a centre of research on chemical weapons. This rhetoric has been rejected by the US Defense Secretary, General Jim Mattis, who declared to a journalist from Newsweek that there was absolutely no evidence that Syria had ever used chemical weapons . In actual fact, the centre at Jamaraya was home to (...)

22:00

A referendum in Iran to repeal the office of the Guide of the Revolution? Voltaire Network

The Islamic Republic of Iran has just celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Revolution. Once again, through out Iran, millions of Iranians have descended onto the streets to demonstrate their support for the anti-imperialist ideals of Imam Khomeiny. The Iranian President, Hassan Rohani, for his part, has called for unity after a wave of protests challenging him in January. He has notably called for respect for ethnic and religious minorities some of which are fully involved in these (...)

22:00

#Hannover: According to the Cops Chanting Freedom for #calan! is a Crime in #Germany Enough is Enough!

In Germany police forces again repressed demonstrations of the Kurdish movement. Many people took the streets in several German cities yesterday to protest for the freedom of Abdullah calan (who was captured on February 15, 1999) and in solidarity with Afrin. Cops in Hannover banned chants, banners and flags.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle. Image and videos by ANF News.

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

Read all the reports by Riot Turtle; here.

Afrin: German Police Attacked Right of Assembly Again

In Germany cops again repressed demonstrations of the Kurdish movement. Many people took the streets in several German cities yesterday to protest for the freedom of Abdullah calan (who was captured on February 15, 1999) and in solidarity with Afrin. Cops in Hannover banned chants, banners and flags.

Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim is in Germany at the moment and visited Angela Merkel yesterday. The Turkish prime minister praised the German ban policies on Kurdish demonstrations during his flight to Germany.  Today Yildirim will attend at the security conference SiKo in Munich (tweet below). 

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21:58

Nikki Haleys Big Lies on Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Nikki Haleys Big Lies on Syria by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) US ambassadors notoriously lie for their country. Haley does it repeatedly, again during a Wednesday Security Council session on Syria a beginning-to-end recitation of Big Lies fooling no one. Haley: Earlier this week, Iranian-backed militias in southern Syria launched []

21:51

Hundreds hold vigil for victims of Florida school shooting Peace and Freedom

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21:45

Exacerbation of Tensions in Syria: Who Stands to Gain? Strategic Culture Foundation

The illegal presence of the US in Syria has become more complicated and fraught with many dangers. The need to fight the Islamic State became a flimsy pretext after the jihadist groups defeat. Now the alleged threat coming from Iran is being used to justify US military operations in a faraway country.

21:43

Israelis Give Mike Mike Huckabee A Lesson in Gun Control and Security After Florida School Mass Shooting Peace and Freedom

Haaretz

The contributor to Fox News tweeted that Israel pretty much eliminated shootings by training people to find not the weapon, but a person with intent

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Arkansas Governor, and former presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee visits a settlement in east Jerusalem on August 17, 2009 as part of his tip to the Holy Land. Huckabees views on Israeli Policy Conflict with Presidents Obamas.
Arkansas Governor, and former presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee visits a settlement in east Jerusalem on August 17, 2009Maya Levin, Jini

Mike Huckabee, formerly the governor of Arkansas, got a lesson in Israeli gun laws Wednesday after claiming in a tweet that armed Israelis frequently put an end to attacks, following Florida high school shooting, in which at least 17 students were killed.

Huckabee, currently a contributor to Fox News and once...

21:37

US Defense Secretary, General Mattis, acknowledges that Syria had never used chemical weapons Voltaire Network

General Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense, declared that he did not have any proof that Syria had ever, at any time, used chemical weapons neither in 2013 nor in 2017 when the White House ordered the bombing of the airbase at Shayrat as a reprisal measure for the chemical attack that the Syrian government had allegedly undertaken against the base at Khan Sheikhoun. However, only two weeks before this declaration, that is on 23 January, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, participated (...)

21:33

De Misturas attempt to promote the document of five Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  15, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, The difference between the UN resolution 2254 about the political solution in Syria and the document of five drawn up by Washington and signed by France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan and in which Israel seems a secret partner, and Turkey a half partner is that the []

21:29

Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with EU consumer rules Talk of sanctions Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | The European Commission says that US social media giants have made an effort to comply with EU consumer protection rules, but that Facebook and Twitter have not made all the required changes

BRUSSELS (AFP)  The European Commission said Thursday that US social media giants have made an effort to comply with EU consumer protection rules, but that Facebook and Twitter have not made all the required changes.While Googles latest proposals appear to be in line with the requests made by consumer authorities, Facebook and, more significantly, Twitter, have only partially addressed important issues about their liability and about how users are informed of possible content removal or contract termination, the Commission, the EUs executive arm, said in a statement.

The three major internet companies had published on Thursday the changes they are making to comply with the demands of European regulators, which must be implemented in all languages by spring.

Some of those changes include having the right to withdraw from an online purchase, being able to lodge complaints in Europe rather than in California where the companies are based, and the platforms being responsible towards EU consumers in the same way as offline services.

I am pleased that the enforcement of EU rules to protect consumers by national authorities is bearing fruit, as some companies are now making their platforms safer for consumers; however, it is unacceptable that this is still not complete and it is taking so much time, said Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

The European Unions demands to the US internet giants were made in November 2016 following numerous complaints by consumers in Europe about being hit with fraud and scams when using their websites.

There were also concerns by consumer protection authorities about requesting the removal of illegal content.

The Commission said unlike Google, Facebook and Twitter have not set up deadlines to deal with the requests of national authorities.

We have worked with the Consumer Protection Cooperation Network (CPC) and the European Commission to ensure our Terms and Conditions are more transparent, a Facebook spokesperson said in reply to an AFP inquiry.

Were grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the CPC to put appropriate changes in place, and will make further updates to our terms later in the year.

Facebook noted that it has long had tools in place to inform me...

21:29

Genocide? As Gaza Dries Out, israel Turns Off Fresh Water Spigot Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Genocide? As Gaza Dries Out, Israel Turns Off Fresh Water Spigot Rather than heeding the warnings from the UN to open up Gazas blockade and allow vital aid, what we have witnessed over the course of the last decade is a periodic all-out Israeli assault on Gazas vital infrastructure. by Darius Shahtahmasebi GAZA  (Analysis) []

21:21

From Mexico to Africa, israels dark history of training war criminals, gangs and oppression Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

FROM MEXICO TO AFRICA, ISRAELS DARK HISTORY OF TRAINING WAR CRIMINALS, GANGS & OPPRESSION 12.02.2018 Middle East Kit OConnell Despite its apartheid policies toward Palestinians and other minorities, Israel is often cited as the Middle Easts only democracy and a preserver of human rights within the region. Not only does this public image sharply contrast with []

21:15

Why America Shouldn't Try to Influence Iran's Future Strategic Culture Foundation

Washington should tread very carefully in its statements and actions given that recent reports indicate that there are an increasing number of deaths and continued detentions across dozens of Iranian cities. It must scrupulously avoid the temptation to make the protests about American policy or desired outcomes.

21:05

Palestinian women haunted by abuse, including rape, in israeli jails Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Palestinian women haunted by abuse in Israeli jails #Occupation Sometimes they feel shame, even though we know that they are our enemy and they do this to break us, said one former woman prisoner Prisoners gesture from their cell at HaSharon high-security prison, some 40 kilometres northeast of Tel Aviv, on 23 February 2014 (AFP) []

21:01

Turkey proposed Turkish, US troops station together in Syrias Manbij Peace and Freedom

American troops looking toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria. (AP)
ISTANBUL: Turkey has proposed to the United States that Kurdish YPG fighters withdraw to east of the Euphrates river in Syria and that Turkish and US troops be stationed together in the countrys Manbij area, a Turkish official said on Friday.
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The official, who declined to be identified because the information had not been made public, said the United States was considering the proposal, which was made to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his two-day visit to Ankara.
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Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for two days of what officials have said would likely be uncomfortable discussions between the allies, whose relations have frayed over a number of issues, particularly US support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, seen as terrorists by Turkey.
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21:01

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 45 stan van houcke


In de aanloop van elke moderne oorlog spelen de westerse mainstream-media een onmisbare rol, op talloze manieren, van het direct steunen van de politieke agressie tegen bijvoorbeeld de Russische Federatie en het demoniseren van Poetin, tot aan het verheerlijken  van de eigen partij via triviale nonsens als de volgende:  

NRC ziet liever VS-serie Jinek dan VS-serie Rosenthal
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21:00

THE MOUSE THAT ROARS: THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG Giza Death Star

Two days ago, you'll recall, I blogged about Mr. Elon Musk's Space X corporation's "proof of concept" launch to place one of his Tesla

The post THE MOUSE THAT ROARS: THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG appeared first on Giza Death Star.

21:00

Terrorizing Russia and China stan van houcke

China and Russia Have Long Endured Massive Threats

The United States holds the right to position missiles and troops wherever it chooses.

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20:58

U.S., Turkey agrees to normalize relations, Turkish Foreign Minister says Peace and Freedom

Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) Turkey and the United States have decided to establish mechanisms to normalize relations between them, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday, after weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from Ankara.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Cavusoglu said Turkey and the United States will hold another meeting by mid-March.

Tillerson met with President Tayyip Erdogan and had a productive and open talk on late Thursday, according to a U.S. State Department spokesman traveling with Tillerson.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by David Dolan

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Demonstrators chant anti-US slogans during a rally near the building where Turkeys Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. The group protested U.S. support to Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the Peoples Protection Units, or YPG_ the top U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State. Turkey considers them a terrorist group linked to Kurdish rebels fighting inside Turkey. AP Photo)

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Erdoan conveys Turkeys regional priorities to Tillerson in meeting

ANKARA

Erdoan conveys Turkeys regional priorities to Tillerson in meetingTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan on Feb. 15 clearly told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about Turkeys expectations on Syria and Iraq as well as the fight against terror in an over three-hour meeting in Ankara, presidential sources have said.

According to a Turkish presidential source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, Erdoan and Tillerson also exchanged views on the fight against terrorism.

During their meeting at the presidential complex, Erdoan clearly told Tillerson about Turkeys priorities and expectations from the U.S. on bilateral ties and regional developments, the source added.

Meanwhile, Tillerson and Erdoan had a productive, open conversation about a mutually beneficial way to improve U.S.-Turkey relations, a State Department spokesman travelling with Tillerson said.

The meeting, which was closed to the media, started at 7:40 p.m. and lasted for three hours and...

20:56

Dutch Support Zionist Terror stan van houcke

Palestinian victim sues Dutch supplier of Israeli attack dogs

A Palestinian from the occupied West Bank is suing the Dutch company that supplied the dogs Israeli soldiers used to attack him when he was a child.
For more than 20 years, Four Winds K9, a company based near the city of Nijmegen, has annually provided the Israeli army with dozens of dogs trained to attack civilians.
The military dogs are intentionally used by Israeli occupying forces to terrorize and bite Palestinian civilians, especially during protests and night house raids,&...

20:54

Assange, Judge Arbuthnot and the Arrest Warrant Dissident Voice

Justice is an elastic concept.  Like other terms in law, it has room to expand and contract.  But one weakness burdens legal strictures that supposedly have an objective reality to them: power.  Power brutish, power as a spectral force, and power arbitrarily exercised.

Any reading of Julian Assanges case must be, to that end, understood as a dynamic less of law than power.  Having challenged its operations in the international system, he was bound to be its recipient.  In assessing his conditions of detention on the Ecuadorean embassy in London, black letter lawyers prefer an interpretation without the influence of power, clean and clear.  Focus is had on individual volition and purpose: up stakes, Assange, and face the legal music!  That music remains the score sheet of a warrant for his arrest.

Such reasoning is woefully inadequate given the feathers the man has rustled.  A number of states, the United States most preeminent amongst them, has demanded his pound of flesh.  Mike Pompeo of the Central Intelligence Agency has admitted with refreshing candour how US authorities are considering avenues on prosecuting Assange and those associated with WikiLeaks.

Having soiled many a stable with the work of WikiLeaks and disclosures of classified information, treating Assange as a minor offender, one merely deserving of a parking ticket, is entirely erroneous.  But it is a view that persists, even after the collapse of the Swedish case against him.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, taking a view shared by many members of her profession, proved inelastic in assessing Assanges appeal against the arrest warrant.  She did not, for instance, feel that the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had much truck in its 2016 decision favourable to him.

Assange, she was more or less surmising, was an unconscionable brat, a person who believed laws insufficient to bind him.  I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Mr Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years.  The arch manipulator had to come clean and descend from his Olympus.

The impression I have, and this may well be dispelled if and when Mr Assange finally appears in court, is that he is a man who wants to impose his terms on the course of justice.  He appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law and wants justice only if it goes in his favour.

Some observers were not immune to the sense that the judge had gotten personal.  Rather than focusing on the finer points of the ruling, a moral assessment was in order. At times, went ABC correspondent...

20:54

The israel Lobby an Epidemic of Wholesale Corruption Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Israel Lobby an Epidemic of Wholesale Corruption It is political corruption on an epidemic scale, perpetrated by powerful figures from the worlds of gambling, share dealing and international banking: all conducted without any official or public scrutiny or inquiry. Oprah Winfrey in her powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes awards said that Speaking []

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Falsehoods and Lies: Inciting War Is a War Crime Strategic Culture Foundation

The relentless propagation of lies by the West is an appalling incitement to tensions, conflict and war. Engaging in war fever is not only irresponsible. It is in fact a war crime, according to Nuremberg legal standards.

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Nancy Pelosi expected to step down from leadership next year after apparent medical difficulties Peace and Freedom

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Democratic opposition to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has been increasing both in public and behind the scenes in recent months, and now even some of the minority leaders supporters predict she will soon step aside.

Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.) told the Atlantic he expects Pelosi to step down from leadership next year, no matter who wins the House.

She would love nothing more than to win, and then shell get out, Pascrell said.

A number of Democratic lawmakers and insiders spoke to the Atlantic both on and off the record about the desire among some Democrats for Pelosi to step aside, with some saying it should even happen before the 2018 midterms.

While some of the Democrats who are critical of Pelosi have been consistently against her leadership, Pascrells prediction is notable because he has been both for and against the California congresswoman over the years. He also hails from a heavily Democratic district and therefore has no risk of blowback for supporting the unpopular leader.

Pelosi previously said she might have retired had Hillary Clinton won the presidency in 2016.

http://freebeacon.com/politics/dem-rep-predicts-pelosi-not-party-leader-2019/

20:41

A Daesh Commando stopped in Trinidad-and-Tobago Voltaire Network

A group of Daesh fighters was arrested on 8 February at Trinidad and Tobago while they were preparing a mega-attack during the night stretching from 13 to 14 February when the carnival was in full swing. In Trinidad-and-Tobago there is a strong minority presence of Indian Muslims who arrived during the British colonization. Over time, Afro-Americans and Arabs have been added to the community. This magnificent Caribbean island has equipped Daesh with several hundred combatants. It is the (...)

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Al-Shabaab terrorists kill 3 teachers in Kenya Somali News in English Horseed Media

NAIROBI, Kenya: Three teachers are confirmed dead after Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorists attacked a primary school in northeastern Kenya early Friday, police confirmed. The al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group operating in the Horn of Africa is said to have entered the Qarsa school in Wajir County through the porous Kenya-Somali border, some 175 kilometers (109 miles) from the []

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WATCH: israeli Soldiers arrest Palestinian children for throwing stones without proof Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

WATCH: Soldiers arrest Palestinian children for throwing stones without proof Israeli soldiers arrest two Palestinian boys for allegedly throwing stones even though the only soldier who could identify them admits that he cant identify them. By Yael Marom There should be nothing normal about holding Palestinian children in detention for hours on end, simply []

20:31

Bannon Stays Mostly Mum in House Hearing, Prompting Bipartisan Ire Committee weighing whether to hold Bannon in contempt Peace and Freedom

Continued refusal to provide full testimony comes amid Trump administration concerns of privacy and executive privilege

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WASHINGTONFormer White House adviser Steve Bannon drew bipartisan ire on Capitol Hill Thursday by refusing to answer a range of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, with lawmakers vowing to take more drastic steps to compel his testimony.

Mr. Bannon, a onetime confidant of President Donald Trump who has since become estranged from him, appeared under subpoena before the committee as part of its continuing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/bannon-tells-house-panel-he-will-answer-limited-pre-written-questions-1518721094

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White House: "Iraq Has Antrax Virus" "Russia Launched NotPetya" Moon of Alabama

Late last night the White House accused the Russian military of having launched the destructive "NotPetya" malware which in June 2017 hit many global companies: Statement from the Press Secretary In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive...

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Somali forces destroy Al-Shabaab bases in southern Somalia Somali News in English Horseed Media

MOGADISHU- Somali forces backed by African Union forces destroyed Al-Shabaab bases in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia, the military said. Lower Shabelle region military commander Ibrahim Aden Najah told journalists on Thursday that the forces raided the bases in Kurtunwarey and destroyed the bases used by the militants to attack Somali and Amisom []

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20:26

Atlas Shivered Dissident Voice

A recent article by Matthew Moore appeared in The Times titled Trumps philosopher is heading for your local. The piece not only suggests that Donald Trump is capable of reading a book, which seems unlikely enough, but that hes also capable of reading a philosophical book. Quite frankly, that would be stretching credulity a little too far.

The so-called philosopher in question is Ayn Rand, a White Russian migr to the US who died almost forty years ago. Her two best-known books are The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged, both novels, rather than philosophical tomes. I read them when Rand was still alive. Im now ashamed to admit that I thought they were pretty good at the time, but then I was young, and living a privileged five percenter existence at the time in a racist, semi-fascist country, and didnt know any better. Today the suggestion that Rands writing is enjoying growing popularity is truly scary.

Rands so-called philosophy is easy to summarise: selfishness to the point of total exclusion of anyone or anything else is the highest form of morality. If Donald Trump ever actually read Ayn Rand, rather than have some flunky tell him about her, I can see why he might find her appealing. She does pretty much sum up the principle behind the fabled American Dream. Theres nothing commendable about Ayn Rands work, and I know from personal experience it can cause seriously conflicted emotions in young people.

In 1980 I worked on a kibbutz in Occupied Palestine for a few weeks. One of the kibbutzniks I remember was a young chap who had grown up on the kibbutz. Ill call him David. He had recently discovered Rand, and was totally confused by the message in her writing. David liked talking to me because I was one of the few people who had also read her, and could understand the conflictions he was suffering. Here he was, raised from birth in a totally communist environment, where everyone was treated equally, and shared everything, and now he was being taught by Ayn Rand that these values were not only wrong but that they were almost evil. He seemed to me almost at the point of nervous breakdown. I dont know if I helped him, because my experience was the exact opposite. I had been raised in an environment which was not very far away from Rands ideal, and was then living real-life communism. I too was being blown away by new lessons, but in a totally different direction. We were ideological ships crossing in the night.

I could almost have ignored The Times article were it not for one very worrying part of it. Towards the end of the article, we learn that:

Last year Rand was added to the A-level (the UKs matriculation level examination)...

20:25

Philippines aggressively pursuing joint exploration in South China Sea China is there and building but has no leagal rights in the South China Sea Peace and Freedom

 

Chinas construction activities on Subi Reef is seen from Philippine-controled Pagasa Island in the South China Sea off Palawan province on April 21, 2017. AP, File photo
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Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) February 16, 2018 3:51pm

MANILA, Philippines The Philippine government is consulting international experts in its bid to pursue joint exploration with China in disputed areas in the South China Sea, the Philippines top diplomat said Friday.

The possibility of joint exploration was among the agenda in the recently concluded second meeting of the bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea in Manila.

Pursuing joint exploration in disputed areas would entail talks with other claimant countries, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a press conference.

 

I can tell you that were pursuing it aggressively because we need it, Cayetano said.

Cayetano revealed that the Philippine government is currently discussing joint exploration first to ensure that it is in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

RELATED: Joint venture with China on South China Sea violates Charter l China seen to push states to withdraw South China Sea claims

The DFA secretary said that the Philippines cannot explore undisputed areas alone due to financial concerns.

Unless we can do it by ourselves without starting a war or worse without a massacre, it will be prudent to do it in partnership without violating our sovereignty, he said.

International legal experts who have handled contracts on legal framework of disputed areas and who have dealt with sovereign rights will be consulted regarding a possible joint exploration with China.

The Chinese government, on the other hand, will be forming their own technical working group while consulting with the DFA, the Department of National Defense and the securit...

20:25

Qatar Charity provides drinking water to Somalis Somali News in English Horseed Media

DOHA: Qatar Charity has drilled and rehabilitated 316 artesian and surface wells last year to provide safe drinking water to as many as 350,000 people in Somalia, which made 2017 the most abundant year yet in the field of water and sanitation. Qatar Charity implemented these projects in needy and poor areas of Somalia to []

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UNHCR Special Envoy for Somalia commends South Africa for hosting Somali refugees Somali News in English Horseed Media

PRETORIA, South Africa The generosity of the South African government has ensured that over 300,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in the country in a free and safe environment, noted UNHCR Special Envoy to the Somalia Refugee Situation. South Africa has a generous policy that grants asylum seekers and refugees free movement, access to jobs []

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20:20

The Jewish anti-historical narrative timeline from Moses to Netanyahu Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Jewish timeline from Moses to Netanyahu Gilad Atzmon writes: The Jewish timeline is a peculiarly one-sided, anti-historical narrative that inevitably begins at the point when Jewish suffering is detected and ignores the prior circumstances that may have led to that suffering. In Jewish history, the members of the chosen tribe are never the []

20:15

China"s "New Silk Roads" Reach Latin America Strategic Culture Foundation

The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, told his audience that the worlds second-largest economy and Latin America should join efforts to support free trade. This was about opposing protectionism and working for an open world economy, he said.

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Fast Europe Open: UK retail sales, Czech Republic GDP Peace and Freedom

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Alice Woodhouse in Hong Kong 0800 GMT, February 16, 2018

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Beware the pollutants in your bathroom cabinet.

Volatile chemicals from everyday consumer items such as cleaning products, aerosols and even perfumes now rival vehicle emissions as a cause of air pollution.

A research team led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached the surprising conclusion after assessing the source of chemicals that reacted in the air to form fine particles and other lung-damaging pollutants in the US city of Los Angeles.

As transportation gets cleaner, those other sources become more and more important, said Brian McDonald, the project leader. The stuff we use in our everyday lives can impact air pollution.

In markets, Japanese stocks rallied as the rebound in global equities showed little sign of slowing following the sharp sell off last week. The Topix was 1.2 per cent higher although Australias S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.1 per cent. Markets in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam were closed for the lunar new year.

Meanwhile, the dollar resumed its downward trajectory with the dollar index, a measure of the greenback against a basket of peers, falling 0.3 per cent to 88.305, a three-year low. The yen strengthened further to 105.75, a 15-month high.

Futures tip the FTSE 100 to open 0.5 per cent higher, while the S&P 500 is set to open up 0.2 per cent.

Corporate earnings and updates for Friday include Air France, EDF, Danone, Renault and Allianz. The economic calendar believes three is the magic number (all times London):

08.00: Czech Republic Q4 gross domestic product
08.20: European Central Banks Benoit Coeure speaks in Macedonia
09.30: UK retail sales

https://www.ft.com/content/ef966116-12d8-11e8-8cb6-b9ccc4c4dbbb

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The economy had a strong showing in 2017: Growth picked up pace in three consecutive quarters, and indicators suggest the momentum carried over into the final quarter. Industrial production and retail trade turned in positive results again in November, albeit moderating from the prior month. Furthermore, the manufacturing PMI continued climbing throughout the quarter, clocking a multi-year high in January. However, while consumer...

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Regime Change Fails: Is A Military Coup Or Invasion Of Venezuela Next? Dissident Voice

Speaking at his alma mater, the University of Texas, on February 1, Secretary of State Tillerson suggested a potential military coup in Venezuela.  Tillerson then visited allied Latin American countries urging regime change and more economic sanctions on Venezuela. Tillerson is considering banning the processing or sale of Venezuelan oil in the United States and is discouraging other countries from buying Venezuelan oil. Further, the US is laying the groundwork for war against Venezuela.

In a series of tweets, Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican from Florida, where many Venezuelan oligarchs live, called for a military coup in Venezueala.

How absurd remove an elected president with a military coup to restore democracy? Does that pass the straight face test? This refrain of Rubio and Tillerson seems to be the nonsensical public position of US policy.

The US has been seeking regime change in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998. Trump joined Presidents Obama and Bush before him in continuing efforts to change the government and put in place a US-friendly oligarch government.

They came closest in 2002 when a military coup removed Chavez.  The Commander-in-Chief of the Venezuelan military announced Chavez had resigned and Pedro Carmona, of the Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce, became interim president. Carmona dissolved the National Assembly and Supreme Court and declared the Constitution void. The people surrounded the presidential palace and seized television stations, Carmona resigned and fled to Colombia. Within 47 hours, civilians and the military restored Chavez to the presidency. The coup was a turning point that strengthened the Bolivarian Revolution, showed people could defeat a coup and exposed the US and oligarchs.

US Regime Change Tactics Have Failed In Venezuela

The US and oligarchs continue their efforts to reverse the Bolivarian Revolution. The US has a long history of regime change around the world and has tried all of its regime change tools in Venezuela. So far they have failed.

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Destroying the Venezuelan economy has been an...

20:03

The West Attacks Russia on the Eve of the Munich Security Conference: Blind to the Truth Aletho News

By Alex GORKA | Strategic Culture Foundation | 15.02.2018 So, Russia is the biggest threat to European security? And this is what the West, which has done nothing to provoke Moscow, is concerned about? Moscow is to blame for the erosion of arms control, the military deployments in Europe, the close calls during military exercises, []

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Remembering Fallujah: War Crimes Committed Under Jim Mattis and Jim Molan Geopolitics Alert

Bagdhad (AHT) Ross Caputi, a former Marine who was witness and accomplice to the atrocities committed in Fallujah in November 2004 during Operation Phantom Fury, wrote this about his units entry into the city:

Perhaps it was just too painful of a realization for many of us to make, because we saw ourselves as the liberators, the good guys, and to admit that we were hurting innocent people would have contradicted everything that we claimed to stand for. I can only speculate about what the motives were for the people who dreamed up that mission and decided to make the people of Fallujah flee into the desert. Was it also too painful for the decision makers to admit to themselves that we were hurting innocent people? Or were they so evil that they just did not care who we were hurting? Whatever their reasons for doing it were, the fact of the matter is that our entire command was aware that we had forced the majority of the citys population, about 200,000 people, into refugee status, but nobody took responsibility for their wellbeing, as international law required of us.

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Central to that command was Major General Andrew Jim Molan, an Australian who was seconded to the US military in 2004 and took overall command of US coalition forces in Iraq, alongside the current US defense secretary Jim Mattis.

What happened in the so-called second battle of Falluja however, went far beyond a failure to attend to the needs of the civilian population who were able to flee...

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A Tribute to the Seldom Heard Of Female Warriors in the Syrian Arab Army Geopolitics Alert

Damascus (TRH)  I would like to extend a personal and heartfelt thank you to the women in the Syrian Arab Army. These women are our mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters that selflessly took up arms to protect their families and country.
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In 2015 Sputnik News reported, Al Mahavir is an all-volunteer unit. After undergoing a special training course, the female soldiers immediately join the war effort, fighting against the Daesh forces in hotspots across the country, including the pitched battle fought in the city of Daraa near Damascus.

We came to fight by our own volition. We knew that it would be difficult, but still we came, one of the servicewomen told RT.

When I joined the battalion, I clearly understood that Syria is my mother. And if the mother is ill, her daughter must be at her side, said another. Syria is ill now. And thats why Im here, in this battalion. I will fight for my mother. I will cure her so that we can leave together in peace like before.

May God protect these amazing women that risk their lives daily to protect my birth country, heritage, and my family back in Syria. Thank you for fighting against the terrorists that invaded Syria and started this bloody senseless war almost 7 years ago.
This imposed war has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, billions in destruction including priceless historical monuments such as in Palmyra, the destruction of beautiful mosques and churches, homes, schools etc.
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Guantanamo Bay Prepared for New Inmates: US Admiral Geopolitics Alert

Washington (MEE A top US military official said on Thursday that the prison at Guantanamo Bay is prepared to take new detainees, but has not yet received the order to do so.

The prison, which was opened by former President George W Bush to hold terrorism suspects captured overseas after the 11 September 2001 attacks, has come to symbolize harsh detention practices that opened the United States to accusations of torture.

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His successor Barack Obama ended the use of enhanced interrogation techniques via executive order in January 2009, and reduced the inmate population to 41, but fell short of fulfilling his promise to close the jail.

President Donald Trump last month signed an executive order reversing Obamas ultimately fruitless 2009 directive to shutter the prison.

We have 41 detainees who are there right now. We are prepared to receive more should they be directed to us, Admiral Kurt Tidd, who oversees the militarys Southern Command that includes Guantanamo, told lawmakers.

Related: Guantanamo Bay Prison Using Banned Torture Methods: UN

As of today we have not been given a warning order that new detainees might be heading in our direction, but our responsibility will be to integrate them in effectively.

US military officials have been openly discussing the fate of Islamic State (IS) group detainees, mainly foreign fighters, held by US-backed militias in northern Syria.

Guantanamo has not received any new inmates since 2008 but on the campaign trail, Trump vowed to load the facility with bad dudes, and said it would be fine if US terror suspects were sent there for trial.

During his State of the Union speech in January, Trump said IS captives would in many cases end up in Guantanamo.

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ANALYSIS: Bashir turns to 'old guard' enforcer to quell rising threats in Sudan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Salah 'Gosh' Abdullah, a notorious former security chief, brought in from the cold as president faces growing internal and external pressure

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Weekly report on israels terrorism against the State of Palestine Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory    (08- 14 February 2018) Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (08 14 February 2018)   Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt 43 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, were wounded in the West Bank []

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Hezbollah is destabilizing Lebanon, region: Tillerson Threaten Lebanons stability, independence and sovereignty. Peace and Freedom

Arab News

Saad Hariri said that he assured Tillerson of Lebanons right to explore, invest and develop our natural resources in our territorial waters. (AP)
BEIRUT: American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that the US regarded Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and we do not differentiate between its military and political arms, and it is unacceptable for militias like Hezbollah to act outside the rule of law.
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Tillerson added in a press conference with the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut that the Lebanese army is the only defender of the Lebanese State.
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The people of Lebanon should also be concerned about how Hezbollahs actions and its growing arsenal bring unwanted and unhelpful scrutiny on Lebanon, Tillerson said. Hezbollahs presence in Syria has only perpetuated the bloodshed, increased the displacement of innocent people and propped up the barbaric Assad regime.
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A Stock Market Primer in Six Easy Steps Dissident Voice

What is the stock market?

  1. Its not real economic activityits a form of mass hysteria or mass psychosis.
  2. Stock prices reflect a mass-hysteria impression of the worth of a piece of paper you holda stock certificate. The worth of that piece of paper is sometimes tethered to some economic reality of some corporationat least partiallybut sometimes not. Often a stock price bears little relation to the economic health of a company, as illustrated in the wildly gyrating stock price-to-earnings ratios through the decades. Hence the stock price is often a matter of caprice, covert manipulation, and/or unfathomable crowd psychology, not necessarily real economic health or productivity.

If, say, you are fortunate enough to own a stock that has doubled or tripled in price, this does not mean that you have accrued new wealththat stock valuation is meaningless as long as you still own the piece of paper (the stock certificate); you realize that wealth only by selling the stock. And if you do cash outsell the piece of paperto someone else, you are transferring to another person the hazard of seeing that valuation drop or evaporatean opportune fobbing off of risk to someone else, a transfer of cash to you, but no real creation of wealthjust the passing on of a piece of paper in exchange for currency. Eventually, down the road, your gain will be someone elses loss when the music stops playing and the last holder of the piece of paper finds there is no chair for him to land onthe stock market as Ponzi scheme.

If everyone or most people decide to sell their pieces of paperto take their profitsall at once, then the stock prices tumble, so the idea that everyone can cash out and realize this imaginary wealth equally and universally is a mirage: if everyone tried to access it at once, it would evaporate. Hence the common notion that rising stock prices indicate a general increase in wealth or national prosperity is delusional. A stock crash does not erase billions or trillions in wealth overnight, as we are commonly told. There was never any wealth there to begin with, in the sense that a stock price rationally or measurably reflects the worth of tangible goods or services; that price is just a mass fever dream, a collective, chaotic, bidding war about the worth of pieces of paper.

  1. The stock market is a swindle. Much of the movement of these equities markets originates in the decisions of large funds or high-speed traders who have access to esoteric information, advanced algorithms, or trading networks from which Joe Trader, playing the market at home on his laptop, is excluded. Hence Joe Trader inevitably gets screwed. The author Michael Lewis draws the veil...

19:42

After Florida Shooting, Trump Plans Summit on School Safety But many begging for more gun control laws Peace and Freedom

President says he will visit Parkland, points to difficult issue of mental health but makes no mention of gun laws

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WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump said he planned to convene a meeting of the nations governors and state attorneys general in which he would make school safety our top priority, in the wake of a school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

The president made no reference to gun laws during a six-minute speech at the White House on Thursday. Instead, his speech aimed to console those shaken by the latest mass shooting in the U.S. and vowed to tackle the difficult issue of mental health.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-florida-shooting-trump-plans-summit-on-school-safety-1518714410

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Fewer gun-free zones or fewer guns: Missouri lawmakers split on whats safer

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JEFFERSON CITY A day after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school, Missouri lawmakers were split on what action could be taken to keep such a tragedy from happening here.

A 19-year-old armed with a semi-automatic rifle on Wednesday pulled a fire alarm at a high school in Parkland, Florida and opened fire as people streamed into the hallways. The Valentines Day mass shooting resulted in the deaths of 17 people and revived a national conversation centered on how and why mass shootings occur in America more often than anywhere else in the developed world.

The Parkland massacre seems unlikely to spur action in Missouri, where the laws are thought to be weak by proponents of more stringent gun control and strong by advocates for lawful firearms ownership. Stat...

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#Russia: Anarchists Yelena Gorban and Alexei Kobaidze Suspects in Vandalism Committed Outside of United Russia Office Sent to Temporary Detention Facility Enough is Enough!

Yelena Gorban and Alexei Kobaidze, suspects in the vandalism case (Russian Criminal Code Article 214) opened after a protest outside a United Russia party office on January 31, have been sent to Temporary Detention Facility No. 1 (Petrovka) in Moscow, as reported to OVD Info by their defense lawyers, Svetlana Sidorkina and Maxim Pashkov.

Originally published by OVD Info. Translated by the Russian reader.

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.

Russia: Anarchists Yelena Gorban and Alexei Kobaidze Suspects in Vandalism Committed Outside of United Russia Office Sent to Temporary Detention Facility

Yelena Gorban and Alexei Kobaidze, suspects in the vandalism case (Russian Criminal Code Article 214) opened after a protest outside a United Russia party office on January 31, have been sent to Temporary Detention Facility No. 1 (Petrovka) in Moscow, as reported to OVD Info by their defense lawyers, Svetlana Sidorkina and Maxim Pashkov.

Gorban and Kobaidze have been jailed for 48 hours. On February 14, investigators plan to pursue their investigation, perhaps by confronting the detainees. According to the lawyers, Gorban has confessed to violating Article 214 Part 1 (vandalism) of the Criminal Code, while Kobaidze has refused to testifying, invoking his right not incriminate himself under Article 51 of the Russian Constitution.

Police arrived at Gorbans home early in the morning. They searched the flat she shares with her parents, confiscated all electronic storage devices, and took the young woman to the Preliminary Investigation Office of the Interior Ministrys Moscow Directorate. Gorban has problems with her eyesight, but was not allowed to take contact lenses or eyeglases with here. The activist was delivered to the Preliminary Investigation Office and interrogated as a witness. Her attorney, Svetlana Sidorkina, was not admitted to see her client for four hours. When Sidorkina was finally allowed to see Gorban, she had...

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Turkey, US fail to resolve differences over YPG, to continue talks Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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EU decision to curb palm oil imports could impact Malasian elections Is the future of palm oil cooked? Peace and Freedom

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) An EU decision to curb palm oil imports was the last thing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak needed ahead of a coming election, with rural voters already aggrieved over financial scandals at state-owned palm oil agency Felda.

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Palm harvest in Malaysia

Around 10 percent of Malaysias 30 million people belong to families who own smallholdings dedicated to harvesting palm oil, and they account for the majority of voters in nearly a quarter of the national assemblys 222 seats.

Girding for a general election due by August, Najib was given a taste of the discontent rife in the countryside when hundreds of farmers flocked to Kuala Lumpur last month to protest a pending EU move to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuel.

I will not support the government if they dont resolve this issue, said Abdul Rahman, a farmer who runs a smallholding in Negeri Sembilan, a state an hours drive south of the capital.

The failure and inexperience of the government led to the EUs boycott of our palm oil, hen told Reuters.

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Malaysian President Najib Razak with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Najib can ill-afford to lose votes from Malays in rural areas that have hitherto been a rock-solid votebank for the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), the party that has led every multi-ethnic coalition since Malaysia emerged from British colonial rule in 1957.

Aged 92, and having stood down in 2003 as Malaysias longest serving premier, Mahathir Mohamad has come out of retirement to lead the campaign against his one-time protege Najib, having forged an unlikely alliance with jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Malays loyalty to UMNO has been tested by the steady flow of stories over the past three years about 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), a state investment firm whose funds, critics say, were used by Najib to boost his campaign for the 2013 election, which he narrowly won while losing the popular vote to an opposition bloc led by Anwar.

Najib, who chaired 1MDBs advisory board un...

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Zapad 2017 demonstrates the modernisation of the Russian armed forces Offiziere.ch

by Patrick Truffer. He has been working in the Swiss Army for more than 15 years, holds a bachelors degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zrich (ETH Zurich), and a masters degree in international relations from the Free University of Berlin.

Russia and Belarus held a large-scale military exercise between 14 and 20 September 2017 under the name Zapad (West, because it was held in Russias Western Military District). According to the Belarus Ministry of Defence, no more than 13,000 soldiers took part in the exercise. However, it is likely that this claim was only made in response to the OSCE Vienna Document. According to this agreement, exercises with more than 13,000 soldiers can be observed by its member states (OSCE, Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, 30 November 2011). However Michael Kofman, an expert on Soviet and Russian armed forces at the Center for Naval Analyses, estimates that as many as 45,000 soldiers took part in Zapad 2017. Although the exercise was therefore larger than officially announced, it was still smaller than the major Russian exercises carried out in the past 4-5 years. Such joint exercises provide interesting insights. Based on Zapad 2017, especially in comparison with the Zapad exercises held in 1999, 2009 and 2013, we must ask what perceived threats are driving the strategic and operational planning of Russia and Belarus (the so called Union State), how developed the two states collaboration has become, and what conclusions about Russias military capabilities the exercises allow us to make.

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US authorities block Chicago Stock Exchange sale Chinese company Chongqing Casin Inability to identify who exactly would control the exchange became an issue Peace and Freedom

AFP

GETTY/AFP/File | Founded in 1882, the Chicago Stock Exchange is one of the oldest in the United States
NEW YORK (AFP)  US regulators on Thursday blocked the purchase of the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) by a group of investors including the Chinese company Chongqing Casin.Two years after the announcement of the deal, US Securities and Exchange Commission regulators cited a lack of clarity in the details of the deal, including an inability to identify who exactly would control the exchange.

US congressmen last summer expressed concern at the prospect of a Chinese company being among the largest shareholders of a US stock market while President Donald Trump also raised the issue during his campaign.

The decision comes as commercial relations between Washington and Beijing remain tense.

US President Donald Trump, denouncing unfair trade, once again threatened trade sanctions against China Tuesday. The next day, Beijing warned against any sign of unilateralism or protectionism from Washington.

According to CHXs proposal, Chongqing Casin would have acquired 29 percent of the Chicago Stock Exchange. The son of Chongqing Casins board chairman, a US citizen, would have bought 11 percent of the company. The rest would have been divided among various American groups and individuals.

The SEC assessed that there was not enough information to prove those parties were not somehow linked to the Chinese company.

It also argued it could not be certain that it would be able to access the Chinese shareholders accounts if necessary.

Faced with suspicion from the authorities, three other Chinese groups initially looking to invest pulled out last autumn.

Founded in 1882, the Chicago Stock Exchange is one of the oldest in the United States, handling less than 1 percent of daily trading according to Bloomberg.

18:59

The EU is on the verge of political chaos, and Britain could be the loser Peace and Freedom

By Liam Halligan

The Telegraph

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Angela Merkel is hanging on by her fingertips CREDIT: FLORIAN GAERTNER/PHOTOTHEK

Theresa May visits Germany Friday, for crunch talks with Angela Merkel. Embattled, wounded and clinging to power, the German Chancellor has much in common with her UK counterpart. Having led the worlds fourth largest economy since 2005, Mrs Merkel is a political giant. But her Christian Democrats (CDU) stumbled badly in last Septembers election and Mutti could soon be out of office.

Some Brexiteers, given the tough line Berlin has taken in our Article 50 talks, take pleasure in Germanys political misfortune. There is no English word for schadenfreude, but most of us know what it is.

Such gloating is wrong. That the EUs commercial powerhouse and paymaster has been without a government

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Germanys economy is growing so why are voters turning against politicians who brought them this success?

By Hamish McRae
The Telegraph

While Germany has been good at creating jobs, it has not been so good at passing along the benefits of those jobs to the people doing them

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German voters have rejected Angela Merkel and conventional politics EPA
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Layoffs Arrive in Brexit Britain, and Auto Workers Are Up First Globalization killing British industry? Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Suzi Ring and Christopher Jasper

February 16, 2018, 12:00 AM EST

Follow @Brexit on Twitter, join our Facebook group and sign up to our Brexit Bulletin.

In his 50 years working in Britains car industry, John Cooper has survived plenty of upheavals. None is scarier than the prospect of Brexit.

Being split off from their biggest market means the job cuts and production slowdown U.K. carmakers have imposed the past few months could be just a prelude to wholesale shutdowns.

The shock is only beginning to hit. Since October, 650 of Coopers colleagues have lost their jobs at the factory where Vauxhall Motors churns out Astra hatchbacks. The remaining 1,200 staff worry the plant may close if the U.K. loses tariff-free access to Europe. Across the River Mersey from Vauxhalls factory, Jaguar Land Rover is planning production cuts.

People shouldnt underestimate the dangers that Brexits bringing, Cooper, a union representative, said outside the sprawling factory in the town of Ellesmere Port, near Liverpool, where hes worked since he was 18. Why would Nissan continue to invest in the north east when its got a plant in Spain where it can build the same car without a 10 percent tariff?

If Prime Minister Theresa May gets her way, by next year Britain will start severing ties with the bloc over a transition period, including quitting the customs union its been part of since 1973. Whether duties are imposed after that is still up in the air as London and Brussels wrangle over the terms of their divorce.

Tariffs and other hurdles to trade could be disastrous for the automotive industry since parts routinely move across borders several times during...

18:47

The Parkland Massacre and the Air We Breathe Peace and Freedom

Whats gone wrong with our culture that produces such atrocities? Its a very long list.

Feb. 15, 2018 7:11 p.m. ET

We discuss motives, but isnt it always the same motive? I have murder in my heart. Why do so many Americans have murder in their hearts?

That is my question after the St. Valentines Day shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. We all know it is part of a continuing cultural catastrophe. A terrible aspect of the catastrophe is that so many central thoughts about it, and questions, have been flattened by time into clichs. People stop hearing when you mention them. We talked about that during

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18:39

Greeces Colossal Cave In Dissident Voice

Europes Left has finally renounced the Syriza Party (acronym for Coalition of the Radical Left), as Jean-Luc Mlenchon of France Insoumise or Unsubmissive France calls for Greeces Syriza booted out of the Alliance of Leftists. Greeces PM Tsipras of the Syriza Party faux Left is way too far Right!

In stark contrast to Syrizas Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, Monsieur Mlenchon, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), calls for (a) an end to presidential monarchy in France, (b) enhanced environmental protections, (c) increased labor rights, and in harmony with his hard left sympathies, lo and behold, (d) a 100% income tax on those earning over 360,000 a year.

As for Syriza, Mlenchon says it has become impossible to rub shoulders with Syriza and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras given attacks on working people. Unfortunately for hard working Greeks, that may be a gross understatement. It now appears they were sold a bill of goods by PM Alexis Tsipras representing the Left since January 2015, as he infamously serves to please, time and time again, whenever Wolfgang Schuble (DE), the Eurozones notorious Hatch Man, frowns, oh so frequently!

According to SocialistWorker.org:

In January 2015, the Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, was swept into office on a huge tide of votes in national elections. There was immense hope that the new government led by a party that had remained uncompromising in its opposition to austerity would finally stand up to the European Union and defend working class living standards ravaged by the economic crisis and the punishing Memorandums demanded by the lenders. Yet by July of that year, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had capitulated, signing up to a new Memorandum. The attacks on workers, the poor and immigrants have continued unabated.

After years of bending over to spread-em, Greece is so bloody exhausted from hard right European Troika aka: European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF screwing that the country resembles a haggard dark-eyed nymphomaniac hard-core heroin addict at the first break of dawn, squinting into blinding brightness, too hacked to sit up in bed. Now, after years of raw naked brutality, Greece has morphed into a forlorn soulless zombie with nothing more to lose.

In its latest installment of Robbing Greece Blind, big bad Troika has instituted (1) a new raft of privatizations and (2) benefit cuts, including cuts to child care, as well as disability benefits, (3) the sale of 14 additional public assets, and (4) stern measures to facilitate repossession and sale of properties of families who fall behind in payments. Oh yeah, also, (5) longer working hours for teachers; thus, providing some kind of arrangement for kids when their parents are evicted.

18:34

Key background absent from BBC reporting on Israel PM allegations BBC Watch

On February 14th the BBC News website published a lengthy article titled Israel PM Netanyahu defiant in face of bribery allegations on its Middle East page in which readers were told that:

A police statement on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to indict him for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

The attorney generals office could take months to decide if Mr Netanyahu should face charges.

Following sub-sections titled What was Netanyahus response? and What are the allegations?, readers found a section headed What has the reaction been? in which comments from members of four political parties were highlighted, including the following:

Earlier, Israels centre-left opposition alliance, the Zionist Union, called on the prime minister to resign.

The last section of the article was titled What happens now?.

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18:26

Israel to Deny Tax Breaks, Government Bids From Local Groups Calling for Boycott Blacklists Being Compiled Peace and Freedom

Haaretz

Implementation would require compiling a blacklist of Israeli boycott supporters, sources say, on top of an existing list of foreign activists and groups

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is set to approve in the coming days new regulations to prevent organizations and individuals who support a boycott of Israel from receiving various tax breaks or from participating in government bids. The new regulation will apply to Israeli citizens too.

18:17

As China takes center stage, Europe stands at a crossroads Peace and Freedom

Chinas position as a global superpower is indisputable. As leaders gather to set the agenda of global security at the Munich Security Conference, the EU is at a crossroads between Washington and Beijing.

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Global leaders are converging on Germany this week for the 2018 Munich Security Conference at a time when the declining US influence in international politics continues to play out under President Donald Trump.

China, meanwhile, has increasingly been defined by a growing presence on the world stage, from the fight against climate change to global trade rules. The countrys rise to the position of a superpower may not be a new phenomenon, but the past year has seen its status cemented.

In a speech described by risk consultancy Eurasia Group as the most geopolitically noteworthy event since Mikhail Gorbachev formally dissolved the Soviet Union, Chinese leader Xi Jinping pronounced Beijings newfound status during Chinas 19th Party Congress in October.

With decades of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era, Xi said. It will be an era that sees China moving closer to the center stage and making greater contributions to mankind.

Images of China's past and present leadersDuring the 19th Communist Party Congress in October, Xi Jinping (pictured right) consolidated his rule in China

World leader, at all costs

In the 1990s, under the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, Beijing implemented a foreign policy that leaned toward slogans such as hide our capacities and bide our time, which meant...

18:07

Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded Russia will pretend nothing happened. Peace and Freedom

Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

A Russian military doctor said around 100 had been killed, and a source who knows several of the fighters said the death toll was in excess of 80 men.

The timing of the casualties coincided with a battle on Feb. 7 near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor where, according to U.S. officials and associates of the fighters involved, U.S.-led coalition forces attacked forces aligned with Moscows ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russian officials said five citizens may have been killed but they had no relation to Russias armed forces.

The clashes show Moscow is more deeply involved in Syria militarily than it has said, and risks being drawn into direct confrontation with the United States in Syria.

American special forces in Manbij, Syria, near the border with Turkey, this month. Credit Mauricio Lima for The New York Times

The casualties are the highest that Russia has suffered in a single battle since fierce clashes in Ukraine in 2014 claimed more than 100 fighters lives. Moscow denies sending soldiers and volunteers to Ukraine and has never confirmed that figure.

The wounded, who have been medically evacuated from Syria in the past few days, have been sent to four Russian military hospitals, according to five sources familiar with the matter.

The military doctor, who works in a Moscow military hospital and was directly involved in the treatment of wounded men evacuated from Syria, said that as of Saturday evening there were more than 50 such patients in his hospital, of which around 30 percent were seriously wounded.

The doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to disclose information about casualties, said at least three planeloads of injured fighters were flown to Moscow between last Friday and Monday morning.

He said they were flown back on specially equipped military cargo planes which can each accommodate two or three intensive care cases and several dozen less severely wounded patients.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said initial information was that five Russian citizens in the area of the battle may have been killed, but they were not Russian troops. She said reports of tens or hundreds of Russian casualties were disinformation inspired by Russias oppon...

17:52

Indonesia eyes lax palm oil rules in EU trade deal Wants to continue to harm the environment by crop burning Jakartas goal leaked out in papers marked not for publication Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Harry PEARL | Palm oil producers in Indonesia stand accused of burning areas of rainforest to make way for plantations, in fires that often spread and devastate the local environment

JAKARTA (AFP)  Palm oil giant Indonesia is pressing the European Union to abandon plans to apply strict environmental standards to the sector and silence negative criticism about the commodity, documents obtained by AFP have revealed.The papers, marked not for publication and for distribution only on a need to know basis, reflect Jakartas wish list for a critical industry as the two sides hammer out new rules for a trading relationship worth $35 billion a year.

Indonesia is the worlds largest producer of palm oil used in everything from food to cosmetics and vast swathes of rainforest have been destroyed to make way for plantations that are the backbone of Southeast Asias biggest economy.

This annual slash-and-burn clearing threatens endangered species and fuels annual forest fires that plague the region.

Indonesia and the EU kick off a fourth and possibly final round of negotiations covering a wide range of trade, investment and intellectual property rules from Monday in the archipelago nation.

The documents outline a call for the EU to apply Jakartas own government sustainability standard despite serious concerns about its credibility rather than a tougher European certification scheme that was proposed in April last year.

Only a minority of Indonesian palm oil plantations currently even meet Jakartas relatively lax standards.

Separately, Indonesia and neighbouring Malaysia another major palm oil producer have slammed the European Parliaments move to ban the use of the commodity in biofuels from 2021.

They say that the ban would devastate rural communities where many small-scale farmers survive by cultivating the crop.

Indonesias trade ministry declined to comment on the leaked text, which is dated June 2017.

The last round of talks were in September last year, and it is not clear if the documents reflect Jakartas latest position in negotiations, which began in mid-2016.

European Commission officials said they would not comment on an alleged leak. However, they said any final deal would not come at the expense of acceptable environmental or labour standards.

One passage calls for the EU to legislate against negative m...

16:00

The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost Antiwar.com Original

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israels support among ordinary Americans. Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Continue reading "The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost"

The post The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

16:00

The US Returns to Great Power Competition, With a Dangerous New Edge Antiwar.com Original

The Trump administrations new National Defense Strategy is being touted as a sea change in US foreign policy a shift from the war on terrorism to great power competition, a line that would not be out of place in the years leading up to World War I. But is the shift really a major Continue reading "The US Returns to Great Power Competition, With a Dangerous New Edge"

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16:00

The Hidden Costs of Americas Wars Antiwar.com Original

Originally posted at TomDispatch. When it comes to Americas wars, more than 16 years later our generals are victorious. Not, of course, in the distant lands where those conflicts grind on unendingly, but in the one place that matters: Washington, D.C. Could there be a more striking sign of that than the elevation of three Continue reading "The Hidden Costs of Americas Wars"

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Syrian War Report February 15, 2018: Israel Claims Half Of Syrian Air Defenses Is Destroyed Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the village of Qude from YPG/YPJ forces in the Afrin area. Separately, reports appeared that the TAF and the FSA had deployed additional troops and equipment west of the Jandaris district indicating the upcoming offensive there. Pro-YPG sources said that Kurdish []

15:15

Imad Mughniyah. The philosophy of the war : Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Imad Mughniyah. The philosophy of the war 15, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, Imad Mughniyah the most prominent leader of the resistance in Lebanon at the military level neither was one of the former officers in one of the armies and has joined the resistance supported by his knowledge and experience, nor was a []

12:48

How 1960s French Nuclear Tests Are Still Claiming Lives in Algeria Aletho News

Sputnik 15.02.2018 On February 13, 1960, France carried out its first nuclear test in Algerias southern Reggane region. According to official statistics, 17 nuclear tests were carried out in total over the next 6 years. The area remains affected, and local scientists say that radioactive contamination has caused genetic mutations and irreversibly changed the []

12:31

Spain falls short of apologising for 1920s use of chemical weapons in Morocco Aletho News

Spanish soldiers are seen during the Rif War in 1922 [Military Archive of vila/Wikipedia] MEMO | February 15, 2018 Spain has said it will respond to the Amazigh World Assemblys (AMA) request concerning the use of chemical weapons by Kings Alfonso XIII military during the Rif War from 1921-1926 but has fallen short on agreeing to apologise []

11:52

Solari Report interview with the Saker: Neocons & the War Lobby The Vineyard of the Saker

Dear friends, Here is the latest installment of my quarterly conversations with Catherine Austin Fitts.  This time the topic was The Emerging Multipolar World with The Saker Neocons &

11:31

Illegal US Bases In Raqqa, Syria- Canadians/Brits/French/US Occupiers Penny for your thoughts

As the US makes permanent it's occupation:
Inside Syria Media Centre:

Inside Syria Media Center has obtained information on the location of U.S. military bases which are illegally located in Syria.

1- Muhammed Faris military base is located in Syrias At-Tabqa (28 miles south- west of Raqqa city). Currently, it has military personnel from the U.S. (22), France (12) commanded by U.S. Sergeant Scott Suaima. The primary task of the unit is to monitor government troops movement and Kurdish forces in the region, as well as training the Kurds.

The second U.S. military base is also located in Syrias At-Tabqa. It has servicemen from
Canada (12), Austria (17), and the U.S. (44) commanded by Erik Butnar from the U.S. Marine Corps. Its main task is to coordinate the activities of the U.S.-led Coalition in the Governorates of Raqqa and Al-Hasakah.

3-Another military base, Ain Isa, hosts combatants from France (35),  Britain (35), and the U.S. (73) commanded by Jason Afrashid. There are also deployed 6 Abrams tanks, artillery and mortars. The base has a runway strip. The base is used to control the air situation in Raqqa Governorate with the help of radars, observe and photograph the activities of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), and to cooperate with Rumeilan base in Hasakah Governorate.
Of course the Canadians are present in Syria- of course! Not that I had ever doubted it

flashback : US Creates Yet Another Base in Syrian Annexed Territory: SDF/PKK

flashback : US Increases Military Posts in Kurd Annexed Syria: Vindicated Again

etc., I've talked and written to the point of exhaustion about American bases and plans to annex Syria- along with the duplicity of the PKK/YPG- years and years now 

earlier today:

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11:18

It's not "mad" to question the hidden power of the global elite Penny for your thoughts


The Guardian had an interesting oped- I can take a pass on most of it.



Here's the basic concept: Julian Baggini is a British philosopher

"Questioning the hidden power of elites whether big pharma or secret societies is really quite sane"
Of course it's sane. That's why you and I are here. But questioning alone doesn't go far enough.
Accepting this reality and then making appropriate changes is key


"The wrong moral to draw from this would be that anyone who sees hidden power being influenced is crazy. Rather, we should see the Hellyers of this world as the price we pay for being willing to question the manifest order and to expose the secretive interest groups who seek to manipulate the world for their own benefit.
When we dig for the truth, we flirt with madness. But in a world where hidden power is all too real, its the only sane thing to do."

I don't think digging for truth is flirting with madness-

I do think digging for truth is living in reality, being sane and can be empowering.  

Anything else is just mass delusion.




11:15

This is not a billboard. Sic Semper Tyrannis

How many times do I have to tell you that? Comments that consist in the main of quotations will not be published. pl

10:49

Old Movies and Patriarchy from the Days of HUAC and the Blacklist Dissident Voice

Watching old movies is a journey back through time, revisiting the social attitudes of our past.  A lot has changed during the last six or seven decades, much of it for the better. Thank goodness I dont have to wear a white shirt and necktie just to go downtown nowadays, but back in the 1950s that was the norm, the required male attire. I remember my father somewhat awkwardly putting on his dress-up clothes, struggling with his necktie. Being a former fisherman, Dad was skilled at tying all sorts of complicated knots, but that necktie was one he never quite mastered.

The differences between then and now are many, among the most significant being the gender roles.  Male dominance was the accepted norm; this comes out in most movies of the era, in some more intensely than others.  One that really lays it out thick and heavy is Fritz Langs 1952 film Clash by Night, produced nearly two decades before the feminist revolution of the late 1960s.

Clash by Night was filmed on location in Monterey and opens with picturesque shots of the seacoast, the fishing fleet, and Cannery Row, back then the center of a thriving fishing industry. The characters in this movie are fishing folk, the story centering on a love triangle in which Barbara Stanwyck plays a woman having an affair with her husbands best friend. The lover, played by Robert Ryan, is an angry, cynical fellow, the kind of guy whod seduce his best friends wife. The husband, Paul Douglas, is just the opposite; hes a trustworthy, amiable guy, good-hearted but rather childlike and simple-minded. Ryan says to Stanwyck, Your man is the salt of the earth, but hes not the right seasoning for you.

While Stanwyck, Douglas and Ryan are an ill-starred threesome who get things wrong, the movie also presents us with a counter-example of a couple who get things right, at least according to the ethos of the time. This couple, played by Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes, have their conflicts, but they work things out: she accepts him as the boss, the dominant partner. Andes portrays the proper masculine ideal of that era a guy who knows how to handle his woman and keep her in line.

Andes is Stanwycks younger brother; together they own a house, presumably inherited from their parents. Hes a crewman on a fishing vessel a purse seiner. Douglas is the owner and skipper. We see the two men (Douglas and Andes) on deck, repairing nets, using the traditional wooden net-needles.

Monroe, Andes girlfriend, works in one of the sardine cannerie...

10:37

Palestinian children need no lectures from Emily Thornberry Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The Labour shadow foreign secretary's advice on how to resist Israels occupation smacks of double standards

10:36

Israeli Parliament Votes Against Bill Recognizing Genocide of Armenians Aletho News

Sputnik February 15, 2018 The Knesset on Wednesday voted against a draft law implying the recognition of the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, Israeli media reported Wednesday. According to the Jerusalem Post newspaper, the legislative body rejected the bill proposed by the Yesh Atid party. The media outlet added that Yesh Atid chairman Yair []

10:19

France: Muslim leader warns Macron not to meddle with Islam Jihad Watch

This is as expected. When Macron first announced that he was planning a reorganization of Islam in France, I wrote: Macron clearly still knows nothing of Islam. As any Islamic supremacist might have told him, Islam reorganizes, it is not reorganized. That is clearly Ahmet Ogras view as well. INTERVIEW-Muslim leader urges Macron not to []

10:12

Nobody Wants to Admit to the Real Reasons Behind American Mass Shootings The Anti-Media

Nikolas Cruz mass shootings(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) Parkland, FL  There was mass casualty event at an American high school yesterday that took the lives of 17 students, and Im unfortunately not surprised at this point. Mass shootings have become commonplace in America as of late, and after every one of them, the political blame game spins round and round, even before we send []

09:57

Is it curtains for Israels Netanyahu? Aletho News

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | February 15, 2018 The corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sarah and son Yair seem serious. RT carried a resume on the charges against him. Netanyahus fortunes hang by a thread now. The attorney general Avichai Mandelblit will now take a []

09:52

Malaysia: Chinese Year of the Dog images removed to avoid offending Muslims Jihad Watch

It seems as if authorities the world over, with very few exceptions, have determined that this is the one group to whom everyone must kowtow. And that is because some of them have a disturbing tendency to react to being offended by murdering people. In the fifth grade, everyone was told that the way to []

09:47

NDP could break elite consensus against Palestinian rights Aletho News

By Yves Engler February 15, 2018 The anti-Palestinian consensus among Canadas three main political parties is crumbling and NDP members could bury it this weekend. After taking an all-expense paid trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committees conference in Washington and participating in a Jewish National Fund event in Israel 14 months ago, []

09:33

Watch: Florida Student Says She Talked to Nikolas Cruz During the High School Shooting The Anti-Media

Florida High School Student Nikolas Cruz(ANTIMEDIA) Parkland, FL  Yesterday, a local CBS News affiliate conducted an interview about Wednesdays school shooting with Alexa Miednik, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Miedniks account adds additional context to the narrative and raises some interesting questions. Heres what she told KHOU-TV reporter Matt Musil about the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, on Valentines Day. #KHOU11 After shifting []

09:32

Another response to Publius Tacitus concerning those meddlesome Russians - TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis

In the latest posting by Publius Tacitus concerning this subject, he made the following claim. In other words, if the Russians really were in a full court press beyond their normal propaganda activities, then the intelligence community should have been...

09:32

Dutch Lies Over Putins Aggression Expose NATO War Agenda Aletho News

By Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation | 15.02.2018 Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte was this week forced to bear a parliamentary vote of no confidence after his foreign minister finally came clean over a dangerous lie he has been telling for two years concerning Russian President Vladimir Putin. Halbe Zijlstra quit in shame on []

08:26

Iran at 39 years old: drones in Israel (?), trade with Europe, calm on the streets The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog The Iranian Revolution turned 39 on February 11. Its about time to get married! At least thats what people tell me I

08:10

Trump 'Muslim ban' violates US Constitution: Court Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, on a 9-4 vote, became the second federal appeals court to rule against the ban

07:44

Seattle ICE Immigration Attorney Arrested for Stealing Immigrants Identities Photography is Not a Crime

Chief Counsel Raphael Sanchez for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Seattle was arrested for stealing immigrants identities and then paying his bills with the stolen information.

Sanchez resigned on Monday and had his first court appearance on Thursday.

Sanchez devised a scheme to use immigrants identities in order to defraud financial institutions including American Express, Bank of America Citibank, Discover, and JPMorgan Chase, according to a charging document, which was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Sanchez stole the identities of seven people in various stages of immigration proceedings to defraud credit card companies.

Prosecutors with the Justice Departments Public Integrity Section investigated the incident. The Public Integrity Section pursues efforts to combat corruption by public officials.

In or around October 2013 to October 2017 Sanchez stole and used the identifies of seven immigrants for his own financial benefit.

The charging document contained few specifics about the allegations, but did give one example: It said that in April 2016 Sanchez stole the name, Social Security number and birth date of a Chinese national.

Sanchez then sent an email from his government account to his Yahoo account that included personal information pertaining to the Chinese national identified only as R.H. The information Sanchez sent included an image of R.H.s U.S. permanent resident card, the biographical page of R.H.s Chinese passport and a utility bill in R.H.s name from Puget Sound Energy.

Sanchez is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, both are felonies.

ICE in Seattle has been at the forefront of illegal immigration. They arrested dozens of undocumented immigrants in Septembers Operation Safe City, which was a four-day effort in which the administration targeted sanctuary cities around the country, including Seattle, where local officials do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

Sanchez negotiated a $2.25 million civil settlement in 2015 with a Washington apple orchard owner that was accused of hiring more than 900 employees who were not authorized to work in the United States.

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07:22

DAMASCUS GOVERNMENT RREACHED AGREEMENT WITH YPG OVER AFRIN AREA AL-MAYADIN TV Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front YPG fighters The Damascus government and the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) have reached an agreement that will allow the Syrian Army (SAA) to deploy its units inside the  Afrin area, the Lebanese al-Mayadin TV reported on February 15. The report said that the agreement had been reached after a long negotiation between []

07:04

#Seattle: A Sobering Look At the Anti-Fascist Response at Red Square on 2/10 Enough is Enough!

On Saturday, February 10th, multiple groups of fascists and far-right conservatives converged in Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish territory) at Red Square in the center of UWs campus. A call for anarchists and anti-fascists to oppose this gathering was posted nearly a week prior. The occasion for such a gathering was a Freedom Rally that the UW College Republicans had invited Joey Gibson and his group Patriot Prayer from Vancouver, WA to attend. The fascist creep that has been edging its way into the patriot movement for the last several years in the pacific northwest has been well documented by Rose City Antifa, among others. With this in mind, anarchists and anti-fascists took it upon themselves to organize last-minute efforts to sabotage this gathering of fascists and their more center-leaning accomplices. Sure enough, a handful of different fascist and fascist-leaning right-wing groups converged together on campus; The Cascade Legion, Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, UW College Republicans and various groups of militia-wannabes who patrolled the perimeter of Red Square in their olive-green army fatigues.

Originally published by Puget Sound Anarchists.

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.

Seattle: A Sobering Look At the Anti-Fascist Response at Red Square on 2/10

On Saturday, February 10th, multiple groups of fascists and far-right conservatives converged in Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish territory) at Red Square in the center of UWs campus. A call for anarchists and anti-fascists to oppose this gathering was posted nearly a week prior. The occasion for such a gathering was a Freedom Rally that the UW College Republicans had invited Joey Gibson and his group Patriot Prayer from Vancouver, WA to attend....

06:59

REPORT: VFP SOUTH EAST MONTHLY MEETING Veterans For Peace UK

Summary: Great attendance at this months meeting. Date of activity: 12/02/2018 Location of activity: London Main text: On Monday 12th Feb, members of VFP packed out the Housemans bookshop meeting room leaving standing room only for the second monthly meeting of 2018. At the meeting we covered the following agenda: Statement of Purpose Names of attendees and []

06:54

Merkel says hurdles remain to rebuild frayed Turkey ties Peace and Freedom

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DPA/AFP | Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday told Turkeys Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that hurdles remain toward restoring damaged relations while a German-Turkish journalist remains in jail

BERLIN (AFP)  Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday told Turkeys Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that hurdles remain on the path to restoring damaged relations while a German-Turkish journalist remains in jail.Speaking at a Berlin joint press conference with Yildirim, Merkel said that both sides have an interest in improving ties possibly on the basis of shared values, but that isnt easy right now.

She reiterated German concerns about the rule of law in NATO partner Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogans government responded to a 2016 failed coup attempt with mass arrests.

We know our bilateral relations have entered choppy waters and to a degree are still there, but were trying step by step to resolve the cases, she said.

Merkel pointed to the high-profile case of Die Welt correspondent Deniz Yucel who the previous day marked one year in Turkish custody and other German citizens Berlin says are held for political reasons.

Such detentions had clouded relations and marked a continuing burden, she said.

Yildirim said Turkish courts were working through a huge backlog of cases but voiced hope that Yucel would soon face a court, adding that any hearing offered a measure of hope.

The premier insisted on the independence of Turkish courts and added: We do not want this case to hurt relations between Germany and Turkey.

Merkel was also cool on Turkeys hopes of joining an EU customs union, saying the bloc first needed to be more convinced of progress on the rule of law, where there had been no developments recently.

Both leaders also discussed Turkeys military incursion into northern Syrias Afrin region against the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia.

The press conference was disrupted by a journalist with a Kurdish news site who held up photos of conflict casualties.

Yildirim dismissed them as propaganda and said they depicted other events.

If you want to know whats really going on in Afrin, go over there and youll see whats really going on there, he said.

He also stressed that, amid Syrias war and refugee crisis, we have welcomed 3.5 million Syrians, we have shared our bread with them Our h...

06:47

Tillerson In Turkey Hoping To Ease Tensions Between Erdogan, U.S. Peace and Freedom

Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shake hands before their talks at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey. Tillerson started a two-day trip to Turkey amid growing tensions between the two NATO allies. (AP)
ANKARA: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeking to ease tensions between the NATO allies that reached new heights over Ankaras ongoing operation inside Syria.
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A prime task of President Donald Trumps top diplomat will be to allay Turkish anger over US...

06:45

Former NATO Secretary General joins bank with Russian affiliation InformNapalm.org (English)

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary General of NATO, has taken the position of Deputy Chairman of...

The post Former NATO Secretary General joins bank with Russian affiliation appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

06:44

You Do Not Sound American: A Live Interview on WGN-TV Aletho News

By JooJoo Azad | February 10, 2108 I was on WGN for a live interview last week, and was asked to speak about my work and my book, but when I gave answers the hosts didnt like, their questions (and comments) started to get hostile, literally telling me I dont sound American. They gave me []

06:42

UPCOMING ACTIVITY: VFP UK SUMMER CAMP Veterans For Peace UK

Purpose of activity: Annual Summer Camp for members and their families. Starts: Friday 24 August at 1500 Location: Lynsters Farm, Old Uxbridge Road, West Hyde, Herts, WD3 9XJ Finishes: Sunday 26 August at 1800 This will be the third year we have run a summer camp. The previous camps have been great. Free food, drink & live music []

06:20

Guantanamo 'prepared' for new inmates: US admiral Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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On the campaign trail, US President Donald Trump vowed to load Guantanamo with 'bad dudes'

06:07

Anti-fascist organizing explodes on US college campuses Waging Nonviolence

by Shane Burley

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On December 13, six members of the University of Michigans Board of Regents shared a statement titled United Against Hate, showing their opposition to the current negotiations happening between the university and white nationalist Richard Spencer. After a disastrous appearance at the University of Florida at Gainesville, which saw mass actions by the No Nazis as UF coalition, Spencer had set his sites on the University of Michigan for his so-called alt-right recruitment.

Students reacted quickly, organizing walkouts and building occupations at the University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Eastern Michigan University, as well as satellite community colleges. Students 4 Justice, an organization formed in 2016 around ongoing issues of campus racism staged a walkout at the Ann Arbor campus on November 29.

The confederation of organizations took their inspiration from the growth of campus anti-fascist groups that have been taking on the appearance of alt-right figures like Spencer over the last year. Instead of waiting for Spencers appearance, students begin organizing once they learn that he is planning on coming to campus. This is the same impulse that has pushed towards the creation of ongoing organizations of students and faculty to deal with the ongoing pressure from alt-right organizations that see campuses as their prime recruiting ground. As 2018 begins, anti-fascist campus groups have exploded, changing the dynamic in universities to confront the kind of violence promised by the alt-right.

The making of a college-based anti-fascist network

Ever since 2015, when the Trump campaign emboldened white nationalist organizations under the alt-right banner, the movements figures and followers have targeted college campuses. College students are seen as upwardly mobile and are often from a different demographic background than traditional white nationalists. These organizations have also made targeting progressive areas a key part of their strategy, trying to provoke protesters for optics.

Since a lot of these alt-right leaders...

06:02

Florida Shooter Trained With White Supremacists Peace and Freedom

The white supremacist group wants Florida to become a white ethno-state Jewish victims include two first-year students, a senior and a teacher

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Photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Nikolas Cruz, a former student who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018, killing more than a dozen people and injuring several.
Photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Nikolas Cruz, a former student who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.AP

The 19-year-old man suspected of...

05:59

Rumors Grow That U.S. Fed Is Propping Up Stock Market PopularResistance.Org

Its not every day that three well-credentialed men are willing to put their names and reputations behind the allegation that the U.S. Federal Reserve is rigging the stock market. But thats exactly what happened yesterday. Paul Craig Roberts, a former Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President Ronald Reagan joined with Economist Michael Hudson and Wall Street veteran Dave Kranzler to write that it appears that in May 2010, August 2015, January/February 2016, and currently in February 2018 the Fed is rigging the stock market by purchasing S&P equity index futures in order to arrest stock market declines. This is not the first time the Fed has come under such suspicion.

05:57

US will struggle to keep pace with Chinese military if it does not invest, senior admiral warns Peace and Freedom

We ignore Chinese military expansion at our peril

By Alexandra Wilts Washington DC

The Independent

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Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command, has taken a hard line against Chinese military expansion Getty Images

The top US admiral in the Pacific has said that if the United States does not keep pace with Chinas investment in military technologies, the American military will eventually struggle to compete with Chinese armed forces.

China is a rapidly growing regional military power and is seeking to expand its global influence, Admiral Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee.

If the US does not keep pace [Pacific Command] will struggle to compete with the Peoples Liberation Army on future battlefields, he said.

He added that China is using military modernization, influence operations and predatory economics to coerce neighbouring countries to reorder the Indo-Pacific to their advantage.

Chinas intent is crystal clear, Mr Harris said, suggesting that the nations is working to replace the US as the security partner of choice for countries in the region.

He continued: We ignore it at our peril. These types of aspirational goals could be appropriate for a nation of Chinas stature, but judging by Chinas regional behaviour I am concerned that China will now work to undermine the rules-based international order, not just in the Indo-Pacific but on a global scale.

On Wednesday, US intelligence chief Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee that malign actors like Russia and China would continue to use several tactics, such as cyber warfare, to challenge US influence around the globe.

Last week, Mr Trump signed a bipartisan budget deal that significantly boosted defence spending.

The President on Wednesday, speaking of the budget agreement, said were extremely happy with the bill that was passed, because it takes care of our military.

Our military will be in better shape than ever before, the President added.

05:55

D.C. Police And Feds Partner With Hard Right To Convict Trump Protesters PopularResistance.Org

Washington, D.C., police and federal prosecutors have been collaborating with notorious right-wing groups known for fascist statements and using doctored videos to ambush their targets in an attempt to convict and jail protesters from President Trumps inauguration. The question is not whether the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington, D.C., are working with Oath Keepers, a group of cops and veterans with rabid anti-government views, and Project Veritas, a far-right group known for fabricating accounts to ambush the media and the political left. The question is, how deep is the relationship between the police, federal prosecutors and these extremists? And in MPDs case, are Washington police breaking the law, as its city council has passed laws barring them from spying on protesters or protest groups?

05:49

Bernie Sanders Hits on Winning Message He Avoided in 2016 Aletho News

By David Swanson | CounterPunch | February 15, 2018 A video has shown up on Senator Bernie Sanders Facebook page, with his name on it and his face in it making all the familiar (to a small number of people) points about U.S. military spending (how much it is, how it compares to the rest of the []

05:44

Stock Market Designed To F**k 90% Of Us PopularResistance.Org

As the stock market had its largest one-day drop in decades, what our media won't tell you is that 84% of stock wealth is in the hands of the top 10%. Looking at the stock market to judge the economic health of our country is actually like looking at a dying man and judging his health based on how the leeches look. Most Americans do not benefit from it as the rich play with lives. But that's just half of the story. Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp has the censored side of our volatile economy.

05:33

From Democracy to Freedom Tour : In Iceland and the Midwest CrimethInc.

As promised, we are doing another block of presentations of our book, From Democracy to Freedom. If you would like to arrange something for us in your town, at your university, or in some other context, please contact us: rollingthunder@crimethinc.com. Below are the details about our talks in Iceland and around the Midwest.

February 19: Reykjavik, Iceland

At 8 pm (20:00) in Andrmi, Bergrugata 20

March 7: Pittsburgh, PA

7 pm at the Mr. Roboto Project, 5106 Penn Avenue.

March 8: Morgantown, WV

Details forthcoming.

March 9: Cleveland, OH

7 pm, Guide to Kulchur, 5222 Lorain Avenue.

March 10: Bowling Green, OH

6 pm at the Common Good.

March 11: Chicago, IL

7 pm at 2424 S. Western Avenue. Details available via @breakaway_chi on Twitter.

March 12: Bloomington, IN

Details forthcoming.

March 13: Carbondale, IL

7 pm at The Flyover, 214 North Washington.

Later in March: St. Louis, MO

Details forthcoming!

05:32

The Strategy Of The 1% And Ours PopularResistance.Org

In recent days two facts illuminate the strategy of the richest 1 percent of humanity. Towards the end of January the media divulged an Oxfam study, wherein is asserts that of all the wealth generated in 2017 in the world, 82 percent went into the hands of the richest 1 percent, while half of the population received absolutely nothing. The economy only functions to benefit a tiny minority that concentrates more and more power. The second fact comes from the Davos Forum, where the sector that represents the interests of the 1 percent meets. All the chronicles assure that the CEOS of the multi-nationals and the worlds most powerful men (there are few women), were happy and converted the annual gathering in the Swiss Alps into a real party. Almost all of them arrived in private jets; they paid $245,000.00 for the four days of meetings and conferences and access to the private sessions.

05:25

Florida Suspects Unhealthy Obsession: Killing Small Animals, Extreme Gun Fascination Peace and Freedom

Nikolas Cruz has been described as a troubled young man who struggled to control his behavior

This video-screen-grab image shows shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz on Thursday at Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
This video-screen-grab image shows shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz on Thursday at Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. PHOTO:MIGUEL GUTTIEREZ/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

A neighbor said he shot at chickens with a pellet gun and turned his dog on potbelly pigs. A former teacher said school administrators seemed worried in late 2016 about him bringing a backpack to class. A relative said he had emotional issues and had recently lost his mother.

A portrait is emerging of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in Wednesdays high-school massacre in South Florida, as a troubled young man who struggled to control his behavior. He had been expelled from the school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, officials said.

He always seemed to get into trouble with everybody, that kid, said Malcolm Roxburgh, a former neighbor in Parkland, Fla. He had a very strange look in his eyes all the time. He has a cold, cold stare.

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05:23

How the Media Convinced Millions the Florida Shooter Was the Wrong Person The Anti-Media

Florida Shooter Nikolas Cruz(TFC)  Yesterday, millions of people across the globe stared in horror at the image of the Broward County school shooter. They were able to infer from the image the shooter was a leftist, and probably a communist. Nikolas Cruz was the killer leftist the right wing always dreamed about and word spread like wildfire on social []

05:18

Downed Russian Warplane Illustrates Enduring Danger of US-Backed Terrorism Militant Libertarian

February 11, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci NEO) A Russian ground-attack aircraft a Sukhoi-25 was shot down using an anti-aircraft missile over the northern Syrian province of Idlib by Al Qaeda affiliates. The pilot was reportedly killed by militants according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The BBC in its article, Russian jet shot down in Syrias Idlib province, would report:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham formerly linked to al-Qaeda said it had shot down the plane.

In a statement released on social media, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group claimed it had shot down the plane using a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile.

The BBC and other Western media organizations have worked ceaselessly to aid groups like Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in their efforts to re-brand themselves and obfuscate public awareness over their status as terrorist organizations, thus making it easier for either the US and its European allies to aid and arm such groups, or for Western allies in the Middle East to aid and arm them.

That Tahrir al-Sham possesses anti-aircraft missiles indicates they are the recipients of state-sponsored arms deliveries. The fact that they murdered the downed pilot a war crime reaffirms their status as a terrorist organization.

Al Qaeda affiliates possessing anti-aircraft weapon systems should come as no surprise. The US had literally handed hundreds of anti-aircraft missiles to militants in Afghanistan during the 1980s which included Arab volunteers assisted by Al Qaeda. With these missiles, militants likewise downed Russia warplanes and helicopters.

Arming Al Qaeda in Syria was Plan A Before the Arab Spring Sprung

The Washington Post in its article, ...

05:17

China has built seven new military bases in South China Sea, US navy commander says Peace and Freedom

Beijings assertive territorial claims in disputed waterway is coordinated, methodical and strategic, Admiral Harry Harris says

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 February, 2018, 1:15pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 February, 2018, 1:15pm

South China Morning Post

The commander of the United States Pacific Command on Wednesday warned of Chinas growing military might, saying Bei...

05:17

Tillersons Visit: Aoun, Hariri Vow to Preserve Lebanons Sovereignty Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

February 15, 2018 Lebanese President Michel Aoun urged the US to pile pressure on Israel to curb its recent aggression infringing upon Lebanons sovereignty, during his meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Monday. Tillersons visit comes at the backdrop of heightened tensions between Lebanon and the Israeli occupying entity, which emanated in light []

05:15

When Former Spies Turn into TV Experts Aletho News

By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 15.02.2018 Once upon a time in the United States there was a general perception that organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were both apolitical and high-minded, existing only to calmly and professionally promote the safety and security of []

05:09

Protesters Disrupt Board Meeting, Demand Governor Oppose Jordan Cove LNG Project PopularResistance.Org

Salem, OR: On Tuesday morning activists with Southern Oregon Rising Tide disrupted the State Lands Board meeting, demanding Governor Brown take action to oppose the Jordan Cove Energy Project. A dozen demonstrators interrupted the meeting with noisemakers before unfurling a banner and reading a statement calling on the Governor and the State Lands Board to deny permits for the fracked gas export project. You seem intent on avoiding the issue and refusing to listen to our communities, but we cant afford your silence, the protesters shouted over the Governors attempts to regain control of the meeting, Were done waiting for the appropriate time to speak only to be ignored, so were interrupting your meeting for a few minutes to make sure you hear us. The protesters questioned Governor Browns stated commitment to curbing climate change...

05:07

Prevent must be 'revamped' says UK's top counter-terrorism police officer Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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05:01

China Reassigns 60,000 Soldiers To Plant Trees In Bid To Fight Pollution PopularResistance.Org

China has reportedly reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage. A large regiment from the People's Liberation Army, along with some of the nation's armed police force, have been withdrawn from their posts on the northern border to work on non-military tasks inland. The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city. The idea is believed to be popular among members of online military forums as long as they can keep their ranks and entitlements. It comes as part of China's plan to plant at least 84,000 square kilometres (32,400 square miles) of trees by the end of the year, which is roughly equivalent to the size of Ireland.

04:54

The UKs Hidden Hand In Julian Assanges Detention PopularResistance.Org

Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wished to pursue the case. In other words, for more than four years Assange has been holed up in a tiny room, policed at great cost to British taxpayers, not because of any allegations in Sweden but because the British authorities wanted him to remain there. On what possible grounds could that be, one has to wonder? Might it have something to do with his work as the head of Wikileaks, publishing information from whistleblowers that has severely embarrassed the United States and the UK. In fact, Assange should have walked free years ago if this was really about an investigation  a sham one at that into an alleged sexual assault in Sweden.

04:52

Trump Calls for Action on Mental Health After Shooting Senator Chuck Grassley Wants To Talk About Guns Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Jennifer Epstein

February 15, 2018, 11:38 AM EST
  • In brief remarks president makes no mention of gun control
  • Trump addresses nation day after 17 killed at high school
Donald Trump speaks on the Florida school shooting in the White House on Feb. 15.Photographer: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump said that the nation should take unspecified action on mental health issues on Thursday, the day after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people and wounded at least 14 more. He said he plans to visit the community to meet with victims families.

Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred and evil, Trump said in a statement from the White House. No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.

He ignored a question about gun control after his statement, and said nothing about guns or gun laws in his address.

He said that the U.S. must tackle the difficult issue of mental health, but offered no specifics.

It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference, he said.

The 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, attacked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday. It was the deadliest school shooting since 20 children and six adults were killed in the December 2012 rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connectic...

04:50

Sideshows & Distractions While the Zombie Media Cheer & US Start Killing Russians in Syria Aletho News

By Kit Knightly | OffGuardian | February 15, 2018 Whether mercenries or special forces, whether only four or hundreds, its incredibly dangerous that the illegal US Syria occupation force is killing Russians Its a story that isnt getting as much coverage as it should, but American soldiers have allegedly killed dozens of Russian mercenaries in []

04:47

US Calls on Iran to Withdraw Its Forces From Syria The Anti-Media

Regime Change Iran(MEMO)  US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday called on Iran to withdraw its troops and allied militia from Syria. We are quite concerned about the recent incident involving Israel and Iranian assets inside of Syria. And I think this again illustrates why Irans presence in Syria is only destabilizing to the region, Tillerson said during []

04:41

Marathon Reaches Deal With Investors On Human Rights PopularResistance.Org

In the face of mounting pressure from investors and the glare of public scrutiny, Marathon Petroleum Corp. officials acknowledged that the company has a responsibility to address environmental and social risksincluding potential violations of the rights of indigenous people. However, in an agreement signed Friday with a block of shareholders, the oil company also said that the ultimate responsibility for protecting human rights lies with government regulators. Human rights activists described the concessions as superficial and said the lack of binding requirements could allow the company to continue with little reform. Shareholders in the Ohio-based company turned up the heat after seeing the treatment of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, a project Marathon bought into just as tensions were boiling over in 2016.

04:35

Jihadists looking to Egypts Sinai for new home base: army Peace and Freedom

AFP

EGYPTIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY/AFP | An image grab taken from a handout video released by Egypts defence ministry on February 9, 2018 shows Egypts army spokesman Tamer al-Rifai
CAIRO (AFP)  After crushing blows in Iraq and Syria, global jihadists could be eyeing Egypts Sinai Peninsula as a new home base, the army said Thursday, as it presses an offensive in the region.Cairo last week announced a major operation against jihadists across swathes of territory, including the volatile region which has been at the heart of a persistent Islamic State group insurgency.

The security sweep in the Sinai, Nile Delta and Western Desert near the border with Libya comes as the country prepares for polls next month in which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seeking re-election.

Army spokesman Tamer el-Refai said at a press conference broadcast Thursday that intelligence showed that jihadists were planning to create a new terrorist home base in another area that could potentially be the Sinai Peninsula.

The spokesman told a tightly controlled press conference that 53 jihadists have been killed since the start of the operation, while more than 600 people have been detained.

There was no way to independently verify the figures given.

In November, Sisi ordered his armed forces chief of staff to restore security in Sinai within three months after militants killed more than 300 worshippers at a mosque.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency since April last year, after two suicide bombings at churches claimed by IS killed at least 45 people in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.

04:35

Strong Arguments For Prohibition Of Nuclear Weapons PopularResistance.Org

Russian military writers have discussed the possibility of using small nuclear weapons if the country is attacked by an adversary with considerable conventional superiority. These smallHiroshima-sized?nukes would serve as a warning: we are prepared to defend ourselves with nuclear weapons. Such a discussion is to be expected considering the inferiority of Russia in conventional weapons. President Putin has hinted at such possibilities. However, no change in deployment, activation, upgrading, or maintenance of the tactical nuclear weapons in storage has been done, as far as we know, and no evidence is given in the NPR. A major problem is that there are frequent allegations in the NPR about the strategy of Russia, the main enemy, with no references...

04:34

Kremlin Dismisses Allegations of Cyberattacks as Russophobic Campaign Aletho News

Sputnik February 15, 2018 Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has commented on accusations of UK Foreign Office of Russia allegedly being behind a massive cyberattack, using the NotPetya virus. We categorically reject such accusations, we consider them unsubstantiated and groundless. This is nothing more than the continuation of the Russophobic campaign lacking any evidence, Peskov told reporters, []

04:21

U.S. Returns To Great Power Competition, With Dangerous New Edge PopularResistance.Org

The Trump administrations new National Defense Strategy is being touted as a sea change in U.S. foreign policy a shift from the war on terrorism to great power competition, a line that would not be out of place in the years leading up to World War I. But is the shift really a major course change, or a re-statement of policies followed by the last four administrations? The U.S. has never taken its eyes off its big competitors. It was President Bill Clinton who moved NATO eastwards, abrogating a 1991 agreement with the Russians not to recruit former members of the Warsaw Pact that is at the root of current tensions with Moscow. And, while the U.S. and NATO point to Russias annexation of the Crimea as a sign of a revanchist Moscow, it was NATO that set the precedent of altering borders when it dismembered Serbia to create Kosovo after the 1999 Yugoslav war.

04:14

Soleimani: Avenging Martyr Mughniyeh, Other Martyrs Is Thru Eradicating Israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor 15-02-2018 | 10:26 Commander of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Core Major General Qasem Soleimani addressed a conference in the Iranian capital, Tehran, marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hezbollah commander martyr leader Haj Imad Mughniyeh. At the beginning of his address, Maj. Gen. Soleimani paid tribute to the martyrs of []

04:12

Video Interview with Internationalist Fighters: We will Defend #Afrin against #Turkey Enough is Enough!

The internationalist fighters in Rojava said that they will defend Afrin against fascist Turkish regimes invasion attacks. Video interview.

Originally published by ANF News.

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

Internationalist Fighters: We will Defend Afrin against Turkey

The internationalist fighters in Rojava said that they will defend Afrin against fascist Turkish regimes invasion attacks.

Hundreds of fighters from several countries around the world joined the fight against ISIS in northern Syria. Now they are fighting to defend the values of the Rojava revolution against Turkish states invasion attacks.

Internationalists in YPG ranks spoke to the ANF about why they are taking part in the resistance in Rojava and the Turkish invasion operation against Afrin Canton of Northern Syria.

Internationalist fighter Argesh said that he wanted to be a part of Rojava revolution after learning about the direct democracy and womens liberation.

I came over here for the liberation of Raqqa. Ended up being a part of that for six months. Afterwards I went on work for the civil side. And got to see first hand how the revolution here is working and see how the people were interacting with the system. And thats when the Turkish invastion of Afrin occured. And simply just couldnt stay back. Had to join our comrades to defend our land he said.

Another fighter Andok said after fighting against ISIS for six months he came to Afrin to defend the land.

Internationalist fighters Serhad and Kendal Qamishlo also say that they will fight against the Turkish invasion.

Video: Interview with internationalist YPG fighters. we as anti-fascists call upon the intl community to take civil action against the Turkish State and for committed revolutionaries to join us in our fight against the Turkish Fascist State.

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04:12

Moscow Admits Non-Military Russian Deaths in Syria for the First Time The Anti-Media

Russian Deaths(MEE)  Five Russian citizens were likely killed in a US-led coalition bombing of pro-government Syrian fighters last week, Moscow said on Thursday, acknowledging non-military casualties in the attack for the first time. We are possibly talking about the deaths of five people, supposedly citizens of the Russian Federation. Others are injured. But this all requires verification, []

04:04

Trump and allies may be vulnerable to Chinese retaliation on trade: Analysts Peace and Freedom

By Nirmal Ghosh
The Straits Times
15 February 2018

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has upped his threats of action against countries with which the US runs hefty trade deficits particularly China.

But at a meeting at the White House on Tuesday (Feb 13), it was also evident that there is concern even among the Republican base, over retaliation by China.

Apart from recently imposed tariffs on washing machines and solar panels, the US looks likely to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium. Mr Trump has about 60 days left to decide whether to act under Section 232 of a 1962 trade law, which gives him the power to apply higher tariffs and quotas on imported steel and aluminium for national security reasons. This is principally aimed at China.

On Wednesday, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced an affirmative preliminary determination in an anti-dumping duty probe of imports of cast iron soil pipe fittings from China valued at US$8.6 million in 2016. This means Customs and Border Protection will collect cash deposits from importers of cast iron soil pipe fittings from China.

The US is also tightening its oversight over Chinese investment, and will soon release the results of an investigation into intellectual property theft.

Most trade experts believe a trade war will damage both countries even if the US eventually emerges better off. And China this month singled out American sorghum for an anti-dumping investigation, showing that it can hit America where it hurts Mr Trump in particular.

I dont know anyone who didnt expect this to happen, Mr Jeffrey Schott, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics told The Straits Times.

I suspect they have a tool kit that they are willing to deploy in a measured way if the United States takes actions they think are not compatible with international treaty rights.

The largest sorghum producers in the US in terms of acreage are Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Chinas investigations, which may take up to a year, signal that Beijing can inflict disproportionate pain on rural constituencies that voted for Mr Trump and his allies, said one analyst who asked not to be named.

Its a shot across the bow as Trump decides whether to inflict tariffs on Chinese...

04:04

Purge of ethnic mafia in Dagestan The Vineyard of the Saker

by Scott Humor for the Saker Blog WHO WAS ARRESTED AND WHY It all started on February 5, 2018, with the simultaneous arrests of four high profile government officials in

04:00

UK: Four Muslims admit to operating rape gang with girls as young as 13 Jihad Watch

Taiyab Hussain, Mohammed Hizar Rizwan, Shaheem Ratyal and Sohail Raja Ali, all from Burton, pleaded guilty to child sex offences in court last week, after their victims bravely came forward to their families and a police investigation was launched. Police chiefs have now spoken out to praise their bravery and urge any victims to come []

03:49

New Zealand: Muslim teen planned to ram car into people and then stab them for Allah Jihad Watch

Not to worry. He is getting counselling by a member of the local Muslim community. That will fix everything, wont it? And the president of the Federation of Islamic Associations, Hazim Arafeh, says that jihad terrorists are misinformed about Islam. So you see, nothing to be concerned about at all! Go back to sleep. But []

03:48

Telephone call may have stopped imminent Israeli-Iranian war Peace and Freedom

Russian President Vladimir Putin [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]

Isreali newspaper Haaretz revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin stopped an imminent Israeli-Iranian war, with a telephone call, following recent escalation. This weekend Israel shot down an Iranian drone over the occupied Palestinian territories and then later had a Israeli F-16 fighter shot down over Syria.

The newspaper described the call between Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday evening, as decisive and fateful as it immediately stopped the escalation.

The newspaper concluded that the Russian President provided an acceptable solution to both conflicting parties, and pointed out that this is a clear conclusion which can be drawn from the sequence of events on Saturday, as translated by Arabi21.

The newspaper also said that the Israeli raids on targets in Syria raised Moscows concerns, since they have targeted locations close to the areas of spread of Russian advisers, especially at Tiyas Military Airbase (T-4 Airbase) in the eastern countryside of Homs.

The newspaper concluded that the stability that prevailed in the region after the telephone conversation between Putin and Netanyahu has revealed a...

03:35

Syria - New 'Chemical Weapons' Fake Planned - Chlorine Though Will Not Do Moon of Alabama

During the seven years of the war on Syria several accusations were made that the government that it had used 'chemical weapons' against the attacking extremists. The Syrian government denied to have ever released any chemicals. The implausible to murky...

03:33

Erdogan: What kind of NATO membership is this? What kind of NATO alliance is this? Jihad Watch

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who always likes to tell us what he really thinks, is at it again. Last year he accused the people of Germany and of the Netherlands too of being Nazis for not allowing political rallies targeted at Turkish residents in Germany. He also called Angela Merkel guilty of Nazism for []

03:30

China urges shoppers to turn their backs on foreign goods after Heathrow duty free row Peace and Freedom

A plane taking off at Heathrow Airport,

A plane taking off at Heathrow Airport, CREDIT: PA

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Claims that a store at Heathrow Airport ripped off Chinese shoppers have prompted calls in China for the countrys cash-rich consumers to rein in their overseas spending.

The Peoples Daily, the official mouthpiece newspaper of Chinas ruling Communist Party, suggested in an angry commentary posted on its website that Chinese tourists should turn their backs on foreign goods.

It came after an employee at retailer World Duty Free, which is located at Heathrow, alleged that the store was offering 20 percent discounts on the next visit for consumers who spent 79 or more but people travelling to China had to spend 1,000.

The claims went viral, forcing the airport and retailer to apologise.

But Chinese web-users were up in arms and state-run newspaper, the Global Times, vented fury at what it claimed was cultural discrimination and ripping off Chinese consumers.

The Peoples Daily joined in with the chorus of disapproval in an article titled: Heathrow airport has apologised, but the questioning wont stop.

Victims should bravely use the law as a weapon to defend their rights against businesses which are dishonest and do not respect regulations and the rule of law, the commentary said.

As this shop treats customers differently, should we vote with our feet and stop buying foreign goods?

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03:26

Movie Critics Complain Eastwood Doesnt Show Sympathetic Terrorist The Counter Jihad Report

Truth Revolt, by Mark Tapson, Feb. 15, 2018: TruthRevolt friend Christian Toto over at HollywoodInToto.com has helpfully rounded up a sample of movie reviews of openly conservative director Clint Eastwoods new terrorism drama The 15:17 to Paris. The film is based on the Continue reading

03:17

Nihilist #Communism: A Critique of Optimism in the Far Left Monsieur Dupont Enough is Enough!

A critique of optimism the religious dogma that states there will be an ultimate triumph of good over evil in the far left.

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.

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Nihilist Communism Monsieur Dupont

A critique of optimism the religious dogma that states there will be an ultimate triumph of good over evil in the far left.

Nihilist communism argues against the conception of consciousness raising and recruiting as practised by the far left, whereby it is implicitly assumed that the social revolution may be brought about by enough persons spreading communist ideas effectively enough. Monsieur Dupont also argues regularly against class consciousness and even consciousness as a factor in revolution. To this, they counterpose a model of revolution based on a crisis of capitalism which will necessitate the appropriation of entire key industries by the essential proletariat a class which they believe should be defined solely by the economic position of its members. They write (in a manner somewhat typical of their style):

We do not know what anyone means when they describe the proletariat as a social category. If they are implying that the working class as a social body have something between themselves other than their experience of work then we utterly reject this. MD [i.e. Monsieur Dupont] have a penchant for Champagne and Tarkovsky movies whereas our neighbours prefer White Lightening [sic.] and WWF wrestling, our economic position, however, is identical.

The Proletariat will not be motivated by political values in its resistance to work but by its selfish interest to assert its species being; its bodily desire to be human floods across th...

03:14

German Turks to sue far right party over 'camel drivers' slur Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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03:09

Will President Trump Prosecute Terrorist Group CAIR & Those Supporting It? The Counter Jihad Report

Understanding the Threat,  by John Guandolo, Feb. 15, 2018: We at Understanding the Threat (UTT) speak the truth using facts and evidence about real threats facing our communities here in the United States. Here is a fact:  The Continue reading

03:04

Taliban Letter to the American People Aletho News

Full text in English of the Taliban Letter to the American People published February 14, 2018 Letter of the Islamic Emirate to the American people! The American people, officials of independent non-governmental organizations and the peace loving Congressmen! With the hope that you will read this letter prudently and will evaluate the future of American []

03:01

Federal Judge Strikes CAIR-Hamas Reference From San Diego Suit The Counter Jihad Report

IPT, by John Rossomando    Feb 13, 2018 A federal judge partially granted a motion Monday by San Diegos Unified School District (SDUSD) to strike references to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) ties to Hamas from a lawsuit seeking to block the school system from Continue reading

02:57

Tom Engelhardt 278 stan van houcke

February 15, 2018

Tomgram: Stephanie Savell, The Hidden Costs of America's Wars


When it comes to Americas wars, more than 16 years later our generals are victorious. Not, of course, in the distant lands where those conflicts grind on unendingly, but in the one place that matters: Washington, D.C. Could there be a more striking sign of that than the elevation of three of those generals to key positions in the Trump administration? If any of them are going down any time soon, the wars this country has been conducting abroad wont be responsible, though one retired commander, John Kelly, now White House chief of staff, was wounded only ...

02:47

The Hotwire #18: February 14, 2018 : Toxic Waste in STLLabor Struggles in the Techno AgeA Rant on Love CrimethInc.

Listen here. The second episode of our second season! There is antifa activity in Olympia, Athens, and Seattle. Vaneesa Hopson died while in the custody of Olympia police and we report on the death and the subsequent protests.. There are strikes by delivery drivers across Hong Kong and Europe, by prisoners detained at an immigrant detention center in Washington, and walkouts across the country as part of the Fight for 15 campaign. We interview an anarchist active in the resistance to the Westlake Landfill. In honor of Valentines Day theres a rant against conventional love. Stay tuned until the Repression Roundup to hear about the Black Pride 4.

02:38

New Islamophobia report contains hate crimes faked by Muslims as if they really happened Jihad Watch

Then we hear that anti-Muslim hate incidents have increased, when really only the chutzpah and dishonesty of those compiling these reports has increased. Fact Checking the New Islamophobia Inflation Hoax Report, by Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage, February 13, 2018: Yasmin Seweid, a Muslim college student, claimed that Trump supporters had tried to tear off her hijab []

02:33

Corrze, France: The Torrefied Pellet Plant Will Not Be Built on Limousin Mountain! Insurrection News

Limousin

Received on 16.02.18:

This is an invitation from the Limousin Mountain to all potential accomplices who oppose the industrial offensive currently taking place under the veil of an ecological transition.

To our dear Friends in struggle in Khimky, in Bure, in Iceland, in Notre Dame des Landes, in Biaowiea, in Durham, in the the Cevennes Mountains, in the Mikmaq Territory, in Amazonia, the woods of Charnie, in Cambo, in Salau, in the Susa valley, in Dompierre, in Roia Montan, in Standing Rock, in Gueret, in Atenco, on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in Chalkidiki, in Saint Victor, at the Lake Baikal, in Wallmapu (Mapuche-Territory), in Guayana, in Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, in Pyhjoki, on the dunes of Trgor, in stanbul, in Landivisiau, at the Hambacher Forst, in the Woods of Chambaran, at the Makwa Camp (Ojibwe Territories), in Loc Envel, in the Kiche Territory, on the shores of Kafue, in the Wendland, in the Niger Delta, in the Gran Chaco, in Merlac, in Norra Krr Vttern, in the gardens of Lentillres, in the Treburer Woods, in Jabiluka (Mirarr Territory) and everywhere people counter the industrial madness

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02:32

EU tries to breathe life back into U.N. Syria talks Peace and Freedom

Reuters

SOFIA (Reuters) The European Union on Thursday sought to revive stalled United Nations peace talks for Syria, worried by Russias efforts to legitimize the grip on power of its ally, President Bashar al-Assad.

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Federica Mogherini engaged in Syrian peace talks in Vienna in 2015 File photo

The U.N. talks in Geneva have made little or no progress during seven years of the war, before hitting a deadlock last December. Moscow has been promoting alternative peace talks in Astana with Turkey, which supports rebel groups in Syria.

Armed interventions by Russia and Iran have allowed Assad to recapture large parts of the country but the U.N. says February has seen some of the worst fighting in Syria since violence erupted in March 2011.

Even so, EU foreign ministers in Bulgaria are holding their first full discussion about Syria in almost a year.

Well discuss how to mobilize humanitarian support but also how to use the convening power of the European Union to support the U.N.-led political process that is facing difficult moments in these weeks, EUs top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said.

Mogherini will host an international conference on Syria in Brussels in April, trying to support the ailing peace process and seeking more pledges of humanitarian aid for Syrians in the country, as well as refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

The EUs previous such event in 2017 got overshadowed by a chemical attack inside Syria. The conflict shows no signs of abating as powers in the region and beyond back rival forces in the proxy war. Now entering its eighth year, it has killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes.

The tragedy continues, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters. It is important for the Geneva process to restart as quickly as possible and that we are in a phase of political transition, which is not the case at the moment.

The EU as a whole has played only a marginal role in efforts to resolve the conflict. It is trying, however, to leverage its status as the worlds largest aid donor to have more sway. It has said it will not pay to help rebuild Syria if Moscow and Damascus crush Assads opponent and ensure he holds on to power.

Assads forces have lately bombarded two of the last major rebel areas in Syria in Eastern Ghouta and the northwestern province of Idlib.

The disastrous humanitarian conditions in the besieged areas prompted the...

02:32

Florida Shooters JROTC Took NRA Money, Excelled at Marksmanship World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, February 15, 2018

35% of U.S. mass shooters are military veterans, as compared with 14.76% in the general population for the same gender and age. See documentation of this below.

First a couple of Tweets:

ROTC on social media - "Killing it"

ROTC on social media - "Thanks NRA"

Now an image from: https://jrotceagles.com:

ROTC Eagles

Whether the latest school shooters participation in a JROTC program that took NRA money and trained in marksmanship contributed to the shooting or not, it is symptomatic of a culture in which many schools are forgetting that The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Is Not a Substitute for Education.

The worst kept secret in our gun-mad and war-mad culture is that U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans.

Are veterans of the U.S. military...

02:31

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: How Media Bias Actually Works: A Case Study Jihad Watch

Adding a phrase here and there to smear ones political enemy. My latest at PJ Media: Leftist media bias isnt limited to the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and the rest. It operates at all levels of the establishment media. Last Wednesday, the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota published a piece that []

02:30

Syria SITREP: Approximate figures of the US airstrike in Syria & lessons learned The Vineyard of the Saker

I will keep this one short.  You all have read all the nonsense about 100 to 600 Russians killed in the recent US air strike in Syria.  According to these

02:26

Strikes hit yet another hospital in Syrias Idlib Peace and Freedom

 

A Syrian medic checks the damage at the Sham Surgical hospital, one of several hospitals targeted by air strikes in Idlib province over the past few days, after it was hit in the night, in the town of Hass on Feb. 15, 2018. (AFP)
HASS: Air strikes have hit a hospital in Syrias last province beyond government control, in the seventh such raid on a medical facility there by the regime or its ally Russia in two weeks, a monitor said Thursday.
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The strikes, thought to be Russian, hit the hospital in the northwestern province of Idlib late Wednesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.
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The Observatory, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information, says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions used.
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Inside the hospital in the village of Hass on Thursday, boxes of medicine lay scattered on the floor while part of a wall had collapsed onto a...

02:17

Witness Out of Palestine World Beyond War . . .

Witness in Palestine by Anna Baltzer

By David Swanson, February 14, 2018

Anna Baltzers amazing book Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories has been updated over the years, and Ive just read it for the first time. Rather unfairly, and as it turns out wrongly, my first response upon turning the initial pages was: Do we really need another one of these? Jewish person believes pile of myths. Jewish person confronts reality. Jewish person tries to open the eyes of others. Its become as familiar as Dog Bites Man. Couldnt we all just share one book around instead of everyone writing his or her own, and then pool our money until we can afford a television station so that people can be made to wake up in large numbers?

But heres the thing. While Ive grown accustomed to describing each such book as the best or one of the best, they are not all the same. One of the many merits of this one is that it would make and I hope it does make if it isnt already an excellent text book in schools. And significant numbers of people are waking up, without television, and presumably in part because of all the books, plus the interviews and events that accompany the books. The movement in the U.S. against Israels wars (and occupations and apartheid) demonstrates to the movement against all wars, and that against U.S. wars, that such things are possible. It may also demonstrate to writers that their efforts are in fact worth a bit more than would be spending their time helping Fox News hosts spot hidden sperms in presidential portraits.

I recently debated a West Point professor on whether war can ever be justified, and I tried to get him to name some actual wars that have been justifiable (as opposed to theoretical wars). He claimed that Israels Six Days War was the quintessentially just war. So in our...

02:14

Russia suspected of destroying another hospital in rebel-held Idlib: Monitor Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Seven hospitals and clinics have been hit in Idlib over course of two weeks by Assad and his Russian allies

02:13

What exactly did Aboul-Fotouh say before his arrest? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Head of Egypt's Strong Party Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh was detained on Wednesday following an interview in which he criticised Sisi

02:11

Former president of Modern Language Association resigns following decision to ban debate on BDS Mondoweiss

January 9, 2018

To Paula Krebs, Executive Director of the MLA, and to the Officers and other members of the MLA Executive Council

Dear Colleagues,  

I write with great regret to tell you that I have decided to resign from the MLA. My decision was long and hard in the making. No other past president has taken such a step, to the best of my knowledge, and I am not at all sure it is a step that will bear fruit. Please let me explain why I am leaving.

By passing Resolution 2017-1, which closed the door in a constitutionally unprecedented way on future debate about the Palestinian call for boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the Association has sent a message to the world that it wants protests about the conditions of teaching and learning in Palestinian universities off the table. Because the resolution misrepresents the MLAs purpose in its opening clause, leaving out the Associations long-standing efforts to advocate for humanities educators rights; and because the resolution prohibits future discussion of an issue of public concern, eleven past presidents with different views on boycott asked the Council not to treat the resolution as business as usual at its meeting last February. The decision to do just that means that the Association has gone on record as wishing to prevent further discussion of infringements of educators rights in the Occupied Territories; instead, the Association agrees that its proper business is with more pressing matters closer to homehome evidently defined as the United States that gives massive financial aid to Israel.  But the MLAs multilingual members, both teachers and students, come from at least 104 nations; and MLA members of Palestinian descent have testified repeatedly to losing their freedom of expression and movement when they seek to enter the Occupied Territories in order to teach and do research.

As a member of a small, unofficial group of MLA members who visited West Bank universities in the summer of 2016, at the invitation of a member who works at the University of Bethlehem, I saw firsthand how teachers and students are prevented daily from doing their...

02:08

Reality Check: Will Sanctions Against North Korea Really Work? The Anti-Media

Reality Check Ben Swann(TIM)  The Russian envoy to North Korea warned President Trump not to place any further sanctions against North Korea or Kim Jong-un surrounding supplies of oil. To do so, he says, would be perceived as a declaration of war. But if were going to be honest, arent all sanctions an act of war? And why are []

01:57

Valentines Day School Shooting Anomalies and Updates Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

Former Student Alexa Miednik Claims There Were 2 Shooters More

01:50

Site of top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny blocked after tycoon complaint Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has organised rallies calling for a boycott of the March presidential election
MOSCOW (AFP)  Russias media watchdog on Thursday blocked the website of opposition leader Alexei Navalny after he posted a video alleging a deputy prime minister enjoyed lavish hospitality from a billionaire tycoon.State body Roskomnadzor has threatened to block any site distributing the video, including YouTube and Instagram, but both remain accessible in Russia.

Roskomnadzor has blocked https://navalny.com/ at the request of (Russian oligarch Oleg) Deripaska, Navalny said on Twitter.

The site remains accessible through some service providers, but this is temporary, he added.

Roskomnadzor confirmed the website had been added to a list of banned pages that service providers are required to block, in comments to Russian news agencies.

Navalny, who has been barred from running against President Vladimir Putin in next months election, says the video appears to show The Russian leaders former top foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko vacationing on the yacht of 50-year-old Oleg Deripaska, an aluminium magnate.

Both Deripaska and Prikhodko, who rarely makes comments to the media, denied the allegations.

Call for election boycott

The woman who Navalny said filmed the video, Nastya Rybka, describes herself as a model and has penned a book on how to seduce billionaires.

She has more than 60,000 followers on Instagram where she has posted scantily-clad or naked snaps of herself and a video of herself having sex.

Rybkas posts relating to the allegations were no longer accessible on Instagram yesterday, but Navalnys 25-minute YouTube video that has racked up more than five million hits since it was posted last week was still available.

Navalny has called for a boycott of Russias March 18 presidential election after he was barred from running over a criminal conviction he says is politically motivated.

He is informally barred from appearing on state media and so relies on his own site and social media to spread his message, with posts drawing thousands onto the street across the country last month in support of his call for a voters strike, or boycott of polls.

Navalnys LiveJournal blog was blocked in March 2014 along with a number of opposition news websites after demonstrations in Moscow against Russia&...

01:46

Berlin, Germany: We Are All Terrorists Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners in Russia! Insurrection News

weareallterrorists

Received on 16.02.18:

From Rigaer Street, we send signs of solidarity and rage to anarchist prisoners in Russia, responding to the call from Russia for International Days of Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Political Prisoners.

These days we heard from the arrests of antifascists and anarchists in Russia. Already before, in the months of October and November 2017, in the city of Penza, six people got arrested and brutally tortured by the federal secret service FSB. In January this year, in the city of St. Petersburg, a second wave of arrests followed with two persons first
being kidnapped by the FSB for one day and only the day after being officially registered in remand prison. The secret services offensive, led by Putins regime, was accompanied by house raids in different cities of the country. As a reason for the repression the FSB constructed an anarchist terrorist group, named Net, planning a series of attacks on
the presidential elections in March 2018 as well as on the World Cup in June / July 2018 in Russia leading to armed insurrection an...

01:45

Palestinian left scarred by Israeli army dog attack in house raid Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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'I thought I was going to bleed to death on the floor,' Mabruk Jarrar tells MEE, describing attack witnessed by his wife and two young sons

01:43

Hamas-linked CAIR lawsuit claims Muslim was kicked off flight for speaking Arabic Jihad Watch

Hamas-linked CAIR has a never-ending supply of chutzpah, but to file this lawsuit, they needed to order extra barrels of it: an Arabic-speaking passenger who heard Makhzoomis remarks says that his comments were threatening. But Hamas-linked CAIR and Makhzoomi may be hoping that Southwest Airlines will be so intimidated by the suit itself, and the []

01:38

US funding cuts for UNRWA, the legacy of a failed American dream Mondoweiss

Last months decision by the Trump Administration to substantially cut funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has cast a dark shadow over the lives of the 5 million refugees it supports. UNRWA and the impact it has had on the Palestinian cause have been debated, but theres little doubt that its services matter.  It provides not only food aid and shelter but crucially in a region where refugees benefit from few political, civil or economic rights basic education and health care.  The claim that these cuts are a pay-back for the Palestinian Authoritys refusal to participate in US brokered peace talks is especially shocking: the peace talks have historically overlooked the refugees UNRWA is mandated to serve. But the funding cuts are notable in another way too. They mark a turning point in US relations with UNRWA, an Agency the US government was instrumental in creating and shaping.

UNRWA was the third iteration of the United Nations attempt to mitigate the fallout of its disastrous Partition Plan. United Nations aid to the refugees began with the United Nations Disaster Relief Project (July-December 1948) and continued under the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (January 1949-April 1950). Both of these entities were, however, umbrella organizations whose work was limited to coordinating the aid provided by governments and NGOs. Based on UNGA 194(III), mediation efforts were to be dealt with by the United Nations Conciliation Council for Palestine (UNCCP), a completely separate organization. But UNCCP barely got off the ground. Israeli intransience and Arab insistence on the right of return, left it with little room for maneuver. Although nominally still in existence it has been inactive since the early 1950s. Instead, over the course of 1949, the US and British governments, began to consider alternative approaches to addressing the stalemate.

Early plans for UNRWA show an unquestionably strong American influence. They also reveal the dissonance of US policy in the Middle East. Concerns regarding the humanitarian situation of the refugees were overshadowed by narrower political calculations (notably a fear of Communism) and an overarching desire not to bear a long term financial responsibility for the refugees. Prompted by Bayard Dodge, the recently retired President of the American University of Beirut and Special Advisor to UNRPR, the US government therefore focused its efforts on job creation schemes which, they surmised, would provide a backdoor solution to the refugee crisis. Jobs would facilitate the refugees economic reintegration and, ultimately, their assimilation in exile. Further, by substituting relief for jobs and making the refugees self-supporting, the US and Britain hoped to reduce the costs of relief. In this vein, towards the end of the Lausanne Conference of 1949, an Econ...

01:37

FBI Was Warned: Shock, Anger After Nikolas Cruz Charged With 17 Counts of Murder The Anti-Media

Nikolas Cruz mass shootings(ZHE)  Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old orphan with a troubled past, a fascination with weapons and resistance groups, and an AR-15 rifle, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years. Fourteen wounded survivors were []

01:33

20th Annual Ward Valley Spiritual Gathering, Feb. 24, 2018 CENSORED NEWS

In 1998, a historic 113-day occupation of the proposed dumpsite by the Five River Tribes (Fort Mojave, Chemehuevi, Quechan, Cocopah, and Colorado River Indian Tribes) along with environmental activist were assembled at the site to fight and stop the proposed Ward Valley nuclear waste dump. The 113-day occupation prevented federal police from entering the site as well as prevented the test

01:33

US never gave 'heavy arms' to Kurdish YPG in Syria: Tillerson Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Greece Says Wont Tolerate Border Challenges After Turkish Collision Peace and Freedom

Feb. 15, 2018, at 6:06 a.m.

 President Erdogan of Turkey Visits Greece Shakes hands with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras 7 December 2017 First Turkish state visit to Greece in 65 years But it got off to rocky start observers said
Greece Says Wont Tolerate Border Challenges After Turkish Collision

Reuters

By George Georgiopoulos and Renee Maltezou

ATHENS (Reuters) Greece will not tolerate any challenges to its territorial integrity, its prime minister said on Thursday, days after Turkish and Greek coastguard vessels collided close to disputed islets in the Aegean Sea.

Each side blamed the other for Mondays collision off an islet known as Imia in Greek and Kardak in Turkish. They came to the brink of war in 1996 in a sovereignty dispute over the islets.

Seeking international support, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras underlined that...

01:30

Mohawk Nation News 'Stay on the Red Road' CENSORED NEWS

STAY ON THE RED ROAD Posted on February 14, 2018 Please post & distribute. MNN. Feb. 14, 2018. The dictators sport called the Olympics indoctrinates everyone on how to follow the white mans rules of obedience. Cheaters cant let anyone see them do it. Only money creates champions. Poor countries have no chance. The original Olympics of having animals and people attack each other for

01:25

Tillerson says Hezbollah actions threaten Lebanon, region Peace and Freedom

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AFP | US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks in Beirut on February 15, 2018
BEIRUT (AFP)  Hezbollahs actions pose a threat to the security of Lebanon and have a destabilising influence in the Middle East, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday.Hezbollah is not just a concern for the United States. The people of Lebanon should also be concerned about how Hezbollahs actions, its growing arsenal, bring unwanted and unhelpful scrutiny on Lebanon, Tillerson said in Beirut.

Hezbollah entanglement in regional conflicts threatens the security of Lebanon and has destabilising effects on the region, he said of the Iran-backed Shiite movement.

Hezbollah, branded a terrorist organisation by the United States, is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has fighters on the ground in the war-torn country supporting the regime.

Their presence in Syria has perpetuated the bloodshed, increased the displacement of innocent people and propped up the barbaric Assad regime, Tillerson said at a news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Hezbollahs influence was at the heart of a political crisis in Lebanon over Hariris shock resignation announced from Saudi Arabia in November that was later rescinded.

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Cypriot officials say cannot resume UN-backed peace talks while Turkey blocks energy exploration Peace and Freedom

NICOSIA (AFP)  Cypriot officials said Thursday that stalled UN-backed peace talks to reunite the island cannot resume while Turkey blocks energy exploration off its coast.

Cyprus is embroiled in a standoff with Turkish warships blocking an Italian drillship from exploring for gas in the islands politically sensitive waters.

President Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot leader, met UN special representative Elizabeth Spehar in Nicosia to raise the issue and discuss next steps after the peace talks collapsed in Switzerland last summer.

 Turkish warships stop Italys ENI rig in waters off Famagusta: Greek Cypriot reportsTurkish warships on manoeuvers in the Mediterranean Sea blocked the oil exploration vessel Saipem 12000

The president again conveyed, that depending on developments, he is ready to take more concrete initiatives provided we are not experiencing such behaviour in the republics exclusive economic zone, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told reporters.

You can not hold negotiations and at the same time have such movements in the EEZ, he added.

Spehar said that Anastasiades expressed his concerns with respect to what is happening with the hydrocarbons issue. These are concerns that we understand and which we are conveying to New York.

Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned foreign energy companies not to overstep the mark in the eastern Mediterranean after Turkish warships blocked the Italian drilling vessel.

The standoff over exploiting energy resources in the region risks further complicating stalled efforts to reunify Cyprus.

Turkey ups the ante over Cyprus drilling (Update 4)

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Italys energy giant ENI said its ship had been ordered to stop by Turkish ships last week over military activities in the destination area as it was on course to start exploring in block 3 of Cypruss EEZ.

Nicosia said Wednesday that it is counting on behind-the-scenes EU diplomacy to end the standoff with Turkey.

Cyprus, a member of the European Union, has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the northern third of the island in response to a Greek military junta-sponsored coup.

While the Greek-majority Republic of Cyprus is internationally recognised, the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is recognised only by Ankara.

Turkey and...

01:18

Judge strikes reference to CAIRs terror ties in school lawsuit Jihad Watch

When parents suing the San Diego Unified School District for its alliance with CAIR in an anti-bullying and anti-Islamophobia program inserted a reference to CAIRs terrorist ties in their complaint, a federal judge objected the judge argued that CAIRs relationship with Hamas, whether true or not, predates its work with the school district and is []

01:17

Youth Prison Counselor Suspected of Joining Jihad in Syria Clarion Project

Jihad fighters in Syria (Photo: Reuters)Jihad fighters in Syria (Photo: Reuters)

A former prison counselor to youth in California is under suspicion for lying to the FBI about fighting for ISIS or other militant groups in Syria, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Brian Arthur Dempsey Sr., 46, who is awaiting extradition overseas faces five charges of false statements involving international terrorism.

Dempsey supervised youth and rehabilitation programs in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations Division of Juvenile Justice from 2001-2012. He converted to Islam sometime between 2011 and 2013 and left Sacramento in 2013 for the Syrian city of Azaz. There, he joined rebel fighters belonging to a group called Ahrar al-Sham, according to federal court documents. Ahrar al-Sham has not been formally recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., but other countries have pushed for it to be classified as such.

He is one of the oldest Americans suspected of becoming a jihadi in the last 10 years.

After a month and a half in Syria, in July 2013, he tried to fly back to the U.S. through Rome where he was detained by a special FBI agent. Initially, he told the agent that he had gone to Syria to help refugees, but seeing no opportunities, he had decided to return home. He also said that before he traveled, he asked his brother to check with federal authorities if what he was doing was legal.

Four months later, still on a no-fly list, he told the FBI agent in another interview that he had lied about his activity in Syria during the first interview. He also told the FBI that he had actually told his brother not to tell the government about his plans to travel to Syria.

In addition, he told the agent that almost everyone he met in Azaz was fighting either for the Syrian regime or for terrorist organizations such as ISIS or the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaedas affiliate in Syria). It was those contacts that aroused the suspicions of the FBI.

Over nine months time, he and his lawyer reported discussed a plea deal with the U.S. government even he bolted in October 2014.

Dempsey...

01:17

Baghdad Yet To Lift Sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan or Provide 2018 Budget Foreign Policy Journal

Iraqi Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (KRG Office/CC BY-SA 4.0)

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The BBC ME editors response to criticism of his recent reporting BBC Watch

The February 11th edition of the BBC Radio 5 live programme hosted by Peter Allen and Caroline Barker included an interview (from 01:37:07 here) with the BBCs Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen.

Following stories about Bowens experiences in Bosnia and Bangladesh, Peter Allen turned the conversation (at 01:45:27) to an incident which will be familiar to long-time readers because Bowen has recounted it on various...

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Turkish Forces Capture Large Area In Northwestern Afrin (Map, Photos)

Turkish Forces Capture Large Area In Northwestern Afrin (Map, Photos)

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On February 15, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) opened a route between their positions in the districts of Rajo and Sheikh al-Hadid north and northwest of the city of Afrin. Turkish forces were able to open the route after they had captured the villages of Karri, Sharbanli, Shadia, Khara Suluq in Rajo and the village of Jaqla Tahtani in Sheikh al-Hadid, according to Syrian opposition sources.

The Turkish Army and the Turkish-backed FSA also captured the village of Durakili in the district of Bulbul north of Afrin and the village of Diwan al-Fawqani in the Jandaris district west of Afrin.

Turkish Forces Capture Large Area In Northwestern Afrin (Map, Photos)

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According to the Turkish Anadolu Agency, the Turkish Army neutralized 43 fighters of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin area during the last 24 hours.

The YPG repelled several attacks of the Turkish Army and the Turkish-backed FSA on its positions in the Rajo district, according to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA). The source said that YPG fighters had killed two FSA fighters, injured five others and destroyed two armored vehicles of the Turkish Army.

YPG fighters also repelled an attack of the Turkish Army on their positions in the Jandaris district and destroyed four vehicles of the Turkish Army ,accord...

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Canada: Muslima claims hotel infringing on her religious freedom by not offering halal food for wedding reception Jihad Watch

A Dartmouth woman claims a local hotel is infringing on her freedom of religion by not offering appropriate food for her wedding reception. Susan Ashley says the Delta Hotel in Dartmouth has denied her request to have halal food at the venue, something she says is needed for a traditional Muslim meal. That opening line []

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Increasing US Hostility Brings Turkey, Russia, and Iran Together for Syria Summit The Anti-Media

Turkey Russia Iran(ANTIWAR.COM)  The leadership of Turkey, Iran, and Russia have all agreed to attend an upcoming summit in Istanbul on the topic of Syria, with the date for the meeting to be decided soon. Looming large over this is US relations. Those three nations have met in the past on trying to get a peace process going []

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Turkey demands U.S. expel Kurdish militia from anti-Islamic State force Peace and Freedom

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) Turkey said on Thursday it had demanded that the United States expel a Kurdish militia from the ground forces it backs in Syria, underscoring the widening gulf between the NATO allies since Ankara launched a new Syrian offensive last month.

Ties between Turkey and the United States, both allies in a U.S.-led coalition fighting against Islamic State, have been strained to the breaking point by Washingtons support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara sees as terrorists.

The issue is expected to dominate a visit to Turkey by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday and Friday at a time when relations between Washington and Ankara are fraying over a range of other issues as well.

Turkey launched an air and ground operation in northwest Syrias Afrin region to drive the YPG from its southern border.

Ankara considers the YPG to be an arm of the PKK, a banned group that has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey. The YPG is the main ground element of the Syrian Defence Forces (SDF), which the United States has armed, trained and aided with air support and special forces to fight Islamic State.

Syrian Democratic Forces female fighters hold their weapons during a graduation ceremony in the city of Hasaka, northeastern Syria on 9 August 2017 Rodi Said/Reuters

We demanded this relationship be ended, I mean we want them to end all the support given to the Syrian arm of PKK, the YPG, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli told reporters in a briefing in Brussels, a day after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on the sidelines of a NATO meeting.

We demanded this structure be removed from SDF, he said.

Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the NATO meeting, Mattis said his talks with his Turkish counterpart were open and honest, but acknowledged the differences.

I believe we are finding common ground and there are areas of uncommon ground, where sometimes war just gives you bad alternatives to choose from. We continue to collaborate on ways to ensure their legitimate concerns are addressed.

RENEWED FOCUS

A U.S. statement said Mattis had urged Turkey to keep attention on fighting Islamic State: He called for a renewed focus on the campaign to defeat ISIS, and to preventing any vestige of the terrorist organization from reconstituting in Syria, it said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

Islamic State fighters were driven last year from all the population centers they occupied in both Syria and Iraq, but Washington still considers them a threat, capable of carrying out an insurgency and plotting attacks elsewhere....

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Netanyahus corruption crisis: The Palestinians will pay Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The move to charge the Israeli prime minister with corruption could push him even farther into the embrace of the nationalist right: Palestinians will bear the cost

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Brazil: Corruption rat wins the Carnival Fausta's Blog

This years Rio Carnival has been won with a lurid attack on social ills and corruption in Brazil. The Beija Flor school showed the country with a huge rat in charge, while politicians were seen holding briefcases lined with gold. Beija Flor beat 12 other schools to win the top prize at the carnival for []

00:55

Ramo Reminded South Koreans of the Brutality of Imperial Japan World Beyond War . . .

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By Joseph Essertier, February 14, 2018

From CounterPunch

It is sad that even now, at this hopeful juncture in the history of Korea, when the end of the Korean War could be just around the corner, that we are confronted with the false claim that South Koreans cannot take pride in the democratic and modern country they have built. A country that is now generously hosting the Olympic games. A country whose president, Moon Jae-in, is bringing hope to millions in East Asia and the world. A hope that is being kept alive by his spirit of independence, his message to not only South Koreans but to the whole world, that a peaceful solution to the US-North Korea crisis can be found as long as the baying hounds of war in Washington can be kept at bay.

The recent firing of NBCs Asia correspondent Joshua Cooper Ramo for his insensitive remarks while commenting on the Olympics serve to remind us not only of the general lack of understanding in the US concerning the current US-North Korea crisis but also highlight the racism and arrogance underlying US attempts to derail the peace process and how the peace process threatens their demonization of North Korea, a demonization essential to the bloody nose they so desperately want to inflict.

Ramo portrayed all KoreansSouth Koreans, North Koreans, and the diasporaas lackeys of the Empire of Japan and postwar Japan. He hinted that they were thankful for being colonized and exploited by the Empire of Japan for 35 years, saying that Japan is a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945. But every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation. Anyone who knows anything about Northeast Asia would squirm in their seat sitting next to Ramo as he touched on the sensitive nerve of international politics in the region and made an outrageous claim.

In fact, Koreans are not thankful for those 35 years of violence, for the suffering that he so...

00:53

Sharyl Attkisson Explains the Origins of the 2016 Fake News Blames Google, Eric Schmidt, Hillary Supporters Peace and Freedom

In a Tedx Talk at the University of Nevada a couple of weeks ago, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed the origins of the fake news narrative that was aggressively pushed by the liberal media and Democrat politicians during the 2016 election, and how it was later flipped by President Donald Trump.

Attkisson pointed out that fake news in the form of tabloid journalism and false media narratives has always been around under different names.

But she noticed in 2016, there seemed to be a concerted effort by the MSM to focus Americas attention on the idea of fake news in conservative media. That looked like a propaganda effort to Attkisson, so she did a little digging and traced the new spin to a little non-profit called First Draft, which, she said, appears to be the very first to use fake news in its modern context.

Image result for Sharyl Attkisson , photosSharyl Attkisson

She noted that a month later, then-President Obama chimed in.

He insisted in a speech that he too thought somebody needed to step in and curate information of this wild, wild West media environment, she said, pointing out that nobody in the public had been clamoring for any such thing.

Yet suddenly the subject of fake news was dominating headlines all over America as if the media had receive...

00:51

Germany: Archbishop says You can not arrive in our society if you do not value our values Jihad Watch

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Germany has condemned the religiously motivated violence against Christian migrants perpetrated by Muslim extremists and has called for a response on this problem. Religiously motivated violence has been perpetrated against Jews in Germany and France, and in other areas of Europe, too. Archbishop Ludwig Schick offers simple, critical advice for []

00:47

Glazov Gang: Sharia Survivor Schools Islam-Apologist Jihad Watch

On this new edition of The Glazov Gang, we feature Anni Cyrus in the act of Schooling an Islam-Apologist. The scene occurred on Valentines Day, Feb 14, at the Henry Monsky Lodge of Bnai Brith in Omaha, Nebraska, where Anni was giving a talk about Sharia and how she survived it. At the end []

00:47

Bronze Stars for Special Ops Surgical Team Fighting ISIS Clarion Project

The Special Operations Surgical Team during a reenlistment. Standing at back, left to right, emergency medicine physician Lt. Col. Ben Mitchell, emergency room nurse Capt. Cade Reedy, emergency room nurse Maj. Nelson Pacheco, nurse anesthetist Lt. Col. Matthew Uber. Kneeling, surgeon Maj. Justin Manley, left, and respiratory therapist Tech. Sgt. Richard Holguin, right. (Photo: Air Force)The Special Operations Surgical Team during a reenlistment. Standing at back, left to right, emergency medicine physician Lt.-Col. Ben Mitchell, emergency room nurse Capt. Cade Reedy, emergency room nurse Maj. Nelson Pacheco, nurse anesthetist Lt.-Col. Matthew Uber. Kneeling, surgeon Maj. Justin Manley, left, and respiratory therapist Tech.-Sgt. Richard Holguin, right. (Photo: Air Force)

Members of an Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team (SOST) who operated in a dangerous location near the front lines fighting ISIS received Bronze Star medals for their bravery and work.

The awards are the militarys fourth-highest combat medal for heroism.

The team, who worked at an undisclosed location in the Middle East in 2016, received the medals at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital, one of the first civilian hospitals to host a SOST.

The team included emergency medicine physician Lt.-Col. Ben Mitchell, nurse anesthetist Lt.-Col. Matthew Uber, surgeon Maj. Justin Manley, emergency room nurse Capt. Cade Reedy of the 720th Operations Support Squadron, emergency room nurse Maj. Nelson Pacheco and respiratory therapist Technical-Sgt. Richard Holguin.

Along with other members of the SOST, they treated 750 patients, responded to 19 mass-casualty events, conducted 16 life-saving surgeries and treated victims of a chemical weapon attack.

When they are not on deployment, the team works in the emergency room and performs surgeries at UAB to keep their skills honed, since most military hospitals do not have many trauma patients. UAB is the only Level 1 Trauma Center within a 150-mile radius. It hosts three, six-person SOST teams, who rota...

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Zionisms tailspin: Stark minority of young California Jews are comfortable with idea of Jewish state Mondoweiss

The latest study of U.S. Jewish attitudes towards Israel only confirms the trend Zionism is tanking; there is growing indifference to the idea of a Jewish state among younger, unaffiliated Jews.

Heres that survey of over 3500 Bay Area Californians, 96 percent of whom consider themselves Jewish or partly Jewish, released yesterday by the Jewish Federation in the Bay Area.

When 18-34 year olds are asked if theyre very attached to Israel, only 11 percent say yes, compared to 25 percent of those 50 and older. Is a Jewish state very important? 37 percent of the young say yes. Only 40 percent of the young are comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state.

Ask the same questions among those 50-64, and the numbers are, 61 percent regard a Jewish state as very important, and 64 percent are comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state. Zionism is age-related, of course: Over 65, that number is 73 percent comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state.

Among the very liberal, only 45 percent are comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state, only 17 percent are very attached to Israel, and 44 percent think that a Jewish state is very important. The numbers among very conservatives are 76, 32, and 68 percent.

Intermarriage affects these attitudes, of course. In-group couples are, by 54 percent to 4 percent, more sympathetic to Israel than Palestinians. But mixed couples are more sympathetic to Israel than Palestinians, by much less, 36 percent to 7 percent.

Haaretz has the right headline: vast numbers of progressive California Jews are disengaging from Israel.

Other tidbits: Among 18-34-year-olds, the intermarriage rate is a whopping 66 percent, compared to 42 percent of those over 65.

The affluent are far more Jewishly-engaged. This would seem to be an indication of age older=richer. They are also the bastions of the Israel lobby.

Then there are the unaffiliated, who make up 43 percent of the sample. Only 8 percent of them say they are very attached to Israel. They sympathize with Israel more than Palestinians, as every other grouping in the survey does; but the number isnt overwhelming, its 32-11, with 58 percent saying theyre not sure, or sympathize equally with both.

Thanks to Annie Robbins.

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sideshows & distractions while the zombie media cheer & US start killing Russians in Syria OffGuardian

Whether mercenaries or special forces, whether only four or hundreds, its incredibly dangerous that the illegal US Syria occupation force is killing Russians

00:29

The FBI Was Warned About A School Shooting Threat From A YouTube User Named Nikolas Cruz In September Peace and Freedom

In September, a YouTube user named Nikolas Cruz left a comment on a video stating, Im going to be a professional school shooter. The videos creator alerted both the FBI and YouTube.

Posted on February 15, 2018, at 4:24 a.m.
Worried parents question law enforcement officers outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida following a school shooting that left at least 17 people dead Wednesday.

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Worried parents question law enforcement officers outside Marjory Stoneman D...

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Almost half the elderly drivers who caused fatal traffic accidents had signs of mental impairments Peace and Freedom

KYODO, JIJI

FEB 15, 2018

Almost half the elderly drivers who caused fatal traffic accidents in Japan last year were considered to have cognitive impairments such as dementia, police data showed Thursday.

Of 385 such drivers aged 75 and over, 28 were suspected of having dementia and 161 may have had reduced cognitive functions, according to the National Police Agency. They were among people who took a cognitive test required by law when they renewed their driving license.

Japan, which has seen a rise in serious traffic accidents involving elderly drivers in recent years, introduced tougher screenings in March. Authorities suspend or take away the licenses of drivers diagnosed with dementia.

The 28 drivers who showed signs of dementia were likely to have been awaiting diagnosis by doctors.

Family members (of senior drivers) might feel when they ride in cars driven by the seniors that the risk of accidents is high, Hachiro Okonogi, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, told a news conference Thursday.

It is extremely important that such family members suggest to the senior drivers that they should avoid driving.

Noting the correlation between serious accidents and a decline in drivers cognitive function, the NPA has been urging elderly drivers to voluntarily give up their licenses.

The latest police data showed 194 people died in accidents caused by those thought to have been suffering from dementia or reduced cognition.

There were 418 fatal accidents last year caused by drivers aged 75 or older, including those who have not yet taken the cognitive test.

Of these accidents, 41 percent involved vehicle collisions and 19 percent were collisions between vehicles and pedestrians. Running into guardrails or falling into runnels accounted about 40 percent.

As for causes of accidents, the highest was driving errors with 31 percent, such as erroneously stepping on the accelerator or brakes.

The revised Road Traffic Act came into force in March and introduced tougher tests for drivers aged 75 years or older to detect signs of dementia.

They are required to take the cognitive test when they renew their license or if they are ticketed for certain traffic violations.

The cognitive test checks memory and judgment.

For example, those taking the test are shown an illustration and then asked a while later to recall what it looked like.

They are also asked to draw an illustration of a clock showing a specific time. The test classifies the drivers into three groups, and the ones suspected of having dementia are required to undergo a more detailed test by a doctor....

00:18

Why are Americans so dumb? Clearly they need gun control Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

There have already been 18 school shootings in the US this year: Everytown Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group, had recorded 17 school shootings on their website prior to this afternoons shooting in Parkland, Florida. Everytown defines a school shooting as any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school []

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Tomgram: Stephanie Savell, The Hidden Costs of America's Wars TomDispatch - Blog

Im in my mid-thirties, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq in what President George W. Bush called the Global War on Terror, I was still in college...

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War and Poverty: A Compromise With Hell World Beyond War . . .

Bob Koehler

By Bob Koehler, February 14, 2018

From Common Wonders

Its so easy to paper over the real American security void with verbiage about strength vs. weakness and the endless need to upgrade the military.

Heres Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, for instance, quoted the other day in The Guardian: It is incumbent upon us to field a more lethal force if our nation is to retain the ability to defend ourselves and what we stand for.

This is the cornerstone of The Great Lie, the foundation of global suffering and disorder: that all the glorious abstractions for which we stand freedom, democracy, etc. are maintained by violence and the threat of violence. The strength of evil, see, is almost infinite, and it lurks uncontained beyond our borders, but it stays away from us as long as it fears us. Therefore, do not, under any circumstances, question the size of our military budget.

This is the directive followed by much of the U.S. media, even as that budget continues to swell and the wars we wage grow ever more intractable. Indeed, the Trump administrations recently released 2019 budget proposal includes $716 billion for the military. Think of it as a quiet hemorrhage. Mattis, this time referenced by the Associated Press, says its needed to pull the military out of a slump in combat readiness at a time of renewed focus on the stalemated conflict in Afghanistan and the threat of war on the Korean peninsula.

Dont ask any further questions. Blame domestic spending on schools, healthcare, highways, food stamps, environmental cleanup for the national deficit. And above all, dont look too closely at the dying empire the U.S. military continues to defend. If you do, you might conclude its not doing such a great job ensuring the nations security.

The United States is one of the worlds richest and most powerful and technologically innovative countries; but neither its wealth nor its power nor its techno...

00:15

Penguin: Balancing security and innovation in open source Public Intelligence Blog

Dare To Be Free!

Balancing security and innovation in open source

In this article, James Read explains that, in spite of its free and transparent nature, open source is uniquely positioned to face the threats of todays security concerns.

00:06

Tech Luminary Peter Thiel Parts Ways With Silicon Valley Peace and Freedom

Billionaire investor frustrated with what he sees as intolerance of conservatism in tech industry; has discussed resigning from Facebook board

Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, is planning to reduce his direct role in the Silicon Valley tech industry that he helped to shape.
Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, is planning to reduce his direct role in the Silicon Valley tech industry that he helped to shape. PHOTO: VCG/GETTY IMAGES

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is relocating his home and personal investment firms to Los Angeles from San Francisco and scaling back his involvement in the tech industry, people familiar with his thinking said, marking a rupture between Silicon Valley and its most prominent conservative.

Mr. Thiel has also discussed with people close to him the possibility of resigning from the board of Facebook Inc., FB 3.68% the people familiar with his thinking said. His relationship with the social-networking companywhere he has been a director since 2005, the year after its foundingcame under strain after a dispute with a fellow director over Mr. Thiels support for Donald Trumps presidential campaign, and a related confrontation over boardroom leaks with Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg last summer, the people said.

However, Mr. Thiel feels he can still help the company and is li...

00:00

Is Bangladesh Leaving Democracy Behind? Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

Democracy appears to be shifting into reverse in Bangladesh, where a decades-long battle between the countrys two leading political dynasties seems to have finally ended decisively in favor of current Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Since 1981, she has headed the ruling Awami League, a party that has been in power since late 2008. Sheikh Hasina is one half of the infamous Battling Begums, and she has just managed to jail her longtime rival Khaleda Zia, leader of what was once Bangladeshs second national party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The trial also took care to sentence Zias son and political heir, Tarique Rahman, to ten years in prison should he ever be foolish enough to return to Bangladesh from London (where he has been in hiding since 2008 to avoid a raft of criminal charges).

Neither the Zia/Rahman dynasty nor the BNP have clean hands, but the decapitation of the main opposition party signals the collapse of Bangladeshs traditional two-party system as it has existed since democracy was restored there in 1991.

The post Is Bangladesh Leaving Democracy Behind? appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

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Greg Palast: Republican Billionaire Paul Singer Sucks Donkey Dick Why Nunes Exposure of the FBI Matters. Public Intelligence Blog

Greg Palast

The Steele Dossier on Me: The Nunes Memo Shouldnt Prompt Us to Defend the FBI

Before Clinton paid for a copy, the file was already written for a news front sponsored by a Republican billionaire named Paul Singer.

Singer has used secret, poisoned dossiers slipped to media outlets to destroy the reputations of elected officials from Argentina to the Congo all to make another billion.

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Who is Behind Fake News? stan van houcke

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Trumps Neoliberal War Budget stan van houcke

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23:57

Yemeni mother sentenced to death for spying for UAE: Amnesty Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Asmaa al-Omeissy and two men were sentenced to death on charges of 'aiding an enemy country'

23:56

'US Foreign Policy Is the Greatest Crime Since WWII, Former American Secretary States stan van houcke

US Foreign Policy Is the Greatest Crime Since WWII, Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

23:45

Mongoose: NGO Sexual Exploitation The Oxfam Example Includes Pedophilia Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

When it comes to child sex abuse in aid work, the Oxfam revelations are just the tip of the iceberg

As disgusting as it might seem, as authorities crack down on paedophilia in the developed world, predatory paedophiles are now going to the developing world to gain access to children. One of their preferred methods is to join a childrens charity.

Oxfam could lose funding over allegations that it exploited disaster victims for sex

The majority of Oxfams 230 staff members working in Haiti at the time are not accused of doing anything improper, but a small group of male aid workers living in Delmas, near Port-au-Prince, allegedly turned a rented guesthouse into what a source told the Times the men called the whorehouse.

These girls wearing Oxfam T-shirts, running around half-naked, it was like a full-on Caligula orgy. It was unbelievable. It was crazy, the source told the Times about parties at the house.

Phi Beta Iota: This goes on everywhere the US military, the CIA, NGOs, everyone. There is no international organization including the Catholic Church and the United Nations that does not have under-age sex and prostitution as part of its standard operating procedures in the field.

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23:30

Berto Jongman: Peace Index (But Very Misleading) Public Intelligence Blog

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Global Peace Index 2017

The 2017 Global Peace Index finds that the world became more peaceful in the last year, however, over the last decade it has become significantly less peaceful.

Phi Beta Iota: As with pollution, this index is very misleading.  If countries were colored by their funding of and responsibility for violence, the USA would be far and away the most violent in the world.

23:24

Israel installs checkpoint at entrance to Damascus Gate Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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23:16

Did Tillerson Just Go Off Script About Hezbollah? Clarion Project

Rex TillersonUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Did U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just go off script during his Middle East tour when he said the U.S. has to recognize that Hezbollah is part of the political process in Lebanon?

Or did he just call out the elephant in the room of American foreign policy vis-a-vis Lebanon, signaling a change to come?

First a little background: Hezbollah is through and through a terror group, designated as such by the U.S. government in 1997. Moreover, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iran, which controls the groups purse strings to the tune of about $700 million a year.

There is no distinction (in terms of intent) between its military and political wings, a fact the U.S. acknowledges by its designation of the whole of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Only in Europe do they make that distinction.

With the exception of the UK and The Netherlands, Europe recognizes only Hezbollahs military wing as a terror group (a convenient distinction to avoid stirring up a hornets nest of retaliatory terror and maintain lucrative financial dealings with Lebanon and Iran).

Yet, far from being merely part of the political process, as Tillerson demurred, Hezbollah essentially controls Lebanon first and foremost through its military, as acknowledged by Lebanese President Michel Aoun (a Hezbollah lackey), who called the group an essential part of Lebanons defense.

Just one example of how Hezbollah makes itself essential to the defense of Lebanon: Last summer, when Lebanon decided to send its army to clear out Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) militants from the country, Hezbollah stepped in, pre-empting their offensive and doing the job themselves.

This follows Hezbollahs doctrine of domination: The army, the people and the resistance,...

23:15

Alleged Florida shooter appeared to flaunt weapons on Instagram Peace and Freedom

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Nikolas Cruz

The gunman behind the Florida school massacre appeared to be feuding with people on Instagram where he posted pics of his arsenal and claimed shooting was group therapy, according to reports.

An account purportedly belonging to suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, features a number of disturbing images, including shots of him holding up guns and knives and captions making fun of Muslims.

The page was taken down after the deadly shooting, but screenshots were sent to The Post on Wednesday night by people who know the young man.

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In almost every picture, he can be seen wearing a black shirt or scarf over his face, to conceal his identity.

Fk youuuuuuuuuuuuu allllll, Cruz wrote in one caption, from Dec. 2015.

In other posts, viewed by the Orlando Sentinel and Miami Herald, the high school student appears to talk about background checks and buying a rifle which he planned to outfit with a scope for hunting, the papers report.

One photo in particular shows a used paper target from a shooting range and the words Group Therapy underneath.

It really does fking work, the caption said.

A post from 2015 featuring a photo definition for the Arabic phrase Allahu Akbar, which means God is Great appeared to mock Muslims. It contained at least one slur.

Another post, from January 2016, shows an advertisement for a pump action shotgun.

I plan on getting this but I need more information on it, the caption said. If someone could give advice on how much Im spending and background checks please to god let me know.

The FBI has set up a website for social media users to report any other photos or videos that may be related to Wednesdays massacre.

Cruz...

23:01

Israel Still Believes Turkey Helped Hamas Gain in Military Strength Army of Palestine Made To Fight Israel Peace and Freedom

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM
 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 10:11

 

Cemil Tekeli says he was tortured by Israel during month-long detention

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh recieves royal welcome

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh recieves royal welcome in Turkey. (photo credit: Courtesy )

Turkey has rejected Israels accusations that it helped Hamas gain in military strength, calling them incompatible with reality, after a Turkish citizen was arrested and deported.

We reject the allegations, apparently out of reality and seriousness, which were introduced on the basis of some statements obtained from our detained citizen under ambiguous circumstances, Turkeys Anadolu Agency quoted the Turkish Foreign Ministry as saying.

It is out of the question for Turkey to permit an activity on its soil that can jeopardize the security of another country, the statement continued.

Cemil Tekeli, a Turkish citizen and law lecturer, was arrested by the Shin Bet on January 15, 2018, just before he was due to board a plane at Ben-Gurion airport on suspicion of laundering money to Hamas using Turkish businesses. He was deported back to Turkey on February 11.

In an interview with Anadolu, Tekeli accused Israel of torturing and drugging him during his month-long detention.

I used to hear people screaming, animal sounds. It was as if they had been tortured, Tekeli said.

Almost 16-17 people came every day and asked me the same questions every time. My eyes were sealed [blindfolded] and they were continuously taking me from one place to another, he was quoted as saying, adding that, you cannot even stand with your back against the wall because of bad plastering...

22:52

Florida High School Shooting cryptogon.com

Update: On the Day of the Shooting, Teachers Were Told There Would Soon Be a Code Red or Lockdown Drill Via: Miami Herald: When the fire alarm rang near the end of the school day on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, teacher Ernest Rospierski assumed it was a code red drill. []

22:49

Video Solidarity with #Afrin: Action Against Arms Manufacturer Northrop Grumman Litef GmbH in #Freiburg, #Germany Enough is Enough!

On Tuesday February 13th activists protested in front of arms manufacturer Northtrop Grumman Litef GmbH in Freiburg Germany.

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Solidarity with Afrin: Action Against Arms Manufacturer Northrop Grumman Litef GmbH in Freiburg, Germany

On Tuesday February 13th activists protested in front of arms manufacturer Northtrop Grumman Litef GmbH in Freiburg Germany.

About 40 people went to the gates of Litef. A self-made tank was symbolically burned in front of the gates. Litef produces navigation systems for tanks and has an annual turnover of more than 100 million Euro. It is the fourth biggest arms exporter in the world.

The German arms industry supplies dictatorial and fascist regimes, like Erdogans AKP government, with the latest weapon systems. They are being used to suppress their own population and now to fight, together with jihadist groups, against the democratic project in Afrin. The activists in Freiburg demanded the immediate stop of military support for te Turkish regime and the end of the production of arms.

The activists also stated that they will continue to resist as long as the German government supports the Turkish war against Afrin and continues to criminalize the Kurdish movement in Germany. The protests in Freiburg targetted against the production and export of arms of Germany, but also against the criminalization of Kurdish and leftwing movements in Germany. People are being criminalized in Germany with bans on flags and symbols, bullying of association laws and the right of assembly, but also with prosecution after being classified as a terrorist group. 

Freiburg 13.02.2018 Aktion gegen Rstungsunternehmen from biji ypg on Vimeo.

 

22:10

Jaafari: Main Task of US-led Coalition Is to Support Terrorists in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

February 15, 2018 Syrias Permanent Representative to the United Nations lashed out at the United States, stressing that the main task of the US-led coalition is to offer support terrorists. During a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in Syria, Jaafari reaffirmed Syrias commitment to the final statement of the Syrian National Dialogue []

22:06

Global Stocks Power Ahead, Unfazed by U.S. Inflation Peace and Freedom

Global stocks continued their rebound as investors brushed off strong increases in U.S. inflation. Futures pointed to a strong opening gain for the S&P 500.

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Market participants see higher inflation readings pushing the Fed to raise rates faster. Photo: Richard Drew/Associated Press

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By Georgi Kantchev
The Wall Street Journal
Updated Feb. 15, 2018 5:58 a.m. ET

Global stocks continued their rebound Thursday as investors brushed off strong increases in U.S. inflation.

The Stoxx Europe 600 was up 0.8% shortly after markets opened. Asian markets gained in light trading ahead of a holiday. Futures pointed to an opening gain of 0.7% for the S&P 500 after the index on Wednesday registered its largest four-day percentage gain since July 2016.

Data on Wednesday offered fresh signs of a pickup in inflation, with U.S. consumer prices rising more than expected last month. Prices rose 0.5% in January, and were up 2.1% on the year.

Fears that the long run of exceptionally low inflation is ending, prompting the Federal Reserve to pick up the pace of interest rate increases in 2018, triggered a global stock swoon earlier this month. Treasury yields have climbed to four-year highs, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 slumped into correction territory last week.

Stocks, though, have been on the rebound since then, with investors focusing on the solid fundamental picture, driven by a rare spurt of synchronized global growth and strong corporate earnings.

Weve endured low inflation for so long that people get easily excited, said Jorge Garayo, head of inflation strategy at Socit Gnrale . But growth is strong and actually were just going to a still low but more average inflation scenario.

The market reaction tells us that the normalization from last weeks volatility shock is more powerful for markets for now than the data, Jim Reid, strategist at Deutsche Bank , said in a note to clients Thursday.

Still, Mr. Reid cautioned that if this inflation trend holdswere in for some real fun and games in markets in 2018 once the dust settles.

Market participants see higher inflation readings pushing the Fed to raise rates faster. Fed-fund futures, used by traders to place bets on the course of interest rates, showed a 21% chance of at least four interest-rate increases by year-end, according to data from CME Group , compared with 17% earlier this week.

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Market participants see higher inflation readings pushing the Fed to raise rates faster.Photo: Richard Drew/Associated Press

Government bond yields also rose, with the 10-year Treasury yield creeping higher, to 2.929% from 2...

21:45

Dutch Lies Over Putin"s "Aggression" Expose NATO War Agenda Strategic Culture Foundation

Whatever the explanation about the timing, the admission of Dutch government lying about Russian aggression in Europe is nevertheless an illuminating and appalling insight into how Russophobia and war is being fomented by the US and its European NATO allies.

21:31

Burying Canadas Anti-Palestinian Consensus Dissident Voice

The anti-Palestinian consensus among Canadas three main political parties is crumbling and NDP members could bury it this weekend.

After taking an all-expense paid trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committees conference in Washington and participating in a Jewish National Fund event in Israel 14 months ago, the NDPs foreign critic has begun challenging Canadas contribution to Palestinian dispossession. Hlne Laverdire has repeatedly criticized the Trudeau governments silence on Donald Trumps decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. In response she tweeted, a devastating day for those who believe in peace, justice and security in the Middle East. Where is Canadas voice in protest of Trumps decision on #Jerusalem? I urge Canada to condemn this decision in the strongest of terms.

The partys foreign critic also asked the federal government to condemn Israels detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and hundreds of other Palestinian children who are usually tortured by Israeli forces. Similarly, Laverdire has pressed Ottawa to properly label products from illegal Israeli settlements and submitted a petition to Parliament calling upon the Government of Canada to demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.

Two weeks ago I received an email on behalf of party leader Jagmeet Singh titled all people deserve the same human rights, which listed the partys recent support for Palestinian rights. It noted, the NDP shares your concerns about Palestine. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his team of New Democrats have a consistent record of defending Palestinian rights as well as raising concerns over Islamophobia.

A series of factors are likely driving Laverdires shift. She probably never backed former NDP leader Tom I am an ardent supporter of Israel in all situations and in all circumstances Mulcairs position. Additionally, last years NDP leadership race unleashed ever bolder expressions of support for t...

21:17

A Dangerous Turn in US Foreign Policy Strategic Culture Foundation

The Trump administrations new National Defense Strategy is being touted as a sea change in U.S. foreign policy, a shift from the war on terrorism to great power competition, a line that would not be out of place in the years leading up to World War I. But is the shift really a major course change, or a re-statement of policies followed by the last four administrations?

21:09

Prayer and Meditation for Friday, February 16, 2018 Peace and Freedom

Friday after Ash Wednesday
Lectionary: 221

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Jesus Talks with the Pharisees. By K Lebedev

Reading 1 IS 58:1-9A

Thus says the Lord GOD:
Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,
lift up your voice like a trumpet blast;
Tell my people their wickedness,
and the house of Jacob their sins.
They seek me day after day,
and desire to know my ways,
Like a nation that has done what is just
and not abandoned the law of their God;
They ask me to declare what is due them,
pleased to gain access to God.
Why do we fast, and you do not see it?
afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits,
and drive all your laborers.
Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting,
striking with wicked claw.
Would that today you might fast
so as to make your voice heard on high!
Is this the manner of fasting I wish,
of keeping a day of penance:
That a man bow his head like a reed
and lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Do you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?
This, rather, is the fasting that I wish:
releasing those bound unjustly,
untying the thongs of the yoke;
Setting free the oppressed,
breaking every yoke;
Sharing your bread with the hungry,
sheltering the oppressed and the homeless;
Clothing the naked when you see them,
and not turning your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
Your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!

Responsorial Psalm  PS 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 18-19

R. (19b) A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
For I acknowledge my offense,
a...

21:01

Reince Priebus on the Donald Trump White House Peace and Freedom

Months after his chaotic resignation as chief of staff, and with his successor on the hot seat, Priebus comes clean about everything: the inauguration crowd-size fiasco, the decision to fire Comey, the Mooch, the tweets, how he helped saved Jeff Sessionss job, and his mercurial former boss. I still love the guy, he says.
Reince Priebus (right) with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, January 2017.
Photograph by Andrew Harnik/A.P. Images.
Just after six a.m. on January 21, 2017, at his home in Alexandria, Virginia, Reince Priebus was watching the cable morning news shows, getting ready to leave for the White House. Suddenly his cell phone went off. It was Donald Trump. The new president, sworn in less than 24 hours earlier, had just seen The Washington Post, with photos showing Trumps inaugural crowd dwarfed by that of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

The president was livid, screaming at his chief of staff. He said, This story is bullshit, recalled Priebus. He said, Theres more people there. There are people who couldnt get in the gates. . . . Theres all kin...

20:45

When Former Spies Turn into TV 'Experts' Strategic Culture Foundation

Once upon a time in the United States there was a general perception that organizations like the FBI and the CIA were both apolitical and high-minded, existing only to calmly and professionally promote the safety and security of the nation. But the relative respectability of Americas national security agencies largely vanished in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist incidents.

20:37

Global Stocks Extend Rebound Peace and Freedom

Many Asian markets closing for Lunar New Year holidays

Updated Feb. 15, 2018 4:25 a.m. ET

Global stocks continued their rebound Thursday as investors brushed off strong increases in U.S. inflation.

The Stoxx Europe 600 was up 0.8% shortly after markets opened. Asian markets gained in light trading ahead of a holiday. Futures pointed to an opening gain of 0.7% for the S&P 500 after the index on Wednesday registered its largest four-day percentage gain since July 2016.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/global-stocks-continue-to-rebound-1518659580

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Bloomberg

The global stock rally marched ahead as investors took in stride a jump in U.S. Treasury yields that harked back to the detonator for last weeks selloff. The dollar retreated to a four-year low and the yen extended its advance.

 

  • Dollars fall vs major peers deepens; S&P 500 futures rise
  • 10-year Treasury yield tops 2.9% as CPI beats expectations

 

Cornerstone Macro Partner Roberto Perli weighs in on the U.S. economy, Fed policy and the bond markets.

The global stock rally marched ahead as investors took in stride a jump in U.S. Treasury yields that harked back to the detonator for last weeks selloff. The dollar retreated to a four-year low and the yen extended its advance.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index took its cue from a rally in Asian equities to advance for a second day. Futures on the S&P 500 Index signaled U.S. stocks will open higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasuries nudged closer to 3 percent, continuing its steady advance from last years low of 2.01 percent in September. Metals and oil gained, while South Africas rand traded near the strongest in almost three years after President Jacob Zuma resigned.

Dwyfor Evans, MD and head of Asia-Pacific macros strategy at State Street Global Markets, on inflation and markets.

Source: Bloomberg

Bond traders increased their expectations for the number of Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes to four by the end of next year after a report showed U.S. consumer prices rose in January more than projected. The inflation figures gave little comfort to dollar bulls, who are instead focusing on the U.S.s twin deficits, and also gav...

20:31

UN rights body condemns arbitrary jailing of Omani editor Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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'I knew I was going to jail,' says former editor of Azaman newspaper, as UN Human Rights Council working group criticises arrest of fellow editor

20:30

U.S. Secretary of State kept waiting at Lebanese palace Peace and Freedom

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon February 15, 2018. REUTERS-Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was kept waiting at Lebanons presidential palace for several minutes before his Lebanese counterpart greeted him ahead of talks with President Michel Aoun on Thursday.

Television footage showed Tillerson sitting in a room alongside an empty seat before his Lebanese counterpart Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil walked in and shook his hand, in what appeared to be a departure from diplomatic norms.

Tillerson was in Lebanon, a major recipient of U.S. military aid, as part of a regional tour. Bassil had not greeted Tillerson at the entrance of the palace when his convoy arrived, a Reuters witness said.

Aoun, Bassils father-in-law, is a political ally of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, which is deemed a terrorist group by the United States.

Tillerson is also due to meet Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Gareth Jones

20:23

Harry Roque pirouettes for Duterte Peace and Freedom

The Presidential Spokesman changes his tune on at least 3 issues he championed as private lawyer the West Philippine Sea, extrajudicial killings, and press freedom
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BY CARMELA FONBUENA | FEBRUARY 14, 2018

20:19

ICELAND Jewish Community Survival Threatened As Iceland Set To Ban Jewish Circumcision Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

ICELAND Jewish Community Survival Threatened As Iceland Set To Ban Jewish Circumcision   ARUTZ SHEVA  The leaders of the Jewish communities of four Nordic countries said that a bill proposing to ban nonmedical circumcision in Iceland will guarantee that no Jewish community is established there. The presidents of the umbrella groups of Jewish communities in Sweden, Denmark, []

20:17

Philippines: Ombudsman explains termination of probe into President Duterte wealth Peace and Freedom

 

The Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City. File photo

Kristine Joy Patag (philstar.com) February 15, 2018 3:50pm

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 4:48 p.m.)  The Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday confirmed that it has terminated its probe into the alleged hidden wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Ombudsman said that it terminated the probe, which was prompted by a complaint filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, after the Anti-Money Laundering Council declined to provide a report or confirmation on the requested vital data.

Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday announced that the Office of the Ombudsman dropped the probe on Dutertes hidden wealth in November last year.

Calida made public the letter-reply he received from Overall Ombudsman Melchor Carandang informing him that the probe was dropped on Nov. 29, 2017.

The solicitor general said that the letter did not state the grounds for the cases termination, but surmised: It speaks for itself, when the case is dismissed, there is no evidence to support the complaint.

The Ombudsman, in confirming Calidas earlier announcement, clarified that it closed its fact-finding investigation when the dirty money watchdog did not provide documents pertinent to the case.

The office added that by rule, [a] closed and terminated field investigation is without prejudice to the refiling of a complaint with new or additional evidence.

Trillanes, in his plunder complaint, alleged that Duterte had P2 billion in bank transactions.

Carandang, in September last year, was quoted in reports saying that his office received Duterte bank records that show millions of pesos in transactions.

The Ombudsman official is currently facing a dismissal order from Duterte, through the Office of the Executive Secretary, for disclosing false information regarding the case.

Ombudsman not obliged to inform parties

The solicitor general also chided Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for failing to inform the public that the probe was stopped three months ago, adding that he would not have found out if he had not asked the office on the status of the probe.

Ombudsman Carpio-Morales, being the Ombudsman, must be the protector of the people. She has the constitutional duty to publicize matters covered by the...

20:17

Military Situation In Syrias Afrin Area On February 15, 2018 (Map Update)

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and teh Free Syrian Army (FSA) have captured the villages of Qude and Durga from the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the Syrian area of Afrin, according to pro-Turksih sources. Despite the fierce resistance of the YPG, the TAF and the FSA steadily make gains in the area using their advantage in the firepower and manpower.

On February 15, the TAFs general staff also released a statement saying that 1,528 terrorists had been neutralized since the start of Operation Olive Branch.

Military Situation In Syria's Afrin Area On February 15, 2018 (Map Update)

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20:16

Freedom for Abdullah #calan Demonstration in #Strasbourg on February 17th Enough is Enough!

Today its 19 years ago that Abdullah calan was arrested. Statement by the International Initiative Freedom for Abdullah calan Peace in Kurdistan: On the 19th anniversary of his abduction we demand: Freedom for Abdullah calan. On February 17th there will be a transnational demonstration in Strasbourg, France.

Originally published by the International Initiative Freedom for Abdullah calan Peace in Kurdistan (PDF file). The part about the demonstration in Strasbourg is written and published by Enough is Enough.

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

Print, read and spread the PDF file Freedom for Abdullah calan (originally published by the International Initiative Freedom for Abdullah calan Peace in Kurdistan)

Who is Abdullah calan?
Abdullah calan was born on April the 04. 1949 in Amara. He actively led the Kurdish liberation struggle as the head of the PKK from its foundation in 1978 until his abduction on 15 February 1999. He is still regarded as a leading strategist and the most important political representative of the Kurdish freedom movement.

Under isolation conditions at Imrali Island Prison, calan authored more than 10 books which revolutionised Kurdish politics. He has inspired a new political movement. Called Democratic Confederalism, this revolutionary model is developing on the ground in parts of Syria (Rojava) and Turkey; it represents an alternative to religious sectarianism, patriarchy, capitalism and chauvinistic nationalism, providing the blueprint for a burgeoning radical democratic society. 

From 2009 until mid-2011 Turkish state authorities led a dialogue with calan. Since 27 July 2011 he is being held again in total isolation at Imrali Island Prison.

Freedom for Abdullah ...

20:15

Pentagon: No Evidence Assad Used Poison Gas on His People Strategic Culture Foundation

Compare that with thousands upon thousands of articles throughout the Western press just parroting American officials statements, including President Trumps when he found it appropriate in April 2017 to attack Syria with cruise missiles to teach the regime and its dictator a lesson for its alleged attack on Khan Seykhoun, stating that there can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons.

20:11

Tillerson heads to Turkey to ease tensions over Syria Peace and Freedom

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Turkeys operation detracted from the fight against Daesh terrorists. (AFP)
ANKARA: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Turkey on Thursday seeking to ease tensions with its NATO ally that have reached fresh heights over Ankaras ongoing operation inside Syria.
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During his two-day trip to the Turkish capital, Tillerson who last visited in July 2017 will hold talks with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Turkeys operation against a Kurdish militi...

20:05

US and Turkey at odds in Syria ahead of Rex Tillersons visit Peace and Freedom

The war in Syria has escalated Washington-Ankara tension. But ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillersons visit this week, former US Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson told DW hes hopeful cooler heads will prevail.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jamie Jarrard left, thanks Manbij Military Council commander Muhammed Abu Adeel during a visit to a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria

DW: Turkeys incursion into northern Syria has further strained the already tense ties between Ankara and Washington. Do you fear that this latest development might lead to an armed confrontation between US and Turkish soldiers in the region?

Ross Wilson: Obviously the war of words has grown dramatic. Anger in Ankara over what Turkish officials regard and see as broken American promises, anger in the Pentagon especially over what they regard as excessive reactions on the Turkish side This is not leading in a good direction. Having said that, I think the prospects of an armed confrontation are low. Cooler heads, particularly cooler military heads, I think will prevail.

Read more: US-Turkey ties at make-or-break point

Turkey says that US support for the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria is in fact strengthening the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and risking the formation of an autonomous region along Turkeys border controlled by the PKK. Is the US actively pursuing a policy that will help to form a Kurdish autonomous region in northern Syria that would be controlled by the PKK, a group Washington and Ankara both consider a terrorist organization?

If you read what [US Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson said in a speech he gave at the Hoover Institution, he seemed, I thought, pretty clearl...

20:02

Which Anti-US Terror Group Has 500,000 Rockets? Clarion Project

Hezbollah boasts it will have close to 500,000 missiles and rockets in 2018.

The Iranian-backed Lebanese terror organization is committed to war with Israel and attacking American interests.

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20:00

US Media Turn to Superhero Pence to Combat Korean Olympic Peace Threat Geopolitics Alert

Pyongyang (FAIR)  North Korea, like virtually every country on earth, is using the Olympics this week as an opportunity for political theater, and this has greatly upset many in US media. Ostensibly this is because North Korea, marching with South Korea in the opening ceremonies and sending a squadron of cheerleaders to the Winter Games, is getting a pass on human rights abuses. But if one scratches the surface of the widespread outrage, its clear the real objection is that North and South Korea are having bilateral peace talks without the permission ofmuch less the participation ofthe United States.
Korea Olympic Peace Mike PenceVice-President Mike Pence
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Leading the charge were four pieces by Atlantic Mediaan outlet that last year plastered the cover of its magazine (78/17) with a cartoonish depiction of a North Korean invasion one might see in a Tom Clancy video game:

  • The Olympics Are a Mass Propaganda Tool for Countries to Assimilate Their Citizens (Quartz2/7/18)
  • North Korea Is Sending Kim Jong-Uns Sister to Attend the Winter Olympics (Quartz, 2/7/18)
  • At the Olympics, North Korea Executed a Propaganda Coup (Quartz2/9/18)
  • North Koreas Undeserved Olympic Glory (The Atlantic2/9/18)

The first piece (Quartz2/7/18), ostensibly a broad overview on a history of regimes using the Olympics to cover up their crimes, began the trend of decrying North Koreas Olympic participation, calling it a repressive authoritarian state that keep their citizens in check with fear and unchecked power and gross human rights violations. These abuses are presented as a prima facie reason to bar North Korea from any participation in the Olympics, without any indi...

20:00

As Wall Street Sinks Global Markets, Chinas Policies Build Independence & Immunity Geopolitics Alert

Beijing (MPN China has been faced with and continued to grow throughout a previous U.S.-triggered global recession just under a decade ago. While the current condition of the markets is nothing like the end of 2008, there is still the same fear in the West that China is somehow on the brink of catastrophe.

The recent economic correction in the U.S. markets, which saw stocks drop back down from recent record-highs, has begun to spread to the east, reaching the stock exchanges in Tokyo, Taiwan, and Shanghai. While all three of these markets depend, to some extent, on the performance of Wall Street, one is likely to emerge stronger as the U.S. market corrects itself.

Chinese President Xi Jinping
Image: The Kremlin

Many Western economic analysts such as those at the pillar of U.S. financial journalism, Bloomberg  have continued to predict future financial downturns would be caused by Chinese debt, or the countrys massive shadow economy (or, more specifically, low level loans that arent tightly regulated by the central government). This latest downturn, however, shows once again that Wall Street is still t...

19:58

Why Does Trump Ignore Top Officials Warnings on Russia? Peace and Freedom

Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, center, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, along with other intelligence chiefs. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

The phalanx of intelligence chiefs who testified on Capitol Hill delivered a chilling message: Not only did Russia interfere in the 2016 election, it is already meddling in the 2018 election by using a digital strategy to exacerbate the countrys political and social divisions.

No one knows more about the threats to the United States than these six officials, so when they all agree, it would be derelict to ignore their concerns. Yet President Trump continues to refuse to even acknowledge the malevolent Russian role.

Its particularly striking that four of the men who gave this warning to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo; the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats; the F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray; and the Defense Intelligence Agency director, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley were all appointed by Mr. Trump.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray (from left), CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Robert...

19:53

Why Another False Flag Attack is Due Covert Geopolitics

Another school has been attacked with a single shooter, supposedly killing at least 17 civilians. If this is not a false flag, then no civilians would have been killed. Terror attacks against civilian targets are mostly induced by an entity intending to divert publics attention away from it. Considering that this latest single shooter attack Continue reading Why Another False Flag Attack is Due

19:52

Son of dead environmentalist in Iran says family threatened Peace and Freedom

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FAMILY HANDOUT/AFP/File | The son of an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist Kavous Seyed Emami who died in prison said that his family had been threatened by authorities and that a video of his alleged suicide was inconclusive
TEHRAN (AFP)  The son of an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist who died in prison said late Wednesday that his family had been threatened by authorities and that a video of his alleged suicide was inconclusive.Iranian authorities have accused Kavous Seyed Emami, 63, a renowned professor and founder of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, of being part of an espionage network set up by Mossad and the CIA.

They say he committed suicide in his prison cell last week.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that he had set up a committee of ministers to look into the disagreeable events occurring in certain detention facilities, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Emamis son Ramin, a well-known singer, says his mother was told of her husbands death after being interrogated and threatened for three hours last Friday.

A district court summoned my mother purportedly to meet with her husband, he wrote on his personal website.

Instead, they interrogated and threatened her for three hours before announcing the death of her husband and having her sign a paper not to speak to the media, he said.

Similar threats of harming my dad had previously been issued from authorities and forced us to keep silent during the time he was in custody.

Ramin Emami said he had seen the video from his fathers cell, which authorities claim is proof that he committed suicide.

I will not speak of the pain of seeing this video, but I will say that nothing in it is conclusive. The actual death is not recorded, he said.

All I could see is that my dad is nervous and restless. He is not himself. He paces the cell to and fro, adding that his father was clearly not in a sound psychological condition.

His father is seen entering another room, which authorities have said is a bathroom.

Seven hours later a body is carried out of that room. The lawyers request to see the cell was refused. We filed a complaint right there.

Post-mortem

The family were told that a post-mortem was carried out prior to Emamis burial on Tuesday and that the report would take at least four to six weeks.

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19:51

Journalists, diplomats kicked out of Ahed #Tamimis trial Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Journalists, diplomats kicked out of Ahed Tamimis trial ByActivestills Despite Ahed Tamimis request for her trial to be open to the public, military judge rules that it will take place behind closed doors. By Oren Ziv Ahed Tamimi during the first hearing of her trial at the Ofer prison military court. February 13, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org) Dozens []

19:45

The West Attacks Russia on the Eve of the Munich Security Conference: Blind to the Truth Strategic Culture Foundation

In theory, the Munich conference is the right forum for sharing fresh ideas and making new proposals. It would be fruitful for NATO and Russia to steer the conversation toward something constructive instead of merely hurling mutual recriminations.

19:21

Why the Experience of Ahed #Tamimi Matters So Much Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Why the Experience of Ahed Tamimi Matters So Much By Richard Falk It is now known by virtually everyone who follows the Palestinian struggle that a 16 year old girl, now 17, named Ahed Tamimi, confronted Israeli soldiers on her familys land shortly after her cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the face with a rubber []

19:13

Jews Dominated the Bloody Terror Apparatus of Stalins USSR Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Jews Dominated the Bloody Terror Apparatus of Stalins USSR Russia Insider This is an article from 2006 written by a Jewish author in one of Israels largest online news sites, Ynet. It calls for Jews to recognize their guilt in one of historys bloodiest crimes. Its original title was Stalins Jews Stalins Jews Ynetnews Heres []

18:57

The US Is Permanently (Illegally) Occupying Northern Syria, and Thats Trouble Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The US Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and Thats Trouble  by Reese Erlich Erika Wittlieb When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. At the time []

18:56

Tillerson heads to Ankara to ease Turkey tensions Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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During his two-day trip to the Turkish capital, Tillerson will hold talks with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

18:49

Moscow admits non-military deaths in Syria for first time Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Some reports of recent incident says hundreds of Russian mercenaries were killed in Syria last week

18:04

A Gaza medical story that is not newsworthy for the BBC BBC Watch

Between mid-September and the beginning of November 2017 the BBC produced numerous reports on the topic of a Hamas-Fatah reconciliation which was supposed to put the Palestinian Authority back in charge of the Gaza Strip ten years after the Hamas coup.

Superficial BBC reporting on Hamas-Fatah unity returns

The BBC World Services Hamas-Fatah unity binge part one

The BBC World Services Hamas-Fatah unity binge part two

The BBC World Services Hamas-Fatah unity binge part three

BBC News sidesteps the topic of Hamas disarmament yet again

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17:00

Open Letter From Taliban Asks American People to Recognize Failure of 16-Year War The Anti-Media

Taliban Afghanistan(COMMONDREAMS)  Two and half weeks after President Donald Trump rejected the idea of peace talks with Taliban, the militant group published an open letter to the American people urging them to pressure their government to end the occupation of Afghanistan, now in its 17th year, and engage in peace talks. The letter, published on the groups website, denounces the []

16:32

The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost Dissident Voice

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israels support among ordinary Americans.

Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well a particularity worrying phenomena for the Israeli government.

The trend promises to be a lasting one, since it has been in the making for years, starting some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

It was on that date that the affinity between Israel and the US purportedly grew to unprecedented levels, since both countries claimed to be fighting Islamic terror. In reality, the attacks, the ensuing media discourse and subsequent wars have all coagulated the support of Christian Evangelists behind Israel, as they saw the widening conflict in the Middle East as part of a long-awaited prophecy.

It was precisely then that the support of Israel by American Liberals, especially those identifying with the Democratic Party, began to weaken.

With time, supporting or not supporting Israel became a partisan issue, which is, itself, unprecedented.

While the Israeli government under Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, exploited every opportunity to maximize support for Israel in order to achieve objectives deemed important by the Israeli right wing, ultra-right and religious parties, Netanyahus conceited and confrontational style has alienated many Americans, especially Democrats.

Worse, Netanyahus policies of entrenching the Occupation, blocking any peace efforts and expanding illegal Jewish settlements, also began to shift the kind of support that Israel has historically taken for granted, that of American Jews.

A comprehensive Pew poll published in October 2013 indicated that a growing number of US Jews question the sincerity of the Israeli government in its alleged efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Palestine. Only 38% thought Tel Aviv was sincere, and only 17% agreed that the illegal Jewish settlements are conducive to Israels security. 44% thought otherwise.

The Israeli government, aware of the generational gap within the US Jewish communities, seemed more fixated on maximizing the unprecedented trend of support it was receiving from US Republicans and religious conservatives, especially Christian Evangelists.

Fast forward to January 2018 and Israels ratings among American Jews has plummeted even further.

According to a recent Brand Israel Group study, support for Israel among Jewish college students in the United States has dropped 32% between 2010 and 2016,...

16:21

Airstrikes Target ISIS near Mosul; 15 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

Airstrikes against ISIS targets continue months after the defeat of the militant group.

The post Airstrikes Target ISIS near Mosul; 15 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

16:13

Presidential candidate accuses Mexican government of political policing intelNews.org

A high-profile presidential candidate in Mexico accused the government of political policing after he caught an agent of the countrys intelligence agency trailing him during a campaign trip.

16:00

The Young and the Stupid: Virtue-Signaling Over the Olympics Antiwar.com Original

Oh, the virtue-signaling was hot and heavy as conservative and ostensibly libertarian media outlets competed to see who come up with the most self-righteously abusive rhetoric to describe North Korean Politburo member Kim Yo Yong, sister to Kim Jong Un. BuzzFeed grabbed the prize with a garbage monster BuzzFeed being an expert when it Continue reading "The Young and the Stupid: Virtue-Signaling Over the Olympics"

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16:00

The US Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and Thats Trouble Antiwar.com Original

When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. At the time I warned that, far from being a humanitarian intervention, this action threatened to Continue reading "The US Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and Thats Trouble"

The post The US Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and Thats Trouble appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

16:00

A Million Dollars a Minute Antiwar.com Original

Imagine you open the faucet of your kitchen sink expecting water and instead out comes cash. Now imagine that it comes out at the rate of $1 million a minute. You call your plumber, who thinks youre crazy. To get you off the phone, he opines that it is your sink and therefore must be Continue reading "A Million Dollars a Minute"

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15:52

Fearing Peace: Olympic Diplomacy in Action Dissident Voice

Mike Pence was a man with a mission.  At stages through the opening parts of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, he looked like a man on a mission.  With diplomatic gestures flowering all around with weedy vigour in Pyeonchang, he was intent on fighting them.  The gardener of empire had his implements at the ready.

The US Vice-President had a brief: ignore, stall, and frustrate.  Most of all, be wary of being wooed.  Well continue, he warned on Thursday, to seize every opportunity to ensure that North Korea does not use the powerful imagery and backdrop of the Olympics to paper over an appalling record of human rights and a pattern of developing weapons and conducting the kind of missile launches that are threatening our nation and threatening neighbours across the region.

He proceeded to meet four North Korean defectors.  He had been in Japan announcing the toughest and most aggressive sanctions against Pyongyang yet, exhorting troops at Yokota Air Base to guard against the rogue regime in North Korea.  At the opening ceremony, he refused to engage with his North Korean counterparts.  That ice, at least for the moment, would remain in place.

The fact that progress is being made by both Koreas in a multi-decade conflict goes against the grain of US foreign policy. (Admittedly, this grain varies depending on mood, timing and person.)  Rather than expressing sighs of relief that the two Koreas, who ultimately are the only ones who matter in any final accord, are speaking, larger powers are poking around the corner.  They are the potential spoilers.

President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, could not resist noting the moment of symbolic unity.  The effect of both Koreas marching into the stadium under one flag hit the mark.  All the athletes around me, all the spectators here in the stadium, and all Olympic fans watching around the world we are all touched by this wonderful gesture.

High jinks of sort would have been hard to avoid.  The North Korean cheer leaders, for instance, greeted athletes with a flag sporting the disputed islands of Dokdo.  (For Japan, these are known as Takeshima.)  This ribbing was cheekier given South Koreas continued insistence on ownership. This issue, according to Dong-Joon Park and Danielle Chubb, brings together all Koreans, no matter what their political incl...

15:42

Helping in Puerto Rico Dissident Voice

From January 28 to February 7th my wife and I were in Vieques, Puerto Rico, helping as best we could with recovery from Hurricane Maria, which hit on September 20th, almost five months ago.  Help is very much still needed. I dont think I realized how much that is true until I got home to New Jersey and experienced all of the things I didnt experience during those 10 days:

  • the lights and everything electrical turning on or being on all day and night whenever I need it;
  • a hot, not cold, water shower;
  • not worrying about hitting something or falling when I had to get up and go to the bathroom or move around at night;
  • not hearing (or smelling) loud gas generators behind the house where I was staying and several other places in the neighborhood as day turned into night;
  • not having to do extra-special filtering of the tap water because of concerns about its quality;
  • reliably accessing my cell phone apps, telephone and the internet whenever I want to.

These were the main differences.

I was staying at Casa de Kathy in Esperanza, the second largest town in Vieques. The only street in Esperanza that fully had electrical power when we were there was the Malecon, the downtown street next to the water where bars, restaurants and hotels are, and they didnt get that power until the fifth day we were there. What electrical power there was elsewhere in town came from gas-powered generators bought by residents who could afford them.

There was concern about the tap water. Neither the EPA nor anyone else had done tests to determine how safe it is to drink.

There were still piles of debris and branches that had been blown down by the storm, as well as collections of stoves and refrigerators disabled by it.

Despite all of these serious problems, the sense I had was that people in general were pulling together, some more than others, to climb out of the hole the hurricane put them in. They were doing so even though there was a lot of criticism of FEMA for its slowness and for it denying aid to a number of people whose homes had been damaged.

I was glad to learn that the use of solar energy, in different forms, is growing, from small solar lights, which are popular, to solar panels on roofs to provide an alternative to an unreliable electric grid.

One of the big takeaways for me was the reinforcement of something I have known intellectually for years, that extreme weather events, like the climate changing which makes them worse and more frequent, hurts low-income people the most. Middle- and upper-class people who have access to financial and other resources had found ways to lessen their suffering or discomfort, like through personal generators. But those without those resources were in a different situation. I heard of at least one family that was sleeping in a tent in their living room because there...

15:38

Robert Steele & Ben Fulford in Tokyo Comparing Notes on Deep State, Shadow Governments, False Flag, Fake News, Pedodophilia, and More Public Intelligence Blog

Robert Steele and Ben Fulford in Tokyo

Ben Fulford is everything I was expecting and more.  It is truly a pleasure as well as an honor to compare notes with this great man who has a depth of detail on the Deep State and Shadow Governments of the world that I lack.

He is more positive about the Pope and the Rothschilds, both one level down from the progeny of the Ceasars, I am taking that in.

After we shoot a video together I start a program of visits that is most extraordinary and includes a member of the Royal Family of Japan.

Phi Beta Iota: Anyone who denigrates Ben Fulford is either a paid troll or a moron. See his biography below to understand his decades of connecting to top minds across Asia and the gold community generally.

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About Benjamin Fulford

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Deep State @ Phi Beta Iota

Fake News @ Phi Beta Iota

False Flag @ Phi Beta Iota

Pedophilia @ Phi Beta Iota

Shadow Government @ Phi Beta Iota

 

13:51

Former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, at Imperialism on Trial Aletho News

Eva K Bartlett | February 6, 2018 Video from RT UKs live coverage of recent panel in Ireland.

13:26

Selected Articles: Fake News, Massive Media Disinformation Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Corporate Crime: Federal Penalties Imposed on Largest Corporations Plunged During Trumps First Year By Good Jobs First, February 14, 2018 Federal penalties imposed on the largest U.S. companies for all kinds of misconduct fell sharply during the first 12 months of the Trump administration, with combined fines and settlements dropping to a fraction of the levels []

12:48

Harvards Darkest Secret: The JeruSALEM Witch Trials & Mass Hysteria Penny for your thoughts

You know the witch trials in JeruSALEM, Massachusetts? It seems they have a connection to Harvard and the Royal Society. Curious?

 Salem, Massachusetts in "New Israel" has the same last five letters as Jerusalem, The claimed capital of  "old" Israel.
Massachusetts- The Puritan State 

I didn't expect to find this interview as interesting as it was. As I listened it was as if a common thread was weaving all these disparate bits of accumulated knowledge into more complete and realistic rendering of history.

Thanks to Jan @ Gnostic Media for providing this information so freely for us all to enjoy!

 

flashbacks from the blog:

Peer Review = Conspiracy


Myth of White Privilege.... Particularly this link: Jewish Slavery in the Caribbean

Still more info:  New Israel / New England  & Puritans More Jewish then Christian 

Increase Mather, father of Cotton Mather : President Harvard University 

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Increase Mather

12:38

SYRIAN ARMY, US-BACKED FORCES MASSING TROOPS IN EUPHRATES VALLEY REPORTS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

SOUTH FRONT 14.02.2018 The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are its allies had deployed new units to the Euphrates Valley in Deir Ezzor governorate, the Syrian pro-government blog al-Masdar News reported on February 14. The blog added that the SAA had stepped up its patrols on the western bank of the Euphrates River and begun building []

12:01

Macron vows to bring back compulsory national service for French youth Aletho News

RT | February 14, 2018 Two decades after France scrapped compulsory military service, President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to introduce obligatory national service for all young people. It could also be a civic engagement, Macron said. I want a mandatory service, open to women and men, the French leader said on Tuesday, adding that its []

11:37

NSA Shooting: 3 in Custody, Officer Injured After SUV Stopped at Fort Meade Security Gate cryptogon.com

Via: Baltimore Sun: FBI officials said they are continuing to investigate an incident at Fort Meade early Wednesday that left three people injured when the driver of an SUV attempted to make an unauthorized entry into the National Security Agencys compound. Dave Fitz, a spokesman at the FBIs Baltimore field office, said late Wednesday investigators []

11:20

Haram no more: Valentine's Day deemed a 'positive social event' by senior Saudi cleric Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Mecca's former religious police chief says Valentine's Day does not go against sharia law

11:11

Canadian judge dismisses all charges in lawsuit brought against Dr. Tim Ball by BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver Aletho News

Dr. Ball note to Climate Depot February 13, 2018: There are no media reports and my guess is there wont be any. At 0930 on the day the trial started we were told there was no judge or courtroom assigned. Amazingly and incorrectly, that information was reported almost immediately on media claiming the trial []

11:00

Cuba Cannot be Defeated INTERNATIONALIST 360

Redaccin Internacional | internacionales@granma.cu Cuba will continue along its own path, and as much as submissive and servile lackeys, like the current Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, would like to destroy us, they will never be able to do so. This according to Cubas Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio...

11:00

ELN: State Sanctioned Assassinations Outnumber Deaths from Armed Conflict INTERNATIONALIST 360

Yes it is systematic genocide! ELN Voces Nothing portrays more clearly the tragedy that we live in Colombia today  than the fact that 1,000 homicides occur each month. In January alone there were 27 murders of social leaders; 20 ELN guerrillas killed, as well as 11 deaths among soldiers and police. Among deaths from socio-political...

10:54

Pieces of the Coup Puzzle Fall Into Place by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis

Most people, including many of you, have the memory of an Alzheimer's patient when it comes to putting events into their proper historical context. So let me help. Do you remember when Donald Trump first started talking about the Presidential...

10:50

John Hannah- Foundation for Defense of Democracies: US Representative to Syria Penny for your thoughts


Word is this person, who could only be an Israel firster, is set to be appointed as the US special representative to Syria. Why do I think John Hannah is an Israel firster ?

* Because the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is a hawkish Israeli first think tank. 
* Trump is an Israel firster as is every US administration/President. 
* Everything in the region where the US is involved revolves around benefiting Israel


flashback: Turkey/Halkbank: The Biggest (Conjured Up) Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

And no organization has been better at providing this kind of intellectual firepower than the little-known Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a relatively small Washington think tank that is devoting itself to defeating the Iran deal.
FDD also describes itself as a global research organization. Its purpose, it says, is to conduct research and provide education on international terrorismthe most serious security threat to the United States and other free, democratic nations. But it has conducted its research from a particular vantage point and with a relatively narrow focus. Its research and advocacy have centered on the Middle East and in particular on conflicts and issues that impinge on Israel. And its positions have closely tracked those of the Likud party and its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahunot just on the Iran deal, but on the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the desirability of a two-state solution. Understanding the think tanks ideological affinity with the Israeli government, and the roots of that affinity
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"The Trump administration is expected to name John Hannah, a onetime aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, as its next special representative for Syria, two people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

Hannah, who was Cheney's national security adviser, also worked in the State Department during the Clinton and first Bush administrations. He is likely to be named to the post in the coming weeks, according to the two individuals, who spoke on condition...

10:07

A Cyclone Just Ripped Through Another US Territory and Nobody Noticed The Anti-Media

Cyclone Gita American Samoa(ANTIMEDIA)  Over the weekend, a tropical cyclone laid waste to a number of Pacific Island countries, including the unincorporated territory of the United States known as American Samoa. According to a White House statement, U.S. President Donald Trump declared an emergency in the territory of American Samoa and ordered federal assistance to supplement response efforts in the []

09:29

France will strike if proof found chemical weapons used in Syria..proof..lol? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

https://www.rt.com/news/418707-macron-syria-chemical-strike/

Emmanuel Macron has promised to strike Syria if any evidence emerges that chemical weapons were used against civilians. However, he added that French intelligence agencies do not have proof to back up such allegations.

On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line, Macron told reporters in Paris on Tuesday. Today, our agencies, our armed forces have not established that chemical weapons, as set out in treaties, have been used against the civilian population.

If any evidence is found, France will strike the places where chemical weaponry shipments originate, he added. The French President also recalled his phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place last Friday.

Ive reiterated it to President Putin, asking to make it very clear to the Syrian regime, which has reaffirmed that it does not use chemical weapons but we are watching it, Macron stated.

While President Macron has been mulling immediate reprisals for chemical weaponry usage in Syria since assuming office, France has not undertaken any action due to the lack of certainty on...

09:20

Big Pharma spent $10mn promoting opioid drug use to patients Aletho News

RT | February 13, 2018 Drug companies spent nearly $10 million promoting opioid drug use to patient advocacy groups and other nonprofit organisations between 2012 and 2017. More than 42,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016. Physicians affiliated with patient advocacy groups accepted more than $1.6 million in payments from five manufacturers between 2013 []

09:08

Obamas legacy: Iran-backed Hizballah says it will have nearly 500,000 missiles aimed at Israel within a year Jihad Watch

Paid for by Barack Hussein Obamas pallets of cash delivered to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Treason is defined as giving aid and comfort to the enemy. How is Obama not guilty of treason? Iran-Backed Terror Group Claims Half-a-Million Missiles Aimed at Israel, by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, February 14, 2018: An Iranian-backed terror []

08:58

California: Prison counselor converts to Islam, goes to Syria to join the jihad Jihad Watch

Yet another convert seems to get the idea that his new religion is not exactly one of peace, contrary to what were constantly told by non-Muslim and Muslim authorities in the U.S. Yet authorities show no interest whatsoever in this phenomenon. Public records show his last listed address in Sacramento was on the 4700 block []

08:44

Why a Kurdish national state will fail Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Throughout the 20th century, peoples of the Middle East paid a heavy price for the illusions of nationalist projects that have been proven to be an utter failure with the passage of time

08:42

Caf Weltschmerz: Politiek stop eens met dat laffe, leugenachtige nepnieuws stan van houcke

Politiek stop eens met dat laffe, leugenachtige nepnieuws; Stan van Houcke en Kees van der Pijl




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08:29

What 'protected status' renewal means for Syrians living in US Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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US renewed 'protected status' for Syrians but did not re-designate the programme for people who entered the country after 1 August 2016

08:27

Egypt arrests former presidential candidate Aboul-Fotouh Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The prominent opposition figure, who has called for a boycott of the presidential elections next month, ran for president in 2012

08:22

Kaos GL Calls for the Trans Anarchist Prisoner #DirenCokun on Hunger Strike Enough is Enough!

Kaos GL Association made a statement with the title Urgent Release for trans-anarchist prisoner Diren Coskun held in Tekirda F-Type Prison No. 2, who entered the 21st day of hunger strike against the violation of rights in prison and for the right of surgery and treatment. In the statement published in Turkish and English it is called to meet Cokuns demands.

Originally published by Yeryz Postas

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.

Kaos GL Calls for the Trans Anarchist Prisoner Diren Coskun on Hunger Strike

Heres the full statement:

Human rights demands of transgender woman prisoner Diren Cokun, who has been under arrest in Tekirda No. 2 Prison in Turkey and started a hunger 20 days ago, have to be fullfilled as soon as possible. Gender identify is an integral part of human existence. In this respect, Diren Cokuns demands for the right to health from the prison administration are also related with protection of her personal intergrifty and the respect for the right to personality. Prison admistration is responsible for providing the most basic demands of Diren Cokun regarding her gender identity, gender expression and gender transition; that are surgery, epilation and all other medical, psychological, psychiatric and social support.

Diren Cokun also declares that although she has the right to go to open prison, she is not allowed to do it. She is being held in isolation under un lawful conditions. Isolation is one of the heaviest punishments, adn its illegal implementation is serious crime.

As Kaos GL Association, we call all relevant national and international institutions, expecially the prison administration, to fullfill the rights of Diren Cokun and fullfill their duties to meet her demands. Diren Cokun is not alone!

Yeryz Postas, February 14, 2018.

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08:03

Live: Mass Casualty Event at Florida High School, at Least 20 Victims The Anti-Media

Florida High School Shooting(ZHE) Dozens of victims are being reported in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, a large high school with several thousand students, with authorities saying the gunman is now in custody PARKLAND SHOOTING SUSPECT IS NOW IN POLICE CUSTODY: WSVN7 Jeff Lewis (@ChicagoPhotoSho) February 14, 2018 The town is 50 miles []

08:02

A (Sort of) Farewell from WRL Organizer, Ali Issa War Resisters League

After more than 7 years as WRLs National Field Organizer, its with bittersweet feelings I share with you news of my departure from staff. All the lessons I take with me after working with this unique and powerful community are far too many to list. Lets suffice it to say that these past 85 months have given me the chance to grow in ways I never expected, personally and politically.

I fondly hold memories of precious downtime hours (sometimes days) with the most inspiring movement builders from the frontlines: Afghanistan's Malalai Joya, Iraq's Jannat Alghezzi, Colombia's Patricia Obando, and Yemens Afrah Nasser, just to name a few. Then there were the glittery, late-night banner painting and brainstorming sessions, especially one in 2017 where I witnessed the birth of the brilliant slogan Drop Booties, Not Bombs!

From the Bay Area to Boston, WRLs acted as a key bridge across communities, movements, and generations, striving to support the visionary organizing we so need to confront the monsters of militarism and stand against all Empires - great and small - as we ground ourselves in lived hope and resistance everywhere.

Would you join me in supporting WRL's continued struggle in creating a cross-community antiwar movement?

This really isn't goodbye because I'm proud to remain an active member, planning to participate in this year's Allied Media Conference to continue WRL's diaspora organizing against air wars, and support the growing leadership of our members around the country. (Thats you!)   

As for my futur...

07:50

#Italy: From #Macerata to #Piacenza: #Antifas are Unwilling to Delegate, and Counter-Attack! Enough is Enough!

Last week in Italy there was a strong antifascist reaction in the streets of dozens of cities after the terrorist attack in Macerata (Marche) by Luca Traini, a Lega xenophobic party militant who shot and injured six black-skin people as a kind of vigilante revenge against other crimes occurred there. With rampant media overexposure of far-rightist messages also by traditionalist Forza Nuova and neofascist CasaPound parties in a context where racism and borders are largely deployed by the Government against migrants and poor people over two hundreds of demonstrations in a week show a way to start a new long-term general struggle against supremacism and fascist ideology in the crisis. Here is the translation of our (Infoaut) statement about the demonstrations all over the country last Saturday.

Originally published and all images by Infoaut English Facebook page.

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

Italy: From Macerata to Piacenza: Antifas are Unwilling to Delegate, and Counter-Attack!

Last week in Italy there was a strong antifascist reaction in the streets of dozens of cities after the terrorist attack in Macerata (Marche) by Luca Traini, a Lega xenophobic party militant who shot and injured six black-skin people as a kind of vigilante revenge against other crimes occurred there. With rampant media overexposure of far-rightist messages also by traditionalist Forza Nuova and neofascist CasaPound parties in a context where racism and borders are largely deployed by the Government against migrants and poor people over two hundreds of demonstrations in a week show a way to start a new long-term general struggle against supremacism and fascist ideology in the crisis. Here is the translation of our (Infoaut) statement about the demonstrations all over the country last Saturday.

Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Macerata on Saturday afternoon, in a mass demonstration in response to Lega party terrorism. Meanwhile in Piacenza the antifascist square clashed with the police deployed in defense of the local headquarters of Casapound. At the same time in Cosenza and Milan, too, other mobilizations popped up, respectively against Forza Nuova demonstrations and in support of Macerata.

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U.S. Strikes And Scores Of Killed Russian Fighters In Syria The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/u-s-strikes-and-scores-of-killed-russian-fighters-in-syria/ Mainstream media outlets and social media are full of reports that on February 7th hundreds of Russian private military contractors (PMCs) died in US-led coalition airstrikes on pro-government forces

07:14

Journalist, activist Bushra al-Tawil ordered to another four months in prison without charge or trial Aletho News

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network February 14, 2108 An Israeli occupation military court issued a renewed four-month administrative detention order against Palestinian journalist and prisoners rights advocate Bushra al-Tawil on 12 February 2017. Al-Tawil, 26, from el-Bireh, has been jailed by the Israeli occupation without charge or trial since 1 November 2017. Originally ordered []

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Solidarity for #Hambacher Forest and #Hambi4 from #Zad Enough is Enough!

This weekend a large scale celebration and mobilization took place in Zad.  Several Thousands formed two marches, one through Zad and the second one through the surrounding villages, both of which joined in the center of Zad.

Originally published by Hambi Bleibt.

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.

Solidarity for Hambacher Forest and Hambi4 from Zad

This weekend a large scale celebration and mobilization took place in Zad.  Several Thousands formed two marches, one through Zad and the second one through the surrounding villages, both of which joined in the center of Zad.

Large wooden plane was burned while delegates from Chiapas and Basque contry spoke and appeal to Zadistas and their supporters.  There were at least eight bands from percusion and jazz to samba, all at least with 12 players with many more joining in.  There was a carnival atmosphere and two large fields were occupied with large stages, victory disco and ringed in at least 20 collective kitchens info tables and kiosks.  For next couple days assemblies took place with delegates from other struggles.

At the beginning of this week the police in the hundreds continue to protect road building equipment that has been 

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06:52

Map: Military Situation In Southern Damascus Following ISIS Advance In Yarmouk Camp Area

On February 14, ISIS captured the Haifa street in the center of the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus. The street had been controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies. MORE DETAILS

Map: Military Situation In Southern Damascus Following ISIS Advance In Yarmouk Camp Area

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06:52

The Patheticism of U.S. Sanctions on North Korea Aletho News

By Jacob G. Hornberger | FFF | February 12, 2018 Officials of the Sheraton Hotel might be experiencing some sleepless nights as a result of what they recently did at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. A five-star Sheraton Hotel permitted Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, to stay there []

06:39

Iran or US? Who is behind instability in Syria? Aletho News

Press TV February 14, 2018 As Syria is effectively emerging from more than seven years of conflict by successfully purging its territory of militants, the United States and allies are becoming increasingly vocal in their criticism of the governments who helped Syria clear the mess. In comments dealing with a recent escalation of events []

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France: Muslim policewoman turned to jihad by colleagues arrested after stealing firearms Jihad Watch

A 20-year-old policewoman, who has been described as radicalised by colleagues, has been arrested in the heavily migrant-populated Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis after being accused of stealing firearms. Radicalized by colleagues? Why are these jihadis on the force? Was any effort made when they were hired to determine whether or not they held jihadist sensibilities, []

06:30

Mike Pence Is a F*cking A$*hole The Anti-Media

Mike Pence North Korea(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is a fucking asshole for more than one reason. Most Americans who arent also assholes have known about Mike Pence for while. He thinks you can cure gay people with therapy  as if being gay is a condition in need of a remedy. He thinks gayness can be prayed away, []

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Tillerson says Hezbollah part of political process in Lebanon ThereAreNoSunglasses

Tillerson says Hezbollah part of political process in Lebanon

US Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Jordanian foreign minister in Amman on February 14, 2018. (AFP)
AMMAN: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday conceded that Iran-backed Hezbollah is part of the political process in Lebanon, appearing to soften Washingtons tone ahead of a visit to the country.
We support a free, democratic Lebanon free of influence of others, and we know that Lebanese Hezbollah is influenced by Iran. This is influence that we think is unhelpful in Lebanons long-term future, Tillerson said at a press conference in Jordan.
We also have to acknowledge the reality that they also are part of the political process in Lebanon.
Hezbollah the only faction to have retained its weapons after Lebanons civil war is a member the Lebanese government o...

06:10

World Watches as All-Out War Between Israel and Iran Inches Closer The Anti-Media

Israel Iran War(ANTIMEDIA)  Over the weekend, Israel used the long-standing adversarial threat of Iran as a pretext to launch a barrage of attacks against targets in Syrian territory. According to the Israeli side, an Iranian drone launched from Syria flew deep into Israeli airspace, which prompted Israel to not only down the drone, but to also target the base the []

06:02

New US Sanctions Against Russia Are Coming, Expect Them Soon US Treasury Sec Aletho News

Sputnik February 14, 2018 The United States Secretary of the Treasury revealed that sanctions against the people mentioned in the so-called Kremlin list would be soon introduced. We are actively working on those sanctions. And you should expect them in [the] near future, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the US Senate Finance Committee. Previously responding to the Kremlin report []

05:59

Mohawk Nation News 'The Destruction of Canada's Fashist System' CENSORED NEWS

THE DESTRUCTION OF CANADAS FASCHIST SYSTEM Posted on February 13, 2018  Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. MNN. Feb. 13, 2018. Murdering our people is over. Prime Minister Trudeau and others admit that the Canadian justice system is designed to in effect execute the final solution of the INDIAN problem [DuncanCampbell Scott]. The goal is murder, assimilation or annihilation.

05:36

The War Was Won Before Hiroshima stan van houcke


The War Was Won Before HiroshimaAnd the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It

Seventy years after the bombing, will Americans face the brutal truth?

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05:32

Are China and Russia challenging US military dominance? Peace and Freedom

China is strengthening its military might, while Russia is asserting its foreign policy influence. IISS expert Bastian Giegerich talks to DW about changing US global dominance and the threat of a great-power war.

China J-20 fighter jet (Reuters/China Daily)

DW: You note in the IISS 2018 Military Balance report that China has been investing heavily in its air force. Is Beijing now on par with Washington in terms of air dominance?

Bastian Giegerich: China is not yet on par with the United States but its catching up. And in some selected areas, our assessment is indeed that China is doing more than just catching up. There are a couple of examples to illustrate that: For instance, we assess that China will add an extended-range air-to-air missile to its inventory this year, and we expect its stealth fighter jet, the J-20, to enter front-line service by 2020. And those are indeed advanced capabilities that challenge air superiority for the United States: At the very least, they will have the effect that the air domain will become a very contested domain again. Operational assumptions over the past two decades for the US, and I would say Western militaries in general, have been that the West and the US own the air domain and can operate in it with great freedom. I think those days now are over.

Your report also notes that China is investing heavily in its navy. Whats the goal in that? 

In the last four years, China has built vessels with a total tonnage that is greater than the total tonnage of the French Navy and is roughly equivalent to the total tonnage of the British Royal Navy. So, clearly the goal for China here is to further develop its blue-water capabilities. In other words, the ability to project force at extended range across the seas.

05:27

Tillerson says Hezbollah part of political process in Lebanon Peace and Freedom

US Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Jordanian foreign minister in Amman on February 14, 2018. (AFP)
AMMAN: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday conceded that Iran-backed Hezbollah is part of the political process in Lebanon, appearing to soften Washingtons tone ahead of a visit to the country.
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We support a free, democratic Lebanon free of influence of others, and we know that Lebanese Hezbollah is influenced by Iran. This is influence that we think is unhelpful in Lebanons lon...

05:27

US Regime Change Fails in Venezuela: Military Coup or Invasion Next? The Anti-Media

Regime Change Venezuela(CN)  Several signals point to a possible military strike on Venezuela, with high-ranking officials and influential politicians making clear that it is a distinct possibility. Speaking at his alma mater, the University of Texas, on February 1, Secretary of State Tillerson suggested a potential military coup in in the country. Tillerson then visited allied Latin American countries urging regime change and []

05:24

San Diego CA: The True Intentions Of The Patriot Picnic Enough is Enough!

Originally Posted By San Diego AntiFascist & AntiRacist Coalition

Hansel Orzame ( Hanzels FB ) is a proud boy from West Covina. One of the 11 proud boys who came down from the Riverside / IE area. While doing counter intelligence work we discovered their plans to bring multiple weapons to the park including two pistols. They were deeming the area gang infested full of La Raza , Brown Berets , and Antifa . This is the true definition of terrorism. This is why debate is not one of our tactics . These people need to be met with full force and stopped.

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05:23

Will Netanyahu Scandal Impact Middle east Stability? Peace and Freedom

BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN
 FEBRUARY 14, 2018 18:54

Netanyahu outlasted many of his opponents, from Ahmadinejad in Iran to extremists like Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Tel Aviv, Israel February 14, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Tel Aviv, Israel February 14, 2018. (photo credit: NIR ELIAS / REUTERS)

When news of the corruption scandal affecting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began to be revealed on Wednesday evening, the Middle East was preparing for dinner. In Egypt and Kuwait, major papers reported the scandal on their home pages, but most of the region has remained relatively indifferent. One man from Gaza remarked that Netanyahus insistence on staying in office and talking about conspiracies reminded him of some Arab rulers.

It is a testament to Netanyahus staying power almost nine years in office that he has become one of the stable landmarks of the region.

Those ossifying Arab dictators who were in power when he returned to the Prime Ministers Office in 2009 Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Ali Abdull...

05:16

Macron boots French media from presidential press room for practical reasons Peace and Freedom

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The French presidency announced Wednesday that it is kicking reporters out of the Elysee Palace and down the street in a move that symbolises Emmanuel Macrons desire to keep the media at arms length.
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AFP and other news agencies have permanent desks there, notably allowing them to see who is arriving for meetings with the president thanks to the press rooms location overlooking the main courtyard.
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Asked if Macron was trying to get the press out of the way, Ndiaye said that was not the presidents intention.
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Macron had made no secret of his desire to see journalists booted from the main Elysee building when he was elected in May, but the idea was put on the backburner after it prompted an uproar from the media.
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The current press room will become a meeting room for presidential advisors, Ndiaye said, insisting the decision was made for practical reasons.
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The move is the latest of a string of signs from Macron that he intends to keep a much tighter leash on the media than his gossip-loving predecessor Francois Hollande.
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Hollande regularly chatted to reporters off-the-...

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Belgium's supreme court reversal may open prosecutions of suspected PKK members Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Reversal upsets Kurdish activists who hoped the case could prompt EU policy change while Turkish officials are likely to welcome it

Ex-British soldier who joined YPG to fight Islamic State faces terrorism charge Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The charge against Matthews is thought to be the first of its kind for returning YPG fighters

04:36

The Taliban Make Apparently Sincere Offer of Peace To the American People ThereAreNoSunglasses

Letter of the Islamic Emirate to the American people!

The American people, officials of independent non-governmental organizations and the peace loving Congressmen!

With the hope that you will read this letter prudently and will evaluate the future of American forces and your profit and loss inside Afghanistan in light of the prevailing realities alluded to in the following lines!

The American people!

You realize that your political leadership launched a military invasion of our country 17 years ago. This invasion was not only contrary to the legal and national norms of our own sovereign country but also a violation of all international rules and regulations, but still the following three main points were put forward by your authorities to justify this illegitimate invasion:

  1. Establishing security by eliminating the so called terrorists inside Afghanistan.
  2. Restoring law and order by establishing a legal government.
  3. Eradicating narcotics.

 

However let us analyze how successful...

04:18

Bethlehem: beyond the wall exhibit comes to New York Mondoweiss

Today, the road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem is marred with checkpoints and Israeli soldiers; imposing red signs warn travelers in Hebrew and English to turn around and return to Jerusalem, or enter Area A at your own risk.

Less than 6 miles separate the two cities but for Palestinians travel between them is an arduous endeavor. But not for the thousands of Israelis living in the massive illegal settlement bloc Gush Etzion near Bethlehem as they have only a quick ride on the settler-only Egged bus.

This is part of the reality and one of seven distinct themes that Bshara Nassar, co-curator of the upcoming art exhibit Bethlehem: Beyond the Wall, wants visitors to take with them when it premiers in New York at Manhattan College on February 19.

We are telling a story beyond the news and beyond headlines, Nassar told me. A story that reflects everyday life.

Often the narrative of the Palestinian people is imposed from the outside, Nassar said, and Palestinians stories are really trapped in the politics of power, the UN resolutions, the endless negotiations.

Nassars roots in Bethlehem go back generations. His grandfather Daher Nassar purchased the 400 dunams (100 acres) of farmland a few miles south of Bethlehem in 1916 that for more than a century the Nassar family has cultivated and maintained. Known for their peace-building initiative Tent of Nations, the farm has long welcomed visitors from around the world, often in solidarity with the Nassar familys fight to keep the land from seizure by Israels rapidly-expanding settlement blocs.

Bethlehem: Beyond the Wall displays the explicit and generational effects of these shifting political boundaries through maps, seven original paintings by residents of the Dheishe refugee camp, over one-hundred photos, including journalistic, family and archival photos, four video interviews, and a one-minute drone fly-over video of the drab occupation wall that encircles the city. The exhibit begins with pieces from the late 1800s, bridging Bethlehems history to the city in the contemporary.

Everyone knows what Bethlehem is, Nassar said. However, people actually dont know much about Bethlehem.

In the American consciousness Bethlehem exists only in the bible or the Old Testament, shrouded in myth.

But the city today, where Nassar collected much of the work on display, has rich culture, arts, history, three refugee camps and a wall that...

04:14

Syria denies having chemical weapons after Macron threat Peace and Freedom

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DAMASCUS: The Syrian government on Wednesday denied it possessed chemical weapons and branded the use of such arms immoral and unacceptable, following a French warning of punitive strikes.
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As Damascus dismissed suspicions of chlorine attacks on rebel-held areas including besieged Eastern Ghouta, the first aid convoy since November entered the battered enclave near the capital.
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Syrias government categorically denies possessing chemical weapons, said Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, quoted by state news agency SANA.
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We consider the use of such arms as immoral and unacceptable, whatever the context.
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On Tuesday, Frances President Emmanuel Macron warned his country would launch strikes if proof emerged that the Syrian regime had used banned chemical weapons against its civilians.
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According to Washington, at least six chlorine attacks have been reported since early January in rebel-held areas, resulting in dozens of injuries.
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Damascus last month also denied carrying out chemical attacks and its ally Moscow denounced such charges as a propaganda campaign, stressing the perpetrators had not been identified.
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France, like the United States, suspects the Syrian regime but says it does not yet have concrete evidence on the nature and origin of the attacks.
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Damascus has repeatedly been accused of using chemical weapons, despite a 2013 deal between the United States and Russia for Syria to destroy its stockpiles.
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The United Nations was among those who blamed government forces for an April 2017 sarin gas attack on the opposition-held village of Khan Sheikhun that left scores dead.
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In retaliation f...

04:10

Story of Israels influence shadows the Russian influence story Mondoweiss

As everyone knows, a special counsel is investigating Russias influence in the last election, and as the prosecutors circle closes round the Trump White House, a constitutional crisis is looming. And maybe, just maybe, Donald Trump will go down. Meantime the springs of outrage over Russian interference are refreshed daily on our media, with many a conspiracy theory, some of which are surely true.

Whatever you think of Russias actual influence over the 2016 election (Im dubious), the running sideshow to the story has been Israels presence in our politics. As the Russia caper unfolds breathlessly, there have also been revelations about Israels interference in policymaking. But of course that interference is not a scandal worthy of investigation; that interference never draws the wrath of the liberal press.

Here are three recent incidents that no one is investigating.

First, as we surmised a couple weeks back, it appears that Al Jazeera has put the brakes on an investigative documentary of the operations of the Israel lobby in the U.S. because Qatar is cultivating better relations with the U.S. establishment, or, in a word, with the Israel lobby itself. Wed all been hoping for bombshells from the documentary ala the bombshells from Al Jazeeras undercover probe of the lobby in the U.K. But even the New York Times is now reporting on pressures to can the documentary, as Qatar and the rival Saudis each host delegations of prominent American Jewish leaders in an effort to win favor in U.S. policy circles.

The Times says some congresspeople are trying to punish Al Jazeera for the unaired documentary:

Representative Josh Gottheimer, Democrat of New Jersey, is among the lawmakers asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to require Al Jazeera to register as a foreign agent a designation that could limit its access to American officials and facilities. The congressional request, which has yet to be issued, follows a recent revelation that an undercover Al Jazeera reporter secretly filmed pro-Israeli organizations in Washington.

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04:03

All in a (Valentines) Day Work Fausta's Blog

Its Ash Wednesday and Valentines Day, giving you a unique opportunity to simultaneously atone and celebrate if you have a significant other, or just atone. And then there are the Norwegian curlers. Read my post, All in a (Valentines) Day Work

04:03

#Germany: Demo in Solidarity With #Afrin Marched in #Wuppertal. All Afrin Demos from NAV-DEM Banned Enough is Enough!

About 500 people marched in solidarity with Afrin in the city center of Wuppertal, Germany last night. Cops confiscated YPJ and YPG flags before the start of the demo and even wouldnt allow 3 bags with the characters YPG (image above). Police authorities in Cologne will ban all demonstrations of the Kurdish association NAV-DEM.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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

Read all the reports by Riot Turtle; here.

Germany: Demo in Solidarity With Afrin Marched in Wuppertal. All Afrin Demos from NAV-DEM Banned

About 500 people marched in solidarity with Afrin in the city center of Wuppertal, Germany last night. Cops confiscated YPJ and YPG flags before the start of the demo and even wouldnt allow 3 bags with the characters YPG (image above). Police authorities in Cologne will ban all demonstrations of the Kurdish association NAV-DEM.

On Monday a solidarity committee for Afrin and Rojava was founded by a big group of activists in Wuppertal, Germany. People from different groups and organisations attended the meeting and the first results were visible at last nights demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Wuppertal. Anarchists of autonomous groups, Kurdish and Turkish activists and many others participated. 

The demo was smaller than the last demo in solidarity with Afrin, but that wasnt surprising. In the past weeks demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin in other cities like Cologne, Dortmund and Duisburg in the German state of Nort Rhine Westphalia were banned or stopped. In the days before the demonstration in Wuppertal, the cops told the organizers of the demonstration that they would not allow any flags with Kurdish colours and many people were convinced that the cops would ban or stopt the demo in Wuppertal.

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03:28

When Red Lines are Crossed in Syria, Expect Israel to be Shaken. Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360 on FEBRUARY 12, 2018 Damascus | Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai Decision makers in Damascus said Syria and its allies have decided to move more harshly against Israel, replicating Hezbollahs strategy in those days (the 90s), before the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. For every violation of Lebanese airspace over the capital Beirut, Hezbollah would fire heavy artillery []

03:27

Nigeria: Muslim leader cites Quran verse to threaten violence over hijab ban Jihad Watch

Ishaq Akintola issues a clear threat of violence and murder, based on the Quran: The Quran affirms that oppression is worse than killing (Quran 2:191). This verse underlines the gravity of the hijab phenomenon. Female Muslims are being persecuted in order to give undue advantage to non-Muslims. It is religious apartheid.Muslims are not being violent []

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SYRIAN FORCES SHOT DOWN 13 ISRAELI AIR-LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILES DURING FEB.10 ENCOUNTER RUSSIAN MEDIA Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

SOUTH FRONT The Syrian militarys Pantsir-S system The Syrian military shot down 13 Israeli air-launched cruise missiles additionally to the F-16I multirole fighter, which crashed in Israel, during the February 10 encounter in Syrian airspace, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reported on February 14 citing a source in the Syrian General Staff. MORE ABOUT THE ENCOUNTER According []

03:12

Turkish TV host to secular newspaper editors: I wish there was Sharia in this country, then they would hang you all Jihad Watch

Somehow Yusuf Ozan has gotten the idea that Islamic law mandates violence, and isnt about just getting the kids to school on time and hitting the gym regularly. How odd! Doubtless some CAIR spokesmen is on his way to Turkey now to explain to Ozan how he is misunderstanding the peaceful dictates of the religion []

03:11

Yet another oil industry corruption scandal Fausta's Blog

This time in Nigeria, Inside the Bribery Scandal Sweeping Through the Oil Industry. Shell and Eni paid $1.3 billion for oil rights in Nigeria. Whether the money was mostly a bribe is at the heart of one of the industrys most dramatic criminal cases. As you may recall, Petrobras to pay $2.95 billion to settle []

02:59

Malaysia: Muslim beats his 9-year-old daughter to death for making mistakes while reciting Quran Jihad Watch

A culture of violence, the foundational text of which commands men to beat women from whom they fear disobedience (Quran 4:34), is going to give rise to this sort of thing, just as that same foundational texts calls for violence against unbelievers (2:191, 4:89, 9:5, 9:29, 47:4, etc.) are going to give rise to jihad []

02:52

Can Western governments please make up their minds whether chemical weapons have been used in Syria? They got me confused The Angry Arab News Service/

"Today, our agencies, our armed forces have not established that chemical weapons, as set out in treaties, have been used against the civilian population."

02:46

Who are the Butchers of Dresden Aletho News

By Vladislav B. SOTIROVI Oriental Review 12/02/2018 In the history of world, there are many actors who deserved a title of Butcher but there are only two persons whom the Western historians, journalists or political analysts pasted this label as the official mark of their participation in world history General Ratko Mladi []

02:45

Who is doing what in Syria and why Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

February 10, 2018 by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog It seems that every time a chapter in the war on Syria comes to an end, a new factor surfaces. Just like the 1975-1989 civil war in Lebanon before it, and which started off with a clash between the PLO and the Lebanese rightwing Phalangist militia []

02:39

Can South Koreas Leader End Trumps North Korea Crisis? World Beyond War . . .

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during the unveiling ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic medals, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during the unveiling ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic medals, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

By Gareth Porter, February 9, 2018

From TruthDig

The agreement for cooperation between North and South Korea on the Olympics provides a pause in the drumbeat of war threats by postponing joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises until after the Winter Games are finished. But the real payoff from the Olympics dtente is the possibility that the governments of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Koreas Kim Jong Un could reach agreement on modifying joint U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) military exercises in return for a North Korean nuclear and missile testing freeze.

That intra-Korean deal could open a new path to negotiations between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyangs nuclear and missile programs and a final settlement of the Korean Warif Donald Trump is willing to take such an off-ramp from the crisis. But its not just Kim Jong Un who has taken the diplomatic initiative to open such a path out of the crisis. Moon Jae-in has been working to advance such a compromise since he was inaugurated as South Korean president last May.

The Moon proposalwhich has never been reported in U.S. news mediawas first floated just 10 days before Moon was to arrive for a June 29 summit meeting with Trump in Washington, D.C. Moons special adviser on unification, foreign affairs and national security, Moon Chung-in, presented the proposal at a seminar at the Wilson Center in Washington as a reflection of President Moons thinking. Moon Chung-in said one of the presidents ideas was that South Korea and the U.S. can discuss reducing the So...

02:37

Muslim Brotherhood-linked Rep. Ellison claims meeting with Farrakhan and Rouhani not an endorsement Jihad Watch

And thats that. He wont have to resign from his DNC post, much less from Congress. The establishment media will not bother him. He will suffer no consequences whatsoever. The Democrats and establishment media will take at face value his claim to disavow anti-Semitism. There will be no whisper about his links to the Muslim []

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WATCH: Former UK ambassador to Syria on how imperialism is being redefined as a liberal ideal OffGuardian

Peter Ford, former ambassador to Syria (2003-6) speaking at the Imperialism on Trial symposium in Derry, Ireland. He describes the weasel words and manipulative language used to redefine old ideas of imperialism as a liberal ideal. Defending human rights, he says, is simply a modern construct of the Victorian meme of the White Mans Burden the mendacious idea that the countries invaded by the British Empire needed and welcomed the invaders as a civilising and educational force. If you have a Youtube account please take the time to follow Eva Bartlett there. This video is shared from her

02:21

Turkeys EU ties face further strain as it confronts Greece in Aegean Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Long-standing rivals Greece and Greek Cyprus appear determined not to allow Turkey calm waters in these seas

02:14

Saudi cluster bombs continue to endanger Yemeni kids lives Aletho News

Press TV February 13, 2018 Thousands of innocent children continue to fall victim to Saudi Arabias use of cluster bombs in aerial attacks on residential areas across the Yemen, corroborating assertions of violation of international law in the impoverished Arab country. Derhim al-Tuheiti was playing in a farming field in an area in Yemens []

02:10

Zionist Blackmail stan van houcke

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THE  ISRAEL LOBBY & AMERICAN POLICY 2018
March 2, 2018 at the National Press Club, Washington, DC
"So what explains the special relationship if there is no strategic or moral imperative and if most Americans do not favor it? 
Our answer, of course, is the lobby." - John Mearsheimer

02:09

US STATE SECRETARY: CONTROL OVER OIL FIELDS ALLOWS WASHINGTON TO INFLUENCE SITUATION IN SYRIA Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

SOUTH FRONT 14.02.2018 AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Speaking on the sidelines of an Iraq donors conference in Kuwait on February 13, US State Secretary Rex Tillerson rejected claims that the US lacks support in Syria. The diplomat epmhasized that Washington controls a large part of the countrys oil fields and area and this allows it []

02:09

MIKE WHITNEY: Russiagate stan van houcke

Is John Brennan the Mastermind Behind Russiagate?

02:06

Americas Quest for Geopolitical Olympic Gold in Asia Comes UpTin Newsbud

American diplomacy wipes out at the 2018 Winter Olympics!

The Korean unified team is on parade as Mike Pence sits and stews.

And American ignorance on parade as so-called experts struggle with the baffling hostility between Japan and South Korea!

China Watch offers an exclusive look at the injustice at the heart of the Japan-South Korean relationship, and Americas ongoing collusion with Tokyo.

China Watch also asks Wheres Shinzo?  Did Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sit or stand during the entry of the Korean unified team at the Olympic opening ceremony?  Did he do both?

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Moon fails to bring Pence, Kim together at reception

Moon rejects Abes call to resume Korea-U.S. military drills

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At the Olympics, South Korea Says Enough to a Century of Japanese and U.S. Betrayal

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02:06

54 Palestinians died while waiting for Israel to approve their medical permits Mondoweiss

Gaza

54 Palestinians die as Israel refuses medical permits
Al Jazeera 13 Feb by Farah Najjar Israel was responsible for at least 54 Palestinian deaths last year as it rejected hundreds of medical permit requests it received from Gaza residents seeking treatment outside the besieged strip, rights groups have said. In a joint statement on Tuesday, the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), and Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), highlighted the immediate need for Israel to end its decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip. In 2017, Israeli authorities approved fewer than half the medical permit requests it received, which were tied to appointments and treatment sessions in hospitals across the occupied territories and Israel the lowest level since 2008. More than 25,000 permit requests were submitted to Israeli authorities. Of those, 719 were refused, often under the pretext of security. Another 11,281 applications are still pending approval meaning thousands of people are in a state of jeopardy. Samir Zaqout, Al Mezan director, told Al Jazeera that there is no real rational reason why patients in need of urgent medical assistance are denied hospital access
Hani, father of seven-year-old cancer patient Ruba, said his daughter was recently denied a medical permit for the first time in seven years. Shes not the only one, said Hani, who chose to conceal his last name for fear of reprisal. I had a daughter who died when she was just seven months old, he told Al Jazeera. She suffered from the same cancer, and we lost her six years ago. I dont want to lose another daughter. Hani said the family had received permits before on some 300 occasions and was not given a reason for the latest refusal. I dont even understand why, there were no reasons given to me this time, and I utilised every contact I had nothing is more important to me than my childrens wellbeing. Who else do we turn to?.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/palestinians-die-israel-refuses-medical-permits-180213122412689.html

Gaza hospitals post...

02:04

Zionist Censorship stan van houcke

Will Al Jazeera Air The Lobby Before AIPAC Meets?


Israels lobbyists are working to suppress U.S. expos
 Posted on February 14, 2018

The Israel lobby has a lot of levers it can push and pull to curry favorable news c...

02:04

We All Live on Campus Now Peace and Freedom

By Andrew Sullivan
New York Magazine

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Over the last year, the most common rebuttal to my intermittent coverage of campus culture has been: Why does it matter? These are students, after all. Theyll grow up once they leave their cloistered, neo-Marxist safe spaces. The real world isnt like that. Youre exaggerating anyway. And so on. I certainly see the point. In the world beyond campus, few people use the term microaggressions without irony or an eye roll; claims of white supremacy, rape culture, or white privilege can seem like mere rhetorical flourishes; racial and gender segregation hasnt been perpetuated in the workplace yet; the campus Title IX sex tribunals where, under the Obama administration, the preponderance of evidence rather than the absence of a reasonable doubt could ruin a young mans life and future are just a product of a hothouse environment. And I can sometimes get carried away.

The reason I dont agree with this is because I believe ideas matter. When elite universities shift their entire worldview away from liberal education as we have long known it toward the imperatives of an identity-based social justice movement, the broader culture is in danger of drifting away from liberal democracy as well. If elites believe that the core truth of our society is a system of interlocking and oppressive power structures based around immutable characteristics like race or sex or sexual orientation, then sooner rather than later, this will be reflected in our culture at large. What matters most of all in these colleges your membership in a group that is embedded in a hierarchy of oppression will soon enough be what matters in the society as a whole.

And, sure enough, the whole concept of an individual who exists apart from group identity is slipping from the discourse. The idea of individual merit as opposed to various forms of unearned privilege is increasingly suspect. The Enlightenment principles that formed the bedrock of the American experiment untrammeled free speech, due process, individual (rather than group) rights are now routinely understood as mere masks for white male power, code words for the oppression of women and nonwhites. Any differences in outcome for various groups must always be a function of hate, rather than a function of nature or choice or freedom or individual agency. And anyone who questions these assertions is obviously a white supremacist himself.

Polarization has m...

02:03

Video: You are godless atheists Jewish settlers harass Palestinian kindergarten Mondoweiss

We received the following two videos and report from Human Rights Defenders and Badia Dwaik yesterday Editor.

On Saturday morning [February 10], a group of settlers led by the notorious Anat Cohen gathered by the door to the kindergarten of a Palestinian school in Hebron and attempted to break into the building. The school is closed on Saturdays.

Badee Dwaik, leader of the group Human Rights Defenders and the photographer that documented the disturbance, said that at least one of the settlers chanted in Arabic to the locals that had gathered you are godless atheists and we are the true believers (the chosen people). In Arabic the words are Enta Kuulum Kaffari (you are godless atheists) and Nanhno Al-Mmominin (we are believers).

They then cursed Hamas, Islamic jihad and Muslims in general. The settlers read some prayers and continued to the Sharbati residence, which is directly behind the school.

Dwaik reported that at the same time a large number of Israeli occupying forces soldiers entered Mofid Sharbatis home. The Sharbatis were at work on the roof building another floor to their home. The Sharbatis had received all necessary work permits to build the addition from both the administration of the Occupation and Hebron Municipality.

The Israeli soldiers entered the roof and stated that the Civil Administration of the Occupation ordered all construction be stopped immediately and until further notice. They demanded that everyone sit down and move away from the construction. They screamed at them that the work was illegal, despite the legal permits to build. That army proceeded to confiscate equipment from them an oxygen welding machine and two iron-cutting devices, amounting to the loss of approximately $10,000 NIS ($3000) worth of construction tools.

Dwaik reports that five years earlier, the family had attempted to build the additional floor on the home with all the appropriate licensing and permits from Hebron Municipality and the Israeli occupying forces. Once in progress, the Israeli Occupying Forces violently curtailed them from work by physically attacking the Sharbati family, beating Hajj Mufid al-Sharbati so badly that he had to be admitted to the hospital.

Abu Amien Jabari, of the Hebron municipality, stated that the Sharbatis home is...

01:56

Budget Woes Sign Of A Dysfunctional Empire PopularResistance.Org

President Donald Trumps latest $4.4 trillion budget proposal calls for boosting military spending by nearly $200 billion over the next two years, and would balloon the national debt by more than $7 trillion over the next decade. Pundits proclaim it dead on arrival. But the likely alternative, based on the recent congressional budget accord, will be an equally irresponsible combination of sky-high military spending and even more borrowing signs of a dysfunctional empire unable to manage its decline intelligently. The U.S. national debt now exceeds $20 trillion, or $170,000 per taxpayer. When the number was smaller two years ago, under President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it dangerous and unacceptable. Yet, following last Decembers massive corporate and personal tax cut, and the subsequent agreement on new spending targets, Congress now envisions adding $15 trillion to the federal governments debt over the next decade.

01:55

Study: People With Depression Use Language Differently Heres How The Anti-Media

People With Depression(TMU)  A new study, published in Clinical Psychological Science, has discovered a class of words that can accurately assess whether someone is suffering from depression. Utilizing a technologically advanced set of linguistics algorithms, computerized models cull through massive data banks of spoken or written text in minutes to determine if someone shows signs of being depressed. What []

01:55

Jewish activists launch project to tackle anti-Muslim racism Mondoweiss

Late last year the Pew Center published a report that confirmed anecdotal data, and plain common sense: hate crimes against Muslims are up. Current rates dwarf the national spike that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks. The culprit for such a dramatic increase is no surprise. Donald Trumps 2016 campaign for president ushered in a wave of racism against Muslims, among others. To combat the challenges of the political moment, activists Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel have launched a new campaign: Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism.

The project provides resources to activists an educators. Theres a syllabus, a directory of groups organizing around anti-Muslim racism, and guides for events. The site also connects to some practical advice for just about anyone. Want to know what to do if you witness harassment against Muslims? Elly and Donna have it covered. 

Heres the hard pitch from Elly and Donna, and check out their site. Its worth looking through:

Jews Against Anti-Muslin Racism is a new initiative offering resources for community education and organizing. This undertaking grows out of work that we have being doing with groups and communities across the country over the past decade, including resource and curriculum development and organizing.

We are excited to continue to develop resources to help strengthen our community education and organizing and to enable us to be principled, effective partners in challenging anti-Muslim racism. We look forward to continuing to work with the many groups we have partnered with and also to be a resource for new groupscommunity centers, organizations, universities, synagogues and Hebrew schools, high schools, foundationsthat would like to deepen their work challenging anti-Muslim racism. We will support curriculum development and research responsive to local needs; help connect Jewish organizations and others with speakers, workshop facilitators, and resources; and explore different ways of acting in solidarity.

We strongly believe in the importance of thoughtful, challenging community and political education, so that our work can address long-standing systemic issues without unintentionally promoting anti-Muslim racism. We will continue to provide resources for organizing and community education to strengthen the ways that Jewish communities and others can meaningfully deepen their work to challenge Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism. We will also continue to work closely with PARCEO, a participatory research center, on curriculum development to make our resources as accessible as possible to a wide range of communities.

Most importantly, our work will continue to gro...

01:55

'Boosting BDS': Israel's embassy in France boycotts Paris film festival Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Oscar-nominated Israeli film Foxtrot shows Israeli troops covering up deaths of Palestinian teenagers

01:50

All Out To Stop Pipelines In Virginia: Updates And Call For Support PopularResistance.Org

We tried our hardest to stop these destructive projects at the regulatory level but we have always known that action beyond those processes would be necessary. We will continue to support regulatory and judicial efforts as we believe in a multi pronged approach to this fight, though there are some of us for which this is no longer a viable option. It will take a diversity of tactics to defeat these pipelines. We believe that direct action is an imperative part of the multi pronged approach and we are committed to helping to create a culture of resistance to the fossil fuel industry in VA. We believe direct action is necessary to win.

01:47

Why the Experience of Ahed Tamimi Matters So Much Foreign Policy Journal

Ahed Tamimi at a conference on the role of women in the Palestinian popular struggle, February 3, 2006. (Alberto Hugo Rojas/CC BY-SA 2.0)

01:45

Dems: Bill Clinton too toxic to campaign in midterms Peace and Freedom

One of the partys top surrogates has been effectively sidelined by the #metoo movement.

02/14/2018 05:00 AM EST

Bill Clinton is pictured. | AP Photo
And in this political environment, Bill Clinton campaigning anywhere would amount to him campaigning everywhere, forcing Democrats around the country to answer for what they think of colleagues appearing with him. | Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

Democrats are looking to embrace the #MeToo moment and rally women to push back on President Donald Trump in the midtermsand they dont want Bill Clinton anywhere near it.

In a year when the party is deploying all their other big guns and trying to appeal to precisely the kind of voters Clinton has consistently won over, an array of Democrats told POLITICO theyre keeping him on the bench. They dont want to be seen anywhere near a man with a history of harassment allegations, as guilty as their party loyalty to him makes them feel about it.

I think its pretty tough, said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), vice chair of the House Progressive Caucus and one of the leading voices in Congress demanding changes in Washingtons approach to sexual harassment. His presence just brings up a lot of issues that will be very tough for Democrats. And I think we all have to be clear about what the #MeToo movement was.

After booting Sen. Al Franken precisely because they wanted to draw a clear contrast with Trump, Democrats across the partys ideological and geographical spectrum acknowledged the political trouble that any appearance with Clinton would ca...

01:42

Maryland Promised TransCanada Superficial Review Of Pipeline Permit PopularResistance.Org

Environmental groups are questioning the good faith of a Maryland state agency tasked with the permitting of a proposed gas pipeline which would cross underneath the Potomac River, saying it made a decision to greenlight the project before the application was even submitted. Potomac Riverkeeper Network accuses the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) of misleading the public and abdicating its responsibility to scrutinize the full impacts of the Eastern Panhandle Expansion, the Potomac crossing in particular. Whats more, they believe the agency may have colluded with TransCanada, the company proposing to build the 3.3-mile pipeline, to pre-determine a positive outcome for the permit. Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls says MDE has failed to be transparent from the start and now believes the agency may have intentionally deceived them.

01:35

Agriculture And Autonomy In The Middle East PopularResistance.Org

In Rojava, a region in Syria also known as North Kurdistan, a groundbreaking experiment in communal living, social justice, and ecological vitality is taking place. Devastated by civil war, Syria is a place where a cessation of hostilities often seems like the most that can be hoped for. But Rojava has set its sights much higher. What started as a movement for political autonomy in the city of Kobane has blossomed into an attempt to build a radical pluralist democracy on the principles of communal solidarity with food security, equality for women, and a localized, anti-capitalist economy at its core. The Mesopotamian Ecology Movement (MEM) has been at the heart of Rojavas democratic revolution since its inception.

01:32

Robert Spencer: Washington Post Publishes Muslim who Served Time for Terror-Related Charges Jihad Watch

But would it ever publish a foe of jihad terror? Not on your life. My latest in FrontPage: At least they admit it. The bio tag for this Washington Post article reads: Ismail Royer is an American convert to Islam and a research and program associate at the Religious Freedom Institute, a D.C. nonprofit organization. []

01:29

Infographic: The Preston Model PopularResistance.Org

The Preston Model is helping inspire a new conversation about the role of local government in catalyzing locally-driven economic revitalization and transforming patterns of ownership towards democratic alternatives.  (We first featured a story about the Preston Model here in 2016.) Today, the work in Preston to redefine howand for whomlocal economic development works is at the forefront of the agenda for local Labour councillors in the UK and front and center at the upcoming Alternative Models of Ownership conference in London on 2/10, featuring, among many others, The Democracy Collaboratives Ted Howard. Major coverage for the model has recently appeared in The Guardian in the inaugural story in Aditya Chakraborttys new series The Alternatives...

01:24

Wikipedia deletes article on Minnesota jihad arsonist: No source indicating that Hassan is a Muslim Jihad Watch

Wikipedia has some limited value if you want to get some facts about Tiberius Caesar or Henry Agard Wallace or Leon Spinks, but on contemporary issues it has like virtually everything else a pronounced hard-Left, pro-jihad bias. The biographies of Islamic apologists (John Esposito, Karen Armstrong, Reza Aslan, etc.) are fawning press releases, []

01:23

Reminder: They got Capone on tax evasion Mondoweiss

Yesterday, Israeli police recommended indicting Benjamin Netanyahu in two separate corruption investigations that have been dogging the Prime Minister for years. Last February, Jonathan Cook wrote for Mondoweiss that the scandals shine a rare light on the corrupt nexus between Israels business, political and media worlds, compounded by the perverse influence of overseas Jewish money.

01:22

Youth Activists And Catholic Lay Leaders Organize For DRC Without Kabila PopularResistance.Org

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to 80 million people. Its land is so vast that a peat bog the size of England was discovered just four years ago. Yet, despite geographic distance, road inaccessibility, language diversity and internet blackouts, Congolese activists across the country with the help of Catholic lay leaders have coordinated dispersed marches and prayers against dictator Joseph Kabila, who continues to lead the country despite his last term having expired in December 2016. Since the final days of 2017, Kabilas security personnel have been filling churches with tear gas and administering bloody crackdowns, resulting in hundreds of cases of politically motivated arrests, torture and assassinations. Following a Mass last Saturday, Rev. Sebastian Yebo was beaten and kidnapped by police.

01:21

Inflation heats up, CPI posts largest gain in a year Peace and Freedom

Reuters

U.S. financial markets are spooked by a surge in consumer prices.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected in January, with a measure of underlying inflation posting its biggest gain in a year, strengthening expectations that price pressures will accelerate this year and prompt a faster pace of interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve.

The fairly strong inflation report from the Labor Department on Wednesday could put more pressure on U.S. financial markets, which were spooked by a surge in annual wage growth in January.

Inflation concerns sparked a sell-off on Wall Street and boosted benchmark U.S. Treasury yields to a four-year high.

There are fears that inflation, which is seen as being driven by a tightening labor market and increased government spending, could force the Fed to be a bit more aggressive in raising rates this year than is currently anticipated. That would slow economic growth. The U.S. central bank has forecast three rate hikes for this year, with the first increase expected in March.

The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index increased 0.5 percent last month as households paid more for gasoline, rental accommodation and healthcare. The CPI rose 0.2 percent in December. The year-on-year increase in the CPI was unchanged at 2.1 percent as the large price gains from last year dropped out of the calculation.

Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the CPI shot up 0.3 percent. That was the largest increase since January 2017 and followed a 0.2 percent rise in December. The year-on-year rise in the so-called core CPI was unchanged at 1.8 percent in January, also because of less favorable base effects.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the CPI increasing 0.3 percent in January and the core CPI rising 0.2 percent. The core CPI is viewed as a better measure of underlying

inflation trends. The Fed tracks a different index, the personal consumption expenditures price index excluding food and energy, which has consistently undershot the central banks 2 percent target since mid-2012.

INFLATION BUILDING UP

Base effects will turn more favorable in March, which economists say would set the course for higher annual inflation readings. Average hourly earnings jumped 2.9 percent on an annual basis in January, the largest rise since June 2009, from 2.7 percent in December.

A pickup in wage growth as the labor market hits full employment is expected to contribute to higher inflation this year. Price pressures are also seen being fanned by fiscal stimulus in the form of a $1.5 trillion tax cut package and increased government...

01:20

BBC WS Newshour continues to trivialise the Ahed Tamimi story BBC Watch

The February 13th afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour included an item described in its synopsis as follows:

Also in the programme; the trial of a Palestinian teenager who slapped an Israeli soldier and lunged at another has begun in an Israeli military court

Presenter Julian Marshall also used the terms slapped and lunged in his introduction to the item (from 14:04 here).

[emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Marshall: Now, so the trial of a Palestinian teenager who slapped an Israeli soldier and lunged at another has begun in an Israeli military court. Ahed Tamimi, aged 17, is charged with 12 offences including assaulting security forces and incitement to violence. If convicted, she could face a lengthy jail term.

Marshall then went on to introduce a reco...

01:17

US Drone Destroys Russian Tank in Syria, Killing Three The Anti-Media

Russian Tank(ANTIWAR.COM)  As details continue to emerge of last weeks US attacks on pro-Syrian forces, it appears that dozens, or by some accounts scores, of the slain were actually Russian military contractors working for the Syrian government. The raises the stakes about US attacks in Syria fueling a direct conflict with Russia. Over the weekend, the US struck []

01:15

The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issueand Lost Foreign Policy Journal

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Sochi, Russia, 14 May 2013. (Kremlin.ru)

01:15

U.S. Consumer Prices Top Forecasts, Sending Markets Tumbling Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Katia Dmitrieva

February 14, 2018, 8:30 AM EST Updated on February 14, 2018, 9:04 AM EST
  • Core gauge advances 0.3% from prior month, above projections
  • Apparel index rises 1.7%, most in almost three decades

U.S. consumer prices rose by more than projected in January as apparel costs jumped the most in nearly three decades. The report sent Treasuries and stocks tumbling, as it added to concerns about an inflation pickup that have roiled financial markets this month.

The consumer price index rose 0.5 percent from the previous month, above the median estimate of economists for a 0.3 percent increase, a Labor Department report showed Wednesday. Excluding volatile food and energy costs, the so-called core gauge increased 0.3 percent, also above forecasts for 0.2 percent. It was up 1.8 percent from a year earlier, higher than the 1.7 percent estimate.

The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose to 2.86 percent, while U.S. stock futures fell, as the figures renewed investor concerns that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at a faster pace than anticipated. The data followed wage figures earlier this month sent Treasury yields spiking and started a rout in equities that pushed them into the first correction in two years.

Some of laws of normal economic nature seem to be reasserting themselves, Nathan Sheets, chief economist for PGIM Fixed Income and a former Fed and Treasury official, said on Bloomberg Television.

While Sheets said he wouldnt raise his outlook for the path of inflation, the report gives me increased confidence that we are in a place where inflation is likely to be gradually rising more or less in line with the Federal Reserves forecast and consistent with an e...

01:11

City Of London Financiers Contemplate Imminent 2018 US Stock Market Crash Of Up To 50% PopularResistance.Org

A new analysis published on the website of a London-based think-tank, funded by the worlds biggest banking and financial services institutions, warns that the US stock market is on the brink of an imminent crash that could trigger another global recession. The document by a senior US economist and former Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England is published on the website of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI), which runs around 100 roundtable events a year involving financial services insiders from the UK and beyond. The document forecasts that in 2018, US stock prices are likely to plummet by as much as forty to fifty percent compared to the less than five percent plunge in early February. The document was published weeks before the recent stock market volatility.

01:09

Allies promise Iraq aid but amounts fall short of Baghdad's appeal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait to mull efforts to rebuild Iraqs economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a conflict with IS

01:03

On Resistance: BDS And Israels Declining Support Among Diaspora Jews PopularResistance.Org

Like its predecessor movement decades ago in South Africa, assessing the success of BDS against Israel today necessarily rubs up against the tension between Israeli hasbara (propaganda) and its reality as an effective organizing tool against it throughout the world. Though Israel has repeatedly claimed BDS has proven to be a failed venture, its a contention very much in desperate search of fact. Indeed, one need only look at the hundreds of millions of dollars that Israel has spent in various anti-BDS efforts to discern that its impact is not just productive, but poses a dynamic threat to the status quo ante of the state. Why else would it continue to invest such large, indeed, increasing amounts of money against a movement that it asserts has had no cognizable impact upon its policies or its future?

00:57

Federal Court Finds ICE And L.A. Sheriff Collaborated To Unlawfully Detain Thousands Of Suspected Immigrants PopularResistance.Org

LOS ANGELES On Thursday, a federal court in California ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) unlawfully detained thousands of suspected immigrants on the basis of unconstitutional requests from ICE known as immigration detainers. The landmark decision entitles class members to injunctive relief and monetary damages and is a result of two lawsuits brought by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), the law firm of Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt, the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), and the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "The court's decision vindicates years of work by the Los Angeles immigrant community to challenge the Sheriff's Department's abuses and throws a major wrench in the Trump administration's deportation machine," said Jessica Bansal, litigation director at NDLON.

00:54

Why the center booster crashed ... Sic Semper Tyrannis

"When SpaceX's Falcon Heavy blasted off last Tuesday (Feb. 6) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A in Florida, the rocket's three first-stage boosters were expected to return to Earth and land much like the company's Falcon 9 rocket stages....

00:51

Sweden becomes new base for international radical Islamic extremist networks Jihad Watch

Swedish researcher Peder Hyllengren of the Swedish Defence College has claimed that Sweden has become a hub of international Islamic extremism and that hundreds of Swedish residents have built up a vast network of jihadi contacts. Hyllengren blamed the political correctness of the Swedish establishment for the inaction in fighting Islamic radicalism, and he stated that []

00:44

EXCLUSIVE: UK restores Syrian aid project accused of funding 'extremists' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Labour's Kate Osamor demands that Boris Johnson explain the decision, which comes as Oxfam sex scandal puts aid policy in spotlight

00:39

China and Russia are catching up with military power of US and West, say leading defence experts Peace and Freedom

The Independent

The West no longer has a monopoly on world-leading defence innovation

By Kim Sengupta Defence Editor
February 14, 2018

Soldiers participate in armoured-vehicle training exercises on 10 February, 2018 in Honghe, Yunnan Province Getty Images

China and Russia are challenging the military supremacy of America and its allies and the West can no longer rely on the strategic advantage it has enjoyed until now, a leading think tank states in its annual report.

The Military Balance 2018 report, produced by the IISS (International Institute of Strategic Studies) warns that while war between the Great Powers is not inevitable, Washington, Moscow and Beijing are now systematically preparing for the possibility of conflict.

The report details the drive by the Chinese leadership in acquiring and expanding its formidable arsenal.

In the air, this includes the Chengdu J-20 combat aircraft entering service in 2020, which means the US losing its monopoly on stealth aircraft. Meanwhile its PL-15 extended range air-to-air missile system will be equipped with electronically-scanned radars technology few other nations now possess.

There have been similar advances in naval capabilities.

Chinas programme over the last 15 years means it has built more corvettes, destroyers, frigates and submarines than Japan, India and South Korea combined. The total tonnage of its new warships and auxiliaries launched in the last four years alone, the report points out, is significantly greater than that of the entire French Navy. The launch of its first Type055 destroyer or  cruiser illustrates its blue water capabilities enable it to deploy further including off the coast of Europe. Its base in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, lays the ground for missions at vast distances.

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00:39

Do Financial Markets Still Exist? Foreign Policy Journal

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (TonyTheTiger/licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

00:32

First aid convoy of the year reaches Eastern Ghouta after days of Russian air strikes Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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After months of pressure from aid agencies, 400,000 civilians under siege since 2013 receive food and medical supplies

00:30

Boris Johnson: Lets unite around Brexit vision Peace and Freedom

BBC News

 

Johnson: We need to get positive agenda across

Boris Johnson has told his fellow Brexiteers they should not gloat about the UKs departure from the EU, which he said was a cause for hope not fear.

The foreign secretary urged people to unite about what we all believe in, an outward-looking, confident UK.

Leaving the EU was not a great V-sign from the cliffs of Dover, he said.

Mr Johnson also said the result cannot be reversed and that Britain should not be bound by EU rules after Brexit.

And he questioned the economic benefits of being in the EU single market and customs union, which the government plans to leave.

Mr Johnson was one of the leading figures in the 2016 Leave campaign, and has previously been accused of undermining Prime Minister Theresa Mays Brexit strategy.

But he was on his best behaviour and stuck rigidly to the script with this speech in central London, BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said.

Pro-EU campaigners hit back at his overtures to Remain voters with Labour MP Chuka Umunna describing the speech as an exercise in hypocrisy.

And Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston accused him of an optimism bias about the benefits of Brexit.

In seeking to build bridg...

00:30

How Rich Are The Rich? If Only You Knew PopularResistance.Org

If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets. Actor and comedian Chris Rock made this astute statement during a 2014 interview with New York magazine, referring to the yawning gap between rich and poor. In so doing, he stumbled upon a key challenge in the study of inequality. Whats the best way to measure it? Most inequality studies have focused on income  measures of which are widely available. However, being rich is not about a single year of earnings but rather about the accumulation of wealth over time. In the past, quantifying that has been tricky. The wealthy would probably prefer we stay in the dark about how rich they are, presumably to avoid the aforementioned riots.

00:28

Maldives: School fires employee for wearing niqab Jihad Watch

The headline School sacks employee for wearing niqab jumps off the page, as in the West, a more expected title would be School sacks employee for criticizing niqab. This incident happened in Laamu Atoll, an administrative division of the Maldives in Southeast Asia. The reason? The letter sent to her sites clauses in articles 273 []

00:21

Dutch schools avoid trips to cities targeted by jihad terrorism Jihad Watch

A quarter of Dutch school trips abroad no longer include destinations that have been hit by terrorist attacks Headlines are filled daily with news of jihad terror and creeping sharia, but unless such news strikes close to home, people assume that they will never be affected. Already the walls are closing in on Europe and []

00:21

How Racism In South Africa Shaped Gandhi PopularResistance.Org

8 Feb 2018  As is well known, Mohandas Gandhi had gone to England in 1888 at the age of 19 years to train as a lawyer. Before going his mother Putlibai who was a devout person, deeply religious and given to fasting regularly, extracted a promise from her son to abstain from wine, women and meat.  Mohandas followed her advice and the promises he had made but on arriving in England, started dressing like a British person and tried to behave like one by taking lessons in dancing and elocution and following other traits of a British gentleman. On returning from England to Gujarat after getting his Bar degree, a Muslim firm in South Africa sought his services as a lawyer. After talking to his brother and other friends Gandhi decided to go to South Africa to work as a Barrister for a firm owned by Abdulla Sheth.

00:17

Consolation Post Moon of Alabama

[Some private issues are currently impeding my time for this site. Please bear with me.] - It was long obvious that the U.S. was moving further to the right, but I still did not expect this. A rather main stream...

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Review (Guest): Eyes on Havana: Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA Public Intelligence Blog

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Book by Verne Lyon and Philip Zwerling

Review by J. Michael Springmann

5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT THE CIA

READ THIS WELL-WRITTEN BOOK!!! Why? For a reality check. Americans, even those who work for the federal government, have a distorted view of reality. Heres what one U.S. government employee said about this work: I cant possibly believe that the United States of America would send a CIA official to Cuba to poison school childrens milk. Well, Verne Lyon worked for the CIA, that Agency sent him to Cuba, and the CIA ordered him to poison school childrens milk. (See pp. 103-104 ).

Ive known Verne for years, from when we were both members of the Association of National Security Alumni to the present. His remarks and remembrances and analysis in this work jibe with what hes told me personally. And, in Eyes on Havana, he supplies much greater detail.

I dont know which is more frightening, disgusting, or horrifying: that the CIA exists; that it recruits students on campus; that it engages in covert actions, such as poisoning school childrens milk; or that there are no controls on it or on its actions, many of which involve the overthrow of governments, murder of politicians, and interference in U.S. internal affairs.

Verne, amazingly, is not bitter over what the United States of America did to him. The government destroyed his life and refuses, decades later, to own up to it. However, he is steadily getting his own back. He and I co-wrote a good bit of Unclassified, the above-named associations publication, exposing CIA idiocy and dangerous activities. In Eyes on Havana, Verne does it in spades. The information he provides shows, in first-person detail, the shocking manner and consequences of his CIA recruitment. An aerospace engineer, Verne was blackmailed into working for the Agency, and, when he tried to resign, was twice kidnapped, jailed after a kangaroo court trial, and forced to divorce his wife and family in Cuba.

Again, read this book. The CIA has a sign on it...

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But the stage is set for sustained enmity across the Syrian theatre, most pointedly between Tehran and Tel Aviv and the law of unintended consequences means that any missteps could set off a dangerous conflagration, one that would be unlikely to stay within Syrias borders.

Syria: New rules of the game?


Syria: New rules of the game?
Julien Barnes-Dacey
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As Syrias civil war heads towards an end game, wider international fault lines are sharpening. Only Russia has the power to stop escalation but it is yet to choose its course.

Even by the standards of the long-standing Syrian conflict, the events of the past week have been dizzying: US clas...

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Hating Valentines Jihad Watch

Hating Valentines
Today, February 14, is Valentines Day, the sacred day that intimate companions mark to celebrate their love and affection for one another. If youre thinking about making a study of how couples celebrate this day in a positive and loving manner, the Muslim world and the milieus of the radical Left are not the places []

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Tillerson says U.S. Mideast peace plan fairly well advanced Peace and Freedom

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AMMAN (Reuters) The U.S. administrations work on a new Middle East peace plan is fairly well advanced and President Donald Trump will decide when to announce it, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday during a visit to Jordan.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (not pictured) in Amman, Jordan February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Tillerson also signed a five-year aid package that extends U.S. support to Jordan, a key regional ally, despite Trumps threat to withhold support from states opposed to his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Commenting on the peace plan, Tillerson said: I have seen the plan Its been under development for a number of months. I have consulted with them on the plan, identified areas that we feel need further work.

So I think it will be up to the president to decide when he feels its time and hes ready to put that plan forward. I will say its fairly well advanced

Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and set in motion the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv.

The move triggered outrage in the Arab and Muslim world, and led Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to declare that he would not cooperate with the United States as a mediator.

Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that backed a U.N. resolution calling for Washington to reverse its Jerusalem decision. Jordan backed the resolution.

King Abdullahs Hashemite dynasty is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, making Amman particularly sensitive to any changes of status there.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi arrive for a meeting in Amman, Jordan February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Tillerson and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman...

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Israel and Iran Signal Escalation in Syrian Civil War Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

A series of escalations across the Israel-Syria border is renewing fears that the Syrian civil war could erupt into open conflict between regional powers.

The episode began on Feb. 10, when an Israeli F-16 was shot down in Syrian airspace by the Syrian military. Both pilots managed to eject and were collected in northern Israel and taken to hospital. The jet had been targeting Iranian facilities within Syria after an unmanned Iranian drone was shot down after purportedly breaching Israeli airspace around the occupied Golan Heights. Following the downing of the F-16 the time Israel has lost a jet in decades the Israeli government responded with a new wave of attacks on Iranian military assets in the vicinity of Damascus.

The tit-for-tat attacks have already broken one taboo of the Syrian civil war by bringing the powerful militaries of Israel and Iran into direct conflict. Theres now fear that both sides will be impelled to escalate further, and the yet unresolved Syrian conflict will provide a perfect theatre in which to do so.

 

Impact

Israel and Iran: a fine balance of strategy and acrimony. Israel and Iran view each other as existential security threats. For Israel, Iran is the financial, military, and ideological wellspring of the hateful rallying call to push Israel into the sea. For Iran, Israel is the festering injustice and island of US imperialism that helps to justify the very existence of its Islamic regime (which paradoxically gives Israel more political utility as a hypothetical boogeyman in a cold war rather than a tangible foe in a hot war). Put simply, the two regimes view each other through a zero-sum lens: any gain for Israel is a loss for Tehran and vice versa.

The post Israel and Iran Signal Escalation in Syrian Civil War appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

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There is a strong surge in interest in taking down Amazon and Google. This is a good thing and of course includes the end of #GoogleGestapo including the censorship, manipulation, crowd-stalking, and digital assassination that characterize Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, among others.

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Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, February 15, 2018 Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me. Peace and Freedom

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Jesus Carries His Cross Jernimo Vich y Valterra (1459-1535).

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Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Lectionary: 220

Reading 1  DT 30:15-20

Moses said to the people:
Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin on you today,
loving him, and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous,
and the LORD, your God,
will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,
but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
I tell you now that you will certainly perish;
you will not have a long life
on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:
I have set before you life and death,
the blessing and the curse.
Choose life, then,
that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God,
heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.
For that will mean life for you,
a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore
he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R....

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Netanyahu rejects calls to resign after police seek indictment Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Police recommended on Tuesday that Netanyahu be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of public trust after a long-running investigation

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China warns Trump trade sanctions threaten global economy Senator Marco Rubio: China is seeking a retreat from western values of democracy and freedom and openness Peace and Freedom

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AFP | Washington has already imposed a range of tariffs on Chinese-made goods, sparking fears of a tit-for-tat trade war between the worlds top two economies as China also threatens to take trade action

BEIJING (AFP)  US trade sanctions will hit the world economy, Beijing warned Wednesday, after President Donald Trump threatened to impose fresh tariffs on imports from China.Trump said he was considering all options, including tariffs and quotas, after he accused China of decimating the American steel and aluminium industries.

Washington has already imposed a range of tariffs on Chinese-made goods, sparking fears of a tit-for-tat trade war between the worlds top two economies as China also threatens to take action.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that any sign of unilateralism or protectionism will worsen global trade issues and will hurt the recovering momentum of the world economy.

He added that with the sheer volume of trade and integration between the US and Chinese economies, some friction was natural.

However, China always regards the US as an important cooperation partner in trade and economy, and we hope we will continue to open our respective markets wider, Geng said.

The Trump administration has two months to decide whether to take action on Chinese aluminium, steel and intellectual property practices.

China produces around half of the worlds steel but stands accused of dumping cheap steel on global markets to gain market share.

The two countries have already begun trading sanctions in what Chinas commerce ministry warned could become a vicious circle.

On Monday Beijing announced it had taken aim at imports from the US of styrene, a key chemical in the manufacture of styrofoam.

Last week it launched an anti-dumping investigation into sorghum imports from the US, worth almost $1 billion last year.

The measures come a month after the Trump administration slapped new tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels and washing machines, the most recent in a series of trade cases that have rattled Beijing.

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Remarks by Senator Marco Rubio on China, February 13, 2018:

The biggest issue of our time in my view, and I think in the view of most of the members of this committee and I would venture to guess most of the members of this panel, is China and the risk they pose. Im not sure in the 240 something odd-year history of this nation we have ever faced a competitor and potential adversary of this s...

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Judge Disallows References to CAIR-Hamas Ties in Suit Clarion Project

In a dangerous and bizarre precedent, a federal judge disallowed references to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) ties to Hamas in a lawsuit brought by a civil liberty group against the San Diego Unified School District, reported the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

However, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant did allow references to CAIRs hostility towards Israel and allegations that CAIR promotes discriminatory bias against non-Muslim students on the basis of their religion.

The case involves a suit brought by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) against the school district for instituting an anti-Islamophobia/anti-bullying program designed by CAIR.

The suit charges that the program is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendments Establishment Clause, which prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another.

Since the program is solely about Muslims students, the FCDF charges that it establishes them as a privileged group within the school community. Moreover, the suit contends that CAIR, the designers of the program, is an organization that is intrinsically religious in nature.  In addition, the suit charges that CAIR has prioritized public schools as ground zero to advance its religious mission.

This means, according to the FCDF, that the school district has given a divisive religious group unprecedented decision-making authority in a public school program a violation, they claim, of the Establishment Clause.

The FCDF was right to make reference to CAIRs well-documented ties to Hamas to prove their case.  Hamas is not just a terrorist organization, but rather it is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization.

Islamist organizations by definition discriminate against non-Muslims by promoting a world governing by an Islamic caliphate and ruled by sharia law laws which make non-Muslims second-class citizens.

Yet the judge ruled that references to CAIRs ties with Hamas were not pertinent to the case and were likely intended to bes...

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Video of Debate #2: Is War Ever Justifiable? World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson

Our first debate was February 12th. This was our second, held February 13, 2018, at Eastern Mennonite University, moderated by Lisa Schirch.

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The two speakers bios:

Pete Kilner is a writer and military ethicist who served more than 28 years in the Army as an infantryman and professor at the U.S. Military Academy. He deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan to conduct research on combat leadership. A graduate of West Point, he holds an MA in Philosophy from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Education from Penn State.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org. Swansons books include War Is A Lie and War Is Never Just. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. He holds an MA in philosophy from UVA.

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Thanks for hosting this and being here. Pete and I debated last night at Radford. A video is at davidswanson.org. And we agreed, as the majority of this country has agreed for years, that military spending should be reduced. I want it gradually reduced to zero. I dont know where Pete wants it, but he doesnt want it at zero. However, I am certain that if military spending were significantly reduced, you would see a reverse arms race, a reduction in threats and hostility abroad, and consequently greater public desire to go on reducing it further. So, in a sense, we dont need this debate, we just need democracy rather than wars in the name of democracy and a government that goes on year-after-year moving more money out of almost everything else and into militarism. But to build a movement powerful enough to influence the U.S. oligarchy we do need this debate, we do need a clearer understanding that no war can ever be justified, and therefore that dumping over a trillion dollars a year into preparing for a possible just war has to stop. After all, 3 percent of that money could end starvation on earth, 1 percent could end the lack of clean water, a bigger chunk could give us a chance against climate change (rather than serving as the leading cause of climate change). So its the institution of war that kills far more than the actual wars, and we cant...

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Macron Promises to Reorganize Islam in France Clarion Project

French President Emmanuel MacronFrench President Emmanuel Macron (Photo: ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP / Getty Images)

On October 5, 2016 during a phone-in on Non-Stop Politics, a talk show on the French radio network RTL, a Muslim listener asked presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron if he considered Islam to be incompatible with the French Republic.

Not for a second, he replied. In France, there is no monotheistic religion that poses a problem.

This position was at odds with the results of a September 2016 poll in which 56% of French people considered Islam as incompatible with the values of French society.

One year later in a speech at the inauguration of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, he asserted that those who would have us believe that Islam prospered by destroying other monotheistic religions are liars and traitors.

Today, President Macron talks about the need for an Islam of France.  He has promised to lay the groundwork for the entire reorganization of Islam in France.

The plan, details of which are slated to be announced in six months time, will fight fundamentalism as well as preserve national cohesion.

All this suggests that Macron now considers that Islam per se is a problem. One can only speculate as to why a religion that transcends national boundaries needs to be reformed or regulated within France.

Does this mean that the Quran and other doctrinal texts need to be revised and edited? If so, this would involve removing those passages that render Islam incompatible with life in contemporary France. One might start by deleting all the bellicose passages, as well as those advocating misogyny and intolerance of Jews, Christians, h...

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No Fly Zone over Israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

February 13, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon Interview with Gilad Atzmon on recent news by Alimuddin Usmani http://lapravda.ch/ Alimuddin Usmani: On the 10th of February, Syrian anti-aircraft units managed to use an old Soviet anti-aircraft missile built in the sixties to shoot down an Israeli F-16.  What is the significance of this military incident? Gilad Atzmon:  I do not []

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Evidence of the February 4th 2018 Chlorine Attack on Saraqib, Idlib bellingcat

Preface

On February 4, 2018, Saraqib, located in the southern countryside of Idlib, was hit by a poisonous gas attack, A helicopter affiliated to the Syrian regular forces threw two barrel bombs loaded with chemicals believed to be chlorine gas on the eastern neighborhood of the city, which is one of the populated areas, causing 12 civilians to be suffocated, including a child and three Civil Defence volunteers, according to many testimonies obtained by Syrians for Truth and Justice/STJ.

According to the STJ reporter who visited the site, plants around the impact site had turned from green to yellow, seemingly a result of the impacts. The reporter pointed out that the recent attack had caused a massive exodus by the locals, who used to inhabit the eastern district of the city, towards safer adjacent cities and towns.

Details of the Incident

Manhel Haji Hussein, one of the people who inhaled the poisonous gases resulting from the recent attack, spoke to STJ, saying:

At about 9 p.m. while I was with my family at home, we heard the sound of a helicopter approaching, and only minutes later, there had been a strange smell inside the house. I began to feel shortness of breath, severe pain in the throat, and burns in the eyes, and then I fainted. After that, the Civil Defence teams arrived, transferred me to the hospital, and provided health care to me at a medical point adjacent to the city.

Mohammed Haji Qasim, a member of the Civil Defence who went directly to the strike location after the attack, was injured after inhaling the gas. He said:

We received an appeal (call) through the observatories that were monitoring the movement of warplanes in the citys skies that a helicopter had thrown barrel bombs, which did not explode, on the eastern district of Saraqib. Immediately, we rushed to the strike location, and there were several injuries in the neighborhood, so we worked to evacuate them to the medical centers adjacent to Saraqib since many of the citys hospitals have been out of service recently because they were targeted by the regime and allies. Once I arrived at one of these medical points, I began to feel dizziness, and itch and redness in the eyes. Soon, the necessary treatment was provided to me; my clothes were removed and my body was washed with water and soap. In addition, we were given antibiotics and we were subjected to spray with the oxygen. At last, I got out from the hospital.

In testimony obtained from Hasan Qaddour, one of the medical personnel in Saraqib who treated the victims, Qaddour stated...

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Saudi feminist activist, one of many jailed dissidents, appears in court Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Venezuela: The Possible Implications of an Oil Embargo INTERNATIONALIST 360

Mision Verdad Officially, the intention to apply an oil embargo in Venezuela was first stated in a speech delivered by Nikki Haley last September. The US ambassador to the UN said at the time that this option was not excluded, joining the demands of a group of South Florida MPs, led by Marco Rubio, for...

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The Syrian battlefield is beginning to resemble the Lebanese civil war and Damascus is dominating Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

With the help of Russia, Damascus is more emboldened than it has been since the start of the war

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Seven years on, Bahrain's pro-democracy movement faces destruction Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

It's incumbent on the international community to press for emergency reforms before the next popular uprising in Bahrain is met with unvarnished brutality

Sunday, 04 February

02:20

4 Common Complaints About Dentures Bold Face News

Anyone who wears dentures knows that they face certain problems associated with it. It can be hard to go through this and it can be a nuisance trying to adjust to it on a daily basis. Lets face it, it isnt natural and apart from facing a whole load of problems, it also comes with some insecurities and it can cause a person to get upset or feel down.

There are other options which may not be natural either, but they do actually look and feel absolutely natural, such as dental implants. However, lets take a look at some of the more common complaints from denture wearers.

1. Difficulty in Biting & Eating

With natural teeth, you will have a certain bite force but with dentures, you will only have a fraction of it. It is also not a good idea to push it as it may fall right off. In the past, you may never have thought about meals but now, even your meals require some thought which can put some people right off. A reduced ability to bite and chew normally results in larger pieces being swallowed. This in turn can cause digestive issues like indigestion or constipation, not to mention choking on food. Your ability to eat properly or even enjoy your food is diminished, which can leave a person feeling upset and even angry.

2. Reduction In Taste

Food is one of the joys of life. It is so enjoyable and even sensual. There isnt a person who does not enjoy food, especially if it is something that is a favourite of theirs. However, with dentures, the sense of taste is diminished. This is because upper dentures in particular can cover your palate, so a lot of the flavour cannot be enjoyed. Even the palate contains taste buds, so you can s...

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