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Friday, 15 December

02:26

Nepals government-in-waiting to revive scrapped Chinese dam project Peace and Freedom

Leftist alliance will take fresh look at the Budhi Gandaki dam scheme, but it is not clear if the Chinese developer will regain the contract, official says

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02:18

China summons Australias ambassador over influence row Peace and Freedom

China and Australia have traded claims of undue political influence and racial prejudice. Opposition politicians in Australia have accused Prime Minister Turnbull of jeopardizing the countrys biggest trade relationship.

Australian flag at China's Great Hall of People (Getty Images/F. Li)

Australias Ambassador to China was summoned to a meeting as the Foreign Affairs ministry, officials confirmed Thursday, following a diplomatic dispute in which Canberra accused Beijing of undue influence in Australian politics.

Australia recently began a crackdown on foreign donations to political causes. Announcing the measures, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China for its unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in his country.

Read moreAustralian publisher pulls book amid China backlash fears

Fears of Chinas influence were revived in recent weeks after it emerged that Senator Sam Dastyari, who had previously defended China in disputes over the South China Sea, had warned a Chinese businessman that his phone was being tapped by intelligence agencies. He was later forced to step down over his ties to Chinese officials.

Australien Politiker Sam Dastyari in Canberra (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Tsikas)Former Senator Sam Dastyari

Beijing then accused Turnbull of prejudice. The opposition Labor Party said that the government was showing anti-China bias that could jeopardize trade relations.

Turnbull responded by saying that the opposition was using the situation for leverage ahead of a key by-election on Sunday that will determine the prime ministers political future.

China accused Australia of racial prejudice

Chinese media in turn said that Australian media displayed racial prejudice in their reporting of the incident, and had tarnished Australia&#821...

02:17

Protests Intensify Before FCC Net Neutrality Vote PopularResistance.Org

Washington, DC Over 200 Net Neutrality supporters braved bitter cold at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wednesday to make sure Commissioners know they wont stand by quietly if it cedes control of the Internet to a handful of telecoms. The rally came a day before a critical vote on a proposed rollback of regulations governing broadband providers. On the sidewalk outside FCC headquarters, protesters built a memorial to the Internet with a bed of flowers, candles and a wreath and chanted slogans. FCC staff took pictures of the memorial as they passed by and watched from windows above. Among protesters concerns is the possibility that five corporations may end up with the keys to the Internet and be able to decide what data flows through the U.S. communications network, who has access to it and how fast it can be downloaded.

02:13

Disney says to buy parts of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 bn Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | The Fox Studios in West Los Angeles, California, pictured on December 13, 2017
NEW YORK (AFP)  Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it had reached a deal to buy 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion (44.3 billion euros) in stock, solidifying its position as a producer of entertainment content as it faces new rivals from Silicon Valley.The deal will see Disney acquire film and television studios, cable entertainment networks and international TV businesses, bringing popular entertainment properties including X-Men, Avatar, The Simpsons, FX Networks and National Geographic into Disneys portfolio.

21st Century Foxs television stations and Fox News channel will be spun off before the sale, however.

The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before,? said Disneys chief executive Robert Iger in a statement.

Iger, who was previously expected to step down in 2019, will now stay on through 2021.

Disney has been seen as trying to bolster its Hollywood and television positions by getting the Fox library of content to strengthen its arsenal against Netflix and other rivals.

The rise of streaming services and the so-called cord-cutting movement against cable television, together with declining advertising revenue, have contributed to a rapidly changing landscape for media companies.

Disney, which owns the ABC television network, ESPN and has major studios in Hollywood, is set to launch its own streaming services aimed at competing against Netflix and Amazon.

The deal also gives it a controlling interest in Hulu, another popular streaming service.

The news comes as another major media deal, between AT&T and Time Warner, has been challenged in an antitrust filing by the US Justice Department.

Prior to the deal going through 21st Century Fox will transfer the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company that will be spun off to its shareholders.

21st Century Fox shareholders will receive 0.2745 Disney shares for each 21st Century Fox share they hold under the deal.


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02:03

Brazils Paid Social Media Users Aiming to influence Peace and Freedom

BBC News

  • 13 December 2017
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I used to spend the whole day in front of the computer, starting early in the morning, says 21-year-old Pedro from the city of Vitoria, in south-eastern Brazil. KAKO ABRAHAM/BBC

I posted pictures, wrote about my days, added people. And then I would give my opinion about some politicians, especially when there were debates between candidates going on on TV.

It might sound like an average day for an ordinary young social media user, but Pedro (not his real name) is actually describing his time as a cyborg, someone who is paid to run fake social media accounts to influence public opinion.

Three years ago, during Brazils hotly contested general election campaign, Pedro says he worked for a Rio-based PR company whose clients include a number of leading politicians.

He says that for around $360 (270) per month, he ran 20 fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter designed to create a buzz around the companys clients.

BBC Brasil spoke to Pedro as part of an investigation into the way fake social media accounts were used during the countrys highly charged 2014 general election.

Read the full investigation (in Portuguese): Investigao revela exrcito de perfis falsos usados para influenciar eleies no Brasil

There is no evidence the accounts in any way influenced the result, or even that any of the candidates were aware of what was happening, but the investigation offers a fascinating glimpse into a new frontline in the way politics are conducted and elections are fought in Brazil.

Everything was monitored

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01:53

Hamas chief calls for fresh protests against Trump Jerusalem move (Initial round of protests sputtered out) Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | Hamas supporters take part in a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist movement, in Gaza City, on December 14, 2017

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP)  The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called Thursday for fresh protests across the world against US President Donald Trumps controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.We demand the Islamic world make every Friday a day of anger and revolution in every capital and city until we bring down Trumps decision, Ismail Haniya said.

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Ismail Haniya with Irans Supreme Leader

We ask churches, the Pope and our Christian brothers to devote their Sunday prayers to Jerusalem, he added.

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Speaking in front of tens of thousands of supporters in Hamas-run Gaza at an event to commemorate the Islamist movements 30th anniversary, Haniya railed against Trumps December 6 announcement that he would move his countrys embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the city as Israels capital.

We will bring down Trumps decision once and for all, he added.

The event was attended by major Hamas figures as well as politicians from other political parties, including longtime rivals Fatah.

The two signed an October reconciliation agreement that was supposed to see Hamas hand over control in Gaza by December 1, but the deal has faltered.

Hamas seized control of Gaza from Fatah in 2007 and has fought three wars with Israel since.

It is considered a terrorist organisation by Israel, the United States and others.

Since Trumps controversial announcement last week, at least 12 rockets or mortars have been fired from Gaza towards Israel.

In response the Jewish states army has hit at least 10 targets in Gaza, mostly Hamas bases.

Protests in other parts of the Palestinian territories, as well as across the Arab world, have broken out since Trumps announcement.

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01:51

Germany: Two Muslims arrested, raids in Berlin over Islamic State jihad mass murder threats Jihad Watch

Just another day in beautiful, diverse, multicultural, Merkelian Germany. Diversity is our strength! Note that these two jihad plotters are Palestinians, no doubt peaceful men driven to jihad terror by the unlawful, immoral German occupation of Palestine. Germany: Arrests, raids against suspected IS supporters, Associated Press, December 14, 2017: BERLIN (AP) Authorities in Germany []

01:44

New York City subway jihad bomber attended jihad terror-linked mosque in Brooklyn Jihad Watch

Why hasnt this mosque been shut down? Because to do so would be Islamophobic. Islamophobia overrides national security concerns. We Assume He Became Radicalized in New York: NYC Subway Jihadist Attended Terror-Linked Mosque, by Edwin Mora, Breitbart, December 13, 2017 (thanks to Ken): The failed New York City subway bomber reportedly attended a terrorist-linked mosque in []

01:29

Brexit: Theresa May Again Meets EU Leaders talks that could be hampered by divisions at home Peace and Freedom

Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase after an embarrassing parliamentary defeat.

The Prime Minister will repeat her case for moving the talks on to trade negotiations, which she sees as crucial to offering certainty for businesses.

The 27 other EU leaders are all but certain to approve the deal to move to phase two on Friday, after Ms May has left Brussels, launching a new stage of talks that could be hampered by divisions at home and differences with the EU.

Live Updates

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Brexit should be cancelled, Austrian prime minister says

Austrias prime minister has said he hopes that Brexit can be reversed, hours after British MPs voted to give themselves a veto on Theresa Mays final deal. Arriving at European Council summit in Brussels Christian Kern said Brexit would likely throw up problems that are not easy to solve.

39 mins ago

Arriving at the summit in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were still a few questions remaining open about the terms of the UKs withdrawal from the EU, but there was a good chance that the second phase can now begin.

French President Emmanuel Macron said it was not simply a council about Brexit, stressing that his focus was on issues of EU defence and migration...

01:20

How did BBC radio frame the US announcement on Jerusalem? BBC Watch

Last week we looked at the way in which the story of the US presidents statement recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital city was framed in reports on the BBC News website even before that announcement had been made.

BBC radio stations likewise devoted coverage to that story prior to the actual announcement. BBC World Service radio, for example, aired items about that story in four different programmes in the twenty-four hours before the statement was issued.

December 5th:

1) Newshour presented by Tim Franks (from 00:34 here).

In that item listeners heard from the BBCs Yolande Knell who did note the existence of the USs Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, its recognition of Je...

01:16

Robert Spencer video: Is opposition to Muslims-only Maryland housing development just Islamophobia? Jihad Watch

In this new video, I discuss the controversy that has broken out over a Maryland housing development that advertised and sold homes only to Ahmadiyya Muslims. Predictably, those who object to this are being accused of Islamophobia. And just as predictably, there is nothing to the charge, and plenty to be concerned about regarding this []

01:14

Chinas long arm of influence stretches ever further Peace and Freedom

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For more than a year, Americans have fretted over the extent to which Russia influenced the outcome of last years presidential election. A special counsel probe into Russian meddling continues to roil politics in Washington and may yet ensnare more figures linked to the Trump administration. The specter of Kremlin collusion has darkened U.S.-Russia diplomatic relations; the proliferation of Russian bots on social-media platforms such Facebook and Twitter has led to difficult reckonings within U.S. tech and social media companies.

But, in the longer term, U.S. strategists may be less worried about the influence of Moscow abroad than that of Beijing. On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) convened a hearing on the Long Arm of China, focusing on Chinas capacity to launch influence operations abroad to gain leverage over democratic rivals. We have a lot of discussion of Russian interference in our elections, but the Chinese efforts to influence our public policy and our basic freedoms are much more widespread than most people realize, Rubio told my colleague Josh Rogin ahead of the session.

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01:10

Saudi Arabia, UAE hold talks with Yemen's Islah Party Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Observers say that the Gulf move to engage with the MB-linked Islah points towards an attempt to review their Yemen strategy

01:09

Muslim who attacked Amsterdam kosher restaurant fought with jihad groups in Syria, came to Netherlands as refugee Jihad Watch

And he has declared his readiness to die for Allah. How many more refugees are there like Saleh Ali in the Netherlands? No effort was made when he entered to determine whether he had jihadist sensibilities. Any such effort would have been Islamophobic. Europe has imported in large numbers the jihad warriors who will bring []

01:06

The two Hayeks: Madame Pinault (finally) speaks out on Weinstein Fausta's Blog

Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed Mexican actress Selma Hayek for a decade. She finally spoke out in a NYT article, Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too. I had already mentioned that Im done with the sex scandals, since they are a distraction from the great moral question of our times, but Ill make an exception. Clearly, []

01:05

Arabic press review: Israeli forces arrest and beat man with Down's syndrome Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar slammed Istanbul summit as meaningless chatter

01:03

The Me Too Movement, Sexual Politics and Unnatural Justice Dissident Voice

The overthrow of iniquitous power relations is a point many would celebrate. But such overthrows are themselves marked by the contradiction of their origins. Any revolution must, by its very nature, suffer inconsistency, defeats and weaknesses.

In the United States, a different sort of sexual revolution is taking place.  It is not linked to liberation in the way sex was linked to the emancipation of the body in previous decades. There is something distinctly sombre, calculating, and determinedly forceful about the movement to wrest control from men who generally have had it good in the power stakes. Cloaks and covers are being blown.

The problem with such matters is that the allegation has started to assume a substitute force of conviction. It has become sufficient for individuals to lose their positions because allegations, untested by the wearing rigour of cross-examination and investigation, have assumed the force of de facto law.

Even within this accelerating movement, there are disagreements about how far one should go in dismembering the order and its attributes. Are some of the figures being scalped in this business receiving unjust attention?

Take last months disagreement shown by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner behind the series Girls, both taking to the barricades defending a friend and writer on the show, Murray Miller, against the accusations of Aurora Perrineau.

To be fair to Perrineau, she has not left it at a mere accusation, hoping to get away with easy gain. According to Deputy Charles Moore of the LA County Sheriffs Department, she has gone so far as to file a police report against Miller citing sexual assault.

Miller, through his lawyer, rubbished the claims, deeming them outrageous. But the point of interest here, at least from the heady consequences arising from Me Too righteousness, is the disagreement it has caused those who would otherwise have taken the torches to the bundles.

Dunham and Konner are careful to pay appropriate tribute.  During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many womens voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified.

As with every feminist, claimed the co-showrunners, the occasion was of celebration. But there came a danger with too much conviction as with every time of change there are also inciden...

01:00

Documentary: Life Without Water OffGuardian

by Ruwaida Amer and Sanad Abu Latifa, via Electronic Intifada We live in an area where there is no water, says Ibrahim al-Majaida, a resident of al-Mawasi, an agricultural area near Khan Younis in the southern Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. The average Palestinian family in Gaza receives running water only four to six hours, every three to five days, due to chronic electricity shortages resulting from Israels decade-long siege. This forces many to buy water from expensive and unregulated private sources. We travel two kilometers to bring water to our homes, al-Majaida says. More than 96 percent of Gazas water supply is unsafe for drinking. Desalination plants are functioning at 15 percent of their capacity due to electricity shortages. The diminished capacity of water and wastewater treatment facilities means that 108 million liters of raw sewage are being dumped into the Mediterranean Sea every day. The disrupted operation of treatment facilities has led to sewage spills in various areas of Gaza, such as al-Mawasi. Even plants and vegetables dont survive in it because of the contamination, says Rasha al-Majaida, another resident of al-Mawasi. Not even

00:57

With IS in tatters, Syria Kurds fear US to abandon them Erdogan has made it crystal clear that as soon as the Americans are no longer in the way, he intends to crush the Syrian Kurds. Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Delil Souleiman | Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her groups flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqa on October 17, 2017

 QAMISHLI (SYRIA) (AFP)  Syrias Kurds fear the steadfast ally they found in the US to successfully take on Islamic State group jihadists may now leave them to face threats from Turkey and Damascus alone.

Across Syrias north, Kurdish authorities have spent more than four years steadily building public institutions including elected councils, security forces, even schools.

They felt they had found an international sponsor in the United States, which relied primarily on the fighters of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) to roll back IS in northern and eastern Syria.

But with IS holding just five percent of Syria, Kurds worry the US could withdraw support, costing them the key political and territorial gains they scored in the chaos of war.

We are afraid of America, which has been using us as a card to play for a long time, said Rafea Ismail, a 37-year-old who sells womens accessories on the hood of his car in the city of Qamishli.

When theyre done using us, theyll forget us, he said.

Qamishli is the main hub of the autonomous administration the Kurdish authorities have run since regime forces withdrew from swathes of northeast Syria in 2012.

All countries should support us because we fight terrorism. We liberated Raqa, and America should not abandon us and ally with Turkey, said Nawal Farzand, a 45-year-old Kurdish language teacher.

In March 2016, Kurdish parties announced they would seek to establish a federal system there after ousting IS from much of the area with the help of the US-led coalition.

Their biggest win was Raqa, once ISs de facto Syrian capital but captured in October by the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

Weeks later, the US announced it was pulling 500 Marines from its nearly 2,000-strong force in Syria and amending its support to the YPG.

But the jihadists are not finished yet, said Nassrin Abdallah, a commander in the militias female branch, the Kurdish Womens Protection Units (YPJ).

Sleeper cells still stage attacks and IS fighters are active in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, she said.

It is important for the coalition forces to stay to guarantee security and stability, since the threat from Daesh still exists, Abdallah added, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

Turkey is also a threat to the Kurdish people.

G...

00:52

Erdogan and Abbas bark about Jerusalem, but their threats have no bite Peace and Freedom

Times of Israel

In Istanbul, Islamic leaders denounce Israel, vow drastic steps to enable Palestinian statehood, and declare an end to US peace-brokering. But they know theres no alternative

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, flanked by Jordan's King Abdullah II, left and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, poses for photographs with other leaders during a photo-op prior to the opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, December 13, 2017. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, flanked by Jordans King Abdullah II, left and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, poses for photographs with other leaders during a photo-op prior to the opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, December 13, 2017. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

At the Organization of Islamic Cooperations Extraordinary Islamic Summit Wednesday in Istanbul, many leaders from Arab and Muslim-majority countries spoke out harshly about the US administrations recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

But, despite their bluster, the forecast calls for mostly calm conditions. Many of the threats they issued are rendered meaningless by the rules of the UN or the dynamics of Middle East diplomacy; others have no teeth to begin with.

The summits host, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, once again called Israel a terror state, denounced the US and issued a long list of pro-Palestinian statements. But he did not act on last weeks threat to sever ties with the Jewish state.

Another keynote...

00:44

Iranian Missile Factories: Israel says it can strike them at any time Peace and Freedom

Haaretz

By Noa Landau and Hagar Shezaf Dec 14, 2017 9:59 AM

Israeli Intel Minister to Saudi Media: Israel Can Strike Iranian Missile Plants in Lebanon, As Is Happening in Syria

Yisrael Katz invites Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to visit Israel Describing Saudi Arabia as leader of Arab world, Katz proposes that kingdom would be sponsor of Israeli-Palestinian peace process

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria, Credit ImageSat International (ISI)

Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz told Saudi Arabian media that Israel will act to prevent an Iranian military presence in Lebanon on Wednesday, and invited Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit Israel.

Katz confirmed to Haaretz that he extended the invitation in an interview to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph, however, the online publication chose to edit the invitation out.

Saudi Arabia does not have official diplomatic ties with Israel.

Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Katz proposed that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Katz added that Israel would be happy to participate in such negotiations.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.Faisal Al Nasser/REUTERS

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Katz said Israel is aware that Iran has been building weapons plants in Lebanon. We have information that Iran is building advanced missile plants in Lebanon, and I want to emphasize that we have drawn a new red line, and we will not allow them to do this at any cost.

leader to south of Lebanon as an Iranian attempt to send a message to Israel, Katz said Iran doesnt need to send a message, adding that Israel knows exactly what the Iranians are doing in the region. When his interviewer asked whether Israel could bomb the missile plants in Lebanon, Katz replied: Yes. We will also act militarily and prevent them, as is happening in Syria.

The more accurate that Hezbollahs missiles get, the stronger and wider Israels strike will be. This time, all of Lebanon will be a target.

Referring to the Second Lebanon War that Israel fought against Hezbollah in 2006, Katz added: What happened in 2006 will...

00:40

Raymond Ibrahim: Islams Three Worst Doctrines Jihad Watch

Because Islam gets criticized for many things from hostility to modernity and democracy to calls for theocratic rule, radical patriarchy, misogyny, and draconian punishments, to name a few it is helpful to step back and distinguish between those (many) doctrines that affect Muslim society alone, and those that extend to and affect Western []

00:34

Chain migration imported 120,000 foreign nationals from terrorist-funding countries since 2005 Jihad Watch

Nearly 120,000 foreign nationals have been allowed to enter the United States since 2005 despite coming.from the three countries that the State Department recognizes as state-sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Syria, and Sudan. It happened through chain migration, by which new immigrants can bring an unlimited amount of foreign family members with them to the U.S. []

00:29

Hamas spokesman calls Trump racist and hateful, calls for blessed intifada Jihad Watch

Hamas spokesman Abdullatif Al Qanoua has called Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital racist and hateful, and is calling for a blessed intifada. His appeal echoed the order of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, who summoned an organized uprising in the face of the Zionist enemy. Whats racist and hateful is that Hamas does []

00:25

Hungarians overwhelmingly reject Soros Plan for mass migration in National Consultation Jihad Watch

The Hungarian public has overwhelmingly rejected the Soros Plan for mass migration to Europe in a National Consultation that saw millions of notorised responsespoured in by post alone. This news is important and welcome for Hungary in its ongoing battle with the EU and Soros over mass migration. A Soros-backed human rights group reportedly tried []

00:07

Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Wider World of War TomDispatch - Blog

We dont know exactly where were at in the world, militarily, and what were doing, said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October...

00:04

Greek anarchists target Saudi embassy over Yemen conflict Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:00

CounterPunch: Jim Kavanagh on Zionism (and Zionist-Occupied America) in the Light of Jerusalem Public Intelligence Blog

Zionism in the Light of Jerusalem

Donald Trumps official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment.

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America has become a Zionist country. And it shows. And its discomfiting. For the most powerful people and institutions in the United States, Zionism has become a core component of American ideology and politics, married, like nothing else is, to capitalism and imperialism as a co-equal existential imperative.

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23:45

Berto Jongman: US Homeless Population Jumps Again Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

Its the Inequality, Stupid: Growing US Homelessness a Result of Economic Growth

The homeless population in the United States has risen this year, the first time since the 2008 Great Recession, as Wall Street continues to tout historic profit-based milestones.

23:38

Southern Syria faces more uncertainty as US pulls funding for anti-Assad militias Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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23:30

Steven Aftergood: Foreign Agents Registration Act Public Intelligence Blog

Steven Aftergood

FOREIGN AGENTS REGISTRATION ACT

In the wake of the 2016 election, concerns have been raised with respect to the legal regime governing foreign influence in domestic politics, a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. The central law concerning the activities of the agents of foreign entities acting in the United States is the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Significantly, that law does not prohibit representation of foreign interests or limited distribution of foreign propaganda. Instead, the Act provides only for public disclosure of any such activities. FARAs legislative history indicates that Congress believed such disclosure would best combat foreign influence by informing the American public of the actions taken and information distributed on behalf of foreign sources. See The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA): A Legal Overview, December 4, 2017.

23:30

It's personal: How Trump betrayed both Abbas and Abdullah of Jordan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

For once the Jordanian king and Palestinian president have earned their position as Arab leaders

23:16

Open Thread 2017-46 - UPDATE Moon of Alabama

UPDATE: I am currently again without usable Internet access. The telecom provider decided to replace the whole local trunk that was damaged two days ago (see below). Neither the customer service nor the workers replacing the line could tell me...

23:02

Help Legal Centre #Lesvos Crowdfund to Secure Justice for the Moria 35 Enough is Enough!

Legal Centre Lesbos is urgently raising funds to provide effective legal defence for Refugees facing criminal charges following a peaceful protest in Moria Detention camp on Lesvos, Greece. Help them defend their human rights.

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Read all the Enough is Enough reports about the Moria 35; here.

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23:01

Plant Een Olijfboom stan van houcke

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23:00

Was John Brown Sane? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Chris Calton
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The exploits of John Brown have long fascinated historians. His actions, for better or worse, certainly had a significant effect on the country prior to Southern secession, but the fascination with Brown is largely driven by the enigma the man himself has proven to be. In trying to explain his actions and motives, historians have wrestled with questionable and biased testimonies by the people who knew him, and many of the mysteries surrounding John Brown have been explained then and now by mental disorders.

But was John Brown crazy? Diagnosing historical figures is an ambitious task, but the history of where the insanity claim for John Brown came from is insightful.

Psychiatry was evolving in the medical field in the beginning of the nineteenth century. For centuries, physicians in the western world acknowledged four basic psychological illnesses. The first was mania, which was exhibited through erratic behavior, irritability, and wild, racing thoughts. Second was melancholia, which was essentially depression. The third was dementia, defined much as it is today. And finally, there was delirium, which was characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disorientation.

In 1838, Isaac Ray published his Treatise on the Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity. This work was used largely to aid psychiatric diagnoses for legal purposes. For mania, Ray offered sub-categories that sought to refine this classic form of madness. Partial intellectual mania described what was, at the time, commonly being referred to as monomania. Symptoms for monomania varied, describing cases that would likely be diagnosed by modern psychiatrists under various distinct labels. In one class of cases of monomania Ray wrote about, the disorder would breed a train of morbid ideas, with one insane notion disappearing to give place to another and another.

In a later section, Ray writes, Though monomaniacs are generally ready enough to declare their predominant idea, yet when sufficient inducement exists, such as interests, fear of ridicule etc., they will occasionally conceal it.

Ray also devoted a chapter to what he termed moral mania, which included a...

22:55

Social Media Is a Tool of the CIA stan van houcke

Social Media Is a Tool of the CIA. Seriously

Last Updated Jul 11, 2011 8:12 AM EDT
You don't need to wear a tinfoil hat to believe that the CIA is using Facebook, Twitter, Google (GOOG) and other social media to spy on people. That's because the CIA publishes a helpful list of press releases on all the social media ventures it sponsors, via its technology investment arm In-Q-Tel.
The companies that take In-Q-Tel's money aren't shy about publicizing what they're up to, either. Most recently, GeoSemble announced an update to its GeoXray product, which monitors social media chatter based on location:
This capability benefits business users who may be monitoring competition, supply chain activity or business opportunities in a county, neighborhood or border region.
For governments at the city, local and Federal levels it brings the ability to visualize activity in a given area filtered by topic, time and location.
... we can d...

22:53

Rise and Decline of the Welfare State in America stan van houcke

Rise and Decline of the Welfare State in America

Class Struggle and Imperial Wars as the Motor Force of US History

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Facebook and social destruction stan van houcke

Ex-Facebook chiefs deplore its social destruction and its got nothing to do with Russia!

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Facebook Collaborates With US State stan van houcke


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22:35

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, December 14, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. Its also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

The crisis was the Nazi treatment of Jews. The representatives of 32 nations and 63 organizations (plus some 200 journalists covering the event) were well aware of the Nazis desire to expel all Jews from Germany and Austria, and somewhat aware that the fate that awaited them if not expelled was death. The decision of the conference was essentially to leave the Jews to their fate. (Only Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic increased their immigration quotas.) The decision to abandon the Jews was driven primarily by anti-Semitism, which was widespread among the diplomats in attendance and among the publics they represented.

These nations were represented at the vian Conference: Australia, the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Italy refused to attend.

Australian delegate T. W. White said, without asking the native people of Australia: as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.

The dictator of the Dominican Republic viewed Jews as racially desirable, as bringing whiteness to a land with many people of African descent. Land was set aside for 100,000 Jews, but fewer than 1,000 ever arrived.

In The Jewish Trail of Tears The Evian Conference of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer concludes that the conference was set up to fail and put on for show. Certainly it was proposed by and chaired by a representative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt who chose not to make any seri...

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PAKISTAN: WE WILL SHOOT DOWN US DRONES World Beyond War . . .

Pakistan this past week took its diplomatic dispute with the United States out to the open when it announced that it will from now on shoot the drones flying in its skies. The announcement was made by the head of Pakistan Air Force who said the countrys military would act against any US unmanned aerial vehicle violating Pakistans airspace. This could be a clear affront to the Americans that have been using drones to attack what they describe as terrorist targets inside the Pakistani territory for some 13 years now. But it could to the same degree be a relief to the Pakistanis given rising criticisms that the attacks which are launched from US bases in Afghanistan had already taken huge tolls on civilians.

 

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#SF Bay Area: Palo Alto March on Verizon Started at Site of Censored Political Art Enough is Enough!

Protests to save net neutrality burst upon the San Francisco Bay Area on December 7. The proposal at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll back Obama era rules would fundamentally change the internet by favoring carriers over internet content providers. It would allow internet service providers to establish fast and slow lanes which favor certain types of content over others.

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#SF Bay Area: Palo Alto March on Verizon Started at Site of Censored Political Art

Protests to save net neutrality burst upon the San...

21:45

Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince the Wunderkinds Wreak Havoc Strategic Culture Foundation

Kushner, a dodgy property dealer with no diplomatic experience, is Trumps unelected top aide, assigned to seal the deal of the century meaning bring peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. Like the Saudi Crown Prince, with whom Kushner is said to be close friends, the two neophytes think of themselves as creative innovators. Wunderkinds.

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Mauro: Port Authority Terror May Lead to Political Scandal Clarion Project

Prof. Ryan Mauro, Clarion Projects Shillman Fellow, talks to Heather Childers about the Bangladeshi terrorist who tried to bomb the Port Authority in NY.

He predicts there will be a major political scandal in the coming days if it is discovered that the bomber and his family have links to a Bangladeshi extremist group known to operate in New York. The Bush and Obama Administrations stopped the unit that helped vet immigrants for links to Tablighi Jamaat.

 

 

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21:15

Why the Doug Jones Victory Is Overblown Strategic Culture Foundation

Nothing less than accusations of fondling a fourteen-year-old, along with copious proof of dating sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds, was needed to stop Roy Moore from becoming the next U.S. Senator of Alabama.

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israeli military kills five Palestinians, injures 1,778 since Monday Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli military kills five Palestinians, injures 1,778 since Monday Image taken in the Old City of Jerusalem Demonstrations continue, casualty numbers are on the rise since Trumps announcement on Monday, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. from IMEMC News The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that Israeli soldiers have killed four Palestinians, and injured 1,178 []

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US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES FULL AUDIT Giza Death Star

You'll recall that yesterday I blogged about a story in which the U.S. Department of Defense was unable to account for about 44,000 people,

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In Tunisia, many see EU tax haven blacklisting as political move Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Map Update: Progress Of Syrian Army Advance Towards Abu al-Duhur Airbase

On December 13, government forces resumed their military operation in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and liberated Syriatel Hill and the village of Rsm al-Kabarah from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). Government troops also advanced on Rsm Sayala and Ramlah. According to reports, positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Tell al-Daman and Umm al-Amad were hit by Russian airstrikes. The HTS-linked agency Ibaa claims that 5 SAA troops were killed during the clashes in Syriatel Hill.

Map Update: Progress Of Syrian Army Advance Towards Abu al-Duhur Airbase

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20:45

Why America"s Law Enforcement Empire Resembles Secret Police in a Dictatorship Strategic Culture Foundation

Americas law enforcement empire has all the characteristics of secret police in a dictatorship. It is not transparent in its actions, has a history of bending the rules to obtain convictions, and its officers are rarely held accountable.

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WATCH: israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

WATCH: Israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys Video shows armed Israeli forces attempting to drag the children into their jeeps in a West Bank refugee camp. Israeli Border Police officers were filmed dragging very young Palestinian children into their jeep in a West Bank refugee camp on Tuesday. The footage, provided by []

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US to Give Lebanese Army $120m Clarion Project

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The United States will give the Lebanese army $120 million in aid, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard announced December 13.

The aid includes six MD 530G light attack helicopters, six Scan Eagle drones, and communication and night vision equipment, as reported by Middle East Eye.

America has long worried that the Syrian Civil War will spill into Lebanon and destabilize the country. There is also the problem of Hezbollah. Originally an Iranian-backed terrorist group established to fight Israel, Hezbollah is now part of the government of Lebanon as well as a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Citing fears over Hezbollahs influence, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned last month while in Saudi Arabia, prompting speculation he was forced to resign by the Saudi government. His stated reason for resigning was that Hezbollah had taken over the country and he feared for his life.

However, Hariri withdrew his resignation a week ago and will continue to serve as prime minister.

There is also the risk of another war between ...

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Wheres My Day of Rage? Clarion Project

Young Muslim extremists engage in an anti-Semitic riot in Paris, France, in 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

On Friday December 8, an imam in New Jersey took to his pulpit and called on Allah to wipe out all Jews. He prayed that Allah would Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one.

In a just world, this would be unacceptable. It would elicit swift and harsh condemnation from the rest of the Muslim community leadership. Especially since this is the third time an imam has led such a call from the pulpit of a mosque in America this year.

Yet left wing darling Linda Sarsour failed to address these concerns in her recent highly-controversial speech appearance in a panel discussion about anti-Semitism at the New School. Instead both she and the other panelists used the event to argue that calling out Muslim and left-wing anti-Semitism only serves to distract from the real enemy white supremacists and the alt-right.

This is a laughable claim. Yes the far-right remains anti-Semitic. But they simply do not enjoy the kind of political and numerical clout that Islamists do. All over the world, Islamist leaders incited their followers into public displays of rage against President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for three such days of rage. Whatever you think of Trumps decision (or the president in general), it is worth remembering two things: 1) the statement changed nothing on the ground and explicitly left the final borders up to a negotiated settlement between the two parties 2) the move is being used to incite hatred and v...

20:15

Silk Road Fever Grips the Russian Far East and Boosts Economy Strategic Culture Foundation

Now, with the integration of BRI and the EAEU, Russia has a great chance of fulfilling part of its Pacific Destiny... Today, that vision is alive with gold and timber in the mountains north of the Amur, fish in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, and gas reserves from Sakhalin island all part of a modern export chain.

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U.S. airstrikes rise sharply in Afghanistan and so do civilian deaths Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

U.S. airstrikes rise sharply in Afghanistan and so do civilian deaths How could they not see there were women and children in the truck? By Shashank Bengali Zafar Khan lost six family members in a bombing in Afghanistan. The U.S. military said that its Aug. 10 strike in Nangarhar province targeted militants who were []

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Palestine is no longer a priority for Saudi Arabia and the UAE Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

A new regional axis spearheaded by Turkey and Iran aims to put the Palestinian question at the forefront of its priorities

20:02

Genocide: 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar only in one month: MSF Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar only in one month   A Rohingya refugee reacts while holding his dead son after crossing the Naf River from Myanmar into Bangladesh, in Whaikhyang, on October 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The international medical charity Doctors Without Borders says at least 6,700 members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority []

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SOMALIA: Suicide bomber kills 17 at Somali police academy in Mogadishu Somali News in English Horseed Media

MOGADISHU, Somalia The bomber, disguised as a police officer with hidden explosives strapped around his waist and torso, infiltrated Gen. Kahiye Police Academy and targeted officers gathering for special morning exercises, Capt. Mohamed Hussein said. The officers were rehearsing for Somalias Police Day celebrations scheduled for Dec. 20, Hussein said. A Somalia police officer []

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Israeli TV: Saudi Arabia, Egypt Gave Trump Green Light on Jerusalem Geopolitics Alert

Tel Aviv (MEMO Israels News 10 said Saudi Arabia and Egypt gave US President Donald Trump the go-ahead to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The channel said the Arab parties reactions and condemnations are not genuine and are misleading.

us human rights resolution unOfficial White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Israeli journalist and head of the Arab desk at the news channel, Zvi Yehezkeli stressed that the announcement could not have been made without coordination between Trump and his regional allies.

I am not sure about the Arab countries reactions to this resolution, Yehezkeli said, adding that the responses issued so far were not serious.

Related: Updated: The World Responds to Trumps Jerusalem Decision

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels new capital adding that the American embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

World leaders, from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, slammed the decision as a unilate...

20:00

Guantanamo Bay Prison Using Banned Torture Methods: UN Geopolitics Alert

Havana (TeleSUR Guantanamo Bay detention camp is still torturing prisoners using techniques that have been outlawed since 2010, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warns in a new report.

His torture and ill-treatment are reported to continue, the U.N. Human Rights Office said in a statement, referring to Al-Baluchi, a Kuwaiti-born Pakistani citizen also known as Abdul Aziz Ali. Hes the nephew and alleged co-conspirator of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the prime suspect behind the September 11th, 2001, attacks on the Twin Towers.

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The official statement by the independent UN investigator cited Al-Baluchis case as indicative of the ongoing use of torture techniques that were banned by the Obama administration in 2009 on the U.S.-controlled Cuban territory. Al-Baluchi has been tortured for almost three-and-a-half years on the CIAs Black Site.

In addition to the long-term effects of past torture, noise and vibrations are reportedly still being used against him, resulting in constant sleep deprivation and related physical and mental disorders, for which he allegedly does not receive adequate medical attention, the statement noted.

Guantanamo Bay detention camp was reopened by then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the September 2001 attacks, and currently house just over 40 detainees, several of whom were arrested during Barack Obamas second term as U.S. president.

The enhanced interrogation techniques include waterboarding, walling, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation and cramped confinement.

Related: How Come Military Contractors Are Doing All of Washingtons Dirty Work?

In January, Trump released a draft to lift the ban on CIA Black Sites. The three-page draft executive-order, entitled Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants, sought to undo some of Obamas policies on Guantanamo.

Melzer says the use of such banned torture techniques is unjustifiable, and he is calling for all U.S. officials faili...

19:45

Ivan Gren: New Amphibious Ship to Enter Service with Russia"s Navy Strategic Culture Foundation

Naval infantry units from the Black Sea Fleet and the Northern Fleet have been carrying out important missions in Syria, such as providing security for the Russian naval base in Tartus.

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US vice president delays Middle East trip after Palestinians rebuff him Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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19:31

Tracing ISIS Arms Supply Chain Back to the US Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Tracing ISIS Arms Supply Chain Back to the US Habibi! Aluminium! The call echoes through the courtyard of a trash-strewn home in Tal Afar, a remote outpost in northern Iraq. It is late September and still hot, the kind of heat that seems to come from all sides, even radiate up from the ground, []

19:31

Cartoon: Masks of outrage over Jerusalem worn at the Arab Parliament Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Feeble reaction, weak response, scared of angering Washington, this is how Arab governments responded to Trump's decision on Jerusalem

19:17

Yes, the FBI is Americas secret police Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Yes, the FBI is Americas secret police By James Bovard The Hill 12/11/17 Politifact delivered a pants on fire slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become Americas secret police. The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats []

19:10

The Foundering Russia-gate Scandal Aletho News

By Robert Parry | Consortium News | December 13, 2017 The disclosure of fiercely anti-Trump text messages between two romantically involved senior FBI officials who played key roles in the early Russia-gate inquiry has turned the supposed Russian-election-meddling scandal into its own scandal, by providing evidence that some government investigators saw it as their duty []

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US continues torture in Guantanamo: UN Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US continues torture in Guantanamo: UN Press TV December 13, 2017 The photo shows the razor wire-topped fence and the watch tower of Camp 6 detention facility at the US Naval Station in the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 8, 2014. (Photo by AFP) An inmate at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is []

18:59

The U.S. is Not a Democracy, It Never Was Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The U.S. is Not a Democracy, It Never Was By Gabriel Rockhill Regarding elections, they are run in the United States as long, multi-million dollar advertising campaigns in which the candidates and issues are pre-selected by the corporate and party elite. Photo by Daniel Huizinga | CC BY 2.0 One of the most steadfast beliefs []

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Comparing two BBC Radio 4 Today interviews part two BBC Watch

As we saw in part one of this post, the December 6th edition of the BBC Radio 4 flagship news and current affairs programme Today included an interview with the mayor of Jerusalem concerning a statement which at the time had yet to be made by the US president announcing recognition of the city as Israels capital.

Later on in the same programme listeners heard another segment relating to the same topic which began (from 02: 10:16 here) with presenter John Humphrys telling audiences that:

[emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Humphrys: The world has grown used to Donald Trump making provocative comments since he became president of the United States usually in his endless flow of late-night Tweets. What hes planning to say today will not be in a spontaneous Tweet but in a scripted speech and it has the potential to change the course of the peace process in the Middle East many say to...

17:54

Russia Offered to US to Exchange Non-Interference Letters, US Refused Moscow Aletho News

Sputnik 13.12.2017 Russia has proposed to the United States to exchange letters on non-interference in each others affairs, but Washington refused, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday. According to Maria Zakharova, Russia did not invent anything new, this is not some kind of revolutionary proposal or some kind of innovation. She noted []

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Debunking the flagwaving myths about an attack on North Korea The Vineyard of the Saker

(This analysis was written for the Unz Review) First, the bragging dummies Trump and Haley are still at it.  The want to force China to take action against the DPRK

16:00

Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber Antiwar.com Original

For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. According to police, at the height of the Monday morning rush hour this week, in an underground pedestrian walkway that I have used many times, Continue reading "Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber"

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16:00

Trumps Jerusalem Decision Rubber Stamps 70 Years of Israeli Violations Antiwar.com Original

President Donald Trumps decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns. While we have all grown weary of hearing the overused mantra this is the end of the peace process, Trumps decision may, in Continue reading "Trumps Jerusalem Decision Rubber Stamps 70 Years of Israeli Violations"

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16:00

Here Comes the Next Defense Shakedown Antiwar.com Original

Today with the signing of this defense bill, US president Donald Trump said as he affixed his signature to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on December 12, we accelerate the process of fully restoring Americas military might. Is Trump truly under the mistaken impression that US military might is ailing? Or is he mindlessly Continue reading "Here Comes the Next Defense Shakedown"

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15:06

Western leaders misled Gorbachev with promises that NATO wouldnt expand released archives Aletho News

RT | December 14, 2017 In 1990, Western politicians repeatedly assured Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO wouldnt expand east of Germanys borders, but broke that promise less than a decade later, say insider archives from both sides of negotiations following the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. Researchers from the respected George Washington University-based National []

14:19

WATCH: Michigan Cops Handcuff 11-Year-Old at Gunpoint Photography is Not a Crime

Body cam footage shows Michigan cops handcuffing an 11-year-old at gunpoint while looking for an attempted murder suspect on December 6.

The only problem: the murder suspect was a 40-year-old white woman named Carrie Manning.

Footage from the 45-second clip shows Grand Rapids cops treating Honestie Hodges like an adult suspect as she screams in terror.

Honestie approaches police with  her hands up, but apparently approached to quickly for one of the officers.

He tells her to put her hands on her head, instructing her to turn around and walk backwards towards him.

Youre fine. Youre not going to jail or anything, one officer tells Honestie while he cuffs her as her mother screams at officers in the back ground.

Thats my child!

Shes 11 years old!

I didnt know what was going on, Honestie, who was on her way to the store with her mom when police confronted them outside of their door, said.

I didnt do anything wrong, she told WXMI.

Ive never got in trouble by the Grand Rapids Police. I used to want to be a Grand Rapids police officer, but ever since that happened, I want nothing to do with them.

Grand Rapids Police Chief  David Rahinsky said the officers acted incorrectly during a press conference, which can be seen below.

Are there incidents where you deal with young people who present a danger to either other people or themselves? Yes, Rahinsky told reporters.

But I dont believe this is one of them.

You listen to the 11-year-olds response, it makes my stomach turn, he said. It makes me physically nauseous.

I think we need to take a look at everything we do because if an officer can point to policy or can point to training or point to hiring and say, This is what I was told, this is how I was taught, this is consistent with practice, then weve got a problem.

 

 

 

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LISTEN Dine' CARE on KTNN Forestry, Fracking and the Water CENSORED NEWS

https://nmtribune.com/news/radio-forum-focuses-on-environmental-issues/ Wednesday December 13, 2017

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World Beyond War Hawkes Bay World Beyond War . . .

The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand/Aotearoa, chapter of World Beyond War is being organized by Liz Remmerswaal Hughes, who wants your help.

Contact her below.

Liz Remmerswaal Hughes is a mother, journalist, environmentalist activist and former politician, having served six years on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

The daughter and granddaughter of soldiers, who fought other peoples wars in far flung places,she never got over wars stupidity and became a pacifist.Liz is an active Quaker and currently co Vice-President of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has strong links with the Australian peace movement and the Swords into Ploughshares group.

Liz prefers a creative and community approach to peacemaking, starting from within, and has enjoyed such activities as biking to the gates of the Pine Gap American military spy base in Alice Springs, Australia, planting an olive tree for peace in the Peace Palace in the Hague on the centenary of Anzac, singing peace songs outside military bases and making tea parties beside warships during the NZ Navys 75th birthday,

In 2017 she was awarded the Sonia Davies Peace Award which enabled her to study Peace Literacy with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara , attend the Wilpf triennial Congress in Chicago, and a workshop on Peace and Conscience in Ann Arbor.

Liz lives lives with her husband on a wild and stony beach on the East Coast of the North Island.
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12:58

North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated World Beyond War . . .

The DMZ from the North Korean side (courtesy of yeowatzup / Flickr)

Donald Trump is contemplating wars that would dwarf anything that his immediate predecessors ever considered.

He has dropped the mother of all bombs in Afghanistan, and hes considering the mother of all wars in the Middle East. He is abetting Saudi Arabias devastating war in Yemen. Many evangelicals are welcoming his announcement of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a sign that the end of days is nigh. The conflict with Iran is about to heat up early next year when Trump, in the absence of any congressional action, will decide whether to fulfill his promise to tear up the nuclear agreement that the Obama administration worked so hard to negotiate and the peace movement backed with crucial support.

But no war has acquired quite the same apparent inevitability as the conflict with North Korea. Here in Washington, pundits and policymakers are talking about a three-month window within which the Trump administration can stop North Korea from acquiring the capability to strike U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

That estimate...

12:49

Peace on the Far Side of Nuclear Weapons World Beyond War . . .

By Robert C. Koehler, December 13, 2017, Common Wonders.

. . . real security can only be shared . . .

I call it news in a cage: the fact that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has been awarded this years Nobel Peace Prize.

In other words, how nice, but it has nothing to do with the real stuff going on across Planet Earth, like North Koreas recent test of an ICBM that puts the entire U.S. in the range of its nukes, or the provocative war games Trumps America has been playing on the Korean peninsula, or the quietly endless development of the next generation of nuclear weapons.

Or the imminent possibility of . . . uh, nuclear war.

Winning the Nobel Peace Prize is not like, say, winning an Oscar accepting a big, flashy honor for a piece of finished work. The award is about the future. Despite some disastrously bad choices over the years (Henry Kissinger, for Gods sake), the Peace Prize is, or should be, utterly relevant to whats happening at the cutting edge of global conflict: a recognition of the expansion of human consciousness toward the creation of real peace. Geopolitics, on the other hand, is trapped in the certainties of same old, same old: Might makes right, ladies and gentlemen, so you gotta be ready to kill.

And the mainstream news about North Korea is always, solely about that countrys small nuclear arsenal and what should be done about it. What the news is never about is the slightly larger nuclear arsenal of its mortal enemy, the United States. Thats taken for granted. And get real its not going away.

What if the global anti-nuclear movement was actually respected by the media and its evolving principles continually worked into the context of its reporting? That would mean the reporting about North Korea wouldnt simply be limited to us vs. them. A third global party would be hovering over the entire conflict: the global majority of nations that last July voted to declare all nuclear weapons illegal.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN a coalition of non-government organizations in some one hundred countries, led the campaign that resulted, last summer, in the United Nations treaty prohibiting the use, development and stockpiling of nuclear weapons. It passed...

12:28

Leftist Community Coalition Disrupts ALEC Conference in Nashville, Tennessee Enough is Enough!

On Thursday, December 7th, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held their Nation and States Policy Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. A coalition of Leftists including Democratic Socialists of America, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Middle Tennessee Autonomous Network, Anarchist Black Cross Nashville, Nashville AntiFa, local workers collectives, anticapitalists, and antifascists from throughout the state of Tennessee assembled to disrupt and obfuscate the ALEC conference. The purpose of the disruption was to send a message to lawmakers and corporate interests that ALEC is neither welcome in Nashville, Tennessee nor is their continued influence over politicians acceptable.

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11:43

Diphtheria outbreak: New deadly threat to war-torn Yemen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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11:41

The US Military Is the Biggest Big Government Entitlement Program on the Planet World Beyond War . . .

By JP Sottile, December 10, 2017, Truthout.

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The US economy is caught in a trap. That trap is the Department of Defense: an increasingly sticky wicket that relies on an annual, trillion-dollar redistribution of government-collected wealth. In fact, its the biggest big government program on the planet, easily beating out Chinas Peoples Liberation Army in both size and cost. It is not only the nations largest employer, with 2.867 million people currently on the payroll, but it also provides government benefits to 2 million retirees and their family members. And it actively picks private sector winners by targeting billions of dollars to an elite group of profit-seeking contractors.

The top five overall recipients collectively pulled in $109.5 billion in FY2016, and their cohorts consistently dominate the governments list of top 100 contractors. They reap this yearly largesse through a Rube-Goldberg-like system of influence peddlers, revolving doors and wasteful taxpayer-funded boondoggles. Finally, it is all justified by a deadly feedback loop of perpetual warfare that is predicated on a predictable supply of blowback.

But this belligerent cash machine doesnt just produce haphazard interventions and shady partnerships with a motley assortment of strongmen, proxies and frenemies. It also has Uncle Sam caught in a strange cycle of taxpayer-funded dependence that may ultimately be the most expensive and least productive jobs program in human history.

That fact came into focus on June 14, 2017. Thats when Donald J. Trump enthusiastically participated in one of the presidencys most time-honored traditions: he sold weapons to a foreign power. This time it was a...

11:24

Was the Missing Argentinian Sub Being Chased By British Helicopter Before it Disappeared? Penny for your thoughts

 aha.....The plot thickens, as is commonly said!

The claim is being made by the sister of one of the deceased sailors. She is reporting that her brother (missing & deceased)  had sent her a message  that a British Military Helicopter was pursuing the sub. She spoke to an Argentinian news outlet- The report was picked up by the MirrorUK.
She is passing her brother's message on to investigators.

The sister of one of the missing sailors has revealed she had received a "strange" WhatsApp message from her brother but the Royal Navy has dismissed the claims.

The Argentine submarine that disappeared with 44 crew members on board was being "chased by a British helicopter" before it vanished, it has been claimed.

Jesica Medina, the grief-stricken sister of missing sailor Roberto Daniel Medina, revealed she had received a "strange" message from her brother days before the vessel's last known communication.
In a WhatsApp message he told her that the ARA San Juan had travelled close to the Falkland Islands, and claimed that a British helicopter was trying to track them.
Second sub-officer Roberto told her they were now heading for home, writing: "On Monday an English helicopter was looking for us, and yesterday the Chileans, there has been a lot going on."

A Royal Navy spokesman has dismissed the woman's claims as "untrue".
Jesica told Argentina's La Gaceta newspaper that "many" other families of other missing crew members also received reports from their loved ones that they had been fleeing a British helicopter.
Headline from La Gaceta:" Sin rastros del ARA San Juan: uno de los submarinistas haba advertido que los persegua un helicptero britnico"

She said: "It was a strange message in which he told us a British helicopter and a Chilean ship had been chasing them.

"I don't know why he said it. but unfortunately we didn't continue with that conversation, we started talking about other things, the kids, the family, and it stayed like that. It was his last message."
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11:04

PLO Issues Response to Vice President Mike Pence and His Press Secretary Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. Note The Palestine Liberation Organization has issued a response to the vice president of the United States, and specifically to a statement issued by his press secretary on Sunday, December 10. It is very hard to take issue with what the PLO is saying here. ] PLO-DCI responds to the statement by []

10:30

#Australia: Song for #Elijah Enough is Enough!

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

 

Originally published by Autonomous Action Radio.

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.

Australia: Song for Elijah

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

The driver whose name has been suppressed probably for his own safety admitted to driving too closely to the boy but says he hit him because the motorbike veered in front of the car.

The chase began because the motorbike Elijah was riding was stolen from him the previous day. However, there is no evidence Elijah had stolen the bike.

Elijah died from multiple fatal injuries.

Racial tensions in Kalgoorlie erupted after the incident.

A day after the boy was killed a protest occurred outside the Kalgoorlie Courthouse.

Approximately 200 people, some armed with rocks and bottles, broke down the gates of the court and surrounded police; who used pepper spray and riot shields in response.

Twelve police officers were injured during the disorder, with one requiring stitches, while several demonstrators were arrested. Five police cars and a local business were damaged.

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10:15

UN expert says torture continues at Guantanamo Bay Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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US Department of Defence denies allegation, says there is no credible evidence to support it

09:51

A short commentary on Trumps latest SNAFU The Vineyard of the Saker

Okay, I admit it: Trump is a Russian agent.   I tried really, really hard to deny it, but now I cant continue anymore because I am presented with an absolutely

09:49

What is Real #Anarchism? Enough is Enough!

A lot of people probably would add things and/or say things different, or dont share all views in this piece.  We still think its a good read for people who didnt look a lot into the subject until now and thats why we decided to reblog this article that was orginally published by the comrades of Winter Oak.

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Originally published by Winter Oak.

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What is Real Anarchism?

Anarchism is a philosophy which, over the years, has often been seriously misunderstood, thanks largely to the efforts of its enemies. But the si...

09:40

Gebran Bassil, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arabs Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  Gebran Bassil, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arabs 13, 2017 Written by Nasser Kandil, When Lebanon carries a message of peace based on justice, it plays a natural role, and when it defends the people of Palestine it adds from its life style  to the eloquence of speech what is more []

09:19

Luxembourg to further-probe Jean-Claude Junckers role in spy scandal intelNews.org

A judge in Luxembourg has launched a criminal investigation into whether officials working for the countrys former Prime Minister and current European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, tried to conceal his role in a spy scandal.

09:10

Marwan Barghouthi ordered to solitary confinement after statement on Intifada Aletho News

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network December 13, 2017 Marwan Barghouthi, member of the Fateh central committee and a prominent Palestinian national leader, was transferred by Israeli prison officials into solitary confinement at Hadarim prison, reported the campaign for his release on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. The campaign said that this decision to isolate him []

08:56

US pledges $120m in aid to Lebanese army Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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08:48

South Africas Response to Trumps Jerusalem Announcement World Beyond War . . .

From Burning Issue, December 12, 2017

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Over the past few days, we have been closely watching developments in the Middle East following US president Donald Trumps announcement that he would recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests have erupted across the occupied Palestinian territories with thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets in what has been called the Day of Rage. Thousands have been injured in scuffles with Israeli forces who have used firebombs and teargas on protesters. On Wednesday, Capetonians are set to march to Parliament, in a protest organised by the MJC, Al Quds foundation and other solidarity organisations. In this programme, we ask how South Africa should respond? Pro-Palestinians activists say they are tired of empty meaningless lines from the South African government expressing its support for Palestinians and the two state-solution. As ANC branches are expected to meet at this weeks ANC Elective Conference in Johannesburg, what resolutions on Israel and Palestine should be taken?

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08:43

70% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign immediately Aletho News

MEMO | December 13, 2017 Some 70 per cent of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign immediately, according to a new poll by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research conducted 7-10 December. The poll, conducted in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in the immediate []

08:33

Renowned South African university cuts ties with Israel Aletho News

Palestine Information Center December 13, 2017 PRETORIA The Council of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has resolved that TUT will not forge any ties with the State of Israel or any of its organizations and institutions, TUT spokesman on the issue Professor Rasigan Maharajh told the African News Agency (ANA) during an []

08:22

Turkish police summon FBI official over US trial Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Witness in US case against Turkish banker over alleged scheme to help Iran evade sanctions says he received $50,000 from FBI

08:19

Solidarity From #Wuppertal University to #RefugeesGR on Greek Islands: #OpenTheIslands! Enough is Enough!

As we are approaching the date that some of the Enough team will join the Cars of Hope collective to travel to Lesvos, Greece, more and more solidarity activities are taking place in Wuppertal, Germany. Today activists went to the university in Wuppertal to discuss the situation of refugees on the Greek islands. Many students supported the demand for the freedom of movement for all people and to open the islands.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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Solidarity From Wuppertal University to #RefugeesGR on Greek Islands: #OpenTheIslands!

As we are approaching the date that some of the Enough team will join the Cars of Hope collective to travel to Lesvos, Greece, more and more solidarity activities are taking place in Wuppertal, Germany. Today activists went to the university in Wuppertal to discuss the situation of refugees on the Greek islands. Many students supported the demand for the freedom of movement for all people and to open the islands.

Students sold wafer and the typical christmas hot wine punch. The profits will be used to support refugees on Lesvos and in Athens. Last Saturday activists of the Cars of Hope activists had a similar (with coffee, juice and pie) event in the Vohwinkel district in Wuppertal

During Erdogans meeting with Greek prime minter Tsipras both agreed on extending the EU/Turkey deal. The Greek state can now also deport people from the Greek mainland under the Turkey deal. Shortly after that the Greek government started to transport some of the refugees on the Gree...

08:11

Relentless Saudi Attacks on Homes, Prison Kill Dozens in Yemen Geopolitics Alert

Sanaa (GPA) Saudi Arabia has accelerated their attacks on Yemen over the past week and shows no sign of slowing down.

Airstrikes have pounded Yemen relentlessly day and night without ceasing. In just the past 48 hours, dozens of civilians have died in multiple massacres from the US-backed coalition. The number of airstrikes and casualties is so high Geopolitics Alert is having a hard time documenting them all.

The most devastating attack took place yesterday when nearly 10 airstrikes targeted a police station and prison in Sanaa. Over 30 people died including both prisoners and staff while more than 80 were injured.

The National Committee for Prisoners Affairs condemned the attack. Stating that it violates all international norms and humanitarian laws. The committee also said they would hold the United Nations accountable for their complacency and complicity.

Shortly after the prison attack, warplanes targeted a civilian area in Taiz killing 11 including a small child. Another two died in Taiz when additional airstrikes targeted a car.

RELATED: White House Statement Ignores US Role in Yemen and Blames Iran

Airstrikes continued in Saada as per usual striking a farm which destroyed the home and killed livestock. Additional attacks targeting a highway in Saada killed another three civilians.

Strikes also targeted Hodeidah where bombs destroyed multiple homes and a farm.

Warplanes also destroyed a solar panel system used for pumping water. Yemen is in the midst of a cholera and diphtheria outbreak. Nearly one million civilians have contracted cholera and thousands have lost their lives. Doctors Without Borders is monitoring at least 318 suspected diphtheria cases while nearly 30 have died. Nearly 95% of deaths are children under 15.

Riyadh imposed a land, sea, and air blockade over Yemen shortly after launching their war in 2015. As a result, nearly 17 million Yemenis are food insecure and seven million face direct famine. The blockade restricts foodstuffs, medical supplies, fuel, sanitation equipment, and flow of movement.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

Riyadhs deadly airstrikes and military campaign have killed nearly 13,000 since the beginning of the war. Saudi Arabia accelerated airstrikes last week after the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Saudi coalition would not be able to carry out this war without full support and encouragement from the United States and other western allies.

The post...

07:53

What does Trumps Jerusalem decision actually mean? Aletho News

US President Donald Trump at the white house, November 28, 2017 [Samuel Corum/Facebook] By Hassan Ben Imran | MEMO | December 13, 2017 We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign []

07:33

Zionism In The Light of Jerusalem Aletho News

By Jim Kavanagh | The Polemicist | December 13, 2017 Donald Trumps official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment. Its a clumsy, all-too-obvious unmasking of decades of bipartisan U.S. policy whose contempt for Palestinians has been cloaked with a smile and a handshake. As such, its an []

07:11

Former al-Qaeda affiliate pushes to assert control in northwestern Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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In recent power grab, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham forms civilian authority to take over opposition-held areas of Idlib province

06:45

Direct Action Campaigning Today: Manual For Organizers PopularResistance.Org

For the past year Ive been book touring to over 60 cities and towns across the United States and have been asked repeatedly for a direct action manual that addresses challenges we face now. The requests come from people concerned about a variety of issues. While each situation is in some ways unique, organizers in multiple movements face some similar problems in both organization and action. What follows is a different manual from the one we put out over 50 years ago. Then, movements operated in a robust empire that was used to winning its wars. The government was fairly stable and held great legitimacy in the eyes of the majority. Acknowledge that the United States has not seen this degree of political polarization in half a century. Polarization shakes things up. Shake-up means increased opportunity for positive change, as demonstrated in many historical situations.

06:38

The Likelihood of War with Iran Geopolitics Alert

Washington DC (NEO) The analytical group SouthFront recently released a remarkable video about the possibility of a war involving Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, and Israel. Of course, this inevitably means that the war would involve Russia and the United States as well.

To understand the context of this scenario, one first needs to understand what has happened in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries in recent years. The original plan of the US and Saudi Arabia (behind whom stood an invisible Israel) was the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad and his replacement with Islamic fundamentalists or takfiris (Daesh, al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra). The plan involved the following steps:

  • sweep away a strong secular Arab state with a political culture, armed forces and security services;
  • generate total chaos and horror in Syria that would justify the creation of Israels security zone, not only in Golan Heights but also further north;
  • start a civil war in Lebanon and incite takfiri violence against Hezbollah, leading to them both bleeding to death and then create a security zone, this time in Lebanon;
  • prevent the creation of a Shiite axis of Iran/Iraq/Syria/Lebanon;
  • continue the division of Syria along ethnic and religious lines, establish an independent Kurdistan and then to use them against Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
  • give Israel the opportunity to become the unquestioned major player in the region and force Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and everyone else to apply for permission from Israel in order to implement any oil and gas projects;
  • gradually isolate, threaten, undermine and ultimately attack Iran with a wide regional coalition, removing all Shiite centers of power in the middle East.

It was an ambitious plan, and the Israelis were completely convinced that the United States would provide all the necessary resources to see it through. But the Syrian government has survived thanks to military intervention by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. Daesh is almost defeated and Iran and Hezbollah are so firmly entrenched in Syria that it has driven the Israelis into a state of fear bordering on panic. Lebanon remains stable, and even the recent attempt by the Saudis to abduct Prime Minister Saad Hariri failed.

As a result, Saudi Arabia and Israel have developed a new plan: force the US to attack Iran. To this end, the axis of good (USA-Israel-Saudi Arabia) was created, although this is nothing new. Saudi Arabia and the other Arab States in the Persian Gulf have in the past spoken in favor of intervention in Syria. It is well known that the Saudis invaded Bahrain, are occupying it de facto, and are now at war in Yemen.

The Israelis will pa...

06:28

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: ISIS: The Caliphate Dream Is Over Jihad Watch

But the killing isnt. My latest in FrontPage: The caliphate is dead. Last Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that the Islamic State (ISIS) had been driven out of Iraq: Today, our troops were able to purge islands of Nineveh and Anbar in full, and they (the forces) are now fully controlling the Iraqi-Syrian []

06:06

Germany: Muslim migrant who raped and murdered EU officials daughter is 33, not a teenager as he claims Jihad Watch

Hussein Khavari was arrested and sentenced to ten years for attempted murder in Corfu in 2013 before coming to Germany seeking refuge in 2015. He entered Germany as an unaccompanied minor. He was 31 years old. He is a symbol of the abject indifference of German officials to the protection of their own citizens. Defendant []

05:50

How Israel represses the internet in Palestine Mondoweiss

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced a plan to repeal government regulations which ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data equally. This principle is known as net neutrality, and is intended to prevent ISPs from blocking or slowing down certain content, or charging additional fees to access them.

This decision has sparked outrage among many American citizens who fear that ending net neutrality would allow ISPs to limit competing internet content, or worse, to suppress certain political opinions and freedom of speech. The FCC will vote on the proposal on December 14, 2017. As this critical issue unfolds in the U.S., it is worth looking at the case of internet freedom for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank.

Published by the United Nations, the ICT Development Index ranks countries based on various information and communication technology indicators. For the 2016 year, Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza) ranked 123 out of 176. Israel, on the other hand, is up at the top at number 23. East Timor ranked 122, even though Palestines GDP is at least double its size, and the average Palestinian has completed twice the number of years of schooling than the typical person in East Timor.

This anomaly is a direct result of Israels occupation and control of Palestinians, and the severe technological gap is just another example of how Israel dominates and restricts almost all aspects of Palestinian life.

This total control is most apparent when looking at Palestinian access to mobile broadband services, specifically to 3G (Third-Generation) cellular technology, which is a minimum requirement for most smartphone functions. Astonishingly, Palestine was one of only four countries (along with Cuba, Comoros, and Eritrea), which had zero access to mobile broadband in 2016. Since then, Comoros has rolled out 3G and 4G services in the tiny island nation.

Palestinians are still stuck on outdated 2G technology (first introduced in Finland in 1991) because Israel maintains full control over the radio frequencies needed to operate cellular networks. Israel also restricts the development of Palestinian infrastructure and the entry of necessary equipment for such projects. For years, 3G equipment has been...

05:42

UK: Muslim dentistry student had bomb-making material and video on tactics for stabbing and beheading Jihad Watch

Where did Mohammed Awan learn his understanding of Islam? Has his mosque been investigated? Almost certainly not. Doing so be Islamophobic. First picture of Sheffield dentistry student found guilty of terrorism offences, by Sarah Marshall, The Star, December 13, 2017: This is the Sheffield student who was this afternoon found guilty of three terrorism offences []

05:29

OIC recognizes East Jerusalem al-Quds as Palestines capital Aletho News

Press TV December 13, 2017 The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has invited all nations to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Palestine, blasting the United States for disregarding Middle East peace by moving its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city. The 57-member organization issued a communique at the end []

05:25

Robert Spencer Video: Why Has ISIS Threatened to Behead the Pope of Islam? Jihad Watch

In this new video, I discuss the recent threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) to behead Pope Francis, explaining how anomalous it is in light of his many statements downplaying and denying the reality of jihad terrorism.

05:12

WATCH: Ohio Cops Taser Two Men for not Sitting Down Photography is Not a Crime

Recently released body cam video shows two Ohio cops using their tasers to punish two brothers for not sitting down in their own home, even though neither of them were under arrest for committing a crime.

One of them suffered a collapsed lung, according to Cincinnati.com.

The incident left both men, who had clean records, with criminal convictions.

Cincinnati police officers Richard Sullivan and Lawrence Johnson responded to a call from Angela Brown, who called police to have her sons, Richard Coleman and James Crawley, removed from her apartment.

Their mother never specified why she wanted her sons out of her house, but Coleman says in the video that his mother is drunk.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer:

The men told city investigators they were at their mothers apartment to help her grocery shop, with one saying Brown previously invited him to live there.

 

One of the experts said that the videos show the two officers actively escalating the situation instead of calming things down and eventually using the Tasers as a form of torture to get them to do what they wanted them to do.

 

Anyone with any common sense can see the officers never give the kids a chance and they immediately turned to a weapon that is one step below using lethal force, said Gary A. Rini, a longtime police officer and commander from suburban Cleveland who now works as a police consultant and expert witness.

 

Following the incident, one of the brothers made a complaint to the Citizen Complaint Authority, which was created as part of the 2001 Collaborative Agreement to investigate allegations against police. Fraternal Order of Police President Hils requested that city investigators hold off on interviewing the officers until after the two men were fully prosecuted.

Officers Sullivan and Johnson arrived around 3:30 p.m. on August 8 to find Coleman, 24, sitting on the couch and his half-brother Crawley, 25, sitting nearby.

Whats going on with you fellas? one officer asks.

We just chillin, Coleman replies.

Coleman then stands up, approaching the officers in an attempt to explain the situation.

But officer Sullivan orders him to sit down.

Im not going to sit down; this is my mothers house, Coleman says.

In the meantime, Brown shouts at the cops, arrest these mother fuckers. They are no good. Get them out of my house among other things.

T...

05:09

Al-Shabaab kept women as sex slaves, subjected them to gang rapes and forced abortions Jihad Watch

Why have we seen not just the Islamic State, but also Boko Haram and now al-Shabaab take sex slaves? Because it is sanctioned in Islamic law. The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Quran. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take captives of the right hand []

04:58

FLASH: Violence in Honduras after Disputed Election Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

A full two weeks have passed since polls closed in Honduras presidential election and still there is no official winner.

According to the final tally, the incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernandez leads rival Salvador Nasralla by around 1.6%. Nasralla has refused to accept the result, urging his supporters to take to the streets and protest until a new vote is held. He points to a day-long pause in vote counting where his initial lead of over 5% disappeared as evidence of fraud.

Monitors from the Organization of American States (OAS) said the election was marred with irregularities and a separate analysis from The Economist found suspicions over the vote count to be credible.

The countrys electoral tribunal has until December 26 to declare an official winner.

 

 

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04:54

ALABAMA HAS THE WORST POVERTY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD stan van houcke


ALABAMA HAS THE WORST POVERTY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, U.N. OFFICIAL SAYS

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04:54

The Costs of War: counted in TRILLIONS The Vineyard of the Saker

by Phillyguy for the Saker blog Introduction The US came out of WWII as the worlds dominant military and economic power. Since that time, US hegemony has been predicated on:

04:52

NYC subway jihad bomber wrote O America, die in your rage in his passport Jihad Watch

But as everyone knows, it would have been racist, bigoted and Islamophobic to prevent him from coming here. Port Authority Subway Bombing Suspect Faces Court Hearing, CBS New York, December 13, 2017: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) The man accused of setting off an explosion in a subway passageway under the Port Authority Bus Terminal is []

04:45

Red Cross says life has stopped in Myanmars Rakhine Aletho News

Press TV December 13, 2017 The International Committee of the Red Cross says life has stopped in Rakhine state due to the fear of violence, nearly four months after a new wave of crackdown by the government erupted against the persecuted Rohingya Muslims. The ICRC director of operations, Dominik Stillhart, said Wednesday that tensions []

04:37

Russia arrests three Muslims plotting jihad massacre targeting the holiday season Jihad Watch

Hitting the Infidels over the holiday season seems to be an international initiative for the Islamic State this year. ISIS Cell Preparing Holiday Attacks Using Bombs, Guns and Grenades Arrested, Moscow Police Say, by Damien Sharkov, Newsweek, December 12, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Russia has arrested what it said were three members []

04:34

And now for the Roy Moore post-mortems Fausta's Blog

Moore lost, And now for the Roy Moore post-mortems Read my post

04:30

TOSCA: World Beyond War Lodi World Beyond War . . .

World Beyond War in Lodi, California, is called TOSCA.

Its being organized by Richard Oxman who would like your help.

Contact him at aptosnews AT gmail.com

The post TOSCA: World Beyond War Lodi appeared first on World Beyond War . . ..

04:24

New York City subway jihad bomber is follower of Bangladeshi Muslim cleric linked to murders of atheists Jihad Watch

A Muslim cleric who leads an Islamic group linked to the murders of atheists. How strange! How did this man who has dedicated his life to understanding his religion properly somehow get the idea that it mandated violence against unbelievers? We can only hope that Pope Francis is on his way top Dhaka now to []

04:17

HARPER: WHEN MOORE IS LESS Sic Semper Tyrannis

The defeat of Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election in Alabama, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, was a welcome development. But Democrats should not rush to congratulate themselves and draw too many unwarranted conclusions about...

04:17

Child of 12 is roughed up, then detained, by Israeli forces in occupied Hebron Mondoweiss

The world is beginning to pay attention to Israeli crimes against children. Earlier this week a photograph of a blindfolded and disoriented Palestinian boy of 16, surrounded by 20 Israeli soldiers who had arrested him, drew international outrage. The boy, Fawzi al-Junaidi, has been charged with throwing stones.

Fawzi al-Junaidi, 16, has been accused of throwing stones. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

Meantime in the U.S., Congresswoman Betty McCollum and 17 others have introduced legislation to cut off U.S. funds when Israel spends them detaining children, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. This week, McCollum writes in the Nation:

Children as young as 12 years old are taken from their beds at night by Israeli soldiers and police. They are bound, blindfolded, and taken to detention centers. Under Israeli military law they are denied access to lawyers during interrogation, and even the youngest children are regularly denied access to their parents during interrogations. This happens to around 500 to 700 Palestinian children every year.

Just such a thing happened three days ago to the family of a leading Hebron anti-occupation activist, Badia Dwaik.

Two of Dwaiks brothers, Wadea and Monqaz, were on t...

04:11

Benjamin Fulford: Fires in Santa Rosa, California and Waldo Canyon, Colorado "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Benjamin Fulford

Dear Benjamin,

Here is a picture of the devastation of Waldo Canyon in Colorado in an incredible wild firestorm in 2012.  The reason I bring it up is because its the first time we see multitudes of houses burned and cars melted without touching the trees and grasses around the houses;  very close to the Santa Rosa fires of California recently.  At the time, everyone was remarking about melted cars but untouched trees.  First time ever.  I suggest it was the first time DEW weapons were turned onto the U.S. and her people.

More investigation into the two fires has to be done, I realize, but now that many are coming up with pictures of the laser beams hitting in the Santa Rosa area, maybe there were folks who got the same types of pictures for the Waldo Canyon fires without realizing what they were looking at, as it was the first time.  I just wanted to point out the similarities and my suspicions, even in 2012 when I saw these pictures.  Thanks for your time.

Whistleblower (now deceased) from 2011 Explains California Fires

Debora Tavares interview with Jeff Rense in 2015 conclusively provides documented proof of premeditation of fire destruction of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, in Northern California using microwave weaponry.

This article (Benjamin Fulford: Fires in Santa Rosa, California and Waldo Canyon, Colorado) was originally published on...

04:11

What a failed civil rights campaign can teach climate activists trying to stop Kinder Morgan Waging Nonviolence

by Cam Fenton

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In early December, Canadas National Energy Board gave Texas pipeline company Kinder Morgan permission to ignore local laws and permits while starting construction on its Trans-Mountain pipeline. Scheduled to ship nearly 900,000 barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia by 2019, the project is a potential lightning rod for the climate movement.

As someone with more than a decade involved in campaigns to stop tar sands expansion, Ive been struggling with a simple question: How do we stop Kinder Morgan now that its been approved?

On the one hand, there is a newly minted provincial government in British Columbia that took power with a promise to use every tool at its disposal to stop the project. On the other, the federal government, in support of Alberta and Kinder Morgan, has argued the province has no real recourse for action.

The movement, especially indigenous peoples, have pledged fierce resistance. In the last few months of 2017, weve started seeing sparks of disobedience a mass flotilla shutting down Kinder Morgans terminal construction, a series of actions bird-dogging the same federal leaders who approved the pipeline and the launch of the Tiny House Warriors project, an indigenous-led strategy to construct tiny homes along the path of the pipeline.

As inspiring and important as these actions have been, we still dont have a clear answer to the question at hand: What is the end-game for stopping Kinder Morgan once and for all? Drawing from all my experiences from campaigns, both successful and failed, I see only two ways that the Kinder Morgan pipeline doesnt get built.

The first way is for the federal approval, and the permits that come with it, to be overturned or revoked. If one of the ongoing court challenges to Kinder Mor...

04:10

Ex-Muslim Says: Ban the Niqab Jihad Watch

Ex-Muslim Says: Ban the Niqab
Life today for Muslim women in the UK is very different from when I was growing up as a Muslim girl in a Muslim household. You know you are getting old when you start talking about the good old days in relation to your past, but life in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 70s and 80s []

04:10

Talking to the Media : Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Guide for Anarchists CrimethInc.

Anarchists have appeared in the corporate media a lot this year, from the first breathless reports on resistance to the rise of the far right to recent appearances in the fashion pages. But not all visibility is good visibility. The Trump regime is looking to popularize an image of anarchists and other activists as a major threat to public order in order to legitimize further crackdowns; fascist organizations have worked hard to capitalize on a media profile of antifa as violent and mysterious in order to draw more people into their ranks. Corporate media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are notorious for catering to the reactionary politics of their owners, while even the most sympathetic media coverage can be useful to law enforcement agencies seeking information to use against activists.

Anarchists and others have long been critical of the function of the media itself. Yet its not always possible to avoid press coverage; in the information age, its spin or be spun. When we act effectively in pursuit of social change, media outlets will seek to represent us to the general publicand unless we can disrupt their narratives, most people will see us through their eyes.

Corporate media is not a neutral space in which we can present ideas the way we can in direct conversation with our coworkers and neighbors. It is a strategic terrain on which the authorities position themselves to legitimate the use of force. To step in front of the cameras is to enter a hostile territory controlled by a class that is determined to use our images against us. If we enable media outlets to depict us as violent, alien, or extremeno matter how strong the arguments we make in favor of our tactics or ideasthe ultimate result will be that the authorities are emboldened to step up their attacks on us.

When we engage with the media, we must not imagine that they will promote our ideas; we have to accomplish that on our own through our own channels. (At best, we can use media appearances to direct people to those channels, like the organization that insisted on only answering interviews in front of a banner displaying their website.) Rather, we are engaging in a subtle war of position in which we seek to prevent the authorities from alienating others from us and to undermine the narratives that legitimize their violence. We must always balance the possible gains to be made in legitimacy and visibility agai...

04:03

Chris Hedges: The Israeli Occupation of Palestine with Mohammad Sabaaneh stan van houcke



Chris Hedges and Cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh on the Israeli Occupation of Palestine (Video)

DEC 11, 2017
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04:02

Yemen: Saudi Airstrikes Kill Dozens Aletho News

teleSUR | December 13, 2017 Renewed Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, mainly in the capital city of Sanaa, have resulted in the deaths of dozens of people. At least 39 people died and 90 others were left injured, Reuters reported. Yemens al-Masirah TV reported that at least 51 people died and 80 were left injured. The []

04:00

From Direct Democracy to Centralization: the Swiss Health Care Experiment "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Marc Fouradoulas
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The problem of health care

No part of the economy seems as convoluted as the health care sector. It comprises a vast array of services and procedures, and is usually embedded in a complex legal framework, influenced by powerful interest groups and state monopolies. Medical expertise, gained over years of education and training, seemingly invalidates consumer choice. The complexities of health disorders and its terminology further dis-empower the individual from understanding and autonomous decision making.

On the other side, strong emotions act as a driving force, too. The fear of suffering and inaccessible care leads to a demand for safety in the hands of experts who ideally act under a medical ethos. It is probably our deepest fear as humans to become ill and not receive care, to deteriorate, face job loss, or even social exclusion. And of course, in the face of suffering one does not want to be at the mercy of profit-driven experts. Finally, neoclassical economists utilized the arguments of market failure (information asymmetry, uncertainty of outcomes, the principal-agent problem, moral hazard etc.) to claim health care is unsuitable to markets. Demands for government controls soon followed. 

A brief history of Swiss health care

And so it has also happened in Switzerland. By the end of the 19th century liability disputes over work related accidents triggered the call for mandatory insurance. The simultaneous introduction of health and accident insurance in its bigger neighbor Germany (under Chancellor Bismarck) in 1884 served as a role model for unions and corporative organizations. In 1914 a peoples referendum led to the introduction of mandatory accident insurance for certain industries. Further, health insurance companies were put under federal supervision and the countrys 26 cantons (or federated states) were given authority to subsidize and organize health care institutions. Apart from subsidizing, however, the government had little say in health care. In fact, 26 different health care systems emerged. Over the 20th century several referendums by social democrats were warded off by a traditional, but fading liberal mindset. The countrys government, the Federal Council, usually advocated individual responsibility and competition as hallmarks of this sector. Finally, in 1994, under the pressure of steadily rising costs and premiums, a slim majority of voters (51.8%) approved a new, more collectivist and interventionist law, leading to a typical tragedy of the commons by politically mutualizing...

03:59

Does the United States Have a Future? stan van houcke

Does the United States Have a Future?

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump at the APEC Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, in November. (Jorge Silva / AP)
Editors note: Gilbert Doctorow is a historian, political analyst and expert in Russian affairs going back to 1965. A graduate of Harvard College in 1967, Doctorow did his graduate research in Moscow as a Fulbright Scholar and got a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975. He later worked in international business, including eight years as managing director of Russia for multinationals, beginning in 1994. Doctorow began writing on international affairs in 2008 and was a visiting scholar at Columbia in 2010-2011. Doctorow, who has a new book called Does the United States Have a Future, delivered the following talk at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7. Following the talk was a Q&A with Doctorow and former CIA analyst ...

03:42

Absolutely Ignored: US Veterans Who Cleaned Up H-Bomb Accident Seek Benefits Aletho News

Sputnik 12.12.2017 Yale Law School students have requested a US court to permit a class-action lawsuit on behalf of US Air Force veterans who responded to the catastrophic 1966 hydrogen bomb accident in the Mediterranean Sea, but who have been denied disability benefits. The 1966 accident occurred when a USAF B-52 carrying four hydrogen []

03:23

Syrian War Report December 13, 2017: Trump Declares Victory Over ISIS The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-13-2017-trump-declares-victory-isis/ On December 12, ISIS conducted a surprise attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the western bank of the Euphrates in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to

03:12

ActionNYC for Yemen: Twenty Hours In The System World Beyond War . . .

by David Felton, December 12, 2017

This Monday, the New York City Police Department arrested 15 people for blocking entry to the US Mission to the United Nations, while others protested at the Saudi mission, the Saudi office in Los Angeles, and at the Hart Senate Offices in DC, all under the #LetYemenLive protest name. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, reported there was a demonstration in Houston, too. The demonstration in New York included approximately 50 people, while the one in DC included 15, and the one in LA 10. Those in DC sang Christmas carols with original lyrics to US Senators.

I and my fellow protestors just spent a long twenty hours in the system, as the process from the precinct through the labyrinth of basement holding cells, to the courtroom at 100 Centre Street is known. My vest photo of Nora Al-Awlaki was taken by the officers of the Strategic Response Group at the US Mission, and put into an envelope with my house keys, belt and shoelaces, then returned to me outside the courtroom. The officers told me that unless someone showed up at court with my real ID, I would not be released or get any property back. The guys in the holding cell, most from a drug sweep in Washington Heights, were among the rowdiest group of arrestees that I have ever had the privilege of doing time with. Jumping up and down to stay warm, calling out to the correctional officers for toilet paper, smacking each other around, slamming down the pay phone trying to get through to friends and family, and last but not least, going around the cell to figure out who in their circle was going to get charged with what. They assured me that the DA would not ask for bail in my case, whether or not I identified myself, but in fact, when we were all brought upstairs and into the courtroom, the DA did ask for $1000 bail, given my numerous open cases, and extensive interstate contacts.

A much more thorough discussion of the issues involved in present-day antiwar efforts took place in the holding cell than will ever take place in the courtroom, as I tried to explain the context for our demonstrati...

03:11

#NoG20 Prison Was a Tough Experience Interview With Fabio After his Release Enough is Enough!

This is the english translation of Fabios tellings, who is finely free, after more than four month of imprisonment.

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Originally  published by Osservatorio Repressione. Translated by United We Stand.

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

Read all our NoG20 reports; here.

#NoG20 Prison Was a Tough Experience Interview With Fabio After his Release

This is the english translation of Fabios tellings, who is finely free, after more than four month of imprisonment.

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02:46

IMF Warns on Chinas Financial System (Again) Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that Chinas financial stability is at significant risk. On December 6, the IMF released its 2017 Financial Sector Stability Assessment benchmarking the health of Chinas financial sector since its last assessment in 2011. While praising Chinas economic growth, the assessment found that there are many areas that Chinas financial system is vulnerable to instability.

 

The post IMF Warns on Chinas Financial System (Again) appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

02:43

A Thousand Voices for Truth. Add Yours! Mondoweiss

When I started working with Mondoweiss in 2008 we had two writersPhil Weiss and me.

Today, Mondoweiss has more than 1,000 contributors sharing the facts from Palestine and Israel: A Thousand Voices for Truth. We are rejoicing at our communitys size and strength, and were working to raise $160,000 by year-end to keep the growth going. Im writing to ask you to celebrate with usto contribute to help us make our goal.

Donate buttonDo you remember the first meetings you attended to work with others for Palestinian rights? I first became involved in Palestine solidarity during the second intifada in 2000. I vividly remember sitting in a small living room with a few friends, strategizing how to challenge American hostility and indifference toward Palestinians. Some of you, I know, had been fighting for decades already in 2000but you too, I imagine, went to your share of tiny, intimate gatherings.

And just as vivid is the memory of how isolated and beleaguered we felt. We were fervent advocates for justice, eager to change minds, but it was hard to see a path to those changes.

Its 2017, and while horrors greet us every day in the news, one thing has visibly improved: the meetings of people committed to justice in Palestine cant fit in living rooms anymore. We over-flow large lecture halls! And we show up at legislatures, universities, on the op-ed pages and in the streets with increasing strength and frequency. And last month Mondoweiss reported on the first bill for Palestinian rights ever introduced in the U.S. Congress. Long overduebut real progress.

Credit for our movements growth goes to many heroes, over many years. Let me ask you: have you seen the impact of Mondoweiss in that growth?

Phil Weiss started writing impassioned, thoughtful critiques of U.S. foreign policy and the price it exacted from Palestinians back in 2006. And he didnt stop at just expressing his own thoughtshe sought out experts, talented neophytes, and those steeped in the issue. Today, almost twelve years later, Mondoweiss provides an intellectual home for more than 1,000 writers, artists, scholars and activists. We are so very proud to spread the messages of voices like yours: A Thousand Voices for Truth!

Take Richard Falk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, whose insights Mondoweiss has published many times. P...

02:43

Jordan is boiling: How to contain the popular anger at Trump's Jerusalem decision Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

With tension rising, Jordanian MPs are due to put the peace agreement signed in 1994 under review in a strong message to Israel

02:40

Leftist Israeli general threatens to tear the Palestinians apart and toss them across the Jordan Mondoweiss

Amiram Levin, a retired Israeli general, is a strong supporter of Labor leader Avi Gabbay.

Recently Levin unfurled his murderous views about Palestinians in an interview with Maariv (Hebrew), which will be published in full this coming weekend. In it, he opined that the Palestinians deserved the occupation. He said that we justly conquered Judea and Samaria [sic]. They did not accept the partition borders [referring to UN Partition plan 1947] and opened a war. They dont deserve anything.

Levin speaks about peace process, saying that peace is hope: We need to conduct strict negotiations and not return to 1967 lines. He speaks of a time after Palestinian President Abbas, about a young Palestinian leadership that sat in jail and saw that we [Israel] cant be defeated.

Well give it a carrot in the form of a state, and if it doesnt want it, well tear it apart. I would also have wanted the whole of Israel [referring to the whole of historical Palestine]. Many times I have said that if they violate agreements, the next time well fight here they will not remain, we will toss them across the Jordan. Thats how you need to fight. We were way too nice in 67.

Yes, thats right thats a Zionist leftist saying those things. They are not very different from what Likud minister Tzachi Hanegbi said recently, that the Palestinians may be bringing a third Nakba upon themselves.

Its not so strange either, that these words come from Levin. In the past, he has said about Palestinians, that most of these people are born to die anyway, we just need to help them to it. 

What may appear strange to some, is how such a person can be considered a leftist and a liberal. Indeed, Levin has come out in defense of Breaking the Silence, an organization that gathers stories and testimonies from Israeli soldiers, stories which amount to evidence of prima facie war crimes. He apparently enjoys the notion of shooting and crying. But he really hasnt got much tears to spare for Palestinians.

His position resembles much the Israeli historian Benny Morris, who opines that there are circumstances in history that justify ethnic cleansing, that if David Ben-Gurion was already engaged in expulsion, maybe he should have done a complete job, that something like a cage has to be b...

02:33

U.S. Military Promotes New Genetic Extinction Technology stan van houcke

Talk Nation Radio: U.S. Military Promotes New Genetic Extinction Technology

Jonathan R. Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral r...

02:30

France to Ban Use of Mobile Phones in Schools from September cryptogon.com

Via: Guardian: The French government is to ban students from using mobile phones in the countrys primary, junior and middle schools. Children will be allowed to bring their phones to school, but not allowed to get them out at any time until they leave, even during breaks. A proposed ban was included in Emmanuel Macrons []

02:30

La France complice dun crime de masse au Ymen stan van houcke

La France complice dun crime de masse au Ymen

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02:28

Jeremy Corbyn does not support blanket boycotts of Israel, says spokesperson Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Days after shadow international development secretary tweets BDS support, Corbyn's position highlights Labour party splits

02:25

Times super-Zionist Bret Stephens commits fallacy and falsehood, on Jerusalem Mondoweiss

In his oped for The New York Times on December 9, 2017, entitled Jerusalem Denial Complex, Bret Stephens, the new super-Zionist Times oped columnist, supported Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital by arguing that Trump was simply acknowledging reality.  This echoes Trumps own justification for the move from his speech announcing the new policy last week.  After listing the many pieties, as Stephens puts it, that Trumps announcement finally lays to rest, he gives us the following description of Jerusalem:

What Jerusalem is is the capital of Israel, both as the ancestral Jewish homeland and the modern nation-state. When Richard Nixon became the first American president to visit the country in 1974, he attended his state dinner in Jerusalem. Its where President Anwar Sadat of Egypt spoke when he decided to make peace in 1977. Its what Congress decided as a matter of law in 1995. When Barack Obama paid his own presidential visit to Israel in 2013, he too spent most of his time in Jerusalem. So why maintain the fiction that Jerusalem isnt the capital?

Whats interesting about this passage is that it embodies both a fundamental fallacy and a fundamental falsehood.  Pretty good for one paragraph.

The fallacy is one of equivocation, in this case on the word recognition.  One commits this fallacy when one takes an ambiguous term in this case, recognition   and constructs an argument in which one uses the terms in one sense in a crucial premise and then in a different sense in the conclusion. Recognition has two, admittedly related, meanings.  In one sense, the one expressed when it is said its time to recognize reality and stop believing in fictions, the premises of Stephenss argument, recognize just means acknowledge what is the case.  And in this sense all of us know, indeed recognize, that Jerusalem has functioned as Israels capital for many years, so if you want to talk to government leaders, of course thats where you have to go.  So from this premise, together with the premise that you ought to acknowledge facts that are staring you in the face, Stephens (and Trump) conclude that you ought to recognize that Jerusalem is Israels capital.  Sounds almost reasonable when you put it that way.

However, recognition has a different sense when describing political acts carried out by representatives of nation-states.  In this sense it means formally agreeing not to challenge the situation in question, to sanction it and treat it as legitimate. So Trumps act wasnt a mere cognitive achievement, it was a political act of officially acquiescing and condoning Israels annexation of the city against international law.  The point is that when governments recognize they are not merely acknowledging facts, they are in an important sense creating them.  W...

02:22

Trump nominee Kenneth Marcus has a career of trying to criminalize campus free speech Mondoweiss

As Jews, we generally take great pride in the support we have shown for civil rights and free speech. The 1964 sit-in of thousands of students in UC Berkeleys Sproul Hall, which catapulted the free speech movement into the headlines, included a Hanukkah service. We still talk  about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel praying with his legs in 1965 as he marched with Dr. King in Selma. Even as recently as 1995, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) proudly announced its position in defense of the first Amendment, we cherish these protections, not only because they are the hallmark of true freedom, but because we also know that the vibrant political discussion they foster strengthens our nation. We like to think of ourselves as long time champions for justice and equality. And so, we should be appalled at the nomination of Kenneth Marcus for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education.

Kenneth Marcus, President and General Council of the Brandeis Center, is well-known for his attacks on university students who campaign for Palestinian rights. In complete disregard for the First Amendment, Marcus spends his time trying to trying to convince lawmakers to classify student activism critical of the Israeli government as inherently anti-Semitic. Using a tactic coined lawfare, Marcus and the Brandeis Center championed Title VI complaints to the Department of Education, asking universities to punish student activists and prohibit their activities.

In 2011, Brandeis Center lawyers filed a complaint with the Department of Education on behalf of UC Berkeley alumna Jessica Felber. The complaint alleged that the constructing a mock Israeli checkpoint created an unsafe environment for Jewish students. The suit was dismissed...

02:10

Congress takes no action on Iran sanctions as deadline passes Aletho News

Press TV December 13, 2017 The US Congress misses a deadline to decide on re-imposing anti-Iran sanctions, which were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, with reports saying the lawmakers sought to kick the decision on the issue back to President Donald Trump. On October 13, Trump refused to certify that the Islamic Republic []

01:45

Abbas slams 'dishonest' America and casts it aside as partner in peace Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinian president's speech at OIC denounces Trump and Israel, and announces a Palestinian state freed of US straitjacket

01:41

How An Arctic Current Could Cool the Climate in Europe Penny for your thoughts

Yup, an Arctic current, that exists. In the  real world. Not computer simulation.- Its not a wayward current either,  despite the Yale headline- Thats spin/lie/manipulation. Which is why I wont use it for the post headline! The current was identified as existing, on the planet, more then 50 years ago, by Russian scientists  

Im dumping all the spin and hyperbole to give you the facts alone- Which means I will include what is known and either omit or note the wild speculation.

How a "Wayward" (manipulative) Arctic Current Could Cool the Climate in Europe


Some sorely needed background on the Beaufort Gyre

The first confirmation of the Beaufort Gyres existence came in the 1950s when Soviet scientists conducted research in the region. Carmack first visited the gyre in 1971. At that point, the gyre had weakened and had set in motion the Great Salinity Anomaly.

Great Salinity Anomaly- What is that?!


A similar event, known as the Great Salinity Anomaly, occurred from the late 1960s into the 1970s, when a surge of water out of the Arctic Ocean freshened and cooled the top half-mile of parts of the North Atlantic. According to British oceanographer Robert R. Dickson, the Great Salinity Anomaly represented one of the most persistent and extreme variations in global ocean climate observed during the past century. (not AGW) The surge of ice and freshwater cooled Northern Europe dramatically and disrupted the North Atlantic food chain, which, in turn, caused a collapse of the lucrative herring fishery. Between 1951 and 2010, as many as eight of 18 exceptionally cold European winters occurred during the period of the Great Salinity Anomaly.


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01:35

Comparing two BBC Radio 4 Today interviews part one BBC Watch

The December 6th edition of BBC Radio 4s flagship news and current affairs programme Today included several items relating to what was at the time an anticipated announcement by the US president concerning Jerusalem and the transfer of his countrys embassy to that city.

In addition to reports from the BBCs own Yolande Knell, Barbara Plett-Usher and Jon Sopel, listeners heard two interviews conducted by presenter John Humphrys in which very different styles of interviewing were evident.

The first interview (from 01:34:40 here) was with the mayor of Jerusalem and in his introduction Humphrys erased the religious significance of that city to Jews from the picture presented to listeners.

[emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Humphrys: There is no more sensitive issue in Middle East p...

01:30

Labour Party denies it supports Assad remaining in power in Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Shadow foreign secretary's question has been read as a proposal, allowing Assad to remain in power as part of peace deal with Iran

01:26

Salman lifts Saudi cinema ban: Here are the films Twitter would love to see Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Saudi Arabia announced it's lifting the 35-year-ban on public cinemas and social media users are revelling in it

01:24

Donald Trumps China Hawk Clown College Now in Session! Newsbud

Donald Trumps China Hawk clown college is officially in session!  The China hawks are getting their way on Korea, Australia, and Taiwan.  But look for US China policy to overpromise, underdeliver, and screw up in what we now love to call the Indo-Pacific Region.

Its hard to push around the Peoples Republic of China.  Maybe thats why the US China hawk community has concentrated on whipping Australia into shape.  The Australian battle to combat PRC influence and ignore US influence passed an important milestone with Malcolm Turnbull taunting the Chinese in Mandarin and ASIO gearing up for stage two of its witch hunt against pro-PRC politicians.

Meanwhile, US Korean policy drifts into a frozen conflict.  Will Trump turn that aroundby flipping the switch on red hot radioactive Armageddon?

And China hawks want to do something bold and provocative on Taiwan.   But will China play ball?

Finally, the myth of Hambantota: the BS getting peddled about the PRC and the Sri Lankan debt trap.  Who really put Sri Lankas wallet in the wringer?  The answer will probably surprise you.

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Show notes

US will take North Korea into its own hands if China doesnt do more -- Haley

North Korea: Urgent need to open channels, UN says after visit

The Sellout in Oz My China Watch special report on the most consequential and under-reported Asia story of the year: the coordinated US-Australian deep state campaign to deny Australia an independent or pro-PRC foreign po...

01:22

China vs Google, Facebook and other US internet giants: a lesson in internet oversight for the West Chinese value social stability more than consumer choice Peace and Freedom

Jesse Friedlander says while the US government is playing catch-up with the globally powerful tech companies of Facebook, Google and others, Beijings tight grip on cyberspace appears to be paying off

By Jesse Friedlander
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 5:36pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 6:52pm

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01:11

South Korea, U.S. and China Unite to Give Talks With North Korea Another Chance Peace and Freedom

South Koreas Moon visits Beijing in effort to repair ties with China

Tillerson: U.S. Open to North Korea Talks Without Preconditions
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. wants to have a dialogue with North Korea anytime, backing away from Washingtons previous demand that Pyongyang give up its nuclear weapons before they come to the table. Photo: AP

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01:04

UK Colder then Moscow- One World Banker/Oligarch Climate Summit Penny for your thoughts

Were supposed to believe the planet is warming and this is all because of carbon and very bad humans- Yet  very cold, cold temperatures in Britain. That unusual snow in the deep south.
 Rare Snow Storm Hits Deep South: Travel Warnings And colder then usual temps in my locale. -9 Celsius right now! 6:50 pm est. Our usual low -4 Celsius. And it's set to get colder still tonight! Warming hardly seems an issue.
December 13/2017 awoke to a frigid -14  C or 6 Fahrenheit
December 12/2017  Max (high) : -1.5C / 29.3 F 
Min (low) : -12.1C/10.2F
Averages for December 12..Max 2C. Min -4C..   or    Max 36F. Min 25F.
As you can read we're much colder yesterday and today!
 
Freezing Temps Make Britain Colder then Moscow

"Temperatures in parts of the UK have dropped to below those currently recorded in Moscow, following the coldest night of the year so far.
The mercury dropped to as low as -13C in Shropshire overnight, while...

01:00

North Korea is Not a Threat to the US OffGuardian

by David William Pear, via OpEdNews Like Pavlovs dog, the mainstream media slobbers platitudes every time North Korea launches another test missile. Listening to the blather one would think that once Kim Jong-un has a missile capable of reaching the US, he is going to use it in an unprovoked nuclear attack on the US mainland killing millions of Americans. For Kim to attack the US he would have to be insane, paranoid, and suicidal. Top officials in the US intelligence agencies say he is not. Director of Intelligence Dan Coats has said publicly that Kim is acting very rational; the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Kim is not insane ; the CIA deputy director of the Korea Mission Center, Yong Suk Lee, says that Kim is not suicidal, either. So we can rest with ease that Kim Jong-un is highly unlikely to wake up one morning and nuke America because he can. According to Yong, Kim wants to rule for a long time and die peacefully in his own bed.[CNN, October 6,

00:55

We Saved Net Neutrality Once. We Can Do It Again PopularResistance.Org

Democracy lives or dies on the quality of public conversation. Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, Thomas Jefferson wrote, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Today it doesnt take the smarts of a Jefferson to realize that our public conversation, filtered through corporate-controlled, often-fractured media, is faltering. While analyzing how to fix our broken news system, from the promotion of public broadcasting to eliminating fake news, is complex, right now is a critical moment to hold the line. If we hope to reinvigorate our media, today democracy defenders are called upon to play defenseand quickly.

00:54

Looking To Portugal For the Road Leading Out of the Opoid Crisis ThereAreNoSunglasses

Portugals radical drugs policy is working. Why hasnt the world copied it?

Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.

 

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00:51

Israeli Intelligence Minister Invites Saudi Crown Prince to Visit Israel Peace and Freedom

Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Yisrael Katz proposes that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

By Noa Landau Dec 13, 2017 2:18 PM
Haaretz

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017. Faisal Al Nasser/REUTERS
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Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz invited Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Israel.

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Katz confirmed to Haaretz that he extended the invitation in an interview to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph, however, the online publication chose to edit the invitation out.
Saudi Arabia does not have official diplomatic ties with Israel.

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Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Katz proposed that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Katz added that Israel would be happy to participate in such negotiations.

Also on Wednesday, Saudi Arabias King Salman commented on U.S. President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, saying that the Palestinians have a right to East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Salman made his comments as Arab and Muslim leaders gathered in Istanbul to discuss Trumps decision.

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King Salman appointed his son, 32-year-old Mohammad bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS, as Saudi Arabias heir to the throne in June. Many expect that in the not-too-distant future, King Salman, who is elderly and ill, will step down and hand the scepter to bin Salman.

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The princes firm anti-Iranian position makes him an important partner to the U.S. and Israel. Several Arab websites have reported in the past few years that bin Salman has met with several top Israelis.

According to these reports, one such meeting took place in Eilat in 2015; another on the margins of the Arab summit in Jordan this March, and there are regular meetings between Saudi and Israeli officers in the joint war room where Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States coordinate.

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Last month, Elaph published an unprecedented interview with the Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, marking the first time any senior Israel Defense Forces officer, let alone the chief of staff, was interviewed by a media organization in Saudi Arabia.

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In the interview, Eisenkot called Iran the real and largest threat to the region. He said Israel and Saudi Arabia are in complete agreement about Irans intentions and noted that the two countries have never fought each other.

Noa L...

00:50

Two People Locked Themselves To Crane At Port Of Tacoma PopularResistance.Org

Two protesters have locked themselves to a crane at the construction site of a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) liquefied natural gas facility at the Port of Tacoma this morning, according to activist group 350 Seattle. A spokesperson for the Port of Tacoma confirmed that Tacoma Police and the fire department have responded to the scene. Climate activists and the Puyallup Tribe have been protesting the facility for years. It sits on the tribe's ancestral land at the Port of Tacoma, between two stretches of the Puyallup reservation. Two years ago, the tribe filed a lawsuit against the City of Tacoma, PSE, and the Port of Tacoma, claiming that the project would impact tribal members' ability to fish in treaty waters.

00:45

Exxon To Disclose Climate Risks Under Pressure From Investors PopularResistance.Org

Under pressure from investors, prosecutors and global regulators, ExxonMobil Corp. agreed on Monday to strengthen its analysis and disclosure of the risks its core oil business faces from climate change and from government efforts to rein in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. That will require Exxon to face squarely the implications of reduced oil demand if the world makes good on the pledges of the Paris climate agreement to cut carbon emissions practically to zero fast enough to avoid the worst effects of global warming. In a one-paragraph filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the oil giant said it would stop resisting motions filed by dissident shareholders seeking this kind of risk disclosure.

00:44

British PM facing rebellion over key Brexit bill Its not over until its over Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Britains Prime Minister Theresa May managed to strike a deal in Brussels last week to move onto the next stage of Brexit negotiations, but is already facing more problems
LONDON (AFP)  

British Prime Minister Theresa May was Wednesday facing a rebellion from her own MPs over whether parliament will have a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal in what would be a damaging defeat.

A vote is expected later on Wednesday on an amendment to a landmark bill ending Britains membership of the European Union and incorporating thousands of pieces of EU legislation into the British statute books.

Dominic Grieve, an MP in Mays Conservative Party, proposed the amendment requiring any Brexit deal to be made law by a binding parliamentary vote.

Ten Tory MPs have signed Grieves amendment.

If the government loses, that would deal a heavy blow to May less than a week after she struck a deal in Brussels to move onto the next stage of negotiations.

The government needs to listen to whats being said to them, Grieve told Sky News on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, my impression of the last few days, when Ive been talking to the government, is that it seems to be a bit of a dialogue of the deaf. Theyve turned this into a battle of wills.

Keir Starmer, chief Brexit spokesman for the main opposition Labour party, has tweeted that his MPs will back the amendment if pushed to a vote.

Government committed to vote

Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith, a hardline Brexiteer, earlier accused Grieve of looking for ways to derail the bill, saying the amendment would tie the governments hands in negotiations with the EU.

The row revolves around Clause 9 of the bill, which hands the government Henry VIII powers to implement the Brexit deal without parliamentary approval.

Brexit secretary David Davis has promised to give MPs a final vote, and issued a statement Wednesday in a bid to head off the rebellion.

The government has committed to hold a vote on the final deal in parliament as soon as possible after the negotiations have concluded, he said.

This vote will take the form of a resolution in both Houses of Parliament and will cover both the Withdrawal Agreement and the.

The statement did not specify whether the resolution would be legally binding.

The government will not imp...

00:40

How Movements Can Turn Money Into Victories PopularResistance.Org

As an organizer in the climate movement, I dont usually have a lot of spare cash to donate to the cause. (Still waiting on that Soros money!) But since the people doing the work are my friends and comrades, I know when theyre not getting support for vital, underappreciated stuff. So on the occasions when I can afford it, I throw a little money their way, and they do the same for me and for groups Im working with. Often, this means giving to a bail fund after a successful direct action, for example, or helping a veteran organizer come up with a months rent to get on their feet during a hard time. In other words, its the kind of thing that a philanthropic foundation is unlikely to touch. But for the scrappy, grassroots groups that are most effective at stopping new fossil fuel projectsand that are also proposing the most creative, promising alternativesits precisely the kind of thing that can make or break a campaign. Thats because smaller organizations are much less able to weather the kind of spur-of-the-moment expenses that inevitably come up.

00:36

FBI Agent, Lawyer Disparaged Trump and Supported Clinton Then Appointed By Mueller Team To Investigate Trump, Russia Ties Raises specter of bias in the investigation Peace and Freedom

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a fundraising event for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Boston. (AP)

Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Peter Strzok, a senior FBI agent, said Clinton just has to win in a text sent to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, the Times reported....

00:30

LA Brings Social Equity To Marijuana Sellers PopularResistance.Org

LOS ANGELES  Beginning in January in Los Angeles, individuals who are low-income and/or have had a conviction for a marijuana-related offense will enjoy priority status when it comes to applying for a license to legally sell the herb. Cultivators or manufacturers will also have such status, thanks to the Los Angeles City Council.  On Wednesday the council voted to repeal a four-year-old ban on such businesses in the city, and that repeal is accompanied by what supporters are saying is the most aggressive and progressive social equity clause in the nation. In the movement to decriminalize marijuana, attempts to apply social equity standards to cannabis have been talked about but have not made much progress.

00:30

Germanys Angela Merkel and SPD start grand coalition talks Peace and Freedom

Germanys conservative and Social Democratic leaders are meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a new grand coalition government. After initial cold feet from the SPD, what are the chances of success?

Seehofer, Merkel and Schulz (picture-alliance/dpa/G. Fischer)

Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of Germanys conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), is set to meet Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz on Wednesday evening for the first unmediated discussions about whether to extend the countrys current grand coalition government.

After their worst electoral performance in post-war German history, the SPD is wary about signing on for another stint as the junior partners to the CDU, along with their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). Indeed, Schulz twice categorically dismissed another grand coalition before being forced to change his position.

It certainly wasnt a very good idea to rule out entering into another grand coalition so soon, political scientist Lothar Probst of Bremen University told DW. But naturally the SPD still feels the pains of two grand coalitions in nine years, and many members of the grass roots and not only there  feel that another one would be to their detriment.

Read more: What you need to know about another Angela Merkel-led grand coalition in Germany

Negotiations expert Wolfgang Bosch advertises himself as someone who assists people in overcoming feelings of helplessness in the face of overwhelming partners a phrase that could accurately describe the Social Democrats at present. What would his advice be to Schulz and company?

Id encourage them to go into talks without too many preconceived notions and free themselves from their misgivings after four years of a grand coalition, Bosch told DW. They should go into the talks with confidence and inner strength and say: Were the SPD  weve been around for 150 years.

Bosch added that its very important for Merkel, CSU leader Horst Seehofer and Schulz to meet on their own to vent their frustrations and clear...

00:28

Central European Gas Hub explosion halts Russian gas transit to Austria ThereAreNoSunglasses

Central European Gas Hub explosion halts Russian gas transit to Austria

The blast that rocked the gas hub at Baumgarten in Austria has reportedly left one dead and several injured, forcing the operator OMV to shut the facility

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Transit deliveries of Russian gas to Austria via Slovakia are temporarily suspended because of the explosion on the gas hub near Baumgarten an der March (Lower Austria) occurred on Tuesday, Slovensky Rozhlas radio station said on Tuesday.

Gas deliveries to the Czech Republic are implemented in full scope, CTK news agency said at the same time.

Natural gas supplies to Austrian regions are implemented normally, Austrias EAA Gruppe said in its turn.

Provision of gas to Austria after the explosion in Baumgarten is taking place from reserves in Austrian gas storages. Enterprises of EAA Gruppe prudently accumulated large gas volumes for its consumers in required quantity, press service of EAA Grup...

00:28

Islamic countries declare East Jerusalem capital of occupied Palestine Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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OIC summit statement condemns US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital, and brands Israel 'racist'

00:25

Mussolini Era Law Used By Italy Against Pipeline Protesters PopularResistance.Org

Italian authorities are using a Mussolini-era law to put an entire town under lockdown while they force through a gas pipeline against the wishes of the local community, activists have said. A so-called red zone was declared around Melendugno by the central governments military police force this month, after months of protests against the effect of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on the local area. Activists on the ground who contacted The Independent say the police swooped in the middle of the night and barred people from leaving their homes, blockaded streets, and fenced off olive farms. Some locals have been expelled and cannot access Melendugno... for the next three years, Sabina Giese, one resident of the town said.

00:23

GOP Eyes Cut for Top End, 21% Corporate Rate: Tax Debate Update Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

December 13, 2017, 4:00 AM EST

President Donald Trump plans to make what his staff members called a closing argument for tax-overhaul legislation Wednesday as congressional Republicans consider last-minute revisions to key provisions. Here are the latest developments, updated throughout the day:

GOP Eyes Cut for Top End, 21% Corporate Rate

Million-dollar earners would get a bigger tax break, and corporations would get a slightly smaller one under changes Republican tax writers were discussing behind closed doors Tuesday changes that would revamp their overhaul legislation as it nears final votes next week.

Lawmakers and congressional staffers worked into the night Tuesday, amid discussions of setting the top individual tax rate at 37 percent down from the current 39.6 percent and lower than the Senates plan to set the top rate at 38.5 percent. Discussions of that potential boon for the highest earners confirmed by two people familiar with the talks come as Trump plans to pitch the bills benefits for American families during a White House speech on Wednesday.

Despite strong support for the tax plan among Republican lawmakers, who are rushing to complete the bill for Trumps signature next week, polls show the plan is unpopular with Americans amid perceptions that the tax changes would favor the wealthy. Administration officials say the polls have been skewed and they predict the plans popularity would grow as Americans focus on the legislations specifics.

But lawmakers were considering changing those details on Tuesday as people familiar with the secret negotiations described various potential revisions:

  • Cutting the top individual income tax rate to 37 percent, which would help address top earners complaints about losing certain tax deductions, but could also damage claims by Trump and others that the measure is mostly aimed at middle-class relief.
  • Setting the corporate tax rate at 21 percent, instead of the 20 percent proposed in both the House and Senate bills. The current corporate rate, 35 percent, is...

00:20

FCC Does Not Understand Internet, Flawed Analysis PopularResistance.Org

The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal "is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology," a group of inventors and technologists told members of Congress and the FCC in a letter today. The letter's 21 signers include Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf; World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, public-key cryptography inventors Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman; RSA public-key encryption algorithm co-inventor Ronald Rivest; Paul Vixie, who designed several widely used Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications; and security expert and professor Susan Landau, who has fought against government attempts to make phone encryption less secure.

00:17

Trump punted the Iran deal to Congress. Congress just punted it back. Peace and Freedom

Trumps big decertification strategy hasnt borne fruit yet.

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When President Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal, he was punting the question of whether it should be torn up to Congress. Congress just punted it back to him and hes back to square one, with the deal he promised to scrap still in place.

Thats because Tuesday was the deadline for Congress to take advantage of a law that made it incredibly easy to impose the kind of sanctions on Iran that would likely kill the deal. Republican lawmakers didnt do that. Nor have they made any progress on a bill that would have imposed stricter conditions on Tehran. In other words, the deal remains as it always was, despite Trumps fiery criticism of it.

The fight over the nuclear deals future began in October, when Trump declared that Iran was not complying with all the terms of the Obama administrations pact with Tehran and that the deal itself was not in Americas national security interest.

But instead of torpedoing the deal himself, he decided to put the fate of the bill in Congresss hands.

When Trump decided to decertify the Iran deal under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, it opened a 60-day window for Congress to easily reimpose old sanctions on Iran that would end the deal. During that time, Republicans were able to use a special expedited process that protects the sanctions bill from being filibustered by opponents.

Analysts say the strategy al...

00:15

Infiltration And Intense Law Enforcement At Standing Rock Camp PopularResistance.Org

AS LAW ENFORCEMENT officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a camp in the pipelines path, two sheriffs deputies broke formation to tackle a 37-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gunshots allegedly went off alongside her. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies lunged toward her left hand and wrested a gun away from her. Well before that moment, Fallis had been caught in a sprawling intelligence operation that sought to disrupt and discredit opponents of the pipeline.

00:15

Jon Rappoport: Ten Elements of a Covert False Flag Operation Public Intelligence Blog

Jon Rappoport

Ten essential elements of a covert op

List below the fold. For expansion, click on headline.

ONE: Compartmentalization.

TWO: Gaining tremendous media coverage for the effect of the op (even exaggerating the effects), while hiding the cause and the players who planned it.

THREE: Blaming the wrong people as the originators of the op. Relentlessly discrediting truth tellers who see whats really going on.

FOUR: Developing and promoting a false cover story to describe the details of the op; in many cases, those details are wrong.

FIVE: Laying down false trails for investigators and independent researchers.

SIX: At least several goals.

SEVEN: Testing public response.

EIGHT: Controlled opposition.

NINE: Distraction.

TEN: Limited hangout.

Read full post with expansion of each of the above elements.

See Also:

False Flag @ Phi Beta Iota

00:10

CODEPINK Protests Democrats Supporting Saudi Weapons Deals PopularResistance.Org

Its the holiday season in Washington, and Christmas carolers with bells and funny red hats are everywhere. But CODEPINKs carolers werent interested in decking the halls with boughs of holly on Monday. Instead: nows the time to stop the killing. CODEPINK visited Senate offices against a record-breaking arms deal with Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing Yemeni civil war and deepening proxy conflicts with Iran. Washington and Riyadh concluded the largest arms deal in American history in May, immediately providing the Saudis with billions in combat-ready equipment. Thousands protested the deal in the Yemeni capital, and a Saudi blockade imposed following an attempted missile attack by Houthi rebels stocked fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

00:05

How Baltimore Prosecutors Pursued A Police Shooting Victim PopularResistance.Org

Victory, the Baltimore States Attorneys Office tweeted in October after Keith Davis Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder. Keiths wife Kelly and members of the activist group Baltimore Bloc who have been advocating for Davis for years called attention to the language: the SAO, headed by celebrated, purportedly progressive prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, best known for indicting the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, declared Victory instead of invoking Justice. It was evidence that, in Kelly Davis words, Mosby and the SAO have a vendetta against her husband. Keith Davis Jr.s story begins on June 7, 2015, when he was shot by the Baltimore Police three times near the Park Heights neighborhood in West Baltimore.

00:02

Palestinians have right to east Jerusalem as capital: Saudi king Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, a highly contested site at the centre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seen in a general view of Jerusalem on December 1, 2017

RIYADH (AFP)  Palestinians have the right to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, Saudi King Salman said Wednesday, echoing calls at an Islamic summit in Istanbul from which he had stayed away.The kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian peoples legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital, the king said.

Salmans address to the kingdoms Consultative Council came as the worlds main pan-Islamic body held an emergency summit in Istanbul in response to last weeks US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The king renewed his condemnation of President Donald Trumps decision, saying it represents an extreme bias against the rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem that have been guaranteed by international resolutions.

At Wednesdays summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the world to recognise east Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, while Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas warned there could be no peace in the Middle East until such a move was made.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a Saudi arch foe used his speech to make a thinly veiled jab at Washingtons Arab allies.

Some countries in our region are in cooperation with the United States and the Zionist regime in determining the fate of Palestine, he said.

Jordanian King Abdullah II, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait and the presidents of Afghanistan and Indonesia all joined the summit.

But Saudi Arabia, which hosts the pan-Islamic blocs secretariat, sent only a senior foreign ministry official.


00:00

Mongoose: Bullshit from Little Minds Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency

Phi Beta Iota: The headline says it all, read the idiocy direct if you want to waste your time.  Below the fold are slams from John McAfee and Defango. Waiting to hear from William Binney.

John McAfee on the record:

I find it unlikely. Most analyses of Satoshis white paper indicate it was written by one person not a committee. I also personally know the first Bitcoin miner, who is a personal friend of Satoshi.  The miner is a computer Geek, and, allegedly, so is Satoshi. Both are long time members if Anonymous.

Defango on the record:

 

That Article is a Piece of Garbage and this Mike Adams guy doesnt know his ass from his face. Ill break it down

First off Bitcoin was created to fix the double spend problem Digital Cash had in 1993. Maybe years before the Idiot that wrote this said it was created. (1997).

By this logic hes talking about some things that arent connected. The People Behind RSA are the ones that wrote the OG Digital Cash paper Im my opinion and none of them worked for the NSA.

The NSA or CIA or whoever didnt start researching into Digital Cash until 2012 after the creation of bitcoin and the fabled CIA meeting was in 2013

SHA-256 this guy doesnt know what hes talking about and is providing examples for RSA encryptions when Bitcoin used ECC. Which is a completely different animal and created to fix the problems with RSA. Its not the end all but it is a clear problem in this logic.

Hope that helps.

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23:57

U.S., Japan Express Concern Over Chinas Interest in Saudi Oil Giant Peace and Freedom

Officials urge international offering for Aramco, rather than selling a stake to Beijing, which they fear would boost its standing in Middle East

Dec. 13, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

The U.S. and Japan have urged Saudi Arabia to pursue an international listing for oil giant Aramco, fearing the possible sale of a stake to China would give Beijing too much sway in the Middle East, people familiar with the matter said.

Saudi Arabian Oil Co., or Aramco, was slated to become the worlds largest-ever public offering, with a domestic and international listing next year. More recently, Riyadh has instead considered selling a private placement to a Chinese consortium of state-held entities, people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. and Japanese concerns come amid increased tensions in the region, where Saudi Arabia and its allies are facing off against Iran and Riyadh is dealing with domestic political turbulence.

The U.S. is concerned that a Chinese stake in Aramco would create a close bond between Beijing and Riyadh, a longstanding American ally, by cementing Chinas status as a big and steady consumer of Saudi Arabian oil, one of the people familiar with the matter said.

China is the worlds top oil importer and is looking to secure a steady supply of crude as its economy continues to race ahead. Aramco holds around 16% of the worlds proven crude reserves and is one of the biggest oil exporters.

For Tokyo, any move that could potentially give China preferential access to Saudi Arabian oil is alarming, given Japans dependence on that crude for more than a third of its supply, another person familiar with the matter said.

China will have a little bit bigger seat at the table in the Persian Gulf, if the Aramco deal goes ahead, said Sarah Emerson, a principal at consultancy ESAI Energy LLC in Boston.

Aramco: How The Worlds Most Important Energy Company Works

Chinas foreign ministry said Aramcos search for partners is a normal commercial activity.

China and Saudi Arabia in recent yea...

23:48

We believed our cleric: Kids contract polio after Muslim clerics say vaccination is un-Islamic Jihad Watch

A Pakistani Muslim cleric has said that polio vaccinations are un-Islamic. And such extremist clerics are not just in Pakistan: in Nigeria, a Muslim cleric was arrested for playing a role in sparking the murders of polio workers. We Believed Our Cleric: Pakistani Polio Victims Regretful Father Urges Others To Use Vaccine, by Ron Synovitz []

23:45

Berto Jongman: ISIS Weapons Traced to USA Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

Exclusive: Tracing ISIS Weapons Supply ChainBack to the US

Most next-generation terrorism and future-of-war scenarios focus on artificial intelligence, drones, and self-driving car bombs. But those are, at best, only half the story, projecting white-collar Americas fears of all the possible dystopian uses of emerging technology. The other, and potentially more worrisome, half lies in the blue-collar technicians of ISIS. They have already shown they can produce a nation-states worth of weapons, and their manufacturing process will only become easier with the growth of 3-D printing.

23:42

Poll Results: Should Radical Islam Be Criminalized? Clarion Project

Islamic State foreign fightersIslamic State fighters (Photo: ISIS Propaganda video)

earlier this week we asked if you think radical Islam should be criminalized?

We posed the question after we heard of such a law being proposed in Bulgaria designed to weed out radical Islam and its promoters in their country.

The law would criminalize the promotion of radical Islam, including the advocating for violent jihad, a caliphate or sharia law.

The law would also make criminal promoting any ideology of violence or the replacement of the nations laws or constitution. It would also outlaw the forcible application of religious principles, promoting a [violent] sacred war against non-Muslims and agitating for the creation of an Islamic State [i.e., caliphate].

Here are the results of our poll in which we asked you: Should the U.S. criminalize the promotion of radical Islam? Some of you comments follow.

  • 91.6 percent said: Yes, promotion of an ideology that advocates the replacement of the U.S. Constitution with sharia law is treason.
  • 5.7 percent said: Only if the promotion of radical Islam includes advocating violent jihad.
  • 2.7 percent said: No, until violence is committed, the promotion of radical Islam is protected under the constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech.

Comments

No otherwise illegal activity ever becomes OK because it is yoked to religion (i.e. child rape, cannibalism). Period.

This would help protect moderate Muslims who denounce theocracy and live in peace in our country and other western nations.

Radical Islam is no different from gang warfare and the law should try to eliminate such antisocial behavior.

The UN should have declared radical Islam and its various components on a list (including Al-Qaeda, Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc.) of criminal enterprises that commit crimes against humanity and not only terrorist organizations. So yes, the USA should lead the way because the UN hasnt enough morality left to lead anyone.

Any person who advocates a violent war (Jihad) against people of other faiths and replace the constitional liberties of the United States with Sharia law ought to face the full brunt of such a law.

Immigrants who want to relocate must honor and pledge allegiance to the host country. Sharia cannot live side by side with our constitution, It is a betrayal of...

23:36

US Security Head Singles Out Brotherhood as Grave Threat Clarion Project

Muslim Brotherhood supporters in JordanMuslim Brotherhood supporters in Jordan (Photo: AWAD AWAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Declaring the ideology of radical Islam an obvious and grave threat to all civilized people, U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster singled out the Muslim Brotherhood and its brand of political Islam as a specific threat.

McMaster made the remarks in a speech at Policy Exchange in Washington, D.C. where he spoke alongside his British counterpart Mark Sedwill.

While acknowledging not all Muslim Brotherhood groups are alike, McMaster mentioned two particularly dangerous branches of the Brotherhood those in Turkey and Egypt where the Brotherhood controls powerful political parties.

In Egypt, McMaster noted how the Brotherhood took advantage of the power vacuum created by the

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White HouseNational Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White House. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images...

23:30

Paul Adams: Trump Report Card Public Intelligence Blog

Paul Adams

About Paul Adams: In the mid-80s, he co-founded Tracking Technology Inc., a forerunner to GPS. He became a stockbroker for eight years, then segwayed to project finance, consulting for such notables as Darryl Quarles (writer/director of Family Ties & Fresh Prince of Belair), Larry Namer (founder of E!Entertainment), Joseph Nikolson (founder of TradeStation and Bonds.com), and Richard Waryn (former Investment Manager of the World Banks private arm, the IFC), through his company New Planet Group (NPG LLC). He has lived in nine countries and knows three languages.

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23:19

Here's what Muslim leaders said at the emergency summit on Jerusalem Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the US had a role in peace talks 'no more'

23:07

Can Comedy Fight Terror? Clarion Project

The Late Show's host Stephen ColbertThe Late Shows host Stephen Colbert (Photo: video screenshot)

Comedians took to the airwaves after the December 11 attack in New York by Islamist terrorist Akayed Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh.

Ullah, who was inspired by ISIS, detonated his homemade and apparently defective bomb in midtown Manhattans Port Authority bus terminal, causing damage to himself but little to others.

The attack provided fodder for The Late Show host Stephen Colbert and Comedy Centrals Jordan Klepper, both of whom used the occasion to praise the resilience of New Yorkers and poke fun at the everyday hazards of commuting through Port Authority and the plans of the terrorist himself.

While we can assume that if there had been any serious injuries or deaths, the tone would have been more subdued (as in a spot by Late Night host Seth Meyers following the truck ramming in lower Manhattan the day of Halloween that killed eight and injured at least 11), the show raised a question about the place of comedy in fighting terror.

Does being able to make fun of terrorists give power back to the victims and create an infectious resilience in the population or does it trivialize the real issues and create a false sense of security?

Wed like to hear your opinion.

Enjoy the videos and take our poll below:

22:58

Saudi-led raids kill dozens in Houthi police prison camp, says official Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The strike is part of an air campaign by the Western-backed coalition on the Iran-allied Houthis

22:55

CAIR Criticizes Police Over New York Terror Attack Clarion Project

Illustrative picture. (Photo: Andre Gustavo Stumpf/Creative Commons)Illustrative picture. (Photo: Andre Gustavo Stumpf/Creative Commons)

The family of the terrorist who carried out yesterdays attempted bombing in New York slammed the police investigation into the attack. The criticisms were made in a statement issued by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family, Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for CAIR New York read in a statement from the attackers family. Our family like all families is committed to the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers, the family said in a statement provided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York.

But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials during this investigation. Today, we have seen our children, as young as four years old, held out in the cold, detained as their parents were questioned, the statement continued. One teenage relative was pulled out of high school classes and interrogated without a lawyer, without his parents. These are not the actions that we expect from our justice system, and we hope to see better in the days and weeks to come. We also ask the press to respect our privacy and to give our family ti...

22:52

Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But. World Beyond War . . .

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

According to the Washington Post, Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But . . . .

Is that a statement that should ever be followed by a but? I contend that it isnt. There isnt something that can outweigh risking millions of casualties. The Washington Post thinks otherwise. Heres a fuller quote:

If Mr. Kim is creating the foundations for a biological weapons program, it should serve as one more warning of the escalating threat he poses. Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But his malign intent cannot be tolerated forever. Through sanctions, diplomatic pressure and other means, the burden of Mr. Kims despotic and reckless reign must be brought to an end.

Malign intent. The malign intent of one person. Thats what outweighs millions of casualties.

The Washington Post begins its case with unproven speculation that North Korea may want to develop chemical and biological weapons may even have already secretly created vast stockpiles of them in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

The Post stresses the illegality and the horrifying threat posed by these theoretical weapons that literally nobody has threatened to use on anyone. It does this on behalf of the very U.S. government that, since World War II, has killed or helped kill some 20 million people, overthrown at least 36 governments, interfered in at least 83 foreign elections, attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders, and dropped bombs on people in over 30 countries including the destruction of North Korea by massive bombing plus the deployment of biological weapons.

The Post fervently opposes illegal actions while advocating the crimes of war, overthrow, and the risking of millions of casualties.

The post Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But. appeared first o...

22:48

New Jersey Imam Prays for Death of Jews Clarion Project

Imam Aymen Elkasaby of the Islamic Center of Jersey City. (Photo: Screenshot from video)Imam Aymen Elkasaby of the Islamic Center of Jersey City. (Photo: Screenshot from video)

A New Jersey imam was caught on tape delivering a fiery sermon exhorting Allah to kill the Jews.  Imam Aymen Elkasaby delivered the sermon at Friday prayers on December 8 at the Islamic Center of Jersey City.

So long as the Al-Aqsa mosque remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews, he told the crowd, this nation will be humiliated. As long as the Al-Aqsa mosque remains under the feet of the apes and pigs, this nation will be humiliated.

Allah, make us among your armies Allah, we ask you to grant us martyrdom on the threshold of Al-Aqsa Mosque Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one. Do not leave a single one on the face of the Earth.

He told his congregation that supporting the Al Aqsa mosque is a religious obligation.

Elkasaby has only been employed at the Islamic Center of Jersey City since August, according to Islamist Watch, a group affiliated with the Middle East Forum that monitors extremist views among religious and academic Muslim leaders. They report the mosque even held an Interfaith Gathering of Unity last month, at which Elkasaby was a featured participant. Mosque president Ahmed Shadeed was also invited to be the special guest of Cory Booker at President Obamas State of the Union address in 2016.

Elkabasy follows two other American imams who earlier this year incited their congregations to hate Jews.

...

22:48

Will Trump finish off the special relationship? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Differences over Jerusalem show again that Theresa Mays rush across the Atlantic to hold hands with the new president was ill-judged. A Trump visit to the UK is a disaster waiting to happen

22:28

Zionist Psychosis stan van houcke

Its Not Simply Jerusalem, Its All of Palestine

By Rima Najjar
Global Research, December 12, 2017

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https://www.globalresearch.ca/its-not-simply-jerusalem-its-all-of-palestine/5622460

Whats going on in Jerusalem is what has always been going on in Palestine since 1948 the forced dispossession of Palestinian Arabs of their identity, land and heritage.
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Zionist Terror stan van houcke

Abduct, imprison, repeat: Israel systematically imprisons Palestinians on false or no charges

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Americas War Machine stan van houcke

WaPo Urges Increased US Spending for Militarism and Warmaking
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org  Home Stephen Lendman)
Whats euphemistically called defense spending is all about funding Americas war machine always active, never idle, inventing enemies to attack.
None existed since imperial Japan formally surrendered in 1945. Yet America is permanently at war directly or indirectly at home on streets in minority (mainly Black) communities turned into battlegrounds, abroad in multiple theaters, new ones pending.
The Washington Post (WaPo): The Pentagon and the welfare state have been locked in brutal combat for decades, and the Pentagon has gotten clobbered.
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21:45

Poll: 2-to1 Americans Oppose Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Strategic Culture Foundation

A reliable scientific poll of 2,000 Americans taken during 1-6 November 2017 just a month before US President Donald Trump announced that Americas Embassy will move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv showed that 63% of Americans were opposed to the move, and 31% supported it. Here was the question, as asked:

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Trumps Doomsday Jerusalem Speech Dissident Voice

In 1995, a few short years after the official end of the Cold War when hope-filled nations were focusing on peace and prosperity, the United States Congress unanimously passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act into law.  The law recognized Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. The passage of this law was left unnoticed by most. Few objected to a law passed by the preeminent power of the new unilateral world order. Fewer still understood the consequences of the law.

On December 6, Donald Trump reminded the world of the decision made years ago.  There was outrage, but the true implications of this decision were not discussed. Predictably, stories centered on Palestinians  and Jews.  Some justified the decision while others condemned it. Many reasoned that the Palestinians had to be defended.  While others thought that it was up to the Arabs and Moslems to challenge Americas decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The Jerusalem question raised legal challenges to religious claims.  The cacophony of protests and cheers obscured the approaching doomsday scenario that had been in the making for decades.  Few understood.  None listened.  Others are in denial, believing religious zealotry to be a geopolitical game.  But what has been taking place under our noses is not a fight over real estate, or international law.  It is the power of madness, or the mad in power, that is enabling religious fanaticism to prevail at a cost to our collective humanity.

How could we not have seen this coming? Perhaps our logic challenged it; or our sense of decency denied the reality of what was happening.  It would seem too improbable, simply too far-fetched that we should denounce God with our science and yet usher in rupture to bring back the God science had disproved (Big Bang).  But how do we ignore Senator Broxon telling a cheering crowd Now, I dont know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem where the King of Kings where our soon coming King is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel.

And how do we ignore Benjamin Netanyahu taking ownership of Jerusalem stating that the Bible, the holy book for Jews and Christians, had justified it.  Should we then be surprised that rabbis sent a letter of gratitude to Trump, praising him for fulfilling prophecies.  Prophecies do not sit well with modernity; nonetheless, they exist.  And attempts to fulfill them are not new.

In 1990, there was an attempt by the Temple Mount Faithful to bring a cornerstone for a reconstructed Third Temple to the Temple Mount. In 2000, Ariel Sharon staged a pr...

21:15

Democrats Have a Chance to Revive the Party. Will They Seize It? Strategic Culture Foundation

Last weekend, members of the partys Unity Reform Commission voted on final recommendations for reforming the national party. The commission is the creation of an agreement made by Sanders and Clinton at the 2016 national convention to help heal the deep wounds the primary had left with Sanders supporters.

21:00

UHM MISSING TRILLIONS? NOW ITS MISSING SOLDIERS Giza Death Star

Ms. S.H. found this one, and I have to file it under the ""call it conspiracy" and "you tell me" categories because, quite frankly,

The post UHM MISSING TRILLIONS? NOW ITS MISSING SOLDIERS appeared first on Giza Death Star.

20:58

Abduct, imprison, repeat: israel systematically imprisons Palestinians on false or no charges Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Abduct, imprison, repeat: Israel systematically imprisons Palestinians on false or no charges A Palestinian demonstrator holds an anti-U.S. President Donald Trump poster during a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, near Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 22, 2017. Reuters People around the world []

20:48

Erdogan turns guns on US at summit on Jerusalem marred by feuds Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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20:45

Trump, Netanyahu and Mohammad Bin Salman: Destroyers of the Neoliberal World Order Strategic Culture Foundation

The neoliberal world order has been in crisis for some years now, with no signs of recovery. Trump's victory is an expression of a breach of trust between the American people and the national elites.

20:44

Mideast Peacemaking is No Longer Made-in-America (Was it ever?) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Mideast Peacemaking is No Longer Made-in-America The U.S. lost the military gamble in Syria; now it appears to be ceding its diplomatic edge, too. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L), Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shake hands prior to the Syria talks in Sochi. ( Credit: CreartiveCommons/www.kremlin.ru. As 2017 []

20:25

War on Palestines food supplies: Gaza Fishing Zone Decreased to Six Nautical Miles Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Gaza Fishing Zone Decreased to Six Nautical Miles 0 .singleblog-contan .summary-image:not(:first-child){ display: none; } 13 Dec 2:22 AM         The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has condemned an Israeli decision to once again decrease the fishing area to 6 nautical miles, off the area from the Gaza Valley to Rafah City []

20:15

230 Recently Abducted Palestinians Subject To Torture, Bad Conditions And Humiliation Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

230 Recently Abducted Palestinians Subject To Torture, Bad Conditions And Humiliation 0   13 Dec 11:00 AM               The Palestinian Detainees Committee has warned of the significantly increasing number of Palestinians, who were abducted by the Israeli army in one week, since Trumps illegal recognition of occupied Jerusalem as []

20:15

Aleppo"s Liberation One Year Ago Anybody Ashamed Today? Strategic Culture Foundation

December 12, 2017, marks the anniversary of the liberation the West called it fall of Aleppo in Syria. What happened is conveniently forgotten today by the West.

20:06

Records of Jerusalem Deeds Found in Ottoman Archives: The Deeds Prove that Palestine Belongs to Palestinians. Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Records of Jerusalem Deeds Found in Ottoman Archives: The Deeds Prove that Palestine Belongs to Palestinians. By Yeni Safak,     Featured image: Sultan Abdul Hamid II (Source: Pinterest) There are 171,306 deeds recorded in 46 registries of Jerusalem in Ottoman archive records. Of these, 133,365 are private property and 37,671 belong to foundations. In []

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'They can't fight without us': Iraq's Shia-led groups refuse to down weapons Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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19:48

US-backed Forces Gain More Ground In Euphrates Valley As ISIS Fiercely Attacks Syrian Army (Maps)

US-backed Forces Gain More Ground In Euphrates Valley As ISIS Fiercely Attacks Syrian Army (Maps)

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The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have sucecssfully used the December 12 ISIS attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to expand own influence in the Euphrates Valley.

While the SAA was clashing with ISIS in the villages of al-Jalaa, Saiyal, Salihiyah, Mujawdah,  Abbas and al-Harsa on the western bank of the Euphrates, the SDF launched an attack on positions of the terrorist group on the eastern bank of the river and captured a number of villages including Haraij, Jishiyah, Jadlai and al-Bahran.

US-backed Forces Gain More Ground In Euphrates Valley As ISIS Fiercely Attacks Syrian Army (Maps)

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This advance allowed the SDF to consolidate further its recent gains in the Euphrates Valley. However, ISIS still controls a large chunk of the area near the border with Iraq.

19:45

Saudi Arabia pumps $100m into West African force to battle militants Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Iraqi Shia Militias Threaten to Strike US Forces: Assessment and Implications Strategic Culture Foundation

Akram al-Kaabi, the leader of the Iran-backed Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba Shia group, said that President Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a legitimate reason to attack US forces in Iraq.

19:40

Taking Thirty pieces of silver, advocating for israel pays well: Salaries of nonprofit heads Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Advocating for Israel pays well: Salaries of nonprofit heads If Americans Knew | December 12, 2017 Rabbi Marvin Hier (center) and his wife Marlene with actor Dustin Hoffman at the premiere of Against the Tide on February 4, 2009 in Los Angeles. The Hiers and their son receive total annual compensation of $1.4 million. If Americans []

19:34

Germany: 21st of December Day of Solidarity with Imprisoned Comrade in Cologne Insurrection News

solidarity

DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH IMPRISONED COMRADE IN COLOGNE

21st of December we call to let the imagination flow and
to express solidarity in its multiple forms. Once again we will show
that our imprisoned comrades are not alone but present and on the
streets with us.

They want to raise even higher walls, not only of concrete and iron, but
also of loneliness and isolation. And these walls we want to break down,
with love, affection, rage and solidarity for our comrade Lisa.

You can sand pictures and audivisuals to  solidaritatrebel@riseup.net

Having received a sentence does not imply that the imprisoned person is only at the mercy of the prison system. The policial and judicial machine of the State continues to investigate, observe, analyse, and decide over the fate of the imprisoned. Especially when the prisoner has not fallen to her knees asking for mercy in front of the court, has not humiliated herself by some kind of gesture seen by the enemy as reconciliation, the ways in which the justice system can demonstrate that they are not through with her yet are numerous. The refusal to cooperate wi...

18:36

Jerusalem terror attack gets 21 words of BBC coverage BBC Watch

On December 10th the IDF announced that it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel constructed by Hamas.

The Israel Defense Forces this weekend destroyed an attack tunnel coming from the southern Gaza Strip that entered Israeli territory, the army announced on Sunday.

photo credit:IDF

The military said the kilometer-long tunnel was constructed by the Hamas terrorist group. It began in the Gazan city of Khan Younis and extended hundreds of meters inside Israeli territory. Israel demolished another cross-border tunnel, which was being dug by the Islamic Jihad terror group, six weeks ago.

IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus would not specify where exactly the newly destroyed was located in Israel, but said it ended...

17:38

Athens, Greece: A Fierce Riot Unfolds 9 Years Since the Murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos by Cops (6/12/2017) [Video] Insurrection News

Footage from the riot that exploded in Athens on December 6, 2017, commemorating nine years since 15 years old Alexis Grigoropoulos was murdered in cold blood by a policeman in the Exarchia area of Athens, on December 6, 2008.
 
Back in 2008 the police murder sparked a string of riots that spread like wildfire all over Greece and inspired countless of solidarity actions and riots all over the globe for more than a month.
 
Everything started a few minutes after 9 pm, on the night of 6 December 2008, when a tensed argument between two cops and a group of youngsters ended with the policemen leaving the scene, but only for the murderers to park their patrol car a few blocks away and return to confront the kids with their guns. One of the two cops (Korkoneas) aimed towards the kids and fired two shots. One of the bullets struck 15 years old Alexis Grigoropoulos in the heart and he fell dead.
 
This murder in the heart of Exarchia, an area of Athens frequented by anarchists in Greece, sparked a string of riots that spread like wildfire all over Greece and inspired countless of solidarity actions and riots in more than 70 cities around the world for more than a month.
 
For most Greeks this is a moment marked deeply in memory, since most remember exactly what they were doing when the news of the police murder shook them like a collective electric shock. During those first days, the tens of thousands of protesters that took part did not realize that they were taking part in something that would profoundly define the years to come.
 
The events were recorded in modern history as The December Revolt or The December Rebellion.
 
The moment of the murder has been captured in the following video at
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16:18

UN Probes Right Abuses in Restive Tuz Khormato; Seven Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

As mortars continued to fall on Tuz Khormato on Tuesday, the UN said is it launching a probe into rights abuses in the city.

The post UN Probes Right Abuses in Restive Tuz Khormato; Seven Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

16:07

Ice Cream, Concrete, and Squats aNtiDoTe Zine

Gentrification is class war from above which must be answered with struggle from below. This requires accessible projects that can establish a broad and militant praxis.

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How the US Could Provoke a New Korean War Antiwar.com Original

In April 2002, about a year before the invasion of Iraq, then-president George W. Bush told a group of assembled reporters that Saddam Hussein had to go. When asked how he would accomplish this, Bush replied cryptically, Just wait and see. I was reminded of this quote when President Trump was asked about North Koreas Continue reading "How the US Could Provoke a New Korean War"

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Why Are Democratic Senators Enabling One of Trumps Worst Decisions? Antiwar.com Original

President Trumps announcement stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and directing the State Department to begin moving the embassy sparked anger and protests across the world. One would think that Democrats would be be jumping at the chance to hammer Trump for his reckless plans that violate international law and needlessly add more Continue reading "Why Are Democratic Senators Enabling One of Trumps Worst Decisions?"

The post Why Are Democratic Senators Enabling One of Trumps Worst Decisions? appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

15:55

Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression Committee to Protect Journalists

Journalists and protesters hold placards outside an Istanbul court on October 31, 2017, calling for the release of jailed colleagues, including Turkish reporter Ahmet k. Turkey is the worst jailer of journalists in 2017. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the worlds worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

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Record number of jailed journalists for second year, CPJ census finds Committee to Protect Journalists

Turkey, China, Egypt continue to top list

New York, December 13, 2017--For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world's worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists found.

As of December 1, 2017, CPJ found 262 journalists behind bars around the world in relation to their work, an increase on last year's historical high of 259. Turkey is again the worst jailer, with 73 journalists imprisoned for their work as the country continues its press freedom crackdown. China and Egypt again take the second and third spot, with 41 and 20 cases respectively. The worst three jailers are responsible for jailing 134--or 51 percent--of the total.

"In a just society, no journalist should ever be imprisoned for their work and reporting critically, but 262 are paying that price," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "It is shameful that for the second year in a row, a record number of journalists are behind bars. Countries that jail journalists for what they publish are violating international law and must be held accountable. The fact that repressive governments are not paying a price for throwing journalists in jail represents a failure of the international community."

13:42

Sweden: Leftist group says recently arrived Muslim migrants firebombed Gothenburg synagogue Jihad Watch

A Soros-funded Leftist group says that the President of the Swedish Western Regional Police, Ulla Brehm, confirmed that those arrested for firebombing the synagogue in Gothenburg while a youth party was going on inside were recently-arrived Muslim migrants. Ordinarily I would never trust what such a group said, but it is hard to imagine why []

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Another freedom of expression case that you won't hear about in Western or Arab media The Angry Arab News Service/

Mustafa Sbayti wrote (under the influence of alcohol by his admission) a poet comment on Facebook in which he expressed his desire to "sleep with Virgin Mary".  Of course, the Christian AND Muslim religious establishment called for a severe punishment of him although he quickly removed the comment and profusely apologized.  He has been in jail for the last few weeks, and was released today.  Here is m article on the matter: "Between the Bishop and the Poet".   Naturally no one in Lebanon lifted a finger for the poet because he is a secular communist who posts Lenin's picture on his Facebook.  Human Right Watch's office in Beirut--increasingly part of the Hariri coalition camp-- would have made a stink about the matter if the poet was a pro-Hariri right-winger.

13:38

When Anne Barnard linked Lebanese secular leftists with Hizbullah The Angry Arab News Service/

From Alfred: "...Those who demonstrated outside the US Embassy in Beirut were not only secularists. More importantly to Anne Barnard, they are from organizations that are NOT listed by the US as "terrorist organizations". She wants to link those who are anti-Israel in Lebanon with Hizbullah...you know the organization that killed Americans and are called terrorists. "

13:26

The Next Great Recession? Dissident Voice

The transnational capitalist class is pouring billions of dollars into the rapid digitalization of global capitalism as the latest outlet for its surplus accumulated capital and hedging its bets on new investment opportunities in a global police state. But will these ballooning sectors of the global economy allow the world capitalist system to avoid another catastrophic crisis?

There is good reason to believe that recovery will be ephemeral and that another crisis looms on the horizon.  The underlying structural conditions that triggered the Great Depression of 2008 remain in place and a new round of restructuring in the global economy now underway is likely to further aggravate them.  These conditions include unprecedented levels of inequality, public and private debt and financial speculation.   A new crisis could be triggered by a bursting of the current stock market bubble, especially in the high-tech sector, by defaults in household or public debt, or by the outbreak of a new international military conflict.

Growth has plodded forward since 2008 through monetary instruments such as quantitative easing (essentially, printing money and making it available as credit) and bank and corporate bailouts, along with escalating consumer debt, a wave of speculative investment, especially in the high-tech sector, and ever increasing levels of financial speculation in the global casino. Now, however, central banks are running out of monetary instruments to promote growth.

In the United States, which has long been the market of last resort for the global economy, household debt is higher than it has been for almost all of postwar history. U.S. households owed in 2016 nearly $13 trillion in student loans, credit card debt, auto loans and mortgages. In just about every OECD country the ratio of income to household debt remains historically high and has steadily deteriorated since 2008.  The global bond market an indicator of total government debt worldwide has escalated since 2008 and now surpasses $100 trillion.

Meanwhile, the gap between the productive economy and fictitious capital grows ever wider as financial speculation spirals out of control.  Gross world product, or the total value of goods and services produced worldwide, stood at some $75 trillion in 2015, whereas currency speculation alone amounted to $5.3 trillion a day that year and the global derivatives market was estimated at a mind-boggling...

13:21

US ready for talks with North Korea without preconditions, Tillerson says World Beyond War . . .

By Julian Borger, December 12, 2017, The Guardian.

Secretary of states remarks appear to mark shift in state department policy, which had previously required proof North Korea was giving up nuclear arsenal.

Rex Tillerson at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Rex Tillerson has said that the US is ready to begin exploratory talks with North Korea without preconditions, but only after a period of quiet without new nuclear or missile tests.

The secretary of states remarks appeared to mark a shift in state department policy, which had previously required Pyongyang to show it was serious about giving up its nuclear arsenal before contacts could start. And the language was a long way from repeated comments by Donald Trump that such contacts are a waste of time.

Tillerson also revealed that the US had been talking to China about what each country would do in the event of a conflict or regime collapse in North Korea, saying that the Trump administration had given Beijing assurances that US troops would pull back to the 38th parallel that divides North and South Korea, and that the only US concern would be to secure the regimes nuclear weapons.

Earlier this we...

12:42

Yes, the FBI is Americas secret police Aletho News

By James Bovard The Hill 12/11/17 Politifact delivered a pants on fire slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become Americas secret police. The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats who hope that its probes will []

12:34

Putin Declares Victory in Syria, US Backs Russian Peace Plan Geopolitics Alert

Damascus (GPA) In a surprise visit to Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the Russian and Syrian militaries on their victory over the terrorist threats that have been ravaging Syria for 6 years.

As part of a three-nation trip to Egypt, Turkey, and Syria, Vladimir Putin made a stop yesterday at the Russian-run Hmeimim airbase near Latakia to visit Russian soldiers fighting in the country.  Using the appearance alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Putin declared total victory by the Syrian and Russian militaries over the Islamic State and other militants in Syria, celebrating that the country had  been preserved as a sovereign and independent state. 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Image: Kremlin

Putin also announced that now, due to the Syrian war winding down, a significant part of the Russian forces in Syria would now return home victorious in a major drawdown. Speaking to reporters about Sergey Shoigu, Putin said he had ordered: the defense minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases.

This, of course, comes as a shock to many leaders primarily in the US who didnt believe Russia could aid Syria in any meaningful way, with former President Obama even famously predicting it would be a quagmire for Moscow. Yet the Syrian Arab Army and the Russian military have truly seen an incredible change of Syrias fortunes since Russia entered the war with Assads government in desperate times, to now, where...

12:08

Middle East Is On Verge Of New War Following Trumps Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israels Capital The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/middle-east-is-on-verge-of-new-conflict-following-trumps-recognition-of-jerusalem-as-israels-capital/ On November 28, SouthFront released a video analysis entitled Would Anyone Profit From a New War in the Middle East?. The video said that despite tensions in the region

12:01

US aid chief says blockade still not allowing aid into Yemen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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WFP warned that the crisis in Yemen may become 'beyond the control of the humanitarian community'

11:38

The massacre of children and others at El Mozote Aletho News

Garden next to church in El Mozote where hundreds of child victims lie buried. El Salvador Perspectives | December 10, 2017 Thirty-six years ago, from December 10-12, 1981, the armed forces of El Salvador massacred hundreds of children in the town of El Mozote and surrounding communities. Last week El Salvadors government divulged the results of []

11:00

Africa: Tomorrows Battlefield INTERNATIONALIST 360

The Afro-Middle East Centre hosted seminar entitled Tomorrows Battlefield: US proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa by Nick Turse, at the University of Johannesburg, on the 2 February 2016. The seminar was about his reporting on the US militarys expansion into Africa and the proliferation of its secret missions on the continent. Turses reporting...

11:00

Venezuelas Communes: A Great Social Achievement INTERNATIONALIST 360

Katrina Kozarek Over the years we have all heard a great deal about the great social achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution, the government subsidized health program Barrio Adentro, the subsidized food program Mercal, the housing mission which provides free and affordable government organized housing to the poor and middle class, the Canaima program which provides...

10:49

Egyptian singer sentenced to two years over suggestive music video Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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10:27

Genocide and American liberals Mondoweiss

Recently FAIR ran a report concerning the coverage given the incipient genocide in Yemen by 60 Minutes and the Washington Post.  It seems that both news organizations covered the crisis without ever mentioning the support given by the United States to the Saudis.  We are responsible no one who actually covers the issue honestly bothers to deny that.  What they do instead is forget to mention it.

The New York Times has done a better job and was recently praised by Mark Weisbrot on the Real News Network for acknowledging US complicity in war crimes while they are happening, something the Times rarely does, albeit in an editorial. But if you read the editorial in question, it is less than overwhelming in its honesty. Congress is praised by the New York Times editors and Trump is condemned, but the legislation was a toothless measure. It is a step forward but it was also a compromise. Nothing was actually done to stop American aid to the Saudis. Our complicity continues. Weisbrot points out that it might eventually lead to more debate and a final end of US complicity, but it hasnt happened yet.

And in a more recent story the New York Times follows the lead of the Post and 60 Minutes and simply omits US complicity, writing as though the crimes were all the fault of the Others, as we wring our hands wondering if they could be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, Russiagate continues to outrage mainstream American liberals who are shocked, shocked, that an American President might be tied to Putin. Putin, you see, is a thuggish person. We cant have our foreign policies dictated by such a person though one wonders if Putin is the one telling Trump to pick fights with Iran, given that Iran and the Russians are aligned together in the Mideast.

The Russiagate storyline is very confusing, until you realize it is being put forward by people who are studiously ignoring actual, out in the open, bipartisan Presidential collusion with one of the worst regimes on the planet as it murders children in Yemen.

Note the outrage directed at Russia in the comments following this Times story. The thrust of the article is that Russian dissidents who despise Putin think Americans are being ridiculous concerning the meddling; but the Times readers will have none of it. How many of these people have been following the story in Yemen? How...

10:01

French documentary filmmaker arrested in Kashmir Committee to Protect Journalists

Indian paramilitary soldiers and a policeman, second from left, guard a checkpoint during a strike to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar, India, on December 10, 2017. State police arrested french filmmaker Comiti Paul Edwards on December 9, in Srinagar while he was shooting a documentary on people injured by pellet guns. (AP/Mukhtar Khan)

New Delhi, December 12, 2017-- Authorities in India's Jammu and Kashmir state must immediately release French documentary filmmaker Comiti Paul Edwards from custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

09:41

New York Man Arrested for Posing as Cop to Get Discount at Starbucks Photography is Not a Crime

All he wanted was a law enforcement discount.

A New York man is in hot water after being arrested for impersonating a police officer in order to get a discount on his coffee on December 8.

Mark Setter, 48, flashed a fake badge and a BB gun, demanding a discount at a Buffalo Starbucks around 11 p.m. according to, FOX5NY.

Mark Stetter, 48, of Buffalo, New York

Sporting a gun inside of a holster attached to his belt, and his fake police badge, Setter claimed he was a detective in order to gain access into the business after it was closed.

According to Buffalo police, Setter then left Starbucks and attempted to buy a cup of Joe at Spot Coffee after closing time.

It was all fun and games until a coffee shop employee called the fuzz on Setter.

After police arrested Setter and charged him with menacing, criminal trespassing and impersonating an officer, they determined his sidepiece was actually a BB gun.

This isnt the first time a civilian was arrested for trying to flex phony blue privilege.

In 2013, authorities arrested Charles Chuck Barry after he made two stops flashing a fake badge at Dunkin Donuts in Florida.

Pasco County police said Barry made two stops at a store in Trinity before he was busted and his cover was blown.

After the first stop, a Dunkin Donuts workers told cops Barry was a regular customer who comes through the drive through and demands a police discount for his order.

Barry claimed to be a United States Marshal.

Michelle Hoeltk, a Dunkin Donuts employee, told deputies Barry had been abusing his discount by coming in on the weekends with his family and demanding the discount.

Hoeltk said Dunkin told Pasco County deputies managers decided to no longer offer him the discount because of his continuous abuse.

Eventually, his license plate number was captured on surveillance video and Barrys badge was confiscated the next day when he was stopped by deputies that November.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said Barry got the police badge from his father, who is a cop in Morris County in New Jersey.

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09:38

In Patriarchy, Sexual Misconduct Not Surprising Dissident Voice

Im not surprised, women say, in response to the flood of revelations of sexual misconduct by men, especially men in positions of power.

But none of uswomen or menshould be surprised, because the United States is a patriarchal society and in patriarchy men routinely claim the right to own or control womens bodies for reproduction and sexual pleasure. Menliberal and conservativeknow that just as well as women.

In such a society, conservative and liberal men will often disagree in public about the conditions under which they can rightly claim ownership. Conservative men argue for control of women within the heterosexual family. Liberal men argue for more expansive access to women. In public, the policy debates about reproductive rights and sexual access rage on. In private, conservative and liberal men claim their right to do as they please, which is why women sometimes find it difficult to tell conservative and liberal apart when it comes to behavior.

What kind of world has that produced? A sexually corrosive pop culture (both in dating practices and mediated images), with expanding sexual-exploitation industries (primarily prostitution and pornography), and routine sexual intrusion (the spectrum from sexual harassment to sexual assault). Women are routinely objectified in pop culture, reducing complex human beings to body parts for male pleasure. Men routinely buy and sell those objectified bodies for sexual pleasure, in person and on screens. And when men believe they can take those bodies without challenge, some men do just that.

Male or female, we are should not be surprised when in a patriarchal societya society based on institutionalized male dominancemen exercise that dominance. Of course patriarchy is not static nor unidimensional, nor is it the only system of illegitimate authority. Patriarchy in 2017 is not exactly the same as in 1917; patriarchy in the United States is not the same as patriarchy in Saudi Arabia. Race, class, religion, and nation affect how patriarchy plays out in a specific time and place.

Patriarchy also is not immune to challenge. Feminism makes gains, patriarchy pushes back, and the struggle continues. Women advance in business, politics, and education, and men assert their control over womens bodies where they can get away with it.

Radical feminism is the term for that component of the second wave of feminism (in the United States, the phase of the movement that emerged in the 1960s) that most directly confronts mens sexual exploitation of women. In the three decades that I have been involved in radical feminist projects, this analysis has become more useful than ever in explaining an increasingly corrosive society, the mainstreaming of sexual exploitation, and the epidemic levels of sexual intrusion.

Yet both conservatives and liberals routinely dismiss radical feminism as dangerous, out of date, irrelevant. Why would an analysis that offers a compe...

09:21

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 34 stan van houcke

Vrijdag 4 november 2016 liet Ian Buruma de wereld het volgende weten:

So far, in Europe and the US, the demagogues can only serve up dreams: taking back our country, making it great again, and so on. To stop such dreams from becoming political nightmares, something more is needed than technocratic expertise, or calls for civility and moderation. Angry people cannot easily be persuaded by luminous reason. They must be offered an alternative vision.

The problem today, all over the world, is that such an alternative is not readily at hand. The French Revolution happened more than two centuries ago. Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity is only a historic slogan today. But this might be a good time to update it. 

09:08

Uzbekistan Restoring Closer Military Ties with Russia EurasiaNet.org - The Bug Pit

Uzbekistan has agreed to buy Russian attack helicopters, the latest sign that the new leadership in Tashkent is committed to reversing the country's previous policy of shunning Moscow's military advances.

The purchase of the 12 Mi-35 helicopters wasn't formally announced, but reported by Russian news agency TASS, citing a diplomatic source. The source said the deal was reached after prolonged negotiations during the visit of Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev to Tashkent in November.

The deal appears to be the first significant arms purchase made under the leadership of Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who assumed power last year after the death of longtime president Islam Karimov. Mirziyoyev has been opening up the country in a variety of directions, including in the military sphere.

And he seems to be opening up to no one as much as Russia. In October the two countries held their first joint military exercises since 2005. Uzbekistan also took part, albeit in a limited fashion, in Russia-led exercises in Tajikistan earlier this year, which would not have happened under Karimov

Karimov had distrusted Russia, and many of Uzbekistan's most noteworthy arms acquisitions under him came from Europe, the United States, or China.

Given the apparent new pro-Russian mood in Tashkent, Moscow's arms manufacturers have high hopes

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09:07

Moroccan MPs propose bill to criminalize normalization with Israel Aletho News

Palestine Information Center December 12, 2017 RABAT Members of the Moroccan parliament on Monday condemned the US president Donald Trumps decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem which he has recently recognized as the capital of Israel. During a parliament session held on Monday and attended by the Palestinian ambassador to Morocco, []

08:59

Bethlehem Mayor Responds to Israeli Report on Christmas Aletho News

IMEMC | December 12, 2017 The mayor of Bethlehem, lawyer Anton Salman, on Monday, made comments about an Israeli report which portrayed Bethlehem city as if it were simply celebrating Christmas and separating itself from the Palestinian struggle, and the ongoing political situation, while there are protests and clashes currently ongoing in all Palestinian cities,  []

08:40

French firm paid $15m to groups including IS in Syria, lawyers claim Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Cement company Lafarge paid militants to keep operating in war-torn Syria, rights group lawyers say

08:07

#Turkey: Kurdish Anarchist Caught up in Glenist Purge Enough is Enough!

Press release by anarchists from the Turkish territory.

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Originally published by Anarchist News. Translated and edited from Sosyal Savas.

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

Read all our reports about prisoners; here.

Turkey: Kurdish Anarchist Caught up in Glenist Purge

The pro-government press reports about anarchist shak Tayak are full of lies!

Our friend shak has been arrested as a member of the Islamic, pro-capitalist Glen movement. In the pre-dawn hours of October 2, special ops police raided his Istanbul home, where they beat him before taking him into custody. shak, a Kurdish self-identified anarchist and atheist, was later cha...

08:03

Protesting U.S. supported Saudi-led war on Yemen at U.S. Mission to the U.N. leads to 15 arrests The Nuclear Resister

from RT.com Activists handcuffed by NYPD at U.S. mission to U.N. over Yemen protest [Update: 15 protesters were arrested, not 14] Fourteen protesters staging a civil disobedience action were led away handcuffed by New York police outside the U.S. mission to the U.N. Activists were holding Let Yemen Live and Stop Bombing Yemen placards. The []

07:46

Texas Cop Indicted for Shooting Unarmed Man Burglarizing Own Truck Photography is Not a Crime

The Texas cop who shot an unarmed man for trying to break into his own truck shooting him again after the man resisted an anal cavity search was indicted by a grand jury last week.

The jury got it right, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson announced after the indictment.

We will be prosecuting this case very vigorously, we are seeking whatever we can get out of this case, she said, vowing to seek the maximum punishment for Mesquite cop Derrick L. Wiley.

Dallas County DA Faith Johnson announces indictment of former Mesquite Police officer Derick Wiley

Lyndo Jones was shot while attempting to disable the alarm on his truck, which had malfunctioned on November 8.

Police said they were responding to reports of a possible car burglary after somebody nearby called 911 after hearing the alarm.

Seconds after their arrival, Wiley shot Jones in the stomach.

Then, after he resisted an anal cavity search, he was shot a second time in the back.

Within 10 seconds of their arrival, he had been shot it the stomach, Lee Merritt, an attorney representing 31-year-old Lyndo Jones, told WFAA8.

While on the street suffering from his wound, officers attempted to perform a cavity search and he reacted to that, and he was shot a second time in his back.

Mr. Jones reacted to the unlawful sodomy and was consequently shot a second time in the back,  Justine Moore, another attorney representing Jones, said in a written statement.

Emergency personnel transported Jones to the Baylor Medical Center where he was handcuffed and shackled to his hospital bed and denied visits from his family.

In an attempt to avoid liability for the shooting, Mesquite police initially charged Jones with evading arrest.

The only problem was Jones didnt commit a crime in the first place, so police had no legal reason to arrest him.

That truck was his, Moore said.

How can you burglarize your own car?

Jones remaine...

07:42

Kitos War: Barbaric jewish history from the 1st and 2nd centuries Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitos_War The Kitos War (115117; Hebrew: : mered hagaluyot or mered hatfutzot [ ]; translation: rebellion of the diaspora. Latin: Tumultus Iudaicus) occurred during the period of the JewishRoman wars, 66136. While the majority of the Roman armies were fighting Trajans Parthian War on the eastern border of the Roman Empire, major uprisings by []

07:34

Surprising Moment Caught On Video At Putins Syrian Victory Announcement Ceremony ThereAreNoSunglasses

Humiliating moment Assad is stopped from following Putin by Russian soldiers on SYRIAN soil during victory announcement

  • Putin was in Syria to announce a victory following Russian intervention in Syria
  • Clip shows Syrian president Bashar al-Assad walking behind Kremlin strongman
  • But a Russian soldier then puts his hand on Assads arm and tells him to wait
  • Humiliating scene is believed to have been captured at a airbase near Latakia

This is the humiliating moment Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was stopped from following...

07:26

Saudi Arabia: The Coming Crisis in the Kingdom Geopolitics Alert

Riyadh (AMN) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has, in recent months, tightened their blockade on the war ravaged country of Yemen. The justification for this tightening was the launch of a long range ballistic missile by Houthi rebels towards the capital city of Riyadh in November. Despite these heavy handed tactics in Yemen which have been criticized by the UN, EU, and multiple humanitarian organizations, the Kingdom has made a desperate attempt to improve their international image in the past year. US President Donald Trump, although supportive of the intervention, recently made a statement urging Saudi Arabia to end their blockade and allow humanitarian aid into Yemen. As the power within the monarchy shifts, international conflict escalates, internal tensions rise, and the desperate need for economic diversification looms overhead, how will the House of Saud handle the inevitable rough waters ahead?

The Missile

The Houthi missile travelled almost 1000 km and nearly struck the heart of the Kingdom in the capital city of Riyadh before it was intercepted over the international airport, according to Saudi officials. However, a recent New York Times analysis suggests that the Patriot Missile Defense System failed five times to intercept the missile, which may have merely broke apart due to sheer speed and force. According to the analysis, the warhead of the missile did indeed strike and detonated about 19 km from the rest of the debris as the deadly warhead flew right over the missile defense system. The explosion was about 2 km away from a domestic terminal crowded with civilians.

If this analysis is true, the failure of the Patriot Defense System will surely cast doubt upon the defense capabilities of other countries that rely on it, such as Israel, South Korea, Japan, and Germany. At the same time, this will embolden their enemies, such as North Korea and the Houthis, to further develop their own missile program in order to exploit this weakness. So far, the conflict has mostly impacted the Saudi border regions, in particular the areas around Najran. However, as the Houthis continue to demonstrate the long range capabilities of their missiles, nobody in the country will feel safe and the situation will likely continue to escalate.

RELATED: [VIDEO] Saudis Did NOT Intercept Yemeni Missile

The Public Relations Push

The House of Saud and their rising star Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are not oblivious to global opinions. An extremely strict Wahabbi Sharia Law system, a bloody military intervention in Yemen, and the Machiavelli...

07:18

North Carolina Ex-Cop Writes Jail Letters to Teen Girl he Impregnated, Resulting in Further Prison Time Photography is Not a Crime

It is not uncommon for men to get lonely in jail, but a fired North Carolina police officer took it too far when he attempted to contact a now 15-year-old girl he impregnated.

James Blair, 51, is a former cop with the Lowell Police Department. PINAC News first reported on how he impregnated a 14-year-old girl in 2016.

Blair has been in prison since March 2017 after he plead guilty to felony statutory rape. He was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison.

Blair attempted to write his female victim a jailhouse style letter and he succeeded several times, sending the letters to family members with instructions to forward it to the teen victim.

Eventually, prison officials were able to intercept the letters before they even made it out of the prison.

But by then, Blair had already sent the girl several letters, even though the sentencing judge gave him specific instructions not to contact the victim.

Now he will have to serve an extra two years in prison.

Blairs infractions are considered a Class B offense, which includes communicating directly, indirectly, via a third party, or in any manner with victims, or family members of the victims.

I was amazed that he was stupid enough to do it, said Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell

The victims mother stated the following concerning the letters:

It makes me want to kill him. Whatever with jail. Jail doesnt mean anything. The man is still doing it. Apparently hes getting by with everything. I called the prison several times and said theres letters getting out. Every time I try to push this back out of my mind, he just continuously does this. This child is (now) 15 years old. This has made her sick.

But even while Blair was in jail awaiting trial, he attempted to contact the victim via collect calls from the county jail, of course all of the calls were rejected.

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07:01

Advocating for Israel pays well: Salaries of nonprofit heads Aletho News

Rabbi Marvin Hier (center) and his wife Marlene with actor Dustin Hoffman at the premiere of Against the Tide on February 4, 2009 in Los Angeles. The Hiers and their son receive total annual compensation of $1.4 million. If Americans Knew | December 12, 2017 Heads of nonprofits that support Israel receive compensation in the []

06:52

Israeli security interests dominate EU diplomacy Aletho News

By Ramona Wadi | MEMO | December 12, 2017 The EU Foreign Policy Chief has told Benjamin Netanyahu that there will be no mass relocation of embassies to Jerusalem. Federica Mogherini insisted that this will be the case in response to the Israeli Prime Ministers comment that most European countries would follow Donald Trumps unilateral []

06:46

On the secular communist and Arab/Syrian nationalist protest in Beirut on Sunday The Angry Arab News Service/

For the live of me I still can't understand how Anne Barnard reported that there were Hizbullah flags. It was very clear that Hizbullah--for whatever--reasons did not want to join in the secular leftist and Arab and Syrian nationalist protest on Sunday, and held their own rally yesterday in the southern suburbs. Here are images of flags raised in the protest. Do you see any Hizbullah flags?

05:48

U.S. Surrenders On Syria - Resistance Turns Eyes On Israel Moon of Alabama

This New Yorker piece is notable for its arrogant headline, and several false assertions. Those may be necessary to divert from its real message - the U.S. surrender to the realities of Syria: Trump to Let Assad Stay Until 2021,...

05:35

#Korydallos: Prison Struggle Continues! Enough is Enough!

Greece: Statement by the Committee of Prison Struggle -men and womens prisons in Korydallos (wings A B C D E and section A of the underground annex).

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Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Black Cat.

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

Read all our reports about Korydallos prison; here.

Korydallos: Prison Struggle Continues!

In the context of the national mobilization in Greeces prisons against the fascist provisions of the new penal code, the Committee of Prison Struggle mailed hundreds of signatures (1100 to be precise) of prisoners to the ministry, with the protocol number 66428, which ratifies the decision to continue our struggle despite the reform bill being frozen for the time being.

We will not get affected by the damage caused by postponement, which the ministry uses in order to deceive us so that our mobilization would be forgotten and will become idle. Actually the effect...

05:35

Frances Macron and Saudi Prince in Artful Deception Aletho News

By Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation | 12.12.2017 A week after French President Emmanuel Macron opened the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, a painting attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci went on sale for a record $450 million at an auction in New York City. It was then reported that the buyer turned out to be none []

05:35

Militants have created a new fake and are developing another false flag operation InformNapalm.org (English)

On December 1, another information warfare operation has been launched on the Russian social networks, blogs and...

The post Militants have created a new fake and are developing another false flag operation appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

05:23

US Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Donald Trump's decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal triggered a 60-day window for Congress to decide on reimposing sanctions

05:20

I am summoned by the Lebanese Ministry of Justice over a tweet The Angry Arab News Service/

Under pressure from the orphans of the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, i.e.  Lebanese Forces and their media like LBC TV station, the Minister of Justice of Lebanon succumbed to pressures and ordered a summon for me based on...a tweet.  The tweet was a "quoted tweet" in which I comment on a tweet by the Twitter page of UNIFIL in Lebanon in which it reported a high level meeting between "senior Lebanese Army officers" and Israeli occupation officers.  This happened the day after the Jerusalem move by the US.  I wrote: "Disgrace. Disgrace.  Lebanese Army commanders meet with officers of the Israeli enemy while Arab streets are boiling with anger over Jerusalem.  Let us call for disarming the Lebanese Army while keeping the arms of the resistance".    (The last sentence was written as irony but some Lebanese--like Americans--don't have an appetite for irony).  As you know, the Lebanese resistance movement started in 1978 by a bunch of Marxist-Leninists and later broadened to include other secular and leftist forces and later other Islamist-oreinted forces.  Throughout those times, the defense of Lebanon against Israeli aggression and occupation was undertaken by those volunteers with the exception of the time when Emile Lahhud led the Lebanese Army and when he was president, and insisted that the Army be used in defense of Lebanon.  I have lived in the US uninterruptedly since 1983, and yet the Lebanese Ministry of Justice can still be concerned over my tweets from California.

PS If I were a pro-Saudi right-wing Hariri writer, the story would have been picked up by all Western correspondents in Beirut and by Human Rights Watch office in Beirut. They would have raised a hue and cry over the muzzling of freedom of speech.  But the views of anti-Israel leftists, are not considered worthy of protection by those people.

04:50

NYC subway jihad bomber recently visited Bangladesh, only left apartment to go to mosque Jihad Watch

One might almost get the idea that this attack had something to do with Islam. Cue the backlash and nothing to do with Islam articles from the likes of professional liars such as Haroon Moghul (Dwayne) and Qasim Rashid. Port Authority bombing suspect wrote on Facebook: Trump you failed to protect your nation,' by Katherine []

04:47

New York subway jihad bomber wrote: Trump you failed to protect your nation Jihad Watch

But he entered the country in 2011, when Barack Obama was President, by means of a program that President Trump wants to end. And it isnt Trump, but his political opponents, who are fighting tooth and nail to keep the immigration door open wide, regardless of the threat from jihadis among the Muslim migrants. So []

04:42

IsraelGate: The Arrogance of Jewish Power in the United States The Anti-Media

(AHT)  The revelation that the Trump transition team colluded with Israel to sabotage a foreign policy initiative by the Obama White House made the news, sort of, when the story broke at the end of November. But it has since died, pushed down by the relentless pressure in the media to disappear all things critical of Israel or its behavior.

Thanks to the ongoing investigation of Russiagate by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, we Americans have learned that prior to President Donald Trumps inauguration, some of his closest advisers responded to Israeli solicitation to derail a United Nations vote on illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The effort to help Israel was implemented behind the scenes and in opposition to the official U.S. foreign policy.

Possible collusion with a foreign state has produced an avalanche of negative press coverage and congressional baying for blood related to Moscow and its President Vladimir Putin but similar action on the part of Israel has produced little to nothing in terms of a response from the Fourth Estate and political class.

Perhaps not too surprising, the story has actually taken a different turn, producing some opinion pieces, mostly from American Jews, insisting that Jared Kushner, the presidential son-in-law who was behind the effort, did the right thing because it was done for Israel. It is a sure sign of the invulnerability of those exercising Jewish power in the United States that something very close to treason involving a foreign country can be applauded with impunity. This is in spite of the fact that successful attempts to bury the story and even to justify what was done inevitably raises the issue of dual loyalty on the part of some American Jews who clearly see Israel as something that has to be protected and cherished even when it means doing serious damage to the American people and U.S. national interests.

One of the most illustrative opinion pieces written by an Israel firster appeared recently in Forward, Americas leading Jewish news and information website. It was entitled Jared Kushner Was Right To Collude with Russia because he did it for Israel before it was changed in the online edition to Was Kushner doing the right thing? The author, Daniel Kohn, lives in San Diego California. The article is particularly interesting as it makes a grotesque convoluted effort to not only justify what took place but...

04:23

Talk Nation Radio: U.S. Military Promotes New Genetic Extinction Technology World Beyond War . . .

Jonathan R. Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics and genetic engineering. Dr. Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators.

His latest article is Gates Foundation Hired PR Firm to Manipulate UN Over Gene Drives.

See also:
https://bioscienceresource.org
http://poisonpapers.org
http://independentsciencenews.org
http://www.etcgroup.org
http://www.etcgroup.org/content/gene-drive-files
http://www.gmwatch.org/en/

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04:22

The State Departments naughty lists StephenKinzer.com

MOST OF US carry lists in our heads. They help us deal with the world. We have mental lists of people we like or dislike, foods we enjoy or avoid, and politicians we admire or detest. This is a useful impulse for individuals, but it is dangerous for nations. Over the last few decades, the United []

04:02

UN experts do not confirm Iran link to Yemen missiles: Report Aletho News

Press TV December 12, 2017 UN experts, who examined the debris from missiles fired from Yemen at Saudi Arabia earlier in the year, have not confirmed that the projectiles were Iranian-made as claimed by the Riyadh regime and the US. The missiles were fired by Yemeni Houthi fighters at the Saudi capital on July []

04:00

Happy Hanukkah! BBC Watch

Wishing all our readers celebrating the Festival of Lights a very happy holiday.

 


03:52

Putins Syrian withdrawal announcement: an analysis The Vineyard of the Saker

Putins Syrian withdrawal announcement: neither a full Russian withdrawal nor victory in Syria by Alexander Mercouris (cross-posted with The Duran by special agreement with the author) At a time when

03:51

We overstepped in that case David Brooks offers another empty apology for supporting Iraq war Mondoweiss

On Charlie Rose in November, David Brooks tried to explain away the Iraq war he had supported, saying it hadnt worked out:

Iraq was Iraq, and it didnt work out. But at least it was a belief in essential progress that history is not just an endless war of all against all, but a common march toward a more common future.

Last Thursday Brooks tried again, in a debate in New York on the proposition, Liberals hold the moral high ground.

Arguing for liberals, Howard Dean said, The Vietnam war was on us [Democrats] for the most part; Iraq, the second Iraq war, was on Republicans for the most part. But there was a substantive difference between the parties, Dean went on. Democrats tend to require better records on human rights of the rulers they support, Republicans leave that out of the equation.

Brooks responded:

I was so-called neoconservative. Thats what we cared about. We wanted to defeat the Soviet Union to preserve the human rights of the Soviet Union. We went into Iraq because we thought it would help for democracy around the world, and we overstepped in that case. But it was a human rights-based, democracy- and freedom-based foreign policy that Ronald Reagan stood for.

Sadly, no one pressed the neoconservatives Iraq story. Though at other times in the debate Brooks struck conservative themes that, had he taken them seriously, should have stopped him from supporting the Iraq invasion.

Notably, Brooks said he was a socialist through college, till he became a police reporter in Chicago and saw that well intentioned social programs urban renewal destroyed neighborhoods in Cabrini Green and the Robert Taylor homes.

It taught me a great truth. That the world is very complicated and we have to be very careful about how we mess with it. I read a guy I had hated in college, named Edmund Burke, who had a phrase, epistemological modesty. He said, Be careful about thinking you can radically change the world. And I covered that wreckage. I became a conservative because I think change should be incremental, gradual and slow, and We shouldnt be arrogant in  the use of power.

David Bromwich of Yale University is probably the worlds leading scholar of the conservative thinker, Edmund Burke. Bromwich notes that Brooks has never really come clean on Iraq, and that hes not alone.

Brooks hasnt ever said he was wrong to promote the Iraq war. You get the same reticence in George Packer and other mainstream opinion writers as if we couldnt know better at the time. But of course we could know better and many said so a...

03:34

Robin Wright admits that the Borg has lost in Syria Sic Semper Tyrannis

" ... given the political and military realities, U.S. officials have now concluded that any transition of power would depend on a credible election conducted by the United Nations. And the physical realities in Syria today are just as tough....

03:33

Censored News targeted in law enforcement dragnet of Standing Rock water protectors CENSORED NEWS

Censored News coverage of Standing Rock water protectors, police excessive force and DAPL security brutality. Collusion of big oil, big money and law enforcement results in targeting of Censored News for coverage of Standing Rock Water Protectors By Brenda Norrell, publisher Censored News The Intercept exposed a blueprint of the intelligence operation at the North Dakota fusion center

03:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/12/12 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2017/12/12 16:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

03:27

G. Kalaitzidis on being Targeted by the Authorities and Refuting Media Narratives for the Anarchist Collective Rouvikonas Enough is Enough!

G. Kalaitzidis on being Targeted by the Authorities and Refuting Media Narratives for the Anarchist Collective Rouvikonas.

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Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Black Cat.

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

G. Kalaitzidis on being Targeted by the Authorities and Refuting Media Narratives for the Anarchist Collective Rouvikonas

As everyone must have realized by now, the dominant narrative of the media and the entire political opposition is that Rouvikonas enjoys some kind of tolerance from the Syriza- Independent Greeks government. News reports, live shows, a number of politicians in and out of the parliament, but mainly the president of the conservative party New Democracy, have complained with every opportunity they get for the unprevented actions of the anarchist collective Rouvikonas. Recently, the National Federation of Police Officers stated, more or less, that none of us has a criminal record and that the police has never been ordered to...

03:07

ISIS Is Defeated - U.S. Next In Line stan van houcke

Syria - ISIS Is Defeated - The U.S. Is Next In Line

The Islamic State in Syrian and Iraq is officially defeated. The UN resolution which allowed other countries to fight ISIS within Syria and Iraq no longer applies. But the U.S. military, despite the lack of any legal basis, wants to continue its occupation of Syria's north-east. The attempt to do so will fail. Its Kurdish allies in the area are already moving away from it and now prefer Russian protection. Guerrilla forces to fight the U.S. "presence" are being formed. The U.S. plan is shortsighted and stupid. If the U.S. insists on staying there many of its soldiers will die.
Two days ago the Syrian Arab Army closed the last gaps on the west bank of the Euphrates. Having fought all the way from Aleppo along the river towards the east the Tiger Force reached the liberated Deir Ezzor from the west. All settlements on the way are now controlled by the Syrian government. The remaining Islamic State fighters were pushed into the desert where they will be hunted down and killed.

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Two days ago the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, declared a "complete victory" in Syria:
Two hours ago, the (Russian) defense minister reported to me that the operations on the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates have been completed with the total rout of the terrorists, Putin said.Naturally, there could still be some pockets of resistance, but overall the military work at this stage and on this territory is completed with, I repeat, the total rout of the terrorists, he said.
Today the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi ...

03:05

Netanyahu rebuffed by EU stan van houcke

Netanyahu rebuffed by EU after saying he expects bloc to back Jerusalem move

#Occupation
The Israeli prime minister said the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem 'makes peace possible'
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini looks on during a press conference at the European Council in Brussels (AFP)
...

03:00

The Corruption Fight Gets Ugly in Ukraine Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

Improved economic performance and ongoing stalemate in the civil war are the backdrop to a new political struggle between the West-backed government of President Poroshenko and the two-year-old National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Since Ukraines independence in 1991, so called clans of oligarchs have run the country, controlling large media outlets, powerful parliament blocs, private armies and parts of the security forces, and even in some cases maintaining strong ties to organized crime, particularly in the countrys south and southeastern regions.

Now West-imposed anti-corruption reforms are making political and business elites nervous after a string of high-profile sting operations and arrests. Tensions are rising between the anti-corruption agency and its political masters, who are accused of using Ukraines courts and the security services to derail its work, all the while passing motions in parliament to weaken NABU. Over this period, the Wests ability to pressure the Ukrainian establishment has declined in part because Ukraines improved economic performance makes it less dependent on outside assistance.

Up until recently, the Trump administration has focused more on Ukraines outward security situation and less on the domestic fight against corruption. However, the U.S. has come out strongly behind NABU in this most recent fight dominating the headlines in Kiev.

 

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02:54

Condemning Trumps Jerusalem decision is not enough. We must recognise Palestine Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The international community must respond to America's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by recognising the Palestinian state immediately

02:53

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CNN Mounts New Attack On President Trump

CNN Mounts New Attack On President Trump
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02:52

Revisiting Dictatorship in Indonesia: The Good Old Days? Geopolitical Monitor

 

The late Soeharto has become something of a poster boy for leadership as the nation searches for a president who can effectively deliver the goods.

Photos of the smiling president, who ruled Indonesia between 1966-1998, appear everywhere, with the caption in Javanese piye kabare, isih penak jamanku, tho? (How are you, better in my era, wasnt it?) a reminder that, for some, life was so much better then. The Soeharto posters and memes have been going viral since the 2014 election and are still circulating now.

Soeharto was a dictator, there is no doubt about it, though his supporters would claim that he was a noble one. But the point of the poster is that Indonesia had a leader who delivered the goods, something that no other president since then has been able to match, so his supporters claim.

Soeharto, who ruled with an iron fist, did deliver justice, security and welfare, but it is debatable whether his successors have fared better or worse. Ruling the country for 32 years, he was bound to have delivered something, while his successors have been subject to periodic democratic elections and limited to ruling for no more than two five-year terms.

The bigger question, and this was one of the topics discussed at the recent Bali Civil Society and Media Forum, is whether democracy can deliver justice, security and welfare to the people, all the people.

Indonesia, now a democracy for nearly 20 years, albeit a struggling one, makes a good case study to answer this question, by comparing the ability of the two political systems in bringing greater prosperity to the people.

The track record of Indonesia since 1998 has not been bad, although perhaps underappreciated.

The economy has improved significantly, in terms of overall GDP and per-capita-income growth, and the government today provides many services such as free health care, 12-year compulsory free education, and cash assistance for the poor. Indonesia today is the 16th-largest economy in the world, and many predict that it will be in the top 10 by 2025 and top five by 2040.

We have a growing middle class, reflected by the number cellphones, cars and motorcycles, and a growing appetite for holidays, both at home and abroad.

And there is freedom, all kinds of freedom, something that distinguishes todays era from that of Soehartos. Why then do some people still feel that they miss Soeharto?

Perhaps they dont really miss him, but they miss the certainty, the swift way decisions were made and the security he provided. They miss the effectiveness and efficiency that an authoritarian regime can deliver.

Democracy, unfortunately, is almost anything but.

Decisions are made through an arduous and cumbersome process, and the government is often mired in stagnation. Every single major decision has to undergo the democratic processes, meaning noisy public debates and endless deliberation b...

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Syrian War Report December 12, 2017: Govt Forces Liberated 67,000km2 Over 7 Months The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-12-2017-govt-forces-liberated-67000km2-over-7-months/ Over 1,000 localities, 78 oil and gas fields and two deposits of phosphate ores have been liberated in Syria over the past 227 days, commander of Russias military group

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Corporate media tacitly justify the murder of Palestinian children stan van houcke

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Russia suspends diplomatic presence in Yemen and moves to Riyadh Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Bad Moon Rising Aletho News

A new cabinet will mark neocon ascendancy By Philip Giraldi Unz Review December 12, 2017 Back during the admittedly brief shock and awe period that immediately followed on the Trump electoral victory, it appeared that there might be an actual realignment of American foreign policy. The neoconservatives virtually unanimously had opposed Donald Trump []

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Germany: Muslim migrant spits on customers food in restaurant, makes Hitler salute Jihad Watch

More glories of diversity and multiculturalism in Merkels Germany, as a Muslim migrant (Senegal is 94% Muslim) makes his contempt known for the most vile of created beings (Quran 98:6), that is, non-Muslims. Spits on fast food, arrested, Hitler salute shown, translated from Aufs Fastfood gespuckt, gepbelt, Hitlergru gezeigt, Rundblick-Unna, December 10, 2017: Maybe not []

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Video: Robert Spencer on NRATV on jihad threats and holiday travel concerns Jihad Watch

This video is from November 20, but in light of yesterdays jihad bombing in the New York subway, it is all the more timely.

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Angels Heard on High! Hanan Ashrawi Responds to Mike Pences Biblical Defense of Jerusalem Fig Trees and Vineyards

Hanan Ashrawi is a Palestinian Christian and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Counciland she has a few words to say to US Vice President Mike Pence: Hanan Ashrawi in response to Mike Pence's biblical defense of Jerusalem: "I belong to the oldest Christian tradition in the world, and I don't believe that God ordained []

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German government investigating nearly 1,000 cases of Islamic jihad terrorism Jihad Watch

And 157 cases of non-Islamic terrorism. What was that you were saying about all religions having extremists? Anyway, Chancellor Merkel, take a bow. This is your doing. More than 1,100 terrorism cases, translated from Mehr als 1.100 Terrorismus-Verfahren, Deutscher Bundestag, December 11, 2017 (thanks to Stan): Berlin: (hib / PST) In the area of responsibility []

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US Reform Jews endorse land theft in Israel and occupied territories Mondoweiss

Editors Note: These days Reform Jewry is in a pickle. It first condemned Trumps recognition of Jerusalem, then Dani Dayan, the Israeli consul general, expressed grief over the Reform statement, and so did Malcolm Hoenlein, and the next day the Reforms reversed course and said the recognition was a great thing. Here is some other distressing news from the largest Jewish denomination in the U.S., supposedly a progressive group. Our correspondent wishes to remain anonymous. 

The Union for Reform Judaism, or URJ, Biennial is the largest gathering of the largest Jewish denomination. It took place last week in Boston.  There were 13 major speakers. Alongside Elizabeth Warren and the Governor of Massachussetts, and Fran Drescher and Krista Tippett, were two Israelis: David Grossman and the Chairman of the Jewish National Fund, Daniel Atar.

So, the only Israeli organization the URJ showcased in prime time is the Jewish National Fund. Granted that the URJ absolutely must showcase Israel (why?), did it have to be the champion of land theft in Israel and the West Bank?

The organization that sweeps the ghosts of the Palestinian villages of the Nakba under its man-made forests?

There are so many non-partisan organizations that are well known in the U.S. Reform Jewish community and that reasonable people could accept.  Life-saving organizations such as Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross) or liberal religious organizations such as one of the URJs affiliates, the Israeli Reform movement.,

Looks like the URJ is determined to put the violence and dispossession of Zionism on the table.

So lets have the debate.

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In the wake of the NYC subway jihad bombing, Muslim Americans are bracing for backlash Jihad Watch

NYC Police have identified this morning's #PortAuthority subway bombing suspect as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah. As the story develops, Muslim Americans are bracing for backlash: pic.twitter.com/L47LRvmfmo Splinter (@splinter_news) December 11, 2017 Again we see it: for the establishment media, Muslims are always the primary victims of Islamic jihad massacres and attempted massacres. Imagine the hysterics []

01:49

Brazil: North in crisis over Venezuela migration Fausta's Blog

Via commenter Old Timer, Northern Brazil under State of Emergency over Mass Immigration of Venezuelans The regional government of northern Roraima in Brazil has declared a state of emergency following the mass immigration of Venezuelans fleeing their countrys crisis over the past months. . . . The mass exodus of Venezuelans has created serious difficulties for the teams in charge of []

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Prophecies and Politics: How US Evangelical Christians Pushed for Jerusalem Move The Anti-Media

Religious conservative groups have lobbied for policy relocating US embassy to Jerusalem from biblical standpoint.

(MEE)  God is not a real estate agent, the former bishop of Jerusalem said in response to US evangelical support for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Evangelical advocacy for Israel is a political position rooted in theology, experts say.

President Donald Trump went against the advice of allies and warnings of foes and announced on Wednesday plans to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The US religious right was a driving force behind the move, which left Washington isolated on the world stage, analysts say.

I have no doubt that evangelicals played a meaningful role in this decision, Johnnie Moore, a spokesperson for My Faith Votes, a large evangelical political group, told Reuters.

The policy shift was an unprecedented move that garnered international and domestic condemnations, even from states and politicians that are friendly to Israel.

While leading Christian figures across the world have opposed Trumps decision, the US religious rights influence helped make it a reality.

Several Christian groups had issued statements and action alerts to push for recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital.

East Jerusalem was illegally occupied by Israel in 1967 and annexed in 1980. The status of the city, which is home to holy sites for all Abrahamic faiths, remains disputed. The recent US decision angered Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, sparking protests across the world.

Belittling Almighty God

US evangelical political activists view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a biblical lens. In their interpretation, the scripture promises Jerusalem to the Jewish people for all time. They cite a verse from the Books of Chronicles that quotes God as saying: I have chosen Jerusalem that my name may be there and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

A wider theological aspect of the evangelical support for Israel stems from the fundamentalist notion that the establishment and preservation of Israel as a Jewish state will hasten the second coming of the Christian messiah, Jesus Christ.

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Gary Lineker hounded on Twitter for sharing video of caged Palestinian children Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Food Insecurity in Silicon Valley cryptogon.com

Via: Guardian: In a region famed for its foodie culture, where the well-heeled can dine on gold-flecked steaks, $500 tasting menus and $29 loaves of bread, hunger is alarmingly widespread, according to a new study shared exclusively with the Guardian. One in four people in Silicon Valley are at risk of hunger, researchers at the []

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35,000 jihadists now present in the UK, almost two full World War II divisions Jihad Watch

What could possibly go wrong? Diversity is our strength! The only problem is those greasy Islamophobes, i.e., foes of jihad terror, but Theresa May has done a bang-up job of keeping out the foreign ones and persecuting the ones at home. The tip of the spear 35,000 jihadists are present in UK, about two WWII []

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Ex-Spy Chief Admits Role In Deep State Intelligence War On Trump Aletho News

By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | December 12, 2107 An ex-spy chief who spoke out publicly against Trump while inspiring other career intelligence figures to follow suit has admitted his leading role in the intelligence community waging political war against the president, describing his actions as something he didnt fully think through. In a []

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Multiple inaccuracies in BBC WS Jerusalem history backgrounder BBC Watch

Like the BBC News website, BBC World Service radio produced a considerable amount of coverage concerning the US presidents December 6th announcement concerning Jerusalem and the US embassy in Israel even before that announcement had been made.

One of the many items broadcast to listeners around the world during that run-up time is of particular interest because it was presented to audiences as an academic account of Jerusalems history and therefore by implication, both accurate and impartial.

The final item in the December 6th afternoon edition of Newshour was introduced by presenter James Coomarasamy (from 48:20 here) as follows:...

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Policing for Profit: Jeff Sessions & Co.s Thinly Veiled Plot to Rob Us Blind Newsbud

Under the guise of fighting crime, Jeff Sessions, the nations top law enforcement official, gave police the green light to rob, pilfer, steal, thieve, swipe, purloin, filch and liberate American taxpayers of even more of their hard-earned valuables (especially if it happens to be significant amounts of cash) using any means, fair or foul. In this case, the foul method favored by Sessions & Co. is civil asset forfeiture, which allows police and prosecutors to seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgetsall without so much as charging you with a crime. Under a federal equitable sharing program, police turn asset forfeiture cases over to federal agents who process seizures and then return 80% of the proceeds to the police. (In Michigan, police actually get to keep up to 100% of forfeited property.) This incentive-driven excuse for stealing from the citizenry is more accurately referred to as policing for profit or theft by cop.

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Democrats abandon the resist Trump movement when it comes to Jerusalem Mondoweiss

Democrats usually jump at opportunities to counter Trumps reckless and incendiary policies. That is, when the policies dont have to do with the state of Israel.

The origins of the Jerusalem controversy date back to the 1947 UN General Assembly partition dividing Palestine into two states (under protest by the majority Palestinian population living there). Rather than giving Jerusalem either to Israel or Palestine, the UN recommended the city be corpus separatum, a separated body, administered by the United Nations. The UNs plan was never implemented. Instead in 1948 Israel ended up with control of the Western half of the city and Jordan held East Jerusalem and the West Bank. In 1967, Israel unified the city by occupying the eastern half as well.

Despite numerous UN resolutions calling for Israel to withdraw, Israel has continued to hold the land and take concrete measures to annex it. These actions have included the building of the separation wall to include East Jerusalem within Israels boundaries, revoking the residency permits of Palestinian Jerusalemites, home demolitions and ongoing settlement growth. An 2017 bill in the Knesset even tried to formally annex 19 settlements surrounding Jerusalem into the Jerusalem municipality. Transportation Minister Israel Katz proudly declared the intent of the legislation as being to ensure a Jewish majority in the united city and to expand its borders by adding 150,000 residents to the area of a greater Jerusalem. Israeli anti-settlement group, Peace Now, succeeded in generating enough opposition that its authors watered it down from blatant annexation. The Prime Minister delayed the planned October 2017 vote on it due to lack of support and possible U.S. disapproval. However, if passed, it would still amount to de facto annexation of the 19 settlements.

From 1967 through today, all countries in the world, in accordance with the UNs original plan, have refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. U.S. policy had been that the citys status should be not be determined unilaterally but throug...

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Netanyahu: The Bible Proves Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel The Anti-Media

(ANTIWAR.COM Visiting Brussels on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not only defended President Trumps decision to declare Jerusalem as Israels capital, but pressed all European nations to follow his example.

Netanyahu cited the Bible as proof of the position, saying that the Bible makes it clear Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, saying it was absurd of European officials not to accept that position out of hand.

The status of Jerusalem, in reality, is intensely contested, because it is religiously significant to multiple religions, and is claimed as the cpaital of not just Israel, but of Palestine as well. That Israel has expanded the definition of Greater Jerusalem to include large amounts of Palestine only makes such declarations more controversial.

Indeed, the occupation is a big reason why up Trumps declaration, no nation had accepted Israels claim of Jerusalem as a capital, and everyone had their embassies in Tel Aviv. The rest of the world largely maintains that such a position will remain until the resolution of the occupation and the establishment of permanent borders.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

 

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Robert Spencer video: Texas Muslim brothers become devout, join jihad group Jihad Watch

In this new video, I discuss the case of Arman and Omar Ali, Muslim brothers from Texas who became devout in their observance of Islam and then joined the Islamic State (ISIS).

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Heres How to Shut Down the Internet: Snip Undersea Fiber-Optic Cables cryptogon.com

Via: McClatchy: Hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable lay on the ocean floors, a crucial part of the global internets backbone, and only rarely do ship anchors, undersea landslides or saboteurs disrupt them. Still, a few voices now call for stronger global mechanisms and even military action to protect the cables against future []

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Iran: Trumps move will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and will double the unity of Muslims Jihad Watch

Oh, come now, Hatami. If you werent vowing the destruction of the Zionist regime over this, you would be vowing the destruction of the Zionist regime over that. There are no circumstances in which you would not be vowing the destruction of the Zionist regime. As for the unity of the Muslims, the Islamic Republic []

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Police Raids and Solidarity Actions across Germany : The Aftermath of the Hamburg G20 Continues CrimethInc.

Solidarity demonstration in Hannover against G20 repression.

Police raided more than 20 apartments, collectives, and projects around Germany in the early hours of December 5 in a new wave of repression following their unsuccessful attempts to brutally suppress demonstrations against the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg. The Soko Schwarzer Block, the special police commission called black bloc that was formed after the G20, officially announced that the searches pertained to an incident during the G20 at Rondenbarg trailer parkin which the police trapped and attacked a crowd, injuring many people. Solidarity actions and demonstrations responding to the raids took place immediately in Hannover, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Hamburg, Flensburg, Gttingen, and Berlin.

Nun auch auf Deutsch.

A demonstration immediately responding to the raids in Gttingen.

Fabio, a person who spent four months in prison, became a symbol of the scandalous lies that the authorities have been spreading about the police attack at Rondenbarg. During the attack, police kicked 14 people down a fence, screaming Thats your breakfast, antifa swine! All of them sustained serious injuries, including broken bones. Since the police video was published by a TV station, we can all compare the different versions. History is made by those in power and what we witness right now is the fabrication of truth. The truth that the police and the judges are trying to promote is not compatible with the experiences that thousands of people share of being charged without provocation, brutally beaten up, water-cannoned, and pepper-sprayed during the summit.

The official charge is Landfriedensbruch, breach of the public peace. But even according to the police spokesperson, the searches were not carried out to find evidence to use against people participating in the demonstration. The searches were officially made to find out more about the structure of the protests and the organizers of the riots. In other words, the explicit goal of the police is to suppress dissent via violence and ongoing intimidation.

The intention of the police is to frame the people they attacked as rioters. But they also raided the apartments o...

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Ohio: Muslima gets 3 years for aggravated vehicular homicide in crash that killed 7-month-old boy Jihad Watch

Three years? For aggravated vehicular homicide? Why? Would a stiffer sentence have been Islamophobic? Last June, the Islamic State published a poster depicting an SUV driving over a heap of skulls and bearing the legend Run Over Them Without Mercy. And the Islamic State issued this call in September 2014: So O muwahhid, do not let []

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ISIS: Recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel will make us recognize explosives as the capital of your country Jihad Watch

The worst part about this is the chorus of voices denouncing Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, precisely because that recognition will lead Muslims to commit acts of violence. Giving people what they want because they threaten to kill people if you dont will only encourage them to threaten to kill other []

00:41

Massive Break the Internet Revolt Begins Today to Save Net Neutrality The Anti-Media

Major websites and social media platforms are teaming up for an epic online demonstration to show what the web would look like without net neutrality.

(COMMONDREAMS)  In addition to making their voices heard in the streets, net neutrality defenders have planned a massive online demonstration this week ahead of the FCCs scheduled vote on chairman Ajit Pais deeply unpopular plan to kill the open internet, which critics have denounced as naked corporatism.

Slated to begin Tuesdayand continue through to the scheduled vote by the Republican-controlled FCC on Thursdaythe Break the Internet protest is aimed at showing the world what the web will look like without net neutrality.

The demonstrations will vary widely, depending on the platform. Facebook and LinkedIn users will break their profiles by changing their relationship status to Married (to net neutrality) or adding a new job of Defending Net Neutrality,' Fight for the Future noted in a press release on Monday. Websites and apps will participate by doing something to break their platform and encourage their users to contact Congress.

Many major websites have been working in conjunction with activists to drive calls to Congress since the day Pai unveiled his plan to eliminate net neutrality rules just before Thanksgiving. According to Battle for the Net, over 833,000 calls have been made since November 21.

Last week, internet users...

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Saudi Arabia, promoting image of reform, to open its first cinemas Jihad Watch

Cinemas will open to the public in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia in 2018, the kingdoms culture ministry has announced. The lifting of the ban follows several other steps by the Saudi Crown Prince touted as liberalization of the country. This is good news, at least on the surface, as fun in Islam is generally regarded as []

00:26

Why the Honduras Crisis Matters to Me Dissident Voice

For seven months in 1969 I hitch-hiked around the US, Mexico and Central America with my best friend from high school. Some class-mates from our school in Vancouver Canada saved their money then travelled to Europe or Australia but Ollie and I headed south. It was an eye-opening experience for two middle class Canadians. We had a lot of learning experiences in the US but today I want to talk about Honduras because it is in crisis as I write this: the Honduran election took place on 26 November yet the results are still in contention. Will the current right wing government manage to retain power?

When we visited the capital Tegucigalpa in 1969 we went to the university campus to meet and hang out with young Hondurans. They told us about the recent visit of President Richard Nixon who had taken office a few months before and then travelled to Latin America. The Vietnam war was still raging in 1969 and people protested against the war and Nixon wherever he went. The young Hondurans told us that when Nixon visited Tegucigalpa there had been a big protest. Several students who had been protesting from the top of a university building had been shot dead. It made an impression as did the warm and friendly people we met, some living in shacks along the banks of the Choluteca River running through the capital.

In Nicaragua we heard more eye-opening stories from the youth there. They told us about the Somoza family dictatorship, how corrupt it was, and how they came to power through US Marines. They also told us about the death of Cesar Sandino who fought for Nicaraguan independence but was killed by Somozas National Guard in 1934. The Nicaraguan youth told us that when the US asked for proof of Sandinos death, Somoza shipped Sandinos head in a box to Washington.

Those and many other experiences changed my life. Over the coming decades I kept an interest in Central America.

In 1979, when Nicaraguans overthrew the Somoza dictatorship, it seemed like a good thing. But President Ronald Reagan did not like an independent Nicaragua. Violating international law, the US organized a mercenary army called the Contras to destabilize and upend the Sandinista government. The mercenaries were trained in Honduras with US funding, supplies and weapons. The US Ambassador to Honduras, John Negroponte, oversaw the mercenary army attacking Nicaragua and the emergence of death squads in El Salvador. Tens of thousands of peasants and opposition activists were killed with impunity. In Honduras, itself, there was widespread repression and murder of those challenging the status quo.

In 1998 Honduras was hit by Hurricane Mitch. The second worst Atlantic hurricane ever recorded caused huge destruction and death, especially in poor communities with weak infrastructure. The shacks and modest dwellings along the river bank in Tegucigalpa were all ripped and washed away. Over 7,000 Ho...

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Successful (and Foiled) Terror Plots in NYC since 2010 Clarion Project

Law enforcement authorities have been very successful in thwarting terror attacks aimed at the Big Apple. The following infographic is a timeline of the successful and foiled terror plots targeting New York City since 2010.

 

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00:23

The Deep States Christmas Present to America Dissident Voice

He sees you when youre sleeping
He knows when youre awake
He knows when youve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America the gift that keeps on giving: never-ending mass surveillance.

Im not referring to the kind of surveillance carried out by that all-knowing and all-seeing Jolly Old St. Nick and his informant the Elf on the Shelf (although, to be fair, they have helped to acclimate us to a world in which were always being watched and judged by higher authorities).

No, this particular bit of Yuletide gift-giving comes courtesy of the Deep State (a.k.a. the Surveillance State, Police State, Shadow Government and black-ops spy agencies).

If this power-hungry cabal gets its way, the governments power to spy on its citizens will soon be all-encompassing and permanent.

As it now stands, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Actthe legal basis for two of the National Security Agencys largest mass surveillance programs, PRISM and Upstreamis set to expire at the end of 2017.

PRISM lets the NSA access emails, video chats, instant messages, and other content sent via Facebook, Google, Apple and others. Upstream lets the NSA worm its way into the internet backbonethe cables and switches owned by private corporations like AT&T that make the internet into a global networkand scan traffic for the communications of tens of thousands of individuals labeled targets.

Just as the USA Patriot Act was perverted from its original intent to fight terrorism abroad and was used instead to covertly crack down on the American people (allowing government agencies to secretly track Americans financial activities, monitor their communications, and carry out wide-ranging surveillance on them), Section 702 has been used as an end-run around the Constitution to allow the government to collect the actual content of Americans emails, phone calls,...

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#UNRIG Phase II The Year of the Independent Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

#UNRIG Phase II The Year of the Independent

SHORT URL: http://tinyurl.com/UNRIG-II

Forthcoming in Independent Voter Network

Context

Phase I of #UNRIG,[1] in which I teamed up with Cynthia McKinney to offer the provocative vision of an alt-right white guy and former spy and then non-profit educator united with an alt-left black woman and six-term Member of Congress who refused to sign the pledge to place Israel First, is over.[2] Our campaign was fatally wounded by #GoogleGestapo, a Deep State system of control and censorship that combined media hits jobs, MeetUp paid network cancellations, and hundreds of trolls who can get any person or institution labeled as a hater, spammer, or the latest purveyor of pornographic content. Read the article it is the first-ever over-all description of the system that appears to be harmonized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of the Deep State.[3]

I have survived these attacks what does not kill you makes you stronger and am announcing today the beginning of Phase II of #UNRIG with a focus on making 2018 and the election in November of 2018 the year and the election in which Independents and small parties take down the two-party tyranny by electing no fewer than fifty Representatives and no fewer than ten Senators.

Cynthi...

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Geert Wilders: Pew Research study on Muslim migration confirms it is time to get tough Jihad Watch

Dutch Parliamentarian and the leader of the Party for Freedom in The Netherlands, Geert Wilders, warns The bell is tolling for Europe. All the warning signs are turned on red. A demographic catastrophe is in the making. If Europe fails to make a stand, its Judeo-Christian civilization is about to be blown away. And now []

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Two Palestinian militants killed in Gaza 'accident' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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23:45

Berto Jongman: Blockchain Disruption the Total Revolution Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

Blockchain Is the Most Disruptive Invention Since the Internet

Not Just In Finance

Blockchain and ticketing
Blockchain and the sharing economy
Doom and gloom in the world of finance?
Blockchain will bring down Google
Blockchain in medicine
Every transactional business model will be impacted

23:30

Stephen E. Arnold: Cost Comparison of Machine Learning Options Amazon Most Expensive at High End (Where CIA and DoD Reside) Public Intelligence Blog

Stephen E. Arnold

Cloud Computing Resources: Cost Analysis for Machine Learning

Information about the cost of performing a specific task in a cloud computing set up can be tough to get. Reliable cross platform, apples-to-apples cost analyses are even more difficult to obtain.

A tip of the hat to the author of Machine Learning Benchmarks: Hardware Providers. The article includes some useful data about the costs of performing tasks on the cloud services available from Amazon, Google,  Hetzner, and IBM,

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23:08

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Out With Monstrous Men TomDispatch - Blog

First, for the record, let me tell you my story about another of those perversely creepy Hollywood predators, a sort of cut-rate Harvey Weinstein: the screenwriter and film director James Toback...

23:07

Dont Cry For Franken: Cry For This Broken System Dissident Voice

On Thursday, December 7th, around 11:30 am, Senator Al Franken announced his resignation that will be coming in the following weeks. As a long-respected writer, his speech was unsurprisingly powerful and emotionally charged.

It was both historic and difficult to hear a strong progressive (who still voted for an inflated military budget) taking a leadership role (after much hedging) by claiming that public officials have a responsibility to their constituents.

Sort of.

Throughout the course of the allegations, he has claimed he doesnt remember the events as unfolding the same way that his accusers claim. Franken also made sure to take swipes at the presidents own braggadocio in describing his assault of women. He then made sure to leave room to talk about Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate being named as a multiple-time sexual predator and pedophile.

While this may have vindicated a Democratic party so quick to remind the world of their moral authority, it was poorly timed. And it didnt differentiate them from the Republican party in any clear way.

Much like Dustin Hoffman claiming that his actions dont represent who he is, those who perpetrate also wish to write the narrative around their crimes. They get to measure the suffering of victims as assault versus harassment. They get to say, Well, this is what we did back then.

These cheap responses are indicative of a broken system of accountability where men, while perhaps feeling on edge in post-Weinstein times, dont ever have to atone. And when they do, they expect a reward for their admission of guilt.

As has become the spirit of the times, those who are extended privileges also seek to cry foul when their privilege has been named a privilege. Dustin Hoffman is privileged to still be able to walk onto a set and call the shots. Al Franken is privileged to be able to stand before a microphone and cast doubt on his accusers. Roy Moore has the privilege of not being behind bars.

Meanwhile, virtually no men in power are unselfconsciously donning a cape and trying to stand up for the victims.  The only people speaking for the women who were victims of these mens abuses are other women who have been abused.

As has long been the history of dealing with misogyny, women have to be the victims of crimes, healers of one another, and teachers to men. Meanwhile, men cast aspersions at one another, comparing the severity of their crimes and going out with their pride intact.

I shed a tear when I heard Al Frankens speech. It was historic and moving. Hes a powerful writer and a confident orator.

I only wish he would have let...

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ANALYSIS: Erdogan, champion of Palestine and player to Arab street Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Turkey's president has spent years honing a reputation for leading the Muslim and Arab worlds

22:58

Former Facebook Exec: Social Media Ripping Society Apart Clarion Project

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A former senior executive at Facebook has warned the social media giant is ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.

Chamath Palihapitiya was vice president for user growth at Facebook until 2011.

The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works, he said, as reported by The Verge. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth. And its not an American problem this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.

Palihapitiya was referring to the fact that humans get a rush from the chemical dopamine when they experience positive social feedback, something social media provides in the form of likes and other functions.

Governments have long worried about the impact of technology in driving radicalization. Online communities of Islamist supporters have been able to create echo chambers which allow them to reinforce each others views and incite each other further into radical beliefs. The same goes for supporters of neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations. 

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Victory for indigenous rights in Brazil!

Congrats to our ally Amazon Watch on its successful campaign to get the license for the Belo Sun Mine revoked.

22:49

Why Assad Believes That Syria Would Not Survive a Transition to a Federal System Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

DMITRY MININ | 11.12.2017 | WORLD / MIDDLE EAST Why Assad Believes That Syria Would Not Survive a Transition to a Federal System The idea that the protracted civil war in Syria might be resolved by restructuring the country into a federation has been on a lot of minds lately. At first glance, it does seem tempting to try []

22:47

Prince Turki Slams Trump For Repeating the Mistakes of Zionist Balfour Declaration ThereAreNoSunglasses

President Trump
Monday 11 December 2017

No, Mr Trump. You assume the same failed assumptions and repeat the same past failed strategies....

22:44

What One (Badly Made) Bomb Can Do Clarion Project

Police check bags at Time Square station. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Police check bags at Time Square station. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

At first glance, Mondays terrorist attack was truly pathetic. The terrorist, identified as Akayed Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh living in Brooklyn, detonated a homemade pipe bomb at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. Ullah told police he carried out the attack in the name of ISIS.

No one was killed in the attack, although three people suffered minor injuries. The terrorist also injured himself. He has now been arrested and will face criminal charges.

The Islamic State and other terrorist groups gain legitimacy among their followers through their ability to carry out successful terrorist strikes against the West. Todays attack merely underscored the stupidity and incompetence of the would-be-killer.

Whilst it may be tempting to gloat at just how bad terrorists are at terrorism, we shouldnt feel too smug about it. The attack succeeded in three main ways.

 

1.It Put ISIS Back in the News

Terrorism is primarily a psychological tactic. The death count is viewed by the terrorist group as a bonus, but ISIS doesnt genuinely expect to kill all 323 million Americans one by one. They want to push their ideological agenda by making people scared that an attack could take place anyw...

22:42

Finland: Fire and Flames for Patriotism (Video) Insurrection News

Received on 12.12.17:

On the 6th of December 2017, to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Finnish state we made a bonfire out of stolen flags. We thought that they were more useful on fire than on the streets, encouraging a sense of patriotism.

Let us not allow the machinery of borders and repression to distract us from recognising our real enemies.

Let us fight against global inequalities!

 


22:34

NY Attack Confirms ISIS Still Losers Clarion Project

Akayed Ullah, the Port Authority terrorist after his bomb detonated too early Akayed Ullah, the Port Authority terrorist after his bomb detonated too early (Photo: Twitter)

A Bangladeshi terrorist inspired by the Islamic State (ISIS) detonated a bomb, presumably prematurely, by the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City yesterday.

But, make no mistake about it: Hes a loser. ISIS is still a bunch of losers. And if ISIS interprets victory as a sign of Allahs endorsement, then they should be saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag right about now.

Yet, every terrorist attackincluding one with a faulty device and likely premature explosionis somewhat of a success for ISIS and like-minded jihadists because of how the media covers the drama. The media could contribute to the defeat of ISIS by providing the broader context, which would be a fair and accurate way of denying ISIS an ideological victory.

For example, the fact that ISIS has lost 96 percent of its caliphate (a collapse accelerated this year after former General James Mattis took over as secretary of defense). They failed to trigger Armageddon or put up a prophecy-fulfilling fight at Dabiq (instead fleeing into the shadows). The same occurred in Mosul, and Raqqa and Al-Qaim.

Coverage of the Port Authority explosion should include the map below:

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22:22

Houston Teen Arrested on Terror Charges Clarion Project

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A Houston teenager was charged with supporting ISIS and distributing instructions for making explosives,  KHOU.com reported.

Eighteen-year-old Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, a native-born U.S. citizen, told a federal informant he wanted to die in martyrdom, according to court documents.

The charges against him, of providing material support for a terror group, include plans he allegedly had for a firearms attack in the U.S. He is also charged with illegally giving instructions on how to build an AK-47 or AR-15 assault rifle from readily available parts and how to avoid detection.

Authorities also have evidence Damlarkaya wanted to travel overseas to fight for ISIS if he was unable to carry out an attack in the U.S. They say he even asked to make a farewell video which he wanted broadcast if he died in the attack.

Court documents state Damlarkaya gave instructions to fellow ISIS supporters about how to use Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), an explosive, with directions on how could be used in a pressure cooker bomb loaded with shrapnel.

He also devised way that he could carry a machete or Samurai sword instead of a knife that be undetectable by authorities.

Last November, Damlarkaya is reported to have said about law enforcement officers, if I buy a gun or supplies for a bomb, they will heat up pressure (just) like a few months ago when I was trying an operation but they found out.

The complaint also states Damlarkaya said he tried to get to Syria on two occasions but was thwarted.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Damlarkaya is the third Houston-area resident arrested for supporting ISIS in the last few years. Last week, Asher Abid Khan, 23, of Spring, pleaded guilty to supporting ISIS. Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 25, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18 after he pleaded guilty to an ISIS bomb plot in the Houston area.

 

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22:19

Iraqs Sadr militia agrees to disband, surrender weapons to Baghdad ThereAreNoSunglasses

The paramilitary wing of influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al Sadr on Monday agreed to disband its forces and hand over its cache of weapons to the Iraqi government, making it the first Shia militia to lay down its arms in the aftermath of Islamic States defeat in the country.

During a televised speech Monday, Mr. al-Sadr called upon the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi allow members of his militia, known as Saraya Al-Salam, to join the Iraqi security forces or take positions within the federal government. He also demanded Baghdad look after the families of the martyrs who were killed during the three-year war against ISIS via compensation and support.

Other Shia paramilitaries, such as the Iranian-backed Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, a militia force of roughly 10,000 fighters, vowed last month to turn over any heavy weapons it had to Iraqi security forces once Islamic State had been driven from the country. Despite such promises,...

22:07

Mainstream Media Fakes News stan van houcke

The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages
Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened

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Lets Change the World stan van houcke

Join with Me and Lets Change the World

Harvard Researchers Conclude That Margaret Mead Was Right: It Only Takes A Few To Change The World

22:04

We Will Not Serve in Your Army! Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem Beaten, Arrested for Refusing Draft stan van houcke

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Democrats Resist Reforms stan van houcke

National Democrats Resist Reforms


Still refusing to face why Donald Trump and the Republicans won in 2016, the national Democratic Party rebuffs proposals from progressives to make the party more democratic and less corporate-dominated, writes Norman Solomon.

With the Democratic Partys Unity Reform Commission now history, major political forces are entering a new stage of contention over the future of the party. Seven months after the commissions first meeting and nine months after Hillary Clinton backer Tom Perez won a close election over Bernie Sanders supporter Keith Ellison to become chair of the Democratic National Committee the battle lines are coming into focus for next year.

21:52

NYCs Finest Honored for Taking Down Truck Rammer Clarion Project

The four policemen who responded to the Halloween terror attack in NYC being honored by the city councilThe four police officers who responded to the Halloween terror attack in NYC being honored by the city council. (Photo: video screenshot)

The police officers who stopped the terror attack in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 were honored for their service and bravery by New York City Council.

Eight people were killed and 11 wounded when Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov, a 29-year old, who came to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010, drove a rented truck into the Hudson River Greenway, a protected bike lane that runs along the Hudson River Park.

After crashing into a school bus carrying special needs students, Saipov emerged from the truck shouting Allahu Akbar and brandishing two guns while running  zigzag down the street.

Officer Ryan Nash shot the attacker while Officers Michael Welsome and Kevin McGinn retrieved the weapons. Officer John Hasiotis secured the crime scene.

Nash and Hasiotis were responding to a call nearby at the time of the attack.

Saipov, who was shot in the abdomen, was taken to a hospital where he requested the ISIS flag be displayed in his room. ISIS had called on its supporters through social media to carry out attacks on Halloween.

The attack was the fifteenth vehicular attack in North America and Europe by jihadist terrorists since 2014. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

 

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21:45

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Peak Fantasy Time Strategic Culture Foundation

If you want to know why both Wall Street and Washington are so delusional about America's baleful economic predicament, just consider this morsel from today's Wall Street Journal on the purportedly awesome November jobs report.

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TIDBIT: AND WHILE WERE TALKING ABOUT SOUND AND BRAINS Giza Death Star

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THE CUBAN EMBASSY SONIC ATTACKS: CONCUSSION INDUCTION? Giza Death Star

Those so-called "sonic" attacks on American and Canadian diplomatic personnel in Cuba are back in the news again, and this time, medical technicians are

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20:45

France"s Macron and Saudi Prince in Artful Deception Strategic Culture Foundation

A week after French President Emmanuel Macron opened the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, a painting attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci went on sale for a record $450 million at an auction in New York City.

20:41

JJP condemns Jerusalems fake history by Board of Deputies and Trump Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

JJP condemns fake history of BoD and Trump   JJP condemns Donald Trumps incendiary statement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel Donald Trump has abandoned all pretence of being even-handed between Israel and the Palestinians, or of respecting international law. He recognised Jerusalem, not West Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel, and further said []

20:40

'If I die, so be it': Why Sudanese youth risk it all to reach Europe Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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A fate of enslavement in Libya or death off its coast does little to deter young Sudanese, who have little to live for in their home country

20:26

Seven years on: Why Egypt failed to become a democracy Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Following Mubarak's overthrow, Egypt's liberals and Islamists lacked a vision on how to manage an orderly political transition and increasingly distrusted one another

20:15

Congress Has Chosen the Wrong Strategy to Deal with Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

A recent editorial in the Economist magazine simultaneously reveals both the intellectual shallowness of the new Cold War and its source of inspiration. It does so by tying together three points that have become staples of the current mind-set about Russia.

20:00

Hondurans Launch a National Protest Against Election Results Geopolitics Alert

Tegucigalpa (TeleSUR)  Social and political groups filled the streets answering the call to action and participating in protests across the nation.

Thousands of supporters of the Opposition Alliance filled the streets of Honduras this morning as part of a national movement to protest the irregularities surrounding the presidential elections.

Presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla
Image: Courtesy of Heather Gies for TeleSUR

Citizens erected roadblocks around the capitals main highways, preventing traffic from continuing, while others marched the streets, demanding an end to the crisis. The demonstration continued until military police appeared on the scene and forced the protesters to disperse.

Related: Putin: US Routinely Meddles in Russian and Other Nations Elections

Social and political groups called for a national movement Sunday to denounce corruption and fraud in the U.S. and the Organization of American States (OAS).

A delegation of popular social organizations also took advantage of the movement to protest the hundreds of human rights violations in the country. There have been 16 killings, more than 620 people injured as well as dozens of arrests since the protests began, Human Rights Defender, Tomas Andino said.

Similar peaceful demonstrations have erupted across the nation drawing thousands to the streets with protesters declaring they will not rest until the true results of the presidential elections are released and the public has true electoral transparency.

Related: Electoral Coup Attempt in Honduras

People collectively know that negotiations here take place in the United States Embassy. Thats why people are very upset, because wh...

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#SanctionAustralia Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesnt Stop for Holidays, New Year Celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting Events Enough is Enough!

Ex-detainees request to take a stand during end of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by the Australian government while mainstream Australia celebrates this festive season. Statement by RISE eX-detainee Team.

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Originally published by Rise.

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

Read all our reports about refugees on Manus; here.

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Saakashvili Recaptured, For Now Geopolitics Alert

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After a few near-captures on charges of allegedly assisting a criminal organization, the elusive Saakashvili was eventually cornered in Kyiv late on December 8 at a friends apartment, where he had retreated to recover from a cold and fever.

 

Mikheil Saakashvili
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Before that, Ukrainian special-forces police chased him to the rooftop of his apartment building in the Ukrainian capital, but, after catching him, managed to lose him while trying to drive him away in a police van. Then, the police reportedly tried to pull him out of a tent pitched by protesters in front of parliament, but to no avail. Aided by supporters, Saakashvili fought off his pursuers and presided over an anti-government rally outside the Ukrainian parliament.

The pursuit took a particularly farcical turn when the Ukrainian authorities announced a manhunt for Saakashvili while he was standing in plain sight of the police and vowing to bring down Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkos government. The prosecutors office set up a hotline for citizens to report sightings of Saakashvili, even though...

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Russia"s President Declares Military Victory in Syria: Shift to Diplomacy Strategic Culture Foundation

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19:41

#Greece: Solidarity With Prisoners on 5th Wing of #Korydallos Prison Enough is Enough!

Statement by the Committee of Prison Struggle at Korydallos about the situation on wing 5 of Korydallos prison.

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Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Black Cat.

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Greece: Solidarity With Prisoners on 5th Wing of Korydallos Prison

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The common experience of imprisonment brings people from different countries, customs and culture together. Through this mobilization against the new penal code we have attempted and gott...

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What is Isral's project in Argentina?, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

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Screenshots from YouTubes Video Demonitization Console cryptogon.com

Via: TwitLonger: Google, some months ago, put out a job posting which required a number of different people to work on one project. Google claimed in the posting that they needed a third party company to work as web search evaluators. My contact worked for the unnamed company that put in for the job and []

18:21

The BBC, violence and promotion of linkage part two BBC Watch

In part one of this post we saw examples of the BBCs framing of Palestinian violence as being caused by the US presidents recent announcement concerning Jerusalem rather than by the choices made by those engaging in that violence in two BBC radio programmes. Both those programmes however also promoted some additional and no less interesting linkage.

Listeners to the 8 a.m. news bulletin in the December 9th edition of BBC Radio 4s Today programme also heard (from 01:05:16 here) the newsreader say that:

President Trumps declaration on Jerusalem has cast a long shadow over the annual Manama Dialogue security conference in Bahrain. The defence secretary Gavin Williamson is there as part of the British delegation. From Bahrain: our security correspondent Frank Gardner.

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Russian court sentences Estonian aircraft executive to 12 years for espionage intelNews.org

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The Last Martyr: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar? Antiwar.com Original

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Finally, Evidence of Russian Election Meddling Oh, Wait Antiwar.com Original

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14:39

CODEPINK protests Democrat senators who supported Saudi weapons deals World Beyond War . . .

Video by Ford Fischer, Photos and Article by Alejandro Alvarez,
December 11, 2017, News2Share.

Its the holiday season in Washington, and Christmas carolers with bells and funny red hats are everywhere. But CODEPINKs carolers werent interested in decking the halls with boughs of holly on Monday. Instead: nows the time to stop the killing.

CODEPINK visited Senate offices against a record-breaking arms deal with Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing Yemeni civil war and deepening proxy conflicts with Iran. We will call out the Senators that support or profit from these sales to give an idea of what making a killing on killing actually looks like, read the groups Facebook invite.

Washington and Riyadh concluded the largest arms deal in American history this May, immediately providing the Saudis with billions in combat-ready equipment. Thousands protested the deal in the Yemeni capital, and a Saudi blockade imposed following an attempted missile attack by Houthi rebels stocked fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Senator Rand Paul joined his Democratic colleagues in forcing a vote that would have blocked the new arms deal, citing Saudi Arabias lackluster human rights record. That effort ultimately failed after a 53-47 vote. Five Democrats defected from their party, siding with a majority of Republicans to ensure the deals survival.

Were going to visit those five Democrats to say that if theyd voted the right way, it would have been a historic cut-off for weapons to Saudi Arabia, said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, who would later refer to those Senators as the naughty five.

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Among them were Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Bill Nelson of Florida, who have received campaign contributions from interests in the defense industry like Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Benjamin and her fellow activists pressured those five Democrats to change their position, anticipating more votes over Saudi Arabia and Yemen down the road.

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13:15

Ex-Cop Turned Oklahoma Prosecutor Clears Cops who Shot Deaf Man for not Obeying Verbal Commands Photography is Not a Crime

A former cop, turned Oklahoma prosecutor, will not file criminal charges against the two cops who fatally shot Madgiel Sanchez, a developmentally disabled deaf man, even though neighbors were screaming he couldnt hear their commands.

We were screaming that he cant hear, Julio Rayos, Sanchezs neighbor, told The Oklahoman.

Oklahoma City cops. Lt. Matthew Lindsey and Sgt. Christopher Barnes claim they didnt hear neighbors screaming he couldnt hear.

Neither officers were wearing body cameras.

Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater made the announcement Friday, stating his investigation determined the shooting death of Sanchez on September 19 was justified.

The shooting was lawful, reasonable, and not excessive, Prater said after reviewing the evidence.

Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater

Sanchez, 35, was tasered before he was fatally shot by Lindsey and Barnes after they claim he moved towards them with a metal pipe on September 19.

Neighbors say Sanchez commonly carried a pipe due to stray dogs in the area, but never used it to threaten anyone.

But his family said he used the pipe as a walking stick.

Officers Lindsey and Barnes responded to a call about a hit-and-run crash around 8:15 p.m. in Sanchezs neighborhood and encountered him holding the metal pipe.

A witness told Lt. Lindsey the address where the vehicle responsible for the hit-and-run had gone.

Lindsey confronted Sanchez and called for back up.

Sgt. Barnes responded shortly after.

Sanchez, who was not only deaf but also could not speak, was on the porch when Lindsey arrived on the scene.

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13:05

Pakistan, US Drones and Idle Threats Dissident Voice

Should US drone operators and the officers responsible for them be concerned by the latest sentiments from the Pakistani Ministry of Defence?  The head of the Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, made the most pointed remarks yet that the defence forces are not pleased.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Air Tech Conference and Techno Show in Islamabad on Thursday, Aman seemed spiky and unequivocal.  We will protect the sovereignty of the country at any cost.

That protection entailed a prohibition against the drones from any state operating in Pakistani airspace.  We will not allow anyone to violate our airspace. I have ordered the PAF to shoot down drones, including those of the US, if they enter our airspace, violating the countrys sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The upshot of his comment was one of competition rather than any new found moral fancy: the US, having monopolised drone warfare in the region, needed to be encouraged to pull out of it. Pakistani authorities, long lagging and ambivalent in the subject and the application of such force, has decided to pitch in with its own variant of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Outsourcing killing, notably when it involves almost three thousand civilian deaths since 2004 from 429 drone strikes (the figures come from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism), doesnt look good for the image, as tarnished as the one Islamabads is.

The other context of this supposedly new approach lies in the trumpeted successes of the Pakistani security forces.  This reclaiming of sovereignty is largely based on an assertion of competence: that Pakistan can fend for itself when it comes to dealing with Islamic militancy.

Sen. Nuzhat Sadiq, chairman of the Senates Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, has been bold enough to suggest that removing and eliminating militants and terrorists within its borders has been, for the most part, successful.  The need for controversial drone strikes initiated under the aegis of US imperial power has abated.  It is the policy now of the government not to allow any more US drone strikes on our soil, and the air chief has effectively conveyed it to the Americans.

The history of US drones and their bloody harvest in the Pakistani context stretch back to June 2004.  Under the Obama administration, drone warfare became a matter of elevated priority, a form of sanitised killing from afar that moved beyond the initial confines of Iraq and Afghanistan.  The sweetness of his 2009 Cairo speech, full of conciliatory promise, and the heavily weighted olive branch to the Middle East, were soon forgotten.

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Ronald Reagan on moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem The Angry Arab News Service/

"WASHINGTON, March 28 - President Reagan said today that it would be ''most unwise'' for the United States to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and he strongly suggested that he would veto legislation in Congress to require such a step. 
In an interview, Mr. Reagan said a bill requiring the embassy to be moved ''should never have been introduced in Congress.'' He said the disposition of Jerusalem, the West Bank of the Jordan River and other areas ''must be negotiated'' between Israel and the Arab countries. Asked if he would veto legislation on the embassy, the President said: ''I am hoping I won't have to. But like the several previous Presidents before me, I think that that is a most unwise thing.''"

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Neighbor of NYC jihad bomber says he was a religious person Jihad Watch

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11:56

The British Governments Approach To Brexit Is Slovenly, Chaotic And Delusional Dissident Voice

The rallying cry of the Brexiteers prior to the European Union membership referendum was take back control. This slogan resonated with those who felt ignored, not listened to and struggling to pay for the necessities of life. They wanted to deliver a slap in the face to the countrys elite who were urging them to vote remain. The leave campaigners managed to convince enough people that being in the EU is the reason for their misery.

With that, plus the promise of 350 million a week for the NHS if we left the EU, the Brexiteers won. However, the latest twists and turns in the Brexit negotiations have shown that the EU is in the driving seat and in control of events with Britain having to make concession after concession even before moving to trade talks. Britain is losing control. Extra money for the NHS, forget it; it is not going to happen.

And what about the thorny Irish problem? Britain has to find a solution that satisfies the Republic of Ireland and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The Republic wants the status quo to continue, namely a frictionless border with the north and freedom of movement across the whole of Ireland. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will not accept special treatment for Ireland; it wants whatever applies to Northern Ireland to apply to the whole of the United Kingdom. Let us not forget that the DUP is keeping the government in power following a bribe of 1billion.

The Republic of Ireland is strongly supported by the rest of the EU which will not accept any compromise that is not acceptable to Ireland. The Brexit Secretary, David Davis (he of the phantom Brexit impact assessments) assured the house of commons that Northern Ireland would not be treated as a special case and whatever arrangement agreed for Northern Ireland would apply to the whole of the UK. Does that mean the whole of the UK must stay in the customs union and the single market? Theresa May, however, has ruled that out in an attempt to placate the hard Brexiteers,

As I write this (8 December 2017) it seems that an agreement has been reached with the EU that no hard border should exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; however, the devil is in the details. How that translates on the ground will be the subject of intense negotiations, spanning the British government, the EU, the DUP, and the Republic of Irela...

11:49

NYC jihad bombers family outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials Jihad Watch

And they have Hamas-linked CAIRs lawyer speaking for them. Whats more, it isnt even clear what supposed enormity they think law enforcement officials committed. But whatever it is, clearly theyre going in hard for the We are the true victims ploy. NYC terror suspects family heartbroken by attack, by Tara Fowler and Emily Shapiro, ABC []

11:07

NRA Silent as States, Feds Ban Gun Sales to Medical Marijuana Patients The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  The National Rifle Association (NRA), which fancies itself a champion of the Second Amendment and gun rights, is nowhere to be found as state governments are moving to confiscate firearms from medical marijuana patients.

Police in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently sent out a letter to 30 medical cannabis patients warning them they had 30 days to hand over their guns. When medical cannabis becomes legal in Ohio in 2018, patients will not be permitted to own or possess firearms. Similar restrictions have been imposed in California and Oregon despite state policy, and they are not new.

In 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive issued a warning that because cannabis is illegal at the federal level, patients cannot possess guns. There are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by state law, the ATF said in 2011.

Despite the NRAs vehemently opinionated stances on many issues, including whether or not suspected terrorists should have access to guns, the lobbying group had little to say at the time about the federal governments infringements on cannabis patients gun rights, merely reporting that If a person admits marijuana use to a licensed firearm dealer, the dealer is prohibited from transferring a firearm to that person because the dealer will have a reasonable cause to believe that the person is an unlawful user.

The NRA has not responded to Anti-Medias request for comment on the Honolulu police order for cannabis patients to turn in their guns (considering the organizations proud support for law enforcement, this is unsurprising). In fact, the order came and went after public outcry condemned...

11:00

From the River to the Sea: PFLPs 50 Years of Anti-Imperialist Struggle INTERNATIONALIST 360

Marcel Cartier The anti-imperialism of the PFLP meant that the Front would have to endure tenuous relations with the other factions inside the PLO. Today was supposed to be a day of celebration for tens of thousands of Palestinians who count themselves as supporters of the second largest faction in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)....

09:58

NYC subway jihad bomber chose location because of its Christmas posters Jihad Watch

War on Christmas. Jihad on Christmas. In response, the establishment media will probably call for the banning of Christmas posters. Submitting to violent intimidation is, for all too many people, the order of the day. Port Authority Bomber Was Inspired by ISIS Christmas Attacks, Officials Say, by Sarah Maslin Nir, Jonah Engel Bromwich and William []

09:49

New York subway jihad bomber came to US via chain migration Jihad Watch

Another program that should be ended immediately. There will be the usual howls of racism, but how many people must die in jihad massacres before officials stop falling for that? DHS: Suicide-Bomb Suspect Arrived by Chain Migration, by John Binder, Breitbart News, December 11, 2017: The terror suspect who allegedly attempted to detonate a suicide-bomb []

09:44

Craigslist Quietly Adds Option to Accept Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies as Payment The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  Bitcoin news site Blockexplorer News discovered last week that Craigslist quietly added a new option allowing sellers to specify that they accept cryptocurrency as payment. A seller just has to click the new cryptocurrency ok box when posting an ad on the widely-used classified site to let potential buyers know they will gladly accept digital currencies in exchange for used furniture, cars, electronics, or any other goods theyre looking to unload.

The new feature works both ways, also allowing buyers to filter search results to display only sellers accepting cryptocurrency.

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The crypto option will undoubtedly make transactions safer for both buyers and sellers, as cryptocurrency exchanges take place on the blockchain, reducing the risk of falling prey to criminals using the platform as a way to choose their targets. Although Craigslist has not commented publicly on safety issues since a Congressional hearing in 2010, according to the Washington Post, industry watchdog and analyst Advanced Interactive Media Group disagrees.

Their attitude is, Were safe, we have billions of safe transactions sure they do, said Peter Zollman, the founding principal of the AIM Group. But every single day, there are also rapes, robberies and murders linked to Craigslist. And that is a serious issue. As of May 2017, the group tracked 112 deaths related to Craigslist. Without the need to physically hand over cash, this danger will likely be greatly reduced.

As opposed to PayPal, which can be used to scam vendors on Craigslist with reversed transactions, cryptocurrencies are irreversible and transactions are viewable on a public ledger.

In addition to being safer and more convenient, the use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provides the user with a high level of security if used correctly. For...

09:39

Robert Spencer video: CAIRs rabbi and the perils of interfaith dialogue Jihad Watch

In this new video, I explain why it was a mistake for Massachusetts Rabbi Howard Jaffe of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Massachusetts to bring in Nadeem Mazen of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Stephanie Marzouk of the Muslim Justice League (MJL), and Samer Naseredden of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), all []

09:20

Syrian War Report December 11, 2017: Putin Orders Withdrawal Of Russian Forces From Syria The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-11-2017-putin-orders-withdrawal-of-russian-forces-from-syria/ On December 10, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah launched a military operation in order to clear the desert area in eastern Syria from ISIS. According to pro-government

09:01

ANALYSIS: Middle East economies trend upward as war against IS winds down Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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08:58

Mainstream Media Fake News stan van houcke


Russia-gates Litany of Corrections



Exclusive: As much as the U.S. mainstream media insists that the Russia-gate scandal is growing, what is undeniably growing is the list of major corrections that news outlets have been forced to issue, reports Robert Parry.

The U.S. mainstream medias year-long hysteria over Russias alleged role in the election of Donald Trump has obliterated normal reporting standards leading to a rash of journalistic embarrassments that have both disgraced the profession and energized Trumps backers over new grievances about the MSMs fake news.
Misguided groupthink is always a danger when...

08:56

Putin/Erdogan Hold Talks: Discuss Syria & Jerusalem Penny for your thoughts

 Thought I read in another article this is the 3rd meeting this month between the two leaders...
Can't say for sure, though.

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Putin & Erdogan Hold Talks: Discuss Middle East & Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday his talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, focused primarily on the situation in the Middle East that has deteriorated dramatically and on the Syrian settlement.

"Naturally, the focus was made on the situation in the Middle East settlement that has deteriorated dramatically and on the Syrian affairs where our countries are closely cooperating," he told journalists after the talks.

Putin said he had discussed possible convening of a Syrian National Dialogue Congress in early 2018 with Syrian President Bashar Assad earlier in the day.

"We are conducting joint work to prepare and convene the Syrian National Dialogue Congress at the beginning of the next year," he said after talks with Erdogan. "It is a secret to no one that I spoke about it with President Assad during my todays visit to Syria."

Putin said that Russia and Turkey agree that the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital has a destabilizing effect on the situation in the region.

"Both Russia and Turkey believe that the decision of the United States administration to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and move its embassy to that city in no way promotes the settlement of the situation in the Middle East. On the contrary, it destabilizes the situation in the region which is already tense," he said.

According to the Russian leader, this decision may frustrate prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. "Russia insists that this settlement be implemented exclusively and fully on the resolutions passed earlier within the United Nations," Putin stressed....

08:54

The Deep States Christmas Present to America: Surveillance That Never Ends Aletho News

By John W. Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute | December 11, 2017 He sees you when youre sleeping He knows when youre awake He knows when youve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake! Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America []

08:44

Today They Took My Son Aletho News

By Rebecca Stead | MEMO | December 11, 2017 The heart wrenching story of a mothers loss is laid bare in Today They Took My Son. Released online yesterday to coincide with International Human Rights Day, Farah Nabulsis short film beams the pain and suffering of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank into the home []

08:01

Sandoval County commissioners ordered oil and gas study they dont plan to use CENSORED NEWS

Pena Blanca Town Hall - Sandoval County Commissioner Holden-Rhodes; Oil & Gas Ordinance Why did some Sandoval County commissioners order a $62,000 oil and gas study that they dont plan to use?  Contact: Mike Neas, Placitas resident, mikneas@aol.com Miya King-Flaherty, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Public Lands Fellow miya.king-flaherty@sierraclub.org Censored News Why is the county

07:35

Attempted 'terrorist attack' targets New York commuter hub Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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07:14

Why Facebook Really Wants You to Answer These Personal Questions The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Some Facebook users might have noticed a new feature on Facebook: the social media platform asking personal questions. As one Gizmodo headline put it, Facebook has some intensely thirsty questions for you.

The fill-in-the-blank questions, which include innocuous topics like The superpower I want most is and Mondays make me feel like appears to be an off-shoot of the companys recent acquisition of an app called tbh, which gained massive popularity among kids and teens this year for its focus on positivity. It allows users to take polls that focus on the positive qualities of their peers.

Rather than simply copying the apps features like it did with Snapchat and its addition of Instagram stories, Facebook actually acquired tbh, bringing its employees on as Facebook employees and allowing it to continue running as is. According to a statement from tbh:

When we met with Facebook, we realized that we shared many of the same core values about connecting people through positive interactions. Most of all, we were compelled by the ways they could help us realize our vision and bring it to more people.

Facebook echoed a similar sentiment, focusing on community in a statement to TechCrunch:

tbh and Facebook share a common goal of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together. Were impressed by the way tbh is doing this by using polling and messaging, and with Facebooks resources tbh can continue to expand and build positive experiences.

While some of the questions do appear to focus on uplifting users, the most apparent shift from tbh to Facebooks iteration of the questions is from users friends to themselves, and it may not be just for positive reinforcement. As Gizmodo notes, some of the questions seem of obvious use in marketinglike asking about users favorite sports teams, what their hidden talents are, [and] what they would buy if they won the lottery

TechCrunch...

06:17

#Athens: Two People Still Imprisoned After Clashes During Anniversary of Police Murder of #AlexisGrigoropoulos Enough is Enough!

During the clashes on this years 9th anniversary of the police murder on Alexis Grigoropoulos in Athens eight people were arrested. Two of them are still imprisoned.

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Image: Athens on December 6, 2017.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Black Cat.

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

Read all our articles about Alexis Grigoropoulos; here.

Athens: Two People Still Imprisoned After Clashes During Anniversary of Police Murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos

During the...

06:07

Scientists Just Discovered a Weird and Entirely New Form of Matter The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  Its not every day that scientists discover an entirely new form of matter, especially one that could have far-reaching applications in both quantum mechanics and future technologies. But researchers at the University of Illinois claim to have done just that, confirming the existence of a long-theorized composite boson particle called excitonium.

The exotic matter in question displays macroscopic quantum phenomena similar to that of a superconductor, or superfluid, or insulating electronic crystal. Researchers led by Professor of Physics Peter Abbamonte and graduate students Anshul Kogar and Mindy Rak say new experimental tools allowed them to discover a smoking gun in the form of a soft plasmon phase, the first ever evidence for excitonium, which was first theorized almost 50 years ago.

Scientists hunted for this strange new form of matter for decades but were not able to differentiate it from a Peierls phase, which shares a similar symmetry and superlattice. In order to pin excitonium down, the researchers developed an entirely new technique called momentum-resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy (M-EELS). With this technique, the scientists studied non-doped crystals of the transition metal dichalcogenide titanium diselenide (1T-TiSe2).

What they observed was the soft plasmon phase of the metal reaching a critical temperature, and it was at this point that they were able to determine that excitonium consists of special particles made up of escaped electrons and the gap left in their absence. This positively charged exciton particle is a composite of the escaped electron and the hole left behind it.

This result is of cosmic significance, explained lead researcher Peter Abbamonte. Ever since the term excitonium was coined in the 1960s by Harvard theoretical physicist Bert Halperin, physicists have sought to demonstrate its existence. Theorists have debated whether it would be an insulator, a perfect conductor, or a superfluidwith some convincing arguments on all sides. Since the 1970s, many experimentalists have published evidence of the existence of excitonium, but their findings werent definitive proof and could equally have been explained by a conventional structural phase transition.

The team reproduced their results on a variety of cleaved crystals and published their fin...

06:04

The Last Martyr: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar? Dissident Voice

When I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless battle against the Israeli army. Understandably, we lost, but we won something far more valuable than a military victory. We reclaimed our identity.

Kamal al-Assars mother, Nuseirat Refugee Camp

At every anniversary of the First Palestinian Intifada, a popular uprising that placed the Palestinian people firmly on the map of world consciousness, I think of all the friends and neighbors I have lost, and those I have left behind. The image of Raed Muanis, in particular, haunts me. When an Israeli snipers bullet plunged into his throat, he ran across the neighborhood to find help before he collapsed at the graffiti-washed walls of my house.

Freedom. Dignity. Revolution, was written in large red letters on the wall, a pronouncement signed by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Only later I learned that Kamal was the one who carried Raed out of the firing zone. But it was too late. Raed, a skinny and feeble teenager, with a distinct black mark on his forehead had bled alone at the steps of my home. When he was buried, hundreds of refugees descended on the Martyrs Graveyard. They carried Palestinian flags and chanted for the Intifada and the long-coveted freedom. Raeds mother was too weakened by her grief to join the procession. His father tried to stay strong, but wept uncontrollably instead.

Kamal was revitalized by the Intifada. When the uprising broke out, he emerged from his own solitude. Life made sense once again.

For him, as for me and many of our generation, the Intifada was not a political event. It was an act of personal as much as collective liberation: the ability to articulate who we were at a time when all seemed lost. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) languished in Tunisia after being forced to leave Lebanon in 1982. Arab governments seemed to have lost interest in Palestine altogether. Israel emerged triumphant and invincible.

And we those living under protracted military occupation felt completely abandoned.

When, on December 8, 1987, thousands took to the streets of Jabaliya Refugee Camp, the Gaza Strips largest and poorest camp, the timing and th...

05:53

Police and Protesters Clash Outside US Embassy in Lebanon Geopolitics Alert

Beirut (GPA) Police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters outside the US embassy in Lebanon on Sunday.

Demonstrators gathered to protest Donald Trumps recent decision to begin moving the Israeli capital of occupied Palestine from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds. Attendees burned US and Israeli flags and started small street fires near the entrance to the US embassy in Beirut.

Head of the Lebanese Communist Party, Hanna Gharib, stated that the US embassy is a symbol of imperialist aggression that must be closed.

Protests erupted in cities throughout the world this week in the US, Europe, Yemen, Indonesia, Iran, Bahrain, Morocco and elsewhere. Protests also broke out throughout parts of Palestine including the West Bank, Gaza, and al Quds.

Israeli forces responded to protests by increasing their violence against Palestinians. Two people were killed and dozens more injured after Israelis began air strikes in Gaza over the weekend.

Sunday evening, a five-year-old girl was injured after being run over by an Israeli military vehicle. Another 65 Palestinians were injured during protests in the West Bank. Israeli forces also abducted dozens of Palestinians over the weekend.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya told Al Jazeera that Trumps recent decision has officially ended the peace process.

The UN overwhelmingly voted against Trumps decision to move the Israeli capital. Those voting in favor included Canada and the United States. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley called Trumps decision heroic citing the will of the American people.

Immediately following Trumps announcement last week, world leaders condemned the decision.

The post Police and Protesters Clash Outside US Embassy in Lebanon appeared first on Geopolitics Alert.

05:46

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests over Trump's Jerusalem announcement Committee to Protect Journalists

Protesters burn an Israeli flag in front of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, during a demonstration in Aukar, east of Beirut, on December 10. Rallies are being held in several countries after President Donald Trump said he will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (AP/Bilal Hussein)

Protests and violence have broken out in several cities over President Donald Trump's announcement on December 7 that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to reports. As well as unrest in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, protesters demonstrated in Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco, and Indonesia, reports said. Several journalists covering the unrest were injured, including by rubber bullets and tear gas canisters, according to the local press freedom groups Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms and Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists.

05:43

Tunisians declare boycott of U.S. ships after Trumps Jerusalem move Aletho News

Palestine Information Center December 11, 2017 TUNIS A Tunisian labor union on Sunday evening announced its decision to boycott U.S. ships docking at a seaport in the countrys southern region of Sfax following Trumps recognition, on Wednesday, of Occupied Jerusalem as Israels capital. Spokesman of the Popular Conference for the Palestinians Abroad, Ziad []

05:37

Dying Ecosystems Dissident Voice

Earths ecosystems support all life, though collapsed ecosystems would be like stepping outside of the international space station not wearing a space suit. Pop! Bam! Gone!

A recent academic study about signals of ecosystem collapse throughout history fits the space suit analogy. Terrifying truth is exposed: The all-important biosphere is sending out warning signals of impending crises worldwide. It does not seem possible that ecosystems collapse and life dies off.  Thats too hard to believe but, what if it does collapse?

The Earths biodiversity is under attack. We would need to travel back over 65 million years to find rates of species loss as high as we are witnessing today.1

Biodiversity increases resilience: more species means each individual species is better able to withstand impacts. Think of decreasing biodiversity as popping out rivets from an aircraft. A few missing rivets here or there will not cause too much harm. But continuing to remove them threatens a collapse in ecosystem functioning. Forests give way to desert. Coral reefs bleach and then die.2

Its already happening! Imagine flying in an aircraft while watching the rivets pop, one by one. At some point in time screaming overrides thinking. But, thank heavens; were not quite there yet.

Scientists from University College London and the University of Maryland studied 2,378 archeological sites and discovered that every society for thousands of years gave early clues to its own demise. Of course, demise happened precisely because those early warnings were ignored, while thinking: its impossible, cant happen.

The determinate signal of upcoming demise is referred to as flickering, which is a change in societys responses to perturbations resulting in a society caught in a socio-ecological trap that reinforces negative behavior that started the issue in the first instance, thus, preventing adaption.3

The formula: Every time a society flickers, losing rivets, it loses recovery time, thereby moving closer to collapse. In every case study, with nearly 100% accuracy, resea...

05:33

US-backed Syrian forces coordinating border security with Iraqi army Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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In a 'first meeting of its kind', Iraqi army and SDF commanders preview what security measures might look like after IS loses its final territory

05:29

European governments complicit in abuse of migrants in Libya: Amnesty Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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EU governments cooperation with Libyan immigration authorities have contributed to 'appalling conditions' migrants face in Libya, report says

05:28

Khader Adnan seized by Israeli occupation forces, launches immediate hunger strike Aletho News

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network- December 11, 2017 Prominent Palestinian leader, organizer and former prisoner and hunger-striker Khader Adnan was seized on Monday morning, 11 December, by Israeli occupation forces at his home in Arraba, Jenin. He immediately launched an open hunger strike to demand his release. Randa Moussa, his wife, told Palestine Today that []

05:27

Rift Between Turkey and Israel Grows Following Trumps al Quds Decision Geopolitics Alert

Ankara (GPA) Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged insults over the weekend, exposing the growing rift between the two US allies.

Still expressing his anger over the decision by the Trump regime to recognize al Quds as the capital of Israel, Erdogan spent the weekend chastising the Israeli occupation force and their terrorist state. Saying Trumps decision to change the designation of al Quds was null, Erdogan went on to fire at both Tel Aviv and Washington.

This rhetoric reached its high point on Sunday when Erdogan promised that the Turkey would use  all means to fight Israel and wont leave Jerusalem to the mercy of a child-murdering country. Erdogan also called out the Israeli government saying they only know occupation and plunder on Sunday and said today that the US is Tel Avivs partner in bloodshed.

Related: Palestine Is Not Alone: Thousands In Istanbul Stand Up For Jerusalem

Netanyahu responded to some of Erdogans comments during a press conference in France, by saying that Erdogan is not a man who is going to lecture us.

Netanyahu then went on to criticize Erdogan for being a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions, who helps terrorists including in Gaza kill innocent people.

While there may be some truth to these allegations against Erdogan, perhaps Netanyahu should take a closer look at some of Israels behavior.

For starters, Israel has been rated as the second most dangerous country for journalists in the world, with hundreds murdered in the last decade. This information even comes from watchdogs...

05:22

Only grassroots activism and global solidarity can bring justice to Palestine Mondoweiss

Less than a week after Trumps announcement, predictions that it  will inevitably lead to greater violence appear to be coming true as Israel clamps down on protesters taking to the streets.  By Sunday night, over 800 Palestinians were injured, and four killed, in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, as well as the Gaza Strip, which has come under renewed bombing.  It will likely get worse. Looking beyond the immediate moment, we have every reason to fear the accelerating ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Jerusalem, where Israel is intent on establishing a 70% Jewish majority by 2020 (PDF).  

In the meantime, most analysts agree that Trump has sounded the death-knell of the two-state solution.  Palestinian think-tank Al-Shabaka executive director Nadia Hijab described the announcement as a nuclear bomb.  Lawyer and scholar Noura Erakat went so far as to thank Trump for revealing to the world that the peace process was little more than a fig leaf, and that the emperor is naked. In my own morning after thoughts, I compared Trumps declaration to Lord Arthur Balfours, a full century ago. This comparison was meant to reveal the imperial hubris behind the US presidents proclamation.  In December 2017, just as in November 1917, there is only one country, from the river to the sea.  And in December 2017, just as in November 1917, the Palestinian people are playing havoc with imperial designs.  

Yet there has also been a very significant change in the hundred years since Balfour.  That change is in global consciousness, at the grassroots level. Zionism, while still pervasive in some communities, mostly of the powerful elite, is gradually being recognized by the people for the racist supremacist ideology that it is.  And colonialism, while also still very much alive today, is nevertheless r...

05:19

French ISIS Fighters Relocate to Afghanistan from Syria Penny for your thoughts

French Foreign Legion?

"Foreigners by birth, the legionnaires have become Frenchmen by the blood they have spilled"
In plain sight.


Several foreign militants affiliated with the Islamic State terror group including French and Algerian nationals have moved to Afghanistan after they were suppress during the operations in Syria and Iraq, it has been reported.

Sources privy of the development have told AFP that several French and Algerian IS fighters were seen in nothern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

Darzab district administrative chief Mohammad Dawar has told the paper that A number of Algerian and French nationals entered the largely IS-controlled district of Darzab in northern Jowzjan province in November.

He said at least two women were among the arrivals, who were travelling with a translator from Tajikistan as well as Chechens and Uzbeks, Dawar added.

European and Afghan security sources in Kabul confirmed Dawars claim that French citizens were among the fighters though, one cautioned, we do not know how many there are, according to AFP.

In the meantime, the provincial governors spokesman Mohammad Reza Ghafoori has said the terror group has so far recruited around 50 children in their ranks in this province, including some children who are as young as 10-year-old.

This comes as earlier reports emerged from Jawzjan province suggesting that the terror group is training almost 300 children to be recruited in their ranks in Jawzjan province.

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05:17

DPRK: Trumps Announcement Proves US is the Destroyer of World Peace Geopolitics Alert

Pyongyang (GPA) In keeping with their long tradition of supporting the global fight against imperialism, Pyongyang has condemned Trumps decision on Jerusalem.

Joining with the entire world, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) has released a statement via the state broadcaster KCNA.

Trumps decision to declare al Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel was described as a wicked act by the Foreign Ministry spokesman who issued the statement.

The spokesman also broke out an insult which confused the media in the west earlier this year, saying that the decision on Jerusalem Is to be expected Considering the fact that the mentally deranged dotard openly called for a total destruction of a sovereign state at the UN, this action is not so surprising. The spokesman, in this statement, was, of course, referring to earlier this year when Trump threatened war on North Korea at the United Nations General Assembly.

Related: Updated: The World Responds To Trumps Jerusalem Decision

The spokesman also warned that The US will be held accountable for all consequences from this reckless, wicked act, which is an important connection to make following a weekend of unrest in response to Trumps decision.  According to the spokesman, this latest insult to the global community by the Trump regime clearly shows to the whole world [the US] is the destroyer of world peace and security, pariah and rogue in the international community, rather than the DPRK.

The DPRKs History of Support for Palestine

Most importantly, the DPRK spokesman also reiterated his nations firm support and solidarity for Palestinians and Arab peoples struggling to win their legitimate right, which is consistent of a long history of Korean support for Palestine.

Beyond just standing with Palestine, Pyongyang has also threatened Israel in the past. The most recent occurrence was earlier this year, when in April after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Kim Jong Un a madman.

Kim fired back at Lieberman over his comments that Kim is ...

04:51

How Jerusalem issue plays into Iranian, Turkish (and Russian) hands Aletho News

By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | December 11, 2017 Iran has, predictably enough, taken a hard line on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. There were public demonstrations in several Iranian cities following Friday prayers and statements by President Hassan Rouhani and other senior politicians. Notably, the commander of []

04:34

The Delusions of Washington-Riyadh Ruling Elite and the Journalists Who Feed Them Aletho News

By Richard Silverstein | Tikun Olam | Dember 9, 2017 NYT pro-Israel talking heads: David Makovsky and Aaron David Miller In the aftermath of Trumps disastrous recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, the spin from Washington and Riyadhand the journalists and think tank analysts only too eager be spunhas been outrageous. The level of sheer []

04:29

Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution (1936-1939) Enough is Enough!

On July 19, 1936, the Spanish Revolution and Civil War began (Anarchism, Volume One, Chapter 23). Anarchists in the anarcho-syndicalist trade union federation, the Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo (CNT), and the Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) were instrumental in preventing fascist military forces from taking over Spain in one fell swoop, organizing armed resistance and collectivizing the fields and factories in areas where they were able. This is a translation of a CNT-FAI pamphlet approved at the December 6, 1936 Regional Plenum of the FAI for distribution to Spanish peasants unfamiliar with the CNT-FAI, in order to assure them that the CNT-FAI was opposed to the forced collectivization of the land, but also to convince them of the benefits of libertarian communism.The translation is by Paul Sharkey.

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04:29

We dont want to pick a side, Nikki Haley says. But you just did Mondoweiss

Following President Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital last week, the American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN. Blitzer tried to get a clear statement from Haley concerning the territorial implications of the recent recognition: Specifically, does the Trump administration now consider the old city of Jerusalem now part of Israel?

Haley avoided the question by saying, We dont want to pick a side on this, citing the need for the two sides to come together for the sake of Israeli children and Palestinian children.

Thus, the new sheriff in town, as Haley has called herself, is playing agnostic, objective and even-handed we dont want to pick a side. Just imagine, if the even-handed sheriff would be so objective that she would also recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine you know, just to be fair.

But the US does not even recognize Palestine (unlike over 70% of the UN nations), precisely because such a move would preempt negotiations

The UN Security Council has censured in the strongest terms Israels unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem (Resolution 476, 1980) and deemed it a violation of international law, calling upon those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City.

Of course the US picked a side. It picked the illegal side. But for Haley, this is all just touchy and tricky, nothing to be particularly upset about. In her talk to AIPAC in April, she explained that the tricky part is where the Palestinians come in on this and where the Israelis come in on this. The Israelis dont want to give on Jerusalem at all, and we have to see how strong the Palestinians stand on that. Thats your touchy part.

But in May, Haley appeared less sensitive. She said, Weve always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel, and also that the Israeli capital should be Jerusalem and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem. She said that, following a debacle, wherein American diplomats stationed at the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem refused to hold talks with Israeli officials about arrangements for U.S. President Donald Trumps planned visit to the Western Wall. The diplomats claimed that the site is in the West Bank, and therefore the Israeli government has no authority over...

04:25

US State Dept Spends $1 Million Funding Venezuela Opposition The Anti-Media

(ANTIWAR.COM  U.S. officials seem to be pretty much unanimous on the need to meddle in Venezuelas seemingly endless government crises. Yet a very core difference in how to approach this is leading to considerable dispute over the State Departments latest program.

State is paying some $900,000 to the Atlantic Council to promote non-violent conflict resolution in Venezuela, which is their subtle way of saying theyre trying to buy a regime change and the installation of a democratically-run government, obviously run by someone the U.S. likes.

What this boils down to is indirect funding for the Venezuelan opposition, one of many times when the State Department has put money into the hands of a think-tank to get them to try to coach a U.S.-friendly opposition movement into being both more successful politically and more beholden to U.S. interests.

Those for whom U.S.-imposed regime change usually means coup or war, particularly Congressional hawks, are expressing major opposition to the State Department plan, saying it is a waste of money and buys Maduro time, in as much as so long as the State Department is trying something short of an invasion, theyre not invading.

Absent from the debate on Venezuela is the option of staying out of the matter entirely. Thats something Venezuelan opposition figures have long urged of the U.S., noting that any whiff of U.S. meddling gives the government an excuse to paint the whole opposition as American puppets, and justify another crackdown.

Indeed, the simple fact that the State Department effort is public knowledge probably more than negates any impact at might have, as the damage done to opposition groups for taking this money will likely outstrip the $900,000 in aid they got.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

04:24

German intelligence warns European officials of fake Chinese LinkedIn profiles intelNews.org

In an unusual step, German intelligence officials have issued a public warning about what they said are thousands of fake LinkedIn profiles created by Chinese spies to gather information about Western targets.

03:40

Jeremy Corbyn and Noam Chomsky win peace prize stan van houcke

Jeremy Corbyn and Noam Chomsky win peace prize amid media silence

Jeremy Corbyn and Noam Chomsky win peace prize amid media silence

03:34

Rise and Decline of the Welfare State: Class Struggle and Imperial Wars as the Motor Force of US History The Official James Petras website

Between the mid 1970s to the present (2017) labor laws, welfare rights and benefits and the construction of and subsidies for affordable housing have been gutted. Workfare (under President Bill Clinton) ended welfare [...]

03:30

Refugee camp with highest global exposure to tear gas gets another shower from Israel over Jlem protests Mondoweiss

Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem

Clashes continue in Bethlehem, Aida refugee camp
BETHLEHEM (Maan) 9 Dec Israeli soldiers violently suppressed protests in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem for the third day in a row on Saturday, firing tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets at locals. Dozens of people were treated for severe tear-gas inhalation while others were injured with sponge bullets. Clashes had broken out at around 8 a.m. near the Israeli separation wall at the northern end of the city, as Palestinians mostly young men continued protesting against Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Confrontations continued throughout the afternoon. Locals told Maan around 4 p.m. that fierce clashes had erupted in the nearby Aida refugee camp after some Palestinian youth set fire to an unmanned Israeli military watchtower in the camp. Soldiers responded by showering the camp with gas.
The events in Aida tonight come a month after Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Pierre Krhenbhl delivered a speech saying that health experts suggests residents of Bethlehems Aida camp are exposed to more tear gas than any other population surveyed globally.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779602

Two Palestinians shot in Bethlehem as clashes continue over embassy move
MEE/Agencies 10 Dec Two Palestinians were shot following clashes in the West Bank on Sunday as protesters continue to react to the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The two men approached an Israeli military watchtower at the northern end of Bethlehem. As they approached the wall, Israeli soldiers from the tower fired live ammunition at them. Two eyewitnesses who work at a nearby restaurant told Middle East Eye they heard shots fired and saw one injured young man running away from the tower, through the al-Azza refugee camp towards the main road, where a civilian car picked him up and took him to the hospital. The eyewitnesses ran towards the second injured Palestinian, who was bleeding on the ground, and carried him to al-Azza camp, from where locals took him to hospital. MEE contributor Akram al-Wara followed the second car to the hospital, and when he arrived he saw the two injured boys being taken into surgery. Sources from the hospital told MEE that one of the young men was shot once in the leg, while the other was shot four times in the legs....

03:19

Irans 1979 revolution picked up the Peoples torch first lit in 1917 Russia The Vineyard of the Saker

[Note by the Saker: I am posting this article with great reservations since I believe that, will all due respect, my friend Ramin fundamentally misunderstand the nature of the Bolshevik

03:09

How Obama Destroyed Black Wealth stan van houcke

How Obama Destroyed Black Wealth

The nation's first African-American president was a disaster for black wealth.
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03:05

Jerusalem Is (Is Not) the Capital of Israel Foreign Policy Journal

US President Donald Trump at the Western Wall in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem on May 22, 2017 (Dan Hansen/White House)

03:01

NYT columnist says struggle for equal rights in one state is upon us Mondoweiss

Over the weekend, The New York Times ran an article titled, The Jerusalem Issue, Explained, which was forthright about the fact that Israel faces an apartheid-style struggle for equal rights.

Max Fisher, a columnist for the paper, concluded realistically that Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital has in all likelihood ended the peace process. And that means that Israel must decide whether it wants to be a democracy.

All of that points toward a future in which peace is less likely, a Palestinian state is less likely and Israel is one day forced to choose between the two core components of its national identity: Jewish and democratic. Either it asserts permanent control over Palestinians without granting them full rights a sort of state that critics sometimes compare to apartheid South Africa or it grants Palestinians full rights, establishing a pluralistic democracy that is no longer officially Jewish.

I like the lack of sentimentalism over the end of a Jewish state. After all, most liberals endorse the principle of separation of church and state.

Fishers last line is blunt:

Mr. Trumps move likely edges Israelis and Palestinians closer to that future. But things were probably moving in that direction already.

This is a very good intervention by the Times because a good number of Zionists are seeking to maintain that the two-state solution is alive and well, precisely so that no one can accuse Israel of practicing apartheid. This is the approach taken by Ehud Barak, Gilead SherNatan Sharansky, Alon Ben-Meir and others. They know that if the two-state solution is declared over, Israel loses its legitimacy/figleaf, its just a permanent occupier. So they need to insist that the two-state solution is alive.

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02:56

Greece: Imprisoned Revolutionary Struggle Members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis Continue Their Hunger Strike Insurrection News

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10.12.17: On December 5th 2017, Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis were forcibly removed from Korydallos prisons (both were subjected to headlocks, holds, etc) and were involuntarily admitted to the General State Hospital of Nikaia. The prison prosecutor pressed physicians to force-feed the two hunger strikers. The hospital doctors refused to treat the prisoners against their will, and solely reported that Nikos Maziotis has lost 14.6% of his initial body weight, while Pola Roupa has lost 12.8% of her initial body weight.

On December 6th (on the 26th day of their hunger strike), Roupa and Maziotis were finally discharged from the hospital and returned to Korydallos prisons, determined to continue their hunger strike until their demands are met (among other things, they request extended visits with their six-year-old child).

Maziotis was informed that he would be placed in a disciplinary segregation unit, until damages at B isolation section in the basement of Koridallos womens prison are repaired. This means that the comrade is being punished for having completely destroyed the solitary confinement wing where he has been held for over 5 months, and is now facing appalling conditions, even worse than the previous ones.

(via...

02:53

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will serve her sentence, says Iran Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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02:52

Chinas Balancing Act with Myanmar Rebels Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

The Rohingya crisis in northern Rakhine state is not Myanmars only ongoing conflict with internal ethnic minorities. In Myanmars Kachin and northern Shan states, a forgotten war between the Tatmadaw (the armed forces in Myanmar) and the rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has dragged on since a 17-year ceasefire between the two sides broke down in 2011. However, the war between the two hasnt reached the same level of ferocity visited on the Rohingya by the Tatmadaw. One of the major reasons for this is China, whose southwestern Yunnan province borders both Kachin and Shan states where the KIA insurgency is active. The conflict is an occasional irritant for Beijing, such as in 2015 when fighting in Myanmars northeast sent tens of thousands of ethnic Chinese refugees flooding across the border into China. Beijing has also invested heavily in infrastructure in both government and rebel-held areas, and has no wish to see its property destroyed in Myanmars interminable civil wars. Yet on the other hand, China has been known to play a spoiler role in negotiations between the KIA and Naypyidaw, lest it lose the leverage it has with both sides.

 

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02:48

Charlottesville Finally Gets A Peace Monument World Beyond War . . .

by David Swanson, December 11, 2017

Well, we tried a petition, and I tried a TED talk (in fact two of em), and the Daily Progress daily newspaper, and Channel 19 four times: onetwothreefour, and Channel 29 too. No opposition whatsoever has been voiced to the idea of putting up a peace monument in Charlottesville, a town famously full of war monuments, including several for a war that has fallen out of favor.

Finally, the Charlottesville City Council has listened. A peace monument is not only in the works but is already visible right on the Downtown Mall pedestrian street in good ol Cville.

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02:44

Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Lecture: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) World Beyond War . . .

Here is the Nobel Lecture given by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2017, ICAN, delivered by Beatrice Fihn and Setsuko Thurlow, Oslo, 10 December 2017.

Beatrice Fihn:

Your Majesties,
Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee,
Esteemed guests,

Today, it is a great honour to accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of thousands of inspirational people who make up the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Together we have brought democracy to disarmament and are reshaping international law.
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We most humbly thank the Norwegian Nobel Committee for recognizing our work and giving momentum to our crucial cause.

We want to recognize those who have so generously donated their time and energy to this campaign.

We thank the courageous foreign ministers, diplomats, Red Cross and Red Crescent staff, UN officials, academics and experts with whom we have worked in partnership to advance our common goal.

And we thank all who are committed to ridding the world of this terrible threat.
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At dozens of locations around the world in missile silos buried in our earth, on submarines navigating through our oceans, and aboard planes flying high in our sky lie 15,000 objects of humankinds destruction.

Perhaps it is the enormity of this fact, perhaps it is the unimaginable scale of the consequences, that leads many to simply accept this grim reality. To go about our daily lives with no thought to the instruments of insanity all around us.

For it is insanity to allow ourselves to be ruled by these weapons. Many critics of this movement suggest that we are the irrational ones, the idealists with no grounding in reality. That nuclear-armed states will never give up their weapons.

But we represent the only rational choice. We represent those who refuse to accept nuclear weapons as a fixture in our world, those who refuse to have their fates bound up...

02:41

Naples, Italy: Repressive Operation Against FAI/FRI Insurrection News

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Naples prosecutor Catello Maresca, in charge of an investigation on subversive association linked to FAI/FRI, demanded that twenty anarchist comrades be arrested and the Centro Studi Libertari, the place of anarchist group Louise Michel, and the 76/A anarchist space to be shut down..

As an investigating judge rejected the prosecutors demand, the latter has made appeal; this will be held on 14th December at the court of review in Naples.

Anarchists from Naples

(via Croce Nera Anarchica, translated by Act For Freedom Now!)


02:40

Cops Destroy Tents of Refugees & Migrants in Snowy #Paris Enough is Enough!

In the middle of  the preparations for our stay on Lesvos, Greece, we want to remind you that the Greek islands are not the only places in Europe where refugees are suffering the inhuman treatment by EU member states. People are suffering illegal pushbacks and police violence in many European states. Last night cops destroyed tents of migrants and refugees in Paris, France. The violent treatment of refugees and migrants is increasing across Europe.

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Image: Refugees and migrants sleeping on the streets of Paris. Image by Facebook page Paris Refugee Ground Support

Published by Enough is Enough.

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

Read all our articles about refugees; here.

Cops Destroy Tents of Refu...

02:28

Tell Me Lies- The Establishment Media is the Grand Master of Fake News Newsbud

ABC News anchor Brian Ross has dealt a blow to the establishment media and its effort to marginalize independent and alternative news. Ross falsely reported Michael Flynn will testify that President Trump directed him to make contact with Russian officials while Trump was a candidate. This isnt the first time Ross and ABC News have passed off bogus stories, and it won't be the last. ABCs fake news story damages the carefully orchestrated effort by corporate media to institute fact checking tools designed to stigmatize and edge-out news that doesnt conform to the establishment narrative on a wide-range of issues. The establishment has tried to bury its lies, but the Brian Ross fake news story about Micheal Flynn has forced its dirty practices back out into the spotlight. The corporate media no longer controls the news cycle. The propaganda it receives and reports from the government is now critically analyzed and debunked on social media within minutes. Millions of Americans no longer watch the corporate alphabet news networks or read corporate newspapers. The Brian Ross fiasco shows that the establishment is not finished trying to slander and discredit its enemies. Its so desperate now to turn the tide, it has lost the ability to produce believable misleading news either read from government scripts or created by fake news organizations.

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02:15

Trumps Hanukkah gift Mondoweiss

This is part of Marc H. Elliss Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

During Hanukkah we typically think Festival of Lights and the Maccabean Revolt, of sacred oil and the struggle against foreign oppression. Historical and apocryphal, we ready ourselves for eight nights that set us apart from Christians in North America and Palestinians in Israel. We relish our separateness. Jewishness persists.

Yet Hanukkah represents only a symbolic apartness. In our daily life, assimilation to the state and to power is now the Jewish norm. Most Jews live within the protective umbrella of the North American and Israeli empires. These empires are protected by militarized engines of injustice, toward native peoples, those of African descent, Palestinians. Though this assimilation has been true for decades, our awareness is growing. Thus the recent explosion of our Jewish indigenous, the prophetic.

Especially after the Holocaust and the state of Israel created in its shadow, the reemergence of the prophetic was unexpected. Holocaust ideology and theology were constructed and new Jewish institutions emerged, all to reorient Jews to the demands of empowerment and, for the recalcitrant, police Jewish dissent. This makes the prophetic today, as in ancient time, costly. Even so, the prophetic essence of Jewishness persists.

Just days before Hanukkah, Jews were presented with a very odd gift, from President Trump no less, in the form of his Jerusalem Declaration: the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the promise of a US embassy there. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York celebrated.  So did the Anti-Defamation League.  Others like Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow were outraged. They want to return Trumps Jerusalem gift unopened.

In North America and Israel, Hanukkah has a dual constituency. On the one hand, Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews who relish, benefit from and enable empire Constantinian Jews. On the other hand, Hanukkah is celebrated by those who seek community, inclusion and equality Jews of Conscience. These constituencies are at odds.

There is another constituency, Progressive Jews, but Trumps Jerusalem gift may finally doom its existence. Michael Lerner exemplifies the weakness of Progressive Jews with...

02:14

Chile: New Message from Anarchist Prisoners Nataly Casanova and Juan Flores as the End of the Bombs Case 2 Trial Approaches Insurrection News

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A new approach to individuals in permanent conflict with power and comrades in solidarity anywhere in the world.

More than 3 years of our imprisonment and more than 8 months of oral trial for the so-called Bombs Case 2.

The time spent in prison emphasizes at each moment the meaning of the life that we consciously choose since we feel the need to confront this reality of extermination and devastation with its relations of power and submission, in order to truly live, we approach unavoidably to some kind of conclusion

We have been imprisoned for more than 3 years for maintaining our position against the system of domination, without showing any remorse. Since we could not deny ourselves, let alone what this struggle against power means, in which many comrades have been taken from us, it has been a necessity for us to keep them present from our though...

02:11

Botched Pipe Bomb Attack in Manhattan Subway Station cryptogon.com

Via: Daily Mail: A Bangladeshi national in his 20s has been taken into custody with serious injuries after a suspected pipe bomb he was carrying malfunctioned and exploded prematurely inside a Midtown Manhattan subway station Monday morning. The explosion happened around 7:20am, in an underground tunnel linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Times Square. []

02:10

The Times/UK: Talal Silo: The Defector Embarrasing America Penny for your thoughts

It's behind a pay wall- so I'll post what I can read and relink the three previous posts covering the whistle blower that most of the so called alt media is ignoring- Hattip Northerntruthseeker for giving this information more attention. Al Masdar covered the news December 4th, the same day I did post #3

Talal Silo, the defector embarrassing America

Talal Silo a member of Syrias Turkmen minority, had been the official spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the militia picked by America to spearhead the battle against Islamic State in Syria.
The Kurd-dominated SDF was the acceptable face of anti-Isis forces, purportedly having no ethnic or religious bias and comprising Kurds and Arabs, Muslims and Christians.
When Raqqa, Isiss de facto headquarters, fell in October, it was Mr Silo who announced it. The SDFs victory was meant to prove that the West could assist a trustworthy local militia against Isis  and justify the 100's of millions of dollars of US arms shipped to......

 Middle East Monitor covered it a few days ago also

 As did Al Masdar, finally!







Talal Silo's whistleblowing has been repeatedly covered here, starting December 02/2017

Talal Silo Spills the Beans " SDF created as cover to arm PKK"

 December 03/2017: SDF Defect...

02:04

How corporate media tacitly justify the murder of Palestinian children Mondoweiss

On Friday, Israel commenced yet another bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip.  The Independent (London) began its report with a note from the IDF that it had bombed militant targets.  The story then explained that six children were injured.  

The third paragraph completed the picture:  The Israeli military said it had carried out the strikes on a Hamas training camp and on a weapons depot in response to rockets fired earlier from Gaza at Israeli towns. Witnesses told Reuters that most of the wounded were residents of a building near the camp.  

What first looks like standard reportagea delivery of apparent facts, complete with views from both sidesis actually stock dissimulation that (intentionally or not) confers responsibility for harming children not on the Israeli bombers, but on the people who endured their detonation.  A more pessimistic reading can make a reasonable case that the Independent actually blames the children for their own injuries.  

How can it be that Israel targeted militants while also injuring children?  Four possibilities emerge:  

  1. Either the Israeli or Palestinian sources are lying
  2. Children were hanging out with the militants
  3. The militants put themselves in the company of children
  4. It is difficult to target militants in Gaza without collateral damage

Number one is negligible because the Independent doesnt bother to find out if anybody is lying.  The omission supplies a post hoc rationalization for the injured children.  The story provides no indication that Israel willingly harmed children and thereby removes intent from the equation.  

Numbers 2-4 implicitly justify Israels behavior.  Mixing kids with militants essentially collapses any distinction between the two demographics and implies that Palestinian society is uniformly militarized.  If no children are free of militants in Gaza, then nobody in the territory is truly innocent.  Everybody is therefore a fair target, their demise an unfortunate byproduct of existing.  

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01:59

Trumps and Netanyahus Pedagogy of Oppression: A lesson on the nature of facts Mondoweiss

Think what you may of their incendiary words and actions, Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu continue to give us a series of political and philosophical lessons. This past week, the theme of their pedagogy of oppression (to paraphrase the great Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire, who coined the term the pedagogy of the oppressed) was neither Jerusalem nor the long-dead Israeli-Palestinian peace process nor, even, the meaning of international recognition and legitimacy. They taught us about the nature of facts.

In his declaration, Trump emphasized that Jerusalem was in fact the capital of Israel: Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace. He implied that his decision was merely closing the gap between what was de facto the case and a de jure formality. More than that, he made the fact transcendental in the Kantian sense by identifying in it a necessary condition for peace. He only forgot to mention that granting the sovereign right to determine the capital to Israel but not to Palestine was a necessary condition of impossibility, rather than that of the possibility, as far as their future coexistence is concerned.

Netanyahus remarks in Paris echoed those of Trump. He proclaimed the status of Jerusalema major point of contention in the negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelisa reality, while drawing the following analogy: Paris is the capital of France; Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. (This ridiculous parallel deserves no comments, because, of course, unlike Jerusalem, Paris is not claimed as the capital of two different nations.) And, he continued, the sooner the Palestinians come to grips with this reality, the sooner we will move towards peace. There is no arguing with facts that hit one with the hefty and painful obviousness of a rock or a bullet. That is the philosophical ad lapidem fallacy in a nutshellthe appeal to the stone, so called because of how in the eighteenth century Samuel Johnson endeavoured to refute the idealism of George Berkeley by kicking a rock and saying: I refute him thus!

Except that nothing is murkier and more ideologically charged than facts. In the Middle Eastern context, decades of Israels illegal settlement activity, notably in and around Jerusalem, have been creating facts on the ground by cutting Palestinians off from the city with the help of new and mushrooming settler enclaves. The stone of factual reality is never foun...

01:47

Waiting for the punch in the mouth - TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis

Back in 1987 a reporter interviewed Mike Tyson about his upcoming fight with Evander Holyfield. The reporter asked Mike if he was worried about Evander and his fight plan. Mike famously replied,Everybody has a plan until they get punched in...

01:36

Putin on tour: Russia signs nuclear agreement with Egypt as alliance deepens Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Both countries signed a deal in Cairo to begin work on Egypt's Dabaa nuclear power plant

01:15

Venezuelans in Miami Fausta's Blog

Jos de Crdoba and Arian Campo-Flores report that Like the Cubans Before Them, Venezuelan Exiles Are Transforming Florida Politics. Both U.S. parties are hustling to recruit a flood of new voters in a crucial state for presidential elections Emphasis added, Where Cubans once came by small boats, rafts made of inner tubes and planes, Venezuelans []

01:12

The BBC, violence and promotion of linkage part one BBC Watch

As recently noted here, the fact that the BBC was able to promote the notion of linkage between last Fridays rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and the announcement concerning Jerusalem made by the US president two days beforehand meant that visitors to the BBC News website saw some modest coverage of that particular incident in stark contrast to the numerous other incidents that the corporation chose to completely avoid reporting earlier in the year.

The same was true of some BBC radio stations. The December 9th edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme Today, for example, included an item (from 52:08 here) introduced by Justin Webb as follows: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Webb: Donald Trumps decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital and to allow plans for the US embassy to move there from Tel Aviv have enraged Palestinians a...

01:05

The Last Martyr: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar? Foreign Policy Journal

Kamal Assar with his mother in Nuseirat refugee camp (Photo courtesy of the author)

00:58

Activists Publish Results of #FuckResponsibleDisclosure Campaign InformNapalm.org (English)

Sean Brian Townsend is an independent computer security researcher, a member and the speaker of Ukrainian Cyber...

The post Activists Publish Results of #FuckResponsibleDisclosure Campaign appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

00:57

Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence cryptogon.com

Via: Wired: Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet. Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather than cloaked acolytes, the engineer known for self-driving carsand triggering a notorious lawsuitcould be unveiling his latest startup instead of laying the foundations for a new religion. But he is doing just that. Artificial intelligence []

00:37

How the West Could Destabilize Russia OffGuardian

by Denis Churilov Russian March 2018 Presidential Elections are approaching. Putin has recently announced that he will run as a candidate. The global players who dont want Putin to stay in power will likely do everything possible to get rid of him. Lets explore some possible pressure points and try to predict the most unpleasant developments. The measures to destabilize Russia amid the elections are most likely to be complex and could potentially include: 1. Exacerbating situation in Eastern Ukraine/Donetsk Peoples Republic and Lugansk Peoples Republic. A coordinated, big scale assault on break-away regions by the Kiev government and ultra-nationalist battalions, if successful, could be exploited informationally by evoking a public discourse inside Russia about Putin betraying the people of Donbass/Novorossia, or being incapable of helping them, which could potentially decrease his approval ratings domestically. There are reports of soldiers from the US National Guard, namely the New Yorks 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), being moved to Ukraine in late October 2017, so we might expect some dangerous provocations early next year. Also, as

00:15

Sarah Westall Interviews Timothy Holmseth on Child Sex Trafficking Detailed Description of Industrial-Scale Baby Laundering & Sales Sidebar on Indiana (Most Sealed Indictments) Public Intelligence Blog

Description & Links Below the Fold

Award Winning Investigative Journalist Timothy Holmseth joins the program to discuss his in-depth research into child trafficking rings that operate throughout the country. He illustrates how local thugs and powerful elites work together to procure children for black market trade of sex, organs, and slavery. He also explains the methods for laundering children (i.e. clear their ties), and how local authorities work together nationwide to enable the trade to flourish. His evidence is 100% backed up by audio evidence and documents. A treasure trove for prosecutors to use to nail an active trafficking ring and ultimately save hundreds & maybe thousands of future victims.

Phi Beta Iota: This brave and talented investigative journalist is in a fight for his life and liberty with the Deep State.  Please donate to him as generously as you can Earth Intelligence Network donated $500 on 10 December 2017. Here is the link (PayPal Direct for Timothy Charles Holmseth):

https://www.paypal.me/AuthorTCH

See Especially:

Joaquim Hagopian, Pedophilia & Empire: Satan, Sodomy, & The Deep State (free by the chapter both online and at Amazon Kindle donate to this author)

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Pedophilia @ Phi Beta Iota

00:08

BBC: Raqqa's Dirty Secret stan van houcke

Raqqas
dirty secret

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00:00

Mongoose: Is Kushner Going Back to New York? Will Trump Double Him? Public Intelligence Blog

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Kushner is Israeli agent

Trump Team Didnt Just Collude with Israel, Kushner was Acting as Foreign Agent for Tel Aviv

Who was the very senior member of the transition team who directed Flynn to do all this? Multiple news outlets have confirmed that it was Jared Kushner, Trumps son-in-law and main point man on the Middle East peace process. Jared called Flynn and told him you need to get on the phone to every member of the Security Council and tell them to delay the vote, a Trump transition official revealed to BuzzFeed News on Friday, adding that Kushner told Flynn this was a top priority for the president.

Phi Beta Iota: At the 3D chess level we believe that Kushner is more likely to be loyal to Trump than to Netanyahu. Trumps exploitation of the NSA unprocessed data did not just include enemies, it included family. He has every email and cell call Kushner ever made from two years before meeting Ivanak to date. We are hearing more and more rumors of Kushners being sent back to New York, taking Ivanka with him. It would be amusing to have Kushner returns to New York pretending to be disgruntled, and draw George (Schwartz) Soros and Arnon Milchan out in support of the inevitable RICO investigation against them as well as Sheldon Adelson and Michael Chertoff.

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The US Coalitions Secret Deal to Allow ISIS-Daesh Terrorists to Escape stan van houcke

The Raqqa Exodus: The US Coalitions Secret Deal to Allow ISIS-Daesh Terrorists to Escape

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Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Uprising Against US Clarion Project

Filipino students burn a mock US flag and a photo of US President-elect Donald Trump during a rally in front of the US embassy in Manila on November 10, 2016. (Illustrative photo: TED ALJIBE / AFP / Getty Images)

The Muslim Brotherhood has effectively declared war on the United States (Arabic link):

The Muslim Brotherhood is launching today a solidarity call with all Palestinian factions and Islamic movements to ignite an uprising throughout the Islamic world against the Zionist occupation and the American administration in support of the occupation and against the rights and freedoms of the peoples.

The last uprising some 15 years ago resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Join us today in calling for the Muslim Brotherhood to be designated as a foreign terrorist entity.

While the Brotherhood issued the statement in the wake of President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital a week ago, the organization has been fomenting anti-American, pro-sharia sentiment for some time.

Clarion Project is closely following Muslim Brotherhood activities on Capitol Hill, across the United States and beyond.

There are growing concerns about the strong ties between the Brotherhood,...

23:22

Turkey Calls Israel Terrorist State, Then Does 18.6 million Euro Bus Deal ThereAreNoSunglasses

[SEE: Erdoan: Israel is a terrorist state

Israel signs deal worth 18.6 million euros with Turkey amid political turmoil

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Israel signs deal worth 18.6 million euros with Turkey amid political turmoil

Israel has signed a deal worth nearly 18.6 million euros with Turkeys Anadolu Isuzu, a joint automotive manufacturing venture between Turkeys Anadolu Group and Japans Isuzu Motors, to buy buses, the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP) said on Dec. 6.

A deal to make a delivery worth 18.6 million euros has been signed with our Israeli distributor Universal Trucks Israel Ltd., the company which won the bid, KAP said in a statement.

The submittal of the delivery mentioned hereby is planned to begin in 2018, and is expected to be completed by 2019, it added.

Anadolu Isuzu produces 25 different models within five segments in Turkey. While the greatest capital is spared to the midibus, which compromises one-fourth of the production share, the D-Max pick-up follows with 12 percent.

Anadolu Isuzu currently has 823 workers. Its revenue in 2016 was 830 million Turkish Liras.

In 2016, a total of 5,240 vehicles were produced, of which 666 were exported, by the company headquartered in Istanbul.

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23:21

Burning California stan van houcke



Wildfires continues to ravage through Southern California as conditions worsen



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22:52

The Corbyn Doctrine stan van houcke

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses United Nations officials on human rights and international cooperation in Geneva, Switzerland. (Credit: Reuters)

The Corbyn Doctrine

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22:04

Putin confirms permanent Russian air and naval bases in Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Putin confirmed 'partial withdrawal' of troops from Syria after defeat of IS, but said main military bases were there to stay

Sadr calls for Hashd al-Shaabi to disarm and not stand in elections Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Muqtada al-Sadr also called for his own Saraya al-Salam militia to hand their weapons over to the Iraqi government

21:57

Arabic press review: What happened to Saleh's body in Yemen? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Houthis and Saleh loyalists squabble over the final resting place of former president, while backlash at Trump Jerusalem move continues

21:15

We, Anarchists and Libertarian Communists in the Class Struggle in Capitalist Europe Enough is Enough!

The European organizations which are part of the Anarkismo network met on the 18th and 19th of November in Genoa. We discussed and exchanged, thought and reflected together, attempting as a network to plan a strategy for forward movement. Delegations from Wales, France, Italy, Switzerland and Ireland with a warm solidarity statement from our Catalan comrades of Embat expressed the need to clarify and deepen our common work.

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We, Anarchists and Libertarian Communists in the Class Struggle in Capitalist Europe

The European organizations which are part of the Anarkismo network met on the 18th and 19th of November in Genoa. We discussed and exchanged, thou...

21:03

Seven Things You Can Do to Support the J20 Defendants : As the Trials Get Underway CrimethInc.

On January 20, 2017, while Trump was being sworn in as president, police trapped over 200 protesters, medics, legal observers, and journalists on a block in downtown Washington, DC and mass-arrested all of them. Police confiscated their cell phones and broke into them, seized their social media data, even raided their homes. In April, the US Attorneys Office pressed the same 8 felony charges indiscriminately against all the arrestees. Today, 193 defendants are facing six decades in prison just for attending a protest.

The Trump administration wants to set a precedent so they can argue that anyone wearing black in vicinity of a broken window is participating in a conspiracy and deserves to spend the rest of his or her life in prison.

Their goal is to criminalize protest itself. The prosecution has based their case on claiming that basic elements of large protests are evidence of a conspiracy to riot and commit acts of vandalism. As evidence, they are citing normal protest activities such preparing for the possibility of arrest, the presence of street medics and legal observers in case of police or fascist violence, and even sharing information about public plans to assemble. The outcome of this case could have disastrous consequences on all dissent in the United States.

1. Spread the Word

To introduce people to the basic facts about the case, please spread the video produced by subMedia.tv. You can also follow @DefendJ20 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

An educational video about the J20 case.

2. Combat Police and Media Lies about the Case

Police and media outlets have dishonestly represented the J20 case from the beginning, in hopes of concealing this assault on the right to protest. For example, on at least two occasions, Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Peter Newsham inaccurat...

21:00

SOCIAL MEDIA, CRYPTOCURRENCIES AND DISTURBING DOT CONNECTIONS Giza Death Star

Today's blog is unusual in that I am not blogging about one article, but two. This sometimes happens as people send me things which,

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TIDBITS: WHILE WERE TALKING ABOUT CRYPTO-CURRENCIES Giza Death Star

While we're talking about crypto-currencies, Mr. V.T. and Mr. T.M. also both found this multipart series:
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20:45

#Athens, #Greece: Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis Continue Hunger Strike in #Korydallos Prisons Enough is Enough!

Revolutionary Struggle members Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa are on hunger strike since November 11th 2017.

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Athens, Greece: Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis Continue Hunger Strike in Korydallos Prisons

On December 5th 2017, Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis were forcibly removed from Korydallos prisons (both were subjected to headlocks, holds, etc.) and were involuntarily a...

20:12

Saudi Arabia to allow first commercial cinemas in 35 years Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The Saudi culture ministry said the first cinemas would open next March

20:00

Palestine is Not Alone: Thousands in Istanbul Stand Up for Jerusalem Geopolitics Alert

Istanbul (MEE To chants of Palestine is not alone, Hit Zionism, hit it, hit it, and amid a sea of Turkish and Palestinians flags, thousands of people gathered in Istanbul on Sunday, buffeted by strong winds and rain, to protest against the US presidents decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital.

US President Donald Trumps announcement on Wednesday has struck a raw nerve with the Turkish public, and protests have been held in various parts of the country since.

We do not accept this decision. We will do whatever we can to oppose it. It is unacceptable. Damn the Zionists, Hatice Karakas, a housewife in her 40s, told Middle East Eye as the crowd chanted Down with the United States, down with Israel.

Rally for al Quds in Istanbul
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Called for by the Islamist Saadet Party (Felicity), the protest received the backing of a number of NGOs, which mobilized to arrange a display of Turkish anger at the decision and the publics commitment to the beleaguered Palestinian people. Men and women were segregated at the protest.

This is a matter of Islam. This is not about political parties. I would come even if the CHP [opposition secular party] arranged this, Reyhan Akca, a 54-year-old housewife, told Middle East Eye.

Turkish outrage at Trumps decision is to the extent that even former president, Abdullah Gul who has largely kept silent on political developments since his term ended in 2014 endorsed Sundays protest and called Trumps decision a major provocation.

Palestinians have lived under occupation for 50 years and been subjected to all forms of cruelty and injustice during this time. [Trumps decision] is not only a provocation against Palestinians and Arabs but one against all the worlds Muslim...

20:00

Hassan Rouhani: US Quds Plan Fans Regional Flames Geopolitics Alert

Tehran (TNA Iranian President Hassan Rouhani decried the US administration for adding fuel to the Middle East flames by recognizing the city of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Zionist regime of Israel.

The regional situation is such that one should not fan its flames, President Rouhani said in a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Tehran on Sunday, adding that the US presidents plan to move the US embassy to Quds was a wrong decision that adds fuel to the fire in the region.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
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Elsewhere, the president highlighted Irans constructive role in ensuring sustainable peace and stability and in the war against terrorism in the region, saying Tehran-London negotiations could result in closer cooperation for the sake of regional stability.

He also stressed the need for honoring and implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying all parties, particularly the Iranian nation, should enjoy the benefits of the nuclear deal.

The visiting British diplomat, for his part, said the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany), has opened up good opportunities for developing the ties between Iran and Britain.

British companies are eager to get involved in investment projects in Iran, Johnson said, adding that London is determined to expand its relations with Tehran in all fields.

Related: Updated: The World Responds to Trumps Jerusalem Decision

He also hailed I...

20:00

White House Statement Ignores US Role in Yemen and Blames Iran Geopolitics Alert

Washington DC (GPA) Following the failed coup in Sanaa, Yemen last week, the White House released a statement regarding the violence and humanitarian crisis. Unsurprisingly, the US role in Yemen is completely ignored while simultaneously blaming Iran.

The statement begins by expressing grave concern for the dire situation in Yemen. The US, of course, helped create this crisis under the Obama regime and continued support under Trump by selling billions in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other smaller members of the Saudi coalition.

Fueling violence: US role in Yemen

However, the US role in Yemen goes far beyond merely selling weapons and turning a blind eye to the carnage. The US also refuels coalition warplanes and provides intelligence. US troops assist and train UAE troops as well as UAE and Saudi-backed troops on the ground. (Yes, US forces are currently occupying southern Yemen right now.)

The statement ridiculously requests that Riyadh entirely lift the blockade against Yemen which restricts land, sea, and air imports, exports, and the flow of movement. What makes this request absolutely absurd is that the United States Navy helps enforce this blockade throughout the Red Sea.

At the time of writing this press statement, Riyadh was likely bombing civilian areas as per usual. Over the past week, Saudi warplanes continued to target homes, cars, government buildings, and a media office. At least four workers died in the media outlet bombing, and dozens of civilians lost their lives in the other attacks including women and children.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

Passing the buck

Despite Saudi Arabias devastating air war against Yemen, the press statement first chose to blame Ansarullah (the Houthis) for violence and the humanitarian catastrophe. The Houthis do not have an air force and are not waging war on civilians although the statement tries to portray them as such.

Also before even mentioning Riyadh, the statement blames Iran. Although no such evidence exists to prove Iran arms, trains, or provides any support to the Houthis, the statement insists Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is arming, advising, and enabling Houthi forces. According to the White House, Iran is actually to blame for the violence and humanitarian catastrophe.

According to a...

19:17

USA: 92 Somalis being deported from the U.S. fly 5,000 miles to Africa before returning to Florida Somali News in English Horseed Media

Undocumented immigrants who were being deported to Somalia on Thursday made it to Senegal before they all returned on a flight back to the U.S., according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Somali citizens, some of whom had lived in the U.S. for decades, were transported to Louisiana from across the country ahead []

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SOMALIA: UN says 4,500 Civilians Killed & Wounded in Somalia Since 2016 Somali News in English Horseed Media

The United Nations says more than 4,500 civilians have been killed or wounded in the conflict in Somalia since the start of 2016. The U.N. Human Rights Office and the U.N. Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) have issued a new report that implicates parties to the conflict in the death and injuries sustained by the []

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19:13

Restarting Somali Tourism: UNWTO discussion at World Conference on Tourism and Culture Oman Somali News in English Horseed Media

HE Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow), the Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism of the Federal Republic of Somalia attends the Second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism & Culture which is taking place in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman 11 12 December 2017. Minister Eng. Yarisow today met the Secretary-General of thw World Tourism []

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19:08

Netanyahu rebuffed by EU after saying he expects bloc to back Jerusalem move Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The Israeli prime minister said the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem 'makes peace possible'

19:00

The absurdity of Trump's relationship with Israel Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The US president's performance on 6 December was nothing but an American tragedy or surrender

18:29

Inaccuracies and distortions go unchallenged on BBC WS Newsday part two BBC Watch

In part one of this post we discussed an edition of Newsday broadcast on BBC World Service radio on the morning of December 6th in which Mustafa Barghouti was given free rein to promote lies and distortions concerning Israel that went completely unchallenged by the programmes presenter.

A later edition of the same programme again presented by Lawrence Pollard and Andrew Peach also included items relating to the then anticipated announcement by the US president concerning Jerusalem and the US embassy in Israel. At the start of the show listeners heard from American human rights lawyer Brooke Goldstein and later on (from 26:57 here) a BDS supporting one-stater UCLA professor of English literature was brought in to give the Palestinian view. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]...

16:00

The Enemy Within Antiwar.com Original

It was the Holy Grail of #TheResistance, the smoking gun they had been desperately searching for, solid evidence that Trump had colluded with the Russians to steal the presidency from its rightful owner: an email written and sent before WikiLeaks published the DNC material directing Trumps attention to the data dump and even offering an Continue reading "The Enemy Within"

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Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid Antiwar.com Original

By acknowledging Jerusalem as Israels capital, President Trump has demonstrated a genuinely deep historical insight. Even if Israel itself had claimed any other city as its capital be it Tel-Aviv, where Israels declaration of independence took place in 1948; or Hebron, where once Abraham bought a graveyard, and where nowadays a few hundred Jewish Continue reading "Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid"

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15:09

MUELLERS PATHETIC ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW TRUMP AND PREPARE HIS 2020 SUCCESSOR FAILS MISERABLY Anti Oligarch

Source: AIM THIS CITIZEN INTELLIGENCE REPORT IS PREPARED BY THE ANONYMOUS PATRIOTS OF THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE MEDIA AND AMERICANS FOR INNOVATION. PLEASE CHECK THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FROM TIME TO TIME AS WE WILL BE POSTING UPDATES TO OUR FINDINGS. Just when you thought Bob Muellers conflicts of interest, continuous illegal leaks, bogus indictments, overtly Democratic team, politicized []

14:55

The Fate of the Pine Gap Pilgrims Dissident Voice

It barely registered a murmur across the Australian press, though it caused the traditional ripples over the protester fraternity.  Christian activists, collectively known as the Pine Gap Pilgrims, had received sentences pursuant to the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth), a cold war relic used by the Australian government to conceal the nature of Canberras association with the joint US-Australian signals facility.

The prosecution of Margaret Pestorius, Paul Christie, Jim Dowling, Franz Dowling, Andy Paine and Tim Webb centred on their entering of the clandestine base in September 2016 had been obstinate and typical.

The grounds advanced by Michael McHugh SC for the government made weak reference to the history of peaceful protest that had marked the practice of Australian democracy. He even drew a curious precedent from the archives of history about how the Suffragettes had, in their day, shown the way on civil disobedience.  They, it should be noted, were deemed to have acted illegally, though ultimately successfully, in their cause.

The Crown certainly got what it wanted in terms of verdicts, but Justice John Reeves was not proving totally cooperative to the holy shrine of US power in Australia.  The judge had initially given an inkling that the charade around Pine Gap and its secrecy might continue.  For one, he found little to accept the defence made under the Commonwealth Criminal Code that the conduct of the six in trespassing had been in response to a sudden or extraordinary emergency.

The nature of that emergency was drawn from the targeting information for drone strikes supplied by the facility, disruption of which would purportedly save lives. The ruling effectively took a good deal of the carpet from under the protestors, given that the jury was disallowed from considering that evidence in reaching their verdict.

On December 4, the court refused to impose prison sentences, despite the guilty jury verdict.  I do not accept the Crowns submission, said the judge dismissively, that your offences potentially struck at the heart of national security.  All six were fined for unlawful entry to the tune of $1,250 to $5,000, and Paine was found guilty of the additional charge of carrying a photographic defence on the base.

The judge felt that the actions of the younger Pilgrims did not warrant custodial sentences.  Jim Dowling was a considered a more complex matter, him of the serial non-violent direct action type with a mischief making record dating back to 1986.

Justice Reeves preference was not to flatter Dowlings notoriety (he h...

14:16

The Careful Craft Dissident Voice

The truth, carefully crafted, is the biggest lie of all.

One of the most important lessons to be learned from the Brexit fiasco has scarcely been picked up on, and that lesson is this: the mainstream media are not only wholly unfit for purpose, they are primarily responsible for this unfolding slow-motion catastrophe. Its not just the misinformation that was widely pedalled at the time of the UK referendum on Britain quitting the EU, it was the years, and years, and years of misinformation before that which did the real damage.

This issue about our mainstream media is desperately serious. People cannot form sound opinions or make good decisions unless the information they receive is beyond reproach. The overwhelming majority of us obtain most of our information about the world around us through the mainstream media, therefore its abundantly clear that the duty to provide good, faultless information is a very serious responsibility. But the hard fact is that day in and day out, year in and year out the mainstream media not only fail in this critical duty, their output frequently borders on criminality. The evidence for this is so voluminous that it actually provides a good example of the expression about not being able to see the wood for the trees: there is so much proof of the routinely irresponsible, occasionally-criminal activities of our news providers that its difficult to see the fact, and effect of it.

Its not the purpose of this article to provide detailed and comprehensive examples supporting my case; such proofs are easily found elsewhere. But it is, of course, relevant to cite a few examples. Once people see the truth, theres no further need to keep on proving it. Like the little boy who pointed out that the emperor wasnt wearing any clothes, doing it once was sufficient.

Journalism is, or should be, a fine and very important vocation. There have been a number of truly great journalists, people who value the truth, together with a sense of humanity above all else; people who frequently endanger their own lives in order to try to communicate to us the awful truths they witness, and the importance of those truths to humanity. Phillip Knightley was one such journalist. He wrote a book titled First Casualty, which is an excellent comprehensive account of the routine deceits and deceptions of news providers, and those who control them, going back to the very earliest days of newspapers. One of the numerous examples he provides is an account of a cinema newsreel that was shown to British audiences during the Boer War at the dawn of the twentieth century. It purported to be film of a savage Boer attack on a largely defenceless British Red Cross tent. What those cinema audiences didnt know was that the film was a fake, shot with actors on Hampstead Heath, a suburb of London.

Falsehood in Wartime is a book written...

13:46

How will US Jerusalem Move Affect Israels Far Right? Dissident Voice

Donald Trumps recognition this week of Jerusalem as Israels capital, overturning seven decades of US policy in the region and effectively ending hopes of a two-state solution, has provoked dire warnings.

But the focus by commentators on Palestinian reactions, rather than the effect on the Israeli public and leadership, might have underestimated the longer-term fallout from Trumps move, analysts say.

Predictions have included the threat of renewed violence even an uprising from Palestinians; the possible collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinians government-in-waiting, and its diplomatic strategy for two states; and the demise of Washingtons claim to be serving as a credible peacemaker.

But according to analysts, more far-reaching and disruptive undercurrents will likely be set in motion by Trumps decision.

Few have factored in the likely effect of Trumps new Jerusalem policy on the Israeli public, which has been shifting steadily to the right for most of the past two decades. The city and its contested holy sites have gained an increasingly powerful religious and national symbolism for many Israeli Jews.

The fear is that Trumps effective rubber-stamping of the rights political goals in Jerusalem will further radicalise both sides of the divide and accelerate processes that have been turning a long-standing national conflict into a more openly religious one.

Tipping point

We may remember this date as the tipping point, as the moment when a new consensus emerged in Israel behind the idea of total Jewish supremacy, journalist David Sheen, an expert on Israels far-right movements, told Al Jazeera.

Similar concerns were expressed by Yousef Jabareen, a Palestinian member of Israels parliament.

We can expect to see a move rightwards across Israeli society, he told Al Jazeera. The centre-left parties were already tacking much closer to the right. They will now want to align themselves with Trumps position. Meanwhile, the right will be encouraged to move to the extreme right.

Both noted that Avi Gabbay the recently elected leader of the Zionist Union, the official opposition and the party that was once the backbone of the Israeli peace camp had begun espousing positions little different from those of right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Last week, Gabbay backed Trumps announcement, saying that recognition of Jerusalem was more important than a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Sheen said that traditionally, the centre-left had been restrained in its political positions by concerns about alienating the United States: Netanyahu has shown that he can bring the US round to his way of thinking by staying the course. In many Israelis eyes, he has now been proved right. The centrists may decide it is time to come onboard. Allying with the Republican right and the Christian evangelicals in the U...

13:30

Google hiring 10,000 reviewers to censor YouTube content OffGuardian

by Zaida Green, via WSWS Google is escalating its campaign of internet censorship, announcing that it will expand its workforce of human censors to over 10,000, the internet giant announced on December 4. The censors primary focus will be videos and other content on YouTube, its video-sharing platform, but will work across Google to censor content and train its automated systems, which remove videos at a rate four times faster than its human employees. Human censors have already reviewed over 2 million videos since June. YouTube has already removed over 150,000 videos, 50 percent of which were removed within two hours of upload. The company is working to accelerate the rate of takedown through machine-learning from manual censorship, according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in an official blog post. The hiring drive by Google is yet another advance in the campaign against any expression of political opposition. Other social media giants have implemented measures against fake news; Facebook has altered its algorithms to reduce the visibility of certain news stories, and Twitter has banned the Russian-funded media

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Three Ways to Fix the World "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A Tiny Manifesto for the Next Decade (and Beyond)

Fredo said, on Twitter, citing the Generation M Manifesto, I miss the old optimistic Umair! Ah, that guy. Where did he go? (Hint, hes right here.) Maybe I ask you to read between the lines too much, lost in my own world. So here are three possible ways out of this mess, followed by a reflection on why these ways, which are common sense, seem to elude us so.

This mess. The one the worlds in. 2017. What a grim year it was. Extremism rippling outward, like a stone disturbing a placid pond, which used to thrive. Obama himself warned of following the path of Nazi Germany this week. America, Britain, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Russia, Germany tooits a long list, and its folly to imagine that these dots of rising authoritarianism and regression, though different in degree, are mere coincidence. Today I woke up to news of a synagogue being firebombed in Sweden. Are these things connected? Incomes are stagnant now across the rich worldand inequality is spiking everywhere. These are preconditions for revolution, upheaval, disorder, because they foment discontent, fury, and shame. So: an age of rage is exploding, and it is up to us to put the fire outnot just stand there squabbling over whether throwing water on it will offend the gods, as intellectuals and leaders are, baffled, paralyzed, doing nowbut I will return to that. First, how can we quell this fire?

Redefine the basics. Incomes are stagnant because of poor choices, nor fate, destiny or circumstance, nor even because of technology or globalization. In Germany, for example, a policy of wage suppression was put into practice in 2000 by unions and government and business, so wages havent risen, stagnant hardest in the East, which is precisely where neo-fascism is rising: not a coincidence. The same pattern repeats itself in America and Britainthis time because because austerity after a financial crisis ripped the heart out of public life, while selling off public goods created economies approaching neo-serfdomgigs with no benefits, stability, security, in which people must internalize all the risk institutions should bear, and thus, their standard of living falls. The regions that are the most stagnant of course support Brexit and Trump most. Again, not a coincidence.

So. To begin fixing the mess weve made, we must redefine this most basic fact of life. Basic income you knowand generous social safety nets are a first step towards it. Lets discuss basic assets, which you probably dont, in...

13:24

An Afghan Year: My Road from Soldier to Socialism Dissident Voice

Hell is everything that Christian mythology paints it as. Hell is pain, death, suffering, bleakness, and fire. But it isnt some mystical dimension where rapists and Hitler are suffering for eternity. Hell is right here on earth, war is hell; its not made to punish evil people, its made by evil people and its the innocent who suffer. Its children, parents, brothers, sisters, people just trying to live their lives, all being tortured and killed, brutalized and raped. The innocent are the ones left weeping while the evil ones reap rewards. War is indeed hell in ways that no one can understand unless theyve seen it. I have not been to hell, but I could see it from where I stood.

Welcome to Kandahar

I joined the National Guard to pay for college. I didnt really think of the consequences at the time. After all: Im an American, I was raised to worship my country and adore the military, and I did. Receiving a college education seemed like fair payment for service to my country. But that whole illusion of patriotism and American exceptionalism began to break down the moment I found myself stepping off an AC-17 into the blinding sun of Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the spring of 2012.

It was surreal, like living inside the beginning of a war movie. But unlike all those movies where the grizzled veterans jeered at the new arrivals, everyone just ignored us as we walked down the tarmac to the building where we would receive our briefing. It was also loud, beyond what I had expected. There was an absolutely constant roar of aircraft taking off, landing, being run-up for maintenance. Aircraft of every size, purpose, and origin, were there. They told us later that Kandahar Airfield, or KAF as it is affectionately called, is the busiest airport in the world. I can certainly believe it. The roar was so deafening, so constant, that there was no escaping it. Not during the day, not when you tried to sleep at night. It was the first constant companion I was introduced to, and it started to wear me down in just the first few days.

Once inside a small domed building, the civilian contractor gave his welcome to Kandahar brief, of which I paid zero attention. I was too busy looking at the building I was sitting in. It was ancient, and apparently it was a madrasa (Muslim school) before the U.S. occupation of the airfield. It was also the last-stand of the Taliban in Kandahar, and was riddled with bullet-holes. After the briefing, we all shuffled out into the street and waited for the buses that would take us to our RLBs (Ready to Live Barracks.) It was at this moment I was introduced to the second constant companion that everyone is stuck with in Afghanistan: dust. And I mean DUST. There is no dirt. Its talcum powder. It just hangs in the air, sticks to your everything, and forces you to breath it all the time. I...

13:21

Silent Night in German Fig Trees and Vineyards

Silent Night is one of my favorite Christmas carols. Here it is sung in German.

13:07

Now That Trump Handed Them Jerusalem, Zionists Turn Their Eyes on the Golan Fig Trees and Vineyards

Donald Trump, you could pretty much say, has handed Jerusalem to the Israelis on a silver platter. Will that be the end of it, or will there be more major US concessions to Israel in the future?  Might the Zionists now turn their covetous gaze upon, for instance, the Golan Heights? An article published Friday []

13:01

Proof that the Saker is a Kremlin Troll! The Vineyard of the Saker

Defending the Kremlin: Hawks, Falcons and Owls in Service by Iliia Pitalev for Sputnik News It is unbelievable, but true: birds help defend the Kremlin. Kremlin officials use hawks, falcons

12:00

1090 MHz ADS-B Mode-S Military Aircraft Logs WWW.SECRET-BASES.CO.UK

Military aircraft transponder logs from January 2014 to present (11th December 2017), using 1090 MHz ADS-B Mode-S receiver located near Manchester International Airport. Regularly updated.

11:40

Israeli Soldiers Filmed Harassing School Kids in Occupied Hebron Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. note This video, posted a couple of days ago at Veterans Today, provides a graphic look at daily life in Occupied Hebronwith school children being threatened and intimidated and even school administrators detained. Youll also see soldiers ordering the camera woman to go stand behind the dumpster with all the garbageand these []

11:24

Venezuela: Chavismo Wipes US-Backed Opposition from the Municipal Map INTERNATIONALIST 360

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela:Faras makes history in Caracas as Chavismo virtually wipes US-backed opposition from the municipal map Arturo Rosales writes from Caracas, Axis of Logic December 10 will not only go down as a date to remember in the annals of Venezuelan history for the Battle of Santa Ins of 1859 during the Federal...

11:00

Venezuela: PSUV Celebrate a Landslide Victory in Municipal Elections INTERNATIONALIST 360

In these municipal elections called by the National Constituent Assembly there was extraordinary electoral participation. I want to thank the people of Venezuela because, once again, they are demonstrating our moral strength and our political clarity, we are demonstrating that there is no economic war that can win against a worthy people, said the  President....

10:26

US agency to help Iraq recover from IS in spite of Trump aid cuts Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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'For Iraq, actually we are looking at additional funding, especially for the victims of Islamic State'

07:49

Palestinian snub of vice-president 'unfortunate', White House says Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian spiritual leaders decline to meet with Pence in protest against Jerusalem decision

07:23

The Snare of Escapism Dissident Voice

Many things in modern life have an epicurean appeal, a flare that even the most ascetic among us may be hard done by to resist. While it is certainly true that a contemporary, urbanised life demands much of us, sometimes to the point of inducing breakage, this same life also affords us much time to indulge in activities and offerings that were proscribed to our agrarian forebearers. The homestead, with its round-the-clock duties and chores, akin to the care of an infant that a parent must provide, was no friend to a life of leisure and indulgence. But to the extent that some of us modern humans, presently, take our penchants for self-satisfaction is an overshoot into the territory of decadence and self-harm, unwitting as it may be.

All cultures have their rites, rituals and ceremonies in celebration of things, from the ordinary to the auspicious. One common event among some of the most lasting and prosperous cultures was, and remains, the celebration of the harvest at the end of the growing season. This was a time of merriment and appreciation for the bounty reaped from the collective efforts of all those in the community. Celebrations could include anything from the sharing and distribution of annual crops, the sharing of fermented drinks, folk dance, theatre and song, and fireworks displays. When one considers the many arduous forms of work involved in farming, it only makes sense that people would rejoice at its end-stage.

These seemingly dichotomous scenes are not without overlap. One could easily reason that there were (and still are) escapist activities in more traditional societies, and even more certainly in ancient civilisations. Take, for instance, the Piraha people of the Brazilian interior. A hierarchical, hunter-gatherer society, the Piraha forage...

07:16

Prophecies and politics: How US evangelical Christians pushed for Jerusalem move Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Religious conservative groups have lobbied for policy relocating US embassy to Jerusalem from biblical standpoint

07:14

UN chief says Trump decision on Jerusalem may hurt peace process Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Protests, sometimes violent, have flared across region since Trump announced new policy

07:10

Remember the Balkans? Dissident Voice

The Balkans this notion that signifies more a state of mind than geographic location, usually derisively associated with powder kegs, ancient hatreds and Asiatic primitivism in the heart of Europe has long ceased to occupy the headline pole position of the Clinton era. Used since the 1990s mostly as code for the violent dissolution of former Yugoslavia and the various spillover effects regionally and beyond the term and its theme have been since displaced by waves of other real (and some imaginary) news, only occasionally to briefly flash back through mainstream Western media. The recent flare with the final verdicts of the Hague tribunal (ICTY) replete with the almost ritual hara-kiri of a convicted Croatian general in open court is no different, as it will quickly fade back into apparent oblivion. However, this is a good opportunity to bring up some of the many lessons and occasional pointers still relevant today.

To clarify this is not a requiem for the Hague kangaroo court, as many measured reviews of the subject have been done to date. Lets simply summarize that this caricature of the Nurenberg war tribunal has failed miserably in its purported main goals of bringing truth, justice and reconciliation to an area in dire need of it, along with a greater accountability in world affairs. Quite the contrary: its glaring political dependence, selective local justice and, above all, complete blindness to any outside culpability all have considerably set back these necessary processes. They will simply have to wait for some more dispassionate and more autochtonous vehicle for the dispensation of real justice. Likewise, a critical analysis of the South Slav national project and specifically, of the post-WW II socialist, nonaligned Yugoslavia is beyond the scope of this short note. Suffice it to say that this was a country of some relevance, warranting careful study that eschews glib and summary pronouncements. So, the main focus here is to briefly explore a couple of key issues going forward.

06:24

From the protest in front of the US embassy in Lebanon The Angry Arab News Service/

My understanding from people who were there is that the protest was peaceful until the armed goons of Lebanese Internal Security forces intervened.

05:58

Qatar signs off on $8bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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05:45

Lebanese Communist Party leader in front of the US embassy in Lebanon The Angry Arab News Service/

The protest in front of the US embassy in Lebanon included basically and exclusively the secular Lebanese groups like the Lebanese Communist Party, the Syrian Social National Party and smaller Nasserist and Marxist-Leninist groups and organizations.  As I indicated to you before, clearly Hizbullah didnot want to be there and announced that his protest will be held in the southern suburbs. This is the LCP's secretary-general, Hanna Gharib, making his speech.

04:30

Jerusalem update - 10 December 2017 Sic Semper Tyrannis

The US decision to give Israel the title deed to ALL of Jerusalem without diplomatic recompense will look worse and worse as time passes. The street demonstrations breaking out in places like Beirut and Amman are just the beginning of...

04:01

Sun Tzu: The Ass of War World Beyond War . . .

by David Swanson, December 10, 2017

From DavidSwanson.org

Sun Tzu, whose book, The Art of War, was written some 2,500 years ago during a period of constant war, and popularized in the West some 100 years ago (just in time for industrialized warfare), is the leading example of whats wrong with digging up ancient platitudes as guides for action today in the areas of war and peace.

That the impact of your army may be like a grindstone dashed against an egg this is effected by the science of weak points and strong.

This wisdom provides nothing to the modern warmonger on his own terms, and even less to the advocate for peace; yet its imagined to be relevant to both, to create common ground for both, and to embody deep timeless meaning.

But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.

Read that solemnly as if discovering amazing new insights. If you can, you are a better war artist than I.

The anti-war movement needs to study the philosophies of those who have mastered the art of conflict, from Caesar to Napoleon, from Sun Tzu to Clausewitz, says Scott Ritter. And Paul Chappell tells us that the U.S. military is learning from the common wisdom of Sun Tzu and Gandhi. Yet, as Chappell points out, the lesson that war should be avoided doesnt work for a war-making institution and cannot be applied to a permanent hostile occupation.

Sun Tzu imparts the following wisdom: Its better to capture a country intact than to destroy it in the process. (Chorus: Ahhhhh! Ooooooooh!) But countries are not captured on the 21st century global game board. Occupations are not tolerated.

In Sun Tzu there are nine types of ground to fight wars on: your own ground, ground a short distance into foreign territory, ground thats advantageous to either side, open ground, intersecting highways, the heart of the enemys territory, difficult terrain, ground thats hard to get to, and desperate ground where a figh...

03:55

My aim is not to resolve the conflict former top Israeli negotiator Mondoweiss

My aim is not to resolve the conflict. My aim is to secure a Jewish democratic Israel . . . the Zionist vision that came true 70 years ago, Gilead Sher tells Gilad Halpern and Dahlia Scheindlin at the Tel Aviv Review. If you ever wonder, why is there no peace with the Palestinians, you need look no further than this.

Gilead Sher is an attorney who served as Israels chief negotiator with the Palestinians under Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001) for the Sharm el Sheik Agreement, the Camp David Accord, and the Taba Agreement.  Today Sher heads the Center for Applied Negotiations at Tel Aviv Universitys Institute for National Security Studies.  The program discussed Shers co-edited book Negotiating in Times of Conflict, which offers a panorama of perspectives on how to overcome obstacles in peace negotiations, looking at examples from around the world. The Institute does good and valuable work and Sher has helpful insights to offer.

But when it comes to Israel, Shers focus appears to be all tactics and manipulating advantage. Based on this interview, justice is not the focus.

Gilad Halpern states the obvious:

Halpern: The end goal is to see the conflict resolved.

Sher:  Right.

That seems correct, and should go without saying. But Sher is not at ease with his answer, and he quickly doubles back to revise.

Halpern: Going back to the settlers . . . . they live in many ways much better with the conflict going than with the end result of resolution (of the conflict), which would most probably mean their evacuation from the land.

Sher:  Well, there is a few points that I have to address about your question. First, my aim is not to resolve the conflict. My aim is to secure a Jewish democratic Israel based on the fundamental principles that are encompassed within our Declaration of Independence of 1948. The basics of the Zionist vision that came true 70 years ago. So in order to do that we have to possibly disengage with the Palestinians and hopefully through a negotiated agreement.

Second, when you look at the settlers, 80% already live adjacent to the Green Line in major blocks, and they will become part and parcel of Israel in any agreement. You are dealing with maybe up to 100,000 settlers that would have to be resettled in a permanent status agr...

03:52

Trumps Jerusalem reality is good news for Palestinian solidarity Mondoweiss

It was an unusual week in the history of Jerusalem. Simultaneously, nothing changed; and everything changed.

What changed was 70 years of US diplomacy and international consensus on the status of Jerusalem. What changed was belief in the possibility of a genuine 2-State solution. What changed was that Donald Trump was, for once, telling us the truth.

As he said in his speech, this is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.

That reality of Jerusalem as Israels undivided capital city was also acknowledgement of decades of failed American diplomacy.

American failure to end the occupation; American failure to reverse the dispossession and theft of Palestinian land; American failure to stop Israel annexing East Jerusalem.

All of which meant that when Trump finished making his speech nothing had actually changed.

And theres more to Trumps truth telling. The President confirmed to the world that Israel does what it wants and gets away with it.

Theres been no diplomatic or trading cost to Israel for maintaining the occupation or building the Settlements; no cost for besieging Gaza; no cost for pursuing a slow-motion ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from East Jerusalem.

But now this is all so much clearer to see and to explain. This new era of reality is exactly what was needed to change the dynamic of Palestinian solidarity.

Opportunities

In January, as Trump was about to take office, I wrote that his presidency would create opportunities on Israel/Palestine:

Opportunity to cut through years of political denial. Opportunity to show people what should have been obvious years ago. Opportunity to shine a spotlight on the hypocrisy of so much of Jewish communal discourse.

Well, 12 months on Trump and our Jewish communal leadership are not disappointing me.

Trump, Kushner, and Friedman arent even pretending to be honest brokers. Instead, theyre playing to their core constituencies and financial backers the Christian Zionists with their end times apocalyptic obsession with Jews and Jerusalem, and the Jewish Zionist Right who have not the slightest intention of ever allowing Palestinian self-determination.

If the Jerusalem announcement is the curtain raiser to Trumps idea of a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians then it certainly tells us a lot. Israels unilateral facts on the ground will be rewarded and the consensus over the shape of a 2-State solution is now dead.

This may make things look bleak to those clinging to the idea that 2-States still stood a chance. But peddling that fiction has been holding back an honest understanding of the situation for years.

The U.K. Jewish leadership response

The response to Trump from the U.K.s most recognised Jewish le...

03:13

Weekly Review And Open Thread 2017-45 Moon of Alabama

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: Dec 4 - Yemen Without Saleh The unexpected end of Yemen's former president Saleh was followed by a Houthi campaign against his functionaries in Sanaa. At the same time the Saudi and UAE...

03:04

A Delicate Disentanglement Dissident Voice

She rose up out of the Autumn leaves,
swiping cobwebs from her hair and face.
Yawned thrice, shuddering like
Someone Had Just Walked Over Her Grave
and looked around with wide eyes
which were regaining their colour and sparkle.
Physically Stuck for months,
she had travelled acres inside,
traversing rocky terrain and cavern bottom.
Look, a magpie
squinting slightly, she half-smiled,
it was so nice to be focusing
upon something other than herself for a change.
The Woods-edge brought the Light back in,
as she baby-stepped out into the rolling meadow.
A church bell in the distance,
signalled late afternoon
and stepping towards its homely sound,
she noticed blackberries bursting ripe
in amongst the ancient, thorny hedgerow,
and was so very glad indeed
to be back walking into the land of the Living

03:03

journeys we start Dissident Voice

poetry is badly written prose
when sentences fail
and our dreams compose
the spaces between the dark
and silence
in a language
we have yet to learn
the first steps
in a childhood dance
where words
step on others toes
by chance
No orchestra plays
But birds stretch
their wings
candles flicker
and hearts would sing
a feather falls
beneath their feet
and ink drops
mark the place
where they meet.

03:02

The Turn of Stoicism Dissident Voice

The consent of the majority impedes the winter morning
Youve lost that loving feeling plays, and I am angry.

Here is the December march put to bed
This years war planning; the soldier looks to the new year.

You do not need to vocalise this, yet I have of late
I see presents and trees in a thousand homes;
There will be that few left out there.

When we were young they did set the stars by us

The general from the US calls

What is my fate? an unwanted politician needs to ask me
And I listen
To the radio.

Articles I tried to read
Truth and poetry the tide suggests we can get closer to.
But the tide is static on the armys line;
These are considerations friends

Later I will lose myself in religion if you approve
And laugh in friendship about how much your diet means
to you.

For instance did you know Buck Mulligan is on the street?

For those not currently active, you will not know what my
smile means

I meant to say, I put him there
Because of the weather.

Church beckons at 5:45. I know the republicans to be
around the serpent

Do you pray too?

I do often these days. Mostly for those in construction of a
new world.

This turns my heart.

Spring, growing, ice; where is your fire?

03:02

Lesson Dissident Voice

Troop of monkeys
Barged into our house
Rampaging tables and chairs
Throwing out pictures
Dancing on beds
Preying on fruits and vegetables
Meticulously stored in refrigerator
Hidden in a room interior

Leaving with the booty
Causing catastrophe
They seem to convey
In a symbolic way

How we humans
Supposed to be their descendants
Are destroying forests
And natural resources
Leaving the wild animals
Clueless and homeless
In utter distress
To commit offences

We are denigrating nature
And finishing every creature

Monkeys disturb human habitat
But humans disrupt whole environment
Pollute climate

02:55

Oh wrestler, Jerusalem is not a chess piece Gazans tell Trump Mondoweiss

Amid hundreds acres of fields covered with grass and the rusty metal wires of old burnt tires, young protesters experienced in skirmishes with Israeli soldiers recommend to their newly experienced friends the best ways to avoid the tear gas and stun grenades fired from the Nahal Oz military post east of Gaza City.

About 100-300 meters from the border fence east of the Shajaiya neighborhood, which was exposed to massive destruction during the 2014 war, some 1,000 young men protested the U.S. presidents decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by burning tires and throwing stones at the soldiers hidden behind reinforced barracks.

Demonstrations in Gaza Thursday following Trump announcement US recognizes Jerusalem as Israels capital. Photo copyright (c) Mohammed Asad.

As three friends Mohammed Sukkar (23), Muammar Hellis (20) and Yasseen Abu al-Atta (24) assembled in the field in preparation to throw stones, the army rained down a batch of around 20 tear gas bombs to force hundreds of demonstrators to run away. But they soon returned to throw the flaring bombs towards the barbed border again.

Listen carefully, you have to run against the wind once you see white smoke and pay careful attention to your testicles of being hit by a bullet, otherwise you will lose everything as we lost Jerusalem, Yassin was warning Mohammed and Muammar, who had not previously had similar skirmishes with the army.

...

02:54

Clashes Break Out in Front of US Embassy in Lebanon Over Jerusalem The Anti-Media

Police fire tear gas and water cannons during protests against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

(MEE)  Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons on Sunday at demonstrators near the US embassy as they protested against Washingtons decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

An AFP correspondent in Awkar outside the capital Beirut said several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered near the US embassy, located in the area.

They were blocked from reaching the complex by a metal gate sealing the road leading to the embassy, and security forces fired tear gas and water cannons to repel demonstrators who tried to open the gate by force.

Middle East Eye reported from the scene:

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Protesters, some of them waving Palestinian flags, set fires in the street and threw projectiles towards security forces who had barricaded the main road to the US Embassy.

Some demonstrators attempted to remove a roadblock protecting the embassy in an attempt to break in.

Addressing the protesters, the head of the Lebanese Communist Party Hanna Gharib declared the United States the enemy of Palestine and the US Embassy a symbol of imperialist aggression that must be closed.

Protesters burned US and Israeli flags. Several people were injured by rocks and tear gas, the correspondent said.

There was no immediate comment from security forces.

Protesters chanted slogans against President Donald Trump, who on Wednesday recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital.

A group of demonstrators set alight an effigy of the US president, whose decision has upended decades of American diplomacy and an international...

02:27

Palestinian reconciliation hits 'obstacles' on deadline, says Fatah Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Planned handover of power to the Palestinian Authority would end Hamas's dominance of the blockaded Gaza Strip

02:02

Israel hosts Bahrain delegation amid warming ties with Gulf states Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Israeli minister Ayoob Kara promises 'more surprises', and says 'We see great interest among Gulf states in developing connections with Israel'

01:59

Pakistan Army Chief admits that extremism is being taught in madrassas ThereAreNoSunglasses

Religious Madrassas In Pakistan Teach Extremisms: Bajwa

Pakistan Army Chief accepts that extremism is being taught to students in some madrassas in his country, he wants the practice to be stopped.

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01:30

Inaccuracies and distortions go unchallenged on BBC WS Newsday part one BBC Watch

Even before the US president had made his announcement concerning Jerusalem and the US embassy in Israel on December 6th, the BBC was already setting the scene.

As documented here previously, the BBC News website published several pre-emptive reports that framed the story according to a very particular narrative and thus shaped audience views of it even before anyone knew what the US president was actually going to say. Some BBC radio stations adopted the same strategy, with listeners hearing no small amount of speculative commentary prior to the actual event.

On the morning of December 6th the BBC World Service radio programme Newsday devoted much of the airtime in its various editions to the topic of the anticipated announcement. The commentary included contributions from several people selected to present the Palestinian view that were remarkable for gross inaccuracies and distortions.  

Did the programmes presenters challenge those inaccuracies or did BBC audiences go away with misinformation and misleading impressions that would colour their view of the story in advance?...

00:23

NATO Nightmare: Putin Poised for 6 More Years in Power Newsbud

In the fifty-ninth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers:  Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK, and Sovetskaya Rossiya. He discusses Vladimir Putins announcement of his candidacy for the March 2018 presidential election and examines the current anti-Russian political trends in Europe. In addition, Professor Kovacevic looks at the possible threats to the recent oil price deal made by the OPEC+ countries in Vienna and discusses the critique of the latest TV interview given by the Russian neo-liberal prime minister Dmitry Medvedev. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Izvestia  December 7, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta   December 4, 2017

RBK December 1, 2017

Sovetskaya Rossiya December 2, 2017

00:08

Trump Crosses Red Line on Jerusalem Covert Geopolitics

President Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital is not only a clear violation of international law, but a moral outrage when it comes to its contempt for and violation of the rights of the Palestinian people. Under the stewardship of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel has embraced with unfailing ardor a rejectionist stance on Palestinian statehood. He knows Continue reading Trump Crosses Red Line on Jerusalem

00:00

WATCH: The President, a profile of Vladimir Putin from Russian TV OffGuardian

As a counterpoint to PBSs recent documentary PUTINS REVENGE, in which complete lies are employed in a sub-intelligent attempt to present the Russian president as a pasteboard super-villain, we now offer you THE PRESIDENT, a two-hour Russian TV feature on the mans life and work. We dont suggest this is the objective truth; in fact, its unapologetically approving in tone and doesnt even try to cover anything that might reflect negatively on its subject. But it is at least adult in tone and presentation, and it can do no harm to give it some space Filed under: documentaries, latest, Russia

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23:56

British Forced to Counterattack Trump-Putin-Xi Cooperation In Their Own Name Covert Geopolitics

The British tried to subvert their upstart breakaway colony in the Americas by military means a number of times. But when Lincoln mobilized the nation against the British- instigated Confederacy based on the highest moral principles embedded in our Constitution and with help from the Russian naval fleets deployed into New York and San Continue reading British Forced to Counterattack Trump-Putin-Xi Cooperation In Their Own Name

23:45

The United Nations flatly rejected claims Jerusalem of U.S. President Donald Trump The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

Sputnik news agency said, in the context of near as developed countries have not expressed support the decision of the

23:42

Operation Paperclip: Nazi Science Heads West World Beyond War . . .

by Jeffrey St. Clair Alexander Cockburn, December 8, 2017, CounterPunch.

Photo by SliceofNYC | CC BY 2.0

The bleak truth is that a careful review of the activities of the CIA and the organizations from which it sprang reveals an intense preoccupation with the development of techniques of behavior control, brainwashing, and covert medical and psychic experimentation on unwitting subjects including religious sects, ethnic minorities, prisoners, mental patients, soldiers and the terminally ill. The rationale for such activities, the techniques and indeed the human subjects chosen show an extraordinary and chilling similarity to Nazi experiments.

This similarity becomes less surprising when we trace the determined and often successful efforts of US intelligence officers to acquire the records of Nazi experiments, and in many cases to recruit the Nazi researchers themselves and put them to work, transferring the laboratories from Dachau, the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, Auschwitz and Buchenwald to Edgewood Arsenal, Fort Detrick, Huntsville Air Force Base, Ohio State, and the University of Washington.

As Allied forces crossed the English Channel during the D-Day invasion of June 1944, some 10,000 intelligence officers known as T-Forces were right behind the advance battalions. Their mission: seize munitions experts, technicians, German scientists and their research materials, along with French scientists who had collaborated with the Nazis. Soon a substantial number of such scientists had been picked up and placed in an internment camp known as the Dustbin. In the original planning for the mission a prime factor was the view that German military equipment tanks, jets, rocketry and so forth was technically superior and that captured scientists, technicians and engineers could be swiftly debriefed in an effort by the Allies to catch up.

Then, in December 1944, Bill Donovan, head of the OSS, and Allen Dulles, OSS head of intelligence operations in Europe operating out of Switzerland, strongly urged FDR to approve a plan allowi...

23:08

22:45

'Palestine is not alone': Thousands in Istanbul stand up for Jerusalem Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Turkey's president aims to lead Muslim opposition to President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

21:41

Sunday palate cleanser: Kaufmann on Lohengrin Fausta's Blog

Interview in English with French subtitles, Lohengrin, La Scala, 2012. Daniel Barenboim conducting: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, where Lohengrin still cant keep his shoes on, Act 2 http://youtu.be/uwYfzBWbnzs Act 3 http://youtu.be/H6MWyCP-r8o Libretto in English.

21:35

Two Palestinians shot in Bethlehem as clashes continue over embassy move Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Demonstrations in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories have seen hundreds injured in recent days

21:17

Happy #HumanRightsDay, friends!

This year, our friends at Amnesty International are asking people to not just celebrate human rights but to take action act in defense of them!

21:00

MORE CALIFORNIA WILD FIRES, AND ANTARCTIC STRANGENESS Giza Death Star

California is once again suffering severe wild fires. We have already witnessed the fires that raged through Napa and the northern bay area, and

The post MORE CALIFORNIA WILD FIRES, AND ANTARCTIC STRANGENESS appeared first on Giza Death Star.

20:36

Political tensions in Slovenia mount over case of Syrian refugee Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The case of Syrian refugee Ahmad Shamieh, who is due to be sent back to Croatia, threatens prime minister's future

20:00

Migrants in Libya: Pushed away, pulled back Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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As EU policies drive migrants away, Libyan authorities push them into dire detention centres. For some who reach Europe, it is worth the risk

Why we should speak up for Egypt Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The crackdown on rights and freedoms in the country under the name of maintaining stability has to come to an end

18:33

For the first time this year, BBC reports Gaza rocket attacks on Israeli civilians BBC Watch

As regular readers know, the BBCs English language services did not report any of the fourteen separate incidents of missile attacks by terrorist groups located either in the Gaza Strip or the Sinai Peninsula that took place between January and November 2017. Multiple mortar attacks on an IDF position that were launched from the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad on November 30th were mentioned in a BBC report on another topic.

On December 7th three missiles were launched from the Gaza Strip.

Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip fell inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and did not reach Israeli territory, but set off rocket sirens in the Hof Ashkelon and Shaar HaNegev regional councils, as well as the city of Sdreot. 

A Jihadist Salafi group in Gaza called the Al-Tawheed Brigades [] claimed responsibility for the first two launches. []

A third rocket, of unconfirmed origins, was fired toward Israel and landed in Israeli territory in an open area, the IDF Spokespersons Unit confirmed. Since the rocket did not approach an urban center it did not set off rocket sirens in the Negev communities near the Gaza Strip.

Israel later responded to those attacks which were not reported by the BBC.

On the evening of December 8th three more attacks took place. One projectile was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system, one initially thought to have fallen short was later located in the Sdot Negev district and one hit the town of Sderot.

There was an immen...

18:08

Top US/UN Troublemaker, Jeffrey Feltman, Makes Unannounced 4-Day Visit To North Korea ThereAreNoSunglasses

UN official visits North Korea

Pyongyang needs to find exit from nuclear crisis

 

Undersecretary-General Jeffrey Feltmans visit to North Korea appears to be a positive signal on global efforts to defuse tension over the countrys nuclear and missile threats. Feltman, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state, began a four-day visit to the North, Tuesday.

The rare trip to the isolated country by a senior United Nations official is drawing keen attention. It comes after the North test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15, last week, which it claimed was capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

Pyongyang declared it had completed the development of its nuclear weapons system through the successful launch of the ICBM. The launch followed its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September. These provocations have escalated the tension, raising the possibility of the U.S. using military options to solve the nuclear crisis.

Feltmans visit carries implications for the crisis as it may offer an opportunity to open dialogue between the reclusive country and international society. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Feltman will discuss issues of mutual interest and concern with North Korean officials.

He is expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong-guk as well as U.N. staff stationed in the North. It is unclear whether he will meet with the young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. If such a meeting takes place, it may indicate that the Kim regime is interested in talks with the international body and probably with the U.S.

Feltman is a...

17:39

It is naive to think that Trump has fundamentally reordered US policy in the Middle East Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The US president's decision on recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a natural byproduct of decades of US posturing

15:33

Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists Founding Statement of Principles aNtiDoTe Zine

We stand for socialism as a concept of human emancipation and an affirmative vision distinguished from the authoritarian regimes that called themselves Communist.

13:30

Yemen: a western-sponsored genocide OffGuardian

Almost three years have passed since Saudi Arabia announced it was intervening militarily, with its allies, in Yemen, to remove the Houthis (officially called Ansar Allah) from power after they had taken over the capital. Western analysts saw it as a bold move from recently-empowered (deputy) crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), weapons manufacturers and their political representatives were delighted. But what had been predicted as a swift military operation has turned into a humiliating stalemate. Unable to impose its will by force, Saudi Arabia and its bold prince have resorted to war crimes and collective punishment, imposing a humanitarian catastrophe on the Yemeni people.

13:01

Arab states urge US to abandon Jerusalem move Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Statement says Arab League will seek a UN Security Council resolution rejecting move by Trump administration

12:57

Russian Church Vows to Rebuild Christian Syria Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. note The video above contains Russian Christmas music. I thought it very fitting to post given the news which appeared yesterday on the Russian Faith websitenamely that the Russian Orthodox Church has vowed to help Christian communities in Syria rebuild. The war in Syria has in some respects been a war against []

12:53

Protests in the Arab world The Angry Arab News Service/

I noticed that in Jordan they chanted against Trump AND abasing Muhammad bin Salman.  But they also chanted in praise of Jordanian king.  Opposition and protests in Jordan can be as repugnant as the regime.  I also noticed that Iraq was very vocal against the US and Israel.  The entire political spectrum was united. Muqtada As-Sadr (who recently got favorable press in Gulf and naturally Western media) was most fierce in rallying the public against Israeli occupation.  This image is from a protest in Baghdad.  Someone should translate the article to the New York Times correspondents who wrote only two days ago that Arabs don't care about Jerusalem or Palestine anymore--because a Lebanese blogger wrote that in English.

12:50

Anti-Semitic depiction of Jewish people is back in Saudi papers: Al-Riydadh The Angry Arab News Service/


It says "American bias" and the man with the Star of David carries a paper which says: "Jerusalem capital of Israel".

12:50

Monsantos Glyphosate Conspiracy: What the Biotech Giant is Hiding Newsbud

The hottest stories from Newsbud.com in this weekly roundup, plus a sneak peak of whats to come, and major announcements. Sign up today and join the community for access to exclusive content only available at Newsbud.com

12:34

Saudi FM Jubeir at Arab League meeting, not fired as reported Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Saudi foreign minister calls on Washington to back down from its decision to move US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

12:12

Zarrab Trial & Magnitsky 2.0 Readied for Turkey Penny for your thoughts

Forbes contributor Melik Kaylan has written a two part expose of the Zarrab Trial.
The headline of his first article should hint as to why I've mentioned Magnitsky.

 Minimal background: The arrest of Zarrab was first covered back in 2013 here at the blog

Reeza Zarrab
 Turkish police apprehended CEO Suleyman Aslan, the sons of three cabinet ministers and scores of others in three overlapping probes targeting corruption in government tenders, money laundering and gold smuggling. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogans government purged at least 60 police chiefs in response, sparking concerns of an escalating confrontation with former political ally, U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has a wide following in the police and judiciary.
 Aslan was formally arrested two days ago after authorities found $4.5 million inside shoeboxes at his house, Hurriyet newspaper said last week. The money was to be donated to building Islamic schools in Turkey and Macedonia, he said, according to the newspaper.
Suleyman Aslan...

11:00

US Embassy in Lebanon Is a Symbol of Imperialist Aggression INTERNATIONALIST 360

Protesters burned flags of the United States and Israel, while security forces fired tear gas and water cannons. Lebanon hosts about 450,000 Palestinians. Protesters burned flags of the United States and Israel, set fire to tires in the street, broke through separating barbed wire and threw projectiles at security personnel near the U.S. Embassy in...

11:00

Declaration of Saint Mary, VI CARICOM-Cuba Summit INTERNATIONALIST 360

Official Statement in Spanish Unofficial Translation We, the Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Cuba, meeting in Saint Marys, Antigua and Barbuda, on December 8, 2017, on the occasion of the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit, and in commemoration of the forty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations...

11:00

Silent Insurrections INTERNATIONALIST 360

Ral Zibechi Big changes always begin through small movements, invisible to the analysts of above and to the big media, as one of the communiqus from Zapatismo points out. Before thousands of people occupy the big avenues, underground processes take place where the oppressed rehearse the uprisings that they later make visible in the mass...

09:02

07:54

Iraqi Kurdistan PM Keen to Repair Relations with Iraq and Neighbors Foreign Policy Journal

Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan (Myararat83/CC BY-SA 3.0)

07:33

What Trump Has Done: The Entire US-Middle East Political Framework Just Collapsed Foreign Policy Journal

US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the White House on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (Shealah Craighead/White House)

06:37

Russian or Syrian aircraft crossed into our airspacetherecan be no US airspace in Syria. ThereAreNoSunglasses

[US concerned Russian aircraft behavior could spark clash over Syria

Russian or Syrian aircraft crossed into our airspacespokesman for US Air Force Central Command,  there can be no US airspace of its own.

Russian Su-35 chased away rogue US F-22 jet: MoD blasts US Air Force for hampering Syria op

Russian Su-35 chased away rogue US F-22 jet: MoD blasts US Air Force for hampering Syria op
FILE PHOTO: A Russian Sukhoi Su-35 bomber lands at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria Vasily Maximov / AFP
A Russian interceptor has been scrambled to stop a rogue US fighter jet from actively interfering with an anti-terrorist operation, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It also accused the US of provoking close encounters with the Russian jets in Syria.

A US F-22 fighter was preventing two Russian Su-25 strike aircraft from bombing an Islamic State (IS, former ISIS) base to the west of the Euphrates November 23, according to the ministry. The minis...

05:29

Will the protesters turn violent? Deconstructing the medias view of Palestine Mondoweiss

Trumps latest decision on moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is ignorant and destabilizing and dangerous on so many levels. After flinging red meat to Adelson (Thanks for the millions) and the evangelical Christian right and their orthodox and less religious Jewish compadres (Thanks for the vote. You know I keep my promises), one of the responses that feels particularly irresponsible and devoid of context that is making me more outraged than usual goes something like this:

Journalist/newscaster/mideast analyst:

So Trump, blah blah blah, Jerusalem. Israelis claim a united Jerusalem as their eternal capital (they did win that war and it was 50 years ago, so really). But the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state (even though the Jews really have a historical claim that dwarfs everyone elses). Do you think the protesters will turn to violence? Gasp, horror.  Underlying thought: Israelis (i.e. the 80% of them who are Jewish citizens and the only ones who count in this conversation) are peaceful folk and the Palestinians (the good ones in the West Bank and the bad ones in Gaza and the ungrateful ones in East Jerusalem) are really violent terrorists.

So here are my complaints. First, there are a collection of international laws and UN resolutions that the entire international community (except you know who) respects, whereby East Jerusalem is recognized as occupied territory which is not allowed to be colonized by the occupying force, i.e. Israel. All of the peace processes, as bankrupt and ineffectual as they have been, recognized that should there be a two-state solution (which you can argue has finally met its fatal blow), East Jerusalem would be the capital of that future Palestinian state. This matters.

Moving on to the question of violence, consider this. One-third of Jerusalem residents are Palestinian and they receive 10% of the municipal budget although they pay the same taxes as their Jewish neighbors. This means that the provision of services to their part of the city is grossly unequal: less benefit offices, health centers, mail carriers, road maintenance, garbage collection, sewer pipes, electrical connections, parks, schools, etc. Three-quarters of the citys Palestinian population now lives below the poverty line. Since 1967 no new Palestinian neighborhoods have been built and restrictive zoning prevents Palestinians (who continue to marry and have children and try to live their lives) from building legally, which means that 93,000 residents live under the threat of home demolition. Over half of the land in East Jerusalem has been designated unavailable for development, over a third is for Jewish settlements, and the Palestinians are left with 13%, most of which has already been built on. The separation/apartheid wall snakes through East Jerusalem. Three-quarters of East Jerusalemite Palestinians find themselves on...

04:09

Avoiding Nuclear War Is Our First Priority Foreign Policy Journal

Donald Trump speaks at an American Israel Public Affairs Comittee (AIPAC) conference, March 21, 2016 (Lorie Shaull/CC BY-SA 2.0)

04:08

The worlds anger toward Trump gives Palestinians a clear path for action Mondoweiss

US president Donald Trump has taken a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. Forget about international law, UN and Security Council Resolutions, Arab and Muslim reaction! The President of the United of Sates of America does not give a damn. If the world doesnt like it, it can bang its head against the wailing wall!

What is Jerusalem?

Jerusalem is Zarnouqa, the village from which my family together with thousands of villagers, were ethnically cleansed in 1948 in order to make room for Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe, a pure Jewish state, similar to Apartheid South Africa and other settler-colonies, one that does not grant you citizenship unless you are born to a Jewish mother.

Alas, my mother was not Jewish and, therefore, I am expected to live in a refugee camp, accept my low status, and never think of praying in one of the holiest sites of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

President Trump, with all sincerity, believes that we are biologically born different and, therefore, some of us have no right to exist and survive on this piece of land unless we choose to be slaves and be grateful for that!

What should we do?

First, we must not seek the consent of Zionist Israelis. More than 23 years of negotiations, ala Oslo, have led us nowhere. Rather, these so-called negotiations have prolonged the occupation and given Israel every opportunity to make the establishment of even a semi-Bantustan an impossibility.

In fact, we want to work hard to isolate Israel through resistance and the demand that the international community implement the resolutions of international legitimacy, and force Israel to respond to these international decisions. Therefore, we must not take into account the demands of the colonizer because, unfortunately, they are even more than the white demands of South Africa during the Apartheid era. They ultimately will lead to the total elimination of the indigenous population in Palestine. This is a systematic ethnic cleansing process that has been taking place since 1948.

So, we must work on making this moment our South African turning point by intensifying #BDS. We must translate all this anger worldwide into a plan of action that takes Boycott, Divestment and sanctions as its leading torch towards peace with justice in Palestine.

It is time to get rid of the racist two state solution, renounce the Oslo Accords, and come up with a democratic alternative, one that does not deny the humanity of the inhabitants of historic Palestine regardless of their religion, race and gender!

President Trump is not expected to agree with those democratic ideals, but who cares? Werent those the ideals for which Nelson Mandela was prepared to die, as he made it absolutely clear at the Rivonia trial? We have 12 million Mandelas in Palestine.

03:54

Can the American Left Be Resurrected? Foreign Policy Journal

Paul Craig Roberts in front of a portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury.

03:37

Syria - ISIS Is Defeated - The U.S. Is Next In Line Moon of Alabama

The Islamic State in Syrian and Iraq is officially defeated. The UN resolution which allowed other countries to fight ISIS within Syria and Iraq no longer applies. But the U.S. military, despite the lack of any legal basis, wants to...

03:33

Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk cryptogon.com

Disclosure: I have invested in technology related to quantum computing. Via: Wired: The consequences of mastering quantum computing, while not as visual or visceral as a mushroom cloud, are no less significant than those faced by the scientists who lit up the New Mexico sky with the detonation at the Trinity test site 72 []

03:25

Dionne and Shields ignore the Adelson in the room Mondoweiss

Last night two leading liberal commentators said that Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital because he wanted to influence evangelical voters in the Alabama senate election on Tuesday. Neither mentioned the fact that Sheldon Adelson, Trumps biggest donor, pushed the move.

E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post said so on All Things Considered:

I think theres a lot of evidence that this has to do with domestic politics. I heard one evangelical leader say this week that partly this was about intervening in the Alabama Senate race because a lot of evangelicals who are will be a big part of Roy Moores base feel very strongly about Israel.

Mark Shields repeated the claim on the PBS News Hour:

Its been particularly popular with evangelical Christians, the idea of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and recognizing that. It is no accident that it happened the week before the Alabama primary, where Donald Trump, according to the Pew national poll, has fallen from 78 percent support among evangelical Christians down to 61 percent.

And BTW, Mary Louise Kelly of NPR echoed Dionne, saying: This is the president keeping a campaign promise to his base.

Lets get clear about some facts. Trump made the promise to move the embassy during the presidential campaign, in May 2016, to a Jewish organization, the Israel lobby group AIPAC. He did not do so in a red state but in the swamp called Washington, D.C., and over and over again vowed to support Israel:

When I become president, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on day one.

We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.

Maybe Trump also issued that promise in speeches to his base Christian audiences. I dont know. But the clip all the networks used this week was the AIPAC speech.

Then in January 2017, Trump told an Israeli reporter for Sheldon Adelsons newspaper, Israel Hayom, that he stood by his word:

Of course I remember what I told you about Jerusalem. Of course I didnt forget. And you know Im not a person who breaks promises.

Again, no rednecks in sight.

Shibley Telhami, the Brookings analyst, s...

03:20

What Trump Is Doing in Jerusalem and Why He Is Doing It Foreign Policy Journal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump's residence in Trump Tower. (Photo: Donald J. Trump)

02:49

DECAMERON: LET THE BUILDING BEGIN -- IN THE USA Sic Semper Tyrannis

Bloomberg news: "Trump promised during his campaign to introduce a $1 trillion proposal within his first 100 days in office, then the administration said thered be a plan by the third quarter. That didnt happen..." "The president aims to release...

02:39

Rare Snow Storm Hits Deep South: Travel Warnings Penny for your thoughts

USA Today: Original Headline- Rare Snow Storm Hits Deep South: Travel Warnings

Must be all that human forced global warming at work? AKA AGW.  Because of all that carbon heating things upOr so the official fake news narrative goes?
 Wonder why it is this unusual snowstorm with unusually cold temperatures hasnt set off a round of global headlines?
 Doesnt fit the agenda seems the most obvious answer.

A winter storm shrouded the Deep South in snow and threatened more overnight as it advanced eastward.

With temperatures expected to sink below freezing across much of the region, forecasters warned that black ice could make roads treacherous. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northern Georgia, including metro Atlanta, until Saturday morning and forecast up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of additional snow.

Snowfall and icy roads in North Carolina closed government offices and schools, sent cars sliding off the road and altered the governors travel plans.

Forecasters said heavy snow was falling in the mountainous western part of the state with up to 6 inches likely in areas including Asheville. A winter storm warning was in effect through Saturday morning for western counties.


Accumulations of 6 inches (15 centimeters) were reported in Mississippi and northern Georgia, while at least 5 inches (13 centimeters) fell in Alabama. Rare snow flurries were spotted in New Orleans. Motorists were urged to stay off the road in Louisiana for fear of ice.
The weather band also brought a rare snowfall to parts of South Texas.
Highway department officials were monitoring the elevated roadways and bridges that stretch across much of south Louisiana, warning that motorists to stay home if...

02:24

Say the Word: What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About Foreign Policy Journal

Pope Francis in St Peter's square at the Vatican (Alfredo Borba/Wikimedia Commons)

00:35

Russia-China Real Gold Standard Means End of US Dollar Dominance Covert Geopolitics

The BRICS counties are considering starting an internal gold trading platform, according to Russian officials. When this happens, the global economy will be significantly reshaped, and the West will lose its dominance, predicts a precious metals expert. In 2016, 24,338 tons of physical gold were traded, which was 43 percent more than in 2015, according Continue reading Russia-China Real Gold Standard Means End of US Dollar Dominance

00:28

Trump Sows M.E. Conflict to Resuscitate US Relevance Covert Geopolitics

The outgoing hegemony has no other recourse but to use its only card and that is to sow conflict in the Middle East once again. Trump and everybody know that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital will trigger more than just a protest across the Arab world, and yet he went for it. This only shows Continue reading Trump Sows M.E. Conflict to Resuscitate US Relevance

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21:56

One-Third of All Americans Killed by Strangers Are Killed by Police cryptogon.com

Via: Granta: Americans are afraid of many threats to their lives serial killers, crazed gunmen, gang bangers, and above all terrorists but these threats are surprisingly unlikely. Approximately three-quarters of all homicide victims in America are killed by someone they know. And the real threat from strangers is quite different from what most []

21:00

TAMILS, SUMERIANS, AND ANTARCTIC STRANGENESS Giza Death Star

Every now and then I receive an article from the "Gizars" that goes straight into the "Finals" folder, because I know when I glance

The post TAMILS, SUMERIANS, AND ANTARCTIC STRANGENESS appeared first on Giza Death Star.

18:25

Hague Tribunal Exonerates Slobodan Milosevic Again OffGuardian

by Andy Wilcoxson, via Strategic Culture Eleven years after his death, a second trial chamber at the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague has concluded that Slobodan Milosevic was not responsible for war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than eleven years after his death, a second trial chamber at the UN War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague has concluded that former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic was not responsible for war crimes committed in Bosnia where the worst atrocities associated with the break-up of Yugoslavia took place. Buried in a footnote deep in the fourth volume of the judgment against Bosnian-Serb General Ratko Mladic the judges unanimously conclude that The evidence received by the trial chamber did not show that Slobodan Milosevic, Jovica Stanisic, Franko Simatovic, Zeljko Raznatovic, or Vojislav Seselj participated in the realization of the common criminal objective to establish an ethnically-homogenous Bosnian-Serb entity through the commission of crimes alleged in the indictment.[1] This is an important admission because practically the entire Western press corps and virtually every political leader in every

18:21

Finland: 100 Years Are Enough! (Video) Insurrection News

Received on 09.12.17:

Compilation video of anarchist and antifascist street activity in Finland between 2013 and 2017.

The 6th of December marked the 100 year anniversary of the Finnish State.

For the abolition of all states.

For anarchy.


17:49

Newsbud Event- Unmasking Gulen: Join Sibel Edmonds & Newsbud in Austin on Tuesday, December 12 Newsbud

Join Sibel Edmonds, Mark S. Hall and the Newsbud Crew as we expose the money laundering and political kickback machine hidden behind the largest charter school operation in America and confront the politicians they have in their pocket.

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m.-to-12:00 p.m.

Where: Austin Capitol- 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78701

Did You Know That Harmony Cedar Park Charter School

  • Is operated by Fethullah Gulen, a radical Imam, wanted by Turkish authorities?
  • Formed part of an official inquiry launched by the state of Texas into allegations

of money laundering, misspending and self-dealing?

  • Is part of a network of charter schools that has been raided by the FBI in 4 different states?
  • Is the subject of NAACP resolution 16 that calls for the investigation of this and all Gulen charter schools by federal and state governments?

Harmony Cedar Park is just one of over 150 charter schools operated by radical Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, all over the United States. Gulen-operated charter schools have been the subject of numerous investigations at the state and federal levels for years centering on allegations of money laundering, bribery, abuse and shady political associations. The Ohio State Board of Education launched a probe into all 19 Gulen-run Horizon Science Academies in the Midwest and his schools have been banned in many countries around the world.

There is MUCH MORE to this story and it is vital that you learn the truth about the school you are sending your children to. Find out more by joining us in Austin Capitol at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, and help us confront the Texan politicians pocketed by the radical cleric Imam Fethullah Gulens network.

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Scores of state lawmakers took trips subsidized by controversial Turkish opposition movement...

16:49

NATO summit resister Jared Chase moved to medium security The Nuclear Resister

Jared Chase has been transferred to the Illinois State prison in Dixon, a medium security facility where he is reported to be in general population. Please write to him at the address listed on the Inside & Out page. Chase is one of three men framed by undercover police instigators in the lead-up to large []

16:00

Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/12/09 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2017/12/09 05:00:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

13:30

Is net neutrality a scam? OffGuardian

by James Corbett at the International Forecaster In this article from March 2015, James Corbett suggests net neutrality, while fine in principle, has been used as a cover for covert control of the internet. For a different perspective see here Everything is marketing. Observe: Want to overturn basic protections from unlawful government searches and seizures? Just write some new laws and bundle them up in something called the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The media will universally and unquestioningly refer to it as the USA PATRIOT Act and you can paint any would-be detractors as disloyal terrorists. Bingo. Done. Want to do damage control after the illegal surveillance activities of your National Security Agency have been revealed to the general public? Simple. Get some of the agencys biggest critics in the House to forward a bill that promises to protect everyone from the illegal surveillance. Call it the Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act

12:11

SERBIA STOLEN KOSOVO [MULTISUBS] Banned Czech documentary The Vineyard of the Saker

Please click on the cc button to activate subtitles and on the little wheel (looking like this: *) next to it to chose your subtitle language.

12:01

Uruguay: Solidarity with the Anarchists Persecuted by Operation Erebo in Brazil (Esp/Port/Eng) Insurrection News

erebo

Solidaridad con lxs perseguidxs por la operacin Erebo en Brasil.

Desde el 24 de octubre en la ciudad de Porto Alegre, RS. Se viene llevando adelante una nueva operacin represiva y de amedrentamiento sobre el movimiento antiautoritario y anarquista en general, atacandose casas particulares centros sociales, ocupaciones,  bibliotecas y espacios  anarquistas.

El accionar de la policia civil, la prensa y su espectculo meditico ha echado manos tambin a la elaboracin  del montaje persecutorio con la intencin de generar miedo, de aislar las luchas y las solidaridades, generando el contexto para que se intensifiquen las perscusionones, las prepotencias y el hostigamiento hacia companerxs y cercanos.

Haciendo otra vez ms una relectura maliciosa de la mitologa griega, es llevada adelante por la policia civil del estado de Porto Alegre esta operacin denominada Erebo, en los ltimos acontecimientos del 30 de noviembre (nuevos allanamientos y busquedas) se presume que tambin la policia federal de brasil participa de las indagaciones.

Sumndose as a la persecusin  histrica llevada adelante contra las ideas y las prcticas anarquistas y antiautoritarias. Los medios de comunicaciones dan cuenta de la posibilidad de a...

11:53

California Fires and Space-Based Weather Weapons Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

"Aircraft deployment of RF absorbing elements like aluminum oxide, plastic or other suitable RF absorbing materials are used to heat the targeted weather element." More

11:00

Yemen: A Western-Sponsored Genocide INTERNATIONALIST 360

Almost three years have passed since Saudi Arabia announced it was intervening militarily, with its allies, in Yemen, to remove the Houthis (officially called Ansar Allah) from power after they had taken over the capital. Western analysts saw it as a bold move from recently-empowered (deputy) crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), weapons manufacturers and...

09:53

Palestine-Syria War Report December 8, 2017: Jerusalem Standoff The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/palestine-syria-war-report-december-8-2017-jerusalem-standoff/ On December 7, the Palestinian al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades fired several rockets at the Israeli settlements of Hof Ashkelon and Shaar HaNegev north of the Gaza Strip. The group

09:12

Walking into Armageddon Foreign Policy Journal

Retired U.S. Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn at a campaign rally for Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0)

08:39

Cameroon detains U.S.-Cameroonian writer over critical commentary Committee to Protect Journalists

A supporter of President Paul Biya waits outside a Manhattan hotel during the UN General Assembly in September. Cameroonian authorities detained a columnist in Douala on December 6 for allegedly offending the president. (Reuters/Darren Ornitz)

Lom, Togo, December 8, 2017--Cameroonian authorities detained Patrice Nganang, a Cameroonian-American academic and columnist, as he attempted to fly to Zimbabwe from Douala on December 6, according to his lawyer and media reports. The lawyer, Emmanuel Simh, told CPJ that Nganang is being held in Yaound on accusations of offending the president in a Facebook post. Authorities confiscated the journalist's phone and he was not granted access to legal counsel until today, Simh said.

08:02

WATCH: Florida Deputy Fatally Shoots Unarmed Man During Altercation Photography is Not a Crime

Video posted to Facebook shows an unarmed man fatally shot during a scuffle with Florida deputies after a call to 911 about a domestic disturbance on December 7.

Theyre gonna shoot you, man, onlookers shout at Jean Pedro Pierre as he holds Broward County deputy Sean Youngwards ankle.

Let him go. Youre gonna get yourself in bad trouble. Theres a lot more coming, man.

Pierre, 42, kicks deputy Youngwards thigh a few times before back up deputy Steven Briggs arrives with  his gun drawn.

Tase him! Tase him! Dont shoot him, voices can be heard pleading with deputy Briggs.

Youngward tries to break away from Pierre by striking at him with his Baton as Pierre holds his ankle.

Eventually, Pierre drops Youngwards leg and attempts to run away.

Thats when Briggs opens fire, dropping Pierre to the ground.

The video, which was taken by Romeo Pericles, shows Pierre still alive, laying on the ground while officers approach with their guns drawn on him.

One deputy approaches Pierre with a gun drawn; another approaches wearing a glove. 

One of the deputies bends over to check Pierres condition and eventually an officer can be seen administering CPR. 

Emergency personnel trasported Pierre to the hospital, where he later died.

Broward County officials said Pierre charged at Briggs, but it appears hes actually attempting to run away in the video.

Deputy Sean Youngward was attacked by Mr. Pierre. He was punched, he was kicked and he was knocked to the ground, Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal said during a news conference Friday.

It was a violent encounter.

Officials claim deputy Youngward used his taser on Pierre, but said that didnt stop him from attacking the deputy.

He did everything he could to save himself and to end this confrontation, he was overwhelmed by the superior size and strength of Mr. Pierre, Sheriff Israel told reporters.

He gave several clear concise, lawful and legal orders to Mr. Pierre. Mr. Pierre chose a path of non-compliance.

Pierres friends and family said thats not the man they know and have questions about what led up to the altercation.

...

07:49

One Palestinian killed, hundreds injured during protests in West Bank, Gaza Mondoweiss

Protests came to a head across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Friday, as Palestinians took the streets in protest against U.S. President Donald Trumps recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and confirmation of the U.S. embassys subsequent transfer from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In Gaza, 30-year-old Mahmoud al-Masri was shot and killed by Israeli forces during protests that erupted into clashes with Israeli forces in the Khan Younis area of Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

In the occupied West Bank, protests were centered mostly in the Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem areas, with thousands of people taking to the streets in a Day of Rage.

More than 200 protesters were injured by Israeli forces during the clashes in the occupied West Bank, more than a dozen of which were shot and wounded with live fire, according to Palestinian Red Crescent Society documentation.

A local youth leader and director of a Bethlehem-area community center who asked to remain anonymous told Mondoweiss that clashes were not as big as they could be, due to the Fatah partys involvement in scheduling the protests.

The protests in the West Bank are being called for by Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, so I dont think the protests are really representing peoples feelings and attitudes towards what is happening, the director said.

The people are not happy with Abbas right now, and that is reflecting in the amount of people who are taking to streets. Yes there are hundreds of people in the streets and people are getting injured, it is not something to take lightly, but if the protests were not being launched by the PA and Fatah I think we would see massive participation, but right now people are feeling angry and a bit lost as to how we should be reacting.

The youth director said he did not believe the demonstrations would continue for more than a few days.

At the same time, nothing is clear, everything is up in the air on the ground here, most people are feeling desperate, I think most of the youth saw that Trump organized this plan to force the Palestinians to accept their solution and they think that Abbas will eventually give into this kind of pressure which we think is what Trump is counting on but that would be disastrous for our situation here.

In addition to protests in the streets, Palestinian educational institutions, from primary schools to universities, declared a strike on Friday in accordance with a directive from the Pales...

06:52

Trump Is Bashing The 'Salvator Saudi' - Why? Moon of Alabama

The Trump administration seemed to get along very well with the Saudi tyrant and his son Mohammed bin Salman. They together admired the orb and joined up to bash Iran. But now the Trump administration scolded and embarrassed MbS three...

06:29

CPJ to release annual list of journalists imprisoned worldwide Committee to Protect Journalists

New York, December 8, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its annual census of journalists imprisoned worldwide on December 13, 2017.

The census lists journalists imprisoned as of midnight on December 1, 2017, and indicates the country where held, charge, and medium of work for each imprisoned journalist. It does not include the many journalists who were imprisoned during the year but released prior to December 1.

WHAT: Yearly census of imprisoned journalists

WHEN: December 13, 2017, 12.01 A.M. EST

WHERE: www.cpj.org

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CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide

Note to Editors:

Advanced copies of the report and data are available upon request.

CPJ's report is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish

Contact:

Kerry Paterson
Advocacy and Communications Manager
press@cpj.org
+1 (212) 300-9031

06:24

Kosovo will be liberated (UPDATED) The Vineyard of the Saker

(This column was written for the Unz Review) General Ratko Mladic, now 75, was sentenced last week to life in prison by the NATO kangaroo court known as the International

05:12

Do You Hold Dual Citizenship? You Can Serve in Congressbut not the Israeli Knesset! Fig Trees and Vineyards

A few days ago I posted an article entitled Zionists Form Group to Promote Kurdish Statehood, about the latest efforts underway to carve up the Middle East. In the course of researching that article I made a rather interesting discovery: that Israel has a law prohibiting holders of dual citizenship from serving in the Knesset, []

04:56

WATCH: Minnesota Cops K-9 Attacks Innocent Woman Taking out Trash; Now Shes Suing Photography is Not a Crime

A Minnesota cops K-9 attacked an innocent woman as she was taking out her trash in September.

And now shes suing.

St. Paul cop Thaddeus P. Schmidt failed to maintain control of his police dog that mauled her arm for more than 30 seconds after grabbing her and knocking her to the ground.

Youre fine, one officer can be heard telling the woman as he grabs her hand, pulling her away from the dog.

But that only appears to cause her more pain, since the dogs bite is locked onto her arm pulling her in the opposite direction.

Another officer shouts commands at the dog to stop, but it doesnt listen and continues mauling the woman.

Please help me! Desiree Collins, 52, pleads with the officers.

The dog ignores at least 10 commands from the officers to release the woman and continues to maul her arm for about 30-seconds as she screams for help.

What you have here is a completely innocent person taking out their garbage, and a K-9 simply wasnt controlled, said one of Collins attorneys, Andrew Noel.

It should have never happened.

Officer Schmidt is the only defendant listed in the lawsuit filed by Collins attorneys.

Her attorneys claim he violated her right to be free from excessive force and unreasonable seizure in accordance with the Fourth Amendment.

According to the suit, multiple officers were were responding to a burglary call when when Schmidt and Gabe, a 5-year-old German Shepard, began searching for the suspects without any definitive information about the suspects whereabouts and without any visual target.

Schmidt placed Gabe on a long leash then gave three verbal warnings.

Announce  yourself. Come out now. You will get bit, Schmidt shouted while standing close to fellow police officers covering him.

No reasonable officer would have believed that a warning given at this location, sheltered by homes and trees, the lawsuit says.

And at this time would have been effective to anyone outside his immediate vicinity, including people more than a block away on the opposite side of the residential area, like Collins.

Schmidt, along with Gab