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Friday, 23 September

03:15

French government really wants to help Arab media The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

"Canal France International (CFI), the French cooperation agency and media operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recently signed two substantial contracts (worth €2.7million) with the European Union to develop projects in support of independent media in the Arab world.
The first is a two-year contract concerning a project to further the development of independent media in Syria, mainly by providing training.
The project will receive funding of €1.5million, including €1.2million from the European Union (EU). The overall goal is to enable a new generation of Syrian journalists to produce high-quality, professional information today and to become pillars of the post-crisis media in the future.
In April2014, CFI will open a media centre, the Syrian Media Incubator, in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, 60km from the Syrian border, to the north of Aleppo. This collective workspace aims to provide modern telecommunication tools and support Syrian journalists who are determined to continue relaying news from their country, whatever the cost.
As a reminder, CFI already works in partnership with International Media Support (IMS) and Reporters sans frontières(RSF), and, in particular, helped in2013 to set up an independent Syrian radio station called Radio Rozana, which broadcasts from Paris and relies on a network of 30correspondents based in Syria. CFI provided several train...

03:14

Drone Video of Syrian Aid Convoy and Terrorist Barrel-Bomb Mortar Before Convoy’s Destruction ThereAreNoSunglasses

[Apparently that is one of those barrel-bomb mortars passing the (so far) undamaged aid convoy.]

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03:00

Hillary Asks “Why Aren’t I 50 Points Ahead” In The Polls? Trump Responds

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Seemingly shocked that after spending 10s of millions of dollars, she remains only modestly ahead in the polls, Hillary Clinton exclaimed during an teleconference with the Laborers’ International Union of North America, saying, “Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?” Donald Trump was quick offer a three word reason… “because you’re terrible!”

Hillary Clinton has spent several times what Donald Trump has spent to air television ads in key states. That will likely continue; in a new count by Advertising Age, the Clinton campaign and its allied super PACs have booked $145.3 million in ad time between now and Election Day, to $4.4 million for Trump and his groups.

But , as we noted previously, what if it doesn’t really matter?

And so Hillary Clinton asks frustratedly… “Having said all this, ‘Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?’ you might ask?” … Well, the choice for working families has never been clearer. I need your help to get Donald Trump’s record out to everybody. Nobody should be fooled.”

And Donald Trump was quick to respond: (as Politico reported)

“Because she’s terrible,” he said bluntly.

I mean, she’s had a terrible record. Everything she touches is bad. You look at what’s going on with Libya and you look at the surge and you look at all of her decisions and you look at the Iran deal, which is one of the dumbest deals I’ve ever seen, which she started, and she totally backs, by the way, I mean, in its completed form, she totally backs. You look at everything she touched, I mean, it’s just a mess. And she’s spending a lot of money and so far it’s not had much of an impact because I guess I’m winning in most of these states and we’ll see what happens in the end, but she is [terrible].

The surprised look on Hillary’s face says it all.

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02:52

Lebanon's Burj Hammoud landfill: a disaster waiting to happen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Reopening the impoverished neighbourhood's "garbage mountain" is a YouStink solution for profiteers only, not people or the environment

02:35

ISIS Sucide Bomber Hit High Level Rebel Meeting in Southern Syria

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An ISIS suicide bomber a security headquarters of ‘moderate rebels’ in the southern Syrian town of Inkhil in Daraa province. The attack took place during a meeting between Syrian Opposition leaders and the so-called “Interim Government of Syria”.

According to reports, some 20 oppositioneers were killed, including the Local Administration Minister, Yacob al-Ammar, and the military commander of Al-Hamzah Brigade, Abu al-Tayyib.

A 15-yo ISIS suicide bomber allegedy made the attack.

The post ISIS Sucide Bomber Hit High Level Rebel Meeting in Southern Syria appeared first on .

02:18

Israel destroying two-state solution hopes, Abbas warns UN Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Abbas said the he would soon present the UN Security Council with a resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank

02:16

Cal State San Bernardino study shows hate crimes against American Muslims up 78% The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

"Recurring terrorist attacks on U.S. soil along with racially and culturally divisive rhetoric on the campaign trail has fueled a 78 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims in 2015, a level unsurpassed since 9/11, according to a study by Cal State San Bernardino."

02:14

Saudi influence over Arab and Western media: Syrian refugees in the Saudi kingdom of horrors The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

There are no articles refuting the lies of Prince Muhammad bin Nayif at the UN when he brazenly claimed that the kingdom allowed 2.5 million Syrian refugees into the kingdom. The real figure is zero, of course.

02:07

The Financial Aristocracy PopularResistance.Org

By Staff of ROAR - The history of capitalism is characterized by a fundamental paradox, in which the most abstract and most impersonal expression of value — money — mediates the most concrete and most personal form of power. From Medici popes in renaissance Rome and Rothschild peers in Victorian England to Goldman Sachs’ private army of mercenary technocrats, moneyed elites have long exerted extraordinary influence over politics.

02:05

Nigeria – Police deny torture and bribery at SARS special unit Africa – News and Analysis

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Police: Torture, Bribery allegations at SARS untrue

By Ademola Adebayo | Publish Date: Sep 22 2016 3:14PM

Police: Torture, Bribery allegations at SARS untrue

 

 

A report by Amnesty International accusing the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police of torture and bribery has been rebuffed by the Nigeria Police Force.

The report which Amnesty International captioned “NIGERIA: YOU HAVE SIGNED YOUR DEATH WARRANT” special Police Squad ‘get rich’ torturing detainees and demanding bribes in exchange for freedom” according to the police is a clear misrepresentation of facts, unverified accounts and absolute distortion of the current situation in SARS throughout the country.

In a statement signed by DCP Don N. Awunah the force Public Relations Officer, the assertion of the Amnesty International Nigeria researcher Damian Ugwu who described the operations of SARS that detainees are subjected to horrific torture methods, including hanging, starvation, beatings, shootings and mock executions, at the hands of corrupt officers from the feared squad was a ‘fantasy.’

“The report is evidently the characteristic mindset and pattern of Amnesty International to deride and castigate public institutions especially in developing countries like Nigeria.

“The Amnesty International’s Nigeria researcher, Damian Ugwu’s choice of words in describing the operations of SARS portrays the researcher’s apparent ignorance of the rules of engagement of SARS and the laws regulating criminal investigation in Nigeria.

“The researcher deliberately misconstrued the cautionary words, a prerequisite for suspects to sign before voluntary statement is taken from them as “death warrant”.

For avoidance of doubt, word of caution is in accordance to Judges Rule 5, which states that, “I have decided to make complaint against you in the court of law, do you wish to say anything? You are not obliged to say anything but remember that whatever you say shall be taken down in writing and may be given in evidence”.  The Nigerian Lawyers and the court system are aware of these words of caution but to Amnesty International, it translates to “death warrant”.

The statement said the force has in place a functional and pragmatic disciplinary measure against erring officers and men, and has charged to court police officers involved in proven cases of violations of rights of suspects in detention with verifiable facts.

The statement also said the force has been working with critical stakeholders in the criminal justice system in the country and other local and international NGOs and partners including foreign embassies and international human rights organisations to train and retrain police personnel to conform to International best practices on care and custody of detainees in its detention facilities across the country.

“It must be pointed out that suspects/detainees in police detention facilities generally have unfettered access to legal practitioners of choice, access to relatives at regulated time and care.

On feeding and medical attention for detainees, the statement said; “It is the practice throughout Nigeria Police Force detention facilities across the country that detainees are fed by Police food contractors on reasonable meals on daily bases and medical attention are promptly given to those who fell sick while in detention before they are taken to court.”

The police statement further urged Nigerians and the International community to discountenance and disregard the Amnesty report as a clear demonstration of mischief and calculated attempt to promote a campaign of calumny and hidden ag...

01:56

No More Patience In Donbass

The DPR leader spoke about the readiness to withdraw from the ceasefire

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Originally appeared at SP, translated by Mario Kuoljok exclusively for SouthFront; Edited by Desi Tzoenva

The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, talked about orders to restart the hostilities. According to local media, the DPR is ready to withdraw from the truce in the event that the Ukrainian military does not stop shelling the residential areas of Donbass.

An announcement by the DPR leader was added, stating that the silent regime on the line of contact was not a demonstration of weakness. According to him, the ceasefire initiative introduced on 15 September was a gesture of goodwill, with the purpose of trying to resolve the conflict in a political way. The People’s Republic hoped that the Kiev official would take reciprocal steps, but “the Ukrainian side has not responded.” Zakharchenko stressed that a decrease in the intensity of fire was recorded on 16 September.

It can be recalled that Zakharchenko and the head of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnitsky, signed a decree on the introduction of a unilateral ceasefire along the contact line in Donbass on 13 September to start from 15 September.

“All units of the militia are strictly prohibited from opening fire in response to attacks and provocations from the Ukrainian army and the national guard. I hope that this step will set an example, and the leadership in Kiev will follow our example,” was stated by the head of the LPR. Also, Plotnitsky had asked for OSCE observers to monitor the implementation of the truce. The regime of silence was declared for a period of a week.

Does this mean that Zakharchenko is ready to order the resumption of hostilities? After all, hardly anyone doubts that Ukraine will ignore this ultimatum. Besides, the heads of the DPR and LPR have repeatedly promised to resume hostilities, giving Kiev different time frames in which they must stop the attacks.

“Indeed, Alexander Zakharchenko already took such steps and statements,” says Political Analyst, Eduard Popov.

In Donbass, many things give the impression of deja vu, including the announcement of a unilateral ceasefire. Just as the order for the ceasefire was given, the resumption of retaliatory strikes was ordered.

SP: The ‘silent regime’ ends on Thursday. Isn’t it easier to wait until Thursday and to officially announce the impossibility of extending it?

I believe that the moment of the announcement of a possible exit from the ceasefire is correct. The main thing is to give the opponent enough time to assess the situation and react. We must not forget that the issue of the war in the Donbass is in the context of a pan-European and even global policy. Each word and gesture of the head of the DPR is observed not only in Kiev, but also in European capitals. For Zakharchenko, it is important to show that he not only went for a unilateral ceasefire, but under conditions of continued shelling from the Ukrainian side, gave them time to reconsider their position. Of course, this is a gentleman’s warning and is intended solely for European politicians – in Kiev, there are hardly any gentlemen or adequate politicians left in power.

SP: Why is a unilateral ceasefire needed? Obviously, Kiev will simply ignore it…

Of course, Zakharchenko himself and his advisers are not so naive to expect a gesture of peace from Poroshenko. But again, the games a...

01:54

South Africa – the shadow of 2019 looms for the ANC; how to get the Zuma elephant out of the room Africa – News and Analysis

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Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends a lunch for world leaders during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY / POOL

 

As the days and weeks continue to rush past us until the next general elections in 2019, it is becoming ever clearer that the various parts of the ANC are not, as yet, working hard to ensure the party does not lose power. The shock of the loss of not one, but three metros in the local government elections is still sinking in, and the party appears to be looking inward rather than working on its image. The longer this goes on, the harder it will be for the ANC to retain power in just three years’ time. It is now glaringly obvious that the big stumbling block, the big obstacle in the way, is the party’s leader with all he represents. And yet, it is even more glaringly obvious that it is impossible to remove him, and all he represents. By STEPHEN GROOTES.

 

In the months before August’s poll there was much discussion about whether a bad result for the ANC would lead to President Jacob Zuma being removed from the Presidency. The elections have come and gone, and the results were about as bad as they could possibly have been. And yet the holding pattern that was in place before the elections does not appear to have been altered in any way.

If anything, things became worse, and the image of the ANC has deteriorated. It was the SACP who first said that the Hawks’ latest move against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan coming so soon after the elections was deeply suspicious. It looked like it proved the point that people had been waiting for the polls to be over to reveal their true intentions. At the same time, Zuma appears to have made a grab for more power over State-Owned Enterprises.

And while all of this is going on, Kebby Maphatsoe is refusing to accept the discipline ordered by the ANC’s National Working Committee, Faith Muthambi is refusing to implement ANC instructions with regard to the SABC, Mosebenzi Zwane has shown themiddle finger to his own party, and Mzwanele Manyi is merrily self-destructing by claiming that a person calling for a political leader to step down is guilty of treason.

All in all, it shows that these are people who do not believe in democracy. They have also shown that they are beholden to only one constituency. The joint constituency of Zuma/Gupta.

When looking at the problems facing the ANC from an objective point of view (as far as a human being can possibly be objective) it is not hard to see what needs to be done. Voters have shown they are tired of corruption, tired of the arrogance of those who believe they have a divine right to be in power, and that they want good governance. Even the ANC itself has said this. As have the SACP, Cosa...

01:54

Russia Elections results, The US Military revolt and a Syrian kerfuffle SITREP by Scott Humor Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Via the saker Russian election results in two words: We Won! That’s it. “Bloody revolution” had been canceled. In May I posted an article, Waiting for Yalta – 2, or What the Kerry-Lavrov pact brings to the table.  In accidence with the new principles of the new world. ” Color revolutions” will not be allowed. […]

01:54

VIDEO: Women in Iran defy fatwa by riding bikes in public Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Iranian women have been posting videos of themselves cycling, defying a fatwa that claims riding a bike threatens a woman's chastity

01:51

Activists Eye Battles Beyond Dakota Access PopularResistance.Org

By Hannah Northey for E&E - Emboldened by the Obama administration freezing construction on part of the Dakota Access pipeline, activists opposing oil and gas projects are now girding for new battles in the Mid-Atlantic region. "I think the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley [pipelines] are cued up to be the next hot spots. They have river crossings, and there are such historic grounds of American history — literally land given by George Washington to families during the wars," Bold Alliance President Jane Kleeb declared in an interview last week.

01:51

Dr. Sebastian Gorka: Political Correctness Starts at DOJ HQ, Not FBI The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by John Hayward, Sept. 21, 2016: During a Tuesday night appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” Breitbart News National Security Editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka, author of the best-selling book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, joined human-rights attorney and … Continue reading

01:50

Kenya – Maragi recommended to be new chief justice Africa – News and Analysis

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Justice David Maraga, who has been recommended

Justice David Maraga, who has been recommended for the post of Chief Justice by Judicial Service Commission, at his home in Nairobi on September 22, 2016. PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
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Justice David Maraga on Thursday said he is excited over his nomination as the new Chief Justice.

Speaking at his home in Nairobi, the Court of Appeal judge said he will ensure efficient services in the Judiciary.

“I am excited, ready and I will work with colleagues to ensure an efficient service delivery. We still have a long way to go. This is a challenging position but I am ready to give it my best,” he said.

He said he will embark on reducing the backlog of cases as there are over 500,000 pending matters that need to be heard and determined promptly.

“I will also harness technology in hearing of cases, which include automated recording of proceedings,” he said.

There was song and dance at Bonyamatuta village in West Mugirango, Nyamira County following the news that Justice Maraga has been recommended for the post of CJ.

“We are indeed happy with what has happened. This is surely the work of God,” said Ms Fashit Kemuma, a close family member.

Nyamira Governor John Nyagarama said the judge ‘deserves the job.’

“I have all along known him as a man of virtue,” said Governor Nyagarama.

Nominated Senator Janet Ong ‘era also welcomed JSC’s decision.

“It is a great honour for Kenya. I know Judge Maraga as a wise arbiter. He will for sure take the judiciary to the next level,’ she said.

Kisii Governor James Ongwae said the CJ nominee has distinguished himself as a diligent, God fearing, dedicated and resolute worker of the judiciary.

“…we are proud of his nomination and wish him well as he awaits formal appointment by the President and approval by th


01:47

Briefing: Dakota Access Pipeline’s Massive Government Subsidies PopularResistance.Org

By Collin Rees for Oil Change International - The Dakota Access Pipeline has faced strong resistance from Native Americans, farmers, and ranchers along the proposed pipeline route. It’s also energized the broader climate movement and raised critical questions of protecting clean water, respecting native sovereignty, and rethinking eminent domain for private gain.

01:37

The TPP’s Climate Blindspot PopularResistance.Org

By Ben Lilliston for IATP - Free trade deals, and in particular the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), have taken a beating this election season. Most of the noise on trade from Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has focused on the loss of jobs linked to the offshoring. Much less attention has been paid to the serious impact the TPP and past trade agreements will have on our ability to respond to climate change.

01:33

Millenials Arrested At Paul Ryan’s Office Target Republicans & Wall Street Dems PopularResistance.Org

By Deirdre Fulton for Common Dreams - Decrying the GOP's "dog-whistle racism," which they say has contributed to the rise of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, a group of young people risked arrest during a surprise sit-in at the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday morning. "Paul Ryan has a choice," the millennial-led campaign All Of Us 2016 said ahead of the action, which saw 11 arrests. "Will [he] reject dog-whistle racism or, like Trump, will he keep encouraging Americans to hate each other?"

01:30

Murder By U.S. Occupation Forces: Tulsa 2016, Baghdad 2007 PopularResistance.Org

By Glen Ford for Black Agenda Report - The mayor of Tulsa is promising a “transparent” investigation into the police slaughter of another unarmed Black man, 40 year-old Terence Crutcher. The U.S. Attorney for Oklahoma is making similar noises, promising to explore whether Crutcher’s civil rights were violated. No justice can come from any of these quarters, because Crutcher’s death is a war crime. Justice begins with an end to the Occupation.

01:28

FBI Training Questioned in Recent Terror Attacks The Counter Jihad Report

Washington  Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz, Sept. 22, 2016: Recent domestic terror attacks by Islamic extremists are raising questions among officials and security experts about whether FBI counterterrorism training is deficient. The chief suspect in the New York City homemade … Continue reading

01:26

President Bashar al-Assad: “U.S. attack on Syrian troops not an accident, definitely intentional” ~ [FULL Transcript and Video] the real Syrian Free Press

President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to 'Associated Press' (29 Questions and Answers). Following is the FULL TRANSCRIPT and FULL VIDEO in English (with Arabic subtitles). ***'Associated Press' Question 24: "Even if you were to win the war, what would be left of your country and Syrian society? Will you have to think again about the prospect of a partition in Syria?" ***President Assad: "No, we never thought about it, and the majority in Syria don’t believe in this, and I don’t think the reality, in spite of this savage war, has created the atmosphere for such partition. Actually, in many areas, the social situation is much better, because when you want to talk about partition you need to find these borders between the social communities. You cannot have partition only on political bases or geographic bases. It should be social first of all when the communities do not live with each other. As a result of the war, many Syrians understand that the only way to protect your country is to live with each other with integration, not only in coexistence, which is actually more precise to call cohabitation, when people interact and integrate with each other on daily basis in every detail. So, I think in this regard I am more assured that Syria will be more unified. So, the only problem now that we face is not the partition, but terrorism"... ... ...

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01:24

30 AMERICAN, BRITISH AND ZIONIST/SAUDI INTEL AGENTS FRIED IN ALEPPO BY RUSSIAN KALIBER CRUISE MISSILES Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Ziad Fadel ALEPPO:  I’ll bet some of my readers did not believe me when I kept telling them the SAA-MI people were intercepting chatter between British-accented terrorist enablers and the cannibals of Nusra/Alqaeda.  Well, yesterday, the Russians bore me out.  A Russian missile warship off the coast of Latakia fired 3 Kaliber cruise missiles at […]

01:16

Gov Says Popular Pesticide Doesn’t Cause Cancer. Here’s The Problem PopularResistance.Org

By Tom Philpott for Mother Jones - Back in 1996, seed and chemical giant Monsanto introduced crops engineered to withstand a weed killer called glyphosate (brand name: Roundup). Soon after, glyphosate emerged as by far the globe's most prolific pesticide, its use spiking nine fold in the United States and nearly fifteenfold globally. All the while, it enjoyed a reputation as a relatively benign agrichemical compared with older, harsher herbicides like 2,4-D and dicamba.

01:12

Will Our Representatives In Washington Betray Us On TPP? PopularResistance.Org

By Mary Wildfire for Charleston Gazette-Mail - Everybody hates the TPP — the Tran Pacific Partnership “free trade” deal. Conservatives hate it because of its assault on sovereignty, the way it hands over the rights to regulate in the U.S. to foreign corporations. Liberals and progressives hate the way it threatens labor rights, health and safety standards, and the environment. Everybody hates the prospect of sending yet more American jobs to whichever country lets the companies pay them the least.

01:09

Syrian War Report – September 22, 2016: Russia to Test Modern Weapon Systems in Syria

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The Syrian army, Hezbollah and Liwaa Al-Quds, supported by Russian warplanes, launched an attack on Jaish al-Fatah militants in the Old Ramouseh Neighborhood of Aleppo city. Following an intense firefight, the pro-government forces took control of the Ramouseh Bakery. If the Old Ramouseh Neighborhood is secured, the Sheikh Sa’eed Neighborhood will become the next target of the loyalists.

Russian heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” will be deployed in the composition of a group of Russian ships in the eastern Mediterranean, Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the military department on September 21. Currently, the Russian naval group in the area includes not less than six warships and three or four support vessels. The group’s capabilities will be increased with a carrier strike group led by Admiral Kuznetsov.

The Russian Defense Ministry also plans to test new weapons in Syria. Admiral Kuznetsov ‘s air grouping is going to use Kh-38 missiles and a new guidance system SVP-24 for unguided bombs in a combat situation. It’s reported that the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft cruiser will carry the Su-33 and the MiG-29K/KUB fighter jets, as well as with the Ka-52K Katran helicopters on its board.

Reports have been appearing in various pro-government media outlets since September 20 that some Russian warships, deployed in Syria’s coastal waters, hit with missiles a foreign-led military operations room near Aleppo city, killing 30 Israeli, US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers.

The military operations room was allegedly located in the western part of Aleppo province in the middle of Sam’an mountain. It was set up by foreign intelligence services in order to coordinate operations of various militant group against the Syrian government forces in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib.

Most of the pro-government media outlets cites the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency as a main source of the information. AlMasdarNews and the Iranian Fars News Agency are among the sources that had disseminated the info.

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01:09

13 Questions Senate Needs To Ask Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf PopularResistance.Org

By Helaine Olen for Slate - Expect fireworks in Washington on Tuesday morning. That’s when John Stumpf, the chairman and chief executive officer of Wells Fargo, is expected to appear in front of the Senate Banking Committee to answer questions about how, exactly, the corporate culture at his bank went so awry that employees opened an estimated 2 million bank and credit card accounts for customers without their permission.

01:05

CAIR Has Always Been Hamas The Counter Jihad Report

Understanding the Threat, by John Guandolo,  Sept. 22, 2016: The Council on American Islamic Relations was created in 1994 by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee which is Hamas in America. CAIR is Hamas.  [See the UTT document entitled “CAIR … Continue reading

01:00

President Bashar al-Assad: “U.S. attack on Syrian troops not an accident, definitely intentional” ~ [FULL VIDEO] the real Syrian Free Press

President al-Assad’s interview given to Associated Press (VIDEO available also here) (Damascus, 22 September 2016) (FULL TRANSCRIPT here) Filed under: Bashar …

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00:59

VIDEO: Amal Clooney 'delighted' at prospect of prosecuting Assad Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Prominent lawyer Amal Clooney says she would be 'delighted' to prosecute Syrian president for alleged war crimes

00:58

Gaddafi’s 2011 Prophecy: Europe Will Be Overrun with Refugees (Must see!) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Richard Edmondson In Sweden a government-backed charity recently produced a TV commercial informing the public that “Sweden will never be what it once was,” and encouraging them basically to accept floods of refugees pouring into the country as a new fact of life. The odd thing is, all this was […]

00:55

Obama Set to Veto 9/11 Victims’ Bid to Sue Saudis cryptogon.com

Sure, because if the victims families sue the Saudis, guess who else would have to show up in court? Via: AFP: President Barack Obama is poised to veto legislation exposing Saudi Arabia to court action over the 9/11 attacks, stepping in to defend legal precedent and an awkward ally, but inviting election-time opprobrium. White House […]

00:54

The two-stroke solution Mondoweiss

President Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in New York yesterday and there was more talk about the president playing golf in Israel and visiting the country in his post-presidency than there was about the vaunted two-state solution.

Many liberal Americans have set store by the idea that Obama is going to unhatch a November surprise— and push Israel to agree to parameters of a two-state solution. There was no sign of that yesterday, even as the president issued a “guarantee” that he will visit Israel often.

Netanyahu said that Obama would always be a “welcome guest in Israel” and teased the president about the golf course next to his house in Israel, “a terrific golf course.”

“We’ll set up a tee time,” Obama said, without any feeling. But later he suggested he really would show up in the country.

I guarantee you that I will visit Israel often, because it is a beautiful country with beautiful people.  And Michelle and the girls I think resent the fact that I’ve not taken them on most of these trips, so they’re insistent that I do take them.  Of course, they will appreciate the fact that the next time I visit Israel I won’t have to sit in bilats — (laughter) — but instead can enjoy the sights and sounds of a remarkable country.

Here’s video of that last meeting. Though maybe it won’t be the last.

The president offered only the weakest promise of doing anything in the next few months on achieving an agreement between Israel and Palestine. The wire services heard resignation in this statement:

Obviously, I’m only going to be President for another few months.  The Prime Minister will be there quite a bit longer.  And our hope will be that in these conversations we get a sense of how Israel sees the next few years, what the opportunities are and what the challenges are in order to assure that we keep alive the possibility of a stable, secure Israel at peace with its neighbors, and a Palestinian homeland that meets the aspirations of their people.

Diana Buttu said– in an IMEU statement— that President Obama had set out eight years ago by saying settlements needed to be halted. And finished up the same way, saying that settlements need to be halted. Without having any effect.

If the next president continues down the same path as Obama and his predecessors, of attempting to appease an intransigent, hardline Israeli government, they will achieve the same measure of success — which is to say, they will also fail miserably.

Nathan Thrall says much the same in the latest New York Review of Books, in an excellent and bleak piece on Obama’s “last chance.” Obama will have done nothing at all to solve the conflict if he fails to lay down parameters for a resolution– “he will have left no mark”– but even those parameters will be Israel-tilted and will produce nothing. The Washington crowd can’t face the fact the two-state solution is over.

Where US officials come down on a parameters resolution depends to a significant degree on whether they believe the two-state solution is dying or already dead. Those who think it is merely...

00:53

Beyond the Bloodletting in Yemen Covert Geopolitics

The West is allowing the abuses of Wahabbists against Yemen for as long as the House of Saud, and its allies, continue to serve their geopolitical interests in the Middle East. These abuses include the illegal use of cluster bombs manufactured, sent and delivered from the democratic United States and the great United Kingdom, to … Continue reading Beyond the Bloodletting in Yemen

00:48

Acting On Bill Ayers’ Radical Manifesto PopularResistance.Org

By David Swanson for Let's Try Democracy - Bill Ayers' short new book, Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto, is different from the typical liberal view of a better world in two ways. First, its goals are a bit grander, more inspiring. Second, it adds as the first and most important goal one that others don't include at all. A typical proposal that a lesser evilist might give for "voting against Donald Trump" might include minor economic or police or prison reforms, a bit of environmentalism, healthcare, or education.

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Graphic Video: Turkish-backed ‘Moderate Rebels’ Torture Boy in Northern Aleppo

On September 22, a pro-Kurdish media outlet, Hawar News Agency, released a footage of Turkish-backed ‘moderate rebels’ tourtoring a boy during an alleged interrogation session.

The video depicts Turkish-backed ‘moderate oppositioneers’ that are beating a handcuffed boy (likely 10-14 y.o.) in order to force him to ‘talk’ (it’s unclear on which topic). A shot from the AK-47 rifle was also fired by moderates to ‘motivate’ the boy.

Some  sources suggest that the militants from the video belong to Sham Legion or Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement. The both groups are described by the Wstern media as a part of the ‘moderate opposition’ and backed by Turkey and the United States.

The video was reportedly filmed in the Syrian border town of Jarablus in northern Aleppo that had been seized by the Ankara-led forces from the ISIS terrorist group.

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00:38

Syrian opposition 'minister' among 12 dead in car bomb: rebels Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Saudis Kill 20 Civilians in Yemen Hours After US Senate Approves $1.15 Billion Weapons Sale The Anti-Media

Saudis-civilians-tankThe Saudi-led coalition has been repeatedly criticised for the high civilian death toll from its 18-month-old bombing campaign.

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Mexico: Vicente Fernandez {hearts} Hillary Fausta's Blog

Hugely popular singer Vicente Fernández (Chente to his fans), idol of the Mexican working class, momentarily suspended his retirement to take on a commission from the Clinton campaign to write a corrido for Hillary out of his devotion for her possibly large stipend, but who knows? After taking to Chente’s musical director (wait, wasn’t Chente […]

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Report: Recent rise in deportations result of Israeli strategy to stifle solidarity with Palestinians Mondoweiss

An analysis of UN data show that a recent surge in reports of deportations of individuals attempting to transit through Israel to work with Palestinians is apparently the result of an official strategy implemented by the Israeli government beginning in January of this year, announced the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor today.

Reports submitted to the Access Coordination Unit (ACU) of the United Nations Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator show that in 2015, only 1 percent of the 384 “incidents” encountered by UN and international NGO employees and consultants resulted in deportations. Rather, the vast majority of the problems (76 percent) were delays. The same pattern was observed in the previous three years. However, to date in 2016, 9-10 percent of all 232 incidents ended in deportation.

I am Euro-Med’s international secretary, and I have joined those numbers. I traveled to Israel in August with a permit to enter Gaza obtained by a Swedish NGO for which she had planned to implement a women’s project. Yet I was refused entry to the country, was fingerprinted and photographed, held in a detention center for 12 hours and deported home. Just five days before me, another American—a trainer in ‘respectful confrontation’ working for the NGO—also was deported despite having a permit to enter Gaza.

While the circumstances of our deportations differed in specific details, we all have several characteristics in common. We were professionals entering Israel to work on internationally supported projects in Palestinian territory, who were seemingly arbitrarily ordered home and treated as criminals in the process. Despite notification and a request for help, the U.S. embassy refused assistance. One must assume, given the statistical trends, that a deliberate policy is at work, with American complicity.

The numbers collected by the UN ACU do not include activists and independent workers who try to enter the Palestinian territories through Israeli-controlled crossings, for whom anecdotal reports of deportations have trickled in steadily over the past several years but have soared recently. Recent examples include five delegates from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (July) and Adam Hanieh, a senior lecturer in development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, who was scheduled to give a series of lectures at Birzeit University, a Palestinian institution in the West Bank (September). No one appears to be collecting these numbers, outside of the Israeli government. And unfortunately, the Right to Enter Committee—a group of mostly Israeli attorneys who had specialized in these cases—has not been active since about 2010.

Most of us who have been deported were verbally informed of 10-year bans on returning to any Israeli-controlled border, and forced to sign a statement acknowledging they will no longer be allowed to obtain a visa at the Israeli border, as most travelers can. Although in the past has been widely known that Israel has discriminated against many travelers of Arab or Muslim heritage, increasingly ethnic and religious characteristics have appeared to play a minimal role; anyone tagged as sympathetic to Palestinians and capable of effective advocacy is at risk.

When I was detained, one of my guards stated defensively that “all countries have a right to decide who enters.” But, as I responded, this is different. None of us wanted or intended to stay in Israel. We were forced to cross an Israeli-controlled border only because we wanted to visit the Palestinian territories, which Israel is occupying. I don’t know of any other place in the world where another country is allowed to prevent another from welcoming visitors.

I recall a quote in a 2014 issue of the Jerusalem Post, in which the reporter described Israel’s periodic military forays into Gaza as “mowing the grass.” It seems the Israeli gove...

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Latest 3 Days of Military Operations in Syria ~ Syrian Army operations successfully concluded in Homs, Daraa, Hama, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Idleb, Damascus countrysides ~ [Reports/Videos] the real Syrian Free Press

Despite the terrorist attacks against the Syrian armed forces, their Allies, and against the Civilian Population, despite the hostile actions of Israel, Turkey, Saudi and American allies, despite the knocking media propaganda that mystifies all news (accusing our armed forces and Allies for crimes they never committed), the brave Syrian army and the heroic Syrian people, together with Russians, Iranians and Hezbollah allied friends, continue the advance to regain the entire Syrian territory from the hands of the foreign-backed mercenary-terrorist, which are eliminated by the hundreds all over Syria. Syria is, and always will be, tomb and stumbling block for all his enemies, close or distant that they are. (SyrianPatriots) ***In Homs, the Syrian Army Air Force destroyed Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS positions, weapons, vehicles and cars equipped with machineguns and killed a number of terrorists in Tair Ma’leh, Talbiseh, al-Rastan, Kisin, east of Palmyra and al-Sawaneh in the countryside of Homs. ***In Daraa, a Syrian army unit carried out concentrated bombardments against dens and fortifications of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Bosra al-Sham City in the countryside of Daraa southern province. A unit of the army destroyed a den of the terrorist organizations, and killed a number of terrorists in the area of the eastern corniche in Bosra al-Sham City, 40 km to the east of Daraa City. ***In Aleppo, Syrian Army units established control over al-Asmedah Building, located in the area surrounding al-Ramhosa to the southwest of Aleppo city. A battlefield reporter pointed out that the army clashed heavily with terrorists of “Jaish al-Fatah” who were positioned in the Building, destroying a gathering and a site for the terrorists and setting up military points in the area surrounding it. The reporter added that during the clashes, a number of members of “Jaish al-Fatah” were killed, others were injured and their weaponry and ammunition were destroyed. The Syrian Army Air Force targeted the terrorists’ positions in al-Shakif area and in the villages of Kafer Hamara, Ma’rata and Karasi in the northern and southern countryside of Aleppo province. A number of terrorists were killed in the air strikes and their vehicles were destroyed, some of which are armored or equipped with machineguns. In Aleppo city, the army units carried out precise operations, destroying terrorists’ hotbeds, gatherings and vehicles in the neighborhoods of Hanano, Jabal Bader and al-Marjeh... ... ...

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President Bashar al-Assad: “U.S. attack on Syrian troops not an accident, definitely intentional” ~ [short videoclip] the real Syrian Free Press

Syrian President Bashar Assad says that U.S. airstrikes which killed dozens Syrian government troops were ‘intentional’ and they lasted for an …

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00:15

Flash: BIS Sounds the Alarm on China Banking System Geopolitical Monitor

 

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has sounded the alarm about excessive debt in the Chinese financial system. According to the BIS – an international banking watchdog – China’s credit-to-GDP gap has now reached 30.1. The next highest country on the list is Canada with 12.1.

A rating above 10 indicates a banking crisis within the next three years.

 

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Video Shows American Soldiers Posing As “Rebels,” “Fleeing” Jihadists In Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 By Brandon Turbeville In a series of reports floating around even some of the mainstream press organs, a video has emerged that reportedly shows U.S. “commandos” fleeing U.S.-backed rebels in the northern part of Syria. The video shows what appears to be American soldiers riding in the backs of white Toyota pickups […]

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Syrian Air Force Strikes Positions of Foreign Militants in Aleppo

The Syrian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on positions of the so-called Caucasian Battalion in the south-west of Aleppo. At least 8-9 terrorists were killed, and the same number of gunmen was wounded, as well as their military equipment was destroyed.

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Positions of the so-called Caucasian Battalion in the south-west of Aleppo, near the Al-Hikma School, south the 1070 Apartments Project, became the target of a series of Syrian airstrikes, a Colonel of the Republican Guard of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told the FAN news agency.

According to Syrian military, the attack on the positions of the Caucasian Battalion, which is a part of the so-called ‘First Line’ of the Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group, was extremely successful. The main reason for large losses, suffered by the enemy in the air attack, was a hasty preparation of the battalion to move to the west of the area of the 1070 Apartments Project in order to replenish a defense line of terrorists at a height, adjoined to Minyan quarter.

The airstrike hit the battalion, when the terrorists were loading their pickup trucks with ammunition, weapons and food. After specification of the coordinates by forward air controllers of the Republican Guard, three MiG-21 fighter jets were raised in the air. According to preliminary data, as a result of the attack, three vehicles, one of which was equipped with a turret with the DShK heavy machine gun, and the MAZ heavy truck, captured by the Caucasian Battalion from the SAA during fights for Ramusi living quarter a month ago, were destroyed.

Official sources reported about 17 dead and 22 wounded terrorists, mostly natives of Dagestan, Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan. However, the FAN’s source stressed that most likely the losses are exaggerated, since at the moment, strength of the battalion was not more than 30-37 people. According to the Colonel of the Republican Guard, the real permanent losses of the terrorists due to the attack were around 8-9 people, and about the same number of terrorists were wounded. Anyway, even such seemingly minor losses can radically affect a combat capability of the Ahrar al-Sham on this sector of the front.

Will remind, two days ago, immediately after the end of a truce, the Syrian Armed Forces, supported by the People’s Militia, the Republican Guard and the Russian Aerospace Forces, launched an offensive on the most dangerous sections of the front in the south-western part of the city. During the offensive, the Syrian Army managed to advance to 800-900 meters on several parts of the front, in particular, east and west of the area of the 1070 Apartments Project. However, a defense line of terrorist groups, occupying the area, was not broken by the first series of blows. The Ahrar al-Sham regularly takes attempts to counter-attack, quickly throwing main attack forces from one sector of the front to another one.

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00:08

Training: Stephen E. Arnold on the Dark Web and Tor Investigative Tools – Tactics, New Products, and Ongoing Developments Public Intelligence Blog

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Dark Web and Tor Investigative Tools: Tactics, New Products, and Ongoing Developments

This webinar looks at specific vendors and products tailored to cope with Dark Web or hidden online services. The information in this webinar has been assembled as part of Stephen E Arnold’s 18 month researchproject into Dark Web solutions, tactics, and systems. The program is designed to provide an analyst or investigator with specific information about systems and methods useful in exploring and accessing information hidden, obfuscated, and encrypted on Dark Web sites. The webinar extends theresearch summarized in Arnold’s 2015 study CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access. More than a dozen tools and products are illustrated in the webinar. Many are likely to be unfamiliar to professionals working to leverage Dark Web content and services.

The webinar begins with a brief recap of the Dark Web as an opaque resource useful to good and bad actors. Tor (the Onion router bundle) is required for individuals to access Dark Web resources, but industrial strength solutions are now available.

The webinar reviews solutions suitable for law enforcement, security, and intelligence activities. The Dark Web is being illuminated.

The webinar is organized in five sections:

In the first section of the webinar, you will learn about information sources accessible from a standard browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Pastesites (anonymous publishing services), Reddit discussion groups focused on the Dark Web, and lesser known resources like MillionShort are described with sample outputs.

In the second part of the webinar, the focus shifts to Tor-required information services. You will learn about Ahima, Evil, and Gram. These are Dark Web search systems which can provide one click access to Dark Web resources related to narcotics, weapons, and terrorist related content.

In the third part of the webinar, free software tools will be described. Specific examples of open source software available from the US government will be summarized. Attendees will learn about exploit tools available from open source repositories.

In the fourth part of the webinar, commercial firms providing Dark Web services are explained. Three services will be profiled: Digital Shadows, Recorded Future, and Tiberium Labs. Each of these companies “indexes” Dark Web content and provides services tailored to the needs of LEA/intelligence professionals.

The final part of the webinar provides a quick recap of the new developments in Dark Web access likely in 2016.

Webinar attendees will receive a link to the sources described in the webinar.

Presented by:
Stephen E. Arnold, Managing Partner, ArnoldIT and author of Beyond Search: What To Do When Enterprise Search System Doesn’t Work, Cyber OSINT: Next Generation Information Access ad Searching The Dark Web

Contact:

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23:58

Take Hamas off 'terrorist' list, says top EU lawyer Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Advocate general of the European Court of Justice says current designation is based on 'information from the internet'

23:55

Lavrov: No More Unilateral Pauses in Syria (Video)

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has said during the United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria that there will be no more unilateral ‘ceasefire’ pauses in Syria. According to Lavrov it can’t even be discussed because all pauses have been used by militants, incluinng Jabhat al-Nusra, to regroup and get reinforcements.

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23:54

VIDEO: One child's heartfelt offer to give Syrian boy a new life Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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A six-year-old American boy penned a viral plea to President Barack Obama, offering a place in his family to a Syrian child

23:52

Instapundit suspended from Twitter Fausta's Blog

Glenn Reynolds’s Twitter account was suspended, and it’s not even clear (scroll down at Twitchy) why, since he has not been told. Glenn explains (emphasis added) Was just on Hugh Hewitt talking about this. Since Twitter won’t let me respond to — or even see — my critics, let me expand here. I’ve always been a […]

23:48

First the aunt, then the niece — shot by Israeli soldiers at West Bank checkpoints Mondoweiss

Violence / Detentions — West Bank / Jerusalem

Israeli soldier shoots 13-year-old Palestinian girl for failing to stop at roadblock
IMEMC 21 Sept — A Palestinian child was shot and wounded by the Israeli military Wednesday morning when she allegedly failed to heed a soldier’s order to ‘stop’ as she approached a military roadblock. Israeli troops then locked down the roadblock and transported the wounded child to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava. The child was shot at a roadblock near the illegal Israeli settlement of Alfei Menashe, near Qalqilia in the northern part of the West Bank. She is the niece of a 24-year old Palestinian woman who was killed in November at a military roadblock in the same area. In that incident, 24-year old Rasha Ahmad Hamed ‘Oweissi  approached the roadblock from afar, holding a knife in her hand and a suicide letter in her bag. She was shot by a soldier while she was still at least 30 feet away from the roadblock. Following Wednesday’s shooting of the young girl, the Israeli military claimed that the girl “told them during interrogation” that she had “come there to die” – but Israeli military initial reports on incidents are usually discredited soon after they are made. The child had no weapon anywhere on her body or in any of her belongings. [According to Ma‘an News: Israeli media identified the girl as Baraa Ramadan ‘Oweisi ? [Arabic عويصي Don’t know how the family chooses to transliterate this]. The incident came amid a surge in violence in the occupied Palestinian territory that has seen seven Palestinians — including two minors — and one Jordanian shot dead in less than a week, and three Palestinians seriously injured by Israeli forces. All but one were shot while allegedly committing or attempting to commit attacks on uniformed Israeli soldiers or police, while the other was fatally shot during a military raid as Israeli soldiers attempted to detain the man.]
http://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldier-shoots-13-year-old-palestinian-girl-for-failing-to-stop-at-checkpoint/

Palestinian girl shot and detained for not stopping at checkpoint to be released
QALQILIYA (Ma‘an) 22 Sept — The Israeli military court in Salem has decided to release a 13-year-old Palestinian girl who was shot and injured by an Israeli border guard after she continued walking when ordered to stop at a crossing in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. The court decided not to extend the detention of Baraa Ramadan Eweisa [or ‘Oweisi? ], the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement on Thursday, after the court determined the teenage girl was not attempting to carry out a stabbing attack when she was shot, nor had she been in possession of a knife. PPS lawyer Saleh Ayyoub said that Baraa was still being treated at Israel’s Meir Hospital, and added that a PPS lawyer would be visiting her on Thursday to check on her health condition. Baraa was shot in the leg by an Israeli guard near the Eliyahu checkpoint in eastern Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning, after she was ordered to stop by border guards and continued walking. The incident was reported by Israeli media as an “attempted stabbing attack” and a “thwarted terror attack,...

23:45

Lula lambastes judge who ordered his trial Aletho News

There are many who feel the corruption allegations are designed to prevent Lula from running in 2018 presidential elections [Xinhua ] The BRICS Post | September 21, 2016 Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has come out swinging against a judge who ordered him to stand trial for allegations of money laundering while […]

23:43

Turkish jets attack IS in Syria after border town hit by rockets Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Military says many militants 'neutralised' in response to two rockets fired from Syria into the Turkish town of Kilis

23:41

Sisi at the UN: Desperation of church and state Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The Coptic church’s blind support of Sisi, on display outside the UN, is a mistake that ignores Egypt’s recent past and sows the seeds of strife

23:22

North Carolina Cops Claim Dash Cam Video Shows Keith Lamont Scott Charging Officer with Gun in Hand but Refuse to Release that Video PINAC News

North Carolina cops claim they have a dash cam video showing Keith Lamont Scott charging towards officers with a gun in his hand, making them fear for their lives, which is why they had to shoot him dead.

However, it’s been more than 16 hours since WSOCTV reported that “sources” told them about this dash cam video, but Charlotte-Mecklenberg police have yet to release it.

And during those 16 hours, Charlotte was besieged by a second night of rioting and looting and violence by people who believe Scott was killed after police confused a book in his hand for a gun.

So why are they not releasing the video?

Police claim they are bound by law not to release the dash cam video, even if it means the city goes up in flames.

And while it’s true that North Carolina passed a law earlier this year barring the release of such videos in what they say is meant to promote “uniformity, clarity and transparency,” the law does not go into effect until October 1, 2016.

So there is no law barring the release of the video. Not that cops ever allow the law to keep them from doing what they want to do anyway.

Releasing the video would not only settle the debate as to whether or not Scott was holding a gun, it may also determine if the officer that killed him was black, a claim that has been disputed by several witnesses.

While it should not make a difference whether the cop was white or black, police in this country are under the impression that it is more acceptable if black people are killed by black cops.

So even though police are claiming that Brentley Vinson killed Scott, several witnesses say it was a bald white cop who shot him.

They say Vinson did not even show up to the scene until 10 minutes later which was when he started to perform CPR on Scott, but by then, it was too late, as you can hear on the video below.

Scott was the sixth person killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg this year, but it was the first shooting that led to protests and riots.

Police said a black man was shot and killed by another protester Wednesday night, but they later said he survived the shooting  and was left clinging to life.

However, several witnesses say the man was shot by cops, perhaps with a rubber bullet or maybe a tear gas canister, a projectile strong enough to cause serious injury, but not to kill him instantly as a live bullet would.

Police say they will hold a press conference at 1o:30 a.m. to release more details, so we’ll see if they release this video.

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23:09

Russian Aerospace Forces Stepped Up Bombing on ISIS in Syria

The number of combat sorties has been significantly increased by the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria due to regrouping of terrorists, which was conducted during the ceasefire.

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The Russian Aerospace Forces have significantly increased the number of combat missions in Syria, the Izvestiya newspaper reported, citing a source in the Russian Defense Ministry.

According to the newspaper, for the past day, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out 50 sorties. A significant increase in military air operations is explained by the fact that terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group regrouped and launched an offensive, taking advantage of the truce.

“The ceasefire in Syria was thwarted, terrorists launched an offensive, and in these conditions we began to receive more data from the Syrian intelligence, accordingly, many new targets for the Russian Aerospace Forces appeared, and we had to increase the number of combat sorties in order to support the ground forces,” the newspaper quoted the words of Deputy Chairman of the Federation Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klitsevich.

Terrorists in Syria continue to fight against the government forces and a moderate opposition, often striking not military purposes, but civilians. Today, it became known that terrorists fired at populated areas in three Syrian provinces, including Aleppo.

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22:57

Syria rebels say Assad troops 'intentionally' destroyed aid convoy Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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War of words over convoy's destruction continues as Russia accuses US of making 'unsubstantiated' allegations

22:49

Repair-Not-Replace: Good for Your Pocket and Good for the Planet Dissident Voice

Recently the back bumper on my car sustained a few cracks as a result of a minor accident.  I took the car to the dealer’s garage. I was told that the bumper needed to be replaced at an extortionate cost. Not only that but also the car had to be taken to another city for that to be done.  I said I would think about it.

Returning home, I contacted a relative who owns a small garage locally. He said the bumper did not need to be replaced, it could be welded easily, costing about a fifth of the price quoted by the dealer.  The bumper is now repaired so skillfully that it is impossible to see where it had been welded. In fact, I joked that maybe he had replaced it.

This incident demonstrates the waste of energy and resources in our consumption habits of replacing rather than repairing. Carbon emissions are reduced by not having to manufacture another bumper, by not having to transport it from wherever it is manufactured, and by not having to transport the car elsewhere. There is also a reduction in the waste we produce which is becoming a problem in most countries.

So how do we change our consumption habits?  And here we do not need to reinvent the wheel; the Swedish government has done the thinking for us.  They intend to encourage a culture of repair rather than replacing by substantially reducing VAT on items that are repaired. Additionally, people can claim an income tax rebate equivalent to half the labour cost of repairs. The Swedish government hopes that such proposals will become law in January.

If more countries followed the Swedish example, think of the impact that would have globally on our CO2 emissions. Manufacturing goods is energy intensive. The website “Fix it-Don’t replace it” gives the example of the iphone6 where 85% of its lifecycle’s carbon footprint is from manufacturing it, not using it and another 3% from shipping it.

Climate change is with us already and such measures are needed as a matter of urgency. Such a proposal should not be a party political issue. Good quality jobs would be created in the country where the appliance is used. It would save the consumer money, and it is good for the environment.

Could we do something similar in Britain?  Does this have to be a political issue and parties have to have it in their manifestos before it could happen?  I don’t see where disagreement between parties could arise. I don’t see why in Britain a group of MPs from all the parties in parliament couldn’t get together to push for the Swedish proposal to be adopted.

I saved a packet by having the bumper repaired and not replaced, and who wouldn’t, given the opportunity. We all want to do our bit for the environment. We need our government to do its bit to help us do the right thing.

22:45

Syria: Over 700 Militants Lay Down Arms in Homs and Sweida

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Reports appear that about 600 militants, that had surrendered to the government, have been pardoned in Sweida during a national event at the Sweida Branch building of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party. During the event, Governor of Sweida Amer Ibrahim al-Beshi emphasized that the option remains for people who have lost their way to lay down arms and be pardoned.

In a separate development, some 130 militants been pardoned after they laid arms down on Wednesday in accordance with the amnesty decree No.15 for 2016. According to reports, the militants were from various parts of the Homs province, including the cities of Homs, al-Rastan, Tal Biseh and Palmyra.

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22:43

Why women will liberate Uganda from its dictator Waging Nonviolence

by Phil Wilmot

Activists embrace one another, having succeeded in demanding their arrest. (WNV/Women's Movement)

Ugandan activists embrace one another outside the police station, having succeeded in demanding their arrest. (WNV/Women’s Movement)

A significant victory in the long struggle to end the reign of Uganda’s military dictator was won last week after a bold action by the country’s burgeoning women’s movement. In late August, Uganda’s parliament presented a bill before House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga suggesting that the age limits for judges be raised, which activists believed would inevitably lead to the raising of presidential age limits. Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for 30 years, is set to surpass the constitutionally-permitted maximum age of 75 this term.

In response, a group calling themselves the Women’s Movement, obtained the green light from authorities to circle Uganda’s parliament seven times in prayer against the raising of age limits on September 13.

Yet, when the women — wearing white to avoid party colors and project an image of unity — convened at the National Theatre just opposite parliament, the police told them they would not be allowed to go ahead. Tear gas cannons were stationed just beyond the fences of the National Theatre, and anti-riot police surrounded the group, who were grandmothers, unemployed youth, union workers, Muslims and Christians.

When Susan Mirembe, a human rights lawyer with the civil liberties organization Chapter Four, argued with the male police about their misconduct, they picked her up and threw her into the bed of a police truck.

The other women began demanding that if one of them was to be arrested, then they all should be arrested. Some of the women who had left children with babysitters or thought it prudent to stay behind and help with the aftermath of the incident discretely slipped away from the scene, immediately calling lawyers, media, humans rights organizations and other stakeholders that could lend a hand.

“I began to think I would be beaten based on past police behavior,” Sharon Katura, one of the participants, said. “I had been looking forward to a peaceful march around parliament where we could present our concerns.”

The police did not have enough space in their truck for the women, so they brought another.

“When we were divided among two trucks, I began to worry that they would take us to different police stations,” said Scovia Arinaitwe, a Solidarity Uganda staff member who often helps victims of political persecution. “They drove at breakneck speeds, but luckily some of our media supporters were able to follow on motorcycles. They usually separate political suspects when possible, but in this case they brought us all to the distant Kira Namugongo station.”

The two dozen women were asked to hand in their possessions and phones, but refused to do so, claiming that they had not been charged with any crime and were therefore not under arrest.

I called Berna Bakkidde, another human righ...

22:34

An American in Latakia: “this was no revolution” Aletho News

By Lily Martin | OffGuardian | September 21, 2016 As an eye witness to the entire war in Syria, from March 2011 to present, I can state this was no revolution. I am an American citizen living permanently in Syria, which is my husband’s birthplace. I have been here 24 years. A real revolution would […]

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من كوهين الأول الى كواهين الربيع العربي .. ساحة المرجة تنتظر بفارغ الصبر مشهد اعدام الجواسيس Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

بقلم نارام سرجون اليوم سنعيد الزمن الى الوراء .. وسنأخذكم جميعا الى عام 1965 .. الى ساحة المرجة لا للسياحة .. ولكن لحضور مهرجان سوري نادر .. حيث يتجمع الناس لمشاهدة الجاسوس الاسرائيلي كوهين معلقا على حبل المشنقة قصاصا من مغامرته في دخول سورية للتجسس عليها .. واذا كان الثورجيون لايحبون ان نعود بهم الى […]

22:20

YSEALI: America’s Quiet Colonisation of Southeast Asia Aletho News

By Joseph Thomas – New Eastern Outlook – 21.09.2016 The US State Department’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) claims on its official US government website to build “the leadership capabilities of youth in the region and promotes cross-border cooperation to solve regional and global challenges.” It not only consists of US-based educational and professional “fellowships” for Southeast Asian participants, […]

22:09

Bashar al-Assad: If Aleppo was under siege, people would be dead Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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“Vipers” and “Gryphons” with Mileage for Eastern Europe

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By Aleksandr Ermakov; Originally appeared at Eurasia.expert, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront

The countries of the former socialist block in Eastern Europe are facing today the growing problem of aging military weaponry released in the last years of the USSR. The problem perhaps is felt most acutely in the field of aircraft; for many countries, the actual loss of the combat component of the air forces became a real possibility.

The current multi-purpose fighter jets, and they now constitute the basis of the air force, are often extremely expensive for the poor countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Thus, for example, unlike armoured vehicles, resources available for aircraft are objectively limited; the tank released in the 1960s can fully participate in wars in the Middle East (and until recently in the Balkans as well), while on exhausted resources it is frightening to fly a fighter jet.

Thus, for political reasons, for the majority of countries of the region, the necessary upgrade of the Soviet-produced weaponry to the Russian one, which is often a direct development, is unavailable.

Russian fighter jets “on the rise”

This does not mean that Russia’s proposals are ideally suitable for the countries of the region. The actively exported SU-27 fighter jet family (currently the SU-30SM and SU-35S are in first place), is not only expensive but is quite too “big” in range and combat power for small countries without pretensions.

Of all the Eastern block and the CIS, the Su-30SM is bought only by relatively rich Kazakhstan, possessing the strongest air force after Russia among the countries of the former USSR. Possible future owners (in the framework of trade deals, military aid or barter) may include the Republic of Belarus, but for now it is only in discussion. It is worth noting that at the end of 2012, Belarus refused the maintenance of its Su-27 of its air force due to high costs.

RSK’s export plans for the “MiG” are associated with the modernised MiG-29, promoted under the designation MiG-35. While the appearance changed so often that it is appropriate to talk about the MiG-35 not as a specific aircraft, but as a “deeply modernized MiG-29”, which in one form or another, will be brought into serial production and will be able to sell to the Russian air force or a major party of a foreign buyer.

MiG-35 prototypes

MiG-35 prototypes

Suffice it to say that what is now called MiG-35, until recently passed under the designation MiG-29M/M2. It looks like they managed to sign a major contract to supply Egypt with 46 fighter jets, that in the ongoing transfer of purchase of the MiG-35 should give money and motivation to the Russian Ministry of Defence in finishing the aircraft.

However, it is doubtful that the MiG-35, considering the upcoming development and obviously a smaller batch, would be much cheaper than the conventional SU-3-SM, developed at the time largely with Indian money and produced literarily in the hundreds (considering it as their export “brothers”, purchased by India, Algeria and Malaysia).

The high cost of aircraft now often compensated with one type or another favourable terms, provided by the seller to his poorer ally. But Russia’s relations with the majority of countries of Central and Eastern Europe a...

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, War, Peace, and Absurdity TomDispatch - Blog

Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories...

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Muslim Man Declares, “I Am a Superstar in Afghanistan” after Sodomizing 2-Year-Old Boy

A 22-year-old Muslim man from Afghanistan proudly declared that he was a superstar in Afghanistan after he sodomized and orally raped a 2-year-old boy. The worst part is that he was only charged with sexual assault and only sentenced to … Continue reading

21:50

Pro-Russian Bloggers Slam Bellingcat MH17 Investigation

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A newly appeared team of pro-Russian bloggers, ‘Anti-Fake’, blasted the open-source investigation into the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash over Ukraine in 2014 by Bellingcat. Anti-Fake have issued a 44-page report (find it here), blaming Bellingcat for a pro-Kiev stance and relying on fake and falsified evidence.

The publicly stated goal of Anti-Fake’s report is to establish the truth about the MH17 incident and avoid the spread of disinformation. The report is focused on studying Bellingcat’s claims on the icident.

According to the report, one of Bellingcat’s main assertions was that it is “logical” to assume that Russia would have provided a BUK missile system to Donbass rebels. Anti-Fake argues that the assumption is, on the contrary, illogical.

The group emphasizes that various modifications of BUK missile launchers are in service in both the Russian and Ukrainian Armed Forces. These are highly sophisticated systems, used to target planes at very high altitudes, which didn’t correspond to the type of threat faced by the rebels.

“The main attack units, used by the Ukrainian Air Force against self-defense forces in May-July 2014 were Su-25 jets, Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters, which operated against ground targets on small altitude, being in the effective area of Strela-10 short range system,” Anti-Fake noted, adding “In these circumstances, it’s unjustified to use the expensive and complex BUK system.”

The report also said that pro-Kiev bloggers deliberately based their investigation on unreliable evidence due a lack of real data backing the position they chose. The Anti-Fake team analyzed documents and photographs, mentioned in the Bellingcat report (find Bellingcat’s posts on MH17 here) as proof of Russian guilt, which they have reason to believe are fake or forged.

2 years after the MH17 tragedy, there are lots of unanswered questions.

  • Who is responsible for downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?
  • Who ordered to down the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?
  • Why the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was there?
  • Who did point the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to the closed corridor?
  • Was it an accident or a planned provocation?

It appears that the reports by Bellingcat and Anti-Fake are an element of the informational warfare. It’s pretty clear that such reports are aimed to shape informational battlefield in order to pursue foreign-policy objectives or political and military objectives of the global powers.

Despite the both sides use various tools of informational warfare, the West’s states have much more resources than their opponents. So, the quality of pro-Western content is higher.

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21:49

Turkey Using Reorganized “Free Syrian Army” To Clear Kurds From Northern Syria ThereAreNoSunglasses

[If Ankara hopes to sell their story-line, that it is NOT using Turkish troops to take Syrian territory, then it must first explain the following–

“The U.S. special forces contingent recently linked up with Turkish forces in the town of al-Rai, about 20 kilometers from Dabiq, to help with the ‘slow and deliberate’ operation to clear Islamic State from the border region.”Will Upcoming Fight in Syria Usher in Armageddon?

Who are American Special Forces “linking-up” with in Al-Rai?
Will US Spec Forces be leading both sides of the battle, since they have already been advising the Syrian Kurd fighters for quite a while?]

Ankara vows full support for FSA in Syria

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Ankara has vowed to support the Free Syrian Army (FSA) with regards to the Turkey-backed rebels’ efforts to clear their own lands in northern Syria of both jihadists and Syrian Kurdish forces.

“Those lands [in northern Syria] are the lands of these people [FSA fighters]. These people are on the defensive for their own land; they see Turkey’s support as very crucial. We give them this support and we will continue to give [support], too,” said Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık on Sept. 21.Işık said that their aim was for the FSA to clear land belonging to its people from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and also the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara says are terrorist offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“Everyone should live in their own region,” Işık said.

Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield on Aug. 24, with its own troops backing the FSA with the aim of ridding northern Syria, with which Turkey has a long border, of ISIL, as well as the PYD and YPG.

Turkey helped liberate Syria’s Jarablus and al-Rai from ISIL within the scope of this operation.

On Sept. 19, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said al-Bab was the next target within the scope of the anti-ISIL operation that Turkey launched around one month ago.

Al-Bab lies around 30 kilometers away from the Elbeyli district of Turkey’s Kilis province.

Responding to a question with regards to a report that Turkey would deploy its own combatant infantries of the Turkish Land Forces in Syria, Işık said Turkey would not deploy its own infantry in Syria but would use the Ankara-backed Syrian rebels.

“Our current planning is that we will conduct the operation with fighters of the Free Syrian Army. Thus, we do not plan to join this operation with our own infantries,” Işık said.

Işık said on Sept. 21 that Turkey would continue with the operation “until it guarantees its own security,” adding that Ankara’s aspiration was for the FSA and t...

21:49

Guess Who’s About to Get Wet in the Peeing Contest Between Obama and Putin?

A peeing contest is  “a game in which participants compete to see who can urinate the highest, the farthest, or the most accurately.” President Obama and President Putin have been engaging in just such a match for quite some time, … Continue reading

21:45

Del Spurlock: Many Trayvon’s More? Deja Vu from 2013… Public Intelligence Blog

Delbert J. Spurlock Jr.

Delbert J. Spurlock Jr.

Many Trayvon’s More?

Civics is study of how we govern ourselves. Can we agree that we govern ourselves through our Constitution, our laws, customs, popular culture, and habits, and how all of these things interact to create our way of life? Let’s call the analysis of that interaction connecting the dots. You were left with several dots to connect on preparation for discussing the killing of Trayvon. Have you thought about Mr. Looby’s idea of America and had an opportunity to view the “Story of Citizens United” and the “Truthout” article on “Stand your Ground” laws? Can you connect the dots to picture the American people, as opposed to the combined interests and power of major corporations, in control of our Country? Can you connect the dots to fit within the frame of governance cast by the Preamble to our Constitution?

Young Black Americans, especially, must not assign themselves to pessimism. They, among all young Americans must learn to connect the dots. Mr. Younge’s article on Mr. Obama’s response to surveillance of Americans tells the truth about Mr. Obama’s allegiances to the American Corporate Empire.

That allegiance makes him unwilling to look openly at the shame of our “drug wars,” to attack the immorality of our prison system, or to focus on the unconscionable un-employment of black youth. Some black leaders of American pop-culture think that being there is enough.

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21:42

Syria: War without end Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

With so many competing powers and parties involved more than five years on, the Syria war risks leaving the country entirely dismembered

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رعاة البقر يفاجئون الفرسان في “دير غراد” .. والقوات الجوية لداعش تظهر لأول مرة Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

نارام سرجون أرجو ألا تكونوا قد أضعتم وقتكم في الاستماع الى بيان وزارة الدفاع الاميركية لشرح وجهة نظرها حول ماحدث من “احتكاك” غير مقصود مع الجيش السوري .. وأتمنى فعلا ألا يكون احدنا قد ألقى بالا الى بيان التمويه عن (النار الصديقة) الذي صدر عن القيادة العسكرية الاميركية .. وأرجو بكل حرارة ألا يكون احدنا […]

21:38

Anti-Putin Hysteria in Service to Hillary Aletho News

By Margaret Kimberley | Black Agenda Report | September 21, 2016 Putin Derangement Syndrome is the imperialist gift that keeps on giving. It was created in the American war party laboratory because Vladimir Putin made it clear he would not be the next target for regime change. That logic of self-preservation is problematic when dealing […]

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Syrian White Helmets win 'alternative Nobel Peace Prize' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The Syrian group were jointly awarded the Right to Livelihood award with three other recipients from Turkey, Russia and Egypt

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A Syrian survivor soldier from Deir Ezzour attack: “The U.S.-coalition warplanes were finishing the wounded [Syrian soldiers] by machine gun” ~ [Eng/Fra] ~ EXCLUSIVE the real Syrian Free Press

A survivor of the attack by the planes of the international coalition led by the United States doubt that it was an error: the planes acted barbarically, breaking down with machine guns the wounded Syrian soldiers. A reconnaissance aircraft flew first over the positions of the Syrian army, and shortly after warplanes attacked. "We thought the planes were leading the recognition of the Daesh positions. But soon after we were attacked by coalition fighters that hit our tanks, armored vehicles and artillery pieces". "They were finishing with machine guns our soldiers who tried to take refuge in the streets. Each fighter jet fired at least three missiles at us. I saw with my own eyes the death of about 100 soldiers. They shelled our soldiers in retreat. Many of them perished because injured and could not move". "Immediately after the air raid, the jihadists went to attack the Syrian military positions...I had the impression that there was an agreement between the United States units and Daesh. The terrorists were jubilant..."... ~~~ (FRA) ~ Un survivant du massacre à Deir Ezzor: "Les chasseurs américains ont poussé la barbarie jusqu’à abattre les soldats syriens blessés avec des mitrailleuses" "Nous avons pensé que l’avion menait la reconnaissance des positions de Daech. Mais peu après nous avons été attaqués par les chasseurs de la coalition qui ont frappé nos chars, véhicules blindés et pièces d’artillerie. Ils achevaient avec les mitrailleuses nos soldats qui tentaient de se réfugier dans les ruelles. Chaque chasseur a tiré sur nous au moins trois missiles. J’ai vu de mes propres yeux la mort d’environ 100 soldats. Ils ont pilonné nos soldats battant en retraite. Beaucoup ont péri. De nombreux blessés ne pouvaient pas bouger", a-t-il précisé....

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Zionist Entity’s Embassy in Ankara attacked Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:54 ANKARA-Two persons have carried out an attack against the Israeli embassy in Ankara, with police shooting and capturing a suspect. Private broadcaster NTV said one person had been “injured and neutralized” in the Wednesday incident, in which the assailants tried to storm the Israeli mission, according to Press TV. […]

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Saudi Air Force Struck Yemen’s City of Al Hudaydah: 25 Killed, 76 Wounded (Photos 18+)

Saudi Arabia continues to try to ‘establish democracy’ in Yemen, bombing civilians. Yemen’s port city of Al Hudaydah has been struck by the Saudi Air Force. As result, 25 civilians were killed, 76 others were wounded. But this did not prevent the US Senate to reject a resolution, calling to limit the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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On Wednesday, the Saudi Air Force struck Yemen’s port city of Al Hudaydah, located on the shores of the Red Sea. As result, 25 people were killed and 76 others were wounded.

Saudi warplanes started to bomb the presidential palace, where leaders of the Houthis were at that time. Then, the surrounding areas were also attacked. Bombs fell on an apartment house, located nearby, which led to civilian casualties.

However, nobody rushed urgently to convene the UN Security Council or to call Saudis ‘cowards’, though usually they use such attacks on Yemeni civilians as a means for revenge to the Houthis, who systematically are victorious on the battlefield. Where is the UN Secretary-General, when he is needed so much?

In addition, right after the bombing of Al Hudaydah, the US Senate has acted very significantly, refusing to limit the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia. US senators have voted against a resolution, calling for a blocking of the deal, according to which Saudi Arabia should receive arms worth about $1.15 billion.

But who cares – not white people and even not a ‘moderate opposition’ are being killed in Yemen.

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20:57

Hillary’s book ‘Stronger Together’ tanks: only 2,912 copies sold in first week

As her poll numbers tumble, with Reuters’ latest showing her 242 Electoral College votes are now in a virtual tie with Trump’s 243, there’s more bad news for Hillary. (See “Reuters polls show huge electoral shift to Trump despite Hillary … Continue reading

20:45

Dakota Pipeline is Just the Beginning — Federal Bill Seeks Largest Native American Land Grab in 100 Years

For the First Time in 100 Years, Federal Initiative Seeks Massive Native American Land Grab for Big Oil Three years ago, Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz came up with a proposal called the Utah Public Lands Initiative. This … Continue reading

20:34

Egypt shipwreck: Hundreds missing and four suspects arrested Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Rescue efforts are ongoing after survivors said they were forced to pay extra for lifejackets aboard boat overloaded with 600 people

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Here’s how the US, israel, al-Qaeda and ISIS work together in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Here’s how the US, Israel, al-Qaeda and ISIS work together in Syria The Syrian battlefield is now witnessing an escalation of the war. This is despite the fact that it is supposed to be a time of cessation of hostilities brokered by the US and Russia. The Syrian war has two major fronts. The first […]

20:19

“They Tried to Warn Us”: 1981 TV Show Nailed Globalist Push to Break Down Borders for a One World Government

Of course, when these kinds of truths are provided to the little people Revelation-of-the-Method style, they are always cloaked in the banner of conspiracy theories (as if that automatically equals Crazy Town). This clip is an episode of the TV … Continue reading

20:19

Kerry’s UN tantrums to hide fact he wants Syria ceasefire extended to protect Al-Qaeda Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

John Kerry wants Syria ceasefire extended to protect Al-Qaeda In comments to the UN Security Council US Secretary of State Kerry effectively tears up Lavrov – Kerry Agreement and demands that protection from bombing be extended to Al-Qaeda’s regional branch Jabhat Al-Nusra. The impossibility of achieving a workable ceasefire in Syria was made clear by […]

20:09

Journey To Aleppo: Exposing The Truth Buried Under NATO Propaganda Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Journey To Aleppo: Exposing The Truth Buried Under NATO Propaganda Journey To Aleppo: Exposing The Truth Buried Under NATO Propaganda The Syrian people are suffering under the ‘moderate rebels’ and ‘opposition forces’ backed by the US, NATO member states and their allies in the Gulf states and Israel. Yet their suffering is largely ignored in […]

20:09

Alert: The October Surprise Will be a Violent Provocation Blamed on Trump

Hillary is desperate and will resort to dirty tricks With the polls almost at a dead heat, Hillary will contrive and exploit a shocking October surprise in a desperate effort to sink Trump. This dirty trick could involve one of … Continue reading

20:06

Footage: Saudi Air Force Uses US-made Cluster Bombs in Yemen

The footage below depicts the impact of US made cluster bombs dropped by the Saudi Air Force on the Alramadiat village in in Yemen’s Saada province on September 19.

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20:03

US senate clears way for $1bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Senate voted to kill bipartisan attempt to scupper sale of 130 Abrams tanks in protest at Saudi air strikes in Yemen

19:59

DESPICABLE: Clinton Foundation Caught Watering Down AIDS Drugs to Africa

More and more people are realizing that the Clinton Foundation is a giant money laundering scheme that Hillary was using as a “pay for play” with foreign governments for “favors” during her tenure as Secretary of State and who knows … Continue reading

19:47

A Second Night Of Riots Rocks Charlotte As America Teeters On The Edge Of Chaos

Rioting and civil unrest are becoming a common occurrence in America. The city of Charlotte has been hit by a second night of violence even though authorities are desperately pleading for calm. What sparked the chaos in Charlotte was the … Continue reading

19:46

'Final nail in the coffin of reform': Bahrain dissolves opposition group Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Shia opposition group al-Wefaq was shut down after being accused of 'harbouring terrorism' in the Sunni-ruled kingdom of Bahrain

19:43

ISIS Regains 3 Villages from Ankara-led Forces in Northern Syria

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The ISIS terrorist group has regained other 3 villages – Tall Hajar, Shawah Kabirah and Shawah Saghirah – from Turkish-backed militants and the Turkish Armed Forces southeast of the city of al-Ra’i in Syria’s province of Aleppo.

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19:41

Why Will There be No Peace With The USA in Syria? Menschenmaterial Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Why Will There be No Peace With The US in Syria? 21.09.2016 Syria Bobana M. Andjelkovic Because the US’ aim is not to see peace, but more casualties. Because when there are more dead people, then there is more free “human space” to bring in other “humans”, as was planned. Because the aim is being […]

19:40

North Carolina: State of Emergency Declared After Second Night of Riots cryptogon.com

Via: BBC: The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, as unrest continues over the police killing of a black man. Violence erupted for a second night after Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by a black officer on Tuesday. One protester is in a critical condition after […]

19:35

Sheriff Joe on Obama Eligibility: “I Don’t Care Where He’s From, We Are Looking At A Forged Document, Period”

In recent days GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump swept under the rug the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Soebarkah. Many followed him blindly, but not this outlet and not Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio continues to be unmoved … Continue reading

19:32

israeli forces kidnap 64 Palestinians in 2 days Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli forces kidnap 64 Palestinians in 2 days Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 64 Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem and West Bank, Palestinian and Israeli sources said. On Wednesday night, the Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 23 Palestinian civilians from their homes, while a 13-year-old school girl was shot and moderately wounded in her leg. Yesterday night, the […]

19:31

Iraq army seizes IS-held town on long road to Mosul Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Military says it controls Shirqat, a northern Iraqi town seen as a stepping stone towards liberation of Mosul

19:23

Bashar al-Jaafari: “Israeli and U.S.-led coalition aggression on Syria means moving from a proxy aggression into personal aggression” the real Syrian Free Press

Syria’s permanent envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on Wednesday that the US, Turkish and Israeli military aggression on Syria means moving from a stage of proxy aggression into “the personal aggression”, referring to the failure of international community to condemn the US-led coalition aggression on Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor. “The big shock, of which the international community has failed to condemn or express concern, was represented by the unjustified, flagrant aggression of the US-led coalition on sites for the Syrian army which combats ISIS in Jabal Tharda in Deir Ezzor,” al-Jaafari said, adding that this aggression has claimed the lives of 83 and more than 100 wounded of the army personnel...

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19:22

‘Serve Brothers': Russian Muslim Cop Defies Terrorists Seconds before Execution (VIDEO)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with parents of police lieutenant Magomed Nurbagandov, killed by terrorists on July 16, and announced that he had signed a decree on awarding the policeman with the Star of the Hero of the Russian Federation.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with parents of police lieutenant Magomed Nurbagandov, killed by gunmen on July 10. The head of the state thanked them for their son, and said that he had signed a decree on awarding him with the Star of the Hero of the Russian Federation.

Nurbagandov was killed on July 10 near the village of Sergokala in Dagestan, when armed men attacked five vacationers and shot to death two of them, including Nurbagandov. According to investigation, a motive for the killing was revenge for professional activity of the policeman.

A video, which was found in a phone of one of the gunmen, killed during a special operation in the town of Izberbash, allowed to learn about courage, showed by the police lieutenant before his death.

Pointing a gun at Nurbagandov, a criminal tried to make him to say on camera that his family and friends should leave a job in law enforcement. However, the policeman said, referring to his relatives and friends: “Keep working[serve], brothers.” After these words, the gunman shot him.

The head of the state apologized for having invited the parents in this difficult time for them and said that he wanted to shake their hands and thank them for the son.

“He is a true hero, and so yesterday I signed a decree on awarding him with the Star of the Hero of the Russian Federation. He is a hero because not every person remains faithful to the oath and duty, remains faithful to his people under the threat of death, execution,” the President said.

According to Putin, only cowardly people can shoot at an unarmed person, and only true heroes are fearless to face death.

The head of the state admitted that no words can reduce parental grief. He also stressed that “people all over Russia, who have a heart, conscience and at least a bit of mind well aware of what happened.”

The star of the Hero will be handed to Nurbagandov’s parents at a solemn ceremony on Thursday.

Courage of Magomed Nurbagandov made a strong impression on Russian society and forced to remember that the situation with terrorist activities in Dagestan has deteriorated. Circumstances of the death of the police lieutenant became public by accident. How many heroes like Nurbagandov have died in obscurity?

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19:16

VIDEOS: What Was Wrong with Hillary Clinton’s Eyes During Her Philly Speech?

At first everything seems normal, but after a little while you realize, something is really not right here… Her eyes appear to be moving independently of one another… Is this strabismus? Strabismus is a disorder in which both eyes fail … Continue reading

19:14

Obama: ‘israel cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land’. Well then quit financing it Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Obama: ‘Israel cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land’ Israel cannot permanently occupy and settle on Palestinian land, US President Barack Obama said in a speech at the UN yesterday. “Israel must recognise that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land… We all have to do better as leaders in tamping down, rather than encouraging, a […]

19:09

Egypt news chief sacked for screening wrong Sisi interview Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Mostafa Shehata confirmed he was sacked for showing the wrong interview, but insisted he wasn't alone in making the mistake

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Syria Rebuffs US Attacks at UN SC Today Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Posted by friendsofsyria   Al-Jaafari: US-led coalition aggression on Syria means moving from a proxy aggression into “personal aggression”   New York – Syria’s permanent envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on Wednesday that the US, Turkish and Israeli military aggression on Syria means moving from a stage of proxy aggression into “the personal […]

18:55

Iraqi Forces Liberate Strategic Town of Shirqat from ISIS

Last night, the Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) liberated the strategic town of Shirqat from the ISIS terrorist group.

The operation to liberate Shirqat was a part of the wide-scale offensive of the Iraqi forces in order to put pressure on ISIS militants along the Euphrates River and set a foothold for an advance on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul.

Hawija will most likely become the next target of the Iraqi forces.

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18:48

Aleppo and nearby villages ravaged by the West’s “moderate” terrorists (photo essay) In Gaza

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Sep. 8, 2016, SOTT.net

(republished at Global Research)

-Eva Bartlett (all images and videos by author)

The northern city of Aleppo has been one of the most grossly misreported-on cities in the Syrian Arab Republic, with Western and Gulf media and NGOs continuously ignoring the realities of life in this city of over 1.5 million civilians, instead launching coordinated propaganda campaigns against the Syrian government and army (SAA), and in favour of terrorists labeled as “rebels”, and ignoring their firing of an array of missiles, rockets, Hell Cannon-fired gas canister bombs, explosive bullets, and more onto the civilians of greater Aleppo.

Terrorist factions occupying areas of Aleppo include Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, the so-called “Free Syrian Army”, and child-beheading Nour el din Zinki mercenaries.

In July and in August, 2016, I travelled by car to Aleppo, to meet with doctors and ordinary civilians, and to hear their testimonies of life in a city which has many times been under terrorists’ siege and is always under terrorists’ bombings and snipings.

I was also able to visit Nubl, adjacent to Zahra’a, two villages just north of Aleppo which were under a devastating 3.5 year siege by terrorist factions until the SAA and allies lifted it in February 2016. Residents endured prolonged periods of hunger, were targeted by terrorists’ bombings, and for want of medicines, medical treatment, and sanitary conditions suffered diseases that could otherwise have been treated.

The main highway to Aleppo runs through Idlib and Aleppo governorates. Due to the occupation of their countryside by terrorists, the sole means of entering the city has only been via the Khanasser road and onto southern Ramouseh road, a roughly 500m stretch of which was risky due to terrorists’ sniping and shelling.

By August, the Ramouseh road had been closed due to terrorists’ increased shelling and sniping, and subsequently due to their occupation of districts in and near Ramouseh.

North of the city, the Castello road—much of which is a bumpy dirt path framed by the landscape of destroyed vehicles during the fight against terrorism—is now the only way into the city. Although secured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allies, the road is nonetheless targeted by mortars from terrorists occupying areas outside of Aleppo, as was the case the morning I was leaving Aleppo.

During the August trip, I visited the liberated areas of Bani Zeid and the Lairamoun Industrial district, both scenes of devastation in the fight against terrorists who were finally defeated.

Following are photos from the two visits.

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18:43

US, Israel, Turkey move to direct war: Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US, Israel, Turkey move to direct war: Syria Syria’s envoy to the UN has blasted deadly airstrikes on an airbase, saying the raids show the US, along with Turkey and Israel, have moved from a proxy war to a “personal” one on the Arab state. Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday, Bashar […]

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Syrian Army and Hezbollah Seizing Areas insdie Aleppo City

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The Syrian army and Hezbollah, supported by Russian warplanes, launched an attack on Jaish al-Fatah militants in the Old Ramouseh Neighborhood of Aleppo city. Following an intense firefight, the pro-government forces took control of the Ramouseh Bakery and a Fertilizer plant north of Sadkop.

If the Old Ramouseh Neighborhood  is secured, the Sheikh Sa’eed Neighborhood will become the next target of the loyalists.

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The  Syrian government forces have re-launched operations inside and outside Aleppo city after the Syrian nationwide ceasefire collapsed on September 19.

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Russia asks for formal UN investigation of convoy attack, Kerry/USA not happy with that Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Russia asks for formal UN investigation of convoy attack ““I am confident that such coincidences require serious analysis and an investigation.” On September 19, a humanitarian convoy consisting of 31 trucks was attacked while heading to Aleppo. According to the Red Cross, 20 civilians and one aid worker died as a result. Initial reports by […]

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Did U.S. Attack Syrian Aid Convoy Just to Blame Putin and Assad? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Did U.S. Attack Syrian Aid Convoy Just to Blame Putin and Assad? By Sott The current situation in Syria may look like a confusing mess, but we think there are enough clues to make some sense of it. It all comes down to a statement UN ambassador Churkin made after his close encounter with Samantha […]

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Aleppo set ablaze in worst attacks in months as world powers squabble Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Heavy bombing and fires leave reported 45 dead, hours after US called for the grounding of Syrian jets

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There can be little doubt that attack on aid convoy was carried out by USA friendly terrorists, only question is “was it pre-approved by the USA? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Syria: Attack on Aid Convoy Kills Twenty, Destroys Aid, And Obliterates US War Crimes in Support of ISIS-Daesh Terror Group?By Felicity Arbuthnot, “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Candidate Barack Obama, December, 2007 […]

17:40

Kerry opposed to UN investigation into who instigated attack on aid convoy. I wonder why? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Kerry: Syria, Russia Must Halt Flights Over Syria Warns Already Collapsed Ceasefire At Stake Speaking today at the UN Security Council, Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Syria and Russia immediately halt all warplane flights in Syria, insisting that there was no other way to avoid the escalation of the civil war, and that […]

17:33

Rasmussen’s statement proves NATO is just an agent for USA world domination Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Former NATO Secretary General Says US Should Become World’s ‘Policeman’ Sputnik – 21.09.2016 The United States should turn into the world’s “policeman” as it alone has the potential to find solutions to the challenges the international community is facing, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an article. “From my former positions as […]

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16:39

Saudi-led raids 'kill 20 civilians' in Yemen rebel port Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Saudi-led aircraft bombed the Yemeni port city of Hudaida as Houthi rebels celebrated their capture of the capital Sanaa two years ago

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لمَ أسقطت أميركا الهدنة ثم تطالب بإحيائها في سورية؟ Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط  في شباط الماضي دخلت أميركا مع روسيا في اتفاق يرسي هدنة في سورية عوّل عليها الكثيرون لتكون بداية الخطوات الأولى لإنتاج البيئة الملائمة للذهاب الجدي الى الحلّ السياسي المتوازن الذي يحفظ وحدة سورية والقرار المستقل لشعبها. وعلى أساس هذه الهدنة تمّ التحضير لمباحثات جنيف على أساس القرار 2254 الذي وضع […]

16:07

WITNESS: Charlotte Riot Police Did Shoot Protester, Deny Involvement Blaming Civilians (UPDATED) PINAC News

UPDATE: A fifth credible account of last night’s shooting has emerged. Notably there has been no announcement of a search for the suspect.

Charlotte riot police shot a man protesting against the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, and was himself severely injured by law enforcement using a firearm or riot weapon in full view of a criminal defense lawyer, a group of clergy and multiple eye-witnesses, but now officers deny involvement blaming civilians for the shots fired.

We interviewed Kahran Meyer, who is a North Carolina criminal defense lawyer, who is a key eye witness to the shooting.

The unnamed protester is on life support.

Initial reports said he died.

North Carolina residents have spent their second consecutive night protesting police brutality after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shot and killed Keith L. Scott who was not armed, and witnesses told a Facebook live audience was only holding a book in his hand.

Another key eye witness report emerged from Charlotte on Twitter, along with a graphic photo of the bloody aftermath and a haunting statement from Todd Zimmer, who claims to have assisted in the emergency response.

“I didn’t want to post about this, but my city is lying about what happened tonight. Let the record show.”

Kahran Meyers is a North Carolina criminal defense lawyer witnessed the shooting first hand at a peaceful protest. The 29-year-old lawyer published this tweet just an hour after witnessing the shots and noticing that the weapons discharge did not sound like a typical firearm:

“I didn’t realize that I was standing next to someone from CNN at the ti...

16:00

Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria Antiwar.com Original

“A photograph, no matter how emotionally wrenching, can only do so much,” wrote Paul Slovic and Nicole Smith Dahmen in QZ.com. The photograph referenced in their comment was that of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body was washed ashore on some Turkish beach in September 2015. It has been over a year since that tragic photograph […]

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Due Process Is Vital to Freedom Antiwar.com Original

"No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…" – Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution The clash in American history between liberty and safety is as old as the republic itself. As far back as 1798, notwithstanding the lofty goals and individualistic values of the Declaration of […]

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16:00

Why President Obama Has Difficulty Garnering Respect Internationally Antiwar.com Original

As President Obama gave his valedictory speech to the United Nations General Assembly and has recently returned from a farewell tour of East Asia, it sure seems like other countries were dissing him. Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines – a small, poor country that has a territorial dispute with China in the South […]

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15:21

Russian Airstrikes Propel the Syrian Army in Old Aleppo

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AlMasdarNews reports: Last night, the Russian Air Force carried out several airstrikes over Aleppo, landing a direct hit on a Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) weapons depot in the Bustan Al-Qasr District.

These Russian airstrikes last night paved the way for the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) new assault inside the Old Aleppo District.

Following the airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the jihadist defenses at the Old Aleppo District, inflicting severe damage to Fatah Halab’s defenses.

Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are attempting to advance in the Old Aleppo District, while their comrades in the south continue their push inside the 1070 Al-Hamdaniyah Housing Project.

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15:14

Syrian Christian leader tells West: ‘Stop arming terror groups who are massacring our people’ Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Pope Francis (R) talks with Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, during a meeting at the Vatican, on June 19, 2015. by Ruth Gledhill The world leader of Syria’s besieged Christians has issued a heartfelt plea to the West to “stop arming and supporting terrorist groups that are destroying our countries and massacring […]

14:35

The Sanders Challenge Dissident Voice

The current point in the US presidential race offers a short-lived window of opportunity for some real positive change that rarely comes around. For it not to be wasted requires direct and forceful action by a majority of stakeholders – specifically, the large swath of American electorate that was moved and inspired by the recent Sanders campaign.

The main premise is simple: just how in china stores “if you break it, you own it”, or if you stir up a hornets’ nest, you are forced to deal with it.  So here sen. Sanders has the supreme moral obligation to steer towards sensible consummation the movement that he headed and personified. And now that there is no campaign as such, the buck stops at the top and at the specific individual.  The second premise is that the presumptive act of such closure – his endorsement of sec. Clinton at the DNC, in exchange for some vague and weak political promises – must be reversed and corrected. While controversial and disappointing to much of his base even at the time, the benefit of the doubt was generally given to his move, mostly in the name of pragmatic politics.

However, subsequent events have completely erased that benefit: the overall tone and coverage of the presidential race has slid to unspeakable levels of base reality shows; other nationally balloted parties continue to be shunted and ignored; and most importantly, the relevant issues, lofty goals and plain-talk discourse – the hallmark and passion behind the Sanders movement of the primaries – are irredeemably lost in the Clinton campaign they were supposedly bequeathed to. Where supporters were once supposed to “feel the Bern”, they are now subjected to endless hackneyed banalities around the “T” word, and, if anything, feel only disappointment and betrayal.

There is only one way to combine these two premises: independent sen. Sanders should publicly revoke his endorsement for sec. Clinton, and openly and fully endorse the only nationally balloted presidential option that is ideologically close to the gospel as he preached it: the Green Party’s Stein-Baraka ticket. Period. And while there is a standard string of skeptical counterarguments expected to such a proposal, in this particular situation, any careful and intellectually honest analysis will render them moot. Simply put: such a move would be a truly “huge” game changer by American political standards, capitalizing on the still extant momentum created by the Sanders campaign and opening room for some real possible progress. Among the rest, it would put serious pressure to open the upcoming presidential debates to the two nationally balloted “third” parties, and help restore public discourse to a level of intelligence and relevance.  But the window of opportunity will close soon, and if it does without the above action, most of the American electorate will perceive they are left with the unpalatable choices of lesser evils or complete withdrawal, hoping at best to collect a few political crumbs from the business-as-usual elite table.

In order for this action to happen, Bernie Sanders must be convinced to make this fateful move. Without speculating how much he may be personally inclined to do so at this point, the fact remains that his movement was a two-way street.  He still has the obligation to listen to the masses whose hearts and minds he has touched, and if these voices are strong and united enough, he can ignore them only at his own peril and risk of self-discrediting. Therefore, making their voices heard – clearly and quickly – is the individual moral obligation of anyone moved by the substance and passion of the Sanders primary campaign. While all such individuals have a right to choose their moves and votes, they also have the obligation, specifically at this point in time, to sincerely try and look outside the two-party strai...

14:26

Yemeni Forces Kills Scores of Saudi Soldiers in Najran Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source September 21, 2016 The rocketry force of the Yemeni army and popular committees launched Zelzal-3 missile onto Rajla military post in Saudi’s Najran, killing or injuring scores of soldiers, well-informed sources reported. The sources added that the rocket caused a huge arson, which pushed the rest of the Saudi soldiers to escape. Yemeni sources […]

14:25

Iran’s Rouhani meets with UN secretary general in New York

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for Iran’s help towards finding a solution to the conflicts in Syria and Yemen. – Ban made the request during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.He also rejected calls made earlier…

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WARNING : Russia Issues New “Rules of Engagement” in Syria: Any Aircraft Threatening the Syrian Army WILL BE SHOT DOWN (US/Turkey/Israel in the cross-hairs!)

After the United States and “Coalition” aircraft attacked Syrian Army positions “by mistake” – which killed 62 and injured over 100 Syrian Soldiers – Russia says the next mistake will be the pilot’s last, as new Rules of Engagement are now in effect. On 17 September, US-led coalition jets bombed Syrian government forces’ positions near the…

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Lavrov Explains Why Syrian Air Forces Could Not Have Attacked UN Aid Convoy Near Aleppo Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Syrian Jets Unable to Fly at Night, Not Behind Attack on Aid Convoy Near Aleppo Source Sergei Lavrov Explains Why Syrian Air Forces Could Not Have Attacked UN Aid Convoy Near Aleppo The Syrian Arab Air Force cannot carry out operations after daylight hours, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday. The Syrian Arab Air […]

13:52

Red-Light Warning on Now, About Hillary Clinton Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

ERIC ZUESSE | 21.09.2016 | WORLD Red-Light Warning on Now, About Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton, on September 19th, was endorsed for President, by the most historically important, intelligent, and dangerous, Republican of modern times. She was endorsed then by the person who in 1990 cunningly engineered the end of the Soviet Union and of its Warsaw […]

13:46

Shirqat Close to Liberated; 60 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

There are reports from Shirqat that it has already been liberated.

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13:44

Poland: Warsaw Anarchist 3 have all been released on bail Insurrection News

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We announce that all three of Warsaw are freed.

After nearly 4 months of absolute isolation we managed to pull them out of jail.
This release proves how weak is the police evidence and how “necessary steps” of the prosecution were just playing time, using detention as form of torture to force confessions.
This also proves that solidarity campaigns make sense – not only in moral dimension, but also practically.

What can one do now?
The solidarity campaign continues – as actual criminal trial is yet to come. Defendants still need our support, mostly in the field of information and finance. The money will be needed for the lawyers and for the return of the deposit. Spreading objective, non-police knowledge of this case and repression also really improves their chances on trial and protects the movement from further repression. Organize collection, meetings, events, circulate posters, leaflets, brochures and this website.

What one shouldn’t do now?
The moment of release of the arrested is a moment of intense police attention – in recent days more and more often undercovers and other cops are seen observing places important for the movement and trying to infiltrate. This is the worst time to gossip, speculate, fabricate facts, assign to yourselves or others fault, merit, knowledge of the case, and for any other actions based on incomplete / false information.

If you would like to contact the defendants, think twice whether you’re someone from their loved ones. If not – let them catch their breath and rest – there will be time for our paths to cross, not once.

Meanwhile – thanks once again to all involved individuals and groups!

Solidarity brings freedom!

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published on 17 september 2016

Together we’ve managed to collect all the bail (60 thousands PLN)  before the deadline! However most of the money is borrowed and we will need to give it back, which means we are still collecting money to return the loans and for the further lawyers’ fees. Big thanks to every person and group that supported the detainees thus making it possible for them to be released. It was once again proved that the amazing power of solidarity can truly improve the situation of the arrested.

Releasing the 3 anarchists shows how important solidarity campaigns are. But even though they’re getting out of prison, it’s not over yet. The criminal investigation against our comrades continues. Until the court case they will be under strict police surveillance. The conditions of the bail release are very rigorous – the accused can’t contact each other nor the witnesses for the case, they have to report to a police station 7 days a week and they cannot change the place they stay or travel abroad.

In this new situation it is extremely important to stick to the rules of safe behavior that we wrote about before. We shouldn’t gossip, speculate or repeat unconfirmed information.

Once again thanks to everyone who supported the solidarity campaign! This mobilization and solidarity deserves great admiration. Every bit of help is invaluable here.

For financial support use the bank account:

Account Holder: VpKK e.V.
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Note \ Tytuł: Donation ABC Warsaw \ ACK Warszawa

IMPORTANT: Do not forget about the note “Donation ABC Warsaw” or “ACK Warszawa”. Without it nobody will know that your donation is specially for three anarchists from Warsaw.

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13:44

The REAL Cost of the War of Terror

We all know by now that the real terrorists (the politicians in the suits and ties and the banksters that pull their strings) are waging their war of terror on multiple fronts for multiple reasons. Domestically, it rallies the population around the flag, keeping the flock in check. At the same time it justifies the build…

13:27

Video Shows American Soldiers Posing As “Rebels,” “Fleeing” Jihadists In Syria

The Syrian crisis is thus now more than a mere proxy war against a sovereign state initiated by the United States and NATO. It is a cauldron of mutual and conflicting interests. At the heart of it, however, it should always be remembered that the initiator of aggression was the West who funded proxy terrorists…

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Video Footage of Syria Aid Convoy Released: Who Was Behind the Attack? Convoy Accompanied by Al Nusra Terrorists’ Off-Road Vehicle

The Russian military unveiled on Tuesday video footage of a UN humanitarian aid convoy that came under attack in Syria, which shows a militants’ pickup vehicle carrying a large-caliber mortar as part of the convoy. The video shows that the UN aid convoy was accompanied by a terrorists’ off-road vehicle with a large-caliber mortar launcher, the Russian Defense…

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Exposed: Over 100 potentially deadly nuclear convoy incidents on mainland UK since 2000 Aletho News

RT | September 21, 2016 Military reports show a list of potentially explosive errors including brake failures, fuel leaks and overheated engines have occurred during operations to move nuclear materials by road through Scotland. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) reports were published by the Ferret investigative journalism team and add a further 43 incidents to […]

11:22

Egyptian Leaders Praise Donald Trump, Blast Hillary Clinton After President El-Sisi Meets with Both Candidates The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by JEN LAWRENCE & DUSTIN STOCKTON, Sept. 21, 2016: NEW YORK CITY, New York — Members of the Egyptian delegation to the United Nations blasted Hillary Clinton just a day after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with both Clinton … Continue reading

11:08

Astonishing as it may seem, chanting ‘Viva Palestina’ could soon be a ‘hate crime’ Aletho News

MEMO | September 21, 2016 “Viva Palestina” is an enduring chant along with “Long Live Palestine” and “Long Live Gaza”, all of which are often used by human rights activists and others who want to show their support and goodwill for the long life and well-being of the state and its people. However, using such […]

11:03

Brotherhood Members Gather in D.C. to Blast Egyptian Government The Counter Jihad Report

by John Rossomando IPT News September 21, 2016 Roughly two dozen Egyptians opposed to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, some with Muslim Brotherhood connections, signed a declaration last week in Washington endorsing a civil constitution that separates mosque and state. Three … Continue reading

10:42

Texas plans to withdraw from US refugee resettlement programme Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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10:23

Third World War Has Never Been So Close, Says Russian Writer Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. note – War and politics go hand in hand, at least where the US is concerned. Russian analyst Alexander Dugin feels there is a heightened chance of war between now and the November election. ] By Alexander Dugin As we have already said many times, the main aspect of this political season is […]

10:07

Dozens Of Israeli Soldiers Invade Bil’in, Storm Homes And Confiscate Laptops Aletho News

IMEMC News | September 21, 2016 Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, approximately at 2:30 after midnight, the village of Bil’in in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, broke into and searched several homes and confiscated hard discs from a number of laptops. Most of the invaded homes belong to nonviolent activists, senior members of […]

09:57

KINDLE: Reflections on The People’s Army, The Constitution, & Grand Strategy – What Nobody – Least of All Clinton or Trump – Wants to Talk About… Public Intelligence Blog

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The People’s Army – the Continental Army rooted in home-spun militias – was formed and fought and won a war before the U.S. Constitution was written and signed in 1787. The Constitution – and the Republic – exist because the People’s Army, the Continental Army led by George Washington – leveraged the twin advantages of a righteous cause and home court to eject what was then the greatest imperial power on the planet. Of the 55 men attending the Constitutional Convention, at least 29 served in the Continental Army, most of them in positions of command. Understanding the relationship between the people from whom the early militias were drawn, the Army, and the Constitution, is essential to evaluating where we fall short today.

The Constitution’s Preamble provides the six purposes for the Constitution and the Republic represented by the Constitution, itself a “mission statement” and an operating manual for the United States of America:

To form a more perfect union;
To establish justice;
To insure domestic tranquility;
To provide for the common defense;
To promote the general welfare; and
To secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

These are not simply purposes of the American people or its government. These were once and should again be integral missions of the United States Army, an Army intended to be Of, By, and For We the People. When this is the case – it is not today – the Army will not go to war without a Constitutional mandate from Congress; foreign countries will not be able to buy US foreign policy; and war will not be a profit center and budget buster.

“National security” has become a cancer, and false patriotism the last refuge of scoundrels whose real purpose is to loot the public treasury. The time has come for the public to demand a baseline review of how the government generally and the Army specifically is trained, equipped, and organized. There are many laws and regulations in place that are questionable if one applies the standard of service to the public interest. Army doctrine and Army practice have tended to be complacent about high crimes and misdemeanors among civilian politicians and their political appointees. One could go so far as to say that the time has come to alter the government – to alter the way the government is financed, the way the government makes decisions, and the way the government does or does not reflect the will and interests of the larger public.

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09:29

This is classic: the latest from Human Rights Watch in the Middle East: it condemns racism--kid you not The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

This is really classic. Deputy director of Human Rights Watch in the Middle East condemned the statement of Lebanese foreign minister, Jubran Basil, in which he called for excluding Syrians and Palestinians from nationality laws.  Now of course, Basil is a repugnant figure whose chances of leadership after the passing of his father-in-law are smaller than my chances of being crowned king of US.  But since when Human Rights Watch care about condemning racist and exclusivist statements by politicians?  Of course, they only did that because Basil happens to be opposed to the March 14 coalition with which Human Rights Watch is attached body-and-soul.  The anti-Shi`ite and anti-Alawite statements by Gulf officials and leaders of the Syrian exile opposition (including statements that called for extermination of Shi`ites) never warranted a word of condemnation from Human Rights Watch.  Amin Gemayel made statements against the Armenians (after he lost his parliamentary election) and accused them of disloyalty to the homeland. That never warranted statements from HRW.  The various anti-Palestinian statements by various right-wing leaders in Lebanon never resulted in condemnation by HRW.  And the anti-Syrian refugee statements by Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs never warranted a condemnation. And the sexist statements by Minister of Interior never warranted a condemnation by HRW. But then again: the the last two are part of the March 14 coalition in Lebanon.  Did I not tell you once I heard that the secretariat of March 14 wanted to invite HRW to join?

09:08

You Can Be Jason Falconer The Counter Jihad Report

You have control over whether you’re trained to protect yourself and those around you. Natonal Review, by David French, Sept. 21, 2016: The silver lining — the only silver lining — of the modern season of jihadist violence is the … Continue reading

09:00

The Aid Convoy Attack [in Aleppo Countryside] Points To Further Escalation the real Syrian Free Press

The UN/SRC convoy came from the government held west-Aleppo. It had reached a Syrian Red Crescent center in Umm al Kubra in the "rebel" held area further west where it started to unload. Something happened and many of the trucks burned or where otherwise damaged. U.S. sponsored "White Helmet" propaganda teams where there when or shortly after the incident happened. Why would the Syrian Air Force attack the Syrian Red Crescent with which it has good relations and which also works in all government held areas? Why would the Syrian or Russian forces attack a convoy which earlier had passed through government held areas and checkpoints and was thereby not carrying contraband?. A few days ago the "rebels" had accused the UN of partisanship and said they would boycott it. "Rebels" in east Aleppo said they would reject it. Al-Qaeda in Syria even made a video against the ceasefire. The attack on the aid convoy seems to help their case. Kerry then demanded a no fly zone over north-west Syria to prevent attacks on aid convoys. The whole UN erupted in laughter (silently). Surely he would love that. His "rebels" could then rearm, regroup and openly prepare for new attacks as they did under the first ceasefire in February. No, Russia and Syria will not again agree to that, nor will the UN Security Council. The demand was a lame joke.

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08:57

Southern District of New York (SDNY) Wiretap Orders January 25 2010 to August 8 2014 Alexa OBrien

Below is a list of wiretap orders from January 25, 2010 to August 8, 2014 for the Southern District of New York. I have been collecting and analyzing (and publishing) these dockets for several years. They have enabled me to track search warrants and electronic communications orders (etc.) from the WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, and Jeremy Hammond investigation(s). I am aware of (both publicly known, and yet unknown) search warrants and electronic communication orders (that I forensically found and reconstructed from Manning trial record).

I published about correspondence by military prosecutors detail how the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York were also involved in the criminal investigation of Wikileaks, along with the Eastern District of Virginia and the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. The August 2011, document coincides with the FBI investigation in the Southern District of New York of members of AntiSec, and the subsequent indictment and conviction of Jeremy Hammond for hacking various websites in the summer of 2011 and the website of Strategic Forecasting, a private security firm located in Austin Texas, in December 2011. WikiLeaks later published the Stratfor emails, which detailed how the private security firm surveilled Bhopal activist in India for Dow Chemical Co.

So I collect SDNY and EDVA.

There are other connections between SDNY and WikiLeaks/Manning investigation; but I should probably just post the search warrants and electronic communications orders that I have been tracking; and not be such a coy hoarder.

I also published that docketing and confirmations to the clerks in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia by the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, who was responsible for filing all three search warrants for WikiLeaks staffer's email content in March 2012, reveal that Google waited six months to disclose the existence of the search warrants by the U.S. Department of Justice, despite a May 15, 2014 ruling by Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson to unseal the search warrants for the limited purpose of informing the three WikiLeaks staffers.

There's more; but anyway, enjoy!

08:40

DEADLIEST LIE: Without ‘Lone Wolf’ Lie, U.S. Could Have Stopped Nearly EVERY ATTACK The Counter Jihad Report

PJ Media, by Andrew C. McCarthy, Sept. 21, 2016: Some time ago, the invaluable Patrick Poole coined the term “known wolf,” sharply shredding the conventional Washington wisdom that “lone wolf” terrorism is a major domestic threat. Pat has tracked the … Continue reading

08:37

Syrian Army Starts Massive Operations to Clean Maardas from Terrorists

The Syrian Armed Forces have started large-scale operations in the northern parts of Hama in order to drive out terrorists from Maardas town.

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Large-scale operations were started by the Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) in the northern parts of Hama in order to drive out terrorists from Maardas town, located near the important fortified village of Maan.

According to military sources, terrorists’ positions inside the town of Maardas were targeted and hit by missile and artillery units of the Syrian Army. He also added that the Army is currently advancing towards the town.

Meanwhile, terrorists in the southern parts of Maardas were driven back by Syrian troops, while fierce clashes still continue in the region. Moving towards Maardas, the Syrian Army also cleared the farms of al-Ebada, Jabal al-Akrad and al-Khazan from terrorists.

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On Tuesday, after the termination of the truce period in the country, more than 25 terrorists of the Jaish al-Fateh group were killed by Syrian army units in the northern parts of Hama province.

A terrorists’ attack on military posts of the Syrian Army in the village of al-Kabbaria, north of Maan, was repelled by the government forces. As result, more than 25 terrorists were killed and three their vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns, as well as a bulldozer were destroyed.

The end of the ceasefire was declared by the Syrian Army on Monday due to the fact that terrorists did not adhere to any of provisions, stated in the truce agreement. The Syrian Armed Forces have once again confirmed its commitment to combating terrorism after the end of the truce.

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[VIDEO] U.N. Security Council on Syria: speeches by Sergey Lavrov, John Kerry, Bashar al-Jaafari the real Syrian Free Press

The United Nations Security Council hold a high-level meeting on Syria in New York on Wednesday, September 21, on the …

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08:25

Washington’s Hawks Push New Cold War Aletho News

By Alastair Crooke | Consortium News | September 20, 2016 Does the failure of the U.S.-backed, major insurgent August “push” on Aleppo – and the terms of the consequent ceasefire, to which some in the U.S. only irascibly agreed – constitute a political defeat for the U.S. and a “win” for Russia? Yes, in one […]

08:16

Justice For Chelsea Manning And Edward Snowden PopularResistance.Org

By Scott Tucker for Popular Resistance.org. Manning’s situation in prison is indeed urgent, we can expect the corporate state and career politicians to respond to such cases with miserly pardons and small portions of charity. In the last days of his presidency, Obama has been pardoning some deserving people, and he could easily include both Manning and Snowden (among other honorable whistleblowers like John Kiriakou) with the stroke of a pen. But this president only finds his “courage” on a dwindling timeline, and is stingy as a banker in spending political capital. Why would this Nobel Peace Prize winner pardon citizens who have already paid a heavy price in exile and prison for their own sacrifices on behalf of peace and democracy? To ask the question is to answer it. Under Obama’s “progressive” administration, we have witnessed a vast expansion of state surveillance and of bombing by drones. Of course, we should still support any public campaign urging holders of high offices to show more courage. But let’s also be honest. We are talking about the kind of courage that could end careers in the capitalist parties. A fraction of the ruling class does become class conscious, and sometimes will take just such risks. The exceptions prove the rule. The drive toward war and empire is bipartisan and corporate.

08:09

Netanyahu and Obama exchange warm words in final state meeting Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Netanyahu and Obama's relationship has been frosty for much of their time in office

07:56

EXCLUSIVE: Federal complaint against bombing suspect omits journal’s ISIS references The Counter Jihad Report

Fox News, by Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne, September 21, 2016 Pages from the bloody journal of the New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami show he was a follower of Al Qaeda as well as the Islamic … Continue reading

07:22

Digitally unwrapped scroll reveals earliest Old Testament scripture Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Fragile, ancient Old Testament scroll has been digitally unwrapped for first time, revealing earliest copy ever found

06:40

Syrian War Report – September 21, 2016: Government Forces Advancing outside Aleppo The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-september-21-2016-government-forces-advancing-outside-aleppo/

06:28

Video: The Third World War Has Never Been So Close… “US Preparing to Wage War on Russia. How will Russia Respond?” Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Alexander Dugin Global Research, September 21, 2016 Katehon A Russian Viewpoint As we have already said many times, the main aspect of this political season is not elections, but war. But if elections do have importance somewhere, then this is in the US where, once again, they are closely connected to war. Two days […]

06:24

Iraqi Forces Liberate Strategic District in Anbar

The Iraqi Army and pro-government tribal units have liberated a strategic district in the western province of Anbar from Islamic State (IS) terrorists.

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A strategic district in the western province of Anbar has been fully liberated from Islamic State (IS) terrorists by Iraqi soldiers, backed up by fighters from pro-government tribal units.

As the al-Sumaria TV-channel reported, citing a high-ranking military source, control over Jazira al-Hadithah region, which lies east of Hadithah city and about 240 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, the country’s capital, was taken by the government forces and its allies.

Reportedly, the Iraqi Forces continue to advance towards the area of Jazirah al-Baghdadi in order to drive out IS terrorists from the region.

In addition, 15 IS terrorists were killed in al-Kasiriyat, as 11 IS rocket launching pads were struck in the village. This occurred a day after the villages of Jmesah, Eitha, Khanouga, Baajah, and Jirnaf on the outskirts of the northern town of Shirqat were liberated by Iraqi soldiers and allied paramilitary tribal fighters.

Later, they entered Houriyah village on the northern edge of Shirqat and liberated Jumaila village on the western flank of Shirqat.

Late on Tuesday, IS convoy of nine vehicles, moving along a road in the district of al-Rashad, located 55 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk, was hit by the Iraqi Air Force. As result, at least 10 terrorists were killed.

At the same time, there are reports that IS ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in the western al-Risalah neighborhood of the terrorist-held city of Mosul. According to unnamed source in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, al-Baghdadi emerged in the area, driving a white sport utility vehicle. His convoy of four vehicles was guarded by masked and heavily-armed men, dressed in black clothes.

The source of al-Sumaria also noted that a curfew was imposed in the most part of neighborhoods of the city of Mosul by the IS, as well as presence of gunmen was beefed up near state organizations and offices.

Mosul, which is the second largest city in Iraq, has been being under control of the IS for more than two years and is considered an Iraqi capital of the Islamic State.

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06:19

Watch: North Carolina Cop Assaults PINAC Reporter After Threatening to Arrest him for Trying to Access his Car on Public Property PINAC News

Joe Biden came to town and the Constitution ended when a North Carolina cop told a PINAC reporter he was not allowed to access his car, which was parked in a public garage, even though the cop claimed it was “private.”

“If you do not leave, you will go to jail,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Andrew Isaacs told PINAC reporter Joshua Brown last week as he was on assignment covering a Joe Biden speech at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.

Not only did Isaacs tell Brown the public area was “private property,” he threatened to charge him with trespassing if he didn’t leave.

Isaacs then charged towards him, gesturing with his handcuffs, grabbing Brown’s wrist and squeezing it tightly after he complied with the cop’s order to leave the property.

Brown later confirmed the area was open to the public during a subsequent recorded telephone conversation with Jeff Lowrance, the college’s public information officer.

“We’re a public institution. But there are certain restrictions on certain activities,” Lowrance said in a telephone conversation that can be heard here. 

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PINAC reporter Joshua Brown

“If media was invited to that event. If you had your credentials, you had every right to be there.”

The video of the incident, posted below, shows Isaacs ordering another reporter away from the area, who was also trying to access his car.

That reporter left, but after the cop grabbed Brown’s wrist, another reporter walked up to interview him.

“First he told me to leave the immediate area where the parking deck was,” Brown told her.

“So I leave the area and film on the sidewalk. He comes up to me and says ‘do you want to go to jail?

“I was like you told me to leave the area and I did. He said ‘now I want you to leave the property.’ So then he demands my ID because he suspects I’m committing a trespassing crime.  So I show him my ID. He tells me to leave the property; I’m leaving the property; I’m walking backwards filming him.”

Brown pointed out that officer Isaac charged towards him, gesturing with his handcuffs, after he complied with his order, which was unlawful anyway since he was clearly on public property.

“He didn’t like that I was filming him. So he pulls out his handcuffs. Comes up to me. And grabs me.”

“And I scream,...

06:16

US government approves passenger jet sales to Iran Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Airbus and Boeing say they have received US government approval to sell passenger jets to Iran

06:10

Saudi Official Finally Admits Saudi Arabia Supports Terrorism The Anti-Media

saudi-terrorismSaudi support for Islamic extremism started in the early 1960s.

05:49

Keith Lamont Scott: Protests Erupt Over Police Killing PopularResistance.Org

By Staff of Aljazeera - A US police officer has shot a black man at a housing complex in Charlotte, authorities in North Carolina say, prompting street protests late into the night. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) said on Twitter on Tuesday that demonstrators were destroying marked police vehicles and that approximately 12 officers had been injured. Witnesses contradicted police reports that the man killed was armed, saying that he was unarmed and disabled, according to reports.

05:40

Nationwide Prison Strike Draws Attention To Unpaid Labor PopularResistance.Org

By Rebekah Barber for Facing South - On Sept. 9, exactly 45 years to the day after the uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York, prisoners across the United States went on strike. The full scope of the protests is unclear, in part because of the lack of media coverage. But what is evident is that prisoners in as many as 24 states including Alabama, South Carolina and Texas took part in simultaneous nonviolent protests to demand basic human rights.

05:29

The African American History Missing From The Smithsonian PopularResistance.Org

By David Swanson for Let's Try Democracy - The new corporate-funded African-American History museum in Washington, D.C., built on the former site of Camp Democracy and all sorts of protests and festivals, is getting a great deal of purely positive press before its doors have opened. This press and the museum's own website suggest that the museum covers slavery, Jim Crow, racism, sports, and entertainment, but doesn't step out of the mold set by the Smithsonian when it celebrated the Enola Gay or began letting war profiteers fund and shape the exhibits in the Air and Space Museum or in the American History Museum, which has gone out of its way to glorify war.

05:29

Turkey takes ‘risky’ steps to keep economy on track Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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05:19

Statement in Support of Anti-War Demonstration in Berlin on October 8, 2016 World Beyond War . . .

From David Swanson, director of World Beyond War

We congratulate German World Beyond War activists and all of your allies and other peace leaders for demonstrating your commitment to opposing and ending the institution of war. You are far from alone. There are big antiwar events today, October 8th, in London, England, and at Shannon Airport in Ireland, as well as in Berlin. This week has witnessed events all over the world as part of the Keep Space for Peace Week.

Space is where the satelites float around transfering signals from Ramstein Air Base to drone missile murderers sitting in front of screens in boxes on military bases in the United States. The obstacle to a treaty against the weaponization of space is the United States government.

We in the United States need help from others around the world. Britain has a leader in Jeremy Corbyn who will advance disarmament and diplomacy. Germany’s leaders are you. I hope the recent World Beyond War and International Peace Bureau events have helped you to inspire and organize in large numbers.

We’ve posted the call for the demonstration today in Berlin on the World Beyond War website and sent it to everyone on our list in Germany as well as spreading the word in person in Berlin.

U.S. bases violate the German Constitution by waging war from German soil, and by controlling U.S. drone murders around the globe from Ramstein Air Base. We need your help in ending this practice. We’ve recently delivered to the U.S. and German governments a petition with nearly 25,000 signatures asking for Ramstein to be closed. Most of the people who signed the petition and added a comment added basically this comment: Close all the bases. We agree. Let’s shut them all down.

There are still 100,000 U.S. and UK bombs in the ground in Germany, still killing. The U.S. military has never shut down since World War II. It’s time to finally end that war.

As you know, the line of hostile division has been pushed east from the Berlin Wall to the border of Russia. No longer is it the NATO vs. Warsaw Pact division of old. Now it is the NATO vs. Russia division that divides people in Ukraine and other border states and threatens to bring down the world in a nuclear catastrophe.

The United States promised Russia when your two Germanies reunited that NATO would not move an inch eastward. It has now moved relentlessly to the border of Russia, including by pushing for a relationship with Ukraine after the U.S. helped facilitate a violent coup in that country.

At World Beyond War we are working to increase understanding of the desirability and feasibility of phasing out and replacing the entire institution of war preparations. Those of us in the United States look to those of you in Germany for leadership, support, and solidarity. We need you to take Germany out of NATO and kick the U.S. military out of Germany.

That’s a pro-U.S. request, in so far as the people of the United States will be better off not paying, financially and morally, and in terms of hostile blowback, for the pieces of the U.S. war machine that are based on Germ...

05:10

Russia to Test Newest Missiles on Syrian Terrorists

The Russian Defense Ministry is going to test the Kh-38 missiles and a new guidance system, SVP-24, for unguided bombs in combat conditions.

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The Russian Defense Ministry plans to test new weapons in Syria. In particular, the Russian Aerospace Forces are going to use the Kh-38 missiles and a new guidance system, SVP-24, for unguided bombs in a combat situation.

As it is expected, the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft cruiser with the Su-33 and the MiG-29K/KUB fighter jets, as well as with the Ka-52K Katran helicopters on its board, will head to the shores of Syria in October.

According to a source in the Russian military-industrial complex, an air group of the aircraft carrier is going to test the new Kh-38 missiles in combat conditions.

“We strengthen our air group and equip it with the most powerful weapons in the region.” a representative of the Navy Department said. “The MiG-29K will use a completely new type of the Kh-38 missiles to eliminate terrorists.”

In its turn, the Su-33 fighter jets will get a modern precision guidance system, SVP-24, for unguided bombs. It will improve the accuracy of air strikes and allow to avoid possible civilian casualties. The system adjusts a flight path, depending on a position and motion parameters of a fighter. As result, deviation from a target is not more than a couple of meters.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry handed over the Syrian army an advanced model of the Aistenok mobile radar system.

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04:50

Boston Police Commissioner Says Only “Minor Issues” With Off-Duty Officer’s Road Rage Attack PINAC News

“There’s no victim here,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said at a press conference Tuesday.

That conclusion might come as a surprise to the countless people who watched a bystander video of off-duty Boston police officer Edward Barrett’s brazen road rage attack on a pedestrian in May.

In the video, Barrett is seen using his knee to pin Milton Gurin, then 64, to the ground. Gurin said that Barrett nearly struck him with a vehicle while he was trying to cross the street, so he tapped on the officer’s window with his umbrella, which prompted the attack.

Barrett falsely claimed that Gurin broke his window, told him he was under arrest, and called for backup. Responding officers determined there was nothing but a smudge on Barrett’s window and released Gurin with no charges.

But Evans said there were only “minor issues” with Barrett’s actions. Evans defended Barrett, saying that Gurin crossed the street against the light and that the officer “believed” Gurin broke his window, which would have been felony had it happened outside of the officer’s imagination.

Evans said that after speaking with a number of witnesses, including Gurin himself, and watching more video of the incident, the department refuted excessive force allegations made by Stephen Harlowe, the man who shot the viral video that brought the incident to the public’s attention.

According to Evans, Gurin “wasn’t violently tackled, his head wasn’t slammed to the ground, and his hair wasn’t pulled”—he just tripped after Barrett chased him.

“All I see here is an officer having his knee in someone’s back,” Evans said dismissively.

But Carl Williams, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts lawyer who is representing Gurin, said the force was still unjustified because his client didn’t commit a crime.

According to Williams: “You have an officer up there saying, ‘This is what we’re trained to do.’ Well, then that’s terrifying. If you’re training your police officers to jump on people who are of the age Mr. Gurin is, and to put their knee in their back and put all their weight on them, that’s worrisome—because no crime was committed.”

Williams pointed out that Barrett could have simply looked at the window to check for damage before deciding to chase Gurin.

Williams said Gurin tapped Barrett’s window with a “very small, plastic umbrella” and started running “because someone was yelling at him.”

“[Gurin] was in fear,” Williams said. “[He] started to get chased down the street, and was running because a person was chasing him, and fell because a person was chasing...

04:42

Gaddafi’s 2011 Prophecy: Europe Will Be Overrun with Refugees (Must see!) Fig Trees and Vineyards

In Sweden a government-backed charity recently produced a TV commercial informing the public that “Sweden will never be what it once was,” and encouraging them basically to accept floods of refugees pouring into the country as a new fact of life. The odd thing is, all this was predicted, or prophesied, if you will, by […]

04:39

Government Delays Pipeline Settlement Following Tribe Complaint PopularResistance.Org

By David Hasemyer for Inside Climate News - The federal government has agreed to postpone final approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement with Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., a move that will allow time for a Native American tribe from the northeast shore of Lake Michigan to protest terms of the agreement. In the wake of objections to the settlement by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, and a pledge by the Obama administration to be more sensitive to Native American concerns

04:34

Moose Cree First Nation Seeks To Revitalize Its Language PopularResistance.Org

By Lauren Wildgoose for IC Magazine - The Moose Cree First Nation, located on Moose Factory Island at the southern end of James Bay, is engaged in a series of community-based language preservation initiatives in support of its unique dialect of Cree. The First Nation’s Language and Culture department published the first Moose Cree dictionary in 2014 and a second edition in 2015, which will be followed by third, English-to-Cree edition next year. Geraldine Govender, Director of Language and Cultural Programs for the First Nation, coordinated the dictionary with Cree linguist Kevin Brousseau

04:30

Russia to Send Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier to Syrian Shores Next Month

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier would enter a military service in the composition of a group of Russian ships in the eastern Mediterranean next month.

Photo: Russian Defense Ministry / I. Rudenko

The Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier would enter a military service in the composition of a group of Russian ships in the eastern Mediterranean, Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the military department on Wednesday.

“Currently, the Russian naval group in the eastern Mediterranean includes not less than six warships and three or four support vessels,” the TASS news agency quoted his words. “We plan to incorporate into its composition a naval aircraft carrier group with the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft cruiser in order to increase combat capabilities of the grouping.”

At the moment, the aircraft carrier is being repaired. According to plans, it will be ready by October 2016. In August, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex noted that a crew of the vessel has already begun to prepare for shipment to the Mediterranean. In May, it was reported that after returning from the campaign in 2017, the carrier will be sent back for repairs – larger volume and complexity that should enable the cruiser to extend its life and adapt it for use of new and promising aircraft.

The Admiral Kuznetsov was constructed at the Mykolaiv South Shipyard, the sole manufacturer of Soviet aircraft carriers, and launched in 1985. It became fully operational in 1995. The aircraft carrier, which is the largest one in Russia and Eurasia, is able to carry up to 50 aircraft and helicopters. The Admiral Kuznetsov has a displacement of 61,390 tons, the flight deck of 306 meters long, and it is able to develop a maximum speed of 29 knots. The crew of the aircraft carrier is 1,980 people.

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04:28

Yes, I’ll Get Gender Surgery. But May Still Be Punished For Suicide Attempt PopularResistance.Org

By Chelsea E Manning for The Guardian - Last week I was given the “good news” that the Department of Defense will grant my request to see a surgeon for treatment related to my gender dysphoria. Although I don’t have anything in writing, I was shown a memorandum with my name on it that confirmed the military is moving forward with my request. Everything that they have presented to me leads me to believe that they are going to provide the care that has been recommended by my doctor. I have requested this for nearly a year. That same week, I was also given “bad news”: I may be punished for a suicide attempt in July.

04:28

The US Government Just Ran Out Of Plans In The Middle East, War Is Inevitable

It turns out that Rhamai was in contact with the FBI. Authorities in NY were on high alert because of the UN meeting. US is sending B52 bombers to South Korea. Iraqi army begins a major offensive.US blames Russia and Syria for bombing a UN humanitarian aid truck. Russia and Syria it wasn’t them because…

04:26

Bombs for brides: Islamic State dowries revealed in Libya Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Strange marriage practices revealed in documents recovered by Libyan forces fighting IS in Sirte

04:23

Taliban Activist Who Met With Clinton in Pakistan Promotes Hatred of Jews The Counter Jihad Report

Sometimes hatred looks a lot like envy. CounterJihad, by Shireen Qudosi, Sept. 20, 2016: In a little-known diplomatic mission to Pakistan, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with a vocal Taliban supporter Orya Maqbool Jan, who has been caught … Continue reading

04:21

Prison Revolutionaries Of ’60s Generation: Role Models For Contemporary Strikers PopularResistance.Org

By James Kilgore for Truthout - In the run-up to the national prison labor strike on September 9, revolutionaries of decades past cast their imposing shadows over a new generation of activists, especially those in organizations like the Free Alabama Movement. At a gathering of the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People & Families Movement (FICPFM) held in Oakland to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Attica rebellion, Truthout had the opportunity to speak with three of the most important historic figures of prison struggles past

04:19

Russia Views Hillary Clinton as An “Existential Threat” to Peace The Anti-Media

fbi conspiracyDoes a Clinton presidency mean a war with Russia? They seem to think so.

04:18

America’s ‘Big Lie’ in Syria – By Joe Quinn winstonclose

In his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler wrote that the best way to manipulate public opinion en masse was to use the ‘big lie’ – a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

According to Hitler, an example of the ‘big lie’ was seen in the way in which the Jews blamed Germany’s defeat in WWI on German General Eric Ludendorff. After WWI, Ludendorff had popularized the idea that Germany had lost the war because they were ‘stabbed in the back‘ by Marxists and Bolsheviks – many of whom were Jews – who led the 1918-1919 German revolution that is credited with helping to bring an end to German involvement in the war. So the allegations against Ludendorff were a response to his allegations against the Jews.

“The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”

While neither Hitler nor Goebbels provided hard evidence to support their claim of a conscious use of the ‘big lie’ by their enemies, the concept has endured because it reflects so well what the average human being generally and intuitively understands about the psychological make-up of other humans: that most people tell the truth, more or less, and when they lie, they do so largely by omission to excuse or protect themselves in scenarios that are understandable (if not defensible). Few people would ever expect a person to lie for no good reason or to lie so ‘big’ (in particular on a moral issue) that they completely invert the truth. Further compounding the issue is the fact that the average person assumes that people in authority are naturally more honest and principled than they are, making official ‘big lies’ even less plausible.

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04:16

BLOCK EFFING BUSTER: RUSSIA KILLED 30 TOP LEVEL AMERICAN, ISRAELI, AND OTHER AGENTS IN A MISSILE STRIKE–Jim Stone

CONFIRMED: Russia conducted a cruise missile attack on American, Israeli, and British agents who were holed up in caves in the Syrian mountains, from which they were directing ALL of ISIS efforts. This is not a hoax story, this is 100 percent CONFIRMED. TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian warships stationed in Syria’s coastal waters targeted and…

04:15

In a world of conflict, peace is celebrated only one day out of the year Mondoweiss

Today, September 21st, is International Day of Peace. A United Nations Resolution instituted the commemoration in 1981 and the UN proclaimed theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Developmental Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” It is easy enough to agree with this statement, but how easy is it to act upon?

Earlier this year, French President François Hollande attempted to initiate peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli parties, hoping to revive the spirit of the Camp David talks of the 1990s. Facilitated by President Clinton, the Camp David talks brought Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel, together for talks on settling the ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’. The talks deteriorated with no tangible outcomes, each side blaming the other, and foreshadowed a legacy of perpetual peace talks continuing to the present. While the actual timeline of the Hollande-sponsored talks indicates they are scheduled at the end of 2016, a year when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has advocated to deport the families of Palestinian attackers from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, expectations for these high-level negotiations are understandably low.

It is the idea of the table, a supposedly equal playing field, that is the problem, and not that ‘there is no partner for peace’. Israel maintains a highly developed economy, military and infrastructure and uses this American-subsidized position as a form of control over Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In this context, the idea that the Palestine Liberation Organization or any organization of Palestinians could meet Israel as an equal partner to discuss possible negotiations lies outside of reality. In a catch-22 the Palestinians are expected to act as a State in order to negotiate the possibility of a Palestinian State, which they are denied at every turn. The narrative of a ‘negotiation to end the conflict’ is a fiction we tell ourselves in America, the number one financial supporter of Israel, to help us sleep well at night. Last week, the Obama administration approved a 10-year deal with Israel that will increase its military aid to $38 billion.

Through this lens of peace talks, regardless of whom they are initiated by, be it Secretary of Defense John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas in 2014 or Hollande and Abbas in 2016, we Americans can feel good knowing we always held the intention for peace. As the tried and tested narrative proceeds, it is the Palestinians who have refused to negotiate, characterized by their refusal to accept a “generous offer,” an offer that consisted of semi-control over 16% of historic Palestine. Our intentions are not good enough. This time around we cannot point fingers at the Palestinians. It is Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, who...

04:12

Dakota Access Foes Call On AFL-CIO To Retract Support Of Pipeline PopularResistance.Org

By Mark Hand for DC Media Group - The AFL-CIO is coming under attack from labor groups and their supporters angry about the organization’s support of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through Native American land in North Dakota. Demonstrators stood outside the AFL-CIO’s headquarters in Washington, DC, on Sept. 19 calling on the union federation to renounce its support for the oil pipeline project.

04:02

ACLU Of Oklahoma Calls For Criminal Charges Against TPD Officers PopularResistance.Org

By Bryan Newell for ACLU - We call today on law enforcement officers and law enforcement agencies around the state and around the nation to condemn the murderous actions of the Tulsa Police Department. In a world where our government continues to prove how little regard it has for the lives and the dignity of black Americans, to remain silent is to be complicit. It is well past time for the good men and women who serve their communities faithfully to speak out, and condemn this murder of a defenseless black man.”

04:00

Syria fights NATO colonialism: Australia, UK, Denmark confirm roles in brutal Deir Ezzor massacre the real Syrian Free Press

Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics. The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance?

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03:55

How Rep. Louie Gohmert exposed House leadership’s ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ bill on the House floor The Counter Jihad Report

Conservative Review, by Daniel Horowitz, Sept. 21, 2016: It’s a sad day when conservatives have to expend all of their political capital preventing Republicans from making the Islamic terror problem worse rather than uniting to fight the willful blindness of … Continue reading

03:50

Demanding Just Hours For Workers PopularResistance.Org

By Staff of Jobs With Justice - Kimberly Mitchell is a single mother who works as a senior make-up artist at Macy’s in Washington, D.C. For years, she and her colleagues worked with a human resources manager to set regular and reliable schedules, which meant Kimberly could effectively make ends meet and be counted on to drop off and pick up her daughter from school and activities.

03:49

Syria Updates 21st September

Press TV: Interview with Gordon Duff   /Collapse of Syrian Truce: US Air Strikes in Support of the Islamic State (ISIS-ISIL-Daesh) Terror Group  / Syrian War Report – September 21, 2016: Government Forces Advancing outside Aleppo   / Syria: Attack on Aid Convoy Kills Twenty, Destroys Aid, And Obliterates US War Crimes in Support of ISIS-Daesh Terror Group? / SYRIA: Negotiations…

03:41

Trump praises Israeli policy of ethnic profiling following bombing in Manhattan Mondoweiss

On Monday, Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed counter-terrorism tactics that civil rights advocates found alarming, especially as Islamophobic attacks are on the rise amid rancorous campaign rhetoric. 

Their comments come after a Saturday night bombing in Manhattan injured 29 people. An Afghan-born suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is in police custody, charged with federal and state crimes for his alleged role in the Saturday night bombing that only caused minor injuries. The explosive devices could have caused severe injuries or death, authorities said.

Trump praised Israel’s ethnic profiling policies, and De Blasio said that an emergency alert with a terror suspect’s name would be useful in a manhunt.  In a bizarre morning, a Democrat and a Republican both endorsed different forms of racial or ethnic profiling, with the Republican presidential candidate recommending it as a practice for law enforcement and de Blasio, while not mentioning profiling itself, said the public and their smartphones would be tools for law enforcement in tracking down fugitives. 

The alert sent out to mobile phones by the NYPD. (Photo via ooyuz.com)

The alert sent out to mobile phones by the NYPD. (Photo via ooyuz.com)

The message sent via the city’s Office of Emergency Management read “WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old-male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen.” Such advisories have so far been reserved for weather emergencies or abducted children.

It’s not the first time Trump has hailed Israel’s security policies as a model for the United States. The Republican presidential candidate has called for other collective punishment of Muslims, including a “temporary” ban on Muslim immigration, as a way to stop attacks before they happen.

“You know in Israel, they profile,” Trump told Fox and Friends’ just hours before Rahami’s arrest Monday in Linden, New Jersey following a shootout.

“They’ve done an unbelievable job — as good as you can do. But Israel has done an unbelievable job. And they’ll profile. They profile. They see somebody that’s suspicious. They will profile. They will take that person in. They will check out.”

So far, ethnic profiling did not play a role in Rahami’s capture. But the emergency alert might have, according to de Blasio, who hailed it as “the future” of getting the public to assist law enforcement.

“We think it’s a very valuable tool. From what we know right now, it definitely contributed to the successful apprehension of the suspect,” de Blasio told reporters Monday. Ramahi was found by a barkeep, passed out in the vestibule of a bar, but other evidence, including a cell phone rigged to an unexploded device and surveillance video, also helped identify him. 

Lamis Deek, a civil rights attorney, said that the policy puts the public at risk, because the public’s zeal to catch the bomber could lead some to take profiling into their own hands. More than that they might not know how to approach an individual who is armed and willing to die, as investigators s...

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Nationwide Demonstration in Berlin / October 8th, 2016 World Beyond War . . .

Press release by German anti-war organisations.

Down With Weapons!!! Cooperation Instead of NATO Confrontation, Disarmament Instead of Welfare Cuts –

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The current wars and military standoff against Russia propel us into the streets.

Almost anywhere in the world, one can find Germany at war. Moreover, the federal government has a policy to drastically increase military spending. German companies export weapons all over the world. The business of death is booming.

We resist this policy. The people in our country do not want war and armaments – they want peace.

Politicians must take this into account. We do not accept that war is becoming increasingly common, and that Germany is contributing to this: in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Mali. The war in Ukraine has not stopped. It always comes down to power, markets and raw materials, and the US, NATO member states and their allies are always involved, with the Federal Republic usually not too far behind.

War is Terror. It causes millions of deaths, mass destruction and chaos. Millions more have to flee. The fleeing survivors need our support and protection against racist and nationalist assaults. We defend the human right of asylum. So that people do not have to flee, we call on the federal government to cease all military interventions in crisis areas.

The federal government must contribute to political solutions, promote civil conflict resolution, and provide economic aid to rebuild these devastated countries.

People need justice worldwide. We therefore reject neoliberal FTAs such as TTIP, CETA, ecological exploitation, and the destruction of peoples‘ livelihoods.

German arms only make conflict zones hotter. $ 4.66 billion are squandered daily for the arms trade worldwide. The federal government is planning to increase its annual military spending by 35 to 60 billion euros in the next eight years. Instead of upgrading the Bundeswehr for worldwide operations, we demand our tax dollars be used for social functions.

Since 1990, relations between Germany and Russia has never been so bad as today. NATO has revived her old enemy, and now it expands its political influence and its military apparatus by stationing fast response forces, military exercises, and the so-called missile defense shield – accompanied by verbal threats and provocations – directly up to the borders of Russia. These actions illustrate the overt shattering of agreed-upon pledges concerning German unification, as Russia naturally responds with political and military countermeasures. This vicious circle must be broken. Finally, the modernization program to upgrade US nuclear weapons exponentially increases the danger of sparking a military confrontation, and even a nuclear war.

Security in Europe can only be achieved WITH, not AGAINST Russia.

We demand that the federal government initiates:

– the withdrawal of the Bundeswehr from all foreign missions,
– the drastic reduction of defense budgets,
– the ending of arms exports,
– the outlawing of drone operations,
– the withdrawal of its participation in NATO maneuvers and troop deployments along the western border of Russia.

We say no to nuclear weapons, war and military intervention.We dem...

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Ghana’s president calls for fair trade for Africa not aid Africa – News and Analysis

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President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Spotlighting the importance his country places on gender equality, the President of Ghana told the United Nations General Assembly today that a major priority will closing the “vast” gaps between men and women through, among other efforts, providing decent education for girls and working to end child marriage.

“Most of the world’s poorest people are women,” John Dramani Mahama said. “Currently we create programs and policies to address this imbalance, yet regardless of how successful they may be, they are not permanent solutions. They do not solve the ultimate problem, which is the vast inequality between men and women that so many traditions have inculcated.”

He also addressed the plight of children and the work his country is doing to address their needs.

“In order to address the issue of child mortality and malnutrition, preparatory work is underway to earmark disbursements for pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of one,” he said.

He noted the central role of education in achieving gender parity, emphasizing that it was “the key to change.”

“In Ghana, we have made tremendous progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal target on universal basic education. We instituted the ‘Girl Child Program,’ which encourages parents to send girls to school, and at the primary level we have achieved gender parity between boys and girls,” he said.

Turning to the practice of child marriage on the continent, Mr. Mahama highlighted that, in West Africa, two out of five girls are married before they turn 18, face increased maternal mortality rates and “are subject to the sort of poverty that is nearly insurmountable.”

“Ghana has launched a campaign, under the auspices of [the UN Children’s Fund] to end child marriage in our nation by focusing not only on getting young girls in school but also on keeping them there their education is complete,” he continued. “This is being achieved through enhanced access to secondary education and beyond without compromising quality.”

On UN reform, he emphasized that it was time “for greater inclusivity in the United Nations.”

“The world that was in 1945 does not exist now in 2015,” he continued, “so the visionary Organization that was formed to meet the needs of that world must now be reformed to meet the needs of this one.”

He also delineated those needs, among them the issues caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Boko Haram and Al-Qaida, as well to address the situatio of those killed in the South Sudan conflict and the “thousands dead in Syria, in Pakistan, in Nigeria, in Mexico, Afghanistan and Somalia; thousands more, the majority from African nations, dead in the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to flee poverty, hunger, disease or political strife or persecution.”

 

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Address by John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana – 30 Sept ’15

 


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US deliberately killed Syria ceasefire to prevent exposure of its systematic arming of terrorists – By Finian Cunningham winstonclose

There are several sound reasons for concluding that the US-led air strike on the Syrian army base near Deir Ezzor last weekend was a deliberate act of murderous sabotage. One compelling reason is that the Pentagon and CIA knew they had to act in order to kill the ceasefire plan worked out by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The compulsion to wreck the already shaky truce was due to the unbearable exposure that the ceasefire plan was shedding on American systematic involvement in the terrorist proxy war on Syria.

Not only that, but the tentative ceasefire was also exposing the elements within the US government responsible for driving the war effort. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter – the head of the Pentagon – reportedly fought tooth and nail with Obama’s top diplomat John Kerry while the latter was trying to finalize the ceasefire plan with Russia’s Lavrov on the previous weekend of September 9 in Geneva.

While Sergey Lavrov and media reporters were reportedly kept waiting several hours for Kerry to finally emerge to sign off on the deal, the American foreign secretary was delayed by intense haggling in conference calls with Carter and other military chiefs back in Washington. Even days before Kerry’s diplomatic shuttle to Geneva, Carter was disparaging any prospective deal with Russia on a Syrian ceasefire.

It is well documented that both the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency have been running clandestine programs for arming and training anti-government militants in Syria since the outset of the war in March 2011. Officially, Washington claims to be only supporting «moderate, vetted opposition». However, on occasion, Western media reports allude to the deeper sinister connections between the US military and terrorist groups when it has been reported that American weaponry «accidentally» finds its way into the hands of extremist jihadist networks.

This pretense by the US – and its other NATO and Arab allies – of supporting «moderate rebels» and of having no involvement with recognized terror groups like Al Nusra and Daesh (ISIS) was being exposed by the latest ceasefire.

It is conceivable that the diplomatic corps of the Obama administration, including President Barack Obama and his foreign emissary John Kerry, may be benighted about the full extent of America’s dirty war in Syria and its systematic connections to the terrorist brigades. Perhaps, this Obama flank is gullible and venal enough to believe in Washington’s propaganda of a dichotomy between «moderate rebels» and «terrorists».

Thus, when Kerry announced the...

03:14

Israeli Soldier Shoots 13-Year-Old Girl Who ‘Did Not Stop at Crossing’ The Anti-Media

Israeli-crossingThe Israeli defence ministry said the girl was not carrying a weapon.

02:59

The 3 flaws in Rep. McCaul’s plan to secure the homeland The Counter Jihad Report

Conservative Review, by Daniel Horowitz and Nate Madden, Sept. 21, 2016: It’s impossible to craft a solution to a security threat when policy-makers refuse to identify the nature of the threat, its source, and its threat doctrine. Given that Democrats … Continue reading

02:39

Obama is Protecting the Terrorists, America to the Rescue of ISIS-ISIL-Daesh. Testimonies of Syrian Soldiers Who Witnessed the US Airstrikes Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, September 19, 2016 These testimonies by Syrian soldiers who are fighting the Islamic State rebels (ISIS-Daesh) confirm what we already know. The United States of America is not fighting the terrorists in Syria. The Obama administration, with the support of its allies including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, is supporting […]

02:38

Malkin: Hey, UN corruptocrats: Spare us refugee sanctimony The Counter Jihad Report

Conservative Review, by Michelle Malkin, Sept. 21, 2016: Another United Nations summit in New York. Another finger-wagging extravaganza. Another useless “historic declaration” (nonbinding, of course) to save the world (by holding another summit … in two years). As America reels … Continue reading

02:34

Syria: Attack on Aid Convoy Kills Twenty, Destroys Aid … Dissident Voice

The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

— Candidate Barack Obama, December, 2007

As the US heaps blame and accusations on Russia and Syria for the alleged air strike on the aid convoy on Monday September 19th, as ever there are more questions than answers – and whatever US spokespersons state, absolutely no certainties.

The only undeniable fact is that another tragedy killed at least twenty Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers and the organisation’s local Director Omar Barakat, father of nine. At least eighteen of the thirty one-truck convoy were destroyed with the warehouse where humanitarian aid was stored.

The Russian Defence Ministry has categorically denied any attack and claims the convoy caught fire:

“We have studied video footage from the scene from so-called ‘activists’ in detail and did not find any evidence that the convoy had been struck by ordnance”, commented Igor Konashenkov, a Ministry spokesman.

“There are no craters and the exterior of the vehicles do not have the kind of damage consistent with blasts caused by bombs dropped from the air.” His observations are hard to challenge.  Anyone who has studied the assaults of the “international community” on far away countries over the last decades knows what a bombed truck looks like – what fragments remains of it.

Photographs of the affected lorries show burned out vehicles, metal skeleton intact.

Konashenkov said that damage visible in footage was instead the result of cargo igniting – “oddly” occurring at the same time as militants (formerly Nusra Front) had started a big offensive in nearby Aleppo, backed by tanks, artillery and other heavy equipment.

He added:

Only representatives of the ‘White Helmets’ organization close to the Nusra Front who, as always, found themselves at the right time in the right place by chance with their video cameras can answer who did this and why.

Indeed the ‘White Helmets’ boasted in a video of being on the scene within “moments.”

The “White Helmets”, who have had the gall to entitle themselves the Syrian Civil Defence Force, are seemingly neither Syrian, nor Civil, nor Defence. Vanessa Beeley, who has meticulously charted their antics, explains:

This is an alleged ‘non-governmental’ organization … that so far has received funding from at least three major NATO governments, including $23 million from the US Government and $29 million (£19.7 million) from the UK Government, $4.5 million (€4 million) from the Dutch Government. In addition, it receives material assistance and training funded and run by a variety of other EU Nations.

She informs of such concerns regarding the organization that:

A request has been put into the EU Secretary General to provide all correspondence relating to the funding and training of the White Helmets. By law this information must be made transparent and available to the public.

Beeley adds:

There has been a concerted campaign by a range of investigative journalists to expose the true roots of … the White Helmets. The most damning statement, however (comes from) their funders and backers in the US State Department who attempted to explain the US deportation of the prominent White Helmet leader, Raed Saleh, from Dulles airport on the 18th April 2016.

Of the incident, Mark Toner, State Department spokesman stated:

And any individual – again, I’m broadening my language here for specific reasons, but any individu...

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Syrian War Report – September 21, 2016: Government Forces Advancing outside Aleppo

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On September 20, the Syrian army, the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, repelled an attack of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra/Al-Nusra Front) and its ‘moderate allies’ in southwestern Aleppo.

Terrorist infantry, supported by battle tanks and artillery, attacked the government forces’ positions in the 1070 Apartment Project and in the Ramouseh Artillery Base. However, they were not able to break the army’s defenses.

Separately, the joint terrorist forces attacked the Syrian army positions at the strategic Castello Highway and in the al-Layramount Neighborhood in northwestern Aleppo without any significant gains there.

The Russian centre in Syria said that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies lost four battle tanks, three infantry combat vehicles and nine pickup trucks with heavy guns during this failed advance. About 100 militants were killed, accodring to pro-government sources.

By September 21, firefights have been ongoing at the Ramouseh Artillery Base, al-Layramount and near the Handarat refugee camp. The Syrian army and its allies also launched an advance on the 1070 Apartment Project – Hikmah School – Tell Uhud axis, southwest of Aleppo city. Clashes are ongoing in Sooq al-Jebes.

Separately, the Syrian army repelled an ISIS advance on the village of Nasrallah located near the Kuweires Military Airport, killing some 14 ISIS terrorists.

In the northern part of Aleppo province, the Turkish Armed Forces and Ankara-backed militants have continued operations against the ISIS terrorist group. On September 20, ISIS launched a series of counter-attacks east of Al Rai, capturing from the Ankara-led forces over 9 villages. By September 21, the Turkish forces have not been able to regain the ground that they had lost. Meanwhile, pro-Turkish sources report that all is ‘ok’ and the Turkish artillery hit over 50 ISIS targets in northern Syria.

In the northern part of Homs province, the pro-government forces launched an advance on ISIS positions at Jabal Al-the Sha’er hilltop located near the strategic...

02:23

Canada urged to cancel controversial torture directive Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Ottawa is facing questions about why a ministerial directive on the use of evidence obtained from torture is still in place

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US coalition Predator drone spotted at time & place of Syria aid convoy attack – Russian military Aletho News

RT | September 21, 2016 The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone. “On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to […]

02:11

UN Security Council holds high-level meeting on Syria Covert Geopolitics

The United Nations Security Council is holding a high-level meeting on Syria in New York on Wednesday, September 21, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The meeting, chaired by New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, started with a briefing on Colombia, followed by a discussion of the situation in the Middle East, with … Continue reading UN Security Council holds high-level meeting on Syria

02:09

Video: Israeli soldiers’ nighttime raid of house of two Palestinians killed in demonstrations Mondoweiss

This video of a nighttime raid on the Abu Rahma family in occupied Bil’in in Palestine was posted by journalist Hamde Abu Rahme today. You can see eight heavily-armed and helmeted soldiers exit the Abu Rahma house at the end of the video. Bassem Abu Rahma was killed by Israeli forces with a tear gas canister fired at close range during a peaceful demonstration in 2009. His sister Jawaher Abu Rahma died in 2012 from inhalation of tear gas fired on the village, also during a demonstration.

Hamde Abu Rahme writes:

Seeing the Israeli occupation forces last night, raiding the house of my cousins Bassem and Jawaher abu Rahma, who were murdered by the Israeli occupation forces in cold blood, in peaceful demonstrations and seeing how they wake the family up in the middle of the night, to steal their computers and phones and not letting anyone enter or leave, because they declare it a closed military zone, makes me so deeply mad and sad for all what this family have to go through. I don’t know what to say. It’s hard for me to see all the injustice that my family face by living under the israeli occupation. It’s hard to see part of your family lose their beloved ones and it’s that’s not the only thing. They can’t even have a peaceful night to sleep, because they were born under the occupation. They are forced to live this life because they stand on their land they refuse to leave. It’s hard for me to see the owners prevented from entering the house to see their children, because there are strangers inside blocking the way and declaring it a closed military zone, when in fact they are vandalising, and stealing computers and phones. They also raided 3 other Palestinian houses in the village where they took their computers and phones as well. But this is the reality in palestine, you may not know about. This is the life under the israeli occupation in
Palestine.

 

02:05

Just another day in Palestine Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Kidnap 33 Palestinians In The West Bank, Including Twelve In Jerusalem” The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, overnight and at dawn Tuesday, 33 Palestinians, including many children, in different parts of the occupied West Bank – twelve of them were kidnapped in Jerusalem Israeli Soldiers Injure […]

01:55

New terrorist group formed in Syria and awarded the USA’s “moderate” status Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

New rebel group formed in Idlib Three major rebel factions from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have formed a new joint group called the “Free Idlib Army.” The Free Idlib Army is comprised of fighters from the Free Syrian Army’s “Division 13”, “Suqour Al-Jabal”, and the “Northern Division.” This new rebel group will be backed […]

01:50

US Senate Votes on Blocking US Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Local Editor The US Senate will vote Wednesday on a measure to block the sale of tanks and other military equipment worth $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia, but the measure is not expected to pass despite lawmakers’ growing frustration with the longtime US ally. The Pentagon announced on Aug. 9 that the State Department […]

01:47

Brazil: Adeus, médicos cubanos Fausta's Blog

Good-bye, Cuban doctors! Brazil Seeks to Replace Cuban Doctors with Brazilians in Rural Health Program. Plans to replace up to 4,000 Cuban doctors with Brazilians in next three years The Brazilian government said Wednesday it plans to greatly reduce the number of Cuban doctors working in a health care initiative that has brought thousands of […]

01:47

Russia: US ‘Predator’ Attack Drone Was Spotted Around at Time of UN Convoy Attack

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The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on September 21 that a ‘Predator’ attack drone belonging to the US-led international coalition was spotted around Urum al-Kubra at the time of attack on the UN convoy.

According to the Russian military, the attack drone had taken off from Turkey’s Incirlik air bas and left the area of Urum al-Kubra a half hour after the incident with convoy.

“On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

We recall Russia denied presence of Russian warplanes near Urum al-Kubra at the time of the attack.

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01:45

Egyptian MP backs ban on 'Jewish' face veil Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Amina Nasir, also a professor of Islamic philosophy at al-Azhar University, says she is advising fellow MPs on a proposed ban

01:34

Venezuela: Newborns in cardboard boxes Fausta's Blog

21st Century Democratic Socialism headline update: Infobae reports that Venezuelan hospitals are placing newborns in cardboard boxes, not only because of a shortage of cribs, but also because of a lack of incubators. Dramáticas imágenes de bebés recién nacidos en cajas de cartón en un hospital venezolano https://t.co/itKMYk8GJX — Fausta (@Fausta) September 21, 2016 Free […]

01:32

Sisi is a dead man walking Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The question is not if Sisi can fight on through the miasma of doubt which surrounds him, but who will replace him

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‘Beholden to AIPAC’ — progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama’s actions Mondoweiss

The news that many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old, has been widely reported, but the plain facts need to be stated.

Yesterday the Israel lobby group AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, flexed its muscle against President Obama and on the side of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu by posting a letter signed by 88 senators warning President Obama not to back any international measures that would pressure Israel to withdraw from occupied territories.

We urge you to… make it clear that you will veto any one sided UNSC [UN Security Council] resolution that may be offered in the coming months.

The brave senators who did not sign this letter include Democrats Patrick Leahy of VT, Bernie Sanders, Tom Carper of Delaware, and Dick Durbin of Illinois, along with Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky. The letter was circulated by NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and got many progressive signatures: Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Ron Wyden, Tammy Baldwin, Chris Murphy, Barbara Mikulski, Barbara Boxer, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, Jack Reed, right along with John McCain, Mike Lee, Lindsey Graham and John Barrasso.

AIPAC issued a press release announcing the letter and highlighting this passage: “Even well-intentioned initiatives at the United Nations risk locking the parties into positions that will make it more difficult to return to the negotiating table and make the compromises necessary for peace… we must continue to insist that neither we nor any other outsider substitute for the parties to the conflict.”

The letter is entirely consistent with the Democratic Party platform pushed through by Hillary Clinton in July, which removed references to occupation and settlements; Cornel West said then that the party was “beholden to AIPAC.”

Haaretz’s Barak Ravid‘s interpretation:

Fearing post-election UN peace push by Obama, 88 Democratic and Republican senators tell president even well intentioned initiatives could make it more difficult to resolve conflict.

Jason Ditz at antiwar.com:

The letter was penned by the lobby at the behest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose office is concerned that years of acrimony between him and Obama might lead Obama to not veto a French resolution on the peace process if it comes between the November election and the day he leaves office.

There is that French initiative:

In the absence of any US led initiative, France has since made a push for a multi-lateral regional summit and has spoken of a resolution before the United Nations Security Council to set the contours of a new peace process.

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are to meet today in New York. The presid...

01:19

World SITREP September 21, 2016 by Baaz The Vineyard of the Saker

RUSSIA Russia Deploys Flagship Aircraft Carrier To Syria Coast 30 Israeli, Foreign Intelligence officers, killed in Russia’s Caliber missile attack in Aleppo, several U.S., Turkish, Saudi, Qatari, British officers were

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30 Israeli Intelligence officers and several U.S., Turkish, Saudi, Qatari, British military executives killed in Russia’s Caliber missile attack in Aleppo province the real Syrian Free Press

These are the real reasons why Kerry, in these hours at the UNSC, is calling for a "No Fly Zone" over Aleppo and surroundings: "The Russian warships stationed in Syria's coastal waters targeted and destroyed a foreign military operations room, killing over two dozen Israeli and western intelligence officers. The operations room was located in the Western part of Aleppo province in the middle of sky-high Sam'an mountain and old caves. The region is deep into a chain of mountains. Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists' attacks in Aleppo and Idlib"....

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Kerry Urges for No Fly Zones in Syria to Save Truce, Delivers of Humanitarian Aid

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At a UN Security Council meeting, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, blamed President Bashar Assad for violations of the ceasefire in Syria and added that Assad “does not believe in ceasefire.”

This is why, according to the US official, the Syrian Air Force should be banned from flying over territories held by the so-called “moderate opposition” (most likely Kerry meant Jabhat al-Nusra or Jund al-Aqsa).

Kerry emphasized that this shouldbe done in order to deliver humanitarian aid in northern Syria.

He also said that the attack on the aid convoy raise “profound doubt” over whether Russia and Syria would live up to the Geneva deal. Unofrutnately, he forgot to added that there are no proves that the convoy was attacked by Russian or Syrian warplanes (more here).

In general, such a statement show that the US is not going to search a solution of the Syrian crisis by peaceful measures and just pushing own agenda on the diplomatic level.

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01:09

Amidst Terror, New York Welcomes Terror-Supporting Regimes to UN The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by Anne Bayefsky, Sept. 19, 2016: The leaders of terror-sponsoring states are currently descending on Manhattan for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly and their words are guaranteed to be blasted across the global airwaves. It is … Continue reading

00:51

Israeli police arrest 13 more in Palestinian party probe Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Balad members have accused authorities of trying to suppress Palestinian political organising in Israel

00:50

The Role of the USA Media in the Palestine Conflict Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Jeremy R. Hammond speaks via Skype on the role of the US media in the Palestine conflict at the second of a series of conferences titled “100 Global Thinkers in Palestine”. Ramallah, September 20, 2016. (Photo: Witness Center for Citizen Rights and Social Development) The US mainstream media serve the role of manufacturing consent […]

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at least six African countries had drone bases, including Morocco, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Djibouti The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

From Amir: ""By 2013, at least six African countries had drone bases, including Morocco, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Djibouti.318 By arming monarchic regimes and military dictators, US leaders do not promote democracy but instead maneuver in what they claim to be the nation’s interest by collaborating with anyone who will grant the US government license to carry out targeted killing when and where they please."
 
 
Calhoun, L. 2016. We Kill Because We Can. London: Zed Books. Page 309.

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US arms for Saudi regime The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

""I think it's important to the United States to maintain as good a relationship with Saudi Arabia as possible, and I hope we'll defeat the resolution of disapproval of the arms sale," McConnell told reporters, calling Saudi Arabia a good ally.   The Pentagon announced on Aug 9 that the State Department had approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armoured recovery vehicles and other equipment to Saudi Arabia.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said General Dynamics Corp would be the principal contractor for the sale."" (thanks Nabeel)

00:44

Indian workers in Qatar The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

"As many as 400 migrant workers working for an electrical company in Qatar have gone unpaid for up to four months, a leading figure in the Indian community said on Tuesday." (thanks David)

00:39

UN aid covers less than 3% of Iran refugee spending: Interior minister Aletho News

Press TV – September 21, 2016 The Iranian interior minister says the UN has failed to provide Tehran with sufficient aid to help the country cover the expenses of the services it is offering to refugees on its soil, particularly Afghan nationals. Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli made the remarks in a Tuesday meeting with UN High Commissioner […]

00:39

Saudi and foreign workers unite to strike over unpaid wages Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The Eastern Province governor has told hospital staff to keep striking despite Saudi Arabia officially banning all trade union activity

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30 Foreign Intelligence Officers (Israeli, US, Turkish) Killed in Missile Attack in Aleppo – Unconfirmed

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Reports have been appearing in various pro-government media outlets since September 20 that some Russian warships, deployed in Syria’s coastal waters, hit with missiles a foreign-led military operations room near Aleppo city, killing 30 Israeli, US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers.

The military operations room was allegedly located in the western part of Aleppo province in the middle of Sam’an mountain. It was set up by foreign intelligence services in order to coordinate operations of various militant group against the Syrian government forces in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib.

Most of the pro-government media outlets cites the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency as a main source of the information.

According to AlMasdarNews:

“Russian warships fired caliber rockets onto the command posts of the terrorists in western Aleppo, where Turkish, Saudi, Israeli, UK, and US officers are deployed to aid their operations,” Sputnik News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Fars News Agency believes that it was on Wednesday:

“The Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers’ coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam’an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers,” the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted battlefield source in Aleppo as saying on Wednesday.

While there are no doubts that various ‘opposition’ and terrorist groups in Syria are trained, supplied and managed by foreign intelligence services (mostly US, Turkish and Saudi), the pro-government sources have not provided video or photo evidences in order to confirm this report. The Russian Ministry of Defense has not commented on the issue.

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00:21

Exit Britain, Enter the EU Army? Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

A joint military force has long been pushed by Europhiles, only to be thwarted time and time again by the United Kingdom’s veto. Now that the Brexit vote has come and gone, taking the UK along with it, the issue of a joint EU headquarters is once again on the table.

The prospect of an EU army is a political minefield: the question of which states pay for it, where the EU headquarters will be located, the composition of the joint military’s command structure, the mission mandate and how it coexists with NATO – these are just a few of the sticky issues that need to be worked out.

This of course comes at a time when populations across the EU have very little appetite for an expansion of EU sovereignty and the budgets that go with it. Yet forward momentum on an EU headquarters shouldn’t be discounted, as the establishment of an EU army may be the ‘low hanging fruit’ of progress on the European project at a time of widespread popular pushback.

 

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September 26: Where will you be? World Beyond War . . .

 

WEST POINT “STOP THE IMPERIAL WARS” PROTEST SET FOR SEPT. 26

WHAT: A “Stop the Imperial Wars” protest on the day of the first Presidential Debate, in solidarity with the protests listed below.

Endorsed by: Concerned Families of Westchester, the Granny Peace Brigade, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, National Campaign for Non-violent Resistance, Knowdrones.com, Middle East Crisis Response, United National Anti-war Coalition, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, WESPAC Foundation, the Steering Committee of Women Against War, World Beyond War and World Can’t Wait.

WHEN:  Monday, September 26 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:  The Thayer (main) Gate of the West Point United States Military Academy, 674 Thayer Road, West Point, NY, adjoining Highland Falls, NY.

 

OTHER PROTESTS THE SAME DAY:

  • Hofstra University Presidential Debate Site – Uniondale Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY – 4 pm, organized by Peace Action Matters as Hofstra, Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and Peace Action NY. https://www.facebook.com/events/902188603220779/

 

  • The Pentagon – Washington, DC – 9 a.m. Organized by the National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance and the culmination of the international “No-War 2016” conference being organized by World Beyond War. http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016agenda/

 

  • Beale AFB – Marysville, CA, near Sacramento – 3 – 5 p.m. Organized by Activists United Against Drone Warfare as part of a monthly protest of intelligence gathering for drone warfare underway at Beale.

https://www.facebook.com/events/290678661288258/

 

  • S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany – 12 noon EST. Organized by Code Pink Germany and other groups.

 

  • Alice Springs, Australia – Action to close the U.S. intelligence gathering center at Pine Gap Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 hosted by the Disarm Collective.

https://closepinegap.org/

 

  • Volk Field Air National Guard Base – Camp Douglas, WI. 27, 3;30 – 4:30 p.m.  Monthly vigil for an end to drone warfare organized by the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.

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Aleppo's money mules grounded by surge in Syria fighting Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The siege has severed the main credit line into Aleppo, closing down businesses and putting further pressure on residents and NGOs

00:11

Deport the Rahami Family The Counter Jihad Report

Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, Sept. 21, 2016: The Rahami family came to America from Afghanistan as refugees. They made life miserable for their neighbors. When the police tried to bring some order, they cried Islamophobia. Two of the … Continue reading

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End this hell, UN chief tells world powers at crucial Syria talks Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:08

The African American History Missing from the Smithsonian Aletho News

By David Swanson | War Is A Crime | September 19, 2016 The new corporate-funded African-American History museum in Washington, D.C., built on the former site of Camp Democracy and all sorts of protests and festivals, is getting a great deal of purely positive press before its doors have opened. This press and the museum’s […]

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NYU pro-Israel group blocks public from IDF terrorism talk at last minute Mondoweiss

The Israeli Prime Minister is in New York today trying to convince the world that the Israeli occupation is the front line against terrorism.

I expect from the international community a uniform standard in the war on terrorism.

The heroism of our soldiers, our police officers and our citizens, who are waging an uncompromising struggle against brutal terrorism.

The Prime Minister is not alone in these efforts. Pro-Israel students at NYU Law School put up a public notice for a talk by an Israel Defense Forces captain yesterday evening on his “long experience” battling terrorism– in the occupied West Bank.

“Lone Wolf Terrorism and Social Media.”
Please join the Law Students for Israel in welcoming Captain Nativ in a discussion of social media and lone wolf terrorism, based on his long experience in the Israeli Defense Forces. We will be serving kosher wine and light refreshments.

I wrote to the law student contact on the notice Monday to make sure I could go. She said:

Hi Phil, no need to register but I will put you down on our RSVP list – it helps us, and if there is any issue of getting in then it is helpful! Thanks and looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

But when I got to the law school at 5 o’clock, along with Todd Pierce of the New School, the guard told us we weren’t on the list and couldn’t go. I checked my email. My contact had sent her regrets three hours before, after I’d set out on the two-hour trip to NYU:

Hi Phil,

Unfortunately we have had to close the event to the public. Thank you,

“I’m here Sarah. Any chance I can get in after all?” I wrote to her.

I’m sorry but the event is only for students.

Oh well; had to pay for my own wine. But the defeat wasn’t mine. Here is the simple mission statement of the NYU Law Students for Israel:

The mission of Law Students for Israel is to facilitate open and honest discourse and debate centering around legal and humanitarian issues pertaining to Israeli policy.

Those law students just offered an important lesson in accountability. The heroic Israeli story of fighting terrorism is beginning to crumble, so much so that pro-Israel law students at one of our country’s premier institutions who are dedicated to “open” discourse don’t want to risk exposing that story to public scrutiny.

Thanks to Scott Roth.

00:01

Why FBI Suspects Keep Attacking Americans The Counter Jihad Report

The reason our authorities don’t take pre-emptive action against Islamic terror — even after solid intelligence warnings. Front Page Magazine, by Matthew Vadum, Sept. 21, 2016: Why does the Obama administration keep failing to thwart Muslim terrorist attacks in the … Continue reading

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23:49

U.S. president to be elected by hackers the real Syrian Free Press

Why does Trump have grounds to say that elections will be rigged? What are the U.S. elections vulnerable to? And …

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23:42

US Designates Jund al-Aqsa (Best friend of ‘Moderate Opposition’ in Hama Province) as Terrorist Entity

The US State Department has designated the Jund al-Aqsa jihadist rebel group as a terrorist organization.

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On Tuesday, the US State Department announced an introduction of the Jund al-Aqsa jihadist rebel group in the “government list of international terrorist organizations,” as well as blocking of all property subject to US jurisdiction, in which the group has any interests, and ban on engaging of US persons in any transactions with the group. According to the statement, the Jund al-Aqsa continues to be one of the branches of the Al-Qaeda in Syria.

The Jund al-Aqsa was created in 2012 as a subdivision of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group, a branch of the Al-Qaeda in Syria. However, after the Jabhat al-Nusra officially left the Al-Qaeda in July 2016, the Jund al-Aqsa has started to operate independently.

The Jund al-Aqsa is responsible for organization of a series of terrorist attacks on the territory of Syria and killing of civilians. In 2014, terrorists of the group committed a massacre in the village of Maan in Hama province, killing more than 40 civilians.

Logo of the Jund al-Aqsa

It is unclear how the US is going to separate Jund al-Aqsa terrorists from the Free Syrian Army (FSA). During recent weeks, the both groups have been conducting an offensive against the Syrian Army north of Hama. Two Chechen groups, the Ajnad al-Kavkaz and the Jund al-Sham, are also operating in a coalition with them.

Will remind, the US has blocked Russia’s bid to the UN Security Council for recognition of the Jaysh al-Islam and the Ahrar al-Sham as terrorist groups.

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23:41

The USA’s terrorists in Syria used Sarin in Ghouta and not Assad Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source By David Macilwain | American Herald Tribune | September 20, 2016 Three long and terrible years have now passed since the staging of a Sarin attack in the Eastern suburbs of Damascus. These years have cost the lives of twice as many Syrians as had been killed in the preceding two and a half […]

23:38

Syrian Ceasefire failed, what now? The Vineyard of the Saker

By Aram Mirzaei The “Ceasefire” One week ago I and many other analysts predicted that the ceasefire agreement brokered by the US and Russia last week was doomed to fail.

23:35

Former NATO Secretary General Says US Should Become World’s ‘Policeman’ Aletho News

Sputnik – 21.09.2016 The United States should turn into the world’s “policeman” as it alone has the potential to find solutions to the challenges the international community is facing, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an article. “From my former positions as prime minister of Denmark and secretary-general of NATO, I know […]

23:26

Ohio City Council Approves “Error in Judgement” Settlement for Cop who Shot Girl While Trying to Kill her Dog PINAC News

“It hit her pretty much square in the middle of her leg and went through and broke the bone. She had to have a plate and screws to help pin the bone in place,”  Brad Ellis, Ava’s dad told ABC6.

The City Council of Columbus Ohio approved a $780,000 pending settlement that we reported about last week in a case where a cop was trying to kill the family dog as it retreated into its home, but the bullet wound up going through, 4-year-old Ava Ellis’ leg, shattering her bone, ricocheting and then lodged in the cabinet in the families’ kitchen.

Ava, who is 6-years-old now, has been through several surgeries since being shot and has had to miss most of her first grade year.

Ava Ellis stil has nightmares after being shot by Columbus cop Jonathan Thomas who was trying to kill her dog. But her parents hope she's grows out of it.

Ava Ellis stil has nightmares after being shot by Columbus cop Jonathan Thomas who was trying to kill her dog. But her parents hope she’s grows out of it.

Michael Wright, attorney for Ava Ellis family, said the $780,000 settlement approved by the city holds police accountable for their “error in judgment.”

The Ellis’ still think officer Thomas should be held accountable, but he is appealing the disciplinary action taken against him by his department and is still on the police force, saying he shot at the dog in self-defense.

But officer Thomas is the only one who remembers it that way.

Several witnesses there that say the 40-pound family said the dog had came out to bark, but was retreating into the house when he shot, missing it and hitting Ava instead.

No criminal charges were filed against him, even though instead of rendering aid and making sure Ava was OK, officer Jonathan Thomas then walked down the driveway, got in his patrol car and left the scene without administering aid or making sure an ambulance was on the way.

On June 19 2015, officer Jonathan Thomas was responding to a separate call in the same neighborhood when Ava’s mother, Andrea Ellis, accidentally cut herself.

Andrea’s sister Kelly called 911 screaming, “she’s bleeding all over the place!...

23:16

GAZ Tiger Infantry Mobility Vehicle (Infographics)

GAZ Tiger is the Russian-made four-wheel drive, multipurpose, all-terrain infantry mobility vehicle actively involved in the Syrian war. Russia started to supply “Tigers” to the Syrian Arab Army in 2015 through the Russian naval facility in Tartus on the Mediterranean coast of Syria as part of the so-called “Syrian Express.”

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23:16

Dozens drown as migrant boat sinks off Egypt coast Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Officials say a boat carrying some 600 people capsized in the largest smuggling operation ever detected off Egypt

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Russian Ministry points finger at ‘Al-Nusra’ and ‘White Helmets’ on the attack over U.N. convoy the real Syrian Free Press

...at around 13:40 on Monday, the entire humanitarian load was safely delivered, after which the Center for Reconciliation stopped monitoring the convoy and its further movement was not tracked by the Russian side... ... an analysis of the video from the scene of events showed no signs of the column’s shelling, such as craters or typical damage to vehicles ... all that was demonstrated in the video footage resembles the direct consequence of a cargo fire... ...who started the fire and why “can only be answered as always ‘coincidentally’ by those who turn out in the right time in the right place with video cameras - those representatives of the 'White Helmets' organization close to Jebat al-Nusra”... ...The story and the propaganda are always the same, as for attacks with chemical weapons: commit terrorist acts and then blame [without any proof but helped by the enslaved media] the Syrian government [and now also the Russians]...

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Scandalous but not surprising: Physicians Without Borders praises Saudi relief work in...YEMEN The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

I am not making this up.  I know that the Saudi regime media often lie and fabricate but I was able to get a confirmation from an inside source in Physicians Without Borders.  Physicians without Borders officially praises the relief work of the Saudi regime in Yemen.  I told you before: if there is anything Arabs learned in the last few years is that all Western human rights and relief organizations don't dare to deviate from the foreign policies of Western powers and are willing to cater to tyrannical regimes when they are in line with US policies. Just as UN Secretary General withdrew a report critical of Saudi regime after he was pressured to do so.

23:03

Gunfire, riots and power cuts after controversial Jordan poll Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Civil unrest at initial polling results as Islamic Action Front alleges widespread bribery and vote-rigging

22:57

Iraqi finance minister sacked amid corruption probe Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Parliament throws out Hoshiyar Zebari after questioning over the misuse of public funds

22:55

Top Witnesses Admit Lying in Drug Hearing against Venezuelan First Lady’s Nephews Aletho News

By Lucas Koerner | Venezuelanalysis | September 19, 2016 Caracas – Two top witnesses in a US drug case against the nephews of Venezuelan First Lady Cilia Flores confessed Friday to repeatedly lying to federal authorities in the course of the investigation. During their testimony during a preliminary hearing in a Manhattan district court, the […]

22:38

Our Terrorists in Colombia: Death Squads as “Freedom Fighters” Aletho News

By Dan Kovalik | CounterPunch | September 20, 2016 A recent article in The New York Times entitled, “The Secret History of Colombia’s Paramilitaries & The U.S. War on Drugs,” contains useful clues as to the U.S.’s true views towards the Colombian death squads and their massive war crimes and human rights abuses. [1] In […]

22:38

The Washington Post and Edward Snowden Dissident Voice

The tensions between those engaged in the dangerous and compromising pursuit of whistleblowing, and those who use the fruit of such efforts has been all too coarsely revealed in the Washington Post stance on Edward Snowden.

Oliver Stone’s Snowden has done a good deal of stirring on its release, suggesting that the pardon powers of the Presidential office should be activated.  A recent petition calling for a pardon of the former National Security Agency contractor has already received signatures from Steve Wozniak, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jack Dorsey.

The ACLU, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch similarly believe that Snowden should be exempted from the vengeful retribution of the US state for his 2013 revelations of uncontained, indiscriminate mass surveillance by the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ.

In taking its boggling stance, the Post’s myopic editorial refuses to deem such interception programs as PRISM threatening to privacy, though it does concede that one all-hoovering metadata program “was a stretch, if not an outright violation, of federal surveillance law, and posed risks to privacy.” (Point to note there: it was The Guardian, rather than the Post, that jumped on that one.)

In rather damnable fashion, the board suggests that these technological nasties were otherwise very much within the remit of the law, blithely ignoring the ACLU suit that yielded a completely different result.  A program such as PRISM should otherwise never have been revealed, and the US Republic could have gone on being unmolested.

With some reluctance, the not-so-wise denizens of US democracy went to work on the Hill to conduct the first extensive overview of intelligence practices in four decades. The effort was an imperfect one, but only took place because of Snowden’s constructively disruptive influence.

This is all minor feed for the editors.  Something they can never forgive Snowden for is how his information revealed “leaked details of basically defensible international operations: cooperation with Scandinavian services against Russia; spying on the wife of an Osama bin Laden associate; and certain cyber operations in China.”

This position, one effectively calling for the prosecution of the paper’s own source, goes totally against the effusive defence of Snowden, run in the same publication, by media columnist Margaret Sullivan.

The Obama administration’s woeful record favouring the prosecution rather than the protection of whistleblowers, argues Sullivan, could be turned “around, not entirely, but in an important way by pardoning the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and allowing him to return to the United States from his Russian exile without facing charges.”

The action by the editors is also problematic on another level.  As Glenn Greenwald reminded readers in The Intercept, the move was distinctly peculiar coming from a publication owing “its sources duties of protection, and which – by virtue of accepting the source’s materials and then publishing them – implicitly declares that the source’s information to be in the public interest.”

Various blades were already unsheathed as Stone’s film began doing its magic.  Last week’s flawed House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence committee...

22:33

Bomb suspect praised Osama bin Laden, Anwar al Awlaki in notebook The Counter Jihad Report

Long War Journal, by Thomas Joscelyn,  September 21, 2016 The Department of Justice has charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with the bombings in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 17, as well as other planned attacks. The charges include Rahami’s use … Continue reading

22:24

The Chinese Military Increases Its Capabilities

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By Maksim Kazanin; Originally appeared at VPK, translated by Mario Kuoljok exclusively for SouthFront; Edited by Desi Tzoneva

Throughout its 80 year existence, units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have conducted military training in accordance with requirements and attitudes that were learned during the Soviet-Chinese friendship. The evolution in arms and military equipment has caused a change in tactics.

Officers of the Department of Combat Training of General Staff of the PLA are regularly making adjustments in their plans for combat training, and are improving the grounds, shooting ranges and other areas of training. The new approaches to training were mainly learned from the Russian Federation and the United States through military intelligence and efforts made by analytical units. The modern armed forces of the Chinese military, has therefore adopted the concepts of polygon cross-training (PCT) and unannounced inspections.

It is known that there are eight PCTs areas at the disposal of the PLA, namely Guangming (Jilin Province), Chzhuzhihe (autonomous district, Inner Mongolia), Qeshan (Henan), Santsze (Zhejiang), Luchzhay (Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region), Tsintunsya (the Ningxia autonomous region, Choleski), Dalyanshan (Sichuan) and Shandan (Gansu).

Sudden ‘Breakthrough’

In mid-May, a competition was held titled ‘Central Steel Fist of Steel – Riders and Tanks’. According to the plan of combat training for tank and infantry fighting vehicle crews for the PCTs, it is a copy of the Russian tank biathlon. The final part of the competition was attended by 10 crew leaders based on the results of qualifying competitions in the 1st, 27th, 31st, 38th and 54th combined-arms armies of the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF).

The track length of the Chinese tank biathlon is 21 kilometers (km) for singles and 16 km for pairs. Eight types of obstacles and 24 targets were created on the track. The crew is obliged to conduct reconnaissance over 3 km of trails with the aim of identifying suspected enemy forces.

The competition for the infantry units of the PCT in Chzhuzhihe, was named ‘Kuayue’ (‘Breakthrough’). These competitions have been held since 2009. The training ground is the best equipped among similar training sites. Chzhuzhihe has a railway station suited for trains with 20 carriages. One of the requirements in the competition is to measure execution time when unloading equipment. Some units which are transferred to the training ground from places of permanent deployment come from distances as far as 4 500 km away.

Analysis of photo and video materials shows that the site allows one to place multi-storey barracks for units with up to 10 000 people in the parks as well as 1 000 armored vehicles. In addition, the training ground created six blocks of simulated residential buildings, typical of settlements in China, as well as an exact copy of a quarter of government buildings in the capital of Taiwan, Taipei. The power supply to the polygon is provided by a network of wind generators, which are installed at a considerable distance from the target areas.

Acting as enemy forces are the Chzhuzhihe 195th division of the 13th mechanised infantry brigade, of the PLAGF, which is equipped with upgraded versions of 59-, 69- and 96-type tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and 89-type anti-tank guns. According to estimates of the Chinese military, the 195th division defeats the ‘red’ forces...

22:23

George H.W. Bush Said That He Will Vote for Hillary Clinton cryptogon.com

Via: CNN: Former President George H.W. Bush said Monday that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to sources close to the 41st President…

22:20

Why USA Had to Kill the Syria’s Ceasefire Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Why US Had to Kill the Syrian Ceasefire By Finian Cunningham “SCF” – There are several sound reasons for concluding that the US-led air strike on the Syrian army base near Deir Ezzor last weekend was a deliberate act of murderous sabotage. One compelling reason is that the Pentagon and CIA knew they had to […]

22:19

Libya: Another chapter in France's dysfunctional foreign policy Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

UK MPs hit Cameron hard on Libya in a report last week, but in France, no inquiry has been held despite mistakes that should have been learned

22:00

Robert Steele: Reflections on The People’s Army, The Constitution, Grand Strategy Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele

These are my personal views that do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense or any element thereof.

Reflections on The People’s Army, The Constitution, & Grand Strategy

Robert David Steele

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Short URL: http://tinyurl.com/Army-Constitution

The People’s Army – the Continental Army rooted in home-spun militias – was formed and fought and won a war before the U.S. Constitution was written and signed in 1787. The Constitution – and the Republic – exist because the People’s Army, the Continental Army led by George Washington – leveraged the twin advantages of a righteous cause and home court to eject what was then the greatest imperial power on the planet. Of the 55 men attending the Constitutional Convention, at least 29 served in the Continental Army, most of them in positions of command.[1] Understanding the relationship between the people from whom the early militias were drawn, the Army, and the Constitution, is essential to evaluating where we fall short today.[2]

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The Constitution’s Preamble provides the six purposes for the Constitution and the Republic represented by the Constitution, itself a “mission statement” and an operating manual for the United States of America:

To form a more perfect union;
To establish justice;
To insure domestic tranquility;
To provide for the common defense;
To promote the general welfare; and
To secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

These are not simply purposes of the American people or its government. These were once and should again be integral missions of the United States Army, an Army intended to be Of, By, and For We the People. When this is the case – it is not today – the Army will not go to war without a Constitutional mandate from Congress;[3] foreign countries will not be able to buy US foreign policy;[4] and war will not be a profit center and budget buster.[5]

“National security” has become a cancer, and false patriotism the last refuge of scoundrels whose real purpose is to loot the public treasury. The time has come for the public to demand a baseline review of how the government generally and the Army specifically is trained, equipped, and organized. There are many laws and regulations in place that are questionable if one applies the standard of service to the public interest. Army doctrine a...

21:39

Tens of Terrorists Defect from Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in Idlib

About 70 members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham reportedly tried to defect from the terrorist group to the Islamic State in southern Idlib.

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About 70 members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as the Al-Nusra Front or the Jabhat al-Nusra) defect from the terrorist group in southern Idlib, the Fars news agency reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed battlefield source.

According to the sources, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorists tried to flee towards the eastern parts of Hama and join the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, however, they were detained by the security forces of their group in southern Idlib and transferred to a prison.

On September 17, leaflets, calling on terrorists to surrender or wait for an army’s massive attack soon, were dropped by the Syrian Air Force over the terrorist-held regions in Idlib province, in particular, over the city of Jisr al-Shoghour, in order to give terrorists the last chance to lay down their arms and surrender to the Syrian government. According to the sources, hundreds of leaflets have been dropped over Jisr al-Shoghour city for several times now.

On September 16, strongholds of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham were pounded by Syrian fighter jets in southern Idlib, including in al-Tamana and Khan Seikhoun. As result, dozens of terrorists were killed and their military equipment and weapons were destroyed.

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21:36

It’s Time to Admit USA’s Syria Policy Has Gone Completely off the Rails, A little like their Politicians Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Samatha Power on the other hand went off the rails sometime in the 1990s Originally appeared at RT Today, jihadist terror groups control more territory and are more of a threat to the world than they were on September 11, 2001. Last week, US-based security firm the Soufan Group estimated that many of the post-9/11 concerns […]

21:27

Caught up in the Corbynista cull Aletho News

Morning Star | September 19, 2016 Freshly purged from Labour, CHARLEY ALLAN calls for unity and calm at this weekend’s party conference opening SO, I’ve been purged. My services to the Labour Party are no longer required. To all intents and purposes, I am an ex-member. In an email on Wednesday evening, general secretary Iain […]

21:23

Syria, Russia refutes claims of targeting humanitarian aid convoy in Aleppo countryside the real Syrian Free Press

A military source refuted the reports circulated by malicious media outlets about the Syrian Arab Army targeting a humanitarian aid convoy in Aleppo countryside. The source said that there’s no truth to the rumors circulated during the past few hours by some media outlets about the Syrian Arab Army targeting a humanitarian aid convoy in Orkem village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. Russian Defense Ministry: "Russian and Syrian air forces did not target any humanitarian aid convoys in Aleppo" Footage released by the Russian Defence Ministry on Tuesday shows a U.N. humanitarian Aid convoy reportedly being followed by mercenary-terrorists in a truck carrying a mortar launcher, on the same day that it was attacked in Aleppo province (VIDEO)...

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IS executes 12 militants for attempting to flee Raqqa: Report Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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21:04

Princeton Professor: “Something Shocking” Set to Rock Presidential Race

“We should all hold on to our seats” Princeton Professor Julian Zelizer says that “something shocking” is set to rock the presidential race and that “we should all hold on to our seats” in anticipation of an October surprise that … Continue reading

20:55

Muslim ‘migrants’ have transformed the city of Paris into a garbage dump

Gone is our antiquated image of Paris, France as an elegant, civilized city. Here’s a video showing how the Muslim “migrant” invasion has transformed the French capital into a literal garbage dump, with men lounging on mattresses on streets choked … Continue reading

20:53

After Bombing Syrian Army, US Accuses Russia of Bombing Aleppo Aid Convoy Covert Geopolitics

The White House thinks that we are all idiots, and they are so smart, they can fool the rest of the world by saying it was Russia which bombed the humanitarian aid convoy that the latter helped organize, after having created the necessary environment that would make possible for such delivery of goods critical to … Continue reading After Bombing Syrian Army, US Accuses Russia of Bombing Aleppo Aid Convoy

20:51

Syrian MiG-23 Crashed after Carrying Out Air Raids West of Damasucs – Reports

An alleged photo from the scene

An alleged photo from the scene

A MiG-23 fighter jet belonging to the Syrian Arab Air Force has reportedly crashed in east Qalamoun near the Syrian capital, Damascus, after carrying out air raids in the area.

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20:36

Headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Exploded near Donetsk

A headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, located near Donetsk, has exploded. The People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) has cleared a section of the railway in a buffer zone near the village of Donetsk.

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A headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, located in Krasnogorovka village (Yasinovatskiy district) in the occupied territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), exploded, a famous veteran of the DPR’s Militia, Anatoliy Gelyukh, said.

“The headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the village of Krasnogorovka in Yasinovatskiy district is dead in the water,” he said.

According to Gelyukh, the headquarters “exploded for some unknown reason with its staff.”

Meanwhile, the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) reported that its sappers have cleared a section of the railway in a buffer zone near the village of Donetsk, the Luhansk information center reported, citing unnamed sources in the LPR Defense Department. According to the sources, the works of the sappers was complicated by the fact that this section of the railway is located in the buffer zone, in the visibility of units of the Ukrainian Army.

LPR’s sappers successfully cleared the railway from explosive devices, left behind by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and ensured a safe movement of trains. “However, the People’s Militia cannot guarantee the safety of the railway, located further, in the direction, controlled by units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” the center quoted the words of the representatives of the the People’s Militia.

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20:16

9 Weird Things About The NYC And NJ Bombs That Will Make You Say Hmmmm…

You know me – I’m not prone to conspiracy theories (cough). But, I noticed some weird things about the pressure cooker bomb attacks that took place in New York City and New Jersey this weekend and the subsequent arrest of the … Continue reading

20:04

North Carolina: Rioters Attack Truck Drivers, Loot Walmart After Black Man Shot Dead by Black Cop

“We out like the Taliban!” Mobs of rioters attacked truck drivers and families in Charlotte, North Carolina before looting Walmart after a black cop shot dead a black man who police say was armed. Officers were serving a warrant against … Continue reading

20:03

UK needs 'grand strategy' to defeat IS, says report by MPs Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Parliament warns that unless the UK changes its approach then any military success against IS could create something far worse

19:55

Leaked Video Shows Obama Railing Against White People During Kenya Trip

“I’m deeply saddened that whites are superior” Never before seen video set to be released soon shows President Barack Obama railing against white people during a 1990 trip to Kenya. The footage, filmed and narrated by Obama’s sister Auma, shows … Continue reading

19:53

'Tel Aviv will turn to dust': Iran taunts Israel during missile parade Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Tehran shows off new multi-warhead, long-range missile and says Tel Aviv will be turned 'to dust' if Israel's leaders 'make a mistake'

19:44

UN Removes Charges Against Russia & Syria Regarding Air Strike on Humanitarian Convoy in Syria

Photo: AFP / Omar Haj Kadour

The UN has revised its recently released statement regarding the humanitarian convoy affected by an attack in Syria. The phrase “air strikes” were replaced with references to unspecified “attacks.” Change of the text of the statement came after explanations of the Russian side.

Earlier, the UN reported that the convoy was damaged “as a result of an airstrike.” In response, the Russian delegation noted that that neither the Russian Aerospace Forces, nor the Syrian Air Forces have attacked the convoy with humanitarian aid.

Spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said that after studying a video, no signs of aircraft ammunition’s hits on the humanitarian convoy on the outskirts of Aleppo have been identified. He also reminded that on Monday, terrorists of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as the Jabhat al-Nusra or the Al-Nusra Front) group began their offensive on Aleppo precisely in this direction, using “powerful artillery fire from tanks, cannon gunnery and various multiple rocket launchers.”

According to Konashenkov, the photos show that there are no relevant funnels, and vehicles do not have hull damages and fractures of its structures from the blast wave of the aero-ammunition. He also added that Russia had used drones to monitor the convoy but only to a certain point.

“Around 13:40 Moscow time (10:40 GMT), the aid convoy has successfully reached the destination. The Russian side did not monitor the convoy after this, and its movements were only known to militants, who were controlled the area,” Konashenkov said.

The spokesman also noted that a pickup truck with a large-caliber mortar, used by terrorists, can be clearly seen in the footage. “The video clearly shows how terrorists are relocating a pickup truck with a large-caliber mortar,” he said.

After this, the UN has decided to modify the text of the statement. The new wording states that the convoy suffered “as a result of an unknown attack.”

“We are not in a position to determine whether these were in fact airstrikes. We are in a position to say that the convoy was attacked,” a representative of the UN for Humanitarian Affairs, Jens Laerke, said. According to his words, mention of the air strike in the early edition of the UN document is a result of a drafting error.

According to UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, the attack may be considered a war crime, if intentionally directing attacks against volunteers of the humanitarian organization is proved.

However, despite the new UN statement, the US continues to believe that Russia is responsible for the incident.

US President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, said that all indications are “that this was an airstrike.”

“There only could have been two entities responsible: either the Syrian regime or the Russian government. In any event, we hold the Russian government responsible,” he said.

On Monday evening, a humanitarian convoy of the UN and the Red Crescent came under an air attack on the...

19:40

Caught on Tape: Governor Says, ‘I Believe Hillary is Honest,’ Entire Audience Bursts into Laughter

This about sums up what America thinks of Hillary Clinton. People aren’t even pretending to buy the BS anymore. Check out what happened when former Florida governor Charlie Crist stood up on a stage and told an audience that he … Continue reading

19:32

The Cowardice of Ban Ki Moon In Confronting Syrian War Architects ThereAreNoSunglasses

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UN head: World leaders ‘have blood on their hands’ over Syria conflict

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has opened the annual UN General Assembly with strong words for governments who have “facilitated” violence in Syria. US President Obama also criticized a rise in “crude populism.”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly

In his final address as the United Nation’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon opened the annual General Assembly on Tuesday by appealing for peace and criticizing the Syrian government for civilian deaths.

“Many groups have killed many innocents – but none more so than the government of Syria, which continues to barrel bomb neighborhoods and systematically torture thousands of detainees,” Ban said.

The UN leader also reprimanded world leaders and representatives gathered in the room for their role in the deadly conflict in Syria.

He noted that “powerful patrons that keep feeding the war machine also have blood on their hands.”

“Present in this hall today are representatives of governments that have ignored, facilitated, funded, participated in or even planned and carried out atrocities inflicted by all sides of the Syria conflict against Syrian civilians,” Ban added in his final address.

The comments come on the heels of the UN and Red Cross’ decision to temporarily halt aid deliveries in Syria after a 31-truck aid convoy was hit by an airstrike on Monday.

19:27

The Economic Resurrection of China Dissident Voice

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In Part 1, I interviewed Jeff Brown, author of 44 Days Backpacking in China and the recently published China Rising, to get a perspective from an American ex-pat who has lived in, deeply studied China, and learned Mandarin.

I am glad that Jeff Brown raised the 15th century voyages of Zheng He in Part 2. Zheng He was a Muslim Chinese admiral who navigated much of the world in colossal wooden treasure ships conducting trade and spreading news of a China that was then the world power. Following Zheng He’s voyages, China would become influenced by Confucianism and become insular. Now China faces outward, and it is a trading power again.

China continues to expand its economy. What does China’s economic resurrection mean for Indigenous peoples, trade deals, and sanctions against a socialist neighbor? Brown further presents a perspective on China’s place in the world that differs from that related by monopoly media in the West.

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Kim Petersen: Permit me to quibble. You wrote, “Texas, Corsica and Newfoundland, were nominally independent for brief periods in history, but came back to the national fold. The same is true of Tibet, Xinjiang and will be for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.”

Hmmm… “nominally independent” sounds like western propaganda to me. Something like you are independent as long as you do as the colonizing entity directs. Mohawk Elder Kahentinetha Horn stated a moral imperative: “No nation has a right to denationalize another nation.” Did Texas not achieve nominal independence based on denying the nationhood of Nermernuh (Comanche) in Comancheria, as well as the Apaches, Araphoes, Kiowas, and other Indigenous peoples? So which national fold did Texas return to? Newfoundland became nominally independent from Britain in 1949 when it joined Canada which was also nominally independent from Britain at that time, meaning that they were both part of British empire. In Newfoundland, the Beothuk did not survive the arrival of the White man; i.e., it was a 100 percent genocide. As for...

19:26

The Worst Fighter Aircraft of All Time War Is Boring - Medium

In aerial combat, it’s a fine line between greatness and failure

19:15

Watch the Moment This Florida School Board Makes History by Opting out of Common Core

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19:14

US-Backed Terrorists Attacked Syria Humanitarian Convoy and probably coordinated Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US-Backed Terrorists Attacked Syria Humanitarian Convoy by Stephen Lendman America and its rogue allies support all terrorist groups operating in Syria, including elements falsely called “moderates” – one of the many Big Lies about Obama’s war. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov categorically denied his government or Syria’s involvement in attacking a UN/Syria Red […]

19:02

Election in Berlin: The End of CDU and SPD as the People’s Parties

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Originally appeared at DWN, translated by Karin exclusively for SouthFront

The Berlin elections have brought historical losses to the CDU and SPD. The Greens didn’t leave unscathed in their traditional stronghold. The Left Party has shown that there is room left of the SPD to accommodate a trenchant policy. The AfD showed the CDU that this also applies to the Right. The Renaissance of the FDP is a chance for them to give liberalism a voice.

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU) has called the poor showing of his party in the election to the House of Representatives in Berlin as “totally unsatisfactory”. “With this, the character of a people’s party is hardly given in Berlin,” he said to the Stuttgarter Zeitung.

Oettinger’s analysis relates also to the SPD. The previous partner SPD and CDU fared historically poor and are unable to continue their coalition in the House of Representatives. The former people’s parties had their worst postwar result and lost together over twelve percent. While the election winner the SPD can indeed reign on, but have to look for two partners. Two alliances alone don’t have a majority any more.

The winner of the election in Berlin was the Left Party, the AfD and the FDP. It is noteworthy that the AfD has made it immediately into every borough assembly and will provide seven councilors. Five AfD politicians were also able to prevail as direct candidates. Especially in the eastern part of the city, the AfD reached partly over 20 percent and took some of the Left’s votes as well. In the west of the city, the AfD was significantly less popular. Interesting: Even in some of the western constituencies the Left Party did well and took votes away from the SPD.

The Left Party came in the projections into third place and overtook the Green Party. The Left was the only one of the parties represented in parliament that gained votes, around four percentage points. The Greens remained below their record level of 2011. Both parties are ready for an alliance with the SPD.

The AfD continued its surge to hit a double-digit result. Most recently they stood at 14.1 percent. The AfD politicians are now sitting in 10 of 16 state parliaments. The FDP returns, after the out in 2011, back to Parliament and had 6.7 percent, a vital sign of life.

For the CDU of Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose refugee policy is highly controversial in the Union itself, Sunday marked the continuation of a negative series: At all state elections this year, the party has lost votes. However, the SPD, which governed in alliance with the CDU / CSU, slumped in Berlin with almost seven percentage points even more strongly than the CDU. Never before in Germany had a winner of state elections such a poor result.

The preliminary official results of the mandates:

SPD 352 369 21.6 (28.3) (- 6.7) 38
CDU 288 002 17.6 (23.3) (- 5.7) 31
Green 248 243 15.2 (17.6) (- 2.4) 27
Left 255 740 15.6 (11.7) (+ 3.9) 27
AfD 231 325 14.2 (-) (-) 25
FDP 109 431 6.7 (1.8) (+ 4.9) 12
Pirates 28 321 1.7 (8.9) (- 7.2) –

SPD top candidate Michael Müller, whose party holds since 15 years the position of the Mayor in the Red City Hall, announced exploratory talks with all parties except the AfD. He added: “I see more points of intersection with the Greens and the Left...

19:00

The “Deplorables” – Who We Are And What We Want

In numerous articles over the past several years I have made observations on a rule of life that I strictly adhere to: that all social conflicts can be boiled down to the reality of two opposing groups — those people … Continue reading

18:49

Iraqi Army Successfully Advancing on ISIS near Mosul

The Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have been successfully advancing on ISIS since the start of wide-scale operation against the terrorist group on September 20.

The main teargets of the launched operation were to seize from ISIS areas along the Euphrates River and re-take the strategic town of Shirqat located near the Mosul-Baghdad road. We recall Mosul remains the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq.

By September 21, the Iraqi forces have partly encircled Shirqat after liberation of a number of villages in the area. According to pro-government sources, the Iraqi army and the PMU have alredy deployed in its northern part and captured the ISIS commander of the town.

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Separately, they liberated from terrorists the areas of Haditha, Baghdadi, Dolab Islands along the Euphrates River.

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18:40

They are both lunatics ,but on the whole Clinton is more dangerous than Trump Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Clinton is more dangerous than Trump: Green Party nominee US Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein US Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein says Republican nominee Donald Trump is a moron who would be neutralized by his own party if elected, but Democratic ticket Hillary Clinton poses a greater threat to America and the […]

18:34

USA Provides Skin-Melting Chemical to Saudi Arabia for Yemen War Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US Provides Skin-Melting Chemical to Saudi Arabia for Yemen War People gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen’s capital Sanaa September 21, 2015 | Photo: Reuters The napalm-like chemical can burn skin to the bone. Saudi Arabia is using white phosphorus, a skin-melting chemical, in its conflict with Yemen, according to […]

18:31

Botswana – poisoning of vultures a threat to tourism Africa – News and Analysis

All Africa/Daily News (Gaborone)
September 20, 2016

Maun:  North West District council chairperson, Mr Reaboka Mbulawa says
both deliberate and accidental poisoning of vultures remain the top most
threats to their survival in Botswana.

Addressing a council meeting recently, Mr Mbulawa said poisoning of
vultures was also a threat to the tourism sector.

Thus, he urged the fellow councillors to talk to their electorates to stop
such actions with immediate effect.

Mr Mbulawa also encouraged the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and
Tourism and other agencies including the Directorate of Intelligence
Service to shift focus from elephant and rhino poaching, saying the current
poisoning of vultures was linked to elephant poaching.

“It is common knowledge that vultures alert anti-poachers to any kill and
more often these are seen as enemies to poachers and their war on vultures
is to wipe them out,” he said.

He also indicated that the phenomenon was evident in the Namibia Carprive
Strip where in July 2013, between 400-600 vultures, were found at a
poisoned elephant carcass.

Such trend, he said was ongoing because this year in Ngamiland, between May
and August around Shorobe area, 156 vultures were killed, adding the
heaviest loss recorded was in August where 103 died as a result of
poisoning.

Mr Mbulawa indicated that vultures played an extremely important role in
nature because they kept natural and man-made habitats free of carcasses,
waste and even human excrement.

He said Ngamiland would be worse off without vultures and the whole country
was counting on the district leadership to stand up to such challenge.

Nevertheless, he said public education would be intensified in order to
avert the looming extinction of vultures in the district.

Deliberating on the council chairman’s speech, some councillors expressed
concern about the delay in compensation of farmers by the department of
wildlife and national parks, which they argued exacerbated poaching and
poisoning of vultures in the district.

They argued that it was also disturbing that the department did not respond
on time to compensate farmers whose livestock had been killed by predators.

As such, they said some farmers had resorted to poisoning their dead cattle
as revenge, as a result poisoning vultures.

They also indicated that farmers made efforts to notify the department
about incidents of damage at their fields and livestock, but officers would
fail to attend to the scene until evidence was destroyed by vultures.

Cllr Ngatumbwe Kazombungo was also worried that some predators such as
hyenas, which he said impoverished farmers, were not included under animals
which were compensated for, hence they opted to poison their dead animals.

Cllr Kazombungo stated that the community were keen to engage in
conservation but were frustrated by the problematic predators.

Cllr Kenson Kgage shared same sentiments and cited an incident where a lion
had killed seven goats but officers failed to attend to such report.

As a result, Cllr Kgage said affected farmers thus ended up losing hope and
opted to poison their carcasses which resulted in killing of vultures.

Thus, he urged the department to up their game and ensure that species were
protected by swiftly attending to reports as well as compensate farmers on
time.

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18:29

Footage: Destroyed ‘Humanitarian Convoy’ in Aleppo Was Embeded with Terrorist Forces

A pickup truck with a towed large-caliber mortar & 'humanitarian aid trucks'

A pickup truck with a towed large-caliber mortar & ‘humanitarian aid trucks’

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released a video that clearly depicts militants driving a pickup with a mortar sought cover behind the ‘aid convoy’ that was destroyed near Aleppo city.

“Analysis of the yesterday’s drone footage monitoring the movement of the aid convoy through the militant held areas helped to reveal new details,” spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said. “The video clearly shows how the terrorists are relocating a pickup truck with a large-caliber mortar.”

The video clearly sohws a militant vehicle riding alongside a line of aid trucks, and stopping right next to one of them.

On September 19, a 31-trucks humanitarian convoy was attacked while heading to Aleppo city. 20 civilians and one aid worker were killed as result of the attack. Initial mediia reports suggested that the convoy had been targeted by an airstrike (Russian or Syrian).

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18:27

Obama Used His Final UN Address To Promote A ‘Liberal World Order’ And A Palestinian State

During Barack Obama’s eighth and final address to the United Nations he let his true colors show. He staunchly defended globalism, he took several not very subtle shots at Donald Trump, and he boldly declared that Israel “cannot permanently occupy … Continue reading

18:25

Nigeria – Amnesty says torture so common that police stations have ‘Officer in Charge of Torture’; torture and extortion common Africa – News and Analysis

Amnesty International

Torture in Nigeria
An artist’s drawing depicting a detainee being suspended upside down by their feet. © Chijioke Ugwu Clement

‘A medieval witch hunt’ against Boko Haram is fuelling massive use of torture

‘Torture is not even a criminal offence in Nigeria’ – Netsanet Belay

Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture men, women and children – some as young as 12 – using a wide range of methods including electric shocks, shootings and rape, Amnesty International said in a new report published today (18 September).

The 62-page report, ‘Welcome to hell fire’: Torture and other ill-treatment in Nigeria, shows how people in Nigeria are often detained in large dragnet operations and tortured as punishment, to extort money, or to extract “confessions” as a shortcut to ‘solving’ cases.

Members of Nigeria’s military are committing human rights violations on a massive scale, detaining thousands – many of whom appear to have been tortured – as they search for Boko Haram members.

However, Amnesty warns that torture in Nigeria ‘goes far beyond’ cases involving Boko Haram. In a recent opinion poll conducted for Amnesty, half of all respondents in Nigeria said they feared being tortured if taken into custody. In fact, torture has become such an integral part of Nigeria policing that many police stations have an informal ‘Officer in Charge of Torture’.

Police officers use an alarming array of torture techniques, including ripping out fingernails or teeth with pliers, shooting victims in the hand or foot, choking detainees with a rope pulled by two police officers, pouring hot water onto open wounds, making prisoners sit on a board covered with protruding nails or spikes, and widespread use of electric shocks and sexual violence.

In one typical case from last November, a 24-year-woman called Abosede told Amnesty how she suffered sexual torture to force her to ‘confess’ to a crime:

‘A policewoman took me to a small room, told me to remove everything I was wearing … She spread my legs wide, and fired tear gas into my vagina … I was asked to confess that I was an armed robber … I was not taken to the hospital even though I was bleeding from my vagina … I still feel pains in my womb.’

In another case, Mahmood, a 15 year-old-boy from Yobe state, was arrested by soldiers in March 2013 with around 50 other people, mainly teenage boys.

He told Amnesty that the military held him for three weeks, beat him repeatedly with their gun butts, batons and machetes, poured melting plastic on his back, made him walk and roll over broken bottles, and forced him to watch other detainees being summarily killed. He was eventually released more than a year later, arriving home psychologically traumatised and in desperate need of emergency medical treatment.

Compiled from hundreds of testimonies and evidence, the Welcome to hell fire report exposes an institutionalised use of police torture chambers and routine abuses by the military in a country that prohibits torture in its constitution but has no laws criminalising it. The report also reveals how most of those detained are held incommunicado – denied all access to the outside world, including to lawyers, families or the courts.

Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director Netsanet Belay said:

‘Soldiers pick up hundreds of people as they search for those associated with Boko Haram, the...

18:17

Nice little earner for failed politicians, leaching on charities Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Peak Kinnock Neil Kinnock appeared on both Dispatches and Panorama this evening bemoaning the presence of socialists in the Labour Party. Neither programme succeeded in finding anything sinister happening, but they did succeed in playing a great deal of sinister music. This must have been a great boost to the sinister music writing industry, for […]

18:13

South Sudan – General Peter Gatdet denies talks with government Africa – News and Analysis

Sudan Tribune

(NAIROBI) – The commander of the armed forces of South Sudan United Movement has dismissed as “untrue” reports that he reached an agreement with President Salva Kiir’s government.

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Rebel General Peter Gatdet Yaka gestures as he speaks to South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar (not seen) in a rebel controlled territory in Jonglei February 1, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Gen. Peter Gatdet toldSudan Tribune from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi that had never made any contact with the Juba establishment as claimed.

“The claim by President Salva Kiir’s security advisor was not true. I Gen. Gatdet have never held talks with any officials and I have to dismiss it as misinformation and misinterpretation from Tut Kew Gatluak,” he said.

The general, formerly with ex-vice president Riek Machar-led rebels, said he cannot betray his people without identifying the root causes of 2013 massacre of Nuers and other South Sudanese civilians.

“I fought Salva Kiir and the groups with purpose and I decided to reject the IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development]-Plus peace agreement about re-unification of the SPLM [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement] because of premeditated bloody confrontation between our communities that reflected the tribal divisions in South Sudan under the poor leadership,” he stressed.

The official, however said, he was willing to be part of a comprehensive agreement designed to unite all South Sudanese.

“If there would be peace for all opposition members, I must be convinced with the durable peace that will address the root cause of the fighting and the reason why 30,000 civilians were killed in Juba. We fought with the Juba government and three armed groups, likewise all the opposition groups,” he said.

For lasting peace to be achieved in South Sudan, he added, there was need for inclusiveness in representation within government, which would pave way for realization of a final peace agreement.

Since the beginning of the South Sudan conflict in 2013, Gatdet has been operating in Bor, Jonglei State from where he crossed to Malakal in Upper Nile state. In 2014, United States, through its State Department, imposed sanctions on the commander of President Kiir’s guards, Major General Marial Chanuong Yol together with Gatdet.

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18:05

The last thing Europe needs is a CETA/TTIP trade deal with the USA, they are absolute poison Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

CETA Trade Deal Undermines European Democracy: Could Help Investors Attack EU “Public Interest Safeguards” Including Healthcare, Labour Rights, Environment By Corporate Europe Observatory, A new report on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) reveals how the trade deal could make EU member states vulnerable to costly lawsuits from North American investors that threaten public interest. […]

17:54

Overview of Clashes in Aleppo Province on September 20-21

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Aleppo City

On September 20, the Syrian army, the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, repelled an attack of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra/Al-Nusra Front) and its ‘moderate allies’ in southwestern Aleppo.

Terrorist infantry, supported by battle tanks and artillery, attacked the government forces’ positions in the 1070 Apartment Project and in the Ramouseh Artillery Base. However, they were not able to break the army’s defenses.

Separately, the joint terrorist forces attacked the Syrian army positions at the strategic Castello Highway and in the al-Layramount Neighborhood in northwestern Aleppo without any significant gains there.

The Russian centre in Syria said that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies lost four battle tanks, three infantry combat vehicles and nine pickup trucks with heavy guns during this failed advance. About 100 militants were killed, accodring to pro-government sources.

By September 21, firefights have been ongoing at the Ramouseh Artillery Base, al-Layramount and near the Handarat refugee camp.

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On September 21, the Syrian army and its allies launched an advance on the 1070 Apartment Project – Hikmah School – Tell Uhud axis, southwest of Aleppo city. Clashes are ongoing in Sooq al-Jebes.

Northern Aleppo

In the northern part of Aleppo province, the Turkish Armed Forces and Ankara-backed militants have continued operations against the ISIS terrorist group. On September 20, ISIS launched a series of counter-attacks east of Al Rai, capturing from the Ankara-led forces over 9 villages. By September 21, the Turkish forces have not been able to regain the ground that they had lost.

Meanwhile, pro-Turkish sources report that all is ‘ok’ and the Turkish artillery hit over 50 ISIS targets in northern Syria.

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17:51

Media Silence As Massive Sinkhole in Florida Leaks Radioactive Water into the Ground

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17:51

Israel shoots Palestinian girl who 'did not stop at crossing' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Israel says guards shot 13-year-old in leg after she failed to respond to warnings in West Bank

17:40

Four medics 'killed in strike on clinic' near Syria's Aleppo Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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US blames Russia for air strike that levelled a clinic near the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least four medics with the death toll expected to rise

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The USA knows very well who carried out the attack on Syrian aid convey, their attempt to blame Russia is despicable Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Russian, Syrian Jets Did Not Conduct Airstrikes on UN Convoy – MoD: Russia says Syrian aid convoy caught fire, was not shot up Russian and Syrian aircraft did not carry out any airstrikes against a UN humanitarian aid convoy near the city of Aleppo, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday.On Monday, […]

17:19

First oil in two years leaves Libya's Ras Lanouf port Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Oil leaves a key Libyan port for the first time since they were seized by military strongman Khalifa Haftar

16:54

The USA Is the Main Sponsor of International Terrorism?

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Originally appeared at A-specto, translated (in abridged form) by Borislav exclusively for SouthFront

After they “wrongly” hit the Syrian government army, which is fighting the Islamic state, the US is now trying to accuse Russia of violating the agreement and even tried to impart guilt to it for the bombing of a humanitarian convoy of the UN and the Syrian Red Crescent Societies. The arrogance of the United States again reached unprecedented heights. You can always “invent” an incident such as a “chemical attack by Assad” (which the Brits quickly proved that was not his, but remained silent). First create an incident, then the United States enters as a defender of democracy, and then the role of aggressor is imposed on Russia. Cheap tricks that the world has wised up about. But hardly any country can raise its head, given the military tutelage of the United States in almost every part of the planet. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which informed about the incident with the humanitarian convoy, is nothing more than a propaganda element of the terrorist groups operating in Syria. Breaking the ceasefire is only a result of the bombing on the Syrian army, which is done to help the terrorists of the Islamic State” wrote readers on a forum of the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo” in response to the notice of termination of the truce by the US, supposedly because Russia “did not respect the arrangements.” For everyone it has long been clear that under the guise of humanitarian convoys, are transported weapons and supplies for terrorists. If you reach the place of destination – good, if it gets bombed – also good, because you can show to the global media how the villains bombed a humanitarian convoy…

US Air Force’s strikes on Syrian troops near Deir ez-Zor were surprisingly effective. Especially considering the modest successes of the Americans in the fight against Islamic terrorists. According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the attack killed 62 soldiers, more than 100 others were injured and about 20 units of military equipment destroyed. According to the TV channels CNN, the air strikes were suspended only after the intervention of the Russian military. They contacted their American “colleagues” and told them that they are not firing at the terrorists, but the Syrian army. After receiving this information, the Americans immediately ceased the operation. A representative of the administration of President Barack Obama, expressed regret for “inadvertently” hitting government troops, according to the Associated Press. These excuses did not made ​​an impression on the Russian diplomats. At the Emergency meeting of the Security Council of the UN, the permanent representative of Russia – Vitaly Churkin, bluntly accused the US of supporting the Islamic State. CNN’s military analyst Colonel Rick Francona said that these accusations are absurd, and cynically added: “Our strikes are always effective. But this time we were wrong in choosing the target. Nevertheless, our strike was accurate. In the future, the US needed more reliable guarantees from Russia in order to avoid casualties of civilians.”

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16:53

Athens, Greece: Antifascists impose 12 hour blockade on the offices of fascist LEPEN party Insurrection News

It was 8:00 in the morning of Sunday 18 of September, when on the day that neonazis from the fascist party of LEPEN were planning to celebrate the “grand” opening of their new offices in Agios Panteleimonas, Athens, (provocatively on the day that antifa rapper Pavlos Fyssas was murdered by Golden Dawn neonazis 3 years ago in Keratsini, Athens (18/9/2013)), that antifascists swarmed and surrounded their offices catching them completely by surprise.
In their panic, the fascists locked themselves in and did what fascists always do. Seek the helping hand of the riot police to save them from Antifa. And that’s exactly what happened. Dozens of riot policemen were called to the scene.

Regardless, the antifascists, determined not to give an inch of space to the fascists, made a public call for an antifa protest and until late in the evening more and more antifascists joined the lock-down which lasted for more than 12 hours, (20:30) until Antifas, having canceled the fascist fiesta, left the spot with a demo through the streets of Athens city centre.

Antifa Sempre
Pavlos Fyssas presente!


16:42

George H.W. Bush Says He Will Vote for Hillary Clinton for President

In case you hadn’t heard, George H. W. Bush just announced he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, supposedly in an “unprecedented” snub of Republican candidate Donald Trump. George H. W. Bush 'will vote for Hillary Clinton in unprecedented snub … Continue reading

16:00

A Doctor’s Note Antiwar.com Original

Well, I messed my hand up using my monster of a rototiller. Nothing serious, but typing is out of the question for today – so no column, unfortunately. But never fear – I’ll be back on Friday. NOTES IN THE MARGIN You can check out my Twitter feed by going here. But please note that […]

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16:00

Two Major Candidates, Zero Solutions for Terrorism Antiwar.com Original

Facts are still coming out about the New York and New Jersey bombings. But from the information we do have, one thing is clear: the counterterror solutions promoted by Trump and Clinton would not have helped prevent it. Background Two bombs exploded in New York City and New Jersey this past Saturday. No one was […]

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16:00

Assange, Manning, and Snowden, Standing With the Conscience of Truthtellers Antiwar.com Original

Last week, Oliver Stone’s biopic “Snowden” hit the theaters. The film illuminates the life of Edward Snowden between 2004 and 2013, aiming to humanize one of the most wanted men in the world. Just before its release, a public campaign was launched urging President Obama to pardon this renowned NSA whistleblower. The massive US government […]

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15:45

Kabul River and Standing Rock Sioux Dissident Voice

Government officials and business people today routinely negotiate: “We’d like to extract the oil.” Or gas, or such and such a mineral.  Water? “Oh don’t worry, we’ll see to that too….”

But they’re not angels, and their bottom line is profit, so Nature and human beings have a problem having enough to drink, and to survive, not just along Kabul River, but also along the Missouri and Mississippi of the Standing Rock Sioux.

They craft the ‘legal’ rules of the industry, and embellish their plans with ‘democracy, or development, or rights’.

They enjoy impunity, unless, together, we speak up, and ‘vandalize’ the ‘norms’, beginning with the habits of our minds.

01-our-27-metre-deep-well-dried-upOur 27-meter-deep well dried up recently

With the groundwater level across the world dropping, we had expected the well of our rented house in Kabul to dry up. Yet, or despite this, or worse, because of this, government-corporations are ever ready to wage well-funded wars, and to extract from the earth’s bosoms to feed their machines. Their bank accounts and cars are more important than babies and rivers.

02-heaving-pilingThe machines

The elite invest our tax money in reaching new depths of weapons and technologies, rather than in addressing root causes. The scandal is that they probably understand: installing CCTVs, blimps and nuclear power apparatchik cannot heal hunger, anger, or death. They even approve their ‘civ-mil’ plans in Parliaments and Congresses, and take their bonuses and extras from the tax coffers which they and the super-rich are exempt from. They call this the economy.

03-through-our-kitchen-windowDriving the huge piling rods into Mother Earth

Bang! Clank! Bang! For about 10 days, outside our kitchen window, the hired ‘well-diggers’ rammed huge rods through the soil and rocks to a depth of 50 metres.  Meanwhile, in containers on a wheelbarrow, we fetched water from another yard, for the...

14:23

ISIS Fleeing Shirqat; 65 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

Daesh leaders are reported to be fleeing Shirqat early in an operation to free the city.

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13:36

Senate to Vote on Blocking Weapons to Saudia Arabia this Wednesday! Call (202) 224-3121, NOW!! United For Peace and Justice

The Saudi Coalition, backed by the U.S, has committed a multitude of war crimes in Yemen killing thousands of innocent civilians. The Senate and House are taking action by putting forth legislation to stop the current $1.15 billion US weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. There must be consequences for the atrocities committed by Saudi Arabia. The US must not continue to participate by providing more weapons to the Saudi government.
There is an extremely important vote in the Senate this afternoon to block the current $1.15 billion weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Call your Senators NOW at (202) 224-3121 to tell them that you support SJ Resolution 39 blocking this sale.

There is an extremely important vote in the Senate this afternoon to block the current $1.15 billion weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Call your Senators NOW at (202) 224-3121 to tell them that you support SJ Resolution 39 blocking this sale.

Based on what we’ve learned from our allies who have been working tirelessly to support and move legislation in Congress, we believe that a vote could reach the Senate floor as early as tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon.

**MANY SENATORS ARE STILL “UNDECIDED” OR ARE 50/50 ON THIS ISSUE… THAT’S WHY THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU, NOW!!**

Your Senator has a rare opportunity to stop this inhumane war profiteering which, is soaked in the blood of thousands of innocent Yemenis. Those on Capitol Hill need to know that you are watching, that we are watching, and we will hold them accountable for their position on this uncontroversial issue.

Join others around the country by picking up your phone now to call the US Capitol Switchboard : (202) 224-3121. Their system will assist you in reaching your Senators and Congressperson.

After you’ve made your call, please help us track the responses you get from each office.

Message us and let us know who you spoke to and if they’re supporting, opposing, are leaning a particular way, or are undecided on the legislation to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

This is a special case where every one of our calls can and will make a difference.

I look forward to hearing from you.

And if you can, please donate $5, right now, so we can continue this ongoing campaign to stop war for profit.

 

13:26

The Golden Age of Bullshit Dissident Voice

A new band out of Los Angeles called PartyBaby recently released their excellent pop-punk debut album, the title of which perfectly captures the time we’re living through: The Golden Age of Bullshit. On the cover three or four teens scamper through a splashing surf. There’s lots of laughter and frivolity. It’s just an innocent day at the beach. But behind them, a mushroom cloud erupts out of the deep water. The teens are oblivious. Isn’t that a perfect picture of America today? The electorate gearing up to place a neoconservative war criminal in the White House by virtue of her gender. A bigoted loose cannon billionaire being propped up by the media as the dangerous alternative we must come together to defeat. A President spending his last months in office supporting a terrorist network trying to overthrow a sovereign state, largely ignored by a media preoccupied with personal failings of the two reviled candidates. But all of this diversionary piffle in necessary because it helps disguise Washington’s actual end game, which is neither noble nor pretty.

The Meta-Narrative

Sifting through the myriad salvos exchanged by the two carnival barkers of the election, it was interesting to note how swiftly Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump when he criticized “American exceptionalism”. Doing her best to summon the iron-willed vigor of a Bismarck, Clinton said she, “would never question the exceptionalism of America.” She was smart to say so. American exceptionalism is our religion. It’s the pretext that President Obama and now Hillary Clinton will use to explain their imperial campaigns. The idea suggests that without American leadership there emerges a huge vacuum of purpose in the world that will be inevitably filled by a metastasizing al-Qaeda or revanchist Russia. This is nonsense, but it’s a clever cover for wars of aggression.

Trump was right to criticize the ideology. It is obviously insulting to other nations. If we are exceptional, they aren’t. And that’s eventually why we must occupy their countries, to show them the way. When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warns Asia that the United States intends to be, “the principal security power in the Asia-Pacific for decades to come,” or when Barack Obama counsels China on the merits of restraint, how can Asian nations not fail to feel insulted?  Insult regional leadership? Why do Asians need corrupt politicians thousands of miles away in Washington interfering in their affairs? The unspoken assumption is that Asians need us to keep the peace.

The more specific argument is that we must lead because nobody else can be trusted to defend free-market democracy. Without us the world economy will fracture into abject pockets of depression ruled by dysfunctional criminals who fail to understand globalization. In order to force ourselves upon other countries and exploit their resources, we need some noble cause to tell the “bewildered herd.” Defending freedom works well. Aligning freedom with markets works even better. As such, “globalization”, framed as the march of free-market democracies to the ends of the earth, is code for imperialism. There are several ways in which an independent nation may be induced to submit to the globalization scheme, including sanctions, exclusionary trade deals, political subversion, proxy warfare, cyber warfare, and invasion and occupation.

Once less sanguinary options have failed, outright war is the final solution. The cause is framed as a “humanitarian war” to save vulnerable populations from a dictator that wants to take away their freedom and kill them for unspecified reasons. When a leader doesn’t want to be exploited by Western multinationals, set your watch. It is only a...

13:21

Russian Defense Ministry Releases Footage of Attacked UN Aid Convoy in Syria’s Aleppo Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

20.09.2016 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160920/1045521488/aleppo-un-convoy.html The Russian military unveiled on Tuesday video footage of a UN humanitarian aid convoy that came under attack in Syria, which shows a militants’ pickup vehicle carrying a large-caliber mortar as part of the convoy. The video shows that the UN aid convoy was accompanied by a terrorists’ off-road vehicle with a large-caliber mortar launcher, […]

13:20

Jaysh Al-Fateh’s defenses crumble as the Syrian Army swiftly advances in southern Aleppo

AlMasdarNews reports: ALEPPO, SYRIA (4:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Hezbollah and Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary), launched a large-scale offensive in southern Aleppo tonight, targeting the 1070 Al-Hamdaniyah Housing Project, Souq Al-Jabas (Aqrab), and Hikmah Hill.

Led by the 4th Mechanized Division and Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies managed to capture most of Hikmah Hill and Souq Al-Jabas after a fierce battle with Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) tonight.

According to an Al-Masdar correspondent that is embedded with the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are on the verge of establishing full control over Hikmah School and Souq Al-Jabal, which means the jihadist rebels will be forced to retreat from the 1070 Housing Project.

In addition to their gains at Hikmah Hill and Souq Al-Jabas, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies are applying pressure on the jihadist defenses at the 1070 Housing project; this has paved the way for their comrades to advance elsewhere.

Hezbollah, backed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary) launched a new attack on the Khan Touman axis of southern Aleppo tonight, striking Jaysh Al-Fateh’s positions near the key village of Qarassi – firefights are still ongoing.

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12:56

North Carolina Cop Kills Unarmed Man After Confusing Book for Gun, Daughter Says PINAC News

Confusing a book for a gun, a North Carolina cop shot and killed an unarmed 43-year-old man Tuesday, according to his daughter, who posted a video of the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook.

But Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Keith Lamont Scott was armed and posed an “imminent deadly threat to the officers,” which is why he had to die.

They say they were in the area to serve an arrest warrant, which had nothing to do with Scott.

At this time, it does not appear as if the shooting was caught on video, but Scott’s daughter began live streaming on Facebook after the shootings where she can be heard yelling and insulting the officers for having killed her father, telling viewers that her father was sitting in a car reading a book waiting for his son to arrive from school on the bus.

The cop who killed has been identified as Brentley Vinson. Both Scott and Vinson are black.

According to the Charlotte Observer:

Police said they were searching for someone who had an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs complex on Old Concord Road when they saw a man with a gun leave a vehicle.

Police said they approached the man after he got back into the vehicle. The man got out again armed with a firearm “and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers, who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” police said in a statement.

Police said Scott was not the person they were seeking to arrest, whom they did not name nor did they apparently arrest.

The incident took place at 3:50 p.m. and as of this writing, 10:36 p.m., protesters remain gathered in the area, squaring off with police in riot gear.

Scott’s daughter said her father was tasered and shot four times, describing the shooting as follows:

“He sits in the shade, reads his book, does his studies, and waits on his kid to get off the bus,” the woman said. “He didn’t have no gun. He wasn’t messing with nobody. All they did, them ‘jumpout boys,’ them undercover detectives, they jumped out their truck, they said, ‘Hands up he got a gun, he got a gun, pow pow pow pow.’ That’s it.”

If there were several cops, but only one of them fired, which is the case here, then that indicates none of the other cops saw a gun in his hand.

However, police say they recovered a gun from the scene.

Below are two videos from the aftermath of the scene, including one that lasts an hour and has been disappearing from the internet, so we posted it and have yet to see it in its entirety.

There is also a video from Scott’s sister posted to Twitter.

Check out live stream videos here and here of what is taking place in the area as we speak.

 

 

12:44

Researchers Hack Tesla Model S with Remote Attack cryptogon.com

Via: PC World: Tesla Motors is considered one of the most cybersecurity-conscious car manufacturers in the world—among other things, it has a bug bounty program. But that doesn’t mean the software in its cars is free of security flaws. Researchers from Chinese technology company Tencent found a series of vulnerabilities that, when combined, allowed them […]

12:40

Iran sentences Lebanese IT expert to 10 years in prison Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen with permanent US residency, was invited to attend a conference in Tehran before he was detained

12:29

Santiago, Chile: Noise bomb attack against the police church by Anarchic Group of Unpatriotic Heretics FAI-FRI Insurrection News

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Received and translated on 21.09.16:

Mobilizing our anti-authoritarian strength in concrete actions of hostility towards the power, we attacked the Evangelical Church of the Carabineros of Chile (located in the center of Santiago) with a noise bomb. We chose the night of September 19 for our action, the day in Chile when the State and the citizen masses celebrate the ‘Fiestas Patrias’ and render honor to the Armed Forces and the police.

Our action is a sign of repudiation against the festive atmosphere of nationalism and alienation promoted by the State and voluntarily accepted by the social majority functional to power.

We send our solidarity to comrade Juan Flores and the comrade Nataly Casanova, two years since their arrest accused of installing explosive devices. We also greet the comrades Juan Aliste, Marcel Villarroel, Freddy Fuentevilla and Natalia Collado. May our solidarity be transformed into fire and explosions for the comrades Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar, the imprisoned comrades of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and Angeliki Spyropoulou in Greece, the comrades Nicola Gai, Alfredo Cospito and the comrades recently arrested in Italy for the attacks of the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI).

Against the Church, the nation, repression and all forms of control over our lives.
Our deafening noise is a cry for freedom.

Anarchic Group of Unpatriotic Heretics (FAI/FRI)

******

Movilizando nuestra fuerza anti-autoritaria en acciones concretas de hostilidad hacia el poder, atacamos con una bomba de ruido la Iglesia Evangelica de Carabineros de Chile (ubicada en el centro de Santiago). Elegimos para nuestra accion la noche del 19 de septiembre, dia en que en Chile el Estado y la masa ciudadana festejan las “Fiestas Patrias” y rinden honores a las Fuerzas Armadas y de Orden.

Nuestro acto es una muestra de repudio ante clima festivo de nacionalismo y enajenacion promovido por el Estado y voluntariamente aceptado por la mayora social funcional al poder

Enviamos nuestra solidaridad al companero Juan Flores y a la companera Nataly Casanova a dos anos de su arresto acusadxs de instalar artefactos explosivos. Tambien saludamos a lxs companerxs Juan Aliste, Marcelo Villarroel, Freddy Fuentevilla y Natalia Collao.
Que la solidaridad se transforme en incendios y explosiones por lxs companerxs Monica Caballero y Francisco Solar, lxs companerxs presxs de la Cospiracion de Celulas del Fuego y la companera Aggeliky Spyropoulou en Grecia, lxs companerxs Nicola Gai, Alfredo Cospito y lxs companerxs detenidxs recientemente en Italia por ataques de la Federacion Anarquista Informal (FAI).

Contra la Iglesia, la Patria, la represion y toda forma de control sobre nuestras vidas.
Nuestro ruido ensordecedor es un grito de libertad.

Grupo anarquico de herejes anti-patriotas (FAI/FRI)


12:27

Acting on Bill Ayers' Radical Manifesto War Is A Crime .org

Bill Ayers' short new book, Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto, is different from the typical liberal view of a better world in two ways. First, its goals are a bit grander, more inspiring. Second, it adds as the first and most important goal one that others don't include at all.

A typical proposal that a lesser evilist might give for "voting against Donald Trump" might include minor economic or police or prison reforms, a bit of environmentalism, healthcare, or education. Ayers wants to abolish prisons, end capitalism, disarm the police, redesign schools, create universal healthcare, and nationalize energy companies. And he's right. The radical vision is the better one, not just because it leads to a better place but also because the incrementalist approach will get us all killed -- only a bit more slowly than doing nothing.

The more important, because rarer, difference in Ayers' manifesto is the addition of the missing topic. Most U.S. "progressives" imagine a world of greater economic equality and opportunity, environmental sustainability, fewer police killings, shorter prison sentences, investment in human needs, and the withering away of all sorts of bigotries, prejudices, sexisms, racisms, and other sorts of unfairness and cruelty -- resulting in a multicultural community all united in our support for dumping a trillion dollars a year into preparing for battle with our collectively loathed foreign enemies, and supporting the weapons trade as a supposed economic program.

Ayers takes a different approach. "What," he asks, "if we broke from the dogma of militarism -- rejecting the anemic and seemingly endless debates about whether the United States should bomb this country or instead boycott some other country . . . -- and organized an irresistible social upheaval strong enough to stop U.S. invasions and conquest[?] What if we occupied bases, blocked munitions shipments and private militias, boycotted arms dealers, sabotaged surveillance operations and drone manufacturers -- and forced the U.S. government to disarm and close all foreign military bases within a year? . . . Or what if we built a colossal transnational movement that organized shadow elections (initially), inviting any resident of a country with a U.S. military presence within its borders to vote in U.S. national elections?"

Ayers proposes that we take on the culture of militarism, not just the industrial structure of it. "[I]magine," he writes, "any bit of the war culture transformed into a peace-and-love culture: the Super Bowl opening with thousands of local school kids rushing through the stands distributing their poetry, and then everyone singing 'This Land Is Your Land,' or 'Give Peace a Chance,' or 'We Shall Overcome'; an airlines or bus terminal clerk saying, 'We want to invite any teachers or nurses in the gate area to board first, and we thank you for your service'; urban high schools eliminating ROTC and banning military recruiters in favor of school-wide assemblies for peace recruiters featuring Code Pink, and after-school programs led by Black Youth Project 100 and the American Friends Service Committee."

Some of us like this idea so much we've organized an event this weekend to try to advance it. The event is called #NoWar2016. This Friday and Saturday, you can watch the live stream at TheRealNews.com. Videos of Friday through Sunday will be quickly posted online. Sunday will include activism workshops and a planning session for a protest at the Pentagon at 9 a.m. Monday morning. The details are all at http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016.

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12:27

Acting on Bill Ayers’ Radical Manifesto World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson

Bill Ayers’ short new book, Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto, is different from the typical liberal view of a better world in two ways. First, its goals are a bit grander, more inspiring. Second, it adds as the first and most important goal one that others don’t include at all.

A typical proposal that a lesser evilist might give for “voting against Donald Trump” might include minor economic or police or prison reforms, a bit of environmentalism, healthcare, or education. Ayers wants to abolish prisons, end capitalism, disarm the police, redesign schools, create universal healthcare, and nationalize energy companies. And he’s right. The radical vision is the better one, not just because it leads to a better place but also because the incrementalist approach will get us all killed — only a bit more slowly than doing nothing.

The more important, because rarer, difference in Ayers’ manifesto is the addition of the missing topic. Most U.S. “progressives” imagine a world of greater economic equality and opportunity, environmental sustainability, fewer police killings, shorter prison sentences, investment in human needs, and the withering away of all sorts of bigotries, prejudices, sexisms, racisms, and other sorts of unfairness and cruelty — resulting in a multicultural community all united in our support for dumping a trillion dollars a year into preparing for battle with our collectively loathed foreign enemies, and supporting the weapons trade as a supposed economic program.

Ayers takes a different approach. “What,” he asks, “if we broke from the dogma of militarism — rejecting the anemic and seemingly endless debates about whether the United States should bomb this country or instead boycott some other country . . . — and organized an irresistible social upheaval strong enough to stop U.S. invasions and conquest[?] What if we occupied bases, blocked munitions shipments and private militias, boycotted arms dealers, sabotaged surveillance operations and drone manufacturers — and forced the U.S. government to disarm and close all foreign military bases within a year? . . . Or what if we built a colossal transnational movement that organized shadow elections (initially), inviting any resident of a country with a U.S. military presence within its borders to vote in U.S. national elections?”

Ayers proposes that we take on the culture of militarism, not just the industrial structure of it. “[I]magine,” he writes, “any bit of the war culture transformed into a peace-and-love culture: the Super Bowl opening with thousands of local school kids rushing through the stands distributing their poetry, and then everyone singing ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ or ‘Give Peace a Chance,’ or ‘We Shall Overcome’; an airlines or bus terminal clerk saying, ‘We want to invite any teachers or nurses in the gate area to board first, and we thank you for your service’; urban high schools eliminating ROTC and banning military recruiters in favor of school-wide assemblies for peace recruiters featuring Code Pink, and after-school programs led by Black Youth Project 100 and the American Friends Service Committee.”

Some of us like this idea so much we’ve organized an event this weekend to try to advance it. The event is called #NoWar2016. This Friday and Saturday, you can watch the live stream at TheRealNews.com. Videos of Friday through Sunday will be quickly posted online. Sunday will include activism workshops and a planning session for a protest at the Pentagon at 9 a.m. Monday morning. The details are all at http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016.

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12:05

Any Third Party Vote is a Vote for Hillary Clinton Dissident Voice

Buddy boy, don’t you get it? This isn’t the year to cast a “protest” vote. If you don’t vote for Trump, you’re really voting for Hillary.

Huh?

Listen, kid, you just don’t know how all this works, do you? I know you pretty much think neither Clinton2 nor the Trumpster should be controlling the White House joy stick. Am I right or am I right?

I guess so.

You don’t want to vote for someone who helped bomb the shit out of the Middle East or somebody who you don’t know if they’ll blow up the whole world either. The Big H has the track record as a killer and Trumpy only has the potential. Right?

Sure. But….

Listen, pally, is it the American way to convict somebody of a crime even before they commit it? Or do we only punish those who’ve already voted to kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women?

Well, so far Mr. Trump has only been stupid talk.

Exactamundo! Only ridiculous chatter. You know whatever he says is meaningless. You also know that he knows he’s bullshitting. It’s a game to him. On the other hand Clinton2 pretends it isn’t a game. He lies and winks. She lies and pretends it’s the Lord’s own truth.

I don’t know about that.

Of course you do, kiddo. You’re for Medicare for All, right? Well, the Trumpster has been for that. At one time or another. The Hillary wants to keep that Obamacare farce going.

It’s not like he wants socialized medicine, though.

You opposed the Iraq War, right? You know the Big Guy was at one time against it too. Clinton2 said she made a mistake. Maybe a couple of million died with the help of her vote and she says she made a mistake. Big whoop. Trumpy, he’s more flexible.

Well, that’s sort of true.

Kid, you know this isn’t an election where you can vote for a minority party. This might be the most critical election ever. You know you don’t want that Hillary in office.

She does support the death penalty when she feels like it. And she likes fracking too.

My brother, look at what they did to your Bernie.

You’re right about that. But the Republicans aren’t any better.

Now that even the Bush family is voting for Hillary Clinton, I mean, what more can I say? Do you support the whole Bush agenda? Don’t you think the first thing Clinton2 will do is give Jeb! a cabinet position? You don’t think Papa Bush said he was voting Democrat for the first time in his life without getting something in return? This is still politics, buddy boy. Imagine Jeb! as Secretary of State.

True. There must have been some sort of deal there.

Citizen, at least the Trumpster is straight about being corrupt.

That’s sort of the reason I’m thinking of voting for a third party candidate.

Patriotic American, wait until after the election and mobilize then. Trump can be reined in by a unified Democratic Congress. Remember the most important thing is to keep a war monger like Hillary Clinton out of the White House. It’s the known evil versus the unknown evil.

You’ve given me a lot to think about. Fortunately, there’s a little time left.

Pal of mine, just remember, any third party vote is a vote for Hillary Clinton to be the next President of these United States. And you know nobody wants that to happen.

12:03

Two Italians, one Canadian abducted in Libya Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Kidnappers are known robnbers says council member in the northern town of Ghat

11:47

سيد أوباما: العالم كان أكثر أمناً في الحرب البادرة Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  ناصر قنديل – درج الأميركيون في خبرتهم المتراكمة مع مهنة غسل الأدمغة ورمي المصطلحات وترويجها، على تسويق معادلة طالما يلجأون إليها لتغطية جرائمهم، فقالوا بعد حربَيْ أفغانستان والعراق، ومسؤوليتهم عن قتل وتشريد الملايين، إنّ أفغانستان أفضل بلا طالبان، وإنّ العراق بات أفضل بلا صدام حسين، وبعد الربيع العربي قالوا عن ليبيا إنها أفضل بلا […]

11:43

Progressives Are Targets of Hillary’s “Basket of Deplorables” Speech Dissident Voice

By now Hillary Clinton’s comment that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are “sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” and hence “irredeemable” is known throughout the land.  They, said she, belong in a “basket of deplorables.”  She thus consigns to her “basket” many millions of Americans, in fact, more each day as Trump does ever better in the polls.

Make no mistake about it, this bit of invective was no accident. Hillary is carefully scripted, and especially so in these months of her campaign. Cameras were rolling and she knew it. Moreover, she has said the same thing repeatedly on camera in front of high-end donors. Why, then, did she say such a thing?

The first and obvious point is that it was heartfelt.  She, like the rest of the Elite, harbors deep feelings of contempt for the common Joe and Jane.  And the contempt is bipartisan.  As many have noted, her comment echoes that of Romney in 2012 who accused “47%” of American voters of being ne’er do well freeloaders, expecting a handout from the government. That is the Republican Elite’s brand of contempt.  The Dem Elite on the other hand offers their contempt in terms of identity politics.  To them the great unwashed are a mass of bigots and worse.  (Other years it is the Black “superpredators” who feel their sting.)  It cannot be otherwise. Every exploiting, parasitic Elite feels contempt for its subjects, so this is not news. Imagined superiority, after all, is what justifies, in the minds of the few, their rule over the many.

And certainly Hillary’s words will give the attendees at a $250,000 per plate event a feeling of moral superiority that they are not among the “irredeemables” but are, in fact, among the Redeemers.  And if that sounds messianic, that is because it is.  Such a feeling of moral superiority is also a handy way to take the edge off the guilt welling up from the way these folks rake in their lucre.  Well worth the $250,000 price of admission!  A case in point are those in the room who made off with a bundle after the 2008 crash, which was made possible by the repeal of Glass-Steagall in the Clinton “co-presidency.”

But now a question arises.  Romney tried to keep his contempt for the people a secret, but Hillary boasts of hers.  Why?  After all, it is a cardinal rule of politics that one should never attack the voters, the supporters of one’s opponent, but only the opponent himself or herself. Why, then, did Hillary disparage the Trump supporters themselves in such a public way?

We may make sense of this by suggesting that Hillary’s remarks were aimed not at Trump supporters but at progressives.  Her purpose is to shame liberal voters who might be willing to consider and discuss the issues that Donald Trump is raising in a rational way. After all, if you speak in favor of Trump because you support some of his ideas, you too may be quickly classified as a “deplorable.”  In that case you will be lucky if you have any friends if you are a “progressive.”  This applies most acutely to foreign policy where Clinton demonizes Putin as “Hitler” whereas Trump wants to “get along” with him, a policy of détente.  If you agree with Trump’s détente, then be very quiet about it.  The basket awaits you.

Hillary knows that progressives fear like death itself the racist label – and rightly so given the nature of the racism beast.   In fact, today no American, other than a handful of obscure, powerless troglodytes, wants that label.

Yes, my dear progressive, this ploy is meant to scare you out of rational thought about issues of war, peace and Empire, which can affect the very survival of human civilization. And the self-same shaming ploy is everywhere to be found in outlets consulted daily by liberals — from the boring NPR to the meandering prose of the NYT and throughout the mainstream media.

So far this ploy has been working deplorably well, if we may put it that way.  A uniformity of thought a...

11:38

Wells Fargo’s Stumpf leads the way: We Should All Start ‘Taking Responsibility’ for Our Transgressions War Is A Crime .org

By Dave Lindorff

 

Hey Americans! Let's all start taking responsibility for what we do wrong. Let's all start being accountable for our actions or our lack of action.

John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank, one of the nation's biggest "too-big-to-fail" banks, is showing us the way in to this bright new stand-up world.

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11:15

‘Israel’ Forced Nusra, Jordan’s MOC to Battle Syrian Army in Southern Provinces: Hundreds of Terrorists Killed or Injured Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 20, 2016 All political and military observers can easily notice the key Zionist role in leading the terrorists’ battles against the Syrian army in the southern provinces in an attempt to secure the entity’s northern front and to contribute to the sinister plot targeting Syria. Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper published a report in which it […]

10:55

Pathetic Fail #2: Abby Ohlheiser, the Washington Post, and Facebook Aletho News

Abby Ohlheiser, Accessory after the Fact [source: Washington Post ] Winter Patriot | September 18, 2016 Number 2 : Abby Ohlheiser, the Washington Post, and Facebook, for “Facebook’s trending topics promoted an article ‘truthering’ the Sept. 11 attacks” ON the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, experts are sensationally claiming it is impossible […]

10:27

Suspected New York bomber's father warned FBI about his son Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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09:58

Just another day at DHS: 858 criminal aliens from ‘special interest countries’ wrongly granted citizenship The Counter Jihad Report

Conservative Review, by Daniel Horowitz, Sept. 19, 2016: It’s bad enough that individuals like the Somali stabber in St. Cloud, MN and the Afghani bombing suspect in Elizabeth, NJ were brought into the country and granted citizenship. Now the DHS … Continue reading

09:57

The Role of the US Media in the Palestine Conflict Foreign Policy Journal

Jeremy R. Hammond speaks via Skype on the role of the US media in the Palestine conflict at the second of a series of conferences titled "100 Global Thinkers in Palestine". Ramallah, September 20, 2016. (Photo: Witness Center for Citizen Rights and Social Development)

09:48

Iraq forces launch push on strategic town held by IS Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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09:47

Most Expensive US Ship Comes With Exploding Generators

The US Navy’s most expensive ship, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), has a power problem – its turbine generators exploded before the vessel left port for the first time.

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The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the US Navy’s new flagship, worth $12.9 billion, could be obsolete before its maiden voyage, the Japan Times newspaper reported, citing the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, Frank Kendall.

“With the benefit of hindsight, it was clearly premature to include so many unproven technologies [on the warship],” Kendall wrote in a memo.

According to new revelations, there is a possibility that the Ford even will not leave a port due to the power problems.

In June, an electrical explosion occurred in the second main turbine generator (MTG) of the vessel. According to US military officials, there was no fire, and the incident was enough to fling debris into the turbine. However, one month later, a similar explosion took place on the first main turbine generator.

As the Defense News informational website reported, citing Pentagon sources, the cause has been connected with faulty voltage regulators. The price of the repairs is expected to be at least $37 million.

The power problem became the last one in a series of failings that led to a delay in delivery of the USS Gerald R. Ford.

“The current estimated delivery date is in November 2016,” spokesman for the US Navy, Capt. Thurraya Kent, said in July. “If additional issues arise during the remaining shipboard testing, that date may need to be revised,” he added.

Earlier problems included the ship’s munitions movement, runway capabilities, and defense capabilities.

“Unless these issues are resolved, which would likely require redesigning, they will significantly limit the CVN-78’s ability to conduct combat operations,” Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation of the US Defense Department, wrote in a memo in July.

US lawmakers, including Arizona Senator John McCain, have been angered by the repeated delays.

“The advanced arresting gear cannot recover airplanes. Advanced weapons elevators cannot lift munitions. The dual-band radar cannot integrate two radar bands,” McCain said in a statement. “Even if everything goes according to the Navy’s plan, CVN-78 will be delivered with multiple systems unproven.”

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09:31

US College Course on Palestine Reinstated after Cancellation Aletho News

IMEMC News & Agencies | September 20, 2016 University of California, Berkeley, has reinstated a course on Palestine that was cancelled under pressure from pro-Israel groups, according to a press release. Palestine Legal said, according to WAFA, that the university reinstated the student-led course titled “Palestine: A Settler-Colonial Analysis”, following an outcry from students and […]

09:27

You must be vigilant: How to protect yourself in the face of terror The Counter Jihad Report

Fox News, by Kyle Shideler, Sept. 20, 2016: In the aftermath of the bombings carried out in New York and New Jersey, Americans are on edge. They know that federal law enforcement is stretched to the breaking point, working literally … Continue reading

09:25

The DEA’s Own Website Proves the War on Drugs Is an Epic Failure The Anti-Media

DEAA simple analysis of the headlines reveals just how little the DEA has done to achieve its goals.

09:25

Hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar 'unpaid for months' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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09:06

Deconstructing John Kerry’s Big Lies on CNN Fig Trees and Vineyards

By Stephen Lendman Launched in 1980 by Ted Turner as a cable news network, CNN transformed itself into an imperial mouthpiece when America goes to war. During the current US presidential campaign, endless one-sided pro-Hillary/anti-Trump coverage dominates its programming, deplorable stuff featured not fit to air. It’s hard imagining why anyone wastes time watching. Other […]

09:06

Ukrainian Armed Forces Sends Sabotage Group in Donbass, Concentrates Troops in LPR

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have intensified its reconnaissance along the contact line in the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) and sent a group of militants in the conflict zone in Donbass in order to carry out acts of sabotage, aimed at destabilizing the situation in the run-up to the upcoming primaries.

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Taking advantage of the truce, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have intensified its reconnaissance along the contact line, using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and continued to concentrate its forces in the area of the so-called Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO), spokesman for the Defense Ministry of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Major Andrey Marochko, said at a briefing.

He also noted that a situation in the area of the LPR People’s Militia’s responsibility remains stable – “ceasefire violations by the side of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have not been recorded from September 19 to September 20.”

At the same time, he stressed that Ukrainian military has intensified its reconnaissance along the contact line, and continues to increase the concentration of its troops.

“For the past day, a reconnaissance with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles was recorded at Debaltsevskiy direction in the vicinity of the settlements of Mironovskiy and Debaltsevo,” Marochko said.

He also added that “a placement of military equipment was spotted at positions of the 3rd Battalion of the 93rd Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.” In particular, five infantry combat vehicles and four units of the Ural vehicles with ammunition were recorded in a company position, 4 km south of the village of Sokolniki. Three infantry combat vehicles and one armored fighting vehicle were noticed on a platoon strongpoint in the area of the village of Trehizbenka.

Three armored fighting vehicles were discovered on the western outskirts of the village of Nizhneteploe in a company position of the 2nd Battalion of the 28th Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Four infantry combat vehicles were spotted at positions of a platoon strongpoint in the area of the village of Zheltoye.

“Equipped enemy positions, where there is no personnel and military equipment, but which are completely usable and maintained in readiness, were discovered on the southern outskirts of the village of Petrovka,” the Major said.

He stressed that despite the ceasefire, the People’s Militia does not weaken its vigilance, focusing on counter-terrorism in the LPR.

At the same time, Deputy Commander of the Operational Command of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Eduard Basurin, said that Kiev sent a group of militants in the conflict zone in Donbass in order to carry out acts of sabotage, aimed at destabilizing the situation in the run-up to the upcoming primaries.

“A group of saboteurs of the 73th Maritime Center of the Special Operations Forces has arrived in the area of responsibility of the 58th separate mechanized infantry brigade,” Basurin said at a briefing. “According to our information, the group will soon be sent on the territory of the republic to carry out actions aimed at destabilizing the situation in the run-up to the upcoming vote.”

He also added that the DPR Forces have intensified its efforts to identify and elimi...

08:08

Syrian Troops Liberate Handarat Heights in Northern Aleppo Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:9 TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army forces won back control of Handarat heights in the Northern parts of Aleppo hours after the end of ceasefire. The army and its allies started operations to cleanse the strategic Handarat refugee camp of terrorists on Tuesday morning and they could drive back the Ahrar […]

08:02

Syrian Christian leader tells West: ‘Stop arming terror groups who are massacring our people’ Fig Trees and Vineyards

Originally posted on Friends of Syria:
Pope Francis (R) talks with Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, during a meeting at the Vatican, on June 19, 2015. by Ruth Gledhill The world leader of Syria’s besieged Christians has issued a heartfelt plea to the West to “stop arming and supporting terrorist groups that…

07:53

Syrian War Report – September 20, 2016: Militant ‘Humanitarian’ Convoy Destroyed on Road near Aleppo The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-september-20-2016-militant-humanitarian-convoy-destroyed-on-road-near-aleppo/

07:46

In Obama’s Attempt to Slam Putin, He Accidentally Incriminated Himself The Anti-Media

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(ANTIMEDIA) Barack Obama recently criticized presidential candidate Donald Trump’s admiration of Vladimir Putin, but his complaint was hypocritically laughable. Though no one in their right mind would pretend the Russian president is any kind of saintly figure, Obama’s choice of words in scrutinizing his Russian counterpart turned into a largely accurate description of himself.

The American president attacked Trump for praising Putin as being a “strong leader” despite the fact that, according to Obama, Putin “invades smaller countries,” jails political opponents, controls his country’s media, and has driven Russia’s economy into recession.

Let’s go through those claims one by one.

Putin Invades Smaller Countries

In 2011, Obama invaded Libya, the country with the highest standard of living in Africa, plunging the rich democracy into a perpetual state of civil war. U.S. media tried to claim the American role in this conflict was secondary in a so-called “leading from behind” capacity. But the truth is the U.S. was the second biggest, if not the biggest contributor to this war (depending on the report). It was an American drone that struck Muammar Gaddafi’s motorcade, effectively sealing the fate of the Libyan leader.

Obama is also actively bombing Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq, to name a few. None of these are considered large countries, especially when compared to United States’ military spending and the number of bases it has worldwide. If anything, these are all incredibly poor and relatively small countries.

On the other hand, Putin is only bombing Syrian territory at the formal request of the Syrian regime, not as an attempt to invade a sovereign nation. Regarding Ukraine, Russia also annexe...

07:43

Never Mention the J-word Aletho News

… It’s not applicable to Palestine By Stuart Littlewood | Dissident Voice | September 19, 2016 Seems our politicians, on both sides of the Atlantic, are under instructions to drop the J-word from their vocabulary. I mean J-for-Justice, conspicuously missing from any discussion about Middle East peace and, more specifically, an end to the hell […]

07:38

Obama draws pledges from 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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07:20

UNHCR: Over 300,000 Refugees Crossed Mediterranean Sea This Year

According to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR), more than 300,000 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of this year, 3,211 of them have died or gone missing in the sea.

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More than 300,000 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of this year, hoping to reach European countries, the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday.

“The number of refugees and migrants, reaching European shores this year, has passed the 300,000 mark today,” spokesman for the UNHCR, William Spindler said. He also added that the figure is less than last year, when 520,000 refugees arrived in European states during the first nine months of 2015.

As Spindler noted, 2016 has become “the deadliest year on record in the Mediterranean Sea.” Reportedly, 3,211 refugees have died or gone missing in the sea since the beginning of this year. He also added that the figure is just 15% lower than the total number of deaths in the Mediterranean Sea over the whole of the past year, when the death toll was 3,771 people. This means that fatality rate had risen.

According to the agency, the number of refugees, coming from Turkey to Greece, has changed and showed a sharp decrease. After the EU and Turkey made a deal to curb the flow of refugees, Greece has recorded a 57-percent drop in arrivals of migrants since March of this year.

At the same time, the number of refugees, committing a dangerous journey from Libya to Italy, has remained almost the same, compared to the last year. According to Spindler, some 130,411 refugees have arrived in Italy since the beginning of this year. Almost the same figure, 132,000 refugees, was recorded in the past year.

As the UNHCR reported, a half of those, who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea and arrived to Greece despite all restrictions, imposed this year, is represented by Syrians, suffering of the conflict in their country.

A massive refugee crisis, which is described as the most unprecedented in decades, has swept the EU nearly two years ago. More than a million refugees arrived on the continent in the last year. The most part of them are people from North Africa and the Middle East, fleeing war and poverty. Many blame Western policies toward the region for the refugee influx.

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07:14

The Courtiers And The Tyrants PopularResistance.Org

By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig - Thomas Frank’s marvelous scorched-earth assault on the Democratic Party and professional elites in his book “Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?” has one fatal flaw. Frank blames the liberal class, rather than the corporations that have seized control of the centers of power, for our descent into political dysfunction and neofeudalism. Yes, self-identified liberals such as the Clintons and Barack Obama speak in the language of liberalism while selling out the poor, the working class and the middle class to global corporate interests.

07:09

“We’re Freedom Fighters”: Story Of The Nationwide Prison Labor Strike PopularResistance.Org

By James Kilgore for Truthout - The first national prison labor strike in US history launched on September 9. Billed as a "Call to Action Against Slavery in America," the spark for the action came from the Free Alabama Movement (FAM), a prison-based organization that has been mobilizing across the state since 2012. Alabama has one of the most overcrowded prison systems in the country. Reports from FAM's base within Holman Prison indicated a universal refusal of the population to go to work on September 9.

07:04

Ute Tribe: Utah Republican Pushes Modern Day Indian Land Grab PopularResistance.Org

By Staff of Indianz - In the next few weeks Congressman Rob Bishop will attempt to push through the U.S. House of Representatives the first Indian land grab in over 100 years. H.R. 5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative, proposes to rollback federal policy to the late 1800’s when Indian lands and resources where taken for the benefit of others. In a startling lack of transparency, Congressman Bishop plans only one hearing on this 215-page bill with about 129 other land management proposals in the obscure Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

06:58

Kuwaiti-Canadian rights advocate dies Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Naser al-Raas, known for his arrest and torture in Bahrain in 2011, died after a long struggle with heart and lung issues

06:52

Attack Dogs And Police Respond As Indigenous Fight Massive Dam Project PopularResistance.Org

By Staff of Indian Country Today - Flood gates from a reservoir were opened and washed homes away in August and, according to Indigenous Ngabe protesters in Panama, they were then harassed, shot by police, and now attack dogs have been used at recent protests. Despite these challenges, the protestors are not backing down from their 10-year struggle to prevent a massive hydroelectric dam on their land. The Ngabe activists and allies are fighting against the controversial Barrio Blanco Hydroelectric Dam project which has again been halted due to multiple protests around the country.

06:46

Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Appears To Have Suffered A Heart Attack in Prison PopularResistance.Org

By John Kiriakou for Reader Supported News - I’ve written a couple of articles recently, here and here, about CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling and his battle to get adequate medical care while incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Institution at Englewood, Colorado. Jeffrey has a history of atrial fibrillation. He has had several medical “episodes” in prison related to his heart, and prison officials have refused to allow him to see an outside cardiologist or to go to a hospital for tests.

06:39

Using Public Art To Narrow The Gaps PopularResistance.Org

By Staff of Inequality.org - On September 21, 1976, agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet carried out a brutal assassination in the heart of the U.S. capital. Orlando Letelier, a vocal Pinochet critic and leading thinker on global economic inequality, was killed in the attack, along with Ronni Karpen Moffitt, a 25-year-old American colleague of Letelier’s at the Institute for Policy Studies. Forty years later, this tragic event continues to stoke the flames of activism for social and economic justice around the world. One of the people who picked up the torch is Orlando’s son Francisco Letelier.

06:29

Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Revolution In Banking? PopularResistance.Org

By Ellen Brown for Counter Punch - Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies, using the blockchain technology developed for Bitcoin. Skeptical commentators suspect that their primary goal is to eliminate cash, setting us up for negative interest rates (we pay the bank to hold our deposits rather than the reverse). But Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, puts a more positive spin on it.

06:16

Getting Immigrants Out Of Detention Is Very Profitable PopularResistance.Org

By Steve Fisher for Mother Jones - Sofía was 19 when she fled El Salvador after receiving threats from a drug cartel. In late 2014, she was caught near San Diego by the US Border Patrol and sent to an immigration detention center in Eloy, Arizona. Following eight months in detention, she was desperate to reunite with her mother, who lives in Northern California. Like many detainees, Sofía was eligible for release on bond while awaiting her immigration court proceedings. But her bond, set at $15,000, was far more than she could afford.

06:12

Turkey jails 45 students over 2012 anti-Erdogan protest Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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06:11

Ohio Police Chief Crosses Blue Line by Voicing Disgust Over Terence Crutcher Shooting Death (Updated II) PINAC News

The video showing an Oklahoma cop shoot and kill Terence Crutcher after he had his hands in the air, only to later claim he was not complying, is so outrageous that even an Ohio police chief took to social media to voice his disgust.

And that is something we never see.

But Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he could not remain silent after watching Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby shoot and kill Terence Crutcher, tweeting the following message Tuesday, which has been retweeted almost 6,000 times as of this writing.

Crutcher’s only crime was that his car had stalled in the middle of the road, which prompted Tulsa police to dispatch a helicopter and several patrol cars after receiving calls that the car may have been smoking and that its driver was walking away from it.

Shelby claims she pulled up to an abandoned vehicle, but then Crutcher walked towards her car from the side of the road, making her fear for her life, even though he was probably under the false impression that she was there to help him.

Although Tulsa police released several dash cam videos, they did not release the one from Shelby’s car, which would allow us to see what exactly spooked her. In an audio recording to dispatch, she claims she is unable to see his hands.

However, videos from a second patrol car as well as the helicopter show Shelby pointing her gun at Crutcher as he walks towards his car with his hands in the air.

The other cops arrive also pull out their guns while a cop in the helicopter – which is being piloted by Shelby’s husband – is saying Crutcher looks like a “bad dude.”

Terence Crutcher and his sister.

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06:11

Hundreds Of Thousands March In Germany Against TTIP, CETA PopularResistance.Org

By Jon Queally for Common Dreams - Taking aim at both the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and theComprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), European Union deals with the United States and Canada respectively, opponents say the agreements are not really concerned with expanding trade but rather increasing corporate power. "CETA and TTIP threaten environmental and consumer protection for millions of people in Europe and North America," said Jennifer Morgan, co-executive director of Greenpeace International.

06:06

Why Are We Sending $38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel? The Anti-Media

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(RPILast week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist foreign policy. Over the next ten years, the US taxpayer will be forced to give Israel some $38 billion dollars in military aid. It is money we cannot afford going to a country that needs no assistance to maintain its status as the most powerful military in the Middle East.

All US foreign aid is immoral and counterproductive. As I have often said, it is money taken from poor people in the US and sent to rich people overseas. That is because US assistance money goes to foreign governments to hand out as they see fit. Often that assistance is stolen outright or it goes to the politically connected in the recipient country.

Just as bad is the fact that much of what we call “foreign aid” is actually welfare for the wealthy here at home. The aid package to Israel is a very good example. According to the agreement, this $38 billion will all go to US weapons manufacturers. So the real beneficiaries are not the American people, and not even Israeli citizens. The real beneficiaries are the US military-industrial complex. Perhaps the money won’t even leave Washington – it may simply go across town, from the Fed to the Beltway bomb-makers.

While even US government aid to desperately poor countries should be opposed on moral and practical grounds, it is even harder to understand US aid to relatively rich countries. At a nominal per capita GDP of over $35,000, Israel is richer than Japan, Italy, and South Korea. Not long ago Business Insider published a report by the Institute for the Study of War showing that the Israel is the most powerful military force in the Middle East. We know they have hundreds of nuclear weapons, a sophisticated air force, drones, and even nuclear weapons-equipped submarines.

So why is the US giving a rich and incredibly well-armed country a record amount of military aid? Part of it is that the US government believes it can coerce Israel to do Washington’s bidding in the Middle East. History shows that this is a foolish pipe dream. If anything, US aid subsidizes Israeli human rights abuses in Gaza and elsewhere.

Another reason is a very powerful lobby in Washington, AIPAC, that pressures Members of Congress to focus on Israel’s interests instead of US interests. Members of Congress should look at our economy, with effectively zero interest rates, an anemic non-recovery from the 2008 crash, historically low participation in the work force, and inflation eroding the value of the dollar and conclude that this might not be the best time to start handing out billions of dollars in foreign aid. Unfortunately most Members of Congress find it impossible to say no to special interest groups like AIPAC.

Here’s a better aid package for Israel: free trade, travel, friendly relations, and no entangling alliances. Israel should be free to pursue its national interests and we should be free to pursue ours. If individual Americans feel compelled to provide assistance to Israel or any other country or cause overseas they should b...

06:01

A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Britain: August 2016 The Counter Jihad Report

Tanveer Ahmed (right), a Sunni Muslim, was sentenced to 27 years in prison for the murdering Asad Shah (left), who belonged to the Ahmadi branch of Islam. Ahmed confessed to killing Shah in Glasgow because he claimed Shah had “disrespected … Continue reading

05:54

Tallying Up The Mounting Economic Toll Of North Carolina’s HB2 PopularResistance.Org

By Alex Kotch for Facing South - Since becoming law in late March, North Carolina's House Bill 2 has sparked national controversy and an ongoing boycott of the state over its discriminatory provisions. HB2 requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificate and bars local governments from adopting LGBT protections and minimum wage laws. This week, major college sports leagues became the latest organizations to cancel events in the state because of the law.

05:47

Syrian Army Advances in Damascus: Dozens of Terrorists Killed

The Syrian Army has continued its special operations in Damascus province after the end of a ceasefire. As result, dozens of terrorists were killed.

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After the end of a ceasefire was declared, special operations of the Syrian Army have been resumed in the province of Damascus. As result, dozens of terrorists were killed in the town of Jobar.

Missile strikes against positions of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (perviously known as the Al-Nusra Front or the Jabhat al-Nusra) were carried out by the Syrian Armed Forces in eastern Ghouta. As result, a number of terrorists was killed or wounded inside Jobar town. As the Fars news agency reported, citing an unnamed battlefield source, at least 15 terrorists were killed by ground-to-ground missiles near the Electricity Foundation building in Jobar.

Meanwhile, defense lines of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham inside the town were attacked by ground units of the Syrian Army. Syrian soldiers destroyed terrorists’ hideouts and weapons.

The end of the ceasefire was declared by the Syrian Army on Monday due to the fact that terrorists did not adhere to any of provisions, stated in the truce agreement. The Syrian Armed Forces announced a continuation of the fight against terrorism after the end of the truce, and did not disclose any information about a possibility of the truce recovery in future.

The truce started last week. On September 9, a new peace plan to resolve the conflict in Syria was announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to the plan, the sides should announce a ceasefire and start anti-terrorism cooperation.

As the Russian General Staff reported, the ceasefire has been violated by terrorist groups over 300 times since it took effect.

On Monday, a senior military source told Fars that Syrian troops are on alert to restart operations against terrorists in the towns of Douma and Jobar in Damascus province, if terrorist groups would violate the ceasefire.

“Syrian army’s troops have still kept the siege of the city of Douma in Damascus countryside after retaking control of Hawsh a-Farah, and they are waiting for Douma people’s response to the national reconciliation plan and a repetition of the successful Darayya experience,” the source said.

He also added that the Army would advance towards new points in these regions, if efforts to implement the national reconciliation plans in Douma and Jobar fail.

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05:44

Wide Condemnation of US-Led Coalition Airstrikes against Syria Army Positions in Deir Ezzor Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:44 CAPITALS, (ST)-The US-led Coalition’s cowardly airstrikes which targeted Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor province continued to receive strong condemnation. The attack claimed the lives of tens of army personnel and injured more than a hundred others. In Tehran, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani on Tuesday condemned the […]

05:38

London Counterterrorism Officer Quits Over Double Standard For Muslims The Counter Jihad Report

Political correctness causes London police to protect Muslim extremists within their ranks and discount reports of crimes they’ve committed, says former counterterrorism officer Javaria Saaed. The Spectator, by M. G. Oprea, Sept. 19, 2016: When Javaria Saaed, a member of the … Continue reading

05:38

Pipeline Leaks 250,000 Gallons, Causing States Of Emergency PopularResistance.Org

By Alejandro Dávila Fragoso for Think Progress - A pipeline leak of at least 250,000 gallons of gasoline in a rural Alabama county is expected to affect fuel prices in the coming days across multiple southern states and the East Coast. The leak already prompted two states of emergency Thursday stemming from fuel shortage concerns. The oil leak was first discovered a week ago in rural Shelby County — just southeast of Birmingham, Alabama.

05:31

Did Reddit Find the ‘Smoking Gun’ in the Clinton Email Scandal? The Anti-Media

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(ANTIMEDIA) Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have been cleared from official prosecution in what many dubbed the “Clinton email scandal.” But if the army of redditors behind the latest revelations concerning one of Clinton’s computer specialists have a say, the investigation into the former secretary of state’s mishandling of confidential material may have just begun.

Paul Combetta, the computer specialist who “deleted [Clinton]’s emails despite orders from Congress to preserve them” — and who has been granted immunity — is now at the center of another investigation being carried out by the House Oversight Committee, The Hill reports. The IT specialist is being accused of asking Reddit users how to “alter the contents of ‘VERY VIP’ emails” two years ago.

The investigation is looking into claims made by an army of Reddit users. The “collaborative investigation unearthed archived Reddit posts uploaded by the user “stonetear,” the man redditors believe to be Combetta.

The post in question shows stonetear requesting advice on how to “remove a ‘VERY VIP’ individual’s email address from archived content.” U.S. News reports the “requests match neatly with publicly known dates related to Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.”

Since then, stonetear’s posts have been deleted. Nevertheless, individuals using Reddit were able to archive these posts in time.

While the evidence connecting Combetta to the stonetear account is “circumstantial,” the “inactive website combetta.com is registered to the email address stonetear@gmail.com. …  An account for a person named Paul Combetta on the web bazaar Etsy also has the username stonetear.”

To those paying attention, however, the most damning “evidence” is the date the posts were uploaded.

On July 23, 2014, the State Department agreed to produce records in response to requests from the...

05:30

Refugees – The Challenge of Our Time Terra Nova Voice

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A Letter from Greece

serveimageDear friends,
I would like to begin this newsletter with the latest news:
New episodes occurred on Monday in the hot spot of Moria, Lesvos.
The situation smelled gunpowder for quite some time but the anger of refugees and migrants was overflown because of the rumors of collective deportations in Turkey. In the morning, about 300 refugees escaped from the hot spot and attempted to carry out a protest in the city, but strong police forces stopped them and forced them to return to the camp where they eventually set bonfires in the encampment of Moria.
The fire burnt uncontrollably, with it large and small tents and everything these people had inside. Mothers with babies in arms, elderly, children, and men raced to flee from the fire with whatever clothing they wore. Many of them barefoot.
According to the first registration of damages, 50 large tents became ashes, three containers with equipment (bedding) and 16 acres of olive trees, while 60% of the refugee camp, which housed more than 3,000 refugees, was destroyed. So, more than three thousand refugees are homeless and are forced to spend the night in the countryside.
Since April 2015, the refugee crisis has evolved into a major political issue not only for the countries of the European Union such as Greece and Italy that receive refugees, but for all of Europe. This is a problem which can not be resolved by bureaucratic, administrative and legislative measures. The challenge which Europe is facing is an existential one. These historic moments are also an opportunity for reflection and review and our proposals need to go beyond the usual practices.
The refugee who leaves his native country because of war and goes on a plastic boat to arrive in Agathonisi or Lesbos, trusts the European bureaucrats, because he believes that he/she will find here the human dignity which is lost in his/her homeland. But often on the road to flee he/she loses his/her life. And we, European citizens still making up plans, programs and studies to integrate them into our societies… Later, these people end up in refugee camps in which nobody wants to stay. And rightly so: Who will bear without protest to eat twice daily for six months, frozen meals, of supermarket quality, or living in tents, or not being able to travel to countries where his relatives are, who can not send his children to school, to work and to offer a life to their families…
And it is not only the conditions in the camp, it is much more the long waiting period for registration on asylum procedures, family reunification, anticipation that creates uncertainty and makes them listen with great suspicion any promise for improving their situation.
Slowly this leads to situations that can become non-manageable. The Islanders and the Greeks generally are people with big heart but the fatigue has started. The North Aegean Islands or Greece is too small to lift such a weight when Europe doesn’t want to take responsibility.
If we fail on the refugee issue, we will give...

05:30

Oklahoma Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man In Alarming Video PopularResistance.Org

By Chris D’Angelo for The Huffington Post - The Tulsa, Oklahoma, police department on Monday released several videos showing last week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white female officer. Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed Friday after officers responding to an unrelated call spotted his vehicle stalled in the middle of the roadway, Tulsa World reports. The police department earlier said Crutcher refused orders to put up his hands, but the footage appears to show him walking toward his vehicle with his hands above his head.

05:29

Low turnout haunts Jordan's elections Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Official turnout looks set to be around 36 percent, down from 56 in the last election three years ago

05:21

al-Wafa’ ~ 10 Main Reasons for Brussels Attacks pietervanostaeyen

Released by Islamic State media outlet al-Wafa’ on Telegram on September 20, 2016

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See pdf: 10-main-reasons-for-brussels-attacks


05:19

A Bloody Day of Muslim Refugee Terror The Counter Jihad Report

Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, Sept. 20, 2016: The wave of Muslim refugee terror began with a bomb targeting a U.S. Marine charity run in New Jersey. By evening a pressure cooker full of shrapnel has exploded outside a … Continue reading

05:18

Attempts By Honduran Authorities To Silence Outspoken Journalists PopularResistance.Org

By Staff of RSF - Honduras is one of Latin America’s most dangerous countries for the media. Both murders of journalists – there have been eight since the start of 2015 – and cases of censorship of various kinds are frequent. RSF has registered several grave media freedom violations in Honduras in the past six weeks alone. The producer and presenter of the programme “Prensa Libre” on the independent Libertad TV channel, Ariel Armando D’Vicente was sentenced on 24 August to three years in prison and a three-year ban on working as a journalist for allegedly defaming Oquelí Mejía Tinoco,

04:58

An Afghan Outing and River Heals Us World Beyond War . . .

A story of an Afghan family:

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This was not a typical festive ‘first world’ outing, as its need and idea arose not from leisure, but from trauma.

Recently, Hadisa was broken after an ‘endless’ night of crouching nervously in the dark of her University dormitory, while bomb blasts and gunshots were ending precious lives only a hair’s breath away.

Nemat, in a safe space which softened Hadisa’s distress, remembered looking at a heavily-breathing comatose father in a bare Afghan government hospital ward with no monitoring devices. I was well aware of Nemat’s questions over his own undiagnosed lower limb weakness and limp, when he asked me in resigned desperation, “Do you think I should transfer him to another hospital?”

Ali, listening to and comforting Hadisa, had also just lost a loved one too, his older brother, Sultan. Sultan was killed by at least four bullets.

The Afghan Peace Volunteer community agreed unanimously, “Let’s go for a picnic, or let’s just be together for a day.”

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Who can Habib trust, especially after his father was killed in a suicide bombing attack a few years ago?

“Active volunteers…Those we know well.”

“Where should we go?” No satisfactory answers – there are no ‘guarantees’ anymore. Decision on the picnic location kept changing, even till 10.00 p.m. the night before, “My uncle told me that there’s unrest between an Uzbek group linked to the Vice President and a Tajik group, over a re-burial. Can’t we change location?” Hadisa called Ali, who rang Abid, who rang a relative…

“Let’s decide tomorrow morning, just before we leave,” were their thoughts as they and the night retired.

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Basir said early the next morning, “I just checked, and it seems alright to go.” His wife had initially decided against going, as they now have another new life to take care of, Barbud their son.

“Abid, didn’t we agree? Ask the driver to slow down,” Muqadisa demanded.

Whenever the other bus overtook us, for good-spirited relaxation, Muqadisa and Nida would cheer, “Zek, get up, dance, we can’t be the boring bus!” I noticed Hadisa was in ‘knots’ of laughter over the transient ‘roar’ from our bus.

Such were our fluctuating feelings throughout the day at Salang Pass, next to the its river which arises from the Hindu Kush mountains; the communty’s recovery presented exuberant imagery for each of our inner healing.

The river helped to heal us.

But most of all, we healed by being together.

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Hadisa laughs along with others.

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04:56

Florida Police Chief Under Investigation for Sexual Harassment While at Fallen Officer’s Funeral PINAC News

In one incident, Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham forced a female cop’s head into his lap while drinking with other subordinates.

In another, he told a female subordinate he’d like to see her date his daughter.

Bobi Frank, the attorney who filed a grievance on behalf of three Florida cops, said her clients feel “terrible, horrified and horrible” because the police chief they accused of sexually harassing them at a fallen officer’s funeral is still their boss.

Now the mayor refuses to suspend the chief until the investigation is completed, even though several witnesses saw the incidents, which happened on and off-duty.

“He needs to be, at minimum, reassigned during this investigation,” said Frank, who filed the grievance on behalf of Ocala officers Rachel Mangum, Casey Walsh and Tony J. Watts.

Ocalapost reported about part of the complaint regarding the abuse of Casey Walsh.

“While attending the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC a small group of officers went to a bar during evening hours. Chief Graham joined the group and consumed alcohol with his subordinates. During the course of the evening, his behavior became increasingly inappropriate.”

The group later went to another location and Chief Graham instigated playing a game with his subordinates called “never have I ever.”

The chief began joking with female subordinates about “getting fucked in the ass,” and “sucking dick”, according to the complaint, while playing the game.

He also told them he wanted to know who had “the best tits at the table.”

At one point, officer Walsh’s girlfriend called. Chief Graham took over her phone and began talking to her.

After she got off the phone with chief Graham, she told officer Walsh she never wanted the chief to “talk to her like that again.”

Another statement from the complaint reads:

“At the Fallen Officer Memorial ceremony in Ocala, Officer Walsh was approached by Mrs. Graham, the Chief’s wife. Chief Graham walked up to the women during their conversation. Mrs. Graham was expressing interest in doing a ride along with Officer Walsh, but Chief Graham quickly interjected and implied that Officer Walsh would be likely to act in an unprofessional way with Mrs. Graham in her vehicle by engaging in intimate behavior together.”

A few days after that, he commented that he would love if officer Walsh would date his daughter, but would be afraid if she came to their house she might end up having sex with his wife, too.

Officer Rachel Mangum asserted in the same complaint that when she came back from the restroom to the group playing the game, Chief Graham shouted while pointing at her,
never have I ever had a cock shoved in my ass!”

At the same time, the complaint states, Chief Graham was incessantly asking for Sgt. Casey Eades’ personal cell phone number, and repeatedly trying to crack her phone’s password, telling her “let me see your titty pics.”

Graham later took Sgt. Eades’ head and forced it into his lap, simulating the action of oral sex.

The complaint further alleges Graham has engaged in inappropriate relationships wi...

04:56

Obama’s delusional speech at UN General Assembly: America is superpower for looking beyond its interests – BY RT winstonclose

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In his final address to the UN General Assembly, President Barack Obama praised the US for observing the interest of other countries, criticized those who do not, called for better trade agreements like TPP, and mentioned fight against ISIS in passing.

Putting colonialism and communism in the same basket, Obama said that their demise gave more people a choice and increased the number of democracies. He compared the “wasteland” of North Korea to South Korea, as proof that command economy doesn’t work, but did not mention years of US and UN sanctions against North Korea.

He called on advanced economies to do more to close the gap between rich and poor nations, but warned that helping undeveloped countries out of poverty ought to take a back seat to fighting climate change.

A ‘force for good’

Qualifying his country’s role as a world superpower, Obama nonetheless said he believed the US has been “a force for good,” the rare superpower in history able “to look beyond its narrow self-interest” and respect the interests of others by binding itself to international law.

Comment: How Obama said that with a straight face is a mystery. The US is not a force good, it routinely violates international law, and it only ever is motivated by its narrow self-interest of global hegemonic domination.

Obama criticized Russia and China for what he said was strong-arming neighbors and militarizing some “rocks and reefs” – referring to the South China Sea – while arguing that the US believed in laws and peaceful resolution of disputes.

“At times, both America’s adversaries and some of our allies believe that all problems are caused by Washington or could be solved by Washington. And perhaps some in Washington have thought that as well,” Obama said, to laughter from the Assembly.

The outgoing US president criticized his country for having too much money in politics and restrictive voting laws, while blasting the EU bureaucracy in Brussels for being too detached and unaccountable to the people it ruled. Countries preaching democracy abroad should “strive harder to set a better example at home,” he said.

Globalization for all

“I do not think America can or should impose our model on other countries,” Obama said, but added that there was an ongoing conflict between liberalism and authoritari...

04:55

Syrian War Report – September 20, 2016: Militant ‘Humanitarian’ Convoy Destroyed on Road near Aleppo

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Heavy clashes resumed in Syria after the truce officially collapsed on September 19. The Jabhtat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorist group and its allies launched a full-scale advance against the Syrian army, the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah in southwestern Aleppo.

The Syrian and Russian air forces responded with resuming air strikes on Fatah al-Sham, Fatah Halab and Jaish al-Fatah targets in the areas of Khan Touman, Khalsah, Tal Al-‘Eis and Qarassi and Aleppo’s neighborhoods of Dahret ‘Abd Rabo, Al-Layramoun and Bustan Al-Basha. Pro-government forces report that up to 120 air strikes have been conducted since the collapse of ceasefire.

A Syria Red Crescent Society aid convoy (reportedly 10-20 trucks) was at Urem al-Kubra allegedly destroyed by an air strike in western Aleppo, according to pro-militant sources. There are conflicting reports about the movement of convoy. Western media say that the convoy was heading from the government-controlled western Aleppo while the purpose of such a direction remains unclear. Other reports indicate that the convoy was heading from the countryside of Idlib to northern Aleppo, carrying weapons and ammunition for terrorists in the area. The confirmed facts are:

  • There are no facts proving that the bombed convoy was authorized and inspected by the Syrian government and the UN.
  • The released video of air strike scene has depicted a number of burning vehicles. Photos, released next morning by pro-militant sources and aimed to prove that this was a humanitarian convoy, do not contain traces of fire situation.

Whether this was a humanitarian convoy or not, this incident indicates a new rung on the escalation ladder and will be used by the US-backed militant groups and Washington to prove that they were not responsible for the collapse of cessation of hostilities in Syria.

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04:32

Are South Sudan’s leaders benefiting from conflict? World Beyond War . . .

A report from a watchdog accuses South Sudanese leaders of amassing vast fortunes as millions struggle to survive.

 

South Sudan gained its independence five years ago with much fanfare.

It was hailed as the world’s newest nation with an incredible amount of optimism.

But a bitter rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar resulted in civil war.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions more have been displaced from their homes.

Many fear the country is fast becoming a failed state.

A new investigation from the Sentry Group – cofounded by Hollywood actor George Clooney – has found that while most of the population lives in near famine conditions, top officials are getting richer.

So, what is happening inside South Sudan? And what can be done to help the people?

Presenter: Hazem Sika

Guests:

Ateny Wek Ateny – Spokesman for the president of South Sudan

Brian Adeba – Associate director of policy at the Enough Project

Peter Biar Ajak – Founder and director of the Centre for Strategic Analysis and Research

 

 

Video found on Al Jazeera:

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2016/09/South-Sudan-leaders-benefitting-conflict-160913202939881.html

 

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04:16

700,000 Petition the US Government to Stop Monsanto-Bayer Merger The Anti-Media

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(COMMONDREAMSHundreds of thousands have signed petitions calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and elected officials to block three proposed mega-mergers of chemical and biotech behemoths: Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-Dupont, and ChemChina-Syngenta.

“The continuing consolidation of seed and pesticide companies essentially creates a monopoly of toxicity in control of the world’s seed market and food supply. These agrichemical giants threaten the availability and genetic diversity of seeds that are critical to a sustainable food system and to our ability to respond to the impacts of climate change,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety, said Tuesday.

The petitions signed by over 700,000 people were delivered by nine consumer advocacy and environmental groups—including Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club, Pesticide Action Network, Friends of the Earth, and Center for Food Safety, among others—as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee met Tuesday to examine the wave of consolidation in the biotech and agrochemical industry.

“I’m afraid this consolidation wave has become a tsunami,” said Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as the hearing opened.

“Just six corporations already dominate worldwide seed and pesticide markets,” commented Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, senior scientist with Pesticide Action Network, in a statement released by the groups. “Additional consolidation will increase prices and further limit choices for farmers, while allowing Monsanto and friends to continue pushing a model of agriculture that has given us superweeds, superbugs, and health-harming pesticides. Instead, we need to invest in agroecological, resilient, and productive farming.”

Kiki Hubbard, director of advocacy for Organic Seed Alliance, noted that all farmers “experience the negative consequences of seed consolidation. Organic farmers in particular are already underserved by the industry because the dominant players only invest in seed technologies and chemical production systems that are in conflict with organic farming practices.”

“The last thing t...

04:12

Military Situation in Northern Aleppo, Syria on September 20

While Turkish-backed militant groups and the Turkish Armed Forces are gaining the ground east of Al Rai, the ISIS terrorist group is advancing in the area between Al Rai and Jarabulus.

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04:07

Benegas conquers Westchester Fausta's Blog

Writer José Benegas ventured into Hillary Clinton’s (nominal) home turf, and left his mark, Luckily for all, you don’t need to head to Westchester to find his excellent book, 10 Misconceptions that favor despotism: 21st Century dictatorships in the mind of their victims; you can find it at Amazon in English (available in Kindle Unlimited) […]

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