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Saturday, 23 September

01:29

Brexit Talks Could Continue Close to UKs March 2019 Exit, Theresa May Says Peace and Freedom

FLORENCE, Italy Britains negotiations with the European Union could continue close to its scheduled March 2019 departure from the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the two sides need to come to an agreement by November next year in order to allow time for it to be ratified by parliaments.

Of course we will leave at the end of March 2019 and negotiations will be continuing potentially up quite close to that time, May said during a question-and-answer session following a speech in Florence setting out her Brexit plans.

(Reporting by William James; Writing by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by William Schomberg)


01:28

Turkey To Deploy Troops to Idlib Per Astana Agreement Penny for your thoughts

Part of the bigger picture..

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"NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month.

The "de-escalation" zones, agreed by Turkey, Russia and Iran, would be further discussed in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Ankara next week, Erdogan said in an interview with Reuters while he was in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

"The de-escalation zone agreement was a promising idea ... under which Russians are maintaining security outside Idlib and Turkey will maintain the security inside Idlib region," Erdogan said. "The task is not easy ... With Putin we will discuss additional steps needed to be taken in order to eradicate terrorists once and for all to restore peace."

Another Day, Another Israeli Strike on Syria

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It's amazing to me how under reported the expose on massive 2.2 Billion dollar, scratching the surface, US gun running in the vicinity of the ME is? Or how just dribs and drabs of it come through in varying reports? Without explaining the scale/scope of this operation... I thought it quite an exercise of creating a both a convoluted paper and real world trail to discourage anything concrete being put together and yet- somebodies managed to shed some light on what is surely a vastly larger gun running scale, by their own admission, then they could expose! Gotta give them credit for taking the time and doing the digging!

It's covered relatively extensively in this nearly ten day old post:

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01:20

Israeli strikes hit weapons depot by Damascus airport Warehouse belonging to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the armistice line on the Golan Heights had remained largely quiet for decades until civil war erupted in Syria in 2011
BEIRUT (AFP)  Israeli strikes hit a weapons depot by Damascus airport overnight, targeting a warehouse belonging to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is allied with the Syrian government, a monitor said Friday.Israeli warplanes targeted with rocket fire a weapons depot belonging to Hezbollah near the airport, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

There was no immediate official confirmation from either Damascus or Israel, but the Jewish state has been accused of carrying out multiple strikes in Syria, including earlier this month.

On September 7, the Syrian army said Israeli warplanes hit one of its positions near the central town of Masyaf.

The site was reportedly used by Hezbollah forces and those of Iran, another Syrian government ally.

In April, the government accused Israel of firing several missiles at a military position near Damascus airport, triggering a huge explosion.

Israel has remained quiet on the accusations, but has repeatedly warned it stands ready to take military action to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining advanced weaponry.

Earlier this month, the Israeli military fired a Patriot missile to bring down what it said was an Iranian-made drone operated by Hezbollah on a reconnaissance mission over the Golan Heights.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the armistice line on the Golan Heights had remained largely quiet for decades until civil war erupted in Syria in 2011.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

Israel has expressed concern about Irans growing power in Syria, as well as that of Hezbollah.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday that Israel would fight to prevent an Iranian curtain descending on the Middle East.

We will act to prevent Iran from establishing permanent military bases in Syria for its air, sea and ground forces, he said.


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01:16

Syria Kurds hold first local vote to cement federal push Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Kurds made up around 15 percent of Syrias pre-war population and were long oppressed by the central government

QAMISHLI (SYRIA) (AFP)  Residents of Kurdish-majority areas of northern Syria began voting Friday in the regions first local elections, as part of a push to cement a semi-autonomous regional government.

Fridays vote is the first stage in a three-part election to select representatives at the district, municipal and regional levels.

The vote has been dismissed by Syrias central government as a joke, but for Kurds it represents a step towards a long-sought federal system.

Kurds made up around 15 percent of Syrias pre-war population and were long oppressed by the central government.

But they largely stayed out of the uprising that erupted in March 2011, instead quietly building local control in Kurdish-majority areas after the withdrawal of most government troops.

In March 2016, they declared three semi-autonomous regions in the areas under their control, where voting began Friday for representatives at the neighbourhood or commune level.

Elections for executive councils for towns and larger areas are planned for November 3.

Then, on January 19, a final phase will elect legislative councils for each of the three regions, as well as a single joint legislative assembly.

At a polling station in Qamishli, in the northwestern province of Hasakeh, men and women, young and old, waited to vote, some eagerly brandishing their light blue voting cards.

They pressed their fingers into ink to fingerprint the cards, and then voted behind a curtain before placing their ballots in envelopes and into transparent boxes.

At the end of the process, an official coated a fingertip on each voter with blue ink to mark them as having voted.

A portrait of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of Turkeys outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who is jailed in Turkey, hung in the voting room in one polling station.

Voter Mohamed Khalil said the election was the realisation of a dream for Syrias Kurds.

Before, we were foreigners deprived of the right to run in elections and vote, the man told AFP, his grey hair and moustache neatly groomed.

We didnt know the meaning of freedom, and we didnt have any rights. Today, and for the first time, we have been allowed to vote and stand, and we know the meaning of freedom.

The vote comes days before a controversial independence referendum being organised by Kurds in neighbouring Iraq.

Syrian Kurdish leaders say...

01:14

Human Rights: The Latest Weapon Against Venezuela Aletho News

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Lilian Tintori, wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lpez who is currently serving a 13 year sentence (in house arrest) for his responsibility in the deadly violence of the 2014 guarimbas. By Ricardo Vaz | InvestigAction | September 21, 2017 The mainstream media have a crucial role to play []

01:12

Pope Francis: Concern for cultural identity doesnt justify opposition to mass Muslim migration Jihad Watch

I wont hide my concern in the face of the signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that have arisen in different regions of Europe, often fueled by reticence and fear of the other, the one who is different, the foreigner. Maybe people have reticence and fear of the other because of the others tendency to []

01:12

capitalism and war The Angry Arab News Service/

"To be successful, Mattis and Tillerson decided they should use talking points and commentary with which they believed Trump would be most familiar: the role that the military, intelligence officers and diplomats play in making the world safe for American businesses, like The Trump Organization, to operate and expand abroad."

01:11

Al-Khalifah and Israel The Angry Arab News Service/

"In recent years, Bahrain has begun to slowly externalize its relations with Israel." "Nonetheless, diplomatic sources claim that Bahrains changed attitude reflects Saudi Arabias stance. Statements such as the one by Bahrains king are not made without receiving the go-ahead from Riyadh. It is likely, they argue, that Saudi Arabia was the one encouraging Bahrain to step forward in regard to Israel."

01:11

Israel and Al-Qa`idah: if only Americans knew The Angry Arab News Service/

"Israel has even provided air cover to Syrian al-Qaeda. In June, journalist Nour Samaha published a lengthy article interviewing Syrian rebels in the illegally occupied Golan Heights who openly spoke of how Israel has supported them." (thanks Amir)

01:09

How Western media celebrate Jamal Khashoggi The Angry Arab News Service/

Khashoggi, who worked for various Saudi princes (Prince Khalid bin Faisal, and then Turki bin Faisal, and then Walid bin Talal, among others) never ever protested Saudi regime repression. He only spoke out when he was muzzled repeatedly and when some of his friends (pro-regime people) also spoke out.  Mr. Khashoggi is clear at what he wants: he wants repression in the country to go back to what it was a month ago.  Then, it was a democratic paradise for him.  He was very clear when he was asked about twitter: he wanted revolutions in Arab countries but not in Saudi Arabia because he thinks it constitutes an exemplary democracy.  A sample of the accolades he has been getting. Also, if a supporter of the Asad regime or the Iranian regime spoke out and said: I want things to go back to the repression of a month ago, would he/she be lionized in Western media?
Ben Hubbard (@NYTBen)
Quite a cri de coeur from Saudi journalist @JKhashoggi: Saudi wasnt always this repressive. Now its unbearable. wapo.st/2xcVSoR

01:05

Another Hizbullah commander confess to an anti-hizbollah site The Angry Arab News Service/

"a commander told Middle East Eye."  Does this commander drink thick black coffee like the commander who spoke to NBC news?

01:02

Ben Hubbard does what he does best: produces propaganda for the Saudi royal family The Angry Arab News Service/

Look he summed up the life of King Faisal: "One ruled Saudi Arabia for 11 years, outlawed slavery, spread public education and introduced television to his country."  This is the man who was first to declare Jihad (in the religious fanatical meaning of the word), the man who fought progressive, secular movements thoruhogut the world, the man who was a benefactor of every reactionary anti-communist movement in the region and beyond, the man who inspired the alliance of Islamist political forces in the Cold War, the man who sponsored the fanaticism of Ibn Baz, who would inspire Bin Laden and his ilk, the man who used the oil wealth to fight the war in Yemen, the man who solidified the alliance between the house of Saudi and the religious Wahhabi establishment.  King Faisal was one of the most notorious anti-Semites in the entire contemporary history of the region, and he funded anti-Semites in the world.  But for Ben Hubbard, he "ended slavery and brought television".  In fact, he did not want to end slavery but the regime of King Saud in its last year, championed progressive issues especially in the economic and oil sphere, and Faisal did not want to appear less progressive and Western powers supported his coup in return for the ostensible reforms which he announced.  Slavery in the kingdom did NOT end in 1964. 

00:53

Syrian Army Surprisingly Pushes Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Captures Villages En Rote To Maadan (Maps)

Syrian Army Surprisingly Pushes Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Captures Villages En Rote To Maadan (Maps)

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On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured Halbiy, Zalbiya and Qasabi villages in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. Government troops also entered the nearby villages of Madan Atiq.

The SAA is now only 4km away from the strategic Madan town located on the administrative border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor governorate.

Syrian Army Surprisingly Pushes Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Captures Villages En Rote To Maadan (Maps)

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The aim of the SAA military operation in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside is to capture the Raqqa-Deir Ezzor highway. Once the highway is captured it will be used as a safe road to Deir Ezzor city. The advance also slows down a possible redeployment of the SDF from Raqqa to Deir Ezzor province.

In a separated development, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters besieged ISIS units inside Tabiyeh and al-Isba oil fields in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside.

According to this official announcemen, the claims that the SDF captured the two oil fields on Thursday were likely false or the SDF was not able to secure the gains.

00:51

Trump to Scrap Drone Restrictions The Anti-Media

Human rights groups argue the move could led to an upsurge in civilian casualties, which are already soaring under Trump.

(COMMONDREAMS)  President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to roll back even the most limited restrictions on U.S. drone operations overseas, further opening the door for the expansion of airstrikes and commando raids into nations like the Philippines and Nigeria and setting the stage for an upsurge in civilian casualtiesalready at record highs in Afghanistan and soaring in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Zeke Johnson, senior director of programs for Amnesty International USA, told the New York Times in an interview that while Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes fell far short on human rights protections, any move to water down drone warfare rules even further would be a grave mistake.

The White House appears to be committed to the move nonetheless, the Times reported on Thursday, noting that the plan has quietly taken shape over months of debate among administration officials and awaits Trumps expected signature.

The Times notes that at least two rules are on the chopping block:

  • First, the targets of kill missions by the military and the CIA, now generally limited to high-level militants deemed to pose a continuing and imminent threat to Americans, would be expanded to include foot-soldier jihadists with no special skills or leadership roles.
  • And second, proposed drone attacks and raids would no longer undergo high-level vetting.

The plan, in effect, would deepen American military involvement in nations considered to be beyond combat zones and allow the U.S. militaryand the CIA, which has for months lobbied for more drone authorityto target individuals that are not even deemed national security threats by the U.S. government.

[D]rone operators and commanders would face fewer internal hurdles to launching specific strikes or raids, the Times concluded.

As Common Dreams...

00:51

Pakistan: Muslims beat and rape Christian boy, police side with perpetrators Jihad Watch

Victims father approached local police and informed them about the incident; however police seems reluctant to take action against the alleged assaulters. This is because the police are Muslims themselves, and have scant sympathy for Christians who are victimized and brutalized; they may also want to avoid having an angry Muslim mob show up at []

00:47

Will the Siege of Marawi Be Repeated in the Philippines? Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

Nearly four months after being overrun by ISIS-aligned militants, the southern city of Marawi is on the verge of being liberated by government troops. Located on the southern island of Mindanao, Marawi is the largest majority-Islamic city in the Philippines.

On 23 May, militants from the radical Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorist groups launched a surprise assault on the city. The attack followed a botched operation by the Philippine armed forces to capture wanted rebel leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was thought to be hiding in the area. When the violence first erupted, the military was hoping to put down the insurgency in a matter of days. However, the operation soon transformed into a protracted and deadly urban warfare scenario, one which left hundreds of people dead and destroyed large portions of the city.

The last remaining militants thought to number less than 60 are now facing imminent defeat having been confined to an area of less than one square kilometer in the center of the city. Yet Mindanaos history of instability, conflict, and armed uprisings suggests the threat from Islamist militants will not end with this groups surrender.

The siege of Marawi came as a shock to Manila, both in its sudden outbreak and the ensuing difficulties in retaking the city. Are there more shocks to come?

 

Background

The siege of Marawi may have taken many by surprise earlier this year, but Mindanao has a long history of instability and is home to a number of well-armed rebel groups. The island is the most impoverished and underdeveloped region of the Philippines and is home to the countrys Muslim-minority Moro population, many of whom possess grievances against the central government in Manila. These grievances date back as far as the Spanish and US colonial periods, and have persisted through the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and numerous post-independence administrations to the present day. The long-standing complaints of the Moro minority revolve around a perceived lack of access to the regions natural resources, and a dearth of political rights and economic opportunities.

The historical sense of injustice amongst the Moro population led to the emergence of an armed insurgency in the early 1970s. This insurgency was initially waged by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which was founded by Nur Misuari in 1972. As the armed resistance campaign progressed, the MNLF splintered into factions and a major offshoot the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was established in the early 1980s. MILF soon becoming the major force behind the fight for greater autonomy and independence for the Moro people. Fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and these two groups has continued for much of the last four decades, despite the establishment of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in 1989, and the signin...

00:43

UN Treaty Signing a Significant Step Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons World Beyond War . . .

By Shanta Roy

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signature at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017 and will remain open indefinitely. Once 50 nations have ratified or acceded to it, it will enter into force. Credit: ICAN

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) The international community took its first significant step towards a world free of nuclear weapons when over 50 countries signed a landmark treaty, which was adopted by UN member states on July 7.

The signing ceremony, which began September 20 on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, is expected to continue, as more countries will join the list of signatories to a treaty that was overwhelmingly voted on by 122 countries, with one against (Netherlands) and one abstention (Singapore).

The treaty has taken added significance against the backdrop of a possible military confrontation and triggered by nuclear threats by two nuclear powers, the United States and North Korea.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres summed it up when he said: It is an honour to oversee this historic treatys opening for signature the first multilateral disarmament treaty in more than two decades.

He said, the heroic survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the Hibakusha continue to remind us of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

The Treaty is an important step towards the universally-held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. It is my hope that it will reinvigorate global efforts to achieve it, Guterres added.

There remain some fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our childrens future, he declared.

The nuclear ban treaty explicitly outlaws the use, threat to use, development, testing, production, manufacturing, acquiring, possession, stockpiling, transferring, receiving, stationing, installation, and deployment of nuclear weapons. It also bans states from lending assistance, which includes such prohibited acts as financing for their development.

The treaty will enter into force 90 days after 50 or...

00:33

Canada: Female jihadi like moving a mountain of defiance in court Jihad Watch

Rehab Dughmosh is in Canadian court after being arrested in June following a vicious attack on customers and staff at a Canadian Tire outlet.with a golf club and a large knife and a bow. In its coverage of the case, the Toronto Star reveals (below) in detail Dughmoshs contempt for Canada, its infidel people, and []

00:31

Man faces charges after London Tube attack Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Two men remain in custody in relation to the incident, three others have been freed

00:26

North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump Peace and Freedom

Experts warn of potentially dire consequences if Kim Jong Un detonates a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean

Images of North Korean missile launches on display outside the central railway station in Pyongyang on Friday.
Images of North Korean missile launches on display outside the central railway station in Pyongyang on Friday. PHOTO: ED JONES/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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Updated Sept. 22, 2017 7:50 a.m. ET

SEOULNorth Koreas latest threatto detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Oceanif carried through would mark a new level of defiance in the face of warnings from the U.S. and the international community.

Pyongyang has notched milestone after milestone this year in its quest to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental U.S., each time causing a furor and inviting toughly worded responses from President Donald Trump.

In the past month, Pyongyang has launched two missiles over Japan and tested its sixth and most powerful nuclear device, which it described as a hydrogen bomb. That follows the first two successful test-launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

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00:21

Muslims who plotted to behead Pamela Geller hoped to achieve martyrdom Jihad Watch

They wanted to kill Pamela Geller for blaspheming Muhammad, and they were confident that Allah would grant them the rewards of Paradise. For these were devout, observant Muslims: Ismail Abdurrashid, an assistant imam at The Mosque for Praising Allah in Roxbury, Massachusetts, said that Usaamah Rahim was a very pleasant young man. He had a []

00:19

Defying families, Israel moves four Palestinians bodies to Cemetery of Numbers ahead of court ruling Mondoweiss

For the past two years Azhar Abu Srour has played the last weeks of her son Abeds life over and over in her head, unable to find closure as she waits for Israeli authorities to release her sons remains. Her then 19-year-old son died a year and a half ago, after detonating a bomb on an Israel bus, killing himself and injuring 20 Israelis.

Azhar, along with the families of five other Palestinians killed during actual or alleged attacks against Israelis, brought a case in demand of their family members remains to court, hoping Israels justice system could help them give their loved ones a proper burial.

However last week, days before the families next court date had been set, Azhar got the news from a fellow parent that four of the six remains being fought over in the case had been moved to Israels Cemetery of Numbers, where Palestinians are buried by Israeli authorities with only numbers marking their graves.

The news came as a shock to the families involved in the case, who were expecting time for a ruling to be decided before authorities made such a move.

It is estimated that around 249 Palestinian bodies are being held in such graves though some estimates are much higher leaving hundreds of families without the closure a burial could grant.

Israeli authorities have been inconsistently using the practice of holding Palestinians bodies since 1967, though the practice, which has been criticized by various Israeli institutions and officials, has been halted and renewed several times throughout the years.

In general, three reasons are given as to why Israeli authorities insist on not handing over the remains. Bodies are either withheld as punishment, an attempt at deterring future attacks, or as leverage in negotiations and potential prisoners exchanges particularly with the Hamas movement in Gaza, where at least two Israeli civilians are being held.

They have more than two hundred bodies buried in the Cemetery of Numbers, and 7,000 Palestinian prisoners. They think holding the bodies will give them leverage for negotiations, but it doesnt make sense. They have so much to use against us as leverage they dont need our childrens bodies, Azhar said, following a march in protest of the news.

In a 2016 article, Haaretz reported that Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman thoroughly opposed the handing over of bodies, reportedly saying in a closed meeting that he believed withholding Palestinian remains would act as a deterrent for future attacks.

During the same meeting, a representative of the Israeli army, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, the armys Operations Directorate head, called for the practice to end, saying that in the armys opinion, withholding Palestinian remains increases tensions and doesnt deter potential a...

00:18

Muslim group demands that Marriott cancel counter-jihad groups event Jihad Watch

Note BuzzFeeds predictably vicious coverage, beginning with the headline calling Act for America an anti-Muslim group. It is now taken for granted in the establishment media that to oppose jihad terror and Sharia oppression is to be anti-Muslim. The media maintains this even while insisting that jihad terror and Sharia oppression have nothing to do []

00:15

China fumes over S&P credit rating downgrade Peace and Freedom

China is angry at Standard and Poors (S&P) following a downgrade of its creditworthiness by the ratings agency over concerns about the countrys rising debt. S&P underestimated Chinas financial strength, Beijing said.

Konzernzentrale von Standard and Poors in New York USA (dapd)

Chinas Ministry of Finance said on Friday that S&Ps downgrade of Chinese sovereign debt was a wrong decision and based on a long-standing mode of thinking, and misreading of the Chinese economy.

On Thursday, the New York based ratings agency cut Chinas sovereign credit rating from A+ to AA- , however keeping the countrys outlook on stable. The one-notch downgrade came after Moodys Investors Service made a similar move in May  the first time in almost three decades that the nations credit rating was cut.

In a statement, S&P said it decided to make the call after concluding that Chinas de-risking drive that started early this year was having less of an impact on credit growth than initially expected.

Despite the fact that the government has shown greater resolve to implement the deleveraging policy, we continue to see overall credit in the corporate sector staying at a 9 percent point, S&P senior director of sovereign ratings, Kim Eng Tan, said in a conference call. Weve now come to the conclusion that deleveraging is likely to be much more gradual than we thought could have been the case early this year.

Debt-fueled investment in infrastructure and real estate has underpinned Chinas growth for years. But Beijing has launched a crackdown amid fears of a potential financial crisis.

Ballooning debt

Chinas banks extended a record 12.65 trillion yuan ($1.84 trillion or 1.60 trillion euros) of loans in 2016, roughly the size of Italys economy. Total social financing (TSF) a broad measure of credit and liquidity in the economy was a record 17.8 trillion yuan.

Tan said broader lending by all financial institutions has started to rise after growing by a relatively steady 12-13 percent in the last few years. That was the key metric that we look atand we believe while this growth of aggregate debt financing could come down somewhat over the next few years, its not likely to come down very sharpl...

00:09

Satanic Fashion Show Inside a Church at London Fashion Week cryptogon.com

Via: Vigilant Citizen: Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglus presented her Spring/Summer 2018 collection at London Fashion Week and it was nothing less than a satanic Black Mass. Indeed, the event took place at the altar of St Andrew Church in London and incorporated heavy occult and satanic symbolism. In short, the event summed up everything the []

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23:57

Fighting Breaks Out at Turkish Presidents Speech in New York Peace and Freedom

Violence broke out at a New York hotel Thursday afternoon when protesters disrupted a speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

In the middle of Mr. Erdogans speech, delivered in Turkish, a man one of a handful of protesters screamed in English: Youre a terrorist. Get out of my country! The ballroom at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square instantly erupted, with many attendees chanting Mr. Erdogans name to drown out the protesters.

Videos showed the protesters one of them wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Michael Israel, an American who was killed in a Turkish airstrike while volunteering with the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units, or Y.P.G. being punched and slapped by several attendees as security personnel removed them from the room. Security also removed at least one person who had assaulted the protesters.

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Anti-Erdogan demonstrators are punched as they are removed from a New York hotel, Thursday, September 21, 2017. From a VOA video

Meghan Bodette, who identified herself as one of six protesters (one of whom was filming), said their goal was to call attention to the Turkish states war crimes and human rights abuses against the Kurdish people, both in Turkey and in Syria.

Erdogan should not be able to speak here unchallenged, and we challenged him because the American people need to...

23:55

Another Day, Another Israeli Strike on Syria Penny for your thoughts

RT

Israeli forces are reported to have carried out attacks from outside the Syrian border early on Friday, according to the Lebanese Al Mayadeen. It said the strike led to a fire, with no casualties or disruptions at Damascus International Airport reported.
Pictures allegedly showing the moment of the attack have emerged online on Arab and Hebrew-language social media.- see images at RT link

According to Israeli media reports, there were three separate strikes.

Meanwhile, footage that reportedly captured Syrias air defense forces responding to the strike was uploaded on Facebook. The air defense forces are said to have shot down one of the missiles.

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An airstrike of probable Israeli origin launched two missiles at a civilian airport in Syria's capital, Damascus early on Friday morning, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported.
A source at the airport spoke to Prensa Latina, saying that nobody was hurt in the attacks, and little damage was caused.
The explosions resulted in fires in several areas which were quickly extinguished, and the sound of the explosion could be heard around Damascus.
Al-Masdar News reported that a Syrian military source said that the Syrian Air Force has shot down an Israeli drone near the Damascus province border shortly after the attack.

KUNA 

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23:49

Sayyed Nasrallah: We Are Ready to Confront All Enemies When Duty Calls Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Nasrallah stressed on Thursday that the Muslims must follow Prophet Muhammads sample of carrying out all the religiously assigned missions, adding that sticking to ones assignment is the standard of propriety. During Hezbollah central Ashura ceremony on the first Eve of the Hijri Month of Muharram, Sayyed Nasrallah said, We []

23:47

US Troops Had No Idea How to Train Afghan Police, so They Used TV Show Cops The Anti-Media

US troops actually watched old episodes of Cops and NCIS to figure out what they should teach Afghan police.

(ANTIWAR.COM)  In the course of the 16-year occupation of Afghanistan, the Pentagon set itself out to take up a huge string of tasks. Among these were training up a whole new Afghan military, and the other was a whole new national police force.

The military was comparatively easy to understand for the Pentagon. They are a military, after all, and had at least some idea how to train Afghans to serve as a military of their own. Police were another matter, as Special Inspector John Sopko noted that US trainers had little idea how to even start training up a police force.

In fact, curriculum was so non-existent for US trainers that they actually watched old episodes of Cops and NCIS to try to figure out the sort of things they should teach the police. Between that, and all the trainers being military personnel has left the Afghan National Police with an identity crisis, unclear if theyre a military force, or simply a police force trained by network television.

Sopko described the progress in the $70 million US training mission as poor, but expressed hope at least a somewhat better future, with signs of improving from what was a dismal decade and a half start.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

23:45

GoFundMe Bans Glazov Gang from Accepting Donations Jihad Watch

Crowdfunding online company GoFundMe has banned The Glazov Gang, a web-tv show that tells the truth about the threat from the Left and Islam, from accepting online donations. GoFundMe suspended The Glazov Gang campaign without any notice or explanation. Nor have they responded to any queries. This conduct by GoFundMe is part of its larger []

23:45

RUSSIAN SUMBARINE LAUNCHES CRUISE MISSILES ON TERRORIST TARGETS IN SYRIAS IDLIB PROVINCE Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front Launching Kalibr cruise missiles at terrorist targets in Syria. 14.09.2017 Vadim Savitskii / Sputnik On September 22, the Russian Black Sea fleets submarine, Veliky Novgorod, carried out a cruise missile strike on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formelry Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) targets in Syrias Idlib province, the Russian Defense Ministry []

23:42

US & Russian Militaries Hold Face to Face Penny for your thoughts

According to US reports. Reports which were made after the fact.
Military Times

Senior American and Russian military leaders met for an unprecedented, face-to-face session somewhere in the Middle East this week to discuss the increasing tensions around one of the remaining Islamic State strongholds in Syria.

Syrian government forces, Russian special forces and U.S.-backed militants are all battling ISIS around the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province.

The meeting, however, also suggests an expanded U.S. and Russian effort to coordinate their efforts, raising questions about how the Pentagon ISIS adhering to an American prohibition against military-to-military cooperation with Moscow. Congress enacted that law in the wake of Russias annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014.

Army Col. Ryan Dillon told Pentagon reporters on Thursday that U.S. and Russian general officers shared maps, graphics and information about where their forces are battling around Deir el-Zour. He would not provide details on when or where the meeting occurred, beyond saying it took place in recent days somewhere in the region.

23:31

Thousands in Germany Protest Over Planned Steel Merger The future of steel in Germany is at stake Peace and Freedom

BERLIN Thousands of steelworkers have gathered in western Germany in a protest over the planned merger of the European steel operations of Thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel, which is expected to cost up to 4,000 jobs.

News agency dpa reported that nearly 7,000 people took part in Fridays protest in Bochum, and steel production was largely halted ahead of the demonstration. Germanys top labor union leader, Reiner Hoffmann, accused Thyssenkrupps management of failing to take account of employees interests, while German Labor Minister Andrea Nahles said the future of steel in Germany is at stake.

Germanys Thyssenkrupp and Indias Tata on Wednesday signed a preliminary deal to create a joint venture headquartered in the Netherlands. The move to create Europes second-largest steel company is an effort to consolidate the struggling industry.


23:29

The 'Palestinian propaganda' invading US schools? Bring it on Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

A new study finds that American children are being indoctrinated by skewed accounts of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Islam. But if sharing verifiable facts and non-Western points of view is skewed, teach on

23:00

Alqosh, the Christian village on the faultline of Iraq and Kurdistan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Undefined

Power struggles in the ancient Assyrian town of Alqosh have left locals with an uncertain future

22:50

US-backed SDF Advances On Grain Mill In Syrias Raqqah City (Map)

US-backed SDF Advances On Grain Mill In Syria's Raqqah City (Map)

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On September 22, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) further advanced against ISIS in Raqqah city. SDF units, supported by multiple US-led coalition air and artillery strikes, attacked ISIS units in an area of the grain mill in the northeastern part of Raqqah where a fighting erupted between the two sides.

According to local sources, the grain mill as well as the nearby area are now contested. However, the SDF has a strong point in the gran storage facility. So, it will likely be able to forces ISIS members to withdraw from the grain mill.

Earlier this week, the SDF seized the grain storage and declared the neighborhoods of Rawdah, Ramilah and Trishrin fully captured. Since then, multiple pro-SDF and pro-opposition sources have been speculating that Raqqah city will be liberated within few days or even have been already liberated.

However, the fighting is still ongoing. Some Syrian sources believe that these fake news are intended to justify a redeployment of SDF units from Raqqah city to Deir Ezzor province where the US-led coa...

22:49

Philippines: Anti-government rally a milestone for the Duterte administration Denounced human rights abuses by state forces Peace and Freedom

For the first time since the start of the administration, an anti-government rally drew a respectable crowd. From various points in Metro Manila and nearby areas, the protesters marched to Rizal Park in Manila, where they gathered late yesterday afternoon to denounce human rights abuses by state forces and promised to prevent a return of dictatorial rule under martial law.

The protests were held as Mindanao remained under martial law and dictator Ferdinand Marcos rested in peace at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The Armed Forces of the Philippines, however, can validly claim that it is a different military, and it may be counted on to uphold democracy. Public perceptions of the AFPs implementation of martial law in Mindanao, and particularly in besieged Marawi City, have been generally positive.

Fears of a Marcos-style martial law, however, and criticisms of human rights abuses under the current administration are directed at the Philippine National Police. Malacaang has been trying to dispel criticism that the PNP abuses are sanctioned or made possible by President Duterte himself.

There is also public disappointment over the governments treatment of the Marcoses. The Presidents repeated statements about hating corruption lose traction when he is perceived to be playing footsie with the Marcos clan.

In recent days, the President and his PNP officials have been issuing more nuanced directives in the conduct of the war on drugs, with emphasis on respect for civil liberties. His allies in the House of Representatives also made an about-face in the 2018 funding for the Commission on Human Rights.

President Duterte will likely continue to enjoy high approval ratings in the next survey. But yesterdays protest actions indicate that the seeds of discontent are germinating, and a government ignores them at its own peril.


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22:48

Nestl Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For cryptogon.com

Via: Bloomberg: The companys operation in Michigan reveals how its dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. The Michigan operation is only one small part of Nestl, the worlds largest food and beverage company. But it illuminates how Nestl has come to dominate a controversial industry, spring by []

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UN General Assembly: Philippines rejects nations positions on drug war deaths Nations urge changes to President Dutertes bloody methods Peace and Freedom

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Deaths in drug war are not EJKs

MANILA, Philippines The Philippines rejected United Nations member-states positions against extrajudicial killings despite thousands of questionable deaths over the past year.

At the 36th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday (Manila time), Ambassador Evan Garcia relayed the Duterte-led governments denial of the existence of extrajudicial killings in connection with the brutal campaign against illegal drugs.

The recommendations were made by member-states in May this year at the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva where then Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, now Foreign Affairs secretary, faced the international body in defense of Dutertes anti-narcotics campaign.

READ: Where nations stand on EJKs, death penalty in Philippines

Garcia, at the session on Friday, explained that the non-acceptance of the recommendations99 of which were marked in the Philippines report as merely noted while 55 were outrightly rejectedwas anchored on national circumstances.

The State (Philippines) had sufficiently explained that deaths, which occurred in the course of the implementation of the [anti-illegal drug campaign], are not EJK, the report read.

These are deaths arising from legitimate...

22:34

City of London will not renew Ubers operating licence Peace and Freedom

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Ben Fathers, AFP | A man holds a smartphone showing the Uber app in London on September 22.

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London stripped Uber on Friday of its licence to operate from the end of September in a huge blow to the taxi app that will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the worlds biggest cities.

Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said Ubers conduct posed risks to public safety and it would not renew its licence when it expires on Sept. 30. Uber has 21 days to appeal and can continue to operate until the appeal process has finished.

Ubers approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications, TfL said.

Uber, which accounts for a third of private hire vehicles on Londons streets, said it would contest the decision.

Transport for London and the Mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice, said Tom Elvidge, Ubers general manager in London.

We intend to immediately challenge this in the courts.

22:30

Penguin: US Dollars Shut Out of Russian Seaports Public Intelligence Blog

Putin orders end to trade in US dollars at Russian seaports

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to approve legislation making the ruble the main currency of exchange at all Russian seaports by next year, according to the Kremlin website.

22:29

Is the US Really Capable of Shooting Down North Korean Missiles? Covert Geopolitics

Some American analysts are now asking why the North Korean missile was allowed to pass by a Japanese island with ringing alarm bells as the only response. According to some analysts, Americans may be overly confident in our militarys ability to shoot down North Korean missiles if the country were to attempt to strike. Maybe Continue reading Is the US Really Capable of Shooting Down North Korean Missiles?

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Mongoose: Israel First False Flag Alert Public Intelligence Blog

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Israels Geopolitical Gut Check

A once favorable balance of power has shifted, clipping Tel Avivs wings.

As these countries move forward to extinguish regional terrorism and reconstruct their infrastructure and societies, the Israelis will be left out in the cold.

Phi Beta Iota: We predict several false flag operations by the Mossad, including one in the USA with active support of American Zio-Cons.

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Trump Backers Cheer Economic Agenda, Blame GOP for Setbacks Peace and Freedom

Presidents responses on North Korea, white supremacist violence draw slightly lower rating

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By Valerie BauerleinArian Campo-Flores and Quint Forgey
The Wall Street Journal
Sept. 22, 2017 7:00 a.m. ET

As President Donald Trump approaches his 10th month in the White House, The Wall Street Journal revisited voters in six counties representing the economic underpinnings of his support. In each county, the Journal spoke to supporters, converts, abstainers and opponents to see how their economic situation is changing, and whether their expectations are being met.

Supporters of President Donald Trump generally approve of his overall performance on what they see as core issues such as jobs and taxes, and they blame Republicans in Congress for failing to support the White House agenda.

I think hes doing great, said Emory Terensky, 66 years old, a former steelworker in Monessen, Pa. Similarly, Patti Thompson, who lives in the Phoenix-area retirement community of Sun City, said her support of the president hasnt wavered, though she continues to be frustrated that we cant get Congress and Trump on the same page. She puts the fault for that on congressional Republican leaders.

On a few issues, such as tensions with North Korea and clashes with white supremacists in the U.S., Mr. Trump received a slightly lower rating. Im very concerned about the North Koreans, said John Golomb, 65, a former steelworker, in Monessen, Pa. Is Donald Trump talk, or is he action? Thats the $64,000 question.

Robert Lee, the 62-year-old owner of Rockingham Guns & Ammo in Richmond County, N.C., gives the president an overall grade of B-minus, at best. He is holding out hope that Mr. Trump will beg...

22:12

U.S. Near Bottom in Public Trust of Newsmedia OffGuardian

by Eric Zuesse According to the most extensive study ever done of the publics usages of, and trust in, the news media in their country a study that (in late January early February) scientifically sampled thousands of people in each one of 36 different industrialized countries the United States scored #28, which was in the bottom 22% of all 36 nations, regarding the publics trust of the news media.  However, the average American had a 53% level of trust in the news-sources he or she is relying on.  The country with the highest level of trust in the news media generally was Finland, where 61% of the population trust the nations news media.  Two countries were tied for the last place in trusting the media among the 36 nations surveyed, both scoring a 23% level of trust: Greece, and Korea.  All of the countries that scored below the U.S. (in order increasingly less-trusting than America, down to the very bottom) were: The Czech Republic, Hungary, Taiwan, France, Malaysia, Slovakia, and then, Greece and

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Kremlin says not involved in Russia-linked Facebook ads Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File | Facebook has agreed to hand over all information about Russian-linked ads on its site the US Congress

MOSCOW (AFP)  The Kremlin on Friday distanced itself from the controversy over Russia-linked Facebook ads which may have influenced last years US election, saying Moscow had nothing to do with them.

We dont know who places ads on Facebook and how, President Vladimir Putins spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

We have never done it and the Russian side has never had anything to do with it.

Facebooks chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the company would pass on to Congress details about Russia-linked ads that inflamed tensions around last years presidential election.

Earlier this month, Facebook said some 470 Russia-linked fake accounts spent a total of about $100,000 between June 2015 and May 2017 on ads that touted fake or misleading views and played on divisive social and political themes like race, gay rights, and immigration.

The ads were linked to a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency, a secretive outlet in Saint-Petersburg which has been christened the troll farm by Russian media because its employees blogged and left comments under fake online identities.

A congressional investigation will focus on how the messages in the ads were manipulated by Russian interests.

The investigation is the latest development in a string of probes into possible Russian meddling in the election and whether it could have swung the vote in US President Donald Trumps favour.

US intelligence agencies say Putin himself directed the intervention and Senate and Justice Department investigators have been chasing links between the Trump campaign and Moscow for evidence of collusion.

Moscow has denied all allegations of meddling in the vote.


22:00

Koko: False Memory Syndrome Mind Control, Pedophilia, and the US Court System as a Cover-Up Tool for Elite Pedophiles Public Intelligence Blog

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False Memory Syndrome: Mind Control and Pedophilia

The False Memory Syndrome has come under fire from many over the months since pedogate/pizzagate broke. It was founded by accused pedophiles and its Scientific Advisory Board includes an impressive number of military intelligence and MKULTRA linked doctors. Its members have been called as expert witnesses in many legal cases, ranging from the trial of Patty Hearst to the dismissal of sex abuse victims and setting a legal precedent to have child sex abuse victims taken from their parents and placed with their abuser. Their influence on the American legal system in thinly veiled advocacy for pedophilia should be considered a crime against humanity. These individuals were not only advocating for pedophilia, they were actively destroying the lives of victims of sex abuse, and on top of that, creating a legal precedent for this abuse to continue with no recourse for victims and families to seek justice.

Phi Beta Iota: The misbehavior of the US Chamber of Commerce and Justice Powell in setting the stage for CITIZENS UNITED, is another example of how the US Court System is manipulated and used to favor the 1% against the 99%. A t...

21:57

India Using Chilli Sprays, Stun Grenades to Dissuade Rohingya Muslim Influx Peace and Freedom

NEW DELHI India has stepped up security along its largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh and is using chilli and stun grenades to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in their homeland of Myanmar, officials said on Friday.

Border forces in Hindu-majority India, which wants to deport around 40,000 Rohingya already living in the country, citing security risks, have been authorized to use rude and crude methods to stop any infiltration attempts.

We dont want to cause any serious injury or arrest them, but we wont tolerate Rohingya on Indian soil, said a senior official with the Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi.

Were using grenades containing chilli spray to stop hundreds of Rohingyas trying to enter India the situation is tense, added the official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to media.

More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when a coordinated attack by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces triggered a counteroffensive, killing at least 400 people, mainly militants. The United Nations has called the assault a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

Densely populated Bangladesh is struggling to shelter all the refugees desperate for space to set up shacks, sparking worries in India that the influx could spill into its territory.

R.P.S. Jaswal, a deputy inspector general of the BSF patrolling a large part of the border in...

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Diplomacy be damned in the time of Trump Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

With the state of rot inside the beltway, it's no wonder that a young Saudi ex-fighter pilot with no diplomatic experience can glide into the unstable world of Trumps Washington and cause scarcely a ripple of concern

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Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 21-22, 2017 (Map, Video)

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 21-22, 2017 (Map, Video)

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The US-led coalition and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are capitalising on strong ISIS attacks against Syrian government forces that have crossed the Euphrates.

On September 21, SDF units allegedly seized Al-Isba and Tabiye oil gas fields in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor city while the Syrian Arab army (SAA) and its allies were repelling ISIS attacks on the villages of Marat and Mazlum. Furthermore, the SDF media wing released a report claiming that SDF members had rescued 3 women and 9 children from Khusham village. This could indicate that SDF units reached the vicinity of Khusham village.

ISIS conducted large-scale attacks on the government-held villages of Marat and Mazlum on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and even seized some positions inside them, according to pro-opposition sources. Clashes between government troops and ISIS members were also reported in Saqr Island.

At the same day, the Russian Defense Ministry released a statement saying that almost no clashes were observed between the SDF and ISIS north of Deir Ezzor city. It added that Russian forces will strike any side that tries attack Syrian troops or Russian task forces operating near Deir Ezzor city.

On September 22, an intense fighting continued between the SAA and ISIS near Marat and Mazlum as well as in the Saqr Island area. Syrian government forces faced a stiff resistance from ISIS on the eastern bank of the Euphrates despite the ongoing SDF advance in the same area.

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21:51

Apartheid and the Future of israel/Palestine Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Richard Falk, September 8, 2014 (Iran Review/CC BY 4.0) The significance of the UN ESCWA report Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid, and of the reactions to it. There has been lots of discussion prompted []

21:50

Bishops in the Philippines Urge Bell-Ringing, Prayers to Protest Bloody Drugs War We disagree that a criminal has no more hope of changing his life. Peace and Freedom

MANILA Stepping up a campaign against President Rodrigo Dutertes bloody war on drugs, Catholic bishops in the Philippines have called for church bells to be rung for the next 40 nights, and congregations to light candles and pray for the killing to end.

A pastoral letter by Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) sent to priests urged Catholics to pray for victims from Saturday until All Saints Day on Nov. 1, when Filipinos traditionally pay respects to the dead.

More than 3,800 people have been killed in anti-drugs operations in the past 15 months and at least 2,100 murders are suspected of being drug-related, according to police data, though human rights groups believe the numbers are understated.

The relentless and bloody campaign against drugs that shows no sign of abating impels us, your bishops, to declare: In the name of God, stop the killings! Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the head of the CBCP, said in the letter.

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas: In the name of God, stop the killings!

Such messages are typically read aloud in church or distributed to their congregations.

Many Catholic churches in the capital have already started lighting candles and ringing bells for five minutes each day at 8 p.m..

Thousands of Filipinos rallied against Duterte on Thursday to protest against what they fear is an emerging dictatorship, and several churches held mass against the killings and urged people to renounce violence.

The bishops are among the most influential dissenting voices to come out against the Dutertes uncompromising strategy.

Having been largely silent on the issue when it first erupted last year, priests have increasingl...

21:43

#Chile: #Mapuche Political Prisoners in Hunger Strike for More Than 100 Days Enough is Enough!

The Lonko Alfredo Tralcal Coche and the siblings Benito, Ariel and Pablo Trangol Galindo, have been on a hunger strike for 107 days after starting their protest against irregular detention and after completing more than a year in remand prison without conclusive evidence against them, under the so-called Anti-Terror Law, which includes the use of faceless witnesses. They are accused of an incendiary attack against an evangelical temple in the town of Padre Las Casas, of which they declare themselves innocent. It should be noted that one of them, Ariel Trangol, professes the evangelical religion.

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Chile: Mapuche Political Prisoners in Hunger Strike for More Than 100 Days

The Lonko Alfredo Tralcal Coche and the siblings B...

21:26

Global Action Keeping Famine at Bay But Failing to Prevent Suffering HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Nearly seven months after the United Nations issued an urgent call for action to counter the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, north-east Nigeria and Yemen, global efforts have kept that crisis at bay but millions of people still suffer and many are dying at this very moment, Secretary-General Antnio Guterres on 21 September warned.

In the western desert town of Dinsoor, Somalia, newly arrived drought victims receive food supplies delivered by the UNs World Food Program (WFP). Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images Reportage | Source: UN News Centre

To keep famine at bay doesnt mean to keep suffering at bay, Guterres said at a high-level event on famine prevention and response, organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Bank.

So, millions and millions of people suffer, millions and millions of people are not food secure, and we have people dying at this very moment, he added.

The Secretary-General noted that since the call for action was issued in February, 60 per cent of the $4.9 billion required to cover urgent humanitarian operations has been received.

Humanitarian agencies and their partners are reaching close to 30 million people each month with life-saving food, livelihood support, health, water and sanitation and nutrition assistance, he added.

However, in each of the four countries, peoples needs have deepened since February.

In South Sudan, 6 million people are now severely food insecure an increase of one million, and more than half of the population.

In Somalia, 3.1 million people are now unable to...

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Theresa May's European Policy Strategic Culture Foundation

The British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to make a historic speech on the post-Exit relationship between the UK and EU. Of all the places to make such an important and profound speech the choice of Italy, home to one of the most powerful (and deeply corrupted) Christian religions in human history, alongside its peculiar relationship and history with Mussolini's Fascists and the organised crime syndicate of the Mafia is a flamboyant if not very strange and disturbing choice. It was also strange regarding the surprise announcement from 10 Downing Street (during the tussle over the Foreign Secretary's piece in the Daily Telegraph preceded the day before by the Parsons Green terror attack...

21:12

A Trump Doctrine of Hypocrisy HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage*

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) In his first address on the global stage of the General Assembly, United States President Donald Trump touted an America First approach at the very institution that is meant to inspire collaboration between nations.

Donald J. Trump. Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak

During his 45-minute speech, President Trump praised national sovereignty, referencing the concept a whopping 21 times.

Our governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values, he told world leaders.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.

But in a global world that relies on each other on issues such as economic growth and environmental protection, can a me first approach work?Peace Actions Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin says no.

To say one country first over the other certainly is not going to deal with these issues, he told IPS.

Though the President highlighted the need to work together to confront those who threaten the world with chaos, turmoil, and terror, his actions seem to imply otherwise.

Starting with withdrawing from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement to tackle global emissions to threatening funding cuts to not only the UN but also to its own State Department which handles diplomacy and foreign assistance, the U.S. seems to be far from working together with the international community.

As Trump received applause upon speaking of the benefits of the U.S. programs in advancing glo...

20:58

Have we lost our way in war? World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, September 21, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Opening debate remarks at the University of Pennsylvania on September 21, 2017, on the following proposition: Are Americas wars in Syria and Afghanistan just and necessary or have we lost our way in the use of military force, including drone weaponry, in conducting US foreign policy?

Wow, Ive already gotten more applause than Trump got for his whole speech at the UN.

U.S. wars and bombings in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and the Philippines, and threats to North Korea are unjust, unnecessary, immoral, illegal, extremely costly in several ways, and counterproductive on their own terms.

The idea of a just war comes down to us over some 1600 years from people whose worldview we share in almost no other way. Just war criteria come in three types: non-empirical, impossible, and amoral.

The Non-Empirical Criteria: A just war is supposed to have the right intention, a just cause, and proportionality. But these are devices of rhetoric. When your government says bombing a building where ISIS stashes money justifies killing up to 50 people, theres no agreed upon, empirical means to reply No, only 49, or only 6, or up to 4,097 people can be justly killed. Identifying a governments intention is far from simple, and attaching a just cause like ending slavery to a war doesnt make that cause inherent to that war. Slavery can be ended in many ways, while no war has ever been fought for a single reason. If Myanmar had more oil wed be hearing about genocide prevention as a just cause for invading, and no doubt worsening, the crisis.

The Impossible Criteria: A just war is supposed to be a last resort, have a reasonable prospect of success, keep noncombatants immune from attack, respect enemy soldiers as human beings, and treat prisoners of war as noncombatants. None of these things are even possible. To call something a last resort is in reality merely to claim it is the best idea you have, not the only idea you have. There are always other ideas that anyone can think of. Every time we urgently need to bomb Iran or were all going t...

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Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, September 23, 2017 Eternity and Unapproachable Light Peace and Freedom

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest
Lectionary: 448

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Reading 1 1 TM 6:13-16

Beloved:
I charge you before God, who gives life to all things,
and before Christ Jesus,
who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate
for the noble confession,
to keep the commandment without stain or reproach
until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ
that the blessed and only ruler
will make manifest at the proper time,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light,
and whom no human being has seen or can see.
To him be honor and eternal power. Amen.

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Responsorial Psalm PS 100:1B-2, 3, 4, 5

R. (2) Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Sing joyfully to the LORD all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
For he is good:
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

Alleluia SEE LK 8:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generious heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

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Gospel LK 8:4-15

When a large crowd gat...

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Iraq forces oust IS from northern town in drive on Hawija Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | Iraqi troops flash victory signs as they advance on the town of Sharqat on September 21, 2017
SHARQAT (IRAQ) (AFP)  Iraqi forces achieved the first goal of a new offensive against the Islamic State group on just its second day Friday, penetrating the northern town of Sharqat, AFP correspondents said.

Some residents celebrated in the streets as government troops and paramilitaries entered the town centre and tore down the black flags of the jihadists who had ruled it with an iron fist for more than three years.

AFP correspondents saw little major damage in the town, although there had been casualties in the fighting as they saw the bodies of two jihadists in the back of a pickup.

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Sharqat was the first goal of a major offensive launched on Thursday to recapture an IS-held enclave centred on the insurgent bastion of Hawija, one of just two pockets still controlled by the jihadists in Iraq.

Sector operations chief General Abdel Amir Yarallah said some 20 villages around Sharqat had also been recaptured from IS.

The next goal is Hawija itself, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) to the southeast.

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General Abdel Amir Yarallah

After the defeat of IS in second city Mosul in July and the recapture of adjacent areas, Hawija and neighbouring towns form the last enclave still held by IS in Iraq apart from a section of the Euphrates Valley downstream from the border with Syria.

The mainly Sunni Arab enclave, which was bypassed by government forces in their advance north to Mosul last year, has been a bastion of insurgency ever since the first year of the US-led occupation in 2003.

The territory still held by IS in the caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria it proclaimed in 2014 has dwindled, with stronghold after stronghold coming under assault on both sides of the border.

Iraq soldiers, police and paramilitaries launched an offensive against the jihadistss other remaining enclave earlier this week, pushing up the Euphrates Valley towards the IS-held towns of Anna, Rawa and Al-Qaim.


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Military Situation In Syria And Iraq As ISIS Crumbles Under Pressure On Multiple Frontlines (Map)

The ISIS-held area is crumbling in Syria and Iraq under a pressure on multiple frontlines.

The Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are conducting large-scale anti-ISIS operations in the area of Hawija and in an area east of al-Qaim at the Deir Ezzor-Baghdad highway. The army and the PMU have liberated over 30 villages near Hawija and captured the town of Aanah east of al-Qaim.

At the same time the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies as well as the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are advancing agianst ISIS in the countryside of Deir Ezzor city. The SAA has broken the ISIS siege on Deir Ezzor and crossed the Euphrates River. The SDF are clearing the ISIS-held area north of the city and seized important oil fields there.

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq As ISIS Crumbles Under Pressure On Multiple Frontlines (Map)

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Showdown: Trump Versus Radical Islam Vote Now Clarion Project

President Trump made some pre-election promises

Which of them should be the Administrations priorities?

Choose your top 3, and well send the most popular to the White House.

20:23

The Land of the Free stan van houcke

America gives $700bn to the military  but says healthcare is a luxury

On Monday, the Pentagon received even more money than it had asked for. Funding war is s...

20:22

Hundreds Protest Amid Spain Crackdown on Catalan Referendum Peace and Freedom

MADRID Hundreds of pro-independence supporters in Catalonia are protesting outside a courthouse to demand the release of regional government officials arrested in a crackdown by Spanish authorities over a planned secession referendum.

The protest Friday in the northeastern Catalan town of Hospitalet de Llobregat is an extension of another started Thursday outside the Catalan judiciary headquarters in nearby Barcelona that attracted thousands. A pro-independence group says that about 2,500 supporters were attending the protest in Hospitalet.

Many of the demonstrators in Barcelona had slept overnight near the judiciary building in tents or hammocks strung up between lampposts.

The Catalan National Assembly civic group has called for the protests to continue until the near dozen officials detained Wednesday are released.

Spains central government says the planned Oct. 1 referendum is illegal.


20:19

'American Jews are driving America's Wars' stan van houcke

FORMER CIA OFFICER BLAMES JEWS FOR AMERICA'S WARS

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20:16

How israel is deliberately disabling Palestinian teenagers Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

How Israel is disabling Palestinian teenagers Mustafa Elayan, 17, was shot in his leg by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank [Jaclynn Ashly/Al Jazeera] by Jaclynn Ashly, Mondoweiss Survivors of Israeli live fire speak about Israels kneecapping practice of shooting youth in their lower limbs.   Bethlehem, occupied West Bank  In the Dheisheh refugee camp, it []

20:15

Trump"s UN Speech: the Swamp"s Wine in an "America First!" Bottle Strategic Culture Foundation

In his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump invoked the terms sovereign and sovereignty 21 times. In a manner unimaginable coming from any other recent occupant of the White House, the President committed the United States to the principle of national sovereignty and to the truth that the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition. More, Trump rightly pointed out that these pertain not just to the US and the safeguarding of American sovereignty but to all countries...

20:14

Tunisian Navy Rescues 78 Migrants Off Coast Peace and Freedom

TUNIS Tunisias navy rescued 78 migrants including two girls after their vessel en route to Europe took on water off the coast of Chebba and was stranded for three days, the defense ministry said on Friday.

Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading for Europe after Libyas coastguard aided by armed groups tightened its controls.

Naval forces rescued 78 illegal Tunisian migrants 70 kilometers east of the coast of Chebba on board a boat that was damaged and leaking water, the ministry said in statement, adding that nobody died in the incident.

Tunisia has been praised for its democratic progress after a 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali but successive governments have failed to create jobs for young people, some of whom head to Europe to seek work.

(Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

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20:11

Listening to The Donald at the UN stan van houcke

Listening to The Donald at the UN

This article was written for the Unz Review
Late this morning, outraged emails started pouring in.  My correspondents reported getting sick and having their heart ache.  The cause of all that?  They had just watched Trumps speech at the UN.  I sighed and decided to watch the full speech for myself.  Yeah, it was painful.
You can read the full (rush,not official) text ...

20:09

Shelling Across Pakistan-India Border Kills Six Civilians, Wounds 30 Peace and Freedom

ISLAMABAD Shelling along the disputed border between Pakistan and India killed six civilians, and wounded an additional 30 people, officials from the two sides said on Friday, in the latest confrontation between the two nuclear-armed countries.

The firing took place across the frontier separating Pakistans Punjab province from Indian-administered Kashmirs Jammu region, and most of the casualties were reported on the Pakistani side.

Pakistans military said six civilians were killed and 26 wounded.

Pakistan Rangers Punjab befittingly responded on posts targeting civil population, the Pakistan armys public relations wing said in a statement.

Indian Police officials in Jammu said the ceasefire was violated by Pakistani forces, who injured four civilians on the Indian side.

Both countries claim Kashmir, and have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan region, which they have disputed since partition and independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

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Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Inspector General Anil Paliwal (2L) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) M F Farooqui (L) receive Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab) Major General Umar Farooq Barki (2R) on their arrival at Wagah Crossing. FILE PHOTO, 2015: AFP

In July, four soldiers were killed when Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) that separates parts of Kashmir held by both countries struck a Pakistani army vehicle. Indian officials denied any knowledge of the incident.

In May, India accused Pakistani forces of killing two soldiers patrolling th...

20:09

Pentagon Moves To Protect Bases From Climate Change stan van houcke

Defying Trump, Pentagon Moves To Protect Bases From Climate Change

20:00

U.S. Navy Carrier Drills With Japanese Navy Amid North Korean Tension Peace and Freedom

TOKYO The U.S. Navy carrier Ronald Reagan is conducting drills with Japanese warships in seas south of the Korean peninsula, Japans military said on Friday, in a show of naval power as Pyongyang threatens further nuclear and missile tests.

The Reagan strike group will conduct a separate drill with the South Korean Navy in October, the defense ministry said in a statement distributed to South Korean lawmakers on Monday.

The 100,000-ton Reagan, which is based in Japan, and its escort ships have been holding drills with Japanese navy vessels since Sept 11 in waters south and west of Japans main islands, the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force said in a statement.

That exercise with the three Japanese warships, including two destroyers and one of the countrys two biggest helicopter carriers, the Ise, will run until Sept 28, it added.

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The U.S. and regional allies are responding with military drills, including bomber and jet fighter flights near the Korean peninsula, as Pyongyang pursues its nuclear and missile programs, with an apparent hydrogen bomb test and two ballistic missile firings over Japan in recent weeks.

North Korea on Friday said it might test a hydrog...

20:00

Theresa Mays UN speech reveals blatant double standards stan van houcke

Theresa Mays UN speech reveals blatant double standards about her Saudi arms deals

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20:00

Syria opposition activist and journalist daughter found dead in Istanbul Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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19:47

Israeli air strikes hit Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus airport - reports Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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19:45

America Can Never Be Trusted! Strategic Culture Foundation

Time and again throughout its history, America breached treaties and other agreements proving it doesnt negotiate in good faith. Just the opposite!

19:44

Frances Macron to sign his signature labour reforms Peace and Freedom

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AFP | Some 132,000 people demonstrated across France against the reforms on Thursday
PARIS (AFP)  President Emmanuel Macron prepared Friday to sign sweeping changes to Frances complex labour code, sealing a signature reform after four months at the helm.

The measures, which are set to enter the statute books on Monday, are designed to give employers more flexibility to negotiate pay and conditions with their workers while reducing the costs of firing staff.

The 39-year-old Macron will sign the reforms in a televised ceremony from 12:45 pm (1045 GMT).

The overhaul, eagerly awaited by the business community and Frances EU partners, was fast-tracked via executive orders as a way of avoiding a prolonged battle in the streets.

Three months of negotiations with union leaders pointed up a split between those willing to compromise the CFDT and FO and those determined to fight the reforms, led by the largest and most militant union, the CGT.

But the resistance has been far weaker than that faced by Macrons Socialist predecessor Francois Hollande over his changes to the labour code, which sparked a wave of sometimes violent protests last year.

On Thursday, some 132,000 people demonstrated across France, just over half the numbers who took part last week in the first major street protests organised by trade unions since the centrist Macron was elected in May.

The Macron team insists that the reforms will encourage hiring and will offer the best cure to Frances stubbornly high unemployment rate, which stands at 9.5 percent, roughly twice the levels in Britain or Germany.

Public opinion is divided, according to a recent BVA poll, with most respondents saying they think the reforms will boost Frances competitiveness but fail to improve employees working conditions.

Critics see the use of executive orders as reinforcing perceptions of Macron as a monarchical or even pharaonic leader.

But Macron insists he has a mandate for change after sweeping the board in presidential and parliamentary elections in May and June.

Democracy does not happen in the street, Macron said in New York on Wednesday.


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19:42

Evidence of israeli apartheid, pillage and murder handed to Hague court Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders are personally liable for war crimes, say human rights investigators. (via Facebook)   Four Palestinian human rights organizations on Wednesday handed 700 pages of evidence of Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. This comes as two Palestinian []

19:40

The Panic Over Graham-Cassidy Peace and Freedom

The single-payer Democrats wont budge on health care.

Sept. 21, 2017 7:17 p.m. ET

Senate Republicans must be making progress on their latest attempt to reform health care, because the opposition is again reaching jet-aircraft decibel levels of outrage. The debate could use a few factsnot least on the claims that the GOP is engaging in an unfair process.

Republicans are scrambling to pass Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidys health-care bill before Sept. 30, when the clock expires on the budget procedure that allows the Senate to pass legislation with 51 votes. The bill would devolve ObamaCare funding to

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The Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill would eliminate the laws mandates, turn funding for the laws subsidies and Medicaid expansion into block grants and reduce federal support for Medicaid overall.

GOP senators unveil alternative health plan

Republican senators latest attempt to repeal Obamacare could be the most far-reaching of GOP efforts this year.

Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana last week released a bill that would eliminate or overhaul major sections of the health reform law. The duo had been trying to garner interest in earlier versions of their bill for months, but hadnt gotten much traction.

Now, however, Republicans likely have only two weeks left to use their 2017 budget reconciliation bill as a way to dismantle Obamacare with a simple majority in the Senate. The Graham-Cassidy bill is the only repeal effort left on the table, coming even as a bipartisan Senate committee is working on legislation to stabilize the Affordable Care Act.

The Congressional Budget Office said Monday it may take several weeks for it to release an analysis of the Graham-Cassidy bill so it remains to be seen how many fewer people could be insured under it or what the impact on premiums may be.

Graham-Cassidy in a nutshell:
Reduces federal spending and block grants it.
Caps Medicaid.
Waives community rating and essen...

19:31

Kim Jong Un calls Trump deranged, H-bomb test threatened Dog barking contest going wrong? Peace and Freedom

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called President Donald Trump deranged and said he will pay dearly for his threats. The North Korean Foreign Minister later reportedly threatened to test an H-bomb in the Pacific.

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 North Koreas leader, Kim Jong-un, responding directly to President Trumps speech at the United Nations, in an undated photo released by the countrys state news agency on Friday. Credit Korean Central News Agency, via Reuters

Kim said on Friday that Trump is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country and described the president as a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, according to Norths official Korean Central News Agency.

The comments come in response to Trumps speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Kim said that Trumps remarks had convinced him that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last, adding that he was thinking hard about his response.

Sanctions tightened

The new US sanctions will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Koreas efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind, Trump said Thursday.

Referring to the North Korean nuclear program, Trump said tolerance for this disgraceful practice must end now.

He added that North Koreas textile, fishing, information technology, and manufacturing industries were among those the United States could target with the sanctions. The new measures do not affect the North Korean oil industry.

Read more: A closer look at which countries trade with North Korea

Stronger European reaction coming

Citing anonymous sources, AFP and Reuters news agencies reported on Thursday that the European Union had reached an agreement on additional sanctions targeting North Korea, including a ban on investments and oil exports to the country.

Ambassadors from the 28-member states on Thursday agreed on a package of new autonomous measures, an EU official told AFP, and they will now be prepared in detail to be approved by a meeting of European foreign ministers next month.

In an interview with DW, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her government had a ...

19:30

BIG AGRIBUSINESS: WE NEED MORE GENETIC MODIFICATIONS Giza Death Star

Mr. C.S. spotted this one, and it's a doozie, if one stops to ponder carefully what's being said. And I have to admit, when

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19:23

Theresa May to outline UKs Brexit future in vital Florence speech May to offer 20bn euros transitional deal Peace and Freedom

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This is what the Press Association has filed about Santa Maria Novella, the church in Florence that is reportedly the venue for Theresa Mays speech.

Theresa Mays crunch speech on Brexit has been billed as Britains bid to break open deadlocked exit talks which have so far frustrated both sides.

So the grand, Gothic, Santa Maria Novella church in central Florence appears a fitting venue to attempt to heal divides which appear to have deepened since the beginning of tough negotiations in summer.

Today the square in front of the basilica is a picture of European unity, with tourists and Italians rubbing shoulders over gelato, Peronis and pasta.

And in the mid-15th Century it was the scene of the Council of Florence, gathered to bring about the reunion of the Greek and Latin churches.

It will be in that spirit that May seeks to make the first steps towards a deep and special partnership with the European Union despite the schism of Brexit.

Committed Brexiteers like Boris Johnson, who often see themselves as mavericks, may take something from another flashpoint in the churchs history.

It was the venue for one of the first attacks against Galileo, who along with other mathematicians was accused of heresy by Tommaso Caccini in December 1614 for claiming the earth moves around the sun.

The Renaissance man was of course proved right in the end and Leave supporters will hope the prophecies of doom from so-called Remoaners similarly fall away once the UK leaves the EU.

The church is also home to a number of notable artworks by Renaissance artists including Botticelli, Masaccio and Giotto.

The Italian city is the birthplace of that movement, widely seen as the cultural catalyst for the beginning of modern European history.

May will hope that Brexit is another chapter which proves as successful.

Politico Europe also has an interesting story about the choice of venue, saying that the May speech represents a departure from protocol because Italian officials have had very little involvement in setting it up.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/sep/22/theresa-mayflorence-speech-brexit-eu-future-barnier-pm-to-outline-uks-brexit-future-in-vital-speech-in-florence-live-updates...

19:22

Kurdish vote 'destabilising', UN Security Council warns Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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19:15

Russia Concerned Over US Violations of INF Treaty Strategic Culture Foundation

Russian Foreign Minister has met his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, twice in New York at the UN General Assembly. The two countries are at odds over an array of issues but the possible violations of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) is a matter of special concern. According to Lavrov, We have suspicions on at least three fronts that the Americans are creating weapons systems which violate or could violate the treaty obligations. The minister also emphasized that Moscow wanted the treaty to be in force provided the US observed its provisions.

19:14

EU nervous as tensions mount ahead of Catalan independence vote Ticking bomb Peace and Freedom

AFP

Lluis Gene, AFP | Catalan protesters hold letters forming the word Independence.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-09-22

As Catalonias independence referendum crisis deepens, EU officials are staying doggedly tight-lipped even as diplomats privately voice serious concern at a situation some regard as a challenge to fundamental European values.

The Catalan governments plans to hold a vote on October 1 in defiance of court orders ruling it illegal have triggered major protests in Barcelona and a major crackdown from Madrid.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has condemned the totalitarian and undemocratic attitude of the Spanish state, after police detained over a dozen Catalan government officials and seized nearly 10 million ballot papers.

But the European Commission, the EUs executive arm, has steadfastly refused to comment in detail on what it regards as an internal matter for Spain.

Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas fended off nearly a dozen questions on the Catalan crisis at a news conference on Thursday with variations on the same response: The commission respects Spains constitutional order and legal framework.

From Paris to Bratislava, EU members echoed the same phrasing as they publicly closed ranks behind Madrid in a standoff that Spanish former European Parliament president Josep Borrell told Politico this week had the potential to be the biggest European constitutional crisis since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Ticking bomb

Jeremy Dodeigne, professor of political science at Belgiums University of Namur told AFP that while the EU could not go against the Spanish government, it would also be reluctant to alienate regional groupings like Catalonia, which are important to development programmes.

At the moment the crisis is too deep and this is too much of a gamble for the EU to take sides or interfere its clearly too sensitive at the moment, he said.

Moreover, regional separatist movements are a sensitive topic for a number of EU members.

>> Amid calls for independence, Catalonians for a unified Spain struggle to be heard

The crisis has caused even deeper alarm than the Scottish independence referendum of...

19:08

The Full Text of Kim Jong-uns Response to President Trump Peace and Freedom

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has responded to President Trumps vow at the United Nations to totally destroy North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies. His remarks, released on Friday by KCNA, the North Korean state news agency, were believed to be the first time a North Korean leader directly issued a statement to the world under his name. Here is the full text:

The speech made by the U.S. president in his maiden address on the U.N. arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean Peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.

Shaping the general idea of what he would say, I expected he would make stereotyped, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the worlds biggest official diplomatic stage.

But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors.

A frightened dog barks louder.

 North Koreas leader, Kim Jong-un, responding directly to P...

19:08

#Greece: African Street Musician Assaulted by Racist Cops in #Athens Enough is Enough!

Cops assaulted an immigrant street musician at Monastiraki, Athens, and at the police department in Omonoia.

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Greece: African Street Musician Assaulted by Racist Cops in Athens

Cops assaulted an immigrant street musician at Monastiraki, Athens, and at the police department in Omonoia.

Kamara Mohammed, a street musician and immigran...

18:57

Arab Media Idolized Qatar Royals Who Left Home to Live Abroad Both called this week to convene a meeting of the Qatari ruling family to discuss the crisis. Peace and Freedom

By Aziz El Yaakoubi

18:50

israel holding 58 Palestinian women under dire conditions Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel holding 58 Palestinian women under dire conditions The undated photo shows Palestinian protesters demonstrating for the release of female prisoners from Israeli jails. The Israeli regime is holding at least 58 Palestinian women, including 10 minors, under dire conditions in its jails, the Prisoners and Freed Prisoners Committee says. The committee recently said the []

18:50

Trump at the United Nations Dissident Voice

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.

from United States president Donald Trumps speech to the United Nations on 19 September 2017

If you are the president of the United States of America, then, as a rule, all pretense toward modesty is dispensed with. Call it American exceptionalism.

After all, the US is variously self-proclaimed as the leader of the free world, the beacon on the hill, and the indispensable nation.

Yet critical thinking demands on analysis of Trumps words that is not provided by a cursory reading of the speech transcript, TV video coverage, or corporate media reporting. It is a given of corporatism that the US is unquestioningly not only great and good but the best of the best. Donald Trump would beg to differ, but he claims that he is making America great again.

Trump begins by stating,

As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country

Yet this rings phony since Trump is skeptical about a connection between anthropogenic climate change and the increased incidence of catastrophic weather events.

Trump asserts,

The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.

The prevailing trend under neoliberalism is that the American masses will continue to fall further and further behind, and the wealthy elitists will continue to make out like bandits. Trumps tax cuts augur an intensification of this gaping trend

Trump boasts,

Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th.

That is debatable. Nonetheless, there is nothing quite like self-aggrandizement patting oneself on back in public and claiming credit for myriad allegedly positive events (as if stock market rises benefited the masses of Americans).

Moreover, says Trump,

And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense.

Is this something to boast about? How about boasting about building hospitals, low-cost housing projects to...

18:41

USA: We have to presume that the photos of Afghan, Iraqi prisoners being tortured still being withheld are worse than those we have already seen Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Pentagon to release about 200 photos of tortured Afghan, Iraqi prisoners NOVANEWS RT  Pentagon will publish 198 photos of tortured detainees in the US prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan on Friday, a top American civil rights group said. The release comes after a decade-long lawsuit ended in the groups favor in March. Jameel Jaffer, director []

18:34

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine Vows Carnage for New Axis of Evil Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine Vows Carnage for New Axis of Evil NOVANEWS North Korea, Iran, Venezuela are targets in compassionate Americas war on the wicked few. Its almost as though Washington felt its hegemony threatened By: Pepe Escobar Asia Times   Featured image: Paul Delaroche, Napolon Fontainebleau, 1840. With other global powers increasingly at odds with []

18:31

Iran unveils new multi-warhead missile as Rouhani slams Trump Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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18:09

Weekly report on israels terrorism against Palestine (14- 19 September 2017) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (14- 19 September 2017)   7 Palestinian civilians, including a child , were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to target the border areas in the Gaza Strip []

18:07

From #Pitt to #Georgia Tech: Cops Off Campus! Enough is Enough!

On Wednesday morning, we dropped two banners at the University of Pittsburgh. They read, From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Disarm the Police, Arm Your Desire and Solidarity with St. Louis and Atlanta: Fuck the Police.

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From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Cops Off Campus!

On Wednesday morning, we dropped two banners at the University of Pittsburgh. They read, From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Disarm the Police, Arm Your Desire and Solidarity with St. Louis and Atlanta: Fuck the Police. The first was hung from student dorms, the second from condemned housing near campus we hope the symbolism is clear. Later that night, after campus police arrested a student protes...

18:00

israel looking to cause more trouble in the Middle East by supporting the Kurds Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Amidst Universal Opposition to KRG Referendum, Israel Stands by Kurds By Sarah Abed With the September 25th scheduled Kurdish Referendum in Iraq less than a week away, nations worldwide including; the US, UK, France, UN, Iran, and Iraq have expressed their objection and dissent and are calling for its suspension. All except for Israel, a lone []

18:00

Erdogan an occupier with 'sinister plans', claims senior Assad adviser Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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17:53

PATREON: YES, PEOPLE EXIST IN PYONGYANG Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Via In Gaza A common comment Ive gotten on the fraction of photos/videos Ive posted from North Korea (as I continue to sift through hundreds of them) is the lack of people on the streets. Bearing in mind that I havent yet posted videos and photos from busy places like the metro/subway system and public []

17:39

The Illegal Occupation of Palestine: UN Must Take a Leaf From the Global Grassroots #BDS Movement Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Illegal Occupation of Palestine: UN Must Take a Leaf From the Global Grassroots BDS Movement By Rima Najjar, Among ongoing outrageous actions and in defiance of international law, Israels HabayitHayehudi party has just approved a plan for annexing the remaining occupied Palestinian territory while either facilitating the exit of Palestinian residents or allowing them []

17:37

500 million dollars on its way to fund the next war against Syria Voltaire Network

The Sddeustche Zeitung has shed light on the fact that arms are being transferred from the headquarters of the US Air Forces in Europe, based in Ramstein (Germany) and are making their way to the Syrian rebels. The weapons, (mainly Kalashnikovs and mortars with their ammunition), have been transferred from the Navy's arsenal in Crane (Indiana) to the U.S. land army's arsenal based in Miesau (Germany). This trafficking is really an extension of Operation Timber Sycamore, conceived by (...)

17:35

USA: A Call To Action Deface Columbus Day October 9th, 2017 Insurrection News

The battles lines have been drawn and white supremacists are on notice. White nationalist statues are crumbling all over the US as our collective revolutionary power is growing. As the monuments of white supremacist society fall we must continue to make it clear that their reign of terror is coming to an end.

For the occasion of Columbus Day, October 9th, one of the most vile holidays of the year, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is calling for collectives all over the country to take action against this day and in support of indigenous people in the US and abroad who have been victims of colonialism and genocide.

We are calling for groups to decorate their neighborhoods as they see fit: put up murals, wheatpaste posters, drop a banner, etc. On October 9th put a picture of your action on social media and use the hashtags below. With these actions multiplied around the country, we will make it unequivocally clear that revolutionaries will always stand with the indigenous!

Revolutionary greetings to the insurgent Zapatista communities, the Lakota warriors, the Mapuche fighters, and all of our indigenous comrades in the struggle. With these actions, we renew our commitment to building a revolutionary movement strong enough to turn the tide permanently.

Resistance is life!

#FuckColumbusDay
#DestroyColonialism

(via Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement)


17:14

No Blow back but a Nato claw back of censorship in Germany Voltaire Network

As planned for sometime now , Nato is accusing Russia of interfering in the German legislative elections after rigging both the US and French presidential elections. To date, there is no proof supporting these accusations. The most Nato can do is emphasize that in these three elections, the Russian government media took positions against Hillary Clinton (US), Emmanuel Macron (France) and Angela Merkel (Germany). The Federal Office to Protect the Constitution (BfV by its German acronym) (...)

16:58

France: Incendiary Solidarity (Responsibility Claim for the Arson Attack Against the Grenoble Gendarmerie) Insurrection News

21.09.17: This Thursday at three oclock in the morning, the second day of the burned car trial.

We entered the Vigny-Musset gendarmerie barracks. We burned 6 intervention vans and two logistics trucks. More than 1500 square meters of the garage and the warehouse were destroyed.

This action is part of a wave of attacks in solidarity with people who are going on trial at the moment.

Strength to Kara and Krem.

A thought for Damien, recently beaten by the cops.

Whatever the outcome of the trial, the police and justice will continue to be attacked.

Our hostility is a fire that spreads.

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(via Indymedia Grenoble, translated by Insurrection News)

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16:06

The WorldWhere Are You Heading? HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

18 September 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service  Liu Xiaobo passed away. What is thenot so hiddentruth about him?

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Answer: His speeches and writings show enthusiasm for the 100-year English colonization of Hong Kong, wishing 300 years colonization of China, celebrating the US war in Afghanistan, hoping for atomic weapons.

He got the Nobel Peace Prize for democratization of China, had the freedom of speech, but the prize communicated as a provocation. The prize could easily have been given to their Charter, not to Liu Xiaobo.

Norways securitywhat are the threats?

Answer: Given the location, an invasion by USA or Russia to prevent the other from doing so.

The situation is reminiscent of the threat from England, Germany and USSR to prevent one of the other from doing so in 1940; what happened was England and Germany violating Norwegian neutrality, fighting a battle on Norwegian territory.

USSR nothing...

15:46

A New Hope for a Nuclear Free World But Where Is the UK? HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

Image: United Nations/Flickr, Creative Commons.

Yesterday [20 September] the UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres opened the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in New York.  Heads of state and senior officials from over 40 countries lined up to sign the ground-breaking treaty on its first day.

They represent billions of people from across the world, from Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, including large countries that have given up nuclear weapons programmes, such as Brazil and South Africa.

More are listed to sign in the coming days.  But not the UK at least not yet!

The 2017 Nuclear Prohibition Treaty is the product of years of campaigning by thousands of civil society activists, scientists, doctors,...

15:40

Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man at Any Time Dissident Voice

And the cop will not go to jail.  This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today.

Anthony Lamar Smith with his daughter

In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him.  Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself.  The story was briefly reported as another drug deal gone bad, and it was just incidental that the cop was white and the victim was black.  [See 2011 story here].

But the case turned out to be a lot more than that. His mother, Annie Smith, said that They wouldnt let me kiss him or hug him goodbye. Kirkwin Taylor reported that he and his 5-year-old son had been riding with Smith and were at a fast-food restaurant with him. Taylor was inside when the police approached. He disputed that Smith had drugs and a gun.  I wouldnt have had my son in there if there was a gun.

When Stockley first approached Smiths car, he carried his own AK-47, an unauthorized weapon, as well as his police gun.  Was it possible that Smith sped away because he was terrified of the cop and not because he was selling drugs?

Stockley received a 30 day suspension for carrying the AK-47 and resigned from the police force in 2013.  He moved to Houston TX to take a lucrative management job.   After a wrongful death suit brought on behalf of Smiths young daughter resulted in $900,000 damages the Citys prosecuting attorney found new evidence and charged the former cop with murder in 2016.

A device from inside the police car recorded Stockley telling his partner, Im gonna kill that ******! as they chased Smith at over 80 miles per hour through the streets of St. Louis.  Additionally, a video showed that after Stockley killed Smith, he went back to the police car, grabbed an object and placed it by the victim.

The prosecuting attorney charged that Stockley had planted a .38-caliber revolver so he could falsely claim self-defense.  Tests showed that the gun had DNA from Stockley but not from Smith.  The prosecutor also pointed out that it would make no sense for an officer who had killed a suspect to handle the evidence, since they are trained not to.

Stockley decided to not request a jury trial, so that a single judge would de...

15:31

First US Bank Announce Public Position against Nuclear Weapons HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

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September 21, 2017 (ICANInternational Campaign against Nuclear Weapons)*  On Wednesday 20 September, the new Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons officially opened for signature and over 50 countries signed.  The US was not one of the signers, but US advocates for the Treaty have succeeded in making the first US bank annouce that it will not invest in nuclear weapons production.

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New York-based Amalgamated Bank used the day of the signature of the Treaty to publish its investment policy around weapons including nuclear weapons.

The banks vice-President Robert Mante wrote on its website how Amalgamated doesnt invest in weapons.  This is the first time Amalgamated has made public its investment position around weapons- including nuclear weapons.

This is a great step for Amalgamated, a bank that seeks to embrace transparency to share some more specific information about its investment policies.  We hope that it leads to a full fledged policy against investing in nuclear weapon producers soon says Susi Snyder, who coordinates Dont Bank on the Bomb report.

A growing part of the financial sector recognizes its responsibility in contributing to and upholding global norms such as the norm against nuclear weapons represented by the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

This is clear from the increased activity on and attention to socially responsible standards and investments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

During the negotiations for the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, around 20 states explicitly indicated they supported either an explicit inclusion of a prohibition on financing/investments in the treaty, or the prohibition of these activities as part of assistance.

Most nuclear-armed states rely on private compan...

15:30

Beware the Women of ISIS Part III: Violence Clarion Project

The Islamic State's all female al-Khansa brigade. (The Islamic States all female al-Khansa brigade. (Photo: Video screenshot)

 

The opinions expressed in the following article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Clarion Projects.

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D.

Contrary to some societal assumptions that downplay the role of women as perpetrators of violence, women in ISIS frequently are agents of violence within the group.

Former members of hisbah told us themselves about flogging and biting other women with metal teeth as punishments. Similarly, reports from those on the ground in Syria state that women inside ISIS have been trained to throw grenades, use weapons and have been indoctrinated for martyrdom missions.

Indeed, the marriage certificate for ISIS wives was changed in recent years to state that a woman does not have to seek her husbands permission to become a martyr. She only needs the permission of the ISIS caliph, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

Following in the paths of many conservative terrorist groups that do not encourage female fighter roles, ISIS is no different in pushing them into suicide missions when cornered, facts born out in the recent battle for Mosul.

Given that not all ISIS females were forced to join the group, nor lacking in agency with regards to the roles they played in it, we need to be cautious with both female and male returnees from the Islamic State.

While women who join ISIS are often portrayed as brainwashed by men, cultural biases that overlook the role of women as willing participants, including narratives that deny the role of political grievances that drive women to join ISIS, may be dangerous.

ISIS has relied on women for logistical, propaganda, recruitment and policing work. During the final battles for the recapture of Mosul, ISIS sent numerous females to blow themselv...

15:25

Operations Launched in Hawija and Shirqat; 70 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

Operations are currently occurring in Anbar province and the cities of Hawija ands Shirqat.

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15:19

A Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

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By Amb. Sergio Duarte*

18 September 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service  A new facility designed to help prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons the Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank was inaugurated last August 29 at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

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The inauguration coincided with the celebration of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, declared in 2009 by the United Nations on the initiative of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to mark the closure of the former nuclear weapon test site at Semipalatinsk.

Kazhak President Nuursultan Nazerbayev presided over the ceremony, which was attended by Yukya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, Director of the Nuclear Threat...

15:01

The Real Rwanda Genocide Story has no Canadian Heroes Dissident Voice

Canadian commentators often claim more Tutsi were killed in the genocide than lived in Rwanda. Since it aligns with Washington, London and Kigalis interests, as well as liberal nationalist Canadian ideology, the statistical inflation passes with little comment.

A Tyee story last month described the slaughter of over 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda between AprilJuly 1994. An earlier Globe and Mail profile of Romo Dallaire cited a higher number. It noted, over the next few months, Hutu activists and militias, supplemented by police officers and military commanders, killed an estimated 800,000 to 1 million Tutsis.

Even self-declared experts on the subject cite these outlandish statistics. In the Globe and Mail and Rabble last year Gerald Caplan wrote that, despite his [Dallaire] best efforts, perhaps a million people of the Tutsi minority were slaughtered in 100 days.

With ties to the regime in Kigali, Caplan pulled this number out of thin air. Its improbable there were a million Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994 and no one believes every single Tutsi was killed.

While the exact figure is unknown and somewhat contested, Rwandas 1991 Census calculated 596,387 Tutsi. Initially sponsored by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the GenoDynamics project by the Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia Allan Stam and University of Michigan political science professor Christian Davenport put the number slightly lower at 500,000. Others claim the Hutu-government of the time sought to suppress Tutsi population statistics and estimate a few hundred thousand more Rwandan Tutsi.

But, a significant number of Tutsi survived the hundred days of killing. Tutsi survivors umbrella group IBUKA (Remember) initially concluded that 300,000 survived the genocidal killings, which they later increased to nearer to 400,000.

For 800,0001 million Tutsi to have perished there would have had to been at least 1.1 million and probably closer to 1.4 million Tutsi. Thats twice the official calculation.

Notwithstanding the three examples mentioned at the top, the most commonly cited formulation...

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More Than Half of Children and Youth Worldwide Not Learning UNESCO HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

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21 September 2017 About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signalling a learning crisis that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows.

Youth in the classroom. Photo: Deshan Tennekoon/World Bank. | Source: UN News Centre

The figures are staggering both in terms of the waste of human potential and for the prospects of achieving sustainable development, said Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics.

The report suggests some 387 million children of primary school age (or 56 per cent) and 230 million adolescents of lower secondary school age (or 61 per cent) will not achieve minimum proficiency levels in reading and math.

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, 202 million children and adolescents are not learning these fundamental subjects. Nearly 90 per cent of children between the ages of about 6 and 14 will not meet minimum proficiency levels in reading and math.

Central and Southern Asia has the second highest rate, with 81 per cent, or 241 million, not learning.

Surprisingly, two-thirds of the children who are not learning are in school. Of the 387 million primary-age children unable to read proficiently, 262 million are in classrooms. There are also about 137 million adolescents of lower secondary age who are in classrooms, but unable to meet minimum proficiency levels in reading.

The report indicates that along with a lack of access to school and a failure to retain children in school, the poor quality of education in the classroom is among the three common problems.

Montoya said the new data was a wake-up call for far greater investment in the quality of educat...

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Emerging Technologies Make Acquisition and Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction Easier UN Disarmament Chief Warns HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

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The United Nations disarmament chief on 21 September warned against emerging technologies that make the acquisition and use of weapons of mass destruction easier, and stressed the need for effective approaches combining diplomacy, international cooperation and implementation of Security Council decisions.

Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, addresses the Security Councils meeting on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The Councils engagement on weapons of mass destruction has always been grounded on a common understanding that measures for disarmament and non-proliferation are two sides of the same coin and are mutually-reinforcing,

High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said, as she briefed the 15-member body on the threat posed by the proliferation of such armaments.

She noted that the disarmament and non-proliferation efforts by the Council over the past 25 years have achieved important and historic outcomes, even as the international community continues to grapple with isolated cases of proliferation and the unresolved question of disarmament.

In responding to the 1991 invasion of Kuwait, the Council required Iraq to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction programme and mandated on-site inspections toward this end.

It has since been confirmed that those obligations were carried out and the Council has effectively normalized Iraqs international non-proliferation obligations, Nakamitsu said.

As for the Iranian nuclear issue, direct engagement and a shared commitment to dialogue and cooperation resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the Council endorsed in resolution 2231.

Two years later, international inspectors continue to verify the implementation of Irans nuclear-related commitments.

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14:39

Facing skepticism by experts, NSA backs down in global encryption standards debate intelNews.org

Representatives from the United States National Security Agency (NSA) withdrew a proposal to introduce new global industry standards for data encryption, after encountering prolonged skepticism by experts representing other Western countries. Some observers have interpreted this development as indicative of the damaged relationship between the NSA and its Western counterparts following revelations by American defector Edward Snowden.

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French police raided House of Resistance in Bure, arrested two The Nuclear Resister

Early on the morning of September 20, at least 40 French police launched a raid on the House of Resistance in the small village of Bure. They broke through the door to enter, and also forced their way into camp trailers and vehicles parked on the property to gain entrance. Residents were held for up []

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Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS) Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

 

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards.

The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations warnings about their adverse social consequences.

SAP advocates promised that private investment and exports would soon follow, bringing growth and prosperity. Now, a few representatives from the Washington-based Bretton Woods institutions admit that neoliberalism was oversold, condemning the 1980s and 1990s to become lost decades.

While SAPs...

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Reclaiming the Truth About Vietnam Antiwar.com Original

From Ia Drang to Khe Sanh, from Hue to Saigon and countless villages in between, they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions Continue reading "Reclaiming the Truth About Vietnam"

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Dealing With North Korean Missiles Antiwar.com Original

Small powers often have leverage well above their size and capabilities. North Korea is the example par excellence today: It has a primitive economy by all the usual standards, no reliable trade or security partners, and depends on the outside world for essentials such as fuel and food. Yet by virtue of nuclear weapons and Continue reading "Dealing With North Korean Missiles"

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Catalonia: Do the Unionists Really Think They Can Give Us Lessons in Democracy? Antiwar.com Original

There are politicians that believe performances can change anything. There are those that do it the old-fashioned way, with the most precise and abominable of cynicisms, with an irritating professionalism. There are also those that seem to have concluded at some point in time that we are all just a bunch of imbeciles who really Continue reading "Catalonia: Do the Unionists Really Think They Can Give Us Lessons in Democracy?"

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Human Rights: the Latest Weapon Against Venezuela Dissident Voice

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Lilian Tintori, wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lpez who is currently serving a 13 year sentence (in house arrest) for his responsibility in the deadly violence of the 2014 guarimbas.

The mainstream media have a crucial role to play in the war against Venezuela, creating a distorted narrative and a constant frenzy that are crucial for any regime-change operation. With violent protests having failed to topple the government and to stop the Constituent Assembly, the plan switched to military threats and economic sanctions. But these come directly from an unpopular US administration, and a more impartial-looking figure was needed. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordanian Prince Zeid bin Raad al Hussein, stepped up to the plate with the backing of more than 100 NGOs. We tackle the manipulation of human rights for imperial purposes, but first we examine how the term NGO is woefully inadequate to describe these organisations.

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On occasion of the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 116 NGOs1 signed a letter demanding that Venezuela be a priority for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The effort was spearheaded by none other than Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW has a long and documented history of bias and outright lies in their reports on Venezuela, which is no surprise given their blatant revolving door with the US government. Among the signatories are several...

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Iraq's Kirkuk supports independence vote, but not its neighbours Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Imam Khamenei: Furious Trump Speaks out of Desperation, Failure Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 21, 2017   Leader of Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said Thursday that US President Donald Trumps speech at the United Nationa General Assembly was out of anger and desperation not from the position of power. The Leader deemed US President Donald Trumps Tuesday remarks against Iran contemptible, offensive, obtuse, hectic, []

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The Debate Failed US Mideast Plans Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Filed under: Clinton, Creative Chaos, Deep State, Europe, Iran, Khamenei, New middle East, USA, War on Syria

12:09

Atlas Dropped: The Working Class and Its Critics Dissident Voice

The New York Times Business Page recently featured a front page article about the annual conference In Jackson Hole, Wyoming hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. It contained this interesting opening:

In the decade since the financial crisis economic policymakers, professors and protestors have gathered here every August to argue about the best ways to return to faster economic growth. This year, they gave upinstead focused mostly on making sure things dont get any worse.

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen spoke about the risk of further deregulation while Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, spoke against protectionism. The tepid tone of the conference, of course, was the opposite of President Trumps boisterousness tweets about the current economic reality, most prominently on July 2nd when Trump tweeted Stock Market at all-time high, unemployment at lowest level in years (wages will start going up) and our base has never been stronger! Not to be undone, July 31st saw Trump tweet Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages rising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos.

For certain Trump isnt the first president to hang his hat on the Dow Jones. Barack Obama for one certainly wasnt above it. However, as Michelle Styczynski recently explained in Jacobin, a rising stock market has little to no effect on the wages of the hourly workers who make up almost 60 percent of the workforce. Before 1980, real wages grew at an average of two and a half cents ($0.0025) per month while the S&P grew on average 0.53 points per month. After 1980 wages grow by an average rate of 0.7 cents ($0.007) per month a 71 percent drop. Meanwhile the S&P has risen to an average growth rate of 4 points per month for an increase of 660 percent. In other words its been a long time since stock market growth correlated to higher wages for the working class.

As for the rest of the base as Trump refers to it is plagued by the same longstanding trends Trump incoherently campaigned on. The top 1 percent continues to swallow up the lions share of growth. From 2009-2012 the one percent captured over 90 percent of economic gains. That number has declined since but from 2013-2015 the one percent still grabbed about half of growth. Productivity has stalled. The economy has yet to even recover the output it was on pace to produce prior to the Great Recession.

In 1967 95 percent of prime age men (ages 25-54) worked. Today more than 15 percent arent working with some localities having fewer than 70 percent of men without a college education unemployed or out of the workforce entirely. The percentage of underemployed Americans is now at 8.6 percent. Paradoxically 7.6 million people currently work more than one job, the highest in two decades. A study by economists Lawrence F. Katz and Alan B. Krueger showed that nearly 95...

11:31

Secretary DeVos, Neurocore, and Competency-Based Workforce Training Dissident Voice

Vice President Mike Pences tie-breaking vote to confirm US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, marks the first time in history that a VP has issued the deciding vote to officiate a presidential cabinet appointment. The contentious opposition votes have expressed that among their concerns are conflicts of interest between Secretary DeVoss federal powers and her multimillion-dollar investments in a biofeedback corporation known as Neurocore, which provides neuroscience treatments for retraining cognitive habits through stimulus-response conditioning.

In a letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), ten Democrat members of HELP, including Bernie Sanders, formalized the following request for extended investigation of DeVoss corporate investments: We believe it is important to ask her questions around companies she will continue to own that are directly impacted by the Department of Education and this administrations education agenda.

Although DeVos announced her resignation from Neurocores board of directors upon her confirmation to the office of US Secretary of Education, she has refused to sell her shares in the company. By refusing to divest her financial interests in Neurocore, DeVos has incited concerns that she may use her federal influence to advance Neurocores controversial biofeedback therapies as government-approved interventions for students who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other cognitive-learning disabilities.

Former White House ethics adviser, Richard W. Painter, who served under the George W. Bush administration, has criticized DeVoss conflicts of interest:

[t]his is not an appropriate investment for the secretary of education . . . How schools respond to attention issues is a vitally important policy question and ties right into achievement. In my view, there should be support, including financial support, for alternatives to ADHD drug treatments that are covered by health insurance whereas alternatives often are not covered.  . . . The secretary would be barred from participating in that important policy decision if she or her husband owned an interest in this company.

Nevertheless, touted as the cutting edge of operant conditioning psychotherapy, Neurocores biofeedback treatments could be readily...

11:02

Israeli Airforce struck Damascus airport The Fourth Revolutionary War

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According to reports, the Israeli Airforces have conducted 3 Airstrikes targeting the vital international Damascus airport in eastern the capital.

Military sources confirmed to Muraselon website that the Syrian air-defenses have intercepted unidentified targets above the western countryside of Damascus, downing a battle drone near Beit Jenn.

No human casualties were reported so far ..

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Comedian Gets Wake-Up Call: Conan OBriens Sobering Encounter at Apartheid Wall Fig Trees and Vineyards

In a visit to the West Bank, late night TV celebrity Conan OBrien encountered a group of pro-Palestinian activists, most of them Americans, who laid the cold-hard truth on him regarding Israels occupation. OBrien is currently in Occupied Palestine to film a TV special. In the course of the exchange, which takes place next to []

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Exclusive: Turkey to deploy troops inside Syrias Idlib Erdogan | Reuters The Fourth Revolutionary War

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syrias northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month.

The de-escalation zones, agreed by Turkey, Russia and Iran, would be further discussed in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Ankara next week, Erdogan said in an interview with Reuters while he was in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

Under the agreement, Russians are maintaining security outside Idlib and Turkey will maintain the security inside Idlib region, Erdogan said.

The task is not easy With Putin we will discuss additional steps needed to be taken in order to eradicate terrorists once and for all to restore peace.

Erdogan also said Turkey was considering counter-measures, including imposing sanctions, against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned referendum.

Iraqi Kurdish authorities have defied growing international pressure to call off the referendum on independence. Iraqs neighbors fear it will fuel unrest among their own Kurdish populations and Western allies said it could detract from the fight against Islamic State.

Turkey has brought forward a cabinet meeting and national security council session to Friday over the referendum, Erdogan said. He said that parliament would also convene for an extraordinary meeting on Saturday.

Without any further delay we are going to discuss what kind of sanctions should be imposed and when the sanctions will be imposed, he said without elaborating on what they might be.

Turkish troops are also carrying out military exercises near the border and Erdogan said on Saturday the resolution on troop deployment abroad will be submitted to parliament for a vote.

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Erdogan called on the United States to extradite U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan accuses of orchestrating a failed coup attempt in Turkey, in which rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets, bombing parliament and trying to abduct or kill Erdogan.

Gulen denies any involvement in the July 2016 coup attempt, during which more than 240 people were killed.

Gulens entire network is being run from the United States. Terrorists should not be harbored here. We need U.S. assistance on this matter, Erdogan said.

Since the failed coup, Turkish authorities have shut more than 130 media outlets and a press union says more than 150 journalists have been jailed, raising concerns about media freedom in Turkey.

Turkey has also suspended or dismissed more than 1...

10:57

ISIS agrees to surrender Hama | AMN The Fourth Revolutionary War

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-isis-agrees-surrender-territory-rural-hama-syrian-army/

Breaking: ISIS agrees to surrender all its territory in rural Hama to the Syrian Army

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:10 P.M.) Moments ago, Islamic State commanders reached an agreement with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to evacuate all their fighters from the last stretch of ISIS-held territory in Hama province.

According to Al-Masdar News correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh, jihadist militants have already begun to leave the villages and towns of Soha, Abu Hubailat, Akash, Al-Barghouthyah and Umm Mil, all located along the M-45 highway in the southeastern countryside of Hama.

The military source added that around 1,000 ISIS militants and family members were to be transferred from Hama to Deir Ezzor in a deal signed by the SAA on Thursday evening.

The evacuation is expected to reach a conclusion before the end of the week, Ibrahim Joudeh added. The ISIS-held villages in central Homs are also expected to be handed over shortly.


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Week of resistance, more than 100 arrests, disrupts London arms fair The Nuclear Resister

by the Nuclear Resister Over one hundred people were arrested during a week of nonviolent direct actions challenging the worlds largest arms trade fair, the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition held every two years in London. Leading up to the arms bazaar opening on September 12, thousands of people joined in strategically coordinated actions that successfully disrupted the shipment of massive hardware and glitzy displays into the []

10:43

The attack of al-Nusra in Northern Hama | Colonel Cassad The Fourth Revolutionary War

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The enemy suffered significant losses in men and materiel the Russian defense Ministry said that destroyed 11 armored vehicles (apparently this includes destroyed in the district of Maan, T-90 https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/3691776.html), more than 40 Trucks and a large number of militants. According to Syrian sources, the losses of the insurgents amounted to over the past day about 400-450 people. According to the defense Ministry the loss of Al-Nusra, and amounted to 850 people. In the offensive of the militants accused the American intelligence services, which are thus trying to derail the deal Russia, Iran and Turkey on the division of spheres of influence in Idlib.

To attack the militants tried at the front to the East of Maan, applying a considerable number of armored vehicles. The initial wedging was 12 miles (the advance was evident, the emphasis of the movement in the South-East, with the aim in the future to team up with a group of militants advancing in the direction of al-Zogbi and cut off the ledge to the East of maan), and then ran into a counter-attack from battle reserves, and active air strikes from the VKS, including su-25 and attack helicopters.

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10:37

Russia Slams US Threat of Military Action Against Venezuela Aletho News

teleSUR | September 21, 2017 Russias Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned the U.S. for threatening the option of military intervention in Venezuela. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Lavrov criticized the illegitimate application of unilateral sanctions by certain Western countries, in reference to the restrictions imposed by the U.S. against Iran, []

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Deir ez-Zor. 20.09.2017 | Colonel Cassad The Fourth Revolutionary War

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Short of Deir-ez-Zor.

1. To the North of the city of SAA has broken the resistance of the militants in Ayyash district, and is developing a successful offensive along the road leading to Madan, which is cut off from the main territory of the Caliphate.

The militants are trying to have a chilling effect, hoping to gain time to strengthen approaches to Madan from the...

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10:19

US to give almost $700m in humanitarian aid to Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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About $516m will go to assistance inside Syria, while the rest will be distributed to surrounding countries

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The death of a T-90 | Colonel Cassad The Fourth Revolutionary War

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In Syria, a Russian T-90 was given a Syrian crew during the battle of mallah farms in the summer of 2016, when the army was fighting in the encirclement of Aleppo, and was lost.
The tank was then seized by militants of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki. In damaged condition it was sold to Al-Nusra for $ 300,000 and was actively used in the propaganda of the militants.

In the fighting under the banner of Al-Nusra, the Tank took part in the March-April 2017, when the armored group of fighters (1 tank, 3 infantry fighting vehicles), and the captured T-90 took part in heavy fighting near Taybat al-Imam, from which the militants have released a relevant promotional videos.

Combat efficiency of the machine under the control of militants remained low, but it was a fact that it was abl...

10:06

The Fourth Political Theory and the Problem of the Devil The Fourth Revolutionary War

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Author: Alexander Dugin

Translator: Jafe Arnold 

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Clarifying the nature of 4PT

The Fourth Political Theory (4PT) is a conceptual matrix which describes the possibility of an alternative to the political tendency that became dominant in the epoch of modernity.

The three main political ideologies of the epoch of modernity, which include liberalism (the first political theory), communism (the second political theory), and nationalism (the third political theory) in effect exhausted and embodied different aspects of the modern paradigm of political philosophy.

These political concepts clashed with one another in the 20th century and determined the structure of the world wars, the Cold War, alliances, unions, etc. If the First World War was a clash between a number of major national European powers, then the Second World War exhibited a conflict between all three ideological forces: liberals in the face of the West (the US and England), communists in the

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10:02

Oklahoma Cops Taser Deaf and Mentally Disabled Man, then Shoot him to Death PINAC News

Oklahoma cops fatally shot a developmentally disabled and deaf man who was 15 ft. away from them after he failed to comply with officers commands Tuesday night.

Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was Tasered before he was shot dead by Oklahoma City cops. Lt. Matthew Lindsey and Sgt. Christopher Barnes after they claim he moved towards them with a metal pipe.

Neighbors said Sanchez commonly carried a pipe due to stray dogs in the area.

Neighbors say Magdiel Sanchez, 35, who was deaf and mentally challenged commonly carried a stick or pipe due to stray dogs in the area.

Sanchezs neighbors frantically screamed at the officers during the shooting, telling them he was deaf and unable to hear their orders.

We were screaming that he cant hear, Julio Rayos told The Oklahoman.

Sanchez was not only deaf, he also could not speak.

Captain Bo Matthews admitted at news conference Tuesday night that witnesses were yelling, he cant hear you before the officers fired at Sanchez, but said the officers had tunnel vision after perceiving the metal pipe as a threat to their safety, causing them to fear for their lives.

In those situations, very volatile situations, you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision, or you can really lock in to just the person that has the weapon thatd be the threat against you, Mathews added.

I dont know exactly what the officers were thinking at that point.

Oklahoma City Police Captain said at a press conference that Sanchez was holding a metal pipe and approaching officers when he was shot by two officers Tuesday night.

According to Matthews, who also acts as...

09:47

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia Is Not an Ally and the US Should Rethink Its Approach to Iran The Anti-Media

According to Bernie Sanders, Saudi Arabia has funded terrorism around the world and is not an ally of the United States.

(INTERCEPT) Bernie Sanders broke with the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill in an exclusive interview with The Intercept. The United States has long considered Saudi Arabia to be a loyal friend, supporter, and partner in the so-called war on terror. Sanders issued a scathing denunciation of the Gulf kingdom, which has recently embarked on a new round of domestic repression.

I consider [Saudi Arabia] to be an undemocratic country that has supported terrorism around the world, it has funded terrorism. They are not an ally of the United States.

The Vermont senator accused the incredibly anti-democratic Saudis of continuing to fund madrasas and spreading an extremely radical Wahhabi doctrine in many countries around the world.

They are fomenting a lot of hatred, he added.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

By  / Republished with permission / The Intercept

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

 

09:41

Presidential Bomb Threats at the UN Antiwar.com Original

Donald Trump denounced North Korea and its president Kim Jong-un as "depraved" before the United Nations Sept. 19, saying the nation "threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life." Of course North Korea can barely feed itself, and yet has to defend itself against an onslaught of Western hostility, UN sanctions, and ongoing US/South Continue reading "Presidential Bomb Threats at the UN"

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09:40

Mercedes Plots Tesla Attack With $1 Billion U.S. Electric Push cryptogon.com

Via: Bloomberg: Daimler AG plans to spend $1 billion to start production of Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles at its Alabama factory, setting the worlds largest luxury-car maker up to battle with battery-car specialist Tesla Inc. on its home turf. The German automaker will build its fifth battery plant globally and create more than 600 jobs in []

09:26

Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria's Idlib: Erdogan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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De-escalation zones place Russia in charge of security around Idlib, with Turkey handling matters inside province

08:58

NATO is seeking to revive old War climate Lavrov at UNGA Aletho News

RT | September 21, 2017 NATO is currently seeking to revive the Cold War climate instead of building a dialogue with Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. Russia has honestly walked along a long path of getting rid of the legacy of the []

08:54

Kevin Barrett interviews the Saker for Truth Jihad Radio The Vineyard of the Saker

This Wednesday I was interviewed by Kevin Barrett.  It was a very good conversation.  Check it out on this page: https://www.patreon.com/posts/14478726 or simply click here https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/patreon-posts/Rg05g5uL6wZ5hpWRdi4Kkd60K0-9UquNGqI2CP34qXGRj7s-u743PgiSxD59kpf8.mp3 or you can download

08:51

Clean sediment is free of mercury. World Beyond War . . .

For more than 75 years, mercury contamination from Badger Army Ammunition Plant has poisoned fish and aquatic life in Lake Wisconsin, placing public health at risk.  Safe removal of contaminated sediments is desperately needed to protect human health from ongoing exposures.

 Current mercury levels

Despite two previous dredge actions, approximately 16 acres of Grubers Grove Bay of Lake Wisconsin still contains mercury-impacted sediment. Mercury concentrations in certain areas of the bay are as high as 6.3 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg), far above the cleanup goal of only 0.36 mg/kg established by Wisconsin DNR.

Consumption of fish

The primary public health concern associated with mercury in the bay is contamination of fish tissue, according to the Wisconsin DNR. Mercury accumulates in fish tissue as methylmercury. This form of mercury presents the greatest risk to human health through consumption of contaminated fish.

Testing by the U.S. Army has confirmed that mercury levels in game fish caught in Grubers Grove Bay are higher than found in fish in the rest of the Wisconsin Riverway.

Vulnerable populations

Infants in the womb can be exposed to methylmercury when their mothers eat fish and shellfish that contain methylmercury. This exposure can adversely affect unborn infants growing brains and nervous systems.  These systems may be more vulnerable to methylmercury than the brains and nervous systems of adults are.

 History of Wastewater Discharge to Grubers Grove Bay

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08:39

Still Winning -- Standing Rock Water Protectors are 'Those who run ahead' CENSORED NEWS

Photo Cassi Alexandra for NPRStanding Rock Water Protectors are still winning, on the homefront and around the worldBy Brenda NorrellCensored News Those with vision, who are ahead of their time, are often not appreciated by the mainstream. But as time goes on, the reality, and the power, of what the water protectors in Standing Rock camps accomplished, is being manifest.The spiritual

08:32

The bully showed up at the wrong playground Trumps misguided address at the United Nations World Beyond War . . .

By Patrick T. Hiller, September 21, 2017, PeaceVoice.

It was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience, Swedish foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm expressed about what global and U.S. audiences helplessly had to endure during President Donald Trumps September 19, 2017 address to the United Nations General Assembly. President Trump acted like a bully, but unaware that he showed up at the wrong playground.

The United Nations was founded after World War II to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind. There is no doubt that the United Nations has never fully reached its potential, and without fundamental reform it never will. The spirit, however, is laid out clearly in the UN Charter. While being center stage at the United Nations General Assembly, an assembly where global collaboration is emphasized, Trump bragged about the United States, fueled division, and threatened other nations. The threat to totally destroy North Korea is beyond any form of acceptability, regardless if it is rhetorical or real. It is therefore important to challenge Trumps own words. We must not forget that he is the Commander-in-Chief with the authority to launch nuclear weapons.

Trump: Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity. The U.S. has 6,800 nuclear weapons with the capacity to destroy human life on the planet many times over....

07:55

Chronicle of a Deportation aNtiDoTe Zine

One deportee's firsthand account of this traumatic and humiliating experience, in all its enraging detail

07:53

Two suspects released in London train attack investigation Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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07:52

City of Chicago to Build Massive $95 Million State-of-the-Art Police Compound by 2020 The Anti-Media

A coalition of local community organizations are worried that the massive training center will expand the Chicago Police Departments capacity for violence.

(SP)  The city of Chicago plans to build a massive multi-million dollar training center for police and firefighters in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. But a coalition of community organizations contend the center will compound President Donald Trumps multi-pronged attack on communities of color and expand the Chicago Police Departments capacity for violence.

Last week, the citys Community Development Commission approved a 30.4-acre land acquisition in a northwest industrial corridor tax-increment-financing (TIF) district in Chicago. A $95 million state-of-the-art compound will be built by 2020 for police, firefighters, and emergency medical services teams to train together.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed the facility as a destination, where out-of-state police agencies can send officers for training. It will spur real economic development with people from the suburbs and down state traveling to the center.

Similarly, Alderman Emma Mitts, whose ward includes West Garfield Park, asserted the community is excited about having a lot more police in the area. She also claimed there will be new economic opportunities.

Ive lived there over 35 years, and its been vacant since Ive been there, Mitts said. The community has been complaining about no retail there. So, I changed the zoning not knowing they were going to put the police and fire academy across the street. Hopefully, we can attract the retail they were talking about like grocery stores. They have to go outside of the neighborhood; nothing in walking distance, where you can get good produce.

However, Page May of Assatas Daughters, who is part of the coalition, contended the compound is an investment in policing. It is an investment in the Chicago Police Department. This is not an investment in the west side of Chicago.

Debbie Southorn, a part of the Peoples Response Team, which is also a part of the coalition against the compound, said it is a little bizarre to believe a police presence will make the area suddenly appealing to retail.

If you actually look at where theyre talking about building this, its in a industrial corridor. Its actually part of a TIF district. Its the northwest industrial corridor so its flanked by a super busy intersection and then a factory a...

07:51

UTT Throwback Thursday: President Should Drop Pakistan as Ally The Counter Jihad Report

Understanding the Threat, by John  Guandolo, Sept. 21, 2017: It is being reported that President Trump is considering dropping Pakistan as a U.S. ally due to their obvious support for terrorism. Its about time. The Quranic Concept of War  written in 1989 by Continue reading

07:27

Trumps Foolish Comments on Iran Rooted in US Defeats in Mid East Geopolitics Alert

Tehran (TNA)  Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei deplored recent remarks by US President Donald Trump against Iran as foolish, very ugly and ignoble and said they were rooted in Washingtons anger over its defeats in West Asia.

The foolish, very ugly, and ignoble speech of the US president, with its gangster and cowboy language full of sheer lies, is rooted in their anger, frustration, and light-headedness, Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with members of Irans Assembly of Experts in Tehran on Thursday.

The US presidents comments were not a source of pride for the American nation, the Leader said, adding that the American elite should be ashamed of having such a president, as they have already done so.

The remarks did not stem from power but from anger and frustration because the Americans are infuriated that their years-long plots in West Asia have been foiled following the Islamic Republics effective presence in the region, the Leader stated.

us defeats in mid east(Photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

RELATED: EU and US Increasingly Divided Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Since years ago, the Americans have pursued a plan in West Asia calling it New Middle East or the Greater Middle East, Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that their plan focused on Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

According to this plot, Iraq with its old history and civilization, Syria as the center of (anti-Israeli) resistance, and Lebanon with its special position were supposed to be dominated by the United States and the Zionist regime, Ayatollah Khamenei said, stressing that they faced defeat in all the three countries.

The Leader made the remarks in response to Trump, who claimed during his first address to a session of the UN General Assembly that Irans support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.

RELATED: President Trump to Push Iran into Abandoning Nuclear Deal

The assertion came while it is the US and some of its regional allies, including Saudi Arabia, that have been staunch supporters of Takfiri terrorists in the Muslim states of Syria and Iraq.

It is no secret that Daesh Takfiri terrorists were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government.

Tehran, meanwhile, has been praised for its su...

07:03

WATCH: Pittsburgh Cops Brutally Beat Man Trying to Help Them PINAC News

A man who was trying to help Pittsburgh police make an arrest ended up brutally beaten, tasered and arrested himself.

And it was all caught on video.

Police claimed Daniel T. Adelman took a fighting stance, which is common police lingo used to justify beatdowns, even if the person had no intention of fighting cops.

And the video recorded by a witness does not show what took place before the beatdown, but it shows five police officers beating the man with one of them repeatedly punching him, then grabbing him by the head and bashing it on the asphalt.

Stop resisting! one of cops yells to the man who is not resisting.

Get your fucking taser, Bobby! on cop yells while beating Adelman.

Im dead, Adelman appears to groans from beneath the pile of cops.

Get on the fucking ground right now, a cop orders the man who is already on the ground.

I am trying to help you, Adelman repeatedly says.

But the cops respond by tasering him.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the incident took place Tuesday night outside the PPG Paints Arena when three cops tried to arrest another man on a forgery warrant.

Two of the cops were in plainclothes. One was in uniform.

Police said that man, David Jones, tried to bull rush them, so the three cops began struggling with him.

Meanwhile, Adelman, who was attending a concert but had stepped out to smoke a cigarette, approached them, making the cops fear for their lives even though Adelman apparently had never met Jones before.

This is how the Post-Gazette explains it:

In fear he was going to strike myself or other officers, I struck the male in the face to halt his attacking and advancing nature, Officer Jacobs wrote.

Mr. Adelman fell against a wall, got up and approached the officers again, according to the complaint. They threw him to the ground. He pulled one hand under his body and grabbed at Officer Jacobs shirt with his other hand, according to the complaint.

Officer Jacobs punched the man in the face between three and five times, he wrote in the affidavit, and then another four to seven times in the rib cage.

Officer Palivoda, who had arrived as backup with Officer Rende, then struck Mr. Adelman with a Taser and subdued him.

Mr. Adelman was at a Cleveland Clinic hospital Wednesday night being treated for a broken nose, dislocated shoulder and a possible concussion, said his nephew, Marcus Adelman. Pittsburgh attorney Phil DiLucente, who is representing Mr. Adelman, said he will hold a press conference Thursday where he will release more information.

Mr. Adelmans sister, Shelli Andrick, 48, of Springfield, O...

06:56

200,000 Israelis expected in Kurdistan once independence is declared Aletho News

Voltaire Network | 20 September 2017 According to the magazine Israel-Kurd based in Erbil, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Massoud Barzani, the self-appointed President of the future independent Kurdistan, have reached a secret agreement. Tel-Aviv is committed to installing 200,000 Israelis of Kurdish origin in Kurdistan. The announcement has been widely repeated in []

06:45

Russian SOF incinerated the US SOF in Idlib The Vineyard of the Saker

by Scott Humor   Still only few details are available about the September 20th  morning attack of combined Al-Nusra, which is Israel, and  the US Special Forces to capture a

06:43

Revealed: contract soldiers from the 8th MRB fought in the Donbas InformNapalm.org (English)

InformNapalm identified nine contract soldiers from the 8th Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade (MRB) of the Russian Army,...

The post Revealed: contract soldiers from the 8th MRB fought in the Donbas appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

06:38

Open Letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Aletho News

Simon Wood | September 20, 2017 As a responsible nuclear weapons state, our republic will not use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached upon by an aggressive hostile force with nuclear weapons. The DPRK will faithfully fulfill its obligation for non-proliferation and strive for global denuclearization. Kim Jong Un, May 8, 2016 []

06:37

Cops Delete FB Post of Massive Weed Bust After the Internet Corrects Them The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  Last week, officers from Missouris Jasper Police Department celebrated a marijuana bust they deemed worth roughly $100,000. In a now-deleted Facebook post, they disclosed their satisfaction with their operation, which took ten cops and sheriffs deputies and a National Guard helicopter to conduct.

As the Riverfront Times noted (grabbing screenshots before the post was taken down):

What a great team effort today, the Jasper departments now-deleted post read. It was hot and humid and not easy getting these plants. We ALL got in the thick of things and got it done.

The Times summarized the posts sentiment:

In a curious bit of show-your-work math, the department calculated the nearly 290 plants seized would have produced on the low side 63 pounds of marijuana with a street value of roughly $100,000.

But commenters were quick to point out an apparent flaw in the officers bust: it wasnt cannabis they had seized, but hemp, they said. You cant get high from smoking hemp, and the material can be used to create anything from clothing, soap, paper to sails, rope, fuel, and concrete, called hempcrete. It is both durable and sustainable.

Thats hemp, one comment bluntly said, according to the Times, though the rest of the comments are not available to view because the original post has been removed. One of Missouris two entities allowed to grow hemp for certain medicinal purposes, Mitch Meyers of BeLeaf, said, Sure looks like hemp to me.

These look to me like wild hemp plants, because they are tall and without buds, Show-Me Cannabis Executive Director John Payne told the Times, which sent images of the confiscated plants to several experts. That probably means that no one was actively cultivating them. If thats the case, the street value of those plants is next to nothing.

Many comments echoed similar sentiments, as the post racked up hundreds of comments, among them mocking congratulations to cops for confiscating the raw material of natural fiber rope, the Times reported.Jasper Police, who cover an area about twenty miles northeast of Joplin, pulled the post on Wednesday morning.

However, there is still some doubt as to whether the plants were hemp or cannab...

06:26

Syrian War Report September 21, 2017: Al-Qaeda Failure In Northern Hama The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-september-21-2017-al-qaeda-failure-in-northern-hama/     If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront Voiceover

05:56

USDOJ Refuses to Allow Journalists into Jeff Sessions Press Conference Fearing Negative Coverage PINAC News

The United States Department of Justice says it welcomes all journalists into their press conferences as long as they follow a short list of criteria listed on its website.

However, that turned out to be a lie as a pair of Portland journalists learned earlier this week.

The journalists were from Flossin Media, a black-owned, Portland-based digital magazine founded in 2004 that covers social justice issues as well as other general interest issues.

On Tuesday, they were trying to enter a press conference in Portland where United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to denounce sanctuary cities like Portland who have refused to cooperate with federal officials in deporting undocumented immigrants.

Flossin Media journalist Michele Darr said she emailed Sessions press secretary, Devin OMalley, a day earlier to RSVP for the press conference.

And OMalley responded by asking Darr a series of questions about what type of stories they have published during the previous six months, she said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime.

Darr told PINAC that she asked other Portland media outlets if they had to answer similar questions, but was told no, that they only had to RSVP.

However, Darr was under the impression that Flossin Media would be placed on the list because she complied with the following guidelines listed on the USDOJ website, emailing OMalley the required information.

 

However, when Darr tried to enter the press conference, Homeland Security officers said they were not on the list as you can see in her video.

Flossin Media photographer and videographer Hailei Aberson-Holford was also denied access to the press conference.

Meanwhile, countless other journalists were being allowed inside as Darr remained professional but persistent while standing in the rain.

According to its website, Flossing Media owns and operates within print, video, epic events, street teams, graphic...

05:45

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY Veterans For Peace UK

Thursday 21 September 2017 By Genny Bove Report from a vigil for peace in Wellington, Telford called by 94 year old war veteran George Evans.   For 25 years war veteran George Evans was invited to read the memorial poem at the annual Remembrance Day event organised by the Royal British Legion in the small Shropshire town []

05:32

Pope welcomes to Vatican the head of Muslim group tied to financing of jihad terror Jihad Watch

Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issaexpressed the appreciation of the Muslim world for the popes fair positions regarding the false claims that link extremism and violence to Islam, as well as for his insistence that extremism is not distinctive of Islam but is found among followers of all religions. In other words, he thanked the []

05:31

You know what the funniest joke on the planet? Freedom House and its ranking of freedom worldwide The Angry Arab News Service/

In their latest report, Jordan is placed in the same category of Lebanon.  But for Freedom House, having good relations with the Israeli state, earn you freedom points in its kooky scale.

05:28

Iraqi Forces Captured 30 Villages During First Day Of Hawija Operation (Maps, Photos)

Iraqi Forces Captured 30 Villages During First Day Of Hawija Operation (Maps, Photos)

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On Thursday, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) captured 30 villages in Hawija area south of Kirkuk city, and in the Western Shirqat area west of Hawija area, according to the PMU media wing.

The army and the PMU captured following the villages: Hamad Sater, Bsherauah, Kanus al-Imam, Kanus al-Khamesat, Rahiem Shalal, al-Lazakhah, Amterah, Shander al-Awliah, Wadi al-Shawak, al-Adalah, Ali Kawah, Sherdah, Sunaj, al-Suqrah, Sunaj al-Kubrah, Fuh, Hasawrk, Khrbani, al-Swrah, Ajamiliah, Hijil, Shikh Hamad, al-Mashhad, Awijlah, al-Sulman, al-Safenah, Hayawi al-Shamali, Fatimah, Huster Lalwk, Khirbani.

Government forces killed 61 ISIS fighters and destroyed 2 VBIEDs of ISIS during its advance. Moreover, Iraqi Air Force warplanes destroyed several headquarters and positions of ISIS north of the Western Shirqat area, according to the PMU media wing.

The PMU also announced that it evacuated dozens of civilian families from Western Shirqat to safe areas under the Iraqi forces control.

Iraqi Forces Captured 30 Villages During First Day Of Hawija Operation (Maps, Photos)

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Meanwhile, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters attacked positions of the Iraqi forces in Dibis town north of Ba...

05:25

After the Caliphate, Rojava Aletho News

One war can hide another This map was published by Robin Wright nine months before the offensive by Daesh into Iraq and Syria. According to this Pentagon researcher, it rectifies the map published in 2005 by Ralf Peters for the reshaping of the Greater Middle East. By Thierry Meyssan | Voltairenet | September 19, 2017 []

05:15

FL Residents Warned Theyll Be Ticketed for Hurricane-Damaged Homes The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) Miami-Dade County, FL  At a time when South Floridians rocked by Hurricane Irma were still surveying the damage to their properties, the county of Miami-Dade apparently thought it appropriate to begin handing out safety notices.

Celso Perez told local WSVN-TV that he, his family, and his neighbors were starting to clear fallen trees from the streets after the storm passed through at nine in the morning on Monday. Hours later, in the afternoon, Perez got a visit from the county.

And we thought he was here to help us or offer some type of assistance with the trees, maybe he was going to bring us ice or something, Perez told WSVN. Instead, the official slapped a safety notice on the only part of Perezs fence still standing.

I laughed, he said. I thought he was kidding. You are kidding right? We just had a hurricane six hours ago. No, Im not kidding. I have to cite you for this. I just laughed. OK, whatever; knock yourself out!

But Perez stopped laughing when the official told him he would be writing up a report and would be back to check on the property. Perez told WSVN that the man said hed have to write me a fine if the fence wasnt up to code by then.

At the time this officer was out here, we didnt have power, we didnt have food, we didnt have ice. He is crazy, ridiculous, Perez said, adding that its not like I can go to Home Depot because all the stores were closed.

The South Floridian says he understands that there is a lot of work that needs to be done but that the countys rush to issue warnings was inappropriate:

Give us a minute to breathe. Let us get our power back on. And I wouldnt mind if they told me that a few days down the line or due time but it bothers me that they came out here just a few hours after the storm had passed.

On the issue of restoring power, Reason noted that at the time Miami-Dade was handing out citations the WSVN investigation found Perez was far from alone; the county handed out 680 pool barrier and 177 electrical hazard notices in the hours after Irma 16,510 homes and businesses were still without power.

When Reason tried to confirm with Miami-Dade if moneta...

05:12

Rapid Human Cloning "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Has it been deployed?

By Preston James, Ph.D

Cloning of animals has been achieved by Chinese researchers and others using cell samples recovered from the deceased parent animal.

It is a slow and expensive process taking many months.

Wealthy folks who want to clone a favorite, beloved pet have been the only ones able to afford this, but that may be changing rapidly.

Cloning of a favorite pet has produced mixed results, with many clones supposedly not living as long as normal, and some having strange health problems.

Numerous labs around the world are advertising cloning services and many new treatments for gene-based disorders; and these are rapidly being developed all over the world, using state-of-the-art genetic engineering technology.

Cloning has been ultra-expensive; and those who have cloned their favorite animals that have died have paid a small fortune for the clone.

With the genetic-engineering technologies appearing publicly within the last few years, cloning is expected to become cheaper and more effective.

Cloning organs or whole organisms takes a large check, but the price is coming down

The first animal cloning used Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) technology, but some of the clones developed unusual, lifespan-limiting health issues, like Dolly, which was one of the first public clones. This animal died early of an unexpected lung disease.

A new gene-editing technology has been developed that allows removal of disorder-causing genes and substitution of healthier ones. Th...

04:59

New Hampshire: Muslim refugee charged with sexually assaulting 4 girls, including 7-year-old Jihad Watch

The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their []

04:43

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 20170921 by Patrick Armstrong Sic Semper Tyrannis

(NOTE: Next one will be delayed, away for a couple of weeks) WADA YA KNOW? Fake story, fake accusation as I said at the time "My default position nowadays is that its all lies." NYT reports that WADA has cleared...

04:30

EU Officials Reach Draft Deal on More North Korea Sanctions Peace and Freedom

BRUSSELS EU ambassadors have reached an initial agreement to impose more economic sanctions on North Korea, going beyond the latest round of UN measures, officials and diplomats said on Thursday.

Today the PSC (EU member states ambassadors) agreed on a package of new autonomous measures, an EU official said.

An EU diplomat said around eight new North Korean officials were likely to be added to the EU sanctions list.

The decision is likely to be adopted by EU foreign ministers at their next regular meeting on Oct. 16.

(Reporting By Robin Emmott; editing by John Stonestreet)


04:29

Muslim IT worker at center of House scandal accused of abusing three Muslim women Jihad Watch

Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and []

04:27

Russia Threatens Retaliation on US and their Allies in Syria if Attacked Geopolitics Alert

Damascus (GPA) As the reign of the Islamic State comes to an end, the predictable tensions between Russia and the US are now rising.

Two major battles in eastern Syria Raqqa and Deir Ezzor are coming to a close but there are now new problems arising between the different forces in the area. While the fight for Deir Ezzor is primarily being won and led by both the Syrian and Russian militaries; farther north, the US and their allies are slowly encroaching on these gains as part of the Raqqa campaign.

Related: Pentagon Boosts Funding For Syrian Rebels

According to statements by the Russian government yesterday, the new conflict arising between Moscow and Washington is, once again, being triggered by the US-allied and Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Russia now claims members of the SDF have been diverting forces south away from Raqqa and attacking Russian special forces in Deir Ezzor.

This conflict arose yesterday after Russia reported to US leaders that they had come under several mortar and artillery attacks by SDF fighters. The SDF forces are alleged to have been launching attacks on Russian troops from across the Euphrates river in the area between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov addressed these issues today, telling reporters that he had spoken earlier to US military commanders based in Qatar. Konashenkov told the reporters that his call included a warning to the US that any attempts of shelling from the areas where the militants of the Syrian Democratic Forces are based will be immediately curbed.

Related: Russia: Syrian Military Has Liberated 85% Of Country

In case that wasnt clear enough, Konashenkov spelled out exactly what it meant, saying Firing points in these areas will be immediately suppressed by all means of destruction. He also voiced concern that, according to Russias intelligence, they werent observing many clashes between IS and a third force, i.e. the SDF.

In Konashenkovs mind, this seems to leave some doubt on whether the SDF actually opposes IS as much as they claim. While this claim would be heresy in the US, it doesnt seem impossible, especially when you take into a...

04:22

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 17 stan van houcke


De reden waarom Ian Buruma achterhaalde mythes gebruikt om zijn betogen te onderbouwen, vloeit voort -- denk ik -- uit een combinatie van factoren. Enerzijds bezit hij te weinig verbeeldingskracht om zich een alternatief voor te stellen voor het huidige almaar totalitairder wordende neoliberale kapitalisme, anderzijds dwingt een onverzadigbare ambitie hem zijn broodheren te behagen. Het zijn de kwalen van de provinciaal die has no mind of his own; he does not trust what his eyes see until he has heard what the metropolis towards which his eyes are turned has to say on any subject, zoals de Ierse dichter Patrick Kavanagh ooit eens opmerkte. Wanneer Buruma, hoogleraar Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism, verkondigt dat even if the end of Pax Americana does not result in military invasions, or world wars, we should ready ourselves for a time when we might recall the American Empire with fond nostalgia, dan heeft hij het niet over de werkelijkheid zelf, maar over het officieel gesanctioneerde beeld ervan, zoals dat elke dag weer gepropageerd wordt door de commercile massamedia. Het is het beeld van de VS als land of the free, home of the brave, waarvan het betrekkelijk goedaardig imperialisme een zegen voor de mensheid is. Dit beeld van opiniemaker Buruma wijkt fundamenteel af van dat van Amerikaanse intellectuelen als de gezaghebbende historicus Daniel J. Boorstin. Deze in 2004 overleden hoogleraar bekleedde van 1975 tot 1987 de prestigieuze positie van  Librarian of the United States Congress. In zijn boek ...

04:20

Russian Exercise Ends Without Anticipated Invasion stan van houcke

NATO Slitting Wrists After Russian Exercise Ends Without Anticipated Invasion of Europe

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04:13

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia Geopolitical Monitor

 

What remains of the Asia Pivot?

President Obamas defining policy sought to open markets via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and park a large portion of the US Navy in Chinas backyard. The idea was to pull Asian economies toward the United States, away from China, and to build US force projection capabilities, thus assuring allies in the region that US power was in East Asia for the long run.

Fast-forward to the Trump administration and we see a very different situation: mercantilism is on the rise, allies and would-be allies like South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are striking out on their own with more independent foreign policies, and US military power is being openly challenged by North Korea and, to a lesser extent, by China in the South China Sea.

Much of the geopolitical groundwork predates President Trump, so its unfair to the blame at his doorstep. Yet Trumps governing philosophy will only accelerate these trends going forward.

Is the era of US primacy in East Asia drawing to a close? And if so, what comes next?

 

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04:06

Reforms Hang in the Balance as Temer Braces for a Supreme Court Ruling in Brazil Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

Brazil President Michel Temer has been charged with obstruction of justice. The charges stem from his allegedly leading a criminal organization made up of corrupt politicians from various political parties, including the Progressive Party (PP), Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), and the Workers Party (PT). Members of the organization are said to have received at least R$ 587 million (US$ 187 million) in graft payments during the Lavo Jato [Car Wash] scandal. It is the second criminal charge against Temer in less than three months.

Now it appears the fate of Brazilian politics and the future of its economy hinge on Temers ability to stay in power. However, it appears that, much like the first time, the indictments against him are likely to be blocked by Congress. Temers defense appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that both the initial and this latest round of corruption charges are invalid because they are based on a plea bargain deal made with Joesley Batista, the former chairman of meatpacking company JBS.

 

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03:59

Morgan Freeman We are at War with Russia stan van houcke


Who are the 5 people on Advisory Board behind Morgan Freeman We are at War with Russia video?

Neo-liberals and necons unite to form the Committee to Investigate Russia

03:58

South Koreas Moon says North Korea crisis must be handled in stable manner Peace and Freedom

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS Lucas Jackson

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on Thursday for the North Korean nuclear crisis to be handled in a stable manner, so that peace was not destroyed.

Moon told the U.N. General Assembly sanctions were needed to bring Pyongyang to the negotiating table and force it to give up its nuclear weapons, but Seoul was not seeking North Koreas collapse and the international community was ready to help the country if it stood on the right side of history.

In the meantime, Moon said all countries must strictly adhere to U.N. sanctions on North Korea and impose tougher steps in the event of new provocations by Pyongyang.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom, editing by Michelle Nichols and Chizu Nomiyama


03:54

VIDEO: Muslim refugees go on sex assault spree at church festival Jihad Watch

The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their []

03:53

US establishes a permanent military base in Israel stan van houcke

US establishes a permanent military base in Israel (Video)

America is entrenching itself deeper into Middle East affairs.

03:52

Police bust Gulf traffickers of Indian brides Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Police in Hyderabad, India arrest 20 members of bride-selling network that includes Omanis, Qataris and hotel owners

03:51

Samantha Power umasked numerous Americans stan van houcke

EXPOSED: Obama UN Ambassador Samantha Power umasked numerous Americans during 2016 elections

Samantha Power sought to unmask Americans nearly every day.

03:47

South Korean President Moon calls for peace stan van houcke

South Korean President Moon calls for peace endorses Putin style economic cooperation

Moon Jae-ins call for peace and dialogue is a total contrast to Donald Trumps threats to destroy North Korea, while mocking the DPRK.

03:47

Coalition Talks to Impact Economy, EU Policy in Germany Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

German general elections on September 24 are poised to sweep Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party back into power for a historic fourth term. But thats where the certainties end. Merkels party will likely fall short of an absolute majority, opening the door for intense negotiations over forming the new government.

This situation report explores how coalition talks with the FDP and other potential partners may reverberate in government policy. The impact of these talks goes well beyond the economic sphere, and they could come to frustrate Angela Merkels plans to cement her legacy in the European project.

 

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03:42

Will Mexico Go Down the Populist Route in 2018? Geopolitical Monitor

 

In less than a year, Mexico will have its presidential election and the country may well elect leftist Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador (AMLO) as its new president. AMLO faces a weakened ruling party and a deeply divided National Action Party (PAN).

AMLO winning Mexicos presidency on his third attempt since 2000 is a prospect that thrills many Mexicans and terrifies others. Mexico may now be ready for more extreme politics since the majority of the population has stopped believing that either of the two political parties that have previously ruled Mexico, PAN and the Institutional Revolutionary Party, (PRI) will do anything different to change the current situation.

The PRIs nominee, whoever it will be, will be tainted by association with the current administration and the 71-year dirty baggage of the PRI regime; the likeliest candidate of the PAN, Margarita Zavala is the wife of a former president blamed for the upsurge of violence triggered by his clumsy crackdown on drugs. AMLO has ranted against privilege, corruption, and what he calls the political establishment consisting of every single political actor bar his newly created party, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). Sweep away all that and, according to him, Mexico will suddenly improve. Many others hear in that message the latent call of a charismatic populist who would only weaken institutions and roll back reforms.

AMLO has capitalized on the fact that people are fed up with graft, and he has presented himself as an honest politician committed to curing Mexico of the cancer of corruption. His political career and performance though show a different story. He has displayed a common contempt for norms, separation of powers, and the rule of law. Obradors lack of respect for institutions and the easiness with which he is willing to discredit rules that do not suit him would make him an ineffective corruption-fighter. He has also been involved in several acts of corruption: Ren Bejarano, now a close supporter of AMLO, was taped several years ago receiving enormous amounts of money. At the time he was a personal assistant of AMLO. He backed AMLO in the presidential elections of 2000 and 2006, and has now again made it public he is ready to work closely with him again. The finance minister of AMLO when he was the mayor of Mexico City, Gustavo Ponce, was also shown betting huge amounts of public money in a casino in Las Vegas. Carlos Imaz, husband of Claudia Sheinbaum, the most likely candidate of AMLO for the governorship of Mexico City, was also taped being bribed by the businessman Carlos Ahumada. AMLO has also received the continuous support of the Abarca family of Guerrero, who were suspected to be involved in the Iguala incident where 48 students went missing and presumably killed. Ricardo Monreal, a promi...

03:38

President Aoun at UN: Lebanon Wont Allow Naturalization of Any Refugee Aletho News

Naharnet | September 21, 2017 The Lebanese President Michel Aoun stressed Thursday in his maiden speech before the UN General Assembly that Lebanon will not allow the naturalization of any Syrian or Palestinian refugee on its soil no matter what that might cost. The decision in this regard belongs to us and not to anyone []

03:19

Rocket man and Zionist penguins: The week in UN diplomacy Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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03:17

UK: Eight arrested on suspicion of making explosives, BBC mum on identity and motive Jihad Watch

Eight men were arrested this morning after police officers responding to an alleged assault searched a house in Leicester and found suspicious material. Who were they? The BBC doesnt say. Why were they making explosives? The BBC doesnt say. Do these arrests have anything to do with an international movement that has vowed the mass []

03:15

Somalia rebukes its states for breaking with Qatar Somali News in English Horseed Media

Somalias government rebuked its three semi-autonomous regions on Thursday for cutting ties with Qatar, saying it was determined to stay neutral in the Gulf nations dispute with other Arab states. The region of Galmudug issued a statement on Wednesday saying it stood with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the regional row, followed similar declarations last month by []

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03:14

UK Surgeon David Nott, Takes Sides While Saving Lives in East Aleppo Aletho News

By Steven Sahiounie | American Herald Tribune | September 21, 2017 David Nott is a British surgeon who has received numerous awards and accolades for his medical volunteerism in East Aleppo, Syria in 2013 and 2014. He was hosted by the Aleppo City Medical Council, which was founded in 2012 by medical professionals committed to []

03:13

Global Forecast (09-14-17) Geopolitical Monitor

 

 

The GPM Global Forecast is a bi-weekly, members-only article series for 2017. It provides analysis and short-term forecasting on key military, political, and economic events around the globe. 

 

 

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03:13

Russia Warns US: Any SDF Attack on Syrian Army to Be Repelled Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 21, 2017   Russia warned the United States of reprisals Thursday after artillery fire from an area controlled by US-backed militants in eastern Syria targeted government troops. A military spokesman in Moscow blamed Syrian Democratic Forces and said future attacks would be repelled. Syrian regime forces were twice targeted with massive fire from mortar []

03:07

Nagorno-Karabakh: Small Conflict, Big Repercussions Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan around Nagorno-Karabakh has reached a dangerous stage where the existing status quo is difficult to preserve due to Azerbaijans military successes and the inherent problems of Armenias dependence on Russia. Nevertheless, as Moscow has a big geopolitical stake in the conflict, it will continue to supply arms to both Baku and Yerevan to keep the military balance, preserve the status quo, and deny any other power such as Turkey or Iran possibilities to increase their own influence in the conflict resolution process.

 

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03:01

McMaster: Iran deal fundamentally flawedhow do you trust this regime? Jihad Watch

This is good to see, especially in light of earlier reports that McMaster was in favor of the Iran deal. Could he be coming around to his boss point of view, rather than molding Trumps views to match his own? Free people can only hope. McMaster on Fundamentally Flawed Iran Nuclear Deal: How Do You []

03:00

Indigenous Women From Standing Rock And Allies On Divestment Delegation In Europe CENSORED NEWS

Indigenous Women From Standing Rock And Allies On Divestment Delegation In Europe By WECAN International Censored News SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, California (September 20, 2017) - From September 30th through October 14th, 2017, a delegation of Indigenous women from across the United States who have been at the forefront of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) resistance effort

03:00

Chinas central bank tells banks to stop doing business with North Korea: sources Peace and Freedom

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 / 6:38 AM

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) Chinas central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, four sources told Reuters, amid U.S. concerns that Beijing has not been tough enough over Pyongyangs repeated nuclear tests.

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have ratcheted up after the sixth and most powerful nuclear test conducted by Pyongyang on Sept. 3 prompted the United Nations Security Council to impose further sanctions last week.

Chinese banks have come under scrutiny for their role as a conduit for funds flowing to and from Chinas increasingly isolated neighbor.

The sources said banks were told to stop providing financial services to new North Korean customers and to wind down loans with existing customers, following tighter sanctions against Pyongyang by the United Nations.

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A Chinese national flag flutters outside the headquarters of the Peoples Bank of China, the Chinese central bank, in Beijing, April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic Reuters

The sources said lenders were asked to fully implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea and were warned of the economic losses and reputational risks if they did not do so.

Chinese banks received the document on Monday, the sources said.

Chinas central bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

At present, management of North Korea-related business has become an issue of national-level politics and national security, according to the document seen by the sources.

The document directed banks to explain to any North Korean customers that our bank is fulfilling our international obligations and implementing United Nations sanctions against North Korea. As such, we refuse to handle any individual loans connected to North Korea.

The document did not specify whether existing North Korean account holders could still deposit or remove money from their accounts.

Frustrated that China had not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration considered new sanctions in July on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang, two senior U.S. officials told Reuters.

Chinas Big Four state-owned banks have stopped providing financial services to new North Korean clients, Reuters reported last week, with some measures beginning as early as the end of last year.

Reporting by the Beijing and Hong Kong newsrooms; Writing by Sue-Lin Wong; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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02:54

Open Letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations OffGuardian

by Simon Wood, September 20, 2017 As a responsible nuclear weapons state, our republic will not use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached upon by an aggressive hostile force with nuclear weapons. The DPRK will faithfully fulfill its obligation for non-proliferation and strive for global denuclearization. Kim Jong Un, May 8, 2016 Attention: Antnio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations Sir, I am writing in regard to a speech given by US President Donald Trump to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) earlier this week, in particular the following excerpt: The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. As Secretary-General you are sworn to uphold the principles enshrined in the United Nations charter. Article 1: [The Purposes of the United Nations are:] [1.] To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of

02:53

Ex-prosecutors unsure if post-hurricane nursing home deaths involved crimes Peace and Freedom

By Terry Spencer
The Associated Press

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) Nine elderly patients died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital.

From the perspective of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and relatives of those at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, criminal charges are warranted. But under Florida law, a prosecution might be difficult. Two of three ex-state prosecutors contacted by The Associated Press had doubts as to whether Dr. Jack Michel, the homes owner, or any of his employees will be charged.

All agreed that any criminal prosecutions will hinge on whether the nursing home staff made honest mistakes or were culpably negligent. Florida defines that as consciously doing an act or following a course of conduct that the defendant must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily injury.

Hollywood police and the state attorneys office are investigating.

The home has said it used coolers, fans, ice and other methods to keep the patients comfortable and that might be enough to avoid prosecution.

There is a difference between negligence, which is what occurs when you are not giving a particular standard of care vs. culpable negligence, said David Weinstein, a former state and federal prosecutor now in private practice. So if they are doing everything humanly possible given the circumstances and this all still happened it may be negligent and provide the basis for a civil lawsuit, but not enough for criminal charges.

Retired University of Florida law professor Bob Dekle, who prosecuted serial killer Ted Bundy as an assistant state attorney, said he doubted charges would be brought.

I would rather be a defense attorney on this case than a prosecutor, Dekle said. There are some cases that are better tried in civil court than criminal and this might be one of them.

Former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey disagreed.

Given the magnitude of the tragedy and the apparent availability of a hospital 5...

02:43

US-backed force clearing last IS fighters from Raqa Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows smoke billowing out following a coalition air strike in the western al-Daraiya neighbourhood of the embattled northern Syrian city of Raqa

BEIRUT (AFP)  Syrian fighters backed by US special forces were on Thursday clearing the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists from their Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said.

The Syrian Democratic Forces and American special forces began a mopping up operation in Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based monitor said jihadists were still hiding in underground shelters in a part of the city centre, where a football stadium and former government buildings are located.

But the operation was being slowed down by large numbers of mines planted by the extremists, it said.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by the United States, have been battling IS in Raqa since June after encircling them for months.

On Wednesday the SDF said they were in the final stages of capturing the northern city from the jihadists.

We consider this the final stages of the Wrath of the Euphrates campaign, which is nearing its end, a statement said.

The SDF said it had mounted a surprise attack on IS in the north of Raqa, where the jihadists have been surrounded for three months.

The US-led coalition backing the SDF with air strikes, equipment and advisers said it had been bombing IS near Raqa for days.

The jihadists seized Raqa in early 2014, transforming the northern city into a key hub in the caliphate they declared after taking control of large parts of Syria and Iraq.

Raqa quickly became synonomous with the groups most gruesome atrocities, including public beheadings, and IS is thought to have used the city to plan attacks abroad.

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled the fighting in recent months but up to 15,000 are still trapped inside, according to the UNS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

We now estimate that up to 15,000 civilians remain trapped in Raqa city, although exact figures remain difficult to verify due to the situation on the ground, OCHAs Linda Tom told AFP.

According to her, the civilians, many of them women and children, are facing incredibly difficult conditions, including food, water and medical shortages.


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02:39

Asylum seekers in Europe left waiting, says study Even after they live through Mediterranean journey Peace and Freedom

By the start of this year, more than half of Europes asylum-seeker arrivals over a two-year period had yet to be processed, a study shows. For many, the pace hinged on which nation was handling their applications.

Griechenland Lesbos Ankunft von Flchtlingen an der Kste (DW/Diego Cupolo)

The Washington-based Pew Research Center said that permits to stay at least temporarily  had been granted to some 40 percent of the 2.2 million who had arrived in 2015 and 2016.

By the begining of 2017, 52 percent of those who entered in the previous two years were still waiting for decisions. Only three percent had been ejected from the European country in which they had applied for protection.

Afghanistan abgeschobene Asylbewerber kehren zurck (Getty Images/AFP/W. Kohsar)An Afghan deported from Germany arriving in Kabul

Wednesdays look at past data, based on information from the EUs statistical agency (Eurostat) and sourced from all 28 EU members plus Switzerland and Norway, found that Germany had been relatively quick in processing applications.

Germanys adjudication period for applicants from war-torn Syria was about three months. Belgium managed waiting times of only one month. By contrast the average Syrian waiting time in Norway had been more than a year.

Among the 650,000 Syrians who arrived in Europe over the period, only 130,000 had not received decisions by late 2016.

Longest wait for Albanians

Across the EU-plus group as a whole, Germany and Sweden had processed about half of their arrivals. The applicants who were left waiting the longest overall were Albanians.

The variations meant that asylum seekers prospects largely depended on where their applications were submitted, said Pew, intimating that Europe was far from fulfilling equal protection under UN conventions.

Also left waiting for a long time were applicants from Afghanistan and Iraq, despite conflicts in both those countries.

By late 2016, 77 percent of Afghans were wa...

02:32

New York Times buries nationalities and omits refugee status of London jihadis Jihad Watch

The Paper of Record cant have people getting the idea that there might be something wrongheaded about one of the Lefts central causes. Media Criticism: NYT Buries Nationalities Of London Bombers And Omits Refugee Status In Report, by Will Ricciardella, Daily Caller News Foundation, September 20, 2017 (thanks to the Geller Report): In a report []

02:31

Russian Defense Ministry: No Tolerance for Shelling of Syrian Army from US & Kurdish Proxies.. Penny for your thoughts

Continuing with the very dynamic situation in Syria

 Recent Minimal background:

* Wednesday Sept. 20/2017 - Idlib, Syria- US initiates attacks- Russia and Syria Eradicate US Proxies

US/Trump & Israel: First official US Military Base Opens

*Tuesday Sept 19/2017- US Led Coalition & KurdIShIS Proxies Attacking Syrian Army, Impeding Terrorism Fight

*Sunday Sept 17/2017-Head of YPG/PKK /SDF Damascus Declared War on Us

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Russia has communicated to the US it will not tolerate this activity. Russia has its own special forces embedded alongside Syrian army they are not willing to take casualties.

The Syrian governmental troops have been shelled twice from the areas on the western bank of the Euphrates controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces and the US military, Konashenkov said.

Konashenkov said that Servicemen of Russias special operations forces and Syrian Arab army units are currently working together to destroy ISIS terrorists , adding that Russia warned a representative of the US command in Qatar, that any attempts of shelling from the areas where the militants of the Syrian Democratic Forces are based will be immediately curbed.
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02:31

SYRIA: Game Over for Macron after Shameful UNGA Performance Aletho News

By Bruno Guigue | 21st Century Wire | September 20, 2017 Before the UN General Assembly, you treated President Bashar al Assad as a criminal and declared that he should be held accountable to international justice. You have betrayed those who believed in a turn-around in your politics and you have brought this serious accusation []

02:31

Donald Trump Says U.S. Plans Additional Sanctions for North Korea Peace and Freedom

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is set to brief reporters Thursday afternoon, along with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley

U.S. President Donald Trump meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the United Nations Thursday in New York.Photo: kevin lamarque/Reuters

Sept. 21, 2017 10:48 a.m. ET

NEW YORKPresident Donald Trump said Thursday that the U.S. planned additional sanctions for North Korea, two days after he said the U.S. would totally destroy the country if America or its allies were forced to defend themselves against the emerging nuclear power.

We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea, Mr. Trump said after being asked about the possibility by reporters during a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

The additional sanctions werent immediately clear, though the White House announced soon afterward that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would brief reporters Thursday afternoon, along with United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

U.S President Donald Trump addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations Tuesday in New York.Photo: Michael Brochstein/Zuma Press

The U.S. pushed a resolution last week that resulted in the Security Council agreeing to sanction 90% of North Koreas annual revenue and reduce the countrys oil imports by 30%.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump threatened to annihilate North Korea if the U.S. has to defend itself or its allies against the regime, in an address to the United Nations General Assembly.

No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles, Mr. Trump said in his address. He said that denuclearization is the only acceptable future for North Korea.

Rocket Man is on a suicide mission, not only for himself but for his regime, Mr. Trump said, referring to Kim Jong Un.

Write to Louise Radnofsky at louise.radnofsky@wsj.com

https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-says-u-s-plans-additional-sanctions-for-north-korea-1506005331

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02:25

Syrias Kurds to Hold Historic Vote in Message to Assad Syria moving toward partition? Peace and Freedom

BEIRUT Kurdish-led regions of northern Syria will hold elections on Friday, a historic expression of free will and a message to President Bashar al-Assad as he seeks to reassert control over the whole country, a senior Syrian Kurdish politician said.

As Kurds in neighboring Iraq prepare to vote on secession from Baghdad, Hadiya Yousef told Reuters that Assads aim to take back all of Syria could lead to its partition, though Syrias Kurds insist that independence is not their aim.

The three-phase vote set to begin on Friday is part of a plan mapped out by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies to set up a federal system of government that will shore up the autonomy they have enjoyed in the north since 2011, when Syrias civil war broke out.

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Fighters from the Kurdish YPG militia alongside the groups flag in northern Syria

The political structures expected to emerge from the process are inspired by the ideas of Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who is in jail in Turkey for leading a three-decade insurgency. Turkey views Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria as a threat to its national security.

In Fridays election, voters will be picking leaders for some 3,700 communities, or communes, spread across three regions of the north. The process will be followed in November by elections to local councils and culminate in January with the election of an assembly that will act as a parliament.

The Syrian government, which is regaining swathes of territory with Russian and Iranian support, opposes the plan and has repeatedly insisted that it will recover all the territory that has slipped from its grip during six years of war.

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02:17

Some 100 Migrants Missing After Shipwreck Off Libyas Coast Peace and Freedom

CAIRO The Libyan coast guard says some 100 migrants are missing after a shipwreck off the countrys west coast.

Spokesman Ayoub Gassim told The Associated Press on Thursday that the damaged vessel was found the day before, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) offshore from the western coastal city of Zuwara. The migrant boat had set out earlier from the nearby city of Sabratha, bound for Europe.

Gassim says the vessel was carrying some 130 migrants, mostly Africans, of whom around 30 were rescued.

Libya has become one of the main migrant transit points to Europe as traffickers have exploited the chaos following the 2011 uprising. The European Union has given tens of millions of euros to Libyan authorities to try to curb the flow of migrants.

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02:08

TIDBIT: SOUND WEAPONS AND CURIOUS LYRICS Giza Death Star

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02:07

Is Yiddish the language of the Jewish soul? Mondoweiss

The weight of memory, and the histories Jews tell of themselves, the tradition and experience we imagine we are heir to, shape the way the creation and conduct of the State of Israel is considered.

The other evening, I went to see a film, The Golden Age of Second Avenue, a documentary love poem for Yiddish theater in NYC, from 1890s-1930s, narrated by Herschel Bernardi.

The film was shown to promote a project to save Abe Lebewohls 1986 Yiddish Theater Walk of Fame, with stars with the names of Jewish theater figures set in the pavement in front of what had been the Second Avenue Deli.

Abe Lebewohls Yiddish theater stars, now in front of a Chase bank. (Photo: Abba Solomon)

The film is a tribute to a richly isolated moment in Jewish American history, when, reputedly, the Lower East Side became the most densely populated place on earth outside Asia. The LES filled with Jewish strivers escaping the Russian empire filled by a flood that ended with the nativist 1924 Johnson-Reed Act controlling immigration to match the 1890 ethnic composition of the US.

Descendents of that movement of Jews have transited to Connecticut or Albuquerque or Marin County, but have in their voices the syntax and timbre of that square mile and moment of NYC. Molly Picon, in the film, said many in her audience never went above 14th St., remaining in that intense cauldron of first-generation Yiddish Americanism.

Narrator Bernardi said Yiddish is the language of the Jewish soul. I have to agree with Bernardi that Yiddish the language of my parents and grandparents to me sounds like the language of my people.

The evening of film was cascading layers of nostalgia, delicious moments of time, pleasure palpable in the film audience, calling out, speaking Yiddish-inflected English. The audience skewed older...

02:04

US, Iran break ice at UN Aletho News

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | September 21, 2017 The US President Donald Trumps speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday has drawn attention to the Iran nuclear deal of July 2015. Will the deal survive? Or, will it perish in a sudden death? Trump said, The Iran deal was one of []

01:59

Russian special forces repel a US-planned attack in Syria, denounce the USA and issue a stark warning The Vineyard of the Saker

Something rather unprecedented just happened in Syria: US backed good terrorist forces attempted a surprise attack against Syrian government forces stationed to the north and northeast of the city of

01:54

Palestinian girl shot and then sentenced to 3 years in prison Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Robert Inlakesh   21/09/2017 DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:16 P.M)- Sixteen year old Palestinian girl Lama al-Bakri has just been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by an Israeli military court. Lama was shot and severely injured back in 2015 after it was alleged she attempted to stab a soldier near Kirtat Arba, an illegal Israeli settlement in []

01:49

How the United Nations Supports the American Empire The Anti-Media

For decades the American Right has decried the U.N. for encroaching on American sovereignty, but the truth is that the U.N. is a chief U.S. accomplice in violating the sovereignty of other nations, notes J.P. Sottile.

(CN President Trump opened his big United Nations week and his famous mouth with a predictable plug for one of his properties and some playful glad-handing with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump also scolded the U.N.s unwieldy scrum for not living up to its potential. He made a passing reference to the U.N.s wasteful use of American money. And he called for reform of the much-maligned international forum.

It was a stolid prelude to what will no doubt be must-see TV when he speaks to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday about North Korea and Iran. And it was a far cry from the way Americas leading America Firster spent the campaign lamenting how unfair the U.N. is to the poor schlemiel we call Uncle Sam.

He is likely to use his speech to throw a little bit of that same red meat to his base, but his call for reform falls well short of what his supporters want  which is an abrupt end of U.S. involvement in the international body. They are motivated by a grab-bag of reasons that point to the U.N. being a threat to their guns, their bank accounts and their God-given freedom.

Oddly enough, these conspiratorial narratives have been around for decades and they mostly center on a grand plan by U.N. elites to abscond American sovereignty and dissolve the U.S. into a U.N.-led world government. And the evidence of this is the way the U.N. harasses and restricts Uncle Sam while siphoning-off Americas wealth. At least, thats what some think.

Most ominously, many object to the way U.N. funds are being used to quietly deploy gun-grabb...

01:45

#CNT Warns of Riot Cops Shipped into #Barcelona Docks Enough is Enough!

In the febrile atmosphere of Catalonias attempted independence referendum and repression from Madrid, activists with the anarchist CNT union report that national police have been shipped in from all over Spain and are holed up at Barcelonas port, seemingly in preparation to crush any significant upheavals.

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Image by Twitter account @PortuariosCNT

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01:35

[PHOTOS] Millions of Yemenis Celebrate Third Year of Revolution Geopolitics Alert

Sanaa (GPA) Millions of Yemenis from across the war-torn country filled the streets of the capital city of Sanaa today celebrating the third anniversary of the September 21st Revolution.

Men, women, and children expressed their support for independence from foreign powers and national liberation. They reiterated the need for a cohesive domestic front to face the Saudi-led aggression and U.S.-supported foreign occupation of Yemen.

On September 21st, 2014, Ansarullah (aka the Houthis) stormed the capital eventually forcing the Saudi-puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to resign. Shortly after, Ansarullah and their allies formed a revolutionary government which seized control of key government buildings throughout the capital.

RELATED: Heres Exactly What 900 Days of War Against Yemen Has Destroyed

Saudi Arabia began their devastating air campaign in March of 2015 which continues to this day with disastrous effects. Tens of thousands have lost their lives from air strikes alone. Tens of thousands more have died as a result of the ongoing siege which restricts food, medicine, and other crucial imports.

In just the past 24 hours, the Saudi coalition carried out dozens of airstrikes throughout the country claiming the lives of many civilians. This has been a daily occurrence for Yemenis for two and a half years.

The September 21st Revolutions goal is to remove foreign influence from Yemen particularly from Saudi Arabia, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. The U.A.E. currently occupies most of southern Yemen along with the island of Socotra. The United States has also jumped at the chance to occupy Yemen with troops, effectively transforming the country into a military base.

Mr. Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, leader of the Ansarullah movement, spoke on the eve of the revolutions anniversary. He explained that the September 21st Revolution is an authentic movement by, of, and for the Yemeni people. Mr. al-Houthi reiterated the steadfastness of the Yemeni people in the face of foreign aggression.

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

He also condemned the U.S. involvement throughout the region as the root cause of sectarian violence. Al-Houthi commented on the recent Kurdish independence referendum as a foreign plot to further divide the region and cause unnecessary infighting to Washingtons and Israels advantage.

President of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh Ali al-Sammad, commented on the achievements of the September 21st Revolution including their successful fight against al-Qaeda and the ongoing fight against Saudi-backed mercenaries.

He called on the...

01:26

Irish citizen remains in Egyptian jail despite acquittal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:18

Apartheid and the Future of Israel/Palestine Foreign Policy Journal

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Richard Falk, September 8, 2014 (Iran Review/CC BY 4.0)

01:08

One Hundred Cops Spend 11 Hours Evicting a Tripod in #Germanys #Hambacher Forest Enough is Enough!

On September 19th at 8 oclock in the morning approx 100 cops entered the millenarian Hambacher Forest, occupied for last six years blocking the expansion of RWEs open cast lignite mine, to remove the The Tripod, a live-in barricade.

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One Hundred Cops Spend 11 Hours Evicting a Tripod in Germanys Hambacher Forest

On September 19th at 8 oclock in the morning approx 100 cops entered the millenarian Hambacher Forest, occupied for last six years blocking the expansion of RWEs open cast lignite mine, to remove the The Tripod, a live-in barricade.

The official state line was that it was to keep the roads open for emergency vehicles in case of accident occurring in the for...

00:59

RT may soon be dropped by US providers, courtesy of McCain & Graham Aletho News

RT | September 21, 2017 Buried deep inside the just-passed defense budget is a small amendment, which could lead to a ban on broadcasting RT in America. The architects of the provision, Senators Graham and McCain, may recall that in their youth such practices formed what was known as the Iron Curtain. The National Defense []

00:57

UAE youth team withdraws from Qatar football competition Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:51

Writers and artists declare solidarity with persecuted Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour Mondoweiss

Since the night of October 11, 2015, when Israeli soldiers burst in and arrested Dareen Tatour from her home after she posted a poem on social media prosecutors later claimed encouraged violence, the Palestinian poet has been enmeshed in the absurdity of Israels selectively guaranteed right to free speech.

Tatour was indicted on two counts, supporting a terror organization and incitementthe latter is an increasingly common charge against Palestinians in Israeli courts in the social media age. After an initial three months in jail, Tatour was moved to home arrest for the duration of her trial where she remains to date.

The case has drawn international attention from writers and artists, in particular. The poets fellow creatives are outraged by Israels severe threats to free speech yet are inspired by Tatours conviction. When offered a plea deal on the condition she admits her poetry incited violence, Tatour refused outright.

Susan Abulhawa. (Photo: Sainatee Surez)

At the Brooklyn headquarters for the publishing house Verso Books at a September 18 standing-room-only panel on free speech and Palestine solidarity sponsored by Adalah-NY and Jewish Voice for Peace, panelist Susan Abulhawa, the acclaimed author of Mornings in Jenin, disclosed a little-known additional fact of Tatours case: After Israeli soldiers arrested Tatour on the charge of incitement, one piece of evidence prosecutors presented in court was the fact that Tatour recited a commemoration of the 1956 massacre of Palestinians at Kafr Qasim.

The massacre occurred almost 59 years to the day before Tatours arrest, when three Israeli soldiers shot and killed 49 Palestinian civilians at close rangeamong them women and childrenfor breaking a curfew they were completely unaware of.

Nothing happened to the soldiers, really, who murdered those people but Dareen, Abulhawa said, was implicated for commemorating their memory.

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00:51

Russia warns US it will strike back if militia attacks in Syria dont end Aletho News

RT | September 21, 2017 Moscow has warned the US that if militias it supports in northeast Syria again attack positions of pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military will use all its force to retaliate. The troops of the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), a predominantly Kurdish militia that receives support from the US []

00:47

Statement on #Berkeley City Council Resolution to Pepper Spray Protesters Enough is Enough!

Statement by NLG-SF  on Berkeley City Council Resolution to Pepper Spray Protesters.

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Statement on Berkeley City Council Resolution to Pepper Spray Protesters

The one thing Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, the Berkeley Police Department and City Council got right at the Monday afternoon Council meeting was that violence has indeed come to the streets of Berkeley. But rather than using these critical times as an opportunity to have a larger conversation with Berkeleys people of color, LGBTQIA, Jews, Muslims and other communities who are being targeted by white nationalists/ neo-Nazis/ white supremacis...

00:46

More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea Foreign Policy Journal

President Trump briefed on the situation in Syria, April 6, 2017 (The White House)

00:45

Peshmerga '100 percent certain' Baghdad will fight independence Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:35

Houthis celebrate three years of control in Yemen capital Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:26

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM SEPT 21 2017 Giza Death Star

Is Cuba to blame for the "sonic attacks" on American diplomatic personnel in Havana? Joseph doesn't think so:
The damning evidence Cuba's launched a

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00:23

Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member? Foreign Policy Journal

The United Nations Security Council Chamber in New York, also known as the Norwegian Room (Photo: Patrick Gruban)

00:19

Korea Solution Needs US to Sign a Peace Treaty OffGuardian

by Finian Cunningham, via Strategic Culture Germany and France have backed the stance of Russia and China for negotiations to avert the Korea crisis. South Korea and Japan also seem to be amenable to recent calls by Russian President Vladimir Putin for exclusively diplomatic efforts. Any other option in the alarming standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program portends disaster. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has endorsed the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran as a model for possible negotiations. That puts the United States on the margin of international consensus, with its repeated threats to use military force as an option against the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea). Last week, following another North Korean ballistic missile test that overflew Japan, US President Donald Trumps top national security adviser reiterated Washingtons self-declared right to use pre-emptive military force, tacitly including the deployment of nuclear weapons. For those who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option, said General HR McMaster to reporters in Washington. While McMaster and President Trump, as

00:06

Trumps UN Speech Foreign Policy Journal

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00:05

Report: US Airstrikes Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August The Anti-Media

Airwars: US coalition airstrikes even heavier than in Mosul.

(ANTIWAR.COM A new report from British NGO Airwars estimates that US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa in August killed at least 433 civilians. They reported 5,775 bombs, shells, and missiles dropped in the city in that period.

Airwars said that the level of US-led coalition airstrikes against Raqqa is even higher than in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where US airstrikes killed massive numbers of civilians. They added that the effects on Raqqas trapped civilians have been equally devastating.

While the Pentagon announced that more strikes were dropped on Raqqa in August than any other time in the war, they have yet to offer a figure on civilians killed in August. They instead offered a generic statement on how tey are conducting the most accurate campaign ever.

An estimated 20,000 civilians are believed to still be trapped in Raqqa, which is being invaded by US-backed Kurdish forces. Though US officials have claimed at times the Kurds have gained major territory in the fight, there is still no estimate of how much longer it will last, and US airstrikes are going to continue to be a deadly reality for Raqqa for the foreseeable future.

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This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

00:03

EU and US Increasingly Divided Over Iran Nuclear Deal Geopolitics Alert

Washington D.C. (MEE) A rift between the Trump administration and the EU, over whether to stick to the Iran nuclear agreement, has deepened.

The European Unions foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Wednesday that all parties to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers were complying with the agreement.

However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington continues to have significant issues with the Iran nuclear deal, suggesting a growing rift between the EU and the US.

Mogherini, who spoke at the United Nations after a meeting among the parties, said that any issues outside the scope of the nuclear deal should be dealt with in a different forum.

She added that the United States, which has questioned the value of the deal, agreed that Iran was in full compliance of the agreement.

RELATED: President Trump to Push Iran into Abandoning Nuclear Deal

We all agreed that all sides are fulfilling their commitments, Mogherini told reporters at the United Nations after Iran and the six nations held their first talks involving Tillerson.

Tillerson joined Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations on Wednesday for a first meeting with partners backing the Iran nuclear deal.

Mogherini chaired the closed-door meeting to discuss the 2015 deal that President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap unless it is re-opened for negotiations.

Tillerson and Zarif spoke directly in what a European diplomat described as a very difficult meeting.

Tillerson and Zarif spoke directly for a relatively long time. There was no real great surprise in the positions expressed, the diplomat said.

The diplomat said there was unanimity that the nuclear deal was being respected, but the debate had not really focused on its implementation.

There was no real visibility on what the American decision will be in October, the diplomat said.

After the meeting Tillerson said the discussion had been calm. He said: It was a good opportunity to meet and shake hands. The tone was very matter of fact. There was no yelling. We didnt throw shoes at one another. It was not an angry tone at all.

But, the secretary of state said the US and Iran had very different interpretations of the 2015 agreement, and that Iran had not lived up to the expectations expressed in the documents preface, which says the signatories anticipate that full implementation of this JCPOA will positively contribute to regional and international peace and security.

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23:56

UK government rejects call to engage with Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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23:53

Argentina: Experts report confirms Nisman was murdered Fausta's Blog

Via Mary OGrady, experts find Nisman was murdered:https://t.co/Zmm7szlAxk MaryAnastasiaO'Grady (@MaryAnastasiaOG) September 20, 2017 The official report from a team of forensic experts states that prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered. He was first beaten by two people and drugged with ketamine, which had not been previously detected. Among the injuries from the beating, Nismans nose []

23:43

I Think There Will Be War: Iraqi Kurds Fear Conflict After Referendum The Anti-Media

Official fears violence after 25 September independence vote, as disputes grow in areas controlled by Kurd forces outside original KRG borders.

(MEE)  Fears of fresh conflict in northern Iraq are bubbling to the surface weeks before Iraqi Kurds hold a contentious vote on independence, with warnings of war over disputed, ethnically mixed border regions and reports of Shia forces pushing Kurd officials from a town to prevent voting.

The Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, has refused repeated requests from Baghdad, the US and regional powers to postpone its 25 September referendum, saying it would only do so if an alternative was presented by Iraqs central government.

Tensions have risen in areas liberated by KRG forces outside the regions original 2003 borders, including the city of Kirkuk. On Monday the KRGs president, Massoud Barzani, said any attempt to change the reality using force in Kirkuk should expect that every single Kurd will be ready to fight.

Dr Jutyar Mahmoud, a member of the regions independence referendum commission, told Middle East Eye that disputed territories such as Kirkuk were the focus of fears of a new conflagration after the referendum.

We will face border problems in the near future and I definitely think there will be another war, and soon, he said.

He described Iraq as militarily weak, after three years of battling the Islamic State (IS), during which time forces have suffered extensive losses, particularly in the recent nine-month fight to liberate Mosul.

A greater threat, he said, was posed by Iraqs other army the Iranian-backed paramilitary Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation force.

The Hashd are another threat and maybe Iran will push them to fight us, Mahmoud said, adding that Iraqs prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, doesnt control the Hashd, but Iran can.

Jutyar Mahmoud considered the Hashd a greater threat than Iraqs regular army (AFP)
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His comments preceded bouts of recent unrest in some of the contested border regions. O...

23:42

Trumps Kabul Project Extends US Timetable By Years, Perhaps Decades ThereAreNoSunglasses

 
Kabuls central districts have become increasingly difficult to defend against Taliban bombings.

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Kabuls central districts have become increasingly difficult to defend against Taliban bombings.

KABUL A huge public works project over the next two years will reshape the center of the Afghan capital to bring nearly all Western embassies, major government ministries, and NATO and US military headquarters within the Green Zone security district

After 16 years of American presence in Kabul, it is a stark acknowledgment that even the citys central districts have become too difficult to defend from Taliban bombings.

Soon, US Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook helicopter to cross...

23:38

Hundreds of Thousands of Yemenis Mark 3rd Anniversary of September Revolution Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 21, 2017 Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, to mark the third anniversary of the countrys September 21 Revolution and condemn the bloody Saudi war against the nation. The demonstrators in Thursdays mass rally reaffirmed their commitment to the government in Sanaa and the Yemeni forces defending the []

23:27

2017 #London Anarchist Bookfair Enough is Enough!

This years London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 28th October from 10am to 7pm. 

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2017 London Anarchist Bookfair

This years London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 28th October from 10am to 7pm. 

Venue: Park View School
West Green Road, London, N15 3QR

Anarchism and the bookfair

Bookfairs provide a space where like-minded people can come together to re-affirm old friendships, make new ones, discuss all things anarchist and anticapitalist and start planning the future revolution. Theyre also one of the public faces of anarchism...

23:12

Syria - Russia Accusing U.S. Of Attacks, Abduction Attempts, Team-play With Al-Qaeda Moon of Alabama

The situation in Syria is reaching another critical point. There is an increased possibility of a large scale clash between U.S. and Russian forces. We had warned of such a clash over control of the rich fields east of Deir...

23:03

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 20-21, 2017 (Maps, Photos, Videos)

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 20-21, 2017 (Maps, Photos, Videos)

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On September 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and other pro-government factions seized Masrab, Turayf, Buwaytiyah and Tibni villages and the Salim Mount from ISIS on the western bank of the Euphrates River.

At the same day, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a military operation against ISIS vowing to reach the border with Iraq. The SDF advanced towards the ISIS-held town of al-Suwar and captured 12km of a highway heading to it.

Reports also circulated that some side conducted an airdrop on the Conco Gas Plant north of Khusham. Initial reports suggested that the airdrop was made by government forces. Others argued that it was conducted by the US-led coalition. However, by September 21, no videos or photos had appeared confirming these reports.

On September 21, clashes continued between government forces and ISIS in Khusham town on the eastern bank of the Euphrates where the SAA and the SRG were attempting to break the ISIS defense and to expand its control zone in order to further encircle ISIS in Deir Ezzor city and to set a foothold for an advance towards al-Busayrah.

Government troops destroyed two ISIS vehicles in Deir Ezzor province:

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23:02

I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push wheelchairs Israeli commander to Palestinians Mondoweiss

Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem

How Israel is disabling Palestinian teenagers
BETHLEHEM, occupied West Bank 21 Sept by Jaclynn Ashly  In the Dheisheh refugee camp, it is common to see Palestinian teenagers with deep scars dotting the length of their legs, while posters and murals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces adorn the concrete walls testaments to a disturbing reality of routine Israeli violence in the camp. International law prohibits the use of live ammunition on civilians, except as a last resort during an imminent threat of life. However, Israeli soldiers freely fire live bullets at Palestinians during confrontations or military raids. Both Palestinian and Israeli rights groups have noted that Israels excessive use of force on Palestinians has caused scores of permanent and temporary disabilities in the occupied Palestinian territory The Bethlehem-based Palestinian NGO Badil reported a significant increase in Palestinian injuries in the refugee camps last year, the majority of which were caused by live ammunition. Most of the gunshot wounds were directed at the lower limbs of the youth in the camps, now commonly referred to as kneecapping.  Residents of the Dheisheh camp say that an Israeli army commander, who the youth in Dheisheh refer to as Captain Nidal, has been threatening to intentionally disable Palestinians in the camp. I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push the wheelchairs, he has been reported as saying. Badil underscored that the threats indicate that incidents of kneecapping are not accidental or isolated. But instead result from a systematic Israeli military policy aimed at suppressing resistance, terrorising Palestinian youth, and permanently injuring them and/or causing significant damage to their physical and mental well-being.[personal narratives follow]
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Israeli forces injure 9 Palestinians in clashes near Jerusalem-area school
BETHLEHEM (Maan) 20 Sept Nine Palestinians, including students, were injured Wednesday morning when Israeli forces raided the town of Abu Dis in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem...

22:56

Thousands Protest Dutertes Drug War, Martial Law in Philippines Peace and Freedom

Protests coincide with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Sept. 21, 2017 7:36 a.m. ET

MANILAThousands of antigovernment protesters thronged Manila on Thursday, in the largest outpouring of opposition against President Rodrigo Dutertes deadly war on drugs and strongman style of governance.

The protests, planned to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, extend weeks of backlash against the Duterte administration following the alleged execution of a

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22:53

200,000 Israelis expected in Kurdistan once independence is declared Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Voltaire Network Sept 20, 2017 According to the magazine Israel-Kurd based in Erbil, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Massoud Barzani, the self-appointed President of the future independent Kurdistan, have reached a secret agreement. Tel-Aviv is committed to installing 200 000 Israelis of Kurdish origin in Kurdistan. The announcement has been widely []

22:50

Theresa May Briefs Cabinet to Reboot Brexit Talks Peace and Freedom

LONDON The Latest on Britains talks to leave the European Union (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is briefing her Cabinet on plans to reboot faltering Brexit negotiations, as she struggles to unite the government after a public rift.

May is outlining details of a speech she will deliver in Florence, Italy on Friday. She has chosen the historic heart of Europe as the location for an address that the government says will stress Britains desire for a close and special relationship with the bloc.

Divorce negotiations have made little progress on key issues including the status of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border and the amount Britain must pay to settle its financial commitments to the bloc.

EU leaders will be looking for May to signal Britains willingness to pay up. But some members of her Cabinet oppose paying a multibillion-pound (dollar, euro) bill.

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11:30 a.m.

A senior European Union official is doubtful that Britains talks on leaving the EU can advance to a new phase next month, fueling concern that a Brexit deal might not be found by the 2019 deadline.

EU leaders meet Oct. 19-20 and were expected to assess whether negotiations have made sufficient progress on Britains departure for talks on future relations and trade to begin.

But a senior EU official said Thursday that its too early to tell whether the leaders can decide. The official briefed reporters only on condition that she not be named.

She affirmed that the October summit is not a deadline, saying we all know that negotiations dont usually go a...

22:46

Spanish Crackdown Has Undermined Catalan Independence Bid It is obvious that we wont be able to vote as we would have liked Peace and Freedom

MADRID/BARCELONA Catalan leaders acknowledged on Thursday that plans to hold a referendum independence from Spain on Oct. 1 were now in doubt following the arrest of senior regional officials and the seizure of campaign material by national police.

The Madrid government, facing one of Spains biggest political crises since the end of the Franco dictatorship and return of democracy four decades ago, has called the referendum an illegal act and taken police and court action to block it.

State police arrested Catalonias junior economy minister, Josep Maria Jove, on Wednesday in an unprecedented raid of regional government offices.

Acting under court orders, police have also raided printers, newspaper offices and private delivery companies in a search for campaign literature, instruction manuals for manning voting stations and ballot boxes.

It is obvious that we wont be able to vote as we would have liked, Oriol Junqueras, deputy head and economy minister of the regional government, told local television TV3. They have altered the rules.

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 Oriol Junqueras

It was the first time the promoters of the referendum had acknowledged their plans were in doubt, although Junqueras said he said he was convinced voters would still turn out in numbers.

It is not yet clear whether the police operation would be enough to prevent the vote overall or if it could instead bring fresh momentum to the secession campaign.

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22:45

Robert Steele: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is US Public Intelligence Blog

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We Have Met the Enemy and He Is US.

#UNRIG Co-Founder Denounces Donald Trumps Israel First Warmongering

American Herald Tribune

September 20, 2017

The US Government (USG) is in enemy hands. More specifically, the USG is owned and operated by the Deep State led by the Rothschilds and the Jesuit Superior General, with four major action groups able to subvert any country: the City of London, Wall Street, and Central Banks; the Freemasons; the Knights of Malta; and the Zionist leadership of Israel (not to be confused with peace-loving Jews). [1]

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22:44

Shocker: U.S. Allies Dont Trust NSA cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany, Japan and Israel []

22:37

Arabic press review: What happened to Saudi crown prince Salmans $550m yacht? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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22:25

Robert Spencer: Trump Is Right Pakistan Is No Ally Jihad Watch

A sham alliance the U.S. would be better off without. My latest in FrontPage: Financial Times reported last week that the Trump administration is considering dropping Pakistan as an ally as it examines tough measures to quell more than 20 terrorist groups it says are based in the country. Here again, the President who is []

22:24

Syrias Kurds poised for vote to cement federal push Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Delil Souleiman with Rouba El Husseini in Beirut | Syrian Kurds take part in a rally in Qamishli on September 15, 2017 in support of a planned independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds

QAMISHLI (SYRIA) (AFP)  Syrias Kurds are poised to hold their first local elections, a move that has annoyed Damascus and Ankara and comes days before a controversial independence referendum by Iraqs Kurds.Kurds made up around 15 percent of Syrias pre-war population and were long oppressed by the central government.

But they largely stayed out of the uprising that erupted in March 2011, instead quietly building local control in Kurdish-majority areas after the withdrawal of most government troops.

They have become the key ground force in Syria partnering with the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group.

In March 2016, the Kurds declared three semi-autonomous regions in the areas under their control, part of their push towards the federal system they have advocated in Syria.

Now they are preparing to hold their first elections in the regions, a vote that has angered Turkey and which Damascus has dismissed as a joke.

The unprecedented election will take place in three stages, beginning Friday with a vote for representatives at the neighbourhood or commune level.

Elections for executive councils for towns and regions are planned for November 3.

Then, on January 19, a final phase will elect legislative councils for each of the three regions, as well as a single joint legislative assembly.

Federalism, not secession

Syrian Kurdish officials insist their goal is not to divide the country, which has been ravaged by a conflict that has killed over 330,000 people.

These elections are the first step to consolidating the federal system and federal democracy, said Saleh Muslim, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, Syrias most important Kurdish political party.

He distanced Syrias Kurds from the broader ambitions of Kurds in neighbouring Iraq, who have scheduled a September 25 vote on independence over the objections of allies and the central government in Baghdad.

We are part of Syria, he said. Our demand in Syria is not separation, our demand is federalism.

Iraqs Kurdish region has been autonomous since 1991, but authorities have long floated the possibility of full independence.

In Syria, its the first step, in Iraq it may appear to be the last step. In both cases its a question of obtaining local and international...

22:20

Egypt and the cactus pear: My trip home Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

I spent 18 days in Egypt this summer, talking to everyone - the poor and the rich, those against Sisi and those praising him. But it was the cactus pear merchant who showed me what I really needed to see

22:15

Berto Jongman: Known Debt Just Doubled BIS Discovers $14 Trillion in Offshore Debt Hidden in Bank Statement Footnotes Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

BIS discovers $14 trillion of dollar debt offshore, hidden in footnotes 

The worlds top financial watchdog has uncovered $14 trillion of global dollar debt hidden in derivatives and swap contracts, a startling sum that doubles the underlying levels of offshore dollar credit in the international system.

The scale of this lending greatly increases the risk of a future funding crisis if inflation ever forces the US Federal Reserve to tighten hard, draining worldwide liquidity and potentially triggering a dollar surge.

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Thousands of children in 'extreme danger' in battle for Iraqi town, says charity Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Iraqi forced backed by coalition air strikes began an offensive on Thursday to take Hawija, one of Islamic State group's last enclaves

22:00

Sacred Plant Healing: Shamanic Medicine & the New Science "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Brett Lothian

In our modern age, all of us have been touched in one way or another by mental illness, either directly or indirectly. Depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and an ever growing list of psychotic disorders and addictions are today rampant in our modern industrialised world. Most likely a direct result of our keeping up with the Kardashians lifestyle and ultra competitive, capitalist greed is good world.

Whilst we may never be able to go back to more simpler times, what we can do is learn from the societies who still live a simpler life. Especially in the area of mental health, where we enter the mystical realm of the Shaman and shamanic plant medicine.

After the false start of the 1950s1970s psychedelic research, today cutting edge science has learned from the mistakes of the past and is once more entering the realm of the Shaman, this time (by necessity) in a far more measured and scientific way. The results of which will not only save lives, but show us a way that all of us can live happier, less stressful and healthier lives.

It is repeated time and again in the science of anthropology that indigenous societies with little to no contact with modern civilisation simply do not have the same mental health issues that we do in our modern world.

Psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, who conducted research in New Guinea, described it as an unusually good country in which to do epidemiologic research because census records for even most remote villages are remarkably good. After examining these records, he found, there was over a twentyfold difference in schizophrenia prevalence among districts; those with a higher prevalence were, in general, those with the most contact with western civilisation.

In reviewing other research, Torrey concluded: Almost all observers who looked for psychosis or schizophrenia in technologically undeveloped areas of the world agreed that it was uncommon. The striking feature is the remarkable consensus that insanity (in the early studies) and schizophrenia (in later studies) were comparatively uncommon prior to contact with European-American civilisation. Interestingly, in traditional cultures the people we would call schizophrenic or insane often become the Shaman or Medicine men/women that go on to heal and counsel their people.

The reasons for our mental maladies are many (and worthy of an entire article in their own right), but the main reason seems to b...

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US-backed Forces Took Full Control Over 3 Neighborhoods Of Raqqah (Map)

US-backed forces have gained a full control over the neighborhoods of Rawdah, Ramilah and Trishrin as well as seized the Grain Storage area in the eastern part of Raqqah city, according to a media wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Rawdah, Ramilah and Trishrin had been contested areas for a long time. However, on September 20, the SDF resiezed the grain storage from ISIS and the terrorist groups defense collapsed in these neighborhoods.

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22:00

Stephen E. Arnold: Security Who Can You Trust? Public Intelligence Blog

Stephen E. Arnold

Security: Whom Does One Trust?

I read The Market Cant and Wont Deal with IT Security, It Must Be Regulated, Argues Bruce Schneier. The write up is about online, which is of interest to me. I found the summary of the remarks of Bruce Schneier, a security expert, interesting.

The main point is that government must regulate security. I highlighted this passage:vThe market cant fix this. Markets work because buyers choose between sellers, and sellers compete for buyers. In case you didnt notice, youre not Equifaxs customer. Youre its product.

21:56

Taiz torment: No surgeon for Yemeni children wounded by rebel shells Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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'I will never forget the sound of those children crying and their mothers screaming in desperation,' says father of girl hit by Houthi shells

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Military Situation In Northern Hama After Failed Al-Qaeda Attack Against Syrian Government Forces (Map)

Syrian government forces have re-captured Tulaysiyah, al-Shathah and al-Qahirah villages in northern Hama from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies.

These villages were seized by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on September 19 when the group launched its advance against government forces. However, militants failed to develop momentum and were forced to retreat under the pressure of government forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces on September 20.

On September 21, the situation remained tense on the frotline and sporadic firefgihts continued.

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21:15

Trump"s Was One of the Most Bizarre UN Speeches in History Strategic Culture Foundation

The United Nations General Assemblys annual plenary session has heard a fair share of bizarre speeches by world leaders in the 72-year history of the world organization. U.S. President Donald Trumps speech on September 19, while intemperate and undiplomatic, was not the only rancorous diatribe or the most peculiar oration ever heard within the hall of nations.

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Israel shoots down Iranian drone with Patriot missile Jihad Watch

The IDFs identification of the drone as Iranian-made resonates with President Donald Trumps criticism of Iran as a sponsor of terrorism during his Tuesday address of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Indeed so, even as Iranian leaders respond furiously to the truth being told about them. Israel Shoots Down Iranian Drone []

20:58

Greenfield Moment: Susan Rices Muslim Brotherhood Watergate Jihad Watch

This new special Greenfield Moment features Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Fellow at the Freedom Center and editor of The Point at Frontpagemag.com. Daniel unveils Susan Rices Muslim Brotherhood Watergate, exposing the frightening truth behind why Obama really spied on Trump. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel. Please donate through our Pay []

20:50

America Is Getting Outclassed by Russian Electronic Warfare Strategic Culture Foundation

The Russian military-industrial complex was successful in showing off the latest technologies during last month's Army-2017 military expo. This international forum, held outside Moscow, showcased hundreds of land, air and sea-based systems, and was attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors. The high-profile event culminated with Russia signing nearly $170 billion rubles ($3 billion) worth of contracts. Among major accomplishments for the Russian defense industry was the delivery to the military of the latest electronic warfare (EW) systemsVitebsk, Krasuha and Moskva.

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Most Soldiers are Non-Killers: The Impact of State Sanctioned Violence and Its Targets World Beyond War . . .

by Heather Gray, December 15, 2014, Justice Initiative
reposted September 21, 2017.
 Theres nothing glorious about war or in killing. The human cost of war reaches far beyond the battlefield it has a lasting affect on spouses, children, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles for generations. It has also been found most soldiers throughout history are not willing to kill other human beings and to do so apparently so goes against their very nature. As a license to use violence in resolving conflict, then, the consequences of killing in war are direand the aftermath of violence sanctioned by the state is usually devastating for both the so-called winners and losers. Its a no-win situation.George Bush had said we face the peril of the axis of evil being Korea, Iran and Iraq. The Obama administration has, unfortunately, subsequently increased the number of countries to be targeted. Whereas, Martin Luther King, Jr. said the intractable evils in the world are poverty, racism and war. Kings triple evils are played out every day in U.S. domestic and international policies. Perhaps if Bush and then Obama were really interested in ending terrorism they would look more closely at Kings far more profound analysis.

Throughout history, debates have ensued on how best to resolve conflict. The choices are generally violence and  varying methods of non-violence. There also appears to be a resolute difference in attitudes between how individuals within a state resolve conflict and how conflicts between states are resolved. It is in these conflicts and their resolutions that poverty, racism and war interact.

The vast majority of people in the world resolve individual conflicts through non-violent methods (i.e. discussion, verbal agreements). Dr. King said the purpose of non-violent social change or non-violent conflict resolution is not to seek revenge but to change the heart of the so-called enemy. We never get rid of hate by meeting hate with hate; we get rid of an enemy, he said, by getting rid of enmity. By its very nature hate destroys and tears down.

Most countries also have laws against the individual use of violence. In the U.S. civil society, for example, an individual is not supposed to deliberately kill another person. If so, they are vulnerable to prosecution by the state that might result, after a jury trial, in the state itself killing the individual for committing such a crime. Punishment i...

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With Timing Tight for GOPs Graham-Cassidy Health-Law Effort, Opponents Rush to Mobilize Peace and Freedom

Critics step up attacks on latest bill amid narrow window for Senate vote

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum in Washington on Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum in Washington on Wednesday. PHOTO: REYNOLD/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Sept. 21, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

Opponents of a Republican plan to dismantle most of the Affordable Care Act are scrambling to ramp up a resistance campaign before a possible Senate vote next week on a bill many never expected would gain traction.

With such a narrow window, consumer and other groups are seeking to pressure specific GOP senators they see as most likely to waver. They also assert that Republicans are trying to ram through a bill outside the normal process while reneging on a promise to preserve the ACAs consumer protections, claims the bills sponsors reject.

Timing is clearly a challenge for the bills supporters, who must cobble together votes by a Sept. 30 deadline, when a parliamentary vehicle that enables the Senate to pass legislation with a simple majority expires. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has said he plans to hold a vote next week, by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

But it also doesnt leave much time for the bills opponents, who had weeks to build up resistance to previous ACA-repeal attempts, including legislation that failed in July to pass the Senate.

This bill is complicated and far-reaching, said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Interest groups dont have a lot of time to mobilize and figure out what it means.

Republican leaders have begun responding to the attacks on their bill to topple much of the ACA. They say it protects people with pre-existing conditions and returns control over health care to the states. They disagree with critics who say they have been secretive with the bills process, pointing out that theyre holding public hearings early next week on the legislation.

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S&P Cuts Chinas Credit Rating, Citing Risk From Debt Growth Diminished financial stability Peace and Freedom

September 21, 2017, 5:02 AM EDT September 21, 2017, 5:34 AM EDT
  • Reduction comes just before key 19th Party Congress next month
  • Credit growth diminished financial stability to some extent

S&P Global Ratings cut Chinas sovereign credit rating for the first time since 1999, citing the risks from soaring debt, and revised its outlook to stable from negative.

The sovereign rating was cut by one step, to A+ from AA-, the agency said in a statement late Thursday. The analysts also lowered their rating on three foreign banks that primarily operate in China, saying HSBC China, Hang Seng China and DBS Bank China Ltd. are unlikely to avoid default should the nation default on its sovereign debt.

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Chinas prolonged period of strong credit growth has increased its economic and financial risks, S&P said. Although this credit growth had contributed to strong real GDP growth and higher asset prices, we believe it has also diminished financial stability to some extent.

The downgrade, the second by a major ratings company this year, represents ebbing international confidence China can strike a balance between maintaining economic growth and cleaning up its financial sector. The move may also be uncomfortable for Communist Party officials, who are just weeks away from their twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle.

The cut will have a relatively big impact on Chinese enterprises since corporate ratings cant be higher than the sovereign rating, said Xia Le, an economist at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA in Hong Kong. It will affec...

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South Korean Self-Immolates, Demands U.S. THAAD Weapons Be Kept Out of Korea World Beyond War . . .

Cho Young-sam self-immolated himself yesterday, leaving behind a plea for NO THAAD in South Korea:

Our country only has a future via the success of the Moon Jae-In Administration

President Moon Jae-In, long ago, when I was in Germany, I am someone who supported and respected you.

President Moon Jae-In, I will give you a direct message. THAAD can not happen. Mr. President, you also know that THAAD will not bring peace, but anxiety and the dangers of war.

Theres a saying that you take one step back to go two steps forward, I was considering that there might be a bigger picture, but by all means this is not the case. To be the coveted interest of the American superpower cant be easy. But if from the beginning you are pushed like this, how will you stand up?

I am a person who genuinely, honestly hoped for the success of the Moon Jae-In administration. Through the success of the Moon Jae-In administration, we could have seen a future for North-South Korean economic partnerships, peace & reunification, work done to achieve balance in Northeast Asia, and a future for us [Corean] descendants.

THAAD, for all intents and purposes, will not be a war deterrent nor a protective arm for peace. Rather than the potential for matching bullet for bullet, achieved by the THAAD installation itself, the placement of the X-Band within the THAAD installation makes it a prime target by China and North Korea at the exact moment it exhibits behavior of surveillance.

North Koreas ICBMs potential for destruction is not limited to the Korean Peninsula but exceeds the continent with its long-distance capabilities.

If I am to be more specific, I am referring to the United States. Mr. President, you too know this common sense knowledge. Despite that you are disrespectful in claiming it will be a temporary placement, while you moved up the installation date of THAAD probably because you knew that you had reached the absolute limit that could not be tested against the wall of honest politics. Of course the primary claim you made in conversation was that the reason for the installation was due to the nuclear experiments undertaken by a ignoramus in North Korea.

Whether you truly did not mean it or by chance your interests changed, I will never know, but presently the by-product of your statement that North and South Korean relations are a hostile symbiotic relationship and the ensuing THAAD placement is that a dark cloud is coming over our future. The result of cowardly games like An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth is a surge down a potentially exhaustive road for both North and South Korea. The ever vigilant Japan (with one eye...

20:19

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Opens for Signature HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

The worlds first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons on 20 September 2017 opened for signature at United Nations Headquarters in New York at a ceremony at which speakers from international organizations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals as well as the work that remains to be done.

Signing ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 20 September 2017. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the product of increasing concerns over the risk posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons, including the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of their use, UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres said at the ceremony, held on the margins of the General Assemblys high-level debate.

The Treaty is an important step towards the universally-held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. It is my hope that it will reinvigorate global efforts to achieve it, he added, acknowledging the contributions made by civil society and the hibakusha the atomic bomb survivors.

At the same time, Guterres, highlighted the difficult road ahead by recalling that there remain some 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our childrens future, he said.

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20:18

Saudi Arabia to censor and monitor all internet chat apps Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Telecoms spokesman says 'under no circumstances can the user use an application without monitoring and censorship', a day after ban lifted

20:17

Russia says it will target US-backed fighters in Syria if provoked Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Warning comes as forces converge in Deir Ezzor and after Moscow said US artillery hit Syrian government forces

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Defeat of ISIS may trigger another US-Iran crisis Peace and Freedom

By Hal Brands
Straits Times

The United States is rapidly heading down the path of confrontation with a rogue-state adversary, a potential foe that has proved rational yet ruthless in pursuit of its interests, including the aggressive development of its nuclear programme and associated military capabilities. The rogue state this description best fits, however, may not be North Korea, but Iran.

Although the slow-motion crisis involving North Koreas atomic and missile programmes is undoubtedly perilous, it still seems likely that the logic of nuclear deterrence will promote a degree of caution on all sides. In the Middle East, however, the Trump administration is barrelling towards a potential conflict with Iran, one that the White House has shown little capacity to handle thus far.

That looming confrontation is being driven by three powerful factors that are now converging. First is the rapidly approaching endgame of the struggle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The defeat of that terrorist army is removing a point of tacit cooperation between the US and Iran while sharpening the regional competition between them. Washington and Teheran are gearing up for an intense political struggle for influence with the government of Iraq. The potential for violence between any US troops that remain in Iraq and the Iranian-backed Shiite militias that strenuously oppose such a presence will be omnipresent.

In Syria, US and Iranian-backed forces are also coming into closer proximity in and around the few areas ISIS still holds. The middle Euphrates River Valley has already seen clashes between the US military and Iranian-backed militias operating in support of the Assad regime. As the vice closes around the militant group, and its enemies strive to stake out their spheres of influence in a post-ISIS Syria, the potential for violence will intensify.

The second factor leading towards a new crisis is the Trump administrations determination to push back against Irans pernicious influence throughout the Middle East. By the close of Mr Barack Obamas presidency, there was a widespread sense in Washington and much of the Middle East that Iran was ascendant, and that it had exploited Mr Obamas war-weariness and his desire to reach the nuclear deal with Teheran to push its influence from South Asia across the Middle East.

In reality, Irans interest is more intense, and its influence far more pervasive, in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq which constitute something close to vital strategic interests than it is in a secondary theatre such as Yemen. But the reality of expanded Iranian sway in the region and the alarm this has provoked among US partners is incont...

20:15

Barbarism and Shame: Why the US Refuses a Korea Peace Treaty Strategic Culture Foundation

The Korean crisis is a powerful lens on American barbarism, past and present. Despite Washingtons self-righteousness and pretensions of virtue, the modern history of Korea is an especially powerful lesson that destroys the American national mythology...

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Poor Orphan Crops So Valuable, So Neglected HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) When think-tankers in the mid-1990s formulated their famous think global, act local slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called neglected, under-utilised, minor or promising crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed orphan crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

What Are They?

But what are they all about? The United Nations leading food and agriculture agency provides the answer with some specific examples the African Yam Bean and the Desert Date, and Ber, a stocky tree with a vitamin-rich berry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) explains that the African yam bean, cultivated mainly for home consumption, is planted for its seeds, which are high in protein and low in calories, and are often eaten after being dried and ground into flour or simply boiled and seasoned.

The starch-rich, tuberous roots, similar to spindly sweet potatoes in shape, are consumed either fresh, cut into strips in salads, or dried and ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten much in the same way spinach is.

The crop seems to be little affected by altitude, and flourishes at elevations ranging from sea level to 1,800 meters. It takes five to seven months to grow and produce mature seeds.

They appear on a vine growing to between 1.5 an...

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US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike Peace and Freedom

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Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen

TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hitting a six-week high of 2.289 per cent.

The markets reacted to the Fed quite straightforwardly,...

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How a Werfalli Execution Site Was Geolocated bellingcat

This article was collaboratively researched and written by Timmi Allen, Klement Anders, Daniel Romein, and Christiaan Triebert of the Bellingcat Investigative Team.

Introduction

In August 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first ever arrest warrant solely based on social media evidence. The arrest warrant accuses Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli (hereafter referred to as Werfalli), an alleged commander of the Al-Saiqa Brigade of the Libyan National Army (LNA), of mass executions in or near Benghazi.

Bellingcat has highlighted the importance of this development, which aligns the ICC with the realities of many of todays conflicts, in an earlier article. The article marked the start of a crowdsourcing campaign to geolocate the seven locations of the executions on which the arrest warrant is based. Four execution sites have been geolocated so far, and one of them  Incident Seven is worth discussing in further depth as it is an excellent example of team work and using a wide variety of open source information such as satellite imagery, geotagged photos, conflict context, geolocations from other sources and news articles.

The Evidence: A Facebook Video

The video which prompted the ICC arrest warrant was uploaded on July 23, 2017, by a Facebook user named Mohammed Al-Gali. The video has been deleted since, though an archived version exists.

The video shows the execution of twenty individuals who are, according to the description, terrorists found guilty of kidnapping, torture, killing, bombing, and slaughtering and members of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Mohammed Al-Gali appears to have a direct link with the military unit led by Werfalli, as numerous videos and photographs on his Facebook document events related to them. It is possible that he is the individual who filmed the executions. Werfalli is visible in the video and gives the order to execute the group of twenty individuals. According to the arrest warrant, Werfalli reads from a white document in the video of Incident Seven, and refers to a decree decision, which shall be executed today 17/07/2017.

The first part of...

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Trumps U.N. Speech Presented Him as The Most Dangerous President Ever in US History (and thats saying something) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

BY Ludwig Watzal Trumps U.N. Speech Presented Him as The Most Dangerous President Ever in US History Donald Trumps appearance before the General Assembly of the United Nations could have been a rare highlight of his chaotic young presidency If Trump had just repeated his inauguration address, the audience would have burst out in gales []

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Turkey mulls options, rallies support to oppose Kurdish state Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Stuart WILLIAMS | Left without a state of their own when the borders of Europe and the Middle East were redrawn after World War I, the Kurds see themselves as the worlds largest stateless people

ISTANBUL (AFP)  Turkey, which staunchly opposes Kurdish statehood, is far from alone in its rejection of an independence referendum in northern Iraq but it remains unclear whether this will translate into concrete action.Ankaras displeasure over the referendum, which is planned for September 25, is shared not only by the government in Baghdad but also by its sometimes prickly neighbour Iran, not to mention Turkeys Western allies in NATO.

Turkey has warned the Iraqi Kurds they risk paying a price, evoking possible sanctions over the non-binding vote. But it has been notably circumspect over what this might mean.

The idea of a Kurdish state even one outside Turkeys borders is anathema not only to Turkeys ultra-right nationalists but also to its conservatives as well as its secular opposition.

They fear fully-fledged independence for the Kurds of northern Iraq could embolden Turkeys own Kurdish minority, which is estimated to make up around a quarter of its population of nearly 80 million.

Left without a state of their own when the borders of Europe and the Middle East were redrawn during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the Kurds see themselves as the worlds largest stateless people.

They live in an area spanning Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

By far the biggest population is in Turkey, which since 1984 has waged a campaign to defeat the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which initially sought to create a breakaway state in its southeast.

Deep suspicions

But millions of Kurds also live in Iran which itself fought sporadic insurgent actions by groups like the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and Tehran and Ankara have often cooperated to stem the rise of Kurdish nationalism.

After an unprecedented visit to Ankara earlier this month by Irans chief of staff, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the two sides could launch joint operations against Kurdish militants although this was denied by Tehran.

Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group, said Tehran and Ankara had a shared interest in preserving Iraqs territorial integrity and also enjoyed extensive communication channels.

But while mainly Shiite Iran and Sunni Turkey had the capability to jointly pressure the Iraqi Kurds, a regional rivalry dating back to their imperial eras risked getting i...

19:59

First they HAARPed You, then Sell You the Catastrophe Bonds Covert Geopolitics

The Khazarian holdovers on this planet are getting more creative as the situation is getting worse for them. The slew of natural disasters hitting Latin America and coastal portions of the US mainland, through the use of HAARP derivatives, indicates how desperate the situation really is for the Cabal. US Air Force Admits They Can Continue reading First they HAARPed You, then Sell You the Catastrophe Bonds

19:57

The Vietnam War Documentary Or Epic Of Fiction? World Beyond War . . .

From Moon Over Alabama, September 20, 2017.

Arte TV yesterday showed the first parts of The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It also runs on PBS.

The first three parts of the ten part documentary are a whitewash of the motives of the politicians who sold the war to the public. The CIAs and military deep state machinations behind them is not investigated but covered up.

A comment in the first episode declares that it was a civil war of Vietnamese against Vietnamese. That is ahistoric nonsense. After the defeat of the (U.S. financed) French colonialists in 1954, the leader of the Viet-minh Ho Chi Min was the undisputed hero of all Vietnam. He would have won any election by huge margins. But the Russian (and Chinese) backers of the liberation war against the French did not want to walk the last mile and insisted on negotiations in Geneva. They allowed the partition of the country. It would have been interesting to learn why.

The documentary makes it seem as if the south-Vietnamese ruler Ngo Dinh Diem appeared from heaven instead of being installed by the CIA. It put him into his position. It helped to arrange the election that gave him a laughable 98.2% of the votes. It financed him. The episode has arch-imperialist Leslie Gelb, who was part of the deep state that created and ran the war, declaring that we did what Diem said. That is nonsense. Diem was ruthless dictator but he would not have survived a day without U.S. support and protection.

Part two is a undeserved homage of Kennedy and his brilliant staff. McNamara is especially lauded. But his bean-counter mind lacked any capacity to judge human behavior and motives. That had catastrophic consequences. The war is depicted as fight for liberty and against communism. Those were Kennedys sales points but they had little to do with what happened. Kennedy, like Johnson after him, was mostly driven by domestic policy issues. He wanted to reach certain domestic aims. His Vietnam decisions were just a cover against attacks on him for being weak.

Part three whitewashes the Gulf of Tonkin lie. It is mealymouthed about what really happened, but then speaks of U.S. 2retaliation. The unprovoked attack of Vietnamese forces on U.S. ships was fictitious. The Congress Tonkin resolution which escalated the war was prepared by Johnsons staff two month before the incident happened. The Tonkin show was set up to push it through. A main motive of the escalation was to get Johnson reelected....

19:52

Two Twats: Trump and Netanyahu Made A Complete Fool of Themselves in Front of World Leaders Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Trump and Netanyahu Made A Complete Fool of Themselves in Front of World Leaders Donald Trumps speech to the UN General Assembly of September 19th 2017 will surely go down in history as marking the final collapse of a terminally corrupt regime, where any pretence of cooperative co-existence with the world has given way to []

19:45

Why Trump Should Study Aung San Suu Kyi"s Speech Strategic Culture Foundation

Two speeches by two leaders made headlines this week one by US President Donald Trump, the other by Myanmars head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Prayer and Meditation for Friday, September 22, 2017 Those deprived of the truth suppose religion to be a means of gain We brought nothing into the world, and take nothing out Peace and Freedom

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 447

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Mary Magdalene, 1887, Alfred Stevens

Reading 1 1 TM 6:2C-12

Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20

R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Why should I fear in evil days
when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
They trust in their wealth;
the abundance of their riches is their boast.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem ones life; he would never have enough
to remain alive always and not see destruction.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Fear not when a man grows rich,
when the wealth of his house becomes great,
F...

19:35

Trump at the United Nations: Derangement and Delusion Reign Supreme Dissident Voice

If any further proof were needed that the United States has descended into the realm of magical thinking, there could be no clearer example than Donald Trumps speech to the UN General Assembly on 19 September 2017.

In 40 minutes of what can only be described as a barely coherent and dangerous rant, Trump revealed how the United States has totally lost its grip on reality.  Some brief extracts from the speech illustrate its essential horrors.  Trump argued that:

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the UN Charter..Americas devotion is measured in the battlefields..from the beaches of Europe, to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia..it is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others.

Trump and the neocon clique that dictate American foreign policy probably believe that nonsense.  It is delusional in the extreme.  The US, for example, was a latecomer to World War 2.  What fighting it did in the deserts of the Middle East or the jungles of Asia is unclear. The total western contribution to the war was no greater than 20% of the total, and much less in terms of casualties. The great battles and the vast bulk of the casualties were incurred on the Eastern front between Germany and Russia, and in Asia between Japan and China.

Even the use of the atomic weans that ended the war against Japan were militarily unnecessary, as Japan had been seeking peace since at least late 1944, their only condition being the retention of the emperor, which happened anyway.  The use of nuclear weapons was instead a warning to the Soviet Union.  We now also know that the US and its western allies had three separate plans to continue the war against the Soviet Union, using atomic weapons to annihilate both its populations and industrial capacity.

As far as not seeking to impose its way of life on others, the US has been a regime change exponent and practitioner without parallel.  It has bombed, invaded and overthrown the governments of at least 50 nations since 1945, killing at least 30 million people in the process.  The one route to avoiding this attention has been to subscribe to US dictates without deviation.  The claim by Trump is so at odds with reality that it is beyond even being a sick joke.

As for doing more than speak for the values of the UN charter, Trump also said:

The US has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

The US has been there before.  In the Korean War of 1950-53, the US totally destroyed every town and city of any size; destroyed its infrastructure; waged chemical warfare to destroy its agricultural capacity; and kille...

19:31

US Secret Services Tried to Nab 29 Russian Troops in Syria and Got Their Butts Kicked Russian Military Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US Secret Services Tried to Nab 29 Russian Troops in Syria and Got Their butts kicked   Now this is something you wont see on NBC nightly news. The Russian military spokesman in this briefing, General Sergei Rudskoi, in a matter-of-fact deadpan, explains that US Secret Services, and their Al Qaeda proxies, had a []

19:30

A STRANGE MYSTERY IN COLORADO: VETERANS LOSING THEIR HEARING SUDDENLY Giza Death Star

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19:30

TIDBIT: BRAIN HACKING Giza Death Star

And while you're pondering today's main blog, consider this article shared by Ms. M.W.:
Is brain hacking possible?

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19:30

Baghdad, a fog of threats and nerves ahead of Kurdish referendum Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Shia politicians talk up 'strategic cards' - one of which is spectre of military action

19:29

UK could get bad Brexit deal as Philip Hammond only sees the negatives, Theresa Mays former right hand man has warns Peace and Freedom

BRITAIN could get a bad Brexit deal if Philip Hammond and the Treasury continue with their reluctance to mention the positives of leaving the European Union, Theresa Mays former right hand man has warned.

PUBLISHED: 00:11, Thu, Sep 21, 2017 | UPDATED: 00:46, Thu, Sep 21, 2017

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Philip Hammonds reluctance to mention Brexit positives could hurt UK, says Nick Timothy Nick Timothy, the  former chief of staff, said the Chancellor was putting negotiations at risk by failing to recognise the opportunities of Brexit.

Mr Timothy also accused Mr  of being on manoeuvres over the Treasurys silence on the potential boost  could provide to the UK economy.

The former chief of staff also hit out at  over his own unauthorised 4,200-word Brexit plan ahead of Mrs Mays crucial speech in Florence on Friday.

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19:25

Scientists Edit Embryos Genes to Study Early Human Development cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: British scientists have used a genome editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9 to knock out a gene in embryos just a few days old, testing the techniques ability to decipher key gene functions in early human development. The researchers said their experiments, using a technology that is the subject of fierce international debate because []

19:22

Theresa May Brexit speech in Florence Thursday to be open and generous offer to EU Peace and Freedom

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Theresa Mays speech on Brexit in Italy on Friday will represent an open and generous offer to the rest of the EU, a cabinet minister has told the BBC.

It is thought that might include a guarantee that no EU country would lose out from changes to the EUs current budget as a result of the UK leaving.

But another minister warned against offering too much on the money, saying its our only leverage.

Mrs May is briefing her cabinet on Thursday morning about the the speech.

The event in Florence is being seen as an attempt to break the deadlock on the negotiations, with the EU unhappy at the lack of progress on agreeing the UKs divorce bill from Brussels.


Analysis

By BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg

We are one of the biggest contributors to the EU pot, so leaving dents the planned financial arrangements if we just go and take our cheque book with us.

If that is the promise that is roughly to the tune of 20bn, although it would be surprising if Theresa May named a figure herself its not her style and any actual numbers will be subject to far-off negotiations.

But in terms of the bill, that could just be the start of it. Plugging the hole in the current budget doesnt deal with what the EU sees as our long-term obligations whether thats diplomats pensions or our share of money thats been loaned to other countries.

Read Lauras full blog


The cabinet meeting comes amid reports of ministerial splits over Brexit.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of undermining the PM with a 4,000-word article about Brexit.

He subsequently denied reports he planned to resign if his blueprint was not followed and described the government as a nest of singing birds.

The foreign secretary and prime ministe...

19:15

Russia Proposes UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine Strategic Culture Foundation

Russia has proposed a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on the establishment of a UN mission that would provide security for Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors activities in eastern Ukraine. I consider the presence of peacekeepers, or rather people who would provide security for the OSCE mission, absolutely appropriate, and see nothing wrong with it, said Russian President Putin following the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, on September 5.

19:14

Catalan Pro-Secession Groups Urge Renewed Street Protests After Crackdown By Spain Peace and Freedom

MADRID A pro-independence civic group in Catalonia is calling on residents to begin a long-term street protest against Spanish authorities surprise crackdown on the regions plans to hold a secession referendum.

The Catalan National Assemblys call came hours after Civil Guard police arrested at least 12 people, mostly Catalan government officials, suspected of coordinating the referendum.

The group, a driving force behind the secession movement, urged people to gather at noon Thursday outside the regions justice tribunal and bring tents if needed.

Assembly spokesman Adria Alsina said they would stay until all the prisoners are released.

Wednesdays arrests triggered demonstrations and some minor disturbances in Barcelona and other Catalan cities overnight.

Regional police had to protect Civil Guard agents as they left one raided building.

Spain says the referendum would be illegal.

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Catalonia referendum: Spain steps up raids to halt vote

  • 20 September 2017

Catalonias separatist government is defying a Constitutional Court order to halt the 1 October vote
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19:08

Hillary Clinton funds the US Extreme Left Voltaire Network

The Daily Caller reveals how Hillary Clinton paid 800,000 dollars to five groups on the extreme left, via the Super-Pac, Onward Together. The lucky beneficiaries are: Indivisible (already a beneficiary of George Soros's generosity, it denies however despite the documents of the Electoral Commission receiving gifts from Soros and Clinton); Swing Left; Color of Change; Emerge America; and Run for (...)

19:05

Militant Attack on Ministers Convoy Kills Two Bystanders in Indias Kashmir Peace and Freedom

SRINAGAR, India Militants attacked the convoy of a minister in the restive Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, killing at least two bystanders and injuring several others though the minister escaped unhurt, police said.

A grenade hurled at the motorcade of Jammu and Kashmir Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar exploded on the road after hitting a security vehicle, senior state police official Manoj Pandita told Reuters.

Akhtar, who was on his way to inaugurate a project in the town of Tral in south Kashmir, told Reuters he was safe.

The incident occurred despite tightened security in the town, which was home to former militant leader Burhan Wani whose death last year at the hands of Indian forces sparked massive protests that led to dozens more deaths.

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SRINAGAR, India Three civilians were killed and 23 others wounded after suspected rebels Thursday lobbed a grenade at a motorcade of a local government minister in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

Police said the attack occurred as the ministers motorcade passed though the southern Tral town. Three pedestrians, including a woman, were killed and 10 others wounded, said police director-general S.P.Vaid. He said eight paramilitary soldiers, four police and a government engineer were also hurt.

The minister escaped unhurt.

No rebel group fighting against Indian rule has claimed responsibility for the attack. Reinforcements of government forces cordoned off the area to hunt for the attackers...

19:02

Irma Dissident Voice

Im twelve feet away from the northern eyewall of Hurricane Irma.  Seated behind floor to ceiling panes of glass that cant be thick enough. Are they thick enough? I wonder while staring at the murderous velocity of rain and wind that just a few steps away would lift me whole and launch me into the lake, a tree or another house. With death defying, tornadic ferocity the wind drives rain sideways in every direction at once.  I hear tree trunks and limbs snapping like firecrackers off in the distance.

Theres still running water, but the electricity went off hours ago. Theres no internet. Comcast has opened up thousands of free WiFi hotspots for anyone whose service is down.  You can log on for two hours at a time. Two hours at a time in the teeth of an historic maelstrom.  I enter a username and password and hit a fucking pay wall. Comcastic!

The changes in air pressure are making my ears pop as the wind lives up to its clich;  it really does sound like a freight train.  130, 140 miles per hour but still not the Cat-5 death dealer that scoured 100% of Barbudas housing stock down to its concrete foundations.  Not the 185 miles per hour that would take paint off a car, put the car in a hole and blow the hole away.  This isnt that, but its impossible to say exactly how fortunate I am beyond the fact Im still sitting here watching the world get ripped apart.

Im glad I boarded up my house and came to my in-laws ground floor condo 20 minutes northeast.  In a storm 600 miles wide thats a difference without a distinction but this condo is better built and stronger than my tract home constructed in 1976 by contractors on acid.  Ive moved to the kitchen, away from the glass, where Ive paired off a peanut butter and honey sandwich against a muscular Cabernet/Zin/Sarah blend.  Im out of milk.

Suddenly the wind dies down and the rain stops. Were in the eye. I step outside.  Im told theres blue sky in the center of a hurricane, but not in this one. Irmas core is deck plate gray and the driveway is a carpet of leaves, branches and uprooted trunks making the way impassable.  Whats the difference?  Im not going anywhere anyway. The southern half of the eyewall is coming.  I snap some pictures and go back inside.  The wind picks up fast and the rain with it.  My cats have slept through the whole thing.  One in the master bedroom and two others, a mother and her adult spawn spooned into an indistinguishable pile of warm fur on my bed in the guest room.  I wish I could be that cool and follow their lead. The howling begins and once again I hear tree trunks snapping.

If my in-laws home suffered cosmetic damage, my own home was a different matter.  Driving south along main arteries through intersections of cockeyed traffic lights, blacked out and dangling, I finally made it to the badly...

19:00

Elite Syrian forces make massive advance up west Euphrates bank amid major ISIS collapse Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  By Andrew Illingworth 20/09/2017 BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:53 P.M.) The elite Tiger Forces of the Syrian Arab Army have made a massive advance against ISIS in northwest Deir Ezoor Governorate and are now on the verge of reaching Syrian troops in southeast Raqqa Governorate. Today, the Tiger Forces kicked off a major operation, assaulting far []

18:56

Iranian state-backed cyber spies becoming increasingly skilled, says report intelNews.org

A group of cyber spies with close links to the Iranian government is becoming increasingly competent and adept, and could soon bring down entire computer networks, according to a leading cyber security firm.

18:54

Thousands Rally in Philippines to Warn of Duterte Dictatorship We are walking a doomed path. Peace and Freedom

MANILA Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader.

Politicians, indigenous people, church leaders, businessmen, and leftists marched, staged rallies and attended masses to denounce Duterte, accusing him of abuses and authoritarianism similar to that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The events were to mark the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Marcos, which lasted nine years and is remembered by many Filipinos as brutal and oppressive.

Vice President Leni Robredo appeared at a mass at the University of the Philippines, traditionally a hotbed of political activism, and was due to appear at a rally of the opposition Liberal Party she leads.

Robredo, who was not Dutertes running mate, said Filipinos born after the Marcos era should not be complacent and should recognize signs of rising tyranny.

If we do not remember the past, we are condemned to repeat it, she said in a statement. Sadly those who are deceived do not even know that they are walking a doomed path.

Marcos declared martial law in 1972, a year ahead of elections in which he was ineligible to run, and held power for 14 years until his removal in a bloodless, army-backed peoples power uprising.

He abolished democratic institutions and was accused of killing, torturing and disappearing thousands of opponents.

Duterte has expressed admiration for Marcos several times and his fiercest critics are alarmed by the former mayors autocratic rhetoric and his disdain for those who oppose him.

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18:43

US/UK use of depleted uranium in Iraq will be killing people for decades/centuries to come Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview By Prof Souad N. Al-Azzawi, The amount of devastation caused by the Depleted Uranium (DU) weaponry used against Iraq during the consecutive US led wars is historically unprecedented in modern warfare. The devastating magnitude of the complications and damage caused as a result of the use []

18:42

Arab Federation for Human Rights Calls For Removal of 2022 World Cup from Qatar Supporting and financing terrorism Peace and Freedom

Stop supporting and financing terrorism, federations tells Qatar

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Federation called on Qatar to meet the 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, the four Arab nations that cut ties with the country.
Published: 07:39 September 21, 2017Gulf News
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GENEVA: The Arab Federation for Human Rights has called for the withdrawal of the 2022 World Cup from Qatar because of its record in the field of human rights, especially violations of workers rights, and the financing of terrorism.

In a press conference held at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva, the federation called on Qatar to stop supporting and financing terrorism and activities that undermine the stability of the region, to end its policy of providing safe havens for terrorists, and stop providing a platform that helps promote radical ideologies.



Everything you need to know about Qatar Crisis

In its report, the Federation pointed to international and regional treaties signed by Qatar, including those related to anti-terrorism, corruption and human rights and labour agreements.

The report included 26 recommendations, most notably the need for the state of Qatar to stop its support and financing of terrorism and extremism that undermine the stability of the region, stop the policy of the harbouring of terrorists, not provide them with a platform to promote their extremist ideologies.

It also called on Qatar to meet the 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, the four Arab nations that cut ties with the country.

18:38

Macron says Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is genocide Peace and Freedom

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UN Assembly: Malawis President Arthur Peter Mutharika (from left), French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. (AFP/Ludovic Marin)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said attacks on Myanmars Rohingya minority amounted to genocide.

France will work with other members of the UN Security Council for a condemnation of this genocide which is unfolding, this ethnic cleansing, Macron said in an interview with the French TV channel TMC.

Macrons use of the word genocide marks his strongest verbal attack yet on the military drive against the Rohingya.

More than 420,000 members of the Muslim minority have fled Myanmar for the safety of neighbouring Bangladesh.

We must condemn the ethnic purification which is under way and act, Macron said.

Asking for the violence to end, asking for humanitarian access progressively enables an escalation under UN auspices, Macron said.

When the UN issues a condemnation, there are consequences which can provide a framework for intervention under the UN, Macron said.

Rohingya, who are predominantly Muslim, are reviled by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The UN human rights chief has described the systematic attacks against the Rohingya minority by the security forces as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.


18:27

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule By Darius Shahtahmasebi, In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters: U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to []

18:22

Facebook bans dangerous Rohingya militant group Myanmars government not held to account Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Facebook is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmars Rakhine state, which has forced hundreds of thousands to flee

YANGON (AFP)  Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a dangerous organisation as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media.The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmars Rakhine state, which has driven more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked UN accusations of military-led ethnic cleansing.

Rohingya activists have used the platform to post alleged scenes of brutality from the conflict zone, where humanitarian and media access is severely restricted, while the army and government deliver near-daily updates on the crisis.

A Facebook spokeswoman told AFP late Wednesday it was not requested by the government to bar the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which remains active on Twitter.

The spokeswoman added that the move was in line with its policy of prohibiting violent groups from its site.

The latest violence in Rahkine erupted after a series of deadly ARSA attacks on military posts in August.

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In a recent video produced on 15th August 2017, Abu Ammar Junoni, who claims to be the Commander of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), addresses the Rohingya diaspora, the World Leaders, United Nations and Human Rights Activists. Photo: video screen grab

The army has been blamed for launching a crackdown in response that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, along with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus, into neighbouring Bangladesh.

The spokeswoman said Facebook was aware that Rohingya activists were using the site to draw attention to the violence, and that it intended to allow non-graphic content to remain online.

Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has played down claims of atrocities and blamed a huge iceberg of misinformation for complicating the conflict.

She has faced mounting criticism from global leaders over what the United Nations has called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims.

Britain sent back five Myanmar army officers from a training session this week, on account of the current situation in Rakhine, Myanmars a...

18:21

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With By Amanda Froelich For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled Agent Orange, to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier []

18:20

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Wij betalen met ons belastinggeld voor wapens die in Syri dood en verderf zaaien. Deze documentaire doet je mond openvallen

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18:17

Philippine lawmakers do human rights backflip after outcry Recent statements made by President Duterte showed incoherence, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions says Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | The initial move to cut the Commission on Human Rightss budget was in response to its criticism of President Rodrigo Dutertes controversial war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives

MANILA (AFP)  Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertes congressional allies have restored the budget of the nations human rights commission following an outcry over their vote last week to slash its annual funding to just $20.The initial move to cut the Commission on Human Rightss budget was in response to its criticism of Dutertes controversial war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives, with the president also verbally targeting its chairman with abuse.

Opposition lawmakers and other critics of the drug war condemned the vote in the House of Representatives, saying it was part of a campaign by Duterte and his allies to silence dissent and impose authoritarian rule.

House leaders said Wednesday nights decision to restore the commissions funding to 623 million pesos ($12.2 million) was because they had extracted an agreement from the commission to look at issues other than the drug war.

The CHR specifically agreed to look at ALL FORMS of human rights abuses involving civil and political rights, including those allegedly committed by (communists), Abu Sayyaf (militants) and other private armed groups, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas said in a text message to AFP on Thursday.

The commission is one of several independent government bodies set up by the Philippine constitution to check the power of government, including police and military forces.

The body has been investigating some of the deaths of the more than 3,800 people reported killed by police and other drug enforcement agencies in the drug war, as well as thousands of unexplained murders.

The commissions chief, Jose Luis Gascon, confirmed to AFP on Thursday he had met house leaders the previous day to discuss the proposed budget cut.

I clarified that we already have programmes for promoting the rights of all, Gascon told AFP in a text message.

If we were to significantly expand our investigation work beyond violations of state authorities, it will require more funds beyond that currently in (the proposed budget).

The opposition Liberal Party said the restoration of the commissions budget was a victory for the many groups that voiced outrage at the initial decision....

18:16

Democracy in America Is Pure Fantasy Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Democracy in America Is Pure Fantasy: Stephen Lendman By Stephen Lendman Ill never live to see 9/11 justice, says Stephen Lendman. The 9/11 attacks have changed the course of humanity, even so for sixteen years have not been minimally clarified but turned the world in a place full of fear and hate as the United States []

18:05

China says North Korea situation shows importance of Iran nuclear deal: state media Peace and Freedom

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

BEIJING (Reuters) The recent tensions on the Korean peninsula underlined the importance of the Iranian nuclear deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, according to state radio on Thursday.

China supports and safeguards the Iranian nuclear deal, Wang said in a meeting on Wednesday at the United Nations in New York between the foreign ministers of Iran and the six world powers that negotiated the deal, according to China National Radio.


18:04

Palestinians Submit Israel War Crime Evidence to ICC Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Palestinians Submit Israel War Crime Evidence to ICC Four Palestinian groups allege high-level Israeli officials are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Zena Tahhan20 Sep 2017 14:50 GMT   The report offers evidence on the willful killing and murder of 300 Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces since 2014 [Reuters] Four Palestinian human rights []

18:00

US NSA Spying On India's Nuclear Weapons, by Shelley Kasli Voltaire Network

Several Top Secret documents, sourced from Edward Snowden's files, have recently been published, revealing how the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on India's ballistic missiles systems and nuclear weapons. The NSA did so using its interception programme, Rainfall, via its bases in Australia and Thailand. These Top Secret documents make it more plausible to view two events with suspicion: the death, allegedly accidental, of Homi J. Bhabha, the father of Indian nuclear power, and also, the deaths of 11 scientists, that occurred during Obama's first term in office.

17:58

SEC Discloses Edgar Corporate Filing System Was Hacked in 2016 Peace and Freedom

The SEC disclosed that hackers penetrated its electronic system for storing public-company filings and may have traded illegally on the information.

Breach may have allowed trading that profited from nonpublic information, regulator says

Updated Sept. 20, 2017 11:10 p.m. ET

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WASHINGTONThe top U.S. markets regulator disclosed Wednesday that hackers penetrated its electronic system for storing public-company filings last year and may have traded on the information.

The Securities and Exchange Commissions chairman, Jay Clayton, revealed the breach in an unusual and lengthy statement issued Wednesday evening that didnt provide many details about the intrusion, including the extent of any illegal trading.

The SEC said it was investigating the source of the hack, which exploited a software vulnerability in a part of the agencys Edgar system, a comprehensive database of filings made by thousands of public companies and other financial firms regulated by the SEC.

The commission said the hack was detected in 2016, but that regulators didnt learn about the possibility of related illicit trading until August, when they started an investigation and began cooperating with what the SEC called appropriate authorities.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on the SEC disclosure.

The commissions disclosure follows a major breach of Equifax Inc. that affected 143 million Americans and warnings from executives of the New York Stock Exchange and Bats Global Markets Inc. that a planned data repository of all U.S. equity and options orders could become a juicy target for hackers.

Cybersecurity is critical to the operations of our markets and the risks are significant and, in many cases, systemic, Mr. Clayton said in a written statement. We also must recognizein both the public and private sectors, including the SECthat there will be intrusions, and that a key component of cyber risk management is resilience and recovery.

The intrusion shows how confidential information that can yield easy trading profits has increasingly become a target of hackers.

The SEC in December sued three Chinese traders who allegedly earned more than $4 million in illegal gains after they stole information from the computer systems of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which represent Wall Street banks and Fortune 500 companies.

The...

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Illegal US Airstrikes Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Report: US Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August Airwars: US Coalition Strikes Even Heavier Than in Mosul A new report from British NGO Airwars estimates that US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa in August killed at least 433 civilians. They reported 5,775 bombs, shells, and missiles dropped in the city in []

17:48

Malaysia Arrests 7 Filipinos Suspected of Abu Sayyaf Links Peace and Freedom

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysian police said Thursday they have arrested seven Filipinos believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, as part of a crackdown on suspected terrorists in the country.

National police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the seven men, aged between 22 and 38, worked as security guards with private companies in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas. He said a 22-year-old suspect had formerly engaged in battles against Filipino troops and was involved in kidnappings in southern Philippines.

Abu Sayyaf, which is notorious for bombings, ransom kidnappings and beheadings, is supportive of the Islamic State terror group and blacklisted as a terrorist organization by the United States and the Philippines.

Mohamad Fuzi said in a statement that the men sneaked into Malaysia from eastern Sabah state on Borneo island, which is a short boat ride from the southern Philippines, in September 2015 and used false travel documents to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

He said their arrests came from information obtained following the Aug. 30 detention of eight suspected Abu Sayyaf members two Filipinos and six Malaysian. Police have said one of the Filipinos was planning to attack the Aug. 30 closing ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games as well as an Independence Day parade the next day.

Fuzi said Thursday that police had detained 41 foreign terror suspects this year alone. Since 2013, police in Malaysia have detained more than 300 people believed to be linked to the Islamic State group.


17:47

Joint Statement From the Ministerial Discussion on Syria Voltaire Network

Ministers of Canada, Denmark, Egypt, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States met September 18 to discuss Syria and related issues. They agreed on the following points, which will guide their united efforts: 1) There is only a political solution to the Syria crisis to be arrived at through full implementation of UNSCR 2254. The ministers reiterated strong support (...)

17:40

Russian and Belarusian Military Exercises: Zapad 2017, by Valentin Vasilescu Voltaire Network

Following the organization of the coup d'tat in Ukraine, the installation of Nazis in Kiev and the independence of Crimea, Nato is feeding the paranoia of its East European members. Not only did Moscow protect the Crimeans from a government that had Nazis among its members, but conquered by force and annexed this territory that historically had belonged to the Russia. It is on account of this narrative that Washington is succeeding to occupy Eastern Europe by force, without its people, now subdued, protesting. In contrast, the people are alarmed about the Russian Belarusian military manoeuvres.

17:35

Military Industrial Complex Hit Highest Stock Prices Ever stan van houcke

Coincidence? Military Industrial Complex Hit Highest Stock Prices Ever As Govt Hypes North Korea War

17:34

Bet on Trump or Challenge Israel? Palestinians Mull Strategy Peace and Freedom

RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinians increasingly question their leaders strategy of reaching statehood through negotiations with Israel following over two decades of failed attempts.

Most believe that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no longer possible, despite pledges by President Donald Trump that he would try to broker a deal and a new round of Mideast meetings on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this week.

Such skepticism largely stems from continued Israeli settlement in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which some say has passed the point of no return. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in the past said he doesnt want to rule the Palestinians, recently declared that Israel cannot give up control over the West Bank.

Three senior Palestinian officials and a leading pollster have explored Palestinian options.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Since 2000, there have been two unsuccessful high-level U.S.-led efforts to broker a final deal on borders between Israel and a state of Palestine, roughly comprising the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967.

Each time, the sides were unable to close gaps. Israel accused the Palestinians of turning down generous offers. Palestinians note the territories they seek make up less than a quarter of historic Palestine.

Israel kept building settlements, with some 600,000 Israelis now living on war-won lands, while Palestinian militants tried to derail talks through deadly attacks on ci...

17:32

The US has become the 4th Reich Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea By Paul Craig Roberts The US has become the 4th Reich Information Clearing House  Trumps UN speech makes it clear that Trumps presidency, in terms of his campaign promise to remove Washington from the policeman of the world role, exit the Middle []

17:31

NKorea Minister Calls Thumps Threat Sound of Dog Barking Peace and Freedom

SEOUL, South Korea North Koreas foreign minister has described as the sound of a dog barking President Donald Trumps threat to destroy his country.

The comments are the Norths first response to Trumps speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, during which he vowed to totally destroy North Korea if provoked. Trump also called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Rocket man.

The Norths Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York late Wednesday that It would be a dogs dream if he intended to scare us with the sound of a dog barking.

South Korean TV footage also shows Ri saying he feels sorry for his aides when he was asked about Trumps Rocket man comments.

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this month.


17:26

Descent into barbarism: Trump makes virtue out of war and genocide at the UN Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Descent into Barbarism: Trump Makes Virtue Out of War And Genocide at The UN US President Donald Trump Eduardo Munoz / Reuters By Finian Cunningham It cant get more outrageous. US President Donald Trump stood in front of the United Nations and openly threatened unilateral war and genocide. Its a sign of the times []

17:21

Haifa Ammonia Tank Completely Emptied of Hazardous Material Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 20, 2017 The Haifa bay ammonia tank was completely emptied of ammonia, Israeli media reported, adding that a deadline set by the Israeli Supreme Court was just made. The Ministry for Environmental Protection determined the tank unacceptably endangers the surrounding population and forbid its further use. Only nitrogen now remains in the tank, a []

17:18

Boy aged 17 held in sixth arrest over London train bombing Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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16:57

Samantha Power - Fakes History, Makes False Claims, Warns Of Fake News Moon of Alabama

While warning of Russian influenced fake news and hacking, Samantha Power, Obama's banshee and ambassador at the UN, spreads fake news about "Russian hacking". Power starts off by retelling fiction as historic fact: Soviet agents were instructed to infiltrate party...

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The Making of Monsters Clarion Project

10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.

 

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq When a little boy who looked and sounded American appeared in propaganda video put out by the failing Islamic State this week, threatening Trump: puppet of the Jews, it caused a sensation as, of course, it was meant to do.

How can a group make a child into a monster? we ask.  Yet the answer comes to us in the voices of numerous ISIS defectors and prisoners who tell us precisely how ISIS takes the blank-slate minds of children and fills them with poisonous ideologies alongside dreams of Paradise.

Children are powerful tools in the hands of groups like the so-called Islamic State, as weve learned after interviewing 63 ISIS returnees, defectors, and prisoners.

Trained at Cubs of the Caliphate camps in both Iraq and Syria, children are indoctrinated to hateand to kill all others who do not adhere to ISISs strict, brutal and intolerant views of Islam. They are also taught to give their own lives in acts of martyrdom. \

I saw them train young kids to blow things up. From my camp, 15-year-and-younger kids went on bombing missions.  They tell us they are going to go to Paradise, 15-year-old Syrian Ibn Omar told researchers for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.

Ibn Omar ran off to join ISIS at age 13 after having his head filled with dreams from the preachers who took over his mosque when ISIS overran his region. Impoverished and young enough to be drawn in, Ibn Omar was motivated by the income he could bring home to his unsuspecting parents, and the promises of cars and other material rewards.

In the first days, the brothers also appeared to be real Muslims, preaching the real Islam. Little did he know.

I liked them [ISIS] a lot in the beginning, but laterThey taught us about God, the Prophet and our religion. We spent just one...

15:30

Beware the Women of ISIS Part II: Recruits Clarion Project

(Illustrative photo: Flickr/Alan Bates)

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D.

Women are often believed to be coerced, or even forced, into following their men into Islamic State. In some cases, fears of abandonment, loyalty and coercion do play a role.

Such is the case of a European well call Laila. When her fianc first flew to Istanbul to join the Islamic State, she turned him in to police. Laila thought she had saved him from going to ISIS, only to find out after her marriage that he had not given up his dream.

Lailas husband presented her with the difficult choice of divorce if she refused to let him join ISIS, or, as he told her, being a good Muslim wife who supports and follows the lead of her husband. Hoping that it would be all he believed it could be, she followed him.

Lailas husband was killed, leaving her pregnant and fearing she would be forced, like other ISIS widows, to marry another fighter. Lailas father courageously struggled to hire a series of smugglers to get her out before her baby was born inside the Islamic State, and she agreed.

But as she began her perilous road to freedom, ISIS, realizing she was on the run, messaged her parents demanding that she return to the group to first bear her child and nurse it, for, as they texted, The baby is ours. She eventually made it out with the child.

Laila, fortunately, did not face the fate of many women who are smuggled alone back to safetyrape and coercion by criminals.

According to the statistics International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism researchers have been able to compile, foreign women who join ISIS return at a much lower rate than men.

It is unlikely thats because they want to remain with the group. It probably reflects the fact that it is difficult for a woman to escape ISIS with no money of her own, living constantly under the control of men, going outside the house only with difficulty, then facing the depredations of smugglers once they are on their way.

Women who have borne children inside ISIS territory have encountered difficulties escaping with their ch...

14:32

Visa Vagarities visiting Russia The Vineyard of the Saker

by Geneva Observer   Unfortunately I am not one of the lucky few whose mother dropped them on a favored part of the planet blessed with visa free travel to

14:30

Trump at the UN: The Politics of Rodomontade Antiwar.com Original

What will go down in history as the Rocket man speech underscores the confusion, the contradictions, the dangers, and even some of the virtues however attenuated of the Trump presidency. Despite the flamboyant rhetoric or, perhaps, because of it its hard to take Trumps threat to destroy North Korea seriously. Trump Continue reading "Trump at the UN: The Politics of Rodomontade"

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14:30

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative Antiwar.com Original

It is no secret that our July 24 VIPS Memorandum for the President, entitled Was the Russian Hack an Inside Job?, gave rise to some questioning and controversy nor was it a surprise that it was met with almost total silence in the mainstream media. The ongoing U.S. media campaign against Russia has been Continue reading "More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative"

The post More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:30

A Negotiated Curbing of North Koreas Nukes Is Good, But Not Good Enough Antiwar.com Original

The North Korean governments progress toward developing a long-range nuclear weapons capability, accompanied by bellicose pronouncements, has been alarming enough to spark worldwide public dismay and new sanctions by a unanimous UN Security Council. But even if, at the very best, sanctions (which, so far, have not worked) or diplomatic negotiations (which have yet to Continue reading "A Negotiated Curbing of North Koreas Nukes Is Good, But Not Good Enough"

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13:47

New Video Dialogue #270 is Out Giza Death Star

TOPICS COVERED:

SEGMENT 1:High Profile Deaths(Suicide, Accident, Assassination)

SEGMENT 2: Unexploded WWII Bombs

SEGMENT 3: Another Run at Fermi Paradox

SEGMENT 4: Weird News:

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13:31

US propaganda on Russian TV The Vineyard of the Saker

Quite a while ago I wrote an article entitled Counter-Propaganda, Russian style in which I tried to show that far from censoring the russophobic propaganda of the AngloZionist Empire, the

12:39

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative Aletho News

By William Binney and Ray McGovern | Consortium News | September 20, 2017 It is no secret that our July 24 VIPS Memorandum for the President, entitled Was the Russian Hack an Inside Job?, gave rise to some questioning and controversy nor was it a surprise that it was met with almost total silence []

12:34

REVEALED: US-Backed Kurdish Factions Colluding with ISIS on Syrian Battlefield Covert Geopolitics

The US support for its proxy operators in Syria is multi-pronged as the number of organizations involve in the regime change operation. For the moderate rebels, the US assistance includes civilian equipments. For the outright terrorists, the occasional mis-dropping of arms and ammunitions and a market for smuggled oil and human trafficking of women and Continue reading REVEALED: US-Backed Kurdish Factions Colluding with ISIS on Syrian Battlefield

10:56

EU and US increasingly divided over Iran nuclear deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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A rift between the Trump administration and the EU, over whether to stick to the Iran nuclear agreement, has deepened

10:53

Experts in Shock as Hurricane Maria Leaves All of Puerto Rico Without Power The Anti-Media

Size and strength of Hurricane Maria is being called horrifying as relentless and unprecedented hurricane season continues.

(COMMONDREAMS) The Caribbean is so far seeing no relief from this years historically turbulent and destructive Atlantic hurricane season, as Puerto Rico was being battered by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday its second major storm in two weeks. The hurricane made landfall with heavy rain and 155 mile-per-hour winds early in the morning, following the $1 billion of damage left by Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

Meteorologists and weather experts expressed grave concerns about the size and strength of the hurricane as it approached Puerto Rico, after causing mind-boggling damage in Dominica.

[UPDATE: The BBC is now reporting that the entire country of Puerto Rico has lost power due to Hurricane Maria.]

Footage showed strong wind gusts whipping through the streets of San Juan on Wednesday morning.

10:30

Mexico: Civilian Brigades Save Lives as Victims Await Government Response INTERNATIONALIST 360

Carla Gonzalez Communities in Mexico have gathered in a show of solidarity to remove rubble, rescue people and attend the wounded after an earthquake struck the country on Tuesday. The initiative, according to a leader of the brigades, presents an alternative to the governments slow response. Juan Martinez Cruz is currently leading relief efforts in...

10:30

Remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the UN General Assembly INTERNATIONALIST 360

Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov Remarks at the UN General Assembly,  September 21, 2017,  New York 20 September 201720:14 video, photo Speech by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the UN Security Council session on reforming UN peacekeeping, New York, September 20, 2017 20 September 201711:04 video, photo Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovs interview with TASS...

09:59

We are at warNeocons Launch Committee to Investigate Russia Fig Trees and Vineyards

We have been attacked. We are at war. These are the opening words in a video uploaded by a new group calling itself the Committee to Investigate Russia. The organization was founded by neocon David Frum and Hollywood actor Rob Reiner, who played the meathead in the 1970s sitcom All in the Family. Listed on []

09:42

Whither Mueller? Sic Semper Tyrannis

It appears to me that the current dream/hope in the "resistance" is that Mueller will fish around enough to come up with "evidence" that DJT and some of the people in his campaign and administration have been witting or unwitting...

09:27

Native Liberation Conference, Gallup, Sept. 30 -- Oct. 1, 2017 CENSORED NEWS

Native Liberation Conference 2017: Gallup, N.M., Sept. 30 Oct. 1 . Gallup, NM, September 20, 2017  The Red Nation invites anyone interested in organizing for Native liberation to its second annual conference. The conference will be held at two venues: Saturday, Sep. 30, 4pm-10pm: Gallup Cultural Center, 201 E Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301 Sunday, Oct. 1, 9am-3pm: El Morro Event

09:27

Trump Slams US and Saudi Foreign Policy in Fiery UN Speech The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) In a bold move, President Trump condemned the violent, oppressive behavior and policies of the U.S. and its allies while speaking at the U.N. this week.

He described the decline of a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.

His description accurately fits the United States, which has devolved from a country with high-minded (if not fully realized) ideals, courageous struggles for human and civil rights, and a strong sense of independence into a nationalistic, militant nation with a fledgling economy and an increasingly impoverished population whose government has spent its wealth arming radical extremists and waging endless war. The U.S. government has sowed chaos around the world over the years, from Iran to Iraq to Libya to Chile and Guatemala, spilling the blood of countless innocents as it plays geopolitical chess to favor its own hegemonic interests.

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Trump also called out the despicable behavior of U.S. allies, blasting entities that use their oil profits to support terrorists that kill innocent Muslims. He asserted that such wealth is used to fuel Yemens civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East, an apt description of the Saudi Arabian Kingdom.

We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities, he bravely said.

Further, apparently condemning the behavior of both the U.S. and its...

08:42

Turkey presses ahead with Nato exercises despite Russian arms deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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08:06

Mohawk Nation News 'Historical Looters' CENSORED NEWS

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08:02

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir pushes for Darfur arms collection Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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07:45

Rachel Maddows lineup of crazy U.N. speeches spotlights Arafat and leaves out Netanyahu! Mondoweiss

On MSNBC last night, Rachel Maddow did a rundown of unhinged speeches at the UN General Assembly.

She included the late Muammar Qaddafi of Libya evidently this rant about swine flu and the Kennedy assassination

A freaking 4-and-1/2-hour speech by Fidel Castro, in 1960.

Nikita Khrushchev slamming the podium with his shoe. And the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela calling George Bush Satan and saying he could smell sulfur in the air.


And Yasser Arafat from 1974, saying he carried an olive branch and a gun. Maddow:

Arafat did mean that quite literally. He insisted on wearing a gun in a holster for his first U.N. speech which is nuts. But you know, every year theres someone.

How fair is that? All the men were heads of state, except for Arafat. The United Nations resolved there should be an Arab state in Palestine in 1947; but it never followed through on that plan. So Arafat represented a dispossessed people, and surely was acting in the tradition of such peoples in vowing to fight occupation.

Moreover, Maddow doesnt actually take issue with anything Arafat said in his speech. Instead its a superficial attack on a symbolic gesture (and the gun probably wasnt loaded).

OK, but lets be devils advocate and stipulate that it wasnt diplomatic of Arafat to wear a gun inside the General Assembly.

However, if you are going to make a list of crazy UN speeches, you really have to twist yourself into a pretzel not to mention Benjamin Netanyahus theatrics.

Youd think Maddow might have put Netanyahus cartoon bomb on the list, from 2012.

Or the time he said that militant Islam is an insatiable crocodile:

They cast as enemies of peace those of us who insist that we must first erect a sturdy barrier to keep the crocodile out, or at the very least jam an iron bar between its g...

07:32

Retail Apocalypse Causing More Than 3,500 Stores to Close: What Youre Not Being Told The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) In the latest blow to traditional retail sales, this week Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy, following in the footsteps of an increasing number of other brick-and-mortar chains. But the giant toy outfitter is not the only company suffering losses, as a recent report from Clark.com, a consumer analysis site details.

Though separate statistics show that more stores will open in 2017 than will close, the type of stores making gains suggests frugality is the norm U.S. consumers amid a continuously harsh economy.

Clark.com compiled a list of retail stores that announced closures of physical shops this summer. Sears said at the end of August that in fiscal year 2017, [they] have closed approximately 180 stores previously announced for closure, and an additional 150 stores previously announced for closure are expected to be closed by the end of the third quarter of 2017. They will also be closing 28 K-Mart locations, citing a desire to change their business model so the physical store footprint and [their] digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members.

Vitamin World filed for bankruptcy last week and plans to close 51 of 334 stores, which are located mostly in malls; Gap said in a press release earlier this month it will close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores (and open 270 Old Navy shops); Perfumania filed for bankruptcy in August, moving to close 64 of 226 stores; Starbucks announced at the end of July it will close all of its 379 Teavana shops by next year; Gymboree plans to close roughly 350 stores following its...

07:25

Hu Back When: Vietnams Pivotal Battle Reconsidered Aletho News

Photo by Raymond Depardon | CC BY 2.0 By Michael Uhl | CounterPunch | September 20, 2017 For Mark Bowden, author of Hu 1968, the pivotal battle of the War in Vietnam did not follow the script most Americans were used to scanning in their newspapers or visualizing on the evening news.  The war Americans []

06:55

Trump administration considering dropping Pakistan as an ally Jihad Watch

Long overdue and much needed. US weighs dropping Pakistan as an ally, by Katrina Manson, Financial Times, September 15, 2017: The Trump administration is considering dropping Pakistan as an ally as it examines tough measures to quell more than 20 terrorist groups it says are based in the country. Officials familiar with the Pakistan prong []

06:42

Sweden: Sharia supremacists take over Muslim political party Jihad Watch

Swedish electoral authorities have refused to register the Muslim-led Jasin party from taking part in next years Swedish election after radical Islamists had tried to take it over. But lets not be too quick to applaud. The party is already gearing up for another try, and may eventually succeed, given the Islamization of Sweden. Heres []

06:32

Germany: Two Muslim migrants rape 16-year-old girl on city street Jihad Watch

The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their []

06:27

Israels Chief Stooge at Westminster Shames Us Again Aletho News

PM Theresa May holds a reception at Downing Street to celebrate the upcoming Jewish New Year. Image credit: Number 10/ flickr By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune | September 20, 2017 As Prime Minister, I am proud to say that I support Israel. And it is absolutely right that we should mark the vital []

06:24

Paul Craig Roberts 305 stan van houcke

Is Identity Politics Brewing a Holocaust?

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06:22

Frank Gaffney: President Trump May Be Undermined by His Own Subordinates After Strong UN Speech The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by John Hayward, Sept. 20, 2017: Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney joined SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Wednesdays Breitbart News Daily to review President Trumps address to the UN General Assembly. Kassam asked if Trumps strong words against Continue reading

06:22

Muhammad top baby name in England and Wales for fifth year running Jihad Watch

Demographic jihad proceeding apace, thanks to Theresa May and her cohorts. Muhammad Is Top English Baby Name for Fifth Year Running, by Oliver JJ Lane, Breitbart, September 20, 2017: Muhammad is the top name for baby boys in the English regions of London and the West Midlands in 2016, and was the top scoring across []

06:07

Florida Trump Flash Mobs Organized by the Russian Troll Factory bellingcat

On September 20, the Daily Beast published a report alleging that a series of flash mobs in support of Donald Trump were orchestrated by the so-called Russian troll factory. This same Russian operation has organized a number of projects over the years, from hordes of commenters leaving pro-Kremlin messages on news articles and blogs, to operating a number of social media profiles, and even meme-creation and fake news sites. Their new project is apparently operating Facebook pages sympathetic to a handful of issues, such as supporting (then candidate) Trump or disparaging Black Lives Matter.

These events were organized through the Facebook page Being Patriotic, which has been shut down by Facebook after its ties to the so-called troll factory were discovered, and then shared through a number of pro-Trump organizations in the United States. Two weeks ago, the Daily Beast reported that the troll factory-ran Facebook page Secured Borders organized an event in Twin Falls, Idaho against immigration; however, the importance of this scoop was difficult to assess, as the event was cancelled and there is no indication that the event was ever held. More so, the event garnered next to no attention in the small Idaho town.

In contrast to the Idaho event, a series of pro-Trump flash mobs organized by the Being Patriotic page actually turned into real-life results, though we should not exaggerate the impact of these rallies. The turnout for these flash mobs, which were to take place across Florida on August 20, 2016 at 2pm local time, was quite small, and there was little impact felt outside of a very small circle of social media posts.

Traces of the Facebook Event

While the Being Patriotic page has been wiped from Facebook, we can still find the event it created on Googles cachea page that we archived at the site archive.is, which will still be accessible once Googles cache is refreshed. The text for the event can also be found on a...

05:54

Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria Fausta's Blog

#Floodwaters rush through streets#Guyama #PuertoRico#Maria#Florida #Miami #Orlando #Dallas #Nyc #Yyc #Yeg #Yowpic.twitter.com/kHbijy3ocl Jaro Giesbrecht (@JaroGiesbrecht) September 20, 2017 Most likely the Guamani River overflowing.

05:34

The White House Is Secretly Planning for Confrontation with Iran: Report The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  As Donald Trump takes to the U.N. General Assembly to demonize Iran yet again, the Trump administration is also considering a more aggressive strategy towards Iran behind closed doors, sources have told Reuters.

According to six current and former U.S. officials, the U.S. will be looking at more hostile responses to Irans forces, its proxy armies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups.

According to the sources, the current proposal was drafted by Defense Secretary Jim Mad Dog Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security advisor General H.R. McMaster, and several other top officials before it was presented to President Trump at a National Security Council meeting on September 9.

The proposal will ultimately be made public before the end of September, two of the sources said. The sources requested anonymity because the draft proposal had not yet been finalized.

I would call it a broad strategy for the range of Iranian malign activities: financial materials, support for terror, destabilization in the region, especially Syria and Iraq and Yemen, said a senior administration official, as quoted by Reuters.

Without giving specific details, sources said the current draft proposal seeks to do the following: (1) target cyber espionage and nuclear proliferation; (2) provide for more aggressive U.S. interceptions of Iranian arms shipments heading to places such as Yemen and Gaza (even though U.N. experts confirmed earlier this year that they could find no evidence of a large-scale Iranian weapons supply line to Yemen); (3) react more aggressively in Bahrain (presumably, to prop up the government in the face of Shia-led unrest) as the countrys Sunni Muslim monarchy has been suppressing its majority Shia population, a move that continues to anger Iran; and most importantly (4) allow U.S. naval forces to react more forcefully when harassed by armed speedboats operated by Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Funnily enough, many of the encounters taking place between U.S. ships and Iranian ships are...

05:33

CPJ urges President Macron to champion the protection of journalists in France and around the world Committee to Protect Journalists

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic
Elyse Palace
Paris, France

Hand-delivered via Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York

September 19, 2017

Dear President Macron,

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent press freedom advocacy organization, thanks you for the opportunity to meet with you on the sideline of the U.N. General Assembly and urges you to champion the protection of journalists and press freedom at home and around the world.

05:31

Journalists Not Terrorists Committee to Protect Journalists

Video: Ahmed Abba's sister appeals for his release

05:30

Journalists Not Terrorists Committee to Protect Journalists

Video: Cameroon's journalists face suppression

05:23

The U.S.-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan ThereAreNoSunglasses


Above: U.S. Marines train Afghan local policemen with AK-47s on June 6, 2012. The U.S.-backed, loosely controlled paramilitary group is accused of numerous human rights violations. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images.


A village alleges dozens of civilian deaths at the hands of a single U.S.-trained strongmanjust one example of the Afghan special forces to whom the U.S. has delegated its war.

October Issue | Investigative Report

1. The Khataba Massacre

Even by Afghan standards, the easternmost part of Uruzgan province is remote, mountainous and poor. It sits 200 miles southwest of Kabul along a highway pockmarked with IEDs and plagued by roving bandits. The road is often impassable, choked by snow in winter and fighting in summer. Most of the tens of thou...

05:21

McConnell Plans Vote on GOP Health Bill Next Week Peace and Freedom

Senate leader is still trying to secure enough Republican votes for Graham-Cassidy measure

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The latest proposal, written by Sens. Lindsey Graham (left) and Bill Cassidy (center), would turn federal health insurance funding into block grants for states. | Alex Brandon/AP

Updated Sept. 20, 2017 2:42 p.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote next week on the latest GOP effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act, his spokesman said Wednesday, even though Republicans havent yet secured enough support to pass the legislation.

It is the leaders intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week, David Popp, a spokesman for Mr. McConnell, said Wednesday. The statement didnt commit the Senate to a vote,

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McConnell spokeswoman: Senate to vote next week on Graham-Cassidy

The majority leaders office does leave some wiggle room, however.

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05:17

Afghan President Says Trump War Plan Has Better Chance Than Obamas Peace and Freedom

(Reuters) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trumps strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessors failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan.

Ghani also said that former President Barack Obama did not have a partner in Afghanistan, implicitly criticizing former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who frequently disdained U.S. policy and the U.S.-led international military force.

President Trump is not just an individual (but) a team of partners in Afghanistan, Ghani told the Asia Society in New York, where he is attending the U.N. General Assembly. The Trump administrations strategy has the uniqueness of immense consultations with us.

At the same time, Ghani said, Obamas decision to maintain some U.S. forces in Afghanistan ensured our survival despite advances by Taliban insurgents.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced on Tuesday that more than 3,000 additional U.S. troops are being deployed to Afghanistan under the new strategy announced last month. The number of U.S. forces would rise to around 12,000, compared to a high of more than 100,000 under Obama.

While providing few details, Trump pledged stepped-up operations against the Taliban and an open-ended commitment of U.S. military advisers, trainers and counter-terrorism units.

He also vowed to take a tougher line to end what U.S. officials say is Pakistan providing refuge and other support to the Taliban and other extremist groups. Pakistan denies the charge.

Asked how Trumps strategy differs from Obamas, Ghani said Trumps plan takes a regional approach to security and a harder line with Pakistan while providing a new opening for peace talks.

04:58

Nuclear powers refrain from signing UN treaty on banning nukes Aletho News

Press TV September 20, 2017 World powers that possess nuclear weapons refrain from attending a ceremony at the United Nations to sign a long-anticipated treaty on banning nukes, merely arguing that the pact will not work. None of the nuclear-armed states including the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, India and Pakistan sent representatives []

04:54

Trump Lost. MIlitary-Industrial Complex Won stan van houcke

Trump Falls in Line With Interventionism

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Militarization in the Climate-Change Era stan van houcke

Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarization in the Climate-Change Era


Texas National Guardsmen drive military vehicles down flooded streets, searching for residents stranded by Hurricane Harvey in Houston in August. (Army National Guard photo by Lt. Zachary West)
Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadnt even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Florida Governor Rick Scott, who had sent members of the state National Guard to devastated Houston, anxiously recalled them while putting in place emergency measures for his own state. A small flotilla of naval vessels, originally sent to waters off Texas, was similarly redirected to the Caribbean, while...

04:48

UN must try to end Israeli occupation 'within set timeframe': Abbas Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Abbas warns if two-state solution were to be rejected, Palestinians would have no choice but to 'continue the struggle' against 'apartheid'

04:33

The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal Dissident Voice

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with the corpses of papers and outlets strapped for cash, calls for reforming the media market have been heard across the spectrum.

The foggy deception being perpetrated by the Turnbull government, assisted by the calculating antics of South Australian senator Nick Xenophon, is that diversity will be shored up by such measures as the $60 million innovation fund for small publishers while scrapping the so-called two-out-of-three rule for TV, radio and press ownership. Such dissembling language is straight out of the spin doctors covert manual: place innovation in the title, and you might get across the message.

As Chris Graham of New Matilda scornfully put it, The Turnbull government is going to spend $60 million of your taxes buying a Senators vote to pass bad legislation designed to advantage some of the most powerful media corporations in the world.

Paul Budde of Independent Australia was similarly excoriating. To increase power of the incumbent players through media reforms might not necessarily have an enormous effect on the everyday media diversity, but it will allow organisations such as the Murdoch press to wield even greater power over Australian politics than is already the case.

As the statement from Senator Xenophons site reads, Grants would be allocated, for example, to programs and initiatives such as the purchasing or upgrading of equipment and software, development of apps, business activities to drive revenue and readership, and training, all of which will assist in extending civic and regional journalism. The communications minister Mitch Fifield went so far as to deem the fund a shot in the arm for media organisations, granting them a fighting chance.

The aim here, claims the good senator, is to throw down the gauntlet to the revenue pinchers such as Facebook and Google while generating a decent number of recruits through journalism cadet-ships.  Google, claimed Xenophon in August, are hoovering up billions of dollars or revenue along with Facebook and that is killing media in this country.

Google Australia managing director Jason Pellegrino had a very different...

04:30

Singapore resets China ties Aletho News

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | September 20, 2017 The visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to China (Sept 19-21) will be keenly watched in Delhi. It is no secret that over the years Singapore has significantly influenced the Indian discourses regarding China. Although the bamboo curtain lifted a long time []

04:27

Lebanese allies and regional functions of the Kurdish secession Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Lebanese allies and regional functions of the Kurdish secession 20, 2017 Written by Nasser Kandil, The domino game which is launched by the referendum concerning the secession of the Iraqi Kurdistan is not restricted neither with what it will lead as igniting dormant  independent projects in other areas and regions in Iraq and among []

03:52

Media Lens stan van houcke

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Just Swallow This Absurd Fiction

Toynbee also neglected to mention that Kuenssberg was behind the on-air resignation of a Labour shadow foreign minister in an apparent attempt to ...

03:46

Idlib, Syria- US initiates attacks- Russia and Syria Eradicate US Proxies Penny for your thoughts

Hell, there is so much going on! I gotta tear myself away from the news out of Syria and the wider region. Its been a brutal 24 hours in Idlib.
 Idlib. An actual demilitarized zone. Rebels participated in Astana talks.
Agreed to by Russia, Iran, Turkey, will the participation and understanding of the Syrian gov. alongside the rebel representatives.
 
Covered here: Russia says Close to Syria Deal with Turkey, Iran
 
The deal was done. An uprising was fomented with the encouragement of the US, absolutely undoubtedly. The timing is too relevent to what is occurring presently in Syria
 SAA and allies make advances in Deir ez Zor.- Coincidence? I think not.
Attempt to distract SAA from their advances in Deir ez Zor? Definitely!
 The US is claiming SAA has breached their claimed demilitarized zone- The US, in my opinion, claims one third of Syria as a no go zone- Unlawfully, illegal and immorally. 

Not that the Usrael concerns itself with those things.

Idlib:  850 jihadists killed as Russian warplanes help Syrian Army repel Idlib offensive
 Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces killed some 850 militants and destroyed 11 tanks and other assets, Russias General Staff reported.

The jihadists attacked the positions of government forces stationed to the north and northeast of the city of Hama. The positions are part of a designated de-escalation zone, which covers Idlib governorate, the powerbase of a number of anti-government armed groups in Syria, the Russian military said.

The Russian General Staff said the mi...

03:42

Swedish municipality accused of buying apartments for Muslim migrant and his three wives Jihad Watch

Anything to accommodate Swedens new masters. Did a Swedish council buy apartments for a man and his three wives?, The Local, September 19, 2017: A Swedish municipality has hit back after it was criticized for offering a man and his three wives housing in apartments bought for more than 13.9 million kronor ($1.75 million) in []

03:29

Trumps U.N. Speech: 10 Important Moments Clarion Project

(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Trump preparing to speak at the United Nations. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Trumps speech at the United Nations is being rightly praised, with some even saying it is his best speech as Commander-in-Chief so far. Unlike the 9/11 addresses where the Trump Administration omitted any reference to Radical Islam, this speech punched at the Islamist ideology and was also a powerful, pro-American presentation to the world.

There are 10 sections of special importance:

 

WERE BACK TO DISCUSSING ISLAMISM

President Trump twice mentioned the ideology of Islamism in his address after his administrationin a clearly coordinated decisionomitted any mention of Radical Islam in its 9/11 anniversary addresses. The shift is widely attributed to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

All responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamist extremism that inspires them. We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the entire world.

We dont know if this change is due to a...

03:29

Iran decries cowboy Trumps ignorant hate speech at UN Jihad Watch

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the international Left both term honest discussion of the jihad threat and determination to counter it hate speech. Iran Lashes Out at Cowboy Trump After U.N. Speech, by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, September 20, 2017: Senior Iranian leaders verbally attacked President Donald Trump late Tuesday and early Wednesday []

03:24

The Hotwire #5: September 20, 2017 : St. Louis against the cops, Struggalos, & cops kill queer student Scout Schultz CrimethInc.

Listen here. This week we speak with two folks whove been active on the street of St. Louis since white ex-cop Jason Stockley was let off for the murder of black father Anthony Lamar Smith. We also remember Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old queer student organizer killed on Saturday by Georgia Tech police. Theres lots of reports from anti-fascist actions, with a particularly woop-worthy one from the Juggalo March this past weekend in Washington, D.C. At the end we announce some anarchist book fairs and upcoming actions against the alt-right in Berkeley and neo-nazis in Sweden.

03:18

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil The Vineyard of the Saker

North Korea, Iran, Venezuela are targets in compassionate Americas war on the wicked few. Its almost as though Washington felt its hegemony threatened by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times

03:17

Rouhani defends nuclear deal, calls Trump a 'rogue newcomer' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Hassan Rouhani says he does not think the US will back out of nuclear deal

03:08

Irans President Hassan Rouhani delivers clear and calm rebuttal of Trumps hostile remarks at UN Aletho News

By Adam Garrie | The Duran | September 20, 2017 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has addressed the General Assembly in a short speech that primarily covered Irans foreign policy outlook, its specific goals for peace and an unambiguous warning against anyone who seeks to undermine the 2013 JCPOA (aka the Iran nuclear deal). President Rouhani []

03:05

South Africa converts to Islam plotted jihad attacks on Jewish institutions Jihad Watch

Why shouldnt a convert to Islam become antisemitic? The Quran depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allahs power []

03:01

US/Trump & Israel: First official US Military Base Opens Penny for your thoughts

Had this saved from yesterday:
Jewishnews

United States opens first official outpost in the Jewish state, with operations starting on Monday following a ceremony
Meaning the US has unofficial outposts in Israel. Clearly!
The base started operating Monday following a ceremony at the end of last week to inaugurate the facility that included Israeli and American military personnel. It will operate independently from within an Israeli military base in southern Israel that houses an air Defence school, according to the Israel Defence Forces.

Several dozen American soldiers will be stationed at the base.

For the first time the flag of the United States, our most important ally, will be raised in an IDF base, Brigadier Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the IDFs head of Air Defence, said in a statement. This expresses more than anything the long-standing partnership and the strategic commitment between the countries and the armies.

The opening of the base comes a week after a new Iron Dome anti-missile battery became operational.

There is no coincidence between the two events, Haimovich said. They add another layer to the Defence of the State of Israel against the high-trajectory threats that surround us from near and far.

Planning for the U.S. base began two years ago.
It's not a coincidence that planning for this official base began two years ago either!

Ill spare everyone the video available at the link.
Trump Meets Netanyahu via the Press Office. Typical tripe.

President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel met today in New York to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel. The President underscored the unwavering commitment of the United States to Israels security. The two sides discussed their continued cooperation across a range of issues and stressed their goals of countering Irans malign influence in the region and resolving the Syria crisis in a manner consistent with American and Israeli security interests. They also discu...

03:01

Repost- Trump's Presidency: A Dangerous Deception Penny for your thoughts

This was initially posted January 18/2017:

Trump's Presidency: A Dangerous Deception

For some reason this 10 month old post feels very timely. We have the US openly supporting terrorists in Syria- in order to destroy yet another nation.

We have the establishment of an "official" base of operation in Israel along with the new Iron Dome battery becoming operational

I shudder to think where this might be heading.........................

Briefly revisiting the January post:

I wrote about the psychology of influence.
Personally speaking here. I've never been a believer in "the Donald" as the leader of any sort of grassroots/populist movement. Nor do I buy the common presentation of the media being opposed to him. I'm also not a fan of the whole 'deep state' is against Mr Trump. I see the psychology of influence at play. Link
 The response to scarcity is, like the other weapons of influence, often a shortcut which usually pays dividends. And we are prompted to react because a missed opportunity is a loss of freedom.
Donald Trumps Slogan "Make American Great, Again"

American's would loathe the missed opportunity of making America great, again

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03:00

IMFs Lagarde warns US wont meet growth targets amid slow reforms Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File | IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says it will be very difficult for the US to achieve three percent growth, because promised Trump administration reform on taxes and infrastructure have failed to materialize

WASHINGTON (AFP)  IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned Wednesday that the US will fall short of its ambitious economic growth goals unless it can accelerate promised policy changes, including tax reform.The Trump administration has said it will push US growth to three percent annually a rate economists say is unrealistic, given the low US unemployment rate, among other factors.

The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for the US economy this year back to 2.1 percent after reforms expected to boost the activity failed to materialize.

Asked on CBS This Morning if the US could reach its growth target, Lagarde said, We think it is going to be very difficult, yes. Particularly if the reform pace is as slow as it is.

Lagarde noted that there were very strong market expectations early in the calendar year after the elections that tax reform would take place promptly, that massive investment would be made in infrastructure.

However, she said, none of that has materialized at all.

The IMF in January raised its US growth estimates on the expectation of fiscal stimulus and tax reform from the Trump administration, but reverted back to the previous calculations which project the economy will expand by 2.1 percent in 2017 and 2018, down from 2.3 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

She said the fund supports tax reform in principle and is prepared to make recommendations to boost growth, create jobs, (and) restore middle-class income in the US.

The fund will publish the revised growth forecasts in its World Economic Outlook in mid-October.

Asked about US President Donald Trumps harsh rhetoric threatening to totally destroy North Korea in a speech to the United Nations, Lagarde said the tone was not helpful.

I think that those issues are so difficult, complicated, that they require a lot of good will, a lot of calm, and a lot of cooperation, and thats where I think that rhetoric does not necessarily help, she said.


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02:53

Trump's Feel Good Moment is Wrong by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis

A boss and mentor that played an important part in my life (he retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel and had two tours in Vietnam) had a saying that is applies to Donald Trump's speech at the UN...

02:51

Genocidal Trump Blasted for Threatening to Kill 25 Million North Koreans The Anti-Media

Reminder, says one critic of presidents speech to UN General Assembly: threatening to kill 25 million North Koreans because you dont like their leader is threatening to commit genocide.

(COMMONDREAMS For what he said and also for what he refused to mention President Donald Trump was lampooned by progressive critics as he delivered his first ever speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday morning.

While castigating Iran and Venezuela as failed and destabilizing regimes and threatening to totally destroy North Korea if he thinks necessary, Trump acknowledged nothing about the misery sowed by U.S. foreign policy around the world.

For many critics, Trumps war-mongering and bellicositythough a bone to his domestic right-wing baseare enormously counter-productive in terms of reducing global threats and geopolitical tensions.  As Vox reporter Matt Yglesias put it, If you want to know why [North Korea] wants a nuclear deterrent, just read Trumps speech.

In a joint statement following Trumps speech, MoveOn.org, CREDO Action, and Win Without War blasted the remarks:

Donald Trumps first speech to the United Nations General Assembly today and in particular, his remarks about North Korea was nothing short of a complete failure of American leadership. Instead of focusing on efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis surrounding its nuclear program, Trump threatened to totally destroy North Korea.

Its time for this charade to end: We need to stop this slow roll toward a catastrophic war, and work towards defusing the North Korean crisis diplomatically. Trumps U.N. speech represents yet another reckless escalation in the ongoing tit-for-tat between North Korea and the United States that does nothing but edge us closer to nuclear war.

The choice is clear, the groups concluded, either we let Trumps incompetence and bellicosity drive us into a destructive conflict potentially more devastating than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, or we can focus our efforts on negotiation. The United States and its allies and partners must immediately move toward easing tensions on the Korean peninsula diplomatically, and work toward ending this conflict peacefully. The fate of the region and the world depend on it.

On social media, the presidents critics were swift with their appraisals and condemnation:

02:45

'No torture in Bahraini prisons' claims UK-backed rights group Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Rights groups have dismissed the claims by Bahrains National Institute for Human Rights as 'at odds with reality'

02:43

Listening to the Donald at the UN Aletho News

The Saker Unz Review September 19, 2017 Late this morning, outraged emails started pouring in. My correspondents reported getting sick and having their heart ache. The cause of all that? They had just watched Trumps speech at the UN. I sighed and decided to watch the full speech for myself. Yeah, it was []

02:33

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on internet calls Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The move is designed to boost efforts to attract more business to the kingdom

02:31

Five points on the POTUS speech at the UN Fausta's Blog

Number five, Read the Five points on the POTUS speech at the UN. Related: Trump and the Truth about Communism.

02:31

United opposition threatens half-century father-son rule in Togo Waging Nonviolence

by Patience Nitumwesiga

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Thousands of Togolese protesters dressed in red opposition colors have been flooding the streets of the capital city of Lom over the past month, shouting slogans that have gone unheard for 50 years. Hashtags denouncing dictator Faure Gnassingb continue to circulate across West African social media. Activists young and old, male and female, are still fighting online and offline. Everyone is waiting to see what will happen next, including the regime, which wants Togo to remain the only West African country to have never experienced a democratic transition.

The beginnings of a 50-year dynasty

Shortly after Togos 1960 independence, tienne Eyadma staged a coup and ousted the countrys first elected president, Nicolas Grunitzky. He immediately suspended all constitutional processes and banned all political parties. Five years later, a referendum was held and Eyadma ran unopposed, thereby confirming his rule as president and extending his military reign another seven years until partial civilian governance was allowed in 1979.

Following his self-declaration of power, Eyadma successfully thwarted several coup attempts. In one instance, in 1986, a group of more than 70 armed Togolese dissidents crossed into Lom from Ghana with the intent to overthrow his regime, but state forces thwarted the insurgence. In 1990, riots were sparked by students distributing anti-regime literature. This led to a few months of violent clashes between anti-government activists and security forces, resulting in very little gain for the activists. Three years later, an attempt to assassinate Eyadma was also squelched by Togos military.

Eyadmas ultimate downfall was a heart attack, dying in February 2005 en route to France for medical treatment. Given the more than 15,000 people he killed during his dictatorship, Eyadmas death was hardly a sad event in the history of Togo. Whats more, it led to the ascendance of his son Faure Gnassingb as president.

Since 2005, Gnassingbs government has been characterized by incompetency and the severe repression of dissidents. The health sector has been particularly neglected, with Togos best hospital still lacking running...

02:08

Smiling London Tube jihad suspect used to condemn terrorism Jihad Watch

And anyone who doubted his sincerity would have been denounced as a racist, bigoted Islamophobe. When hes not working he goes to pray at one of the local mosques. Which one? What does it teach? Is it being investigated? Does anyone in Britain know? Does anyone in Britain care? Police seize two Parsons Green bomb []

02:00

Petrodollar Under Attack The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Once upon a time, the U.S. dollar was backed by the gold standard in a framework that established what was known as the Bretton-Woods agreement, made in 1944. The dollar was fixed to gold at a price of $35 an ounce, though the dollar could earn interest, marking one notable difference from gold.

The system ended up being short-lived, as President Richard Nixon announced that the U.S. would be abandoning the gold standard in 1971. Instead, the U.S. had other plans for the future of global markets.

As the Huffington Post has explained, the Nixon Administration reached a deal with Saudi Arabia:

The essence of the deal was that the U.S. would agree to military sales and defense of Saudi Arabia in return for all oil trade being denominated in U.S. dollars.

This system became known as the Petrodollar Recycling system because countries like Saudi Arabia would have to invest excess profits back into the U.S. It didnt take long for every single member of OPEC to start trading oil in U.S. dollars.

A little-known economic theory, rejected by the mainstream, stipulates that Washingtons stranglehold over financial markets can be at least partially explained by the fact that all oil exports are conducted in transactions involving the U.S. dollar. This relationship between oil and currency arguably gives the dollar its value, as this paradigm requires all exporting and importing countries to maintain a certain stock of U.S. dollars, adding to the dollars value. As Foreign Policy  a magazine that rejects the theory  explains:

It does matter slightly that the trade typically takes place in dollars. This means that those wishing to buy oil must acquire dollars to buy the oil, which increases the demand for dollars in world financial markets.

The term those wishing to buy oil encompasses almost every single country that does not have an oil supply of its own hardly a trivial number. An endless demand for dollars means an endless supply, and the United States can print as much paper as it...

01:56

Interview with Peter Koenig: BRICS Potential and Future in an Emerging New World Economy The Vineyard of the Saker

Based on an interview with Tashreeq Truebody, Radio 786, South Africa Questions Global economy and Brics Peter Koenig Lets put the BRICS in perspective: The BRICS are of course Brazil, Russia,

01:37

Russian Pantsir-S Goes Hunting In Syrian Skies The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/russian-pantsir-goes-hunting-syrian-skies/ Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be

01:34

Morgan Freeman Declares War on Russia at Rob Reiners Behest Aletho News

Sputnik September 20, 2017 Social media is awash with outrage after Hollywood megastar Morgan Freeman appeared in a propaganda video issued by a newly-established anti-Russian non-profit group, in which he declares Washington is at war with Moscow. Morgan Freeman is an almost universally beloved figure in the West, and his famed golden voice almost universally beloved []

01:30

Hezbollah has 10,000 men facing Israel's Golan, claims commander Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Officer tells MEE battle-hardened force has used US-Russia 'de-escalation' plan in Syria to bolster new front facing Israel

01:20

The US Is Now Bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria at Record Pace The Anti-Media

Trumps delegation to commanders means major escalation.

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Since taking office, President Trump has set two specific trends in US military operations across the Afghan and ISIS wars. Hes talked broad escalation, and hes also granted an ever-growing level of autonomy to military commanders.

Unsurprisingly, this has had a broad impact on the way those wars have been fought, and at this point US airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are all at multi-year highs, with the former two seeing their highest level of strikes in the ISIS war, and Afghanistan at its highest since 2012.

Increased autonomy means less and less obstacles to attacks, and hence more and more attacks. The US seems to believe that more attacks would necessarily improved the wars, though in Afghanistan the situation has continued to worsen throughout this latest escalation.

Officials are claiming this has yielded progress in Iraq, though that appears to simply be a conclusion drawn because the US has progressive increased its airstrikes throughout a period in which Iraqi forces were already retaking territory.

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This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

01:12

'Qexit': Saudi-Qatar rift could tear GCC apart, think tank warns Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Annual survey predicts collapse of Gulf bloc, prospect of war between Israel and Iran, and emergence of more brutal successor to Islamic State

01:03

Fact checking Benjamin Netanyahus General Assembly speech Aletho News

By Adam Garrie | The Duran | September 20, 2017 Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trumps controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier. Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both leaders told a great deal of []

01:00

Shana Tova Happy New Year! BBC Watch

Wishing all our readers celebrating Rosh HaShana a happy, healthy, peaceful and sweet New Year.

 

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01:00

Britains Theresa May hopes to end cabinet disquiet with Brexit speech Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Alice RITCHIE | Britain and the EU are to restart Brexit negotiations on September 25, but Prime Minister Theresa May is yet to reveal much about what she wants from a deal

LONDON (AFP)  British Prime Minister Theresa May will make an eagerly anticipated Brexit speech in Florence on Friday, seeking to unlock stalled negotiations with Brussels as well as quell divisions in her own cabinet.Six months after beginning the two-year process of withdrawing Britain from the European Union, the Conservative leader has yet to set out in detail what she wants from the divorce.

A fourth round of talks with the European Commission are due to begin on September 25 and the question of Britains financial settlement remains a significant stumbling block.

The lack of clarity was reinforced when Mays foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, laid out his own vision for Brexit in a newspaper article widely viewed as an attempt to force his premiers hand.

A senior official in Brussels said there were high expectations for Mays speech, both on the money and another blocked issue the rights of EU nationals living in Britain after Brexit.

Businesses are also watching closely. The head of the CBI lobby group of business leaders, Carolyn Fairbairn, warned the risks of leaving the EU without a deal felt all too real.

Say what she wants

Without progress in next weeks talks, EU leaders are unlikely to accept Britains request to move the negotiations on to the future trading relationship at their next summit in October.

The onus is on the British to come up with a serious offer to move the talks forward, Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform (CER), told AFP.

Theresa May needs to make a serious offer on the money that she hasnt made so far. And on the transition, she needs to say what she wants.

The Financial Times reported that May would offer to meet Britains commitments under the current EU budget, which runs to 2020, worth 20 billion euros (18 billion, $24 billion).

This would mean continued payments during a transition deal that Britain wants to bridge the gap between Brexit in March 2019 and the implementation of a new trading arrangement.

A major problem for May is that her ministers still disagree on the future shape of Brexit highlighted by Johnsons 4,000-word article in the Daily Telegraph last weekend.

Johnson, a leading voice for Brexit in last years referendum campaign who has long had leadership...

00:59

PA TV: Ariel Sharons birthday wish was that 10 Palestinian children be murdered Jihad Watch

PA TVs Islamic educator, Imad Hamato, taught that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would celebrate his birthday by asking Israelis to murder 10 Palestinian children. One hateful and dangerous Palestinian libel is that Israelis murder Palestinians in cold blood, and deliberately target Palestinian children. Lies, lies and more lies. We still cannot grasp it []

00:53

Jews have religious commandment to support Israel and fight BDS American Jewish Committee Mondoweiss

Yesterday I received a fundraising letter from the head of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) saying that the sound of the rams horn in synagogue tonight, marking the new year, is a wake-up call for Jews to support Israel and fight BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign.

The letter completely conflates Judaism and Zionism, religion and state:

This New Year, let the shofars sound serve as a wake-up calla reminder of our responsibility as Jews and a chance to reaffirm our commitment to the Jewish homeland.

Today, nearly 70 years after Israel declared independence, her right to exist still comes under assault. But every day, AJC is countering the campaign to delegitimize Israel.

But what the AJC is saying is very dangerous. The American Jewish Committee is saying that the Jewish religion commands Jews to support the occupation of Palestinian lands and persecution of Palestinians, and oppose equal rights for Palestinians (ideas embedded in BDS). These policies foster hatred of Jews; and the AJC fosters that process by saying these are Jewish commitments.

As I say here often, young Jews reject these ideas. Jewish Voice for Peace, IfNotNow they define Jewishness in non-nationalist ways in the era of Trump. Look at this campaign from IfNotNow targeting Jewish leaders. You Never Told Me about the occupation in Jewish spaces. Theyre angry about that.

Though the AJC isnt interested in young Jews. Its raising money, from older Zionist Jews. No other country has experienced as much international demonization as Israel. Really? What about North Korea, Syria and Iran?

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00:49

A new view on the United Nations Fausta's Blog

I have a post coming up at noon on Pres. Trumps UN speech, but wanted to point out separately a very important point: The purpose of the UN, as delineated in the speech. Elliot Abrams (h/t Just One Minute) explains it (emphasis added), He reminded the delegates that the United Nations was never meant to []

00:49

Syrian Army Liberates Mazbal al-Baqar Village In Eastern Homs (Map)

The Syrian Army and other pro-government factions have liberated Mazbal al-Baqar village in eastern Homs from ISIS. The village is located in the southern part of the ISIS-held pocket east of Homs city.

Syrian Army Liberates Mazbal al-Baqar Village In Eastern Homs (Map)

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00:47

UK: London Tube jihad bomber attended deradicalization program Jihad Watch

The 18-year-old Iraqi refugee suspected of planting the Parsons Green bucket bomb was reported to the governments Prevent de-radicalisation scheme just months ago, it has been claimed. Deradicalization programs are an abject failure. For any rehab program to work, there must be a willingness for the participant to change. Yet jihadis deem themselves to be []

00:41

Breaking: Forced Takeover of Catalan Government Institutions by Spanish Police Ahead of Oct. 1 Vote Antiwar.com Original

I just got of the phone with Josep Maria Sole Sabat, my friend and a leading Catalan historian and public intellectual. He was nothing short of breathless as he described the helicopters flying overhead stated flatly that he was in the the midst of a coup being carried out by the Spanish State. He wanted Continue reading "Breaking: Forced Takeover of Catalan Government Institutions by Spanish Police Ahead of Oct. 1 Vote"

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00:40

US Missile Machinations Undoes Non-Proliferation Efforts Militant Libertarian

September 18, 2017 (Ulson Gunnar NEO) When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not the more the merrier. Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those that do exist have been ongoing since the first nuclear weapons were developed at the end of World War 2.

Today, however, one of the several nuclear-armed nations of the world and its behavior has jeopardized the hard-fought progress made toward this goal.

America Reneged After the Cold War 

One of several treaties singed during the later stages of the Cold War included the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABMT). It limited anti-ballistic missile systems to two per country. The reasoning was to hinder anti-missile technology development and leave nuclear-armed nations open to retaliatory attacks should they initiate a nuclear first strike.

The treaty helped further enhance the concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD).  After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, member states upheld the treaty with the United States until 2001 when the United States unilaterally withdrew from it.

The White House in an official statement regarding Americas withdrawal from the treaty, would state:

the United States and Russia face new threats to their security. Principal among these threats are weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means wielded by terrorists and rogue states. A number of such states are acquiring increasingly longer-range ballistic missiles as instruments of blackmail and coercion against the United States and its friends and allies. The United States must defend its homeland, its forces and its friends and allies against these threats. We must develop and deploy the means to deter and protect against them, including through limited missile defense of our territory.

However, the United States would spend the next decade and a half, not developing anti-missile systems aimed at stopping non-existent weapons of mass destruction launched from rogue states, it instead spent that time encircling Russia with anti-missile systems, including those placed in Eastern Europe.

In essence, the United States has begun to fulfill the sum of all fears during the Cold War, that a nuclear armed nation woul...

00:32

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, September 21, 2017 Bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace Peace and Freedom

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist
Lectionary: 643

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Saint Matthew and the Angel by Rembrandt
Matthew is often depicted in art as writing his Gospel under the inspiration of an angel

Reading 1 EPH 4:1-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christs gift.

And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 19:2-3, 4-5

R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

Alleluia  See Te Deum

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
the glorious company of Apostles praise you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

.

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00:11

Released from PA jail, Issa Amro warns online censorship law threatens last line of defense against Israel Mondoweiss

Released from prison a week ago, Issa Amro has jumped right back into work. At a small house atop a hill in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron that acts as the headquarters for Youth Against Settlements (YAS), an organization founded and headed by Amro, he sat gathered in a circle with activists, NGO workers, a lawyer and friends sipping coffee under the shade of trees in the front courtyard of the home.

The topic, as usual, was the Israeli occupationhowever Amro was not released from Israeli custody last week, but rather the Palestinian Authoritys (PA), and he was not arrested for his activism in Hebron, but rather a Facebook post defending a man who he disagrees with politically.

Amro was arrested on Sept. 4, a day after he took to social media criticizing the PA for arresting Ayman al-Qawasmeh, a Palestinian journalist and head of al-Hurriyeh Radio (Freedom Radio) in Hebron, and released a week later.

Issa Amro at the Youth Against Settlement headquarters a few days after he was released from Palestinian Authority jail. (Photo: Mondoweiss/Sheren Khalel)

To be honest I dont have a good relationship with Ayman, Amro said, frankly. I dont agree with him at all, actually when Radio Hurriyeh would call I never agreed to do an interview with them, but for me its about principles journalists should be respectedthe government shouldnt arrest journalists. They shouldnt arrest any Palestinian who has only stated his opinion, its anyones freedom of speech to say that Abu Mazen [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] does not represent me, its our freedom, and we have that right. When they arrested Ayman [al-Qawasmeh] they relayed the message that they will arrest other journalists, and that is what theyre doingthats what theyve been doing.

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00:08

U.S. Envoy Haley Says Trump Not Happy With Iran Nuclear Deal Peace and Freedom

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump does not like the Iran nuclear deal, but his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday did not mean that the United States would abandon the pact, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Wednesday.

Its not a clear signal that he plans to withdraw. What it is is a clear signal that hes not happy with the deal, Haley told CBS News in an interview.

If Trump does not certify in October that Iran is complying with the agreement, the U.S. Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the 2015 international accord.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; editing by Grant McCool)


00:05

U.S. Must Suffer Painful Responses From Iran After Trump Speech: Guards Chief Peace and Freedom

BEIRUT The head of Irans Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday that the United States should experience painful responses following President Donald Trumps harsh criticism of Tehran at the United Nations.

In his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday Trump called Iran a corrupt dictatorship and accused it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East. He also hinted he might not recertify a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran when it comes up for a mid-Oct. deadline.

Taking a definitive stand against Trump is only the beginning of the path, said General Mohammad Ali Jafari, according to Sepah News, the news site of the Revolutionary Guards.

What is strategically important is that America witnesses more painful responses in the actions, behavior and decisions that Iran takes in the coming months.

In recent months, tensions have ramped up between Iran and the United States in the Gulf, with both sides accusing each other of provocative maneuvers with military vessels.

Jafari urged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to deliver a definitive response to Trump in his speech at the United Nations on Wednesday.

With the successive and exhausting defeats that the Americans have faced in the region from Iran, its natural that their nervous system and coherence of thought have fallen apart, Sepah News quoted Jafari as saying.

In Tuesdays speech, Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal, negotiated between Iran and six world powers, and backed by his predecessor Barack Obama, an embarrassment. Under the deal, Iran agreed to curb its atomic program in return for easing economic sanctions.

(Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Gareth Jones)


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00:01

About the humiliation of the Israeli occupation army in South Lebanon in 2006 The Angry Arab News Service/

From the deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Obama administration: "especially since the 34-day war in the summer of 2006 in which it defeated Israel". (thanks Basim)

00:00

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People OffGuardian

by Lynn Parramore, April 20, 2017, via Institute for New Economic Thinking A new book by economist Peter Temin finds that the U.S. is no longer one country, but dividing into two separate economic and political worlds Youve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from burdened, to squeezed to dying.  But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place. In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear:  America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations, and fates. Two roads diverged In one of these countries live members of what Temin calls the FTE sector (named for finance, technology, and electronics, the industries which largely support its growth). These are the 20 percent of Americans who enjoy college educations, have good

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23:56

Last Off Ramp for Korean Peace Ahead! Will the Deep State Let Trump Take It? Newsbud

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Transcript: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Face the Nation, Sept.17, 2017

Why is Shinzo Abe being hosted in Gujarat and not Delhi? Congress asks

Narendra Modi accompanying Shinzo Abe to Sidi Sayyed mosque is an exercise in image makeover for PM

Is Narendra Modi the leader of the worlds largest democracy or the worlds most successful fascist?  Or Both!

Political documentary Major-Country Diplomacy well received in China, abroad

23:55

Why Obama Really Spied on Trump The Counter Jihad Report

Obama had to spy on Trump to protect himself. Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, Sept. 20, 2017: Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Continue reading

23:54

Hurricane Maria: Direct Hit Puerto Rico cryptogon.com

Via: Weather.com: Metal roofs were flying off buildings and windows were breaking in San Juan, Puerto Rico even before Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm on the islands southeastern coast early Wednesday morning. According to the Associated Press, nearly 900,000 people were already without power as the storm approached.

23:46

ADC Convention The Angry Arab News Service/

How much the ADC has changed since I came to US in 1983.  It was an expression of the progressive and fiercely pro-Palestinian sentiments of Arab-Americans.  I read that ADC will be given the Hala Salam Maksoud award to Phalange-sympathizer, May Rihani.  Why not give an award to Bashir Gemayyel while you are at it?  Hala Salam was a progressive fiercely pro-Palestinian leader.  Her name should not be associated with Lebanese nationalist Phalange-sympathizers.

23:36

ISIS Defense Collapses Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Syrian Army Liberates About 100km2 (Maps)

ISIS Defense Collapses Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Syrian Army Liberates About 100km2 (Maps)

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On Wednesday, the ISIS defense collapsed in an area northwest of Deir Ezzor city, on the western bank of the Euphrates. Government forces, led by units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, entered the villages of Masrab, Turayf, Buwaytiyah and Tibni as well as the Salim Mount.

Almost no clashes were reported in the area, according to local sources, because a major part of ISIS units had  already withdrawn from there. With this advance, the SAA and its allies liberated about 100km2 and deployed in about 20km from the ISIS strong point of Maadan. Most likely, Maadan remained the only really defended ISIS point northwest of Deir Ezzor city.

ISIS Defense Collapses Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Syrian Army Liberates About 100km2 (Maps)

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Eearlier on Wednesday, reports appeared that some forces conducted an airdrop operation behind ISIS lines near the Conco Gas Plant on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. So far, it is unclear what side really conducted it. However, the attempt of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to prevent government forces from deploying more forces on the eastern bank flooding the Euphrates with the SDF-controlled dam.

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23:33

2nd Powerful Mexican Quake- Devastating Damage Penny for your thoughts

Pancho Villa has asked that we send prayers and good thoughts to the Mexican people after their 2nd terrible earthquake.  I'm mustering all I have amigo. And surely many others are sending their heart energy your way. Stay strong. Stay safe.

Tragedy comes in so many ways............... 




New Scientist:

Mexico has been rocked by its second big earthquake in less than two weeks and could be hit by more.

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico just after 6pm local time on Tuesday. Its epicentre was located 120 kilometres south-east of Mexico City at a depth of 51km.

Dozens of buildings in Mexico City collapsed and over 200 people are reported dead.

The latest tremor came 11 days after a magnitude 8.1 earthquake occurred off the coast of southern Mexico, killing 98 people.

Both quakes were sparked by heightened tension between the Cocos tectonic plate, which borders the western coast of Mexico, and the North American tectonic plate. As the Cocos plate slid underneath its North American neighbour, it fractured in two different places, known as faults.

What happened yesterday was most likely a tearing motion in the subducting Cocos plate, says David Rothery of the Open University in the UK.

The two fractures were several hundred kilometres apart, suggesting the 8 September earthquake did not trigger the 19 September one, says Stephen Hicks at the University of Southampton in the UK. They were both caused by bending and tension in the Cocos plate, but in different ways. The second earthquake was not an aftershock but a separate quake entirely.

It is unclear why the two tectonic plates are currently clashing so violently. The depth of the subduction zone where the Cocos plate is thrusting under the North American plate makes it difficult to assess how the strain is building up, says Hicks.

The danger is that the two tremors will prompt more, says Hicks. Its possible they have increased the stress on nearby faults, he says. I also suspect that the magnitude 7.1 earthquake will have its own aftershock sequence, which of course presents a significant hazard.

According to the US Geological Survey, there have been 19 major earthquakes recorded within a 250km radius of the latest quake. Exactly 32 years ago, on 19 September 1985, a collision between the Cocos and North American plates caused a magnitude 8.0 earthquake that devastated Mexico C...

23:30

Netanyahu, say hi from me to the penguins in Antarctica Mondoweiss

Mr. Netanyahu, what a speech at the UN yesterday.

You opened with a boasting about the Israeli innovation nation, saying that were in the midst of a great revolution, a revolution in Israels standing among the nations, and that this is happening because so many countries around the world have finally woken up to what Israel can do for them. You boasted of having visited six continents in one year, and expressed hope to visit a seventh. This is where you talked about penguins:

I havent yet visited Antarctica, but one day I want to go there too because Ive heard that penguins are also enthusiastic supporters of Israel, you said. You explained that penguins have no difficulty recognizing that some things are black and white, are right and wrong.

You laugh, you said about that joke but Im not laughing. I think you should go to Antarctica. And stay. Hey, maybe you should attempt a Zionist colonization of Antarctica! The Zionist founder Herzl, whom you lauded as our modern Moses in your speech, he wasnt closed to such options! Argentina, Uganda why not Antarctica?? Look, I think it wouldnt be that silly really, because the colonized penguins they wouldnt resist. And if you gave them loads of fish well, hell, they might even begin to sing Hatikva, the Zionist national anthem!

Those Penguins, they would completely know whats what. Black and white. Obey get a fish. Resist no fish. Nowadays you are congratulating the far right Decision Plan for annexing the West Bank, which is also black and white: Accept Apartheid, leave, or face the wrath of Israel. Palestinians might not like this, they might prove difficult. Penguins will be much easier. Fish will do the trick. Theyll stay, and you can become the Caesar of the Caesar penguins! It will be glorious!

Having quoted Isaiah with I have made you a light unto the nations, you noted that Israels light is shining across the continents, bringing hope and salvation to the ends of the earth. Alas, not to the Palestinians.

Why save the whole earth, Netanyahu? Why not just save the penguins? They will love you for it! And we probably wont have to hear more drivel from you at the UN and many other places.

You also used the light unto the nations notion in relation to Iran, sending a message the Ayatollah Khemenei: The light of Israel will never be extinguished. Its kind of weird, because your own official government transcript put a Hebrew biblical quote to go with that Nezah Israel Lo Yeshaker, which is from I Samuel 15:29, and it translates t...

23:29

Activists Are Documenting the Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar but FB Is Censoring Their Posts The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  Facebook is silencing Rohingya activists based in Burma (also known as Myanmar) and in Western countries, the Daily Beast reports. According to the report, Facebook has been removing posts documenting incidents of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people, and these Facebook users are frequently having their accounts suspended or taken down.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority in Burma who have faced extraordinary persecution from the Buddhist majority. The Rohingya, among others, are not even allowed to vote in Burmese elections, though E.U. observers still praise the transparency and the credibility of the countrys elections to date.

The violence has been intensifying in recent weeks. A top U.N. official described a renewed offensive by the Burmese military as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Residents attempting to flee the violence have allegedly been encircled and told by local Buddhists to leave or we will kill you all.

Why Facebook would feel the need to censor this behavior is unclear considering many world leaders with notorious human rights abusing relationships, such as the U.K.s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, have publicly spoken out against the violence currently taking place. Boris Johnson is the same man who said that if the U.K. didnt sell arms to Saudi Arabia currently waging a war of aggression in Yemen rife with banned munitions and criminal acts someone else would.

Despite this open condemnation of what is taking place in Burma right now, Facebook has decided to censor individual users who attempt to bring to light the true horror of whats happening on the ground.

Users shared with the Daily Beast screenshots of posts...

23:23

Trumps UN speech most atrocious by a US pres. Wilkerson The Vineyard of the Saker

Note by the Saker: In my commentary to Trumps speech yesterday I wrote in a sidebar There are plenty of highly-educated officers in the US armed forces who understand history

23:14

"The Vietnam War" - Documentary Or Epic Of Fiction? Moon of Alabama

Arte TV yesterday showed the first parts of The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It also runs on PBS. The first three parts of the ten part "documentary" are a whitewash of the motives of the politicians...

22:51

Journalistieke Integriteit van Peter Vandermeersch stan van houcke

Dit schreef twee weken geleden Peter Vandermeersch, de Vlaamse hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad, ter verdediging van Oscar Garschagen:

Het spreekt voor zich dat de hoofdredactie van NRC erg betreurt dat een gewezen medewerker van NRC op deze manier de naam van een ervaren en goed ingevoerde correspondent en de naam van de krant door het slijk probeert te halen. In de mate van het mogelijke verzamelt Oscar intussen oude notities en aantekeningen om de beweringen van zijn gewezen assistent nog meer in detail te weerleggen.

Ive fired my boss today and Im proud of this decision, zo besluit Zhang Chaoqun zijn blog. Ook die bewering klopt vanzelfsprekend niet.

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/09/05/over-de-journalistieke-integriteit-van-onze-correspondent-in-china-a1572264

'Ook die bewering' blijkt nu 'vanzelfsprekend' wel degelijk te kloppen.


Boven: Oscar (links), met n van de 1,4 miljard Chinezen. Onder: En Vlaming: Peter Vandermeersch, voormalige baas van Oscar.



22:46

China jabs back at Trumps barb over South China Sea Peace and Freedom

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AFP | US President Donald Trump addresses the General Assembly
BEIJING (AFP)  Beijing hit back Wednesday at US President Donald Trumps veiled criticism of its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, countering that the United States was a greater threat to sovereignty.In his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump decried threats to sovereignty in Ukraine and the resource-rich South China Sea, without explicitly mentioning Russia or China.

We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow, Trump said.

China asserts sovereignty over almost all of the strategically vital waters in the face of rival claims from its Southeast Asian neighbours, and has rapidly turned reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.

The United States has conducted three freedom of navigation operations near islands held by China to challenge Beijings maritime claims since Trump took office in January.

For some time now, some countries have used the pretext of freedom of navigation to bring their planes and fleets near the South China Sea, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday.

Actually, I think this is behaviour that has threatened the sovereignty of South China Sea countries, Lu told a regular news briefing.

Lu said the situation in the sea has been cooling down thanks to efforts by China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

I hope that this situation can be respected by relevant countries, he said.

The spokesman also called for restraint in response to Trumps warning that he will totally destroy North Korea if it threatens the US or its allies.

Lu reiterated Beijings call for efforts to bring the nuclear issue back to the right track of peaceful settlement through dialogue and consultation.


10:30

Evo Morales Defends Life and Humanity at the UN General Assembly INTERNATIONALIST 360

Bolivia President Addresses General Debate, 72nd Session 19 Sep 2017 Evo Morales Ayma, Constitutional President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, addresses the general debate of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 19 25 September 2017). Evo Morales Defends Life and Humanity at the UN General...

01:45

Latest Saudi arrests: Activists, judges are targeted Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The Lefts Long History of Militant Resistance to Fascism INTERNATIONALIST 360

Anti-fascism is a movement that goes back a hundred years. But when we talk about antifa today, we are talking about modern militant anti-fascism, which predominantly grew out of movements in Great Britain and Germany in the 1970s and 1980s. Riots between anti-Fascists and Blackshirts (British Fascists) when Oswald Mosleys supporters were gathering in Great...

10:30

Lies, Historical Amnesia and Double Standards: Trump Speaks at the UN INTERNATIONALIST 360

Jim Miles Trumps speech at the UN this morning is one of the best speeches I have heard aimed at an ignorant uninformed audience, essentially his Make America Great Again (MAGA) followers, and his political state handlers.  Staying on script from the teleprompters, it was obvious that while many of these ideas were his, most...

Sunday, 17 September

04:21

Americas slow-motion military coup StephenKinzer.com

In a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never supposed to happen in the United States. Now it has. Among the most enduring political images of the 20th century was the military junta. It was a group of grim-faced officers []

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