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Berto Jongman: How algorithms are pushing the tech giants into the danger zone Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

How algorithms are pushing the tech giants into the danger zone

The algorithms Facebook and other tech companies use to boost engagement and increase profits have led to spectacular failures of sensitivity and worse. How can we fight back?

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USAID and Wall Street: Conflicts, Coups, and Conquest Covert Geopolitics

In 1928 when the US-based United Fruit Company now known as Chiquita Brands International faced labor issues in Colombia, it had at its disposal Colombian troops which gunned down hundreds of strikers to maintain production and profits. Ensuring that Colombia protected American interests was the US State Department who hosted company representatives at the Continue reading USAID and Wall Street: Conflicts, Coups, and Conquest

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Monday, 20 November

23:59

Does Pentagon Have CIA Permission To Wage War On Its Afghan Opium? ThereAreNoSunglasses

Nicholson Announces War On Drugs In Afghanistan

Resolute Support Commander General John Nicholson sends out a serious warning on Monday to the Taliban to lay down their arms and join the peace process.

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Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan John Nicholson said a well-planned raid against drug producing facilities was carried out in Helmand on Sunday and that for the first time an F-22 bomber was used in combat in Afghanistan.

 

This targeted a drug producing facility in Helmand. In addition a B52 bomber was also used to target another compound. He said this completely levelled the compound.

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23:57

Pentagons Inspector General Praises Secret $80 Billion Bomber Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Anthony Capaccio

November 20, 2017, 4:00 AM EST
  • Inspector Generals nod came on eve of 2015 contract award
  • Stealthy bomber will be able to carry nukes, fly unmanned

The Air Forces classified next-generation bomber program began with a solid plan for meeting cost goals and warfighting requirements, which include an option to fly unmanned missions, according to a newly declassified audit from the Pentagons inspector general.

The challenge will be sticking to that plan.

The early praise for the $80 billion B-21 program came about a month before the Air Force selected Northrop Grumman Corp. over a rival team consisting of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. for the bomber contract in late 2015.

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 Artists impression of B-21 bomber

While big-ticket weapons systems like the B-21 frequently end up with significant cost increases and production delays, in the initial stages the Air Force was cited for its comprehensive acquisition strategy and risk-management process to support a cost-effective program, according to the audit. The program had clearly defined requirements to ensure warfighter needs are being met, it added.

That initial assessment is no guarantee the B-21 wont encounter serious cost, schedule and performance problems as system development continues, with the service seeking to declare an initial operating capability by the mid to late 2020s, Global Strike Command spokesman Joe Thomas said in an email. The aircrafts first flight along with specific details of the technical capability of this platform, is protected by enhanced security measures, he added.

Read about the Air Forces $2 billion request for the B-21 in fiscal year 2018

The previously classified audit was released this month under a Freedom of Information Act request after the service made major redactions, adding additional secrecy to a program critics such as Rep...

23:49

Arabic press review: Bouteflika 'seeks fifth term' as Algerian president Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Former Algerian official claims 80-year-old president want another shot at the big job, while protesters in Jordan oppose gas deal with Israel

23:20

U.S. Rebuffs Chinas Charm Offensive, Edging Closer to Trade War Peace and Freedom

U.S. looks at sanctions with the goal of fundamentally challenging Chinese trade practices

The U.S. and China are vying for influence in Asia, but tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, as well as President Donald Trumps focus on prioritizing American interests, have complicated Washingtons agenda. Photo: AP

Updated Nov. 19, 2017 6:22 p.m. ET

A month before President Donald Trumps visit to Beijing, Chinese officials presented an offer they thought Washington couldnt refuse.

China proposed that during the trip, Mr. Trump and his counterpart, Xi Jinping, unveil a plan to widen foreign firms access to Chinas vast financial industry, according to people with knowledge of the matter. It was a move previous U.S. administrations had sought for years.

To Beijings consternation, according to the people, Washington wasnt interested. The offer was made a second time during one of Mr. Trumps meetings at the Great Hall of the People. Hours after Air Force One took off from Beijing, China announced the opening on its own.

The cold shoulder from the White House reflects a fundamental shift in how the U.S. manages its relationship with China, one that suggests a bold gamble and a rocky road ahead despite the bonhomie of the presidential summit earlier this month in Beijing.

The financial opening initially attracted wide attention from market participants, and Beijing called it evidence of its commitment to market liberalization. U.S. reaction has been tepid. A White House spokeswoman on Friday called it welcome but long overdue and said: It is also only one of a plethora of problems China needs to address in order to provide fair and reciprocal access to its market.

The Trump administration, which recently completed a comprehensive review of China policy, is rejecting the longstanding practice of eking out concessions from Beijing on trade and market access around high-level meetings.

To Mr. Trump and his aides, that approach has yielded few substantive benefits but allowed China to continue policies that put American businesses at a disadvantage. One White House official refers to that pattern as Beijings rope-a-dope strategy. The administration is now investigating trade sanctions or enforcement actions against China with the goal of fundamentally cha...

23:11

EXCLUSIVE: British aid workers in Syria stripped of citizenship Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Aid workers say they have been stranded in Syria after being deemed by home secretary to 'present a risk to national security of United Kingdom'

23:04

Australia, New Zealand officials discuss screening for Manus refugees Peace and Freedom

By Charlotte Greenfield

22:51

A Partisanship Of The Heart: Interior Measures Towards A Re-Visioning Of Capitalisms Imperium Of Death Dissident Voice

According to a nationwide study conducted by the Center For Disease And Prevention (CDC) a greater number of US Americans died (approximately 65,000) from drug overdoses last year than were killed during the course of the Vietnam War.

All part and parcel of capitalisms war against life itself. The emotional and physical pain, anxiety, and depression inflicted by the trauma inherent to a system sustained by perpetual exploitation has proven to be too much for a sizeable number of human beings to endure, thus their need to self-medicate.

The root of addiction is trauma. The soul of the nation is a casualty of war. There is not an Arlington Cemetery for these fallen, no hagiographic ceremonies will be performed over their graves nor statues erected in memoriam. Their ghosts will howl through the long, dark night of national denial. Listen to their wailing. It is an imprecatory prayer. A curse and augurythat admonishes, our fate and the fate of the nation will convergeas the nation will stagger, keening in lament, to the abyss.

The solution: Within each of us swells a deathless song. Powerful. Resonate. Piercing. A song, miraculous of influence, plangent with the force to seize back your soul from the death-besotted spirit of the age. Let it rise from within you. Notice: how flocks of empires death birds scatter like ashes in the wind.

Yet it will not be possible to navigate around the cultural deathscape; we must walk through it and chronicle its serial affronts to our humanity:

You have to see that the buildings are anorexic, you have to see that the language is schizogenic, that normalcy is manic, and medicine and business are paranoid.

 James Hillman

Try this: Simply stand in the isle of a corporate, Big Box chain store or in the parking lot of a strip mall that squats, hideous, on some soul-defying, U.S. Interstate highway and allow yourself to feel the emptiness and desperation extant. The tormented landscape, besieged by an ad hoc assemblage of late capitalist structures, emporiums of usurped longing, reflects the desperate, rapacious nature of late capitalist imperium.

Compounding the pathos, the forces in play impose a colonising effect upon the mind; therefore, a large percent of the afflicted have lost the ability to detect the hyper-entropic systems ravaging effects. Stranded among the commercial come-ons and hyper-authoritarianism inherent to late stage capitalisms imperium of death, the human psyche, like the biosphere of our planet, subjected, at present, to humankind-wrought ecocide, has begun to display the terrible beauty of a nightmare. Internal weather has grown increasingly chaotic: the earths oceans and seas are rising; wildfires rage; drought scorches the earth. And conditions will grow increasingly inhospitable in regard to the flourishing of inner life, per...

22:46

France to take refugees rescued from Libya who need protection Peace and Freedom

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France will be the first to welcome African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger by the United Nations refugee agency, French officials announced Monday.

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After experiencing appalling living conditions at camps in the north African country, the refugees were taken to Niger on November 11 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where they have been looked after.

The 25 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Sudanese including 15 women and four children should reach France at the latest in January, the interior ministry said.

Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many of them have fallen prey to serious abuse at the hands of traffickers and others.

US television network CNN aired footage last week of an apparent live auction where black men are presented to buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400 (340 euros).

And the European Unions policy of helping Libyan authorities intercept migrants crossing the Mediterranean and returning them to horrific detention has been branded inhuman by UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein.

Pascal Brice, the director general of OFPRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) told AFP that France will take in the migrants following a visit to Nigers capital Niamey.

He said the migrants who were selected because they need protection will be given refugee status very quickly when they arrive in France.

It is above all a way of saving people who have come out of a hell, with torture, rape and abduction of children, Brice said, adding the refugees were almost all victims of sexual violence.

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22:42

Participants in 2014 Ukrainian coup confess stan van houcke

Participants in 2014 Ukrainian coup confess

Eric Zuesse
The overthrow of the democratically elected President of Ukraine in February 2014 was one of the most important geostrategic occurrences during the past century, because it led to the breakaway from Ukraine of the two regions Crimea and Donbass that had been the most opposed to the overthrow, and that had voted over 75% for the President who had been overthrown. And those two breakaways from Ukraine were then presented in the U.S.-allied The West as having resulted from Russian aggression, which then became punished, first by economic sanctions against Russia, and then by massive NATO military buildups on Russias borde...

22:39

Peter Sripols Home Built Electric Plane cryptogon.com

I have a young son whos interested in aviation, so I knew about Peter Sripol from his FliteTest days. Peters segments were always our favorites on FliteTest because his builds were completely over the top. When I saw that Peter was building a real electric plane with R/C grade motors, 3D printed parts and stuff []

22:37

US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse stan van houcke

US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse

We talked to Nobel Prize-nominated Johan Galtung, who predicted that someone like Trump would win the US, and that it will trigger a decline in power.

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21:56

Now You Can Comment on Every Clarion Post Clarion Project

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Its finally here.

Weve opened every Clarion post up for your comments as you can see below this article.

To be honest, we debated for many months as to whether should allow comments at all given the highly-sensitive, controversial nature of the subject matter surrounding Clarions work on challenging radical Islam and promoting human rights. In the end, we decided to go for it but with certain provisos:

  1. Initially, we are fully moderating posts to ensure there is no incitement, racism or anything similarly distasteful.
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Wishing you a pleasant conversation and meaningful dialogue.

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21:55

Understanding Opioid Addiction Peace and Freedom

The Associated Press

It never really leaves you. Opioids haunt users recovery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Its hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his fathers cancer pain medicine.

For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didnt hand over his fentanyl patches.

For newly minted lawyer Bianca Knight, it happened after hitting the street to find drugs when her opioid prescription ran out, as she envisioned her career dreams crumble.

Addiction to powerful painkillers sneaked up on Graves and McCoy and Knight, ordinary Americans who began taking the drugs legitimately for pain, but like millions of others, got caught up in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history.

Now theyre fighting the same tough, slippery battle for recovery, owing their lives, they say, to an anti-addiction medicine similar to pills that nearly led to their demise. They credit a Nashville doctor too, an addiction specialist who also works as a Vanderbilt University pain medicine physician sometimes recommending the same drugs to pain patients that brought the others to the brink.

Addiction sneaks up on pain patients in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history, and their shared battles for recovery are fraught with ironies, tragedies and sometimes shaky success. Meet three people vowing to beat the odds. (Nov. 20)

The ironies and tragedies of the crisis are not lost on Dr. Dan Lonergan, who faced his own dark abyss years ago in medical school, when his older brother died suddenly of a possible opioid overdose.

Hes heard criticism about doctors who get em hooked on drugs and then turn around and treat em for addiction. And hes seen the finger-pointing from those who think faith and willpower are the answer, who say prescribing opioid drugs to treat addiction is trading one vice for another.

Doctors have contributed to this problem. In the past three decades we have gotten a lot of patients on medications that can be very dangerous, he said. The pharmaceutical industry has contributed significantly to this problem. This is a problem that we all need to own.

But to stigmatize addiction as a moral failing rather than a brain disease is wrong, Lonergan says. Research has shown that opioid drugs can cause brain changes leading to uncontrollable cravings for drug...

21:52

Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

FEDERICO PIERACCINI | 20.11.2017 | WORLD Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together Through its top official, Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia continues a wave of internal arrests, having seized nearly $800 billion in assets and bank accounts. A few days later, MBS attempted to demonstrate his authority by summoning Lebanese []

21:49

Checks on Trumps Court Picks Fall Away Peace and Freedom

Move to curtail blue slips gives the president, and successors, wide leeway in picks for federal bench

Nov. 20, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

The Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee has curtailed one of the last legislative limits on a presidents power to shape the federal courts, giving Donald Trump more freedom than any U.S. president in modern times to install his judges of choice, legal experts said.

Last week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) reined in a tradition that empowered senators to block federal appeals-court nominees from their home state. His decision came about four years after Democrats, citing Republican filibusters of President Barack


21:49

Is Anti-Muslim Backlash a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? Clarion Project

A rally for Muslims and immigrants in ManhattanA rally for Muslims and immigrants in Manhattan (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By Felix Hafner

Assaults against Muslims in the United States have exceeded attacks in 2001, reaching their highest modern level, according to Pew Research Center. In 2017, there were 127 attacks against Muslims, surpassing the previous peak of 93 in 2001. The data analyzed a spread of FBI hate crimes statistics from 2000 to 2017.

I dont want to minimize the problem as a trend of increasing attacks against Muslims. Such increases in assaults against any group is serious and in need of a response. Anti-Muslim bigotry is never acceptable and must continue to be challenged until it is eradicated.

It is also important to put this increase in its broader context.

One-hundred-twenty-seven assaults a year in a country with a population of close to 400 million is still a strikingly low number, especially given the fact that its not happening out of nowhere but in the context repeated murderous attacks coming out of the group whose members are assaulted.

This is emphatically not to excuse the assaults. It is simply to add that given what we know of...

21:45

President Trump Faces Creeping Coup Strategic Culture Foundation

With economy on the rise and the US not dragged into a costly military conflict, President Trump has a good chance at winning a second term in the 2020 presidential election, sending hostile political operatives and the critical news media into a meltdown.

21:41

Chinas aircraft carrier conundrum: hi-tech launch system for old, heavy fighter jets Peace and Freedom

PLA Navys J-15s, based on a Soviet design more than 30 years old, are worlds heaviest carrier-based fighters

By Minnie Chan
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 November, 2017, 9:02pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 November, 2017, 9:07pm

Chinas second home-grown aircraft carrier could be a world-class warship if it uses a domestically deve...

21:40

Hariri Does Paris Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Pepe Escobar November 19, 2017 Information Clearing House  Its not that Saad Hariri was itching for a shopping spree at Avenue Montaigne. French MSM is spicing up the steak tartare to oblivion trying to spin a foreign policy victory. Nonsense. The true story starts in Abu Dhabi when Sun King Macron was having dinner []

21:31

Soros says Hungarian government lying in attacks against him Peace and Freedom

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FILE PHOTO: Business magnate George Soros arrives to speak at the Open Russia Club in London, Britain June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/File Photo Reuters

By Marton Dunai

BUDAPEST (Reuters) U.S. financier George Soros on Monday denounced a Hungarian government campaign against him as distortions and lies designed to create a false external enemy.

Soros, 86, is a Hungarian-born Jew whose longtime support for liberal and open-border values in eastern Europe have put him at odds with right-wing nationalists, in particular the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Orban, who faces elections in April 2018, last month sent to voters seven statements attributed to Soros that, among other things, called for the European Union to settle a million migrants a year and pay each of them thousands of euros.

The statements contain distortions and outright lies that deliberately mislead Hungarians about George Soross views on migrants and refugees, said a statement issued by Soross Open Society Foundations.

With Hungarys health care and education systems in distress and corruption rife, the current government has sought to create an outside enemy to distract citizens. The government selected George Soros for this purpose, it said.

It said each of the seven statements was a distortion or lie, refuting them one by one. It said Soros proposed admitting an annual 300,000 refugees to the EU only while strengthening European border controls and making migrant relocations within the bloc voluntary, not mandatory as Budapest asserted.

It said Soros proposed no payments to migrants, rather EU subsidies to member states to help them cope with migration.

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To three other proposals attributed to Soros that he wanted milder criminal sentences for migrants, to push national cultures and languages into the background to facilitat...

21:25

Video of Indian politician peeing in public goes viral (Hes a water conservation minister) Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF

MUMBAI (AFP)  An Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open.Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation in the western state of Maharashtra, was filmed answering the call of nature in a field by the side of a road Saturday.

The clip spread online the following day. November 19 marks the United Nations official World Toilet Day, which aims to raise awareness about the health risks caused by a lack of lavatories.

Shinde a member of Indias ruling Bharatiya Janata Party defended his actions with an excuse familiar to many, effectively saying: When youve got to go, youve got to go.

I have been travelling continuously for the last one month reviewing the Jalyukta Shivar scheme, he told the Press Trust of India (PTI), referring to drought-prone Maharashtras water conservation programme.

Continuous travelling in high temperatures and dust made me ill. I was suffering from fever and when I couldnt find a toilet while travelling, I had to relieve myself in the open.

India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF.

Three years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to build toilets for everyone by 2019.

The government has so far helped install more than 50 million lavatories across the country of 1.25 billion people and has been encouraging citizens to break old habits and use them.

Calls by AFP to Shindes mobile phone went unanswered Monday.

PTI and other news outlets said the incident occurred on a stretch of road between the cities of Barshi and Solapur in the south west of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the state capital.


21:24

Why My Daughter Is Getting Hijab Barbie for Christmas Clarion Project

Ibtihaj Muhammad at Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Awards. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)Ibtihaj Muhammad at Glamour Magazines Women of the Year Awards. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Mattels new hijab Barbie is modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who bravely broke stereotypes by wearing a hijab while winning a bronze in the Olympic games in Rio.

New Barbie certainly has a lot of people talking about her.

Maureen Callahan of the New York Post described Hijabi-fencer Barbie as really, really disturbing. Critics railed that it represents the injection of Islamist modesty culture into the American political sphere. The presence of the Islamic headscarf on an icon such as Barbie, the argument goes, normalizes and encourages Islamist misogyny under the guise of cultural acceptance.

It does nothing of the sort. Given the sorts of clothes she normally wears, it is inconceivable that the Barbie has suddenly taken on an Islamic ethos of modesty.

Nor is it, as the San Francisco Chronicle would have it empowering for young girls. Most of the little girls playing with Barbie will have no idea what a hijab is, nor who Ibtihaj Muhammad is. Nor are they looking to Barbie to be a role model.

Childrens play is not pegged to what the manufacturers want. I remember vividly my (rugged, chiseled) G.I. Joe delivering a solid punch to ice-skating Kens soft pathetic jaw, before inviting my sisters (giggling) ice-skating Barbie into Joes...

21:17

Bra$il: About Operation rebo Agitations and Anarchic Reflections Insurrection News

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Translated by Tormentas de Fogo.

17/11/2017

Operation rebo the earth moves.

Agitations and anarchic reflections the wind blows.

 

At dawn on October 25, 2017 the weather darkened for the anarchists of Porto Alegre. The Civil Police with the so called Operation rebo [Erebus] launched raids and assaults televised by the local media and transmitted by the speakers of the system in maximum volume.

From this police reaction, from the show and media scrape, and from the agitation in the anarchist orbit a thousand and one needs, urgencies, ideas, impulses and feelings have crossed us. From this reflection was born this will to communicate. We point our determination against the enemy and we strengthen our pace with those who live anarchy in its positions and practices.

Our natural tendency to chaos.

We are, we exist and we act beyond the state, the laws and democracy. We seek and spread autonomy, but we know that we cant achieve it through negotiation with power. (1)

Heirs of the...

21:15

How Syrian-Nuke Evidence Was Faked Strategic Culture Foundation

In joining Israel and the White House selling military intervention in Syria, the CIA and international inspectors hid key evidence that would undermine the case, says Gareth Porter in a second part of a two-part series.

21:13

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map November 20, 2017

This is the newst update of the U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map November 20, 2017

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Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. Its composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the worlds oceans.

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21:02

Even the Arab World Says Hezbollah Are Terrorists Clarion Project

Hezbollah displays an Iranian-made Fajr 5 missile at a military parade in southern Lebanon, close to the Israeli border.Hezbollah displays an Iranian-made Fajr 5 missile at a military parade in southern Lebanon, close to the Israeli border. (Photo: MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

In an emergency meeting of the Arab League called by Saudi Arabia, all the the foreign ministers attending declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization. A final resolution of the meeting also condemned Irans interference in the Middle East, saying that the Islamic Republic sought to destabilize the region.

All countries in the league sent representatives with the exception of Lebanon and Iraq. A previous vote by the Arab League held at a meeting in March of 2016 also declared Hezbollah a terror group. However, at that meeting, the foreign ministers of Lebanon and Iraq were in attendance. They did not support the declaration but rather expressed reservations about it.

Iran finances and backs Hezbollah, which was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1997.

The meeting, which was held in Cairo, was called after Iran fired a ballistic missile from Yemen into Saudi Arabias capital city Riyadh on November 4.  Although the ministers stopped short of declaring war on Iran, they did say that the missile firing was an act of war against Saudi Arabia.

The ministers also discussed the possibility of taking their case to the United Nations Security Council.

Speaking at the meeting, Bahrains foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, said that Lebanon is under the to...

21:01

The Fixers Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes cryptogon.com

Thanks for everything you do, Jehu. Jehu Garcia YouTube Via: Vice:

21:00

FARAGE: INVESTIGATE ALL COLLUSION IN EU Giza Death Star

Great Britain's Nigel Farage is at it again, this time calling for an investigation of Darth Soros' influence within the European Union, according to

The post FARAGE: INVESTIGATE ALL COLLUSION IN EU appeared first on Giza Death Star.

21:00

Founders of Facebook and Google Really Had No Idea of The Consequences of Weaponized Social Media? Peace and Freedom

If our supersmart tech leaders knew a bit more about history or philosophy we wouldnt be in the mess were in now

By John Naughton
The Guardian

donald trump peter thiel and tim cook at a meeting for tech bosses in trump tower new york
 Oh, the humanities: Donald Trump meeting PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Apple CEO Tim Cook in December last year. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

One of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has happened. Exhibit A is the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, whose political education I recently chronicled. But hes not alone. In fact Id say he is quite representative of many of the biggest movers and shakers in the tech world. We have a burgeoning genre of OMG, what have we done? angst coming from former Facebook and Google...

20:50

Government Troops Seized Jund Al-Farouk HQ In Southern Syria (Map, Photos)

Government Troops Seized Jund Al-Farouk HQ In Southern Syria (Map, Photos)

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Pro-government forces have seized a HQ of the Jund Al-Farouk militant group in Um Batnah in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra, according to pro-government sources. The advance reportedly took place on November 19.

Government Troops Seized Jund Al-Farouk HQ In Southern Syria (Map, Photos)

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Government Troops Seized Jund Al-Farouk HQ In Southern Syria (Map, Photos)

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20:45

France"s Macron Covers for Saudi Aggression Strategic Culture Foundation

Frances invitation to beleaguered Lebanese premier Saad Hariri for him and his family to spend a few days in Paris has been viewed as French President Emmanuel Macron stepping in with deft soft power to resolve tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

20:44

India scraps $500 million Israeli missile deal Peace and Freedom

The deal, seen as another proof of growing Indo-Israel defence cooperation, was expected to be signed after price negotiations with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel were completed last year.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2017 6:46 am
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India Israel missile deal scrapped

In anticipation of this deal, Rafael had entered into a joint venture with Kalyani group for missile production in India. (Representative Image: Reuters)

Asking the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to indigenously develop and produce a Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Army, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to cancel the $500 million deal for Spike ATGM with Israel. The deal, seen as another proof of growing Indo-Israel defence cooperation, was expected to be signed after price negotiations with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel were completed last year.

In anticipation of this deal, Rafael had entered into a joint venture with Kalyani group for missile production in India. The missile sub-systems manufacturing facility, based near Hyderabad, was inaugurated in August.

Ministry sources told The Indian Express that the decision to cancel the deal was based on the consideration that importing a foreign ATGM at this stage would adversely impact the programme for indigenous development of the weapon system by DRDO. Earlier, India had also rejected an offer from US-based Raytheon-Lockheed Martin for Javelin ATGM in favour of the Israeli weapon system.

DRDO has successfully produced the Nag and Anamika ATGMs. It is confident about providing the Army with an MPATGM of 3rd generation missile technology, at par with Spike, within three to four years. It wont also need any transfer of technology, sources said.

The decision to retract the Request for Proposal (RFP), however, will be a setback to the modernisation programme of the Army. In letters to the MoD, the Army headquarters had highlighted the operational urgency of the equipment, arguing that the Spike gives a major capability im...

20:39

Do You Want Sharia Neighbors? Clarion Project

A French professor suggests a Muslim state within France. Is that a good idea? What about the creation of a Muslim state near where you live?

Listen to the debate and comment below.

 

 

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20:38

Dangers of Geo-engineering stan van houcke

Geoengineering

Geoengineering is a seductive idea. Maybe too seductive
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The target is Turkey and the Turkish nation President Recep Tayyip Erdoan Tells The Turkish People Peace and Freedom

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Turkey, not just me, being targeted: Erdoan

The recent scandal during a NATO drill in Norway was an attack targeting Turkey and the Turkish nation, President Recep Tayyip Erdoan said on Nov. 19, while acknowledging support from the opposition over the incident.

Turkey withdrew from the Trident Javelin exercise at The Joint Warfare Centre after a civilian Norwegian official depicted Erdoan as an enemy collaborator during a bloc exercise. A portrait of the Republic of Turkeys founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatrk, was also shown on a hostile leader list during a computer-assisted exercise.

They [NATO] carried out a scandal. They know that they cannot stop our country, which is why they are putting us on a target board. I hope that those who welcomed attacks against us before now understand the real face of the matter, as Atatrk was also included, Erdoan told a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial congress in the eastern province of Bayburt.

The issue is not a personal or party issue. The target is Turkey and the Turkish nation, he claimed, adding that the country was ready for further major tests in the future.

Today there is a Turkey that cannot be compared with 15 years ago in every field from the economy to the defense industry and from trade to diplomacy. There is now a Turkey that produces its own weapons and tanks. There is a country which is maintaining its fight against terror with its own unmanned aerial vehicles. There is a Turkey that is now preparing to produce its own indigenous car, Erdoan said.

His remarks came after NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg once again apologized to him over the incident on the phone late on Nov. 18.

In the phone call, Stoltenberg informed Erdoan that an inquiry had been initiated by the commanding officer and the contracted Norwegian technician involved in the incident was terminated immediately, according to a presidential source.

The NATO chief also stressed that Turkey is an important ally for NATO and that he would take all necessary precautions to avoid a repeat of such an incident, hoping the scandal would not adversely affect relations between NATO and Turkey, the source said.

Stoltenberg and Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen both issued swift apologies to Turkey over the incident on Nov. 17.

Main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) leader Kldarolu also said his party cannot accept the insult against Turkeys history and todays Turkey.

It is not a topic that can be avoided with an ordinary we apologize thing, Kldarolu said at an event in Ankara on Nov. 18.

Nobody can insult Turkeys [current] executives or its history. We strongly condemn this, he added.

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Baheli on Nov. 18...

20:35

Finding Cache of Made In USA Weapons stan van houcke

Media Silent as Syrian Forces Finally Defeat ISIS, Finding Cache of Made In USA Weapons

As Syrian Forces continue to defeat ISIS strongholds, they are finding an alarming number of drones, machine guns and Humvees left behind by the militants.
 
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20:34

Top Iraq court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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20:31

Americas Drug Overdose Death Rate Keeps Getting Worse stan van houcke

Americas Drug Overdose Death Rate Keeps Getting Worse: CDC

The opioid crisis is killing more and more Americans each year.

20:31

Philippines: A lot of catching up to do compared to much of the rest of the world Peace and Freedom

Opinion

 

STOCKHOLM After a year of hosting ASEAN meetings culminating in the summits among regional leaders and with dialogue partners, the Philippines should be attracting more foreign direct investments and tourists.

Those are supposed to be among the dividends of hosting international gatherings, with preparatory meetings held the entire year.

Hosting a global event such as the Olympic Games or the World Cup means a nation particularly the city chosen for the event can compete with the best in the world. Its a coming-out party, and in many host cities, the improvements undertaken to make the party a success become permanent: better roads, mass transport facilities and telecommunications services; cleaner, greener surroundings; more professional services.

This was the case when China hosted the Olympics in Beijing and the World Expo in Shanghai. There has been no turning back from being world-class.

The idea is not just to serve as gracious host, but to make the experience so memorable guests will keep coming back, and invite others to do the same. While taxpayers always gripe about the massive price tag for hosting any international event, the long-term return on investment must be so attractive that most countries that have already hosted events such as the Olympics keep vying for more chances to host them again.

The mark of an advanced economy is when it can host such events at the shortest notice, with minimal improvements required. Paris can host any global event with its eyes closed; so can New York, Tokyo and Geneva.

Were still waiting for a chance to host our international coming-out party, prudently limiting ourselves to regional events. The rotating chairmanships of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum have provided good practice in...

20:19

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis Peace and Freedom

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 13th Asia Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting (ASEM) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer Reuters

By Yimou Lee

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) China called for a ceasefire in Myanmars Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday.

More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmars Rakhine State.

Amid a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe, rights groups have accused the Myanmar military of committing atrocities, while foreign critics have blasted Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize winner who leads the countrys less than two-year-old civilian administration, for failing to speak out more strongly.

On Monday, Suu Kyi opened a Asia-Europe Meeting for foreign ministers that had been scheduled to take place in Myanmar before the outbreak of the current crisis.

Speaking in Naypyitaw on Sunday having arrived from Dhaka, Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China believed Myanmar and Bangladesh could work out a mutually acceptable way to end the crisis.

The first phase is to effect a ceasefire on the ground, to return to stability and order, so the people can enjoy peace and no longer be forced to flee, Chinas foreign ministry said in a statement citing Wang.

With the hard work of all sides, at present the first phases aim has already basically been achieved, and the key is to prevent a flare-up, especially that there is no rekindling the flames of war.

Visiting Myanmar last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made many of the same points, but he also called for...

20:15

How to Avoid an ISIS 2.0 in Iraq Strategic Culture Foundation

With Mosul and other key cities now liberated from the horrible scourge of ISIS, Iraq stands at a crucial crossroads. Iraqis and Americans have squandered historic opportunities to build a new, stable and prosperous country together before. We must not let that happen again.

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe On Deadline To Resign or Face Impeachment and An Undignified End Peace and Freedom

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Longtime President Robert Mugabe faced a midday deadline set by the ruling party to resign or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his lack of resignation during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave.

Arrogant Mugabe disregards Zanu PF, one newspaper headline said.

Opposition activists and the influential liberation war veterans association announced more demonstrations to pressure the 93-year-old Mugabe, the worlds oldest head of state, to step down after 37 year in power.

Your time is up, veterans association leader Chris Mutsvangwa told reporters.

He also suggested that the military, even though it put Mugabe under house arrest days ago, was still beholden to him and compelled to protect him because he is officially their commander in chief.

Zimbabweans were astonished that Mugabe, flanked by the military in his national address Sunday night, remained defiant.

The war veterans association will go to court to argue that Mugabe is derelict of his executive duty, Mutsvangwa said.

Some ruling party members said an impeachment process likely wouldnt lead to Mugabes immediate resignation and could take days to complete. Mugabe was stripped of his party leadership on Sunday by the Central Committee of the ruling ZANU-PF but said in his speech he would preside over a party congress next month.

The congress is expected to ratify his firing as party chief, the expulsion of the unpopular first lady and the naming of Mugabes recently fired deputy to succeed him.

Amid the confusion, some people in the capital, Harare, are now more cautious about talking to reporters. That contrasts with the jubilation and open condemnation of Mugabe over the weekend, when the bulk of Harares population of roughly 1.6 million appeared to be in the streets, dancing and taking selfies with soldiers in an event backed by the military.

Mugabe in his speech acknowledged a whole range of concerns of Zimbabweans about the chaotic state of the government and its collapsed economy, but he stopped short of what many in the southern Af...

20:02

Saudi Arabia seeks to ratchet up pressure against Iran Peace and Freedom

Arab foreign ministers have slammed Iranian interference in the Middle East. Arab states sought to present a united front as regional rivalries in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon heat up.

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Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Sunday condemned Iranian interference across the region, singling out Tehrans support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

The extraordinary meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo comes as tensions between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran heats up, including over Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

Arab diplomats drafted a resolution warning Iran against maintaining its current policy and pushed for a UN Security Council meeting in order to discuss threats posed by Iran.

We are not declaring war on Iran at this stage, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said. We have not taken a decision to ask the Security Council to meet, but we are just briefing the council and maybe the next stage would be for us to meet and call for a Security Council meeting and submit a draft Arab resolution (against Iran).

Saudi Arabia called the meeting as part of its latest effort to ratchet up pressure against its Shiite rival after Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at Riyadhs international airport earlier in the month.

Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran for helping the Houthis with developing ballistic missiles.

The Arab League resolution condemned the incident, saying it was a blatant aggression against the kingdom and a threat to Arab national security.

Tehran denies arming the Houthis and insists that the rebels produced the missile themselves.

Targeting Hezbollah

In addition to the attempted missile strike, which was repelled by Riyadhs anti-missile defense system, the draft resolution notes the alleged bombing of an oil pipeline in Bahrain as another example of Iranian efforts to undermine regional security.

But some of the sharpest Arab League criticism was directed at Irans support for its ally Hezbollah.

Lebanon was thrust into political uncertainty after the surpise resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri this month...

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Walking for the Salmon with Hopland Pomo, Photos by Bad Bear CENSORED NEWS

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Iran, Russia, Turkey Agree on All Issues in Antalya: Lavrov Geopolitics Alert

Tehran (TNA) Foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, and Turkey on Sunday agreed on all key issues at Syria peace talks in Antalya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

We have gathered to discuss certain issues related to preparations for the summit of the three countries president, which is due in Sochi on November 22, Lavrov told reporters after a trilateral meeting of Iran, Russia, and Turkey on the Syrian crisis, the Tass news agency reported.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Sergey Lavrov, and Mevlut Cavusoglu
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The work was very useful, we have reached agreement on all the key issues, he added.

Related: Ahead Of Syria Peace Talks, US Increases Hostile Rhetoric And Propaganda

We shall report to our presidents our views on how to move forward, how to improve the process, which we call the Astana process and which should offer most favorable conditions to have the Geneva process at last gain some effective instruments to settle the tasks, outlined in the UN Security Councils Resolution 2254, the Russian minister said.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu convened on Sunday in the southwestern Turkish city of Antalya to discuss the results of expert-level talk on the settlement of Syria crisis.

Iran, Russia, and Turkey have so far held seven rounds of peace talks in Kazakhstan to help end the conflict in Syria. The fourth round of those talks in May produced a memorandum of understanding on de-escalation zones in Syria, sharply reducing fighting in the country.

Related: Nikki Haley Promises US Will Act Without UNSC In Syria

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Lebanese PM Confirms He Will Return to Beirut as Crisis Simmers Geopolitics Alert

Paris (MEE Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri confirmed he will return to Beirut in time for Independence Day celebrations Wednesday, as political turmoil rocks his country following his resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia.

I will return to Beirut in the coming days, Hariri said after crisis talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

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I will participate in the celebrations for our independence and it is there that I will make known my position on all the issues after meeting with the president of our republic, general Michel Aoun.

Aoun, who has refused to accept Hariris resignation while he remains abroad, had said earlier Saturday that the premier would return in time for Independence Day.

Arrival in Paris

Hariri arrived in Paris on Saturday at the invitation of Macron, who is attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanons fragile democracy.

Related: Lebanese President: Saudis Detaining Hariri Is Act Of Aggression

Macron greeted Hariri warmly as he arrived for talks at the Elysee Palace hours after flying in from Riyadh with his wife.

Their eldest son, Houssam, was due to join the couple for lunch with Macron at the palace.

19:55

Bitcoin Surges Past $8,000 as Technology Concerns Subside Peace and Freedom

Worlds largest cryptocurrency surged after falling as much as 29 percent this month
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November 20, 2017, 12:54 AM EST

Bitcoin topped $8,000 for the first time as investors set aside technology concerns that saw it tumble as much as 29 percent this month. The worlds largest cryptocurrencys rise is becoming too big for many to ignore with three separate slumps of more than 25 percent all giving way to subsequent rallies, even as skeptics warn of a bubble waiting to pop. The digital currency is gaining the acceptance of professional investors, with CME Group Inc., the worlds biggest exchange, poised to start offering futures trading on bitcoin next month.

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19:46

Naarm / Melbourne, so-called Australia: Serco Compound Attacked in Solidarity with Refugees in Detention Insurrection News

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19.11.17: Tonight, a group of people in Naarm / Melbourne, responding to the call out for 8 Days of Solidarity for Refugees, undertook an action targeting Serco. Serco is a multinational corporation which is directly responsible for the inhumane incarceration conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and detainees, in so-called Australia. Serco is also a major player in the international privatised prison complex.

The group gained access to a central Naarm / Melbourne, Serco compound and immobilised 7 vehicles. The group also left spray-painted messages on Serco compound property, including vehicles, reading Serco Psycho Scum, Serco, profiting from refugee detention- this is war, and Serco profits from misery, we hold YOU responsible.

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19:45

Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together Strategic Culture Foundation

The new course of the multipolar world, together with Trumps America First policy, seems to have hit hardest those countries that placed all their bets on the continuing economic and military dominance of the United States in the region.

19:39

How China helped depose dozing despot Robert Mugabe after flooding Zimbabwe with billions to build hospitals, schools and even the 35million Parliament Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source: Daily Mail As he was driven back to his opulent palace in Harare on Tuesday, surrounded by bodyguards in military fatigues and wearing motorcycle helmets, Robert Mugabe had no reason to suspect that his 37-year rule was about to end. Having been in power since 1980, Mugabe not to mention Grace, his high-handed, []

19:31

Criminalizing Protests, North Dakota Leads the Way, New Tracking Reveals CENSORED NEWS

. President Trump and the states have enacted new laws that target Earth Defenders, while protecting the profits of destructive industries By Brenda Norrell Censored News North Dakota leads in enacting the most laws to criminalize protests, according to the tracking of laws by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. North Dakota has enacted more laws to criminalize protests

19:25

Christian Zionist whackos for israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source It would be funny if the consequences werent so dire Religion Inc., The War on Terror is a Fraud, The Middle East War is more important to these Christians than Jesus There are millions of these people in the US and theyre one of the biggest voting blocks in the US. The Pentagon loves []

19:21

Western elites find new China threat' theory, by Jiang Feng Voltaire Network

The world has been keeping an eye on China for the past 40 years, with adulation and anxiety. Last month, Western mainstream media outlets including the US' Time, France's Le Monde and Germany's Der Spiegel chose Chinese characters or pinyin for their cover headlines, showing the world that "China won;" China, a rising power; and "China: The Awakening Giant." Der Spiegel used "xing lai" (wake up in English) as its cover headline to echo its article "The Awakening Giant." On the one hand, it (...)

19:08

Arab states stand united against unacceptable Iranian aggression Peace and Freedom

Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir leads Saudi Arabias delegation at the Arab Leagues extraordinary general meeting in Cairo on Sunday. (SPA)

CAIRO: Arab states stood united on Sunday against Iranian aggression in the region, and Saudi Arabia warned that it would not stand idly by in the face of threats to its national security.

We are obliged today to take a serious and honest stand to counter these belligerent policies so that we can protect our security, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo.

The ministers expressed their full solidarity with Saudi Arabia and support for any measures it may take to counte...

18:52

Macron succeeds in negotiating Hariri's liberation Voltaire Network

True the French President Emmanuel Macron had been given an icy reception when he visited Riyadh, but he has now at last secured the liberation of the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri. The latter had been detained with his family in Saudi Arabia. After the United States and Russia had got Saudi Arabia to reconsider the rational basis for its decision, France officially invited Mr Hariri and his family to Paris. It would appear that Saudi Arabia has accepted this arrangement. To save (...)

18:50

Israel rejects the Russian-US Peace Agreement Voltaire Network

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, participated in a meeting of his political party (the Likoud), he declared that he is opposed to the US-Russian Peace Plan for Syria. He cited news published by the BBC that Iran has been authorized to set up a permanent military base at Damascus (see the satellite photos below). Israel made a request for Iranian troops to commit to keeping at least 40 kilometres from the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire line. The Israeli request appears all the (...)

18:47

Mattis thinks that US military occupation in Syria is legal Voltaire Network

Responding to a question on the status of US troops present in Syria, the US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, declared that his country had a UN guarantee to chase out the Islamic Emirates (Daesh) from Syria. And following this, he declared that US troops in Syria would not be withdrawn until the Geneva Process was complete, the purpose being to avoid Daesh from returning. The constitutional government of the Syrian Arab Republic has repeatedly denounced the illegal presence of US troops (...)

18:41

Around the MidEast in 40 Minutes Clarion Project

During a recent visit to the Middle East, Clarions David Harris spoke to Israeli podcasters Alan Goldman and Michael Unterberg about the seismic changes in the region:

 

 

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18:39

SouthFront Documentary about Hezbollah (MUST SEE!) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

SouthFront Documentary about Hezbollah (MUST SEE!) The Saker Nov 19, 2017 Dear friends, Check out this superb documentary about Hezbollah made by our friend of SouthFront.  It is superb. Please make sure to drop by here to support their work: https://southfront.org/donate/ Thank you! The Saker https://southfront.org/wp-content/plugins/fwduvp/content/video.php?path=https%3A%2F%2Fsouthfront.org%2Fhezbollah-capabilities-role-middle-east-full-documentary%2F&pid=1085 Source Filed under: Lebanon, Nazi Israel, Netanyahu

18:34

Arab views on America: We like you as people, we hate your policies Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The rise of Trump could unravel the positive effects of US 'soft power' in the Arab world, undermining decades of work through bullying bombast

18:23

BBCs Corbin sidesteps prime issues in Balfour reports part two BBC Watch

In part one of this post we began looking at two contributions from Jane Corbin to the BBCs extensive Balfour Declaration centenary coverage: a filmed programme first aired on BBC Two on October 31st under the title The Balfour Declaration: The Promise to the Holy Land (available for a limited period of time in the UK here, transcript here) and a written article that appeared on the same day in the features section of the BBC News websites Middle East page under the headline The Balfour Declaration: My ancestors hand in history.

While both reports repeated themes seen in additional BBC coverage such as incomplete presentation of the entire text of Arthur Balfours letter, on the other hand they did present audiences with a very rare glimpse of the grave consequences of British restrictions on Jewish immigration....

18:12

Top NSA Whistleblower Claims Russiagate a Fake to Increase War-Spending Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Eric ZUESSE William Binney is the mathematician and Russia-specialist, who quit the NSA in 2001 as its global Technical Director for geopolitical analysis, because of the lying about, and manipulations of, intelligence, that he saw distortions of intelligence by the George W. Bush Administration in order to justify systematic, massive, and all-encompassing, []

18:03

Saudi has been cosying up to Israel for decades. MBS is making it official Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

It may not take the Saudis long before they see the Israeli flag hoisted on a rooftop in Riyadh

17:41

'Black Snake Killaz, A NoDAPL Story' by Unicorn Riot, Watch for Free CENSORED NEWS

Black Snake Killaz, A NoDAPL Story' by Unicorn Riot, Watch for Free https://www.unicornriot.ninja/black-snake-killaz-2017/

16:58

Italy : Declaration of Anarchists Claudia and Stefano facing Trial as a result of Operation Scripta Manent Insurrection News

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We find ourselves facing you in order to be judged. Guilty or innocent? But what are we accused of? In the thousands of pages produced by the prosecutor, over twenty years history of anarchist struggle in Italy are covered and not only, specific facts are mentioned to back up suppositions and conjecture, but in fact what do you want to convince yourselves of with all that mountain of paper? You want to convince yourselves that we are anarchists. That we dont passively accept the system that governs us, the inevitability of mans domination over man and nature. They are asking you to condemn the love that unites the human beings who share the unstoppable desire for freedom bound by their common contempt for authority. If thats why we are here lets put an end to this farce before it begins. We are guilty.

We are guilty of being aware that the democratic regime is nothing other than the ruthless supremacy of the strongest over the weakest, which supports itself by spreading particles of power to satisfy the ego of human beings educated to seek privilege, and by flattening individual attitudes, seeking protection in the consensus of the masses.

We are guilty of not accepting these conditions, of not wanting to participate in the distribution of those driblets of power, of not wanting to live on the blood and the sw...

16:38

Czech Republic: Network of Revolutionary Cells (SRB) Call to Fight: Sabotage the Activities of Those Bastards! Insurrection News

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We see that the repressive campaign on the anarchist movement does not cease. Examples are enough: The operation Fnix case in the Czech Republic, the case of the Warsaw Three, charges of bank robbery in Aachen, courts with rebels against the G20 summit in Hamburg and other cases.

Cops, judges, prosecutors, mass-media. They are haunted, imprisoned, robbed, manipulated. This is a challenge to all Revolutionary cells and other groups and individuals. Sabotage the activities of those bastards. Turn them into terrain, technology and structures. Organize resistance. Support the fugitives and their loved ones.

What destroys us will stop by fighting.

The goal is clear = Freedom, justice, anarcho-communism.

Network of Revolutionary Cells (SRB)


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16:18

Mass Grave Found in Yazidi Town; 46 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

A mass grave that was discovered likely contains Yazidi victims.

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THE REDACTION OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS CounterVortex

The Rise and Fall of Civil Liberties in Afghanistan

Afghan women

by Susan Farooqi, Jurist

When we think of women in Afghanistan, we often assume that they are oppressed, and recall images of women in burqas and stories of women being brutalized. Although there is a lot of truth to these perceptions, the situation has been different in the past, and could be different in the future. Efforts to improve women's rights do not need to resist centuries of tradition; they need to merely reverse recent developments, which are themselves ahistorical.

Although women in Afghanistan were indeed historically oppressed by patriarchy, just as women in medieval Europe were often treated more as property than as individuals, this process began to change during the nineteenth century, as liberalism became an increasingly global philosophy. In particular, during the 1920s, just as women in the United States experienced new freedoms, including the right of suffrage, women in Afghanistan were also able to extend their rights and achieve what was essentially a modern status. It was not until the 1980s that this trend was reversed.

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16:01

Three former South Korean spy chiefs charged with illegally diverting secret funds intelNews.org

A South Korean prosecutor has charged three former directors of the countrys spy agency of secretly diverting funds from the agencys clandestine budget to aid the countrys disgraced former President, Park Geun-hye.

16:00

Make Saudi Arabia Great Again! Antiwar.com Original

I stood in front of a mosque in the city of Qatif, Saudi Arabia, interviewing people for a story. Suddenly, two city police cars pulled up. Several minutes later plain clothes officers from the secret police began questioning me. I had entered the country with a journalist visa, but committed the grave crime of practicing Continue reading "Make Saudi Arabia Great Again!"

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16:00

Israels Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike Antiwar.com Original

In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a building in eastern Syria that the Israelis claimed held a covert nuclear reactor that had been built with North Korean assistance. Seven months later, the CIA released an extraordinary 11-minute video and mounted press and Congressional briefings that supported that claim. But nothing about that alleged reactor in Continue reading "Israels Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike"

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16:00

Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again Antiwar.com Original

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Speaking of the situation on the Korean peninsula, he predicted that there would be "the greatest slaughter." He later requested 34 nuclear weapons for possible use in connection with the Korean situation. He would later claim that he had considered dropping "30 to 50 tactical atomic bombs" and had suggested laying Continue reading "Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again"

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15:34

Part 3 Submarine rescue ships with the Russian Navy The Vineyard of the Saker

by Le Dahu for The Saker Blog   Im writing at the same time as an international search for the Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan, is underway. Last reported 250km

13:39

If You Know Anyone Considering a Flu Shot This Year, Show Them This Anti Oligarch

The CDCs (Centers for Disease Control) annual Orwellian flu season brainwashing fest is about to begin. Flu fear mongering and alarming flu statistics will soon be bombarding the air waves, a massive Big Pharma media marketing blitz masquerading as science with one purpose: to drive the American people to unthinkingly roll up their sleeves and []

13:37

How to Stop a Rogue President from Ordering a Nuclear First Strike Aletho News

By Thomas L. Knapp | William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism | November 19, 2017 On November 15, US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and US Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced  one of the shortest bills in the histories of their two parliamentary bodies. Shorn of the obligatory be it enacted, blah, blah, blah []

12:49

Ibn Warraq: It is time to listen to Robert Spencer Jihad Watch

Ibn Warraq, ex-Muslim, author of Why I Am Not a Muslim, The Origins of the Koran, The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, and Defending the West, and many other important books, says this: Robert Spencer has been telling, and warning, us of the activities of the jihadists since 2003. Every single day he has kept []

12:40

Saudi Grand Mufti forbids jihad against Jews, calls Hamas terror organization Jihad Watch

The Trump Effect. I doubt this heralds genuine change in the Saudi worldview or Wahhabi Islamic theology, but the Saudis need the United States in their struggle against Iran, and so theyre making moderate noises. But the Quran and Sunnah say what they say. If the Iranian threat were to be neutralized, these signs of []

12:19

SYRIAN WAR: AL-BUKAMAL IS LIBERATED. WHAT NOW? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front This analysis originally appeared at southfront.org on November 11, 2017, after the Syrian and Russian defense ministries for the first  time announced the liberation of al-Bukamal. On November 19, the Syrian Arab Army and its allies once again liberated the city from ISIS. Thus, the terrorist group lost its last stronghold in Syria. The liberation []

12:04

Immigration policy may snag Merkel's fourth term as coalition partner pulls out Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Merkel was weakened in September as many voters angry with her 2015 decision to open Germany's borders backed AfD far-right party

11:50

Geoengineering Report for week ending November 18 Fig Trees and Vineyards

Program includes updates on Fukushima, including spiking cancer rates in Japan, as well as dire health impacts upon military personnel who were aboard a US Navy ship that was kept in the vicinity of Fukushima in the immediate aftermath of the disaster; Fukushima fallout surging to higher-than-normal levels in Hawaii; massive marine life die-offs on []

10:35

Fifteen people killed in food aid stampede in Morocco Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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King recently dismissed several ministers after 'imbalances' were found in implementing development plan to fight poverty

10:03

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander killed in Syria by Islamic State Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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More than 1,000 Iranians have been killed in Syria, with senior members of Guards among them

10:02

Yemen Appeal to President Putin The Vineyard of the Saker

by Peter Koenig Dear President Putin, Yemen, a peaceful and extremely poor country is being slaughtered, literally slaughtered by the Saudis, with the full weapons, funding and political support of

08:46

SF Summary of Syria situation Sic Semper Tyrannis

"Now, Syria could be divided into 7 sectors controlled by various parties: The Syrian government, backed by its allies Iran, Hezbollah and Russia, controls the biggest part of the country, including the cities of Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Deir Ezzor,...

08:43

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Normalizing Nukes TomDispatch - Blog

Maybe you thought Americas nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the U.S. with nukes of their own...

08:26

Against Thanksgiving World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, November 19, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

What the hell do I mean Im against Thanksgiving? Cant I find something worse to be against? How about famine, cholera, war, slavery, rape, murder, torture, environmental collapse, refugee crises, evil heartless lying scheming governments, oil spills, slick propaganda, mass incarceration, entrenched apathy, bigotry, greed, or sadism? Indeed, Im certainly against all of those things and thousands of others, and more so than I am against Thanksgiving.

But the worlds problems are relevant to why Im against Thanksgiving, and for two reasons. First, it seems indecent to be engaging in Thanksgiving in light of the worlds horrors. Second, doing so contributes to those horrors in a number of ways.

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08:26

Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid Iran concerns Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Zionisms Violent Legacy Aletho News

By Donald Neff | INSTITUTE FOR HISTORICAL REVIEW On January 4, 1948, Jewish terrorists drove a truck loaded with explosives into the center of the all Arab city of Jaffa and detonated it, killing 26 and wounding around 100 Palestinian men, women and children.[1] The attack was the work of the Irgun Zvai Leumi []

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Netanyahu questioned by police for sixth time in two corruption cases Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Iranian Islamic Socialism to the rescue of quake victims, again, and I have pictures The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Iran has recently been the epicentre of the deadliest quake of 2017. Over 530 Iranians died, along with 7 people over the border

07:11

Israel Has Secret Communications Link With Saudi Arabia Peace and Freedom

Energy Minister Steinitz tells Army Radio its the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 7, 2017. HANDOUT/REUTERS

The Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior Israeli official of such contacts.

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In an interview on Army Radio, Steinitz was asked why Israel was hiding its ties with Saudi Arabia, which does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

Steinitz replied: We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually (we are) the party that is not ashamed.

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Its the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet. With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other sides wish, when ties are developing, whether its with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries, and there is much more (but) we keep it secret.

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Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, the Israeli militarys chief of staff, gave an unprecedented interview with a Saudi newspaper last week in which he called Iran the real and largest threat to region.

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It marked the first time that any senior Israel Defense Forces officer, let alone the chief of staff, has been interviewed by a media organization in Saudi Arabia.

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07:02

Commanders of 15th MRB ready to carry out Kremlins criminal orders InformNapalm.org (English)

InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community through open source intelligence (OSINT) alone has so far identified more than 1000...

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06:45

Elderly Man Tasered by South Carolina Police for Fighting Stance Settles for $900,000 Photography is Not a Crime

The South Carolina police department sued by an 86-year-old man tasered after he exited his vehicle with his hands up settled for $900,000 on Friday.

Stop! police can be heard shouting at Albert Chatfield, who suffers from dementia.

Tase him! another officer can be heard screaming.

Kingstree cop Stephen Sweikata tasered Chatfield, knocking him to the asphalt, cutting his face and breaking his nose.

Chatfield was rushed to McLeod Regional Medical Center where he spent a month in the intensive care unit after it was determined his brain was bleeding in three places.

Albert Chatfield

Sweikata attempted to stop Chatfield on October 16 after receiving a call about a white SUV tailgating another car preventing the driver from turning.

Chatfield made a U-turn to avoid the officer, according to his police report.

Sweikata wrote in his police report that he was only trying to save Chatfields life by tasering him after he began walking into traffic.

According to Sweikata, Chatfield took a fighting stance, which caused him to fear for his life.

Chatfield ignored all these orders and took up a fighting stance against myself, he claims in the report, according to the PostandCourier.

Chatfield then started jogging/walking backwards in the lanes of traffic.

However, the video tells a different tale.

It shows Chatfield exit the vehicle with his hands up before he was struck by probes from the stun gun.

Officers roll him over, handcuff then carry him to the roadside.

The court has been very clear that officers can use Tasers to defend themselves or defend someone else who is being attacked, Chatfields attorney Justin Bamberg said. I have yet to see an officer who would legitimately fear your average unarmed 86-year-old.

If you cannot restrain an 86-year-old, you need to eat some spinach, Bamberg said.

Its unconstitutional to tase someone just because theyre not listening. Plus, hes 86.

 

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06:27

Bangladesh: Muslim political party leader detained for vandalizing Hindu temple Jihad Watch

Hadith Qudsi 19:5: The Prophet said that Allah commanded him to destroy all the musical instruments, idols, crosses and all the trappings of ignorance. (The Hadith Qudsi, or holy Hadith, are those in which Muhammad transmits the words of Allah, although those words are not in the Quran.) Awami League leader among six detained over []

06:14

PA childrens magazine: Muhammad ordered Muslim kids to throw rocks at Jews Jihad Watch

Abu Huraira reported Allahs Messenger as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is []

06:05

UK: Muslim rape gangs using tasers on schoolgirl victims, Birmingham faces tsunami of child sex abuse Jihad Watch

Why is this still happening? Because British officials are still afraid of appearing racist and Islamophobic, and the political and media elites are still fostering that fear. The responsibility for these Muslim rape gangs lies with those elites. Gangs using TASERS on schoolgirl rape victims as Birmingham faces tsunami of child sexual exploitation, by Jeanette []

06:00

Angela Merkels crunch coalition talks faltering Peace and Freedom

Angela Merkel arrives for talks today following weeks of little progress
Angela Merkel arrives for talks today following weeks of little progress.November 19 2017, 6:00pm, The Sunday Times

Angela Merkels attempt to create a four-party coalition to govern Germany was on the verge of failure tonight after another deadline came and went without agreement.

Immigration and climate change measures were the main sticking points dividing Mrs Merkels two-party conservative alliance, the pro-business Free Democrats and the left-wing Greens after a day of intense negotiations.

A deadline of 6pm German time, which the Free Democrats had announced was their cut-off point, passed without a puff of white smoke from the North Rhine-Westphalia state building in Berlin hosting senior members of the parties. Die Welt reported that the negotiators were taking a break.

Sources from other parties began speaking of the possibility of another all-night session following the fruitless 15-hour talk marathon through the night

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The discussions between the four sides have moved beyond the self-imposed deadline of 18:00 local time on Sunday. Merkel and CSU leader Horst Seehofer were to meet with leaders of the Greens after the parties deliberated among themselves during the afternoon.

They sa...

05:51

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: What a Jihadist in Canada Just Revealed About Islamic Tolerance Jihad Watch

A woman who tried to murder people with a golf club and a knife in a Canadian Tire store appeared in court Friday and was furiously defiant. My latest in PJ Media: Rehab Dughmosh, a Muslim woman who tried to murder people with a golf club and a knife in a Canadian Tire store last []

05:44

German media gives heads-up to jihadi mosques, exposes police plans to move against them Jihad Watch

Spiegel is much more concerned about not appearing Islamophobic than about doing anything about jihad terror. Get the details on the prevalence and dangers of this odd phenomenon in my new book Confessions of an Islamophobe. Preorder your copy here now. Moronic German media give heads up to Salafists, expose police plans to move against []

05:38

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Agrees to Resign Peace and Freedom

HARARE (Reuters) Robert Mugabe agreed on Sunday to resign as Zimbabwes president hours after the ruling ZANU-PF party fired him as its leader following 37 years in charge, a source familiar with the negotiations said.

ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto coup.

The source said the Zimbabwe military was working on a resignation statement by Mugabe, without giving details.

Zimbabwes state broadcaster ZBC said Mugabe would address the nation shortly. Earlier on Sunday, the official Herald newspaper showed pictures of him meeting top generals at his State House offices.

Robert Mugabe talks to General Constantino Chiwenga at State House in Harare

Robert Mugabe talks to General Constantino Chiwenga at State House in Harare on Thursday. Photograph: Zimpapers/Herald

Mugabe, the only leader the southern African nation has known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month in a move that triggered the mid-week intervention by the army.

In scenes unthinkable just a week ago, the announcement drew cheers from the 200 delegates packed into ZANU-PFs Harare headquarters to seal the fate of Mugabe, whose support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power.

Mugabe was given until noon (5.00 a.m. ET) on Monday to resign or face impeachment, an ignominious end to the career of the Grand Old Man of African politics who was once feted across the continent as an anti-colonial liberation hero.

Even in the West, he was renowned in his early years as the Thinking Mans Guerrilla, an ironic nickname for a man who would later proudly declare he held a degree in violence.

As the economy crumbled and political opposition to his rule grew in the late 1990s, Mugabe seized thousands of white-owned farms, detained opponents and unleashed security forces to crush dissent.

When the vote was announced, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa, who has spearheaded an 18-month campaign to remove a man he openly described as a dictator, embraced colleagues and shouted: The President is gone. Long live the new President.

Mugabes 52-year-old wife Grace, who had harbored ambitions of succeeding her husband, was also expelled from ZANU-PF, along with at least three cabinet ministers who had formed the backbone of her G40 political faction.

05:35

Merkel Bid for New Coalition Hangs by Thread in Party Talks Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Brian Parkin and Rainer Buergin

Updated on November 19, 2017, 11:14 AM EST
  • Fourth term as German chancellor on the line after 12 years
  • Self-imposed deadline for unlocking coalition talks is Sunday
Angela Merkel

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Talks aimed at paving the way for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to unite four parties into her next governing coalition were on a knifes edge as the clock ticked toward a Sunday deadline to avert a political crisis in Europes biggest economy.

Four hours into the latest round in Berlin, there was little sign an agreement was imminent and even some evidence that differences were widening. Merkel and her Christian Democrat-led bloc face an increasingly tense endgame to win over the Free Democratic and Green parties for formal coalition talks, or risk triggering new elections and a possible end to Merkels fourth term before it begins. The talks are hanging by a thread, said an FDP negotiator, who asked not to be identified because the discussions arent public.

A deal would open the door to bargaining on a detailed policy agenda and cabinet posts that Merkels party would like to conclude by Christmas. The chancellor, whose hold on power is on the line after 12 years in office, is proposing a 10-point interim accord to bring the exploratory talks to a successful conclusion, Hans Michelbach, a lawmaker from her Bavarian CSU sister party, told reporters. German public broadcaster ZDF reported earlier Sunday that the four parties were considering abandoning the talks.

Whatever happens, Germans are headed for uncharted territory. The three factions nicknamed Jamaica for their respective party colors havent governed together at the national level, and post-World War II Germany has never held a repeat election.

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05:26

French police find rocket launchers among massive weapons arsenal in drug raid Jihad Watch

These rocket launchers may have been intended for use not against anti-drug police units, but in jihad attacks. Many of the radical Islamists involved in recent terror attacks in France have been known to have criminal backgrounds leading some to worry that weaponry could be finding its way into the hands of radical Islamists. In []

05:26

Syrian Army Advances South Of Mayadin. Iranian General Soleimani Filmed In Al-Bukamal (Map, Photos, Video)

Syrian Army Advances South Of Mayadin. Iranian General Soleimani Filmed In Al-Bukamal (Map, Photos, Video)

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On November 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces captured the village of Kashmah located between the cities Mayadin and al-Bukamal in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside according to Syrian pro-government sources. However, these claims are yet to be confirmed by official sources.

From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq published photos showing clashes in Kashmah.

Syrian Army Advances South Of Mayadin. Iranian General Soleimani Filmed In Al-Bukamal (Map, Photos, Video)

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05:23

Israeli Forces Fire On Syrian Army On Golan Heights (Again) Syrian forces acting in violation of ceasefire agreements Peace and Freedom

BY JPOST.COM STAFF
 NOVEMBER 19, 2017 19:34

Syrian forces were acting in violation of ceasefire agreements.

IDF fires on Syrian targets near Golan Heights

Israeli forces are seen near a border fence between the Israeli side of the Golan Heights and Syria, November 4, 2017.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The IDF fired upon Syrian army positions Sunday evening near the Israeli border in the Golan Heights on Sunday, the IDF spokespersons office reported.

Syrian forces had been working to fortify a military outpost in the buffer zone, in violation of ceasefire agreements, and an IDF tank fired deterring shots in response.

A similar incident occurred on Saturday, when an IDF tank fired a warning shell near Syrian forces after identifying a Syrian army-built outpost in the demilitarized zone between Syria and Israel, similarly contrary to ceasefire agreements.

According to the IDF, the outpost was located close to the Druse village of Hader on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights.

Earlier this month, following intense fighting in the village, the IDF said it was willing to provide assistance and prevent the c...

05:14

Canada: Trudeau government refers to returning jihadis as foreign terrorist travelers Jihad Watch

Foreign terrorist travellers will be given reintegration support. That means that the Trudeau government will shower money upon them, in the mistaken assumption that poverty and lack of economic opportunity that cause terrorism. Then they will be shocked, shocked!, when some of these men return to jihad anyway. In reality, these jihadis are enemy combatants. []

05:13

The Company We Sadly Keep Aletho News

By Geoff Dutton | Progressive Pilgrim Review | October 25, 2107 It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. ~ Upton Sinclair A triple-threat epidemic is sweeping the landnot just some deadly virus, water-born disease, or auto-immune reactions to toxins, although those too plague []

05:00

Lebanon under total control of Hezbollah: Bahrain FM Peace and Freedom

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CAIRO (AFP)  Bahrains foreign minister said Sunday that Lebanon is under the total control of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, in a speech at an Arab League meeting called by Riyadh.The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation is under the total control of this terrorist party, said Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, referring to the powerful Shiite movement.

Irans biggest arm in the region at the moment is the terrorist Hezbollah arm, Sheikh Khalid charged.

He called on countries such as Lebanon where Hezbollah is a partner in government to carry their responsibility.

Saudi Arabia called the meeting of foreign ministers at the Leagues headquarters in Cairo to discuss violations committed by Iran after a missile was intercepted near Riyadh in a November 4 attack claimed by Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen.


04:50

Syrian Democratic Forces Captured Key Town In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Video)

Syrian Democratic Forces Captured Key Town In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Video)

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On November 19, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the strategic town of Shuaytat on the eastern back of the Euphrates River in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to pro-Kurdish sources.

Pro-government sources claim that the SDF entered Shuaytat after a deal with local ISIS commander, known as Abu Talhat al-Mohajer. The SDF didnt report any clashes around Shaitat earlier. Thus, these claims could be real.

Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources published a video showing fighters of the SDFs Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC) beating captured ISIS supporters or fighters and disfiguring some corpses inside Shuaytat town. The SDF has repeatedly claimed that it is the only force that respect human rights in Syria.

Shuaytat witnessed a bloody massacre committed by ISIS against members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and civilians of the Shuaytat tribe in August 2014. At least, 700 people were killed by ISIS during the massacre, according to opposition sources.

While the SDF is rapidly advancing along the eastern bank of the Euphrates, the US-back force faces a notable resistance from ISIS south and southeast of the Omar and al-Tanak oil fields near the Syrian-Iraqi border.

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04:34

Syrian Army Captures Two New Villages In Hama Countryside. HTS Counter-Attacks (Map, Videos)

Syrian Army Captures Two New Villages In Hama Countryside. HTS Counter-Attacks (Map, Videos)

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On November 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured Balil Hill south of the village of Abu Dali in the northern Hama countryside and the village of Shakhtir in the northeastern Hama countryside, according to pro-government sources.

Syrian opposition sources claimed that Syrian and Russian warplanes bombed several areas in the northern and northeastern Hama countrysides, including the village of Abu Myal village and the town of Rahjan.

However, the HTS-linked news agency Ibaa claimed that HTS fighters recaptured Balil Hill and the village of Shakhtir hours only after the SAA captured them.

Moreover, Ibaa claimed that HTS fighters destroyed a BMP-1 vehicle of the SAA around Shakhtir with an ATGM. The US-backed HTS ally, Jaysh al-Nasir, also announced that its fighters destroyed a tank of the SAA in the northern Hama countryside with an ATGM.

The Free Idlib Army, another ally of HTS, announced that its fighters targeted a gathering of SAA soldiers with a TOW ATGM. However, the video shows the SAA soldiers moving away after the missile hit.

The SAA and its allies will likely expand their operations in the northern Hama countryside after eliminating the remaining ISIS fighters in Deir Ezzor governorate.

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04:07

Iran, Russia and Turkey diplomats meet ahead of Syria summit Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File | More than 330,000 people have been killed since Syrias war began in March 2011
ISTANBUL (AFP)  Top diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey met Sunday morning in Antalya to discuss the civil war in Syria ahead of a three-way summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran and in the southern Turkish city for the closed-door meeting, an official said.

He declined to provide further details on the meeting, which comes as violence is diminishing in Syrias six-year war although a political solution still seems out of reach.

Moscow, Tehran and Ankara are sponsoring the so-called Astana peace talks, named for the Kazakh capital where they are regularly held, which calls for the creation of de-escalation zones in key areas of Syria.

Although Turkey has supported rebels looking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assads government, it has muted its critiques of the Syrian regime, which is backed by Russia and Iran.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Turkeys Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Irans Hassan Rouhani for the Sochi summit, where talks on reducing violence and ensuring humanitarian aid are on the agenda.

According to the Anadolu news agency, Putin and Erdogan have already met five times this year and spoken by telephone 13 times.

Erdogan last met Putin for talks in Sochi on November 13, agreeing on the need to boost elements for a lasting settlement.


04:00

Book Review: JFK and the Unspeakable How he died and why it matters OffGuardian

by Edward Curtin This review was first published on November 28th 2009 and originally appeared on globalresearch.ca, lewrockwell.com and ratical.org. We are republishing it now to mark the our JFK Week, as well as announce our new Book Review section, coming soon. Despite a treasure-trove of new information having emerged over the last forty-six years, there are many people who still think who killed President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and why are unanswerable questions. There are others who cling to the Lee Harvey Oswald lone-nut explanation proffered by the Warren Commission. Both groups agree, however, that whatever the truth, it has no contemporary relevance but is old-hat, history, stuff for conspiracy-obsessed people with nothing better to do. The general thinking is that the assassination occurred almost a half-century ago, so lets move on. Nothing could be further from the truth, as James Douglass shows in his extraordinary book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (Orbis Books, 2008). It is clearly one of the best books ever written on the Kennedy assassination

03:58

Chris Hedges: RT America Torched in Witch Hunt 17 stan van houcke

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Chris Hedges in a screen shot from his RT America program, "On Contact." (RT America)
In one of the most horrendous blows to press freedom since the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the U.S. Department of Justice has forced the news broadcaster RT America to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
The assault on RT America, on which I host the show On Contact, has nothing to do with the dissemination of Russian propaganda. It is driven by RT Americas decision to provide a platform to critics of American capitalism and imperialism, critics who lambast a system of government that can no longer be called democratic. And it is accompanied by the installation of algorithms by Google, Facebook and Twitter that divert readers away from left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, including Truthdig. The...

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Martien Pennings. Racist in de Volkskrant stan van houcke

                         


Een cartoon uit het antisemitische nazi-propagandablad Der Sturmer. 'De vreemde, de ander, de jood, de Arabier' wordt altijd afgeschilderd als de grote bedreiging, de vijfde colonne van allochtonen die uit zijn op het zuivere bloed van de onschuldige autochtonen. Let op het mes, en het 'kromzwaard', zoals de antisemieten dit wapen steevast noemen.

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03:36

The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy Dissident Voice

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guineas Manus Island has surfaced.  New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australias Turnbull government, has been particularly enthusiastic.

Australia has remained resolutely cold to the offer, insisting that such an arrangement would undermine its own blunt approach of discouraging boat arrivals and the industry behind it. For the perplexed on this issue, Australia keeps funding alternative camps on Manus, hoping for the remaining refugees to shut up and slide quietly to other destinations.  A number are being encouraged to go to the United States in a deal US President Donald Trump deems dumb.

Now, New Zealands angle has shifted, largely prompted by the crisis following the closure of the Manus Island facility at the Lombrom Naval Base.  The PNG government is being asked directly as to whether some arrangement might be reached, thereby avoiding Australian intransigence.

The response from the Australian Immigration Minister was characteristically sinister and appropriate for a former police officer.  With barely veiled menace, Peter Dutton suggested that New Zealand would have to think about their relationship with Australia and what impact it would have.  Theyd have to think that through, and wed have to think that through.

Duttons playground remarks did not stop there. He also rebuked New Zealands announcement that aid money would be offered to those on Manus Island and Nauru: Well, its a waste of money in my judgment, I mean, give that money to another environment somewhere, to Indonesia, for example.  Found wanting, Dutton has taken to lecturing a sovereign state.

Dutton then did what every Australian politician glancing across the Tasman does: suggest that New Zealand was somehow benefiting from Canberras punitive approach to boat arrivals.  Not that New Zealand has been ever openly asked about this take of the unwanted sacrifice.

We have stopped vessels on their way across the Torres Strait planning to track their way down the east coast of Australia to New Zealand We have put many hundreds of millions of dollars into a defence effort to stop those vessels We do that frankly without any financial assistance from New Zealand If new boats arrive tomorrow these people arent going to Auckland, theyre going to Nauru.

This is a repeated Australian gripe: its small neighbour benefits from having a natural shield to the north; it can afford to be more moral on issues and idealist in its aspirations.  Hard, realistic Australian politicians and policy makers must underwrite this.  They, goes this straw man reasoning, are the ones making the hard, unsavoury deci...

03:29

Hezbollah, Syrian Army Liberate Al-Bukamal, ISILs Last Bastion in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 19, 2017 Hezbollah, the Syrian army and their allies managed on Sunday to regain the entire city of Al-Bukamal from ISIL terrorist group, killing 50 militants. 150 other ISIL militants, including the two commanders Abu Hasan Al-Iraqi and Saddam al-Jamal, escaped the battlefield in the city through tunnels into the eastern of Euphrates as []

03:26

Israeli president rejects pardon of convicted soldier Elor Azaria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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03:19

Prayer and Meditation for Monday, November 20, 2017 Peace and Freedom

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 497

Reading 1 1 MC 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63

[From the descendants of Alexanders officers]
there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,
son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.
He became king in the year one hundred and thirty seven
of the kingdom of the Greeks.In those days there appeared in Israel
men who were breakers of the law,
and they seduced many people, saying:
Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;
since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us.
The proposal was agreeable;
some from among the people promptly went to the king,
and he authorized them to introduce the way of living
of the Gentiles.
Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem
according to the Gentile custom.
They covered over the mark of their circumcision
and abandoned the holy covenant;
they allied themselves with the Gentiles
and sold themselves to wrongdoing.

Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people,
each abandoning his particular customs.
All the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king,
and many children of Israel were in favor of his religion;
they sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath.

On the fifteenth day of the month Chislev,
in the year one hundred and forty-five,
the king erected the horrible abomination
upon the altar of burnt offerings
and in the surrounding cities of Judah they built pagan altars.
They also burned incense at the doors of the houses and in the streets.
Any scrolls of the law which they found they tore up and burnt.
Whoever was found with a scroll of the covenant,
and whoever observed the law,
was condemned to death by royal decree.
But many in Israel were determined
and resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean;
they preferred to die rather than to be defiled with unclean food
or to profane the holy covenant; and they did die.
Terrible affliction was upon Israel.

Responsorial Psalm PS 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158

R. (see 88) Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Indignation seizes me because of the wicked
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Why do the French have good nuke power? Sic Semper Tyrannis

"No one knew for sure exactly how far those molten fuel cores had traveled before desperate plant workers later celebrated as the Fukushima Fifty were able to cool them again by pumping water into the reactor buildings. With...

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Saudi Arabia warns it will not tolerate 'aggression' by Iran Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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03:06

Saudi Corruption Detainees Reportedly Offered Freedom for Assets Geopolitics Alert

Riyadh (GPA The government of Saudi Arabia seems to be offering a chance for royal family members arrested during the recent anti-corruption sweep to buy their way out of the Riyadh Ritz in a freedom for assets swap.

Reports have begun to emerge that the Saudi government has begun to approach some of the royal family members arrested in the corruption crackdown earlier this month. According to sources inside the kingdom, the billionaire relatives of King Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS) have been offered a way out of their detention in exchange for up to 70% of their business fortunes.

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According to sources who spoke to some western outlets, the deal would likely split the detained royals cash and personal property from their business assets and redistribute portions of each into government coffers. The list of figures this deal is being offered to includes some of the wealthiest men in Saudi Arabia such as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

The Saudi government has yet to comment on the specifics of this strange plea bargaining process but it has been noted that the policy of the government has shifted from freezing accounts to expropriation of unencumbered assets.

Related: UK Government Woos Saudi Arabia With $2bn Loan

Despite the Saudis wish to keep this new arrangement quiet it seems there is already some evidence of this policy in effect when it comes to men like Prince Alwaleed, who has massive investments in everything from banking to media to real estate. It has already bee...

03:03

Violence Is A Dark Magic Dissident Voice

As ancient and instinctual
as sex.
It throbs and pulses
through the ages.
Wormhole-ing and devouring
important chunks
out of Destinys map.
From Spider and Fly,
schoolyard Sticks and Stones
through the explosive passions of Love,
to the language of War
in the name of God,
King, Country and excuses.
It has no Master,
pity or mercy,
feeds and refuels
the same from both
weak and strong.
Dwells in Karmas blindside,
there are no Heroes
in the face of its havoc,
Martyrs are still dead victims.
A destructive energy,
channelled but never ruled,
a free-flowing Dark Magic
invisibly cobwebbing the Earth,
ever watchful
for the next Fool
to give into Anger and Spite
and become a Vessel for its Forming.

03:03

He Whispered for Water Dissident Voice

A man bleeds for mercy at the hands of fire,
a humble plea ascends from the concrete,
he whispered for water, but was tossed on the pyre.

The tax collectors came rabid and wired
like rats raging through the neighborhood street,
a man bleeds for mercy at the hands of fire.

Eric gasped with desert lungs that tired
from the choking of a breathless summer heat,
he whispered for water, but was tossed on the pyre.

The cry went up, but could not reach higher
than the hollow hearts of those cops on the beat,
a man bleeds for mercy at the hands of fire.

I cant breathe, he wheezed as his life expired,
struck down to the earth, he fell to his feet,
he whispered for water, but was tossed on the pyre.

To breathe and live was Erics final desire,
but the flames didnt shrink or cease to shriek,
a man bleeds for mercy at the hands of fire,
he whispered for water, but was tossed on the pyre.

Whence do eyes repair Dissident Voice

within
the silent rooms
where we weep
tracing our fingers
our toes in the deep
finding the form
inch by inch
cautiously
touching
the rough boards
beneath
the light switch
too far
the blanket
too warm
our eyes
turned inward
avoiding
the scars
when finally
when firmly
we the distant
door reach
in our dreams
in cool streams
may we sleep.
when we cannot read
we must listen
not yearn to write
but learn to sing.

03:02

How Syrian-Nuke Evidence Was Faked Aletho News

By Gareth Porter | Consortium News | November 19, 2017 When Yousry Abushady studied the highly unusual May 2008 CIA video on a Syrian nuclear reactor that was allegedly under construction when an Israeli jet destroyed it seven months earlier, the senior specialist on North Korean nuclear reactors on the International Atomic Energy Agencys staff []

03:02

Empty Lives Dissident Voice

Hunger
A hunger so deep it devours its host.
eating away at self-worth,
sucking out the spirit,
starving the mind.
A pain so intense that it defies explanation.
The want of food,
goes deeper than just the physical pangs.
It grows into an emotional hunger,
that wraps itself around its prey
strangling the life out of it,
leaving an empty shell.
A hollow aching is all that is left.

03:02

21st-century schizoid segregation Dissident Voice

down these long dark tunnels
march the schizoid humans
some tall and erect others
eerily slumped and sluggish
stepping in tune to an avatar
intelligence branded within

boasting of their segregation
and blinded by the blackness
they move to the commands
closer toward an apocalyptic
false light resurrection display
shown in a sky-written deception

with breathed in microchips
nanobot swarms assemble
tiny interior drones of control
the illusion grand commences
as the natural loses its grip
and self melts into the Leviathan

03:02

Are You Listening? Dissident Voice

Those of us restricted
By the weight of responsibility
Beat our lotus words
Against the nape of god
Begging him to listen

What will it take
How many murders
Of how many children

Must the M-16s come marching
Through Your gates
Through church doors
And temples
Laying mothers
Infants
Innocents to waste along the way

But You have not heard them still
Blood at Your altars
Blood everywhere
And You have not said a single word

Can we pray then
For others to listen
Congressmen
Senators
God help us the president

Can You make them feel
What it is like
To lose someone
If not just anyone
Then themselves

Can You make them feel
What it is like
To bleed empty
Before they are ready
To go screaming
Into the hollow night
Not even knowing why

Can You make them
See blood on their hands
And weep blood tears
Can You make them understand
The greed at the bottom of it all
That kills?

There is surely a way
Dear god
Even if You do not listen
To make others listen
To stop the bullets
To stop the tears.

Shunning Stress with a Simple Sigh Dissident Voice

There can never be
too many poems
written about
taking a deep breath.

There can never be
too many mornings
of waking up to say,
I love you.

There can never be
too many walks
up to the park
where the quiet woods await.

There can never be
too many stars
shining light from the sky
on the spot where we dance.

There can never be
too many ways
of simplifying life
back down to the basics.

03:02

A Moment Of Silence In A Forest Of White Crosses Dissident Voice

The Dead
do not require our silence to be honored
do not require our silence to be remembered
do not require our silence as remembrance, as honor
do not expect our silence to end:

the carnage of war
the child starved
the woman raped
the virulence of intolerance
the Earth desecrated.

It is the living who require our silence
in a lifetime of fear and complicity.

The Dead
do require our courage to defy the powerful and greedy
do require our lives be loud, compassionate, courageous
do require our anger at the continuance of war in their name
do require our shock at the maiming of the Earth in their name
do require our outrage to be honored, to be remembered

The Dead
have no use for our silence.

03:02

UN calls on Syria warring sides to stop targeting civilians Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Undefined

Rebel groups and government forces are locked in a cycle of attacks around Damascus and in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta

03:01

devolution Dissident Voice

a downward spiral has created a whirlwind
stripping away the surface and exposing
the remnants of
old times neer forgotten

could devolution be the cause

once kindly uncle sam
gave abundant support to people who were facing
depression
war
atomic and nuclear threats
starvation
and segregated everything

devolution could return us to times of superiority for some
inferiority for others

gods good graces were flowing
as the fate of dred scott was determined
as fort sumter was attacked
as jim crow grew

alarms began to sound
but they were heard by too few

the federalists were right

if all men were angels

a downward spiral has created a whirlwind
could devolution be the cause

03:01

Following Footsteps of the Founding Fathers Dissident Voice

Alchemy of money
transforming repulsive,
ugly, hideous human forms into
Powerful producers, reality TV stars,
Super predator presidents,
Multimillionaire quarterbacks,
Elected officials, political operatives,
Oscar-winning actors
boys being boys
following footsteps of
The Founding Fathers:

He stepped up to
the auction block and
grabbed her breast, her pussy;
As part of doing businessso
stealing away from the big house
in wee hours,
slipping into darkness
an unwanted hand under an
unsuspecting dress, into pants
groping, penetrating, any time, any
Kidnapped
body he bought, sold, owned,
Was part of doing business
slamming her coca-colored face
into his unwashed crotch,
fulfilling his fantasies,
Wasnt out of the ordinary:
Powerful producers, reality TV stars,
Super predator presidents,
Multimillionaire quarterbacks,
Elected officials, political operatives,
Oscar-winning actors
have big shoes to fill:
following footsteps of
The Founding Fathers

02:48

Saudi Arabia, Arab allies in Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah Peace and Freedom

By Patrick Markey

CAIRO (Reuters) Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss ways to confront Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs.

Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shiite Islamist Iran over Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariris surprise resignation and after an escalation in Yemens conflict.

Hariri, a long-time Saudi ally, resigned on Nov. 4 in an announcement made from Riyadh. Hariri cited fear of assassination and accused Iran and Hezbollah of spreading strife in the Arab world.

Hezbollah, both a military force and a political movement, is part of a Lebanese government made up of rival factions, and an ally of Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage. Senior Lebanese politicians close to Hariri also said he was coerced into resigning. Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny those accusations.

What Iran is doing against some Arab countries calls for taking more than one measure to stop these violations, interferences and threats, which are carried out through many various means, Hossam Zaki, Arab League Assistant Secretary, told Asharq al Awsat newspaper in an interview.

Stopping them requires a joint Arab policy.

He said the meeting would send a strong message for Iran to step back from its current policies.

Egypts state-owned newspaper Al Ahram cited an Arab diplomatic source saying the meeting may refer the matter to the United Nations Security Council.

The emergency Arab foreign ministers meeting was convened at the request of Saudi Arabia with support from the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait to discuss means of confronting Iranian intervention, Egypts state news agency MENA said.

Saudi Arabias Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir told Reuters last week the kingdoms actions in the Middle East were only a response to what he called the aggression of Iran.

Unfortunately countries like the Saudi regime are pursuing divisions and creating differences and because of this they dont see any results other than divisions, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Iranian state media Sunday on the sidelines of a meeting in Antalya with his Russian and Turkish counterparts about the Syria conflict.

Lebanons state-run NNA media said the countrys the foreign minister would not attend the Cairo mee...

02:46

Zionist Hasbara is Winning in Italy stan van houcke

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02:46

Russia Goes Caribbean Newsbud

In the fifty-sixth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Izvestia, Kommersant, Vedomosti, and Ekspress Gazeta. He discusses the increased political and economic cooperation between Russia and the governments of the Caribbean states as a Russian long-term response to the U.S. meddling in Eastern Europe. He also discusses the press conference that the Russian president Vladimir Putin gave at the recent APEC summit in Vietnam and his praise of the U.S. president Donald Trump. In addition, Professor Kovacevic addresses the rumors about the potential break-up of the Russian state-owned natural gas and oil giant, Gazprom. Lastly, he examines how the first Russian foreign minister after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Andrei Kozyrev, a well-known pro-Western liberal, is seen in Russia today, including by the president Putin.

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02:43

Libya says it will investigate slave auction footage Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | A demonstrator, standing through the smoke from tear gas, raises his fist during a march against slavery in Libya on the Champs-Elysees avenue face antiriot police in Paris on November 18, 2017

TRIPOLI (AFP)  Libya will investigate alleged slave trading in the country, the internationally recognised government announced Sunday, following the release of video footage appearing to show migrants being auctioned off.Chaos-ridden Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many of them have fallen prey to serious abuse in the North African country at the hands of traffickers and others.

US television network CNN aired the footage last week of an apparent live auction in Libya where black men are presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Metig said his UN-backed Government of National Accord would investigate the allegations, in a statement posted Sunday on the Facebook page of the GNAs press office.

Metig said he would instruct the formation of a commission to investigate these reports in order to apprehend and bring those responsible to justice, the statement added.

The foreign ministry in a statement added: If these allegations are confirmed, all implicated persons will be punished.

The CNN report apparently showing migrants being auctioned off in Libya was shared widely on social media, provoking outrage in Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.

The grainy footage shot on a mobile telephone shows a man CNN said was Nigerian and in his 20s being offered up for sale as part of a group of big strong boys for farm work.

In the CNN report, a person identified as an auctioneer can be heard saying 800 900 1,000 1,100 before two men are sold for 1,200 Libyan dinars ($875).

Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to protest against slavery in Libya, according to French police. The gathering led to clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also chairman of the African Union, on Friday called for an inquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a despicable trade from another era.

Senegals government expressed outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil that constituted a blight on the conscience of humanity.

African migrants from nations including Guinea and Senegal but also Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Gambia make the dan...

02:35

After all Russias, Irans, Hezbollahs & Syrian Govts efforts, the USA allows ISIS terrorists to escape into the desert Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Secret US-backed deal allowed hundreds of ISIS fighters, with tonnes of weapons and ammunition, to escape Raqqa Lorry driver Abu Fawzi thought it was going to be just another job. He drives an 18-wheeler across some of the most dangerous territory in northern Syria. Bombed-out bridges, deep desert sand, even government forces and so-called Islamic []

02:28

No N. Korean Nukes On ICBMs, Until Kims Boys Solve Terminal Reentry Problem ThereAreNoSunglasses

[SEE: If N. Korea Can Deliver A Nuke Into Space, Can It Survive Reentry?

People watch a launching of a Hwasong-12 strategic ballistic rocket aired on a public TV screen at the Pyongyang Train Station in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 AP Photo/ Jon Chol Jin

North Korean ICBM Program Runs Into Major Roadblock

The South Korean foreign intelligence service has reported that North Koreas intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program has hit a snag, as the communist country has run into difficulty developing reliable atmospheric re-entry technology that would allow their missile to return from Earths orbit.

The report came from the National Intelligence Service (NIS), who met behind closed doors with the South Korean National A...

02:02

Looking Back At Donald Trumps Asia Trip: The Winner is China Viewing a pathetic reversal of Americas defining role in the world as the voice of humanitys highest ideals Peace and Freedom

 / 05:22 AM November 19, 2017

At the festival of summits to which the Philippines dutifully played host last week, three basic standpoints by which humanity describes and criticizes the state of affairs in the world vied for space.

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These competing viewpoints were not visible in equal measure at these summits. But, the resonance of particular issues, alongside the muted presence of others, gives us a good picture of how todays leaders are reacting to the complex problems brought about by globalization. These problems include the massive flows of migrants and refugees, terrorism, bigotry, uneven development and sharp inequalities within and across countries, mass poverty, ecological disasters, and war. They are problems that need the kind of global perspective for which multilateral talks might have been suited.

But, the hands-down winner in these summits has been the nation-state perspective and the vocabulary of national sovereignty, noninterference, and peaceful coexistence, in which it is officially articulated. The other name for it is the Chinese template. Rather than global agreements transcending nation-state divides, what we find instead are the bilateral deals by which every country tries to secure from another what it needs for itself.

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No one could have formulated this standpoint more bluntly than US President Donald Trump, who had won the presidency on a campaign to put America first. Even as he railed at the glaring trade imbalance between the United States and China d...

02:00

Syrian Army Takes Back Most Of Positions In Armored Vehicle Base In Eastern Ghouta (Photos, Map)

Syrian Army Takes Back Most Of Positions In Armored Vehicle Base In Eastern Ghouta (Photos, Map)

Photo by Wassim Issa

On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recaptured the command section and the section 446 of the Armored Vehicle Base in the Eastern Ghouta region near the city of Damascus, according to pro-government sources.

Syrian Army Takes Back Most Of Positions In Armored Vehicle Base In Eastern Ghouta (Photos, Map)

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During the clashes around the Armored Vehicle Base, the SAA was able to corner a unit of Ahrar al-Sham inside a booby-trapped building, and detonated it killing the enitre unit, according to pro-government sources.

The Ahrar al-Sham Movement didnt release any news regarding its attack on the Armored Vehicle Base in the last 24 hours. Syrian warplanes conducted very few airstrikes around the base on Sunday. Due to this its safe to assume that the reports about the SAA advance inside the base are accurate.

Pro-government activists claimed that the SAA is planning to develop its counter attack and to advance around the base. Howe...

01:48

BBCs Corbin sidesteps prime issues in Balfour reports part one BBC Watch

The BBCs extensive Balfour Declaration centenary coverage included two contributions from Jane Corbin: a filmed programme first aired on BBC Two on October 31st under the title The Balfour Declaration: The Promise to the Holy Land (available for a limited period of time in the UK here, transcript here) and a written article that appeared on the same day in the features section of the BBC News websites Middle East page under the headline The Balfour Declaration: My ancestors hand in history....

01:46

Robert Steele: War in the Middle East A strategic survey of possibilities, winners, losers Public Intelligence Blog

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War in the Middle East

A strategic survey of possibilities, winners, losers

Iran Is Not the Enemy

It is obvious to everyone that Israel and Goldman Sachs want war in the Middle East Israel to continue its long-held strategic focus on Balkanizing and impoverishing all other countries a divide and conquer at any cost strategy[1] Goldman Sachs because it made bad bets on the future of oil and a broad war in the Middle East is the only way of pushing oil from $57 to $100 and perhaps even if it is a nuclear war $200 and even by some accounts, $300.[2]

Not so obvious is what I believe to be a side deal between President Donald Trump, President Vladimir Putin, and General Secretary Xi Jinping, re-affirmed in Viet-Nam this week, to wage peace. Benjamin Fulford has written about this recently with a sufficiency of inside sources. The three bosses are not going...

01:41

Israeli Police Question Netanyahu for the Sixth Time in Corruption Investigation Peace and Freedom

BY UDI SHAHAM
 NOVEMBER 19, 2017 16:30

It is allowed according to the law to receive gifts from friends, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset in January.

Netanyahu and Milchan

Netanyahu and Milchan. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Police interrogators from the Lahav 433 unit arrived at the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday afternoon to question him over his involvement in police cases 1000 and 2000.

This is the sixth round of questioning for the prime minister in these police cases, and it comes only ten days after the last round.

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Police reportedly complained that they didnt have enough time for the last session earlier this month, and that this round of questioning meant to complete it.

It was reported that the questioning will mainly focus on Case 1000 the gifts affair, in which it is suspected that the prime minster received expensive gifts from various businessmen, and police are currently investigating whether he gave them anything in return.

One of the main figures in this c...

01:23

Turkey bans all LGBTI events across Ankara province Could incite hatred Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Homosexuality has been legal since the creation of the modern Turkish republic in 1923 under founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

ISTANBUL (AFP)  Turkish authorities on Sunday announced a ban on all LGBTI cultural events in Ankara province until further notice to maintain public order.The move follows a ban on a festival of German-language gay films in the capital on Thursday, imposed on the grounds it could incite hatred and be at risk from terror attacks.

Since (Saturday) 18 November and until further notice, all film and theatre events, screenings, panels, colloquium, exhibitions, etc have been banned, the Ankara adminstration said on its website.

It argues that LGBTI events are likely to provoke reactions within certain segments of society and has issued the ban to maintain public order.

But organisers of Thursdays film festival wanted authorities to instead offer greater protection, denouncing the move as a violation of their constitutional rights.

The announcement will fuel concern amongst LGBTI activists in Turkey that their right to freedom of expression is being curtailed under the Islamic-rooted government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Homosexuality has been legal since the creation of the modern Turkish republic in 1923, and was also legalised in the Ottoman Empire from the mid-nineteenth century.

However, LGBTI individuals in the country frequently complain of mistreatment including harassment, abuse and rape as well as animosity.

The annual gay pride rally in Istanbul once a hugely popular event has been blocked by authorities for three years in a row also on security grounds.

Activists accuse the government of banning such events in a bid to impose a conservative morality on the hugely diverse country. But authorities insist they are acting to protect citizens safety.

Earlier this month, Erdogan was outraged at the existence of a quota for gays on a neighbourhood committee, saying it was at odds with the nations values.


01:19

German parties at pain threshold on immigration in coalition talks Seeking a humane and ordered immigration policy Peace and Freedom

BERLIN (Reuters) Germanys would-be coalition partners appeared to be stalled over the thorny issue of immigration policy on Sunday despite inching closer to agreement on other major sticking points including climate policy.

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Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel arrives at the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Representation office for exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

An awkward alliance with the pro-business Free Democrats and the Greens would allow Chancellor Angela Merkel to govern for a fourth term after her conservatives lost votes in Septembers election to the far right.

However the three-way combination is untested at national level. With negotiations running deep into overtime, leaders are urging each other to make painful compromises in order to bind parties that are ideologically far apart into a stable government for Europes largest economy.

A self-imposed deadline of Thursday for wrapping up exploratory talks passed without agreement, but negotiators said the Greens welcomed a Sunday offer to boost wind generation and shutter 7 gigawatts of dirty coal generation capacity.

(Parties) cannot go in with maximal demands, said Greens co-leader Cem Ozdemir. They have to be prepared, out of responsibility, or call it patriotism, to move and we have done that in every area, right up to the pain threshold.

While snags remain on taxes and public finances, the trickiest sticking point concerns immigration, where Merkels arch-conservative allies in Bavarias Christian Social Union (CSU) insist on capping new arrivals at 200,000 a year.

The left-leaning Greens have opposed a cap, but appeared willing to compromise in a document seen by Reuters late on Saturday, in which they said that the proposed limit had only been exceeded five times in the past 25 years.

Failure to reach a deal could lead to new elections, something all the parties are anxious to...

01:15

Map Update: Syrian Troops Restoring Control Over Al-Bukamal, Advancing In Euphrates Valley

According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have restored control over the cityof al-Bukamal near the border with Iraq and advanced against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley.

The SAA, Hezbollah and their allies are now working to secure the captured areas in al-Bukamal. A large part of ISIS members had reportedly withdrawn from the area.

Map Update: Syrian Troops Restoring Control Over Al-Bukamal, Advancing In Euphrates Valley

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01:10

Mugabe given until noon Monday to quit as President of Zimbabwe Peace and Freedom

Reuters

HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabwes ruling party fired Robert Mugabe as its leader on Sunday and gave the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to force a peaceful end to his 37 years in power after a de facto coup.

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FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe (right) and His wife Grace

Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, a senior party official told a news conference.

In scenes unthinkable just a week ago, the announcement was met by cheers from the 200 ZANU-PF delegates packed into the partys Harare headquarters to seal the fate of Mugabe, whose support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power.

Mugabes 52-year-old wife Grace, who had harbored ambitions of succeeding her husband, was also expelled from the party, along with at least three cabinet ministers who had formed the backbone of her G40 political faction.

Speaking before the meeting, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

Hes trying to bargain for a dignified exit, he said.

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Military vehicles and soldiers patrol the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 15,2017

He then followed up with threat to unleash the mob onto Mugabe if refused to go, telling reporters: We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business.

Moments after the vote was taken to remove Mugabe, the delegate hall erupted in applause.

...

01:08

Zimbabwes Mugabe Clings to Power as He Is Fired as Party Leader Peace and Freedom

President Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest amid growing calls to step aside as Zimbabwes leader

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Updated Nov. 19, 2017 8:05 a.m. ET

HARARE, ZimbabwePresident Robert Mugabe was expelled from the ruling party he has led for more than four decades on Sunday, party officials said, piling pressure on the 93-year-old to relinquish power.

Five days after tanks rolled into Zimbabwes capital to take control of the Southern African country, Mr. Mugabe has resisted calls to step down as president, even as the support from his party crumbles. Analysts said that unless Mr. Mugabe agrees to step aside, parliament would likely move to impeach him in the coming days.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been dismissed as head of the ruling Zanu-PF party and replaced by the deputy he sacked earlier this month. Emmerson Mnangawa will take over as leader of the party, Chris Mutsvangwa, the chairman of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association confirmed. Mr Mutsvangwa also said the party was beginning the process to remove Mr Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been dismissed as head of the ruling Zanu-PF party and replaced by the deputy he sacked earlier this month.

Emmerson Mnangawa will take over as leader of the party, Chris Mutsvangwa, the chairman of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association confirmed.

Mr Mutsvangwa also said the party was beginning the process to remove Mr Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe.

...

01:07

Weekly Review And Open Thread 2017-42 Moon of Alabama

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: Nov 13 - Yemen - Having Lost The War Saudis Try Genocide - Media Complicit No progress has been made towards lifting or breaking the total Saudi blockade. There are new rumors of...

00:42

Israel to shut migrant centre and deport Africans Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | A file picture shows African migrants gathering before their release from the Holot detention centre in Israels Negev desert, on August 25, 2015

JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israels cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally.Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries.

The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country, the public security ministry said in a statement.

Israeli official figures from June 30 show a total of 38,043 African migrants in the country.

They include 27,494 Eritreans and 7,869 Sudanese, and their presence in south Tel Aviv has raised discontent among Israelis there and elsewhere.

Speaking ahead of Sundays vote, Netanyahu noted that after building a fence on the Egyptian border and deporting some 20,000 African migrants through various deals, Israel has reached the third stage of its efforts accelerated removal.

This removal is taking place thanks to an international agreement I reached that enables us to remove the 40,000 infiltrators remaining, remove them without their consent, he told ministers.

This will enable us to close down Holot and allocate some of the large funds going there to inspectors and removing more people, said Netanyahu.

Holot, an open facility in the desert that can host 1,200 migrants who are allowed to leave to work during the day, would be closed three months from December 16, according to the decision.

A public security ministry spokesman said an extension to that deadline would be set if necessary.

Ahead of the vote, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Holot had become a hotel for infiltrators at the tax-payers expense that does not encourage their exit and costs 240 million shekels ($68 million, 58 million euros) a year.

In a Twitter statement, Erdan however stressed the closure of Holot was conditioned on us seeing that the policy of removing infiltrators to a third country was indeed taking place.

Neither Erdan nor Netanyahu gave details about the deal and the third country.

Israel tacitly recognises the Sudanese and Eritreans cannot be returned to their dangerous homelands, so it has signed deals with Rwanda and Uganda, which agree to accept departing migrants on conditio...

00:40

Syrian army and allies retake Albu Kamal from IS: Military source Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Albu Kamal has changed hands several times, with Assad forces announcing the capture of the town earlier this month

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The Arab nation is on the retreat The Iranians have effectively overtaken four Arab capitals; the Russians rule the Syrian coastline Peace and Freedom

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 OPINION
 BY AMOTZ ASA-EL
 NOVEMBER 19, 2017 02:10

 

Its that time of history again.

FOREIGN MINISTERS Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zari

FOREIGN MINISTERS Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran attend a news conference in Moscow in April.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Its that time of history again.

Climb up the road abutting the Golan Heights southern ledge, opposite Jordans northwestern edge, and admire the Yarmuk Rivers cliffy banks, where a bridge blown up by Palmach commandos in 1946 still hangs crippled to this day, disused like the Damascus-Medina railway it once served.

Here, a short hike away from the Syrian civil wars antagonists; several miles from Deraa, the town where the anti-Assad revolt erupted, and from the biblical Edrei, where the Israelites faced off with Og the king of Bashan a vast Arabian army dealt the Byzantine Empire in 636 CE the defeat that broke Islams path into the Christian Anatolia that now is Turkey, and the pagan Persia that today is Iran.

Now the great imperial powers of that showdown are back in the field, albeit with their roles reversed. Today the Arab nation is on the retreat, while the Byzantines Russian heirs and the Persians Iranian descendants are the conquerors on the saddle, their eyes on the horizon, galloping to the unknown.

Like all imperialis...

00:27

Risk of civilisations collapse by 2040 stan van houcke

Scientific model supported by UK Government Taskforce flags risk of civilisations collapse by 2040

by Nafeez Ahmed

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00:20

World Economic Forum migration top dog: terrorism homegrown issue not linked to Muslim migrants Jihad Watch

Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant, in September 2016 murdered five people in a mall []

00:17

Reportback: Fascist Provocations Against Anti-Fascist Demo in #Barcelona Enough is Enough!

During yesterdays anti-fascist demonstration in Barcelona, Catalonia, fascists again and again provoked the demonstration and threatened anti-fascists. The demonstration against the increasing number of violent fascist attacks on the Catalan territory was applauded by some neighbours, others joined the demonstration.

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Image: Fascist provocating the anti-fascist demonstration in Barcelona on November 18.

Published by Enough is Enough.

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

Read all our reports about Catalonia; here.

Reportback: Fascist Provocations Against Anti-Fascist Demo in Barcelona

During...

00:15

Veterans Today: Revisionist History The Incredibly Evil Khazarian Mafia Behind Pearl Harbor Attack (Part II) Public Intelligence Blog

The Incredibly Evil Khazarian Mafia Behind Pearl Harbor Attack (Part II)

What we now know, eternally grateful to the uncovering and publishing of the real story, is that no amount of good will, no amount of concession on the part of the Japanese government in 1941, would deter Franklin Roosevelt and his Jewish power brokers from the drive to war with Japan.

00:15

Turkish officials ban all LGBTI events in Ankara to protect 'public security' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Ban applies to all LGBTI film screenings, theatres, panels and exhibitions inside Ankara

00:13

Pentagon Staying In Syria, As Expected, Even Though ISIS Defeated. Penny for your thoughts

As if  "defeating" ISIS was ever the purpose for the US being in Syria??
The intent of the US to occupy Syria has been mentioned repeatedly here:

Flashback: July 19/2017 US Increases Military Posts in Kurd Annexed Syria: Vindicated Again

Flashback:June 29/2017-  US eyes arms for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria even after Raqqas fall

Annexation/Occupation Forces for Syria
Destabilization for Turkey
"US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, saying the US may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from ISIS.
Flashback: March 2017:  Double Standards and Lies: Splitting Syria for Greater Kurdistan
Quoting myself from the March post "The Americans fully intend to become occupiers-"

Quite certain I could go back farther still to demonstrate just how long I've been reporting on the US intent to stay on as occupiers in Syria..


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"But the recapture of ISIS-held territory in Iraq and Syria is only a partial win for U.S. policy. After seven years of civil war, the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad remains in power. The other U.S. objectives the end of the Assad regime, a new Syrian constitution and democratic elections remain unfulfilled.

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23:59

3 Ways America Just Made the World a Safer Place Clarion Project

A MQ-9-Reaper UAV DroneA MQ-9-Reaper UAV Drone (Photo: US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

Last week, terrorists from around the globe were taken out by U.S. strikes. Heres a look at three places America hit last week, making the world a safer place for everyone.

  1. America drone striked ISIS terrorists in the center of Libya, the first of such strikes since September, sending a signal to extremist groups in Africa that they will not be tolerated. U.S. strikes there last September killed 17 terrorists, while a major bombardment close to a year ago saw 500 strikes against terrorists holed up in the coastal city of Sirte.
  2. The U.S. conducted six days of airstrikes against ISIS and al-Shabaab in Somalia, bringing the number of strikes against Somali terrorists to 28 this year. The strikes were carried out in coordination with Somalias government. They were in retaliation for a previous attack by al-Shabaab against a convoy of U.S. and Somali forces. Al-Shabaab is al-Qaedas affiliate in Somalia.
  3. Two Iraq brothers, Yusuf and Umar Demir, both terrorists, were killed in an American airstrike in the city of Al-Qaim, a town in western Iraq close to the Syrian border. Just days later, two German news outlets quoted security...

23:53

Palestinian factions to meet in Cairo for reconciliation push Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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23:30

Rebecca Campbell: Moral Judgments Can Be Altered by Magnets Public Intelligence Blog

Rebecca Campbell

This story from 2010 is now circulating. Public seems to be waking up to the threat from the 1% controlling electromagnetic towers and focused on mind-control and the erosion of values.

Moral judgments can be altered by magnets

By disrupting brain activity in a particular region, neuroscientists can sway peoples views of moral situations.

23:22

Lexington, Massachusetts: Rabbi solicits donations for Hamas-linked CAIR Jihad Watch

Moral myopia of catastrophic proportions. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case  so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIRs cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar []

23:00

UK: Detective who exposed Muslim rape gangs was threatened and bullied by other cops for doing so Jihad Watch

This is a national scandal that ought to have brought down the Prime Minister and the entire political class, for it is they who have fostered the notion that racism and Islamophobia were so heinous as to be worth sacrificing the lives of thousands of British girls to avoid. It is they who have made []

22:35

America One Step Closer to Defunding Palestinian Terrorists Clarion Project

Taylor Force was an American army veteran who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist while on a university trip in Israel.Taylor Force was an American army veteran who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist while on a university trip in Israel.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has just approved a bill called the Taylor Force Act which would strip U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until it changes its policies on supporting terrorism.

 

What Is the Taylor Force Act?

Taylor Force was a U.S. veteran killed by a Palestinian terrorist while on a university trip in Israel. An officer who had served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Force was stabbed in Tel Aviv in March 2016. His killer was shot and killed at the scene.

The Palestinian Authority is paying a salary to the family of the terrorist who killed Force, as it does to the families of all terrorists killed in action by Israeli forces. Terrorists who are not killed or who are imprisoned receive salaries directly. The longer they are in prison the more money is awarded.

Palestinian leaders have long defended these payouts.

It is the right of all of the prisoners and martyrs who have struggled and sacrificed for Palestine to receive their full salaries from the PA, Hassan Abd Rabbo, spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organizations Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners Affairs has said.

Such payouts make up a significant portion of the Palestinian Authority budget. In 2017, the Pal...

22:34

Sunday palate cleanser: German arias Fausta's Blog

Sehnsucht Desire German Arias by Jonas Kaufmann,

22:00

US Warns Holiday Travelers to Europe Clarion Project

A Christmas market in Strasbourg, FranceA Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

 

The State Department issued a travel alert to all U.S. citizens warning of the heightened risk of terrorist attacks in Europe during the holiday season.

The blanket warning covered all of Europe and noted widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Daesh), al-Qaida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.

The warning referred to mass casualty attacks that were carried out last year at a Christmas market in Berlin in December and at a nightclub in Istanbul on New Years Eve.

The warning covered all locations from hotels, restaurants and clubs to airports, places of worship and government and educational institutions, saying:

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

The alert urges travelers to be vigilant and join the governments Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which allows the participants to receive security messages and makes it easier for local consulates and family and friends to locate the traveler.

 

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21:56

US warship collides with Japanese tug boat, latest mishap for the Navys 7th Fleet Peace and Freedom

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The Associated Press  FILE In this Aug. 8, 2016, file photo, the guided missile destroyer USS Benfold arrives at port in Qingdao, China. According to the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, a Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise in Sagami Bay on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Borg Wong, File)

A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japans Sagami Bay on Saturday, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navys 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash.

The Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer sustained minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries on either vessel, according to a press release from the U.S. Navys 7th Fleet.

The USS Benfold, which is awaiting a full damage assessment, remains at sea under its own power. The incident will be investigated, the 7th Fleet said.

Heres a look at previous crashes involving U.S. Navy warships in 2017, including two deadly collisions that left 17 sailors dead:

Jan. 31: The USS Antietam runs aground off coast of Japan

The USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Japan on Jan. 31, damaging its propellers and spilling oil into the water.

The guided-missile destroyer grounded near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, after anchoring out in high winds, the Navy Times reported.

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21:45

Moscow Vetoes Security Council"s Resolution on Syria: Saving Credibility of United Nations Strategic Culture Foundation

There was no reason for President Assad to use chemical weapons. He was winning the war. The UN-brokered peace talks on Syria were to launch on April 4 - the day of the attack. No way could the Syrian government benefit from the use of CW.

21:38

India: We have killed about 190 terrorists in Kashmir today Mostly Mujahideen or Pakistans proxy but many foreign fighters Peace and Freedom

By India.com News DeskEmail

New Delhi, Nov 19: As many as 190 terrorists have been gunned down in Kashmir valley till today this year, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 15 Corps Lt Gen J S Sandhu claimed.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Out of these 190, 80 are local terrorists and 110 foreign
  •  Its easy to call yourself Mujahideen. But are you a Mujahideen or Pakistans proxy, Lt Gen. Sandhu hit out at local terrorists

Addressing a press conference, Lt General Sandhu said,  We have killed about 190 terrorists as on date, in 2017. Out of these 190, 80 are local terrorists and 110 foreign. Out of these 110, 66 terrorists were killed near the LC while infiltrating.

21:29

Goldman Sachs Sees Four 2018 Fed Rate Hikes as U.S. Growth Gains Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Brendan Murray

November 18, 2017, 2:13 PM EST
  • Job market going from among the weakest to one of tightest
  • Says near-term recession risk still looks fairly limited

The U.S. economy is heading into 2018 with strong momentum thats likely to boost wages and inflation more broadly, requiring the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates four times next year, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists said in a research note.

The New York-based investment banking and securities firm raised its growth outlook for 2018 to 2.5 percent and lowered its forecast for unemployment to 3.7 percent by the end of 2018, said Goldman chief economist Jan Hatzius, a co-author of the note, which was released by email late Friday.

Before the latest revision the most recent Goldman Sachs forecast for 2018 growth was 2.4 percent, according to forecasts compiled by Bloomberg.

The U.S. jobless rate, which was 4.1 percent in October, may reach 3.5 percent in late 2019, Goldman predicted. That would be the lowest level since the late-1960s.

Our projections would imply an evolution over the current cycle from the weakest labor market in postwar U.S. history to one of the tightest, the economists said in a summary of their report. We expect that a tight labor market and a more normal inflation picture will lead the Fed to deliver four hikes next year.

Thats one more rate increase than the median forecast of Fed officials, and more than financial markets are currently pricing in. One of the reasons why Goldman Sachs economists said they disagree with market expectations is we see little evidence that soft inflation is structural in nature.

Core inflation should accelerate in 2018, rising by about a half percentage point to 1.8 percent by year end, Goldman projected.

The Fed has raised its target range for the federal funds rate four times since December 2015, and futures trading indicates another quarter percentage-point increase is likely again in December, at the final Federal Open Market Committee meeting for the year.

In the worlds largest eco...

21:29

Lebanon foreign minister skips Arab League summit on Iran Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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21:25

With Hariri in France, Trump and Macron discuss countering Iran, Hezbollah Peace and Freedom

White House says leaders discussed stopping Tehrans destabilizing activities in the region, as Hariri promises to return to Beirut

November 19, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, and his wife Brigitte, right, greet Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, second left, his wife Lara, center left, and their son Hussam upon their arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, and his wife Brigitte, right, greet Lebanons Prime Minister Saad Hariri, second left, his wife Lara, center left, and their son Hussam upon their arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke Saturday about the need to work with allies to counter Hezbollah and Iran the White House said, as a political crisis in the region continued to simmer following the surprise resignation of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri during a trip to Saudi Arabia.

The Lebanon crisis and Irans role in the area was also expected to be discussed Sunday at a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo Sunday, at Saudi Arabias urging.

Hariri said Saturday that he will return home in the coming days from where he will declare a political stance for the first time since making the strange resignation announcement from Riyadh that unleashed fears of a crisis in Lebanon.

That announcement came as Hariri left for France after Macron invited the Lebanese leader to Paris to dispel fears that he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will.

Shortly after, the White House said that Macron and Trump had addressed Lebanon a...

21:17

Europe turns on Facebook, Google for digital tax revamp Peace and Freedom

AFP

BRUSSELS They have revolutionised the way we live, but are US tech giants the new robber barons of the 21st century, banking billions in profit while short-changing the public by paying only a pittance in tax?

With public coffers still strained years after the worst of the debt crisis, EU leaders have agreed to tackle the question, spurred on by French President Emmanuel Macron who has slammed the likes of Google, Facebook and Apple as the freeloaders of the modern world.

As recently as March, five of the worlds top 10 valued companies were Silicon Valley behemoths: Apple, Googles Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. (Germanys SAP was Europes biggest and 56th on the global list).

But tax rules today are designed for yesterdays economy when US multinationals such as General Motors, IBM or McDonalds entered countries loudly, with new factories, jobs and more taxes for the taking.

These firms had what tax specialists call permanent establishmentwhen companies showed a clear physical presence measured and taxed through tangible, real-world assets.

But today in most EU nations, the US tech titans exist almost exclusively in the virtual world, their services piped through apps to smart phones and tablets from designers and data servers oceans away.

Ghost-like, Silicon Valley has turned Europes economies upside down, but often with just a skeleton staff and some office space in markets with millions of users or customers.

Nation-less

According to EU law, to operate across Europe, multinationals have almost total liberty to choose a home country of their choosing. Not surprisingly, they choose small, low tax nations such as Ireland, the Netherlands or Luxembourg.

Thus, it is through Ireland that Facebook draws its wealth from millions of accounts across Europe. There are 33 million accounts in France and 31 million in Germany, according to recent data.

While users enjoy the platform, Facebook tracks likes, comments and page views and sells the data to companies who then target consumers.

But unlike the economy of old, Facebook sells its data to French companies not from France but from a great, nation-less elsewhere, with no phone number, address or physical presence for a customer who probably cares little.

It is in states like Ireland, whose official tax rate of 12.5 percent is the lowest in Europe, that the giants have parked their EU headquarters and book profits from revenues made across the bloc.

Indeed, actual revenues from advertising are minimal in France and Germany, but at Facebook HQ Ireland they grew to 7.9 billion euros, even though the vast majority does not come from the ti...

21:15

Why there will never be a trial over the downing of Flight MH17 stan van houcke

Ben heeft een nieuwe reactie op je bericht "MH17 en De rol van NRC" achtergelaten: 

Why there will never be a trial over the downing of Flight MH17:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X8pK4Cd1D0

Groeten, Ben 

21:15

Nikki Haley Rage Strategic Culture Foundation

Current incumbent Nikki Haley is the worst of the lot, an embarrassment to the office she holds, an over-the-top loose cannon, an imperial lunatic, a geopolitical know-nothing, a Russophobic extremist representing Americas ugly face, its ruthless agenda, its imperial madness.

21:00

OH BY THE WAY: ITS OFFICIAL: AIRPLANES CAN BE REMOTELY ... Giza Death Star

Mr. F.L.M. and Mr. M.B. found this story and passed it along, and it's worth pausing to ponder the implications of this one for

The post OH BY THE WAY: ITS OFFICIAL: AIRPLANES CAN BE REMOTELY ... appeared first on Giza Death Star.

21:00

TIDBIT: ANTARCTIC CURRENCY?!?!? Giza Death Star

Mr. M.D. found this, and I have no idea if any of this stuff is genuine or not. But if it is, it certainly

The post TIDBIT: ANTARCTIC CURRENCY?!?!? appeared first on Giza Death Star.

20:54

How can Communist Vietnam be friendlier to the U.S. than to China? Peace and Freedom

Theres something ridiculous in Sino-Vietnamese relations its a Trump-shaped wedge between the lips and teeth

BY CARY HUANG

18 NOV 2017
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the Asean Summit in Manila. Photo: ReutersUS President Donald Trump shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the Asean Summit in Manila. Photo: Reuters

Few things are more ridiculous in international politics than when a former enemy offers to mediate disputes between two former allies. But thats exactly what happened when US President Donald Trump told Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang he could help solve the long-standing territorial disputes between China and Vietnam in the South China Sea. A little more than 40 years ago the two communist countries were comrades-in-arms against the US in the Vietnam war.

Trumps offer in Hanoi on Sunday of last week came just hours before his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping began his second state visit in three years to the former communist ally. It also came soon after a summit in Beijing that highlighted Trumps bromance with Xi. The leaders of the worlds two largest economies both visited Hanoi after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in the Vietnamese port city of Da Nang on November 10. Trumps overtures to Hanoi which have the potential to antagonise Beijing betray the fact that relations between Washington and Hanoi and Washington and Beijing are both stronger than those between the two communist former allies.

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20:49

South China Sea: Philippine Judge and Frequent Duterte Critic Likes Progress in Talking To China Peace and Freedom

By:   Reporter / @MRamosINQ
 / November 18, 2017

Antonio Carpio

The Philippine governments decision to negotiate with China on its own will not end the protracted territorial claims involving other nations in the South China Sea, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Friday.

Nonetheless, Carpio said President Dutertes policy shift to engage Beijing in bilateral talks was a logical step and a positive development in implementing the ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague last year.

Besides China and the Philippines, Brunei, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia are also insisting ownership over parts of the sea, said to be rich in energy reserves and marine resources.

Clearly, the South China Sea dispute involves both bilateral and multilateral disputes, Carpio said in an emailed statement to the Inquirer.

A bilateral negotiation between China and the Philippines can take up only the bilateral disputes between (both countries) and not the multilateral disputes involving other states, he pointed out.

Carpio, who has been championing the countrys claim to the West Philippine Seathe part of the South China Sea within the countrys 327-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ)noted that even nonmembers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were interested in finding a final solution to the decadeslong sea row.

The South China Sea dispute also affects nonclaimant states, both within (the) Asean (region) and outside (of it) These nonclaimant states, which include the US, Japan and Australia, are worried how Chinas expansive claim will affect freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, for both commercial and milita...

20:40

Zimbabwes ruling party expected to expel Mugabe Peace and Freedom

HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabwes ruling party will dismiss 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe as its leader on Sunday and kick him out, stripping its ruler for the last 37 years of one of his final vestiges of authority, the head of the liberation war veterans said.

Speaking to Reuters as he walked into an extraordinary meeting of ZANU-PFs central committee, Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

We are going all the way, Mutsvangwa said. Hes trying to bargain for a dignified exit.

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Mutsvangwa, who has spearheaded a campaign over the last 18 months to remove the only leader Zimbabwe has known, said ZANU-PF would also dismiss Mugabes wife Grace as head of its Womens League and reinstate ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The former state security chief, known as The Crocodile is thought to be in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilizing an economy in freefall.

State television said late on Friday that Mugabe, who has so far resisted pressure to quit, would meet military commanders who seized power in a de facto coup four days ago, along with a Catholic priest who has been mediating between the two sides.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabes expected overthrow.

His stunning downfall in just four days is likely to send shockwaves across Africa, where a number of entrenched strongmen, from Ugandas Yoweri Museveni to Democratic Republic of Congos Joseph Kabila, are facing mounting pressure to quit.

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Protesters calling for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down take to the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Men, women and children ran alongside the armored cars and troops who stepped in this week to oust the man who has ruled si...

20:40

Top NSA Whistleblower Claims "Russiagate" a Fake to Increase War-Spending Strategic Culture Foundation

No one who is promoting the Russiagate allegations is trying to debate William Binneys allegations. Instead, all of the newsmedia are plastered with allegations of Russias meddling in American democracy.

20:35

Pinera poised for presidential comeback in Chile Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Paulina ABRAMOVICH | Chiles Sebastian Pinera delivers a speech ahead of Sundays presidential election, in which he is expected to garner the most votes but perhaps not enough to win without a run-off

SANTIAGO (AFP)  Sebastian Pinera, one of Chiles richest men, looks likely to prevail in the first round of the countrys presidential election on Sunday, confirming his frontrunner status to succeed Socialist leader Michelle Bachelet.If the 67-year-old billionaire does ultimately become head of state, it would be his second chance to run Latin Americas fifth-biggest economy confirming a tag team for power that he and Bachelet, 66, have been performing for the past decade.

Chiles constitution does not permit consecutive terms for its president. But re-election after a skipped term is permissible, and that quite possibly is what is in store after this weekend, thus swinging the pendulum of Chiles national politics from left back to right again.

Voter intention surveys credit the Harvard-educated Pinera, who was president from 2010-2014, with a comfortable lead in the race but not enough to win the presidency outright on Sunday.

Its not very likely he will get the 50 percent or more of ballots needed to avoid a run-off, said political analyst Mauricio Morales of Talca University.

In that case, a second-round showdown would be held between the top two candidates on December 17. The winner takes over in March next year.

Voter apathy

Apart from Pinera, Sundays field counts seven candidates.

His closest rival is Alejandro Guillier, a former state TV anchor turned senator who presents himself as an independent but who has the backing of Bachelets Socialists.

Guillier is credited with 25 percent of voter support, against 44 percent for Pinera.

With the outcome weighted heavily in Pineras favor, voter apathy could be an issue.

Compulsory voting was dropped in 2012, and since then a growing proportion of the 14-million-strong electorate has decided to stay away from polling stations.

People dont want to vote because, really, nobody believes there will be any significant change anywhere. Also, they see who will be president as a foregone conclusion, said Catalina Gascone, a 19-year-old student.

Analysts predict abstention could be as high as 40 percent on Sunday, and that Pinera has more motivated voters who will turn out.

Chileans living abroad have already begun casting their ballots, beginning with those living in New Zealan...

20:28

As Trump Hands Syria to Russia, Iran Shows No Sign of Leaving Peace and Freedom

Irans presence is not expected to diminish despite the U.S.-Russia deal. Israel is concerned, but whether Iran is interested in opening a front against Israel in Syria remains unclear

By Zvi Barel Nov 19, 2017 8:39 AM

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Trump and Putin chat at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, on November 11, 2017. MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP

Moscow and Washington agreed in a joint statement last week that no military solution is possible in Syria and that there are only diplomatic options. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quickly responded that those who dont believe in a military solution should pull their troops out of Syria.

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The statement, which seemed to signal that presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had turned a new leaf in their relations, also raised concern in Israel, which fears that a diplomatic solution would leave Iranian-backed forces in Syria. In time, this could pose a threat to Israel.

The U.S.-Russian agreement implies that all foreign combatants must leave Syria. Russia would press Bashar Assad to order Iran and Hezbollah to leave the country; the U.S. would ask Jordan to oust jihadi forces like Jabhat al-Nusra and other Sunni militias. These assumptions are far from convincing.

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At a press briefing after the joint statement, a senior American official said the Americans dont intend to negotiate with Assad or the Iranian forces, but with Russia. He emphasized the American and Russian sponsorship for the cease-fire agreement signed in Jordan about setting up a safe zone in southern Syria, a move that was roundly criticized by Israel.

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Israel directed its remarks at Russia, but the U.S. is equally responsible for the agreement. The statement shouldnt have surprised Israel, because already in April, at Trumps previous meeting with Putin, the two had agreed not to discuss Assads future at that stage. Trump made a major concession to Russia, which was reflected in the current briefing as well, to the effect that Assad must go but its up to the Syrian people, including those who were displaced, to make that move by means of election. They also agreed that the two powers could work together on issues of joint interest.

However, those shared interests dont necessarily take into consideration Israels interests.

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At present the agreement doesnt draft final maps, so Israels alarm may be premature. But after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the presence of Iranian forces in Syria is legitimate since they were invited by Syria, and in view of Erdogans statement, clearly the prospect of the foreign forces leaving isnt worth the paper the agreement was written on. Nor doe...

20:28

Enough With Russia. What About israeli or U.S. Influence Operations? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Enough With Russia. What About Israeli or U.S. Influence Operations? by Robert Parry / ConsortiumNews Ever since the U.S. government dangled $160 million last December to combat Russian propaganda and disinformation, obscure academics and eager think tanks have been lining up for a shot at the loot, an unseemly rush to profit that is spreading the Russia-gate []

20:24

Terrorist Rehab Is Like Treating Addicts With Crack Cocaine Clarion Project

Clarion Projects Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro discusses a new Syrian groups terrorist rehab program near Aleppo and how previous rehabilitation programs have been like treating heroin addicts with crack cocaine.

 

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20:15

Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy Isn't Really a Strategy Strategic Culture Foundation

Congress should instead push now for much more comprehensive responses and much more elaborate detail to the Trump omissionseven if in executive sessions. Almost certainly, it will find the new strategy is woefully deficient, no more satisfactory certainly than the plans of Presidents Bush and Obama, which aroused such bitter, sweeping and sarcastic criticism by candidate Donald J. Trump. Congress should insist on a real strategy, author one itself, or else consider getting out of Afghanistan.

20:12

#Brexit Surely not, who would have thought? Former UK Trade Chief Claims Britain Poorer Without EU Single Market Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Former UK Trade Chief Claims Britain Poorer Without EU Single Market The UKs former top international trade official, Sir Martin Donnelly, has warned that the EUs single market remains the only possibility for his home country to be able to deliver the guaranteed market access, shared regulation and consumer protection that Britain needs after Brexit []

20:09

Lebanon FM to skip Arab League summit on Iran Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File | Lebanons Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will not attend an extraordinary Arab League meeting in Cairo called by Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT (AFP)  Lebanons foreign minister will not attend an extraordinary Arab League meeting on Sunday called by Saudi Arabia to discuss violations committed by Iran, a ministry source told AFP.Arab foreign ministers will gather in Cairo on Sunday at the request of Riyadh, whose simmering regional rivalry with Tehran has escalated in recent weeks.

But Lebanons top diplomat Gebran Bassil will not be among them, a foreign ministry source said.

This morning, a decision was taken that Lebanon would be presented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League, the source said.

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will not be present.

For more than a decade, Lebanons political class has been largely split between Iran-backed movement Hezbollah and its allies, and a Saudi-supported coalition led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Hariri stepped down from his post on November 4 in a televised address from Riyadh, sparking fears Lebanon would be caught up in the spiralling tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Iran, the predominant Shiite power, are long-standing rivals based as much in geostrategic interests as religious differences.

According to a memo seen last week by AFP, the Saudi request for an Arab League meeting was based on a missile it says its air defences intercepted near Riyadh after being fired from Yemen on November 4.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen, and it has accused the Iran-backed rebels of firing the missile.

Saudi Arabias powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman later accused Iran of direct military aggression against the kingdom by supplying the rebels with ballistic missiles.

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20:04

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20:03

Good advice from Israeli official. Boycotting our illegal settlements is meaningless, you may as well boycott israel #BDS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Top Israeli official admits that boycotting just the settlements is meaningless Ron Brummer, executive director of operations for the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, speaking at Bnai Torah synagogue in Atlanta in 2016. Ladies and gentlemen, this is huge. A professional Israeli propagandist Ron Brummer, chief of operations in Israels []

19:59

UK Budget Plan: To build 300,000 new homes a year, Give Nurses a raise Peace and Freedom

  • The Chancellor promises Millennials will not end up worse off than their parents
  • He says he will also find around 5billion for housing schemes nationwide
  • Mr Hammond has also hinted at succumbing to nurses demands for extra pay  
Chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured) is to lay out plans for 300,00 new homes across the UK as part of next week's Budget 

Chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured) is to lay out plans for 300,00 new homes across the UK as part of next weeks Budget

Philip Hammond will make a bold pitch to Millennials in the Budget by announcing plans to get 300,000 homes built a year.

The Chancellor said fixing the housing market was a crucial part of ensuring the younger generation are not the first since the Black Death to be less prosperous than their parents.

He promised the Government would do whatever it takes to get homes built including cracking down on land-banking and underwriting loans to small house builders if necessary.

Mr Hammond will also find around 5billion for housing schemes.

But he will not take up a suggestion by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, who is responsible for housing, to borrow 50 billion to fund a massive home building scheme.

Official figures this week showed more than 217,000 homes were built last year but the Chancellor told the Sunday Times: Im clear that we need to get to 300,000 units a year if we are going...

19:53

German Government Coalition Talks Near Deadline Peace and Freedom

The Merkel-led conservative block, the Greens and the market-friendly FDP have until Sunday evening to reach common ground on a possible coalition. Talks have stalled as parties clash on migration and the environment.

CDU party offices in Berlin

Exploratory coalition talks continued late into Saturday as Chancellor Angela Merkels CDU, their sister party CSU, the Greens, and the market liberal FDP struggled to create a framework for the so-called Jamaica government.

They said the talks would be concluded by Sunday evening, with or without an agreement. After four weeks of discussions, the parties are believed to remain far apart on the key issues of climate change, focused on the phasing out of coal, and immigration.

If we dont work it out by 6 pm on Sunday, the whole thing is dead, FDP vice president Wolfgang Kubicki said after the latest round of talks.

Pressure has been mounting on the four parties to reach a preliminary agreement and open official talks on the Jamaica coalition. The informal name comes from the official colors of the three parties black for the conservatives, green for the environmentally friendly Greens, and yellow for the FDP, which are also featured on the Jamaican flag.

Read more: What are the sticking points in Germanys coalition talks?

Ahead of the talks, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged MPs to redouble their efforts, stressing that the task of forming a government for Germany is so important, it really is worth the effort.

Senior CSU party official Alexander Dobrindt, who serves as transport minister in the outgoing cabinet. described the situation as difficult.

Well stick with it, he said on Saturday. If a chance [for the coalition] presents itself, we are ready to take it, but not at all costs.

Read more: Could Germanys FDP sink Angela Merkels coalition talks?

For over a month, the conservative CDU/CSU bloc and the two other partners have...

19:48

In 2007, israel sold the CIA on a dubious claim about a North Korean nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israels Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike Exclusive: The Iraq WMD fiasco wasnt the only time political pressure twisted U.S. intelligence judgments. In 2007, Israel sold the CIA on a dubious claim about a North Korean nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a []

19:46

We founded Qatar, we will purge it and get it back, says Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim Peace and Freedom

Qatars Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim speaks during a tribal meeting of Saudis at Jouf Bani Hajjer in the east of Saudi Arabia.

RIYADH: We established Qatar and must purge the country and rescue it before it plunges into chaos and is manipulated by corrupt people, Qatars Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim has told a tribal meeting of Saudis at Jouf Bani Hajjer in the east of the country.

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The country is not in the hands of its true people but we will get it back, he said. We havent changed our position nor changed our ethics or disavowed our values, and we will never waver. We all carry the task of rescuing Qatar on our shoulders We kept silent...

19:41

Erdogan accuses US of financing ISIS, breaking promises in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Washington of betraying Ankara and providing a lot of dollars to the Islamic State terrorists. The allegation comes just days after the US acknowledged that it allowed hundreds of armed ISIS militants to escape the besieged Syrian city of Raqqa. Thats the headline. But what did you []

19:40

Saudi Arabia and Arab Allies Call Emergency Meeting in Cairo on Sunday To Discuss Iran, Hezbollah Peace and Freedom

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Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss confronting Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah.

A Houthi militant shouts slogans as he stands next a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

A Houthi militant shouts slogans as he stands next a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a rally against US support to Saudi-led air strikes in Sanaa. (photo credit:REUTERS)

CAIRO, November 19 Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss confronting Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs.

Regional tensions have risen between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shiite Islamist Iran over Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariris surprise resignation and after an escalation in Yemens conflict.

Hariri, a long-time Saudi ally, resigned on Nov. 4 in an announcement made from Riyadh. Hariri cited fear of assassination and accused Iran and Hezbollah of spreading strife in the Arab world.

Hezbollah, both a military force and a political movement, is part of a Lebanese government made up of rival factions, and an ally of Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage. Senior Lebanese politicians close to Hariri also said he was coerced into resigning. Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny th...

19:35

Saudi Opposer Maan Al-Jarba: Partition is Inevitable Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 7, 2017 Interviewed by: Laila Mazboudi, Israa al-Fass This interview was conducted a week ago, before the latest Saudi developments in Saudi Arabia. He is one of the political opponents of the Saudi regimes policies, and he belongs to the Shammar tribe that extends from Saudi Arabia to reach Kuwait and Qatar, and is []

19:31

Who Will Be the Next Head of Global Jihad? Clarion Project

Hamza bin Laden with his father Osama front left.Hamza bin Laden with his father Osama front left.

The son of Osama, Hamza bin Laden is global jihads new star. Not only is he perceived as his fathers natural heir, but he is also a future key player in and potentially the next leader of jihadism.

Hamza, Osamas favorite son, first appeared in al-Qaeda propaganda alongside his father when he was a child. He studied religion and military tactics with senior AQ figures. He was designated heir apparent at a young age.

Osama was killed on May 2, 2011 together with Hamzas brother Khaled. Hamza was not at the compound when it was stormed by U.S. Navy Seals that day.

Since then, Hamza has been off the grid. He resurfaced in August 2015 when AQs current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri introduced him as Osamas son and the torchbearer of his fathers legacy.

Hamza has since published audio (not video) statements once every few months in May, July and August of 2016 and twice in May and in November 2017.

He supports the Islamists fighting against Assad and the Syrian regime and calls for regime change in Saudi Arabia and jihad against the West (and arguably more vociferously than other jihadist leaders).

First and foremost, he urges attacks on the United States in retaliation for his fathers murder.

Until a few weeks ago, the only images of Hamza seen in the West were from his childhood. The CIA just made public photos of him as an adult. He is believed to be around 28 years old.

 

New Opportunities

Al-Qaeda is riding on a wave right now with the demise of its rival ISIS. The demise of ISIS caliphate in Iraq and Syria brings new opportunities for AQ.

Within al-Qaeda, Hamza is perceived as being far more in line with the philosophy of his father than is al-Zawahiri and enjoys the support of senior figures in AQ. Al-Zawahiri never garnered a particularly strong following in the world jihadi movement or even within AQ itself.

The tensions between AQ and ISIS seem to have passed over Hamza. As a result, he is much more attractive as a jihadi leader a...

19:28

US Strategic Command chief says he would refuse an illegal order to launch nuclear weapons Peace and Freedom

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Alex Wong, Getty Images North America, AFP | Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Air Force Gen. John Hyten testifies during a hearing before House Armed Services Committee March 8, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have had conversations about such a scenario and that he would tell Trump he couldnt carry out an illegal strike.

If its illegal, guess whats going to happen. Im going to say, Mr President, thats illegal. And guess what hes going to do? Hes going to say, What would be legal? Hyten said.

And well come up with options with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and thats the way it works.

In the event that Trump decided to launch a nuclear attack, Hyten would provide him with strike options that are legal.

The command would control nuclear forces in a war.

The comments come as the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea remains a serious concern and Trumps critics question his temperament. Trumps taunting tweets aimed at Pyongyang have sparked concerns primarily among congressional Democrats that he may be inciting a war with North Korea.

During testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month, retired Gen. Robert Kehler who served as the head of Strategic Command from January 2011 to November 2013, also said the U.S. armed forces are obligated to follow legal orders, not illegal ones.

Hyten said hes t...

19:27

Russia is playing 'good cop, bad cop' with Syria's Kurds Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Russia's less-friendly attitude toward Syrian Kurds is an effort to pull the SDF into its orbit and out of its alliance with the US

19:25

Palestinians say they wont be blackmailed by U.S. move to close PLO office Peace and Freedom

This Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 photo shows the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

This Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 photo shows the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

RAMALLAH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) Palestinian officials expressed surprise on Saturday at a U.S. decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington unless the group enters peace negotiations with Israel, and said they would not surrender to blackmail.

A U.S. State Department official said that under legislation passed by Congress, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not renew a certification that expired this month for the PLO office, given certain statements made by the Palestinian leaders about the International Criminal Court.

Image result for portrait of PLO chief arafat, framed, on wall, photos, Hasan Abdel-Rahman

The law says the PLO, the main Palestinian umbrella political body, cannot operate a Washington office if it urges the ICC to prosecute Israelis for alleged crimes against Palestinians.

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly in September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority called on the ICC to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people.

The State Department official added that restrictions on the PLO in the United States, including the operation of its Washington office, could be waived after 90 days if U.S. President Donald Trump determines the Palestinians have entered into direct, meaningful negotiations with Israel.

We are hopeful that this closure will be short-lived, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

According to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, the Palestinian presidency expressed surprise at the U.S. move, which was first reported by the Associated Press.

WAFA quoted Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki as saying that Palestinian leaders would not give in to blackmail or pressure regard...

19:22

The USA refuses to comply with International Law in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US wont be constrained by UN Security Council in Syria: Haley Press TV November 18, 2017 US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York on November 17, 2017. (Photo by Reuters) The United States does not consider itself []

19:16

Netanyahu to face new questioning over graft Peace and Freedom

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POOL/AFP/File | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, set to be questioned by police for the second time this month over two alleged cases of corruption, has consistently denied any wrongdoing

JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to be questioned by police on Sunday for the second time this month over two alleged cases of corruption, media reports said.Netanyahu is suspected of having received luxury gifts from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

Milchan, a longtime friend of Netanyahu who reportedly sent him boxes of expensive cigars and other items worth tens of thousands of dollars, was himself questioned in September.

Sundays questioning would be the sixth time Netanyahu has faced police investigators in recent months.

Investigators have also questioned the premier on suspicions he sought a secret deal for favourable coverage with the publisher of the top-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

The alleged deal, not believed to have been finalised, would have seen Netanyahu receive positive coverage in return for helping curb Yediots competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom.

Netanyahu has consistently denied any wrongdoing and says he has been the target of a campaign by political opponents.

Police would not confirm the reports of the latest questioning, which was widely reported in the Israeli media on Sunday.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu confidants Yitzhak Molcho and David Shimron, partners in a law firm and both relatives of the premier, were questioned by police as part of a probe into suspected corruption around the purchase of German submarines.

Netanyahu himself has not been named as a suspect in the submarine case, but reports said he might give testimony into the affair on Sunday.


18:23

BBC 2s Newsnight squeezes Israel into Bosnia report BBC Watch

Next week the UNs International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is due to deliver its verdict following the trial of the former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladi on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

On November 16th BBC Twos Newsnight aired a report on that story (available in the UK here) by the programmes diplomatic editor Mark Urban who previously covered the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

In addition to Urbans filmed report...

17:00

How Should Extremist Propaganda Online Be Handled? Clarion Project

Islamic State elderly executioners appear in an ISIS propaganda video Islamic State elderly executioners appear in an ISIS propaganda video (Photo: video screenshot)

Those who view extremist content online in the UK could face up to 15 years in prison if new measures are implemented. Punishments would apply equally to those who view jihadist as well as far-right forms of extremism. Home Secretary Amber Rudd unveiled the proposed measures at the Conservative Party Conference.

The Spectator has a transcript of the full speech.

The sentences will also apply to those who publish information about members of the armed forces, police and intelligence services to help terrorists.

The proposed change is an alteration to the Terrorism Act (2000), to extend punishments for possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist to include those who view such material online without downloading it.

I want to make sure those who view despicable terrorist content online, including jihadi websites, far-right propaganda and bomb-making instructions, face the full force of the law, Rudd said when unveiling the new policy. There is currently a gap in the law around material [that] is viewed or streamed from the internet without being permanently downloaded. This is an increasingly common means by which material...

16:42

HEZBOLLAH CAPABILITIES AND ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST (FULL DOCUMENTARY) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front Hezbollah is a social and political movement with a strong armed wing. It was formed in 1980s. Hezbollahs creation was conditioned by the aspiration of the Shia population of Lebanon to meet the challenges of Israeli expansion and Western new-style colonialism. The Hezbollah (Party of God) movement was formed in 1982 in Lebanon []

16:41

Saudi Attempted to Expose Lebanon to Israeli Attack by Excluding Hariri Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source November 18, 2017 Former Israeli Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said Saudi Arabia attempted to expose Lebanon to an Israeli attack through excluding Lebanese Premier Saad Hariri. In an interview with Israeli Channel 12, Yaldin praised what he called an alliance between the Zionist entity and Saudi, stressing that Riyadh can go far away []

16:25

SouthFront Documentary about Hezbollah (MUST SEE!) The Vineyard of the Saker

Dear friends, Check out this superb documentary about Hezbollah made by our friend of SouthFront.  It is superb. Please make sure to drop by here to support their work: https://southfront.org/donate/

15:02

Developing Centers of Excellence and Economic Hubs in Somalia An Alternative Approach to Development Somali News in English Horseed Media

by Dr. Peter J. Middlebrook 14 Somalia, like many countries, is land-locked on one side, and sea-locked on the other. If Somalia had been land-locked neighboring Germany or sea-locked neighboring Singapore, its development history would have had an entirely different trajectory. In January 2016 I presented Global Economic Futures to the CEO and Leadership of []

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14:15

US Special Forces Provide Secret Cover For ISIS Retreat in Syria (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

US Special Forces Provide Secret Cover For ISIS Retreat in Syria Video Russia-Insider Large ISIS combat units equipped with heavy weaponry and vehicles withdrew to the area controlled by Americans. According to Russias Ministry of Defense, the coalition aviation...

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13:49

Argentina: Santiago Maldonado Presente! (Video) Insurrection News

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Video compilation of graffiti and street actions / riots for murdered anarchist comrade Santiago Maldonado that have taken place in Argentina over the past 3 months.


13:20

Israels Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike World Beyond War . . .

Exclusive: The Iraq WMD fiasco wasnt the only time political pressure twisted U.S. intelligence judgments. In 2007, Israel sold the CIA on a dubious claim about a North Korean nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert, reports Gareth Porter.

By Gareth Porter, November 18, 2017, Consortium News.

In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a building in eastern Syria that the Israelis claimed held a covert nuclear reactor that had been built with North Korean assistance. Seven months later, the CIA released an extraordinary 11-minute video and mounted press and Congressional briefings that supported that claim.

Satellite photos of the supposed Syrian
nuclear site before and after the
Israeli airstrike.

But nothing about that alleged reactor in the Syrian desert turns out to be what it appeared at the time. The evidence now available shows that there was no such nuclear reactor, and that the Israelis had misled George W. Bushs administration into believing that it was in order to draw the United States into bombing missile storage sites in Syria. Other evidence now suggests, moreover, that the Syrian government had led the Israelis to believe wrongly that it was a key storage site for Hezbollah missiles and rockets.

The International Atomic Agencys top specialist on North Korean reactors, Egyptian national Yousry Abushady, warned top IAEA officials in 2008 that the published CIA claims about the alleged reactor in the Syrian desert could not possibly have been true. In a series of interviews in Vienna and by phone and e-mail exchanges over several months Abushady detailed the technical evidence that led him to issue that warning and to be even more confident about that judgment later on. And a retired nuclear engineer and research scientist with many years of experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has confirmed a crucial element of that technical evidence.

Published revelations by senior Bush administration officials show, moreover, that principal U.S. figures in the story all had their own political motives for supporting the Israeli claim of a Syrian reactor being built with Nor...

11:30

Israels Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike Aletho News

By Gareth Porter | Consortium News | November 18, 2017 In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a building in eastern Syria that the Israelis claimed held a covert nuclear reactor that had been built with North Korean assistance. Seven months later, the CIA released an extraordinary 11-minute video and mounted press and Congressional briefings that []

11:20

Yemenis Sit Between the Hammer and Anvil of US-backed Saudi Siege and Airstrikes Geopolitics Alert

Sanaa (GPA) Yemeni forces launched a long-range ballistic missile at the King Khalid Airport in early November in retaliation for the Saudi-led war against Yemen. Days later, Saudi Arabia tightened their already-existing blockade. This impacts Yemeni life in a number of ways and puts millions of Yemenis on the brink of death.

Nearly 1,000 days ago, Saudi Arabia along with most of the Gulf Cooperation Council and backed by western allies launched a brutal war against Yemen to defeat a popular uprising and prop-up the Saudi puppet government of Mansur Hadi.

International observers estimate the death toll from Saudi airstrikes and military operations is about 5,000 but local estimates suggest that total is over 13,000.

The number of Yemenis killed by the ongoing siege is harder to calculate. Not long after beginning the war, the Saudi coalition imposed a land, sea, and air blockade effectively turning Yemen into an open-air prison.

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

Aid, which was already severely restricted, is now nonexistent. The previous measures put seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine, made 17 million food insecure, and triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak infecting nearly 1 million and killing over 3,000 since April.

The Saudi measures in early November increased this existing blockade by closing Yemens few remaining lifelines including the Aden airport, Hodeidah port, and various land routes. The siege also restricts the flow of movement, and the Sanaa airport has been closed to commercial travel for years. (Saudi airstrikes attacked the Sanaa airports communication equipment last week just to ensure aid cannot enter.)

People living in Sanaa say the once bustling capital has become a ghost town as the prices of available goods have skyrocketed.

  • Fuel: People wait in long lines in hopes of filling their cars to get to work. Yemenis report parking their car in line and walking home, only to return the next day and wait. Sewage pumps require fuel to function so lack of fuel will cause cholera rates to spike again.
  • Foodstuffs: Yemen imports nearly 80% of food so millions are expected to die if the siege continues.
  • Medical supplies: Th...

11:00

Venezuela Dialogue in Dominican Republic: Key Points of the Initial Meeting INTERNATIONALIST 360

Misin Verdad Translated by Tortilla Con Sal On November 16th, a preparatory meeting took place for the new round of talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition scheduled for December 1st and 2nd in the Dominican Republic. These are some of the relevant points in relation to this first meeting. Delegations and accompanying mediators Postponed...

11:00

Mugabe: su poltica exterior, incmoda para el imperialismo belicista. INTERNATIONALIST 360

Marinella Correggia Internationalist 360 Cualquier cosa que se pueda decir sobre la situacin interna del pas, lo cierto es que la poltica exterior del presidente golpeado Robert Mugabe padre de la independencia y de la lucha contra el racismo no estaba para nada alineada con los poderes fuertes del mundo. En los ltimos...

11:00

President Robert Mugabes Address to the Nation INTERNATIONALIST 360

Prior to President Mugabes address to the nation, Zanu-Pf Central Committee recalled President Mugabe from his positions as First Secretary and President of the party. First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe was also recalled from her position as Zanu-PF Womens League Secretary. Filed under: AFRICA, ZIMBABWE

09:20

French academic: Create an Islamic state within France to avoid civil war Jihad Watch

We can never convert the 30% of Muslims who demand the introduction of sharia law to the merits of our democracy and secularism. We are now allowing segregation to take place that does not say its name. Rather than veil the face or adopt unimaginable measures in democracy (remigration, forced evictions of the most radical), []

09:12

Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian office in DC Jihad Watch

Unless the Palestinians get serious about making peace with Israel. So watch for a massive War is Deceit initiative from the Palestinians in the coming months. Trump Admin Threatens To Shut Down Palestinian Office In DC, by Jonah Bennett, Daily Caller, November 18, 2017: The Trump administration said Friday it will shut down the Palestinian []

09:11

UK ex-foreign secretary Straw hints he was sacked after urging Hamas dialogue Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Media reports say Straw may have been removed from his post in 2006 at request of US administration of George W Bush

09:01

Palestinian vehicular jihadi had big smile on his face as he rammed Israelis Jihad Watch

Of course he did, because he knew he would be rewarded by his bloodthirsty god, who promises Paradise to those who kill and are killed for him (Quran 9:111). Palestinian Terrorist Had Big Smile on His Face, Israeli Wounded in Gush Etzion Ramming Attack Recalls, by Barney Breen-Portnoy, Algemeiner, November 17, 2017: Two Israeli civilians []

08:51

Rutgers hires Syrian ex-diplomat who accused Israelis of trafficking childrens organs Jihad Watch

Mazen Adi is fine. But Rutgers University wouldnt dream of hiring an Islamophobe, i.e., someone opposed to jihad terrorism. Jewish Leaders at Rutgers University Denounce Hiring of Ex-Syrian Diplomat Who Accused Israelis of Trafficking Childrens Organs, by Shiri Mosh, Algemeiner, November 17, 2017: Two leading Jewish campus groups at Rutgers University in New Jersey have []

08:05

Hariri sought asylum in Jordan, according to the Times The Angry Arab News Service/

Mr. Hariri reached out to Jordan with a request to go to Amman as a safe haven, a Western official said. The request was denied, the official said, because the Saudis had pressured Jordan not to accept him.

PS Why would the Times bury this major story at the end of the article and not even place in the headline?

08:02

Hariri in Paris The Angry Arab News Service/

He met with a Lebanese media delegation.  My media source (represented) about the meeting: they left with the impression that he was not free--neither in Saudi nor in Paris.  He pleaded that they don't ask him about his stay in Riyadh.  Interestingly, unlike the propaganda interview in Riyadh, he didn't state that he was free or that he was in Saudi Arabia "reflecting" or "consulting".  My source (a well-known media executive in Beirut) confirmed from Hariri guards that as soon as he arrived in Riyadh he was stripped of his cellphones.  Curiously, one of the people in Hariri entourage who is now suspected by Hariri family of being more loyal to Saudi regime than to Hariri attended the session with the media delegation.  

07:57

'Reflections of Dennis Banks,' by Earl Tulley, Dineh CENSORED NEWS

Reflections of Dennis Banks By Earl Tulley, Dineh Censored News On November 2, my daughter and I started our journey to Leech Lake, Minnesota a 3,200-mile (50 hour) round trip. Our journey provided a lot of time to reflect on and definition of a person with many labels and/or stereotypes with the name Nowa Cumig, which means in the center of the universe. We traveled with weather

07:55

US threatens to shutter Palestinian office in Washington, DC Aletho News

Press TV November 18, 2017 The government of US President Donald Trump has threatened to close down the Palestine Liberation Organizations office in Washington, DC, if it supports a Palestinian bid to prosecute Israeli officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to a law passed by the US Congress, Palestinians would be stripped []

07:53

Nikki Haley Promises US Will Act Without UNSC in Syria Geopolitics Alert

New York (GPA Following two Russian vetoes in one week at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), US ambassador Nikki Haley has promised the US would act alone to fight for justice.

At the end of last week, the UNSC voted on two resolutions concerning the April chemical weapons incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. The resolutions, which sought to continue the mission of the UN-led joint investigative mechanism (JIM), were vetoed by the Russian envoy, Vassily Nebenzia who said: Any extension of the JIMs mandate for us is possible only provided fundamental flaws in its work are rectified.

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Nebenzia said the reasons behind Russias decision to use their veto power was based on the past performance of JIM which had disgraced itself with its fictitious investigation, and had signed its name on baseless accusations against Syria. These remarks were made in reference to the recent joint report issued by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

This OPCW-UN report, which was published in late October and concluded that the Syrian government had carried out a chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun. Russia has wisely refused to accept this report due to several factors, primarily the commissions inability to even visit the site to collect evidence due to the danger posed by moderate rebels in the area. The OPCW had also already overseen a chemical weapons destruction prog...

07:38

Guardian, NYT Paint Power-Grabbing Saudi Dictator as Roguish, Visionary Reformer Aletho News

By Adam Johnson | FAIR | November 17, 2017 The Guardian (11/5/17) Two weeks ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman carried out a brutal crackdown on his political opponents, arresting dozens of high-ranking relatives, kidnapping the prime minister of Lebanon, and seeing eight of his political rivals die in a convenient helicopter crash. The []

07:30

1962: He Who Controls The Weather, Will Control The World (LBJ) Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

Johnson's vision to control the weather is not about benefiting mankind, but about the type of weather control that CONTROL MANKIND. More

07:27

Two-Faced Trump Spokeswoman Carelessly Boasts That the US Doesnt Need UN Approval To Wage War In Syria ThereAreNoSunglasses

Nikki Haley: US ready to fight for justice in Syria without UN approval

The US does not consider itself constrained by the United Nations Security Council and might seek justice in Syria on its own terms, the US representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said. The US took similar action in Libya in 2011.

With the unity of this council, or alone, unrestrained by Russias obstructionism, we will continue to fight for justice and accountability in Syria, Haley said, blasting Russias vetoing of the draft resolution on the extension of the Syrian chemical weapons probe on Friday.

The draft, proposed by Japan, envisioned the technical extension of the probe for another 30 days. Explaining Russias decision to block the resolution, Russian UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya said that there is no sense in prolonging the mission if some glaring flaws in its work are not amended.

There can...

06:48

Israeli Police Prepare for Coming of the Messiah Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. note Below is an article I wrote and posted back in February of this year, but I thought I would re-post it in light of the tense situation now developing in the Golan Heights, with Israel threatening war over the issue of Iranian troops stationed in Syria. The Iranians have been in []

06:40

Pakistan NSA accuses India of creating two-front situation Peace and Freedom

PTI | Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 08:47 IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pakistan NSA said that such a policy would be detrimental for regional peace and stability.
  • The NSA also said that for regional peace and stability, it is imperative for both the countries to engage with each and resolve their disputes.
  • He said Pakistan and India should resolve their disputes for the sake of better future.

A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing along with Afghan's Paktika provinc A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing along with Afghans Paktika province .

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan national security advisor Nasser Khan Janjua today accused India of creating a two-front situation for Pakistan, saying such a policy would be detrimental for regional peace and stability.

His statement came during his talks with visiting special representative of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel who was accompanied by German ambassador Martin Kobler here.

According to a statement by the NSA office, the two sides discussed the regional security situation and the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.

Janjua said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan but the same is under stress due to involvement of India which wants to create a two front situation for Pakistan.

India is self-seeking a two front situation which does not auger well for the region. All major powers of the world need to play their role in keeping the region stable and balanced, he said.

He meant to say that Pakistan was being stretched to fight militants on the western front with Afghanistan and face Indian army on the eastern border with India.

The NSA also said that for regional peace and stability, it is imperative for both the countries to engage with each and resolve their disputes.

Janjua also said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and urged for political settlement of the Afghan issue.

To end miseries of Afghanistan and its people, warring sides should seek a political solution to the conflict as the perpetual war of last 16 years has given...

06:25

FUCK COPS T-Shirt Guy Wins Free Speech Case vs NH State Police Cop Block

Brandon Pinney awaits trial in his "FUCK COPS" shirt.

Brandon Pinney awaits trial in his FUCK COPS shirt.

After being found guilty last year in Keene District Court of disorderly conduct for telling state police to fuck off, NH-native Brandon Pinney appealed to a jury trial. Im happy to announce that thanks to a hung jury, Brandon is victorious, as the state has decided to not retry the case. In an email, Brandon says:

Just letting you know that the deadline has passed for the state to retry me and the hung jury stands. While i am disappointed I was not fully exonerated i am glad and fortunate that in my case a jury of my peers was able to see that the situation did not unfold as the state presented it.

For the full initial district court trial video, you can check out this post. At the time, he heroically wore a FUCK COPS homemade t-shirt into court. Free speech includes the right to say unpleasant things to government officials. The district court judge, Edward Burke, was wrong to uphold the charge against him and it was good to see some jurors could see the situation clearly. This is a clear free speech issue, and in the long run the state would have lost in its own courts. Brandon stated further:

I also want you to know that I dont regret wearing my shirt. I am more than a little troubled that my arresting officer initially served as the prosecutor. I believe that a county prosecutor would have declined to take up the case after reading the witness statements. Some of the statements made by the ranger, the fish and game officer and state trooper, as well as their testimony...

06:20

Saudi Torture Victims Include Former Kings Son Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

David Hearst Friday 17 November 2017 Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, the son of the late King Abdullah who was once considered a future crown prince, was beaten and tortured, along with five other princes, when he was arrested and interrogated in Riyadh during the ongoing political purge in the kingdom, Middle East Eye has confirmed. []

06:11

Security Council-appointed panel says no missiles sent to Houthis, refuting Saudi Arabia claim Aletho News

Press TV November 18, 2017 A United Nations Security Council-appointed panel has said in a confidential memo that it has seen no evidence to support Saudi Arabias claims that missiles have been transferred to Yemens Houthis fighters by external sources. The panel made the conclusion in a confidential assessment sent to Security Council diplomats []

06:08

Top Israeli official admits that boycotting just the settlements is meaningless Mondoweiss

Ladies and gentlemen, this is huge. A professional Israeli propagandist Ron Brummer, chief of operations in Israels Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Hasbara, has said recently:

Israel does not have two different economic ecosystems, like, Israel within the green line and Israel over the green line. If you want to divest from the West Bank, Judea and Samaria, you have to divest from Israel, which means you boycott Israel completely.

Brummer spoke at the Israeli American Council on November 5 an organization funded by Sheldon Adelson in a panel titled The Real BDS: Bigotry, Discrimination and Slander.

Brummers affirmation cuts through a discussion that has certainly divided waters.

Last year, Todd Gitlin, Peter Beinart, Kai Bird, Peter Brooks, Michael Walzer, Edward Witten, et al., wrote a letter in the New York Review of Books, titled For an Economic Boycott and Political Nonrecognition of the Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories. Whilst promoting a targeted boycott of all goods and services from all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, and any investments that promote the Occupation, they nonetheless oppose an economic, political, or cultural boycott of Israel itself as defined by its June 4, 1967, borders (and they in fact opened the letter with that statement).

In response, Angela Y. Davis, Chandler Davis, Richard A. Falk, Rashid Khalidi, and Alice Rothchild, et al., published a letter (also in the NYRB), which states that they welcome the statements shattering of the taboo against boycotting Israeli entities that are complicit inat least selectiveviolations of Palestinian human rights, and yet noted the very critical problem they had with the letter:

Defying common sense, however, the statement calls for boycotting settlements while letting Israel, the state that has illegally built and maintained those settlements for decades, off the hook, they wrote. They wondered, moreover, shouldnt Israeli banks that are not based in settlements but finance their construction be targeted as well?

Two years ago, I had translated a Hebrew Maariv article on my Facebook page, where Israeli bank officials were warning about a financial-national tsunami. The article by Ben Caspit noted that the banks are in panic following a document produced by the research institute facilitating the EU. According to its recommendations, the union must boycott I...

05:54

Saudi Royal Purge Is Young Prince Shaking-Down Relatives For 70% of Their Wealth ThereAreNoSunglasses

[Saudi Kingdom Holding plans to sell two hotels in Beirut sources
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Reports: Saudi prisoners to be freed in exchange for 70% of their wealth

Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal [Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud/Facebook]

According to the Financial Times (FT) the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed Bin Salman, is negotiating a settlement with some of the countrys most well-known figures who have been detained under corruption charges since the beginning of the month.

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05:53

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 29 stan van houcke


Michael Brenner'the overwhelming fraction of all the wealth created over two generations has gone to those at the very top of the income pyramid. That pattern has been markedly accelerated since the financial crisis hit in 2008. Between 2000 and 2012, the real net worth of 90 percent of Americans has declined by 25 percent. [] After a large decline of 11.6 percent from 2007 to 2009, real incomes of the bottom 99 percent of families registered a negligible 1.1 percent gain from 2009 to 2013, and then grew by 6.0 percent from 2013 to 2015 Hence, a full recovery in income growth for the bottom 99 percent remains elusive.

05:51

Syrian Army Advances In Western Ghouta. Israel Responds With Shelling (Maps)

Syrian Army Advances In Western Ghouta. Israel Responds With Shelling (Maps)

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On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured the hills of Sawadi, Fajr-1, Fajr-2, Namrud and Faransi between the villages of Kafr Hawr and Heeneh north of the town of Beit Jinn in the Western Ghouta region, according to pro-government sources.

Thus, government forces surrounded Kafr Hawr from the northern, western and southwestern directions.

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)-linked news agency Ibaa reported that Syrian warplanes conducted several airstrikes on Kafr Hawr on Saturday. Another militant group, Jaysh al-Ababil, announced that it captured 3 SAA soldiers during the clashes around Kafr Hawr and Heeneh.

Syrian Army Advances In Western Ghouta. Israel Responds With Shelling (Maps)

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Israeli forces shelled a position of the SAA south of Hadar and 6km south of Beit Jinn, according to pro government sources.

The Israeli Army confirmed the attack and said that one of its battle tanks fired warning shots because the SAA was constructing a fortified position in the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights.

The Israeli Army added that constructing fortifications in the demilitarized zone is a violation of the 1974 truce agreement between Israel and Syria...

05:46

Is Satire "Fakenews"? - How Fact-Checkers Peddle Snake-Oil Moon of Alabama

Since the issues of alleged "fake news" and "Russian influence" have cropped up, several media institutions highlight their public fact-checkers. Social media companies hire them to filter "fake news" from their content. Traditional fact-checkers within a newsroom considered the veracity...

05:36

Kingdom of UAE Traficking In (US?) Arms In Somalia ThereAreNoSunglasses

[US approves $2 billion arms sale to UAE

UAE violates UN arm embargo in Somalia

In a protest against the creation of a UAE military base in Somalia, banners read No to military bases, no to aggression outside the UAE embassy in London, UK, on 2 March 2017.

According to monitors, the continuous support of some foreign countries for terror in Somalia threatens peace and security due to the possible return of piracy off the Somali coast.

The report said that it had enough proofs that a UAE ship could have been carrying illegal weapons and banned materials to Somali before it was intercepted and kidnapped....

05:23

Soros koopt Brussel (EU) stan van houcke

Soros koopt Brussel (EU)

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor soros buys brussel cartoon
Verschillende bronnen, binnen de EU, beschrijven de invloed van Soros in Straatsburg en Brussel als echt buitengewoon groot en verontrustend. En die invloed lijkt dramatisch te stijgen nu Soros het grootste deel van zijn rijkdom $ 18 miljard heeft gedoneerd aan zijn Open Society-project, deze campagne is voor open grenzen en super-power structuren binnen de Europese Unie.
Bronnen zeggen:  Ik ben bang dat we naar het meest criminele niveau van internationale en politieke samenspanning in de geschiedenis kunnen meemaken.
Op het eerste gezicht lijkt er enige legitimiteit te bestaan over deze beweringen. Volgens publieke bronnen heeft het European Policy Institute (OSEPI), het EU-beleidsonderdeel van de Open Society Foundation, in 2016, 44 keer een ontmoeting gehad met leden van de Europese Commissie. En nu de organisatie net $18 miljard gekregen heeft, het lijkt duidelijk dat die invloed zal toenemen.
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05:10

About the importance of moderation (a thank you!! to the mods) The Vineyard of the Saker

There was an interesting comment posted recently on the Unz Review under one of my recent articles.  It said the following: Kizas comment mirrors something I did indeed observe: every

05:09

U.S. Flagged Russian Firm Kaspersky as Potential Threat as Early as 2004 Peace and Freedom

Intelligence agencies have expressed concern about the cybersecurity companys software

Updated Nov. 17, 2017 5:42 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONA Russian cybersecurity firm whose products current and former U.S. officials suspect Moscow has used as a tool for spying was flagged by U.S. military intelligence as a potential security threat as early as 2004, according to new information the Defense Department provided to Congress.

In 2013, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. military spy service, also issued a Pentagon-wide threat assessment about products made by the company, Kaspersky Lab, according to an email this week from the Pentagon to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The contents of the assessment werent disclosed.

The DIA began producing threat reporting referencing Kaspersky Lab as a threat actor as early as 2004, according to the email, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, raising questions about why other federal agencies continued to use the firms products.

The Journal reported in October that hackers suspected of working for the Russian government targeted a National Security Agency contractor through the contractors use of Kaspersky Lab antivirus software and stole details of how the U.S. penetrates foreign computer networks.

Kaspersky has long said it doesnt assist the Russian government with spying on other countries.

The revelation about Kaspersky comes as concern over Russian infiltration of American computer networks and social-media platforms is growing after the U.S. intelligence assessment that the Russian government worked to help President Donald Trumps 2016 campaign. Russia has denied meddling in the election.

Kaspersky published a report on Thursday saying that the computer it believes may have belonged to the NSA contractor in question was infected with other malware that could have been responsible for ex-filtrating information.

The company said in a separate statement, in response to the revelation that U.S. military intelligence flagged the firm as a threat actor, that it remains ready to work with the U.S. government to address any and all concerns and further collaborate to mitigate against cyber threats, regardless of their origin or purpose. It added: we maintain that there has yet to be any credible evidence of the risks presented by the companys products.

The DI...

04:45

Former UK foreign secretary warns of Saudi 'threat' to Lebanon's stability Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Jack Straw says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's foreign policies pose major risks to Middle East region

04:42

War Crimes as Policy Aletho News

By Mark Taliano | Global Research | November 17, 2017 Despite appearances and differing ideologies, both the Kurds SDF and ISIS are Western intelligence assets in Syria. Neither would exist in Syria without the West and its allies, and both serve to destroy the country. The Empires anti-democratic SDF proxies are not defeating the U.S []

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How Pseudo-leftists Explain the Failure of the Syrian Revolution Aletho News

By Tim Anderson | Global Research | November 16, 2017 Some western Liberals and Leftists pay homage to Yassin al-Haj Saleh, an intellectual leftist of the Syrian Revolution. In fact Saleh represented only a tiny part of Syrias left. He was persecuted because he aligned himself with the 1980 and 2011 bloody uprisings by the []

04:21

Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals Peace and Freedom

  • 18 November 2017
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanIrans Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. REUTERS/EPA

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but its all recently got a lot more tense. Heres why.

How come Saudi Arabia and Iran dont get along?

Saudi Arabia and Iran two powerful neighbours are locked in a fierce struggle for regional dominance.

The decades-old feud between them is exacerbated by religious differences. They each follow one of the two main sects in Islam Iran is largely Shia Muslim, while Saudi Arabia sees itself as the leading Sunni Muslim power.

Map showing Sunni distribution in Middle East

This religious schism is reflected in the wider map of the Middle East, where other countries have Sunni or Shia majorities, some of whom look towards Iran or Saudi Arabia for support or guidance.

Historically Saudi Arabia, a monarchy and home to the birthplace of Islam, saw itself as the leader of the Muslim world. However this was challenged in 1979 by the Islamic revolution in Iran which created a new type of state in the region a kind of theocracy that had an explicit goal of exporting this model beyond its own borders.

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04:13

Influx of casualties in Eastern Ghouta amid reports of gas attack Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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At least 37 people treated in Eastern Ghouta for injuries from unidentified gas attack, MEE is told

03:59

FBI report on black extremists raises new monitoring fears Peace and Freedom

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Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) An FBI report on the rise of black extremists is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws.

The FBI said it doesnt target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time.

The 12-page report, issued in August, says black identity extremists are increasingly targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men, especially since the shooting of Michael Brown roiled Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The report describes cases in which extremists had acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality incidents. It warned that such violence was likely to continue.

Black leaders and activists were outraged after Foreign Policy revealed the existence of the report last month. The Congressional Black Caucus, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the report conflates black political activists with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations and would further erode the frayed relationship between police and minority communities.

I have never met a black extremist. I dont know what the FBI is talking about, said Chris Phillips, a filmmaker in Ferguson.

Before the Trump administration, the report might not have caused such alarm. The FBI noted it issued a similar bulletin warning of retaliatory violence by black separatist extremists in March 2016, when the country had a black president, Barack Obama, and black attorney general, Loretta Lynch.

But black voters overwhelmin...

03:41

Syrian Army Captures Two More Villages In Northern Hama (Map)

Syrian Army Captures Two More Villages In Northern Hama (Map)

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On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured the village of Harran located north of Arafa and the village of Hardana located west of Arafa in the northern Hama countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

The Hezbollah media wing also announced that the SAA repelled an attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) on its positions in the village of Murayjeb Al-Jumalan northeast of al-Shakusiyah. SAA soldiers killed several HTS fighters and destroyed an armored vehicle of HTS while they were repelling the attack.

Syrian opposition sources revealed that the SAA destroyed a US made-TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launcher of the Free Idlib Army in the northern Hama countryside. According to the sources, the operator of the TOW launcher, Khaled Khaluf, was killed and the co-operator, Ahmad Abu Zain, was badly injured.

The HTS-linked news agency Ibaa, announced on Friday, that HTS fighters attacked a position of the SAA in the village of Abu Myal in the northeastern Hama countryside. Ibaa claimed that HTS fighters killed 18 soldiers of the SAA. However, HTS didnt ca...

03:24

Facebook ads are way more important than the children we slaughter in some poor country Mondoweiss

Some scandals are too big to acknowledge.

The fundamental issue involving the Russiagate scandal is something Noam Chomsky said about Nixon somewhere. Richard Nixon didnt get the boot because he plunged Chile into fascism or bombed Cambodia or sided with Pakistan while its dictator was slaughtering people in Bangladesh. He got kicked out because one powerful faction in US politics, Republicans, broke the rules operating against another powerful faction, the Democrats. That is bad, but one would think mass murder is worse. Not, however, if you live in a superpower. The rules are different for people who are powerful. This is true in any system, whether Hollywood, the Beltway, or the Kremlin.

Americans, including American liberals, seem blissfully unaware this also applies to us. We think because we are a democracy that we have checks on the bad actions of our government. The problem with this theory is that the people we kill overseas dont vote in our elections. And if you expect liberals to act as a check you havent been counting the bodies. Many liberals simply dont care what we do to people overseas unless it is a useful talking point to be used against a Republican. Or think of it this way given what powerful people have been getting away with when it comes to rape and sexual harassment in this country, how well will the system work in preventing American atrocities against people overseas?

After Nixon and Watergate the next big Presidential scandal was Iran Contra. Ronald Reagan supported death squads in El Salvador and genocidal generals in Guatemala (so did Israel, btw). He supported Jonas Savimbi and his UNITA movement in Angola, another terrorist movement. And Iran Contra nearly brought Reagan down, but not because the contras murdered civilians. Again, it was a process scandal. Reagan broke the law in arming the contras, violating the Boland Amendment. Plus the Iranians were the official bad guys and he was willing to trade weapons for hostages.

The hundreds of thousands murdered by the groups Reagan supported in various places didnt matter. Oh, people argued about them. As policy choices. The Boland Amendment was meant to stop the supply of arms to the contras. But the idea that it might be scandalous for the US to participate in state-sponsored terror was never the point of Iran Contra investigations. In fact, Oliver North was treated as a hero who broke laws to save lives. The reason for the Boland Amendment was forgotten it was more in the Beltways comfort zone to treat the scandal as a process story where an overzealous Colonel North broke the law with good intentions.

Objectively speaking, the worst things American politicians are responsible for are crimes against humanity, but those are never seen as scandals, except maybe a century later. Nobody is investigated, nobody tries to figure out who benefited, whether money or career ambitions are involved. At most we just treat war c...

03:18

African Union calls for slave market probe Peace and Freedom

(From L) Rwandas president Paul Kagame, Senegals president Macky Sall, Malis president Ibrahima Boubacar Keita and president of the Commission of African Union (AU) Moussa Faki Mahamat attend the opening of the 4th Summit on Peace and Security on November 13, 2017 in Dakar. (AFP)

DAKAR: The African Union (AU) on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate slave markets of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men.

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The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400.
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Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also chairman of the AU, demanded an inquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a despicable trade from another era.
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Meanwhile, Senegals government commenting on Facebook, expressed outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African m...

03:12

Hariri Released from Saudi Arabia, Son and Daughter Still in Riyadh Aletho News

Al-Manar | November 18, 2017 Lebanese PM Saad Hariri arrived in Paris early on Saturday after being held for 13 days in Riyadh by Saudi authorities. Hariri is accompanied by his wife, but his son and daughter are still in Saudi capital, in a move that raises many questions. Hariri arrived in Le Bourget airport []

03:12

Saudi Arabia: from family rule to the rule of one man The Angry Arab News Service/

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "From the rule of the family to the one-man rule: The Saudi Dictator".

03:11

Did Bill Gates actually thank the Saudi regime for its philanthropic work in Yemen? The Angry Arab News Service/

All Saudi regime media claimed yesterday that Bill Gates in his visit to Saudi Arabia actually thanked the Saudi government for its humanitarian work in Yemen. Kid you not. But something happened: Saudi Gazette had to change its headline (which said that "Gates praised Saudi humanitarian work in Yemen") and the content of its story clearly after receiving a complaint from Gates.  If you google Bill Gates and Yemen you can still see the false original headline of the story.

03:02

"And justice for all..." Not so fast, Palestinians! Sic Semper Tyrannis

"He suggested that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' latest speech at the UN General Assembly, in which he suggested taking the issue of Israeli settlements to the International Criminal Court, may have been behind the US stance. Senior Palestinian official Saeb...

02:52

US wont be constrained by UN Security Council in Syria: Haley Aletho News

Press TV November 18, 2017 The United States does not consider itself constrained by the UN Security Council and may seek justice in Syria on its own terms, says the US representative to the UN, Nikki Haley. Haley said on Friday that with or without unity of the council, Washington will continue to fight []

02:50

Zimbabwes ruling party to fire Mugabe on Sunday Anti-Mugabe Crowds On The March Peace and Freedom

Reuters

HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabwes ruling ZANU-PF party will hold a special central committee meeting on Sunday morning to dismiss 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe as its leader, two ZANU-PF sources said on Saturday.

The meeting, which is scheduled to start at 1030 am (3.30 a.m. ET) will also reinstate ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa and remove Mugabes wife, Grace, from the leadership of the ZANU-PF Womens League.

people holding signs reading The message for the Mugabes was clear. EPA photos

Reporting by Ed Cropley and MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by James Macharia

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Zimbabwe protesters begin marching towards Mugabe residence

HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabweans celebrating the expected fall of President Robert Mugabe marched towards his residence in the capital Harare on Saturday, live television pictures showed, as the country prepared to oust its leader of the last 37 years.

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02:45

Spanish police shoot Muslim screaming Allahu akbar holding suspicious object, cops say not terror-related Jihad Watch

Sources close to the inquiry said they were not probing it as a terror incident and believed the unidentified man may have been acting under the influence of drugs. Of course. Drug-addled people routinely start screaming Allahu akbar and threaten border patrol officers with suspicious objects. BREAKING NEWS: Spanish police shoot Frenchman of north African []

02:38

Sacked Catalan leaders get pride of place in electoral lists Peace and Freedom

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AFP | Carles Puigdemont (right) and Oriol Junqueras during a session of the Catalan parliament on October 26, 2017

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Jailed and exiled figures from Catalonias separatist movement feature prominently in party lists unveiled by the regions pro-independence factions, ahead of elections called for December 21.

Of the 14 members of the Catalan government who were dismissed by the central government in October, 12 are on the two main separatist lists, the Together for Catalonia group of sacked president Carles Puigdemont and the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), led by his vice president Oriol Junqueras.

Seven of the former officials, including Junqueras, are currently jailed pending an investigation into charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds, while Puigdemont and four others are in Belgium fighting an extradition request filed by Spain.

Prosecutors in Brussels asked a judge Friday to extradite Puigdemont and the others, and a new hearing has been set for December 4.

But a final decision could still be months away, as both sides are expected to appeal if the judge rules against them, which means Puigdemont might be out of the country when the Catalonia vote is held.

Junqueras and the others being held may be released before the election.

Puigdemont presented on Twitter the lists backed by his conservative PDeCAT party, saying the candidates supported independence, the republic and freedom, as well as the restitution of the regional government and a return of political prisoners and exiles.

He had hoped to form a united separatist front for the new elections, as was the case in the regions last elections in 2015, when the pro-independence camp secured a majority of 72 seats in the 135-seat parliament.

But the ERC rejected a joint ticket, and opinion polls suggest that while it is leading in the current campaign, which officially opens on December 5, the independence coalition as a whole could lose its absolute majority.

The polls indicate a tight race against the Constitutionalist bloc which favours Spanish unity, which includes Prime Minister Mariano Rajoys Popular Party (PP), the centrist Ciudadanos and Catalonias Socialist party.

Madrid has imposed direct rule on the once semi-autonomous region since the independence declaration made after a banned referendum on October 1, and called the new elections in a bid to restore normality.

Regional authorities said 90 percent chose to split from Spain, though less...

02:33

US, European Nations Slammed for 'Complicity' Warcrimes Yemen stan van houcke

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US, European Nations Slammed for 'Complicity' as Humanitarian Groups Demand Aid for Yemen

"The choice is between resolution, or complicity in the suffering; there is no third option."
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Montreuil, France: Solidarity with the 3 Anarchist Women Prisoners Awaiting Trial for Attempted Burglary of an Unoccupied House Insurrection News

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Three women were arrested, detained and imprisoned at Fleury Mrogis Prison, accused of meeting for the purposes of attempted burglary after they were seen near an unoccupied house. A rally has been called for them at 18:00hrs in Montreuil.

On the night of Tuesday 14 to Wednesday, November 15, three women were arrested on a street in Montreuil and taken to the police station. A vigilant neighbour saw them near an unoccupied house and called the cops. They were then placed in custody for meeting for the purposes of attempted burglary. They did not say anything during their interrogation and refused to give their fingerprints and photos, which is why they are also accused of refusal of identification. One of them is also accused of provoking arming against the state without even knowing what this last charge refers to.

After more than 24 hours in custody they were referred to the TGI (Investigative Court) in Bobigny on Thursday 16 November for an immediate appearance. In the midst of the daily banality of the dirty work of justice whose immediate appearances are one of many examples, a dozen comrades were present in solidarity with the accused on Thursday afternoon. All 3 accused comrades ref...

02:30

Video: Sorting through the JFK file dump OffGuardian

The Corbett Report interviews the Blind JFK Researcher about the massive data dump of JFK-related documents recently released from government archives Filed under: empire watch, JFK, latest, United States, USA, video

02:29

Global CO2 Emissions to Hit Record High stan van houcke

Global CO2 Emissions to Hit Record High in 2017

The projected rise in greenhouse gas emissions after three years of leveling off suggests emissions havent peaked yet, adding urgency to the UN climate talks. 

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02:24

RIP Edward Herman stan van houcke

RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That's Now More Important Than Ever

We need a new 'Manufacturing Consent'
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02:19

Chinas military met with Zimbabwe army chief before coup Peace and Freedom

UPI

By Elizabeth Shim

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe (R) maintained close relations until the coup that placed Mugabe under house arrest this week. File Photo by Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Nov. 17 (UPI)  Africas no. 1 foreign investor could have had a hand in the military-led coup in Zimbabwe that placed former President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.

Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwes army commander, met with senior Chinese military officials before he led the Zimbabwean military to seize control of power in Harare and detain Mugabe, CNN reported Friday.

Speculation is growing Beijings Gen. Li Zuocheng, who met with Chiwenga, may have backed the coup, after Li told Chiwenga Zimbabwe and China are all-weather friends, according to the report.

Since the meeting and the coup, China has not publicly condemned the ousting of Mugabe from power, according to The Guardian.

Wang Xinsong, an analyst on policy at Beijing Normal University, said the Chinese government has been carefully watching domestic infighting among Zimbabwes factions and was concerned about friction building up in the Mugabe regime.

China, which owns many assets in Zimbabwe, may have been nervous following the introduction of an indigenization law that would have allowed the Zimbabwean government to seize foreign-owned assets in the country, according to the report.

Since Mugabe took power, he has been consistently supported by the Chinese government. China has become the second-largest trading partner with Zimbabwe and has invested very largely in the country, Wang said.

But the increasingly powerful Grace Mugabe, the first lady, may have been making Beijing nervous.

G40, the faction supporting Grace, was believed to be creating instability in the country.

China could have used its powerful economic leverage to control the situa...

02:12

Government Troops Launch Counter Attack In Syrias Eastern Ghouta (Map)

On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a counter attack against the Ahrar al-Sham Movement around the Armored Vehicle Base south of Harasta district east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. However, no SAA advances were yet reported.

Opposition sources claimed that Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes on positions of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement inside the Armored Vehicle Base. According to reports, 37 fighters of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement were injured in the airstrikes. The sources claimed that the bombs contained toxic gas. These claims were not supported by any evidence.

Another militant group, Faylaq al-Rahman, announced that it joined the Ahrar al-Sham Movement in its attack on the Armored Vehicle Base on Saturday. At least one tank of Faylaq al-Rahman attacked the positions of the SAA inside the base from the southern direction.

80% of the Armored Vehicle Base command section is under the control of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement. Most of the important positions inside the base are still under the SAA control.

The SAA is now working to recapture the command section and the section 446.

02:07

Syrian Army Captured Most of Al-Bukamal City, Started Securing Remaining Area (Video, Map)

On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah captured most of the city of al-Bukamal, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

The media outlet added that the SAA and its allies are now conducting a security operation inside the city to secure few remaining areas.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq didnt publish any news from al-Bukamal city on Saturday. This could mean that the entire city was under the control of the SAA and Hezbollah.

The rapid advance of the SAA suggests that ISIS members had been able to withdrew from al-Bukamal, likely through the Euphrates River. ISIS fighters likely move towards the Nineveh Desert west of Mosul city, inside Iraq.

Syrian Army Captured Most of Al-Bukamal City, Started Securing Remaining Area (Video, Map)

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Al-Bukamal was the last stronghold of ISIS inside Syria. Its one of the most strategic positions on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Now ISIS controls only few villages along the western bank of the Euphrates, north of al-Bukamal and an empty desert area in the eastern Homs countryside.

UPDATE: The videos released online allow to confirm that the SAA and its allies have reached the roundabout, the watertower and electricity station.

02:06

Donald Trump puts unpopular elephant trophy decision on hold after widespread negative outcry Peace and Freedom

The Independent

Change had attracted widespread negative outcry

By Jeremy B White San Francisco

A male elephant attempts to stand on its feet at the Amboseli National Park, in Kenya November 2, 2016 Reuters

Donald Trump says he is halting a controversial change allowing the import of elephants killed by hunters abroad.

Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts, Mr Trump said in a Friday night tweet.

Earlier this week, it emerged that the Trump administration was lifting a ban on importing hunted elephant trophies. The US Fish and Wildlife Service had already moved to begin allowing people to import hunted lion trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The change drew immediate condemnations from wildlife advocates, who said the change would accelerate the destruction of sensitive species. Both elephants and lions are covered under the Endangered Species Act, a 2015 Fish and Wildlife Service press release anno...

02:03

Islamic State releases image of Pope Francis beheaded Jihad Watch

Well, he has already lost his head. This would just make it official. If the Islamic State gets the chance to make this image a reality, perhaps Pope Francis will be able to remind his killers, just before the blade slices into his neck, that authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are []

02:03

5th Baltimore cop cleared of all charges relating to death of Freddie Gray Aletho News

RT | November 17, 2017 Another police officer has been cleared of all administrative charges connected to the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland. Protests over the death escalated into a riot and prompted questions about racist policing. Lieutenant Brian Rice was found not guilty by a three-member panel of law []

02:00

Palestinians threaten to cut ties with US if PLO office is shut Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:58

Steve Bannon Invites Pro-Israel Groups To Join His Anti-Establishment Insurgency Peace and Freedom

BY CAROLINE B. GLICK
 NOVEMBER 16, 2017 21:44

 

Bannon invited the pro-Israel activists to join what he referred to as the insurgency movement against the Republican establishment and against the permanent political class in Washington, DC.

Bannon and the anti-Israel establishment

Then White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon boards a vehicle as US President Donald Trump prepares to depart Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, US, April 9, 2017.. (photo credit:REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA)

Bannon invited the pro-Israel activists to join what he referred to as the insurgency movement against the Republican establishment and against the permanent political class in Washington, DC.

Bannon argued that it is because of the Republican establishment that then president Barack Obama was able to implement the nuclear deal with Iran.

Bannon is correct. Had a non-establishment senator such as Ted Cruz chaired the Senate Foreign Affairs committee in 2014 and 2015 instead of Senator Bob Corker, in accordance with the US constitution, Obamas radical nuclear deal would have been treated like a treaty. It would have required the approval of two-thirds of the Senate and it would have gone down in flames.

Instead, Corker stood the Constitution on its head, co-sponsoring the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which required two-thirds of the Senate to reject the deal in order to block its implementa...

01:52

French Interior Minister says there are 300,000 illegal Muslim migrants in France Jihad Watch

What could possibly go wrong, you racist, bigoted Islamophobe? These illegal Muslim migrants make France diverse! Diverse like this: Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York []

01:39

Egypt: Enraged Muslim mob of 1,000 attacks church, Christians lock themselves inside Jihad Watch

Churches are closed, the Coptic Christians are being attacked and their property destroyed, and there is no deterrent. The Copts always pay the price of this coexistence, not the aggressors. The reactions of officials are disappointing, and when there is any dispute or an attack, the first alternative is to close the church and put []

01:26

The Clinton scandals entailed violent threats against people who knew about his sex life Mondoweiss

In the late 1990s my journalistic career got a flat tire when I became wrapped up in the Clinton scandals. Good liberal friends told me I was overzealous or helping the other side. I had been assigned to write an article for the New York Times Magazine about Why People Hate Bill Clinton so much, but instead of doing a cultural examination of red state resistance to his social agenda, which is what the editors wanted, I went native in Arkansas and took his accusers seriously.

Today the Clinton scandals are getting a rehearing because of the revolution that is taking place in our mores, and in the structure of the patriarchy itself, due to the sexual harassment scandals that are felling powerful men. Many of these scandals mirror elements of the Clinton story. When Lindsey Graham asked in the House, Is this Peyton Place or Watergate? we said, Watergate. It was never just about a blowjob.

The two signature moments of the Clinton scandals both involve threats and sex. And anyone exploring these scandals 20 years on needs to reckon with these moments.

First, when civil servant Linda Tripp came to her desk in the Pentagon public affairs office on a day in 1998 after it had come out that she was cooperating with an investigation of Clintons sexual conduct (the Paula Jones case), she found a sheet left on her chair reprinting the famous Clinton body count. This was a list of people close to the Clintons or their political machine who had died. Tripp said she believed that her office-mate, Monica Lewinsky, left the list on her chair Lewinsky, who was close to the Clintons and of course was Bill Clintons former lover.

Much of that list was surely spurious, a political hitjob by Clinton-haters. And Linda Tripp became a very controversial figure back then because she secretly taped Lewinsky; her character was grotesquely smeared, including on SNL. But thats not the point. The point is that Linda Tripp disapproved of Clintons conduct toward women and was threatened with harm for acting to report it.

The second signature moment is from the beginning of the Clinton White House. In the spring of 1993, word came to the White House that some Arkansas state troopers who had served at Clintons statehouse when he was governor were talking to the press about his sexual conduct. The troopers would go public a few months later, in the American Spectator and LA Times. But that spring was a panicked moment in the new White House. The bimbo eruptions that Betsey Wright and other Clinton operatives had successfully suppressed through the 1992 election campaign Clintons relationships with women in Arkansas were getting documented. They had to be suppressed.

It is a matter of record that Clinton himself dangled jobs to state troopers, the trooper said, in an effo...

01:21

Lebanon PM confirms he will return to Beirut as crisis simmers Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:12

Ferrara Prison, Italy: New Text from Anarchist Comrade Alfredo Cospito Insurrection News

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Originally published in Vetriolo, anarchist journal, number 1 /  Autumn 2017 (this text is also online here).

Note from Vetriolo: Alfredo wrote this text of salutation for the number zero edition of Vetriolo, in November-December 2016. This letter, as is well known, was blocked by the prison censorship. Now we can publish it. We recall that in recent months the censorship has increased a lot, a tightening vise obviously ordered by the Prosecutor Sparagna, and not just the simple zeal of the prison guards. Apparently there are definite orders about what can and cannot be sent or received (Vetriolo, ...

01:10

Nuclear weapons convoy halted in Scotland, 3 activists arrested The Nuclear Resister

from Nukewatch UK On November 16, a convoy carrying nuclear weapons was halted briefly by three members of Nukewatch UK as it left the Defence Support Group base in Stirling, near Bannockburn, in protest of the continued transport of Trident warheads on public roads and the risks that these pose to the community. David Mackenzie, []

01:07

EU cuts funding to Turkey in 2018 budget Amid Erdogan Spat With NATO Turkeys commitment to democracy and human rights questioned Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticised by the EU for mass arrests in the country following the failed 2016 coup

BRUSSELS (AFP)  An EU 2018 budget deal was announced Saturday that cuts funds destined to Turkey, citing doubts about Ankaras commitment to democracy and human rights.German Chancellor Angela Merkel had led calls for a cut to the funds, which are linked to Turkeys stalled bid to join the bloc, following mass-scale arrests in the country since the failed July 2016 coup.

MEPs and member states have agreed to reduce the pre-ascension funds by 105 million euros ($124 million) and froze an additional 70 million euros of previously announced spending.

In a statement, lawmakers said they consider the deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights worrying.

Turkey has dismissed more than 140,000 officials since the coup attempt, and arrested another 50,000, including opposition politicians, academics, journalists, activists and EU citizens.

The German government has warned its citizens against travelling to Turkey as they risk arbitrary arrest.

We have sent a clear message that the money that the EU provides cannot come without strings attached, said Romanian MEP Siegfried Muresan, the lead rapporteur for the budget.

Europe had pledged 4.45 billion euros in pre-accession spending for Turkey from 2014 to 2020, but only 360 million euros has been allocated so far.

Ankaras application to join the EU is effectively frozen, as several European leaders have criticised the hardline response to the thwarted bid to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year.

Overall, the 2018 budget calls for 160 billion euros of committed spending for ongoing programmes and 145 billion in payments expected for the year, increases of 1.3 percent and 7.8 percent from 2017.

The agreement still needs to be formally adopted by the EU Council, representing member states, and the European Parliament.

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Nato apologises to Turkey after Erdogan and Ataturk appear on enemy chart

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00:58

Chinas balancing act on debt is becoming trickier Peace and Freedom

The government must hold its nerve, even as economic growth slows

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Chinas president, Xi Jinping, delivers a speech in Beijing: non-financial sector debt in the country has gone from $6tn in 2007 to nearly $29tn today EPA

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Why continue working when you are guaranteed a monthly income? So asks Xu Yongan, a 55-year-old former steelworker from Anhui province and the recipient of an employee buyout. It may seem a bit puzzling that in China, the factory to the world, factory workers are paid to stay home. The solution to the puzzle as to most puzzles about the Chinese economy comes down to debt.

The government worries that years of investment-led growth have left the country with a heavy debt burden and lots of excess industrial capacity. It was a government-led effort to shut inefficient factories that led to Mr Xus early retirement.

That Chinese debt has grown to dangerous levels is beyond dispute. Non-financial sector debt has gone from $6tn in 2007 to nearly $29tn today, according to data from the Bank of International Settlements. The debt, equivalent to 260 per cent of gross domestic product, has brought with it dramatic declines in credit efficiency. The International Monetary Fund points out that in 2016 it took four units of credit to raise GDP by one unit. A decade ago the ratio was 1.3 to one.

Chinas debt-to-GDP ratio is not far from that of the US, for example. But, as Zhou Xiaochuan, the central bank governor, emphasised last month, Chinas companies bear an extraordinary high portion of the burden. Corporate debt levels at 160 per cent of GDP make it the most leveraged corporate sector in the world.

A year ago the situation looked even less tenable than it does today. Since then, the efforts to rein in excess capacity seem to have had some effect. Commodity prices have firmed, helping the big state-supported industrial companies. Private company growth (particularly in technology, as exemplified by groups such as Alibaba and Tencent) have helped reduce overall leverage levels. If China is to grow its way out of its debt problems, these trends must continue. Another potentially helpful factor is rural growth: over the past decade, China has promoted the transfer of agricultural land usage rights among farmers, resulting in bigger farms, increased investment and higher returns. Data on the scale of such transfers is scarce but an online broker,...

00:30

France: Muslims enter convent, pray in Arabic during Vespers, tell nuns to convert to Islam or face hell Jihad Watch

Then they wrote Allahu akbar in the guestbook and left. But dont be concerned: the local imams says, I went to see the young man after to explain to him that this is not how we do it. We do it, more famously and lethally, in other ways. Islamist intrusion into Verdun Carmel, translated from []

00:05

Brexit: The crunch is coming for Theresa May Time for cold hard cash? Peace and Freedom

  • 18 November 2017
Emmanuel Macron and Theresa MayHard conversations are coming for Theresa May. Getty Images

Did you watch Theresa May try to make the best of her Swedish photo opportunities yesterday? Or listen to David Davis as he urged the EU side to blink first, rather than the UK side?

They both know that time is short to guarantee the UK gets what it wants and pushes the EU to move to the next stage of vital Brexit talks at the next leaders jamboree in December.

Whats been missing until now is a sense of when the UK will be able to resolve its own short-term position.

Is the cabinet willing to sanction a political move to offer the promise (not the figure) of more money on the table to settle our EU accounts?

And if ministers are willing to do so, what do they expect in return and when?

Its been all too obvious that the EU side has, for a long time, been clear that theyll only budge when the UK is ready to promise even vaguely or implicitly a lot more cash.

The hold-up has in part been that the UK has been pushing to make sure that taxpayers at home dont shell out when they dont have to.

And also because UK and EU officials have taken a very different approach to settling the bill.

But its also the case that cabinet ministers have not been ready to agree how they want to proceed, and without that political agreement, its been hard for the negotiations about the money to progress.

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However, the crunch is coming fast.

Im told on Monday there will be a significant meeting of the small cabinet co...

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23:57

Chinas emergence as a hegemonic power a threat to all peace-loving democracies Steve Bannon Peace and Freedom

Trumps former chief counselor warns of Chinas hegemonic aspirations

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer

Steve Bannon, former chief counselor to President Donald Trump, spoke in Tokyo on Wednesday.

TOKYO Steve Bannon, the former senior counselor and campaign manager of President Donald Trump and a noted advocate of Brexit is building networks in Asia to respond to what he claims is Chinas emergence as a hegemonic power.

Bannon was in Tokyo this week meeting dissidents and pro-democracy activists from China, and developing sympathetic fraternal relations.

I understand that people in this room have had tremendous suffering, he said at one encounter on Wednesday. People have been imprisoned, people have been unfairly [treated] in their own societies pushed off to the side and have lost economic opportunities.

Bannon told his listeners that China and the U.S. are potentially on course for a collision unless people work together to prevent it happening. He likened todays world to that of the 1930s and 1940s. He said Japan has a special sense of what a tragedy can be with its history from that time, when war with the U.S. and its allies followed from its expansionist ambitions.

China intends to be the worlds No. 1 economic power by2035, and the global hegemonic power by 2050, said Bannon, citing the address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Communist Party Congress last month. Bannon called Xis three-and-half-hour speech a wake-up call to the world.

China was once expected to develop into a more democratic, liberal, and market-based society as it grew wealthier. What we have seen in the last 20 years is anything but, said Bannon.

Chinas leadership has no intention, ever, of joining the rules-based, international post-war liberal order, he said. They have their own plan. Bannon described Xis speech as more than a warning to the West.

It essentially says, the Confucian, mercantilist, authoritative [sic] model has won, and the Judeo-Christian, liberal, democratic, free-market, capitalist West has lost,' he said. It couldnt be more blunt.

Bannon is the executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, a controversial right-wing website that...

23:45

Mongoose: CIA Blows Again Open Source Information Is Information Operations Untapped Weapon Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

Open Source Information Is Information Operations Untapped Weapon

Carmen Landa Middleton

My experience, both as a long-time practitioner of the open source discipline and as a former leader of the CIA branch responsible for it, is that there are two stubborn myths that continue to impede the true unleashing of OSINTs power and potential. First, that open source is cheap. And second, that anyone with little more than a good internet connection can be an open source practitioner.

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23:44

Madrid, Spain: Action in Solidarity with the Anarchist Comrades in Italy facing Trial as a result of Operation Scripta Manent Insurrection News

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On November 15, a day before the start of the Operation Scripta Manent trials, a group of anarchist comrades gathered in front of the Italian Embassy in Madrid in support of the comrades detained in this operation. The comrades distributed the following text:

Solidarity and support for the comrades detained and facing trial as a result of Operation Scripta Manent in Italy

In September 2016, arrests and searches for this operation took place in Italy. Once again they try to attribute different actions to a supposed hierarchial organizational structure, as was done previously in Italy with Operation Osadia. This repressive strategy has been used in a similar way in the Spanish, Greek, French etc states in an attempt to fit the anarchist conflict and its practices into accusations of terrorist or similar organizations. Anarchism will never be able to fit into these structures, since it is horizontally based and fights against hierarchies and all kinds of authority....

23:40

US and Poland strike $10.5 billion missile defense deal Peace and Freedom

The US has approved the $10.5 billion sale of a Patriot anti-missile system to NATO ally Poland. Eastern European NATO states have been ramping up their military capabilities in the face of perceived Russian aggression.

Polish President Andrzej Duda welcomes Donald Trump during state visit in July 2017 (Reuters/C. Barria)

In a move likely to irk Russia, the US and Poland agreed on Friday a major arms deal that could see the eastern European NATO member soon begin conducting air and missile defense operations.

As part of the $10.5 billion (8.9 billion) sale, Poland is expected to receive 208 Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, 16 M903 launching stations, four AN/MPQ-65 radars, four control stations, spares, software and associated equipment.

Read moreNATO in a nutshell: What you need to know

Made by US defense contractor Raytheon, the missiles are reportedly designed to detect, track and engage unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles and short-range or tactical ballistic missiles.

In a statement issued following the sale, the State Department said that: A secure Europe capable of deterring air and missile threats and other forms of aggression promotes peace and stability within NATO and on the European continent.

The transaction still requires congressional approval, since any sale of advanced military technology to another country requires special permission. Congress has 15 days to raise any objections to the deal, although this agreement is expected to pass swiftly, given the close military ties between the two countries.

During US President Donald Trumps visit  to Warsaw in July, the US and Poland signed a memorandum of intent for weapons sales.

Poland is one of a handful of eastern European nations that has i...

23:35

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over outrageous and unjustified comments by German Foreign Minister Gabriel comments Peace and Freedom

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FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel presides the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel about the political crisis in Lebanon.

The Saudi foreign ministry said the government would deliver a protest note to Germanys ambassador in Riyadh over what it said were outrageous and unjustified comments Gabriel made after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart.

After a meeting in Berlin with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Gabriel told reporters that Europe could not tolerate the adventurism that has spread there. It was not clear from a Reuters television recording that the remark was targeted at Saudi Arabia.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned while in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4.

Such remarks provoke the surprise and disapproval of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which considers them as aimless and based on false information that would not help bring about stability in the region, the Saudi ministry said.

Hariris abrupt resignation has raised concern over Lebanons stability. He was due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday. Lebanons President Michel Aoun said on Twitter Hariri had told him in a phone call from Paris he would be in Lebanon on Wednesday for Independence Day celebrations.

The German foreign ministry welcomed Hariris departure from Saudi Arabia for Paris and impending return to Lebanon.

We are very concerned about regional stability and call on sides to reduce tensions, the statement read. We aim this message at all actors in the region.

23:30

Berto Jongman: Tim Berners-Lee OoppsInternet Sucks! Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: The system is failing

The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a nasty wind blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news

23:28

Macron welcomes Lebanons Hariri to Elysee Palace Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron (right) greets Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Elysee Palace in paris, on November 18, 2017

PARIS (AFP)  French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis.Hariri, who made a shock resignation announcement on November 4 and has since fended off claims he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will, was also due to have lunch with Macron.

The Lebanese leaders wife and elder son were to join them for the meal after the talks, but the couples two younger children remain in Riyadh for their school exams, a source close to Hariri said.

Hariri does not want to mix his children up in this affair, the source said.

Macron has been attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanons fragile democracy.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to accept Hariris resignation while he remains abroad, and Macron said ahead of the talks that he would be welcomed with the honours due to a prime minister.

Aoun said on Saturday that he had spoken by telephone to the premier after his arrival in Paris, and that Hariri said he would be back in Lebanon for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.


23:27

Nasser Kandil: On the Free Patriotic President and the crisis between Lebanon and Hahoudi Arabia Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

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23:18

Now is Not the Time: The Social Psychological Factor Permitting Climate Change and Nuclear War World Beyond War . . .

By Marc Pilisuk,  Oct, 24, 2017

During  time of mourning or fear of grave existential threats, the human psyche is quite capable of denying and ignoring likely and imminent dangers. President Trump raised the prospect of venturing into a nuclear war with North Korea.  It is essential that some of us counter this propensity. In nuclear war there are blast, firestorm and  radiation effects and no first responders or infrastructure to assist the survivors. This is the time to face the prevention of the unthinkable.

Nuclear Weapons

Credit: United States Department of Energy Wikimedia

Until the advent of the atomic bomb, war did not have the capacity to end, for all time, the continuation of the human beings or to threaten the continuity of life itself. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki produced the greatest immediate mass death from individual weapons yet known. Within the first two to four months following the bombings, the acute effects of the atomic bombings had killed 90,000146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,00080,000 in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day.

The threat of nuclear weapons has increased.  This reality was expressed by President Kennedy:

Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman, and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or madness.[i]

Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry said, I have never been more fearful of a nuclear detonation than nowThere is a greater than 50 percent probability of a nuclear strike on U.S. targets within a decade.[ii] Apocalyptic dangers like this, that we know exist but still ignore, continue to have an effect upon us. They push us away from a long-term connection to our planet, pressing us to live for the moment as if each moment might be the last.[iii]

Current...

23:09

White Helmets members killed in Eastern Ghouta by Syrian air strike Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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23:02

South China Sea: China Takes Control The sheer numbers [of Chinese] are starting to push the Filipinos, the Vietnamese, and the Malaysians out Peace and Freedom

China is starting to dictate terms in one of the worlds strategic waterways, and the United States is largely missing in action.

A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaonin, takes part in military drills in the South China Sea on Jan. 2. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaonin, takes part in military drills in the South China Sea on Jan. 2. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

In his 12-day trip to Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump largely focused on North Korea and trade, all but avoiding the simmering disputes in the South China Sea and steering clear of sharp criticism of Beijings increasingly aggressive activities there.

With the Trump administration focused elsewhere for now, China is quietly pressing ahead with its agenda in one of the worlds most strategic waterways, building more military facilities on man-made islands to buttress its expansionist claims and dramatically expanding its presence at sea at the expense of its smaller neighbors.

Beijings under-the-radar advances in the South China Sea could be bad news for countries in the region, for U.S. hopes to maintain influence in the Western Pacific, and for the rules-based international order that for decades has promoted peace and prosperity in Asia.

At the Chinese Communist Party congress last month, President Xi Jinping cited island building in the South China Sea as one of his top achievements so far, and touted the successful prosecution of maritime rights. Those rights appear at odds with international law: Xi is now assuring nervous neighbors that China will offer ...

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Egypt opens Gaza border for first time since unity deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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A Palestinian official at the Rafah crossing said it was expected to stay open for three days

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Massive U.S. Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open in AWS S3 Buckets cryptogon.com

Via: The Register: Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing dozens of terabytes of social media posts and similar pages all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest. The archives were found by UpGuards veteran security-breach hunter []

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US-UN-backed Haitian Police Massacre Teachers and Students Demanding Money for Schools, Not the Army INTERNATIONALIST 360

Haiti Action Committee Reports of a mass killing by the US-UN occupation trained and supervised Haitian police in Port-au-Prince Police brutally beat teachers and students in Cap-Haitien demanding money for education, not to restore the murderous army Monday, Nov. 13, was a day of extra-judicial killings of men and women estimated by community...

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What Next for Zimbabwe After Robert Mugabe: Division and Hatred? Or One Love? INTERNATIONALIST 360

Earl Bousquet The Caribbean has long had a close association with the Southern African liberation struggle and movements, especially the role played by Cuban soldiers in beating back the racist South African forces trying to turn back the tide of liberation progress in Angola in the late 1970s. There was also the fact that Grenadas...

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Statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry on the Vetoed UN Security Council Resolution Voltaire Network

As the future of the UN OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) was being discussed at the UN Security Council on November 16, the United States and its supporters blocked the text of the Russian-Chinese draft resolution on renewing and strengthening the mandate of this entity which was submitted by Bolivia. As a result of such irresponsible actions, this Mechanism, which was created over two years ago in the interest of identifying perpetrators of chemical crimes in Syria, ceases to exist (...)

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The Iranian Peace Plan for Yemen, by Mohammad Javad Zarif Voltaire Network

I would like to draw your urgent attention to the extremely appalling situation in Yemen, caused by aggression, indiscriminate targeting of civilians and a blockade, imposing intolerable suffering on the Yemeni people and resulting in an unprecedented famine and the outbreak and spread of cholera in that country. The war in Yemen, now in its third year, continues to worsen, with no end in sight. The circumstances are pugnaciously swirling into a pandemonium of mass destruction and (...)

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