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Thursday, 19 April

03:13

More than 90 Muslims, nearly all Democrats, running for public office across the U.S. The Counter Jihad Report

Creeping Sharia, April 17, 2018: 9/11 was just the first notable battle in the Islamic takeover of the United States. As we noted a few weeks ago, the Ongoing Islamization of America Muslims Going Hyper Political. Its much worse than Continue reading

03:07

Te Huur: Jorg Leijten. Volgt Amerikaanse politiek? stan van houcke



Jorg Leijten
Politicoloog en journalist


NRC van 14 april 2018. Zonder ook maar over n vaststaand bewijs te beschikken, beweerde ene Jorg Leijten:

Teruglezen: Westerse vergeldingsactie na gifgasaanval in Syri,

geschreven door Jorg Leijten.

Jorg Leijten: Freelance (onderzoeks)journalist I oa  I WOB-expert I volgt Amerikaanse politiek I Te huur (schrijven/radio/presentatie) I Wil deelnemen aan De Slimste Mens
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03:06

Defense Stocks Soar as Trump Wages War on Syria stan van houcke

  April 17, 2018

Defense Stocks Soar as Trump Wages War on Syria 


Defense company stocks, such as those of Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, and Boeing, rose to unprecedented levels since the beginning of the year because of Tomahawk strikes on Syria and massive arms sales to the Middle East and to the Pentagon. Bill Black talks about the the companies and their profits


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03:03

03:00

GM Ousts Cadillac Head Peace and Freedom

Steve Carlisle will replace Johan de Nysschen in an effort to push the brand back on top

Johan de Nysschen is best known in the auto industry for helping Volkswagen AGs Audi brand gain U.S. prominence a decade ago.
Johan de Nysschen is best known in the auto industry for helping Volkswagen AGs Audi brand gain U.S. prominence a decade ago. PHOTO:KRISTIN CALLAHAN/ZUMA PRESS

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April 18, 2018 12:34 p.m. ET

General Motors Co. has replaced the head of its Cadillac luxury brand amid a lackluster turnaround effort in the U.S. market despite strong results in China.

Johan de Nysschen, 58, best known in the auto industry for helping Volkswagen AGs Audi brand gain U.S. prominence a decade ago, is leaving the company effective immediately, GM said Wednesday.

GM named Steve Carlisle, 55, a longtime GM veteran who has been running the auto makers Canadian business, to succeed Mr. de Nysschen.

GM President Dan Ammann, who oversees GMs luxury brand, in a statement praised Mr. de Nysschen for setting a stronger foundation for Cadillacs growth but added that the brand must accelerate its turnaround.

The world is changing rapidly,and it is paramount that we capitalize immediately on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change, Mr. Ammann said. This move will further accelerate our efforts in that regard.

Once the top U.S. luxury auto maker, Cadillac has been surpassed in the last two decades by...

02:57

Even Beyonc cant stop Coachella from sucking Peace and Freedom

02:53

Iran rejects baseless UK, US accusations on Yemen missiles Aletho News

Press TV April 18, 2018 Iran has firmly rejected fresh US and British allegations of Tehran sending missiles to Yemen, saying the two are seeking to whitewash their shameful complicity in the crisis gripping the war-torn country by leveling false charges against others. The US and UK complicity in Yemen crisis is shameful, Irans []

02:51

EU parliament demands Zuckerberg answer questions in person Peace and Freedom

AFP | EU lawmakers want Zuckerberg to answer their questions in person, just like he did before the US Congress

STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (AFP)  The European Parliament on Wednesday demanded Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg appear in person to answer questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, rejecting his offer to send a more junior executive in his place.Parliament President Antonio Tajani wrote to Zuckerberg saying the 2.7 million EU citizens affected by the data sharing scandal deserved a full explanation from him, after he spent 10 hours being grilled by US lawmakers last week.

The EU is introducing tough new data protection rules next month, which Facebook has said it will comply with, and Tajani warned the parliament was a key decision maker in the regulatory process.

In the letter, seen by AFP, Tajani thanks Zuckerberg for his kind offer to send Joel Kaplan, Facebooks vice-president for public policy and external affairs.

However, all political groups stressed the absolute need of your personal presence, as was the case before the United States Congress, the letter continues.

We are convinced that the millions of Europeans affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal deserve a full and thorough explanation from Facebooks top manager, just as was the case for US citizens.

Facebook admitted earlier this month that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign.

The social media giant took out full-page ads in a number of European newspapers on Monday to trumpet the new EU data protection rules as it tries to win back trust.

The EUs General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on May 25, aims to give users more control over how their personal information is stored and used online, with big fines for firms that break the rules.

Zuckerberg, who has repeatedly apologised for the massive data breach, last week told the US Congress that the more stringent EU rules could serve as a rough model globally.

02:45

Yom HaAtzmaout BBC Watch

Wishing a very happy holiday to all our readers celebrating Israels 70th Independence Day!

 

02:41

The Fading Holocaust Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

April 16, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon by Gilad Atzmon Holocaust Is Fading From Memory the New York Times reported last week. Apparently a survey commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germanyfound that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people []

02:34

TRUMP HITS SYRIA A SECOND TIME AND SIGNALS TO THE WORLD THAT THE U.S. EMPIRE IS COMING APART AT THE SEAMS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

18.04.2018 Written by Brian Kalman exclusively for SouthFront; Brian Kalman is a management professional in the marine transportation industry. He was an officer in the US Navy for eleven years. A number of days have passed since naval and air assets of the United States, France and the UK struck a number of targets of the Syrian government within that []

02:28

As Israel becomes a political liability stan van houcke

As Israel becomes a political liability it is time to challenge its enablers

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02:21

The President Has Been Mislead on Douma stan van houcke

Ambassador Peter Ford speaks to Tucker Carlson: The President Has Been Mislead on Douma

02:19

9/11 in Nederland stan van houcke




Aan
Geachte ontvangers,

Heden mocht ik van de organisatie achter het symposium over 9/11, dat op 13 mei a.s. gehouden wordt in de Stadsschouwburg te Utrecht, het hierna volgende bericht ontvangen.

Alvast nog dit: voor degenen die Barbara Honegger willen interviewen, een der sprekers op 13 mei te Utrecht, daarvoor is gelegenheid op 11 of 12 mei in Amsterdam. Voor meer info daarover, gelieve contact op te nemen met Jan van Aken via press@11september.eu of via 06 - 26 28 55 68.


Stuur deze mededeling vooral door naar andere genteresseerden, journalisten etc.

Dank en groet,

Harold Mulder
Nijmegen



Barbaba Honegger naar Nederland voor symposium over complot 9/11

Barbaba Honegger, voormalig politiek analist van het Witte Huis, komt naar Nederland. Op 13 mei geeft zij in de Stadsschouwburg in Utrecht een presentatie over de nieuwste ontwikkelingen in het onderzoek naar 9/11 en de nieuwe grote rechtzaak. Insteek: De huidige officiele complot theorie van de Amerikaanse regering kan onmogelijk waar zijn. Explosieven zijn gebruikt om de 3 WTC torens te laten instorten.

Afgelopen week ging in New York een procedure van start die uiteindelijk moet leiden tot het instellen van een Grand Jury. Die wil de oorzaak van de aanslagen van 11 september 2001 gaan onderzoeken. In een officile petitie van 52 paginas met 57 bewijsstukken die door topjuristen is opgesteld, wordt aangetoond dat er explosieven zijn gebruikt om de drie WTC-torens te laten instorten.

Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth

De juristen hebben de informatie gebruikt die verzameld is door de 3000 architecten en ingenieurs die zich verenigd hebben in de wereldwijde organisatie Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth. Ook de oprichter en voorzitter van deze organisatie, Richard Gage, spreekt op het symposium in Utrecht.

Bevrijding van Bedrog

Het symposium met de titel Bevrijding van Bedrog wordt georganiseerd door de recent opgerichte stichting '11 September'. Bestuurslid Wico Valk: Het symposium gaat over de belangrijkste en nog steeds onbeantwoorde vragen rond 9/11 en wordt begeleid door medebestuurslid George van Houts, acteur en theatermaker en bekend van het theatergezelschap De Verleiders. Hij zal met gepaste wrange humor de aantoonbare onhoudbaarheid van de officile samenzweringstheorie aannemelijk maken door enkele van de top-experts aan het woord te laten en vragen van het publiek te laten beantwoorden.

Misdadigers van 11 september

George van Houts: Ik zal tevens een interview/dialoog houden met emeritus hoogleraar Karel van Wolferen. Deze voormalig NRC-journalist spreekt vrijuit over de stilte die klinkt over alle onbeantwoorde 9/11-vragen".

""n van de juristen die aan de wieg heeft gestaan van de nieuwe juridische procedure is de dit jaar overleden erevoorzitter van he...

02:17

Israel at 70: Why democracy is now in retreat Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The use of power in Israel is now divorced from accountability. Were the seeds sown back in 1948?

02:12

UK police employee tells women threatened for criticizing Islam: I wouldnt put the messages out that youve put Jihad Watch

I wouldnt put the messages out that youve put in the first place, although he tells her she is perfectly free to criticize Christianity, and backpedals furiously when Jonaya Fenessa English shines a harsh light on his unwitting Sharia adherence and double standard. Clearly this police official, and doubtless innumerable others in British officialdom, believe []

02:10

Great March of Return organizers: Israeli claims that Hamas is behind protests are lies Mondoweiss

As the Great March of Return enters its fourth week in the besieged Gaza Strip, the activists behind the massive peaceful demonstrations have a message for the world:

The Palestinian people, especially in Gaza, cannot bear the Israeli siege any longer, says Nabeel Diab of the National Commission to Break the Siege of Gaza. The Palestinian people are eager to achieve their freedom, their independence, and their right to return to the villages where they were forced out of 70 years ago.

Diab is a member of a grassroots organization of activists who helped plan the march. He says the idea was born after the massive Nakba Day demonstration in 2011 when thousands of Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and the Palestinian territory marched to the borders with Israel to demand their collective right of return to their homelands.

Diab says the message of the Great March of Return is the same as the message of the 2011 protests. The march is a massive, popular event, supporting the idea that the Palestinian people maintain their right to return and to stay on their lands, he tells Mondoweiss.

The Great March of Return protests have been portrayed by Israels government and military as Hamas-led, controlled, and inspired. Israeli media has largely maintained the governments narrative that Hams is inciting violence in Gaza.

But, Diab insists that is not the case.

The Israeli governments allegations that Hamas organized these protests are lies, and are defamatory statements that have no basis in reality, Diab says. This march is the embodiment of popular action involving children, women, and involving all the Palestinians that refuse to accept the occupation of our land.

Critics have argued that Israel has used the Hamas narrative to justify their excessive use of force against protesters.

As of April 14, 36 Palestinians had been killed in Gaza by the Israeli army since the protests began.

These protests have shown the world how the right-wing Israeli occupation government commits war crimes against us and our rights, Diab tells Mondoweiss.

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02:10

How China Can Respond to Trumps Tariff War Foreign Policy Journal

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan at Mar-a-Lago in April 2017 (White House)

02:10

Dirty money or dirty politics? UK hypocrisy over Russian oligarchs Aletho News

By Neil Clark | RT | April 18, 2018 According to Russias Prosecutor General, 61 criminals who stole up to $10 billion in Russia are enjoying life in the UK. Britain claims to be concerned about dirty money, but has rejected requests from Moscow for extradition. It was the financial heist of the century. The looting []

02:08

LOCKDOWN at Bayou Bridge Pipeline Stopping Work Today CENSORED NEWS

L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge Since early this morning a water protector has been locked-down around a piece of equipment that's doing horizontal drilling for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The action has successfully stopped construction for several hours.This action is part of a growing wave of resistance to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. This pipeline would connect with the

01:53

Stanford labels the forcible suppression of dissenting views free expression Jihad Watch

The academic environment on our nations campuses has deteriorated so severely, and our colleges and universities have been so completely transformed into centers of Leftist indoctrination, that many students not only oppose the freedom of speech, but dont even know what it is. Sam Wolfe enthusiastically writes: Something is afoot once again on the campus []

01:47

#ZAD #NDDL: Cops play with electricity and shot people in the back Enough is Enough!

Wednesday 18 April 2018: today cops were playing with the electricity and shot people in the back. ZAD activists also received explicit photos of an individual in civilian clothes talking with riot cops and then leaving to rejoin our side.

Originally published by ZAD. Umages by ZAD (French).

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

Read all our articles about ZAD here.

ZAD NDDL: Cops play with electricity and shot people in the back

Wednesday 18 April 2018 10:32 TODAY THE GENDARMES ARE PLAYING WITH THE ELECTRICITY: Recall of previous episodes: Last Wednesday during a massive attack gendarmes took up a position around La Gre and cut off electricity to different locations in the Zone. Enedis [the power utility ed. note] was contacted and said that the Gendarmerie was refusing to let them restore power.

A little gremlin therefore took it upon him/herself to restore electricity a few days later. This morning, under the pretext of protecting Enedis, who supposedly wanted to verify that the re-connection was not dangerous, the Gendarmerie launched a major operation with several hundred gendarmes, two armoured vehicles, GIGN [SWAT] troops, a canine team, drones, etc., because rather than coming on foot they preferred to systematically attack all the barricades in the Zone, surround La Gre, take up a position in front of Les Fosses Noires by blocking once again access to the Les Cheveux Blancs campground, etc. We have reports from people who were shot in the back as they were running from La Gre and from others who had stun grenades launched at them without prior warning.

Once again the Gendarmerie is playing with fire by provoking an increase in tension in the Zone and cutting off electricity under the pretext of verifying its operation. Im beginning to lose faith in public service!

10:16 INFILTRATION BY PLAINCLOTHES POLICE: Weve been sent some fairly explicit photos of an individual in civilian clothes talking with the Gendarmes Mobiles and then leaving to rejoin our side.

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01:46

UAE forces intercept Iranian drone carrying explosives intended for Yemen targets Peace and Freedom

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Al Houthi drone downed over Saudi city of Abha

DUBAI: The UAE armed forces anti-aircraft defense unit has intercepted an Iranian Qassef-1 drone loaded with explosives aimed at Yemeni forces, state news agency WAM reported.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition emphasized the need to address the capabilities of Iran, which it said posed a direct threat not only to the Yemeni forces and people, but to the freedom of maritime navigation in the Red Sea.

Yemens government previously accused the Iranian regime of supplying the Houthi militia with drones.

At the time, the government said the aircraft were made in Iran as Yemen did not possess the capability to build them.

(Developing)

Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1287011/middle-east

01:44

An Alternative Explanation to the Skripal Mystery Aletho News

By Gareth Porter  | Consortium News | April 17, 2018 For weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have insisted that there is no alternative explanation to Russian government responsibility for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last month. But in fact the British government is []

01:35

Final Declaration Of The 2018 Peoples Summit In Lima, Peru PopularResistance.Org

We, the representatives of social and popular organizations of Peru, Latin America and the Caribbean, have met in Lima / Peru from April 10 to 14, 2018 to discuss the political, social and economic reality of our America, to share our struggles and resistance, to strengthen the militant solidarity of our peoples and the continental unity of the social and popular movements of our region. The movements which find themselves here again include union organizations that fight for the defense of the labour rights of the working class, trade associations, feminist organizations that fight for gender equality, youth and student organizations that defend the rights of youth as a leading actor, campesino organizations that continue to fight for the right to land, indigenous organizations that resist the onslaught of savage capitalism, environmental organizations that confront the predatory extractive model, organizations that defend the rights of sexual diversity...

01:31

Turkey finds network of 3,000 Gulenists in military, two years after coup Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Defence minister said all would be sacked, as parliament approves extending state of emergency in Turkey for another three months

01:29

International Day Of Campesino Struggle Marked In Latin America PopularResistance.Org

Every year, on April 17, social movements and Campesinos commemorate the International Day of Campesino Struggle to honor the 19 campesinos of Brazils Landless Workers Movement murdered by Brazilian military in the northern state of Para on April 17, 1996 during a protest to demand their right to land. Struggle against the concentration of land in the hands of a few large landowners, a colonial legacy, has been marked in Latin Americas struggle for independence, nation-state building and its present. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Latin America has the most unequal distribution of land in the world. A 2016 Oxfam report on the issue showed that 1 percent of productive land estates hold over half of the total arable land. That means 1 percent concentrates more land than the other 99 percent.

01:28

Emerging Islamist Political Clout Accelerates Europes Self-Islamization The Counter Jihad Report

by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News April 17, 2018 Forget the beheading videos, the ISIS propaganda on social media, even the terrorist attacks themselves. Europe, sayscounterterrorism expert Afshin Ellian, is Islamizing itself, and in the process, the Western values Continue reading

01:24

Seven Surprising Tax Facts For 2018 PopularResistance.Org

In 2017, individuals and corporations were still paying taxes under the old system. The Trump tax plan that Congress passed in December 2017 hadnt yet taken effect. In 2018, the rules have changed. The new tax plan favors billionaires and corporations, while leaving poor and middle income Americans essentially where they are. The richest one percent of Americans will receive a total of $85 billion in tax cuts in 2019, while the poorest twenty percent  one in five Americans will receive tax cuts totaling just $3 billion. Foreign investors will benefit more from the tax cuts ($48 billion) than the bottom sixty percent (or 3 in 5) American earners ($41 billion, combined).

01:20

Western media cover tracks of Trump, May and Macrons war crime in Syria Aletho News

By Finian Cunningham | RT | April 17, 2018 With astounding double-think, the US and Britain accuse Russia of tampering with the alleged chemical-weapon attack site in Syrias Douma just days after the US, UK and France barraged the county with over 100 missiles. If anyone is guilty of tampering with the alleged crime []

01:16

From Deir Yassin Massacre To Avigdor Lieberman No Palestinian Is Innocent PopularResistance.Org

One day, when historians discuss the history of Palestine under Zionist occupation, two dates will be remembered as important indicators. The first is the massacre and total destruction of the village of Deir Yassin, which was committed by Zionist militias on April 9, 1948. The second is a statement given almost exactly seventy years later by Israels defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman, in response to Israeli soldiers murdering innocent civilians in Gaza, said There are no innocent people in Gaza.  As the state of Israel prepares to celebrate seventy years of independence, and Palestinians mourn seventy years of genocide, ethnic cleansing and apartheid, it is abundantly clear that in the eyes of Zionist Israel all Palestinians are guilty and deserve to die. As it was in Deir Yassin in April 1948, so it was in Gaza in April 2018.

01:13

Israel at 70: Three academics take the political temperature Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Will Israel ever suffer a 'dictatorship'? Who will be the true friends of a future Israel? These, and other questions, answered

01:07

Charlottesville: Anti-Racist Activist Corey Longs Trial Delayed PopularResistance.Org

Charlottesville organisers pledge support of African Americans on trial for 'self-defence' at white nationalist rally. The trial of Corey Long, an African American man who was allegedly shot at by a white nationalist during last August's "Unite the Right" Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has been granted a continuance. Community organisers gathered outside the courtroom on Tuesday morning wearing all black in support of Long, whose lawyers asked for the continuance. Organisers told Al Jazeera they believe the trial will take place in June. Long has been charged with misdemeanour assault and disorderly conduct related to his use of a "flamethrower" at the rally. Long's lawyers asked for the delay after being offered a plea deal, which they did not accept, activists said. Organisers feel Long was unjustly charged after white nationalists present during the August 12 rally told law enforcement they were assaulted.

01:06

Haftar's military chief survives assassination attempt in Libya Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Car bomb attack comes days after renegade general Khalifa Haftar was reported to be on verge of death after suffering a stroke

00:51

Syrias Raqqa devastated, de-facto occupied & run by a gang of incompetents Russias UN envoy Aletho News

RT | April 18, 2018 The US and its allies are doing practically nothing to help rebuild Raqqa, which is de-facto occupied, Russias UN Ambassador told the UNSC, after a UN representative reported on the mass-scale devastation of the Syrian city. On average, an estimated 50 people a week are being killed in Raqqa, the []

00:51

The Boao Forum for Asia at the Prospect of the US-China Trade War Covert Geopolitics

On April 8-11, the resort town of Boao, situated on the Chinese island of Hainan, saw the regular economic Boao Forum for Asia (BFA). Let us note the increasing importance of this forum that today is called the Asian Davos. This time it was visited by both the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (chosen as Continue reading The Boao Forum for Asia at the Prospect of the US-China Trade War

00:43

Russia and India on the Brink of a Major Trade Breakthrough Covert Geopolitics

Russia and India are long-standing partners with a rich history of mutually beneficial cooperation. The two countries have great trading potential. However, Russian-Indian trade and economic cooperation cannot yet be called very active. This situation is not acceptable to either side, and now Russia and India are working to develop their economic relations. For many Continue reading Russia and India on the Brink of a Major Trade Breakthrough

00:42

BP Claims Oil Spills Are Socially Acceptable and Boost Local Economies The Anti-Media

BP Oil Spills(TIM)  British Petroleum, better known as BP, sought to convince the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) of Australia that a potential oil spill off the countrys coast would provide a welcome boost to local economies. BP made the claim in 2016 in an environmental plan written to convince NOPSEMA to approve the companys bid []

00:41

Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel is a Matter of Policy Foreign Policy Journal

Children in the Gaza Strip. Gazans have been largely unable to rebuild from the devastation of three major Israeli military operations due to Israel's ongoing illegal blockade (Photo: public domain)

00:41

Trump denies firing Comey over Russia probe Peace and Freedom

AFP/File | Former FBI director James Comey (L)and President Donald Trump: Trump denies firing Comey over the Russia collusion investigation

WASHINGTON (AFP)  President Donald Trump denied Wednesday having fired FBI director James Comey a year ago over the investigation into links between his election campaign and Russia.Trump made the denial as a new book by Comey added fuel to allegations that Trump may have engaged in criminal obstruction of justice when he dismissed Comey on May 9, 2017.

Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)! Trump said via Twitter early Wednesday.

Officially, Comey was fired based on the recommendation of Trump-appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

But in an interview with NBC News two days after the firing, Trump made clear the letter was not the real reason, and suggested that the Russia probe was behind his thinking.

Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey, he said.

In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, you know, this thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election.

As far as Im concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly, he added.

In my opinion, it shouldve been over with a long time ago because all it is an excuse.

That statement, together with Trumps later attacks on Comey and the Justice Departments Special Counsel Robert Mueller, now the head of the Russia investigation, have stoked accusations by Democrats and some legal experts that Trump has sought to stifle the probe.

Comeys memoir released on Tuesday, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, describes conversations he had with Trump before he was fired in which the president seemed to pressure him over the Russia investigation.

But Comey has refrained from accusing Trump of obstruction, saying in an interview with National Public Radio Tuesday that he did not have the full picture of Muellers probe to be able to make that judgement.

Mueller, meanwhile, has been silent on the direction of his nearly year-long investigation, but media reports citing people informed on the probe say it has widened from allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to include possible obstruction.

00:40

Russia Instead of US: Swedish TV Caught Peddling Fake News on Syria Aletho News

Sputnik April 18, 2018 Swedish TV-channel TV4 has sparked outrage by offering its viewers a skewed picture of reality by substituting the US with Russia in a critical news report on the US-backed attacks against the war-torn middle-Eastern country. In a news report about the conflict in Syria by TV4, a Syrian woman was speaking about the US, []

00:39

The Jewish nation is the central myth of Zionism. It needs to be dismantled. Mondoweiss

Today, April 18th, is the eve of Israels 70th Independence Day. Some are probably wondering how that may be possible, if Israel declared its independence on the evening of May the 14th. The answer is, that Israel celebrates the event as if it was a Jewish holiday, according to the moon calendar, which most often does not coincide with the Latin, sun-based calendar.

This is only one aspect in how Israel seeks to apply itself as a Jewish State. But I am going to speak about an even more essential ideological aspect that sits at the heart of Zionism. It is not the notion of the Jewish state as such, but the notion of the Jewish nation.

First, lets jump back 100 years and look once again at the words of the British (and notably Jewish) Secretary of State for India Edwin Montagu, in his critique of His Majestys Governments intentions to endorse a Jewish national home in Palestine in 1917:

I assert that there is not a Jewish nation. The members of my family, for instance, who have been in this country for generations, have no sort or kind of community of view or of desire with any Jewish family in any other country beyond the fact that they profess to a greater or less degree the same religion. It is no more true to say that a Jewish Englishman and a Jewish Moor are of the same nation than it is to say that a Christian Englishman and a Christian Frenchman are of the same nation: of the same race, perhaps, traced back through the centuries through centuries of the history of a peculiarly adaptable race.

But Montagus logic did not win the day. Zionism did. And nowadays, many Jews around the world are relating to Israels Independence Day as if it was a religious holiday. Last Friday I had a conversation in Copenhagen with a man I hardly knew, we both merely knew we were Jewish:

Will you be celebrating Yom Haatzmaut [Israeli Independence Day]?, he asked.

You betcha I wont! I answered.

The man responded with a predictable expression of bewilderment.

Id rather be commemorating the Nakba, I said.

Nakba? Whats that? He wondered.

Its Arabic for catastrophe', I explained, when the vast majority of Palestinians was expelled.

Oh, he said.

After a short pause, he went:

But I love holidays like for example Pesach [Passover], he said.

Alright, but thats a religious holiday. Independence Day is not a religious holiday, unless you consider nationalism to be religious, I said.

That was that conversation. Yesterday I was invited by another Jew to celebrate Israeli Independence Day at the Copenhagen synagogue (as the very issue of Independence Day as a Jewi...

00:39

Wind Energy Takes a Toll On Bird Population- Now Theres Help? Penny for your thoughts

This news is for the fake greens. Greenwashers  Those who push an elitist agenda to the detriment of everything else. Including bird populations. Ive written on this topic previously. 

Thinking about all these articles that suggest AGW is killing birds. Such as 'warming temperatures" via carbon....  (which isnt proven) The reality is the god awful monstrosities known as wind turbines are killing birds on a mass scale. Thats demonstrable. Provable. Well documented.
Notice from the article linked above blaming AGW we see this?

Species that depend on high-elevation forest habitat, long-distance migrants, and coastal breeders are most at risk from climate change
Euronews

Long Distance migrators and coastal breeders- both types of species are greatly harmed by wind turbines- but lets just gloss over that fact, ok, phony greens?! 

Migratory birds with a giant wind turbine stuck in the middle of their migration paths

I'm a huge fan of birds.
But all that clean, renewable energy comes with a high cost to the nation's wildlife. Researchers estimate that 140,000 to 328,000 birds are killed every year in collisions with the turbines' spinning rotor blades and support towers. The risk to birds is highest at night, when the blades and towers are cloaked in darkness.
Is it clean, green, earth loving energy if it results in mass bird killing?
 That estimate is 140,000 to 328,000 dead birds every year. Year after year. 
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00:30

The Crisis Is Only In Its Beginning Stages Foreign Policy Journal

Nikki Haley (Office of the Governor of South Carolina/Public Domain)

00:28

James Comey Was E-Mailing Lisa Page and Peter Strzok Just Before Deciding Not To Charge Hillay Clinton Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy wants more investigation Peace and Freedom

The head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus has asked the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to take a closer look at emails and texts between demoted FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that previously had been given to Congress.

In a letter to Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., claimed recently uncovered documents suggest a concerning level of coordination between the Department of Justice and the FBI throughout crucial moments of the investigation into [Hillary] Clintons private email server.

Meadows claim contradicts repeated statements by former FBI Director James Comey, who has said the bureau and the DOJ did not coordinate on his July 2016 statement recommending Clinton not be charged for keeping classified information on her personal email server.

Given the tone of Director Comeys sworn testimony, and his stated intention to continue to publicly speaking about the investigation in support of his new book, Meadows wrote, we believe it is important to further examine whether his previous statements before Congress and the American people were misleading.

Meadows quoted a July 1, 2016 text exchange between Strzok and Page about then-Attorney General Loretta Lynchs pledge to accept Comeys recommendations in the email case.

Timing looks like hell, Strzok wrote. Will appear choreographed. All major news networks literally leading with AG to accept FBI [Directors] recommendation.

Yeah, that is awful timing, Page answered. Nothing we can do about it.

What I meant was, Strzok said, did DOJ tell us yesterday they were doing this, so [Comey] added that language.

Page texted back: I think we had some warning of it. I know they sent some statement to [Comey chief of staff James] Rybicki bc he called andy [Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe].

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00:19

Vietnam Locks Up US-funded Agitators PopularResistance.Org

Vietnam has tried and imprisoned several members of a US-funded network engaged in sedition across the country. The move follows  trials and prison terms handed out earlier this year for other US-funded operatives meddling in Vietnams internal political affairs. The prison terms for agents of US-funded political meddling in Vietnam come as the US and its European allies continue pushing accusations of Russian meddling. However, unlike the US and Europes accusations against Russia, agents of US-funded sedition in Vietnam are exposed by extensive evidence, much of which comes from the US government itself. The BBC in its April 6, 2018 article, Nguyen Van Dai: Vietnam jails activist lawyer and five others, would claim...

00:16

Robert Spencer video: In the UK, if you see something, you better say nothing Jihad Watch

In this new video, I discuss London Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basus recent call for Britons to become counter-terrorism citizens, and how it contradicts the British polices increasing focus on Islamophobia.

00:16

Fake News Is Fake Amerika PopularResistance.Org

The series of brief reviews of critical moments in recent US history in this article would be described by some as "conspiracy theories," but over the years many have been shown to be conspiracy facts. There are conspiracies, i.e. agreements by people in and out of government to work together to accomplish an end result. These are only some recent examples and do not include many US government regime change efforts that the US initially denied but are now admitted and documents prove they occurred. Their are allegations of fake news conspiracies today. The most recent are the allegations of a chemical attack by President Assad in Syria.

00:02

Part of Donald Trumps Telephone Kitchen Cabinet is Sean Hannity Peace and Freedom

Hannitys rising role in Trumps world: He basically has a desk in the place

April 17 at 7:53 PM

The phone calls between President Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannitys show, Trumps frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. When hes off the phone, Trump is known to cite Hannity when he talks with White House advisers.

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The revelation this week that the two men share an attorney is just the latest sign of how Hannity is intertwined with Trumps world an increasingly powerful confidant who offers the media-driven president a sympathetic ear and shared grievances. The conservative commentator is so close to Trump that some White House aides have dubbed him the unofficial chief of staff.

This portrait of the interactions between the president and the talk-show host is based on interviews with more than a dozen friends, advisers and associates of the two men, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.

For a president who feels, intensely, that he is under siege, Hannity offers what he prizes: loyalty and a mass audience. And Trump, in turn, has directed his supporters to Hannitys show urging people on Twitter last week to watch the commentator attack special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who heads the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

Their bond intensified during the 2016 campaign and has grown stronger during Trumps time in office.

The bottom line is, during the heat of the campaign when relationships are forged, he was always there, offering good advice, in person and on television, former deputy Trump campaign manager David Bossie said of Hannity. The president sees him as an incredibly smart and articulate spokesman for the agenda.

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00:01

China Announces Plan for Restructuring Global Governance Newsbud

Chinese supremo Xi Jinping laid out Chinas vision for the international system at the Bo Ao conference on Hainan Island.  And it sounds pretty good.  Especially when contrasted with Donald Trumps clumsy application of the America First! principle in his illegal bombing of Syria. The PRC probably wishes that Donald Trump could stay president of []

00:00

Corbyn & the anti-semitism question OffGuardian

by W. Stephen Gilbert Its more than time to try to unpick the shemozzl of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party 1. Self-harming is ever Labours favourite activity, and those MPs determined to keep the row going have lost sight of the danger that what they wish for will hurt them more, that unseating Jeremy Corbyn will cost some of them their own seats and condemn us to Tory rule for the forseeable future. It is essential to get this thing back into perspective and to halt the misinformation over the issue both current and retrospective. It seems to me that there are five propositions on the table, four of which are simply not sustainable. They are: 1) anti-Semitism is rife throughout the Labour Party; 2) the left is innately anti-Semitic; 3) Jeremy Corbyn is complicit in anti-Semitism or at best complaisant in face of its incidence; 4) this controversy has been whipped up now in order to damage Corbyn; 5) charges of anti-Semitism in the party are wholly fabricated. Propositions 1) and 5) are mutually

00:00

Marine Le Pen Questions French Strike on Syria, Recalls Colin Powells Tube Aletho News

Sputnik 18.04.2018 In an interview with BFMTV, the leader of the right-wing National Front has cast doubt on the credibility of the claims made by French authorities in relation to missile strikes on Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta. First of all, []

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23:58

Erdogan lashes out at the West for stoking anti-Islam sentiment in its bid to impose its own ideology and lifestyle Jihad Watch

The World Muslim Minorities Summit aims to boost ties between Turkey and Muslim minorities under the motto The Believers are but a single Brotherhood. In an opening speech, Erdoan lashed out at the West for stoking anti-Islam sentiment in its bid to impose its own ideology and lifestyle.' This is the simple but powerful tactic []

Working Class Town Goes Green, Protect Environment, Improves Lifestyle PopularResistance.Org

Straddling the northeast branch of the Anacostia River just outside of Washington, D.C., is a half-square-mile patch of green called Edmonston. Its a tiny Maryland town where, despite its distance from the Chesapeake Bay, the residents seem to understand that what they do here affects what happens there. What started in the early 2000s as an effort to ameliorate flooding on the towns main thoroughfare has snowballed into a series of water quality-minded projects that are sprucing up streets, filling empty lots with community gardens and reducing the amount of polluted stormwater flowing into the Anacostia River. The projects also have burnished the towns sense of identity, setting Edmonston apart from the maze of Maryland suburbs tucked inside DCs bustling beltway in Prince Georges County.

23:58

Brazil Election: A Watershed Moment for Latin Americas Right Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

Latin Americas left has been in disarray since the commodity boom ended five years ago, with events in Brazil, Venezuela, and elsewhere conspiring to see a return of right-wing parties and politicians to office in their respective countries. Progressive groups saw events like the impeachment of the then-Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff as a reassertion of an old pattern of elite conservative (and pro-US) influence in the region at the expense of the previously dominant left. But observers on both the right and the left do not seem to have accounted for how poorly many of the right-of-center Latin American governments have fared once coming to power, a trend that suggests this right-wing resurgence in the Americas may end up being relatively brief, even despite recent conservative victories in countries like Honduras.

Once again a bellwether could be Brazil, the largest and most important country in the region. After years of political chaos, the unpopular interim administration of Michel Temer (who is serving out the remainder of Dilma Rousseffs term) is due to end in October. The race is currently wide open, with frontrunner and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (popularly known as Lula) in prison and his most right-wing rival Jair Bolsonaro facing criminal charges for inciting hatred. The way Brazil turns in October could signal a change in political direction for the whole of Latin America; therefore, it merits a closer look at the factors affecting Brazils presidential race.

The post Brazil Election: A Watershed Moment for Latin Americas Right appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

23:40

How long will the world keep living with the Syrian crisis? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Neither zealous supporters of Assad nor those oblivious to ongoing mass atrocities have the capacity to generate a vision for Syrias future

23:36

Teacher Rebellion: Class Dismissed PopularResistance.Org

Are teachers professionals, proletarians, or both? One symptom of our pathological denial of class realities is that we are accustomed to thinking of teachers as middle class. Certainly, their professional bona fides should entitle them to that social station. After all, middle class is the part of the social geography that we imagine as the aspirational homing grounds for good citizens of every sort, a place so all-embracing that it effaces signs of rank, order, and power. The middle class is that class so universal that its really no class at all. School teachers, however, have always been working-class stiffs. For a long time, they were also mainly women who would have instantly recognized the insecurities, struggles to get by, and low public esteem that plague todays embattled teachers.

23:33

France: Muslims erupt in extremely violent riots after woman is ordered to remove her niqab Jihad Watch

Hundreds of police were deployed after residents rioted and torched cars in Toulouse following a police stop of a woman wearing an illegal full-face Islamic veil. Meanwhile, Muslim advocacy groups that are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood serve as battering rams, beating into the minds of non-Muslims that they are Islamophobic for expressing valid concerns []

23:33

Who dominates Syria? The Vineyard of the Saker

Things are getting scary what do you think Trump's safe word is? #Syria pic.twitter.com/eHcFqqUtbl IN THE NOW (@IntheNow_tweet) April 17, 2018

23:28

Even western mainstream media is reporting that no chemical attack took place in Douma Aletho News

Medical personnel on the ground in Syria give testimony that those videos show people suffering from hypoxia not gas poisoning By Frank Sellers | The Duran | April 18, 2018 On April 7th, an attack was carried out in the town of Douma, just a few kilometers out of Syrias capital, Damascus, which was []

23:24

The Cult Of Violence Always Kills The Left PopularResistance.Org

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.The Weather Underground, a clandestine revolutionary organization that advocated violence, was seen by my father and other clergy members who were involved in Vietnam anti-war protests as one of the most self-destructive forces on the left. These members of the clergy, many of whom, including my father, were World War II veterans, had often became ministers because of their experiences in the war. They understood the poison of violence. One of the most prominent leaders of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam (CALCAV), to which my father belonged, was the Catholic priest Philip Berrigan, who as an Army second lieutenant fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

23:14

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, April 19, 2018 Go to any length to get it Do not be afraid Boldly go where others fear to go Peace and Freedom

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 276

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Philip talks about the scripture with the Ethiopian eunuch

Reading 1 ACTS 8:26-40

The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,
Get up and head south on the road
that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.
So he got up and set out.
Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,
a court official of the Candace,
that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,
in charge of her entire treasury,
who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.
Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit said to Philip,
Go and join up with that chariot.
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said,
Do you understand what you are reading?
He replied,
How can I, unless someone instructs me?
So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
This was the Scripture passage he was reading:Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who will tell of his posterity?
For his life is taken from the earth.
Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply,
I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this?
About himself, or about someone else?
Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage,
he proclaimed Jesus to him.
As they traveled along the road
they came to some water,
and the eunuch said, Look, there is water.
What is to prevent my being baptized?
Then he ordered the chariot to stop,
and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water,
and he baptized him.
When they came out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away,
and the eunuch saw him no more,
but continued on his way rejoicing.
Philip came to Azotus, and went about proclaiming the good news
to all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 66:8-9, 16-17, 20

R. (1) Let all the earth cry...

23:11

Macron: Migratory phenomenon is historic, Africans will be flooding into Europe for many years to come Jihad Watch

Bombshell population growth in Africa means Europe is entering an unprecedented age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, asserting that the two continents destinies are bound. The French people may have a different vision, given their calls to outlaw radical Islam and their demands for the deportation of 11,000 known jihadists. Macron talks the []

23:10

Erdogan announces snap Turkish elections to 'end uncertainty' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Turkish president calls June parliamentary and presidential polls, which will usher in new 'super-presidency' system

22:51

Glazov Moment: Hamas Pays Muslims to Get Shot by IDF Jihad Watch

This new edition of The Jamie Glazov Moment features Jamie discussing Hamas Pays Muslims to Get Shot by IDF, where he offers yet another harrowing glimpse into a cult of death. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate through our Pay Pal account to []

22:48

Putins Bluff Is Finally Being Called and Russia Is Running Out of Options in Syria Peace and Freedom

After proving powerless to prevent the airstrikes on the Assad regime, how can Putin restore deterrence?

Russian President Vladimir Putin crosses himself as he attends the Easter service in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, early Sunday, April 8, 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin crosses himself as he attends the Easter service in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, early Sunday, April 8, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Saturday mornings combined attack by the United States, Great Britain and France on the Assad regimes chemical warfare bases in Syria may have been, as U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis described it, a one-time shot, but it also proved an important point.

Russia does not have the military capabilities necessary to prevent the U.S. and its allies from destroying targets that are ostensibly under its protection in Syria...

22:44

The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left stan van houcke

APR 16, 2018TD ORIGINALS

The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left

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22:44

Jewish leader refuses to debate BDS with young Jew, at J Street conference Mondoweiss

If there was one clear theme at the J Street conference that just concluded, its that young Jews are taking over as the leaders of the Jewish community, while older Jews are often the sources of stale, bigoted, or foolish comments. The generational divide in the Jewish community that I cant shut up about was on full display.

The highlights of the conference were two statements by Jews in their 20s, critical of Israel or the Jewish establishment. Zoe Goldblum was the only Jewish speaker I heard criticize the killings of Palestinians at the Gaza fence (along with Bernie Sanders, 76, that is). While Leanne Gale all but endorsed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

The low points included Rep. Jan Schakowsky admitting shed never used the word occupation till last year and Jewish leader Jeremy Burton declaring that he refused to debate BDS, even among Jews.

And yes, there are exceptions to the generational rule. Bernie Sanders gave one of the best speeches at the conference.

Schakowsky, the liberal Jewish congresswoman from Illinois, reflected on a trip she took to the occupied West Bank last fall with J Street:

I have to tell you that before that trip I never even used the word occupation before. It really sunk in when I saw on the ground what it means. And I am  so grateful to all of the students who are trying to bring to the attention of Americans, of the  world how unfair this is, how unjust, how inhuman.

And you thought people have trouble getting to apartheid. This is reminiscent of NY Rep. Anthony Weiner saying in 2011, there is no occupation. Schakowsky, 73, is considered progressive on foreign policy. And by the way, she addressed the Nation Institute gala back in 2009 and held up a burka she had brought back from Afghanistan, to say, This is what Americas fight against the Taliban is all about.

Leanne Gale, from her twitter feed.

Leanne Gale, an activist...

22:43

Belgian firms face prosecution for selling Assad 'nerve gas precursor' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Belgian customs bring case against the firms involved in transport of chemicals to Syrian government

22:42

Willy van Damme: Syri en FrankrijkHet begrip van de EU stan van houcke

Syri en FrankrijkHet begrip van de EU

by Willy Van Damme
Wie wat van nabij het optreden van de EU in de zaak van de vermeende gifgasaanval in de Syrische stad Douma bekeek zal onmiddellijk het verschil in houding van de verschillende lidstaten hebben opgemerkt. Het was in wezen Frankrijk versus de andere landen in de EU. Toch als we het Verenigd Koninkrijk er buiten houden. 
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22:39

Western media begin to question gas attack narrative stan van houcke


After visiting Douma, western media begin to question gas attack narrative


22:33

Wisconsin Supreme Court to Hear Marquette Professors Free-Speech Case Peace and Freedom

Lawsuit asks to decide if blog post was protected academic debate or internet trolling

Marquette University political-science professor John McAdams was disciplined by the school for a blog post he wrote that resulted in threats against another instructor.
Marquette University political-science professor John McAdams was disciplined by the school for a blog post he wrote that resulted in threats against another instructor. PHOTO: MIKE DE SISTI/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wisconsins Supreme Court on Thursday will hear oral arguments in a suit that questions how far the principles of academic freedom at private colleges extend into the rough and tumble world of internet trolling.

The case centers on whether Marquette University in Milwaukee had the right to discipline tenured political-science professor John McAdams for something he wrote online that resulted in threats against another instructor.

In a post on his personal blog, Dr. McAdams called out a graduate-student instructor for telling an undergraduate in her ethics class that arguing against gay rights and same-sex marriage was homophobic and unwelcome in her classroom.

The November 2014 post, which was picked up by conservative media outlets, included the instructors name and a link to her personal blog. The woman, Cheryl Abbate, received hostile messages, including what the school says were threats to her safety.

Ms. Abbate was just using a tactic typical among liberals now, Dr. McAdams wrote on the blog, the Marquette Warrior. Opinions with which they disagree are not merely wrong, and are not to be argued against on their merits, but are deemed offensive and need to...

22:27

Five Palestinians injured by Israeli fire near Gaza border Peace and Freedom

AFP | Palestinians burn tyres during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest on the Israel-Gaza border in the northern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018
GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP)  Five Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire along the Gaza border Wednesday, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said, with tensions high over recent protests and clashes there.The five were injured by Israeli artillery fire east of Khan Yunis, the ministry said.

It said the men were on a base belonging to the military wing of Gazas Islamist rulers Hamas when they were struck.

The Israeli army confirmed it had fired on five Palestinians it said had approached the border.

In a statement, the army said at least one of the men was armed. It did not provide details on what type of fire its soldiers used.

The Gaza border has seen protests and clashes since March 30.

At least 34 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli fire since the protests began. There have been no Israeli casualties.

Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the fence, infiltrations and attempts at attacks.

Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to soldiers, while the European Union and UN chief Antonio Guterres have called for an independent investigation.

Israel has rejected calls for an independent probe, saying its open-fire rules are necessary to defend the border.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008 and the Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade for more than a decade.

22:22

Jeremy Corbyn | Response to Prime Minister's Syria Statement stan van houcke

Jeremy Corbyn | Response to Prime Minister's Syria Statement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ExK9yjWow


'Does the humanitarian crisis in Yemen entitle other countries to arrogate to themselves the right to bomb Saudi positions in Yemen, given their use of cluster bombs and white phosphorous? Will the PM commit to ending support to the bombings of Saudi Arabia?'




22:21

Inside Germanys first sex-doll brothel Peace and Freedom

An early sneak peek at Westworld season 2? Not quite. But these lifelike dolls are part of a fantasy-fulfilling experience in Germany called Bordoll, the countrys first sex-doll brothel.

After an initial test-run last year, business is booming something owner Evelyn Schwarz attributes to the high quality of her dolls. These are Next Top Model standard girls, she recently told Vice. Most guys would be too intimated to approach a real woman if she looked this good.

HELLO DOLLY

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22:15

The Search for Truth in the Rubble of Douma Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Robert Fisk This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western worlds most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. Theres even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I []

22:15

Donald Trump: We Are Leaving Syria Public Intelligence Blog

President Donald Trump

Trumps Syria withdrawal plan: Arab occupational force and Arabs will pay for it report

Phi Beta Iota: Robert Steele nailed it on Korea months before crap news media; Syria is next. Then domestic purge and financial reboot, perhaps with a debt jubilee, and finally the end of Zionism in America and  the end of US support for Zionist genocide against Palestine. It will take two terms but the tide has turned.

22:04

California Governor Jerry Brown: Californias sanctuary state laws do not benefit criminal illegal aliens Peace and Freedom

California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday insisted that Californias sanctuary state laws do not benefit criminal illegal aliens.

While speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Brown was asked whether Californias sanctuary state laws favor the rights of criminal illegal aliens over the rights of law-abiding Californians.

Brown said that notion is absolutely false and claimed that there is not a scintilla of evidence that would support such an outlandish proposition.

The California governor also said that it is a lie to say that Fullertons Grace Aguilar would still be alive if the state had more stringent immigration enforcement.

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Aguilar, who was just six years of age, was reportedly murdered this year while sitting in her front yard by a twice-deported illegal immigrant who was driving under the influence.

NBC4 reported in February:

Immigration officials say 50-year-old Maximino Delgado Lagunas, who is in the United States illegally, had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he was arrested. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has revealed to NBC4 that Lagunas, a Mexican national, had been deported twice, once in 2001 and again in 2008.

Court records show that in 20...

22:00

Mongoose: Why and How Feds Sell Out to Deep State Cabal Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

Why do so many Feds sell out to Ruling Cabal?

Phi Beta Iota: Article is very good but mis-titled. Only 10% of the Feds (at the executive level generally) are sell-outs. The 10% that try to clean house get stomped on hard to the point of being fired, bankrupted, and if necessary, suicided. Good news: the tide has turned. Whistle-blowers backed by Trump are ascendant. Also the crypto-billionaires and a tiny handful of traditional billionaires are coming together Trump has been offered private funding for the wall, private funding for a truth channel that displaces #GoogleGestapo, and private funding to mobilize 22 million veterans and bring the 50% that do not vote back into the electoral process where reforms will terminate, among other evils, electronic voting machines that are rigged before the first vote is cast.

21:45

Norie Huddle: Curing Patients Is Not a Sustainable Business Model Public Intelligence Blog

Norie Huddle

Goldman Sachs Analyst: Curing Patients Not a Sustainable Medical Business Model

Phi Beta Iota: A healthy society not only kills the existing fraudulent medical-pharmaceutical industry, but definition it also kills the poisonous agricultural and manufacturing industries. Legalizing cannabis oil is the single biggest good President Trump could direct. Creating an Open Source Agency that documents true cost economics of everything would kills off the rest of the Deep States cash flow cows.

21:45

Pakistan: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asserted on Tuesday that uncivilised restrictions cannot be placed on anyone Departed for London Peace and Freedom

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asserted on Tuesday that uncivilised restrictions cannot be placed on anyone in the country.

The world has changed and so should we. Old mistakes should not be repeated, he said while talking to reporters inside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him.

Referring to the Lahore High Courts Monday verdict banning anti-judiciary speeches, the former premier said the court should make clear what anti-judiciary means.

We cannot restrict someone from speaking, he said, adding that he wanted everyone to go along together.

Elected governments made historic decisions, including the atomic tests which were completely conducted by the civilian government, claimed Nawaz.

The three-time prime minister said he does not regret moving on. We moved on did but not compromise. The other side should have moved on too, he asserted, terming unfortunate the dharnas (sit-ins) carried out in the country against his government.

He said the National Accountability Bureau is inquiring into the widening of Raiwind Road in 2013 [which leads to Nawazs residence], adding that, in 1990 we started the motorway there should be a case on it too and one over the atomic tests.

I see widespread discord if the peoples aspirations are not adhered to, he said further.

Referring to recent waves of defections within the party, the PML-N supremo said those who left us were never ours. Adding to that, Nawazs daughter Maryam said the PML-N has its dedicated vote bank which is not seasonal.

Talking about the governments plan to merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Nawaz said the tribespeople should get their rights.

Includes video:

https://www.geo.tv/latest/191404-world-has-changed-we-shouldnt-repeat-old-mistakes-nawaz

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Nawaz Sharif leaves for London

Lahore: Pakistans deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday, left for London along with his daughter to see his ailing wife amid speculations that he might not return because of a likely conviction in three corruption cases against him.

As Sharifs family spokesman did not reveal his return schedule, analysts in Lahore believe...

21:36

Pakistan: The state of human rights remains dismal Peace and Freedom

Editorial

Dawn (Pakistan)

THE details may change somewhat from year to year, even show an improvement here and there, but the overall picture of the state of human rights in this country remains dismal.

The HRCPs latest annual report dedicated to that redoubtable human rights defender, the late Asma Jahangir is a trenchant illustration of the fact that a decline in casualties due to terrorism does not necessarily translate into respect for peoples inalienable rights.

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Asma Jahangir

Granted, some progressive legislation was enacted, but we fell short on a number of fronts.

Religious minorities and law-enforcement personnel continued to be targeted by extremist elements.

Mob violence, especially driven by allegations of blasphemy, showed no let up; in fact, the nation plumbed a new low with Mashal Khans murder.

Gender equality and sexual violence against women and children still pose a huge challenge.

Moreover, sinister methods have been devised to stifle freedom of expression, both in mainstream and social media, and society in general.

To this is linked yet another issue of grave concern highlighted in the HRCP report ...

21:30

Why the April 14th Missiles-Invasion of Syria Was a Historic Turning-Point Strategic Culture Foundation

The failed missiles-invasion of Syria might be a turning-point in reality; but, if its not also a turning-point in the way that Western publics view reality, then WW III will probably come soon. Can the human lemmings be fooled all the way off the cliff? Fooled much farther, well all fall.

21:27

Palestinians have a chance to turn the page on Trump's 'deal of the century' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The March of Return offers a great opportunity to rebuild the Palestinian national movement and stop the normalisation process between Israel and Arab states

21:26

Kenyas empty nets: How cheap Chinese fish imports have hooked buyers Peace and Freedom

Kenyan fisherman pull up their nets in the early morning as they fish on Lake Victoria.

Story highlights

  • Perch, tilapia declined by 20% to 30%
  • Cheap frozen imported fish from China
  • Kenya companies turn to fish farming

(CNN)With nets in hand and the boats motor chugging along on still waters, dozens of fishermen set out to Lake Victoria, Africas largest lake, at the crack of dawn.

Its a scene thats been repeated for generations.
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Fishing is the mainstay of lake-...

21:20

US Ambassador to UN Lives in Her Fantasy World Strategic Culture Foundation

Its hard to define what is exactly meant by the term friendship in international affairs. There are allies, partners and fellow travelers. The US still enjoys significant clout but it is being diminished as new poles of power appear.

21:15

Philippine President says he ordered the Bureau of Immigration to detain, investigate Australian nun, advocate for the poor Peace and Freedom

 

President Duterte said that he ordered the detention of Patricia Fox, 71, for her supposed vocal criticism of the government.

The STAR/Miguel De Guzman

 

(philstar.com) April 18, 2018 6:40pm

MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday blasted an Australian nun for her supposed vocal criticism of the government and said that he was the one who ordered the Bureau of Immigration to detain her.

Particia Fox, 71, an Australian nun who has been advocating land reform and rights of farmers in the Philippines, was detained from Monday to Tuesday for her supposed violations of an immigration order banning the involvement of foreign nationals in the partisan activities and political assemblies.

Duterte said that the only reason Fox was released was she was not caught in the act of berating the government.

Bureau of Immigration lawyers, in a two-page note with recommendation to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente prior to her release, said that while Fox was alleged to have taken part in protest actions by farmers in the past, she was not doing so at the time when BI operatives served her the mission order.

The Philippine leader made the statement after Fox, in a television interview, said that the military might be behind her detention at the office of the Bureau of Immigration.

It was not the military who arrested the Catholic nun. It was upon my orders implemented by the Bureau of Immigration, and I take full responsibility, legal or otherwise, for this incident, Duterte said during his remarks at the turnover ceremony at the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Camp Aguinaldo.

I ordered her investigated not arrested, for a disorderly conduct, the president said.

According to a Law professor who agreed to give input on condition of anonymity, as a general rule, arrests can only be made if a judge has issued a warrant after a criminal case has been filed or if a crime is committed in the presence of law enforcement. In which case, an inquest proceeding must be held immediately to determine if charges should be filed.

The Immigration commissioner, who is under the authority of the president, has a unique power to issue warrants against a foreigner who violates immigration law, the professor said.

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Philippines says President Dutertes tirades vs Chief Justice Sereno not an attack to judiciary Peace and Freedom

 

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Congress to fast track the impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
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Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) April 18, 2018 4:43pm

MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Dutertes attacks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno should not be interpreted as an attack to the co-equal judiciary branch, Malacaang said Wednesday.

The Presidents rebuke of the Chief Justice must therefore be taken as a dislike of the Chief Justice and not an attack to the judiciary or an affront to judicial independence, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

This statement was made in response to a lawyers groups report to the United Nations special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers narrating how the Duterte government attacks the judiciary.

Several lawyers groups, headed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, urged UN special rapporteur Diego Garcia-Sayan to take action on Dutertes attacks against Sereno.

The recent tirades of the president against the chief justice do not sound at all foreboding. They rather expectedly punctuate the long-winded attacks on judicial independence that began almost two years ago, when the chief justice dared resist an apparent intrusion into judicial power, the groups said.

Roque, on the other hand, stressed that some justices of the Supreme Court have testified against Sereno during House impeachment hearings.

The Chief Justice was made to go on indefinite leave by her colleagues to protect the integrity and reputation of the court after it became clear that the CJ failed to file some of her annual SALN, Roque said....

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Theresa Mays Husbands Investment Firm Made a Financial Killing from the Bombing of Syria stan van houcke

Disgusting Conflict of Interest: Theresa Mays Husbands Investment Firm Made a Financial Killing from the Bombing of Syria

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Why Our Contest Is About the First Amendment Clarion Project

Illustrative picture. (Photo: Public Domain)Illustrative picture. (Photo: Public Domain)

As part of our commitment to improve the debate surrounding issues of radical Islam and human rights, Clarion launched an essay contest. After writing extensively about how the First Amendment was the key to fighting Islamism, we wanted to hear from you. So, the topic we chose was:

Assessing the First Amendment: Religious Freedom, Hate Speech and Extremist Incitement

You can read about the contest and the prize here.

We spent some time coming up with the exact topic and want to share a few of our reasons for the choice with you.

Firstly, we wanted something that would capture the complexity of the issue at hand. The debate over radical Islam and the debate over religious freedom and anti-Muslim bigotry go hand in hand. At Clarion, we feel they are actually the same conversation. We oppose radical Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry for the same reason: We believe in freedom of conscience for the individual.

But where to draw the line has become a critical question. When does a theological objection to homosexuality become hate speech against the gay community? When does a reasonable objection to religious supremacism spill over into unfairly demonizing an entire community? When is a hijab a forced symbol of female oppression and when is it a symbol of identity, personal liberty and empowerment?

Many different policies to tackle these issues have been proposed by the government. During his election campaign, President Trump called for surveillance of certain mosques. The NYPD se...

20:49

Israeli Strike on Syrian Base Will Save US & Muslim Lives Clarion Project

Clarion Projects National Security Analyst and director of the Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro reacts to reports that Israel bombed the Syrian T-4 airbase that was linked to Irans terrorist drone program, Hezbollah and the radical Shiite forces supported by Iran and Assad in the Middle East.

Mauro also comments on reports that China will be assisting Tehran in building nuclear power plants in Iran.

 

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#FreeTheMoria35 Moria 35: A documentary by Fridoon Joinda Enough is Enough!

In July 2017 35 men were arrested on Lesvos, Greece. Documentary filmmaker Fridoon Joinda released a 28 minute long documentary about the case. From what I understand, I was only arrested because I am a black man. Didier Ndiay, Senegal.

Submitted to 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.

#FreeTheMoria35 Moria 35: A documentary by Fridoon Joinda

35 men who were arrested on Lesvos Island are awaiting their trial on 20th of April 2018. If convicted, they could be sentenced for up to ten years. From what I understand, I was only arrested because I am a black man. Didier Ndiay, Senegal


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20:40

The Skripal Affair: A Lie Too Far? Strategic Culture Foundation

The Tories are trying doggedly to maintain control of the narrative. Stakes are high for if it eventuates that the Tories have lied deliberately for political gain, at the risk of destabilising European, indeed world peace and security, the Tory government should be forced to resign and new elections, called.

20:30

Shanghai Spirit Permeates Sino-Indian Dialogue Strategic Culture Foundation

China places great store on symbolism. The Shanghai spirit is often invoked to hail the historic Sino-Russian rapprochement in the mid-1990s, which subsequently blossomed into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a vehicle to carry forward the impulses of their dtente.

20:15

Israel Conferred With U.S. on Strike in Syria to Target Iranian War Gear Peace and Freedom

Israeli leaders have kept silent about the attack, but intelligence officials offered new details on the specific target, Israels goals and the discussions with Washington

Israeli soldiers stood atop of an armored personnel carrier in the Golan Heights near the Israeli-Syrian border last week amid heightened tensions between the two countries.
Israeli soldiers stood atop of an armored personnel carrier in the Golan Heights near the Israeli-Syrian border last week amid heightened tensions between the two countries. PHOTO: ATEF SAFADI/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK
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April 17, 2018 5:37 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONWith tacit American support, the Israeli military targeted an advanced Iranian air-defense system at a Syrian base last week, said intelligence officials and others briefed on the matter, the latest sign the Trump administration is working with Israel to blunt Tehrans expanding influence in the Middle East.

After conferring with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a strike on the newly arrived antiaircraft battery to prevent Iranian forces from using it against Israeli warplanes carrying out increasing numbers of operations in Syria, some of these people said.

Israeli officials told the Trump administration about the planned strike in advance so that the U.S. was aware of their plans to directly target an Iranian base, according to...

20:12

Israel targeted advanced Iranian air defense system in Syria strike Peace and Freedom

Jerusalem conferred with Washington before launching April 9 attack, which killed at least seven Iranian troops, Wall Street Journal reports

April 18, 2018
A Russian-made Tor missile defense system. (Vitaly V. Kuzmin/WikiMedia/CC BY-SA 4.0)
A Russian-made Tor missile defense system. (Vitaly V. Kuzmin/WikiMedia/CC BY-SA 4.0)

An alleged Israeli strike on an air base in central Syria on April 9 targeted a soon-to-be-deployed Iranian advanced air defense system and a drone hangar, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The article also confirmed that several days beforehand Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alerted the White House of the IDFs plans to carry out the strike on the T-4 air base, which killed at least seven Iranian soldiers, including a senior officer, and sparked a near unprecedented level of public threats between Tehran and Jerusalem.

The target of the April strike was a Russian-made Tor missile defense system, which is designed to destroy aircraft, helicopters, drones, guided missiles and other precision weapons flying at medium, low, and extremely low altitudes, in difficult air and jamming environments, according to its manufacturer.

If deployed, this relatively modern air defense system, first purchased by Iran in 2007, could make it more difficult for Israel to conduct air raids in the areas where it is deployed.

The airstrike also destroyed a hangar that was being used for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corpss drone program, according to the report.

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20:06

Syrian Forces Repelling Militants Counter-Attack In Rastan Pocket (Maps)

Syrian Forces Repelling Militants' Counter-Attack In Rastan Pocket (Maps)

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Syrian government forces are repelling a counter-attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the areas of Jarjsia and Qubbat al-Kurdi in the so-called Rastan pocket in northern Homs, according to pro-government sources.

The Syrian Army launched a military operation in the Rastan pocket on April 15 and even captured a number of areas there. However, almost no elite pro-government units particiapte in this operation. Thus, their success mostly depends on a lack of resistance from the militants.

Now, when Hayat Tahrir al-Sham units are re-grouped and set to counter-attack, government forces in the area will likely face new problems with making further progress.

Syrian Forces Repelling Militants' Counter-Attack In Rastan Pocket (Maps)

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20:05

Did California Governor Jerry Brown Call Donald Trump a Low-Life Politician? Peace and Freedom

Low-life politicians to blame for nations immigration impasse, Jerry Brown says

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Jerry Brown at the National Press Club

By EMILY CADEI

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday delivered a blunt message to the Republicans he blames for the countrys dysfunctional immigration system. I think its time to just chill, recognize the fact that theyre here, Brown said of the countrys undocumented immigrants.

With all the other talk and noise about the border, the fact is America has 10 to 11 million people that are here, he continued. And theyre human beings, they have families, its very important that they be integrated in a humane, intelligent way.

Speaking to reporters at the National Press Club, part of a brief visit to the nations capital, Brown lamented how the immigration debate has become an inflammatory football that very low-life politicians like to exploit. And I think its shocking, its despicable and its harmful to California, mostly to the people.

It would be hard to interpret Browns comment as anything other than a swipe at President Trump, who has made illegal immigration a focal point of his run to the White House and has sparred with California repeatedly over the states immigration policies.

If Trump wants to round em up like some totalitarian government and ship them out, then say that, the governor said. But he doesnt say that because the American people will repudiate him and the party.

But Brown also emphasized that its Congress, not the president, that is truly to blame for the current dysfunction. Everyone wants to talk about Trump but the Republicans in Congress are the guilty party, they make laws. The other fella is supposed to execute them.

I substantially modified the original provisions, Brown noted. Were going to have some court lawsuits and maybe theyll further delineate it.

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20:02

Prominent American Islamist Wants Atheists Locked Up Clarion Project

American Islamist Daniel Haqiqatjou. (Photo: Screenshot from video)American Islamist Daniel Haqiqatjou. (Photo: Screenshot from video)

A prominent conservative Muslim commentator has caused controversy after praising the arrest of an atheist YouTuber in Egypt named Sherif Gaber. Gaber has gained a following making videos critical of Islam in Arabic and posting them online. His activities have drawn the ire of the Egyptian state.

On March 31, the Salafi Al-Nour party filed a criminal complaint against him for blasphemy. There is now a warrant out for his arrest.

When Gaber tweeted the news of his impending arrest, American commentator Daniel Haqiqatjou tweeted Finally.

This prompted a Twitter spat between the two of them.

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Assad's land grab: Refugees face losing the homes they fled under new law Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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19:49

Hero who landed Southwest flight was an ace Navy pilot Peace and Freedom

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The hero commercial pilot who safely landed a Boeing 737 full of passengers after shrapnel from an engine explosion breached the cabin was an ace Navy pilot and one of the first women to take the yoke of an F/A-18 fighter jet, according to reports.

Southwest Airlines pilot Tammie Jo Shults, 56, kept cool Tuesday as she brought Flight 1380 down for an emergency landing in Philadelphia when an engine exploded mid-air, according to passengers social media.

A huge thank you to the Southwest Crew & Pilot Tammie Jo Shults for their knowledge and bravery under these circumstances. God bless each one of them, passenger Diana McBride Self wrote on Facebook Tuesday.

The pilot, Tammy Jo was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly, wrote Instagram user Amanda Bourman.

After graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas in 1983, Shults signed up with the Navy and became one of its first female fighter pilots, according to a Facebook post by the schools alumni association

She landed her fighter plane on boats at 150 miles per hour and eventually became an instructor, an article about her posted to a pilots forum reads, noting she was among the first to pilot a supersonic F/A-18.

Shults, who lives in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, is married to pilot Dean Marcus Shults and has two children, Sydney and Marshall, according to Heavy.com.

The plane was en route to Texas from La Guardia Airport when its left engine exploded around 11:20 a.m.

A piece of shrapnel flew up and busted out a window, which caused the cabin to depressurize and partially suck a woman out the hole. Seven people were treated for injuries, and one person died.

There were 143 customers and five crew members on the plane.

https://nypost.com/2018/04/17/hero-pilot-who-landed-southwest-flight-was-a-navy-jet-fighter/

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Humanitarian Hypocrites of Britain Strategic Culture Foundation

Tell us wheres the bravery in loading an aircraft with missiles? Or fuelling it before it takes off on a strike mission against a country with which Britain is not at war?

19:43

Singapore police warn of scam involving hacked WhatsApp accounts Peace and Freedom

SINGAPORE: The police have received reports of WhatsApp accounts being taken over by scammers, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in a news release on Wednesday (Apr 18).

Victims would first receive a WhatsApp message from one of their contacts, whose WhatsApp account might have been compromised. The message asks for WhatsApp account verification codes that the victims would have received through SMS.

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The victims would subsequently lose access to their WhatsApp account once the WhatsApp verification codes are sent to the scammers, the police said.

SPF added that a variant of the scam has been reported overseas where the scammers were known to have used the compromised accounts to deceive the account holders contacts into purchasing gift cards and sending over the password for the cards.

The scammers then sold the gift cards online.

The police advised members of the public to beware of unusual requests received over WhatsApp, even if they were sent by their WhatsApp contacts.

Anyone with more information on such scams can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or dial 999 for urgent police assistance.

To seek scam-related advice, members of the public may call the National Crime Prevention Councils anti-scam helpline at 1800-722-6688 or visit www.scamalert.sg.

Source: CNA/mn(cy)

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/whatsapp-accounts-hacked-scam-singapore-police-10149450

19:39

German police crack down on suspected Thai prostitution ring Peace and Freedom

FRANKFURT (Reuters) German authorities searched 62 brothels, offices and homes in several federal states and arrested seven people on Wednesday in a crackdown on suspected human trafficking in connection with a Thai prostitution ring, prosecutors said.

Masked police officers flank a civilian in Bonn (picture-alliance/dpa/A. Vogel)

Security forces in Germany conducted multiple raids and detained over 100 people on Wednesday

Police said on Twitter that the raids, which involved more than 1,500 officers, prosecutors and tax officials, represented the biggest mass search in the history of the federal force.

The investigation has turned up 56 people, aged 26 to 66, who are suspected of crimes related to human trafficking, forced prostitution, pimping, withholding of wages and tax evasion, the Frankfurt general prosecutors office said in a statement.

Prosecutors suspect that a number of people, led by a 59-year-old Thai woman and her 62-year-old German partner, brought women and transsexuals from Thailand to Germany on tourist visas and forced them into prostitution, it said.

The woman is suspected of keeping money that the prostitutes earned, supposedly to cover the cost of bringing them to Germany as well as for room and board at several brothels in the western town of Siegen, and of eventually passing them on to brothels elsewhere.

The investigation has so far identified a total of 32 women and transsexuals who were smuggled into Germany by the suspects and who allegedly worked in the brothels as prostitutes, the prosecutors office said.

Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Nick Macfie and David Stamp

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19:30

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley Has a Message for Larry Kudlow (and Russia): I dont get confused. Peace and Freedom

Comments follow suggestion by fellow administration official that she suffered momentary confusion

By Jeremy B White
The Independent

American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley listens during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria United Nations headquarters AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Americas ambassador to the United Nations rebuked a fellow Trump aides suggestion that she was confused in announcing new sanctions on Russian firms.

With all due respect, I dont get confused, ambassador Nikki Haley told Fox News.

Her comment was a response to National Economic Council chairman Larry Kudlows saying earlier in the day that Ms Haley got ahead of the curve.

There might have been some momentary confusion about that, Mr Kudlow told reporters.

The administration has sent mixed messages about imposing additional sanctions in recent days.

While Ms Haley on Sunday pointed to imminent penalties on Russian businesses connected to Syrias chemical weapons programme, subsequent reports said Donald Trump had not yet decided whether to si...

19:26

Belgium Illegally Shipped 96 Tonnes of Sarin Precursor to Syria bellingcat

Jeff Deutch from Syrian Archive, additional reporting by Kristof Clerix from Knack

Knack and Syrian Archive reveal today that Belgian companies have violated EU sanctions against Syria, according to the summons of an upcoming lawsuit.

Based on information found through the UN Comtrade database, freedom of information requests, and confirmed by the Belgian Customs, we can reveal that a criminal case regarding exports of chemicals to Syria has been opened in Antwerp Criminal Court. This case is brought by the Belgian Customs against three Flemish companies, one managing director and one manager, according to court press judge Roland Cassiers citing the summons.

Since EU sanctions from September 2013 made export licences compulsory for the export of isopropanol to Syria in concentrations of 95% or higher, Syrian Archive and Knack can report that Belgian companies exported 96 tonnes of isopropanol, a sarin precursor, to Syria between 2014 and 2016.

Sarin is the nerve gas used by the Syrian government in the Khan Shaykhun attack that killed 74-100 people in April of last year, as attributed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to Belgian toxicologist Jan Tytgat (KU Leuven), victims of sarin die a painful death. Diarrhea, urinary flare, narrowed pupils, spasms that give you the feeling of suffocation, vomiting, lacrimation and saliva production: the victim quickly becomes paralyzed, suffocates and dies. The lethal dose of sarin for adults is estimated to be less than 1 milligram.

Video by Hadi Alabdallah of a factory next to the impact site which was targeted by a chemical bomb in Khan Shaykhun

The Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), that oversees compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention, examined samples from and around the impact crater in Khan Shaykhun,...

19:18

China fights big smog with big air purifier Peace and Freedom

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AFP | Standing between high-rises, the giant air purifier is capable of cleaning between 5 million and 18 million cubic meters of air each day, depending on the weather, season, and level of pollution, according to a report by a Chinese website

XIAN (CHINA) (AFP)  China has a found a novel way to tackle its massive air pollution problem: Putting up a giant air purifier the size of an industrial smokestack in the middle of a smog-plagued city.Instead of pumping out billows of black smoke like the chimneys rising from factories in the northern province of Shaanxi, the 60-meter (197-foot) tall structure on the outskirts of the regional capital Xian blasts clean air.

Standing between high-rises, the device is capable of cleaning between five million and 18 million cubic meters of air each day, depending on the weather, season, and level of pollution, according to a report by the Chinese website Thecover.cn.

The tower can reduce the density of PM 2.5 the tiny airborne particles considered most harmful to health by between 10 and 19 percent in a 10 square kilometer (3.9 square mile) area, the website said.

PM 2.5 can play a role in heart disease, stroke, and lung ailments such as emphysema and cancer.

For now, the facility which was built in June 2016 is just an experiment.

But its designers hope to build similar towers across the city.

Cao Junji, an environmental protection expert at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told reporters that it would take about 100 towers to cover the city of 1,000 square kilometres (385 square miles).

A lot of people have questioned the devices effectiveness, he said.

I questioned it myself. But when we finished, the results were quite good. They met our expectations.

Chinas government declared war on pollution in 2014.

Pollution is so bad in many regions that people often wear masks on the street and buy expensive air purifiers for their homes.

This past winter, China cut production for many steel smelters, mills and factories.

The environment ministry imposed tough anti-pollution targets on 28 cities around Beijing, with at least three million homes expected to switch from coal to gas or electric heating.

Chinas air quality improved in 2017, with the average level of PM 2.5 particles falling by 6.5 percent in 338 cities, according to environmental authorities.

A University of Chicago study found last year that air pollution in northern China had cut life expectancy by three years compared with the south of the country.

But a ne...

19:15

Why Theresa May Must be Impeached Strategic Culture Foundation

So the moment weve been holding our breaths for a week finally came. In the end, I am mighty glad that this particular strike seems more like the impotent thrashing of the neocon snake that didnt dare to attack places where Russian servicemen were likely to be killed, than it does the start of World War III. For the moment, at least, thank God.

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Arming the World: Inside Trumps Buy American Drive to Expand Weapons Exports cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: In a telephone call with the emir of Kuwait in January, U.S. President Donald Trump pressed the Gulf monarch to move forward on a $10 billion fighter jet deal that had been stalled for more than a year. Trump was acting on behalf of Boeing Co, Americas second-largest defense contractor, which had become []

19:07

Latest Taunt: ISIS Threatens to Attack NYC Subway Clarion Project

ISIS propaganda poster threatens an attack on the Brooklyn Bridge subway station in New York City ISIS propaganda poster threatens an attack on the Brooklyn Bridge subway station in New York City

ISIS latest threat is against New York City, where the group has promised to attack the subway. A new poster appeared on a messaging platform used by the terror group showing a man standing inside Brooklyn Bridge Station at High Street,  the Daily Mail reported.

Behind him sticks of dynamite are shown rigged to a timer. The poster states, You will not expect where we will attack.

The poster was produced by the groups propaganda wing, the Wafa Media Foundation, which also produced posters threatening the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. That poster states, Putin: You disbeliever. You will pay the price for killing Muslims. Just Terror.

The group also threatened to attack Paris again. Last year, its propaganda was directed towards the Queen of England and the Vatican.

As ISIS self-declared caliphate crumbles in the Middle East, the group hopes to show its relevance through attacks in the West.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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China taking direct aim at US with Indo-Pacific trade strategy, expert says Peace and Freedom

The proposal is seen as a response to Washingtons efforts to boost Indo-Pacific alliances to rein in Chinese military deployment and investment

South China Morning Post

Beijings plan to open up Chinas Hawaii as a gateway for Indo-Pacific investment and economic ties is an attempt to counter the United States efforts to form alliances against China in the region, analysts say.

The Hainan plan, unveiled by President Xi Jinping in Haikou, the provincial capital, on Friday, will have genuine value for Chinas trade with countries in the Southeast Asian and Pacific regions, according to Iris Pang, chief Greater China economist with banking and financial services provider ING. 

The proposal comes as Washington works to build up its alliances in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacifi...

19:00

Israeli Housing Minister Calls for Assassination of Syrias Bashar Al-Assad

Tel Aviv (MEMO Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant has called for Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad to be assassinated, Sky News reported.

Israeli media reported that Al-Assad has left his presidential palace yesterday morning accompanied by a Russian military convoy for fear of an American strike, reports Russia has denied.

Israeli Housing Minister, Yoav Galant Israeli Housing Minister, Yoav Galant
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In preparation for a possible US-led strike on Syria, Russia Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) yesterday recommended all Russia flights exercise caution while traveling through the eastern Mediterranean region.

Rosaviatsiya has sent telegrams to air transport companies notifying them to give special attention to planning flights in the Eastern Mediterranean region and to the importance of notifications provided by the aviation authority to alert pilots to hazards on the flight course, a source at the Russian organization told TASS news agency.

Related: Israel is Now Arming Seven Syrian Rebel Groups

The international air traffic control agency Eurocontrol has also warned flights traveling over the Eastern Mediterranean to exercise ex...

19:00

R.I.P. ART BELL Giza Death Star

Last Saturday, April 14, 2018, popular overnight radio talk show host Art Bell died in his home in Pahrump, NV.:
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18:49

Seoul to seek deal on formally ending war with N. Korea Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war. The Demilitarised Zone between them bristles with minefields and fortifications

SEOUL (AFP)  South Korea is seeking to open discussions about formally declaring an end to the war with the nuclear-armed North at a rare inter-Korean summit next week, officials said Wednesday.We are looking at the possibility of replacing the armistice regime on the Korean peninsula with a peace regime, a senior official at the presidential Blue House told reporters.

But this is not something we can do by ourselves. It needs close discussions with relevant parties including North Korea.

The comments came after US President Donald Trump said that the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the Souths President Moon Jae-in could, with his blessing, discuss a peace treaty to formally close the conflict.

The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war. The Demilitarised Zone between them bristles with minefields and fortifications.

But while the US-led United Nations command, China and North Korea are signatories to the decades-old armistice, South Korea is not.

Reaching any final treaty would be fraught with complications.

Both Pyongyang and Seoul claim sovereignty over the whole Korean peninsula, but a treaty could imply mutual recognition of each other.

The North would be likely to demand the withdrawal of US troops, while the Souths national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said Wednesday that Seoul and Washington wanted to see Pyongyang give up its nuclear ambitions.

In meetings with his newly-appointed US counterpart John Bolton, the two had discussed ways to establish an ultimate peace regime, but only if the North makes the correct decision, he said.

Pyongyang has in the past demanded a peace treaty with the US, describing them as the two direct parties in the conflict.

South Korea is a direct party. Who can argue that? the Blue House official said.

The two Koreas could first reach an agreement which would be followed by a meeting between Kim and Trump and a trilateral summit to seal the deal, he suggested.

But four-party talks could also be needed, he added, in a reference to China.

But he cautioned I am not sure if we will use the expression ending the war' at the summit. We want to reach an agreement on banning hostile activities between the South and North, he added.

The two Koreas wi...

18:34

Syrian Rebels (TERRORISTS) Used Sarin Nerve Gas Sold By Britain Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Nerve Gas Sold By Britain By TruePublica: The British government, like many others around the world, have been developing chemical weapons since the First World War and continue to do so from Porton Down. However, unlike others, the Conservative government were complicit in the sale of these deadly banned weapons []

17:52

Death on Southwest passenger jet ends near decade-long successful safety record Peace and Freedom

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National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of a Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday.

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Almost 100 million U.S.-operated airline flights, carrying several billion people, had taken off and landed safely over a nine-year span since the last time a passenger died in an accident in the country.

That record for avoiding fatalities which had never been approached in the history of modern aviation was splintered in an instant Tuesday when an engine on a Southwest Airlines Co. plane exploded mid-air, spewing shrapnel into a window and killing a passenger. The plane, a Boeing 737-700 which was bound to Dallas from New York, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

 

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A Southwest Airlines plane sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, April 17, 2018.

The death of 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan on Flight 1380 was the first in a U.S. commercial aviation accident since 2009, according to National Transportation Safety Board statistics.

This is a tragedy, but it has now reached a state where its a one off, a fluke, an extraordinary event, Stuart Matthews, who worked on reducing accidents for more than a decade as president of the nonprofit Flight Safety Foundation, said of the Southwest accident. We shouldnt stop flying or have other hysterical reactions.

The last fatal crash on a U.S.-registered carrier occurred near Buffalo, New York, on Feb. 12, 2009, when a commuter plane operated by Colgan Air crashed, killing 49 on board and a man on the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded a pilot overreacted to a cockpit warning, causing the plane to plunge, and the case prompted improvements in training.

Three people died on July 6, 2013, after a Korean-registered Asiana Airlines plane struck a seawall as it attempted to land in San Francisco. And...

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Frustrated israel believes it has a divine right to illegally attack Syria. Cant help feeling it will all end in tears Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli defense minister claims right of total freedom of action in Syrian airspace FILE PHOTO: Israeli F-15 fighter jet Amir Cohen / Reuters Israel will not accept any limitations to its operations in Syrian airspace against Iranian threat, the defense minister said, expressing hope that communication lines with Moscow will help avoid any friction []

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Syria: US in talks over Arab force to replace American troops In reality, the politics of putting a force like that together are almost impossible. Peace and Freedom

Problematic proposal is backed by national security adviser John Bolton but could worsen conflict

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 A US military base in al-Asaliyah, Syria. Donald Trump is keen to withdraw American troops. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration is renewing an effort to replace US troops in Syria with an Arab force, but the proposal faces substantial obstacles and could potentially exacerbate the conflict.

The Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said his government was talking to Washington about raising such a force, confirming a report in the Wall Street Journal that said the new US national security adviser, J...

17:32

Iran Vows to Make, Buy Any Weapons Needed to Defend Against Invading Powers Peace and Freedom

Fighter jets and bombers fly overhead on National Army Day as Rohani tells Tehran crowd and a live TV audience on Wednesday that Irans forces posed no threat to its neighbors

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A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran, September 27, 2017.
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President Hassan Rohani said Iran would make or buy any weapons it needed to defend itself in a region beset by invading powers, as the military paraded missiles and soldiers in front of him on National Army Day.

Fighter jets and bombers flew overhead as Rohani told the Tehran crowd and a live TV audience on Wednesday that...

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Pro-Trump Extremists Had A Plan To Kill Muslims Horseed Media

A jury in Kansas this week is deliberating whether three militia members should spend the rest of their lives in prison. LIBERAL, Kan. Kay Burtzloff, a 61-year-old small-business owner whos lived in this area for nearly 20 years, likes to joke that shes one of Liberals only liberals. The county, after all, went to []

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17:25

US to restrict movement of Pakistani diplomats from May 1 Peace and Freedom

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17:25

Terror Fraudsters, Clooney and Trump and their White Helmets Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Terror Fraudsters, Clooney and Trump and their White Helmets Clooney and the White Helmets, Dupe or Dope? by Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow Editors note: The world was warned and everyone knew, the White Helmets were terrorists, total bad news and might well kill us all.  Russia, however, failed, year after year, to []

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Erdoan, Iranian counterpart pledge to maintain alliance with Russia on Syria Peace and Freedom

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The presidents of Turkey and Iran on Tuesday vowed to press on with their alliance alongside Russia over Syria, the Turkish presidency said Tuesday, after Ankara backed strikes by the U.S. and its allies against the Assad regime.

The two leaders emphasized the importance of continuing the joint efforts of Turkey, Iran and Russia to protect Syrian territorial integrity and find a lasting, peaceful solution to the crisis, a Turkish presidential source said following telephone talks between President Recep Tayyip Erdoan and Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations, said the source, who refused to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Stating Turkeys clear stance against the use of chemical weapons, Erdoan said it is important to not allow tensions to escalate and evaluate the incidents within its context.

The leaders spoke about Syrias territorial integrity, adding that it was important to continue the joint efforts by Turkey, Iran and Russia for a lasting political solution to the Syri...

17:14

Trump tweets in support of American pastor facing terror charges in Turkey Peace and Freedom

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U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday in support of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is held in Turkey on terror charges for his links to the PKK and the Glenist Terror Group (FET).

Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason, Trump claimed.

The pastor, imprisoned in the city of Izmir, is accused of espionage and aiding two terror groups, charges carrying up to 35 years in prison.

They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is, Trump said in his tweet.

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Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the Unit...

17:13

Killing Mosquitoes: The Latest Gaza Massacres, Pro-#israel Media Bias And The Weapon Of Antisemitism Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Killing Mosquitoes: The Latest Gaza Massacres, Pro-Israel Media Bias And The Weapon Of Antisemitism The Palestinians have long been seen as an obstacle by Israels leaders; an irritant to be subjugated. Noam Chomsky commented: Traditionally over the years, Israel has sought to crush any resistance to its programs of takeover of the parts of Palestine []

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In new sign of trade battle, China slaps U.S. sorghum producers with 179 percent deposit Peace and Freedom

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China is slapping a huge import charge on a crop that it accuses American farmers of dumping on its markets.

Chinas Commerce Ministry said Tuesday that customs officers will charge importers a fee of about 179% on US sorghum after an investigation found the shipments were unfairly subsidizedand damaging Chinese producers.

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Sorghum is a grain that is used to feed livestock and make a liquor thats very popular with Chinese drinkers.

China is the largest buyer of American sorghum products. Its imports of the crop were worth about $960 million last year, according to Chinese customs data.

The move is likely to stoke fears of a trade war between the United States and China. Tensions have risen sharply since the start of 2018, with both governments announcing plans to slap tariffs on major imports.

China announced that it would investigate alleged dumping of American sorghum back in February.

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Sorghum is a good target for a trade dispute since it would have a major financial impact on the US, Loren Puette, director at ChinaAg, an agricultural research firm, told CNN at the time.

Squeezing the sorghum trade could also hurt Americas rural economy  particularly in states like Kansas  where President Donald Trump has a lot of support.

The Commerce Ministry said its ruling was preliminary, and that the charges which take effect on Wednesday were temporary. It said it would announce a final decision in the sorghum probe at a later date.

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17:04

#Douma OAN Investigation Finds No Evidence of Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

OAN Investigation Finds No Evidence of Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria One America`s Pearson Sharp visited the war-torn town of Douma outside the capital of Damascus, looking for evidence of a chemical attack. However, residents there deny the claims of an attack, and say it was staged to help the rebels escape.

17:03

Near Deadly Political Gas Attack On Americans Dissident Voice

Historically, reactionary forces on the verge of extinction invariably conduct a last desperate struggle against the revolutionary forces, and some revolutionaries are deluded for a time by this phenomenon of outward strength but inner weakness, failing to grasp the essential fact that the enemy is nearing extinction while they themselves are approaching victory.

In the face of steadily deteriorating imperial power, the reactionary forces of global capital have pressed the panic button and are performing far worse than rats on a sinking ship, unless those rats were armed with nuclear weapons and were as deluded as the politburo of western capitalism. Unfortunately some who were previously considered advocates of change are now among the deluded mentioned in the quote and have become foremost protectors of the reactionary political economics of global capital controlled by the market forces of Artificial Intelligence. As the world lurches closer to what could become a nuclear confrontation and the western toadies of empire raise wimpy voices in an atonal chorus of support for accusations against logic and reality, it would be nice to think the quote had it right and that this is just a sign of their and not our extinction. But while we need to keep the faith and work for a better future it must be noted that things get worse and more worrisome in the present.

The most recent nerve gas charges in Syria coming from the mental bowels of western reactionaries were as believable as the last ones, which means hysterically funny when not tragically frightening. The only truthfulness comes from Americas Pinhead-In-Chief who actually believes that Assad is as dumb as American policy pundits and would use poison gas to kill for no reason other than sadistic pleasure, or at least to conveniently cause photo-ops of suffering babies being protected by performers in uniform. Only slack-jawed oafs could believe that at a time of near total victory over the American sponsored and trained anti-civil warriors Assad would be so venal, stupid and morally corrupt as to order such a thing and most American leadership jackals would know it was political bullshit and simply lie about how terrible and dreadful and monstrous all of this was. Trump, in his incredibly ignorant honesty, actually believes it, which makes him the most sincere potential mass murderer weve ever had in the now diverse formerly white house. Thats not really a comfort but more a terrible statement about the murderous political pimps we deify as great leaders of the past, both historic and very recent.

Following the equally unbelievable charges against Russia and Putin which had them-him putting nerve-gas-poison on a doorknob to kill an ex-spy who had been exiled-swapped to and living anonymously in England for years, and leaving out the numbskull idiocy of any alleged super-agent doing so and jeopardizing any visitor, salesperson, neighbor or delivery person who might...

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Missing Dubai princess Latifa 'brought back' after attempted escape Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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16:42

A Higher Sanctimony Narcissism, inflated ego, revenge and vindication The perils of the righteous prosecutor and the rule of law Peace and Freedom

Comeys memoir shows he is more like Trump than he cares to admit.

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Donald Trump was warned. Seven days before his inauguration, these columns advised the President-elect to replace James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We had no knowledge of secret probes, but we did have long experience watching Mr. Comey. And we knew Mr. Trump, whose narcissism would cause him to believe he could charm or dominate the director.

Mr. Trump didnt take that advice, firing Mr. Comey four months later when as President he was sure to pay a higher political price. He had ample cause to fire him, as a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein laid out.

But Mr. Trump told an interviewer that he had fired Mr. Comey because the FBI chief wouldnt say publicly that the FBI wasnt investigating Mr. Trump. The President also threatened Mr. Comey with a false claim about Oval Office tapes. Mr. Comey responded by leaking documents that caused Mr. Rosenstein to name a special counsel, which has put Mr. Trumps Presidency in mortal peril.

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Now comes Mr. Comeys memoir, A Higher Loyalty, which is an attempt at revenge and vindication. With the help of special counsel Robert Mueller, Mr. Comey may succeed at the former. He fails utterly at the latter. The main lesson from Mr. Comeys book is that Mr. Trumps abuse of political norms has driven his enemies to violate norms themselves.

The most notable fact in the book is how little we learn that is new about Mr. Trump. The tales of Mr. Comeys meetings with the President were leaked long ago, and on the specific facts they are plausible. Mr. Trump is preoccupied with his critics and the validation of his presidential victory. He i...

16:36

BBC Radio 4 manages to report on Iran without the usual distractions BBC Watch

As we have recorded here in the past, the BBC has often failed to give its audiences a clear and accurate portrayal of Irans military entrenchment in Syria and Iranian financing and supply of weapons to the Lebanese terror group Hizballah.

The BBC, Iran and faux objectivity

Iranian military activity in southern Syria under-reported by BBC

BBC audiences have been repeatedly encouraged to view Israeli actions against the supply of Iranian arms to Hizballah as involvement in the Syrian civil war.

BBC says what it said was happening in 2013 may be happening now

BBC News again claims Israeli involvement in Syrias war

BBC Syria war backgrounder recycles inaccurate claim

Moreover, the BBC rarely reports on Irans serial threats against Israel.

BBC ECU upholds complaint concerning Iranian threats to Israel

BBC News promotes Iranian missile deterrent propaganda

It was therefore refreshing to see BBC Radio 4 taking a step in the right direction albeit only for domestic audiences in the April 15th edition of The World This Weekend....

16:36

Google says it will take action if apps violate policies 57 per cent of Android apps used by children and families are potentially in violation of a federal law designed to protect children Peace and Freedom

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The company was responding about certain apps that could be illegally monitoring childrens behaviour online

Responding to a study that found nearly 60 per cent of free Andorid apps used by children potentially violate a federal law, Google has said that it will take action if companys policies are violated.

If we determine that an app violates our policies, we will take action. We always appreciate the research communitys work to help make the Android ecosystem safer, technology news website Toms Guide quoted a Google spokesperson as saying.

Google responded to a study by the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California, that found 57 per cent of the 5,855 Android apps used by children and families are potentially in violation of a federal law designed to protect the privacy of kids under 13-years-old.

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The report said that these apps could be illegally monitoring childrens behaviour online.

The federal law, 1998s Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), mandates privacy and consent requirements for website operators catering to children under 13.

We are taking the researchers report very seriously and looking into their findings. Protecting kids and families is a top priority and our Designed for Families programme requires developers to abide by specific requirements above and beyond our standard Google Play policies, the spokesperson added.

The study further found that 92 per cent of the 1,280 Android apps that utilise Facebooks application programming interface (API) are potentially in violation of COPPA.

The decision comes at a time when Facebook is embroiled in a scandal after reports that British data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly gathered detailed Facebook information on 87 million users.

Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress over his companys handling of user data.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/will-take-action-if-apps-violate-our-policies-google/article23582613.ece

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Facebook quietly stopped apps from harvesting users private data just two weeks ago Peace and Freedom

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Mark Zuckerberg gave evidence to Congress to explain how the company would prevent the Cambridge Analytica scandal from happening again CREDIT: BLOOMBERG

By Margi Murphy
The Telegraph

Facebook exposed private friend lists to app developers without their knowledge until two weeks ago, despite claiming to have blocked the service three years ago.

The loophole allowed apps to collect the friend lists of anybody who had installed the app, exposing their names and profile photos. Facebook quietly switched the taggable friends interface off on April 4, burying the announcement among a series of other privacy measures.

The revelations are the latest privacy blow to the social network, which has come under fire for enabling app makers to pool the personal information of millions of unknowing users, which was later sold to companies such as Cambridge Analytica, and allegedly employed

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Rand Paul Tells He Thinks Syria Gassing Was False Flag stan van houcke

BREAKING: Rand Paul Tells Wolf Blitzer He Thinks Syria Gassing Was False Flag (Video)

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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's Interview with BBC HardTalk. Full Version Strategic Culture Foundation

The Douma event was agreed to be investigated by OPCW inspectors. They moved to Lebanon, they were told by the Syrian Government that they would be immediately issued visas as they come to the border...

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo Met North Koreas Kim Jong Un to Discuss Summit Peace and Freedom

President Donald Trump dispatched his nominee for secretary of state to meet countrys leader in Pyongyang over Easter

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President Donald Trump sent Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo on a secret trip to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang over Easter, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Pompeo, tapped by Mr. Trump last month to serve as secretary of state, met with Mr. Kim to discuss terms of a summit between the leaders of the two countries aimed at ending North Koreas nuclear-weapons program, these people said. A U.S. official said Tuesday the direct talks with Mr. Kim are ongoing.

Mr. Trump referred to the discussions Tuesday, saying his administration had directly engaged North Korea at extremely high levels. Mr. Pompeos trip was first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday.

Mr. Trump said he expects a summit to be convened probably in early June or before. He would become the first serving U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader.

After returning from his secret trip to North Korea, Mr. Pompeo spoke at length about the likelihood of a meeting between the president and Mr. Kim during his confirmation hearing last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He didnt mention his trip.

Im optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation [that] will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America so desperatelyAmerica and the world so desperately need, Mr. Pompeo said.

Mr. Pompeo, a former House member from Kansas, is in danger of receiving an unfavorable committee recommendation because of concerns that his past hawkish statements complicate his ability to conduct diplomacy.

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15:20

Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel is a Matter of Policy Dissident Voice

The term media bias does not do justice to the western corporate medias relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians.

The current disgraceful coverage of Gazas popular protests indicates that the medias position aims at suppressing the truth on Palestine, at any cost and by any means.

Political symbiosis, cultural affinity, Hollywood, the outreaching influence of pro-Israel and Zionist groups within the political and media circles, are some of the explanations many of us have offered as to why Israel is often viewed with sympathetic eyes and Palestinians and Arabs condemned.

But such explanations should hardly suffice. Nowadays, there are numerous media outlets that are trying to offset some of the imbalance, many of them emanating from the Middle East, but also other parts of the world. Palestinian and Arab journalists, intellectuals and cultural representatives are more present on a global stage than ever before and are more than capable of facing off, if not defeating, the pro-Israeli media discourse.

However, they are largely invisible to western media; it is the Israeli spokesperson who continues to occupy the center stage, speaking, shouting, theorizing and demonizing as he pleases.

It is, then, not a matter of media ignorance, but policy.

Even before March 30, when scores of Palestinians in Gaza were killed and thousands wounded, the US and British media, for example, should have, at least, questioned why hundreds of Israeli snipers and army tanks were ordered to deploy at the Gaza border to face-off Palestinian protesters.

Instead, they referred to clashes between Gaza youth and the snipers, as if they are equal forces in an equivalent battle.

Western media is not blind. If ordinary people are increasingly able to see the truth regarding the situation in Palestine, experienced western journalists cannot possibly be blind to the truth. They know, but they choose to remain silent.

The maxim that official Israeli propaganda or hasbara is too savvy no longer suffices. In fact, it is hardly true.

Where is the ingenuity in the way the Israeli army explained the killing of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza?

Yesterday we saw 30,000 people, the Israeli army tweeted on March 31. We arrived prepared and with precise reinforcements. Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, an...

15:15

Will South Korea, North Korea End War From 1950-53 With A Formal Peace Agreement? Are the U.S. and Japan Being Pushed Out? Peace and Freedom

SEOUL (Reuters) South Korea said on Wednesday it is considering how to change a decades-old armistice with North Korea into a peace agreement, as U.S. officials confirmed an unprecedented top-level meeting with the North Korean leader.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

U.S. Secretary of State nominee and CIA Director Mike Pompeo became the most senior U.S. official ever known to have met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when Pompeo visited Pyongyang over a weekend at the end of March to discuss a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Pompeos visit provided the strongest sign yet about Trumps willingness to become the first serving U.S. president ever to meet a North Korean leader.

At the same time, old rivals North Korea and South Korea are preparing for their own summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Kae-in on April 27, with a bid to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War a major factor in talks.

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As one of the plans, we are looking at a possibility of shifting the Korean peninsulas armistice to a peace regime, a high-ranking South Korean presidential official told reporters when asked about the North-South summit.

We want to include discussions to end hostile acts between the South and North

South Korea and a U.S.-led U.N. force are technically still at war with North Korea after the Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Such discussions between the two Koreas, and between North Korea and the United States, would have been unthinkable at the end of last year, after months of escalating tension, and fear of war, over the Norths nuclear and missile programs.

But then North Koreas leader declared in a New Years speech his country was a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power and called for lower military tension and improved ties with the South.

He also said he was considering sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

A visit by a high-level North Korean delegation to the Olympics began a succession of steps...

15:13

Dine' CARE 'The People's Convention' June 2018 CENSORED NEWS

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Bitcoins true believers vow to ride out currency rollercoaster Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Ali BEKHTAOUI | The bitcoin cryptocurrency has risen and fallen in recent months, testing investors nerves, but the founder of Bitcoin Center in New York says the digital money seen here in gold-plated souvenir form is not for dilettantes

NEW YORK (AFP)  The crowds have thinned somewhat at Bitcoin Center, leaving just the true believers in the volatile cryptocurrency.Two months ago we couldnt breathe here due to the throngs, recalled Nick Spanos, founder of the trading and educational hub in lower Manhattan.

People outside couldnt get inside.

The center, which was set up in December 2013, calls itself a one-of-a-kind epicenter for all things bitcoin. It is primarily frequented by technology and financial types, mostly male and mostly younger, although it aspires to go well beyond that core audience.

The Bitcoin Center is open seven days a week to shed light on the world of bitcoin to whoever walks in our doors!, proclaims its website. Our staff can provide an overview of bitcoin on the spot or register guests for our comprehensive bitcoin courses.

On a recent weekday evening, about 100 people gathered in the space, a parlor in a Ukrainian restaurant, to trade bitcoins on smartphone applications, nibble on complimentary snacks and take in the latest insights from Spanos.

He threw a few barbs at journalists who have cast a skeptical eye on the cryptocurrencys rollercoaster performance.

But Spanos, who worked previously for former Republican and Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, saved his sharpest words for Jamie Dimon, the JPMorgan Chase chief who last year said it was stupid to invest in bitcoin, which he has called a fraud.

The mention of Dimon drew boos from the crowd, who have seen bitcoin swoon from nearly $20,000 in mid-December to $7,895 on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.

Total trading volumes have fallen in half between mid-December and the start of April, according to Bitcoinity.org.

In another sign of faltering interest, the number of weekly searches on Google for bitcoin now stands at about one-fifth the peak level in December, when the cryptocurrency began trading on major exchanges.

The price retreat comes as regulators adopt an increasingly skeptical stance towards the digital money.

On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, citing reports of theft of vast sums of virtual currency from customer accounts, and sudden and poorly explained trading outages, sent queries to 13 major tradi...

14:34

US Opens New Military Base at Former ISIS Stronghold in Syria The Anti-Media

ISIS Stronghold Syria(ZHE)  So much for President Donald Trumps promises to pull US troops out of Syria. Despite the USs insistence that it intends to pull troops out of Syria (at some point, possibly in the distant future), local media report that the US has set up a new military facility in Eastern Deir ez-Zor not far from ISISs []

14:27

The aggressions reaping and Salmans summit Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

17, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, It is certain that the announced goal of Washington, Paris, and London for the aggression is to justify the failure and the inability, by saying that the goal is intended to hit the chemical sites, which is denied by the facts, because the targeted sites as the []

14:20

Canada evacuates diplomats families from Cuba, citing mysterious brain injuries intelNews.org

The government of Canada has announced plans to evacuate family members of its diplomats serving in Cuba, because of medical issues caused by an alleged espionage-related technological device.

14:10

Are Chemical Weapons Inspectors Investigating Anything in Syria? \_()_/ The Anti-Media

Chemical Weapons Inspectors Syria(ANTIWAR.COM)  Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told the UN Security Council on Tuesdaythat a UN security team has entered the city of Douma. The inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are scheduled to visit on Wednesday. The OPCW inspectors did not visit Monday, and there were a lot of allegations exchanged as to why. []

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Four ISIS Women Sentenced to Death; 10 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

Seven militants wives were sentenced in an Iraqi court. Four of them were given death penalties.

The post Four ISIS Women Sentenced to Death; 10 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:00

Why Gallup Overstates American Sympathy for Israel Antiwar.com Original

Pollster Gallup has claimed since the year 2001 that the majority of Americans (averaging 59% between 2001-2018) hold much greater sympathy for Israelis than for Palestinians (averaging 17%) in the Middle East situation. Gallup releases its yearly results with titillating headlines, such as Americans Remain Staunchly in Israels Corner (2018 poll) and "Israel Maintains Positive Continue reading "Why Gallup Overstates American Sympathy for Israel"

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14:00

Robert Fisks Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria Antiwar.com Original

It seems that many who supported the weekends air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisks report today from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at the Continue reading "Robert Fisks Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria"

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America First R.I.P. Antiwar.com Original

When the Cold War officially ended in 1991, Washington could have pivoted back to the pre-1914 status quo ante. That is, to a national security policy of America First because there was literally no significant military threat left on the planet. Post-Soviet Russia was an economic basket case that couldnt even meet its military payroll Continue reading "America First R.I.P."

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13:54

Saudi Arabia Offers to Deploy Troops to Syria in Support of Illegal US Intervention The Anti-Media

(MEE)  Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reaffirmed on Tuesday the kingdoms willingness to deploy troops to Syria as part of US-led efforts to stabilize the conflict-torn country. Speaking at a press conference alongside UN chief Antonio Guterres, Al-Jubeir said that Riyadh had held previous discussions with America to deploy troops in Syria after the civil war []

13:44

Russian military finds alleged chemical weapons lab in Douma (video) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By News Desk   18/04/2018 BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) An alleged chemical arsenal was discovered by Russian servicemen in the basement of a high-rise apartment building in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma on Tuesday. A statement by the Russian Ministry of Defence reports that chemicals such as chlorine, thiodiglycol and diethylamide were found. According []

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Pentagon Is Concerned About Results Of Syria Strike, Prepares To Launch Internal Probe Sources OffGuardian

by SouthFront, April 15, 2018 A day after the US-led attack on Syria, the suspicion run deep in the public over the results of the massive missile strike carried out by the US, the UK and France. The Pentagon says that 105 cruise missiles were launched at 3 targets in Syria adding and all of them hit their targets. The Russian Defense Ministry says that 71 missiles were intercepted adding that there were 8 targets of the US-UK-French missiles strike. Since April 14, SouthFront has been receiving indications that the US military leadership is concerned over the results of its military action. Informed sources close to the Pentagon say that the US military is about to launch an internal probe in order to get a true picture of the situation, a real number of missiles, which had hit their targets, the reasons behind a minor damage delivered by the strike and the explanations how the Syrian Air Defense Forces had been able to intercept a part of the missiles using their old-fashioned air defense systems. The Pentagons

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LIVE: Zapatistas 'Watch, Listen, Speak: No Thinking Allowed?' CENSORED NEWS

Watch now LIVE Day 2 above and below. April 15 -- 25, 2018 -- The Sixth Commission of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation convokes a ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (or seedbed, depending on who you ask): To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: No Thinking Allowed? Watch Day 1 at https://www.facebook.com/EnlaceZap/videos/2329833713712124/

09:59

Average American Taxpayer Sent $3,456 to the Pentagon Last Year The Anti-Media

War Taxpayer Pentagon(CD)  As Americans rushed to pay their taxes on Tuesday before the official deadline, peace groups reminded the public of the uncomfortable fact that an astronomical amount of the money sent to the IRS each year goes not to funding education or a single-payer healthcare system the U.S. supposedly cant afford, but straight into the bloated coffers []

08:53

US plans to send American 'IS fighter' to third country Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The ACLU, which represents the defendant, plans to block the transfer

08:47

NYPD withholding evidence in 1972 case of cop murdered in mosque by Muslims screaming Allahu akbar Jihad Watch

Would revealing what really happened here be Islamophobic? Does the NYPD fear violence from the Nation of Islam and its allies? The Nation of Islam is not an orthodox Muslim group; its paranoid race-based theology has nothing to do with any traditional form of Islam. But this murder, with the killers screaming Allahu akbar as []

08:46

'Serious shortcomings seen in Turkeys bid to join EU Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Turkey says the EU report is 'unable to be objective and balanced'

08:43

George Washington University divestment vote cancelled due to safety concerns following threatening anti-BDS posters Mondoweiss

On the eve of a divestment vote by George Washington Universitys (GWU) student senate, multiple students witnessed two men who they say clearly did not attend the university, posting spurious flyers around campus, all with the clear aim of undermining the credibility of the divestment resolution SR-S18-21 or The Protection of Palestinian Human Rights Act.

Divest This Time, the student group responsible for the resolution, and supporters like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) were subjected to the attacks, as were Student Association Senators (SA).

Flyers posted on George Washington University campus attacking Jewish Voice for Peace. (Photo: Divest This Time)

Flyers read SJP Anti-semitic Cowards! Make BDS Vote Public, JVP: Fake News Fake Jews and Be Proud Antisemites! Dont Vote BDS in Secret.

The vote was indeed cancelled due to safety concerns.

In an initial statement, the SA explained the cancellation noting their duty to prioritize the safety of the student body and members of the Student Association.

Not more than two hours later and after public backlash, SA updated its statement to prioritize the safety of Palestinian students and their allies, who have been targeted by outside organizations and members of our community.

The resolution targets corporations profit maximizing entities to which we owe nothing that make money off the systemic oppression and marginalization of Palestin...

08:40

Syria SITREP three useful sources to debunk the nonsense (UPDATED) The Vineyard of the Saker

Frankly, my blog is aimed at an adult audience with a graduate-level college education or equivalent, capable of critical and logical thought and free from the kind of mental prolefeed

08:34

Video: Cop Who Was Fired for Not Writing Enough Tickets Finally Speaks Out The Anti-Media

cop fired not writing enough tickets(ANTIMEDIA) A police officer in Alpharetta, Georgia, claims he was fired for not issuing enough traffic tickets to motorists in the area. Officer Daniel Capps was on the force for nine years and was ultimately terminated because he declined to issue a traffic ticket to a driver after he bumped into another car. According to a department memo []

08:12

UK refuses to back UN inquiry into Saudi 'war crimes' stan van houcke


UK refuses to back UN inquiry into Saudi 'war crimes' amid fears it will damage trade 

Britains Middle East and North Africa minister Alistair Burt argued that the Saudi-led coalition itself should investigate any atrocities it committed in its conflict against rebel forces in Yemen
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08:07

Your taxes are funding jihad murderers. Demand that this stops. Jihad Watch

Money is fungible. Any support of the Palestinians is support of jihad terror and genocidal aspirations. Your taxes are funding terrorists Demand that this stops, by Patrick Dunleavy, Fox News, April 17, 2018: Tuesday is the due date for 2017 federal income tax returns your deadline for tallying up how much of the []

07:57

Koreas Negotiating Peace Treaty and End To Demilitarized Zone World Beyond War . . .

By Kevin Zeese, April 17, 2018, Popular Resistance.

Above: Flowers of peace will bloom in the shape of the Korean Peninsula on the grass at Seoul Plaza starting on April 13 to celebrate the upcoming Inter-Korean Summit. The photo is a digital image of the flowers that will be planted. (Seoul Metropolitan Government).

The 1950 to 1953 war between North and South Korea ended with a truce and the creation of a demilitarized zone. Now the North and South Korea governments are preparing to announce a permanent end to the Korean War with a peace agreement, the  newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed South Korean official.


CNBC reports:

Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation.

Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.

USA Today reports:

The move comes ahead of next weeks summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Moon said Tuesday that th...

07:47

Germany: Politician of Merkels party will earn millions by hosting Muslim migrants in her hotel Jihad Watch

Ah. Now we begin to see why so many politicians have become earnest internationalists, even willing to abet their countrys national suicide. Politician of Merkels party will earn millions with refugees in her hotel, Voice of Europe, April 15, 2018: For hotel owners the refugee crisis is big business in Germany. Only in Cologne 2,200 []

07:34

Minnesota: Muslim migrant places bag at city hall, writes on Facebook Im bouta bomb this town Jihad Watch

Ege apparently posted at Facebook under the name Azel Ghosty, and left this there as he left the bag at the St. Cloud City Hall: But remember: all opposition to the Muslim migrant influx is racism and Islamophobia. Why would he leave a bag that didnt contain any explosives at city hall? To strike terror []

07:17

Germany: Three Muslim asylum seekers arrested after trying to recruit Muslims for jihad warfare Jihad Watch

Two of the men are on a list of those people German police consider to be a terrorist threat.The three men, who all live in the Saarlouis region, came to Germany in 2015 as refugees from Syrias civil war and applied for asylum. Danke, Merkel! German police arrest three terror suspects, DW, April 13, 2018: []

07:08

Syrian War Report April 17, 2018: Syrian Forces Repel More Missile Strikes The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-17-2018-syrian-forces-repel-more-missile-strikes/ Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) repelled another missile attack allegedly carried out by the Israeli military. Missiles were intercepted in two areas: Near Shayrat military airfield

07:08

Akbar Ahmeds Islamic Mirage II Jihad Watch

The documentary Journey into Europe, the basis for a recent book, presents an Islam which is very benign, skeptically noted one audience questioner during a January 28, 2016, German embassy preview screening in Washington, DC. A previous review of the films sanitized treatment of Europes Islamic history thoroughly justified his disbelief, and the films latter []

06:41

North & South Korea may announce official end to war local media Aletho News

RT | April 17, 2018 Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly set to make a huge step in the peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as officials from the two states are negotiating a joint statement outlining a formal end to hostilities. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the Souths president, Moon Jae-in, are scheduled to []

06:31

Neutral and unbiased? Why think tanks lobby for war in Syria Aletho News

By Danielle Ryan | RT | April 17, 2018 When US President Donald Trump fired a barrage of Tomahawk missiles at Syrian government targets last week, it was a good day for defense contractors, at least. In the aftermath of the strike, which Trump claimed was in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by the []

06:25

Thousands of US Troops Amass on Syrias Border in Jordan for Military Drill The Anti-Media

troops jordan(ANTIMEDIA)  In what can only be described as a remarkable coincidence, thousands of U.S. Marines arrived in Jordan at around the same time the U.S., U.K., and France were organizing a direct military strike on Jordans neighbor, Syria. According to the Marine Corps Times, nearly 3,600 U.S. troops, including roughly 1,800 Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in []

06:20

Trudeau must resolve case of Canadian tortured in Sudan: Amnesty Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Abousfian Abdelrazik was detained and tortured in Sudan, allegedly with the involvement of Canadian intelligence officers

06:13

Koreas Negotiating Peace Treaty & End To Demilitarized Zone PopularResistance.Org

The 1950 to 1953 war between North and South Korea ended their hostilities with a truce and the creation of a demilitarized zone. Now the North and South Korea governments are preparing to announce a permanent end to the Korean War, he  newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed South Korean official. CNBC reports: Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation. Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.

06:11

Spiez Laboratory, the Skripal Case, and the OPCW OffGuardian

The OPCW has, to date, made no comment and issued no rebuttal of Lavrov's assertion concerning the full findings of Spiez Laboratory and the presence of BZ and its precursors in the March 23 blood samples taken from Sergei and Yulia Skripal. If Lavrov's statement accurately reflects the actual findings of the Spiez Laboratory, and if the Skirpals were indeed given BZ in some form, this would account for both the state in which they were discovered on March 4, one of them unconscious and the other spaced out on a bench in Salisbury, and for the length of time Sergei and Yulia Skripal were comatose.

05:47

The T-14 Armata from a technical point of view Offiziere.ch

Twice, offiziere.ch has taken a critical look at the new Russian combat tank, the T-14 Armata. In the first critique in the summer of 2015, Joseph Trevithick came to the conclusion that the basic design of the T-14 was rather antiquated, based on the limited public resources available at the time. He was not alone in this opinion at the time: Dave Majumdar, for example, noted in an article in National Interest that the Leopard 2 could successfully engage the T-14 if the right ammunition was used. With the publication of additional technical details, Sbastien Roblin critically analyzed the T-14 once again and came to a mixed conclusion. However, some findings were based on incomplete data resources to this day, not all the technical details have been published. For this reason, and the fact that both authors are not engineers, we take into serious consideration the criticism offered to us that the reports on the T-14 on offiziere.ch may be politically biased and may no longer be based on fully accurate facts. We are, therefore, extremely grateful to Captain Stefan Bhler for making his article available to us for a second publication, and for giving us a somewhat different perspective.

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05:41

Mainstream Journalist Visits Site of Syrian Gas Attack, Questions Official Story The Anti-Media

Syrian Children gas attack(ANTIMEDIA)  There are more than enough sound reasons to doubt the official narrative on the Syrian conflict and the alleged poison gas attack, according to the Independents Robert Fisk, who is currently on the ground in the Syrian city of Douma. While in Douma, Fisk met with Dr. Assim Rahaibani, a Syrian doctor from an underground clinic that emerged as []

05:00

Who is James Le Mesurier? OffGuardian

Who is James Le Mesurier, former British army officer and private military contractor who founded the White Helmets, the civil defence organisation operating exclusively in opposition-held parts of Syria? It is a question more and more people are asking as the function of the organization comes under increasing scrutiny.

04:56

Trumps Syria withdrawal plan: Arab occupational force and Arabs will pay for it report Aletho News

RT | April 17, 2018 Washington reportedly wants Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to replace the US in terms of troop deployments and funding in stabilizing northeastern Syria, according to the Wall Street Journal. The US currently has two major points of military presence on the ground in Syria: one on the border with []

04:47

Talk Nation Radio: Scott Ritter on Syria and the Myth of Ethical Wars World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, April 17, 2018

Scott Ritter is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who worked in the former Soviet Union implementing arms control treaties, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and in Iraq overseeing the disarmament of WMD. He is the author of Deal of the Century: How Iran Blocked the Wests Road to War. And he recently published an article in the American Conservative called Trumps Rush to Judgment on Syria Chemical Attack.

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04:26

Oil Vey Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

April 15, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon By Eve Mykytyn The US led bombing raid on Syria on April 13th came at an odd time. The civil war in Syria has basically been won by Assad, and in response to the calming of tensions, President Trump said on April 4 that he intended to withdraw US troops from []

04:14

Trump/Little King Hope To Revive Islamist NATO Idea To Replace US Troops In Syria ThereAreNoSunglasses

Saudi Arabia says open to sending troops to Syria under wider coalition

Donald Trump asks SAUDI ARABIA and others to establish Arab ARMY to replace US in Syria

DONALD Trump is looking to end US engagement in Syria by forming an Arab military force to replace the US presence in the region and to help stabilise the north-eastern part of the country following the defeat of so-called Islamic State, it has been reported.

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04:07

How Israel Postponed WW3 (inadvertently) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

April 14, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon If you have just 60 seconds watch this brief video. https://youtu.be/CpdT79rm1ts In 2014 Sky owner and media mogul Rupert Murdoch won the ADL Award. The honour was clearly awarded  for a reason. On occasion, Sky changes itself into a state propaganda service. The video above shows such an event []

04:05

Interview: Voices of the #ZAD Enough is Enough!

In 1972, a project emerged for a Nantes-Rennes airport on the site of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Vigneux de Bretagne, and other villages. Resistance groups and associations mobilised to prevent its construction. Little by little certain historical farmers and also new ones, militants, but also homeless and excluded persons of all types, came together on the site corresponding to the outline of the proposed airport [called the ZAD for Zone Dfendre (Zone to Defend) ed. note] to live, work, and cultivate the land while preserving the landscape of hedgerows, fields, wetlands and woodland and its fauna and flora. For a few years, they experimented with a self-managed micro-society [1]. Intrigued by the anything-but-flattering image of the Zadistes put forward by a few mainstream media, I decided to go and meet these radical vandals a few days before the start of the attempts to evict them. I found people with highly diverse profiles and with varied backgrounds and motivations. But they all had points in common openness to others, a sharp-eyed way of seeing the world, an awareness of their responsibility, etc. From gutter punks to young engineers, and including young mothers and artists, their presence here was no accident. All of them had reflected deeply and had real confidence in what they were doing. A few agreed to talk frankly with me. JJ, a militant artist, lives in the ZAD with his partner. He is extremely active. Among other things, he welcomes visitors, teaches, communicates.

Submitted to Enough is Enough. Interview by Fantine : voix de zadistes.

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Interview: Voices of the ZAD

Fantine: What brought you to the ZAD?

JJ : Ive been involved in several militant struggles before, including the Camp for Climate Action [2] in 2009, in England. There were people there who were very involved in supporting the ZAD. At the start, I wasnt living in the ZAD. Two years ago, my girlfriend and I came to live here because we felt we couldnt support it from a distance we had to live there all the time.

Fantine:...

03:58

LIVE: Indigenous Protest U.S. Bank Investments in Pipelines in Albuquerque CENSORED NEWS

LIVE: Indigenous Protest U.S. Bank Investment in Pipelines in Albuquerque -- Stop Energy Transfer Partners based in Texas, owners of Dakota Access Pipeline and more pipelines Photos and video by Red Nation Below: Joye Braun, Lakota, live at U.S. Bank shareholders meeting in Albuquerque. April 17, 2018 US Commercial Banks In For a Spring of Fossil Fuel ResistanceDavid Turnbull,

03:44

As Israel becomes a political liability it is time to challenge its enablers Mondoweiss

The Great Return March has already made a difference.  As thirty thousand non-violent marchers are all indiscriminately viewed as legitimate targets for asserting their inalienable human rights, the image of Israel as a liberal democracy, an image already severely tarnished by its brazen embrace of apartheid over the past few years, is now receiving additional blows that will be hard to recover from.  US politicians are finally noticing, and expressing criticism of the country that was once untouchable. As Philip Weiss notes:  As protests at the Gaza border get underway this morning, several liberal Democratic politicians have finally objected to Israels shooting of unarmed Palestinians at the Gaza fence. Weiss goes on to point out that the criticism of Israel is nevertheless tempered by the call on Palestinians  to exercise their rights nonviolently, and describes Senator Elizabeth Warrens criticism as tepid.

My own take about US politicians response to these attacks is quite different.  Up to the latest attacks, on the weekly Great Return Marches by Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, American politicians have come out in droves to assert that offensive formula, Israel has the right to defend itself.  It is offensive because Israel is not defending itself, it is defending an illegal occupation, which violates the human rights of a civilian people it is obligated, according to international law, to be protecting. It is also offensive because we have never, not once, heard an equivalent Palestinians have the right to defend themselves, even when they are the ones coming under attack.  

Much more revealing than the few comments by congresspeople who criticized Israel,  Mark Pocan (WI), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Keith Ellison (MN), Barbara Lee (CA), and Henry C. Hank Johnson Jr. (GA), is that, this time around, not a single Democrat has actually come out to shield Israel.  Not one has stated that Israel is our friend and strongest ally, not one has spoken of joint values.  As Jonathan Ofir noted, Israels genocidal comments are isolating it.  

From the Balfour Declaration to todays Great Return March, the past hundred years of Palestinian history have been one painful trajectory of racist settler-colonial injustice imposed upon t...

03:43

Open Thread 2018-18 Moon of Alabama

The post I worked on did not pan out. You are on your own. News & views ...

03:43

Saudi Arabia reaffirms offer to deploy troops in Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Riyadh said it offered to deploy troops to help stabilise the situation in Syria when President Barack Obama was in power

03:42

Senators Push New AUMF (Auth. to Use Military Force) Limited To Non-State Actors ThereAreNoSunglasses

  • Proposal covers applies to war on terrorism, not Syrian regime
  • Congress could use fast-track procedure to block new actions
U.S. Will Decide in `Near Future on Additional Russia Sanctions

 

A bipartisan group of senators proposed updating Congresss authorization for U.S. military action in the Middle East, days after President Donald Trump ordered strikes on Syria to retaliate against a chemical weapons attack.

The authorization would apply to the war on terrorism and n...

03:32

After a good run of growth, Chinas economy braces for bumps Peace and Freedom

A trade war with America and the battle against debt at home cloud the horizon

JUST a few years ago Wuhan, a sprawling metropolis in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, exemplified Chinas economic woes. Municipal debt had soared. The most senior local official was known as Mr Dig Up The City, a reference to his zeal for grandiose construction projects. A movie theme park, intended as a landmark, closed after failing to draw crowds. It would take nearly a decade, it was estimated, to sell all of Wuhans vacant homes.

These days, the city of 11m stands as a monument to Chinas resilience. Its economy has accelerated even as the government has controlled debt more strictly. Five subway lines were opened or extended in the past two years alone; they are jammed in rush hour. Investment is pouring into semiconductor production, biotech research and internet-security companies. The glut of unsold homes is almost cleared.

Chinas economy, like Wuhans, is in much better shape than was the case in late 2015. Then, the country was reeling from a stockmarket crash, suffering from capital outflows and accumulating debt at an alarming rate. But figures reported on April 17th showed growth of 6.8% in the first three months of 2018 compared with the same period a year earlier. In nominal terms growth was above 10%. Chinas total debt-to-GDP ratio has stabilised, a sign that the risk of financial crisis has receded (see chart).

The improvement in Chinas fortunes can be traced to three factors. First, the government has started to tackle several ingrained problems. After a long period of overproduction of steel and coal, a campaign to close unused capacity restrained output and pushed up prices. To reduce the property overhang, local governments bought millions of unsold homes from developers and gave them to poorer citizens.

In the financial sect...

03:12

North and South Korea in Talks to Officially End Korean War: Report The Anti-Media

(CD)  Technically, North and South Korea are still at war, and have been for more than six decadesbut an absolutely earth-shaking new report on Tuesday indicates the Korean War may soon be coming to an end. Citing an anonymous South Korean diplomatic official, Munhwa Ilboa South Korean daily newspaperreported that the neighboring countries are hashing out a []

03:03

#RefugeesGR: Spontaneous protests after refugee almost died in Moria Enough is Enough!

Lesvos, Greece: Refugees spontaneously marched from the Moria refugee camp to Sappho square in Mytlini today, after a refugee almost died in the Moria refugee camp.

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#RefugeesGR: Spontaneous protests after refugee almost died in Moria

lesvos17a2.jpgLesvos, Greece: Refugees spontaneously marched from the Moria refugee camp to Sappho square in Mytlini today, after a refugee almost di...

02:48

Trump: Prisoner of the War Party? Aletho News

By Pat Buchanan Unz Review April 17, 2018 Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States should withdraw from Syria. We convinced him it was necessary to stay. Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term. Is the U.S. []

02:33

UN -- Indigenous Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land and Climate CENSORED NEWS

. Indigenous Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land and Climate Dear Friends and Allies, Please be invited to join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, tomorrow, Wednesday April 18th for 'Indigenous Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land and Climate', a dynamic public forum to be presented in New York City, and online worldwide via Facebook

02:28

Gilad Atzmon on Syria, Palestine and the Current Dystopia Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

April 14, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon I had an incredible time yesterday talking to Jason Liosatos. We spoke about the current Dystopia, tyranny of correctness, ID nonsense, the Ziocon war mongers and their service providers in Britain, USA and France. Truth doesnt need a movement it needs to be explored! If they want to burn it, you []

02:20

War, Abuse and Other Peoples: A Personal Account Aletho News

By Tim Anderson | American Herald Tribune | April 17, 2018 Why support other peoples, especially during conflict? Some explanation seems necessary because wartime debates often degenerate into simplistic clichs, personal abuse and confusion. I am one of many who have been subject to this abuse. Even the sanity of the critics of war is []

02:16

They Were Not Gassed: Famed Reporter Reaches Syrian Chemical Attack Site The Anti-Media

Robert Fisk Syria Chemical Weapons(ZHE)  Robert Fisks bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but hes encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced []

02:11

Italy: Half-naked statue covered with a sheet for Islamic conference Jihad Watch

This Telegraph story is very sloppily written. Conservative politicians seized on the case, claiming it was an example of Italy going too far to accommodate the feelings of immigrant communities. That would suggest that non-Muslim Italians covered the statue in order to avoid offending Muslims. But then we get this: I covered the statue but []

02:02

Supreme Court: Will US Abide By Treaties With Indigenous? PopularResistance.Org

On April 18, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the United States and 21 Indian tribes. The main question in the case is narrow whether the state must quickly replace hundreds of culverts that allow the flow of water under roads but also block salmon migration. Yet the underlying issue is far broader. At stake in the case is the Supreme Courts ongoing role as the nations highest arbiter of justice. Despite immense changes, that role remains grounded in a 229-year-old Constitution premised on the supremacy of federal treaties and individual rights. In previous cases, the Supreme Court upheld the tribes rights to fish salmon, spelled out by various treaties entered in the 1850s. But, having insulated those rights from destruction previously, the court must now decide their meaning for the 21st century and beyond.

01:58

Real Reporting on Syria by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis

While the vast majority of the media--print and electronic--have been missing in action on the real story about what happened on the ground in Douma, Syria, the upstart, conservative One America News Network showed up. A OANN reporter went to...

01:52

As Tree-Cutting Continues For The Mountain Valley Pipeline, So Do The Protests PopularResistance.Org

Coffey knew, as soon as she read an urgent text from a neighbor and left work in a rush, that it was the day she had been dreading the day that tree-cutting for the Mountain Valley Pipeline would invade her family farm on Bent Mountain. For three years, Coffey had fought the natural gas pipeline. She spoke against it at a public hearing. She marched against it at a rally on Capitol Square in Richmond. She argued against it when Mountain Valley took her to federal court, where the company obtained an easement through her property by eminent domain. On the day the tree-cutters arrived unannounced, Coffey did the only thing left within her power. She stood as close as she could to the pipelines right of way, marked by blue-and-white flagged stakes, and dared the men with chainsaws to keep coming.

01:47

The Battle for Speakers Corner Jihad Watch

Is this a defining moment? Ive lived in London for ten years now, and I had never heard of Speakers Corner upon my arrival. I knew nothing of its history and relevance, both past and present, until one Sunday I was cycling through and noticed the crowds and the speakers. One older lady on a []

01:45

Global Forecast (04-17-2018) Geopolitical Monitor

President Trump remains ambivalent on new Russia sanctions

Contradictory statements from the White House are leading to confusion over whether or not new sanctions will be slapped on Russia.

The threat was originally made by Nikki Haley, who said that new sanctions would be announced early this week. The sanctions are a response to Russias indirect support for Syrias chemical weapons program. Haley, speaking on NBCs Face the Nation, said they would target companies providing the kind of equipment that could be used in the production of chemical weapons.

 

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01:45

We Retain the Dignity of the Revolution aNtiDoTe Zine

The answer to why we dont accept that Assad remains in power is obvious: he killed our children, and the scars of their smiles are etched on our hearts.

01:39

Trump administration hits brakes on threat of swift, new sanctions for Russia over Syria Peace and Freedom

White House now evaluating options after UN representative Nikki Haley said new measures over suspected Syrian chemical-weapons attack were forthcoming

Reuters
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya are seen before the United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria at the U.N. headquarters last Friday.

By Rachel Koning Beals

NEWS EDITOR

The Trump administration said Monday that it is evaluating prospects for new sanctions against Russian entities and companies involved in Syrias chemical-weapons program, an apparent step back from a pledge just a day earlier by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, for swift, new punitive actions.

We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday. Were evaluating, but nothing to announce right now.

On Sunday, Haley said new sanctions against Russia were imminent as part of the U.S. response to a suspected Syrian chemical-weapons attack earlier this month. She said they would be announced on Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Read: Trump wants Arab allies to send troops to Syria, to replace U.S. forces

You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down, Haley said on CBSs Face the Nation. Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasnt already. And they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ] and chemical weapons used.

Democratic lawmakers criticized the administration for not acting immediately, saying the decision appeared to put Trump out of step with his top aides and could give Russia time to relocate assets in anticipation of sanctions.

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01:32

Gun Violence Debate Needs To Include Police Militarization And Drug Prohibition Violence PopularResistance.Org

On March 14th thousands of students walked out of school to protest gun violence, demanding legislators enact more stringent gun control in the U.S.  Later that night, black Brazilian city council member and vocal critic of Brazils militarized law enforcement, Marielle Franco, was assassinated. Four days later, 22 year old father of two, Stephon Clark, was shot in his back eight times by the Sacramento Police. While news outlets and social media made note of these murders, the national conversation instead largely focused on the March for Our Lives protest that took place the following weekend. As the media continued to cover the responses to the March for Our Lives, news broke that the two officers responsible for the murder of Alton Sterling would not be facing charges for their use of lethal force that left yet another black father dead.

01:31

Some Israeli soldiers on Gaza border have reached out to Breaking the Silence Mondoweiss

Some Israeli soldiers who are posted to the Gaza border have reached out to Breaking the Silence, the dissident Israeli group that prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tried to ban because it publishes soldiers testimonies that are highly critical of the occupation.

Avner Gvaryahu, the head of Breaking the Silence, described the contacts during a panel at the J Street conference in Washington yesterday:

As long as there will be an occupation, soldiers will speak out. As long as we will continue to control Palestinians, there will be those people who say I have to take responsibility for what I did. And the numbers of soldiers who are coming are as high as they were ever, you know even soldiers reaching out who are currently on the border with Gaza.

I later asked Gvaryahu if these soldiers are refusing to shoot, as BTselem, the human rights organization, has urged. No, I said, some of them have reached out to us, he responded.

What are they saying? We dont know yet. We have to sit down with them and verify the testimonies and so on, he said.

Typically anonymous but extremely detailed, soldiers testimonies to Breaking the Silence have documented persecution, abuse, detention, and killings of Palestinians. Its report after the last large Gaza massacre of 2014 fostered international demands for war crimes prosecutions, and led to the official crackdown.

Israeli soldiers have shot and wounded more than 1000 Palestinian protesters, killing more than 31, over the last two-and-a-half weeks. Almost all have been reported to be unarmed.

 

Gvaryahu described 2-and-1/2 years of heavy, heavy attack on his group from the Israeli right wing. That includes almost a dozen bills in the parliament to try and ban the group from access to public spaces, or from speaking in schools, as well as efforts to block international funding, and personal threats of violence.

When you look at what is happening in Israeli society you would expect after these two years of attacks, that soldiers would stop coming to Breaking the Silence. I was actually fearful of that, he said. But that has not been the case, and he thanked many organizations for blunting these attacks, including the Meretz Party, Yesh Din, Peace Now, BTselem and our mother and father, the New Israel Fund.

He also urged Americans to support Breaking the Silence and invite the group to gatherings here so as to insure its continuing freedom. He said that leading Ame...

01:31

Mother Do You Think Theyll Drop the Bomb? Roger Waters Denounces White Helmets as Fake Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Posted on April 16, 2018  by Richard Edmondson Roger Waters, speaking at a concert in Spain, branded the White Helmetsuniversally portrayed by Western media as glorious heroesas a bunch of frauds. We live in a world where propaganda seems to be more important than whats really going on. Roger Waters In a time of universal deceit, telling []

01:30

From the Sakers inbox The Vineyard of the Saker

I got this email yesterday, I am posting it with the authors kind authorization. There is another West which is ignored by the Hegemonys rulers, but which is still real.

01:29

Arab League: We strongly condemn attempts to link terrorism and Islam Jihad Watch

At the 29th Al-Quds Summit, the Arab League declared: We strongly condemn attempts to link terrorism and Islam. Until the Arab League openly rejects the overtly violent texts of the Quran and Sunnah, and condemns its member, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, for its mandate to destroy Israel, its words about terrorism are obvious deceit. The []

01:25

Protests Erupt At Philly Starbucks Where 2 Black Men Were Arrested For Trespassing PopularResistance.Org

Starbucks coffee is anti-black, the demonstrators chanted Monday morning. Protesters swarmed a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Monday, days after police arrested two black men who had been waiting there to meet a friend. Dozens of demonstrators shut down the coffee shop in Philadelphias central business district for over three hours Monday morning. The activists came out to protest racial profiling after the stores manager called police Thursday to remove the men for sitting at a table without buying anything. A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of whack, protesters chanted Monday. Starbucks coffee is anti-black.

01:25

France: Lesbians in suburbs heavily populated by Muslim migrants forced to hide their sexuality Jihad Watch

France and the other nations of the West have long traditions of respect for human rights and of the equality of rights of all people. But now, with massive Muslim migration from countries that do not respect such principles, gays are now being forced back into the closet. Yet as this is happening, one hears []

01:17

Canada: On Trudeaus behalf, Muslim MP Iqra Khalid honours anti-Israel activists Jihad Watch

Land Day symbolizes the Palestinian Authoritys (PA) determination to liberate Palestine by wiping Israel off the map. On April 14, 2018, the Palestine House held its annual commemoration of the Land Day..The keynote speaker at the event was Palestinian Archbishop Atallah Hanna who is known of his support of Syrias Assad regime and the Palestinian []

01:17

Chemical Weapons Inspectors Reportedly Enter Douma, Syria The Anti-Media

Chemical Weapons Inspectors(MEE)  Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have entered Douma, according to Syrian state news agency SANA. Speaking to MEE, an OPCW spokesperson said that it could not confirm or deny whether its inspectors had entered the area due to safety reasons. France had earlier warned that it was very likely that []

01:16

Investigation Finds No Evidence of Chemical Weapon Attack stan van houcke

OAN Investigation Finds No Evidence of Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria

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01:14

Incirlik Air Base Not Used for Trio of Terror Attacks on Syria Penny for your thoughts

In case anyone wondered?
And I've seen some news that indicates the US may be moving out of Incirlik.

Airbase not used in Syrian strikes

Reuters

The Incirlik air base in southern Turkey was not used in the U.S.-led airstrikes on Assad regime targets in Syria, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Saturday.
 
"May be" indicates  can't be certain, but, it's certainly curious.

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The United States has transported the Armag weapons vault from Turkeys Incirlik Air base to another facility, YeniSafak reported.
According to the source, a 40-ton portable weapons vault was transported to another country via a C-5M Super Galaxy transport aircraft.
There has been no official explanation over the transfer yet.

Maybe heading for Greece?
Amidst tensions between Washington and Ankara on a series of issues, the US military is reportedly harbouring thoughts about developing in Greece a regional alternative to the use of the crucial Incirlik base in Turkey.

These considerations, which were reported in the Vimatodotis (pacemaker) column in the To Vima newspaper and website, would be a major shift for the regional military presence of the US.

There is another issued that draws American interest to our country, and that is none other than military bases, the column reported.
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01:09

Bogus Claims U.S. and Friends, Get Out of Syria stan van houcke

Bogus Claims U.S. and Friends, Get Out of Syria

To be delivered to President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate
Syria poses no threat to the U.S. nor any NATO member. Being in Syria is an illegal action by the U.S. and allies.
There are currently 670 signatures. NEW goal - We need 750 signatures.
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01:00

Demonstrators gather in West Bank, Gaza to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Protesters call for release, end to ill-treatment of 6,500 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons

00:55

68 percent of American favor more sanctions on Russia But Trump says he wont impose more now Peace and Freedom

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More than two-thirds of Americans support stronger U.S. sanctions on Russia, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday.

According to that survey, 68 percent of respondents said that they would back tougher sanctions. That position largely spans the partisan divide. Seventy-four percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Republicans and independents voiced support for such penalties.

The poll results came a day after President Trump reversed on a plan to sanction Russian companies associated with the Syrian governments alleged chemical weapons program.

On Friday, Trump authorized military strikes in concert with France and the U.K. on targets in Syria associated with the countrys chemical weapons arsenal. Those strikes were swiftly condemned by Moscow as a flagrant violation of international law.

Despite the broad support for tougher sanctions against Moscow, the Washington Post/ABC News poll also found that more than half of U.S. adults 52 percent believe that Trump should invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House in an effort to warm relations between Washington and Moscow.

Another 42 percent said that Trump should not hold such a meeting with Putin, so as not to grant the Russian leader legitimacy.

Nearly half of respondents said that Trump has done too little to criticize Russia. By comparison, 32 percent said that hes handled the situation properly, while just 4 percent believe that the president has criticized Russia too much.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll found a large partisan divide in perceptions of Trumps treatment of Russia.

An overwhelming majority of Democrats 70 percent said that Trump has not been harsh enough in his criticism of Moscow. Seventy-one percent of Republicans, on the other hand, believe that Trump has handled the situation about right.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted April 8-11, and surveyed 1,002 U.S. adults. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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00:55

North and South Korea Reportedly Set to Announce Official End to War cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: North and South Korea are in talks to announce a permanent end to the officially declared military conflict between the two countries, daily newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed South Korean official. Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, []

00:55

Search For Truth In The Rubble Of Douma Finds Lack Of Evidence Of Chemical Attack PopularResistance.Org

This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks  and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western worlds most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. Theres even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the gas videotape which horrified the world despite all the doubters is perfectly genuine. War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.

00:48

Gilbert Doctorow: On the Reaction to the U.S. Strike in Syria stan van houcke



On the Reaction to the U.S. Strike in Syria

There are stirrings of an imperative anti-war movement in the wake of the U.S. strike on Syria, but mostly the Pentagon controlled the message, says Gilbert Doctorow.

 Special to Consortium News
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00:45

2,461 Evictions Every Day PopularResistance.Org

A new national database of court filed evictions filed since 2000 released this week by The Eviction Lab documented an estimated 2.3 million people who were evicted last year. The database - which doesnt account for hundreds of thousands of evictions through intimidation and diception that happen without ever going to court - found that 2461 people were evicted EVERY DAY last year in the United States. In many communities like Richmond, Virginia, as many as 1 in 9 renters faced eviction. For women, particularly black women, that rate of eviction is even higher. We launched Homes For All in 2013 because we believe that every single person has a right to a safe, affordable and dignified home. We believe that if we guarantee that every child, person and family can live in a quality home without fear of eviction, rent increases or intimidation our entire society will be better off.

00:39

"Unreality TV: The Swamp suckered Donald Trump into Syria | Mulshine" Sic Semper Tyrannis

"There is no truth to the rumor that, after watching an episode of "Gilligan's Island" on TV, President Trump ordered a search party sent out for the passengers and crew of the S.S. Minnow. But he does tend to get...

00:36

The Corporate Plan To Groom U.S. Kids For Servitude By Wiping Out Public Schools PopularResistance.Org

West Virginias public school teachers had endured years of low pay, inadequate insurance, giant class sizes, and increasingly unlivable conditionsincluding attempts to force them to record private details of their health daily on a wellness app. Their governor, billionaire coal baron Jim Justice, pledged to allow them no more than an annual 1% raiseeffectively a pay cut considering inflationin a state where teacher salaries ranked 48th lowest out of 50 states. In February 2018, they finally revolted: In a tense, four-day work stoppage, they managed to wrest a 5% pay increase from the state. Teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky have now revolted in similar protests. Its the latest battle in a contest between two countervailing forces: one bent on reengineering America for the benefit of the wealthy, the other struggling to preserve dignity and security for ordinary people.

00:32

IMF sees emerging Asia as top global growth engine Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Ryan MCMORROW | The IMF is bullish about emerging Asia

BEIJING (AFP)  The IMF said Tuesday it remains upbeat about the economic prospects of emerging Asia, labelling the region the most important engine of global growth despite concerns over trade disputes and mounting debt.The International Monetary Funds latest quarterly World Economic Outlook forecasts global growth of 3.9 percent this year as the world economy hums along and nations retain supportive fiscal policies.

The fastest-paced expansion will remain concentrated in Asia, it predicts, where the buoyant economies of China, India and a host of Southeast Asian nations will perform well above the global average.

The IMF left unchanged from January its growth estimate for China of 6.6 percent for 2018 and 6.4 percent in 2019. The countrys own 2018 target is around 6.5 percent.

China reported Tuesday that its economy had grown 6.8 percent in the first quarter, maintaining the same pace as the fourth quarter.

India is widely expected to be the next global growth juggernaut.

The IMF foresees the nations economy surging by 7.4 percent this year and 7.8 percent in 2019, also unchanged from its previous outlook in January.

The two Asian giants have seen their economic prospects brighten amid strong global demand for their exports and as their massive populations start spending, the IMF said.

Southeast Asias booming economies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam will collectively maintain growth above five percent this year and next, the fund said.

Emerging Asia, which is forecast to continue growing at about 6.5 percent during 2018?19, remains the most important engine of global growth, the fund wrote.

Global trade jumped 4.9 percent last year, the fund estimated, with Chinas exporters being among the largest beneficiaries.

Their prospects are less certain amid US President Donald Trumps threats to impose tariffs on up to $150 billion worth of Chinese goods as part of his America First agenda.

Growing trade tensions and risks of a shift toward protectionist policies, and geopolitical strains are among the greatest concerns, the fund said.

An increase in tariffs and non-tariff trade barriers could harm market sentiment, disrupt global supply chains, and slow the spread of new technologies, reducing global productivity and investment, the fund said.

Debt risk

Ballooning d...

00:32

Syria and the West's last-ditch battle to halt the rise of China Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The West has built up its unparalleled armoury for one reason only - to protect its dominant world position. Syria is most likely where it will be used

00:27

The new US concept of a perfect mission: 32 out of 103 Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

April 14, 2018 Yup, he said mission accomplished, perfectly executed and that he was so proud of his great military. That considering that 71 out of 103 missiles were intercepted. That there were no Syrian (or Iranian or Russian) fatalities. That not a single airfield was hit. That the buildings destroyed were empty. That only Syrian air []

00:21

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, April 18, 2018 As For Death: It was not possible for him to be held by it Peace and Freedom

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 275

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Reading 1  ACTS 8:1B-8

There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered
throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment.Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.
Thus Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
came out of many possessed people,
and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 66:1-3A, 4-5, 6-7A

R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, How tremendous are your deeds!
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia  SEE JN 6:40

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
and I shall rai...

00:18

America Once Fought A War Against Poverty Now It Wages A War On The Poor PopularResistance.Org

In 2013, Callie Greers daughter Venus died in her arms after a battle with breast cancer. If caught early, the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is close to 100%. But Venuss cancer went undiagnosed for months because she couldnt afford health insurance. She lived in Alabama, a state that refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Venuss death is not an isolated incident more than 250,000 people like her die in the United States from poverty and related issues every year. Access to healthcare is just one of the issues facing the 140 million people who live in poverty in the US today. Over the past two years, the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has carried out a listening tour in dozens of states across this nation.

00:16

Alas, this is far from over! Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

April 15, 2018 Lets begin by a short summary of events. About a month ago Nikki Haley announces to the UNSC that the USA is ready to violate the rules of this very self-same UNSC should a chemical attack happen in Syria Then the Russians announced that they have evidence that a chemical false flag []

00:15

How and When Will the Establishment Pull the Alchemical Plug on Deutsche Bank? Newsbud

For several years now, on and off rumors about the general financial health of behemoth German-based Deutsche Bank have sent everything from a nagging unease to outright panic across international financial and political circles.  At times it would be described in mainstream corporate press as the next Lehman Brothers meaning a major global bank []

00:11

Water Conflict: Irans Farmers Take on the Establishment Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

Five straight days of lively demonstrations against water shortages have culminated in a police action on April 14 to disperse protestors. The decision to use tear gas came after signs that the protest movement was expanding and drawing in new supporters from the surrounding countryside.

The incident took place in Isfahan, the Irans third-largest city. It illustrates the growing prevalence of water conflict in Iranian society, as increasingly scarce resources are diverted away from small-scale agriculture and toward industrial interests that are at times opaque and/or tied to Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The post Water Conflict: Irans Farmers Take on the Establishment appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

00:10

G7 foreign ministers' statement on the Salisbury attack Voltaire Network

We, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal, using a nerve agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom, on March 4, 2018. A British police officer and numerous civilians were exposed in the attack and required hospital treatment, and the lives of many (...)

00:08

SYRIAN WAR REPORT APRIL 17, 2018: SYRIAN FORCES REPEL MORE MISSILE STRIKES Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) repelled another missile attack allegedly carried out by the Israeli military. Missiles were intercepted in two areas: Near Shayrat military airfield in the Homs countryside  6 missiles were intercepted (according to some sources, 9 missiles) Near Dumair military airfield in the Damascus countryside  3 missiles were []

00:06

Hundreds Protest Pennsylvania Governor On Fracking PopularResistance.Org

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvanians from across the state converged in the capitol rotunda today to declare that they are choosing a better path, one that leads to a responsive government that prioritizes the best interests of the people over those of the natural gas industry and that leads to a clean, renewable energy future. More than 700 individuals and organizations made their declaration in a letter that was delivered to Governor Wolf after the rally. Their sentiments mirror those of a majority of Pennsylvanians, according to fresh polling from Franklin & Marshall College. The poll released at the end of March found that 69% of Pennsylvanians think the state government should prioritize renewable energy over coal and gas. Public opinion on fracking has soured, according to the poll that found that 55% of Pennsylvanians now think that the environmental risks of fracking outweigh economic benefits.

00:02

Why Zuckerbergs Facebook Testimony Doesnt Add Up Peace and Freedom

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By John Crudele

Mark Zuckerberg proudly trotted out a number when he was being questioned last week by Congress: His company, Facebook, would soon double the security team that monitors content on the site, to 20,000.

There are now 10,000 people who keep watch for the bad things that users can put on Facebook and the monkey businesses they can conduct through the website. So that figure would be multiplied by two.

Wow, 20,000!

That seems like a lot. And the lawmakers who questioned Zuckerberg must have thought so because nobody brought up what I am about to.

Facebook proudly claims to have 2 billion active users, although some question that number. But lets give Zuckerberg that one 2 billion users it is.

Divide 2 billion by 20,000 and youll see that each one of Facebooks monitors will be responsible for keeping 100,000 Facebook users in line.

Ill say it again: Each monitor is expected to keep track of what 100,000 Facebook users put on the site, even if the postings are for a mere minute or two in the middle of the night.

I am also wondering about this: Did Facebook decide to spend the extra dough on those additional monitors minutes before Zuckerberg sat down before Congress?

Or was Zuckerberg incensed enough by the shenanigans on Facebook that he made a grown-up corporate decision months ago probably on a day when he wasnt wearing his hoodie in order to be proactive about the problem?

Criminals and perverts have long been able to correspond with one another over Facebook at prearranged times. In fact, thats precisely how pedophiles have been operating without fear of expulsion from Facebook or criminal prosecution.

Surprisingly, nobody last week asked Zuckerberg about the pedophiles who meet on certain Facebook pages.

Congress was mostly interested in how political dirty tricks are played on Facebook and how children can have their IDs stolen. But, Ill tell you this, children can lose a lot more than their identities on Facebook.

Nothing short of childrens innocence is at stake. You can fix identity theft, but you cant fix the other bad stuff that can happen to your kids.

Ive written a lot about Facebooks pedophile problem. And that particular problem isnt likely to go away, especially since, deep down, Facebook doesnt seem to think there is anything wrong with it.

Earlier this month, for instance,...

00:00

Yom HaZikaron BBC Watch

This evening the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism begins. 

Nestled between cypress trees and banana groves alongside a dusty track just north of Kibbutz Shaar HaGolan in the Jordan Valley lies a memorial to four members of the Border Police.

On the night of October 8th 1966, windows in Kibbutz Shaar HaGolan shattered due to loud explosions from the direction of El Hama valley then part of a demilitarised zone according to the 1949 Armistice Agreement between Israel and Syria.

Flames were seen about a kilometer and a half from the kibbutz and members of a Border Police unit immediately set out to investigate. Having checked one water pumping station they continued to a tool store in the orc...

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23:58

Tom Engelhardt 283 stan van houcke

April 17, 2018

Tomgram: Steve Fraser, Teaching America a Lesson

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: I have a special offer for you today. TomDispatch author Steve Frasers newest book, Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion, has just been published. Of it, Barbara Ehrenreich writes, a bold and brilliant account of how the subject of class was expunged from American consciousness and culture. I finished it with regret, because there were no more fascinating pages to read, but also with delight, because I had found someone new to learn from. The Washington Post calls it intriguing, provocative, and revealing... shot through with illuminating passages. As for me, I just say: go read Frasers chapter on the Statue of Liberty and youll know why we call her lady. His book is a history of why class has mattered in this country from Jamestown to late last night (with a splendid side trip into the world of the proletarian cowboy) of a sort I havent seen before. And for a limited period, TomDispatch is offering a signed, personalized copy of the book to any r...

23:57

Wind Farming Creating Jobs and Building New Economy in Texas PopularResistance.Org

All along the straight-shot roads of Nolan County in West Texas, wind turbines soar over endless acres of farms, the landscape either heavy with cotton ready to harvest or flushed green with the start of winter wheat. The turbines rise from expanses of ranches, where black Angus beef cattle gaze placidly at the horizon. Here and there are abandoned farmhouses dating to the 1880s, when this land was first settled and water windmills were first erected. Occasionally a few pump jacks bob their metallic heads, vestiges of a once-booming oil industry still satiating an endless thirst. Every industry creates an ecosystem around it. If the wind turbines that sprouted in West Texas were huge steel trees, spinning sleek carbon-fiber blades 100 feet in length, then the wind farmsincluding Roscoe Wind Project and Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center, some of the largest in the worldwere their forest.

23:51

Whose Wars? Aletho News

Israel continues to wag the dog for Middle Eastern wars By Philip Giraldi Unz Review April 17, 2018 In March 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a groundbreaking article entitled Whose War? in opposition to the Bush Administration fueled growing hysteria over Saddam Husseins alleged weapons of mass destruction which was producing demands for an []

23:46

May rejects calls for 'war powers act' after Syria strikes Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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23:25

Chinas Central Bank to cut reserve requirement ratio by 1 percentage point Peace and Freedom

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BEIJING (AFP)  Chinas central bank said Tuesday it would lower the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) by one percentage point for most commercial banks, to free up funding for small firms.

The move to cut the amount of cash which most commercial and foreign banks must hold in reserve, to repay loans obtained via the central banks medium-term lending facility, will take effect on April 25.

Official data earlier on Tuesday showed that Chinas economy grew at a faster-than-expected pace of 6.8 percent in the first quarter.

Cutting the reserve requirement ratio currently at 17 percent for large institutions and 15 percent for smaller banks is expected to inject around 400 billion yuan ($63.7 billion) into the economy, the People?s Bank of China said.

The PBOC said it still needs to maintain relatively high reserve requirement ratios for banks to manage financial risks.

The relaxed requirements will allow banks to increase support for small and medium-sized enterprises and increase financial stability of the banking system, it said.

Chinese banks which are overwhelmingly public enterprises prefer to lend to large corporations and state-owned enterprises rather than private firms. Regulations which make it difficult for small businesses to access funding have given rise to a thriving industry of loan sharks.

The new rule applies to most banks, except policy lenders such as the China Development Bank.

The PBOC said it would continue to implement a stable and neutral monetary policy.

23:24

Influential rabbi teaches would-be Israeli soldiers: Genocide is a mitzvah Mondoweiss

Rabbi Ophir Wallas of the Bnei David Military Mechina was caught on video teaching young would-be soldiers that Israelis are, from the halachaic point of view, permitted to wipe out Palestinians, and that only fear of massive retaliation prevents that.

Rabbi Wallas words can be heard here. They are taken from a longer lecture he has given his students, which for those who have too much time on their hands can be seen here. Here is my translation, with essential footnotes:

In conquering the Land [of Israel] according to Nachmanides and Rashi [*], who say that the wars of today are also mitzvah wars for conquering the Land, I am beholden to nothing. This isnt the law of the persecutor [**], right? What law are we dealing with? The laws of a mitzvah war, a war of occupying the Land. Even if I dont conquer Gaza right now, [conquering it] is part of my ability to settle the Land of Israel, so it is also a part of the mitzvah of conquering the Land. And therefore it follows, theres no other way; like, wed have to kill them all. Because this is the difference between the Law of the Persecutor and mitzvah wars. [] A mitzvah war of conquering the Land, which is not limited to saving the people of Israel from their enemies, according to some of the Rishonim [***] I could, on the face of it and by the essential law, destroy, kill and cause to perish [****] all of them. I will not do so, because if I were to do so, and reject international treaties, then the State of Israel shall parish, unless we shall witness a miracle of miracles and one must not trust in a miracle. And thats the only reason I wont do it.

A few other notes are essential. First, and please bear with me, what is a mechina? Literally, it means a preliminary school, but in Israel it came to mean a school  which prepares students who finished their high school studies for military...

23:19

Israel prepares for Iranian revenge to include missile attacks, drone strikes Peace and Freedom

As tension mounts after alleged bombing of Syrian air base, Israel details Tehrans aerial activities in the country, pointing out potential targets

Times of Israel
April 17, 2018
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A photo released by Iranian media reportedly shows the T-4 air base in central Syria after a missile barrage April 16, 2018. (Iranian media)
A photo released by Iranian media reportedly shows the T-4 air base in central Syria after a missile barrage April 16, 2018. (Iranian media)

Ahead of Israels Independence Day, the military was preparing for the possibility of a direct attack by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps air force in response to a strike on its air base in Syria earlier this month, The Times of Israel has learned.

Iranian officials have made increasingly bellicose remarks following the April 9 strike on the T-4 air base, near Palmyra in central Syria, which killed at least seven members of the IRGC, including the head of its drone program, Col. Mehdi Dehghan.

Iran, Syria, Russia and some US officials have all said explicitly that Israel was responsible for the strike. Israeli officials refuse to comment on the matter, though The New York Times quoted an Israeli military official as acknowledging that the Jewish state was behind the attack.

On Monday, a spokesman for Irans Foreign Ministry said the countrys retaliation against Israel will come sooner or later and that Jerusalem will regret its misdeeds.

A photo released by Iranian media reportedly shows the T-4 air base in central Syria after a missile barrage attributed to Israel on April 9, 2018. (Iranian media)

The Zionist regime should not be able to take action and be exempt from punishment, spokesman Bahram Qasemi told reporters, according to Iranian news media.

Tensions rose again on Tuesday, as additional strikes were initially reported on two air bases in Syr...

23:13

Erdogan, Rouhani agree to maintain Turkey, Iran, Russia cooperation in Syria Peace and Freedom

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Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed on Tuesday to maintain the cooperation between Turkey, Iran and Russia for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, a source in Erdogans office said.

Erdogan also told Rouhani in a telephone call that actions to increase tensions in the region should be avoided, after U.S., British and French forces carried out air strikes on Syria over the weekend.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan

23:09

China Boosts Its U.S. Treasuries Holdings by Most in Six Months Peace and Freedom

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By Sarah McGregor

April 16, 2018, 4:00 PM EDT Updated on April 16, 2018, 5:04 PM EDT
  • Increase highlights U.S. asset demand even amid trade tensions
  • Trump accused China on Monday of devaluing its currency
China Boosts U.S. Treasury Holdings by Most in 6 Months

Chinas holdings of Treasuries rose by the most in six months, underscoring the attractiveness of U.S. assets even amid trade tensions between the worlds two largest economies.

Chinas ownership of U.S. bonds, bills and notes increased by $8.5 billion to $1.18 trillion in February, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury department on Monday. China remained the largest foreign creditor to the U.S., followed by Japan whose holdings dropped to $1.06 trillion, from $1.07 trillion in January.

Speculation is growing about whether China could use its vast Treasury holdings as a bargaining chip in a trade dispute with the U.S. While Chinese ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai...

23:06

Strikes on Syria chemical sites 'solve nothing': France's Macron Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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23:01

Durham, NC votes for nations first ban on police exchanges with Israel Mondoweiss

Late Monday evening, Durham voted unanimously to become the first city in the U.S. to prohibit police exchanges with Israel, after broad community pressure and popular petition by the Demilitarize! Durham2Palestine coalition, an affiliate of the Deadly Exchange Campaign. The policy, which states that, the Council opposes international exchanges with any country in which Durham officers receive military-style training, was voted into official policy of the City of Durham during heated debate at City Council.

In a time of increasing concern about policing and police violence, in particular for communities of color, the city of Durham is leading the way in declaring that safety for all means de-militarizing the police force. From traffic stops that target Black drivers, to checkpoints that target immigrant communities, to police murders of Black, Brown, and disabled people, police forces cause daily harm. Police exchanges between the U.S. and Israel explicitly offer U.S. police officers exposure to methods used against Palestinians that numerous international human rights groups say are discriminatory and lead to human rights violations.

This is an important step towards divesting from militarization and over-policing, and investing in Black and Brown futures, stated Laila Nur of Durham For All, one of the coalition members. I am proud to see Durham leading the way; its a huge victory towards a vision of safety and sanctuary for all.

The Demilitarize Durham2Palestine Coalition is leading the way as a model of how to build communities that value safety for all people. We are thrilled by this first win of the Deadly Exchange campaign, which is especially meaningful as a response to the ongoing targeting of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza and the call from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction Movement in response to end U.S./Israel police exchanges, stated Jewish Voice for Peace Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson.

Ending police training exchanges between U.S. law enforcement and Israeli security forces, according to the Deadly Exchange campaign, works towards reducing state violence and discrimination. Since the early 2000s, thousands of U.S. police officers, sheriffs, border patrol agents, ICE officers and FBI agents have trained with Israeli military and police forces. Through one of these programs, the Anti-Defamation Leagues (ADL) National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS), U.S. law enforcement agents visit checkpoints and prisons and meet with Israeli officials at other sites of violence and racial profiling, such as Hebrons settler-controlled areas and Ben Gurion airport.

Lee Mortimer, a member of the Coalition for Peace with Ju...

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Decisive Failure Of US Forces OffGuardian

by South Front, April 14, 2018 Early on April 14, the US, France and the UK carried out a massive missile strike on Syria justifying their actions with the alleged involvement of the Assad government into the April 7 Douma chemical attack. The Russian Defense Minsitry stated that 103 cruise and air-to-surface missiles were launched on different targets across Syria adding that 71 of them were intercepted by the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF). According to available information, a total of 103 cruise missiles were fired The Syrian air defense systems basically comprising Soviet-made weapons successfully repelled the strikes by aircraft and naval ships. A total of 71 missiles were intercepted, Head of the Russian General Staffs Main Operations Department Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi said. Rudskoi said that the SADF had used its S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa air defense systems to repel the strike. The Syrian General Command said that the US, the UK and France had launched 110 missiles also adding that most of them were intercepted. The numbers provided raise serious questions. Some experts

22:48

Countering a Blacklist: Introducing Against Canary Mission Mondoweiss

In April of 2015, an anonymous website sprang to life from the basement of the internet. Slickly produced, but with no public authorship or attribution, it carried photographic profiles of mostly young Arab, Black, and Jewish student activists who were open supporters of Palestinian human rights.

The profiles were accompanied by textual soundbytes accusing the students of crimes ranging from the political to the legal.  Terrorist, racist, Jew-hater, anti-semite the profiles read.  Accompanying was a short, expensively produced promotional video.  Narrated by a woman, the video flashed scare images of Palestinian protesters, and warned in conspiratorial, loyalist tones: It is your duty to ensure that todays radicals are not tomorrows employees.  The overt Blacklisting logic of the site, and its eerie rhetorical echoes of Cold War anti-communism, was underscored by a repeated refrain that Palestinian human rights advocates were un-American.

Within one year of launching, the website, called Canary Mission, included profiles of more than 1800 young activists: Black, Brown, Jewish, Arab, Muslim.  Its scope expanded to include more frequent attacks on pro-Palestinian organizationsfor example Students for Justice in Palestine, and Muslim Student Associationswhile also targeting the rapidly expanding Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement against Israel.  The site disproportionately targets people of color and women. Of the 1870 individuals profiled on the site, about 80% are people of color.

From the start, Canary Mission used twitter to blast out names and photographs of activists with its allegations of racism or terrorism, sometimes targeting employers of students, hoping to get them fired.  Today, more than 18,000 supporters of Palestinian human rights are profiled are on the site, but the list is still growing there.

Canary Mission is a settler-colonial scam, an ethnonationalist slur,  and a malicious, well-funded, underground machine set to destroy the lives and careers of real people.  Its existence reflects the sheer desperation of Israel defenders who have seen public opinion shift steadily against the continued illegal Occupation of Palestine by Israels apartheid state.  In the face of new generational global empathy among young people for occupied Palestinian lives, the Canary Mission Blacklist is an admission of political defeat, and symptomatic of a dying racist state.

Now, at long last, and on time, organized opposition to Canary Mission has arrived: today will see the launch of Against Canary Mission, a website dedicated to representing in truthful detail the lives of activists in support of Palestinian liberation, and to narrating accurately the conditions of Israels Occupation.

Why is it important to do this?

Because whole groups of Palestinian and Arab students, includ...

22:46

How Long Until China Cranks Up the Debt Engine? Peace and Freedom

Its economys steady first-quarter growth masks some worrying signs

Cherry blossoms during their peak season earlier this month in east China's Jiangsu province. While the countrys economy grew this quarter, cracks are beginning to show.
Cherry blossoms during their peak season earlier this month in east Chinas Jiangsu province. While the countrys economy grew this quarter, cracks are beginning to show. PHOTO: LIU SHUYI/ZUMA PRESS

Cherry blossoms are blooming in Asiaand so is the Chinese economy, at least on the surface.

Growth was 6.8% in the first quarter, the government announced Tuesday, just a hair lower than in 2017 as a whole. Key indicators like electricity output and construction investment ticked up as companies took advantage of easing seasonal pollution restrictions.

But beneath the seasonal thaw, there are hints the long winter did real damage. Despite the apparently strong headline growth, Chinas central bank unexpectedly late Tuesday cut the amount of funds some banks must hold in reserve, a move that could release nearly half a trillion yuan of liquidity.

The Peoples Bank of Chinas caution is understandable. Chinas retail sales ticked up in March, but in services and construction, the purchasing managers employment index hit a five-month low. More worrying, real borrowing costs for industrial firms are rising quickly again.

Higher U.S. inflation and rates, slowing trade...

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Currencies strategists worried after Trump says currency devaluations by Russia and China have placed pressure on the dollar Peace and Freedom

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Donald Trumps puzzling comments on Monday alleging currency devaluations by Russia and China have placed pressure on the dollar, in a fall that may play into the presidents goals of narrowing the trade deficit.

The US president tweeted on Monday that Russia and China are playing the currency devaluation game. Not acceptable! he added. Mr Trumps remarks raised quite a few eyebrows among currencies strategists, not least given that Chinas currency, the renminbi, has in fact risen 3.6 per cent this year on the dollar, after a 6.8 per cent jump in 2017, according to Reuters data. True, the rouble is off 6.5 per cent on the year.

But Russias currency was down a milder 2.2 per cent before the announcement earlier this month of US sanctions against the country. While Mr Trumps comments make no sense, they still had an impact on the foreign exchange market, said Derek Halpenny at MUFG.

How grounded the comment is in fact is much less important than the fact that he said it and suggests President Trump would potentially if required attempt to talk down the dollar to reinforce his desire to see the US import bill shrink, he said. Mr Halpenny added that the threat is likely forefront in the minds of investors managing their US dollar exposures.

Kit Juckes of Socit Gnrale put it more bluntly: President Trump is weighing on the dollar.

The dollar index, a measure of the buck against half a dozen peers, is down 3 per cent for the year, and has tumbled 11.3 per cent since Mr Trumps inauguration in January 2017, according to FactSet data.

Mr Juckes points out that the gap in yields on US two-year Treasury notes compared with German debt a key fundamental indicator for investors who typically chase higher rates is at its highest level in decades. This should be very good news for the greenback...but it has been overshadowed by the president.

Rate differentials are going to matter again one day, said Mr Juckes, who added that what matters now is the nervousness induced by both President Trumps late-cycle fiscal largesse and his twitter feed.

https://www.ft.com/content/08901fe4-4214-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b

22:39

Five arrested, as Jewish protesters block Senator Cardins office over his silence on Gaza killings Mondoweiss

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Jewish activists storm senators office as lawmakers sound off on Gaza
WASHINGTON (Haaretz) by Amir Tibon A group of around 30 demonstrators from the left-wing Jewish group If Not Now gathered Monday in front of the office of Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to protest Israels use of deadly force against thousands of Palestinian demonstrators on the Israel-Gaza border in recent weeks. The demonstrators called on Cardin, one of the most senior Democratic Senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to denounce Israels response, specifically its use of live ammunition to keep Palestinian protesters away from the border fence between Israel and Gaza. The protesters blocked the entrance to Cardins office and asked: How many more lives need to be lost until you will speak up about the violence in Gaza? Cardin was slated to speak before the annual J Street conference in Washington later on Monday afternoon. Five participants were briefly detained during the demonstration, which took place as an increasing number of Democratic legislators in Washington have spoken out against Israels handling of the events on the Gaza border.
https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/jewish-activists-storm-senator-s-office-as-lawmakers-sound-off-on-gaza-1.6008583

[Senator Bernie Sanders later praised the group, If Not Now, in his own speech to the J Street conference. Editor]

Dozens of American Jews arrested protesting Gaza violence
+972 mag 16 Apr by Edo Konrad  From Boston to San Francisco, young activists from IfNotNow demonstrate outside the offices of prominent Jewish institutions and senators, demanding they condemn Israels violence against Gaza protesters   32 American Jews were arrested across the United States last week in a series of actions outside the offices of major Jewish institutions and elected officials to protest the ongoing violence against Palestinians at the Israel-Gaza border.
The actions, organized by the Jewish-American group IfNotNow, took place in Boston, New York, Twin Cities, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, where young Jews de...

22:33

Transportation strikes and university protests continue to shake France Peace and Freedom

Gerard Julien, AFP | Public railways SNCF railworkers demonstrate against planned reforms of the French government on April 13, 2018 in Paris as strikes on Frances rail network continue.

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A new strike by Air France employees Tuesday will add to chaos in France, which is already reeling from strikes by rail workers and university students over proposed public sector reforms by President Emmanuel Macron.

To Macrons dismay, the popular movements show no signs of slowing down.

The Air France tussle over salaries is separate from the larger and politically more significant stand-off between Macrons centrist, business-friendly government and the public sector trade unions fighting its reform plans.

Rail unions are particularly up in arms over proposed reforms that they say would reduce job security. Students have been blocking several public universities over Macrons plan to introduce more selective applications.

There is a general atmosphere of social discontent against Macrons reforms, including protests and strikes by civil servants, energy workers and garbage collectors.

Recently, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire admitted that, while he couldnt produce numbers, it was clear that the strikes were impacting growth.

We have already identified an impact in certain sectors, including hotel reservations, transportation and tourism, he told French radio Europe 1.

FRANCE 24 takes a look at the latest on the three main strikes.

Air France

About 30 percent of Air France flights scheduled on Tuesday are expected to be canceled due to a strike over pay. Crews and ground staff, whose wages have been frozen since 2011, are seeking a 6percent pay rise. This will mark their eighth day of walkouts since February.

Some 45 percent of long-haul flights will be canceled along with 35 percent of medium-haul flights to and from Paris. According to Air France, the strikes could cost the company upwards of 220 million.

On Monday, Air Frances management offered a 2 percent rise this year followed by an increase totaling 5 percent over the following three years. Unions have until the end of the week to decide whether to accept the deal.

The pi...

22:28

Losing the Battle But Hoping to Win the War Clarion Project

Women in a modern Muslim city (Illustrative photo: Wikimedia Commons/Chriss Schuepp/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)Women in a modern Muslim city (Illustrative photo: Wikimedia Commons/Chriss Schuepp/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Ive just returned from visiting four prominent cities of the Muslim world which are considered moderate in their lifestyle.

Outwardly, everything looks good. In recent months there have been no extremist incidents. So we should be encouraged. Yes?

But to dismay I was not. Heres why:

Upon speaking with approximately hundred-plus people of varied age groups and diverse backgrounds, I was concerned to find out that the extremist views we are battling against and the reformist views I uphold exist only in a small minority.

For the majority, non-violent radical views are the norm.

The mindset is as follows:

  • Its all the fault of the West and Israel. Case in point, I was at a womens coffee gathering where all the women were educated and well read. However most of them were speaking of Israel in negative terms. One who is a Canadian citizen said that the only thing wrong with Canada is that our prime minister supports Israel and must stop doing this right away. Anti-Semitism has taken a new turn and theres no room for debate
  • Sharia must be implemented. There is no room for reform unless everyone is sharia-compliant, therefore practices like beheading are legitimate
  • Murderers are heroes and heroes (bloggers and activists) are traitors
  • Islam is under attack and Muslims are victims.
  • There is no discussion about appalling human rights in their own countries, the oppression of women and minorities or the misogyny that permeates society

Have we lost the war against radicalization? Maybe not.  But we have definitely lost the battle.

This battle of ideas began in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution when Khomeni said he would export the revolution, starting a turf war between Iran and Saudi Arabia costing thousands of li...

22:27

Frances Emmanuel Macron calls for revival of EU democracy Peace and Freedom

In his first speech before the EU parliament, Frances Emmanuel Macron called for energetic reforms and open debate with European citizens. Macron also decried the bickering between EU politicians as a fools game.

Frances president Emmanuel Macron urged reforms to address concerns and fears of EU citizens in a speech aimed at boosting the EU unity amidst a string of crisis.

Speaking to EU lawmakers in Strasbourg on Tuesday, he urged the deputies to create a proper debate on convictions and proposals and make the EU democracy come alive as the bloc starts its preparations for the May 2019 vote. The upcoming parliamentary vote is the first EU-wide election since the UK voted to leave the union.

Read more: Is Emmanuel Macron en marche to Brussels?

European people have not given up on Europe, Macron said in an emotionally charged address on Tuesday.

The French leader called for a debate on migration, a roadmap to eurozone reform, reforming the banking system, and a EU-wide sovereignty which would compliment the sovereignty of individual member states.

We need to build this EU-wide sovereignty to protect our citizens in terms of internal and external defense and security, he said.

Wost possible mistake to give up on democracy

Macron brings palms together ahead of his speech (Reuters/V. Kessler)Ma...

22:20

She wishes to return Mondoweiss

This is Nasreen al-Najjar. She walks toward the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel. Alone, only her clothes on her body, she waves the Palestine flag.

She approaches the fence and tense soldiers keep her in their sights. They are amazed at her courage. They try to discern if she is hiding explosive, but do not see any. She moves slowly, she sometimes smiles at them. The commander of the unit suddenly stands and orders them to take down their rifles, lest any of them fire a bullet at her. He instructs two of them to go down to the fence and open an entrance for her so she can pass. She walks by them, greets them and continues on her way to visit the place where her parents were born. There she picks up vine leaves and other native plants that have continued to grow since that time.

She breathes in the air of her house, a house she was prevented from reaching until now. Neighbors come to ask if she needs anything. They want to know if they can help organize for a her real return, beyond this brief visit.

No, this did not happen. In reality, she was shot by a soldier and fell on the spot, a few dozen yards from the fence that cuts her from the 48 territory. Because nowsince the Nakbathis is Israels time. A country whose rulers do not dream of living together. A state whose soldiers shoot at anyone trying to visit their house, even a woman alone carrying a flag.

Where is Nasreen? Is she a refugee? Maybe from Barbara? Perhaps from Hamama? Where did she want to go? Maybe to Jaffa, a place of so many stories she has heard?

What is the thing that is so threatening in her march towards the fence? What is it that the Israelis are so careful to prevent? We heard our commanders sanctify the defense and security infrastructure of the fence space. The physical barrier that separates here and there. No one should undermine it and anyone who does, his blood be on his own hands. Its not a mere threat, as you know. This is clear from the high number of Palestinians who were killed in an attempt to approach the fence.

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22:10

Fake made in USA and lies made in Italy, by Manlio Dinucci Voltaire Network

To motivate the 2003 war, the US accused Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction: Secretary of State Colin Powell presented to the UN a series of "evidences" that turned out to be false, as he himself had to admit in 2016. Similar "evidences" are now presented to motivate the attack on Syria by the United States, Britain and France. On 14 April, General Kenneth McKenzie, Joint Staff Director of the Pentagon, presented a report, accompanied by satellite photos, on the Barzah (...)

22:01

Irans Threat of Revenge Overshadows Israels 70th Independence Day Celebrations Peace and Freedom

The mistaken activation of Syrias air defense system emphasizes the high alertness on the northern border. Meanwhile, the IDF is working overtime to tell the Iranians: Your troops are exposed

.Aerial photo of Deir al-Zor air base with Iranian drones.
Aerial photo of Deir al-Zor air base with Iranian drones.

The missile fire in Syria early Tuesday, which for several hours led to speculation about another Israeli attack, turned out to be the result of excessive anxiety within the Syrian air defense system. Tensions on Israels northern borders remain very high in light of the American punitive attack against the Assad regime and the expectation of Iranian retaliation for a strike attributed to Israel. Unusual air traffic was apparently interpreted by the Syrians as preparations for an attack, prompting the m...

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Photograph: Chief Justice Sir John Walsh, Rt Rev Former Bishop of Jerusalem, and Chief Counsel Robert Steele Public Intelligence Blog

The first official hearing of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry is going splendidly in London; witnesses have testified in detail to the manner in which children are monetized there is an asset stripping machine embedded within legal systems of the UK and US and other countries that uses the family court to strip children from their families to convert them into a commodity; and the insolvency court to fabricate debts used to wipe out entire family fortunes earned legitimately but not under the protection of the cabal.

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21:47

Dont Reward Putin With Panic Over Syria Strikes Clarion Project

Clarion Projects National Security Analyst and head of  Ryan Mauro, Director of the Clarion Intelligence Network and the Clarion Projects Shillman Fellow, appears alongside Lt.Col. Daniel Davis, to discuss the new U.S. sanctions on Russian entities for assisting Assads chemical weapons program and the risk of confrontation with Russia over Syria. Mauro argues that a long-term operation in Syria is unavoidable and that Putin is counting on the U.S. to overreact to his dramatic rhetoric.

 

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21:47

Tomgram: Steve Fraser, Teaching America a Lesson TomDispatch - Blog

Teachers in red-state America are hard at work teaching us all a lesson...

21:30

ITNJ: Pedophilia Consciousness Association of World Citizens Calls for End human trafficking Public Intelligence Blog

End human trafficking

The Association of World Citizens welcome the decision on 5 April 2018 of the Indian Union Cabinet to agree to the long-awaited bill Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) to prevent trafficking humans for the purpose of begging, marriage, prostitution or labor. The bill will become law when passed by both houses of Parliament, though the bill can still be weakened by amendments in Parliament.

There are clauses to address the victims physical and mental trauma and rehabilitation through education, training and health care. Thousands of women and children are trafficked within India as well as from neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh.  West Bengal which shares a porous border with Bangladesh is known as a human trafficking hub.

 

21:30

Humans Will Be Genetically Modified for First Time In Europe (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Humans Will Be Genetically Modified for First Time In Europe Video DAHBOO Humans will be genetically modified for the first time in Europe after regulators have given the go ahead to trial DNA-splicing therapy. A destructive blood disorder known...

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21:29

Airstrike or Cyber Attack on Syria? Penny for your thoughts

Conflicting reports abound. 

Reports of multiple airstrikes:

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(Qasioun) The Syrian regime media announced on Tuesday's dawn that unknown missiles hit Shuairat airbase in the eastern countryside of Homs and Dumair airbase in Damascus countryside.

The Syrian regime authorities said that it could intercept the missiles and down it in Homs and Damascus airspaces, without revealing any further details or the side responsible for the attack.

In details, Shuairat airbase was targeted with 6 cruise missiles, while sources in the Syrian oppoisition suggested that attack launched by Israel.

Dumair airbase, moreover, was targeted with 3 Cruise missiles and were intercepted by Surface-to-Air missiles, people in Eastern Qalamon area witnessed the interception of missiles, while the Pentagon denied launching any attack last night on Syrian regime positions.

Several media sources said cruise missiles could also hit Nayrab airbase in Aleppo and an airbase in Keswa area in Damascus countryside, but the Syrian regime denied it.
 Cyberattack?: 

Times of Israel- Israel-US cyberattack triggered missile defenses

Pro-regime commander says Russian experts brought in to deal with incident initially thought to have been a missile strike

A false alarm caused by a joint electronic operation carried out by Israel and the US led to the firing of air defenses missile over Syria overnight Monday, a commander of militia forces supporting the regime said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters on Tuesday, the commander said that the Syrian radar system had been targeted in the alleged cyberattack and that Russian experts...

21:24

Chemical weapons inspectors enter Douma but await 'green light' to start work Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Inspectors arrived on Saturday to investigate the alleged attacks in Douma but have been blocked from the town

21:15

President Trump"s War Crime Is Worse than the One He Accuses Assad of Strategic Culture Foundation

The single most important thing that happened Friday night when the US military on President Trumps orders launched a wave of over 100 cruise missiles against Syria was that once again the US violated the most profound international law of war: initiating a war of aggression against a nation that posed no threat, imminent or otherwise, to the US or its allies.

21:14

Democrats, Too, Love Trump's Wars stan van houcke

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Democrats, Too, Love Trump's Wars

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., center, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in 2017 following a briefing on Syria. (...

21:12

Macron warns of European civil war over growing East-West divide Peace and Freedom

By The Telegraph
Aptil 17, 2018

The French president addressed the European Parliament, laying out his vision for the future of the continent

The French president addressed the European Parliament, laying out his vision for the future of the continent CREDIT: VINCENT KESSLER/REUTERS

The European Union risks being torn apart by a civil war between its liberal and authoritarian democracies, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France has warned.

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Macron said that the EU must build a new European sovereignty and embark on much needed reforms to save the bloc.

The ardent Europhile was given a standing ovation and numerous compliments by adoring MEPs during the plenary debate on the future of Europe after Brexit.

We have a context of division and indeed doubt within Europe,  Mr Macron said. There seems to be a sort of European civil war where selfish interests sometimes appear more important than what unites Europe.

In a thinly veiled swipe at Hungary and Poland, Mr Macron said Europe was in the grips of a fascination with the illiberal.

Brussels is at loggerheads with Warsaw over Polands controversial judicial reforms and there are also concerns about the rule of law in Hungary after strongman Vikto Orbans election campaign, which was won by stoking fears over immigration.

Members of the European Parliament hold placards saying "Stop the War in Syria" before a debate on the Future of Europe 
Members of the European Parliament hold placards saying Stop the War in Syria before a debate on the Future of Europe  CREDIT: VINCENT KESSLER/REUTERS
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21:00

'We shoot anyone we see': Iraqi troops shield border as IS prowls Syrian desert Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Iraqi forces on shoot to kill orders to defend vast Syrian border areas still controlled by Islamic State

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Si Gn ngy 30 thng 4 nm 1975 ngi dn di tn khi Si Gn The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

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20:56

[Pantsyr S1] Russia Deadly Short Range Air Defense System can Beat US The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

Russias Deadly Short Range Air Defense System Pantsyr S1 can Beat US Air defense systems are a very important

20:47

These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database cryptogon.com

Via: Fortune: When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, he tried to describe the difference between surveillance and what we do. The difference is extremely clear, a nervous-looking Zuckerberg said. On Facebook, you have control over your information the information we []

20:45

How US Has Virtually Destroyed UN Strategic Culture Foundation

Under President Donald Trump, the US has basically eliminated the only real international authority the UN used to have.

20:32

Christians Gunned Down After Church Service Clarion Project

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Attackers on a motorcycle open fired on Christians in Pakistan as the worshipers were coming out of a church near Quetta, Dawn reported.

At least two people were killed and five other wounded in the attack in the Essa Nagri area on April 15.

The shooters fled the scene and were not apprehended.

The attack follows another horrific shooting this month in the area in which four members of a Christian family from Punjab travelling in a rickshaw to visit relative were all gunned down.

In December 2017, suicide bombers attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, also in Quetta, killing nine and injuring 30.

Be your brothers keeper! Host a screening of Clarion Projects new film, Faithkeepers, which documents the violent persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, and find out what you can do to help stop the genocide.

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20:23

Founder of Facebook data harvesting firm praises Nazi propaganda Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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20:15

Independent Swiss Lab Says 'BZ Toxin' Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian Strategic Culture Foundation

Somebody has some explaining to do... or did the Syrian airstrikes just "distract" the citizenry from the reality surrounding the Skripal poisoning.

20:14

Map Review: Syrian Armys Operation In Eastern Ghouta Feb.25 April.14, 2018

This video provides a look at the progress of the Syrian Armys operation against militants in the Damascus subrub of Eastern Ghouta in the period between February 25 and April 14.

During this period, government forces achieved a full military victory over Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Jaish al-Islam, Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham and forced the militant groups to accept an evacuation agreement.

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Bombing Syria is a Saudi-sponsored adventure that will achieve nothing Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

To answer why the trio of Western powers attacked Syria now, we must look to the recent visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the three capitals

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Russian journalist who wrote about mercenaries deaths in Syria is found dead intelNews.org

A Russian investigative journalist, who wrote a series of articles about Russian soldiers-for-hire in Syria, has died after falling from the balcony of his apartment in western Siberia. Some of his colleagues say they suspect foul play.

20:08

Israel celebrates Pyrrhic victory as it turns 70 Jonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth

Israel benefits from a strong military and even stronger allies, but analysts warn the state faces major challenges Al Jazeera 17 April 2018 It appears Israelis have every reason to be in festive mood this week as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of their states founding. This Independence Day, which Israel marks according to []

19:59

Why Was This Man Allowed Into the United States? Clarion Project

(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Syrian sheikh who defends suicide bombing against all the Jewish people, supports Hamas and advocates the death of homosexuals was the guest speaker at an Islamic conference on Positive Parenting Skills in Orlando, Florida on April 14.

Sheikh Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi was previously allowed into the country by a special visa issued by the State Department under the Obama administration in 2014 for an 11-city fundraising tour for the Syrian people.

In January of 2017, he was also in the country, speaking at the Islamic Center of Davis, California and hosted by its imam Ammar Shahin, who also has a history of extremism and anti-Semitism.

Nabulsi has called Jews the worst enemies of God and a hotbed of vices and evils.

When asked about the legitimacy of Palestinian suicide bombings, he said, All the Jewish people are combatants, making all Jews acceptable targets.

Furthermore, he advocated that Muslim youth should be engaged in these acts. They say: suicide operation to deceive Muslims, that this is suicide, but we should call them martyrdom operations. A young man in the prime of his years sacrifices his life and shakes an entity [Israel], he wrote.

As to homosexuality, Nabulsi expressed his opinion on the topic on Hamas TV in 2011. Homosexuality involves a filthy place, and does not generate offspring, he said. Homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty.

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19:55

Seven years after war broke out, France moves to strip Assad of Legion d'Honneur Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Assad was decorated with the Legion's highest rank of Grand Croix by former president Jacques Chirac in 2001

19:45

The Latest Atlanticist Tough Guy Act Strategic Culture Foundation

It's not paranoid to believe that the most recent military bombing operation against the Syrian government is motivated in part by the desire to confront Russia.

19:41

#ZAD #NDDL: Solidarity from #Olympia, WA Enough is Enough!

Statement in solidarity with ZAD from Olympia, WA.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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

Read all our articles about ZAD here.

ZAD NDDL: Solidarity from Olympia, WA

We send insurgent greetings from Olympia, Washington in the so-called
united states to the brave ones currently defending La ZAD from
eviction from the French state. 

La ZAD is an autonomous zone in France populated by farmers, squatters,
anarchists, and others resisting the construction of a new airport.
Their struggle was successful and the airport was halted, but contrary
to the wishes of liberals and many socialists, they continue to occupy
La ZAD to build the world in which they want to live.

While the commune in Olympia didnt last nearly as long, we twice
blockaded railroad tracks carrying fracking equipment, and experimented
with new liberated ways of living. It is with the memory of the freedom
that we found behind the barricades that we send our love and
solidarity. La ZAD is an inspiration to rebels and communards around the
world. 

Tout le monde deteste les flics!

With love, some Olympia anarchists


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19:24

Trumps Red Line ThereAreNoSunglasses

Seymour M. Hersh
Retaliation: Tomahawk missiles from the "USS Porter" on the way to the Shayrat Air Base on April 6, 2017
Retaliation: Tomahawk missiles from the USS Porter on the way to the Shayrat Air Base on April 6, 2017

Quelle: picture alliance / Robert S. Pri/dpa Picture-Alliance / Robert S.

President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children. Seymour M. Hers...

19:20

#NDDL Report of what has been happening here this sunday 15 April or the magic of #ZAD Enough is Enough!

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon (Sunday, April 15, EIE)new groups are arriving all the time. Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering. This is the first time that the state has tried to prevent a big demonstration of this kind on the ZAD, and to wind up the tension. But here the collective spirit has not allowed itself to be intimidated by any such thing: the ZADs supporters know the country paths, and the fields, and they have been moving in groups in order to get round the police blockades. The movement that succed in forcing the abandonment of the airport project is here again today, in all its strength and diversity, to defend the ZAD.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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

Read all our articles about ZAD here.

NDDL Report of what has been happening here this sunday 15 April or the magic of ZAD

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon (Sunday, April 15, EIE)new groups are arriving all the time. Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering. This is the first time that the state has tried to prevent a big demonstration of this kind on the ZAD, and to wind up the tension. But here the collective spirit has not allowed itself to be intimidated by any such thing: the ZADs supporters know the country paths, and the fields, and they have been moving in groups in order to get round the police blockades. The movement that succed in forcing the abandonment of the airport project is here again today, in all its strength and diversity, to defend the ZAD.

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19:15

Trump"s Trade War Pushes Singapore to China Strategic Culture Foundation

Should the Trump administration follow through on a trade conflict with China, it would likely hurt political relations with Singapore and other Asean countries vested in growing economic ties to Beijing. It would also likely be a boon for Chinas vision of a post-American regional order.

19:14

Philippines: If Duterte has nothing to hide, why the crackdown on foreign activists? Arrest of Australian activist Nun, 71, raises eyebrows in Manila Peace and Freedom

 

Sister Patricia Fox was released Tuesday afternoon, nearly a day after she was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration for her reported violation of the countrys law banning political assembly.
Twitter/Rep. Carlos Zarate

By Gaea Katreena Cabico (philstar.com) April 17, 2018 3:46pm
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MANILA, Philippines Critics of the government slammed the detention of two foreigners who were nabbed by immigration officials, saying it raises questions about what the government is trying to conceal.

The Liberal Party stressed that the incidents involving rights and land reform advocate Patricia Sister Pat Fox and Party of European Socialists official Giacomo Filibeck debunk the claim of the current government that it has nothing to hide.

The emerging trend on crackdown against foreign activists in the country is alarming as exhibited by the harassment and casual arrests of the two human right advocates who were not even in protest activities or rallies when taken into custody, LP, the erstwhile ruling party said.

Karapatan also stressed that the illegal arrest of Fox and other cases of threats and harassment against delegates of fact-finding missions in the Philippines are clear signs that President Rodrigo Duterte is guilty as hell of rights violations.

If indeed Duterte is as innocent as his sycophants say, there would be no reason for blocking any form of independent inquiries into the cases of extrajudicial killings and other rights violations against peasants and other poor sectors in the Philippines, Karapatan said.

READImmigration releases partisan Australian nun a day after apprehension

Fox was released Tuesday afternoon, nearly a day after she was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration for her reported violation of the countrys law banning political assembly.

Groups condemned her arrest and detention, saying it lacks due process and respect for her rights as a church person.

The arrest of the 71-year old Australian lay missionary came only a day after BI deported Filibeck. He was denied entry to the country Sunday for being part of the seven-member delegation in October 2017 who denounced the spate of extrajudicial killings.

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19:12

Decomissioned Syrian Facility Focus of US Tomahawk Assault ThereAreNoSunglasses

A 2017 OPCW report says Syrians were cooperating in the process of demolishing the Barzah facility the main target of Trumps attack

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19:00

IF I WERE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA Giza Death Star

As one might imagine, and like most everyone else, I've been watching the developments in Syria, and the "West", with a great deal of

The post IF I WERE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA appeared first on Giza Death Star.

18:57

EU backs off from new sanctions against Iran They hope that by doing so they will persuade US President Donald Trump not to follow through on his threat to abandon the Iran nuclear deal Peace and Freedom

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Bulgaria: Federica Mogherini to Meet Top Officials in GreeceHigh Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. Photo: EPA

JEDDAH: EU foreign ministers met on Monday for talks on how they could persuade the US not to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, but stopped short of imposing new sanctions on Tehran.

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Britain, France and Germany used a meeting of the EUs 28 foreign ministers to try to build support for expanding sanctions against Iran to punish it for its regional expansionism and its role in the conflict in Syria.

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They hope that by doing so they will persuade US President Donald Trump not to follow through on his threat to abandon the 2015 deal to curb Irans nuclear ambitions.

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Mogherini speaks with the media as she arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg on Monday, April 16, 2018.

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Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelson said there was a very broad majority in favor of expanding sanctions, as the clock ticks down to a May 12 deadline imposed by Trump to fix the agreement.

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Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister, said there was a need to send a strong signal to Iran that were concerned in relation to some of their activity, particularly in Syria.

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But also to send a message to Washington that we share their concerns in some of those areas, Coveney said after the talks in Luxembourg.

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Targets for new sanctions could include both Iranians and non-Iranian militias in Syria. But any decision would have to have unanimous support, and countries such as Italy and Sweden are not convinced.

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There is no consensus at the moment, EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said.

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I dont exclude that this will happen in the future but its not the case today.

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IRNA The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said preserving Iran nuclear deal is vital for the European Union.

Mogherini made the remarks Monday in an interview before the Foreign Affairs Council meeting.

On Iran Deal, were doing all we can to work with our American friends to make sure that all parties stay fully committed to the full implementation of the agreement, Mogherini was quoted by European External Action Service (EEAS) as saying

As it is th...

18:52

Google still searching for Australian headquarters as deal falls through Ambitious plan to create Sydneys Silicon Valley Peace and Freedom

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By Alexandra Smith & Lisa Visentin

The state government has rejected a plan to create a Silicon Valley-style technology hub on the old rail yards near Redfern, leaving tech giant Google once again searching for Australian headquarters.

The hub, which would have created as many as 19,000 jobs, would have been Googles new base but cabinets infrastructure committee last week rejected the proposal because it did not meet a uniqueness test.

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Google is still searching for its Australian headquarters after the NSW government rejected plans for a tech hub in Redfern.

Developer Mirvac submitted a plan through the governments unsolicited proposal process to redevelop the site next to Carriageworks at Eveleigh into a tech hub with Google as the anchor tenant, the Herald revealed last month.

However, the proposal failed at the first hurdle after the government stated its preference for the land, which is owned by Transport for NSW, to be developed through a competitive open process.

Despite the decision of the cabinet committee, a senior government source said some ministers were working to salvage the deal amid concerns that Google could abandon Sydney.

Responding to the decision on Tuesday, Mirvac said its proposal was in line with various government objectives including the Greater Sydney Commission, UrbanGrowth and JobsforNSW strategies.

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18:49

The #Windrush scandal- Theresa Mays blatant racism exposed when she was in charge of the Home Office Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

May leads with coldness and cruelty. Just ask the children of Windrush Ministers choose not to solve this immigration debacle, steered by a leader who has form in making peoples lives a misery Theresa May sets the tone of government. She must change it. Photograph: Simon Dawson/PAOne of the most appalling elements of the Windrush []

18:48

Russia v. AmericaGood v. Pure Evil ThereAreNoSunglasses

Russia v. America: Good v. Pure Evil Geopolitically

stephenlendman.org

by Stephen Lendman

The geopolitical record of both countries is clear. The Russian Federation never attacked another country.

America wages permanent wars of aggression, targeting all sovereign independent states, wanting them replaced by pro-Western puppet rule.

Countless millions of corpses, other casualties, and vast destruction attest to US ruthlessness.

America is the greatest human rights abuser on a global scale in world history, an out-of-control hegemon seeking unchallenged dominance, ignoring rule of law principles, no matter the human toll, treating its most vulnerable citizens inhumanely, a nation heading toward full-blown tyranny, threatening humanitys survival.

As OPCW inspectors begin their work in Douma, Russias office at the organization accused Washington of trying to undermine (its) authorityto probe the alleged (CW incident) before the mission even arrived in the city, adding:

Russia reiterates its adherence to provide the missions security and wont interfere with its work.

US envoy to the OPCW Kenneth Ward lied, saying Moscow may have tampered with the Douma site, urging the organization to condemn Syrias (nonexistent) reign of chemical terror.

If OPCW inspectors find no evidence of a Douma CW incident, as falsely claimed by Washington, Britain, and France, its clear whats coming.

Russia will be falsely accused of destroying evidence. The official falsified narrative will remain unchanged, perhaps another false flag CW incident staged elsewhere in Syria for emphasis.

Following overnight Friday US-led aggression on Syrian sites, Vladimir Putin said the following:

The attack was (a)n act of aggression against a sovereign state that is on the frontline in the fight against terrorismcommitted without a mandate from the UN Security Council and in violation of the UN Charter and norms and principles of international law.

(T)he US used as a pretext a staged chemical attack against civiliansin Douma.

Russian military experts (visiting the alleged site) did not find any traces of chlorine or any other toxic agent. Not a single local resident was able to confirm that a chemical attack had actually taken place.

The OPCW dispatched its experts to Syria in order to investigate all the circumstances. (I)n a sign of cynical disdain, (America, Britain and France launched) military action without waiting for the results of the investigation.

Russia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against Syria, where Russian military personnel a...

18:45

Balkan Countries Viewed As Pawns in West"s Russia Containment Game Strategic Culture Foundation

Being a battlefield in the geopolitical game will hardly benefit the countries of the region. Lured into the NATO and EU, they risk becoming pawns in big powers games.

18:37

Sean Hannity news is a real problem for Michael Cohen Peace and Freedom

 

Sean Hannity (left) and Michael CohenImage copyrightTWITTER/ SEAN HANNITYSean Hannity (left) and Michael Cohen

Fox News host is the mystery third client of US President Donald Trumps lawyer, a court has heard.

Editors Note: Laura Coates is a CNN legal analyst. She is a former assistant US attorney for the District of Columbia and trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. She is the host of the daily Laura Coates Show on SiriusXM. Follow her @thelauracoates. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.

(CNN)  Fox host Sean Hannity just helped the governments case against President Donald Trumps personal attorney, Michael Cohen, tremendously. Even irony itself was not prepared for that development.

Courtroom drama peaked Monday at a hearing in lower Manhattan when Michael Cohens lawyer, Stephen Ryan, reluctantly revealed to Judge Kimba Wood a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York that Cohens mystery third client was Hannity, the bombastic, unconditional champion of citizen-turned-candidate-turned-President, Donald Trump.
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But the shock of that third-client revelation paled in comparison to Hannitys shocking denial, soon after, that he and Michael Cohen were ever in an attorney-client relationship.
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18:32

Trump Is Done, Thank God Mattis Won ThereAreNoSunglasses

First things first.  I reiterate what I said earlier in the week.  Trump is finished.  Read my article carefully, then overlay two things I didnt talk about.  One, Trump is impulsive and easily manipulated.  Two, Trump is ultimately a coward and an appeaser, just like The Saker pegged him to be after bombing Al-Shairat last year.

All bullies are cowards.  Thats why they bully.

Because of these personal defects, he gave his resignation speech last night.  Be it later this year when hes impeached/forced to resign for a war crime or in January 2021 after losing to a baked potato, the anti-interventionist crowd who elected him will remember this for a long time.

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18:31

Irans security forces kill 2 Pakistanis trying to sneak across border Peace and Freedom

Dawn (Pakistan)

By 

April 17, 2018

Two Pakistani nationals were killed and five others were arrested when Irans border security forces acted against a group of people allegedly trying to enter into Iran illegally.

Gwadar Assistant Commissioner Jamil Ahmed told DawnNewsTV that the bodies and arrested men were handed over to Balochistan Levies personnel by Iranian border authorities on border-post 250 located on the Pak-Iran border near Gwadar.

The bodies were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Gwadar, while the arrested persons were handed over to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) where a case will be registered against them under the Passport Act.

Officials at the DHQ hospital said the deceased, identified as Shahzeb Khan and Mohammad Sadiq, belonged to Bannu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Location of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within Pakistan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khyber_Pakhtunkhwa

18:26

NRC Nieuws stan van houcke

Wat staat hier precies? Denkt u er even over na! De NRC:

'Kunstmarkt schrikt van EU-regel tegen witwassen

Witwassen Door de nieuwe antiwitwasrichtlijn zullen kopers afhaken, vrezen kunsthandelaren. Ze zeggen niet tijdig te zijn genformeerd. 

Het nieuws in het kort:
De vernieuwde Europese richtlijn tegen witwassen heeft rampzalige gevolgen voor de internationale kunst- en antiekhandel, stellen brancheorganisaties uit de kunstsector.
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18:24

Turkey seeks peace, Macron in search of heroism in Syria Peace and Freedom

Opinion

By Mehmet ELIK

Daily Sabah

French President Macron said on Sunday that he had convinced U.S. President Trump to stay in Syria, a claim the White House has rejected.

French President Macron said on Sunday that he had convinced U.S. President Trump to stay in Syria, a claim the White House has rejected.

Ankara and Paris have different motivations in Syria, analysts say, arguing that while French President Macrons moves on Syria are attempts to overcome challenges in domestic politics, Turkey works to establish peace in Syria

Turkey and France have different agendas regarding Syria, as President Emmanuel Macron is in search of a heroic story abroad to counter the challenges he faces in domestic politics while Ankara has been utilizing diplomatic and military energy to establish peace in the war-torn country. On Sunday, 40-year-old Macron, who is completing his first year in office, appeared on French television in an interview with two experienced French journalists.

With these strikes and this intervention, we separated the Russians and the Turks on this issue. The Turks condemned the chemical strike and supported the operation that we conducted, Macron told BFM TV, referring to the U.S.-led airstrikes on Syrian regime chemical weapons facilities in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta and Douma on April 7.

Macron also said that he had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to change his Syria policy and launch the airstrikes. Ten days ago, President Trump wanted the United States of America to withdraw from Syria. We convinced him to remain, he said. Not long after Macrons remarks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement quoted in the media: The U.S. mission has not changed the president has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible. Macrons claims about the Russian-Turkey split did not get a response from President Recep Tayyip Erdoan or Prime Minister Binali Yldrm during their speeches yesterday. However, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozda and Foreign Minister Mevlt avuolu both addressed Macrons remarks harshly.

In its Syria policy, Turkey is not siding with anyone nor against anyone, Bozda said during his visit to Qatar yesterday. He added that both the U.S. support to PKK affiliated Peoples Protection Units (YPG) and Russias support to Bashar Assad are problematic for Ankara. Bozda also said that Turkey will come together with any actor that is in line with...

18:15

Billionaire banking heir Matthew Mellon dies in rehab facility Peace and Freedom

Banking heir and cryptocurrency bigwig Matthew Mellon has died, a representative for his family said in a statement.

Mellon, an early backer of global settlement network Ripple, was the ex-husband of Jimmy Choo guru Tamara Mellon and of designer Nicole Hanley, his second wife.

A rep said in a statement: Billionaire Matthew Mellon, 53, died suddenly in Cancun, Mexico, where he was attending a drug rehabilitation facility. Mellon made his fortune in cryptocurrency, turning a $2 million investment into $1 billion. He is survived by his three children, Force, Olympia and Minty. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this very painful time.

Mellon, a former chair of the New York Republican Partys finance committee, had battled addiction.

In 2016, he told The Post, OxyContin is like legal heroin. And it needs to be addressed, while at a Malibu treatment center kicking a habit of $100,000 a month.

But he was in Forbes this year for his latest investments.

Tamara, who with Mellon had daughter Araminta, aka Minty, said in 2013, He keeps fighting and coming back.

Mellon and Nicole, parents of Force and Olympia, announced their split in 2015 after an attempted reconciliation.

https://pagesix.com/2018/04/16/banking-heir-matthew-mellon-dies-in-rehab-facility/?_ga=2.176044706.1290953022.1519666445-253902147.1519666445

18:12

Whose Wars? israel continues to wag the dog for Middle Eastern wars Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Whose Wars? Israel continues to wag the dog for Middle Eastern wars Philip Giraldi  April 17, 2018   In March 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a groundbreaking article entitled Whose War? in opposition to the Bush Administration fueled growing hysteria over Saddam Husseins alleged weapons of mass destruction which was producing demands for an armed intervention []

18:07

UK and US accuse Russia of cyber attack that compromised global networks Peace and Freedom

Washington and London have detailed how Russian-backed hackers have been compromising network devices around the world since 2015. The announcement has come amid heightened tensions between the two countries and Russia.

Cyber-attack from Russia - Stock photo (picture-alliance/chromorange/C. Ohde)

The US and Britain warned on Monday of a Russian government-sponsored cyber attack against internet network infrastructure around the world.

Britains National Cyber Security Centre, the US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint statement on the attack, which they said began in 2015 and could have laid the groundwork for further cyber attacks in the future.

Read more: Cybersecurity: Why its hard to protect yourself online

What the statement said:

  • Hackers backed by the Russian government have exploited large numbers of routers and switches around the world since 2015.
  • The attack focused on governments, businesses, critical infrastructure, and internet service providers. The statement did not identify any victims by name.
  • The FBI has high confidence that the hackers are using the compromised networks to spy, steal intellectual property, and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations.

Read more: Trump administration hits Russia with new sanctions for election meddling, cyber attacks

Why say something now? The US and Britain said they wanted to warn organizations they may be affected and call on them to inform authorities if they discover breaches.

No comment from Russia: Moscow has not responded to the statement. It has previously dismissed allegations it was responsible for cyber attacks against the US and other countries, including meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and attacks against the US power grid.

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18:04

Washington forces its allies to accept a bipolar world , by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

By firing missiles on Syria with its French and British allies, the strange President Donald Trump has managed to force the Western powers to accept the end of their unilateral domination of the world. The insignificant result of this demonstration of force drags NATO back to reality. Without having made use of its weapons, Russia now succeeds the Soviet Union in the balance of world power.

18:02

Flawed return deal offers no way back for Rohingya refugees As long as there is a Myanmar, the Rohingya will never be free Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Sam JAHAN and Aidan JONES with Shafiqul ALAM in Dhaka | In November Myanmar agreed to take back around 750,000 Rohingya from Bangladesh which hosts around one million of the Muslim minority driven out by waves of state violence stretching back to 1978

KUTUPALONG (BANGLADESH) (AFP)  Bungling, distortion and diplomatic doublespeak have hollowed out the deal to repatriate Rohingya from Bangladesh to Myanmar, with refugees refusing to return to a homeland that remains perilously insecure.We will have to stay here for a long period, maybe generations, Ali, a Rohingya refugee and father-of-six, told AFP from the Kutupalong mega-camp on Bangladeshs side of the border.

In November Myanmar agreed to take back around 750,000 Rohingya from Bangladesh which hosts around one million of the Muslim minority driven out by waves of state violence stretching back to 1978.

Yet so far, Myanmar has signed off just 675 names from a Bangladeshi list of 8,000 refugees, citing discrepancies in the verification forms proving their residency in Rakhine state.

Months have elapsed, but no one has crossed back under the deal.

A family of five was repatriated over the weekend from a wedge of no-mans land between the neighbours.

Their return was swiftly pilloried as a PR stunt by rights groups and labelled not meaningful by Bangladeshs home minister.

Whatever we say, they (Myanmar) agree, Asaduzzaman Khan told AFP. But they have not been able to create grounds for trust that they will take back these people.

Myanmar does not want its Rohingya, denying them citizenship and classifying the minority as Bengalis who have seeped over the border illegally.

It forced around 750,000 out in two major army operations in October 2016 and August 2017.

The UN describes the August crackdown, ostensibly a kickback against Rohingya militant attacks, as ethnic cleansing.

Under pressure, Myanmar agreed to take back those who can prove prior residence.

Bangladesh wants swift, large-scale returns to ease pressure on the teeming camps in its Coxs Bazar district and salve domestic disquiet that one of Asias poorest countries is saddled with a huge refugee crisis.

Yet the refugees listed by Dhaka do not even know they have been volunteered to return to a country where they allege widespread atrocities.

We did not try to ascertain approval from them, a senior Bangladesh official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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17:52

Secret negotiations between Syria and the US Voltaire Network

On 14 April 2018 the US Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley declared that the United States refuses to initiate dialogue and to enter into discussions with President Bashar al-Assad. Contradicting this assertion, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reveals that three high level meetings took place between the two States. However, the fourth meeting, scheduled in March, was cancelled by Syria on the grounds that it would serve no purpose so long as Washington did not reconceive its (...)

17:49

Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database You could be on a blacklist Peace and Freedom

On Facebook, you have control over your information the information we collect you can choose to have us not collect. Really?

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared for a hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. He wasnt pushed on surveillance companies operating on the platform. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, he tried to describe the difference between surveillance and what we do. The difference is extremely clear, a nervous-looking Zuckerberg said. On Facebook, you have control over your information the information we collect you can choose to have us not collect.

But not a single member of the committee pushed the billionaire CEO about surveillance companies who exploit the data on Facebook for profit. Forbes has uncovered one case that might shock them: over the last five years a secretive surveillance company founded by a former Israeli intelligence officer has been quietly building a massive facial recognition database consisting of faces acquired from the giant social network, YouTube and countless other websites. Privacy activists are suitably alarmed.

That database forms the core of a facial recognition service called Face-Int, now owned by Israeli vendor Verint after it snapped up the products creator, little-known surveillance company Terrogence, in 2017. Both Verint and Terrogence have long been vendors for the U.S. government, providing bleeding-edge spy tech to the NSA, the U.S. Navy and countless other intelligence and security agencies.

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17:46

Putin Jabs Neocons: Why Is US Refusing To Destroy Its Chemical Weapons? Russia Did It! Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Putin Jabs Neocons: Why Is US Refusing To Destroy Its Chemical Weapons? Russia Did It!  

17:41

War on Syria: Disappeared Miseries. The Tentacles of This War of Aggression stan van houcke

War on Syria: Disappeared Miseries. The Tentacles of This War of Aggression

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Facebook Is Violating Your Privacy via Facial Recognition Technology The Anti-Media

Facebook Facial Recognition Technology(TIM)  On April 6, a coalition of consumer privacy organizations led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, accusing Facebook of violating individuals privacy via the companys facial recognition practices. The complaint focuses on changes to Facebooks policy which went into effect in early 2018, namely the ability to scan user []

17:32

Syrias Victory The Failed Attack by War Criminals Trump, May and Macron stan van houcke

Syrias Victory The Failed Attack by War Criminals Trump, May and Macron

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17:30

US-UK-France Strike on Syria, The Chain of Events stan van houcke

US-UK-France Strike on Syria, The Chain of Events: Statements, Facts and Speculations

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#Douma First Western Journalist In Syrian Hospital Which Treated Chemical Weapons Victims Explains What REALLY Happened Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

First Western Journalist In Syrian Hospital Which Treated Chemical Weapons Victims Explains What REALLY Happened By Robert Fisk and Washingtons Blog, Forget what the Syrian government or the Ruskies say. The first Western journalist has interviewed doctors at the hospital in Douma, Syria which supposedly treated chemical weapons victims and is announcing what really happened. []

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G7 Leaders' Statement on Syria Voltaire Network

We, the G7 Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the use of chemical weapons in the April 7 attack in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. We fully support all efforts made by the United States, the United Kingdom and France to degrade the Assad regime's ability to use chemical weapons and to deter any future use, demonstrated by their action taken on April 13. (...)

17:07

U.S. Proposes Arab Military Force in Syria: Replace American military contingent Peace and Freedom

Under plan, troops would replace American military contingent after ISIS defeat and help secure countrys north; proposal faces challenges

American troops looked out toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria, in February.
American troops looked out toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria, in February. PHOTO:SUSANNAH GEORGE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTONThe Trump administration is seeking to assemble an Arab force to replace the U.S. military contingent in Syria and help stabilize the northeastern part of the country after the defeat of Islamic State, U.S. officials said.

John Bolton, President Donald Trumps new national security adviser, recently called Abbas Kamel, Egypts acting intelligence chief, to see if Cairo would contribute to the effort, officials said.

The initiative comes as the administration has asked Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to contribute billions of dollars to help restore northern Syria. It wants Arab nations to send troops as well, officials said.

Details about the initiative, which havent been previously disclosed, have emerged in the days since the U.S.-led strikes on sites associated with the Syrian regimes chemical-weapons capabi...

17:05

The Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria Did Not Occur. It was a Hoax, a False Flag To Justify the US-led Air Strikes, Staged by The Rebels (terrorists) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

BREAKING: The Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria Did Not Occur. It was a Hoax, a False Flag To Justify the US-led Air Strikes, Staged by The Rebels By Pearson Sharp and Mark Taliano, Mark Taliano reporting from Damascus BREAKING: Pearson Sharp of One America News was on-the-ground in Douma, Eastern Ghouta today. What he discovered []

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Women accused of IS links sexually abused in Iraqi camps, says rights group Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Amnesty says refugees in eight camps visited in Iraq were being sexually mistreated by security forces and members of militia groups

16:54

Israel-Iran: Israel will not accept any limitations to its operations in Syrian airspace against Iranian threat Peace and Freedom

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Israel will not accept any limitations to its operations in Syrian airspace against Iranian threat, the defense minister said, expressing hope that communication lines with Moscow will help avoid any friction in the air.

On Tuesday morning, a series of missile strikes once again targeted Syrian military infrastructure. The Pentagon, which led the coordinated April 14 assault against Syrian targets with its British and French allies, denied its involvement in attacking a new set of targets. Israel, which struck Syrias Tiyas (T-4) airfield in Homs province on April 9, also failed to acknowledge bombing its neighbor.

Yet the new attack against Syria comes just hours after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to protect the countrys national interests through breaching Syrian airspace if necessary.

We will maintain total freedom of action. We will not accept any limitation when it comes to the defense of our security interests,Lieberman told Walla News on Monday, noting that all options are on the table.

Two Israeli F-15 fighters targeted Syrias T-4 airbase in Homs province, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed after the surprise attack on April 9. The jets fired eight guided missiles, but five of them were shot down before they hit the airfield. The attack on the T-4 base came at a critical time after Western powers accused the Syrian government and vowed retaliation for an alleged chlorine attack in the militant-held town of Douma on April 7.

Russia, which has a military coordination hotline with Israel to avoid clashes over Syria, called the strike a very dangerous development.Moscow also noted earlier that it will shoot down any projectiles that could threaten Russian personnel on the ground.

On Monday, Lieberman praised the Israeli-Russian deconfliction hotline, noting the success of the established mechanism to avert any friction in the Syrian skies.

We do not want to provoke the Russians, Lieberman told Walla News. We have an open line of communication at the level of senior officers. The Russians understand us and the fact is that for years we have managed to avoid friction with them.

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16:51

The #Skripal event and the #Douma gas attack two acts in the same drama? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Skripal event and the Douma gas attack two acts in the same drama? OffGuardian | April 14, 2018 The illegal air strikes on Syria by the coalition of the guilty (US, France, UK) have happened, to no ones great surprise. As such things go all current indications are that they were more token than []

16:43

U.S. Ban on ZTE Pay Push China Faster Toward Technology Independence Peace and Freedom

 

The U.S. ban adds impetus to the nations pursuit of technology independence.
By Tim Culpan
April 16, 2018, 11:16 PM EDT
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A year ago I wrote how ZTE Corp. would be forgiven for skirting a U.S. embargo on selling equipment to Iran.

ZTEs execution of a text-book study in contrition, reflection and reform has helped it build goodwill in America, I said then.

 Except that didnt happen, according to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

ZTE misled the Department of Commerce. Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them. This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.

Stupid. Foolish. Idiotic. Arrogant. Pick your adjective.

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The Commerce Department imposed a seven-year ban on the companys purchases of key U.S. technology. ZTE halted trading of its shares Tuesday as it prepares to explain itself to anyone wholl listen.

Losing orders to U.S. companies is no big deal to Chinas second-largest telecom equipment maker. Getting cut off f...

16:43

Russia: Chemical weapons inspection delayed due to Wests airstrikes Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Russia: Chemical weapons inspection delayed due to Wests airstrikes Press TV April 16, 2018 This photo taken on April 16, 2018, shows the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, The Netherlands. (Photo by AFP Russia says a visit by inspectors from the United Nations chemical watchdog to []

16:39

Robert Fisk Reveals Douma Fake stan van houcke

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/robert-fisk-from-douma-syria/

De beste Midden-Oosten correspondent, de Britse journalist en auteur Robert Fisk, deed wat de mainstream-journalisten hadden moeten doen, in plaats van klakkeloos de staats-propaganda napraten. Hij ging zelf polshoogte nemen:



The search for truth in the rubble of Douma and one doctors doubts over the chemical attack

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16:35

Houthis launch missile after Saudi-led coalition warns of painful response; attack thwarted Peace and Freedom

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Saudi coalition in Yemen spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki

Arab News

April 17, 2018

JEDDAH: Saudi air defenses shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthis toward Saudi Arabia on Monday night, the Saudi-led coalition battling Yemens Houthi rebels said on Tuesday.

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Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the coalitions spokesman, said the missile was monitored by the Saudi Air Force to have been launched from Yemens Amran province at 10:16 p.m. Monday toward populated areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran.

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Photo: Yemens Houtis launch an Iranian made ballistic missile toward Saudi Arabia. This still image taken from a video distributed by Yemens pro-Houthi Al Masirah television.

The missile was intercepted before it could hit its target, Al-Maliki said.

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The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a painful response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

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Saudi forces said they have shot down two drones in the south of the kingdom and intercepted ballistic missiles fired from rebel-held parts of Yemen, the latest in a series of similar incidents.

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If the Houthis continue targeting industrial or residential facilities, the response will be hard and painful, said Al-Maliki, displaying remnants of the intercepted aircraft.

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He said the Houthis have launched 119 ballistic missiles targeted at Saudi Arabia.

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Al-Malki told reporters in the eastern city of Alkhobar that the airport of Yemens rebel-held capital, Sanaa, was used as a military base to orchestrate the drone strike.

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The Yemeni government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi last week said the drones were made in Iran, adding that Yemens military did not possess such aircraft and it was impossible to manufacture them locally.

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Iran backs the Houthis, who seized Sanaa in 2014, prompting a Saudi-led military coalition to intervene against the rebels the following year.

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Tehran has repeatedly denied arming the rebels, which would violate a United Nations weapons embargo slapped on Yemen in 2015.

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Nearly 10,000 people have since been killed in Yemens conflict, in what the United Nations has called the worlds worst humanitarian crisis.

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16:32

The King Under the Mountain Clarion Project

The Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne supposedly sleeps under the Untersberg mountain near Salzburg. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)The Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne supposedly sleeps under the Untersberg mountain near Salzburg. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Islamism, like many movements, at its core is based on a foundational myth that carries with it assumptions about the world.

This is that story:

Once upon a time there was a king. He was a good king. He ruled in the name of truth and beauty and aligned his heart towards the Supreme King of Kings God Most High. God heard his prayer and gave him wisdom. The King gave alms to the poor and built magnificent buildings and lush gardens to beautify his realm. And when danger threatened, he rode out to war and he smashed his enemies with an iron fist, so that none dared threaten the people of the kingdom.

And there was justice in the land because of him, and the people were happy and content.

It came to pass that the King died. And gradually, bit by bit, corruption spread in the land as people turned aside from God and the community, and each did what was best in his own eyes.

Dangerous men came promising a newer, better world. They told the people they did not need the old ways and they did not need God. They promised in the new world everyone would be free, liberated from the shackles of archaic traditions and could do what they wanted. Many believed them and eagerly embraced the new ways.

But these new ways did not bring happiness or peace. Strife increased as people became estranged from one another. Families collapsed as people began to cheat. And the dangerous men who convinced people to join this new way began lining their pockets with the wealth of the kingdom, corruptly exploiting it.

A small group of devoted men saw what was happening to their country. They gathered together to send out messengers...

16:28

China first-quarter GDP grows 6.8% on private investment rebound Peace and Freedom

Groups record spending on fixed assets powers economic gains after 2017 slowdown

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Chinas real estate investment accelerated in the first quarter, following a slowdown through much of last year Bloomberg

Gabriel Wildau in Shanghai and Emily Feng in Beijing

April 17, 2018

Chinas economy grew 6.8 per cent in the first quarter, above the governments 6.5 per cent target, as a rebound in private investment compensated for a declining trade surplus.

An emerging trade war with the United States, in addition to Beijings efforts to restrain debt and runaway property prices, were expected to hamper growth this year. But the latest quarterly figure is unchanged from the fourth quarter and only a shade below 2017s full-year pace of 6.9 per cent.

Chinas economy is highly resilient and has huge flexibilities, said Xu Zhihong, a spokesman for the National Bureau of Statistics. Trade frictions with the US will not affect the Chinese economy nor change its sound momentum.

Since mid-2015, deflation and sluggish demand in the manufacturing sector have depressed appetite for investment by private groups, while the government relied on infrastructure investment by state-owned enterprises to keep the economy humming.

In the first quarter, growth of fixed-asset investment by private companies was the fastest in over two years at 8.9 per cent and outpaced investment by state groups for the first time in almost three years.

Meanwhile, investment growth at state-owned groups was the slowest on record amid a government deleveraging campaign focused on state factories and local governments, which often channel their infrastructure spending through state-owned investment vehicles.

Private companies have already passed through a period of deleveraging and are now regaining confidence. Prices for industrial commodities rebounded last year due to the governments aggressive campaign to close excess capacity in sectors such as coal, steel and aluminium.

The rebound in private investment helped offset a 20 per cent decline in Chinas visible trade surplus in the first quarter from the same period a year earlier. Last years strong trade provided a significant boost to last years GDP figure, but economists expect net exports to drag on growth this year.

We take the tech-oriented friction between the US and China very seriously and think it will impact the global economy significantly in the coming decades. But we remain less worried about the short-term growth impact, Louis Kuijs, head of Asia economics at Oxford Economics in Hong Kong, wrote on Tuesday.

Suspicion remains about the reliability of Chinas economic s...

16:22

BBCs Gaza casualty figures source shows its reliability BBC Watch

As we have documented, BBC reports on the events along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip since March 30th have repeatedly quoted Palestinian casualty figures provided by the health ministry in Gaza without clarifying that it is controlled by Hamas the same terror group co-organising the Great Return March and thus obviously not an impartial or reliable source.

On April 14th the BBC Gaza offices Rushdi Abualouf sent a rather cryptic tweet:

Obviously if Israel denied targeting four members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, then somebody must have claimed that it did and in this case that was the Gaza health ministry spokesman who, as ...

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Iran: Israel Will Pay for Strike on Drone Base in Syria Peace and Freedom

Tehrans Foreign Ministry warns Zionist regime will receive an appropriate response to attack

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard troops parade to mark the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. Sept. 21, 2016
Irans Revolutionary Guard troops parade to mark the 36th anniversary of Iraqs 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of   Ayatollah Khomeini,   just outside Tehran, Iran. Sept. 21, 2016Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Iran will punish Israel for a strike on a drone base in Syria, Tehrans Foreign Ministry said Monday, following a report quoting an Israeli senior military official as admitting that the country was behind the attack.

Tel Aviv will be punished for its aggressive action, Bahram Ghassemi, the spokesman for Iran...

15:56

Frances Macron to push EU lawmakers on reforms Peace and Freedom

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AFP / by Jrme RIVET, Cdric SIMON | French President Emmanuel Macron will travel this week for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to win backing for his ambitious European reform plan
STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (AFP)  French President Emmanuel Macron will on Tuesday address the European Parliament for the first time in a bid to shore up support for his ambitious plans for post-Brexit reforms of the EU.The energetic young French leader wants big changes in the face of growing scepticism about the European project, but there has been a marked lack of enthusiasm from Berlin to Budapest.

Macrons speech to MEPs in the eastern French city of Strasbourg is part of a charm offensive ahead of European Parliament elections in May 2019, the first after Britains departure.

He will say that it is urgent to take action at a difficult time both inside the European Union, and outside, said the Elysee, the French presidency, ahead of Macrons address.

Internal problems include election results in Italy and Hungary which both saw eurosceptics surge in popularity, compounding fears that the 2016 Brexit vote was part of a pattern.

Externally the EU is dealing with the war in Syria France and Britain joined the US in air strikes targeting the regimes alleged chemical weapons at the weekend a hostile Russia, and the unpredictable figure of Donald Trump in the United States.

Macron said in a television interview on Sunday that Europe was experiencing a rise in illiberalism the populism of people who call the rule of law into question.

Later this week Macron will travel to Berlin for crucial talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to try to win her support for his plans for the future of the eurozone.

Merkel party cools

Merkels conservative CDU party pushed back on Monday against plans for deeper eurozone integration, including a separate eurozone budget and the expansion of the EUs bailout fund.

Any reforms have to be in the European and in the German interest, CDU secretary-general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told reporters.

EU leaders are set to adopt preliminary Macron-backed plans for eurozone reforms and for an overhaul of its troubled asylum system in June, but there is still a large amount of work to do.

Merkel is due to address the European Parliament in November, officials said on Monday.

In contrast, Merkel made a joint speech with then-French president Francois Hol...

15:53

Russia Probably Hid Evidence of a Chemical Attack in Syria, or so Were Told The Anti-Media

Chemical Attack Russia(CN Op-ed)  We are now being told (and I assure you I am not making this up) that if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons doesnt find evidence that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack in Douma last week, its because Russia hid the evidence. It is our understanding the Russians may []

15:52

China Fends Off Trade Trouble With 6.8% Growth Entire supply chains have moved to China for automakers, others Peace and Freedom

Performance suggests that trade tensions with the U.S. are having little impact on Chinese economy

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Chinese factory workers assembling cars at an auto plant of Jianghuai Automobile Co.

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BEIJINGChinas economy expanded at a faster-than-expected 6.8% in the first quarter, bucking expectations for a slowdown, though flagging exports and factory output may prove a drag in the coming months.

The pace of growth matched the previous quarters rate and confounded the predictions of some investors and analysts that the economy would slow early this year amid a government debt cleanup that has begun to crimp investment in property, infrastructure and factories. Retail sales held up particularly well, rising 9.8% in the quarter from the year-earlier period.

A worker works at a furnace at a steel plant in Dalian, China, earlier this month.
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Unexpectedly strong exports in the first two months of the year, along with resilient domestic consumption and factory output, helped lift growth. And, so far, the...

15:49

Syrian air defenses shoot down missiles over two air bases: state TV, Hezbollah Peace and Freedom

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AMMAN (Reuters) Syrian anti-aircraft defenses shot down missiles fired at the Syrian air base of Shayrat in Homs province late on Monday and another base northeast of the capital, Damascus, Syrias state television and pro-Iranian Hezbollah media said.

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State television showed pictures of a missile that was shot in the air above the air base only days after a U.S., British and French attack on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on the city of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus.

State television did not mention three missiles that were fired at Dumair military airport, northeast of Damascus, that pro-Iranian Hezbollahs media service reported were intercepted by Syrian air defenses.

Opposition sources say Dumair airport is a major air base used in a large-scale military campaign waged by the Syrian army with Russian firepower that regained eastern Ghouta, a rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus.

A Pentagon spokesman said there was no U.S. military activity in that area at this time.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said: We dont comment on such reports.

Shayrat air base was targeted last year in a U.S. cruise missile attack in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including children, on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al- Assads forces.

Israel has long said Iran was expanding its influence in a belt of territory that stretches from the Iraqi border to the Lebanese border, where Israel says Iran supplies Hezbollah with arms.

Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed militias have a large military presence in Syria and are well entrenched in central and eastern areas near the Iraqi border.

Deputy Hezbollah leader Sheikh Naim Qassem told pro-Syrian government television channel al Maydeen he expected a reaction to the death of at least seven Iranian military personnel during a missile strike earlier this month on the T-4 airfield near Homs, which Iran blamed on Israel

The deliberate Israeli slaying of Iranians in the T4 base will have a response but we dont know its nature or its details, Qassem said in the television interview.

The heavily armed and Tehran-backed Shiite...

15:42

Chinas ZTE halts share trading following US export ban Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File | ZTE has been banned from purchasing sensitive technology from the US over its illegal sales to Iran and North Korea

BEIJING (AFP)  Chinese telecom giant ZTE halted trading of its shares in Hong Kong and Shenzhen Tuesday following the announcement of a US ban on its purchase of sensitive technology that drew a pledge from China to safeguard its companies if necessary.In a statement on its web site, the company said it was assessing the possible impact of the incident.

Before Tuesdays open, ZTE said it would halt trading pending the release of an inside information announcement.

Following an investigation into the illegal sale of goods to Iran and North Korea, the company pleaded guilty in March 2017 to unlawful exports and was hit with $1.2 billion in fines, the largest criminal penalty in US history in an export control case.

But US Commerce Department investigators said it made additional false statements multiple times about having taken actions against the employees responsible, when it had not.

In a statement on its web site, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said China has always asked Chinese enterprises to abide by the host countrys laws and policies and operate legally and properly in the process of overseas operation.

ZTE has launched extensive trade and investment cooperation with hundreds of American businesses, and contributing tens of thousands of jobs to the United States, it added, saying that it was ready to take necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises.

The five-year US government investigation into ZTEs actions was first revealed in March 2016.

From January 2010 to March 2016, the company shipped $32 million of US cellular network equipment to Iran, and made 283 shipments of cell phones to North Korea, with the full knowledge of the highest levels of company management, officials said.

ZTE used third-party companies to hide the export of US components to the sanctioned countries, and then hid the information by sanitising databases with information on the sales.

The firm deleted emails of employees involved in the scrubbing of records, and required employees with information about the illegal exports to sign non-disclosure agreements.

It also covered up the fact that ZTE paid full bonuses to employees that had engaged in illegal conduct, and failed to issue letters of reprimand.

15:30

Macrons Syria Game Dissident Voice

There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down.  The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring to it.  With Syrias Bashar al-Assad getting more comfortable with military progress, officials in the United States, France and Britain are chewing finger nails and churning out policy papers of concern.

For them, Syria remains a chess piece they never quite controlled, an entity filled with failed free rebel fighters and packed with such agents of spoliation as murderous jihadi groups. But one groups murderous antics are anothers decent balancing act in terms of strategy.

Even before US President Donald Trump decided to huff and issue the order that lead to the launch of 105 missiles from the triumvirate, Frances President Emmanuel Macron was being egged on to do something.  He was also egging himself on to target the Assad regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons, despite having previously suggested that there was no legitimate successor to the Syrian President.

This impulse to punish, to instigate the use of force for the specific purpose of correcting a supposed violation of international norms was already being flagged last summer. When you set out red lines, if you are unable to force them, then you decide to be weak.

The Syrian imbroglio has not been an easy one to define for Macron.  His predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and Franois Hollande were of the more traditional Gallic mould of intervention and interference, finding untrammelled sovereignty in North Africa and the Middle East a bit difficult to stomach.  Macron, at least initially, found the nightmare of intervening in Libya part of a neo-conservative impulse, and issued that sober warning that failed states were hardly in Frances best interest.

On the issue of chemical weapons, Hollande was punitively clear, instructing the French Air Force in the aftermath of the Ghouta attacks in August 2013 to ready for strikes on Syrian command centres linked to the attack.  But he pinned such a move on joint US support.  Having issued a red line ultimatum, US President Barack Obama signalled his wish to leave the strike party.

This instance of an ally backing down infuriated the already irritable French grouping.  Assad was to be rid of, but to do so would require whole-hearted backing from Washingtons war machine.  Frances foreign minister Laurent Fabius was all rather gung-ho about it: something needed to be done, and...

14:22

Fisk Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria Dissident Voice

It seems that many who supported the weekends air strikes on Syria are missing the significance of Robert Fisks report this morning from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week.

Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at the clinic that treated victims of what a video purported to show were chemical weapons used by the Syrian government.

That doctor says the video was real, but did not show the effects of a chemical weapons attack. It showed something else. This is what the doctor is reported saying:

I was with my family in the basement of my home three hundred metres from here on the night but all the doctors know what happened. There was a lot of shelling [by government forces] and aircraft were always over Douma at night but on this night, there was wind and huge dust clouds began to come into the basements and cellars where people lived. People began to arrive here suffering from hypoxia, oxygen loss. Then someone at the door, a White Helmet, shouted Gas!, and a panic began. People started throwing water over each other. Yes, the video was filmed here, it is genuine, but what you see are people suffering from hypoxia not gas poisoning.

On my social media pages there are plenty of armchair warriors furiously denying the importance of this report, by claiming either that the doctor made up the story or that Fisk is a mouthpiece for the Assad regime, or maybe both.

That will not wash for reasons that ought to be obvious and it still wont wash even if the testimony later turns out to be wrong.

The air strikes on Syria at the weekend were patently illegal according to international law. That would have been the case even had there been a chemical weapons attack in Douma, in part because it would have been necessary for independent inspectors to determine first whether the Syrian government, and not the jihadists there, was responsible.

The air strikes would have been illegal too, even if it could have been shown that a chemical weapons attack had taken place and that Assad personally ordered it. That is because air strikes would have first required authorisation from the UN Security Council. That is why international law exists: to regulate affairs between states, to prevent militarism of the might is right variety that nearly destroyed Europe 80 years ago, and to avoid unnecessary state confrontations that in a nuclear age could have dire repercussions.

Had Assad been shown to be responsible, Russia would have come under enormous international pressure to authorise action of some kind against Syria pressure it would have been extremely hard for it to resist.

But had it resi...

14:15

Iraqi Government Executes Terror Convicts; 52 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

Authorities announced the executions of 13 convicts. Meanwhile, militants staged several attacks across Iraq.

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14:00

American Empathy Gap: Massacres in Gaza and US Silence Antiwar.com Original

For a writer, any criticism of Israeli military action is a veritable "third-rail" in American politics. Touch that nerve and youre open to charges of anti-Semitism or worse. Still, recent events in Gaza demand that some of us, at least, shed light on the plight of Palestinians. Let us begin with a thought experiment: imagine Continue reading "American Empathy Gap: Massacres in Gaza and US Silence"

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14:00

Trump: Prisoner of the War Party? Antiwar.com Original

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States should withdraw from Syria. We convinced him it was necessary to stay." Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, "We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term." Is the U.S. indeed in the Syrian civil war "for the long term"? Continue reading "Trump: Prisoner of the War Party?"

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14:00

Israelis Kill Unarmed Protesters, Barely Notice Antiwar.com Original

Write down: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief. We dont belong to the same army, or to the same state. We Continue reading "Israelis Kill Unarmed Protesters, Barely Notice"

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14:00

Trumps Disastrous Syria Attack Antiwar.com Original

Over the weekend, President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, Mission Accomplished! They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it. We all remember that Mission Accomplished was the banner behind then-President Bush as he gloated aboard a Continue reading "Trumps Disastrous Syria Attack"

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12:37

Bernie Sanders slams Saudi for lack of support for Gaza Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Crimes of a Monster: Your Tax Dollars at Work Dissident Voice

Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?

James Russell Lowell, 19th century American poet/critic/editor/diplomat, in a 1876 letter to Joel Benton.

Let us not mince words.

We are living in an age of war profiteers.

We are living in an age of scoundrels, liars, brutes and thugs. Many of them work for the U.S. government.

We are living in an age of monsters.

Ask Donald Trump. He knows all about monsters.

Any government that leaves mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air is evil and despicable, said President Trump, justifying his blatantly unconstitutional decision (in the absence of congressional approval or a declaration of war) to launch airstrikes against Syria based on dubious allegations that it had carried out chemical weapons attacks on its own people. They are crimes of a monster.

If the Syrian government is a monster for killing innocent civilians, including women and children, the U.S. government must be a monster, too.

In Afghanistan, ten civilians were killedincluding three children, one an infant in his mothers armswhen U.S. warplanes targeted a truck in broad daylight on an open road with women and children riding in the exposed truck bed. They had been fleeing airstrikes on their village.

In Syria, at least 80 civilians, including 30 children, were killed when U.S.-led air strikes bombed a school and a packed marketplace.

In Yemen, a U.S. drone bombed a caravan of vehicles on their way to or from a wedding, leaving scorched vehicles and body parts scattered on the road. As investigative journalist Tom Engelhart documents, that 2013 bombing was actually the eighth wedding party (almost 300 civilians dead) wiped out by the U.S. military, totally or in part, since the Afghan War began in 2001. Keep in mi...

11:40

SITREP: US missile attack on Syria Russian statistics The Vineyard of the Saker

The following are the official results of the US missile attacks on Syria as reported by the Russian General Staff on this video: TRANSLATION (all names phonetically translated from Russian,

11:38

Israel bans pro-BDS French mayor from entering West Bank Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Israeli security forces turn back Paris suburb mayor at crossing point from Jordan because of 'his activity in the BDS movement'

11:31

Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel is a Matter of Policy Aletho News

By Ramzy Baroud | MEMO | April 17, 2018 The term media bias does not do justice to the western corporate medias relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing []

11:17

Reporting from Cuba: The world awaits a Cuban RT or Cuban PressTV The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Cuba seems to be the natural spokesperson of the global left. Just 100 kilometers from the US, everybody knows they have bravely stood

11:13

Xem trc tip l hi pho hoa quc t Nng 2018 The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

L hi pho hoa Quc t Nng 2018 (Da Nang International Firework Festival DIFF 2018) vi ch

11:13

V p long lanh ca du thuyn ln nht th gii va mi ra khi The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

Sau 3 nm thi cng, du thuyn ln nht th gii c tn Bn giao hng bin c Symphony of

10:51

United Nations: Chancellor Highlights Bolivias Advances in Defense of Mother Earth and Indigenous Peoples INTERNATIONALIST 360

Cancillera Bolivia Translated by Internationalist 360 Within the framework of the XVII Forum on Indigenous Issues, under the theme Indigenous peoples, collective rights to land, territories and resources, the Chancellor of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Fernando Huanacuni Mamani, highlighted the important advances of the Plurinational State, which has consolidated the struggle for the recovery...

10:46

Reports of Monday night attack on Syrian base blamed on false alarm Aletho News

RT | April 17, 2018 Several sources in Syria said the overnight deployment of anti-aircraft weapons at a military base was triggered by a false alarm, not an actual missile attack, as previously claimed by some media outlets. Syrian TV earlier reported a missile attack on Shayrat Airbase in Homs governorate, while a Lebanese media []

10:33

President Evo Morales: We Must Defend Mother Earth, Fight Imperialism and Policies of Genocide INTERNATIONALIST 360

Cancillera Bolivia Translated by Internationalist 360 The President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma, participated in the XVII Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in New York.  In his speech he  highlighted the urgent need to fight against policies genocide. If we want to guarantee the rights of Mother...

10:19

The Rape of Russia (Saker blog exclusive interview) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

by Lars Schall for the Saker blog Introduction by Pepe Escobar: William Engdahl is one of the worlds top geopolitical analysts. His books from Century of War to Full Spectrum Dominance are absolutely essential to understand how the self-described exceptional nation created and expanded its global hegemony tentacles. A measure of his influence is []

10:17

Crimes of a Monster: Your Tax Dollars at Work Aletho News

By John W. Whitehead | Rutherford Institute | April 16, 2018 Let us not mince words. We are living in an age of war profiteers. We are living in an age of scoundrels, liars, brutes and thugs. Many of them work for the U.S. government. We are living in an age of monsters. Ask Donald []

10:00

We Demand that Peasants Rights are Guaranteed. Enough of FTAs, Enough Impunity for Corporations! INTERNATIONALIST 360

LA VIA CAMPESINA (Harare, April 17th 2018) After two decades of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), being advanced in an attempt to recolonize and 22 years after the de Eldorado dos Carajs massacre in Brazil, La Via Campesina denounces the impunity with which these actions are carried out. The global peasant movement issues a call to...

10:00

Where the International Front Against Venezuela is Heading INTERNATIONALIST 360

Mision Verdad Translated by Tortilla Con Sal The 8th Americas Summit was controversial thanks to the many corruption cases involving Latin Americas political classes. Its international impact was lessened by the absence of Donald Trump and another ten or so heads of State. But it still served as a platform to try and shape a...

09:51

The War in Syria was a US Intervention Since Day 1 Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

April 15, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci NEO) In the aftermath of US-led missile strikes on Syria, the Western media has attempted to continue building the case for US intervention. However, before the first agitators took to the streets in Syria in 2011, the US was already involved. The New York Times in its 2011 article, []

09:31

Israel Just Launched Missiles at Syria for the Second Time in Seven Days The Anti-Media

Israel Syrian Airbase(ZHE)  The Syrian military announced at approximately 1:10 A.M. local time that the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles towards the Shayrat Airbase and its surrounding area in the Homs Governorate. According to the statement, the Syrian Air Defense managed to intercept several of the missiles, but there was no mention as to whether or not the []

08:58

Trumps Disastrous Syria Attack Just Created a Big, Fat Mess The Anti-Media

(RPI)  Over the weekend, President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, Mission Accomplished! They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it. We all remember that Mission Accomplished was the banner behind then-President Bush as he gloated aboard a []

08:45

Interview of the Foreign Minister of Russia with BBC The Vineyard of the Saker

http://www.mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/3172318    

08:38

Global Anti-war Protests Against US-led Aggression in Syria PopularResistance.Org

Anti-war protesters marched in the U.S., India, Mexico, Chile, Turkey, Cyprus, the U.K. and other countries to condemn the U.S.-led attack on Syria. Leftists and anti-war protesters took to the streets in many cities around the world over the weekend against to renounce and reject the U.S.-led assault against Syrian government structures with the support of France and United Kingdom. In the U.S. hundreds of protesters gathered in major cities, including New York City, Washington, Chicago and Portland. In Manhattan, people demonstrated in front of the Trump Tower to protest the president's decision

08:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/04/16 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2018/04/16 22:30:03Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

08:29

France announces $62m Syria aid package Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Decision comes two days after France took part in US-led air strikes on Damascus

08:27

False alarm set off Syrian air defences: Pro-Assad commander Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Malfunction was attributed to 'a joint electronic attack' by Israel and US

08:25

A Tale Of American Hubris PopularResistance.Org

The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington's present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the hell of it, lets take a few moments to think about what some of the lessons of the last years of the previous century and the first years of this one might be for the worlds most exceptional and indispensable nation, the planets sole superpower, the globes only sheriff. Those were, of course, commonplace descriptions from the pre-Trump era and yet, in the age of MAGA, already as moldy and cold as the dust in some pharaonic tomb.nLets start this way: you could think of the post-Cold War era, the years after the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991,

08:20

Hundreds of Thousands Protest for Release of Pro-Independence Prisoners PopularResistance.Org

Six months to the day have passed since the imprisonment of the grassroots pro-independence activists Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Snchez, the last presidential candidate. They were arrested by the Spanish police for their roles in the independence roadmap of Catalonia. To mark the occasion, a platform made up of various organizations in favor of Catalan state called for a march to take place on April 15, in the heart of Barcelona. Police figures claim that 315,000 were in attendance, while organizers count around 750,000 protesters.

08:00

Wave of Muslim candidates across US look to reverse Trump policies Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Muslim Americans say they feel energised to run for public office because of Donald Trump's Islamophobic policies

07:12

Corbyn v Corker: UK wants representation, US royalty World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, April 16, 2018.

Five years ago, the British Parliament said no to an attack on Syria that its prime minister wanted to join the U.S. president in launching. That action, combined with public pressure, was instrumental in getting the U.S. Congress to make clear that it would say no as well, were it absolutely forced to you know admit it existed and do anything at all. And that was key to preventing the attack.

So, when Britains prime minister this week joined the U.S. president in launching a war despite various members of Parliament and Congress warning against it, one might have thought that Prime Minister May was landing herself in deeper legal trouble than President Trump. Not at all.

The ban on war found in the United Nations Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact applies exactly equally to all nations except the five biggest weapons dealers and war makers on earth, and effectively not at all to any of those five because thay have veto power over anything the UN or its dependencies including courts attempt to do.

But Britains violation of international law in abetting the 2003 attack on Iraq has been central to proposals supported by Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn to prosecute former Prime Minister Tony Blair. And the existence of such laws has been widely admitted and discussed in the UK over the years. When the existence of such laws made it into half a sentence from the ACLU this week, in contrast, it was something of a rarity. No Congress Members to my knowledge have mentioned the UN Charter or the Kellogg-Briand Pact or the fact that war is illegal no matter who launches it.

In the United States, the conversation is dominated by the fact that the U.S. Constitution gives Congress, and not the president, the power to make war. But Ive never found any U.S. resident whos told me that if the U.S. were bombed by a foreign nation, he or she would give a rats campaign contribution whether the attack was ordered by an executive or a legislature. And the notion that the laws that ban war are overridden by the fact that the ancient (if sacred) Constitution mentions war i...

07:12

Jewish Fascism, Aided and Abetted by Christian West stan van houcke

Israel calls for punishing 

those who document army 

violations against 

Palestinians

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06:58

Map Update: Progress Of Syrian Armys Operation In Rastan Pocket

The Syrian Arab Army, the National Defense Forces and other pro-government factions are developing their advane against militants in the Rastan pocket in northern Homs.

According to pro-government sources, army troops and their allies have liberated the areas of Ard Jasiyah, Zahrat Jaysyah, Ard Qabr Shaykhah, Zahrat Jibab, Tal Naourah and Beit Al-Rayy.

The situation also remains unclear in the area of Salim where Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has conducted a series of attacks on the advancing government forces.

Map Update: Progress Of Syrian Army's Operation In Rastan Pocket

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06:12

The History of Syrian False Flags Exposed stan van houcke

Take the Red Pill - The History of Syrian False Flags Exposed


"You take the red pill... and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes"

06:03

US response to 1979 Iran hostage crisis was hampered by an American inability to understand Khomeini Jihad Watch

One of the biggest ongoing problems of U.S. foreign policy is a failure to understand what were really up against. This problem goes back decades. In Theodore H. Whites America In Search of Itself, there is this telling passage about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979: Of the negotiating effort, the most biting summary was []

05:53

Resources for the world, not war War Resisters League

This morning, warmongers awoke to some great news: Raytheon stock shares surged to an all-time high following Friday nights tomahawk missile strikes on Syria.

This shouldnt come as a shock. As the U.S. leads the world in military spending - $727 billion or 67% of our federal budget - with rich countries like Australia, France, the UK, Germany, and Spain following suit, the world has opted-in to $1.68 trillion to be spent on war annually. Many governments are planning increases in military budgets together with cuts in health, education and development cooperation this year. And despite international efforts towards a nuclear treaty ban, the Great Powers are continuing their research and development of nuclear weapons, and coupled with hasty threats of nuclear war, we are seeing the ever-increasing likelihood of global catastrophe.

And whats worse? Our tax dollars pay for militarism. That's why, in partnership with  NWTRCC, we produce the Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes flyer, a political education resource we use to break down the bloated military budget. It's part of our commitment to antimilitarism and the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GDAMS), an international campaign of peace and justice organizations committed to demilitarization and disarmament across the world. 

This year, GDAMS has a rather small ask: a reduction in global military spending by just 10%.

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05:53

Russia Accuses UK of Masterminding Gas Attack in Syria and Claims to Have Proof The Anti-Media

Russia UK Gas Attack Syria(TIM)  Hours before the United States, the UK, and France carried out limited strikes last Saturday morning, the Russian military presented what it claimed to be proof that the chemical weapons attack used as the pretext for those strikes was staged at the behest of the UK government. During a Friday briefing, the Russian Defense Ministry showed interviews []

05:46

Court hearing continues today on the search warrant to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen By Robert Willmann Sic Semper Tyrannis

Now underway in a federal district court in Manhattan, New York City, is the continuation of a hearing started last Friday, 13 April 2018, on a request by president Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen and by a lawyer for Trump for...

05:46

Center for Security Policy Panel Discussion: Free Speech Under Fire The Counter Jihad Report

This is an excellent discussion on perhaps the most important issue of our time. As we witness Western Democracies creeping towards totalitarianism, it is imperative that we wake up to the steady erosion of our last line of defense Continue reading

05:36

Syria - Pentagon Hides Attack Failure - 70+ Cruise Missiles Shot Down Moon of Alabama

The U.S. military seems to hide that its attack on Syria last Saturday largely failed. We checked the numbers and sources and said so in our weekly review published yesterday. This post is extending yesterday's analysis. The U.S. attack on...

05:34

The Skripal case & the perils of a rush to judgment Aletho News

By James ONeill | OffGuardian | April 16, 2018 The perils of coming to premature conclusions before all the facts are available has been starkly demonstrated by the latest developments in the alleged nerve gas attack upon the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English town of Salisbury on []

05:31

Indigenous Elders Delegation at U.N. Urges Freedom for Leonard Peltier CENSORED NEWS

. "It is time for Leonard Peltier to be with the Tiospaye.  Forty-three years in prison -- we need justice."  Jean Roach, Lakota, with Yvonne Swan, Colville, at United Nations.  Indigenous Elders Delegation at U.N. Urges Freedom for Leonard Peltier AIM West: Join Indigenous Rights Speakers at United Nations event during the Indigenous Peoples Permanent Forum April 18,

05:17

Trumps Disastrous Syria Attack Aletho News

By Ron Paul April 16, 2018 Over the weekend, President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, Mission Accomplished! They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it. We all remember that Mission Accomplished was the banner behind []

05:17

The US doesnt even care about Syria but we keep the war going StephenKinzer.com

DURING SEVEN DEVASTATING years, war in Syria has killed at least 150,000 people, turned more than ten million into refugees, and reduced once-thriving towns and cities to rubble. Finally it is winding down. Syria now has a chance to begin rebuilding. The country can be reunited, its economy can start to function again, and a measure []

05:16

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry official Major General Igor Konashenkov April 16, 2018 The Vineyard of the Saker

http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12171611@egNews As it was promised, the Russian Defence Ministry analyzed effectiveness of missile and bomb strike made by the United States, Great Britain, and France on Syria as well as

05:13

Spain: Man converts to Islam, plots to behead an infidel on video, commit jihad massacres Jihad Watch

In March 2015, the main leader of the cell, a Spaniard who had converted to Islam, proposed to kidnap and decapitate an infidel whom he had already identified, film the killing and then broadcast the video online before fleeing to Syria.Members of the cell had also gone on a recce in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital, []

05:09

Zonder Enig Bewijs Spreekt EU Veroordeling uit stan van houcke

EU zet in op diplomatie na Syri-aanval

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05:04

Britain's Chemical Sales To Syria Revealed stan van houcke

Britain's Chemical Sales To Syria Revealed

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05:01

Het Pentagon kon Trump beletten om een rechtstreekse oorlog met Rusland uit te lokken. stan van houcke

Het Pentagon kon Trump beletten om een rechtstreekse oorlog met Rusland uit te lokken. Deze keer dan toch

Hoewel de Amerikaanse minister van Defensie Jim Mattis donderdag nog toegaf dat de VS behalve wat beelden op sociale media geen bewijzen had over het gebruik van chemische wapens in Douma en hoewel de Organisatie voor het Verbod op Chemische Wapens (OPCW) uitgerekend vandaag aan haar onderzoek naar de feiten begon, lieten Trump, Macron en May in de nacht van vrijdag op zaterdag 103 raketten neerregenen op enkele doelwitten in Syri.
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04:58

Trump Attacks Syria With Chemical Experts on the Way stan van houcke


Trump Attacks Syria With Chemical Experts on the Way




President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria as a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was about to arrive on Saturday to determine whether a chemical weapons attack had even occurred, Joe Lauria reports. 

By Joe Lauria  Special to Consortium News

President Donald Trump on Saturday (Syria time) ordered air strikes against Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack last weekend outside Damascus.
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04:54

745 known jihadis now in Germany, since 2017 regional governments have deported only 10 Jihad Watch

There were no plots in Germany in 2014, and only two in 2015. In 2016, this increased eightfold. There is a straightforward reason for this: In 2015, Germany took in over 1 million refugees and 2016 saw a surge in plots involving refugees. Yet there is still no reconsideration of the plan to bring in even []

04:50

Resist Militarism: Lessons from Mexico & Cross Border Solidarity War Resisters League

The People's Human Rights Observatory is an initiative of grassroots and popular organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Palestine that seeks to monitor, document, disseminate, promote and demand the protection of Latin American communities Human Rights, Democracy and Social Justice from a perspective of constructing and deepening of resistance, rebellion, memory and popular power. This is an effort of more than 100 organizations, with representation from indigenous leaders, Nobel Peace Prize recipients, feminist groups, agrarian movements, academics and journalists. SOA Watchs presence in the Observatory is the materialization of active solidarity with Latin American movements and an example of resistance against the oppressive systems perpetuated by the US imperialism. This collective effort is an example of the dignity that unites free peoples protecting their historic memory and autonomy
 
Eduardo Garca is an activist and photojournalist born in Mexico City. His work has been focused primarily on the struggles of indigenous peoples in Mexico, Central American migration, forced disappearance and social movements in Latin America. His work as a researcher and photographer has gotten him involved with the Undocumented Migrant Project of the University of Michigan. Eduardo is also co-founder of the Michigan Solidarity Network with Mexico and co-founder of the Militarization in the Americas Research Collective. He studied Political Science at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, with special interest in political philosophy and Latin American Studies. Lalo, as he is known, began working with School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) as a research consultant and then he helped organizing the first SOA Watch Border Convergence. The focus of Lalos presentations will be the transnational solidarity being built around the Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos in Oaxaca.
 
Lalo will also introduce his documentary project, being co-produced with Samantha Demby, about the Peoples Observatory and its caravan to the 2017 Border Encuentro, highlighting importance of indigenous and womens leadership in Observatory and its national and international solidarity actions.
 

More on the...

04:47

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: Taqiyya About Taqiyya in BuzzFeed Jihad Watch

Deception is Islamic, despite attempts to deceive you into believing otherwise. My latest in PJ Media: The establishment media is always ready to explain to us how, despite the ever-mounting body count of jihad warfare, Islam is entirely benign and teaches peace and tolerance. To pull off this legerdemain requires advanced skill in the art []

04:21

Australia: Sleeping man feels sharp pain in his neck, wakes to see knife-wielding Muslima screaming Allahu akbar Jihad Watch

When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) Not that this has anything to do with An update on this story. Father recounts the terrifying moment a burqa-clad Bangladeshi student staying at his house and inspired by ISIS screamed Allahu Akbar as she stabbed him in the neck while he slept and his []

04:18

Plutonium Dust Released from Closed Hanford Nuclear Weapons Site cryptogon.com

Via: Los Angeles Times: As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River. The releases at the Department of Energy cleanup site spewed unknown amounts of plutonium dust into the environment, []

04:15

The Rape of Russia (Saker blog exclusive interview) The Vineyard of the Saker

by Lars Schall for the Saker blog Introduction by Pepe Escobar: William Engdahl is one of the worlds top geopolitical analysts. His books from Century of War to Full

04:12

Somalia seeks to mend ties with UAE amid diplomat spat Horseed Media

Somalia on Monday hinted it could release the 9.6 million U.S. dollars seized from a plane chartered by United Arab Emirates (UAE) diplomats to transport the cash to Mogadishu, a move that can defuse tension between the two countries. The Somali foreign ministry said it has received a satisfactory response regarding the money seized on []

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04:03

Sibel Edmonds: The Fog of War Syria & More Newsbud

In this edition of Probable Cause Sibel Edmonds breaks down the fog of war and exposes the information warfare campaigns being waged by all sides, in light of the recent military strikes against Syria for their alleged use of chemical weapons. Edmonds also explains what sets Newsbud apart from the rest as she examines the []

04:02

UAE halts Somali military training after cash seizure Horseed Media

Tensions between the countries spiked when the UAE said Somali soldiers boarded an Emirati plane in Mogadishu, assaulted its soldiers at gunpoint and confiscated 9.6 million US dollars. The United Arab Emirates has said it will end its military training mission to Somalia after an incident that saw its soldiers assaulted and 9.6 million US []

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03:59

Paul Craig Roberts 271 stan van houcke

Once Upon A Time Long Ago Truth Was Important

Once Upon A Time Long Ago Truth Was Important
Paul Craig Roberts
I wonder how many people, not just Americans but those in other countries, have come to the conclusion tha...

03:53

Chemical weapons team kept from reaching alleged Syria attack site Peace and Freedom

AFP and AP

Hasan Mohamed, AFP | A child runs along a street in front of clouds of smoke billowing following a reported air strike on Douma, the main town of Syrias rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on March 20, 2018.

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2018-04-16

Independent investigators were prevented by Syrian and Russian authorities Monday from reaching the scene of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital, an official said.

The incident comes days after the USFrance and Britain bombarded sites they said were linked to Syrias chemical weapons program.

The lack of access to the town of Douma by inspectors from the watchdog group, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has left questions about the April 7 attack unanswered.

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said Syrian and Russian officials cited pending security issues in keeping its inspectors from reaching Douma.

The team has not yet deployed to Douma, two days after arriving in Syria, Uzumcu told an executive council of the OPCW in The Hague.

Syrian authorities were offering 22 people to interview as witnesses instead, he said, adding that he hoped all necessary arrangements will be made to allow the team to deploy to Douma as soon as possible.

03:49

Newsbud Exclusive- BZ, Novichok & the Skripal Case. Newsbud

As it turns out, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were not poisoned with the Russian nerve agent Novichok, said to cause death from respiratory and cardiac arrest. According to tests conducted by the Spiez Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC-Protection, a division of the Federal Office for Civil Protection, it wasnt Novichok that incapacitated []

03:49

~ from the Camden County Detention Facility, by Clare Grady The Nuclear Resister

April 16, 2018 We say, the ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide, and yet, the explosive power of this weapon is only part of what we want to make visible. We see that nuclear weapons kill every day by their mere existence. Their production requires mining, refining, testing, and dumping of radioactive material, which poisons sacred []

03:46

US-led Strikes On Syria: PR Victory Or Decisive Failure? The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/us-led-strikes-on-syria-pr-victory-or-decisive-failure/ Early on April 14, the US, the UK and France delivered a massive missile strike on Syria. The attack was publicly justified with accusations that the Syrian government had

03:33

Russian FM Lavrov speaks on the Skripal Posioning Issue. Samples examined by Swiss Spiez Labs. -- by J Sic Semper Tyrannis

From the lips of the man who doesn't bullshit, Russian FM Lavrov briefing on the Skripal incident that was carried by Russia 24 TV: Russian FM Lavrov: Quote: "'According to the results of the conducted tests, traces of the toxic...

03:30

7 Questions About the Syria Airstrikes That Arent Being Asked The Anti-Media

Syria AirstrikesThe national security establishment and the corporate media have been promoting a confrontational approach, but theyve been unable to explain how that would lead to a better outcome for the US or the world. (CD)  Mission accomplished, says the President. What, exactly, was the mission? And what exactly was accomplished? Donald Trump is being mocked for []

03:15

May vows to strike Assad if chemical weapons used again Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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May met heavy opposition in parliament when she justified why Britain agreed to bomb Syrian airfields

03:07

Chinas Faux Comparative Advantage Peace and Freedom

The economics textbooks dont anticipate a state-directed economy that disregards the rule of law.

Container ships at a port in Qingdao, China.
Container ships at a port in Qingdao, China. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

April 15, 2018 2:44 p.m. ET

In textbook economics, trade is a win-win: Two countries trade freely based on comparative advantage and share the resulting gains, improving welfare in both countries. Americas trade with China is as far from that model as the Earth is from Mars.

Historically, the U.S. has had a comparative advantage in manufacturing because of its high rates of technological innovation, correspondingly high rates of capital investment and worker productivity, strong protections for intellectual property, and wide availability of low-cost energy. Yet since joining the World Trade Organization in 2001, China has come to dominate traditional manufacturing. By 2015 it accounted for 28% of global production of autos, 41% of ships, more than 50% of refrigerators, more than 60% of televisions, and more than 80% of computers and air conditioners.

As is evident in government documents such as China 2025, China increasingly threatens to dominate the industries of the future: artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, blockchain systems, robotics, high-tech ship manufacturing and more. These technologies have profound strategic implications.

In large part because of Chinas dominance in manufacturing, the U.S. last year ran a bilateral trade deficit in goods of $375 billion, or more than $1 billion a day. Contrary to the textbook model, whereby currency adjustments help rebalance trade, the U.S. trade deficit with China has been persistentmore tha...

03:02

John Bolton wanted a massive bombing raid in Syria. Trump said no. stan van houcke

John Bolton wanted a massive bombing raid in Syria. Trump said no.

The limited strike in Syria shows that the administrations more cautious voices carried the day.

03:01

Indigenous Womens Delegation To Europe Continues Push For Fossil Fuel Divestment By Major Banks CENSORED NEWS

Indigenous Womens Delegation To Europe Continues Push For Fossil Fuel Divestment By Major Banks By WECAN International Censored News April 16, 2018 CONTACT:Emily Arasim (general inquiries) emily@wecaninternational.org, +1(505)920-0153Michelle Cook (general inquiries) - divestinvestprotect@gmail.comOsprey Orielle Lake (urgent inquiries in Europe) osprey@wecaninternational.org, +1(

02:56

Russia: Chemical weapons inspection delayed due to Wests airstrikes Aletho News

Press TV April 16, 2018 Russia says a visit by inspectors from the United Nations chemical watchdog to the site of an alleged gas attack in Syrias Douma has been delayed due to recent Western airstrikes on the Arab country. This is the latest conjecture of our British colleagues, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov []

02:50

Danny Glover at April 4, 2018, Rally to End Racism World Beyond War . . .

Actor Danny Glover speaking about Martin Luther Kings commitment to end the interconnected triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism. Glover spoke at the Rally to End Racism in Washington, DC, on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther Kings assassination, organized by the National Council of Churches.

Glover is introduced by Terry Provance of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee (VPCC), which invited Glover to the rally.

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02:46

Professor Kees van der Pijl: Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War Prism of Disaster stan van houcke

Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War

Prism of disaster

By Professor Kees van der Pijl

Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War
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02:45

Missile attacks on Syria in breach of international law, China says Aletho News

Press TV April 16, 2018 China has strongly condemned the latest missile strikes by the United States along with its allies Britain and France on crisis-hit on Syria, stating the military aggression violates the basic principles and norms of international law. Addressing reporters during a press conference in Beijing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry []

02:44

A former correspondent for the New York Times provides targets for Western military to bomb in Syria: can you imagine a Western writer presenting a list of Israeli targets for the West to bomb in the wake of Israeli massacres? The Angry Arab News Service/

command and control, delivery mechanisms including aircraft and bases, storage, research, and the like. This is in a magazine edited by a "former" Israeli occupation soldier and funded by a billionaire.

02:39

Mohawk Nation News 'To the Shameless Iroquois Quack'ers' CENSORED NEWS

TO THE SHAMELESS IROQUOIS QUACKERS Posted on April 16, 2018 Mohawk Nation News MNN. Apr. 16, 2018. Iroquois Quackers [also known as the Iroquois Caucus] is carrying military designed attacks against their own people called the naturals, the real kanionkehaka! http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2018/04/16/to-the-shameless-iroquois-quackers/

02:32

Growing up with the threat of pervasive violence Waging Nonviolence

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Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country thats recently been swept up in a round of protests over the endless killing sprees they permit, youd think I might have had more experience with them.

As it happens, Ive held a gun only once in my life. I even fired it. I was in perhaps tenth grade and enamored with an Eagle Scout who loved war reenactments. On weekends, he and his friends camped out, took off their watches to get into the spirit of the War of 1812, and dressed in homemade muslin underclothes and itchy uniforms. I was there just one weekend. Somehow my pacifist parents signed off on letting their daughter spend the day with war reenactors. Someone lent me a period gown, brown and itchy and ill-fitting. We women and girls spent an hour twisting black gunpowder into newspaper scraps. I joked that the newspaper was anachronistic the previous weeks Baltimore Sun but no one laughed.

A man came by with a long gun, an antique, resting on the shoulder of his jerkin to collect our bullets and he must have read the gun terror written on my face.

Wanna give it a try? he asked.

Sure, I said, stumbling to my feet, pushing my gown out of the way, and trying to act like I didnt have broken-rifle patches, symbols of the pacifist War Resisters League, all over my real clothes. I felt a surge of adrenaline as I took the heavy weapon in my way-too-small hands. He showed me how to wrestle it into position, aim it, and fire. There were no bullets, just one of my twists of powder, but it made a terrifying noise. I shrieked and came close to dropping the weapon.

And there it was: the beginning, middle, and end of my lo...

02:19

EU Fails to Agree New Iran Sanctions as Trump Deadline Nears Peace and Freedom

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LUXEMBOURG (REUTERS)  The European Union failed to agree new sanctions against Iran on Monday amid Italys opposition and fears that punishing Tehran for its missile program and regional role would not stop U.S. President Donald Trump from abandoning a separate nuclear deal.

Speaking on the sidelines of EU foreign ministers discussions in Luxembourg, some diplomats said the outcome meant the EU might not make the U.S. Presidents May 12 deadline to fix the 2015 nuclear accord.

The EU is eager to safeguard the pact, under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear ambitions for at least a decade, but Trump has been a fierce critic.

He has threatened not to extend U.S. sanctions relief on Iran related to the agreement which sees the West mostly lifting extensive sanctions in exchange for the Islamic republic curbing its nuclear program.

Seeking to respond to Trumps criticism of the nuclear accord and Tehran more broadly, France, Britain and Germany proposed directing sanctions at Iranian militias and commanders fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

They hoped holding Iran accountable for this could help convince Trump not to walk away from the nuclear agreement. But they ran into opposition by Italy, backed by Austria.

It may be that the nuclear agreement is dead in the water anyway, so why risk emboldening the radicals in Iran and undermining our chances to win contracts there, said one diplomat from the skeptical camp.

But another, from one of the three European powers, noted the bloc still had four weeks to go: We are clearly heading there, though we need a bit more time.

A third diplomat said it did not seem very likely that the bloc would now put new restrictions in place by mid-May.

With the EU as a whole keen to safeguard the nuclear...

02:18

Risking shoot-to kill to stop the killing machine -- Beyond Nuclear CENSORED NEWS

Risking shoot-to-kill to stop the killing machine   Posted on April 16, 2018 by beyondnuclearinternational The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs is a new film about old style non-violence By Linda Pentz Gunter Would you be willing to put your life on the line to make a moral statement about the iniquity of nuclear weapons? I am willing to bet that most of us, however strongly we

02:13

Russia begins blocking access to Telegram Peace and Freedom

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AFP | Popular messaging app Telegram says it has 200 million active users
MOSCOW (RUSSIA) (AFP)  Russias communications watchdog on Monday began blocking access to the popular messaging app Telegram after a court banned the service for refusing to give security services access to private conversations.Roskomnadzor has received the ruling of (Moscows) Tagansky court to block Telegrams services on Russian territory. This information was sent to providers on Monday 16th of April, the watchdog said in a statement.

Some Russian internet providers began blocking Telegram on Monday afternoon.

Russian authorities have begun blocking Telegram. The service could be unstable without a VPN. We will inform you on the developing situation, the messaging app notified its Russian users.

The Kremlins press service told journalists on Monday that it will be switching to ICQ, a 1990s chat service now owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanovs Mail.ru, to communicate with them.

It is telling that authoritarian governments (e.g. Russia) are trying to block Telegram over encryption, but are more relaxed when it comes to other encrypted messaging apps, Pavel Durov, the apps maverick creator dubbed Russias Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Twitter.

Writing on Vkontakte, the social media platform he founded that is now under state control, Durov said the decision harms Russias national security as users will switch to WhatsApp and Facebook which are controlled from the US.

We believe the ban is anti-constitutional and will continue to defend the right of Russians to private messaging, Durov, who left Russia in 2014 and is now based in Dubai, said.

Durov has long said he will reject any attempt by the countrys security services to gain backdoor access to the app.

The ban followed a long-running battle between authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation for securely encrypted communications, as Moscow pushes to increase surveillance of internet activities.

Telegram, a free application that lets people exchange messages, stickers, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000 people, has attracted more than 200 million users since its launch by Durov and his brother Nikolai in 2013.

Telegram is especially popular among political activists, of all stripes, and is used by the Kremlin to communicate with journalists, but it has also been used by jihadists.

Russia has acted to curb Internet freedoms as...

02:10

Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to Russiagate Enthusiasts, Whether They Like It or Not Aletho News

By Norman Solomon | CounterPunch | April 16, 2018 Politicians, pundits and activists whove routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting []

02:10

Video: Q and A with Robert Spencer on Whaddo You Meme?? Jihad Watch

Over the last few days Ive been busy filming scenes for David Woods boffo Islamicize Me project. Late last night Jon McCray from the Whaddo You Meme?? YouTube channel and I, although a bit tired, took some time out to do a spontaneous livestream Q and A. It was fun.

02:00

Muslim from Indiana joins the Islamic State in Syria, keeps two sex slaves at home with his wife and kids Jihad Watch

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

01:45

UK Labour releases legal opinion, describing Syrian air strikes as unlawful Aletho News

Press TV April 16, 2018 Britains opposition Labour Party has released an expert opinion about the recent US-led air strikes against Syria, describing them as unlawful. Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader, released the five-page legal opinion from Dapo Akande, a professor of public international law at Oxford University. A summary of Akandes conclusions []

01:43

The Broadband Boost Small-Town America Needs PopularResistance.Org

They are mostly towns youve probably never heard of, places like Sandy, Ore., Leverett, Mass., Lafayette, La., and Longmont, Colo. Yet these smaller communities, and hundreds more like them, have something even the techiest big cities such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle dont have: widespread, fast and well-priced broadband service. Big cities usually have the edge in the traditional drivers of economic development. They have the universities, the sports teams, the big airports, the interstate highway access, the ports. But in arguably the most forward-looking part of the economy, some smaller localities have the edge. They made it for themselves by developing their own broadband networks, typically employing the latest fiber-optic technology. I believe over the next three to five years people are no longer going to be surprised that some small cities have much better internet access than big cities, ...

01:41

Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed: Italy must remember its pluralist past Jihad Watch

Akbar Ahmed has a sterling reputation as a moderate Muslim and thoughtful academic, but there is a sinister undercurrent to his new book Journey Into Europe: he calls for a New Andalusia, which to non-Muslims who have forgotten their own history conjures up the newly-minted historical myth of a paradise of peace and tolerance, under []

01:37

Trumps Executive Order On Welfare Is Designed To Pit Workers Against One Another PopularResistance.Org

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. The order, titled Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility, carries little weight by itself. It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can make the programs harder to access, all under the guise of welfare reform. The orders main purpose appears to be smearing popular programs in an effort to make them easier to slashin part by redefining welfare to encompass nearly every program that helps families get by. To that end, the order reads as follows...

01:33

From A Friend In Aleppo: Syrians Are Laughing At US! PopularResistance.Org

Just got an e-mail from a friend of mine in Aleppo regarding the recent "Friday the 13th" missile strike there -- brought to the Syrian people courtesy of FUK-US (France, the United Kingdom and the U.S.)  My friend watched the event on Syrian TV and apparently it was like watching a low-budget horror movie -- not all that scary.  70% of the missiles were shot down by Syrian equipment left over from the 1960s.  So much for Fire and Fury. "Yes, it was was a very long day here," wrote my friend, "and I watched Trump's made-for TV movie from beginning to end.  I woke up around 3:50 am and switched on the television in time to see the terrorist Trump, live, giving his signal for the attack."  And my friend then stayed awake until 11:30 pm the next evening, not wanting to miss any part of the show.

Monday, 16 April

19:04

Somaliland: Poet jailed for Somalia reunification poetry Horseed Media

A court in the self-declared republic of Somaliland has sentenced a young poet to three years in jail. Nacima Qorane was found guilty of bringing the state into contempt by advocating for Somaliland to reunite with Somalia. Pressure groups in Somaliland said Ms Qoranes basic human rights have been violated. Somaliland self-declared independence in 1991, []

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17:37

European Council Conclusions on Syria Voltaire Network

1. The Syrian conflict has entered its eighth year of continuous and widespread violence, persistent and brutal violations of international law, including abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law, by all parties as well as the repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and by Da'esh. The Syrian regime bears the overwhelming responsibility for the catastrophic humanitarian situation and the suffering of the Syrian people. We strongly condemn the continued and (...)

10:49

Global Community, Not Global Market: Rafael Correa & Jose Mujica Discuss Globalization INTERNATIONALIST 360

Ex-Ecuador President Rafael Correa discussed with his Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica how globalization may become less damaging and more benefitting to humanity in general as opposed to rich corporations. Mujica served as president of Uruguay between 2010 and 2015, winning the nickname the worlds poorest president over his insistence on living at his wifes farm...

10:17

Kwesi Pratt: US Military Deal Taking Ghana Back into Slavery INTERNATIONALIST 360

My position and the position of people like me is radically different from some of the positions Im hearing around. I have heard people say that lets review the agreement.lets change some clauses, no matter the number of clauses we change in this agreement will remain a very bad agreement; Kwesi Pratt Jnrs posturing on...

10:00

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition INTERNATIONALIST 360

Wayne Madsen When it comes to creating bogus news stories and advancing false narratives, the British intelligence services have few peers. In fact, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) has led the way for its American cousins and Britains Commonwealth partners from Canada and Australia to India and Malaysia in the dark art of...

10:00

Truth Unfiltered: The Global South Assessment of Western Imperial Actions Against Syria INTERNATIONALIST 360

Wrong Kind of Green | Sacha Llorenti | Francisco Nunes Translations of quotes below have been kindly provided by Francisco Nunes [@fcn_84]. The full transcript in English (added April 16, 2018) is below the video within this post.] UNSC 14/04/2018 Bolivias UN Amb. Sacha Llorenti: Today is a dark day in the history of this...

10:00

Playa Girn: Days of Combat INTERNATIONALIST 360

The invader had not been able to establish the beach head needed to justify an OAS intervention. United in resistance, the people displayed the strength that would allow them to confront other battles. The spirit of a nation re-conquered had taken shape in Girn. Graziella Pogolotti | internet@granma.cu Rumors of the fighting were heard during...

01:02

Statement of the Chairperson of African Union Commission on Syria, by Moussa Faki Voltaire Network

The African Union is following with concern the ongoing developments regarding Syria. The African Union strongly condemns any use of chemical and other weapons prohibited under international law. The African Union, which is strongly committed to multilateralism, underlines that any response to such acts ought to be based on incontrovertible evidence gathered by a competent, independent and credible entity and comply strictly with international law, including the primacy of the United (...)

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