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Tuesday, 19 June

01:30

Biological and Chemical Weapons Labs on Russias Doorstep? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Georgia has been receiving much coverage in the regional news of late, Renn TV and other outlets, especially Russian news outlets, over Americas alleged biological and entomological weapons program. There are so many uncomfortable questions what exactly is being researched and who it is being tested upon is something that few want to address and nobody is asking this in the Western MSMthat in itself is MOST revealing.

But in the meantime flags are usually raised when such finger pointing and recriminations come from Russia, as this is more than just sour grapes and wanting to divert blame from its own problems.

Some pundits would want us to believe that such news is humdrum news; being just more of the samenot to be taken seriousand considering the source.  However, now with Trump in office, and those in the shadows not happy, things are becoming more and more complicated.

What is the nexus?

The response is far more revealing than the actual allegations, for instance, one friend from the BBC shared with the author, and let the reader judge as if this is a compliment or threat?

This is too flat earth for me. The world is going mad and I am trying to stick to fact-based journalism. Even with my crap Russian, that film seems worthy of Goebbels as a friend, I really think you should think carefully about getting so involved in something that is obviously politically motivated. The internet doesnt forget and I think you are being used.

Foreign and US-sponsored media outlets, counter spin doctors, are quick to dismiss the bio claims, as reported by Russia 24, as the work of conspiracy theorists and describes all media reports questioning strange outbreaks as the Inside story of a Kremlin Disinformation Campaign in Georgia.

Ever since it opened seven years ago, it has been under attack from Russian government officials and the Kremlins network of supportive media outlets. It is a microcosm of Moscows wider disinformation efforts, say those tracking Russian information campaigns using black propaganda about the lab to spread fear...

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Monday, 18 June

21:17

Theresa May has Clearly Overstayed her Welcome "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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It seems that Theresa May took office only yesterday, but the general public is showing signs of ever growing frustration with this political figure.

According to the official record, the sitting British Prime Minister assumed office on July 13, 2016, becoming second woman in the UK history after Margaret Thatcher to be employed in that capacity.

Her grandfather pursued military career, while her father was a village vicar who died in a car accident when Theresa was just a student. Soon her mother that was stricken with grief passed away too. In a short while, the young girl learned that she couldnt have children. To make the matters worse, Theresa May has been suffering from diabetes, which forces her to inject herself with insulin four times a day.

Before she assumed office, she was occupying the position of Secretary of State for the Home Department , which is no small achievement in the modern British political scene. Before May took charge of the Home Office, it was considered to be a cursed place. Five of Teresa Mays predecessors took charge of it while being described as promising politicians, but then had to leave it completely discredited and disgraced.

All of the above listed troubles have transformed May in the person she is today. Some people describe her as frankly boring, yet most experts agree that there has been an abundance of jolly people in British politics lately.

To make the matters worse, its pretty much impossible to negotiate anything with the sitting prime minister of the UK these days. Fellow Tories say its bloody difficult to talk some sense in her, b...

17:18

Israeli activists bring images of Gaza dead to the heart of Tel Aviv "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the middle of the night, left-wing activists hung 115 kites along Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Avivs central street one for each Palestinian protester killed by Israeli forces during the Great Return March protests.

Kites bearing the pictures, names, and birth-dates of Palestinians killed by the IDF during the Great Return March protests in Gaza.

Kites bearing the pictures, names, and birth-dates of Palestinians killed by the IDF during the Great Return March protests in Gaza.

Israeli activists hung 115 black kites along Tel Avivs Rothschild Boulevard overnight on Sunday, in remembrance of every Palestinian killed by the Israeli army in Gaza during the Great Return March.

We all witnessed what happened in Gaza over the past couple of weeks, says A., one of the organizers of the action. There was a big escalation both in terms of what happened and the responses. We stood and watched how they opened fire on people who were demonstrating and, at the same time, the publics indifference and the medias coverage of the killing.

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The action was partially a response to the 60 Palestinians killed during the protests on May 14. A., who was abroad at the time, struggled to comprehend what had happened. I returned to Israel and I was in shock to see that [here] nothing had happened complete indifference.

There were, of course, ac...

16:50

Interview 1367 Fault Lines on NGOs and the Deep State "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-06-18%20Fault%20Lines.mp3"][/audio]James Corbett appears on Radio Fault Lines to discuss his work on NGOs and deep state operations.

15:24

On Eid al-Fitr, some Palestinians get their first visit to the sea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Traveling from cities and villages across the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians celebrate the holiday of Eid a-Fitr at the beach. For many, it was their first time there. For others, it was their first time in half a century. 

By Oren Ziv

Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv- Jaffa during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. June 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv- Jaffa during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. June 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank celebrated the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, on the beaches of Tel Aviv and Jaffa over the past two days. For many, it was their first time there a visit made possible by special entry permits issued by the army for the holiday.

In the evening hours, between the Jaffa Clock Tower and the beach, van drivers shout, Nilin, Beit Sira, Qalandia checkpoint, Hebron, waiting to fill their vans to drive back to the West Bank. Most of the revelers, however, prefer to spend every minute they can on the beach.

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14:50

The Situation Is Worsening In Syrian South As US Tries To Defend Terrorists While Israel To Strike A Deal With Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The US decides to create the southern zone having far-reaching benefits, in fact. Apparently, by providing the radicals with money and weapons and by turning a blind eye to ISIS expansion the White House all the while has been preparing a foothold to attack Damascus located less than 100 kilometers from this zone of de-escalation.

The post The Situation Is Worsening In Syrian South As US Tries To Defend Terrorists While Israel To Strike A Deal With Russia appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

13:14

Will Trump Destroy the World for His Statue? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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If the American presidents most recent moves have you puzzled again, take heart the whole world is with you. The man evil billionaire George Soros now says is perfectly willing to destroy the world in order to maintain his narcissism, seems fully capable of doing just that.

Now we know weve entered the Twilight Zone of geopolitics, when the worlds evilest genius starts pointing fingers. But wait! Shortly after a smidgeon of truth exited Soros shriveled mouth Trump went haywire on the way back from the G7 Summit in Canada. New York Times reporters Peter Baker and Michael D. Shearframed Trumps latest head wobbling tirade; Trumps Blasts Upend G-7, Alienating Oldest Allies. The story goes something like this.

For weeks now the American president has been harping on imposing big tariffs on former allies around the world. What most experts deem his isolationist policy, is nothing of the sort in my view. But the fact that Trump shook hands with allies at the annual meeting of major world powers at the latest G7, and that he boaster of a tremendously successful meeting, set the stage for the Trump Twitter cannonade to follow. A scant 9 hours after having sealed a deal to mitigate US tariffs on Canada, Japan, and the Europeans, a tweetstorm of comments by Canadas Trudeau sank those deals and Americas credibility too boot. Trump called the Canadian PM dishonest and weak and the world will soon call Trump the deal buster. The New York Times piece framed the situation (for once):

Mr. Trumps unvarnished post-summit Twitter insults aimed at Mr. Trudeau weak & dishonest, false statements, meek and mild left the Canadian-American relationship at its most overtly hostile since, perhaps, the War of 1812.

To make matters worse, and even more confusing, Trump called for Russia to be rejoined with the G7 in the same breath. The loose cannon American leader showed a willingness to forget about the wests whole Crimea madness, in favor of resetting business relations with Russia. But as positive as this footnote seems, American leadership shunning or shining to other nations on a whim destroys our credibility. But I believe Trumps moves are calculating.

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12:55

Russia Sells Off Record Amount of US Treasury Bonds "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The worse the US relations with other countries become, the more likely are other nations to reconsider their reliance on the dollar.

12:25

How the Last Superpower Was Unchained "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

All of us, of course, now live on the planet Bushs boys tried to swallow whole. They left us in a world of infinite war, infinite harm, and in Donald Trumps America where cluelessness has been raised to a new power.

11:55

Is Merkel"s End Right Around the Corner? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The knives are coming out in Germany against Merkel and it is only the pro-EU Social Democrats who are coming to her defense.

11:25

Syria Sends More Troops to South Despite New US Warnings "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The United States once again warned this week it would "take firm and appropriate measures" against the Syrian government forces should they continue pushing into the southwest of the country, which has long been held by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other groups fighting the Assad government.

10:55

Western Media Whitewash Yemen Genocide "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As the horror of Hodeida unfolds, Western media are reporting with a strained effort to whitewash the criminal role of the American, British and French governments in supporting the offensive.

07:53

Eurasian Economic Union: Steady Progress Towards Eurasian Integration "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Eurasian integration and developing relations with Asian countries are important items on Russias present-day political agenda.  One of the platforms for moving forward on these issues is the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU or EEU), which includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. With the aid of this organization, the Russian Federation is improving its cooperation with numerous Asian countries, which could become Russias invaluable economic partners in the future.

The EEU (and therefore Russia) has successfully collaborated with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The creation of a free trade zone (FTZ) between the EEU and the most influential and successful ASEAN member, Vietnam, is one of the most impressive achievements stemming from this cooperation, with the relevant agreement in effect since 2016

Thailand as well as Indonesia have also expressed their interest in creating a FTZ with the EEU.  However, negotiations with these countries will take time, while in the near future the EEU could sign an agreement of this nature with the renowned Asian Tiger, the Republic of Singapore.

The discussion to this effect has spanned a number of years. In May 2016, the Singapore Government and the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC, the EEUs regulatory body) signed a Memorandum of Understanding which sets forth the partners intention to collaborate on the issues of economic integration and elimination of trade barriers. In October 2016, the EEU and Singapore signed a declaration on creating a work group, whose aim is to research the feasibility of the FTZ agreement. Official  negotiations on establishing the free trade zone began in summer 2017. By the end of May 2018, three rounds of negotiations have already taken place but many issues are yet to be discussed, and it is senseless to rush such work. Both the EEU and Singapore expect to conclude the agreement on mutually advantageous terms. It is estimated that the outcome of these negotiations will become known closer to autumn 2018.

Still, the mere existence of these negotiations and the research group has already aided the development of the economic relations between the EEU and Singapore.  Hence, in 2017 the trade turnover between Singapore and the EEU countries exceeded $4.6 million, which is almost 90% higher than that in 2016.

The joint work groups second session...

07:51

Ethiopias Olive Branches To Eritrea & Egypt Will Change Regional Geopolitics "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Premier Ahmeds surprise visit to Cairo over the weekend saw him and President Sisi agree to peacefully settle their differences over this issue, however, with the regional spillover effect being that Eritrea is no longer that useful to Egypt as its supposed anti-Ethiopian proxy.

The post Ethiopias Olive Branches To Eritrea & Egypt Will Change Regional Geopolitics appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Sunday, 17 June

18:00

Israels different responses to Jewish and Palestinian stone throwers "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Jewish settlers who throw stones at Israeli forces hardly face serious consequences. For Palestinian stone throwers, the consequences can mean death. 

Israeli police forces clash with people in the Jewish settlement outpost of Netiv HaAvot in Gush Etzion, which the Supreme Court ruled was partially built on privately owned Palestinian land, and would be demolished therefore. June 12, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israeli police forces clash with religious nationalist youth in the Jewish settlement outpost of Netiv Haavot in Gush Etzion in the occupied West Bank. June 12, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In the West Bank, the consequences for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers differ dramatically, depending on whos doing the throwing. The same act, when carried out by Jews in the West Bank, is met often literally  with a soft-gloved hand. When carried out by Palestinians, the punishment can be as severe as death.

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Israeli forces routinely raid Palestinian homes in the middle of the night to arrest children suspected of stone throwing. In many instances, Israeli soldiers have responded to stone throwing by Palestinians with tear gas, rubber bullets, and even live ammunition. Stones kill, said Education Minister Naftali Bennett after Israel...

16:59

Army extends administrative detention of Palestinian feminist lawmaker "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian parliamentarian known for her human rights activism, has been imprisoned indefinitely and without charges since July 2017.  

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Palestinian lawmaker member Khalida Jarrar (PFLP) who was imprisoned by Israel is seen alongside Joint List head Ayman Odeh upon her release from an Israeli prison, Jabara checkpoint near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, June 3, 2016. (Haytham Shtayeh/Flash90)

Palestinian lawmaker member Khalida Jarrar (PFLP) who was imprisoned by Israel alongside Joint List head Ayman Odeh upon her release from an Israeli prison. Jabara checkpoint near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, June 3, 2016. (Haytham Shtayeh/Flash90)

The Israeli army extended the administrative detention of feminist Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar by four months on Sunday, following her arrest in July 2017. Her detention was last extended for the first time last December, after the army determined that the parliamentarian and human rights activist continued to pose a risk.

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This is not the first time Israel has put Jarrar under administrative detention, a practice in which detainees are held indefinitely without charge or trial  and with out any way to defend themselves on the basis of secret evidence. Such orders can be renewed indefinitely for up to six months at a time. They can also be used to extend the...

16:49

West is Spreading Sick, Racist Anti-Chinese Nihilism "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The West really hates China!

It appears that the Western public, both relatively educated and thoroughly ignorant, could, after some persuasion, agree on certain very basic facts for instance that Russia has historically been a victim of countless European aggressions, or that countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Iran or North Korea (DPRK) have never in modern history crossed the borders of foreign nations in order to attack, plunder or to overthrow governments.

OK, certainly, it would take some persuasion, but at least in specific circles of the otherwise hopelessly indoctrinated Western society, certain limited dialogue is still occasionally possible.

China is different. There is no mercy for China, in the West. By many standards, the greatest and one of the oldest cultures on Earth, has been systematically smeared, insulted, ridiculed and arrogantly judged by the opinion-makers, propagandists, academia and mainstream press with seats in London, New York, Paris and many other places which the West itself calls the centers of erudition and freedom of information.

Anti-Chinese messages are sometimes overt, but mostly thinly veiled. They are almost always racist and based on ignorance. And the horrifying reality is: they work!

They work for many reasons. One of them is that while the North Asians in general, and the Chinese people in particular, have been learning with zeal all about the rest of the world, the West is thoroughly ignorant about almost everything Asian and Chinese.

I personally conducted a series of simple but revealing experiments in China, Korea and Japan, as well as in several countries of the West: while almost every North Asian child can easily identify at least a few basic icons of Western culture, including Shakespeare and Mozart, most of the European university professors with PhDs could not name one single Korean film director, Chinese classical music composer, or a Japanese poet.

Westerners know nothing about Asia! Not 50% of them, now even 90%, but most likely somewhere in the area of 99.9%.

And it goes without saying, that Korea is producing some of the best art films in the world, while China and Japan are renowned for their exquisite classical art, as well as modern masterpieces....

12:55

US Acts As World"s Cop Making Others Comply with Its National Laws "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If Europe wants to remain Europe and not become the 51st US state, it should revise its foreign policy priorities and prepare for a big fight.

12:25

The Raw Truth About the UK"s Special Relationship with Israel "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Britain has a special relationship with Israel that is little recognised in the mainstream media but unmissable in light of the killings in Gaza. With more than 110 protesters dead, Britain is in effect defending Israeli actions. The British government has not, as far as I have seen, actually condemned Israel for the killings.

11:55

Italy Wins First Showdown over Migrants "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Only days after coming to power, Italys new populist government has won in an early showdown with the European Union establishment over the contentious issue of migration.

11:25

Twelve Tips for Making Sense of the World "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In an environment that is saturated with mass media propaganda, it can be hard to figure out which ways up, let alone get an accurate read on whats going on in the world. Here are a few tips Ive learned which have given me a lot of clarity in seeing through the haze of spin and confusion.

10:55

How the New York Times Lies About Lies: Obama v. Trump as Example "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The New York Timess calculation altogether ignores some of President Obamas very worst lies ones that were real whoppers.

10:16

Atlantic Council Lies Dashed "On the Rocks" in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Asia"



The Atlantic Council describes itself as:
...an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.
The Atlantic Council seeks to create this "secure and prosperous world" for its corporate-financier sponsors which include weapons manufacturers like Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing - big-oil interests like Chevron, BP, and ExxonMobil - big-banks like JP Morgan, Bank of America, and HSBC - and also governments and organizations like the US State Department itself, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and NATO.

Yet despite the scale and scope of both the Atlantic Council's mission and resources, its ability to influence public perception appears to be diminishing.

It has been in Syria in particular where the Atlantic Council's influence has reached all time lows in both credibility and effectiveness. This is owed mainly to the fact that Atlantic Council "experts" are confined to armchairs in offices scattered across the West while alternative media sources are on the ground in Syria.

A recent piece co-authored by one of these Atlantic Council "experts" - Aaron Stein - along with US Army reserve officer Luke J. O'Brien - serves as an example of how ineffective the Atlantic Council and its sponsors have become in communicating narratives to the public.

Alleged Rationale for Syrian CW Use is Illogical at Face Value 

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09:45

The Goal Of A Lesser Life "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Our lives are driven by false assumptions in which we become our own greatest disappointments, all the while wondering at the excellence of others. In truth, our lives lack true wonder. We do not attend to the things that are most directly at hand. That which is uniquely proper to each of us is not our marketable skill it is our very existence!

The post The Goal Of A Lesser Life appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

07:35

Atlantic Council Lies Dashed On the Rocks in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The Atlantic Council describes itself as:

an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

The Atlantic Council seeks to create this secure and prosperous world for its corporate-financier sponsors which include weapons manufacturers like Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing big-oil interests like Chevron, BP, and ExxonMobil big-banks like JP Morgan, Bank of America, and HSBC and also governments and organizations like the US State Department itself, the UKs Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and NATO.

Yet despite the scale and scope of both the Atlantic Councils mission and resources, its ability to influence public perception appears to be diminishing.

It has been in Syria in particular where the Atlantic Councils influence has reached all time lows in both credibility and effectiveness. This is owed mainly to the fact that Atlantic Council experts are confined to armchairs in offices scattered across the West while alternative media sources are on the ground in Syria.

A recent piece co-authored by one of these Atlantic Council experts Aaron Stein along with US Army reserve officer Luke J. OBrien serves as an example of how ineffective...

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