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Wednesday, 19 September

13:25

Parsing the UK"s Anti-Semitism Debate "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Corbyn is up against a powerful alliance of the mainstream media, the Conservative Party, and Blairites in the Labour Party, with Israel in the wings. And Corbyns response to apologizewhat for is not exactly clearand to drum dissidents out of the Party has not quelled the fires, but added fuel to them.

12:55

Russian Aircraft Brought Down in Syria: Hard Road to Peace "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With the Russia-Turkey peacekeeping operation underway, it would be logical to bring the UN in and make the peaceful settlement in Syria an international effort.

12:25

Idlib: Lull Before the Hurricane "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It appears that the Russians have pressed the pause button on their plans for an offensive alongside the Syrian government to retake Idlib. By the time they return to play mode the martial music may have changed.

12:02

GMO Lobby Plots to Corrupt EU Court Ruling on Gene Editing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The GMO lobby, led by Bayer/Monsanto, Syngenta and others have begun to develop a counter-attack to try to neutralize the unexpected and, for them, devastating EU European Court of Justice ruling in July requiring that plants modified through so-called gene-editing DNA techniques must submit to the same licensing risk-assessment procedures as all other GMO plants. The ruling caught the GMO industry off-guard. Now they prepare a counter-attack as we might expect from the developers of Agent Orange, neonicotinoids or similar toxins.

On July 25, in a rare ruling in opposition to the recommendation of the European Union Advocate General, judges of the European Court of Justice held that products from new gene editing (GE) techniques are to be considered genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and as such are covered by existing EU GMO regulation. Contrary to the United States where the US Government, since the time of President G.H.W. Bush, has refused to regulate GMO plants arguing the phony claim they are substantially equivalent to conventional corn, soybeans or other plants, the EU has strict requirements before licensing and to date only one GMO crop, a patented corn variety is grown legally, that only in Spain.

The EU court ruling dealt a stunning blow to the GMO biotech industry which had been arguing their gene editing technologies were not GMO and needed no special regulatory oversight. They planned to sneak new and highly dangerous forms of genetic modification of plants in through the back door. DowDuPont had filed around 50 international patent applications for gene editing and plants, followed by Bayer-Monsanto with around 30 applications. Now under the ruling all gene edited products in the EU must first be fully tested and its products labelled.

The European Court ruling drew a sharp attack from US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Purdue issued an official statement declaring, Government policies should encourage scientific innovation without creating unnecessary barriers or unjustifiably stigmatizing new technologies. Unfortunately, this weeks ECJ ruling is a setback in this regard in that it narrowly considers newer genome editing methods to be within the scope of the European Unions regressive and outdated regulations governing...

11:55

Israel"s Failed Attempt to Start WWIII Is the Beginning of the End in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The real loss for Israel will be Russia instituting a no-fly zone over western Syria. Any less response from Putin will be seized upon by and the situation will escalate from here.

10:45

The West Hates Peace in Syria: From De-Escalation to Almost World War III in Just Two Hours "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As the latest attack showed, the Wests actions are a lashing out with no possibility of changing events on the ground or advancing their goals in Syria.

08:10

Freedom Film Festival 2018: Mending the Gaps "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The Video4Change Network partner Freedom Film Network (FFN) is a not-for-profit body established to support and develop social documentary filmmaking within the context of freedom of expression and values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Malaysia. FFN aims to create a sustainable model for social filmmaking in Malaysia by building a dynamic network of social filmmakers who can support, inspire and work together to produce powerful and relevant films within the constraints of our reality.

For over a decade FFN has been arranging annual Freedom Film Festival in Malaysia, which in is an intergenerational, wholesome, and purposeful display of inspirational creative works of filmamakers form Malaysia and beyond.

Video4Change Network recently interviewed Anna Har and Brenda Danker of the Freedom Film Network.

Video4Change Network (V4C): There was this feeling of excitement and exhilaration after the elections hoping that freedom of expression will prevail in Malaysia under the new government. We read about this in newspapers and some social media posts during that time. Is that feeling still present in Malaysia today?

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Brenda Danker (BD): Yes, I remember exactly where I was. And in the filmmaking industry, everyone was excited about the change. But now, it is time to put it the hard work. Its the feeling of the need for reform. I think, currently, it is in everybodys mind [how to go follow-through with the change of the government], [thinking] like how to revise the Film Censorship Act, what is going to happen to our broadcasters, how can we reform the national film institute, making it better and more transparent, to help shape our national cinema. I think we have moved away from that initial feeling. Now, we are working hard to provide suggestions and action plans for reforms with regards to media and the filmmaking industry in Malaysia.

We are hopeful hearing news like Malaysian cartoonist Zunars acquittal from sedition charges and the banned film Absence Without Leave being screened. But, at the same time, two photographs of activists were taken down du...

07:59

Middle Eastern Take on the Turkish-American Face Off "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Is the Fall of the Turkish-American Pact just a matter of Time?, Americas Relations with Turkey: the Worst is Yet to Come, Why Would Trump Fight Against his Allies? These are the headlines in the Middle Eastern media one can come across while studying the recent tensions between Ankara and Washington.

This latest aggravation was triggered by a dispute over the fate of the American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested in Turkey on allegations of staging a coup detat. Immediately, Washington responded to this step with unilateral sanctions against Ankara that forced the Turkish lira to take a plunge.

The regional media that is usually filled with polarizing opinions, yet theres been a number of honest attempts to determine the course and possible effect of this recent Turkish-American crisis. This trend was especially visible in the outlets hosted by the Arab countries that are allies of Washington, which would try to be very delicate in covering the topic.

There has also been a lot of discussion of Qatars decision to provide Ankara with a total of 15 billion dollars in investments to prevent the abrupt fall of Turkish lira after from continuing. Mind you, that Turkey and Qatar are the two states that are hosting two largest American military bases in the region, and yet they are getting routinely victimized by Western interventions.

However, other sides have been observing the situation cautiously, as theres an ever growing number of enemies that Doha is making. According to UAEs Al Khaleej newspaper, Turkey will not allow itself the luxury of breaking its alliance with Washington nor in the near or medium term, as it has a long history of cooperation with the US, dating back to the days of the Cold War.

There are warnings being voiced that Turkeys abrupt turn to other partners is going to be extremely damaging to a number of sectors of Ankaras economy.

At the same time, according to other commentators, the current Turkish-American face-off is not the outcome of their recent interactions. Regardless of the outcome of this crisis, there is a slow slide downwards in the bilateral ties that has been visible for quite some time. Although both sides are now reluctant to turn their back on decades of partnership, the foundatio...

07:50

The New York Times Simultaneously Wages Infowar On Trump & Maduro "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The New York Times report could backfire against its planners by reinforcing Trump and Maduros domestic positions, with the former using it as proof that there are indeed high-level traitors trying to sabotage a very sensitive part of his administrations foreign policy in Latin America while the latters government has already said that the US is trying to carry out a regime change against it.

The post The New York Times Simultaneously Wages Infowar On Trump & Maduro appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

05:04

Syrian-Russian Victory Only Way to Avenge Israeli-French Strikes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

September 19, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Western and Russian media sources have reported an alleged joint Israeli-French strike on Syria on September 17. The attack included Israeli warplanes and French missile frigates operating in the Mediterranean off Syria's coast. Amid the attack, a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft with 14 service members aboard disappeared.


The attack immediately prompted commentators, analysts, and pundits to call for an immediate retaliation to the unprovoked military aggression, warning that a failure to react would leave Russia looking weak. Some commentators even called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to step down.

Not the First Provocation 

Yet the attack is reminiscent of the 2015 Turkish downing of a Russian warplane - after which similar calls for retaliation were made, coupled with similar condemnations of Russia as "weak." And since 2015, Russia's patient and methodical approach to aiding Syria in its proxy war with the US-NATO-GCC and Israel has nonetheless paid off huge dividends.

Russia would later aid Syria in retaking the northern city of Aleppo. Palmyra would be retaken from the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) -  Homs, Hama, Eastern Ghouta, and the southern city of Daraa would also be retaken - leaving virtually everything west of the Euphrates River under the control of Damascus.

In fact, the near precipice of total victory was achieved by Russia and its allies ignoring serial provocations carried out by the US-NATO-GCC and Israel, and simply focusing on the task of systematically restoring security and stability to the conflict-ridden nation.

Russian-backed Syrian forces are now staged at the edge of Idlib. So far tilted has the balance of power tipped in Damascus' favor that even Turkey has found itself seeking negotiations with Russia over the last remaining territory still held by the West's proxy forces.

The Reality of Western Provocations

Syria and its allies were winning the proxy war for the nation's future before Israel and France attacked...

01:58

Interview 1388 Emma Fiala on the Womens March on the Pentagon "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-09-17%20Emma%20Fiala.mp3"][/audio]Emma Fiala of marchonpentagon.com joins us to talk about the Women's March on the Pentagon, the non-partisan march on the bipartisan war machine set to take place in Washington on October 20th and 21st. We discuss the march's genesis and goals, and how people can take this message to the streets wherever they happen to be.

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Tuesday, 18 September

21:00

Syrian-Russian Victory Only Way to Avenge Israeli-French Strikes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Western and Russian media sources have reported an alleged joint Israeli-French strike on Syria on September 17. The attack included Israeli warplanes and French missile frigates operating in the Mediterranean off Syrias coast. Amid the attack, a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft with 14 service members aboard disappeared.

The attack immediately prompted commentators, analysts, and pundits to call for an immediate retaliation to the unprovoked military aggression, warning that a failure to react would leave Russia looking weak. Some commentators even called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to step down.

Not the First Provocation 

Yet the attack is reminiscent of the 2015 Turkish downing of a Russian warplane  after which similar calls for retaliation were made, coupled with similar condemnations of Russia as weak. And since 2015, Russias patient and methodical approach to aiding Syria in its proxy war with the US-NATO-GCC and Israel has nonetheless paid off huge dividends.

Russia would later aid Syria in retaking the northern city of Aleppo. Palmyra would be retaken from the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS)   Homs, Hama, Eastern Ghouta, and the southern city of Daraa would also be retaken leaving virtually everything west of the Euphrates River under the control of Damascus.

In fact, the near precipice of total victory was achieved by Russia and its allies ignoring serial provocations carried out by the US-NATO-GCC and Israel, and simply focusing on the task of systematically restoring security and stability to the conflict-ridden nation.

Russian-backed Syrian forces are now staged at the edge of Idlib. So far tilted has the balance of power tipped in Damascus favor that even Turkey has found itself seeking negotiations with Russia over the last remaining territory still held by the Wests proxy forces.

The Reality of Western Provocations

Syria and its allies were winning the proxy war for the nations future before Israel and France attacked, and they are still winning the proxy war in the aftermath of the joint strike. Syria has weathered hundreds o...

15:35

Trumps Reckless Hostility Unites China And Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The message from eastern Siberia was clear: Washingtons reckless hostility and bellicosity is causing its foes to band together. A full third of the Russian Army just moved from Europe to the Far East for the war games. The Chinese dragon of which Napoleon warned is awakening.

The post Trumps Reckless Hostility Unites China And Russia appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

14:00

Pope Francis & Beijing: The Geopolitics of the Vatican "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The Roman Catholic Church and the Peoples Republic of China are set to sign an agreement, which would formally end the hostilities between these two entities. The Chinese government will formally acknowledge the Pope as the leader of the Catholic Church in China. In exchange, the Pope will reinstate ex-communicated Bishops selected by the Communist Party to lead Catholics on the Chinese mainland. In this context, it is worth reviewing the shifts and evolutions of Catholicism in global politics.

Opposing Capitalism and Marxism

Surprising as it may be to many Republicans in the United States, the Roman Catholic Church officially opposes capitalism. In fact, clerical anti-capitalism predates Marxism by centuries. As the merchant class was emerging in Europe, Catholic theology tended to uphold the natural order represented in the feudal hierarchy. The church saw the marketplace as a sinful mess of greed and anarchy.  Gutenbergs printing press, which led to the translation and widespread publication of the Bible, and eventually the Protestant Reformation, is seen as the opening shot act in the struggle resulting in the eventual rise of liberal democratic nation-states and the market. Papal proclamations that shifted regulations on money-lending laid the foundations for modern finance. For example, the roots of the titanic institution known as Bank of America can be traced back to early Italian bankers, who emerged as the church loosened its restrictions on Usury.

While Catholic anti-capitalism, which emphasizes morality and obedience over economic freedom, has been longstanding, the ideology of Marxism is something Rome has always opposed. Catholicism views Marxism as godlessly fomenting revolts against legitimate God given authority. Furthermore, Marxist economic determinism is perceived as undermining the moral responsibility of individuals for their actions.

As Marxism proliferated throughout Europe, most especially after the Russian Revolution, it was not uncommon for Roman Catholic Anti-Communists to invoke a supposed Jewish origin of Marxism while condemning it. Many Catholics also espoused the belief that Marxism was linked to the Bavarian illuminati, which the Church had suppressed in the 1780s. Rome never formally endorsed any conspiracy theory about the origins of Marxism, but among politicized Catholics, such beliefs were certainly widespread.

In the 1920s a...

13:25

The Adults in the White House Trying to Save the US From Trump Are Just as Dangerous as He Is "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trump is at war with the institutions of the US government. This is unsurprising: US presidents have invariably been frustrated by the sense that they reign but do not rule.

12:55

US Energy Secretary Visits Moscow: Threats and Accusations Used as Foreign-Policy Tools "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Being tough on Moscow is one way to up the pressure on the EU, thus forcing it to take a step back and let those pursuing the America First policy reap the dividends.

12:25

Trump Is Still No Closer to Impeachment. At What Point Do Russiagaters Lose Faith? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

I have nothing but disdain for Trump. But while Democrats are burning their Saint Mueller prayer candles and shrieking about Susan Sarandon, this president is showing zero signs of impending impeachment...

12:14

No justice for Bilin Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli soldier "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Bassem Abu Rahmeh was killed by a tear gas canister fired directly at his chest at a nonviolent protest in Bilin. Nearly a decade after the Palestinian activists death, a High Court decision confirms that the state will not prosecute or punish the killer.

Subhiyeh Abu Rahmeh cries near the memorial monument for her son, Bassem, who in a 2009 protest was shot and killed with a high-velocity tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier, Bil'in, West Bank, October 4, 2013. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Subhiyeh Abu Rahmeh cries near the memorial monument for her son, Bassem, who in a 2009 protest was shot and killed with a high-velocity tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier, Bilin, West Bank, October 4, 2013. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

More than nine years after an Israeli soldier killed Palestinian activist Bassem Abu Rahmeh at a protest in Bilin, Israels High Court of Justice rejected a third and final appeal against the armys refusal to prosecute or punish anyone for his death.

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The court, however, accused military police and prosecutors of handling the case with negligence, particularly for their inability to identify Abu Rahmehs killer.

Justice George Karra was particularly piercing, writing in the judgment that Israeli law enforcement officials conduct, or rather, [their] failure to investigate, led to the spoliation of evidence, and to the inability to find the person responsible for the victims death. And that is regrettable.

Abu Rahmeh, 30, was nonviolently protesting against the separation wall in Bilin when an Israeli soldier fired an extended-range tear gas canister directly at his chest, against IDF regulations. The injury killed Abu Rahmeh almost immediately.

The unarmed, popular protests in Bilin, a Palestinian village near the West Bank city of Ramallah, started in 2005. Residents and Israeli and Palestinian activists marched weekly to protest the separation wall, which cut them off from nearly 2,000 dunams of their agricultural land. Abu Rahmeh, one of the more prominent figures in the early days of the struggle, was featured in the Oscar-nominated film Five Broken Cameras, directed by Guy Davidi and Imad Burnat.

This was supposed to be an easy case: a killing that was captured by three cameras, top experts identifying the sou...

11:55

Two Major Middle East Projects Are Afoot and Gaining Mass; They May Collide Before Long "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A turnaround in Iraq puts a spike into the balloon of President Trumps aspiration to reassert US energy dominance over the Mideast.

11:21

Skin in the Game - Nassim Nicholas Taleb Speech At RPI's Media and War Conference "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Those who sent people to war were those who fought with them in the front lines. No longer. Statistician, bestselling author, legendary investor Nassim Nicholas Taleb tells us how neocons (and many others) have no skin in the game.

10:55

US-Indian Relations: Trump Gets a Unique Partner for America First "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trump appears bullish that when push comes to shove, the present Indian government will bend to Washingtons diktats.

08:54

Kenyas Anti-Chinese Migrant Raid At CGTN Was A Deep State Provocation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

China was wise enough to not overreact and fall into the trap that was being prepared for it, but the incident must have alerted it to the likelihood that a third party presumably the US is working through shadowy channels in order to engineer scenarios for damaging its ties with Kenya and probably other African countries as well.

The post Kenyas Anti-Chinese Migrant Raid At CGTN Was A Deep State Provocation appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

04:59

Pakistan and Iran are Strengthening the Centre-oriented Trends in the Region "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarifs visit to Islamabad in late August 2018 was the first meeting conducted by the new Pakistani leadership headed by the Prime Minister Imran Khan and high-ranking foreign guests. The agreements reached confirmed the trend towards consolidating the forces in the region.

The ad hoc nature of the visit rendered by the Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs has to do with the tumultuous events in the world and in the region, as well as the intention to make the acquaintance of the new Pakistani leadership as soon as possible. Let us remind you that the formerly opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice, PMJ) won the Parliamentary Elections on July 25, 2018 replacing the former political lite.

Tehran needed to synchronise watches with the new Islamabad management in view of the coming South Asian tour of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US Minister of Defence Jim Mattis in September 2018, as well as the Pentagons warning New Delhi of possible sanctions in connection with the purchase of Russian weapons by India and the harsh measures the White House is planning to use regarding Pakistan.

Tehran does not request the assistance of Islamabad very often, especially on short notice. This is a reaction to Washington imposing sanctions on Iran which requires a collective response from the region.     Islamabad considers it likely that the Pakistan nuclear programme could become the next target of the US sanctions if, for instance, Pakistan failed to convince the Afghan Taliban to begin negotiations as demanded by Washington.

The US President Donald Trump announced the US abandoning the JCPOA nuclear deal already in May 2018.  In 2018, Washington increased the financial pressure exerted on Iran in order to limit its designing nuclear and other kinds of weapons. He accused Tehran of supporting the terrorists and the vicious actions of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

In August 2018, when the 90 day term stipulated by the Preliminary Requirements Implementation Agreement expired, the US President Donald Trump signed the Decree No. 13846 on Reimposing Sanctions on Iran which came into force on August 7 this year. The second sanction package aimed at the Iranian energy sector will be implemented on November 5. In response, the Islamic Revolutio...

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Monday, 17 September

21:00

How this Chinese preschool is like Jurassic Park "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

thats how it always starts. And later theres running and screaming

I walk into my first 2.5-year-old class of the school year. Four of them take one look at me and literally start screaming and crying for their mamas. There were only six kids total in the room. The two that werent crying had come during the summer and done their screaming then.

The next day, their full-time Chinese teacher was like: lets try having English class today, no ones crying at the moment. I walk in, this kid stares at me for eight solid seconds, then literally runs screaming out of the room and down the hall.

Dont worry they usually get the door locked before anyone escapes.

18:47

If Only Trump Could Find a Repeat Election Meddling Offender to Punish "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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As the tide of anti-Russian hysteria in the West that is threatening to submerge the general public in utter insanity. Acting with impunity as some form of royalty, Donald Trump has recently signed an order enabling the US to introduce sanctions against all foreign forces who are to interfere in the election process in the United States. As its been boldly pointed out by The Wall Street Journal, this order is so much more than a political statement from the US president, as it sets out such activities as unacceptable and punishable.

However, it remains unclear why Washington keeps alleging that it was Russia that was trying to interfere in the recent presidential election, as theres been zero evidence presented to the international community so far. What is even more puzzling is how the White House is going to get around numerous instances of its own interfering with the democratic process in other countries.

A recent revelation of a CIA veteran released by the New York Times is, without a doubt, is particularly revealing in this context:

If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all, said Steven L. Hall, who retired in 2015 after 30 years at the CIA, where he was the chief of Russian operations. The United States absolutely has carried out such election influence operations historically, he said, and I hope we keep doing it. Weve been doing this kind of thing since the CIA was created in 1947.

Moreover, its been pointed out that a Carnegie Mellon scholar, Dov H. Levin, has tried to tra...

18:39

Electronics are no.1 cause of sleep disturbance in teens "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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By Taazakhabar News Bureau

Sleep disturbance among the teens is the no 1 problem that most parents face all over the world. The crux of the problem is that teenagers stay up late to scroll through social media or catch up with friends on phone and hence find it difficult to wake up in the morning.

Teenagers all over the world are to be blamed for staying up late and struggling to wake up in the morning. This is a reality.

And 56 percent of parents of teens who have sleep troubles believe that use of electronics is hurting their childs shut-eye.

Forty-three percent of parents report that their teen struggles to fall asleep or wakes up and cant get back to sleep, according to the C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital National Poll on Childrens Health at the University of Michigan. A fourth of these parents say their child experiences occasional sleep problems (one to two nights per week) while 18 percent believe their teen struggles with sleep three or more nights per week.

Not being able to stay off electronics including social media and cell phones was the no.1 reason parents cited for sleep disturbance. Other reasons included irregular sleep schedules due to homework or activities (43 percent), worries about school (31 percent), and concerns about social life (23 percent). Ten percent of parents say their teens sleep problems are related to a health condition or medication, cited more often by parents of teens who experience frequent sleep problems.

The new report is based on responses from a nationally representative household survey that included responses from 1,018 parents with at least one child 13-18 years old.trouble-sleeping

This poll suggests that sleep problems are common among teens and parents believe late-night use of electronics are a main contributor, says poll co-director Sarah Clark, M.P.H.

Teens hectic schedules and homework load, as well as anxiety about school performance and peer relationships, also are seen by parents as contributing to sleep disturbance.

Parents polled say theyve encouraged their teen to try different strategi...

15:16

The Idea Of A Greater Croatia By Pavao Ritter Vitezovi (III) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is not surprising that Pavao Ritter Vitezovi interpolated the whole territory of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania into the Slavic lands, and furthermore, according to his ideological doctrine into a Greater Croatia.

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14:11

Lost in Lies, Americas Policy Prison "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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A strange and inexplicable onetime Washington figure has reemerged as architect of Trumps war on Syria, former Obama appointee, former US Senator, former Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel.

Hagel brings with him the worst of Obamas time in office. You see, Obama failed to clean out the Pentagon and CIA, both infected with political extremists, members of religious cults, Israel agents and augmented with even more corrupt private contractors who had taken on nearly all functions of intelligence fabrication and mis-analysis, things the CIA and Pentagon usually did for themselves.

Trump has attacked Syria twice in retaliation for imaginary chemical attacks.  Trump had a secret advisor, however, former Obama Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.  He advised Trump, telling him that Obama and Kerry were traitors for failing to attack Damascus back in 2013.

This is when Hagel decided to begin working against Obama and Kerry, joining an existing cabal at the Pentagon, religious fanatics, some nominally Christian, others were members of the infamous Temple of Set founded by members of the US Army Psychological Warfare Command at the Presidio in San Francisco, back during the 1980s or before.

Set was the Egyptian god of chaos who murdered his brother, Osiris.  The Temple of Set, however, which includes hundreds of high ranking American military officers including those running the military academies, is by the admission of its founder, Lt. Colonel Michael Aquino, a Satanic order.

This is the kind of extremism Hagel turned to as intelligence flowed into his office from organizations such as SITE Intelligence.  SITE is run by Rita Katz, an Israeli intelligence operative, daughter of a Mossad agent executed in Iraq.  Katz and SITE regularly fabricate more imaginary terror threats and conspiracy theories than Fox and Infowars combined.

Katz has spoken before congress many times, at the invitation of the Israel lobby and Republican leadership.  Her fabrications are much of the rationale for Americas assumptions against evidence that Assad has used chemical weapons or that Iran has a nuclear program.

Trumps own lack of discernment, according to Bob Woodwards new book, Fear, is due to crippling mental illness openly recognized by nearly all White House and Defense staff...

13:53

According to Israel Hayom, BDS has nothing to do with the occupation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Israels most-read newspaper deletes crucial explanations from an Associated Press article, leaving its readers with zero understanding of why Palestinians might want the world to boycott Israel.

Graffiti on the Israeli separation wall dividing the West Bank town of Bethlehem promotes the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement, June 17, 2014. BDS is a global nonviolent campaign to pressure Israel to end the occupation and respect Palestinian rights.

Graffiti on the Israeli separation wall dividing the West Bank town of Bethlehem promotes the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) Movement. (Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

The Associated Press published a feature article last week discussing the impact that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement has had on the Israeli music scene as of late.

Spurred by a few high-profile cancellations at a recent music festival in Israel, most notably by singer Lana Del Rey, the article did what one would reasonably expect an international wire service covering such a story to do: it explained the phenomenon, gave some subjective views and objective facts, and, of course, explained what the BDS Movement is and what its demands are.

The article was reproduced and published by a typically large number of...

13:25

Trump"s Reckless Hostility Unites China and Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Russia and China appear at least for now to have overcome their historic mutual suspicion and animosity. In the over-heated imagination of many Russians, China often appears to be the modern incarnation of the Mongol hordes of the past that held ancient Rus in feudal thrall. Russians still call China Kitai, or Cathay.

12:55

EU Does Nothing to Stop US Meddling into Its Elections "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The US involvement in European politics is so evident and extensive that talking about Russian meddling sounds farcical.

12:25

Syria The Rationale Behind the Delay of Idlib's Liberation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Turkey still does not want to remove al-Qaeda from Syria. It wants to move the group around while keeping it under its own control... It is likely that the situation in Syria will now calm down for a while only to escalate again in two month when the operation to liberate Idelb will get its final go.

11:55

Even the Exiled Dalai Lama Agrees: "Europe Belongs to Europeans" "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Unless more people begin to heed the wise words of individuals like the Dalai Lama and, yes, Steve Bannon, the entire European project will collapse.

11:14

How was Nambi Narayanan framed in a fake Spy Case? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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By Neeraj Mahajan

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has dropped all charges against Nambi Narayanan a former Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientist and directed the Kerala government to pay Rs. 50 lakh as compensation to him, for wrongful imprisonment, malicious prosecution, humiliation and defamation.

There seems to be no way in which the state government can wriggle out of paying the compensation, this time, as the Supreme Court has made it quite clear that the amount is to be recovered from the state government within eight weeks.

The idea behind this is to restore the reputation of Narayanan who hails from a middle-class Brahmin family from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.

Expressing deep anguish at the manner in which 76-year-old Nambi Narayanan was labelled as a spy, arrested and subjected to intense torture in the ISRO spy scandal, the Apex Court ordered setting up a panel headed by Justice DK Jain. The Committee headed by the former SC judge has been mandated to probe allegations against Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Kerala police officers including a former DGP, two (now retired) superintendents of police (SPs) and some inspectors for fabricating evidence and misguiding the investigation leading to the scientists illegal arrest.

The liberty and dignity of the appellant, which are basic to his human rights, were jeopardized as he was taken into custody and, eventually, despite all the glory of the past, he was compelled to face cynical abhorrence, a three-judge bench led by CJI Dipak Misra said.

Dignity of an individual is an in-segregatable facet of his right to life with dignity, the CJI said.

Nambi Narayanan the scientist-in-charge of the cryogenics division, another top ISRO official D Sasikumaran, two Maldivian women and a businessman were arrested 24 years ago and subjected to 3rd-degree torture by Kerala police officers to make them confess in a fake espionage case.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Kerala police officials interrogated him allegedly wanted him to make false accusations against the top brass of ISRO and in particular implicate A. E. Muthunayagam, his boss and the Director of the Liquid Propulsion System Centre (LPSC). When he refused, he was tortured until he coll...

10:55

Britain Joins the US in Unwise Confrontation in the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Just as in its relations with Russia, it would serve Britain better to cease posturing and try moderation with China.

09:21

Why Is Assad An Insane Suicidal Monster? #PropagandaWatch "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As we know from the political puppets and their mouthpieces in the controlled corporate media, Syrian President Basher al-Assad is a bloodthirsty monster responsible for the wanton slaughter of (fill in the number) of his own citizens, and he particularly enjoys dropping chemical weapons on women and children despite knowing that this is the one thing that will bring him universal condemnation and ensure a full-scale assault on his country. . . But why? Why is he such a monster? That is the question, and the New York Times offers its own helpful explainer with predictably comic results. Don't miss this edition of #PropagandaWatch from The Corbett Report.

08:06

2+2 = Unprecedented Partnership Minus Strategic Autonomy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A compromise will probably be reached in the coming future whereby India earns a waiver from the US CAATSA sanctions per the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019s clause that this is possible if it either reduces its overall purchase of Russian weaponry or cooperates with America on other issues critical to its strategic interests.

The post 2+2 = Unprecedented Partnership Minus Strategic Autonomy appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Sunday, 16 September

22:48

Judge: Israeli police scandalous for trying to deport U.S.-French activist "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Instead of bringing to court Frank Romano, who was arrested trying to block an Israeli army bulldozer in Khan al-Ahmar, Israeli police tried to deport him without notifying his lawyer or the court. Judge orders him released.

Frank Romano (standing behind the man in black jacket holding a sign), along with Palestinian activists and residents of Khan al-Ahmar, attempt to block an Israeli army bulldozer preparing to demolish the village, September 14, 2018. (Wisam Hashlamoun/FLASH90)

Frank Romano (standing behind the man in black jacket holding a sign), along with Palestinian activists and residents of Khan al-Ahmar, attempt to block an Israeli army bulldozer preparing to demolish the village, September 14, 2018. (Wisam Hashlamoun/FLASH90)

After taking the nearly unprecedented step of arresting a foreign national under Israeli military law, Israeli police openly defied the countrys civilian court system by simply deciding not to bring French-American professor and activist Frank Romano to his own detention hearing, instead spiriting him off to a deportation hearing without ever informing his lawyer  or the court.

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After ordering police to bring Romano back to her courtroom from an airport deportation facility where he was about to be put on a plane to the United States, Jerusalem Magistrates Court Judge Chavi Toker rebuked Israeli police for what she called their scandalous behavior and ordered Roman released pending appeal.

Romano was arrested...

17:00

The potential of the Joint List in Brussels "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The EU has become effectively paralyzed in its ability to react to and meaningfully impact the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A recent visit by Arab members of Knesset represents an opportunity for both the EU and civil society in Israel to engage in new ways.

By Nimrod Goren

Joint List Chairman Ayman Odeh meets with EU Foreign Policy Chief Frederica Mogherini in Brussels earlier in September (Joint List Spokesperson)

Joint List Chairman Ayman Odeh meets with EU Foreign Policy Chief Frederica Mogherini in Brussels earlier in September (Joint List Spokesperson)

The EU quite frequently expresses criticism over Israeli policies and legislation that damage prospects of achieving the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts or that run counter to the principles of democracy and human rights. Israels recent Jewish Nation-State Law ties both aspects together it contradicts the value of equality that appears in Israels Declaration of Independence, and it places additional obstacles on the path to a future peace agreement. EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini emphasized this in her recent public statements, as well as in her decision to meet a delegation of Arab members of Knesset from the Joint List, which arrived in Brussels to protest the Nation State Law earlier this month.

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In recent years, the EU has found it increasingly difficult to have an impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Internal divisions and diffe...

15:05

PHOTOS: Activists spend night in Palestinian village Israel plans to demolish "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Israeli military is expected to demolish and forcibly displace the entire village of Khan al-Ahmar any day now. Hundreds of activists hope to stave off the bulldozers, or at least stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the villages residents when they arrive.

Hailey Mann, a Jewish-American member of All That's Left, wakes up after spending the night in the schoolyard of Khan al-Ahmar, the Palestinian village Israel plans to completely destroy any day now, September 16, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Hailey Mann, a Jewish-American member of the All Thats Left anti-occupation collective, wakes up after spending the night in the schoolyard of Khan al-Ahmar, the Palestinian village Israel plans to completely destroy any day now, September 16, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Ever since a temporary injunction delaying the forcible displacement and demolition of the entire Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar expired, over 100 Palestinian, Israeli and foreign solidarity activists have spent the night in the village schools courtyard.

After dinner and a few live broadcasts on Facebook, the activists sleep on thin mattresses and heavy blankets laid out across the schoolyards artificial grass covered courtyard.

As the sun rises each morning, a sense of temporary relief is tangible. The village survived to see another day another night. They made it through the night.

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