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On Monday 6th of August the United States imposed a fresh set of sanctions on Iran. These are intended as a prelude to even stronger sanctions to take effect in November. The clearly stated intention is to break the Iranian governments will to resist American demands, and to cause such domestic pain that the Iranian people Will rise in revolt against their government and bring about the long sought after (by the Americans) regime change.
These policies Im not new. The first regime change operation in Iran that occurred in 1953 when a combined CIA-MI6 operation toppled the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mossadegh and replaced it with the brutal rule of the Shah.
The Shah in turn was overthrown in the Islamic revolution of 1979 and ever since it has been a central goal of the United States government, driven in no small part by the violent and racist regime in Tel Aviv, to reverse that Revolution and reinstall a government in Tehran that (a) is pliable to United States wishes; and (b) represents no challenge to Israels quest for regional dominance.
In a recent and widely quoted article, the American journalist Eric Margolis (28 July 2018) wrote about The Coming War Against Iran. The article has been widely, and in my view correctly, criticized, as for example in a comprehensive analysis by the Saker (3 August 2018).
Margolis is correct in suggesting that the United States weight of numbers in missiles and bombers could wreak significant damage on Irans infrastructure and cause huge civilian casualties. That however, is not the point. There is absolutely no justification under the international law for such an attack. While on their past record it would be nave to dismiss the possibility of the Americans, or one of the regional stooges, from creating a false flag event to provide an ostensible excuse for the attack, there is now enough well-founded cynicism about such matters to make it an extremely risky proposition. The political fallout for the Americans would also be substantial.
The damage that could be inflicted would not only be reputational. The Iranians do not have nuclear weapons such as deterred the United States from attacking North Korea, notwithstanding similar overblown and infantile rhetoric that preceded an actual meeting between their respec...
Life in Gaza is unbearable. Without resolving the crisis there, the lives of Israelis living in the south will continue to be a living hell.
By Eric Yellin
A few days ago, on Wednesday night, I was on my way to a film screening in Sderot, a city near the fence with Gaza. A minute after setting foot outside, the rocket-warning sirens went off. I parked my car and together with my partner, quickly got out and hid behind a mound of dirt.
As we ran for shelter, we heard explosions and saw rocket trails in the sky, as well as the counter-trails of the Iron Dome, which desperately tried to intercept the rockets from Gaza. Two Qassam rockets landed very close to us, moderately wounding one person and sowing panic.
This was only the beginning of a cacophony of deafening sirens, but even more appalling were the sounds of Israel bombing Gaza. Those shook the walls of our house in Sderot, and for the first time this month, we decided to sleep in the safe room a reinforced space that many Israelis have in their homes for protection. It was a wise decision; we wouldnt have been able to get any sleep otherwise.
The next morning, the neighbors told us that the...
The recent harassment of left-wing American Jews by the Shin Bet is a sign that their privilege may no longer be enough to protect them.
American Jews have good reason to be afraid. Recent interrogations, harassment, and deportation of left-wing Jewish American activists over their political beliefs and activities have ushered in a new political moment in the relationship between Israel and diaspora Jewish communities.
No longer is Jewish identity enough to protect American activists from the reach of the Shin Bet, Israels internal security agency. Jewish privilege is no longer enough to guarantee entry into the Jewish state should ones ideology or political views contradict those of the Israeli government.
When Simone Zimmerman and Abby Kirschbaum were detained and interrogated on their way back from a weekend in Sinai, the Shin Bet and border authority interrogators were almost exclusively interested in why the two wanted to work with Palestinians. They wanted to know about their politics.
A week earlier, when Israeli-American author Moriel Zecher-Rothman was held by the Shin Bet at the airport, an agent warned him against going down a slippery slope of anti-occupation activism and demanded he provide intelligence on fellow left-wing act...
I want to offer NEO readers a revelation today. As an American, a human being, or as a geopolitical analyst, I have no problem whatsoever with Russia meddling in the U.S. or any other elections. Even if the allegations are true, my Mamma always told me turnabout is fair play. And in this, I firmly believe. Heres a fair play look at why every decent American should just toughen up on RussiaGate.
First, let me say that I have no indication that ANY Russian official had ANYTHING to do with the American elections other than rooting for this politician as opposed to another. Now that this is settled, I want to present a series of proofs that the United States has meddled in just about every election on Earth. Lets start with Moldova in 2005.
March of 2005, George Soros Open Society Foundations, along with Senator John McCains International Republican Institute, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albrights National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, conspired to change the course of Moldova politics. This is not conjecture, Soros OSF bragged about it here. Also in on the electoral rigging were Brock Bierman, Senior Advisor, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, USAID, Ambassador John T. Stewart, OSCE Elections Observer to Moldova, Lee McManis, U.S. Department of State in Moldova, and agents from the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), to name a few. Other participants in the Moldova political orchestra included Ukrainian parliamentarians in Petro Poroshenkos block, Armenian national figures, Georgian officials, and German officials and a cohort of EU officials, representatives of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Offices (KAS), and etc., etc., etc. Orchestrated, funded, strategized, rigged, as I said.
Moving forward with proofs on U.S. meddling we find prima facie evidence provided by none other than the Council on Foreign Relations. I quote from their report of March 2006 on the use of so-called soft power:
Democracy-promotion has long been an aspect of U.S. foreign policy, but it became a central component after September 11.
In this report NGOs, the IRI and Senator McCain are framed in conjunction with USAID, former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albrights National Democra...
To confront the spectrum of narratives that our official history offers, especially in the case of an event that took place 77 years ago, independent researchers have to mostly rely on logical speculation, because of the lack of access to precious documentation that is kept confidential in locked vaults, usually for national security reasons.
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How can we convince the owners of social media to permit the freest speech possible and to trust their users to negotiate the world of ideas for themselves? This is the question we should be asking ourselves, rather than concocting more ways to encourage these corporate overlords to censor and blacklist.
Voices expressing the opinion opposite to mainstream media are deprived of the opportunity to be heard by voters before the 2018 midterms.
Populism, nationalism and a form of fascism and the deeply flawed inward-looking myths about the greatness of the nation have engulfed many western European nations, with Britain sadly leading the way in a regressive, narrow-minded and divisive politics led by the uber-elite and ultra-nationalists.
If you are a Russian and you are caught talking to anyone in any way influential, there is potentially hell to pay because the FBI will be watching you. You are automatically assumed to be part of a conspiracy. Once evidence is collected, you will be indicted and sent to prison, mostly to send a message to Moscow.
Leading climate scientists have been discussing abnormal heat levels registered this summer in Europe and in other regions of the world. The general consensus is that this anomaly is a sign of global warming, which is believed to be caused by our irresponsible use of resources. The impacts are a plenty, including fires, floods, drought, abnormal heat. No matter what you believe in, the climate we live in is changing rapidly with every passing day, forcing us to face the consequences nobody initially anticipated. Last year alone, the losses suffered from natural disasters by various countries of the world exceeded 353 billion dollars.
Scientists say that by the end of the century, extreme heat waves capable of killing the entire population of a town in a couple of hours will hit India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recent years have been marked by an abrupt decline in arctic sea ice, which resulted in the global sea level rising by 3 inches, exceeding the all time high registered some 25 years ago. Moreover, the temperature of Arctic seas has also risen by up to 4 degrees in comparison with the average annual temperatures.
Global warming is also associated with intense hurricane seasons striking various regions of the world. Those seasons produce such devastating hurricanes like Maria that left the entire Caribbean coast in ruins, along with Harvey that brought unprecedented rainfalls to Texas and Louisiana. At the same time, the Middle East had to deal with extreme drought. In some regions of Syria, Lebanon and Israel there hasnt been no rains at all. The summer heat stroke the south of California, the east of Canada and Scandinavia, with the temperature along the northern coast of Russia reaching 86 F. Over the course of last July, there was a total of 118 temperature records registered across the world. Last year, at least 330 different natural disasters caused by climate change occurred across the planet.
According to the MIT study released in the Nature Communications journal, extreme heat and extreme humidity growth threatens one of the most densely populated areas on Earth the Great Plain of China, that is where Beijing is located. This could lead to the situation where by the year 2070 the region that serves as a home for some 400 million people will become completely unsuita...
Instead of continuing to hold Croatia to account, the Israeli government and armed forces have chosen to legitimize that countrys glorification of slaughter and ethnic cleansing, built on a foundation of Holocaust relativization and WWII revisionism.
So how much taxation is too much? And how much is too little? And how much is juuuuuust right? Don't worry if you don't know, the European Union is here to educate you (and your children) on the right answer to these questions with their latest propaganda indoctrination "game," Taxlandia! Happy gaming!
The election of Imran Khan represents a turnabout in policy in South Asia in ways few expect. Khan will close the door on Americas longtime policy toward the Caspian Basin, a policy of dominance, regime change and military colonization. That policy will die a needed and painful death.
First of all, where no Pakistani leader ever could before, Khan will reach out to India. Indias Modi continues to push for strong suppression of Muslims in Kashmir and a wartime footing against China.
India, only recently, shelved their cooperative deal with Russia to develop a 5th generation fighter aircraft in favor of buying off the shelf technology, possibly from the US. The longtime military technology cooperation between Russia and India has been an unrealized buffer that has quelled hostile rhetoric between China and India, the burgeoning economic superpowers of the Silk Road.
The Silk Road, which will tie China and Germany with branches to South Asia, the Caspian and Caucuses, Turkey and Iran, even Afghanistan, will supplant all economic influence from the US and Saudi Arabia. What is also clear is that a regional economic community that spans Europe and Asia will quell the manufactured conflicts, fake terrorism and regime change tactics that America under Deep State leadership has turned to time and time again.
Toward this end, the election despite American and Israeli attempts to smear Imran Khan, of a Pakistani leader finally willing to cut ties with Wall Street and Tel Aviv, will signal a new age. This is particularly important in that Pakistan is the worlds only Islamic nuclear power as well.
Pakistan has long propped up Saudi oligarchical rule, efforts that have allowed Saudi Arabia to war on Yemen and openly join with Israel to support ISIS and al Qaeda and manipulate America into planning a sneak attack on Iran as well, or so recent leaks have announced to the world.
In the end, the alignments achieved during Syria and Iraqs successful wars on Western backed terrorism, may well provide a platform for not just trade but regional security as well. Therefore, splitting Turkey from Iran and Russia, the Astana powers, is a prime policy consideration for the US.
As Turkey becomes increasingly distant from an American controlled NATO, particularly with Erdoga...
After decades of dynastic politics under the Bhutto and Sharif families, there is suddenly hope that newly elected cricket star Imran Khan and his Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI) may just may tackle Pakistans four biggest problems: endemic corruption, military interference, political tribalism, and a half-dead economy.
CAMIGUIN Gaisano Camiguin Soft Opening
Yesterday Gaisano opened the first mall in Camiguin province. The center of Camiguins Capital Mambajao is now dominated by a 5 storey shopping mall.
Gaisano is known all over the southern Philippines. I had been in a Gaisano Mall the first time in my life in Kalibo, Panay Island. The Gaisano family is a Chinese Filipino family prominent in the Philippine retail industry particularly in Visayas and Mindanao. They are known as the Ayalas of the South.
I would classify the Gaisano Malls as Mega-Mega-Sari-Sari-Stores.
Soft Opening is an Asian style. Soft opening is usual on all levels here in the Philippines. I think Ill have to add a new chapter in our...
We've all seen the latest moves to de-platform independent voices online, but how many people can see beyond their immediate reaction to the way they are being programmed to embrace the coming wave of government censorship? James Corbett joins Garland Nixon and guest host Eric Ladny on Radio Fault Lines to discuss this pressing issue.
It would seem that at this point in time nobody can tell us anything new about the illegal sources of income all sorts of criminal gangs and terrorist organizations are exploiting to turn over massive profits, however it turns out that on top of the illegal drug trade, oil trafficking and theft of historical relics, there is also income derived from the black market human organ trade. What we once could only see on the pages of best selling novels is a disturbing reality of today, as at this point illegal human organ trafficking turns out to be one of the most profitable types of criminal activities. It flourishes in Latin America, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and across the Middle East. On the black market, one can basically find any part of a human body for transplantation, but above all others, kidneys seem to be highest in demand. Every tenth inhabitant of our planet tends to encounter kidney-related diseases at some point in their life. According to the World Health Organization, some 70,000 kidney transplants are being conducted annually, with well over 20% of those performed illegally.
As its been noted by LEspresso, at least 10% of all transplants in the world are done using organs purchased on the black market. The estimated turnover of this criminal enterprise is believed to reach some 1.7 billion dollars a year, while the involvement of middle men increases the cost of an illegal transplantation by 500%, making the total sum astronomical.
In this black market, both sides are equally unfortunate: the one that looks to sell is in desperate need of a means of living, while the buyer is usually facing death if an organ is not found, using every single penny they have to survive. When conflict breaks out in nations like Syria and Ukraine, there is corresponding and massive increase in supply on this market, which has resulted in patients coming from the Persian Gulf, Israel, the United States and Europe to Turkey and Egypt in hopes of getting a second chance at life by illegally obtained organs. Nations where foreigners would typically come to receive medical aid, have absorbed some 4 million Syrian refugees together with Lebanon, with a lot of displaced individuals being desperate enough to sell their kidneys to foreigners....
3D printing and other forms of computer-controlled manufacturing have allowed nations, companies and even individuals the ability to go from consumers to producers. As this technology improves and costs drop, access to this technology and the ability of the technology itself will increase, making it possible for virtually anyone, anywhere to make virtually anything.
In May 2018, prominent US-based corporate-funded policy think tank, RAND Corporation, had published an article titled, Four Ways 3D Printing May Threaten Security. In it, an argument was made about the dangers of 3D printing becoming more accessible, first by citing 3D printed guns as well as drones and other forms of technology it claimed criminals and terrorists could leverage. But then RAND would reveal a threat, particularly to its corporate sponsors, that highlighted the true fears 3D printing invokes among the captains of established industries decentralization.
The fear of 3D printing taking jobs for example, can more accurately be described as taking both jobs and revenue from large corporations and shifting them both to small companies or individual entrepreneurs. Along with this shift, goes the concentration of wealth and influence these large corporations have enjoyed, some since as early as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
RAND also feared nations targeted by US sanctions being able to easily circumvent them by acquiring the parts and systems required by simply manufacturing them themselves through the use of technology like 3D printing. In reality, RAND and other representatives of established industries seem more concerned about losing their wealth and influence than of any threat such technologies might or might not actually pose.
3D Printed Guns
The notion of 3D printed guns has been around for a while. Cody Wilson of US-based Defense Distributed has promoted a vision of home-based gun manufacturing, leveraging 3...
By Amjad Yaghi
GAZA CITY In the village of Abasan in the southern Gaza Strip, Hussein Shaheens family still lives in rubble. Their house was destroyed during Israels 2014 war on Gaza, and they havent rebuilt it since.
Since Gazans started the Great Return March several months ago, Israel has been retaliating with force, and tensions are high once again. Israel and Hamas are reportedly in the advanced stages of negotiating a ceasefire, but the constant uncertainty of whether the situation will change for better or worse, of whether Gazans should prepare for easements or escalation, induces severe anxiety. The 2014 military offensive and its consequences still haunt the residents of Gaza, and to them, the possibility of another war triggers painful memories.
Shaheen, 38, lives with his wife, Samaher Abu Jamea, 33, and toddler daughter, Salma, in tents they set up amid the rubble. After the war, they approached the Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Gaza for assistance in reconstructing their house, without success.
For four years, we have been living and eating in the rubble. Jamea said. We have gone many times to the ministry to demand that they accelerate the construction of our house, but unfortunately, many obstacles stand in their way, she added, referring to Israels restrictions on the entry of construction materials into Gaza.
In northeastern Syria, which is dominated by the Kurdish militia, there are new stirrings. The situation on Syrias southern border has calmed down. These substantial achievements and the fact that Syrian government has become more stable and is in greater control will give impetus to the efforts at finding a political solution to the conflict.
This meeting took place on June 9-10, 2018, on the sidelines of the 18th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, held in Qingdao, Shandong Province, on Chinas east coast. The first meeting between the presidents of the three countries took place in Dushanbe in 2014, at the initiative of the then Mongolian president, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, and it was then that the SCO Summits were chosen as a venue for future meetings between the three presidents. It was decided that these meetings would be held annually. That was the start of a new stage in strategic relations between Russia, Mongolia and China: three-party cooperation.
Readers will remember that the key achievement of the second meeting between the presidents, which took place in 2015, in Ufa, as part of the 15th SCO Summit, was the Road Map the medium-term Programme for the development of three-party cooperation until 2020. The third meeting, in the 2016 Tashkent Summit, saw the approval of a general decision on the creation of an Economic corridor between Russia Mongolia and China. As part of this, 32 joint projects were planned in the areas of transport, energy, production, infrastructure, tourism and humanitarian work.
The current Mongolian President, Khaltmaagiin Battulga, took part in the three-party talks for the first time in 2018, playing a very active role: he had bilateral talks with both Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, met the Indian President Narendra Modi and the Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, and spoke at the Plenary Session of the Council of Heads of Member States and SCO Observers, which was attended by representatives of international organisations.
At the opening session of the three-party talks, the Chinese President formulated certain shared principles to be developed by the three parties, working together: strengthening of political and strategic interaction, development of mutual support, respect for each others core interests and consideration for each others unique characteristics,and strengthening of coordination and cooperation in international and regional matters.
The Russian and Mongolian Presidents also spoke in favour of strengthening the cooperation between the three parties, and agreed on the importance of carrying out the Programme for the creation of an economic corridor.
In general the main issue in the fourth three-party meeting was the implementation of the already...
In the early morning hours of Aug. 8, 2008, heavy fighting erupted in and around Tskhinvali, the capital, which spread to other parts of South Ossetia. Georgia violated a 1992 peace agreement and opened fire on Russian peacekeepers.
Today Twitter has silenced three important anti-war voices on its platform: it has suspended Daniel McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, suspended Scott Horton of the Scott Horton Show, and completely removed the account of prominent Antiwar.com writer Peter Van Buren.
Trumps evident bad faith and lies towards Iran and his outrageous dictate to the international community on how it conducts sovereign business are ensuring that Washington will become further isolated as a rogue state.
Donald Trump will follow the Canadian Saudi dispute with strong interest. He believes that "giving Canada their independence" was "the biggest mistake America ever made". In May he accused Canada of burning down the White House. It is high time to take revenge for that burning insult.
Iran, like Venezuela, Russia and China will not negotiate with someone who has nothing to offer except the back of his hand.
The Polynesian Leaders Group is a step in the direction of unity for Pacific peoples. The only barrier to it and the Melanesian Spearhead Group is interference from the politico-military viceroys in Canberra, Wellington, Washington, London, and Paris.
By Taazakhabar News Bureau
Honeymoons for all seasons and reasons come in all shapes and sizes. From beautiful sun-kissed beaches to ski trips in snowcapped mountains, fairy-tale theme parks, jungle safaris and far-flung exotic locations there are a variety of options and logic behind selecting the most romantic and hottest, luxury hot spots in the world. Selecting the best place to go for the honeymoon is arguably the best part of getting married. From Thailand, Greece, Maldives and Hawaii to Italy or South Africa finding the perfect honeymoon destination is one of the most crucial decision that the newlywed couple has to take.
This is not an easy task and may be the reason why some tried-and-tested honeymoon destinations like Hawaii, are always popular, while places like Iceland, Mexico and Greece come and go with the latest trends.
If all goes well, the first post-wedding getaway can lead to evergreen and everlasting memories. The time the couple spend with each other without the stress and strains of personal and professional life helps them understand each other and plan for the future. Above all, it lays the foundation for memories to last for the lifetime.
Here, is a list of the top 12 most romantic and luxurious honeymoon destinations in the World:
DESTINATION # 1: HAWAII THE HONEYMOONERS PARADISE
Hawaii is undoubtedly the dream destination and a perfect place for newly-wed couples to start their married life in comfort, style and luxury. From volcanoes to rainforests, protected parks, spectacular coral reefs, golden sands and aquamarine bays Hawaii has something for everyone. The 50th and most recent state to join the United States, Hawaii has some of the most beautiful Honeymoon resorts. Anyone visiting Hawaii almost any time of the year is assured of perfect weather, plenty of sunshine and postcard-worthy view of the beaches and volcanoes.
The six major islands of Hawaii boast of emerald valleys, active volcanoes and golden sands during the day, while the setting sun over Haleakal, a dormant volcano offers such a breath-taking view that Mark Twain described it...
Altogether, the prime takeaway from the UAEs hosting of the Ethiopian & Eritrean leaders and its awarding of the highest state honor to each of them is that Abu Dhabi is signaling to the world that its capable of punching well above its geopolitical weight and has indisputably become a transregional Great Power in spite of its tiny size.
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As CNN reporter, Gary Tuchman, mocked supporters of Donald Trump who displayed signs supporting the internet Q-Anon movement, he blatantly misrepresented a well-established fact.
Tuchman taunted one Trump supporter who said mainstream media was weaponized by the CIA saying: I dont know anyone in the CIA except for a few people Ive interviewed over the years? But weaponized by the CIA? What does that even mean? Do you think Im weaponized by the CIA?
The truth is that mainstream media does indeed have a relationship with intelligence agencies, and the US government works very hard to control and cooperate with the mainstream media to achieve its goals.
The CNN anchor who introduced Tuchmans package was none other than Anderson Cooper. Anderson Coopers work with the CIA is public knowledge. The Washington Post quotes him saying that It was less James Bond than I expected I actually made a fake press pass, and I borrowed a camera and I decided to start going to wars by myself.
Its hard not to believe that Tuchman was being intentionally disingenuous, laughing off the idea of the CIA working with the media, when the very anchor introducing his package had openly worked for the agency.
A long, open relationship
But the CIAs relationship with American media is very longstanding, going back much further than Anderson Cooper. The CIA maintained a program called Operation Mockingbird for many decades. Operation Mockingbird involved crafting the medias narratives in ways that were favorable to the agencys foreign policy goals.
Ramparts Magazine first exposed the project in 1967, but extensive details became public knowledge during the 1970s, when the Congressional Church Committee [SF2] was investigating the work of the CIA and FBI.
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-08-07%20James%20Corbett.mp3"][/audio]We've all seen the latest moves to de-platform independent voices online, but how many people can see beyond their immediate reaction to the way they are being programmed to embrace the coming wave of government censorship? James Corbett joins Garland Nixon and guest host Eric Ladny on Radio Fault Lines to discuss this pressing issue.
For most of Israels minority groups, the Jewish Nation-State Law was far from surprising. But for many Druze citizens, who for decades have served in the military, it was the straw that broke the camels back.
Eman Safady, like many Druze citizens of Israel, felt personally betrayed by the Jewish Nation-State Law. A journalist from the village of Abu Snan in the Galilee and an officer at the Union of Journalists in Israel, she was one of the tens of thousands of protesters who took to Tel Avivs Rabin Square last weekend to oppose the law.
The Jewish Nation-State Law did not shock most of Israels minority groups. The law is merely a symbolic acknowledgment of a discriminatory reality theyve long grown accustomed to, in which Israel and its institutions favor Jewish citizens over non-Jews. The l...
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