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Wednesday, 15 November

23:38

Western media hypocrisy on Saad Hariri "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is scandalous how Western media--not only Western governments which we know how incestuous they are with the Saudi royal family--in cover up the Saudi regime arrest of the prime minister of Lebanon. Imagine if it was the Syrian regime which did that.  Also, they continue to partake in the Saudi propaganda scam by feigning uncertainty: as if the scenario of placing Hariri under House arrest is totally alien to Muhammad bin Salman. Did he not resort to the same scenario in the case of his own cousin, Muhammad bin Nayif? Where is the mystery in this way too obvious case?

23:35

SYRIA WAR REPORT NOVEMBER 15, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY TURNS MILITANTS BACK IN NORTHERN HAMA "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 15, 2017 On November 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a joint advance of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman in the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone, near Damascus. The militants attacked the Armored Vehicle Base near the village of Harsta from the northern and eastern []

23:32

January 20, 2018: Build the Base, Take the Initiative : A Call to Expand Our Capacity "IndyWatch Feed War"

On January 20, 2018, we invite you to join us in organizing events and gatherings in autonomous spaces, building capacity and community to sustain our movements and prepare for the year ahead.

This call is endorsed by the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network, subMedia, Its Going Down, and CrimethInc.. If you want to endorse this call, pass it on to others, organize something for January 20, 2018, and email us at rollingthunder@crimethinc.com to have your name added here.


Last year, thousands gathered in Washington, DC and elsewhere around the US to start the Trump regime off with an inspiring display of defiance. Since that historic mobilization, many of us have been in action almost continuously, responding to one threat after another from the regime and its supporters.

Weve participated in airport blockades opposing the Muslim Ban, mass mobilizations against the Alt-Right and other racists, weeks of action in solidarity with J20 defendants and Standing Rock arrestees, ongoing anti-colonial action against pipelines, and broad disaster relief efforts in the South and Puerto Rico. As a new year opens up before us, lets come together to think about where we want to go from here.

We live in dynamic and dangerous times. The state is ramping up repression just as fewer and fewer people perceive the government to be legitimate. Many comrades are facing decades in prison, but many more are looking to get involved.

For this reason, were calling for people to gather in anarchist and autonomous spaces on the week of January 20, 2018 in order to reconnect to the roots from which our movements draw strength, discuss the path ahead, and gather resources for prisoners, relief efforts, and ongoing struggles.

Expand Networks, Strengthen Spaces

We propose to use the week of J20 2018 to reconnect with our networks, revitalize our spaces, organize new projects, hold special events, and bring people together to build our movements.

Autonomous spaces include infoshops, community centers, and bookstores. But an autonomous space can also be a public place you make a habit of gathering in or a territory you share and defend. Open spaces offer a way for people who are freshly curious about our movements to plug in, pick up literature, and begin fostering relationships.

Towards this end, we are encouraging people to organize on the week of J20:

Community events involving putting in work at autonomous spaces. This could mean fixing the bathroom or repainting the walls...

Notes on Anti-Fascist Self-Defense Training : 10 Lessons from the Russian Anti-Fascist Experience "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anti-fascists on May Day 2014 in Murmansk.

The Trump presidency has seen a boom of fascist organizing and anti-fascist resistance in North America. Strategies and tactics that originally developed in the European context have spread around the USA. Meanwhile, in Russia, both Nazi violence and anti-fascist activity have died down to a mere fraction of what they were at the peak of the years of confrontation, 2002-2011. In the following text, a participant in the Russian anti-fascist movement suggests some conclusions about how to train for anti-fascist confrontations.

In publishing this perspective, we aim to facilitate dialogue between those fighting fascism in a variety of conditions all around the world. We believe it is crucial for anti-fascists to learn from history and from each others experience. If the Russian model for anti-fascist action reached its limits based on internal factors, as described below, we should take care not to reproduce those elements in our own organizing. Likewise, we encourage readers to bear in mind the political, social, and legal differences between the Russian and US contexts; youll do no one any good by ending up in prison on weapons charges unless the alternative would have been even worse. In the long run, fascism wont be defeated simply by individual courage or force of arms, but by building a broad-based, participatory movement that addresses the social and economic problems fascists capitalize on to recruit for their organizations.


Antifascist Attitude, a documentary made in 2008. Click on the option for English subtitles.

Introduction from the Author

Unfortunately, this text cannot go into detail about the history of Russian anti-fascism. That text has yet to be written. You can get a general sense from two texts that appeared between 2009 and 2011, before it was obvious that the situation was about to change:

There are a number of reasons why both fascist terror and anti-fascist organizing have drastically diminished in Russia over the past decade. First of all, Russian society is less dysfunctional. During the economic crisis of the 1990s, entire communities were devastated due to drugs and crime; peo...

23:12

Middle East heading to war "IndyWatch Feed War"

Middle East heading to war, Ralph Steadman drawing Trump as a baby (E543)

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23:10

The power of persuasion with Stuart Ewen "IndyWatch Feed War"

The power of persuasion with Stuart Ewen

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23:08

China and the US: Comparing Leadership Selection "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US selection of leaders has virtually nothing to do with democratic processes and outcomes. It is useful to contrast this with the process in China. In most instances, Chinas selection of leaders is far more meritocratic, successful and performance-based. In both the US and China, the process lacks transparency.

US Economic, Political, and Cultural Leadership

The selection of US economic, political and cultural leaders is based on several undemocratic procedures.

1. Inheritance via family ties

2. Personal access to credit and financing

3. Political patronage

4. Lobby and elite sale and purchase of office and favors

5. Media links

6. Political repression and manipulation of electoral procedures

7. Incumbency and use of state resources

8. Ethno-religious nepotism

9. Internal party hierarchy

10. Closed party decisions (opacity)

11. Ability to keep secrets

Leaders, whether appointed, self-appointed and selected through money, media, elite networks, turn the electoral process into virtual afterthoughts in the US system. US economic leaders have increased the flow from productive profits and investments upward to the financial sector and/or outwardly overseas to tax havens.

US political leaders have increased military expenditures and wars, diverting public funds from domestic social services and welfare, diminishing domestic economic growth and markets for investment and trade.

US cultural leaders have been rewarded for defending, promoting and embellishing imperial conquests and denigrating independent nations and leaders. They have also been rewarded for promoting the most degrading and frivolous consumerism, undermining social and community cohesion.

The lack of transparency in the US selection process of leaders in major investment banks, political parties, legislative and executive offices and academia is growing at an alarming rate and with significant negative consequences: US leaders do not have to pass rigorous exams nor do they face interviews with peers with competence in their fields of work.

US business leaders are not judged by their economic and political performance. Responsibility for disastrous wars, corrupt bank bailouts, financial crises and skyrocketing health care costs do not disqualify a candidate for leadership positions.

Documented performance criteria are not the basis for selecting Congressional and Presidential leaders. The decisive factors influencing political selection are the capacity to promote elite interests, pursue imperial wars to gratify the ambitions a...

23:02

HARPER: A REMINDER OF THE OBSCENE POWER OF THE ISRAEL LOBBY "IndyWatch Feed War"

On November 14, over 40 members of Congress--both Democrats and Republicans--wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, warning him of their concerns about Iran establishing a permanent presence in Syria, and thus completing a Shia Corridor, running from Iran through...

22:25

BBC Tells "Raqqa's Dirty Secret" "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC Tells Raqqas Dirty Secret

Oh wow, did you know that the US, Britain and their Kurdish lackies conspired to transport "ISIS" safely out of Raqqa!?!? The BBC presents their report as if it's something shocking, but, necessary. The entire article stinks of damage control!
I read the so called report, but really didnt need to-


As my readers had been duly informed- 

October 08/2017: US Commander:Final Assault to Take Raqqa From ISIS Begins Sunday

"ISIS"(PKK/YPG/Assorted special ops and a veneer of Arabs) is converging in one convenient location where they will be loaded up covertly and transported to Deir ez Zor. To fight SAA and allies.
 After all a stadium is convenient location for an irregular army to converge for ease of transport. This move can easily be obscured by darkness. The presence of other troops. Distracting/frightening gunfire sure to keep the curious away. What a great way to hide from civilians and other prying eyes while covertly moving fighters from one place (Raqqa) to another (Deir ez Zor)
Prior to ISIS being shipped out of Raqqa

Following up with this post just after: US Backed Forces Take Raqqa After ISIS "surrenders"


What was set to occur was as obvious, as obvious, could be!  I certainly did not need the BBC to tell dirty secrets that were totally apparent nearly 6 weeks ago.  If this is journalism??
 I can see why journalism is in such a sorry state. Sorry BBC, had you told me two months ago, I might have thought wow that is journalism, but a whole month after the fact and nearly 6 weeks after the obvious was stated here, all that can be seen is damage control!

Notice the dramatic narration?:




From earlier:

Mugabe under "house arrest" Emmerson Mnangawa, Man of the Hour

 Following up from last night-...

21:59

In Israel: Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak Is ready To Lead Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY GIL HOFFMAN
 NOVEMBER 15, 2017 20:45

Former prime minister Ehud Barak, who has said he would not make a political comeback, appears to have changed his mind.

Ehud Barak: Im most fit to lead

THEN DEFENSE Minister Ehud Barak arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem in 2012. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Former prime minister Ehud Barak, who has told The Jerusalem Post on multiple occasions that he would not make a political comeback, appeared to indicate otherwise Wednesday in an interview with Channel 2.

Barak quoted a recent poll that found that a majority of secular Israelis prefer him to Netanyahu. He said that among the general population, less than 40% said they preferred Netanyahu and 35% said they did not know whom they preferred, even though Netanyahu is prime minister and he is just a private citizen.

I...

21:59

Live from Baghdad: the secret of Iraqs renaissance "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 14, 2017 by Pepe Escobar of the Asia Times (cross-posted by special agreement with the author) BAGHDAD On a sandstorm-swept morning in Baghdad earlier last week, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the legendary deputy leader of Hashd al-Shaabi, a.k.a. People Mobilization Units (PMUs) and the actual mastermind of numerous ground battles against ISIS/Daesh, met a small number []

21:53

Americas Righteous Russia-gate Censorship "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Parry | Consortium News | November 14, 2107 A stark difference between todays Washington and when I was here as a young Associated Press correspondent in the late 1970s and the early 1980s is that then even as the old Cold War was heating up around the election of Ronald Reagan []

21:47

Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit Moves Toward Trial "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff for Water Protector Legal Collective. Dundon v. Kirchmeier is a federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging police violence on the night of November 20-21, 2016, at Backwater Bridge near the water protector camps and the site of the DAPL pipeline just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The case was filed on November 28, 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota by nine named plaintiffs on behalf of everyone who was injured by law enforcement that night. American Indians have felt the sharp end of a sword and the blunt end of a projectile too often in this countrys history. The brutal and militarized police violence on Backwater Bridge on November 20, 2016, should not have happened and must never happen again. The preliminary injunction is denied, but we will continue our fight for a permanent injunction and to ensure that the State pays for their indiscriminate use of excessive force, said WPLC Executive Director Terry Janis.

21:43

And now, a civics seminar ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

I have long been an originalist, strict construction libertarian believing as did Mr. Jefferson (the slave owner and sage) that "the best government is the least possible." The trick being to discern what the least possible might be. Therefore I...

21:42

Texas Sheriff Posts to Facebook Threatening Criminal Charges against Driver with Anti-Trump Sticker "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Republican Sheriff in Texas posted to Facebook threatening criminal charges against the owner of a white pick up truck with an anti-Trump sticker decal displayed in the rear window.

Fort Bend Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, apparently unaware the First Amendment protects political speech, posted that he obtained permission from a prosecutor who informed him she would accept criminal charges of disorderly conduct against the owner of the truck, which says Fuck Trump. And fuck you for voting for him on the back of it.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls.

I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it, the post reads.

Several people replied to the post, which now has over 1,100 shares.

Some criticized the sheriff for his anti-free speech stance.

Others criticized him for not focusing on real crimes, for being petty and for not upholding his oath as sheriff.

Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, if you dont like free speech move to Iraq or North Korea, Nathaniel Dimof wrote.

Someone displays a Fuck Trump sticker and you want to charge the person with breaching the peace?! You took an oath to uphold and defend the constitution. If you dont do that, then you should be fired not holding up that oath, Matt Giesler replied to the sheriffs post.

Facebook poster Antonio Herrera used sarcasm, implying the sheriff probably had more important things to do with his time.

Im glad to see our government officials are concentrating on whats important, he wrote.

Sheriff Nehls took time out of his busy day of fighting crime to respond.

Its important to resp...

21:36

Those Magical, Fantastical Russians vs. U.S. Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

Glen Ford in Black Agenda Report: This induced state of emergency is designed to prepare the American public, politically and psychologically, to maintain the momentum of the U.S. imperial offensive in the world. The only people that can make Russiagate fade away are the ones that invented it in the first place: the spooks, Wall Street Democrats and institutional servants of capital that gathered in Hillary Clintons overstuffed campaign tent, last year, to plot the next moves of a beleaguered U.S. empire. Although a Bernie Sanders upset in 2016 had always been a statistical impossibility, Donald Trumps capture of the Republican Party machinery had destabilized the duopoly political system at a time of great stress for U.S. imperialism. The previous year, the Russian military had set up shop in Syria, blocking U.S.-backed jihadists from ousting the secular, Arab nationalist government of Bashar al Assad. It was Vladimir Putins answer to the global military offensive launched by Barack Obama in 2011, with NATOs overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, followed immediately by the jihadist push into

21:33

James Clapper Wants Us to Trust Him: So Does Politico "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jason Hirthler | Dissident Voice | November 15, 2017 In a recent piece published on Politico, former director of national intelligence James Clapper, that crusty ex-cargo pilot, makes us privy to another of his unnerving assessments of the world-at-large, The Russians have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations. The last time Mr. Clapper assured us []

21:30

US-led Coalition Reportedly Hinders Syrian Army Advance In al-Bukamal (Photos, Videos, Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US-led coalition is preventing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies from liberating the last ISIS stronghold in Syria, al-Bukamal city,the Hezbollah media wing in Syria claimed on November 15.

The media outlet added that the US-led coalition is aiding ISIS by jamming the SAA communications and even blocking some part of the airispace over al-Bukamal.

The Hezbollah media wing added that clashes are still ongoing around al-Bukamal and in some districts in the city. However, no SAA advance was reported.

US-led Coalition Reportedly Hinders Syrian Army Advance In al-Bukamal (Photos, Videos, Map)

Click to see the full-size map

From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, reported that ISIS fighters targeted a gathering of SAA soldiers west of al-Bukamal city with an ATGM. Seven soldiers of the SAA were killed in the ATGM strike according to Amaq.

US-led Coalition Reportedly Hinders Syrian Army Advance In al-Bukamal (Photos, Videos, Map)...

21:21

Historic US Bill Would Outlaw Israel Aid Used To Abuse Children "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor 15-11-2017 | 15:59 Ten members of Congress are cosponsoring a bill to bar the US from financially supporting human rights abuses of Palestinian children by the Israeli military. The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, introduced on Tuesday, is the first ever bill to prioritize the human rights []

21:19

How the Middle East could go the way of the Balkans "IndyWatch Feed War"

OPINION

Maria Dubovikova | Published  Thursday 16 November 2017

The current status of the Middle East is similar to that of the Balkans in the years before the World War I. Are we going to witness a Balkanization of the region geopolitical fragmentation caused by other countries foreign policies? And what are the chances of an Iranian-Arab war or a Shiite-Sunni conflict that could lead to the redrawing of the Middle East map?

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said a ballistic missile fired at Riyadh this month from Houthi militia-held territory in Yemen was supplied by Iran, and described it as direct military aggression and an act of war. The accusation was repeated by the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in his resignation statement: Iran controls the region and the decision-making in both Syria and Iraq. I want to tell Iran and its followers that it will lose in its interventions in the internal affairs of Arab countries. He specifically blamed Iran for interference in the affairs of Lebanon.

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Saudi rhetoric aimed at Iran has escalated in the past few weeks, and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir accused Tehran of being behind all evil acts in the region. The Iranian terror continues to terrorize the innocent, kill children and violate international law, and every day it is clear that the Houthi militias are a terrorist tool to destroy Yemen, he said. The Kingdom reserves the right to respond to Iran at the right place and time. Last week Saudi Arabia called on the UN to take measures against Iran to hold Tehran accountable for its conduct.

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Events are moving fast. They could lead to a military confrontation, including the intensification of proxy wars, and a deepening of the Shiite-Sunni divide. The danger persists as long as the two superpowers, Russia and the US, stand on opposing sides of the spectrum on many regional issues, especially Iran. Recent comments from the Oval Office make it clear that the latest events have full US approval and conform with its expectations and policies.

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The Iranian ballistic missile program is a key factor in Arab strategies and alliances. Many countries in the Middle East started heading east and west to purchase air defense missiles, such as the Russian S-300 and S-400 and the American Patriot and THAAD systems. Arab countries also started to think of producing their own military equipment by having offset projects with weapon...

20:59

Belt and Road project: Chinas new vision and Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

Analysis

By  Emel Parlar Dal

Does the Belt and Road project really have the potential to introduce a Chinese alternative to the established world order?

ISTANBUL

U.S. President Donald Trumps 13-day Asia tour, which began on Nov. 5 with Japan and includes, first and foremost, China, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines, is already signaling that the U.S. is drawing up a new Asian strategy.

Although it is suggested that the visit is outwardly based on the goal of creating a coordination and business alliance to take tougher measures against North Korea, this 13-day diplomacy tour by Trump, the longest Asian tour ever taken by a U.S. president since George H. W. Bushs 12-day visit in 1991, is dropping major hints about the discomfort the U.S. is feeling towards the recent transformation in power balances in Asia.

One such hint is that the region, defined to date by Washington as Asia-Pacific, began to be conceptualized as the Indo-Pacific region starting from before this visit. We may say that the most important reason for this visit as well as the conceptual transformation accompanying it beyond the ostentatious North Korean threat directly relates to containing or controlling the rise of China, which is now following a global trajectory after its spread over Asia.

The aspect of this Chinese rise that will pose the greatest challenge to the U.S. position as a superpower is the Belt and Road project, which is Chinas global strategic partnership vision with pragmatic foundations and a win-win strategy as opposed to the security-related tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Does the Belt and Road project really have the potential to introduce a Chinese alternative to the established world order? What countries, multilateral structures and regions constitute the main partners of the project?

And how important are Turkey and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railroad project to this massive undertaking, considering that the current final destination of this project (Kars) is a Turkish province?

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Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railroad project

Is Belt and Road main pillar of Chinas new world vision?

At a time when the basic paradigms of the international order are being questioned once again, China is the...

20:53

Benghazi Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in US Trial "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISIS IN ACTION
ISIS is reported to have established temporary checkpoints 70 km south of Sirte on the road to Waddan and also near Bohadi village in the same district, on the 8 and 13 November respectively. The group is said to have stopped and searched civilian vehicles and seized goods.

In the 105th edition of ISISs weekly al-Naba online magazine the group claims its fighters in Libya repelled an attack by the Libyan National Army in Cyrenaica on the 2nd of November, causing casualties and damaging equipment.

WESTERN RESPONSE
On 9 November, Mustafa al-Imam, a suspect in the September 2012 attack against the US Special Mission in Benghazi, who was captured from Misrata in October and transported to the US to stand trial, entered a plea of not guilty to terrorism-related charges in the US District Court. On 9 November, Imam was indicted on one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists resulting in death.

According to a motion for pre-trial detention, video surveillance shows Imam at the US compound in Benghazi on the night of the attack and indicates that he was involved in exploiting sensitive material from the scene. Imams lawyer argued that the evidence against his client was not as serious as the US government was claiming. He said it was based on a video that showed Imam leaving the US mission with some equipment which the authorities claimed were later used in the attack. Imam reportedly told investigators that he was close with Ahmed Abu Khatallah.

Khatallah was captured from Libya in 2014 and is currently on trial in the US for his role in the Benghazi attack. The trial began in early October and he has pleaded not guilty to all 18 of the charges against him. On 7 November, a paid Libyan informant gave evidence against Khatallah, implicating him in the 2012 attack. The informant was paid a $7 million reward for his work.

On 8 November Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi suggested ISIS fighters were entering Egypt through Libya in the wake of the groups defeat in Syria and Iraq. This was followed three days later by a statement from Egyptian military claiming it had destroyed 10 vehicles belonging to smugglers carrying weapons and ammunition at their western border with Libya.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 8 November that the situation in Libya is dire. She highlighted incidents such as the recent discovery of a mass grave near Benghazi where bodies showed signs of torture, the ongoing LNA siege of Derna, and the appalling treatment of migrants in Libya, including evidence of slave markets. She plans to seek new arrest warrants if serious crimes dont stop and demanded that those who are already wanted by the ICC, such as Saif al-Islam Qaddafi and Libyan Nati...

20:46

Lebanese President: Saudis Detaining Hariri is Act of Aggression "IndyWatch Feed War"

Beirut (GPA) The Lebanese government is officially accusing the Saudis of illegally detaining Saad Hariri.

Over the last several weeks, many questions have arisen concerning the current status of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The mystery surrounding Hariri all started about two weeks ago when the PM took a surprise trip to Riyadh. Once he arrived, following a meeting with high-level Saudi officials, he resigned on Saudi television saying he feared for his life.

From there the story only got more strange with Hariri seemingly disappearing, even leaving his own party in Lebanon unable to speak with him. Following these events, envoys from several western nations visited Hariri and refuse to comment on his current status.

Related: Where Is Saad Hariri? Nobody Knows

Events hit a fever pitch earlier this week once Hariri did finally make a public appearance in Riyadh, speaking to a Lebanese reporter from an outlet owned by the ex-PM. The interview appears extremely strange with Hariris responses seeming unusual, as well as the presence of a man in the background that many speculate could be a Saudi handler tasked with keeping Hariri on message.

These developments have been increasingly disturbing, to say the least, now reaching a point where almost all segments of Lebanese society are questioning Saudi claims that Hariri is free to do as he pleases.

Obviously, the first condemnations of the Hariri resignation and questions about his freedom came from long-time Saudi nemesis, Hezbollah. Leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, spoke last week saying Hariris resignation was probably forced and to legally resign, he must do so in Lebanon.

But this time Hezbollah isnt alone in their criticism of Saudi Arabia...

20:37

Islamic State threatens Christmas blood at the Vatican "IndyWatch Feed War"

No problem. Pope Francis can just step out of his luxurious apartments, embrace the Islamic State jihadis, kiss their feet, and explain to them that authentic Islam and the proper understanding of the Quran reject every form of violence. Then theyll share a hearty laugh over their former misunderstanding of Islam, and all will be []

20:30

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, November 16, 2017 Who is the spotless mirror of the power of God? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 494

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Reading 1 WIS 7:22B8:1

In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
For she is an aura of the might of God
and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the power of God,
the image of his goodness.
And she, who is one, can do all things,
and renews everything while herself perduring;
And passing into holy souls from age to age,
she produces friends of God and prophets.
For there is nought God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.
For she is fairer than the sun
and surpasses every constellation of the stars.
Compared to light, she takes precedence;
for that, indeed, night supplants,
but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily
and governs all things well.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175

R. (89a) Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Your word, O LORD, endures forever;
it is firm as the heavens.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Through all generations your truth endures;
you have estab...

20:25

Subsidizing the Rich, while Making the Poor Poorer "IndyWatch Feed War"

The poorer you are the more screwed you are. And things are getting worse.

20:21

Russia Meddling? "IndyWatch Feed War"


May and Johnson reveal embarrassing split over alleged Russia meddling [TWEETS]

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20:21

Corrupt Governments "IndyWatch Feed War"


12 words from a Labour MP just blew the Paradise Papers wide open

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20:20

I am deeply embarrassed by the behavior of my alma mater, Stanford, regarding its treatment of Robert Spencer "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Stanford alumnus takes issue with his alma maters fascist suppression of dissenting views. Die Luft der Freiheit wird erstickt indeed. Stanford and the Wind of Freedom, by Mateen Elass, November 15, 2017: I am deeply embarrassed by the recent behavior of my alma mater, Stanford University, regarding its recent treatment of Robert Spencer, who spoke []

20:17

Synthesis of Xi Jin Pings Win-Win BRI : Waxing Global Destiny "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Anne Teoh for the Saker blog From the depths of despair, one can climb out to see blue sky and fields of flowers, hear birdsongs and the rivers flowing,

20:15

Egypt court upholds life sentence of Brotherhood leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Egypt's court of cassation, whose rulings can not be appealed, upheld the life term against Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's spiritual guide

19:57

University College London hosts speakers who defend Hamas jihad mass murder "IndyWatch Feed War"

These are the kinds of speakers who are welcomed and celebrated on university campuses today. Avoid jihad terror, youll be smear and defamed, and your event disrupted. Support jihad terror, and youll be a hero. When are these malignant clowns, Peled and Tamimi, booked for Stanford University? Miko Peled: Zionists do not deserve a platform, []

19:56

Impeachment: Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

WASHINGTON (AP) A half-dozen Democrats on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses, in a long-shot effort that stands little chance in the Republican-led House.

Indeed, the large majority of Democrats seem intent on having nothing to do with the effort either as lawmakers await the results of special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Democratic leaders have argued that the impeachment campaign riles up Trumps GOP base, a critical bloc in next years midterm elections.

The five articles accused the president of obstruction of justice related to the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and other offenses.

We have taken this action because of great concerns for the country and our Constitution and our national security and our democracy, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., said at a news conference to announce the effort.

Cohen said he understands that Republicans hold the majority in the House and are unlikely to allow hearings on the impeachment articles. He said the group will hold occasional briefings to explain each of the five articles of impeachment and where they believe Trump ran afoul of the law or committed misdeeds that warrant impeachment.

Six Democrats have introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a long-shot effort that stands little chance in the Republican-led House. The five articles include accusing the president of obstruction of justice. (Nov. 15)

The obstruction of justice allegation stems from Trumps firing of FBI Director James Comey, which the lawmakers say was designed to delay and impede an investigation.

The articles of impeachment also charge that Trump has accepted without the consent of Congress emoluments from foreign states and from the U.S. government. Finally, the articles of impeachment allege he has undermined the federal judiciary and the freedom of the press.

Cohen and other leaders of the impeachment effort disagreed that their effort could hurt Democrats in next years congressional elections.

I think the Democratic base needs to be activated. The Democratic base needs to know there are members of Congress willing to stand up against this president, Cohen said...

19:51

Israel to tax Google, Facebook within a year "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP | Israel says it is going ahead with steps to tax internet giants like Google and Facebook as the EU grapples with the issue

JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israel plans to tax internet giants such as Google and Facebook within a year, the head of the tax authority said in remarks published on Wednesday.

Israel Tax Authority chief Moshe Asher told Haaretz newspaper that taxing tech giants would make Israel among the first in the world, as the European Union still grapples with the thorny process.

Our goal is to obtain as much data as we can, even if many of these figures are held outside of Israel, Asher told the Israeli newspaper.

Within a year well issue these companies tax bills, he said.

A spokeswoman for the Israel Tax Authority confirmed the report, telling AFP they were in a process of creating tax assessments for the multinational companies, but refused to comment further.

In Europe, clashing interests are hindering efforts to form a unified policy.

France has led a major push to increase taxes in the European Union on mega tech firms such as Google and Facebook, which are accused of booking huge profits while denying state-coffers much-needed money.

But smaller EU member states that serve as low-tax headquarters for the giants insisted that the EU should only approach the issue on a far broader international level.

The European Commission, the EUs executive arm, is due to present proposals for taxing tech giants such as Google and Apple next year.

Members of the 35-country OECD, the policy club of industrialised nations, are meanwhile negotiatin...

19:48

The End of the Mugabe Era in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Summary

One of Africas longest-serving leaders, 93-year-old Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has apparently been removed from office in a military coup. Mugabe, who has ruled his country with an iron fist since coming to power in 1980, preferred to play off different factions within the ruling elite rather than announce a successor. As recently as a few months ago, he vowed to run again for office when Zimbabweans head to the polls in 2018. Yet in reality it was his wife Grace Mugabe who had emerged as a potential successor thanks to her husbands patronage. Both Mugabes are now apparently under house arrest.

The coup has elicited few protests in Western capitals, which tend to view the fall of the Mugabes as an improvement in Zimbabwes internal affairs. Theres a hope that a successor will emerge from the presidents Zanu-PF party whom they can work with. Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe army is insisting that the constitution remains in effect and does not appear intent on taking power itself.

The post The End of the Mugabe Era in Zimbabwe appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

19:47

Bahrain says deadly bus attack engineered by Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Emergency and rescue workers are seen blocking the road leading to a fire in at oil pipeline in Buri village south of Manama, Bahrain, November 10, 2017. (Reuters)
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DUBAI: Bahrain said on Wednesday a bomb attack on a police bus which killed an officer and wounded nine last month was carried out by a militant cell trained by its arch-foe Iran.
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The terrorist cell received extensive training in Iranian Revolutionary Guard camps on the use and manufacture of explosives and firearms, as well as material and logistical support, the ministry said.
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DUBAI (Reuters) Bahrain said on Wednesday a bomb attack on a police bus which killed an officer and wounded nine last month was carried out by a militant cell trained by its arch-foe Iran.

After authorities quashed Shiite Muslim-led Arab Spring protests on the Sunni-ruled island in 2011, militants have launched deadly bombing and shooti...

19:35

We are going to kill you: Myanmar non-Muslims recall jihad massacres by Rohingya Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

The establishment media consistently only presents one side of the story in Myanmar, claiming that Rohingya Muslims are being victimized on a massive scale, despite evidence that many alleged army atrocities have been faked, and that Myanmar non-Muslims have been brutalized and murdered by Rohingya jihadists. Even in this story, the Washington Post does its []

19:29

Screeching MSM Zombies Devour Trump Asia Trip "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump trip to Asia is a major inflection point for China hawks eager to put transactional diplomacy in the rearview mirror, pivot to an overtly adversarial China policy, and ignore and deny the fundamental changes in Asia that go hand in hand with both Chinas rise and Americas relative decline.

Trump and China bashing got an extensive workout in the Western press, and TPP 11 and the Quad made their debut on the world stage.  A revolution in China containment?  Or more of the same?

Im Peter Lee, and Im the nagging voice in your head that says, Hey, are we making another trillion dollar mistake in Asia?

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Trump is Chinas Chump

China has Trump just where it wants him

Trump is Ceding Global Leadership to China

Xi Tells Zuckerberg and Cook China Is Set for Unprecedented Reform

Dissecting the $250 Billion China Deals Trump Got for U.S.

Some Frank Advice for President Xi

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19:20

Canada: Palestinians in Mississauga openly call for bloody jihad against Jews "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bnai Brith Canada is calling on the City of Mississauga to enforce its bylaws against protestors who have threatened violence against Jews and encouraged children to engage in terrorism. Back in July, Bnai Brith exposed a rally in Mississaugas Celebration Square, in which hundreds of people chanted in Arabic, Remember Khaybar, oh you Jews, the []

19:08

Mattel excited to release first Barbie wearing a hijab "IndyWatch Feed War"

From criticism about sexualizing girls from too young an age to creating a negative and unrealistic body image in girls, Barbie has long been accorded a great deal of responsibility for the self-image of young girls. So now Barbie, with her showy display of glamorous makeup, jewelry and flamboyant styles, is ready to cover it []

19:02

Fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld slams Merkel for inviting worst enemies of Jews to Germany "IndyWatch Feed War"

Noted German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel on French television saying she had invited the worst enemies of the Jewish people to Germany during the migrant crisis. Germany has seen anti-Semitism soar, so as politically incorrect and Islamophobic as Lagerfelds statement will be regarded, a similar concern was enunciated by the []

19:00

Catalan Independence and Media Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed War"

1.3 million people marched in the streets of Barcelona on the 11th of November. They were protesting the arrest of Catalonian MPs and other officials. The charges? Sedition. The Catalan independence referendum was held peacefully and fairly. On the day votes were cast riot police broke up crowds and raided polling stations. People were injured trying to vote. To no ones surprise, the people of Catalonia voted AGAINST the people hitting them with sticks for wanting to be free. The Spanish government dissolved Catalonias local government and had MPs seized. The ex-President of Catalonia fled to Belgium. He has since been handed over to the Spanish government. 1.3 million people marched against this. Thats a one, a three, and five zeroes. The Spanish press didnt cover it. But fortunately, for now, people can upload reality to twitter. Watch this video of last nights protest of around a million people calling for Spain to release Catalan political prisoners. Then follow this link to see how this vast crowd was depicted on the front pages of Spain's

18:52

Russia Passes Bill That Will Label US Media as Foreign Agents "IndyWatch Feed War"

Moscow (GPA) The new laws would allow the Kremlin to apply the label to US media companies operating in Russia.

Russias Duma (the lower house of parliament) unanimously voted in favor of the measure. The proposal was drafted as a response to the US crackdown on Russian broadcaster RT which forced the network to register as a foreign agent with the US Department of Justice on Monday.

The new laws are included among the amendments as part of a larger bill that lays out a set of media regulations. The amendments concerning foreign media would place the responsibility of designating which outlets are foreign agents on the Russian Justice Ministry.

Related: Full Censorship: Twitter Removes All RT And Sputnik Ads

Reasons for a possible foreign agent designation can include networks run by foreign governments, corporations or individuals. Once the designation is applied to a media organization, they would have to brand themselves as such in all their reporting, as well as turn over regular financial reports to the Russian government.

As stated above, the reason for these new Russian laws is centered around the same designation being applied to the company which owns RT America, the Russian state-run media outlet in the US. Now the US media is outraged that Russia is doing the same thing, potentially targeting media outlets such as the privately-owned CNN or the US state-run outlets Voice of America (VOA), and Radio Free Europe (RFE).

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18:46

Unionized Metro Transit Workers Authorize Strike During Super Bowl "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Star Tribune - Unionized bus drivers, LRT operators and others at Metro Transit voted overwhelmingly to reject a final contract offer and authorize a strike during Super Bowl festivities next year. The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1005, which represents about 2,500 workers at Metro Transit, voted 93 percent in favor of rejecting the Metropolitan Councils last contract offer and authorizing a strike during the period leading up to the Super Bowl. The vote was held on Sunday and Monday. The union says theres disagreement over proposed changes to work rules, outsourcing and security for bus drivers. Mark Lawson, ATU Local 1005 president, said in a statement theres still time to reach a contract before the Super Bowl, which is expected to attract up to 1 million enthusiasts leading up to footballs big day. Met Council officials on Monday stood by their statement last week that they are confident a deal can be reached before the Super Bowl. A mediator from the state Bureau of Mediation Services has been involved in the negotiations.

18:43

Want to boycott Israel? Be my guest, there will be a pricetag Israeli official warns Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

A high official in the Israeli government says that the groups supporting BDS, or Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, are doing a great job, and Israel has to come up with more aggressive ways to counter them. If you want to promote boycotts against Israel, be my guest, its your right. But there will be a price tag, Ron Brummer said last week.

The new battlefield for BDS is in Europe, where companies are under growing pressure to divest from the West Bank. The way to counter that pressure is to pass anti-BDS legislation in American states (as state legislatures and governors have done in Texas, California, Maryland, New York, and other states), so that if a company boycotts the West Bank, it loses 10s of millions in U.S. contracts, said Brummer, the executive director for operations of the Israeli Ministry for Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy.

And Israel advocates must explain that there is no distinction between boycotting the West Bank and boycotting Israel. There is only one economy between the river and the sea, Brummer said. If you want to divest from the West Bank, Judea and Samaria, you have to divest from Israel, which means you boycott Israel completely, he said.

Brummer also called on American Jews to give money to Jewish groups in Europe and South American to fight BDS, because throughout history, Jews have always helped each other.

Brummer spoke at the Israeli American Council last Sunday, November 5 an organization funded by Sheldon Adelson in a panel titled The Real BDS: Bigotry, Discrimination and Slander. The room was jammed with about 150 people, many young activists. The panel featured Shilo Adler, a leader from an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Eli.

Let me go through Brummers points and then the points of two other pro-Israel advocates who are fighting BDS.

BDS groups are doing a great job, Brummer said:

The BDS organizations or the delegitimization organizations have evolved. They have improved. They are doing a great job on the other side and we have to adapt ourselves.

But BDS is really anti-Semitism:

BDS as we see it is only the symptom, the current face of something much, much, much deeper, much more established, much more ancient, and that is, the delegitimization of Israel as the Jewish state, as the homeland of the Jewish people. During history, many forces have tried to delegitimize us. Maybe through endless wars, terror, guerrilla, unilateral moves in the U.N. a...

18:40

Russia Offers Venezuela Debt Relief "IndyWatch Feed War"

Moscow agrees to restructure $3 billion in debt it is owed by its South American ally

Updated Nov. 15, 2017 12:19 p.m. ET

MOSCOWRussia threw a lifeline to Venezuela on Wednesday, restructuring the more than $3 billion it is owed by its economically and politically troubled South American ally.

The Russian Finance Ministry said the debt of $3.15 billion would now be repaid over 10 years, with minimal repayments during the first six years.

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18:39

Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into The Light "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jonathan Cook for Counter Punch - The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britains international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a family holiday, offers a small, opaque window on the UKs powerful Israel lobby. Patels off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were organised by a British lobbyist in violation of government rules requiring careful documentation of official meetings. That is to prevent conflicts of interest and illicit lobbying by foreign powers. Government protocol was flouted again when Patel headed to the Golan Heights, occupied Syrian territory, escorted by the Israeli army. There she was shown an Israeli military field hospital that patches up Syrians, including Al Qaeda-affiliated fighters, wounded in Syrias civil war. Afterwards, Patel pressed for the Israeli army, one of the most powerful in the world, to receive a chunk of Britains overseas aid. Meanwhile, she has sought to cut aid to the Palestinians, including to vital projects in Gaza. A clue as to how she reached such absurd humanitarian priorities is provided in the figure of Stuart Polak, mentor on her Israel holiday. The honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, Lord Polak has recruited four-fifths of Conservative MPs, and almost every government minister, to a group whose explicit goal is to advance Israeli interests in Britain.

18:36

Erdogan pledges military support for Qatar on Doha visit "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The two countries reportedly signed a number of financial, tourism and research agreements

18:29

Trumps HHS Pick Worked For Groups Suing To Hide Drug Pricing "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alex Kotch and Lydia O'neal for International Business Times - Not only did Azar work at Eli Lilly for 10 years, the final five of which he was president, he was a board member of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the primary lobbying group for the biotech industry, of which Eli Lilly is a member. Azar left both positions in January to launch a biopharmaceutical and health care consulting firm, Seraphim Strategies LLC. Should he become HHS secretary, hed be overseeing Eli Lilly and his former clients. Prior to joining Eli Lilly, Azar was deputy HHS secretary under President George W. Bush. The political strategies of Eli Lilly, BIO and another industry lobbying group, including efforts to fight drug pricing transparency and defend their patents in order to keep prices high, shed light on the pro-industry approach that Azar is likely to take as HHS director, should he be confirmed. In June, the Nevada state legislature passed a law to increase transparency in drug pricing, requiring companies to disclose information on manufacturing, marketing and advertising costs and profits for essential diabetes drugs. It also targets pharmacy benefit managers and aims to obtain information about confidential rebates. Eli Lilly is one of the biggest manufacturers of diabetes drugs and has come under intense criticism for consistently increasing the price of these drugs.

18:23

Uganda rises up in unprecedented opposition to 31-year dictator "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Patience Nitumwesiga

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During the early morning hours of September 21, nine young activists all in their twenties hauled a coffin toward a police station in the northern city of Lira. The coffin was draped with posters of Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni and a number of his other allies in government. Written across the coffin on one side were the words Change the constitution and bury Uganda a reference to a proposed constitutional amendment that would do away with the presidential age limit.

At 6.30 a.m., when they arrived at a major intersection, they set the coffin down and lit it on fire. By the time the police station came alive to start the day, the protesters had already left. Not knowing who they were looking for, the officers nevertheless set out on a hunt to find them.

Over the next 12 hours, the young people invaded street after street in Lira, chanting anti-constitutional change slogans, lifting up placards and even setting some tires on fire. The small group soon grew into large crowds in all corners of Lira. The protesters had allies everywhere, and as soon as the police set out to stop a protest on a given street, someone would call the protesters and inform them. They would quickly disperse and reorganize at a different place, and the police would arrive too late, finding no one to arrest.

Eventually, when the police got fed up with the constant evasion, they decided to storm the offices of the nonviolent training organization Solidarity Uganda, claiming that they were hiding the protesters. Police checked behind all doors and in ceiling boards, finding no one. But they didnt leave empty-handed. Solidarity Uganda staff member Dickens Otim was arrested and charged with inciting violence. Due to a lack of evidence, however, the charge was downgraded, and he was released on bail.

Actions like these have been happening all over the country, as those against the age limit amendment bill voice their concerns in the corridors of power and in the streets of most cities oftentimes accompanied by the Luganda hashtag and slogan #Togikwatako, which means Dont you dare touch (the constitution).

Ugandas history with dictatorship

Uganda has never ha...

18:21

Washing ashore in Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed War"

I didnt think it would be like The Brady Bunchbrown women with bare midriffs and grass skirts offering leis as we stepped onto a sunny tarmacand yet I cant say I expected Animal House, either.  But thats exactly what I got on my United flight from San Francisco to Honolulu, an economy-class atrocity filled with sun-starved tourists (guessing by their accents) from the upper Midwest.  

The scent of cheap liquor and coconut sunscreen suffused the fuselage.  People in short sleeve button-ups patterned with safari hats and palm fronds shouted obscenities up and down the aisles.  They continued hooting and yapping long after it was time for any reasonable person to have slept.  Cognizant of what happens to unruly Arabs on airplanes, I conducted a silent protest by swallowing an Ambien.  

As I began to doze, I remembered that journeys to Tel Aviv are notorious for rude passengers.  Shitty inbound flights appear to be a standard feature of visiting places suffering military occupation.  

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The Makua military reservation in Oahu

I heard the line more than once in advance of my trip to Hawaii:  Its like another country.  Its almost an accurate observation.  Hawaii is another country.  

The islands, once discrete chiefdoms sharing linguistic, cultural, and political affinities, unified in the late-18th century and entered into a trade alliance with Great Britain (the union jack still adorns Hawaiis state flag), under the watchful eye of a covetous United States.  In...

18:12

SO YOU WANT TO GEOENGINEER THE PLANET? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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SO YOU WANT TO GEOENGINEER THE PLANET? BEWARE THE HURRICANES


We might have to engineer our planet to survive, but the sciencenot to mention the geopolitical implicationsis daunting.UNIVERSAL HISTORY ARCHIVE/ UIG/GETTY IMAGES
EVERY COUNTRY ON Earth, save for cough one, has banded together to cut emissions and stop the runaway heating of our only home. Thats nearly 200 countries working to keep the global average temperature from climbing 2 degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial Revolution levels.

Phenomenal. But what if cooperation and emissions reduction arent enough? Projections show that even if all those countries hit their Paris Agreement emissions pledges, the world will still get too warm too fast, plunging us into climate chaos. So, if we cant stop what weve set in motion, what if we could just cool the planet off by making it more reflectivemore like a disco ball than a baseball?

Actually, we could. Its called solar geoengineering. Scientists could release materials into the stratosphere that reflect sunlight back into space, kind of like slapping giant sunglasses on Earth. You could theoretically do this with giant space mirrors, but that would require a mountain of R&D and money and materials. More likely, scientists might be able to steal a strategy from Earth itself. When volcanoes erupt, they spew sulfur high in the sky, where the gas turns into an aerosol that blocks sunlight. If scientists added sulfur to the stratosphere manually, that could reflect light away from Earth and help humanity reach its climate goals.

It's not that simple, though: The massive Tambora eruption of 1815 cooled the Earth so much that Europe suffered the year without summer, leading to extreme food shortages. And in a study published today in the journal Nature, researchers examine a bunch of other ways a blast of sulfur could do more harm than good.

Specifically, the group looked at how sulfur seeding could impact storms in the North Atlantic. They built models showing what would happen if they were to inject sulfur dioxide into the lower stratosphere above either the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, at a rate of 5 million metric tons per year. Sulfur dioxide gas (SO2) is not itself reflective, but up there it reacts with water, picking up oxygen molecules to become sulfate aerosol (SO4)now that's reflective. Block out some of the sun, and you block out some of the solar energy.

Now, the Earth's hemispheres aren't just divided by a thick line on your globe; they're actually well-divided by what is essentially a giant updraft. That tends to keep materials like, say, sulfate aerosol, stuck in a given hemisphere. It goes up and it g...

18:01

Natural Gas Has No Climate Benefit And May Make Things Worse "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Joe Romm for Think Progress - The evidence is overwhelming that natural gas has no net climate benefit in any timescale that matters to humanity. In fact, a shocking new study concludes that just the methane emissions escaping from New Mexicos gas and oil industry are equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants. If the goal is to avoid catastrophic levels of warming, a recent report by U.K. climate researchers finds categorically no role to play for new natural gas production. Sadly, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has just published a Commentary on the environmental case for natural gas, that ignores or downplays key reasons that greater use of natural gas is bad for the climate. In the real world, natural gas is not a bridge fuel to a carbon-free economy for two key reasons. First, natural gas is mostly methane (CH4), a super-potent greenhouse gas, which traps 86 times as much heat as CO2 over a 20-year period. Thats why many, many studies find that even a very small leakage rate of methane from the natural gas supply chain (production to delivery to combustion) can have a large climate impact enough to gut the entire benefit of switching from coal-fired power to gas for a long, long time.

17:42

The Hotwire #13: November 15, 2017 : J20 trials begin, worldwide anti-fascism, squatting for the win in Chicago "IndyWatch Feed War"

Listen here. Today is the beginning of the J20 inauguration protester trials in DC. There are some important developments in the case, so we interview Sam from DC Legal Posse about whats going on and how to support the defendants. We also interview a Polish anti-fascist from Warsaw about this weekends 60,000 person far-right march that was littered with Nazi slogans. The folks at the IRL squat in Chicago called us to talk about resisting their eviction and squatting as a window to a world outside of capitalism. Stay tuned until the end for exciting calls for upcoming action camps and decentralized days of action.

17:39

#Oakland November 17: Rally and Walkout at Pitt Disarm Pitt Police "IndyWatch Feed War"

Friday November 17, 2017, 03:30pm (EST), Towers Patio, Oakland (Ca).

Last year on November 17th, shortly after Trumps election, around 100 students, workers and community members marched together in the streets of Oakland to demand an end to student debt and protest Trumps election.

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Originally published Rally and Walkout at Pitt: Disarm Pitt Police Facebook event page.

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

Oakland November 17: Rally and Walkout at Pitt Disarm Pitt Police

Friday November 17, 2017, 03:30pm (EST), Towers Patio, Oakland (Ca).

Last year on November 17th, shortly after Trumps election, around 100 students, workers and community members marched together in the streets of Oakland to dem...

17:37

The pro-Saudi propaganda of Ben Hubbard reaches a new low "IndyWatch Feed War"

"The recent episode started when Mr. Hariri fled to Riyadh". Fled? The threat to Hariri was in Lebanon or in Riyadh where he is in detention?  All Lebanese security services--even those loyal to Hariri--refuted Saudi regime claim about threats to his life in Lebanon.  Only Hubbard believes the Saudi claim.  As is well-known, even in pro-Hariri media in Lebanon, Hariri didnot flee to Riyadh, he was SUMMONED.

17:36

Zimbabwes Mugabe Deposed Flees to Namibia "IndyWatch Feed War"

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  • Robert Mugabe, 93, and his family have been detained after Zimbabwes military staged bloodless correction
  • Tanks and soldiers seen on the streets of the capital Harare and loud explosions were heard in the city centre
  • It came as the military delivered a TV address denying that there had been a coup and that Mugabe was safe 
  • Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, sacked by Robert Mugabe last week, has returned from exile 
  • Armoured vehicles are patrolling the streets and Britons and Americans have been advised to stay indoors
  • There are claims that Mugabes wife has fled to Namibia after being allowed to leave the country last night 
  • South African President Jacob Zuma has spoken to Mugabe and says he is fine but confined to his home

Zimbabwes dictator Robert Mugabe is likely to be forced to hand power to his sacked vice president in a few weeks to make todays coup appear legal, experts have claimed.

The 93-year-olds grip on the country appears over after he was detained in his own home when the military seized control in what it described as a bloodless corr...

17:35

Russian Hacking of U.S. Election? "IndyWatch Feed War"

How to Instantly Prove (Or Disprove) Russian Hacking of U.S. Election

Its newsworthy that CIA head Mike Pompeo recently met with Bill Binney who designed the NSAs electronic surveillance system about potential proof that the DNC emails were leaked rather than hacked.
Its also noteworthy that the usual suspects Neocon warmongers such as Max Boot have tried to discredit both Binney and Pompeo.
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17:34

Britain Wants Cycle-Friendly Cities. Heres How We Get Them "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Andrew Gilligan for The Guardian - Cycle lanes reduce pollution, improve health and are incredibly popular. But forget common sense: getting the go-ahead on new schemes is all about politics. Almost four-fifths of people in some of Britains largest cities want road space taken away from cars and given to bikes, according to a new poll from Sustrans. Im not at all surprised. Whenever we proposed the same thing in London, where I was cycling commissioner until last year, we got the same response. Every single one of the cycle superhighway schemes now open in the capital got between 60% and 85% public support, in our own statutory consultations and in independent, professional opinion polls. Once the new routes opened, that support translated into astonishing levels of usage. In the first six months, the number of cyclists on the roads served by the new separated lanes went up by more than half. The bike lane on Blackfriars bridge, which takes up a fifth of the roadspace, now carries 70% of the bridges rush-hour traffic. Theres an Eiger of evidence that cycling improvements are popular. Why, then, do they so seldom happen? Partly its because politicians confuse noise with numbers. Cycling schemes create a lot of noise. Our opponents would spend busy weeks organising petitions, holding demonstrations and comparing bike lanes to the Luftwaffe in their effects on the capital.

17:34

Syria War Report November 15, 2017: Syrian Army Turns Militants Back In Northern Hama "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/syria-war-report-november-15-2017-syrian-army-turns-militants-back-in-northern-hama/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront On November 14, the

17:23

Group Investigating Police On Inauguration Day Has History Supporting Police "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Sarah Lazare for The Intercept - A CONSULTANT PAID by the Washington, D.C., City Council to investigate the Metropolitan Police Departments crackdown on Inauguration Day protesters is coming under scrutiny for what activists and experts say is a bias in favor of police. The Police Foundation, the purportedly independent group conducting the investigation for the city, is poring over charges of police abuses from January 20. The citys police department faced scrutiny for violence and arrests that targeted anyone in close proximity to an anti-fascist demonstration, part of a thousands-strong Disrupt J20 protest against Donald Trumps presidential inauguration. Demonstrators were allegedly confronted with arbitrary mass arrests and sexual assault, according a lawsuit filed against D.C. and the police. The lawsuit said those in and around the protest came under attack from chemical agents, such as pepper spray, as well as rubber bullets and stinger grenades. Following the mass arrests, hundreds of people were charged with conspiracy, property destruction, and assault, and now many face decades in prison. Defense attorneys say the mass prosecution is unprecedented in Washington, D.C. The polices actions on January 20 quickly provoked concern.

17:23

Why political correctness fails "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why political correctness fails Why what we know for sure is wrong (Ex Religion)


Most of us are familiar with the Politically Correct (PC) World View. William Deresiewicz describes the view, which he calls the ...

17:06

Lawsuit Against Baltimore Police For Actions During #AFROMATION Protest "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Shannon Wallace for City Paper - Nine Baltimore activists have filed a class action lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and the state of Maryland related to last year's #AFROMATION protest during Artscape. That day, July 16, 2016, 65 protesters were arrested, including a City Paper photo intern, Courtney Hawkins, when the large march, dubbed #AFROMATION, began at Guilford Avenue and Chase Street, moved through Artscape, and then onto I-83. As City Paper reported last year, the group "proceeded onto the highway, locking arms and briefly blocking traffic as they formed a line stretching across one side of the interstate. Police asked the group to move for an ambulance and protesters obliged, moving to the shoulder, only to see two police vans pull up. There was no ambulance. Police then told the group to move off of I-83, and then they were arrested. Some activists said they were essentially 'trapped' on the ramp and, while not involved in blocking traffic, they were not allowed to retreat once arrests began. Fifty-five adults and 10 teenagers were arrested." While protest has hardly stopped since the Baltimore Uprising, #AFROMATION, co-organized by Makayla Gilliam-Price, alumna of City College's activist group City Bloc, Baltimore Bloc, Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) Baltimore, and others, was a palpable return to sizable in-the-streets protest.

17:06

Israel Will Not Allow Syria To Become An Iranian Outpost "IndyWatch Feed War"

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BY ANNA AHRONHEIM

NOVEMBER 15, 2017 15:33

Liberman was responding to comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who said that Iranian presence in Syria was legitimate.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Israel's northern border, November 2017

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Israels northern border, November 2017. (photo credit:ARIEL HERMONI / DEFENSE MINISTRY)

Israels Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman responded Wednesday to comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Irans presence in Syria was legitimate, warning that the Jewish State maintains freedom of action in Syria and will not allow Iranian entrenchment in the war-torn country.

We maintain absolute freedom of action and the only considerations that guide us are the security considerations of Israel, he said at the end of a two-day tour in northern Israel.

With regards to Iran, we will simply not allow for Shiite consolidation and Iranian entrenchment in Syria nor will we allow Syria to become a forward operating base against the State of Israel. Anyone who has yet to understand that is advised to do so.

Liberman was responding to comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who said that Iranian presence in Syria was legitimate. Lavrov was quoted by RIA as saying that Russia never promised the United States that Iran and Iranian-backed forces would withdraw from Syria.

As an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow finds itself as part of an alliance between Damascus and Tehran, the patron of Hezbollah. Russia, which views Iran as a key player in resolving the crisis in Syria, has repeatedly emphasized the importance of the role that the Islamic Republic plays in the war-torn country.

Liberman visited the northern border Wednesday accompanied by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Northern Command Chief Maj.-Gen.Yoel Strick and the commanders of the Bashan and Galilee Division.

On Tuesday Liberman accused the Ministry of Finance of stalling to...

17:04

Bahaa Hariri "IndyWatch Feed War"

What is stunning about the detention of Sa`d Hariri, is that his brother (the benefactor of the Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council) didnot utter a word about the plight of his own brother.  Blinded by political ambition.

17:03

Lebanons PM Still MIA in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

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With every passing day that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri remains in Saudi Arabia, the mystery surrounding his circumstances deepens.

Today Lebanese President Michel Aoun broke his silence, declaring Saads continued absence to be an act of aggression against Lebanon. The 82-year-old Aoun is a Maronite Christian and an ally of Hezbollah, which puts him on friendly ground with Iran as well.

Prime Minister Hariri himself continues to insist that nothing is amiss with his now 12-day foreign sojourn, at least so far as the Saudi authorities are concerned. Hariri has made several public statements declaring that he is not being held against his will, and that he resigned because he feared a plot against his life back home in Lebanon.

The Saad Hariri saga has raised the troubling possibility of Lebanon being pulled back into the Saudi-Iran contest for hegemony in the Middle East. Harari himself has been vague about when he might return to Lebanon: soon; in two or three days (Nov. 12); when the security situation allows me to submit my resignation. But until he sets foot in Beirut, Lebanese politicians will be bracing for any new sign of escalation.

 

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17:02

Arresting a leader of another Arab country "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi regime, by arresting the Prime Minister of Lebanon, established a precedent. The only other case I can think of was in 1977: when Anwar Sadat visited Syria before departing to Israel, ostensibly to explain his mission to Hafidh Al-Asad.  At the time, `Abdul-Halim Khaddam (the foreign minister), urged Hafidh Al-Asad to arrest Sadat to prevent him from visiting the Zionist entity.  Al-Asad refused alas.

17:02

Menendez, the unmentioned scandal "IndyWatch Feed War"

A sitting U. S. Senator is on trial for corruption and is involved in a sex scandal, but you wouldnt know it. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ) is on trial for 12 counts of bribery and corruption; his co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, is on for 11 counts. The jury is deadlocked but will resume deliberations []

16:52

Theresa May hopes MPs can come together on Brexit The most important constitutional thing we will do for 50 years "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

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Theresa May says she hopes Parliament can come together despite MPs differences over Brexit strategy.

Speaking at Prime Ministers Questions, she said the government was listening carefully to those who were trying to change its flagship EU bill.

It comes after rebel MPs vowed to oppose Downing Streets bid to enshrine the precise date of Brexit in law.

Several Tories brushed off criticism of their stance, including being labelled mutineers in a newspaper attack.

The Daily Telegraphs front page was also condemned by a government minister, and later in the Commons Mrs May was asked to agree that part of MPs jobs was to scrutinise legislation.

She replied that while the UK was definitely leaving the EU, there was a lively debate going on with strong views being aired on both sides of the House.

We are listening carefully to those who wish to improve the bill and I hope we can all come together to deliver on the decision that this country took, she added.

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is a key part of the governments strategy for leaving the EU following last years referendum.

It aims to stop EU law from applying in the UK and avoid confusion on Brexit day 29 March 2019 by putting all existing EU law onto the UK statute book.

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But there have been hundreds of suggestions by MPs to change the way it is worded and the government only has a majority with the help of the 10 Democratic Unionist MPs.

Ex-minister Stephen Hammond told BBC Radio 5 live the bill, which is currently being debated line-by-line by MPs, was the most important constituti...

16:48

CBO: House GOP Tax Plan Triggers $25 Billion In Medicare Cuts "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ethan Wolff-Mann for Yahoo Finance - If the House GOP tax plan passes, it is projected to cut revenue significantly, likely increasing the deficit by $1.456 trillion from 2018 to 2027, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation and Congressional Budget Office (CBO). With a number that large, Congresss pay as you go rules that prevent unchecked spending would fall into place, a move that could cut Medicares budget by as much as $25 billion for 2018. In a letter to House minority whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the CBO explained that without any more money to offset the fall in revenue, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would be required to issue a sequestration order to reduce spending in 2018 by $136 billion. The effects of this sequestration order would trigger automatic cuts to various programs, including Medicare. According to the CBO, this could be as much as 4% for Medicare, which amounts to $25 billion in 2018. Furthermore, all non-exempt programs would be eliminated, which include some farming subsidies, border security, and student loan help. Others, like Social Security, would remain untouched. At the same time, the tax plans changes to the estate and gift taxes would cut revenue $151 billion from 2018 to 2027, according to the JCT.

16:42

Is the Republican Tax Plan Sailing or Stalling? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Jonathan Bernstein

November 15, 2017, 9:10 AM EST
Which way does it go?

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Hows the tax bill doing?

Perhaps because it is certain to pass, and so the party adds something that needs a vehicle because it cant pass by itself. Thats possible, I suppose, but it seems very unlikely to me.

Perhaps because it is in trouble, and needs help. Odds are thats it. The mandate repeal will appeal to some Republicans on its own, but it also scores as a savings and therefore can lower the deficit increases in the bill or pay for some goodies for particular Senators or both. The downside is that destabilizing the individual health insurance market might not appeal to all Senate Republicans.

Or, perhaps they have no idea what theyre doing, and theyre just flailing around aimlessly. I dont actually think thats the case. On the other hand, have y...

16:40

Video: Brisbane musicians rework Nick Cave classic to demand he cancel Israel show "IndyWatch Feed War"

Phil Mansour passed along this video with the note, Brisbane musicians rework Nick Caves classic ballad The Ship Song calling on him to cancel his upcoming shows in #Apartheid #Israel and respect the Palestinian picket line. #BDS

16:37

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16:30

Charges Against Journalists Covering Inauguration Protest "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Chip Gibbons for Defending Rights & Dissent - Defending Rights & Dissent was joined by a number of press freedom groups, including Freedom of the Press Foundation, Free Press, Pen America, and the Nation Institute, in sending a letter to the Department of Justice calling for an end to the prosecutions of Aaron Cant and Alexei Wood. Both Cant and Wood are journalists who were covering a protest march on Inauguration Day 2017, in Washington, DC. They face a number of charges, including engaging in a riot, conspiracy to riot, inciting a riot, and property damage. Since some of the charges are felonies, they face potentially decades in prison. Cant and Wood were arrested and charged for simply doing their jobs as reporters. Their prosecution endangers press freedom in the United State.

16:28

France / USA: Kara Wild Has Been Released! "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Huge Update: After 17 months incarcerated in isolation in a foreign mens prison, Kara had her trial in late September. Today, on November 14th, she was released from prison! Kara and her support team would like to give a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who wrote to Kara, donated to her legal/commissary fund, and made the hellish existence of prison without a set release date a little more bearable. Kara needs our financial support to reintegrate into world outside of the prison walls. Follow this link to donate to her freedom fund: ftp!!

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16:28

Russian long-range bombers strike Islamic State targets in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

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MOSCOW (Reuters) Six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Syrias Deir al-Zor Province on Wednesday, the RIA news agency reported, citing Russias Defence Ministry.

The TU-22m3 bombers flew from Russia across Iran and Iraq to launch the strike, RIA said.

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It said the planes had successfully bombed Islamic State supply depots, militants, and armored vehicles.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn


16:22

Poland blasts scandalous EU parliament call for sanctions "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File | Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said the European Parliaments move was scandalous

STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (AFP)  Polands prime minister reacted furiously on Wednesday after the European Parliament called for the country to face EU sanctions over its controversial judicial reforms.Members of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution condemning grave violations of the rule of law, and of triggering a procedure that could eventually suspend Warsaws voting rights in the European Union.

Polands rightwing government and the EU have been at loggerheads for months over proposed changes to the Polish court system that Brussels views as a threat to the unions underpinning democratic values.

Rightwing Polish lawmakers walked out of the vote in Strasbourg, France, and Polish premier Beata Szydlo launched a furious attack on the move by the parliament.

At the European summit on Friday I will give my views on the scandalous events in the European Parliament, Szydlo said on Twitter, referring to a meeting of EU leaders in Sweden this week.

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European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans

She condemned opposition Polish MEPs for defaming the country by staying in parliament for the vote.

The proposals to overhaul Polands judicial system have led to mass street protests and prompted Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa to express concern about his countrys fate in Europe.

The EU says all the Polish reforms pose a systemic threat to the rule of law, with Brussels having warned it could trigger Article Seven of the EUs treaties, which deals with the Rule of Law.

That could eventually lead to the so-called nuclear option of freezing Polands voting rights within the bloc.

We have now sent four letters to the Polish authorities to seek a meeting but received no response, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, who has been leading the EUs response on the issue, told MEPs.

A growing east-west split in the EU has seen Brussels take on both Poland and Hungary over a series of issues includ...

16:19

The left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish says leader of Israeli opposition "IndyWatch Feed War"

The left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish. The new Labor Party leader, Avi Gabbay, said that to students at the Ben-Gurion University in Beersheva, as the Israeli press has widely noted.

Gabbay, who as Labor leader is chair of the opposition political faction known as Zionist Union, was voicing words that were in fact an exact copy of what Prime Minister Netanyahu had said in 1997 to the late rabbi Yitzhak Kadouri, (caught on hot mic), words that had caused some serious furor in Israel at the time. Netanyahu told the rabbi:

The people of the left have forgotten what it means to be Jewish. They think that our security can be placed in the hands of Arabs Arabs will take care of us. Well give them a part of the land, and theyll take care of us. Where can such a thing be heard?! Its as if the spies would come and say [alluding to the spies Moses sent to Canaan, Numbers 13, ed.], not only are these big and were afraid of them they are big and we will let them defend us! Something!

Avi Gabbay

Our values are the basis for the whole generation which came after. We are Jews and we do need to speak about our Jewish values. I tell you with guarantee, everything begins with our Torah, in our basic religious rulings an in the basic things, we need to be proud of this.

Gabby was completely aware of the parallel between his words and Netanyahus. Ynet reported that when one student criticized Gabbay for having apparently changed direction, Gabbay responded by citing Netanyahus words from 1997:

People feel that I am nearing more the Jewish values. We are Jews, living in a Jewish state. I think that one of the problems of members of the Labor party, seriously, is that it has distanced itself from this. Netanyahu said in 97 to the Rabbi Kadouri and the TV caught it h...

16:18

Saudis Bomb Yemens International Airport, Amid Devastating Blockade "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Tele Sur - A Houthi statement said that the attack is an explicit violation of international covenants and treaties, which stipulate that civilian airports are not targeted. The U.S. and U.K.-backed Saudi coalition carried out a bombing attack on the civilian airport in Yemen's capital Sana'a on Tuesday, further cutting off crucial relief shipments to a country on the verge of catastrophic famine due to the coalition's near entire blockade. An air strike damaged parts of the runway and navigation equipment, at an airport used to deliver life-saving United Nations aid. The coalition said last week it had closed all air, land and seaports in Yemen. The war on Yemen has led it to the brink of famine, with massive shortages, and cholera epidemics tearing through the country's civilian population. This attack is intended to cause maximum damage and deprive millions of Yemenis from receiving life-saving food and medicines, a Houthi official said to Al Jazeera. A Houthi statement said that the attack is an explicit violation of international covenants and treaties, which stipulate that civilian airports are not targeted. The United Nations has also condemned the brutal blockade, saying that without all ports and airports fully functioning, the situation will progress toward one of the more severe famines in recent history.

16:16

Japanese Bank Switches U.S. Regulators in Middle of Investigation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ converts to federal license from New York state one, upending probe by state regulator

Updated Nov. 15, 2017 5:33 a.m. ET

Japans biggest bank sidestepped state supervision of a New York branch in the middle of a state investigation into the banks safeguards meant to ensure clients werent evading U.S. sanctions, according to a state regulators letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, a unit of Japan-based Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, on Nov. 7 converted the branchs license from a New York state license to a federal one, with approval from its new regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

The New York state regulator says it still has authority over the bank, which has challenged that assertion in court.

The OCC move raises concerns about regulatory arbitrage, in which banks switch supervisors to seek easier oversight, according to the letter from the state agency, which is led by New York Superintendent of Financial Services Maria Vullo.

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An OCC spokesman said the decision to operate under a state or federal charter is a business decision by the bank and MUFG met the standards for converting its license. OCC supervisors are overseeing the branch, and the agency has ordered the firm to follow requirements that are substantively identical to those it faced from the state regulator, he said.

Consolidating regulatory oversight under one primary regulatoris more effective and is consistent with the regulation of other...

16:03

Irans UN envoy slams Canadas double standards on human rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

Canadians protest in support of indigenous women Press TV November 15, 2017 A senior Iranian diplomat has blasted Canada for proposing a politically-motivated UN resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran, while Ottawa, itself, has long been involved in a broad range of human rights abuses at home and elsewhere. Irans Deputy []

15:58

Activists Disrupt White Houses Pro-Coal Panel At Bonn Climate Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of The Real News Network - DHARNA NOOR: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Dharna Noor in Baltimore. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is in full swing in Bonn, Germany and all eyes are now on the US, now the only country in the world to reject the Paris Climate Accord. In Bonn on Monday, the Trump administration held a presentation they called "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation". The presentation sought to pose coal, natural gas and nuclear energy as the solutions to the climate crisis. Climate activists disrupted the panel during opening remarks. Joining us to talk a little bit about the Trump administration's Bonn panel, for the first time in our studio in Baltimore, is Steve Horn. Steve is a research fellow for Desmog.com and a freelance investigative journalist. His writing has appeared in Al Jazeera America, The Intercept, The Guardian, Vice News, The Young Turks Project: TYT Investigates and many others. Thanks for being here today, Steve. STEVE HORN: Good to finally be here. Thanks for having me. DHARNA NOOR: So, today during George David Banks opening remarks on this Trump administration panel, climate activists came in, they disrupted, they started singing songs. Talk a little bit about him and generally about this panel pushing clean coal and nuclear power as solutions to climate change.

15:55

Is Egypt's fugitive security chief advising bin Salman on the Saudi purge? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Saudi crown prince reportedly turned to Mubarak era security chief Habib al-Adly for advice on anti-corruption campaign

15:43

Time for Truth and Reconciliation for the US and Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alice Slater

NATOs recent provocative decision to build up its military forces across Europe by sending four new multinational battalions to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, comes at a time of great turmoil and intense questioning of global security with new forces for both good and evil straining to make their mark on the course of history.   This weekend, at the Vatican, Pope Francis held an international conference to follow up on the recently negotiated treaty to prohibit the possession, use, or threat of use of nuclear weapons leading to their complete elimination which was negotiated in the UN General Assembly this summer by 122 nations, although none of the nine nuclear weapons states participated. Honored at the conference were members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which worked with friendly governments to hold nuclear weapons unlawful, and has recently been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its successful efforts.  The Pope issued a statement that the  doctrine of nuclear deterrence in which countries threaten to wreak catastrophic nuclear devastation on their opponents should they be attacked with nuclear bombs has become ineffective against 21st century threats like terrorism asymmetrical conflicts, environmental problems and poverty.  While the church once held that such an insane policy could be moral and lawful, it no longer views it as such.   And there are plans for the church to examine the so-called theory of just war with an eye to prohibiting the very morality and legality of war itself.

In the US, an unprecedented examination of our hidden history has begun.  People are questioning the numerous honorary statues memorializing Civil War generals from the South who fought to preserve slavery.   Indigenous First Peoples are questioning the adulation given to Christopher Columbus, who discovered America for Spain and was responsible for enormous slaughters and bloodshed of natives in the first colonies established in the Americas.   Famous and powerful men are being questioned in an avalanche of truth-telling about how they used their professional power to take sexual advantage of women who feared for their career prospects in theater, publishing, business, academia.

Unfortunately we have barely begun to tell the truth about the US relationship with Russia and appear to be moving backwards in the US with calls for Russia Today, the Russian equivalent of the BBC or Al Jazeera, to be registered in the US as a foreign agent!  This is certainly not consistent with the US belief in the sanctity of a free press and will be challenged in the courts.    Indeed, there is a huge effort to misrepresent the provocations of NATO, to gloss over the history of the nuclear arms race the refusal to take up Gorbachevs offer to Reagan to eliminate all our nuclear weapons provided the US gave up its...

15:23

AIPAC is grooming high school students "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Kathryn Shihadah | If Americans Knew | November 14, 2017 Washington D.C. was the site on October 29th 31st for AIPACs annual matchmaking event, pairing up Israel and a fresh batch of American high school students. The 2017 Schusterman High School Summit treated 400 high schoolers from all over the US to three []

15:21

Tencent Profit Rises Nearly 70% on Mobile-Games Growth "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week, the internet company bought 12% of Snap Inc.

November 15, 2017

HONG KONGChinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. said third-quarter net profit rose nearly 70% from a year earlier, driven by advertising revenue gains and strong growth at its mobile-games and digital-content divisions.

Tencents shares have been on a tear this year, doubling its market capitalization to almost $475 billion last week. It has raised its international profile with a number of recent acquisitions as well, including buying Epic Games Inc. and a majority stake in electric-vehicle maker Tesla Inc.

And last week, Tencent bought a 12% stake in Los Angeles-based social media company Snap Inc.

The company, which is based in the southern tech boomtown of Shenzhen, said its earnings for the quarter rose to more than 18 billion yuan ($2.7 billion) from about 10.6 billion yuan a year earlier. Analysts polled by S&P Global Market Intelligence expected a profit of 15.7 billion yuan. Tencent also beat revenue expectations.

The bulk of Tencents revenue comes from online games. For the quarter, online-games revenue rose 48% from a year earlier to 26.8 billion yuan. The company had at least four of the 10 highest-grossing games in Apple Inc.s app store during the quarter, according to App Annie and Citi Research.

Last week, Tencents online publishing unit, China Literature Ltd., surged 86% in its Hong Kong trading debut after raising about $1.1 billion in an initial public offering. And on Thursday, Yixin Group Ltd., Chinas largest online auto retailing platform, will go public; Tencent owns 24% of that company. Demand was high during Yixins bookbuilding period.

Founded in 1998, Tencent is one of three major internet firms in China, along with e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and search company Baidu Inc. Tencent is the largest videogame publisher in the world by revenue, but it is best known in China for its WeChat and QQ...

15:17

U.S. mounts air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

MOGADISHU (Reuters) The United States military has carried out an air strike in Somalia against al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency that wants to topple the U.N.-backed government, the U.S. Africa Command said on Wednesday.

It said several militants were killed in the strike 60 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday at about 1500 GMT. It was coordinated with the Somali government, AfriCom said in a statement.

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Al Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the U.S. and our partners in the region, AfriCom said.

Earlier this month, the U.S. warned of a threat to its diplomatic staff in Mogadishu and directed all non-essential staff to leave the capital.

Al Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011 and has lost control of most of Somalias cities and towns. But the group retains a strong presence in the south and center and can still carry out major attacks. It was blamed for bombings in Mogadishu last month that killed more than 350 people.

The group aims to topple Somalias government, drive out African Union peacekeeping troops and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

Reporting by Duncan Miriri, editing by Larry King


15:13

No BBC News follow-up to PIJ tunnel story "IndyWatch Feed War"

On October 30th the BBC News website reported the story of the controlled detonation by Israel of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad tunnel running from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Since then, however, audiences have seen no follow-up reporting on what is still an ongoing story despite BBC journalists in the region being aware of developments.

On November 5th Israel announced that it had found the bodies of five PIJ operatives inside the tunnel.  

Israel has recovered the bodies of five Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists that were buried when the army destroyed a Gazan attack tunnel that crossed into Israeli territory last week, the IDF announced on Sunday. []

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad responded to the announcement, saying that Israel will not be able to bargain over our fighters.

Our...

15:11

French foreign minister to meet Hariri as Lebanon crisis escalates "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP and Agencies

Stephanie Mahe, AFP | Lebanons President Michel Aoun during a state visit to Paris on September 26, 2017.

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Latest update : 2017-11-15

Lebanons president accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of detaining the Lebanese prime minister, in an escalation of the crisis that followed Saad Hariris surprise resignation from the kingdom almost two weeks ago.

In comments published on the official Twitter account of the president, Michel Aoun said nothing justifies that Hariri has not returned home so far.

We consider him detained, arrested in violation of international laws, Aoun said. It was the first time Aoun describes Hariri as a detainee. He had previously only questioned the mysterious circumstances under which Hariri resigned.

The rhetoric further deepens the crisis with Saudi Arabia, which is a backer of Hariri, a dual Saudi-Lebanese national.

French foreign minister to meet Hariri

Hariri resigned as Lebanons prime minister 11 days ago in a video broadcast from Saudi Arabia and has yet to return home. Saudi Arabia denies holding Hariri against his will.

Frances Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is arriving in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to meet with Hariri and Saudi officials, a diplomatic source said.

Le Drian will meet with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the capital Riyadh before holding talks with Hariri on Thursday, the aide told a foreign ministry briefing.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid a surprise visit to the kingdom last week.

Many believe Hariris decision was dictated by the kingdom amid its intensifying feud with Iran over influence in the region. Iran supports Hariris main rival in Lebanon, the Shiite militant g...

15:00

CIA Narrative on WikiLeaks Dominates Media Coverage of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed War"

(SP The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also a...

14:49

Breaking: Lebanon considers Saad Hariri detained in Saudi Arabia Aoun "IndyWatch Feed War"

  15/11/2017 BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) Lebanese President Michel Aoun stated on Wednesday that his government considers former Prime Minister Saad Hariri detained in Saudi Arabia because he hasnt returned in 12 days.Aoun added that Hariris detainment is a violation of the Vienna Convention and an act of aggression towards Lebanon. Saad Hariri recently []

14:49

Updates on the Repression Against Anarchist Comrades in Italy "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Operation Scripta Manent Trial to begin on November 16th

The Scripta Manent trial will begin on the 16th of November in the bunker courtroom in the prison of Turin.

Anarchist comrades Alfredo Cospito, Anna Beniamino, Danilo Cremonese and Nicola Gai will not be allowed to be present in the courtroom and will be subjected to video conferencing from the high surveillance AS2 units where they are locked up.

Anarchist comrades Marco Bisesti, Valentina Speziale and Alessandro Mercogliano are allowed to be in the courtroom but they refuse to participate in the trial in solidarity with the comrades subjected to video conferencing.

Croce Nera Anarchica / Anarchist Black Cross

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Volvera, Turin: Arson Attack Against Mobile Phone Towers in Solidarity with Anarchist Comrades (October 2017)

Volvera Turin mobile phone masts in flames

For the anarchist facing trial in Turin

For those who have been captured

For those who run free

For those who struggle against the system

Destroy the cogs

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14:45

Love him or hate him, Lebanese want PM Hariri home But is he under a Hezbollah death sentence? "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Sara HUSSEIN | A poster of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri that reads Your dignity is Lebanons dignity is seen on the highway north of Beirut on November 14, 2017

BEIRUT (AFP)  Lebanons divided politicians rarely agree on anything, but they have fleetingly united in calling for resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return home, even if their motivations vary vastly.

Hariri announced his resignation on November 4, in a shock statement delivered from Saudi Arabia on the kingdoms Al-Arabiya television station.

The resignation, which reportedly took even his closest advisers by surprise, as well as his decision to announce it from abroad, quickly led to speculation about whether he had been forced to step down by Riyadh.

Then, a massive wave of arrests of high-profile figures within Saudi Arabia led to swirling rumours about whether Hariri too was being held against his will.

Hariris detractors, including the powerful Hezbollah movement and its allies, have used the speculation to paint him as feeble and at the mercy of his Saudi sponsors.

On Wednesday, President Michel Aoun, a political rival of Hariris despite the deal they made to form a government, directly charged Riyadh with having detained the Lebanese premier.

Nothing justifies the failure of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return for 12 days, therefore we consider him to be held and detained, contrary to the Vienna Convention, Aoun said in a tweet on the official Lebanese presidency account.

Aoun is an ally of the powerful Hezbollah movement that has long been a thorn in Hariris side, and the groups leader Hassan Nasrallah has also suggested the premier was being held.

Imminent return?

Hariris own Future Movement has called his return its top priority.

Hariri tried to put paid to suggestions he was being held against his will in an interview with his partys Future TV on Saturday.

I am free here. If I want to travel tomorrow, I will, Hariri said.

I will return to Lebanon very soon, he added, pledging to land in Beirut in two or three days.

But he has yet to return, and pronouncements from France and other countries have suggested he may not have the freedom of movement he professes.

I...

14:37

Berlin wants more stick, less carrot for recalcitrant EU members (Like Poland) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Negotiations for the first post-Brexit EU budget will start in 2018. Germany will be the biggest contributor to the budget. Will it use its leverage to make recalcitrant member states like Poland behave differently?

EU, Polish flags (picture-alliance/NurPhoto/A. Widak)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said earlier this year that the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) governments dismissal of an EU inquiry into its judicial changes were very worrying.

However much I want to have very good relations with Poland . . . we cannot simply hold our tongues and not say anything for the sake of peace and quiet. This is a serious issue, because the requirements for cooperation within the EU are the principles of the rule of law, Merkel said.

Read more: Polands judicial reform

And Germany has leverage as the biggest contributor to the EU budget.

A German position paper from earlier this year notes an additional burden in order to finance new challenges in areas such as migration and security. Cuts will affect the future Multiannual Financial Framework [MMF] and its expenditures as a whole, the paper, which was adopted by Merkels government on May 11, reads.

The cohesion funds are EU funding for poorer regions. Poland is allocated a total of 86 billion ($98 billion) from various EU cohesion funds in the current seven-year EU budget that runs until 2020.

A net recipient

Poland is the biggest net recipient of EU funds in 2015 it got 13.4 billion from the EU. The EU budget will come under huge strain when the UK one of the biggest net contributors leaves.

In 2015, total EU spending in Poland was 13.358 billion, and a as a percentage of Polish gross national income (GNI) 3.25 percent. Polands total contribution to the EU budget was 3.718 billion, while the Polish contribution to the EU budget was 0.90 percent of its GNI.

Warsaw has accused EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans of waging a personal crusade against the country.

The ruling PiS party has also taken aim at Germany, demanding war reparations, attacking plans to build a second Nords...

14:28

Lawmakers urge EU probe in Malta after journalist killed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

STRASBOURG (Reuters) European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling on the EU executive to investigate Maltas adherence to the rule of law and European values following the murder of a campaigning journalist.

The non-binding resolution, backed by most parties and adopted during a plenary session in Strasbourg, also voiced the legislatures serious concerns about the police independence and over international money-laundering on the island.

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MEPs barrage of criticism against Malta met with caution by European Commission

Malta compared to cocaine-and-guns bonanza Narcos by one MEP

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Updated 7pm

A barrage of criticism about Malta was met with some cautionary words by European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans today, who urged MEPs to not play judge and jury when assessing the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia

Speaking at the end of a European Parliament debate about the rule of law in Malta, Mr Timmermans acknowledged concerns raised by MEPs but felt some were jumping the gun.

Let the investigation run its full course, he said, telling MEPs that their questions would be answered. What is not on is to start with a conclusion and look for facts to support that conclusion.

He also twice called on the Maltese government to join a planned European Public Prosecutors Office, saying doing so would be a strong signal of intent....

14:17

Saudi-led coalition air raid puts Yemens Sanaa airport out of service "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | November 14, 2017 An air raid by the Saudi-led military coalition put the Ansarullah-controlled Yemeni airport in the capital Sanaa out of service today, jeopardising relief shipments to a country on the brink of famine, the state news agency SABA reported. The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemens Ansarullah movement said last week it had []

14:15

Yoda: 1% Win in Court, Lose in Life Sci-Hub Marches On. #GoogleGestapo Expands to Blocking Scientific Information "IndyWatch Feed War"

Court demands that search engines and internet service providers block Sci-Hub

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has won a lawsuit it filed in June against Sci-Hub, a website providing illicit free access to millions of paywalled scientific papers.

Extracts & Comment Below the Fold

The new ruling also states that internet search engines, web hosting sites, internet service providers (ISPs), domain name registrars and domain name registries cease facilitating any or all domain names and websites through which Defendant Sci-Hub engages in unlawful access to, use, reproduction, and distribution of the ACS Marks or ACSs Copyrighted Works.

Himmelsteins  recent analysis showed that Sci-Hub contains 98.8% of the ACS scholarly content and 85% of all paywalled journal content hosted on the registry Crossref. Despite the court order, he suspects that search engines are unlikely to delist Sci-Hub. The internet...

14:04

EU has serious concerns on Polish presidents court reforms "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) The European Commission on Wednesday aired serious concerns over proposals by President Andrzej Duda to overhaul courts in Poland, signaling it would not back down in a dispute that has tarnished the reputation of the former communist country.

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President Andrzej Duda

Long seen as a beacon of economic and political stability in the European Unions eastern wing, Poland has found itself increasingly in conflict with Brussels since the nationalist, eurosceptic and socially conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party swept to power in an election in late 2015.

PiS has been pressing deep changes to the Polish judiciary as well as other institutions, saying they are needed for a moral renewal of the country of 38 million people.

But opposition parties, rights groups, judges lobbies, the international watchdog Council of Europe, Polands western EU peers such as Germany and France and the blocs executive Commission say the changes erode judicial independence by bringing the courts under the direct control of the government.

Faced with EU pressure and mass street protests in Poland against the changes, Duda who hails from PiS himself unexpectedly blocked two of the governments judiciary reforms in July.

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PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski

Polands president has a role in approving new legislation and Kaczynski has therefore held numerous meetings with Duda since then to break the stalemate.

RULE OF LAW

But the European Commissions deputy head Frans Timmermans told the European Parliament on Wednesday that even the draft laws proposed by Duda which row back somewhat from the options for direct government interference in the judiciary provided by the original PiS bills were not acceptable.

At this preliminary stage of our assessment, the Commission already notes that certain...

14:00

Review: The Way of the Shadow Wolves "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amazon Page

Steven Seagal and Tom Morrisey

5.0 out of 5 starsTruth as Fiction an Indictment of the Obama Administration as Trump Prepares to Take Down the Deep State

I read this book in galley form after Steven asked me to when we shot a documentary together in Thailand in May 2017, and it was my great privilege to not only be able to work with him directly, but also with best-selling author and US Marshall Tom Morrissey, of Arizona, offering a few thoughts from my time as a clandestine case officer (spy) working the Latin American terrorist cartel target and my time in Washington working the inter-agency enemies of the Constitution target.

This is a great book. It is truth as fiction, an easier read than another book I helped with, BROKEN! that tells the truthful story of how broken our government is. Read this book as if it were a TOP SECRET briefing on the real enemy, which consists of rogue elements of the US Government that are in deliberate deep persi...

13:55

Europe's far right: Today they march, but organised violence could be next "IndyWatch Feed War"

Globalisation has fuelled racial and religious tensions. As thousands of nationalists and far right groups marched through Warsaw last week, its clear that fear and hate of Muslims is growing

13:53

Afghan opium output soars as cultivation hits record high "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Usman SHARIFI | Opium production in Afghanistan has soared to record levels according to the latest survey

KABUL (AFP)  Afghan opium producers have had a bumper year with output soaring 87 percent as the area under poppy cultivation hit a record high, the latest annual survey said Wednesday.

The price of opium as it left farms in war-torn Afghanistan this year soared by 55 percent to almost $1.4 billion, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said, helping to fuel the bloody insurgency.

Rising insecurity, lack of government control and corruption were among the key drivers along with unemployment and lack of education, according to the Afghanistan Opium Survey, jointly compiled by the UNODC and Afghanistans counter-narcotics ministry.

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Potential opium production from this years harvest is estimated at 9,000 tons, up 87 percent from the 4,800 tons produced last year, boosted by increased cultivation and better yields.

Over the same period the area under poppy cultivation expanded by 63 percent to a record 328,000 hectares (810,500 acres) topping the previous record of 224,000 hectares in 2014 with the number of poppy-growing provinces jumping to 24.

Only 10 Afghan provinces are now considered poppy free.

The significant levels of opium poppy cultivation and illicit trafficking of opiates will probably further fuel instability, insurgency and increase funding to terrorist groups in Afghanistan, the report warned.

More high quality, low cost heroin will reach consumer markets across the world, with increased consumption and related harms as a likely consequence.

Strong increases in cultivation were recorded in almost all major poppy producing provinces, with restive Helmand in the south seeing the biggest rise of 79 percent.

Around 60 percent of the opium poppy cultivation took place in the southern provinces where the Taliban has a strong presence and virtually no eradication took place.

Helmand remained the top poppy-cultivating province, accounting for 44 percent of the total, followed by Kandahar, Badg...

13:45

Pogo: The CIAs Party Line on OSINT Crap with a Ribbon Plus Robert Steele Comment with Links "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Wrapping Intelligence Around the Open Source Whirlwind

In the internet age, the digital breadcrumbs humans leave in their wake can be harnessed the geotag on a tweeted photo, or the time stamps on a YouTube video upload. This open source, publicly available material, once scorned by the secret-stealers of the intelligence community, is rising in value as it is in volume. Open source intelligence (OSINT) is increasingly leveraged by intelligence agencies around the world to quantify, contextualize and even predict international events.

ROBERT STEELE: Comment as posted with typos corrected here.

I started the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) revolution in 1988. For 30 years now CIA which I served as a spy overseas for three tours and for three HQS tours in counterintelligence, information technology, and satellite futures program evaluation, has fought me tooth and nail. What they have going is crap.

Very early on the clandestine service my former service where I had as documented in my fitness reports five times the regional average in clandestine recruitments and foreign intelligence production insisted that OSINT was TECHINT, that they owned HUMINT, and that all overt humans were their domain. The Open Source Center is crap. It is limited to what is called Passive OSINT or social media and mainstream media monitoring. Given that 50% of t...

13:42

Venezuela Defaults on Foreign Debt Repayments "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Radio New Zealand: The ratings agency said the South American nation had failed to make $200m in repayments on its foreign debt. Venezuelas state-run oil company PDVSA has also been declared in default by rating agencies Fitch and Moodys. The news came just hours after the government met investors in Caracas to try to []

13:40

Mugabe under "house arrest" Emmerson Mnangawa, Man of the Hour "IndyWatch Feed War"

 Following up from last night- Zimbabwe Coup in Process?

Wondering how this overthrow fits into the grander scheme of things?

 Mugabe confined to his house:

Robert Mugabe
 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is confined to his home in Harare but is otherwise fine, said President Jacob Zuma
Zuma, who is also chairperson of the Southern African Development Community, spoke to Mugabe earlier on Wednesday after the countrys armed forces seized power in a move it says is needed to stave off a violent conflict.

Perhaps his wife isn't?

Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, has fled the country for Namibia, according to reports.
Mrs Mugabe is said to have left Zimbabwe following a night of unrest which saw her and her husband seized by troops.

Robert and Grace Mugabe...

13:39

Zimbabwe Coup in Process? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Explosions in the street- 

 Explosions echoed across central Harare and soldiers took over the headquarters of state broadcaster ZBC in a dramatic escalation of a dispute with President Robert Mugabe over political succession.
The former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, had long been tipped as most likely successor to the 93-year-old president, but Mr Mugabe's 52-year-old wife Grace is now vying for the job.
A Reuters reporter witnessed six armoured personnel carriers on thoroughfares on the outskirts of the capital, Harare, and soldiers told passing cars to keep moving.
The presence of troops, including the movement of armoured vehicles from a barracks northwest of Harare earlier in the day, sparked rumours of a coup against Mr Mugabe, although there was no evidence to suggest Zimbabwe's leader of the last 37 years had been toppled.

State broadcaster taken over

Soldiers took over the headquarters of Zimbabwes ZBC state broadcaster in the early hours of Wednesday, two members of staff and a human rights worker said, compounding speculation of a coup against 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
Some ZBC members of staff were manhandled when soldiers occupied the premises, the sources said. However, staff were told they should not worry as the soldiers were merely there to protect the site, one source added.
Military seen outside of Zimbabwe Capital: 

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- At least three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe's capital early Wednesday and military vehicles were seen in the streets after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe's possible successor. The ruling party accused the commander of "treasonable conduct."
The Associated Press saw armed soldiers......

13:39

You Do Not Understand Bitcoin: Readers Bite Back "IndyWatch Feed War"

For all the interest in cryptocurrencies, the bitcoin market remains small, with a relatively small number of participants expressing strong views

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By Steven RussolilloJames Mackintosh and Chao Deng
The Wall Street Journal

Nov. 15, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

In 2017, one of the most divisive debates in financial markets centers around the rapid rise of bitcoin.

Judging by feedback on The Wall Street Journals recent articles about the cryptocurrency, the discussion is only getting more polarized.

True believers, emboldened by bitcoins more-than-500% surge this year, have fervently denounced any suggestion that this is just another financial market frenzy.

Naysayers, echoing prominent critics like J.P. Morgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon, are sticking to the view that bitcoin has become vastly overvalued. As evidence, they cite bitcoins periodic slumps, such as its recent more-than-25% plunge in four days.

You do not understand bitcoin.

WSJ reader Ken Brody, of Clearwater, Fla.

The fevered debate has been on full view after a WSJ article and video published last week posed the admittedly provocative question: Bitcoin: The Worlds Most Dramatic Bubble Ever?

Your article is not only nonsenseit is wrong, Homer Luther, a former money manager in Jackson, Wyo., who currently owns some bitcoin as well as several other cryptocurrencies, wrote in an email to the articles author. Your thesis is based on comparing bubbles that you dont know anything about, and then smugly associating bitcoin to past down markets without knowing anything about what happened in any of them.

Bitcoin-skeptics didnt mince words, either.

I spent over 30 years investigating Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, mortgage frauds bank frauds and exotic unregistered securities swindles, WSJ reader Mark Mathosian posted in the articles comments section. All I can say isget ready. this one will be big!

Another reader suggested bitcoins rise looks crazy only to those who have missed out.

Maybe youve heard the adage that a bubble is a bull market in which you dont have a position, Andrew Scholberg, an investor in Florid...

13:30

Berto Jongman: Fake News the Official Versions [Is Freedom House a Zionist Front?] "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Freedom of the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

Deutsche Welle: Report: Fake news and trolls lead to fall in global internet freedom

Phi Beta Iota: Freedom House appears to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Zionist State of Israel and totally subservient to the Deep State. Any report that does not recognize that the USA is no freer than China or Russia, and that fails to mention the Zionist management of #GoogleGestapo on behalf of the Deep State, is simply not credible. There is also no mention of the considerable capabilities of the private sector, notably elements of the agricultural, banking, energy, health, and military complexes, at manipulating the information environment. And never mind the 50% of humanity that does not have access to the Internet  The Freedom House report is a mix of sophmoric and hypocritical fluff, by design, in our view.

See...

13:30

Saudi Arabia beat at least 17 held in 'reckless' crackdown, say US officials "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

US officials describe bin Salman crackdown as going against US interests in the region, despite praise from Trump

13:28

There is no such thing as Islamophobia "IndyWatch Feed War"

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. Abraham Lincoln, speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854. There is no such thing as Islamophobia. This fact has been proven by sharper minds than mine. People are not so much afraid of Islam and Muslims []

13:21

China, Philippines Sign 14 Agreements China Adopts Duterte, The Philippines, South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, gestures to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as they prepare for their bilateral meeting following a welcome ceremony at Malacanang Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Li is on an official visit to the country. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines A total of 14 cooperation documents were signed by Philippine and Chinese officials during Chinese Premier Li Keqiangs extended stay in the Philippines on Wednesday.

Li, the first Chinese premier to pay an official visit on the Philippines in 10 years, witnessed the signing of the documents with President Rodrigo Duterte during a ceremony at Malacaan.

As I have said, at this time, we cannot offer you anything because we are the ones needing help. But maybe in the future Philippines would also show its debt of gratitude to China, Duterte told Li.

And for all of the fundings of the public works, bridges and all, there is nothing more we can ask from your friendship, the Philippine leader added.

For his part, Li assured Duterte that China is fast-tracking the implementation of relevant projects requiring efforts of both Manila and Beijing.

Like you, Mr. President said, China and Philippines are close neighbors. Both China and the Philippines are countries with large population and we are developing opportunities and a big market for each other, Li told Duterte.

...

13:01

Hezbollah, the trump card of Irans spreading influence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Times of Israel and Agencies

Terror group at the center of Lebanons current crisis serves as Tehrans proxy throughout region, but its main focus remains Israels destruction

In this December 5, 1989 photo, masked gunmen of the pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim Hezbollah terror group, clad in military uniforms, are seen in the village of Sohmor, Lebanon. (AP Photo)

In this December 5, 1989 photo, masked gunmen of the pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim Hezbollah terror group, clad in military uniforms, are seen in the village of Sohmor, Lebanon. (AP Photo)

Lebanons Hezbollah terror group, blamed by Saad Hariri for his shock resignation as premier, has grown over the three decades since its founding into a mighty army used by Iran to project regional influence.

Hariri criticized the powerful Shiite movement for its meddling across the Middle East during a televised interview from Saudi Arabia on Sunday, his first media appearance since he stepped down on November 4.

Despite being branded a terrorist organization by the United States and Gulf countries and targeted with economic sanctions, Hezbollah has risen to play a decisive role in regional conflicts.

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri gives his first televised interview on November 12, 2017, eight days after announcing his resignation. (Screenshot)

Hezbollah has participated in Hariris government for almost a year.

From Lebanon to Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, the terror organization has matured into Irans most useful tool drawi...

12:55

What Can Saudi Arabia Really Do About Hezbollah? Hezbollah gets money bags from Iran. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Donna Abu-Nasr

November 14, 2017, 8:00 PM EST

Saudi Arabia has embarked on another foreign policy adventure by intervening in Lebanons delicate sectarian power balance to undermine Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

Yet even working with the U.S. and Israel in trying to isolate the group, the Saudis could end up being little more than a minor inconvenience for militants whose tentacles have stretched from their southern Lebanon heartlands in recent years. Hezbollah is a regional force, with combatants in Yemen, Iraq and helping President Bashar al-Assad prevail in Syria.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri appeared to be targeting Hezbollah and its Iranian allies when he abruptly announced his resignation from the Saudi capital Riyadh on Nov. 4 saying he feared for his life. That raised concerns Lebanon is once again caught between regional sectarian rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. Tensions remain high, yet there are no signs other Lebanese factions are prepared or able to take on Hezbollah.

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Nasrallah speaks in Beirut.
Photographer: STRINGER/AFP

If the group emerges from the crisis unscathed, then its chief, Hassan Nasrallah, will win by not losing, said Denis Sullivan, co-director of the Middle East Center at Northeastern University in Boston. Its too late to counter Hezbollah at least not in a one fell swoop, said Sullivan. The cat is out of the bag and Hezbollah is out of Lebanon. Its everywhere now.

Whats Next?

The drama that saw Hariri end up in Saudi Arabia hasnt been resolved yet. He said on Sunday he would return soon, though stressed he would only retract his resignation if Hezbollah halts its engagements in other countries.

That has been a long-standing demand by Saudi Arabia, an erstwhile supporter of Hariri, who was born in Riyadh, and his father, Rafiq, who was assassinated in 2005. It accused Hezbollah of being behind a ballistic missile fired at the Saudi capital shortly after Hariri j...

12:48

Saudi, Russian Air and Missile Defense System Sale Moves Ahead "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

This file photo taken on May 09, 2017 shows Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems riding through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow. (AFP)

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12:45

How Iran Came to Be Called "The Top State Sponsor of Terrorism" "IndyWatch Feed War"

Americas Deep State, which extends to Saudi Arabia and to a number of other Governments its an international network is deeply committed to supporting the fundamentalist-Sunni war to conquer and destroy Shia Islam, and not merely to conquer the leading Shia nation, which is Iran, Eric Zuesse writes.

12:39

So Paulo, Brazil: VI Anarchist & Punk Film Festival (Port/Esp/Eng) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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VI FESTIVAL DO FILME ANARQUISTA E PUNK DE SP

Chegamos ao sexto ano do Festival do Filme Anarquista e Punk de SP, com a proposta de visibilizar as produes audiovisuais libertrias e de temticas relacionadas contracultura punk e anarquismo, alm de pautar o uso dessa importante ferramenta em nossas lutas. Esse ano o Festival vai rolar no Centro de Cultura Social, um espao autnomo de muita histria e contribuio para o anarquismo na cidade.

PROGRAMAO VI FESTIVAL DO FILME ANARQUISTA E PUNK DE SP

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2 e 3 de dezembro, 2017 | Centro de Cultura Social [Rua General Jardim, 253 sala 22]

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13:30 | 16a2015 DOOM no Chile + Punky Mauri: Formosamente Violento

16a2015 DOOM no Chile [Documentrio | 43 | 2017 | Basura Existencia | Chile]
Documentrio em memria de Fabian, Gaston, Ignacio, Daniel e Robert, mortos durante uma gig onde acontecia a apresentao da banda Doom no Chile. A cada 16 de abril na Alameda 776, punks, amig...

12:22

Mugabe Is Confined to His Home as Zimbabwes Military Moves In on the Capital "IndyWatch Feed War"

Military says President Robert Mugabe is safe and denies he is being ousted; U.S. Embassy urges Americans in Harare to shelter in place

Updated Nov. 15, 2017 6:09 a.m. ET

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was confined to his home as the military tightened its grip over government and civic institutions on Wednesday, widening operations to subdue what it called the countrys degenerating political establishment, though the military denied it was ousting the longtime leader.

By midmorning, soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers had secured the Zimbabwean capitals airport, parliament buildings, state television and the presidents residence. Top allies of Mr. Mugabe, including the countrys

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12:08

Democrats fear Trumps instability could trigger nuclear war no-one wants "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trump can launch nuclear codes just as easily as he can use his Twitter account, says one senator during committee hearing

By Jeremy B White San Francisco

The Independent

Democrats are seriously worried Trumps instability could trigger a nuclear war no-one wants

Senate Democrats warned of Donald Trumps mostly unchecked ability to launch nuclear strikes, expressing fears that the President could impulsively initiate a devastating attack.

I would like to be able to tell my constituents and the American people we have a system in place that prevents an impulsive and irrational decision to use nuclear weapons, Senator Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, said at the outset of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Unfortunately, I cannot make that assurance today.

Other Democrat colleagues of Mr Cardin said that Mr Trump is so volatile it  ensured such a move could not be discounted.

We are concerned that the President of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapon strike that is wildly out of step with US national security interests, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy said.

12:06

Syrian Forces Clashing With Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Northern Hama And Southwestern Aleppo (Videos, Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Forces Clashing With Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Northern Hama And Southwestern Aleppo (Videos, Map)

A screenshot from the video

The Hezbollah media wing in Syria has relealsed two fresh videos showing the ongoing Syrian Army operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies in northern Hama and southwestern Aleppo.

Recently, government forces have liberated the villages of Hasnawi, Qasr Shawi, Muwaylih Shamali, Mhassar, Rabiah, Hamra Silos and Mhassar Hill.

Military situation in the area (red government forces; blue recently liberated areas; green miltiants; dark green high presence of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham):

Syrian Forces Clashing With Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Northern Hama And Southwestern Aleppo (Videos, Map)

SOURCE: https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians

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11:54

South Korean politicians support the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons North Korea nuclear arsenal too developed to destroy quickly "IndyWatch Feed War"

UPI

By Elizabeth Shim  |  Nov. 15, 2017 at 2:52 AM
North Koreas tests of ballistic missiles may be prompting more South Korean politicians to support the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons in the South. File Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 14 (UPI)  A South Korean ruling party lawmaker said he is in favor of the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons in his country, although South Korean President Moon Jae-ins office clearly ruled out the option in September.

Lee Jong-kul, a politician in Moons progressive Minjoo Party, said Tuesday he is seeking U.S. endorsement on a potential South Korean decision to develop and deploy sophisticated nuclear assets on the peninsula to deter against North Korea provocations.

I ask your strong support, Lee said before an audience gathered at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Lees somewhat controversial proposal was met with support from the opposing side of South Koreas political spectrum.

Shin Sang-jin, a member of the National Assembly and the conservative Liberty Korea Party, said at the same forum organized by the Global Peace Foundation he supports the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons.

Even though we dont know how effective this will be, one of the desired measu...

11:45

Palestinian hopes for Egypt border opening dashed for now "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | Palestinians wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was briefly opened on August 16, 2017

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP)  Palestinian leaders hoped a recently signed reconciliation agreement would lead to Egypt reopening its border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, but those hopes seem to have been dashed.

Egypt has kept its crossing with Gaza largely closed in recent years, while the territory has also been under an Israeli blockade for more than a decade.

Israel has fought three wars with Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, since 2008.

Hamas and rival Palestinian faction Fatah, which is based in the occupied West Bank, signed a landmark reconciliation deal last month aimed at ending their decade-long split.

The agreement mediated by Egypt led to president Mahmud Abbass Palestinian Authority retaking control of Gazas borders on November 1.

The PA is supposed to retake full civil control of the Gaza Strip by December 1.

Palestinian leaders had said they hoped one result of the deal would be the opening of Egypts Rafah border with the Gaza Strip on November 15.

On Wednesday, Palestinian officials said they were still awaiting word from Egypt.

We dont have any information about when Rafah border will reopen again, Nazmi Muhanna, in charge of border crossings for the Palestinian Authority, told AFP.

Cracks have emerged in the reconciliation deal, particularly over security control of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas is refusing to disarm its military wing as Abbas wants.

Security in Egypts Sinai Peninsula is also thought to be one of Cairos concerns.

Egyptian security forces have been fighting a branch of the Islamic State group in the Sinai.

Egypt is expected to host another meeting of Palestinian factions in Cairo on November 21 to discuss next steps in the reconciliation process.


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11:39

Military Situation In Syrias Eastern Ghouta Region On November 15, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian government forces are clashing with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham in the Armored Vehicle Base in the  Eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus. MORE HERE

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11:38

Hariri and family held against will in Saudi Arabia, says Lebanese president "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Michel Aoun says prime minister's 'lack of return' from Riyadh is an act of aggression. 'We therefore consider him detained'

11:35

EU Creates New Defense Pact to Reduce Dependence on US "IndyWatch Feed War"

The idea of creating an independent European defense potential has its pros and cons but one thing is indisputable - only a truly European force - not an assortment of national armies operating under the auspices of US-led NATO - can really protect European interests.

11:33

Russias Lavrov says allegations of meddling in Catalonia hysteria: Ifax "IndyWatch Feed War"

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MOSCOW (Reuters) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday dismissed allegations that Moscow had fomented separatist sentiment in Spains Catalonia as hysteria, the Interfax news agency reported.

Spanish ministers said on Monday they believed Russian-based groups used online social media to heavily promote Catalonias independence referendum last month in an attempt to destabilize Spain.

11:29

SDF spokesman 'defects' to Turkish-backed rebels in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Turkish-aligned Syrian opposition reportedly suggests Talal Silo was concerned about Kurdish dominance of Syrian Democratic Forces

11:26

US Presidential Election Unaffected by Russia. Americans have only themselves to blame.But it could have been even worse, it could have been Clinton "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Presidential Election Unaffected by Russia by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) US intelligence community hypocrisy on Russian US election meddling baloney is clear for everyone paying attention to facts, not baseless accusations and shameful Russia bashing. On the one hand, the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin are blamed for what never happened, []

11:24

Israel Raises Alert Level Fearing Islamic Jihad Retaliation for Gaza Tunnel Bombing; Anti-rocket Systems Deployed "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Heightening of nationwide alert follows threats by Gaza-based militant group to avenge killing of 12 of its fighters; comes amid raised tensions in Israels north after army downs Syrian drone

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Israeli soldiers near Gaza after Israel bombed a cross-border attack tunnel, October 30, 2017. Eliyahu Hershkovitz

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The Israeli military raised its alert level on Monday, taking various measures in the wake of new assessments that the Islamic Jihad will attempt a revenge attack. The leadership of the Gaza-based group is threatening revenge over Israels bombing of a cross-border attack tunnel near Gaza two weeks ago, in which 12 members of Islamic Jihad and Hamas were killed. These measures, which are considered exceptional, included the deployment of anti-rocket Iron Dome batteries in central Israel, but not the calling up of reservists. This is the first time such measures were taken since the 2014 Gaza war ended.

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The assessments regarding Islamic Jihad involve a range of possibilities on the Gaza border and further beyond. The organization controls dozens of Grad-type Katyusha rockets with a range of over 40 kilometers, capable of hitting Ashdod and Beer Sheva, and possibly even longer-range rockets. The group also still has operational capabilities in certain areas of the West Bank, including the Jenin area, but it is unclear whether it could carry out an attack. Islamic Jihad is under pressure both from Israels security services and the Palestinian Authoritys intelligence apparatus.

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Israel and Islamic Jihad have exchanged threats over the past few days. The coordinator of government activities in the territories, Gen. Yoav Mordechai, announced in Arabic on Saturday a warning that Islamic Jihad is playing with fire on the backs of residents of the Gaza Strip, and at the expense of the internal Palestinian reconciliation and the entire region. Mordechai stressed in the video message: Just to be clear, Israel will respond forcefully and resolutely to any Islamic Jihad reaction whatsoever not just against Jihad, but also against Hamas. The video concluded, We advise Islamic Jihads leadership in Damascus to exercise caution and keep things under control.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel holds Hamas responsible for any attack originating from Gaza. We will take a very firm stance aga...

11:17

Obama health mandate now target of GOP in big tax bil "IndyWatch Feed War"

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WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama health care laws requirement that Americans get insurance coverage is now pinned as a target of Republican lawmakers, as they look to end the individual mandate to help pay for deep cuts in their tax legislation.

Senate Republicans showed Tuesday theyre intent on scrapping the Affordable Care Acts insurance mandate, and the idea was endorsed by scores of GOP lawmakers in the House.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Finance Committee, confirmed late Tuesday he was revising the bill to include repeal of the insurance mandate to help provide additional relief to low- and middle-income families.

The surprise renewal of the failed effort to eliminate the health care laws mandate came a day after President Donald Trump renewed pressure on Republican lawmakers to include the repeal in their sweeping legislation to revamp the tax system. It carries high political stakes for Trump, who lacks a major legislative achievement after nearly 10 months in office.

The move by Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee upended the debate over the tax measure just as it was inching closer to passage following months of fine-tuning and compromise. It turned the debate into an angry partisan referendum on health care and President Barack Obamas signature law, the Affordable Care Act.

House Speaker Paul Ryan joined a growing chorus of Washington Republicans calling upon Roy Moore to drop out of his embattled race for the U.S. Senate. Ryan also projected confidence about delivering on an overhaul of the nations tax code. (Nov. 14)

The Finance panel digs into a third day of work on the Sen...

11:15

India Keeps Options Open at US-led "Quad" Roadshow "IndyWatch Feed War"

On the eve of the East Asia Summit now under way in the Philippines, diplomats from the United States, Japan, Australia and India met in Manila on Sunday to discuss the issues of security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

11:10

Irans Syria policy post-IS: Staying for the long haul "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iran is pursuing a multi-faceted strategy in Syria which includes containing the Kurds and building up its forces in the Golan

11:00

Israeli Arms Firm Investigated Over Live Drone Test on Armenian Soldiers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Baku (MEE The Israeli defense ministry and police are investigating an Israeli weapons manufacturer after allegations they live-tested a drone on an Armenian army position while trying to sell the vehicle to Azerbaijan.

The investigation has been going on for several weeks, Haaretz reported on Tuesday, and a gag order into the specifics of the investigation remains in place.

An investigation is ongoing against Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd in regards to a deal with a significant customer, Israeli police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Whilst it is not expressly stated that this refers to Azerbaijan, that is widely understood to be the case.

A spokesperson for Aeronautics Defense Systems told MEE the company would fully cooperate with the police and we hope the investigation is concluded as soon as possible.

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In August, the defense ministry withdrew some of the companys export licenses, preventing the company from selling its Oribiter 1k drone to Azerbaijan, one of its biggest clients, after a complaint was made.

According to the original complaint, leaked to the Maariv newspaper, a team from the arms company was asked to operate the unmanned device, armed with explosives, against a manned Armenian outpost. Such an act would be illegal under Israeli law.

When the drone operators refused the request, managers from the company carried out the demand, the complaint alleges.

Lacking experience, the two managerial officials missed their target directly, but two Armenian soldiers were nevertheless wounded in the July attack,...

11:00

Americas Allies Are Setting Up Another Trap for US in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington (SCF Whatever their plans, the stakeholders in the Middle East must remember that clever plans to remake the Middle East have hitherto been remarkable for their inability to anticipate countermoves by opposing forces.

Tension is increasing all across the Middle East and the United States is again falling into a trap set up by its so-called allies to act against its own interests by getting deeply involved in what might turn out to be an escalating conflict. The recent victories by the Syrian Army and its Russian allies, which suggest that the active phase of the Syrian civil war will soon be drawing to a close, means that the perennial unrest in the region will be shifting gears and possibly leading to new conflict in areas that have until now been quiet. The lack of any real American policy for the region will enable the Saudis and Israelis, who have hegemonistic dreams of their own, to manipulate a casus belli, quite likely starting in Lebanon, where Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri recently resigned his office and fled to Saudi Arabia, claiming that he was fearing for his life due to his resistance to Irans influence over his country.

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Hariri headed a coalition pulled together in 2016 that included nearly all of Lebanons main parties, including Hezbollah. It took office in a political deal that made Michel Aoun, a Maronite Christian who has an understanding with Hezbollah, president. The inclusion of Hezbollah and the presence of a friendly Aoun was seen as a victory for Iran.

Related: Israeli Cable Reveals Plot With Saudis Against Iran

The Hariri resignation was certainly carried out in collusion with Riyadh, to include the damning of Iranian influence as his reason for leaving. It suggests that the Saudis and Israelis, who have been hyperbolically claiming that Tehran is about to take control of much of the Middle East, are feeling confident enough to move towards some kind of showdown with the Mullahs. As a first step, expected deteriorating sectarian interaction between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Lebanon will eliminate any possibility of a bipartisan and functioning government, providing a pretext for foreign intervention...

10:53

Syrian refugee fights Turkish order to tear down Arabic restaurant signs "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Mohammed Nizar Bitar, who has built a restaurant empire in five years, told to remove all Arabic from outlets in Istanbul's 'Little Syria' district

10:52

The Non-Coup Coup In Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yesterday's coup in Zimbabwe is of global interest. The country is one of the few that have long resisted the colonial "western" attempts to control its mineral and agricultural riches. Such coups are often driven by the CIA or other...

10:49

Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, although it never did "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | November 14, 2017 US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never did any such thing as it does not even have any legal capacity to do so. The UN cannot sanction []

10:45

How the Israel Lobby Works in Britain "IndyWatch Feed War"

There is a lot that is wrong in the United Kingdom at the moment, but the Israeli scandal is the most squalid pantomime yet to be revealed in the tenure of the present administration.

10:44

ISRAEL, SAUDI ARABIA SETTING PRECONDITIONS FOR WAR WITH HEZBOLLAH "IndyWatch Feed War"

The crisis in the Middle East is developing further. In Saudi Arabia, the purge continued. According to Middle East Eye, senior Saudi figures were tortured and beaten in the purge under the banner of an anti-corruption movement, conducted by current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman He has overseen arrests of hundreds of people, including senior royals, ministers []

10:40

Theresa May jumps aboard the Blame Russia for Everything bus. No evidence of course "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zionist puppet May screams Russia as her domestic support collapses Theresa May screams Russia as her domestic support collapses The British PM has decided to play the Putin card as an excuse for her declining poll numbers by: RUSSIAFEED (Facing mounting pressure at home, UK Prime Minister Theresa May took aim at Russia, accusing it of []

10:24

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis falsely claims USA activities in Syria were authorised under International Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lost in reverie: Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, although it never did US Secretary of Defense James Mattis Aaron P. Bernstein US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never []

10:15

Mocking Trump Doesn"t Prove Russia"s Guilt "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump is getting mocked for trusting Vladimir Putins denial about meddling in U.S. politics and not accepting Official Washingtons groupthink but ridicule isnt evidence, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

10:14

Four UNSC members boycott US-arranged meeting on Venezuela at UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

UNSC Members Boycott US-Arranged Meeting At UN This file image shows the United Nations Security Council members during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on November 13, 2017. (By AFP) Four members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have boycotted an informal meeting of the Council arranged by the United States to []

10:13

Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise

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10:05

Propaganda for Regime Change in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Susan Dirgham Dissident Voice The book Dear World: A Syrian Girls Story of War and Plea for Peace was published in October 2017. It is purportedly written by a Syrian girl, Bana Alabed, with the help of her mother and an editor. The book is being prominently promoted in the US and UK and []

09:47

Should British MPs Including the PM and Foreign Secretary be Lobbyists for israel, An Undeclared Nuclear-armed State? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Should British MPs Including the PM and Foreign Secretary be Lobbyists for Israel, An Undeclared Nuclear-armed State? By Hans Stehling, Apparently more than 80% of Conservative MPs at Westminster are members of the CFI lobby group for Israel. This is a powerful, influential, moneyed, political pressure group that holds a lavish dinner every year at []

09:39

Syria: Media Disinformation Campaign, Blaming Assad for Alleged Famine in Terrorist-Held East Ghouta, Fake Accounts, Photos "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syria: Media Disinformation Campaign, Blaming Assad for Alleged Famine in Terrorist-Held East Ghouta, Fake Accounts, Photos By Sophie Mangal, Needs your Attention! Inside Syria Media Center tried to analyze what is now going on in Eastern Ghouta. Our military correspondents investigated the issue. The results raise a number of questions. The mainstream media are trying to []

09:37

James Clapper Wants Us to Trust Him: So Does Politico "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a recent piece published on Politico, former director of national intelligence James Clapper, that crusty ex-cargo pilot, makes us privy to another of his unnerving assessments of the world-at-large, The Russians have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations. The last time Mr. Clapper assured us of something, it was that the intel community wasnt spying on us. We saw how that turned out. But that was under oath before Congress. This is an interview with a leading political website. Much higher stakes. Clapper has settled comfortably into his civilian role as the lead legitimizer of Januarys farcical Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA), and sees Russian influence, and the tantalizing prospect of presidential treason, as a weighty black cloud hanging over the country, a semaphore of apocalypse.

Clapper is effectively a PR flack of the Democratic Party and the military-industrial-finance complex. The former is the Clinton wing of the DNC. The latter includes defense industries, the Pentagon, Fortune 500 manufacturing multinationals, and a handful of the worlds largest banks. These two entities have a common interest: demonizing the Russian Federation. The Democrats want it to deflect attention from the landfill of venality, graft, and other corruptions revealed by WikiLeaks, a rogue DNC insider, and now Donna Brazile. The ruling class community wants it to force President Trump to continue the hostile policies of George Bush and Barack Obama in the global arena, notably toward Russia. So, immediate Democratic interests dovetailed with permanent establishment interests. Hence Russia was employed to hide Democratic corruption and justify active measures against it. In other words, the establishment is working hard to preserve the status quo, against popular pressure to change the status quo. It was ever thus.

The Art of the Sell

If you are going to peddle a lie like Russia-gate, you need to establish two critical components: credibility and consensus. On the credibility side, major institutions and respected influencers must be enjoined to sell the right narrative to give the story a patina of legitimacy. This is Clappers job, and that of the intelligence agencies. On the visibility side, mainstream news channels must flood the airwaves with this story. This will provide crucial visibility for the story and, even more importantly, create a perception of consensus. This is the corporate medias job. To simultaneously accomplish both, Clapper works with media companies like Politico  to broadly disseminate the anti-Russia tale in the voice of a credible servant of the state.

Clapper says Russia-gate is worse than Watergate. He darkly murmurs his innuendo to Politico international...

09:32

Trumps Pivot to Asia: An Arms Sales Bonanza, An Anti-Peace Trip "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trumps Pivot to Asia: An Arms Sales Bonanza, An Anti-Peace Trip By Peter Koenig President Trumps 5-country Asia tour has nothing to do with seeking peace anywhere, it has not even to do with diplomacy it is entirely a warmongering business trip for the Military Industrial Complex. It is amazing that the world doesnt []

09:31

Muslim Activist Boycotted by CAIR for Talking to Zionists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wajahat Ali, who was disinvited from a December event over his ties to Zionists. (Photo: Center for American Progress/Creative Commons)Wajahat Ali, who was disinvited from a December event over his ties to Zionists. (Photo: Center for American Progress/Creative Commons)

Leading Muslim American journalist and consultant Wajahat Ali had a New York speaking engagement cancelled following a campaign against him by hard-line Islamists a result of his connections with Zionists.

Ali had planned to speak at an event sponsored by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in New York in December.

CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history. It was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates. CAIRs founders were connected to the Egyptian Islamist organization the Muslim Brotherhood. They style themselves as Americas largest Muslim civil rights organization and specialize in taking legal cases to defend Muslims in anti-Muslim bigotry cases, and speaking out in the media to protect the image of Islam.

Ali helped launch Al Jazeera America, an offshoot of Qatars state owned media outlet, co-hosting their daily news show The Stream. In addition he has worked as a consultant for the state department. He currently works as Creative Director of Affin...

09:25

France Set to Prosecute Le Pen for Tweeting ISIS Pics "IndyWatch Feed War"

Far-right candidate for Frances presidency Marine LePen (Photo: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Marine Le Pen, leader of Frances populist National Front party, is facing criminal prosecution for tweeting ISIS pictures, according to the Daily Mail.

In 2015 she shared three ISIS images. One showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The second showed a man being burned alive in a cage. The third showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being run over by a tank.

Sharing violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity is a crime punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 75,000 in France. Police opened an investigation in 2015 but have been unable to bring charges since Le Pen holds immunity.

Frances National Assembly voted last week to strip the 49-year-old politician of her right to legal immunity from prosecution over the images. Le Pen was stripped of legal immunity from the European Parliament in March, when she was a member of that body. The legal affairs committee passed the decision in an 18-3 vote. However, she regained immunity three months later when she won a seat in the National Assembly.

Le Pen hit back at those stripping her of immunity, calling it a lowly, purely political decision.

Its be...

09:22

Corruption in israel Is Not Just an israeli Issue "IndyWatch Feed War"

Corruption in Israel Is Not Just an Israeli Issue  by Ramzy Baroud Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, []

09:06

Afghanistan war crimes probe a sham and cover-up for US "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Finian Cunningham | RT | November 14, 2017 When The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) announced it was planning to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, the timing seemed appropriate. The announcement by the ICC on November 3 came within days of a deadly airstrike by US forces in northern Afghanistan, which UN officials []

09:06

U.S. and Philippine Presidents -- Massage Parlors and Jokes of Gang Rape -- Global Epidemic of Sexual Predators "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. and Philippine Presidents -- Massage Parlors and Jokes of Gang Rape -- Global Epidemic of Sexual Predators By Brenda NorrellCensored NewsPresident Trump was granted preliminary approval for massage parlors and escort services trademarks by China. This news is galvanized by Trump's visit with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who last week bragged of murdering someone during his

09:03

Stanford: Fascist students stage walkout at Robert Spencer event, administration bars others wanting to enter "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stanford administration is responsible for what happened tonight, as they aided and abetted the smear campaign that the Stanford Daily and Stanford Review carried out, and coddled the students who were spuriously claiming that they felt threatened by my presence. Above all, they are responsible for refusing to endorse their own policy regarding disruption of []

08:26

BBC WS Newshour Balfour Declaration centenary special part two "IndyWatch Feed War"

The second part (see part one here) of the Newshour Balfour Declaration centenary special that was aired on BBC World Service radio on November 2nd began (from 30:04 here) with a reading of the declaration itself after a short introduction from presenter James Menendez.

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Menendez: Now to our main story today: the centenary of the Balfour Declaration the statement by the British government pledging support for the creation of a homeland for Jews.

Menendez then introduced ...

08:17

Convert to Islam Homework Poll Result and Your Comments "IndyWatch Feed War"

Illustrative picture of a pupil writing in school.Illustrative picture of a pupil writing in school. (Photo: FRED DUFOUR / AFP / Getty Images)

Thanks one an all for the thousands of votes and comments on our story about a class of 12-year olds asked to write a homework assignment explaining to their family why they decided to convert to Islam.

As you can imagine, your responses were rather strong those with colorful language we chose not to publish! But before your comments heres the poll result at the time we wrote this item:

What would you do if your child was asked to write about why they converted to Islam?

1.1% Allow them to complete the assignment

2.6% Allow them to complete the assignment but explain to your child why it is problematic

10.7% Complain to the head teacher about the assignment

14.2% Prevent your child from completing the assignment and write a quick note to their teacher explaining why

29.6% Remove your child from the school

41.8% Speak with other parents and create a unified protest against the teacher/curriculum

 

Now to your comments we had close to a thousand, so were just presenting a small percentage here:

 

I homeschool my granddaughter because of this and other trends in public schools. Im setting up a homeschool facilitation service that will allow me to facilitate homeschooling for other parents who want to work but not have their child in public or private school. It gives them personal control over the curriculum their child gets taught.

 

I would also have my child write why they would never convert to Islam.

 

We DID remove our children from school for other reasons (bullying), We CERTAINLY would for this!!!

 

Id use the assignment as an opportunity to argue a point with which you do not agree. Thats good for anyones writing...

08:13

NSW, Australia: Shopping Centre Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed War"

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November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

 In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.


08:11

Financial Tyranny: We the People Are the New Permanent Underclass in America "IndyWatch Feed War"

By John W. Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute | November 14, 2017 When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. Frdric Bastiat, French economist Americans []

07:58

India takes part in first ever military drill with Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | November 14, 2017 Indian troops took part in the first ever joint military exercise with their Israeli counterparts yesterday. Elite Indian pilots and rescue soldiers from the Garud Unit, which is said to be the equivalent of Israels 669 Unit, took part in the biannual Blue Flag drill at the Palmachim air base []

07:55

#Refugees #Netherlands: Support Resistance Against Eviction We Are here "IndyWatch Feed War"

Support Resistance Against Eviction. We Are here. Friday 17th of November from 07.30am Nienoord 2, Diemen, Netherlands.

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Netherlands: Support Resistance Against Eviction We Are here

Support Resistance Against Eviction. We Are here. Friday 17th of November from 07.30am Nienoord 2, Diemen, Netherlands.

We do not want anymore pseudo-solutions, we want accomodation! Therefore, when they will come to evict us, we will not leave voluntarily! We stay! We have no other place to go. After 27 evictions we now want to confront the citizens of Diemen and Amsterdam and surroundings with our hopeless situation, we have no other choice!
We therefore call upon all sympathizers of our movement to support us.

We are a group of undocumented refugees and part of We Are Here.
Since 5 years we are  fighting for a normal life, equal to all other people living here. We fled from areas where w...

07:25

Syria: Media Disinformation Campaign, Blaming Assad for Alleged Famine in Terrorist-Held East Ghouta, Fake Accounts, Photos "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Sophie Mangal Global Research, November 14, 2017 Inside Syria Media Centre Region: Middle East & North Africa Theme: Media Disinformation, Terrorism, US NATO War Agenda In-depth Report: SYRIA Needs your Attention! Inside Syria Media Center tried to analyze what is now going on in Eastern Ghouta. Our military correspondents investigated the issue. The results raise a number of questions. The mainstream []

07:15

Does Monitoring Muslim Communities Stop Terrorist Attacks? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The mosque attended by the recent New York terrorist had previously been under surveillance from an NYPD program that was later cancelled. News of this has led some to wonder whether or not cancelling the program was a mistake. When evaluating counter-terrorism methods, its important to be objective. The metric that really matters is Did the program work? So, the question to be asked is: Could a cancelled Muslim community surveillance program have stopped the recent terror attack in New York?

If the success record of that program in stopping terrorists is anything to go by, that seems unlikely.

 

The Demographics Unit

New York terrorist Sayfullo Saipov, who killed eight people in the October 31, 2017 terrorist attack in Manhattan, attended the Omar Mosque in Paterson, New Jersey. Prior to 2014, the NYPD monitored the mosque as part of a program called the Demographics Unit (Zone Assessment Unit after 2010).

The program deployed agents to chart a map of the demographics of the New York Muslim community, including mosques, cafes, bookshops and hangouts. It saw...

07:14

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective "IndyWatch Feed War"

Statement from Husk Collective, active since August 2017.

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Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective

We acknowledge that we are occupying land rightfully belonging to the Wurundjeri-willam of the Woiwurrung language and belief group. we pay respects to Elders past and present and would like to express gratitude for the knowledge that has been shared with us. this land is stolen. sovereignty never ceded.

We continue to benefit from colonisation and genocide which are ongoing to this day. we also acknowledge the combined effects of colonisation, racism, patriarchy and the western binary gender system.

We take our lead from the struggles and resistance of Koorie people and invite everyone to join us to work towards undermining colonisation through learning, listening and contributing to the resistance.

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07:00

Dont Pay The Pain Forward "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tim Marshall, a 40 year veteran of storm chasing, monitors a supercell thunderstorm during a tornado research mission, May 8, 2017 in Elbert County near Agate, Colorado. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images)Tim Marshall, a 40-year veteran of storm chasing, monitors a supercell thunderstorm during a tornado research mission, May 8, 2017 in Elbert County near Agate, Colorado. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

An empowering message of personal responsibility rather than encouraging victimhood has the potential to change the debate about counter-radicalization. Ill begin with a personal story to show you what I mean.

One night during the Blitz my grandfather, then a teenager, was too tired to get up for yet another air raid siren. Instead, he stayed in bed while everyone else went to the shelter. A bomb hit the shelter directly and killed everyone in his family except for him. He never dealt with the grief properly and couldnt connect emotionally after that.

When my father was 14, his mother, my grandmother, killed herself because my grandfather was cheating on her. Obviously unable to process this event, my father himself became a philanderer, and when I was 10 my mother, sick of his shenanigans, kicked him to the curb. As terrible a father as he was a husband, he promptly disappeared. Apart from a couple of very brief encounters in my teens, I have not seen him since.

I am not telling you these things to play the victim. In the big picture, my family is relatively mundane. I am using this personal example to make the simple point that inter-generational trauma pays the pain forward and inflicts fresh suffering on the next generation.

That, in my eyes, is the meaning of the biblical threat that God will continue visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth ...

06:57

Lebanons Bassil Hopes Crisis with Saudi Gets Solved without Resorting to Intl Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 14, 2017 The Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said, in a statement following his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday, that Lebanon is seeking to reach fraternal solution to the crisis with Saudi Arabia over the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, warning to resort to international laws is []

06:27

Saudi: Palestinian Abbas Must Endorse US Plan or Leave "IndyWatch Feed War"

By MEM November 14, 2017 Information Clearing House   Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he has to back Donald Trumps Israeli-Palestinian peace deal or resign. According to Israeli sources Abbas was offered an ultimatum after he was summoned to Riyadh last week for a meeting with Bin Salman []

06:27

Cold-War-era Soviet spy George Blake issues rare statement from Moscow "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of the Cold Wars most recognizable spy figures, George Blake, who escaped to the Soviet Union after betraying British intelligence, issued a rare statement last week, praising the successor agency to Soviet-era KGB.

06:08

ISIS Battles Near Kirkuk; 33 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iraqi forces fought with militants at an oil field and village near Kirkuk.

The post ISIS Battles Near Kirkuk; 33 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:00

Catalonia and the Art of Differential Diagnosis "IndyWatch Feed War"

As in the sound practice of medicine, the key to generating useful political analysis lies in the art of differential diagnosis. This is especially true in times of apparent epidemics. When seemingly similar symptoms arise in numerous patients, or in the case of politics, in numerous sites of social action, there is an enormous temptation Continue reading "Catalonia and the Art of Differential Diagnosis"

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06:00

How To Wield Influence and Sell Weaponry in Washington "IndyWatch Feed War"

Originally posted at TomDispatch. When it comes to the art of the deal, at least where arms sales are concerned, American presidents, their administrations, and the Pentagon have long been Trumpian in nature. Their role has been to beat the drums (of war) for the major American weapons makers and its been a highly profitable Continue reading "How To Wield Influence and Sell Weaponry in Washington"

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06:00

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel Is Not Just an Israeli Issue "IndyWatch Feed War"

Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, a majority of Israelis said that they would still vote Continue reading "The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel Is Not Just an Israeli Issue"

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05:32

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed War"

Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little.

Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, a majority of Israelis said that they would still vote for him.

A recent survey conducted by Israels Channel 10 TV concluded that, if general elections are held today, Netanyahu will garner 28% while his closest contenders, Avi Gabbay of the Zionist Camp and Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid will each gather 11% of the vote.

The next stage, which is drawing near, is for the citizens of Israel to re-elect a criminal as their leader and entrust their fate to him, a leading Israeli columnist, Akiva Eldar, wrote in response to Netanyahus continued popularity, despite accusations of corruption and repeated police investigations.

But Eldar should not be surprised. Political corruption, bribery and misuse of public funds have been the norm not exception in Israeli politics.

Alex Roy puts it more succinctly in a recent piece in the Times of Israel: The fact that (Netanyahu) still has a good chance of being the prime minister after these coming elections says more about how used to corruption we have become than how clean he is.

Roy wrote that his country has gotten used to political criminals simply because each prime minister over the last quarter century has at some point faced criminal charges.

He is right, but there are two major points that are missing in the discussion which had been, until recently, mostly confined to Israeli media.

First, the nature of the suspected misconduct of Netanyahu is different from his predecessors. This matters greatly.

Second, Israeli s...

05:23

They say: There is No Alternative "IndyWatch Feed War"

We are living in times of increased global economic injustice, suspicion against the establishment and a political terrain that is being redrawn to such an extent that few analysts really understand what is happening. Rarely have we seen such political mobility and possibility for change. But the ruling political consensus in Europe and the western world seems unyielding: There is no alternative.

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The political and economic framework tells us that it is hard work, credits and consumption that the citizen must relate to. And when this machinery does not deliver, it is the citizen who takes responsibility. A time of considerable levels of unemployment and social exclusion is the most common medicine. The underlying message is that a continued development of democracy is not possible; which is why another society, characterized by participation, tolerance, security and quality of life cannot be realized either. Why do politicians ability to deliver stop at everyday politics, blocking strategies and just fishing for votes, and why is it no longer possible to discuss visions and a further development of our society? What is it that caused everything to be locked in a vice?

Sometime in the 80s, the free market had to be given even freer rein as it surely knew what was best for everyone. Politics was to be detached from the economy while banks were given wider freedom to act as creditors in order to be able to boost consumption and growth. Politicians and economists agreed: There is no alternative.

The increased lending led to debt crises in the 80s and 90s; the old, familiar story about money and credits lacking coverage until they are forced to be repaid, thus revealing the con. We know it in everyday vocabulary as a real estate bubble, finance bubble etc.

With globalization, capitalism grew out of its national costume. The boundless financial industry set the new world culture. Everything had to move faster, be easier, be temporary and follow the rapid twists and turns of the financial markets. If there are no jobs in your area, uproot your family and move somewhere else. The connection to political parties and unions dwindled; the old society was perceived as rigid, slow and unworkable.

In this new era of financing, people were urged to go beyond their own capacity to pay by consuming with their future income. Another way to circumvent the natural laws was the new consumerism. The simple principle that demand creates supply had expired. Instead, supply was first created, after which, with the help of marketing, demand as well as the necessary consumption culture was introduced, as illusory as tobacco advertising and bank credits. There are hundreds of bread brands in your supermarket, but not quite the one you want, right?

The...

04:37

Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions For War With Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/israel-saudi-arabia-setting-preconditions-for-war-with-hezbollah/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront The crisis in the

03:37

First-ever bill on Palestinian child rights introduced in US Congress "IndyWatch Feed War"

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New bill ensures US assistance to Israel is not used to harm Palestinian children in military custody

02:58

Live from Baghdad: the secret of Iraqs renaissance "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Pepe Escobar of the Asia Times (cross-posted by special agreement with the author) BAGHDAD On a sandstorm-swept morning in Baghdad earlier last week, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the legendary

02:36

Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 14, 2017 Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit No Preliminary Injunction: Case Moves Toward Trial By Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Lead attorney in Dundon: Rachel Lederman, rlederman@beachledermanlaw.com, (415) 350-6496 WPLC Executive Director: Terry Janis, TerryJanis@protonmail.com, (701) 425-7080 BISMARCK,

02:24

Tattoo Shop in Orange Park, Florida is a Fertile Ground for Violent and Pedophilic White Nationalist Criminals "IndyWatch Feed War"

On a warm, June afternoon in Marion County, Indiana, Ashley McNeil walked cheerfully home after doing some light shopping at a convenience store near her house. The year was 2001, and the 13-year old McNeil had no idea what was to transpire as she bounded through the door to head home. Shortly before, a 21-year old self admitted Neo-Nazi named Trevor Thompson (A.K.A. Trey Hooligan, D.O.B. 09/07/1980) had argued on the street with several Black men in the nearby area.

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Tattoo Shop in Orange Park, Florida is a Fertile Ground for Violent and Pedophilic White Nationalist Criminals

On a warm, June afternoon in Marion County, Indiana, Ashley McNeil walked cheerfully home after doing some light shopping at a convenience store near her house. The year was 2001, and the 13-year old McNeil had no idea what was to transpire as she bounded through the door to head home. Shortly before, a 21-year old self admitted Neo-Nazi named Trevor Thompson (A.K.A. Trey Hooligan, D.O.B. 09/07/1980) had argued on the street wi...

02:23

First ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced to U.S. Congress "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced a House bill on Tuesday that seeks to prohibit the U.S. from funding the detention and prosecution of Palestinian children in the Israeli military court system. The legislation is said to be the first time a bill on Palestinian human rights has ever been introduced to Congress.

The 11-page bill comes several weeks after a report was released by Israeli rights groups, with the support of the European Union, which revealed broad, systemic abuse by Israeli authorities, against Palestinian teenagers detained in occupied East Jerusalem.

The bill, dubbed the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, begins by detailing the provisions laid out by the the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed by both the U.S. and Israel in the 90s (the U.S. signed the treaty, but did not ratify it, while Israel both signed and ratified the treaty into Israeli law).

The treaty required, among other things, that no child shall be subject to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as well as requiring arrests and detentions of minors be used as a last resort and that said detentions should instituted for the shortest period of time possible. It also requires that children have access to fair and speedy trials.

The bill lists other requirements of the convention, and challenges that the Israeli government fails to protect Palestinian children in accordance to its own laws as well as the treaty.

The bill does not request any adjustment or cuts to the amount of money already officially allocated from the U.S. to Israel, instead it requests that none of the funding go toward any of the following practices against children:

  • Torture or cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.
  • Physical violence, including restraint in stress positions.
  • Hooding, sensory deprivation, death threats, or other forms of psychological abuse.
  • Incommunicado detention or solitary confinement.
  • Administrative detention (detention without charge or trial under secret evidence
  • Denial of access to parents or legal counsel during interrogations.
  • Confessions obtained by force or coercion.

Rights groups, including Defence for Children International, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), BTselem, HaMoked, as well as the State Department, among many others, have documented practices employed by the State of Israel against children that are in contravention of International Law.

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02:17

The innocence of those who fear and the guilt of those who hate "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli security forces brutally arrest Palestinian protesters in West Bank [Issam Rimawi Anadolu Agency] Dr Samah Jabr| MEMO | November 14, 2017 In our stressful state of occupation, there is, among other ills, an essentialist view of Israeli and Palestinian characteristics. In the many public talks that I have given to Westerners about the []

01:55

Take it from the AIPACs Mouth "IndyWatch Feed War"

Introduction by Gilad Atzmon In this precious video, AIPAC delivers a devastating message to the American people. Your political system is hijacked by a foreign aggressive lobby it doesnt matter if you vote for the Democrats or the Republicans, if you like Clinton or prefer Trump, your political system is dominated by a Jewish []

01:50

Slavery/Servitude: Antiquated Relic? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ask any student of history, and youll be told that institutionalized slavery has been outlawed for lifetimes here in the Occident. Posit an idea to the contrary, and youre sure to receive a sharp rebuttal.

The demarcations of the West and what defines it (psst, its a function of culture and demography, not geography) aside, one neednt look too hard or too far away from the shores of the Atlantic coast of North America before encountering what are undoubtedly slavery-like conditions. Whether youre talking of the child servant in Haiti performing domestic duties for a modicum of payment and a cornucopia of abuse, or the field worker in Mexico toiling under the scorching sol and periodically wetting his soiled hands in a peroxide solution, the exploitation of the human being as a factory is difficult to avoid. And while these workers are (generally) free of any physical shackles or official masters, it cannot be convincingly stated that they are living and performing of their own free will.

The debt-money systems that operate within their nations really a supra-national, transnational, global meta-system of financial enslavement is what indentures these folks to their means of constructing and maneuvering their personal economies. I hazard to guess that the morally high-minded individual needs no persuading about these matters. Where I imagine there exists a schism in understanding is in the examination of the rest of us, who happen to be comfortable residents of the West itself. We, the fortunate few who have decent jobs, decent working conditions, and a plethora of labour laws enshrining our protections and rights as workers how do We view our lives and our conditions?

Surely we are free. Free to exercise our will in choosing our life paths, our careers, our lifestyles; free to accept and operate within the larger economy that ensconces us, and free to leave any of these things should we elect to. It is this freedom that distinguishes us from those hapless others who dont possess similar freedoms. We can travel about without fear of hindrance and reprisal: leave the home, hop in the car, and visit whatever or whoever we please.

But hold on. Lets be sure of a few things first. To begin, be sure to carry with you personal identification, issued by the official body that is responsible for governing how, and how much, you can freely live your life. Also, be sure that you have paid in full your indemnity (taxes) to this governing body, ensuring that you retain your various freedoms. As you move about, be sure to carry with you your own personal tracker (mobile telecommunications device), in the unfortunate event that some harm or urgency befalls you. Be sure that your registrations and licenses are up to date, and paid for in full. Then trot onwards as you freely wander those streets (virtually all of them) that are garrisoned by variou...

01:34

US-backed SDF aka PKK/YPG seize Syrias second largest oil field al-Tanak "IndyWatch Feed War"

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"The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the al-Tanak oil field in eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour on Monday.

According to local sources, the SDF, which is dominated by the PKK terrorist group's Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing People's Protection Forces (YPG), occupied the oil field located near the border with Iraq after fierce clashes with Daesh terrorists.

Following the clashes in the field, which is located 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Syria's Deir ez-Zor city center, Daesh terrorists reportedly retreated eastward.

Last month, the SDF, with air support from the U.S.-led coalition, captured the al-Omar field the largest in Syria.

In September, PYD said its terrorists took control of Syria's largest gas field, Conoco, in Deir el-Zour.

Backed by the U.S., the PYD began advancing Sept. 9 into Deir el-Zour without encountering any resistance from Daesh.

According to the map area measurements of AA, the PKK/PYD currently controls approximately 25 percent of Syrian territories, mostly on the left bank of the Euphrates River.

Many of Syria's most productive oil fields - including al-Omar, Tanak, Ward, Afra, Kewari, Jafra, Jarnuf, Azrak, Kahar, Sueytat and Galban - are located east of the Euphrates River.

Together, these strategic oilfields are estimated to account for roughly one-third of Syria's total energy production."

01:22

Cards Against Humanity Announces Plan to Stop Trumps Wall and Save America "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA)  On Tuesday, the creators of the popular politically incorrect game, Cards Against Humanity, announced their strategy to foil President Trumps notorious plans for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Its 2017, and the government is being run by a toilet. We have no choice: Cards Against Humanity is going to save America, they wrote on the site announcing their new holiday promotion.

According to a promotional video in the form of a satirical historical mockumentary of current times:

In the early part of the 21st century, Donald Trump had just been elected president of the United States. The American empire was in decline. After decades of global supremacy, the people had become lazy and stupid.

According to the website they launched specifically for the promotion:

Donald Trump is a preposterous golem who is afraid of Mexicans. He is so afraid that he wants to build a twenty-billion-dollar wall that everyone knows will accomplish nothing.

So weve purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built.

According to the companys video, which channels Mike Judges cult classic film Idiocracy, everyone who contributes $15 to the promotion will receive a small plot of the land in addition to six surprises throughout the month of December.

On the first day of the campaign, Cards Against Humanity purchased acres of land on the US-Mexico border and didnt build a wall on it. They retained a law firm to fight the U.S. government and prevent them from ever building the wall, says a historian in the promo video.

Cards Against Humanity says they intend to fight injustice, lies, racism, the whole enchilada.

Despite the humor of the campaign, its unclear whether it will actually be effective or relevant. The federal government has already made it clear it intends to seize private property in order to move forward with construction, though the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection have......

01:06

The North Korea that Neither Trump nor the Western Media Want You to See "IndyWatch Feed War"

North Korea (the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, or DPRK) is one of the least understood and most lied about countries on Earth. Those are the words of independent journalist Eva Bartlett, who recently made a trip to North Korea and who has posted a very informative, eye-opening article on her experience. The piece includes []

01:03

President Al-Assad: Hitting National Belongingness Weakens Defense Line against Cultural Invasion Attempts "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:28 DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed that hitting national belongingness weakens our first defense line, as a society,  against cultural and intellectual invasion attempts that seek turning us into helpless machines that act according to foreign-prepared plans. President Al-Assad made the remarks during his meeting  on Tuesday with participants []

01:00

Decolonize the Caribbean "IndyWatch Feed War"

Angel Monxo Lpez Santiago The Caribbean is in need of food sovereignty, energy sovereignty, and land sovereignty. Maria and Irma, 2017s two most destructive hurricanes in the Caribbean basin, have exposed the trappings and inequalities of colonialism in the region. The hurricanes have blown away decades of legal and international maneuvers and ruses, local constitutions,...

01:00

Africa and the Ever-Expanding War on Terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the shadows, the U.S. special operations war on terrorists keeps on expanding around the globe, now reaching into Africa where few detectable American interests exist. Jonathan Marshall If national-security reporters are ever replaced by robots writing boilerplate stories, blame it on the fact that U.S. military policy has become so predictable and repetitive. Consider...

01:00

Zimbabwe Defense Forces: We are targeting the criminals around the President "IndyWatch Feed War"

No military takeover in Zimbabwe? Then where is President Robert Mugabe? The Zimbabwe Defense Forces said they are only targeting the criminals around the President Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) takes over Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Major Brigadier General Sibusiso B Moyo 4am, 15 November 2017, ZBC Pockets Hill, Harare, Zimbabwe. * Mugabe is safe (recognised...

01:00

Zimbabwe Youth in Defense of the Revolution "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zanu-PF Youth League Executive Cde Chipanga As the youth of Zimbabwe and as the young people whose future will be determined by the actions taken in the present, we have noted with shock, displeasure and disappointment the Press statement of the Commander of the Defence Forces, General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga issued yesterday. We, as Zanu-PF...

00:49

The Swamp Strikes Back. The Campaign to Control the Narrative. An Analysis by Fred "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Left's Operation "Blue Crush" The Campaign to control the Narrative. If you want to Feel the Rush you need to Take the Risk. They know they are the people who create the transformative values of American culture. They live...

00:38

Stanford administrators will not enforce policy against disruption of speakers at Robert Spencer event "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ive been informed by my security team that Stanford administrators will not be ejecting students who disrupt my event tonight. This is in violation of the policy that Stanford administrators themselves enunciated just one week ago: Advancing free speech and inclusion, by Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President, and Persis Drell, Provost, Notes from the Quad, November 7, []

00:33

Corruption in Israel is not just an Israeli issue "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ramzy Baroud | MEMO | November 14, 2017 Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July  well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, a majority of Israelis said that []

00:31

Financial Tyranny: We the People Are the New Permanent Underclass in America "IndyWatch Feed War"

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

Frdric Bastiat, French economist

Americans can no longer afford to get sick and theres a reason why.

Thats because a growing number of Americans are struggling to stretch their dollars far enough to pay their bills, get out of debt and ensure that if and when an illness arises, it doesnt bankrupt them.

This is a reality that no amount of partisan political bickering can deny.

Many Americans can no longer afford health insurance, drug costs or hospital bills. They cant afford to pay rising healthcare premiums, out-of-pocket deductibles and prescription drug bills.

They cant afford to live, and now they cant afford to get sick or die, either.

To be clear, my definition of affordable healthcare is different from the governments. To the government, you can afford to pay for healthcare if your income falls above the poverty line. That takes no account of rising taxes, the cost of living, the cost to clothe and feed a household, the cost of transportation and communication and education, or any of the other line items that add up to a life worth living.

As Helaine Olen points out in The Atlantic:

Just because a person is insured, it doesnt mean he or she can actually afford their doctor, hospital, pharmaceutical, and other medical bills. The point of insurance is to protect patients finances from the costs of everything from hospitalizations to prescription drugs, but out-of-pocket spending for people even with employer-provided health insurance has increased by more than 50 percent since 2010.

For too many Americans, achieving any kind of quality of life has become a choice between putting food on the table and paying ones bills or health care coverage.

Its a gamble any way you look at it, and the medical community is not helping.

Healthcare costs are rising, driven by a medical, insurance and pharmaceutical industry that is getting rich off the sick and dying.

Indeed, Americans currently pay...

00:02

Hugh Fitzgerald: That Monster Tariq Ramadan and His Degringolade "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its not just about sexual violence. For some students its just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust. The statement by Eugene Rogan, director of the Middle East Centre at Oxford, explaining a few weeks []

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23:59

Theres a New Nation in Space and You Can Apply for Citizenship Right Now "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA)  The worlds very first space nation launched this week, but despite the fact that 300,000 members applied for citizenship over the last year, no people were on board.

The nation launched early Sunday from NASAs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, CNET reported this week, as an Orbital ATK Antares rocket carrying a CubeSat named Asgardia-1.

The satellite is the size of a milk carton and called the Space Kingdom of Asgardia. The creators lauded the launch as establishing the first nation to have all of its territory in space, though no countries have acknowledged its statehood.

For now, the primary benefit of citizenship is being able to store data on Asgardia-1 while its in orbit. Even so, the satellite nation has terms and conditions and is subject to Austrian copyright law, so it is not free of earthly constraints.

In fact, the creators intend to bring human forms of governance to the new space nation, noting on their website the virtues of democracy and promoting parliamentary elections. They also have a proposed constitution and laws and intend to elect 12 cabinet ministers and a head of state.

Only those who support the constitution will have the right to upload data to the satellite. Asgardia will have taxes, though only businesses will be forced to contribute. Individual taxes will apparently be voluntary. The website explains that people can decide what amount of tax they would like to pay.

The country will also have passports, IDs, a national bank, business regulations, and a cryptocurrency called SOLAR.

According to Asgardias website, the nation was created with three top goals in mind: to ensure the peaceful use of space, to protect the Earth from space hazards, and to create a demilitarized and free scientific base of knowledge in space.

It also seeks to create a mirror of humanity in space, but without Earthly division into states, religions, and nations, though its unclear how it will be free of states by esta...

23:59

The resumption of PA security coordination with Israel is no surprise "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ramona Wadi | MEMO | November 14, 2017 Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is not one to miss an opportunity to collaborate with Israel. At sporadic intervals, the suspension of security coordination with Israel was implemented temporarily only when Palestinians were protesting over Israeli violence or, for example, surveillance at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Despite congratulatory []

23:30

Israeli occupation forces seize former prisoner, raid village "IndyWatch Feed War"

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network November 14, 2107 Israeli occupation forces seized at least 14 Palestinians throughout occupied Palestine in pre-dawn raids on Monday, 13 November, including former prisoner and long-term hunger striker Tareq Qaadan, a prominent leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement. Qaadan, 45, was seized after a 1:30 am raid on []

23:20

Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies

The New York Times, 19172017

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23:03

Congressional Progressive Caucus Seeks Ban On US Financing Child Torture By Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. lawmakers seek to prohibit taxpayer funds from supporting human rights violations against Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention system No Way to Treat a Child campaign November 14, 2017 Washington, D.C. Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill prohibiting U.S. financial support of abuses against Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system, []

23:00

Detectives in Kansas City Release Man who Answered Interrogation Questions by Passing Gas "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Kansas City man facing potential federal drug and weapons charges flexed his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during a police interrogation by passing passing gas instead of answering questions.

A detective interrogating 24-year-old Sean A. Sykes Jr. decided to cut him loose after holding him for possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession of marijuana and two handguns.

One of the stolen guns was a .357 Magnum found inside Sykes vehicle.

During the interrogation, Sykes denied knowing anything about the guns or drugs he was accused of possessing.

The detective questioning Sykes noted in his report that when he asked for his address Sykes leaned to one side of his chair and release a loud fart before answering.

A federal detectives questioning Sean Sykes Jr. on gun and drugs charges ended his interrogation after Sykes continued to break wind violently instead of incriminating himself by answering his questions.

According to the Kansas City Star, Sykes continued to be flatulent and the detective ended the interview prematurely.

Mr. Sykes continued to be flatulent and I ended the interview, the detective noted in his report.

Sykes was in a car that police searched on September 1 where they found a backpack containing the drugs.

After being taken into custody, Sykes farts managed to bring the interrogation, and charges against him, to a halt.

Charges related to the September 1 drugs and weapons charges were never filed.

However, Sykes luck apparently ran out when he was pulled over by police on November 5.

Kansas City police officers searched Sykes vehicle again and reportedly found crack cocaine, marijuana and a stolen handgun.

After being caught for the second time, Sykes is now being held in custody on possession charges.

The detectives report surfaced when Mr. Sykes made an initial court appearance on Monday, November 6.

He remains in custody pending a future hearing where his bond amount will be determined.

Hes currently charged with being a felon in possession of three firearms and possession with intent to sell cocaine.

According to the...

22:54

Bank Admits Fiat Currencies Are Failing and Cryptocurrencies May Replace Them "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA)  As the transition towards a blockchain based economy continues, the established financial powers are desperately trying to stay relevant. In an attempt to boost their credibility, analysts at Deutsche Bank are finally admitting that state-run fiat currencies are becoming obsolete. For years, blockchain entrepreneurs and other critics of central banking have been branded either conspiracy theorists or criminals. But recently, those controversial opinions about the inevitable changes coming to the worlds financial system are being echoed by mainstream pundits.

Deutsche Banks top strategist, Jim Reid, recently articulated a view on the economy that is shared by many but rarely talked about:

Central banks and governments which have dined out on the 35 year secular, structural decline in inflation are not able to prevent it rising as raising interest rates to suitable levels would risk serious economic contraction given the huge debt burden economies face. As such they are forced to prioritise low interest rates and nominal growth over inflation control which could herald in the beginning of the end of the global fiat currency system that begun with the abandonment of Bretton Woods back in 1971.

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The most surprising part came when he acknowledged the crucial role cryptocurrencies may play in the move away from unbacked paper money.

Although the current speculative interest in cryptocurrencies is more to do with blockchain technology than a loss of faith in paper money, at some point there will likely be some median of exchange that becomes more universal and a competitor of paper money.

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22:35

Wells Fargo Blockaded, Demanding Divestment From Tar Sands "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alex Cohen, for Earth Defense Coalition. On November 14, 2017, five water protectors took action in solidarity with front line Indigenous resistance efforts at Camp Makwa to stop the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota. The activists locked down to each other and used their bodies to disrupt business as usual at Wells Fargo, one of the major financial players behind this genocidal, extractive fossil fuel project. Wells Fargo has 743 million invested into Enbridge who is responsible for Tar Sands and the Line 3 pipeline threatening and ravaging through Indigenous lands, water, wild rice, and sovereignty in Minnesota. This action is one of hundreds taking place across the globe to call for divestment from financial institutions invested in the destructive fossil fuel industry.

22:21

Denouncing Stanford event, rabbi claims that Robert Spencer mischaracterizes, demonizes, and stereotypes Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

There is room in our community for many political viewpoints, but there is no room for hate. Robert Spencer peddles in hate. He mischaracterizes, demonizes, and stereotypes Muslims and their beliefs. Any examples? Of course not, because I do not do these things. Rabbi Nat Ezray of Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City and Maha ElGenaidi []

22:01

Revolution 100 Conference in Rome: This is our life, this is our destiny "IndyWatch Feed War"

allpowertothesoviets November 13: Yesterday our three days of Revolution 100, dedicated to celebrations for the centenary of the October Revolution, came to an end. When we began talking about this initiative a few months ago, the starting point for everyone was that we needed to do something extraordinary, and with as much unity as possible, for...

21:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/11/14 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed War"

2017/11/14 20:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

21:16

New Artificial Intelligence Designed to Be Mentally Unstable: What Could Go Wrong? "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA)  We tend to think of artificial intelligence entities as flawless intellects, early prototypes of the powerful artilects futurists imagine will one day rule our world. We also tend to think of them as not being subject to unhappy thoughts or feelings. But one company has created an artificially intelligent machine-learning system that suffers from mental instability, or the AI equivalent, and the creators deliberately designed it to be unstable.

This tortured artist of an AI is called DABUS, short for device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified Sentience. It was created by computer scientist Stephen Thaler, who used a technique called generative adversarial networks to mimic the extreme fluctuations in thought and emotion experienced by humans who suffer from mental illness. His Missouri-based company, Imagination Engines, developed a two-module process: Imagitron infused digital noise into a neural network, causing DABUS to generate new ideas and content; then, a second neural network, Perceptron, was integrated to assess DABUSs output and provide feedback. Then they added their secret sauce.

This method of creating an echo chamber between neural networks is not new or unique. However, what Thaler and his company are using it for deliberately tweaking an AIs cognitive state to make its artistic output more experimental is. Their process triggers unhappy associations and fluctuations in rhythm. The result is an AI interface with symptoms of insanity.

At one end, we see all the characteristic symptoms of mental illness, hallucinations, attention deficit and mania, Thaler says, describing DABUSs faculties and temperament. At the other, we have reduced cognitive flow and depression.

Thaler believes that integrating human-like problem-solving and human-like flaws, such as mental illness may significantly enhance an AIs ability to create innovative artwork and subjective output. While everyone is familiar with the psychedelic and surreal canvases produced by Googles Deep Dream algorithm, they may be uniquely impressed by the more measured and meditative work of DABUS.

...

21:04

Israel bars pro-BDS politicians from visiting jailed Palestinian leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV November 14, 2017 Israel has refused to grant an entry visa to a group of French politicians, who intended to visit jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, over their support for a global pro-Palestine campaign against the regimes occupation and land grab policies. Israeli authorities said Monday that they would bar the seven-member []

20:57

'Bigotry blind spot': Baroness Warsi decries Islamophobia in UK "IndyWatch Feed War"

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In an attempt to highlight 'anti-Muslim racism', the Runnymede Trust launches a report mapping out Islamophobia across society

20:47

Balfour Mentality Has No Place in Civilized Society "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune | November 14, 2017 The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was hatched by Zionist schemers and foisted upon a gullible and desperate British government in time of war. Those dark forces then worked hard to ensure that the first part of the pledge (and much more) was implemented while []

20:44

Talk Nation Radio: War Stories "IndyWatch Feed War"

The late Eduardo Galeanos forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces. These are all true stories, some new and some familiar, all well documented elsewhere, but Galeano doesnt bother with the documentation here. He simply tells the stories extremely simply, he tells the stories. He inspires me to offer the following, and to search for more. If you have ideas for the very best incidents to recount that fit into the following pattern, please let me know. The stories here are meant, not to depict every aspect of war or peace, much less to cover the entire history of war and peace. Theres no need to send me the full list of thousands and millions of stories not included here. The stories below are meant to encourage questioning of war-thinking. Send me the best anecdotes that further that project please.
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20:26

Do they do the "perp walk" in Israel? "IndyWatch Feed War"

"The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife. But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of...

20:06

Antisemitism bill hearing reflects disagreement in Jewish community over dual loyalty "IndyWatch Feed War"

On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings over the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that would broaden the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. If passed, the legislation would instruct the Department of Education to consider the State Departments definition of antisemitism when investigating educational institutions for discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimonies in support of the bill from individuals representing institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Those who argued against the bill were Jewish Studies professors and representatives of advocacy groups.

During the question and answer portion of the hearing, an exchange between Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University, was revealing and rooted in American Jewish history. Trachtenberg argued that the State Departments definition of antisemitism was deeply flawed because it defines all accusations of American Jewish dual-loyalty as inherently antisemitic. By these standards, the ideas of Theodor Herzl could be defined as antisemitic. Herzl argued that because Jews represent one people, it is useless for them to be loyal to any other state but the proposed Jewish State. Rabbi Cooper seemed to misunderstand the argument, reflexively accusing Trachtenberg of providing cannon fodder for antisemites.

It is noteworthy that, in many ways, the exchange between Cooper and Trachtenberg mirrored the first time an American Jewish organization broached the topic of dual-loyalty after the establishment of Israel. The year 1949 marked United Jewish Appeals ingathering of the exiles campaign. This Zionist philanthropic effort aimed at supplying the new state of Israel with American Jewish immigrants. In response to these calls from American Zionists and Israeli leaders, the American Council for Judaism, a group of anti-Zionist German-American Reform Jews, stated that these calls could bring up the question of dual-loyalty among antisemites. In response, virtually every major American Jewish organization, acting through an umbrella organization called the National Community Relations Advisory Committee, accused the ACJ of fueling antisemitism. Virtually every major English and Yiddish language periodical in the American Jewish press ran the NCRAC condemnation of the ACJ. By 1950, the ACJ found itself blacklisted.

Why, after six years of relative tolerance of similar ACJ members statements, did American Jewish organizations react in such a way? I argue that during the height of the McCarthy era of American politics, the dual-loyalty charge took on added sensitivity for American Jews. Beyond the accusati...

20:04

Robert Spencer: An Open Letter to the Stanford Community "IndyWatch Feed War"

This Open Letter appeared as a full-page ad in the Stanford Daily today. An Open Letter to the Stanford Community As I prepare to visit your beautiful campus on Tuesday evening, I invite you to consider the way Stanford welcomes different perspectives these days. The staff of the Freshman Sophomore College dormitory has told students []

20:03

On Israeli medical research "IndyWatch Feed War"

So regarding this story: "New compound kills cancer cells energy-generating system: An enzyme found only in metastatic cancer cells and normal sperm cells forms basis for promising treatment approach developed by Israeli researchers."

I asked a comrade at Harvard Medical School to comment, and he wrote: "Choking off the energy supply of a tumor as a mode of therapy is a very active area of investigation in cancer research. In fact, targeting the energy pathways of cancer has been the wave for a few years now. This is not detracting from the findings of the Israeli team, only to say it is not unique at all as a concept" in targeting cancers for therapy.  I still maintain the role of Israeli science is legitimation, in a very orientalist way (Israel brings science to a barren land populated by backward people, which adds to its legitimacy). "

20:00

Idiot Voters and Trolling the Internet: Russia, Social Media Giants and US Elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity.  Media Watch, after years of weather beaten but reliable service, remains Australias only real source of genuine critical comment about journalistic practice and its poorer practices. Over the years, it has exposed fictions, unearthed myths and lampooned incompetence.

Not, however, on this occasion. The November 13 program seemed to swallow the gruel on Russian interference in the US elections of 2016 with an un-ironic, unflinching insistence. Political figures from Congress and testimony from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  And, most of all, the US voter was made to look the fool.

Paul Barry, the host, explained that Russians were spreading dirt on Hillary Clinton, using stolen Democratic Party emails, which Russian intelligence offered to the Trump campaign in 2016.  Nothing is mentioned about any internal Democratic grievance, or dimension, that would have also fed this, not to mention the compromising accuracy of those emails.

What this program persistently emphasises is dirt more appropriately gold dust, be it to elector or Trump supporter that placed Clinton in a poor light.  Barry runs segments featuring a concerned Representative Adam Schiff, who claims to now know as a result of the guilty plea by Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians approached the Trump campaign as early as April of 2016, to inform them that they were in possession of dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of stolen emails.

It soon becomes clear that Barry, and, in fact, the individuals he cites, consider the means of obtaining such material more significant than what it discloses.  Why, after all, bother about the awe inspiring deficiencies of the Democratic campaign, with its tarnished leader?

It then follows that what was also used in the US election was a grand binge of misinformation, which the US voter, scented ignoramus, is supposedly incapable of discerning.  In the two months up to polling day, Barry advances, Russian Twitter accounts put out 1.4 million tweets that were viewed 288 million times.  What influence, albeit unmeasured and ungauged!

Facebook, claims the grave Barry, also featured, with the company admitting to the Senate that between 2015 and 2017 one single Russian troll factory put out 80,000 Facebook posts that reached 126 million Americans.

Barry does, at the very least, note the minute portion of Russian sponsored ads on Facebook some 0.004 percent, though he goes on to claim, without any verifiable basis, that this was enough to stitch the election, given that Trump won the presidency by a handful of votes....

19:50

Bangladesh: Muslim cleric incited mob to burn Hindu homes over blasphemy "IndyWatch Feed War"

A delegation of Stanford University professors and students needs to go over to Thakurpara and explain to this Muslim cleric that Islam teaches peace, and that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. Locals claim six youths and a cleric were instigators, by Kamrul Hasan, Dhaka Tribune, November 14, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Victims []

19:50

Theresa May does Russophobia "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Neil Clark | RT | November 14, 2017 It was Dr Samuel Johnson who famously declared in 1775 that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. The 2017 variant is to make unsubstantiated claims about the Russian threat to Western democracies. In her speech at the Lord Mayors Banquet in the City of []

19:43

Libya war: Human rights lawyers seek ICC probe into Khalifa Haftar "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Guernica 37 presented a dossier of evidence to criminal court alleging strongman and his forces committed crimes against humanity

19:41

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, November 15, 2017 The lowly may be pardoned out of mercy but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 493

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Reading 1 WIS 6:1-11

Hear, O kings, and understand;
learn, you magistrates of the earths expanse!
Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude
and lord it over throngs of peoples!
Because authority was given you by the Lord
and sovereignty by the Most High,
who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels.
Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged not rightly,
and did not keep the law,
nor walk according to the will of God,
Terribly and swiftly shall he come against you,
because judgment is stern for the exalted
For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy
but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test.
For the Lord of all shows no partiality,
nor does he fear greatness,
Because he himself made the great as well as the small,
and he provides for all alike;
but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny impends.
To you, therefore, O princes, are my words addressed
that you may learn wisdom and that you may not sin.
For those who keep the holy precepts hallowed shall be found holy,
and those learned in them will have ready a response.
Desire therefore my words;
long for them and you shall be instructed.

Responsorial Psalm PS 82:3-4, 6-7

R. (8a) Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.
Defend the lowly and the fatherless;
render justice to the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the lowly and the poor;
from the hand of the wicked deliver them.
R. Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.
I said: You are gods,
all of you sons of the Most High;
yet like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince...

19:41

Target Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel made headlines for its support of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in their fight against Syrias Bashar al-Assad. This support included frequently bombed Syrian targets (and here and here) as well as providing funding, food and fuel to Syrian rebels. This seeming paradox is explained by the quarter century long hostility toward Iran that is at the center of Israeli foreign policy, which is now increasingly driving Israel and the U.S. into an unlikely alliance with Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that also single mindedly views Iran as its regional enemy.

Sima Shine, who is in charge of Iran in Israels Ministry of Strategic Affairs, confirmed that Israels involvement in Syria was due to this regional power struggle when she explained that weighing whether or not to remove Assad from power, one should weigh in the impact his removal would have on Iran. The devil we know is worse than the devil we dont, she said, adding that the Israeli security community believes that keeping Assad in power is worse than removing him.

Israel hoped to see at least three things accomplished by the war in Syria. It wanted to see the Iranian umbilical cord cut from a devastated and divided Syria. It wanted to see Iran lose an ally and be further weakened and isolated. And it hoped to see Hezbollah impoverished and mired in the Vietnam like quagmire of Syria.

Israel as a Saudi proxy in the conflict with Iran.(Image: Carlos Latuff)

It got none of those things. But the war isnt over. Because Israels war wasnt against Syria, it was against Iran. That Hezbollah and Iran are on Israels borders is only a problem if Israel and its allies leave Hezbollah and Iran on Israels borders. And the pattern of events over the past few days reveal a strategy to turn the gun sights on Hezbollah and Iran. Israel backed the Islamic State over Assad to target Iran. It didnt work. So, now they will target Hezbol...

19:36

Map Update: Militants Advance Against Syrian Army In In Eastern Ghouta "IndyWatch Feed War"

On November 14, Faylaq Al-Rahman and Ahrar Al-Sham attacked positions the Syrian Arab Army and the National Defense Forces in the  Eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus. The militants used a car bomb to start their advance and then attacked the Armored Vehicle Base near the militant-held village of Harsta.

Units of Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq Al-Rahman advanced from the northern and eastern directions in an attempt to cut the base off the rest of the government-held area.

Clashes are now ongoing there.

According to pro-government sources, the militants have alredy failed to overrun the armys defenses.

Map Update: Militants Advance Against Syrian Army In In Eastern Ghouta

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19:34

Kurds End Bid for Secession, Accept Iraqi Court Decision, "IndyWatch Feed War"

Baghdad (GPA) It seems the dream of Kurdistan is called off for the time being.

Following Septembers referendum, a brief standoff between the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga, and finally the resignation of Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani it now seems plans for an Iraqi Kurdistan Are now off the table. Obviously, this is already the case as far as the Iraqi courts and government are concerned, but Tuesday saw the Kurdish capital of Erbil finally capitulate to the ruling by Iraqs Supreme Court declaring the independence referendum as illegal.

Striking a new tone, Erbil released a statement saying theyd honor the courts decision but they still believe that this decision must become a basis for starting an inclusive national dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve all disputes through implementation of all constitutional articles and in a way that guarantees all rights, authorities and status mentioned in the Constitution, since this is the only way to secure the unity of Iraq.

Also in the statement from the Kurds, however, is a strange whitewashing of recent history in which according to Erbil, we, in the Kurdistan Region, have always emphasized on finding solutions to disputes between the federal Authorities and the Kurdistan Region through constitutional and legal means. Apparently forgetting the referendum was declared illegal before a single vote was cast.

Related: Iraq Supreme Court Orders Suspension Of Kurdistan Referendum

Despite Erbil trying to portray this latest decision as if they are somehow the reasonable party it seems to be a direct response to a recent request by the Iraqi government asking that Erbil wouldnt enact any policies that would be a misinterpretation of the constitution. This misinterpretation obviously referred to article 1 of the Iraqi constitution, which ensure that Iraq is a single federal, independent and fully sovereign state.

This policy reversal also comes on the heels of the failed secession which saw Kurdish Peshmerga flee from the Iraqi army on multiple. Most notable of all, of course, was the r...

19:31

Indigenous, Grassroots and Frontline Women for Climate Justice, COP23 Germany "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nina Gualinga (Indigenous Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador, participating in the Amazon Watch, Indigenous and WECAN Delegations) at COP23. Photo via Emily Arasim/Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Frontline, Grassroots and Indigenous Women Stand for Just Climate Solutions at United Nations COP23 Press Conference and Side EventBy WECAN, Media Contact: Emily Arasim

19:08

Russias Alleged Meddling in Catalan Vote: Playing the Blame Game "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alex GORKA | Strategic Culture Foundation | 14.11.2017 Few people are able to recognize their own mistakes. Many prefer to deny the truth becoming willfully oblivious to obvious facts. Why assume responsibility if there is such a thing as blame shifting a true-and-tried method to get away with it? Pointing a finger at []

19:01

Mike Pence Caught in Yet Another Lie After WikiLeaks/Trump Jr. Revelations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mike Pence said nothing could be further from the truth in response to claims that members of Trumps campaign had been in contact with WikiLeaks.

(COMMONDREAMS)  Nothing could be further from the truth was how Mike Pence, then Donald Trumps running mate, responded in October of 2016 to claims that members of Trumps presidential campaign were in contact with WikiLeaks in the run-up to the November election.

Late Monday, after The Atlantic reported that a member of Trumps presidential campaignthe presidents eldest son Donald Trump Jr.had, in fact, been in contact with WikiLeaks beginning in September of 2016, Pence was quick to deny that he had any knowledge of the communications.

The Vice President was never aware of anyone associated with the campaign being in contact with WikiLeaks, Pences office said in a statement. He first learned of this news from a published report earlier tonight.

As many were quick to point out, Pences denial of knowledge fits with a longstanding pattern that the vice president followed throughout the presidential campaign and during his short tenure in office.

Politicos Matthew Nusbaum summarizes:

Most famously, Pence said during the transition that Michael Flynn had not discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Flynn had, in fact discussed those sanctions, as the Washington Post reported in February. The White House had previously been alerted that those conversations had been picked up by intelligence officials, though Pence said he learned about them from media reports. Flynn was fired as a result of misleading the vice president, Trump would later say.

Pence had also claimed the transition was not seeking a security clearance for Flynns son, Michael Flynn Jr., which also proved false.

While Pences office has maintained that the vice president had merely been speaking based on the information at his disposal, commentators were quick to express skepticism of his repeated denial of knowledge of campaign-related matters, given his close proximity to the president.

Boy, Pence sure does...

18:46

Nigel Farage calls on EU to investigate George Soros funding, collusion "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | November 14, 2017 Nigel Farage says while Russia is accused of funding Britains Leave campaign, financier George Soros recent $18 billion donation to pro-EU charity Open Society has escaped scrutiny. This is where the real international political collusion is, Farage says. Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Farage told fellow []

18:36

U.S. Catholic Leaders Signal Resistance to Popes Agenda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Archbishop Joseph Naumann elected chairman of the committee on Pro-Life Activities in 96-82 vote

Nov. 14, 2017 11:42 a.m. ET

BALTIMOREThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops chose a conservative archbishop for a key post Tuesday, signaling resistance to Pope Franciss vision for the church among the Catholic hierarchy in the U.S.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann, of Kansas City, was elected chairman of the committee on Pro-Life Activities. In a vote of 96 to 82, he defeated Cardinal Blase Cupich, of Chicago, who is seen as a liberal in the church and a close ally of the pope.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-catholic-leaders-signal-resistance-to-popes-agenda-1510677737


18:36

Why Arent Negotiations Being Considered to Resolve the Crisis in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (NEO) As hopes of crushing Yemens aspirations for independence with brute force have failed, a strategic recalculation may very well be taking place behind closed doors in Riyadh and Washington.

From the moment that the Saudi-led onslaught against Yemen began, the USA has been solidly behind Riyadh. Yemen now faces a humanitarian crisis, yet the forces committed to sovereignty and economic development remain strong, nowhere near surrender. Signs now indicate that as the war continues, some circles within the US power structure may be looking at other options, including negotiations.

US media routinely distorts the conflict in Yemen. The primary narrative is that the war is a complex, internal matter with scores of different factions competing for power. Typical US media reports on the conflict in Yemen overload the reader with references, mentioning the Houthis, Saleh, Al-Queda, ISIS, tribal forces, etc.; leaving the reader with the impression that Yemen is simply a disastrous mess of armed factions killing each other in ways that are beyond comprehension.

In addition to the primary narrative, more explicitly hawkish publications, specifically a hardline minority in the US press closely tied to Israel and Saudi Arabia, will repeat an even more distorted narrative. FOX News and the Wall Street Journal, both part of News Corporation, which is partially owned by Saudi Arabia, will often tell a story about Iranian imperialism. They present the war as Saudi Arabia fighting off an attempt by the Islamic Republic to colonize its neighbor.

Both of these narratives distort reality. The war in Yemen is not a deeply complicated mess, and it is not a proxy war with Iran. The war in Yemen is a struggle by one of the poorest countries in the world to assert its independence. Saudi Arabia, aligned with the United States, is fighting to keep Yemen an impoverished, underdeveloped satellite state.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

The Northern Tribes Distortion

There is no political organization in Yemen called The Houthis. Houthi is a family name associated with certain tribal entities located in the deeply impoverished northern regions of the country, where the Zaidi interpretation of Shia Islam is practiced by a religious minority.

When US media refers to Houthis they are using a derogatory moniker for the political, religious, and military organization called Ansarullah (Ansar Allah). The religious movement was founded by Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi. The name Ansar Allah literally means supporters of God or helpers of God. It should be noted that Muslims gene...

18:33

Bombshell BBC Report Confirms US Struck a Secret Deal With ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ZHE)  At a moment of widespread acknowledgement that the short-lived Islamic State is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu Kamal City in eastern Syria, the US is signalling an open-ended military presence in Syria. On Monday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS as long as they want to fight.

Mattis indicated that even should ISIS loose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an ISIS 2.0 which he said the US would seek to prevent. The enemy hasnt declared that theyre done with the area yet, so well keep fighting as long as they want to fight, Mattis said. Were not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.

Mattis was referring to the stalled peace talks in Geneva which some analysts have described as a complete failure (especially as the Geneva process unrealistically stipulates the departure of Assad), as the future of Syria has of late been increasingly decided militarily on the battlefield, with the Syrian government now controlling the vast majority of the countrys most populated centers.

Ironically just as some degree of stability and normalcy has returned to many parts of the county now under government control, Mattis coupled the idea of a permanent US military presence with the goal of allowing Syrians to return to their homes. He said, You keep broadening them. Try to (demilitarize) one area then (demilitarize) another and just keep it going, try to do the things that will allow people to return to their homes.

Meanwhile Turkey once again reiterated that the US has 13 bases in Syria, though the US-backed Syrian YPG has previously indicated seven US military bases in northern Syria. The Pentagon, however, would not confirm base...

18:32

US attorney general vows quick decision on Clinton prosecutor "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was grilled by lawmakers a day after the Justice Department said it was weighing the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the FBIs handling of a probe into Hillary Clintons email practices

WASHINGTON (AFP)  US Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Tuesday to decide quickly whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clintons alleged mishandling of classified materials when she was secretary of state.

Asked in a House Judiciary Committee hearing whether he would review requests for a prosecutor fairly and expeditiously, Sessions confirmed he would.

You can be sure that they will be done without political influence and they will be done correctly and properly, Sessions said.

On Monday the Justice Department informed the committee it was weighing proposals to name an special independent counsel to investigate the FBIs handling of a probe last year into the Democrat Clintons use of a personal server for official and in some cases classified emails, in breach of government rules.

The department also confirmed that it was considering a special counsel to investigate the foundation of former president Bill Clinton, and its ties to companies involved in a deal that sold US uranium rights to a Russian state company.


18:26

They Want To Know If Trumps Crazy "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Susan Glasser, November 13, 2017

From Politico

They want to know if hes crazy, said Suzanne DiMaggio, or if this is just an act.

They is North Korean officials. And he is Donald Trump. Four times over the past year, in Geneva, Pyongyang, Oslo and Moscow, DiMaggio has secretly met with North Koreans to talk about the countrys nuclear program. But what they really want to talk about, DiMaggio said in an extensive new interview for The Global Politico, is Americas volatile president.

The North Koreans have asked her not only if Trump is nuts, DiMaggio said, but what and how to think about everything from his public undercutting of his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into possible campaign collusion with Russia.

They really want to know what is his end game, said DiMaggio, a scholar at New America who specializes in talking with rogue regimes and has spent the past two years in these secret discussions with the North Koreans. She believes they were ready after Trumps surprise election to discuss a new round of official talks with the U.S. to defuse the standoff over their nuclear weaponsbut that Trumps escalating rhetoric and Twitter rants such as his weekend taunting of North Koreas short and fat Kim Jong Un may have foreclosed that option. They follow the news very closely; they watch CNN 24/7; they read his tweets and other things.

Among issues the North Koreans have raised with her in recent months, DiMaggio said, were everything from Trumps tweet urging Tillerson to give up on diplomacy with North Korea (Is this a good cop/bad cop that hes doing with Tillerson?) to Trumps decision this fall to decertify Irans compliance with the nuclear deal forged by his predecessor, Barack Obama. That, DiMaggio said, has sent a clear signal to the North Koreans: Why should they enter a deal with us, if were not going to stick with it?

They question his erratic behavior, and also his mounting problems here at home, with the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller, and they are asking, Why should...

18:24

Activists Barricade #Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With #Refugees on #Manus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistleblowers Activist Citizens Alliance Western Australia (WACA WA) have barricaded the doors to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Perth in solidarity with the men on Manus who have barricaded themselves inside the detention centre on Lombrum Naval Base in PNG.

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Image: Perth earlier today. Image by Refugee Rights Action Network WA Facebook page.

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Activists Barricade Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With Refugees on Manus

Australia. Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistl...

18:06

'Walk for Salmon' Yurok River People Photos by Bad Bear Part II "IndyWatch Feed War"

Photos and videos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampsonon the Walk for Salmon, Seattle to San FranciscoYurok Nation . Wounded Knee speaks on resistance and the power of prayer Wounded Knee DeCampo, on The Walk for the Salmon, on the Yurok Nation, said, "As Indigenous People of this country, we will always continue to battle and fight for what we have left as Indigenous

18:05

Walk for the Salmon, Beautiful Yurok Land, Photos by Bad Bear "IndyWatch Feed War"

Walk for the Salmon Seattle to San Francisco Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson Yurok Nation Nov. 13, 2017 Censored News . . See more photos: Part II at Censored News https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2017/11/walk-for-salmon-yurok-river-people.html Photos and videos copyright Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Censored News

18:00

Theresa May Takes on Russian Meddling and Fake News "IndyWatch Feed War"

London (GPA) In a significant foreign policy speech last night, UK Prime Minister Theresa May decided to use the opportunity to continue peddling lies about Russia.

Last night, at the lord mayors banquet, Theresa May delivered the latest anti-Russian screed that seems to flow regularly from western nations now. Much like other western leaders, Mays speech contained all the usual Russophobic accusations of Moscow attempting to subvert international order.

According to May, This has included meddling in elections, and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and the Bundestag, among many others. She then went on to say these alleged Russian hacks were part of Moscows broader strategy of seeking to weaponize information, by Deploying its state-run media organizations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions.

Related: US Intel Vets Demand Obama Show Proof Of Russian Hacking Or Admit It Doesnt Exist

Despite what US media may have you believe, Mays gesture was not so much about getting tough on Russia (with the implication that US President Trump isnt) but instead about business. And what other business could the move possibly be about except for Brexit?

With one of the most complex and advanced security apparatuses in Europe, Mays speech also signaled that she would be using this fact as a bargaining chip in the ongoing Brexit negotiations. The UK is notorious for having a sizable defense budget for such a small nation, and still easily outspends the rest of their European counterparts.

Following her demonization of Russia, may almost flawlessly shifted gears into what was basically a sales pitch, saying: The UK will remain unconditionally committed to maintaining Europes security.

May went on to explain just how this commitment would carve it a role for the U.K. in Europe even after the country leaves the European Un...

18:00

Animal Control Officer Outraged after New Jersey Cop Shot his Dog "IndyWatch Feed War"

An animal control officer is fuming after a New Jersey cop shot his dog.

John Timmins, whos been an animal control officer in Bergen County for 17 years, said hes never ordered a police officer to shoot an animal.

After his dog Wildfire, a four-year-old American Bulldog, was shot by Passaic cop Samuel Rivera Jr. on September 23, he wonders why there wasnt more empathy for his dog after she escaped from his fenced-in backyard.

Rivera, the son of a former cop who went to federal prison for extortion as mayor, responded to a call about a dog chasing innocent people in the area, according to NJ.com.

When he arrived on the scene, Rivera observed the dog chase and attack a cat and chase another dog, which got away from Wildfire, according to his police report.

Wildfire was shot by Passaic cop Samuel Rivera Jr.

Timmins, however, disputes details in the report, which incorrectly characterized his dog as a pit bull and stated he understood the officer Riveras approach and did not object to the outcome.

At the scene, where Wildfire was chasing the cat and dog, a witness approached Riveras patrol car and told him the dog did not seem aggressive, according to dash cam footage.

So Rivera called for animal control and tried to capture the dog himself, but his attempts were unsuccessful.

The animal control officer in Passaic was 30 minutes away. So Robert Boyle, the head animal control officer, who is also the Chief of the Passaic County SPCA and sitting board member of the New Jersey SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) responded.

According to Riveras report, Boyle advised the dog should be neutralized.

Eventually Passaics animal control officer Brian Gunderson arrived.

The Passaic Police Departments watch commander also agreed with Boyles assessment.

Thats the saddest thing that she ran into those specific officers. Most officers I know wouldnt make that approach, Timmins told NJ.com during an interview.

They lost the basic things they are supposed to do. You dont sentence...

17:48

The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

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

The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

To answer these questions, one of the most important things we can do is to retrieve from...

17:44

Bury All Fossil Fuel Protesters in the Ground "IndyWatch Feed War"

What do you say about this fellow practicing to be a Jesuit priest. Yale Law School. His family involved in California politics since the 1930s. His great-grandfather here from Germany for the great California Gold Rush, 1852.

Yes, that genocidal, land-thieving time of Californias history

Golds a devilish sort of thing. You lose your sense of values and character changes entirely. Your soul stops being the same as it was before.

 The Treasure of Sierra Madre.

The attacking party rushed upon them, blowing out their brains and splitting their heads with tomahawks. Little children in baskets, even babies had their heads smashed to pieces or cut open. Mothers and infants shared the same phenomenonmany of the fugitives were chased and shot as they ranThe children, scarcely able to run, toddled towards the squaw for protection, crying with fright, but were overtaken, slaughtered like wild animals, and thrown into piles One woman got into a pond hole, where she hid herself under the grass, and concealed her papoose on the bank in a basket, she was discovered and her head blown to pieces, the muzzle of the gun being placed against her skull and the child was drowned in the pond.

 Captain Jarboe among the Achomawi people of the North-east.

Oh, these bizarre and ignorant politicians, like Brown, yesterday (11/13/17), in Bonn, setting up his philosophy in life, after 79 years on planet earth, 79 years on the stolen lands of native indigenous peoples massacred for gold, for land, and poisoned by the tailings and mercury of the Gold Lust, and, well, the fact that California, thanks to German immigrants like Jerry Browns great grandfather, August Schuckman, went from 150,000 Natives right before the Rush down to 16,000 by 1900.

The following are some examples of this mini holocaust.

Clear Lake Massacre ended in disaster as more than a hundred Indians, women, and children were murdered,1852.

The Hayforlk Massacre ended up in even more disaster, following the killing of a white settler, more than one-hundred and fifty Indians were killed, with that they took the three last remaining survivors, most likely to have been a woman and her two children who were sold as slaves.

In 1854 Indian Agent R. McKee plead to the troops to keep peace between the Indians and the settlers, after the Massacre of Klamath River which was the result of forty or fifty brutal Natives deaths. Any Indians who attempted to seek justice and...

17:42

A secret document about a correspondence between al-Jubair and Mohammed bin Salman: Reconciliation with Israel and the revocation of the right of return and the internationalization of Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

London Al Akhbar

Al-Akhbar received from private sources a confidential document issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry, a letter from Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In which he summarized discussions and recommendations on the project of establishing relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, based on what he called the strategic partnership agreement with the United States.

The document, which is being unveiled for the first time, proves all that has been leaked since President Trumps visit to Saudi Arabia last May on the launch of US efforts to sign a peace treaty between Saudi Arabia and Israel. This was followed by information on the exchange of visits between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, the most important being the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince to the Zionist entity.
The document reveals the size of concessions that Riyadh intends to present in the context of the liquidation of the Palestinian issue, and its concern to get in return the elements of power against Iran and the resistance.

The text of the document reads as follows:

Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMinistry of Foreign Affairs
Very urgent .. very confidential

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (May Allah be pleased with him)


I have the honor to forward to you the draft of the establishment of relations between the Kingdom and the State of Israel based on the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the United States of America, which was discussed with the Secretary of State of the United States of America.

Saudi Arabia is the hub of Islam and the land of the Two Holy Mosques. More than 1.6 billion Muslims turn to Mecca five times a day in their prayers, and it have a great influence and diplomatic power that lend credence to peace.



-To Face Iran by increasing sanctions on ballistic missiles and reconsidering the nuclear deal

The Kingdom has pledged in the strategic partnership agreement with US President Donald Trump that any US-Saudi effort is the key to success. Saudi Arabia is the best country in the Arab and Muslim world to rally others towards a solution. No solution to the Palestinian cause can be legitimized unless the Kingdom supports it.  Especially since Saudi Arabia is the Qibla of the Muslims.

Saudi Arabias rapprochement with Israel involves a risk to the Muslim people of the Kingdom, because the...

17:34

Living Well and Dying Well, Together "IndyWatch Feed War"

We create spaces of care, but it's difficult to keep them together in a world that tells you this is not allowed. We're all broken by this structure, which is why I want to get rid of it.

17:32

CIA Attempts to Cover al-Qaedas Crimes With Iranian Connection "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 14.11.2017 Documents released by the CIA that allegedly reveal a connection between Tehran and al-Qaeda appear to be merely a part of an anti-Iranian information campaign waged by the United States. Iranian analysts interviewed by Sputnik have dismissed claims about the alleged ties between Tehran and al-Qaeda brought forward by the CIA, arguing []

17:20

Jeff Sessions Faces Lawmakers Over Trump Campaign, Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Democrats say interactions involving foreign-policy advisers raise questions about attorney generals previous testimony

The Wall Street Journal

Updated Nov. 14, 2017 10:46 a.m. ET

Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced a fresh round of lawmaker questions on Tuesday about the Trump campaigns contacts with Russian officials, as well as about Republican lawmakers earlier inquiries about Hillary Clinton.

The morning oversight hearing of the Justice Department by the House Judiciary Committee touched on several topics including questions about Russia, weeks after new revelations about communications between advisers to Donald Trumps presidential campaign and people connected to the Russian government.

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WASHINGTON (AP) Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump. And he will be bracing for an onslaught of lawmakers questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last years White House campaign.

The appearance before the House Judiciary Committee follows a guilty plea from one Trump campaign aide who served on a foreign policy advisory council that Sessions chaired, as well as statements from another adviser who said hed advised the then-GOP Alabama senator about an upcoming trip to Russia.

Those details complicate Sessions...

17:19

Versus Mainstream Media Nep Nieuws "IndyWatch Feed War"

Vlaamse Pater In Syri Onthult Media Leugens

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17:15

Minnesota: Star-Tribune refuses to report name or background of Muslim migrant mall stabber "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Sunday night, a man identified as Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahman, 20, of Minneapolis stabbed two men at the Mall of America after they tried to stop him from stealing clothes inside the dressing room at Macys. I didnt post about this incident here at Jihad Watch because, contrary to false claims, this is not Muslims []

17:15

Russia ridiculed for using video game as 'proof' US backs Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Russian defence ministry says images taken from gunship 'simulator' game were 'irrefutable evidence' of US support for IS

17:05

Gecordineerde Politieke en Media Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed War"


The mainstream media not only allows the agendas of the news to be bent in accordance with state demands and criteria of utility, they also accept the presuppositions of the state without question.

-- professor Edward S. Herman 

Zonder duidelijke bewijzen wordt een gecordineerde actie van politici en mainstream-pers opgezet, die zal leiden tot  staatscensuur

Ollongren: Nederland in vizier Russische inlichtingendiensten

VANDAAG, 07:09
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17:04

Duterte berates Canadas Trudeau at end of Philippines summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

MANILA (Reuters) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canadas Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump.

At the traditional news conference by the host nation at the end of the summit on Tuesday, Duterte was asked how he had responded to the Canadian prime minister raising the issue of human rights and extra-judicial killings in his anti-drugs drive.

I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult, the Philippines president said in the course of a rambling answer, although he did not refer to Trudeau by name.

I only answer to the Filipino. I will not answer to any other bullshit, especially foreigners. Lay off.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau told a news conference that during his meeting with Duterte the president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange.

Human rights activists had been hoping that leaders at the summit, including Trump, would raise the issue of the thousands of users and small-time pushers killed in the campaign that was launched by Duterte after he took office in mid-2016.

His government says the police act in self-defense during drug-busts, but critics say executions are taking place with no accountability.

There was no pressure from Trump on the drugs war when he met Duterte on Monday and the U.S. president later said the two had a great relationship.

A joint statement after the meeting only said the two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.

Duterte cursed Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, last year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking ties with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two. The relationship appears to have got back on track after the bonhomie between him and Trump.

Trudeau also said that he raised the issue of the exodus of Rohingya during a meeting with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, another sensitive topic bypassed by most other leaders, although he did not mention the Muslim minority by name.

This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world, he said.

ETHNIC CLEANSING

The government in mostly-Buddhist Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize the term.

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17:03

Donald Trump Marks Americas Heavy Toll of War From Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed War"

One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent.  The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country.  This truth escapes millions.

Mike Hastie, Former U.S. Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71

On 10th of November, Donald Trump made a Presidential Proclamation Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. (See below.)

Marking Veterans Day and Military Families Month, he wrote:

We salute our brave Vietnam veterans who, in service to our Nation and in defense of liberty, fought gallantly against the spread of communism and defended the freedom of the Vietnamese people

During this Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, we embrace our responsibility to help our Vietnam veterans and their families heal from the heavy toll of war.  We remember the more than 58,000 soldiers whose names are memorialized on black granite wall in our Nations capital for having borne the heaviest cost of war.

Moreover:

To ensure the sacrifices of the 9 million heroes who served during this difficult chapter of our countrys history are remembered for generations to come, I signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day

All countries commemorate and honour those lost in war. What makes the statement, in its entirety, cringe-making, is that it was released as Trump was being hosted in Vietnam, including attending State Dinner hosted by Vietnamese President Trn i Quang.

Not one word of regret, sorrow, reconciliation is offered for the Vietnamese dead, an upper figure of 3.8 million, the near equivalent of wiping out the entire population of Panama, Bosnia Herzegovina or Mauritania or over three times the population of Cyprus or six and a half times that of Luxembourg.

The only mention Vietnam gets is that: I am in Vietnam alongside business and political leaders to advance the interests of America To bleed the country dry again, the cynic might think. Oh, and he is to promote peace and stability in this region and around the world.

The same sort of peace and stability Vietnam experienced at US hands between 8th March 1965 and 30th April 1975, though, in fact, the US had been involved in Vietnam since 1950.

Furthe...

17:01

Turkey Says the US and Russia Should Both Pull Their Troops Out of Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Before heading to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin, Turkeys president suggests Moscow and Washington should pull their troops out of Syria.

(MEE Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took swipes at US and Russian intervention in Syria on Monday and said if the countries truly believed a military solution was impossible, they should withdraw their troops.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump said in a joint statement on Saturday they would continue to fight against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, while agreeing that there was no military solution to the countrys wider, six-year-old conflict.

I am having trouble understanding these comments, Erdogan told reporters before flying to Russia for talks with Putin. If a military solution is out of the question, then those who say this should pull their troops out.

Then a political method should be sought in Syria, ways to head into elections should be examined We will discuss these with Putin, he said.

Later, after more than four hours of talks with Putin in the southern Russian resort of Sochi, Erdogan said the two leaders had agreed to focus on a political solution to the conflict.

Putin said Russia would continue to work on Syria with Turkey and their efforts were yielding results. The level of violence has definitely been reduced, favourable conditions are being created for the progression of an inter-Syrian dialogue.

Neither leader went into more specific detail. Asked if the two discussed Erdogans earlier comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the talks were about more complex issues which could not be made public, according to RIA news agency.

The United States said it would completely leave Iraq, but it didnt. The world is not stupid, some realities are being told differently and practiced differently, he said.

He said the United States had 13 bases in Syria and Russia had five.

By MEE and agencies / Republished with permission / Middle East Eye / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes...

16:54

UAE buys new weapons worth $684 million from US firm "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV November 14, 2017 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a new deal with an American arms manufacturer under which the firm would supply the small Persian Gulf country with laser-guided bombs, authorities say. The deal, announced Tuesday at the Dubai Airshow and worth 2.5 billion dirhams ($684.4 million), would see the []

16:47

30,000 diversity visas issued to people from jihad terror-sponsoring countries since 2007 "IndyWatch Feed War"

What could possibly go wrong, you racist, bigoted Islamophobe? What are a few people killed in jihad massacres? Its the price of diversity! 30,000 visas issued to people from terror-sponsoring countries since 2007: State Department, by Brooke Singman, Fox News, November 13, 2017: The United States issued nearly 30,000 visas to people from nations officially []

16:46

RT America Torched In Witch Hunt 17 "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig - In one of the most horrendous blows to press freedom since the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the U.S. Department of Justice has forced the news broadcaster RT America to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The assault on RT America, on which I host the show On Contact, has nothing to do with the dissemination of Russian propaganda. It is driven by RT Americas decision to provide a platform to critics of American capitalism and imperialism, critics who lambast a system of government that can no longer be called democratic. And it is accompanied by the installation of algorithms by Google, Facebook and Twitter that divert readers away from left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, including Truthdig. The World Socialist Web Site has seen its search traffic from Google fall by 74 percent since April. Google, in a further blow, this month removed RT from its list of preferred channels on YouTube. Twitter has blocked all advertising by the channel. Put the censorship campaigns together and the message is clear: Left-wing critics, already marginalized by the state, must be silenced. It would seem, given how we are locked out of the corporate media and public broadcasting, that the assault is overkill. But the ideology that sustains the corporate state, the free market and neoliberalism has lost all credibility. The corporate state has no counterargument to its critics.

16:40

Ban Ki-Moon Urges US To Shun Powerful Interests & Adopt Universal Healthcare "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jessica Glenza for The Guardian - The former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon called on Americans to pass universal health coverage at a speech in New York City on Tuesday, marking a dramatic intervention of world leaders into the US healthcare debate. Ban called on the US to stop powerful interests from prioritizing profit over care as part of a global delegation pushing the US to adopt a publicly financed health system similar to those in other wealthy countries. The US spends more on healthcare than any nation in the world, yet 28 million Americans still lack care. In the US, all too often only rich people get access to expensive life-saving treatments, said Ban. This is unjust and threatens everybodys health when working- and middle-class people with communicable diseases cannot afford treatment for their infections. Even routine preventive care is often prohibitively expensive, said Ban. As America is demonstrating, you simply cannot reach universal health coverage if your health system is dominated by private financing and ultimately functions to prioritize profit over care. Enacting universal health coverage would be a revolution in US healthcare. Currently, the US relies on a complex network of for-profit health insurers, government subsidies and limited public insurance programs to provide healthcare access to Americans.

16:38

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 28 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Op Project Syndicate, een website die zichzelf aanprijst als The Worlds Opinion Page, van dinsdag 7 november 2017 stelde opiniemaker Ian Buruma:

In our populist age, right-wing ideologues have managed to move in high circles, by muting their overt racism and disguising their bigotry under a lot of smart patter. But they have also benefited from liberal elites' lofty disdain, which validates their narrative of victimization.

Typerend voor dezelfde hooggestemde minachting zijnBuruma...

16:38

Despite Israeli Concerns, Russia Says Irans Presence in Syria Is Legitimate "IndyWatch Feed War"

Haaretz

Israeli defense figures are set to meet U.S. counterparts today; Jerusalem troubled by seeming unwillingness of superpowers to expel Iranian troops from southern Syria

Reuters and Haaretz Nov 14, 2017 2:56 PM
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, attend a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Putin, in Iran on Wednesday for trilateral talks with Tehran and Azerbaijan, offered his support to the Islamic Republic's nuclear deal under threat by President Donald Trump's refusal to re-certify the accord. (Alexei Druzhinin, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, attend a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Putin, in Iran on Wednesday for trilateral talks with Te Alexei Druzhinin/AP

Russia has not promised to ensure a withdrawal of pro-Iranian forces from Syria, RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Tuesday.

The presence of Iran in Syria is legitimate, Lavrov was quoted as saying by another agency, Interfax.

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Meanwhile, a delegation of the U.S. National Security Council has arrived in Israel for a meeting with Israeli counterparts on Tuesday that will focus on Iran and the situation in southern Syria.

UN soldiers watch fighting in Syria on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, September 14, 2017.

UN soldiers watch fighting in Syria on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, September 14, 2017.Gil Eliahu

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Representatives of other security branches will also participate in the discussions, which are slated to be held days after Russia, the U.S. and Jordan signed an agreement on a cease-fire in southern Syria.

While the agreement requires all foreign forces including Iranian troops and those backed by Tehran to leave Syria, the deal does not set deadlines for their departure.

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Furthermore, secret understandings among the parties provide for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and Irans proxy forces to withdraw only a short distance from the Israeli border, at least in the near term.

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Israeli defense figures are troubled by this and by the fact that the superpowers seem unwilling to take genuine measures to kick Iran out of Syria in general, and southern Syria in particular.

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Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Eisenko...

16:30

Jerry Brown Lashes Out At COP23 Climate Protesters "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Kate Aronoff for In These Times - BONN, GERMANYCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is set to have a big week here in Bonn at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Changes 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23). He and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are key figures in the U.S. Climate Action Center (USCAC), an unofficial voice for the United States at the climate summit (the official U.S. delegation is keeping a low profile). With the Trump administration intending to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the USCACs rallying cry is fairly clear: We Are Still In. A few minutes into a Saturday USCAC event featuring Wal-Marts Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Brown was interrupted by protestors asking, Still In For Want? A group of Californians and other delegates to COP23 from the United Statesmany involved in climate justice organizationsstood up as Brown started speaking, giving short testimonies about Browns close relationship to the fossil fuel industry, a major force in Californias economy. After protesters chanted Keep It In The Ground, in opposition to fossil fuel extraction, Brown replied, Lets put you in the ground so we can get on with the show here. Clumps of interrupters continued to pop up and be escorted out through the rest of the presentation, prompting responses from Brown. Unfortunately, in politics, he said, we dont have a magic wand. I cant say Stop, theres no more coal, no more oil.

16:21

Scientists Give Warning About Fate Of World In Letter To Humanity "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Andrew Griffin for Independent - A new, dire "warning to humanity" about the dangers to all of us has been written by 15,000 scientists from around the world. The message updates an original warning sent from the Union of Concerned Scientists that was backed by 1,700 signatures 25 years ago. But the experts say the picture is far, far worse than it was in 1992, and that almost all of the problems identified then have simply been exacerbated. Mankind is still facing the existential threat of runaway consumption of limited resources by a rapidly growing population, they warn. And "scientists, media influencers and lay citizens" aren't doing enough to fight against it, according to the letter. If the world doesn't act soon, there be catastrophic biodiversity loss and untold amounts of human misery, they warn. Only the hole in the ozone layer has improved since the first letter was written, and the letter urges humanity to use that as an example of what can happen when it acts decisively. But every single other threat has just got worse, they write, and there is not long left before those changes can never be reversed. There are some causes for hope, the letter suggests. But humanity isn't doing nearly enough to make the most of them and soon won't be able to reverse its fate. "Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out," the letter warns.

16:05

Ousted Standing Rock Leader On Pipeline Protest That Almost Succeeded "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Phil McKenna for Inside Climate News - Dave Archambault II led the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe through an emotional year and a half as the tribe and its supporters nearly stopped the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Almost a year ago, they were celebrating after persuading President Barack Obama to effectively shelve the construction plan. Yet, today, the pipeline carries crude oil beneath the Missouri River, just upstream from the Standing Rock reservation. For a while, it looked like Standing Rock would achieve the impossible. The tribe's opposition drew thousands to what was arguably the largest demonstration of tribal sovereignty and call for environmental justice in history as Archambault, the tribal chairman, pleaded his case before members of Congress and the United Nations. In early December, the Obama administration called for a more thorough environmental review that would take years to complete. The review was never carried out. President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for work on the pipeline to be expedited soon after his January inauguration. Archambault was vilified by members of his tribe who suffered economic fallout from the protests on a reservation already plagued by poverty. When the chairman urged the protesters to go home, they accused Archambault of selling out. In September, Archambault lost his bid for re-election to an opponent who said it was time to move on.

16:04

Pentagons Claims That US Wont Leave Syria Violate Geneva Agreements Lavrov "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 14.11.2017 The Russian foreign minister has commented on the situation in Syria, including the US actions in the war-plagued country and preparations for the creation of the national congress that would help resolve the crisis. The announcement from Pentagon chief James Mattis that the US forces will not leave Syria until the political []

16:04

Do You Even Know Your Rights? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trump wants to make America great again. I, for one, would prefer to make America free again. We the people have the power to make and break the government. We are the masters and they are the servants. Clearly, our national priorities need to be re-prioritized.

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Show Notes

Al-Jazeera interview, (21 October 2001), as reported in "Bin Laden's sole post-September 11 TV interview aired" CNN

Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, (Nov. 19, 1863)

Americans know surprisingly little about their government, survey finds, Annenberg Public Policy Center

Exercising the Right to Be Ignorant, Los Angeles Times

Can You Pass the Citizenship Test? National Review

Noted with Interest,...

16:03

British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares for a major parliamentary battle over Brexit "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Alice RITCHIE | Critics warn the EU Withdrawal Bill represents a power-grab by Theresa Mays government

LONDON (AFP)  British Prime Minister Theresa May begins a major parliamentary battle over Brexit on Tuesday, as tensions rise within her own scandal-hit cabinet.

Lawmakers will have their first chance to scrutinise the EU Withdrawal Bill, which would formally end Britains membership of the European Union and transfer four decades of EU legislation into UK law.

The government faces potential defeat on key amendments if rebel MPs from her Conservative party ally with the main opposition Labour party, increasing the risks for Mays weak minority government.

Ministers say the legislation also known as the Repeal Bill would ensure legal certainty and avoid a damaging cliff-edge when Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

But critics warn it represents a power-grab by the government, while others see it as a chance to shape Mays Brexit policy.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also warned she will seek to block the bill unless changes are made to devolve more of the powers returned from Brussels.

She is meeting May at Downing Street later Tuesday, the first face-to-face talks between the two women since March.

This bill is in the interests of everybody in the UK in terms of delivering the smooth Brexit that we want, the prime ministers spokesman said.

MPs have tabled almost 200 pages of amendments to the bill, which will be debated in groups over eight days spread over the coming weeks.

The showdown comes as May, weakened by a June election in which she lost her parliamentary majority, struggles to assert her authority over her own cabinet.

Two ministers have quit in the past fortnight one over sleaze, the other accused of effectively running her own foreign policy.

Meanwhile a report at the weekend suggested that two others, including leading eurosceptic Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, are instructing May how to run Brexit.

Sterling dropped on Monday amid reports that dozens of Conservative MPs were backing a move to oust May.

She is also under increasing pressure from Brussels to come up with a financial offer to keep negotiations on track, with a crunch summit of EU leaders looming in mid-December.

Pointless and counterproductive ...

15:59

Can Lebanon survive Saudi Arabia's miscalculated moves? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The ability of a politically fragile country like Lebanon to survive the effects of the regional transformations including subsequent civil wars that started in 2011 has been quite remarkable

15:58

Israels Money Machine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jewish oligarchs fund crimes against humanity By Philip Giraldi Unz Review November 14, 2017 The stars came out in Hollywood on November 2nd, or at least some of them did. The gala event celebrated the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and raised funds to support its mission in Israel itself and on the occupied []

15:50

Biocapitalism, Corporate Colonialism And Education Policy "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Education Alchemy - In the last few years a lot of debate has been had over promise and perils of ESSA. Many education advocates argued we must embrace ESSA because it promised to reduce federal choke hold of high stakes standardized testing that was wielded starting with NCLB and ramped up further under Race to the Top. The promise of EESA seemed too good to be true. Why would the same people who devoted decades to dismantling public schools, creating avenues for defacto segregation, and privatizing a public system suddenly want to turn around and do the right thing? ESSA authors (Lamar Alexander) claimed that testing would take a back seat And it has. The argument in support of ESSA was to restore responsibility to state and local leaders what to do about educational decisions. If a state decides to move away from Common Core, they dont have to call Washington and ask permissionthey can just do it. And so many supporters of democratic public education bought in to the hype. Exactly what ARE states deciding to do instead? Those are the details we need to examine, and its vital (if we are really to reclaim public spaces and democracy) that we understand that there is a global paradigmatic shift occurring beyond the scope of what we already think we know or can anticipate. We must broaden our understanding of the end-game.

15:42

How Chinas Xi upstaged Trump as the world leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

Deutsche Welle

President Donald Trumps Asia trip was an opportunity for the US to showcase itself as the supreme global power. Instead, President Xi Jinping grabbed the limelight and presented China as the new world leader.

China US, Donald Trump & Xi Jinping in Beijing (Getty Images/T. Peter)

Xi Jinpings extravagant reception of Donald Trump in Beijing last week was a perfect opportunity for Xi to display his vision of establishing China as an economic and geopolitical equal to the US on the world stage.

President Xi has reached a political zenith in the wake of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress in October, during which he consolidated control over Chinas ruling elite and saw his political philosophy incorporated into the party constitution.

President Xi currently commands an unrivaled level of political power and he has been dubbed the worlds most powerful man by several western media outlets.

And President Trump seems to agree with this assessment. During his two-day visit to the Chinese capital, Trump played along with the pageantry and pomp that had been laid out by President Xi, calling him a very special man.

Trump also had warm praise for Chinas economic performance and contradicted his previous rhetoric, in which he blasted China for killing the US on trade.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Reuters/D. Sagolj)Trump called President Xi a very special man

On Thursday, during an appearance with Xi in front of reporters at the Great Hall of the People, Trump said he didnt blame China for a one-sided and unfair trade surplus, placing the blame instead on his predecessors for allowing the out-of-control trade deficit to take place and grow.

After all, who can blame a country for taking advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens, Trump said. I give them great credit.

Incidentally, US and Chinese firms signed $253 billion (220 billion)...

15:36

Universalizing Resistance To Attacks On Labor "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Fred Redmond and Charles Derber for Truthout - In the last few months, Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, resigned from a key Trump advisory board after Charlottesville; unions nationally are rallying with progressive Democrats to stop Trump's anti-union appointees to the National Labor Relations Board; graduate students at Harvard, Boston College and many universities are fighting to unionize; and Bernie Sanders has introduced a "Medicare for All" bill. This is the beginning of the "universalizing" resistance to the right wing seeking to destroy unions, end social protections, including the Affordable Care Act, and return to a Gilded Age plutocracy. Workers are beleaguered. Wages have been stagnant for 30 years, benefits such as health care are eroding, the middle class is dwindling. The compensation of the average Fortune 500 CEO has ballooned to 347 times that of the average US worker. Workers' hopes to secure the "American dream" are diminishing. Labor unions have shrunk to only 10.7 percent of workers, half the rate of 33 years ago. That decline is a result of unrelenting attacks by right-wing politicians. Wisconsin is a sad example. First Gov. Scott Walker kneecapped public sector unions; then he went after private sector labor organizations.

15:31

BBC WS Newshour Balfour Declaration centenary special part one "IndyWatch Feed War"

Like its Radio 4 counterpart Today, the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour aired a Balfour Declaration centenary special on November 2nd.

A century since the British government letter which endorsed a Jewish homeland. The current Lord Balfour reflects on what drove his ancestor and we hear from a Palestinian and an Israeli.

The first part of that broadcast (from 00:65 here) was introduced by presenter James Menendez using very obvious framing. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Menendez: Well our main story today is events m...

15:30

The Ecological Indian and the History of Environmental Ideas "IndyWatch Feed War"

A guest post from Philip Conway, a PhD candidate in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. His thesis is titled The Historical Ontology of Environment: From the Unity of Nature to the Birth of Geopolitics. He blogs at Circling Squares and micro-blogs @PhilipRConway.


Cosmological questioning

But what about indigenous cosmologies? This kind of question is becoming more and more common in debates in International Relations, human geography and other fields. Whether articulated in terms of decolonisation, worlding, ontology, lifeways, cosmopolitics or pluriversality (other terminologies are available), there is a strong and growing conviction that making space for modes of collective existence beyond, besides and despite the hegemonic naturalism of the West is a pressing intellectual and political priority.

Indeed, this is a question that I am asked (and ask myself) on a regular basis. However, it is a more conceptually, ethically and politically complicated question than it may first appear. This essay explores some of these complications in relation to the research project that I am currently embarked upon  namely, a history of how environment became a conceptual commonplace of Euro-American scientific, literary and political conversation by around about 1910.

The project investigates how this everyday expression  environment came to be taken for granted and, more to the point, what this tells us about the ways in which we think (or dont think) about ourselves, the world around us and, in short, how our conceptions contrive to carve things up (and stitch them back together).

The we and us here, of course, come with a caveat. Plural pronouns do not designate a straightforwardly pre-existing collective but rather actively distinguish between those they encompass and those they do not. Any such act of distinction therefore requires care and open-endedness. Accordingly, the expression environment, and the convocation of concepts that comes with it, can in no way be taken as universal (and this is why its history can be written). However, it is, nevertheless, an expansive and, for much of the world, almost omnipresent part of the semantic and symbolic fabric of our contemporary political condition. It must, therefore, be understood in both its expansiveness and its specificity.

15:27

Russia could target any foreign media under new law "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Russia Today has registered as a foreign agent in the US

MOSCOW (AFP)  Russia would be able to list any foreign media outlet as a foreign agent under new measures expected to be approved Wednesday, a lawmaker said, as Moscow responds to US pressure on the Kremlin-backed RT channel.

The move comes as Washington fights what it calls a barrage of fake news from Russian media and online outlets aimed at interfering in US domestic politics.

Parliament is set to approve a set of amendments to an existing media bill Wednesday, meaning they could go into force as early as next week, deputy speaker of Russias lower house of parliament Pyotr Tolstoy told Rossiya 24 channel.

(The law) gives the relevant government institution the opportunity to classify media outlets that receive money from abroad as foreign agents, he said, when asked which outlets are likely to be put on the list first.

Most likely the list will be maintained by the ministry of justice, which already keeps a similar database of non-governmental organisations which have been designated as foreign agents.

The bill is a tit-for-tat response to Washingtons move to register T&R Productions LLC, a corporation which operates US studios of state channel RT, as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Asked to clarify exactly who could be listed as a foreign agent in Russia, Tolstoy said these are media outlets that receive money from foreign governments regardless of their ownership structure.

TASS news agency however published details of more sweeping amendments, according to which the measures could apply to any media outlets receiving money from international and foreign organisations, foreign citizens.

Tolstoy said outlets that are put on the list will be subject to similar treatment as foreign agent NGOs under the law that was adopted in 2012.

Such media will have to file the relevant reports and most likely mark its product, he said.

The law applying to NGOs forced many organisations to close.

Others have complained that government institutions refuse to work with them following the acquisition of the foreign agent label, which in Russia is akin to being branded a spy.

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15:26

Climate Activists Arrested Deploying 3-Story Banner At JPMorgan HQ "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of RAN - NEW YORK This morning, activists from Rainforest Action Network (RAN) dropped a 35 ft. banner from the headquarters of JPMorgan Chase to protest the banks investments in extreme fossil fuels, particularly tar sands oil. According to a recent report from RAN, JPMorgan Chase is the top U.S. funder of tar sands oil one of the dirtiest fossil fuels on the planet due to the immense volume of deforestation, environmental impacts and increased greenhouse gas emissions from the point of extraction to refining to burning. Tar sands oil produces 20%more greenhouse gases than conventional oil. As NASA Scientist James Hansen famously said, further expansion of tar sands oil means game over for the climate. Despite the disastrous impacts of tar sands oil, JPMorgan Chase is actually ramping up its investments in the sector. The bank has poured nearly $2B into tar sands in the first three quarters of 2017 alone already a 17% uptick from 2016. This includes funding for pipelines that slice through Indigenous lands, trample on human rights, and threaten clean water. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon talks a big game when it comes to addressing climate change, said Tess Geyer, an organizer with Rainforest Action Network.

15:23

Message to the Saker Community about Great October Socialist Revolution "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dear friends, I have been getting a lot of requests to express my views about the event which was officially known as the Great October Socialist Revolution.  All over the

15:21

Path to peace between Pakistan, India passes through Kashmir "IndyWatch Feed War"

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November 14, 2017

ISLAMBABAD: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat on Tuesday said Kashmir issues still remains a flash point for a nuclear war between Pakistan and India.

Speaking at an international Conference, the CJCSC said the path to relations between Islamabad and New Delhi passes through Kashmir. There is no bypass, said he.

Criticizing Indias international ambitions, the general said New Delhi policies are becoming a cause of instability in South Asia.

He stressed the need to take into consideration strategic, economic and political affairs of  South Asia.

He said the political and strategic  issues in South Asia were intensifying disputes in the region, adding Pakistan would maintain  strategic balance and equilibrium in the field of conventional weapons because imbalance always gives birth to disputes.

He said the struggle to become guaranteer of peace in the region holds strategic significance.

Commenting on the situation in Afghanistan, he said the war stricken country was an important region between South Asia and Central Asia. He said Islamabad supports a peaceful Afghanistan.

He said South Asia is being destabilized through non-state elements whole and instability in Afghanistan was harmful for the region .

Pointing towards weak  governance  in Afghanistan and fragile peace process in the country, he said Pakistan was paying a heavy price for instability in Afghanistan.

Highlighting Kashmir issue, he said lasting peace was not possible in South Asia without resolving the issue of Kashmir. Pakistan wants resolution of Kashmir and Afghan issues. We want similar progress on all the issues.

He said Pakistan was aware of its responsibilities without ignoring its defence. Pakistan will maintain minimum nuclear capability considering  the circumstances.

Commenting on rapidly growing extremism in India, General Zubair said India has turned into extremist state.

He said India continues its sub conventional war against Pakistan and New Delhis Surgical strike mantra  was an important example in this regard.

The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said India has committed over 1200 ceasefire violations in which 1000 Pakistani civilians and 300 soldiers lost their lives. This Indian behavior can turn into a big war, he warned.

He also accused India of carrying out terror activities in Pakistan through Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Baloch separatis...

15:20

Hariri announces planned return to Lebanon in first tweet since quitting "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Lebanese prime minister said that while he would be returning to Lebanon, his family would be remaining in the kingdom

15:19

Saudis Will Only Open Humanitarian Aid Deliveries to Loyal Yemeni Cities "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Facing mounting criticism from human rights groups for the disastrous humanitarian consequences of not allowing medical and food aid into northern Yemen, Saudi Arabia has once again offered measures that made no attempt at actually easing the problems.

Saudi officials say that sea and airports in certain loyal Yemeni cities, which is to say cities held by pro-Saudi forces, will be reopened to humanitarian aid after a two week closure. Aden had been the only such port accepting shipments recently.

But northern Yemen, where basic medicine like insulin and cancer drugs have wholly run out, and food supplies are dwindling down to their last few weeks before outright mass starvation, will remain closed. This is the area the Saudis are attacking, and the area hit by a cholera outbreak hat killed thousands because medicine was not available.

Saudi officials suggested the lone port in northern Yemen will remain closed indefinitely, saying they want to make sure its impossible for weapons to arrive at that port. Saudi officials have previously suggested the Shiites surrender the port to them, though since aid shipped to other pro-Saudi ports never reaches the nations Shiite population, that appears to be no solution at all.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

15:14

1,700 Scientists Issue Dire Warning To Humanity "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of BioScience - Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 World Scientists Warning to Humanity (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided. In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone depletion, freshwater availability, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity destruction, climate change, and continued human population growth. They proclaimed that fundamental changes were urgently needed to avoid the consequences our present course would bring. The authors of the 1992 declaration feared that humanity was pushing Earth's ecosystems beyond their capacities to support the web of life. They described how we are fast approaching many of the limits of what the biosphere can tolerate without substantial and irreversible harm.

15:00

Cuba: The forgotten Escambray "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mary OGrady writes about A Soviet Cleansing in Cuba.The Russians used their experience at home to annihilate dissident peasants. Most Americans have never heard of the anti-Castro uprising in Cubas Escambray Mountains, which began in 1959 and took Fidel and the Soviet Union six years to put down. At the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik []

14:59

Fossil Fuel Emissions Set To Hit All-Time High In 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alexander C. Kaufman for The Huffington Post - Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are surging again after staying flat for three years, climate scientists reported on Monday, a sign that efforts to rein in planet-warming gases still have a long way to go. Emissions from fossil fuels and industrial uses are projected to grow 2 percent this year, reaching 41 billion tons by the end of 2017, according to the report presented at the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany. The increase was predicted to continue in 2018. Total greenhouse gas emissions remained level, at about 36 billion tons per year from 2014 to 2016, even as the global economy grew, which suggested carbon dioxide emissions had crested with the rise of renewable electricity sources and improved fuel efficiency standards. But emissions from fossil fuels will hit 37 billion tons this year, a report from the Global Carbon Project finds. The report draws from three papers in the journals Nature Climate Change, Environmental Research Letters and Earth System Science Data Discussions. This is very disappointing, Corinne Le Qur, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, said in a statement. We need to reach a peak in global emissions in the next few years and drive emissions down rapidly afterwards to address climate change and limit its impacts.

14:56

Israeli arms firm investigated over live drone test on Armenian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Azerbaijan is one of the biggest recipients of Israeli weapons

14:51

Venezuela: Restructuring debt? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The guy in charge of the commissions in Washingtons drug kingpin list. The Finance Minister is under U.S. sanctions for alleged corruption. And the investors couldnt get information on how to attend the commissions meeting in Caracas on Nov. 13, which happens to be the deadline for almost $300 million in outstanding bond interest payments. []

14:46

Qatar thousand times better off without Gulf allies "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

Qatar News Agency/AFP | Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani: We do not fear the boycott of these countries against us, we are a thousand times better off without them
DOHA (AFP)  Months into a dispute that has seen Doha cut off from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Qatars emir said Tuesday his country was a thousand times better off without them.

In a speech to the Shura Council, the upper house of parliament, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said his government had nonetheless put in place contingency plans as he expected the bitter political dispute with his neighbours and former allies to drag on.

We do not fear the boycott of these countries against us, we are a thousand times better off without them, the emir told members of the council and foreign dignitaries in Doha.

But vigilance is required, he added.

Sheikh Tamim nonetheless said his government was working on introducing a number of food security projects and had given special attention to water security as it looked to a future without its former Arab allies.

Iran, Turkey and most recently Spain have stepped in to help Qatar secure food imports amid a boycott by four Arab states.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in June announced they had severed ties with Qatar, sealing off the emirates only land border in the wide-ranging boycott.

They accuse Qatars government of supporting Islamist extremism and fostering close ties with Iran.

Qatar denies the charges, claiming the dispute is an attack on its sovereignty.

Both parties in the crisis, the worst to grip the Gulf Cooperation Council in its 36-year history, have refused to back down despite mediation attempts by Kuwait and the United States.

Sheikh Tamim said his country also planned to hold elections for the Shura Council, whose 45 members are currently appointed by the emir.

The worlds largest exporter of liquified natural gas, Qatar has claimed it can cope with the demands of the dispute, despite the boycott being put in place by former regional allies and major trading partners.

Moodys has estimated that Qatar used $38.5 billion equivalent to 23 percent of its GDP to support the economy in the first two months of sanctions.

Qatar, which is scheduled to host the 20...

14:44

Another safe space set up at Stanford in anticipation of Robert Spencer event "IndyWatch Feed War"

We as a staff understand that the campus atmosphere has the potential to feel more stressful than usual, and even threatening for some. Threatening? Yeah, to me. But not to you snowflakes. Mind if I drop by for a slice of pizza? Seriously, this is what universities have fallen to. Theyre not in the least []

14:40

Trump Kept One Eye on Re-Election in Asia With His Push for Deals "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Justin Sink, Jennifer Jacobs , and  Nick Wadhams

November 14, 2017, 6:11 AM EST
  • President hit up leaders along the way to buy American weapons
  • Asia leaders offer warm words but few concessions to president
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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. AP Photo

Deutsche Banks Slok on Takeaways From Trumps Asia Trip

President Donald Trump had one question for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Why wasnt his country buying more American military equipment?

For Trump, a self-styled traveling salesman, crisscrossing the region to reverse decades of trade deficits, Vietnams decision to buy arms from Russia was...

14:40

Saudi attempts to discredit Hariri fail as Lebanese public backs PM "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Lebanese political circles interpreted Hariris interview as a Saudi back-pedal to its initial position as public showed PM wide support

14:37

Russia Meddling Expert Lobbying U.S. Gov To Quell Information Rebellions "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Max Blumenthal for AlterNet - Nearly a year after the presidential election, the scandal over accusations of Russian political interference in the 2016 election has gone beyond Donald Trump and reached into the nebulous world of online media. On November 1, Congress held hearings on Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online. The proceedings saw executives from Facebook, Twitter and Youtube subjected to tongue-lashings from lawmakers like Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who howled about Russian online trolls spread[ing] stories about abuse of black Americans by law enforcement. In perhaps the most chilling moment of the hearings, and the most overlooked, Clint Watts, a former U.S. Army officer who had branded himself an expert on Russian meddling, appeared before a nearly empty Senate chamber. Watts conjured up a stark landscape of American carnage, with shadowy Russian operatives stage managing the chaos. Civil wars dont start with gunshots, they start with words, he proclaimed. Americas war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America. Next, Watts suggested a government-imposed campaign of media censorship: Stopping the false information artillery barrage landing on social media users comes only when those outlets distributing bogus stories are silenced: silence the guns and the barrage will end.

14:26

Quds Force Assassinates Iranian Dissident in Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Illustrative photo: Pixabay)(Illustrative photo: Pixabay)

It appears that an Iranian dissident was killed by Iranian assassins in a European capital last week.

A report from an Iranian media outlet that regularly cites credible information from regime insiders has quoted a regime official as stating that Ahwazi Arab Ahmad Mola, who was murdered last week outside his home in The Netherlands, was assassinated by an operative from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force.

The report in Amad News quoted an unnamed officer of the Guards Corps  intelligence division who said that the operative carried out the brutal assassination, shooting Mola three times, once in the head and twice in the chest at point-blank range .

This is not the first such assassination ordered by the regime of an Ahwazi or other dissident in exile. Such murders have been documented in the Middle East and Europe since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

The officer said the assassination was carried out in revenge for Saudi Arabias policies towards Iran, claiming that Mola traveled to Geneva a week before the murder for a meeting with Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, the former head of Saudis intelligence agency.

The Iranian regime provided no evidence to substantiate its claims about Mola, but it does suggest the Ahwazi struggle for freedom, rights and autonomy is a fabricated cause created to justify a proxy war against the regime by the Saudis as part of the current tensions between the two regional powers.

This is despite the fact that the Ahwazi peoples struggle for freedom predates the theocratic regime, dating back to the British-backed annexation of the autonomous emirate by the former Pahlavi monarchy in 1925. The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), of which Mola was a founder member, was formed in the 1999.

This attempt to smear...

14:26

Stanford profs claim Robert Spencer is harassing students, staff and faculty by responding to attacks "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Stanford student press has for the past week been filled with numerous baseless and hysterical attacks on my work and on my character as a human being. In hit piece after hit piece in the Stanford Daily and the Stanford Review, it has been claimed that I promote hate and disinformation, and give license []

14:21

Brotherhood Using Deep Web to Open New Front in US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Deep web

A former Egyptian government minister says the Muslim Brotherhood is using the deep web to raise funds for operations in the U.S. and possibly to purchase weapons. Thats according to the Egyptian weekly el-Fagr, which interviewed (Arabic link) former deputy interior minister Mohammad Nour el-Din.

El-Din said the Brotherhood uses those parts of the internet that dont appear in search engines (Google, etc.) to fundraise. Much of this effort is via Bitcoin, a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system.

The Muslim Brotherhood is fundraising on the deep web to create an Islamist front in the U.S.The Muslim Brotherhood is fundraising on the deep web to create an Islamist front in the U.S. (Image: Computer screenshot)

The former minister, who is a security expert, suggested the organization could well be purchasing rockets and mortars and hiring mercenaries via the deep web as well.

The newspaper item says the Muslim Brotherhood is attempting to establish a new Islamist front in the U.S. and elsewhere but currently lacks sufficient funding. This is despite recent reports of the large sums of money transferred to the Brotherhood, particularly from Qatar and Turkey.

 

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14:17

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for finance minister "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the veteran politician failed to turn up for several court hearings.

The warrant comes at an awkward time for Pakistan, which wants to raise in excess of $1 billion on international debt markets through a Sukuk and a Eurobond in coming months and has been trying to woo international investors.

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Finance Minister Ishaq Dar

Dar, who has been charged with amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income, has missed three weeks of court hearings conducted by the anti-graft agency the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Judge Mohammad Bashir issued the warrant on the grounds of continued absence from the court, according to a court statement.

Dar, who has pleaded not guilty, is receiving medical treatment in London and now faces arrest upon his return to Pakistan.

The case has been adjourned until Nov. 21.

The charges against Dar followed an investigation into the finances of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a small salary from his sons off-shore company.

The finance minister is one of Sharifs closest political allies and Dars son has married Sharifs daughter. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

Dar has rejected growing calls to resign amid his legal woes and a worsening economic outlook for Pakistan, which is battling to stave off a balance of payments crisis due to dwindling foreign currency reserve and a widening current account deficit.

Dar was initially lauded for steering Pakistan out of a balance of payments crisis in 2013 and returning the nuclear-armed country toward a higher growth trajectory.

But over the past year he has faced criticism for his refusal to allow the rupee to weaken to ease macroeconomic pressures. He has also been accused of eroding the central banks independence.

Reporting by Saad Sayeed and Drazen Jorgic; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Robert Birsel


14:10

Spains Rajoy vows to defeat separatists in Catalan election "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called for massive participation from voters in next months electionMADRID (AFP)  

Spains Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday he hopes to defeat separatists in next months Catalan election, which will be dominated by regional lawmakers independence drive, calling for a massive turnout by voters.

Were going to work so that independence groups dont win, Rajoy told Spanish radio.

The Catalan independence crisis has triggered alarm in Brussels as the European Union deals with the fallout of Brexit and more than 2,400 businesses have moved their legal headquarters out of the region as uncertainty persists.

Rajoy dismissed the government of Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont last month over his independence bid, suspending the regional parliament and organising a new election.

The prime minister has been rallying support for his Popular Party (PP) in the December 21 election in Catalonia a region that remains deeply divided over independence despite its parliaments declaration.

The PP only managed to finish fifth in Catalonias 2015 election, which saw pro-separatist groups gain power in the region of 7.5 million people.

On Tuesday Rajoy issued a call for massive participation from voters on December 21 in the hope that parties in favour of keeping Catalonia part of Spain put in a strong showing.

Several former Catalan cabinet members are currently in jail over their role in agitating for independence, which is illegal under Spains constitution.

Rajoy said that there was no ban on detained officials contesting the regional vote but added that they need to respect the law.

They can all run as candidates since theyve not been declared ineligible by a judge, Rajoy told COPE radio.

But he accused deposed Catalan officials of being political delegitimised after tricking Catalan citizens by claiming independence.

Puigdemont himself is in self-imposed exile in Brussels and has said he wants to run as a candidate next month.

With fallout from the crisis affecting his own PDeCAT partys standing in polling, he had hoped to form a united separatist ticket with his former government ally, the leftwing ERC.

But the ERC said last week that it would not allow its candidates to run alongside PDeCAT hopefuls.

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Nature Has Rights: Activists Call For A Legal Transformation "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Mike Ludwig for Truthout - The mighty Colorado River and its watersheds are a crucial source of life in the arid Southwest, supplying water to vast ecosystems and millions of people across seven states and northern Mexico. With so much depending on its existence, the Colorado River filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against the state of Colorado last month, demanding that its right to evolve, flourish and be restored in the wake of human interference be recognized in the court of law. Well, sort of. An activist lawyer filed the legal complaint at a federal district court in Denver, naming the river itself as a plaintiff and calling on the court to recognize its ecosystems as a "person" under the law. Still, Colorado River v. Colorado is fairly unprecedented, at least in the United States. Bodies of water can't defend themselves in court, but they do not go untouched by the law. All the organisms -- including humans -- that depend on a river to survive can be affected when existing environmental laws fail to prevent water pollution, or when a government or corporation wins the legal right to guzzle up its life-giving resources. Western states have fought over the Colorado River's water resources for decades, damming and diverting more than 70 percent of its water to vast cities and cropland. In 2015, two tributaries of the Colorado River suffered an environmental disaster when federal remediation workers accidently allowed 880,000 gallons of wastewater contaminated with heavy metals to spill from the defunct Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado.

14:00

KINDLE: Reflections Philosophy of Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Our legitimately-elected President is severely handicapped by a secret intelligence community that is a complete failure across the board. As General Tony Zinni, USMC (Ret.) has said, when he was fighting two wars and twelve joint task force actions, he got, at best, 4% of what he needed to know from the cesspool we call the Intelligence Community.

Our President cannot defeat the Deep State, govern, reduce the size of the federal government by 50%, or restore peace and prosperity at home and abroad, without an effective national intelligence community. This short paper is a starting point for anyone who wants to get it right.

13:58

Syrian Troops Retake Large Area From Militants In Northern Hama (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian troops have liberated a large area from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies in northern Hama, according to pro-government sources.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) established control over the areas of Qasr Shawi, Muwaylih Shamali, Mhassar, Rabiah, Hamra Silos and Mhassar Hill.

Earlier, the  SAA and the NDF liberated the village of Hasnawi in the nearby area.

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13:54

A Telling Comparison: Israel versus North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

from Al-Monitor

Missing from corporate media accounts is what causes the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK aka North Korea) to be singled out for opprobrium for what, essentially, is developing a deterrent against any entity that would attack it.

A comparison with how the United Nations deals with North Korea vis--vis another member state state, Israel, is instructive.

Israel occupies Palestinian territory; destroys Palestinian olive groves and poisons Palestinian sheep; sprays Palestinian homes with sewage; sabotages Palestinian water supplies; cuts off power to Palestine; terrorizes Palestinians for hours at checkpoints, including the sick, infirm, and pregnant women, some who are forced to give birth at the checkpoints; stops fishermen from earning a living from the sea; shells hospitals, schools, and playgrounds; blows up kids on beaches; and commits myriad other war crimes. Israel has nuclear weapons and ICBMs. The last point is the only one that North Korea shares with Israel.

Yet only North Korea is vociferously criticized and sanctioned by the US and its allies. Is this fair?

And is it just that North Korea is bullied and sanctioned for developing a self-defense?

Creation

Israel was brought into existence by the UN granting Palestinian land from Mandate Palestine to Jews, who happened to be mainly migrant Jews from another continent Europe.

North Korea was created by World War II victors, predominantly the United States, splitting a country into two halves. Thereby, one ethnic group was separated from the other by a border.

Occupation

Whereas the Koreans are indigenous to Korea, Americans are occupying the territory of many Indigenous nations, as are Jewish Israelis (with the exception of Mizrahi Jews) occupying Arab territories.

Israel signifies a situation whereby one group of outsiders was favorably positioned by the UN to carry out an occupation of an Indigenous people.

The DPRK signifies a situation where a people indigenous to a territory were separated from kin by an outside entity. The self-determination of Koreans was not respected.

Notably, th...

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13:45

Owl: Open Secret The Film Buried by Hollywood "IndyWatch Feed War"

Who? Who?

Child abuse documentary Hollywood didnt want you to see goes viral

The film An Open Secret died upon release in 2015, but is seeing a renewed interest online amid a cascade of allegations against Hollywoods elite

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Pakistan police arrest dozens from Islamist party blocking entrance to capital If this cannot be resolved, the roads will have to be cleared. "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Members of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, an Islamist political party, shout slogans during a sit-in in Rawalpindi, Pakistan November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood Reuters

By Asif Shahzad and and Mubasher Bukhari

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) Pakistani police have arrested dozens of members of a hard-line Islamist party that has blocked a main entrance to the capital since last week, a provincial spokesman said, in the latest confrontation between religious activists and authorities.

Hundreds of supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party have blocked a main road to Islamabad since Friday, threatening violence if their demand that the minister of law be sacked is not met.

The group blames the minister, Zahid Hamid, for changes to an electoral oath that it says amounts to blasphemy. The government puts the issue down to a clerical error.

Pakistans blasphemy law has become a lightning rod for Islamists, especially since 2011 when the liberal governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was murdered by a bodyguard for questioning the law that mandates the death penalty for insulting Islam or the Prophet Mohammad.

A spokesman for the Punjab provincial government, Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, told Reuters the protests were a serious inconvenience for people and disturbing public life in the province that surrounds Islamabad.

The Punjab government has detained dozens of Tehreek-e-Labaiks activists from various districts, he said.

Labaik spokesman Ejaz Ashrafi said in a statement police arrested hundreds of its workers in a countrywide swoop, mainly in the partys base in Punjab.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal late on Monday urged the proteste...

13:35

New York Times robs Pamela Gellers book of a spot on its bestsellers list "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is systematic and ongoing, and is one manifestation of the many ways in which the Left endeavors to deny any place in the culture to those whom it hates and opposes. The ridiculous brouhaha over my appearance at Stanford is another example of the same phenomenon: the idea that opposing jihad terror is reprehensible, []

13:33

Use of keyboard armies to manipulate media has gone global, report says "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Freedom House | Online manipulation and disinformation tactics affected elections in at least 18 countries this year, including the US, according to the 2017 Freedom on the Net report.

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Latest update : 2017-11-14

More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.

A study of internet freedom in 65 countries found 30 governments are deploying some form of manipulation to distort online information, up from 23 the previous year.

These efforts included paid commentators, trolls, bots the name given to automated accounts false news sites and propaganda outlets, according to the 2017 Freedom on the Net report by human rights group Freedom House.

The report said online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including the United States.

The use of paid commentators and political bots to spread government propaganda was pioneered by China and Russia but has now gone global, said Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.

The effects of these rapidly spreading techniques on democracy and civic activism are potentially devastating.

Sanja Kelly, director of the Freedom on the Net project, explained such manipulation is often hard to detect, and more difficult to combat than other types of censorship, such as website blocking.

The organization said 2017 marked a seventh consecutive year of overall decline in internet freedom, as a result of these and other efforts to filter and censor information online.

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13:30

John Caputo with Sarah Westall: Truth Shocking, Traumatic, Paradigms, & Frameworks Plus List of Reviews "IndyWatch Feed War"

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ROBERT STEELE: I recommended Dr. Caputo to Sarah, as I have recommended Parag Khanna and others I consider Sarah a business professor to be among the best of the searchers for truth on the YouTube circuit. Dr. Caputo is the foremost thinker I know at the intersection of reailty, science, and faith which does matter, very much. Pursuing heretical notions is an essential foundation for arriving at the truth in the face of closed minds. He specially condemns the use of conspiracy theory discrediting and the attacks on fake news (a form of witch hunt). This video should be required study for all who aspire to be anything but most especially, intelligence officers, military officers, civil servants, corporate executives, and academic instructors.

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13:29

What Does the New Saudi Arabia Mean For America? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Arabia's King Salman welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to the kingdomSaudi Arabias King Salman welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to the kingdom (Photo: MANDEL-NGAN-AFP/Getty Images)

Back in May, President Trump stood before the assembled leaders of the Sunni Muslim world and called on them to drive out the terrorists and extremists  from this earth. We do not know what was said privately between Trump and Saudi royalty, but since then changes have come thick and fast, most of all in Saudi Arabia, one of the last absolute monarchies in the world.

How Trumps administration adapts to these changes will either restore American prestige that was lost in the region during the Obama years or risk seeing the Middle East fall almost completely under Russian and Iranian influence.

Two main shifts are taking place. The first concerns efforts by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (known colloquially as MBS) to concentrate power. The fact that this 32 year-old royal will be the first grandson of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud to succeed to the throne will be a significant change in the political culture, in contrast to the rule of 81 year-old King Salman, his father.

To build his power base, MBS has been promoting a slew of princes from the younger generation of Saudi royalty, many of whom will now be beholden to him. MBS is also crushing potential rivals. Older royals are being sidelined, while oth...

13:15

Islamic Jihad Raises Readiness Level to Highest Destruction of Islamic Jihad-Constructed Tunnel By Israel Considered an Act of War "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY JPOST.COM STAFF
 NOVEMBER 14, 2017 11:50

 

The group says that they are closely monitoring Israeli activity.

Report: Islamic Jihad raises state of readiness to 'highest level'

Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants attend a military parade in Gaza October 19, 2016.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Amid increasing tensions between Israel and Islamic Jihad, the militant group has raised its state of readiness to its highest level, according to a report in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat.

Senior sources in the Gaza-based militant group stated that, should Islamic Jihad choose to act against Israel, any action would be for purposes of self-defense and deterrence.

The group also said that they are closely monitoring Israeli activity, including watching civilians in Gaza border communities.

The increased state of readiness comes, according to the report, as the IDF carries out a military exercise near the Gaza Strip.

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13:10

The Russian Ministry of Defence Publishes Screenshots of Computer Games as Evidence of US Collusion with ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

On the morning of November 14th 2017 the Russian Ministry of Defence published multiple posts in Russian, Arabic, and English on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, claiming to show irrefutable evidence of collusion between the US and ISIS combat units:

Unfortunately for the Russian MoD, eagle-eyed Twitter users immediately spotted some problems with the images. One image claimed to show an ISIS convoy leaving Abu Kamel on November 9th, 2017:

What this in fact showed was a cropped screenshot from the mobile phone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, specifically a screenshot from a promo video for the game:

A side by side comparison of the Russian MoD image and the mobile phone game screenshot shows they are identical, with even part of the text from the promo video reading DEVELOPMENT FOOTAGE. THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. ALL CONTENT SUBJECT TO CHANGE. visible in the cropped image used by the Russian MoD as their irrefutable evidence:

13:00

Captured ISIS Wives Hiding Yazidi Children "IndyWatch Feed War"

Children from Nineveh Province in a refugee camp in IraqChildren from Nineveh Province in a refugee camp in Iraq (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS wives are believed to be hiding the identities of hundreds of kidnapped Yazidi children whom they have taken with them to prison and displaced persons camps in Iraq. The women, who are of foreign origin, were captured after their husbands were killed or they fled from the onslaught of government forces fighting ISIS in the region.

Some of the children were either taken as babies from their mothers when ISIS conquered the Yazidi areas of the Nineveh province in August of 2014. Others were born to Yazidi women who were captured and sold as sex slaves to ISIS fighters.

Speaking to Sputnik News, Yazidi journalist Chader Chalat said one child, who was no older than five, was recently discovered with an ISIS wife in a prison site in Tasfirat, located north of Mosul and Baghdad in the center of Nineveh Province. The woman is believed to be either from Turkey or Azerbaijan.

Efforts are now being made to identify the childs family and locate any surviving members. We expect that there are between 150 and 250 other Yazidi children that are being held by ISIS women in Tasfirat as well as in a displaced persons camp south of Mosul in Chamam el-Alil, he said.

In one month alone, 15 kidnapped Yazidi children were discovered with ISIS women or with Arab families in Mosul. Ages of the children ranged from four to seven.

Local sources reported the ISIS women planned to smuggle the children to their countries of origin possibly to train them to carry out future terror attacks.

Hussein Kaydi , who manages the office for kidnapped Yazidis, said that since the office opened i...

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UKs top counterterrorism officers tell media to rein in coverage of the Islamic State and jihad terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

Britains top counter terrorism officers have urged the media to rein back on coverage about Islamic State and terrorist attacks because of concerns that it helps to spread propaganda. And here we hoped (against hope) that Britain had learned a lesson following the shocking, massive coverups of Muslim rape gangs brutalizing tens of thousands of []

12:51

Prince Charles gets pushback for blaming foreign Jews for Middle East conflict "IndyWatch Feed War"

The suggestion by Prince Charles that an influx of foreign, European Jews was a cause of turmoil in the Middle East has been challenged by a host of dissenting voices Well, it is about time reasoned voices fought back. Robert Spencer covered this story with commentary about a damaging shared world view between the British []

12:48

House may vote on its bill as soon as Thursday; Senate continues hammering out the details "IndyWatch Feed War"

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12:47

Why Israel does not want a sovereign Palestinian state "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is time to accept the reality that Israel simply does not want a sovereign Palestinian state and consider its serious implications

12:42

Chinas Indicators Point to Slowing Economy "IndyWatch Feed War"

With the Chinese leaderships 2017 growth target secure, the economy showed signs of slowing in October after Beijing dialed back stimulus efforts and closed northern factories around a big Communist Party meeting.

The Wall Street Journal
November 14, 2017

BEIJINGWith the Chinese leaderships 2017 growth target secure, the economy showed signs of slowing in October after Beijing dialed back stimulus efforts and closed northern factories around a big Communist Party meeting.

Growth in factory output, fixed-asset investment and retail sales all slowed a tad in October, as Beijing imposed tighter pollution controls and continued restrictions on home purchases in the countrys big cities.

Industrial output, a rough proxy for economic growth, expanded by 6.2% in October compared with a 6.6% increase the month before, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday. The reading, though it met economists estimates, was the second slowest this year.

Economists say the slower output growth was a result of Beijings antipollution crackdown and a production halt in northern China as Chinese leaders gathered in the capital last month for a twice-a-decade party congress.

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Fixed-asset investment climbed 7.3% in the January-October period from a year earlier, slowing from a 7.5% increase in the first nine months and hitting the slowest pace since December 1999. Slower property investment was the main factor dragging down total investment, economists say.

The cooling real-estate market is the biggest downside risk for the Chinese economy next year, said Liu Xuezhi, an economist with Bank of Communications .

Chinas housing sales slowed further in October as the governments property-buying controls continued to chill the market. Housing sales by value dropped 3.4% from a year earlier in October, compared with a 2.4% decrease in September.

Property investment expanded at 7.8% in the January-October period, though Mr. Liu expects it to be below total investment growth next year and expects slower home sales will mean demand for furniture, home appliances and construction materials will shrink accordingly.

Chinas retail sales grew 10.0% in October from a year earlier, down from a 10.3% increase in September. The reading was the slowest in eight months an...

12:27

Ray McGovern: Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt

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12:25

Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed War"

Record high CO2 emissions delay global peak

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It was previously hoped that emissions might soon reach their peak after three stable years, so the new projection for 2017 is an unwelcome message for policy makers and delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn this week.
The research, published today simultaneously in the journals Nature Climate Change, Earth System Science Data Discussions and Environmental Research Letters, reveals that global emissions from all human activities will reach 41 billion tonnes in 2017, following a projected 2% rise in burning fossil fuels.
The figures point to China as the main cause of the renewed...

12:23

Hezbollah at the center of Lebanons current crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

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FILE In this Sept. 17, 2012 file photo, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, center, escorted by his bodyguards, waves to a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters during a rally denouncing an anti-Islam film that has provoked a week of unrest in Muslim countries worldwide, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Nasrallah, who took over the militant group in 1992, has focused on integration into Lebanons sectarian-based politics, fighting Israel and expanding the groups regional reach. (Hussein Malla, File/Associated Press)

 November 13 at 4:45 PM

BEIRUT The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah is at the center of the recent crisis that has gripped Lebanon and rattled a region already rife with conflict.

When Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri declared his resignation in a surprise announcement from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, he blamed Hezbollah for imposing itself on the country and doing the bidding of its main backer, Iran, in Lebanon and elsewhere in the region.

The one-time local Shiite guerrilla army that rallied Lebanons Shiites and battled Israel even earning admiration from the regions Sunnis has turned into a powerful, well-armed group caught up in the Iran-Saudi rivalry that is shaping the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia singled Hezbollah out, accusing it of declaring war on the kingdom, just as the U.S. ratcheted up its pressure on Iran and imposed new sanctions on Hezbollah, which it considers a terrorist group.

Here is a look at the 35-year old militant group, its sources of power and regional role.

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12:21

Vermoordt Poetin journalisten? "IndyWatch Feed War"

12:18

German & intl fighters join Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion "IndyWatch Feed War"

Growing number of German & intl fighters join Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion report

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12:17

Deutsche Nazi's in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Das ukrainische Regiment Asow wirbt mit Flyern auf Neonazi-Veranstaltungen um neue Mitglieder - offenbar erfolgreich: Immer mehr Sldner schlieen sich an, um "Europa vor dem Aussterben" zu bewahren.
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12:14

Tom Engelhardt 263 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tomgram: Alfred W. McCoy, Washington's Drug of Choice in the War on Terror

12:12

Yemen - Having Lost The War Saudis Try Genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yemen - Having Lost The War Saudis Try Genocide - Media Complicit

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Saudi Arabia reacting to UN famine warnings says ports in Yemen it controls will reopen for aid deliveries. Riyadh shut them down last week after a missile attack blamed on Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
The above headlines are false. The Saudi government announced the re-opening of some Yemeni ports and airports. All of these are in the south and under control of Saudi proxy forces who are fighting the Houthi-Saleh alliance in north-west Yemen. Some 70% of the population lives in the north-western areas which will continue to be under an extreme blockade. The most important port in their area is Hodeida which will stay closed. Back in March the U.S. Pentagon tried to get control of the port. But fighting for it would have destroyed the piers and thereby the supply route for some 20 million people. The most important airport is in Sanaa. The Saudi/U.S./UK alliance blocks even UN flights with medical supplies from using it.
The Saudis now "request" the UN to send an expert commission to Riyadh to "discuss" procedures for future control of the ports that are not held by its proxies. Such a process will tak...

12:10

Paul Craig Roberts 321 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Federal Appeals Court Agrees to Hear Case for Dzhokhar Tsarnaevs Innocence

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11:50

U.S. Manufacturing Picks Up Pace While Waiting for Donald Trumps Policy Promises "IndyWatch Feed War"

Makers of everything from bulldozers to food products are on an upswing as production, spending and sentiment improve

Nov. 14, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

American manufacturing has improved during the year since Donald Trumps election, despite a lack of promised policy changes aimed at lifting the sectors fortunes.

Instead, say executives and observers, business for makers of items from bulldozers to semiconductors to food products is on an upswing thanks to steady global economic growth, a rise in energy and other commodity prices, and increased confidence. Overall in the U.S., the sector is adding jobs.

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Manufacturing absolutely has improved relative to where we were a year ago, said William Strauss, a manufacturing economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, who described the sectors growth as modest.

Various measures of industrial production, spending, sentiment, and employment have climbed, while stock markets have risen to record highs partly in anticipation that the businessman-turned-president would usher in reduced taxes and fewer regulations.

Global macroeconomic conditions are solid, Rockwell Automation Inc. Chief Executive Blake Moret told analysts, citing strong orders and optimistic forecasts for global gross domestic growth and industrial production.

Rockwell the Milwaukee-based maker of factory hardware and software to myriad manufacturers around the world said last week it expected organic sales growth as high as 6.5% in its fiscal 2018, with an additional 2.5% boost from a weaker dollar.

Global energy and commodity prices have rebounded amid growth in many economies around the world. That has l...

11:45

British PM to Russia: We know what you are doing "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has strong words for Russia: 'We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed' https://t.co/AB4s1k5n2y

Updated 10:03 PM ET, Mon November 13, 2017

(CNN)  UK Prime Minister Theresa May has strong words for Russia over what she called its attempts to weaponize information to sow discord and undermine Western institutions.

We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed, she said on Monday. Because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies, and the commitment of Western nations to the alliances that bind us.
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In a speech at the Lord Mayors Banquet in London, May accused Moscow of meddling in elections and planting fake news stories as part of sustained campaign of cyberespionage and disruption. Since its annexation of Crimea, May said Russia had fomented conflict in eastern Ukraine, violated airspace of European countries, and hacked the Danish ministry of defense and the German Parliament.
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The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise, she said. So we will take the necessary actions to counter Russian activity. But this is not where we want to be and not the relationship with Russia we want.
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Her criticism comes amid mounting allegations that groups linked to Russia or the Kremlin itself meddled in elections and referenda, including BrexitCatalonias independence vote, and the 2016 US presidential election. Her comments are in stark contrast to Presidents Donald Trumps recent comment that he believ...

11:42

Revealed - Saudis Plan To Give Up Palestine - For War On Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

The tyrants of Saudi Arabia developed a plan that sells away Palestine. They see this as necessary to get U.S. support for their fanatic campaign against their perceived enemy Iran. An internal Saudi memorandum, leaked to the Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar,...

11:39

Foreign Agent News Sputnik Publishes Drone Film of ISIS Troop Columns Fleeing Russian Bombing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian MoD Releases Photos Proving US-Led Coalition Refused to Strike Daesh

The Russian Defense Ministry has said that US forces had refused to carry out airstrikes against Daesh (ISIS) terrorists who were retreating from Syrias town of Abu Kamal.

The operation to liberate Syrias eastern town of Abu-Kamal has shown that the US-led coalition has been directly supporting Daesh terrorist group, according to the Defense Ministry.

The ministry has published photos showing that the armed extremists were leaving Abu Kamal leaving for the Syrian-Iraqi Border. The Russian forces command has offered the US-led coalition to conduct a joint operation to destroy columns of terrorists on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river. However, offers have been rejected, according to a statement from the Russian military.

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11:36

Austrian activist can sue Facebook "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Max Schrems is suing Facebooks Irish division for various alleged rights violations
LUXEMBOURG (AFP)  Austrian activist Max Schrems can sue Facebook over alleged privacy breaches, but cannot bring a class action lawsuit against the US social media giant, the adviser to the EUs top court said Tuesday.

Schrems is suing Facebooks Irish division in an Austrian court for various alleged rights violations including tracking of user data and involvement in the US National Security Agencys PRISM surveillance programme.

He had also lodged cases on behalf of seven other Facebook users in Austria, Germany and India.

Facebook had challenged the jurisdiction of the Austrian courts in the case, and argued that Schremss professional activities on his account meant he was no longer a private consumer.

The advocate general to the European Court of Justice said in a legal opinion that Schrems may be able to rely on his consumer status in order to sue Facebook Ireland before the Austrian courts.

However, Mr Schrems cannot rely on his consumer status with respect to claims assigned to him by other consumers.

The EU advocate generals legal opinions are often, but not always, followed by the the ECJs judges in their final decision.

Austrias Supreme Court had referred the matter to the ECJ after Schremss lawsuit was first thrown out and then restored by the countrys courts.

Facebook welcomed the findings on the collective lawsuit.

Todays opinion supports the decisions of two courts that Mr Schremss claims cannot proceed as class action on behalf of other consumers in Austrian courts, a Facebook spokesman said in a statement to AFP.

Schrems is also suing Irelands data protection regulator over the transfer of personal information by Facebook from Europe to the United States in a separate case being considered by the ECJ


11:32

Donald Trumps Asia trip shows that he is being played "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Will Gore
The Independent

The Chinese have rolled out the red carpet and thus avoided both tricky questions of the sort usually asked by Western leaders and any sort of confrontation over trade

trump-airforceone.jpgAs ever with Donald Trump, it is hard to know whether his missteps are intentional EPA

Such is the paradoxical nature of Donald Trumps Presidency that it should perhaps have come as no surprise that the man who swept to power on the promise of putting America First should undertake a lengthier tour of Asia than any of his three most recent predecessors.

Perhaps he decided that it is more pleasant to be feted as a foreign dignitary than hated as a divisive head of state. Certainly he enjoyed many warm words of welcome from those he visited during his trip and he repaid the compliments by the bucketload. Yet it remains unclear whether Trump actually achieved a great deal during his 11 days away.

At the outset, he was said to have three objectives, according to General HR McMaster, the US National Security Adviser. First was the promotion of democratic freedom and openness; second was to press for fair trade to boost Americas prosperity; third was to deal with North Korea.

In relation to the first aim, it might have been thought that the President would raise concerns over human rights abuses by China, or the large-scale killing of drug pushers in the Philippines, or the lack of media freedom in Vietnam. When it came to it, though, he evidently felt it was a little impertinent to be so rude. He is, after all, always wary of causing offence.

As for the second, he has regularly railed against Chinese trade policies, which he argues amount to an assault on Americas economy. Yet when he was actually in Beijing, he simply told President Xi what a special man he was (Xi, not Trump, though he probably feels the same about himself).

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11:25

israels Money Machine-Jewish oligarchs fund crimes against humanity "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israels Money Machine Jewish oligarchs fund crimes against humanity Philip Giraldi   The stars came out in Hollywood on November 2nd, or at least some of them did. The gala event celebrated the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and raised funds to support its mission in Israel itself and on the occupied West Bank. The organization []

11:23

Why Chinese vendors, large and small, are rushing to embrace cashless payments "IndyWatch Feed War"

Switch reduces risk of being robbed and they no longer have to worry about fake banknotes

By He Huifeng
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 3:27pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 5:51pm

Shenzhen taxi driver Xu Jialiang used to worry that the stack of banknotes he carried in his cab each night made him an easy tar...

11:16

Athens, Greece: Insurrection Festival Digital Anonymity and Security (PDF) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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13.11.17: As activists we must know the dangers of the cyberspace, and learn how to protect our privacy. Avoiding the use of telecommunication tools is not an option. But either we own the technology we use or the technology owns us.

Here are some basic concepts and tips from yesterdays workshop. We publish this info and ask you to help spread it because information wants to be free 

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11:16

Wars for israel a very expensive pastime "IndyWatch Feed War"

Post-9/11 War Debt Will Cost $8 Trillion in Interest alone US Paying for Terror War With Massive Borrowing ed noteas we have counseled here now for sometime, Trump, Inc represents the biggest Hail Mary pass in history on the part of those heavily-invested interests (military, financial, etc) who understand that America has run out of road []

11:15

Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

SYDNEY (Reuters) The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealands offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea, as about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water.

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An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via REUTERS

The asylum seekers have been holed up inside the center for the past two weeks defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility, saying they fear for their safety if moved to transit centers.

With many detainees complaining of illness bought about by the unsanitary conditions in the camp, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Australia to allow 150 of them to resettle in New Zealand.

We urge Australia to reconsider this and take up the offer, Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative at the UNHCR told Reuters.

Most of the asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Syria.

Australias sovereign borders immigration policy, under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups but has bipartisan political support in Australia.

Australia says allowing asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores would only encourage people smugglers in Asia and see more people risk their lives trying to sail to Australia.

Two motions introduced in Australias parliament by the Labor and Green parties, and passed in the upper house on Tuesday, call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to approve the New Zealand proposal.

This is a foul and bloody stain on Australias national conscience, Greens senator Nick McKim t...

11:15

Behind the Saudi Troublemaking "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Arabias monarchy is bombing Yemen, locking up domestic rivals and stirring up trouble in Lebanon, while a slow-burning confrontation continues against Qatar which could split the Gulf Cooperation Council, says Paul Cochrane.

11:09

China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP | China has not only overtaken the US in sheer numbers, but also in aggregate performance of supercomputers

BEIJING (AFP)  China now has more high-performance supercomputers than ever before, again besting the United States in global rankings, a supercomputer tracking organisation said.

The standing corresponds with Chinas growing reputation as the global leader in supercomputers, as the Asian power prepares to launch in June 2018 a prototype exascale computing machine a super supercomputer.

Some 202 of the worlds fastest supercomputers are in China compared with 143 in the US according to Top500, a site that has tracked supercomputer development for more than two decades.

The list, produced twice a year, rates supercomputers based on speed in a benchmark test by experts from Germany and the US.

It is the largest number of supercomputers China has ever claimed on the Top500 ranking, the survey said on Monday, with the US presence shrinking to its lowest level since the lists inception.

Supercomputers are vital tools for advanced scientific work because of their ability to perform rapid calculations for everything from weather forecasts to missile development.

China has not only overtaken the US in sheer numbers, but also in aggregate performance. Two of the fastest machines on the list the Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 (Milkyway-2) are in China.

Located at Chinas national supercomputer centre in the eastern city of Wuxi, the Sunway TaihuLight is used for climate modelling and life science research.

Taking the third and fourth slots on the performance list are supercomputers from Switzerland and Japan, respectively, while the American Titan sits at fifth.

The US led with 169 systems to Chinas 160 just six months ago, but its performance fell while Chinas improved in a reversal of fortunes, the survey said. However, it remained well ahead of third-place Japan, which has 35 machines on the list.

China surpassed the US in the Top500 list for the first time in 2016.

If China successfully develops a super supercomputer prototype this coming summer, it will take the lead in an international race to a build a system capable of one quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second.


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11:06

Challenge Accepted! Muslim Activists Hack ISIS Servers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Activist Muslim hackers threatened ISIS that they will 'destroyActivist Muslim hackers threaten ISIS that they will destroy the organization on November 17, 2017.

A group of Muslim activists hacked into ISIS servers after the terror group announced it upped online security following a series of cyber attacks on its news agency Amaq.

In response to recent events, we have imposed more stringent security measures on our systems, ISIS said in an Arabic email. We can now handle email attacks or any type of hack.

Challenge accepted wrote the hackers on Twitter who operate

Twitter feed from the hackersTwitter feed from the hackers (Photo: screenshot)

under the handle Di5s3nSi0N and use the hashtag #SilenceTheSwords.

Barely three hours later, the hackers tweeted Challenge complete too easy! 2000 email subscribers hacked from Amaq What is next??

The hackers released the 2,000 email addresses of Amaq subscribers online.

ISIS uses its news agency to distribute its propaganda as well as to announce terror attacks around the world. As ISIS power base continues to shrink due to global defeats, so does its online presence.

Amaq was hit with a series of hacks and is now reduced to communicating with its supporters solely on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app.

The hackers...

11:00

NEW CHAMBER IN THE GREAT PYRAMID DETECTED "IndyWatch Feed War"

This story, I suspect, regular readers here knew I would be talking about. Using muons, scientists seem to have confirmed the existence of yet

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10:57

Saudi insanity, US belligerence and ridiculous mainstream media propaganda: Things are escalating quickly right now "IndyWatch Feed War"

Michael Krieger Liberty Blitzkrieg Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00 UTC I didnt spend all week writing about the gigantic tremors occurring in the Middle East because I thought it was fun. If Im even remotely correct in my analysis, the entire world will be affected and shaped for decades to come by whats about to []

10:46

President Macron snubbed by Saudi Arabia, by Thierry Meyssan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Having hastily organised a detour via Saudi Arabia in order to repatriate the Lebanese Prime Minister, who is being held prisoner with his family there, President Emmanuel Macron had to swallow an unprecedented public affront. Although the French and Western Press did everything they could to camouflage the events, Arab public opinion could not help but note the staggering loss of French prestige and influence in the Middle East.

10:45

Russia"s Alleged Meddling in Catalan Vote: Playing the Blame Game "IndyWatch Feed War"

Western politicians have been resorting to blame-shifting tactic increasingly often. Each and everything going awry in the world is the fault of Russia. The drive of peoples for independence is a good example. Take Catalonia to illustrate the point.

10:36

Iraqi Kurds accept court decision to ban secession from Baghdad "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Kurdistan Regional Government says it hopes acceptance begins a new phase in efforts to restart stalled negotiations over its future

10:24

Why David Daviss Brexit vote announcement matters "IndyWatch Feed War"

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I know this doesnt sound that exciting unless you are as much of a nerd as I am. However, the Brexit secretarys announcement in the House of Commons in the last few minutes really matters.

It matters because the Brexit deal that shapes the future of the country will now be the subject of a specific new Act of Parliament that MPs and Lords will have to approve in early 2019, before we leave the EU.

It matters because Parliament will now be given specific votes, therefore, on the deal itself once the broad outlines have been agreed (Remember, the thrust of it is expected in about a years time, although that feels hard to believe sometimes.)

It matters because the decision is a big concession to the Tory rebels and Labour MPs who were threatening to vote against the government, in part, because of ministers refusal to promise a new set of laws.

And it matters because it demonstrates that the government was unlikely to be able to persuade enough of their own side to vote with them to keep the show on the road this week.

A confident government wouldnt have conceded like this the day before the Brexit debate was due to come back to the Commons in earnest.

This climbdown does not remotely mean that other grievances over the existing Brexit legislation will disappear.

It doesnt mean that the next few weeks will suddenly become plain sailing. And if there isnt a withdrawal deal with the rest of the E...

10:16

British PM May pledges to protect Europe from Russian threats "IndyWatch Feed War"

LONDON (Reuters) British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday the government would maintain its commitment to protecting Europe after Brexit as she accused Russia of military aggression and meddling in elections.

The prime minister said Britain would continue to provide assistance to states that were victims of aggression.

The UK will remain unconditionally committed to maintaining Europes security, May said in a speech at the Guildhall in Londons financial district.

The comprehensive new economic partnership we seek will underpin our shared commitment to open economies and free societies in the face of those who seek to undermine them.

The British government is playing one its strongest cards in the Brexit negotiations by offering to put its defense and security assets at the disposal of the EU in the hope of winning concessions on future trading and economic relations.

The country has bigger defense budgets than any other EU member state and its diplomatic and intelligence services are among the most extensive in Europe.

FILE PHOTO: Britains Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

Its government also argues it is one of the leading EU contributors to a range of security measures, such as data and evidence sharing, extradition measures and to the EUs police agency Europol.

May on Monday accused Russia of fomenting violence in eastern Ukraine, of repeatedly violating the national airspace of several European countries, and mounting a campaign of cyber attacks.

She also accused Russia of meddling in elections and hacking the Danish defense ministry, the German parliament and its state-media of planting fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to undermine western institutions.

May said the government is working to reform NATO so it is better placed to counter Russian hostility and has stepped up military and economic support to Ukraine.

We will take the necessary actions to counter Russian activity, she said.

May also said she wanted better relations with Russia if it worked to promote peace.

Russia can, and I hope one day will, choose this different path, she said. But for as long as Russia does not, we will act together to protect our interests and the international order on which they depend.

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10:15

Trump and Putin: What Comes Next? "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the APEC summit drew nearer, it became clear that the Russian president would not bring any agenda to Vietnam that suggested a willingness to reverse course or offer major concessions to U.S. preferences regarding Russian policy on North Korea, Syria, Iran and Ukraine.

10:14

The last thing israel wants are de-escalation zones in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tel Aviv signals Israel will continue striking Syria with no respect to de-escalation zone agreement Source : PressTV Link:  (AhlulBayt News Agency) The Israeli regime has signaled that Tel Aviv would continue with military strikes across the Syrian border to thwart any alleged encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, including the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, even []

10:10

Santiago, Chile: Sale el nmero 22 del boletn La Bomba "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Descargar: 22 La Bomba 22 Septiembre 2017

A nuestrxs queridxs lectores en cualquier parte del globo, y a lxs presxs subversivxs de nuestro territorio. Entregamos para ustedes un nuevo boletn recopilatorio, el cual esta vez corresponder a septiembre.

Empezamos esta recopilacin adjuntando acciones que se desarrollaron en el mes de agosto, como por ejemplo distintas manifestaciones estudiantiles las cuales culminaron con fuertes enfrentamientos en varios liceos de la ciudad y en donde la propaganda anrquica e insurrecta se vio reflejada lejos de lxs convocantes y la institucionalidad. Los cortes de calle con barricadas, las bombas molotov contra la polica y los panfletos por los aires llamaban al caos y a la solidaridad activa con lxs presxs.

Mientras en el sur, especficamente en Concepcin, las manifestaciones contra el gaseoducto que se quiere instalar en el mar toman mucha fuerza. Expresiones...

10:06

israels Threats Could Push It into Unnecessary War with Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israels Threats Could Push It into Unnecessary War with Iran  AXIS OF EVIL by Shemuel Meir  Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are striving together to cancel the JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran. Even Netanyahus new mantra, that he only wants to fix the deal, is actually mean to bring about its cancelation in a slightly more []

10:03

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On November 14, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah are still struggling to establish control over the border city of al-Bukamal. The city is at least partly controlled by ISIS. Existing photos and videos show clashes in the area.

The SAA Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces have started their advance agaiinst ISIS in the countryside of al-Mayadin. They have advanced about 30km and got control over Bir Daham and Tall Milhim. They are now in about 40km from al-Bukamal.

Clashes continued between the SAA and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham north and northeast of Hama city. No significant advances have been made by the sides.

Iraqi forces are now working on clearing the bank of Euphrates near the ISIS-held town of Rawah. When this is done, they will start an operation to liberate the town.

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On November 14, 2017 (Map Update)

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10:03

Lebanon again dangerously at mercy of Saudi Arabia-Iran rivalry "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mystery of missing prime minister continues even after interview

By Nahlah Ayed, CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2017 5:42 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2017 6:04 PM ET

Posters depicting Saad Hariri, who has resigned as Lebanon's prime minister, are on display throughout Beirut.

Posters depicting Saad Hariri, who has resigned as Lebanons prime minister, are on display throughout Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir/Reuters)

09:59

20 European Officials Denied Entry to israel for Boycott Support #BDS "IndyWatch Feed War"

20 European Officials Denied Entry to Israel for Boycott Support 14 Nov  9:22 AM Israel announced, on Monday, that it plans to deny entry to a European delegation, using the recently approved legislation which bars visits by anti-Israel boycott activists. Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that the 20-member delegation, which was set to arrive in Israel []

09:56

Trump calls for repeal of ObamaCare mandate, cuts to top tax rate "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Naomi Jagoda
The Hill

 

 November 13, 2017
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President Trump on Monday said the final GOP tax bill should include language repealing ObamaCares individual mandate and cutting the top individual tax rate to 35 percent.
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I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard on cutting taxes {& reform.} Were getting close! Trump tweeted.
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Now, how about ending the unfair & highly unpopular Indiv Mandate in OCare & reducing taxes even further? Cut top rate to 35% w/all of the rest going to middle income cuts?
Trump, who is currently in the Philippines for the last leg of his 12-day tour of Asia, has repeatedly called for the tax legislation to include a repeal of the individual mandate in recent weeks. Repeal of the mandate is not in either the House or Senate bills, but GOP lawmakers say the issue is still under discussion.
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09:55

An Escalating Afghan Crisis of Profit Over Life "IndyWatch Feed War"

Surkh Gul with her daughter.

My familys water well has dried up, 18-year-old Surkh Gul said.

Ours too, echoed 13-year-old Inaam.

A distressed Surkh Gul lamented: We have to fetch water from the public well along the main road, but that water is muddy, not fit for drinking. I get bottled water for my two-year-old daughter. At least someone in the family should stay healthy.

Inaam chipped in: Fortunately, for now, the water that we fetch from a nearby mosque is clean.

A U.S. and Afghan Geological Survey of Kabul Basins water resources found that about half of the shallow groundwater supply could become dry by 2050 due to declining recharge and stream-flows under projected climate change.

For years, the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees has also highlighted this water crisis to the Afghan government.

But, the U.S./NATO/Afghanistan coalition and mainstream media have been so occupied with the business of a failed war on terror that basic human development and needs are glossed over or ignored.

Because of worsening security, Surkh Guls husband and in-laws left Afghanistan to seek asylum in Europe, abandoning her and her daughter in Kabul. Surkh Gul cant find any job. She stopped schooling when she got married, and though she re-enrolled herself in school this year, she couldnt attend classes on many days. I have to take care of my daughter and find some income sewing odds and ends for people in the neighbourhood.

Its no wonder that on some days she feels like shes going mad. Sometimes, when she visits us, we can tell shes stressed and moody: she speaks in edgy bursts, her voice is harsh and her eyes are restless, underlined by tear stains.

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Seems the USA and their attack dog, NATO, are willing to sacrifice Europe in their bid to destroy Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

NATO Tells Europe: Prepare for a Russian invasion. Who Are the Most Dangerous Russians in the World Today? By Marcus Godwyn As western media and politicians relentlessly continue to spew forth warnings to their hapless populations about the ever present and growing Russian threat, only today: 12-11-2017 NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg has told Europe []

09:49

The Harsh Plight of 152 Million Child Labourers "IndyWatch Feed War"

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ROME, Nov 14 2017 (IPS) While trillions of dollars are being spent on exploring remote galaxies, Planet Earth is still home to harsh realities that could be easily and much less expensivelyresolved. One of them is that worldwide 152 million children are currently victims of child labour.

Child labour is mostly found in agriculture. 108 million boys and girls are engaged in child labour in farming, livestock, forestry, fishing or aquaculture, often working long hours and facing occupational hazards. Child labour violates childrens rights. Credit: FAO

Of this total, 60 per cent of child labourers aged 5-17 years work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock. This makes a total of around 100 million girls and boys used as a cheap or even unpaid work force.

The majority (67.5 per cent) of these 152 million child labourers are unpaid family members. In agriculture, however, this percentage is higher, and is combined with very early entry into work, sometimes between 5 and 7 years of age. Add to all this that about 59 per cent of all children in hazardous work aged 517 is in agriculture.

This scary data, elaborated by key specialised UN agencies, also shows that agriculture is one of the three most dangerous sectors in terms of work-related fatalities, non-fatal accidents and occupational diseases.

Poverty is the main cause of child labour in agriculture, together with limited access to quality education, inadequate agricultural technology and access to adult labour, high hazards and risks, and traditional attitudes towards childrens participation in agricultural activities, says the International Labour Organization (...

09:48

Justice Dept. to Weigh Inquiry Into Clinton Foundation Should a special counsel should be appointed? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Shootaring Canyon uranium mill in the desert outside Ticaboo, Utah, last month. Credit George Frey/Getty Images

WASHINGTON The Justice Department said Monday that prosecutors were looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate political rivals President Trump has singled out for scrutiny, including Hillary Clinton.

The department, in a letter sent to the House Judiciary Committee, said the prosecutors would examine allegations that donations to the Clinton Foundation were tied to a 2010 decision by the Obama administration to allow a Russian nuclear agency to buy Uranium One, a company that owned access to uranium in the United States, and other issues.

The letter appeared to be a direct response to Mr. Trumps statement on Nov. 3, when he said he was disappointed with his beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and that longstanding unproven allegations about the Clintons and the Obama administration should be investigated.

Any such...

09:45

Obama"s Legacy: the Failed State of Libya "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thanks to the discordant foreign policy of President Barack Obama and his secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Libya, once the gem for high-living standards in Africa, is today a failed state.

09:41

Dozens of Afghan security forces killed in Taliban raids "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | Afghan security forces have faced soaring casualties in their attempts to hold back the insurgents since NATO combat forces pulled out of the country at the end of 2014

KABUL (AFP)  Dozens of Afghan police and soldiers have been killed in a wave of Taliban attacks on checkpoints in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, as insurgents step up assaults on the beleaguered security forces.

The raids in the southern province of Kandahar and the western province of Farah on Monday night came hours after a suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a US military convoy, wounding four soldiers.

The Taliban issued statements on their social media accounts claiming the attacks.

I can confirm that last night the Taliban launched a wave of attacks on police checkpoints in Maiwand and Zhari districts and we lost 22 brave policemen, Kandahar governor spokesman Qudrat Khushbakht told AFP.

He added that 45 militants were killed during the fighting that lasted around six hours.

In one of the attacks militants used an explosives-packed police pickup to ambush a checkpoint, Kandahar police spokesman Matiullah Helal told AFP.

At least 15 policemen were wounded in the coordinated assaults.

The attack on the US military convoy in Kandahar added to the casualty toll.

There were a total of four US service members injured and all are in stable condition in US medical treatment facilities, a spokesman for NATOs Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said, adding there were no fatalities.

Farah governor spokesman Naser Mehri told AFP nine Afghan National Army soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in the province bordering Iran that also claimed the lives of at least three civilians.

There are signs the Taliban may have used night vision technology to approach and surprise our forces, though they were spotted before reaching the posts and suffered casualties, Mehri said.

The Taliban have intensified attacks on security installations across the country in recent weeks in a show of strength as the United States deploys more troops to train and assist Afghan forces.

Analysts said the Talibans almost daily attacks are intended to show their ability to strike even heavily defended targets with the aim of further demoralising Afghan f...

09:38

Cambodia opposition MPs brace for dissolution Cambodia appears to be tilting into dictatorship. "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP / by Delphine THOUVENOT and Suy SE | Cambodias Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has dominated Cambodia for more than three decades, has tightened his grip on the country after recent CNRP electoral gains shook his authority

PHNOM PENH (AFP)  Dozens of their fellow MPs have fled into exile and the prime minister has warned they face hell, but a handful of Cambodian opposition politicians are standing firm ahead of a court ruling almost certain to dissolve their party for good.

Among the holdouts is Lim Kimya, 65, who continues to show up to work for the painstaking task of debating the governments 2018 budget.

But his routine belies the perilous state of his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which strongman premier Hun Sen has promised will be disbanded by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Hun Sen, who has dominated Cambodia for more than three decades, has tightened his grip on the country after recent CNRP electoral gains shook his authority.

The court ruling could carry a five-year ban from office for Lim Kimya and more than 100 other CNRP politicians and staff a fatal blow to a popular movement that has campaigned tirelessly to break Hun Sens 32-year hold on power.

With dual French-Cambodian citizenship, Lim Kimya could have easily joined the three dozen MPs who have fled abroad after the partys president was detained on treason charges in September.

Yet Lim Kimya refuses to quit.

I will never give up politics, he told AFP from the CNRPs headquarters in Phnom Penh, where just 20 other MPs and a skeletal staff remain.

Most MPs are keeping a low profile to avoid arrest or worse in a country with a grim history of political violence.

When Lim Kimya and other MPs protested outside the remote border prison where their leader Kem Sokha has been held since his arrest, guards told them: Well break your head, the MP recounted.

Death knell for democracy?

The court case against CNRP, filed last month by the government, has been blasted by rights groups as Hun Sens final attempt to eliminate his rivals ahead of 2018 polls.

The case accuses the party of conspiring with foreign forces to stage a revolution.

Like many Cambodians, Lim Kimya doesnt have any illusions about how judges will rule in a...

09:32

U.S. Pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi Only Helps China, Aides Warn "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ahead of Rex Tillerson visit to Myanmar, leaders team says West is driving them closer to Beijing

Updated Nov. 13, 2017 2:05 p.m. ET

NAYPYITAW, MyanmarAides to Aung San Suu Kyi have been warning Western ambassadors that their pressure on Myanmar in support of ethnic Rohingya Muslims is pushing the country closer to Chinaa sign of the resistance that awaits U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he visits on Wednesday.

Washington and others are pressing Buddhist-majority Myanmar and its Nobel Prize-winning leader to do more to address a humanitarian crisis caused by a military crackdown on the Rohingya that drove over 600,000 people across the border into Bangladesh.

Mr. Tillerson in September condemned what he called the horrors that we are witnessing in Myanmar, amid reports that the military had burned Rohingya villages and killed and raped villagers. Proposed legislation in the U.S. Congress seeks to block the assets of military leaders and ban their travel.

During his visit, Mr. Tillerson intends to meet with senior leaders and officials on actions to address the crisis and U.S. support for the democratic transition in the formerly military-ruled country, according to the State Department.

Myanmar denies refugee accounts of atrocities during the security operations, which came after a Rohingya militant group attacked military outposts near the border in August. Ms. Suu Kyis government accuses Western leaders of falling for what they say are biased reports.

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar take shelter in Teknaf, near Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh on Monday.Photo: navesh chitrakar/Reuters

Ms. Suu Kyis aides said she wouldnt change course in response to U.S. or European sanctions. We ar...

09:30

The enemy within: israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel Lobby Dragged Into the Light Jonathan Cook on their powerful role in US politics The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britains international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a family holiday, offers a small, opaque window on the UKs powerful Israel lobby. Patels off-the-books []

09:29

Antibiotic Resistance Is a Global Crisis We Cannot Ignore UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on 13 November 2017, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), called for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Laboratory worker testing antibiotics on a resistant infection. Photo: PAHO/Joshua Cogan

Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we cannot ignore, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

If we dont tackle this threat with strong, coordinated action, antimicrobial resistance will take us back to a time when people feared common infections and risked their lives from minor surgery.

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. Infections affecting people including pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhoea and animals alike are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.

FAO advocates for the implementation of good practices in terrestrial and aquatic production and health systems, said Kundhavi Kadiresan, the UN agencys Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, as she formally opened the Weeks celebrations in the region.

This years theme is to seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotic...

09:27

How the British Governments Attempts to Fight Corruption and Money Laundering are Already Failing "IndyWatch Feed War"

On 19 August 2017, Bellingcat published an article regarding the new Persons of Significant Control (PSC) requirements introduced by the government, intended to deter the owners of Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLPs) from using the vehicles unique opaque structure as a means to conduct criminal activity.  Subsequently, as reported by the Guardian and the OCCRP, SLPs were used to launder the proceeds of another multi-billion money laundering scandal, this time the Azerbaijani Laundromat, hot on the heels of numerous stories revolving around SLPs and their widespread use by money launderers and fraudsters all around the world.

Now that the deadline has long-passed for SLPs to reveal who their PSCs are, Bellingcat have taken a second look at the PSC filings, to ascertain whether the governments initiative has proven to be effective and what kind of information is being submitted to Companies House.

For the purposes of this article, all of the SLPs incorporated from 1 January 2016 to 31 October 2017 were examined and their PSC filings as of 8 November 2017 were recorded. During this time period, 7,827 SLPs were incorporated.  Of these, 7,213 are still active.  2,402 (33%) have still not filed their PSC statement.  2,158 (30%) have named an individual or corporate vehicle as their PSC. The remainder have filed a variety of statements explaining why they cannot currently name their PSC, or statements claiming that there is no registrable person.

In the PSC statements so far filed, individuals from 62 countries are named. Notably, individuals in all of the post-Soviet states have been named and every continent in the world (excluding Antarctica) is represented.  As stated in our previous report, British citizens are not named on the majority of PSC filings, falling behind Ukrainian, Russian, Belarusian and Uzbek nationals.

In fact, just 75 PSC filings name British nationals.  In contrast, 557 Ukrainians are named on PSC documents...

09:25

The Real War on Coal Is in China "IndyWatch Feed War"

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President Trumps efforts to support U.S. coal are tangential to the real action

An open-pit coal mine, located in Fushun, in northeast China's Liaoning province.
An open-pit coal mine, located in Fushun, in northeast Chinas Liaoning province. PHOTO: YAN BO/ZUMA PRESS

The U.S. is suddenly coal country again, thanks to President Trump.

But in the real coal countrythe one that sucks up half of global supply every yeardemand for the black stuff is poised to deteriorate sharply over the next year. Investors hoping strong global growth and favorable U.S. policies will boost coal prices and stocks should keep focused on China instead.

Winter is usually Chinas peak coal season, but this time around environmental inspections, rebounding hydropower, and slowing real-estate development are together painting a dire picture for demand. Figures released Tuesday showed Chinese power demand growing at the slowest rate since mid-2016 in October. Production of nearly every other heavy industrial product also slowed as a weaker property market a...

09:23

Riyadh to host Syria opposition meeting "IndyWatch Feed War"

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09:17

I must say I was amazed to see this on the BBC News: Exposed: Secret Raqqa ISIS Withdrawal Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Exposed: Secret Raqqa ISIS Fighters Withdrawal Deal By BBC A secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition Lorry driver Abu Fawzi thought it was going to be just another job. He drives an 18-wheeler across some of the most []

09:14

German Economy Steams Ahead in Boost to Euro Area Recovery "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Piotr Skolimowski

November 14, 2017, 2:00 AM EST Updated on November 14, 2017, 2:32 AM EST
  • Total output increased 0.8% in third quarter vs 0.6% estimate
  • Growth was especially driven by exports and investment
While Germany has long been an engine of expansion for the euro area thanks to robust domestic demand and striving exports, the rest of the region is finally catching up.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The German economy powered ahead in the third quarter, underpinning a recovery in the euro area.

Gross domestic product rose 0.8 percent in the July-September period after increasing 0.6 percent in the previous three months, the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden said on Tuesday. Thats well above the 0.6 percent median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. Output increased expanded 2.8 percent from a year earlier when adjusted for working days.

The report confirms the Bundesbanks prediction that the German economy carried its strong growth momentum into the second half, putting it on course for its best performance since 2011 and potentially straining up against its maximum capacity. As the euro areas largest economy, that expansion is bolstering the currency blocs upturn and supporting the global outlook.

You can feel the German economy is really humming along, Holger Sandte, chief European analyst at Nordea Markets in Copenhagen, said before the release. We are looking at a pretty robust picture so that raises the question: where is the speed limit?

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08:39

BBC coverage of missile attacks in two ME locations "IndyWatch Feed War"

As regular readers will be aware, since the beginning of this year there have been five separate incidents in which missiles were launched into Israel from the Sinai peninsula and nine additional  missile attacks from the Gaza Strip. 

The BBCs English language services have not reported any of those fourteen attacks.

Fortunately and not least because Israeli civilians are well-drilled in taking appropriate precautions when such incidents take place none of those attacks resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.

On November 4th a missile fired at the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh from Yemen was intercepted and no injuries were reported.  

The BBC News website published two written articles and one filmed report on that incident, reporting that:...

08:12

Bern, Switzerland: Arson Attack Against Detention Centre Construction Contractor Implenia "IndyWatch Feed War"

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During the night of the 6th to the 7th of November in Bern, two cars and a construction machine belonging to the Implenia company were torched in the district of Lorraine.

This arson attack took place within the context of the fight against the Bsslergut Prison (detention centre) in Basel as well as the struggle against the prison system and the struggle against the deportation machine in general.

Implenia are participating in this prison expansion project and are helping to keep more and more people incarcerated and often deported.

(via Sans Attendre Demain, translated by Insurrection News)


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08:02

The Pied Piper of Shenanigonia: A Tale of Guns and Rats "IndyWatch Feed War"

Once upon a time, on the banks of a great river in the north of our world there lay a land called Shenanigonia.  The citizens of Shenanigonia were honest folk who lived in peace in their stone houses.  The years went by and everyone prospered and lived healthy lives.  Then one day, an extraordinary thing happened to disturb the peace.  Shenanigonia had always had guns, plenty to tell the truth, but the people had never felt they were in danger.  Why?  Well, of course, because the elders had always solved the gun problem in the usual way by regulating them.  Suddenly the guns had begun to multiply. In the end the wave of guns swarmed over the whole land unleashing an epidemic of death and destruction.  The terrified citizens hoping to free themselves from the plague of violence joined together in gun control defense committees.

Meanwhile on the other side of the land of Shenanigonia, in the town of Corruptina, The National Gun Association, known by the common folk as the N.G.A., was holding a meeting of the Board of Directors.  The president said, These gun control committees are multiplying like rats we must come up with a plan.  Just then there was a loud knock on the door of the N.G.A.  The door was opened and there stood a tall thin man dressed in brightly colored clothes, with a long feather in his hat, and waving a gold pipe at them. He then spoke in a thunderous voice, Ive freed other lands from gun control organizations and for $10 million in gold, Ill rid you of yours.  $10 million! exclaimed the Board of Directors, We will give you $1 million only if you succeed. At once the stranger hurried away saying: Its late now, but by dawn tomorrow, there wont be any gun control organizations left in Shenanigonia.

The sun was still well below the horizon when the sound of a pipe wafted through the streets of the land.  The piper made his way through the streets and as he passed the gun control offices and their banks they all vanished into thin air.  By the time the sun was high in the sky there was not a single gun control organization left in the land.  There was a great celebration taking place at the headquarters of the N.G.A.   When the piper came to claim his reward, the N.G.A president exclaimed: $10 million in gold? Never!

Give me at least $1 million in gold cried the pied piper angrily.

The President screamed back: The gun controllers are all out of business now, so be grateful for $100,000, or youll not get even that amount

His eyes filled blood red with rage, the pied piper pointed a finger at the president of the N.G.A. and said: You will bitterly regret ever breaking your promise, and then he vanished. A shiver of fear ran through the room, but the President said: Dont worry; we have saved over $9 million.

That night, freed from the gun controllers, the N.G.A....

07:36

Socialist Planning Circles "IndyWatch Feed War"

Common objections to socialist planning from below

In my last article, Do You Socialists Have Any Plans? Why We Need Socialist Architects, I argued that the only way 21st century socialism is going to get any traction with working class people is to not only have a socialist vision, but also to have feasible plans which suggest transitions in between the current capitalist crisis and our ultimate vision.

In that article, I presented the following objections along with their rebuttal through a dialogue between two workers: an older worker, Andrew, and a young, anarchist worker, Sean. The objections of Sean to socialist planning transitions were:

  • Marx said a plan isnt necessarythe workers of the future will figure this out.
  • Workers are only capable of dealing with survival needs. Planning is too remote from every-day life for them.
  • Plans are rigid and cant do justice to the complexity of social life.
  • Plans arent implemented as politics gets in the way. (Stalins chaotic five-year plan)
  • There is something inherently revolutionary about collective spontaneity.

Lets examine some small but hopeful moments that could benefit from and be deepened by socialists who have collective experience making socialist plans.

Disaster socialism as a precursor

Workers cooperatives

Capitalists have done a good job of convincing people that there is no alternative to capitalism because all socialism is Stalinism ...

07:36

#Anarchism #CAB: For a Theory of Strategy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Essay by the Brazilian Anarchist Coordination (Coordenao Anarquista Brasileira CAB).

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Originally published by Brazilian Anarchist Coordination (Coordenao Anarquista Brasileira CAB) on Anarkismo. Translated by S. Nicholas Nappalos for Black Rose Anarchist Federation.

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

Anarchism CAB: For a Theory of Strategy

Power, Dominance, and Social Classes

Power relations permeate all social relations, and involve social agents in the most diverse disputes and attempts to influence situations. In societies divided into social classes there is a specific power relationship that can manifest itself in different social spheres (economic, political and ideological): dominance, domination.

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07:03

06:57

Iraqi Forces Clearing Euphrates Valley From ISIS, Move To ISIS-held Town Of Raqa (Maps) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iraqi Forces Clearing Euphrates Valley From ISIS, Move To ISIS-held Town Of Raqa (Maps)

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The Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are clearing  the Euphrates Valley from ISIS terrorists in western Iraq. The army and the PMU have recently liberated Simmah, Jafariyah, Bubiyah and other points on the northern bank of the Euphrates River.

The ongoing advance is aimed at setting foothold for an operation to liberated the ISIS-held town of Rawa, which is also located on the northern bank.

Iraqi Forces Clearing Euphrates Valley From ISIS, Move To ISIS-held Town Of Raqa (Maps)

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The post Iraqi Forces Clearing Euphrates Valley From ISIS, Move To ISIS-held Town Of Raqa (Maps) appeared first on .

06:48

Hariri Interview Confirmed Lebanese Impressions about His Resignation: Al-Akhbar "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 13, 2017 Eight days after his controversial resignation, the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri held an interview with Future TV aimed at debilitating the suspects cast on his situation in Riyadh as Lebanons senior officials and major political parties considered that the premier is under house arrest imposed by Saudi for political reasons. According []

06:36

Political tension grows in Zimbabwe as army chief threatens coup "IndyWatch Feed War"

Political affairs in Zimbabwe took an unprecedented turn on Monday, as the chief of the armed forces warned the countrys President, Robert Mugabe, that the military would not hesitate to step in to stop infighting within the ruling party.

06:22

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany: Police Patrol Vehicle Torched in Solidarity with Imprisoned Comrades "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Flensburg, November 10, 2017

On the night of 10.11.2017, a patrol car at Harrislee police station (Flensburg area) was torched.

Solidarity with the prisoners from the G20 processes that began on calendar week 45.

Freedom for Fabio, Christian and all other comrades affected by repression!

Freedom for all political prisoners, you are not forgotten!

(via Chronik, translated by Insurrection News)

*Translation note: This action was originally posted on Indymedia in Germany but was removed due to censorship. 


06:02

Militias Destroy Kurd Homes; 12 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Tuz Khormato, militiamen destoryed 1500 homes belonging to Kurds.

The post Militias Destroy Kurd Homes; 12 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:00

Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him. Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, the 32-year-old son of the aging and ailing King Salman, is making too many enemies for his Continue reading "Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia"

The post Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:00

Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light "IndyWatch Feed War"

The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britains international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a family holiday, offers a small, opaque window on the UKs powerful Israel lobby. Patels off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were organized by a British lobbyist Continue reading "Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light"

The post Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:00

Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt "IndyWatch Feed War"

If the bloody debacle in Iraq should have taught Americans anything, it is that endorsements by lots of important people who think something is true dont amount to evidence that it actually is true. If endorsements were the same as evidence, U.S. troops would have found tons of WMD in Iraq, rather than come up Continue reading "Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt"

The post Mocking Trump Doesnt Prove Russias Guilt appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

05:55

Grcia: Declarao da Assembleia de Solidariedade com Konstantinos Yigtzoglou "IndyWatch Feed War"

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SOLIDARIEDADE AO PRISIONEIRO DE GUERRA ANRQUICO KONSTANTINOS YIGTZOGLOU

Na manh de 28 de outubro de 2017, o companheiro Konstantinos Yigtzoglou foi capturado pela polcia antiterrorista. O pedido, emitido pelo procurador especial E. Nikopoulos, se baseia na acusao de pertencer a uma organizao terrorista e de tentativa de assassinato em srie pelo ataque com carta-bomba contra o ex primeiro-ministro Papadimos. As acusaes se baseiam num mescla de material gentico supostamente recolhido e armazenado em objetos aps confrontos com policiais em uma
manifestao em 2011, no qual o companheiro foi detido. Esta mescla, arbitrariamente relacionada com o ataque explosivo, foi encontrada segundo a polcia nos resduos no envelope da carta-bomba, junto com o DNA de Papadimos. As acusaes contra o companheiro, combinadas com as coisas que estavam na sua posse durante a priso, levaram acusao pela lei antiterrorista (187A).

No mesmo dia, um companheiro prximo de Konstantinos foi capturado. uma ttica constante da unidade anti-terrorista atrair pessoas do ambiente afetivo e amigvel para intimidao, na tentativa de isolar poltica e fisicamente xs detidxs. Em 29 de...

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05:05

U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, November 13, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy t...

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