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(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) As Americans debate domestic gun control following the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, funding for military arms has evaded public scrutiny. The United States Department of Defense recently released its summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) with little fanfare. The first thing to note is how little media coverage the NDS 
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Palestine Information Center February 22, 2018 GAZA Palestinian resistance group Hamas criticized Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas following his speech at the UN Security Council on Wednesday. In a press release, Hamas underlined that the political plan presented by Abbas in his speech does not reflect the national position which calls for 
. As with the Rebirth of the Nation in 1988, Gwich'in today are again threatened, and proclaim, 'No Oil. No Compromise.' Article by Brenda Norrell The Last Oil https://thelastoil.unm.edu/watch-live/ Censored News ALBUQUERQUE -- Sarah James, Gwich'in, today is carrying forward the message of the Chiefs, "No Oil. No Compromise," and remembering the humble way of life of the Gwich'in.
by Donnal Walter, February 22, 2018
In a recent Facebook post I suggested that the right to keep and bear arms is somehow not on par with other named human and civil rights. A respected friend countered that he and others consider the right to defend oneself against violent attack to be the primary right, that the Second Amendment is the right that protects all the others.
The part about a well regulated Militia and security of a free State notwithstanding, I concede that the Second Amendment can be construed as the right of an individual for self-defense (and has been so interpreted, at least since 2008). I further concede that the right to individual safety and security, and thus the right to defend oneself is equal to (on par with) the right to life, liberty, dignity, clean water and sanitation, healthy food and healthcare, working for a living wage, owning property, and freedom from discrimination and oppression. These are all essential, personal security being of equal importance.
My disagreement with the Second Amendment is that it is not working. If the goal is the safety of our people, granting individuals the right to keep and bear arms has made us less safe rather than more so. The evidence for this may be questioned by some, but evidence to the contrary is meager and ambiguous at best. Arming citizens in increasing numbers does not seem to be protecting us from violent attacks. It has been suggested that perhaps we need still more guns. I disagree in the strongest possible terms.
It has been argued that evil is as old as humankind, and that its not going away anytime soon. This is true. What is QUITE NEW, however, is the escalating capacity to kill. While this trend continues, arming ourselves further cannot possibly result in a safer society. Violence begets violence. It is self-perpetuating. How can mushrooming sales of ever more destructive weapons reduce violent deaths and make our children and ourselves safer?
It has also been said that evil, being pervasive, will find a way to acquire the means to kill. The argument is that infringing the right to keep and bear...
By David Swanson, World Beyond War
World Beyond War has been raising funds for and renting billboards in opposition to war. Weve run into censorship from numerous billboard companies but persevered, and more billboards are on their way.
First we put this message up here in Charlottesville, Va., and then in Baltimore, Md. (see explanation of the 3% calculation here):
Now were putting these two images up on billboards in Syracuse, NY, where drone pilots participate in U.S. wars from Hancock Air Base:
For 8 hours a day for 16 days in March, these two images will be on either side of a billboard truck driving around downtown Syracuse and the University of Syracuse. Then, from April 2 to May 27 each image will be on two of the four stationary billboards located at 115 South Street, 700 East Washington Street, 1430 Erie Boulevard East, and 1201-1208 South Salina at Raynor St...
By Matthew Behrens | Rabble | February 22, 2018 Canadians should prepare themselves for an onslaught of feel-good propaganda in the coming weeks as the world marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most horrific war crimes of the 21st century, the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq by forces including the U.S., U.K., 
(TMU) Raising rent prices and low wages have resulted in thousands of people across the city of Los Angeles becoming homeless, many of them now living in cars and RVs if they were able to keep it together that well. According to the most recent counts by the KPCC, there are at least 7,000 people live in their 
(ANTIMEDIA) On Thursday, CNN denied claims from a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who said the network expected him to ask scripted questions during a televised town hall meeting in Sunrise, FL, that focused on last weeks shooting. CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted, Colton 
Guess which economic forecaster accurately predicted growth in 2017.
On Wednesday the White House released the annual Economic Report of the President. No surprise, Democrats like Jason Furman, who served as the top economic adviser in the Obama White House, say President Trumps economic forecasts are much too optimistic. Mr. Trump says that his tax cuts and deregulation will restore robust growth and Mr. Furman calls the Trump growth estimates absurd.
Acoma Petuuche Gilbert opens The Last Oil symposium in New Mexico, the home of U.S. nuclear bombs, with words of prayer and respect for all life. By Brenda Norrell Censored News ALBUQUERQUE -- Petuuche Gilbert, Acoma, opened The Last Oil symposium, with prayer and a call for peace and respect, while questioning why the United States continues to build nuclear bombs to kill the people of the
Prayer and Meditation for Friday, February 23, 2018 If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die. "IndyWatch Feed War"
Pharisee shake down Jesus for tribute money Lithograph James Tissot
Last Sunday, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said the unspeakable behind closed doors to American Jewish leaders (as reported by Israeli television).
[T]he settlers are going nowhere. The uprooting of hundreds of thousands of settlers could cause a civil war in Israel.
The comment was a depth charge against the two-state solution from a former bankruptcy lawyer who has helped fund the settlements. And leading liberal Zionists have pushed back. Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street wrote angrily that the Trump administration and the settlers were dragging Israelis and Palestinians further into a one-state nightmare.
Friedman was misstating the reality, and maligning Israel, Ben-Ami went on:
Friedmans claim that settler evacuation would lead to a civil war is (a) based on several falsehoods and (b) insulting to the strength and resilience of Israeli democracy.
Because the two-state solution is still quite achievable:
Nearly all objective experts whove looked at the issue agree that only a limited percentage of settlers beyond the Green Line would need to relocate because negotiations over an Israeli-Palestinian border would certainly include land swaps.
Wildly exaggerating the number of settlers who would need to move under a peace deal is a favored scare tactic of settler advocates looking to make a two-state agreement seem infeasible which it is not.
Anshel Pfeffer at Haaretz had a similar message: The parameters of the two-state solution are very clear, and when its time to effect them the settlers will walk away:
The warning that any possible eviction of settlements could lead to civil war has been used by some settlers in the past, although most responsible settler leaders say that if an Israeli government will so decree it, they will have no choice but to leave.
Pfeffer was as angry as Ben-Ami; he said the Israeli government should reprimand the US ambassador for casting aspersions on Israelis. The Israel army has never mutinied. The settlers are not capable of fomenting civil war. Only 80,000 Israeli settlers will have to leave the West Bank....
The WorldPaost By David L. Phillips Introduction The sale of oil products by ISIS garners about $500 million/year. The US led multinational coalition has pledged to destroy ISIS. Its strategy includes depriving ISIS of financial support. Allegations abound that Turks are engaged in oil trade with ISIS. Additionally, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family 
THE HAGUE (Reuters) The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a motion recognizing as genocide the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915.
The move, passed with the support of all major parties, risks further straining diplomatic relations between The Hague and Ankara, which have been tense since the Dutch barred a Turkish minister from campaigning in the Netherlands last year.
Nearly a dozen other EU countries have passed similar resolutions. Turkey denies that the killings, which took place at the height of World War One, constitute genocide.
Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg
How Billy Graham Evangelized for American EmpireGraham gave his blessing to every conflict under every president from Truman to the second Bush, and most of the presidents, pleased to enjoy public assurance of God's approval, made him welcome in the White House
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Mehdi Chebil, FRANCE 24 | File photo of Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu at an Istanbul caf in April 2017.
Latest update : 2018-02-22
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, one of the countrys leading human rights advocates, to two-and-a-half years in jail for a 2016 Twitter post advocating peace.
A former head of Mazlumdar, a prominent Turkish human rights group, Gergerlioglu was sentenced for disseminating terrorist propaganda, a charge he denies.
The 53-year-old human rights activist was sentenced for a message he posted on Twitter on October 9, 2016, when he downloaded a photograph of a World Peace Day demonstration featuring Kurdish mothers protesting behind two symbolic coffins, one draped in the Turkish flag and the other in a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) flag.
The PKK is proscribed as a terror group by Turkey, the EU, the United States and the United Nations.
Gergerlioglu tweeted the picture along with a message for peace in Turkish that said: Looking at this picture, you will understand that this war has no meaning. Mothers the same, flags different.
Responding to the charges before a court in the western Turkish city of Izmit, Gergerlioglu maintained that while he supported the peace process between the Turkish government and the PKK which collapsed in 2015 he never supported terrorism or the use of violence.
I have never supported terror or terrorist organisations in word or deed. In fact, Mazlumder has made statements condemning the PKK. My posts on Facebook have been pro-peace, he said.
Trapped in Turkeys post-coup purges
An Islamist human rights activist, Gergerlioglu served as head of Mazlumder between 2009 and 2011.
Mazlumder which means persecuted people was founded in 1991 to fight for the rights of Turkeys Islamists, who feel oppressed by the secular establishment. Following the 1990s conflict between the Turkish governm...
(TFC Opinion) As the subject of the Second Amendment reenters the public discourse, the question of whether or not the right to keep and bears arms is an effective deterrent against tyranny must be examined. In the days of drones, fighters, and tanks, what good is a semi-automatic rifle? This question is typically posed by those who 
Sputnik February 22, 2018 Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Thursday that the US violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) almost every day, while Trumps public statements contribute to this. It is a fact that the United States is not implementing the JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], it is a 
AMMAN (Reuters) Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near Syrias capital for a fifth day running on Thursday as the U.N. Security Council considered demanding a 30-day truce across the country to allow emergency aid deliveries and medical evacuations.
The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, pleaded for a ceasefire to halt one of the fiercest air assaults of the seven-year civil war and prevent a massacre in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus.
At least 403 people have been killed in eastern Ghouta district since Sunday night, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, with more than 2,116 wounded from the assault by Syrias military and its allies.
Planes have struck residential areas in the enclave of 400,000 people and, said medical charities, hit more than a dozen hospitals, making it near impossible to treat the wounded.
Panos Moumtzis, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Syria, said households in eastern Ghouta were without food, water or electricity in winter cold and 80 percent of the population of the town of Harasta was living underground.
There is a need for avoiding a massacre, because we will be judged by history, Mistura said, urging the 15-member Security Council to act. The Council was meeting on Thursday to discussion the situation at the request of Russia.
President Bashar al-Assads main ally Russia, which wields a veto on the Security Council, said it could support a 30-day truce, but not one that included the Islamist militants it says the onslaught on eastern Ghouta is meant to target.
As someone who grew up during the coldest years of the Cold War, I have always been aware that we are living on borrowed time. During the 1950s, nuclear bomb tests were broadcast live on TV. And I recall being traumatized by the 1959 film, On the Beach, which depicts the dystopian aftermath of nuclear war.
But the school air raid drills represented the most common reminders of the nuclear specter. When the siren sounded, we were expected to march out of our classrooms into the hallway, then kneel and put our heads against the lockers for a few minutes before the siren signaled that we could return to class. Supposedly this was to protect us from being incinerated during a nuclear attack. I realized this was a ridiculous exercise. Along with a few friends, I engaged in my first political act by refusing to participate in a drill early in my senior year. You can imagine that this did not sit well with the school administration. The principal gave us a stern lecture and threatened to punish us severely if we did so again. It was also my first lesson in the power of nonviolence: My high school conducted no more air raid drills that year.
At the time, Daniel Ellsberg was working as a consultant to the Pentagon on nuclear strategy. He says little about that work in Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, which is among the most inspiring books Ive ever read about civil disobedience. So, I was anxious to get my hands on his latest book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear Planner, to read what he has to say about nuclear war.
But I had some even more personal reasons for wanting to read Dans book. Last August, I was arrested with him and several dozen others at Lawrence Livermore Labs in California, where scientists create new devices to blow up the world. Our demonstration commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Coincidentally, my grandson Rocky Barnes-Levering Ly was being born at the very time as we were being carted off to jail.
After reading Dans book, I knew that I had to give it to Rocky. Hopefully, no country will unleash its nuclear arsenal before he is able to read the book. Thats not a given, particularly considering the current nuclear bomb-waving threats emanating from Washington and Pyongyang. Trump threatened his counterpart in North Korea with fire and fury the world has never seen before the same week Rocky was born.
Assuming we escape a nuclear nightmare fo...
He may have been a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, but a component of John Perry Barlows activism and corpus will forever be associated with a concept fast losing its gloss: internet freedom.
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace had a certain founding fathers imperative, and, along with that added enthusiasm, a degree of misunderstanding. Like the mind expansion experiences he shared with Timothy Leary during the 1960s, it had a psychedelic edge to it, an LSD doctrine of interactive space.
Governments, for instance, would be left outside its perimeters. Rather than partners and participants, they were deemed rapacious enemies. Cyberspace was the new home of Mind. In that mind, states would let citizens be. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.
It was axiomatic that any such space be free, a global social space inimical to despots and regulators, naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose upon us Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here.
In Barlow, we had a figure envisaging what was to come, and, in some ways, what was sliding into history. According to The Economist, he embodied a vanishing America. His lyrics, like his lifestyle, were a world of cowboys, nature and passions. In WELL (Whole Earth Lectronic Link), he found a virtual community that nourished a wild west, frontier vision of engagement.
For Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist most closely associated with the invention of the World Wide Web, Barlows dreams are needed even more today, in 2018, than when he wrote that manifesto. Were a long, long way from the utopia of peace, love and understanding, and we need people more than ever to evangelize for technology, and for the good.
Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was effusive about the vision of the Internet as a fundamental place for freedom, where voices long silenced can find an audience and people can connect with others regardless of physical distance.
Cohn is keen to disprove the assertion that Barlow was overly nave about the transcendent properties of an all emancipating Internet. Barlow knew that new technology could create and empower evil as much as it could create and empower good.
On reflecting on his 1996 declaration, Barlow...
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Thursday morning at CPAC that she wouldnt have been able to exit last nights town hall on the Parkland, Fla. school shooting if she didnt have a security detail. Loesch faced off with students who survived the shooting at a CNN-hosted forum.
I want to make this super obvious point, Loesch said. The government has proven that they cannot keep you safe. And yet, some people want all of us to disarm. You heard that town hall last night. They cheered the confiscation of firearms. And it was over 5,000 people.
I had to have a security detail to get out, she said of the Sunland, Fla. event. I wouldnt be able to exit that if I didnt have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming burn her. And I came there to talk solutions and I still am going to continue that conversation on solutions as the NRA has been doing since before I was alive.
Loesch said the people who call Trump a tyrant are the same people who want the president to confiscate weapons.
The government cant keep you safe and some people want us to give up our firearms and rely solely upon the protection of the same government thats already failed us numerous times to keep us safe. And then they also call Trump a tyrant but they say they want the president to also confiscate our firearms? Try to figure that one out, Loesch said.
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Little Black Cart presents a story for children of all ages! An anarchist Animal Farm.
2017 is the tenth anniversary of this touching, thought-provoking, and inspiring fable by two long-term political prisoners, Travis Washington and anarchist Sean Swain. Originally told in three pamphlets (and distributed by Anthony Rayson), this story has been making the rounds of prisons in the u.s., and inspiring prisoners, for all those years. Little Black Cart is delighted to present the full story in a single volume, with introductory comments by Rayson, Jeremy Hammond, and Comrade Migs, and many of the original drawings.
This is one more amazing example demonstrating that prison is not the end of radical, interesting, funny, and profound thought and activity.
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By Jonathan Marshall | Consortium News | February 22, 2018 Whatever happened to the Donald Trump who tweeted in 2013, Lets get out of Afghanistan we waste billions there. Nonsense! And whatever happened to the reality TV star who used to tell under-performers, youre fired? Today, as commander in chief, President Trump is indefinitely 
LONDON: The UN Security Council is holding a meeting on the situation in the Middle East (8186th meeting) chaired by Kuwait Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah.
MANILA, Philippines Sen. Paolo Benigno Bam Aquino said on Thursday that the Philippine government should not sacrifice the welfare of the nation at the altar of friendship with China, after it emerged that Chinese loans to Manila were loaded with high interest rates.
According to Aquino, he will file a resolution urging the Congressional Oversight Committee on the Official Development Assistance to conduct a hearing on government dealings with China and other countries to ensure transparency and guarantee the best deal for the country.
The government owes it to the people to secure the best agreement, and not pursue a friendly deal that will later burden the Filipino people, Aquino said.
Aquinos pronouncement came after Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia admitted that the Philippine government would secure Chinese loans for its infrastructure projects despite being charged with an interest rate of between two to three percent.
Pernia said that Japan meanwhile charged between 0.25 to 0.75 percent for its interest rate.
Aquino clarified that it was not about choosing between China and Japan but about getting the best option for Filipinos. The opposit...
A new draft for managing mass migration was introduced by the United Nations about a month ago and is expected to be adopted by most of its member states later this year. The draft is called ''global compact for migration'', and if you think it's about restricting the phenomenon, you are wrong. Quite the opposite.
In fact, the global compact for migration seeks to expand even more mass migration and actually legitimize it by blurring the legal status between refugees and migrants, or in the words of UN secretary general Antonio Guterres himself, ''put in place more legal pathways for migration, removing the incentives for individuals to break the rules'' and find ''more credible pathways for migrants who do not qualify for international refugee protection''.
In other words, instead of implementing the existing international laws, let's create new ones to bypass them. No restrictions, no rules to break, no one is illegal, no problem. Genius.
This is a tactic that Kelly Greenhill described in her book entitled ''Weapons of Mass Migration'', where she writes that ''when German Jews were interned on the Isle of Man, British newspapers blurred the distinctions between refugee, alien and enemy, so today, according to Alasdair Mackenzie, coordinator of [UK] Asylum Aid, Theres general confusion in many newspapers between an asylum seeker and someone from abroadeveryone gets tarred with the same brush.'''
Greenhill defines ''coercive engineered migration'' as ''those cross-border population movements that are deliberately created or manipulated in order to induce political, military and/or economic concessions from a target state or states''. The difference with the new draft from the UN is that it transforms Greenhill's ''target states'' into something much bigger: the whole planet.
This is a giant practical step towards globalisation, and of course it's not happening for the sake of ''humanity''.
In an astonishing admission, a spokesman from the International Organisation for Migration...
Reservist, conscript brigades take part in large-scale exercises along the Lebanese border to improve preparedness on the northern front, army says
The IDF Galilee Division on Thursday completed a series of large-scale exercises designed to prepare the military for a potential rapidly unfolding war in Lebanon, the army said amid rising tensions in recent weeks along Israels northern frontier.
Conscripted soldiers, along with reservists, took part in the exercise. They practiced a rapid call-up of reservists, as well as operational capabilities and readiness to fight in Lebanese terrain, the Israel Defense Forces said.
In addition, the armys 188th Armored Brigade conducted its own, separate exercise in northern Israel, along with troops from combat engineering, infantry and artillery.
The drills came amid heightened tensions in the countrys north, following aerial clashes between the Israeli air force and the Syrian military earlier this month, and amid an ongoing diplomatic dispute between Israel and Lebanon over a portion of the Mediterranean Sea, which is believed to contain a natural gas reserve, that each claims as its own.
The brigade exercises were held as part of the enhanced 2018 training program. Their purpose is to prepare combat soldiers and their commanders for any scenario, and to enhance the...
The Guardian today is running an opinion piece written by Raed Al Saleh the head of the White Helmets in which he pleads for intervention in eastern Ghouta. The same newspaper that denied a platform to Vanessa Beeley nd Eva Bartlett to respond to the attacks made on them by Olivia Solon, has now given carte blanche to the spokesman for an organisation which, at very best, has terrorists and terrorists sympathisers in its ranks, and at worst is a front and shield for al Nusra and ISIS in Syria. To the surprise of very few the article is not open for comments. So, if you would like to tell the Guardian what you think of the article or of their decision to give this man a platform, feel free to comment here on: My staff are trying to save lives in the rubble of Ghouta. Who will help us?
AFP | The NRAs executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre made his first public comments on the tragedy in Parkland, Florida in an address to the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland
NATIONAL HARBOR (UNITED STATES) (AFP) The head of Americas National Rifle Association lashed out Thursday at critics of the powerful gun lobby, accusing them of exploiting last weeks deadly school shooting in Florida for political advantage.
In his first public comments since the Parkland shooting that left 17 dead, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre accused gun control advocates within the Democratic Party of seeking to roll back the constitutional right to bear arms.
The shameful politicization of tragedy, its a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement, he told an annual conservative conference, hitting out in turn at supposed socialists on the political left, and at the so-called national news media.
For them its not a safety issue, its a political issue, he charged. They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom.
LaPierre is a fixture at the Conservative Political Action Conference held every year just outside Washington. President Donald Trump, who hosted survivors of the Parkland shooting at the White House Wednesday to explore options for reducing gun violence, is the keynote speaker at the event Friday.
The NRA chief, warmly welcomed by CPACs attendees, said the NRAs millions of members were all horrified by the high school massacre, in which a 19-year-old went on a killing spree with a semi-automatic rifle and which has fuelled urgent calls for a toughening of Americas lax gun laws.
But he also advocated for fortifying US schools with armed guards to prevent the future such killings.
Evil walks among us, LaPierre said, adding that schools in gun-free zones are wide open targets for any crazy madman.
He also doubled down on the NRAs longstanding position that armed Americans were the first line of defense in confronting deadly attacks.
Lean in, listen to me now, and never forget these words: to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun.
Earlier in the day, in a fired-up address, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch slammed the FBI for missing a series of warning signs ahead of the Florida shooting, while also asserting that the ma...
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President says gun-free schools attract bad people
President Donald Trump on Thursday morning called for arming select, highly trained, weapons talented teachers to thwart mass school shootings, arguing it would deter would-be sicko shooters.
Mr. Trump outlined the plan a day earlier, while talking to students and parents at a White House event aimed at coming up with solutions to school gun violence....
Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, American exceptionalism and make America great again two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coinruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working against their objective interests and being accomplices to imperial lawlessness. In every part of the world, the United States is engaged in maniacal, criminal assaults on democracy, basic human decency and common sense.
Worldwide the forces of repression are cracking
down on anarchists. In
the summer of 2017 a few activists discussed the idea of creating an
International Anarchist Defense Fund (A-Fund) and today its finally in
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.
Worldwide the forces of repression are cracking
down on anarchists. In
the summer of 2017 a few activists discussed the idea of creating an
International Anarchist Defense Fund (A-Fund) and today its finally in
Our collective support structure provides
support to anarchists around
the world who are persecuted or find themselves in a difficult life
situation because of their political ideas or activities.
We are very much different from other
solidarity structures in the way
that we offer direct involvement into distribution of funds instead of
usual charity-style solidarity. The Anarchist Defence Fund incorporates
the model of solidarity introduced by the International Anti-Fascist
We think its important to organise something
like the international
A-Fund because its a very easy and successful way of informing people
about repressions and involving them into direct financial support and
solidarity. There are not enough ABC (Anarchist Black Cross) gr...
February 18, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Washington is moving inevitably on a global war plan. Thats the grim conclusion one has to draw from three unfolding war scenarios. Ultimately, its about American imperialism trying to assert hegemony over the international order for the benefit of US capitalism. Russia and China are prime targets for this global assault. The three unfolding war scenarios are seen in Syria, North Korea and Ukraine. These are not disparate, disassociated conflicts. They are inter-related expressions of the American war plans. War plans which involve the moving of strategic military power into position. Last weeks massacre of over 100 Syrian government forces by American warplanes near Deir ez-Zor was an audacious overt assault by the US on the Syrian state.
LONDON (Reuters) The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.
The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries that hate-filled rhetoric by leaders was normalizing discrimination against minorities.
We saw the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities laid bare in the horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar, said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty.
Last week, the United States urged the U.N Security Council to hold Myanmars military accountable for what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
A Rohingya woman breaks down after a fight during food distribution at Kutupalong refugee camp
Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and taken refuge in neighboring Bangladesh since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on insurgents at the end of August, according to the U.N..
More than 6,500 Rohingya are currently trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Amnesty said the international community had failed to respond robustly to crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
dpa/AFP/File | Refugees, mainly rejected asylum seekers, hold a banner reading Justice we need as they face police officers at a train station in southern Germany
He said especially German elderly people and single mothers had been gradually displaced over the past two years as the share of migrants had risen to three-quarters of recipients.
More than 1.2 million asylum seekers have come to Europes biggest economy since 2015, more than half from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, in mass influx that sparked a xenophobic backlash.
The website of the Essener Tafel charity said it had taken the step in order to avoid frictions between needy locals and foreigners that could harm acceptance of the newcomers.
Since the number of foreign citizens among our clients has risen to 75 percent in recent years we are forced to only accept customers with German identity cards in order to facilitate proper integration, it said.
The charity announced the change in December and implemented it in mid-January, but it was only widely reported on Thursday, initially by the newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ).
The group, like hundreds of similar charities nationwide, collects surplus food that would otherwise be discarded by supermarkets and other businesses to prepare and serve it to the poor.
Typically, people have to register to qualify for regular free meals by proving that they are recipients of unemployment or other social benefits.
Sartor told the WAZ daily that his charity would maintain the additional demand that new clients show German identity papers to register until the balance is restored.
I recently reread Michael Manns book, Incoherent Empire, which he wrote in 2003, soon after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Mann is a sociology professor at UCLA and the author of a four-volume series called The Sources of Social Power, in which he explained the major developments of world history as the interplay between four types of power: military, economic, political, and ideological. In Incoherent Empire, Mann used the same framework to examine what he called the U.S.s new imperialism after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. He predicted that, The American Empire will turn out to be a military giant; a back-seat economic driver; a political schizophrenic; and an ideological phantom. What struck me most forcefully as I reread Incoherent Empire was that absolutely nothing has changed in the incoherence of U.S. imperialism.
RT | February 22, 2018 It seems that the bots (especially the Russian bots) narrative is being used as a kind of defensive mechanism, journalist and human rights activist Mike Raddie told RT amid reports of a massive account purge on Twitter. A crackdown on bot spam or dissent? The whole meme of the bots, 
France: Pressrelease by a few owls in Bure about todays eviction.
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This morning at 6:15am the eviction of the Lejuc wood (Bois Lejuc) started with 500 riot cops, reinforced/orchestrated by a communication campaign from the home secretary (ministre de linterieur), the news channels diffusing shock images of military vehicles gathered next to the Lejuc wood, cabins being invaded, cops in balaclavas armed with chainsaws and cameras
The operation, supposed to be because of a court decision last year about eviction of the wood from le tribunal de grande instance de Bar-le-Duc, came before all legal cases had finished (especially if Andra owns the wood or not) and before the end of the period of non eviction in winter even though many living/occupation structures had been built in and around the wood. There is even a place where local elected officials changed their headquarters to an address in the wood. Andra cant legally start any work in the wood, the French environmental authority concluded in October 2017 that Andra had to do an environmental survey of the area before proceeding with any exploration/preparation work. There is a nesting period in the middle of March that prevents any work and Andra does not have the permit to do any forest clearing.
Like in 2012 in Notre-Dames-des-landes, the bulldozers are just behind the riot cops, to destroy as quickly as possible any living areas not even leaving time for people to collect personal belongings. Already following the first eviction of the wood in July 2016 the machines of Andra cleared illegally a large number of trees before opposition forces reoccupied the forest in the middle of August 2016.
now the tress are still occupied by many
owls. 20 riot cops are at the base of the trees. Quite
a few people were arrested during the operation or are encircled on
paths leading to the wood, a lot of ID checks took place. At least
one person has been arrested and taken in custody.
The Last Oil -- Gwich'in David Solomon 'Rise Up and Defend Arctic and Caribou' Article by Brenda Norrell Watch live https://thelastoil.unm.edu/watch-live/ Censored News ALBUQUERQUE, David Solomon, Gwich'in of Fort Yukon, urged the people to rise up and defend the caribou and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as oil drilling again threatens the Gwich'in homeland. "We need you," David said,
The title page of this weeks Economist: bigger Now consider one of the earliest cartoons that used this image: The Rothschild banking family of England, Coins Financial School, (1894) - bigger At least 26% of the British Economist is owned...
Argentinas main worker unions, social movements and human rights groups have planned a massive protest in Buenos Aires to oppose President Mauricio Macris economic policies, layoffs, the recent pension reforms, judicial persecution of social leaders, and other intended labor reforms. A series of actions and mobilizations against the austerity measures started on Feb. 15. The various groups, including the General Confederation of Labor (3 million members) and the Argentine Workers Central Union (1.5 million members) and the Association of State Workers (roughly 250,000 members) will arrive downtown at noon on Wednesday. Transport union leader Hugo Moyano, will address the crowd. The union called Camioneros (or truckers) has roughly 200,000 members and is reported to have the capacity to paralyze the country.
By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 22.02.2018 The atmosphere in the United States regarding possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is something like hysteria, with a real danger that bilateral relations might break down completely as a result. Indeed, a number of politicians and senior government officials have described the 
Here are some numbers to start. In 2014, 64 percent of bottled water was, essentially, filtered tap water -- up from 51.8 percent in 2009. From 2010 to 2014, total federal funding for public water infrastructure fell from $6.9 billion to around $4.4 billion. In other words: as funding for safe public water fell 37 percent, bottled water companies were able to increase sales of what was basically just tap water under the guise that it was safer. Even though the U.S. government requires stricter safety monitoring of tap water than for bottled water. When Congress doesn't fund water infrastructure, Nestl wins. And this is something they spend millions doing. The International Bottled Water Association, Nestl Waters NA, Nestl USA and Coca-Cola lobbied Congress on issues including bottled water, water infrastructure...
National Harbor, Maryland (CNN)The National Rifle Associations executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre slammed Democrats for their reaction to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and warned of go...
Netanyahu, what a speech you gave at Munich Security Conference on Sunday. You even brought a piece of the downed Iranian constructed drone and threatened to attack Iran directly.
Allow me, Netanyahu, to interrupt your speech in retrospect.
You began by pointing out the historical echoes of Munich, with two anecdotes first the more recent one, with the massacre of the Israeli Olympic athletes in 1972, but perhaps even more significantly for your argument, the Munich agreement of 1938. That pre-war agreement is often referred to as an appeasement, in that Germany was given legitimacy for its annexation of Czechoslovakian territory, which Germany named Sudetenland. You used this anecdote in order to refer to Iran. The logic is that appeasement of tyrants is just foolish.
The concessions to Hitler only emboldened the Nazi regime and facilitated its conquest of Europe. Rather than choosing a path that might have prevented war, or at the very least limited its scope and its scale, those well-intentioned leaders made a wider war inevitable and far more costly.
Well, you know, Israel is also receiving a whole lot of concessions on resolutions and international laws that it is simply being allowed to not comply with, and its not exactly leading to peace. But lets get back to your speech and Iran, the supposed Nazis.
Ah, but Iran is not Nazi Germany, you noted. So what are the differences, Netanyahu?
There are many differences between the two. Well, for one, one advocated a master race, the other advocates a master faith.
So what youre saying is, that whilst the Nazis were about race supremacy, Iran is about religious supremacy, right?
But Netanyahu, your state, the Jewish State, actually applies both aspects: a racial aspect entitling only Jews to national rights, and a religious attachment to the sense of Jewish. Thats a problem too.
Sorry for interrupting! Go on.
Jews in Iran are not sent to the gas chambers.
Certainly not, Netanyahu. In fact, even CNN noted three years ago (when you were trying to destroy the Iran deal at the US Congress), that the Ayatollah Khomeini had...
How a unique partnership, innovative financing and stubborn persistence created a model for localized solar and batteries. On a humid November day in the small Nigerian village of Gbamu Gbamu (pronounced bomb-ou bomb-ou), Akinola Oduola clambers down a wooden ladder propped against a minaret that overlooks a tight cluster of adobe, wood and concrete homes. This is my work, Oduola says by way of introduction, gesturing toward the mosque that is taking shape nearby. This is not hyperbole. Oduola has spent the past three years single-handedly willing this mosque into existence. Hard work is important for those who call Gbamu Gbamu home. When hes not building his mosque, Oduola is a welder and motorcycle repairman -- an in-demand profession in a town where the bulk of the population travels to and from Gbamu Gbamu along a deeply rutted 10-kilometer dirt road.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. In his first public remarks since last weeks deadly shooting at a high school in Florida, Wayne LaPierre, leader of the National Rifle Association, told a conservative convention on Thursday that gun control advocates care more about destroying liberty than protecting kids.
Opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the nations most prominent gun-rights lobbying organization, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Name-checking Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a leading advocate for gun control measures, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, along with the national media, LaPierre condemned those eager to smear the NRA.
For them, its not a safety issue, he said. Its a political issue.
LaPierre said the NRAs critics are interested only in eliminating liberty for Americans.
They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom, he said.
They want to g...
Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka. As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces. The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.
POLITICS and MEDIA CENSORSHIP BY: NATALIE HAND Censored News As an investigate journalist, I follow controversial stories and often write about them, under the freedom of the press. I also follow a code of ethics in my reporting. Investigative journalism requires me to intensely probe for the facts and ask pointed questions. Often, my stories expose political corruption so
District Attorney Roger Echols announced Tuesday afternoon that he is dropping the charges against the five remaining people accused of destroying a Confederate statue in downtown Durham last summer. The announcement follows a long day in District Court Monday in which a judge acquitted one defendant, Raul Mauro Jimenez, and dismissed the charges against two others, Peter Gilbert and Dante Strobino, after an assistant district attorney presented all her evidence. The judge said the prosecution failed to prove the defendants were guilty of three misdemeanors: injury to real property, defacing a public building or monument and conspiracy to deface a public building or monument. Prosecutors presented all of the admissible evidence available, Echols said. Since his office planned to present the same evidence against the remaining defendants, it no longer made sense to prosecute the case...
Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem
Palestinian dies while in Israeli
custody, hours after his detention
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 22 Feb A 33-year-old Palestinian identified as Yasin Omar Saradeeh from Jericho was pronounced dead shortly after Israeli forces detained him on Thursday morning apparently following clashes in Jericho, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS). The Israeli army informed Saradeehs family of his death while in detention, claiming he suffered convulsions after inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli army during confrontations. Saradeehs family and witnesses said Israeli forces severely beat him after detaining him and that he was in a good health before his arrest and did not suffer from any health problem. Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Authoritys Detainees Commission, told Voice of Palestine that Saradeeh apparently died from severe beating to the head, describing the incident as a crime, execution and premeditated murder at the hands of occupation forces, which reflect the level of brutality and terrorism of the soldiers. He said an autopsy will be carried on Saradeeh; one in Israels Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, which will be attended by a Palestinian pathologist following Israels agreement to his participation, and the second at a Palestinian hospital after Israel returns his body to his family.
The PPS said 213 Palestinians, including Saradeeh, were killed by Israel after their arrest since the 1967 occupation. It said 75 died as a result of premeditated murder, 7 were shot dead while in detention, 59 from medical negligence and 72 from torture.
Palestinian laid to rest in West Bank as Israel
returns body after 5 months
JERUSALEM (Maan) 17 Feb The family of Nimr al-Jamal, 37, finally laid him to rest on Saturday, after Israeli authorities had been holding his body for nearly five months. Al-Jamal was killed on September 26th after he carried out a shooting attack in an illegal Israeli settlement that left two security guards and a border police officer dead. His body was returned to his family on Friday night in the village of Beit Surik in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem. His familys home had been punitively demolished by Israeli forces in November. The funeral procession set off from the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah where al-Jamals body w...
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A video has emerged purportedly showing two Su-57s operating from Russias Khmeimim Airbase in Syria. If genuine, the video will have documented the fifth-generation fighters first combat drill.
A video published on the Facebook group Syrian Military Capabilities purports to show the brand new Russian aircraft in the skies over Syria. Although the two warplanes appear to look similar to the Su-57, RT cannot verify the authenticity of the video.
(L) Su-57 multirole figher jet Sputnik / A still from a video by Syrian Military Capabilities/Facebook
Designed by Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi, the multirole Su-57 fighter took to the skies for the first time in 2010 but only entered production this year.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov revealed on February 8 that the ministry is going to sign a contract for the first squadron of 12 Su-57s in 2018. He also said that the first stage of the trials was over, and that the Su-57 will be undergoing experimental combat training. The Russian Air Force hopes to field around 220 Su-57s between 2020 and 2030.
READ MORE: First Russian 5th generation Su-57 fighter jets to be put in service very soon
Befitting of a next-generation fighter, the Su-57 is fitted with a cutting-edge avionics system capable of autonomously assessing battlefield situations. Able to detect air, ground and sea-based threats at distances far beyond most modern radar systems, the fighter jet is also capable of striking targets with an array of modern weaponry, including short, medium and long-range air-to-air, air-to-ground, and even anti-radar missiles.
A significant part of the Russian forces returned home from Syria after President Vladimir Putin announced their withdrawal in December, declaring victory over the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists by Moscows forces, along with their Syrian and Iranian allies.
As green groups continue to denounce the Trump administration's recently unveiled infrastructure plan as a "scam" that's designed to keep the nation trapped in its "dirty and destructive past," analysts are also warning the proposal will "make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement" to launch successful legal challenges to new fossil fuel projects. The plan aims to not only fast-track the construction of more pipelines across the U.S., but also to limit "the legal options available to lawyers at environmental groups opposed to new fossil fuel infrastructure" in part by changing "the standard under which a pipeline project could be temporarily halted by a judge," as Dino Gradoni explains in a Washington Post piece published Friday.
Arab refugees crowding a British ship carrying them to Acre, April 1948 (Life Magazine. Source: PalestineRemembered.com)
This week on Act Out! big oil and gas pay a small fine so they can keep on polluting. Next up, YOUR solidarity is needed in an upcoming week of action against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Not in the bayous? Well, you don't need to be. This affects us all. Finally, the impact of dirty energy on black and brown communities plus community organizer Maurice Cook joins us to talk white supremacy, the importance of battling racism, of recognizing black history and how to organize TOGETHER in our place and time.
RT | February 22, 2018 The real goal of the West-brokered UN Security Council resolution on Syria is to put the blame on Damascus for everything and provide cover for militants, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. The authors of the resolution on humanitarian issues in Syria, which is to be discussed at the 
(CN) Whatever happened to the Donald Trump who tweeted in 2013, Lets get out of Afghanistan we waste billions there. Nonsense! And whatever happened to the reality TV star who used to tell under-performers, youre fired? Today, as commander in chief, President Trump is indefinitely extending the Afghan wars record as the longest in U.S. history. Hes 
Companies that do business with Iran have a good chance of funding terror. That was the warning of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at the recent Munich Security Conference in Germany.
The simple reason is because the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) the arm of the Iranian government responsible for global terror owns and influences a considerable portion of the Iranian economy.
When you invest in Iran, youre investing in the IRGC, McMaster said. You might as well cut the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a check and say, Please use this to commit more murder across the Middle East.
See Clarion Projects Fact Sheet: Iranian Support for Terrorism
Besides sending out the Quds Force (special forces of the IRGC used for extraterritorial operations), Iran funds the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah as well as the Shiite militias in Iraq, which are officially recognized as part of the military in Iraq.
It was recently reported that due to the Iranian regimes funding of terror, the U.S. government will be stopping a $16.6 billion deal between the American aircraft manufacturing company Boeing and Mahan Air.
Mahan Air is a subsidiary of Iran Air, which is owned by the Iranian government. Mahan was flagged for circumventing U.S. sanctions and using its planes to transport Iranian weapons to Syria.
HOW OUR MINDS WERE STOLEN Posted on February 21, 2018 HOW OUR MINDS WERE STOLEN Mohawk Nation News MNN. Feb. 21, 2018. When our minds are forced into the evil corporate colonial brainwashing systems by churches, schools, military and government institutions, the goal is to destroy our connection to all creation. WATCH THE WHITE MANS GET RICH SCHEME TO STEAL FROM US: Read article at
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As regular readers will be aware, the BBCs coverage of the US administrations announcement on January 16th that it would be withholding part of its donation to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has been extensive.
However, the BBCs reports have consistently failed to provide its funding public with information concerning the multiple issues that have made UNRWA so controversial or conduct any in-depth examination of the agencys purpose, its agenda, its ...
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(MEMO) Saudi Arabia is moving swiftly to become the next country in the Middle East with nuclear power. The Kingdom is on the verge of striking a deal with the US for the purchase of nuclear reactors despite concerns over its refusal to accept stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Crown Prince Mohamed Bin 
Paul Berard writes that report from the Center for Immigration Studies, MS-13 spreads to 22 states, fed by 300,000 illegals, DACA recipients, tied to 207 murders One MS-13 clique leader in Frederick, Md., who had received a DACA work permit and was employed as a custodian at a middle school in Frederick, Md., and who was recently incarcerated 
Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. Via: Reuters: Rather than rising, GE Powers profit fell 45 percent last year, forcing GE to slash its overall profit outlook and cut its dividend for only the second time since the Great Depression. Its shares have plunged more than 50 percent since the March 
The attack on the U.S. embassy in Montenegro February 22, 2018, is unfortunately part of a long string of embassy attacks (see our infographic below).
Last nights attack saw an assailant throw an explosive device most probably a grenade at the embassy in the middle of the night before blowing himself outside the compound, according to the government of the Balkan country.
No embassy personnel were injured. At present the attacker has not been identified.
(ANTIWAR.COM) Three unnamed senior Trump Administration officials told reporters on Wednesday that they are advancing through the process of considering new rounds of sanctions against Russia, rejecting criticism that they werent sanctioning Russia often enough. The officials said that the review process is slow and arduous, and that as a result the administration isnt able to impose 
If you've been following along with the
situation in Afrin, as I have, you could be excused for already
believing SAA had deployed to Afrin- It's clear they have not from
Quite frankly I can't say with certainty if anyone at all deployed to Afrin and if some person did deploy, who exactly they are.
What seems pretty certain is Syrian Army has NOT deployed to the area.
Groups aligned to the Syrian army came to Afrin, but not in the quantity or capacity to stop the Turkish occupation, YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud told Reuters. The Syrian army must fulfil its duty... to protect Syrias borders.
I personally have serious questions regarding the very idea of loyalist militias being sent to Afrin. Waving a flag just doesn't cut it for me. A flag can be used like a prop. It can indicate loyalty or in the case of a false flag it can indicate deception.The YPG has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assads government to send troops to the Afrin region in the northwest, and pro-Damascus militias arrived there late on Tuesday.Hundreds of those fighters have deployed on front lines in Afrin battling Turkish forces, Mahmoud said.
"But Assad did not send the army itself, a deployment that could have sparked a wider direct confrontation with the Syrian government if Turkey did not back down"
Ankara, a pro-Assad commander and Kurdish officials have all said recently that Russia intervened to stop Damascus sending the army to defend Afrin after reports of a deal with the Syrian Kurdish forces.Ankara (nom de guerre) a pro Assad Commander ? Odd name, no? For an alleged pro Assad/loyal to Syria commander?
Greg Shupak's new book documents - and corrects - the warped media narrative on the Palestine-Israel conflict
3 Stars Half-Assed History from a Courtesan
Niall Ferguson is neither Will Durant nor John Lewis Gaddis. He is far removed from Howard Zinn. He is, in effect, an intelligent idiot, a courtesan historian. While the books intent may remind one of Eric S. Raymonds classic essay on The Cathedral or the Bazaar, or the book by Thomas L. Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, the author while spectacularly qualified in conventional, which is to say, approved thinking, offers so many false notes in this book in relation to what I know to be true, that I consider this book largely worthless.
Among my early notes are these:
Elite apologist. Selective sourcing following a planned counter-narrative.
Pushes the known falsehoods about both 9/11 and the Russians intervening in 2016; accepts Zimmerman telegram in Mexico as real when it is known to be a British covert operation; completely mistaken on who funded Lenin and why.
Dismisses idea of a Deep State while recognizing that elite networks do serve to concentrate wealth.
Emphasizes how hierarchies achieve economies with scale without having the vaguest regard to true cost economics and the price we pay for internalized profit for the 1% versus externalized costs to the 99%.
Funniest useful quote not accurate by my modern experience but telling in a catty way (186):
While Milners network of Oxford men envisioned a muscular, martial, imperial, and heterosexual future, their counterparts at Cambridge aspired to almost the precise opposite. The network that evolved there in and around the Cambridge Apostles was effete, pacific, liberal, and homosexual.
Most stunning statement oblivious to its meaning today (218):
By defining the slightest grumble as treason or counter-revolution, the Stalinist system was in a position to send whole armies of Soviet citizens to the Gulag.
This is not a man who understands either of the below two links:
The list of fatal mistakes by federal agencies in recent years is staggering.
Feb. 21, 2018 6:17 p.m. ET
Two possibilities for comment present themselves this week. One is what Robert Muellers exposure of a Russian network of provocateurs operating in the U.S. since March 2014 says about the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. The other is the FBIs failure to act on a substantial tip about the disturbed and ultimately homicidal Nikolas Cruz, who as promised went on a high-school killing spree.
There is no reason for anyone to comment on the credibility of the collusion narrative because the president himself is covering that
Written by Prof. James Petras; Originally appeared at Global Research
The US empire spans the globe; it expands and contracts, according to its ability to secure strategic assets, willing and able to further military and economic power to counter emerging adversaries.
The map of empire is a shorthand measure of the vectors, reach and durability of global power and wealth. The map of empire is changing adding and subtracting assets and liabilities, according to the successes and retreats of domestic and overseas power centers. While the US empire has been engaged in intense conflicts in the Middle East , the imperial map has been enlarged elsewhere at lower cost and greater success.
Enlarging the Empire
The US empire has substantially increased its scope and presence in several regions, especially in Latin America . The additions and enlargements include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Central America, Peru and the Caribbean. The most important asset redrawing the empire in Latin America is Argentina. The US has gained military, economic and political advantages. In the case of Argentina , political and economic advances preceded military expansion.
The US provided ideological and political support to secure the election of its client Mauricio Macri. The new Argentine President immediately transferred over $5 billion dollars to the notorious Wall Street Vulture speculator, Paul Singer, and proceeded to open the floodgates for a lucrative multi-billion dollar flow of financial capital. President Macri then followed up by inviting the Pentagon and US intelligence services to establish military bases, spy stations and training operations along its borders. Equally important, Argentina embraced the US directives designed to overthrow the government of Venezuela, undermine Bolivia s nationalist government under Evo Moralesand pursue a policy of US-centered regional integration.
Argentina: A Client without an Economic Patron...
The European Commission took Poland to court in 2015, saying the country had failed to rein in air pollution. The court also noted that Polands plans to meet EU air quality standards were not effective enough.
The European Court of Justice on Thursday found Poland guilty of violating air quality norms and warned of financial penalties if Poland did not comply swiftly.
The case was brought against Poland in December 2015 by the European Commission, which found that the daily limit for harmful air pollutants had been regularly breached in most parts of the country between 2007 and 2015.
The European Commission has also warned of legal action against nine other EU members, including Germany, if they did not come up with concrete plans to rein in air pollution.
Read more: Germanys air pollution: Clean up or pay up
Under a 2008 EU rule, member states are obliged to limit air pollution to protect human health. More than 400,000 people die prematurely across the bloc every year due to poor air quality, according to recent estimates.
A law enforcement agent told actress Blake Lively that the youngest victim of child pornography hes seen still had the umbilical cord attached. (NewsBusters)
AFP/File / by Dario THUBURN | Amnesty took particular aim at the US presidents transparently hateful executive order banning entry to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.
LONDON (AFP) The politics of demonization provided fertile ground for human rights abuses in 2017, exemplified by the response of Europe and Donald Trumps US to the refugee crisis, rights group Amnesty international said Thursday.The British-based group in its annual report took particular aim at the US presidents transparently hateful executive order banning entry to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.
Throughout 2017, millions across the world experienced the bitter fruits of a rising politics of demonization, said the report, which was launched this year for the first time in the United States.
It accused leaders of wealthy countries of approaching the refugee crisis with a blend of evasion and outright callousness.
Most European leaders have been unwilling to grapple with the big challenge of regulating migration safely and legally, and have decided that practically nothing is off limits in their efforts to keep refugees away from the continents shores, it added.
Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty singled out Trump for criticism, saying the travel ban set the scene for a year in which leaders took the politics of hate to its most dangerous conclusion.
Praise for Florida teens
Amnesty also said Myanmars military crackdown on Rohingya insurgents, which prompted an exodus of nearly 700,000 Rohingya people into neighbouring Bangladesh, was the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities.
This episode will stand in history as yet another testament to the worlds catastrophic failure to address conditions that provide fertile ground for mass atrocity crimes, said the report.
It took aim at President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, accusing him of a harsh crackdown on critics of his war on drugs.
The ability to voice out and to criticise and to check government is constricted and has become more dangerous, said Amnestys Philippine section director Jose Noel Olano.
Tirana Hassan, director of crisis response at Amnesty International, said: When it comes to conflict, crisis and mass atrocities we have seen zero moral or legal leaders...
By Fergal OBrien
The U.K. economy expanded less than previously estimated in the fourth quarter as consumers and businesses absorbed faster inflation, keeping the country in the slow lane of global growth.
The 0.4 percent expansion revised down from 0.5 percent also left full-year growth below the initial estimate. On an annualized basis, the rate was 1.6 percent in the quarter, compared with a 2.6 percent pace in the U.S....
DUBAI (Reuters) Three suspected Bahraini militants wanted on terrorism charges died at sea in unexplained circumstances this month and another is missing, activists said, after they appear to have fled the country by boat headed for Iran.
The incident shines a light on alleged links between a small, armed fringe of Bahrains Shiite Muslim opposition and Iran, which authorities in the Western-allied Gulf kingdom accuse of helping stoke years of attacks against its police.
An activist group in their home village called Youth of Karbabad hailed the four men as holy warriors in a statement, saying they sought to flee authorities by sea.
They were martyredin a sinking in regional waters near Iran on February 7 in hazy circumstances which remain unclear.
A Bahraini security official, however, denied any involvement by its forces in the incident.
Its the latest in a pattern of fugitives wanted for serious acts of terrorism fleeing to Iran in coordination with authorities in Tehran and other exiles there, the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Iranian authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and Tehran has denied any support for Bahraini militancy.
Bahrain, ruled by a Sunni monarchy, has cracked down on perceived threats since pro-democracy Arab Spring protests in 2011 led mainly by the island kingdoms Shiite majority were quashed with help from Gulf Arab neighbors.
It has shut down the main opposition parties, jailed or stripped the citizenship of prominent dissidents and put the top Shiite spiritual leader under de facto house arrest.
According to Bahraini security dossiers on the men lost at sea reviewed by Reuters, all had been convicted in absentia for attacking police and taking part in riots and were on the run inside Bahrain.
One, Maytham Ali Ibrahim, was wanted for killing a police officer with a fire bomb last April.
Under pressure from authorities, many activists, clerics and some militants appear have moved to Iran and o...
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has overlooked repeated appeals from India urging him to roll back the emergency provisions imposed early February; the last one made just a few hours before he announced the 30-day extension.
Maldives President Abdulla Yameens decision to extend Emergency for 30 more days has provoked a sharp response from New Delhi that had been trying to persuade the tiny island nation to restore democracy. The Foreign Ministry said India was deeply dismayed by the development and underscored that the manner in which the Emergency had been extended was in contravention of its Constitution.
President Yameen has overlooked repeated appeals from India urging him to roll back the emergency provisions imposed early February; the last one made just a few hours before he announced the 30-day extension.
New Delhi stressed that the exten...
Heres a rundown of whats at stake for rival foreign powers in the Syrian Kurdish enclave on the Turkish border
Turkeys month-long offensive against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria has opened up a new front in the seven-year Syria war, as its forces this week fired artillery at Syrian pro-regime militias trying to enter.
A chance encounter between an Uber driver and an anti-FGM campaigner resulted in an arrest and trial of the driver for FGM offenses in the UK.
Sami Ullah, 29, a trustee for the charity Integrate, got into the car of a Somalian Uber driver. While making small talk, the conversation turned to FGM. While the driver (who cannot be identified for legal reasons) agreed with Ullah that FGM was wrong, he said that he had had his daughter cut.
I did the small one to my daughter. Other people did the big one, but I did the small one.
Ullah asked the driver if he knew that the procedure was illegal, to which the driver replied that it was custom and tradition, saying, some people did it and some people dont.
The driver then asked Ullah, Do you know why we do it? to which he answered, Its so women dont feel sexy all the time.
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After Ullah got out, he used his Uber app to identify the driver. He then called the police.
An examination by a specialist showed that the daughter had indeed been cut not in the severest form but nevertheless in a way that is classified as FGM.
Since the driver did not perform the procedure himself on his daughter, he was charged with cruelty to a child under the age of 16 years, having responsibility for a child under that age and willfully assaulting/ill-treating/abandoning the child to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.
The case in now in trial.
AFP | Suicide bomb attacks and abductions have been the hallmarks of Boko Harams bloody insurgency
LAGOS (AFP) Nigerias Boko Haram, suspected of another mass kidnapping of school girls, started out as an Islamic anti-corruption group but mutated into an IS affiliate waging a lethal insurgency.- Fundamentalist
Boko Haram aims to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria a campaign that has cost at least 20,000 lives since 2009 and at its peak displaced 2.6 million from their homes. The name loosely translates from the Hausa language as Western education is forbidden.
Founder and spiritual leader Mohammed Yusuf pinned the blame for Nigerias ills on Western values left by colonial master Britain, criticised the countrys corrupt secular regime for neglecting development in Muslim regions and advocated a return to fundamentalist Islam.
He came to the attention of authorities in 2002 when he began to build a following among disaffected youths in Maiduguri.
Yusuf was killed in police custody in 2009 after an uprising in Maiduguri that prompted a military assault which killed some 700 people and left the groups mosque and headquarters in ruins.
Many of its supporters fled the country.
Boko Haram was broadly peaceful before Yusufs death.
But his successor, his right-hand man Abubakar Shekau, undertook a violent campaign of deadly attacks on schools, churches, mosques, state entities and security forces.
Some Boko Haram members are thought to have trained with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali in 2012 and 2013.
Among the groups most notorious acts was the April 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok. A total of 107 have since been released, found or escaped.
The mass abduction brought world attention to the insurgency at a time when Boko Haram was seizing territory across the northeast, which became a largely no-go area, with the violence spilling over into Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
In August 2014 Shekau proclaimed a caliphate in the Borno town of Gwoza and in March 2015 pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
The long-divided Boko Haram underwent a major split in 2016 when the IS recogn...
A conflict between Israel and pro-Iranian forces would douse the light at the end of the tunnel so recently kindled as a result of the diplomatic initiatives in Syria by Russia, Turkey, and Iran. Once the shooting starts, all that work will go down the drain.
Two minutes after getting on a minibus headed for Newcastle, the person seated next to me tugged at their friends arm in mild distress.
Noo, I forgot the selfie stick!
Without putting any blame on this individual, this brief interaction had already captured the essence of this protest for me. Truthfully, I already had an idea of what it was going to be like from past involvement in actions run by groups such as Direct Action Melbourne and 350.org, as well as from the communications hype in the lead-up. But I had gone on this trip to find out if my suspicions were warranted.
We were going to take part in a mass flotilla of kayaks which would block a shipping channel in Newcastle, home to the worlds largest coal port, preventing coal ships from leaving and entering. Signups happened online when the invitation was initially shared through 350.orgs email list and facebook promotions. Since then we had been kept in constant contact about logistics, shown inspirational videos and excitedly told about the well-known musicians and politicians who would be there on the day.
As we headed towards the Hume, the driver tried to break the ice by gauging everyones spirits onboard. How are we all feeling this morning?
So happy!, Excited!, came the replies.
Yes Were creating histo...
We have always heard that a determined government prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, and now we know it's true. After 38 years in the prosecution racket, Robert Mueller just made his biggest score ever---that is, he nailed a great big Nothingburger.
Ms. M.W. found this story, and it's such a whopper that I'm not even going to blog about it, but merely direct your attention
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When will Mueller and the several congressional committees that are investigating the Russians move on to the topic of Israel and Saudi Arabia to find out what really effective foreign influencing operations looks like?
Yolanda Banks-Reed is the mother of 28-year-old Sahleem Tindle, who was unarmed with his hands in the air, when he was shot and killed by BART police officer Joseph Mateu on Jan 3, 2018. Mateu is back on active duty, after a brief paid administrative leave. The Oakland Police, which is involved in the investigation, showed the police cam video to the family last week, but are refusing to release the video to the public while the investigation is open.
Originally published by KPFA Radio. Edit by Enough is Enough.
Hear the interview:https://enoughisenough14.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/bartpolicefeb20.mp3
7:34 Yolanda Banks-Reed is the mother of 28-year-old Sahleem Tindle, who was unarmed with his hands in the air, when he was shot and killed by BART police officer Joseph Mateu on Jan 3, 2018. Mateu is back on active duty, after a brief paid administrative leave. The Oakland Police, which is involved in the investigation, showed the police cam video to the family last week, but are refusing to release the video to the public while the investigation is open....
South Front Over the last few days, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army have captured over a dozen villages from the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin area. A complicated situation on the frontlines forced the YPG to at least temporarily forget the US is our only ally 
Russia and Syria Falsely Blamed for Civilian Deaths in Eastern Ghouta by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) The area is one of four de-escalation zones in Syria, brokered last May by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Al-Nusra and other US-supported terrorists in the area, falsely called rebels, undermined it. Theyre responsible for civilian 
There is still no clear proof that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 US elections in any meaningful way. Which is weird, because Russia and every other country on earth would be perfectly justified in doing so.
The recent terror attacks in Saada are just another case of Saudi Arabia attacking civilians in Yemen without remorse. The United States and western allies provide military and intelligence support to all members of the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen.
Additional airstrikes targeted Taiz, Sanaa, Dhamar, Hajjah, and Hodeidah provinces without reports of casualties.Rescue workers at the scene of a prison attack in Sanaa in December.
Yemens Army and Popular Committees retaliated by launching attacks on Saudi military targets beyond the border in Jizan province.
President of Sanaas Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad, spoke today at a meeting with various governors and leaders. He e...
Halbe Zijlstra quit in shame on Monday as the countrys foreign minister after admitting that a story he had peddled about personally hearing Putin plotting to create a greater Russia was false. That then forced premier Rutte to endure a no confidence motion from parliamentarians. In the end, Rutte survived the vote. If a majority had voted against his leadership, his coalition government may have collapsed.Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte
But the deep damage done to the Dutch authorities will not be so easily repaired by Ruttes survival as premier. What has been exposed this week is a senior member of government recklessly telling bare-faced lies in an attempt to slander Russia, poison international relations, and ratchet up already dangerous geopolitical tensions.
Zijlstra had claimed two years ago, in 2016, that he had personally witnessed Russian leader Vladimir Putin boasting about creating a greater Russia which, it is claimed, would incorporate...
It is often forgotten that the international March 8th womens day began with striking female factory workers. The strike, the withholding of womens work, lies at its origins, and not the docile protests or celebrations of acquired rights that would later mark the occasion.
Originally published by Autonomies.
This years call for an international womens strike on womens day recalls earlier rebellions and repeats a more recent gesture. The aim remains, at one level, protest: of giving voice and calling attention to the violence, exploitation and oppression of women. More significantly, though, it is a gesture of withdrawal from an essentially patriarchal capitalist production and social reproduction; a potentially contagious gesture that resonates beyond simple appeals for recognition and protection by the State.
The danger is that the womens strike, this year or in the future, limit itself to such appeals (however important they may be for some, at a specific time and place), subsequently falling into one more dead, predictable parade of political folklore. If the institutions and relations of patriarchal power can be mitigated, pushed back, by such strikes, it is equally important to remember that it is these institutions and social relations that produce patriarchy and their underlying gendered ways of life.
A radical feminism must not only contest the oppression of women, but ultimately, the creation of women as the subservient sex-gender to male-capitalist domination.
The Call to Strike ...
Despite the media describing him as a lame duck, the Israeli PM still has several options as he deals with the avalanche of corruption allegations against him
At first, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked as if he might ride out the corruption storm raging around him (at least temporarily). After the police recommendations last Tuesday that he be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two of the corruption cases involving him, he initially stood strong, issuing a defiant statement.
Politically, he maintained strong support within his Likud party, with no one daring to even speculate on who might take...
Failed Attempt to Smear Jeremy Corbyn Reveals Waning Power of British Tabloids By Robert Mackey For decades, British politicians have cowered in fear at the power of the nations popular and largely unregulated tabloid newspapers, which are owned by a handful of billionaires, and skew heavily to the far-right. The current Conservative government is no 
Floating Island: New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal Seriously? Its not a concentration camp. Amnesty International: No one in the humanitarian community we spoke to who thought this was a good idea "IndyWatch Feed War"
DHAKA/BHASAN CHAR/COXS BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that putting Rohingya on the low-lying island would be a temporary arrangement to ease congestion at the camps in Coxs Bazar, refuge for nearly 700,000 who have crossed from the north of Myanmars Rakhine state since the end of August last year.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
However, one of her advisers told Reuters that, once there, they would only be able to leave the island if they wanted to go back to Myanmar or were selected for asylum by a third country.
Its not a concentration camp, but there may be some restrictions. We are not giving them a Bangladeshi passport or ID card, said H.T. Imam, adding that the island would have a police encampment with 40-50 armed personnel.
British and Chinese engineers are helping prepare the island to receive refugees before the onset of monsoon rains, which could bring disastrous flooding to ramshackle camps further south that now teem with about 1 million Rohingya. The rains could start as early as late April.
Photo of Bhashan Char, also known as Thengar Char, a low-lying island where Bangladeshs government has approved a plan to build shelters to accommodate about 100,000 Rohingya refugees who will be moved from Coxs Bazar district.
Hasinas adviser, Imam, said the question of selecting Rohingya in Coxs Bazar to move to the island was not finalised, but it could be decided by lottery or on a volunteer-basis.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement: We would emphasise that any relocation plan involving refugees would need to be based on and implemented through voluntary and informed decisions.
Humanitarian agencies criticized the plan to bring Rohingya to the island when it was first proposed in 2015. Aid workers who spoke to Reuters sa...
Ums Ganze Alliance has released a Solidarity Statement to the Kurdish freedom movement and called for solidarity with the progressive forces in Kurdistan: Learning from the Kurds means winning. As the communist ums Ganze! alliance we refer critically, but in solidarity, to the revolution in Rojava/North-Syria.
The current situation in the Kurdish areas of Syria and Turkey is escalating further. The Turkish military is attacking the canton of Afrin in Rojava in co-operation with Islamist militias under the flag of the FSA (Free Syrian Army). In fact, these militia are battle forces trained in Turkey with the support of former soldiers of Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar Al Sham and Daesh. Since 2016 the FSA has basically only existed as a broad label which is used to cover different militias and forces. What is to be expected from the Turkish armys allies if they win in Afrin, has been shown by their terrible and misogynistic desecration of the fallen YPJ-fighter Barin Koban. In Turkey, the repressive apparatus is being extended to its limits. Every comment against Turkish nationalist unity is being shut down immediately. Every day journalists, scientists, political opponents or simply anyone who is against the war is being villainised and arrested. A free and independent news coverage in Turkey has not been possible for a long time. Those media channels not completely behind Erdogan are being banned and/or censored. After the failed coup detat of July 2016 over 100 journalists were arrested, about 150 media channels closed and more than 700 press cards annulled. Critical journalists are being put under general suspicion. While the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Ycel was released from prison quickly, Ahmet Altan, Mehmed Altan, Nazl Ilcak and three further persons were sentenced to lifelong imprisonment under h...
The sun is seen through evening air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
BANGKOK (REUTERS) Environment group Greenpeace on Thursday called on Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to tackle an air pollution crisis in Bangkok, weeks after a pollution agency said the citys air quality had hit dangerous levels.
Air pollution has been under the spotlight in Bangkok, one of the worlds most popular tourist cities, with many residents complaining about smog.
Greenpeace said Bangkok suffered the worst air pollution in its history between Jan. 1 and Feb. 21.
The Pollution Control Department warned this month that the level of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres, or PM2.5 dust, in the city had hit unhealthy levels and asked children to stay indoors.
PM2.5 dust, the most dangerous kind, includes pollutants such as nitrates that can penetrate the cardiovascular system.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha leaves a cardboard cutout of himself to take questions from reporters he is known for his distain for the men and women of Thailand and has made a close alliance with China
Critics blame Bangkoks worsening air pollution on lax enforcement of vehicle emission standards, poor urban planning and insufficient green spaces.
AFP / by Ayee Macaraig | Senator Leila de Lima has been pursuing Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte for almost a decade
But now that the International Criminal Court has opened an initial probe into the deadly anti-drug war Duterte launched after becoming president 20 months ago, she says she has new reason to hope.
I see the day justice will come. I hope for that day. The preliminary examination will eventually get to an indictment, De Lima told AFP at national police headquarters in Manila, where she is being held.
I feel this is the start of my vindication, but true vindication comes when I am absolved of the charges, added the 58-year-old, who was named one of Time magazines 100 most influential people of 2017.
De Limas detention, which began with her arrest on February 24, 2017, stems from allegations she took bribes from imprisoned drug lords while justice secretary from 2010-2015 under then-leader Benigno Aquino.
The charges are serious enough that no bail is permitted, and it is common for even minor cases to take years to work their way through the Philippines creaking justice system.
De Lima says the allegations were cooked up to stifle her criticism of Duterte, and she has earned the support of international legislators as well as rights watchdogs.
Amnesty International considers De Lima a prisoner of conscience and in its annual report released Thursday tagged her as the most prominent critic of the war on drugs'.
She is a symbol of the coming signs of the times where it will be dangerous for any Filipino citizen to speak out against the government, Amnesty International Philippines country director Jose Noel Olano told AFP.
After being elected to the Senate in the same 2016 election that handed Duterte the presidency, De Lima led an inquiry into the thousands of people killed by police in his anti-drugs war.
But Dutertes allies in the Senate shoved her aside from the inquiry and subsequently concluded he was not involved in any wrongdoing.
Today, Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn have nothing in common politically with each other or with the Kremlin. All they have in common is the absurd smear of being comrades of an illusory foreign enemy.
On February 20th the BBC News website published a report titled Palestinian head Abbas calls for international peace summit on its Middle East page. The BBCs account of Abbas long speech at the UN Security Council on the same day is as follows:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an international peace conference to tackle the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
In a rare address to the UN Security Council, he said the situation was no longer bearable for Palestinians. 
Mr Abbas told the Security Council that to solve the Palestine question it is essential to establish a multilateral international mechanism.
He blamed the deadlock in the peace process on the US declaration on Jerusalem, which he said violated international law, and on what he called Israels illegal activit...
By Christopher Condon
Federal Reserve Governor Randal Quarles delivered an upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy and endorsed a gradual path for raising interest rates in his first public speech on monetary policy since joining the central bank in October.
The U.S. economy appears to be performing very well and, certainly, is in the best shape that it has been in since the crisis and, by many metrics, since well before the crisis, Quarles said in prepared remarks Thursday in Tokyo.
With a strong labor market and likely only temporary softness in inflation, I view it as appropriate that monetary policy should continue to be gradually normalized, he said. The views appear to align Quarles on monetary policy with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who testifies next week before Congress for the first time as central bank chief.
His comments follow the release of minutes from the Feds Jan. 30-31 policy meeting that showed confidence growing among policy makers that growth in 2018 may exceed their December forecasts and justify additional rate hikes this year. Officials have penciled in three hikes in 2018, according to their median projection released in December....
Assads atrocities grow as Tehran builds a new anti-Israel satellite.
Bashar Assads Syrian military committed more atrocities this week, bombing the opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta and killing at least 200. Rescue workers had to haul dead civilians from the rubble, including a family of five. As everyone deplores the killings, the point to keep in mind is that the driving political power here is Iran and its attempt to make Syria part of its growing Shiite-Persian empire.
Iran has propped up Assad since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, and along with Russia is largely responsible for the regimes survival. After its 2016 victory in Aleppo and the ouster of Islamic State from Raqqa, this axis is now trying to roll up the last opposition strongholds. The trio will then use Russia-sponsored peace talks to re-establish Assads control over Syria. Russia will keep its military bases, and Iran wants to establish a new imperial outpost on the border with Israel....
Nearly thirteen years ago, we started publishing Rolling Thunder, an anarchist journal of dangerous living covering social movements, direct action, and creative experiments in autonomy around the world. Between 2005 and 2015, Rolling Thunder chronicled everything from the Danish squatting movement, immigrant labor in Canadian factory farms, and the origins of Nietzsches theory of the eternal return in 19th century French insurrectionism to anarchist participation in the Ferguson uprising and the defense of Koban. Whether you wanted to find an anarchist analysis of sex work or hour-by-hour maps documenting the street clashes during a global summit, Rolling Thunder was the ideal resource. You can download issues 1-7, 9, and 10 for free from our archives; issues 8, 11, and 12 are still available for purchase. Here, we explain why we are concluding the project, what the options are for subscribers, and what comes next.
Several factors have contributed to our decision to stop publishing Rolling Thunder. The demands of responding to constant crises over the past couple years have played a part, as have shakeups in our collective. Were busier now than ever beforebut most of that energy is going into online publishing and preparing our next books. The biggest factor is financial: in order to keep Rolling Thunder affordable, we intentionally set the price well below the break-even point. That means we have lost money on every issue. More than a decade into the project, that eventually began to add up. We have never focused our energy on fundraising, so we need to conclude Rolling Thunder and figure out a better plan.
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Today, 21.02.18, anarchist prisoner Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou commenced a hunger strike to demand his transfer from the prisons of Larissa to the prisons of Korydallos following the rejection of his request by the Central Committee for Transfers. He is currently in Korydallos Prison, where he was sent yesterday for an ongoing court case. A text from the comrade will follow in the coming days.
We call for an emergency open assembly to plan solidarity actions for the comrades hunger strike and share information on the case on Thursday, February 22nd at 19:00 at the Polytechnic (Gini building).
Assembly of Solidarity for Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou
(via Athens Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)
Received on 22.02.18:
Anarchist comrade Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou was arrested on October 28th 2017, while exiting a hideout rented by him under a false identity and while trasferring guns and explosive materials. Dinos is accused of being a member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and for sending parcel bombs to various EU officials including the former prime minister of Greece...
We declare our solidarity with the revolutionary Rojava project in Kurdistan and its defence. With our action we oppose the Turkish war of aggression in Afrin. We call for the sabotage of the German arms industry!
During the night of the 20th to the 21st of February, we carried out an arson attack against OHBs headquarters in Bremen. OHB is one of the leading companies in space technology. The main business of OHB is military research and production. One of their current major contract orders comes from the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND). OHB is currently building a spy satellite for them.
Responsibility for the wars and crises of the world is often right here.
Fire and Flames to the German Arms Industry!
Solidarity greetings to the Wendland!
(via Chronik, translated by Insurrection News)
Militants attacked truck drivers waiting to drive across the border. Also, a mass grave was found.
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A wide-ranging assessment by the United States Intelligence Community views the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, as a major threat to democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia.
We have always heard that a determined government prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, and now we know its true. After 38 years in the prosecution racket, Robert Mueller just made his biggest score ever that is, he nailed a great big Nothingburger. But he also did a lot more than that. Muellers 37-page Continue reading "Muellers Comic Book Indictment: How To Prosecute a Great Big Nothingburger"
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The indictment handed down by Robert Mueller against 13 Russians connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-owned- and- operated clickbait farm, is the capstone of my case that we have indeed entered Bizarro World, an alternate universe where up is down, black is white and truth is a ridiculous falsehood. Yes, I said clickbait Continue reading "Muellers Fraudulent Indictment"
I recently reread Michael Manns book, Incoherent Empire, which he wrote in 2003, soon after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Mann is a sociology professor at UCLA and the author of a four-volume series called The Sources of Social Power, in which he explained the major developments of world history as the interplay between four Continue reading "US Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years"
20, 2018 . . 
For several days, US Vice President Mike Pence shared the Olympic stage with a high-profile member of North Koreas Kim dynasty, Kim Yo-jong. Yo-jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong-un, was the first member of the Kim dynasty to visit the South in decades, and her presence transfixed TV audiences around the world.
Vice President Pence had originally been scheduled to meet with Kim Yo-jong and her delegation from the North. This in itself is an interesting revelation, because it suggests that, despite the sanctions, UN posturing, and threats of a bloody nose, the US administration is still angling for a negotiated de-escalation should the stars align that way. But the talks never materialized. Two hours before they were supposed to take place, Yo-jong pulled out of the meeting.
For Yo-jong, the mission was already accomplished: North Korea had been presented as a status-quo world power at the games, and North-South dialogue had veered back toward the Peninsula thanks in part to a high-profile snub of the US administration.
By Paul Craig Roberts | Institute For Political Economy | February 21, 2018 As has been made perfectly clear, Robert Muellers indictment of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax. All Mueller has found is a bait-click commercial marketing scheme that had nothing to do with election interference. Why is Mueller comfortable bringing 
Listen here. This episode is packed to the gills with news! There is antifa activity in Tennessee and folks in the Northwest continue to hold it down against the fascist creep. Solidarity for Afrin spreads and an inspiring model to fight ICE raids emerges out of Koreatown, Los Angeles. We offer some analysis about the school shooting in Parkland, FL and interview both an anarchist attending the student led rallies there and an anarchist author whos written about gun control. There is a short update on the repression Florida prisoners are enduring due to Operation Push. Walter Bond is in need of support and we have some good news about accused confederate statue topplers in Durham, NC. To wrap things up, there are loads of upcoming events, so stay tuned until the end!
As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad inspired by the flavours of Palestine, a controversy ensued. Israels supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline to remove the reference to Palestine.
In the Zionist narrative, Palestine does not exist nor is it allowed to exist even if merely as a cultural conception.
The sad irony is that, while Israel appropriated Palestinian-Arabic couscous (the Palestinian dish, in particular, is known as maftoul), branding and marketing it in western countries as Israeli couscous, its supporters go to every extent possible to erase any reference that may validate Palestinian Arab culture, whether Muslim or Christian.
This is an old habit, an endemic practice that dates back to the destruction of nearly 600 Palestinian villages and localities in 1947-48. Palestinians refer to these earth-shattering events as the Nakba, or catastrophe. Tellingly, Israel outlaws the use of the term or the commemoration of the tragic event in any way.
From claiming Palestinian Arab culinary culture as their own, to Judaized Arabic street names to rewriting history, Israel and its supporters are relentless.
Israel fears a Palestinian narrative because the Israeli government understands, and rightly so, that it is the collective Palestinian narrative that has compelled resistance, in all of its forms, for over 70 years.
All attempts have failed, until recently.
The 1993 Oslo Accord is a critical juncture that shattered the cohesiveness of Palestinian discourse and weakened and divided the Palestinian people. However, it is not too late to remedy this through decisive and concentrated efforts that overcome the challenge of a Palestinian political viewpoint beholden to self-seeking political aspirations and competing factions.
In the absence of a Palestinian leadership populated by the Palestinian people themselves, intellectuals must safeguard and present the Palestinian story to the world with authenticity and balance. The clarity and integrity of the Palestinian story has been damaged and divided by Palestinian Authority (PA) tactics which remove Palestinian refugees right of return from their political platform.
Essentially, the story of Palestine is the story of the Palestinian people, for they are the victims of oppression and the main channel of Resistance, starting with the creation of Israel on th...
In an article first published on the Emperors New Clothes in 2004, Jared Israel looks at one notorious episode of media deception from the 1990s. Despite a successful libel suit in 2000 the fact remains that British news outlet ITN produced images that grossly distorted reality and were widely used in a highly misleading way to promote humanitarian intervention in the Yugoslav war. We are publishing this here today because of how closely it seems to foreshadow the current, maybe even more deceptive, campaign to promote fresh and potentially apocalyptic western intervention in Syria. Compare the Guardian article discussed below with this and this and this appearing in the same publication in just the last two days. On 6 August 1992, the international media broadcast pictures of a supposed Bosnian Serb death camp for Muslim prisoners of war. These pictures were taken from footage shot 5 August at a facility in the Bosnian town of Trnopolje (pronounced turn-OP-ul-yay). The film crew from the British news station, ITN, was led by reporter Penny Marshall, and accompanied
Via: The Hill: Following a federal indictment of Russians accused of meddling in the U.S election, a former CIA director on Friday said the U.S. probably meddles in other countries elections, as well. The Russian embassy flagged his comments. When asked whether the U.S. interferes in other countries elections, James Woolsey said, Well, only for 
US debt is projected to surge over the short-term thanks to recent tax cuts and other longstanding government outlays. What this all might mean for US Treasury yields, and the US economy as a whole, is drawing a great deal of attention from market watchers. In the short term, the pump-priming from tax cuts has boosted markets, but companies like Goldman Sachs are warning that President Trumps ambitious infrastructure plans and an unbalanced budget mean that the US is expanding its debt load at a potentially destabilizing pace. Goldman economists predict that the US deficit could reach 5.2 percent of gross domestic product by next year. This means market watchers are looking closely at how foreign buyers of US debt (especially China and Japan, who hold over $2 trillion in bonds between them) react to the latest planned borrowing spree by the US federal government. The appetite of foreign buyers for future US debt purchases will be a key test of whether US lawmakers can continue to borrow their way out of partisan gridlock on deficit spending.
The U.S. has never owed so much money before, and foreigners have never before owned so much that debt. Currently, foreign investors collectively hold about $6.35 trillion in US government debt, more than twice as much as in 2008, and that number is set to rise if President Trumps infrastructure plans have any hope of securing financing. Battles over government spending and the rising tide of US debt date back to the George W. Bush administration. The Clinton administration was the last US presidency to project a budget surplus, not a deficit, all the way back in 2001, and the issue of how to tackle deficit spending without cutting cherished government programs in areas like defense or social security outlays has never been satisfactorily resolved in Washingtons hyper-partisan political culture.
Over the past several weeks, the multiple corruption probes against Benjamin Netanyahu have reached a new stage following the recommendation by Israeli police that the Attorney General criminally charge the Prime Minister.Benjamin Netanyahu
There are currently four corruption cases open against Netanyahu which include:
Pakistans defense minister, Khurram Dastigir, spoke to the Senate on Monday. He said 1,000 Pakistani troops would join the Saudi-led war against Yemen. Dastigir claimed the forces would provide intelligence and training support but would not see combat.
The Saudi-led war against Yemen will enter its fourth year in March. Riyadh has failed in every way, shape, and form. On the ground, Yemens resistance forces known only as the Houthis throughout western media have only grown stronger in the past three years. Now, Yemens Army and Popular Committees have domestically produced long-range ballistic missiles, improved their air defenses, and manufactured naval missiles.
Ansarullah (aka. the Houthis) gained full control of Yemens capital Sanaa following a failed coup orchestrated by the United Arab Emirates, United States, and Saudi Arabia. Yemens resistance has successfully maintained security and eliminated terror elements from groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS...
The sales job is one of the most challenging because you have to convince potential buyers to purchase what you selling. Companies look for the most qualified and skilled people when hiring salespersons because they are concerned with maximizing sales and revenues as much as possible. This means that attending an interview to be hired as a salesperson is one of the most demanding tasks to job hunters.
Many people are not sure what they should do to be offered a position and how they should do it as it can be very hard to tell what the hiring manager is looking for in a candidate. If you have made your mind to become a salesperson, below are 4 tips for landing a sales job.
When looking for a sales job, you are not sure which employer will eventually hire you and sometimes you do not even know which companies are hiring. It is therefore wise to increase your chances of getting a job as a salesperson by sending your applications to as many employers as you can. This is very important especially if you are a recent graduate from college and you have no work experience.
Start by applying for entry-level roles and attend as many interviews as you can. When you send job applications to many employers it means you have more chances of getting a job. Even if you have no intentions of accepting a position that you applied for, attend the interview anyway. This will give you the experience you need to effectively respond to questions during interviews and learn a few things about sales.
I grew up as the child of a small Houma Indian community in south Louisiana. My father was a hunter, trapper and commercial fisherman so my early years were spent at his side observing and learning those life-ways. In our household a gun was just another tool with which we put food on the table.
My first experience hunting was with a single-shot 410 shotgun with which, as a youngster, I brought home my first meal, a fat little marsh hen. In that experience was embedded one of the most important firearm lesson my dad would teach me. While I had friends who would use an occasional, non-eatable, seagull or blackbird for target practice my dad was emphatic that if you kill it you eat it! Waste and wanton destruction was a cultural faux pas that was unacceptable.
It is this background that always foreshadows my contemplation of the gun debate that has been so prevalent in America these past couple decades. I consider my observations on this charged political oratorical struggle to be somewhat non-partisan. Ive been a registered independent since I signed my first voter registration nearly forty years ago. As an indigenous scholar with definite anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist leanings I do not fit squarely into either of the two political polarities. From this position issues are judged on merit, I would hope, and not as democratic issues or republican issues.
My social media feed today contains opinions across the spectrum from the friend who remembers fondly the bygone years when high schoolers had gun racks in their pick-up trucks to the social activist who wants to end private gun ownership this minute. They are, of course, entrenched in their respective political parties and leave little room for the possibility of common ground. If there are to be solutions found it would seem that a first step would entail a lowering of those party flags. Unfortunately, it seems that with every incident, with every mass shooting, the flags go up, the bunkers are strengthened, and the doors are closed.
On the right, once you get past thoughts and prayers, we are pointed in the direction of mental illness or violent video games while the left calls out the corrosive influence of the NRA. This, of course, does not imply that there is some sort of both sides do it equivalency but rather speaks to the fact that both camps have now stock, pre-loaded responses ready for the revolving news cycle.
I feel forced to question the assumptions and interpretations of the gun rights advocates. Statistics tell us that mental illness is responsible for 5 percent or less of gun deaths in the United States. Further, it is understood that mental illness affects men and women somewhat equally yet the perpetrators of mass shootings...
By Rima Najjar | Palestine Chronicle | February 21, 2018 As a Palestinian, I am skeptical about Mahmoud Abbass address, billed by the press as Abbas delivers rare address at UNSC meeting, which calls for two states. Whereas I believe that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movements goals can be achieved through more than one 
The compulsive hatred of Putin by many who have almost zero idea about Putin or Russian history is disproportionate to any rational analysis, but not surprising. Trump and Putin are like weird doppelgangers in the liberal imagination.
John Steppling, Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk into a Bar, Dissident Voice, February 21, 2018.
The Trump and Netanyahu governments have a problem: How to start a greatly expanded Middle-Eastern war without having a justifiable reason for one. No doubt they are working hard to solve this urgent problem. If they cant find a justification (which they cant), they will have to create one (which they will). Or perhaps they will find what they have already created. Whatever the solution, we should feel confident that they are not sitting on their hands. History teaches those who care to learn that when aggressors place a gun on the wall in the first act of their play, it must go off in the final act.
These sinister players have signaled us quite clearly what they have in store. All signs point toward an upcoming large-scale Israeli/U.S. attack on Lebanon and Syria, and all the sycophantic mainstream media are in the kitchen prepping for the feast. Russia and Iran are the main course, with Lebanon and Syria, who will be devoured first, as the hors doeuvres. As always, the media play along as if they dont yet know whats coming. Everyone in the know knows what is, just not exactly when. And the media wait with baited breath as they count down to the dramatic moment when they can report the incident that will compel the innocent to attack the guilty.
Anyone with half a brain can see the greatly increased anti-Russian propaganda of the past few weeks. This has happened as the Russia-gate claims have fallen to pieces, as former CIA analyst Raymond McGovern, the late Robert Parry, Paul Craig Roberts, and others have documented so assiduously. All across the media spectrum, from the big name corporate stenographers like The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, The Washington Post to The Atlantic and Nation magazines and other leftist publications such as Mother Jones and Who What Why, the Russia and Putin bashing has become hysterical in tone, joined as it is with an anti-Trump obsession, as if Trump were a dear friend of Putin and Russia and wasnt closely allied with the Netanyahu government in its plans for the Middle-East. As if Trump were in charge.
Russia Sees Midterm Elections as a Chance to Sow Fresh Discord (...
(ANTIMEDIA) In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the internet and broadcast news alike are inundated with commentary about why this keeps happening in America. Some blame guns, others blame mental health, and still others confidently blame false flag events and crisis actors. But one commonality among numerous mass killings in the 
Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger.
Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules, sidelining Hezbollah, ending Iranian influence in the country, and promoting Saudi business and political interests or else. It is clear that foreign aid from the Gulf is increasingly conditional.
Tension with Israel is also mounting. A military conflict could erupt at any moment, with devastating consequences. Between 1978 and 2006, Israel attacked its northern neighbor on five occasions. The last time Israel invaded Lebanon, during the so-called Lebanon War in 2006, at least 1,300 Lebanese people were killed and 1 million displaced.
The Israeli air force is lately, unceremoniously, violating Lebanese air space, flying over its territory on the way to Syria, where it is bombing selected targets, grossly violating various international laws.
To make things worse, Israel has begun building an ugly concrete wall right at the border line, an act which Lebanon views almost as a declaration of war. The Lebanese military received orders to confront Israeli bulldozers and construction crews, if the building of the frontier barrier continues. Both sides are now using intermediaries to communicate, but a confrontation may take place at any moment.
There is also a maritime dispute between the two countries, over an oil and gas rich area, which both countries are claiming as their own. This quarrel is also threatening the fragile peace between Israel and Lebanon. Although some would say, what peace, really, if both nations are still technically at war?
Reported by AP, on February 8, 2018:
Israel has in recent days escalated its threats against Lebanon over Lebanons invitation for offshore gas exploration bids on the countries maritime border.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Lebanons exploration tender as very provocative and suggested that Lebanon had put out invitations for bids from international groups for a gas field,which is by all accounts ours.
His comments drew sharp condemnation from the militant Hezbollah group and Lebanese officials, including Hariri, a Western ally, who described Liebermans comments as a blatant provocation that Lebanon rejects.
Abi Assi quoted Hariri as saying Thursday that area in the water that Israel is claiming, is owned by Lebanon.
A day after the above report appeared, Lebanons energy minister said, the dispute with Israel would not stop Lebanon benefiting from potential undersea reserves in the co...
By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | February 22, 2018 Afghanistan, no doubt, was what brought Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to Moscow on a working visit on February 20. This was Asifs second meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the past 5-month period. They last met in New York on the sidelines 
(TIM) On February 19th, CNN host Chris Cuomo retweeted an article, written by Cody Davis and published by The Tab, which bore the headline I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes. In the 2-year-old article, Davis described a visit to a Virginia gun shop. He wrote that he approached an employee for assistance in picking 
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-21-2018-government-forces-entered-afrin/ Over the last few days, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army have captured over a dozen villages from the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG)
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) He long ago lost credibility for collaborating with Israel as its enforcer against his own people for special privileges hes enjoyed for years, growing super-rich, much of his ill-gotten wealth stashed in offshore tax havens while most Palestinians remain deeply impoverished and viciously persecuted, besieged Gazans 
Press TV February 21, 2018 Last year, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm told a conference that the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Yemen was one that has far too long been neglected and forgotten by the global community and what Yemeni people were going through was difficult to imagine. It is such statements that, besides 
Sputnik 21.02.2018 Recent reports by South Korean news media claim that the US will deploy attack drones to the Korean Peninsula in the next few months. Twelve attack drones that can target North Korean leaders and military targets will be deployed in March or April, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported this week. According 
Press TV February 21, 2018 US Democratic leaders have called for more than $300 million in new funding to protect upcoming midterm elections from Russian interference. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi demanded a budget boost Wednesday, claiming that the amount is necessary to safeguard Novembers elections. The 
We dont necessarily agree with everything in this article. But we reblog it because we think there are some important points in this piece.
Originally published by the Region.
Assad and Kurdish forces have negotiated a deal that will allow for Assad loyalists to enter Afrin and battle against the military forces of Turkey, and allied FSA groups. Whereas Russia tried to obstruct such a deal from taking place, it was finalised anyway.
What catalysed it?
On January 20th, The Turkish armed forces and affiliated rebel groups operating under the banner of the Free Syrian Army began attacking the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin, a relatively peaceful area in northwest Syria. Prior to the attack, Afrin was under the protection of Russian forces, who withdrew when Turkey and Turkish backed FSA forces launched their attack. Kurdish officials believe that an agreement between Turkey and Russia provided the green light for the attack.
For the people of Afrin, It was never a question of if Turkey would attack the enclave in Northwestern Syria, but only a question of when.
The Democratic Autonomous Administration of Afrin had already engaged in often minor, intermittent clashes with Turkish forces on the border for years. And for the past few months, as Erdogan was warning of a potential Operation Euphrates Sword that would aim to expel the Syrian Kurdish PYD group from Afrin, Syrian Kurds began to raise the alarm.
Ankara claims that the Womens Protection Units (YPJ), Peoples protection Units (YPG) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD)...
Nairobi, February 21, 2018--Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Mohamed on February 17 and have been holding him without charge, Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of the advocacy organization Human Rights Center, and Abdullahi Hersi Kulmiye, the East Africa director of Universal TV, told CPJ.
Palestinian President Abbas bows before UN By Robert Inlakesh 20/02/2018 DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:00 P.M)- Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, just announced that the Palestinian Authority (PA) works for the occupation forces in the West Bank. At a speech delivered before the United Nations Security Council today, Mahmoud Abbas Announced that his administration works with the occupation of 
Al Sayyed and the discussion of the wrong ideas 21, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, The deterrence equation set by the Secretary General of Hezbollah Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and was put at the hands of the Lebanese officials we will ensure the stopping of the Israeli oil platforms in the sea within hours 
Yesterday we reported about the raid by 100 masked and armed cops against the Guesthouse of Resistance in Wendland because of an YPJ / YPG banner. After the raid there was a spontaneous demonstration in the evening hours, where cops repressed people again.
Originally published by DE Indymedia. Translated and edited by Enough is Enough.
After yesterday mornings police raids more than 100 people took part in a sponstaneous demonstration in Lchow (County Wendland), Germany. The powerful mood and the great attendance in the small province town Lchow felt really good. The whole operation of the cops was somehow bizarre, if you know that the only reason for their operation was that they wanted to confiscate a banner. This continued with the police operation during the demonstration on the streets in the evening.
During a speech on the demo somebody said: The henchmen need (BFE (a special police unit to secure evidence), SEK (an anti-terrorism unit with machine guns), Staatschutz (state security, a police unit for politival crimes and so on to remove a banner with more than 100 cops with machine guns. We would take scissors in cases like this.
This bizarre and disproportional police operation continued during the spontaneous and unregistered demo last night. The masked and armed cops with helmets sealed off the streets and again and again TRIED to stop the demo. A small group was kettled for a while and the cops used pepper spray. A bizarre cat and mouse game in the small contemplative town of Lchow. It was so disproportional that many people got cynical but we also had a lot of fun in Lchowlast night. We knew similar thing...
Qualitative transformations in the Russian position Written by Nasser Kandil, 21, 2018 Since the Russian military positioning in the face of the war on Syria at the end of September 2015, it was clear for Moscow and its allies in the axis of resistance that there are differences in the four aspects that rule 
16.02.2018 Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at The Unz Review Events in Syria have recently clearly taken a turn for the worse and there is an increasing amount of evidence that the Russian task force in Syria is being targeted by a systematic campaign of harassing attacks. First, there was the (relatively successful) drone and mortar attack on 
Economic data bolsters central bank officials plans to keep raising short-term interest rates this year
WASHINGTONFederal Reserve officials agreed last month that a strengthening economic growth outlook bolstered their plans to keep raising short-term interest rates this year.
Fed officials late last month believed the economy was set to grow faster than they when they met in December, according to minutes of their Jan. 30-31 meeting, which were released on Wednesday.
After the December meeting, Congress approved tax cuts that were slightly larger than officials had anticipated. Stocks also rose to new highs in the month before the January meeting, likely giving an additional boost to economic growth, they thought.
Stock markets convulsed in the days following the January meeting....
Following a report that a former team president had engaged in various acts of inappropriate conduct toward women, the Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation of the alleged acts and of the teams overall workplace environment.
The announcement by the team came in advance of a detailed Sports Illustrated report on alleged misconduct by the Mavericks former president and chief executive, Terdema Ussery. The report also included details of domestic violence allegations against Earl Sneed, a former writer for the teams official website.
While the teams statement did not name Ussery or Sneed, the NBA issued its own statement confirming that those two were the people whose behavior was being investigated. Most of the sources in the Sports Illustrated report were anonymous, but it painted a picture of a workplace teeming with problems for female employees, one in which the locker room was a far safer environment than the front office.
The report also led to the teams terminating the employment of Buddy Pittman, its human resources director.
Ussery, an Ivy League-educated executive who at one point served as the commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association, was known as a wunderkind whose rapid rise led him to his position with the Mavericks when he was just 38. His tenure with the team began before Mark Cuban purchased the team in 2000, and he held the job for 18 years, during which the team secured funding for a new arena and won an NBA title, in 2011. He resigned in 2015 to take a position with Under Armour, although he held that job for just three months.
According to Sports Illustrated, Ussery had been accused of inappropriate behavior as early as 1998.
In a statement provided to Sports Illustrated, Ussery said he was not aware of any sexual harassment complaints against him. I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outri...
(ZHE) In the aftermath of Robert Muellers indictment against 13 Russian operatives for meddling with the US presidential election, President Trump has been under fire for lashing out at everyone except Russia. So, in response, Bloomberg reports that the Trump administration is weighing citing the deaths of more than 200 Russian fighters or rather mercenaries in 
MANILA, Philippines Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday slammed the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte anew over its alleged political persecution of political and media critics and the mounting number of drug-related deaths in the country.
In a privilege speech, Trillanes claimed there were already more than 20,000 drug-related deaths in the country based on the administrations year-end report in December 2017.
He said that under the accomplishments of the Department of Interior and Local Government the administration listed 3,967 drug deaths in anti-narcotics operations from July 2016 to November 2017.
It meanwhile said that there were more than 16,000 homicide cases still under investigation from July 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017.
It is only in this country where the president counts the killing of his countrymen as among his accomplishments, he said.
Duterte has faced local and international criticisms over the rights violations and extrajudicial killings allegedly marring his flagship war on drugs.
Trillanes also condemned the order of the president barring Rappler and its palace reporter Pia Ranada for supposedly losing the trust of the chief executive over allegations that it was publishing so-called fake news....
Dr Amira Abo el-Fetouh | MEMO | February 21, 2018 After Al-Sisi opened the very large Zohr gas field about two weeks ago the newspapers celebrated and announced the news that Egypt will achieve gas self-sufficiency this year by means of the Zohr, North Alexandria, Nawras, and Atoll gas fields. The Egyptian citizens lived this 
If there were only one place I could visit in Palestine, it would be Damascus Gate. Going down the tall steps to the gate is like going down into a living theater of history. You are enveloped by a grand but not overwhelming architectural space, and the awareness of the flows of human beings come here in belief and humility makes your life seem purposeful and capable of transcendence.
Before you the high wooden doors lead into the Old City and on to the stones Jesus walked in the passion. To the east you can see cypresses on the Mount of Olives and to the north the busy commercial neighborhoods of Wadi al-Joz and the American Colony. And west, uphill, you can make out Jewish neighborhoods of West Jerusalem. You are at the center of the world, and civilization has a deep root here. Magnificent structures rise from rock, and storytellers stand at the gates periphery, to contemplate the many traditions and seek to explain our social mysteries.
Then a cartman almost runs you over shouting for he has a load of spices to bring to the marketplace.
So it was shocking today to see that Israel, an occupying nation, has disfigured the Damascus Gate. Maan news reports that Israel has erected a steel watchtower near the center of the gate, so as to police Palestinian activities more vigilantly. Look at this steel wen on the gates fine face.
It tries to present itself as a gazebo or a bandshell to hide its identity as a watchtower. It wants us not to think of the awful military cylinders that rise over Qalandia and Bethlehem but it is just more grotesque due to the pretension. It is obvious that only soldiers will have access to this tower, so they can target the Palestinians walking by. Because of course its all for security, the security of settlers and soldiers.
And theres no outrage, no report in the Western press apart from this dispatch at Middle East Monitor. And this comment from the US Campaign::Israel continues to escalate surveillance and targeting of Pal...
Beijing increasingly demands corporate self-censorship.
Mercedes-Benz, the luxury unit of Daimler AG , recently learned the price of crossing Beijing. Earlier this month the German car maker was attacked by state media after posting an anodyne Dalai Lama quote on Instagram. The company quickly and abjectly apologized to the Chinese government. It then went further, promising no support, assistance, aid or help to anyone who intentionally subverts or attempts to subvert Chinas sovereignty and territorial integrity.
This public humiliation has prompted many companies to ask: How much is it worth to stay in Chinas markets?
Gone are the days when China bided its time, as counseled by Deng Xiaoping. In exchange for continued access to Chinese markets, Beijing increasingly expects Western companies to engage in self-censorship, accept government control over information, and even punish their own workers for offending China.
Few companies have been willing to stand up for themselves when singled out. In January the American hotel giant Marriott caved in to pressure and temporarily shut down its websites in China. Its offense? An online questionnaire listed Tibet, Taiwan, Mac...
ISIS IN ACTION
On 18 February, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui is reported to have stated in an address at the Munich Security Conference in Germany that ISIS will attempt to return to Libya following its defeat in Iraq and Syria. In his speech Jhniaoui called for the need for cooperative international counter-terrorism efforts, arguing to win our battle against terrorism, it has to be under the name of war of thoughts, which will eradicate extremist thinking that attempts to attract young people to ideological distortions, in addition to fighting poverty and unemployment.
On 12 14 February, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD), a Geneva-based NGO, facilitated talks between a range of different Libyan actors in Geneva. CHD did not publish a list of attendees, but those invited are reported to have included Government of National Accord (GNA) Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maitig, House of Representatives (HoR) President Agilah Saleh, Central Bank of Libya Governor Sadiq al-Kabir, and former head of the General National Congress (GNC) Nuri Abu Sahmain. The organisers of the event stressed that all participants were invited in their personal capacity as individuals, not as representatives of certain institutions. HCD held a similar event in May 2017, as well as a meeting of over 90 of Libyas mayors in Tunisia in December 2017.
On 15 February, the Egyptian army announced it had foiled an infiltration attempt after reportedly destroying ten 44 vehicles loaded with arms and ammunition on the Libyan border. This is the latest in a series of similar claims by the Egyptian army to have destroyed convoys of vehicles carrying weapons and fighters into western Egypt.
On 13 February, it was confirmed the UN General Assembly (UNGA) had suspended Libyas to vote at the UN for...
(MEMO) The military confrontation between Israeli and Syrian/Iranian forces on 10 February set off widespread analysis and speculation on the probability of a major regional war. The severity of the latest clash with reports that Israel may have destroyed up to 50 per cent of Syrian air defense systems underscores the depth of tension in the area. But 
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Fars News (Iran)
Israels mounting interest in the US-led war on Syria, and in particular in picking fights with the Syrian government, Iran, and Hezbollah after the defeat of ISIL by these allied forces have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing across the border for Qaeda-allied terrorist groups on the Golan frontier.
To be clear, similar reports and evidence have put the United States on the side of all these terror proxy groups, like Al-Qaedas Nusra Front, which have been active in the area for some time. After all, American officials, the Pentagon regime, and the CIA continue to be very public saying they prefer ISIL over the elected government in Syria.
No wonder the regime changers are pushing the UN Security Council members for the Syrian government and its allies to halt their ongoing offensive in the Idlib province. Their desperate attempts to stop the successful offensive are designed primarily to save the Nusra Front and other terror proxies. This way they can claim they need to stay in the country, support the so-called moderates, and prolong their illegal occupation and war on the pretext of fighting terror.
The US has done the same to save the ISIL forces. In early February this year, US forces intensified their heliborne operations to evacuate ISIL commanders trapped in Hasaka province. Local sources in Hasaka confirmed that the US helicopters conducted heliborne operations in the village of Tuwaimin, 50km Northeast of al-Shadadi, in Southern Hasaka. The sources said militants, including an ISIL security commander, were evacuated from the region. The area where the operation took place is still occupied by the terrorist group.
If still in doubt, consider this: US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a member of both the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, has just proposed legislation that would prohibit US assistance to terrorist organizations in Syria as well as to any organization working directly with them. Equally important, it would p...
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21 FEBRUARY 2018 2:39PM
East Germanys secret police kept top secret files on a Labour group which Jeremy Corbyn helped to run, it has emerged.
The Stasi reportedly took a keen interest in the Labour Action for Peace (LAP) group in the 1980s.
Mr Corbyn was reportedly an officer of the LAP in the eighties and went on to serve as vice chairman before becoming president.
The Stasi believed the activity of the LAP to be of special importance and that the group could play a role in influencing the formulation of official Labour Party policy.
The emergence of the files, published by the Guido Fawkes website, comes as Mr Corbyn faces intense pressure over his links to former Czechoslovakian agent Jan Sarkocy.
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Cultural Diplomacy in a World of Conflict, by Hans Kchler / Iran is not top terror sponsor. Memorandum for the US President Donald Trump, by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity / Close Camp Bondsteel! / 2018 There are good reasons to fight and to hope, by Natacha Polony / Swiss model versus EU bureaucracy. EU Weapons Directive is in contradiction to the freedom of citizens, by Marianne Wthrich / Austria: This is what the new government wants, by Klaus Faissner / Digital transformation in schools learning from experience, by Felice Pensatore / People do not want war or how wars are made, by Dieter Sprock.
ARAB NEWS | Published Wednesday 21 February 2018
A man carries an injured boy as he walks on rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel held besieged town of Hamouriyeh.(AP)
BEIRUT: New airstrikes and shelling of the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 60 people and wounded dozens more on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said, adding to a staggering casualty toll that has overwhelmed paramedics and doctors in the past few days.
Syrian government forces and Russian aircraft have shown no signs of letting up their indiscriminate aerial and artillery assault on eastern Ghouta since they stepped up strikes late Sunday.
The situation in Eastern Ghouta is very sadning the UN Secretary General Antonio Guteres said while opening a Security Council session to discuss UN Charter and maintenance of international peace & security.
.The UN chief urged all parties for an immediate halt to fighting in what he described hell on Earth Syria enclave.
The International Committee of the Red Cross asked Wednesday for access to Eastern Ghouta near Syrias capital where a regime aerial campaign has killed over 300 civilians and wounded 1,400 others this week.
The fighting appears likely to cause much more suffering in the days and weeks ahead, and our teams need to be allowed to enter Eastern Ghouta to aid the wounded, said Marianne Gasser, ICRCs head of delegation in Syria. The worsening situation for the Syrians besieged in Damascus suburb led Germany to urge Russia and Iran to push the Syrian regime to end the deadly airstrikes on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, noting that the two had pledged to be guarantors of peace in Syria.
One has to ask where is Russia, where is Iran, which had pledged in Astana to guarantee a ceasefire also in Eastern Ghouta, said Steffen Seibert, spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, referring to peace talks in the Kazakh capital.
At least 260 people have been killed since Sunday night, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, including 10 in a wave of strikes on the town of Kafr Batna on Wednesday.
The Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group, also known as the White Helmets, said government forces targeted the town with airstrikes, artillery fire, and barrel bombs crude, explosives-filled oil drums dropped from helicopters at high altitudes. It reported that several other people were wounded.
The locally-run Ghou...
February 19, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Robert Muellers Friday night indictment-spree, is a flagrant and infuriating attempt to divert attention from the damning revelations in the Nunes memo (and the Graham-Grassley criminal referral) which prove that senior-level officials at the FBI and DOJ were engaged in an expansive conspiracy to subvert the presidential elections by spying on members of the Trump campaign. The evidence that the FBI and DOJ improperly obtained FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign affiliate, Carter Page, has now been overshadowed by the tragic massacre in Parkland, Florida and the obfuscating indictments of 13 Internet trolls who have not been linked to the Russian government and who are being used to conceal the fact that the 18 month-long witch hunt has not yet produced even one scintilla of hard evidence related to the original claims of hacking or collusion.
Nothing ignites a local environmental justice campaign more quickly, in California, than a refinery fire or explosion affecting down-wind neighbors. Three years ago, an Exxon-Mobil facility was rocked by a huge explosion in Torrance, a city of 145,000 just south of Los Angeles. According to a Justice Department lawsuit, the blast catapulted a 40-ton piece of equipment perilously close to a tank containing 50,000 pounds of hydrofluoric acid, a highly toxic and volatile chemical, used, with additives, in only two California refineries. If released in the air in large enough quantity, Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF) can form a ground-hugging cloud, able to drift for miles. Anyone exposed to it would suffer choking, searing of the eyes and lungs, internal organ damage or possible death.
"We will use the key performance indicators (KPIs) we created in November to measure the level of success enjoyed by the Russian intelligence active measures campaign. The plethora of examples within the indictment serves to confirm much of our analysis,...
The first time someone offered up the suggestion to abolish police, I was shocked and confused. Ive known for a long time that the prison industrial complex is poison, that predominantly black and brown communities are over-policed and underfunded, that for the most part cops are assholes but even with all that, the idea of doing away with cops entirely seemed unacceptable to me. We need cops, I thought. But why? Why are cops necessary? Well, first off, lets consider why they were ever necessary to begin with. Though a child of the British empire, American policing did not last long in its shadow. Todays U.S. police forces are not descendants of whats known as the Peel model; the citywide police force suggested by home secretary Robert Peel and accepted by Parliament in 1829.
Last week, the Sierra Club announced the latest U.S. coal plant to close: FirstEnergys Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia. Its No. 268 in a long line of U.S. coal plants that have shut down since 2010, and among several to suspend operations this month. The environmental organization lauded the closure as a victory in its Beyond Coal campaign and an affirmation that coal continues to lose when pitted against other fuel sources. The latest Sustainable Energy in America Factbook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy noted that the steady march of coal plant closures did slow somewhat in 2017, with just six plants closing compared to the previous years eight. But BNEF expects the closure trend to resume next year, with nearly as much plant capacity set to shut down 2018 as during the 2015 peak, when the coal industry dropped 15 gigawatts.
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Male, the capital of the Maldives
The Maldives is a tiny paradise nation, with a population of 400,000 and 10 times more sea than land. Its also a focus in the rivalry between China and India, whose total populations comprise a third of all people in the world.
The Maldives has been divided by a political crisis, with each of the two sides calling on one of their big neighbors for help. Both India and China have a vested strategic interest in the archipelago.
Early in February, the Maldives Supreme Court dropped charges against opposition leader and pro-Indian former President Mohammed Nasheed, and ordered that 12 opposition parliamentarians who had been stripped of their seats be reinstated. The current president, pro-Chinese Abdulla Yameen, overruled the courts decision and declared a state of emergency. Two Supreme Court judges and another former pro-Indian president, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, were arrested on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.
In the chaos that ensued, both Yameen and Nasheed appealed to regional powerhouses for their support. Yameen sent envoys to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in a bid to strengthen his position. Nasheed, who is currently outside the Maldives, took to Twitter to request a military-backed envoy from India and financial steps from the US.
On behalf of Maldivian people we humbly request:
1. India to send envoy, backed by its military, to release judges & pol. detainees inc. Prez. Gayoom. We request a physical presence.
2. The US to stop all financial transactions of Maldives regime leaders going through US banks.
Powers from farther away also took interest in the turmoil. A delegation from the EU was flown to the archipelago and held a meeting with the opposition, but was denied talks with the ruling government, which it accused of cracking down on democracy.
India has so far been reserved in its reactions. Statements from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top officials boil down to calls for respect for democratic institutions and playing a constructive role in the Maldives. A...
Yesterday we took action at TU Delft Bedrijvendagen against the cooperation of the university with the big arms companies Airbus and Thales.
Originally published by Indymedia NL.
Yesterday we took action at TU Delft Bedrijvendagen against the cooperation of the university with the big arms companies Airbus and Thales.
TU Delft has been cooperating with Thales and Airbus on research and development of advanced military technology, such as radar systems and composites for military aircraft. Their products are being used in war-zones and by EU border guards, making the borders more and more deadly. They spend huge amounts of money to lobby the European Union to militarize its borders.
With a group of thirty people we stood at the entrance of the event with banners and flyers to make our message clear and visible. Police was also there in big numbers and tried to repress our voices, but we were loud, we were visible and we disturbed business as usual. The police tried to move us to a special demonstration area about fifty meters away from the entrance to render our protest invisible, but we stayed strong and stood before the entrance for over an hour. During that time, we managed to attract a lot of attention and talk to many students, with some even joining the protest.
Just before the protest, the police entered a cafe where some participants were waiting for the protest to begin to ask for their identifications. When one of them refused to do this, the person got arrested without the protest even being started yet. The police still hasnt released her and has put her into custody with the reason that she didnt comply to a police officers request by not giving her identity. They want to keep her until her courtcase tommorow. This is a ridiculous reason and an act of trying to break someone in showing their identity, her lawyer is doing everything she can to get her out as soon as possible. This act of the police shows us that they want to repress everyone who is not willing to show their identi...
Things are moving fast in California. A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a resolution February 16 to support the recently introduced state bill that would create a Public Bank that could take deposits from legal marijuana businesses. California Senate Bill 930, introduced at the end of January, would establish a state-chartered bank that would allow a person licensed to engage in commercial cannabis activity to engage in banking activities in California. The LA resolution to support SB 930 was proposed by Council President Herb Wesson and approved by the councils Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Wesson proposed creating a Public Bank for the City of Los Angeles in July 2017.
There is a party that, even if it does not appear, takes part in the Italian elections: the NATO Party. It is formed by a transversal majority, that explicitly or tacitly supports Italy's membership of the Great Alliance under U.S. command. This explains why, at the height of the electoral campaign, the main parties tacitly accepted the additional commitments undertaken by the government in the meeting of 29 Nato ministers of Defence (for Italy Roberta Pinotti), on 14-15 February in (...)
Its no surprise that Malia Cohen worries about what local public dollars are doing. As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the municipal legislative body, its her job to know how, where and why the citys money is coming in and going out. But recently, Cohen has joined a growing number of public officials around the country who are wondering what happens in between what happens when the money in the city coffers goes to sleep at night. In fiscal year 2017, the city of San Francisco took in an average of $508 million a month in revenues and put out $467 million a month in expenses. But in between, the banks that handle all that cash sometimes used public dollars in ways that, in the opinions of Cohen and others, contradict the reasons why that money is coming and going in the first place.
The US-led coalition is often accused of supporting terrorist groups in Syria, including organizing safe passage and extraction from encirclements and hot zones. Videos have appeared on YouTube and Facebook allegedly showing the process of transportation of the terrorists. The source from the town of al-Hasakah (north-east part of Syria) has told Sputnik on the condition of anonymity that local Continue reading CIA Pentagon Helicopters Caught Transporting Daesh Terrorists Again
The success late last year follows reports in May that Israel helped stymie an attempt by the group to put a bomb on a passenger plane
Israeli intelligence helped foil an Islamic State passenger-plane bombing against a Western country late last year, after the 8200 intelligence unit passed on crucial information, the Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday after the lifting of a gag order.
According to the IDF, arrests were made at a very advanced stage of planning, possibly reflecting the latest such success by Israeli intelligence in a matter of months.
In May, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that U.S. President Donald Trump had told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about an Islamic State plan to slip a laptop rigged with a bomb onto a passenger plane. The foreign press ascribed th...
The Israeli occupation prosecutors have been working arduously for two months, like the tailors in Hans Christian Andersens The Emperors New Clothes, to tailor a case for Ahed Tamimi, in order to make her a terrorist. After her arrest, it was ruled that she must be kept in prison until the end of proceedings, because, God forbid, she might slap again. After indicting her on some rather ridiculous charges such as interfering with a soldier carrying out his duties, her trial was to actually begin on her 17th birthday, the 31st of January but it was delayed a week, and then another week. The prosecutors needed more time to tailor the final, invisible touches to this amazing case. Finally, last week, the trial started, and we were meant to witness it.
Bangkok, February 21, 2018 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Philippine government's decision to ban the news website Rappler from covering official presidential events, and calls for an immediate end to all government harassment of the independent online publication.
The French justice system's handling of the pre-trial conditions case has been dogged by controversy, allegations of denial of justice, and violation of due process
Nearly a century ago, Mohandas Gandhi started a new publication to share his vision of nonviolent organizing, filling it with inspiring quotations and political insights. He titled the journal Young India, to indicate that its teachings were intended to help the people plan for eventual independence, fusing the methods of building a movement with those required to begin (re)building a nation. Gandhi saw the means and ends as interconnected, and reflected this in his personal practices and societal aspirations. Of particular interest is the March 23, 1922, issue of the journal, which recounted proceedings from The Great Trial in which Gandhi was charged with attempting to promote disaffection toward the British colonial government. The exhibits against him were three articles he posted in Young India, including one titled Tampering with Loyalty.
Naila and the Uprising, the latest documentary by Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha, who previously directed the 2009 documentary Budrus, centers on the life of Naila Ayesh and how she came to resist the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Naila was imprisoned and tortured for her resistance, and upon her release organized women to lead the uprising known as the first intifada that began in 1987. The film opens with a present-day scene of Naila looking through a photo album with her son Majd, who observes that asking someone to recall their past also means asking them to relive it. The viewer senses that this process will invoke painful memories, and indeed it does. Naila recalls that she was 8 years old in 1967, when the Israeli military invaded and took control of the West Bank...
Scores of girls missing after new Boko Haram school attack Nigerian government spending a lot on arms, ammunitions, vehicles but it isnt clear they really want to do away with Boko Haram "IndyWatch Feed War"
.BOKO HARAM/AFP / by Aminu ABUBAKAR, with Phil HAZLEWOOD in Lagos | Fourteen missing Chibok girls were seen in a video released on January 15 by their abductors
KANO (NIGERIA) (AFP) Fears grew in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday about the fate of potentially scores of girls who have not been seen since a Boko Haram attack on their school two days ago.Militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled the attack.
The jihadists gained worldwide notoriety in April 2014 when they abducted 276 girls from their school in Chibok, in neighbouring Borno state.
Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and since May last year, 107 have either escaped or been released as part of a government-brokered deal. A total of 112 are still being held.
Mondays incident sparked fears of a repeat of Chibok and on Wednesday morning some 50 parents and guardians gathered at the school demanding information.
Our girls have been missing for two days and we dont know their whereabouts, Abubakar Shehu, whose niece is among those missing, told AFP.
Although we were told they had run to some villages, we have been to all these villages mentioned without any luck. We are beginning to harbour fears the worst might have happened.
We have the fear that we are dealing with another Chibok scenario.
According to school staff, there were 710 students at the state-run boarding school, which caters for girls aged 11 and above.
Inuwa Mohammed, whose 16-year-old daughter, Falmata, is also missing, said it was a confused picture and that parents had been frantically searching surrounding villages.
Nobody is telling us anything officially, he said. We still dont know how many of our daughters were recovered and how many are still missing.
We have been hearing many numbers, between 67 and 94.
Police in the state, which is one of three in the northeast Nigeria worst-affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, said they had no reports of abductions following the attack.
Yobes education commissioner, Mohammed Lamin, said the school had been shut and a rollcall of all the girls who have returned was being conducted.
Hundreds of students walked out of classes at a Florida high school on Tuesday morning and were marching nearly 11 miles to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooting left 17 students and staff members dead last week. Students from West Boca Raton High School left their classes to protest gun violence and to express solidarity with the school community in Parkland, Florida, that lived through last weeks massacre, according to local reports, The Palm Beach County Sheriffs office initially monitored the students march to ensure their safety, a department spokesperson told HuffPost. Deputies with the Broward County Sheriffs office then met them at the county line as they continued to walk toward Stoneman Douglas high, which remains close following the shooting.
AFP/File | Broadcom CEO Hock Tan is seen at a November 2017 White House meeting with President Donald Trump where he announced the Singapore-based firm would be reincorporating in the United States
The move came amid a closely watched hostile bid for Qualcomm which could reshape the fast-evolving sector of chips for smartphones and connected devices.
A Broadcom statement said the offer was reduced because Qualcomms board acted against the best interests of its stockholders by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXPs activist stockholders.
Qualcomm, the dominant maker of smartphone chips, has moved to fend off Broadcoms hostile takeover efforts and last week rejected the latest offer of $82 a share as too low.
The California company on Tuesday raised its offer for NXP to an estimated $43 billion, aiming to alleviate concerns of some NXP investors and seal the tie-up which would make a Broadcom acquisition of Qualcomm less enticing.
Broadcom said Wednesday it remained committed to acquiring Qualcomm and its cash-and-stock offer would revert back to $82 per share should Qualcomm fail to acquire NXP.
The Singapore firm accused Qualcomms board of acting against shareholder interest by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXPs activist shareholders.
Broadcom remains confident that Qualcomms stockholders will continue to support its proposal to acquire Qualcomm, Broadcom said in a statement.
Qualcomm is due to hold an annual meeting March 6 at which Broadcom has nominated six people to replace the majority of Qualcomms board of directors.
Broadcoms original offer for Qualcomm came days after CEO Hock Tan visited the White House and told President Donald Trump the company would be moving back to the United States.
"Turkeys foreign policy is dominated by a heated nationalist narrative, which in turn has triggered military operations in Syria. At the roots of these developments are several threats to Turkeysome very real, some perceived, others imaginedand the ways in which the political leadership uses them.
But beyond the immediate horizon, littered with hard-to-digest news and a couple of unthinkable risks, lies a different set of issues on which Turkey has little leverage. The real world around Turkey is so complexIran, Israel, Russia, and the United States are waging battles out therethat it may warrant a sober look from Ankara.
For now, Turkey faces many short-term hurdles.
Turkeys EU accession has in practice been blocked by Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. The European Parliament has just adopted a new resolution criticizing Turkeys human rights record. A forthcoming review of EU financial support to Turkey will likely end up with a substantial downsizing of assistance. On March 26, the Bulgarian prime minister will host Turkeys president and the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission in Varna, where the words of EU leaders are expected to be firm. In April, the commissions latest progress report on Turkey is also expected to be very critical of the countrys rule of law situation.
Then there are developments in New York.
A U.S. court will issue its verdict in the Zarrab-Halkbank financial crimes case around mid-April. U.S. Treasury fines, thought to be in the billions of dollars, against Turkish state-run Halkbank for violating sanctions against Iran could follow. In addition, the Treasury Departments Office of Foreign Assets Control could exclude the bank from operating in U.S. dollars if it were designated as a foreign sanctions evader.
Closer to home, a fierce narrative is in train: the possibility of a direct conflict between Turkish and American forces in northern Syria. American think-tanks and media are abuzz with scenarios of a potential clash. A military confrontation between NATOs two largest armies would cross into the realm of the pre...
The following is a special report, Crimes committed against Palestinians by the Israeli occupation forces, in 2017 in the Hebron District of the occupied West Bank.
The area covers 375,000 acres (1.5 million dunams).
The Palestinian population includes 706,000+ people.
121 types of military occupation attacks are described.
Who claims to be jewel of democracy in the world and leader of
human rights? And who says that Israel is the oppressed?
Do you have the courage to condemn these crimes or at least to criticize them? If only one word? Shall God judge such a nation?
Our Lives Begin to End the Day We Become Silent
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March 8, 1965
A. Martyrs: The number of martyrs during this year: 5
B. Confiscation of lands, dredging and the following:
1. The confiscation and razing of 800 dunums of land, including under declared military orders, and areas razed by the settlers. This operation was concentrated in the areas of Hebron, Yatta, al-Dhahiriya, Beit Aula, al-Urub, Ramadin, Idnna, Kharsa.
2. Uprooting of trees: 900 treesconcentrated in Yatta Dhahiriya Halhul Arroub Kharaswere uprooted by the occupation forces and the settlers.
3. Prevention of tillage and labor: 10 cases.
4. Destruction of walls: about 800 meters of the retaining walls.
5. Destruction of agricultural crops: 200 dunams (49 acres) were razed and damaged in different parts of the province.
6. Much building on the land of Palestinian citizens of the province: adding 600 new houses and caravans in the Settlements and in the outposts in Hebron district. They also built a big factory in Tana Amarim Settlement south of the Palestinian town of Adahriya and built a huge building in Metareem Settlement southeast of Adahriya.
7. Land surveys for future thefts for building to expand the settlements: 6 cases.
8. Expansion of roads: 2 cases in the areas of Bani Naim and Samou.
9. Construction of a section of the apartheid wall 43 KM west of the Hebron District.
C. Demolition, house bombing, and other attacks:
1. Demolition of brick or tin houses, agricultural rooms, tents, and quarries: 27 cases in the areas of Hebron Yatta Idnna Beit Ummar.
2. Demolition and detonation of water wells: 10 cases in the areas of Yatta Seir Idnna.
3. Demolition and construction notices: 122 notices, most of which are located in Yatta, Beit Ula, Beit Ummar, Hebron, and Sair.
4. Eviction orders: 3 cases in the town of Surif that require the evacuation of 11 dunums of the land of the citizens in the town.
5. Destruction and bombing of houses and shops: about 60 cases.
6. The seizure of houses converted into military barracks: more than 90 houses wer...
Intelligence ship Admiral Feodor Golovin along with two other vessels will sail past Britain as they return home from missions in the Mediterranean.
The vessels will sail past the UK as they return to the home port of the Northern Fleet in Severomorsk.
Royal Navy vessels are expected to intercept them, escorting the trio until they are clear of the Channel.
Russias ships yesterday passed through the Gibraltar strait under the watchful eye of the Portuguese corvette NRP Antonio Enes.
Putins vessels passage comes amid heightened tensions between Britain and Russia as defence bosses warned we are entering a new type of war.
RUSSIA: Vladimir Putins spyship will be passing through the English Channel
We have entered a new era of warfare
Admiral Feodor Golovin is a Vishya class intelligence vessel weighing in at 3,500 tons and carrying high-tech monitoring equipment.
Russia has been sending spyships into the Med since it entered the war in Syria back in 2015.
It will be accompanied by Aleksandr Otrakovskiy, a 4,000 ton roll-on roll-off landing ship designed for beach invasions, and Yelnya, a refuelling tanker.
SPYSHIP: Viktor Leonov spooked the US when it appeared off the East Coast in January
The ships are expected to reach the English Channel before the end of the week and then continue their journey to Russia.
Royal Navy and RAF assets regularly deploy to intercept and escort Russian vessels whenever they enter the English Channel.
Last month, Russian spyship Viktor Leonov was spotted off the East Coast of the US prompting a swoop by the US Navy.
The ship usually operates for around two months near the US as a part of a six-month deployment.
Relations are frosty between Russia and Britain amid wider tensions between Putin and the West over alleged election interference, NATO buildup in the Baltic, the war in Syria, and the annexation of Crimea....
Public defender says Nikolas Cruz is prepared to plead guilty if prosecutors agree to not seek death penalty
Feb. 21, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET
Defense lawyers seeking to spare Nikolas Cruz execution for last weeks school shooting in Parkland, Fla., could face a high hurdle: the states historic embrace of the death penalty, which has led to the second-largest death row in the U.S.
Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender whose office is representing Mr. Cruz, said the 19-year-old suspect,...
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday at the United Nations Security Council that President Donald Trump had harmed prospects for peacemaking when he made the dangerous and unlawful decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital last December. It was Abbas first speech with senior White House officials in attendance since communication with U.S. negotiators abruptly ended nearly three months ago, although both sides have disparaged the other in that period.
Abbas told the UN ambassadors he met with the Trump four times in 2017 and repeatedly reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution. Yet this administration has not clarified its position. Is it for the two-State solution, or for one-State? Abbas questioned.
Yet Abbas, however frustrated with the U.S., told the Security Council he is not ready to part ways.
The Palestinian leadership has sought in recent years an international team of negotiators in which the U.S. is but one of many foreign government brokering a deal with Israel. Palestinians hope international involvement will give them a better agreement than working with the U.S. alone.
Abbas then called for an international conference taking place mid-2018 in Moscow. He outlined principles tied to previous UN resolutions and commitments signed by both Israel and the Palestinians: mutual recognition between Israel and a state of Palestine based on 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital, a halt to settlement growth, minimal land swaps, in equal value and ratio, a just and agreed solution for the Palestine refugees, and halting transfer of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) February 20, 2018
Abbas included an off-the-cuff warning for Europe on the issue of honoring international law, guaranteeing Palestinian refugees the right to return. Abbas said, Its either that or they will become refugees and terrorists in Europe.
The conference will be a second of its kind. A similar summit was held in France in January 2017. The U.S. and Israel boycotte...
February 20, 2018 The Lebanese Army is ready to confront any Israeli aggression at all costs, commander General Joseph Aoun said. I reaffirm again our categorical rejection of the Israeli enemy infringing on Lebanons sovereignty and its sacred right to exploit all its economic resources, General Joseph Aoun said during the Eighth Regional Conference in 
AFPCharly Triballeau, AFP | A migrant holds a placard reading Migrant in danger during a protest in front of the sub-prefecture in Le Havre, northwestern France, on December 19, 2016.
Latest update : 2018-02-21
Emmanuel Macrons government will on Wednesday propose toughening Frances immigration and asylum laws amid vocal criticism from human rights groups in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority.
The bill unveiled on Wednesday will double the time for which undocumented migrants can be detained to 90 days and shorten the deadlines to apply for asylum, from 120 days to 90 days after a migrants arrival in France. It will also make the illegal crossing of borders an offence punishable by one year in jail and fines.
The new bill aims to cut the waiting time on asylum applications from 11 months to six, while providing help to those who want to go home.
Why do we want to reduce to six months? Because for those for whom asylum is granted, it is better to be able to begin integrating into French society as early as possible, Interior Minister Grard Collomb told reporters at the lyse Palace after Wednesdays weekly cabinet meeting.
But for those deported, in six months you havent lost your family roots, you havent lost contact with your country, and so it is better that the time limit be shorter, Collomb continued.
Migrant charities have blasted the bill as repressive, saying the emphasis...
(ANTIWAR.COM) Russias Foreign Ministry offered a surprising confirmation on Tuesday, saying that indeed dozens of the people killed in a recent flurry of US strikes against pro-government forces in Syria were either Russian citizens or citizens of other former Soviet states. Reports are that hundreds of people were killed in the US attack on February 7, which the 
Signs of a serious financial and medical crisis are everywhere at Durrah Childrens Hospital in Gaza City.
Dirt and dust have been collecting on the staircases since cleaning staff went on strike ten days ago, as they havent been paid for the fifth month in a row. Its hallways are dark because fuel supplies are depleted, and the generator no longer runs.
Three-year old Hamza Sakar lies on a bed in one of the crowded rooms while his grandma holds up a nebulizer to his nose to help him breathe. He is just one out of many Palestinians at risk of dying due to a lack of medication and treatment.
If he receives a life-threatening infection, he will die, said Dr. Essam Garably, director of the hospital. All patients are at a risk of infection, even those who come to the emergency department to use the nebulizer.
Children with contagious diseases have no choice but to stay in overcrowded rooms, posing a high risk for illnesses to spread.
Three weeks ago Durrah hospital shut down its intensive care unit and combined three of its departments into one in order to make the most out of the limited allocation of electricity, just four hours a day.
Gaza has been struggling with an unprecedented medical crisis since the end of January. Around 45 percent of essential drugs are at zero stock while 16 medical centers and three hospitals in Gaza have shut down their services as they dont have enough fuel to keep the generators running.
The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for the purchase of medications sent to Gaza, but fails to do so regularly.
Since Sakar is immune deficient, his life depends on consuming IGIV (Immune Globulin Intravenous), which contains antibodies to fight bacteria, fungi and viruses. But Gaza hasnt received any in the last six months.
Due to the lack of IGIV, Sakar caught severe pneumonia in the last two months. Fluid accumulated above his lung, sending him into a septic shock. During surgery, doctors inserted tubes into his left chest, where they successfully drained the fluid and gave him medication to maintai...
I exhort the presbyters among you,
as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ
and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.
Tend the flock of God in your midst,
overseeing not by constraint but willingly,
as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
Do not lord it over those assigned to you,
but be examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,
you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Its Chinese New Year and time for our special entertainment edition of China Watch. We document the atrocities at the CCTV New Years Gala! Racism! Outrage! And the back story on why China went blackface to show its love for Africa!
Then we look at witch hunts against foreign influence. Do you know why witch hunts arent coming back in America? Because they never went away! China Watch examines the US governments witch hunt machinery that was developed to root out Communist influence in glamorous Hollywood and is now gearing up for a run at Chinese influence in the United States. No its not McCarthyism. Its a lot, lot worse. And scarier.
And doing the dirty dog is dangerous to your health! A Malaysian rapper risks Malaysian government wrath over a risqu Year of the Dog video.
by Eric Zuesse for the Saker Blog As will be documented here, Americas troops in Syria are not there in order to fight, but to assist Kurdish separatists in the
Philippines: Presidential spokesperson Roque junks US intel report; Senator Trillanes says its a warning shot from the U.S. Creeping dictatorship, disregard for human rights and rule of law "IndyWatch Feed War"
A Palace official rejected on Wednesday a US intelligence report that President Rodrigo Duterte is a threat to democracy, saying the chief executive knows and upholds the rule of law.
Well I dont think thats true. Hes a lawyer. He knows the law. He wants to uphold the rule of law. He knows about the bill of rights. And of course I wouldnt have joined him if he was a threat to human rights, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
According to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, Duterte was listed as one of the threats to democracy due to his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime.
In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime. Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a revolutionary government, and impose nationwide martial law, the report said.
As we saw in part one of this post the lead story in the afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour on February 18th focused on the Israeli prime ministers speech at the Munich Security Conference earlier in the day, with listeners hearing remarkably little about the relevant topic of Iranian activities in Syria and the broader Middle East while contributor Laleh Khalili promoted a grotesque caricature of Israel.
The evening edition of the programme also led with that same story.
Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a stinging verbal attack on Iran, telling a Munich Security Conference Iran is the greatest threat to our world.
Presenter James Coomarasamy introduced the first item on the subject (from 00:45 here), yet again implying to listeners that the incursion of an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace on February 10th is a matter of opinion: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]...
(INTERCEPT) In the wake of last weeks indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an act of war against the U.S., but one so 
Toughen penalties for theft of firearms, and seriously enforce illegal-possession and straw-purchase laws.
Feb. 20, 2018 6:22 p.m. ET
The most predictable fallout from last weeks school shooting in Florida is the impassioned reactions from both sides of the gun divide, which guarantee nothing will change. Gun-control supporters demonize firearms and Second Amendment supporters, blaming the National Rifle Association for mass murder. Conservatives see their critics as caring little about the Constitution and knowing next to nothing about firearms.
But people of good faith can find common ground and help reduce gun violence in the U.S.
Lets begin with a statistic: The number of guns in America rose nearly 50% between 1993 and 2013. During the same period, gun homicides fe...
It appears from today's news that Bibi and Sarah are on their way out of the PM's residence and may end up in adjoining prisons. I would welcome informed comment on this to include likely succession. pl http://ev.haaretz.com/HM?b=0fpLm8-q4CwQdf02bTi5vNLQF7uFh4SEKSRW_osSDzZFIVKdg03IRZimDuo-vZyk&c=eDkXzS66dSRPWtVh9iZkYQ
Kazuyoshi Umemoto, Japans chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, holds up a copy of the original TPP deal as he speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo. | REUTERS
While President Donald Trumps decision to pull the U.S. from the initially put the deal on life support in January 2017, details released Wednesday revealed that the remaining 11 countries have managed to agree on terms close to the agreements original form.
Japanese diplomats, thrust into a new role as lead negotiators, worked to keep the deal largely unchanged except for key provisions which could eventually be reinstated to lure the United States back to the deal, and to potentially re-engage the Trump administration in the Asia-Pacific region.
One of the main reasons to keep the differences between the original TPP-12 and TPP-11 to a minimum is to induce the U.S. to come back to the deal, said Kazuyoshi Umemoto, Japans chief TPP negotiator, during a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. Although Japan is a trading nation, and we favored trade liberalization in general, we always had to be on the defensive side. But for the first time with TPP-11, we were able to take the lead.
In total, the new agreement removes 22 items, many of which were specifically pushed for by the United States.
Formally speaking the 22 amendments are suspended, but the TPP is a progressive agreement. That is why in addition to having new member economies, a change to the TPP agreement would not be impossible, said Kenichi Kawasaki, a professor and senior fellow at the Tokyo-based National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, who previously wrote an economic analysis of the original deal.
While U.S. participation in the trade pact remains improbable in the short term, during his January visit to Davos, Trump indicated an openness to rejoining the deal and on Friday, 25 senators pressed the president to re-engage on negotiations, according to The Washingto...
BEIRUT (Reuters) A senior U.S. diplomat met Lebanons foreign minister on Wednesday in Beirut as part of a U.S. shuttle diplomacy effort to resolve tensions between Israel and Lebanon over a border wall and energy drilling in disputed waters.
Disputes over Israeli construction of the border wall, Lebanons start of oil and gas exploration at sea and the growing arsenal of Lebanons Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah have caused a spike in tensions between Lebanon and Israel, both friends of the United States that regard each other as enemies.
Lebanon this month signed its first offshore energy exploration and production agreements with a consortium of Frances Total, Italys Eni and Russias Novatek. One of two blocks given to the consortium, Block 9, contains waters claimed by Israel.
Above: Eastern Med oil rig
David Satterfield, the acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, has been shuttling back and forth between Israel and Lebanon in a bid to resolve the disputes.
He met Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on Wednesday in Beirut. The two had last met on Friday, after which Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri reiterated Lebanons rejection of U.S. proposals to resolve the maritime dispute as unacceptable.
This was an apparent reference to a maritime demarcation line proposed by U.S. diplomat Frederic Hof in 2012, which would give Lebanon around two-thirds and Israel around one-third of a disputed triangular area of sea of around 860 sq km (330 square miles).
A senior Lebanese government source said Satterfield did not come with any new plan, and talks still revolve around the Hof line.
A source in the foreign ministry said he discussed the disputed area, how Lebanon can preserve its rights and how to keep exploration and drilling from being affected.
Satterfield left without making any public comments.
The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon said Satterfield continues to engage on regional issues and on helping Lebanon develop its resources in agreement with its neighbors....
Smoke rises from a peatland fire in Pekanbaru, Riau on Feb 1, 2018. It is one of 73 detected hot spots causing haze on the island of Sumatra.
AFP/File | Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at Singapores inaugural Cyber Week in 2016: the defence ministry has now held an unusual contest aimed at tightening cybersecurity
The programme, which ran from mid-January to early February, was introduced after an embarrassing breach last year which saw hackers steal personal data from about 850 military servicemen and other employees from a defence ministry web portal.
It was run with cybersecurity network HackerOne, which specialises in coordinating bug bounty programmes in which hackers are rewarded for spotting weaknesses in computer systems.
The top hacker in the contest was a Cyber Security Manager from Ernst and Young Singapore who gave his name only as Darrel and goes by the online moniker Shivadagger. He was awarded US$5,000.
A total of 97 vulnerability reports were submitted from 34 participants during the programme, with 35 reports deemed valid, according to the defence ministry.
David Koh, the defence ministrys cybersecurity chief, hailed the project. Our systems are now more secure, he said.
While Singapore has some of the most advanced weaponry in the region, Koh said the ministry was at increasing risk of being targeted, and attackers could range from high-school students in their basements to criminals and state-actors.
Phi Beta Iota: This woman is interesting but limited. Anyone who does not understand that Sandy Hook was a false flag operation in which no one died, is either stupid or controlled. She means well but she is not Jon Rappoport. Still, absolutely worth a look, hats off to Berto Jongman for flagging this link.
The Massachusetts senator gives the Native American claim another try.
Feb. 16, 2018 10:05 a.m. ET
Are there Native Americans who dont belong to any tribe? Sen. Elizabeth Warren argues that there is at least one, and on Wednesday the Massachusetts Democrat made her case to the National Congress of American Indians.
Recently the Boston Globe explained why Ms. Warren needs to address the issue:
Theres a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren as she ramps up for a possible 2020 presidential bid and a reelection campaign in Massachusetts this year: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.
As Warren is mentioned as a serious presidential contender in 2020, even some who should be her natural allies say Warren has displayed a stubborn unwillingness to address the gap between the story she was told of Native Americans in the family tree and a dearth of hard evidence to back it up.
And of course people who are not natural allies have been rather less charitable. President Donald Trump has taken to calling her Pocahontas and other critics have called her a fake Indian.
The website MassLive has published a copy of Sen. Warrens prepared remarks for the Wednesday speech:
I get why some people think theres hay to be made here. You wont find my family members on any rolls, and Im not enrolled in a tribe.
President of the National Akali Dal party, Paramjeet Singh Pamma burns a picture of arch-terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. (Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Dear President Trump,
Kudos on standing up to Pakistan and its support of terror. Im sure you took notice of what just happened after you tweeted your first communique of 2018:
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
Pakistan kicked and screamed and pouted. We do not have any alliance, said Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif. This is not how allies behave.
Yet the prospect of losing $900 million in military aid apparently caused the country to reconsider.
Pakistan just detained arch-terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, after dithering around for years arresting and releasing him.
But this time it looks different like Pakistan is taking your demands seriously because the U.S. has put its money where its mouth is.
In 2017, you wisely withheld $350 million in aid over Pakistans support of terror; the U.S. also held on to an additional $225 from 2016 for the same reasons.
Although Pakistan claimed it was fighting terror (the military says it lost more than 7,000 soldiers fighting al-Qaeda, th...
In the omnipresent face of abuses and oppression, we recall iconic peace and justice leaders of the past, including Mohatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Samuel Gompers, Caesar Chavez, Larry Itliong, Rachel Corrie, Philip Berrigan & Daniel Berrigan, Glenn Paige, Hedy Epstein, Malcolm X, and so many others. Peace and justice advocates and activists, across time, are testimony to the enduring human spirit to resist oppression to claim liberty, and to endure, even when the costs are life.
This is the second list of living peace and justice advocates and activists we have compiled and published (see: Marsella, A.J., & Malley-Morrison, K. [January 29, 2018, In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace and Justice Leaders and Models, Transcend Media Service). Our efforts are continuous with intentions to celebrate Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.s enduring contributions to peace and justice, beyond his designated annual memorial holiday on January 15, 2018.
.AFP/File / by Katy LEE and Claire GALLEN | France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.
The government says the law balances efficiency with humanity, offering faster asylum to refugees found to have fled conflict or repression.
But it has opened divisions in the left-right coalition that newcomer Macron set up when he came to power in May, with even some members of his Republic On The Move (LREM) party breaking ranks to criticise it.
The most vulnerable will be punished, said Jean-Michel Clement, a lawmaker who joined the centrist LREM after switching from the Socialists.
Its not forbidden to put a little humanity into a draft law.
Some workers at Frances refugee protection office Ofpra were going on strike to protest the bill on Wednesday, branding it an unequivocal departure from Frances tradition of asylum.
They join staff at the asylum court who have been on strike for nine days over their working conditions, with immigration lawyers also raising concerns over aspects of the draft law.
The bill will be presented to the cabinet Wednesday before being tabled in parliament in April.
While leftwingers see it as too punitive the right have labelled it too lax.
Macron has come under pressure to toughen his stance after winning power in an election in which far-right leader Marine Le Pen won 34 percent of the vote, capitalising on concerns over immigration.
The infamous Jungle migrant in Calais was razed in 2016 but young Africans and South Asians continue to head to the coast hoping to stow away on trucks crossing to Britain, while others are camped out on the streets of Paris.
France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.
Liberation newspaper noted that while polls showed voters backing tougher laws the relocation of thousands of migrants to towns and villages nationwide in 2016 went off largely without hitch.
The French say they are worried, wary and wan...
It appears Mueller and his team of far left attorneys copied much of their report from an earlier RFE article.
Phi Beta Iota: There is nothing illegal about what the Russians have done, and there is something gravely unconstitutional what the US Government is doing in the way of stealing from the public treasury and lying to the US public. 2018, which may put veterans into office, is a crucible year.
We do have to consider the possibility that Donald Trump has turned Robert Mueller and Mueller did this with great deliberation to have an indictment that can be directly traced to a CIA-funded Radio Free Europe story is the best possible way for Donald Trump to put a cattle prod up whats left of CIAs tender ass.
Robert Steele: The Soft Coup Collapses Blackmail Revealed What Next? CIA was bluffing, produced no evidence Russians did not hack the election. Is this the beginning of the end of the Deep State in the USA? Can Trump clean house & wage peace?
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Higher prices used to spell trouble for the economy, but with the emergence of the U.S. as a leading oil producer, that no longer holds true
Feb. 21, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET
The effect of oil prices on the U.S. economy used to be straightforward: Higher was bad. Yet between 2014 and early 2016, as oil collapsed, growth slowed sharply. Since then oil has doubled, yet the economy has accelerated.
Credit this to the emergence of the U.S. as a leading oil producer and, soon, net energy exporter. More expensive oil is still a tax on consumers. But that tax is increasingly offset by the boost to energy investment, production and jobs. The U.S. business cycle is thus now tied in complex and surprising ways to the global oil market.
The rise in U.S. oil production, thanks to shale, is nothing short of spectacular. The federal Energy Information Administration projects that daily output, which was the highest since 1972 last year, will rise to a new record of 10.6 million barrels this year. BP PLCs latest world energy outlook predicts the U.S. will account for 18% of world oil and related liquids output in a little over two decades, well ahead of second-place Saudi Arabia at 13%.
Even more consequential: The U.S. deficit in crude oil and refined products has shriveled to four million barrels a day last year from 12 million in 2007. The EIA predicts the U.S. will become a small net ex...
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Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka.
As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces.
The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request. https://mailchi.mp/eb163a47cfa0/the-un-should-oppose-australias-deportation-of-sant...
Bump stocks are worth a lot more thanks to an announcement from U.S. President Donald Trump.
The devices, which increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic gun to mimic that of a fully-automatic firearm, may become the subject of a ban proposed by Trump Tuesday afternoon. On Gun Broker, a firearms auction platform, bump stock prices quickly rose.
One listing, with a $399.99 price tag, added get them while you can guys. The retail price for a comparable device is less than $200. Other auction prices ranged from just over retail to as much as a $1,000.
After months of pressure to regulate bump stocks following last years Las Vegas attack, the White House revealed its proposal as students were protesting another mass-killing, this time at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The same type of gun, an assault rifle, was used in both massacres, just as it was in the 2012 murder of 20 small children and 6 adults at an elementary school in Connecticut.
In Las Vegas, bump stocks were used by the assailant to kill concertgoers from a 32nd floor hotel roomresulting in the largest mass shooting...
An ISIS terrorist (Photo: screenshot from ISIS propaganda video)
Acts of suicidal-terrorism are determinedly gory and extremist. But they are oftentimes mythologized as heroic acts or defined with terms which, although used by the mass media, are absolutely erroneous and inappropriate.
They induce in their message a media mystification of the truth that often confuses the public, fueling the campaigns of death. One such term is martyrdom.
The word martyrdom, since the first appearance of the term, means something substantially different in the three monotheistic religions. Specifically, in the framework of Islamism, the causes and effects of martyrdom are reversed, i.e. death in battle becomes the door to gain access to heaven.
In Christianity, the term martyrdom derives from Greek word martyrion (a testament to faith). The theme recurs in commentaries of the Old and New Testament, but what is highlighted in the Judeo-Christian concept of martyrdom is the sacrifice of a person to help or save the lives of others, a noble act of oblation without committing any violence acts. There is not an a priori project or proclamation to the fulfillment of that sacrifice.
In Christianity as well as Judaism, there are no shortcuts to achieving eternal happiness. In Christian theology, ones eschatological future draws deeply from the actions of ones life in this world including the possibility of failure (which can result in dramatic consequences).
Jewish religious law, halacha, was founded to consecrate God and sanctify daily life by observing all the precepts of Jewish law, the Shabbat (Sabbath) being one central part of the Jewish faith. Putting the principle ahead of life itself is something that Judaism finds eschews (with a few exceptions).
Contrast these attitudes to the concept of martyrdom as promoted by ISIS. Violence is exalted and linked to a paradigmatic purity. In jihad, the roles and causes of martyrdom are reversed. Deat...
AFP/File | Navalnys supporters took part in a rally on January 28 calling for a boycott of March 18 presidential elections.
An ally of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to ten days in detention after posting a tweet calling on followers to come to an unauthorised rally last month.
The Simonovsky District Court late on Tuesday ruled that Roman Rubanov was guilty of organising an unauthorised rally and sentenced him to ten days in police cells, his lawyer Ivan Zhdanov told Interfax news agency.
According to the ruling, Rubanov who heads Navalnys Anti-Corruption Foundation tweeted a link to a video by the Kremlin critic called First step toward victory in which Navalny appealed to Russians to attend the voters strike rally on January 28.
Russian authorities have increasingly cracked down on the anti-corruption campaigner Navalny, who aimed to take part in the March presidential polls but was barred from standing over a controversial criminal conviction.
He is now calling for a boycott of the election.
Many of Navalnys associates have received administrative punishment over similar misdeeds, including his press secretaries who were sentenced to several days in custody after streaming footage of the protests online.
Last week Russias media watchdog blocked Navalnys website, where he publishes exposes of corruption in Russias top political echelon as well as calls for a boycott of the March 18 election.
People in his campaign have been endlessly harassed by the authorities, with campaign chief Leonid Volkov on Tues...
Bellingcat is holding a series of workshops in Europe in 2018, where participants can learn the tools and methodologies used by Bellingcat in their investigations.
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TOKYO (Reuters) Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said.
In view of budgets and production schedules a new acquisition of around 25 planes is appropriate, said one of the sources with knowledge of the plan. The sources asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
The sources said buying complete aircraft from the United States, at about $100 million each, will save Japan about $30 million per airframe.
The purchase will add to an earlier order for 42 of the fighters, most of which are being constructed at a final assembly and check out plant in Japan operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T), the countrys leading defense contractor.
That plant is one of only two such factories outside the United States. The other, in Italy, is operated by Leonardo Spa (LDOF.MI).
As China fields ever more advanced aircraft, including stealth planes, and as North Korea pushes ahead with its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs, adding F-35s will further i...
by Vesnik-Ilinden Newspaper Ilinden: Dr Marcus Papadopoulos, please provide a short biography to introduce yourself to the readers. Marcus Papadopoulos: Since my childhood, I have had a fascination and passion for the former Yugoslavia; so much so that it is, today, one of my two fields of expertise, the other being Russia. I have been researching the history of the Balkans, including its people and cultures, for well over 20 years now and am a frequent visitor to the region. I was 12 years old when the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia disintegrated, or, to be more precise, was undermined and destroyed by America, Germany and certain other European countries. The killing of Yugoslavia pained me a great deal and has continue to pain me ever since. I feel great sadness for Macedonians, Serbs, Muslims, Croats, Montenegrins and Slovenes because of how they continue to suffer, especially economically, as a result of the destruction of Yugoslavia. Tito, who was a visionary and an extraordinary leader, often warned, in speeches to the Yugoslav people, that there
Throughout the ages, wars have been waged over territory. From nation states and warring factions, to gangs and real estate developers everyone knows location is key. The more land you control, the more territory you lord over the more power you wield.
Generally the acreage and borders in question are based on the land as nature intended it to be. But what if your strategic interests required creating land out of thin air, or in this case, deep blue ocean? Enter the Peoples Republic of China and their man-made islands in the Spratly island chain, in the hotly disputed South China Sea.
The United States and its allies have been watching the construction of these man made islands for some time. China began the projects under the auspices of navigational necessity but analysis of their chosen locations quickly revealed there was another strategic motivation at work. In fact, they were building new military bases.
In early 2017 the DC based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)released a report having analyzed recent satellite photos and concluded that runways, aircraft hangers, radar sites and hardened surface-to-air missile shelters had either been finished or were nearing completion.
The report also stated that the satellite images appeared to be the...
A former Sanitation Department honcho is pulling in an astonishing $285,047-a-year pension more than twice what he was making on the job, according to newly released data.
And thats just one of dozens of huge pension payouts revealed in records published Tuesday by the Empire Center for Public Policy data that lay bare the citys insanely generous pension system, the government watchdog said.
Pensions like these are unheard of in the private sector and deserve the close scrutiny of taxpayers, said Tim Hoefer, executive director of the Empire Center.
The long list of six-figure pensioners in the New York City Employees Retirement System shows just how great a burden the city has placed on its finances, Hoefer added.
Eugene Egan, the garbage-hauling agencys longtime director of labor relations, was earning $128,189 a year when he retired in 2015, public records show.
But because the 86-year-old Bronx man started working for the department before July 1973, he was enrolled in the citys most lavish pension plan known as Tier 1 and was able to continue growing his retirement pot throughout a lengthy career.
Asked about his lifetime golden handshake on Tuesday, the golden oldie became defensive and called the figures fake news.
Youll go ahead and say Im ripping off the city cause I got a pension, Egan said at the door of his two-story home in the Bronx, saying he didnt want to look like a bum.
The fact is that I worked almost 60 years for it, he added.
While he was still working for the Sanitation Department, Egan didnt like other workers at the agency knowing how long...
With Great Britain becoming a leading member of this new European alliance, US interests will be well protected while the existence of an independent European force will remain a pipe dream.
Since the FBI never inspected the DNCs computers first-hand, the only evidence comes from an Irvine, California, cyber-security firm known as CrowdStrike whose chief technical officer, Dmitri Alperovitch, a well-known Putin-phobe, is a fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank that is also vehemently anti-Russian as well as a close Hillary Clinton ally.
Daniel Lazare, NYTs Really Weird Russagate Story, Consortium News
The masses did not mistakenly choose fascism. Rather, there is a more fundamental nonidentity between class consciousness and mass movements. Fascism was not a Falschkauf (mistaken purchase) followed by buyers remorse. The people fought for it, fiercely and stubbornlythough this desire for fascism is also a desire for suppression, a fight for servitude, if you will, or an escape from freedom, as Erich Fromm put it in the title of his 1941 book.
Ana Teixeira Pinto, Male Fantasies: The Sequel(s)
This week an angry dead end kid named Nikolas Cruz took his legally purchased AR 15 and walked into a school and opened fire. The FBI knew about Cruz because he had been reported to them. Cruz had been reported to the school, too. But nobody followed up. Cruz himself is one of those unpleasant looking young men that are visibly angry, and who exhibit, even in photographs, a quality of emotional disturbance. But nobody followed up. The FBI is too busy writing narrative fiction about Russia. The FBI is more concerned with constructing terrorist threats and then busting various patsies and making a big show of their success. This same week the US has continued to bomb Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia. This same week Mike Pence stomped around the site of the Winter Olympics and managed to insult most every foreign leader in attendance, but most acutely the hosts of this event. But then Pence is a vulgar rube from the hinterlands of Indiana. A fundamentalist Christian whose knowledge of the world is even smaller than his boss, the President.
The Hill reported.Approval of the FBI has increased among Democrats and decreased among Republicans since President Trump took office, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. So, uh, Dems and liberals are fawning over the FBI because, presumably, Mueller is after Satan-in-Chief The Donald, while Republicans are pouting because, presumably, the FBI isnt dropping the fictitious investigation of Russian collusion. Meanwhile, the FBI, famed for various cluster fucks like Waco and Ruby Ridge, not to mention COINTELPRO and countless undercover surveillances on journalists and dissidents of all kinds, is being embraced by liberal America. (C...
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A city councilman in Plano, Texas is at the center of controversy for sharing a video on Facebook that has been called anti-Islam. The video showed pictures of students wearing hijabs in classrooms with a comment by Councilman Tom Harrison: Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools.
The city council, which does not have the power to oust Harrison (that would take a recall petition and a public referendum), voted 7-1 to censure him.
Harrison, for his part, said he will not resign but did apologize for the unintentional hurt I caused by reposting something on my personal Facebook page that wrongfully implied I am anti-Muslim.
At the city council meeting called to discuss the post, Harrison said, I want to assure the citizens of Plano I am not xenophobic, I am not a bigot, I am not a racist.
Yet, in a bizarre twist of logic used to explain the post, Harrison also said in a statement, My intent on inputting this on my personal Facebook page was to emphasize that Christianity is not the only religion being targeted for exclusion in our public school. It was not meant as a personal attack against the Islamic faith.
Lets explore the facts before we try to dissect what that last statement means.
Harrisons post should be judged on the words he used to describe the images he chose to post. Banning Islam in Americas schools plain and simple means denying a person the right to freely practice their religion in a way guaranteed by our constitution.
One only needs to envision simple substitutions to see if this argument is legitimate: Imagine the students in the video as Christians wearing cros...
Saudi law specifies the rules and regulations for the proper stoning of a woman or a man. http://angryarab.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/saudi-law-specifies-rules-and.html It reads: Stoning stones should be from a medium-size solid brick, almost the size of the palm, not small pebbles which can prolong suffering or he big ones which can kill fast thereby preventing the purposeful torture. 
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the countrys biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.
Shlomo Filber, who was arrested this week along with top executives at Bezeq Telecom (BEZQ.TA), had been a personal appointment of Netanyahus to head the Communications Ministry.
Police now suspect Bezeq received regulatory benefits, and in return, Netanyahu received favorable media coverage on a popular news website that is also controlled by Bezeqs former chairman.
The Bezeq executives have denied the allegations.
SEE ALSO US/UK use of depleted uranium in Iraq will be killing people for decades/centuries to come Poisoning the World: after Iraq, LibyaPentagon admits and confirms the use of depleted uranium in Syria for 5,000 times Nothing learned from Iraq, USA Depleted Uranium Weapons Have Been Used in Syria US Pentagon confirms it used depleted uranium in Syria 
The forces of the Turkish regime aimed at artillery where the presence of the Popular Forces upon arrival in the area Afrin, as well as targeting media delegations that keep pace with the arrival of the Popular Forces.
He pointed out that the Popular Forces deployed immediately upon arrival in the Afrin area in the points and centers specified to contribute to support the people defending their villages and homes against the attacks of terrorists Daash and the aggression of the Turkish regime and its mercenaries of terrorist organizations Takfiri.SANA NEWS
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By James Crisp and20 FEBRUARY 2018 9:30PM
Boris Johnson described Brexit as a mess during a private meeting with senior German officials, European Union sources have claimed.
Mr Johnson is understood to have been referring to the complex Brexit negotiations rather than the British decision to leave the bloc, which he campaigned for in the referendum.
During unminuted talks in Berlin, the Foreign Secretary is alleged by Brussels sources to have urged the Germans to turn Brexit into an economic opportunity.
However, The Telegraph understands he was rebuffed by the German government, which has repeatedly stood behind Michel Barnier and resisted any attempts to go over the European Union chief Brexit negotiators head.
The claims were
Read the rest (Paywall):
Betrayal? Boris Johnson labels Brexit a MESS in secretive meeting with German officialsBORIS Johnson betrayed his own Brexit campaign by calling it a mess in a private meeting with senior German officials, European Union sources have claimed.
The alliance of a religious Shia movement with a leftist-secularist party might end up as the king-maker of a new Iraqi government
AFP/File | High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been sentenced to a further five years in jail over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, is seen here in 2015 with his daughter Malak
DUBAI (AFP) High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to a further five years in jail on Wednesday over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, a judicial source and human rights groups said.Rajab, a leading figure in 2011 protests against the Gulf states Sunni minority rulers, was already serving a two-year sentence handed down last July for disseminating rumours and false information in television interviews critical of the government.
In the latest case, Rajab was found guilty of insulting a neighbouring country and spreading false news and rumours, a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The charges are linked to tweets and retweets, made via Rajabs account and critical of a Saudi-led coalition, including Bahrain, that has been fighting in Yemen in support of its beleaguered government since 2015.
The charges also relate to tweets critical of Bahrains treatment of inmates at the notorious Jaw prison, south of the capital Manama.
The kingdoms leading human rights groups, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, confirmed the charges and sentence.
LONDON: Hundreds of KFC outlets remained shut in Britain on Wednesday due to a supply crisis, leaving fans craving a fix of deep-fried chicken.
The Munich Security Conference is supposed to be an annual lofty gathering of global politicians, and military and intelligence experts. Theoretically, they discuss serious security matters under a cool professional eye in an informed setting.
Mueller Focuses on Molehills The mountain is whether the FBI was an unwitting agent of Russian influence So who is really manipulating the American people? U.S. Intelligence and most media caught in rope a dope "IndyWatch Feed War"
Feb. 20, 2018 6:31 p.m. ET
On Aug. 17, 2015, 63 days after Donald Trumps escalator ride at Trump Tower, a lightbulb went on. Certain pro-Trump emails that colleagues and I were receiving were coming from Vladimir Putins internet trolls. The Kremlin is now in the Donalds corner . . .? I emailed a co-worker.
The most valuable thing said last week was said by Sen. Jim Risch during a hearing, when he pointed out that the American people realize that theres people attempting to manipulate them.
The least valuable was the prediction by three intelligence chiefs that Russias meddling will continue through 2018 and 2020. It may or may not, but w...
The main objective of getting rid of the extremist group the Taliban, was to defeat terrorism spearheaded by Osama bin Ladens Al-Qaeda network, blamed for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Al-Qaeda was purported to have bases in Afghanistan. Since the main focus of the coalition forces was eliminating terrorism, it is worthwhile to analyze this objective after this 17-year campaign and find out what progress has been made in achieving this goal.
I will talk about civilian causalities the aim of this article and its impact on Afghans and the American strategies of winning hearts of minds and defeating terrorism. The importance of talking about civilian casualties is relevant because the campaign to fight terrorism continues to produce significant civilian casualties.
Recently the Taliban attacked Kabuls downtown killing 105 people. Reuters reported the U.S. military authorities are opening an investigation about a widely circulated video in which an American soldier is firing into a civilian truck in Afghanistan. Afghan civilians are be...
That is the conclusion from a public opinion poll that shows widespread support for Irans nuclear and missile programs, deep distrust of Mr. Trump and the United States, and rising criticism of a government that has failed to raise standards of living, get management of the economy right and fight corruption.Image: Ring of Fire Network
Iran scholar Esfandyar Batmanghelidjsuggested that taken together, responses in the poll to the nuclear issue and the economy revealed the economic roots of a new-anti-Americanism in one of the few Middle Eastern countries where public perceptions of the United States until the rise of Mr. Trump had been largely positive. Tehran and Tel Aviv were the only two major Middle Eastern cities that reacted to the 9/11 attacks in 2001 in New York and Washington with pro-American demonstrations.
Mr. Batmanghelidj said anti-Americanism was increasing because of perceptions that the Trump administration had failed to fulfill its obligations under the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated with Iran by the United States, the European Union, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany. The very idea of diplomacy is being defeated, Mr. Batmanghelidj said.
More than 80 percent of those surveyed concluded that relations with the US had not improved as a result of the agreement, a stark increase from the 55.7 percent polled in June 2016. 69.2 percent described Mr. Trump as completely hostile towards Iran as compared to 49.6 percent in December 2016.
AFP/File | Philippine soldiers prepare for an operation against the Abu Sayyaf in 2016: the group is now suspected of trying to set up a Malaysian cell
The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there, they said.
The southern Philippines has long been a pocket of Islamic militancy in the largely Catholic country. A long siege in Marawi, the countrys main Muslim centre, sparked fears IS was seeking to establish a foothold in the region.
Malaysian police made the arrests in January and early February in Sabah state on the Malaysian part of Borneo, not far from the southern Philippines. Borneo is a vast island shared between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
Seven of those detained were Filipinos, including several senior members of Philippine extremist group Abu Sayyaf which has been behind the kidnappings of numerous foreigners, Malaysian national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement.
Early information obtained from the 10 suspects caught in Sabah revealed an attempt by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group to set up a cell in Sabah, he said.
One of those arrested was a 39-year-old believed to have received orders from a senior militant leader in the southern Philippines to bring IS members from the city of Sandakan in Sabah to join militant groups.
Another suspect was a 27-year-old identified as a senior member of the Abu Sayyaf leadership based in the Philippines.
The other three detained were Malaysians, police said. Officials did not disclose the suspects identities.
Malaysia has rounded up numerous suspected militants in recent times as fears grow that the influence of the IS group could encourage extremists to launch attacks in the Muslim-majority country.
Abu Sayyaf, originally a loose network of militants formed in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Ladens Al-Qaeda network, has splintered into factions, with...
This is not good! cautions a new Lebanese friend in a stern tone of warning, clutching this reporters arm for emphasis. This, where you are going.. it is their neighbourhood Hizbullahs neighbourhood. They control this completely!
Protesting that this quest is well-intentioned, no secret and no threat, this friend provides probably the most important council, and most accurate statement, in properly understanding todays modern Hizbullah.
You do not understand well about Hizbullah, he says, the seriousness of his face indicating his sincerity. You do not see Hizbullah they see you!
His caution and commentary prove to be a very accurate description of todays Hizbullah. The western media would have those reading about todays Lebanon from a distance believe that Hizbullah is only a fighting force and therefore easily identifiable in a uniform such as with their invited presence in Syria. The reality is that today within Lebanon, Hizbullah is an army of the people, by the people, and for the people. These people are doctors, teachers, accountants, taxi drivers, shopkeepers, manual labourers and all other professions, but their common denominator is their love of their homeland. And defend it again they will, leaving their clinics, desks, chalkboards, cars, shops or shovels behind the moment Lebanon is attached again.
Almost exclusively western media minimizes the complete reality by reporting only on Hizbullahs military wing, Al Moqawama al Islamia (The Islamic Resistance). Since the 2006 war, when Hizbullah (phonetically spelt Hezbollah in the west) successfully defended the country from a third Israeli invasion of its southern border, much about the rise of this deliberately managed organization, now firmly entrenched in Lebanese society, has changed dramatically.
Information that belies the usual narrative about this Lebanese nationalist political, social and military group, Hizbullah, is as hard to obtain as is an interview with one of their soldiers. The western press, of course, routinely demonizes this organizations defensive and socially im...
On divisive racial and religious issues, the trolls took both sides. In the presidential election, the trolls favored Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Donald Trump, and almost never Hillary Clinton.
One imaginative Russian troll urged Trumpsters to dress up a female volunteer in an orange prison jump suit, put her in a cage on a flatbed truck, then append the slogan, Lock Her Up!
How grave a matter is this?This Russian troll farm is the equivalent (of) Pearl Harbor, says Cong. Jerrold Nadler, who would head up the House Judiciary Committee, handling any impeachment, if Democrats retake the House.
When MSNBCs Chris Hayes pressed, Nadler doubled down: The Russians are destroying our democratic process. While the Russian trolling may not equal Pearl Harbor in its violence, said Nadler, in its seriousness, it is very much on a par with Japans surprise attack.
Trumps reaction to the hysteria that broke out after the Russian indictments: They are laughing their (expletives) off in Moscow.
According to Sundays Washington Post, the troll story is old news in Russia, where reporters uncovered it last year and it was no big deal.
While Muellers indictments confirm that Russians meddled in the U.S. election, what explains the shock and the fear for our democracy?Is the Great Republic about to fall because a bunch of trolls tweeted in our election? Is this generation ignorant of its own history?
Palestine, Israel, the US, and How the South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes By Andre Vltchek Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted for Israel, for the United States 
President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc. at the Manila Hotel on Feb. 19, 2018, insists that he has been doing what he can to fulfill his campaign promises.
Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) February 20, 2018 4:00pm
MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, along with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, are among Southeast Asian leaders that pose a threat to democracy and human rights in the region, according to the US Intelligence Community.
In its world threat assessment published last week, the US intelligence noted that democracy and human rights in many Southeast Asian countries will remain fragile this year.
In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime, the report read.
Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence of the US, noted that Dutertes declaration of martial law in Mindanao has been extended until the end of 2018.
Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a revolutionary government, and impose nationwide martial law, Coats said.
In a congressional hearing last week, US Pacific Command commander Harry Harris Jr. said that Dutertes drug war have strained ties between the Philippines and the US.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosas tour of duty may be extended by another three months. President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier prolonged the term of Dela Rosa for three months to introduce reforms in Mindanao.
Gaea Katreena Cabico (philstar.com) February 21, 2018 11:54am
In an interview on ANCs Early Edition, Trillanes called on the public to be vigilant following the announcement of Dela Rosas indefinite term extension.
Intelligence papers and interviews lay bare severity of terror groups rule in Somalia Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as soldiers and suicide bombers as the terror group endures financial pressures and an apparent crisis of morale. Intelligence documents, transcripts of interrogations with recent 
Move follows Florida school killings, though shooter didnt use the device on his weapon
Updated Feb. 20, 2018 7:07 p.m. ET
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is moving to impose new regulations that would ban devices that allow certain firearms to function as rapid fire machine guns, in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.
Mr. Trump, speaking at an event in the White House, said he had signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to develop regulations that would ban the sale and use of bump stocks. While that accessory wasnt used in last weeks Florida shooting, it was used
Trump urges ban on bump stocks, other gun modifiers
No. Via: Bloomberg: Picture this: Youre driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering $5 off a pepperoni pie pops up on your dashboard screen. Are you annoyed that your cars trying to sell you something, or pleasantly 
Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States as well as several international organizations, completed the seventh iteration of the annual multinational annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Feb. 7, 2018. This years exercise also included participation from the Somali Maritime Police, marking the first time in nearly 30 
A little-known North Korean cyber espionage group has widened its scope and increased its sophistication in the past year, and now threatens targets worldwide, according to a new report by a leading cyber security firm.
Somali traders boycotted business on Sunday (February 18) to protest tax hikes imposed by the government. Stalls in Mogadishus sprawling Bakara market a lifeline for the city and surrounding areas, remained closed for the day. Somalias central government imposed a 5% sales tax last month, part of its efforts to win billions of dollars 
The logic and sincerity of Marxist appeals to unity on the Left are worthy of critical scrutiny. I argue against such pleas, suggesting that the devil is in the details. In practice, Left unity could only result in the co-optation of anarchism under a Marxist leadership. Such vanguardism is one of the fundamental divisions between the two approaches, having long been rejected by anarchists. I further argue that Marxism cannot withstand the anarchist critique, striking fear into the heart of Marxists as it threatens their worldview. It also means that despite appeals to fertile collaboration between the red and black, there is an explicit lack of willingness among some Marxists to actually engage with anarchists in legitimate debate. So be it. Anarchists will continue to raise hell all the same.
Originally published in Anarchist Studies. Written by Simon Springer.
The logic and sincerity of Marxist appeals to unity on the Left are worthy of critical scrutiny. I argue against such pleas, suggesting that the devil is in the details. In practice, Left unity could only result in the co-optation of anarchism under a Marxist leadership. Such vanguardism is one of the fundamental divisions between the two approaches, having long been rejected by anarchists. I further argue that Marxism cannot withstand the anarchist critique, striking fear into the heart of Marxists as it threatens their worldview. It also means that despite appeals to fertile collaboration between the red and black, there is an explicit lack of willingness among some Marxists to actually engage with anarchists in legitimate debate. So be it. Anarchists will continue to raise hell all the same.
I sympathize (but dont entirely agree) with Murray Bookchin, who in his late writings (after he had severed his long-standing connection to anarchism), felt that the future of the Left, in the last analysis, depends upon its ability to accept what is valid in both Marxism and anarchism for the present time and for the future coming i...
Die 54. Mnchner Sicherheitskonferenz befasste sich nicht nur mit klassischen Konflikten, sondern warf auch einen Blick auf mgliche zuknftige Herausforderungen. Dabei spielen neue Technologien eine zunehmend wichtige Rolle. Sie werden die Art und Weise der Konfliktprvention und -bewltigung, aber auch der Kriegsfhrung nachhaltig beeinflussen. Zu diesen neuen Technologien gehren unter anderem letale autonome Waffensysteme (LAWS), welche auf Knstlicher Intelligenz (KI) basieren. Diese Thematik wurde bereits vor der eigentlichen Konferenzerffnung am Donnerstagnachmittag in einer Podiumsdiskussion mit dem Namen The Force Awakens: Artificial Intelligence and Modern Conflict errtert. Die Anmoderation des Podiums durch den Roboter Sofia von Hanson Robotics (siehe Bild oben rechts) sollte aufzeigen, was uns in den nchsten Jahrzehnten noch bevorstehen knnte. Noch ist Sofias Int...
The lead story in the February 18th afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour was described as follows in the synopsis:
Israels prime minister launches a stinging attack on Iran, telling a security conference in Munich the country is the greatest threat to our world. Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Irans regime to put a noose of terror around our neck.
Presenter James Coomarasamy opened the item (from 00:45 here) by insinuating that an Iranian drone may or may not have breached Israeli airspace the previous week. [emphasis in bold added, emphasis in italics in the original]
Coomarasamy: We begin now at the Munich Security conference a forum for discussing security threats...
Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, American exceptionalism and make America great again two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coin, ruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working against their objective interests and being accomplices to imperial lawlessness.
In every part of the world, the United States is engaged in maniacal, criminal assaults on democracy, basic human decency and common sense. From its support for armed jihadists groups in Syria and its illegal occupation of that nation, transferring heavy military equipment to its puppet regime in Ukraine, supporting unending war in Afghanistan, to the military invasion of Africa, the commitment to maintaining U.S. global dominance has moved war and militarism to the center of U.S. strategy.
But nowhere is U.S. criminality more apparent and unrelenting than right here in the Americas where the Pan-European project was born in 1492. That was the year Europe was born, emerging from its relative cultural backwardness using with terrifying efficiency the only advantage it had over the more civilized people of the regionarmor protection and steel weaponsto slaughter the people, take the land and begin the 500-hundred-year nightmare the people of the world have suffered ever since.
Today, the barbarism of the Pan-European project continues under the tutelage of what history will recordif humanity survivesas the most violent, racist, oppressive human experience ever to have emerged in the short span of human existence on Earth: The United States of America.
After centuries experiencing the horrors of genocide, slavery, military dictatorships, environmental destruction, and neoliberal exploitation, the people of Latin America began to slowly extract themselves from the clutches of the hegemon from the North. Social movements and peoples undeterred by coups, structural adjustment and death squads started to take back their history in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and the rest of the continent. Venezuela has led the way, proclaiming the dawn of a 21st century socialism that would create the new society and the new human in the process.
Because of imperial overreach, the same trap that has ensnared other empires in decline, the U.S. was preoccupied with attempting to manage the mess it had created for itself as a result of the disastrous belief that it could fight two major wars simultaneously. So, while it was bogged down in Western Asia and the so-called Middle East, the full force of the U.S. repressive apparatus was not deployed against the fledgling people...
The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions until now.
Originally published by The Guardian. Written by John Vidal.
The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions until now.
Diners in the Tierradentro cafe in the southern Mexican town of San Cristbal de las Casas can choose between a variety of omelettes. The Liberty has the most ingredients, the Democracy looks the best, but the Justice costs the most possibly because it comes with cheese.
The restaurant is one of many celebrating, or cashing in on, the Zapatistas, the indigenous peasant rights movement from dirt-poor Chiapas state, which took up arms and occupied San Cristbal on 1 January 1994, the day Mexico signed up to Nafta, the North American free trade agreement.
The rag-tag rebel Zapatista national liberation army (EZLN) one-third women, some in bare feet, others with wooden guns freed prisoners, burned military posts and seized ranches in protest at centuries of what they saw as oppression by large landowners and the government. They became instant heroes of the left, and an inspiration to indigenous groups and political romantics around the world.
Twenty-four years on from the rebellion, the restaurants in San Cristbal thrive on their reputation, sporting mannequins in balaclavas, playing revolutionary music and selling T-shirts. Images of Che Guevara mix with those of Subcomandante Marcos, the poetic, pipe-smoking political philosopher who led the Tzotzil,...
A man who stabbed two brothers at the Mall of America last November and later claimed he did it on behalf of ISIS was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday. As he was about to leave the courtroom, Mahad Abdiraham turned to news media cameras and held up the index finger on his right 
An epidemic terror seized upon the nations, wrote Charles Mackay in his 1841 masterpiece, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. It was a crime imputed with so much ease, and repelled with so much difficulty, that the powerful, whenever they wanted to ruin the weak, and could fix no other imputation upon them, Continue reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Russiagate"
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Originally posted at TomDispatch. Recently, the Pentagons top Asia official, Randall Schriver, told senators that the Afghan war would cost this countrys taxpayers $45 billion in 2018, including $5 billion for the Afghan security forces, $13 billion for U.S. forces in that country, and $780 million in economic aid. How the other $26 billion would Continue reading "Buttering Up the Pentagon"
RT | February 20, 2018 The US and South Korea will go ahead with military drills off the Korean peninsula despite the Peace Olympics and the recent thaw in North-South relations, the Souths defense ministry said in a report to the National Assembly. In the run-up to the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Seoul was able 
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-20-2018-turkey-threatens-to-strike-syrian-army/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continue preparations for a ground operation against militants in Damascus Eastern Ghouta. Now, government forces and warplanes target fortified positions, HQs
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The death toll in Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-occupied suburb of Damascus, has risen to over 250 people, with some 50 children reportedly among the dead. Humanitarian groups are warning of a dire situation in the region, with starvation and sickness increasingly rife. So far calls from the UN for a humanitarian ceasefire to allow for aid deliveries have fallen on deaf ears. Conversely, the pace of airstrikes has ramped up considerably over the past week as Russian and Syrian forces attempt to pound the rebel stronghold into submission.
The area is home to some 400,000 residents and has been under siege since 2013.
The new uptick in shelling by pro-Assad forces has taken six hospitals out of commission in just the past two days, leading some rights groups to accuse the Assad government of war crimes.
I laughed my head off when I saw this. So I emailed Eugenia and begged her to subtitle this in English (press cc to see the English subs). Not only
There were signs from the very start that the Assad government was going to get behind the Kurdish residents of the Afrin canton, whom are currently being targeted by a Turkish military operation meant to flush out the YPG a key ally in the war against Islamic State or terrorist group and PKK enabler, depending on whether you ask Washington or Ankara.
It began with rhetoric: Assad accused Turkey of supporting terrorism and invoked the early days of the Syrian civil war when Ankara adopted a laissez-faire stance toward the hundreds of fighters flooding across its border into Syria. Then came the indirect encouragement immediately after Operation Olive Branch was launched, when government forces opened corridors for YPG fighters passing from Manbij in the east to Afrin in the north. And now there are reports that the Assad regime has reached an agreement to intervene directly and dispatch troops to Afrin. As of Wednesday, these reports seem to have been confirmed when dozens of pro-government fighters were seen entering the Afrin Canton.
Turkeys short-term outlook in northern Syria:
Program Wednesday, February 21Location: 5:00 pm 8:00 pm at Keller Hall, Center for the Arts, UNM Main Campus (Building #62 on UNM Campus Map) 5:00 pm: Keller Halldoor opens 5:30 pm 6:00 pm: Welcome & Introduction Opening Prayer and Welcome to Our HomelandPetuuche Gilbert, Acoma
Via: Wall Street Journal: A South Korean official who guided Seouls regulatory clampdown on cryptocurrencies was found dead on Sunday, according to a government spokesman. Jung Ki-joon, 52, was head of economic policy at the Office for Government Policy Coordination. He helped coordinate efforts to create new legislation aimed at suppressing cryptocurrency speculation and illicit 
(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed. One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and 
Sputnik 20.02.2018 Sputnik has received reports that the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, a peace monitoring and humanitarian organization jointly run by Russia and Turkey, came under attack on Tuesday. No Russian casualties were reported from the incident, but Syrian civilians have been reported dead and injured. Residential areas, hotels in Damascus, as well 
In an astonishing and defining moment both for cryptozoology and the Russian Collusion narrative, Independent Counsel Robert Mueller revealed today that massive hominid footprints discovered outside both Trump Tower and the Kremlin originate from the same primate species, if not the same individual.
Posing proudly with plaster casts, Mueller sketched out his theory for a rapt group of journalists as well as some CNN folks with microphones:
It all fell in place for us one 3 am after a few beers. Bigfoot appears to have served as a missing-link emissary species, carrying collusion directives from the Kremlin to the Trump Campaign.
Has Bigfoot been deposed?
No. But we will be presenting blurry pictures at a later date.
Is Putin directly implicated in this scheme?
We have always operated from the premise that Putin is omnipotent. So yes.
What about the recent revelations that your Russian troll indictment was lifted, whole-cloth, from a 2015 Radio Free Europe Ukranian article? Are in-house plagiarism indictments forthcoming?
Its DOJs policy never to comment on ongoing witch hunts. What I can say is that we will continue to move in a dogged and determined fashion to confirm all our original suspicions until justice fully serves our unquenchable drive for power.
Do you have any comment on President Trumps latest tweets and do you plan to explore his 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer theory?
While we havent ruled out genius as a motive, were not appropriately staffed to directly pursue that avenue.
What about the Presidents suspicion theyre laughing their asses off in Moscow?
How does he know theyre laughing and when did he know it?...
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Last week, the present US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, during his trip to five Latin American nations, made headlines world wide when he made the following barely veiled threatening statement: In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military is the agent of change when things are so bad, and the leadership can no longer serve the people. and shortly afterward referring to the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, added: If the kitchen gets a little to hot for him, I am sure that hes got some friends over in Cuba that could give him a nice hacienda on the beach and he could have a nice life over there. US secretaries of state have a lot of balls, as Tillersons gangster tough guy remarks showed.
There are few countries in Latin America that have not experienced the USA both secretly and overtly backing a right wing military government coup. The US Secretary of States criminally insane backhanded remarks favoring a civil war, with all the probable loss of lives a civil war would bring, seems to fit as appropriate within a US foreign policy of world domination. Human suffering has never been of any consequence to the financial interests of that 1/10 of 1 per cent of Americans who, to one degree or another, rule us all.
That is the way it has been since the end of the Second World War, a war made possible by the American investments and joint venturing in the rearming of a prostate Nazi Germany1, a war that made the USA rich and the first all powerful single superpower.
Now that China is about to replace the USA as the most powerful economy in the world...
Brazilians reject the decree of militarization proposed by the de facto government, backed by the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. After the decree signed on February 16 for the militarization of Rio de Janeiro (southeast), by the de facto president of Brazil, Michel Temer, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate approved the federal...
The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), proclaimed the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, as its candidate for the 2019 general elections; a feat that the Bolivian leader considered support for the process of change in the South American country. We proclaimed from Santa Cruz as our candidate for 2019 based on the Constitution of the State,...
The Venezuelan opposition is seriously divided and cannot agree on an electoral tactic much less a platform other then getting rid of Maduro. Nino Pagliccia Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave a media conference on Feb. 15 that brought us to date on the Venezuelan governments position to several important events that have occurred recently. The...
Simon Tisdalls latest lament that the West isnt doing enough to save the lovely terrorists in Syria makes one unintentionally accurate claim. "Eastern Ghouta, he says "is turning into Syrias Srebrenica. We agree with him on this, but not for the reasons he offers in his article.
False flag terrorism occurs when elements within a government stage a secret operation whereby government forces pretend to be a targeted enemy while attacking their own forces or people. The attack is then falsely blamed on the enemy in order to justify going to war against that enemy. Yes, its true: There really are conspiracies. 
On Sunday, March 4th, Richard Spencer will attend and speak at the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas (FMI) conference in Detroit. Spencer will be accompanied by an entourage of notorious fascists. In this article, well introduce you to the white nationalists and groups likely to attend.
Additionally, we call upon the people of Detroit. If you see something, say something! If you encounter one of these white nationalists in a restaurant or hotel, consider denying them service, or contact Great Lakes AntiFa via private message on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreatLakesAntiFa to report their whereabouts.
Matthew Heimbach (Guest Speaker)
Heimbach has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as the face of a new generation of whit...
Benin's media regulator, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC), ordered the privately owned daily L'Audace Info on February 8, 2018 to suspend indefinitely its print and online editions after it allegedly insulted the president, the paper's editor, Romuald Alingo, told CPJ.
New York, February 20, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention and subsequent disappearance of Egyptian journalist Moataz Wadnan, and today called on the country's authorities to make public what they know about his whereabouts.
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