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Monday, 16 April


Somalia seeks to mend ties with UAE amid diplomat spat "IndyWatch Feed War"

Somalia on Monday hinted it could release the 9.6 million U.S. dollars seized from a plane chartered by United Arab Emirates (UAE) diplomats to transport the cash to Mogadishu, a move that can defuse tension between the two countries. The Somali foreign ministry said it has received a satisfactory response regarding the money seized on []



US response to 1979 Iran hostage crisis was hampered by an American inability to understand Khomeini "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of the biggest ongoing problems of U.S. foreign policy is a failure to understand what were really up against. This problem goes back decades. In Theodore H. Whites America In Search of Itself, there is this telling passage about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979: Of the negotiating effort, the most biting summary was []


UAE halts Somali military training after cash seizure "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tensions between the countries spiked when the UAE said Somali soldiers boarded an Emirati plane in Mogadishu, assaulted its soldiers at gunpoint and confiscated 9.6 million US dollars. The United Arab Emirates has said it will end its military training mission to Somalia after an incident that saw its soldiers assaulted and 9.6 million US []



Resources for the world, not war "IndyWatch Feed War"

This morning, warmongers awoke to some great news: Raytheon stock shares surged to an all-time high following Friday nights tomahawk missile strikes on Syria.

This shouldnt come as a shock. As the U.S. leads the world in military spending - $727 billion or 67% of our federal budget - with rich countries like Australia, France, the UK, Germany, and Spain following suit, the world has opted-in to $1.68 trillion to be spent on war annually. Many governments are planning increases in military budgets together with cuts in health, education and development cooperation this year. And despite international efforts towards a nuclear treaty ban, the Great Powers are continuing their research and development of nuclear weapons, and coupled with hasty threats of nuclear war, we are seeing the ever-increasing likelihood of global catastrophe.

And whats worse? Our tax dollars pay for militarism. That's why, in partnership with  NWTRCC, we produce the Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes flyer, a political education resource we use to break down the bloated military budget. It's part of our commitment to antimilitarism and the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GDAMS), an international campaign of peace and justice organizations committed to demilitarization and disarmament across the world. 

This year, GDAMS has a rather small ask: a reduction in global military spending by just 10%.



Russia Accuses UK of Masterminding Gas Attack in Syria and Claims to Have Proof "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia UK Gas Attack Syria(TIM)  Hours before the United States, the UK, and France carried out limited strikes last Saturday morning, the Russian military presented what it claimed to be proof that the chemical weapons attack used as the pretext for those strikes was staged at the behest of the UK government. During a Friday briefing, the Russian Defense Ministry showed interviews []


Court hearing continues today on the search warrant to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen By Robert Willmann "IndyWatch Feed War"

Now underway in a federal district court in Manhattan, New York City, is the continuation of a hearing started last Friday, 13 April 2018, on a request by president Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen and by a lawyer for Trump for...


Center for Security Policy Panel Discussion: Free Speech Under Fire "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is an excellent discussion on perhaps the most important issue of our time. As we witness Western Democracies creeping towards totalitarianism, it is imperative that we wake up to the steady erosion of our last line of defense Continue reading


Syria - Pentagon Hides Attack Failure - 70+ Cruise Missiles Shot Down "IndyWatch Feed War"

The U.S. military seems to hide that its attack on Syria last Saturday largely failed. We checked the numbers and sources and said so in our weekly review published yesterday. This post is extending yesterday's analysis. The U.S. attack on...


The Skripal case & the perils of a rush to judgment "IndyWatch Feed War"

By James ONeill | OffGuardian | April 16, 2018 The perils of coming to premature conclusions before all the facts are available has been starkly demonstrated by the latest developments in the alleged nerve gas attack upon the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English town of Salisbury on []


Indigenous Elders Delegation at U.N. Urges Freedom for Leonard Peltier "IndyWatch Feed War"

. "It is time for Leonard Peltier to be with the Tiospaye.  Forty-three years in prison -- we need justice."  Jean Roach, Lakota, with Yvonne Swan, Colville, at United Nations.  Indigenous Elders Delegation at U.N. Urges Freedom for Leonard Peltier AIM West: Join Indigenous Rights Speakers at United Nations event during the Indigenous Peoples Permanent Forum April 18,


Trumps Disastrous Syria Attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ron Paul April 16, 2018 Over the weekend, President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, Mission Accomplished! They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it. We all remember that Mission Accomplished was the banner behind []


The US doesnt even care about Syria but we keep the war going "IndyWatch Feed War"

DURING SEVEN DEVASTATING years, war in Syria has killed at least 150,000 people, turned more than ten million into refugees, and reduced once-thriving towns and cities to rubble. Finally it is winding down. Syria now has a chance to begin rebuilding. The country can be reunited, its economy can start to function again, and a measure []


Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry official Major General Igor Konashenkov April 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War" As it was promised, the Russian Defence Ministry analyzed effectiveness of missile and bomb strike made by the United States, Great Britain, and France on Syria as well as


Spain: Man converts to Islam, plots to behead an infidel on video, commit jihad massacres "IndyWatch Feed War"

In March 2015, the main leader of the cell, a Spaniard who had converted to Islam, proposed to kidnap and decapitate an infidel whom he had already identified, film the killing and then broadcast the video online before fleeing to Syria.Members of the cell had also gone on a recce in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital, []


Zonder Enig Bewijs Spreekt EU Veroordeling uit "IndyWatch Feed War"

EU zet in op diplomatie na Syri-aanval



Britain's Chemical Sales To Syria Revealed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Britain's Chemical Sales To Syria Revealed



Het Pentagon kon Trump beletten om een rechtstreekse oorlog met Rusland uit te lokken. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Het Pentagon kon Trump beletten om een rechtstreekse oorlog met Rusland uit te lokken. Deze keer dan toch

Hoewel de Amerikaanse minister van Defensie Jim Mattis donderdag nog toegaf dat de VS behalve wat beelden op sociale media geen bewijzen had over het gebruik van chemische wapens in Douma en hoewel de Organisatie voor het Verbod op Chemische Wapens (OPCW) uitgerekend vandaag aan haar onderzoek naar de feiten begon, lieten Trump, Macron en May in de nacht van vrijdag op zaterdag 103 raketten neerregenen op enkele doelwitten in Syri.
zaterdag 14 april 2018


Trump Attacks Syria With Chemical Experts on the Way "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump Attacks Syria With Chemical Experts on the Way

President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria as a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was about to arrive on Saturday to determine whether a chemical weapons attack had even occurred, Joe Lauria reports. 

By Joe Lauria  Special to Consortium News

President Donald Trump on Saturday (Syria time) ordered air strikes against Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack last weekend outside Damascus.


745 known jihadis now in Germany, since 2017 regional governments have deported only 10 "IndyWatch Feed War"

There were no plots in Germany in 2014, and only two in 2015. In 2016, this increased eightfold. There is a straightforward reason for this: In 2015, Germany took in over 1 million refugees and 2016 saw a surge in plots involving refugees. Yet there is still no reconsideration of the plan to bring in even []


Resist Militarism: Lessons from Mexico & Cross Border Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed War"

The People's Human Rights Observatory is an initiative of grassroots and popular organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Palestine that seeks to monitor, document, disseminate, promote and demand the protection of Latin American communities Human Rights, Democracy and Social Justice from a perspective of constructing and deepening of resistance, rebellion, memory and popular power. This is an effort of more than 100 organizations, with representation from indigenous leaders, Nobel Peace Prize recipients, feminist groups, agrarian movements, academics and journalists. SOA Watchs presence in the Observatory is the materialization of active solidarity with Latin American movements and an example of resistance against the oppressive systems perpetuated by the US imperialism. This collective effort is an example of the dignity that unites free peoples protecting their historic memory and autonomy
Eduardo Garca is an activist and photojournalist born in Mexico City. His work has been focused primarily on the struggles of indigenous peoples in Mexico, Central American migration, forced disappearance and social movements in Latin America. His work as a researcher and photographer has gotten him involved with the Undocumented Migrant Project of the University of Michigan. Eduardo is also co-founder of the Michigan Solidarity Network with Mexico and co-founder of the Militarization in the Americas Research Collective. He studied Political Science at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, with special interest in political philosophy and Latin American Studies. Lalo, as he is known, began working with School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) as a research consultant and then he helped organizing the first SOA Watch Border Convergence. The focus of Lalos presentations will be the transnational solidarity being built around the Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos in Oaxaca.
Lalo will also introduce his documentary project, being co-produced with Samantha Demby, about the Peoples Observatory and its caravan to the 2017 Border Encuentro, highlighting importance of indigenous and womens leadership in Observ...


Robert Spencer in PJ Media: Taqiyya About Taqiyya in BuzzFeed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Deception is Islamic, despite attempts to deceive you into believing otherwise. My latest in PJ Media: The establishment media is always ready to explain to us how, despite the ever-mounting body count of jihad warfare, Islam is entirely benign and teaches peace and tolerance. To pull off this legerdemain requires advanced skill in the art []


Australia: Sleeping man feels sharp pain in his neck, wakes to see knife-wielding Muslima screaming Allahu akbar "IndyWatch Feed War"

When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) Not that this has anything to do with An update on this story. Father recounts the terrifying moment a burqa-clad Bangladeshi student staying at his house and inspired by ISIS screamed Allahu Akbar as she stabbed him in the neck while he slept and his []


Plutonium Dust Released from Closed Hanford Nuclear Weapons Site "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Los Angeles Times: As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River. The releases at the Department of Energy cleanup site spewed unknown amounts of plutonium dust into the environment, []


The Rape of Russia (Saker blog exclusive interview) "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Lars Schall for the Saker blog Introduction by Pepe Escobar: William Engdahl is one of the worlds top geopolitical analysts. His books from Century of War to Full


Sibel Edmonds: The Fog of War Syria & More "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this edition of Probable Cause Sibel Edmonds breaks down the fog of war and exposes the information warfare campaigns being waged by all sides, in light of the recent military strikes against Syria for their alleged use of chemical weapons. Edmonds also explains what sets Newsbud apart from the rest as she examines the []


Paul Craig Roberts 271 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Once Upon A Time Long Ago Truth Was Important

Once Upon A Time Long Ago Truth Was Important
Paul Craig Roberts
I wonder how many people, not just Americans but those in other countries, have come to the conclusion tha...


Chemical weapons team kept from reaching alleged Syria attack site "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP and AP

Hasan Mohamed, AFP | A child runs along a street in front of clouds of smoke billowing following a reported air strike on Douma, the main town of Syrias rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on March 20, 2018.

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2018-04-16

Independent investigators were prevented by Syrian and Russian authorities Monday from reaching the scene of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital, an official said.

The incident comes days after the USFrance and Britain bombarded sites they said were linked to Syrias chemical weapons program.

The lack of access to the town of Douma by inspectors from the watchdog group, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has left questions about the April 7 attack unanswered.

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said Syrian and Russian officials cited pending security issues in keeping its inspectors from reaching Douma.

The team has not yet deployed to Douma, two days after arriving in Syria, Uzumcu told an executive council of the OPCW in The Hague.

Syrian authorities were offering 22 people to interview as witnesses instead, he said, adding that he hoped all necessary arrangements will be made to allow the team to deploy to Douma as soon as possible.



Newsbud Exclusive- BZ, Novichok & the Skripal Case. "IndyWatch Feed War"

As it turns out, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were not poisoned with the Russian nerve agent Novichok, said to cause death from respiratory and cardiac arrest. According to tests conducted by the Spiez Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC-Protection, a division of the Federal Office for Civil Protection, it wasnt Novichok that incapacitated []


~ from the Camden County Detention Facility, by Clare Grady "IndyWatch Feed War"

April 16, 2018 We say, the ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide, and yet, the explosive power of this weapon is only part of what we want to make visible. We see that nuclear weapons kill every day by their mere existence. Their production requires mining, refining, testing, and dumping of radioactive material, which poisons sacred []


US-led Strikes On Syria: PR Victory Or Decisive Failure? "IndyWatch Feed War" Early on April 14, the US, the UK and France delivered a massive missile strike on Syria. The attack was publicly justified with accusations that the Syrian government had


Russian FM Lavrov speaks on the Skripal Posioning Issue. Samples examined by Swiss Spiez Labs. -- by J "IndyWatch Feed War"

From the lips of the man who doesn't bullshit, Russian FM Lavrov briefing on the Skripal incident that was carried by Russia 24 TV: Russian FM Lavrov: Quote: "'According to the results of the conducted tests, traces of the toxic...


7 Questions About the Syria Airstrikes That Arent Being Asked "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syria AirstrikesThe national security establishment and the corporate media have been promoting a confrontational approach, but theyve been unable to explain how that would lead to a better outcome for the US or the world. (CD)  Mission accomplished, says the President. What, exactly, was the mission? And what exactly was accomplished? Donald Trump is being mocked for []


May vows to strike Assad if chemical weapons used again "IndyWatch Feed War"


May met heavy opposition in parliament when she justified why Britain agreed to bomb Syrian airfields


Chinas Faux Comparative Advantage "IndyWatch Feed War"

The economics textbooks dont anticipate a state-directed economy that disregards the rule of law.

Container ships at a port in Qingdao, China.
Container ships at a port in Qingdao, China. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

April 15, 2018 2:44 p.m. ET

In textbook economics, trade is a win-win: Two countries trade freely based on comparative advantage and share the resulting gains, improving welfare in both countries. Americas trade with China is as far from that model as the Earth is from Mars.

Historically, the U.S. has had a comparative advantage in manufacturing because of its high rates of technological innovation, correspondingly high rates of capital investment and worker productivity, strong protections for intellectual property, and wide availability of low-cost energy. Yet since joining the World Trade Organization in 2001, China has come to dominate traditional manufacturing. By 2015 it accounted for 28% of global production of autos, 41% of ships, more than 50% of refrigerators, more than 60% of televisions, and more than 80% of computers and air conditioners.

As is evident in government documents such as...


Gilbert Doctorow: On the Reaction to the U.S. Strike in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

On the Reaction to the U.S. Strike in Syria



John Bolton wanted a massive bombing raid in Syria. Trump said no. "IndyWatch Feed War"

John Bolton wanted a massive bombing raid in Syria. Trump said no.

The limited strike in Syria shows that the administrations more cautious voices carried the day.


Indigenous Womens Delegation To Europe Continues Push For Fossil Fuel Divestment By Major Banks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Indigenous Womens Delegation To Europe Continues Push For Fossil Fuel Divestment By Major Banks By WECAN International Censored News April 16, 2018 CONTACT:Emily Arasim (general inquiries), +1(505)920-0153Michelle Cook (general inquiries) - divestinvestprotect@gmail.comOsprey Orielle Lake (urgent inquiries in Europe), +1(


Russia: Chemical weapons inspection delayed due to Wests airstrikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV April 16, 2018 Russia says a visit by inspectors from the United Nations chemical watchdog to the site of an alleged gas attack in Syrias Douma has been delayed due to recent Western airstrikes on the Arab country. This is the latest conjecture of our British colleagues, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov []


Danny Glover at April 4, 2018, Rally to End Racism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Actor Danny Glover speaking about Martin Luther Kings commitment to end the interconnected triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism. Glover spoke at the Rally to End Racism in Washington, DC, on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther Kings assassination, organized by the National Council of Churches.

Glover is introduced by Terry Provance of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee (VPCC), which invited Glover to the rally.

The post Danny Glover at April 4, 2018, Rally to End Racism appeared first on World Beyond War . . ..


Professor Kees van der Pijl: Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War Prism of Disaster "IndyWatch Feed War"

Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War

Prism of disaster

By Professor Kees van der Pijl

Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War


Missile attacks on Syria in breach of international law, China says "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV April 16, 2018 China has strongly condemned the latest missile strikes by the United States along with its allies Britain and France on crisis-hit on Syria, stating the military aggression violates the basic principles and norms of international law. Addressing reporters during a press conference in Beijing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry []


A former correspondent for the New York Times provides targets for Western military to bomb in Syria: can you imagine a Western writer presenting a list of Israeli targets for the West to bomb in the wake of Israeli massacres? "IndyWatch Feed War"

command and control, delivery mechanisms including aircraft and bases, storage, research, and the like. This is in a magazine edited by a "former" Israeli occupation soldier and funded by a billionaire.


Mohawk Nation News 'To the Shameless Iroquois Quack'ers' "IndyWatch Feed War"

TO THE SHAMELESS IROQUOIS QUACKERS Posted on April 16, 2018 Mohawk Nation News MNN. Apr. 16, 2018. Iroquois Quackers [also known as the Iroquois Caucus] is carrying military designed attacks against their own people called the naturals, the real kanionkehaka!


Growing up with the threat of pervasive violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Frida Berrigan

Embed from Getty Images

This story was originally published by TomDispatch.

Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country thats recently been swept up in a round of protests over the endless killing sprees they permit, youd think I might have had more experience with them.

As it happens, Ive held a gun only once in my life. I even fired it. I was in perhaps tenth grade and enamored with an Eagle Scout who loved war reenactments. On weekends, he and his friends camped out, took off their watches to get into the spirit of the War of 1812, and dressed in homemade muslin underclothes and itchy uniforms. I was there just one weekend. Somehow my pacifist parents signed off on letting their daughter spend the day with war reenactors. Someone lent me a period gown, brown and itchy and ill-fitting. We women and girls spent an hour twisting black gunpowder into newspaper scraps. I joked that the newspaper was anachronistic the previous weeks Baltimore Sun but no one laughed.

A man came by with a long gun, an antique, resting on the shoulder of his jerkin to collect our bullets and he must have read the gun terror written on my face.

Wanna give it a try? he asked.

Sure, I said, stumbling to my feet, pushing my gown out of the way, and trying to act like I didnt have broken-rifle patches, symbols of the pacifist War Resisters League, all over my real clothes. I felt a surge of adrenaline as I took the heavy weapon in my way-too-small hands. He showed me how to wrestle it into position, aim it, and fire. There were no bullets, just one of my twists of powder, but it made a terrifying noise. I shrieked and came close to dropping the weapon.

And there it was: the beginning, middle, and end of my lo...


EU Fails to Agree New Iran Sanctions as Trump Deadline Nears "IndyWatch Feed War"

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FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File PhotoREUTERS

LUXEMBOURG (REUTERS)  The European Union failed to agree new sanctions against Iran on Monday amid Italys opposition and fears that punishing Tehran for its missile program and regional role would not stop U.S. President Donald Trump from abandoning a separate nuclear deal.

Speaking on the sidelines of EU foreign ministers discussions in Luxembourg, some diplomats said the outcome meant the EU might not make the U.S. Presidents May 12 deadline to fix the 2015 nuclear accord.

The EU is eager to safeguard the pact, under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear ambitions for at least a decade, but Trump has been a fierce critic.

He has threatened not to extend U.S. sanctions relief on Iran related to the agreement which sees the West mostly lifting extensive sanctions in exchange for the Islamic republic curbing its nuclear program.

Seeking to respond to Trumps criticism of the nuclear accord and Tehran more broadly, France, Britain and Germany proposed directing sanctions at Iranian militias and commanders fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

They hoped holding Iran accountable for this could help convince Trump not to walk away from the nuclear agreement. But they ran into opposition by Italy, backed by Austria.

It may be that the nuclear agreement is dead in the water anyway, so why risk emboldening the radicals in Iran and undermining our chances to win contracts there, said one diplomat from the skeptical camp.

But another, from one of the three European powers, noted the bloc still had four weeks to go: We are clearly heading there, though we need a bit more time.

A third diplomat sa...


Risking shoot-to kill to stop the killing machine -- Beyond Nuclear "IndyWatch Feed War"

Risking shoot-to-kill to stop the killing machine   Posted on April 16, 2018 by beyondnuclearinternational The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs is a new film about old style non-violence By Linda Pentz Gunter Would you be willing to put your life on the line to make a moral statement about the iniquity of nuclear weapons? I am willing to bet that most of us, however strongly we


Russia begins blocking access to Telegram "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | Popular messaging app Telegram says it has 200 million active users
MOSCOW (RUSSIA) (AFP)  Russias communications watchdog on Monday began blocking access to the popular messaging app Telegram after a court banned the service for refusing to give security services access to private conversations.Roskomnadzor has received the ruling of (Moscows) Tagansky court to block Telegrams services on Russian territory. This information was sent to providers on Monday 16th of April, the watchdog said in a statement.

Some Russian internet providers began blocking Telegram on Monday afternoon.

Russian authorities have begun blocking Telegram. The service could be unstable without a VPN. We will inform you on the developing situation, the messaging app notified its Russian users.

The Kremlins press service told journalists on Monday that it will be switching to ICQ, a 1990s chat service now owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanovs, to communicate with them.

It is telling that authoritarian governments (e.g. Russia) are trying to block Telegram over encryption, but are more relaxed when it comes to other encrypted messaging apps, Pavel Durov, the apps maverick creator dubbed Russias Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Twitter.

Writing on Vkontakte, the social media platform he founded that is now under state control, Durov said the decision harms Russias national security as users will switch to WhatsApp and Facebook which are controlled from the US.

We believe the ban is anti-constitutional and will continue to defend the right of Russians to private messaging, Durov, who left Russia in 2014 and is now based in Dubai, said.

Durov has long said he will reject any attempt by the countrys security services to gain backdoor access to the app.

The ban followed a long-running battle between authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation for securely encrypted communications, as Moscow pushes to increase surveillance of internet activities.

Telegram, a free application that lets people exchange messages, stickers, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000 people, has attracted more than 200 million users since its launch by Durov and his brother Nikolai in 2013.

Telegram is especially popular among political activists, of all stripes, and is used by the Kremlin to communicate with journalists, but it has also been used by jihadists.



Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to Russiagate Enthusiasts, Whether They Like It or Not "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Norman Solomon | CounterPunch | April 16, 2018 Politicians, pundits and activists whove routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting []


Video: Q and A with Robert Spencer on Whaddo You Meme?? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over the last few days Ive been busy filming scenes for David Woods boffo Islamicize Me project. Late last night Jon McCray from the Whaddo You Meme?? YouTube channel and I, although a bit tired, took some time out to do a spontaneous livestream Q and A. It was fun.


Muslim from Indiana joins the Islamic State in Syria, keeps two sex slaves at home with his wife and kids "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why have we seen not just the Islamic State, but also Boko Haram and al-Shabaab take sex slaves? Because it is sanctioned in Islamic law. The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Quran. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take captives of the right hand (Quran []


UK Labour releases legal opinion, describing Syrian air strikes as unlawful "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV April 16, 2018 Britains opposition Labour Party has released an expert opinion about the recent US-led air strikes against Syria, describing them as unlawful. Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader, released the five-page legal opinion from Dapo Akande, a professor of public international law at Oxford University. A summary of Akandes conclusions []


The Broadband Boost Small-Town America Needs "IndyWatch Feed War"

They are mostly towns youve probably never heard of, places like Sandy, Ore., Leverett, Mass., Lafayette, La., and Longmont, Colo. Yet these smaller communities, and hundreds more like them, have something even the techiest big cities such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle dont have: widespread, fast and well-priced broadband service. Big cities usually have the edge in the traditional drivers of economic development. They have the universities, the sports teams, the big airports, the interstate highway access, the ports. But in arguably the most forward-looking part of the economy, some smaller localities have the edge. They made it for themselves by developing their own broadband networks, typically employing the latest fiber-optic technology. I believe over the next three to five years people are no longer going to be surprised that some small cities have much better internet access than big cities, ...


Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed: Italy must remember its pluralist past "IndyWatch Feed War"

Akbar Ahmed has a sterling reputation as a moderate Muslim and thoughtful academic, but there is a sinister undercurrent to his new book Journey Into Europe: he calls for a New Andalusia, which to non-Muslims who have forgotten their own history conjures up the newly-minted historical myth of a paradise of peace and tolerance, under []


Trumps Executive Order On Welfare Is Designed To Pit Workers Against One Another "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. The order, titled Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility, carries little weight by itself. It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can make the programs harder to access, all under the guise of welfare reform. The orders main purpose appears to be smearing popular programs in an effort to make them easier to slashin part by redefining welfare to encompass nearly every program that helps families get by. To that end, the order reads as follows...


From A Friend In Aleppo: Syrians Are Laughing At US! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Just got an e-mail from a friend of mine in Aleppo regarding the recent "Friday the 13th" missile strike there -- brought to the Syrian people courtesy of FUK-US (France, the United Kingdom and the U.S.)  My friend watched the event on Syrian TV and apparently it was like watching a low-budget horror movie -- not all that scary.  70% of the missiles were shot down by Syrian equipment left over from the 1960s.  So much for Fire and Fury. "Yes, it was was a very long day here," wrote my friend, "and I watched Trump's made-for TV movie from beginning to end.  I woke up around 3:50 am and switched on the television in time to see the terrorist Trump, live, giving his signal for the attack."  And my friend then stayed awake until 11:30 pm the next evening, not wanting to miss any part of the show.


Caught In A Lie, US & Allies Bomb Syria The Night Before International Inspectors Arrive "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US, Britain and France trampled international law to launch missiles against Syria, claiming to have evidence of the governments use of chemical weapons. That evidence is based on terrorist lies. After a week of outrageous tweets and proclamations by POTUS Trump, which included continued accusations that Syrias president ordered a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, east of Damascus, with Trump using grotesque and juvenile terminology, such as animal Assad, the very evening before chemical weapons inspectors of the OPCW were to visit Douma, America and allies launched illegal bombings against Syria. The illegal bombings included 103 missiles, 71 of which Russia states were intercepted. For the past week, we were told that the US had evidence and the UK had evidence that Syria had used chemicals.


Protests Against Syrian Attack and US Militarism Continue "IndyWatch Feed War"

Protests continued against the US attack on Syria and on US militarism and war. A large protest was held in New York City as can be seen in the tweet report below. The focus of the protests included the Israeli murders of unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border. Thirty-two people have been killed by sniper fire since the protest began. The protest will continue until the Nakba on May 15.  In addition to Syria and Israel, people protested the ongoing war in Yemen, threats to Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. The massive increase in spending on war and war preparation, now making up 60 percent of federal discretionary spending, was also protested as people called for divestment from the war machine.


Mondoweiss Mondays has really taken off and check out the new match to multiply your impact "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Yemen Civil War: Houthis Fire Missile at Saudi Oil Tanker "IndyWatch Feed War"


Recent deployments of drones and ballistic missiles by the Houthi movement in Yemen in strikes against a Saudi tanker, both inside international waters and Saudi territory itself, reveal an enduring ability on the part of the Houthis to strike far beyond the limits of their own territory. Though mostly symbolic rather than effective, the use of drones and missiles by the Houthis allows them to generate international headlines by threatening international shipping in one of the worlds busiest trading arteries and raise the domestic costs of Riyadhs ongoing intervention in Yemen, which is now entering its fourth year.

The Saudi government says that 90 ballistic missiles have been fired into the Kingdom over the past three years by the Houthis, though few have caused any real damage. Similarly, the rebels have occasionally targeted commercial shipping and other international vessels (including US navy drones) to raise the pressure on Riyadhs international backers, the United states and the UK. The attacks also demonstrate that the stalemate between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition which intervened in support of Yemens embattled President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi shows no signs of being broken anytime soon.

The post Yemen Civil War: Houthis Fire Missile at Saudi Oil Tanker appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


India: Nationwide Protests To Demand Justice For Rape Victims "IndyWatch Feed War"

Angry protesters rally across cities calling for justice after an eight-year-old Kashmiri girl was fatally gang-raped. Thousands of Indians have taken to the streets to join nationwide protests against continuing sexual assaults of women and girls, including that of an eight-year-old girl who was gang-raped and brutally murdered inside a temple in Jammu area of Indian-administered Kashmir. "Punish the guilty" was the rallying cry on Sunday in New Delhi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore and other cities, according to India's NDTV. "Small little girls are being raped every day and the way this time it has happened, that people actually came and supported these rapists, this is (new) heights and this is the time that we should take it as an alarm," Ved Amrita, a protester in New Delhi, told Associated Press news agency.


A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholic "IndyWatch Feed War"

We, the Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and Joseph Absi, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, condemn and denounce the brutal aggression that took place this morning against our precious country Syria by the USA, France and the UK, under the allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. We raise our voices to affirm the (...)


Iran Confirms Israeli Airstrike Upon Its Forces At Syrian T4 Airbase In Homs "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iran Condemns Israeli Aggression against Syria, Warns of Response

Iran Condemns Israeli Aggression against Syria, Warns of Response

TEHRAN (FNA)- Irans foreign ministry lashed out at the Israeli regime for its missile strikes on the T4 airbase in Syrias Homs province, warning that Tel Aviv will be punished for its aggressive action.

I think that the usurper and occupying Zionist regime will sooner or later receive the necessary responses which will make them regret their deeds. They cannot do something and escape punishment, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

He underlined that aggression against the Syrian territories and sovereignty is unacceptable, and said, The resistance and Syrian military forces can defend their territorial integrity and national sovereignty and will do so.

In relevant remarks last Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leaders top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati cautioned that Israel should be waiting for a powerful response to its April 8 airstrikes on the T4 airbase in the Syrian province of Homs.

Velayati was...


Mother Do You Think Theyll Drop the Bomb? Roger Waters Denounces White Helmets as Fake "IndyWatch Feed War"

Roger Waters, speaking at a concert in Spain, branded the White Helmetsuniversally portrayed by Western media as glorious heroesas a bunch of frauds. We live in a world where propaganda seems to be more important than whats really going on. Roger Waters In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. []


Tens Of Thousands In Hungary Protest Far-Right Leader Viktor Orbn "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Hungarys capital of Budapest on Saturday to protest Prime Minister Viktor Orbns government, as critics warn the country could slide further into illiberalism. Orbns radical right, nationalist Fidesz party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections last Sunday. With a two-thirds majority in the legislature, Fidesz now has the power to make changes to the countrys constitution. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticized the election for intimidating and xenophobic rhetoric, media bias and opaque campaign financing. The campaign saw Orbn rail against migration and push the idea that unseen foreign interests were seeking to undermine the government.


Labours commissioned Legal Opinion on legitimacy of UK Air Strikes on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is the text of the legal opinion by Professor Dapo Akande, commissioned by Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party on the recent airstrikes on Damascus by the UK armed forces


Merkels tougher Russia stance meets resistance in Germany "IndyWatch Feed War"

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FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin prepare to attend a working session at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachREUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS)  Germanys Europe minister called on Monday for a new policy of easing tensions with Russia, adding to a chorus of voices pressing Chancellor Angela Merkel to moderate her hardened stance towards the Kremlin.

The conservative chancellor swung behind Britain after the poison attack on a former Russian double agent in England last month, expelling four diplomats despite uneasiness among a political class that is wary of confrontation with Germanys giant eastern neighbor.

Europe Minister Michael Roth, a member of the Social Democrat party (SPD), said that while the European Union needed a united front on Russia, sanctions should aim to bring Moscow to the negotiating table.

Anti-Russian reflexes are just as dangerous as naively remaining silent over the nationalist-tinged policies of the current Russian leadership, he wrote in Die Welt newspaper.

Many Western countries are pushing for a more assertive stance against Moscow over President Vladimir Putins backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, accused of using chemical weapons in the countrys civil war.

With extensive business and energy links to Russia, Germany has been cautious in its relations with Moscow, though Merkels tone has hardened over the four years since Russias annexation of Ukraines Crimean peninsula.

Roth, whose party is junior partner in Merkels coalition, echoed comments from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier a fellow Social Democrat that too much is at stake for Germany to cast Russia as an enemy.

Opinion in the coalition is not necessarily divided along party lines. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, also a Social...


Syrian Army Reports Capture of British Soldiers During Assault On Eastern Ghouta "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Army Captures British Military Men in Eastern Ghouta

Apr 11, 2018

Syrian Army Captures British Military Men in Eastern Ghouta
TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of British military men were held captive by the Syrian army in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, media reports disclosed on Wednesday, saying that they had infiltrated the region for the last month US plot to attack Damascus in collaboration with terrorists and NATO forces that failed.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channels correspondent in Moscow reported that a number of British forces have been captured during the military operations in Eastern Ghouta.

Earlier reports had disclosed last month that foreign military forces were deployed in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus to launch a ground assault against Damascus in cooperation with the US.

The US and Israel planned to launch attacks on Damascus from several fronts in collaboration with the NATO and Jordan, but the plot failed after the Syrian army scored rapid, major victories in Eastern Ghouta.

Informed sources disclosed that the US and Israel intended to support the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta by airstrikes so that they could capture vast areas of Damascus to pave the ground for the Syria...


Senseless and Futile Strike Against Syria Achieves Nothing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Photo credit AFP By Alex GORKA | Strategic Culture Foundation | 16.04.2018 The Wests unity is cracking and the United States world leadership is being questioned. The alleged but never proven chemical attack in Syria offers an opportunity to become a unifying factor. By striking that country, the US administration pursued the goal of solidifying its image []


Syrian government continues to injure, kill civilians in rebel areas "IndyWatch Feed War"


Sporadic reports of artillery shelling and air strikes after US and allies struck Syrian government chemical weapons facilities


A fine display of Islamic values "IndyWatch Feed War"

There is a practicing Muslim in Glasgow by the name of Shaykh Zoheeb Iqbal. He runs an organization called the Al Falaah Academy in Glasgows south side, an area heavily populated by Muslims. His organization helps deliver lectures and courses to universities. This is all fine and dandy if it werent for the character of []


Here Are 7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky On American Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters -- linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up." The Pentagon claimed that China had increased its offensive military capacity -- with 400 missiles, which could be nuclear armed.


Few To No Anti-Bombing Voices As Trump Prepares To Escalate Syria War "IndyWatch Feed War"

The curators of American public opinion at the three most influential broadsheets in the United States have decided that dissent from the build-up to new airstrikes on Syria is not really an opinion worth hearing. Of 16 columns leveling an opinion about fresh airstrikes on the Syrian regime in the coming days, only twoboth in the Washington Post (4/12/18, 4/12/18)opposed the airstrikes. No New York Times or Wall Street Journal opinion piece came out against a renewed attack on Syria. Ten expressly supported the airstrikes (three in the Times, five in the Post and two in the Journal), two did so by implication (both in the Times, both lamenting the US doing nothing in Syria), two were ambiguous and two were opposed to the airstrikes. A complete list of the columns can be reviewed here.


Thirty-Five Years Of Comintern Publishing: A Balancesheet "IndyWatch Feed War"

I objected that I had no background in academic research and publishing. Waters and Sheppard countered that given my grasp of history in that period, my knowledge of the three main translation languages, and my experience as a socialist activist attempting to implement the Cominterns ideas, I was the obvious choice. I accepted the challenge and took charge of the project. It has taken a good deal more than a decade. Along the way, Pathfinder has been replaced as publisher by Historical Materialism Book Series and Haymarket Books. Nine documentary books have now gone to press, totaling 6,500 pages, and another is in preparation. (See list of volumes below.) More than 100 collaborators have helped in various ways to produce them.


ANALYSIS: Could Haftar's illness spark a new power struggle in Libya? "IndyWatch Feed War"


Military commander reportedly still in Paris, after suffering a stroke


Grim Prospects for Turkey-Saudi Relations "IndyWatch Feed War"


The Middle East is a turbulent region marked by conflict and instability. Once the cradle of civilization, it is now a battleground among competing powers. Profound ethnic and religious divides mark its political life, multiple geopolitical interest collide on its deserts, and various armed groups fight each other in an intricate network of allegiances in continuous shift. This situation has turned even worse in recent years, with the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, the conflict in Iraq, and the rise of the Islamic State. These events have transformed the regional context, creating power vacuums that each regional actor is trying to fill in accordance to its own interests.

Among others, one of the major drivers of this struggle for power has been the Saudi-Iranian rivalry. With Tehran exploiting the chaos in Iraq and Syria to extend its influence, Riyadh is reacting by reaffirming its alliance with the U.S., by launching an ambitious reform program, and even by taking steps toward rapprochement with Israel. But there is an important bilateral relationship that is often neglected: the one between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. And its direction could have profound consequences for the future geopolitics of the Middle East.



Saudi Arabia finds itself at a turning point. Having to deal with the economic backlashes caused by the drop in oil prices (its main source of revenue) and facing the long-term prospect of exhausting its reserves, Riyadh must also cope with a complex geopolitical environment characterized by Irans assertiveness and civil war along Saudi Arabias borders in Yemen. These internal and external pressures have put the Kingdom on a course to reform. The initiator of this change is the current strongman in Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Set to become king and holding various charges, notably minister of defense, bin Salman is already transforming the Saudi state. All while concentrating power in his hands by having potential opponents arrested, he announced an ambitious program called Saudi Vision 2030, whose aim is to diversify the economy and prepare it for the post-oil era. He has promoted notable changes in society, allowing women to drive and attend football matches and opening cinemas after decades. As a material example of this symbiosis of social and economic transformation, he launched NEOM, a $500 billion project to build a vast and high-tech city set to become a hub for innovation on the shores of the Red Sea.

At the same time, the Prince is promoting an active international agenda. Iran remains the main rival of the Saudi Kingdom, out of a combination of divergent geopolitical interests and national-religious...


Why Syria? Israel, the US, and the Balkanization of the Arab Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

As I covered in a previous video, the so-called Syrian civil war was manufactured by the CIA and its proxies during the Arab Spring, a larger engineered color revolution effort that worked with devastating effect, primarily in Egypt and Libya. The conflict is hardly a recent development. It began soon after the end of the []


Russian Roulette of the West "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Roulette of the West
While the West is busy hunting Russian witches, its sworn enemies devour it alive from within. In 1986, Georges Besse, the manager of Frances largest state company, Eurodif, arrived at his office as per usual. When he got out of his car, he was shot at point-blank range by unknown people on a motorcycle. Initially []


Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 274

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Saint Stephen The First Martyr Is his often depicted with the book of scrimpture and some stones

Reading 1  ACTS 7:518:1A

Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
you are just like your ancestors.
Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
You received the law as transmitted by angels,
but you did not observe it.When they heard this, they were infuriated,
and they ground their teeth at him.
But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and Stephen said, Behold, I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.
But they cried out in a loud voice,
covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
The witnesses laid down their cloaks
at the feet of a young man named Saul.
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
Lord, do not hold this sin against them;
and when he said this, he fell asleep.Now Saul was consenting to his execution.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 31:3CD-4, 6 AND 7B AND 8A, 17 AND 21AB

R. (6a) Into your hands, O Lord...


REVEALED: Jeremy Corbyn falsely claims British-made weapons went to Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed War"


The Labour leader has been accused of 'appalling double standards'


Palestinians are killed not because Israeli soldiers disobey orders but because they follow them "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Israeli army has made it quite clear that top brass orders for snipers allow live ammunition to be directed at Palestinian protesters


The War in Syria was a US Intervention Since "Day 1" "IndyWatch Feed War"

April 15, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci NEO) In the aftermath of US-led missile strikes on Syria, the Western media has attempted to continue building the case for US intervention.

However, before the first agitators took to the streets in Syria in 2011, the US was already involved.

The New York Times in its 2011 article, U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings, would admit (emphasis added):

A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington, according to interviews in recent weeks and American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks. 

The work of these groups often provoked tensions between the United States and many Middle Eastern leaders, who frequently complained that their leadership was being undermined, according to the cables. 

The financing of agitators from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) before the so-called Arab Spring was meant to stampede targeted governments from power paving the way for US client states to form. Nations that resisted faced first, US-backed militants and failing that, direct US military intervention as seen in Libya in 2011.

After the US funded initial unrest in 2011 the US has armed and funded militants fighting in Syria ever since.

The same NYT would publish a 2013 article titled, ...


Jamie Glazov: Facebook Bans Me For Reporting a Muslims Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"

Facebook has banned me for seven days. My crime is posting/reporting on my Facebook page a physical threat that was made to me personally on my own FB page by a member of the Religion of Peace. On Saturday, April 14, 2018, a certain Muhammad Irfan Ayoub started commenting on my page, rebuking me for []


False Flag in Syria Sets Stage for Wider War "IndyWatch Feed War"

April 12, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci NEO) The US threatened war within hours of an alleged chemical weapons attack taking place in Douma, northeast of Damascus.

The US rush to conflict attempts to sidestep any meaningful investigation into the attack, fitting a larger pattern of Washington and its allies using baseless chemical weapon allegations for wars of aggression stretching back to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

US accusations and threats of war come at a pivotal moment in Syrias now 7 year conflict in which the Syrian government has finally liberated all territory around the capital from foreign-sponsored militants.

Zero Evidence

To date, all supposed evidence comes from Western-funded militants and their auxiliaries including the US-European government-funded front, the so-called Syria Civil Defense, better known at the White Helmets. Unverified photographs and video of apparent victims have been the sole sources cited by the US.

The World Health Organization, in a recent statement attempting to bolster these accusations, claims that up to 500 patients appear to have been exposed to chemical poisoning, but would cite its Health Cluster partners, the Daily Beast would report.

However, according to WHOs own website, these partners include Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF), which in turn, according to MSFs own website trains and supports the White Helmets. MSF has repeatedly admitted throughout the Syrian conflict that it does not have a presence on the ground in conflict areas and merely provides material support to groups that do.

The White Helmets have been repeatedly caught in the past fabricating evidence and staging scenes for propaganda value. In fact, all evidence suggests the entire purpose of the White Helmets is the production of propaganda.



Trumps Syria "Withdrawal" Was Textbook US Deception "IndyWatch Feed War"

April 8, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci LD) The US media is now priming the global public for US intervention in Syria following alleged chemical attacks carried out in the remaining pocket of US-backed militants in Douma, just northeast of Damascus.

Image: Trump isnt going to withdraw from Syria when the special interests he represents still fully plan on waging war proxy or otherwise on Syrias ally Iran. The recent appointment of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo to key positions within his administration signal expanded war, not withdrawal. 
This follows comments made by US President Donald Trump just 3 days ago in which he claimed he had instructed the US military to prepare for a withdrawal from Syria.

US forces had illegally invaded and have since occupied Syrian territory for years, with the Washington Post in its April 4, 2018 article titled, Trump instructs military to begin planning for withdrawal from Syria, placing the current number of US troops at approximately 2,000.

The Washington Post also claimed that:

President Trump has instructed military leaders to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as soon as possible and told them he wants Arab allies to take over and pay for stabilizing and reconstructing areas liberated from the Islamic State, according to senior U.S. officials.

However, just days after President Trump expressed a supposed desire to leave Syria, allegations of Syrian government chemical attacks on Douma have provided not only the prefect pretext to delay any withdrawal, but to in fact justify a US-led military intervention directly against the Syrian government.

While some have attempted to por...


Cohen Isnt the Biggest Catch from Trump World "IndyWatch Feed War"

Other players know far more about the presidents dealings than his lawyer does.
April 16, 2018, 7:00 AM EDT
Could be worse.

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trumps personal attorney, will be in a federal courtroom on Monday, arguing that he has the right to review documents that FBI agents seized when they raided his office and residences last week.

Reporters will be in the courtroom, too. The media is excited about what might emerge from Cohens legal travails, and for good reason. But its also worth remembering what Cohen actually did at the Trump Organization and not to assume that his evident downfall portends doom for Trumps presidency.

Cohen started working for Trump in 2006, and has brought potential licensing deals to the presidents attention for years. He worked with the career criminal and Trump business partner Felix Sater on a proposal for a...


The Skripal case & the perils of a rush to judgment "IndyWatch Feed War"

by James ONeill amended to remove reference to the Spiez laboratory, which is not mentioned directly in the OPCW summary The perils of coming to premature conclusions before all the facts are available has been starkly demonstrated by the latest developments in the alleged nerve gas attack upon the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English town of Salisbury on 4 March 2018. Followers of this particular saga will be aware that British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have made a series of statements to the United Kingdom House of Commons and to the media. They alleged, without qualification, that the Skripals were poisoned with a nerve agent of the Novichok class, of a type developed by Russia. That these statements were made before it was possible for the British chemical and biological research facility at Porton Down to have made an analysis and reached a scientifically valid conclusion did not matter. The object of the exercise was to demonize Russia in general and


BBC still prevaricating on purpose of Hamas tunnels "IndyWatch Feed War"

On the morning of April 15th the IDF announced the destruction of yet another cross-border tunnel originating in the Gaza Strip.

A military spokesman said the tunnel was dug by the Hamas terrorist group and was connected to a kilometers-long network of other passages under the Gaza Strip.

The tunnel reached tens of meters into Israeli territory in the area of the northern Gaza Strip, close to the Israeli community of Nahal Oz, the army said. It was constructed after the 50-day 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to the IDF. []

Security forces had been monitoring this tunnel network, which had been under construction for years, the spokesman said. The decision was taken to destroy the tunnel once it crossed into Israeli territory, he added.

Palestinian tunnel diggers were working their way up to the surface to construct an exit within Israeli territory when the army decided to act.

Later the same day the BBC News website published a report titled Israel destroys longest and deepest Gaza tunnel in which the underground structure constructed for the purpose of infiltration of Israeli territory in order to carry out terror attacks was described as having been dug by militants....


Arabic press review: Ugandan soldiers to bolster UAE forces in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"


With fears that Sudan will pull out of the Saudi-led coalition, UAE looks to Uganda - and one of Iraq's most corrupt officials is sent home


Democrats scrambling to derail fake news attacks in 2018 races "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Israel conducted April 9 strike on Syrian airbase: NYT quotes Israeli military source The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"


JERUSALEM (Reuters) Israel maintained its official silence on Monday over its possible involvement in an April 9 air strike on a Syrian airbase after the New York Times quoted an unnamed Israeli military source as saying Israel had carried out the raid.

Syria and its main ally Russia blamed Israel for the attack, near the city of Homs, which followed reports of a poison gas attack by President Bashar al-Assads forces on the rebel-held town of Douma.

Israel, which has often struck Syrian army locations during its neighbors seven-year civil war, has neither confirmed nor denied mounting the raid. But Israeli officials said the Tiyas air base was being used by troops from Iran and that Israel would not accept such a presence in Syria of its arch foe.

Irans Tansim news agency said seven Iranian military personnel had been killed in the attack, which contributed to a sharp escalation of tensions between the West and Russia.

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Damage at the T4 base in Syria afer the israeli raid.

(The Tiyas strike) was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets both facilities and people, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman quoted the Israeli military source as saying.

Friedman described the seven Iranians killed as members of the Qods Force, a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps that oversees operations abroad, and one of them as a commander of a drone unit.

Asked about the claim of Israeli responsibility cited in the New York Times article, which was published on Sunday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said: There is no comment at this time.

While acknowledging that it has carried out scores of strikes in Syria against suspect Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, Israel generally does not comment on specific missions.

The attack on Tiyas came days before the United States, Britain and France launched 105 missiles targeting what Washington said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria in retaliation for the suspected poison gas attack.

Assad has denied using chemica...


As Israel pushes for West Bank railway, Palestinians brace for more land grabs "IndyWatch Feed War"


'Its a new apartheid system - a train exclusively for the use of illegal settlers'


Philippines claims Saudi boss forced maid to drink bleach "IndyWatch Feed War"


President Rodrigo Duterte claims that Arab employers routinely rape their Filipino maids


Israel sends ambassador to Amman, nine months after embassy shootings "IndyWatch Feed War"


An Israeli guard's killing of two Jordanian citizens in July 2017 had sparked tensions amidst Al-Aqsa crisis


ITNJ: Pedophilia Enabled by Professional Secrecy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Carine Hutsebaut

Psychotherapist and Criminologist and author on child sex abusers and child murderers. Frequent Expert Witness and profiler for ministries of justice across Europe. Founder of the International Center for Molested and Abducted/Adopted Children. Author of the book, Child Hunters: Requiem of a Childkiller (Xlibris, 2011). Member of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling. Multiple movies have been made on the basis of her work.

White Paper in full text below the fold.

  1. The Eternal Umbrella called: Professional Secret

It is obvious that we cannot do without Professional Secret in some ways. It is unthinkable a suspect is warned by the openly investigation leading to his/her arrest.

When used appropriate it even is not a problem for society. But when the Professional Secret is used to hide things the population is not supposed to find out, there is a huge problem. And that is what we see time over time again. It is not acceptable for several raisons:

  • Parents, family and society are entitled to know what investigators are doing in cases of disappearances, murder or rape of a loved one. Whether it is a child or an adult. As soon as the family has been excluded from the suspect list, they need to be included in the investigation teams. Because they know how their loved ones are and how they react to events, the police does not. Too often we see that the family is considered as a nuisance, the enemy, and that is not exceptable. We PAY them to do their job, so we are entitled to be informed.
  • In many (proven) cases we can see after years that the police did nothing at all. Sometimes the files contain only one paper: the reporting of the disappearance by the family or loved ones.
  • The secrecy also hides blunders, unprofessional behavior, refusal to investigate imporant leads, refusal to question suspects and downright ignorance on behalve of those who are supposed to know how to lead an investigation.
  • Sometimes the secrecy covers up the blockages to hide pressure from above. Pressure to burry an investigation where important people are involved. We have numerous examples of those cases worldwide. Especially in networks and even more where the crimes are used to blackmail interesting people.
  1. The 5......


Sisi takes flak for 'plastic missiles' speech slip in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"


Egyptian president misspoke while addressing Arab League summit on Sunday


Rebecca Campbell: Trump Administration Closed Down 73% of Online Sex Trafficking with One Move "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rebecca Campbell

PedoGate Indictment Unsealed 73% Of Suspected Child Trafficking Reports Involved Backpage And The Trump Administration Shut Them Down

The fact that NCMEC reported that 73% of the suspected child trafficking reports it receives from the public involved Backpage, highlights the sheer scope of what the Trump administration has just done in one year, to eradicate child sex trafficking by doing exactly as promised and putting the power of federal government behind the effort.

Read full article with vital details and additional links.


On the Reaction to the U.S. Strike in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are stirrings of an imperative anti-war movement in the wake of the U.S. strike on Syria, but mostly the Pentagon controlled the message, says Gilbert Doctorow.


China caught off guard by unpredictable Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

But Chinese leaders are confident they can withstand a Sino-US trade war

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By Tom Mitchell

When Donald Trump escalated trade tension with China this month, Xi Jinping cited a Chinese saying in vowing to defend global trade rules. When the sky falls, big men must hold it up, he said in private meetings, according to four people briefed on his remarks.

The Chinese president and his top advisers, including vice-president Wang Qishan and vice-premier Liu He, were initially confident the US and China could bridge their differences through talks, according to people who have recently met them.

China and the US are like an old married couple, we fight a lot but we still need each other, Lou Jiwei, a former finance minister, said in a closed-door exchange with an international delegation in late March, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

But Chinas view of the US president began to shift after Mr Trump threatened to put tariffs on another $100bn of Chinese imports. The US President had already enraged Chinese officials in March by signing the Taiwan Travel Act, which urges more US exchanges with the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as Chinese territory.

Beijings previously sanguine view of Mr Trump was partly due to the fact the US president did not use his first year in office to follow through on some of the pledges he made during the campaign about getting tough with China.

While Chinese officials now realise Mr Trump meant what he said in Beijing in November that the Sino-US trade relationship was not fair and reciprocal and had to be solved they also believe they can emerge from a trade war relatively unscathed.

Trump has certainly got [Chinas] attention, said Peter Mandelson, the former EU trade commissioner who this week led a British delegation to China that met Mr Wang. Chinese officials are confident and sure of their direction. They dont want a fight [with the US], but if they get one theyre going to give as good as they get.

China was surprised again on Friday after Mr Trump said he would consider re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Chinese officials had seen his move to leave the TPP, which did not include China, on day one in office as a grand gift.

We have our problems with Trump, said one western diplomat in Beijing. But he has taught us that when you push back hard against the Chinese, it knocks them off-balance.

Two senior Chinese officials told the Financial Times that...


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The legality of the act is universally questioned and many governments realize that international law does not protect anyone from US-led attacks and prompts them seek to weapons to defend themselves.


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Divided EU foreign ministers meet to discuss Syria plan "IndyWatch Feed War"

The EUs top diplomats will seek a unified front on how to proceed in Syria following joint airstrikes. But diverging opinions on potential military action and how to work with Assad-ally Russia could complicate unity.

Germany's Maas, France's Le Drian and Britain's Johnson exchange remarks in a conference room (Getty Images/AFP/E. Dunand)

Foreign Ministers from the European Unions 28 member nations are meeting Monday in Luxembourg to discuss how to revive the political peace process in Syria in the aftermath of the recent US-led airstrikes and resolve increasing tensions with Russia.

Though the ministers plan to adopt conclusions on Syria, the task could prove challenging given the varying perspectives that exist among EU member nations over where to go following the joint airstrikes.

Read more: US-led strikes on Syria: A move with unpredictable consequences

EU: condemning gas but fail to endorse strikes

The US, French and British missiles destroyed suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria on Saturday in retaliation for the alleged use of chemical gas by Bashar Assads government forces on civilians in Douma on April 7.

The EUs High Representative, Federica Mogherini, reiterated in a statement following the airstrikes that, The EU is supportive of all efforts aimed at the prevention of the use of chemical weapons, she did not go as far as endorsing the j...


The premiere of The Comey Show "IndyWatch Feed War"

Expect James Comey to be on everyones mind with his Trump is morally unfit to be president, making it clear that, like a skilled political candidate, hell be repeating a specific message with fervor and discipline on a coast-to-coast book tour that includes a saturation schedule of interviews and audience events.

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By Mike Allen

The Trump Show, which has produced two seasons worth of epic cliffhangers and plot twists, is getting a competitor: The Comey Show, which is scheduled to run for at least five weeks, and will needle and gall President Trump amid global, legal and political crises.

Why it matters: In both his prime-time interview with ABCs George Stephanopoulos and an interview with USA Today, fired FBI Director James Comey argued that Trump is morally unfit to be president, making it clear that, like a skilled political candidate, hell be repeating a specific message with fervor and discipline on a coast-to-coast book tour that includes a saturation schedule of interviews and audience events.

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In his interview with ABC, fired Comey called President Trump a person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like theyre pieces of meat, who lies constantly.

  • Comey used almost identical wording in the interview in with USA Today, calling Trump someone who is able to see moral equivalence in Charlottesville or to speak and treat women like theyre pieces of meat and to lie constantly.
  • Adding to the campaign feel, Comey told ABC that Americans need to vote Trump out: I think impeaching and removing D...


A Tale of American Hubris "IndyWatch Feed War"

The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washingtons present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort.


Danger Looms For Japan Stock Market Nomura Holdings says Abe scandal and trade risk could erupt for Japan stocks "IndyWatch Feed War"



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Stock investors should take note that the risks of domestic political upheaval or trade friction are far from gone away.

So say strategists at Nomura Holdings Inc. led by Hisao Matsuura. While the trade rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and China calmed last week, Nomura points to Americas upcoming midterm elections as a reason for worry: the Trump administration could introduce more protectionist measures to play to voters. The brokerage says its watching Prime Minister Shinzo Abes two-day summit with Trump in Florida starting Tuesday for signs on how this will develop. The situation is extremely fluid, the strategists wrote in a note dated Friday. Ahead of U.S. midterm elections to be held in November, we cannot rule out the possibility of the U.S. government rolling out further measures to protect local industry.

Nomura also pointed to falling approval ratings for Abe and his government in March, noting that political concerns could erupt again.

Tens of thousands of people joined a demonstration outside the legislature Saturday, calling Abe a liar and seeking his resignation, in a sign of growing public anger over cronyism scandals engulfing the prime minister. Abes Cabinet approval rating fell to 31 percent, the lowest since he returned to power in 2012, according to an Asahi newspaper poll conducted April 14 and 15. Some people in politics and the market consider 30 percent to a be a key level for retaining power in the nation. After a stellar 20 percent rally in 2017, the Topix index is down more than 4 percent this year amid Trumps trade rhetoric, domestic political concerns and the strengthening yen. The Nikkei 225 stock average has lost about 4 percent.

Political instability could be sparked once again in June when the regular Diet session ends, the strategists wrote. In the event of a change of prime minister, an LDP administration remaining at the helm would probably be seen as positive from the perspective of political stability, but might be seen as likely to open the door for existing monetary and fiscal policy to be revisited, and hence more of a negative f...


Bashar Assad, Iran just reached point of no return in Syria Trump administration should consider more cooperation with Turkey and Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Assad has to be removed Iran prefers to sew sectarian hatred rather than encourage cooperation.

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Daily Sabah

On Friday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump stood before television cameras to announce that he had ordered the U.S. Armed Forces to launch precision strikes against regime positions in Syria. The announcement came a week after Bashar Assad carried out a chemical attack against innocent civilians in Douma, a small town near the Syrian capital Damascus, claiming dozens of casualties. Turkey welcomed Washingtons decision, which, it said, eased humanitys conscience.

In light of the most recent developments in Syria, it has become clear that the Assad regime should not survive. Nor can the Syrian dictator, who has killed hundreds of thousands of his countrys citizens, play any role in the future of Syria.

In recent years, the Syrian regime repeatedly misled the United States and Russia, along with others, into believing that it would abandon its chemical weapons program. At the time, the international community was so eager to believe that it was making some progress in Syria that the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. To nobodys surprise, it turned out that the Syrian regime indeed had a large amount of chemical weapons at its disposal.

In retrospect, the fact that the same people thought U.S. President Barack Obama, whose inaction encouraged Assad to massacre innocent people, deserved a peace prize should have been telling.

At this point, Assad offers little and does significant damage to his allies. To be clear, it makes no sense for the Syrian regimes protectors to continue their support. For the Russians, it is time to abandon the criminal in Damascus and work with Turkey and others to shape the countrys future. There are many opportunities in the Middle East that Moscow could seize but only if it stops carrying the dead weight of Assad and his atrocities.

But the problems in Syria are not limited to the regime and their solution requires the support of Western countries as well. France, for instance, could play a constructive role in Syria. In addition to working toward the preservation of the countrys territorial integrity, Paris can build on its historical relations with the Syrian Arabs to promote a political solution. The obvious obstacle before Frances efforts to maximize its interests in Syria is the French government itself. If French President Emmanuel Macron opts to protec...


Donors throw a lifeline to Lebanon's economy, but trouble looms "IndyWatch Feed War"

With an estimated debt of $80bn and high youth unemployment, the country's latest bailout offer comes with strings attached


The Grand Troika: A Chance for a World New Order "IndyWatch Feed War"

Greater dialogue and understanding is needed to bring Washington DC and Moscow back together and ensure between President Xi, President Putin and President Trump a Troika of Statesman Leadership that can steer the world through its current choppy waters.


Caf Weltschmerz: De VS Kan Niet Zonder Oorlog "IndyWatch Feed War"

De VS Kan Niet Zonder Oorlog


Sinds de stichting van de VS in 1776 is het land tot nu toe 93 procent van haar tijd in oorlog geweest. Sinds 1945 heeft de VS geen enkele oorlog gewonnen, de Koreaanse Oorlog eindigde daar waar die begonnen was, de Vietnamese Oorlog werd door Washington verloren, evenals de oorlogen in Afghanistan, Irak, Libi en Syri. 

De vraag is dan ook 'Qui bono'? In zijn roman '1984' schreef George Orwell dat oorlog 

'helpt om de speciale geestelijke atmosfeer in stand te houden, die een hirarchische maatschappij nodig heeft. De oorlog, zo zal men zien, is nu een zuiver binnenlandse aangelegenheid. In het verleden bestreden de heersende groepen van alle landen elkaar ook echt, al mochten zij inzien, dat zij een gemeenschappelijk belang hadden en daarom de vernietigende werking van de oorlog zouden moeten beperken, en de overwinnaar altijd de overwonnene plunderde. In onze eigen tijd vechten zij helemaal niet teg...


Global Stocks Mixed After Syria Air Strikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Investors breathed a sigh of relief after missile strikes on Syria didnt lead to a major escalation in the seven-year-old conflict

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Global stocks were mixed Monday, while oil and bond prices fell amid expectation that U.S.-led strikes on Syria late last week would not escalate into a broader conflict.

The Stoxx Europe 600 edged down in early morning trade while Asian stocks were mixed. Futures pointed to an opening gain of 0.4% for the S&P 500. Crude oil and bond prices fell, after gaining last week on the back of increased global tensions around Syria.

Investors breathed a sigh of relief after missile strikes late Friday by the U.S., U.K. and France on Syria didnt lead to a major escalation in the seven-year-old conflict. A Pentagon official said that the single wave of strikes is complete for now, while in a Twitter post on Saturday, President Donald Trump said Mission Accomplished!

Uncertainties can escalate again but so far the biggest fears havent been realized which allows risky assets to recover, said Viraj Patel, a strategist at ING Bank.

Geopolitical concerns, trade tensions, as well as some weaker-than-expected economic numbers, rattled investor sentiment in recent weeks over concerns those factors could hit a rare spurt of synchronized global economic upswing.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose to 2.851% from 2.828%. Yields move inversely to prices. The WSJ Dollar Index, which tracks the dollar against a basket of 16 currencies, was down 0.1%.

The price of Brent crude, the international oil gauge, was down 1.5% on Monday after gaining 8.1% last week on concerns that wider conflict in the Middle East would affect supply.

This has left the market very sensitive to headlines, said Randy Warren, chief investment officer of Philadelphia-based Warren Financial, who is advising clients to mitigate risk.

This see-saw stock mark...


U.S. Overthrowing Other Peopler's Governments "IndyWatch Feed War"

William Blum

Overthrowing other peoples governments: The Master List

By William Blum
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)
  • China 1949 to early 1960s
  • Albania 1949-53
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Putins Two-Faced Policies Bind Russias HandsMaking Partners Out of Adversaries "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia weighs sanctions against US aerospace companies

Moscow looks for ways to retaliate without damaging interests closer to home

An export ban on titanium would hurt Boeing, which buys about 35 per cent of its supply from a Russian state monopoly Bloomberg

As the US prepares further sanctions against Russia in response to its support for the Syrian regime, Moscow is still struggling to find ways to retaliate for the first salvo imposed this month.

Measures to be debated in Russias parliament this week propose banning US comp...


Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump asked a federal judge Sunday night to allow him to review documents that FBI agents seized from the office of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen   before federal investigators see them

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Michael Cohen, President Trumps personal attorney, is expected in federal court Monday. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

The Washington Post
April 15 at 11:13 PM
President Trump asked a federal judge Sunday night to allow him to review documents that FBI agents seized from the office of his longtime lawyer before criminal investigators have a chance to see the material.The request underscores the high stakes in an ongoing legal fight in federal court in New York, where Michael Cohen, Trumps lawyer, is also fighting to get a chance to review material seized as part of a criminal investigation of his business dealings.

Trumps request, in the form of a letter from other lawyers representing him, could further complicate a hearing set for Monday afternoon. During that session, lawyers for Cohen are expected to tell the judge overseeing the case how many legal clients he has and how many seized documents he thinks might be covered by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen is set to attend the hearing. Also expected to be on hand is adult-film star Stormy Daniels, whom Cohen secretly paid $130,000 in 2016 to keep quiet the details of an alleged sexual liaison she had with Trump.

Prosecutors indicated in court filings Friday that Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan and that a grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case.

Last weeks raid of Cohens office and residences infuriated the president, who argued on Twitter that attorney-client privilege is dead. Prosecutors have defended the search in part by saying that the investigation has shown that Cohen does not do much legal work and does not appear to have many clients.

Cohen, through his lawyers, has...


Playing with Nuclear Matches "IndyWatch Feed War"

Behind President Donald Trumps bluster and threats over Syria, powerful forces are pushing the US towards war with Russia and Syria: the neocons and the military industrial complex.


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    Somaliland: Poet jailed for Somalia reunification poetry "IndyWatch Feed War"

    A court in the self-declared republic of Somaliland has sentenced a young poet to three years in jail. Nacima Qorane was found guilty of bringing the state into contempt by advocating for Somaliland to reunite with Somalia. Pressure groups in Somaliland said Ms Qoranes basic human rights have been violated. Somaliland self-declared independence in 1991, []



    US Will Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Washington (MEE The United States will impose new sanctions on Russia over an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday.

    Haley said the sanctions, to be announced on Monday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, will target companies that supplied Damascus with equipment and other material related to chemical weapons.

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    You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down. Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasnt already, Haley said in an interview with CBSs Face the Nation.

    The move follows air strikes by US, French and British forces in retaliation for an alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack on 7 April in Douma, a formerly rebel-held town near Damascus, in which more than 40 people were killed.

    In an apparent response to Haley, a senior Russian lawmaker warned on Sunday that new sanctions will hurt the US and Europe more than Moscow.

    Evgeny Serebrennikov, deputy head of the defense committee of Russias upper house of parliament, said Moscow was ready for the new penalties.

    Related: Trump Declares Mission Accomplished After Illegaly Bombing Syria

    They are hard for us, but will do more damage to the USA and Europe, RIA news agency quoted Serebrennikov as saying.




    And there's this from Global Research News:
    Poison Gas Weapon of Choice for False News

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    Anatomy of a Russian Chemical Weapons Lab Lie "IndyWatch Feed War"

    If Moscow wants its Syrian allies to skirt the blame for chemical attacks, theyre going to have to come up with some better evidence than a few beakers and boilers in a dingy basement.

    Russia and Syria say the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria was all a rebel-staged fake and promise that theyve got the evidence to prove it. But one of the pieces of evidence they say shows a secret rebel chemical weapons lab shows nothing of the sort, experts say.

    At the center of the claim is a building in Al-Shifuniya, in East Ghouta where the Syrian military says it found a chemical warehouse used to manufacture chemical weapons against the Syrian Army and a research lab for experiments run by the Islamist militant group Jaish al Islam in mid-March. The allegation tracked with an uptick in Russian claims about a rebel chemical weapons false flag in the making shortly after the Trump administration was considering military options to respond to the Assad regimes alleged use of chlorine gas in early 2018including an alleged February 25 chlorine attack on Al-Shifuniya itself.  

    Since Syrian state TV ran videos of the facility, Russias state-backed media outlet RT has amplified the story, calling the Al-Shifuniya site a well-equipped chemical laboratory run by Saudi-backed Islamist terrorists and the left-leaning Salon columnist Patrick Lawrence has cited the piece approvingly.



    As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrabs Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Ankara (MPN)  The intriguing case of Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab triggered massive waves in Turkeys domestic politics, waves so large they are being felt in the United States.

    There is currently a case making its way through the U.S. federal courts that is playing a significant role in increasing tension between Washington and Ankara. Federal prosecutors in New York recently announced they would seek a 15- to 20-year prison sentence for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish national who was formerly an executive at the majority-Turkish-state-owned Halkbank. Atilla, who was arrested in New York in March of 2017, is awaiting sentencing after being charged with bank fraud and conspiracy while allegedly helping Iran skirt U.S. sanctions over a period of years  which he was convicted of in January of this year.

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    While none of this seems out of character for a high-level international banker and seems almost irrelevant in the bigger picture of international events, Atillas case is likely to have far-reaching consequences. The details that emerged during Atillas trial revealed massive corruption and collusion from the Turkish government that may go as high as President Recep Erdogan himself, who has been accused of personally approving illegal purchases of Iranian oil through shell companies.

    The case, which Turkish police first began investigating in 2013, has been plaguing Erdogan since he became Prime Minister.  Originally just a political headache at home, evidence being revealed in U.S. court...



    I'm old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis. For those few days in 1962, the family dinner table was tense and the air

    The post SECDEF MATTIS: WHERES THE PROOF? appeared first on Giza Death Star.


    Syria Must Be Defended, War Must be Opposed, Imperialism Must be Vanquished "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Damascus (AHT) The Syrian governments righteous defense of its independence from armed mercenaries of imperialism has been deemed unacceptable and worthy of precipitating the most dangerous global conflict in human history.

    Increased Tensions Against Syria

    Syria has once again reached a potential point of no return toward a global confrontation between great powers after the heat of US imperialism was turned up in the aftermath of another alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburb of Douma. The attack came less than a week after the Trump Administration announced a desire to end the occupation of Syria by pulling out the two thousand or so US troops stationed in the country.

    US imperialism and its most loyal allies in the UK, France, and Israel have ratcheted up war tensions with the Syrian government. Israel has taken the lead so far in its response by bombing a T-4 airbase in the Homs province, which killed at last seven Iranian military personnel. Trump, like his predecessors, has made clear that Israels wars of expansion against Palestine and Syria are fully within the bounds of US imperialism.

    The Syrian governments righteous defense of its independence from armed mercenaries of imperialism, on the other hand, has been deemed unacceptable and worthy of precipitating the most dangerous global conflict in human history.




    British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The world is being asked to take, at face value, the word of patented liars like Trump, Bolton, and other neocons who are now busy joining the Trump administration at breakneck speed.


    Professor of Psychiatry explains the pleasure-seeking circuitry in your brain Keys and dangers of addiction "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Your brains emotional functional circuitry says to unlock the elation. Addiction to computer games can kill you.

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    The brain

    You set up the game and begin. The first game points later, and your brains reward circuit is instantly fed. You dont know when the next reward is coming, so you expectantly play on; the pleasure-seeking circuitry is turned on. Youre rewarded again, and its like a key is fit into your brains emotional functional circuitry to unlock the elation. Soon, you know youre tired, but after a loss, you feel you must continue, to get back that high. You play on and the beginnings of a behavioural addiction set in.

    The eyes

    Your eyes are so focussed on the game, converging at a point for long durations, you dont realise youre blinking 60% less than required. Dry spots form in the eyes, cause irritation and watering. Youve heard about digital eye strain, but you game on.

    The digestive system

    Your brain needs food, but cant be bothered to get a plate of food. You order in French fries theyre soft, easy to handle and barely need chewing. Under stress, digestion slows down, and you realise youre uncomfortable. You havent moved in three hours.

    Your liver

    Insulin levels are yo-yoing with the stress of the game and junk food consumption. Over many months, your body is not able to process the insulin properly and it develops a resistance to it.

    Your gut

    Stress, no movement, hormones going out of whack all lead your gut to malfunction. Nutrient absorption goes down. In fact, the protective mechanism that prevents toxic minerals from entering our system goes for a toss, causing leaky gut. This means aluminium, barium, mercury, arsenic all sit in your system.

    Your legs

    Cramped in the same position hour upon hour, day after day, with no movement causes the legs to get painful and swell. Inside, blood clots in the veins, causing a condition called deep vein thrombosis.

    Your wrists and hands

    Your button-punching fingers are doing the same repetitive movements. You feel a mild burning sensation in the soft tissue between thumb and forefinger. This soon pro...


    Thousands in Hungary demand new and fair elections after anti-migrant PMs win "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Opposition supporters upset Viktor Orban won large majority with around 50% of vote

    People attend a protest against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)

    Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched Saturday in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, demanding a new election and a new national electoral system in the biggest opposition rally in years.

    Prime Minister Viktor Orban was re-elected for a fourth term last week. His right-wing populist Fidesz party won a supermajority in the national assembly, with preliminary results showing that Fidesz and tiny ally the Christian Democratic party won 134 seats in the 199-seat legislature.

    Opposition supporters are upset that Hungarys electoral rules have given Orbans party such a large majority in Parliament when it only won around 50 per cent of the vote.

    While the left-wing opposition parties won 12 of 18 seats at stake in Budapest districts, Fidesz won 85 of 88 seats outside the capital. The other 93 seats were allocated based on votes for party lists.

    Protesters marched from the Opera to Parliament, shouting New elections! We are the majority! Vik-tator! and Filthy Fidesz!



    Afghanistan on the brink: Can the Taliban negotiate with Kabul? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Taliban controls or contests 43 per cent of Afghanistans districts. Can they sue for peace?

    By Shahab ud Din Ahmad

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    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered the Taliban talks without preconditions and with the possibility of political recognition. And the US State Department has supported the announcement despite President Donald Trump earlier pointing towards an increase in military pressure on the insurgency. This comes amid reports released last year by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) stating that the Taliban controlled or contested 43 per cent of Afghanistans districts.

    The focus on what international actors can do to facilitate the process is warranted given their history of involvement in the countrys affairs. However, there is an equally urgent need to debate whether peace with the Afghan Taliban is achievable on the ground. This has a great deal to do with the insurgencys political, military and organisational outlook and whether it is willing to or even able to negotiate an enforceable agreement with Kabul in the future.

    I focus on two particular aspects of the insurgency in this regard. The impact that the organisational growth and subsequent factionalism can have on the peace process, and the insurgencys relations with civilian populations as a lens through which to speculate on the prospects for structural and attitudinal changes that might facilitate a peace process.

    PART I: Fragmentation, factionalism and the prospects for negotiations

    Put simply, fragmented, factionalised and undisciplined insurgencies can prove to be impossible to negotiate with. A lack of guarantees and poor enforcement mechanisms on part of the rebel forces impede the peace process and elongate violence.

    Over the years, despite maintaining its ideological coherence, the insurgency has fragmented as its loci of operations have expanded from the south and the east into northern and western Afghanistan. This fragmentation...


    Pakistan Seeks Up to $1 Billion From Expats as Reserves Dwindle "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Pakistan plans to raise as much as $1 billion from its diaspora in its latest effort to boost foreign-exchange reserves that have dropped close to the lowest in three years.


    • South Asian nation foreign reserves falling fastest in Asia

    Pakistan plans to raise as much as $1 billion from its diaspora in its latest effort to boost foreign-exchange reserves that have dropped close to the lowest in three years.

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    Zafar Masud, director general of National Savings at the finance ministry

    The government plans to launch an overseas certificate in U.S. dollars and rupees by June to raise between $500 million and $1 billion a year, Zafar Masud, director general of National Savings at the finance ministry, said by phone on Monday. Pakistan seeks bids for financial managers by April 30 for the transaction, he said.

    We were among the only few countries which didnt have this product for expats, said Masud. The sale will offer returns better than what theyre getting in their home markets.

    Pakistans economy is facing headwinds before elections in July with foreign exchange reserves dropping at the fastest pace in Asia in the past year. The government also announced an amnesty offer this month that allows overseas Pakistanis to repatriate funds after paying a 2 percent cash tax. Islamabad decided not to issue international bonds after global rates spiked.



    Sydney bushfire deemed highly suspicious as threat eases "IndyWatch Feed War"

    A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

    BBC News

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    Helicopters water bomb a bush fire at Alfords Point and Menai. Picture by Damian ShawSource:News Corp Australia

    A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

    The blaze, which began on Saturday, has burnt through 2,500 hectares of land in the citys southern suburbs.

    Some residents had been warned of immediate danger to their lives, but firefighters say the threat has eased.

    The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) described the blaze as highly suspicious.

    How dare anyone if they are deliberately involved in lighting fires endanger our firefighters and also [put] all these communities in harms way, said Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

    The bushfire forced some locals to evacuate their homes on the weekend, while others were told it was too dangerous to leave.

    Recent weather in south-eastern Australia has been unseasonably hot, with strong winds fanning bushfires.

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    Authorities said wind speeds were not as severe on Monday, making it easier to battle the blaze.

    Mr Fitzsimmons said flames travelled right up to the back fences of houses, but no properties had been lost.

    While the threat has eased, it is still a fairly vigilant fire ground and we want people to remain vigilant, he said.

    There is a lot of work still to be done today and maybe into tonight before we can call the fire contained.


    Syria Attack: Theresa May Violating National and International Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Syria strikes: Theresa May to be grilled by MPs over military action two days after missiles fired

    The prime minister will go to the Commons for a six-hour debate to make her legal and moral case for the coalition operationTheresa May is braced for a Commons showdown after bowing to pressure and allowing a debate in parliament on the UKs role in air strikes against the Syrian regime.

    She will make a statement on the British, French and US operation that saw more than 100 missiles fired at Syria, before being grilled by MPs who were denied a vote ahead of the action.

    Ministers hope the six-hour emergency debate will pacify concerns that parliament is being sidelined, but are desperate to avoid allowing any substantive vote that risks stripping the operation of legitimacy.

    Syria bombings: Johnson warns UK must prepare for Russian retaliation
    It sets the stage for an opposition-party drive to force a more meaningful retrospective vote on Saturday...


    'US cultivated, financed ISIS' - FBI whistleblower "IndyWatch Feed War"

    'US cultivated, financed ISIS' - FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds

    dirty secret
    By Quentin Sommerville and Riam Dalati




    Attacking Syria: Destroying the Constitution and International Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law

    It was a sad spectacle to see U.S. brass rubbishing the Constitution and trying to silence critics of the U.S. strike on Syria, says Ray McGovern in this commentary.



    Bob Parry: Holding Government to Account "IndyWatch Feed War"

    A memorial was held on Saturday for Robert Parry, the late founder and editor of this web site. Among the speakers paying tribute to Bob was Joe Lauria, the new editor of Consortium News. By Joe Lauria If you watch Bobs various talks available on YouTube youll see that he was often asked why he []


    What a surprise!! Independent Swiss Lab Says Poison Used in # Skripal Attack Was Produced in US or UK "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Independent Swiss Lab Says Poison Used in Skripal Attack Was Produced in US or UK On March 4, 2018, Sergie Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who was visiting him from Moscow, were poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent after he stopped by a local store. Skripal is a Russian double agent who WORKED FOR Christopher []


    Theresa May to call emergency debate over strikes against Syrian chemical weapons "IndyWatch Feed War"


    British PM to tell MPs Saturday's strikes were in national interest and to prevent further suffering, but will refuse calls for a vote on military action


    Double standards: US, UK, France stand by Saudis in Yemen but pose as moral crusaders in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Double standards: US, UK, France stand by Saudis in Yemen but pose as moral crusaders in Syria A man is seen at the site of an airstrike that destroyed the Community College in Saada, Yemen April 12, 2018. Naif Rahma / Reuters The Syria attack reveals the hypocrisy of the West which fuels []


    Western Psycho Agents "IndyWatch Feed War"

    April 15, 2018

    Were the Skripals 'Buzzed', 'Novi-shocked' Or Neither? - May Has Some 'Splaining' To Do

    The Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, threw a bombshell at the British assertions that the collapse of the British secret agent Sergej Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4 in Salisbury was caused by a 'Novichok' nerve agent 'of a type developed by Russia'. (See our older pieces, linked below, for a detailed documentation of the case.)
    • The Skripal poisoning happened on March 4.
    • Eye witnesses described the Skripals as disoriented and probably hallucinating. The emergency personal suspected Fentanyl influence.
    • A few days later the British government claimed that the Skripals had been affected by a chemical agent from the 'Novichok' series which they attributed to Russia. It insinuated that the Skripals might die soon.
    • A doctor of the emergency center at the Salisbury District Hospital publicly asserted that none of its patients was victim of a 'nerve agent'.
    • On March 14, after much pressure from Russia, Britain finally invited the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to analyze the blood of the victims and to take environmental samples.
    • The OPCW arrived on March 19 and took specimen on the following days. It also received a share of the samples taken earlier by the British chemical weapon laboratory in Porton Down, which is only some 10 miles away from Salisbury.
    • The OPCW split the various samples it had in a certified laboratory in the Netherlands and then distributed them to several other certified laboratories for analysis.
    • One of those laboratories was the highly regarded Spiez Laboratory in Switzerland which is part of the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection and fully certified.
    • ...


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    Future of Iran deal may depend on European intervention "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    Yemens Houtis launch an Iranian made ballistic missile toward Saudi Arabia. This still image taken from a video distributed by Yemens pro-Houthi Al Masirah television.

    WASHINGTON: The future of the landmark Iran nuclear deal hangs in the balance and its survival may depend on the unlikely success of last-minute European interventions with President Donald Trump.

    French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are to visit Washington separately later this month and, barring a sudden trip by British Prime Minister Theresa May, will likely be the last foreign leaders invested in the deal to see Trump ahead of his mid-May deadline for the accord to be strengthened. Trump has vowed to withdraw from the 2015 agreement by May 12 unless US, British, French and German negotiators can agree to fix what he sees as its serious flaws.

    Iran has said US withdrawal from the nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions would destroy the agreement and has threatened a range of responses, including immediately restarting nuclear activities currently barred under the deal.

    Negotiators met for a fourth time last week and made some progress but were unable to reach agreement on all points, according to US officials and outside advisers to the Trump administration familiar with the status of the talks. That potentially leaves the Iran deals fate to Macron, who will make a state visit to Washington on April 24, and Merkel, who pays a working visit to the US capital on April 27, these people said.

    Its important to them and I know theyll raise their hopes and concerns when they travel here to the United States in the coming days, Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief and secretary of state-designate, told lawmakers on Thursday.

    Pompeos testimony at his Senate confirmation hearing came a day after the negotiators met at the State Department to go over the four issues that Trump says must be addressed if he is to once again renew sanctions relief for Iran, officials said.

    Those are: Irans ballistic missile testing and destabilizing behavior in the region, which are not covered by the deal, along with inspections of suspected nuclear sites and so-called sunset provisions that gradually allow Iran to resume advanced nuclear work after several years, which are part of the agreement.

    Two senior US officials said the sides are close to agreement on missiles and inspections but not there yet on the sunset provisions.




    America Hasnt Learned a Thing: Racism, Materialism and Militarism Still Reign Supreme "IndyWatch Feed War"

    America Hasnt Learned a Thing: Racism, Materialism and Militarism Still Reign Supreme By John W. Whitehead April 03, 2018 In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. [Y]ou can be []


    The British Governments Legal Justification for Bombing is Entirely False and Without Merit "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The British Governments Legal Justification for Bombing is Entirely False and Without Merit Theresa May has issued a long legal justification for UK participation in an attack on a sovereign state. This is so flawed as to be totally worthless. It specifically claims as customary international law practices which are rejected by a large majority []


    Jerusalem Summit confirms Arab worlds dedication to Our Palestinian Brothers "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that naming this years Arab League Summit also as the Jerusalem Summit was due to the strong desire to promote the Palestinian cause, which was a central and fundamental issue for Arabs.

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    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir

    In a joint press conference with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit following the conclusion of the summit, Jubeir said: The Arab and Islamic countries feel the need to highlight this issue in light of the urgent need to help the Palestinians to obtain their legitimate rights, foremost of which is the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

    Jubeir said that the Palestinian people have suffered the longest conflict in the region, which has led into the displacement of millions. He emphasized the need for Palestinians to have their own state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, so that they can live a decent life and build their country, adding that Arab and Islamic nations feel the pain of their Palestinian brothers.

    There is a desire to highlight the issue on the agenda of the Arab League and in the mind of the Arab and Islamic world, and in light of the conflicts and crises witnessed by the Arab world, we must not forget that it is the fundamental issue, Jubeir said, and added that Saudi Arabias position was permanent and firm on the Palestinian issue and remained supportive on the peace initiative announced in 2002.

    In response to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he said: We have declared our clear position to the United States that East Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine and that no decision should be taken that violates this balance in this region.

    However, Jubeir reaffirmed Saudi Arabias close relations with the US.

    We have a strategic relationship and are stronger now. As friends, we continue dialogue and understanding on matters that we disagree with the administration of US President Donald Trump and this administration has also been positive in seeking help and reaching a dialogue on this matter.

    The foreign minister pointed out Saudi Arabias support to Palestine and contributions to achieving a decent life for the Palestinian people and enabling the Palestinian government to strengthen its economy.

    During the 29th Arab League summit, Saudi Arabias King Salman announced that the Kingdom will donate $150 million to the Endowment Support Program in Jerusalem and $50 mi...


    BBCs Today touts destabilising factor in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The April 13th edition of BBC Radio 4s Today programme included discussion of what was still at that time the possibility of military action in Syria by the US and allies. Following an interview with a representative from a Moscow think tank, the programmes new presenter Martha Kearney introduced another guest (from 2:37:53 here) and an additional topic. [emphasis in italics in the original]

    Kearney: Beyond the prospect of a dangerous confrontation between Russia and the [United] States there are of course other powerful forces in the region. Israel was accused of launching its own strike on a Syrian airbase recently which left seven Iranian military personnel dead. Major General Yaakov Amidror former national security advisor to the prime minister of Israel and former head of the Israeli national security council.



    Video: Center hit in US attack produced cancer drugs "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Video: Center hit in US attack produced cancer drugs Western powers claim their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syrias chemical weapons program but what they destroyed included a scientific research institution producing cancer drugs. The Pentagon said three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development center in Damascus Barzeh district and two installations near Homs, were hit in []


    US not going to withdraw troops from Syria until goals reached "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    FILE photo US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens to the Russian Ambassador dura a session of the Security Council

    Following the US-UK-France strike on Syrian targets on April 13, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said during UN Security Council meeting that Washington was locked and loaded to conduct news strikes against the war-torn Middle East country, Sputnik News reports.

    Haley said on Sunday to Fox News that the United States was not going to pull out its troops out of Syria until its goals in the country were accomplished. She said that Washingtons main goal is to see American troops come home, but it is not going to leave until we know we have accomplished those things.

    She listed three main aims for the US: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that pose a risk to US interests, that Daesh is defeated and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing, speaking on Fox News.

    Nikki Haley added that the US ties with Russia are very strained, in part because of Syria, but the US still hopes for the better relationship.

    Earlier, US President Donald Trump stated that he wants to get US troops out of Syria relatively soon, but that they would have to stay a little longer to helpfully defeat the Daesh terrorist group there.

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    US Attacks Syria: Disregards Evidence and International Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

    US Attacks Syria: Disregards Evidence and International Law By James ONeill, On 13 April 2018 the United States, the United Kingdom and France carried out military strikes against Syrian government positions. This was claimed by the United States Government and its allies, including Australia, to be in response to the use of chemical weapons by []


    EU foreign ministers seek to paper over divisions on Syria strikes those responsible will be held accountable for this violation of international law "IndyWatch Feed War"

    EU foreign ministers will try to put on a united front at talks in Luxembourg on Monday despite divisions over the strikes on Syria and how to handle the growing diplomatic crisis with Moscow.

    Germanys powerful Chancellor Angela Merkel may have declared the strikes by the US, Britain and France necessary and appropriate, but other EU members are resisting any step that could lead to further escalation.

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    Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for foreign and security policy,

    US, French and British missiles destroyed suspected chemical weapons development and storage sites in Syria on Saturday in response to the alleged chemical attack in Douma, blamed on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

    While the EUs 28 members agree the incident was unacceptable and cannot go unpunished, a statement issued by EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday stopped short of endorsing the strikes, saying only that those responsible will be held accountable for this violation of international law.

    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg unequivocally backed the strikes, saying they would reduce Assads ability to use chemical weapons.

    But EU states are divided at one end of the scale are France and Britain, at the other are neutral countries and in between various NATO members with differing views on strikes.

    The statement of the 28 is the maximum that could be said, a European source said.

    Some European governments are holding back because they are concerned about the reaction from Russia, which among other things remains a key supplier of gas to the EU.

    The day before the strikes Russian President Vladimir Putin warned during phone talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron against ill-considered and dangerous actions in Syria which could lead to unpredictable consequences.

    Stick together

    The EU has to stick together, we have to avoid each country pursuing its own individual policy with Moscow, a European official said on condition of anonymity.

    Moscow has been keen to exploit fissures within the EU that were laid bare by the response to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.

    After intense lobbying by Britain, France and Germany, all 28 EU leaders signed up to a statement blaming Russia for the poisoning at a summit in Brussels last week, but it took a lot of persuading.



    Former Syrian General Says Assad Retained 700 Tons of Chemical Weapons Stockpile allegedly held back and hidden during Russia-Syria-U.S. deal to remove chemical weapons from Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    According to a fugitive Syrian General, the Syrian government had hidden hundreds of tons of chemical weapons from the OPCW.

    Fugitive Syrian General Says Assad's Government Retained 700 Tons of Chemical Weapons

    Fugitive Syrian Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat (L) (Photo: Telegraph / Zaher al-Sakat / AP)

    The Telegraph newspaper has published information about chemical weapons of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assads regime, provided by fugitive Syrian Brigadier General Zaher al-Sakat, who allegedly had been commanding a subdivision of chemical troops of the 5th Division of the Syrian Army until 2013.

    According to al-Sakat, in 2013, the Syrian authorities hid from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) hundreds of tons of chemical weapons. As the fugitive officer claimed, the Assads regime had at least 2,000 tons of combat chemical agents, but the Syrian government recognized the presence of only 1,300 tons of such substances.

    Al-Sakat said that at least 700 tons of sarin and other poisonous substance, as well as precursors (substances, used in chemical reactions in order to get a target substance), remained at secret warehouses in Syria after the countrys clearing of chemical weapons. He noted that these stocks were secretly exported to fortified warehouses in the mountains near Homs and to the coastal city of Jableh, located near the port of Tartus. According to al-Sakat, the Syrian Army still has aerial bombs, capable of carrying chemical charges, and missiles of the Scud class with warheads for chemical charges.

    Damascus and Moscow said that accusations of the presence of chemical weapons and means for its usage in the Syrian Army are unfounded. At the same time, the Syrian and Russian authorities have repeatedly claimed that militants of terrorist groups, operating in Syria, have such weapons.

    Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is puzzled why the fugitive Syrian General hid the information about the remaining chemical weapons in Syria for such a long time.



    Russia launches disinformation war on U.S., U.K. through troll accounts following Syria airstrikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

    There are fears that this could lead to a full-scale campaign of cyber attacks by Moscow, and Johnson said Britain would take every possible precaution to guard against it

    Russia, which backs the Assad regime in Syria, had repeatedly warned in the build-up to the cruise missile strikes that there would be consequences if they went ahead.Mikhail Klimentyev / AP.
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    Gordon Rayner and Harry Yorke

    LONDON Russia has launched a dirty tricks campaign against Britain and the U.S. following the Syria airstrikes by those two nations and France, as British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned of a need to be prepared for retaliatory attacks.

    Whitehall sources Sunday night confirmed a 20-fold increase in disinformation being spread by Kremlin-linked social media bot accounts since the missile attacks on Syria in the early hours of Saturday.

    The Pentagon said there had been a surge in Russian troll accounts promoting false claims about the missile attacks, including that 70 per cent of the missiles had been shot down. Pentagon spokesman Dana White said: The Russian disinformation campaign has already begun. There has been a 2,000 per cent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours.

    There are fears that this could be a precursor to a full-scale campaign of cyber attacks by Moscow, and Johnson said Britain would take every possible precaution to guard against it.

    It comes as British Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn attempts to force a Commons vote on Syria that could make it harder for Prime Minister Theresa May to mobilize the Armed Forces without the permission of MPs. Corbyn will ask the Speaker Monday to...


    Russia launches cyber war on UK with dirty tricks campaign as Boris Johnson warns we must guard against attacks 20-fold increase in Russian-sourced disinformation being spread online "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Boris Johnson said Russia could strike British infrastructure with cyber attacks

    Boris Johnson said Russia could strike British infrastructure with cyber attacks

    By Gordon Rayner and Harry Yorke
    The Telegraph
    April 15, 2018, 10:30 PM

    Russia has launched a dirty tricks campaign against Britain and the US in the wake of the Syria airstrikes as Boris Johnson warned of the need to be prepared for retaliatory attacks.

    Whitehall sources on Sunday night confirmed a Pentagon analysis that showed a 20-fold increase in Russian-sourced disinformation being spread online since the cruise missile attacks on Syria in the early hours of Saturday.

    There are fears that it could be a precursor to a campaign of cyber attacks by the Kremlin, and the Foreign Secretary said Britain must take every possible precaution to guard against it.

    It comes as Jeremy Corbyn attempts to force a Commons vote on Syria that could make it harder for the

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    The Times

    Spy chiefs are braced for a Russian revenge attack in which Kremlin-backed hackers release embarrassing information on ministers, MPs and other high-profile people.

    Theresa May has received intelligence risk assessments since the nerve-agent attack in Salisbury that the Putin regime could hit back with kompromat (compromising material) on members of her cabinet.

    The warning comes after the UKs military strike in Syria yesterday. British, American and French aircraft and warships fired...


    Who Is the Real Culprit Behind the Chemical Attacks in Syria? A Brief History "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Who Is the Real Culprit Behind the Chemical Attacks in Syria? A Brief History By Muhammad Sahim Last Friday night, the United States launched a series of missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attacks by the Syrian army in Douma, a town in northeast suburb of Damascus. Douma, which is part []


    How on earth would killing MORE people rescue Syria? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    How On Earth Would Killing MORE People Rescue Syria? By Peter Hitchens Why do so many people in politics and the media want to start wars? Since I toured a sordid hospital full of wounded people in Bucharest at Christmas 1989, and even more after I saw for the first time (in Vilnius in 1991) []


    US to impose new sanctions on Russia for supporting Assad in Syria On chemical weapons in Syria, Nikki Haley says, Russia was covering this up. "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    The Trump administration will levy new economic sanctions against Russia over its support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday.

    Were letting Russia know this is not something that we want to be a part of, Haley told Fox News Sunday. Its not something were going to tolerate and theyve got to make a decision. Right now, they dont have very good friends, and right now, the friends that they do have are causing them harm.

    The international community is telling Russia that either you make a decision on how you act and when you act, or the rest of us will make a decision in isolating you, Haley added.

    A Treasury Department official told Fox News that the department does not comment on prospective actions.

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    Haley spoke two days after American, British, and French war planes and ships launched more than 100 missiles nearly unopposed by Syrian air defenses in retaliation for an April 7 chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma. While President Trump declared Mission Accomplished, the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses.

    The Assad regime and the Russian military has denied that the Damascus government carried out the Douma attack, which killed at least 40 people. Russia is a key ally of Assad and has been waging an air campaign in support of his forces since 2015.

    Haley told CBS Face the Nation that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would announce the sanctions on Monday and said they would target any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use. And so, I think everyone is going to feel it at this point.

    The international community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life, Haley added. The fact he was making this more normal and that Russia was covering this up, all that has got to stop.


    American ISIS Boy Turns Up in Kurdish Prison "IndyWatch Feed War"

    10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.Matthew, or Yusuf, as he was identified as in an ISIS propaganda video threatening Trump and the U.S. (Photo: video screenshot)

    It is hard to forget the above face of the 10-year-old American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening the U.S. and President Trump less than a year ago. Now his mother has spoken out, saying the boy, who was known as Yusuf in the video, is really Matthew and that he was forced to appear in the the video.

    The family, now in Kurdish detention, was found by filmmaker Joshua Baker who recognized the boy from the video.

    Matthews mother Sam, married Moussa El Hassani from Turkey, in Indiana in 2011. Sam says the family lived a normal, happy life. She describes Moussa as a loving father and good provider who, after five years became bored with his life. He took the family on a trip to Turkey a trip Sam believed was to visit his country of birth. But Moussa surprised her and forced the family over the Syrian border to join ISIS.

    We ended up in Raqqa, she says. The first thing I say to him is, Youre crazy and Im leaving, and he said, with a big smile on his face, Go ahead. You can try, but you wont make it.

    Sam says she was tortured after trying to find a smuggler to help her escape. She said her husband kept two Yazidi girls in their house as slaves and repeatedly raped them. 

    Moussa was killed last year in a strike on Raqqa shortly before the city fell to coalition forces.

    Was Sam tricked by her radicalized husband? Watch the following clip with her in the Kurdish prison where she and her children are being held: (The full Frontline/BBC documentary will air soon on PBS)




    Journalist killed in El Salvador "IndyWatch Feed War"


    AFP/File | Salvadoran journalists demand justice after the murder of a colleague in San Salvador in November 2017
    SAN SALVADOR (AFP)  A Salvadoran journalist reported missing Sunday has been found dead on the side of a road, according to media reports.According to media reports, the body of Karla Turcios, 33, was found on a highway on the outskirts of Santa Rosa Guachipilin, 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of San Salvador.

    Journalist Karla Turcios was murdered, the newspaper La Prensa Grafica a sister title of El Economista magazine, where the mother-of-one worked tweeted.

    A source from the Salvadoran public prosecutors office told AFP the body of an apparently strangled woman was found on a highway in the Santa Rosa Guachipilin area but there were no identifying documents available and the body was transferred for forensic analysis.

    La Prensa Grafica said Turcios husband identified her body by her clothes and a scar.

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    Journalist killed in El Salvador

    La Prensa Grafica said Turcios' husband identified her body by her clothes and a scarLa Prensa Grafica said Turcios husband identified her body by her clothes and a scar A Salvadoran journalist reported missing yesterday has been found dead on the side of a road, according to media reports.

    According to media reports, the body of 33 year old Karla Turcios, was found on a highway on the outskirts of Santa Rosa Guachipilin, 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of San Salvador.

    Journalist Karla Turcios was murdered, the newspaper La Prensa Grafica a sister title of El Economista magazine, where the mother-of-one worked tweeted.

    A source from the Salvadoran public prosecutors office told AFP the body of an...


    Trump Bowed to Pentagon Restraint on Syria Strikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

    President was dissuaded from more robust action, in first test of new national-security team

    President Donald Trump spoke in the Cabinet Room of the White House last week at the start of a meeting with military leaders.
    President Donald Trump spoke in the Cabinet Room of the White House last week at the start of a meeting with military leaders. PHOTO:SUSAN WALSH/ASSOCIATED PRESS

    WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump deferred to his Pentagon chiefs caution and tempered his preference for a more robust attack on Syria over allegations it used deadly gas on civilians, the first hints at the direction of his revamped national-security team.

    The decision late last week, detailed by people familiar with the process, marked the first substantive test of the group now that John Bolton is serving as Mr. Trumps national security adviser.

    After days of tense White House meetings, the president and his advisers agreed on one of the most restrained of the military-strike options crafted by the Pentagon:...


    Putin Predicts All Hell Will Break Loose If West Attacks Syria Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Russian Mercenaries(MEMO)  Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions, Reuters reports. In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving []


    How the IRS Could Help Shut Down Radicalization "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Georgetown Universitys H.R.H. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding received $20 million from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The center promotes propaganda not allowed under the university's tax-exempt status. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)Georgetown Universitys H.R.H. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding received $20 million from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The center promotes propaganda not allowed under the universitys tax-exempt status. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

    While universities may plead powerless to stopping the spread of educational corruption and terrorist ideology in their Saudi and Iranian funded Middle East studies programs, the Internal Revenue Service cannot.

    Universities must adhere to a series of IRS codes and criteria for determining whether an educational institution is educational or a vehicle for propaganda.

    If the IRS applied these codes and procedures as they should, many universities would have their tax exempt status revoked.

    For example, Georgetown Universitys H.R.H. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding received $20 million from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (recently arrested for financial corruption and whose offer of $10 million to New York Mayor Giuliani was rejected after 9/11).

    The past director of this program, John Esposito taught Islamist violence is beyond the bounds of approved research Islamist movements are movements of democratic reform.

    The Investigative Project on Terrorism found Esposito allied with a series of people directly involved in terrorist and extremist movements, including convicted terrorist Sami Al-Arian, an acknowledged member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

    The current director, Jonathan Brown is the son-in-law of Sami Al Arian and gave a speech at a Moslem Brotherhood think tank justifying the practice of slavery within Islam.

    Muslim American Society Imam W. Deen Mohammed didnt mince words when he said, referring the bin Talal Center,...


    Vote for Your Heroes "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    China must walk the talk and support Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

    by Ghassan Kadi , The Saker, April 12, 2018 This article was written before the most recent missile attack on Syria, carried out by the US, France, and the UK.  Its argument retains relevance. When Chinese Defence Minister, General Wei Fenghe visited Moscow on the 4th of April 2018 and made his historic comment that he was in Moscow to give a message to America that China stands by Russia (, he put China in a new and unprecedented global position, because China had never made such direct statements about the USA since the early days of Chairman Mao; and that was a long time ago, when China was not an industrial power and an aspiring global power, and long before the rift between the USSR and Maos China began. A lot has changed since, and neither Russia nor China are today what they used to be a few decades ago, and as they changed, matured and developed, their relationship vis--vis each other and the United States seem to have gone the full circle. Todays


    US to Impose Even More Sanctions on Russia, This Time Over Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    New Sanctions Russia(MEE)  The United States will impose new sanctions on Russia over an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday. Haley said the sanctions, to be announced on Monday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, will target companies that supplied Damascus with equipment and other material related []


    France Claims Credit for Keeping US Troops in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    syria-troops-pentagon(ANTIWAR.COM)  US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the US troops in Syria will not be leaving the country until all their military goals are accomplished. Those goals no longer seem to begin and end with ISIS. Haley says the US military priority in Syria is to ensure Iran doesnt take over the country, []


    A Curious Incident Part X "IndyWatch Feed War"

    by Sushi for The Saker Blog Introduction On April 14 the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed an OPCW laboratory had detected the presence of the Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA)


    Russian ex-spy sees link between Skripal and GCHQ officer found dead in 2010 "IndyWatch Feed War"

    A former officer in the Soviet KGB, who now lives in the United Kingdom, is to be questioned by British police after alleging that there is a link between the recent poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the mysterious death of a British intelligence officer in 2010.


    Bomb Targets Election Candidate; Two Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

    A bomb targeting a candidate left over a dozen casualties in Kirkuk.

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    Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The U.S. Constitution and international law suffered a stinging blow last night at the hands of an odd coalition that might be called Goldilocks and two moral dwarfs posing as Marine generals, together with a Right Dishonorable harridan and a young French poodle. As was the case 15 years ago when the US and UK Continue reading "Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law"

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    Syria and the Revolt of the Deplorables "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Surely there has never been a presidential peroration as filled with contradictions not to mention regrettable rhetoric as President Donald J. Trumps speech to the nation explaining why he backtracked on his campaign promise to get us out of Syria. Particularly striking was this bit of doubletalk: To Iran and to Russia, I Continue reading "Syria and the Revolt of the Deplorables"

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    The Real Message Behind Trumps Syrian Strike "IndyWatch Feed War"

    We are seeing a lot of hyperbole about the start of World War 3 and a lot of speculation about how this will play out so, let me pump the brakes a bit. Here goes No, there was no legal or constitutional justification for this strike. Sorry, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, this does Continue reading "The Real Message Behind Trumps Syrian Strike"

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    Sayyed Nasrallah: After Every Victory We Will Witness US Chemical Play "IndyWatch Feed War"

    April 15, 2018 Sara Taha Moughnieh Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah expressed from Al-Beqaa his support for Al-Ghad Al-Afdal (Better Tomorrow) list with all its members even if they were not directly related to Hezbollah. Speaking at an electoral rally that Hezbollah held Sunday in Mashghara, Beqaa, Sayyed Nasrallah said that Al-Ghad Al-Afdal list []


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    Switzerland announced the shock about the substance poisoned former Russian spy Skripal "IndyWatch Feed War"

    United Kingdom suddenly had no information about the recover of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal after his daughter up



    South Front Photo by Alexandr Uhakov ( This Russias MiG-31 interceptor fighter armed with a Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic nuclear missile will reportedly particiapte in a military parade on May 9 [Victory Day is a holiday that commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War]. It is known that Kinzhals top []


    Arab LGBT activists gaining support against repression, say rights groups "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Rights groups say LGBT advocates in Middle East and North Africa are 'are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma'


    Caught in a lie, US & allies bomb Syria the night before international inspectors arrive "IndyWatch Feed War"

    If there were chemical weapons, we would not be able to stand here A Syrian firefighter inside the destroyed Scientific Research Center in Damascus, Syria April 14, 2018 Omar Sanadiki / Reuters By Eva Bartlett | RT | April 15, 2018 The US, Britain and France trampled international law to launch missiles against Syria, []


    Joint Statement by Peace and Neutrality Alliance and by World BEYOND War Ireland "IndyWatch Feed War"

    13007258_10153597885037404_5443119052844356484_nThe Peace and Neutrality Alliance along with World BEYOND War condemns unreservedly the overnight attacks carried out by Western powers on the Syrian Arab Republic.

    The pretext for this offensive is that a chemical weapons attack has allegedly been carried out by the Syrian Government and that international law banning prohibiting chemical weapons must be upheld. Given that the bombing of a sovereign state is itself a violation of international law, we are being asked to believe that international law must be broken in order that it be upheld a manifest absurdity.

    Whether or not the Syrian Government has violated international law is a matter for appropriate authorities such as the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court to decide, based on the available evidence. The fact that the US, UK and France are not pursuing this course of action owes to the lack of any such evidence.

    Not only has no verifiable evidence been produced, the fact that the bombing takes place the night before the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are due to arrive to inspect the scene in Duoma suggests if anything a desire to frustrate genuine efforts to establish who was really behind the alleged atrocity.

    In conclusion Roger Cole Chairperson of PANA stated all possibilities must be considered in respect of this alleged attack, including the possibility raised by the Russian Federation that this was a false-flag attack to justify aggression against Syria. Western powers are certainly without scruple in the use of chemical weapons, as was demonstrated by the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam by the United States, the grotesque effects of which millions of people are suffering from to this day.

    Image: Barry Sweeney, Ireland Coordinator for World BEYOND War.

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    Appeal to P.M.May and U.K. Government to choose Peace and not war against Syria

    Dear Prime Minister May, and Member of the UK Parliament,

    As you are well aware, many people are deeply concerned at the dangerous escalation and tension between Political leaders, allegations and accusations and unhelpful rhetoric and threats of war, all of which are leading people to ask is there going to be a third world war?   Only yesterday one young man told me he had just dreamed of a nuclear explosion and asked me if there was going to be a war soon?   What can I tell him Mrs. May? Can I tell him not to worry that our political leaders passionately believe in Peace and are working for a Peaceful negotiated solution to the Syrian crisis, and other conflicts? Can I tell him that you and your Parliamentarians will choose Peace and not war on syria?

    You know that no war in history has ever been fought without casualities on all sides and increasingly in occupations, colonial interventions and military and paramilitary attacks, the casualities are civilians, mostly women and children.

    I believe passionately in dialogue, diplomacy and negotiations as a way to peace and harmony. All violence has a peaceful solution when the political will is applied. We have in our generation seen the madness of military action upon Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan, Chechnya the list is endless. Are we now to add Syria to yet another bombed out country?millions dead, millions displaced, little children left without parents and living in poverty?   Surely we can all do better than this?

    I have visited Syria often and witnessed the Syrians desire for a peaceful solution, which they themselves are working on, as who more than Syrians want peace for their beloved Syria?. Will you, Mrs. May and some of your Parliamentarians come with me   on the road to Damascus to listen to their pleas for Peace and join in their current ongoing Process of Peacemaking and Reconciliation?.   Please go down in history as a Peacemaker and do not repeat the tragedy of the Iraqi war yet again.

    Mairead Maguire (Nobel Peace Laureate)








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    Trump's Big Flop In Syria by Publius Tacitus "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Do not believe a word you have heard from the Pentagon and the White House about the "success" of the cruise missile strikes on Friday last. A fraud is being perpetrated on the American people and the world at large....


    On the Reaction to the U.S. Strike in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    By Gilbert Doctorow | Consortium News | April 15, 2018 The arguments between Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford before the Syrian air strikes, and between them and President Donald Trump and his ultra-hawk national security adviser, John Bolton, ended with precision strikes early Saturday morning []


    Truth Unfiltered: The Global South Assessment of Western Imperial Actions Against Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Wrong Kind of Green | Sacha Llorenti | Francisco Nunes Translations of quotes below have been kindly provided by Francisco Nunes [@fcn_84]. The full transcript in English (added April 16, 2018) is below the video within this post.] UNSC 14/04/2018 Bolivias UN Amb. Sacha Llorenti: Today is a dark day in the history of this...


    On Syria The United States Is Not In Control: An Interview With Vijay Prashad "IndyWatch Feed War"

    We speak with Vijay Prashad, who provides insightful analysis of the situation in Syria and the aerial bombing of Damascus by the US. The US' claims, which were used to justify the bombing, of attacking Syrian chemical weapons facilities make little sense. If the US knew of such facilities, the information should have been provided to the UN so they could be inspected. Prashad finds it strange that the US attacked Damascus while chemical weapons investigators were in Syria and had not yet completed their investigation of the alleged chemical attack. The attack did not change the balance of power.


    Oil, gold open lower in spite of Syria strikes; Russia retaliation eyed "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Equities unlikely to experience big losses unless West strikes again or Russia retaliates


    Why is Workers Control an Important Issue? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Workers Assembly at Officine Zero, a former night train facility in Rome (Photo: Officine Zero)

    A common feature in every crisis situation, from the upheavals of the early 20th century to the neo-liberal re-structurings of the late 20th century, is the emergence of workers control workers organising to take over their workplaces in order to defend their jobs and their communities. We interviewed Dario Azzellini* to talk about this issue in depth: the emergence of new values and social relations not just in the recuperated workplaces but also in the communities, the need to re-orient production, the overcoming of the separation between political, economic and social spheres, and the role of workers control in the larger struggle against capitalism.


    Ricardo Vaz:  Why is workers control an important issue?

    Dario Azzellini:  It is an important issue because if we look at what is socialism, what Karl Marx described, the living example for him is the Paris Commune. It is the people taking matters into their own hands, and the state as such disappears because power is no longer delegated.

    But I would say that workers control is one first step on a path to socialism, in the sense that control over production and workplace should not be only on behalf of the workers but also of the communities, the self-organised people in general. And even that is still not the last step, because as Marx says, the commune is the finally discovered political form, so it is still a political form. Socialism, or communism, is about going beyond politics, achieving the self-organisation of life.

    So these are all intermediary steps, and even the commune would not be the final form, but we cannot even imagine the final form, because we are trapped in the imagination of what we know and what has been done. What has to be developed is probably beyond our imagination now.

    RV: Nevertheless it is important also in the immediate context

    DA: Yes, because if workers take charge of their workplaces and decide on production, the labour processes, the values, everything changes. We have seen that in worker-controlled places. Security and health questions become central, and they are far from it in capitalist work...


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    UAE terminates programme to train Somalia's military "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Somalia's relations with UAE are strained by dispute between Qatar and Saudi as Mogadishu has refused to take sides


    Tackling the Dogma of Political Correctness "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Over the past year, Jordan Peterson has shot into the public eye with his jihad against political correctness, using YouTube, the new medium for getting ones beliefs broadcast without corporations, governments and media gatekeepers censuring and burying ones new ideas. His ideas are radical, but more radically old than new. To him, cherished beliefs are mostly cherished because theyve worked for millennia, some actually hardwired in us, and we abandon them at our peril.

    He asserts what he argues is his male, rational energy, taking no prisoners as he fights to save the English language from attempts to substitute gender neutral terms with theys and zhes and then forcing one and all (provincial premiers and profs included) to bow to the new golden calf. Language is important, as is marriage and respect for sex (not the amorphous gender). That is just part of his message, and he is now riding an angry, bucking herd of politically correct broncos. Peterson stares them down unapologetically.

    Prairie boy makes good

    Peterson grew up in a tiny village in northern Alberta, and gives a fascinating account of his youthful friendships, looking at his early life now through his psychiatrist lenses. His own maturing led from socialism till he turned 18 (he grew disenchanted with the NDP due to what he saw as a preponderance of the intellectual, tweed-wearing middle-class socialist who didnt like the poor; they just hated the rich) to well, some kind of conservatism, but not the neoliberalism which has poisoned both conservative and liberal politics. He also moved from a limp protestantism to a kind of spiritual agnosticism, though his conservative bent will please Catholics.

    According to Wikipedia, his lectures at Harvard in the 1990s were highly admired by students. In July 1998, he returned to Canada and took up a post as a full professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, practicing as a clinical psychologist, and very public intellectual.

    Peterson epitomizes the new type of newsmaker. His YouTube channel has gathered more than one million subscribers and his videos have received more than 48 million views as of April 2018. He used funds received via the crowdfunding website Patreon after he became embroiled in the Bill C-16 controversy...


    Pakistan: Muslims open fire on Christians leaving Sunday worship, two dead, five injured "IndyWatch Feed War"

    If Christians had opened fire on Muslims leaving a mosque, which they would, of course, never do, there would be insistent and ongoing international coverage. But no one will take any particular note of this. Its just another day in Pakistan. At least 2 dead, 5 injured in attack on Christian community near church in []


    Where on Earth is the Just Economy that works for all, Including Afghan Children? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Political and business leaders have refined the art and science of lying about the economy. From their suites, chauffeur-driven limousines, private yachts and jets, they arent too concerned about whether the economy works for everyone, except in speeches and elections. As they tuck into their next fine dining experience, they know that its easier and more profitable to mummify the paralysis of spectacular inequality.

    How grossly and mathematically unjust is this inequality? In 2017, Oxfam calculated that the worlds eight richest individuals has as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.

    We need only simple math to see through the financial subterfuge adults put on like power dressing. On the 11th of April 2018, David Daniel Oldfield, Asia Development Bank Principal Economist for Central and West Asia, said this of Afghanistans economy:

    your economy is growing too slowly, if you have two percent growth that you had in some years, and your population growth is three percent or higher you cannot keep people out of poverty.

    Afghan children who help carry the brunt of this poverty understand the complicity of all in this GDP charade, not through numbers, but through daily labour and universal conscience.

    An April 2018 report by Afghanistan Human Rights Commission shows that of the 1.2 million child laborers in the country, 16 percent of them are subjected to some form of abuse, of which 43 percent is physical abuse.

    In this context, it is revolutionary education and understanding at the Borderfree Street Kids School in Kabul that has enabled Habib to testify towards the end of a video:

    Before this school, I had no particular hope in life. My hope was in money. I wanted to be the richest man in the world. Im gradually losing the desire for money. As I understood nonviolence and what it means, my interest in money diminished.

    The revolution we need to save ourselves is to understand the fake-ness not only of news today, but the fake-ness and fable of todays monetary systems. The money we have manufactured is killing our own kind, and Mother Earth as well.

    Habibs difficult story is not atypical. After Habibs father was killed in a suicide bomb attack 7 years ago, Habib started working in the streets to help make ends meet. For a miniscule fee, he had a weighing scale that showed passing pedestrians how obese or undernourished they were. He has gone thr...


    Strike on Syria legitimate as 3 UNSC members acted Macron "IndyWatch Feed War"

    RT | April 15, 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron said that the US-led strike on Syria was legitimate, but history will judge whether the operation was justified. He added that neither France nor its allies are at war with the country. Macron was giving a live interview following the Saturday strike on Syria that was []


    Israel police use stun grenades against ultra-Orthodox 'riot' "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Four officers slightly injured in scuffles as police disperse 'several hundred ultra-Orthodox extremists'


    It's so "Hot" We're IN the Midst of an Ice Storm- Day 2 "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Yup, April 15/2018. And there is TWO inches or 5 centimetres + of ice/slush/snow on the ground as the "winter" storm, that's still hitting us, continues. Oh and it's a month into spring. Temperatures are well below seasonal  norms. We've had maybe one or two days of 'seasonal' temps. That's it. Next month starts traditional gardening season... Just 5 weeks away.

    Shovelling in Toronto
    "Southern Ontario is bracing for a second round of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain that forecasters say will begin later this morning.
    The huge weather system is affecting an area stretching west to east from Windsor to Ottawa and north to south from North Bay to Lake Ontario.
    On Saturday police reported well over 500 crashes on icy roads around the Greater Toronto Area fortunately none involving fatalities.
    Thousands of people also lost power, but Hydro One and other utilities were working round the clock to reconnect customers.
    Today's stormy weather could be even more severe because Environment Canada says the precipitation will be intensified by howling winds.
    Wind warnings have been issued with gusts up to 90 km/h expected in the Hamilton area this morning strong enough to cause property damage and more power outages"

    Potentially historic ice storm arrives in southern Ontario; closures, crashes reported"

     Historic, probably because this is the first ice storm I can recall this late in the 'winter' 
    Oh wait, make that spring! I can recall another ice storm in February, better then 25 years ago- We had no electricity for two...


    Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Growing Up With the Threat of Pervasive Violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country thats recently been swept up in a round of protests over the endless killing sprees they permit, youd think I might have had more experience with them...


    Steal Something from Work Day 2018 : Three Stories of Employees Reclaiming What Is Theirs "IndyWatch Feed War"

    April 15 is annual Steal Something from Work Day. Today, whether we like it or not, millions of employees around the world are stealing from their employers in a desperate bid to slow the process that is steadily expanding the gap between those who labor and those who profit. (Yes, even on a Sunday.) That makes it a good day to reflect on workplace theft. If you are confused about why people steal from their employers, review the Steal Something from Work Day FAQ or our colleagues text, How to Justify Workplace Theft. On the other hand, if you simply want to savor a few pulpy stories about workers who set out to get even, weve got just the thing for you.

    Mind you, we dont endorse any of the following behavior. Were not trying to persuade you to drop a banner or engage in some kind of illegal activity! What wed like to see happen is for those who violently impose the prevailing system of property and profit on the rest of us to think better of what theyre doing and help us create a world in which stealing from work will be impossible because there are no such things as property, work, or theft. Change their hearts and minds! Failing that, we hope youll enjoy the following (surely fictitious!) tales of risk and reclamation.

    For more resources and other such stories, consult past Steal Something from Work Day commemorations:


    Watch: Russia Predicted a Fake Chemical Attack, US Response Before It Happened "IndyWatch Feed War"

    chemical attack(TFC) Sometimes bizarre claims by foreign governments are so shocking they are dismissed and never thought of again. But what happens when the events predicted occur exactly as described? A stub of an article published by Reuters on March 13, 2018, almost a month before the purported chemical attack in Ghouta, reads: Russia said []


    Israel freeing 207 African migrants from prison "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Netanyahu earlier cancelled UNHCR agreement aimed at avoiding forced deportations of thousands of migrants


    School Cancelled as Hundreds of Colorado Teachers Walk Out Monday "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Teacher walkouts in Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and elsewhere have dominated the news as of late. Now a walkout is planned for Colorado. Englewood Schools announced Thursday classes will be cancelled Monday as teachers head to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers for reform. "We are calling Monday April 16th a day of action, Kerrie Dallman, President of the Colorado Education Association, said. Dallman expects 400 plus teachers to be on hand Monday as they lobby lawmakers for change. Some of the demands will be higher wages, a $150 million investment in school funding, as well as the protection of retiree benefits.


    La Crosse Tribunes Mike Tighe crows over cancellation of counterjihad event, says jihad is spiritual war "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Its the same thing every time: if someone who speaks the truth about the nature and magnitude of the global jihad, including John Guandolo and me, is invited to speak anywhere off the conservative reservation or is holding a public event anywhere, there are protests, defamatory news articles, and calls for us to be canceled. []


    With Strike Looming, Arizona Governor Bends to Teacher Demands "IndyWatch Feed War"

    As recently as Tuesday, a defiant Arizona governor refused to meet with teachers threatening to strike over low pay and said he was sticking with a 1 percent raise proposal. By Thursday, Republican Doug Ducey managed to scrape $274 million from the cash-starved states coffers to offer a 9 percent wage hike starting this fall. Hes following that with 5 percent more each in the 2019 and 2020 school years. Hes also counting the 1 percent raise the Legislature approved for the current school to call it a 20 percent overall raise. The teacher-led rebellion over low wages and funding cuts spread from its genesis in West Virginia to Arizona, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.


    Ask yourselves: Are we the bad guys? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Ask yourselves: Are we the bad guys?

    by R.Lesnoix for The Saker blog

    One can fault the British for many things but not for their sense of humour. Some time ago I saw a sketch by the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb. They played two German soldiers, sitting in a fortified position at the front, enjoying the relative quiet of the moment. They were dressed in SS uniforms. In that typically British roundabout way of starting an awkward conversation one of them begins to talk about their uniforms. He has noticed something odd, something off-kilter. Their uniforms have skulls on them. So he asks the other one why that would be. In the following discussion they try to come up...


    Willy van Damme over Syrie "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Amerikaans worstelen Syrische stijl

    Na de uitlatingen van de voorbije dagen over Syri van zowel de F...


    Why Is The US Military Occupying Bases Across Africa? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    In recent months, many Americans have been surprised to learn that the U.S. has an extensive military presence in Africa. An intelligence snafu over fitness tracker data produced by U.S. soldiers using Fitbits and other devices while running laps provided a clear snapshot of their deployments. In November 2017, fitness database Strava produced a Global Heatmap showing popular exercise routes as glowing yellow streaks. The streaks revealed loops around airstrips in remote areas across sub-Saharan Africa that are the undeniable traces of U.S. or European troops staying in shape.


    France 'convinced' Trump to keep troops in Syria, Macron says "IndyWatch Feed War"


    French president says he persuaded Trump that it was necessary to stay in Syria


    Big Noise: Apocalyptic Tweets, Limited Strikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The very limited airstrikes on Syria launched by the US, Britain and France overnight, which came after apocalyptic tweets from President Trump and threats of military retaliation by Russian diplomats. In the event, the fears of a Russian-American clash and runaway confrontation leading to a third world war have turned out to be overblown. They did not look quite so exaggerated earlier in the week when Trump tweeted about US missiles: Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart. The Russians hinted that their retaliation might include American targets. Of all the options available, the US-led coalition chose the one involving minimal action and geared not to provoke Russia or Iran.


    Mali: Particularly sophisticated and underhanded jihad attack as jihadis pose as UN peacekeepers "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The statement said some of the jihadists wore peacekeepers uniforms and explosive belts and used vehicles covered up with U.N. and Malian army codes. Muhammad said, War is deceit. (Bukhari 4.52.268). French army describes underhanded extremist attack in Mali, Associated Press, April 15, 2018: PARIS (AP) The French army says a deadly extremist attack []


    New Study: US Economy Actually About to Sink "IndyWatch Feed War"

    New Study: US Economy Actually About to Sink

    Risking WWIII, catastrophic economic prospects push the desperate US regime in a crazed hurry to attempt the establishment of an absolute world hegemony


    Russias S-300 Supply to Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Israeli Media Alarmed Over Russias S-300 Supply to Syria

    Sputnik / Russian Defence Ministry

    16:45 15.04.2018(updated 16:48 15.04.2018) Get short URL

    The statement, made by the Russian Defense Ministry, that Moscow might reconsider a sale of the S-300 systems to Damascus following the US and allied airstrike, has raised concern among Israeli analysts and journalists, who are concerned over possible threats it may pose to the Jewish state.
    The Jerusalem Post has warned that Israels air superiority is at risk of being challenged in one of the most difficult areas if Russia decides to sell Syria more advanced air defense systems. The newspaper has voiced fears that the Israeli pilots might get killed if Damascus had its hands on more effective missiles.  The unit in question is the S-300, a Russian long range surface-to-air missile system, developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles. The system is one the most advanced weapons in its class.

    Analyst from I24 news broadcaster Ron Ben-Yishai backs these concerns, saying that the Jewish state would have to take cautionary and preventive measures not yet taken so far.

    Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said that Russia might consider selling the S-300 systems to Damascus shortly after US-led strikes on April 14.

    Moscow had already decided against selling them to Damascus, Syria some time ago due to the pressing request of some of our Western partners. But as the General stated, taking the latest events into the account, Russia can consider the question not only for Syria, but for other states.

    READ MORE: Israel is Not a Player in Syrian Tensions Research Fellow

    According to the media, the more up-to-date S-300 systems could be a needed upgrade for Syrian air defense, which now consists of Soviet-era weapons. According to the JP, the most advanced Russian system Damascus possesses is a short range set Pantsir S-1, able to shoot down drones and missiles in Syrian airspace.

    Israeli Attacks on Syria

    Since 2013, Israel has confirmed hitting about 100 targets in Syria, while many more strikes have also been reported to have been launched by the Jewish state forces, who later denied it. Some targets were in the Syrian-Israeli border area in the Golan Heights. Two-thirds of the region, internationally recognized as Syrian territory, was annexed by Israel in the 80s and remains disputed. The eastern Golan Heights, which are in Syrian hands, has become the target of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, as well as Daesh* militants and other Syrian opposition forces.

    However, Israel has targeted locatio...


    Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

    In an outrageous display of inhumanity, Israeli citizens reportedly gathered on Gaza border to watch their military kill Palestinian civilians. As violence continues to rage along the Israel-Gaza border, an Israeli reporter shared a photo that could only be described as inhumane. Best show in town. Residents of Nahal Oz in the stands, read the caption for the image that showed a group of young Israeli spectators sitting on an observation tower near the Israel-Gaza border line, watching and waving as unarmed Palestinians got brutally murdered and wounded at the hands of Israeli troops.


    Gilbert Doctorow: What the US Did and Did Not Achieve in Attacking Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    What the US Did and Did Not Achieve in Attacking Syria


    Apokalyps NU!: Lavrov: het Zwitserse laboratorium in Spiez zegt dat een 'BZ-toxine' is aangetroffen hetgeen niet wordt gebruikt of geproduceerd in Rusland "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Lavrov: het Zwitserse laboratorium in Spiez zegt dat een 'BZ-toxine' is aangetroffen in Salisbury sample hetgeen niet wordt gebruikt of geproduceerd in Rusland maar in de VS en het VK.

    Published time: 14 Apr, 2018 14:37Edited time: 15 Apr, 2018 06:56
    Adrian Dennis / Reuters
    De stof die op Sergei Skripal werd gebruikt, was een gas genaamd BZ, volgens het Zwitserse Spiez-laboratorium, zei de Russische minister van Buitenlandse Zaken. Het toxine werd nooit geproduceerd in Rusland, maar was in gebruik in de VS, het VK en andere NAVO-staten.


    Russian MoD: 71 out of 103 Missiles SHOT DOWN Over Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Russian MoD: 71 out of 103 Missiles SHOT DOWN Over Syria, No Damage to Army or Civilians



    On Friday 13 April members of Veterans For Peace deployed to Downing Street to oppose the expected bombing of Syria by the UK. The banner Never Again was unfurled in front of the gates and traffic in and out was stopped for some time. We then joined the main protest organised by Stop the War. []


    Israeli media alarmed over Russias potential sale of the S-300 system to Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    By News Desk 15/04/2018 The statement, made by the Russian Defense Ministry, that Moscow might reconsider a sale of the S-300 systems to Damascus following the US and allied airstrike, has raised concern among Israeli analysts and journalists, who are concerned over possible threats it may pose to Israel. The Jerusalem Post has warned that Israels []


    US will impose more sanctions on Russia over Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Russian lawmaker warns new sanctions will hurt US and Europe more than Moscow


    Trump defends 'Mission Accomplished' claim "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Trump's phrase immediately evokes former President George W Bush's premature Iraq victory speech


    Cops Arrest 2 Black Men Sitting In Starbucks For Trespassing "IndyWatch Feed War"

    A video showing Philadelphia police officers handcuffing and removing two black men from a Starbucks store has gone viral and incited allegations of racism, but the police commissioner insists his officers did absolutely nothing wrong. Author Melissa DePino tweeted a video on Thursday showing officers escorting two black men out of a Starbucks in Center City as bystanders questioned why the men were being arrested. The police were called because these men hadnt ordered anything, DePino wrote on Twitter. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why its never happened to us when we do the same thing. The clip shows a man in a vest questioning why an arrest is taking place. Lauren A. Wimmer, defense attorney for the pair who was arrested, told BuzzFeed that the man in the vest is Andrew Yaffe, a friend who was meeting the men at Starbucks. She declined to give the names of her two clients. What did they get called for? Yaffe asks an officer in the video. Cause there are two black guys sitting here meeting me?


    Saudi King and Palestine in the Arab summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

    IT was quite striking how much the Saudi King played up Palestine as an issue today in the Arab summit. There must be a realization among the Saudi ruling circle that Muhammad bin Salman went too far in his English statements during his tour in the US.  But this is indicative of the salience of the subject in Saudi and Arab public opinion in general--Zionist wishful thinking notwithstanding.  You have to realize: that Gulf regime media have really been playing down Palestine (Aljazeera to a lesser extent) but the role of satellite TV channels, including Aljazeera and Al-Arabiyya, have substantially declined.  The people are now relying more on social media but social media are under strict constraints but people find ways to express themselves with indirect references. But Gaza protests have been really big in Arab social media, unlike say Saudi regime media which wanted to ignore it.  


    China Slams US Arrogance in Syria Strike, Backs Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

    north korea trump china taiwan(ZHE) While the lack of retaliation by Russia to Trumps Friday night Syrian airstrikes surprised some, Russia defended its stance of shrugging in response (and not escalating to full blown world war), by asserting that Soviet-made missiles intercepted more than half of the 105 cruise missiles fired at three Syrian facilities (the Pentagon denied any missiles []


    Few Options For the United States in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    It is only a matter of time before the Syrian government will be able to establish control over the suburbs of Damascus. One of these suburbs is the region of Eastern Ghouta, where there are currently accusations for the use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Health Clusters affiliated with the UNs World Health Organisation have said that they have confirmed that there are 500 patients who have suffered from a gas attack (the death toll is 43). The Syrian government just took charge of a large part of this region, resettling thousands of people who had been displaced from there. What can the United States do? Arm the Rebels: It is now impossible for the United States to consider further arming of the rebels, given that the rebel groups on the ground have been ineffective against the Syrian government forces and those of its allies. Limited Attack: In 2017, after an alleged chemical weapon attack, the Trump administration bombed a Syrian air field. No further limited attack would then be a deterrent. The entire theory of a limited attack is invalidated. Regime Change: The United States is in no position to open an all-fronts war against Russia and even Iran. In other words, the US has no easy options for Syria.


    Protests Against Pipelines In Canada Hurting Oil & Gas Industry "IndyWatch Feed War"

    When the pipeline company Kinder Morgan announced it was suspending work on a major Canadian project that has been delayed by protests and court challenges, it sparked talk of a crisis north of the border and fears that investors may flee the nation's tar sands industry. It was the clearest sign yet of how difficult it's become for energy companies to find new routes to export the country's landlocked oil, among the most expensive and damaging to the climate to produce. Over the past several years, climate activists and indigenous groupsin particular many of Canada's First Nations governmentshave built a sustained campaign that has succeeded in delaying, and in some cases canceling, almost every attempt to send more Canadian oil to foreign markets. Canada's tar sands hold one of the world's largest deposits of oil, but as the industry has expanded production over the past decade, it's been unable to complete new pipelines fast enough to ship it out.


    Tariq Ramadan: One More Accusation with Aggravating Circumstances "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The latest news about Tariq Ramadan, one of the worlds foremost intellects, one of the most renowned of Islamic scholars, named by TIME in 2004 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world today, comes from Switzerland. Its not about the four underage pupils he taught in a Geneva high school in []


    See, thats no chemical weapons factory, Mr. Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Mission accomplished, thats how Triumphant Trump congratulated himself after the missile attacks on an alleged chemical weapons factory used to gas Syrian civilians in Ghouta, days ago, in compliance to the Deep State narrative that the Assad government is killing its own people, which therefore, requires the highly indispensable Western intervention . But the reality Continue reading See, thats no chemical weapons factory, Mr. Trump


    False Flag Attack in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    They Cant Even Do a False Flag Right: Russia Calls Out Inconsistencies in Douma Chemical Attack


    Steun Rob Scholte. Hij Verdient Het! "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Rob Scholte: 'Als de gemeente ontruimt, verzet ik me'

    'We blijven gewoon,' zegt kunstenaar Rob Scholte.


    More on the Skripal/Douma false flag connection "IndyWatch Feed War"

    In regard to our suggestion the latest move against Damascus was predominantly a UK project, a link was sent to us today to an article by Thierry Meyssan on Voltairenet thats certainly interesting. Published March 20 it puts forward the idea the Skripal affair was a false flag intended to be the launch pad for a wholesale diplomatic attack on Russia that Meyssan suggests would initiate a new cold war. While its possible to question this terminology (many would suggest we already have a new cold war and are on the verge of it becoming hot), his narrative offers a valid interpretation of recent events, and indeed looks more persuasive today that when it was written. What Meyssan suggests is as follows: Back in March a projected coup was planned between the UK government and the neocons in Washington to create an irresistible drive to a) launch a full blown assault on Damascus and b) get Russia removed from the UN Security Council. The means was to be first the Skripal incident and immediately thereafter


    Trump opens a Pandoras box in Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

    By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | April 15, 2018 There is no triumphalism in the US, Britain or France over the missile strike in Syria on Friday. The mood is rather defensive. Indeed, evidence is still lacking on the alleged chemical attacks in Douma, which was the alibi for the missile strike. There []


    Who is speaking the truth? Moscow or D.C.? One or the other, or both? -- by J "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Memo to OSD Mattis: Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU for being the only adult in the room, and walking back the know-nothings Bolton and crew from the precipice of what in the end would have been nuclear confrontation. (I...


    Afghan president invites Taliban to run in election "IndyWatch Feed War"

    "We" gaan met 'maximaal twintig tot dertig commando's en mariniers' naar Afghanistan om daar special forces op te leiden.  We lezen een scoop daarover in de Volkskrant die zo uitgebreid en missie-gedetailleerd is, dat we denken dat Defensie de kopij zelf aangeleverd heeft. Defensiemeisje Bijleveld (Technische Hogeschool Twente, gemeenteraad Enschede, burgemeester Hof van Twente)) heeft met haar Amerikaanse Defensie-collega James "Mad Dog" Mattis (U.S. Central Command; U.S. Joint Forces Command; Supreme Allied Commander Transformation; I Marine Expeditionary Force; U.S. Marine Forces Central Command; Marine Corps Combat Development Command; 1st Marine Division; 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade; 7th Marine Regiment; 1st Battalion, 7th Marines) gesproken over deze missie en de Yanks zijn natuurlijk dolblij met de zware Nederlandse inzet van de laatste mannen die we nog gekleed & gewapend het veld zand in kunnen sturen. Oh u proeft wat scepsis in onze toon? Ja, zou kunnen. 30 man tegen de Taliban (die inmiddels weer de baas is in 70% van het land) is ongetwijfeld politiek opportunistisch voor een piepklein poldermoeras met een half stoeltje in de Veiligheidsraad. Maar laten we niemand voor de gek houden met het idee dat het ter plekke ook maar 1 zandkorrel verschil gaat maken.

    Kennelijk heeft de VVD/D'66 regering teveel geld om te spenderen, want:

    Afghan president invites Taliban to run in election as militant group gains ground 



    Skripal lies could get us into another Iraq War "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Skripal lies from UK government could get us into another Iraq War, warns Neil Clark (VIDEO)

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    Double standards: US, UK, France stand by Saudis in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

    'Double standards: US, UK, France stand by Saudis in Yemen but pose as moral crusaders in Syria'

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    An interim post on Syria ... (Editorial) by PL "IndyWatch Feed War"

    (Syrian Christian clergy) 1- The case for the Syrian government having illogically attacked with chemicals in Douma remains unproven although the language of certainty is emerging in the MSM. It should be noted that Senator Angus King (I) of Maine...


    This is the beginning of World War 3 but dont worry its good for the economy "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Syria has been bombed which calls for a deep analysis of whats going on here.  As we explain in our book Splitting Pennies what really backs the US Dollar is BOMBS.  Wall Street and the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) are inextricably intertwined, whether you are an armchair intellectual or an investor its important to understand this economic relationship.

    The latest action in Syria is that policy in action.  Lets take a step back and understand this critical but boringly predictable development in Syria, the players involved, their respective relevant histories, and what markets can expect.

    First lets look at War Inc. or the Military as a business, or as we have outlined in a detailed article Cult of War (a good primer read if youre not up on this topic).  With 800 Billion + per year and a likely real spend of well over a Trillion USD, the US taxpayer needs to get something for their money.   The Military is in a constant state of self-justification.  The US outspends the enemy by such a large figure, there are stockpiles of bombs, planes, tanks, guns, logistic supplies, boats, aircraft carriers, satellites, and just millions of expensive assets getting dusty.  The US could fight World War 2 on 2 fronts and a w...


    Philippines: Documents May Exonerate Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Solicitor General Jose Calida, suspended lawyer Eligio Mallari and Volunteers against Crime and Corruption president Dante Jimenez hold a copy of the petition for quo warranto they filed before the Supreme Court on Monday, March 5.
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    Ian Nicolas Cigaral ( April 14, 2018 6:32pm

    MANILA, Philippines The camp of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Saturday said Solicitor General Jose Calidas confirmation of the existence of the top magistrates missing wealth declarations should result in the immediate dismissal of ouster petition against her.

    Serenos lost Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth are central to Calidas quo warranto petition that seeks to invalidate the chief justices appointment.

    Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, Serenos spokesperson, said on Thursday the high courts top judge has recently retrieved her 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 SALNs.

    But Calida slammed Sereno for misleading the public, saying the supposedly recovered SALNs were the same ones he submitted to the SC.

    The fact that Calida himself confirmed that he had obtained the SALNs himself proved that the Chief Justice had indeed filed her UP SALNs contrary to solicitor generals claim in his petition, Deinla said in a statement.

    His submission is an admission that his petition is baseless. The recovery of most of the SALNs destroys the SolGens main argument that the Chief Justice should be removed from office on ground that she failed to file her SALNs and submit them to the Judicial and Bar Council, he added.

    The governments chief legal counsel has accused Sereno of failing the integrity test when she did not submit her SALNs for several years.

    The high tribunal held an almost six-hour oral argument hearing on April 10, at the SC Session Hall in Baguio.

    The SC, headed by Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, ordere...


    Tesla Battery Degradation Less Than 10% After 160,000 Miles "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Via: Electrek: Battery degradation is one of the biggest concerns for electric car owners and potential buyers, but data from Tesla battery packs have been very reassuring so far. Now the latest data shows less than 10% degradation of the energy capacity after over 160,000 miles on Teslas battery packs. A group of Tesla owners []


    UK needs war powers act to stop government independent action: Corbyn "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Press TV April 15, 2018 British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for a war powers act that would stop the government of Theresa May from launching strikes without first consulting MPs. His remarks came a day after US, British and French forces struck multiple places in Syria following President Donald Trumps orders for []


    Center Hit in US Attack Produced Cancer Drugs: Medical Head "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Al-Manar | April 15, 2018 Western powers claim their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syrias chemical weapons program but what they destroyed included a scientific research institution producing cancer drugs. The Pentagon said three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development center in Damascus Barzeh district and two installations near Homs, were []


    Protests Against US Militarism And Attack On Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Protests were held on Saturday, April 14, across the United States and in some countries around the world against US militarism. The protests had a special focus on the US aerial attack of Syria which occurred the night before. More protests are being held today. While Syria received the most attention people also protested US threats against Iran, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela as well as conflicts with Russia and China. People also protested the massive increase in US military spending as well as the expansion of an arms race, including massive spending on nuclear weapons. People were urged to participate in the Women's March on the Pentagon on October 20-21 as well as the protest against the Trump military parade planned for November 11.


    The Guardian Distorts Nicaraguas Indio Maiz Fire "IndyWatch Feed War"

    teleSUR | April 14, 2018 Under the headline Nicaragua fires: aid from Costa Rica rejected as blaze destroys rainforest, the U.K.s Guardian newspaper has published another politically skewed report smearing Nicaraguas Sandinista government. This time, the pretext is a devastating forest fire affecting the peripheral buffer zone of the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve. Falsely alleging []


    Maos legacy defended, and famous swim decoded, for clueless academics "IndyWatch Feed War"

    by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker blog Part 4 will take a very different tack. There is a great and hilarious story about Mao during the Cultural Revolution, which is


    Skripals Poisoning And Syria Strikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Despite scant evidence as to the use of chemical weapons or the party responsible for it, Donald Trump ordered another cruise missiles strike in Syria on Saturday in collaboration with Theresa Mays government in the UK and Emmanuel Macrons administration in France. The strike took place a little over a year after a similar cruise missiles strikes on al-Shayrat airfield on April 6 last year, after an alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, that accomplished nothing. Both these strikes in Syria were not only illegal under international law but also under American laws.


    The MoA Week In Review And Open Thread 2018-17 "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Last week was dominated by the run-up to the U.S. attack on Syria: Apr 9 - Syria - Any U.S. Strike Will Lead to Escalation Apr 11 - Syria - A U.S. Attack Would Be Futile - But Serve A...


    21stCenturyWire restores service after sustained DDoS attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Dear Readers, Glad to have you back. Firstly, we would like to apologise for being offline most of last week. Weve been working hard behind the scenes to get back online. On Tuesday April 10th, 2018 at approximately 2pm EST, sustained a heavy Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack and were only able to restore []


    Hundreds of Muslims from Bangladesh illegally crossing into US at Laredo, Texas "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Its a growing concern for border patrol as Laredo has become the number 1 crossing point for Bangladeshi nationals, a country that has known ties to terrorism.In 2017 they apprehended close to 180 Bangladeshi nationals, and since October of last year, there have been over 160 individuals caught. Why are they entering the country that []


    Ask yourselves: Are we the bad guys? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    by R.Lesnoix for The Saker blog One can fault the British for many things but not for their sense of humour. Some time ago I saw a sketch by the


    The U.S. Offensive Against Russian Billionaire Oligarchs "IndyWatch Feed War"

    In the seventy-seventh edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Kommersant, Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Pravda. He discusses the effects of the most recent U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on the stability and future prospects of the Russian economy. Professor Kovacevic specifically focuses []


    At Arab summit, Saudi king slams Iran's 'blatant interference' "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Final communique of summit echoes Salman's comments on Iran and calls for international probe into use of chemical weapons in Syria


    Bangladesh: Muslim International Red Cross employee arrested for jihad terror plotting "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. And then in his time off, Md Muntasirul Meher plotted to create more armed conflict and other situations of violence. 7 militants, including Red Cross worker, held in Chattogram,, April 14, 2018: []


    Swiss Experts Identify the Substance used on the Skripal "IndyWatch Feed War"

    According to the Swiss Institute for the Protection of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons (Schweizerisches Institut fr ABC-Schutz), the poison found at Salisbury by OPCW investigators looking into the Skripal affair, is the toxic agent known as BZ. The name Novichok refers to a Soviet research programme rather than a substance that resulted from this programme. BZ is a Nato nerve-poisoning agent that takes 30-60 minutes to act and whose effects last for two to four days. What was (...)


    David Buckel, Gay Rights & Environmental Activist, Dies In Protest Suicide "IndyWatch Feed War"

    David Buckel, a nationally known advocate for gay rights and the environment died Saturday in self-immolation suicide in a wake-up call to save the planet. Buckel was 60 years old. His body was discovered shortly after sunrise at 6:40 a.m when firefighters responded to the fire. Buckel lived a life in service to social and enviornmental justice. Even in his death he sought to serve others. The NY Daily News reports he left two hand written suicide notes in a shopping cart nearby the blackened circle of burned grass.


    U.S. Sanctions Threaten to Push Up Borrowing Costs for Russian Companies "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Rusal bonds among the hardest hit after Treasury targets billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally

    Aluminum ingots being moved at a United Co. Rusal smelting plant in Shelekhov, Russia, in September 2015. Bonds of the russian firm were hit hard after the recent announcement of U.S. sanctions against its owner.
    Aluminum ingots being moved at a United Co. Rusal smelting plant in Shelekhov, Russia, in September 2015. Bonds of the Russian firm were hit hard after the recent announcement of U.S. sanctions against its owner. PHOTO: ANDREY RUDAKOV/BLOOMBERG NEWS

    U.S. sanctions on certain Russian oligarchs and firms are rippling across the economy, threatening to punish more than a dozen other Russian companies that need to refinance $22.8 billion in international bonds over the next 18 months.

    Bond investors penalized some companies not explicitly mentioned in the most recent sanctions because they are connected through corporate or familial ties to targeted entities. They sold the debt of other firms out of fear the U.S. Treasury Department might target other individuals in Russian...


    Islamic State jihadi forced his 4-year-old son to watch video of man being burned alive "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Jihadis frequently tell us how much they love death. Austrian Muslim teenage girls who recently traveled to Syria for jihad announced: Death is our goal. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said: Im even longing for death, you vagabond. A Muslim child preacher taunted those he has been taught to hate most: Oh Zionists, we love []


    Islamophobia outbreak in NYC: Counterterror officers hit streets in wake of Syria strikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Islamophobia in New York: the NYPD is sending out counterterrorism officers throughout the city in the wake of the strikes in Syria. The NYPD is thus acting upon the presumption that Muslims may commit jihad terror attacks in revenge for those strikes. Oh, the Islamophobia! How dare they suggest that Muslims might have something to []


    Did air strikes on Syria break international law? The questions Corbyn must ask May "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has to ask the prime minister some searching questions


    Syrian White Helmets Produce Video Proof of Their Own Fraud "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    Were the Skripals 'Buzzed', 'Novi-shocked' Or Neither? - May Has Some 'Splaining' To Do "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, threw a bombshell at the British assertions that the collapse of the British secret agent Sergej Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4 in Salisbury was caused by a 'Novichok'...


    The BBC, Iran and faux objectivity "IndyWatch Feed War"

    On April 13th the IDF announced that the Iranian drone shot down over Israeli territory on February 10th was carrying explosives.

    The Iranian drone shot down in February was carrying enough explosives to cause damage, military sources said. Its precise intended target in Israel was not known, they said. []

    An analysis of the flight path and operational and intelligence research performed on parts of the Iranian UAV that entered our territory on February 10 shows it carried explosive material and its mission was to carry out a destructive operation, the Israel Defense Forces revealed Friday.

    The drones interception by attack helicopters thwarted the attack and the Iranian intention to carry out an operation on our territory, it added.

    The following day the BBC News website published an article titled Iranian drone was sent to Israel to attack. Similarly lavish use of punctuation was seen in the reports opening sentences:...


    A More Open China Can Avoid a No-Win Trade war With The U.S. "IndyWatch Feed War"

     A trade bust-up promises only losers: American consumers, Trump himself and Chinas export-oriented economy. But Xis Boao Forum speech offers hope of a mutually beneficial way out


    15 APR 2018

    The goal of a war, be it hot or cold, about trade, territory or anything else, is destruction.

    And destruction means not only the loss of lives, but the destruction of any assets tangible or intangible, as can be seen in the simmering trade war between the United States and China.

    The spectre of a full-blown trade war between the worlds two largest economies threatens the worst disruption to, and destruction of, the global economy in modern times. Basic economics suggests any such conflict will incur losses all around.

    Nevertheless, fears that we are indeed headed for such a scenario are growing, fuelled by continuing tit-for-tat threats between the worlds largest traders. Washington and Beijing have each announced US$50 billion worth of punitive tariffs against each other and the US has raised the prospect of a further tariff of US$100 billion on...


    Alas, this is far from over! "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Lets begin by a short summary of events. About a month ago Nikki Haley announces to the UNSC that the USA is ready to violate the rules of this very


    France warns of 'humanitarian disaster' if Syria targets Idlib "IndyWatch Feed War"


    With Eastern Ghouta captured, the government is free to target the remaining enclaves of Idlib or Daraa


    Germany: Muslim rappers who mocked Auschwitz victims given music prize on Holocaust Remembrance Day "IndyWatch Feed War"

    This is Merkels new, diverse Germany, where antisemitism is cool again. Fury as German rappers accused of anti-Semitism over lyrics comparing themselves to Auschwitz prisoners are awarded music prize on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Mailonline, April 15, 2018 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur): Outrage has grown in Germany after a rap duo accused of anti-Semitism over []


    An Excessive Emphasis on Theatrics Exposes US Hypocrisy on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    PETER KORZUN | 15.04.2018 | An Excessive Emphasis on Theatrics Exposes US Hypocrisy on Syria Is the US sincere in its fury about the alleged chemical attack in Syria? If this were more than theatrics, it would repent of its role in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. More than 30 years ago the Iraqi regime was regularly []


    Florida: Muslim cleric who calls for the killing of Jews and gays speaks at Orlando middle school "IndyWatch Feed War"

    But there is nary a word about this in the Orlando papers. Theyre much too busy tracking down and publicly shaming foes of jihad terror. Sheik Who Called For Gays and Jews to Be Killed Special Guest Speaker At Orlando Middle School, by Laura Loomer, Dangerous, April 13, 2018 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur): Less []


    U.S. Should Do the Opposite of What Saudis Want "IndyWatch Feed War"

    APR 11, 2018TD ORIGINALS

    U.S. Should Do the Opposite of What Saudis Want

    President Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a March meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House. (...


    Yoda: Ecuador to Screw Assange? Signs Trump Trying to Save Him? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Sad be we. Integrity not, Ecuador?

    Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa: Assanges Days in Ecuadorian Embassy Are Numbered

    According to a report from ABC International, Correa told reporters during a meeting with the media at the International Press Club of Madrid that current Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno is caving to pressure from the United States.

    Read article for indications President Trump is trying to save him.


    Prayer and Meditation for Monday, April 16, 2018 Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life. "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Monday of the Third Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 273

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    St Stephen in a pit, about to be stoned

    Reading 1 ACTS 6:8-15

    Stephen, filled with grace and power,
    was working great wonders and signs among the people.
    Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,
    Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,
    and people from Cilicia and Asia,
    came forward and debated with Stephen,
    but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
    Then they instigated some men to say,
    We have heard him speaking blasphemous words
    against Moses and God.
    They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,
    accosted him, seized him,
    and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
    They presented false witnesses who testified,
    This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law.
    For we have heard him claim
    that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place
    and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.
    All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him
    and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

    Responsorial Psalm  PS 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30

    R. (1ab) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    R. Alleluia.
    Though princes meet and talk against me,
    your servant meditates on your statutes.
    Yes, your decrees are my delight;
    they are my counselors.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    R. A...


    Jeff Rense & Gordon Duff: Syria Explained (Negative & Positive) "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Very troubling synopsis below the fold.

    SYNOPSIS (from Alert Reader):

    USG was careful not to murder Russians or destroy their aircrarft since Russian weaponry is superior and would put every US ship to the bottom quickly; T is technically broke, financed and run by McCall Friedman head of the Russian Mob; T has been completely compromised and has cracked; there were >50 Israeli, American British, Saudi troops captured in East Gouda; US attack was lightweight with Russia probably pre-informed of targets by Pentagram through description of air spec used;  FBI and top levels of USG are in a panic over the appointment of John Bolton whose secret file shows that he committed treason many times in the past and works for Israel as their agent; FBI agents say Israelis are tapping their phones and every call, many top FBI moving families away since Mossad hit teams are all over the place and many are afraid for their lives and the lives of their families.

    Here is my conclusion on this illegal, unconstitutional act of war and war crime by USG. Many T supporters are disgusted since there was no real gas attack last year or this year either and Assad has no chemical warfare capability. Support for T will end over this act.

    Phi Beta Iota: A more favorable impression, rooted in the Koreas being united and the US moving to a gold standard very soon, as the same time that the US under Trump closes down SWIFT and joins in the new international settlements network that leaves Zurich isolated, is that he is playing for time and that many of the missile strikes actually hit ISIS targets. We are quite sure President Trump knows that the UK and Israel and Saudi Arabia were behind the second false flag attack.

    See Especially:

    Russia Has Irrefutable Evidence UK Staged Syrian Chemical Attack

    See Also:

    Syria False Flag @ Phi Beta Iota


    West's attack on Syria offers no balm for Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Trump's restraint exposes Israel's isolation and leaves Putin with choices on most productive course for Russia


    The World According to David Collier "IndyWatch Feed War"

    April 13, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon   By Gilad Atzmon Yesterday I had a twitter exchange with David Collier, the ardent Zionist activist who reported to the British media about the secret (actually, simply private) pro-Palestinian FaceBook groups that included Jeremy Corbyn along with such unsavoury characters as Paul Eisen, yours truly and others. I have communicated with []


    Qatari emir not attending Arab summit in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"


    DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) Qatar will not be represented by a senior official at an Arab summit taking place in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, in a sign that a nearly year-old dispute between Gulf Arab neighbours is still a long way from being resolved.

    Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott is an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty.

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     Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani

    The Qatari delegation will be headed by Dohas permanent representative to the Arab League, Saif bin Muqaddam al-Buainain, the state news agency said without elaborating.

    Most of the 22 other countries are represented by heads of state or government. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani headed Qatars delegation at last years Arab summit in Jordan.

    Sheikh Tamim returned to Doha on Saturday from a U.S. trip where he met President Donald Trump, who had publicly sided with the Saudis and Emiratis early in the crisis, but is now pushing for a resolution to restore Gulf Arab unity and maintain a united front against Iran.

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday that Qatars crisis would not be on the table at the Arab League summit, Al Arabiya reported.

    Ahead of the summit, the four boycotting nations reaffirmed that their demands on Qatar including closing Al Jazeera television station and reducing ties with Iran were a necessary basis for a resolution to the crisis.

    Reporting By Sarah Dadouch and Stephen Kalin; Writing By Maha El Dahan; Editing by Ghaida Ghantous and Jane Merriman


    Arab Leaders Meet in Saudi Arabia, Vow to find Solutions in Syria and Increase Pressue on Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    Arab foreign ministers meet ahead of the national leaders of Arab nations, in Saudi Arabia


    RIYADH: Leaders of the 22-nation Arab League, who will meet in the Saudi city of Dhahran on Sunday, are expected to stress continuity in their efforts to find a solution to the Syrian conflict. It follows airstrikes by the US, UK and France against the Assad regime on Saturday. The leaders are likely to seek Arab and international support to increase pressure on the regime to find a solution to the conflict.

    Their push for a tough stand against Iran is expected to dominate the Arab League Summit as regional tensions grow over the wars in Syria and Yemen.

    The fate of Jerusalem will also be on the agenda as the US prepares to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv after declaring it Israels capital.

    All key regional issues are on the agenda, with Syria, Yemen and Palestine at the top, Ali Al-Kayed, Jordanian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, told Arab News.

    Dr. Ibrahim Al-Qayid, founding member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), said Saturdays airstrikes are largely welcomed by Western and Arab nations, which condemn (the regimes) crimes against humanity by repeatedly using chemical weapons against civilians.

    He added: There is an urgent need to defuse the crisis in Syria, where more than half of the population has either fled the country or become homeless.

    He asked: Should the world sit and watch as an arrogant ruler (Syrian President Bashar Assad) commits genocide in his own country?

    Al-Qayid urged Arab leaders to take stern and decisive action to resolve the conflict once and for all.

    He commended the US, UK and France for Saturdays attack, saying when a ruthless regime commits war crimes, the international community has the right to take action and save innocent civilians.

    Arab leaders and heads of delegations started arriving in Dhahran on Saturday to take part in the summit, SPA reported.

    They were received by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, governor of Eastern Region; Prince Ahmed bin Fahad bin Salman, deputy governor, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, secretary general of the Arab League, and a number of officials.
    Irans interference

    Thursdays preparatory meeting of Arab foreign ministers said there could be no peac...


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    For those who are not convinced: Trump: Mission Complete : "IndyWatch Feed War"

    For those who are not convinced: Trump: Mission Complete 13, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, There are many analyses about the dangerous strategy after the announcement of the US President Donald Trump of the withdrawal from Syria, most of which are related to a theory based on the American intentions to abolish the nuclear []


    The Boston Marathon Bombing 5 Years On "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Its five years since the terror attack on the Boston Marathon. Clarion Projects Meira Svisrky looks at whats change since then for better and for worse.



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    Syrias axis of evil cannot be trusted "IndyWatch Feed War"

    By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
    Arab News

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    There was a rumor ahead of the tripartite (American, British and French) bombing of Syria that the Assad regime and the Russian government had offered the withdrawal of Iran and its militias from Syria as part of a suggested resolution, in exchange for the trio refraining from the attack and engaging in a new political exercise.

    If we assume that such an offer was really on the table, would it have been acceptable? It is definitely better than a limited strike, but the problem is that the three parties involved in Syria are accustomed to promoting lies. Even the Russians lost their credibility as a result of their support for the allegations of Damascus and Tehran. After the chemical attack in Douma, they repeated the same old story that the opposition attacked itself and that the United Nations should inspect on the ground, with the aim of wasting time and diluting the problem.

    PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Nov. 20, 2017.Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Nov. 20, 2017.

    The axis of evil, which lacks credibility, cannot be trusted with solutions or political resolutions. The Syrian regime escaped military sanctions in September 2013, when the Russians suggested that it delivered its stock of chemical weapons to UN inspectors. The stock was then removed from Syria, and the regime claimed that it was everything in its possession. Now we know, however, that it was hiding more.
    The most dangerous part of this forgery is that this regime acts without any consideration of the consequences. This shows Assad has not changed, even though the world had wrongly assumed he might do so after the civil war. It is clear that the mentality of revenge and extermination still reigns in Damascus and Tehran; otherwise, there is no other justification for using chlorine and sarin gases against civilians in Douma.
    The role of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Generals has been impor...


    Voices of the Syrian People "IndyWatch Feed War"

    by Andre Vltchek, first published by New Eastern Outlook The attack against Syria this proud and independent country has just taken place. Three countries with zero moral mandate to judge or punish anybody; three countries already responsible for hundreds of millions of human lives lost on all continents for centuries, showered Syria with their missiles. They tried to scare to death Syria, and to break its determination, but they failed. Most of the Syrian people stood proudly by their government. 71 out of 103 of the Western missiles were shot down, and the rest fell on the empty facilities, which have nothing to do with a production or storage of the chemical weapons. To begin with, Syria has no chemical weapons program and no chemical weapons factories, as well as no warehouses, so nothing could really fall on something that does not exist. This was yet another gross violation of the international law, but again, the West has been violating the international laws for decades and centuries, brutalizing the entire Planet. Therefore, no


    The future of rising aspirations "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Today is the slowest day of innovation you will ever experience again in the rest of your live. Rob Nail, CEO and Associate founder of the Singularity University.

    Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, warns about the rising aspirations of the people all over the world. According to Rob Nail, by 2025 at the latest all 8 billion people on the planet will have access to broadband and smartphones. Only in Africa, the number of smartphones is going to triple, from around 200 million to 700 million from 2015 to 2020. Experience shows that at first the people are very happy about their new possibilities to link and interact with the rest of the world. However, over time, they are beginning to compare their standard of living with the one in highly developed countries. Even if that would motivate to change and improve the political, economic and social situation in their countries, most likely this will lead to frustration in the short-term especially if people realize that they will probably never be able to reach the standard of living in highly developed countries. Such frustration about this obviously unfair situation will lead to a higher flow of economic refugees and certainly to more extremism and violence. Therefore, Kim thinks that it will be crucial for the future of rising aspirations to invest today in the educational system in the developing countries, so that todays children are able to compete in the economy in the future.


    Trust but Verify Applies to the FBI "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Americas premiere law enforcement agency suffers the consequences of self inflicted wrongdoing and failures.

    We refute tyranny when we hold law enforcement accountable.

    Trust but Verify Applies to the FBI

    April 13, 2018 6:25 p.m. ET

    Federal law enforcement did not cover itself in gloryagainin the just-concluded trial of Noor Salman, wife of the Pulse nightclub mass murderer in Orlando, Fla.

    A judge scolded prosecutors during the trial for withholding exculpatory evidence. At her original bail hearing, the FBI had relied on a confession, extracted from Ms. Salman in an 11-hour interrogation, that she had helped Omar Mateen scope out the gay nightclub in advance of the shooting. As was subsequently revealed, the FBI was already in possession of cellphone location data that contradicted her claim. Other evidence also cast doubt on the confession, which the FBI failed to record or sustain with circumstantial proof. Ms. Salman was acquitted.

    Happily, the malpractice here was less consequential than in t...



    South Front On April 14, the US, the UK and France launched a joint massive strike on Syria justifying their actions with the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma on April 7. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian Air Defense Forces shot down 71 of 103 missiles launched by the US-led bloc. []


    Trump Tramples on the Constitution, Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Attacking the Syrian government doesnt make anyone safer, and it is completely detached from any broader strategy for bringing the conflict in Syria to an end.


    Nafta: Why the US car industry is trapped in Trumps trade crossfire "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    The Toyota Tundra looks every inch the all-American truck, but even it risks falling foul of rules touted by the Trump administration

    Shawn Donnan in San Antonio, Texas


    Blunt-nosed, broad-shouldered and towering on 20-inch chrome wheels, the latest Toyota Tundra roars to life as it turns into the final station of tweaks and checks that will wrap up a 20-hour journey down the production line. Polished to a sparkle by the robots in the paint shop, the pick-up truck has a swagger worthy of its birthplace, a 2.2m square foot state-of-the art factory emerging from the scrub of a former cattle ranch just a 25-minute drive from the Alamo, spiritual birthplace of Texas.


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    When we decided we wanted to build a pick-up truck we thought where better than Texas, says Mario Lozoya, a former Marine sergeant and line supervisor who handles external relations for Toyota in the Lone Star State.

    But the Tundra is also an example of how international supply chains and business investments come up against global trade rules and how President Donald Trumps vision of the American economy is already helping to reshape the global economy even as the world nervously eyes the prospect of a US-China trade war.

    Like every other car produced on the continent the Tundra sits in the crossfire of Mr Trumps plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The US hopes there will be a deal in the weeks to come, but the prickliest issue by far in Washingtons discussions with Canada and Mexico is over how and where vehicles should be made.

    The Trump camp argue that Naftas current rules, which require 62.5 per cent of a vehicle to be made in North America in order to qualify for the tariff-free trade the pact enshrines, have fuelled the relocation of much of the US auto industry to Mexico, costing thousands of American manufacturing jobs. They have proposed lifting that threshold to as much as 85 per cent and requiring a 50 per cent US-production quota for vehicles sold in the US, by far the regions largest auto market.

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    Such a move, the US auto industry argues, would hurt its global competitiveness by removing its ability to access cheap labour in Mexico much as the German car industry does in eastern Europe or Japan does in China. It has also...


    Video of Tomahawk Missile Intercept That Allegedly DID NOT HAPPEN, and the imaginary missile fragments "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    An Excessive Emphasis on Theatrics Exposes US Hypocrisy on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Last year, it took the US military about 48 hours to kill 100 civilians in Raqqa. One thousand eight hundred civilians overall lost their lives over the course of the US-led offensive to oust Islamic State fighters during that operation. There was no State Department comment on what happened. Were those civilians different from the ones in Douma?


    Israel destroys another Palestinian infiltration tunnel from Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"


    POOL/AFP | A picture taken with a fisheye lens on January 18, 2018 from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip shows a tunnel that Israel says was dug by the Islamic Jihad group leading from the Palestinian enclave into Israel
    JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israels army said Sunday it had destroyed a Hamas tunnel crossing from the Gaza Strip into its territory after more than two weeks of tension along the border of the Palestinian enclave.

    Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was the longest and deepest Gazan tunnel discovered by Israel.

    The tunnel crossed into Israeli territory by several metres (yards) but did not yet have an exit point, military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists.

    It connected to several others within the Gaza Strip and could have been used for attacks,

    Israel destroyed the tunnel which it said connected to several others within Gaza and could have been used for attacks by filling it with material to make it inoperative

    We filled the tunnel with material that renders it useless for a very long period of time, Conricus said. Explosives were not used.

    According to our early assessments, this tunnel reaches kilometres, several kilometres, into the Gaza Strip.

    The tunnel came from the area of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip and was being dug in the direction of the Nahal Oz community in Israel, he said.

    It was the fifth Gazan tunnel destroyed by Israel in recent months, Conricus said. Israel destroyed it over the course of the weekend.

    The operation comes after protests along the Gaza border since March 30 that have led to clashes in which Israeli forces have killed 34 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others.

    Israel alleges Hamas is seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence and said the tunnel destroyed could have been used for that purpose, saying it comes from near an area where demonstrators have gathered.

    Israel has faced criticism over its use of live fire along the Gaza border since March 30, while the European Union and UN chief Antonio Guterres have called for an independent investigation.

    The military says its soldiers act to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and says there have been attempts at all three.

    Conricus said Israel had been mon...


    Ohio Brothers Convicted in Al-Qaeda Terror Financing "IndyWatch Feed War"

    (Illustrative photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)(Illustrative photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

    Two brothers in Ohio took a plea bargain in a terror-financing case and admitted they sent $17,000 to an al-Qaeda leader whom they knew was planning attacks, ABC News reported.

    Asif Salim, 37, and Sultane Salim, 43, collected money through fake credit-card transactions as well as other means. They ultimately raised $30,000 for American al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was linked to a number of terror attacks against American and other Western targets.

    Sultane contributed $15,000 to the effort and his brother Asif gave $2,000. Asif formerly attended Ohio State University

    The brothers face up to eight years in prison each.

    Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

    The brothers had two other partners in the scheme: Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, an Indian citizen, who also pleaded guilty to the same charges, and his brother, Yahya Farooq Mohammad, who was already sentenced to 27 years in prison for not only supporting terrorism but trying to kill the federal judge hearing his case.

    Yahya Farooq Mohammad traveled to Yemen to deliver $22,000, equipment and other assistance to al-Awlaki. He came to the U.S. as an engineering student and also attended Ohio State University. He married an American and settled in the U.S.

    When Mohammed found out that U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary was assigned to his case, he arranged a  hit on the judge from jail for $15,000. However, the hitman he solicited was an an undercover FBI agent.



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    Lest We Forget Hillary Clinton: We Must Destroy Syria For israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Lest We Forget Hillary Clinton: We Must Destroy Syria For Israel A leaked Hillary Clinton email confirms that the Obama administration, with Hillary at the helm, orchestrated a civil war in Syria to benefit Israel.  The new Wikileaks release shows the then Secretary of State ordering a war in Syria in order to overthrow the government []


    Syria chemical attack: Inspectors begin investigation in Douma "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Team arrives one day after US-led strikes; Syrian government says investigators will be allowed to work 'free of any pressure'


    Syrian Ambassador quotes Orwell: In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Posted on April 13, 2018  by Richard Edmondson Another Security Council meeting todayand as before, the last speaker, once again, was Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari. Syria is not a Security Council member, but under the guidelines in place, whenever a country becomes the subject of a Security Council debate, its representative is recognized to speak.  In his []


    Pentagon Lies About Overnight Aggression on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    At a Saturday briefing to reporters, Mad Dog Mattis, Joint Chiefs chairman Fighting Joe Dunford, Frances General Montague, and UK air vice marshal Parker tried justifying unjustifiable overnight aggression on Syria.


    James Comey proves he only cares about himself Most of the merchandise being peddled here is tawdry Beneath any great law man or investigator "IndyWatch Feed War"

    FBI abused their powers to play politics during the 2016 campaign.

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    The New York Post


    Call for death penalty for child rapists in India Not long ago, child rape didnt even rate a news story it was so common in India "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    People protesting against the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of a teenager in Uttar Pradesh at a candlelight vigil in Bengaluru, India, on Friday.PHOTO: REUTERS

    NEW DELHI Indias womens minister has called for the death penalty for child rapists as nationwide outrage mounts over the brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, even as a lawmaker from Indias ruling party was arrested in connection with the rape of a teenager.

    Ms Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development, said on Friday that her ministry planned to propose the death penalty for the rape of children younger than 12. The maximum punishment now is life imprisonment.

    I have been deeply, deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua and all the recent rape cases that have happened on children, Ms Gandhi said on Twitter.

    Anti-Muslim demonstrators shut down much of the town of Kathua in northern India on Wednesday. One woman said that if Hindu men accused of raping and killing a Muslim child are not released, We will burn ourselves. Credit Mukesh Gupta/Reuters

    On Friday, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, was arrested in connection with a rape case involving a 17-year-old girl.

    Said senior state police officer Rahul Srivastav: He will be presented before the court and charges will be pressed on Saturday.

    The rape case in the city of Unnao might never have seen the light of day had the alleged victim not tried to set fire to herself last week outside the residence of the Chief Minister in the state capital of Lucknow. She was stopped by guards, but the suicide attempt brought to public attention her accusations against Sengar, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modis party.


    We are all ashamed as a society and a country. I want to assure the country that no criminal will be spared. Justice will be done and completed.



    NATO Trio Bomb Syria With Dubious Bravado "IndyWatch Feed War"

    A full-scale war may yet erupt. And if US, British or French warplanes start getting shot down, their supposed unified bravado will go into a tailspin.


    Syria Attack Is a Win for Assad and Reveals True Intentions of Western Powers Behind It "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The coalition hasnt learned that a Western strike on an Arab capital will never bring its citizens into the streets to celebration, no matter how despotic the leader

    A poster of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is seen as a woman watches while buses carrying freed hostages and rebels who were evacuated from the rebel-held city of Douma arrive at Wafideen camp in Damascus, Syria April 8, 201
    A poster of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is seen as a woman watches while buses carrying freed hostages and rebels who were evacuated from the rebel-held city of Douma, Syria April 8, 201REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

    Syrian President Bashar Assad has already scored another victory in the battle for the hearts and minds of his own people and the support of the entire Arab world. In this context, the strike by the United States, Britain and France on military installations in...



    US reportedly notified israel strikes on Syria 12-24 hours earlier, or was it the other way round? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    US notified Israel ahead of strikes on Syria Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on April 11, 2018 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem al-Quds. (Photo by AFP) The United States reportedly notified Israel of missile strikes against Syria in advance. Between 12 and 24 hours before the strikes on Friday, []


    Pompeo Not a Close-Minded Partisan "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Clarion Projects National Security Analyst and head of Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro weighs in on the confirmation hearing of Mike Pompeo for secretary of state. The stakes are high with the issues of the Iran nuclear pact, the summit with North Korea and the Syrian regimes use of chemical weapons on the table.

    Mauro says Pompeos answers on the Iran deal show he is not a close-minded partisan like so many in Washington these days. His confirmation would jump start Trumps international policies after getting off to a non-starter with former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, whose policies were not in alignment with Trumps.

    Note: this segment was filmed before the American air strike on Syria. For Mauros commentary on that strike, click here



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    Why Trumps Airstrikes on Syria Wont Deter Assad "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Clarion Projects National Security Analyst and head of Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro analyzes the U.S.-French-British strikes on three chemical weapons sites in Syria. He argues that it wasnt enough, since what matters to Assad is how much territory he holds. The limited strike may have destroyed some of Assads chemical weapons but will not affect his power base.



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    #Skripal and #Syria- When A Government Declares A Verdict Before An Investigation, Its Because Theres A Pre-existing Agenda "IndyWatch Feed War"

    When A Government Declares A Verdict Before An Investigation, Its Because Theres A Preexisting Agenda Hours after an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, long before any investigation into the matter could have possibly even begun much less been completed, the US State Department declared that the Assad regime must be held accountable and []


    U.S. States, Local Governments Buried in Debt From Their Own Pension Obligations Pensions for Big Shots, Even Trash Men, Per Month Bigger Than Average Working Familys Yearly Pay "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The Wall Street Journal
    APRIL 14, 2018

    A public university president in Oregon gives new meaning to the idea of a pensioner.

    Joseph Robertson, an eye surgeon who retired as head of the Oregon Health & Science University last fall, receives the states largest government pension.

    It is $76,111.

    Per month.

    That is considerably more than the average Oregon family earns in a year.

    Oregon like many other states and cities, including New Jersey, Kentucky and Connecticut is caught in a fiscal squeeze of its own making. Its economy is growing, but the cost of its state-run pension system is growing faster. More government workers are retiring, including more than 2,000, like Dr. Robertson, who get pensions exceeding $100,000 a year.

    The state is not the most profligate pension payer in America, but its spiraling costs are notable in part because Oregon enjoys a reputation for fiscal discipline. Its experience shows how faulty financial decisions by states can eventually swamp local communities.

    Oregons costs are inflated by the way in which it calculates pension benefits for public employees. Some of the pensions include income that employees earned on the side. Other retirees benefit from long-ago stock market rallies that inflated the current value of their payouts.

    For example, the pension for Mike Bellotti, the University of Oregons head football coach from 1995 to 2008, includes not just his salary but also money from licensing deals and endorsements that the Ducks athletic program generated. Mr. Bellottis pension is more than $46,000 a month.

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    Is Chinas belt and road infrastructure development plan about to run out of money? Limited participation of private investors "IndyWatch Feed War"

    State bankers warn that debt levels in host nations are far above recognised safety levels, and say more needs to be done to attract private investors

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    The New Cold War Is Boiling Over "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The New Cold War Is Boiling Over in Syria

    Trumps latest airstrikes are a new U.S.-Russian missile crisis that risks devastating escalation.



    Will Syrias Assad get the message? Ask Russia and Iran, say former US officials "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Former top US officials are uncertain whether the Syria strikes will achieve their intended goal to deter Assad regimes using of chemical weapons. But the attacks sent some key additional messages.

    Rubble at the destroyed Scientific Research Centre (Reuters/O. Sanadiki)

    The Trump administration made clear that attacks against Syrias chemical weapons program had one purpose: to deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using such weapons again in future as he had done, the United States and others said, recently in the city of Douma.

    Friday nights strike came one year after the US hit the Assad regime in similar fashion after Damascus had allegedly carried out a deadly chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. This time, however, the US was not acting alone, and it, along with France and the UK, conducted significantly more strikes than a year ago.

    Read moreAirstrikes in Syria: What you need to know

    The fresh US-led action, described as a one-off attack, capped a tumultuous lead-up to an intervention that started, as has become routine in Washington, by a presidential tweet. In it, Trump promised swift and tough US military action, denounced Assad and taunted Russia and Iran. The tweet triggered international alarm about an imminent attack in one of the most volatile regions and left US officials scrambling for answers.



    Just couldnt wait, Trump Attacks Syria With Chemical Experts on the Way "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Trump Attacks Syria With Chemical Experts on the Way by Joe Lauria President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria as a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was about to arrive on Saturday to determine whether a chemical weapons attack had even occurred, Joe Lauria reports.  By Joe Lauria  Special to []


    Russian Senators Accuse BBC and Deutsche Welle of Election Interference "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    Russian senators have named BBCs Russia service as part of 12 foreign news media that they accuse of interfering in the countrys latest presidential elections.

    Vladimir Putin won a fourth presidential term in a March 18 vote that international observers say was devoid of competition. Last year, Russia began to label international media organizations foreign agents after a new law took effect in response to the U.S. demand for the Kremlin-funded RT news network to register as a foreign agent.

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    Russia Names 9 U.S. News Outlets Foreign Agents

    Diagrams, graphs and illustrative examples of interventions will accompany the list of foreign media suspected of meddling when it is published in May, Senator Andrei Klimov told the RBC business portal on Friday.

    In addition to BBC Russia, the list includes Germanys Deutsche Welle, French radio station RFI and U.S. state-funded Voice of America and Radio Liberty, along with their regional websites, said Klimov.

    When homegrown liberals enter into discussions with me, they ask: What, should we close CNN now? I tell them: CNN doesnt broadcast in Russian, he was cited as saying.

    Klimov, who heads the Federation Councils Commission on the Protection of State Sovereignty, added that neither Bloomberg nor Reuters were listed because they did not report in Russian, though Russian is one of 12 international languages that Reuters transmits its news in.

    The lawmaker described election interference as uneven coverage of the presidential candidates campaign and calls designed to bring down turnout.

    50 percent of their materials were about Putin and almost all of them were negative. The rest they covered neutrally or positively, Klimov said.

    Klimov also...


    In Clear Violation of Domestic and International Law, Trump Bombs Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Clear Violation of Domestic and Intl Law,: Trump Bombs Syria Strikes against the Syrian regime without congressional input or authorization shows a contempt for the U.S Constitution and is without legal justification. by Jon Queally, staff writer  U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks as he speaks to the nation, announcing military action against []


    Turkey not taking sides between Russia, US: FM avuolu "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    Turkey is not taking sides between Russia and the U.S., Foreign Minister Mevlt avuolu said on Saturday.

    We are not making a choice between Russia and America. We are also not making a choice between the [Bashar al-Assad] regime and America, France and Britain, avuolu told a crowd during the 5th ordinary congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Antalyas Alanya district.

    Our goal is to bring a political solution to Syria, bring back peace and guarantee Syrias stability, border and territorial unity; we are sincere on this issue, he said.

    Earlier on Saturday, avuolu said the U.S.-led airstrikes were against the Assad regime that uses chemical weapons.

    We have to save Syria from this regime, avuolu said.

    The U.S., U.K., and France jointly launched airstrikes on the Assad regimes alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria earlier on Saturday.

    The strikes came after the Assad regime was accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Syrias Douma, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.


    Trump is the dictator, not Assad "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Congress Not Allowed to See DoJ Rules for Attack Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Cant See Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Cant See Jon Schwarz April 14 2018, 2:47 p.m. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images On Friday []


    Live Blog Day 7: On the ground from #ZAD #NDDL "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Yesterday morning we arrived at the ZAD and started with our independent on the ground reporting. If you want to contribute to our live blog; You can send your pictures, videos, reports and analysis. Go to our submit page: here. Click at the refresh button of your browser to get the latest information.

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    Pathetic wishful thinking by Pompeo We Killed 100s of Russians "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Pompeo: We Killed 100s of Russians Says killings prove Trumps toughness on Russia Is President Trump tough enough on Russia? For Secretary of State-nominee Mike Pompeo, the answer comes down to simple body count, as he bragged up recent killings of Russian citizens inside Syrian territory. Mike Pompeo At the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo []


    Israel, Saudi, Qatar, Bahrain & Turkey Express Support to Tripartite Aggression on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    April 14, 2018 Israel, Saudi, Qatar, Bahrain and Turkey announced their support to tripartite aggression on Syria on Saturday, considering that it weakens the regimes power used to strike the civilians. In separate statements issued by the political circles, the five states criticized what they called as Syria use of chemical weapons, calling for investigating []


    Boris Johnson: Airstrikes may not end the sick barbarism in Syria. But they show we stand up for principle and civilised values "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Boris Johnson
    The Telegraph
    April 14, 2018

    There is a very simple reason why it was right for the UK to join our closest allies in launching strikes against the Assad military machine. 

    This is about our collective future. It is about the kind of world we want our children to grow up in.

    It is about and exclusively about whether the world should tolerate the repeated use of chemical weapons and the human suffering they cause.

    The problem with such weapons is not just that their effect is hideous. Anyone looking at the pictures from Eastern Ghouta can see the kind of suffering involved: the foaming at the mouth, the floppy bodies of children, and the particular terror those weapons deliberately inspire.

    Vile, sick, barbaric though

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    Boris Johnson Slams Russia for Lying and Shielding Syrias Assad dictatorship

    BORIS Johnson has skewered Russia for shielding the Assad Regime from investigation and repeatedly lying after the US, UK and France launched airstrikes in Syria.

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    Yes of course, State Dept claims US has proof Damascus was behind Douma attack, but its classified "IndyWatch Feed War"

    State Dept claims US has proof Damascus was behind Douma attack, but its classified RT | April 14, 2018 State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Mandel Ngan / AFP The US State Department has claimed to have proof that the Syrian government was the perpetrator of an alleged chemical attack in Douma. It refused to make []


    China to seek Japans cooperation against U.S. tariffs, sources say "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Ulterior motive of imperiling alliance suspected; Abe likely to push Trump on issue at Florida summit


    APR 14, 2018

    China plans to seek Japans cooperation in tackling U.S. restrictions on steel imports at high-level economic talks in Tokyo on Monday, according to sources close to bilateral relations.

    Earlier this month, Chinese diplomats told their Japanese counterparts that they wanted to put U.S. steel tariffs on the agenda for the talks and discuss what the two countries could do next together, the sources said Friday.

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    Japan is reluctant to get on the wrong side of the Trump administration due to the importance of maintaining the Japan-U.S. security alliance, they said.

    China and Japan will resume an economic dialogue after a hiatus of more than seven years, the latest sign of a thaw in relations.

    The tariff issue may also be high on the agenda when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Japan in May for a long-delayed trilateral summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the sources said.

    Although Japan has its own worries about the way China conducts trade, it has found itself, alongside China and several other countries, on a list of nations subject to increased tariffs on steel and aluminum products that U.S. President Donald Trumps administration rolled out last month.

    Other U.S. allies, such as South Korea, have been given exemptions.

    Abe is scheduled to meet Trump in the United States in the coming week and is expected to ask Trump to exempt Japan from the tariffs.

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who will chair his countrys delegation to Mondays talks, is expected to raise concerns about a protectionist streak in the Trump administration and call for Japan and China to coordinate in promoting free trade, the sources said.

    But a Japanese government source expressed wariness, saying China likely has an ulterior motive to win Japan over and weaken the Japan-U.S. alliance.

    Foreign Minister Taro Kono, who will head the Japanese side, plans to...


    Without Lula, right wing and green candidates lead Brazils presidential race Front-runner charged with racism "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    Brazilian Lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro loves the selfie.

    SAO PAULO One of the front-runners in Brazils presidential campaign was charged with racism on Friday by the countrys top prosecutor.

    Attorney General Raquel Dodge charged conservative deputy Jair Bolsonaro for statements comparing members of rural settlements founded by the descendants of slaves to animals. Members of the settlements are called quilombolas in Brazil.

    Dodge said Bolsonaro promotes hate speech by attacking blacks, women, foreigners, native Brazilians and homosexuals, dealing a major blow to a politician polling second ahead of Octobers presidential elections. Jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva currently leads the preferences, but could be barred from running by Brazils electoral authorities.

    This unacceptable statement on quilombolas is aligned with the regime of slavery in which blacks were treated as merchandise and with the idea of inequality between human beings, Dodge said. After that, the accused said quilombolas dont do anything and are unfit even to breed, deprecating them emphatically and absolutely for who they are.

    At the time of the remarks, the conservative lawmaker denied he was a racist, but acknowledged being a homophobe.

    Brazilian politicians have a special jurisdiction in the countrys top court, which will later decide whether Bolsonaro will have to stand trial.

    If convicted, Bolsonaro could be jailed for up to three years. Dodge also wants him to pay about $120,000 in collective damages.

    A Datafolha poll published in the end of January showed Bolsonaro leading in Brazils presidential race if da Silva is not allowed to run.



    SAO PAULO (Reuters) Environmentalist Marina Silva and right wing politician Jair Bolsonaro would be leading candidates in Brazils presidential election if jailed former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva is unable to run, according to an opinion poll on Sunday.

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    Marina Silva

    The poll from Datafolha, the first since Lula started last week serving a 12-year sentence following a corruption conviction, showed the former president would lead the race in the unlikely event he was allowed to contest the ele...


    jewish terrorists break into and torch Palestinian mosque in Nablus area "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Israeli settlers break into and torch Palestinian mosque in Nablus area NABLUS (Maan) Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque in the Aqraba village in eastern Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, before dawn on Friday.Local activist Youssef Deiriyeh told Maan that surveillance cameras showed two masked figures wearing backpacks entering the Sheikh []


    Japan rare earth haul sparks hopes of cutting China reliance "IndyWatch Feed War"


    AFP/File / by Marie HEUCLIN, Hiroshi HIYAMA | Rare earths are used in the production of a wide variety of high-tech items including mobile phone displays

    TOKYO (JAPAN) (AFP)  The discovery of potentially millions of tons of valuable rare earth elements in sea sludge off Japan has raised hopes that Asias number-two economy can reduce its dependence on Chinese supply.But experts warn that extracting the minerals used in technology ranging from mobile phones to electric vehicles is both costly and difficult, especially when buried miles deep in the ocean.

    A Japanese study published last week revealed an estimated 16 million tons of rare earths, enough to feed global demand on a semi-infinite basis, with deposits to last hundreds of years.

    The news made headlines internationally and in Japan, which is the worlds second-largest consumer of these minerals but relies heavily on imports from China, which controls 90 percent of the highly strategic market.

    China extracted around 150,000 tons of rare earths in 2016, according to experts, but has in the past restricted the supply amid political tensions.

    For this reason, Japan is looking for several ways of freeing itself from any dependence on Chinese supply, said Gaetan Lefebvre, an expert at the French Geological Survey.

    Japanese firms are working on recycling products containing rare earths to re-use the elements, developing technology without rare earths and investing in foreign mining projects in exchange for the minerals.

    And Japan is not alone in trying to diversify away from risky China there are currently 38 projects outside China at various stages of development, according to Adamas Intelligence, a metal and minerals research firm.

    In addition to wanting to cut reliance on China, the price of rare earths is rising due to a Chinese crackdown on illegal mining and surging demand for electric vehicles.

    Resource security

    The studys author, Yutaro Takaya from Tokyos Wased...


    US vows freedom of navigation, freedom from fear, coercion "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    Speaking at a reception onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the waters of Manila Bay on Friday, US Ambassador Sung Kim said the US will continue to ensure freedom of navigation, freedom of commerce and freedom from fear and coercion.
    US vows freedom of navigation, freedom from fear, coercion
    Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) April 15, 2018 12:01am

    MANILA, Philippines Through the presence and more frequent visits of powerful aircraft carriers in in the Philippines and other parts of the South China Sea, the US is sending a loud and clear message that Americas military forces are ready to defend and protect its allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

    Speaking at a reception onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the waters of Manila Bay on Friday, US Ambassador Sung Kim said the US will continue to ensure freedom of navigation, freedom of commerce and freedom from fear and coercion.

    Kim said the aircraft carrier, carrying a handful of F-18 Hornet fighter jets, helicopters and some 5,000 sailors and marines, is named after the 26th president of the United States.

    Roosevelt, a soldier, a visionary president and a Nobel Prize winner, is famous for the saying Speak softly but carry a big stick. Hence the carrier is nicknamed the Big Stick.

    But I might take exception to the first part of the Teddy Roosevelt saying about speaking softly. I think there are times when we should speak loudly and clearly, Kim told an audience of that included Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, Sen. Antonio Trillanes...


    Secret Saudi Cable Leaked: Overthrow the Syrian Govt, but Play Nice With Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

    WikiLeaks Saudi Syria Russia(ZHE)  Hours after the overnight US-led missile strikes on Syria, WikiLeaks republished a crucially important diplomatic cable through its official media accounts confirming that Saudi Arabias long term strategy in Syria has been to pursue regime change by all means available. According to the leaked internal Saudi government document, this is the kingdoms proposed end-goal even should the United States at []


    Syrian countermeasures, including defensive ballistic missiles, were fired after U.S. and allied weapons hit their targets Russia initially said Syria shot down 71 cruise missiles "IndyWatch Feed War"

    April 14, 2018, 12:50 PM EDT Updated on April 14, 2018, 5:42 PM EDT
    • Trump weighed five proposed target plans, person familiar says
    • No Syrian weapon had any effect on strike, Pentagon says

    President Donald Trumps outrage over another apparent chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was clear. And for the second time in his presidency, the U.S. commander-in-chief demanded retaliation.

    As images of sick or dying children flooded global media all week, the U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Winston Churchill churned toward the Mediterranean to join a flotilla of allied warships, including another U.S. destroyer, the USS Donald Cook.

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     USS Donald Cook

    It was a ruse.

    While both vessels carry as many as 90 Tomahawk missiles the main weapon used in the Friday evening strike on Syria neither ship in the end fired a shot. Instead, according to a person familiar with White House war planning, they were part of a plan to distract Russia and its Syrian ally from an assault Assads government could do little to defend itself against.

    Wreckage at the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) compound near Damascus on April 14.

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    It worked. Pentagon officials on Saturday said they faced little resistance...


    Nafta Agreement Could Come in Weeks, Pence and Trudeau Say "IndyWatch Feed War"

    April 14, 2018, 8:10 PM EDT
    • U.S., Canada leaders spoke after meetings in Peru Saturday
    • Trudeau says progress has been seen on contentious auto file
    Mike Pence at the CEO Summit of the Americas on Saturday. Photographer: Guillermo Gutierrez/Bloomberg

    The Nafta trade agreement could be renegotiated in the next few weeks, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Canadas Prime Minister said Saturday in Peru, avoiding new political opposition that could emerge during Congressional and Mexican elections later this year.

    Ill leave this summit very hopeful that we are very close to a renegotiated Nafta, and there is a real possibility that we could arrive at an agreement within the next several weeks, Pence told reporters at the Summit of the Americas in Lima.

    After the meeting with Pence, Canadas leader Justin Trudeau said the positive momentum included the thorny issue of U.S. demands around automobile production. We would like to see a renegotiated deal land sooner rather than later, he added.

    Justin Trudeau

    Photographer: Guillermo Gutierrez/Bloomberg

    There is a desire and a recognition by all three Nafta partners that the time-lines imposed upon us by bot...


    World Leaders Condemn Attack on Syria as US Threatens Additional Airstrikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Nikki Haley Syria(CD)  As foreign policy experts denounced the missile strikes ordered by President Donald Trump Friday night, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley further troubled critics on Saturday when she warned that the U.S. is prepared to attack the war-torn country again. I spoke to the US president this morning and he said that if the Syrian regime uses this []


    Russian Weapons Suppliers To Stop Using International Banking System SWIFT Russia suspects SWIFT helps enforce sancions, stop money laundering and illegal activity "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    Russian state tech giant Rostec will use Russias analogue of SWIFT interbank cash transfer services, the company said in a press release.

    The tech firm will connect to the Russian system for transfer of financial messages (SPFS) to make its payments safer. The digital infrastructure will help to exchange data in encrypted mode, which reduces the risk of external intrusion into the system and the likelihood of hacker attacks, Rostec said.

    Rostec was established in late 2007 to consolidate strategically important Russian companies. It has divisions in aircraft, electronics, and armaments. It unites companies like Russian Helicopters, Kalashnikov Concern, and Rosoboronexport.

    The head of Rostec, Igor Zavyalov, said that the transition to a new system will reduce dependence on foreign services and will provide an opportunity to transfer information without using the capacities of foreign providers.

    Last month, another Russian state-owned firm, global oil giant Rosneft, announced it had tested the SPFS in December with the help of the countrys third largest lender, Gazprombank.

    The potential exclusion of Russia from SWIFT has worried the countrys banks since 2014, when the EU and the US introduced the first round of international sanctions against Moscow over alleged involvement in the Ukraine crisis and the reunification with Crimea. However, SWIFT itself has fended off such talks.

    In 2017, the head of the Central...


    BBC report on latest Gaza violence follows established pattern "IndyWatch Feed War"

    On April 13th the BBC News website published a report about the third consecutive Friday of rioting along the Israel-Gaza Strip border. Titled Fierce clashes continue at Gaza-Israel border fence, the article was promoted on the websites main homepage and World page as well as on its Middle East page and it included the same themes and omissions seen in previous BBC reporting (see related articles below) on the same story.

    Although readers once again saw use of the term ancestral land, the report made no effort was made to clarify that the vast majority of the people described as refugees are in fact descendants of refugees or that the aim of the Palestinian demand for right of...


    U.N. Security Council Rejects Russian Resolution Condemning U.S.-Led Airstrikes in Syria Russias ambassador Vassily Nebenzia uses a script unworthy of a great nation "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The vote on the Russian-backed resolution capped a week of deadlock at the U.N. over the chemical attack in Syria that killed nearly 50

    U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Saturday vetoes a proposed draft resolution by Russia that would have condemned U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria earlier in the day.
    U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Saturday vetoes a proposed draft resolution by Russia that would have condemned U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria earlier in the day. PHOTO: DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES

    UNITED NATIONSThe United Nations Security Council rejected a Russian-backed resolution to condemn U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria Saturday, after a two-hour debate in which the U.S. said it was poised to strike again if the government of Bashar al-Assad repeats its use of chemical weapons.

    Only Russia, China and Bolivia voted for the resolution, which called the airstrikes an aggression against...


    Four Palestinian militants dead in Gaza blast accidental detonation of weapons or explosives used in attacks against Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    A Palestinian man looks at the scene of an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip, April 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu MustafaREUTERS

    GAZA (REUTERS) THE Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group said four of its members were killed in an apparent accidental blast in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

    The group said in a statement that it was mourning its fighters who were martyred during preparations.

    It usually employs those terms to refer to casualties caused by the accidental detonation of weapons or explosives used in attacks against Israel.

    The Gaza Health Ministry confirmed four fatalities in the incident. Medics at the scene in the Rafah area said the explosion was caused by Israel. But an Israeli military spokesman said the army was not involved.

    Contrary to reports currently circulating I can tell you that the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is not aware of any IDF fire in the area surrounding Rafah, the spokesman said.

    Violence has flared in the Gaza Strip since March 30, when Palestinians began protests along the border area with Israel.

    Israeli troops have shot dead 31 Gaza Palestinians and wounded hundreds since the protests began, drawing international criticism of their lethal tactics.

    The border area remained largely quiet on Saturday.

    Protesters have set up tented camps near the frontier as a protest dubbed The Great March of Return evoking a longtime call for refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel moved into its third week.

    Israel has declared a no-go zone close to the Gaza border fence.

    Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005. T...


    GWPF Criticises Ofcom For Getting It Wrong On IPCC And Extreme Weather "IndyWatch Feed War"

    By Paul Homewood | Not A Lot Of People Know That | April 10, 2018 The GWPF has responded to a controversial ruling from OFCOM: London, 10 April: The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has criticised Ofcom for its ruling against a BBC interview with Lord Lawson. In his interview with the BBCs Today Programme []


    Art Bell Dead at Age 72Days After Supporting a Friends Plan to Drive Into Area 51 "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Art Bell has been in poor health for decades and he was a heavy smoker, so I cant say that his death comes as much of a surprise. But Just before he died, Art was supporting radio host Heather Wade in her plan to drive into Area 51 as an act of civil disobedience. Initially, []


    Mohawk Nation News 'Iroquois Caucus Psycho Thugs' "IndyWatch Feed War"

    IROQUOIS CAUCUS PSYCHOTHUGS Posted on April 14, 2018 Mohawk Nation News MNN. Apr. 14, 2018. The Iroquois Caucus IC is made up of band and tribal council psychothugs. They serve the war mongers known as the corporation of Canada, the obscene Assembly of First Nations, and whoever greases their palms. They say their illegal agenda is citizenship, membership, taxation and the land of


    AI Creates a 3D Model of a Person from Just a Few Seconds of Video "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Via: Science: Transporting yourself into a video game, body and all, just got easier. Artificial intelligence has been used to create 3D models of peoples bodies for virtual reality avatars, surveillance, visualizing fashion, or movies. But it typically requires special camera equipment to detect depth or to view someone from multiple angles. A new algorithm []


    Will the U.S. Strike on Syria Impact the Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack Investigation? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Last night the U.S. and its allies, France and the U.K. led a military strike against Syria, striking Syrian military targets said to be linked to Syrian chemical weapons programs on the eve of the arrival of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) who is supposed to investigate the alleged chemical attack. []


    What weapons of Syria used to intercept the missiles of the United States of America? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The Russian Defence Ministry said, the Syrian air defense intercept successful 71 in total 103 missile new, beautiful and intelligent


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    Trump Declares Mission Accomplished After Illegally Bombing Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Washington (GPA US President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday to declare mission accomplished in after bombing Syria over spurious chemical weapons claims.

    Following days of heightening tensions as a result of numerous threats from Trump, primarily via Twitter, the US President finally issued details of a joint US, UK, and French attack on Syria. Trump announced these precision strikes from the White House on Friday, which he says were set to hit targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, in response to an alleged use of chemical weapons last week in the suburbs of Damascus.




    Canada: Justin Trudeau Supported the Illegal Bombing of Syria by the US and Friends "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The US has once again flagrantly violated international law. Without UN approval, they launched dozens of airstrikes on Syria.

    Ottawa immediately supported the US bombing. In a statement Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: Canada supports the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France to take action to degrade the Assad regimes ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people.

    Over the past week the Trudeau government has helped lay the foundation for the US led attack. Twenty-four hours after the alleged April 7 attack foreign minister Chrystia Freeland put out a statement claiming:

    The repeated and morally reprehensible use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in the past has been confirmed by independent international investigators. Canada condemns the Assad regimeand its backers, Russia and Iranfor its repeated, gross violations of human rights and continued, deliberate targeting of civilians.

    Without presenting any evidence of the alleged chemical weapons use in Douma, Freeland said on Friday:

    When it comes to this use of chemical weapons, it is clear to Canada that chemical weapons were used and that they were used by the Assad regime.

    In her initial statement Freeland expressed Canadas admiration for the White Helmets. Also known as the Syrian Civil Defence, the White Helmets produced the video purporting to show chemical weapons use in Douma.

    On Friday Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov claimed the White Helmets staged the video with help from the UK. Former British ambassador to Syria Peter Ford largely endorsed Moscows position.

    Credited with rescuing people from bombed out buildings, the White Helmets have long fostered opposition to Assad and promoted western intervention. The White Helmets operated almost entirely in areas of Syria occupied by the Saudi ArabiaWashington backed Al Nusra/Al Qaeda rebels and other jihadist groups. They criticized the Syrian government and disseminated images of its violence while largely ignoring those targeted by the opposition. Their members were...


    These tweets summarize what is going on with the West today "IndyWatch Feed War"

    This morning, I am greeted by a series of tweets that will put to shame the mainstream journalists of the West. The multi-awarded UK-based White Helmets chemical attack false flag could not pass Rotten Tomatoes movie critics ever. Heres why As a cardiologist I can say that these ECG electrodes are completely wrong positioned. They Continue reading These tweets summarize what is going on with the West today


    Voices of the Syrian People "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The attack against Syria this proud and independent country has just taken place.

    Three countries with zero moral mandate to judge or punish anybody; three countries already responsible for hundreds of millions of human lives lost on all continents for centuries, showered Syria with their missiles.

    They tried to scare to death Syria, and to break its determination, but they failed. Most of the Syrian people stood proudly by their government.

    71 out of 103 of the Western missiles were shot down, and the rest fell on the empty facilities, which have nothing to do with a production or storage of the chemical weapons. To begin with, Syria has no chemical weapons program and no chemical weapons factories, as well as no warehouses, so nothing could really fall on something that does not exist.

    RT Interviewing Syrian Minister of Internal Trade

    This was yet another gross violation of the international law, but again, the West has been violating the international laws for decades and centuries, brutalizing the entire Planet. Therefore, no one is surprised. Many people are angry, even outraged, but surprised no.

    The Russian forces are now on combat alert, while the massive Chinese fleet has left its ports, staging firing drill and exercises near Taiwan, in what many see as a clear warning to the West, and expression of support and solidarity with Russia and Syria.


    The Syrian Ambassador to the U.N., Dr. Bashar Jaafari, accused the US, UK, and France of blatantly violating the UN Charter. As reported by Syrias SANA news agency, he declared:

    I would clarify here that the history of these three states is built on using lies and fabricated stories to wage wars in order to occupy states, seize their resources, and change governments in them by force.

    Russia is clearly indignant. As reported by RT:

    While none of the cruise missiles launched by the US and its allies reached the Russian air defense zones, the strikes sparked outrage in Moscow.  Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US-led strikes hit a war-ravaged country that has been trying to survive terrorist aggression for many years. In a statement posted on Facebook, she compared the invasion to the start...


    Washington strikes Syria again: was that it? "IndyWatch Feed War"

    By Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Last night, Washington together with its British and French vassals launched an attack on Syria after days of threats and speculation. Initial reports


    US And Allies Launch Missile Attack On Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Associated Press reporters in Damascus saw smoke rising from east Damascus early Saturday morning local time. Syrian state TV says the attack has begun on the capital, though it wasnt immediately clear what was targeted. Trump announced Friday night that the U.S., France and Britain have launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians and to deter him from doing it again.


    Canada should support peace in Syria, not US missiles "IndyWatch Feed War"

    By Yves Engler April 14, 2018 The US has once again flagrantly violated international law. Without UN approval, they launched dozens of airstrikes on Syria. Ottawa immediately supported the US bombing. In a statement Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, Canada supports the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France to take action []


    Syria Manipulated Videos Fail To Launch World War III "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Last night the U.S., UK and France launched a symbolic attack on Syria. It was not intended to hurt the Syrian government, its people or its allies. It did not hit any of Syria's allies. So far there is no report of anyone being killed or wounded. This was a one-off: Mattis said the assault was a one-time shot, so long as Assad does not repeat his use of chemical weapons. The only purpose of the attack was to do 'something' and to somewhat calm down the warmongers within those three 'western' countries. It was probably insufficient for that. As we wrote yesterday in the piece below. World War III had been called off.


    Putin and Trump Insist That The Syrian Show Must Go On "IndyWatch Feed War"

    The Syrian Show Must Go On

    The Dance

    What just happened this morning in Syria was nothing more than a carefully choreographed dance between the US and Russia that allowed both rivals to save face and avoid further escalating the situation.

    The US launched over 100 cruise missiles at Syria together with its French and British allies, although the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that 71 of them were intercepted by the targeted countrys Soviet-era air-defense systems.

    Superficial vs. Substantial

    As predicted, the strike was mostly superficial and lacked the substance needed to escalate tensions further between the West and Russia over their Syrian proxy war, but so too was the response somewhat superficial as well.

    Its difficult to imagine how such decades-old defense systems downed so many state-of-the-art cruise missiles, especially when considering that Iraqs similar systems were largely ineffective during the 2003 shock and awe campaign against comparatively more dated munitions.

    It was widely reported in the run-up to this strike that the US intended to target certain facilities in Syria, and this leak was deliberately planned in order to telegraph the locations to Russia and its on-the-ground partners.

    In addition, it has also been confirmed that the US and Russia were communicating this entire time through the so-called deconfliction channel, so its...


    Global Condemnation for US-UK-France Attack on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Sana Arabic Translated by Internationalist 360 The international and Arab condemnations of the brutal triple aggression launched at dawn on Saturday by the United States, Britain and France against Syria continues. Venezuela Venezuela strongly condemned the tripartite aggression against the brotherly Syrian people and declared its full solidarity with the Syrian people and Government against...

    An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad "IndyWatch Feed War"

    James Petras Introduction Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week: nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying. Extensively monitored...


    Why Corruption Was the Main Theme at the 8th Americas Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Mision Verdad Translation by Tortilla Con Sal The origin of the Americas Summit back in 1994 was an expression of the exact political coordinates of that event, affiliated to the network of Pan-American institutions, promoted in the region by the United States via its flagship, the Organization of American States (OAS). That first summit held...


    US, France, Britain launch new UN bid for Syria chemical weapons probe "IndyWatch Feed War"


    Resolution would prompt investigation of allegations of chemical attacks in Syria with aim of identifying perpetrators


    An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Hundreds of prosecuting attorneys look forward to career-enhancing investigations in perpetuity, tracking the complex networks of extended personal and family links, including long forgotten acquaintances and the contents of casual conversations. Everyone may be [...]


    Syria: What Just Happened "IndyWatch Feed War"

    If the investigation does not find that a banned chemical was used by the Syrian Government in Douma, then incontrovertibly the US-and-allied invasion was a criminal one under international laws, though there may be no international court that possesses the authority to try the case.


    US Bombed Syria as the Chemical Weapons Investigators Arrived "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Chemical Weapons InvestigatorsPresident Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria as a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was about to arrive on Saturday to determine whether a chemical weapons attack had even occurred. (CN)  President Donald Trump on Saturday (Syria time) ordered air strikes against Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack last weekend []


    Netanyahu Praises American Leadership in Airstrikes on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

    Netanyahu Trump(MEE)  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US-led strikes on Syrian targets on Saturday with a warning that Irans presence there further endangers Syria. US, British and French forces hit Syria with air strikes overnight in response to an alleged poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week. US President Donald Trump said he []


    The Decree of the Capitalist God "IndyWatch Feed War"

    While we were once given a savior who was known as supply side Jesus, sadly it seems the people have again forgotten the holy word. More youth than ever are becoming heretics to the sacred economic texts, but despite these frightening developments not all is lost, for imbued within me is light of understanding from our holy lord, the one true capitalist god; Praise be!In a revelatory dream state I made blessed communion with the divine father, our money bags authoritarian sky daddy. Twas made known I was to be the chosen one; the supreme messenger of his word and to bring an enlightened capitalist perspective to the ignorant indolent masses who do not honor our sacred father. To be pure of heart in his kingdom each must create sufficient profit as sacrament to his name on high.

    Divine will is carried forth by doing what best serves the self, all glory to thy self, as each time one maketh money and take more for yourself you are then able to buy more and create a living for your brethren. Yea, it is his holy will that the money trickle from you, and as a disciple of his lord it is thee who will best know how to spend the money you so justly earned.

    Holy economic truth states that only by spending money can the economy be prosperous, and to spend money one must have money; therefore, it is ones godly duty as citizen of the universe to acquire as much money as possible, or be extended enough credit to do ones part in this world. Each must carry their own weight, each must have skin in the game, thus so we all may be prosperous under this divine system of capitalism.

    His lord sayeth on high, worry not of inferior plants, animals, or people. They are here only to serve as tribute to the glory of his divine capitalist orthodoxy. Use them up and extract the liquidity of all resources, and with use of this sage philosophy enormous amounts of passive income will grace thee.

    May the rivers run black with tar if it should serve benefit to oil companies. May the fields overflow with toxic waste from the livestock industry should it lead to greater profits. Let the earth frack and crack, let the ice caps melt back to the seas, let innocent people be ruthlessly bombed, let love die in a pit of despair for if it is in the name of personal gain for profit, then it is divine will and it is no mans right to impair the free groping hands of unfettered capitalism. Impeding profiteering is a hindrance to providence. The net capital gains far outstrip whatever negative was caused by acquiring the capital. This is the way of the lord.

    Sinners who practice the devils magic, otherwise known as sharing, are a vile ghastly lot; an aberration...


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