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Sunday, 17 June


Blood Diamonds: Human Rights Campaigners Want Kimberley Process to Suspend Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Chronicle | June 16, 2018 Human Rights campaigners say that Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) must suspend Israel and ban Israeli diamonds exports. A global coalition of organizations working for justice and peace in Palestine have called on the EU to seek the suspension of Israel from the Kimberley Process and a ban on []


Its Time for America to Cut Loose Our Useless So-Called Allies "IndyWatch Feed War"

By James George JATRAS | Strategic Culture Foundation | 16.06.2018 US President Donald J. Trump spent the last week or so churning out initiatives that seemed deliberately calculated to set his critics hair on fire: He met as an equal with North Koreas Kim Jong-un who is a very bad man! He stated again []

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Saturday, 16 June


UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on Hodeidah crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"


Griffiths is believed to be pushing deal for rebel leaders to cede control of Red Sea port to UN-supervised committee


Protect Immigrants Rights; End The Crises That Drive Migration "IndyWatch Feed War"

The ugliness of US immigration policy is once again evident. There is national outrage that separating children, often infants, from their parents is wrong. There is also national consensus (nine out of ten people in the US) that people brought here by their parents, the Dreamers, should not be forced out of the country as adults. The highly restrictive, dysfunctional immigration system in the United States serves the interests of  big business and US Empire. Investors can cross borders to find workers who will accept slave-labor wages and dangerous environments, but workers cannot cross borders to find better wages and safety.


Nederlandse Politici Bereiden Derde Wereldoorlog Voor "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nederland zet oorlog in Afghanistan voort, voert druk op Rusland op De Lange Mars Plus




Today, June 16, is the 85th anniversary of the signing of the Banking Act of 1933, otherwise known as the Glass Steagall Act. When President Franklin Roosevelt signed Glass Steagall into law, he set off a 66 year epoch of...


Aspartame Sweet Misery "IndyWatch Feed War"

OffGuardian : This documentary describes the alleged toxicity of the artificial sweetener known as aspartame and the questionable methods employed in order to secure FDA approval. The mainstream view remains that aspartame is safe and even beneficial. See the official NHS page on aspartame, and


Glowing Auras and Black Money: The Pentagons Mysterious U.F.O. Program "IndyWatch Feed War"

Glowing Auras and Black Money: The Pentagons Mysterious U.F.O. Program



Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in Iraq's Qandil, Erdogan says "IndyWatch Feed War"


Ankara recently warned of potential ground offensive against PKK in Iraq's Qandil region


Afghanistan: Muslims murder at least 26 with car bomb at Eid celebration "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ramadan is over, but that doesnt mean that one cant still strive to please Allah by waging jihad against those whom one considers to be the deitys enemies. Afghanistan Eid car bomb, claimed by Islamic State, kills 26, by Rupam Jain and Qadir Sediqi, Reuters, June 16, 2018: KABUL (Reuters) A car bomb killed []


Russian/Turkish deal for Tell Rifaat. The Micro & Macro along the Silk Road: Pepe Escobar "IndyWatch Feed War"

Going a little long- This post covers the micro and the macro

Earlier this week Southfront had delivered one of their usual vague news reports. With no link back to original source. They followed up with another one just the other day. I'm not a huge fan of Southfront. It's no different then any other source, in my opinion, information from Southfront needs verification, same as info from anywhere else. I've been searching for additional information as to what may have transpired between Turkey and Russia at Tell Rifaat and why whatever occurred may have taken place?

Both  Southfront reports linked below:

From June 14/2018- Southfront
Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement on the future of the city of Tell Rifaat in the northern Syrian province

The agreement is allegedly aimed at allowing the civilians to return to their houses in the northern city.

While the agreement will facilitate the return of civilians to Tell Rifaat, Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups and fighters will not be allowed to enter the city at all, according to al-Araby al-Jadeed.

From June 15/2018- Southfront, again

Under the agreement, units of the Turkish military will allegedly be deployed in Tell Rifaat side by side with the Russian Military Police, which was deployed there a few months ago

- Besides Russia and Turkey cooperating on stabilizing this area of Syria while pushing terrorists out.
- Having to do with more then just the return of Syrians to their own country (which is a good thing in my book!)

- Agreeing to keep FSA out

Turkey definitely has an interest in getting Syrians back into Syria. Theyve been hosting millions of refugees for years. With an upcoming election being able to resolve that issue effectively through cooperative means would be a real vote getter.

 -It would also help to stabilize the situation in Turkey, internally.
- It also serves to impede the Usrael/Kurdish annexation agenda.



Russia inserts itself into North Korea game "IndyWatch Feed War"

By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asian Times | June 16, 2018 When it comes to North Korea, Japan and Russia may seem like two lost souls in Northeast Asia, standing on the fringes anxiously looking on as China, South Korea and the United States dominate the headlines. The tremors set in motion by the meeting between []


Necessity to Expose Israels Self-indictments in Gaza Protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

In May 2018 Gaza demonstrations, by its arrogant and aggressive stance toward legitimate demands of a people it has oppressed for decades, Israel indicted itself several times, validated Palestinian actions, and exposed its tyrannical manner. Translating Israels self-indictments to actions by the world community is an obligatory challenge for those who comprehend Israels oppressive policies.

One self-indictment

Israels effort to divert attention from its oppression by posing the protests as Hamas instigated and orchestrated. Kudos to an authority that coalesces a subjugated people and enables vocalization of legitimate demands to their oppressor. The Israeli government showed that Hamas is a well-organized authority, which has support of the Palestinian people, and by not engaging with this recognized authority, Israel deliberately closes all avenues to a peaceful resolution of the crises it has caused.

Regardless of who organized the demonstrations, the Gazans had legitimate demands to which any democratic government would respond with we hear your words, and will make amends. Israel replied with bullets, killing and wounding harmless demonstrators, causing more grief, and instilling more fear. Dubiously claiming that most of the casualties were Hamas militants is another self-indictment. Does Israel have the right to maim anyone it does not like?

History explains the demands of the Gazan Palestinians

Coastal territory awarded to the Palestinians in the United Nations Partition Plan extended to Ashdod, 38 kilometers above Gaza. Contrary to Israels claim of being attacked in the 1948 war, the Egyptian army tried to protect the Palestinian state and refrained from entering into territory awarded to the Jewish state. Egypts army stopped at Ashdod, crossed the Negev, proceeded to defend Beer Sheeva, which had also been awarded to a Palestinian state, and continued through Palestinian territory to safeguard Hebron. The Egyptian army did not try to occupy territory awarded to Ben Gurions government. Regard Al-Majdal, one of many towns in Palestinian territory, captured by Israel.

In August 1950, Israel expelled and trucked Al-Majdals 1000-2000 inhabitants to Gaza. According to Eyal Kafkafi (1998): Segregation or integration of the Israeli Arabs two concepts in MapaiInternational Journal of Middle East Studies 30: 347-367, David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan promoted the expulsion, while Pinhas Lavon, secretary-general of the Histadrut, wished to turn the town into a productive example of equal opportunity for the Arabs. The Egyptian-Israel Mixed Armistice Commission ruling that the Arabs transferred from Al-Majdal should be returned to Israel was never fulfilled. Why?

The nightmares for the residents f...


Joining some dots on the Skripal case: Part 1: An Official Story That Doesnt Hold Water "IndyWatch Feed War"

I have asked a lot of questions in relation to the Skripal case and many, if not most, are still unanswered. However, I want in this piece to go further than asking questions, and to start to join a few dots together. There is much to say, and rather than doing it in one long piece, which only three people will have the attention span to sit through, I want to do it over a number of articles. Probably four or five. We shall see.


Leonard Peltier has been in Lockdown for 20 Days "IndyWatch Feed War"

By International Leonard Defense Peltier Defense Committee     Censored News


Spain says France will take in some of 630 Aquarius ship migrants "IndyWatch Feed War"


Boat and passengers have been at heart of major migration row between European Union member states


Jewish Zionist Sheldon Adelson: the casino mogul driving U.S. Middle East policy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sheldon Adelson: the casino mogul driving Trump's Middle East policy

The Las Vegas billionaire gave Republicans $82m for the 2016 elections and his views, notably staunch support for Netanyahus Israel, are now the official US line


Video from Russia: Muslim deliberately plows car into Moscow crowd, eight injured "IndyWatch Feed War"

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said: The driver lost control of the vehicle. Watch the video. This driver didnt lose control. He clearly plowed deliberately into the pedestrians. The Islamic State issued this call in September 2014: So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, []






US Calls Upon Sponsors of ISIS-Daesh to Rebuild Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Calls Upon Sponsors of ISIS-Daesh to Rebuild Iraq

Like a local mafia that breaks car windows by night and repairs them by day, the United States has enlisted its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates to rebuild in Iraq in the wake of the defeated, self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) these same states sponsored. 

Reuters in an article titled, Coalition members must help Iraq rebuild, Tillerson says, would report (emphasis added):

The U.S. leads the coalition and hopes that after a three-year fight to defeat the militants it can count in large part on Gulf allies to shoulder the burden of rebuilding Iraq and on a Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement to weaken Irans influence in the country, which is run by a Shiite led government. 

The article also reports (emphasis added):


Germany: Muslim migrant stabs woman to death on Hanover street "IndyWatch Feed War"

A culture of violence, the foundational text of which commands men to beat women from whom they fear disobedience (Quran 4:34), is going to give rise to this sort of thing, just as that same foundational texts calls for violence against unbelievers (2:191, 4:89, 9:5, 9:29, 47:4, etc.) are going to give rise to jihad []


The Military Contractor Making Millions Helping Trump Tear Families Apart "IndyWatch Feed War"

ICE-Immigration-Raids-immigrants familiesIm guessing that in MVMs mission statement, one of the central components isnt the care of refugee children. (CD) While outraged Americans across the country are calling their elected representatives and taking to the streets to protest the Trump administrations forcible separation of parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, intelligence and defense contractors are raking in millions thanks []


Video Exposes Border Patrol Running Over Tohono O'odham in Topawa Today "IndyWatch Feed War"

. Video exposes U.S. Border Patrol agent intentionally run over young Tohono O'odham man in Topawa community on the Tohono O'odham Nation on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The Border Patrol agent fled the scene in this hit and run, and the O'odham victim was treated at the hospital. Watch video on Facebook:


Summer Special Time to Turn Off Your TV! "IndyWatch Feed War"

For a limited time Newsbud is offering a special discount on our annual membership, plus when you sign up today you will receive a free Newsbud Hat and Bumper Sticker. Do not miss this opportunity to gain access to 100s of exclusive videos, articles and much more from the Newsbud team. Newsbud is 100% people funded and []


#ZAD #NDDL: An intergalactic week 27 Aug. 2 Sept "IndyWatch Feed War"

After the long awaited victory against the airport project, we are trying to lift ourselves out of the  brutal spring, a season marked by two phases of evictions in which the government made sure to avenge the affront that the Zad had represented for so many years.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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

The massive police operations caused many injuries,  the destruction of a part of the living spaces of the zad and a long military presence. But the state was forced to give up going any further and entirely eradicating our presence in this bocage. Resistance on the ground, solidarity elsewhere and the negotiation process resulted in a status quo that maintained of dozens of homes, common spaces and activities on most of the land held by the movement. Nevertheless, what we managed to preserve today could very quickly be attacked again, administratively, politically or militarily. Whilst the zad recovers from its wounds and recomposes itself, the work in the fields and the constructions resumes and we project ourselves towards the struggles of the next months. These however go beyond us and connect with others around the world. They concern the collective and respectful use of the land, the sharing of the commons, the questioning of nation-states and borders, the reappropriation of our habitats, the possibility of producing and exchanging free from the shackles of the market, forms of self-organization on territories in resistance and the right to live there freely

Following more than two years of regular building work and a new month of construction this summer, this week of August 27 to September 2, will also be the inauguration of the Ambazada, a space intended to welcome rebels and struggles from around the world to the zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes.  To honor and celebrate the opening of the Ambazada the obvious thing to do was to make a call for a new intergalactic week. We hope that it helps to bring back momentum and horizons before the autumn mobilizations at home and abroad.

/// Open encounters between territories in struggle and in search of autonomy



Muslima threatened for video showing her stomach: Your naked belly button will cost you a lot "IndyWatch Feed War"

A woman showing her stomach while dancing: haram. Threatening to murder a woman for showing her stomach while dancing: pleasing to Allah. Muslim woman has been left fearing for her life after receiving death threats for dancing in a video showing her STOMACH, by Dianne Apen-Sadler, Mailonline, June 15, 2018 (thanks to the Geller Report): []


Palestinian Authority says US peace efforts 'doomed to fail' "IndyWatch Feed War"


Kushner, Greenblatt to visit region, discuss US peace efforts, but will not speak with Palestinian officials


Sweden: Quran school teaches children to say, You are not Muslim, why should I listen to you? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why not? The Quran tells Muslims: You are the best nation produced for mankind, (3:110), and calls unbelievers the most vile of created beings (98:6). What did Swedish authorities expect? Koran school in Sweden teaches Muslim kids to feel superior to non-Muslims, Voice of Europe, June 16, 2018: Teaching at a special Koran school in []


Inside the Former Texas Walmart Where 1,400 Immigrant Children Are Held "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: WGN: The strangeness of the largest migrant childrens center in the United States, near the border with Mexico, shows up in the details. Here, there are 1,469 boys, ages 10 to 17, housed inside the 250,000-square-foot shell of a former Walmart superstore. None of the 313 bedrooms have doors. Or ceilings, so that children []


Maine: Man dies after brutal beating by Muslim migrant mob in Lewiston park "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Press Herald doesnt see fit to mention the fact that this teen mob was made up of Somali Muslim migrants. Why cover this up? Because apparently Lewiston officials, as well as the local media there, are intent upon covering up migrant crime, so that the non-Muslim natives will remain ignorant and complacent regarding the []


Occupation: How Norway Was Scaremongered Into Doubling US Military Presence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik | June 16, 2018 Norwegian historian and Russia specialist Bjorn Nystad explains how his countrys political class, media, academics and filmmakers have artificially pumped up a fear of its eastern neighbor. Oslo has opted to violate its own established practice of refusing to station foreign troops on the countrys soil during peacetime, and is more than doubling the number of US marines []


Trump's next Syria move - "A War Game." "IndyWatch Feed War"

(editorial analysis) It seems evident that the SAA will clean up the rebel held area in Sweida east of the M-5 highway. When that is done they will line up north of Daraa City facing the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan...


Islamic State claimed responsibility after 26 killed in Eid Ceasefire explosions in Nangarhar, Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire.

Islamic State claimed responsibility. The groups Amaq news agency said the target was a gathering of Afghan forces but gave no details. The Taliban had already denied involvement.

Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants had earlier entered the Afghan capital and other cities to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fasting season. Soldiers and militants exchanged hugs and took selfies on their smartphones.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, confirmed a car bomb was responsible for the blast in the town of Ghazi Aminullah Khan, on the main Torkham-Jalalabad road, and said that dozens were wounded. He had earlier said a rocket-propelled grenade was to blame.

Noorullah Shirzada, AFP | Afghan volunteers carry an injured man on a stretcher after a suicide bomber blew himself up in Jalalabad on June 16, 2018

The Taliban announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday, which began on Friday, except against foreign forces. It overlaps with an Afghan government ceasefire which lasts until Wednesday.

President Ashraf Ghani said in an address to the nation that he would extend the ceasefire with the Taliban but did not give a time-frame. He also asked the Taliban to extend their three-day ceasefire, which is due to end on Sunday, and begin peace talks.

It was not clear if Ghani knew about the bomb in the east when he made his address.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed Ghanis address, saying peace talks would have to include a discussion on the role of international actors and forces.

The United States is prepared to support, facilitate, and participate in these discussions, Pompeo said in a statement.  The United States stands ready to work with the Afghan government, the Taliban, and all the people of Afghanistan to reach a peace agreement and political settlement that brings a permanent end to this war.

The Taliban are fighting U.S.-led NATO forces, combined under...


Grotesque in Mecca "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is almost unreal. What the House of Saud has done to the scene of Al-Ka`bah. Religion mixed with the aesthetics of Vegas.


Blogging, tweeting, etc "IndyWatch Feed War"

Some readers have asked: I have not been blogging as much as of late.  It is because it takes so much time and I now post in Arabic (and some in English) on Twitter primarily but also on Facebook.  My accounts are public if someone wishes to follow.  Also, I am now writing regularly at  so you can read me there.


My blog is now banned from certain places in the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

From a reader in the US: " I tried accessing your blog at my job today (clerkship at ...Attorney General's Office) and at my local Target store. It keeps saying your blog is blocked on account of it being "hate and racism." 
Can you believe that. I'm so sorry for this bullshit you have to go through this crap. But yes, I can't read your blog at work or when I'm out anymore it seems. "


Catholic Church, China Renew talks on Naming Bishops "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Vatican and China have held new talks on the naming of bishops and the Holy See raised concerns over a tightening of restrictions on religious practice, Vatican and diplomatic sources said on Friday.

The talks between the two delegations, the first since a meeting in Beijing in December last year, have taken place quietly in Rome over the past few days, the sources said.

The Vatican has not announced the talks.

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Leader for Life Xi Jinping

There was still no clear idea when a deal could be signed, but the dialogue was continuing, Vatican sources said.

Catholics in China are split between those in underground communities that recognize the pope and those belonging to a state-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, whose bishops are appointed by the government in collaboration with local Catholic communities.

An even partial resolution of the thorny issue of the appointment of bishops could open the way for an eventual resumption of diplomatic relations nearly 70 years after they were cut during the Chinese Communist Partys (CCP) takeover of China.

While not part of the present talks, full relations would give the Catholic Church a legal framework to look after all of Chinas estimated 12 million Catholics and move on to focus on Catholic growth in a country where Protestant churches are already growing fast.

The Vatican expressed its concern over the restrictions, including one that banned unaccompanied minors from entering churches in several regions, one of the sources said.

No member of the Chinese delegation could be reached.

Legislation on religious affairs that came into effect in February has increased official oversight of religious education and practice, and introduced harsher punishments for practices not sanctioned by authorities.

Some Asian Catholic leaders have been highly critical of the Vaticans rapprochement with China.

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Cardinal Joseph Zen

One of the most outspoken has been Cardinal Joseph Zen (), the former archbishop of Hong Kong, who has accused Rome of selling out to the CCP.

Vatican officials with knowledge of the negotiations have rejected Zens accusations, saying that the deal they are working on is far f...


US Allies SDF Release Other Primary Pentagon Allies, ISIS, Back Into the Fight Against Assad "IndyWatch Feed War"

Members of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather at the al-Tanak oil field as they prepare for a military campaign near the city of al-Bukamal, Dayr al-Zawr Province, eastern Syria, on May 1, 2018. (Photo by AFP)Members of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather at the al-Tanak oil field as they prepare for a military campaign near the city of al-Bukamal, Dayr al-Zawr Province, eastern Syria, on May 1, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Western-backed coalition of mainly Kurdish militants, has reportedly released foreign Daesh elements, including Europeans, back to the Takfiri terrorist group through secret prisoner swap deals.

The British Daily Telegraph cited people with knowledge of the talks between the two sides and relatives of those detained as saying that the SDF had struck three agreements with Daesh to exchange terrorists and their families with its own captured members.

The first exchange, which took place in February, involved about 200 mostly Chechen and Arab Daesh terrorists as well as a number of French and at least one German, the report said.

It further noted that the terrorists were bused out of SDF-run detention centers to Daesh-held areas in eastern Syria.

In another prisoner swap deal in April, 15 Daesh elements and 40 women and children, including Moroccans, French, Belgians and Dutch, were exchanged, accor...


China in low key global influence campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

Just beyond the headlines, its influence is growing.

June 16, 2018
Always in the background.

Photographer: AFP Contributor/AFP

Photographer: China Photos/Getty Images AsiaPac

This Week Was China Week

Before we get to our Top 5, lets take a quick look back at the weeks biggest theme. The headlines were dominated by the Trump-Kim summit, mega-mergers and a building-climbing raccoon. But always in the background was China its growing power in the world and its increasingly confrontational relationship with the U.S. The week started with China being possibly the biggest winner of the Singapore summit and ended with President Donald Trumps new Chinese tariffs.

Bloomberg Opinion had many, many China pieces this week (including two in the Top 5), all with shelf life theyll be informative and insightful long after this weeks other headlines fade:


Corrupt EU Supports Zionist Fascism "IndyWatch Feed War"

EU to supply electricity to Israeli settlements

The European Union will within a few years be supplying electricity t...


Hugh Fitzgerald: Sweden, Islam, and the Call to Prayer "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Sweden, Muslims have been demonstrating their menacing power. They have already managed to establish 61 No-Go zones, lawless areas where the Swedish governments writ does not fully run. Firemen, sanitation men, and civil servants are now afraid to enter these Muslim-populated and Muslim-run zones without police escorts, while the police themselves do not enter []


White Helmet Mercenaries "IndyWatch Feed War"

White Helmets: A tool for regime change in Syria thats too important to stop funding?

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Car Bomb Attack On Taliban/Afghan Army Eid Celebration20 Reported Killed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Basir Pashteen Atiqzai @BasirAtiqzai Jun 15

#Taliban and #Afghan security forces jointly celebrates in MaidanWardak province. The unprecedented move towards peace and ceasefire is gaining hearts of the #Afghans.

Explosion Rocks Eid Ceasefire Gathering in Nangarhar



Canada: Muslim MP falsely claims Conservatives forced him to miss Muslim holy day for crucial Parliamentary vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

For weeks, the Liberals refused to disclose the cost of their carbon tax plans, so the opposition Conservatives decided to  launch a filibuster in the House of Commons, vowing to keep Liberal MPs voting for up to 30 straight hours. As it turns out, the marathon voting sessionwrapped up after roughly 12 hours, and still without []


At our 50th year Israel reunion, I had three minutes to tell my story "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fifty-one years ago this week, I was scheduled to go to Israel with about 100 kids from Camp Ramah locations all over the US. Instead, the 6 Day War took place. Known to Palestinians since then as the Naksaday of the setbackit represents the further displacement of Palestinians that resulted from Israels victory in the 1967 War. When the war was over, the Jewish Theological Seminary, sponsor of Ramahs Hebrew-speaking sleep away summer camps throughout the U.S. and the Ramah seminar to Israel, contacted our parents and rescheduled the trip for a few weeks later.

Fifty years later, in November 2017, about 30 of us gathered for a reunion in a Manhattan apartment. Another thirty or so had reunited in Israel a few weeks earlier. I tried to write about it six months ago. Now, finally, inspired by the steadfastness of  the Great Return March in Gaza, I am moved to reflect publicly about my experience.

In 1967, we were about 100 fifteen- to seventeen year-olds between our junior and senior years of high school, ready for the adventure of visiting Israel, most of us for the first time. Some of us, like me, came from observant, Shomer Shabbes families. Some were not religiously observant at all; some were something in between. I guess we were all Zionists. I dont remember calling myself a Zionist, it was just assumed to be true; there was no other way of looking at Israel.

Many of the folks I went to Israel withlikely mosthave maintained a strong Zionist perspective for the last fifty-one years, support for Israel remaining an important focus of their lives. They may see some problems that should be fixed, but they dont recognize Israel as a settler colony. They refuse to see the inhumanity (and illegality) of collective punishment of entire families, even entire neighborhoods, in response to Palestinian attacks on Israel, which were themselves in response to the day-to-day demolition of their lives.

In my own life, Ive gone off in a different direction, one that has lost me friends and family relations but gained me new friends and opened new vistas. As I met people whose homes had been demolished, and studied the history since Zionisms founding in the 1890s, I saw that the Israeli dream had always been destined to become a nightmare to those conquered by it.

In the emails leading up to our get-together, there was no mention of the developments in Israel since 1967. Perhaps no one dared open that can of worms. But it did get opened, as each of us took three minutes to talk about then and now.

At the reunion, we looked at pictures taken during our trip. When I first saw the photos of the empty hilltops in the West Bankliberated by the IDF in 1967I felt sick to my stomach. Those hilltops and many more are now occupied by Jewish citizens of Israel, with tax benefits from their governmentwhether...


Funding for the US Military "IndyWatch Feed War"

Funding for the US Military: Public Barred from National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Senate Committee Markup

By Renee Parsons
Global Research, June 15, 2018

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It appears to have been no coincidence that when President John F. Kennedys ...


How the Empire Fails "IndyWatch Feed War"

Of Carrots, Sticks and How the Empire Fails

Its important for bullies to always win.  Because once their weakness is exposed they can no longer be bullies.


Expect China and Russia To Continue To Undermine Democracies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Riga, Latvia: Bob Posners name is perfect for who he is: a mild, middle-aged British public servant, not given to grand statements or dramatic claims.

He comes across as the sort of chap whod say things like anything for a quiet life.

But suddenly its not that quiet.

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Posner is the director of the UK Electoral Commissions finance and regulation section. His job is to make sure, using the principle of follow the money, that elections and referendums are run lawfully.

Usually this is just going over receipts and rapping the knuckles of anyone loose in their funding declarations.

By Nick Miller
Sydney Morning Herald

But now there are a significant number of major investigations and inquiries on our books, he says. Just last week they opened another new investigation into a major campaigner in the Brexit referendum.

It does seem different and it does seem a concern, he says.

I find myself talking to my counterparts in a number of other countries about their issues. I find myself talking to security services in the UK and elsewhere, in the US in particular.

That doesnt seem normal to me. That seems very different to when I started my job four years ago. Theres been a change of some sort.

When fake news meets marketing

Earlier this year British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was deeply concerned by Russias attempts to weaponise information.

The Kremlin is seeking to undermine the international rules-based system, she said.



A Palestinian disfigured by tear gas canister reflects on change in his life "IndyWatch Feed War"


Gazan disfigured by tear gas canister says it was like death
The National (UAE) 14 June by Nagham Mohanna The gruesome photos show a man desperately grasping at his throat for air as smoke pours from his cheek. The young Palestinian falls to the floor, bloodied, as the gas continues to spew out of the hole in his face. A tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier had directly hit Haitham Abu Sabla in the head, penetrating the front of the left side of his skull. The incident at a Gaza border protest on 8 June left the 23-year-old on life support after the canister was surgically removed. Witnesses say he was standing hundreds of metres from the border fence, watching stone-throwers at a rally east of the southern city of Khan Younis. Haitham, who has since been taken off of critical care, speaks exclusively to The National in his first interview after the horrific injury. It was like death, I didnt think I would survive, Haitham said, describing his feelings while pointing to his throat with his right hand, as though trying once again to stop the gas from entering his body. As he lies in the first floor of Khan Younis Nasser Hospital, a bandage covering the lower left side of his face where the canister hit and surrounded by seven family members and friends, Haitham mumbles what he remembers of the moment that would change his life. I saw the Israeli sniper looking at me, then he fired toward me, he said. I was just standing, I didnt do anything else He lives with 15 other family members in a small home and has no job to accrue an income. The Friday protests were his outlet and he never missed one, his family said. But that Israeli canister may now leave him unable to eat as he once did, disfigurement of the face and the long-term effects of gas entering his body. We did not see a case like Haithams before, Dr Hossam Al Majaida, head of the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Nasser Hospital told The National. The gas canister stayed for 45 minutes in his face until we made a plan to start to operate on him. It means that the gas continued to enter to his body for a long time and that will affect him in the long term. Haithams only hope now is that he can leave Gaza to receive the treatment he requires. He has a fracture in his upper jaw, and a breakdown in his left mouth muscle, while losing most of his teeth, the doctor continued. He needs to get out of Gaza to continue treatment or he will have a permanent malformation in his face. [I you can stand to look at some awful photos, look here at...


Rally To Commemorate Two Year Anniversary Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting "IndyWatch Feed War"

The two year anniversary of the nations second largest modern gun massacre, the Pulse Nightclub shooting, brought together a collection of gun reform groups for a rally in New York Citys Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Tuesday. The Plaza sits between the United Nations building and Donald Trumps Trump World Tower. The decision to hold the rally and die-in at the Plaza, was not accidental. It was a message to the world that not all Americans are okay with the senseless gun violence in this nation. The other message was to Trump and that came in the form of the voter registration forms that the League of Women Voters were handing out. The groups present at the rally showed the diversity of NYC and those that were victim to gun violence.


Turkey detains 19 in wake of deadly gunfight during MP's campaign visit "IndyWatch Feed War"


Conflicting reports of events have emerged after four killed in Kurdish-majority town ahead of tense elections


White Helmets: A tool for regime change in Syria thats too important to stop funding? "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | June 16, 2018 Washingtons decision to resume funding for White Helmets after a brief freeze highlights how important the controversial group is for the US-promoted regime-change agenda, journalists and Syrian conflict observers have told RT. The Pentagon planners have probably finally realized just how important the White Helmets are to the regime change []


UK: All-female jihad cell jailed over plot to cause widespread panic, injury, and death "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rizlaine Boular, 22, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 16 years, after she pleaded guilty earlier this year to engaging in acts in preparation for terrorism. Her mother, Mina Dich, 44, was sentenced to six years and nine months, plus five years on extended licence, after pleading guilty to assisting Boular. []


Philippines: Senate panels to probe Dutertes China policy (Follow the money) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Is the Philippine government covering up the Duterte governments subservience to China and neglect in defending the West Philippine Sea. How much has this cost the Philippines and who is taking Chinese money?

We will soon conduct a public hearing and I will work with my colleagues, including the committee on national defense and security, in determining how best to support current initiatives to diffuse the tension, while at the same time protecting our sovereignty and territorial rights, Sen. Loren Legarda said in a statement.
Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) June 16, 2018 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines Two Senate committees will jointly hold a public hearing to determine how effective the countrys foreign policy is in the face of alarming developments in the West Philippine Sea, particularly Chinas military buildup and its harassment of Filipino fishermen.

No date has been set for the hearing to be led by the Senate committees on foreign relations and on national defense and security.

Foreign committee chair Sen. Loren Legarda welcomed the resolutions calling for the hearings, saying the Senate, as an independent body, should assert our role in helping shape the governments foreign policy.

Sen. Gregorio Honasan chairs the national defense and security committee.

We will soon conduct a public hearing and I will work with my colleagues, including the committee on national defense and security, in determining how best to support current initiatives to diffuse the tension, while at the same time protecting our sovereignty and territorial rights, Legarda said in a statement.

I maintain the view that diplomacy plays a key role in finding long-term and durable solutions to the West Philippine Sea issue, she said.

Honasan said while the government is exhausting all diplomatic options to resolve its dispute with China, it should also consider taking part in joint military exercises with the US and other allies to show its solidarity with other nations against militarization and other provocative acts in the region.

He stressed joint military exercises were n...


Chaos In The Imperial Big House "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trump, the arch racist usurper of the Republican Party, is tearing the ruling class consensus to shreds, inflicting bigger shocks to the imperial system by accident, impulse and ignorance than any conceivable progressive elected U.S. president could achieve on purpose. In the space of a few weeks, Trump has 1) threatened to disrupt corporate global supply chains through his in-out stance  on NAFTA; 2) forced Washingtons European junior imperial partners to reconsider their subservience to U.S. foreign policy and their vulnerability to U.S.-controlled financial institutions in the wake of Trumps rejection of the Iran deal and his tirades at the G7 summit in Canada; and 3) discarded 70 years of Uncle Sams Comply or Die dictum towards North Korea, thus consigning the whole axis of evil designation to the dustbin.


The next health care war: Bernie Sanders-style Medicare for All or Private Markets "IndyWatch Feed War"

Forget the Affordable Care Act: The future of our health care system will be shaped by a much bigger and broader fight one that will likely culminate with a 2020 choice between private markets and an authentic government-run program in the form of a Bernie Sanders-style Medicare for All.

The bottom line: The cost of health care both for individuals seeking coverage and the government seeking sustainability promises to return as the biggest domestic issue once the Trump obsession burns off.

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This is one of Americas great unsolved problems: We have the worlds best care, talent and innovation. But before it gets to patients, the magic goes through a hodgepodge of inexplicable, expensive and unnecessary hurdles.

Whats next: The health care debate is no longer a linear fight over a straight repeal of President Obamas health care law. Instead, it has metastasized into a multi-front war.

One of our most vital national systems is falling apart:

  • Medicare is running out of money faster than expected  a reminder that no ones dealing with that problem, and that theres no way to duck it in 2020.
  • The opioids crisis continues, with Congress trying to pass a ton of mini-bills to look like its doing something. A few of them might make a difference. This remains a crisis  and a costly one.
  • And dont forget prices. The U.S. doesnt use more health care than other countries...


Single-Payer Or Bust "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the 1960s, a struggle took place over the fate of healthcare in Canada. On one side, there were the proponents of the single-payer program called Medicare, like the stubborn Scottish-born socialist Tommy Douglas. Medicare was modeled on a program passed in the province of Saskatchewan in 1961 under Douglass leadership, which provided universal coverage of physicians services (the provinces 1947 plan for universal hospital coverage had already been federalized in the late 1950s). And on the other side there were those who advocated a more gradual approach, such as Ernest Manning, the premier of Alberta, who went on television in 1965 to ask the nation to look before we leap.


The US & Nicaragua: A Case Study In Historical Amnesia & Blindness "IndyWatch Feed War"

I was stunned the other day to see an opinion piece by Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe in which he was portraying the violent anti-government protests in Nicaragua as some kind of revolutionary insurrection.  What is surprising about Kinzers position is that he is the individual who wrote the wonderful book, All The Shahs Men one of the essential readings about the CIA-backed coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran in 1953. What is happening in Nicaragua right now looks a lot like what happened in Iran during this coup, and yet, Kinzer somehow does not see this.  In this way, Kinzer typifies the utter confusion of so many in this country including those who should know better, such as many self-described leftists about what is happening in Nicaragua and in Latin America generally.


Attention, Amazon Prime Members Who Shop at Whole Foods: Youre in Luck "IndyWatch Feed War"

Some 60% of Whole Foods shoppers are Prime members eligible for new discounts and free delivery

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Its been a year since Inc. agreed to buy Whole Foods for $13.5 billion. The biggest beneficiaries of the deal might be Amazon Prime members.

Sky-blue signs advertising discounts for Prime members greet shoppers in some Whole Foods parking lots. Inside the stores, blue placards spotlight lower prices for Prime members on organic nectarines and sausage.

Amazon is increasingly everywhere in Whole Foods stores, including this one in Los Angeles in June. More stores have Amazon pickup lockers, pop-up stores, price-reduction tags, Prime membership promos and even delivery stations out front. Online delivery is moving to new markets.
Amazon is increasingly everywhere in Whole Foods stores, including this one in Los Angeles in June. More stores have Amazon pickup lockers, pop-up stores, price-reduction tags, Prime membership promos and even delivery stations out front. Online delivery is moving to new markets.


Antarctica Ice Loss Tripled in 5 Years, And Thats Raising Sea Level Risks "IndyWatch Feed War"

The most complete assessment to date of Antarctica's ice sheets confirms that the meltdown accelerated sharply in the past five years, and there is no sign of a slowdown. That means sea level is expected to rise at a rate that will catch some coastal communities unprepared despite persistent warnings, according to the international team of scientists publishing a series of related studies this week in the journal Nature. The scientists found that the rate of ice loss over the past five years had tripled compared to the previous two decades, suggesting an additional 6 inches of sea level rise from Antarctica alone by 2100, on top of the 2 feet already projected from all sources, including Greenland. "That may not sound like a lot, but it's a big deal for people living along coasts," said University of Leeds climate researcher Andrew Shepherd, who led the assessment, supported by NASA and the European Space Agency.


At least 10 dead as blast hits meeting of Taliban & Afghan forces during landmark ceasefire "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | June 16, 2018 At least 10 people were killed as an explosion rocked a meeting of Taliban and Afghan security forces, which gathered during an unprecedented ceasefire for the Eid holiday, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said. Casualties include Taliban and civilians, Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, []


How The Corporate Media Enslave Us To A World Of Illusions "IndyWatch Feed War"

For several years now, I have been writing regular posts on my blog with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show how this narrative has been constructed not to inform and enlighten but to conceal and deceive. It is not that I and the many other bloggers doing this are cleverer than everyone else. We have simply had a chance an earlier one to step through that door ourselves, because of a jarring life experience that the Great Western Narrative could not explain, or because someone held the door open for us, or more usually because of a combination of the two.


June 26: The Internet Goes To Washington "IndyWatch Feed War"

On June 26th, small business owners and Internet users from across the country will meet directly with their House members in DC. Face-to-face meetings in the Capitol are one of the most effective ways to influence lawmakers' positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists. Before the event, you'll receive an info packet with everything you need to know. Then, on the morning of your meetings, our friends at Public Knowledge will host an orientation and share insight on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to meet key lawmakers. If you can't make it to DC, join us by getting involved locally.


It"s Time for America to Cut Loose Our Useless So-Called "Allies" "IndyWatch Feed War"

Our allies cede geostrategic control of their own countries and are rewarded at the expense of domestic American economic interests.


Israeli lawmaker: Jewish race is the greatest human capital, the smartest "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are certain racist expressions that youre not supposed to use, even in Israel. One of them is referring to Jews as a race. Even if youre speaking favorably about Jews. But a rightwing lawmaker did that the other day.

The whole Jewish race is the greatest human capital, and the smartest and the most understanding, Miki Zohar said Wednesday. The member of Knesset for Likud was debating the Benjamin Netanyahu corruption scandals together with Haaretz journalist Dan Margalit, on the 103 FM radio station (owned by the centrist Maariv daily).

Here Miki Zohar went into unabashed race-supremacist talk about Jews. He literally referred to it as the Jewish race (not nation or people). The Hebrew term he used is GEZA. Its the literal parallel of race in English, no doubt there.  

The thing is, that there was hardly any interruption to it, nor any rebuttal or expression of shock or anything. Not even from Dan Margalit who was representing a leftist point of view. Here is the section of the interview, which I have translated:

Miki Zohar: Ill tell you one basic thing, so that maybe someone whos sitting there at home would listen to me well, and maybe those who are sitting at the studios and at editorials would listen well to me:

The public in the state of Israel is a public which belongs to the Jewish race [sic], and the whole Jewish race is the greatest human capital [sic], and the smartest and the most understanding, and sometimes also the most educated

(Host) Anat Davidov: No no, this is not serious

Zohar: And thats why you cant fool us, the Jews, you cant, and it doesnt matter what youll write in the media, and it doesnt matter what youll report all day. The public knows what the Prime Minister is doing for the state of Israel, how excellent a Prime Minister he is, and how this state is prospering and blooming

(Host) Yinon Magal: Dan Margalit, a final statement.

(Dan Margalit talks about Netanyahu corruption scandals).

Dan Margalit

Dan Margalit

Now, y...


Campaign For Net Neutrality Continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

Outside of Washington, DC, net neutrality is not a partisan issue. Poll after poll shows that the overwhelming majority of voters, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, oppose the FCCs repeal of open Internet protections and want Congress to overturn it. No one wants their cable company to control what they can see and do online. But telecom mega-corporations like Comcast and AT&T have poured nearly $200 million into lobbying to kill net neutrality. And since FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a GOP nominee, the issue has become increasingly partisan in DC, with most Democrats lining up in support of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to restore net neutrality, and so far most Republican lawmakers against, despite the wishes of the majority of GOP voters.


Nicaragua : Defeating The Soft Coup "IndyWatch Feed War"

The government strategy has been to accept extraordinary levels of opposition violence and intimidation so as to allow the opposition to discredit themselves with public opinion. Nicaragua has been a good example of how Western corporate and alternative news media are able to create a custom-made bizarro-world to suit the propaganda requirements of their countries elites. The current media onslaught against Nicaragua uses the whole toolbox of propaganda tricks portraying aggressors as victims, reporting non-existent massacres of peacefully protesting students, denying systematic destruction by opposition paramilitaries of public property and private businesses, even omitting attacks on hospitals and ambulances. The big fundamental fiction has been that a majority of people in Nicaragua reject the Sandinista government led by President Daniel Ortega.


Orbanism is sweeping across the European continent "IndyWatch Feed War"

Illiberal democracies are spreading across Europe. But what we are witnessing on the continent today actually originated in China and Russia, says journalist Norbert Mappes-Niediek.

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Slovenia, with just 2 million inhabitants, is a small and little known country. So when Europes leading media outlets announced that right-wing populist Janez Jansa had emerged as the clear winner in the countrys parliamentary elections, hardly anyone was surprised. But even with this election success, Jansas Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) still did not garner the levels of support it had back in 2011, when he won a second stint as prime minister.

Read more: Angela Merkel-style conservatism: Does it have a future?

So, what happened? Despite Europes overall shift to the right, the SDS is not as powerful as it once was. Did Slovenia buck the trend? Did voters in the country reject the allure of illiberal democracy despite economic problems and the burdens of the refugee crisis? Not necessarily. But lacking an explanation for what had happened, many journalists fell back on stereotypes, painting a simplistic picture of East versus West.

A problem of Eastern Europe?

Since the 1980s, a booming China has demonstrated that democracy and capitalism must not necessarily be two sides of the same coin as many always assumed. And when, at the turn of the millennium, Vladimir Putin took power in Russia, this new model of capitalism without liberal democracy took root in the worlds largest country by area, as well. In 2010, when Viktor Orban won Hungarys elections, it had also reached the European Union.

Orban and Kaczynski carnival float in Dusseldorf (Reuters/T. Schmuelgen)Orb...


Liberal Philanthropy Is Dooming The Planet To Climate Disaster, Documents Reveal "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of the worlds biggest philanthropic initiatives to address climate change is set-up to fail catastrophically, according to a strategy document setting out the initiatives five-year plan. The strategy document, published by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in January, represents the third renewal of the Climate Works initiative originally founded in 2008. The initiative was executed through the Climate Works Foundation in coordination with other big philanthropic foundations, the Packard and McKnight Foundations. The Hewlett Foundation strategy document, titled Climate Initiative Strategy 20182023, reflects on the strategic thinking behind the process that led to the announcement last December that the foundation would commit $600 million to address climate change over the next five years a 20 percent increase from previous funding.


France to take in Aquarius ship migrants "IndyWatch Feed War"

Madrid said Saturday it had accepted an offer from France to take in migrants from the Aquarius rescue ship, currently en route to Spain with more than 600 people on board.

The French government will work together with the Spanish government to handle the arrival of the migrants scheduled for Sunday, Spains deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo said in a statement.

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France will accept migrants who express the wish to go there once they have been processed in Valencia, the statement said.

The vessel is at the heart of a major migration row between European Union member states.

Chartered by a French aid group, the vessel rescued 629 migrants including many children and pregnant women off Libyas cost last weekend.

Italys new populist government and Malta refused to let it dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments.

Medecins Sans Frontieres/AFP | This handout picture from French non-governmental organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres shows migrants on board the MV Aquarius as it makes it way to Spain after being refused permission to dock in Italy

Spain eventually stepped in and agreed to receive the refugees.

France who had angered Rome by branding it irresponsible over the vessel rejection offered Thursday to welcome Aquarius migrants who meet the criteria for asylum.

The ship is making the 1,500-kilometre (930-mile) voyage to Spain accompanied by an Italian coast guard vessel, which has taken on board some of the migrants.

High waves and winds forced the convoy to take a detour on the way.

The plight of the Aquarius has again highlighted the failure of EU member states to work together to deal with the influx of migrant arrivals since 2015.

After Romes decision to ban the Aquarius, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met on Friday and agreed that the EU should set up asylum processing centres in Africa to prevent voyages of death.

They also demanded profound changes to the EUs asylum rules which put the migrant burden on their port of entry to Europe mainly Italy and Greece.

Italys far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini warned Sat...


Belgium: Muslim asylum seeker raped disabled woman for 3 days hoping to get her pregnant so he could stay in country "IndyWatch Feed War"

A 30-year-old asylum seeker in Belgium has been sentenced to four years imprisonment after he raped a mentally disabled woman hoping to get her pregnant so he could use the child as an excuse to remain in the country. The victim is 19. She was tortured. This is a disgusting case, and it is not []


German banks anti-Israel policies may have violated its own internal policies and anti-terror finance laws "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bank for Social Economy may have violated its own internal policies and anti-terror finance laws by providing a bank account to the pro-BDS group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)

 JUNE 16, 2018 16:39

 Exclusive: PayPal closes second illegal French BDS account

 German intelligence agency deems BDS antisemitic

German bank enabling BDS may violate its ethical code of conduct

The German flag is pictured at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS/HANNIBAL HANSCHKE)


Texas committed to health care, not profits for providers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday rejected findings by The Dallas Morning News that health care officials are protecting the profits of a multibillion-dollar industry while thousands of patients are denied critical medical services.

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The emphasis has always been on health care, Abbott said during a recording of Lone Star Politics, the political show produced by KXAS-TV (NBC5) and The News. The reality is theres just so much that has to be done and there is an inadequate number of employees to be able to respond to it.

Abbott is a vocal defender of managed care whose top advisers have connections to health care companies. Fridays interview was the first time Abbott has commented on findings by The News.

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The Dallas Morning News

The Legislature, however, is poised for action. State Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, will convene a House Human Services committee hearing Wednesday to discuss information reported by The Dallas Morning Newsregarding Medicaid managed care and the Health and Human Services Commission.

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, said Abbott should be disturbed by the findings in the series and work aggressively to find solutions.

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The Dallas Morning News reporting demonstrated that theres an acute need for the governor and the Legislature to protect the most fragile Texans adults and children, he said. Its the states responsibility and Gov. Abbott doesnt appear to be up to the challenge.

But Abbott said metrics show the state has made gains and is providing needed services to foster children, despite The News findings that neglect persists and more mental health care services are needed. He said that leading the states Health and Human Services agency is a massive undertaking and that the state has been crimping on the pay.

Its a massive task to try to lead an agency like this, but were committed to making it happen, he said. We all know we can do a better job, but I view this as an opportunity, the same way I did in reforming foster care.

Pain & Profit is a yearlong investigation that found health officials are protecting a multibillion-dollar indus...


Chinese Media, Eager for Trade War With Trump, Says Only Fools Build Walls "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Chinese media have mocked US President Donald Trump over plans to impose 25% tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods, saying wise men build bridges but fools build walls.

Mr Trump announced the tariffs on Friday, accusing Beijing of intellectual copyright theft.

China retaliated, saying it would impose an additional 25% tariff on 659 US goods worth $50bn.

Stock markets fell after the announcements amid fear of a trade war.

The US had earlier warned that it will impose even more tariffs should China retaliate.

Mr Trump said the tariffs were essential to preventing further unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China, which will protect American jobs.

The Chinese product lines that have been hit range from aircraft tyres to turbines and commercial dishwashers.

State-controlled media made a concerted attack on the new US measures.

Following the path of expanding and opening up is Chinas best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world, said an editorial in Xinhua news agency.

The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls, it commented.

Social media users were quick to make light of the comment, with many making reference to the Great Wall of China.


Yemen: Saudi coalition claims to have control of Hodeidah airport "IndyWatch Feed War"


The Houthi-held port city has been the site of intense fighting since Wednesday


Syrian Democratic Forces Capture Key Village West Of Dashisha (Map, Videos, Photos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Democratic Forces Capture Key Village West Of Dashisha (Map, Videos, Photos)

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On June 16, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) resumed their military operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside and captured the village of Tell al-Jabir, which is located 4km west of the town of Dashisha located near the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA).

Kurdish sources reported that SDF fighters continued their advance after securing Tell al-Jabir and clashed with ISIS around the Ab Musab gas station only 3km west of Dashisha, which is the main target of US-backed forces. Reportedly, several fighters of ISIS were killed during the clashes.

The US-led coalition said that French artillery and warplanes of the French Air Force (FAF) supported the SDF operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside and targeted several positions and vehicles of ISIS around and inside Dashisha.

During the last three days, the bad weather forced the SDF to pause its advance towards Dashisha. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), ISIS fighters took advantage of this situation and launched a series of counter attacks against the US-backed forces, but failed to recapture any position.

The US-led coalition and the SDF are clearly planning to besiege the remaining fighters of ISIS inside Dashisha and than push them out of the town, as they had repeatedly done during previous battles.

French artillery and warplanes are supporting the SDF:


The Jordanian Kings Roller-coaster Ride Into Syria to Stop Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

The demonstrations in Amman have calmed down, but now King Abdullah must prevent ill-meaning Iranian forces from approaching Jordan via Syria

King Abdullah, left, and his son Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah performing an off-season pilgrimage to Mecca, June 10, 2018. King Abdullah, left, and his son Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah performing an off-season pilgrimage to Mecca, June 10, 2018. Yousef Allan / Jordanian Royal Palace / AFP


People Earning Minimum Wage Cannot Afford To Rent Anywhere In The US "IndyWatch Feed War"

The figures are from the National Low Income Housing Coalitions annual Out Of Reach report, which documents the affordability of rental housing to low-income families across the U.S. NLIHC arrived at its bleak findings by taking the cost of a modest two-bed rental home at fair market rent, as calculated by the Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) based on an estimate of what a family moving today would expect to pay. It then calculated the amount workers need to earn for these homes to be affordable meaning they spend no more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities. The most expensive state is Hawaii, where the fair market rent for a two-bed rental is $1,879 a month, meaning workers need to bring in $36.13 an hour for rent to be affordable.


Saudi-led coalition frees Yemens Hodeidah airport, begins de-mining operations "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Forces from the Arab Coalition entered the airport in Yemens main port city on Saturday, the coalition-backed Yemeni military said, in the biggest offensive of the coalitions war against the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Victory for the coalition in their first attempt to capture a strategic part of a well-defended city could put the Houthis in their weakest position since the conflict erupted three years ago.

A defeat would also cut off supply lines to the Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa, and possibly force the movement to negotiate.

Army forces backed by the resistance and the Arab coalition freed Hodeidah international airport from the grip of the Houthi militia, the media office of the pro-alliance Yemeni military said on Twitter on Saturday.

Troops have surrounded the main airport compound but have not seized it, a Yemeni military source and residents said.

We need some time to make sure there are no gunmen, mines or explosive in the building, the military source said. The militarys media office said technical teams were de-mining the surrounding area.

Fighting in the airport area led to the closure of the northern entrance of Hodeidah, which leads to Sanaa, residents said.

That has blocked a key exit out of the city and made it more difficult to transport goods from the port, the countrys largest, to mountainous regions.

UN envoy lands in Hodeidah

The UN envoy for Yemen arrived in the militia-held capital Sanaa for talks on the key aid port.

Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to militia leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee to avoid further fighting with advancing government troops which are backed by the Arab coalition.

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Yemeni forces backed by Arab states seized the entrance to the airport in Yemens main port city on Friday, in an offensive against the Houthi militia.


The swift advance was an important early success for the Yemeni forces, which launched the operation in Hodeidah four days ago and says it can liberate the city quickly enough to avoid interr...


Italy bans more migrant rescue boats No human cargo in Italys ports "IndyWatch Feed War"

Italys Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday warned another migrant rescue mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its human cargo at an Italian port.

The new rightwing and anti-immigrant Italian government last week banned the French NGO operated vessel the Aquarius, with more than 600 rescued migrants on board, from docking in Italy, causing uproar and a sharp spat with France.

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Spain subsequently offered to take the Aquarius and it is expected at the port of Valencia on Sunday.

Salvini showed no sign Saturday of softening his position.

While the Aquarius is sailing towards Spain, two other Dutch NGO operated vessels (Lifeline and Seefuchs) have arrived off the Libyan coast, to wait for their human cargos once the people smugglers abandon them, Salvini said in a Facebook post.

These people should know that Italy no longer wants to be any part of this business of clandestine immigration and they will have to look for other ports to go to, he said.

As minister and as a father, I take this action for the benefit of all, he added.

After Romes decision to ban the Aquarius, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met on Friday and agreed that the EU should set up asylum processing centres in Africa to prevent voyages of death.

At their meeting in Paris, Macron and Conte also demanded profound changes to the EUs asylum rules which put the migrant burden on their port of entry to Europe mainly Italy and Greece.



Merkel Says Immigration Requires a European Solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

Migration is an issue that demands a European solution, German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Saturday, giving no ground in a showdown with her Bavarian allies that threatens her three-month-old coalition.

The row is over Merkels rejection of plans by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, from Bavaria, for Germany unilaterally to send back migrants who have registered in other European Union countries.

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Defiant Merkel backs Europe migrant policy as Bavaria row simmers

Such a reversal of her 2015 open-door migrant policy would be a huge blow to the authority of Merkel, in power for more than 12 years, and undermine the Schengen open-border system at a time when EU tensions over migration are running high.

In her weekly podcast, three days before talks between Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron outside Berlin, the chancellor hammered home her stance:

This is a European challenge that also needs a European solution. And I view this issue as decisive for keeping Europe together, she said.

Merkel wants two weeks to try to strike bilateral deals with partners, such as Italy and Greece, on migrants and to make progress at an EU summit on June 28-29 on an EU-wide policy.

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin, Germany, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo

Seehofers Christian Social Union (CSU), facing a tough state vote in October, doesnt want to wait. Members say the minister will defy Merkel on Monday if no compromise has been reached by then, and go ahead with the plans alone.

Such an affront to Merkel could force her to fire Seehofer, and there is even talk of the end of the 70-year conservative parliamentary alliance between Bavaria and Merkels Christian Democrats (CDU).

Without the CSU, the CDU and Social Democrats (SPD), the third party in her grand coalition, would lack a majority.

Last week, Merkel confronted the risk of losing the full support of her own CDU, many of whom support the CSUs tougher line. But she won over a majority of...


OffG site renovation "IndyWatch Feed War"

OffG is in the throes of being re-coded and updated, so there may be some glitches and temporary downtimes over the next few weeks. This especially applies to the comments, which may be a bit glitchy be slow to register new comments. Well try to keep the inconvenience to a minimum and apologise in advance for any inconvenience. We hope youll bear with us Admin


Preston James: Secret ET Global Takedown or just another Internecine Illuminati War? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Preston James

Secret ET Global Takedown or just another Internecine Illuminati War?

If you think the Deep-Black Secret Space War Program is the deepest of the Secret Shadow Government secrets, you would be mistaken.

There is a whole other deeper category referred to as Beyond-Black and these are solely contained in special access unacknowledged programs, not even known by the Board members of the Defense Contractors they lie hidden deep within because their security clearances dont go high enough. These programs involve time warping, quantum technologies far beyond anything most can conceive of, including time projections from the Looking Glass and psychotronic and psi-powered mind-kontrol using miniaturized technologies, remote entrainment and hiving of the human mind.

Beyond-Black involves worm holes, deep space factional battles, and off-planet bases where some from deep within the Secret Shadow Government go to live to get away from Planet Earth and live out the rest of their lives which have been extended beyond normal with high technology. Right now Beyond-Black disclosures are still forbidden. 

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"Not a Single Adult in the Room": How G7 Was Reduced to Infighting, Arm Wrestling and Anti-Russia Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed War"

With member-states haggling over tit-for-tat protectionist measures against each other, Russias absence from the economic talk shop has never been more conspicuous.


US military trains financial force on search for common sense AI "IndyWatch Feed War"

Defence research group Darpa seeks breakthrough in quest for truly intelligent machines

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By Richard Waters in San Francisco

The US defence department is preparing to take on one of the biggest challenges in artificial intelligence: how to endow computers with common sense.

The effort could lead to military systems with greater awareness of the world around them and the ability to adapt in the way humans do, said Dave Gunning, a programme manager at Darpa, the US defence research group best known for funding early work on the internet and autonomous vehicles.

One result would be systems that dont drive off a cliff and have the sense to come in out of the rain, he said. It could also lead to flexible machines that communicate more naturally with people and can adapt to unexpected events.

The pursuit of machines with common sense highlights design weaknesses in todays AI that could severely limit the usefulness of the technology. This is the elephant in the room, the 800lb gorilla. If we dont make progress on this well never get beyond the brittle [AI] systems we currently have, said Mr Gunning.

Programming computers to have the sort of intuitive understanding of the world that comes as second nature to humans was a central hope when the field of AI was founded more than half a century ago. It was abandoned early on but has seen a recent revival of interest in academic circles. Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, doubled investment into his own AI research institute earlier this year to push the idea.

This is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, dream of AI researchers, said Joshua Tenenbaum, a professor of cognitive science and computing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We think of this as at the heart of what it means to be intelligent.

Many of the recent breakthroughs in AI have come from systems that crunch vast amounts of data in search of patterns, enabling them to do things such as identify images or make predictions. But with no real understanding of the world, these so-called deep-learning systems are unable to take on problems outside the narrow areas they were designed for.

They dont generalise well across different topics and arent robust in unforeseen situations, said Yejin Choi, an associate professor at the University of Washington who is among the AI researchers working on common sense.

Darpa typically backs a range of academic and commercial research groups when it takes on a new field of research, hoping the benefits wi...


James Fetzer: Still No Obituaries for Parkland False Flag "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jim Fetzer

Dr. Eowny: Florida Obituaries show No Parkland School Shooting Deaths (Updated)

[Editors note: For the background of how they faked the Parkland shooting, check out The Parkland Puzzle: How the Pieces fit Together:

According to Florida Obituaries:

  • None of the above 17 names is among those who had died in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018 or in the days after.
  • There was only one death in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018: Alice Levenson.
  • There were two deaths in Parkland, FL, between February 14 and March 7, 2018:
    • John Maginnis, who died on Feb. 16.
    • Norman Goldstein, who died on March 7.

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Phi Beta Iota: It is a testament to the power of the mass media that your average citizen continues to believe that these theatrical events with occasional actual deaths, generally of disposable patsies, not the crisis actors playing dead). Most, not all, shootings are false flag events. Most, not all, actual shooters are on drugs and/or under mind control, which has evolved greatly since CIA and its house Nazis developed the capability in the 1950s. As Robert Steele has challenged Ollie North (the new President of the National Rifle Association), it is essential that the NRA begin challenging the false flag narratives and demanding the the FBI be honest with us about these events that are generally manufactured by FEMA under DHS authority. It is now legal to propagandize US citizens and the Department of Justice additionally claims the right to lie to the courts (including the Supreme Court) in cases of (alleged) national security. As our President has stated, the system is rigged.  Fake news and false flag operations are essential underpinnings for Deep State control of the public narrative and the public consciousness and tolerate of great evil by the 1% against the 99%.

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CounterPunch: Why Young Americans Do Not Revolt Despite Knowing They Are Being Royally Screwed by a Rigged System "IndyWatch Feed War"

Another Reason Young Americans Dont Revolt Against Being Screwed

Bruce E. Levine

8 Reasons Young Americans Dont Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance was originally published in 2011, then republished on several Internet sites, and has become one of my most viewed articles. The eight reasons include: student-loan debt; various pacifying effects of standard schooling; the psychopathologizing and medicating of noncompliance; surveillance; television; and fundamentalist religion and fundamentalist consumerism. Over the last seven years, many young people have told me that they appreciate that article, but they have urged me to detail a hugely important pacifying source which I had not included.

Since my 2011 article was published, many millennials have informed me that they are being broken by something that I hadnt originally included: the Internet, which many of them tell me is the most important aspect of their lives. From these young people, I have learned how the Internet creates fears, lowers self-esteem, and divides themall of which weakens their capacity to resist injustices.

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Graphic: Preconditions of Revolution in the USA Today

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Marcus Aurelius: Government is Pissing Off Its Young Veterans a Key Demographic for the 2016 Revolution



Open Letter to Amnesty International by a Former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience "IndyWatch Feed War"

Through this letter I express my unequivocal condemnation of Amnesty International with regards to the destabilizing role it has played in Nicaragua, my country of birth.

I open this letter quoting Donatella Rovera, who at the time this quote was made, had been one of Amnesty Internationals field investigators for more than 20 years:

Conflict situations create highly politicized and polarized environments (). Players and interested parties go to extraordinary lengths to manipulate or manufacture evidence for both internal and external consumption. A recent, though by no means the only, example is provided by the Syrian conflict in what is often referred to as the YouTube war, with a myriad techniques employed to manipulate video footage of incidents which occurred at other times in other places including in other countries and present them as proof of atrocities committed by one or the other parties to the conflict in Syria.

Ms. Roveras remarks, made in 2014, properly describe the situation of Nicaragua today, where even the preamble of the crisis was manipulated to generate rejection of the Nicaraguan government. Amnesty Internationals maliciously titled report, Shoot to Kill: Nicaraguas Strategy to Repress Protest, could be dismantled point by point, but doing so requires precious time that the Nicaraguan people dont have, therefore I will concentrate on two main points:

(a) The report completely lacks neutrality; and,
(b) Amnesty Internationals role is contributing to the chaos in which the nation finds itself.

The operating narrative, agreed-upon by the local opposition and the corporate western media, is as follows: That president Ortega sought to cut 5 percent from retirees monthly retirement checks, and that he was going to increase contributions, made by employees and employers, into the social security system. The reforms sparked protests, the response to which was a government-ordered genocide of peaceful protestors, more than 60, mostly students. A day or two after that, the Nicaraguan government would wait until nightfall to send its police force out in order to decimate the Nicaraguan population, night after night, city by city, in the process destroying its own public buildings and killing its own police force, to then culminate its murderous rampage with a Mothers Day massacre, and so on.

While the above narrative is not uniformly expressed by all anti-government actors, the unifying elements are that the government is committing genocide, and that the president and vice-president must go.

Amnesty Internationals assertions are mostly based on either testimony by anti-government witnesses and victims, or the uncorroborated and high...


Ethiopian Prime Minister Visits Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu amid tight security. Ahmed was received at the airport by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. In a message posted on Twitter, Farmajo told the Ethiopian prime minister: Welcome to Mogadishu your excellency its an honor to host you and your []



Stories of resilience and growth from drought hit Somalia, with UN projects "IndyWatch Feed War"

Meet two farmers and two female entrepreneurs, whosupported by the Somalia Emergency Drought Response and Recovery Project (SEDRP)share their experiences of grit, hope, and resilience despite years of drought and famine risks. In observation of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, delve into four stories of resilience from desert lands in Somalia. Meet two []



Kenya: Mandera farmers count losses after River Dawa breaks banks, ask for help "IndyWatch Feed War"

Farmers in Mandera are counting losses for the third time this year after their lands were submerged when River Dawa burst its banks. In Mandera East Sub-County, Mr Ali Hassan Hamo, who grows onions, water melons and maize says his losses amount to more than Sh3 million. We have had floods since March. Unfortunately, the []



Q&A: Leading Sadrist says foreign powers should not 'hold influence' over Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"


Muqtada al-Sadr adviser talks about Iraq's election and shaky relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran


South Africa: Malmesbury Mosque attacker had been treated for bipolar disorder VIDEO "IndyWatch Feed War"

The man who killed two worshipers inside the Malmesbury mosque before he was shot dead by police is understood to have been treated for bipolar disorder previously and had no history of violence, said Amir Sheikh, chairperson of the Somali Community Board of SA. As worshipers try to make sense of the attacks that took []



Russian Army Gets the Weapons of the Future Today "IndyWatch Feed War"

Many nations are working hard to put unmanned systems onto the battlefields, but Russia appears to be leading this race, fielding its military robotics more quickly than anyone else.


Protests in Ramallah: Does the PA actually care about Palestinians? "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is a bizarre feeling when everyone around you is more scared of Palestinian forces than they are of the Israeli army


Saudi-led Coalition Captures Al-Hudaydah Airport, Repels Houthis Attack In al-Tuhayat (Photos, Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

On June 16, the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies captured the al-Hudaydah airport, south of the port city, along the western Yemeni coast, according to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV. Yemeni sources said that heavy clashes between the coalition and the Houthis are currently taking place north of the airport.

Saudi-led Coalition Captures Al-Hudaydah Airport, Repels Houthis Attack In al-Tuhayat (Photos, Map)

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A day earlier, the Saudi-led coalition managed to reach the southern entrance of the airport after conducting more than 300 airstrikes on the Houthis positions and troops there. Sources in the Saudi-backed forces claimed that 255 fighters of the Houthis were killed and 500 others were injured since the beginning of the coalition attack on the airport.

Meanwhile, the Sky News Arabia TV reported that the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies repelled an attack of the Houthis on their positions in the district of al-Tuhayat, 65km south of al-Hudaydah. According to the TV station, coalition forces killed 35 fighters of the Houthis and captured 80 others during the clashes in the district.

Once the airport of al-Hudaydah is secured, the Saudi-led coalition will begin advancing towards the city itself. Unlike the open areas around the airport, the urban areas inside al-Hudaydah may allow the Houthis to organize an effective defense.

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Yemen The Starvation Siege Has Begun "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saudis and Emirates have the active support of Britain and the United States. The attack on Hodeidah, the siege on all Houthi controlled territory and the coming famine can still stopped. Britain and the U.S., the Saudis and the Emirates are on the verge of committing a war crime that will exceed the war on Iraq by any measure.


Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, June 17, 2018 For we walk by faith, not by sight "IndyWatch Feed War"

We need to spend some time with the Lord, listening to His words, and wondering what the words mean.  When we do this, we begin to understand Jesus and the Kingdom.

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I, the LORD, bring low the high tree, lift high the lowly tree  Ezekiel

Sounds like: The last shall be first and the first shall be last.

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 92

Reading 1 EZ 17:22-24

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,
from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,
and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;
on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.
It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,
and become a majestic cedar.
Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,
every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.
And all the trees of the field shall know
that I, the LORD,
bring low the high tree,
lift high the lowly tree,
wither up the green tree,
and make the withered tree bloom.
As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16

R. (cf. 2a) Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praise to your name, Most High,
To proclaim your kindness at dawn
and your faithfulness throughout the night.
R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
The just one shall flourish like the pal...


Public Barred from NDAA Senate Committee Markup "IndyWatch Feed War"

Renee Parsons It appears to have been no coincidence that when President John F. Kennedys spoke to the American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27,1961, ten days after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, he tacitly referred to the Joint Chiefs and the CIA who had orchestrated the Cuban invasion and then lied to gain his approval for military action. In that speech, Kennedy expressed what became a quintessential JFK quote: the very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it. On May 24th, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) met behind closed doors and approved the massive 1140 page National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA S 2987 ) of 2019 by a 25-2 vote which authorizes funding and provides activities for the US military. At the same time,


China hits back as US trade tensions threaten economy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tit-for-tat tariffs on products worth tens of billions have left the US and China teetering on the brink of an all-out trade war, one Beijing can ill-afford with headwinds mounting for its economy.

AFP/File / by Ryan MCMORROW | Beijing has warned that new US tariffs on its products threaten Chinas economic interests and security

US President Donald Trump announced tariffs Friday on Chinese imports valued at $34 billion with another $16 billion under consideration prompting an immediate response from Beijing on American products worth the same amount.

The confrontation between the worlds two largest economies comes just as signs emerge that Beijings drive to cut domestic debt is taking a toll on Chinas economic growth.

Economic data this week showed investment, a pillar of Chinas economy, sagging, while surging exports threatened by the US trade spat have provided a boost in recent months.

Chinas commerce ministry warned Trumps tariffs threaten Chinas economic interests and security, in a statement outlining Beijings response.

Washington is bent on violating global trade norms, it said, and seriously violates Chinas rights and interests under World Trade Organization rules.

Trump has threatened further tariffs if Beijing retaliates, having previously said imports worth another $100 billion could be targeted.

The trade dispute is escalating at a time when doubts about the domestic economic picture are rising, said Mark Williams, Asia Economist at Capital Economics, in a note.

Political threat

Two decades ago, Chinas economy was largely fuelled by exports, but it has made progress in rebalancing towards domestic investment and consumption since the global financial crisis erupted last decade limiting the damage trade tariffs could inflict on Beijing.

Still, strong exports this year have lifted the economy, which is now showing signs of losing steam under the weight of Beijings war on debt, launched to clean up financial risks and rein in borrowing-fuelled growth.

The commerce ministry issued two lists of American goods worth $50 billion in total which will be hit with a retaliatory 25 percent tariff.

Initially, 545 US products valued at $34 billion will be targeted, mimicking the tariff rollout by the Trump administration.

These include major American exports to China like soybeans, which...


Big Brother Facebook: Drawing Down The Iron Curtain on Yankeedom "IndyWatch Feed War"

Leading a double life

When my partner, Barbara, first opened an account on Facebook, she used it in a way that most people in Yankeedom use it. Her network was an eclectic assortment of family, current and former workmates, new and old friends, neighbors and relatives living in other parts of the country. Most of what was posted on this account were pictures of kids, dogs and kitty cats, vacations, dinner outings, jokes nothing too controversial. Like most members of Yankeedom, religion and politics were off limits. However, there was a kind of politically unconscious assumption operating that liberal values prevailed and that somehow the Democratic Party embodied those values. I nicknamed her Facebook account the Suzy Cream Cheese account after the Mothers of Inventions album because it only dealt with surface preoccupations.

As the most recent US presidential primaries heated up and people took sides about Hillary, Bernie and Jill Stein, the Suzy Cream Cheese page started to be not nice. The political unconscious became conscious. The assumption was that all women in the name of feminism should vote for Hillary. My partner thought this was a very shallow understanding of feminism and posted an article she wrote that was published in a number of online radical newsletters titled, Feminism is Bigger Than Gender: Why Ill Be Happy in Hell Without Hillary. Oh dear. After she posted that article on Facebook, she got the cold shoulder and lost a couple of friends. Around that time she opened up a second political Facebook account and started adding to it a whole new group of far-left friends and acquaintances. She continued posting suitable for family viewing comments with her Suzy Cream Cheese account while posting and responding to socialist and communist posts on her political account.

The Two Faces of Facebook

Neither Barbara nor I are sociologists of social media or specifically of Facebook, so what follows is experiential. However, we do know a thing or two about how capitalist institutions operate in general and Facebook is no exception.

The primary purpose of Facebook is to sell ad space to marketers. But how do you reach the Yankee public? You make it easy for Yankees to set up individual accounts so that Yankees can do what we do besttalk about the micro world of family, dogs...


The Trump Doctrine Is Winning and the World Is Losing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Decades from now, we may look back at the first weeks of June 2018 as a turning point in world history: the end of the liberal order.

At a summit in Canada, the president of the United States rejected associating the country with the rules-based international order that America had built after World War II, and threatened the countrys closest allies with a trade war. He insulted the Canadian prime minister, and then, just a few days later, lavished praise on Kim Jong-un, the worlds most repressive dictator. Without consulting Americas allies in the region, he even reiterated his desire to withdraw American troops from South Korea.

By Kori Schake
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Such reckless disregard for the security concerns of Americas allies, hostility to mutually beneficial trade and willful isolation of the United States is unprecedented. Yet this is the foreign policy of the Trump administration. Quite explicitly, the leader of the free world wants to destroy the alliances, trading relationships and international institutions that have characterized the American-led order for 70 years.

The administrations alternative vision for the international order is a bare-knuckled assertion of unilateral power that some call America First; more colorfully, a White House official characterized it to The Atlantic as the Were America, Bitch doctrine. This aggressive disregard for the interests of like-minded countries, indifference to democracy and human rights and cultivation of dictators is the new world Mr. Trump is creating. He and his closest advisers would pull down the liberal order, with America at its helm, that remains the best guarantor of world peace humanity has ever known. We are entering a new, terrifying era.

According to the president, the liberal world order is a con job he insists America is paying too much and being swindled by its friends. He wants the United States to pull back from its alliances and let its partners fend for themselves, and devote its money to its domestic needs.

Those criticisms resonate in a time when Americans are fearful of how the world is chan...


Sweden Mobilizes Home Guard for First Time Since 1975 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: The Local: Swedens 22,000 volunteer soldiers were on Tuesday evening grabbing their guns and uniform, cancelling social engagements, and rushing to their stations, as the Swedish Armed Forces launched its biggest surprise exercise since 1975. The idea behind this exercise is that we are now strengthening our military defence of the country, Swedens Supreme []


Whats in Trumps Deal of the Century? The Answers are in Plain Sight "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are mounting signals that Donald Trumps much-delayed Middle East peace plan billed as the deal of the century is about to be unveiled.

Even though Trumps officials have given away nothing publicly, the plans contours are already evident, according to analysts.

They note that Israel has already started implementing the deal entrenching apartheid rule over Palestinians while Washington has spent the past six months dragging its heels on publishing the document.

Netanyahu has simply got on with deepening his hold on the West Bank and East Jerusalem and he knows the Americans arent going to stand in his way, said Michel Warschawski, an Israeli analyst and head of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem.

He will be given free rein to do what he likes, whether they publish the plan or, in the end, it never sees the light of day, he told Middle East Eye.

Eran Etzion, a former Israeli foreign ministry official, agreed: Israel has a much freer hand than it did in the past. It feels confident enough to continue its existing policies, knowing Trump wont stand in the way.

Netanyahu the winner

According to the latest reports, the Americans may present their plan within days, soon after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Yossi Alpher, a former aide to Ehud Barak during his premiership in the late 1990s, said it was clear Netanyahu was being kept in the loop by Trump officials. He told MEE: He is being apprised of what is coming. There wont be any surprises for him.

Analysts are agreed that Netanyahu will emerge the winner from any Trump initiative.

Yossi Beilin, a former Israeli politician who was a pivotal figure in the Oslo peace process of the early 1990s, said Netanyahu would cynically manipulate the plan to his advantage.

He knows the Palestinians will not accept the terms they are being offered, he told MEE. So he can appear reasonable and agree to it even if there are things he is unhappy with knowing that the Palestinians will reject it and then be blamed for its failure.

Alpher agreed. If the plan is rejected, Trump will say he did his best, he offered the parties the greatest deal ever, and that they must now be left to settle the issues on their own.

He added that the only obstacle to Washington presenting the plan were fears about Abbass waning health. Trumps team might then prefer to shelve it.

Even then, he said, Netanyahu would profit.

He can then continue with what hes been doing for the past 10 years....


Attorney General Sessions goes after Philadelphia over sanctuary status "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a speech at a local college on Friday, criticized Philadelphia and its mayor over the citys sanctuary status, one that limits its cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

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Sessions accused the city of coddling dangerous criminals and refusing to turn them over to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials when requested.

Philadelphia is not giving sanctuary to Americans but to foreign criminals, he said. If they reach Philadelphia, they are home free. It is a de facto open borders policy.

The administration of President Donald Trump regularly criticizes cities and other jurisdictions, estimated to number more than 500 nationwide, that have adopted some sanctuary policies.

Sessions took special aim at Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney, who has reaffirmed the citys welcoming stance toward immigrants.

City spokeswoman Deana Gamble told Reuters that Philadelphia will turn over illegal immigrants to federal officials if presented with a criminal warrant or an order from a judge, but not if ICE presents only an administrative warrant.

The city honors ICEs requests for notification of release and to detain individuals whenever ICE obtains a warrant or order from a judge, Gamble said in a statement.

However, ICE often refuses to obtain warrants or orders from judges and makes requests of the city that have not been approved by any court. Philadelphia does not protect or harbor criminals, she said.

Sessions also said on Friday that the Justice Department would confront any problems uncovered by an inspector generals report that found former FBI Director James Comey made errors of judgment in handling a Hillary Clinton email investigation. [nL1N1TG0XR]

He did not address the Justice Departments separating children from their parents if they are caught illegally crossing the Mexican border, or his partial justification of that policy on Thursday by quoting a Bible verse.

Reporting by David DeKok, Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Rosalba OBrien


Philly mayor dances after sanctuary city ruling,...


French special forces on the ground in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military sources.

The newspaper gave no further information about their activities. The Defence Ministry was not immediately available for comment, but its usual policy is not to comment on special forces operations.

A French parliamentary source recently told Reuters French special forces were in Yemen.

Forces from an Arab alliance entered the airport in Yemens main port city on Saturday, in the biggest battle of the coalitions war against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

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The French Defence Ministry said on Friday that France was studying the possibility of carrying out a mine-sweeping operation to provide access to the port of Hodeidah once the coalition had wrapped up its military operations.

The ministry stressed that France at this stage had no military operations in the Hodeidah region and was not part of the Saudi-led coalition.

France, along with the United States and Britain, backs the Arab coalition in the Yemen conflict and provides weapons to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas and John Irish; Editing by Adrian Croft




Turkish elections: The fringe nationalist facing a polling day pummelling "IndyWatch Feed War"


Though opinion polls don't look good for Dogu Perincek, some see the Maoist-influenced politician wielding influence in surprising ways


Real Takeaway: The FBI Influenced the Election of a President "IndyWatch Feed War"

The good news is the Deep State seems less competent than we originally feared.


Christians Throw The Book At Trump on Immigration Gods law trumps mans law. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cardinal Dolan slams Trump immigration crackdown as unbiblical


South Africa: Violent and Illegal Eviction Underway at the Barcelona 2 Transit Camp, #Lamontville "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mayor Zandile Gumede has started her dealing with Abahlali.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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

This morning at around 10:00 a.m. the Anti-Land Invasion Unit, accompanied by heavily armed security guards, attacked the Barcelona 2 Transit Camp in Lamontville. It is a short walk from where Sibonelo Mpeku, our chairperson in the Sisonke Village land occupation, was kidnapped and murdered on 19 Novemberlast year.

No court order was provided therefore this is eviction, carried out at gunpoint, is an illegal and criminal act. 

Barcelona 2 is a so called transit camp that was built by the Municipality to hide impoverishment and homelessness during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Many families were forcibly evicted from their homes and moved into transit camps.

Transit camps were also used by the apartheid regime. They are like concentration camps used to hide impoverished black people and to take control over their communities. They are not fit for human beings. It is incredible that a democratically elected black government would do this to our people.

The people moved into Barcelona 2 were told that they would not stay there for longer than three to six months. They have now been there for more than seven years. The houses that were meant for them were instead given to ANC members via SANCO and people claiming to be MK veterans. 

The Councillor in the Ward is Eunice Khanyile. A large number of ANC supporters in the ward refused to vote for her in the last local government election and instead voted for an independent candidate. After the election there were sustained claims of fraud. Boxes of ballot papers were found at a local dumpsite.

We managed to hold a meeting despite the ongoing attack on the community. The residents reported that Khanyile has said that she is cleansing the area of amaMpondo....


U.S., China Tariffs Hit American-Made Products from Chips to Cars "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tit-for-tat tariffs can affect U.S. companies and farmers in unexpected ways

Workers assemble a car at the Volvo manufacturing plant in Daqing, Heilongjiang province, China, on June 8. The effect of tariffs on U.S.-bound autos made in China is likely to be muted.
Workers assemble a car at the Volvo manufacturing plant in Daqing, Heilongjiang province, China, on June 8. The effect of tariffs on U.S.-bound autos made in China is likely to be muted. PHOTO: REUTERS


June 15, 2018 6:50 p.m. ET

Chip makers, auto makers and soybean farmers are among those facing the brunt of tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by the U.S. and China in unexpected ways.

President Donald Trumps plan to impose tariffs on about $50 billion of Chinese goods will force American semiconductor companies to pay duties on their own products because of the complexities of global supply chains, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Most chips American companies import from China are designed in the U.S., and some of their components are made domestically bef...


Turkey to fight terror with allies or alone: Erdogan But is this just last minute re-election talk? "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Recep Tayyip Erdoan said Ankara is determined to pursue its cross-border military operations from its southern borders to northern Iraq, stating that the operation in the Kandil region is ongoing.

We are bombing Kandil right now. We are telling those who call themselves a friend that if you are a friend, you deal with it. If you will not, we will, Erdoan said in a speech he delivered following Friday prayers in Istanbuls Sultangazi Mosque on June 15.

We will have further good news for you in following days, he added.

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The Turkish presidents comments came after the Turkish military announced on June 15 that 26 outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were killed or surrendered in operations since June 12.

Erdoan on June 11 said an operation against the PKK has begun in Kandil on the Iraq-Iran border as well as the Iraqi-controlled Sinjar region, which is a Yezidi Kurdish region.

We have destroyed 14 important targets using 20 of our [warplanes]. They have hit [their targets] and they have returned. We are not done. This will continue, the president said during an election rally in the central province of Nide.

Kandil will not be a threat or a source of terror for our people anymore. We will drain the terror swamp in Kandil as we have done in Afrin, Jarablus, Azaz, al-Bab, he said, referring to the northern Syrian regions where the Turkish military had pursued military operations with Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces.

Turkey was concerned about the presence of Syrian Kurdish forces in its northern border region, especially the United States-backed Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the Peoples Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara deems an offshoot of the outlawed PKK and an imminent threat to its territorial integrity.

Erdoan has also vowed to extend military operations in Syria if need be, a stance that has caused friction with the NATO-ally United States, which has backed the YPG in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

We have demolished the terror corridor in northern Syria. Now, we are bombing Kandil, Erdoan said on June 15.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last week Baghdad was ready to cooperate with Ankara to prevent attacks from Iraq into Turkey. He also called on Turkey to...


Troops fire at anti-India protests in Kashmir, 1 killed "IndyWatch Feed War"

SRINAGAR, India At least one man was killed and over a dozen others wounded on Saturday as protests against Indian rule followed by clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir shortly after Eid prayers, police and residents said.

Shouting slogans Go India, go back and We want freedom, hundreds of people began marching in the southern Anantnag area but were confronted by government forces firing tear gas, leading to clashes with stone-throwing protesters.

Indian policemen and paramilitary soldiers stand guard near the site of shootout in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 15, 2018. (Dar Yasin/AP)

The use of force intensified as the protesters barraged police and paramilitary soldiers with a hail of stones while the troops fired shotgun pellets, injuring at least 17 people.

One young man among the injured died at a hospital. He suffered pellet injuries in his head and throat while at least other men were hit by pellets in their eyes, medics said.

Protests and clashes also were reported at several places across Kashmir, including the main city of Srinagar, after Eid prayers concluded.

Muslim Kashmiris on Saturday were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan and its daytime fasting.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory divided between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan but claimed by both in its entirety. In recent years, the Indian-controlled portion has seen renewed rebel attacks and repeated public protests against Indian rule.

Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989, demanding that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.

Most Kashmiris support the rebels cause while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.


#Harrisburg, USA: Solidarity Action for la #ZAD "IndyWatch Feed War"

Statement about a solidarity action for la ZAD.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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

In the early hours of the 8th of June we immobilized an earth mover in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at a new development project.

This small gesture was taken in solidarity with la ZAD of Notre-Dam-des-Landes, France, where rebels have fought to maintain an autonomous zone, free from the state and its plans for almost a decade.

The ZAD was first occupied 9 years ago to prevent the construction of a recently abandoned airport project and has inspired eco-rebels across the world, especially its inspiring defense against Operation Ceaser, a massive eviction attempt in late 2012.

Once again la ZAD is facing a fresh wave of repression, in the form of intense both police violence and a recuperative negotiation process which seeks to tame and legalize the uncontrolled zone.

For the defense of territory against the interests of capital

For sabotage against the instruments of ecological devastation

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How Tory rebels are leading Britain towards Brexit in name only "IndyWatch Feed War"


Downing Street fears that a moment of genuine danger for Brexit is just days away

Next Saturday, tens of thousands of Remain supporters are expected to descend on London for what is billed as the biggest ever pro-European protest march.

They will demand a peoples vote on the final Brexit deal in other words a second referendum, with the ultimate aim of stopping Brexit.

With just 286 days to go until Britain formally and legally leaves the EU, it might be assumed that their angry cries will be carried away on the wind.

Yet there is a growing nervousness in Downing Street that a moment of genuine danger for the Brexit process is just days away.

A highly-organised pro-European machine, lubricated by the cash of the financier George Soros, believes it is closer than at any

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Privately, Donald Trump thinks that Crimea is part of Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

During the G7 dinner at Charlevoix, Donald Trump explained to his partners that he considered that the peninsular of Crimea really belonged to Russia. What is significant is the US President's reasoning: all the inhabitants of Crimea speak Russian and not Ukrainian. Up till now, the West was united in accusing Russia of using force to annex Crimea. The G7's final communiqu does not seem to include the annexation of Crimea in the dispute with Russia but only the conflict in Eastern (...)


Trump bombed Syria ... to impress China "IndyWatch Feed War"

In an interview granted on 12 June in Singapore to the US presenter Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump talked about the first bombing that he ordered against Syria way back in April 2017. Trump recalled that when the Chinese President Xi Jinping was on a state visit to the US, he entertained him at Mar-a-Lago (Florida), Trump's well known private residence. Trump specified that at the end of the dinner, while pudding was being served, he announced to the Chinese leader that he planned (...)


Syria strengthens its security in the South "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the South of Syria, the Syrian Arab Army is proceeding to set up batteries of anti-air missiles, specifically along the boundary marking off Syria from the Israeli occupied Golan. At the same time, Hezbollah forces in this area have started withdrawing to Lebanon. For several years now, Israel has been making requests for Iranian troops or troops linked to Iran (such as the Lebanese Hezbollah) to withdraw from Southern Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gone to Moscow several (...)


israels evil apartheid regime will be testing weapons on American soil "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why Isnt Anyone Talking About the Israeli Military Coming to Alaska? By The Peace Report, Israel will be testing their Arrow 3 weapons system from the island of Kodiak, just off the coast of Alaska. 62 shipping containers that have been renovated into sleeping quarters for the Israeli troops and have already been shipped to []


Redistributing the cards in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Iraqi Parliament has declared that the legislative elections aimed at reviving its functioning, were irregular. Parliament has revoked the Electoral Commission and has called for the votes to be recounted. Violence has broken out in Baghdad, resulting in 18 deaths. Although Moqtada el-Sadr (left in the photo above), winner of the elections that had been annulled, has denounced the manoeuvre of the outgoing parliament, he has appealed to the Iraqi people to lay down their weapons. A (...)


israels making the deserts bloom myth "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Real Story Behind Israels Blooming Desert A Palestinian farmer looks at Israeli army soldiers after he planted an olive trees near the West Bank town of Tubas in the Jordan valley, during a protest against the closure of land to Palestinians by the army and Jewish settlers, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Dozens of Palestinians []


Why We Should Be Alarmed That israeli Forces and US Police Are Training Together "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why We Should Be Alarmed That Israeli Forces and US Police Are Training Together   by Domenica Ghanem   Razan al-Najjar is the latest victim in Israels onslaught of Palestinians to go viral. The 21-year-old nurse was shot dead by a sniper. Her only weapon? A wad of medical gauze. Shed been treating protesters whove been rallying []


Why There Wont Be a Yemeni Version of the White Helmets "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yemeni White Helmets(ZHE Op-ed)  Have you noticed the almost complete lack of video footage showing the ongoing Arab and US coalition aerial bombardment of Yemens key port city of Al Hudaydah? Reuters reports the following: People are scared. The warships are terrifying and warplanes are flying overhead all the time,university student Amina, 22, who lives near the port, told Reuters by telephone. []


UN Rejects Plan for Immediate Ceasefire in Yemen Port "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIWAR.COM)  A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians. Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, []


U.S. Prosecutors Pull Encrypted Messages from Phones Seized in Cohen Raids "IndyWatch Feed War"

With regard to any application that claims to provide privacy: The simple fact is that the platforms on which it runs are compromised from the operating systems down to the silicon. Im not saying to not encrypt. Encryption can prevent your data from falling into the hands of thieves, Google and maybe the local police. []


Who Murdered Chef Anthony Bourdain? "IndyWatch Feed War"

I come to know about Chef Anthony Bourdain through his travel and exploration of the Philippine cuisine. His down to earth style struck a chord right away. But it is his untimely death that is making the rounds here and abroad. So I asked why? Fortunately, our friend John provided us the link to a Continue reading Who Murdered Chef Anthony Bourdain?


Is Trump-Kim Deal Really Peace Or Is It A Set Up For War? "IndyWatch Feed War"

June 14, 2018 (Brandon Turbeville Activist Post) Presidents Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are perhaps the two most unpredictable leaders in the world with everyone wondering from day to day what new provocative statement will be ushered from official channels. However, the two most unpredictable leaders appear to have found common ground, perhaps []


White House Announces 25 Percent Tariff on Chinese Tech Goods "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: The Verge: Today, President Trump announced an aggressive new set of tariffs against China, setting a 25 percent import tax on $50 billion worth of industrially significant technologies imported from China. In previous discussions, China has threatened to retaliate against such tariffs, stoking fears of a far-reaching and unpredictable trade war between the countries. []


When Rabin Tried To Make Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

After commenting on most of the episodes on the first Israeli Prime Ministers in Raviv Druckers TV series The Captains, I must come back to the one whose episode I have not yet covered: Yitzhak Rabin. Let me state right from the beginning: I liked the man. He was a man after my own heart: Continue reading "When Rabin Tried To Make Peace"

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Why We Should Be Alarmed That Israeli Forces and US Police Are Training Together "IndyWatch Feed War"

Razan al-Najjar is the latest victim in Israels onslaught of Palestinians to go viral. The 21-year-old nurse was shot dead by a sniper. Her only weapon? A wad of medical gauze. Shed been treating protesters whove been rallying for their right to return to homes they were expelled from as refugees. Unfortunately, the death of Continue reading "Why We Should Be Alarmed That Israeli Forces and US Police Are Training Together"

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Assanges Ecuadorian Cave "IndyWatch Feed War"

For over two months Julian Assange had no internet access and no contact with anyone besides his lawyer. Fifteen days is prohibited by the UN as prolonged solitary confinement under the Mandela Rules. His situation now appears unchanged except that he was visited last Thursday by two officials from Australias High Commission. It has not Continue reading "Assanges Ecuadorian Cave"

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PA forces crackdown on Gaza solidarity rally in Ramallah "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Palestinian Authoritys (PA) security forces broke up a rally in support of Gaza, which took place in Ramallah on Wednesday. Riot police used batons, sound grenades and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Injuries and arrests were reported at the scene. The protest was held despite a temporary ban on demonstrations issued earlier on []


Forty ISIS Bodies Found in Grave; 28 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Forty bodies belonging to ISIS militants were found in a mass grave in Qayara.

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US to Leave Foolish, Unworthy UN Human Rights Council Over Anti-Israel Bias "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik June 15, 2018 The United States demands regarding reforming the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have failed to be met, and as such Washington is reportedly ready to pull out over what it calls anti-Israel bias and the inclusion of alleged rights abusers. Diplomats told Reuters that its merely a matter of time []


UN Rejects Plan To Demand Immediate Ceasefire In Yemen Port "IndyWatch Feed War"

The UN security council rejected a move to demand an immediate end to the fighting around the strategic port. The 15-strong body failed to agree to a statement calling on forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire, with the US and UK both voicing opposition to the text introduced by Sweden. The council instead called for restraint and urged all sides to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law in fighting for the city currently held by rebel Houthi forces. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Friday that more and more fighters were arriving in Hodeidah, a city with a population of around 600,000 people.


#FamiliesBelongTogether Rallies Around The Country "IndyWatch Feed War"

As more terrible news continues to pour out our immigration centers, rallies nationwide have popped up to call out local officials and government policies that separate children at the border. In downtown Syracuse, New York, not usually a hotbed of activism in my experience, roughly seventy people joined the rally that began in front of Republican Congressman John Katkos office. Outside the Congressmans offices activists handed out yellow wristbands that were meant to symbolize the barcoded wristbands that immigrant children are forced to wear to receive food and services.


North Korea Has the Upper Hand In Negotiations With Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

North Korea, backed by China, has written the timetable for these negotiations. A year ago, it appeared as if North Koreas missile and nuclear tests would egg the Trump administration into a dangerous military confrontation. Trump even threatened to devastate the peninsula. But he did not have an ally in the newly elected South Korean leaderMoon Jae-inwho came to power when the conservatives floundered in corruption scandals. Moon, a calm and sincere person, held fast to his commitments to peace despite the North Korean missile and nuclear tests and the belligerence of the Trump administration. Out of nowhere, it seemed, Kim inaugurated the Olympics diplomacy. It is what drew the two Koreas together and outflanked the United States. Trump now had to follow the tune being hummed by Moon and Kim.


Apache Stronghold: Prayer for the Water, Gold King Mine Spill "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Steve Pavey Censored News June 15, 2018 The Stronghold Sacred Journey stops to pray at the Animas river on its way to Pueblo, CO. In 2015 the Gold King Mine Spill poisoned the Animas and San Juan rivers with heavy metals and other toxins that affected up to 2,000 Navajo farmers crops and cattle. The EPA took responsibility but paid no damages claiming Sovereign Immunity. This sacred


The Mass Media Will Not Review RFK, Jr.s Book. Why? "IndyWatch Feed War"

When a book as fascinating, truthful, beautifully written, and politically significant as American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, written by a very well-known author by the name of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and published by a prominent publisher (HarperCollins), is boycotted by mainstream book reviewers, you know it is an important book and has touched a nerve that the corporate mainstream media wish to anesthetize by eschewal. The Kennedy name attracts the mainstream media only when they can sensationalize something scandalous preferably sexual or drug related whether false or true...


The U.S. Has Been Breaking Up Families For Years "IndyWatch Feed War"

ICE under Obama averaged 309,887 arrests per year from 2009-2012, while ICE under Trump averaged 139,553 in 2017. Obama set records between 2008 and 2014 with the number of people arrested and placed in deportation proceedings under S-Comm. Those numbers plummeted by more than half in 2015, when S-Comm was replaced by the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Both programs use fingerprints collected during bookings by state and local police departments to identify individuals for deportation. The primary difference between the two programs is PEP attempted to put greater emphasis on deporting people who had been convicted of a crime.


The Fake News Story Is Fake News "IndyWatch Feed War"

Almost every day on public radio or public television, I hear reports about how fake news is undermining our democracy. These high-minded reporters and anchors seem truly to believe that a feverish menace is overwhelming the minds of once-sensible people. This story is itself fake news for several obvious reasons. Weve never had more good information than we have now; people are as well-informed as they want to be. There will always be outlets purveying lies; that is the nature of communication. And the insistence on the fake news issue is an effort to assign Trumps victory not to those who brought it to us (the electorate, and the incompetence of the Clinton campaign) but on some nefarious agents.


A Blow To Interventionists, As US And North Korea Move Toward Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Critics and pundits have been reacting dismissively to President Donald Trumps engagement with North Koreas Kim Jong Un. A few weeks ago Donald Trump was going to start World War III with the Korean peninsulas Rocket Man, or so observers said. Now, the prospect for peace, which has never been formally codified by treaty with North Korea since 1953, seems to have critics equally vexed and upset. Yet, hoping for peace to fail in order to prevent Trump from gaining a victory is to engage in precisely the type of behavior his critics accuse him of displaying.


War On Iran Is US Policy Now "IndyWatch Feed War"

On May 21, in his first formal public address, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (sworn in May 2) effectively declared war on the sovereign nation of Iran. Pompeo has no constitutional authority to declare war on anyone, as he well knows, so his declaration of war is just short of overt, though it included a not-so-veiled threat of a nuclear attack on Iran. Pompeos declaration of war is a reactionary move that revitalizes the malignant Iranaphobia of the Bush presidency, when predictions were rife that Iran would have nuclear weapons by next year, next month, next week, predictions that never came true over twenty years of fearmongering.


How Rich Are The Ultra Rich? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nearly seven years ago I know, wow the Occupy Wall Street movement began highlighting the divide between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent. Since then, its become common knowledge that income inequality in the United States is high. But theres more to the story than just numbers. Income inequality isnt the defining social issue of our time because your neighbor bought a slightly bigger house or nicer car than you did. Its because multi-millionaires and billionaires are competing for slightly bigger mega-yachts while our friends set up GoFundMe accounts to plead for help with basic medical expenses.


The Freedom to Go Anywhere "IndyWatch Feed War"

As long as there are individual states, there will be borders that determine which state is responsible for which section of the Earth's surface. But there is no reason to assume that these borders must be closed.


Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey at Bears Ears "IndyWatch Feed War"

Photos and article by Steve Pavey Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey Censored News BEARS EARS, Utah -- Weve all been touched by colonization, says Apache spiritual leader Wendsler Nosie, Sr. The difference between us native Indians and the rest of those living in the U.S. is that we still have one foot outside the system of the colonizer through our history,


Grassroots O'odham Deliver Third Load of Emergency Food to O'odham on Border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Grassroots O'odham Deliver Third Load of Emergency Food to O'odham on Border Photos and article by Ofelia Rivas Censored News O'odham Land -- Thank you for your generous donations, collected supplies and food for O'odham in need. In 108 degree heat, we loaded up food for delivery. Donations are needed for repair of a community truck used for hauling water and firewood.  Donate to


Schedule Dine' CARE Eastern People's Convention June 21--23, 2018 -- Nh hast: Our world has fractu "IndyWatch Feed War"

. Halliburton destroying Greater Chaco Region near Lybrook, NM, in Jan. 2018 Photo Daniel Tso Din C.A.R.E.Eastern People's Convention: Nh hast: our world has fractu


Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey in Shiprock "IndyWatch Feed War"

Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey Caravan was in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation with Shiprock Chapter President Chili Yazzie on Thursday. By Steve Pavey Censored News Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey Caravan was in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation with Shiprock Chapter President Chili Yazzie on Thursday. Chili prayed for us and our sacred journey and then provided us


Annual Wool and Mohair Buy on Navajo Nation -- Fairer Prices for Dine' "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sorting through wool to pull out any debris before its washed. Photo by Angelo Baca Annual Wool and Mohair Buy on Navajo Nation -- Fairer Prices for Dine' By Samuel Tunick Black Mesa Water Coalition Censored News This summer, Black Mesa Water Coalition, in partnership with Din College and the Land Grant Office, is hosting the 7th Annual Wool & Mohair Buy. This event brings


Apache Stronghold Spiritual Journey -- The Myth of Santa Fe "IndyWatch Feed War"

. By Steve Pavey Censored News Apache Spiritual Stronghold stops at the plaza in Sante Fe to talk and pray. This monument to the heroes who have fallen in the various battles with (Savages - which has been scratched off) Indians ... stands in the middle. As a part of the Poor Peoples Campaign this sacred journey is for healing to confront the deception of the birth of America - its first


U.S. to take 'firm, appropriate measures' against so called Syria violations- Funding Terrorist White Helmets, Again. "IndyWatch Feed War"


Keep in mind that Syria is attempting to take back its territory- within its recognized borders.
The US, through its terror proxies is attempting to impede this.

(Reuters) - The United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Syrian government violations in a designated de-escalation zone in the countrys southwest, the State Department said on Thursday.

After seven years of conflict, the southwest of Syria, bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is one of the parts of the country still outside the states control.

President Bashar al-Assads forces have recovered swathes of territory from rebels with the help of Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, and he has repeatedly pledged to take back every inch.
Assad said on Wednesday his government was still pursuing a political solution for Syrias rebel-held southwest, but would use military force if the effort failed.

We are giving the political process a chance, he told Iranian channel al-Alam News in an interview published in an English translation by Syrian state news agency SANA.
If that doesnt succeed, we have no other option but to liberate it by force.
The state department said any Syrian government military actions against that zone risked broadening the conflict.

We affirm again that the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Syrian government violations in this area, it said in a statement on Thursday.

An underpinning ceasefire arrangement and the de-escalation deal are intended to save lives and create conditions for the displaced to return home safely, it added.

The ceasefire must continue to be enforced and respected, it said.
The US has zero business enforcing anything in Syria. On Syrian territory.
The statement comes after Syrian jets struck rebel-held towns in the countrys south in March, rebels and residents said, the first aerial attacks on the area since the pact declaring it a de-escalation zone.

As a member of the U.N. Security Council, Russia is duly responsible to use its diplomatic and military influence over the Syrian government to stop attacks and co...


Saker Community Translations and new collaboration launched! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dear friends, Excellent news!  First, I am happy to announce the official launch of the Saker Community Translations YouTube channel which you can find here: This project has been


This Is How Wars Start "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Rostislav Ishchenko for Actual Comment Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard Russia keeps its most powerful grouping of troops in the western direction. Just according to official


Dark Precedents: Matteo Salvini, the MV Tampa and Refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

In August 2001, Australias dour Prime Minister John Howard demonstrated to the world what his countrys elite soldiers could do. Desperate, close to starvation and having been rescued at sea from the Palapa I in the Indian Ocean, refugees and asylum seekers on the Norwegian vessel, the MV Tampa, were greeted by the crack troops of the Special Air Services.

A bitter, politicised standoff ensued.  The Norwegian vessel had initially made its way to the Indonesian port of Merak, but then turned towards the Australian territory of Christmas Island.  Howard, being the political animal he was, had to concoct a crisis to distract.  The politics of fear had a better convertibility rate than the politics of hope.

Australian authorities rebuked and threatened the container ships captain, claiming that if Rinnan refused to change course from entering Australias territorial sea, he would be liable to prosecution for people smuggling.  The vessel was refused docking at Christmas Island.  As was remarked a few years later by Mary Crock in the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, The stand taken by Australia in August 2001 set a precedent that, if followed by other refugee receiving countries, could only worsen the already deplorable problems facing asylum seekers in the world today.

And so it has transpired. Italys response to the migrant rescue ship, MV Aquarius, eerily evoked the Tampa and its captains plight.  The charity ship, carrying some 629 African refugees, found all Italian ports closed to it under the express orders of Matteo Salvini, who has debuted in stormy fashion as Italys new deputy prime minister and minister for the interior.

Salvini had, at first instance, pressed Malta to accept the human cargo, but only got an offer of assistance with air evacuations.  The good God, he bitterly surmised, put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily.  The result was initial diplomatic inertia, followed by growing humanitarian crisis, and a Spanish offer to accept the vessel.

The situation clearly, as it did in the case of the Tampa, was calculated for maximum political bruising.  One of Salvinis many political hats is federal secretary of the populist Lega party, which capitalised, along with the Five Star Movement, on the shambles of Prime Minister Giuseppe Contes failure to form a government in May.  The nature of that calculation was made clearer by the uneventful rescue of 937 refugees off the Libyan coast who were taken to Catania in Sicily by the Italian warship, the Diciotti on Tuesday. Little fuss arose from that engagement.


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Danish court orders government to compensate Iraqi civilians over torture "IndyWatch Feed War"


Plaintiffs say they were tortured during Iraq war in operation carried out by Iraqi security forces and Danish battalion


How Finland and Estonia fooled laws of nature and Russian gas, by Ruslan Ostashko "IndyWatch Feed War"

  Dear friends, here are some perplexing news. I read and reread them several times, checked sources and encyclopedia, and still couldnt understand what exactly is happening. Hopefully, together we


This is America: Outrage at Trump is phony, US leaders have praised dictators for decades "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Danielle Ryan | RT | June 15, 2018 Donald Trumps praise this week of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been presented by much of the Washington political class and US corporate media as an anomaly in history and a stark deviation from political norms. It is not normal or right, they tell us, []


Ons kent Ons "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hoe komt prinses Mabel aan haar 

aandelen Adyen van 131 miljoen?

Mathijs Smit
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Remembering Dorothy Cotton, movement educator for democracy and freedom "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Lucas Johnson

Dorothy Cotton was the director of education for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the King years. (Twitter / @natcivilrightsmuseum)

On June 11, the world lost another veteran of the 20th century struggles for freedom and democracy. Dorothy Cotton, director of education for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, or SCLC, when it was led by Martin Luther King Jr., passed away at the age of 88.

As an invaluable member of a legendary team of preachers and organizers, she was one of the few women at SCLC to have served in a senior leadership position. Amid the efforts to register black voters in the segregated South, SCLC came to realize that registration was not enough for a population that had been disenfranchised for centuries. Cotton wanted people to understand the mechanisms of a government that had never really represented them or their interests and, ultimately, make that government their own a process that would involve much more than voting.

She devoted herself to this work in the 1960s, ensuring that black people were taught black history and lessons important to economic empowerment, alongside classes on the constitution and ways to pass literacy tests. After the movement years, she went on to become the director of student activities at Cornell University and, among other things, supported students who were organizing in solidarity with the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

I didnt meet Dorothy until long after she retired from Cornell. In 2012, Vincent Harding had asked me to join a historic delegation to Palestine that was being organized by the Dorothy Cotton Institute. I was uneasy about joining the delegation which was mainly veterans of the black freedom struggles of the 1950s and 60s but eventually agreed. It was a tremendous honor to be among such a remarkable group. Led by Cotton and Harding, the delegation was, in part, a testament to her commitment to education. Even before leaving, we read, discussed and shared insights. Since the delegation was composed mostly of African Americans and Jews, we delved into the complicated history of relationships between the two groups in the United States. But that w...


9/11 "IndyWatch Feed War"

You think our country is so innocent? Trump asks after OReilly calls Putin a killer

U weet dat in showbusiness, politiek en al het andere perceptie de werkelijkheid is. 
Bill O'Reilly. 

9/11 Scene from 'One by One' Rik Mayall's last film release before his sudden death


DOJ IG, Horowitz, Fails to Admit What He Proves by Publius Tacitus "IndyWatch Feed War"

The final product of the Department of Justice Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, is a study in schizophrenia. On the one hand Horowitz reports that there was no EVIDENCE that political bias directly affected the investigation: There were clearly tensions and...


EXCLUSIVE interview with Syrias President Bashar Assad "IndyWatch Feed War"

  President Assads Al-Alam TV Interview, June 13, 2018. Wednesday, 13 June 2018 20:10 H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad gave the following interview to the Iranian Al-Alam TV: Question 1: Mr. President, there are many issues which we will talk about, but in the light of the victories you have achieved, the main focus remains the []


Human Rights Watch: Impose sanctions on Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed War"

Impose sanctions on Netanyahu for Gaza war crimes, says HRW

Israeli leaders responsible for the...


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Reclaiming the UNs Radical Vision of Global Economic Justice "IndyWatch Feed War"

What are the political implications of meeting the established human right for everyone to enjoy an adequate standard of living? In short, it necessitates a redistribution of wealth and resources on an unprecedented scale, which is why activists should resurrect the United Nations radical vision for achieving Article 25. 


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one of the most translated and celebrated documents in the world, marking its 70th anniversary this year. But relatively few people are aware of the significance of its 25th Article, which proclaims the right of everyone to an adequate standard of livingincluding food, housing, healthcare, social services and basic financial security. As our campaign group Share The Worlds Resources (STWR) has long proposed, it is high time that activists for global justice reclaim the vision that is spelled out in those few simple sentences. For in order to implement Article 25 into a set of binding, enforceable obligations through domestic and international laws, the implications are potentially revolutionary.

Since the Universal Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly in 1948, the United Nations never promised to do anything more than promote and encourage respect for human rights, without explicit legal force. The Universal Declaration may form part of so-called binding customary international law, laying out a value-based framework that can be used to exert moral pressure on governments who violate any of its articles. But in the past 70 years, no government has seriously attempted to adapt its behaviour in line with the Declarations far-reaching requirements.

While civil and political rights have enjoyed an increasing degree of implementation throughout the world, the historical record on economic and social rights is far less sanguine. This is forcefully illustrated by the UNs current Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston. In his first report submitted to the Human Rights Council, he argued that economic and social rights are marginalised in most contexts, without proper legal recognition and accountability mechanisms in place. Indeed, he even questioned the extent to which States treat them as human rights at all, and not just desirable long-term goals.



Libyan National Armys Advance To Capture Derna Is At Its Final Stage (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

On June 15, the Libyan National Army (LNA) continued its advance in the center of the northeastern city of Derna and captured al-Muahshah, Shaabiat Ghazi, the al-Asta Omar school, the main office of the al-Jabal al-Akhdar company and the neighborhoods of al-Daman al-Ijtmai and al-Kab al-Ali, according to the Libyan outlet Africa Gate News.

Libyan National Army's Advance To Capture Derna Is At Its Final Stage (Map)

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Earlier this week, the LNA captured the district of al-Qalaa and secured the district of Shiha al-Sharqiyah in Derna after heavy clashes with the Shura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna (SCMD).

Africa Gate News said that LNA had slowed down its advance in Derna in order to avoid any civilian casualties and to deal with the threat of the SCMDs vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIEDs) and suicide bombers.

From its side, the SCMD appears to be on the verge of defeat, especially that its fighters failed to conduct any successful defensive operation against the LNA in Derna during the last three days.

The LNA will likely mange to neutralize the SCMD before the end of this month. Egypt and the UAE played a key role in the LNA success by supporting it financially, politically and even militarily through the air force.

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State of the Climate: Its Alarming! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stuart Scott of Climate Matters.TV recently interviewed Dr. Peter Wadhams, emeritus professor, Polar Ocean Physics, Cambridge University and author of the acclaimed highly recommended: A Farewell To Ice (Oxford University Press, 2017).

In response to the question whats your assessment of the state of the climate, Dr. Wadhams replied:

Well, first of all, what I see is an acceleration of global warming because, for instance, the rate of rise of CO2 in the atmosphere is unprecedented. Not only are we not reducing emissions to the point where CO2 is stabilized, but the CO2 level is rising exponentially; its going faster than its ever gone before and then theres the extreme weather events, which certainly have hit people in Europe.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concern about CO2 is decisive:

Todays rate of increase is more than 100 times faster than the increase that occurred when the last ice age ended.

One hundred times anything is big.

That is an unprecedented rate of growth with profound and nasty negative consequences for temperature, climate, ecosystems, and species on land and in the oceans, nothing good. In fact, it could unexpectedly turn ugly to an extreme; a dour fact few people want to face. Further to that point, nobody believes the worst case, but thats why society is always blindsided by catastrophes.

Significantly, and extremely important for the optics of climate change, the commencement/start of disastrous climate change happens where nobody lives (nobody sees it), for example, the Arctic, Antarctica, Greenland, Himalayan glaciers (headwaters for major rivers), Andess glaciers (headwaters for major rivers), the oceans, Patagonia. Nobody lives where climate change is most pronounced and clearly evident. Hence and therefore, it is difficult for people to accept, realize, and deal with the impending danger hidden away from society, until it is too late.

Essentially, the million-dollar question therefore is whether this unparalleled occurrence of abnormally rapid CO2 growth, on steroids, triggers tipping points of significant unstoppable catastrophic events that ravage the biosphere. Regrettably, there are no backups; theres only one biosphere!

For sure, paleoclimatic history is filled with examples of horrific consequences. After all, there have already been five major extinction events. We are the sixth; its just a matter of time.

The first five extinctions: (1) Ordovician 444 million years ago (mya), 86% species gone; (2) Devonian 375 mya, 75% species lost; (3) Permian, 251 mya, 96% species lost; (4) Triassic, 200 mya, 80% species lost; (5) Cretaceous,...


European Islamic State fighters traded back to militant group: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"


Syrian Democratic Forces returned fighters, including French and German citizens, in several secret exchanges, British newspaper says


USA and the EU Quarrel, But Remain United Against Russia and China "IndyWatch Feed War"

Video: The USA and the EU Quarrel, But Remain United Against Russia and China

While the G7 is fissuring over the war on customs duties, the same conflicting actors are regrouping to reinforce NATO and its network of partners.


Former Central Banker: Oil Pipeline Protesters Will Be Killed. So Be It. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Oil Pipeline Protesters(CD)  As Canadas controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project faces ongoing opposition, the former governor of the Bank of Canada said that protesters may die but that the government should push the project through anyway. Speaking at an event Wednesday, David Dodge said, Were going to have some very unpleasant circumstances, the Edmonton Journal reported. There are some people that []


Paul Manafort Sent to Jail to Wait for Trial "IndyWatch Feed War"

Paul Manafort Jail(ZHE Op-ed)  It seems Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally has Paul Manafort right where he wants him behind bars. The judge overseeing the case against the former Trump campaign executive has ruled that the witness tampering charges levied against Manafort a week ago are serious enough to justify canceling his house arrest terms. Manafort will []


ISIS Video Simulates Terror Attack By Drone Upon Russias Sochi Stadium Depicting Mobs in Flames "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pro-ISIS Video Threatens Attacks on World Cup, Shows Russias Sochi Stadium in Flames

On June 13, the pro-ISIS media outlet Al-Adiyat released a short video threatening attacks on the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament in Russia. The video consists mainly of a compilation of combat footage from ISIS videos documenting battles in Mosul, Iraq, with a segment from a 2016 video released by the organizations Caucasus branch in which operatives issue threats to Russia. The final scene is an animated clip of a drone with an ISIS logo surveilling the Olympic village in Sochi and the stadium where the World Cup games are to be held, followed by animated explosions.

Man 1: Nobody knows that we are mujahideen and that we are operating here in the city not our families, not our friends, not our work colleagues, and not even our brothers. It is only these few people, and they have been working together for many years. You have been arresting us and you have been afraid of us just because of our beards, even though we have not done anything. You were afraid of what we would do today, and you wanted to postpone it, but today, Allah willing, we will not postpone fighting you anymore. Nobody knows that we are setting out today. We have been lying in wait for you, just like predators do with their prey. I say to the tyrannical rulers: If this group does not get you,...



THere's a new interview up with Canada's king of sonspiracy, Richard Syrett:



The Quran says the highest dignity man can attain is that of making war in person against the enemies of his religion "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ramadan Day 30 thought for the day from my new book The History of Jihad: Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi, a fifteenth-century Persian who wrote a biography of the Mongol Muslim warrior Tamerlane, observed that the Quran says the highest dignity man can attain is that of making war in person against the enemies of his []


UN sides with Hamas against Israel over Gaza clashes, ignores Palestinian violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is no surprise, given the UNs ongoing targeting of Israel, but it is inexcusable. The UN should be defunded and expelled from New York City. After all, what good does it do? UN sides with Hamas against Israel in Gaza clashes, World Israel News, June 14, 2018 (thanks to Inexion): The United Nations General []


Herd-Mediocrity and The Meta-Narrative of Bourgeois-Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Enlightenment meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism is committed to mediocrity. In fact, the Enlightenment meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism celebrates it. Everywhere the meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism reigns supreme, mediocrity follows, due to the fact mediocrity is the order and the criterion of any type of hierarchy founded on the Enlightenment meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism. Indeed, as Nietzsche states, under such rubric one and all [is] adjustedto the most dubious mediocrity.1, as the meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism concerns itself, foremost, with the propagation, the celebration, and the production of mediocrity, in and across, the stratums of everyday life and socio-economic existence. The reason is due the fact that mediocrity is most profitable and the most obdurate socio-economic substance any socio-economic formation or narrative can fashion for itself.  Meaning, mediocrity increases capitalist profit and the chances of duration, longevity, and resilience, pertaining to any ruling power.

Mediocrity is a congealed, unyielding, mass of citizens, intolerant to social change, novelty and liberty in the sense that mediocrity wants its own suppression, enslavement, and homogenization, which any ruling power can readily accommodate easily. Mediocrity is a herd, according to Nietzsche:

It is a bulbous mass stringently against [differences] of all kinds. [That is,] conservativepar excellence, slow to adopt, reluctant to let go, and [highly] enduring in the midst of tremendous change and mixture of elements. Mediocrity [is] consolidated and solidified [around a grounding] truth. [Its herd is always mediocre and solid.2

In this regard, for Nietzsche, herd-mediocrity is inertia[where] the middle is considered the highest and most valuable3 in the sense that this middle-of-the-road herd mentality is forever directed towards sta...


Israeli Army Wants to Shoot People in Gaza Preparing to Fly Kites and Balloons "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fly Kites(ANTIWAR.COM)  The Israeli military is reporting that they are in the process of studying the legal implications of legally defining kites and balloons as weapons. This would be done so that they would have a legal pretext for shooting people in the Gaza Strip preparing to fly either. A series of incidents have occurred on the Israel-Gaza []


Jordan Shows Gratitude For Saudi Gift By Planting Fake News "IndyWatch Feed War"

Politicians like to manipulate news outlets for their purposes. Below is a nice little example of how this works. Today the Saudi owned fish-wrap Al Arabiya tweeted this: Al Arabiya English @AlArabiya_Eng - 11:12 AM - 15 Jun 2018 #Jordan...


Massachusetts: Public high school hosts anti-Semitic all-day event featuring Palestinian propaganda "IndyWatch Feed War"

This blood libel, said Jacobs, the Jew-as-Nazi lie is the narrative that drives Jew-hatred around the world and here you are teaching this to our children. Yes, and its based on Palestinian victimhood propaganda that all too often features manufactured IDF atrocities that never actually took place. Jewish Parents Outraged at anti-Semitic All-Day Event at []


Ramadan in Nigeria: Muslims hack to death two Christians returning from church service "IndyWatch Feed War"

Kill them wherever you find them, says the Quran (2:191, 4:89, 9:5), and what better time than during Ramadan, the month in which Muslims try all the harder to obey Allah? Two Christians Ambushed, Killed in Central Nigeria, Morning Star News, June 14, 2018: JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Sunday []


Trump and Kim Defied the Odds for Successful Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Strategic Culture Foundation | June 15, 2018 Who would have guessed it? US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un achieved a stunning success this week when they met face-to-face in Singapore. It was the first time a sitting American president ever met a leader of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. Seven []


Ramadan in Egypt: Muslims screaming Allahu akbar pelt Christians with bricks and stones, loot their properties "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ramadan is the month in which Muslims strive ever harder to fulfill Allahs commands. And Allah commands: O you who have believed, fight those disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find in you harshness. (Quran 9:123) Copts homes attacked after they protest Muslim men swimming naked in front of them, World Watch []


Worlds Millionaires and Billionaires Now Control Half the Worlds Personal Wealth "IndyWatch Feed War"

Billionaires(CD)  Millionaires and billionaires own nearly half of all the worlds personal wealth, which reached $201.9 trillion last year, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group. The share of global wealth held by millionaires increased to almost 50 percent in 2017, compared with just under 45 percent in 2012, driven mainly by higher-wealth individuals investing []


The WSWS, Irans economy, the Basij & Revolutionary Shiism: an 11-part series "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Ramn Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In February the WSWS published a three-part series in response to my criticism of their inflammatory coverage of the protests last winter in


Israeli lawmaker proclaims supremacy of Jewish race "IndyWatch Feed War"

Likuds MK Miki Zohar says Jews are the smartest in the world, so know Netanyahu isnt corrupt by Stuard Winer for the Times of Israel A lawmaker from the ruling Likud party said


Joining Some Dots on the Skripal Case: Part 5 An Educated Guess "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Rob ASlane | The Blog Mire | June 14, 2018 I want in this piece to start joining some dots together on this case, using some of the facts, clues and suppositions that I have set out in the previous parts. I said at the end of Part 4 that there would be one []


World Cup: Moroccan and Tunisian fans take long road to Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"


Some football fans from the North African countries have spent their life savings to follow their national teams to the World Cup


Islamicize Me Day 30: The End of the Halal Heroes "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Day 30, Dennis, Giovanni, and Jamal fulfill their oath to follow Muhammads teachings. To visit Vocabs channel: To visit Jons channel: PATREON: TWITTER: FACEBOOK: MINDS: WEBSITE: Thanks to everyone for watching Islamicize Me, starring Vocab Malone, Jon McCray, and David Wood!


Weekend long read "IndyWatch Feed War"

1) NGO Monitor has published a study of The Latin American BDS Network.

Anti-Israel campaigns in Latin America, specifically in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico, have grown in recent years. For decades Latin American governments generally had strong ties with Israel, but this shifted during the 2000s when many governments demonstrated solidarity with Palestinians by recognizing a Palestinian state and condemning Israeli actions in Gaza. Still, countries such as Mexico and Argentina have substantial trade with Israel and have called for greater economic cooperation with the State. Furthermore, several of the Latin American countries that unilaterally recognized a Palestinian state chose to abstain in the UN vote on the US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem demonstrating ties to Israel.

In contrast to the strong economic and diplomatic ties with Israel, many local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are active in promoting BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions), lawfare, and various other delegitimization campaigns against the State of Israel. These campaigns are often accompanied by demonizing and antisemitic rhetoric. These organizations appear to receive no government support and therefore rely on international BDS groups, as well as American, European, Israeli, and Palestinian NGOs for assistance in their campaigns.

2) At the Fathom Journal Dr Simon Waldman discusses the urgent need to rethink UNRWA....


US Media Pundits Worry Threat of Nuclear War Is Being Reduced "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nuclear War Threat(FAIR)  Media outlets dont want America to negotiate with North Korea; they want the US to hold  North Korea for ransom. On MSNBCs Rachel Maddow Show, the host was aghast (6/12/18) that the US says it will halt the annual war games it conducts with South Korea on North Koreas doorstep, because doing so is an absolute jackpot []


You can no more be a socialist Zionist than you can be a meat-eating vegan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gideon Levy is a lonely voice of sanity in an Israel that has veered to the lunatic far-right.  In a recent article Levy described the terminal decline of the Zionist left as represented by Meretz, the Civil Rights Party.[1]  Also worth reading is an article by Ron Calili on the same theme. [2]

In an interview with Arutz Sheva, the settlers radio station, the then Leader of the Israeli Labour Party Shelly Yacimovich complained that calling the ILP a left-wing party was a historical injustice.  Yacomovich protested that Labor has always drawn its power from being a centrist party. [3]

It is difficult to disagree with Yacimovich. It would indeed be an injustice to pretend that the Israeli Labour Party has ever been a left-wing, still less a socialist party. Unfortunately fools and liars[4] in parties like the British Labour Party, such as its Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, pretend otherwise as a way of defending the idea that Israel is just a normal western democratic state.

As Holocaust survivor and Hebrew University Professor Zeev Sternhell showed in his book The Founding Myths of Israel the ILP was never a socialist party.  In 1930 the two existing Labour Zionist parties, Ahdut Haavodah and Hapoel Hatzair united to form Mapai, the Israeli Labour Party.  Ahdut was the direct descendant of the right-wing of the Marxist Poale Zion and Hapoel Hatzair was an avowedly non-socialist party of Zionist labour and Yosef  Trumpeldor.  It preached constructivism. Hapoel Hatzair only agreed to the merger when it was satisfied that the socialism of Ahdut was purely verbal and secondary to its Zionism. The class unity of Jewish workers with the Jewish bourgeoisie was a sine qua non of Zionism and far more important than ideas of class struggle and unity with Arab workers.

Poale Zion and Ahdut were bitterly opposed to any idea of class unity with the Arab working class.  This came up repeatedly because there were some Jewish workers who genuinely believed that they could reconcile socialism and Zionism and who didnt understand that Zionism was about class unity with the same Jewish bourgeoisie who were financing the kibbutzim.  This issue of class solidarity with Arab workers had split Palestinian Poale Zion before World War I, indeed at its first Palestinian conference in 1906.

The appeal of Zionism to the European ruling class was that it diverted the Jews away from socialism and communism.  No less than Winston Churchill wrote that:



Veterans Applaud Progress For Peace In North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

Veterans For Peace congratulates the Korean people, who cried out for peace and unity, and we applaud their leaders, who listened and acted courageously.  The joint statement from the historic summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un is a hopeful departure from hostile relations between the United States and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK).  Just months ago, the two leaders were threatening nuclear war. The world can breathe much easier today.


Israeli Lawmaker Proclaims Supremacy of the Jewish Race "IndyWatch Feed War"

Miki Zohar Jewish Race(MEMO)  A lawmaker from the ruling Likud party said Wednesday that the Jewish race is the smartest in the world and possessing of the highest human capital, which is why, he said, the Israeli public did not buy into the allegations of wrongdoing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reports The Time Of Israel. MK Miki Zohar made the comments during []


Syrian War Report June 15, 2018: Russia, Turkey Reportedly Reach Agreement On Tell Rifaat "IndyWatch Feed War" Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement on the situation in the town of Tell Rifaat in the province of Aleppo, the London-based newspaper al-Araby al-Jadeed reported on June


Israeli outpost is evacuated without a shot, even as settlers throw stones "IndyWatch Feed War"

There is a big difference between how Jewish-Israeli settler outposts are evacuated, and how Israelis imagine a Palestinian outpost being evacuated, if it ever came to be.

Lets start with the Jewish-Israeli settler outpost. On Tuesday, 15 homes in the West Bank settler outpost called Netiv Haavot were evacuated, following a 21-month old ruling from the Israeli High Court of Justice, affirming that they were built on privately-owned Palestinian land. Under international law, all Israeli West Bank settlements are illegal and considered a flagrant violation under international law but Israel has a selective view of what is legal in this respect, and considers some settlements to be legal if they are built on land that the state has confiscated.

Times of Israel reports how some 2,500 Border Police officers were deployed to ensure the demolition of the homes was carried out peacefully. And it is important to note, these officers are almost all unarmed. Its worth looking at those pictures. Officers in t-shirts, backpacks, caps really look more as if theyre geared up for a hike in the hills south of Jerusalem, rather than prepared for any sort of violent confrontation. Its very clear, that they are dressed up in order to give a signal: we are not here to fight with you.

But look what happened. After fourteen of the 15 buildings were cleared for demolition relatively peacefully, when the officers came to the last house, they were met by some 200 teenagers who had barricaded themselves inside, on the roof, in the basement and in the entryway. To prevent police entry, they used wire fencing, wooden planks and boulders. At this point in the early afternoon, Jacob Magid tweeted:

Things beginning to get violent as officers begin trying to clear the final house. One soldier hit in the head with a paint ball and another hit in the head with a rock.

He finally states:

Eight officers have been injured, at least two of whom were taken to a hospital. Police said they were violently attacked by the protesters, who hurled rocks, bottles, paint balls and other objects at the security forces. Dozens of demonstrators on the roof of the building also harassed police and threw paint and water on them, as hundreds of others watched the clashes from outside the structure. The police statement said two officers were treated for head injuries, and another was lightly injured in the leg. According to police, a number of the protesters on the roof were also seen carrying cement blocks and glass bottles.



How Many Times Must The Pentagon/CIA Claim To Have Just Killed Terrorist Leader Fazlullah? "IndyWatch Feed War"

[In keeping with the constantly repeating pattern set by the Pentagon/CIA in the beginning of the drone assassination program, we are once again, handed another bit of fake news on an alleged successful execution of another infamous Taliban leader, in this instance, the third reported kill of the notorious Radio Mullah (Fazlullah), some secret nefarious purpose must be served by this latest distortion of historical fact in the terror war. ]


[May 27, 2010, the FIRST TIME that Radio Mullah was reportedly killed, this time by Afghan ground forces (TTP Swat chief Fazlullah killed in Afghanistan).]

[Dec. 21, 2014, the SECOND TIME that Fazlullah was reported to be killed, but the first time that...


US Conference of Mayors Urges Trump To Diligently Pursue Korea Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mayors for Peace

At the close of its 86th Annual Meeting in Boston, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), unanimously adopted a sweeping resolution Calling on the Administration and Congress to Step Back From the Brink and Exercise Global Leadership in Preventing Nuclear War.

In the resolution, the USCM welcomes the dramatic diplomatic opening between the U.S. and North Korea and urges President Trump to patiently and diligently work with North and South Korea for a formal resolution of the Korean War and normalized relations with a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

The USCM also reaffirms the importance and efficacy of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated by Iran, the U.S. and 5 other nations to limit Irans nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, and calls on [the] U.S. Administration to pursue diplomacy and normalized relations with Iran with the goal of establishing a zone free of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in the Middle East.

The resolution notes that tensions between the United States and Russia have risen to levels not seen since the Cold War and warns that this is only one of many nuclear flashpoints, from the Korean Peninsula, to the South China Sea to the Middle East and South Asia, where all of the nuclear-armed states are engaged in unpredictable conflicts that could catastrophically escalate out of control.

The resolution also warns that the February 2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review manifests a commitment to an increasing and long-term reliance on nuclear arms, lowers the threshold for use of nuclear weapons, proposes new warheads and missiles, and endorses current plans to sustain and upgrade existing nuclear forces and infrastructure projected to cost well over a trillion dollars over the next three decades.



The World Cup on one leg on the Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Even though Frances first encounter with its Australian rival wont be held at the World Cup till tomorrow, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann scored two goals yesterday. But not in any Russian stadium about 750 meters away from the barbed wire between Israel and Gaza.

The real blonde-haired Griezmann was represented by his number 7 blue shirt, worn by the 25-year-old Rami Jendia, who played for a Gaza sport club in a simulation match of the World Cup, held at Malaka, the base camp for the Great March of Return protests in Gaza. In the simulation, 14 amputee players played who had lost a leg from Israeli fire either from the weekly marches that began March 31, or from three wars on Gaza over the past decade.

Jendia, the goal scorer. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Soccer players in Gaza on one leg. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

The simulation-team players wore T-shirts from several countries participating in the World Championships. They were not able to buy only French and Australian jerseys because they are not available in sport equipment stores in the blockaded Strip.

The short game lasted only one-sixth the length of a real match, due to the stress on the players who were forced to jump on one foot all the match time. It kicked off after 13 hours of continuous fasting of the last day of the Holy Ramadan month.

Hamza Sersawi, 23, who symbolized the Manchester Citys superstar Leroy Sane, preferred to play as a goalkeeper, despite suffering paralysis on his left side of body and unable to repel his opponents balls.

There are people on this planet who love life and love sport, and not being forced to be killed or wired to deprive their freedom, Sersawi, who represented his countrys 2012 athletics national team, told ...


In Their Own Words: Was Every Israeli Prime Minister A Racist? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A compilation of various racist and hateful quotes by Israeli Prime Ministers demonstrating the extent to which racism is entrenched as well as normalized in Israeli political culture. By Robert Inlakesh | 21st Century Wire | June 15, 2018 Most nation states in our world today have dealt with their fair share of institutionalized racism []


Canada: Ottawa library faces court challenge for cancelling film depicting the Islamization of Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Madeline Weld, the organizer of a screening of the so-called controversial film Killing Europe at the Ottawa Public Library has applied for a judicial review of the librarys decision to cancel the showing. Weld runs the Ottawa Chapter of Act for Canada and is also co-founder of the organization Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and []


Anti-nuclear activists called for the abolition of nuclear weapons in Seattle "IndyWatch Feed War"

June 11, 2018, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.

Members of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and Veterans for Peace, Seattle, Chapter 92 holding banners over Interstate 5 on the NE 45th Street overpass on June 11, 2018 Photo by Glen Milner

Activists from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action began their Summer campaign against nuclear weapons by holding banners over Interstate 5 during the morning rush hour.


Monday mornings action took place on the eve of the historic summit between the United States and North Korea to bring attention to the very real danger of nuclear weapons and the need for the US to lead efforts toward disarmament.

While the US has been calling for the complete denuclearization of North Korea, it continues to modernize and upgrade its nuclear weapons and delivery systems. It has declared, along with some other nuclear weapon states, that it will never sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), also known as the Ban Treaty.

Ground Zero Communications Coordinator Leonard Eiger said, If the US is serious about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, it should begin by at very least signing and ratifying the Ban Treaty. Only then can it begin to negotiate, in good faith, with North Korea regarding its nuclear weapons.

Members of Veterans for Peace, Seattle, Chapter 92 joined Ground Zero members on the first Monday of bannering.

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Australias Citizenship Minister: We dont want to repeat what happened in Europe, migrants should learn English "IndyWatch Feed War"

Australias Citizenship Minister has warned European-style ghettos will form unless migrants are forced to learn English.  Parts of Paris, Berlin and Brussels have become no-go zones for police as poorer suburbs in major European cities become a haven for Muslim terrorists and violent extremism. Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge is correct about the danger of no-go []


French police thwart jihad attack on Paris swingers club, Muslims planned to attack homosexuals "IndyWatch Feed War"

French police thwarted an attack on a swingers club in the Loiret region north of Paris last month, arresting a radicalised convert to Islam.Searches found two knives, a detonation system and IS propaganda material in their possession..there were elements to suggest they planned to attack homosexuals. The treatment of gays in various Muslim countries: Chechnya []


Stop the Deadly Violence in Cameroon "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Tony Jenkins, World BEYOND War

Photo caption: Peaceful protestors in Cameroon calling for an end to violence, Anglophone marginalization, and arbitrary arrest. (Photo: Screen capture from the cover of the Amnesty International Report A Turn for the worse)

Deadly violence in Cameroon is at the precipice of civil war and the world is not paying attention. World BEYOND War calls for immediate action by state and non-state actors, the media, and international civil society to bring an immediate end to this deadly conflict.

The current crisis is rooted in divisions going back to French and British colonial legacies. In late 2016 the minority Anglophone community responded to their ever increasing marginalization by biased Francophone legal, economic and educational policies. Their mostly peaceful protests were met by fierce violence by Cameroonian security forces. 10 peaceful protestors were killed by security forces between October 2016 and February 2017 and an independent report estimates that 122 peaceful protestors were killed between September 22 October 1, 2017 alone (most were killed on Oct. 1 when security forces shot indiscriminately into crowds from helicopters)[i]. The situation deteriorated further from there. Armed separatists have since killed more than 44 members of the security forces and have also targeted teachers and students who were not actively engaging in their political boycott activities. This escalation of violence has led to increased militarization on both sides. Further compounding the crisis, more than 150,000 people have become internally displaced and another 20,000 refugees have fled to Nigeria. Furthermore, increased human rights violations (including documented torture) by security forces has led to increased radicalization of the Anglophone community.

World BEYOND War stands behind the initial recommendations outlined in a recent report issued by Amnesty International (A turn for the worse: Violence and human rights violations in Anglophone Cameroon) and encourages greater responsibility of the media, the United Nations, the African Union, the Com...


A Tale of Four Summitsand Americas Age of Anxiety and Bewilderment "IndyWatch Feed War"

June 2018. It was the best of timesit was the worst of times It was the time Xi Jinping orchestrated a grand spectacle of Eurasian power at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Qingdao, China as the Western powers presided over an omnishambles of acrimony and dysfunction at the G7 Summit in Ottawa, Canada. And []


Backgrounder: Myanmars Kyaukpyu Port "IndyWatch Feed War"


Kyaukpyu is a small fishing village of some 50,000 people located in Myanmars Rakhine State. This sleepy hamlet is where China wants to establish its next maritime hub of the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR). The plan is to construct an expensive deep-water port and free trade zone that will eventually allow Chinas Yunnan-based industries to gain access to the Bay of Bengal. Kyaukpyu Port has already taken its place on the long list of controversial Chinese projects in Myanmar, a list that includes the cancelled Myitsone hydropower dam and the ever contentious Letpadaung copper mine. Its detractors worry that the port will force Myanmar into a subservient position of debt servitude for decades to come. Supporters on the other hand point to the economic gains to be had from a bustling port complex on a relatively underdeveloped region of Myanmars coast.

This backgrounder will explore the economic promise and geopolitical ramifications underlying the Kyaukpyu Port.


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Mel Gibson: Hollywood is Institutionalized Pedophilia Drenched in the Blood of Innocent Children UPDATE 1 Debunked? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mel Gibson: Hollywood Is Den Of Parasites Who Feast On Blood Of Kids

Hollywood studios are drenched in the blood of innocent children according to Mel Gibson who claims the consumption of baby blood is so popular in Hollywood that it basically operates as a currency of its own.

Hollywood elites are an enemy of mankind continually acting contrary to our best interests and breaking every God given taboo known to man, including the sanctity of children, Mel Gibson said in London, where he is promoting his role in Daddys Home 2, his most prominent on-screen role in years.

Its an open secret in Hollywood. These people have their own religious and spiritual teachings and their own social and moral frameworks. They have their sacred texts they are sick, believe me and they couldnt be more at odds with what America stands for.

Mel Gibson appeared on the Graham Norton Show on the BBC on Friday, and he schooled shocked guests about the real nature of Hollywood elites in the green room backstage after his appearance.

Explaining that he spent the last ten years working on my own ideas, outside of the Hollywood system after being blacklisted by Hollywood in 2006 for sharing opinions about the industry and the world that run counter to liberal orthodoxy, Gibson said, I dont know how to break it to you gently Hollywood is institutionalized pedophilia.

They are using and abusing kids.

They churn through a huge amount of kids every year. Their spiritual beliefs, if you can call them that, direct them to harvest the energy of the kids. They feast on this stuff and they thrive on it, the Hacksaw Ridge director said.

What do I mean? This isnt some kind of artistic abstraction. They harvest the blood of children. They eat their flesh. They believe this gives them life force. If the child was suffering in body and psyche before it died, they believe this gives them extra life force.

There is a creative and loving force inside most of us that guides us through life. These people dont have this. For them its the opposite.

According to Mel Gibson, who has spent 30 years in and out of the Hollywood sy...


WATCH: Aspartame Sweet Misery "IndyWatch Feed War"

This documentary describes the alleged toxicity of the artificial sweetener known as aspartame and the questionable methods employed in order to secure FDA approval The mainstream view remains that aspartame is safe and even beneficial. See the official NHS page on aspartame, and


Another CAIR-Inspired Lawsuit Dismissed: Muslim Women to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Urth Caffe "IndyWatch Feed War"

This was yet another cynical and deceptive victimhood claim. There was no Islamophobic discrimination claim here. The owner of the Urth Caffe is a Muslim, which demonstrates just how far Hamas-linked CAIR is willing to go in lying to the American people in order to advance its ever-sagging narrative that Muslims are victims of widespread []


Stephen E. Arnold: #GoogleGestapo Will Palantir Follow Cambridge Analytica Over the Facebook Cliff? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stephen E. Arnold

Phrase of the Day: Collateral Damage

The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal has rightly been scrutinized by everyone from individual users to entire government bodies. As could be expected when the players are this large, what people are finding links together unlikely suspects and victims in this data breach. One such surprise popped up this week when we read a Gizmodo report, Facebook Looking Into Palantirs Access to User Data.

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Phi Beta Iota: PayPal is Peter Thiels greatest accomplishment.  Palantir is his worst investment. We hope he figures this out sooner than later, while also contemplating the financial implications of Amazon as a rogue element and the emerging anti-GoogleGestapo ecology built around BitChute and BitTorrent.

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Fishing for drones: How Gaza's kite fliers are taking on Israel with nets "IndyWatch Feed War"


Kite fliers in Gaza say they have caught an Israeli drone by floating fishing nets into the air and vow to continue despite risk of getting shot


Glazov Gang: How Aisha Ignited the Shia-Sunni Divide "IndyWatch Feed War"

On this new edition of The Glazov Gang, we were joined by Armin Navabi, an ex-Muslim who is the founder of Atheist Republic. Armin discussed How Aisha Ignited the Shia-Sunni Divide, unveiling what really sparked the endless Islamic Civil War. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: []


How bulldozers, Bedouin and ethnic cleansing herald the death of the two-state solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bedouin villagers of Khan al-Ahmar fear their long-threatened West Bank community may be demolished within days


Fear and fatigue: Turkey's election weighed down by silence "IndyWatch Feed War"


While leaders rally across the country, many in Turkey are afraid to talk politics ahead of election

Turkish elections: Is Muharrem Ince the man to challenge Erdogan's dominance? "IndyWatch Feed War"


Emphasising his humble origins and firebrand rhetoric, the CHP candidate courts Kurds and religious conservatives in bid for presidency


Norway Substantially Increases US Military Presence on Its Soil "IndyWatch Feed War"

Norway has never shown enthusiasm toward the idea of an independent European deterrent force and is turning toward Poland and the Baltic states to form a kind of US-led alliance in Europe.


Germany: Angela Merkels coalition government could fall amid asylum scandal "IndyWatch Feed War"

A glaring rift has emerged between Angela Merkels conservative CDU and its Bavarian CSU sister party over how to deal with asylum-seekers. The days of Germanys coalition government could be numbered, warns Jens Thurau.

Angela Merkel (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Schreiber)

Its turbulent times in Berlin. Despite late-night talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, no agreement was reached over how to deal with asylum-seekers. Later, a parliamentary session was paused to allow Merkels Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Seehofers Christian Social Union (CSU) to convene separate emergency meetings  illustrating the glaring rift between the two allied parties. And then Seehofer announced that, if push comes to shove, he would single-handedly implement his plan to turn back asylum-seekers at the border if they had already registered in other EU states. Seehofer has the backing of his party, and that has put Merkel under immense pressure. Her grip on power seems to be slipping. Will she assert herself?

Defiance cannot be ignored

Merkel, for her part, wants to reach a European Union-wide agreement on asylum-seekers. Most of all, she wants to bolster the EUs external borders to keep the blocs internal borders open. But establishing a common EU approach is not on the cards any time soon, and the CSU is growing impatient.

Read moreGermanys asylum system in numbers

Thurau, JensDWs Jens Thurau

So what options does she have? Merkel, being the chancellor, is entitled to determine the governments overall course. But what exactly does that mean? Merkel could make Seehofer resign for diverging from t...


Trump and Kim Defied the Odds for Successful Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

All we can say perhaps for now with regard to US-North Korea relations is that a good start has been made. But peace is still a long way off.


The Saudi-UAE Alliance is the Most Dangerous Force in the Middle East Today "IndyWatch Feed War"

For three years, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have conducted a murderous campaign to reinstall a pliable regime in the desperately poor country of Yemen. 


Insubordination and Bias at FBI "IndyWatch Feed War"

The inspector general report is careful in its conclusions, but damning on the facts.

Former FBI Director James Comey.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitzs 500-page report covers plenty, but it can be distilled to two words he uses to describe the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the 2016 election: insubordination and bias. Two terms that are chilling in connection with such a powerful agency.

That wont be the message from Democrats and most of the press, who will focus on a few episodes they will claim cost Hillary Clinton an election. Watch for them to blame former FBI Director James Comey, whom the report faults for a serious error of judgment, for having concealed information from superiors, and for violation of or disregard for departmental and bureau policies.

True, the report is damning about the man who lectures Americans on higher loyalty. It describes how an insubordinate Mr. Comey was, as early as April 2016, considering how to cut his Justice Department bosses from a public statement exonerating Hill...


Arron Banks Scandal: "Investigating" Non-Events to Smear Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The whole story is part of the pattern of psychological operations against Russia, and the fact is that the entire exercise was nothing but an absurd charade.


China Ramps Up Military Exercises in the South China Sea Introduces new weapons "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinas navy carried out drills in the South China Sea to simulate fending off an aerial attack, state media said on Friday, as China and the United States trade barbs over who is responsible for heightened tensions in the disputed waterways.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concern during a visit to Beijing on Thursday over Chinas efforts to militarise the seas.

His remarks came after a flurry of US activity in the region, including reports last week that US Air Force B-52 bombers had flown near disputed islands.

Chinas navy carried out a simulated missile attack in an unspecified area of the South China Sea using three target drones making flyovers of a ship formation, the official army newspaper said.

The drills were part of efforts by an also unspecified training base to prepare for real-life combat against aerial targets after Chinas leadership s...


Iran Promises Palestinians: Palestine will be returned to owners of the land "IndyWatch Feed War"

Khamenei praises citizens for participating in anti-Israel rallies; Rouhani says he believes Palestine will be returned to owners of the land

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting, in Tehran, Iran, January 2, 2018. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting, in Tehran, Iran, January 2, 2018. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

In an address to the nation on Friday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised Iranian citizens for showing up at massive anti-Israel rallies last week in support of the Palestinian people to mark Al-Quds, or Jerusalem Day.

This year and despite hot weather, people participated in Quds Day rallies more remarkable than previous years, said Khamenei in a speech on Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

President Hassan Rouhani also sent a message to the nation, saying I believe the land of Palestine will be returned to owners of the land with the help of god.

Irans semi-official Fars News Agency claimed that millions of Iranians from all walks of life took part in the protests in nearly 900 Iranian cities last Friday.

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with officials and industrialists, at a petroleum conference in Tehran, Iran, May 8, 2018. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

There was no independent ver...


Defiant French union vows to extend rail strike into summer "IndyWatch Feed War"

The head of Frances main rail union on Friday announced it would extend months of rolling strikes into July even though the reforms it is protesting have been adopted by parliament.

The CGT Cheminots union and others have been striking every few days since early April over President Emmanuel Macrons controversial rail reforms, causing disruption for Frances 4.5 million daily train commuters.

AFP/File | The CGT Cheminots union and others have been striking every few days since early April over President Emmanuel Macrons controversial rail reforms

But parliament on Thursday finished voting through Macrons overhaul of debt-laden state rail operator SNCF, handing him victory in a standoff which commentators have compared to former British premier Margaret Thatchers battle with coal miners unions in the 1980s.

Unions had planned to call off the strike on June 28, but CGT Cheminots chief Laurent Brun said his members would carry on with their walkouts into the busy summer season.

We will carry on in July, he told France Info radio ahead of meetings Friday with the government and management to discuss a new labour agreement under the reformed SNCF

For how long? Well see. How? Well see. There is no question of stopping according to the schedule, so long as the government is trying to force its way through, he said.

Brun added that his union would try to find a way of alleviating the cost of lost pay for strikers, after 30 separate days of disruption.

Unions failed to win over public opinion during the strikes, and participation by rail workers dwindled with just 12.8 percent of SNCF staff taking part in the most recent walkout on Wednesday.

Unions have been resisting plans to end life-long job security to new recruits, as well as plans to turn the SNCF into a joint-stock company, which they saw as a first step toward privatisation despite government denials.

Macron argues the SNCF, saddled by debts of some 47 billion euros ($55 billion), needs to cut costs and improve flexibility before the EU passenger rail market is opened up to competition.



Why Americans (and Koreans) Can Sleep Better After the Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

The summit has already relaxed tensions but the reason is not because of a lessened threat from Pyongyang, as Jonathan Marshall explains.



Last week, June 5, was the sad anniversary of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in []

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So Far Opinion Polls Only Deepen Uncertainty of Turkeys Elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ankara (TM As of Thursday, because only 10 days remain until parliamentary and presidential elections in Turkey, there will be a blackout on publishing the results of opinion polls, as stipulated by the election law.
turkey's electionTurkish citizens outside a polling place in Ankara
Image: Anadolu

Starting from the time that President Recep Tayyip Erdoan announced snap elections would be held on June 24, polling companies went into full gear to produce the most accurate surveys of public opinion.

They only deepen the uncertainty of the election outcome, though.

Erdoan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been winning elections since 2002; however, this time the rules are a bit different thanks to a referendum last year that introduced an executive presidential system of governance in the country.

The voters will cast one ballot for a presidential nominee and one for a political party or an independent candidate to become a member of parliament. There are 74 independent candidates from 32 provinces.

The number of parliamentary members has been raised from 550 to 600, while a new election law allows political parties to form alliances more easily than before, after which two big alliances emerged.

Related: Turkey Election: Recep Erdogan Looking at Second-Round Challenge

The race for a parliamentary majority will be held between the Public Alliance (Cumhur ttifak), which consists of the AKP, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Grand Unity Party (BBP), and the Nation Alliance (Millet ttifak), comprising the Republican Peoples Party (CHP), the Y (Good) Party, the Felicity Party (SP) and the Democrat Party (DP).

According to the latest surveys, neither alliance will garner over 50 percent of the vote, in which situation the Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) will become a critical player if the party can surpass the election threshold of 10 percent.



Saudi Efforts to Internationally Isolate Iran Produces Results "IndyWatch Feed War"

Riyadh (AMN) Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan and Algeria have in recent weeks accused Iran of subversive activity and propagating Shiism while Morocco last month announced that it was breaking off diplomatic relations with the Islamic republic.

While similar accusations have been lobbed at Iran in the past as part of a four-decade-long covert war between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic republic, the more recent incidents suggest that the Saudis are increasingly focussing on isolating Iran diplomatically.

In doing so they are benefitting from ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islams appeal in North Africa and Central Asia even if Saudi Arabia is believed to have substantially reduced its financial support for Salafi and other groups.

At times, like in the case of Algeria, a country in which Shiites account for at most two percent of the population and that has seen an increase in popularity of Saudi-inspired Salafi scholars, the allegations seem to involve above board Iranian activities that are unlikely to have the alleged effect of fomenting sectarianism.

READ MORE: Iran, as Supporter of Self-Determination, a Thorn in Imperial Washingtons Side

The anti-Iranian campaign at times also appears to be designed to pressure countries like Algeria, whose relations with the kingdom are strained because of its refusal to adopt anti-Iranian Saudi policies. Algeria supports the embattled 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran as well as Irans presence in Syria and has refused to declare Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia, a terrorist organization.

In the most recent incident, Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat, a pan-Arab, Saudi-owned newspaper, quoted, former Algerian Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments official Idah Falahi as demanding the withdrawal of Iranian diplomat Amir Mousavi because of his extensive contacts with civil society groups, through Facebook and social media and alleged attempts to meddle in the dispute between Morocco and Algeria over the Western Sahara.

Morocco last month broke off diplomatic relations with Iran, alleging that Tehran had provided financial and logistical support as well as...


Giuliani Calls for Muellers Suspension, Criticizes Top Justice Department Officials "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trumps personal lawyer says Mueller probe is phony after watchdog report released

Rudy Giuliani, shown in Jerusalem on June 7, said on Fox Newss Hannity that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have until Friday to redeem themselves.
Rudy Giuliani, shown in Jerusalem on June 7, said on Fox Newss Hannity that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have until Friday to redeem themselves. PHOTO: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

WASHINGTON Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trumps personal lawyer, on Thursday called for special counsel Robert Mueller to be suspended and for two Justice Department officials to redeem themselves following a report critical of the agencys investigationinto Hillary Clintons use of a private email server.

The Justice Department earlier Thursday released the long-awa...


Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On June 15, 2018 (Maps) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On June 15, 2018 (Maps)

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Despite a de-facto failure of the advance on al-Hudaydah on June 13 and June 14, the Saudi led coalition is still continuing its military operation to capture the key port city.

By June 15, the coalitions forces and their proxies have achieved only a minor progress south of al-Hudaydah, capturing the Aden junction and a nearby settlement.

The coalitions artillery and warplanes have cattied out multiple strikes on the al-Hudaydah airport, but the area remains un the hands of the Houthis. On June 15 morning, the coalitions forces made another attempt to capture this facility. Clashes are ongoing.

Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On June 15, 2018 (Maps)

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Meanwhile, the Houthis launched a Qaher-M2 ballistic missile at a military camp of the coalition in the province of al-Hudaydah. There is no details about the casualties inflicted by the strike.

The coalition is actively using its advantage in the air power and military equipment and carrying out a massive bombing campaign against the Houthis. According to Yemeni sources, the coalition is ready to destroy the entire port city if this is needed to force the Houthis to retreat.

The post...


Way to go, Argentina! "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Human rights groups applaud Argentinas decision to cancel Israel football match & condemn Israel's 'propaganda lies and smears' against supporters of Palestinian rights." - Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement


Trump and China: A trade war will only exacerbate the imbalances both sides aim to solve. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinas economic growth appears to be coming off the boil. That makes the prospect of a trade war more, not less risky.

They both want the same thing.

Photographer: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Data out Thursday came in unexpectedly weak, with retail sales rising at their slowest annual pace since the 2003 SARS outbreak and fixed-asset investment putting in its worst performance since 1999.

June 14, 2018, 2:00 PM EDT Updated on June 14, 2018, 8:30 PM EDT
Chinese retail sales grew at their slowest annual pace since the 2003 SARS outbreak in May

Its tempting to regard that as evidence the economy is on its knees, and susceptible to some strong-arming from Washington. President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on Chinese goods worth about $50 billion, a person familiar with the matter told Justin Sink of Bloomberg News late Thursday U.S. time.

Such a sanguine attitude would be mistaken.

China has a tried-and-tested way of dealing with periods of weakness: Fire up the countrys industrial machine via lavish construction and engineering spending, fueled by a splurge of credit from state banks. Those levers were pulled in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and then in the period leading up to last years Communist Party Congress. Expect the countrys leadership to reach for them again in the face of a trade-war-induced collapse in exports.

That outcome would be disastrous, taking China further away from the economic goals that, oddly enough, are shared by leaders in Beijing, Washington and around the w...


NRC's Steun aan Zionistische Terreur "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israelische scherpschutters lacht nadat hij een Palestijnse jongere heeft neergeschoten.

De NRC heeft als grondbeginsel dat

de veiligheid van de wereld niet bevorderd [zal] worden door een Nederlands neutralisme. Vandaar dat wij de grondslag van het Atlantisch bondgenootschap aanvaarden niet om ideologische redenen, maar omdat vrede en veiligheid in Europa, bij gebreke van een betrouwbaar veiligheidsstelsel, niet gediend zijn met het ontstaan van machtsvacua.


Turkey says its air strikes 'neutralised' 26 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"


Turkey announced the launch of counter-terror operations in the Iraqi regions of Qandil and Sinjar


A Las Barricadas interview with the Anarchist Union of #Afghanistan & #Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

The comrades of A Las Barricadas spoke with the comrades of the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan & Iran.

Originally published at Anarchist Union of Afghanistan & Iran.

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

Q1. Where do you live? Are all of you living abroad or do some of you live in Afghanistan and Iran

A. Our members are about two-thirds in Iran and Afghanistan and one-third outside of them. More than half of the total membership is in Iran. Our membership abroad are mainly residents in Europe, Canada and the United States, and some of these members are born or raised in these countries. In the case of recruiting new members, it should be noted that the vast majority of them are from inside Afghanistan and Iran, and the recruitment process is accelerating rapidly

Q2. What are the worst aspects of the political situation in your countries

A. The worst political problem in Afghanistan is that the government is an instrument for world powers. Our struggle is not only with the Afghan government and criticism of their approach, and a fundamental problem is the great powers like the United States. Because the Afghan government is actually a tool of the United States. International institutions here have administrative departments whose function is to deal with colonial matters. The consequences of such activities is nothing except even more radical abuses of Afghanistan. For example, human rights commissions do not do anything other than make statistics from violent acts and never demand changes to state affairs regarding the human rights conditions of women and children

In Iran, the worst aspect of the political situation is created by the violent repression of any opposition, even civil, economic, or trade-union styled protests etc. to the extent that any path to reform is blocked. The regime does not accept that it is wrong, even in the environment, where the administration has caused drought and the death of vast swathes of Irans wildlife. The response to the the smallest protest on the street is injury, execution or long-term impris...


On North Korea: Disarmament before sanctions relief Denuclearization, Verification "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US, China, South Korea and Japan agree that sanctions imposed on North Korea will not be lifted until it can show complete disarmament, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday, pushing back against North Korean suggestions that penalties would soon start being relaxed.

Each of those three countries has also acknowledged that its important that the sanctions regime that is in place today remain in place until such time as that denuclearization is, in fact, complete, Pompeo told reporters in Beijing following talks with Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi ().

South Korean Minister of Foreign Affiars Kang Kyung-hwa, center right, shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Seoul yesterday.

Pompeo, who earlier yesterday met with officials from Japan and South Korea in Seoul, said that all four nations have made very clear that the sanctions, and the economic relief that North Korea will receive, will only happen after full denuclearization.

[North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un understands the urgency of the timing of completing this denuclearization and understands we must do this quickly, Pompeo said.

Pompeo was briefing North Asian leaders on the summit, meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in before heading to Beijing to talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping ().

Moon and Xi have advocated a phased approach to negotiations and moved to quickly repair ties with North Korea, while Japan wants a US-led maximum pressure campaign to continue.

Pompeo said during a news conference with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono and South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha that the agreement included denuclearization demands, even if they were not spelled out.

The summit created this enormous historic opportunity for us to move forward and will fundamentally really shape the relationship between the United States and North Korea, Pompeo said. Verification is essential to that. Complete denuclearization certainly encompasses that idea very clearly.

Were hopeful that we can achieve that in, what was it, the next two-and-a-half years, Pompeo said.

Bridling at a reporter who on Wednesday asked how the deal would be verified, Pompeo said: I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous. I just have to be honest with you: Its a game, its a game and one ought not play games with serious matters like this.

The US and South Korea were also discussing a suspension of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises scheduled for August, South Koreas MoneyToday re...


Morning Prayer for Friday, June 15, 2018 I pray that I may develop the feeling of being led by God. "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Meditation For The Day

There is beauty in a God-guided life. There is wonder in the
feeling of being led by God. Try to realize Gods bounty and
goodness more and more. God is planning for you. Wonderful are
His ways they are beyond your knowledge. But Gods leading
will enter your consciousness more and more and bring you ever
more peace and joy. Your life is being planned and blessed by
God. You may count all material things as losses if they
prevent your winning your way to the consciousness of Gods

Prayer For The Day

I pray that I may earn the rewards of Gods power and peace.
I pray that I may develop the feeling of being led by God.



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From Bishop William Goh, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore




Miko Peled: Demystifying Myths of the Six-Day War "IndyWatch Feed War"



Parts of missiles fired at Saudi Arabia came from Iran UN chief "IndyWatch Feed War"

Debris from five missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemens Houthi group since July 2017 share key design features with a known type of missile manufactured by Iran and some of the components were manufactured in Iran, UN chief Antonio Guterres wrote in a confidential report to the Security Council.

However, the United Nations has not been able to determine when the missiles, components or related technology were transferred from Iran and if they violated U.N. restrictions, Guterres said in a biannual report on the implementation of U.N. sanctions on Iran.

The June 12 report, seen by Reuters on Thursday, is a further blow to U.S. efforts to hold Iran accountable over accusations it violated U.N. resolutions on Yemen and Iran by supplying weapons to the Houthis. In February Russia vetoed a western attempt to have the Security Council call out Tehran.

A placard showing a missile component recovered in Saudi Arabia reveals identity and logo of Iranian manufacturer Shahid Bagger Industries Logo after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley unveiled previously classified information to prove Iran violated UNSCR 2231 by providing the Houthis in Yemen with arms during a press conference on December 14, 2017. (AFP file photo)

A proxy war is playing out in Yemen between Iran and U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels. Iran has denied supplying the Houthis weapons.

The coalition pounded Houthi positions in Yemens Hodeidah for a second day on Thursday during a military assault aimed at seizing the main port to prevent the Houthis from bringing in missiles from Iran.

Iran told Guterres in a letter that it neither has a policy nor seeks to transfer arms or military equipment in Yemen or manufacture them therein. Independent U.N. experts separately reported to the Security Council in January that Iran had violated a separate sanctions regime covering Yemen.

Most U.N. sanctions imposed on Iran were lifted in January 2016 when the U.N. nuclear watchdog confirmed that Tehran fulfilled commitments under a nuclear deal with Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the United States. But Iran is still subject to a U.N. arms embargo and other restrictions.



Radioactive Dust Found in Homes of Workers at Major US Nuclear Weapons Facility "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik June 14, 2018 Radioactive microparticles were detected in the homes of six workers in central Washington states Tri-City area who are associated with the Hanford nuclear site, a major Cold War-era plutonium manufacturing facility, scientists have reported. A study published this month in the Journal of Environmental Engineering Science reported that small but still dangerous amounts []


Trump Expected to List China Tariffs, Potentially Reigniting Trade War "IndyWatch Feed War"

The White House is expected on Friday to release a final list of Chinese goods that it plans to subject to tariffs and could soon begin putting some of those levies into effect, potentially reigniting a trade war that had been on the back burner while President Trump engaged in delicate nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.

The Trump administration has vacillated between threatening tariffs on China and putting the trade war on hold as it tries to negotiate a deal with Beijing that would give American companies greater access to the Chinese market. Those negotiations have produced little in the way of a firm commitment, however, with China offering to purchase nearly $70 billion in energy, agricultural and manufactured products from the United States, but only if the White House suspends tariffs on Chinese products.

The White House has given no indication that it plans to back away from its threat of tariffs against Chinese goods, which President Trump and his advisers see as giving the United States leverage in negotiations with Beijing. Credit Randall Hill/Reuters

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The New York Times

So far, the White House has given no indication that it plans to back away from its threat of tariffs, which President Trump and his advisers see as giving the United States leverage in negotiations with Beijing. But while the administration is expected to detail on Friday the final list of goods that it plans to subject to the tariffs, it may phase those in to allow for continuing discussions, according to people familiar with the administrations plans.

In early April, the Trump administration outlined a preliminary list of roughly $50 billion in Chinese products that would be subject to 25 percent tariffs including televisions, medical devices, aircraft parts and batteries. It has since refined the list based on feedback from business owners, trade gro...


Thailand May Retaliate Against Indonesia for Fruit Ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thailand is mulling retaliatory measures against Indonesia after the latter banned imports of Thai longan and durian during harvest seasons.

Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said responsible authorities are studying the impact and proper retaliatory measures against Indonesia, which introduced the ban on imports of horticultural crops, especially fruit, during its annual harvest season on Jan 1.

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Such import measures are considered unfair because their harvest seasons, particularly for longan and durian, are identical to ours, Mr Sontirat said. We are fighting for fair trade practices to make our products competitive.

Sontirat Sontijirawong is Thailands Commerce Minister.

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European Values: Burning cigarettes on faces and apartheid on public beaches "IndyWatch Feed War"

While German CDU/CSU factions in parliament are fighting each other in public about border closures in German media in a debate full of racism, other EU member states install apartheid rules on public beaches and torture people at their borders.

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Yesterday I returned to Velika Kladua, Bosnia, to support refugees in the small border town. I left Velika Kladua about ten days ago and in the time I wasnt there the makeshift camp has grown again. It is about twice as big as it was when I left 10 days ago.  I am here with the Cars of Hope collective, which started to work on the Balkan route in 2015.

Its raining a lot in Velika Kladua and because many people are sleeping in the open air, we started to build tents. We build them together with refugees, a framework of wood and nylon to protect people from the rain. At the same time we also continue the reconstruction of two containers to create two emergency shelters for so-called vulnerable people.



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What's in Trump's 'deal of the century'? The answers are in plain sight "IndyWatch Feed War"


The White House's peace plan is said to be days away. Meanwhile, Israel is getting a US nod as it carries on seizing Palestinian land


Seems some Jews actually believe they are superior & chosen people. Superior in what, deceit, lies, greed? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli MP invokes the supremacy of Jewish race in bizarre pro-Netanyahu tirade FILE PHOTO Nir Elias / Reuters The Jewish race is the smartest in the world and possesses the highest human capital, so Israelis ought to be skeptical about the current corruption probes into Israels PM Benjamin Netanyahu, a Likud party lawmaker has []


Idlib Airstrikes New Pretext for US to Stir Crisis in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Idlib Airstrikes New Pretext for US to Stir Crisis in Syria A senior Syrian military expert described a UN demand to investigate alleged reports of Russias airstrikes against Idlib on June 7 as a Washington plot to start a new wave of crisis in Syria. Colonel Marei Hamdan told the Arabic website of Sputnik news []


Weekly report on israels terrorism against the State of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07 12 June 2018) IMEMC News   Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 07 12 June, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors. Four Palestinian civilians, []


Saudi-led coalition poised to take airport of Yemen's main port city "IndyWatch Feed War"


Pro-Yemeni government forces are advancing fast, backed by air strikes and attack helicopters

Civilians flee as Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen port of Hodeidah "IndyWatch Feed War"


Abdo Hyder, AFP | The main Hodeidah governorate headquarters, pictured on June 14, 2018.

Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemens Hodeidah on Thursday as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the port city in the largest battle of a war that has created the worlds worst humanitarian crisis.

Apache attack helicopters bombed a strip of coastal territory near the citys airport, two residents told Reuters on the second day of the battle.

The fighting is getting close to the al-Manzar area near the airport and people are fleeing in fear, said Mohammed Abdullah, an employee of the Houthi administration in the city.

My family left for Sanaa yesterday but I stayed behind alone to protect our home from looters, he said.

Coalition forces were just 2 km from the airport, the Emirati ambassador to the United Nations, Obeid Salem Al Zaabi, told reporters in Geneva.

Coalition-backed Yemeni forces took control of al-Durayhmi in southern Hodiedah province, an armed forces faction said in a statement.

The United Nations is struggling to avert disruption to the port, the main lifeline for food aid to a country where 8.4 million people are on the verge of starvation.

A UN diplomatic source said five commercial vessels were offloading at the port.

The Arab coalition also struck the main road linking Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa to block reinforcements, residents and anti-Houthi Yemeni military officials said.

The situation is dire and we dont know how it will end, said Khadija, a teacher in Hodeidah.

The Iran-aligned Houthis control Sanaa and most of Yemens populated areas. The Arab states have been fighting since 2015 to unseat them, restore an exiled Saudi-backed government and halt what they see as Iranian expansionism.

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Israel water tech offer to Iranians not news for the BBC "IndyWatch Feed War"

The ongoing drought in Iran has raised fears of an environmental disaster, with warnings that the impact to many parts of the countrys ecosystem could lead to severe consequences, such as population displacement and mass migration.

Years of low rainfall, rising temperatures, mismanagement and population growth have led others to warn of a security threat and sandstorms engulfing as much as a quarter of...


Charity Accuses France of Crimes Against Migrants To Force Them Back To Italy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Oxfam has claimed French police have cut the shoe soles of migrant minors, altered their age on documents and forced them back to Italy. The report comes as Italy and France exchange harsh words over migrants.

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French border guards have abused, detained and forcibly returned minors and other vulnerable migrants to Italy in violation of EU and French laws, the charity Oxfam said in a report on Friday.

The report, Nowhere but Out, describes the dire situation of about 16,500 refugees and migrants  a quarter of them unaccompanied children  trapped in a no-mans land near the Italian coastal border town of Ventimiglia and the French town of Menton, near Nice.

The report comes amid heightened tensions between Italy and France after French President Emmanuel Macron accused Rome of cynicism and irresponsible behavior for its rejection of the Aquarius NGO ship carrying 629 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean.

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The Oxfam report cited the accounts of children crossing into France being physically and verbally abused, and detained overnight in cells without food, water or blankets and with no access to an official guardian.

It also accused French border guards of cutting the soles of shoes of child migrants and taking their phone SIM cards. In one case, a very young Eritrean girl was force to walk back to Italy on an unpaved road carrying her 40-day-old baby.

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France tightened bor...


The World Must Work to Peacefully De-nuclearise the israeli Regime "IndyWatch Feed War"

The World Must Work to Peacefully De-nuclearise the Israeli Regime By Adam Garrie | EurasiaFuture | June 14, 2018 Now that the DPRK, a former signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which later withdrew has agreed to a full de-nuclearisation process, it is time to focus on other nations that possess []


U.S. To Move More Aggressively in Syria To Protect De-Escalation Zone "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Syrian government violations in a so-called de-escalation zone in the countrys southwest, the State Department said on Thursday.

After seven years of conflict, the southwest of Syria, bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is one of the parts of the country still outside the states control.

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President Bashar al-Assads forces have recovered swathes of territory from rebels with the help of Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, and he has repeatedly pledged to take back every inch.

Experts have investigated reported use of chemical weapons by Assads government. More than 500,000 people have been killed in the fighting, which has drawn in global powers and neighboring states.

Assad said on Wednesday his government was still pursuing a political solution for Syrias rebel-held southwest, but would use military force if the effort failed.

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We are giving the political process a chance, he told Iranian channel al-Alam News in an interview published in an English translation by Syrian state news agency SANA.

If that doesnt succeed, we have no other option but to liberate it by force.

Since last year, a de-escalation deal brokered by Jordan, Russia and the United States has contained fighting in the southwest.

The state department said any Syrian government military actions against the southwest de-escalation zone risked broadening the conflict.

We affirm again that the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Syrian government violations in this area, it said in a statement on Thursday.

An underpinning ceasefire arrangement and the de-escalation deal are intended to save lives and create conditions for the displaced to return home safely, it added.

The ceasefire must continue to be enforced and respected, it said.

The statement comes after Syrian jets struck rebel-held towns in the countrys south in March, rebels and residents said, the first aerial attacks on the area since the pact declaring it a de-escalation zone.

As a member of the U.N. Security Council, R...


Imagine outcry if israelis were held in open air prison like Gaza & 120 were shot dead "IndyWatch Feed War"

Imagine Outcry If Israelis Were Held in Open Air Prison Like Gaza & 120 Were Shot Dead By RT US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, UN headquarters in New York, US, June 13, 2018 Mike Segar / Reuters The UN resolution condemning Israel shows overwhelming international recognition that whats going on in []


Trump Approves Tariffs on $50 Billion of Chinese Goods Stronger focus on technology "IndyWatch Feed War"

Final product list due Friday may be followed by tariffs soon China has vowed to retaliate in kind, threatening trade war

President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on about $50 billion in Chinese imports, according to two people familiar with the matter, in a move likely to escalate trade tensions between the worlds two biggest economies.

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The size of the approved tariffs matches the scale of duties proposed in April, suggesting the president isnt bowing to warnings that trade penalties may derail relations with China as the U.S. seeks to maintain pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

The Trump administration had prepared a refined list of Chinese products to be hit with tariffs that homes in on technologies where China wants to establish itself as a leader, according to five different people familiar with the matter.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer were all with Trump in a meeting Thursday when the president made the decision, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who declined to confirm what was decided. Economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who had a heart attack on Monday, didnt take part, she said.

In April, the U.S. revealed an initial list targeting about 1,300 products worth $50 billion in Chinese imports. Some products were taken off the preliminary list but none were added, said one of the people familiar with the decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the action before its announcement.

The U.S. is scheduled on Friday to release an updated list of Chinese tariff targets. The White House has said the duties will be implemented shortly after the release of the list, though no date has been set.

The tariffs could be applied in stages, according to two of the people briefed on the administrations plans. Duties will take effect on some products within weeks. Tariffs on any products added to the U.S. Trade Representatives list would be subject to a period of public feedback.

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Report on Rights Violations and Resistance in #Lesvos "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the months since our (Legal Centre Lebos) last update on rights violations and resistance in Lesvos, our advocacy and campaigning resources were almost exclusively focused on the two trials for the Moria 35 and Moria 10 that took place in Chios in late April and early May 2018.

Originally published by Legal Centre Lesbos. Written by Lorraine Leete.

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

The situation has predictably worsened in Lesvos. On the 17 April 2018, the Greek Council of State (the highest administrative court in Greece) ruled that geographic restrictions imposed by the Asylum Service for asylum seekers arriving to the Greek islands was illegal. However, within a week, new legislation was proposed, which further limits the rights of asylum seekers and continues the practice of containing asylum seekers to the Greek islands. Moria Camp is now at three times its capacity, holding approximately 7000 individuals. Between 500 and 1000 Kurdish asylum seekers are still living outside Moria in temporary shelter provided by Lesvos Solidarity Pikpa, and Humans 4 Humanity, as they fear for their safety in Moria. Procedures are now so delayed that even individuals who are recognized as vulnerable, and whose cases should be prioritized under Article 51 of Greek Law 4375, are being scheduled for their interviews nearly a year after their arrival. This means that they are prohibited from leaving the island of Lesvos, and are denied freedom of movement during this entire time....


The Disgrace of Comeys FBI "IndyWatch Feed War"

The damning IG report shows the urgent need to restore public trust.

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The long-awaited Inspector Generals report on the FBIs handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation makes for depressing reading for anyone who cares about American democracy. Self-government depends on public trust in its institutions, especially law enforcement. The IGs 568-page report makes clear that the FBI under former director James Comey betrayed that public trust in a way not seen since J. Edgar Hoover.

We use the Hoover analogy advisedly, realizing that the problem in this case was not rampant illegal spying. Though IG Michael Horowitzs conclusions are measured, his facts are damning. They show that Mr. Comey abused his authority, broke with long-established Justice Department norms, and deceived his superiors and the public.

While the IG says Mr. Comeys decisions were not the result of political bias, he presided over an investigating team that included agents who clearly were biased against Donald Trump. The damage to the bureaus reputationand to thousands of honest agentswill take years to repair.

The issue of political bias is almost beside the point. The IG scores Mr. Comey for ad hoc decisionmaking based on his personal views. Like Hoover, Mr. Comey believed th...


Google Contract for AI in Britains NHS Causes Worries of Monopolistic Profits Google should not be allowed deeper into the health system. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Panel fears Googles AI business could use position to drive monopolistic profits

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DeepMind, Alphabets artificial intelligence business, should not be granted further access to Britains National Health Service until it can clarify how it intends to make profits and its relationship with its US tech giant parent, a review panel has said.

A panel set up by DeepMind to scrutinise its controversial partnerships with the NHS said it was concerned that DeepMind might eventually use its funding from Alphabet and access to data to drive monopolistic profits.

DeepMind does not currently share data with Alphabet, Googles parent company, but Julian Huppert, the chair of the panel, said it would eventually have to prove its value either by sharing algorithms and data, or by making money.

He said DeepMind should commit to a business model, either as a not-for-profit company or promising only to make a reasonable profit.

There is an interesting relationship between DeepMind and Alphabet . . . I think DeepMind have been remarkably able to get the freedom they want, but ultimately they are accountable to the Alphabet board for the money they have to spend, the staff they can hire overall and various other processes, he said.

Im not concerned at the moment that Alphabet are preventing them from doing things that they want to do but there can be no guarantee that the Alphabet board wouldnt next year reach a different conclusion and a different opinion, he added.

Until the company can resolve the tension, Mr Huppert said that it should not be allowed deeper into the health system: Last year was heavily driven by the Royal Free situation, he said. Its right to say that were happier . . . but there is a huge amount left to do.

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Bill Browder: I found a way to challenge Putin Go after Russian money and Russian oligarchs "IndyWatch Feed War"

Once the biggest foreign money managers in Russia, Bill Browder has some advice for the West: If you want to counter Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, then go after Russian money and Russian oligarchs.

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Browder, the British 54-year-old head of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, leads a campaign to expose corruption and punish Russian officials he blames for the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky who he employed as a lawyer.

To American-born Browder, who made millions in Russian markets, the West is playing a poor game against Russia, which he casts as corrupt and ultimately weak by comparison.

With an incredibly bad hand, Putin is bluffing the hell out of the West, Browder told Reuters at his offices in London. If this is a poker analogy: Putin has a pair of twos, we have a full house and we are folding our cards.

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The United States has a $20 trillion economy and the combined might of the G7 is nearly $40 trillion while Russias economy is worth about $1.7 trillion, smaller than Italys.

Browder is lobbying Western governments to adopt a so-called Magnitsky Act to impose sanctions on Russian officials for corruption and rights abuses.

Western leaders were surprised by Russias annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Moscows 2015 intervention in the Syrian civil war, and imposed sanctions on Russian officials and businessmen.

Since then, fears that Russia meddled in Western elections and the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England have prompted a debate in the West over how to deal with Putin, who has been Russias paramount leader since the end of 1999.

Russia says Crimea was historically Russian, that claims of meddling in Western elections are an attempt to stoke anti-Russian hysteria and that it had nothing to do with the attack on former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Putin, a former KGB spy, has repeatedly said he wants peace with the West which he casts as the aggressor.


For Browder, the best way to counter Putin is to go after the hundreds of billions of dollars that hemorrhaged out of the former Soviet Union since its 1991 collapse.

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France, Britain, US put UN hold on Chinese arms deliveries to C. Africa "IndyWatch Feed War"


France, Britain and the United States on Thursday put a hold on a request from the Central African Republic for UN Security Council approval of Chinese weapons deliveries for its national forces.

AFP/File / by Carole LANDRY | The inhabitants of the mainly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood demonstrate in front of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central Africa Republic, in Bangui, on April 11, 2018; MINUSCA has backed CARs request for Chinese weaponry

CARs defense minister asked a UN sanctions committee on June 5 to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow the shipments of Chinese-made armored vehicles, machine guns, tear gas grenades and other weaponry for its army and police.

France said it had concerns concerning some lethal equipment included in this exemption request, citing anti-aircraft weapons and ammunitions, according to a document obtained by AFP.

The French mission to the United Nations requested additional justifications concerning this lethal equipment in order to be able to take a decision.

The United States noted that there was no threat of an air attack in CAR and questioned deliveries of eight grenade launchers, four anti-aircraft machine guns as well as anti-personnel grenades and rockets.

Britain said it was concerned that the shipments would pass through Cameroon unescorted to the border with CAR.

In her request to the United Nations, CAR Defense Minister Marie Noelle Koyara said the weaponry would help strengthen national forces who are confronted with the strength and escalating violence of armed groups whose illegal activities pose a threat to civil order.

The council imposed an arms embargo on the Central African Republic in 2013 when the country descended into bloodshed but its sanctions committee last year gave the green light for Russia to supply weapons to the national forces.

China wants to donate military equipment which includes 12 armored vehicles and four assault vehicles, 50 pistols, six sniper rifles, ten submachine guns with silencers and some 30 machine guns of various calibers.

The list of equipment from Chinas Poly Technologies also includes 300 rockets, 500 anti-tank grenades, some 725,000 rounds of ammunition of various types and 15,000 tear gas grenades.

Weapons request backed by UN

The request for the Chinese weaponry is backed by a European Union military training mission and by the UN peacekeeping operation MINUSCA, which has come under repeated attacks from armed groups. Five...


PSYWAR and Cultural Rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

Are you sure youre still American?

Well, of course, youre not some patriotic sucker welling up or jumping up for cheesy Pavlovian cues of ersatz self-worth and belonging, like anthems or flags. Lets just say you wound up on this land mass under US government control. Whats so American about that?

You can outlive your state-imposed identity. Its always been that way. Back in the last dark ages, at some point, the peoples of the Mosel-Saar confluence ceased to be Romans and turned into Burghers of Trier. No one noticed at the time. Decades after Augusta Treverorum dropped back behind the frontier into Germany or Gaul, usurpers and invaders would say and do Roman-sounding things to seem legit, provincial swells would speak in paratactic pidgin Latin to show off. No one knew yet what they had become. Eventually, though, it dawns on you: Guntchram Boso has invaded your home and taken you hostage, the King just set your house on fire to free you, and you see that life has overwhelmed the Roman niceties of your thought. Gregory of Tours may chronicle it in his stilted Latin, but you know youre not a Roman anymore.

Were encouraged to ruminate about The Spirit of America, but its really quite cut-and-dried. Back in 1951 CIA PSYWAR apparatchiks roped in DoDs freewheeling propagandists and set up a committee to create American culture once and for all. They wrote the Ur-text of American values, that timeless affirmation of American freedom, PSB D-33/2. They classified it secret so you would think you thought it up yourself. A lone sane misfit on the committee asked, How [can] a government interpose with a wide doctrinal system of its own without taking on the color of totalitarianism? Then, suspecting that the nuances of rhetorical questions might escape our cultural nomenklatura, he gave them the answer: That is just about as totalitarian as one can get. Cultural containment was to counter the threat of your human right to freedom of expression.

So are you sure youre still American? Oh sure, people still plaster flags inexplicably here and there. The war machine still has its hooks in you, officials of its police state menace you, extracting tax for more and more weapons you dont want. You may even know people who repeat what theyre told by NPR, or read state organs like the New York Times or Post, or quote TV. But the ground is insensibly shifting beneath your feet.

State-sanctioned discourse obsesses about the fitness of individuals for high office while shying from the institutional impunity that guarantees state crime. The US government sinks to late-Roman depths of predation on the powerless, and falls into the dynamic that Tacitus first noted: as the state becomes more arbitrary and sadistic, factional struggl...


Palestinian Authority Police Violently Suppress West Bank Protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinian Authority ProtestsDemonstrators had denounced shameful Palestinian Authority (PA) sanctions in Gaza; activists vow that protests will continue. (MEE)  Palestinians reacted with anger and condemnation on Thursday to Palestinian Authority (PA) national security forces violently repressing a protest the night before in the West Bank city of Ramallah, during which demonstrators had demanded to lift punitive PA measures on []


Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet "IndyWatch Feed War"

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australias parliament.  Cybersecurity issues are at stake, and the eyes of Beijing are getting beadier by the day.

The seedy involvement of Australia in the Solomon Islands, ostensibly to block the influence of a Chinese companys investment venture, is simply testament to the old issues surrounding empire: If your interests are threatened, you are bound to flex some muscle, snort a bit, and, provided its not too costly, get your way.  Not that Canberras muscle is necessarily taut or formidable in any way.

The inspiration behind Canberras intervention was an initial contract between Huawei and the Solomon Islands involving the Chinese giant in a major role building the high-speed telecommunications cable between Sydney and Honiara. Even more disconcerting might be the prospects that it would work, supplying a cable that would enable the Chinese to peer into the Australias own fallible network.

What made this particular flexing odd was the spectacle of an Australian prime minister congratulating himself in securing tax payer funding for the building of a 4,000 kilometre internet cable even as the domestic National Broadband Network stutters and groans.  Another juicy point is that Huawei was banned from applying for tendering for the NBN in 2012.

As the worlds second largest maker of telecommunications equipment was told, there is no role for Huawei in Australias NBN. The then Attorney-General Nicola Roxon explained that the move was consistent with the governments practice for ensuring the security and resilience of Australias critical infrastructure more broadly.  Better an incompetent local provider of appropriate values than a reliable foreign entity.

The move against Huawei has largely centered on fears voiced by the intelligence community in various states that Beijing might be getting a number up on their competitors.  In February this year, the FBI Director Chris Wray expressed the US governments concern about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that dont share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.  Doing so would enable them to maliciously modify or steal information and provide the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.

Such comments tend to suggest envy; the US intelligence community chiefs know all too we...


Can the EU become a partner for Russia? "IndyWatch Feed War"

[This analysis was written for the Unz Review] The re-nomination (albeit somewhat reshuffled) of the economic block of the Medvedev government has elicited many explanations, some better than others.  Today


Trumps Historic Gamble "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy. The British prime minister once counseled, "Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel." At his Singapore summit, Trump smartly saluted a North Korean general and then lavished praise Continue reading "Trumps Historic Gamble"

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How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions "IndyWatch Feed War"

For several years now, I have been writing regular posts on my blog with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show Continue reading "How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions"

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It Didnt Take a Village of Deep Staters Just The Donald "IndyWatch Feed War"

The village idiots of Imperial Washington are having conniption fits about the Singapore summit. Thats because after 65 years of lobbing military threats and diplomatic poison pens at Pyongyang, the Donald showed the way to resolving the North Korean file in just six hours. That is, in the case of the Korean peninsula like the Continue reading "It Didnt Take a Village of Deep Staters Just The Donald"

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Euphrates Fills with Bodies Floating in from Syria; 18 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bodies floating downstream into Iraq from Syria after scores of ISIS/Daesh militants were executed in Syria.

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Italy, the EU, Banking & Systemic Risks Rising "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recent Italian political turmoil triggered telling volatility in stock markets globally, yet much is at stake regarding wider economic stability in this, a decade after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. I.E. Were not out of the woods yet from the debt-drenched mayhem of ten years ago, if you go by true, rather than assigned & []


Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/06/15 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed War"

2018/06/15 02:00:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of


Trouble Clef "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Gilad Atzmon | June 14, 2018 The Jewish Chronicle seems dismayed that the singer-songwriter Alison Chabloz has escaped jail time, at least for the time being. But the message conveyed by Ms. Chablozs conviction is devastating for Britain. This kingdom has, in just a short time, become a crude authoritarian state. For posting so-called grossly []


North Korea Issue is Not De-Nuclearization But De-Colonization "IndyWatch Feed War"

The critics had already signaled their strategy for derailing any meaningful move toward normalizing relations between the United States and North Korea. Right-wing neoliberals from CNN, MSNBC and NPR are in perfect alignment with the talking points issued by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the Democrat Party that took the position that anything short of the North Koreans surrendering their national interests and national dignity to the United States was a win for North Korea. For much of the foreign policy community, corporate media pundits and leaders of the two imperialist parties, the issue is North Korean de-nuclearization. But for the people in Korea and throughout the global South, the real issue has always been the unfinished business of ending the war and beginning the de-colonization of the Korean peninsula.


Water Protector Sentenced To Time In Federal Prison For DAPL Protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

Michael Little Feather Giron, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, was sentenced to thirty-six months in federal prison this week. He is the first person to be sentenced to serious prison time for his role in the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Little Feather has already spent fifteen months of his life incarcerated time which will be credited to him as part of the sentencing but still faces at least eleven months in prison. His legal team hopes that he will be released after eleven months to a halfway house.


What Solution for Syria Awaits East of the Euphrates? Manbij Deal, again? "IndyWatch Feed War"

We'll deal with Manbij first:

 There is no deal
 And there is never going to be one the US will be willing to make and stick with that will win the trust of Turkey back! 
Even if the US made a 'deal' could they be trusted to follow through?  
Did all of us not just witness the P5+ 1 deal go to the wayside? 
And that agreement involved many powerful nations!   Why would anyone, anywhere actually think the US would make a legitimate deal with Turkey?! 
Each side is buying time and playing perception management
Turkeys election is coming up...
 My suspicion is that the US is going to try to heavily influence the election. Theres been little clues scattered throughout mainstream media reports that have raised my suspicions.

More of the latest "news" regarding the Manbij deal

The U.S. and Turkish military officials who participated in the discussions agreed on a proposed Manbij implementation plan that will be recommended to senior U.S. and Turkish leadership for further discussions, it read.
Further discussions- If there was a done deal would there be further discussions?
Defense Post
A State Department official told The Defense Post: As we have said, the implementation of the road map will be based on the conditions on the ground in a phase by phase approach. We are committed to a sustainable long-term arrangement in Manbij that ensures stability and security, while also addressing Turkeys concerns. Further details of that arrangement will be determined during the implementation process. I have nothing further to offer on diplomatic discussions regarding this ongoing process.
An ongoing process does not a deal make!

Absolute rubbish from the YPG/PKK/SDF regarding their theatrical fight against ISIS

We fought for all of humanity. We paid...


Pentagon Ignoring Trump Decision To End North Korean "IndyWatch Feed War"

We will maintain the fighting readiness of our forces, said one official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the policy is still being refined. But several sources said training would continue without the high-profile "in-your-face named exercises that are regularly announced and given aggressive code names such as Max Thunder and Key Resolve. "The Department of Defense welcomes the positive news coming out of the summit and fully supports the ongoing, diplomatically-led efforts with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," said a statement from chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White. "Our alliances remain ironclad, and ensure peace and stability in the region. The Presidential summit outcome is the first step along the path to the goal: complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific." In making the surprise announcement in Singapore, Trump said war games with the South would end unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. The Pentagon confirmed that the next major military exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian is scheduled for the fall. A spokesman said no new guidance has gone out to commanders in the field because there are still many questions on how the presidents commitment will be implemented.


Activists Plan Nationwide Protest Over Immigration Policies "IndyWatch Feed War"

In response to the Trump administrations immigration policies, which include separating parents and children attempting to illegally cross the border, Families Belong Together is organizing a nationwide series of marches demanding reform. The marches are set for Thursday. Organizers of the group wrote in a press release: [I]t is unconscionable that the US government is actively tearing apart immigrant families. They are victims of violence, hunger, and poverty and our governments actions re-violate them, causing untold damage. Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mothers arms by our own government.


ICEs Military-Style Raid Leaves Immigrant Communities Terrorized "IndyWatch Feed War"

The chaos and fear that ensued last week have not abated. Lawyers were finally able to initiate contact with the 56 men in detention, but they have still not been able to contact the women, who are being detained in Michigan. The majority of families have still not been able to speak on the phone or have any contact with their loved ones who are in custody. Deportations could begin as soon as today, though no one knows for sure. This lack of information is only creating more terror in the community. Though large-scale immigration raids have happened before, the size and brutality of this particular raid, along with the use of military tactics, have shocked even the most seasoned immigrants rights activists. Regardless of citizenship status, for workers including teenagers, mothers, fathers, and those with medical issues to be treated like enemy insurgents is beyond disturbing. It is terrible, barbaric, and inhumane.


The North Korea Summit Through The Looking Glass "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Tuesday, as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un shook hands for their much-anticipated summit in Singapore, one Korean reporter observed a curious episode. Koreans watching the scene unfold on a TV screen at a railway station in Seoul began applauding. Meanwhile, some nearby Western tourists, perturbed by this development, scratched their heads in confusion. I am actually baffled to see them clapping here, said one British tourist. Theres perhaps no better symbol of the gulf in worldwide reactions to the summit than this episode.


Pundits Worry Threat of Nuclear War Is Being Reduced "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Gregory Shupak | FAIR | June 14, 2018 Media outlets dont want America to negotiate with North Korea; they want the US to hold  North Korea for ransom. MSNBCs Rachel Maddow (6/12/18) appears dismayed by the manifestation of a US president meeting with an Official Enemy. On MSNBCs Rachel Maddow Show, the host was []


Yemen: US Grants Approval For Genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

The genocide in Yemen is going to start tomorrow. Eight million are already on the brink of starvation. Eighteen out of twenty-six million Yemenis live in the mountainous heartlands (green) which are under control of the Houthi and their allies. They are surrounded by Saudi and U.A.E. forces and their mercenaries. There is little agriculture. The only supply line from the outside world will soon be cut off. The people will starve.


Open Letter to Amnesty International by a Former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nicaraguas close ties with Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, and especially China, with whom the country signed a contract to build a canal, the other main reason the United States is after the Sandinistas, is Nicaraguas highly successful economic model, which represents an existential threat to the neoliberal economic order imposed by the U.S. and its allies. Despite always being among the poorest nations in the American continent and the world, Nicaragua has managed, since Ortega returned to power in 2007, to cut poverty by three quarters. Prior to the protests in April, the countrys economy sustained a steady annual economic growth of about 5% for several years, and the country had the third fastest-growing economy in Latin America, and was one of the safest nations in the region. The governments infrastructural upgrades have facilitated trade among Nicaraguas poorest citizens; they have created universal access to education: primary, secondary, and university; there are programs on land, housing, nutrition, and more; the healthcare system, while modest, is not only excellent but accessible to everyone.


Welfare Beats Jobs When It Comes to Poverty Reduction "IndyWatch Feed War"

When it comes to poverty reduction, increasing employment and increasing social spending can both help. But which is the more effective of the two approaches? In this piece, I use data from the OECD to attempt to answer this question. What I find is that social spending is far more effective at reducing poverty than jobs are. Before we get into the numbers, lets define our terms here. Poverty refers to the percent of people with incomes below 50 percent of a countrys median income. For this analysis, I use both market poverty, which refers to how many people are in poverty when only counting income from market sources such as wages and dividends, and final poverty...


Psychopathic "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fadi Hassan Abu Salah, killed by Israeli sniper on May 14, 2018 in Gaza

Psychopathic: (Adjective) Suffering from or constituting a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent behavior.

This is Oxfords best shot at describing a condition I feel quite comfortable framing within its succinct parameters the State of Israel, the vast majority of its population if the analysis of Max Blumenthal and Norman Finkelstein mean anything the disease of Zionism, a highly virulent form of theocratic nationalism, as well as that countrys primary enabler the greatest purveyor of terror on earth the United States.

The instantly iconic photograph of Fadi Hassan Abu Salah, a double amputee who lost his legs during an Israeli carpet bombing of the Gaza called Operation Cast Lead in 2008 was murdered by a sniper Monday, May 14th in the context of an Israel now completely unfettered.  From the Nakba or catastrophe of 1948 the forced displacement of Palestinians numbering in the many hundreds of thousands from their homes and homeland marking the genesis of Israels blood soaked breech birth to the present moment, there have been, to be sure, many, many worse slaughters by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and its various precursors, but the non-violent nature of this particular act of Palestinian resistance, The Right of Return, has placed Israel in the untenable absurdity of ascribing kites as lethal weapons of Hamas.

Not that Israel has the least concern for world opinion.  Their psychopathic horrors are salvific in the writ of impunity granted by the United States, an American propaganda machine of stunning homogeneity and the abysmal, ahistoric ignorance of its citizenry what Henry A. Giroux aptly refers to as a culture of manufactured illiteracy.  Genocide plays well here as it mirrors the white, western European, Christian bedrock of Americas own DNA.  Forget about the living wake of Reaganomics. America is still sheep dipped in the tragic misery of 15th century papal bulls.

How else to explain the spectacle of an indeed feckless heiress cum garmento Ivanka Trump and her neer-do-well moron of a husband Jared Kushner partying in Jerusalem on the site of our new embassy at the very moment 60-plus unarmed Palestinian men, women and children were being gassed and mowed down by bunkered IDF snipers less than 40 miles from the festivities.  It would be bad fiction were it not true.

And where in aggreg...


How many more Gaza medics must die before Israel's crimes are acknowledged? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why Israel is not held to the same standards of morality as the rest of the world is a question that has long been left unanswered


Pomo Bighead Ceremony starts the Apache Stronghold Caravan to D.C. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Apache Stronghold group on Sunday morning 6-10-18 on banks of Clear Lake in Elem Colony prior to Caravan departing Elem for Shellmounds. Photo by Steve Pavey Wendsler Nosie Sr.and Nizhoni Pike at entrance to Elem Colony. Photo by Steve Pavey Open Mercury mining pit filled with water and the Elem Village just on the other side between the pit and the larger Clear Lake that has been


Sudan confiscates copies of three newspapers, stifles media "IndyWatch Feed War"


'The survival of a free press in Sudan is at stake' in Sudan, Reporters Without Borders says


Muslim leader had Hindu statue ground to powder and given to defeated warriors, forcing them to eat their god "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ramadan Day 29 thought for the day from my new book The History of Jihad: Sultan Mahmud Khalji of the Marwa sultanate in central India, who reigned in the middle of the fifteenth century, once attacked a fort near Kumbhalmir that was, said the sixteenth-century Muslim historian Nizamuddin Ahmed, a very big fort of that []


State Department Restarts Funding the White Helmets "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington (GPA After just over a month, the US State Department has returned to their previous policy of funding the White Helmets.
funding the white helmetsAttribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Flickr: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken Follow

Last month it was announced that Washington would freeze funds set aside for the Syrian Civil Defense organization, better known as the White Helmets. This was a welcomed development due to the organizations function as a public relations wing of al Qaeda affiliated groups in Syria.

The decision to freeze the funding was applauded by those who support the Syrian government in their fight against terror and was seen as one of US President Donald Trumps few wise Syria policy positions. The decision to freeze the funds was surprising since Trump had just carried out his worst designs in Syria with joint US-UK-French bombing runs on chemical weapons facilities, but it was a welcome development all the same.

Now it seems as if someone in the White House has reached Trump and convinced him to continue funneling money to the jihadist forces and carry on former-President Obamas regime change strategy. The fact that this strategy is a failure didnt seem to stop whoever wanted the funding restarted so it is safe to assume someone deep in the military-industrial-complex brought this issue to the attention of Donald Trump, a man who likely had no idea who was behind funding the White Helmets as he took office.

Related: The White Helmets: How Western-Funded Terrorists Won an Oscar

Whoever influenced Trump to restart the funding also had another ally on their side: the international community.

If someone in favor of the White Helmets in the Trump regime was waiting for a perfect time to propose aiding them again, yesterdays report by the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) played a large part in the decision. The OPCWs report alleges that the organization had confirmed the use of sarin gas in Syria in April, which the White Helmets specialize&#822...


UK Home Office moves Tommy Robinson to highly dangerous prison with 33% Muslim population "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK Home Office moves Tommy Robinson to highly dangerous prison with 33% Muslim population
Theresa Mays down-at-the-heels little police state wants this dissenter dead. UPDATE: My figure (1 in 5) of the number of Muslim inmates in Tommy Robinsons new prison was low (I was being conservative for the sake of not being alarmist). I now understand from official sources that the number is more like 1 in 3. []


Sharia in Niger: State authority revokes licenses of liquor dealers "IndyWatch Feed War"

This kind of thing is coming soon to a Western country near you, since as we all know, initiatives to resist Sharia in the West are bigoted and Islamophobic. Cheers! Niger state is one of 36 federal states comprising the nation of Niger. Sharia: Niger Revokes Licences of Liquor Dealers, This Day, June 11, 2018: []


North America 2026: World Cup and Trump's Muslim ban "IndyWatch Feed War"


Activists say visa restrictions should have been lifted before FIFA accepted US bid to hold World Cup


Pope on migrants: We must move from considering others as threats to our comfort to valuing them as persons "IndyWatch Feed War"

Threats to our comfort? Really? Is that what motivates the opposition to mass Muslim migration into the West? The message that the Pope is sending to non-Muslims is simple: drop dead. He appears to be absolutely unconcerned about the following facts: Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant []

Thursday, 14 June


Robert Spencer in PJ Media: Garry Wills: The Religion of the Quran Is a Religion of Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Relax, the global jihad is just a big misunderstanding. My latest in PJ Media: Outside of specialists and seekers, the only reason why there is general interest in the Quran among non-Muslims is to seek an answer to the question of whether or not it justifies and encourages Islamic terrorism. With What the Quran Meant: []


Egypt's Sisi reshuffles key government posts "IndyWatch Feed War"


Egyptian government changes include new ministers of defence, interior, trade, finance and agriculture


Splinter militia in Libya attacks Haftar-controlled oil sites "IndyWatch Feed War"


Rival political authorities and militias have been vying for control of territory and Libya's oil wealth since 2011


White House Press Secretary: Its Biblical to Rip Children from Immigrant Parents "IndyWatch Feed War"

immigrantThat is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible, said the White House press secretary. (CD) Asked to comment on remarks made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier in the day about how the Trump administrations policy of ripping children out of the arms of their immigrant parents is somehow justified by the Christian []


Saudi-led Coalition Captures New Positions South Of Al-Hudaydah Airport (Map, Video) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi-led Coalition Captures New Positions South Of Al-Hudaydah Airport (Map, Video)

Click to see full-size map, By ISW News

On June 14, the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies resumed their advance towards the city of al-Hudaydah along the western Yemeni coast and captured several key positions in the district of al-Durayhimi and the area of al-Nikheila, according to Sky News Arabia TV. Currently, coalition forces are only 2km away from the airport of al-Hudaydah.

Sky News Arabia said that warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition supported the ground attack on al-Hudaydah and carried out a series of airstrikes on the positions and vehicles of the Houthis inside the city and around it.

From its side, the Yemeni Missiles Force [loyal to the Houthis] announced that it had launched a Qaher-2M ballistic missile at a gathering of Saudi-led coalition troops along the western coast of Yemen. However, no hit was reported by pro-coalition sources.

The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies launched a new offensive on al-Hudaydah on June 13. So far, the coalition faced very limited resistance from the remaining fighters of the Houthis south of the city. This situation may change when coalition troops reach the urban areas inside al-Hudaydah.

The post Saudi-led Coalition Captures New Positions South Of Al-Hudaydah Airport (Map, Video) appeared first on .


Why Venezuela and Syria Cannot Fall "IndyWatch Feed War"

True. Both nations, Venezuela and Syria, are separated by a tremendous geographical distance, but they are united by the same fate, same determination and courage. During the Spanish Civil War, Czech anti-fascist fighters, volunteers in the International Brigades, used to say: In Madrid we are fighting for Prague. Madrid fell to Francos fascists in October 1939. Prague had been occupied by German troops several months earlier, in March 1939. It was the blindness and cowardice of the European leaders, as well as the support which the murderous fascist hordes received from populations of all corners of the continent, which led to one of the greatest tragedies in modern history - a tragedy which only ended on May 9, 1945, when the Soviet troops liberated Prague, defeating Nazi Germany and de facto saving the world.


Western Mainstream Media and the Ukraine Crisis: A Study in Conflict Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Western Mainstream Media and the Ukraine Crisis: A Study in Conflict Propaganda (Media, War and Security) Hardcover 19 Sep 2016
by Oliver Boyd-Barrett (Author)

This book explores contemporary propaganda and mainstream Western news media, with reference to the Ukraine crisis.
It examines Western media narratives of the immediate causes of the crisis, the respective roles of those who participated in or otherwise supported the demonstrations of 20132014 including US-backed NGOs and rightist militia and the legitimacy, or otherwise, of the destabilization of the democratically elected Yanukovych government. It considers how the crisis was contextualized with reference to broader themes of competition for power over Eurasia and the Washington Consensus. It assesses accounts of the role of Russia and of ethnic Russian Ukrainians in Crimea, Odessa and the Donbass and traces how Western mainstream media went out of their way to demonize Vladimir Putin. The book deconstructs prevailing Western narratives as to the reasons for the shooting down of Malaysian Airways flight MH17 in July 2014, and counters Western media concentration on the issue of culpability for the attack with an alternative narrative of egregious failure to close down civilian air space over war zones. From analysis of these discourses, the book identifies principles of post-2001 Western conflict propaganda as these appeared to play out in Ukraine.
This book will be of much interest to students of propaganda, media and communication studies, Russian and Eastern European politics, security studies and IR.



Trump Just Authorized $6.6 Million in Funding for the White Helmets in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

White Helmets Funding(ZHE Op-ed)  In a somewhat surprising but not entirely unpredictable turn, President Trump has authorized new funding for the White Helmets which had previously been put on hold. A State Department press release puts the initial funding figure at $6.6 million to continue what it calls the vital, life-saving operations of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets. []

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