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Tuesday, 26 September

13:45

Mongoose: GOP & US CoC Against Steve Bannon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mongoose

Establishment gears up for Steve Bannons war on the GOP leadership

Deep-pocketed supporters of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other GOP leaders have resolved to fight a protracted battle over the next year for the soul of the party in congressional primaries. Its shaping up to be McConnell, the Senate Leadership Fund and the Chamber against Bannon, said Scott Reed, the senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And we will take that fight.

13:44

Trump Twitter tirades deepen Asia alarm over conflict risk "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Kelly MACNAMARA | Observers say Trumps fondness for Twitter diplomacy is creating a situation ripe for dangerous misunderstandings as he pursues an increasingly personal row with Kim Jong-Un

SEOUL (AFP)  Donald Trump may have stumbled into dangerous new territory with tweets that North Korea interpreted as a declaration of war, alarming a region used to living on the edge but now seriously considering the possibility of conflict.Observers say the US presidents fondness for Twitter diplomacy is creating a situation ripe for dangerous misunderstandings as he pursues an increasingly personal row with Kim Jong-Un.

Trumps tweet that the Pyongyang regime wont be around much longer elicited alarm from North Korea, with its foreign minister saying the US had declared a war.

Although the White House dismissed this reading as absurd, the damage may have been done North Korea takes a very dim view of what it perceives as threats against its leadership.

If we get into a war its because of misperception, said Robert Kelly, professor of political science at Pusan National University.

In the real world there is no need to have conflict.

Nevertheless, tensions are surging.

Pyongyangs missile programme has stepped up a gear with two of its most recent launches sailing over a nervous Japan.

This month it conducted its largest ever nuclear test what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb.

In the wake of the nuclear test, academics in China began openly calling for a reassessment of Beijings long-term policy of support for North Korea.

Pyongyang has largely ignored Chinas efforts to resolve the situation with dialogue, said Jia Qingguo of Peking University, in an article entitled Time to prepare for the worst in North Korea.

The commentary, the first of several from Chinese academics in what some observers see as a sharp warning to Kim, urged Beijing to consider contingency talks with Washington and Seoul.

When war becomes a real possibility, China must be prepared, the article said.

The more hopeful interpretation of Trumps tweeting, said Kelly, is that Kim is not the target at all; rather it is intended to persuade China to stop looking the other way.

Beijing has traditionally provided an economic lifeline to its isolated nei...

13:39

Kenya Police Tear Gas Protests Over Electoral Commission "IndyWatch Feed War"

NAIROBI, Kenya Kenya police have fired tear gas at opposition supporters demonstrating outside the electoral commissions offices in Nairobi.

Opposition supporter Cyrus Okemwa said Tuesday police lobbed tear gas after shoving opposition supporters demanding the resignations of top officials of the electoral commission following the annulment of presidential elections. Ruling party supporters also demonstrated calling for no change to the electoral body.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose re-election in August was cancelled by the Supreme Court, has said the electoral commission should not be changed. Opposition leader Raila Odinga says the electoral commissioners are complicit in electoral fraud which denied him a win.

The Supreme Court last week invalidated Kenyattas win saying the electoral commission failed to verify results and there was evidence of irregularities and illegalities in the vote counting.


13:35

Bangladesh Plans Separate Shelters for Rohingya Children "IndyWatch Feed War"

DHAKA, Bangladesh Bangladesh says it is planning to build separate shelters for 6,000 Rohingya Muslim children who entered the country without parents to escape violence in neighboring Myanmar.

Junior minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed said Tuesday the social welfare ministry has asked local authorities for 200 acres (80 hectares) of land to build facilities for the children, and about 1,580 children have already been registered.

The U.N. childrens agency UNICEF has identified about 1,800 children who fled Myanmar without parents after violence broke out on Aug. 25, but Ahmed said the total number of such children is about 6,000.

Children make up about 60 percent of the more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have poured into Bangladesh over the last four weeks to flee persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.


13:30

Gilles Champollion: Back to Democracy Using Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed War"

Back to Democracy using the Blockchain and a bit of Aikido

The democratic creation of a new crypto-currency named EquaCoin will consent people to breed an EquaZone to recover its sovereignty usurped by commercial banks during the last century.

13:03

US & Russia are Directly at War in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Although both countries only acknowledged their participation in the ongoing conflict in Syria to mere advisory, in the area near the oilfields of Deir Ezzor, a direct confrontation has occurred in recent days resulting to the deaths of three high-ranking Russian personnel. The US denied the allegation, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert states that Continue reading US & Russia are Directly at War in Syria

12:59

Erdogan threatens Kurds with hunger as Turkey and Iraq begin border drills "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Turkish president says Kurds 'will be unable to find food' if he stops deliveries into northern Iraq in response to referendum

12:58

US-backed Forces Seize Al-Suwar Town In Syrias Deir Ezzor Province (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured  al-Suwar town from ISIS in the province of Deir Ezzor.

Al-Suwar is an important crossroad town located northeast of Deir Ezzor city and north of the ISIS strong point of al-Busayrah. Controlling Al-Suwar, the SDF will be able to secure the northern flank of the SDF assault force that would advance towards the border with Iraq.

US-backed Forces Seize Al-Suwar Town In Syria's Deir Ezzor Province (Map)

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12:52

Holidaymakers warned of Bali volcano threat "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Brett Gibbons

Trinity Mirror

British holidaymakers in Indonesia are being warned volcanic ash clouds could cause flight disruption amid fears of an imminent eruption on the tourist island of Bali. More than 57,000 people have fled the danger zone, which extends up to 7.5 miles from Mount Agungs crater, after authorities raised its alert status to the highest level on Friday, the Press Association reported.
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Ash clouds from Mount Agung could cause flight disruption

The volcano, 45 miles to the north-east of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, last erupted in 1963, killing 1,100 people.
About 330,000 British nationals visit Indonesia every year, according to the Foreign Office.

The latest Government advice to Britons planning to visit the region says the National Disaster Management Authority for Indonesias volcanic alert level indicates an eruption is possible in the next 24 hours.

You should follow the advice of the local authorities and stay outside the exclusion zone, it said.

Map of Indonesia

If there is an eruption, volcanic ash clouds could cause flight disruptions.

In the event of volcanic ash clouds you should confirm your travel arrangements directly with your airline or travel agent before travelling to the airport.

RECAP: Hurricane season brings new records

Travel trade organisation Abta said the volcano is around 40 miles from Kuta.

A spokesman said: The Indonesian authorities have kept the alert level at the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent.

There will...

12:49

Thousands evacuated from Vanuatu island as volcano erupts "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Four-wheel-drive vehicles make their way across an ash field towards Mount Yasur volcano in Vanuatu as it spews ash over Tanna on August 6, 2010

SYDNEY (AFP)  Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency and evacuated thousands of residents from an island in the Pacific archipelago after a volcanic eruption rained rocks and ash on nearby homes, reports and officials said Tuesday.After weeks of rumbling, activity from the Manaro Voui volcano at the centre of the northern island of Ambae increased in recent days, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department said.
A view of Monaro volcano on Vanuatus northern island Ambae, Sydney. Picture: @hannarosebutler/Twitter

The department on Saturday raised the alert level from three to four, which represents a moderate eruption state, and warned of flying rocks and volcanic gas affecting villages up to 6.5 kilometres (four miles) from Manaro Voui.

 Location of Vanuatu

Villages further afield could also be exposed to ash falls and acid rain, it said.

Schools were shut and more than 7,000 people 70 percent of Ambaes population were being evacuated, Vanuatu National Disaster Management Offices director Shedrack Welegtabit told the Vanuatu Daily Post Tuesday.

The government has also allocated funds to help the evacuees amid reports of food and water shortages, the Vanuatu Digest added.

The New Zealand Defence Force told Fairfax NZ it was surveying the island Tuesday to determine the risks of a large eruption.

Thousands of people were evacuated when the volcano last erupted in 2005.

Vanuatu, which has an estimated population of more than 270,000, was last ravaged by a natural disaster when Cyclone Pam caused severe damage in early 2015.

The volcano alert is the second in the Asia...

12:45

Facebook Adds Fuel to the Fire of Anti-Russian Frenzy "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, his company will submit to US congressional investigators the contents of 3,000 political ads bought by entities linked to the Russian government to sway the 2016 US election. The statement was made after the damaging revelation that shadowy buyers bought the ads and targeted them at US users between 2015 and 2017. Under pressure from Congress, in particular, Mark Warner, Vice Chair of Senate Intelligence Committee, to do more to prevent the use of Facebook for election manipulation, Zuckerberg said he supported the investigation by the Congress.

12:44

Saudi official sacked for using Yoda photo in school book "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Government fires official who used doctored photo showing late King Faisal with Star Wars character, sparking online ridicule

12:40

#Catalonia: The #Zaragoza Manifesto "IndyWatch Feed War"

As anarchists we dont support political parties and we are not enthousiastic about old and new states. Given the repression by the Spanish state and openly fascist tweets by the para military Guardia Civil and more and more fascist gatherings across Spain, we think its important to follow the events in Spain and Catalonia. The repression against the referendum has to stop. We publish the Zaragoza Manifesto to document these developments. 

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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.

Read all our reports about Catalonia; here.

Manifest for freedom, fraternity and coexistence

Those signing below, commited with democracy, freedom, fraternity, dialogue, coexistence and civil, social and national rights, as r...

12:37

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 18 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wat ik tracht weer te geven is geheimzinniger, verstrengelt zich met de wortels zelf van het zijn, aan de ongrijpbare bron van de gewaarwordingen, zo verklaarde de Franse kunstschilder Paul Czanne eens. Mede naar aanleiding daarvan schreef zijn landgenoot, de filosoof Maurice Merleau-Ponty, in LOeil et LEsprit (1964), een essay over de waarneming in de kunst, (dat in 1996 in het Nederlands verscheen):

De wetenschap manipuleert de dingen en ziet ervan af hen te bewonen. Ze stelt er haar eigen modellen van op en ze treedt... slechts hier en daar in contact met de actuele wereld. 

Hij zette uiteen dat de wetenschap net doet alsof wij met de ons omringende wereld  eigenlijk niets te maken hebben, maar dat de materie toch was voorbestemd o...

12:27

Unites Nations and the Monster in the Room "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unites Nations and the Monster in the Room

Region: 
Theme...

12:25

The Syrian People Knew that This War Was to Eliminate Their Country "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian People Knew that This War Was to Eliminate Their Country: Syrias Deputy Prime Ministers Impassioned UN Address

12:24

'Unlimited Imperialism,' History of American Militarism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unlimited Imperialism, History of American Militarism: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Region: 
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12:24

Egypt arrests six people for flying rainbow flag at Cairo concert "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Group accused of 'public indecency' and 'inciting immorality' for flying of LGBT flag at Mashrou Leila event

12:18

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you "IndyWatch Feed War"

Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest
Lectionary: 451

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Ezra praises Jehovah in the public square and the people raise their hands in agreement

Reading 1 EZR 9:5-9

At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,
and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,
stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God.

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Ezra falls on his knees and prays to God

I said: My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you,
O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads
and our guilt reaches up to heaven.
From the time of our fathers even to this day
great has been our guilt,
and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up,
we and our kings and our priests,
to the will of the kings of foreign lands,
to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and to disgrace,
as is the case today.

And now, but a short time ago, mercy came to us from the LORD, our God,
who left us a remnant and gave us a stake in his holy place;
thus our God has brightened our eyes
and given us relief in our servitude.
For slaves we are, but in our servitude our God has not abandoned us;
rather, he has turned the good will
of the kings of Persia toward us.
Thus he has given us new life
to raise again the house of our God and restore its ruins,
and has granted us a fence in Judah and Jerusalem.

Responsorial Psalm TOBIT 13:2, 3-4A, 4BEFGHN, 7-8...

12:15

The Inconvenient Kurds "IndyWatch Feed War"

Except for the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan, there isnt one state in Western Asia that is viable inside its present borders at a 20-year horizon. All the powers with interests in the region want to kick the problem down the road, and that is why the whole world (excepting Israel) wants to abort an independence referendum to be held by Iraqs eight million Kurds on Sept. 25. If Iraqs Kurds try to convert the autonomous zone they have ruled for a quarter of a century into a fully independent state, the Iraqi state probably will collapse, Turkey likely will invade northern Iraq and Syria, and Iran will join Turkey in military operations against Kurdish-led forces in Iraq.

12:09

Military Situation In Syrias Raqqah City On September 26, 2017 (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pressuring on ISIS in Andalus, Hurriyah and al-Tawrah neighborhoods of Raqqah city.

Military Situation In Syria's Raqqah City On September 26, 2017 (Map)

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12:00

Israeli Settlements: Plans for 2,000 Homes to be Approved Next Week "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jerusalem (MEMO Israeli authorities are expected to advance plans as soon as next week for up to 2,000 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank.

According to a report in Haaretz on Monday, citing an unnamed senior government official, most of the homes in question will be advancing to another stage in the planning process.

Israeli SettlementsImage: Wikimedia Commons

However, some plans will be ready for immediate construction, reportedly including some 300 homes in Beit El, which the government promised to settler leaders more than five years ago, following the demolition of illegally built homes in the settlements Ulpana neighbourhood.

The official said that over the next two days, final talks will be held to decide whether to add or remove certain construction plans from the committees agenda.

Haaretz notes that, due to understandings the government reached with the Trump administration on restraining settlement construction, the planning committee responsible for settlement construction meets only once every three months, with its last meeting held in early June.

In addition, the senior official claimed, ministers were told at Sundays security cabinet meeting that the planning committees meeting has been postponed several times at the White Houses request. These postponements were to make sure the committees meeting didnt clash with the UN General Assembly or the various diplomatic meetings that surrounded it.

Related: Israel To Build 3,000 Homes In Illegal West Bank Settlements

Haaretz reports that the committees agenda is slated to be published tomorrow, so the committee can meet next Tuesday, before Sukkot begins. Failing that, the committee will meet the following week, immediately after the seven-day Sukkot holiday ends.

During the security cabinet meeting, ministers were told that the proposed plan for constructing Palestin...

12:00

Russia Proposes UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed War"

New York (SCF Russia has proposed a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on the establishment of a UN mission that would provide security for Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors activities in eastern Ukraine. I consider the presence of peacekeepers, or rather people who would provide security for the OSCE mission, absolutely appropriate, and see nothing wrong with it, said Russian President Putin following the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, on September 5.

According to the Russian draft resolution, a UN mission should focus solely on providing security for the OSCE officials. The forces should operate on the contact line between Ukraines forces and the militias of the self-proclaimed Peoples Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protection of OSCE observers by the UN is envisioned not only on the disengagement line but also in other places where the OSCE personnel would go to monitor the compliance with the Minsk accords.

UN Soldiers UN PeacekeeprsFrench UN Unit on Bastille Day
Image: Wikimedia Commons

The Russian initiative was welcomed by the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who said that successful deployment of UN peacekeepers could become the first major step towards lifting the anti-Russia sanctions. According to him, implementation of this proposal could even lay the foundation for a new period of dtente in relations between Europe and Russia. US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker neither supported the initiative nor rejected it off the cuff. According to him, the initiative had to be considered.

It should be noted that the idea is not new. It was first discussed in November 2014 by Russian and US unofficial experts on the Finnish island of Boisto. It illustrates how useful unofficial contacts could be.

Ukraine has a different plan backed by the United States. It insists the UN forces should be deployed across the entire territory of the self-proclaimed republics stretching to Russias border. According to Ukraines proposal, the organization of this mission has to be carried out without consent of...

11:52

Russian Foreign Ministry Working Behind Scenes to Resolve North Korea Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOSCOW A conflict on the Korean peninsula would have catastrophic consequences, and Russias foreign ministry is working behind the scenes on finding a political solution to the North Korea crisis, the RIA news agency cited a senior Russian diplomat as saying on Tuesday.

Cited by RIA, Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of the non-proliferation and arms controls department at Russias foreign ministry, also said the U.S. approach to North Korea was a dead end and the tool of sanctions against the North had almost been exhausted.

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Mikhail Ulyanov

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. strategic bombers even if they are not in the countrys air space.

(Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Katya Golubkova)


11:46

Sweden Investigates Mosque Fire as Arson "IndyWatch Feed War"

COPENHAGEN, Denmark Swedish police say a fire that partly destroyed a mosque west of Stockholm is being investigated as arson.

Police said firefighters worked overnight to extinguish the fire that started early Tuesday in Orebro, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of Stockholm. No one was injured in the blaze.

Mosque spokesman Jamal Lamhamdi told local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda that it was a sad day for Muslims in Orebro and in Sweden.

As asylum-seekers have flooded into Sweden in recent years, anti-migrant sentiment has grown and there have been increasing xenophobic attacks. In January, a fire caused major damage at a mosque near Stockholm. In October, a Syrian man was arrested in an arson attack against a Shiite prayer room in the southwestern city of Malmo.

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A mosque in the southern Swedish city of Orebro has been completely destroyed in a suspected arson attack, a fire department official said on Tuesday.

Firefighters arrived at the site at 2 a.m. local time (0000GMT) but the mosque was completely gutted, according to Orebro fire chief Ulf Jacobsen.

No one was injured in the blaze, Jacobsen said, adding that evidence pointed to it being an arson attack.

The Orebro mosque which has a capacity for 250 people was built in 2007 in the Vivalla neighborhood, home to Muslims from various countries.

The incident came after another suspected arson attack last May partially destroyed a Shia mosque in the Stockholm suburb of Jakobsberg.

An investigation by the Islamic Cooperation Council in Sweden...

11:45

The Rise of "Alternative for Germany" "IndyWatch Feed War"

With the Federal German Parliamentary elections coming to a close something quite remarkable has just happened in post-WWII Germany. For the first time since 1949 when the Bundestag was created after the defeat of the Nazi regime, and free and fair elections were held, the Christian Democrats and their sister party the Christian Social Union suffered their worst result while a nationalist grouping known as the Alternative for Deutschland (Alternative for Germany) has made a stunning electoral and political break through becoming the third largest party and significantly this 2017 German Parliament will contain for the very first time since the days of the 1930s overt German nationalists.

11:39

Kurdistan what the referendum is hiding, by Thierry Meyssan "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a world where images count more than realities, the Press is presenting us with a democratic referendum for the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan. However, despite the fact that, constitutionally speaking, this referendum should be held throughout Iraq, and not only in the independentist zone, several million non-Kurdish voters have already been ejected from their homes and will never be able to return. In the polling stations, only the independentists will be supervising the legality of the vote. Thierry Meyssan reveals this fraud and the interests it is hiding.

11:35

U.S. Keeps Up Diplomatic Efforts to Deal With North Korea Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

NEW DELHI Diplomatic efforts to tackle the crisis caused by North Koreas nuclear and missile buildup are continuing, U. S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday.

Mattis, who is on a two-day official visit to the Indian capital to strengthen military ties said pressure on North Korea had increased following a United Nations resolution.

We continue to maintain the diplomatically led efforts in the United Nations, he told reporters.

You have seen unanimous U.N. security council resolutions passed that have increased the pressureon the North and at the same time we maintain the capability to deter North Koreas most dangerous threats, he added.

(Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani and Aditya Kalra; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)


11:29

Turkish and Iraqi troops stage joint exercise after Kurd vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Soldiers deployed near Habur border crossing in Silopi, a day after Iraqi Kurds held referendum on independence

11:27

Cambodia Court Denies Bail for Opposition Leader Kem Sokha was charged with treason "IndyWatch Feed War"

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Cambodias appeals court has rejected a request for the release on bail of opposition leader Kem Sokha, who has been charged with treason in a case that is seen as a partisan political effort by the government ahead of next years general election.

Lawyers for Kem Sokha, head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, boycotted the Tuesday hearing when their demand that their client be allowed to attend was denied.

Lawyer Sam Sokong cited the judge saying Kem Sokha was not brought to appear because of security concerns, a reference to the prospect of a protest by the opposition leaders supporters.

Kem Sokha was charged with treason for allegedly conspiring with the United States to topple the government, and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

The Cambodian opposition leader, Kem Sokha, as he was arrested at his home in Phnom Penh. Credit Agence France-Presse Getty Images


11:27

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11:26

Rather Ironic isnt it? Germanys new Nazis see israel as role model "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germanys new Nazis see Israel as role model Israel and its supporters have made alliances with racists, anti-Semites and Islamophobes all over Europe. (via Flickr) Unfortunately, our worst fears have come true, Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said of the electoral success in Sundays general election of Alternative for []

11:24

Sarsour Claims Trump Travel Restrictions Are Muslim Ban 3.0 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Linda Sarsour speaks at a Linda Sarsour speaks at a Women for Syria rally in NY. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

 

Islamist activist Linda Sarsour called U.S. President Donald Trumps new travel restrictions a Muslim Ban even though the new restrictions include two non-Muslim countries North Korea and Venezuela.

Sudan, a Muslim country, was taken off the new list.

Sarsour tweeted, Muslim Ban 3.0. #No MuslimBanEver and New travel ban aka Muslim Ban 3.0 does not have an expiration date. #NoMuslimBanEver.

In another tweet, she decried the restrictions, saying smh (so much hate).

The Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamist organization CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) is spinning the new restrictions as just one part of the administrations ugly white supremacist agenda in a press release dated September 24. The group is also promoting the h...

11:19

The imprisonment of 300 Palestinian minors in the Zionist prisons "IndyWatch Feed War"

The imprisonment of 300 Palestinian minors in the Zionist prisons Recent polls shows an increase in the number of Palestinian children arrested by Zionist security forces. According to the Palestinian Information Center, the Zionists has intensified the arrest of Palestinian children in the West Bank over the last few months, in particular the cities of []

11:15

During 8 years of Netanyahu as Prime Minister, 53 mosques and churches have been burned down by Zionists "IndyWatch Feed War"

During 8 years of Netanyahu as Prime Minister, 53 mosques and churches have been burned down by Zionists Since Benjamin Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister in 2009, dozens of mosques and churches have been destroyed and burned down. The Haaretz newspaper reported that 53 mosques and churches were destroyed or burned since the Israeli Prime []

11:15

The False Promise of Macron"s Labor Reforms "IndyWatch Feed War"

Give him credit for consistency at least. Amid all the equivocations shaping his career, French President Emmanuel Macron has remained singularly committed to the cause of remaking labor law to favor employers. Since his Socialist predecessor, Franois Hollande, appointed him economy minister in 2014, the former investment banker has repeatedly argued that France must reform its labor code along pro-business lines in order to boost job growth. And on August 31, his recently elected government unveiled a long-awaited proposal to do so.

11:12

German Election Shows Multiculturalism Debate Far From Over "IndyWatch Feed War"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel following the election. (Photo: Maja Hitij/ Getty Images)German Chancellor Angela Merkel following the election. (Photo: Maja Hitij/ Getty Images)

 

Germanys elections saw Chancellor Angela Merkel lead her Christian Union party to victory and secure a fourth term However, she also lost 8.6% of her vote base and saw nationalists enter parliament.

The populist anti-immigration party Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) won 12.6% in Germanys federal elections on September 24 in a breakthrough victory for what was previously a fringe party.

Results (as published by The Guardian):

CDU: 32.9%

Social Democratic Party: 20.5%

AfD: 12.6%

Die Linke (Left wing): 9.2%

Grune (Green Party): 8.9%

FDP (Classical liberal): 10.7%

The AfD has never previously held seats in the German parliament, the Bundestag. Founded in 2013 to oppose German bailouts of Greek banks, AfD became known through its strident opposition to German acceptance of 1.5 million refugees, mostly from the Arab World.

Merkel will now have to build a coalition to gain enough seats to rule.

The shock result saw the CDU registering it worst performance in nearly 70 years. Merkels former coalition partner the SDP declared it will go into opposition after a poor showing. Meanwhile, cracks within the AfD are already showing. Party chairwoman Frauke Petry announced her resignation from the party at a post election press conference.

Previously...

11:00

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN CATALONIA? "IndyWatch Feed War"

I'll admit, when people started sending me stories about what is going on in Catalonia, and more particularly, the beautiful city of Barcelona, I

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11:00

The Anti-Empire Report #151 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cold War then. Cold War now.

The anti-Russian/anti-Soviet bias in the American media appears to have no limit. You would think that they would have enough self-awareness and enough journalistic integrity - just enough - to be concerned about their image. But it keeps on coming, piled higher and deeper.

One of the latest cases in point is a review of a new biography of Mikhail Gorbachev in the New York Times Book Review (September 10). The review says that Gorbachev was no hero to his own people because he was the destroyer of their empire. This is how the New York Times avoids having to say anything positive about life in the Soviet Union or about socialism. They would have readers believe that it was the loss of the likes of Czechoslovakia or Hungary et al. that upset the Russian people, not the loss, under Gorbachevs perestroika, of a decent standard of living for all, a loss affecting peoples rent, employment, vacations, medical care, education, and many other aspects of the Soviet welfare state.

Accompanying this review is a quote from a 1996 Times review of Gorbachevs own memoir, which said: It mystifies Westerners that Mikhail Gorbachev is loathed and ridiculed in his own country. This is the man who pulled the world several steps back from the nuclear brink and lifted a crushing fear from his countrymen, who ended bloody foreign adventures [and] liberated Eastern Europe. Yet his repudiation at home could hardly be more complete. His political comeback attempt in June attracted less than 1 percent of the vote.

Thus is Gorbachevs unpopularity with his own people further relegated to the category of mystery, and not due to the profound social changes.

It should be noted that in 1999, USA Today reported: When the Berlin Wall crumbled [1989], East Germans imagined a life of freedom where consumer goods were abundant and hardships would fade. Ten years later, a remarkable 51% say they were happier with communism. 1 Earlier polls would likely have shown even more than 51% expressing such a sentiment, for in the ten years many of those who remembered life in East Germany with some fondness had passed away; although even 10 years later, in 2009, the Washington Post could report: Westerners [West Berliners] say they are fed up with the tendency of their eastern counterparts to wax nostalgic about communist times. 2 It was in the post-unification period that a new Russian and eastern Europe proverb was born: Everything the Communists said about Communism was a lie, but everything they said about capitalis...

10:51

Syrian Government Forces Expand Control Over Eastern Bank Of Euphrates (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian government forces, assisted by the Russian military, have been expanding control over the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the area of Deir Ezzor city.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) liberated Nashad village located north of Mazlum, on the road heading towards the border with Iraq. However, ISIS terrorists continued attacks against the SAA and the NDF in the area. The most fiercest clashes  were reported near Khusham.

Meanwhile, the Russian military established a 200-m long temprary bridge through the Euphrates River. The bridge allows to transfer cars, armoured vehicles and battle tanks from the western to the eastern bank and will play an important role in further government operations against ISIS east of Deir Ezzor.

Syrian Government Forces Expand Control Over Eastern Bank Of Euphrates (Map)

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10:47

US Troops in Afghanistan: Your Poll Results "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. soldiersU.S. soldiers (Photo: YURI DYACHYSHYN / AFP / Getty Images)

 

Earlier this month we asked for your views on the U.S. decision to send a further 3,000 soldiers to Afghanistan. This in addition to the 8,000 already there.

Asked should Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? 58 percent of you replied no and 42% said yes.

Here are some of the comments you posted when voting:

Get out of harms way.

Not unless there is a full understanding of complete and utter defeat of the enemy that means a plan of all plans and support from allies first and foremost.

If they are necessary to win and destroy the enemy then it should be done. He should listen to his generals and do what they advise. War is a job for the military not for politicians and there is no worse war than one that drags on endlessly. Give the generals all the resources they need to do their job as best they can.

Stop throwing our blood and treasure at an unrealistic task!

Either he sends 300,000 or none. Better yet get the hell out and call it two decades

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We back terrorists when they fought the Russians now we fight the groups that we backed and do you not think that our enemies will not do the same thing that we did and back those whom we are now fighting! Cant win that kind of fight.

The general who advised this needs to be swamped out of Donalds advisers

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10:45

Forget the anti-Semitism fallacy, lets focus on the Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Forget the anti-Semitism fallacy, lets focus on the Palestinians By Blake Alcott* Speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on 16 July 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron repeated the slogan that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic. According to Macron, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel expressions are a new type of anti- Semitism. We hear this almost daily, and pretty []

10:45

Russia denies targeting Syrian civilians in Idlib air attacks "IndyWatch Feed War"

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10:40

President Trump"s "Military First" Policy "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to The New York Times, the Trump administration is preparing to dismantle key Obama-era limits on drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefields. The changes would lay the groundwork for possible counterterrorism missions in countries where Islamic militants are active but the United States has not previously tried to kill or capture them. The reduction of restrictions would apply to commando raids and drone strikes outside of conventional battlefields. However, the new plan would still require higher-level approval to start conducting strikes or raids in new countries under country plans that would be reviewed every 12 months.

10:37

Jewish extremists condemned for vandalising Jerusalem church "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jewish extremists condemned for vandalising Jerusalem church NOVANEWS St. Stephen Church in occupied Jerusalem was vandalised on 21 September 2017 [Richard Hardigan/Twitter] MEMO  The Council of Catholic Churches in Jerusalem yesterday condemned the attack by Jewish extremists on one its houses of worship and called on the Israeli government to do more to curtail the escalating []

10:31

Half of UK Citizens Support Idea of Holding Second Referendum on Brexit, including Nigel Farage "IndyWatch Feed War"

Half of UK Citizens Support Idea of Holding Second Referendum on Brexit #Farage in favour of a 2nd referendum http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nigel-farage-wants-second-referendum-7985017  #EU #Brexit Brexit negotiations turned out to be harder than expected as no progress yet has been made on major issues. The recent poll proves that British citizens could occasionally change their minds on the []

10:17

The Kurds that have signed up to Daesh "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Kurds that have signed up to Daesh The Western Press is presenting Daesh as a racist organization that would be fighting Kurds simply because they are Kurds. Baloney: there are Kurdish units within Daesh. Abu al-Hadi al-Iraqi was the Kurdish leader in Al-Qaeda. During the CIAs Operation Cyclone against the Soviets, he led Al-Quaedas []

09:55

Anarchists on #SantiagoMaldonado: We Can Still be Worse "IndyWatch Feed War"

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Reflections and considerations on the month following the disappearance of Santiago Maldonado.

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Originally published by Contra Info.

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.

Anarchists on Santiago Maldonado: We Can Still be Worse

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Reflections and considerations on the month following the disappearance of Santiago Maldonado.

On August 1st, members of the Pu Lof Mapuche community in resistance in the province Cushamen barricaded National Route 40, along with allies in solidarity. They cut off traffic in solidarity against the legal proceedings confronting el Lonko Facundo Jones Huala (for the second time). Minutes later, cars and trucks arrived carrying about thirty border police armed with rifles. The peis (Mapuches) began throwing rocks, responding to the presence of the bastard forces of...

09:48

Saudi clerics use Twitter, textbooks to spread hate: HRW "IndyWatch Feed War"

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09:45

#Ireland Deportations and Harassment of Irish Group Traveling to West Bank "IndyWatch Feed War"

Deportations and Harassment of Irish Group Traveling to West Bank By Caoimhghin Croidhein, A trip to Palestine resulted in deportations and harassment by security as the Israel authorities step up attempts to intimidate or frighten future travelers to the area. During our trip we experienced CS gas, checkpoints, apartheid in action and military harassment []

09:35

North Korea bolsters defenses, rhetoric escalates North claims right to shoot down U.S. bombers It was the U.S. who first declared war on our country "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Christine KimMichelle Nichols

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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho walks to speak to the media outside the Millennium hotel New York, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) North Korea has been boosting defenses on its east coast, South Koreas Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down U.S. bombers flying near the Korean peninsula.

Tensions have escalated on the Korean peninsula since North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, but the rhetoric has reached a new level in recent days with leaders on both sides exchanging threats and insults.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Trumps Twitter comments, in which the U.S. leader said Ri and leader Kim Jong Un wont be around much longer if they acted on their threats, amounted to a declaration of war and that Pyongyang had the right to take countermeasures.

Yonhap suggested the reclusive North was in fact bolstering its defenses by moving aircraft to its east coast and taking other measures after U.S. bombers flew close to the Korean peninsula at the weekend.

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09:30

Narrm / Melbourne: Statement on the Queer Anarchist Disruption of the Coalition For Marriage Campaign Launch "IndyWatch Feed War"

Received on 26.09.17:

On Saturday 23 September 2017, a group of 15 queer anarchists (including sex workers, drug users, disabled people, people living with blood borne viruses and survivors of child abuse & spiritual abuse perpetrated by fundamentalist christians & churches) disrupted and intervened in the launch of the national Coalition For Marriage campaign. The Coalition For Marriage is a front group for the fundamentalist religious organisation, the Australian Christian Lobby.

Our action was undertaken by 8 undercover anarchist/ activists in our most conservative clothes, who infiltrated the event. In an attempt to deprive the religious fundamentalists of a platform, and to make their event as uncomfortable as possible, we engaged in a series of constant disruptions, beginning with two people unfurling a banner reading Burn Churches, Not Queers as the 1000 strong supporters of Christian fundamentalist ideology entered the venue.

The second disruption involved an activist running on stage during the opening speech by the repulsive maggot Lyle Sheldon (the CEO of the Australian Christian Lobby) and attempting to unfurl a banner reading Love not Hate. The activist was set upon by overenthusiastic security who violently detained her and removed her from the venue.
15 minutes later, 3 activists in the audience disrupted the homophobic whining of Cella White, a concerned mother, who claims her son was encouraged to wear a dress to school in lieu of traditional boys school uniform. One activist began yelling Death to Christian fascists, and God raped Mary, she didnt consent and should have aborted, whilst 2 women enthusiastically tongue kissed.

As security removed the 3 people, who were yelling Crucify Christian fundamentalists, Christian fascists and Death to homophobes, 2 more activists took the opportunity to occupy the stage. One of the activists took over the podium and yelled into the microphones, This isnt about free speech, would you have given the Nazis a platform?, before the 2 women activists began kissing. The 2 women were also removed by security guards. The Christian audience booed us, we heard people yelling, Satan is behind thee, and Rot in Hell.

As we were escorted from the venue, a woman attempted to destroy the Marriage Coalitions merchandise table. As several people were evicted from the venue, they warned members of the Coalition For Marriage, This is War!, and We know who your leaders are and where they live!. In addition to the disruptions, 6 of us also stood at the entrance/ exit to the venue with queer Antifa flags.

We under...

09:28

Kurdish PKK and YPGs Hidden Notorious Crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Kurdish PKK and YPGs Hidden Notorious Crimes By Sarah Abed | American Herald Tribune | September 25, 2107 The Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, and its Syrian spinoff, the YPG, are cult-like radical movements that intertwine Marxism, feminism, Leninism and Kurdish nationalism into a hodge-podge of ideology, drawing members through the extensive use of propaganda that []

09:25

Deportations and Harassment of Irish Group Traveling to West Bank "IndyWatch Feed War"

A trip to Palestine resulted in deportations and harassment by security as the Israel authorities step up attempts to intimidate or frighten future travelers to the area. During our trip we experienced CS gas, checkpoints, apartheid in action and military harassment of Palestinians.

Departure

I joined the group in Dublin airport on the morning of September 8th and we flew out to Istanbul where we waited in a transit area cafe for a couple of hours. As it turned out our flight departure lounge for Tel Aviv was next to the cafe where we were sitting and we noticed that an extra layer of security was being prepared by ground staff for the Tel Aviv flight. After boarding, and a smooth Turkish Airlines flight to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, we disembarked and queued up for passport control. I was on my own and after 2 or 3 questions (what was the purpose of my trip, had I been to Israel before, etc). I was given a one month visa and waved through. Meanwhile, however, trouble was brewing as I could hear the two Irish girls at the kiosk next to me being asked to bring the group leader over. I went directly through to the arrivals hall as I had not checked in any bags. Then began a long wait as myself and the few who got through unhindered discovered that security had rounded up as many of the group as they could find including those who had decided to wait in the luggage hall rather than in the arrivals hall. In all 21 were detained and 6 questioned, and of those 4 were deported (Elaine Daly, Fidelma Bonass, Joan Nolan and Stephen McCloskey) a few hours later. The four who were detained were informed that they were being deported to prevent illegal immigration even though they had valid passports and return tickets. Around 4am the others were released and we finally boarded the bus and made the journey to our hotel in Bethlehem.

West Bank wall and turnstiles

Fact Finding Program

Our tour, though coordinated in Dublin, was organised by the Siraj Centre, a non-profit organization licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and based in Palestine. Our Fact Finding Program included meetings with prominent peace activists, political officials, human rights organizations, settlers and Jewish tour guides. This makes the deportation of our group leader, Elaine Daly, even stranger as she has been organising trips with the Siraj Centre every year from Ireland since 2006.

Saturday 9th September: Day 1 Bethlehem...

09:20

Majority of Brits think UK should recognise Palestine as a state "IndyWatch Feed War"

Majority of Brits think UK should recognise Palestine as a state   MEMO | September 25, 2017 A majority of the British public believe the UK should recognise Palestine as a state, according to the results of a new YouGov poll published Monday. 53 percent of respondents said they agree with such a step, as opposed []

09:16

German Parties Holding First Meetings After Election Starting the complicated task of forming a coalition government "IndyWatch Feed War"

BERLIN German parties newly elected parliamentary groups are holding their first meetings after an election that left Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative bloc weakened but still on top. It now faces a complicated task of forming a coalition government and the prospect of robust opposition from both the right and left.

The most politically plausible option for the next government led by Merkel is a three-way coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens.

Merkel has said she wants to seek talks with them, but also with her former coalition partner, the Social Democrats who say they will go into opposition.

Lawmakers for the nationalist, anti-migrant Alternative for Germany, or AfD, who have entered parliament for the first time, will also meet Tuesday in Berlin.

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Building a new German coalition government 

By Dan Hough
The Washington Post
September 25, 2017

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Angela Merkel in Berlin on Sept. 24.  Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

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German politics just got interesting. In Sundays national election, Angela Merkels Christian Democrats (CDU) came out best with 33 percent of the vote, but an 8.5 percentage point drop in support from the 2013 election leaves the party battered and bruised.

The party that governed with the CDU, the Social Democrats (SPD), performed even worse, pulling...

09:15

How to End the Korea Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

How to End the Korea Crisis By Ron Paul | September 25, 2017 The descent of US/North Korea crisis to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history. President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans []

09:06

Cannabis Cultivating Re-Visited "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sonoma County, California Readers of this reporters August local and national articles on unpermitted cannabis growing expressed both appreciations and appropriate criticisms. Their feedback has made me aware of how complicated this issue is.

I am a patient at Peace in Medicine, a dispensary here in Sebastopol, California, and appreciate its CBD cannabis. It is essential to this 73-years-old person, as it is to other elders and those with a wide variety of health issues for which cannabis is an appropriate plant medicine.

Cannabis can be more healthy than some of the chemical medications to which people get addicted; it is better for ones health than alcohol. Medications such as opioids can drastically worsen ones health, create addictions, and even cause death.

I got my cannabis card not to get stoned, which I am too old to do, commented businessman Andy Cohen. I use CBD topicals, as well as tinctures, because of my arthritis and gout. It works better than Tylenol or Ibuprofen. It doesnt damage my liver or put a hole in my stomach.

This article seeks to promote dialogue among cannabis growers, users, critics, government officials, and others. Participants in the expanding cannabis business have educated me about some of the complications, especially with respect to applying for permits and how expensive they are.

I support cannabis growing by locals on appropriate sites that do not damage water use by humans, other animals, and plants or harm nature in other ways. Such operations provide good agricultural employment for people. These small farms literally keep families afloat, as one cannabis farmer expressed.

Cannabis Growers and Allies Speak Up

I have visited small and medium-size cottage cannabis operations and been informed and impressed by responsible growers. Among the things they said are the following:

The legalization of marijuana has opened a Pandoras Box, which will have many unintended consequences.

We started growing high CBD medicinal cannabis for my cancer. We could not find it anywhere and realized we needed to grow it ourselves to insure purity and viability for my health. Unfortunately, we will also quit after this years harvest because of the severe and expensive regulations of the county. Its heart-breaking that this vital medicine is being capitalized on and forcing intelligent, experienced growers out of the market.

I understand your frustration and anger with the recent opportunistic, irresponsible wildcat growers you are encountering, but I think it is a mistake to lump them together with people who have devoted their lives to improving marijuana strains and who feel strongly about the benefits it provides.

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09:00

High-turnout for Kurdish independence vote raises regional fears "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Safin Hamed, AFP | Iraqi Kurds wave the Kurdish flag as they celebrate in the streets of the northern city of Erbil on September 25, 2017, following a referendum on independence.

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Latest update : 2017-09-26

Iraqi Kurds voted Monday in a landmark referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed as a hostile act by Iraqs central government.

Neighbouring Turkey even threatened a military response.

To Baghdad, the vote threatens a redrawing of Iraqs borders, taking a sizeable part of the countrys oil wealth with it. For Turkey and Iran, leaders feared the move would embolden their own Kurdish populations.

Mondays turnout was high among the 5.2 million eligible voters with 78 percent, the Kurdish Rudaw TV station said. The electoral commission had advanced the figure of 76 percent with polling stations yet to close on Monday.

The vote likely to be a resounding yes when official results are revealed later this week is not binding and will not immediately bring independence to the autonomous region. Nevertheless, it has raised tensions and fears of instability in Iraq and beyond.

Just hours after polls closed Monday night across the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry announced the launch of large-scale joint military exercises with Turkey.

Earlier in the day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey threatened the Kurdish region with military intervention. Iran which also opposed the vote held military exercises along their border Sunday.

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08:53

Palestinian shot dead after killing three Israelis at settlement "IndyWatch Feed War"

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08:50

Susan Collins adds to Republican woes as she comes out firmly against Obamacare replacement Probably killing Graham-Cassidy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Another Republican repeal effort on the verge of collapse

By Jeremy B White San Francisco

The Independent US
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In a major blow to the latest Republican healthcare effort, Sen Susan Collins said on Monday she could not support her colleagues measure.

Republicans seeking once again to fulfil their promise of repealing a federal healthcare law could afford few defections, and the loss of Ms Collins a centrist from Maine likely deprived them of the needed vote margin to move their bill.

If the loss of Ms Collins does doom the initiative, the collapse will be the latest failure in a string of abortive Republican efforts to translate a perpetual campaign promise the repeal of Obamacare into legislation. The party has failed to do so despite controlling the presidency and both houses of Congress. Ms Collins no vote also helped stymie a high-profile push in July.

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08:42

U.S. to Curb Russian Military Flights Over American Territory Open Skies is part of a gradual breakdown in relations "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. officials are preparing to announce restrictions to Russian military flights over American territory under the Treaty on Open Skies in the latest sign of strain in U.S.-Russia relations.
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By Brett Forrest
The Wall Street Journal
Sept. 26, 2017 1:14 a.m. ET

WASHINGTONU.S. officials are preparing to announce restrictions to Russian military flights over American territory under the Treaty on Open Skies in the latest sign of strain in U.S.-Russia relations.

The treaty, part of a suite of arms-control, transparency and confidence-building agreements that proliferated in the late stages of the Cold War, permits its 34 ratified member states to conduct observation flights over each others territory while capturing aerial imagery of military personnel and materiel.

Treaty-related tensions intensified over two days in August, when a Russian plane operating under Open Skies flew over U.S. cities including Washington as well as Bedminster, N.J., while President Donald Trump was staying at the Trump National Golf Club in the town.

Those flights, however, arent the cause of the new restrictions, according to U.S. officials. Instead, they assert that Russia is in violation of the Open Skies treaty, because the Kremlin imposed restrictions on flights over Kaliningrad, Russias Baltic Sea exclave, which U.S. officials believe is host to a cache of sophisticated weaponry.

While the treaty allows for a per-flight range of 5,500 kilometers (3,418 miles), Russia has enforced a sub-limit of 500 kilometers for flights over Kaliningrad. Since it requires roughly 1,200 kilometers to cover the entirety of Kaliningrad during an Open Skies flight, according to Pentagon officials, this restriction compels treaty members to reallocate two flights that would otherwise be used to observe other portions of Russia.

The Cold War test of nerves is back. Risky close encounters between Russian and NATO forces have increased dramatically in the Baltic region over the past three years. The WSJs Tanya Rivero explains whats at stake. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Associated Press

Perhaps more important, this limitation enforces gaps between the flights needed to cross Kaliningrad, providing an incoherent picture of the territory, U.S. officials maintain.

U.S. officials question what the Russian m...

08:35

Omissions in BBC reporting on latest Iranian missile test "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 23rd saw the appearance of a report titled Iran tests missile despite Trump pressure on the BBC News websites Middle East page.

In addition to an account of the display of a new ballistic missile at a military parade in Tehran, the BBCs report purports to provide readers with background information on several aspects of the story.

US President Donald Trump criticised the launch, saying the missile was capable of hitting its ally Israel. []

In a tweet on Saturday, Mr Trump criticised Iran and accused it, without elaborating, of co-operating with the North Korean regime.

Two days prior to the publication of this BBC article, the French president had ...

08:34

China fines tech firms over online content "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File | Microblogging site Weibo was among tech firms fined by China for failing to remove illegal online content

BEIJING (AFP)  China has fined several of the countrys biggest technology firms for failing to remove illegal online content as the authorities intensify their policing of the internet.Three web giants operating popular social media services have received maximum penalties for allowing the publication of pornographic, violent and other sorts of banned material, the Cyberspace Administration of China said.

Internet users had shared the content on Baidus online forum Tieba, the microblogging site Weibo, and Tencents WeChat application, according to the watchdog.

The companies also failed to block content that promoted ethnic hatred, it said in a statement on Monday.

The amounts of the fines were not made public. The companies were also ordered to immediately remove illegal content as well as increase platform management measures.

A Baidu spokeswoman told AFP the company is actively cooperating with the government to purge bad information from its Tieba forum.

Regulations in force since 2000 say websites are responsible for ensuring the legality of any information posted on their platforms.

China has tightened online policing this year, enacting new rules that require tech companies to store user data inside the country as well as restrictions on what is permissible content.

The fines were handed down ahead of the Communist Party congress on October 18, when President Xi Jinping is expected to be given a second five-year term as the partys general secretary.

In the past few days, Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted Facebooks WhatsApp messaging app.

China usually steps up surveillance around major events.

Foreign websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a slew of overseas media have been blocked for years.

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08:24

Palestinian Gunman Kills Three Israeli Guards at West Bank Settlement "IndyWatch Feed War"

HAR ADAR, West Bank A Palestinian gunman killed three Israeli guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday before he was shot dead, a police spokeswoman said.

She said the gunman approached Har Adar as part of a group of Palestinians who work at the settlement, and aroused the suspicion of private guards and paramilitary Israeli police posted at the entrance checkpoint.

Challenged to halt, the Palestinian opened his shirt, drew a pistol and fired at the security staff and troopers at close range, said the police spokeswoman. She provided a handout photograph of his small-calibre firearm and two bullet clips.

AFP/File | A member of Israeli security force stands guard near a checkpoint in the West Bank

The police statement did not elaborate on the identities of the Israeli casualties. It said the slain gunman, from the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Suriq, had an Israeli work permit.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Paul Tait)

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Israels police superintendent Roni Alsheich said the actions of the security officers prevented a far more serious outcome.

One of the first responders on the scene was Moshir Abu Katish, a Muslim volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah who lives in the neighboring Arab-Israeli town of Abu Gosh.

I raced over to the scene which took place near the fence of Har Adar. Security forces had shot and killed the terrorist who had carried out a shooting attack against a group of Israelis, Abu Katish said. I ran to...

08:14

US Defense Chief Mattis Visits India 5 key issues to watch out for "IndyWatch Feed War"

NEW DELHI The U.S. secretary of defense James Mattis is holding talks with the Indian prime minister, with discussions likely to focus on security in Afghanistan, military technology and a possible deal on fighter jets.

Jim Mattis is the first Cabinet-level official from President Donald Trumps administration to visit India.

He met early Tuesday with staff at the American embassy, before reviewing an Indian military honor guard in the capital. He was then scheduled for meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Mattis newly appointed Indian counterpart, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Discussions are likely to involve how the two democratic countries can bolster cooperation on security in Afghanistan and make progress on a deal for the U.S. to supply India with fighter jets.

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James Mattiss India visit: 5 key issues to watch out for

US defence secretary James Mattiss visit will see India and the US seeking to boost their defence partnership
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08:03

WhatsApp Service Disrupted in China as Censorship Tightens "IndyWatch Feed War"

BEIJING The encrypted messaging service WhatsApp is suffering intermittent disruptions in China as communist authorities tighten censorship controls ahead of a major ruling party meeting.

Attempts to set up new WhatsApp accounts on some Chinese mobile phones on Tuesday were met with network error messages. Others reported difficulty sending images and video.

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Chinese authorities are tightening controls on social media ahead of the party congress next month at which President Xi Jinping is due to be appointed to a second five-year term as leader.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, offers Chinese users more privacy than government-monitored domestic services.

On Monday, regulators fined WeChats parent company and two other social media services for failing to fully enforce censorship.

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Paul Craig Roberts 306 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington Has Initiated Military Conflict With Russia

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06:56

Kurds Celebrate Referendum; 27 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Kurds took part in a non-binding independence referendum on Monday.

The post Kurds Celebrate Referendum; 27 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:40

Secret documents passed to the KGB by Kim Philby displayed in Moscow "IndyWatch Feed War"

The life of Kim Philby, one of the Cold Wars most recognizable espionage figures, is the subject of a new exhibition that opened last week in Moscow.

06:00

How To End the Korea Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

The descent of US/North Korea crisis to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history. President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator rocket man Continue reading "How To End the Korea Crisis"

The post How To End the Korea Crisis appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

05:52

SYRIAN WAR REPORT SEPTEMBER 25, 2017: US-RUSSIAN TENSIONS GROW IN DEIR EZZOR PROVINCE "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front An ISIS shelling has killed Russias Lieutenant general Valery Asapov near Deir Ezzor city, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday. The general died after sustaining a fatal injury in the shelling. The incident took place when Asapov was at a command outpost manned by Syrian troops, assisting commanders in the liberation of []

02:58

Trump Has His Finger On a Pulse and the NFL is in Trouble by Publius Tacitus "IndyWatch Feed War"

I do not know why Donald Trump pulls the pin on a verbal grenade and rolls it into the crowded public tent, but he appears to know what he is doing as far as appealing to his base goes. His...

02:15

Seven arrested at Hancock drone base "IndyWatch Feed War"

  from Upstate Drone Action Hancock Reaper Drone Base Entrance Blocked by Huge Dollar Signs Dripping with Blood 7 Arrested Delivering War Crimes Indictment to Hancock Reaper Drone Base At 9 a.m. on Monday, September 25, seven members of the grassroots group Upstate Drone Action once again were arrested as they delivered a citizens war crime []

01:59

UN Still Stinks of Sulfur, says Venezuela Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed War"

[ Ed. note One of the most memorable speeches ever delivered at the UN by any head of state was that given in 2006 by Venezuelas Hugo Chavez.  The speech was given before the General Assembly on September 20just one day after George W. Bush had spoken in the same chamber before the same []

01:49

"Simian Mutual Hostility" - A Short Note On North Korea By Walrus. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Colonel Lang aptly described the current situation vis a vis the leaders of North Korea and the United States as one of "Simian Mutual Hostility" and offered his opinion that there is little chance of avoiding war. On 23rd September...

01:43

US Supreme Court cancels Trump's 'Muslim ban' hearing "IndyWatch Feed War"

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01:32

By Their Deeds You Shall Know Them "IndyWatch Feed War"

This comment was chosen by moderator HS from the post Very dangerous escalation in Syria. Mod-HS found this to be an exceptionally well reasoned and well written summary of Russian

01:30

Washington Post Pushes More Dubious Russia-bashing "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Parry | Consortium News | September 25, 2017 Some people are calling the anti-Russian hysteria being whipped up across the U.S. mainstream news media a new golden age of American journalism, although it looks to me more like a new age of yellow journalism, prepping the people for more military spending, more information []

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00:46

Russia Facebook ads tried to incite anti-black, anti-Muslim prejudice "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Facebook turned over to Congress at least $100,000 worth of Russian-bought ads aimed at highlighting the two groups as political enemies

00:29

Kurds Vote in Independence Referendum, Turkey: Turkey: Outcome Null, Void "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 25, 2017 Iraqi Kurds started voting in an independence referendum Monday in defiance of Baghdad which has warned of measures to defend Iraqs unity and threatened to deprive their region of lifeline oil revenues. The non-binding vote on the Kurds long-cherished dream of independence, initiated by veteran leader Massud Barzani, has angered not only []

00:00

UK: Director of group that agitates against counterterror measures found guilty on terror charge "IndyWatch Feed War"

Those who are not guilty of any wrongdoing have nothing to hide. Director of campaign group that praised Jihadi John is found GUILTY of terror charge after refusing to hand over his phone and laptop during an airport stop and search, by Richard Spillett, Mailonline, September 25, 2017: The director of controversial advocacy group Cage []

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23:45

Hungary set for fresh anti-Soros blitz "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jewish organizations in Hungary should not be opposing this initiative. Soros was a Nazi collaborator during World War II. How could opposing his socialist, globalist agenda, which involves flooding Europe with Muslim migrants who regard Jews as their worst enemies (cf. Quran 5:82), possibly be anti-Semitic? Hungary set for fresh anti-Soros blitz, AFP, September 19, []

23:39

Almost half of crimes in Berlin committed by Muslim migrants "IndyWatch Feed War"

Re-elect Merkel! Bring more in! What could possibly go wrong? Almost Half of Crimes in Berlin Committed by Migrants, by Virginia Hale, Breitbart, September 25, 2017: Almost half of the individuals suspected of a recorded crime in Berlin last year were individuals who dont have a German passport, the latest police statistics show. The proportion of []

23:33

Robert Spencer: Why Trump Shouldnt Have Signed the Resolution Condemning Hate Groups "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anyone the SPLC decides to target now could be at risk. My latest in PJ Media: On Thursday, President Trump signed a congressional resolution about the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA, in August: Resolution expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other []

23:28

Everything You Need to Know About US-North Korea Tensions From the Past Week "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)   In Americas latest show of force on the Korean Peninsula, U.S. jets flew further north of the demilitarized zone than they have at any time in this century. The flight followed a week of name-calling from both the U.S. and North Korea during which nothing of any substance suggestions on how to scale back tensions, for example was uttered.

The current anxiety surrounding the situation between the United States and North Korea is rooted in uncertainty. No one really seems to know how advanced Kims missiles are or if he would actually use them, just as no one seems to have a firm grasp on how much of Trumps talk about annihilating the Hermit kingdom entirely can be taken at face value.

In fact, this uncertainty is having a direct effect on global financial markets. A new survey shows over 80 percent of Wall Street CFOs now feel the soaring stock market is readying for a downturn, with many citing U.S.-North Korea tensions as one of the most worrisome factors.

And while the worlds attention is understandably focused on the possibility of military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, its important to note that this fact hasnt stopped the major players of the Asia-Pacific from making moves.

China, the only country on Earth that can rival the United States as a dominant superpower, has set the regional tone. In both statement and action, China has demonstrated that its grand plan to link the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa through digital and physical infrastructure is very much alive.

As recently as Saturday, the countrys Ministry of Land and Resources was urging countries with a stake in Chinese mining to eschew protectionist policies the type often attributed to P...

23:17

The German Election: The Wests Nervous Breakdown Continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

Following Sundays nationwide parliamentary election here in Germany I can hear the mocking laughter of 1989s ghost, echoing throughout Europe and around the world. The great victory march of the Free Market Religion, which featured pompous, self-righteous politicians, pundits, and other worshippers at the altar of Big Finance strutting and crowing in the years following the fall of the Wall about the final demise and alleged failure of the supposedly evil and misguided socialist idea, has come to a grinding halt.

The rapid growth of the anti-immigrant, anti-EU party Alternative fr Deutschland (AfD) in Germany which received almost 13% of the vote and will now be the third biggest party in the new Bundestag or parliament has been driven, above all, by widespread rage and frustration in Germanys Eastern states, the former communist German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR), over the broken promises made at the time of German reunification regarding blooming landscapes (former Chancellor Helmut Kohl) and the associated affluence that was to be expected there within a few years, if the people there would only discard the socialist ideal and rush to the protective bosom of the West. They rushed delirious with dreams of trading their funny little two-cylinder Trabant cars for big powerful Mercedes, and being able to buy the scarce luxury good, bananas, every day of the week. They were promised that raising their standard of living to that of their fellow Germans in the West would be the countrys top priority.

Almost 30 years later, that has not happened. There is widespread nostalgia in the Eastern states for the DDR and the modest but stable and generally stress-free life that most citizens there led, free from the threat of losing their dwellings or their jobs. And the same is true in the other Eastern European nations which joined the European Union and NATO after 1989.

As Stephen Gowans writes in his recent essay We Lived Better Then:

Of course, none of the great promises of the counterrevolution were kept. While at the time the demise of socialism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe was proclaimed as a great victory for humanity, not least by leftist intellectuals in the United States, two decades later theres little to celebrate. The dismantling of socialism has, in a word, been a catastrophe, a great swindle that has not only delivered none of what it promised, but has wreaked irreparable harm, not only in the former socialist countries, but throughout the Western world, as well. Countless millions have been plunged deep into poverty, imperialism has been given a free hand, and wages and benefits in the West have bowed under the pressure of intensified competition for jobs and industry unleashed by a flood of jobless from the former socialist countries, where joblessness...

22:49

Breaking => President Putin Imprisons 130 US Deep State Antifa Activists On Terror Charges After Violent Riot "IndyWatch Feed War"

130 mostly American Antifa activists have been arrested in Moscow, Russia after violent rioting, provoked by violent foreign black-clad thugs broke out in a popular commercial district in the city centre. Russian state media reports that [Soros] Antifa activists organized the street protest and violently assaulted ordinary civilians on their way to work. [Soros CIA] []

22:47

Ukraines Chief Military Psychiatrist Fired After Uncovering Horrifying Secret "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 25.09.2017 Ukraines Defense Ministry has sacked chief military psychiatrist Oleh Druz, who told lawmakers that 93% of veterans from the conflict in the countrys east need treatment for mental health issues. Radio Sputnik contributor Vladimir Filippov says Druzs remarks, and Kievs reaction, are a testament to the senselessness of the countrys civil war. []

22:45

Tell me, colonel, why are your eyes shining so brightly? "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a theater piece entitled The Prisoners, Solzhenitsyn illustrated the price paid by those who serve the Empire and the gift granted to those who struggle against it. Here is

22:40

Order Returns To Syrian Cities, Civilians Recount Horrors Of Rebel Rule "IndyWatch Feed War"

Homs (MPN) In revisiting Madaya and al-Waer after their reclamation by the Syrian army, it soon became clear from Bartletts conversations with residents, just how distorted the reporting of corporate media about their fate under rebel control had been.

In the last year, the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Madaya have become familiar to the international community as they have become subjects of heavy propaganda amid corporate media coverage to justify a so-called humanitarian war. Another area used in the war propaganda was al-Waer, a district of Homs occupied by the Western armed and financed moderates of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria), Ahrar al-Sham, and terrorists showing allegiance to Daesh (ISIS).

When I again visited Syria in June 2017, Aleppo, Madaya and al-Waer had been restored to peace, following the evacuation of these armed groups. I was able to visit these areas and speak to residents about the reality of life under the rule of these factions.

In Part I of my coverage August 2017 article focused on Aleppo and the life of civilians there under rebel occupation which included many dangers, deprivations, and horrors, not the least of which was susceptibility to extra-judicial trials and executions.

Stability with reconciliations

This frame grab from video provided by Syrian Central Military Media, shows Syrian rebels about to be released as part of a government deal to evacuate over 10,000 residents from Madaya and Zabadani, near Damascus, Syria, April 12, 2017.

During my visit in June, I met with Syrias Minister of Reconciliation, Dr. Ali Haidar. Established in June 2012, the Ministry has successfully dialogued with tens of thousands of armed Syrians to enable and facilitate return to their civilian lives.

According to Haidar, in Madaya and al-Waer stockpiles of food and medicines were found in buildings occupied by armed groups. Large quantities of weapons and ammunition were also foundnotably foreign-made weaponsincluding from the U.S. and Israel. While Western media has not reported on this, Israels JPost in April 2016 reported on another incident: the capture of a vehicle containing Israeli mines coming from southern Syria.

The evacuated included injured, ill and elderly from...

22:39

Bubble About to Burst? "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA)  Last month, Anti-Media reported that some of the biggest institutions on Wall Street have issued warnings to investors that planet-wide financial markets are nearing a downturn. From an August 22 article by Bloomberg:

HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley see mounting evidence that global markets are in the last stage of their rallies before a downturn in the business cycle.

Analysts at the Wall Street behemoths cite signals including the breakdown of long-standing relationships between stocks, bonds and commodities as well as investors ignoring valuation fundamentals and data. It all means stock and credit markets are at risk of a painful drop.

It appears the fear may be spreading. Citing a new financial survey, Mark DeCambre of MarketWatch reported on Friday that a vast majority of Wall Street executives interviewed think the currently record-setting stock market is about ready to decompress:

More than 80% of chief financial officers surveyed by accounting firm Deloitte said U.S. stock markets are overvalued, marking the highest level since Deloitte began conducting its quarterly poll about eight years ago.

The findings underline an increasing sense of dread by market participants that stock valuations have become bloated after the S&P 500 index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite Index have registered repeated records and remain less than a percentage point from fresh records in recent trade.

Specifically, DeCambre writes, the Dow has hit 42 records thus far in 2017, Nasdaq has hit 49, and the S&P 500 has ended on record highs 37 times.

MarketWatchs Ciara Linnane also reported on the new survey on Friday. Linanne spoke with the surveys lead author and managing director of Deloittes CFO program, Greg Dickinson, who said one of the most worrisome risks to the market CFOs cited was...

22:30

Bernard Henri Levy Hard Sells the Kurds(Referendum) & Syrian Updates "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Kurdish people- however you wish to believe they exist as a unified people- has little to do with reality. They've never been unified and are notorious for infighting.
Nor have they ever had a state- Ive actually seen misleading information other places implying the Kurds did have a state and it was divided up among Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey- This was NEVER the case.

"Theyve never had a permanent state.... but first results are due tomorrow from Kurdistan's indyref"
 INITIAL results from an independence referendum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq should be known tomorrow, with the full outcome due later in this week.

More than 5.2 million voters in the three northern Iraqi provinces that make up the autonomous region were entitled to cast their ballot yesterday in a poll that Iraqs Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi denounced as unconstitutional.
Ive read the turnout may have been as high as 70 percent, but, that was pretty preliminary information..
Bernard Henri Levy has been all over the place promoting Kurdistan & Israels approval for it. For quite some time now. He made the romantic documentary that was suddenly included at Cannes.  Not employing the term romantic in the usual boy/girl sense- rather:  "marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized" 

His opinion was featured over the weekend in the Globe and Mail. Most certainly not worth my time to read!  Here he is again talking up Israel's special obligation to support the kurds.

Years ago  I wrote about how very similar the mythology of the Kurds/Judiac is/was. How much it aligned. Including the righteousness of a nation state for both- at the expense of millions of others!  Not sure how it was so many others failed to see the obvious similarities? Death, displacemen...

22:27

Rome: Muslim assaults couple for kissing near a mosque "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Muslim countries, one must conform ones behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities. And in non-Muslim countries, one must conform ones behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities. Kissing couple attacked outside Rome mosque, ANSA, September 25, 2017 (thanks to Insubria): (ANSA) Rome, September 25 A 24-year-old Malaysian national was arrested Sunday night for allegedly attacking []

22:27

Egyptian opposition leader given jail sentence for hand gesture "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Khaled Ali's political profile has soared since he won the case nullifying a government transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

22:26

53 Mosques and Churches Vandalized in Israel Since 2009, but Only 9 Indictments Filed "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Yottam Berger and Nir Hasson Haaretz Over 50 Christian and Muslim sites have been vandalized in Israel and the West Bank since 2009, but only nine indictments have been filed and only seven convictions handed down, according to Public Security Ministry data. Moreover, only eight of the 53 cases are still under investigation, with []

22:26

Turkey court orders release of top journalist "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Istanbul court on Monday ordered the release of leading Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel

22:21

Islamic State challenges Prince Harry to a fight "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISIS has so many of its own people in the UK, Harry wont really need to go to Iraq or Syria to find them. Isis challenges Prince Harry to a fight in latest propaganda video, by Ludovica Iaccino, IB Times, September 25, 2017: The Islamic State terror group (Isis) has challenged Prince Harry to fight []

22:16

Majority of Brits think UK should recognise Palestine as a state "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | September 25, 2017 A majority of the British public believe the UK should recognise Palestine as a state, according to the results of a new YouGov poll published Monday. 53 percent of respondents said they agree with such a step, as opposed to just 14 percent who disagreed (33 percent said they were []

22:00

Not a fund-raiser, not even an appeal, just a report "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dear friends, I am going to make this one real short.  First, I am only addressing this to those of you who are, shall we say, financially comfortable.  Second, this

22:00

Obfuscating the Truths of Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed War"

By S. Brian Willson | CounterPunch | September 25, 2017 I have hesitated to comment on the instructive discussion on VFPs Full Disclosure page about the Burns-Novick Vietnam PBS series because I am not watching it. I have enjoyed reading many of the comments, and have communicated with people who have seen advance screenings. In 2014, I heard Burns publicly []

21:58

Rostislav Ishchenko on the potential of the Ukraine in 1991 (MUST READ) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Note by the Saker: the following is a translation of a partial transcript of an interview given by Rostislav Ishchenko, arguably the foremost Ukraine specialist alive today, to Dmitrii Puchkov.

21:51

ANALYSIS: Iran nuclear deal may be dead within weeks "IndyWatch Feed War"

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If US President Donald Trump goes back on the Iran nuclear deal, it could send crude prices higher by $10 a barrel

21:48

Lenape Call for a new cycle of consciousness to protect Mother Earth "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Lenape Call for a new cycle of consciousness to protect Mother EarthThe UN building in Manhattan, original land of the indigenous Lenape People (Image by user: Knowsphotos on Flickr)

The Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting took place on Saturday, May 2, during the Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference. It was opened with a moving welcome and greeting sent from the Lenape Center with a call for a new cycle of consciousness to protect Mother Earth.  The Lenape were the indigenous First People in Manhattan who welcomed the Dutch settlers to New York City, which was initially explored by Europeans when Henry Hudson sailed up the river named after him in 1609.

A statement from Lenape Center:

Welcome to the Land of the Lenape, Lenapehoking.

Mother Earth has provided for us everything we need to experience life since the beginning of time.

This generosity has been abused by the addiction of profit, and her body deemed a commodity.  We have prostituted our life-giving Mother to our greed; our vicious lust for profit has caused great injury to her body, a body that sustains us.  Climate change is the symptom, global warming is her fever and the disease is greed.

Had we kept a relationship of honor and respect with the Earth, we would not be in this climate change predicament, nor would we be here today to speak of peace and disarmament.

The root cause of climate change, the weapons race, nuclear proliferation, and the military industrial complex are one: Humans have lost their natural calibration to the life-giving cycles of our planet.  Heart, consciousness, compassion, balance, have ceased to be spun into life, and into renewal: Humans no longer feel an obligation to honor Earths true role as the life-giver and respectfully follow her natural cycles. The overwhelming obligation is now profit, at all costs.

Welcome to Lenapehoking and into a call for a new cycle of consciousness.

http://www.thelenapecenter.com/

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21:45

We Are All Expendable: U.S. Military Environmental Pollution from Okinawa to Camp Minden and Colfax "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Mike Stagg

Organizers at the No War 2017 Conference invited me to speak at their conference at American University in Washington on September 23. Dr. Brian Salvatore of the group Concerned Citizens of Camp Minden nominated me and I was happy to tell the story of their success to a broader audience.

To download the presentation, click here.

There is no script with the presentation, so heres what I said:

I was reading Chalmers Johnsons Blowback when I received World Beyond War director David Swansons invitation to speak. In the book (which was written before 9/11/01), Johnson argued that in the early 21st Century, the United States would face blowback for its foreign policy misadventures in the 20th Century.

He spends a fair amount of attention in the book focusing on the U.S. military occupation of the Japanese island of Okinawa. Johnson says the U.S. has severely polluted the island in the more than half-century since the military essentially confiscated much of the island.

The connecting tissue between Okinawa and the Armys proposal to do an open burn of 16,000.000 pounds of munitions and propellant at Camp Minden is that the impact of its action on local civilians and the environment did not figure in their considerations of various courses of action. Both civilians and the environment were expendable.

The October 15, 2012, explosion that rocked Camp Minden and all of the ArkLaTex was the result of a botched attempt to dispose of the munitions there. The company that had the original contract did little more than store the materials in bunkers and the open air.

After the explosion, the Army proposed to burn the materials in the open air about 80,000 pounds per day for 200 days. Camp Minden is 15,000 acres located less than 30 miles from Shreveport and is even closer to Barksdale Air Force Base where a substantial portion of the U.S. B-52 bomber fleet is stationed.

The heroes of the successful effort to force a cleaner burn were Dr. Salvatore and Frances Kelley. Salvatore is the LSU Shreveport chemistry professor who identified the very real public health threats posed by the proposed burns. Frances Kelley developed and ran the grassroots action campaign that had citizens calling federal and state elected officials and bureaucrats pressin...

21:36

Hundreds Of Simultaneous Rallies In Catalonia For Democracy "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Guifr Jordan for Catalan News - Hundreds of town squares in Catalonia have been filled by crowds of people wanting to defend democracy this Sunday morning. The main pro-independence organizations in the country arranged demonstrations in hundreds of towns in order to stand up for the referendum. In some of them, protesters hung pro-referendum posters in a challenge to Spain, which has branded as illegal any act to promote the vote. In Barcelona some 1 million official ballots were distributed by rally organizers and students. This is yet an even bigger challenge, after the Spanish prosecutor has set its focus on the entities calling people to protest last Wednesday, after the raids of some 20 government buildings. The Spanish government are acting the same as the Franco dictatorship. Some 100,000 ballots were distributed outside the main Barcelona University building and the rest given away in several squares of the Catalan capital. One of the highlights of the rally in Barcelona was the Catalan Parliament presidents unexpected visit. The Spanish government talks about democracy, but they are acting the same as the Franco dictatorship, she said to the crowd. They think that by putting us away they'll be done with our ideas, but democracy will always triumph, she added.

21:27

Russian Lieutenant General Killed in Deir ez Zor Syria by ISIS Mortar Shelling "IndyWatch Feed War"

As all my readers are fully aware the US is happily entrenched with ISIS
Russia outed their snuggling together earlier today- But really we didn't need Russia to tell us that which was already obvious.

 Onto the latest:

Now a Russian General has died because of ISIS shelling. The same ISIS that frolics with US troops.

The Russian Defense Ministry says one of its generals, who was serving as an adviser to Syrian government troops, has been killed in the countrys east, according to state news agency TASS.
The ministry was quoted as saying on September 24 that Lieutenant General Valery Asapov "was at a command post of Syrian troops, assisting the Syrian commanders in the operation for the liberation of the city of Deir al-Zor," when he was mortally wounded" by mortar shelling by the extremist group Islamic State (IS).
The ministry added that Asapov would be posthumously decorated for his service.
Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russias Defence Ministry said on Sunday that one its general lieutenants, Valeryi Asapov, was killed by mortar shelling in Syria, the TASS news agency reported.
The mortar shelling was carried by the Islamic State near Syrias Deir al-Zor, the ministry said.
Sputnik
Lt. Gen. Valery Asapov died after sustaining a "fatal injury" in the "sudden Daesh mortar shelling," the ministry said.
"Lt. Gen. Valery Asapov died in the Syrian Arab Republic as a result of th...

21:26

Syrian War Report September 25, 2017: US-Russian Tensions Grow In Deir Ezzor Province "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-september-25-2017-us-russian-tensions-grow-in-deir-ezzor-province/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront An ISIS shelling

21:26

Teachers Should Not Do These When Educating Native Youth "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Sarah Sunshine Manning for Indian Country Today - American Indian and Alaska Native students remain a very special and uniquely vulnerable population, often suffering from educational experiences that either fail to serve them adequately or that cause them to feel alienated, invisible, or unsupported. Teachers who serve Native youth must be cognizant of the unique needs of indigenous students, and their communities. Teachers who serve Native youth must also be willing to examine their preconceived notions of Native Americans, and then make the necessary adjustments in order to give Native youth a meaningful education that they deserve and need. To best serve Native youth, here are some more important dos and donts for educators: 1. DONT ever overlook students indigenous identity, or attempt to see them through a colorblind lens Native Americans have suffered centuries of forced assimilation and marginalization. Do not maintain the erasure of Indigenous Peoples by failing to acknowledge the unique identity of your indigenous students. Attempting to see them through a colorblind lens actually causes harm, as important parts of their identity are being ignored.

21:26

St. Louis Police Arrest 22 at Mall for Protesting Cop Acquitted of Murder "IndyWatch Feed War"

St. Louis police arrested 22 demonstrators during a protest over the acquittal of former St. Louis cop Jason Stockley, who was captured on video planting a gun on unarmed driver Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 after fatally shooting him five times with his personal AK-47, as we reported about in September 2016.

Former cop Jason Stockley, 36, stood trial last month for the premeditated murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, in a Dec. 20, 2011 fatal shooting in St. Louis, Missouri.

Stockley was acquitted by Judge Timothy J. Wilson, who faces a mandatory retirement when he turns 70-years-old in December, after he waived his right to a jury and proceeded with a bench trial instead.

Judge Timothy J. WIlson was known for, among other things,asking defendant inmates about the quality of food theyd eaten at the jail.

No justice, no profit! protesters shouted throughout the St. Louis Galleria on Saturday, which has been a common a  phrase in and around malls and shopping centers in the city after the acquittal last week.

Around 200 demonstrators gathered near the Cheesecake Factory then marched inside the mall at around 11 a.m.  until noon before police began ordering them to disperse from the area.

According to police, management at the mall requested the demonstrators be removed after they began blocking shoppers access to escalators.

Richmond Heights police then requested assistance from the St. Louis County Police Department.

After Richmond Height police gave orders for th...

21:21

A New Generation Of Small Farmers Is Emerging In Atlanta "IndyWatch Feed War"

By K. Rashid Nuri for The Huffington Post - A political democracy is worthless without an economic democracy. What we have in America, with its 1-10 percent minority in control of 95 percent of the wealth, is closer to an economic monarchy. The fundamental necessities of food, clothing and shelter are largely controlled by business and government interests that are far removed from the people who depend upon them. A community that cant feed itself is vulnerable to the whims of others. Americas large consumer economy was built at the expense of personal and community autonomy. Few of us can truly decide what we want for dinner, based on what nature offers and the work that we are willing to do to get it. Millions of Americans are learning that the convenience of letting someone else feed us has resulted in widespread side effects: dangerous chemicals in our food, poor nutrition, chronic diseases and damage to the environment. Urban agriculture can change the food landscape and put the power to choose back in the hands of the people. The solution is in the soil close to where people live. For most of human history, food was produced within walking distance of where it was consumed, allowing people to maintain a direct connection with the land and their food. America was 95 percent rural in 1900. Today, 81 percent of Americans live in metropolitan areas.

21:07

Tenants Push Back Against Corporate Landlords During Renter Week Of Action "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Candice Bernd for Truthout - "One year in January we didn't have any heat. They would come and they would quote-unquote 'fix it' during the day and by nightfall it would be completely gone and out," Hasbrook said, describing how she and her neighbors were left exposed to the biting cold of a Minnesota winter. "For that month, I still got a bill that was over $100 for utility costs," she said. All this, coupled with Frenz's steady rent hikes over the years, led Hasbrook and other tenant-organizers to hold a protest and vigil on the front lawn of the slumlord's mansion this week: to remind him of the substandard conditions she and the tenants of his 1,200 other units endure. "He did not come out. However, the sprinklers were turned on," Hasbrook said. "But we just covered the sprinklers with bandanas and kept right on going." The vigil was just one of several actions popping off this week in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area -- and across the nation. Renters in 45 cities are organizing protests from September 16 through September 24, during a nationwide "National Renter Week of Action and Assemblies" spearheaded by the Right to the City Alliance to fight back against the Trump administration's threat to cut billions from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and to demand rent control and just-cause eviction policies.

21:00

Turkey Is On Brink Of Chaotic Battle For Territory, And ISIS Isnt Main Threat This Time "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Vijay Prashad for AlterNet - The Turkish army build-up in Reyhanli sends a message to the rebels in Idlib province (Syria), where the Turkish proxies and the al-Qaeda groups have sheltered in anticipation of a large-scale Syrian army operation. Idlib is the last stronghold of the rebellion against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. Rebels elsewhere seem to have lost their determination, as their outside backers have turned away from them and as US air strikes against Damascus seem improbable. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the other Gulf Arab states seem to have lost interest in the Syrian war. Even the Saudi regime has been making noises about a domestic crackdown against the anti-Assad clergy inside the kingdom. Last week, in Astana (Kazakhstan), Iran, Russia, Syria and Turkey agreed to a variety of de-escalation zones in Idlib to prevent any hasty military action that would restart a war that seems to be coming to an end. These de-escalation zones are intended to produce the confidence for peace talks. Turkeys troops on the border north of Idlib provide some security guarantees to the various rebels towards talks. The second has to do with the Iraqi Kurdish referendum. The Turkish military exercise near Sirnak, which is towards the Turkish-Iraqi border, sends a strong message to the Iraqi Kurds.

21:00

As UN Advisers Back Yemen Probe, Saudi Arabia Kidnaps Child "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA)  Over the past month, UN advisors, NGOs, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have all stressed the need to establish an inquiry into the daily human rights violations in Yemen. Meanwhile just hours ago, Saudi Arabia appears to have kidnapped a child who was recently the only remaining survivor of a Saudi airstrike.

In August, sixty-seven non-governmental organizations led by Human Rights Watch began demanding the United Nations Human Rights Council establish an independent body to investigate the sweeping human rights violations carried out in Yemen on a daily basis.

Torture, Air Strikes, and Never Ending War Crimes

Saudi Arabia and their allies with the backing of the United States have bombed Yemen for the past 900+ days. Official numbers from Human Rights Watch put the total at about 5,000, but local Yemeni groups estimate the number to be closer to 13,000. They indiscriminately bomb civilian areas with undefined targets which leads observers to conclude that the civilian targets are, in fact, intentional.

The Saudi coalition is also guilty of repeatedly using internationally banned cluster bombs as well as possible white phosphorous on civilian areas.

The United Arab Emirates with the backing of the United States is also guilty of operating at least eighteen secret blacksite prisons inside Yemen with the supposed purpose of detaining al-Qaeda militants. Inmates were subjected to extreme torture which further implicates the United States and their western allies in these war crimes.

This figure still only reflects those killed from airstrikes and direct military action. It does not include the number of civilians who have died as a result of the ongoing siege and blockade which restricts land, air and sea access to Yemen.

Yemen imports nearly 80% of food, so the siege has put nearly 7 million people at risk of famine. Restricted imports also means dwindling access to basic goods such as medical supplies and cleaning products. This has triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak. Over 700,000 will likely become infected with the deadly yet treatable and preventable disease by the end of the year.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

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20:50

Virginians Press Gubernatorial Candidate To Oppose Pipelines "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Beyond Extreme Energy - LOUDOUN COUNTY, VAVirginia citizens against fracked gas pipelines send Gubernatorial Candidate Ralph Northam nearly 300 Hear Our Voice postcards from Loudoun County. Kamie Bledsoe, environmental activist member of 350 Loudoun, started the post card campaign shortly after Tom Perriello lost the Democratic Primary. Tom Perriello came out against the new proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. But, Ralph Northam, despite taking the Hippocratic Oath in his training as a medical doctor, failed to oppose the pipelines and in an interview on a conservative radio station stated that governors cannot take a position against pipelines. Regrettably, Dr. Northam is mistaken. The governors of New York and Maryland have come out against fracked gas pipelines. In fact, Lieutenant Governor candidate Justin Fairfax and at least of candidates running for the VA House of Delegates have also come out against the pipelines. Dr. Northams position on pipelines is contrary to the National Democratic platform to promote renewable sources of energy.

20:48

Recommended Reading - Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Armys Elite, 1956-1990 - TTG "IndyWatch Feed War"

This book recognizes a unit, the members of which were among the most impactful of giants on whose shoulders the current special operators stand, whether in the SF Groups or in the most clandestine of our special operations SMU outfits....

20:39

Merkels CDU Wins But Far-Right AfD Enters Bundestag "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Catherine Stupp for Euractiv. Germany - Merkels coalition partners, the Social Democrats, were also dealt shocking losses, bringing them their worst results since World War Two. Party leaders said on Sunday evening that they would leave the government and lead the opposition in the Bundestag. The AfD, which had campaigned on the anti-Islam and anti-immigration ticket, will be the first far-right party to take up seats in the Bundestag in more than 50 years. Merkel, SPD leader Martin Schulz and other parties leaders were frequently criticised for leading boring election campaigns. But the losses to the CDU and the SPD are bigger than polls predicted, and the AfDs win marks a dramatic change in the German political landscape. After exit poll figures were announced Sunday, Merkel admitted she was disappointed by the results. Of course we expected a slightly better result, thats totally clear, she said at the CDU party headquarters. The CDU suffered its biggest ever slide in support between elections, drawing 33% of the vote, compared to 41.5% in 2013. The centre-left SPD picked up only 20.5% of the vote, down from 25.7% in 2013. Merkel has been chancellor since 2005, and her win will be celebrated as a sign of stability by many in Brussels. But talks on a new government could take a while. Exit poll results rolled in starting at around 6 oclock on Sunday evening. According to final figures that were released early Monday morning, the AfD pulled in 12.6% of the vote, making it the third strongest party in the next Bundestag.

20:37

President Dotard Versus Chairman Rocket Man "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the recent rhetoric over tensions in the Korean Peninsula, US President Trump called North Korean Chairman Kim Rocket Man and Chairman Kim responded by calling Trump a Dotard. The exchange has plumbed the depths of statesmanship, with the greater offender being President Dotard. Language threatening Fire and Fury, national annihilation and extreme personal insults have been exchanged between two nuclear armed statesit makes you positively pine for the old days of a Cuban Missile Crisis presided over by President Kennedy and Chairman Khrushchev.

Promises of genocide are thrown around casually by the Leader of the Free World as an appropriate response to North Koreas provocative testing of its missile and nuclear weapons. The sage advice of Russia and China for both sides to stand down has been dismissed by President Dotard as weak-kneed coddling of Chairman Rocket Man; ignoring Putins warning that the continued military hysteria is an invitation to the graveyard.

President Moon of South Korea whose country would be devastated under virtually any scenario of war between the US and North Korea has joined President Dotard in threatening to wipe out Pyongyang and has let it be known that his country has a Decapitation Force that is being trained by US special forces to assassinate Chairman Rocket Man.

Not to be outdone, Prime Minister Abe, seemingly longing to return to his countrys violent heyday in the early part of the 20th century when Japanese boots trampled over much of Asia, is sounding like a boastful Samurai when in all likelihood a few well-directed nuclear weapons from the DPRK could see millions of Japanese deaths and Japans economy in tatters.

As diplomats from some countries reflexively applauded President Dotards threat to wage nuclear war, there were a few adults in the halls of power around the world who were left wondering if anything could be done to prevent this doltish behavior from resulting in a global calamity. Some might suggest that its time to pray that a head-on collision between President Dotard and Chairman Rocket Man is somehow derailed before millions die and history remembers our era for the casualness with which we sleepwalked into perhaps the greatest slaughter of humanity ever.

More practically, thought should be given to how the authority to wage nuclear war has found itself in such unworthy hands and what can be done to prevent the fate of millions from hanging by such a weak thread of rea...

20:31

Neighbors Form Human Chain Around House To Stop Eviction "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Simon Robb for Metro.co.uk - A woman facing revenge eviction has been given a lifeline after her neighbours gathered to form a human chain around her home. Nimo Abdullahi, 39, claimed her landlord tried to kick her and her five children out of their home after she complained about the rising damp. But neighbours and campaigners turned out in force to stop bailiffs from forcing the family out of their home in Easton, Bristol. A newlywed couple living opposite even cut up their wedding cake for all the protesters. When the bailiffs arrived on Tuesday morning, they were unable to get past the 30 protesters who stood strong. Nimo claimed the landlord tried to evict them numerous times before and even threatened to get the police to do the job. She said: It has a big problem with damp. This is bad for us, because my children have asthma and it is not a good place. Until recently, the carpets everywhere were very old and dirty and we would ask the landlord to improve things, but he was difficult.

20:27

What Everyone Is Forgetting About the NFLs National Anthem Protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA) If you live in the United States, its likely youve heard about NFL players recent Colin Kaepernick-inspired protests during the National Anthem. Its also likely youve engaged in debate surrounding the protests, inflamed over the weekend by President Trumps remarks calling for players who protest the National Anthem to be fired.

Everywhere you look, people are arguing about the National Anthem protest. Patriotic Americans say kneeling during the protest is offensive to members of the military who fought for our freedom. Others, regardless of whether they agree with the kneeling or not, say the players have the right to protest.

Military veterans themselves have chimed in on both sides of the argument many backing the Kaepernick-inspired protests.

But with Trumps tweets adding a layer of confusion and conflict to the motives behind NFL football (and now other sports) kneelers, many people are forgetting why, exactly, these protests are taking place to begin with.

Shortly after he began the protest in August, 2016, Colin Kaepernick gave a lengthy interview explaining exactly why he was kneeling for the National Anthem.

People dont realize whats really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust. People arent being held accountable for. And thats something that needs to change. Thats something that this country stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. And its not happening for all right now.

When pressed for specifics, Kaepernick continued:

Theres a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality. Theres people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. Thats not right. Thats not right by anyones standards.

So, as you see, Colin Kaepernick did not start the kneeling protest as a freedom of speech statement asserting standing for the pledge is not mandated by law as the current dialogue may have had you guessing. Rather, he began the protest to draw attention to the specific issues of injustice, brutality, and institutionalized racism that have bubbled to the surface amid an epidemic of police killing...

20:05

'Bye bye Iraq': Erbil celebrates as polls close in Kurdish independence vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Despite threats from foreign governments and Baghdad, Kurds went to the polls on Monday anticipating a 'Yes' vote for independence

20:00

Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With Same Risk "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Lauren Kirchner and Surya Mattu for ProPublica - For decades, auto insurers have been observed to charge higher average premiums to drivers living in predominantly minority urban neighborhoods than to drivers with similar safety records living in majority white neighborhoods. Insurers have long defended their pricing by saying that the risk of accidents is greater in those neighborhoods, even for motorists who have never had one. But a first-of-its-kind analysis by ProPublica and Consumer Reports, which examined auto insurance premiums and payouts in California, Illinois, Texas and Missouri, has found that many of the disparities in auto insurance prices between minority and white neighborhoods are wider than differences in risk can explain. In some cases, insurers such as Allstate, Geico and Liberty Mutual were charging premiums that were on average 30 percent higher in zip codes where most residents are minorities than in whiter neighborhoods with similar accident costs. Our findings document what consumer advocates have long suspected: Despite laws in almost every state banning discriminatory rate-setting, some minority neighborhoods pay higher auto insurance premiums than do white areas with similar payouts on claims. This disparity may amount to a subtler form of redlining, a term that traditionally refers to denial of services or products to minority areas.

20:00

The 6th mass extinction is a product of capitalism not population growth "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Barnaby Philips, 25 August, 2017, via RCG Every particular mode of production has its own special laws of population, which are historically valid within that particular sphere. An abstract law of population exists only for plants and animals and even then only in the absence of any historical intervention by man  Karl Marx, Capital, Volume 1, Chapter 25, pp783-784 You dont need to be a scientist to know whats causing the sixth mass extinction, began Professor Paul R. Ehrlich in a Guardian article on 11 July. Given the developed imperialist worlds throwaway consumerism and the well-documented destruction of the environment by multinational corporations, it should indeed be fairly obvious. Ehrlich however names one main culprit: population growth. His solution? Some unspecified form of humane population reduction. Apparently the reason you dont need to be a scientist is because the pseudo-science of eugenics suffices. Ehrlich must be refuted with science.  It is capitalisms need for infinite economic growth that is destroying life on earth. Ehrlich is best known for his 1968 book The Population Boom, which warned that

19:42

Award-Winning New Jersey Detective Charged for Raping 15-Year-Old, who gave Birth to his Baby "IndyWatch Feed War"

An award-winning New Jersey detective has been charged after he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old, who has given birth to his baby, according to NJ.com.

Camden County Police Department detective Rafael Martinez Jr., 32, raped the teen  several times at his home between September 1, 2016 and August 18, 2017, according to her statements in an official criminal complaint issued in Gloucester Township.

According to a probable cause warrant for his arrest, Martinez admitted he was the father in mid-August and signed his name on the babys birth certificate the night the child was born.

Camden County Police detective Rafael Martinez Jr. has been charged for sexually assaulting a minor between the ages of 13 and 16.

Court-ordered DNA samples were taken from the baby, Martinez and the babys mother.

The samples were tested by the New Jersey State Police and later confirmed Martinez is indeed the father, authorities revealed.

The 15-year-old mother, known in court documents as E. L.,  also made statements to a Cooper University Hospital social worker claiming Martinez was the father.

They both admitted to the (social worker) that Martinez is the father of E.L.s child and he signed the birth certificate confirming such, the affidavit says.

 Detective Martinez was arrested then suspended on September 12 without pay, according to county spokesman Dan Keashen.

He was released after a subsequent detention hearing.

As we like to point out at PINAC, Martinez is one of many award-winners and received a number of honors during his career, including a  Meritorious Service award in July 2013 as well as an Officer of the Week award for a string of gun and drug arrests in November 2013.

During their announcement of Martinezs November award, the Camden County Police Department described Martinez as a highly motivated officer with a positive attitude who truly loves his job.

Martinez was also awarded in March 2015 for his performance working with the U.S. Marshalls Regional Fugitive Task Force.

He has been charged with sexual assault of a minor between the ages of 13 and 16, and endangering the welfare of a child through sexual contact.......

19:42

Former Colorado Beef Ranch Is Now A Thriving Animal Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Amanda Froelich for Nation of Change - If you truly love animals, eschew the beef tartare and try out some veggie lentil loaf. This is what owners Jen and Tray Federici did, but with their entire business in Colorado. Now, their Larkspur-based ranch is now a thriving animal sanctuary. Once a lucrative business that butchered and sold cows for profit, the Surf and Turf Animal Sanctuary is now a safe haven for a variety of species. Both Jen and Try are lifelong animal lovers. They never really realized the disconnect of their passion and professions unit last year, however. After being unable to cope with the killing of an older cow they had selected from their herd, the couple decided change was needed. Said Jen, We officially had our last ham Christmas 2016. We never looked back after that. We swore off all meat as well as all animal products. Needless to say, we have never felt better or more healthy, both mentally and physically. In the summer of 2017, the duo transformed their 100-acre ranch into a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. VegNews reports that it is now a home to a variety of rescue animals, including longhorn cows, calves, pigs, goats, chickens, and zebras among others.

19:40

U.S. Taking A New Path Toward Middle-East Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY HERB KEINON
 SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 20:17

Jerusalem Post

Greenblatt will come to Israel soon, but will not meet Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Jason Greenblatt

Jason Greenblatt. (photo credit:Courtesy)US President Donald Trumps chief negotiator Jason Greenblatt was scheduled to arrive in Israel Monday, just days after Trump met separately in New York with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and reiterated his commitment to working toward a comprehensive peace agreement.

Greenblatt, whose previous visits here have focused on economic projects and an effort to improve the atmosphere and create the space where negotiations can resume, has no immediate plans to meet Netanyahu.

He was last here at the end of August.

In advance of the Greenblatts visit, Netanyahu told his Security Cabinet on Sunday that a planned meeting of the Civil Administrations Higher Planning Committee to approve housing in the settlements will be postponed until later next month. He also briefed the security cabinet on possible economic gestures toward the Palestinians, including improving the road to the new Palestinian city of Rawabi near Ramallah, and establishing a new industrial zone near Tulkarem.

Greenblatt gave a peek into the the Trump Administrations diplomatic approach last week at a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee comprised of donor countries to the Palestinian Authority held in New York.

The US, Greenbla...

19:34

US Military Faces Its Collapsing Hegemony "IndyWatch Feed War"


The US Military Faces Its Collapsing Hegemony

Monday, September 25, 2017 By Ryan HarveyTruthout | Report 

19:34

Merkel Faces Big Challenges in Forming Government "IndyWatch Feed War"

German chancellor is likely to seek a three-way coalition that has never been tested at the federal level

Updated Sept. 25, 2017 1:22 p.m. ET

BERLINChancellor Angela Merkel started laying the groundwork Monday for an unprecedented three-way governing coalition, but faced headwinds from conservative allies reeling from losses to an upstart nationalist party and clamoring for a tougher line on immigration and security.

After her center-right blocs weaker-than-expected victory in Sundays election, Ms. Merkel faces no easy path to a fourth term. A coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats, her partys favored partner, would still lack a majority of seats in parliament. And the center-left Social Democrats, who have governed alongside Ms. Merkel the last four years, reiterated on Monday that they would refuse to serve as her junior partner for another term.

That leaves a three-way coalition with the Free Democrats and the environmentalist Greens, which has never happened on the federal level, as Ms. Merkels only viable option. Ms. Merkel said she would invite the parties to preliminary talks and that she was committed to reaching an agreement.

The Greens favor liberal policies on immigration and European integration, putting them at odds with the Free Democrats and with conservatives in Ms. Merkels bloc.

It is important that Germany get a good, stable government, Ms. Merkel said in a news conference at her party headquarters in Berlin.

Far more skeptical rumblings came from Munich, the base for Ms. Merkels influential Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union. The CSU suffered a stunning setback in Bavaria, winning 39% of the vote compared to 49% four years earlier, and faces state elections late next year. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany, or AfD, won 12% of the vote in the state.

Leading Bavarian conservatives indicated Monday that they would tr...

19:34

Federal Employees Ordered To Attend Anti-Leaking Classes "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Michael Biesecker for Mint Press News - WASHINGTON (AP) Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information. It is part of a broader Trump administration order for anti-leaks training at all executive branch agencies. The Associated Press obtained training materials from the hourlong class. Government employees who hold security clearances undergo background checks and extensive training in safeguarding classified information. Relatively few EPA employees deal with classified files, but the new training also reinforces requirements to keep Controlled Unclassified Information from unauthorized disclosure. The EPA occasionally creates, receives, handles and stores classified material because of its homeland security, emergency response and continuity missions. EPA employees also work closely with contractors and other federal agencies that more regularly handle classified information. President Donald Trump has expressed anger repeated leaks of potentially embarrassing information to media organizations in recent months. In a speech last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said those responsible for the staggering number of leaks coming out of the administration would be investigated and potentially prosecuted.

19:29

The German election is a disaster for Frances Macron "IndyWatch Feed War"


The German election is a disaster for Frances Macron: Heres why

Germany now certain to reject Macron plan for EU reform

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19:23

Obama Trick "IndyWatch Feed War"

Obama figured out how to make NFL players stand, pay them $5.1 million dollars

Under Obama, teams that showed Veterans Salutes were paid upwards of $5.1 million dollars.

19:23

Santa Barbara Votes To Divest From Banks Funding Dakota Access Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Grace Feldmann and Emiliano Campobello for Last Real Indians - SANTA BARBARA, California / village of Syuxtun9/19/17, Santa Barbara City Council voted to proceed toward divesting over $40 million from banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) starting with divestment of $6.25 million. This includes the early sale of $2.25 million in investments with Wells Fargo & Goldman Sachs. Also, a $4 million note with Union Bank is maturing and will be reinvested according to ethical investment goals, to the extent that such investments achieve substantially equivalent safety, liquidity and yield compared to traditional investments. These decisions come after a year of public pressure by the Santa Barbara Standing Rock Coalition (SBSRC), Chumash tribes, and allied groups. The City Council decided it is in the citys best interest to encourage social responsibility goals rather than align with companies that disrespect indigenous treaties, commit human rights abuses, and destroy the environment. The policy specifically discourages investments in entities that manufacture, distribute or provide financing to industries such as tobacco products, weapons, military systems, nuclear power, and fossil fuels, and encourages companies that support community well being through safe, environmentally sound practices, and fair labor practices.

19:10

A Risky Referendum for Kurdistan Underway in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Barbara Nimri Aziz | CounterPunch | September 25, 2017 At least the combative and haughty Israeli prime minister was forthright: he supports a free and independent Kurdistan. Tomorrows vote by Iraqi Kurdish parties to secede from Iraq may well push the country into another war, a civil war. (Doubtless nothing would please Israel more.) []

18:59

The Kurdish referendum: Dream of independence and fear of dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed War"

There is no doubt that most Kurds want independence, but what kind? If you build a state where democratic principles are easily undermined, you end up with a dictatorship. Our struggles may just be beginning

18:53

How to End the Korea Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ron Paul | September 25, 2017 The descent of US/North Korea crisis to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history. President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to []

18:53

The German Election: The Wests Nervous Breakdown Continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Gregory Barrett, September 25, 2017 Following Sundays nationwide parliamentary election here in Germany I can hear the mocking laughter of 1989s ghost, echoing throughout Europe and around the world. The great victory march of the Free Market Religion, which featured pompous, self-righteous politicians, pundits, and other worshippers at the altar of Big Finance strutting and crowing in the years following the fall of the Wall about the final demise and alleged failure of the supposedly evil and misguided socialist idea, has come to a grinding halt. The rapid growth of the anti-immigrant, anti-EU party Alternative fr Deutschland (AfD) in Germany which received almost 13% of the vote and will now be the third biggest party in the new Bundestag or parliament has been driven, above all, by widespread rage and frustration in Germanys Eastern states, the former communist German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR), over the broken promises made at the time of German reunification regarding blooming landscapes (former Chancellor Helmut Kohl) and the associated affluence that was to be expected

18:51

Newsbud Exclusive- Catalonia: Franco Returns. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Catalans are drawing comparisons to the brutal rule of El caudillo, the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, after the Spanish central government began its crackdown on a planned referendum for Catalonia independence.

Offices were raided and members of the Catalan government arrested on September 20 by Spain's Guardia Civil police as part of an effort to derail an independence vote scheduled for October 1. Madrid ruled the referendum illegal and imposed a ban. Police seized ballots and documents related to the referendum and later took over the payment of essential services and public workers' salaries to prevent Catalonia from spending money. The Spanish government also ordered banks to control all movements in the accounts and credit cards managed by Catalan leaders.

On September 22, the Spanish Interior Ministry chartered three ferries to house police in preparation for a crackdown.

"Three ships arrived and will stay in the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona, where police and Guardia Civil forces will stay," said the central government's representative office in Catalonia.

According to a spokesman for the port in Barcelona, the police, said to number over 16,000, will stay until October 3, two days after the scheduled referendum vote. A recent Guardia Civil tweet described the presence of its officers in Catalonia as La tormenta, or the storm. The Guardia Civil operation is dubbed Anubis, named after the Egyptian god of death.

The president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, told the Guardian that even during the worst of ETA era the government did not deploy massive numbers of police. ETA, an acronym for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or "Basque Homeland and Liberty, was a formerly armed leftist Basque nationalist and separatist organization in the Basque Country in northern Spain and southwestern France....

18:48

North Koreas UN envoy says Trump has declared war on his country "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP |  North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho accused US President Donald Trump on Monday of declaring war on his country

NEW YORK (AFP)  North Koreas foreign minister accused US President Donald Trump on Monday of declaring war on his country and warned that Pyongyang would defend itself by shooting down US bombers.Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters outside his hotel in New York. He declared a war on our country.

All the member states and the whole world should clearly remember it was the United States that first declared war on our country, Ri said.

Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to take counter-measures including the right to shoot down US strategic bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country, he said.

The question of who wont be around much longer will be answered then.

In his first address to the General Assembly, Trump last week threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it challenged America or its allies and derided leader Kim Jong-un as a rocket man who was on a suicide mission.

Ri noted that the statement from Trump was clearly a declaration of war even if it came from the US president. Under the US Constitution, Congress is the sole power that can declare war.

In his brief address to reporters before heading to the airport, Ri said that the international community had hoped that the war of words between the DPRK and the United States not turn into real actions.

The North Korean nuclear crisis has dominated this years gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, which wraps up on Monday, amid fears that the heated rhetoric could accidentally trigger a war.

North Korea in recent weeks detonated its sixth nuclear bomb and has test-fired intercontinental missiles saying it needs to defend itself against hostility from the United States and its allies.

During his address to the General Assembly on Saturday, Ri launched a personal attack on Trump, calling him a mentally deranged person full of megalomania.

Just hours before Ri took the UN podium, US bombers flew off the east coast of North Korea, the furthest north of the demilitarized zone that any US aircraft has flown this century.

Th...

18:43

Anthony Weiner Cries as He Is Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Sexting 15-Year-Old "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ZHE)  As previewed last week in Prosecutors Demand 2-Year Prison Sentence For Anthony Weiner, with Weiner having already agreed to serve prison time for sending explicit message to a teenage girl as described in painful detail in Prosecutors Unveil Full Details Of Anthony Weiners Pedophilia, todays sentencing was merely a formality.

And, as Reuters reports moments ago, Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his latest, and hopefully final, breakout of pedophilia, which according to Hillary Clinton may have cost her the election (along with everything else).

Buzzfeed reporter was an eyewitness to sentencing and had the following observations:

  • Weiner cries as he is sentenced to 21 months in prison with 3 years supervised release.
  • Weiner also must pay $10,000 fine
  • Weiner must surrender to prison by Nov 6
  • Weiner cries as he delivers statement: I have a disease but I do not have an excuse.
  • If I had done the right thing I would not be standing before you today. Weiner
  • The crime I committed was my rock bottom I was a very sick man for a very long time. Weiner

The 53-year-old former Queens representative pled guilty in May to sending lewd messages to a 15-year-old girl between January and March last year, including sexually explicit images and directions to engage in sexual conduct. As we reported last week, as part of the plea agreement, prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of between 21 and 27 months, but Weiners lawyers had argued he should have received a sentence of probation.

Mondays decision marks an end to the criminal case that rocked US politics just days away from the 2016 presidential election, when former FBI Director James Comey briefly reopened the investigation into Hillary Clintons email server after agents investigating Weiner found emails from the Democratic candidate on a computer belonging to him and his wife a top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The former secretary of state has blamed that decision, in part, for her stunning defeat to President Donald Trump.

Weiner dropped his head into his hand and wept as the sentence was announced by...

18:43

Jews around world concerned by far-right breakthrough in German election "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Participants march with banners and placards during an Alternative fr Deutschland party rally in Erfurt, Germany

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) Jewish groups in Europe and the United States have expressed alarm at the far-right Alternative for Germanys success in Germanys parliamentary election and urged other parties not to form an alliance with the AfD.

But a leading member of the AfD, which won 12.6 percent of the vote in Sundays federal election to become the third largest party in the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, said Jews had nothing to fear from his partys success.

The far-right has not been represented in parliament since the 1950s, a reflection of Germanys efforts to distance itself from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust.

Ronald Lauder, president of the New York-based World Jewish Congress, called Chancellor Angela Merkel a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people and decried the AfDs gains at a time when anti-Semitism was increasing across the globe.

It is abhorrent that the AfD party, a disgraceful reactionary movement which recalls the worst of Germanys past and should be outlawed, now has the ability within the German parliament to promote its vile platform, Lauder said.

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For Americans who cant imagine the occupation Waldman and Chabons collection might do the trick "IndyWatch Feed War"

KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH
Writers Confront the Occupation
Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
448 pp. HarperCollins. $16.99.

From 1992 to 2014, writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon were hesitant to get involved in the question of Israel/Palestine.  We didnt want to write or even think, in any kind of sustained way, about Israel and Palestine, about the nature and meaning of occupation, they write in the introduction to their 2017 collection of essays, Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation.  Everything changed for them in 2014.  Waldman, who was born in Jerusalem, visited Israel in 2014 for the first time in 22 years.  She went to Hebron on that trip, and her experience made her feel that she bore some responsibility for what Israel was doing in her name.  After the 2014 visit, she and Chabon did think about it; they wrote about it, too, and invited others to, as well.  Storytelling itselfbearing witness, in vivid and clear language, to things personally seen and incidents encountered, they write, has the power to engage the attention of people who, like us, have long since given up paying attention.

Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Berkeley, CA.

The book consists of 26 essays by international writers, all invited by Waldman and Chabon to visit the occupied territories and to write about their experiences.  To escort the writers around the areas, Waldman and Chabon worked with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence, an organization of former Israeli soldiers who have chronicled the injustices they saw while serving in the Israeli army, 

Who gets to write about Israel/Palestine?  Does someone who is visiting for the first...

18:04

Germany at a turning point "IndyWatch Feed War"

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | September 25, 2017 The elections to the German Bundestag on Sunday throw up big surprises. Chancellor Angela Merkel will lead the next coalition government, too her fourth successive win but in all other respects, the results signify that Germanys post-World War II politics is at []

18:04

Governments Are Testing Their Own Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: MIT Technology Review: The people of Sweden are breaking up with cash. The number of banknotes and coins in circulation has fallen to its lowest level in three decades. Riksbank, Swedens central bank, estimates that cash transactions made up only 15 percent of all retail transactions last year, down from 40 percent in 2010, []

17:59

Turkey Sees High Stakes in Iraqi Kurds Independence Vote Turkey and Iran have threatened to close borders and impose other sanctions "IndyWatch Feed War"

ANKARA, Turkey Turkey is strongly opposed to the referendum Iraqi Kurds are holding on whether their semi-autonomous region should seek independence from Baghdad. The Turkish government has threatened economic and military action. Heres what you need to know about Ankaras interest in the vote:

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WHY IS TURKEY SO OPPOSED TO THE REFERENDUM?

Turkey has a large ethnic Kurdish population and has been fighting an insurgency by rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, for more than three decades. The Turkish government and its allies list PKK as a terror organization.

Turkey fears that moves toward independence by the Iraqi Kurds would encourage Turkish Kurdish aspirations for a separate homeland and further embolden the PKK. Kurds make up an estimated 15-20 percent of Turkeys population of 80 million.

The nonbinding referendum is being held not only in the official Iraqi Kurdish region, but disputed territories such as oil-rich and ethnically divided Kirkuk. Turkey has ethnic and historic ties to Kirkuks Turkmen population, sees the move as an attempt by Iraqs Kurds to annex more land.

There are also fears that turmoil in Iraq could destabilize the region and increase the number of refugees heading into Turkey, which already is grappling with 3 million Syrian refugees.

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WHAT DO TURKEYS KURDS SAY ABOUT THE REFERENDUM?

Many Kurds living in the predominantly Kurdish-populated region in southeast Turkey have expressed support for the Iraqi Kurdish regions decision to hold the independence referendum.

T...

17:49

Kurdish Referendum Today "IndyWatch Feed War"

"The Kurdish Independence referendum despite the pressure from Iraq and many other Middle Eastern and European countries opened its polls this morning. The ballot contains a single question: Do you want the Kurdistan region and the Kurdistani areas outside the...

17:47

Grce : Dclaration de Nikos et Pola (Lutte Rvolutionnaire) pour Kostas B., antifa tabass par la police "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Nikos Maziotis et Pola Roupa, membres emprisonns de Lutte Rvolutionnaire ont publi une dclaration au sujet de Kostas B., un jeune antifasciste de 16 ans lourdement tabass par la police grecque lors de la manifestation antifa qui a eu lieu en mmoire de Pavlos Fyssas il y a une dizaine de jours. Kostas est toujours hospitalis en soins intensifs lheure actuelle.

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(via Secours Rouge)


17:42

De Aleppo 'Speelgoedman' "IndyWatch Feed War"

De Aleppo speelgoedman Rami Adham niet welkom in Taiwan

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Waarschijnlijk hebben niet veel mensen in de de westerse wereld of in Nederland van deze man gehoord, Rami Adham bijgenaamd de speelgoedman.
De BBC heeft er destijds een artikel over geschreven:  Adham bracht barbie poppen, voetballen en teddyberen naar Syri, waaronder naar zijn geboortestad Aleppo. Hij woont in  Finland, en kreeg via lokale partners daar hulp voor Syri.
Maar de Finse politie verdenkt hem van fraude, misbruik van donatie geld en link met terroristen.
Kijk verder op zijn Facebook pagina: ...

17:40

John Pilger: Media on Trial "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEDIA ON TRIAL with JOHN PILGER

LONDON EVENT organised by FROME STOP WAR

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (BST)

MEDIA ON TRIAL with JOHN PILGER
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17:39

Kurdish PKK and YPGs Hidden Notorious Crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Sarah Abed | American Herald Tribune | September 25, 2107 The Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, and its Syrian spinoff, the YPG, are cult-like radical movements that intertwine Marxism, feminism, Leninism and Kurdish nationalism into a hodge-podge of ideology, drawing members through the extensive use of propaganda that appeals to these modes of thought. []

17:38

Even Rock and Roll is Bankcrupt "IndyWatch Feed War"

Springsteen Tickets Hit $10,000, and Wall Street Gets Scalped

17:34

Spain's Suppression of the Catalonia Is Backfiring "IndyWatch Feed War"

SEP 24, 2017LARRY'S LIST

Spain's Suppression of the Catalonia Independence Movement Is Backfiring


Catalan flags. (...

17:31

Chris Hedges: The Abuses of History "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Abuses of History

Mr. Fish
Historians, like journalists, are in the business of manipulating facts. Some use facts to tell truths, however unpleasant. But many more omit, highlight and at times distort them in ways that sustain national myths and buttress dominant narratives. The failure by most of the United States popular historians and the press to tell stories of oppression and the struggles against it, especially by women, people of color, the working class and the poor, has contributed to the sickening triumphalism and chauvinism that are poisoning our society. The historian James W. Loewen, in his book Lies Across America: What Our Historic Markers and Monuments Get Wrong, calls the monuments that celebrate our highly selective and distorted history a landscape of denial.
The historian Carl Becker wrote, History is what the present chooses to remember about the past. And as a nation founded on the pillars of genocide, slavery, patriarchy, violent repression of popular movements, savage war crimes committed to expand the empire, and capitalist exploitation, we choose to remember very little. This historical amnesia, as ...

17:30

Meet Reem Anbar, Gazas first music therapist "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Gazas first music therapist is transforming the lives of war-traumatised children
The New Arab 21 Sept by Rami Almeghari The gentle waves lapped at the Gaza shore as a group of children played music together, led by their teacher Reem Anbar, a lute player. The Alshalihat beachfront resort was playing host to a summer camp, organised by Handicap International, for Gazas children particularly those with special needs. Over the past two years, I have held several training sessions for people with special needs, adult girls and children, using certain techniques of my own, said Reem, a 26-year-old music therapist. Many of those sessions were therapy with the help of music, dedicated for those exposed to some bad life experiences, she told The New Arab, as the children played on.  Reem has been playing music since she was 12 years old. A graduate in business administration, she travelled to Belgium in 2014  where she began taking part in childrens musical therapy.
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2017/9/21/meeting-gazas-first-music-therapist

Hamas insists that resistance weapons are not for discussion
MEMO 23 Sept The Deputy Leader of the Hamas Political Bureau reiterated on Friday that resistance weapons are not for discussion during the talks about internal reconciliation with rival faction Fatah, Al-Hayat.com has reported. Mousa Abu Marzook pointed out that the issue of resistance weapons had never been discussed before and noted that it was not even proposed to be on the agenda. Such weapons, he added, are the property of all the Palestinians and their guarantee against Israeli aggression. Stressing that Hamas wants guarantees for any elections, Abu Marzook said that it is also ready to share the responsibility with the Palestinian Authority and the other Palestinian factions for making decisions about peace and war. This is a national issue and needs a national agreement, he insisted.
Following the dissolution of the administrative committee in Gaza by Hamas, the senior official said, it is demanded of PA President Mahmoud Abbas to cancel all of the punitive measures he has taken against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and for the government to take up its responsibilities in the enclave. Abu Marzook noted that the PA is expected to respond to Egypts invitation to talk about all of the issues, including the Palestinian elections, reformation of the PLO and the...

17:29

After article was rejected and publishers yawned, Walt and Mearsheimer dropped The Israel Lobby in 2005 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The authors of The Israel Lobby went on Chicago radio station WBEZ last week to reflect on their achievement after ten years. No, not 60 Minutes. Not The New York Times. Not MSNBC. But WBEZ radio.

It is a great interview by Jerome McDonnell about a stupendous achievement. As I wrote ten years ago, this book is up there with Rachel Carsons Silent Spring, Upton Sinclairs The Jungle and Ralph Naders Unsafe at Any Speed, as a bombshell that will help transform society.

Below are some choice bits from the interview.

Publication ruined both mens chances to serve in government or in university administration. Mearsheimer:

I had no interest whatsoever in a government position. But I did think that when we wrote the piece, that it would mean that we would never get a high level government position. Even medium level government position. It would also make it almost impossible for us to get any meaningful administrative job in the academic world.

Mearsheimer was then 59 years old and in Chicago. But Steve Walt was a sprightly 50 and on I-95, on the Harvard springboard to presidential elbows. The book forever changed his horizon:

I was academic dean in the Kennedy School. I think its fair to say that both universities did stand by us in the sense that they didnt put any formal censure on us. There were various ways of what you might call informal marginalization at least for a while, because the leaderships in both universities were very nervous about the fallout. Universities dont really like controversy very much.

I did understand that this was probably going to eliminate any possibility of government service in my case, which is  something I do regret, because its something I would have appreciated, had that opportunity presented itself at some point down the road.

Walt went on to say that they had to do it. If we werent willing to do that, then hardly anybody else would be. We couldnt lose our jobs. We didnt necessarily need government employment to pay the mortgage.

The two men actually gave up on the article and book years before it was published because doors kept closing. Here is some of the history.

Mearsheimer spoke about the idea first at the American Political Science Association meetings in Boston in 2002; and a friend said the Atlantic wanted to commission an article on that very subject. The Atlantic magazine assigned Walt and Mearsheimer in 2002. Then it got cold feet and killed the piece in early 2005. At that time, Walt said, the...

17:24

How Israel is silently transferring Palestinians from East Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jabal Mukaber, occupied East Jerusalem  Just a few hundred metres away from Manwa al- Qanbars house lies the separation wall which divides occupied East Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied West Bank.

61-year-old al-Qanbar might soon be expelled to live on the other side of the wall, but she refuses to think about this possibility.

Where else can I go? Can you leave your home after living here for 35 years? I wont move, al-Qanbar told Mondoweiss as she cuddled her newborn granddaughter in her arms.

In January her 28-year-old son Fadi was shot dead after ramming his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers in the illegal Jewish settlement of East Talpiot, killing four.

Two days later, al-Qanbar received a notice from the Israeli Ministry of Interior informing her of their intent to revoke her permanent residency status. Ten other members of Fadis extended family also received notices that their permits will be revoked, including two minors aged eight and ten.

Al-Qanbars permanent residency was revoked in January 2017, marking the first time Israel punitively revoked the residency permit of a family member of an attacker.

The Appeals Tribunal issued temporary orders suspending the deportation and the family members are now fighting through the court to stay with their families in Jabal Mukaber.

From now on anyone who plots, plans or considers carrying out an attack will know that his family will pay a heavy price for his deed, Israeli Interior Minister Arye Deri said in a statement.

The consequences will be harsh and far-reaching, like the decision I made regarding the mother and relatives of the terrorist [Fadi al-Qanbar] who perpetrated the attack in Armon Hanatziv [neighbourhood] in Jerusalem.

By punitively revoking residencies, civil society organizations say Israel is illegally engaging in a silent transfer and colonization of Palestinians with the aim of maintaining a Jewish majority in Jerusalem.

Israel has sought to preserve its domination by maintaining a demographic balance of 60 percent Jews and 40 percent Palestinians in Jerusalem, according to its master plan.

Its part of the general policy of the Israeli occupation to reach a Jewish demography by illegal means, said Nada Awad, advocacy officer of Al Quds Universitys Community Action Center.

Under the pretext of security, Israel is forcibly transferring Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem These measures of collective punishment, if they are not stopped, will set very worrying precedents leading to forcibly transferring Palestinians for act...

17:24

Texas Jury Awards Man $1.3 Million after Home Video Proved Deputies Lied "IndyWatch Feed War"

A federal jury awarded a Texas man more than $1.3 million in a civil lawsuit against deputies who claimed he assaulted them in January 2015.

But Lawrence Faulkenberrys home surveillance video camera proved that was a lie.

Had it not been for his home surveillance camera, Faulkenberry might still be in prison.

Not only did Faulkenberry not assault deputies, the video shows Caldwell County Sergeant Dustin M. Yost using a judo-type leg sweep on Faulkenberry, causing him to fall down, even though he appeared to be fully cooperating.

Then all three deputies can be seen piling on top of him with one deputy punching him in the eye and another pushing him down with his knee.

The video also revealed at no point in the video did Faulkenberry assault deputy Michael Taylor and deputy Houseton, which they claimed as justification for their use of force.

Faulkenberry was arrested for felony assault on a public servant, resisting arrest and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Faulkenberrys lawsuit claimed deputies handcuffed his right hand so hard he still bears the scars.

Our client feels vindicated, said Faulkenberrys attorney Karl Seelbach, of Doyle & Seelbach PLLC.

If theres one thing about Larry Faulkenberry, is his story is consistent from day one.

The video, posted below, shows Fauklenberry standing outside his home when three deputies walk up with guns drawn, responding to a false report from his mentally ill son after a spat over homework, who had accused his father of being drunk and carrying a gun.

Not only does Faulkenberry not own a gun, he was not drunk.

The video, which contains no audio, shows Faulkenberry raise his arms as the deputies are attempting to arrest him.

A screen shot from the actual footage when deputies showed up to Faulkenberrys property and accused him of assaulting them shows he had his hands up was not resisting.

The video plainly shows that at no point during the entire incident did the plaintiff offer any resistance or assault any of the deputies. The deputies in turn had no legal basis or justification whatsoever for assaulting the plaintiff who was defenseless, Faulkenberrys lawyers said.

According to his lawsuit, deputies cursed at him when he questioned whether or not they had a warrant, which may have also angered them to the point of attacking him, then...

17:23

Its Time to Stop Pretending Free Speech Rallies Are Actually About Free Speech "IndyWatch Feed War"

(TFC Op-ed)  As white supremacists of all sorts rebrand, they still cling to the concept of free speech rallies. Do you notice how they dont invite groups opposed to them to speak? Do you notice all of the speakers are of the alt-right or alt-light variety? Do you notice the blatant racism? The rallies arent about free speech. They never were. Theyre about getting stupid people to defend them and to side with them based on a buzzword. They wouldnt get very far calling the Unite the Right free speech rally a KKK-Nazi-White Nationalist conference now would they?

Like all good propagandists, they term themselves something that is ridiculous to oppose. Look at the terms for the two main sides of the abortion debate. You arent really going to call yourself anti-choice or anti-life, are you? Its a word game typically used to trick those who are of lower intelligence. Free Speech is a lofty ideal, so this time theyre targeting college-educated people. Nobody wants to stand against free speech.

Free speech is one of the most important facets of a free society. A person should be able to stand in the open and state their opinion, no matter how offensive it is. While we may disagree, they should be able to stand in a crowd and sing the praises of Hitler.

These groups arent really engaging in free speech though, thats not the primary objective anyway. The real goal is to unite and organize various groups who openly advocate ethnic cleansing or a terrorist campaign under leaderless resistance. These arent debates or even forums for the expression of controversial ideas. Theyre a front to organize for ethnic cleansing.

The websites of the groups openly proclaim their goals and even as they organize to gain the political power to make the United States a white ethnostate, many Americans refuse to believe it. Its a story as old as time itself. Instead, liberals all over the country are patting themselves on the back for being tolerant and supporting free speech. Supporting the organizational efforts of those wanting to ethnically cleanse the United States doesnt make you principled. It makes you an accomplice.

Throughout history, there were always groups of scared little boys who saw skin color or language or religion as a good enough reason to use violence. They were always small in number at first. They then tricked the less i...

17:17

Governments Turn Tables by Suing Public Records Requesters "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: AP: An Oregon parent wanted details about school employees getting paid to stay home. A retired educator sought data about student performance in Louisiana. And college journalists in Kentucky requested documents about the investigations of employees accused of sexual misconduct. Instead, they got something else: sued by the agencies they had asked for public []

17:17

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, September 26, 2017 My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 450

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Reading 1 EZR 6:7-8, 12B, 14-20

King Darius issued an order to the officials
of West-of-Euphrates:
Let the governor and the elders of the Jews
continue the work on that house of God;
they are to rebuild it on its former site.
I also issue this decree
concerning your dealing with these elders of the Jews
in the rebuilding of that house of God:
From the royal revenue, the taxes of West-of-Euphrates,
let these men be repaid for their expenses, in full and without delay.
I, Darius, have issued this decree;
let it be carefully executed.

The elders of the Jews continued to make progress in the building,
supported by the message of the prophets,
Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo.
They finished the building according to the command
of the God of Israel
and the decrees of Cyrus and Darius
and of Artaxerxes, king of Persia.
They completed this house on the third day of the month Adar,
in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
The children of Israelpriests, Levites,
and the other returned exiles
celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.
For the dedication of this house of God,
they offered one hundred bulls,
two hundred rams, and four hundred lambs,
together with twelve he-goats as a sin-offering for all Israel,
in keeping with the number of the tribes of Israel.
Finally, they set up the priests in their classes
and the Levites in their divisions
for the service of God in Jerusalem,
as is prescribed in the book of Moses.

The exiles kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
The Levites, every one...

17:12

Kiev, Ukraine: Anarchist Action at the Belarusian Embassy in Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners in Belarus "IndyWatch Feed War"

On September 23, a group of Kiev anarchists held a picket outside the Belarusian embassy in solidarity with the anarchist prisoners. Activists unfurled a banner that said DEATH TO THE DICTATOR! and hung an effigy of Lukashenko on the fence of the embassy. At the moment, the Belarusian regime is holding anarchist comrades Dimitry Polienko and Kirill Alekseev in their dungeons.

We demand the release of all Belarusian political prisoners and express solidarity with their struggle for freedom against the dictatorial regime of Lukashenko. The death of the dictator is the only thing that will give the Belarusian people the opportunity to breathe freely.

Recently we have learned that the diplomats have already protested in connection with our last action. Anarchists will continue to carry out solidarity actions at the Belarusian embassy and violate the tranquility of the diplomatic corps, as long as there are political prisoners in the prisons of Belarus.

(via Redvia, translated by Insurrection News)


17:11

Military Situation In Eastern Salamiyah On September 25, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Monday, Syrian government forces liberated Masadah, Al-Rish and Rasm Al-Naqah villages from ISIS in the eastern countryside of Salamiyah, north of the Homs-Palmyra highway.

An intense fighting was reported in the area across the pocket as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued pressuring ISIS members on multiple frontlines.

Last weekend, reports appeared that the Syrian military re-deployed some units of the SAA Tiger Forces to eastern Hama. However, it is not clear if these units are sent to participate in the operation against ISIS or to defend positions in northern Hama from Al-Qaeda attacks.

Military Situation In Eastern Salamiyah On September 25, 2017 (Map Update)

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17:09

Polish president wants more powers over courts as controversy rages "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | The controversial judicial reforms have sparked wide protests

I have a proposal: Ive prepared a bill to amend the constitution, Duda told reporters, adding that he had asked lawmakers to give their thoughts on the matter later Monday.

In July, Duda vetoed one proposed bill that would have reinforced political control over the Supreme Court and another allowing parliament to choose members of a body designed to protect the independence of the courts.

In his own version, Duda proposed that a minimum of 60 percent of lawmakers would be required to choose members of the court watchdog KRS so that no single party could dominate.

If within two months the parliament is unable to elect members of the National Judicial Council (KRS) by a majority of three-fifths, then it would go to the president to choose the members from among the candidates presented to parliament, Duda said.

He added that he had heard from both government and opposition lawmakers that giving the president such power would be unconstitutional, which is why he was proposing amending the constitution to make it possible.

The main opposition parties Nowoczesna and Civic Platform (PO) immediately said they were against such a move.

In his draft proposal, Duda also said ordinary citizens should be able to file complaints against court decisions.

These complaints would be heard by a new special chamber that would notably also include members of the public.

The attempt by Polish leaders to overhaul the judicial system has drawn concern from the European Commission, which on Monday will assess whether there is backing among member states for unprecedented sanctions against the PiS government over the court reforms.

Related:

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17:00

EU Calls for Legal Commission to Vet New Polish Judicial Reform Laws "IndyWatch Feed War"

BRUSSELS The European Commission called on Monday for Poland to seek European legal advice on two draft judicial reform laws put forward by President Andrzej Duda, to check that they comply with European democratic standards.

In July, Duda, an ally of Polands ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, unexpectedly vetoed its plan to overhaul the judiciary, after nationwide protests and warnings from Western allies that the changes would undermine the independence of the courts.

Earlier on Monday he presented his own drafts of the two vetoed laws, proposing a greater role for himself over the nomination of judges.

The European Commission said Poland should seek the opinion of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on the drafts. The commission provides legal advice to its members to help them bring their laws and institutions into line with European standards.

It would be extremely helpful if these two draft laws would be given to the Venice Commission for advice, European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans told a news conference.

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European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans

We will make our comments on that also once we have analysed it, he said, referring to the ongoing unprecedented process of EU monitoring of Polands adherence to the rule of law launched at the beginning of 2016.

The Venice Commission ruled last year that laws passed by the PiS government on the countrys Constitutional Tribunal were incompatible with European standards, prompting the European Commission to launch its rule-of-law monitoring procedure.

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16:53

"No, only one side claimed victory" "IndyWatch Feed War"

From Basim: "Hezbollah and Israel fought a month-long war in 2006 that caused heavy casualties, and both sides claimed victory."

16:45

The Face Of Sexuality: Why Do AI-Generated Sexual Orientations Matter? "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is a guest post from Cynthia Weber, Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. Weber is the author of Queer International Relations: Sovereignty, Sexuality and the Will to Knowledge which has been the subject of a symposium on this blog, besides also being an occasional contributor to the blog. This text is based on comments presented at the 2017 European International Studies Association Annual Conference, Barcelona, on the panel The Politics and Responsibility of IR in an Age of Crisis.

A Stanford University study by Yilun Wang and Michal Kosinski that recently went viral repackages long discredited beliefs that a persons face is scientifically readable for specific personality traits (also see this). The study claims artificial intelligence (AI) facial recognition technology can determine a persons sexual orientation, with 16-30% greater accuracy than the human eye. The study analyzed more than 35,000 images on a US dating website of white, able-bodied, 18-40 year olds for fixed (e.g., nose shape) and transient facial features (e.g., grooming styles, weight, facial expressions). Researchers compared their AI-generated sexual orientations against sexual orientations researchers found from dating profiles, which researchers established based on the gender of the partners that [website users] were looking for.

LGBTQ advocacy organizations immediately labeled the study junk science. Social scientists will have little trouble understanding why. For example, the studys sample is skewed in terms of race, age, (dis)ability, and location (online and in the US). Furthermore, the studys coders failed to independently verify crucial information like age and the problematic category sexual orientation, which are things people regularly lie about on dating sites.

What may be less obvious to many reading the study are some of the other ways bias...

16:42

Court ok's Hebrew country-club denying membership to surrounding Arabs "IndyWatch Feed War"

From Eyal: "With court approval, Kokhav Yair to continue restricting entry of Tira
residents to the swimming pool

"The Lod (A-Llyd) District Court rejected the petition on grounds of discrimination and authorized that the local country club to sell 90% of its subscriptions only to residents of the settlement (Kokhav Yair - Tzur Yigal). The judge wrote: 'The fear that opening the registry may 
harm the sense of belonging is legitimate.'"
And note that:
* If you think the 10% will actually materialize - don't worry, they're apparently allowed to discriminate further in pre-registration for membership.
* The settlement is named after Yair Stern, leader of the Stern Gang (Lehi); it was unified with Tzur Yigal several years back. They are built on the western side of the 1967 green line - just North of Qalqilya.
* Many top Israeli military officers live or have lived in Kohav Yair, including Lt. Gen. Ehud Bakar, Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz, Shin-Bet head Danny Yatom, Shin-Bet head Gideon Ezra, Maj. Gen. Menahem Einan and Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan."

16:42

Most British people support racial profiling of Arabs and Muslims: Poll "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

In YouGov poll that also covers immigration and Islamophobia, a majority of respondents think Britain should recognise Palestine

16:41

Racists, anti-Semitic, Holocaust-deniers love Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

"But, like many far-right parties in Europe and elsewhere, the AfD presents itself as staunchly supportive of Israel. According to a wide-ranging poll commissioned by a group promoting German-Israeli relations, most AfD politicians profess to care deeply about Israels security, support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, reject unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian state, and generally support a stronger relationship between Jerusalem and Berlin. Nearly 90% of the 35 AfD members who were surveyed totally or somewhat support Chancellor Angela Merkels dictum that Israels security is Germanys raison detre. "

16:40

New Feminists? By the great Joan W. Scott "IndyWatch Feed War"

""Many of these new feminists and nationalists turned their attention to the veils worn by Muslim women, arguing that they were the very symbol of the immigrants purported backwardness, the sign of an intolerable gender inequality alien to the West. The push to rescue Muslim women, Farris argues, was the result of what she terms the ideological convergence of calls for gender equality with xenophobic anti-immigrant campaignsthe femonationalism mentioned in the subtitle of her book. Femonationalism, she explains, describes, on the one hand, the attempts of Western European right-wing parties and neoliberals to advance xenophobic and racist politics through the touting of gender equality while, on the other hand, it captures the involvement of various well-known and quite visible feminists and femocrats in the current framing of Islam as a quintessentially misogynistic religion and culture. ""

16:38

Casually, the Washington Post provides justifications for Israeli bombings "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Analysts and former senior Israeli military officers say Israel is showing that it will act with force to protect its interests, while using just enough of it to limit its enemies without sparking a war."

16:37

Palestinian appeal to ICC seen as last hope to bring justice for the victims of Israeli violations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Four Palestinian human rights organizations on Wednesday, September 20th submitted their fourth substantive communication to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The 700-page evidence file submitted alleges that high-level Israeli civilian and military officials have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Tahseer Alayyan, a spokesperson for the Ramallah-based independent Palestinian human rights NGO, al-Haq, told Mondoweiss that the NGOs believe the ICC is the only remaining window for Palestinians to bring justice for the victims of Israeli violations.

We have tried several ways of fighting through universal jurisdiction and we have not succeeded because of political constrictions, so we believe that the ICC is very a important window for us to give hope to the victims and for the Palestinian people in general, as a way to bring about justice, he said.

The four NGOs that made the complaint included al-Haq, as well as the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Gaza-based Al Dameer Association for Human rights.

The complaint made on Wednesday was the fourth file created by the four NGOs, with the first three files focused on alleged crimes in the Gaza Strip, while the latest file was the first made by the four groups on behalf of the people in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In a press release published by al-Haq, the groups director, Shawan Jabarin, stated that the latest file provides a compelling and reasonable basis for the Prosecutor to open an investigation into crimes alleged to be committed against the Palestinian population.

Over the past fifty years Israel has subjected the Palestinian population to a belligerent occupation that deprives them of their fundamental human rights and subjects them to heinous crimes, Jabarin said. The communication to the International Criminal Court offers hope that anybody that commits crimes against Palestinians will be held to account. We are convinced that there can be no lasting and genuine peace without justice.

The complaint

The files sent through this week by the four NGOs is one of many files that have been sent to the ICC by various individuals and organizations since the Rome Statute was activated by the Palestinian government.

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16:37

Who is the objective observer cited in an article on Hizbullah in the Washington Post? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A fellow at the Rafiq Hariri center at the Saudi-Hariri-UAE-funded Atlantic Council.  

16:32

Iraq parliament demands troops go to areas disputed with Kurds "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Iraqi soldiers pictured on a Russian-made T-72 tank as they advance towards the city of al-Sharqat, north of Baghdad, on September 20, 2017

BAGHDAD (AFP)  Iraqs parliament demanded Monday that troops be sent to disputed areas in the north controlled by the Kurds since 2003 as the autonomous Kurdish area staged a referendum on independence.

Parliament demands that the head of the army (Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi) deploy forces in all of the zones the autonomous region of Kurdistan has taken control of since 2003, a resolution said.

Under Iraqs constitution, the government is obliged to comply with the parliamentary vote.

The zones disputed between the Kurds and the federal government in Baghdad are not part of the three provinces in northern Iraq that form the autonomous Kurdish area.

The disputed areas are the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, as well as parts of Nineveh, Diyala and Salaheddin provinces.

Most of the disputed areas were conquered by Kurdish peshmerga forces in 2014 in the chaos that followed a sweeping offensive by the Islamic State group.


16:29

Democrats and Hollywood = Jewish Control Over the Weak American Mind "IndyWatch Feed War"

Committee to Investigate Russia: Rob

Reiner and Morgan Freemans

warmongering video

 

 

By David Walsh

Actor-director Rob Reiner and actor Morgan Freeman have teamed up with a sordid crowd of extreme right-wingers to push the McCarthyite anti-Russia campaign.

Reiner, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser and fervent Hillary Clinton supporter, is a member of the Advisory Board of a new organization, the Committee to Investigate Russia, which describes itself as a non-partisan, non-profit organization helping Americans understand the gravity of Russias continuing attacks on democracy.

 Morgan Freeman

As part of this foul outfits launching, Freeman narrates a two-minute video, which begins: We have been attacked. We are at war. Freeman asks his viewers to imagine a movie script in which a former KGB spy, angry at the collapse of his motherland, plots a course for revenge. After becoming president, he sets his sights on his sworn enemy: the United States.

Free...

16:28

UK cops have foiled 7 jihad plots since March, Londons Muslim mayor wants to educate Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK cops have foiled 7 jihad plots since March, Londons Muslim mayor wants to educate Trump
What does he want to educate Trump in? How to mouth soothing platitudes while doing absolutely nothing to protect your people against the advancing jihad? Police have foiled SEVEN terror strikes since Westminster attack, Sadiq Khan reveals, by Taryn Tarrant-Cornish, Express, September 25, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): POLICE have foiled seven terror []

16:25

U.S. arms most dictatorships in the world "IndyWatch Feed War"

"The United States currently supports over 73 percent of the world's dictatorships!" (thanks Amir)

16:21

Puerto Rico: The centennial of my grandfathers house "IndyWatch Feed War"

My grandfather didnt come to America; America came to him. Like many young Spaniards over the ages, he along with his brother and two cousins left Spain. They left their sisters in Northern Spain, arrived in Puerto Rico in the late 19th century, started businesses, married, started families, and thrived. When the Spanish []

16:10

Israel 'terrified' of Corbyn as PM, Israeli activist tells Labour audience "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Miko Peled tells meeting at Labour Party conference Israel will do everything it can to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming PM

15:46

Myanmar: Mass graves found as Rohingya Muslims massacre Hindus, burn their homes, kidnap women for marriage "IndyWatch Feed War"

Myanmar: Mass graves found as Rohingya Muslims massacre Hindus, burn their homes, kidnap women for marriage
The establishment media continues to portray the Rohingya Muslims as the victims of Buddhist terror. Reality, as always, is not so simple. Myanmar searches for more Hindu corpses as mass grave unearthed, SBS, September 25, 2017 (thanks to K.): Violence has periodically cut through the western state, where communal rivalries have been sharpened by British []

15:41

Erdogan accuses Myanmar of Buddhist terror against Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File | More than 430,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border to Bangladesh from a military campaign which the UN says likely amounts to ethnic cleansing of the stateless minority

ISTANBUL (AFP)  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the security forces in Myanmar of waging a Buddhist terror against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.Erdogan, who has repeatedly highlighted the plight of the Rohingya, again accused the Yangon government of carrying out a genocide against the people in Rakhine state.

In a speech in Istanbul, Erdogan lamented the failure of the international community to lay sanctions against the Myanmar government over its campaign.

 .Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan AFP FILE photo

There is a very clear genocide over there, Erdogan said.

Erdogan, who has held talks by phone with Myanmars key leader the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi, added: Buddhists always get represented as envoys of goodwill.

At the moment, there is a clear Buddhist terror in Myanmar I dont know how you can gloss over this with yoga, schmoga. This is a fact here. And all humanity needs to know this.

More than 430,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border to Bangladesh from a military campaign which the UN says likely amounts to ethnic cleansing of the stateless minority.

Before the most recent surge of violence, there were over one million Rohingyas in Myanmars restive Rakhine state in the west of the overwhelmingly Buddhist country.

Erdogan, himself a pious Muslim, takes a sharp interest in the fate of Muslim communities across the world and notably sees himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause.

Returning for a key personal theme, he lambasted the international community for being quick to denounce Islamic terror but not Christian terror, Jewish terror or Buddhist terror.


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15:41

The War Democrats: Woodrow Wilson "IndyWatch Feed War"

Between the years 1913 and 1921 the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, outdid his predecessors in military interventionism. Wilsons moral crusade to bring democracy to the world and uphold the Monroe Doctrine began in Mexico. Wilsons moral diplomacy then set its gunsights on Nicaragua. The goal of the United States was to undermine European financial interests in the region and protect American companies exploiting Nicaraguas natural resources. Wilson then conspired with the financial class of the day to get the United States involved in a European war. J. P. Morgan gave approximately $2.3 billion to the Allied nations, financial support that allowed them to purchase armaments. Wilson was re-elected in 1916 on the slogan that he had kept, and would keep, the US out of the war. Wilsons war to end war became one the deadliest conflicts in human history. The total number of military and civilian casualties was over 38 million. The war profiteers reaped vast fortunes. After signing the Federal Reserve Act into law in 1913, Wilson expressed regret over working with the international bankers responsible for the war. Wilson said America was no longer ruled by the majority but by a cartel of international bankers and corporations.

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Material for this report taken from the unpublished manuscript, The War Democrats, by Kurt Nimmo.

15:31

UK hotel wont rent rooms to Pakistan International Airlines crew: was pestering female guests "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK hotel wont rent rooms to Pakistan International Airlines crew: was pestering female guests
The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their []

15:24

Deborah Weiss Moment: The Importance of Free Speech: Motion 103 and Islamophobia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Deborah Weiss Moment: The Importance of Free Speech: Motion 103 and Islamophobia
This special edition of The Glazov Gang presents Deborah Weiss, a Human Rights lawyer who is an expert on the subject of free speech and terrorism related issues. She is the author of The Organization of Islamic Cooperations Jihad on Free Speech. Visit her website at vigilancenow.org. Deborah discussed The Importance of Free Speech: Motion 103 []

15:07

A Grand Strategy for Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

The ongoing development in the Eurasian land mass known as the One Belt One Road is patterned after Lyndon LaRouche and his wifes concept of a Eurasian Land Bridge that will spur development for all countries being traversed by modern railway networks. This to them is the formula by which peace could be fostered through Continue reading A Grand Strategy for Peace

15:06

Cage director convicted of obstructing airport counter-terrorism search "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Muhammad Rabbani, of UK human rights group, argued giving police phone password would have violated his right to privacy

14:52

Iraqi MPs demand troops sent to Kurdish-held disputed areas "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Parliament demands forces sent to 'all of the zones the autonomous region of Kurdistan has taken control of since 2003'

14:50

The BBCs terror definition of convenience "IndyWatch Feed War"

The double standard evident in the language used by the BBC when reporting terror attacks in differing locations is regularly discussed on these pages and has been the subject of numerous complaints to the BBC.

In April of this year the BBC responded to one such complaint by stating that:

Where there is an ongoing geopolitical conflict as in the Middle East to use the term terror attack or similar might be seen to be taking sides. There are those who might consider the actions of the Israeli government to be considered as terrorist acts.

In a situation where a country that is not involved in a direct physical combat comes under attack, it may be reasonable to construe that as a terrorist incident.

The use of such terminology is never an exact science but where a continuing conflict exists, it is reasonable that the BBC would not wish to appear to be taking sides.

Regrettably, that response subsequently received endorsement from the UKs communications regulator OFCOM.

The cynical approach behind the BBCs policy came into full view last week in an interview with an Israeli guest in the September 19th edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme Today that was described as follows in the running order:...

14:48

Madrid Cracks Down on Catalonias Independence Push "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Summary

Tensions continue to rise between the Spanish government and Catalonias regional government as the autonomous region renews its push for statehood. Catalonia plans to hold an unofficial referendum on independence on October 1, 2017. The Spanish government has vowed to block the referendum, stating that the constitution does not allow for a regional vote on independence unless approved by the government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has pledged to act with firmness and proportionality to stop any vote from happening, and it would appear that the federal government will continue to condemn the autonomous regions drive for self-determination in every way possible, eliciting pushback and protest from the authorities in Catalonia.

The post Madrid Cracks Down on Catalonias Independence Push appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

14:47

Trump Expands Travel Ban to Include North Korea and Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed War"

Addition of North Korea and Venezuela broadens restrictions from original, mostly Muslim-majority list.

(MEE)  The United States will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea to the US as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia, the Trump administration said in a statement on Sunday.

The addition of North Korea and Venezuela broadens the restrictions from the original, mostly Muslim-majority list.

It also removes Sudan, one of the countries in the original ban, leaving eight nations with complete or partial blocks on travel to the US.

The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on 18 October, resulted from a review after President Donald Trumps original travel bans were challenged in court.

North Korea does not cooperate with the United States government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements, the statement said.

Full travel bans were placed on nationals from North Korea and Chad, while the restrictions for Venezuela were limited to officials from a long list of government agencies and their families.

An administration official briefing reporters on a conference call acknowledged that the number of North Koreans traveling to the US now was very low.

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This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

14:36

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 25, 2017 (Maps, Video) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 25, 2017 (Maps, Video)

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Tensions are rapidly gorwing between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian government forces in the province of Deir Ezzor, north of the provincial capital.

Last week, the SDF used an intense fighting between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and ISIS and seized Isba and Tabiyeh oil and gas fields located north of Khusham village on the east bank of the Euphrates. Separately, the SDF pushed towards al-Suwar village deep inside Deir Ezzor province.

This situation as well as repeated claims in pro-SDF media that the group will oppose attempts of government forces to develop the momentum on the east bank.

On Monday, the SDF media wing directly accused the Russian Aerospace Forces of bombing its positions near the Conico gas factroy. At the same time, pro-SDF media outlets started spreading reports that Syrian government forces are using mortars and rocket launch systems to shell its positions in the oil gas fields area.

The SDF Command released a statement accusing Russia of supportign ISIS against the SDF and claimed that the SDF would use our right of lawful defense.

Meantime our fighters are progressing to liberate our people east of the Euphrates within al-Jazeera Tempest campaign, the Russian and regime forces launched an attack on our fighters in Conico Factory, al-Azba Station and textile factory with cannons and warplanes. Moreover, the bombardment resulted in m...

14:36

Monitors: US Airstrikes Have Killed 2,617 Civilians in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIWAR.COM)  While the official Pentagon reports on civilian deaths claim far fewer deaths, NGOs have been consistently documenting a massive number of civilian bystanders killed in Americas air war in Iraq and Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the total at 2,617 civilians killed in US-led strikes just in Syria. This included 615 children and 443 women. It also doesnt include the much larger tolls believed to have been inflicted in Iraq.

The Pentagon has put the overall toll closer to 700 civilians killed across both countries, and they also reckon a large majority in Iraq. Within Syria, the largest number of civilians were killed in Raqqa, but it also includes civilians slain in Manbij, as well as elsewhere around the country.

Despite the US struggles with providing anything resembling accurate death tolls for their airstrikes, both the Syrian Observatory and Airwars have proven quite successful at offering estimates that are seen as closely in-line with whats been reported within the media and by civilians on the ground.

The Pentagon, by contrast, tends to operate on wishful thinking, insisting any really large tolls are not credible and excluding them from the reports, despite many of those having substantial evidence of having occurred.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

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14:26

#Chile: Eight Mapuche Movement Leaders Arrested in Operation Hurricane, Amidst Mapuche Hunger Strike "IndyWatch Feed War"

Special Police Forces continue brutalization of Mapuche resistance in outrageous criminalizing spectacle during the ongoing Mapuche Hunger Strike.

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Chile: Eight Mapuche Movement Leaders Arrested in Operation Hurricane, amidst Mapuche Hunger Strike

Special Police Forces continue brutalization of Mapuche resistance in outrageous criminalizing spectacle during the ongoing Mapuche Hunger Strike.

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14:24

Catalan Police Say Independence Vote Divides Their Loyalties "IndyWatch Feed War"

BARCELONA, Spain A referendum on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain is putting intense pressure on the regions police officers, who feel caught between their oath to the nations constitution and loyalty to local leaders who have vowed to create a new European state.

Francesc Vidal is a 16-year veteran of the force known as the Mossos dEsquadra. He describes the Oct. 1 referendum as a train collision between Spanish authorities who want to stop what they consider an illegal vote and Catalan separatists who insist the balloting go forward.

Vidal says officers dont want to be the middle because they take orders from both sides.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has pledged to declare independence should secessionists manage to stage the secession referendum and win it.


14:22

Turkeys Foreign Minister Says Russian Bombing in Syrias Idlib Killing Civilians "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISTANBUL Turkeys foreign minister said on Monday that recent Russian bombing in Syrias Idlib had killed civilians and moderate rebels and this would be discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he visits Turkey.

The killing of civilians violates the Astana accord, Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with broadcaster A Haber, adding that Moscow needed to be careful.

(Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Daren Butler)


14:04

'We can arrive any night': Erdogan warns Iraqi Kurds of invasion "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Turkish president says his country will not accept a fait accompli, and threatens to blockade Kurdish oil industry

14:02

US commerce secretary in Beijing ahead of Trump trip "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

POOL/AFP | Wilbur Ross (L) met with Li Keqiang (R) in Beijing ahead of Trumps trip to China, which is expected to take place in November

BEIJING (AFP)  The visiting US commerce secretary told Chinas premier on Monday that the warm reception he received in Beijing augurs very well for Donald Trumps upcoming visit, amid tensions over trade and North Korea.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross met with Premier Li Keqiang at the headquarters of Communist Party leaders ahead of the US presidents trip to China, which is expected to take place in November.

China and the United States are the largest trading partners with each other, so I think it is fair to say that our common interests far outweigh our differences and divergences, Li told Ross.

I hope your current visit will be conducive to further deepening the existing economic and trade relations between China and the United States, he said.

Rosss visit comes a month after Trump ordered a trade investigation into Chinas intellectual property practices, which prompted Beijing to warn of potential retaliation.

The worlds two top economies have also been at odds over how to handle North Koreas nuclear threat, with Beijing repeatedly calling for peace talks and the United States pressing for massive economic pressure on Chinas ally.

But Ross and Li only had praise for each other during the public portion of their meeting.

We have been greeted very warmly by your associates here during the two days that weve been in town and we think that augurs very well for the forthcoming visit between President Trump and President Xi (Jinping), Ross told Li.

He voiced hope that the meetings would result in some very good deliverables for the two presidents.

Trump called Xi a friend for whom he has great respect after they met at the US leaders Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in April.

But relations have soured over North Korea since then, with Trump repeatedly pressing Xi to do more to squeeze Pyongyang.

China has since agreed to a slew of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, including a new package of measures restricting some North Korea following Pyongyangs sixth and most powerful nuclear test.


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13:50

Hamburg, Germany: Arson Attack Against A DITIB Vehicle by Revenge Commando Ali Cicek "IndyWatch Feed War"

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We, the Revenge Commando Ali Cicek hereby claim responsibility for the arson attack against a DITIB vehicle in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg on the night of Friday the 22nd of September. The silver VW Golf was located on the grounds of the Muradiye Mosque in the Wilhembsburg district of Hamburg. Neither the mosque nor the surrounding buildings were damaged in the attack.

The DITIB (Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs) is not a simple mosque association. The DITIB is openly known as the mouthpiece of the fascist AKP regime in Germany. The organization is attached to the Turkish religious authority Diyanet and receives from there all orders and instructions. The contents of the sermons are produced in Ankara and the preachers themselves trained in Turkey. Under the cover of religious freedom, DITIB rages against the democratic opposition in Turkey, ethnic and religious minorities such as Kurds, Armenians, Jews, Assyrians and many more and spreads a reactionary understanding of Islam. In the last year, the Turkish intelligence agency MIT are also organizing the structures of the DITIB and many imams have worked for the MIT to spy on and intimidate other people. It was recently revealed that Erdogans minions would not be afraid to...

13:47

French unions block fuel depots in labour reform protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The French trade unions CGT and FO blocked access on Monday to several fuel depots in protest against an overhaul of employment laws, seeking to test the governments will to reform the economy.

In southern France, protesters unions set up a road-block in front of Totals La Mede refinery, while in western France fuel depots were blocked near Bordeaux and the coastal city of La Rochelle. Union members also held go-slow operations on highways near Paris and in northern France.

Were determined. Were going to stay as long as possible while hoping that other blockades take place elsewhere, maybe thatll make Mr. Macron move, Force Ouvriere union official Pascal Favre told Reuters.

Eager to avoid fuel shortages, centrist President Emmanuel Macrons government deployed police at some sites before dawn to ensure by force that protesters could not block access.

Its not in blockading the countrys economy and by preventing people from working, that one best defends ones cause, economy minister Benjamin Griveaux told RTL radio.

The labour reform is due to be passed by the lower house in the coming days after Macron formally signed five labour form decrees on Friday, in the first major economic reforms since he took power in May.

The new rules, discussed at length in advance with unions, will cap payouts on dismissals that are judged unfair, while also giving companies greater freedom to hire and fire employees and to agree working conditions.

Unionists say that the reforms will allow large scale redundancies and the weakening of workers representatives. More specifically, they are concerned about the possibility of negotiating in the company elements of remuneration (13th month, seniority bonus ), hitherto fixed by the professional branch, which the employers dispute.

The reforms also affect the seniority bonus, which make up 6% of our salaries, CGT member Stanislas Baug told AFP. Many companies don...

13:45

Mongoose: Bannon Gets It Corrupt GOP is Enemy #1 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Bannon to conservatives: Fear corrupt GOP establishment

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon told conservatives Sunday at a rally that they neednt worry about Democrats but instead should focus on the corrupt and incompetent Republican establishment.

Republicans in Congress have failed to support Trumps populist, nationalist, conservative message and ideas, Bannon said.

13:42

68 Things You Cannot Say on Chinas Internet "IndyWatch Feed War"

BEIJING Song Jie, a writer in central China, knows what she can and cannot write in the romance novels she publishes online. Words that describe explicit sexual acts are out, of course. So are those for sexual organs. Even euphemisms like behind or bottom can trigger censorship by automatic software filters or a websites employees.

Basically, she said, the sex scenes cannot be too detailed.

Other prohibitions inside Chinas Great Firewall, the countrys system of internet filters and controls, are trickier to navigate, in part because they are subjective and even contradictory. And there are more and more of them.

While China has long sought to block access to political material online, a flurry of new regulatory actions aims to establish a more expansive blockade, recalling an earlier era of public morality enforced by the ruling Communist Party.

In a directive circulated this summer, the state-controlled association that polices Chinas fast-growing digital media sector set out 68 categories of material that should be censored, covering a broad swath of what the worlds largest online audience might find interesting to read or watch.

The guidelines ban material that depicts excessive drinking or g...

13:42

Government Troops Liberated 3 Villages East Of Salamiyah From ISIS (Syria Maps) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Government Troops Liberated 3 Villages East Of Salamiyah From ISIS (Syria Maps)

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Syrian government forces have liberated Masadah village from ISIS terrorists in the eastern Salamiyah countryside, north of the Homs-Palmyra highway. Then, government troops stormed and reportedly liberated the villages of Um Al-Rish and Rasm Al-Naqah.

Therecent developments in the eastern Salamiyah pocket shows that no withdrawal deal is expected between the government and ISIS in the area.

Government Troops Liberated 3 Villages East Of Salamiyah From ISIS (Syria Maps)

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13:37

A Game of Chicken between Washington and Pyongyang "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Whoever had the chance to deal with security studies has probably heard of the chicken game. It models two drivers who are both headed for a single-lane bridge from opposite directions. The first to swerve away yields the bridge to the other. As they approach the bridge, mutual destruction becomes more and more imminent. A crash would be the worst outcome for both players, and each risks it in attempting to secure their best outcome. They have nothing to gain; only pride and credibility stops them to backing down.

Game theory contributes to a better understanding of war strategies as well the potential outcomes of a nuclear-armed conflict. The high cost of a nuclear conflict should prevent actors from deploying nuclear weapons, shifting their use toward a means of coercive diplomacy instead. As the Nobel Prize winner Thomas Schelling argues, nuclear power should be an efficient way to induce antagonistic states to back down because of the destructive escalation of a potential nuclear conflict.

In light of that, it would be an irrational choice to engage in a nuclear exchange. However, deterrence only works when a nuclear state presents a credible nuclear threat.

So what then is going on between Washington and Pyongyang?

For many years, North Korea has been a case study in analyzing the behavior of a state actor transitioning from non-nuclear to nuclear-armed status. Its political goals have always been state survival and protection of national sovereignty. As a matter of fact, it could be said that North Koreas aspiration of going nuclear might be caused by the status of isolation in which the country has always been relegated. The perception of a security dilemma drove North Korea to undertake the path to get nuclear power in order to balance the threat posed by the United States as well as the entire international community.

North Koreas threat perception increased after the Iraq war, when the U.S. intervened under the pretense that Iraq possessed nuclear weapons. A functional nuclear program would have deterred a hostile policy from the U.S. as well as any attempt at regime change in the country. Therefore, the current situation is a consequence of years of tensions. In light of North Korean missiles launches, President Donald Trump affirmed that military solutions are fully in place to counter any threat from Pyongyang, but it seems that US declarations are not acting as a deterrent to push North Korea to step down. On the contrary, the North Korean government has accused the White House of aiming for war and reaffirmed that it is ready to respond with any powerful measure necessary.

Considering Kim Jong-un to be a crazy and irrational statesman, referring to him as a Rocket man without taking his goals seriously this is just damaging. There are different things at...

13:31

Military Situation In Syrias Raqqah City On September 25, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)  are clashing with ISIS terrorists in the city of Raqqah.

The SDF has seized the Grain Mill area and advannced on Andalus neighborhood. A fighting has also continued in the central part of Raqqah.

Military Situation In Syria's Raqqah City On September 25, 2017 (Map Update)

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The post Military Situation In Syrias Raqqah City On September 25, 2017 (Map Update) appeared first on .

13:30

Gilles Champollion: Banks Are Stealing Our FutureHow To End This "IndyWatch Feed War"

BANKS are stealing our futureHow to put an end ?

The European Central Bank is not able to stop the crisis started in 2008, why? Is there a lack of macroeconomic models? Yes, of course, and it is under our noses since a century.

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13:27

How People Find ISIS on the Web "IndyWatch Feed War"

This infographic explains how the internet is used by supporters of ISIS to gain information including how to make bombs.

 

The post How People Find ISIS on the Web appeared first on Clarion Project.

13:15

Iran closes border with Iraqi Kurdistan Calls referendum on independence illegal and illegitimate "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | Kurdish Peshmergas place their ink-stained fingers on a Kurdish flag after voting in the Kurdish independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 25, 2017

TEHRAN (AFP)  Iran has shut its border with Iraqi Kurdistan in response to its independence referendum, the foreign ministry said Monday.At the request of the Iraqi government, we have closed our land and air borders with Iraqi Kurdistan, foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said at a press conference.

The referendum is illegal and illegitimate, he added.

Iran had already announced on Sunday that it was stopping all flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the vote.

President Hassan Rouhani spoke overnight with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, saying: The Islamic republic of Iran fully supports the central government of Iraq.

The referendum went ahead on Monday despite strong opposition from Baghdad and its neighbours, as well as Western governments including the United States.

Iran fears the vote could encourage separatists in its own Kurdish region, and said last week that independence could mean an end to all of border and security arrangements.

Iranian security forces have faced regular attacks by militant Kurdish separatists, primarily based across the border in Iraqi Kurdistan.


13:08

Chinas Overseas Deals Going on Life Support? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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As one Chinese company advances abroad, another retreats or at least halts.

Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer Co. agreed to acquire closely held Argon Medical Devices Inc., a U.S. maker of biopsy forceps, for $850 million. At the same time, developer Country Garden Holdings Co. has paused its international expansion in response to government restrictions.

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The push-pull dynamic proves one point: Overseas acquisitions remain far from off-limits for Chinese companies, as long as theyre in the areas that Beijing wants.

Argon is the latest in a string of healthcare deals by mainland purchasers. The companys surgical devices are popular in the U.S., the worlds largest pharmaceuticals market exactly the type of assets Beijing would like to see in Chinese hands. Shandong Weigao, in a tie-up with an unidentified private equity firm, will fund almost half of the purchase $420 million with debt.

Earlier this year, Aier Eye Hospital Group Co. agreed to buy Clinica Baviera SA, a Spanish eye-clinic operator. Shanghai-based Fosun International Ltd., meanwhile, is currently bidding for U.S. specialty drugmaker Arbor Pharmaceuticals LLC  despite the conglomerate having been singled out by the government for its debt-fueled offshore takeover spree.

Fosun is also moving ahead with a slimmed-down bid for Indian drugmaker Gland Pharma Ltd., after an earlier stake purchase was blocked by New Delhi.

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Over at Country Garden, its a different story.

Plans to expand in six Indian cities have been put on pause, Chief Strategy Officer Jeff Lin told Bloomberg News. The company, based in the southern city of Foshan, has already been forced to slow its international push as Chinas capital controls hurt mainland demand for a $100 billion city the company is helping to build on four artificial islands in southern Malaysias Johor Bahru.

Real estate has been named as a target of Chinas crackdown on irrational offshore investments, along with assets such as sports clubs and cinemas. Overseas direct property investment from the nation could drop 84 percent to $1.7 bi...

12:55

Saudi-led blockade pushes Qatar towards Iran, says foreign minister "IndyWatch Feed War"

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'Is that their objective, to push one country, a GCC member state, towards Iran? This is not a wise objective'

12:53

New Zealand: Family of Four Living in Bus Conversion "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wow, thats a much nicer bus (we call them Choochoo buses because of the chimneys) than the ones we see around Kaitaia. Via: Exploring Alternatives:

12:53

Israelis Express Worry Over Rise of Germanys Far Right AfD "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY LAHAV HARKOV
 SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 13:02

Jerusalem Post

Likud lawmaker Yehuda Glick calls to reach out to AfD Party.

A demonstrator protests against anti-immigration party Alternative fuer Deutschland in Germany

A demonstrator protests against anti-immigration party Alternative fuer Deutschland in Germany. (photo credit:HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/REUTERS)

Israeli opposition lawmakers expressed concern over the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which came in third place in Sundays German election.

The far-right has not been represented in the two houses of Germanys legislature since the 1950s

Israel-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group chairman MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Union) said he respects the results of Germanys democratic election, but sees them as a warning sign.

The rising strength of the extreme Right in Germany teaches us about a growing, dangerous atmosphere. Xenophobia, racism and extremism are conquering a significant portion of the German public, and prove that the democratic layer is fragile and vulnerable, Shai stated.

Shai added that Merkel, whom he called one of Israels greatest friends in the world, must spend the coming term examining the change in her country and blocking its rightward drift.

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni expressed confidence that just as [Merkel] knew to courageously stand up for her values, she will also kno...

12:47

Shocking Confessions From Kidnapper of Christian Girls "IndyWatch Feed War"

An Egyptian Coptic Christian woman mourns the death of a fellow Copt in a terrorist attack.An Egyptian Coptic Christian woman mourns the death of a fellow Copt in a terrorist attack. (Photo: Reuters)

 

Identified only as G in an interview with World Watch Monitor, the former kidnapper says, Salafist networks began in the 70s and its reached its highest levels now, in the era of President Sisi A group of kidnappers meets in a mosque to discuss potential victims. They keep a close eye on Christians houses and monitor everything thats going on. On that basis, they weave a spiders web around [the girls], he says.

Sometimes they use a strategy of false romance. A Muslim boy tells a Christian girl he loves her and wants to convert to Christianity for her, he explains. They start a romantic relationship until one day they decide to escape together. What the girls dont know is that they are actually being kidnapped. Most of the time they will not marry their kidnapper, but someone else

I remember a Coptic Christian girl from a rich, well-known family in Minya. She was kidnapped by five Muslim men. They held her in a house, stripped her and filmed her naked. In the video, one of them also undressed. They threatened to make the video public if the girl wouldnt marry him.

G says that the police are often complicit in the kidnappings usually because they receive a payoff but also for ideological reasons. Even if they would like to do something to help the girl or her family, they refrain because they are afraid of the militant groups, said Egyptian Human Rights Activist Ebram Loius.

The kidnappers receive large amounts of money. Police can help them in different ways, and when they do, they might they might also receive a part of the financial reward the kidnappers are paid by the Islamization organisations, says G.

In some cases, police provide the kidnappers with drugs they seize. The drugs are then given to the girls to weaken their resistance as they put them under pressure. I even know of...

12:45

Malaysia Calls The Philippines Statement on Violence Against Rohingya Muslim in Myanmar a Misrepresentation of Reality "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rohingya Muslims, who travelled from Myanmar into Bangladesh, stretch their arms out to collect food items distributed by aid agencies near Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Bangladesh has been overwhelmed with more than 400,000 Rohingya who fled their homes in the last three weeks amid a crisis the U.N. describes as ethnic cleansing. Refugee camps were already beyond capacity and new arrivals were staying in schools or huddling in makeshift settlements. AP/Dar Yasin

MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 10:51 a.m.)  Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over the weekend released a statement as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the crisis in Rakhine state without referring to violence against Rohingya Muslims.

Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim nation and a member of ASEAN, disassociated itself from the ASEAN chairpersons position and described it as a misrepresentation of the reality of the situation.

Malaysias Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman, in a strongly worded disavowal, said Cayetanos statement was not based on consensus.

The statement (of Cayetano) also omits the Rohingyas as one of the affected communities, Aman said in a statement on Sunday.

Before the chairs statement, ASEAN has kept mum on the crisis involving Bangladesh and member-state Myanmar. Even ra...

12:45

Trump Fails to Understand North Korea Existential Fears "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trumps bombastic rhetoric aimed at North Korea is evidence that neither he nor his administration grasp the historic paranoia of the North Korean government. The fear in Pyongyang that North Korea will become a ceded territory in a big power agreement has been a factor since the days of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. This existential threat also formed the policies of Kim Il Sungs successors his son Kim Jong Il and his grandson, the present leader, Kim Jong Un.

12:36

Actors and other Useful Idiots for Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Cindy Sheehan In 2005 while I was roasting for peace under the hot Texas sun at Camp Casey in Crawford, Tx, Rob Reiner sent his wife Michelle and a crew there to film a commercial with me. Before the end of 2005, a lot of the people/groups who supported our antiwar effort kicked us to the curb when they figured out we really were against war and not just against Bushs wars. The Reiners were among the ones that I discovered didnt so much care about the wars, but cared more about getting Demo-quacks elected. Soon after Camp Casey temporarily shut-down that summer, I was invited to the Reiners house to have a meeting. I was never the kind of person who got all twittery over so-called celebrities, but if the Reiners could help our cause, I was anxious to further our collaboration. Rob Reiner and his team had already offered to do the paperwork and pay for getting Gold Star Families for Peace (my organization at the time) non-profit (501c3) status which we

12:32

Danish PM Warns of No-Go Zones "IndyWatch Feed War"

Muslim mourners and security guards surround the car bringing Omar El-Hussein, a terrorist who killed two people in two attacks in Copenhagen, for burial.Muslim mourners and security guards surround the car bringing Omar El-Hussein, a terrorist who killed two people in two attacks in Copenhagen, for burial. (Photo: NILS MEILVANG/AFP/Getty Images)

 

In an unusual move, the Danish prime minister spoke out against the emergence of parallel societies, i.e. no-go zones in Denmark where police are unable to operate, Breitbart reported based on local reports in Danish media.

Merely the fact that a European politician is speaking about the subject would be news, but PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he is turning to the Danish parliament and his ministers to come up with ideas to address the problem that local municipalities admit they have been unable to solve.

Its a matter of being realistic about the situation, Rasmussen said, and there are areas where there is already a different set of rules. Where the gangs are in control and the police cannot work. I cannot sit and passively let it happen.

After noting that everything possible was tried to solve the problem without success, Rasmussen asked the Danish parliament to engage us in a different and more robust way.

Particularly concerning is the lack of integration of Muslim students in Danish schools and problems surrounding housing projects, both issues the prime minister noted contribute to the establishment of parallel societies.

He also called on three of his ministers to come up with solutions to these problems and said the ministers would be given special authority to implement them in municipalities.

Rasmussen broke with apparent European protocol in calling out these areas for what they are. In previous instances, politicians...

12:31

Brexit: Fresh round of negotiations to take place "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

Davis and BarnierThe last round of talks was held in August. Reuters photo

Brexit Secretary David Davis will lead the UK team of negotiators into their fourth round of talks with EU officials in Brussels on Monday.

It will be the first opportunity for the European delegation to respond to Theresa Mays speech in Florence.

Mrs May aimed to restore momentum to a process that was stalling.

Key figures such as EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier described her tone as constructive, which should improve the atmosphere of the talks.

But EU negotiators will be expecting more detail on, for example, what payments the UK is prepared to make as it departs.

Next month, EU leaders are due to decide on so-called separation issues including the rights of citizens, the Irish border and the divorce bill or financial settlement to allow talks to move on to the future of the bilateral trade relationship, as the UK would like.

For the moment, the odds seem to be against that test being passed at the first opportunity, said BBC Europe correspondent Kevin Connolly.

Budget black hole

In her speech on Friday, Mrs May offered to continue paying into the EU for a two-year transition after the UK leaves in 2019 to ensure the bloc is not left with a budget black hole.

The prime minister sought to reassure member states that they would not lose out financially during the current EU budget period, which runs to 2020.

She also confirmed there would be no restrictions on EU citizens coming to the UK during the transition period, but after Brexit they would be registered as they arrived.

Mr Davis has insisted that Mrs Mays speech was not influenced by a 4,000-word article by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in the run-up to the event, setting out his own vision for Brexit.

The speech had been coming for a long time, he said.

Meanwhile, the UK and Scottish governments are due to hold a fresh round of talks on Brexit in London.

Scotlands Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Brexit minister Mike Russell will meet First Secretary of State Damian Green to discuss concerns about the EU Withdrawal Bill....

12:30

Yemen needs united nations, not the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the UN Human Rights Council looks once again at launching an independent inquiry into war crimes in Yemen, I have one thing to say to the organisations pushing for it: good luck

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Arabic press review: Even after death, Brotherhood leader's trial goes on "IndyWatch Feed War"

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12:22

Kim Jong-un Looking at Things one of the few information sources from North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is an analyst and journalist specializing in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has a comedic email list about the Middle East that you can join here.

It should surprise no one in 2017 that, politics notwithstanding, the internet loves pop icon and supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un, one of the few dictators whose online cult following rivals his cult of personality. Kim has evolved into such a meme in his own right that he has inspired sub-memes cherrypicked from photographs published by North Koreas state-owned media. So it happened that, on December 18, 2011, the Tumblr blog Kim Jong-un Looking at Things began.

12:15

The Killing of History "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of the most hyped events of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way.

12:10

Russian Jets Strike U.S.-Backed Forces in Eastern Syria: SDF "IndyWatch Feed War"

BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian militias said Russian warplanes struck their positions in Deir al-Zor province on Monday, near a major natural gas field they seized from Islamic State in recent days.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, has been fighting Islamic State on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river with U.S.-led jets and special forces. The SDF on one hand, and Syrian troops with Russian air power on the other, have converged on Islamic State in separate offensives in Deir al-Zor.

Spokesman Mustafa Bali said the attack on Monday by land and air had wounded SDF fighters.

(Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)


12:00

Latest Saudi Arrests: Activists, Judges Are Targeted "IndyWatch Feed War"

Riyadh (MEE Saudi Arabia detains members of the judiciary and prominent human rights activists in latest wave of arrests.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested leading activists and several members of the judiciary as the kingdom continues its crackdown on dissent.

Local sources said that at least eight men were detained on Monday, among them a mix of religious figures, political thinkers, and popular social media personalities.

Abdulaziz al-Shubaily and Issa al-Hamid, who are both founding members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), were detained at the weekend.

Related: UK Labour Party Bars Saudi Arabia From Its Conference Over War Crimes

Judges Arrested

The activist-led Twitter account Prisoners of Conscience said that Mondays arrests included six criminal court judges and two justice ministry officials.

The account also alleged that forensic researcher Musa al-Ghannami, who is known for attacking militant groups on social media, had also been detained.

His high-profile TV show often focuses on the crimes of Islamic State and the groups incompatibility with Islamic teachings and values.

Related: Saudi Arabia: 14 Shia At Risk Of Imminent Execution

Dark time

Last week, more than 20 individuals, including prominent religious clerics Salman al-Odah and Awad al-Qarni, were detained within 24 hours.

Abdul Aziz al-Saud, the son of Saudi Arabias former King Fahad, was also arrested.

Amnesty International has said the arrests are targeting the last vestiges of freedom of expression in the kingdom.

Samah Hadid, the groups director of campaigns for the Middle East, said in a statement that this is a dark time for freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia. Issa al-Hamid and Abdulaziz al-Shubaily are prisoners of conscience, the Saudi Arabian authorities mus...

12:00

Just Who Is Germanys Angela Merkel? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berlin (TeleSUR In power for 12 years, the German Chancellor is one of Europes most successful politicians, and at times, one of the most controversial.

Several women are running as their parties leaders in Germanys election on September 24.

But only one has been there before.

Angela Merkel is Europes longest serving leader, first elected as the German Chancellor in 2005.

The 63-year-old leader of the center right Christian Democratic Union, CDU, has lost none of her power in the intervening years and is now standing for her fourth successive term in office.

For many media commentators, she remains an enigma, full of contradictions.

But political insiders insist they understand how she has achieved her longevity.

Image: European Peoples Party

They say she is ultimately, a consummate politician.

Merkel knows how politics works and how to make it work for her, even if that sometimes leaves her exposed to criticism.

The daughter of  a Lutheran pastor, she grew up in a small town in East Germany. She gained a doctorate in physics and worked for a time as a chemist. After a job in the East German government, she moved to the CDU and succeeded in becoming the partys first woman leader before her election win 12 years ago.

Her most controversial stance was during the Europes economic crisis.

When her own country faced a severe downturn in 2011, Merkel unveiled the largest package of austerity measures in the countrys history, with deep cuts in social welfare programs and the public sector.

She said she had no choice if the nation was to weather the financial storm.

The following year, she applied the same tough rules to a southern neighbour.

Merkel resolutely insisted that no more aid would be given to debt-stricken Greece in 2012. Some other European Union countries were in favor.

Related: Merkel Is Angry With America Over Russia Sanctions But Will Do Nothing

But she insisted on a policy of not a penny more.

In July 2015, a Greek bailout agreement was reached in Brussels.

As Greeces parliament p...

11:51

US-backed Syrian militia bombed by Russian jets: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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SDF says it was attacked at gas field in Deir Ezzor province

11:45

A Failing Empire: Russia and China's Military Strategy to Contain the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Looking at the global political landscape over the last month, two trends are becoming more apparent. The infamous military and economic power at Americas disposal is declining, whereas in the multipolar field, an acceleration has occurred in the creation of a series of infrastructures, mechanisms and procedures to contain and limit the negative effects of Americas declining unipolar moment. This series of three articles will focus firstly on the military aspect of these ongoing changes, then the economics at play, and finally, how and why smaller countries are transitioning from the unipolar camp to the multipolar field.

11:41

Russian Occupation of Crimea Marked by Grave Human Rights Violations Arbitrary arrests, detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sept. 25, 2017, at 5:13 a.m.

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GENEVA (Reuters) Russia is committing grave human rights violations in Crimea, including its imposition of citizenship and by deporting prisoners, a U.N. human rights report said on Monday.

Grave human rights violations, such as arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture, and at least one extra-judicial execution were documented, the report said.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Stephanie Nebehay and Raissa Kasolowsky)


11:37

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On September 25, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISIS faces pressure on multiple fronts in Syria and Iraq:

  • in the provinces of Deir Ezzor as well as in the city of Raqqah in Syria;
  • in the areas of Hawija and Rawah in Iraq.

Recently, Syrian government forces have liberated a large area northwest of Deir Ezzor city, inclding Maadan town, from ISIS and continued their military operation against ISIS in the countryside of Deir Ezzor city.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are still struggling with the ISIS defense in Raqqah city. The SDF is also advancing north of Deir Ezzor with an aim to seize oil and gas infrastructure on the east bank of the Euphrates. On September 25, the SDF accused Russia of striking its positions near the Koniku gas factory in the al-Taybeh area.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have liberated 120 villages in the Hawija area from ISIS. Now, they are developing the second stage of their operation in the area.

Firefights have been also reported in the area of Rawah town located on the Deir Ezzor-Baghdad highway.

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On September 25, 2017 (Map Update)

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11:30

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate: What about israel? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate: What about Israel? Pro-Israel neocons work to push the U.S. into wars that will damage Israels perceived enemies. Top row (L-R) Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Lewis Libby.  Bottom row (L-R) John Bolton, Elliott Abrams, Robert Kagan, Michael Ledeen, William Kristol, Frank Gaffney. For more information []

11:27

Euro slips on Merkels losses, fractured parliament Increasing risk for Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

The single currency has snapped a two-day rising streak and edged lower after German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term but faces tough coalition choices, with markets sensing an increasing risk for Europe.

Brse in Frankfurt Dax-Konzerne im Aufwind (picture-alliance/dpa/F. Rumpenhorst)

Investors cooled on the euro after Angela Merkels ruling Christian Democrat-led alliance took a hit in the German election at the weekend. The single currency weakened as much as 0.5 percent against the US dollar in early Asia trade before recovering slightly to be 0.2 weaker at $1.1934 in European trading on Monday.

Although securing a comfortable 32.7 percent of the vote, a loss about 9 percent means Merkels only option to form a government is a complex three-way tie-up with the environmentalist Greens and the liberal Free Democrats.

Ulrich Stephan, senior Deutsche Bank analysts, said coalition talks were sure to become tedious. Issues such as digitization and education, as well as tax, energy and EU policy are very contentious among them, he said in a note.

But Mark Haefele, Chief Investment Officer at UBS, believes the euros decline will be short-lived. While it is possible that the euro [reflects] disappointment over the absence of a grand coalition, the presence of the liberal Free Democrats [FDP] in government could lead to stronger German pressure for fiscal discipline in peripheral countries, a long-term positive for the currency, he said.

While the yield on Germanys benchmark 10-year sovereign debt is flat at 0.44 percent, yields on the edge of the euro currency area, where economic performance is less robust and government spending is looser, are rising as investors sell the debt. The move comes amid concern that the new politics in Germany will make eurozones main economic power more likely to take a tougher line on fiscal discipline in the currency area. The likely presence of the Free Democrats in the new coalition makes such an approach more likely

Read more: Disappointing victory for Angela Merkel as CDU sinks, nationalist AfD surges

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11:22

German election, the day after: AfDs Frauke Petry wont join parliamentary group "IndyWatch Feed War"

Alternative for Germany co-chair Frauke Petry has shocked her party colleagues by saying she wont join their new parliamentary group in the Bundestag. SPD leader Schulz says again that SPD will enter opposition.

Deutschland Bundestagswahl | AfD Wahlparty | Petry (picture alliance/dpa/B. Von Jutrczenka)
  • AfD co-chair Frauke Petry will not join her partys parliamentary party in the new Bundestag.
  • The decision follows months of feuding between Petry and the rest of the AfD leadership.
  • On Sunday, the AfD won 12.6 percent of the national vote and will enter the Bundestag for the first time.

All updates in Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)

 

10:53 The CSUs former minister president of Bavaria, Gnther Backstein, has said the Greens and the CSU are like fire and water. FDP vice-chair Wolfgang Kubicki has said talks on a CDU/CSU-FDP-Green coalition will not be a sure-fire success.

10:18 SPD top candidate Martin Schulz says once again that his party will go into opposition in the new parliament and not enter a new grand coalition with Chancellor Merkels CDU and the CSU.

09:52 Following Petrys departure, Gauland said he did not believe his statements were responsible for Petrys decision.

Petry had publically criticized Gauland for saying that the AfD would go after the new government and for saying that Germany should be proud of its soldiers in the First and Second World Wars, which she said were not constructive and could push voters away from the party.

09:34 AfD co-chair Jrg Meuthen apologized for the incident and said he had had no knowledge of Petrys decision, which he said was a bombshell.

Petry later referenced inner party disagreements and her belief that the AfD could offer nothing more than opposition for her decision.

We should be open about the fact there there is conflict regarding content within the AfD, we should not pretend it doesnt exist, Petry told reporters. She added that the party had become anarchical in the weeks leading up to the election and can...

11:22

Can a Nation Be Mentally Deranged? Apparently so. America is Exhibit A, run by recklessly dangerous lunatics "IndyWatch Feed War"

Can a Nation Be Mentally Deranged? by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) Apparently so. America is Exhibit A, run by recklessly dangerous lunatics no matter which right wing of its duopoly governance holds power. Clear proof is overwhelming. Madness defines US policy. The nation is permanently at war on humanity, naked aggression []

11:22

Syria - U.S. CentCom Declares War On Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yesterday three high ranking Russian officers were killed in an "ISIS attack" in eastern-Syrian. It is likely that they were killed by U.S. special forces or insurgents under U.S. special forces control. The incident will be understood as a declaration...

11:15

My Threats Are Bigger Than Your Threats "IndyWatch Feed War"

Not since Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev banged his fists and waved his shoe at the UN in 1960 has a world leader made such a spectacle of himself as President Donald Trump did this past week at the world organization.

11:14

Turkeys Erdogan to discuss response to Iraqi referendum during Iran visit "IndyWatch Feed War"

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FILE PHOTO Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 1, 2017. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) President Tayyip Erdogan will discuss with Tehran their response to the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum when he visits Iran next week with the Turkish chief of staff, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday.

Yildirims comments, in an interview broadcast on multiple Turkish television channels, came after Erdogan spoke by phone on Sunday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and voiced concern that the referendum will cause regional chaos. Erdogan is due to visit Iran on Oct. 4.

Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan


11:12

Palestinian PM to visit Gaza for reconciliation talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The two sides have been locked in a struggle over a unity deal that could loosen Hamas's hold on Gaza

11:09

Germanys Heckler and Koch to Stop Selling Guns to Saudi Arabia and israel, Calls Them Corrupt Countries "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germanys Heckler and Koch to Stop Selling Guns to Saudi Arabia and Israel, Calls Them Corrupt Countries The company announced its new policy in its most recent annual report, stating that it will now only sell to green countries and those that met Transparency Internationals corruption perceptions index as well as the Economist Intelligence Units []

11:08

Iraqi Kurds vote in historic independence referendum, shrugging off threats "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Maher ChmaytelliAhmed Jadallah

 Kurdish voters

Erbil, Iraq  Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds neighbors and fears of further instability and violence across the Middle East.

Polling stations opened their doors at 8:00 a.m. (1.00 a.m. ET) and should close at 6:00 p.m. The final results should be announced within 72 hours.

The vote, expected to deliver a comfortable yes for independence, is not binding and is meant to give Massoud Barzanis KRG a mandate to negotiate secession of the oil producing region with Baghdad and neighboring states.

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Massoud Barzani

We have been waiting 100 years for this day, said Rizgar, standing in a queue of men waiting to cast a ballot in a school in Erbil, the KRG capital.

We want to have a state, with Gods help. Today is a celebration for all Kurds. God willing, we wil...

11:02

Leading AfD figure refuses to join German partys parliamentary group Dissent within the party Frauke Petry walks out "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP | Petry has long been locked in a dispute with more hardline AfD colleagues
BERLIN (AFP)  The nationalist Alternative of Germany was hit by party infighting on Monday just hours after winning its first seats in parliament, with its co-chief Frauke Petry declaring that she wont join its Bundestag group.I decided after careful reflection that I will not sit with the (AfD) parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Petry told a press conference alongside other key figures in the party before abruptly leaving the room.

Petry, who has long been locked in a dispute with more hardline AfD colleagues, won a seat in Sundays election and said she would still serve as an MP.

Her decision caught her colleagues by surprise at the press conference, and came a day after the AfD made history by sending dozens of lawmakers to parliament a first since World War II for an openly anti-immigration and Islamophobic hard-right party.

Petry pointed to dissent within the party, and said there was no point hiding that.

She had openly criticised one of the partys two leading candidates, Alexander Gauland, for saying that the AfD would go after Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government.

That is rhetoric that I think would not be seen as constructive by voters, she told public broadcaster ZDF.

During the campaign, she also said Gaulands claim that Germany should be proud of its World War I and II soldiers would cause voters to shun the party.


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NORTH KOREAN EARTHQUAKE AND SOME HIGH OCTANE SPECULATION "IndyWatch Feed War"

Well, no sooner than Defense Secretary Mattis made allusions to "other kinds" of military options for North Korea, and then talked briefly about "kinetic

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11:00

TIDBIT: THOSE ROD OF GOD THINGS, AND THE CHINESE CHEMICAL PLANT ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

While we're talking about "rods of God" and those Chinese chemical plant explosions, here's a picture from the BBC, shared by Ms. J.H.:

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11:00

Graphic Video: See ISIS Tank Destroyed From the Inside "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A remarkable piece of film footage shows the moment an ISIS armored personnel carrier was hit by an anti-tank missile. What makes this video stand out is that it was filmed from inside the APC by an Islamic State fighter, before, during and after the attack.

Warning: The sounds in this video are of a graphic nature.

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10:58

EU Ups Pressure Ahead of New Round of Brexit Talks Pushback on Theresa Mays Florence speech EU: We really need to move forward now. "IndyWatch Feed War"

BRUSSELS The European Union on Monday ramped up pressure on Britain ahead of a new round of Brexit talks, warning again that time is running out for Prime Minister Theresa May to clinch a deal.

There has been some progress but we really need to move forward now. Time is of the essence, said Estonian deputy EU affairs minister Matti Maasikas, whose country holds the blocs rotating presidency.

He was speaking before hosting a meeting of European affairs and foreign ministers, to be attended by EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

Barnier and his team also meet their British counterparts in Brussels in the afternoon to kick off four days of talks.

May said Friday that her government would keep paying the EU and following its rules during a two-year transition period after Brexit in March 2019, but the Europeans want to see how her offer and others made in a speech in Florence translate into concrete proposals.


10:47

French Truck Drivers Block Roads, Reject Labor Reforms Nationwide protest action underway "IndyWatch Feed War"

PARIS French truck drivers have organized road blockades on highways and near fuel depots across the country to protest against President Emmanuel Macrons changes to labor laws.

Two major unions, CGT and FO, have called on a nationwide protest action Monday.

Protesters fear the new rules Macron formally signed last week will lead to a deterioration in working conditions and ease the firing of workers.

Government spokesman Christophe Castaner called on French drivers not to rush to gas stations, to avoid fuel shortages.

The government has started unblocking roads through police intervention in order to allow access to fuel depots.

Macron says labor reforms are essential to reviving the French and European economies.


10:45

Hysteria Over Zapad-2017 Exercise: West"s Setback in Information War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zapad-2017, a strategic Russian-Belarusian military exercise, held on September 14-20, was an event to hit headlines this month. Some Western officials, experts and media outlets whipped up hysteria, inventing stories about Russia using the training event as a cover for aggression...

10:34

Brazil: Updates About the Case of Rafael Braga (Eng/Port/Esp) "IndyWatch Feed War"

RAFAEL

Received on 24.09.17:

UPDATE On March 13, the Superior Court of Justice granted a preliminary injunction to have him sentenced to house arrest, in response to a request for habeas corpus from Rafaels defense, represented by the Human Rights Defenders Institute, based on the fact
that the youth is severely debilitated by the disease and that the prison system, which is experiencing a tuberculosis epidemic, can not offer adequate conditions for treatment.

Rafael Braga left, at 16:30 on 15/09, the Penal Sanatorium, near the Penitentiary Alfredo Tranjan (Bangu II), in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, where he served his sentence. With tuberculosis, he can be treated at his familys home in the Vila Cruzeiro favela in Penha, in the North Zone.

We demand complete and unrestricted Freedom for Rafael Braga!

The Campaign for the Freedom of Rafael Braga launches the collective financing that aims to buy a home worthy for Rafael and his family.

The idea is to leave a legacy for this cause and for this family, who is already tired of suffering with the numerous injustices that fall on Rafael, it is time to improve these conditions a little, so that Rafael has a good home at the moment when he has his freedom decreed, since at the moment he is still under house arrest, but only to treat his
tuberculosis, that is, RAFAEL BRAGA IS STILL NOT A FREE MAN!

We ne...

10:28

German Results Reflect European Unease Over Identity, Economy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rise of Alternative for Germany party comes at cost to Germanys long-established parties

Electoral officials worked in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday, the day of the national election.
Electoral officials worked in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday, the day of the national election. PHOTO: THILO SCHMUELGEN/REUTERS
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Sept. 24, 2017 5:35 p.m. ET

BERLINGermanys election result confirms the overriding trend of European politics in the past year: the crumbling of the Continents established parties in the face of voter anxiety over economics and identity.

Angela Merkels center-right Christian Democrats were projected to come in first Sunday with around 33% of the vote, their lowest share of the post-World War II era. The center-left Social Democrats were projected to win just under 21%, their worst result since the prewar era. Germanys two long-dominant parties, which have governed together in a grand coalition since 2013, lost support to an array of opposition groups including the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany.

The fragmented vote...

10:26

US special ops forces & hardware spotted at ISIS positions north of Deir ez-Zor Russian MoD "IndyWatch Feed War"

US special ops forces & hardware spotted at ISIS positions north of Deir ez-Zor Russian MoD mod_russia / Twitter The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed. READ MORE: Russia warns US []

10:06

Britains Distant War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Britains Distant War The latest attack in London is deeply connected to a hidden war Britain itself is waging Britain is engaged in a major war, and has been for three years, yet very few people recognise this and there is little debate about the rationale or potential consequences. It is mainly an air war []

09:48

US-led strikes killed 84 civilians near Syrias Raqa: HRW "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP | Human Rights Watch says civilians were killed in a March air strike by the US-led coalition on a bakery in the Syrian town of Tabqa, shown here in September 2017

BEIRUT (AFP)  US-led coalition strikes near the Islamic State groups Syrian stronghold Raqa in March killed at least 84 civilians, including dozens of children, Human Rights Watch alleged Monday.The group said the strikes hit two sites: a school housing displaced families in the town of Mansourah, and a market and bakery in the town of Tabqa.

It said witnesses acknowledged IS fighters had been present at both sites, but that large number of civilians were also there.

These attacks killed dozens of civilians, including children, who had sought shelter in a school or were lining up to buy bread at a bakery, HRW deputy emergencies director Ole Solvang said.

If coalition forces did not know that there were civilians at these sites, they need to take a long, hard look at the intelligence they are using to verify its targets because it clearly was not good enough.

HRW said the first of the two strikes was on March 20, and killed at least 40 people including 16 children at the Badia school in Mansourah. The second was on March 22 and killed at least 44 people including 14 children at the Tabqa market and bakery.

The US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in support of anti-IS operations in Syria since September 2014, after expanding its existing campaign in neighbouring Iraq.

Since last November, it has been supporting the Kurdish-Arab alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as it battles to capture Raqa province, including its capital Raqa city.

The SDF broke into Raqa city in June and is on the verge of capturing the former jihadist bastion.

But activists have criticised what they say are disproportionately high civilian death tolls in the campaign.

The coalition says it take all possible precautions to avoid civilian casualties and investigates credible reports of civilian deaths in its strikes.

In August, it acknowledged the deaths of 624 civilians in its strikes in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

But rights groups say the real figure is much higher, and HRW criticised the coalitions methodology for assessing civilian casualties.

It said the coalition reported having assessed the Mansou...

09:47

Iraqi Kurds vote on independence, amid threats from Baghdad and neighbours "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Turkey says it will take 'all measures' if vote generates threats to Ankara's security

09:36

Tokyo governor to head new political party Party of Hope Can we continue letting (the existing lawmakers) handle politics? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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JIJI PRESS/AFP | Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike announces the name of her new political party
TOKYO (AFP)  Popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike announced on Monday she would lead a new political party into national elections expected next month, hoping to repeat her success in local polls.Former TV anchorwoman Koike, 65, launched the new party called Kibo no To (Party of Hope) just hours before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was expected to call a snap election for as early as October 22.

Im launching a new party and I want to be directly involved in it, Koike told reporters, adding that she will remain as Tokyo governor while becoming the head of the new party.

Japan is facing a difficult time considering the situation in North Korea. Economically, the world is making a big move while Japans presence is gradually declining, said Koike.

Can we continue letting (the existing lawmakers) handle politics?

Koike, who spent nearly two months as defence minister in Abes first cabinet in 2007, quit the LDP in June to lead the newly-formed Tomin First no Kai (Tokyo Residents First).

This party humiliated Abe and the LDP in local elections in July but commentators say she has not had time to create the necessary foundations at national level.

Abes conservative LDP party is seen as clear winner of a national vote, with a recent survey showing 44 percent would vote for the current prime minister compared to eight percent for the main opposition Democratic Party.


09:30

Japan PM to Dissolve Parliaments Lower House for Snap Election "IndyWatch Feed War"

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to dissolve the lower house of parliament at the start of the extraordinary session on Thursday, a senior lawmaker of the Liberal Democratic Party said, paving the way for a snap election for the lower house.

The extraordinary session of parliament is set to start on Thursday.

Abe told a meeting of ruling party executives of his plans on Monday, the lawmaker said.

(Reporting by Takashi Umekawa, writing by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Nick Macfie)


09:30

US to Plunder Afghanistans Mineral Riches "IndyWatch Feed War"

US to Plunder Afghanistans Mineral Riches By Stephen Lendman, Endless US aggression in Afghanistan has nothing to do with combating terrorism (America supports it), everything to do with controlling the country, using it for oil and gas pipelines, part of encircling Russia and China with US military bases, and plundering vast Afghan mineral riches []

09:16

Greece: Statement for Kostas B. from Pola Roupa & Nikos Maziotis, Imprisoned Members of Revolutionary Struggle "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Received on 25.09.17:

At dawn on 17/9, the 16-year-old Kostas B. was brutally beaten by police officers and arrived at the intensive care hospital KAT. The political leadership of the police, the Ministry of Public Order and the SYRIZA-ANEL government covered for the police, presenting the incident as a traffic accident, but a series of facts and testimonies refutes this Besides, if a traffic accident had occurred during an escape attempt of the sixteen-year-old, as is said, why did he not go directly to the hospital with an ambulance, but instead ended up in GADA[police headquarters] in handcuffs and with the police dragging him as he could not walk?

This happened after an anti-fascist demonstration on the anniversary of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, which originally started at the US Embassy as an intervention in honor of Heather Heyer, who was murdered in Charlottesville, USA, at an anti-fascist demonstration, and then the demonstration went to the headquarters of Golden Dawn in Mesogeion. There clashes started with the police forces guarding the offices of Golden Dawn.

The conflict with the repressive forces extended to Alexandras Avenue and Exarcheia during the retreat of the protesters. There were attacks on MAT[riot police] in Exarcheia. At the end of these events, K.B fell...

09:16

Angela Merkel: The Ikea Politician "IndyWatch Feed War"

The recipe for her success, which she has only latterly discovered, is that shes been able to develop an image as someone who is tuned in to the German soul.

Oskar Niedermayer, September 22, 2017

Modular furniture divinities, or corporations, may not be the best points of comparison for a politician, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited it.  She is stable, reliable, self-assembled from history.  But more to the point, she has managed to forge a workshop of political viewpoints, angles, and perspectives, a tent so vast it has neutralised opponents within and without her political base. Her capacity to deal in flat pack centrism, otherwise termed the IKEA principle has become textbook.

The notion of IKEA politics is not something that has been missed by conservatives and centre-based politicians.  IKEA supplied a point of reference to Jane Mayer of The New Yorker, when she observed a certain organisational principle at work in the conservative movement in the United States. The State Policy Network proved particularly interesting, some 64 groups loosely assembled as free-market think tanks.  Its president, Tracie Sharp, while denying the IKEA model had any role to play in a public sense, secretly spoke about it, its points of assembly and distribution.

For all its stock standard reliability, Merkels period in office has also seen hiccups, some of the dangerous sort.  The Syrian refugee crisis, and the open door policy to migrants and refugees which her European counterparts fear, has threatened inroads into her political base.  She has managed to prevent a general exodus from the centre, but dissatisfaction is finding form across a range of smaller parties across the political spectrum.

To that end, any vision of furniture is only as good as its final product.  These wear over time, and not even the advertising agency Jung von Matt could conceal the creaks and breaks for this campaign.  This was the question that presented itself on Sunday.  Mutti did pull through eventually, but it was a scarring encounter.

The first signs on Sunday night, true to a form that has become a recurring pattern across the elections of Europe, were that smaller parties, notably those reaping the populist whirlwind, were set to make strong gains.

The Free Democrats (FDP), which had vanished from the Bundestag in 2013 on 4.8%, found themselves projected to return with a notably present 9%.  (As the figures continue being finalised, that number has moved to almost 11%.)

The AfD (Alternative for Germany), while still garnering support as a far-right wing alternative, did not do as well as certain worried...

09:15

Obama personally warned Zuckberberg over fake news "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP)  Former US President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last years election, the Washington Post reported Sunday.The encounter reportedly took place on the sidelines of a meeting of global leaders in Lima, Peru on November 19, two months before Trumps inauguration and days after Zuckerberg had dismissed as crazy the idea that misleading stories driven by Russian operatives had made a major impact on the outcome of the vote.

Zuckerberg acknowledged the problem posed by fake news. But he told Obama that those messages werent widespread on Facebook and that there was no easy remedy, the newspaper said, quoting people it said had knowledge of the exchange.

The report comes days after Facebook announced it would be handing over to Congress advertisements it discovered were bought by Russia-linked fake accounts, aimed at inflaming political tensions ahead of and following the election.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement.


09:10

Germanys Merkel faces tricky task to build government Far-right party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is now part of the mix "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Associated Press

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BERLIN (AP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel is embarking on a complicated quest to form a new government and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party.

Sundays election in Europes biggest economy left Merkels conservative Union bloc weakened after a campaign that focused squarely on Germanys leader of the past 12 years. However, no other party can lead a new government and Merkel herself lacks any obvious internal challenger.

Merkels partners since 2013 in a grand coalition of Germanys traditionally dominant parties, the center-left Social Democrats, vowed to go into opposition after a heavy defeat.

Caucus leader Thomas Oppermann doubled down on that pledge Monday, saying that we will not conduct coalition talks, because voters have decided that the Social Democrats place is in opposition.

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BERLIN Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in elections on Sunday, placing her in the front ranks of...

09:01

Athens, Greece: Urgent Counter-Info Report Concerning 16 year old Comrade K.B. (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Update received on 25.09.17:

Today, Saturday 23 of September, comrade K.B. has escaped the danger he has been in since Thursday night (and not earlier as deliberately and falsely leaked out by the mass media), slowly recovering his consciousness, but remaining in shock. Nevertheless, the administration of the hospital, obviously maintaining their view that the police are in charge will allow the investigator to conduct an investigative examination on Monday, 25th of September, to press the arrested comrade in order to testify, intensifying the regime of torture and terrorism which he has been under since he was arrested. 

By highlighting their repressive strategy, they are warning that they will proceed to get DNA in order to examine the possibility of K.B been involved in other cases. Knowing the ways in which the police carry out the genetic filing of thousands of fighters (torture, violent incidents, etc.), we declare to the administration of the hospital, that there is NO room for non maintenance of medical confidentiality, but we also emphasize that they are responsible for ensuring the physical integrity and health protection of the patient.

D...

08:53

Is Health Care A Commodity Or Right? "IndyWatch Feed War"

With just a week left before Congress budget reconciliation process ends, the Senate is once again peddling a poorly-thought out plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If Senators vote before the September 30 deadline, they only need 50 votes instead of the filibuster-proof 60 votes to pass amendments. And once again, people are rising up in opposition to the plan, making it unpopular and unlikely to pass.

At the same time, support for a National Improved Medicare for All single payer healthcare system is increasing and there are bills in both the House and Senate with record numbers of co-sponsors. Will the United States finally join the long list of countries that provide healthcare to everyone?

Overall, it is a time to be optimistic. The movement for National Improved Medicare for All has made great strides this year. Whether we succeed still hangs in the balance. We discuss what it will take to win and how to proceed.

Join Health Over Profit for Everyone (HOPE), a campaign for National Improved Medicare for All.

First, Some History

Efforts to create a national health insurance have existed in the United States for the past 100 years. Health historian, David Barton Smith, writes (in a draft chapter) that the fundamental struggle in the US has been over the question of whether health care is a commodity that belongs in a market or whether it is a basic necessity that requires the protection of government so that it is universal. Smith breaks up the past one hundred years into five phases and argues that in each phase, compromises were made that failed because they did not meet the fundamental criteria of covering everyone and achieving effective governmental oversight. He refers to these compromises as more palatable approaches that were considered to be politically feasible, but each self-destructed.

These failures, including the most recent ACA, have driven health care deeper into the pockets of private industry from the provision of medical services to the the product...

08:53

ISIS Challenges Prince Harry to a Duel in Its Latest Video "IndyWatch Feed War"

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince HarryQueen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry (Photo: Julian Simmonds WPA Pool / Getty Images)

ISIS used its latest video to goad Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth IIs grandson, into traveling to fight against Islamic State. The clip is also unusual because its thought to be the first time a Singaporean has starred in an Islamic State recruitment film.

Why dont you come here and fight us if you are man enough? So we can send you and your Apaches to hell fire, the videos narrator suggests to the sixth-in-line to the British crown (at 2:50 in the video).

The narrator, Abu Uqayl, laid down the gauntlet after Harry visited the ISIS terrorists native Singapore in June. ISIS has repeatedly threatened attacks on the UK and claimed several including this months bomb aboard a London Underground train.

Heres the full video:

 

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08:50

More US business economists see downside economic risks Decreased optimism about the success of Trumps agenda "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File | Ships wait to be loaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California
NEW YORK (AFP)  Amid uncertainty over President Donald Trumps growth agenda, US economists increasingly are worried about risks to the economy, though they see little chance of a recession near term, according to a survey released on Monday.The National Association for Business Economists quarterly survey showed little change in the forecasts compared with June in key areas such as economic growth, which was projected at 2.2 percent in 2017 and 2.4 percent in 2018.

But the September survey of about 50 economists showed 48 percent believe the risks to the economy are weighted to the downside, indicating chances for an economic slowdown, while 43 percent see the risks tilted to the upside, meaning growth could outpace forecasts.

That is a shift from June, when upside risks outweighed downside risks by 60 to 36 percent.

Ken Simonson, a survey analyst for NABE and the chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, cited a number of factors behind the somewhat more pessimistic outlook.

There probably is more concern about North Korea and perhaps the Federal Reserve seems closer to making a move towards tightening, he told AFP.

However, Downside doesnt translate into expectation of recession, but slower growth.

Simonson also said decreased optimism about the success of Trumps agenda in Washington likely contributed to the shift.

The survey showed 73 percent of respondents believe individual tax cuts will be enacted by the end of 2018, down from 83 percent in the June survey. And 61 percent now see an infrastructure plan enacted, down from 83 percent previously.

And those figures are much higher than those in NABEs semi-annual survey of a larger group of economists released last month, which also showed rising concerns.

Simonson said he was highly skeptical Washington will produce a major tax overhaul by the end of 2018 given the complexity of the issue and the sharp political polarization in Congress.

Still, nearly three-quarters of panelists viewed the odds of a 2018 recession as 25 percent or lower, with the remaining group seeing the chance as 26 to 50 percent probability.

The survey was conducted while Hurricane Harvey pummeled Houston, but before Hurricane Irma hit Florida. The report made no attempt to assess the storms.

Analysts say hurricanes typic...

08:29

U.S. Adds North Korea, Venezuela and Chad to List of Nations Facing Travel Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed War"

New restrictions apply to eight nations, including five that were covered by President Trumps previous ban

Updated Sept. 24, 2017 10:18 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump on Sunday issued a new ban on entry to the U.S. that applies a range of restrictions on nationals from eight countries, including new targets Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

The new restrictions, replacing his previous order that expired on Sunday, apply to five of the six countries covered by the previous travel banIran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The African nation of Sudan was subject to the original ban but dropped under the new version.

The new rules vary by country, with some nations facing outright travel bans and others subject to more limited restrictions. For instance, nationals of some countries are barred from migrating to the U.S. but are allowed to travel for school. Still, in most cases, the majority of potential travel to the U.S. will be banned.

As president, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people, Mr. Trump wrote in the Sunday order.

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The new order reflects painful lessons learned after intense criticism of two previous versions. Mr. Trumps first executive order, issued after just a week in office, touched off confusion in airports, protests across the country and a quick judicial rebuke. The second version, in March, allowed for the restrictions to be phased in, but it too was put on hold by the courts almost immediately before the Supreme Court in June allowed a modified versi...

08:22

Revisiting a BBC News website story from 2014 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Back in May 2014 the BBC News website reported a story from Belgium involving a politician and a banned rally that the corporation had difficulty describing accurately to its audience.

As was noted here at the time:

The BBC report balances its reporting of statements made by Belgian officials and an anti-racist organization on the subject of the convention by quoting a Facebook post from its organiser.

Writing on his Facebook page, Laurent Louis said it was laughable that his movement Debout Les Belges! (Stand up, Belgians!) was seen as anti-Semitic, simply because its members had adopted Dieudonnes trademark quenelle gesture.

However, the BBC refrains from informing audiences that Louis repeated use of the quenelle is just the tip of the iceberg of his history of antisemtism and extremism, which includes making that gesture in the Belgian parliament, Holocaust denial and analogies and accusing Zionists of having...

08:20

Defying Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds vote in independence referendum Today is a celebration for all Kurds. God willing, we will say yes, yes to dear Kurdistan. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Safin Hamed, AFP | Iraqi Kurds check for their names on the voting lists posted outside a polling station in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on the eve on the Kurdish independence referendum on September 24, 2017.

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Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organised by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, despite regional and international fears that it would stoke instability and violence across the Middle East.

Polling stations opened their doors at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) and should close at 6:00 p.m. The final results should be announced within 72 hours.

The vote, expected to deliver a comfortable yes for independence, is not binding and is meant to give Massoud Barzanis KRG a mandate to negotiate secession of the oil producing region with Baghdad and the neighbouring states.

We have been waiting 100 years for this day, said Rizgar, standing in a queue of men waiting to cast a ballot in a school in Erbil, the KRG capital.

We want to have a state, with Gods help. Today is a celebration for all Kurds. God willing, we will say yes, yes to dear Kurdistan.

The vote, initiated by veteran leader Barzani, has angered not only the federal government but also neighbouring Turkey and Iran, concerned it could stoke separatist aspirations among their own sizeable Kurdish minorities.

Polling stations are scattered across the three northern provinces of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dohuk, as well as in disputed bordering zones such as the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

As Barzani pledged on Sunday to go ahead with the historic referendum after having resisted a barrage of international pressure...

08:11

Raza: Are You Cowardly Romancing the Vote Bank? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US CapitolThe US Capitol (Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP / Getty Images)

Clarions Raheel Raza puts it as only she knows how. She urges our leaders to stop chasing the so-called lone wolves, desist from political correctness and end the cowardly romancing of the vote bank.

Speaking in light on the recent Parsons Green terror attack in the UK, Raza talks directly to our elected officials urging them to plot a different course.

 

 

 

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08:09

Iraqi Kurds Vote in Referendum on Independence From Baghdad "IndyWatch Feed War"

IRBIL, Iraq Polls have opened in Iraqs Kurdish-run provinces and disputed territories as Iraqi Kurds cast ballots in support for independence from Baghdad in a historic but non-binding vote.

Millions are expected to vote on Monday across the three provinces that make up the Kurdish autonomous region, as well as residents in disputed territories areas claimed by both Baghdad and the Kurds, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

The vote is being carried out despite mounting regional opposition to the move. The United States has warned the vote will likely destabilize the region amid the fight with the Islamic State group.

Baghdad has also come out strongly against the referendum, demanding on Sunday that all airports and borders crossings in the Kurdish region be handed back to federal government control.

Related:


08:08

Baba Beijing and Big Bear smack down Uncle Sam in Iran and Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Jeff J. Brown Cross-linked with http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/09/24/baba-beijing-and-big-bear-smack-down-uncle-sam-in-iran-and-venezuela-china-rising-radio-sinoland-170924/, https://youtu.be/VdpYThnrfXk and https://soundcloud.com/44-days/baba-beijingbig-bear-smack-down-uncle-sam-in-iranvenezuela-china-rising-radio-sinoland-170921 Ahh What happened to the good old days of the Cold War, when rich, imperial America was doing battle with

08:01

Very dangerous escalation in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

By now many of you must have heard the news: a Russian Lieutenant-General, Valery Asapov, and two Colonels have been killed in what appears to be a very precisely targeted

07:46

07:13

US Warmongering Works, South Korea Building Nuclear Subs & Spy Satellites "IndyWatch Feed War"

The constant exchange of war rhetoric between the US and North Korea is working for the US military industrial complex. South Korea has decided to build its own nuclear submarine fleet and a network of spy satellites. South Korea is considering boosting its three-axis defense program by building its own nuclear-powered submarines and acquiring spy Continue reading US Warmongering Works, South Korea Building Nuclear Subs & Spy Satellites

07:06

Jewish Americans Are Driving America's Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

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06:27

Estado Espaol: Debate en el Local Anarquista Motn sobre el referndum de Catalua "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Los nacionalismos cataln y espaol estn en pie de guerra. Otra vez. Las tensiones entre ambos estn en un punto lgido: el referndum convocado por las fuerzas independentistas para el prximo 1-O ha desatado una oleada de represin institucional y, poco a poco, en las calles en Catalua con la policializacin del espacio pblico.

Ante esto Qu puntos en comn y qu nexos tienen todos los nacionalismos? Por qu en ambos bandos nos encontramos a dos burguesas con dos modelos de Estados diferentes? La lengua, la cultura, la tradicin, son constructos sociales y justificaciones de una serie de intereses o autnticos motivos por los cuales luchar? Qu planteamos como anarquistas en tanto defensa de la libertad individual y colectiva frente al imperialismo y a toda clase de imposicin cultural? Estado, nacin y patria son conceptos intrnsecamente vinculados? Es el referndum un nuevo paso en la bsqueda de legitimizacin de la democracia? Por qu la lucha debe partir del derecho a votar obviando que votar implica delegar y desactivar la iniciativa revolucionaria? En qu se diferencian los independentismos de izquierdas y de derechas? Cmo podemos intervenir las anarquistas entre dos posturas que no nos convencen ninguna? Qu va a suceder si la gente se echa a la calle en Catalua? Nos quedamos en casa? Buscamos generar una ruptura total con polticos, defensores del Estado y la democracia a la vez que apostamos por la libertad total del individuo a desarrollar la cultura que estime? Qu posibilidades y potencialidades ofrece la actual coyuntura...

06:04

Iraq Executes Dozens of Convicts; 116 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iraq executed dozens who were convicted on terrorism charges at a jail in Nasariya.

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06:01

French-Swiss firm allegedly bribed Islamic State to keep its factory working in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

The worlds largest building materials manufacturer, LafargeHolcim, which is headquartered in France and Switzerland, allegedly bribed the Islamic State to keep its factory working in Syria, according to court witnesses.

06:00

Doctors Note "IndyWatch Feed War"

Having some medical problems today, so my regular Monday column is unfortunately canceled. However, Ill be back, so stay tuned. NOTES IN THE MARGIN You can check out my Twitter feed by going here. But please note that my tweets are sometimes deliberately provocative, often made in jest, and largely consist of me thinking out Continue reading "Doctors Note"

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06:00

Deconstructing Neoconservatives Manifesto for War With Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential campaign of 2016, he has been attacking the July 2015 agreement that Iran signed with P5+1 the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Calling it "a horrible agreement;" "the stupidest deal Continue reading "Deconstructing Neoconservatives Manifesto for War With Iran"

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06:00

In Catalonia, Proud To Be an Agent of Sedition "IndyWatch Feed War"

Now theyre calling us seditious. They accuse us, all of us, tens or even hundreds of thousands of people that have protested in support of Catalan institutions, of being agents of sedition. This is what the assistant state prosecutor, Miguel ngel Carballo Cuervo, has said in a document destined to inhabit the precincts of judicial Continue reading "In Catalonia, Proud To Be an Agent of Sedition"

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04:41

03:48

How the Democratic Party Has Incurred Major Electoral Losses by Its Mistaken Support for Climate Alarmism "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alan Carlin | Carlin Economics and Science | September 20, 2017 For inexplicable reasons the Democratic Party has in many ways made itself the Green Party, and thereby has incurred major electoral losses. Each time it loses as a result of its increasingly green ideology, it has responded by doubling down on its green []

03:19

The 11-Year Major Hurricane Drought: Much More Unusual than Two Cat 4 Strikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. | September 21, 2017 Weather.com published an article noting that the two Cat 4 hurricane strikes this year (Harvey and Irma) is a new record. Heres a nice graphic they used showing both storms at landfall. Left: Hurricane Harvey makes landfall near Rockport, Texas, on Aug. 25, 2017 | []

02:43

Trump discloses the decline of Americas status and its inability "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump discloses the decline of Americas status and its inability 24, 2017 Written by Nasser Kandil, The speech of the US President Donald Trump before the United Nations General Assembly revealed the degree of the decline in the US status in the international politics. The speech which is based on boasting of the glories []

02:40

Trump issues travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Addition of North Korea and Venezuela broadens restrictions from original, mostly Muslim-majority list

02:32

Trump announces new entry restrictions on Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump announces new entry restrictions on Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen
This is fine, since there are only two choices: keep out some harmless people or let in some harmful people. Trump is choosing the former, but if he really wants to keep jihadis out, he is going to have to extend the restrictions eventually to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Trump administration announces new travel restrictions, []

02:24

Offensive Against Venezuelas Orinoco Mining Arc: The Propaganda of Chaos "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eder Pea Translated by Internationalist 360 A year and a half since the decree announcing the creation of the Orinoco Mining Arc, media financed by the US State Department coordinate an offensive with US-financed politicians disseminating propaganda of chaos and unfulfilled promises. The subject of the Orinoco Mining Arc was controversial in 2016. This initiative...

02:10

Londons Muslim mayor says Trumps rhetoric is like that of the Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed War"

Londons Muslim mayor says Trumps rhetoric is like that of the Islamic State
Khan to Trump: They [the Islamic State] say that there is a clash of civilisations, it is not possible to be a Muslim and a westerner, and the west hates us. And you are inadvertently playing their game, you are helping them. This is a straw man. Trump has never said that it is not []

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North Korea: Going Behind the Media Iron Curtain "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eva Bartlett 21st Century Wire published an interview I had done with Phil Taylor on his Taylor Report, making it into a video using some of my publicly uploaded photos from the DPRK. The 21 Wire post follows Eva Bartlett in North Korea.  21st Century Wire says Intrepid, independent journalist, Eva Bartlett, has recently returned...

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Venezuela Denounces Manipulation of Anti-terrorist Struggle to Justify Immigration Ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

The national government rejected the new attack against the Venezuelan people by the United States (USA), which uses the false assumption of terrorist threats as a tool to stigmatize the inhabitants of the South American country and justify the immigration ban applied against them. In a statement issued Monday by the Foreign Ministry, it was...

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President Abbas Rebuke to Theresa May over Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Craig Murray | September 24, 2017 President Abbas of Palestine delivered a stunning rebuke to Theresa May in his speech to the UN General Assembly, which differed from his prepared and released script. What Abbas actually said was this: My message to you, Mrs May, as Prime Minister of this country, if I may []

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First Do No Harm "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Emmy Bee | Dissident Voice | September 24, 2017 Let me preface what I am about to say by stating that I have the utmost esteem for mainstream medicines skill in emergency situations the do or die surgeries, the dispensing of powerful life-saving drugs necessary in that setting are second to none; and []

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One Dead, 7 Injured in Tennessee Church Shooting "IndyWatch Feed War"

One woman was shot dead and seven others were injured after a shooting suspect, identified as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, opened fire at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee today. Samson, originally from Karthoum, Sudan fired multiple rounds before being stopped by a church usher. The usher, identified as Robert Engle, 22, confronted []

The post One Dead, 7 Injured in Tennessee Church Shooting appeared first on Douglas J. Hagmann's Northeast Intelligence Network.

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Colin Kaepernick Won "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Les Carpenter for The Guardian. All Colin Kaepernick ever asked was for his country to have a conversation about race. This, he warned, would not be easy. Such talks are awkward and often end in a flurry of spittle, pointed fingers and bruised feelings. But from the moment the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback first spoke about his decision to kneel or sit during the national anthem, he said was willing to give up his career to make the nation talk. In one speech on Friday night, Donald Trump gave Kaepernick exactly what he wanted.

00:15

The Killing of History "IndyWatch Feed War"

by John Pilger, September 21, 2017 One of the most hyped events of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way. In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its exceptionalism, Burns entirely new Vietnam war is presented as epic, historic work. Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam. Burns says he is grateful to the entire Bank of America family which has long supported our countrys veterans.  Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned

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Report: Inaugural Peoples Congress Of Resistance "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Peoples Congress of Resistance. Washington, DC - On Sept. 16-17, the Peoples Congress of Resistance movement was inaugurated with a mass convening of grassroots organizers and front line resistors at Howard University. All told, 727 delegates from 38 states and 160 towns and cities came to Washington, D.C., to discuss the Peoples Congress of Resistance manifesto Society for the Many: A Vision for Revolution, to share organizing experiences to take back home, to express solidarity with each other and to resolve on common projects and actions for the future.

23:36

First Do No Harm "IndyWatch Feed War"

Let me preface what I am about to say by stating that I have the utmost esteem for mainstream medicines skill in emergency situations the do or die surgeries, the dispensing of powerful life-saving drugs necessary in that setting are second to none; and its mastery of cosmetic surgery in cases of deformities and the advances made in prosthetics are nothing less than spectacular. These are what make mainstream medicine great.

I would also like to add that I am not an expert of any kind. I hold no degrees or certifications, and neither do I represent, belong to, or work for any party, organization or corporation. I speak for myself, a sixty-two year old woman, and from my experiences with, and extensive research of, a topic I find fascinating, intriguing and bothersome mainstream medicine and how the belief in its infallibility harms us in so many ways.

The pompous certainty of mainstream medicines powerful proponents be they multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies, medical associations, disease-specific charities, government agencies, Madison Avenue selling the diseases and the pills, TV or magazines, the news media parroting its cash cows every claim combined have most people, hook, line and sinker, believing in the impeccable record of mainstream medicine. No questions asked.

Here, I would like to throw out some alarming statistics ones that can be easily found in a variety of journals from Forbes to JAMA to CounterPunch, etc.

The estimated annual mortality rate for adverse drug reactions to correctly prescribed drugs is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.1 Over the counter (OTC) cold medications are among the top twenty substances causing death in children.2 Used according to direction, NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) are responsible for more than 20,000 deaths every year.3 There are over 400,000 deaths each year from drug and medical errors and tens of thousands more deaths from unnec...

23:23

WATCH: Texas Cop Caught on Camera Brutalizing Pregnant Woman "IndyWatch Feed War"

A video posted to Facebook Saturday shows a Texas cop brutalizing a pregnant woman by sitting on her back, handcuffing her and then dragging her by her arms behind his police cruiser.

According to witnesses, the cop who has not yet been identified, dragged the woman behind his car in an attempt to avoid being seen by bystanders, some who were recording.

Footage of the incident that took place in Big Spring was posted to Teresa Sanchezs Facebook page.

It has now been shared more than 600 times.

Sanchez commented the woman, who can be seen passively resisting her arrest, continued to repeat she was pregnant as her body remained limp.

She kept saying she was pregnant, so if she was I dont know they shouldnt of done that, Sanchez posted.

One commenter argued the woman was resisting, although its apparent she wasnt combative.

Well I see nothing wrong with this even if she was yelling she was pregnant, Tony Guzman posted to Facebook.

If she was worried about being pregnant she shouldnt get herself in that situation or resist. Just sayin.

Others argued the woman shouldnt have resisted because the officer is a big man.

Do not RESIST. Especially when the officer is a BIG MAN, you will never win!! Arlissa Willingham Murphy Schober argued.

Jamie Sanchez disagreed, saying it was plainly clear the level of force used by the officer was unnecessary.

Big man or not.. Gives no reason for the BIG MAN to act the way he did, Sanchez replied.

I understand restraining someone but not so much excessive force.. Then he pushes her head down after the handcuffs are already on her. Again like I said i t would be different if this was one of yall or friends or family yall would change yalls whole opinions. I myself dont know who this was but I can plainly see that was not right!!

The two videos are embedded below.

 

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23:02

Any White Cop Can Kill A Black Man.. "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Don Fitz for Green Social Thought. Missouri - This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today. In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him. Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. The story was briefly reported as another drug deal gone bad, and it was just incidental that the cop was white and the victim was black. [See 2011 story HERE]. But the case turned out to be a lot more than that. His mother, Annie Smith, said that "They wouldn't let me kiss him or hug him goodbye."

22:39

Shame: Harvard Welcomes Spicer, Spurns Manning "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Francine Prose for The Guardian. Boston, MA - I graduated from Harvard in 1968. (Officially, my diploma was from Radcliffe, the now disbanded womens college, but all of our classes were at Harvard.) That year, Harvards graduation speaker was the shah of Iran, and many of us wore black armbands and boycotted the ceremony to protest against the oppressive Iranian governments human rights violations. In 1993, I returned for our 25th reunion. The graduation speaker was Colin Powell, the defense secretary, who had supported the Clinton administrations Dont ask, dont tell ban on openly gay members of the military.

22:35

Kirkuk centre of attention as Kurds go to polls to vote on independence "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Iraqi Turkmen leader warns of opening 'door to hell' as other Kirkuk residents more ambivalent about referendum

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Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 24, 2017 (Map, Videos, Photos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 24, 2017 (Map, Videos, Photos)

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On September 24, ISIS fighters shelled a position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Army in Mazlum village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river with mortars and Katyusha rockets, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.

Its very likely Russias Lieutenant General, Valery Asapov, was killed in that attack. According to Russian media reports, the general was a commander of Russian task forces in Deir Ezzor and Raqqah provinces.

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 24, 2017 (Map, Videos, Photos)

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WATCH: New Video from Huntington Beach Police Shooting Death Surfaces, Showing More Details "IndyWatch Feed War"

Contrary to what we reported earlier, the victim of the Huntington Beach police shooting caught on video Friday was a 27-year-old Navy veteran named Dillon Tabares who graduated from Marina High School as opposed to a student currently enrolled at the same school.

The previous information was obtained from a Facebook post by a woman who said she spoke to a student who witnessed the shooting who told her he was a junior at the school, which is across the street from the 7-11 where the shooting took place.

Also, a new video surfaced recorded from a citizen sitting inside a parked car in front of the store that shows the moments that that took place before the struggle on the ground and shooting death.

The new video shows Tabares charging towards the cop as the officer points a taser at him, telling him to have a seat.

The cop also deploys his taser but it did not seem to have much effect on him because Tabares takes a swing at the cop, which was when the cop places him in a headlock.

The two then struggle for several seconds before falling to the ground. At one point, the cop appears to say let go of my gun.

The video we posted Friday shows Tabares take something from the officers belt but it was not the gun because the officer then pulled out his gun and fired several times.

The Facebook page, Black Coat Media, edited all three available videos together in sequence. We increased the volume of the video and posted it below to better hear what the cop is saying.

Huntington Beach police have not said much about the shooting, not even saying what the object was that Tabares removed from the officers belt, calling it an undetermined piece of equipment.

The man who recorded the initial two videos said it was an extra magazine for the cops gun, which clearly did not prevent the officer from shooting seven rounds from the existing magazine in his gun while ordering Tabares to get on the ground.

One of the bullets shattered the 7-11 window, grazing the arm of a clerk inside, leaving a bruise, according to the OC Weekly, which was the publication that obtained Tabares name.

The man shot dead by Huntington Beach police was 27-year-old Dillan Tabares, the Weekly has learned. He graduated from Marina High School, where the shooting happened across the street from, in 2008. Tabares previously...

21:56

Russian general killed fighting Islamic State in east Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Division General Valeri Assapov is killed by explosion during shelling by Islamic State militants

21:45

Syrian/Russian Counter-Offensive Stops CIA-Coordinated Al-Nusra Terrorist Advance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dmitry Peskov: US Intelligence Instigated Jabhat al-Nusra Attack in Hama

 

The Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov reaffirmed that the attack launched by Jabhat al-Nusra in the area of de-escalation zone north of Hama came at the instigation of the US intelligence to stop the advance of the Syrian Army east of Deir Ezzor.

Peskovs remarks came during a press conference in Moscow on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Russian General Staff said that the attack of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists on sites of the Syrian army north of Hama violated the de-escalation zone agreement and was initiated by US secret services to stop the successful advance of government troops to the east of Deir Ezzor.

 

 

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21:33

Occupy Wall Street In The Age Of Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Levar Alonzo for Downtown Express. New York City - It has been six years since the movement calling itself Occupy Wall Street took over Downtowns Zuccotti Park for a weeks-long demonstration that spawned similar actions across the country protesting corporate greed, social and economic inequality, and the domination of the One Percent. The encampments have long-since dispersed but dozens of die-hard Occupiers and activists gathered at the place where it all began on Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park to declare that the movement still has work to do now more than ever.

21:28

Look how Western liberal media celebrate Saudi regime schticks, no matter how small and shallow "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Saudi Arabia allows women into stadium as it steps up reforms". What is next: the Guardian will honor the Saudi royal family for allowing women to ride bicycles? 

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The original book by Bachir Saade on Hizbullah "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Clearly there are many truths in this, but it seems that most understanding of Hizbullah have invariably assumed the existence of a coherent ideology that informs the partys actions, political practice, and agenda. It is definitely the case that Hizbullah is more effective in a variety of domains, than other political organizations in the region, and so looking at the nature of the ideological and its importance in the political process seemed to me timely more than ever. I gradually discovered through my studies of early writings and media production, that an overarching understanding of ideology was far from being a given, and that in the place of seeing coherent slogans being brandished, it was a particular use of these discursive materials that seems more important to the political process rather than taking at face value their content.
Soon enough, the book became a contribution to a new understanding of what we mean by ideology through the study of what I thought was a fascinating political phenomenon of the last three decades. The objective was to explore what is meant by the ideological, in the case of Hizbullah, and on the other to engage in an intellectual history of the party, especially focusing on the early years. As I explain in the book, what was articulated early on became the main template for later ideological production. "

21:25

Possibilities For Economic Evolution: Trade "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Peter Weisberg for The Center for Global Justice. Like a global vampire that drains the blood of one victim after another, so too does the neo-liberal economic system. Under the misleading name of "free trade," it drains the world of all resources vital to the life of the planet, including the value of human life. Tradejust like money, profits, and growthhas been viewed as an end in and of itself. Trade is, however, not the goal. It is simply a tool that we can use to further our universal goals of improving human rights, justice, sustainability, and democracy. I was asked to consider what a model of world fair trade might look like. My research revealed a common core of values among many if not most progressive organizations.

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21:23

Thousands greet Qatar's emir on return home amid crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Emir travelled to Turkey, France, Germany and US, where he addressed UN General Assembly

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Iraq PM pledges to take 'necessary measures' ahead of Kurd vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Iraq asks foreign countries to stop oil trading with Kurds, to deal with central government on airports and borders

20:40

Ajit Pais Crazy Plan To Lower Broadband Standards "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jon Brodwin for Ars Technica. The FCC's current policy, a holdover from former Chairman Tom Wheeler, is that all Americans should have access to home Internet service with speeds of at least 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream and access to mobile broadband. If that policy remained in place, having one or the other wouldn't be enough to be considered "served" in the FCC's annual analysis of whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. But with the FCC now chaired by Republican Ajit Pai, the commission suggested in its annual broadband inquiry last month that Americans might not need a fast home Internet connection.

20:34

The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions "IndyWatch Feed War"

"The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions (or Resolves) were political statements drafted in 1798 and 1799, in which the Kentucky and Virginia legislatures took the position that the federal Alien and Sedition Acts were unconstitutional. The resolutions argued that the states...

20:28

Government By Goldman "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Gary Rivlin and Michael Hudson for The Intercept. Steve Bannon was in the room the day Donald Trump first fell for Gary Cohn. So were Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Trumps pick for secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin. It was the end of November, three weeks after Trumps improbable victory, and Cohn, then still the president of Goldman Sachs, was at Trump Tower presumably at the invitation of Kushner, with whom he was friendly. Cohn was there to offer his views about jobs and the economy. But, like the man he was there to meet, he was at heart a salesman.

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10 Clarifying #TakeaKnee Tweets as NFL Teams and Players Rebuff President Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

If protests did nothing, the powerful wouldnt try so hard to silence them.

(COMMONDREAMS)  With #TakeaKnee going viral on Sunday as NFL players push back against threats by President Donald Trump, those who support the presidents position that professional athletesand especially black or brown professional athletesshould just do as they are told and not speak their minds were infecting the social media hashtag with a variety of racist and otherwise ill-considered arguments about why millionaire players shouldnt have or express political views. (Also, its all about the flag and misguided pro-war patriotism, aka freedom.)

Here are ten tweets chosen not at random to help refute at least a little bit of the circulating hatefulness and wrongheadedness:

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19:50

Victory For Immigrant Hunger Strikers "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Mike Ludwig for Truthout. For three years now, incarcerated immigrants have staged hunger strikes and work stoppages to protest conditions at the Northwest Detention Center, an immigration jail in Tacoma, Washington, run by a private prison company that pays detainees as little as $1 a day to work in the jail. "This week folks were offered chips or a soup for several nights of waxing the floors, so not even $1 [per] day," one person incarcerated in the jail recently reported to NWDC Resistance, an immigrant-led group fighting to end the deportation and detention of immigrants.

19:45

Veterans Send Letter Calling For Peace Negotiations "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Veterans for Peace. Dear President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, You have both made your point.The world has seen that neither of you will back down before the threats of the other. For the sake of the worlds people, it is now time for good faith negotiations. President Trump, you have engaged in reckless rhetoric and threatened to totally destroy North Korea with fire and fury like world has never seen. We can tell you right now that you do not speak for millions of veterans in this country.

19:40

A German Election Analysis "IndyWatch Feed War"

As your host is German you may want to read his opinion and analysis of today's federal election results in Germany. German election results (ARD 6pm exit poll) Update: Preliminary official result: CDU/CSU - 33.0% SPD - 20.5% AfD -...

19:28

Destruction of Germany on course as Merkel wins fourth term "IndyWatch Feed War"

Destruction of Germany on course as Merkel wins fourth term
The most effective German Chancellor since Adolf Hitler will be with us for the foreseeable future. That means more Muslim migrants, and more of the attendant crime, including the wholesale sexual assault of Infidel women who dare to go out uncovered, and more authoritarian censorship of dissenting voices, not just in Germany, but worldwide. The []

19:28

Dismay in Germany as anti-migrant AfD marches into parliament "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Jewish groups express alarm at AfD's success; European Jewish Congress urges other parties not to form alliance with them

19:22

Hugh Fitzgerald: Pope Francis, Confusing and Confused "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hugh Fitzgerald: Pope Francis, Confusing and Confused
Pope Francis is a strange man. He has seemed, at times, to grasp the nature of the threat to Europe of what he once had no hesitation in describing as an Arab invasion. Here is what he said in 2014 in an interview with La Vie: The only continent that can bring about a certain []

19:19

Catastrophic Sleep-Loss Epidemic "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Independent: A catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, a leading expert has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, said that sleep deprivation affected every aspect of our biology and was widespread []

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This is how Saudi regime stances evolved over the decades "IndyWatch Feed War"

King Faisal: Calls for Jihad and anti-Semitic discourse against Jews and vocal condemnation of Jewish people for their contribution to communism.
King Fahd: while Jihad calls continued, he proposed a solution named after him, which proposed the right of Israel to exist in return for a transitional period in the West Bank and Gaza, followed by a mini-state.
King Abdullah: the Beirut summit proposal, according to which Israel would get full peace AND normalization (as if Saudi regime speaks for all Arabs) in return for a mini-state in West Bank and Gaza.  And he also used "religious dialogue" as a cover for Israeli-Saudi meetings.
King Salman: a declaration of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The irony, is that Israel throughout this period and evolution of the Saudi stance, did not cede one inch of Palestine, and didnt desist in its aggression and war.

19:05

Indonesia: Dangerous Sharia petition threatens tourists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Indonesia: Dangerous Sharia petition threatens tourists
Bali is a popular tourist destination, particularly for Australians, even though it has sustained several jihad attacks, prompting Australia and New Zealand to issue travel advisories. Now, an additional threat looms for Western tourists who travel not only to Bali, but to all of Indonesia. Sharia enforcement has been expanding in that country. And now, []

18:57

Brutal ISIS Sharia enforcer returns to Canada, not arrested or charged with treason "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brutal ISIS Sharia enforcer returns to Canada, not arrested or charged with treason
He joined an entity that was avowedly at war with Canada. Why wasnt he arrested? This is suicidal behavior from the Trudeau government. How Canada doesnt deal with jihadists, by Candice Malcolm, Toronto Sun, September 13, 2017: A recent Global News investigation provided a rare glimpse into the life of an alleged former jihadist who []

18:41

Germany bans face coverings for drivers amid claims of anti-Muslim discrimination "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germany bans face coverings for drivers amid claims of anti-Muslim discrimination
Germany has decided to ban face coverings, including the niqab and the burqa, while driving. As expected, some are screaming discrimination, a word now used either to ram through an agenda or to pave the way for special allowances for one group over another. The German Transport Ministry said  that the rule of law requires []

18:36

Detroit: Muslim Uber driver accused of raping female passenger "IndyWatch Feed War"

Detroit: Muslim Uber driver accused of raping female passenger
We have seen this in Indiana, and it had come to Detroit before that. The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your []

18:30

Why some western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialism "IndyWatch Feed War"


Third World Quarterly row: Why some western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialism

The author explains why he resigned from the editorial board of the journal after it published an apologia for colonialism.

Third World Quarterly row: Why some western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialismThe ugliness of colonial power in India emerged at its end with the Bengal Famine and the Partition | Wikimedia Commons

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18:24

Facebook Censors For Zionist Lobby "IndyWatch Feed War"

Facebook disables accounts of Palestinian editors

Quds says disabling of its editors accounts is part of a campaign against Palestinian pages by Facebook.
Editors at two of the most widely read Palestinian online publications have had their Facebook accounts di...

18:21

Kurdish president says partnership with Iraq is over "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Associated Press

The president of Iraqs Kurdish region says the controversial vote on independence will go ahead as planned on Monday, despite mounting pressures from within the region and beyond.

Speaking at a press conference in Irbil Sunday, Masoud Barzani said that while the vote will be the first step in a long process to negotiate independence, the regions partnership with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad is over.

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Masoud Barzani

Baghdad, the United States and the United Nations have all voiced strong opposition to the vote set for Monday, warning it could further destabilize the region as Iraqi and Kurdish forces continue to battle the Islamic State group.

Earlier Sunday, Iran closed its airspace to flights taking off from Iraqs Kurdish region following a request from Baghdad.


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Egypt: Muslim ex-kidnapper admits they get paid for every Christian girl they bring in "IndyWatch Feed War"

Egypt: Muslim ex-kidnapper admits they get paid for every Christian girl they bring in
If all goes to plan, the girls are also forced into marriage with a strict Muslim. Their husbands dont love them, they just marry her to make her a Muslim. She will be hit and humiliated. And if she tries to escape, or convert back to her original religion, she will be killed. Will the []

18:16

Clinton Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clinton Attack Group: 2nd Largest US News Site (Drudge) is Kremlin Stooge

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US strikes Islamic State group camp in Libya, killing 17 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Malaysia: Beer festival canceled for fear of jihad terror attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

Malaysia: Beer festival canceled for fear of jihad terror attack
On Sept 21, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun was reported as saying that police had advised DBKL against allowing the event because of security reasons. He was quoted by Bernama as saying that police had received information on militants planning to sabotage the event. Do the social media giants realize what is coming? It []

18:11

Mike Whitney: The Nightmare Scenario "IndyWatch Feed War"

Uncle Sam vs. Russia in Syria: The Nightmare Scenario


Putin doesnt want a slugfest ... but hes not going to abandon an ally either. So theres going to be a confrontation because neither party is willing to give up what they feel they need to achieve success. ...
 ... Clearly, we have reached the most dangerous moment in the six year-long war."
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Russia Reveals Footage of US Forces Embedded with ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

This report cannot possibly come as a surprise to anyone!
Sputnik:

The Russian Defense Ministry released aerial footage of the Daesh positions north of Syria's city of Deir ez-Zor that showed the US equipment deployed in the area.

The photos posted on Russia's Defense Ministry's Facebook page on Sunday show equipment that is being used by the US special forces.

"The aerial photographs, taken on September 8-12, 2017 in the areas of Daesh troops' deployment, detected a big number of US Hummer armored vehicles, used by the US Army's special forces," the ministry wrote on Facebook.
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#US Special Operations Forces (#SOF) units enable US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (#SDF) units to smoothly advance through the ISIS formations.

Facing no resistance of the ISIS militants, the #SDF units are advancing along the left shore of the #Euphrates towards...

18:07

Catalan Independence "IndyWatch Feed War"


We just want to stop pleading

 

A call to the people of Spain, because the Catalan independence referendum on October 1 is about rather more than that. Espaol
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18:04

Identity politics and Class politics "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why identity politics and class politics cant be separated

Some liberals are eager to detach identity politics from economic populism. But economic justice is social justice

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17:58

Arab League Opposition to Kurds Only Fuels Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

A rally for Kurdish independence in Erbil ahead of the Sept.25, 2017 referendumA rally for Kurdish independence in Erbil ahead of the Sept.25, 2017 referendum (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

 

Sunni Arab leaders have largely been silent on the September 25 Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum, but Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abdul Gheit visited the Iraqi Kurdish capital last week to dissuade the Kurds from holding the vote.

In a recent letter to Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, Ahmed described his fears of disintegration and fragmentation, noting in his plea that the Arab League is strongly keen on ensuring the territorial integrity of the Arab states.

What seems lost on Ahmed is the strategic pragmatism in allowing the Kurds to further solidify their proven bastion against Iran and successive waves of regional instability.

The Kurdistan region is an effective vanguard against Iran, the chief instigator of regional division. At the same time, it has been the Kurds who have beaten back ISIS from their other borders.

The region has also weathered simultaneously a collapse in oil prices, a total cut of support from Baghdad, the arrival of two million refugees and the onslaught of ISIS. Standing in stark contrast to their surroundings, the Kurds are the model for stability.

Tellingly, who else vehemently opposes Kurdish self-determination in Iraq and Syria? Iran and her shadow proxies.

The regional balance continues to tilt in favor of Irans aspirations to create a Shiite crescent from Iran to Syria to counter the Sunni world, the West and Israel, all under a nuclear umbrella and aided by Russia. Kurdish independence would stymie that.

Competing regional designs, whether pan-Arab irredentism or Americas freedom agenda, now lay in tatters with Iran picking up the pieces.

With Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Qatar and Lebanon now overrun with Iranian influence, and with Irans expansionist sights now set on unprecedented relations with Turkey, it may not be long before the remaining Gulf States meet the full bru...

17:57

Iran checkmates US, Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | September 24, 2017 The announcement in Tehran on Saturday regarding the successful test of a ballistic missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and capable of carrying multiple warheads to hit different targets phenomenally shifts the military balance in the Middle East. Israel and the roughly 45,000 []

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Dutch parliament rejects Turkish partys offer to discuss Islamophobia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dutch parliament rejects Turkish partys offer to discuss Islamophobia
The Denk Party has a lot of nerve to call for this, given the dire situation for religious minorities in Turkey. Most of Turkeys historic minority communities are long gone, of course: massacred or exiled in the Armenian and Greek Genocides. The remaining Christians suffer escalating persecution. Yet now the Denk Party wants to lecture []

17:48

Maureen Dowd: Now That We Know More, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg Look Scary "IndyWatch Feed War"

WASHINGTON The idea of Mark Zuckerberg running for president was always sort of scary.

But now its really scary, given what weve discovered about the power of his little invention to warp democracy.

All these years, the 33-year-old founder of Facebook has been dismissive of the idea that social media and A.I. could be used for global domination or even that they should be regulated.

Days after Donald Trump pulled out his disorienting win, Zuckerberg told a tech conference that the contention that fake news had influenced the election was a pretty crazy idea, showing a profound lack of empathy toward Trump voters.

But all the while, the company was piling up the rubles and turning a blind eye as the Kremlins cyber hit men weaponized anti-Hillary bots on Facebook to sway the U.S. election. Russian agents also used Facebook and Twitter trolls, less successfully, to try to upend the French election.

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17:35

Jerusalem: Muslim arrested for threatening violence and terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jerusalem: Muslim arrested for threatening violence and terror
Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the enemies of Allah and your enemies (Quran 8:60) Arab man arrested in Jerusalem for threataning [sic] violence, terror, Maariv Online, September 24, 2017: Police arrested an Arab man suspected of threatening violence, supporting terrorism []

17:30

Iran Displays S-300 Air Defense Missile System to Public "IndyWatch Feed War"

TEHRAN, Iran Irans elite Revolutionary Guard has displayed the countrys sophisticated Russian-made S-300 air defense system in central Tehran.

This is the first time that the S-300 air defense system has been displayed in public.

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The public show in Tehrans Baharestan square near the Parliament building square exhibited different missile systems, including ballistic missiles, solid-fuel surface-to-surface Sejjil missiles and the liquid-fuel Ghadr.

The IRGC prepared the show for the annual Defense Week, marking the 37th anniversary of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed in August a bill imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Irans controversial ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.


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17:23

Russian Satellite Photos Prove USISIS Collusion in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia has gone full throttle as far as war propaganda against the Pentagon. The MoD just released a collection of satellite images showing a number of Humvees and Cougars reoccupying ISIS camps after the latter left without a firefight. The aerial photographs, taken on September 8-12, 2017 in the areas of Daesh troops deployment, detected Continue reading Russian Satellite Photos Prove USISIS Collusion in Syria

17:19

UK imam preaches support for ISIS, barrister says theres a place for unconventional views "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK imam preaches support for ISIS, barrister says theres a place for unconventional views
Michael Ivers QC, a barrister representing Hussain, argued there was a place for criticism and unconventional views and not toeing the line.' He is right. There is a place for Kamran Hussains views in Britain. The only unconventional views for which there is no place in Britain are opposition to jihad terror and Sharia oppression. []

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17:04

They Threw Her Off The Train At Ivybridge For Sobbing In Her Sleep "IndyWatch Feed War"

She was sitting at the front of the carriage,
with a little lapdog on a folded blanket
upon the seat next to her.
The train jerked to a halt
at the country station of Ivybridge.
The Ticket Inspector
stooped and picked up the travel bag
from down by her feet,
banged the lit-up Open button
by the top side of the door,
stepped out and put it down
upon the platform, returning instantly.
You need to exit the train, madam,
and wait for the next one,
itll be here in 45 minutes.
Or call someone and arrange
an alternative mode of transportation.
Maybe the intervening time
will give you a chance to compose yourself.
I dont understand? What have I done?
You are obviously distraught
and upset about something
but, your Misery is unsettling
and bothering the other passengers.
Its a Bank Holiday weekend
and most people have picnics
and sandcastle building to be looking forward to.

17:04

Slow boat to China "IndyWatch Feed War"

There was a day
It was still called Cathay
By those in the West
Who travelled that way
Silk and tea
Porcelain and spice
They brought us
spaghetti
We even took rice.
For centuries
We bought there
Things we dont need
Brought for those
Whose moral was greed
The rice we still eat
The tea we still drink
But with preference
For substances
By which we dont think.
They sold us their goods
For silver we stole
We blasted their ports
Filled their cities with holes
Now that they make
All the things that we take
Our vanity cries
To tell them more lies
With centuries past
Recovery fast
No longer the first
Were afraid to be last.

17:03

Waiting at the Gates "IndyWatch Feed War"

I heard the oxygen machine humming
on the other end of the line
from the opposite side of the country
as your daughter (my aunt)
held the phone to your ear
so I could say a final goodbye
while the morphine continually dripped
to ease away the pain
youd been fighting for ages.

Let it never be said
that a soldier
cant also be an angel.
You served your time
faithfully here on earth
and have now been called back to heaven
to receive your rightful honors.

Ive been through this process before
with my father (your son)
a few years ago,
and while it will never be easy,
there is a certain sense of solace
in knowing that at least
he is already there
to help guide you home.

17:02

African Drum Beating "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hear O hear
Listen attentively to the thuds
Sweetly escaping the beating drum
Listen closely to its screams
Bewitchingly exploding
Expressions aforetime caged
Listen carefully to the beats
Rhythmically expelling sounds
Swollen with dreams long forgotten
The African drum sings songs of hope
The African drum speaks speeches of hope
In her every sound is sewn Africas sweat
A testament of toil, her toil maintaining peace
In her every tempo stands bold
Illuminated wishes of her people
Hear O hear
Africa loudly speaks.

17:02

the last call "IndyWatch Feed War"

i was surprised by your call
i rejoiced when i heard your voice
for i left you minutes before
you were tired
i was weary
we kissed and parted

when the phone rang
i was near the driveway
the ringing worked its way
through a forced focus on driving and tear filled eyes

but

i rejoiced when i heard your voice
and i knew the assistants, nurses, and doctors would watch over you during the night
until i returned to gaze into your beautiful blue eyes and hear the joyful sound of your voice

17:02

History is Now "IndyWatch Feed War"

Torch-wielding hate-mongers,
Your time is over.
Where once stood your statues
Will grow fields of clovers.
The hour grows late,
And your gaslights are dim.
Were not here anymore
To exist on your whim.
Your monuments crumble,
And fall piece by piece.
Those you oppress
Shall be released.
No more shall your rhetoric
Rule heart or mind.
The vile past you deify
Will be left behind.
Gnash your teeth in the darkness,
Wail, cry, and wring your hands
But our time is now.
Your lie no longer stands.

17:02

Refugee Or Immigrant? "IndyWatch Feed War"

When you are an immigrant
it is status, illegal
when you are refugee
it is non status, status quo
you dont know what you are
who you are
you are left to fend from bins
pick newspapers
the homes that shelter you totter
torn plastics cover your head
you are immigrant
not refugee, how dare?
(you or others call you one?)
you are Rohingyas
not Myanmarese
at best you are Bangladeshi
who also are immigrants- illegal
so you see it is full circle
this debate cause- effect- cause
but you are not refugee
you have no legal sanction
for such an honored position
in the meantime scrape dirt
and weep
nations sign treaties
you sign on sands of time.

17:01

Sen. Collins Says She Will Probably Vote No on Latest GOP Health-Care Bill "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its very difficult for me to imagine a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill

Updated Sept. 24, 2017 10:20 a.m. ET

WASHINGTONRepublican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Sunday she couldnt see herself voting for a revived effort to repeal the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, leaving GOP leaders with no room for further defections as they try to secure 50 votes for the bid this week.

Its very difficult for me to imagine a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill, Ms. Collins said on CNNs State of the Union on Sunday morning.

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But the GOP leadership is still not giving up on its efforts to take away healthcare coverage.

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Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) told CNNs Jake Tapper on State of The Un...

17:01

On a trip to Disney World "IndyWatch Feed War"

The granddaughter trailed behind her
Grandmother and aunt
When they passed by two young black women
Sitting on a bench outside a landscaped building

The grandmother said loudly
Thats the way she spoke
If they werent black theyd be pretty

The aunt looked down and sped up her step
The granddaughter halted and whispered
To the two young black women
Sitting on the bench
Im sorry

The two young black women shrugged their shoulders
And smiled seeming to say
We are sorry for you

17:00

Undermining Venezuelas socialist government nothing new for Canada "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Yves Engler September 23, 2017 Alongside Washington and Venezuelas elite, the Trudeau government is seeking to oust President Nicols Maduro. While Ottawas campaign has recently grown, official Canada has long opposed the pro-poor, pro-working class Bolivarian Revolution, which has won 19 of 21 elections since 1998. Following a similar move by the Trump []

16:57

Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gar Smith / World Beyond War #NoWar2017 Conference,
September 22-24 at American University in Washington, DC.

War is humanitys deadliest activity. From 500 BC to AD 2000 history records more than 1000 [1,022] major documented wars. In the 20th Century, an estimated 165 wars killed as many as 258 million people more than 6 percent of all the people born during the entire 20th century. WWII claimed the lives of 17 million soldiers and 34 million civilians. In todays wars, 75 percent of those killed are civilians mostly women, children, the elderly, and the poor.

The US is the worlds leading purveyor of war. Its our biggest export. According to Navy historians, from 1776 through 2006, US troops fought in 234 foreign wars. Between 1945 and 2014, the US launched 81% of the worlds 248 major conflicts. Since the Pentagons retreat from Vietnam in 1973, US forces have targeted Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bosnia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Grenada, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and the former Yugoslavia.

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Wars against nature have a long history. The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the worlds oldest tales, recounts a Mesopotamian warriors quest to kill Humbaba a monster who reigned over a sacred Cedar Forest. The fact that Humbaba was the servant of Enlil, the god of earth, wind, and air didnt stop Gilgamesh from killing this protector of Nature and felling the cedars.

The Bible (Judges 15:4-5) relates an unusual scorched-earth attack on the Philistines when Samson caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail-to-tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails . . . and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines.

During the Peloponnesian War, King Archidamus began his attack on Plataea by felling all the fruit trees surrounding the town.

In 1346, Mongol Tartars employed biological warfare to attack the Black Sea town of Caffa by catapulting bodies of plague victims over the fortified walls.

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Poisoning water supplies and destroying crops and livestock are a proven means of subduing a population. Even today, these scorched-earth tactics remain a preferred way of dealing with agrarian societies in the Global South.

During the American Revolution, George Washington employed scorched-earth tactics against Native Americans who allied with British troops. The fruit orchards and corn crops of the Iroquois Nation were razed in hopes that their destruction would cause the Iroquois to perish as well.

The American Civil War featured Gen. Shermans March through Georgia and Gen. Sheridans campaign in Virginias She...

16:42

Indiana: Muslim Lyft driver charged with raping female passenger "IndyWatch Feed War"

Indiana: Muslim Lyft driver charged with raping female passenger
We have seen a great deal of this sort of thing in Britain, and now it has come to the U.S. The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: []

16:36

According to Emmanuel Macron, the days of popular sovereignty are over "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Thierry Meyssan, September 5, 2017, via VoltaireNet Delivering a keynote speech before the most senior of French diplomats, President Macron revealed his conception of the world and the way in which he intends to use the tools at his disposal. According to him, there will be no more popular sovereignty, neither in France, nor in Europe, and therefore no more national or supra-national democracies. Neither will there be any more collective interest, no more Republic, but an ill-defined catalogue of things and ideas which compose the common good. Describing their new programme of work to the ambassadors, he informed them that they should no longer defend the values of their country, but find opportunities to act in the name of the European Leviathan. Entering into the details of certain conflicts, he described a programme of economic colonisation of the Levant and Africa. Participating in the traditional Ambassadors Week, President Macron gave his first general speech on foreign policy since his arrival at the Elyse Palace [1]. In this article, all the quotations in inverted commas

16:34

Across the wide Euphrates ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

"As the Syrian forces readies mass crossing of the Euphrates River, the Russian military has sent new self-propelled ferries to the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor. Footage filmed a couple of days ago shows PMM-2M ferries unloading at the coastal...

16:26

We are at warNeocons Launch Committee to Investigate Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Posted on September 20, 2017  by Richard Edmondson We have been attacked. We are at war. These are the opening words in a video uploaded by a new group calling itself the Committee to Investigate Russia. The organization was founded by neocon David Frum and Hollywood actor Rob Reiner, who played the meathead in the 1970s sitcom All in []

15:58

Bomb Threats Epidemic: Psychological Warfare Against Russia Intensifies "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the forty-eighth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Parlamentskaya Gazeta, Izvestia, and RBK. He discusses a new dimension of psychological warfare against Russia: the major Russian cities have been literally overwhelmed by false bomb threats. In addition, he presents the highlights of an exclusive interview with the most powerful woman in Russia, Valentina Matvienko, the president of the Federation Council, and explains why the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will not go to Kiev to attend a meeting of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. Lastly, he discusses the fact that the Chinese government-sponsored investors became the owners of the Russian oil stocks, thus taking another step forward in the geostrategic integration of vast Eurasian space.

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta September 15, 2017

Parlamentskaya Gazeta September 15, 2017

Izvestia September 19, 2017

RBK September 18, 2017

15:58

BYD Predicts Ambitious China Shift to Electric Cars by 2030 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Reuters: Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd (002594.SZ) expects the countrys shift to cleaner new-energy vehicles (NEV) to be complete in just over a decade, an aggressive timeframe that would challenge traditional carmakers in the world top auto market. All vehicles in the country will be electrified by 2030, which could range from full electric []

15:45

The BBC World Services Hamas-Fatah unity binge part three "IndyWatch Feed War"

As documented here previously (see here and here) the afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour on September 17th devoted over a third of its airtime to coverage of a 106 word statement put out by Hamas earlier that day.

That subject was also the lead story in the evening edition of Newshour on the same day.

In the Palestinian territories, Hamas the faction thats ruled the Gaza Strip for the past decade says it is willing to dissolve the body that oversees the territory and to allow a unity government to sit ahead of new elections. We get reaction from an Israeli MP and a senior Hamas official.

Presenter James Coomarasamys dramatically worded introduction to the first part of the twelve minute-long item (fr...

15:44

Barzani expects no conflict with Baghdad, but no going back for Kurds "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Region's president warns before independence vote Kurdistan will never return to 'failed relationship' with 'theocratic' Baghdad

15:39

2 Vietnamese fishermen killed in South China Sea incident with the Philippine Navy "IndyWatch Feed War"

5 other Vietnamese fishermen are arrested off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan

Published 5:45 PM, September 24, 2017
Updated 8:25 PM, September 24, 2017
ILLEGAL FISHING? Two Vietnamese fisherman were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

ILLEGAL FISHING? Two Vietnamese fisherman were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) Two Vietnamese fishermen were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, in an incident with the Philippine Navy in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Rappler learned.

Lieutenant Jose Covarrubias, spokesman of the Naval Forces Northern Luzon, said the bodies of the two Vietnamese nationals were found aboard a foreign fishing vessel that trespassed...

15:31

Second Godman Indian guru arrested on rape charges "IndyWatch Feed War"

A popular guru was arrested Saturday by police in north-western India for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman. The second such arrest in the country in recent weeks has triggered fears of more rioting by supporters.

Indien Eisenbahn berfllter Zug (Imago)Numerous gurus in India attract massive followings, with devotees often making long and arduous pilgrimages to attend their religious teachings

The 70-year-old Falahari Maharaja was arrested for assaulting a woman, a law student, at his hermitage in the city of Alwar, in the state of Rajastan, police spokesman Paras Jain said. The arrest took place in August.

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Falahari Maharaj (Right)

Our initial investigation has found there is basis to the rape charges against him. We have arrested him and will question him in the case, Jain said. A court sent Maharaja to a prison for 15 days on Saturday, while the police complete their investigation into the case.

The unnamed woman was allegedly raped when she went to give the guru 3,000 rupees (45 dollars, 38 euros) she had earned for an internship with an attorney in New Delhi on his recommendation.

Local reports said she had been warned by the guru against telling anyone about the assault but broke her silence after another high-profile guru, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last month for raping two disciples.

The scene after riots following the conviction for rape of a religious leader in Panchkula on August 25, 2017The conviction of a religious leader on rape charges led to mass riots in Panchkula in late August

That decision triggered riots, something authoriti...

15:09

They are not riddles: The release of the detainee Maatouq The emergence of Abu Mustafa into public The Sub elections in Deir Al Zour : "IndyWatch Feed War"

They are not riddles: The release of the detainee Maatouq The emergence of Abu Mustafa into public The Sub elections in Deir Al Zour 24, 2017 Written by Nasser Kandil, The Americans and their allies endeavored to trade with the understanding accomplished by Hezbollah with ISIS after a clear victory on the militants []

14:37

"I joined the KEI family as a scholar in 2011..." "IndyWatch Feed War"

-- Aiman Banday, one of the many Kashmiri students who have received scholarships through our ally Kashmir Education Initiative.

14:19

Iran Nuclear Deal: Can The U.S. Walk Away? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Eric R. Mandel
The Jerusalem Post
September 23, 2017

The Iran deal is not a fair deal to this country US President Donald Trump,

September 14, 2017

What if the Trump administration comes to the conclusion that the Iran agreement (JCPOA ) authored by the previous administration has destabilized the Middle East and undermined American interests? Since it was signed, Iran has actively supported the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Sunnis, while being complicit in Syrian President Bashar Assads genocide of his own people.

Can the US wash its hands of the agreement, or are we stuck with it? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly asked President Trump to either amend or withdraw from the 2015 agreement. There is no doubt that president Barack Obama believed that he knew better than the Israelis what was in their best interest, but now there is a new sheriff in town, who for years has made it clear that he believes the Iran agreement is a danger to America.

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There are no American inspectors anywhere in Iran, or anyone else inspecting military sites, where agreement-breaking nuclear weapons development may be taking place. Can America withdraw or amend the agreement if Iran technically adheres to its commitment according to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), which refuses to confront Iranian intransigence on military inspections? Can Trump say sayonara, even if the other members of the P5+1 think it is not in their interest to leave the agreement? The answer is yes, but with a few caveats.

First, the Iran deal is not what it was presented by its authors to be. President Obama signed an agreement that betrayed his own words, promising to end their nuclear program. The agreement in fact guarantees an internationally accepted nuclear program in eight more years.

However, critics of withdrawal point out that despite the agreement having never having been signed, it is a commitment that was witnessed by five other major powers, and the consequences of America withdrawing would cast doubt on Western assurances in the future, undermining future negotiations.

The JCPOA is the most important American treaty of the 21st century, except that it was never submitted to the Senate for approval as a treaty.

According to Bruce Fein in The Washington Times, the JCPOA was intended to constrain Irans nuclear ambitions in exchange for a relaxation of sanctions, and must be construed a...

14:03

Western Propaganda in Southeast Asia: A True Success Story "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is all done in a fully barefaced manner. Those who are not part of this world could never even dream about such a perfect design.

You come to your club, in my case to The Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand (FCCT), and immediately the long arm of indoctrination begins stretching towards you.

US filmmakers of Neighbour at FCCT Bangkok

You place yourself on a comfortable couch, and soon after get fully serviced. You get instructed, told what to think and how to formulate or modify your ideas.

You are periodically shown movies about corruption and immorality in China. You get encouraged to participate in some public discussions that are, among other things, trashing the anti-Western president of the Philippines.

Although lately also the Middle East, and particularly Syria, are brought into the spotlight.

Of course, almost all that is on offer in such places like FCCT is the Western view, or concretely a set of Western views raging from conservative to liberal. The club is located in Asia, in the heart of Southeast Asia, but very few Asians are invited to speak here, except the few Thais who are well versed in the Western way of thinking. Or Western agents like the Dalai Lama, of course such individuals can come anytime they want! Forget about hearing from the other side youd never stumble here over speakers such as Communist thinkers or writers from Mainland China, or pro-Duterte academics or activists from the Philippines.

Most of the Thais who get spotted at the FCCT are actually those who provide support services for the Western gurus of mainstream media: interpreters, fixers, waiters and as well as some administrative support staff.

This is not a place for Asians to lecture Westerners about Asia; this is where Westerners tell Asians how to think in general, and what to think about their own countries in particular.

On the same floor as the FCCT, right down the narrow carpeted corridor, there are the offices of the BBC, the NBC and several other mainstream Western media outlets. The Penthouse of the Maneeya Center Building in Bangkok is actually a self-sufficient propaganda complex.

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14:00

Robert Parry: The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-Gate Ignoring Israels Control of US National Security, Foreign Policy, and Media "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert Parry

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the concern is that American political campaigns are being influenced by foreign governments whose interests may diverge from whats best for America, why not look at countries that have caused the United States far more harm recently than Russia?

After all, Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Wahabbi leaders have been pulling the U.S. government into their sectarian wars with the Shiites, including conflicts in Yemen and Syria that have contributed to anti-Americanism in the region, to the growth of Al Qaeda, and to a disruptive flow of refugees into Europe.

And, lets not forget the 8,000-pound gorilla in the room: Israel. Does anyone think that whatever Russia may or may not have done in trying to influence U.S. politics compares even in the slightest to what Israel does all the time?

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