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On October 12, a lone arsonist entered the Radisson Hotel Toronto East and ignited a can of gasoline. It was left burning in a hallway on the third floor, but was found by an employee and kicked down a stairwell before the fire could spread very far. The arson attempt terrified the 577 refugees and asylum-seekers housed at the Radisson by the Canadian government.
Mario Calla, executive director of COSTI Immigrant Services, told City News that white nationalists had gathered outside the hotel earlier on the day of the fire.
The Toronto Police have not yet found any particular motivation behind the crime. Media Relations Officer Caroline de Cloet told Bellingcat that the department had no reason to believe the arson attempt was linked to anti-refugee sentiment. We dont speculate on our investigations, she added.
This has not stopped many others from speculating that the arson attempt was the end result of what The Star dubbed an online anti-refugee campaign. Reporting on this campaign has tended to focus on a single 5 minute 51 second video entitled Trudeaus Refugee Hotel Exposed.
The video was uploaded by ProperGander TV, a small far-right channel dedicated to promoting Nationalism. In it four young Canadians wander around the Radissons mostly empty and quiet halls, pointing out stains on the walls and alleging that such stains come from feces. They repeatedly claim the smell in the building is unbearable. Despite this, an unedited video of their trip reveals they spent more than thirty-four minutes inside. At one point they approach a garbage can and sniff it and then begin to retch and cough as if moved to nausea.
Freedom and Other Illusions Further excursions into what used to be called high versus low culture (or, further illusions concerning American art & the Medium / et cetera) With
Traversing the Balkanroute is much more daunting now: double layered electrified fences, vigilante guards, virtually no state support for migrants. The biggest winners from the militarization of borders appear to be smugglers and corrupt government officials.
The illegally built Israeli wall in the occupied West Bank (Heinrich Bll Stiftung/CC BY-SA 2.0)
Meet the anti-Trump Democrats who are friendly to terrorists. Front Page Magazine, by Lloyd Billingsley,, October 19, 2018: Since the 2016 election Democrats have centered their activism around opposition to President Trump. This furious enmity may have overshadowed some Democrats friendliness toward Islamic terrorists, and for the Democrat running in Californias 50th district its a family affair. Continue reading
Today The New York Times published a piece by Max Fisher that addresses the question many have raised about Jamal Khashoggis disappearance How One Journalists Death Provoked a Backlash That Thousands Dead in Yemen Did Not. It is fascinating. It is like Christmas came early for anyone interested in New York Times propaganda.
Here are some of Fishers points:
Its not that we cant care about a million deaths, psychologists believe. Rather, we fear being overwhelmed and switch off our own emotions in pre-emptive self-defense.
For years, Saudi leaders may have unknowingly benefited from this effect.
How is any individual American, even one in government, to process thousands of cholera cases provoked by Saudi-led measures in Yemen particularly when the United States assisted those measures?
Understanding those events on an intellectual level is difficult enough. But understanding them on an emotional level may simply be beyond us.
The murder of Mr. Khashoggi is different. It is relatable, particularly to the men and women running American foreign policy
[W]hile few considered the war in Yemen to be laudable, some, particularly those hawkish on Iran, considered it at least understandable.
As a result, debate on the alliance tended to polarize.
But there is less to debate about the murder of a journalist.
The United States and Saudi Arabia had been brought together by a series of common enemies: Iran and the Soviet Union in the 1980s, Iraq in the 1990s, jihadist groups in the 2000s. An entire generation of Middle East specialists came up knowing and working with Saudi colleagues.
So the New York Times is making it all about the inability of well-intentioned Westerners including themselves to wrap their heads around large numbers of dead children. Except they had no difficulty doing this with Syria when Assad and Putin were bombing Syrian cities.
People lied about Yemen because they didnt want to admit the US and its allies do the same things that Russia and its allies do. US officials like John Kirby lied because otherwise they would be admitting US guilt in war crimes.
The most interesting question is why the New York Times felt it necessary to publish this piece at all. After all, it is mostly fringe people who are talking abou...
. Native Women Demand Banks Respect Indigenous Rights and Lands By WECAN International Censored News The Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation, and local and national organizations, took action outside of the Equator Principles (EP) Association annual member meeting in Washington D.C - to demand that the banks respect Indigenous rights and lands, and end their investments in dirty
The U.S. occupation force and its Kurdish proxy SDF in northeastern Syria are supposed to fight the Islamic State in its last hold out northeast of Euphrates. But the operations against the handful of towns ISIS (grey) still holds -...
(MEE Op-ed) Americas special relationship with the royal family of Al Saud has long been controversial: an ultraconservative, oil-fueled kingdom run by a single family through medieval, draconian laws, disregarding basic human rights. Yet, as Washingtons client, Saudi Arabia has helped consecutive US administrations to balance US national interests in the region often at the expense 
Even as headlines around the world say that it murdered a critical journalist, Saudi Arabia has some friends in the U.S. The Israel lobby is going to bat for the theocratic dictatorship over the alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Last night on i24 news, EJ Kimball, an Israel advocate at the Middle East Forum, suggested that Khashoggi deserved to die. The journalists ties to al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood raise a whole lot of other issues about the Saudi tradition of exporting terror, Kimball said. The much bigger picture, he said, is the new Saudi Arabia taking on Iran.
Josh Block of the Israel Project made a similar allegation about Khashoggi two nights back. Pro-Al-Qaeda media are pushing the Khashoggi story, Block said, because Khashoggi was a radical Islamist terrorist ally who was close to Osama Bin Ladin, ISIS, Hamas & wanted to overthrow the Saudi ruling royals, who oppose both the Sunni terrorists, sponsored by Turkey & Qatar, as well as Iranss Shia terrorist armies & allies.
Meanwhile, Israeli leaders have been staying quiet about the Khashoggi murder, as James North has repeatedly pointed out on our site. Thats because Israel and Saudi Arabia are now allied against Iran, evidently seeking an American-led war against the country, and all the attention to the rubout of a journalist is throwing a wrench in the works.
A former US ambassador to Israel who now lives in the country and serves as an Israel advocate explains the silence:
The Israelis are in a very difficult position, Dan Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, told BuzzFeed News. They count very much on Saudi Arabia, which is central to their strategic concept of the region. Saudi Arabia, after all, is their partner in arms in countering and isolating Iran and Israels strategic anchor in the region.
Max Blumenthal explains the importance of Saudi Arabia:...
Where do you look for hope in dark times? Longtime organizer and author L.A. Kauffman looks to a chart she keeps on her wall that tracks how many people have participated in protests since January 2017. Right now that number is upwards of 21.5 million.
Its part of my organizing geekdom, she says. But its also the best visual reminder of a fact thats easily overlooked: We are living in a time of unprecedented protest.
To help people better understand and harness the potential of this wave of action, Kauffman has written a new book called How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance. Its focus is a comparative study of two mass protests the 1963 March on Washington and the 2017 Womens March showing the ways in which protest and organizing have changed over the last 50 years.
In one clear example, Kauffman contrasts the signs people carried at the two protests. While the Womens March gained attention for its idiosyncratic and irreverent messaging, the signs at the 1963 march were all fairly uniform. Through research, Kauffman discovered the reason for this: An outright ban on homemade signs by the 1963 marchs leadership something that seems unfathomable, if not impossible, to control today.
Kauffman is no stranger to mass protests. She served as the mobilization coordinator for mass demonstrations against the Iraq War and the 2004 march outside the Republican National Convention, experiences that have helped her appreciate the standard-setting role of the 1963 march. But her research on the homemade sign ban, along with other myth-busting insights, led her to view it and the mass marches it influenced in a new light.
Ultimately, for Kauffman, the Womens March represents something new in the history of mass protest. I spoke to her about her findings, how they explain the current state of resistance and the hope that represents.
Tell us about your experience at the Womens March in Washington, D.C.
I have been to a lot of big protest marches, and frankly they have sometimes come to seem kind of dreary and boring to me. Ive even found some of the ones I helped organize kind of uninspiring. So I went to the Womens March in 2017 not really...
And take Bono with you!
"Sir" Bob Geldof is one of those people who should not be revered. He is a false idol.
He deserves no idealization. No special status. And is certainly in no position to judge anyone.. since he cannot live up to the standards he measures others by himself.
"Putin and Erdogan, Trump and Xi Jinping all these people are not leaders, they are gang bosses," said Mr Geldof. "Their authority comes through force and fear."
"As individuals, they may survive as the gang boss, but ultimately, their system will fail because it can never give to the people that which all individual people need and crave which is freedom," he said.
Bob Geldof has a sales pitch for Africa
Africa is a unique opportunity because it is a blank slate. A lack of investment left what Geldof terms corkers, firms poised to take off once they get capital.
Although the continents status as the resource mother lode of the planet is important, he stressed that the extractive industries only account for a quarter of the economy.
Agriculture is the basis of all the total African economy across the board. Not resources.
Agriculture. Agriculture is the growth area, Geldof said.
At its highest setting, the new laser weapon would painfully vaporize the outer layer of skin from 100 meters away. Also, this so-called non-lethal weapon can kill people. (CD) From wood batons to stun batons to water cannons to sound cannons to. . . frickin plasma lasers that can vaporize your skin? Recent reporting out of the Pentagon reveals that the U.S. military is working 
By Catte | OffGuardian | October 19, 2018 Further indication of the alleged murder of Khashoggi being a narrative issued from high levels in the power structure is rolling out all the time. But this is a significant little pointer: Twitter has suspended accounts that appeared to be setting out to smear missing journalist Jamal 
Signs abound that the Chinese authorities intend to preempt an economic downturn by turning on the stimulus taps.
Regulators moved in concert to assure nervous equity investors on Friday. In an unprecedented move, leadership of the central bank, banking and insurance regulator, and securities watchdog told state media that new measures would be forthcoming to bolster the markets.
The announcement came after China posted its lowest GDP growth since 2009. Chinese equity markets have also been reeling amid a trade war with the United States. The CSI 300 an index of the top 300 stocks traded on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges is down nearly 30% from its peak earlier this year.
There are also indications that Beijings wider deleveraging campaign will be abandoned, at least temporarily, in order to ensure that the economy doesnt suffer any major disruptions.
The alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi reveals far more about the nature of the American press and political establishment than it does foreign policy. The Federalist, by Ben Weingarten, October 19, 2018: Why has the media and much of the political establishment made the presumed murder of an Islamist Saudi dissident on Turkish soil a defining issue Continue reading
Russia Insider | October 18, 2018 Despite leaked video footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a blip in history, Google has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into its products. But the 85-page briefing, titled The Good Censor, admits that 
(CJ Opinion) The Trump administration has ended its weeks-long silence on the disappearance of the Saudi Arabian Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Following a briefing from Secretary of State Pompeo who has just returned from a visit to Riyadh and Ankara, the president has said that contrary to some hopeful speculation that had emerged early on after his disappearance, Khashoggi does indeed 
Facebook has declared war on political dissent. In a rash of purges last week, the behemoth corporation banned 30 pages, with a total of 22 million fans, on the grounds that the accounts were created to stir up political debate in the US, the Middle East, Russia and the UK. At the top of the list were the anti-police lawlessness pages Cop Block , Filming Cops , The Free Thought Project and Police the Police, with a combined audience of 8.1 million. The other banned pages range across the non-establishment spectrum , from the reactionary Right Wing News, to Punk Rock Libertarians and the pro-marijuana page, Hemp. These pages are inauthentic, Facebook claims , because they use sensational political content to drive traffic to their websites.
(ANTIWAR.COM) After a couple of days of non-specific threats regarding a planned migrant caravan heading from Honduras and El Salvador to the US, President Trump is now threatening to send the military to the US-Mexico border, and to close the border entirely. Trump declared the caravan an assault on our country, claiming it is far more important 
Via: Asia Times: Officials in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, have unveiled a science fiction-like plan to launch whats known as an illumination satellite, or artificial moon, in two years. Local newspapers reported that the illumination satellite would be designed to complement the moon at night, with its own 
North and South Korea held high-level talks at Panmunjom on October 15 and adopted a joint statement on implementing the Pyongyang Joint Declaration signed at the inter-Korean summit on September 19, 2018. They discussed a timetable for the inter-Korean road and railway project and agreed to break ground to connect the North and South Korean roads and railways in late November or early December. The accelerated timetable may reflect both sides desire to break ground prior to North Korean leader Kim Jong Uns expected return to Seoul before the years end. Before the groundbreaking, the two sides agreed to conduct joint surveys of the northern stretch of the Gyeongui line in late October and the East Sea line in early November.
Via: space.com: The latest mystery mission of the U.S. Air Forces robotic X-37B space plane has now passed the 400-day mark. This mission known as Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-5) was rocketed into Earth orbit on Sept. 7, 2017, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center 
Scott Creighton wrote this post. It's excellent!
I urge you to read every bit of it.
"Back in April of this year, a journalist in Gaza wearing a vest marked "PRESS" was deliberately shot and killed by IDF snipers. That brings the total number killed to 18 since the start of the Second Intifada. No one of consequence called for regime change in Israel.
As of July this year, there had already been six journalists killed in Mexico by drug cartels linked to Mexico's corrupt government and our own intelligence services. The last one beaten to death in a horrific murder. Last year the number of journalists murdered set a new record for the country at 42. As far as I know, the MSM and Lindsey Graham have yet to call for sanctions and regime change.
In Columbia there have been two murdered for covering things the rulers didn't want covered. But we like Columbia's neoliberal government so for now, not a peep about changing it.
What makes the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi so different? This is a question a few writers and researchers have been asking themselves and a couple of us have come to some honest, sensible, business-oriented answers... since of course the U.S. and her allies are all about Bu...
Washington, D.C., October 18, 2018 The National Security Archives Freedom of Information lawsuit against the CIA has won release of the previously censored dates and times on cables sent by future CIA director Gina Haspel when she commanded a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where interrogators tortured and waterboarded an al-Qaeda suspect, according to the new documents posted on the Archives Web site today. The new versions of the Haspel cables now provide a detailed chronology of the CIA torture, which began on Day One of the suspects confinement at the site, November 15, 2002, and continued even after his removal to a different black site, in Poland, on December 4, 2002.
By Dr Hakim, October 17, 2018
Grade 12th Afghan student Jamila Omary asked, Do you have any plans to arm yourselves, because of the threats and dangers you have faced?
Iqbal Khyber answered, No. Though it is easy to buy weapons today, arming ourselves will worsen the war. Weapons will make us less secure.
What a breath of fresh air in the stench of war-as-usual!
Iqbal and his fellow Peoples Peace Movement ( PPM ) representative, Badshah Khan, had an unusual and delightfully different conversation with the young Afghan participants of the Youth on the Road to Peace Conference on the 26th of September 2018, organized by the Afghan Peace Volunteers ( APVs ) in Kabul.
Many governments and corporations have a thriving weapons business. I feel that this is dangerous because as they seek greater profits, they are threatening not just Afghanistan, but the whole world. We human beings may soon destroy ourselves, Iqbal Khyber had said to me afterwards.
We acquiesce to continued international arms sales because we are comfortable in our pet beliefs and fixed ideas about defeating terrorists through superior warfare. Just as we preserve our fossil-fuel habits despite our awareness of climate science, we ignore ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies filed suit on Thursday seeking to block a Vermont law barring companies that do not abide by net neutrality rules from receiving state contracts. An AT&T logo is pictured in Pasadena, California, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Vermont by groups representing major providers like AT&T Inc (T.N), Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N). It followed a lawsuit by four of the groups earlier this month challenging a much broader California law mandating providers abide by net neutrality rules.
In one of few appearances since he was forced to go underground, Sbu Zikode, a founder and leader of the Shack Dwellers Movement of South Africa (Abahlali baseMjondolo), spoke at the Peoples Forum in New York this month. This is not his first time in hidinghe has faced threats and attempts on his life throughout the yearsand many leaders of his movement have been assassinated. In New York, Sbu spoke of the struggle of his people and how they are moving forward in the face of brutal repression. How, in his words, they are not only living but marching forward in the shadows of death despite frequent raids, evictions, and assassinations. Despite what he faces at homeviolence, separation from his family and his community, betrayal by his comradesSbu is calm, collected and kind.
Sputnik 19.10.2018 Moscow has delivered advanced S-300 air defense missiles to Syria to protect the countrys troops deployed in the war-torn Arab country in the wake of last months downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane during an Israeli airstrike in Latakia. The three battalion sets of S-300PM-2 air defense missile handed over to Syria 
The insanity and vileness of Western anti-Chinese propaganda used to make some of my Chinese friends cry late at night. But things are changing. The lunacy of what is said and written about China (and Russia, of course), in the US and Europe, is now clearly reflecting frustration and the bad manners of sore losers. One could almost be inclined to pity the Western empire, if only it wasnt so violently murderous.
The Empires propagandists are pitying nobody they are now shooting like maniacs, but without any coherent plan.
Various Western experts and journalists cannot really agree on the basics: what is really wrong with China. But they are paid extremely well to find new and newer skeletons in the huge Chinese closets, and so they are constantly competing with each other, looking for the juiciest and the most scandalous stories. Often it appears that it pays to assume that absolutely everything is flawed with the most populous, and on top of it, Communist (with the Chinese characteristics, of course) country on earth!
China will end extreme poverty by 2020, but do not look for cheers and applause from Berlin, Paris, London and Washington. China is far ahead of all the large countries on earth in building a so-called ecological civilization, but who is willing to notice? China is constructing public parks, boardwalks and playgrounds, the biggest on earth, but who cares? The Chinese government is introducing sweeping educational reforms, while flooding the entire nation with concert halls, museums and theatres. But thats not worth mentioning, obviously!
Western propaganda tries to discredit China literally from both left and right, sometimes accusing it for being too Communist, but when it is suitable, even for not being Communist enough.
The New York Times ran a cover-page story on October 5, 2018, Unlikely foe for Chinas leaders: Marxists. For this highly sarcastic piece, a reporter visited the Chinese city of Huizhou, from where he wrote about a group of over-zealous young Marxists who are demanding things to be as they were in Maos days:
But the Huizhou activists represent a threat the authorities did not expect.
Seriously? A threat? China is moving towards Communism, again, under the current leadership. We are talking about democratic, socially-oriented Communism. But let us not argue with the official U.S. newspaper. It is definitely not a pro-Communist publication, but they had to show some sympathy (by running a cover story!) to a small bunch of over-zealous opposition Marxists, just to spread doubts among the readers, suggesting that the Chinese government is not that Red, anymore.
The next day (Saturday-Sunday edition, October 6-7, 2018), the same...
A month after the Associated Press published internal WikiLeaks files which suggested the transparency organization's founder Julian Assange had since 2010 contemplated moving to Russia outside the reach of US and UK authorities newly released Ecuadorean government documents have revealed a more elaborate plan to escape to Moscow by using Ecuadorean diplomatic cover. The documents show that the plan was being pursued as recently as 2017, and involved Assange being transferred from his Ecuadorean embassy hideout where he's been stuck for the last six years via a politically sensitive process whereby Ecuador would name him as a political counselor to the country's embassy in Moscow.
The former Biscayne Park police officers had pleaded guilty in a department conspiracy to clear property crime cases by any means necessary. Three former Florida police officers were sent to prison this week after pleading guilty to their roles in a departmentwide conspiracy to frame people of color for crimes they did not commit. A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Guillermo Ravelo, a 37-year-old former officer with the Biscayne Park Police Department, to 27 months behind bars, the Miami Herald reported. On Wednesday, former officers Charlie Dayoub, 38, and Raul Fernandez, 62, were sentenced to one year apiece after pleading guilty to making false arrests. Dayoub and Fernandez had cooperated with federal authorities in making a case against former police chief Raimundo Atesiano.
There is no American who has fought with more tenacity, courage and integrity to expose the crimes of corporate power and to thwart the corporate coup dtat that has destroyed our democracy than Ralph Nader. Not one. There is little he has not tried in that effort. He has written investigative exposs on the unsafe practices of the auto industry; published best-sellers such as Who Runs Congress?; founded citizen action and consumer groups; testified before countless congressional committees; written a raft of environmental and worker safety bills that were passed in Congress under the now defunct liberal wing of the Democratic Party; and, when he was locked out of the legislative process by corporate Democrats, been a candidate for president.
The Uptown Peoples Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center filed a lawsuit on October 17 that alleges Illinois prisons are censoring correspondence and publications that have been mailed to prisoners by Black and Pink, a prisoners rights organization focused on supporting incarcerated LGBTQ and HIV-positive people. Jason Lydon founded Black and Pink in 2005 after his own incarceration and was the national director of the group until 2017. Prisoners are entitled to communication with people on the outside and are entitled to knowledge and stories that validate their humanity, Lydon told Truthout. This lawsuit is about ensuring that.
1) At the JCPA Yoni Ben Menachem discusses Hamas attack tunnels.
According to Hamas sources, despite a noticeable improvement in the IDFs technological capability to locate the tunnels, and in spite of the giant, deep land barrier that Israel has built around Gaza to stop the penetration of attack tunnels, the military wing of Hamas has not finished building these tunnels and is continuing to invest millions of dollars into their construction.
This raises the question of what logic is behind all of this. Why does Hamas continue to invest so many resources into this project, as it is clear that Israel is managing to deal with it successfully and even to defeat it?
2) A report titled Representing the People or the Regime? Iranian Clerics and the Ongoing Erosion of their Status by Raz Zimmt appears at the INSS.
Recently published testimonies by Iranian clerics reflect their concern over the ongoing erosion of their public status, and offer a glimpse...
Many readers will know of Kairos from their Palestine Document of 2009. This was a bold statement by a group of Christian Palestinians which told the truth about the tragic situation in their country under Israeli occupation. a cry of hope in the absence of all hope.
Kairos is Greek meaning a critical moment in time. The document was called A Moment of Truth; A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering. And it was published after the murderous onslaught by Israel against Gaza over Christmas and New Year 2008/9.
The Kairos people said they had reached a dead end in the tragedy of the Palestinian people. The decision-makers content themselves with managing the crisis rather than committing themselves to the serious task of finding a way to resolve it.
It was a long and comprehensive document so Ill just quote this extract to provide a flavour:
Religious liberty is severely restricted; the freedom of access to the holy places is denied under the pretext of security. Jerusalem and its holy places are out of bounds for many Christians and Muslims from the West Bank and the Gaza strip. Even Jerusalemites face restrictions during the religious feasts. Some of our Arab clergy are regularly barred from entering Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is the heart of our reality. It is, at the same time, a symbol of peace and sign of conflict. While the separation wall divides Palestinian neighbourhoods, Jerusalem continues to be emptied of its Palestinian citizens, Christians and Muslims. Their identity cards are confiscated, which means the loss of their right to reside in Jerusalem. Their homes are demolished or expropriated. Jerusalem, city of reconciliation, has become a city of discrimination and exclusion, a source of struggle rather than peace.
Also part of this reality is the Israeli disregard of international law and international resolutions, as well as the paralysis of the Arab world and the international community in the face of this contempt. Human rights are violated and despite the various reports of local and international human rights organizations, the injustice continues.
We also declare that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is a sin against God and humanity because it deprives the Palestinians of their basic human rights, bestowed by God. We declare that any theology, seemingly based on the Bible or on faith or on history, that legitimizes the occupation, is far from Christian teachings, because it calls for violence and holy war.
In 2012 came The Iona Call in answer to the Kairos Palestine document. It said:
We are call...
With nothing but a vague "violation of community standards" note and offering no ability to appeal the decision, Facebook has once again blocked a piece of critical journalismthis time a short documentary video depicting the brutal legacy of Christopher Columbusfrom its global online platform. "Monbiots piece of video journalism was about the airbrushing of history; therefore, there is a great irony in the fact it has now been airbrushed from their platform." Yannis Mendez, Double Down News.The short videoproduced by Double Down Newsand titled "The true legacy of Christopher Columbus: 'Western Civilisation'"features author and journalist George Monbiot recounting the infamous European explorer's history of subjugation and brutalization of the Indigenous people he encountered when he arrived in the so-called "New World" in the late 15th Century.
Yesterday, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Lara Alqasem, an American student accused of advocating Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, can enter the country in order to pursue a masters program in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Alqasem, 22, had initially been barred due to her former BDS activity at the University of Florida (registered on the blacklist Canary Mission site which Ben Gurion airport security routinely consults), yet appealed the ban, and in that process was detained at the airport for 16 days.
On the one hand this story is easy to celebrate as a win against draconian Israeli laws which constitute thought-police.
On the other hand, it is also a dangerous win for liberal-Zionists who also campaigned for her release, because in the legitimizing of her cause, they also delegitimized BDS.
Last week, Nada Elia wrote in her piece on this site titled Lara Alqasems case highlights the need for the academic boycott of Israel:
While we can only support victims of racial profiling and ideological exclusion, much of the advocacy she is receiving is highly problematic. Many of her defenders present Hebrew University as a positive force, a welcoming institution, and Alqasem as a good Palestinian, so long as she denounces and renounces BDS.
Hebrew University rector Barak Medinas statement to The New York Times clearly shows this duality:
To be clear, we strongly oppose the boycott campaign against Israel, and Israel has to fight it. But to deny entry to every person who has expressed support for a boycott is counterproductive.
In other words, Alqasems acceptance and even embrace by the Israeli academia, is conditioned upon the notion that she at current does not support BDS, hence legitimizing the fight against BDS, and only considering Alqasem kosher since she claims to not support it at current. Alqasem did not go as far as the Israeli Strategic Affairs and Hasbara Minister Gilad Erdan wanted her to she did not condemn BDS al...
Via: National Geographic: Microplastics were found in sea salt several years ago. But how extensively plastic bits are spread throughout the most commonly used seasoning remained unclear. Now, new research shows microplastics in 90 percent of the table salt brands sampled worldwide. Of 39 salt brands tested, 36 had microplastics in them, according to a 
The Israeli High Court ruled on Thursday to overturn the states decision to deny entry to Lara Alqasem, the 22-year-old Palestinian-American Graduate student who has been in Israeli detention for 16 days at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
Alqasem was released from the detention facility around 9 pm, and she was greeted by lawyer Yotam Ben-Hillel.
She issued the following statement through her lawyers: Im relieved at the courts decision and am incredibly grateful for the work of my amazing and tireless lawyersas well as the support of my family and friends, adding that she will be happy to say more when Ive had a chance to rest and process.
Following the High Courts decision to allow Alqasem into the country on Thursday, her lawyers reported that the state had decided not to appeal the decision.
Alqasems case drew international attention after she was denied entry by Israel to participate in a Masters program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, on the grounds that she was previously active in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Following two weeks of failed appeals in Israeli district courts, Alqasems lawyers Leora Bechor and Ben-Hillel celebrated their win on Thursday.
The Supreme Courts decision is a victory for free speech, academic freedom, and the rule of law, Bechor and Ben-Hillel said in a statement. Israel has the right to control its borders, but that right does not give the Ministry of Interior unchecked power to turn away anyone it deems unwanted.
By taking a principled and brave stand against a wildly escalating power play by the Ministry of Interior, Lara has ensured that no one else should be denied the right to enter Israel based on sloppy Google searches and dossiers by shadowy smear groups, they said.
Laras case proves that thought-policing has no place in a democracy, they continued.
The legal basis for barring Alqasem from Israel, is the governments 2017 anti-BDS law which gives authorities the right to prohibit entry to foreigners who publicly act to boycott Israel or its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The government argued that Alqasem previously participated in groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) which support BDS, and took part in BDS activities in 2018 a claim which they could not support with evidence, as Alqasem had deleted her Facebook profile.
During the initial High Court hearing on Wednesday, the state said that because Alqasem deleted her Facebook profile, it proved she was a BDS activist because that is what BDS activists do.
Her lawyers, however, argued that Alqasem does not meet the evidentiary test of what it means to be an activist, adding that there is...
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature predicts that 99.9 percent of critically endangered species and 67 percent of endangered species will be lost within the next 100 years.
The five other times a mass extinction has occurred over the past 450 million years, natural disasters were to blame. But now, human activity is killing mammal species.
In a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark calculated how fast extinctions are happening, and how long it would take for evolution to bring Earth back to the level of biodiversity it currently has.
The scientists concluded that in a best-case scenario, nature will need 3-5 million years to get back to the level of biodiversity we have on Earth today. Returning to the state Earths animal kingdom was in before modern humans evolved would take 5-7 million years.
The weaponized autists at 4Chan have done it again, because they can; a new meme suggesting that liberals are soulless idiots who cant think for themselves has gone viral. The concept compares Democrats to nonplayable characters, or NPCs the recurring characters in video games with repetitive lines and limited knowledge. Lack of an inner voice is a dead giveaway that someone may be an NPC.
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This book describes a judicial system that preys on the elderly and is determined to deem them unable to care for themselves. It is a system that allows those in control to take full advantage of their wards of the statelegally and under the watchful eyes of judges. It is called guardianship. Somewhere in there the elderly are looted, never mind their protesting relatives.
Phi Beta Iota: Separately we are told that judges, prosecutors, and sheriffs are receiving considerable percentages for participating in the looting of the elderly as high as 20% for a judge, 2% for the sheriff. This is one of three areas of concern to the International Tribunal for Natural Justice that is now sponsoring the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse, the monetization, torture, and murder of children.
The other two areas are the looting of the elderly, and the looting of very wealthy individuals that are foolish enough to embrace offshore wealth strategies and are NOT part of the Rothschild network they are stripped of their assets with the complicity of judges, prosecutors, and registrars.
Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and frequent critic of the Saudi regime, attends a meeting at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His wife waits outside for him in a car, but her husband never exits the building. He has disappeared without a trace.
President Trump, after a call with the Saudi King: maybe it was rogue elements who killed him.
Russia, a longtime enemy of the West, dusts off its Soviet-era information warfare playbook and makes it fit for purpose in the digital era. It puts these new methods to use by nurturing societal divisions and promoting parties sympathetic to Russian interests in elections across the democratic world. Intelligence agencies on both side of the Atlantic detect these activities and try to sound the alarm.
President Trump, after a summit with his Russian counterpart: I dont see any reason why Russia would be responsible [for election interference].
North Korea, a repressive regime thats still technically at war with a US ally, flouts the international non-proliferation regime and becomes a de facto nuclear power. In the subsequent years it establishes a diplomatic pattern of promising big, delivering nothing, and employing all manner of schemes to induce appeasement from the international community, including rampant cyber-attacks and the sinking the Cheonan in 2010. The Trump regime initiates a new diplomatic initiative thats front-loaded with concessions long sought by the North Koreans. Unsurprisingly, there has been no tangible progress toward denuclearization since then.
President Trump, after receiving a new letter from Kim Jong-un: Were in love.
Its hard to miss the strange pattern emerging in Trumps dealings with foreign leaders.
Trump seems willing to take friends and enemies alike at their word more so than any other US president in memory. Really, more than any elected leader in memory. Youd think that Saddam Hussein could have dodged Desert Storm if Trump were in power, just say the Iraqis were filming a war movie and then compliment the president on his tan.
But what is it that makes President Trump so eminently suggestible?
The Sandy Hook School Shooting, of December 2012, is the continuation of events and agenda that deliberately incited World War Two (WW2) ultimately resulting in the western world being captured and enslaved by a mentally ill cult, which today masquerades as a morally enlightened, culturally advanced state of benevolence shielding people from hate, racial disharmony, resource disparity, while progressing toward an egalitarian nirvana.
WW2 was a premeditated war, a stepping stone toward removing from the Earth, forever, people who would and could stand in the way of an attempt to destroy nation-states, nationalism and racial bloodlines. The idea of creating a world of masters and slaves, with a ruling class coming from a small group of self-designated chosen ones, whose stated designs on world domination has been known for thousands of years, is not new, its only been censored from modern Western History.
Phi Beta Iota: The hidden history of the world, if known to the public, would change everything. Jack Mullen has done a fine job focusing on the Chabad Zionists (vice Jewish Zionists consider most Jews to be lesser and lumped in with Christians and Muslims as animals. When we inquired about the Vatican and the Rothschilds he responded with the below very learned comment:
Begin new material from Jack Mullen
Global Strategic Trends: The Future Starts Today
UK Ministry of Defence, 10/2018
Five thematic chapters:
Sixteen issues of varying impact and uncertainty:
1. Harnessing artificial intelligence
2. An expanding competitive space
3. Increasing proliferation of weapons of mass effect
4. Erosion of state sovereignty
5. Adaptation of the rules-based international system
6. An expanded and unregulated information space
7. Rising inequality, reducing social cohesion, and fragmented societies
8. Understanding human enhancement
9. Increasing competition in the global commons
10. Increasing disruption and cost of climate change
11. Increasing demand and competition for resources
12. Greater automation and an increasingly diverse workforce
13. Managing technological change
14. The challenge of affordability
15. Increasing threat from crime and extremism
16. Managing demographic change
PDF (282 Pages): UK MoD Global Strategy 2018 (Sixth Edition)
Further indication of the alleged murder of Khashoggi being a narrative issued from high levels in the power structure is rolling out all the time. But this is a significant little pointer: Twitter has suspended accounts that appeared to be setting out to smear missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi https://t.co/WaWv8GmkUA CNN (@CNN) October 19, 2018 The Khashoggi murder narrative, true or false, is being protected and promoted aggressively by the mainstream media. I dont think this is simply because the press are mad about the attack on one of their own or because the scandal is just too big to ignore. In fact I think these frequently-repeated claims are based on a fundamental and dangerous misapprehension about the relationship between the media and its masters and how narratives are currently produced. Whatever happens with the Khashoggi story we need to keep talking about these misapprehensions because they fatally undermine peoples ability to grasp the reality of our current situation. I guess Ill be returning to it in the future. In the meantime, I note several
The restoration of Syria is the best way to fight terrorists the threat the US makes a show of being so concerned about. By impeding this process, it is shooting itself in the foot.
Nothing has put the relationship between Washington and Riyadh to the test like the Khashoggi affair
A real U.S. break with Saudi Arabia is unlikely. America has too much invested in the Saudis, and the Saudis have too much invested in the United States... Trump should be reevaluating Americas relationship with Saudi Arabia before it creates a fresh disaster in the region.
The rapidity with which the US media, and especially dozens of Republican and Democratic senators, attacked Saudi Arabia, blaming it for the atrocious crime, is rather unusual. After all, the Saudi elites have been inclined to behave in such a manner over the last 40 years.
Via The Saker October 18, 2018 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovs interview with Euronews, Moscow, October 16, 2018 Question: The issue of Russias financial contribution to the Council of Europe has long been on the agenda after Russias voting right was suspended. How important is the Council of Europe to Russia? What, in your view, is the 
The unholy intrigues in the Orthodox Church are beckoned by completely areligious and profane political objectives. It is a shame that the Constantinople and Kiev Patriarchates are evidently willing to make an expedient, selfish pact with the devil of foreign imperialist ambitions.
Via The Saker October 18, 2018 The Pentagon may not be advocating total war against both Russia and China as it has been interpreted in some quarters by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) A crucial Pentagon report on the US defense industrial base and supply chain resiliency bluntly accuses 
Despite the bloody fallout, all indications point to the continued momentum of the Palestinian protest movement
The wife of fallen former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has expressed fears for his life and her own safety, lashing out at what she called the cruel and dirty Chinese government that arrested him in mysterious circumstances.
I think it is political persecution. Im not sure hes alive, Grace Meng said in the interview conducted in France, where Meng was based at Interpols headquarters.
AFP/File | Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, went missing on a trip to China last month
Meng Hongwei, also a Chinese vice public security minister, went missing on a trip to China last month. He subsequently resigned as head of the international police organisation on October 7 after Chinese authorities announced he was under investigation.
China has since said he is suspected of accepting bribes.
I tell (my children) daddy is on a long business trip, the sobbing Grace Meng said, appearing in the interview only in silhouette to hide her appearance.
Complaining that there is no limit to Chinas power to act against opponents, she claimed to have received threatening phone calls suggesting she was being targeted in France.
They are cruel. They are dirty, she said.
I must stand up and I dont want any other wives and children like me.
The body investigating Meng, the National Supervisory Commission, can hold suspects for as long as six months without providing access to legal counsel.
Xis anti-graft campaign has punished more than one million officials, and has wide support from citizens fed up with endemic corruption. But some analysts say it also enables the Chinese president to eliminate rivals.
One of the most powerful officials to fall was former security ministry chief Zhou Yongkang, who promoted Meng more than a decade ago and was sentenced to life in prison in 2014.
The relatives of fallen officials are typically silenced, and Grace Mengs outspoken advocacy on behalf of her husband is unprecedented and no doubt seen as an embarrassment by Beijing.
China has pushed to have high-level representation in international bodies.
Mengs Interpol appointment was seen as a major success in that drive, but political experts say his downfal...
Israel ramps up armoured forces on Gaza border Israel has reportedly deployed the biggest number of armoured forces on the Gaza border since the 2014 war. Around 60 tanks and armoured personnel carriers were seen at a deployment area near the border, according to a Reuters photographer, who said the show of force was clearly visible 
In reaction to the article by Valentin Vasilescu revealing that in theory Russia could sink US airplane carriers as they crossed the Gibralta straits, the Pentagon has had a documentary published through CNBC. The US news channel's thesis is that Russian missile Avangard would not be able operate. However to our minds, the basis for this assertion does not work.
After the Daesh attack on the city of Palmyra, China renounced the traditional silk route (Bagdad, Palmyra, Damas-Tiro). An alternative trail had been envisaged, no longer across Syria but Turkey. This has also been abandoned. During antiquity there was also a secondary route through Petra (Jordan) and Alexandra (Egypt). In the final analysis, the new Silk route should pass through Jordan then bifurcate with one branch leading to Egypt and the other in the direction of Israel. The path (...)
The recent voyage to Kuwait of Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamed ben Salmane, has deeply troubled Kuwait's leaders. During his visit, the Crown Prince proposed establishing borders between the two countries by annexing oil fields (Khafji and Wafra) which have barely been exploited. This is exactly the same line he took with Yemen, before exploding it with a war. Concerned lest he upset the Saudi Kingdom, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, well reputed for following the (...)
All border-stations between the Syrian Arab Republic and Lebanon have now been re-opened. On 15 October the border stations of the Syria region of Quneitra with Golan, which is occupied by Israel, was reopened. So too were reopened the border stations of Nassib/Jaber with Jordan. The Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Jaafari, came to make preparations for reopening the border-station of Boukamal between Syria and his country. The reopening of Syria's border stations with its (...)
US, French Forces Plundering Northern Syrias Historical Artifacts, Wealth FARS NEWS The American, French and Washington-backed forces have been excavating historical sites in Manbij region in Northeastern Aleppo to discover and steal the countrys artifacts and precious metals, a Syrian media outlet reported on Monday. The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted local sources in Northeastern Aleppo as 
Big BDS legal win in Germany Riri Hylton German politicians have attempted to legislate the BDS movement in support of Palestinian rights out of existence. Anne Paq ActiveStills Supporters of the BDS boycott, divestment and sanctions movement in Germany have won a two-year court battle against a local authority that could set a legal precedent for 
Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Saudi Arabia to attend the Future Investment Initiative Conference (FIIC) on the special invitation of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, according to a Foreign Office (FO) statement issued on Friday.
October 19, 2018
The premier is expected to travel to Riyadh on October 23 to participate on the first of the two-day conference. The conference, which will host businessmen and representatives of hi-tech industry from around the world, will serve as an opportunity to interact with important business leaders who are interested in investing in Pakistan, the statement said.
Prime Minister Imran Khans participation in first day of the conference is aimed at projecting Pakistans economic and investment potential and the [premiers] vision of the country in the five years to come, the press release read.
PM Khan will also meet King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to discuss matters of mutual interest.
The prime ministers participation in the conference signifies Pakistans solidarity with the Kingdom in its efforts to become emerging hub of international business and investment, the press statement said.
This will be PM Khans second visit to Saudi Arabia since he assumed office.
The FIIC, which comes amid...
In his annual message to the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament), the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged...
UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia rose nearly 70%: UK increased weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by two thirds: Report A British Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft perform a fly-past during the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 17, 2018. (Photo by AFP) UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia had increased 
As we might have expected, the de facto abandon of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) concluded between Washington and Moscow at the end of the Cold War has now rebooted the competition. Except that this time, it's even more complicated, since the United States violated the Treaty first, while they were already violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Meanwhile, Russia has discreetly forged ahead with its technological progress while pretending to allow the problem to drag on.
By Rob Slane | The Blog Mire | October 18, 2018 According to an article in The Mail, the mother of Sergei Skripal, Yelena, has not heard from her son since the incident on 4th March, and the last time she heard from her granddaughter, Yulia, was on 24th July: Recalling her phone conversation with 
Back in late July visitors to the BBC News website were told that an Israeli MK had resigned:
An Israeli Arab politician has resigned in opposition to a controversial new law which declares Israel to be the nation state of the Jewish people.
Zionist Union member Zouheir Bahloul formally resigned from the Knesset on Tuesday, some three months after he announced he would step down as an MK in protest of the recently passed nation-state bill, which he said officially discriminates against Israels Arab minority.
PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (11 17 October 2018) 18 Oct 9:47 PM Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 11 17 October, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and 
We can believe that somehow the cry of the human soul is never unheard by God. It may be that God hears the cry, even if we fail to notice Gods response to it. The human cry for help must always evoke a response of some sort from God. It may be that our failure to discern properly keeps us unaware of the response. But one thing we can believe is that the grace of God is always available for every human being who sincerely calls for help. Many changed lives are living proofs of this fact.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may trust God to answer my prayer as He sees fit. I pray that I may be content with whatever form that answer may take.
The hardline former director of Pakistans military intelligence agency is preparing to take the helm of the countrys powerful spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI).
Smiling at Corruption
Democrats try to save Bob Menendez months after his bipartisan admonishment.
Oct. 18, 2018 7:05 p.m. ET
Democrats have failed all year to find a cogent midterm campaign theme, but one appears to be attaching to them all the same: Listen to what we say; ignore what we do.
Nowhere is this truer than in blue, blue New Jersey, where Sen. Bob Menendez is suddenly struggling. Businessman and Republican nominee Bob Hugin has spent months educating Garden State voters on Mr. Menendezs adventures with a now-convicted criminal. The more the voters learn, the tighter the race becomes. Recent public polls have awarded Mr. Menendez a 6- or 7-point lead, though a new internal Hugin poll claims the gap is now less than 2.
Democrats are alarmed enough that the Senate Majority PAC this week decided to reroute a precious $3 million to bolster Mr. Menendez with television advertising. The decision is extraordinary, given the number of Senate seats Democrats are already struggling to defend, many in states President Trump carried. But it is even more extraordinary for the statementcampaign theme, if you willDemocrats are rolling out with this ad buy. Namely, dont believe us.
This is the party that claims to be running against a Republican culture of corruption. Democrats have highlighted the conviction of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and introduced anticorruption bills in Congress. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in August even provided her members a toolkit for talking about supposed GOP misdeeds. They present the Trump White House as some mix of the yakuza and a drug cartel.
Yet here Democrats are intervening on behalf of the one federal lawmaker to have been definitively judged by his peers as corrupt in recent yearsto have abused his office, to have scorned ethics rules, to have brought discredit on the Senate. A bipartisan letter from the Senate Ethics Committee in April severely admonished Mr. Menendez, finding that for six years he had knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts of significant value from his close friend and Democratic Party...
Strips Hamas rulers said to be attempting to tamp down on weekly border riots, after Jerusalem says it will step up response to renewed violence following Wednesday rocket attack
Israel and Gaza were girding for a possible return to violence Friday, amid fears that renewed border protests could push the sides back to the brink of war after a brief violent flareup days earlier.
Israeli troops were readying for weekly border protests Friday that have turned deadly in the past, with the day being seen as a key test in whether the sides can continue negotiating a long-term ceasefire deal as part of an Egyptian-led effort.
Israel has demanded an end to the weekly confrontations, as well as the frequent launches of incendiary balloons into Israeli territory.
Daoud Shehab, a member of the organizing committee of the marches, said officials were encouraging protesters to stay away from the border fence. But he said he was not sure to what extent they would succeed in restraining the public mood.
There will be attempts to prevent them from approaching the fence. There might be a reduction of balloons, he said. We hope there will be no human losses tomorrow. We are giving a chance to the Egyptian efforts.
According to reports, Egypt had warned Hamas that renewed protests would bring a heavy Israeli response.
On Thursday, Israels top-level security cabinet instructed the army to take a wait-and-see approach to allow mediation eff...
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a top Afghan official would not fundamentally change the security situation in Kandahar province.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for Thursdays shooting in the restive southern province that killed anti-Taliban strongman and police chief, General Abdul Raziq.
At least two other people died during the attack inside a fortified government compound in Kandahar city that targeted a high-level security meeting.
The top commander for US and NATO forces, General Scott Miller, was also present but escaped injury.
Mattis said he did not see Raziqs death as changing things on the ground in Kandahar.
Ive seen the officers around him. Ive seen the maturation of the Afghan security forces, Mattis told reporters on the sidelines of a security summit in Singapore.
Its a tragic loss of a patriot for Afghanistan. But I dont see it having a long-term effect on our area.
The Pentagon chief said it was too early to know if the assault would hamper turnout for parliamentary elections set for October 20.
President Trump said on Thursday that he believes the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he expressed confidence in intelligence reports from multiple sources that strongly suggest a high-level Saudi role in Mr. Khashoggis assassination.
Mr. Trump stopped short of saying the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for Mr. Khashoggis death. But he acknowledged that the allegations that the prince ordered the killing raised hard questions about the American alliance with Saudi Arabia and had ignited one of the most serious foreign policy crises of his presidency.
This one has caught the imagination of the world, unfortunately, Mr. Trump said in a brief interview with The New York Times in the Oval Office. Its not a positive. Not a positive.
The shift in the presidents tone came shortly after a briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and it signaled that after trying to defend the Saudi rulers, Mr. Trump was coming to terms with the far-reaching implications of the Khashoggi case and the likelihood that his closest ally in the Arab world was guilty of the grisly killing of a Saudi-born columnist for The Washington Post.
Unless the miracle of all miracles happens, I would acknowledge that hes dead, Mr. Trump said. Thats based on everything intelligence coming from every side. Later, before leaving on a trip to Montana, he was asked what the consequences would be if Saudi Arabias culpability was established.
Well, itll have to be very severe, he said. I mean, its bad, bad stuff.
But it is not at all clear what Mr. Trump has in mind, given the central role that Saudi Arabia plays in the presidents strategy for the Middle East and the web of ties that have developed between the prince and the...
In recent days, a cadre of conservative House Republicans allied with Trump has been privately exchanging articles from right-wing outlets that fuel suspicion of Khashoggi, highlighting his association with the Muslim Brotherhood in his youth and raising conspiratorial questions about his work decades ago as an embedded reporter covering Osama bin Laden, according to four GOP officials involved in the discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly.
Those aspersions which many lawmakers have been wary of stating publicly because of the political risks of doing so have begun to flare into public view as conservative media outlets have amplified the claims, which are aimed in part at protecting Trump as he works to preserve the U.S.-Saudi relationship and avoid confronting the Saudis on human rights.
President Trump tells reporters at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday that it appears journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Trumps remarks about reporters amid the Khashoggi fallout have inflamed existing tensions between his allies and the media. At a Thursday rally in Montana, Trump openly praised Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) for assaulting a reporter in his bid for Congress last year.
Any guy that can do a body slam, hes my kind of hes my guy, Trump said.
Hours earlier, prominent conservative television personalities were making insinuations about Khashoggis background.
Michael Beer holds a poster during a rally about the disappearance of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
Khashoggi was tied to the Muslim Brother...
Saudi intelligence officer and former diplomat Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb played a pivotal role in the apparent assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a source familiar with the Turkish investigation has told CNN.
Source Zeinab Daher Once upon a time, in a kingdom whose ruler is a vampire, people staying at their homes had to suffer and suffer, but they had no right to resist otherwise, they will live unsafely forever, or perhaps not forever Where Mohammad bin Salman, until-the-moment Saudi Arabias crown prince, practices his open-minded regime 
Strong e-commerce demand is fueling Asias air freight market, with the US-China trade war having minimal negative impact so far and in some cases even boosting shipments, industry executives said on Friday.
E-commerce is growing at pace in populous Asia, driven by Chinese behemoth Alibaba Group and rival JD.com, as well as others such as Japans Rakuten, sponsor of Spanish soccer giants FC Barcelona.
But the flow of goods has been threatened this year by the United States imposing import tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods to redress what it regards as unfair trade relations with Chinas government responding in kind.
I think right now we are probably going to see a pretty strong fourth quarter, Randy Tinseth, Boeing Cos vice president for commercial airplane marketing, said on the sidelines of an industry conference.
The economy today has been very, very strong. Frankly in anticipation of this geopolitical situation I think people are just going out and moving (cargo) quickly.
Asia-Pacific air cargo volume rose 4.8 percent in January-August, showed data from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). That was lower than last years 9.8 percent but came off a higher comparison base at a time of record shipments, said AAPA Director-General Andrew Herdman.
Given this short-term effect of scrambling to meet deadlines for tariff imposition and so on we are seeing pockets lanes and channels where demand is stronger than expected. For the next several months the cargo picture remains relatively robust. The question is what will the outlook for next year be.
Asian airlines have an outsized role in air freight, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the global market as the region is a major manufacturing hub and e-commerce is growing.
E-commerce is changing the way people are buying stuff, especially in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines, said Jean-Francois Laval, Airbus executive vice president, Asia sales. It is coming from China, from Korea, it is coming from other parts of the region. You need a huge amount of cargo space.
Boeing on Monday forecast air cargo traffic would double over the next 20 years, growing at an average rate of 4.2 percent a year.
To meet that demand, the airc...
Concerns over economic growth and trade prompt rare statements from agency heads Chinas equity market has suffered a sharp fall this year against a backdrop of trade tension and weak economic data EPA Share on Twitter (opens new window) Share on Facebook (opens new window) Share on LinkedIn (opens new window) Save Save to myFT
By Emma Dunkley in Hong Kong
Chinese regulators moved to reassure investors on Friday amid the sharpest fall in equities since the rout in 2015, ahead of data that revealed Chinas economy grew at its slowest pace in almost a decade over the past three months. Concerns over global growth and mounting geopolitical tension have rippled through global stock markets over the past couple of weeks, hitting frothy technology stocks and Chinese equities in particular.
Asian stocks dipped in early trading on Friday after US equities dropped on Thursday, with the S&P 500 closing down by 1.4 per cent and the technology-heavy Nasdaq down by more than 2 per cent following last weeks turbulence in global stock markets.
China reported third-quarter GDP growth of 6.5 per cent year-on-year on Friday, slightly undershooting analysts expectations of 6.6 per cent. Asia markets opened down, with the CSI 300 index of companies listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen dropping as much as 1.15 per cent on Friday, before rebounding later in the morning. China GDP came in lower than expected, and the market was slightly disappointed, said Marcella Chow, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management.
But there were soundbites from three China regulators to offer comfort...the market improved slightly after those.
Chinas equity markets have suffered a sharp fall this year against a backdrop of trade tensions with the US and weak economic data. The CSI 300 has lost nearly 30 per cent since its high point this year in January. In a rare move, the heads of Chinas central bank, the banking and insurance regulator and the securities watchdog told state media that economic momentum might be slowing but that they were introducing measures to help the markets.
Guo Shuqing, chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, told state media that there have been significantly abnormal fluctuations in Chinas finance market caused by various factors...the market has been out of touch with the fundamentals of the Chinese economy. It also does not reflect the healthiness of Chinas financial system.
Yi Gang, governor of the Peoples Bank of China, told local media that the central bank would continue implementing a neutral monetary policy and would ensure that there was ad...
Data released on Friday show Chinas economy grew at an annual pace of 6.5%.
Thats a slight slowdown from the previous quarter when China grew by 6.7% but this is the lowest reading since the first quarter of 2009 when Chinas growth tanked in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, growing by just 6.2%.
You should always have some healthy scepticism around Chinas official growth figures, but they remain a relatively useful indicator of the trajectory of the economy.
These figures are also the first to be released by the Chinese government since US President Donald Trump hit China with two sets of tariffs since July, encompassing $250bn (192bn) worth of Chinese goods, which will add weight to the current narrative that Chinas economy is under pressure from the trade war.
But it is worth bearing in mind that Chin...
October 18, 2018 / Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon The mainstream media reported today that Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts after users on the pro-Trump Reddit forum r/The_Donald coordinated efforts to use Twitter to set up Non-Player Character (NPC) profiles mocking liberals. The artistic campaign was born out of their characterisation of liberals as uncritical characters 
So far, GOP candidates ads dont emphasize issue, and Democrats say it alienates independents
WASHINGTONPresident Trump is elevating the issue of immigration, which drove his 2016 campaign, with the aim of animating Republican voters in a midterm election that threatens to derail his agenda if Democrats retake the House.
Mr. Trumps latest comments came Thursday as he warned about an onslaught of migrants reaching the southern U.S. border with Mexico and threatened to deploy the military if the caravan isnt stopped....
October 17, 2018 / Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon Despite the vast amount invested in Holocaust education and in spite of the fact that the Holocaust is the only compulsory subject in the British national history curriculum, British pupils seem not to follow the message of the rigid topic. For some reason, they struggle to buy into the 
China has arrested a former vice finance minister for suspected corruption, its top prosecutor said on Friday.
Zhang Shaochun has been under investigation for serious violation of discipline and law, the graft watchdog said, in a long-running corruption campaign under President Xi Jinping.
Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk
Three of Chinas top financial officials launched a coordinated attempt to shore up confidence in the countrys stock markets and economic prospects on Friday in an unusual expression of top-level concern over what one of them called abnormal share price falls.
The timing of the rare intervention by the heads of the central bank, securities commission and banking regulator in interviews with Chinese media comes amid a bruising stock downturn and were released ahead of data showing slowing economic growth.
Momentum for the economy to maintain steady growth has increased, Peoples Bank of China governor Yi Gang was quoted saying.
Overall, current stock market valuations are at historically low levels, which is in contrast with Chinas stable and improving economic fundamentals.
AFP | Peoples Bank of China governor Yi Gang said falling stock prices were in contrast to the countrys stable economic fundamentals
Markets are being pummelled by concerns over the economy, the escalating trade standoff with the United States and an official crackdown on excess debt leveraging in the financial system.
The government is becoming increasingly worried about the losses, which have made the countrys markets the worlds worst-performing in 2018, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down around 30 percent from its January peak and sitting at four-year lows.
The comments by Yi as well as China Securities Regulatory Commission Chairman Liu Shiyu and Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission chief Guo Shuqing are the most concerted effort yet in a series of recent top-level statements targeting concern over the equities decline and the economy.
They were aimed at easing fears China was swerving away from pledges of financial reform, and that private enterprises may suffer from a strengthening state hand on the economy.
Both the Shanghai index and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on the countrys second exchange, fell more than one percent at the opening on Friday.
But they quickly reversed course after the officials comments and the economic growth figures filtered through the markets.
By late morning, the Shanghai index was up 0.65 percent, while Shenzhen gained 0.75 percent.
The government said the worlds second-largest economy expanded 6.5 percent in July-September, the slowest quarterly pace in nine years.
Banking regulator Guo said Chinese financial markets have recently seen a large number of abnormal fluctuations due to various factors, which is ser...
By Philip Giraldi Source Getting to the bottom of the Jamal Khashoggi disappearance is a bit like peeling an onion. It is known that Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd to get a document that would enable him to marry a Turkish woman. It is also known, from surveillance cameras situated 
By Major Pierre-Henri-Bunel Source Osama bin Laden with Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1979 (source unconfirmed) Michel Chossudovskys October 16, 2018 Note: This article originally published by Global Research in 2005 sheds light on the nature of Al Qaeda, an intelligence construct used by Washington to destabilize and destroy sovereign countries, while sustaining the illusion of an outside enemy, which 
[This analysis was written for the Unz Review] In previous articles about this topic I have tried to set the context and explain why most Orthodox Churches are still used
Those in the Western media too busy to be bothered trying to understand the complexities, intricacies and nuances of the Middle East often resort to concluding nearly all conflicts there are some kind of "proxy war" between Saudi Arabia and Iran. This is usually out of ignorance, reducing disputes to the lowest common dominator of Continue reading "There Is No Proxy War in Yemen"
By Johnathan Sigrist Source Yesterday we witnessed one of the greatest Facebook account and page purges since its formation over a decade ago. In total, 559 pages and 251 personal accounts were instantly removed from the platform, for having consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior according to Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebooks Head of Cybersecurity and 
The Human Rights Commission revealed that over 2,200 bodies have been found in Mosul and Nineveh province.
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By Stephen Lendman Source Addressing the Security Council on Wednesday, Syrias Bashar al-Jaafari slammed the presence of US, UK, French and Turkish forces in his country, calling the occupiers responsible for aggression against its sovereign independence. He accused the so-called US-led coalition of terror-bombing civilian communities, including use of banned weapons, responsible for massacring countless 
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As a settler-colonial country, Israel has industriously sought to erase the existence of the people indigenous to the land it occupies, so as to better appropriate aspects of their culture that make it local, rather than implanted. Since food is historically a place-based cultural production, Israeli cuisine prides itself not
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New York Post, by Tony Badran and Michael Doran, October 18, 2018: With the likelihood growing that the Saudi government was behind the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, pressure has built for severe, swift action. As President Trump awaits more answers and contemplates a response, its worth considering who Khashoggi actually was, what he stood for and why the regime might Continue reading
A New York City gala held by the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces (FIDF) on 27 March 2016 [Avi Mayer/Twitter] Palestine Chronicle | October 18, 2018 A New York City gala held by the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces (FIDF) yesterday evening raised $32 million for members of Israels occupation forces. The event 
by Vladimir Golstein Thank you, Saudi Arabia for exposing the utter hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of British and American gangsta press and equally gangsta establishment. Youve been at it for a very long time. And it seems that finally youve got it right. When you chopped the heads of your own dissidents or women raped by your spoiled brats, the western media and its politicians said they respect your traditions. When you treated your own women like shit, forcing them to be dressed as Halloween ghosts during the hottest days of summer, the west said that it is our moral duty to accept diverse cultures. When you decimated civilians in Yemen, the west looked another way and sold you more arms to decimate more people in Yemen. When you sponsored all kinds of violent thugs all over Balkans, Middle East, Europe and Africa, and encouraged them to take over giant patches of land, the west looked the other way, as long as the oil was flowing. Finally, some of your sexually repressed thugs flew the
By James ONeill | OffGuardian | October 18, 2018 According to recent media reports, the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth (Sydney) by-election, former diplomat David Sharma said he was open to the idea that Australias embassy in Israel could be shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a separate tweet he went further and said 
MEMO | October 18, 2018 There have been remarks in Israel recently expressing disappointment at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salmans performance regarding the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This does not stem from his bloody repression of his opponents, but from the fact that this policy has reduced Israels ability to rely on him 
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovs interview with Euronews, Moscow, October 16, 2018 Question: The issue of Russias financial contribution to the Council of Europe has long been on the agenda
This civil society statement was delivered to the UN General Assembly's First Committee on October 17th 2018.
By Gilad Atzmon | October 18, 2018 The mainstream media reported today that Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts after users on the pro-Trump Reddit forum r/The_Donald coordinated efforts to use Twitter to set up Non-Player Character (NPC) profiles mocking liberals. The artistic campaign was born out of their characterisation of liberals as uncritical characters 
BREAKING: Water Protectors just successfully shut down an Energy Transfer Partners shareholders meeting in Dallas, Texas L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou BridgeAll the shareholders were forced to evacuate!Kelcy Warren, ETP CEO, fled when frontline leaders Ellen Gerhart, Cherri Foytlin and Waniya Locke spoke out about the gross misconduct of ETP projects on the Mariner East, Bayou Bridge, and
Requesting the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuelas government is a significant escalation in Ottawas campaign of interference in the domestic affairs of another country.
Supported by five like-minded South American nations, its the first time a member state has been brought before the ICCs chief prosecutor by other members.
In Canada the campaign to have the ICC investigate the Nicols Maduro government began in May. I would like to see the states from the G7 agreeing to refer the matter of crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court for a prospective investigation and prosecution, said Irwin Cotler at an Ottawa press conference to release a report on purported Venezuelan human rights violations. The former Liberal justice minister added, this is the arch-typical example of why a reference is needed, as to why the ICC was created.
Cotler was one of three international experts responsible for a 400-page Canadian-backed Organization of American States (OAS) report on rights violations in Venezuela. The panel recommended OAS secretary general Luis Almagro submit the report to the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC and that other states refer Venezuela to the ICC. In a Real News Network interview Max Blumenthal described the hyperbolic and propagandistic nature of the press conference where the report was released at the OAS in Washington. Cotler said Venezuelas government itself was responsible for the worst ever humanitarian crisis in the region.
Worse than the extermination of the Tano and Arawak by the Spanish? Or the enslavement of five million Africans in Brazil? Or the 200,000 Mayans killed in Guatemala? Or the thousands of state-murdered subversives in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, etc.? Worse than the tens of thousands killed in Colombia, Honduras and Mexico in recent years? Worse than the countless US (and Canadian) backed military coups in the region?
Or perhaps Almagro, who appointed Cotler and the two other panelists, approves of the use of military might to enforce the will of the rich and powerful. He stated last month: ...
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RT | October 18, 2018 A US Treasury official was arrested and charged with conspiracy for leaking secret banking documents to the press, feeding a everlasting stream of often bogus bombshell reports about Muellers notorious Russian meddling probe. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, 40, was named in the criminal complaint filed in the federal court in 
Anne White Hat --'Energy Transfer Partners tried to kill us in the Atchafalaya' By Anne White Hat Published with permission Censored News Talk about #BayousOfResistance!! (Oct. 17, 2018) The past 72 hours with our Leau Est La Vie Crew have been nothing less than equal parts prayer, love, Ohitika, raw courage, and badassednessicity - to say the least. Those Energy Transfer
This scenario assumes an even more incredible dimension as it is generated by fake science and doctored data by a tight-knit group of climate scientists internationally that have so polarized scientific discourse that they label fellow scientists who try to argue as not mere global warming skeptics, but rather as Climate Change deniers. What does that bit of neuro-linguistic programming suggest? Holocaust deniers? Talk about how to kill legitimate scientific debate, the essence of true science. Recently the head of the UN IPCC proclaimed, The debate over the science of climate change is well and truly over.
What the UN panel chose to ignore was the fact the debate was anything but over. The Global Warming Petition Project, signed by over 31,000 American scientists states, There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earths atmosphere and disruption of the Earths climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.Chicken LittleThe most interesting about the dire warnings of global catastrophe if dramatic changes to our living standards are not undertaken urgently, is that the dire warnings are always attempts to frighten based on future prediction. Whe...
Long term prison-abolitionist strategies are not necessarily the same as those we'll need to free individual prisoners in the short run. But in Sara and Sens case as in any other, it is important that we have critiques of the oppressive nature of prisons in mind while thinking about the specificity of their context.
The alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a mass media rollout, every bit as sparsely verified and every bit as questionable as the official Skripal narrative, but this fact is being overlooked due to the cognitive dissonance involved in who is being blamed.
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The Nefarium has been busy in Joseph's absence: the CSU was
handed its walking papers in the Bavarian state elections in
Germany, the AfD (Alternativ fur Deutschland) surged, and Italy is
(as predicted) playing hardball with the EU:
Italy Declares War on Merkel and the EU
Sputnik 18.10.2018 Russia has faced several rounds of sanctions from the United States and the European Union over its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections, and alleged involvement in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK city of Salisbury in early March. US Special 
By Carmine Sabia | Citizen Truth | October 17, 2018 After the recent purge of over 800 independent media outlets on Facebook, the Supreme Court is now hearing a case that could have ramifications for any future attempts at similar purges. The United States Supreme Court has agreed to take a case that could change 
Via: Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border on Thursday as more Hondurans and Salvadorans joined thousands of migrants in Guatemala headed north. I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught and if unable to do so I will call 
By Daisy Luther | Organic Prepper | October 15, 2018 Last week, Mark Zuckerberg made the media rounds to give a rather shady explanation of why Facebook suddenly closed hundreds of incredibly popular pages in whats being called The Alternative Media Purge. Zuckerberg accused the closed pages, many of which had millions of fans, of spreading 
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just announced he will not be attending the Future Investment Initiative Summit in Saudi Arabia next week. Obviously he didnt decide this on his own. His announcement stated that this was done after consultation with Trump...
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just announced he will not be attending the Future Investment Initiative Summit in Saudi Arabia next week. Obviously he didnt decide this on his own. His announcement stated that this was done after consultation with Trump...
Todays news that the Israeli Supreme Court is allowing Lara Alqasem of Florida to come into Israel to study for her Masters at the Hebrew University is great news for the 22-year-old Palestinian American student who has spent two weeks detained at Ben Gurion Airport, even though she had a visa.
It is also a victory for liberal Zionist advocacy groups who turned up the heat on Israel in recent days to say that the countrys battle against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is misguided if the government thinks it is winning anyone over by denying entry to an American who says she wants to learn about Israel and who though she once supported BDS says she no longer does, and wouldnt be studying at the Hebrew University if she did. The LetHerStay pressure campaign mounted by J Street, New Israel Fund, and Americans for Peace Now among others seems to have paid off.
And Benjamin Netanyahu and his minister for public security Gilad Erdan, who kept doubling down on keeping Alqasem out, lost big, and have been publicly humiliated.
The people missing from the Alqasem victory parade, though, are all those American elected officials who usually stand up for citizens in a bind overseas.
I am not aware of any Members of Congress or candidates for federal office speaking out about Lara Alquasem, Jessica Rosenblum of J Street says.
Two weeks ago the Miami Herald quoted US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alqasems congresswoman, defending the Israeli government:
On Thursday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Herald: Israeli law prohibits entry of individuals involved in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. I support Israels right to do that, as a sovereign state. Ms. Alqasem is my constituent, and her family has reached out to my office seeking assistance. We have opened a constituent case, and are gathering information regarding this situation.
I repeatedly emailed Wasserman Schultzs staff to get updates on what they were doing. They never responded.
Meantime, Cody ORourke, a friend of Alqasem, circulated a petition over the last few days blasting the silence of Alqasems political representatives. People are working at all levels and around the world to free Lara, he wrote, but:
To date, none of Alqasems elected officials from Florida have publicly supported her or defended the fundamental principl...
Whether it involves victims of a chemical attack or a bombing, open source investigators are required to watch and interact with raw footage from the field it lies at the core of online open source investigation. As a consequence of the increase in eyewitness media, investigators come in contact with a high amount of graphic footage. While this is potential evidence for investigative and accountability purposes, we must be mindful of the effects that traumatic media can have on those coming in contact with it on a regular basis. The consequence of repeated exposure to eyewitness media or testimony is secondary, or vicarious, trauma. It is mental distress that is experienced as an outcome of interacting with graphic online media.
This guide is intended to serve as an educational tool for those working in the open source investigative field. It includes research of Sam Dubberley, Manager at Amnesty Internationals Digital Verification Corps/contributor to the EyeWitness Media Hub, as well as the authors experience at the Open Source Investigations Lab in the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley Law School. The guide focuses on themes from investigative work as related to the Middle East, but can be adapted to other geographic areas.
Content from open source investigations in the Middle East is often very graphic in nature. Knowing how to prevent secondary trauma is the first step in slowing burnout caused by vicarious trauma in the human rights field.
One key feature of preventing secondary trauma is knowing yourself, and thus knowing what images affect you the most. For some people, the sound of crying children is particularly traumatic. For others, it is explicit physical injuries. Understanding your own sensitivities is critical for preventing trauma as it allows for mental preparation. One is particularly vulnerable to secondary trauma when the mind is not prepared for or surprised by what it encounters. As a result, it is imperative that you compose yourself mentally for what you are about to see, as well as warning colleagues about traumatic media you intend to show them.
Another important factor in...
The Trump administration will not longer have separate U.S. diplomatic posts for Israel and the Palestinians, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement this morning. The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem that services Palestinians will be folded into the embassy in Israel and headed by the U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
Palestinian leaders responded to the closure by accusing the Trump administration of taking a step towards the recognition of Greater Israel, a single state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, and permanently abandoning Palestinian statehood.
Pompeo said the single diplomatic mission will assist Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem with consular support through a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside U.S. Embassy Jerusalem.
The unit will be located at the former U.S. consular site on Argon Road in West Jerusalem.
The move does not change the U.S.s position that boundaries or borders are a final status issue, Pompeo said.
This decision is driven by our global efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations. It does not signal a change of U.S. policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank, or the Gaza Strip, Pompeo continued.
Within minutes of the announcement, PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat said, This decision...
Top corporations continue to accrue revenues far in excess of most governments, figures compiled by Global Justice Now show. Comparing 2017 revenues, 69 of the top 100 economic entities are corporations rather than governments. The top 10 corporations a list which includes Walmart, Toyota and Shell as well as several Chinese corporations raked in over $3 trillion last year. When it comes to the top 200 entities, the gap between corporations and governments gets even more pronounced: 157 are corporations. Walmart, Apple and Shell all accrued more wealth than even fairly rich countries like Russia, Belgium, Sweden.
European Commission head Guenther Oettinger has said its very likely that Italys draft budget will be rejected, a development that would trigger a high-profile showdown between Rome and Brussels.
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The Volcker Rule was passed as part of the Dodd Frank Act of 2010 in order to help avert another financial crisis similar to the Great Recession of 2008. That crisis was caused in large part by excessive bank speculation in trading markets, and the Volcker Rule seeks to reduce the risk associated with these activities by prohibiting proprietary trading by government-backstopped banks. In October 2011, the Agencies proposed regulations implementing the Volcker Rule. In February 2012, OSEC issued a 325 page comment letter to the banking regulators urging vigorous and robust implementation of the Volcker Rule. OSEC also issued letters to members of Congress in the summer of 2012 during the governments investigation into JP Morgans London Whale $6 billion trading loss...
By Paul Antonopoulos On Oct 17, 2018 Trump appears to act in the interests of multipolarity, whether or not these are conscious decisions. Certainly all the members of his administration continue act along the lines of business as usual carrying forward the old Cold War mentality and attitude towards international relations. But Trump has numerous powers as 
A judge in San Francisco last week announced that she is considering overturning the historic verdict that would lead to Monsanto being held accountable for manufacturing dangerous cancer-causing weedkillers. Although San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos hasnt formally ruled on a decision, she did conduct a two-hour hearing to consider the BigAg companys demand to toss out the entire jury verdict, which called for Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages. The hearing was scheduled after Bolanos wrote a tentative ruling stating her intention to strike down the punitive damages and schedule a new trial. In August a jury found that Monsanto knew, or should have known, its best-selling weedkiller, Roundup...
The disappearance and presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi puts the corrupt relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States in high relief. The two countries have been partners in crime over many years. Together they used jihadist proxies to make wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria that furthered U.S. interests. The brutal Saudi attack on neighboring Yemen could not happen without U.S. diplomatic and logistical support. The Donald Trump presidency has brought the two even closer. The relationship is now a true love affair complete with personal dealings between Saudi royals and the Trumps. Khashoggi was a member of a prominent Saudi family with strong ties to the royal house. His uncle, Adnan Khashoggi, was an arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra and BCCI scandals.
The New York Attorney Generals office has subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors and Washington advocacy organizations, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether they were behind the flood of fake public comments submitted before the Federal Communication Commissions decision to revoke net neutrality rules last year. Barbara Underwood, who became the states attorney general earlier this year after predecessor Eric Schneiderman resigned in disgrace, wants to see whether industry groups were behind a huge effort to pollute the 22 million letters filed to the FCCs electronic comment filing system with fraudulent submissions.
When San Diego resident Gerald Starks rent increased and he couldnt afford another apartment, the retired union pipefitter moved into his RV. But because he lacked an address, San Diego law made it almost impossible for him to park his RV legally. Soon the city confiscated it, leaving him out on the streets. There, he was ticketed for violating another law prohibiting sleeping in public. Faced with thousands of dollars in fines and fees he was unable to pay, Stark lived every day in fear of being arrested for simply trying to survive. Hes not alone. There isnt a single county in the United States where you can rent a two-bedroom, market-rate apartment working a full-time, minimum-wage job.
Ben Rhodes, the foreign policy wunderkind under President Obama, recently published a book on foreign policy with the bracing-realist title, The World As It Is, and hardly mentioned U.S. support for the war on Yemen, leaving out mass starvation, war crimes, even Saudi Arabia. Rhodess three Yemen references were all to al Qaedas presence.
Then two weeks ago the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and is now presumed murdered, and like so many others in the foreign policy establishment, Rhodes has taken the opportunity to attack Donald Trumps embrace of Saudi Arabia in a piece in the Atlantic titled, The Abandonment of American Leadership, (October 12).
Rhodes is now far more forthcoming than he was in his book about Obamas policy in Yemen. Obama tried to restrain Saudi Arabias war on Yemen, Rhodes says, but all that restraint then disappeared under Trump; and in hindsight, the Obama administration was wrong to have trusted the Saudis.
Rhodes also finally acknowledges the high price Yemeni civilians have paid for U.S. policy. Some excerpts:
MbSs [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salmans] first foray into foreign policy as defense minister was a war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemena war that seemed to have no clear objective other than confronting an Iranian-supported faction. Repeatedly, the Obama administration had to put restrictions on the weapons we provided in support of this effort or apply diplomatic pressure on the Saudis and Emiratis to show restraint, as the war escalated and civilian casualties continued to mount.
What followed [under Trump, following his trip to Saudi Arabia] was the full expression of all of the policies that had been sources of tension under Obama. In the absence of any U.S. pressure related to the conduct of the war in Yemen, the conflict escalated, and a humanitarian crisis spiraled out of control with no political endgame in sight
Looking at the increasing death toll in Yemen [in 2017, Khashoggi] argued that the longer this cruel war lasts in Yemen, the more permanent the damage will be.
[S]o we are seeing, once more, what happens when the worlds oldest democracy abandons its role of promoting democratic values around the globe
Heres Rhodess conclusion:
In hindsight, we were wrong to think that cautious and at times conditional support for the war in Yemen would influenc...
Apart from Cross, in the 17 years we have been working on Media Lens, only one other person has subjected us to a relentlessly negative campaign that is in any way comparable. Almost ten years ago, we documented how Oliver Kamm had been pursuing us relentlessly across the internet writing blogs about us, posting grisly comments about our genocide denial under online interviews with us, and often warning journalists who mentioned our work or who, god forbid, praised our work or who interacted with us in any way, that we were blood-drenched genocide deniers and/or seedy misogynists.
Our Vexed and Bitter Masters Seek Regime Change Again By Scott Creighton | nomadiceveryman | October 18, 2018 Back in April of this year, a journalist in Gaza wearing a vest marked PRESS was deliberately shot and killed by IDF snipers. That brings the total number killed to 18 since the start of the Second 
The purge is here. Facebook, Twitter and the silencing of anything that goes against the state. Next up, women's health and rights are under attack. A backwards, theocratic reworking of Title X threatens women's already dwindling rights over our bodies and our life choices. Finally, the Women's March on the Pentagon challenging militarization at home and abroad.
The Kudzu Science mass spectrometry gold standard method used for testing glyphosate, AMPA and glufosinate is fully validated, which gives these results even more significance. The Detox Project Director, Henry Rowlands, stated Wednesday; Even at this early stage of testing we believe it is vital to warn the public and regulators that glyphosate is being found in human hair. The levels found are surprising to everyone involved, as we have been working on urine testing with university and commercial laboratories over the past four years and we have never seen such results. One of the main questions now for the public, scientists, regulators and the pesticide industry, is how are such levels of the worlds most used herbicide first entering the blood stream and then ending up in our hair?
(ZHE) A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a suspicious car accident in Riyadh, according to Turkish media. Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabias Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 during Khashoggis visit, before the 
Venezuela is replacing the dollar with the euro or yuan in its international business endeavors, Bolivarian Minister of Industries and National Production, Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday. The newest round of sanctions imposed by the United States against Venezuela is making international financial interactions impossible, Aissami said during a press conference with Calixto Ortega, the president of the Central Bank of Venezuela. International financial transactions using foreign currency were reportedly blocked, agroindustrial and pharmaceutical sectors said, showing that the U.S. financial sanctions have now extended to affect both the private and public sectors. From his personal Twitter account, Aissami said, We have to generate new conditions to overcome these aggressions on the part of the governments of the USA...
First round results showed that the far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro had a clear path to the presidency, but few expected that it would be this easy. According to a recent Ibope poll, 59% of the public will vote for Bolsonaro in the upcoming second round and just 41% for his opponent, Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party.
Are we on the brink of a revolution in housing policy? In the three-quarters of a century since Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised Americans the right to a decent home, the housing market has remained both a cause of Americas racial and economic inequality and a woefully inadequate solution to it. Today, a decade after the financial crash of 2008, even in a period of rapid economic growth, the home-finance and rental markets are failing millions of Americans. But, as in the Depression, a new generation of politicians are putting housing inequality at the center of the national agenda. Congressional candidates ranging from Minnesotas Ilhan Omar to Hawaiis Kaniela Ing have called for Housing for All, including rent-stabilization programs and a new infusion of federal subsidies for the construction of affordable housing.
While in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly during the last week of September the Prime Minister of Canada spoke about Venezuela. As he defended the government of Canadas outrageous decision to lead the right-wing attempt to bring the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro to the International Criminal Court Trudeau said, "The message is that the situation in Venezuela is catastrophic. There is a humanitarian crisis going on in a country that used to be one of the most successful and prosperous countries in South America." Interestingly, with this one rhetorical and inflated lie, meant to justify Canadas intervention in the internal affairs of the sovereign and independent country of Venezuela, Trudeau has nicely summed up a recent report on Venezuela on the CBC Radios The Current.
Mounting pressure on Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi might account for Mohammed bin Zayed's decision to cancel Paris visit
By Andrew KORYBKO Oriental Review 18/10/2018 The US is threatening to further sanction Syria if Damascus doesnt make progress in Americas preferred direction during the ongoing constitutional reform process. The US special representative for Syria James Jeffrey conveyed this intention on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly after his country and a 
"On October 16th, unnamed Turkish officials reportedly provided the Washington Post with scans of passports supposedly carried by seven men who were part of the 15-person team suspected in the disappearance and likely killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The passports...
"On October 16th, unnamed Turkish officials reportedly provided the Washington Post with scans of passports supposedly carried by seven men who were part of the 15-person team suspected in the disappearance and likely killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The passports...
OTTAWACanada risks becoming a client state of China unless it stops being nave to growing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence undermining its democracy and sovereignty. Thats the lesson from Clive Hamiltons new book, Silent Invasion, which details how pervasive Chinese influence has softened Australiaone of Canadas closest alliesinto becoming more supportive of Beijings mercantilist views.
Hamilton, a public ethics professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, laid it all out in frightening detailhow Chinas United Front work was infiltrating all aspects of Australian society so as to break up the America-Australia alliance.
He was one of four panellists at an event hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), a public policy think tank, in Ottawa on Oct. 16.
Silent Invasion details how China feels it has a right to take over the world and how it has re-characterized itself as a historical victim of other powers such as Japan and the United States.
The United Front, an arm of the CCP, works to influence the choices, direction, and loyalties of its targets by overcoming negative perceptions and promoting favourable perceptions of CCP rule in China, explained Hamilton.
His book almost went unpublished, as three publishers feared reprisals from China. It was eventually published this February.
The panellists focused on the first step for Canadas protection: greater awareness of the growing Chinese threat.
It really is fundamentally important that the nature of CCP influence activities in Canada be exposed over and ov...
By Aleksandr Voznesensky Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/vatican-war-ukraine-constantinople/ source: https://cont.ws/@alexandrpasichnik/1085946 The other day the Uniate website RISU, which is based in the Ukrainian
It was a time for smiles and handshakes as the delegations from Sierra Leone and China Exim Bank sealed a loan to provide the impoverished West African state with a new airport.
Just months later, the much-trumpeted Mamamah International Airport scheme, estimated to cost $400 million (347 million euros), has gone up in smoke.
Sierra Leones new government has scrapped the contract, bluntly declaring it uneconomical. Instead it will use an existing, underused airport and improve access to it.
AFP | Construction work on the Chinese-built Maputo-Katembe Bridge, linking the two sides of the bay of Mozambiques capital. The three-kilometer, $725-million structure, scheduled to open this year, will be Africas longest suspension bridge
The decision coincides with concern internationally about Africas mounting debts with China fears that are sometimes voiced by individual Africans, but rarely their governments.
We need Chinese development, but not at the expense of our unborn children who will be paying the debts, said Hassan Dumbuya, a taxi driver using a partly-completed Chinese-built toll road between Freetown and Masiaka.
So is Sierra Leones U-turn on the airport the dawn of an African revolt against Chinese-funded projects?
Not so fast, say analysts.
Its not a revolt because African countries cannot revolt they are seeking finance, said Ivorian political analyst Jean Alabro in Abidjan.
Michael Kottoh, managing partner at Konfidants, an international consultancy firm, explained that the airport cancellation had a limited, local, context.
True, it could be seen as yet more evidence that many African governments are rushing to grab Chinese deals without seeking serious transaction advice to guide their negotiations, he told AFP.
That said, this particular airport project cancellation is more about local politics and less about any major policy shift on China by the new government.
During the campaign for presidential elections in March, opposition champion and eventual victor Julius Maada Bio blasted Chinese-funded schemes as a sham that yielded no economic and development benefits.
In this light, scrapping the airport may simply be a prelude to deals with China which align with Bios electoral promises, Kottoh told AFP.
The countrys China portfolio mix will merely change; the portfolio itself will not shrink significantly, said Kottoh. It might even increase in size and value in the long run.
China is likely...
President asks southern neighbor in the strongest terms to stop the onslaught of Latin American migrants heading to U.S.
A caravan of Honduran migrants crossing into Guatemala on their march to the United States, on October 17, 2018. AFP photo
The Federal Reserves most recent interest rate increase put monetary policy about where it should be, with no further hikes required in an economy where inflation remains weak, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Thursday, pressing an argument he has made over the past two years.
The current level of the policy rate is about right, Bullard said of the U.S. central banks current short term policy rate, which is set in a range of between 2.00 percent and 2.25 percent. Maintaining the current level of the policy rate would be an appropriate policy, for the foreseeable future.
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard FILE photo
Policymakers expect to raise rates again in December, and several times next year before the central banks benchmark overnight lending rate reaches a restrictive level of around 3.40 percent sometime in 2020, according to the most recent set of Fed economic projections.
The minutes from the September policy meeting, released on Wednesday, showed there was broad agreement on the need for a rate hike last month, as well as on continued gradual rate increases to manage an economy in which unemployment is near a 50-year low and economic growth has been stronger than expected.
Inflation, however, remains controlled, and Bullard has focused on that and several other aspects of the economy in recent years to argue that the Fed should basically stop in place until something changes.
While a standard Taylor Rule would recommend much higher interest rates than the Fed currently envisions a fact often used to criticize the relevance of policy rules in general Bullard said that adjusting the rule for changes in the economy shows that current policy is on target.
Bullard is not currently a voting member of the Feds rate-setting committe...
Since last November, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, home to two of the oldest authoritarian governments in Africa, have both began to shift dramatically towards democracy. While the initial changes in leadership were peaceful, regional violence in Ethiopia and a contested election in Zimbabwe have made the political transitions increasingly turbulent. For the moment, Ethiopia has been able to overcome these challenges. And although Zimbabwe has shown signs of backsliding into authoritarianism, the countrys recent election had more freedom than any election since independence, and the whole process was less violent than other recent elections in the region.
At a time when democracy appears to be declining globally, the cases of Ethiopia and even Zimbabwe should be studied and cannot be discounted.
On June 23, one of the largest-ever public gatherings in Ethiopias Meskel Square transformed into chaos when an explosion erupted near the rallys speaker, newly elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who had recently become the first person from Ethiopias majority Oromo ethnic group to hold the position. On the same day in Zimbabwe, an explosion in Bulawayo targeting interim President Mnangagwa occurred in the run-up to the countrys first democratic elections in decades.
For the past 40 years, we would have anticipated a brutal reaction from both governments in response to any act of violence that threatened to undermine state power. Zimbabwes dictator Robert Mugabe became infamous for his massacre of alleged members of the opposition party PF-ZAPU in the 1980s. Until recently, any anti-government sentiment in Ethiopia would have been met with an immediate government crackdown, including prolonged internet shutdowns, government-imposed states of emergency, and the arrests and deaths of protestors more than 1,000 of whom have been killed since 2015.
Abiys moves towards liberal democracy are not without opposition. In light of the opening political space, Ethiopias more ethnically factious regions are experiencing increased violence as underrepresented groups jockey for...
James ONeill According to recent media reports, the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth (Sydney) by-election, former diplomat David Sharma said he was open to the idea that Australias embassy in Israel could be shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a separate tweet he went further and said Australia should consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital. The ostensible reason is that it would be following the lead of the United States. In separate reports, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is said to be making an announcement in Canberra on 16 October also suggesting that Australia should follow the US lead. Sharma did qualify his suggestion that Australias embassy shift to Jerusalem should be looked at in the context of a two-state solution (to Israel-Palestine). It is possible that both Sharma and Morrison have timed their statements to coincide with the by-election by making a pitch for the Jewish vote in that electorate. According to census data, Wentworth has 12.5 percent of its population professing the Jewish faith, a significant figure in electoral terms. That is the
At 03:38 on the morning of October 17th sirens warning of incoming missiles sounded in the southern Israeli town of Beer Sheva and surrounding areas. Minutes later a direct hit on a house in Beer Sheva was identified. Fortunately, the mother had managed to get her three sleeping children to their safe room before the Grad rocket hit their home. They and several other civilians were taken to hospital.
At 05:30 it became clear that an additional rocket had been fired from the Gaza Strip at the same time towards the Tel Aviv area but had landed in the sea. The IDF responded to the attacks with strikes on terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Later in the morning sirens also sounded in the districts closer to the border with the Gaza Strip and school was cancelled for the day.
As reported by the Times of Israel and others:
The rocket used in the attack [on Be...
Commenting on the article you sent, Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture:
I think the numbers on the Conservative/Trump base at 25% of the electorate is about right. As is the number for the hard left. But this study strongly smacks of a group of academics with a theory that they used a survey to prove.
Despite its flaws, I do think this survey reveals a cause for great concern to the GOP. With up to 50% of the electorate tired of political correctness but also imbued with shared social values, that include moderate to very moderate views on the social issues that matter the most to the hard left and hard right. Thats a huge swing vote. Much bigger than traditional analysis suggests. This is born out by issue based attitude research, which strongly suggests that a majority of Americans no longer oppose a total ban on abortion or gay marriage; who refute racism; and who support equal rights for women for example.
Those swing voters are not going to feel comfortable with a further move to the right and/or support a President who only ever plays to the 25% of hardcore Conservatives. Any more then they would support a swing to the hard left.
Assuming Trump does not shoot himself in the foot over the next 2 years or a world changing event occurs, with 50% or more of the electorate in play, 2020 will in my view come down to one simple thing. Who the Dems select to run against Trump. If its Warren or Saunders or someone of their ilk, then its anyones election. If its Biden or someone credible from the moderate wing of the Dems, I think Trump and the GOP are in real trouble.
In two years they will not be able to rely on the benefits of the tax cuts because those will have dissipated and they will have begun to seriously bloat our national debt. When the economy is doing ok to well, the electorate are also free to focus on other issues. So if the economy stays at the current level, I dont think the economy is a winning issue. However, growing national debt, the negative impact of the tariffs, rising commodity costs, global instability resulting from our retreat from global leadership; rises in interest rates and or inflation could all seriously undermine the economy and that is definitely...
Chinas currency dropped on Thursday to its lowest level since the start of 2017
By Emma Dunkley in Hong Kong
Chinas currency fell on Thursday to its lowest level since the start of 2017. Investors watched nervously as it moved towards Rmb7 per US dollar a level not seen since the global financial crisis and analysts fear it could be a tipping point for further weakness. What has happened to the renminbi?
The renminbi has been among the worst-performing currencies in Asia Pacific this year. Both the onshore (CNY) and offshore (CNH) currencies are down about 6 per cent, although they have not fared as badly as Indias rupee, which has weakened about 13.5 per cent over this time. The sell-off gathered pace from mid-June in tandem with escalating trade tensions between China and the US.
The onshore currency has weakened about 8.4 per cent since then. What is the difference between the onshore and offshore currency? Each weekday morning the Peoples Bank of China sets a rate for CNY, allowing the market to trade in a band 2 per cent either side of this midpoint value.
The PBoC opened Hong Kong as an offshore venue in 2010 for investors to access renminbi-denominated assets, as a way for foreign companies and banks to raise funds using CNH. The offshore currency has traditionally lagged behind its onshore counterpart, as the relative lack of CNH assets left holders with few options to invest their cash, damping demand for the currency. What has driven the sell-off? Trade tensions with the US, as well as deteriorating fundamentals, has increased pressure on the Chinese economy and currency.
Monetary policy differentials with the US have widened this year: the Federal Reserve has raised rates and China suffered its first current account deficit since 2001 in the first quarter. Economic data published in the past few months have indicated a slowdown in growth. A report on Wednesday from the US Treasury that reiterated its concerns about weakness of the renminbi stopped short of labelling China a currency manipulator.
The recent depreciation could boost Chinas trade surplus with the US, but the report said direct intervention by the PBoC this year had been limited. The Treasury report was more positive than expected, so although CNY weakened it was not as aggressive as it could have been, said Jackit Wong, an analyst at MUFG.
There is some irony here: market watchers agree that China is working to limit the pace of the currencys fall, but the US is typically more concerned about countri...
Tip of the hat to the fit, muscled Slav who would not allow
himself to be baited.
Three Things the President Can Do for a November 2018 Bump:
01 Appoint Carol Mosely Braun to the UN post.
02 Pardon our last remaining political prisoners twelve Black Panthers.
03 Commit, NOW (before Election Day), to passing #UNRIG Election Reform Act in 2019 to achieve a Congress in 2020 that is one third NOT Republican or Democratic that is the ONLY way we will get to evidence-based legislation in the public interest. That is how we give Independents, Libertarians, Greens, and others a fair deal. This will inspire the fence-sitters.
Distrust of Riyadh in Washington dates to Sept. 11 attacks
President Donald Trump is facing increased pressure from Congress over his handling of journalist Jamal Khashoggis disappearance, exposing a widening rift between the White House and Capitol Hill over the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Lawmakers from Trumps own party, including the presidents ally Senator Lindsey Graham, are openly voicing their discontent and threatening to sanction the Saudi government over the objections of the president, who has sought to build a closer relationship with Riyadh.
The stark differences underscore that Saudi Arabia enjoys far greater respect in the Oval Office than in the Capitol. Many lawmakers harbor a distrust of the kingdom dating back to its connection to the Sept. 11 attacks. Its bloody involvement in Yemens civil war and interference in Lebanese politics have cost it further U.S. support.
The Trump administration, meanwhile led by the presidents son-in-law, Jared Kushner has drawn ever closer to the Saudis as it fashions a strategy in the Mideast that revolves around the kingdom.
There are a number of constituencies in Congress that are hostile to Saudi Arabia, said Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. U.S. lawmakers have complained about the kingdoms egregious human rights record, its suppression of religious freedom and civilian deaths in the Yemen war.
The Khashoggi case provides a central rallying point for all of these people to criticize the Saudis and the presidents relationship with them, he said.
Should Congress act against Saudi Arabia despite Trumps reservations, it would mark yet another defeat in Washington for the kingdom. Just two years ago, Congress passed legislation allowing Saudi Arabia to be sued for its involvement i...
China would still like to have a close economic relationship with the U.S. despite current trade tensions, the Asian nations Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.
We believe the overall trend (toward deeper exchange) will not reverse, spokesperson Gao Feng said during a press briefing, according to a CNBC translation. (We) hope the U.S. and China can look beyond the current situation and realize an even closer economic and trade cooperation with mutual benefits that resonate between the two business communities.
In the last several months, the Trump administration has levied tariffs on an increasing amount of imports from China. The rat...
These companies are knowingly supporting war crimes, and are complicit in state-orchestrated murder. Tom Anderson, researcher for Corporate Occupation
Caterpillar, Inc. Combined Systems, Inc. Ford Motor Company Monsanto G4S plc Hewlett Packard HSBC Bank plc Motorola Solutions, Inc. Remington Sabra Dipping Company, LLCAmazon Page
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court might want to consider this book Exhibit A if Israeli government and military officials are ever indicted for war crimes. It contains open admissions of guilt in plotting and executing extralegal assassinations in violation of international law.
It was not just assassinations. Bergman writes, state security was used to justify a large number of actions and operations that, in the visible world, would have been subject to criminal prosecution and long prison terms: constant surveillan...
I believe that it is Facebook itself that is tampering with the election by manipulating what they want people to see. If the alternative media changed everything in the 2016 election due to the availability of more information, Facebook will change future elections due to their manipulation of the information users are allowed to see.
Chinas Defence Minister Wei Fenghe held talks with his US counterpart James Mattis at a key regional security summit on Thursday, after a meeting between the two men scheduled for earlier in the month was cancelled due to growing tensions between the two countries.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with Chinas Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, Thursday, October 18, 2018, in Singapore. Associated Press Photo
The officials talked for almost 90 minutes on the sidelines of the annual Association for Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) defence ministers meeting in Singapore, the main focus of which was the disputed South China Sea.
Randall Schriver, a US assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, told reporters after the meeting that Mattis described the meeting as straightforward and candid and that he had made clear Washingtons views on Chinas increased militarisation of the strategic waterway.
Thats an area where we will continue to have differences and talk through, Schriver said.
On the possibility of Wei visiting the US for more talks, he said there was a commitment on both sides to try to find a time.
The high-level meeting came after planned talks between Mattis and Wei were cancelled by Beijing, apparently in retaliation for Washington sanctioning a unit of Chinas military for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles in September.
It also came amid rising tensions between the two powers, the temperature of which rose still further when a Chinese warship and a US destroyer almost collided in the South China Sea last month.
In another move that could escalate tensions, the US Pacific Air Force conducted routine exercises over the South China Sea on Tuesday, operations that have previously drawn Beijings ire.
Chinas foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing was verifying the situation, but reiterated it would take resolute measures when necessary to defend our sovereignty and security interests.
China always respects and safeguards freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea that all countries enjoy under the international law, he said....
The Washington Post published a column by the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday, more that two weeks after he disappeared. Middle East Monitor, via Reuters
By Jacey Fortin
The dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just over two weeks ago, and evidence increasingly suggests he was brutally murdered.
Japan said Thursday it was facing a growing sea of plastic waste with limited capacity to process it after China stopped accepting foreign waste imports.
The environment ministry said about a quarter of major regional and municipal governments surveyed reported seeing accumulating plastic waste, sometimes going beyond sanitary standards.
The costs of processing waste plastic were rising, according to more than 100 local governments and 175 waste processing firms that responded to a ministry survey.
AFP/File | Plastic waste has been piling up in Japan since Chinas new policy came into force
The worlds developing nations are also scrambling for ways to process plastic refuse after China stopped accepting it.
Nearly three-quarters of all plastic waste produced globally since 1992 has ended up in China and Hong Kong, according to a study in the journal Science Advances.
But since January, China has closed its borders to most paper and plastic waste in line with a new environmental policy pushed by Beijing.
Before the ban, Japan exported about 1.5 million tonnes of plastic waste per year, most of it to China.
The Japanese ministry said it will expand domestic capacity to process plastic waste, while also preventing illegal dumping.
The government also intends to boost efforts to encourage recycling, the survey added.
Cupertino, CA: Launch of a new Apple iPhone products on September 12, 1010. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Silicon Valley, as the governing realm over cyberspace, has grown to have the most far-reaching censorship capability in human history. Its community standards for posting on its social media platforms have become dangerously subjective.
This is in part due to a cocktail of artificial intelligence and algorithms unable to offer human perspective along with other factors, including the political Lefts pilgrimage to Northern Californias tech oasis. What we are now finding are hard-line boundaries against any deviancy in current progressive thought.
Ironically, these same boundaries can be found in the worlds most draconian theocracies, fascist regimes or the dirt and rubble empires of forgotten Third World warlords.
In Silicon Valleys case, normative behavior is defined as leftist-friendly politics. Deviation from that now results an ever-quickening rate of censorship censorship of conservative voices as well as voices openly critical of a number of rigid systems, including Islamism that masks its barbarity through the cover of religion.
I know this because it happened to me. I was silenced by Facebook for daring to publicize vitriolic messages I received from a Muslim misogynist. While he had enough awareness on how to manipulate Silicon Valleys no...
Corporatist candidates like to talk up values without getting specific and without drawing attention to how their voting records put the interests of big financial backers against the interest of most voters. This election season is no exception, from Florida to Texas to California to Ohio to Wisconsin. In 2004, I wrote the following article for the Louisville Courier-Journal comparing Kentucky values to the starkly opposing record and behavior of Senator Mitch McConnell.
All current candidates for elective office who stand for we the people and believe that big corporations should be our servants, not our masters, may find this list of values applicable in their states. Corporatist opponents voting records, positions, and their campaign contributors interests can be clearly compared with civic values and any other values voters and candidates wish to highlight. This kind of comparison can only help to turn out larger numbers of voters who want to elect candidates who will champion consumer, worker, children, and small taxpayer causes.
From my travels throughout Kentucky, starting with the late 60s campaign for coal miners health and safety laws, Ive observed that Kentuckians would like their politicians to be driven by Kentucky values. This election season, voters must be wondering: How has Sen. Mitch McConnell lived up to key Bluegrass State commitments?
Kentuckians dont want handouts they believe in working for a living. Thats why they believe in a fair days wage for a fair days work.
Mitch McConnell is worth more than $27 million, but has blocked efforts to prevent the minimum wage from seriously eroding due to inflation. He would rather allow McDonalds and Walmart have taxpayers, through the earned income tax credit, pay for their workers public assistance than raise their minimum wages to meet workers basic needs.
Many Kentuckians follow the Fifth Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother. They believe our elders, after a lifetime of work, deserve a decent living standard.
Mitch McConnell dishonors our fathers and mothers when he says that the government should cut funding for Social Security and Medicare, programs that give Kentucky elders, who paid into these safety nets, much-deserved security in their golden yea...
Germany appears to be on a collision course between those who accept the idea of being the worlds welcome center for refugees, and those who think Germany must not only close its borders, but perhaps even send back many refugees. After all, if the German people do not like instability, then the specter of their borders being violated on a daily basis such be simply unacceptable to them.
By Nick Deane, October 15, 2018, newmatilda.com.
Its one thing to celebrate the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Its another thing altogether to let the weapons manufacturers who helped create the adversity sponsor the celebrations. Nick Deane explains.
The Invictus Games will be familiar to all who watch the ABC, their promoter and sponsor. The Games will be taking place in Sydney in October, the participants being injured service personnel from 18 countries.
It is highly inspiring to see the human spirit triumph over mutilations of the human body. Who can fail but be impressed by the fortitude of the participating athletes? As the Story of the Games tells us, they have faced life-changing injuries but have somehow found the motivation not to let those injuries define them.
From what we can see, they appear to be in comparatively good health both mentally and physically, despite the terrible wounds they have suffered. This is wonderful. And it is entirely fitting that sport plays a positive role in their rehabilitation.
Admirable also is the skill and dedication of those who brought them back to comparative health and the ability to rejoin society the surgeons and nurses, the technicians who create the equipment and prostheses, and the carers and family members who keep them in their current state of well-being. There is clearly a whole team of people behind each, individual participant.
This part of the story is displayed for the general public in a brilliant light. Under it, we see the heroism of the individuals who have had to face extraordinary misfortune and feel pride in their accomplishments. We are, however, discouraged from exploring the shadows this light casts, where lie aspects that would otherwise complete the picture.
By Jeremy Salt Source [Update: The publication of this article was delayed because of a Gmail block on the American Herald Tribune website, as part of what is a general assault on dissident media and blog sites. The article was sent to the closed Gmail address by mistake. Since its writing, more details have spilled out through 
The alleged murder of Mr Khashoggi is only the latest of a series of Saudi ventures since 2015 that have failed to turn out as planned... The importance of all this is that the essential political underpinnings of sanctions are being eroded.
A protester dressed as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman decries the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi believed to be at the hands of the Saudi government. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
As gory details emerge about the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hand of the Saudis in the kingdoms consulate in Istanbul, political and financial matters complicate any response America may be contemplating. At present, confirmation of the murder is all but a given.
See video below for a discussion of some of those financial complications
Politically, Saudi Arabia is an essential part of President Donald Trumps strategy to isolate Iran and bring its mullahs to their knees. The kingdom is also a major player in the Saudi-Israel-U.S. alliance to increase American influence in the Middle East and sideline not only Iran, but its allies Russia and Turkey. Any response that weakens that alliance will necessarily give strength to Iran, Russia and Turkey and their dangerous union. It is doubtful the United States would be willing for that to happen.
On the home front, Saudi Arabia wields enormous power over the U.S. economy, with the ability to wreak havoc on Trumps thus far successful economic program. This is another risk Trump would not be willing to take when deciding how to respond to the charges against the Saudis.
There are obviously details we dont know and most likely never will concerning this story. One thing that seems clear is that Khashoggi was not the simply dissident journalist the mainstream media is painting him to be.
We know a number of things about wh...
The final word in the region will remain for Syria 16, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, The only true criteria of progress or decline of any alliance in the region and the world is the progress and decline in geography. Even if the area of this geography expands, the importance is the geography which 
Getting to the bottom of the Jamal Khashoggi disappearance is a bit like peeling an onion. The trick will be to see how a bit of extreme brutal behavior by the Saudis can be manipulated by all interested parties to produce a solution that doesnt damage anyone too much.
The Saudi Arabia I knew as a child would not have carried out such a heinous act as the brutal murder of a patriotic intellectual
General Wei Fenghe, Chinas defense minister, meets with his US counterpart James Mattis in Beijing, June 27, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]
B-52 exercise over disputed waters risks Beijings ire as Pentagon chief James Mattis is expected to meet Chinas defence minister Wei Fenghe in Singapore
South China Morning Post
Netanyahu says that Israel Wants Peace but that Abbas and the Palestinians Make It Impossible Netanyahu says that obstacles to peace lie with the Palestinians and not with Israel As discussed here on many occasions, Israel will not (nor does she need to) launch any preemptive screeching campaigns against Trumps proposed ultimate peace deal. To 
The United States has for decades turned a blind eye to human rights abuses carried out by Saudi Arabia.
However, since the disappearance and purported murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, US mainstream media, businesses and politicians have denounced Riyadh and questioned Washingtons alliance with the Saudi royal family, in particular.
Various members of the US Congress have also been among those expressing outrage over what may have happened to the Washington Post columnist.
We need answers; were not getting them, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell told Middle East Eye on Wednesday.
Last week, Dingell was among 27 members of Congress who sent a letter to Saudi Arabias ambassador to Washington, Khalid bin Salman, requesting an independent investigation into Khashoggis whereabouts.
Were going to have to sort this out, but its unacceptable pure and simple, Dingell told MEE.
The White House, however, has sounded far less alarmed amid a barrage of questions about Khashoggis disappearance, what Saudi officials know about it and its close ties to Saudi rulers and the countrys powerful crown prince,...
Russia is working on its own plans to host North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Moscow or Vladivostok. Moscow can offer lucrative economic projects that will make Pyongyang more amenable to dismantling its nuclear and missile programs.
Anti-Semitism as a Sword: The Danger of Undermining Democracy for Israels Benefit Attacking the cherished principle of free speech not only threatens Jews standing in their home countries, it does not help Israel move towards cherished values of democracy and peaceful co-existence either. by Ian Berman LONDON Following the flimsy accusations of anti-Semitism discussed in 
VT Sources: Trump, Pompeo Have Had Murder Audio for 4 Days and Lied Gordon Duff, Senior Editor US Intelligence Contractors (NSA) monitoring the comm spectrum in Istanbul listened to the murder in realtime Editors note: VT has known about these recordings all along as has President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo. While defending 
Israeli settlers stone to death Palestinian woman in West Bank This file photo shows Palestinian woman Aisha Mohammed Aravi. (Photo by IMEMC) A middle-aged Palestinian woman has been stoned to death by Israeli settlers in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, reports say. Aisha Mohammed Aravi, 47, was driving in her vehicle along 
Iran Deserves Credit for the Ruin of ISIS by Scott Ritter But is the U.S. now allowing its last remnants to survive in Syria to spite Tehran? Michael Wick / Shutterstock Until recently the United States viewed the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as a major threat to regional stability in the Middle East. Barack 
Recording: Saudis Dismembered Journalist While Still Alive Pompeo gives Saudis a few more days to finalize report on killing Turkish media has gained access to an audio recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The recording reportedly reveals that Khashoggi was dismembered by the Saudi interrogation team while 
Donald Trump has attacked the soft underbelly of the Federal Reserves campaign to raise interest rates, exposing what Jerome Powell himself probably recognizes is a potential vulnerability.
In June, the BBC reported that someone operating under the name Philip Cross had been extraordinarily active in editing Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit:
Philip Cross has made hundreds of thousands of edits to Wikipedia pages. But in the process hes angered anti-war activists and critics of British and Western foreign policy, who claim hes been biased against them.
Political analyst and former UK British ambassador Craig Murray described the scale of Crosss activities:
Philip Cross has not had one single day off from editing Wikipedia in almost five years. He has edited every single day from 29 August 2013 to 14 May 2018. Including five Christmas Days. Thats 1,721 consecutive days of editing.
133,612 edits to Wikipedia have been made in the name of Philip Cross over 14 years. Thats over 30 edits per day, seven days a week. And I do not use that figuratively: Wikipedia edits are timed, and if you plot them, the timecard for Philip Crosss Wikipedia activity is astonishing if it is one individual.
So who is Philip Cross? The BBC commented:
BBC Trending has been able to establish that he lives in England, and that Philip Cross is not the name he normally goes by outside of Wikipedia.
The excellent Five Filters website looked deeply into these issues and noted of the person writing as Cross:
After George Galloway, Media Lens is his second most edited article on the site. Cross is r...
With the euro weakening against the Swiss franc (recently trading at session lows of 1.14) and Italian stocks and bonds tumbling once again on reports that the European Commission is planning to reject the Italian draft budget plan submitted earlier this week a repudiation of Italys populist leaders that was widely anticipated the Telegraphs Ambrose Evans-Pritchard offered a glimpse into how middle-class Italians are reacting to the deteriorating relationship between Italy and the EU, and its attendant impact on the countrys banks and capital markets. In a trend thats eerily reminiscent of the banking run that precipitated the near-collapse of the Greek banking system (most recently in 2015), Italians are scrambling to convert their euros into Swiss francs and stash them across the countrys northern border with Switzerland.
Right now, the movement has mostly been limited to the wealthy. The big players have already gotten out
The Swiss group Albacore Wealth Management told Italys Il Sole had received a wave of inquiries from Italians with 5m to 10m in liquid capital. The super-rich are already a step ahead. The big fish have been organizing the expatriation of their wealth for some time, it said.
Kinesis is not just a cryptocurrency, Kinesis combines the best of the old world and the new, bringing the most stable and secure forms of currency, gold and silver, to the consumer, in digital form.
and those with between 200,000 euros and 300,000 euros in assets are moving more quickly, inspired by memories of desperate Greeks struggling with capital controls that restricted ATM withdrawals.
There is fear creeping in, said Massimo Gionso, head of family wealth managers CFO Sim in Milan.
People are concerned that if we get into the same situation as Greece, they might find the banks are closed and they can take out only 50 a day from cash machines. They dont want to risk it, he told the Daily Telegraph.
These are families with sa...
Israeli settlers assault Palestinians in Nablus SEE ALSO Palestinian injured in settler attack NABLUS (Maan) Israeli settlers assaulted several Palestinians near the Burqa village in western Nablus district of the northern occupied West Bank, on Wednesday. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Maan that Israeli settlers 
Chinese shares extended the worlds deepest slump and the yuan touched its weakest level in almost two years, testing the governments ability to maintain market calm as risks mount for Asias largest economy.
Trump Spins Cover-up For Saudi Killing By Finian Cunningham Senior congressional lawmakers are calling for a radical overhaul in US relations with Saudi Arabia. But Trumps indulgence to let Saudi rulers off the hook shows the strategic alliance is too important for US power interests. Some 22 US senators have invoked the Global Magnitsky Act 
Two essays by Errico Malatesta an The Manifesto of the Sixteen from 1914 and 1916.
Originally published by Elephant Archives.
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 have forgotten their principles (1914)
Pro-government anarchists (1916)
Appendix: The Manifesto of the Sixteen (1916)
At the risk of passing as a simpleton, I confess that I would never have believed it possible that Socialistseven Social Democratswould applaud and voluntarily take part, either on the side of the Germans or on the Allies, in a war like the one that is at present devastating Europe. But what is there to say when the same is done by Anarchistsnot numerous, it is true, but having amongst them comrades whom we love and respect most?
It is said that the present situation shows the bankruptcy of our formulasi.e., of our principlesand that it will be necessary to revise them.
Generally speaking, every formula must be revised whenever it shows itself insufficient when coming into contact with fact; but it is not the case to-day, when the bankruptcy is not derived from the shortcoming of our formulas, but from the fact that these have been forgotten and betrayed.
Let us return to our principles.
I am not a pacifist. I fight, as we all do, for the triumph of peace and of fraternity amongst all human beings; but I know that a desire not to fight can only be fulfilled when neither side wants to, and that so long as men will be found who want to violate the liberties of others, it is incumbent on these others to defend themselves if they do not wish to be eternally beaten; and I also know that to attack i...
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, head of the League party, was quoted as saying he may consider running for the presidency of the European Commission at the next elections.
Its true, friends from several European countries are asking me to, Salvini told la Repubblica daily in an interview. May is still far away. We will see, Ill think about it.
The next European elections are due May 2326.
Salvini, who was visiting Russia, also reiterated that Italy would oppose renewing indefinitely sanctions against Moscow.
Reporting by Valentina Za, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips
Do this outside. You will put me into trouble.
Mohammad al-Otaibi, Saudi consul, to Saudi agents, Istanbul, October 2, 2018
It smells, but anything wedged between the putrefaction of Saudi foreign policy, the ambition of Turkish bellicosity, and the US muddling middleman is bound to. Three powers tussling over image and appearance; all engaged in a wrestle over how best to seem the least hypocritical. US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi already seems to have found his name into the books of martyred dissidents, but we have no body, merely an inflicted disappearance suggesting a gruesome murder.
The journalist, a notable critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen on October 2 entering the residence of the Saudi consul-general in Istanbul, ostensibly to obtain a document necessary for his upcoming nuptials. A senior Turkish official put forth a brutal scenario on Wednesday based on obtained audio recordings. Saudi operatives, probably numbering 15 from the intelligence services and the Royal Guards, were waiting for Khashoggis arrival at 1.15 pm. Within a matter of minutes, Khashoggi was dead, decapitated, dismembered, his fingers removed. The entire operation took two hours.
The New York Times pondered how the brutality was inflicted. Whether Mr. Khashoggi was killed before his fingers were removed and his body dismembered could not be determined. The Saudi consul Mohammad al-Otaibi was revealed to be squeamish and worried, suggesting the agents ply their craft elsewhere. The reply from one of the company was curt and unequivocal: If you want to live when you come back to Arabia, shut up. A Saudi doctor of forensics, Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, a worthy addition to the crew, got to work disposing of the body. His advice to any companions feeling wobbly: listen to music, soothe the savage breast.
A danse macabre has developed between the various power players. US president Donald Trump has asked his Turkish counterparts for any audio or video evidence that might shed light on the journalists fate. To date, these have been drip fed with tantalising timing, disturbing the White Houses neat and comfortable acceptance of the account put forth by Riyadh. But Turkeys Recep Tayyip Erdoan, an individual never shy to exploit a jingoistic moment, has remained cautiously reticent.
This is where the world of image, supposition, and make-believe, comes into play. The procuring of evid...
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Thursday after earlier talks were scrapped amid soaring tensions between the nuclear powers over trade tariffs and sanctions.
The much-anticipated meeting between the Pentagon chief and General Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of a regional security summit in Singapore is expected to see the men pursue more durable military relations that can better withstand political and economic crises.
General Wei Fenghe, Chinas defense minister, meets with his US counterpart James Mattis in Beijing, June 27, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]
The fact that Mattis is meeting with Minister Wei is some evidence that the Chinese are interested in keeping things normal and stable as are we, Randall Schriver, the Pentagons assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, told reporters.
We need to make sure that when we step on one anothers toes it doesnt escalate into something that would be catastrophic.
A meeting between Mattis and Wei was supposed to take place in Beijing last weekend, but it fell through after China declined to make Wei available.
China had reacted angrily after Washington imposed sanctions following Beijings purchase of Russian fighter jets and missiles, and a close encounter between warships in the South China Sea raised the spectre of a mishap.
Beijings other actions have included scrapping a planned port visit of a US warship to Hong Kong and cancelling a meeting between the head of the Chinese navy and his American counterpart.
If Mattis does strike a conciliatory tone, it will stand in contrast to the anti-Chinese rhetoric from the White House.
President Donald Trump has frequently assailed China over its economic policies and earlier this month, US Vice President Mike Pence issued a litany of complaints, accusing Beijing of predatory trade practices and military aggression, among other charges.
Sort of a Democrat
Mattis has made eight trips to what he calls the Indo-Pacific region as Pentagon chief, and a primary mission has been to encourage countries to stand up to Chinas vast claims of sovereignty in the strategically vital South China Sea.
Schriver indicated that countries arent doing enough on this front, and said Mattis would be encouraging them to assert a presence in the areas which Beijing claims.
We will fly sail and operate where international law allows but we are also looking for partners to give voice to keeping internationa...
Not until you have failed can you learn true humility. Humility arises from a deep sense of gratitude to God for giving you the strength to rise above past failures. Humility is not inconsistent with self-respect. The true person has self-respect and the respect of others and yet is humble. The humble person is tolerant of others failings, and does not have a critical attitude toward the foibles of others. Humble people are hard on themselves and easy on others.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be truly humble and yet have self-respect. I pray that I may see the good in myself as well as the bad.
Humility is the Remedy for all our Miseries
Reflection by The Most Rev Msgr William Goh Archbishop of Singapore
18 OCTOBER, 2018, Thursday, St Luke, Evangelist
On October 16th the BBC News website published a report titled Australia considers following US on Jerusalem embassy on its main homepage, its World page and its Australia and Middle East pages.
The Australian prime ministers statements were presented in its opening lines as follows:
Australia will consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital and moving its embassy there from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. 
Mr Morrison said Australia remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Political opponents said Mr Morrisons comments were a deceitful ploy for votes ahead of a crucial by-election.
Readers were also told that:
If acted upon, the move would follow a re...
(MEE) When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew into Riyadh to discuss the disappearance and likely death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia transferred $100m to the State Department for US efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group, the New York Times reported late Tuesday. While the funding was approved earlier in the summer, critics 
Even progressives treat the president as a familiar monster. And he hasnt destroyed the world yet.
Its hard to prove intangibles, harder still when they are in motion, like October clouds, moving rapidly across millions of minds.
One obvious but neglected intangible is worth noticing in the weeks before the elections: The countryconsciously or unconsciouslyhas gotten used to Donald Trump. Twenty-one months into his administration, Mr. Trump has been processed, or half-processedeven subtly domesticatedby the large, complicated American mind, which is improvisational and on the whole incoherent except in moments of national crisis.
Even progressives to whom he is a monster treat him now as, at least, a familiar monster, another of the many disruptive, destructive realities of the 21st century. Life is a matter of learning to live with monsters...
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not want to abandon close ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist and government critic, and he needed to see evidence to prove Turkish claims he was killed by Saudi agents.
Trump said he was waiting for a full report on what had happened to Jamal Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to meet with officials over the disappearance.
Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the authoritarian kingdoms Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and his body removed. The Saudis have denied the allegations.
Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. He has not been seen since entering the building.
Turkeys pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper on Wednesday published what it said were details from audio recordings that purported to document Khashoggis torture and interrogation.
Khashoggi was killed within minutes and his torturers severed his fingers during the interrogation, the newspaper said. His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it said.
Turkey has not shared with the U.S. government or European allies graphic audio or video evidence, seven U.S. and European security officials told Reuters.
The United States and allies have collected some intelligence through their own sources and methods, which partly confirms news reports based on leaks of audio recordings, four of the sources said.
A New York Times report cited a senior Turkish official confirming the details published by Yeni Safak.
Two Turkish government officials contacted by Reuters declined to confirm the report.
Trump, who has forged closer ties with Saudi Arabia and the 33-year-old crown pri...
(ZHE) A month after the Associated Press published internal WikiLeaks files which suggested the transparency organizations founder Julian Assange had since 2010 contemplated moving to Russia outside the reach of US and UK authorities newly released Ecuadorean government documents have revealed a more elaborate plan to escape to Moscow by using Ecuadorean diplomatic cover. The documents show that the plan was being pursued as 
EU leaders have dropped their plan to hold a Brexit divorce deal summit in mid-November. Europes Brexit negotiator said much more time was needed for decisive progress to be made.
European Union leaders on Wednesday noted that despite intensive negotiations, not enough progress has been achieved for an extraordinary summit on November 17-18.
The heads of government said they would call a summit to finalize a Brexit divorce deal if and when an agreement was in sight, according to an official source.
May was reported to have said the last stage would require courage, trust and leadership on both sides when it came to striking a deal.
Lack of new proposals
EU diplomats said May appeared to show a greater understanding of the EUs concerns, including Irelands requirement for a backstop insurance clause that would mean there would be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
However, the speech, which was followed by a dinner of the 27 leaders that May did not attend, was deemed to contain none of the substantial new proposals that had been called for by European Council President Donald Tusk....
But US president says he does not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, left, with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday
By Katrina Manson in Washington, and Laura Pitel and Ayla Jean Yackley in Ankara
Donald Trump said the US had asked for a recording of Jamal Khashoggis purported killing if it exists, but stressed that Washington did not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia as it comes under mounting pressure over the case.
Asked if the US had requested video or audio evidence of Mr Khashoggis death, Mr Trump said on Wednesday: We have asked for it, if it exists. We have asked.
He was speaking as Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, returned from a trip to Turkey and Saudi Arabia that highlighted the USs desire to balance concern over Mr Khashoggi with a desire to preserve economic and security ties to Saudi Arabia. In a separate interview with Fox Business Network, the US president said: We need Saudi Arabia in terms of our fight against all of the terrorism, everything thats happening in Iran.
Asked if the US would walk away from the kingdom, he said: No I dont want to do that, I dont want to do that.
The president said he was waiting for a briefing from Mr Pompeo, who met Saudi Arabias King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the countrys de facto ruler, as well as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Referring to Mr Khashoggis disappearance, Mr Trump said: I hope that the King and the Crown Prince didnt know about it, thats a big factor in my eyes.
But he denied he was giving cover to Saudi Arabia, telling reporters later in the Oval Office: I want to find out what happened. Mr Pompeo had reiterated the USs willingness to aid a probe into the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi as lurid new claims emerged about the Saudi journalists fate.
US officials said they expected Saudi Arabia to soon announce publicly that Mr Khashoggi was killed. Riyadh under pressure over Jamal Khashoggis disappearance Sooner is better than later, yes, for everyone, Mr Pompeo said. He said there had been a couple of delays in preparing the report, but that the Turks said the Saudis had co-operated with their investigation and seemed pretty confident that the Saudis would allow them to do the things they need to do.
Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish officials have used a series of leaks to Turkish and international media to allege that Mr Khashoggi, 59, was killed at the consulate by a 15-man hit...
In op-ed written just before he went missing, dissident Saudi writer warns Mideast governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate
WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate.
The Post published the column Wednesday, more than two weeks after Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and only hours after a gruesome account in Turkeys Yeni Safak newspaper alleged that Saudi officials cut off Khashoggis fingers and then decapitated him inside the consulate while his fiancee waited outside. The Saudi government, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has denied any involvement.
In a note affixed to the top of the column, Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah said she received the essay from Khashoggis translator and assistant a day after he was reported missing. Khashoggi first began writing for the Posts opinion section in September 2017, and his columns criticized the prince and the direction of the Saudi kingdom.
In the op-ed, titled Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression, Khashoggi recounted the imprisonment of a prominent writer who spoke against the Saudi establishment, and cited an incident in which the Egyptian government seized control of a newspaper.
These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international com...
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not want to abandon ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist and has asked for audio recordings Turkish sources say indicate he was killed by Saudi agents.
Trump said he was waiting for a full report on what had happened to Jamal Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to meet with officials over the disappearance of the Saudi government critic. Trump and Pompeo are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday.
Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the authoritarian kingdoms Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and his body removed. The Saudis have denied the allegations.
Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia
Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. He has not been seen since entering the building.
Turkeys pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper on Wednesday published what it said were details from audio recordings that purported to document Khashoggis torture and interrogation.
Khashoggi was killed within minutes and his torturers severed his fingers during the interrogation, the newspaper said. His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it said.
Turkey has not shared with the U.S. government or European allies graphic audio or video evidence, seven U.S. and European security officials told Reuters. The United States and allies have collected some intelligence through their own sources and methods, which partly confirms news reports based on leaks of audio recordings, four of the sources said.
A New York Times report cited a senior Turkish official confirming the details published by Yeni Safak. Two Turkish government officials contacted by Reuters declined to confirm the rep...
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Students have long been to the fore of movements for social change across our world, and Ireland is no different. As an ambassador for the rogue state of Israel recently visited Queens University in Belfast, in the Irish Occupied Six Counties, he was met with strong protest by both students
Democrats may use the 2019 debt-limit debate to prod Trump to raise tax rates.
If [Donald Trump] were elected, I would expect a protracted recession to begin within 18 months. The damage would in all likelihood be felt far beyond the United States.
Lawrence Summers, Washington Post, June 6, 2016
U.S. Is Worlds Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade
Wall Street Journal headline, Oct. 16, 2018
Nearly 21 months into the Trump Presidency, the recession that the chief economist for the Democratic Party predicted would start three months ago still hasnt arrived. Instead the economy is growing at a rate of 4% a year, and the World Economic Forum has the U.S. back at the top of its global competitiveness ranking. We dont cite Mr. Summers prediction to embarrass himeveryone makes mistakesbut to point out what almost no one is talking about during this midterm election campaign: Pro-growth economic policies are on the ballot....
By Adam Garrie Source Not long ago, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in north-west Pakistan was a no-go area where a combination of foreign terrorists and local extremists ruled the roost. Frequent attacks against civilians continued to scar the landscape while poorly coordinated US drone attacks on civilians only served to add to the blood bath. 
Thousands of Honduran migrants marched north Wednesday in a bold attempt to reach the United States, defying threats from US President Donald Trump to stop aid to countries that let them pass.
Trump who took aim at Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Tuesday kept up his attacks on the march the following day, saying it should be an important issue for Republican candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.
Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border walking unimpeded towards our country in the form of large caravans, that the Democrats wont allow legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country.
Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the border, a part of the midterms, the US president said on Twitter.
Temporary refuge in Guatemala
Exhausted by tramping for hours in the sun and rain, a vanguard group of around a thousand Hondurans took refuge Wednesday in a church-sponsored shelter in the center of the Guatemalan capital.
This is the beginning of an avalanche that is coming, because we can no longer endure so much violence, said Denis Contreras, who fled Honduras with his sister and two nieces.
Contreras, wearing the red shirt of the Honduran national soccer team, said theres no going back to his Central American country he says is strangled by poverty and violence. Leaving the country is already frowned upon by Honduras gangs and returning would be a death sentence, he said.
Their objective now is to regain strength and press on towards the border with Mexico.
A second group moved across the border into Guatemala on Monday afternoon and have reached the city of Esquipulas.
A third of more than 400 Hondurans crossed El Salvador to join up as well, according to Salvadoran migration officials.
By Stephen Lendman Source Under international law, blockades are acts of war waged by Israel on Gaza, suffocating its two million people, destroying the strips economy, creating humanitarian crisis conditions. Gazans are held hostage to Israeli viciousness, solely for political reasons. Hamas poses no security risk to the state. Claims otherwise are bald-faced lies, 
By Stephen Lendman Source All politicians lie affirmed every time Trump tries justifying unjustifiable US policies. Interviewed by Fox Business on Tuesday, he disputed whats increasingly indisputable. Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) clearly was behind Jamal Khashoggis elimination. Instead of accepting reality, Trump defended MBS, saying royal family responsibility for what happened 
Iraq Executed 6 men convicted on terror charges.
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If the Saudi government is indeed behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi there should be consequences political, military, economic, and reputational. Unfortunately, President Trump begs to differ. His reaction to questions about whether the United States would cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia if Riyadh is proven to be behind the killing Continue reading "Jobs Are No Excuse for Arming a Murderous Regime"
The absurd hopelessness was the worst part. No, it wasnt the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) blowing limbs off my boys, or the well-aimed gunshot wounds suffered by others; it wasnt even the horror of ordering the deaths of other ("enemy") human beings. No, for a captain commanding 100 odd troopers in Southwest Kandahar province at Continue reading "Not Worth Another Life: An Afghan Anniversary To Lament"
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By Stephen Lendman Source Israel brutalizes defenseless Palestinians as viciously as Nazis mistreated Jews. Since creation of the Jewish state, theyve endured virtually every form of indignity, degradation, and crime against humanity imaginable, including land theft, political imprisonments, brutal torture in detention, and cold-blooded murder, among other serious offenses. Law Professor Francis Boyle earlier accused 
The IPCC publishes the citizenship and gender of its authors but says nothing about their scientific expertise By Donna Laframboise | Big Picture News | October 17, 2018 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims to be a scientific organization. But its really a political one. An obvious tell is how it describes 
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RT | October 17, 2018 Running out of space to store water contaminated by fuel that escaped during the Fukushima meltdown, the Japanese government is preparing to release it into the Pacific Ocean despite the presence of radioactive elements. Currently, 1.09 million tons of contaminated water is stored in 900 tanks near the Dai-Ichi 
Draft resolution of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly Glorification of Nazism: Inadmissibility of certain practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance The delegation of the Russian Federation with other sponsors plans to introduce the traditional draft resolution, Glorification of Nazism: Inadmissibility of certain practices...
David Swanson spoke at the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, California on October 12, 2018, one month before Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Swanson read his article We Need a New Armistice Day, which can be read in full here.
Here is a complete video of this event at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.Here are several more videos from the same event.Finally, heres the text from another recent David Swanson appearance at Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, California on October 13, 2018: Making the World Great For The First Time.
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The most interesting aspect of the botched assassination of Jamal Khashoggi is the insight it creates into political conflicts in U.S. domestic and international policies. The Saudi clown prince Mohammad bin Salman unwittingly did a huge favor to Turkey's president...
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