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Saturday, 15 December

12:29

Israeli military demolishes home of Palestinian charged with killing soldier "IndyWatch Feed War"

Military says clashes broke out during operation to destroy family home of Islam Yousef Abu Hamid, who allegedly killed Ronen Lubarsky; PA said to offer to pay for reconstruction

IDF demolishes the home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli soldier, Ramallah, December 15, 2018 (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
IDF demolishes the home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli soldier, Ramallah, December 15, 2018 (IDF Spokespersons Unit)

The IDF announced Saturday it had demolished the family home of a Palestinian man charged with killing Israeli soldier Staff Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky earlier this year.

The IDF detonated explosives in the four-story building inhabited by the family of Islam Yousef Abu Hamid in the al-Amari refugee camp close to Ramallah.

In a statement, the IDF said clashes broke out when Israeli forces entered the camp to carry out the order, with dozens of Palestinians throwing rocks at the troops and troops responding with crowd dispersal methods. No injuries were reported.

Mahmoud Al-Aloul, deputy chairman of the Fatah party, expressed support for Hamids family and said the Palestinian Authority would pay for the home to be rebuilt, the Walla news site reported.

The camp is densely populated, and the military reportedly had to cordon off a large area for the demolition to take place.

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12:25

Version of PM Mays deal can get through parliament: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says "IndyWatch Feed War"

If not, the country will face serious trouble.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that the British parliament could back Prime Minister Theresa Mays deal if lawmakers received assurances from the European Union, but warned that a no deal Brexit was still on the table.

Hunt said the EU was likely to make concessions to avoid Britain leaving without any deal. (File/AFP)

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May pulled a vote on her deal this week after acknowledging it would be heavily defeated over concerns about the divorce agreements backstop, an insurance policy designed to avoid any hard land border for Ireland but which critics say could bind Britain to EU rules indefinitely.

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Following a summit in Brussels on Friday, May said it was possible that the EU could give further guarantees that the backstop would be temporary although the blocs other 27 leaders told her they would not renegotiate the treaty.

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Hunt said the EU was likely to make concessions to avoid Britain leaving without any deal, a scenario that both sides say would be highly damaging for business and their economies.

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The EU cannot be sure that if they choose not to be helpful and flexible that we would not end up with no deal, Hunt said. We cannot in these negotiations take no deal off the table. I dont think the EU could be remotely sure that if we dont find a way through this we wouldnt end up with no deal.

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The Times newspaper reported on Saturday that most of Mays senior ministerial team thought her deal was dead and were discussing a range of options including a second referendum.

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Brexit is in danger of getting stuck and that is something that should worry us all, pensions minister Amber Rudd wrote in the Daily Mail newspaper.

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If MPs (lawmakers) dig in against the Prime Ministers deal and then hunker down in their different corners, none with a majority, the country will face serious trouble.

Reuters

12:25

Imagine If Saudi Arabia Was Not a US Ally "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US Senate has voted 56 to 41 to sorta-kinda eventually end Americas part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, one step out of a great many that will need to happen in order to end the worst humanitarian crisis on the face of the earth.

12:19

Former Hamas chief calls for guerrilla warfare to liberate West Bank and all Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Khaled Mashaal says resistance is pinnacle of life and defines Palestinians: I resist, therefore I am

Khaled Mashaal speaks in Doha, Qatar, August 28, 2014. (AP/Osama Faisal)
Khaled Mashaal speaks in Doha, Qatar, August 28, 2014. (AP/Osama Faisal)

The former leader of the Hamas terror group has called on West Bank Palestinians to prepare for guerrilla warfare in the West Bank and ongoing resistance to force Israel to retreat from the territory.

Khaled Mashaal said this would be a step on the way to its retreat from all of Palestine.

Speaking on the Al-Jazeera TV network on December 2, Mashaal, in a play on Ren Descartes famous philosophical proposition, said: The Palestinians say I resist, therefore I am.

In comments translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Mashaal said that according to the Quran, Jihad, resistance, and self-defense [are] the essence of life.

The abandonment of Jihad leads to humiliation and death. Hence, resistance is the pinnacle of life. A person who lives under occupation, and who does not resist, is in fact dead.

Mashaal, who headed Hamass political bureau between 1996 and 2017, claimed there was no alternative way to liberate the Palestinian nation.

When did Israel withdraw from southern Lebanon? It wasnt a result of negotiations not in Madrid and not in Washington. It retreated as a result of resistance. When did it retreat from Gaza? After the (Second) Intifada in 2000 and the heroic resistance. Today we are being called and preparing to force Israel to retreat from Jerusalem and from the West Bank. Allah willing, this is on the way to its retreat from all of Palestine, he said.

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12:13

Israeli Intel Officer: Great Insight Into Goering's Admirable Nuremberg Testimony "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Intel Officer: Great Insight Into Goering's Admirable Nuremberg Testimony (Russian Talk Show)

"(The Allies) didn't want the trials because they were colonial countries. They owned Africa. It was not in their interest. How could they have condemned racial discrimination?"
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12:12

Paris Ready For New Yellow Vest Protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

Shops along the iconic Champs-Elysees board up windows after last weeks demonstrations included extensive looting and vandalism; 8,000 police officers deployed in French capital

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French riot police take position in front of yellow vest protesters on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. (Valery Hache/AFP)

PARIS (AP) A strong police presence deployed in Paris on Saturday for planned demonstrations by the yellow vest protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after protests in previous weekends turned violent.

Security forces in riot gear were positioned around central train stations and along the famed Champs-Elysees boulevard, where shops were closed and their windows boarded up in anticipation of the protests. Authorities have said about 8,000 police and 14 armored vehicles were being deployed in the French capital.

Last weekend, groups of demonstrators smashed and looted stores, clashing with police and setting up burning barricades in the streets.

The yellow vest movement, which takes its name from the fluorescent safety vests French motorists must all have in their vehicles, emerged in mid-November as a protest against fuel tax increases. It soon morphed into an expression of rage about the high cost of living in France and a sense that President Emanuel Macrons government is detached from the everyday struggles of workers.

There was a strong police presence Saturday outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags. More than 20 police vans and a water cannon truck idled nearby.

A French gendarme conducts searches on yellow vest protesters upon their arrival at the Champs Elysees in Paris, on Decembe...

12:08

Cooperation, intelligence sharing between Afghanistan, Pakistan vital for defeating terrorism: FM "IndyWatch Feed War"

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leads Pakistani delegation at the trilateral ministerial dialogue between Pakistan, Afghanistan and China. Photo by author
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leads Pakistani delegation at the trilateral ministerial dialogue between Pakistan, Afghanistan and China. Photo by author

Since the beginning [of the Afghan conflict], Pakistan has advocated for dialogue instead of military action to achieve peace. Today the world is agreeing with our stance, the foreign minister said during the meeting, adding that as a neighbour, Pakistan had suffered most due to the Afghan situation.

The dialo...

12:04

Seven civilians, 4 combatants killed in Kashmir fighting "IndyWatch Feed War"

At least seven civilians were killed and nearly two dozens injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels and a soldier dead on Saturday, police and residents said.

Indian troops surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there, police said. As the soldiers began a search operation, militants jumped out of a civilian home and took position in an apple orchard while firing at soldiers and counterinsurgency police, said Muneer Ahmed Khan, a top police officer.

Three rebels and a soldier were killed in the exchange of gunfire while one soldier was also wounded, Khan said.

The gunbattle sparked protests, with hundreds of people chanting pro-militant slogans and calling for an end to Indian rule over the Himalayan region. The protesters threw stones at troops to help the militants escape while government forces fired bullets, shotgun pellets and tear gas to stop them, killing seven and injuring at least 22 others.


Kashmiri men wheel in an injured civilian on a stretcher inside a hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. At least seven civilians were killed and nearly two dozens injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels and a soldier dead on Saturday, police and residents said. (Mukhtar Khan/Associated Press)

Police officer Khan said large crowds came from multiple directions while attacking security deployments in the area.

Residents accused troops of directly spraying gunfire into the crowds.

They (Indian troops) fired at us as if they were practicing their guns, said Shabir Ahmed, a local resident who accompanied some injured taken to a hospital in Srinagar, the regions main city.

Two police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said the civilians died in the anti-India protest...

11:55

Psychoanalysing NATO: Schizophrenia "IndyWatch Feed War"

There is a striking schizophrenia among NATO's members: Russia is, at one and the same time, so weak it's "doomed" and so strong that it's demolishing NATOLand.

11:53

Military Situation In Syria On December 15, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The situation in Syria is rapidly escalating amide the developing conflict between the YPG and Tukey-led forces. As the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are building up an invasion force for a possible operation against the YPG, the Kurdish group has expanded its operations against the TAF and pro-Turkish groups in the province of Aleppo.

Military Situation In Syria On December 15, 2018 (Map Update)

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11:43

Bahraini crown prince meets Saudi officials in Riyadh "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa held talks with Saudi officials in Riyadh this week.

Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa arrived in Riyadh to attend the Ad Diriyah E Prix event. (SPA)

His visit follows an official invitation from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to attend the Ad Diriyah E Prix event.

Prince Salman bin Hamad was received at King Khalid International Airport by Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, deputy governor of Riyadh; Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, minister of the interior; Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, commander of the Royal Guard, chairman of the Supreme Council for Youths and Sports and chairman of Bahrain Olympic Committee; and Shaikh Homoud bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, Bahraini ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Bahrains King Hamad was among Gulf leaders who attended the 39th GCC Summit in Riyadh.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1420951/saudi-arabia

11:25

Macron Resign! Yellow Vest Protestors [LIVE] "IndyWatch Feed War"

The streets of Paris are flooding again with Yellow Vest protestors demanding the resignation of the Deep State stooge Emmanuel Macron, who is responsible for bleeding the French with higher taxes amidst deteriorating incomes. Understandably, the Deep State mainstream media is not covering the protests, which started on November 17th, and now entering its 5th Continue reading Macron Resign! Yellow Vest Protestors [LIVE]

11:25

Google CEO Exposes Shocking "Full Extent" of Russian Meddling in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the full extent of so-called Russian meddling activity that took place on the platform during all of 2016 was $4,700 spent on some digital advertisements.  

11:21

Macron Is German Taxpayers Last Hope "IndyWatch Feed War"

If French reforms fail, its hard to see how else the eurozone survives.

German households possess $4 trillion in net wealth, of which they pass along $400 billion a year in inheritances. But while the country has a respectable average household wealth by European standards, its median wealth is lower than Slovakias

Paris and other French cities braced again as 'yellow vests' set for more Saturday protests

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In reckoning with the 2016 British referendum that gave the world Brexit and then the U.S. election that gave the world Donald Trump, one truth hasnt quite come into focus. So regularly were voters told that the winner couldnt win, many likely thought they were casting a safe protest vote.

Brexit now appears to have been a gross miscalculation all the way around. Both the Tory and Labour parties were wrong-footed. There was no credible leadership faction ready with a plan for how the United Kingdom could make its exit from the European Union, restructure its economy, and survive and prosper.

But equally blundering have been the miscalculations in Brussels, Paris and Berlin. EU leaders leapt, and continue to leap, to the conclusion that torturing Britain on the way out is the key to making a troubled European Union sustainable, supposedly because it deters other from exiting.

This seems little short of insane. The troubles of the EU arise overwhelmingly from its unaffordable welfare states and its single currency, the euro, which Britain never joined. It benefits Britain very little to extricate itself from the common market, unified Europes one useful cre...

11:18

Michel Houellebecq: 'Donald Trump Is a Good President' "IndyWatch Feed War"

REVISION  From the January 2019 issue

Donald Trump Is a Good President

One foreigners perspective

11:05

'Toothless' Gulf bloc needs reforms: Qatar "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Qatar calls for diplomatic body to be reformed to end Gulf crisis

11:04

israel (apartheid state) tries to dim Islams traces in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Erdogan: Israel tries to dim Islams traces in Jerusalem Turkish president on Friday accused Israel of trying to deliberately wipe out traces of Islamic heritage in Jerusalem over the last 50 years, Anadolu Agency reports. You [Israel] will not be able to wipe out, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at an Inter-parliamentary platform on Jerusalem in []

11:04

Wanda to build a US$1.74 billion theme park in the cradle of the Chinese Communist revolution to cash in on red tourism "IndyWatch Feed War"

The investment is the second major push by Wang Jianlins company to hew to the governments preferred agenda

South China Morning Post

Wanda Group, the property and theme park conglomerate built by former Peoples Liberation Army officer Wang Jianlin, will spend 12 billion yuan (US$1.74 billion) to build a theme park in the Communist Partys revolutionary birthplace Yanan to cash in on the growing trend of so-called red tourism.

Yanan Shaanxi meeting hall, an example of Red Tourism

The theme park, in the loess plateau of Shaanxi province near Gansu and Shanxi, will feature shopping malls, indoor parks, theatres and hotels built in the style of the 1930s when the prefectural city was used as the headquarters of the Communist Party. The project, measuring 1.26 square kilometres in size, will begin construction in the first quarter of 2019 for completion by the first half of 2021 in time for the ruling partys centenary celebration, Wanda said.

Wanda is committed to the Yanan spirit and will turn the Yanan Wanda City into a new brand for red tourism, Wang said in a statement.

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A group of visitors to the Jinggang mountains in Jiangxi province, considered the birthplace of the Peoples Liberation Army

The project marks a return by the developer Chinas wealthiest man of 2017 according to Forbes  into the limelight, after his US$9.4 billion disposal of hotels and tourism assets last year to rivals Sunac China and Guangzhou R&F Properties to pare Wandas borrowings. In October, Wanda disposed of its last remaining stake in its tourism projects for 6.28 billion yuan.

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11:00

Freedom Fries and Liberty Cabbage "IndyWatch Feed War"

Remember "freedom fries" and "freedom toast"? Well, it turns out that the Iraq War wasn't the first time such propaganda nonsense was forced down the throat of the American public.

10:55

"New World Order" Wine Pompoured into a Pro-"Sovereignty" Rhetorical Bottle "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to Pompeo, the United States and our vassals (we) have an obligation (must) to fix international actors that in our infinite wisdom are not serving the good of their people.

10:37

Washington Using Legal Cover to Conceal Economic Banditry "IndyWatch Feed War"

The blatant arrest of a Chinese telecoms executive in Canada on behalf of the US is shrouded in obscure legalistic claims. But the bottom line is clear; the US is abusing the legal process to pursue lawless economic interests. This hegemonic conduct by the US is undermining international law and leading to chaos. The recklessness Continue reading Washington Using Legal Cover to Conceal Economic Banditry

10:36

Alfredo M. Bonanno: The Logic of #Insurrection "IndyWatch Feed War"

Essay by Alfredo M. Bonnano.

When we hear the word insurrection we think of some precise moment of upheaval in the past, or imagine a similar clash in the future. Spontaneous insurrection occurs when people are pushed beyond their limits of endurance at their points of exploitation. Certain events take place: street clashes, attacks against the police, destruction of the symbols of capitalism (banks, jewelers, supermarkets, etc). Such moments of popular violence catch anarchists unprepared, amazed that yesterdays apathy is transformed into todays rage.

Originally published by Insurrection #1 in 1984. Insurrection is an anarchist magazine of the 1980s which was edited by Jean Weir of Elephant Editions, UK. Written by Alfredo M. Bonnano.

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.

Look at Brixton a couple of years ago: anarchists were not, could not have been, protagonists in the riot. Events took them by surprise. People rose up for reasons apparently simple, but which were hatching beneath the surface for a long time. Anarchists participation was simply that of adapting to the situation, the guests of an insurrection but not acting with an insurrectional logic. To throw a brick is not the best way for a conscious revolutionary to participate in an insurrection.

When we talk of applying a logic of insurrection we mean going about things the other way round. We do not limit ourselves to identifying areas of social tension and joining in when it explodes, we try to stimulate rebellion and even more, propose and participate in the formation of an organization of revolt.

Lets try to be as clear as possible.

The kind of organization we mean should be of an associative, social or mass charactera committee, support group, league against repression, association for housing rights, anti-nuclear groups, abstentionist league against the elections, etcnot a specific anarchist group. Why should people have to belong to an anarchist group to take part in a social struggle?

Peoples participat...

10:35

Chinas South China Sea Grab "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over the last five years, China has turned its contrived historical claims to the South China Sea into reality and gained strategic depth far from its shores. Chinas leaders did not leave that outcome to chance.

MANILA It has been just five years since China initiated its major land reclamation in the South China Sea, and the country has already shifted the territorial status quo in its favor without facing any international pushback. The anniversary of the start of its island building underscores the transformed geopolitics in a corridor central to the international maritime order.

Dec 14, 2018 

In December 2013, the Chinese government pressed the massive Tianjing dredger into service at Johnson South Reef in the Spratly archipelago, far from the Chinese mainland. The Spratlys are to the south of the Paracel Islands, which China seized in 1974, capitalizing on American forces departure from South Vietnam. In 1988, the reef was the scene of a Chinese attack that killed 72 Vietnamese sailors and sunk two of their ships.

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Tianjing dredger

The dredgers job is to fragment sediment on the seabed and deposit it on a reef until a low-lying manmade island emerges. The Tianjing boasting its own propulsion system and a capacity to extract sediment at a rate of 4,530 cubic meters (5,924 cubic yards) per hour did its job very quickly, creating 11 hectares of new land, including a harbor, in less than...

10:27

Police State Mindset Sees One-Year-Old and Mother as Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"

The mission of the New York City Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in New York City by working in partnership with the community to enforce the law, preserve peace, reduce fear, and maintain order. The Department is committed to accomplishing its mission of protecting the lives and property of all citizens of New York City by treating every citizen with compassion, courtesy, professionalism, and respect.

 Mission and Values of NYPD, issued April 5, 2016

This mission was spectacularly NOT accomplished on Friday afternoon, December 7, at a Brooklyn office of the citys HRA Human Resources Administration (irony presumably unintended). The stunningly abject failure of police to live up to their professed mission featured several police officers violently separating a one-year-old boy from his mother as she lay on the floor crying for help. The end of the event was documented in a video posted on Facebook the same day by a witness who commented:

So Im At 275 Bergen Street Handling My Business Or Whatever & There Wasnt Any More Chairs For This Lady To Sit Down So She Sat In The Corner On The Floor. The Security Guard Came Over Said What Ever She Said To Her & She Made The Security Guard Feel Dumb So She Called The Cops On Her & This Was The Outcome SMH Mind You She Had Her Baby In Her Hands The Whole Time...

10:17

Why Do Fundamentalist Christians Support israel (apartheid state) Right Or Wrong? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why Do Fundamentalist Christians Support Israel Right Or Wrong? Author: Henry Kamens https://journal-neo.org/2018/12/14/why-do-fundamentalist-christians-support-israel-right-or-wrong/ It appears that many fundamentalist Christians support the hard-line policies of the Israeli Government (currently consisting of the parties Likud, United Torah Judaism, Shas, Kulanu and the Jewish Home) more blindly and fanatically than most Jews do. Christian and Jewish Zionist []

10:14

Judge rules #Unistoten gate must come down for pipeline "IndyWatch Feed War"

Canadian territory: An Indigenous camp (Unistoten, EIE)was ordered Friday to remove a gate thats blocking a bridge in northwestern B.C. and holding up a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline project. A mainstream media report that was posted on Warrior Publications. As it is an important issue, we make an excemption and republish this mainstream media report. We added a statement from the Unistoten Facebook page.

Originally puvlished by APTN National NewsRe-published by Warrior Publications. Written by Kathleen Martens.

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.

An Indigenous camp was ordered Friday to remove a gate thats blocking a bridge in northwestern B.C. and holding up a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline project.

Judge Marguerite Church of the B.C. Supreme Court sided with Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp., which filed an injunction to get construction going on the $40-billion LNG Canada build.

People were crying but I feel emboldened because we are getting so much support, said Warner Naziel of the Indigenous Unistoten Camp a land-based healing centre on Wetsuweten traditional territory south of Houston, B.C.

The locked gate on the Morice River Bridge must come down within 72 hours, the judge ruled.

She described it as an interim injunction giving the company access while defendants Naziel, and his partner Freda Huson, mount a fuller defence to the injunction and additional civil suit.

Church said she will hear more arguments on Jan. 31.

That gate is a safety issue for us, said Naziel.

We see the land there for healing not for profit and monetary gain. Its obvious the courts agree with that; they dont understand what were doing.

Coastal Gaslink told court it cant re-route the pipeline.

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10:01

The US-supported holocaust in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US-supported holocaust in Yemen Deliberate targeting of civilians At least half the victims are children There are approximately 28 million people in Yemen. US-supported Saudi Arabian forces have insured that 20 million dont have access to regular food supplies and nine million are on the verge of famine. A deliberate policy of genocide. Paid []

09:57

The Real Reason Western Media & CIA Turned Against Saudis MbS "IndyWatch Feed War"

Forces are aligning against Saudi Arabias Crown Prince, lead by elements within the CIA and strong players in the mainstream media. But what is really behind this deterioration in relationship, and what are its implications? Following the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, western media and various entities, including the CIA, appear to Continue reading The Real Reason Western Media & CIA Turned Against Saudis MbS

09:53

Will India Help Iran Avert U.S. Sanctions-Related Medical Crisis? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Will India Help Iran Avert Sanctions-Related Medical Crisis? Shutterstock by Aveek Sen, Mojtaba Mousavi, and Udayan Tandan Zeinab, the mother of a four-year-old girl suffering from blood cancer, says that Mina has been under medication for nearly five months. The doctor had prescribed her pills recently and Mina has to take them every night for []

09:42

09:41

Crimes against the Earth "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dear Caesar
Keep Burning, raping, killing
But please, please
Spare us your obscene poetry
And ugly music

From Senecas last letter to Nero

The excavation of more than 600 billion tons of toxic carbon and hydrocarbon geological remains of previous biospheres and their transfer to the atmosphere as carbon gases constitutes nothing less than insanity leading to global suicide. With estimated profitable carbon reserves in excess of 20,000 GtC (Assessing Dangerous Climate Change, including oil shale, tar sand, coal seam gas, further emissions would take the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere back to early Eocene (~55-40 million years ago) and Mesozoic-like (pre-65 million years ago) greenhouse atmosphere and acid oceans conditions, during which large parts of the continents were inundated by the oceans. Most likely to survive the extreme transition over a few centuries would be grasses, some insects and perhaps some birds, descendants of the fated dinosaurs. A new evolutionary cycle would commence. Survivors of Homo sapiens may endure in the Arctic.

Figure 1. Global warming by January 2018 relative to 1951-1980

Since about 542 million years ago, acting as the lungs of the biosphere, the Earths atmosphere developed an oxygen-rich composition over hundreds of millions of years, allowing emergence of breathing animals.

A critical parameter in Drakes Equation, which seeks to estimate the number of planets that host civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy, is L the longevity of technological civilizations. Estimates of L range between a minimum of 70 years and 10,000 years, but even for the more optimistic scenarios, only a tiny fraction of such planets would exist in the galaxy at the present time. It is another question whether an intelligent species exists in this, or any other galaxy, which has brought about a mass extinction of species on the scale initiated by Homo sapiens since the mid-18th century and in particular since 1945..

The history of Earth includes six major mass extinctions defining the end of several periods, including the End-Ediacaran, Ordovician, Devonian, Permian, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Each of these events has been triggered either by extra-terrestrial impacts (End-Ediacaran and K-T), massive volcanic eruptions, or methane release and related greenhouse events. Yet,...

09:38

#Anarchism at the End of the World "IndyWatch Feed War"

An Introduction to the Instinct that Wont Go Away. 

Originally published by Expressive Egg. Written by Darren Allen.

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.


And now well pull down every single notice, and every single leaf of grass shall be allowed to grow as it likes to. 
Snufkin.

Anarchism is the only way of life that has ever worked or ever can. It is the only actual alternative to the pseudo-alternatives of the left and right, of optimism and pessimism, and even of theism and atheism. That being so you would expect it to be widely ignored, ridiculed and misunderstood, even by nominal anarchists.

What is Anarchism?

Anarchism is the rejection of domination. In an anarchist societywhich means of course in the anarchist herselfnobody is dominated by anyone or anything else. This does not mean, as we shall see, that there is no authority.1 What anarchism rejects is authority with the power to control or coerce the individual against her will.

There are two crucial exceptions. The first is that, in refusing domination, the anarchist necessarily has to restrain those who dominateforce and controlother people. Rapists, murderers, bullies and, less directly, thieves seek to dominate others, and so they must be prevented from doing so.

The second exception is that the anarchist is justified in restraining those who do not have control over themselves. There is no coercion in preventing very young children, sleepwalkers, trippers and drunkards, for example, from walking over a cliff. If someone has control over themselves and insists on throwing themselves from a cliff, then an anarchist society would let them do it.

These two exceptions partially answer two of the most common objections to anarchism. The first is, who or what, exactly, is going to stop thieves, rapists and murderers from harming me? and the second is, who or what is going to stop the mad, the sad and the stupid from harming themselves? To which the anarchist ordinarily replies people. Not the state, not professional experts; us. This answer, of course, is incomplete and leads to further objections. To respond to these we need to recognise those elements of the world which control individuals against th...

09:36

Russia to Set Up Military Base in the Caribbean "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia to Set Up Military Base in the Caribbean By Tass Tu-160 strategic bomber  Marina Lystseva/TASS Moscow is gearing up to establish a long-term military presence in Latin America and the current mission of the Tu-160 strategic bombers to Venezuela is part of this plan, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. According to military envoys, Russian authorities have []

09:30

Netanyahu promises more bloodshed in West Bank "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netanyahu Promises More Bloodshed in West Bank by Maureen Clare Murphy The room where Ashraf Naalwa was killed by Israeli forces on 13 December after a two-month manhunt. Shadi Jararah APA images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened a series of violations of international law after 24 hours of deadly attacks and raids across []

09:19

israeli settlers (jewish terrorists) attack ambulance, Palestinian vehicles across Hebron "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli settlers attack ambulance, Palestinian vehicles across Hebron HEBRON (Maan) Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance and several other Palestinian vehicles, on Thursday night, in across the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. PRCS sources confirmed that one of their ambulances, which was transporting a Palestinian patient to a []

09:14

In Syria The Entire Nation Mobilized and Won "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Andre Vltchek Global Research, December 14, 2018 Yes, there is rubble, in fact total destruction, in some of the neighborhoods of Homs, Aleppo, in the outskirts of Damascus, and elsewhere. Yes, there are terrorists and foreign forces in Idlib and in several smaller pockets in some parts of the country. Yes, hundreds of thousands of []

09:14

Editors Picks: US Senate Corners Trump to Stop Supporting Bin Salmans Crimes, Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor The US Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trumps response to the murder of Saudi journo Jamal Khashoggi as well as his support of continued Saudi war in Yemen, and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally, bringing analysis pieces dealing with the issue on top of []

08:58

Map Update: Iraqi Security Forces Continue Operations Against ISIS Cells "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the current military and security situation in Iraq. ISIS cells stil remain a significant threat to the Iraqi security. So, the army and police are actively working to find and eliminate ISIS terrorists across the country.

Map Update: Iraqi Security Forces Continue Operations Against ISIS Cells

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08:53

#Brianon7: 12 months imprisonment for protecting migrants against against fascists of Generation Identity "IndyWatch Feed War"

Seven people who were took part in a march of about 100 local activists that escorted 20 migrants over an Alpine pass in April, were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment by a court of the French state earlier this week. The march was organized to protect migrants from Generation Identity fascists, who were blocking the border in April.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle. Images by Haute Durance en Resistance Facebook page.

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.

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08:41

Map Update: Military Situation In Yemen On December 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Yemen on December 15. The Saudi-led coalition continues its operations against the Houthis across western Yemen despite the recently reached ceasefire agreement.

Map Update: Military Situation In Yemen On December 15, 2018

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07:31

Morning Prayer for Saturday, December 15, 2018 I pray that I may have faith that the bright days will return "IndyWatch Feed War"

Service to others makes the world a good place. Civilization would cease if all of us were always and only for ourselves. We all have a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the well-being of the world. We have a common problem. We find a common answer. We are uniquely equipped to help others with the same problem. What a wonderful world it would be if everybody took his own greatest problem and found the answer to it and spent the rest of his life helping others with the same problem in his spare time. Soon we would have the right kind of a world. Do I appreciate my unique opportunity to be of service?

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Meditation for the Day

Today can be lived in the consciousness of Gods contact, upholding you in all good thoughts, words, and deeds. If sometimes there seems to be a shadow on your life and you feel out of sorts, remember that this is not the withdrawal of Gods presence, but only your own temporary unwillingness to realize it. The quiet gray days are the days for doing what you must do, but know that the consciousness of Gods nearness will return and be with you again, when the gray days are past.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may face the dull days with courage. I pray that I may have faith that the bright days will return.

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07:24

Bolton: No Trump-Putin Meeting While Russia Holds Ukrainian Ships, Sailors "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton says there will be no meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin while Moscow still holds the Ukrainian ships and sailors it seized near Crimea.

I dont see circumstances in the foreseeable future where such a meeting could take place until the ships and the crews are released, Bolton told reporters on December 13.

A Ukrainian serviceman stands on board a Coast Guard ship in the Sea of Azov. (file photo)

A Ukrainian serviceman stands on board a Coast Guard ship in the Sea of Azov. (file photo)

Russia seized three Ukrainian Navy ships on November 25 and arrested 24 sailors in the Kerch Strait that links the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov.

Moscow alleged that the vessels had illegally entered Russian territorial waters near the Crimea region, which Russia occupied and annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine and most UN member states do not recognize the annexation.

NATO has pledged support for Ukraines navy, with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg saying on December 13 that Russia must immediately release the sailors and ships they seized and allow freedom of navigation including free access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.

This is part of Russias pattern of destabilizing behavior, Stoltenberg added. We strongly condemn Russias illegal annexation of Crimea.

Putin and Trump briefly discussed the matter on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on December 1, the Kremlin said.

On the eve of the summit, Trump announced he would not hold a formal one-on-one meeting with Putin, citing the Kerch Strait incident.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa

https://www.rferl.org/a/bolton-trump-putin-russia-ukraine-navy-crimea-kerch-strait/29655471.html

07:21

Church battle could weaken Putins power in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ukrainian bishops on Saturday are choosing a leader for a new national church that will sideline their current Moscow-based patriarch, a move that could weaken Russian President Vladimir Putins power in the country.

The organization of an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church comes amid a simmering war between Ukraine and Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014. Russian Orthodox priests in Ukraine, who have reported to Moscow for centuries, have downplayed Putins role in the fighting.

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Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill, Russian Orthodox Church. (Getty Images/Y.Lapikova)

Its not clear who Ukrainians might elect to take over for the incumbent leader, but sidelining him would end a relationship that has empowered Russian leaders in Ukraine since the 17th Century.

The late Patriarch Alexy II, was reportedly identified in Soviet archives as a KGB asset. His successor, the incumbent Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, also is widely suspected of being a KGB agent, KGB-connected, one Baltic diplomat told the Washington Examiner.

This is the understanding [based on] the way the Russian Orthodox Church tries to support Russias aggression, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

Its not clear who Ukrainians might elect to take over for Kirill, but sidelining the Moscow patriarch would end a relationship that has empowered Russian leaders in Ukraine since the 17th Century. Patriarch Kirills predecessor, Alexy II, was reportedly identified in Soviet archives as a KGB asset.

A shift in the leadership of the Orthodox Church could make it much harder for Putin to execute the hybrid war tactics that allowed Russia to seize valuable swaths of Ukraine without launching a conventional military invasion. Those tactics involved cyberattacks and the deployment of Russian special forces who fought in unmarked uniforms, which allowed Russia to portray the clash as an example of Ukrainian persecution against ethnic Russians.

The Russian government has been using and will continue to use the Russian Orthodox Church as a geopolitical tool, a senior State Department official told the Washington Examinerin a recent interview. The Ukrainian people have a right to self-determination in religious affairs.

Theres no doubt that the Russian Orthodox Church was one of the main tools in the toolbox of Kremlin, the Baltic diplomat said.

Moscow for decades has stressed the importance of the historic cultural and religious unity of the Ukrainian and Russian people. The Russian Orthodox Church, and Patriarch Kirill personall...

07:14

Oceans of garbage prompt war on plastics "IndyWatch Feed War"

Faced with images of turtles smothered by plastic bags, beaches carpeted with garbage and islands of trash floating in the oceans, environmentalists say the world is waking up to the need to tackle plastic pollution at the source.

Stories on social media of giant seas of floating waste or a beached whale found in Indonesia with six kilos (13 pounds) of plastic in its stomach are bringing plastic pollution into the spotlight.

There is no question plastic is having a moment, said George Leonard, chief scientist at Ocean Conservancy.

Eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the oceans each year, according to a study in the Science journal.

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We are in a moment in time where we are starting to stare the problem in the face, and were quite optimistic and hopeful that we can solve it.

Leonard and other environmental experts are optimistic the exposure will make the problem of plastics hard to ignore and focus attention on how best to deal with such waste.

Eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the oceans each year, according to a study in the Science journal.

But that is only what comes from the land, said Francois Galgani, researcher with the French institute Ifremer, estimating another two million tonnes could come from ships especially fishing vessels.

As a consequence more than 700 species are impacted, including turtles who confuse plastic bags with the jellyfish they eat, Galgani said.

More than 5 billion plastic bags are used every year, and a ban step by step, country by country is underway, the first phase towards a possible general ban. Bags could be followed by bans on plastic straws and cotton swabs.

The European Union wants to ban certain single-use plastics by the end of 2021. For Galgani, that would be good news, as it would represent around 30 to 40 percent of the plastic that ends up in the oceans.

Everyone is working for the good cause, even industries, he said.

Cleaning up?

But according to a study in Science Advances review, from the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic produced between 1950 and 2015, 6.3 billion tonnes became garbage that was not very biodegradable material and only 9 percent was recycled.

For Greenpeaces Mirjam Kopp, though, recycling is not enough.

We cannot continue this business as us...

06:59

Irish data authority probes Facebook photo breach "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Irish data watchdog on Friday launched an investigation into Facebook, after the social media titan admitted a bug may have exposed unposted photos from up to 6.8 million users.

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) probe will take place under strict new European privacy laws outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

It follows a similar probe launched in October when Facebook admitted a security breach exposed 50 million user accounts.

The Irish data watchdog has launched an investigation into Facebook

The Irish data watchdog has launched an investigation into Facebook The Irish data watchdog has launched an investigation into Facebook AFP/File

The Irish DPC has rec...

06:55

The Yellow Vest Insurgency: Whats Next? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Paris, France, April 2017: Macron Unveils Assault on Workers Rights.

Paris, France, December 2018: A potential worldwide insurgency of the working class starts in France as Yellow Vests occupy the streets.

Some 75% of the French back the gilets jaunes. And this support has held up despite the violence.1

The French Yellow Vests Insurgency may or may not grow into a major threat to the established order; nobody knows for sure how it will play out.

Nevertheless, the undertone has been obvious for some years. Once the world publicly recognized a division between the 1% and everybody else, the stage was set for flare-ups, like the Yellow Vest Insurgency movement, as tens of thousands of people dressed in bright yellow vests hit the streets.

Why would tens of thousands of people wearing bright yellow vests, similar to roadside workers, hit the streets? Answer: Theyre pissed off!

And, where do tens of thousands of the yellow vests come from? In 2008 France passed a law requiring all motorists to have high-visibility vests in vehicles as a safety measure should the driver need to exit a vehicle on a roadside. Therefore, everybody with a vehicle in France has a yellow vest.

It goes without saying that, over the past three decades, neoliberal globalization set the table for dissolution of the middle class as wages around the world collapsed into a SE Asian vortex of slave labor. This is the heart of the matter behind the Yellow Vest movement, albeit sparked by the Macron governments new fuel taxes. This is also the biggest reason why a worldwide revolution of the working classes may actually happen, inclusive of pretty much everybody below the top 1% plus the upper-upper-middle-class.

So far, repercussions have been potent on a worldwide basis. For example, retail stores in Cairo have been ordered by the police not to sell yellow vests. Egypts abusive dictator General Abdel Fattah al Sisi is looking over his shoulder at France where Yellow Vests have established a foothold thats spreading like a house afire.

Without doubt, governments are panicked over the prospect of radicalization of the international working class. In France, working class demands include social equality, wage increases, a halt of militarism, reinstituting the wealth tax, and the overthrow of unpopular governments, making Macron look an awful lot like a modern-day clone of Louis XVI (beheaded in 1793).

Recently, Macro...

06:53

Pakistan: CPEC is in spotlight again as Balochistan raises questions over western route progress "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Gwadar-Hoshab-Surab road road is neither part of the western route nor is it a CPEC project at all. File photo
The Gwadar-Hoshab-Surab road road is neither part of the western route nor is it a CPEC project at all. File photo
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06:48

From Brexit to Yellow Vests, a common thread of economic hardship "IndyWatch Feed War"

Economists say many issues currently plaguing Europe are rooted in policies that pushed citizens to the financial brink.

Are Western democracies failing?

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A protester wearing a yellow vest holds a French flag as he walks among tear gas on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris, France [Christian Hartmann/Reuters]
A protester wearing a yellow vest holds a French flag as he walks among tear gas on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris, France [Christian Hartmann/Reuters]

06:41

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Reuters: A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Reed OConnor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of []

06:30

How a National Security Investigation of Huawei Set Off an International Incident "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was a message that federal authorities had grown accustomed to hearing: The global bank HSBC belatedly realized it had been processing financial transactions that might have run afoul of American law.

HSBC had repeatedly been penalized for helping clients launder money. Now, though, there was a different problem. From 2009 to 2014, HSBC helped the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei move money in Iran, in breach of United States sanctions. This time, the bank said, it had a good excuse: Huawei, and one of its top executives, tricked HSBC into handling the business.

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This month, the matter exploded into an international incident that shook global financial markets and threatened to deepen tensions between the American and Chinese governments. Meng Wanzhou, Huaweis chief financial officer and a daughter of the companys founder, was arrested in Vancouver by Canadian authorities who were acting at the behest of American prosecutors.

The details of the criminal charges against Ms. Meng, filed under seal, remain murky. But court filings in Canada and interviews with people familiar with the Huawei investigation show that the events leading to her arrest were set in motion years ago.

By Matthew GoldsteinEmily FlitterKatie Benner and Adam Goldman
The New York Times
December 14, 2018

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They grew out of an Obama administration national security investigation into Chinese companies including Huawei that act as extensions of the countrys government, according to the people familiar with the investigation. The focus only recently shifted to whether Huawei, and specifically Ms. Meng, deceived HSBC and other banks to get them to keep facilitating business in Iran. Former federal prosecutors said pursuing Ms. Meng, 46, for alleged bank...

06:13

Nigerian army lifts ban of UNICEF after spy accusations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nigerias army has revoked a ban on UNICEF after claiming it had held workshops to train spies for Boko Haram. The groups Islamist insurgency has killed more than 27,000 people since 2009 and left 1.8 million homeless.

    
A health official measures the arm circumference of a child at a UNICEF Clinic in Dikwa, Nigeria (Getty Images/AFP/F. Plaucheur)

The Nigerian military on Friday lifted a ban on UNICEF operations in the countrys northeast, after accusing the aid agency of training spies supporting Boko Haram jihadists.

Earlier on Friday the military said the United Nations childrens agency had this week held workshops in the northeast city of Maiduguri, where it was training people for clandestine activities that were sabotaging counterterrorism efforts.

Read more: Nigeria: Another Boko Haram in the making?

The ban was revoked after a meeting between the military and the aid agency late Friday, where there was an intervention by well-meaning and concerned Nigerians, army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said.

During the meeting, the Theatre Command admonished the representatives of the organization to desist from activities inimical to Nigerias national security and capable of undermining the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency, he said in a statement.

Read more: Is Islamic extremism on the rise in Africa?

The Command also urged UNICEF representatives to ensure they share information with relevant authorities whenever induction or training of new staff is being conducted in the theatre, Nwachukwu said.

Pressure ahead of presidential election

Boko Harams Islamist insurgency has killed more than 27,000 people since it began in 2009 and has caused a humanitarian crisis in the wider Lake Chad region, where the jiha...

06:08

Pakistans long-term debt rating downgraded "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fitch Ratings cites high debt repayment obligations, low forex reserves and fragile fiscal situation as reasons. File photo
Fitch Ratings cites high debt repayment obligations, low forex reserves and fragile fiscal situation as reasons. File photo

Take a look: The crushing burden of debt

Pakistans liquid reserves have continued to fall, reaching $7.3 billion as of Dec 6 equivalent to 1.5 months...

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06:00

Weaponizing Humanitarian Aid "IndyWatch Feed War"

Long ago, US foreign aid programs honored the principle that humanitarian aid should be treated separately from economic and military assistance to governments. Public Law 480 (popularized as "Food for Peace"), which began under President Eisenhower in the 1960s and expanded under President Kennedy, was mainly intended (in Kennedys words) to "narrow the gap between Continue reading "Weaponizing Humanitarian Aid"

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05:48

10 Most Deadly CIA-backed Coups In Latin America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Originally posted on Rebel Voice:
They are the eternal bad guys, at least for most of the planet, and for a very good reason. The CIA have been involved in causing more hardship and war across the planet in the last 70 years than any other single organisation. But the shady Federal corporation acts at

05:36

Chinas Toughness v. Weak-Kneed Russia in Dealing with the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Source The only language Washington understands is toughness. The US bullies and bludgeons other nations with impunity because most governments fail to challenge its imperial lawlessness showing weakness, not strength. Appeasement is counterproductive and self-defeating. Refusing to tolerate hostile US actions is the only effective response. Nothing else can work. Diplomacy []

05:29

Mike Pompeo: A Thug Masquerading as a Diplomat "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Source He represents the worst of what US imperial arrogance is all about, its pure evil agenda, waging war on humanity, supporting some of the worlds worst tinpot despots. Notably it includes the Saudi regime, run by bandits, hooligans, and cutthroat killers, the Arabian peninsula they control masquerading as a nation-state. On []

05:25

Pentagon Considers Illegally Occupied Syrian Areas US Territory "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Source Bipartisan hardliners in Washington consider all areas occupied by Pentagon forces virtual US territory, subject to its will under its rules, defying the sovereign rights of nations, fundamental international law, and its own Constitution. Northern and southern parts of Syrian territory are illegally occupied by US forces, intending to stay indefinitely. []

04:59

The (Attempted) Silencing of Tim Anderson "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jeremy Salt Source To me the Zionists, who want to go back to the Jewish state of AD 70 (destruction of Jerusalem by Titus) are just as offensive as the Nazis. With their nosing after blood, their ancient cultural roots, their partly canting, partly obtuse winding back of the world, they are altogether a match for []

04:57

SYRIAN WAR REPORT DEC. 14, 2018: RUSSIAN FORCES START SIEGE OF US BASE IN AT-TANF "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front Russian forces have established several military positions near the US-controlled zone of at-Tanf, pro-government media activists reported on December 12. A source familiar with the situation, told SouthFront that several air-defense systems and other military equipment were deployed at the Russian positions. More weapons, including heavy rocket launchers, are reportedly expected to arrive []

04:44

State of Denial: Will The American Empire Die Before It Wakes Up? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Michael Howard Source At the start of a 1986 essay for The Nation, in which he had the chutzpah to tell the truth about Israel and American Zionism, Gore Vidal gave his prescription for the moribund American empire, its once-unrivaled economy having been caught up to by Tokyo and Beijing. For America to survive economically []

04:35

SONORA -- O'odham Voice Against the Wall, O'odham Women's Collective, Toy Drive Photos "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ofelia Rivas and Cynthia Piestewa By Ofelia Rivas, O'odham Censored News CABORCA, Sonora -- The women were busy cooking and baking bread and cupcakes while O'odham photographer Cynthia Piestewa and I shopped for candy and stayed up into the night bagging 150 holiday bags of candy. The event started with a registration of all the

03:52

Australia formally recognises West Jerusalem as Israel's capital "IndyWatch Feed War"

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'It is worse than death': The Aleppo families who live in exile "IndyWatch Feed War"

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They left only with what they could carry: Syria's internal exiles on the pain of never being able to go home

'Thank God you survived the war': How life returned to Aleppo's Old City "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The parks are full of families and customers are returning to cafes - but scars remain following the war that killed thousands

01:12

Lessons from the failure of the climate change crusade "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Larry Kummer | Fabius Maximus | December 10, 2018 Summary: Despite thirty years of efforts by most of the elite institutions of America, US governments have done little to fight climate change. While a bout of awful weather might panic America into enacting activists wish list, as of today this is one of the []

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23:16

US sanctions ex-Israeli general over South Sudan "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | December 14, 2018 The United States on Friday sanctioned three individuals, including former Israeli major general Israel Ziv, for their roles in South Sudans civil war, Anadolu Agency reports. In a statement, the Treasury Department said Ziv and Obac William Olawo, a South Sudanese businessman, were being sanctioned for extending the conflict in the country. Gregory []

23:06

Congress And States Should Enact A Green New Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

While many candidates in 2018 used the phrase the Green New Deal to highlight that a transition to renewable energy would help create living wage jobs, AOCs proposal for a plan for 100% clean energy by 2030, single payer health care and other economic measures comes much closer to the GND developed by the Green Party. What is still left out is the necessity of reducing the size of the Military Industrial Complex and termination of its imperial agenda. AOCs proposal also needs to be expanded, including an immediate halt to any new fossil fuel infrastructure, a focus on public ownership and democratic control of the energy systems, and paying for it by enacting a cut of 50% or more in the military budget.

22:50

Fighting resumes near Yemen's Hodeidah despite ceasefire agreement "IndyWatch Feed War"

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UN monitoring mechanism is 'urgently needed' in critical Yemeni port city, says UN envoy Martin Griffiths

22:22

Ian Buruma's Gebrek aan Logica "IndyWatch Feed War"


Mijn oude vriend Ian Buruma beweerde in zijn column op de Worlds Opinion Page van de website Project Syndicate van 7 december 2018 het volgende: 

Jeremy Corbyns Labour Party ideologues view the European Union as a capitalist plot to undermine the purity of their socialist ideals. And Brexiteers on the right still dream of Britain as a great power, whose global reach should not be hampered by membership of European institutions
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21:43

Sharp Decline Puts Dow in Danger of Correction "IndyWatch Feed War"

Three major indexes on track to close week lower as weak data on global economies spark investor retreat

The Dow Jones Industrial Average teetered on the brink of correction territory Friday as disappointing economic data from China and the eurozone sparked a retreat by investors and traders hesitant to enter the weekend with big bets.

A steep drop at the end of a week has become a pattern during the recent stretch of m...

21:35

This Christmas, forewarned is forearmed "IndyWatch Feed War"

This Christmas, one of the best gifts you can give is the truth, breaking through the fog of misinformation and disinformation that is so omnipresent today. Order The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS here. I wrote The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS as a challenge to the elites narrative about jihad []

21:20

Chris Hedges and Mark Crispin Miller: The Destruction of an Independent Press "IndyWatch Feed War"


The Destruction of an Independent Press with Mark Crispin Miller

Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media Studies at New York University, discusses the destruction of an independent press in the United States.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec9uRsku4oA&fbclid=IwAR2-EScR4bzOTEvjnN8jDckOzhcJ-6a2jYKmXtvCZllJH_87ven2hbRwWBc


21:06

Paul Craig Roberts 310 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Camp of the Saints

Jean Raspails novel is unfolding before our eyes.
The Russians and Chinese do not need to do anything about Europe and the US. The West is self-destructing at a rapid pace.
FRENCH GENERALS ACCUSE MACRON OF TREASON OVER UN MIGRATION PACT
Open letter says French citizens have another reason to revolt
A group of French military generals have written an open letter to Emmanuel Macron accusing the French President of committing treason by signing the UN migration pact.
The pact, which was signed by 164 nations on Monday, including France, is not legally binding but greases the skids for unlimited migration to be treated as a human right and criticism of mass migration to be treated as hate speech.
A letter written by General Antoine Martinez and signed by ten other generals, an admiral and a colonel, as well as former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon, warns Macron that the move strips France of more sovereignty and provides an additional reason for an already battered people to revolt.
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20:50

Yemen won't see peace without addressing southern demands: Separatist leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

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20:39

Newly Released 'Integrity Intitiative' Papers Include Proposal For Large Disinformation Campaigns "IndyWatch Feed War"

The person(s) who first published documents of the shady UK organization Integrity Initiative decided that the discussion is about the Initiative is not yet sufficient and published more documents. The first dump on the Cyberguerilla site happened on November 5....

20:20

Judge Emmet Sullivan in the Michael Flynn case orders the Mueller group to disclose interview material "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Willmann Two days ago, federal judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington D.C. ordered the "special counsel" Robert Mueller group to do the following by 3:00 p.m. eastern time today, as shown on the court clerk's docket sheet-- "12/12/2018 MINUTE...

20:16

10,000 Vaccines Safely at Once? How the CDC Lies about Vaccine Safety "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://pixabay.com/en/vaccination-impfspritze-medical-2722937/

20:14

The Americans wet their pants because of the Russian Tu-160 in Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 13, 2018 by Ruslan Ostashko Translated and subtitled by Eugenia

20:11

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Expect De Telegraaf to be denounced as Islamophobic and apologize, but theyre actually correct: not all devout Muslims are violent jihadis, but all violent jihadis are devout Muslims. Counterterror analysts in the U.S. used to consider this, but all that was swept away by Obamas enforced willful ignorance in 2011. France is looking to striking []

20:09

All of Pakistans problems are due to lack of education experts "IndyWatch Feed War"

At the Tanjai Cheena school in northwest Pakistan, students squeeze into makeshift classrooms where plastic tarps serve as walls and electricity is sparse, as a surging population overstretches the countrys fragile education system.

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Sandwiched behind desks like sardines, students repeat words learned in Pashto and English during an anatomy lesson: Guta is finger, laas is hand.

At the Tanjai Cheena school in northwest Pakistan students squeeze into makeshift classrooms where plastic tarps serve as walls and electricity is sparse. (AFP)

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Two teachers rotate between four classrooms at the school, which lacks even the most basic amenities, including toilets.

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The girls usually go to my house and the boys to the bushes, principal Mohammad Bashir Khan, who has worked at the school in the picturesque Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for 19 years, said.

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With birth control and family planning virtually unheard of in this ultraconservative region, the ill-equipped public school system has not kept up with population growth.

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In 1984, when my father started the school, there were 20 to 25 kids. Now they are more than 140, Khan said.

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Pakistan sits on a demographic time bomb after years of exponential growth and high fertility rates resulted in a population of 207 million two-thirds of whom are under the age of 30.

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And each year the country gains three to four million more people, overburdening public services from schools to hospitals.

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At the Malok Abad primary school in the town of Mingora, 700 boys share six classrooms, many of which remain damaged from a 2005 earthquake with clumps of plaster still falling from their ceilings.

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The youngest students study in the courtyard sitting on the ground, while others are forced to gather on the roof under the baking sun.

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We are doing our best. But those kids are neglected by the system, teacher Inamullah Munir said.

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On the girls side, the situation is even more dire with the smallest classes hosting up to 135 students packed into a space measuring about 20 square meters.

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This is emergency education, said Faisal Khalid, a local director at the education department in Swat.

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The stakes are high in a country where education has long been neglected and received little in...

20:05

In Parts of Pakistan, Thousands of Schools Not Functional "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Balochistan government has stepped up action against ghost employees and chronic absentee teachers to improve the woeful state of education in the province, where over a million children remain out of schools.

Pakistan sits on a demographic time bomb after years of exponential growth and high fertility rates resulted in a population of 207 million two-thirds of whom are under the age of 30. (AFP/File)

At least 1,800 state-run primary, middle and high schools in the province have been found to be non-functional. Another 2,200 schools are without shelter and 5,000 primary schools across Balochistan are being run by single teachers, according to documents of the education department obtained by DawnNewsTV.

Children sit on the floor at an open-air school in Balochistan. Asmatullah Khan/File
Children sit on the floor at an open-air school in Balochistan. Asmatullah Khan/File

We have suspended 179 teachers, ordered inquiries against 97 and issued show-cause notices to 82 during the past one month, said Balochistan Education Secretary Tayyab Lehri while talking about the government crackdown on ghost and absentee teachers.

See: Schools without roofs: the state of govt-run schools in Balochistan

The education department has also deducted over Rs141 million from the salaries of chronically absent teachers during the last three years, the documents show.

The total number o...

19:48

Pro-Sharia, hijabbed Muslim Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar mocks Mike Pences Christian faith "IndyWatch Feed War"

Just imagine the establishment media uproar that would ensue if Pence had mocked Omars faith. But in this case, Leftist journalists will just join in with Omar and mock Pence themselves. Jesus take the wheel! #BorderWall pic.twitter.com/aEPle6HFF1 Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 11, 2018 Incoming Muslim Congresswomen Mock Pences Christian Faith, by Patrick Goodenough, CNS []

19:35

Erdogan and Trump discuss 'coordination' in northern Syria as tensions flare "IndyWatch Feed War"

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19:15

New York Times photographer posted support for Palestinian jihad terrorism on Instagram "IndyWatch Feed War"

Will the New York Times fire him? No, theyll probably give him a raise. New York Times photographer posted support for terrorism on Instagram, by Eylon Levy, i24News, December 14, 2018: A Pulitzer-nominated New York Times photographer posted support for terrorism on his social media, i24NEWS has discovered. Wissam Nassar posted pictures of the suspected []

19:05

The Yellow Vest Movement: Showdown with the State : Reports from the Clashes in Paris, around France, and across Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Since November, France has been shaken by the yellow vest movement, a grassroots reaction to President Macrons proposal to increase fuel taxes in order to force the poor to pay for the transition to ecological technologies. Like the Occupy movement, the yellow vest movement cohered around shared tactics and frustration rather than common goals or values; consequently, the movement has been a battleground for many different political agendas and factions. The far right initially took advantage of the movements apolitical character to gain influence, especially online; but as the movement spread and the clashes with the police intensified, anarchists and other uncontrollable rebels also staked out ground within the movement.

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Although divided as to how to relate to the movement, anarchists and other autonomous rebels chose to get involved in order to confront fascist and authoritarian tendencies from within, undermine the legitimacy of the authorities, and reorient the movement towards more systemic solutions. These efforts bore fruit: fascists have been driven out of demonstrations; anti-capitalist and anti-fascist blocs have marched together in Paris; new connections have arisen between anarchists, autonomists, and other yellow vesters, not to mention rail workers, students, and those who live on the margins of the metropolis; demonstrators have attacked manifestations of capitalism and the state with increasing frequency; slogans from the protests against the Loi Travail and other radical movements have spread among the protesters. Yet the outcome of the yellow vest movement might still benefit any number of different groups, including the far right.

Macrons government has repeatedly attempted to establish dialogue with the spokespersons of the yellow vests. All these attempts have failed. The majority of the movement has refused any negotiation with officials and seems to reject the political system as a wholethis is why it has been successful in compelling Macron to promise concessions...

18:59

South Korea, US Fail to Agree on Sharing Costs for USFKs Stationing Reports "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 14.12.2018 Seoul and Washington failed to agree on the amount of South Koreas financial contributions for the stationing of the US Forces Korea (USFK) in South Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing a government official. Again, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed Theres still a big difference over the total []

18:49

Jamal Khashoggi killer heard saying 'I know how to cut' in recording: Erdogan "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says audio recording of journalist's murder was shared with US, Germany, France and Canada

18:32

Endanger "nationalists" and neo-Nazis in Ukraine peace throughout Europe?, by Matthias Erne "IndyWatch Feed War"

With the Soviet Union disintegrated 1991 a multi-ethnic state, in which lived about 100 ethnic groups. The political elites in the successor states then faced the problem of creating an independent national identity in order to protect themselves in the long term against reintegration into a successor realm. For ideological reasons, the leadership of the Soviet Union never paid much attention to the question of nationality. Relations between Soviet republics were close in every respect, and (...)

18:26

Paris Cyber Agreement Dj Vu All Over Again? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Air Force officers monitor a cyber warfare exercise. (Carrie Kessler/US Air Force)

18:22

Hundreds of children of IS members jailed in Iraq set to return to Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Most of the children are currently in prison in Baghdad where their Turkish parents have been sentenced to death or jailed for life

18:16

TERRORIST LEADERS CONDEMNED TO DEATH BY COURT; SAR SECURITY UNCOVERS VAST ZIONIST/GULF SUPPLIED WEAPONS DEPOTS; MORE PROBING OPERATIONS BY RATS IN HAMA FAIL; MASS GRAVES WITH HUNDREDS FOUND BY SYRIAN SECURITY IN DZ S "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ziad Fadel Issaam Al-Buwaydhaani, a/k/a Abu Hammaam Al-Buwaydhaani, (from Douma) is seen here studying the 12-year old catamites he has been gifted by the Qataris.  This Salafist is now on death-row. He is the head of Jaysh Al-Islaam, having been elected to that post after the Syrian Air Force turned his predecessor into infected hamburger meat in 2015, to wit:  Zahraann Alloosh.  []

18:15

Zionist regimes disturbed dreams will never come true: Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by AFP) The Iranian Foreign Ministrys spokesman has described the Zionist regime of Israel as the main cause of instability in the region, noting that its bad dreams about Iran will never come true. Bahram Qassemi made the remarks on Thursday in reaction to earlier statements by the []

18:15

Weekly report on israels terrorism against Palestinians Territory (06 12 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations  Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 06 12 December, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against protestors in the Gaza Strip. A 4-year-old child was killed in the southern Gaza Strip, while 93 civilians, []

18:08

The Green New Deal Should Address Militarism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagons staggering global footprint. The U.S. military is the worlds largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gases, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions. Almost 900 of the EPAs 1,300 Superfund sites are abandoned military bases, weapons-production facilities or weapons-testing sites.

18:00

UK bans accused blasphemer Asia Bibi, but welcomes Muslim clerics who support murderer of foe of blasphemy law "IndyWatch Feed War"

Leftists and Islamic supremacists frequently bring up the fact that Im banned from entering the UK as if it is in itself proof that Im an extremist who must be shunned by all decent people. In reality, as this story shows yet again, its a badge of honor. The Home Office recently banned Martin Sellner, []

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17:58

The Old U.S. Trade War With Japan Looms Over Todays Dispute With China "IndyWatch Feed War"

China would have superseded us in two years as an economic power; now, theyre not even close.

The Reagan administration won big concessions at the time, with dire effects on the Japanese economy

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A fast-rising Asian power has built up a huge trade surplus with the U.S. and threatens American economic supremacy. Washington is outraged at how this new giant has acquired U.S. technologyoften, U.S. officials warn, by theftand how it has used the heavy hand of government to thrust its companies into a dominant global position. Now a Republican president who won election with surprising support from blue-collar men in the Midwest says that the economic rival had better make a deal, or else.

That, of course, is a description of the mid-1980s, when the rise of Japan was a top challenge for President Ronald Reagan and the U.S. was constantly setting deadlines and threatening tariffs. Now the U.S. has a similar challenge on its handsonly this time, it is China, which has replaced Japan as the worlds No. 2 economy and Americas No. 1 challenger.

President Donald Trump announced a temporary truce after a grilled sirloin dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1, and talks have resumed with a quick Chinese offer to trim auto tariffs. But a U.S. deadline looms: Without a new overall agreement in 90 days, Washington will slap 25% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. Days before the dinner, Mr. Trump told The Wall Street Journal, They have to open up China to the United States. Otherwise, I dont see a deal being made.

Under similar pressure three decades ago, Tokyo made a fateful choice: major concessions to the U.S., including in the 1985 Plaza Accord that let Japans currency rise against the dollar. What happened next offers important lessons for the U.S. ab...

17:58

Operation Timber Sycamore continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

Operation Timber Sycamore, initiated by President Barack Obama was privatized a little before the election of President Donald Trump. It is now coordinated by the investment fund KKR (established by Henry Kravis and whose military activities are led by the former head of the CIA, General David Petraeus). Timber Sycamore is the most important arms trafficking operation in History. It involves at least 17 governments. The transfer of weapons, meant for jihadist organizations, is carried out (...)

17:53

Unesco presented with a complaint against France and Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Arab Republic has filed a complaint with UNESCO (the UN body dealing with Education, Science and Culture) against France and Turkey, charging them with looting cultural assets belonging to the Syrian people. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the French and Turkish armies supervised searches on the territories that they occupied (Manbij, Afrin, Idlib, Hassak and Raqqa). They looted archeological treasures that they then sent abroad. Furthermore, at the beginning of the (...)

17:49

Ukraine reveals the motive behind the incident at Kertch "IndyWatch Feed War"

In 1997, Ukraine and Russia concluded a Treaty of Friendship which entered into force in 1999. This document was supposed to be automatically renewed every 10 years unless it was denounced by one party or the other. In October 2018, Ukraine decided to denounce this treaty. Then it organized the incident at Kertch. Furthermore, President Petro Poroshenko gave his administration the task of listing all the agreements concluded with Russia and identifying those that he should denounce. One (...)

17:48

Michael Cohen didnt tell the whole truth about the hush payments in GMA interview "IndyWatch Feed War"

Breaking News: Michael Cohen is bitter. And he might still be lying.

It should come as a surprise to precisely no one that what Michael Cohen said Friday on ABCs Good Morning America about Trump and the now-famous 2016 hush-money payments was so inaccurate that you have to wonder if hes still lying.

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Cohen, newly convicted felon and former lawyer to President Trump, asserted that Trump directed the payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal specifically to influence the election.

You have to remember at what point in time that this matter came about two weeks or so before the election, post- the Billy Bush [Access Hollywood] comments, so, yes, he was very concerned about how this would affect the election, said Cohen.

But this only relates to one of the payments, the one to Daniels, and excludes information that indicates such payments may have been routine for Trump going as far back as 2014, more than a year before Trump launched his campaign.

The payment to McDougal took place well before the Access Hollywood tape was released on Oct. 8, 2016. That agreement, made as part of a deal with the National Enquirer, was sealed on Aug. 5, more than two months before anyone would know about the Access Hollywood tape.

The U.S. governments sentencing memorandum from two weeks ago said that this alliance between Trump and the Enquirer was forged more than a year before Trump began his long shot bid for the White House.

In August 2014, [Enquirer Chairman David Pecker] had met with Cohen and [Trump] and had offered to help deal with negative stories about [Trumps] relationships with women by identifying such stories so that they could be purchased and killed,' reads the memo.

So, the catch and kill plan was the Enquirers idea all the way back in 2014. One of the payments was made in August of 2016, three months before the election; and then there was a second payment, which theres no evidence wouldnt have taken place regardless of its timing.

Cohen was sente...

17:47

Antnio Guterres and the fakes news of the Pact on Migration "IndyWatch Feed War"

More than 150 states have registered for the conference on the adoption of the Global Pact for sure, orderly and regular migration of Marakesh [Note: the reference document in English is entitled Global Pact but the UN translates it as the World Pact]. In his introductory remarks, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, took great pains to denounce the false information on the Pact. In particular, he emphasized that the text is not binding and it will not limit state sovereignty. (...)

17:44

Bernard Kouchner enters Syria illegally "IndyWatch Feed War"

On 1 Dec 2018, the former French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, entered Syria illegally. He participated in an International Forum on Racial Cleansing and Demographic Change, organized in the zone occupied by the United States and administered by the PKK's Kurdish militia. When the pro-US Coalition invaded Iraq, Mr Kouchner tried in vain to be appointed as the special representative of the UN Secretary General in the Iraqi Kurdistan, as he had been in Kosovo after the NATO (...)

17:42

New Facebook bug may have exposed unposted photos Were sorry this happened. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Facebook apologized Friday for a bug that may have exposed unposted photos from as many as 6.8 million users over a 12-day period through third-party applications.

In the latest in a string of incidents on data protection, the leading social network said using Facebook login and granting permission to third-party apps to access photos may have led to the unintended lapse between September 13 and 25.

When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline, engineering director Tomer Bar said in a message to developers.

In the latest in a string of data protection incidents, Facebook said unposted photos as many as 6.8 million users may have been exposed through third-party applications

In the latest...

17:40

Arabic press review: UN Palestinian agency says 2018 was toughest year yet "IndyWatch Feed War"

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17:38

The Hague: Acquittal in Fight Repression case "IndyWatch Feed War"

On 19 November 2016 about 250 people gathered on Kerkplein to demonstrate from there against the repression that has been spreading in recent years against anarchists and anti-fascists in The Hague and beyond. 

Originally published by Fight Repression.

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.

 Repression being the always prohibiting of demonstrations and the identifying of anarchists and antifascist to then take repressive measures against them. This demonstration has also been repressed with violence from the police and with the arrest of 166 people.

Now, almost two years later the public prosecutor decided to prosecute the 166 demonstrators that were arrested at the Kerkplein. De first 50 people had to show up in court last month. After two full days in court, the judge ruled on December 3rd and the first 50 people were acquitted. Yesterday (13/12/2018) the public prosecutor decided not to appeal and to dismiss the remaining cases.

The court case
During the court case that lasted two days, a few things became clear. The police ended the demonstration at the Kerkplein, because some people were wearing face covering. In court it became clear, as our lawyers had already put forward, that there was no restriction on face coverings imposed by the mayor.

The police claimed in their file, that they assumed there was a restriction imposed on face coverings. The police also claimed that the mayor had given the order to end the demonstration. However, it did not become clear from the files who exactly gave that order. What it basically comes down to, is that the police decided on their own with using violence, to arrest, repress and deny demonstration rights because the demonstration simply did not please them.

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This occurrence fits the image of repression that the demonstration was aimed at. The police in The Hague has been targeting anarchists and antifascists in a sickening way. Demonstratio...

17:30

Mass nationwide protests bring Togo to the brink of ending 50 years of dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Regina Asinde

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Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of cities across the West African country of Togo on Dec. 8, as part of a recently revived wave of nationwide protests demanding political reforms. At the center of their demands is the reinstatement of the 1992 constitution, which included a two-term limit on the presidency before being stripped away by former president Eyadma Gnassingb, father of current president Faure Gnassingb.

Mass protests first erupted in August 2017, forcing the government into internationally-moderated negotiations, which in an attempt to resolve the decades-long political crisis led to the reinstatement of the two-term limit. However, outrage was soon reignited when it was discovered that past presidential terms would not apply, thereby allowing Faure Gnassingb already in his third term to run for president in 2020 as if it were his first time. Negotiations broke down soon after that, leading to the revival of protests last month.

Nobody is willing to take that in Togo, said Togolese Civil League executive director Farida Nabourema. After 51 years of the Gnassingb, asking us to give them an additional 10 years, starting 2020, is basically asking us to commit suicide. Its something we cannot let happen, and its the reason we are back on the streets.

After first allowing protests in pre-approved zones, the government outright banned large demonstrations before the Dec. 8 mobilization. When upwards of 500,000 people turned out in Lom, the capital city, the regime deployed heavy military force, wounding dozens of civilians and killing at least three including an 11-year-old boy.

A coalition of 14 opposition parties, known as C14, have been one of the major forces driving the protests and whats known as the Faure Must Go movement. Since negotiations with the government ended last month, they have called for the cancellation of the legislative elections on Dec. 20 and urged their members not to participate. According to movement leaders, the government has been engaging in voter fraud by enrolling minors, as well as disenfranchising eligible voters through coercive tactics in preparation for Faure Gnassingbs 2020 presidential bid.

While th...

17:00

Baby dies in Palestinian drive-by jihad attack on civilians that injured seven people "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Canadian citizen, Amichai Ish-Ran, originally from Montreal, was shot five times when a Palestinian jihadist opened fire on Israeli civilians in a drive-by. He is still recovering in a hospital, and his wife Shira who was 30 weeks pregnant, was also shot, in the abdomen. Shira and Amichais baby was delivered by emergency caesarian []

16:48

J&J Knew for Decades that Asbestos Lurked in its Baby Powder "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Reuters: A Reuters examination of many of those documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the companys raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the []

16:45

As West Bank violence continues, Netanyahu calls for settlement expansion, punitive demolition of Palestinian homes "IndyWatch Feed War"

The ripple effects of Thursdays outburst of violence in the occupied West Bank continued to be felt on Friday, as Palestinians woke up to news of more arrests, clashes, and plans of collective punishment by the Israeli government.

Between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, Israeli forces had shot and killed four Palestinians in separate incidents, while two Israeli soldiers were killed by a still unidentified Palestinian shooter, all in and around the central West Bank district of Ramallah.

By Thursday afternoon, Israeli forces had enforced vast closures across the central and northern West Bank, heavily deploying troops at checkpoints, major highways, and inside Palestinian towns and cities.

The intensified presence of soldiers across the occupied territory sparked clashes with Palestinian youth in several cities that lasted well into Friday.

On Friday evening, Israeli forces reportedly shot and killed another Palestinian during Ramallah-area protests, bringing the death toll over the past 48 hours to seven.

Ongoing manhunt

Israels manhunt for the person responsible for Thursdays shooting attack near the Ofra settlement intensified overnight, as Israeli forces conducted massive search and arrest operations throughout the West Bank.

Israeli forces sealed off the entrances to several towns and villages, as well as major roads and highways connecting Palestinian areas in the West Bank.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Israeli forces detained 100 Palestinians in the predawn hours of Friday.

Among the detainees were a minor, a lawmaker, and a journalist.

PPS identified 49 out of 100 of the detainees, saying that 16 Palestinians were detained in the Hebron area, 10 in Bethlehem, 10 in Jerusalem, six in Ramallah, and seven in the Nablus area.

The majority of the detainees were young men in their late teens and twenties.

Israeli government response

On Thursday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that in response to the latest spate of Palestinian terror attacks on Israeli settlers and soldiers, the government would be authorizing thousands of the settler homes built illegally in the occupied West Bank, some of them decades ago.

According to...

16:35

Interview With David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation "IndyWatch Feed War"

David Krieger of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

By John Scales Avery, December 14, 2018

A series of interviews of outstanding people in the peace movement has been commissioned by the Internet journal Countercurrents. Besides being published in Countercurrents, the series will also be published as a book. This email interview with Dr. David Krieger is part of this series.

David Krieger, Ph.D. is founder and president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Amongst several of his wide-spanning leadership endeavors in global peacebuilding, he is a founder and a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, councilor on the World Future Council, and is the chair of the Executive Committee of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility. He has a BA in Psychology and holds MA and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Hawaii as well as a J.D. from the Santa Barbara College of Law; he served for 20 years as a judge pro tem for the Santa Barbara Municipal and Superior Courts. Dr. Krieger is the author of many books and studies of peace in the Nuclear Age. He has written or edited more than 20 books and hundreds of articles and book chapters. He is a recipient of several awards and honors, including the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology Peace Writing Award for Poetry (2010). He has a new collection of poems entitled Wake Up.  For more visit the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website: www.wagingpeace.org.

John: I have long admired your dedicated and heroic life-long work for the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. You did me the great honour of making me an Advisor  to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF). You are both the Founder and the President of the NAPF. Co...

16:32

#YellowVests: A Call for intergalactic actions of solidarity "IndyWatch Feed War"

ACT 5: THIS TIME ITS INTERGALACTIC. A call out from the gilets jaunes (yellow vests), for solidarity actions everywhere. On Saturday the 15th of December 2018.

Originally published by Gilets Jaunes Intergalactiques

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

Read all our Gilets Jaunes articles: https://enoughisenough14.org/tag/yellow-jackets/

It began as anger against neoliberal climate policies, a revolt against unfair petrol taxes that pass on the cost to working people rather than the rich and the very multinationals most responsible for polluting our planet. Now four weeks later, it has become a popular uprising for dignity, a rebellion against the elite and their world, a cry for equality. It has evolved into a powerful refusal of representation, of spokes people, political parties and unions. We have all been overtaken by what has been happening, everyone hasbecome more than themselves; because we are impossible to define, the only code we have is a colour code, all the other codes are broken. We are too diverse and decentralized to be called a movement, too different to be categorized, lets simply say we are an uprising ! Some in Europe have tried to turn this into an emblem of ideas from the extreme right, attempting to instrumentalise our heterogenity.. The yellow vests was at first a piece of road safety equipment, now it become an unprecedented event which opens up the fault line that charts our future, a chasm we must bridge, between social and environmental justice. It invites us all to make a choice between the political classes and the people,between closing borders and opening possibilities, between despair and hope.

This Saturday 15th of December, will be a key moment, ACT 5. Each Saturday has been called an act, an a...

16:29

More than 33,000 refugees have returned to Syria from Jordan since reopening of Nassib Crossing "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Up to 33,500 refugees have reportedly returned to Syria from Jordan through the Nassib border crossing within past two months, footage released on Friday shows. According to the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, between 600-700 Syrian...

16:12

EU leaders call for urgent action against disinformation Facebook and Google need to do more "IndyWatch Feed War"

European Union leaders called for urgent action to combat fake news on the Internet at a summit on Friday, saying more needed to be done to safeguard next years EU election against disinformation.

The blocs 28 heads of state backed a plan to help stop what the United States, NATO and the EU say are Russian attempts to undermine Western democracies with disinformation campaigns that sow division. Russia has repeatedly denied any such action.

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The plan calls for an early warning system to alert governments and tech giants such as Facebook and Google to do more to remove misleading or illegal content.

Swift and decisive action at both European and national level is needed to ensure fair elections to the European Parliament in May 2019, the EU summits conclusions said.

The spread of deliberate, large-scale, and systematic disinformation, including as part of hybrid warfare, is an acute and strategic challenge for our democratic systems, the statement said. It requires an urgent response.

The EU executives plan, endorsed by governments, will hand more money and power to regulators in Brussels to monitor and flag Russian disinformation. It increases funds for the foreign service EEAS for this to 5 million euros ($5.7 million) from 1.9 million in 2018.

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, editing by Elizabeth Piper

Reuters

16:07

What The Marc Lamont Hill Affair Really Tells Us About Zionist Goals "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are many things wrong with ideologues. Here I mean those who see the world through a narrow dogma. It is as if they wear figurative blinders, like those real ones placed on draft horses, so as to prevent their gaze from wondering away from a designated path. As a consequence ideologues can sometimes be embarrassingmaking gross general pronouncements based on the narrowest sets of beliefs and expecting the world to go along. Often they are just boring. However, give them a modicum of power and they can become downright dangerous.

16:03

Alan Dershowitz: Interview of Michael Flynn The Most Unfair Use of the FBI "IndyWatch Feed War"

Alan Dershowitz called the recent  news report on the FBI interview of Michael Flynn by Peter Strzok and others a wrongful use of the FBI and a classic perjury trap.

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Dershowitz appeared on the Fox News channel just before 10 am, on Friday, December 14, 2018.

He was commenting on several recent report in the news media that called into question the way the DOJ and FBI handled Michael Flynn, as port of the Robert Mueller investigation of Russia and its involvement in the U.S. 2016 election.

The Wall Street Journal called the FBI interview of Michael Flynn dodgy.

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16:00

Annals of Muslim Outrage: Blutwurst at the Buffet "IndyWatch Feed War"

The latest in Muslim Outrage: At a conference held  in Berlin on Islam in Germany (Deutsche Islam Konferenz), sponsored by the Ministry of the Interior, on November  28 and 29, and attended by both Muslims and non-Muslims, a buffet offered a variety of foods. Of the thirteen different foods on offer, twelve were halal or []

15:57

Why the Bubbie Brigade protests the ADL "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Monday Dec. 10th I took my dreidels and latkes to the streets, along with dozens of members of the Bubbie Brigade*. We gathered with over 400 New Yorkers, protesting at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Headquarters in NYC. Why the ADL? Because this self-proclaimed civil rights group is sending American cops to be trained by the Israeli military. And we are horrified.

As a Jewish grandmother, one of the most important lessons Ive passed along to my children and my grandchildren is one our history has taught us time and time again. As Emma Lazarus said,Until we are all free, we are none of us free. In other words, our Jewish values demand that we be Jews for justice, not just us!

Singing, dancing, and shouting in the streets that night with the Bubbie Brigade, I felt I was living in the world I want for my grandchildren. Hundreds of people of every age and background followed us through the streets under the light of an 11-foot-tall handmade menorah, holding signs that glowed the words Safety Through Solidarity. We stood before the ADL, drowning out calls for militarization and policing with chants for the movements for justice that guide us: Palestinian Liberation, the Movement for Black Lives, Immigrant Justice, Indigenous Movements, and more.

Sending US and Israeli law enforcement and military to learn from one another is a shonda, a disgrace. They exchange some of the worst practices of state violence the US and Israel have to offer each other. Mass surveillance, policing, militarized borders these things promise safety but actually put us all at risk. Bridges, connections to our neighbors, showing up for one another thats where true collective safety comes from. My children know it, my grandchildren know it. Yet the ADL which professes to be a civil rights organization whose mission claims to stand with all marginalized people including Muslims, doesnt know it. It is shocking to me as a Jew that the ADL has illegally spied on Muslims in the US.

Hopefully the ADL will get the message soon, because the dam is breaking! Not only were we 400 strong on Monday night, but this year, for the first time ever, two police departments pulled out of the...

15:55

A World Of Multiple Detonators Of Global Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

We face a world of multiple wars some leading to direct global conflagrations and others that begin as regional conflicts but quickly spread to big power confrontations. We will proceed to identify great power confrontations and then proceed to discuss the stages of proxy wars with world war consequences. In our times the US is the principal power in search of world domination through force and violence. Washington has targeted :top level targets, namely China, Russia, Iran; secondary objectives Afghanistan, North and Central Africa, Caucuses and Latin America. China is the prime enemy of the US for several economic, political and military reasons: China is the second largest economy in the world...

15:50

Tragedy of Emmanuel Macron "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Yellow Vest Protests and the Tragedy of Emmanuel Macron

How the Gilets Jaunes Brought the French President Low

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15:47

Ziekmakende Levensritme "IndyWatch Feed War"

Modern levensritme werkt ziekte in de hand, waarschuwen wetenschappers

We zijn niet gemaakt om nachten lang naar lichtschermen te kijken of intercontinentaal te reizen, waarschuwen wetenschappers. Als we met onze biologische klok knoeien, knoeien we verregaand met onze gezondheid. Nieuw onderzoek legt het mechanisme achter een verstoord bioritme bloot.
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15:44

The Public Ownership Solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

Socialism in the United States is making a comeback. Socialists are winning elections at the local, state, and federal levels; the membership of Democratic Socialists of America stands at a record fifty-five thousand; and polling consistently finds that younger Americans have relatively positive opinions of the concept. While the term socialism means different things to different people, for the vast majority in the burgeoning movement it suggests the promise of a very different kind of system one that is far more equitable, democratic, and ecologically sustainable than both capitalism and past experimentation with its alternatives.

15:44

U.S. Stocks Open Lower as Chinese Economy Feels Trade Pressure "IndyWatch Feed War"

Futures had pointed to opening losses for the S&P 500 and Dow industrials

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Concerns over global growth mounted Friday following disappointing economic data from China and the eurozone, sending stocks lower on the day and wiping out most of the weeks gains.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened 273 points lower in the opening minutes of trading in New York Friday. The S&P 500 index fell 0.85%.

Earlier, the Stoxx Europe 600 was down 0.8% following a 2% fall in Japans Nikkei Stock Average and a 1.6% decline in Hong Kongs Hang Seng Index. Futures had pointed to a 0.9% opening drop for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average, with Starbucks and Costco Wholesale leading declines in premarket trading.

Growing worries about world growth and trade relations have contributed to steep swings in stock and bonds markets recently, even as the U.S. economy has been relatively steady.

In the week through Wednesday, investors withdrew record amounts from global equity funds, although the moves were exacerbated by funds going ex-dividend, according to EPFR Global.

Fridays losses came as data showed Chinas economic downturn deepened last month more than economists expected, as Beijing works to halt a slowdown while grappling with a trade conflict.

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15:40

Maduro Tells International Media Trumps Advisor John Bolton Plotting To Kill Him "IndyWatch Feed War"

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave a press conference to international media Wednesday where he hailed the success of the Venezuelan municipal elections while also accusing the United States of plotting to kill him and naming John Bolton, President Trump's national security advisor. "Mr. John Bolton has been assigned, once again, as the chief of a plot to fill Venezuela with violence and to seek a foreign military intervention," Maduro told a news conference, adding that Bolton was coordinating the training of mercenaries in military bases in Colombia and the United States.

15:39

Ankara stalls the Sochi agreement while Washington builds new military bases in Syria: some thoughts on the recent developments "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 13, 2018 by Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Three months have passed since the Sochi areement on the so called Idlib demilitarized zone. The terms of the deal were that all jihadist rebels labelled as terrorists by all parties to the deal were to be evacuated out of the area. This responsibility would []

15:37

Theresa May says talking further about Brexit with EU in coming days "IndyWatch Feed War"

Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that Britain and the EU would hold more talks in the coming days, denying reports that bloc leaders refused her plea for reassurances on her Brexit plan.

She welcomed a statement issued by the other 27 EU leaders restating their position on arrangements for the Irish border, which has caused MPs in Britain to threaten to reject the deal.

As formal conclusions, these commitments have legal status and therefore should be welcomed, she told reporters after a Brussels summit, but added: MPs will require further assurances.

After talks with EU Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and others in Brussels on Friday, she said further discussions would take place next week.

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15:35

Report-Back From The SOA Watch Border Encuentro "IndyWatch Feed War"

At the heart of this years School of the Americas Watch Border Encuentro in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora from November 16-18 was increasing awareness of the militarization and expansion of the US-Mexico border throughout Latin America and inside the United States, as well as the criminalization of immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees and people of color. Now in our third year, the Border Encuentro was a space to call for active solidarity at a time when all eyes are on the borderlands, and during a moment in which we see the unquestionable connections between the historic legacy of violence of the US in Latin America, the violent state responses to mass migration...

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Weekend long read "IndyWatch Feed War"

1) At the Gatestone Institute Khaled Abu Toameh discusses The Hamas Plan to Take the West Bank.

It is clear by now that Hamas is behind some of the recent terror attacks against Israelis in the West Bank. These attacks serve the interests of Hamas and its friends and sponsors, especially the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization and Iran.

Hamas and its allies have a plan, and they are not even keeping it a secret to export their armed struggle against Israel beyond the Gaza Strip and ultimately to take control of the West Bank. []

This stance by Hamas points at two important factors; first, that Hamas and its allies are openly working and encouraging the eruption of a new anti-Israel uprising in the West Bank; and, second, that Hamas and its friends have been emboldened by the recent failure of the UN General Assembly to adopt a US-sponsored resolution condemning Hamas and other Palestinian groups for firing rockets at Israel and inciting violence.

2) The JCPAs Yoni Ben Menachem takes a look at recent counter-terrorism operations....

15:30

Beyond the tipping point "IndyWatch Feed War"

For Palestinians, the arc of justice has moved at a comatose snails pace.  Even when outrageous events such as Israels cyclical mowing the lawn massacres propel us forward, towards further exposing Israels reality, because they are sufficiently horrific to shake many out of their slumber, it feels like inertia keeps pulling us back.  The storm subsides, and the average American forgets the grotesquely asymmetrical power balance and casualty rates, and goes back to the unquestioning, default position, of viewing Israel as a democracy, the only democracy in the Middle East, having to defend itself against the hordes of anti-Semitic Palestinians, whose grievance stems from their unbridled hatred, rather than the injustice done to them.  

Or so it has felt for way too long.

Nevertheless, over the past few Decembers, when it generally comes time to look back at the developments of the past 12 months, many have noted a gradually more traveled path, towards the mainstreaming of criticism of Israel, and the shedding of the knee-jerk accusation of anti-semitism when one is critical of Israeli actions.  Among the significant discursive changes that have occurred over the past few years, one stands out today, namely, that Israel does not only violate the rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza but indeed throughout historic Palestine, from the river to the sea, as most recently observed by Temple University Professor and BlackLivesMatter activist Dr. Marc Lamont Hill.  Today, seventy years into the ongoing Nakba, Israel is still aggressively pursuing its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people throughout historic Palestine, even as it enshrines an official system of apartheid, from the river to the sea, which posits Palestinians as second class citizens in Israel, and subjects them to a genocidal siege in the Gaza Strip, and military rule in the West Bank, where a growing number of settlers are above the law, protected by the Jewish state.

Other discursive changes include the fact that progressives no longer speak of ending the occupation. This is reflected, for example, in the name change of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the largest national umbrella organization of over 400 Palestine-justice groups,  which had been known until 2016 as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. That name had long irritated groups who un...

15:29

Stocks Slump, Bonds Rally as Growth Signs Flag "IndyWatch Feed War"

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U.S. equity futures and European stocks dropped, tracking a slump across Asia as worries over global growth brought a downbeat end to a rocky week. Treasuries and the dollar jumped.

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S&P 500 futures pointed to a drop at the open while the Stoxx Europe 600 Index headed for a second day in the red, led lower by carmakers after regional sales fell in November for the third month in a row. Both declines were tempered slightly on news that China will temporarily remove a retaliatory duty on U......

15:24

How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 13, 2018 Russia is keen to push economic integration with parts of Asia and this fits in with Chinas Belt and Road Initiative by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for []

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15:23

Yemenis greet Sweden peace talks with much doubt and some small hope "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Agreements in three previous peace talks have failed to be implemented, leaving many sceptical about this week's outcome

15:21

China Seeks to Defuse Trade War With Reversals on Cars and Corn "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Tariff imposed on U.S. imports removed for three months
  • Additional 25% duty imposed on U.S. vehicles to be removed
Vehicles, assembled in the U.S., are driven onto a carrier ship at the Port of Charleston.  Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

China took more steps to defuse trade tensions with the U.S., confirming it will remove the retaliatory duty on automobiles imported from America and preparing to restart purchases of American corn.

The 25 percent tariff imposed on vehicles as a tit-for-tat measure will be scrapped starting Jan. 1, the finance ministry said Friday. China also may buy at least 3 million metric tons of American corn, said people familiar with the discussions, who asked not to be named as the information is confidential.

The moves come two weeks after President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to a truce in the trade war at their meeting in Argentina. Trump claimed he won a concession during talks with Xi and said China, the worlds biggest automobile market, would reduce and remove tariffs, a claim that Beijing didnt immediately confirm.

The White House is also looking to officially delay the tariffs that had been due on Jan. 1, with an announcement expected on Friday.

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15:21

60% of the 10,500 protesters treated for injuries in Gaza were shot by Israeli forces in the legs "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim at the legs
GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) 9 Dec by Todd Pitman Israeli forces deployed along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israels long-running blockade of Gaza began in March. And for eight months, Israeli snipers have targeted one part of the body more than any other the legs. The Israeli army says it is responding to weekly assaults on its frontier by Palestinians armed with stones, grenades and firebombs. The military says it opens fire only as a last resort, and considers firing at the lower limbs an act of restraint. Still, 175 Palestinians have been shot to death, according to an Associated Press count. And the number of wounded has reached colossal proportions. Of the 10,511 protesters treated at hospitals and field clinics in Gaza so far, at least 6,392, or roughly 60 percent, have been struck in the lower limbs, according to Gazas Health Ministry. At least 5,884 of those casualties were hit by live ammunition; others have been hit by rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters. The upsurge in violence has left a visible mark on Gaza that will likely remain for decades to come. It is now common to see young men walking through dilapidated streets on crutches. Most have legs bandaged or fitted with a metal frame called a fixator, which uses pins or screws that are inserted into fractured bones to help stabilize them.
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Gazas amputees face death, dashed dreams under blockade
Gaza City (Asia Times) 12 Dec by Mohammed Dahman When Palestinian cycling champion Alaa al-Daly rode to the eastern edges of the Gaza Strip earlier this year to join a demonstration against a decade-long Israeli blockade, he had no idea it would end with the loss of his leg and career. The 21-year-old athlete had finished his training early on March 30 and cycled over to join thousands in a march along the Israeli-occupied border zone Daly says the Israeli authorities on multiple occasions have prevented him from traveling abroad to compete in cycling competitions, and so a central demand of the Great March of Return  an end to the blockade resonated with him.  The 2018 Asia Games were coming up in August in Jakarta, and Daly was eager to represent his people.  On that first day of the protests, he recounted, I was on my bike, about 250 meters from the barbed wire, when suddenly a bullet from an Israeli sniper stationed at the border hit my right leg.  Th....

15:17

The Housing Affordability Crisis And What Millennials Can do About It "IndyWatch Feed War"

When millennials head home for the holidays this month, many who are city dwellers will be hosted by parents or grand-parents whose housing is far more spacious and financially secure than their own. Even guests with well-paid jobs in relatively stable rental markets will cast an envious eye at the benefits of baby boomer house buying decades ago. Thats because these holiday visitors belong to a generation priced out of Americas hottest urban markets for single-family homes, condos, and rental apartments. According to Berkeley author Randy Shaw, skyrocketing prices for all three forms of housing have created a generational divide, with major political implications for progressive city governments and advocates of affordable housing.

15:13

Michael Cohen Says Trump Directed Him to Make Hush-Money Payments "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lawyer says candidate Trump was very concerned about how affair allegations would affect 2016 campaign

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Michael Cohen, President Trumps former personal attorney, said Mr. Trump directed him to make two hush money deals during the 2016 campaign out of concern for how allegations of extramarital affairs might impact his campaign.

Mr. Cohens comments came in his first interview, aired Friday on ABCs Good Morning America, since a federal judge sentenced him on Wednesday to three years in prison for various crimes, including two that prosecutors and Mr. Cohen say he committed at Mr. Trumps request.

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15:11

Attacking Monopoly Power Can Be Stunningly Good Politics, Survey Finds "IndyWatch Feed War"

ON MONDAY, THE Open Markets Institute released new evidence of increased corporate concentration in 32 different industries, from cellphone providers (where four firms control 98 percent of the market) to peanut butter (four firms control 92 percent). The data, which has gone uncollected by the federal government since President Ronald Reagans Federal Trade Commission stopped the practice in 1981, came from a private industry analyst called IBISWorld. Open Markets intended to publicize the data to show the enormity of Americas monopoly problem. But never-before-seen polling obtained by The Intercept suggests that the public already knows about, and is gravely concerned by, the concentration of economic power in fewer and fewer hands.

15:06

Criminal Wrongdoing at the Clinton Foundation? The FBI and IRS arent helping. Is something wrong in America? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A congressional hearing on the Clinton Foundation turned into a fiasco on Thursday after Republicans clashed with their own witnesses two private investigators who refused to turn over documents that they claimed showed evidence of criminal wrongdoing at the Clinton Foundation.

John Moynihan and Larry Doyle, financial analysts who say they have uncovered evidence of pay-to-play and financial crimes at the Clinton Foundation, were invited to testify on their findings by the House Oversight Committees Republican Chairman Mark Meadows.

But tensions erupted between Meadows and the two witnesses after Moynihan and Doyle refused to turn over 6,000 pages of documents that they say back up their claims documents that the pair has already given to the FBI and the IRS.

If youre not going to share [the documents] with the committee and cut to the chase, my patience is running out, said Meadows. After consulting briefly with their attorney, who was present, Moynihan and Doyle said they still would not turn over their report but would answer questions about it.


Former president George W. Bush greets Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter on Dec. 5, at the funeral for Bushs father, former president George H.W. Bush, in Washington. (Chris Kleponis/Pool/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Moynihan is a private financial investigator whose online biography says he previously worked for the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Doyle said he went into financial investigation after a career on Wall Street.

During their testimony, Moynihan and Doyle said they carried out an extensive forensic investigation of the Clinton Foundation based on public records, tax filings, and private interviews with Clinton Foundation officials. The investigators said Clinton Foundation CFO Andrew Kessel admitted to them in a taped conversation that Bill Clinton used the foundations bank accounts for personal expenses.

He told us that Mr. Clinton mixed and matched his personal business with that of the foundation, said Moynihan.

They also said they viewed fou...

15:04

Saudi crown prince considering game-changing handshake with Israeli PM: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) is seriously considering a summit meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a report says. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seriously considering a summit meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with US President Donald Trump playing host, a report says. The meeting between bin []

15:01

Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 13, 2018 Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups in northern Syria. During the Turkish Defense Industry Summit on December 12, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) will launch an operation east of the Euphrates in a few days to save []

15:00

The Fantasy Islam of the University of Michigans Juan Cole (Part 1) "IndyWatch Feed War"

In October 2018 we saw the release of Juan Coles new book: Muhammad, Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires. Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and he is a Renowned Middle East Expert.[1] His new book received rave reviews; here are some that are []

14:55

How it feels to have a child in an uninhabitable place "IndyWatch Feed War"

I just had my first baby, a boy named Khalil, last month. From the first moment I held my child in my arms, I was flushed with emotions. I was extremely happy and blessed, but also worried and confused.

At the time I became pregnant I had a good job with an international NGO in addition to my income as a freelance writer and translator, along with my husbands salary. Yet three months before I gave birth, my contract was terminated. The U.S. funded project I was assigned to closed as a result of the Trumps administration cut in aid to Gazas relief agencies.

Suddenly I found myself about to have a new baby without security for a decent future and life. When I thought of the coming year, I could not help but think of the UN report that warns my home in the Gaza Strip will be uninhabitable by 2020.

But I overcame some of my worries. When I hug my son I make a choice to be happy for him. I am thankful for the blessing of having him. Still, I can only stop my anxiety for a few days at a time. When the stress returns, I wonder how I will secure a future for my son? Will we be able to provide him all his needsa good education, good healthcare, a clean and healthy environment, a safe place to live? All these questions kept popping up in my mind and so I reached out to other new parents. Some considered leaving Gaza.

My sons first war

Sarah Algherbawi with her husband and son, Khalil. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Becoming a first-time mom may seem typical for a woman my age, but in Gaza nothing is typical anymore. When I decided to have a child I it was not a decision that I took lightly. I was afraid. Im 27 and Ive already witnessed three wars and I never want my child to experience what Ive gone through. ...

14:43

Valuing human beings leads to human rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are rights only because there is value. Where we place no value, we do not even begin to think ascribing any right. Now is the perfect time to discuss the issue of human rights. Not that this is a good time to focus on a political controversy but because the Christmas season is upon us. Christmas is the perfect season to discuss difficult issues; its kind and generous spirit softens even the acrimonious.

Human rights are naturally controversial in societies that are grappling to recognize, much less respect, the universality of human value. It is easy to accept that we as humans have value but difficult to extend the same human value to others beyond ourselves and those we care for. We probably never can regard others as ourselves (and our extensions) but a great effort must be exerted nonetheless. Only by achieving a reasonable level of valuing human beings, whether we know them or not, whether we liked them or not, can we begin to relate them to rights that they deserve.

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The higher we value human life, the greater the rights we will extend to them. Accordingly, the lesser the importance we have for others, the lesser rights we will accommodate for them. This is why we must struggle to raise the level of how we regard humanity as a race. Otherwise, the value of human life is not only selective but may be extremely so. As the saying goes, some are more equal than others. Applying that disparity into a society of laws destroys all sense of justice.

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The body of a man whom police said was killed during a drug bust operation in the Philippines. Have we forgotten the importance and value of human life?

When societies were ruled by monarchies in various permutations, the inequality of human value was most obvious. The rights of kings contrasted extremely with the rights of peasants. We can even say that the right to life was not only divinely ordained but shared with human rulers. At the dictates of emperors and kings, millions of human lives would be sacrificed in the altars of wars. People were simply like numbers or statistics. History had honored great personalities and reported all others as mere casualties. Before human rights is that which is more fundamental human value itself.

Low human value, low human rights.

Does the Philippines have a human rights problem? I am sure it has. I am just as sure that it has been a perennial problem, at least from the days of foreign...

14:29

America Should Break Its Fixation on the President Say No To The Next Magic Pony "IndyWatch Feed War"

We are highlighting emotions in our public life at the expense of meaning.

Trump, like Obama before him, appealed primarily to emotion. Thats a troubling political trend.

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Beto O'Rourke at a rally in Waco, Texas, Oct. 31.
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Fox News year-end poll is interesting. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they would vote today to re-elect President Trump, with 30% saying they definitely would. Thirty-nine percent say they expect him to be re-elected; 52% do not. At the same time, the president has a 46% job-approval rating, while 52% disapprove.

So the......

14:27

Pope condemns Strasbourg jihad massacre without mentioning its root causes in Islamic teaching "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why do non-Muslim authorities even bother to issue these condemnations? Did anyone seriously think that Pope Francis was in favor of this massacre? These condemnations are just empty posturing and virtue-signaling. Meanwhile, Pope Francis studiously avoids any mention in his statement of the motivating ideology behind the attack. He cannot, of course, take any notice []

14:02

New Yorkers Confront Amazon Execs At City Council Meeting "IndyWatch Feed War"

After being kept in the dark about New York's $3 billion deal with Amazon, allowing the trillion-dollar corporation to build its new headquarterscomplete with helicopter landing pad for CEO Jeff Bezosin the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, concerned New York City Council members and scores of angry New Yorkers on Wednesday angrily confronted company representatives over the plan. At the first City Council meeting on Amazon's so-called "HQ2," about 150 protesters joined the mostly-Democratic lawmakers in slamming the closed-door process through which the city and state finalized the deal and the effect the corporation's arrival will likely have on affordable housing and community development in Queens and the entire city, as New York pours much-needed funds into the new one million square foot campus.

14:02

The looting of Aleppo: Were living in medieval times "IndyWatch Feed War"

As plunder and thuggery grip the countrys war-scarred landscapes, conservationists find themselves powerless to intervene

14:00

Owen Jones: Members of the LGBT community must stand behind under-fire Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

Owen Jones is a British far-left political commentator and journalist. I use these terms very loosely, given his love of name-calling in lieu of substance to his ramblings. Jones has long been an advocate for the LGBT community to stand up and throw their support behind Islam. Owen likes to toss around words like bigot, []

14:00

GM Crops & the Agrarian Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Father of Green Revolution in India Rejects GM Crops as Farmers Demand Justice in Delhi Colin Todhunter Genetically modified (GM) cotton in India is a failure. India should reject GM mustard. And like the Green Revolution, GM agriculture poses risks and is unsustainable. Regulatory bodies are dogged by incompetency and conflicts of interest. GM crops should therefore be banned. You may have heard much of this before. But what is different this time is that the claims come from distinguished scientist P.C. Kesaven and his colleague M.S. Swaminathan, renowned agricultural scientist and geneticist and widely regarded as the father of the Green Revolution in India. Consider what campaigner and farmer Bhaskar Save wrote in his now famous open letter in 2006: You, M.S. Swaminathan, are considered the father of Indias so-called Green Revolution that flung open the floodgates of toxic agro chemicals, ravaging the lands and lives of many millions of Indian farmers over the past 50 years. More than any other individual in our long history, it is you I hold responsible for the

14:00

Yoda: How President Trump Can Red Pill America "IndyWatch Feed War"

10 Ways President Trump Can Red Pill The Masses In America And Why Its More Important Now Than Ever To Prepare For The Inevitable: The End Of Normalcy Is Here

8 More Ways President Trump Can Red Pill The Masses: From Hiding The True History Of Planet Earth To Human Experimentation, The American People Have Long Been Deceived 

Both lists (only) below the fold.

10 Ways (3 December 2018)

  1. Declassify any and all documents tied to geoengineering and other weather modification projects and strategic aerosol injections.
  2. Declassify any and all documents related to Barack Obamas background. 
  3. Declassify the FISA documents. 
  4. Declassify the still censored/red...

13:59

Bruce Bawer Praises Glazovs Jihadist Psychopath: Explains the Previously Unexplained "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is a great honor for me that Bruce Bawer has reviewed and praised my new book, Jihadist Psychopath, in American Greatness. The review is below: Jihadist Psychopath Unveils the True Threat. By Bruce Bawer In his important new book Jihadist Psychopath, Jamie Glazov gets to the bottom of the predominant mass delusion of our []

13:45

Rebecca Campbell: Forget Left and Right The New Fault-Line is Patriots vs. Globalists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Forget Left and Right: The New Fault-Line is Patriots versus Globalists

The social divide, which in the USA is openly discussed as a culture war, was perhaps best conceptualised by David Goodhart in his book The Road to Somewhere.

On one side are Anywheres, the graduate class who populate the upper echelons of our political and cultural institutions, and who dominate professions such as teaching. Upwardly mobile, they have little sense of belonging to their hometown or country. These rootless citizens of the world contrast starkly with Somewheres, who value their families, community bonds and nationhood, and who see the impact of globalisation as a threat to their culture.

You are more likely to find Somewheres in the pub, and Anywheres in an expensive, trendy ethnic urban restaurant.

The Somewheres are more numerous they are the ordinary people.

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Phi Beta Iota: We have previously characterized the divide as being between the 1% and the 99%. Until the 99% understand that they are stronger as a people not as parties, all committed to authenticity, inclusiveness, and truthfulness, they will continue to be divided and conquered by the 1%.

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13:31

The slow genocide of Palestinians continues in Asira Al Qibliya "IndyWatch Feed War"

The slow genocide of Palestinians continues in Asira Al Qibliya This is the line, Oussam Khalifa Ahmad illustrates as he takes us on a tour of his threatened land. We are now passing into (Area) C. Depending on where you look, some of the land has already been stolen. We can only observe for a []

13:30

Steven Aftergood: CRS on Intelligence Oversight "IndyWatch Feed War"

Steven Aftergood

Congressional Oversight of Intelligence:  Background and Selected Options for Further Reform

The usual suspects: joint committee, consolidated authorization & appropriation, dedicated HPSCI intelligence staff, abolish term limits for HPSCI Members.

PDF (20 Pages): 2018 CRS Intelligence Oversight

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13:13

US prosecutors probe suspected Gulf donations to Trump: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Prosecutors investigating whether Saudi, Emirati and Qatari money was funnelled illegally to Trump groups

13:00

Stolen goods: Britain's museums must hand back colonial plunder "IndyWatch Feed War"

The time is right for museums that have long benefited from plundered artefacts to assist in repatriating cultural property

12:56

Affect Recognition: Face Scanning Combined with Insane Pseudoscience "IndyWatch Feed War"

Youll love this one. Via: The Intercept: Facial recognition has quickly shifted from techno-novelty to fact of life for many, with millions around the world at least willing to put up with their faces scanned by software at the airport, their iPhones, or Facebooks server farms. But researchers at New York Universitys AI Now Institute []

12:44

Amazons Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Doorbell Cameras "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: ACLU: Recently, a patent application from Amazon became public that would pair face surveillance like Rekognition, the product that the company is aggressively marketing to police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement with Ring, a doorbell camera company that Amazon bought earlier this year. While the details are sketchy, the application describes a []

12:40

Palestinian teen killed by Israeli army amid protests in West Bank and Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Mahmoud Yousef Nakhla, 18, was killed in Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah on Friday after Israel intensified its military presence in the area

12:25

The Supreme Court Judgement and Scotland"s Colonial Status "IndyWatch Feed War"

Londons Supreme Court, sitting in judgement on its Scottish colony, has ruled that parts of the Scottish Governments UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill exceed the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

11:45

George H.W. Bush: The Man Behind the Mask "IndyWatch Feed War"

The full real story of George H.W. Bushs years of power has yet to be told: Only the surface has been scratched. Perhaps we will never learn more.

11:43

US-backed Forces Are In Control Of Most Of Hajin Town In Eastern Syria (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are about to take full control of the town of Hajin in eastern Syria, according to pro-SDF sources.

On December 13, the SDF captured the town center of Hajin and forced ISIS members to withdraw towards the northern subrub of the town.  On December 14, the SDF successfully continued its advance and in fact delivered a final blow to ISIS there.

However, the SDF still has to contribute a final effort to establish a full control of Hajin.

US-backed Forces Are In Control Of Most Of Hajin Town In Eastern Syria (Map Update)

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11:43

Israel arrests dozens of Palestinians in overnight raids across West Bank "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Forty arrested after four Palestinians and two Israelis killed in the most violent 24 hours to hit the West Bank and Jerusalem in months

11:31

The Kerch provocation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ukraine stages new provocation in Kerch Strait: pursuing hidden agenda, by Peter Korzun / Once again the escalation is taken to a higher level. German-French arbitration offers not credible, by Karl Mller / When you want to sanction states, you call them terrorists, by Thierry Meyssan / Endanger nationalists and neo-Nazis in Ukraine peace throughout Europe?, by Matthias Erne / Extremist nationalism in Ukraine / Federal Council and Parliament show unusual resistance. Stocktaking at the beginning of the 2018 winter session, by Marianne Wthrich / Rostock Centuries of experience in dialogue with Russia, Interview with Roland Methling / Children Accuse Children-Victims of NATO aggression against FR Yugoslavia, by Barbara Hug / Austria's peace message to the world. On the national exhibition 200 years Silent Night! Holy Night!, by Urs Knoblauch / Cooperative founded Future of the (...)

11:30

US Demands Europe to Join Its War Against Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Economic sanctions are an attempt to coerce a targeted countrys in effect surrender, but without needing to use a military invasion as the coercive means.

11:26

Migrations as weapons of war "IndyWatch Feed War"

For a factual clarification of history, causes and effects of migration. A new book by Hannes Hofbauer, An Interview with Hannes Hofbauer / Sustainability and free trade No to one-way liberalisation. Consistent approach to sustainable development, by Schweizerische Vereinigung fr einen starken Agrar- und Lebensmittelsektor (SALS) / National Council and Council of States will vote on UN migration pact in winter session, by Marianne Wthrich / Who in Germany has broken with democratic practice? The German Bundestag debated the UN migration pact, by Karl Mller / Critique on UN migration pact comes from different sides in Germany / The Brexit, the EU and British Democracy, by Nicola Ferronato / Thinking about Stalingrad means: Never again war!. Heinrich Gerlach and his novel Durchbruch bei Stalingrad (Breakthrough at Stalingrad), by Werner Wthrich / Colonial goods success against the (...)

11:25

The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: are Palestinians Canada"s new Jews? "IndyWatch Feed War"

On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canadas commitment not to follow the footsteps of the US Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

11:07

Will the world help the Rohingya to attain justice? "IndyWatch Feed War"

UN mechanism aiming to investigative atrocities committed by the Burmese military needs to be fully funded

11:04

The #YellowVests Movement: Showdown with the State "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yellow Vests: Reports from the Clashes in Paris, around France, and across Europe.

Originally published by Crimethinc.

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

Read all our Gilets Jaunes articles: https://enoughisenough14.org/tag/yellow-jackets/

Since November, France has been shaken by the yellow vest movement, a grassroots reaction to President Macrons proposal to increase fuel taxes in order to force the poor to pay for the transition to ecological technologies. Like the Occupy movement, the yellow vest movement cohered around shared tactics and frustration rather than common goals or values; consequently, the movement has been...

11:01

Oliver Stone Remembers Anti-Imperialist Journalist William Blum, Chronicler of CIA Crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Academy Award-winning filmmaker speaks about the life and legacy of Dissident Voice contributor, journalist, and historian William Blum, who documented US war crimes and CIA interventions across the planet.

11:00

NASAS OSIRIS REX ARRIVES AT BENNU ASTEROID "IndyWatch Feed War"

This story was one of the top stories  that people passed along this week. NASA's Osiris-Rex asteroid probe has arrived at the asteroid Bennu, []

The post NASAS OSIRIS REX ARRIVES AT BENNU ASTEROID appeared first on Giza Death Star.

10:57

Can international agreements override the Constitution? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Self-determination a human right, by Erika Vgeli / Accepting the self-determination initiative means strengthening direct democracy, by Ren Roca / Politics going over everybody's head. With its hasty approval of the UN migration pact, the Bundesrat is losing its grip on reality / The UN Global Compact for Migration shows the urgency of the Self-determination Initiative / In the interest of all states: work for peace in Syria now!, by Karl Mller / Joint Statement by the Presidents of the Republic of Turkey, the French Republic, the Russian Federation and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany / The Silk Road and Israel, by Thierry Meyssan / The NATO Wall, by Yvan Blot / Push for a direct democratic reform of the economy. The People's Initiative of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland SPS of 1943 and further submittals, by Werner Wthrich / A stage victory for (...)

10:55

France in Turmoil Blame Russia! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Western establishments are stoking even more popular uprising by refusing to take the societal malaise seriously. Blaming Russia is part of their charade.

10:54

Yemeni mothers forced to choose which child starves, says aid group "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yemeni mothers forced to choose which child starves, says aid group This picture taken on November 22, 2018 shows Yemeni mother Nadia Nahari holding her five-year-old son Abdelrahman Manhash, who is suffering from severe malnutrition and weighing 5 kilograms, at a treatment clinic in the Khokha district in the western province of Hodeidah. (Photo by []

10:50

UK PM Mays plea for EU help on Brexit cast as humiliating failure at home "IndyWatch Feed War"

British Prime Minister Theresa Mays attempt to win assurances from the European Union on her Brexit deal was cast by opponents on Friday as a humiliating failure that did nothing to ease the parliamentary deadlock over Britains departure from the bloc.

With British politics in crisis, the ultimate outcome of Brexit remains unclear, with possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly Brexit with no deal to another referendum on EU membership.

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom talks to the journalists in the Europa Building during the European Council Summit in Brussels, Belgium on December 13, 2018. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)GETTY

May, who on Wednesday survived a plot in her party to oust her, asked EU leaders at a summit in Brussels for political and legal assurances that she said could convince the British parliament to approve her deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out any reopening of last months treaty aimed at ensuring a smooth exit on March 29, though leaders assured her that it should not bind Britain forever to EU rules.

It seems that the prime minister has failed in her bid to deliver meaningful changes to her Brexit deal, the opposition Labour Partys Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said.

We cannot go on like this. The prime minister should reinstate the vote on her deal next week and let Parliament take back control, he said.

Sterling fell to $1.2591.

British newspapers said May had been humiliated.

EU leaders reject Mays idea to salvage floundering Brexit deal, The Guardian said. Stabbed in the backstop: EU leaders tell PM to get stuffed, The Sun newspapers headline said.

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May asked for political and legal assurances that the so-called Northern Irish backstop would be temporary, and urged the leaders to look at her track record of delivering results even when the odds looked stacked against her.

The backstop is an insurance clause obliging Britain to follow EU trade regulations until a better way is found to avoid a hard border between Britains Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.

Over the last two years, I hope I have shown that you can trust me to do what is right, not always what is easy, however difficult that might be for me politically, May said,...

10:37

Pelosi struggles to clamp down on impeachment talk from angry Dems "IndyWatch Feed War"

House Democrats say incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will have her hands full next year trying to keep her caucus from pursuing President Trumps impeachment.

Democrats see a chance to hit Trump hard after his former lawyer Michael Cohens three-year sentence, and his claim that Trump directed payments to two women to keep them silent about alleged affairs. They think it will be difficult for Pelosi to keep them from pursuing an impeachment process in the House

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I am sympathetic to that, said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., on Pelosis plight. Most of us would like to get on with the business at hand, but increasingly that becomes part of the business at hand.

I would say that the fillings and court activities under the auspices of Robert Mueller have moved us into flashing red territory, Connolly added.

When asked Thursday what the repercussions should be for the president if the allegations against him are true, the California Democrat told reporters Thursday she is less focused on the presidents situation than she is the Democratic agenda.

Let me just say that its interesting that these allegations are coming from his own Justice Department. This is not Robert Mueller, this is about the Justice Department. Well see how they pursue it, Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. But from our standpoint, what were interested in is meeting the needs of Americas working families.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the incoming majority leader, told reporters this week that the position of leadership remains, and will remain, that any talk of impeachment is premature until the Mueller investigation is completed.

But that hasnt stopped Democrats from beating the impeachment drums. Rep. Jerry Nadler, the New Yorker who will chair the House Judiciary Committee, said that the allegations of directed illegal payments by Trump to the women would constitute impeachable offenses. And others seem to agree its an option that should at least be discussed.

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Jerry Nadler

We have to walk and chew gum at the same time, said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., of Pelosis situation. On one hand, we have to serve as a check and balance on th...

10:30

Chinas consumers, factories take a beating as economic gloom deepens "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinas November retail sales grew at their weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years as the economy lost further momentum, heaping pressure on Beijing to defuse its trade dispute with the United States.

The worlds second-largest economy has been losing momentum in recent quarters as a multi-year government campaign to curb shadow lending put increasing financial strains on companies in a blow to production and investment.

The stresses on broad activity have been compounded by a sharp escalation in Chinas trade row with the United States, which has threatened to fracture global supply chains, chill investment, exports and growth.

The slowdown in Chinese industries and the trade tensions have started to weigh on consumer sentiment, tapping the brakes on retail sales. Big-ticket items have been the first to be hit, with auto sales declining since May.

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10:06

Frances Official (CNCDH) Human Rights Award to BTselem for Its Resolve to End the Occupation of Palestine: Hysterical israeli (apartheid state) Government Response "IndyWatch Feed War"

Frances Official (CNCDH) Human Rights Award to BTselem for Its Resolve to End the Occupation of Palestine: Hysterical Israeli Government Response By BTselem The Human Rights Award of the French Republic is now being presented at the Ministry of Justice in Paris to this years laureates. At the ceremony, BTselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad thanked []

10:01

Prayer and Meditation for Friday, December 14, 2018 Finding The Light of Life "IndyWatch Feed War"

If you would hearken to my commandments your prosperity would be like a river

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If you love me, keep my commands. (John 14:15)

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Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 185

Reading 1  IS 48:17-19

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

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Light of Life

R. (see John 8:12) Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
a...

10:00

Iraq, The Rebuilding of a Nation In the Wake of Sixteen Years of US Sponsored Terrorism and Destruction "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iraq, The Rebuilding of a Nation In the Wake of Sixteen Years of US Sponsored Terrorism and Destruction  By Tom Peyre-Costa and Edu Montesanti, An Interview with the Norwegian Refugee Council Iraq, which in the years of Saddam Hussein (1979-2003) lived a long period of prosperity and social stability, then recognized by the UN as []

10:00

Lenin Lives! A Disorders Forum: Introduction "IndyWatch Feed War"

This post kicks off a short forum on Philip Cunliffes book, Lenin Lives! Reimagining the Russian Revolution 1917-2017 (Zero Books, 2017). After an introduction from Philip, we have reactions from Disorderite Jamie Allinson and guest author Alex Sutton, followed by a response from the author.


Philip Cunliffe is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, and editor-in-chief of the journal International Peacekeeping.  He is the author of Legions of Peace: UN Peacekeepers from the Global South (Hurst, 2013) and is currently working on a new book entitled The Twenty Years Crisis in the Twenty First Century.

 


Over a hundred years after the October Revolution in Russia, and a hundred years after the November Revolution in Germany the failure of which would condemn Russian socialism to isolation and bloody involution both revolutions are remarkably absent from public debate. While this absence became itself a matter of public debate, it was just as remarkable and much less justifiable that the field of IR/international studies largely let the centenaries of the Russian and German Revolutions pass with such little note.

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09:55

From Union Renewal to a Self-Managed Society "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the face of fiercely expanding inequality and anti-unionism in the US there is a great deal of discussion across the left of how to revitalize unions. While we see glimmers of hope in the recent strike wave of teachers and innovative forms of unionism such as with Burgerville fast food workers, what would a holistic rethinking of what is possible within unionism look like? This piece by a South African writer thinks through how unions can provide a space for collective action, class identity, unity across divides of race, ethnicity, and country, and self-activity and looks to the tradition of anarchosyndicalism.

Originally published by Black Rose Anarchist Federation. Written by Lucien van der Walt. Image above Municipal trash workers protest in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lucien van der Walt teaches at Rhodes University in South Africa, has long been involved in the working-class movements, and is a member of ...

09:55

The Case of Meng Wanzhou: American Sheriffs Acting Outside of Their Jurisdictions "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mengs arrest shreds the trade war truce agreed to by Trump and Xi in Buenos Aires. Making matters worse, Trump was dining with Xi at the very same time that Meng was arrested in Canada.

09:44

US-backed forces 'retake Islamic State hub in east Syria' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Kurdish-dominated fighters backed by US air strikes have retaken full control of Hajin, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

09:43

Lebanese wary as Israel destroys Hezbollah border tunnels "IndyWatch Feed War"

As Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch.

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The mood was light as the crowd observed in real time what Israel says is a military operation dubbed Northern Shield aimed at destroying attack tunnels built by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. The young men posed for selfies, with the Israeli crew in the background, as they burned fires and brewed tea to keep warm.

Israeli soldiers shot yesterday at three suspected Hezbollah activists along the Lebanon border, the army said, days after uncovering a tunnel under the frontier. (AFP)

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But Lebanese soldiers were visibly on high alert, deploying to new camouflaged posts behind sandbags and inside abandoned homes. About two dozen UN peacekeepers stood in a long line, just ahead of the blue line demarcating the frontier between the two countries technically still at war.

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The scene highlights the palpable anxiety that any misstep could lead to a conflagration between Israel and Lebanon that no one seems to want.

The UN peacekeeping force has confirmed the presence of tunnels and said it is working with both sides to address the situation. (AFP)

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Underscoring such jitters, shadowy figures appearing across the misty hills of the border village of Mays Al-Jabal last weekend sparked panic, and Israeli soldiers fired in the air to warn a Lebanese military intelligence patrol, according to Lebanese reports. Israel said it fired at Hezbollah members who came to the site to dismantle sensors installed to detect tunnels.

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Israels tunnel search comes at a time when the civil war in neighboring Syria seems to be winding down. Hezbollah had sent hundreds of troops to Syria in 2013 to fight alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. With Assads forces emerging victorious, attention now seems to be returning to the tense Israel-Lebanon border.

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Israel said its troops have discovered at least three tunnels along the frontier a tactic used by Hezbollah in previous wars and called on the international community to impose new sanctions on Hezbollah.

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The militant group, which fought a bruising but inconclusive war with Israel in 2006, has not commented on the Israeli op...

09:41

israel (apartheid state) to Approve Thousands of Unauthorized West Bank Settler Homes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel to OK 1000s of Unauthorized West Bank Homes Israel to Approve Thousands of Unauthorized West Bank Settler Homes Netanyahu also vows to try to advance new constructions by Jason Ditz While the Israeli government authorizes, and often heavily subsidizes, the construction of settler houses in the occupied West Bank, there are still thousands of []

09:35

Israel continues manhunt, braces for violence as Hamas calls for day of rage "IndyWatch Feed War"

Army arrests 40 Palestinians during raids in West Bank overnight during searches for terrorists behind Thursdays deadly shooting

Israeli soldiers carry out searches for terror suspects in the West Bank on December 14, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli soldiers carry out searches for terror suspects in the West Bank on December 14, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

As Israel continued its manhunt Friday for the attackers who killed two soldiers in the central West Bank, security forces readied for possible further violence as the Palestinian terror group Hamas called for a day of rage to mark the anniversary of its founding.

On Thursday, a Palestinian opened fire at a bus stop outside the Givat Assaf settlement outpost in the West Bank and killed Sgt. Yovel Mor Yosef, 20, and Cpl. Yosef Cohen, 19, while another soldier and civilian were wounded.

Troops searched for the terrorists overnight in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Soldiers arrested 40 Palestinians throughout the West Bank suspected of involvement in terror and rioting, 37 of whom the IDF said were known Hamas operatives.

The IDF will continue to act to thwart terrorism and maintain security in the area, the army said in a statement.

Israeli soldiers carry out searches for terror suspects in the West Bank on December 14, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

A senior Israel Defense Forces commander indicated the same Hamas terror cell was responsible for Thursdays attack in addition to a shooting that wounded seven Israelis outside the Ofra settlement on Sunday night that led to the death of a baby boy who was delivered prematurely after his mother was critically...

09:33

Turkey threatens to pull the plug on US "IndyWatch Feed War"

By M.K. Bhadrakumar | NewsClick | December 14, 2018 An impression has been gaining ground lately that the Trump administration is making overtures to Ankara to revive the original US-Turkish project on regime change in Damascus. The recent visit to Ankara by James Jeffrey, the US special representative to Syria, was seen in that light. []

09:29

Israel arrests 40 Palestinians after West Bank attack: army "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli forces arrested 40 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight during a manhunt for the perpetrator of a deadly attack, the army said on Friday.

The West Bank, which Israel has occupied for more than 50 years, saw the third Palestinian shooting in two months Thursday, with an attacker killing two Israeli soldiers near a Jewish settlement before fleeing the scene.

There have Palestinian protests in Ramallah and across the occupied West Bank as Israeli forces enter Palestinian-administered areas to search for a gunman who killed two soldiers at a bus stop

There have Palestinian protests in Ramallah and across the occupied West Bank as Israeli forces enter Palestinian-administered areas to search for a gunman who killed two soldiers at a bus stop There have Palestinian protests in Ramallah and...

09:26

israels (apartheid state) Executions Cant Kill Palestinian Resistance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israels Executions Cant Kill Palestinian Resistance Ashraf Naalwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Mteir (l-r). Graphic: Quds News Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network | December 13, 2018 On 13 December 2018, Israeli occupation forces shot down four Palestinians, including several resistance fighters who had evaded their pursuit for months. Ashraf Naalwa, 23, was killed by occupation forces who []

09:26

An Anarchists Perspective of the #YellowVests "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yellow Vests: After four weeks of demonstrations, blockades, occupations, general meetings, analysis of all kinds, here is one with a radical left and/or anarchist angle.

Originally published by Eunomia. Translated by ABC Gothenburg.

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

Read all our Gilets Jaunes articles: https://enoughisenough14.org/tag/yellow-jackets/

Sorry to all those who are still in complete denial but the Yellow Vests, in good multiples forms movement, shelter at worst the far right and at best nationalist confusionism. And thats normal, we are in a racist, homophobic, virile country. A national movement, poorly politically formed , and assembled on the basis of an aggregation of anger is likely to resemble the ideology that shaped our political consciences (or our lack of consciousness). It is this lower middle class, made up of many workers and salaried workers, rural and peri-urban whites, which crystallizes the political confusion. This, moreover, deeply annoys those who would like to see in this movement the emancipated proletariat which, once capitalism has fallen, will magically abandon its racism, its nationalism, its virilism, and so on.

It is not because a movement is said to be predominantly apolitical that it is. it just means that it does not know exactly what ideology it fits into. And as we have seen, it is a very heterogeneous movement that was built on anger. Anger being an excellent fuel to turn into political determination, the movement has since a few weeks, gradually evolved. Far from dying as we had hoped in its early days, we have seen:

  • Growing determination.
  • A rather strong rejection of all attempts at political recuperation, with rare locally exceptions.
  • Claims finally out of the initial tax treaty, still spreading, quite disparate from one place to another, and often until the total rejection of the political system and not only Macron.
  • Modalities of action which emancipate themselves finally...

09:23

Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation, source says "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trumps 2017 inaugural committee is currently being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York for possible financial abuses related to the more than $100 million in donations raised for his inauguration, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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The investigation was first reported by The Wall Street Journal Thursday afternoon.
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Citing conversations with people familiar with the investigation, which is being handled by the US Attorneys office in Manhattan, the Journal reported that prosecutors are also looking into whether the committee accepted donations from individuals looking to gain influence in or access to the new administration.
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The newspaper notes that giving money in exchange for political favors is illegal, as is misuse of any donated funds. The committee was registered as a nonprofit.
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In a statement, Trumps inaugural committee said the celebration was in full compliance with all applicable laws.
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The (committee) is not aware of any pending investigations and has not been contacted by any prosecutors. We simply have no evidence the investigation exists, the statement read.
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The (committees) finances were fully audited internally and independently and are fully accounted. Moreover, the inaugurations accounting was provided both to the Federal Election Commission and the IRS in compliance with all laws and regulations. These were funds raised from private individuals and were then spent in accordance with the law and the expectations of the donors. The names of donors were provided to the FEC and have been public for nearly two years and those donors were vetted in accordance with the law and no improprieties have been found regardng the vetting of those donors.
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When asked by reporters about...

09:20

AIPAC takes newly elected Congress members, CNNs Setmayer on propaganda trips to israel (apartheid state) "IndyWatch Feed War"

AIPAC takes newly elected Congress members, CNNs Setmayer on propaganda trips to Israel Newly elected Congressional Reps David Trone, Dan Crenshaw, Elaine Goodman Luria, Tim Burchett, Denver Riggleman, and Susie Lee on a December 2018 AIPAC trip to Israel. AIPACs educational arm spends about $10,000 a piece on these trips. By using a nonprofit entity, []

09:03

No Borders Kitchen #Lesvos: How many more deaths in Europe? "IndyWatch Feed War"

2018 and things havent changed, Europes borders keep being as deadly as in the previous years. So far this year, 2160 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea 2 weeks ago, it was 2063. The emergency is still on. Its time to react.

Originally published by No Borders Kitchen Lesvos.

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.

Right in front of our door, people are dying:
just some examples
On the 12th of November, a boat on the way to Lesvos capsized, two men managed to swim to shore in Dikili but 6 people died and 4 are missing.
Two months ago (08/10/2018) nine dead bodies were found and dozens of people are missing. The boat was trying to reach Lesvos.
Also on the way to Lesvos, 6 people, including three babies, drowned on the 29/06/18. May 14, Babakale
Turkey (just up north of Lesvos): 7 people died in a shipwreck.

This tragedy isnt an accident, this is the result of European migration policies, set up since the Schengen deal in 1985. Strengthening borders and tracking and deporting people stops them from entering Europe legally, and forces them to use perilous routes instead.

The European Fortress also set up policies to externalize the borders and repel as much as possible. The EU injects millions of euros into projects to prevent migration into European territory, no matter if it supports dictatorial regimes. Indeed, on the 35 priority countries for the externalization of borders, all are known for abusing human rights and half of these countries have an authoritarian or dictatorial government.

Its time to understand that the more money Europe give to train and equip armies from Turkey, Libya, Sudan, the more people will try to flee those countries. For those who survived a dangerous journey and finally arrived to Lesvos, the island becomes not a place to find safety but even worse, a place to slowly die. Lesvos is a prison for them, as they cant go forward because of European policy, and cant go back to their country of origin, because they would be persecuted, enslaved or killed. We stand in solidarity with migrants everyday, not only when UN celebrates the International Day of Human Rights .

Stop spending millions to kill people
Stop supporting dictatorial governments
Stop...

08:58

Five Eyes Against Huawei "IndyWatch Feed War"

Five Eyes Against Huawei

 | 7 DECEMBER 2018 
FRANAIS  ITALIANO  PORTUGUS  TRKE  ...

08:56

Morning Prayer for Friday, December 14, 2018 Service to Others is an Essential Element in our Humanity, Mental Health "IndyWatch Feed War"

Many believe the road to true happiness is in service to others.  Without selfless service to others, we have too much false self-esteem and misguided ego. But once we decide to selflessly pour ourselves out in service to others we can a real sense of accomplishment through merit.  When we begin to help other people we start to shed what is holding us back the most our owns selfish and arrogant ways.

A.A. teaches that we have to give ourselves away in order to gain a true understanding of our goodness within.  A river flows into the Dead Sea and stops. A river flows into a clear pool and flows out again. We get and then we give. If we do not give, we do not keep.

Your own compassion can save your life and your soul. But compassion is the forgotten virtue of our age. 

How do we find compassion within us? By doing loving, compassionate service for other.

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Meditation for the Day

Try to see the life of the spirit as a calm place, shut away from the turmoil of the world. Think of your spiritual home as a place full of peace, serenity, and contentment. Go to this quiet, meditative place for the strength to carry you through todays duties and problems. Keep coming back here for refreshment when you are weary of the hubbub of the outside world. From this quietness and communion comes our strength.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may keep this resting place where I can commune with God. I pray that I may find refreshment in meditation on the Eternal.

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What gives people Joyful anticipation of the future? Money? Sex? Drugs?

Not hardly.

Our sense of the future starts with our good mental health. Are we seeking the rights things in the right way. This has been the question for man through the ages.

Many psychologists and spiritual people suggest that we devote a significant effort into service to others. Until we try to genuinely assist others in a meaningful way, many of us are driven by greed, sloth, avarice and the other Deadly Sins. If you dont believe in sins, may we suggest character defects. Character defects are frequently found to be the problem for human beings. The pro...

08:56

Averting World Conflict with China "IndyWatch Feed War"

Averting World Conflict with China

The PRC Should Retaliate by Targeting Sheldon Adelson's Chinese Casinos

08:51

Britain's Enemy Is It's Own Ruling Class "IndyWatch Feed War"

Britain's Enemy Is Not Russia But It's Own Ruling Class, UN Report Confirms



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08:41

#Brighton and #London rally for #Stansted15 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Following on from a rally outside the Home Office on Tuesday which drew thousands of people, hundreds more took to the streets of Brighton last night to show their support for the Stansted 15.

Originally published by Freedom News. Written by Jake Woodier.

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.

Organised by a collective including the Devils Dyke Network and Brighton Against Borders, the demonstration attracted over 300 people angry at the injustice of the supposed justice system. After hearing from representatives of Devils Dyke Network, Brighton Against Borders, and a statement read on behalf of Caroline Lucas MP, Lyndsay Burtonshaw one of the defendants gave a defiant and rousing speech, demonstrating the courage of their actions before reading an emotive statement on behalf of the group of defendants:

We are guilty of nothing more than intervening to prevent harm. The real crime is the governments cowardly, inhumane and barely legal deportation flights and the unprecedented use of terror law to crack down on peaceful protest. We must challenge this shocking use of draconian legislation, and continue to demand an immediate end to these secretive deportation charter flights and a full independent public inquiry into the governments hostile environment.

Justice will not be done until we are exonerated and the Home Office is held to account for the danger it puts people in every single day. It endangers people in dawn raids on their homes, at detention centres and on these brutal flights. The system is out of control. It is unfair, unjust and unlawful and it must be stopped.

Following this, an angered crowd took to the street in an impromptu march that brought much of the city centre to a standstill for over an hour. With main roads blocked and traffic chaos, chants of no borders, no nations, stop deportations reverberated loudly along the high street drawing cheers of support from passers-by. As the demonstration wound its way through the streets, the message that Brighton stands in solidarity with the Stansted 15 was loudly heard.

On Monday after nine gruelling weeks a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court found all defendants guilty of intentional disrupt...

08:35

Revisiting another of the BBCs 2018 campaigns "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this post we continue to take a look at some of the topics that the BBC chose to promote during 2018 in a manner that went beyond ordinary reporting both in terms of the amount of content produced and adherence to standards of due impartiality.

Another campaign amplified by the BBC related to the Bedouin encampment of Khan al Ahmar. On September 5th Israels High Court rejected a petition to prevent the demolition of the illegally constructed encampment after a protracted court case. That story was reported on the BBC News website on the same day.

5th September 2018, BBC News website:

Khan al-Ahmar: Israel court approves demolition of Bedouin village

Discussed...

08:22

Lieu Blasts Conservative Media Over Reporting About His Free Speech Comments "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Democratic congressman has not addressed his apparent flip on free speech for corporations

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December 13, 2018 4:05 pm

Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) released a statement Thursday saying he supports the First Amendment and criticizing conservative media for mischaracterizing him.

Lieu was sharply critical of Republicans questioning Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a congressional hearing Tuesday. Instead of pressing Pichai on issues related to bias or privacy, Lieu used his time to slam Republicans for being stupid, which drew some criticism from those on the left who dont believe corporations have full free speech rights.

But on CNN Wednesday, Lieu made news by saying, I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so, and thats simply a function of the First Amendment, but I think over the long run, its better the government does not regulate the content of speech.

Some questioned whether hes committed to the principle of free speech given the content of that statement, and he hit back Thursday by saying he considers himself an ardent defender of the First Amendment and on CNN he was merely making the point that the First Amendment prevents him from regulating speech.

In the interview, I again stated the First Amendment prevents government from regulating the content of speech. I also made the point that it was the First Amendment that prevents me from regulating speech. I have been, and always will be, an ardent defender of the First Amendment, he said.

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08:16

Californias chief justice quits GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Californias Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Thursday she quit the Republican Party over the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Cantil-Sakauye, who was appointed by a Republican governor, has re-registered as a no-party-preference voter, and told CALmatters that after Kavanaughs confirmation she felt compelled to make a choice.

You can draw your own conclusions, the 59-year-old jurist said. Her decision was backed by family and friends, with whom shed reached the consensus that you didnt leave the party. The party left you.

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Her change in party affiliation, she said, better suits what I do and how I approach issues.

Cantil-Sakauye made her comments shortly after appearing on a panel at the National Press Club with fellow judges and justices who spoke about attacks on the judiciary.

The first Filipina-American state Supreme Court justice and the second woman to serve as Californias chief justice, Cantil-Sakauye has previously openly disagreed with the President Trumps rhetoric on the politicization of judges, saying, The people uttering those are doing damage, short-term and long-term, to courts, to the rule of law, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Cantil-Sakauye served as a prosecutor before becoming a judge 28 years ago and has served as Californias chief justice since 2011. She was appointed to the position by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/californias-chief-justice-quits-gop-over-kavanaugh-confirmation

07:58

Jared Kushner reportedly could be the next chief of staff "IndyWatch Feed War"

Who else does he trust?

President Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner is on the short list to become the next chief of staff, reports said.

Kushner, a top White House adviser, met with the president about the job on Wednesday and believes his ability to work with Democrats will be an asset to the position, according to The Huffington Post.

I dont know why he thinks that, when the Democrats are mainly going to be coming after Trump, a source told the website.

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The current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave the position at the end of the year.

Reports about Kushners interest in the gig came as North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows and Vice President Mike Pences Chief of Staff Nick Ayers both withdrew themselves from consideration.

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Trump still has other bigger men on his short list.

Kushner, who is married to Trumps daughter Ivanka, has been under scrutiny by Democrats for his relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

US intelligence agencies have said that the crown prince ordered the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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07:50

Tony Blair: Britain and EU should prepare for second Brexit referendum "IndyWatch Feed War"

Knowing what you know now, it it still a good idea for the UK to leave the EU?

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair repeatedly called for the reversal of the Brexit since 2016. (File/AFP)

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will say on Friday that Britain and the European Union should prepare for a second Brexit referendum because parliament will probably fail to agree on a divorce deal and the public will need to break the deadlock.

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Less than four months before Britain is due to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May called off a parliamentary vote on her deal with Brussels this week after admitting it would be heavily defeated.
Addressing EU leaders meeting in Brussels, Blair said they should offer to reform the bloc to make it more attractive for Britain to remain.

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Now should be the time of preparation parliament to make sure it can canvass the options in (a) sensible manner, one by one, to reach agreement on an option or a referendum; Europe to ensure that if Britain is ready to think again, Europe is ready also to think again, Blair, who was Labour prime minister from 1997 to 2007, will say in a speech in London.

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Blairs office released extracts of the speech in advance.

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An offer by the EU to reform would show that the political leadership of Europe and Britain had listened to the underlying concerns of those who voted (for) Brexit, not disrespecting the concerns but meeting them in a way which is not damaging.

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Blair has repeatedly called for reversing Brexit since the 2016 referendum, echoing other critics, including French President Emmanuel Macron, who have suggested Britain could still change its mind.

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Blair will say it is perverse that the Britain and the EU are preparing for a potentially economically damaging Brexit without any deal, but not another referendum.

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We know the options for Brexit. Parliament will have to decide on one of them. If Parliament cant then it should decide to go back to the people.

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07:35

EU rules out Brexit renegotiation, vows to avoid Irish backstop with free trade deal before 2021 "IndyWatch Feed War"

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants reassurances that a section of the Brexit withdrawal agreement known as the Irish backstop is temporary. EU leaders say they will at least try to avoid triggering it.

    
Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May as Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel looks on, as they take part in a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 13, 2018 (Reuters/Y. Herman)

European Union leaders on Friday once again ruled out changes to the United Kingdoms withdrawal agreement. But they reassured British Prime Minister Theresa May that they would try to finalize a new UK-EU free trade deal before 2021.

In a joint statement, the leaders of 27 EU member states said it was their firm determination to finish the free trade deal as quickly as possible to avoid triggering a controversial backstop arrangement in the withdrawal agreement.

The backstop, which is legally binding, would maintain an open border between Northern Ireland, a British territory, and EU-member Ireland if London and Brussels fail to agree on a new free trade deal by December 2020.

Mays wish before Christmas

The embattled prime minister is struggling to convince enough hard-line lawmakers in her Conservative Party to approve the withdrawal agreement over fears that the backstop could force the UK to accept EU rules indefinitely.

May had met earlier with EU leaders in Brussels to seek legal and political assurances from the EU that the backstop would be temporary. But during the meeting, EU leaders became frustrated by Mays lack of clarity over the kind of assurances she wanted.

Can she do it?

The prime minister,...

07:31

Pakistan: State Bank, govt grilled on exchange rate "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amid criticism over abrupt devaluations, the government and the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Friday said the countrys exchange rate has now reached near to equilibrium and is reflective of the market conditions.

At a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance & Revenue, SBP Governor Tariq Bajwa reluctantly agreed to discuss recent depreciation of rupee against dollar after his assertions to hold in-camera briefing were rejected by the panel.

SBP governor says current adjustments have started to show results as imports have dropped and exports have risen. File photo
SBP governor says current adjustments have started to show results as imports have dropped and exports have risen. File photo

Bajwa explained that exchange rates generally move on demand and supply in the market and the key reason behind the recent devaluation was the last fiscal years $19-billion current account deficit.

Such a large gap had to be met from somewhere, said the governor, explaining either the central bank could have intervened in the market to protect the rupee-dollar parity or let it move according to market forces, more so when reserves were not enough.

Read more: Govt wants SBP to consult Centre on exchange rate

The governor said unlike countries with huge reserves following fixed or those...

07:22

Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officials "IndyWatch Feed War"

The suspected gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was shot dead on Thursday in a brief gun battle with police after being on the run for 48 hours, police sources said.

Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched around 2100 hrs (2000 GMT) on Thursday about 2 kilometers from where he launched his attack on Tuesday.

Chekatt was killed after firing on police officers, who returned fire, one of the sources said.

Strasbourg gunman Cherif Chekatt shot dead by French police
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Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters later three police officers came across a man they believed to be Chekatt and went to arrest him.

He turned to fire on them and they shot and killed him, Castaner told reporters.

I think it will help to get back to a life that I would describe as normal, Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries told reporters after news that Chekatt had been killed.

With the death of this terrorist citizens, like me, are relieved, he said

Reuters reporters near the scene heard three to four gunshots after armed police officers and units launched their operation, backed up by a helicopter circling overhead.

The death toll from Tuesdays attack rose to three while police on Thursday combed the city in the east of France for a second day and manned checkpoints on the German border in their search for Chekatt.

PHOTO: Police motorcycles drive in the streets of Strasbourg, eastern France, after a shooting breakout, on Dec. 11, 2018.Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images
Police motorcycles drive in the streets of Strasbourg, eastern France, after a shooting breakout, on Dec. 11, 2018.

Three others were fighting for their lives on Thursday, Castaner told a news conference before news broke that Chekatt had been shot dead.

Police issued a wanted poster in multiple languages for Chekatt, who was the main suspect in the attack and who had been on a watchlist as a potential security threat.

He had spent time in French, German and Swiss jails for a theft and violence and authorities say he was known to have developed radical religious vie...

07:10

Checking Robert Mueller In light of dodgy FBI conduct "IndyWatch Feed War"

The sentencing judge brings to light dodgy FBI conduct in the Mike Flynn case.

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Robert Mueller has operated for 19 months as a law unto himself, reminding us of the awesome and destructive powers of special counsels. About the only possible check on Mr. Mueller is a judge who is wise to the tricks of prosecutors and investigators. Good news: Thats what we got this week.

Former national security adviser Mike Flynn a year ago pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with Russias ambassador to the U.S. Mr. Flynns defense team this week filed a sentencing memo to Judge Emmet Sullivan that contained explosive new information about the Flynn-FBI meeting in 2017.

It was arranged by then FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who personally called Mr. Flynn on other business, then suggested he sit down with two agents to clear up the Russia question. Mr. McCabe urged Mr. Flynn to conduct the interview with no lawyer present to make things easier.

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The agents (including the infamous Peter Strzok) showed up within two hours.

Read the rest:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/checking-robert-mueller-11544745831?mod=hp_opin_pos1

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06:40

Chinas Economy Slowed Again in November "IndyWatch Feed War"

China wont have double-digit growth like in the past years.
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Chinas economy slowed again in November as retail sales and industrial production weakened, creating a challenging backdrop for policy makers who gather next week to set the tone for the year at their annual Economic Work Conference in Beijing.

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Industrial production growth decelerated to 5.4 percent, below all 38 economists estimates. Retail sales formerly a pillar of support for the economy posted the weakest performance since May 2003, rising 8.1 percent from a year earlier . Chinese stocks fell along with the currency as data signaled a deepening slowdown.

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06:28

Asian markets sink as profit-takers move in, pound resilient "IndyWatch Feed War"

Persistent uncertainties relating to geopolitical factors, the threat of protectionism, vulnerabilities in emerging markets and financial market volatility.

Asian markets fell on Friday, putting the region on course to end a broadly positive week on a sour note, as traders took a step back and their profits off the table.

There was also some unease after the head of the European Central Bank raised concerns about the growth outlook for the eurozone owing to issues within and outside the bloc.

The pound showed some resilience, even as European leaders refused pleas for help from Prime Minister Theresa May to push their Brexit deal through a fractured British parliament.

Signs of easing tensions in the China-US trade row helped propel equities this week, with both sides seeming to give key concessions, fuelling hopes they can eventually resolve their differences.

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06:22

Wave of bomb threats prompts hundreds of evacuations in four countries "IndyWatch Feed War"

An unprecedented flood of bomb threats prompted hundreds of evacuations and closures of private buildings, transport hubs and offices in four countries on Thursday, causing confusion and in some cases panic.

06:00

This Is What It Looks Like When Imperialism Comes Home "IndyWatch Feed War"

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. You have to hand it to himthe man has a way with words and he sure knows how to fire up his base. Early in November, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of supporters in Montana, and he gushed with pride about his recent deployment of active-duty troops to Continue reading "This Is What It Looks Like When Imperialism Comes Home"

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06:00

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State and Bob Parry Exposed It "IndyWatch Feed War"

A year ago yesterday, it became fully clear what was behind the feverish attempt by our intelligence agencies and their mainstream media accomplices to emasculate President Donald Trump with the Russia-gate trope. It turned out that the objective was not only to delegitimize Trump and make it impossible for him to move toward a more Continue reading "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State and Bob Parry Exposed It"

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06:00

How the United States Kept Arms Flowing Into South Sudan "IndyWatch Feed War"

During the South Sudanese Civil War, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives, the United States helped the main belligerent in the war continually acquire arms through Uganda, a close U.S. ally in the region. For years, the Ugandan government channeled arms, ammunition, and military aircraft to the regime of President Salva Kiir, according to multiple Continue reading "How the United States Kept Arms Flowing Into South Sudan"

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05:06

Virgin Galactic Test Flight Reaches Edge of Space for First Time "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: CBS: Virgin Galactics rocket-powered SpaceShipTwo carried two test pilots out of the discernible atmosphere Thursday, the companys first piloted flight to the edge of space and a major milestone for Richard Bransons plans to eventually launch tourists on brief, sub-orbital trips to space. It was the fourth non-government, purely commercial flight to carry pilots []

05:04

The Americans wet their pants because of the Russian Tu-160 in Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Ruslan Ostashko Translated and subtitled by Eugenia    

04:24

Averting World Conflict with China "IndyWatch Feed War"

The PRC Should Retaliate by Targeting Sheldon Adelsons Chinese Casinos By Ron Unz Unz Review December 13, 2018 As most readers know, Im not a casual political blogger and I prefer producing lengthy research articles rather than chasing the headlines of current events. But there are exceptions to every rule, and the looming []

04:15

Veneration Of Power Leading To Climate Catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a recent media alert, we presented a few rules that journalists must follow if they are to be regarded as a safe pair of hands by editors and corporate media owners. One of these rules is that we in the West are assumed to be the good guys. This seriously damaging narrative, flying in the face of historical evidence and endlessly crushing state policies, ensures that the public is kept ignorant and pacified. The consequences have been deadly for millions of the Wests victims around the world, and now mean climate catastrophe that could end human civilisation.

First, take the recent devout coverage following the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, US President from 1989-1993, and Vice-President under Ronald Reagan from 1981-1989. When a (former) Western leader dies, the raw propaganda is often at its most fawning and servile. On Bushs death, mainstream media outlets broadcast and published eulogies and fanciful words of praise, divorced from reality. For example, BBC News channelled former President Barack Obama:

George HW Bushs life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey.

The Clintons like the Bush dynasty, part of the US ruling class added their own gushing propaganda tribute:

Few Americans have been or will ever be able to match President Bushs record of service to the United States and the joy he took every day from it.

Referring to the massive US attack following the Iraqi invasion of Kuw...

03:53

Federal Judge Orders Mueller To Turn Over Flynn Material "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jonathon Turley | December 13, 2018 In a surprising move, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller late Wednesday to turn over all of the governments documents and memoranda related to Flynns questioning. This follows a Flynn filing that described an effective trap set by agents who encouraged him not to bring a []

03:42

Butina Pleads Guilty After Being Sexually Assaulted & Abused In DC Jail "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik December 14, 2018 Russian national Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent at a federal court in Washington, DC, on Thursday. But she only did so after authorities broke her, argues human rights attorney Dan Kovalik. Rather than acting as a spy for Russia, as the mainstream media  and only the []

03:36

Ankara stalls the Sochi agreement while Washington builds new military bases in Syria: some thoughts on the recent developments "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Three months have passed since the Sochi agreement on the so called Idlib demilitarized zone. The terms of the deal were that all

02:41

The China Debt Trap: Freedom, Sovereign Debt, and Generational Accounting "IndyWatch Feed War"

At the end of 2017, Brahma Chellaney, a professor with the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research, wrote an article titled Chinas Creditor Imperialism in which he accused China of creating a debt trap from Argentina, to Namibia and Laos, mentioning its acquisition of, or investment in the construction of several port hubs, including Hambantota in Sri Lanka, Piraeus in Greece, Djibouti, and Mombasa in Kenya in recent years.

These countries are forced to avoid default by painfully choosing to let China control their resources and thus have forfeited their sovereignty, he wrote. The article described China as a new imperial giant with a velvet glove hiding iron fists with which it was pressing small countries. The Belt and Road Initiative, he concluded, is essentially an ambitious plan to realize Chinese imperialism. The article was later widely quoted by newspapers, websites and think tanks around the world.

When then United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Africa in March, he also said that although Chinese investment may help improve Africas infrastructure, it would lead to increased debt on the continent, without creating many jobs.

It is no accident that this idea of Chinas creditor imperialism theory originates from India. New Delhi has openly opposed Chinas Belt and Road Initiative, especially the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as it runs through Pakistan-administered Kashmir, which India regards as an integral part of its territory. India is also worried that the construction of Chinas Maritime Silk Road will challenge its dominance in South Asia and the Indian Ocean. Based on such a judgment, the Indian government has worked out its own regional cooperation initiatives, and taken moves, such as the declaration of cooperation with Vietnam in oil exploration in the South China Sea and its investment in the renovation of Chabahar port in Iran, as countermeasures against the Chinese initiative.

Since January, India, the United States, Japan and Australia have actively built a quasi-alliance system for a free and open Indo-Pacific order as an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative. In April, a senior Indian official attending the fifth China-India Strategic Economic Dialogue reiterated the Indian governments refusal to participate in the initiative.

The creditor imperialism fallacy is in essence a deliberate attempt by India and Western countries to denigrate the Belt and Road Initiative, which exhibits their envy of the initial fruits the initiative has produced. Such an argument stems from their own experiences of colonialism and imperialism. It is exactly the US-led Western countries that attached their political and strategic interests to the debt relationship with debtor countries and forced them to sign unequal treaties. Chinas Belt...

02:37

Kazakhstans AIFC: Off to a Promising Start? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) has taken the next step in its quest to become a Central Asian investment hub by opening the first session of the Astana International Exchange (AIX) in mid-November. Considering that the AIFC only officially commenced its operations in July, it is too early to predict whether it will be successful or not, but, for the time being, Astana can be pleased with the AIFCs promising first steps.

The author of this report has previously discussed the AIFC for Geopolitical Monitor (The Astana International Financial Centre: Kazakhstans Ambitious Step Forward), hence we will solely focus on recent developments.

The first session of the AIX included the trading of shares for Kazatomprom, the worlds largest producer of uranium. We have executed a successful IPO [initial public offering], proving the status of the world uranium industry leader, and have become the first company listed on the Astana International Exchange, said Galymzhan Pirmatov, CEO of Kazatomprom National Company. Unconditional trading in Kazatomproms global depositary receipts began on November 19, KazInform reported. Additionally, some 49 foreign and 16 Kazakh companies, as well as some 2,700 Kazakh citizens presented their shares on the stock exchange on opening day, according to other reports.

Another important development is that Goldman Sachs has acquired 108,480 ordinary shares. These represent a 4.1 per cent of the total issued share capital (post-money) of AIX while simultaneously entering into a 5 year put option with AIFC to protect Goldman Sachs against a decline in the value of the shares below the purchase price, the AIFC explained.

In the near future, there are plans for the the AIX to trade shares of other state-run companies such as Kazakhtelecom, Air Astana, KazMunaiGas, among others. The obvious objective, other than to cement AIX as the countrys premier stock exchange, is to convince foreign investors that they too should utilize this new agency. Adding to the enticement is the fact that the AIFCs International Arbitration Centre is based on English Common law.  Moreover, if the AIFC is trying to attract Western investment it helps to have a brand name like Goldman Sachs attached not to mention NASDAQ and the Shanghai Sto...

01:38

Chavez and the Twilight of Capitalism: A Conversation with Eduardo Rothe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cira Pascual Marquina The improbable life of Venezuelan television personality Eduardo Rothe has taken him to such revolutionary hotspots as Detroit in the early 1960s, Paris in 1968, and Lisbon in 1974 until he became gainfully employed as a commercial fisherman and occasional smuggler. For Rothe and his audience, that life is an endless source...

01:36

Dahlan slams US deal of the century, prefers one-state solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | December 13, 2018 The Palestinian Authority (PA)s ex-Security Chief Mohammed Dahlan has criticised the US deal of the century claiming he would prefer to see a one-state solution prevail in Israel-Palestine. In an interview yesterday with Russian state TV channel Russia Today, Dahlan argued that the deal of the century that the Americans []

01:27

Palangkaraya: Dreaming about the Soviety Capital of Indonesia and the US-Backed Killing Fields "IndyWatch Feed War"

Believe it or not, but decades ago, Indonesia was a socialist country, the cradle of the Non-Aligned Movement, with the progressive and fiery President Soekarno leading the nation. The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) was then the third largest Communist Party in the world, after those of China and the Soviet Union, and was it not for the US-orchestrated coup of 1965; it would easily have won elections in 1966, democratically and comfortably.

President Soekarno landed

All the key natural resources of Indonesia were in the hands of its people and the government; firmly and uncompromisingly. Indonesia was becoming one of the world leaders: still a poor country, but optimistic, determined and full of hope.

Soekarno was a dreamer, and so were his Communist comrades.

But besides being a political poet, Soekarno was also a pragmatic civil engineer, who knew a thing or two about both architecture and city planning.

One of his great visions born at the end of the 1950s was to build a brand-new capital for his enormous country of thousands of islands. It is believed that one day he calculated the precise location of the geographical center of Indonesia, inserted a pin there, and declared that this is where the new ibu kota (capital or mother city) would be constructed.

The proverbial pin had marked the area which, in reality, was in the middle of the impenetrable jungle of Kalimantan (Indonesian part of Borneo), some 200 kilometers from the nearest city of some size Banjarmasin.

Before construction began in 1957, there was only a village Pahandut soon to become the capital of the new Autonomous Region of Central Kalimantan, with Soekarnos comrade, Tjilik Riwut accepting the role of the first governor. One year later, however, the future city was renamed, becoming Palangkaraya.

The task of designing the urban area came from Comrade Semaun, who was one of the founders and the first chairman of the PKI. He graduated from the Communist University of the Toilers of the East in the Soviet Union. He often performed tasks of a city planner and, together with Soekarno, he was determined to erect the second Moscow in the middle of Kalimantan/Borneo, with magnificent research centers, theatres, concert halls, libraries, museums and public transportation, as well as fountains, wide avenues, squares, parks and promenades.

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01:00

Confronting Israels Targeted Assassination Campaign, Palestinian Resistance Continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

Samidoun Ashraf Naalwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Mteir (l-r). Graphic: Quds News On 13 December 2018, Israeli occupation forces shot down four Palestinians, including several resistance fighters who had evaded their pursuit for months. Ashraf Naalwa, 23, was killed by occupation forces who attacked the home where he was staying in Askar refugee camp near Nablus....

01:00

Arrest of Meng Wanzhou: Represents a Draconian Extraterritorial Application of a Dubious US Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wayne Madsen The Case of Meng Wanzhou: American Sheriffs Acting Outside of Their Jurisdictions The December 1 arrest by Canadian authorities in Vancouver of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, based on a US extradition warrant, represents a draconian extraterritorial application of a dubious US law and claim of Huaweis sanctions violations regarding Iran....

00:23

Israels Executions Cant Kill Palestinian Resistance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Remembering Ashraf Naalwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Matir and Hasan Arda Ashraf Naalwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Mteir (l-r). Graphic: Quds News Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network | December 13, 2018 On 13 December 2018, Israeli occupation forces shot down four Palestinians, including several resistance fighters who had evaded their pursuit for months. Ashraf Naalwa, 23, was []

00:14

Are the New Congressional Progressives Real? "IndyWatch Feed War"

In November, about 25 progressive Democrats were newly elected to the House of Representatives. How do the citizen groups know whether they are for real or for rhetoric? I suggest this civic yard stick to measure the determination and effectiveness of these members of the House both inside the sprawling, secretive, repressive Congress and back home in their Districts. True progressives must:

  1. Vigorously confront all the devious ways that Congressional bosses have developed to obstruct the orderly, open, accessible avenues for duly elected progressive candidates to be heard and to participate in Congressional deliberations from the subcommittees to the committees to the floor of the House. Otherwise, the constricting Congressional cocoon will quickly envelop and smother their collective energies and force them to get along by going along.
  2. Organize themselves into an effective Caucus (unlike the anemic Progressive Caucus). They will need to constantly be in touch with each other and work to democratize Congress and substantially increase the quality and quantity of its legislative/oversight output.
  3. Connect with the national citizen organizations that have backers all around the country and knowledgeable staff who can help shape policy and mobilize citizen support. This is crucial to backstopping the major initiatives these newbies say they want to advance. Incumbent progressives operate largely on their own and too rarely sponsor civic meetings on Capitol Hill to solicit ideas from civic groups. Incumbent progressives in both the House and the Senate do not like to be pressed beyond their comfort zone to issue public statements, to introduce tough bills or new bills, or to even conduct or demand public hearings.
  4. Develop an empowerment agenda that shifts power from the few to the many from the plutocrats and corporatists to consumers, workers, patients, small taxpayers, voters, community groups, the wrongfully injured, shareholders, consumer cooperatives, and trade unions. Shift-of-power facilities and rights/remedies cost very little to enact because their implementation is in the direct hands of those empowered to organize, to advocate, to litigate, to negotiate, and to become self-reliant for food, shelter and services (Citizen Utility Boards provide an example of what can come from empowering citizens).
  5. Encourage citizens back home to have their own town meetings, some of which the new lawmakers would attend. Imagine the benefits of using town meetings to jump-start an empowermen...

Thursday, 13 December

23:41

How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia is keen to push economic integration with parts of Asia and this fits in with Chinas Belt and Road Initiative by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by

23:04

Gerry Docherty on the Hidden History of WWI "IndyWatch Feed War"

Corbett Report Extras | December 11, 2018 Gerry Docherty, co-author with Jim MacGregor of Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War, joins us for an in-depth discussion about the real origins of WWI. In this wide-ranging discussion, Docherty reveals the machinations of the Secret Elite that ensnared Europe, and, ultimately, the world, []

22:50

Why Russian Nuclear Bombers are in Venezuela? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Americans need to know the history of broken US promises that led to Russias encirclement. During the re-unification of Germany in 1990, the US offered an iron-clad guarantee that NATO would expand not one inch toward Russia. When Soviet Premier Gorbachev agreed. Rick Sanchez explains

22:43

U.S. Versus China "IndyWatch Feed War"

Five Eyes Against Huawei

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22:32

Turkish Airstrikes Hit Sinjar, Iraq- Pentagon Warns Turkey. Again. "IndyWatch Feed War"

The move is not a shocker. The location is not a shocker either.
Turkey has been clear that they will clear the PKK/YPG away from their border...
The location has long been problematic. For Syria and Turkey.
A route for the PKK to pass through from Iraq into Syria. Created by the US under the guise of "fighting ISIS" More then three years have passed since it was explained here what was really occurring in Sinjar, to the best of my understanding. 

Flashback November 13 2015:Sinjar: Creating a Crucial Supply Route for KurdIShIS & Annexing Iraqi Territory

"This is about redrawing the borders of the middle east- Weakening certain states. Strengthening others. This is about ethnic cleansing. Displacing persons. You want simple narratives? The war mongering  media and plenty of other so called alt media sites will spoon feed you all the drivel you can stomache.
I am way past believing there is any real fight between the alphabet Kurds and ISIS.
Both brands are getting their support, munitions, arms and everything else from NATO/US/Israel. Knowing that to be true, I cannot believe the bogus narrative, from the war mongering, perception managing media, regarding any real fight between Kurds and ISIS.

Briefly- Turkey has been cutting off KurdIShIS supply lines for a while now- Covered previously at the blog.  This is most likely the reason we recently had reports of the US dropping tons of arms to Kurdish militias in Syria.
"Why Cutting a Crucial ISIS Route May Not Stop Flow of Fighters and Supplies"??
Answer: It's not supposed to. Nothing is being cut. The supply line is being shored up, controlled extensively, bolstered... but not cut- No...

22:19

Saudi Arabia to Target U.S. With Sharp Oil Export Cut, Sources Say "IndyWatch Feed War"

After flooding the U.S. market in recent months, Saudi Arabia plans to slash exports to the worlds largest oil market in the coming weeks in an effort to dampen visible build-ups in crude inventories.

American-based oil refiners have been told to expect much lower shipments from the kingdom in January than in recent months following the OPEC agreement to reduce production, according to people briefed on the plans of state oil company Saudi Aramco.

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Saudi crude shipments to the U.S. next month could even test the 30-year low set in late 2017 of 582,000 barrels a day, down about 40 percent from the most recent three-month average, the same people said, asking not to be named as the information isnt public. The final figure could still change, they added.

By shifting the focus of Saudi export reductions toward the U.S., Riyadh hopes to show to the market its making good on its promise to cut supplies. Fluctuations in U.S. crude imports and stockpiles have an outsize impact on the market because data are available on a weekly basis. In other regions, oil traders only get official figures on a monthly basis, or not at all in the case of stockpiles in big consumers such as China and India.

The Saudi energy ministry didnt respond to a request for comment.

While the plan to slash Saudi exports to America may ultimately convince a skeptical oil market about the kingdoms resolution to bring supply and demand in line, it may anger U.S. President Donald Trump, who has used social media to ask the Saudis and OPEC to keep the taps open.

22:15

Senate Passes Resolution to Withdraw U.S. Support for War in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Resolution faces limited prospects for passage in House this year

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, was co-sponsor of a resolution to withdraw U.S. support for the war in Yemen.
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WASHINGTONThe U.S. Senate ignored appeals by the Trump administration and passed a resolution on Thursday to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen, delivering a bipartisan setback for the presidents Middle East policy.

The measure, which passed in a 56-41 vote, pits a Senate upset by the October killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents against the Trump administration, which views Saudi Arabia as a vital strategic ally. Seven Republicans joined with all 49 members of the Democratic caucus to support the resolution. Three Republican senators were absent.

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22:09

Senate votes to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for Khashoggi killing "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Senate cast two historic votes Thursday to end U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen and condemn the Saudi crown prince as responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, delivering clear political rebukes of President Trumps continued embrace of the kingdom.

The unanimous vote to hold Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for Khashoggis murder reflects the extent to which senators of both parties have grown tired of Trumps continued defense of Mohammeds denials. It also puts significant pressure on leaders in the House where the presidents Saudi policy is a much more partisan issue to allow members to cast a similar vote condemning the crown prince before the end of the year.

Regardless, the two Senate votes Thursday set the stage for broader strategic debates about Saudi policy when Congress regroups next year.


Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) speaks to the media as the Senate prepares to vote on whether to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Just before the Senate voted to condemn Mohammed over Khashoggis murder, senators voted 56-to-41 vote to end U.S. participation in the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen by invoking the War Powers Resolution the first time a chamber of Congress has ever done so.

More importantly, the 56-vote majority a figure that includes seven Republicans suggests that Saudi critics will still have a majority next year to challenge Trump on Saudi policy. Both Republicans and Democrats have said they plan to pursue sanctions against Saudi officials involved in Khashoggis murder, to stop the transfer of nondefensive weapons until Saudi forces withdraw from Yemen, and other measures to restrain a crown prince whom many lawmakers see as out of control.

Today we tell the despotic regime in Saudi Arabia that we will not be part of their military adventurism, said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who co-sponsored the Yemen resolution with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Today, for the first time, we are goin...

22:09

US Senate resolution on Yemen passes, but long road lies ahead "IndyWatch Feed War"

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21:50

France: Strasbourg jihad mass murderer Cherif Chekatt killed during police operation "IndyWatch Feed War"

This entire episode should lead the French to do some serious soul-searching about their entire approach to the jihad threat. But it wont. Suspected Strasbourg shooter Cherif Chekatt killed during police operation,' Independent.ie, December 13, 2018: The suspected Strasbourg shooter Cherif Chekatt has reportedly been killed during a police operation. Armed police launched a security []

21:33

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State "IndyWatch Feed War"

and Bob Parry Exposed It By Ray McGovern | Consortium News | December 13, 2018 A year ago yesterday, it became fully clear what was behind the feverish attempt by our intelligence agencies and their mainstream media accomplices to emasculate President Donald Trump with the Russia-gate trope. It turned out that the objective was []

21:12

#Argentina: All 12 Anarchist Comrades Detained in November Are Being Held in Preventive Detention "IndyWatch Feed War"

Note from the Chilean blog PublicacionRefractario: Despite the continuous contrdictory information that hascome to us from different factions regarding the detained comrades onthe other side of the mountain range, which is related to the factthat their situation is not being publicized- their names, thecharges, everything that happened has been silenced.

Originally published by Union of Lawyers and Attorney Facebook page. Translated by Anarchists Worldwide

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.

As you might have noticed we published several articles from Anarchists Worldwide.  You will find all articles by Anarchists Worldwide we have published here. Soon the comrades will have their own blog but you can already follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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21:10

Trump Vows Consequences for GM, Says China Car Tariffs Too High "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trump reaffirmed his promise to punish General Motors Co. for plans to close an auto factory in the electoral battleground of Ohio and said Chinas plan to lower tariffs on U.S. cars to 15 percent doesnt go far enough.

General Motors is not going to be treated well, Trump said in a Fox News interview Thursday. He said GM chief executive Mary Barra was nasty to announce the factory-closing plan shortly before the holidays.

I dont like what she did, I think it was nasty, Trump said. It doesnt really matter because Ohio is under my leadership from a national standpoint. Ohio is going to replace those jobs in like two minutes.

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GM announced in November it planned to cut more than 14,000 jobs and close seven factories worldwide, including one in Lordstown, Ohio, that produces the Chevrolet Cruze. The announcement drew immediate criticism from Trump and he later said he would seek to block any federal subsidies the carmaker receives.

Trump also said he would seek further reductions in the tariff China charges on U.S.-made automobiles.

Its not acceptable, 15 is still too high, Trump said.

proposal to reduce tariffs on cars made in the U.S. to 15 percent from the current 40 percent bringing the U.S. back in line with what other countries pay has been submitted to Chinas Cabinet for review, according to people familiar with the matter.

https://www.bloomberg.com/

21:05

Senate votes to end US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

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21:00

Conflict in the Kerch Strait, Information War, and Destabilization of Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed War"

on 01.12.2018 The attack by the Russian forces on the Ukrainian navy ships, the recent strengthening of...

The post Conflict in the Kerch Strait, Information War, and Destabilization of Ukraine appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

20:59

Trump blasts General Motors for move toward electric vehicles "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump said Thursday that car companies should not switch wholly to making electric vehicles while arguing U.S. job loses in the industry are not acceptable and that France is burning down because of clean-energy policies.

Trump, during an interview with Fox News, blasted looming General Motors job cuts in the Midwest and mentioned ongoing fuel-tax protests in France.

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They are changing the whole model of General Motors. They going to all electric. Thats not going to work, Trump said. I dont run a car company, but all electric isnt going to work.

Its wonderful to have it as a percentage of your cars, he continued, but to tell me a couple weeks before Christmas that [GM is] going to close in Ohio and Michigan? Not acceptable to me.

In the same interview, Trump said the international Paris climate accord, from which he withdrew the U.S., is not working out too well for Paris.

That whole country is burning down. I was the one who kept us out of the Paris accord. If I was in the Paris accord, we would be paying trillions of dollars. Trillions of dollars for nothing, he said.

[Read more: Trumps GM threats put electric vehicles at risk]

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20:46

Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian War Report Dec. 13, 2018: Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups

20:26

British Spies Infiltrated Bernie Sanders' Campaign? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Integrity Initiative, a British pseudo-NGO tasked with running anti-Russian propaganda operation, was recently exposed. Further digging into it revealed a much wider operation. It seems to involve a mole British spies inserted into the Bernie Sanders campaign. Three weeks...

20:15

Philippines: Fake News List Features Everyone Who Has an Ax To Grind Against President Duterte (Those in Favor of Rule of Law, Human Rights, things like that.) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Easily the most laughable post to hit social media this week was a list of people supposedly behind a plot to oust President Duterte.

Posted by no less than the Presidents controversial son, Paolo Polong Duterte, the list identified as Anti-Administration Group, Oust Duterte Movement the strangest of bedfellows

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Paolo Polong Duterte

Vice President Leni Robredo, Supreme Court Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Marvic Leonen, Sen. Leila de Lima, Bishops Pablo Virgilio David and Broderick Pabillo (misspelled on the list as Pabilo), Inquirer columnist Randy David, journalists Maria Ressa, Ellen Tordesillas and Ed Lingao, former chief justice Hilario Davide, former vice president Jejomar Binay, Cabinet members of the Arroyo administration, retired generals, business entities, millennial students studying at Jesuit-run schools and mutant/cause-oriented groups.

What set social media on fire was the inclusion of Jollibee among those cooking up a supposed ouster plot. The image of the beloved Filipino icon as a government destabilizer proved too much even for a people known for their extreme patience and deprecating humor.

Soon, many memes of the jolly coup-plotter bee were being shared online, in a hilarious takedown of the bizarre list peddled by the Presidents son.

Not a few people also became instant fact-checkers. Foremost of them was Father David Reyes, parish priest of the St. Joseph Patriarch Parish in San Pedro, Laguna, who pointed out that: (1) Bishop Leo Drona was already retired and wheelchair-bound; (2) Bishop Julio Labayen died on April 26, 2016, or before Duterte became President; and (3) Bishop Arturo Santos simply does not exist.

Lingao, meanwhile, pointed out that Jim and Ducky Paredes are two different people, while Don Ramon Pedrosa is not the husband of Carmen Pedrosa, who, last I heard is a Duterte die-hard who was appointed to the board of Pagcor. And so on with the lists inanities.

But, past the laughter, Robredo and Sen. Nancy Binay asked the pertinent questions: Who drew up the document? Was this sloppy list the work of intelligence agencies? What did the Presidents son hope to achieve by sharing the ridiculous listing?

For fun, he said in the original post that he had since deleted after the social medi...

20:14

Brave Poroshenko the Worse It Is for Him, the More Dangerous He Is For Others "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 11, 2018 By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with https://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-brave-poroshenko-the-worse-it-is-for-him-the-more-dangerous-he-is-for-others/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20181211/1022049102.html In recent days, in connection with the frank violation by Poroshenkos regime of all international norms, and also of the articles of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine regulating relations between the church and state, experts and politicians []

20:08

Wake Up Arabs! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hussein Samawarchi The Lebanese Resistance, with its pivotal role in representing domestic and Arab nationalism, faces two kinds of injustice. The first originates from the Israeli war machine and the second from the treason of regional dictators. In a nutshell, the Israelis invade, steal, kill, destroy, and commit every imaginable crime against the Lebanese people. []

20:05

Committee to Protect Journalists: 251 journalists have been jailed around the world in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 251 journalists have been jailed around the world in 2018.

This number, CPJ says, [suggests] the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the worlds worst jailer.

The majority of those imprisoned globally70 percentare facing anti-state charges such as belonging to or aiding groups deemed by authorities as terrorist organizations, CPJ also says.

The number imprisoned on charges of false news rose to 28 globally, compared with nine just two years ago. Egypt jailed the most journalists on false news charges with 19, followed by Cameroon with four, Rwanda with three, and one each in China and Morocco. The increase comes amid heightened global rhetoric about fake news, of which US President Donald Trump is the leading voice.

December 8, 2018

A Myanmar court will hear the appeal later this month of two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, a lawyer said Saturday.

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were found guilty under a state secrets act in September after exposing the extrajudicial killing of 10 Rohingya men during a brutal military crackdown in Myanmars western Rakhine state last year.

The pair who have been held behind bars for nearly a year since their arrest last December were sentenced to seven years in jail, a verdict that drew widespread condemnation, including from US Vice President Mike Pence.  AFP

Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone after their sentencing in September 2018Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone have been in prison for one year. AFP photos
December 5, 2018

Turkey is seeking the arrest of two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who were dismissed amid the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkeys official Anadolu news agency says a court approved arrest warrants for former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, who are believed to have overseen the team that killed and dismembered...

20:00

UPDATED: Maria Butina Endgame "IndyWatch Feed War"

I wrote in some detail in Off-Guardian on 29 July about the 15 July arrest by the FBI in Washington DC of a 29 year old Russian national, a postgraduate student in Washington DC and gun enthusiast, Maria Butina. I was not expecting Maria Butina to be still languishing in solitary confinement in a high-security prison in Virginia awaiting trial as an agent of foreign influence, over four months later. Yet this is what has happened to this unfortunate young aspiring lobbyist for better US-Russian relations.

19:53

Pakistan willing to use little influence it has with Afghan Taliban to help peace talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pakistan is willing to use its little influence with the Afghan Taliban to resurrect faltering peace talks between the Kabul government and the insurgency, foreign office officials said, just days before Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to visit Kabul to meet with top civilian and military leaders.

US officials have long pushed Pakistan to use its influence with Taliban leaders, who Washington says are based inside Pakistan, to bring them to the negotiating table and end a 17-year war. Islamabad vehemently denies it is covertly sheltering Taliban leaders.

We can facilitate the peace process by using our little influence over the Afghan Taliban, a foreign office official with knowledge of the talks told Arab News on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media about the issue.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to visit Kabul to meet with top civilian and military leaders. (Reuters)

Pakistan is willing to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table but obviously is not in a position to forge a peace agreement with them. The modalities and all other relevant things are to be decided by the US as it is the major stakeholder, he said.

However, he said that the Taliban seemed least interested in engaging with the Afghan government at a time when the next presidential elections were scheduled to be held in April next year. He said the US and Afghanistan had to mutually decide if they wanted to delay the presidential elections so the present dispensation could better engage with the Taliban or if they wanted a new government with a full five-year mandate to broker a peace deal.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump asked for Pakistans help with Afghan peace talks in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The peace process has started and the good thing is that the US has finally agreed to find a negotiated settlement to the Afghan conflict, foreign office spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal told Arab News. Pakistan is ready to play its role and our foreign minister will convey this to the Afghan leadership.

Addressing a ceremony in Multan last week, Foreign Minister Qureshi said it was a testament to the robustness of Pakistans foreign policy that the US had asked for assistance in resolving the Afghan conflict, adding that he would visit Kabul on Dec. 15 to hold talks with the Afghan leadership on political reconciliation and durable peace in Afghanistan.

Pakistan is committed to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace pr...

19:35

US sponsored terrorist groups in Syria taking a battering and close to total defeat "IndyWatch Feed War"

Video: Mopping Up ISIS and Al Qaeda Terror Groups: 96.5% of Syrian Territory Retaken by Pro-Government Forces and Russia Military? By South Front 1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said []

19:34

Brazils Bolsonaro under pressure over suspect payments to family "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brazils president-elect Jair Bolsonaro faced growing scrutiny Thursday as a government financial crime unit questioned payments made to his son and wife that totalled more than $300,000.

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Bolsonaro easily won Brazils presidential elections in October amid widespread public disenchantment over a series of mega corruption scandals that tarnished his predecessors.

At issue are 1.2 million reais ($300,000) in payments made to Bolsonaros son Flavio, a lawmaker for Rio de Janeiro state who will be a federal senator from next year.

Bolsonaro avoided questions on payments for days

The payments were made by Queiroz, a police officer who had served for years as Flavio Bolsonaros chauffeur and bodyguard. They raised suspicions because they exceed his income.

COAF is also looking into 24,000 reais ($6,200) Quieroz deposited via checks into the account of Bolsonaros wife, Michelle Bolsonaro. The future president has said they were reimbursements for a loan he had made to his sons aide but not declared.

Bolsonaro had been for days avoiding journalists who wanted to question him about the matter. Quieroz, who has also avoided the media, is to speak to authorities next week.

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19:19

Trump: Michael Flynns great deal is because of how he was treated "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump defended his former national security adviser Thursday, saying Michael Flynns light sentence recommendation is because prosecutors are embarrassed by how Flynn was treated.

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They want to scare everybody into making up stories that are not true by catching them in the smallest of misstatements, Trump tweeted.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

They gave General Flynn a great deal because they were embarrassed by the way he was treated the FBI said he didnt lie and they overrode the FBI. They want to scare everybody into making up stories that are not true by catching them in the smallest of misstatements. Sad!

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19:16

Lebanon's Hariri says relationship with Saudi Arabia 'couldn't be better' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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MBS responsible for Khashoggi murder, US Senate unanimously finds "IndyWatch Feed War"

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US Senate 'believes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi', motion states

18:51

US wants Africa to chip in more on anti-terror ops, John Bolton says "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unfortunately, billions upon billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars have not achieved the desired effects. They have not stopped the scourge of terrorism, radicalism, and violence.

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The Trump administration is pushing African nations to take on a greater role fighting the terrorist groups that threaten them, White House national security adviser John Bolton said Thursday.

What wed like to do is empower the African countries to do more of their own security, to do it in coordination with one another, Bolton said during an address on the Africa strategy at the Heritage Foundation. Theyre the ones who know the neighborhood rather than have the deployment of American forces who are comparatively very well paid and well equipped.

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The Pentagon announced last month it will draw down the roughly 7,200 U.S. military personnel in Africa by 10 percent over the next several years, even as it continues support counterterrorism operations and airstrikes in places such as Somalia.

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The U.S. has a main base in Djibouti and conducts military operations including advice and assistance to partner forces across Africa. The operations, often conducted out of the public eye, sparked controversy last year when four U.S. troops were killed in an ambush in Niger.

A Somali security officer looks toward the scene of twin car bombs that exploded within moments of each other in the Somali capital Mogadishu on November 9, 2018. (AFP)

Bolton pointed to the G5 Sahel Joint Force as a model for the continents new independent counterterror operations. Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad formed the joint force last year to fight terror groups and curb organized crime.

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18:50

israels war of Palestines food supplies: israeli (apartheid state) military attacks farmers on Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli military attacks farmers on Gaza border The Israeli occupation army rolled on Thursday morning dozens of meters into the besieged Gaza Strip and attacked farmers south of the enclave. Local sources said four Israeli military bulldozers moved into the northern borders of Beit Lahia, north of Gaza Strip, and leveled Palestinian lands in the []

18:42

Police fire tear gas at Jordanians protesting against tough austerity measures "IndyWatch Feed War"

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At least 1,000 protesters gathered in Amman to demonstrate against IMF-inspired policies, including an income tax law adopted in November

18:21

The USA is preparing for a confrontation with Russia and China, by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US Commission on the National Defense Strategy was created in 2017 in order to provide Congress with some expertise on the subject. However, its principal source of information is the US Institute of Peace, the equivalent of the NED for the Secretary of Defense. As a result, its bipartisan attitude is in reality the point of view that the Pentagon wants to defend via the Democrat and Republican Parties.

18:14

The War Against Globalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 13.12.2018 We are the Little Folkwe! Too little to love or to hate. Leave us alone and youll see How we can drag down the State! A Pict Song, Rudyard Kipling Belgium has joined the list of countries that are rebelling against their elected leadership. Over []

18:10

The Abolition of War Requires New Thoughts, Words, and Actions "IndyWatch Feed War"

David Swanson in Albuquerque, New Mexico

By David Swanson
Remarks in Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 12, 2018

Theres action happening now in the U.S. Senate on ending U.S. participation in the war on Yemen. Theres a big loophole in the bill. Theres the matter of selling Saudi Arabia its weapons. Theres the House of Misrepresentatives to worry about. Theres the veto threat. Theres the question of getting compliance out of a president youve pretty well promised never to impeach, at least not for any of dozens of documented offenses unrelated to Russia. All that being said, the current action is a very good thing, and New Mexicos senators have thus far been on the right side of it.

If the U.S. Congress were to stand up to a president on one war, people might raise the question of every other war. If the U.S. were to stand up to Saudi Arabia, not by giving it weapons and military assistance and protection from international law while asking it gently to mend its ways, but by refusing to be its partner in crime, somebody might ask why the same couldnt be tried with Israel or Bahrain or Egypt, and so on.

But you cant just end a war, can you? What should we replace the war on Yemen with? This is a question I get asked. When this war was what President Obama called a successful drone war, the question was usually something like this: Hey, would you rather have a real war? With a drone war at least nobody gets killed! Without commenting on who counts as nobody and who doesnt, Ill just recall that I would respond that Id replace it with nothing whatsoever, but that it would eventually replace itself with a worse war as it has now done.

Wars are different from other things one might propose to end. If I say we should get rid of mass incarceration or gerrymandering or fossil fuel subsidies or livestock or nations or religions or war...

18:02

Palestine: Several blows to the enemy in several positions and at the same time "IndyWatch Feed War"

Three Israelis Killed in Heroic Operation near Ramallah December 13, 2018 Three Israelis were killed on Thursday and two others was critically injured in a shooting in Silwad in Ramallah. Two occupation soldiers were killed and two others were critically injured in the drive-by shooting at a bus stop near Silwad, Israeli media reported adding []

18:00

Nations face extinction without instant climate action "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dozens of nations threatened with catastrophe from unchecked climate change warned Thursday they face extinction without immediate action to rein in mankinds emissions, as UN climate talks limped towards their conclusion.

Representatives from nearly 200 nations are locked in negotiations in Poland over how to make good on the promises they made in the landmark 2015 Paris agreement aimed at limiting global temperature rises.

Talks have however hit a wall over a host of disputes ranging from adopting the newest environmental data to how the fight against climate change will be financed in future.

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17:58

UK efforts to deport Gaddafi foes akin to 'throwing them to the devil', judge says "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Libyan exiles sue British government over their detention and threatened deportation as a result of spy agencies' secret pact with Gaddafi

17:55

Israel: Palestinian Muslim stabs and wounds two police officers in Jerusalems Old City "IndyWatch Feed War"

And the UN will issue another condemnation ofIsrael. Assailant stabs and wounds two police officers in Jerusalems Old City, by Yvette J. Deane, Jerusalem Post, December 13, 2018 (thanks to the Geller Report): An assailant stabbed two police officers in Jerusalems Old City early Thursday morning, according to the Police Spokespersons Unit. The two police []

17:30

Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi removed from Interpol 'wanted' list "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Interpol found that the charges against Qaradawi were 'of a political character'

17:24

Christien Brinkgreve en het Academisch Opportunisme 6 "IndyWatch Feed War"


In 2014 vertelde Christien Brinkgreve: 

Zolang ik me kan herinneren heb ik willen weten hoe het zit en hoe het zo gekomen is.

Die drang tot weten dreef me naar de universiteit, maar eenmaal daar beland bleken de zaken complexer te liggen. Er was niet zoiets als de waarheid, afgezien van eenvoudig vaststelbare gegevens als aantal en omvang, plaats en moment
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17:23

Zionist Terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Essential news about Palestine, Israel, and related topics  IsraelPalestineNews.org

17:21

IS vernielde opzettelijk Iraakse landbouw "IndyWatch Feed War"

IS vernielde opzettelijk Iraakse landbouw

Islamitische Staat (IS) saboteerde opzettelijk irrigatiesystemen en vernielde de landbouwinfrastructuur van de jezidi-minderheid in het noordwesten van Irak. Daarmee maakte de gewapende groep zich schuldig aan oorlogsmisdaden en misdaden tegen de mensheid. Dit zegt Amnesty International in een nieuw onderzoeksrapport, Dead Land: Islamic States Deliberate Destruction of Iraqs Farmland.
donderdag 13 december 2018

17:17

Joods Terrorisme Westbank "IndyWatch Feed War"

Isralische kolonisten beplakken Westoever met posters: Vermoord president Abbas!

Extremistische groepering van kolonisten roept op de Palestijnse president en andere financiers van terrorisme te elimineren.
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17:16

720 cops hunting for Strasbourg jihad murderer, who has been convicted of 27 crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

And he was calling for practising a radical form of religion (of course the hopeless Laurent Nuez doesnt dare name which religion), but he still wasnt considered a threat to carry out an act of jihad violence. All the relevant authorities in France should be fired for this, but they wont be. French police release []

17:14

Genocide in Yemen Must End Now "IndyWatch Feed War"

Conflict in Yemen Must End Now

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17:13

Four Palestinians, two Israeli soldiers killed in a day of violence in the West Bank "IndyWatch Feed War"

Four Palestinians and two Israelis were killed between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon in a series of attacks and search and arrest operations in the central occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In the late hours of Wednesday night, Israeli special forces raided the Ramallah-area town of Surda to detain 29-year-old Saleh Omar Barghouthi, who the Israelis claim was responsible for a shooting attack on Sunday near the Ofra settlement that left seven Israelis injured.

Barghouthi was reportedly injured while attempting to flee, and later succumbed to his wounds. His body has yet to be returned to his family.

Israeli media and officials have widely reported that Barghouthis father, Omar Barghouthi, is a senior Hamas leader in the West Bank, implying that his affiliation with Hamas could have influenced his alleged participation in the attack.

Barghouthis family members however told both Haaretz and Middle East Eye that Saleh was not influenced by his fathers politics, and casted doubts as to whether Saleh was the actual perpetrator of Sundays attack.

A few hours after Barghouthi was killed, Israeli special forces conducted a second operation in the Askar refugee camp in Nablus, in the northern West Bank, where they killed 23-year-old Ashraf Naalwa, who had been on the run from Israeli security forces for two months.

Naalwa shot and killed two Israelis in October in the Barkan Industrial Zone in the West Bank, where he worked.

The families of the Israeli victims have openly supported plans by the Israeli government to punitively demolish Naalwas family home, and have called for his family to be expelled from Palestine in order to deter copycat attacks.

A week ago, the Israeli High Court rejected a petition by Naalwas family appealing the decision to demolish their home.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fast-tracked punitive home demolitions in an effort to deter attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals since a wave of unrest peaked in the occupied Palestinian territory in late 2015.

The move came despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that the practice did not deter attacks.

Israeli rights group BTselem has condemned the practice of punitive home demolitions as court-sanctioned...

17:12

US And Israeli Police Are Sharing Violent And Repressive Tactics "IndyWatch Feed War"

In communities throughout the United States, law enforcement agencies are choosing to send officers to Israel on exchange programs to share violent practices of surveillance and repression. But as communities learn of these trips and their content, they are quickly backing out. Just last week, the Vermont State Police and Northampton Massachusetts Police Department pulled officers from a recent trip sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a self-proclaimed civil rights organization. Yet, in the face of community outrage and criticism, the ADL continues to stand by these deadly exchanges.

17:04

Did Huawei Violate Iran Sanctions? "IndyWatch Feed War"

CFO Meng Wan Zhou was arrested supposedly for violating Iran sanction. This has to be the most grotesque distortion of justice. After all, the United States was the country which unilaterally pulled out in VIOLATION of an agreement they had solemnly signed with Iran alongside multiple nations under UN auspices earlier! In other words, the guy who broke a solemn promise made, violated the agreement; then made sanction an American domestic law, and is now force-feeding this draconian law arbitrarily upon the rest of the world by arresting someone who refuses to violate a UN-endorsed agreement!

16:45

Trump insists Mexico is paying for the border wall "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump insisted on Thursday that he is keeping his campaign promise to build the wall and have Mexico pay for it.

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Central American migrants planning to surrender to U.S. border patrol agents climb over the U.S. border wall from Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, late Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in the Mexican city of Tijuana after undertaking a grueling, weeks-long journey to the U.S. border. (Rebecca Blackwell | The Associated Press)

In a tweet, he said the new trade agreement to replace NAFTA would save the U.S. so much money, that Mexico is effectively buying the border wall for America.

I often stated, One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall. This has never changed, Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I often stated, One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall. This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!

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16:30

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM DEC 13 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

French President Macron has lost his mind, and Russian sociologist Alexander Dugin weighs in on the cultural paradigm behind the Yellow Jackets protests in France:
Macron Pleads With Protesters To Honor France's Long Legacy Of Peaceful Revolutions
Uprising in France The Anatomy of Populism and Challenging the Matrix By Aleksandr Dugin
 

16:18

As evidence of Googles hard-Left, pro-Sharia bias mounts, Google top dog claims Google isnt biased "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pull my other leg. See my article on Googles pro-Islam bias below the Breitbart excerpt. Google CEO Sundar Pichai Claims Employees Cant Manipulate Algorithms and Arent Biased, by Charlie Nash, Breitbart, December 11, 2018: After Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai about reports of Googles bias against conservatives during Pichais hearing in []

16:16

The War On Huawei "IndyWatch Feed War"

The context of the arrest matters enormously. The US requested that Canada arrest Meng in the Vancouver airport en route to Mexico from Hong Kong, and then extradite her to the US. Such a move is almost a US declaration of war on Chinas business community. Nearly unprecedented, it puts American businesspeople traveling abroad at much greater risk of such actions by other countries. The US rarely arrests senior businesspeople, US or foreign, for alleged crimes committed by their companies. Corporate managers are usually arrested for their alleged personal crimes (such as embezzlement, bribery, or violence) rather than their companys alleged malfeasance. Yes, corporate managers should be held to account for their companys malfeasance, up to and including criminal charges; but to start this practice with a leading Chinese businessperson, rather than the dozens of culpable US CEOs and CFOs, is a stunning provocation to the Chinese government, business community, and public.

16:14

Tale of two uprisings: Ukraines Maidan got McCain & cookies, French Yellow Vests get shunned "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Bridge | RT | December 13, 2018 Unlike the 2014 Ukraine uprising, which witnessed invasive meddling on the part of US politicians and diplomats, Western support for the French Yellow Vest protests has been conspicuously missing in action. With the streets of Paris ablaze for a fourth weekend in a row, as a []

16:00

A Report From Hell: Seine Saint-Denis (Part Five) "IndyWatch Feed War"

France has, after all, been open to the world. It has welcomed millions of other, non-Muslim migrants refugees from the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, Portuguese workers in the 1950s, Italian miners throughout the 20th century, and more recently, Latin Americans, Chinese, Vietnamese, Christians from black Africa and the Caribbean, Hindus, Buddhists, even Americans []

16:00

A Latin American Marshall Plan, At A Discount "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lpez Obradors $20 billion development plan gives Washington a chance to help rectify the historic damage its done to the living conditions of people in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. With President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatening to shut down the government if he doesnt get his wall, its good that someone in a position of authority actually has a workable solution to the migrant crisis festering on the Mexican border with the U.S. The day after Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador took office as Mexicos president on Dec. 1, his foreign minister flew to Washington to propose a $20 billion development plan to make Central America a place for people to stay rather than flee.

16:00

The left-right debate in Israel is over the speed of colonization, not how to end it "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bibi, its time to divorce the Palestinians,

says a banner by the liberal-Zionist organization Commanders for Israels Security, which is now up on their main website page, having gone up on billboards across Israel.

This organization, endorsed by former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, has been out with a similar campaign last year, with billboards in Arabic featuring Palestinians and Palestinian colors, saying we are soon the majority.

They thus show a particular taste, or rather lack of it, for gimmicks which are supposed to catch the Israeli nationalist mind and it is very important to emphasize that this is not right-wing Zionism, this is the left and center.

The organization, which advocates for unilateral separation from the Palestinians, started the recent campaign last week with videos which went under a Youtube channel of Israel Israeli, supposedly a private name, meant to mark their ultra-nationalist Zionist leaning. The logo features a likening of a wedding photo, which is being torn in the middle. The series of videos featured half-minute clips (Hebrew) of people who are supposedly speaking about their private lives. This recent one for example (from yesterday), features a man around his 30s, saying:

Im trying to remember when we last had it good between us. Trying, trying, trying, and not succeeding. I think about our future and only see black, and Im tired of it tired of it! Thats not the life I want. Dont want mediation, dont want consulting, theres no one to talk to! I want freedom, I want to live, and Im not willing to wait any longer I want to divorce.

A slide then appears saying its time to divorce and to separate from millions of Palestinians, revealing the organization (Commanders for the Security of Israel) and inviting to enter their website.

All the videos basically follow this pattern, with that final sentence I want to divorce and the campaign promotion.

The vision  Bantustans, with a contractor

In a recent interview with TV host Avri Gilad one of the organizations leaders, Uzi Arad, former head of the Institute for National Security Studies, laid out the groups vision and said they hope the campaign is hitting the awareness of people. The vision is the notion that the Jewish and democratic state is under threat a demographic threat. The whole discussion is framed against the no...

15:51

Refused Right To Seek Asylum, Honduran Refugees Demand Reparations For Destructive US Foreign Policy In Central America "IndyWatch Feed War"

"It may seem like a lot of money to you. But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras." A month after arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes of being granted asylum in the U.S, about 100 refugees from Honduras marched to the U.S. Consulate in the border city of Tijuana on Tuesday to tell officials that they will return to homebut only if the country that's refused to observe their right to asylum pays them reparations for the destruction and destabilization its foreign policy has caused in their home country and throughout Central America.

15:47

Thank you to Haaretzs David B. Green for forcing me to research the Arabs in Andalusia "IndyWatch Feed War"

I owe the veteran Haaretz journalist, David B. Green, thanks for forcing me to search the internet for some quick and simple information about the Arabs in Andalusia.

I am not a historian and, for decades, my medical and public health education and practice had limited my intellectual forays to related scientific fields. With that narrowed vision, I had forgotten what little relevant historical information I had learned in elementary school under the British Mandate. And anything I learned after that was filtered clean either through the Zionist sieve or through my professional focus. I now recall reading some of Maimonidess original writings in the Arabic Language at the Harvard Medical School Countway Library. I recall reading about the First Aid approach to cases of snakebite and being amazed how, in fact, such approach hadnt changed in near a millennium. Or was it Avicennas treatise that I read on the subject of snake bite? At least to me, the two are equidistant culturally, emotionally and as sources of pride. Wouldnt you know it, some uppity modern-day Emergency Medicine physician had gone and changed that. You no longer put a tourniquet proximal to the bite.

But I digress. Not only that there was little in our school curriculum after the Nakba about Arabs as a whole, what with our Old Testament and Jewish History studies and needing to convert all relevant dates to different eras of the first or second temple, but also that there was an undeclared ban on applause when teachers spoke of Arab history. I know of at least one teacher in my village in Galilee, who was fired for singing the praises of the Arabs in Andalusia to his students. A student ratted on him. He had such a difficult time finding another job that he up and left to Norway where he got a PhD in anthropology and commenced, among other things, to document life in erased Palestinian villages in Israel on the eve of their destruction. Go figure! What can you do to stop those Palestinians from muddying your pure springs of knowledge?!

David B. Green (Photo: Twitter/@davidbeegreen)

But I digress again. Nearly ten years ago, I corresponded with Mr. David B. Green who, at the time, was in charge of the English-language editorial page in Haaretz. He assured me then that he intended to give my voice the chance to be heard. After I h...

15:45

MBS said to be plotting Camp David-style handshake with Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Task force dealing with Khashoggi fallout working on 'game-changing' photo with Israeli PM that would cast prince as peacemaker, sources say

15:43

Baby, Its Cold Outside ban shows intersection of Islamic and #MeToo sensibilities "IndyWatch Feed War"

The bans on Baby, Its Cold Outside, ironic in this age of gangsta rap lyrics full of violent rape imagery and open and unapologetic misogyny, are being rolled back here and there after listener outcries, but theyre still instructive. They show an intersection of Sharia sensibilities with the harsh and angry puritanism of some radical []

15:42

Fake News Is Fake News. "IndyWatch Feed War"

The people who created Facebook and Google must be smart. Theyre billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about fake news. Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff. That didnt last too long at all before the company announced that it wasnt comfortable deciding which news sources are the most trustworthy in a world with so much division. We all could have told them that, couldnt we?

15:40

#YellowVests: The Time for wishy-washy coalitions is over "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Gilets Jaunes movement on the French territory caught the left, including many anarchists, by surprise. Current discussions in many anarchist and other leftist circles show that this could happen anywhere Soon?

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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.

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Read all our Gilets Jaunes articles: https://enoughisenough14.org/tag/yellow-jackets/

Macrons presidency is the result of a second election round where people could vote between two neoliberals: Macron and the far right AND neoliberal Le Pen. So people who oppose neoliberalism actually didnt have a choice at all.  The Gilets Jaunes movement is also result of the fact that the social democrats, the CGT and other unions betrayed people who resisted the neoliberal loi travail law and othe...

15:40

Russian Mapping Service Accidentally Reveals Locations Of Israeli and Turkish Secret Military Facilities "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Mapping Service Accidentally Reveals Locations Of Israeli and Turkish 'Secret' Military Facilities

Source: fas.org

Blurring of satellite images by Russian mapping service Yandex maps reveals secret military facilities, Matt Korda a Research Associate for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, discovered.

According to Korda, Google Earth also occasionally applies the blurring at the request of governments, who would wish to keep their facilities secret.

France, for example, has asked Google to obscure all imagery of its prisons after a French gangster successfully conducted a Hollywood-inspired jailbreak involving drones, smoke bombs, and a stolen helicopter(!)and Google has agreed to comply by the end of 2018.

Yandex maps is Russias leading mapping service, and it evidently also agreed to selectively blur out specific sites; however, it has done that only for Israel and Turkey. The areas range from large complexes, like airfields and arms and munition warehouses, to small inconspicuous buildings in city blocks.

According to the report, blurring out specific sites is unusual, it is normal for satellite imagery companies to downgrade the resolution on certain sets of imagery before releasing them to platforms like Yandex and Google Earth. An example is given, of how downtown Toronto is always in very high resolution and viewers can make out very specific details, while downtown Jerusalem is always much, much blurrier.

15:32

Blacking Out The Yellow Vests On Cable News: Corporate Media Doing Its Job "IndyWatch Feed War"

The deletion of events that dont fit with the reigning ideology is part of how ruling class-owned media works to manufacture mass consent to unjust hierarchy. I spent much of last week in a cable-television-equipped U.S.-American apartment with CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News at my fingertips. As I inhabited this abode, flicking between sports and cable news, a political crisis of the state was unfolding in one of the worlds richest and most powerful states.  France was gripped by an historic working- and middle-class uprising.  In the biggest popular unrest seen there since May of 1968, many hundreds of thousands of Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) took to French roadways and other public space in their fourth straight week of explosive mass protests.

15:26

Migrant Groups March To U.S. Consulate In Tijuana Demanding Reparations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home. On the one-month anniversary of their arrival into Tijuana, caravan members are pressing the United States to take action but they are dwindling in numbers since more than 6,000 first arrived to the citys shelters. Approximately 700 have voluntarily returned to their country of origin, 300 have been deported, and 2,500 have applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico, according to Xochtil Castillo, a caravan member who met with Mexican officials Tuesday.

15:23

Lebanons Hariri hopes for new government by end of year (The election was held on 6 May 2018) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday he hoped a new government would be formed by the end of the year, seven months after a general election.

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri speaks during a news conference in Beirut on Nov. 13. (Reuters)

Hariri, who was speaking at Chatham House in London, said negotiations on the formation of the new national unity government were in the last 100 metres.

15:19

Life In The Most Militarized Zone In The World "IndyWatch Feed War"

A special episode dedicated to the most militarized land in the world one that you may not even have ever heard of. Yet despite the seemingly global indifference, this place and these people are calling out for recognition for basic human rights, for an end to a violent and brutal occupation. It's well past time that we listen.

15:16

Harvards $39B Endowment Is Reportedly Buying Up Californias Vineyardsand Their Water Rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Fortune: Harvard Universitys endowment is reportedly buying up vineyards in Californias wine country, along with the water rights belonging to those properties. Instead of making the land purchases in its own name, Harvard is using a wholly owned subsidiarynamed Brodiaea after the scientific name for the cluster lilyto buy vineyards. Harvard created Brodiaea in []

15:13

France in a Nutshell: The Government Stopped Listening to the People 20 Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Of Two Minds: The elites clever exploitation of politically correct cover stories has enthralled the comatose, uncritical Left, but not those who see their living standards in a free-fall.

15:11

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: Huffington Post Enraged: UN Pick Heather Nauert Has Relationship With Me? "IndyWatch Feed War"

HuffPo offers its usual distortions and hysteria against a Trump nominee. My latest in PJ Media: President Trump has chosen Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as the United States ambassador to the United Nations, and the Huffington Post is in a fine froth. It tapped the intrepid Rowaida Abdelaziz to write a hit piece []

15:10

Confronted By Black Lives Matter Activist, Tennessee Governor Says Hes Considering Clemency For Cyntoia Brown "IndyWatch Feed War"

Questioned by a Black Lives Matter activist during a recent speaking engagement, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced that his office is considering offering clemency to Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. Tennessees outgoing governor gave a speech on Monday at the Nashville Public Library on the importance of education. During the question-and-answer part of the event, Justin Lang, described as a higher-education professional and member of Black Lives Matter Nashville, stepped up to the mic and asked the governor about Cyntoia Browns plight...

15:02

We Have To Make Sure The Green New Deal Doesnt Become Green Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves in late November when she called for a Green New Deal (GND)a plan to transition the U.S. economy to become carbon neutral over the course of 10 years. In a draft resolution, she proposes the formation of a Select Committee to develop a plan for massive public works programs, powered by a jobs guarantee and public banks, with the goal of meeting 100 percent of national power demand through renewable sources. According to Ocasio-Cortez, the plan aims to eliminate poverty, bring down greenhouse gas emissions...

14:59

The Mule review Clint Eastwoods drug running drama is a slow misfire A Gran Torino car crash "IndyWatch Feed War"

The directors second film in a year is a strangely inelegant tale cursed with a clumsy script, uneasy politics and a lethargic pace

Theres been an air of mystery lingering around Clint Eastwoods drug-running drama The Mule, which, despite some considerable star power and an effectively tense trailer, has been kept from critics until the very last second. Its become a rather telling sign of a studio either unsure of how to position a film or, more likely, a studio aware that they have a disaster on their hands.

Released in the middle of awards season, its clear that despite some Oscars prognosticators suggesting it could be a contender, The Mule is most definitely not. But exactly what it is remains difficult to decipher. That aforementioned trailer, pushing it as a ner...

14:58

The dead-end politics of exclusion: Islam in France according to Hakim el-Karoui "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is no surprise that President Macron's unofficial adviser has failed to give Islam in France a viable direction

14:55

Welcome To The Eocene, Where Ice Sheets Turn Into Swamps "IndyWatch Feed War"

Our current rate of warming will quickly lead us back to a climate that predates the evolution of modern humans, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That kind of rapid change has no direct comparison in all of Earths multi-billion year history. The only thing that comes to mind is a meteorite impact, says co-author Jack Williams, a paleoecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The researchers analyzed the current, near-past, and near-future climates for every part of the planet, and then compared them to what likely existed during similar warming periods of the distant past. The results were shocking, even to Williams.

14:52

More BBC reporting on terror against Israelis without use of the word terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

As documented here earlier in the week, the December 9th terror attack at Ofra junction did not receive any coverage on the BBC News website.

Early on the afternoon (local time) of December 13th a report relating to another terror attack which had taken place a few hours earlier near Givat Asaf appeared on the BBC News websites Middle East page under the headline Two Israelis killed amid spate of West Bank attacks.

By the time the BBCs article was published local media had reported that two people had been killed and two severely wounded...

14:49

California Considering Text Messaging Tax "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: CBS: Californians may or may not type OMG at the news, but texting may soon come with an extra fee on their mobile phone bills. State regulators are weighing a tax on text messaging to help fund a program that makes phone service available to low-income residents. A texting surcharge could help sustain the []

14:47

Shut the down government for real border control not for the wall "IndyWatch Feed War"

Both sides need to grow up and get to work.

Improvisation isnt Sen. Charles Schumers forte. When President Trump surprised the senator and Rep. Nancy Pelosi by broadcasting their acrimonious Oval Office meeting, the anguine gentleman from New York was caught off-guard.

Schumer and Pelosi invoked the word shutdown as though it were a magical incantation. Trump said that hed be proud to shut down the government if he doesnt get funding for a border wall. As Trump bellowed and berated the Democrats, Schumer sat staring forward and not meeting the presidents eyes, as CNBC put it. The promise of that kind of spectacle is about one half of why Donald Trump was elected.

Illegal immigration is the other half. If the federal apparatus serves any purpose at all, providing for national security beginning with securing the borders is it.

Washington should do its damned job. Which it will, once it has exhausted every other option. Republicans have the chance to take some of those options away.

By Kevin D. Williamson
Commentary
The New York Post

Disorder is always undesirable in government. And this years installment of shutdown theater finds many different currents of chaos adjoined: a dysfunctional constitutional order; a border that in practice is defended by very little more than strong language; a broken congressional budgeting process in which the regular order of appropriations has been supplanted by a series of continuing resolutions, stopgap measures that have now been passed more than 100 times in this still-young century.

The abandonment of what budget geeks refer to as regular order keeps Washington effectively in a state of constant fiscal emergency.

Republicans used to fear being blamed for these things, a part...

14:37

French Interior Minister says Strasbourg jihad murderer was being watched in a relatively serious manner "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clearly they werent watching him seriously enough. In any case, French security forces have said it would be impossible to keep an eye on all 12,000 listed for suspected Islamist views or even the 4,000 considered problematic.' This is exactly in accord with the jihadi plan. As I explain in detail in my book The []

14:33

French govt urges end to yellow vest protests after Strasbourg attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

The French government on Thursday urged yellow vest protesters not to hold another round of demonstrations this weekend as police hunted for a second day for the fugitive gunman who attacked a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux called on the anti-government protesters to be reasonable, citing the strain on security forces after the attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening.

Police across several European countries have launched a manhunt for the main suspect, a 29-year-old Strasbourg native, who killed two and injured 13 after opening fire on shoppers.

The suspected killer, identified as Cherif Chekatt, is thought to have been injured after exchanging fire with soldiers, but managed to escape and has not been seen since.

...

14:24

UK governments adoption of UN migration pact all but violates its pledge to cut immigration "IndyWatch Feed War"

A leading immigration think tank has said that the United Kingdoms adoption of the UNs migration pact all but violates the governments pledge to cut immigration. Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, stated: No government serious about reducing migration should be committing to it. As for our government, by signing up to the []

14:15

Penguin: Is EU Killing #GoogleGestapo? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Most do not understand that the EUs new regulations are not really about privacy and copyright, they are about killing #GoogleGestapo and particularly Google, Instagram, and YouTube. Any image, any video, that displays any brand leads to an all stop that requires checking and approval by the brand owner before publishing. This could be interpreted as the Deep States very clever  way of shutting down the Internet social media complex.

On the bright side

no one can control the emerging federated Internet with hundreds to tens of thousands platform instances that cannot be censored and can be accessed without interference from central authorities. To take one example, NextCloud is now providing global support for ActivityPub. This is enterprise-grade fist class cloud software that is completely free. In a federated universe tens of millions will flock to BitChute (which was just shut down by PayPal), PeerTube, and others.

The seismic shift has begun. The post-GoogleGestapo Internet has arrived.

See Especially:

Robert Steele...

14:06

Tomgram: Nomi Prins, A World That Is the Property of the 1% "IndyWatch Feed War"

As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but across the planet...

14:00

R. Evan Ellis: The Impact of China on the Latin American Security Environment "IndyWatch Feed War"

Evan Ellis

The Impact of China on the Latin American Security Environment

To frame the nature of Chinas impacts on the Latin America and Caribbean security environment, it is important to understand that the rise of the PRC is
simultaneously affecting the region in multiple interdependent ways, often indirect and unintentional. These include altering its economic structure,
changing the dynamics of the regional arms market, and contributing to transpacific organized crime, among other. Perhaps most importantly, however, it is also impacting the perceptions and calculations of political, military leaders and business elites in the region, non-state actors and others, and by affecting those perceptions, it is altering their actions and the dynamics of the countries in which they operate.

the erosion of U.S. influence as China expands its economic presence, military interactions and public diplomacy in the region, is magnified by self-inflicted wounds, from sustained strategic overreach by the U.S. government (principally expensive wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, which have contributed to sustained fiscal deficits and limited options for future engagement), questionable executive-level strategic communications which have confused allies, eroded goodwill toward the U.S., and undermined trust in the nations commitments to and intentions toward the region), the absence of key US leaders from important events such as the Summit of the Americas and the G-20 ministerial summit...

14:00

Trump is reviving the 1953 coup plan against Iran. It won't work twice "IndyWatch Feed War"

In seeking to isolate and weaken Iran today, in alliance with Israel, UAE and Saudi Arabia, the US administration is threatening regional and international peace and stability

13:46

Trump administration places Pakistan on list of worst violators of religious freedom "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administration has put Pakistan on its annual list of worst offenders for nations that it says infringe on religious freedom, largely because of its infamous blasphemy laws. The high profile case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was recently acquitted of blasphemy but has been unable to leave the country due []

13:41

Saudis hold International Conference on Islamic unity and perils of exclusion in city where non-Muslims banned "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rejecting hatred, extremism, all forms of discrimination, exclusion and division is good, right? Not when such words are manipulated by stealth jihadists, far-Leftists and hate-filled Black Lives Matter revolutionaries. And an even starker reminder of this nefarious manipulation has now occurred in Saudi Arabia. This international group of Islamic leaders isnt assembling to figure out []

13:36

Yemen's warring parties agree to end hostilities in Hodeidah "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Guterres said all fighting forces will be withdrawn from Yemen's port city of Hodeidah and open humanitarian corridors to besieged Taiz

13:30

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Update Including Lockheed Martin Satellite Grid Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stephen E. Arnold

Amazonia for December 10, 2018

  • Whats with Amazon in the space data game? We learned  about Amazons Plan to Profit from Space Data from the Daily Herald. Heres the plan: Rather than build its own satellite dishes and ground stations, the company has brokered an exclusive multiyear strategic business agreement with Bethesda-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin, which manufactures and operates satellites for the U.S. military. Useful for policeware and intelware use cases, dont you think? Nah.
  • How much money does Amazons Prime video generate?...

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Iraqs charred olive groves - another ruinous legacy of Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed War"

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When IS burned and poisoned olive groves in northern Iraq, they left a devastating legacy which will long outlast their bloody rule

13:13

Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano: N.Y. prosecutors think they can prove Trump felony "IndyWatch Feed War"

Under the rules, they cant tell that to a federal judge unless they actually have that hardcore evidence.

Fox News Channels senior judicial analyst said Wednesday that the Michael Cohen sentencing makes it clear that prosecutors in New York think they can prove President Trump has committed a felony.

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Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey state judge and prolific legal author, told Fox News that federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York tipped their hand in their legal filings in the Cohen case, in which Mr. Trumps longtime fixer was sentenced to prison for paying hush money to women who claimed affairs with the then-tycoon.

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Weve learned that federal prosecutors here in New York City have evidence that the president of the United States committed a felony by ordering and paying Michael Cohen to break the law, the judicial analyst said. How do we know that? They told that to a federal judge.

Under the rules, they cant tell that to a federal judge unless they actually have that hardcore evidence, he said, adding that they must also move against Mr. Trump legally.

Under the rules, they cant...

13:03

Apple to build $1 bln campus in Texas "IndyWatch Feed War"

Apple announced Thursday it will build a $1 billion campus in Texas as part of a nationwide expansion.

The facility will be less than a mile from the tech giants existing facility in Austin and initially accommodate 5,000 additional employees, with room to grow to 15,000.

As it stands, 6,200 people now work for Apple in the Texan capital the largest cluster outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Apple will spend $1 billion on its new Texan campus

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Employees at the new campus will work in fields including engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales and cus...

12:47

You Might Believe in the Power of Love After Watching This "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The power of love is usually a wishful cliche. Yet sometimes, something happens that is so extraordinarily positive that we have to share it with you cliche or not.

Most of our time at Clarion is spend exposing human rights abuses and agitating for change to make the world a better place. Here, we have just a little proof that could happen.

The following video is just a small light in what may seem like an endless night, but light it is.

A little background on the video, as reported in The Algemeiner: For the last 14 years, Israelis have held a Bob Marley festival to celebrate the music of the late reggae legend. Each year, the festival producers make a video featuring one of Marleys classic songs.

This year to mark the festival, videographers filmed not only Israelis (including a gospel group composed of Israelis from Eritrea and Sudan as well as members of the Breslev Hasidic sect and children from an Arab school) singing Marleys classic song One Love, but also children in Gaza and Iraq.

[The Gaza children] knew they were filming an Israeli clip that would be broadcast on YouTube to the whole world, said the videos producer Bella Malkin, speaking to the news site Mako. They were very enthusiastic about this idea and the possibility of sending a message of peace from Gaza.

Malkin got the idea to film them after seeing news reports of children from Gaza who sent messages of peace to Israelis through carrier pigeons.

The Iraqi children were tapped to participate in the video by Lisa Miara, an Israeli woman who has spent most of her time in Iraq the past few years. Miara founded and runs Spring of Hope, an organization that rehabilitates kids rescued from ISIS.

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12:45

Celebrating Another Regulatory Conviction in the Anti-Russia Brouhaha "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Pentagon and the CIA have made it clear, especially through the mainstream press, that Russia is to be considered, once again, an official enemy of the United States. Maria Butinas conviction for befriending the United States without having first registered her name with U.S. officials confirms that.

12:25

Emmanuel Macron"s Free Fall "IndyWatch Feed War"

The beginning of the end: Emmanuel Macrons free fall commences - and he has been the last hope for, and the primary symbol of, neoliberal, democratic, progressive EU Nomenklatura and its scriptwriters

12:19

Law farces: Khashoggi and the US sanctions : "IndyWatch Feed War"

Law farces: Khashoggi and the US sanctions 12, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, The positions raised by the dependent political legal titles worth some interest because they spread intellectual and moral pollution that cannot be controlled. Among these titles is what is taking the first place in the international situation today especially the case []

11:55

Ukraine Wants Nuclear Weapons: Will the West Bow to the Regime in Kiev? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The idea of Ukraine resuming its production of nuclear weapons is currently being floated by minor figures, but it could take hold in the coming months.

11:44

Tunisian PM visits Saudi Arabia after invite from Mohammed Bin Salman "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Trip comes two weeks after a visit by the controversial Saudi crown prince to the North African country

11:25

Islamists and the Current Wave of Anti-Semitism in the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Islamists and their rhetoric play a big part in the current wave of anti-Semitism affecting the U.S. in general and on college campuses, in particular.

Earlier this month, less than a mile from the University of Michigan campus, a demonstration of anti-Semitism was on full display as people protested outside Ann Arbors Beth Israel synagogue.

The individuals were carrying an Israeli flag with a red circle and a line crossed through the center and signs claiming Israel: No Right to Exist.

In a viral Facebook post, U of M student, Lacey Modell describes seeing the protests. I felt personally attacked, scared, and deeply disturbed. It was a true shock and something Ill never forget, she wrote.

Beth Israels website does not take or advertise any position

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on the State of Israel.  The anti-Israel protest, which occurred in front of the synagogue during Sabbath services, specifically targeted the Jewish community and disturbed prayer services.  The protesters were confronted by a single counter-protester holding an I Stand With Israel sign.

Beth Israel is not a stranger to this anti-Semitic/Islamist targeting....

11:25

Conservatives Own the Ongoing Disaster That Is Brexit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Regardless of what happens, all of this is just the beginning of a divorce that will take years to fully carry out, despite the British publics apparent exhaustion from months of murky negotiations.

11:07

Tulsi Gabbard Seriously thinking of running in race for the White House in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Im concerned about the direction of our country.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, doesnt know what would stop her launching a race for the White House in 2020.

Im seriously considering it, the 37-year-old told MSNBC Wednesday when asked directly about her presidential ambitions. Im concerned about the direction of our country.

Gabbard, who is among 30 to 40 Democrats weighing whether to campaign for the partys nomination in 2020, didnt say whether there were any obvious impediments to her candidacy.

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I dont know, the Congressional Progressive Caucus member told host Chris Matthews when pressed for an answer.

Gabbards comments Wednesday are more pointed than remarks she made to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser earlier in December during a trip to New Hampshire.

Im seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country, the Hawaii Democrat said, who has also visited Iowa, another early-voting state.

Her MSNBC interview follows a Daily Beast report Tuesday regarding efforts her advisers have made to reach out to 2016 staff of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., based in New Hampshire. Gabbard stood down as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 to endorse Sanders over Hillary Clinton.

Gabbard, who served in Iraq and Kuwait as a member of the Hawaii National Guard, became the first Samoan-American and Hindu elected to Congress in 2012.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/millennial-congresswoman-im-seriously-considering-running-in-2020

11:00

THE ARCHEOLOGY WARS CONTINUE IN SYRIA "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mr. C.D.M. spotted this story on China's Xinhua news agency site, and I want to talk about it for today's high octane speculation: Syria []

The post THE ARCHEOLOGY WARS CONTINUE IN SYRIA appeared first on Giza Death Star.

11:00

How can #Brexit be about democracy after this? "IndyWatch Feed War"

How can Brexit be about democracy after this? By Graham Vanbergen: I have written endlessly about the involvement of dark money and right-wing free-market fundamentalists agitating for Brexit who secured positions in high office and the very corridors of power. In my recent book, Brexit A corporate coup detat I highlighted how they established, built []

11:00

US and Canada Violate International Law with the Arrest of Chinese Huawei Exec "IndyWatch Feed War"

Col. Larry Wilkerson explains that it's not the Chinese Huawei executive that violated law when circumventing US sanctions, but it is the US that violates them by imposing sanctions that were never agreed to on an international level.

10:55

The War Against Globalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Belgium has joined the list of countries that are rebelling against their elected leadership.

10:49

Vive La France "IndyWatch Feed War"

Are the Gilets Jaunes Todays Sans-Culottes?

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10:48

Israeli press review: New poll shows rampant racism in israel (apartheid state) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli press review: New poll shows rampant racism in Israel A man in the Bedouin village of Abu Nuwar in the occupied West Bank with the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the background (AFP/File photo) An Israeli television channel conducted a poll which found that Israeli Jews have a high level of anti-Palestinian prejudice. []

10:42

Apple to invest $1 billion in new Texas campus added 6,000 jobs to its U.S workforce in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Apple will invest $1 billion in a new campus in Austin, Texas, the company announced on Thursday.
  • The 133-acre campus will be located in North Austin and will accommodate an initial 5,000 employees, with capacity for 15,000 employees in total.
  • Apple also announced plans to open new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California over the next three years.
  • Apple Reportedly Weighing Move Away from Manufacturing in China Due to Tariffs
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Apple will invest $1 billion in a new campus in Austin, Texas, the company announced on Thursday.

The 133-acre campus will be located in North Austin and will accommodate an initial 5,000 employees, with capacity for 15,000 employees in total. The new campus will be located less than one mile from Apples existing Austin facilities and will house a range of jobs in engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales and customer support.

Apple said the expansion will make it the largest private employer in Austin.

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Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin, A...

10:39

Welcome to #NRW, where people can be imprisoned up to 28 days without being charged "IndyWatch Feed War"

After Bavaria, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) will be the second German state with a new police law. On Wednesday NRW state parliament voted in favour of the new police law. Cops can now imprison people up to  28 days without being charged. But thats not all

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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Of course the social democrats of the SPD betrayed the people of NRW once again. Its a kind of tradition of the SPD that is lasting for more than 100 years now. The SPD which is an opposition party in NRW state parliament voted in favor of the new police law, together with the governing CDU und FDP. 

With the new police law cops cannot only imprison people for up t...

10:38

Dutch ministry calls on Jews around world to criticize israeli (apartheid state) occupation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dutch ministry calls on Jews around world to criticize Israeli occupation (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski) Official document on funding for Breaking the Silence includes objective of urging Jewish communities globally to voice their opposition By Cnaan Liphshiz Published on the Times of Israel The Dutch Foreign Ministry is officially urging Jews no matter where they are []

10:22

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, December 13, 2018 The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness "IndyWatch Feed War"

Whoever has ears ought to hear

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St. Lucy stained glass Holy Trinity Church Skipton, North Yorkshire, England

She had a place prepared by God.

God is not only the Lord of history but He also has a personal interest in the lives of His people.

We all have a greater opportunity than John the Baptist. Bishop Goh says we are GREATER than John the Baptist!

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Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
Lectionary: 184

Reading 1 IS 41:13-20

I am the LORD, your God,
who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, Fear not,
I will help you.
Fear not, O worm Jacob,
O maggot Israel;
I will help you, says the LORD;
your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
I will make of you a threshing sledge,
sharp, new, and double-edged,
To thresh the mountains and crush them,
to make the hills like chaff.
When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them off
and the storm shall scatter them.
But you shall rejoice in the LORD,
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
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The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain,
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, the LORD, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open up rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the broad valleys;
I will turn the desert into a marshland,
and the dry ground into springs of water.
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10:17

Bahrain: a quiet conflict continues to simmer "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Bernd Debusmann Jr.

Over the past several years, Shia militants have waged a low-intensity insurgency against the Sunni rulers of the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, an important frontline in the proxy war between Iran and its rivals in the region. The Iranian-backed insurgency is rooted largely in a problem that has long plagued Bahrains ruling Al Khalifah dynasty: how to govern over a majority Shia population that for decades has been seething with hostility.

Hostility first turned into action in 1981, when the Tehran-backed Islamic Front for the Liberation of Bahrain (IFLB) launched a failed coup attempt. US-American and Bahraini intelligence services maintain that Bahraini militants were being trained in Iran throughout the 1980s and 1990s, an assertion backed up by the occasional discovery of weapons caches throughout the kingdom.

However,...

10:17

Three Palestinians and two Israelis killed in spate of deadly incidents "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Deaths occurred in four separate incidents across the West Bank and East Jerusalem between Wednesday night and Thursday morning

10:10

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes israel (apartheid state) -Backed Attacks on US Activists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Al Jazeeras undercover film The Lobby USA, censored by Qatar, has finally been published by The Electronic Intifada. Editor Ali Abunimah discusses the documentarys explosive revelations, exposing Israel-backed attacks on US activists.

10:05

The great game revived power politics in the ex-East Bloc I. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Doctor Somkuti is joining us as a guest author. We welcome this Hungarian point of view. pl ------------ "The russians are coming in, the americans are slowly getting out, and the germans are already up." by Balint Somkuti, PhD The...

10:03

#Indonesia: Comrade Brain Valentino, imprisoned for the #Mayday riots, is free "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brain Valentino, Ucil, the last of the imprisoned anarchists of the Mayday 2018 mutiny in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has been released.

Originally published by Publicacion Refractario. Translated by 325.

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Ucil (Brain Valentino, EIE), the last of the imprisoned anarchists of the Mayday 2018 mutiny in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has been free since December 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Congratulations, comrade and congratulations to the Palang Hitam crew for all their hard work as well as all the comrades who showed solidarity from so-called Australia.


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10:02

Thanks to Google, Blasphemy App Is Now A Thing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Audience using smartphones. (Photo: Mauricio Santana / Getty Images)Audience using smartphones. (Photo: Mauricio Santana / Getty Images)

Thanks to Google, blasphemy app is now a thing for folks in Indonesia who dont approve of each others behavior.

Journalist Laura Loomer (who herself was kicked off Twitter for blasphemy against Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar) reports the app was approved by Google at the request of the Indonesian government.

While Indonesia has strict blasphemy codes against hostility, hate and contempt against religion, its also the country which sourced the Islamic renewal movement. Islamic renewal is in the vein of Muslim reform and urges tolerance and critical thinking within the context of faith and theology.

However, technological surveillance communities initiated by peers within that community is a very slippery slope, particularly when the app is used to address deviant behavior, which can mean anything. For Islamic scholar Rushd as-Safaa, this trend of peer-to-peer surveillance and reporting is particularly devastating:

Deviant can of course be anything anyone wants it to be. It could be the Ahmadiyyah, who have already been restricted by the MUI [Indonesias top Muslim clerical body]; it could be religious minorities by someone bigoted or really anyone just looking to settle a score. These are Islamist tactics: They cannot capture the state, but they can create agitations and count on secular complacency or coopting from state authorities and/or the public.

When asked why this is happening in Indones...

10:02

Yemen peace talks go down to the wire in Rimbo, Sweden "IndyWatch Feed War"

Both sides in the Yemen conflict agreed on Wednesday to reopen Sanaa airport and resume oil and gas exports.

But agreement on the Red Sea port of Hodeidah and a cooperation deal on the crumbling economy remained elusive as the clock ticked down to the last day of talks.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due in Rimbo, Sweden, for Thursdays closing round of consultations. Another round of talks has been tentatively scheduled for January.

A UN spokeswoman said both sides had received a final package of agreements on the status of Hodeidah, a political framework and shoring up the economy. We hope to receive positive responses, she said.

The two parties agreed that international flights would stop at a government-held airport for inspections before flying in or out of Sanaa. They have yet to agree on whether those inspections will be in Aden airport or Sayun.

Houthi delegate Abdelqader Mourtada, left, and the Yemeni government delegate Brig. Gen. Asker Zaeel, shake hands during the peace talks near Stockholm. (AFP)

Yemens Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed said there may not be enough time for full agreement on Hodeidah before the talks, the first in over two years, conclude on Thursday.

We talked about it a lot but with the limited time we have, we cant talk about all the points in this round. The important thing is to build confidence and then go into the details of the Hodeidah file, he said.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths is trying to avert a full-scale assault on Hodeidah by Yemen government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition, and is asking both sides to withdraw from the city.

His proposal is for an interim entity to run the city and port and for the deployment of international monitors.

Both sides have agreed to a UN role in the port, but differ on who should run the city. The Iran-backed Houthi miitias want Hodeidah declared a neutral zone, but Yemens government argues it is a matter of sovereignty.

The devil is in the details withdraw how far from Hodeidah, the sequence, who governs and delivers services, said one diplomat.

Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1419701/middle-east

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10:00

At least 30 Afghan civilians killed in US air strike in Helmand province "IndyWatch Feed War"

At least 30 Afghan civilians killed in US air strike in Helmand province The latest casualties come from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks Nov. 28, 2018: An injured boy receives treatment at a hospital after an airstrike in Helmand province killed 30 civilians. (Photo: Abdul Khaliq/AP) The Latest []

09:55

Saudi to make biggest foreign investment in Pakistans history "IndyWatch Feed War"

Finance Minister Asad Umar says an incoming foreign investment package from Saudi Arabia will be the biggest in Pakistan's history. AFP/File
Finance Minister Asad Umar says an incoming foreign investment package from Saudi Arabia will be the biggest in Pakistans history. AFP/File

He added that he keeps getting messages from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman through other people to hurry up.

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Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been in talks recently over a bailout package for Islamabad. At a time when various foreign countries and business delegations were pulling out of an investment conference in Saudi after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Prime Ministe...

09:55

Spinning Against Russia and Reality "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia is the only country that has held open talks with the governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria and the US.

09:41

israels (apartheid state) alleged impersonation of Gaza aid workers raises concern "IndyWatch Feed War"

  Israels alleged impersonation of Gaza aid workers raises concern Ben White Al Jazeera Dec 11, 2018 Israeli commandos operated undercover in Gaza disguised as aid workers. Click to enlarge Since the exposure of Israeli undercover forces by Hamas fighters in the occupied Gaza Strip on November 11, an incident that triggered the most intense []

09:39

Solidarity with the #Stansted15 from #Minneapolis "IndyWatch Feed War"

On December 10 a court on the UK territory convicted the  Stansted 15 activists, who stopped a government deportation flight from taking off in March last year, guilty of breaching terror laws. Comrades in Minneapolis showed their solidarity.

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To our friends across the pond facing a lifetime prison sentence, we send you our love, our rage, and our unyielding solidarity. Their jails and their borders will never contain us.

Free the Stansted 15!
Until every border and every prison is a faint memory


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09:35

Cultural Protection and Development in Xinjiang "IndyWatch Feed War"

Preamble China is a unified multi-ethnic country. In the course of a civilization that dates back more than 5,000 years, the various ethnic groups of China have created a long history and a splendid culture. Since ancient times many ethnic groups have made their way to Xinjiang, and it has become their home and a place for cultural integration. Various ethnic cultures of Xinjiang have their roots in the fertile soil of Chinese civilization, advancing their own cultural development while (...)

09:34

Interpol removes Egyptian Muslim scholar Qaradawi from wanted list; Close friend of Jamal Khashoggi "IndyWatch Feed War"

Interpol has removed Yousef al-Qaradawi, head of the Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, from its wanted list.

A source from Qaradawis office confirmed receiving an official notification from the Interpol of lifting the scholars name from the list, describing the motion as a positive step.

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Interpol removed red notice for Qaradawi on Nov. 30 and dropped arrest warrants issued by Iraqi and Egyptian authorities.

The Egyptian authorities had accused Qaradawi of having perpetrated a range of crimes including murder and theft after Egypts 2013 military coup, prompting Interpol to issue a warrant for his arrest.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain designated dozens of people with alleged links to Qatar as terrorists, including Qaradawi.

Qaradawi is known for being a vocal critic of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who as defense minister led the 2013 coup, which ousted Egypts first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

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Mohamed Morsi

Since the coup, during which hundreds were killed, Interpol has issued arrest warrants for several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood of which Morsi was a leading member at Cairos request.

https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2018/12/13/interpol-removes-egyptian-muslim-scholar-qaradawi-from-wanted-list

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Then-general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, at a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. December 15, 2014

Then-general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, at a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. December 15, 2014. AFP...

09:25

Frances Yellow Vests Are Starting to Enjoy the Radical Life "IndyWatch Feed War"

A yellow vests protestor watches as the barricades burn in Le Mans on Dec. 11. Photographer: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP via Getty Images

The morning after Emmanuel Macron ditched his entire budget strategy to appease the protesters who have roiled France for the past month, some 20 Yellow Vests gathered at their usual spot at a roundabout outside a small town in Burgundy.

They didnt really agree on what they hoped to achieve, but they were there all the same in the high-visibility jackets that have become a symbol of their dissent.

The Yellow Vests gathered at their usual roundabout spot.

Photographer: Gregory Viscusi/Bloomberg

Well still be here next July 14, said 63-year-old Jean-Marc Foyard, a retired railroad worker, grinning at his reference to the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.

What started as a textbook tax revolt has morphed into something much more dangerous for the French president: a cultural movement.

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09:17

Review of Peter Gelderloos, Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation "IndyWatch Feed War"

A review of Peter Gelderloosanarchist analysis of how states are formed and developed.

Originally published by Anarkismo. Written by Wayne Price.

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It it important for anarchism to have a theory of the state, the fundamentals of government, its origins and development. This is my third essay on this topic, the first being a presentation of the class theory of the state, as held by both anarchists and Marxists (Price 2018a). The second was a review of a post-anarchist analysis of the state, proposed by Saul Newman (Price 2018b). This is a review of Peter Gelderloos analysis of the nature of the state and its origins. 

Gelderloos defines the state as a bureaucratic, territorial, coercive organization with multiple levels of administration, in which power is institutional rather than personal, and power-holders monopolize () the legitimate use of force. (5) The state [is] a centralized, hierarchical system of political organization based on coercion and alienation. (14) These are fine definitions. 

In his broad overview of state formation, Gelderloos has two fundamental hypotheses. The first is his opposition to any specific theory of state origins. States are not the result of any one special force, but are the end result of all sorts of factors, he argues. State formation is a multilineal process and not a teleological progressive evolution. (Gerderloss 2016; 234) Statesarea social arrangement that evolved following a wide variety of evolutionary pathways, in very different conditions, on different continents. (13) His book is a hotch-potch collection of accounts of state formations, in no particular order, covering all sorts of possible causes in specific cases. This includes cultural and religious factors, as well as military, political, and geographic factors, among others. He ends up with no less than fifteen models of state formation. (233234) That many factors go into the formation of each specific state is undoubtedly true. The question is whether any underlying generalizations can be made about the main facto...

09:16

Democrats plot to revive earmarks Get ready for Pork! "IndyWatch Feed War"

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House Democrats are eager to revive the notorious earmark, which is any provision that allocates cash to a pet project in a particular congressional district, when they take back the majority in January.

There is no House rule banning earmarks, but the Republican majority curtailed the practice in 2011 following allegations of corruption and years of bad publicity about projects like Alaskas bridge to nowhere that came with a $320 million price tag.

Now that Democrats are poised to take charge in January, there is nothing to stop them from inserting earmarks in the fiscal 2020 spending bills next year, and lawmakers said they are hoping to soon get a piece of the federal spending pie for specific needs in their districts.

I hope they come back, Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., who will take over as majority whip next year, told the Washington Examiner. I was against them ever leaving.

Clyburn and other proponents believe the earmark moratorium imposed by Republicans usurped the authority of Congress to direct spending.

Republicans and Democrats alike have argued that the earmark ban left directed spending up to the executive branch, which does not have the same ability or motivation to fund the needs of individual congressional districts. Lawmakers want the power back in order to give them more control over federal spending for their constituents.

Thats my argument, Clyburn told the Washington Examiner.

Democrats in particular are eager to wrest back control of the executive branch because most are so vehemently opposed to President Trump.

Having the Trump administration decide what is going to happen in various congressional districts is not necessarily the right approach, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., told the Washington Examiner.

Returning earmarks requires no congressional action, but Democratic leaders would have to give the green light when appropriations bills are drafted next year. They are poised to do so, top leaders said this week.

But Lofgren and other veteran lawmakers in both parties are wary of simply going back to the old earmarking practices that were deemed wasteful or outright corrupt.

According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, earmarks quintupled between 1996 and 2005 and included spending that earned public disdain.

In 2006, Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham was sentenced to eight years in prison for using his perch on the House Appropriations Committee to earmark money for military contractors in exchange for bribes.

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09:16

Shocking testimonies released about israeli (apartheid state) crimes at Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Shocking testimonies released about Israeli crimes at Gaza border Palestine Information Center December 12, 2018 On the 70th anniversary of UN resolution 194, the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) issued a new report entitled Voices of Return: Documenting Israels Repression of the Great March of Return. The new report is based on a PRC submission to []

09:09

Does Washington have an exit strategy? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Does Washington have an exit strategy? 12, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, In the Winograd Committee report, the government of Ehude Olmert and the leadership of the occupation army were reprimanded for the absence of a strategy for the exit from the war. It means in politics the exit strategy with alternative to confront []

08:59

Miss Venezuela pageant seeks new inspiration Here are our nominees "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Miss Venezuela beauty pageant goes ahead Thursday seeking to brush off a tumultuous sex scandal and present a humbler tone attuned to a nation with a crippled economy.

With the organizers seeking to cut costs, the 65th edition of the pageant is being moved from its historic home at the Caracas Polyhedron Arena capable of holding an audience of 20,000 to a cosy 200-seat television studio.

Its not a moment to have an opulent Miss Venezuela, because what the country is going through doesnt justify it. But we dont want to give up, event manager Nina Sicilia told AFP.

We are adapting to the resources we have, said Sicilia.

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The economic crisis means much of the glamor has had to go, and some of the Misses have been turning up to rehearsals by bus or metro, Sicilia says, reflecting this years leaner feel.

These 24 young people are suffering the same problems as the rest of society, said Sicilia, runner-up in the 1985 contest.

Still popular

The contest is still hugely popular with Venezuelans. They will watch the TV extravaganza in their millions, despite slogging through the fifth consecutive year of a severe economic crisis that has seen shortages of basic foods and medicines and forced 2.3 million to emigrate.

Make-up and hair-styling deals have been sealed with sponsors in return for TV advertising, and costume costs are being shared with designers.

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Music and choreography are being performed by young Venezuelan talents, some of them appearing on television for the first time.

Gone are the days when Latin American or Spanish stars like Celia Cruz, Raphael, Camilo Sexto and Raul di Blasio were fixtures at gala performances.

As a metaphor for the pageant itself, contestant Juliette Lemoine representing the state of Vargas, near Caracas took a tumble during the dress rehearsal on Tuesday. Much like the show itself, a tearful Lemoine bravely got up and carried on with her routine.

The trimmed down contest will aim to erase any trace of a sex scandal that dogged it just months ago.

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08:57

What will the US midterm elections say? "IndyWatch Feed War"

What will the US midterm elections say? 12, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, The semi-impossible winning of the Democrats in the Houses of the Senate and the representatives will not change the powers of the President Donald Trump and his pivotal role in drawing the policies and taking decisions, especially because the differences are []

08:51

Prime Minister of Somalia arrives in Doha "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Ali Khairi, and his accompanying delegation arrived in Doha yesterday, on a visit to the country. Upon his arrival at Hamad International Airport, the Somali Prime Minister was welcomed by the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Yousef bin Mohammed Al Othman Fakhro, []

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08:50

#Stockholm: Support event for antifascists who are imprisoned in Russia! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stockholm: On January 27, 2019 there will be an support event for the imprisoned and tortured comrades in the Russian cities St. Petersburg and Penza. There will also be a solidarity action in front of the Russian embassy.

Originally published by Gatorna Info.

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

Date: 2019-01-27 14:00
Location: Caf 44, Tjrhovsgatan 46, Stockholm

Youre welcome to join an info event about and for our detained and tortured comrades in the Russian cities S:t Petersburg and Penza. We will 
meet at Caf 44 at 14.00 and go through the events of the past year and the current situation that our neighboring comrades and friends are 
going through. At 16.00 we will have a solidarity manifestation outside the russian embassy. We will go there together from Caf 44.

More information about the case: https://rupression.com/en/

Contact: fgsyd @ riseup.net


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08:46

690 Police Reservists to be deployed along Kenya-Somalia border "IndyWatch Feed War"

The government has recruited an additional 690 National Police Reservists (NPR) to enhance security along the Kenya-Somalia border. Speaking during the 55th Jamhuri Day celebrations held at Garissa Primary on Wednesday, County Commissioner Joshua Chepchieng said affected areas will receive 30 police reservist who will be stationed within the villages. The recruitment follows request from area []

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08:42

Nine dead after Turkish high-speed train crashes in Ankara "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Dozens more injured as train collides with another locomotive and then crashes into a pedestrian overpass at a train station in the Turkish capital

08:41

Somalias GDP expanding to 3.1 percent in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

NAIROBI- Somalias economic growth is expected to pick up in 2018 as it recovers from drought that had reduced farming output, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. It said it projected gross domestic product at 3.1 percent this year from 2.3 percent in 2017. Somalia exports bananas and also produces sorghum. Economic activity in []

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08:39

Morning Prayer for Thursday, December 13, 2018 Making the Right Choices With The Help of God, Trusted Others "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Spiritual Connection: Prayer, Meditation and Mental Health

The Higher Power can guide us to the right decisions if we pray about them. We can believe that many details of our lives are planned by God and planned with a wealth of forgiving love for the mistakes we have made. We can pray today to be shown the right way. We can choose the good, and when we choose it, we can feel that the whole power of the universe is behind us. We can achieve a real harmony with Gods purpose for our lives.

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Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may choose aright today. I pray that I may be shown the right way to live today.

 

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We have to make choices, between good and bad/life and death, every day.  Who we are depends on the choices we make.  We are also where we are now because of the choices we have made in the past.  The choices we make will determine the circumstances we end up with in our future.  Our choices will hold responsibility and consequences.  We will be held accountable for the choices we make.  We are not victims.  We are not a product of our environmentWe are a product of our choices.  So how can we help people we care about that are making bad choices?

Prayer Before Tough Choices

Lord, bless me and help me to follow your commands from deep within my heart.  Help me to never do wrong or turn from you.  Keep me from doing something foolish.  Help me to live a clean life by obeying your word.  Keep me from being the fool who thinks his own way is right, and show me wisdom by listening to the advice and counsel of others and the Holy Spirit. 

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Prayer For Those Who Make Bad Choices

https://www.happyhealthyandprosperous.com/prayer-for-those-who-make-bad-choices/

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08:38

BBC News side-lining cross border tunnels story "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News website reporting on Operation Northern Shield has to date been confined to the one article published on the day the operation began, December 4th.

Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said the activity was focusing on the border town of Metulla, with the area declared a closed zone.

He said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were concentrating on a tunnel which began in a Lebanese civilian home, was at least 200m (650ft) long, and ran 40m inside Israel.

The IDF announced the start of the operation, dubbed Northern Shield, on Twitter, with video footage showing heavy machinery boring in unidentified locations.

As noted here previously, ...

08:34

China gets fishing rights in Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Somalis government has granted 31 fishing licenses to China. This is the first time that President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajos government has given fishing rights to foreigners since taking office last year. The China Overseas Fisheries Association, which represents 150 companies, will be allowed to fish for tuna in Somali waters. The move has raised concern []

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