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Iran says suspected IS militants arrested after deadly border clashes "IndyWatch Feed War"


Three members of Revolutionary Guards and three Islamic State militants are killed in clashes


Imperial Plan To Use Civil War As Gas and Oil ValvePART II "IndyWatch Feed War"

[American foreign policy has proven to be a formula for using civil war as a weapon.  As repugnant as it seems, it is true, that our leaders have chosen a policy of fighting our wars by getting other nations and other cultures to go to war upon themselves, within their own societies, and upon their own people, to advance American goals.  Quite a trick, if you can manage it, obtaining policy through the sowing of chaos.  Money and covert coercion proved to be sufficient motivation to accomplish US goals, of blocking the flow of oil and gas which was not under Western control.  There is no more obvious example of this blatantly aggressive war policy than this report of US moving Poland to attempt the blocking of Russian gas, bound for Germany.  An act of passive-aggressive warfare, which does not quite fit the definition of Agressive War, as defined in the Nuremburg Trials.]
[The pattern displayed so far is too consistent to be the result of chance, or a blundering foreign policy.
All of the wars started within the greater war (which used to be called war on terror) have blocked oil and gas which was about to be brought onto the market.
Imperial Plan To Use Civil War As Gas and Oil Valve

[U.S. says planned Russian pipeline would threaten European energy security US forcing Europe to abandon Russian gas & buy more expensive American LNG Lavrov

[Are LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) and Shale Gas Cooling European Ardor for Gas Pipelines?Oct 25, 2012 ;

US Creating Conflict To Sell Expensive Fracked Gas...


Weekly Review And Open Thread 2018-04 (also Jordan) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jan 15 - Syria - U.S. Traps Itself, Commits To Occupation, Helps To Sustain The Astana Agreement Jan 18 - Syria - Tillerson Announces Occupation Goals - Erdogan Makes Empty Threats A few days later those threats turned out to...


Navy Brief 1/18 January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

by LeDahu The UK politicians and senior military officers at the helm of defence these days, seem to excel at outpourings of Russian scaremongering soundbites, which the UK MSM are


The Exsanguination of Medical Ethics "IndyWatch Feed War"

For thousands of years physicians took oaths to always act in the patients best interest when providing care. At the heart of medical ethics, this moral code was passed down through the centuries and reaffirmed by The World Medical Association (WMA) in 1949 and again in 2006. Additionally the WMA specified: A physician shall not allow his/her judgment to be influenced by personal profit or unfair discrimination, and shall not receive any financial benefits or other incentives solely for referring patients or prescribing specific products.

Medical ethics ran head long into The HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) Act of 1973.  The passage of this act set the stage for the undermining of long established medical ethics. The HMO Act was designed specifically to reduce costs, by charging patients a monthly fee for a set package of health care.  The Act was passed with the knowledge that there had been no systematic analysis done to show that it would not negatively impact health care.  Nonetheless, the Government gave millions of dollars in direct financial assistance to develop the HMO which was designed to be a profit making business.

This HMO economic arrangement put the physicians and other health care providers financial interest into conflict with the needs of their patients. The monthly pot of money must provide for profit, salaries, wages and health care.  If too much is spent on the patients, there is less available for profit and wages. So began the Health Insurance, Corporate Medicine assault on medical ethics.

Did the Medical Profession fight to hold on to its ethics so as to always act in the patients best interest when providing medical care?  No. Tragically the Medical Profession succumbed to the rise of Corporate Health Care by betraying their core medical ethic and became complicit stewards of an economic system that puts profits before peopleThe AMAs (American Medical Association) Principles of Medical Ethics: V11, gives the following ethical guidelines for physicians:

Mitigate possible conflicts between physicians financial interests and patient interests by minimizing the financial impact of patient care decisions and the overall financial risk for individual physicians.

We have experienced four decades of HMOs negative effect on health care while they became the darlings of Wall Street earning billions of dollars for investors as health care was rationed by denial of service, restricted benefits, cost cutting, patients dumping, overworked and underpaid staff, and plunging physicians incomes.

The autho...


PAF Has Operated AVICs Wing Loong I Since 2015 "IndyWatch Feed War"

A review of commercial satellite imagery acquired between 2015 and 2017 by Digital Globe confirms that the Pakistan Air Force is operating the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) Wing Loong I medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Imagery shows the platform parked near an aircraft shelter at the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) M. M. Alam airbase in Mianwali, Punjab. A report of the UAVs possible deployment was published online earlier this month by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Previously, video and handhelds released by the Pakistani press in 2016 of a crashed drone near the airbase showed components that strongly resembled the Wing Loong I. The report was the first open source tip-off that Pakistan was operating the strike-capable UAV. Contrary to the Bard College report, a further review of commercial imagery confirms that Pakistan has operated the aircraft from the airbase since at least...


UK: Sikh girl converts to Islam, puts bloody jihad execution videos on her phone, tries to join the Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed War"

Were constantly told that Islam is a Religion of Peace and that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. So why are the Muslims who are reaching out and making converts to Islam so signally failing to communicate the tenets of their faith to the new converts? Why do so many converts to Islam get the idea []


Virgin on the ridiculous! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Virgin Media's increasingly bizarre secret locations where they install broadband internet data communications equipment. Churches, cocktail bars and even public toilets! Updated 27th January 2018.


Support campaigns for social justice in New York! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Our friends at the North Star Fund are raising money for the Resilient Communities Giving Project, a new model of social justice philanthropy that builds community and grows political and fundraising knowhow.


Jabhat al-Nusra: History, Capabilities, Role In Syrian War "IndyWatch Feed War" History Jabhat al-Nusra, originally Jabhat an-Nurah li-ahli ash-Sham min Mujahideen ash-Shm fi Sahat al-Jihad or Victory Front for the People of the Levant by the Mujahideen of the Levant


Tunisian police break up banned LGBT demonstration "IndyWatch Feed War"


Government says it had information protest was to be 'targeted', prohibited gathering for its own safety


Watch Al Jazeera 'Akicita: The Legacy of Standing Rock at Sundance Film Festival' "IndyWatch Feed War"

. Screenshots by Censored News At Sundance Film Festival, Al Jazeera talks with Akicita Producer Cody Lucich, and water protectors Curtis Ray Yaz and Mark Tilsen, with Jenni Monet via Skype in Tucson. Film clips from the new film, 'Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock.' Watch Al Jazeera broadcast below: Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe 'Akicita': What is the legacy of the


Jordan Denari Duffner in Islamic Wonderland (Part II) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jordan Denari Duffner announces that many Muslims describe Islam as a religion of peace in her previously reviewed recent book Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic. This ubiquitous distortion of Islams Arabic etymology sets the tone for a book whose uncritical regurgitation of shopworn Islamic apologetic myths belies the []


Erdogan has made his choice "IndyWatch Feed War"

To Erdogan, if he had to choose between the potential risks of losing Turkeys NATO membership as against having a Kurdish state south of his border, he would choose the former. Erdogan has made his choice January 26, 2018 by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog It seems that Erdogan has already made up his mind, but []


Drinking the Self-driving Car Kool-aid "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Othello | Dissident Voice | January 27, 2018 Recently, a Tesla on autopilot slammed into a parked fire engine at 65 mph. It turns out that there was no malfunction. According to Teslas manual: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control cannot detect all objects and may not brake/decelerate for stationary vehicles, especially in situations when you are []


Struggle for equal rights for Palestinians is right choice, and will lead to significant exodus of Jews Henry Siegman "IndyWatch Feed War"

Everyone should read Henry Siegmans long piece in the National on the Implications of President Trumps Jerusalem Ploy. Siegman is a great leader because he has bucked the American and Jewish establishment, of which he is a member, to declare that the two-state solution is dead and buried.

He is also a prophet inasmuch as he is counseling American Jewry to give up its attachment to Zionism as a dead letter, no different from a Christian state here, and so prepare itself for a future in which Israel is isolated as a pariah state and there is a significant exodus of Israels Jews.

His words are astounding because Siegman, a Holocaust survivor now in his late 80s, was himself a Zionist, and head of the World Jewish Congress. His bravery in renouncing the animating political faiths of his life its inspiring.

His intervention is especially meaningful because this week Barack Obama came back for an encore, at a prominent NY synagogue this week, and trotted out his usual b.s. about being Israels best friend, and softening his good last blow allowing the Security Council settlements resolution to pass by saying that settlement construction had rocketed, so he had to do something. No vision at all, from a person who has some high degree of freedom in his life. Siegman knocks Obama hard in his piece.

Here are some crucial passages. Near the end of the piece. Siegman lays out the cruel delusion of Oslo and praises Trump for shattering the illusion of a two-state outcome, finally turning the struggle to one of equal rights no statehood. Notice how he aligns himself with young Palestinians hopes and idealism.

Nothing has been as harmful to the Palestinian struggle to end Israels occupation and unrelenting theft of territory intended for its state as Abbas insistence on the preservation of the Palestinian Authority and the myth that it serves as a state in formation, when it so clearly allowed Israel to solidify its occupation. Trumps move on Jerusalem achieved what years of Israels settlements failed to doshatter the illusion of a two-state outcome, and allow the Palestinian national movement to turn into a struggle for rights, which is to say a struggle to end Israels de facto apartheid regime, a course I have advocated for over a decade, and now increasingly embraced by younger Palestinians. What is particularly significant is that this younger generation is opting for a struggle for equal rights in a single state not because they despair of achieving a state of their own, but because it is their...


Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 42 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Abu Ghraib. Onder: Vietnam.

Onder de kop Why we must share America's dirty work verkondigde Ian Buruma in The Guardian van 16 juli 2002 dat wij moeten ophouden te verwachten dat de VS het smerige werk voor ons doet en dat wij weliswaar de VS niet kunnen evenaren, maar dat desondanks de NAVO-landen meer van Amerikas lasten op zich kan nemen. Als wij willen dat de Amerikanen lid worden van het Internationaal Strafhof dan moeten ook wij het smerige werk doen, en het risico accepteren daarvoor verantwoordelijk te worden gesteld.


US expands sanctions on Russian firms, individuals "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV January 26, 2018 The United States has expanded its sanctions against Russia by adding more individuals and companies to its blacklist because of what Washington calls Moscows continued interference in Ukraine. The US Treasury Department announced on Friday it had added 21 people and nine companies to the sanctions list, including some []


Greens centrist dash threatens Germanys beleaguered SPD If we see the supposed contradiction between radicalism and statesmanship as an opportunity and not as a weakness then today really is just the start. "IndyWatch Feed War"

January 27, 2018

By Hans-Edzard Busemann

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz

HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) Germanys Greens broke with their broad-church tradition on Saturday by electing as leaders two figures from the centrist wing, a move that would make them more palatable as coalition partners for Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives.

A move to the center could heighten pressure on the Social Democrats (SPD), who are attempting to use their leverage as the conservatives last remaining possible coalition partner to put a left-wing stamp on a future government.

Long among Europes most successful environmentalist parties, the Greens have moved from radical origins to become a major center-left force, governing in coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) for seven years to 2005.

But talks last year on forming a Merkel-led three-way coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) broke down, with complaints that some of the Greens environmentalist demands were too costly.

The party, which elects a male and a female co-leader, has traditionally split the two posts between a centrist candidate and a more radical figure from the Fundi wing.

But at a congress in the northern city of Hanover, delegates elected Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock, both from the partys Realo wing, a move that could create fiercer competition for the beleaguered SPD.

If we see the supposed contradiction between radicalism and statesmanship as an opportunity and not as a weakness then today really is just the start, said Baerbock, adding that she wanted to end dirty coal generation while addressing social dislocation in mining regions.

The SPD, which scored its worst result since 1933 in Septembers national election, is trying to win back disillusioned voters by securing worker-friendly spending commitments from the conservatives, with whom they are in talks on forming a coalition.

With the collapse of talks on forming a Jamaica coalition named because the three parties colors match the island nations flag a renewed SPD alliance became Merkels best chance of securing a fourth term.

But a more centrist Green party could open space for renewed talks on a Jamaica coalition if current coalition talks fail.

One of two peoples parties that dominated Germanys post-war history, the SPD polled just 19 percent on the eve of coalition talks with the conservatives, placing it only eight points ahead of the Greens.



Fake News "IndyWatch Feed War"

Facebook, Google and Twitter logos are pictured. | AP Photo
The companies, under the microscope for their role in facilitating Russian outreach in the 2016 U.S. elections, sought to downplay the extent of that influence in written answers released Thursday. | AP Photos

Tech companies say they didn't see Russian social media infiltration in 2017 elections



Its Time We Occupied Congress "IndyWatch Feed War"

ITS TIME WE OCCUPIED CONGRESS by Joy First    January 15, 2018    As I entered my jail cell at Capitol Police Headquarters in Washington, DC, I sat down on the cold steel bench and looked around thinking here I am again.  My eyes came to the mirror above the toilet and I noticed []


Jordan ends bread subsidy, doubling some prices, to help state finances "IndyWatch Feed War"


The move is expected to affect low income Jordanians, for whom flat pitta-like bread is an essential part of meals


A Modest Proposal to dismember Syria ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

" ... the five countries called for a UN-supervised election for the -Syrians inside and outside the country and for radical changes in the Syrian constitution including stripping the Syrian presidency from most, if not all, of its powers. The...


Philippines Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roques claims On China: Wrong, ignorant and condescending Demeaning to the Filipino people "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Philippines Inquirer
January 27, 2018

Words continue to fly over presidential spokesperson Harry Roques claim that the Chinese have been given permission to explore Philippine Risea vast undersea plateau off Luzon that is indisputably Philippine territory according to the United Nationsbecause no Filipino can afford the undertaking or has the expertise for it. Its an extraordinary statement, perhaps the most flabbergasting to come so far from the loquacious Roques ongoing stint as the chief interpreter-defender of Malacaangs actions toward China.

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Not only did the man claim that Filipinos are in no position to explore and exploit their own territory; he also said the controversial Chinese research programwhich appeared to have been surreptitiously approved by the Palace and came to light only when Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano raised a ruckus about itwill give Filipinos a better understanding of how we can better utilize the resources of Benham Rise. Thats as condescending a remark at his fellow citizens as Roque could accomplish, seemingly reducing Filipinos to know-nothings fit only to await and receive knowledge and revelation from the superior, benevolent Chinese.

The blowback was justifiably swift and furious. In a Facebook post that has been widely shared, Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, forcefully called out Roques fallacious premise: Presidential Spokesperson Roques claim that Filipinos cannot afford to explore Benham Rise, that no one can do it, that the Philippines needs China to do it, and only China qualifies is completely wrong, based on ignorance, a serious disservice to Filipino scientists in particular and the Filipino people in general, and an over-exaggeration of Chinas potential role in Philippine ocean sciences.

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Batongbacal pointed out that Filipino scientists have, in fact, made multiple expeditions to Philippine Rise since 2004, with the very findings of such research activities eventually becoming the foundation for the countrys claim to the area that was approved by the UN in...


Arrests at Rep. Hoyers office pending Yemen War legislation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Seven activists were arrested on January 11th for refusing to leave Rep. Steny Hoyers Washington, D.C. office unless the Congressman (and House Minority Whip) committed to bring a vote on legislation to end the U.S.-Saudi war against Yemen.  Under intense bombardment and naval blockade, Yemen is poised to become the new centurys worst case of []


German police disperse Kurdish protest against Turkish offensive "IndyWatch Feed War"


Protesters chanted 'Freedom for Kurdistan' and 'Shame on you, Europe' during the demonstration in Cologne


US hacks and meddling quite unlike China & Russias hacks and meddling ex-Pentagon chief "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | January 27, 2018 One could almost see the proverbial pots and kettles on Friday, when ex-Pentagon chief Ashton Carter informed us that Americas cyber operations and election meddling are entirely dissimilar to the activities of China and Russia. The panel, held as part of the World Economic Forum in Davos, was dedicated to []


Naked justice "IndyWatch Feed War"

A childish trick I remember practicing on my fellow first graders in my home village in Palestine (yes, the Galilee was still part of Palestine at the time) was to place a stick in the ground and claim that it marked the center of the universe. Start measuring and prove me wrong if you can! I would challenge my playmates. That was what struck me as the logic of the ruling by a military court judge, Maj. Haim Balilti, in his attempt to justify his decision to keep 16-year old Ahed Tamimi and her mother in military jail until the end of their trial.

Why, you ask? Because the girl slapped a soldier invading her home and the mother documented the daughters actions. To the judges mind both deeds constituted a clear danger, one its very doubtful can be nullified by alternatives. Hysterical, the commentator pronounces the judgement.

A decades-long tradition of 99.8% rate of conviction for those apprehended for security offenses in the Palestinian Occupied Territories mocks Baliltis and other military judges attempts to explain the logic of their rulings. In the current Israeli tumultuous milieu, what needs explaining are the bungled 2 in a thousand cases. What further muddies the waters of the Israeli public discourse is the agility and casualness of liberal Israeli commentators in condemning the majoritys actions. One, for example, calling this ruling hysterical and the other equating it to Nazism.

But then little else happens: Israeli leftist crowds do not spill out into the streets; outraged feminists do not flood the military courts and Aheds high school age-mates do not mount sit-in demonstrations at their schools. Israeli settler ministers continue to vilify and oppress Palestinians, demanding harsher punishments for real and imagined infractions of military rules that infringe their liberty and restrict their free breathing. Zionism and fundamentalism continue to stalk the publics fervor to the point that one is at a loss what to expect next: public lynching or capital punishment for stone throwers.

As the clown procession continues, the rub of ugly counter-accusations of hysteria and Nazism wears our sensitivities thin. Like when reusing a threadbare old pair of jeans, our initial disdainful faint smiles at such ugly epitaphs wax into gleeful pride in joining the new fashion. The objections and wheezes of discomfort, the downcast eyes igno...


Ex-FBI Agent: NSA Unlikely to Be Punished for Illegal Data Destruction "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik January 27, 2018 WASHINGTON National Security Agency officials are unlikely to face any punishment or censure for defying a court order and destroying data they had broken the law to collect in the first place, former FBI special agent and whistleblower Colleen Rowley told Sputnik. The NSA was under court order to hold on to []


Merkel: Ongoing need to protect Jewish institutions a disgrace "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, German leader warns of rising anti-Semitism in country, calls to create position of anti-Semitism commissioner

German chancellor Angela Merkel looks on after addressing the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 24, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. (AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI)
German chancellor Angela Merkel looks on after addressing the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 24, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. (AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of rising anti-Semitism in her country on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, calling the need to protect Jewish buildings a disgrace.

It is important to remember the millions of Holocaust victims because recently, anti-Semitism, racism, and the hatred of others are more relevant, Merkel said in her weekly podcast on Saturday.

She said that schools, which already teach about the countrys Nazi past, need to work harder at that, especially so immigrant students from Arab countries will not exercise anti-Semitism.

She called it incomprehensible and a disgrace that no Jewish institution can exist without police security whether it is a school, a kindergarten, or a synagogue.

The chancellor also reaffirmed her support of creating the position of anti-Semitism commissioner in the next German government, if her party can finalize tortuous negotiations to forge a coalition.

The commissioner would be appointed to counter growing hate speech against Jews and Israel in German from both its home-grown far-right and some recent migrants in the Muslim community.

Israeli flags were burned in Berlin in December to protest the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The United...


Five arrests at the White House on Guantanamo anniversary "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rally and Arrests at the White House to Close Guantanamo Attorneys Files Major New Guantanamo Lawsuits Human rights activists, attorneys, ex-military investigators, faith leaders, and torture survivors rallied on January 11 at the White House to mark the 16th year of the operation of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where war on terror []


Israel Tries Arabic Outreach, Gets Mixed Response "IndyWatch Feed War"

Military deploys social media to spread anti-Iran message

IDFs Maj. Avichay Adraee holds a sign that reads: Hezbollah: Irans hand in Lebanon. The photo was a part of a social media exchange, with a fighter from Hezbollah. Photo: Israel Defense Forces


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As Saudi Arabia and Iran spar for influence across the Middle East, Israel is using the Arabic language to seek common ground with Tehrans enemies and sway its sympathizers.

The efforts have been met at times with hostility and ridiculein part because Maj. Avichay Adraee, the Israeli army spokesman leading the outreach, doesnt shy away from provocation.

Maj. Adraees recent output includes a Facebook post of image of Irans flag superimposed over the Gaza Strip and a Twitter video simulating an Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon, home of the Iran-backed group Hezbollah.

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A tweet from the Israeli militarys Arabic-language spokesman Maj. Avichay Adraee accuses Iran for dragging down Gaza, including the message that Iran will not care about the peoples it attempts to exert its influence over.

With 1.2 million followers on his Arabic Facebook page and more than 181,000 on Twitter, Maj. Adraee is the face of the Israeli messaging campaign. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued videos with Arabic subtitles denouncing Iran, and the foreign ministry routinely posts rosy images of Israeli-Arab coexistence for its own million-plus Arabic-language Facebook followers.

For Israel, which doesnt have diplomatic relations with most of its neighbors, social media has become a way to engage with Arabs and reinforce a growing alignment with Sunni Muslim A...


Drinking the Self-driving Car Kool-aid "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recently, a Tesla on autopilot slammed into a parked fire engine at 65 mph. It turns out that there was no malfunction. According to Teslas manual:

Traffic-Aware Cruise Control cannot detect all objects and may not brake/decelerate for stationary vehicles, especially in situations when you are driving over 50 mph (80 km/h) and a vehicle you are following moves out of your driving path and a stationary vehicle or object is in front of you instead.

So whereas any half way decent human driver would have braked and/or swerved to avoid the collision, Teslas smart car proceeded full-speed ahead.

Even if you choose not to buy a self-driving car, you or your loved ones could have been in that parked vehicle struck by a stupid smart car. This is not just about technophiles who want to be able to play World of Warcraft while speeding down the highwaythis technology is potentially dangerous to all road users and any deaths, injuries or property damage caused by this flawed technology should see the drivers, manufacturers and approving authorities prosecuted or suedno high-tech exemption!

It is not only Tesla; according to the Wired article referred at the start of this article:

Volvos semi-autonomous system, Pilot Assist, has the same shortcoming. Say the car in front of the Volvo changes lanes or turns off the road, leaving nothing between the Volvo and a stopped car. Pilot Assist will ignore the stationary vehicle and instead accelerate to the stored speed.

The article explains why these self-driving systems are engineered that way but blithely promises that in the future LIDAR (Light Identification Detection and ranging, which uses lasers) will replace and/or augment radar and cameras to solve this problem. However, one can discern the real agenda when it informs us that:

Lidars price and reliability problems are less of an issue when it comes to a taxi-like service, where a provider can amortize the cost over time and perform regular maintenance. But in todays cars, meant for average or modestly wealthy consumers, its a no-go.

Self-driving cars are a promising new profit center for auto and technology companies. They want to own personal and commercial road transportation which they will provide as a service (at a tidy profit, of course). They repeatedly argue that the technology is safer that using human drivers using flawed statistics while self driving cars...


Raymond Ibrahim: YouTube: Keeping Americans in the Dark on Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

In certain respects, the real struggle between Islam and the West has less to do with an inherently weak Islam and more to do with subversive Western elements that cover up for and empower Muhammads creed. Out-and-out censorship is one of these tactics. In a January 10 email titled, Were Suing Google Heres Why, []


Trump Officially Restores Cold War "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Eric Zuesse originally at On January 20th, CBS News bannered Terrorism no longer the militarys top priority, Mattis says and opened: There is a major change in U.S. military strategy. On Friday, more than 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said terrorism is no longer the No. 1 priority. The report said, Maintaining a military advantage over China and Russia is now Defense Secretary Mattis top priority. On January 18th, the Trump Administration had issued its crucial document about how it will implement Americas national defense from now on. This document, the National Defense Strategy 2018, represents a continuation of U.S. President Barack Obamas vision and intentions, but extends Obamas hostility toward Russia, by adding Trumps hostility toward China. In December 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump had issued his National Security Strategy 2018 (the NSS2018); but, in keeping with his prior commitment to leaving to the generals the implementation of his national security policy, the Pentagon has now issued this National Defense Strategy 2018 (the NDS2018), which is


Turkish Army Makes New Gains North Of Afrin City (Map, Photos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkish Army Makes New Gains North Of Afrin City (Map, Photos)

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On January 27, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the village of Ali Bakki, Point 740 and a training camp of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in Rajo district north of the city of Afrin, according to Turkeys Anadolu Agency. The news agency added that Turkish forces killed ten fighters of the YPG during its advance.

Turkish Army Makes New Gains North Of Afrin City (Map, Photos)

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Turkish Army Makes New Gains North Of Afrin City (Map, Photos)

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U.S. Spreads Chaos In The Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. imperialisms deteriorating position in the Middle East was confirmed on Jan. 16 by Secretary of State Rex Tillersons bold assertion for U.S. plans in Syria. The arrogant statement was followed, within hours, by almost immediate backpedaling. Tillersons talk at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University confirmed that the only hope of maintaining U.S. domination is another desperate attempt to close all borders and dismember the entire region. But the latest plan has also created a rupture in NATO, the oldest and largest U.S.-commanded military alliance. Meanwhile, Turkish planes bombed 100 positions in Syria of U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG forces (the Kurdish acronym for Peoples Protection Units) on Jan. 21. As the war in Syria stretches into the seventh year, Tillerson grandly announced the U.S. military will remain in Syria indefinitely.


Tillerson says Washington, Europe start work on Iran nuclear deal Our work group also is intending to identify areas of greater cooperation (with) Europe to push back on Irans malign behaviour. "IndyWatch Feed War"

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the Warsaw Ghetto monument in Warsaw, Poland January 27, 2018. REUTERS-Kacper Pempel

By Lidia Kelly and Marcin Goettig

WARSAW (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Saturday that working groups on fixing what the U.S. sees as flaws in the Iranian nuclear deal have already begun to meet, trying to determine the scope of what is needed and how much Iran needs to be engaged in it.

Tillerson, ending a week-long European trip in Warsaw, said that he had secured support from Britain, France and Germany all parties to the 2015 agreement to work on the deal that President Donald Trump has warned he will walk away from unless changes are made.

Its always darkest before the dawn, Tillerson told journalists. The working groups have already begun to meet on efforts to agree principles, what is the scope of what we attempt to address and also how much we engage Iran on discussions to address these issues, he said.

The nuclear deal gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in return for curbs on its atomic program.

Trump vowed to stop waiving U.S. sanctions unless the Europeans agreed to strengthen the deals terms by consenting to a side agreement that would effectively eliminate provisions that allow Iran to gradually resume some advanced atomic work. Trump also wants tighter restrictions on Irans ballistic missile program.

Iran has rejected any renegotiation.

Tillerson said the nuclear deal was only a small part of U.S. policy in the Middle East and Washington was more immediately concerned about other issues including Irans support for the Houthi rebels in Yemen and its supplying weapons to militias in the region.

Our work group also is intending to identify areas of greater cooperation (with) Europe to push back on Irans malign behaviour, he said.



Radiohead and Nick Cave sing with the caged birds "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last summer Radiohead played Tel Aviv, and when fans at a Glasgow gig waved Palestinian flags to protest the event, the bands frontman, Thom Yorke, lashed out, muttering on stage, Some fucking people. Months later, Nick Cave accused Palestinian human rights supporters of bullying and silencing artists like himself for crossing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) picket line. Frank Barat wonders if the imprisonment of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi for five weeks now for slapping an Israeli soldier occupying her village might cause the artists to reflect. Ed.

Some fucking people! You try to engage them but they wont listen. And who would who could? with the deafening chi-ching ringing in their ears. Are they aware of Ahed Tamimis brave actions and the cost of them to this 16-year-old, her family, and the 349 or so other Palestinian children locked up in Israeli prisons whove stood up to their occupiers? A few days ago, 13-year old Razan Abu Sal got four months for allegedly throwing stones at her occupiers. These artists have earned enough from their Israel gigs to cover the legal fees for every single Palestinian child held by Israel and their bail, for the few who are released on bail. Though these families would probably tell them: It is your solidarity we need, not your charity.

And there was Nick saying that he was fed up of being bullied and silenced by BDS bullies like Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Ken Loach and dozens of other artists, so much so that he felt it a duty to play Israel. Well, Nick, your hosts have silenced a 16 year old who has shown more moral courage and conviction in her 16 years than you ever have. Theyre preparing to throw the book at her, a book so mendacious that it has a near-100% conviction rate. Its to teach her a lesson and any Palestinians like her who dares respond to daily injustice, violence and humiliation with anything other than total subordination. Hell hath no fury like an occupier humiliated. Israels education ministe...


ICE Is About to Start Tracking License Plates Across the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: The Verge: The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians. []


Saudi Arabia fifth relief campaign to Yemens Al-Fasht and Balkan islanders "IndyWatch Feed War"

The islands are located near Midi port in the Hajjah province. It was fifth relief campaign carried out for the two islands, and it reached 43 families comprising 205 individuals. (Saudi Press Agency)



Water Warriors, Puyallup Tribe & Tacoma Residents Seek To Pass Resolution Opposing Fracked Gas Plant "IndyWatch Feed War"

Currently, Puget Sound Energy, the company building the plant, has been building a massive fracked gas storage facility at the Port of Tacoma without obtaining all of its permits for construction and have not engaged in consultation, nor received consent, from the Puyallup Tribe whose lands the facility is being built upon. PSE, who is owned by Canadian and Australian investors, wants to build a 140 foot, 8 million gallon LNG storage tank with production capability of 500,000 gallons LNG per day. LNG is fracked natural gas in a liquid state. To reach the liquid state, the fracked gas is cooled to -260 degrees Fahrenheit (F). The fracked gas LNG plant has been subject to intense protest for the past year and a half.


14 Malian soldiers killed in attack on camp: army "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File / by Serge DANIEL | Malian soldiers, part of the joint G5 Sahel military force, sit in a vehicle as they patrol in central Mali on November 2, 2017

BAMAKO (AFP)  Fourteen Malian soldiers were killed and 18 wounded on Saturday in an attack on their camp in Malis restive north, the army said, while military sources told AFP jihadists were responsible.Malis deteriorating security situation is of growing concern as Al-Qaeda-linked groups mount increasingly deadly attacks on domestic and foreign forces, and the countrys president on Saturday cancelled his visit to an African summit.

The Malian armed forces were attacked early this morning, around 4am, in Soumpi (Timbuktu region). We have recorded 14 dead, 18 wounded and material damage, a statement from the military posted on social media said.

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A military source based in Bamako had told AFP the men were killed during a cowardly terrorist attack on the Soumpi camp.

The local official confirmed the death toll, and said five wounded men were transferred to the town of Niafunke for medical treatment.

The Soumpi incident comes two days after 26 civilians including mothers and babies were killed when their vehicle ran over a landmine in Boni, central Mali, according to a UN death toll.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had cancelled planned travel to the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to visit Boni on Saturday, he said in a tweet.

The UN Security Council said it condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack, referring to Thursdays incident.

Armed groups under scrutiny

Islamic extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the desert north of Mali in early 2012, but were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.

In June 2015, Malis government signed a peace agreement with coalitions of non-jihadist armed groups. But Islamist insurgents remain active, and large tracts of the country are lawless.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a French-drafted statement giving parties to the 2015 peace deal until the end of March to show progre...


New Hampshire: Despite having no permits, mosque opens in single-family home "IndyWatch Feed War"

Creeping Sharia sums it up:The sentinelsource.coms Paul Cuno-Booth calls it a permitting hiccup. We call it zoning jihad. Its a tactic employed by Muslims across the U.S.: Buy a property, build a mosque without getting the proper zoning approvals or permits, deceive your neighbors, then cry Islamophobia when the city at the behest of []


Looking Into 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

January 25, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  Military analyst, The Saker, takes a look at war or no war in 2018; neocons back in power; neocon threats to the rest of the world; National Security Strategy of the US; US broadside against Pakistan; US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital will contribute to the dissolution of the empire; end of US wars on the cheap employing special forces; US has lost the war in Syria checkmated by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah; US cannot put boots on the ground; attacks on Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria; myths about war with the DPRK; nuclear deal with Iran will be abrogated; US backing Kiev Nazis against the Donbass; Afghanistan surge; Western propaganda machine no longer effective...


Thinking Freedom: Achieving The Impossible Collectively "IndyWatch Feed War"

I dont think we should make power the starting point for thinking emancipation, particularly a binary notion of power. Whether you are talking about power or counter-power, you are starting from an idea of peoples interests and identities rather than from an idea of universal emancipation. And you end up talking about states and how we relate to them rather than defining human universality in our own terms. Of course, power is always involved in the arenas and sites where politics takes place. I am concerned, however, that once we use categories of power, even if it is to think about a different way of addressing power, we end up using words and thinking through categories that are not helpful because they are categories through which the state itself thinks.


London: Number of prosecutions of honor killings and forced marriages appallingly low "IndyWatch Feed War"

Of course. The Metropolitan Polices foremost priority is not to enforce the law, or to bring justice to the victims of honor violence and forced marriage. It is to avoid appearing Islamophobic, and since Muslims are the primary perpetrators of both of these crimes, the number of prosecutions is going to remain appallingly low until []


Resistance Within The World Economic Forum "IndyWatch Feed War"

The World Economics Forum (WEF) brings thousands of world political and business leaders to Davos to exchange information. Over 1000 private jets land in this ski resort polluting the air and bringing in the CEOs of the largest companies, presidents, kings, and prime ministers to plot how to get richer at the expense of the poor. Thousands attend. In the 2006 Davos meeting I managed to get an article titled "Boycott Israel" in the official magazine distributed to all delegates. After complaints from some who do not believe in free speech (because the truth is to their disadvantage), Klaus Schwab Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF swiftly interrupted the meetings to issue a public apology...


The Alarming Reason Israeli and Palestinian Activists Are Growing Closer "IndyWatch Feed War"



Israeli freedom of speech is being called into question, and thats pretty ironic

From Mai Dana's video.From Mai Danas video.From Youtube

Whats the exact measure of Israeli democracy these days? For that, its helpful to get a reading through the lens of a Palestinian.

Mai Dana lives in Hebron. Late on a winters night in February 2015, Israeli soldiers entered her home. For Palestinians in the West Bank, this is an everyday part of life: As the Order Regarding Security Provisions stipulates, An officer or a soldier is authorized to enter, at any time, any place No search warrant is required, no legal standards such as probable cause or reasonable suspicion are even relevant.

In occupied Palestine, Giorgio Agambens constant state of exception is not philosophy: It is reality. In fact, this reality has been going on for 50 years, almost double 26-year-old Danas lifetime. To fully grasp its meaning, one need only watch the video she took that night, when soldiers barged into her home, demanding that her young children be awakened.



What Happens When Wall Street Becomes Your Landlord? "IndyWatch Feed War"

When Jos Rivera moved into his house, he thought he was on the path to home ownership. But after several years and more than $90,000 in rent, he cant even get his landlord to fix the broken pipe that leaked raw sewage into his home. Riveras landlord is Colony Starwood Homes, a rental giant backed by Wall Street investment firms. When he first told the company about his leaky pipe, they cleaned the carpet, but left the sewage issue alone. When the pipe leaked again, Rivera filed another complaint and five days later, he received a notice to vacate. Rivera is just one of the many renters highlighted in a just-released report looking at the new face of financialization in the housing market. The report is authored by three consumer advocacy and housing rights groups the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Americans for Financial Reform, and Public Advocates.


Mexican Marines Executed Three U.S. Citizens "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Newsweek: Three U.S. siblings found dead in Mexico in 2014 were executed by Mexican marines and a border mayors paramilitary security team, the countrys National Human Rights Commission said Thursday. Erica Alvarado Salinas, 26, Alex Alvarado, 22, and Jose Angel Alvarado, 21, all American citizens, disappeared on October 13, 2014, while visiting their father []


Afghanistan: Islamic jihadis murder 63, wound 151 with bomb hidden in ambulance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Want to know what Europe will be like in 20 years? This. Huge blast leaves at least 63 dead and 151 wounded after bomb hidden in ambulance explodes in Kabul, by Toby Meyjes, Mirror, January 27, 2018: A powerful bomb blast has left at least 63 dead and 151 injured after an ambulance packed with []


Instead Of Davos, Here Is What The Wealthy Should DO "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over a thousand private jets have landed at the Swiss mountain ski resort of Davos, where the planets elected presidents and unelected financial rulers have gathered for the World Economic Forum. There, they discuss the fate of the world. Among those attending are billionaire investors and CEOs of global companieswhich is one of the reasons why Donald Trump, the first US president to attend the gathering in 20 years, also made the trip. Beneath the glitz, the gathering features star-studded panels on how businesses and governments can solve the worlds problems. This years program calls for new efforts toward developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world. To those gathered this coming week in Davos, heres another idea: Come home. And bring your wealth with you.


Wearing a Pretend God Helmet Fooled Spiritual People Into Proclaiming Mystical Experiences "IndyWatch Feed War"

They ought to try to convince the test subjects that jet fuel can melt steel. Via: Newsweek: The God helmet is an odd-looking psychology tool that can evoke mystical experiences in wearers akin to religious visionsdespite being nothing more than an elaborate hat. The helmet is purely a placebo and new research shows that self-proclaimed []


Merkel warns of rising anti-Semitism on Holocaust Day It is inconceivable and shameful that no Jewish institution can exist without police protection "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it is inconceivable and shameful that no Jewish institution can exist without police protection

BERLIN (AFP)  German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of rising anti-Semitism in her country on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, calling the need to protect Jewish buildings shameful.It is important to remember the millions of Holocaust victims because anti-Semitism, racism and the hatred of others are more relevant recently, Merkel said in her weekly podcast on Saturday.

It is inconceivable and shameful that no Jewish institution can exist without police protection, whether it is a school, a kindergarten or a synagogue, she said.

The chancellor also reaffirmed her support of creating the position of anti-Semitism commissioner in the next German government, if her party can finalise tortuous negotiations to forge a coalition.

The commissioner would be appointed to counter growing hate speech against Jews and Israel in German from both its home-grown far-right and some recent migrants in the Muslim community.

Israeli flags were burnt in Berlin in December to protest the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The United Nations in 2007 designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to mark the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps.


India, ASEAN call for binding code of conduct in South China Sea After China built up seven sea locations Chinese lake International law ignored; So how would a binding code work? "IndyWatch Feed War"

This handout photo taken on Jan. 25, 2018 and released by the Indian Press Information Bureau shows Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) posing in a group photograph with the ASEAN Heads of State/Governments during the The ASEAN India Commemorative Summit, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host 10 Southeast Asian leaders as guests of honour at Indias Republic Day celebrations as New Delhi seeks to blunt Chinas influence in the region. AFP/Handout

NEW DELHI India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have called for the completion of a binding code of conduct for parties in the South China Sea in the face of Chinas aggressive expansion in the region.

In a joint statement issued after their commemorative summit here, India and ASEAN reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace, freedom of navigation and overflight in the region and peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law.

In this regard, we support the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and look forward to an early conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC), the joint statement dubbed as Delhi Declaration read.

India and ASEAN vowed to work together on common regional and international security issues and ensure an open, transparent, inclusive and rules-based regional architecture. The South Asian country and the regional bloc also renewed their commitment to strengthen maritime cooperation through mechanisms like the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum.

China claims historic rights over about 90 percent of the South China Sea, where about $5-trillion worth of goods pass through every year. The expansive claim is being disputed by Tai...


Sweden: 71-year-old man prosecuted for hate speech for criticizing Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

Because of Muslim migrants, Sweden has a skyrocketing crime rate, and some heavily Muslim areas are practically war zones. And this what theyre prosecuting. 71-year-old Denny called out Islam for being a fascist ideology prosecuted for hate speech, translated from 71-rige Denny kallade islam fr fascistisk ideologi talas fr hets mot folkgrupp, Samhllsnytt, []


Robert Steele: In Japan 15-22 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Robert David Steele, former CIA spy specializing in counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber-espionage, recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, will be in Japan 15-22 February as a guest of Benjamin Fulford. Steele, who is also a top reviewer for non-fiction reading in 98 categories with over 2,500 published reviews, is the foremost published critic of US secret intelligence and US financial, military, and food & drug crimes against humanity. He is the father of the modern Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) discipline, the primary proponent for Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE), and in the process of collecting key minds to build the post-Western, post-Google Internet. A prolific author with many books on intelligence honored by legislators and international intelligence leaders, he has personally lectured over 7,500 mid-career intelligence officers and his videos have reached millions. He would be glad to be of service while visiting Japan, to any organization desiring to host him. Learn more about him at


Londons Muslim mayor invests in police hunt against offensive communication amid violent crime surge "IndyWatch Feed War"

Once again, London mayor Sadiq Khan is promoting an irresponsible brand of diversity over the interests of Londoners. Despite the surge in violent crime overtaking England and Wales and Britains multicultural capital, in particular, Sadiq Khan is blaming the surge in recorded violent crime on falling police numbers. However, guess where he intends to allocate more []


Jon Rapport: Should FDA Be Charged with Murder? Or Labeled a Domestic Terrorist Organization? Is the Fake News Media (CNN, NYT, CBS, ABC, LAT) an Accessory to Murder? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jon Rappoport

Why the FDA should be charged with murder

If you worked for a federal agency that was killing people at the rate of 100,000 a year, every year, like clockwork, and if you knew it, wouldnt you feel compelled to say or do something about it?

Lets shift the venue and ask the same question. If you were a medical reporter for a major media outlet in the US, and you knew the above fact, wouldnt you make it a priority to say something, write something, do something?

Im talking about people like Sanjay Gupta (CNN, CBS), Gina Kolata (NY Times), Tim Johnson (ABC News), and Thomas Maugh II (LA Times).

Since the Department of Homeland Security is working its way into every nook and corner of American life, hyper-extending its mandate to protect all of us from everything, why shouldnt the DHS investigate the FDA as a terrorist organization?

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Jean Marc Manach: NSA Deletes Honesty and Openness from Its Core Values "IndyWatch Feed War"

NSA Deletes Honesty and Openness From Core Values

The Intercept, 24 January 2018

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE:  Bill Binney and I have agreed that 70% of the NSA budget can be eliminated immediately.  NSA does not have a legislative charter, the President can shut it down and move the surviving 30% to CIA with an Executive Order.

I strongly support both the restoration of integrity and intelligence to CIA and the use of signals intelligence to provide direct daily tactical support to clandestine operations overseas and counterintelligence operations at home (not actually done, a few politicized incidences aside).

It merits comment that buried in the NSAs database (99% of which has not been processed) are evidentiary materials that would be helpful to the President in re-possessing the $21 trillion stolen from the public via Pentagon what Jeff St. Claire has called Grand Theft Pentagon.


Tikkun Magazine "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Destructive Power of Nationalism

Eric D. Weitz
A review of:
Anatomy of a Genocide:
The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz
by Omer Bartov
Simon & Schuster, 2018

"Human life is cheap" in Casablanca, says Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt) to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in the renowned film. In Buczacz, human life was cheap, and then some --  expendable, worthless, targeted for obliteration. As Omer Bartov shows in his extraordinary new book, Buczacz, an isolated, backwater town in what is today western Ukraine, was crisscrossed by all the pathologies of twentieth-century political movements. The consequences were  devastating for the inhabitants, Jews especially, but Ukrainians and Poles as well. Not that they were the passive victims of abstract political forces or of the actions of the major powers, Habsburg Austria, Imperial and Nazi Germany, and Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, that variously dominated the town and region. Perhaps the prime achievement of this book is that Bartov brings to life the people of Buczacz and shows their involvement in mass murder on a devastating scale, including some Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. No one could be a mere bystander amid the various occupations and destructions of two world wars and hyperactive Ukrainian nationalism, Polish nationalism, Soviet communism, and Zionism. Precious few were the heroes and heroines in Buczacz.
Bartov has pored over diaries, letters, interviews, trial transcripts, Jewish memorial books, and more on four continents (even Australia shows up) in an array of languages -- German, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, English. The sources mirror the town. Buczacz, until 1945, was a classic East European multiconfessional, multilingual, and multiethnic place. Bartov, true to his purpose, tells us, in effect, that if we want to understand how the Holocaust occurred, we need to deploy all these languages and sources over decades and centuries.
The town'...


VN Ambassadeur Syri, het ontwerp vredes voorstel is onacceptabel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bashar Al-Jaafari, VN Ambassadeur Syri, het ontwerp vredes voorstel is onacceptabel

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor UN peace process for Syria fac rose cartoon

Wenen, Oostenrijk (UN, IAEA): Syri heeft het (ontwerp vredes-voorstel) document over de herleving van het politieke (vredes) proces van Genve volledig verworpen, omdat het in tegenspraak is met alle internationale resoluties en de onderhandelingen van Genve en  Sochi ondermijnt.
In een persconferentie aan het einde van de bijeenkomst, in Wenen, zei Bashar al-Jaafari dat de Syrische delegatie constructieve besprekingen heeft gevoerd met de speciale gezant van de VN  Staffan de Mistura.
We gebruikten de bijeenkomst om veel vragen te beantwoorden, vooral met betrekking tot de vredes besprekingen in Sochi, Rusland zei al-Jaafari, eraan toevoegend dat de resultaten van het congres het resultaat zullen zijn van de dialoog tussen de Syrirs zelf.
Hij legde uit dat het doel van Sochi, een...


Stuur Ahed een verjaardags kaartje "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anoniem heeft een nieuwe reactie op je post "Chris Hedges: Resist Internet Censorship" achtergelaten: 

Stuur Ahed een verjaardags kaartje voordat haar proces op 31 januari door de bezetters in bezet Palestina begint.



The Rich Also Cry "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Rich Also Cry


Switzerland: Muslim migrants behave like movie stars, want expensive clothes, dont integrate "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Switzerland, a country that does not know 90% of the identities of asylum seekers, its refugees behave like movie stars, expect expensive clothes, and refuse to integrate. It is because nothing is expected of them, so they continue their sharia norms, which includes the concept of the jizya, in which inferior infidels pay up: []


Why Is the Hawaii 'Button Pusher' Not Cooperating "IndyWatch Feed War"

JAN 26, 2018

Why Is the Hawaii 'Button Pusher' Not Cooperating in Investigations?

A smartphone screen capture shows a false missile alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Jan. 13. (Marco Garcia / AP)
People want to understand what happened at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) on Jan. 13, but Hawaiis missile alert scareremains a bit of a mystery.


Hillary Clinton Raped The Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

JAN 26, 2018

Hillary Clinton Shielded Adviser Accused of Sexual Harassment in '08

Hillary Clinton in 2007. (Charles Dharapak / AP)
Hillary Clinton shielded a senior adviser to her 2008 presidential campaign when he was accused of sexually harassing another one of her staff members, a new report by The New York Times reveals. The faith adviser to Clinton, Burns Strider, underwent counseling and lost several weeks of pay but was not removed from his position despite recommendations that he be fired.


USAF Is Jamming GPS In The Western U.S. For Largest Ever Red Flag Air War Exercise "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: The Drive: The years first iteration of the USAFs premier set of aerial war games, known commonly as Red Flag, is kicking off today at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas, but this exercise will be different than any in the past. Not only is it the largest of its kind []


Leading member of halted Egyptian presidential campaign attacked and injured "IndyWatch Feed War"


A spokesman said Hisham Genena left his home outside Cairo when two cars stopped him and a group of men attacked him


Detained Saudi billionaire Alwaleed confident his troubles will end soon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal spoke to Reuters at his suite in Riyadhs Ritz-Carlton hotel. (File photo: Reuters)



US to end weapons support for Syrian Kurdish YPG, Turkey says "IndyWatch Feed War"


The move to end US weapons support for the YPG comes eight days into a Turkish offensive into Northern Syria


Turkey invades Afrin: the Kurds lose again "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog After weeks of belligerent rhetoric and preparations, Turkey finally invaded Afrin last week. It came as no surprise that Turkey would go for this vulnerable Kurdish-held region in north-western Syria first. So how does this affect the war? Previous Turkish incursions have been limited and aimed at stopping what []


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Several dead as US air strike hits Iraqi forces by mistake "IndyWatch Feed War"


Andrew Caballero-Reynolds, AFP file picture | An F/A-18E fighter jet lands on the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier on October 26, 2017


Latest update : 2018-01-27

Eight Iraqis were killed on Saturday, most of them security personnel, in a US air strike that apparently targeted them by mistake, a provincial official said.

Eight people a senior intelligence official, five policemen and a woman were killed by a US strike on the centre of Al-Baghdadi, a town in western Iraq, the official said, asking not to be identified.

It seems the strike was a mistake, the official said of the incident in the Euphrates Valley town, adjacent to the Ain al-Asad airbase 250 kilometres (160 miles) west of the capital.

The dead were travelling in a convoy which had been deployed to support an operation against suspected Islamic State group militants in the area.

The strike destroyed most of the vehicles in the convoy and also wounded 20 people, including the towns police chief, who was in a serious condition, the provincial official said.

Iraqs Joint Operations Command, which coordinates the campaign against IS, said it had ordered a special forces raid in the town after receiving intelligence of a meeting to be attended by terrorist commander Karim al-Samarmad.

It said it had requested air support from the international coalition.

Once the terrorist was arrested and while troops were carrying out searches, a grenade was thrown from an adjacent building.

As the special forces troops returned to base, they ran into a convoy of police and paramilitaries of the Hashed al-Shaabi auxiliary force that had been sent to support them.

The convoy was composed of pick-up trucks and the returning forces mistook them for jihadists and called in a coalition air strike, the JOC said.

An inquiry has been opened.


Paris braces for peak flooding as Seine rises "IndyWatch Feed War"

Water levels in the Seine River have kept on rising, endangering basements and tunnels in the French capital. The famed Louvre has closed its bottom floor as a precaution, and transport has been disrupted.

Street lamp and tree half-submerged (Reuters/C. Hartmann)

Parisians were on Saturday preparing for the Seine River to rise further as it approached peak levels, with forecasters warning that flood danger both in the French capital and other regions could stay high for the next week.

The Vigicrues flooding agency says the Seine will top out at 5.8 to 6 meters (19 to 19.7 feet) between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Read more: Act now to protect millions from floods study

Although that is below the 6.2 meters reached two years ago, when two people in the Paris area died and several were injured in flooding, it could still cause problems for transport and those living on the rivers banks.

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Paris Zouave soldier statue at the Pont dAlma in Paris

Flooding in Paris (Reuters/P. Rossignol)The Zouave soldier statue at the Pont dAlma is used by Parisians as a flooding gauge

City authorities have closed several tunnels, parks and the bottom floor of the Louvre Museum as precautionary measures, and the Musee dOrsay and the Orangerie are on high alert.

Roads on the river banks have also been closed to traffic, and seven train stations alongside the river have been shut down. River traffic has been suspended, disappointing tourists eager to take sightseeing cruises.

Other regions worse affected

Because the Seine flow...


Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal released from detention in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"


The Saudi prince had been held in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh since November over corruption charges

Why Europe Must Reject US Blackmail over Iran's Nuclear Agreement "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administration has threatened to end the nuclear deal with Iran. In our last post we argued in detail that the attempt of the European 3, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, to soothe Trump by condemning Iran's ballistic missiles is itself a breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.


Syria accuses US of supporting ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

By  News Desk   27/01/2018 Syrias Permanent Representative to the United Nations and head of the Syrian government delegation to the intra-Syrian talks Bashar al-Jaafari has accused the United States of supporting Islamic State (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia). How can a country like the United States, which has given birth to Islamic State, which []


Syria opposition to boycott Russian peace talks Some charging the Russia, Iran and Turkey are seeking to undermine the UN-backed talks Difficult to find a beacon of freedom in the east. "IndyWatch Feed War"


At separate conference in Vienna, UN envoy expresses immense frustration at lack of progress on a political settlement

Yahya al-Aridi, representative for the Syrian Negotiations Commision (SNC), arrives at the United Nations Office in Vienna on January 26, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / ALEX HALADA)
Yahya al-Aridi, representative for the Syrian Negotiations Commision (SNC), arrives at the United Nations Office in Vienna on January 26, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / ALEX HALADA)

VIENNA, Austria  Syrias main opposition group on Friday said it would boycott Russian peace talks next week in a major blow to Moscows diplomatic efforts towards resolving the brutal seven-year conflict.

Russia has not succeeded in promoting its conference, the opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission (SNC) said on its Twitter account.

The SNC has decided not to participate at Sochi after marathon negotiations with the UN and representatives of countries involved in Syria.

Dozens of rebel groups had already refused to join the talks in the Black Sea resort next Monday and Tuesday organized by the Syrian regimes powerful ally Moscow, and the question of whether the main opposition would attend has overshadowed two days of separate UN-backed peace talks in Vienna.

Those talks stretched late into Friday night, with both regime officials and the SNC meeting separately with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura who did not strike an especially optimistic tone after the gruelling negotiations.

As with eight previous rounds of failed UN-backed talks in Geneva, there was no sign that the warring sides had met face to face at dis...


Italy in arms: from the Baltic to Africa , by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed War"

When Nato Member States use force to occupy foreign states, they are always ready with some excuse. It is to support them. Italy is not derogating from this rule. From the Baltics to Africa, the Italian presence is virtually felt throughout.


U.S. GDP Grew 2.6% at Year End, Extending Strong Stretch Federal Reserve predicts 2.5% growth again in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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U.S. President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 26, 2018


By Josh Mitchell
The Wall Street Journal
Updated Jan. 26, 2018 3:32 p.m. ET

Eight years into what has been an unexpectedly slow expansion, the U.S. economy appears to have picked up steam.

Business executives have reported solid quarterly earnings in recent weeks and pointed optimistically to investment and hiring plans for 2018, supported in part by federal tax cuts. Stock prices keep churning higher. And on Friday the Commerce Department reported that U.S. economic output remained on an above-trend path in the final three months of last year.

Gross domestic productthe value of goods and services produced in the U.S.rose at a 2.6% annual rate in the fourth quarter, the government said. That didnt match the second and third quarters above-3% growth rates, but it exceeded the 2% average that has prevailed since the early 2000s. Output grew 2.5% in 2017 as a whole, the most in three years, and the Federal Reserve predicts 2.5% growth again in 2018.

That puts the economy in unusual territory: not quite booming, but still gaining momentum deep into an expansion. The growth cycle that began in mid-2009 already ranks as the third-longest ever and is set to become the second-longest this spring. Rather than fizzling, the expansion is being spurred on by robust consumer spending and business investment. It isnt near the vigor of the late 1990s, but that was the last time growth clearly accelerated this deep into an expansion.

We dont have a lot of history to guide us here, said Richard Moody, chief economist of Regions Financial Corp. It is unusual to see what looks to be a strong acceleration this late in the cycle.


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Investors cheered the latest evidence of an economy that wont quit, driving up the Dow Jones Industrial Average by more than 100 points, or 0.4%, at midday....



Something is going on in the world of gold, if these two articles shared by Ms. K.M., and Mr. P.K., are any indicator, and

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UK: Muslim Brotherhood interests alarmed by choice of new Muslim anti-extremism chief "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a rather interesting twist from the UK, known for its aiding of Muslim Brotherhood interests, persecuting truth tellers, and its suicidal immigration policy: The government has been criticized for appointing a divisive counter-extremism campaigner to lead a fresh campaign to stamp out radicalism in Muslim communities. Sara Khan will lead the new Commission for []


Casino mogul Steve Wynn denies sexual harassment report As the value of his company is going down GOP fundraiser and Trump supporter Massachusetts Gaming Commission is now opening an investigation into Wynn Boston Harbor "IndyWatch Feed War"

University of Iowa vision center named for him after $25M gift


(File photo) The audience applauds Steven Dezii (left) and Steve Wynn at a commemoration ceremony for the naming of the University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research and the Steven W. Dezii Translational Vision Research Facility on Oct. 18, 2013, in Iowa City. Wynn donated $25 million to the university for the research building with a mission of preventing and curing blindness. Dezii is Wynns longtime business partner and director of his charitable organization. (Gazette photo)

(File photo) The audience applauds Steven Dezii (left) and Steve Wynn at a commemoration ceremony for the naming of the University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research and the Steven W. Dezii Translational Vision Research Facility on Oct. 18, 2013, in Iowa City. Wynn donated $25 million to the university for the research building with a mission of preventing and curing blindness. Dezii is Wynns longtime business partner and director of his charitable organization. (Gazette photo)

Billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn strongly denied a report Friday in the Wall Street Journal that he had sexually harassed and assaulted women for years.

The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous, Wynn said in a statement to Reuters.

Wynn Resorts shares were down about 8.5 percent to $183.56 in afternoon trading after the article appeared.

The Journal reported that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement with a manicurist.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Wynn blamed his former wife for orchestrating a smear campaign against him, However, according to the AP, the Journal sought out more than 150 people who had worked for Wynn in researching the story.

While Wynn is most famous for helping rebuild the Las Vegas Strip in the 1990s and serving as finance chair of the Republican National Committee, he was received with acclaim in 2013 after making a $25 million contribution to the University of Iowa.

The university established the UI Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research after the businessman made the gift commitment toward the mission of preventing and curing blindness.

Wynn lost his vision from a rare inherited eye disease and thus became familiar with the universitys work and expertise in vision research.

Edwin Stone, who directs the institute, said Wynns...



South Front The Syrian military is deploying reinforcements to northern Hama and eastern Idlib reportedly preparing to launch a military operation to clear the militant-held pocket there. According to pro-government sources, additional units of Liwa al-Quds and the Qalamoun Shield Forces have already been deployed there. The liberation of the pocket will allow the Syrian []


Syria"s Experience: the Russian TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower Is Unique and Indispensable "IndyWatch Feed War"

The TOS-1A is a very effective tool when conducting anti-ambush missions, which makes it a perfect weapon to use against terrorists.


Kushner Firm Sued by Tenants Ordered to Reveal Who Partners Are "IndyWatch Feed War"

Kushner Firm Sued by Tenants Ordered to Reveal Who Partners Are


By Peter Blumberg

January 26, 2018, 9:41 PM EST
Jared Kushner

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A rental apartment management firm run by presidential adviser Jared Kushners family was ordered by a federal judge to disclose the identities of its business partners in an ongoing lawsuit filed by Maryland tenants.

At the behest of media organizations, U.S. District Judge James Bredar in Baltimore ruled Friday that Westminster Managements desire to keep the names secret is outweighed by the public interest in the class-action case. Westminster is accused of charging tenants illegal fees on top of the monthly rent, then threatening to evict them if they dont pay.

Before joining the administration, Kushner was chief executive officer of the Kushner Cos. Kushner, who is married to Trumps daughter, Ivanka, divested his interest in his familys business when he joined the administration. He isnt named as a defendant in the case.

Bredar directed Westminster Management to file an unsealed document identifying its partners by Feb. 9.


Saudi Arabia Moves Elites to Prison, Threatens Trial "IndyWatch Feed War"


al Hayer prison  Faisal Al Nasser/REUTERS (al Hayer prison)


Updated Jan. 26, 2018 5:00 p.m. ET

Saudi Arabias crown prince is stepping up pressure on detained members of the countrys elite resisting his demands for billions of dollars in paymentsmoving them from a luxury hotel to prison, according to people familiar with the move, and threatening them with prosecution.

The kingdom has wrested about $100 billion from most of the 350 Saudi royals and prominent business people arrested in what the Saudi leader has said is a corruption purge, Saudi officials said.

The public prosecutors office said this week that officials were moving ahead with plans for trials of 95 holdouts who were still detained and have declined to pay what the government describes as financial settlements.

The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. Credit Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Many detained Saudi elites have been moved from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh,  to al Hayer prison to the south of the city.

The number of detainees has been dropping as the negotiations continue. Saudi officials have said they want to make financial deals rather than prosecute, and initially calculated that they could confiscate over $800 billion in assets.

But rich Saudis have long parked much of their wealth outside the country, putting it out of reach of authorities who would have to overcome legal hurdles and secrecy protections to seize it.

The Saudi leadership is now realizing that you cant just press the button give me the money because theres no such button in the first place, said a Europe-based financial adviser with clients detained in Saudi Arabia.

Among the holdouts are Prince Turki bin Abdullah, son of the late King Abdullah, and Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the worlds richest men and holder of stakes in companies including Twitter Inc. and Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts...


US tells Turkey it will end weapons support for Syrian Kurdish YPG: Anadolu "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Syrian rebel-fighter stands in the Tal Malid area, north of Aleppo, as he watches smoke billow from a Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) position in the area of Afrin, on January 20, 2018. (AFP)
ANKARA: The United States has told Turkey it will not provide any more weapons to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish state media said on Saturday, as Turkeys offensive by against the US-backed YPG...


Modi Resets India"s Foreign-Policy Priorities "IndyWatch Feed War"

Indias economic diplomacy bounced back to center stage this week after a prolonged absence of more than three years, when it made a robust appearance at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday and New Delhi hosted a special ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on Thursday.


Of All Threats Facing Israel, Army Believes Palestinian Front Is the Most Volatile "IndyWatch Feed War"


A new document outlining the strategy of the Israel Defense Forces describes Israels three largest threats, and its best asset

An IDF tank on the Lebanon border, January 25, 2015.

The most current document outlining the strategy of the Israel Defense Forces, distributed within the army about two months ago, described the Palestinian arena as potentially the most volatile from Israels perspective. But in the hierarchy of threats the document says the IDF army is preparing to deal with, the Palestinian front is presented as secondary.

Ahead of it, from the General Staffs point of view, is the Shiite threat represented by Iran and which in the past two years increasingly included Syria alongside Hezbollah in Lebanon. The third most significant threat, according to the army, is posed by Sunni extremist organizations, first and foremost A...


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A Genuine Actor: Francesco Serpico "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Edward Curtin There are unconscious actors among them and involuntary actors; the genuine are always rare, especially genuine actors. Friedrick Nietzche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra Any artist [person] who goes in for being famous in our society must know that it is not he who will become famous, but someone else under his name, someone who will eventually escape him and perhaps someday will kill the true artist [person] in him. Albert Camus, Create Dangerously It aint me youre lookin for, babe. Bob Dylan, It Aint Me, Babe Enter The set was real but illusionary: A legendary old New England hotel dressed festively for Christmas and the holiday season. Norman Rockwells magical realism. The lobby full with merriment, the cozy fire dancing to the sweet sound of violin and piano Christmas music mixed with a subtle alcoholic fragrance. Main Street U.S.A. Snow on the street and the classic strains of White Christmas in the inner air. A mythic setting for meeting a legendary actor. But as I entered the dimly lit set, the legend was


Social media giants crack down on RT under Senate pressure "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | January 26, 2018 Facebook, Google and Twitter are taking action against RT in response to pressure from the Senate Intelligence Committee, but have found very little to indicate Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, new documents show. Google Search, for example, has labels describing RTs relationship with the Russian Government and the company []


Europe Standing Up to Trump at Davos? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The supposed stand-off in Davos this week between European liberals and nasty nationalistic Trump is as about as consequential as a snowball fight. A snowball fight, that is, with the fluffiest, softest, most powdery of snow.


Canadian Billionaires Murdered "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: National Post: Toronto police say a six-week examination of an enormous amount of evidence leads them to believe billionaire pharmaceutical giant Barry Sherman and his philanthropist wife Honey Sherman were the targeted victims of a double murder. Barry Sherman, 75, who founded the generic drug manufacturing giant Apotex, and Honey Sherman, 70, were found []


East China Sea: Worst Tanker Oil Spill in Decades "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Reuters: The worst tanker oil spill in decades is unfolding across hundreds of miles of the East China Sea after an Iranian oil tanker carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic oil collided with a freighter and exploded, killing all 32 crew onboard. The ship burned, spewing its cargo, for more than a week []


Leaked doc: New Mexico Oil and Gas Association fears homegrown environmental movements in New Mexico "IndyWatch Feed War"

New Mexico Oil and Gas Association clearly fears the homegrown resistance in New Mexico. Photo credit: . The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association clearly fears the homegrown environmental justice movements in New Mexico Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News A leaked transcript from the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association reveals that it fears the


Deliberate Dysfunction? KPFAs Decade of Financial Mismanagement "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Pacifica Radio Network nearly went into bankruptcy this month.  The immediate cause was a court order to pay the Empire State Building $1,800,000, more cash than Pacifica had.  As bad as that may be, its really a symptom of deeper problems in the network.  It goes back a long way.

I attended a KPFA1 Local Station Board (LSB) meeting in 2005 when Max Blanchet (MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley) presented a minority report, warning that KPFA was hiring too many paid staff  The station was living beyond its means, and this couldnt last.  Maxs report and repeated warnings were ignored by the stations power clique, who were represented on the board by a slate which later stole the name Save KPFA, the SK.

Actually, that was not something new even then; it was the path Pacifica had been on since the 1990s, under the Hijacker Regime.  Events of 1999 did bring about important changes in governance, but the existing power clique remained in place, and they worked to continue KPFAs extravagant lifestyle.  Not only that, they allied with a New York faction, the JUC (Justice & Unity), whose poor management and equally poor programming were depleting WBAIs finances and causing a drain on Pacifica. In that unholy alliance, the SK functioned as JUCs enablers and in turn received support on the Pacifica National Board (PNB) for their own dubious practices. Eventually, when crisis hit and Pacifica could no longer afford the waste, the SK loudly condemned WBAI.  To hear the righteous SK-ers tell it, they themselves were innocent of any wrongdoing.

Since 2005, Ive attended a huge number of LSB meetings, watching from a ringside seat, as the SK burned through KPFAs reserves, creating one financial fiasco after another, and generating a tense work environment in which SK friends were rewarded and critics got penalized.  The SK also blocked the hiring of competent and independent General Managers.  What they did wasnt just damaging to KPFA; working with their allies at other Pacifica stations, they......


Nasser Kandil to Kurds: Syrian or AMERCA "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Four arrested during protest at Des Moines drone command center "IndyWatch Feed War"

Four Catholic Workers were arrested on December 28 at a protest that connected King Herods murder of young children in his quest to kill the infant Jesus with the deaths of innocent people killed by U.S. drone strikes. The Des Moines Catholic Worker and Voices for Peace co-sponsored the Feast of Holy Innocents Faith and []


Beirut Lebanon: Youre Not in Turkey Anymore! "IndyWatch Feed War"

We have seen war too much war. We desire peace. To have peace we must live together as one people. The new government says so. We support our government.

 Taxi driver on the streets of Beirut

Authors Note: This is Part Two in a multi-part series direct and on-scene from the Mid-East. For background information not repeated here, please see Part One.


Indeed the people of Lebanon have seen too much war. Though their military has not in its history set foot on foreign soil, remaining in the minds of the Lebanese are one bloody civil war and three separate wars of invasion in 1982, 1999, and 2006. Now it would appear that a new war is brewing again on its southern border.

In all these examples war was brought to their land by Israel who, using false premise, attacked the civilian population and infrastructure at will attempting and failing to conquer the capital city, Beirut. Despite this history, all Lebanese except the Palestinian refuge population desire peace with Israel, but they too understand the need for a well prepared army. An army of the people and for the people.

A Burned-out Building: Signs of Resistance Past

As Mao observed in his book, Guerrilla Warfare, In order to put down the gun, one must first pick-up the gun. This, applied to continued Israeli military foreign policy that continues to threaten them, is the sad, reluctant reality that faces this peaceful country at this very moment. However, considering the examples of military force in Turkey, documented in a previous article, this army their army is very different indeed.

Arriving from Turkey into Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport just south of Beirut city, the differences become immediately obvious. The airports immigration and customs workers a...


US Census fails to add MENA category: Arabs to remain 'white' in count "IndyWatch Feed War"


Census Bureau will not adopt Middle East and North Africa category in 2020 survey, ignoring community and its issues


Syrian War Report January 26, 2018: Turkey Threatens To Attack Manbij "IndyWatch Feed War" On January 25, ISIS units attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the villages of Kishmah and Ghuraybah in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to the


Invitation to Join a United Day of Action Against U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dear Friends of Peace, Social Justice and the Environment,

The United States policy of destructive endless wars and expensive military interventions has driven our country and the whole world into an increasingly dangerous crisis politically, socially, economically and with catastrophic impact on the environment and health. To further deepen the crisis, the Defense Departments new 2018 Defense Strategy calls for a more lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovating Joint Force that will sustain American influence and ensure favorable balance of power for the U.S. around the globe, and warns that the costs of not implementing this strategy are decreasing U.S. global influence and reduced access to markets. In line with this intensified militaristic policy, Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, announced recently that the U.S. military will stay in Syria indefinitely, that the U.S. is planning to partition Syria by creating a 30,000-strong pro-U.S. force on Syrias northern territory (which has already led to a confrontation with Turkey), and that all units of the U.S. military are now going through military exercises in preparation for war!

People in the U.S. and around the world are under ever increasing attack. Our tax dollars are used for more war, to build walls and jails as the voices of racism, sexism, Islamophobia and homophobia get louder, while human needs are ignored.

This ever-increasing militarization of U.S. government policy at home and abroad calls for an urgent response by all of us.

The time is now to return to the streets as a united movement to make our anti-war and social justice voices heard. As you may know, the recent well-attended and broadly sponsored Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases adopted a resolution calling for united spring actions against U.S. wars at home and abroad. You can see the full text of the resolution on our web site:

The Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases is proposing a united day of regional actions on the weekend of April 14 15. That weekend is right before Tax Day, Earth Day, and May Day, which gives us the ability to draw attention to the increase in military spending and the unpopular new tax bill, to point out that the U.S. military is the largest polluter in the world and address the growing deportation and vilification of immigrants, as well as violation of labor rights.

Please let us all join a conference call on Saturday February 3rd, 3:00 4:30 PM to start our collective organizing work for a united Spring National Action Against U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad. If you cannot personally make the conference call, please have someone else who can represent your organization on the call.

Please RSVP for the call and provide your organizations name and contact information via the fo...



Dear Advocates of Peace, Justice and Peoples Sovereignty:

The Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases calls upon peace activists in the U.S. and around the world to organize actions, of whatever size and nature, on or around February 23rd, 2018, to protest the continuing occupation of Guantanamo in Cuba by the United States military.

February 23rd, 2018 is the 115th Anniversary of the seizure of Guantanamo from the Cuban people as a result of the provoked Spanish-American War. The United States forced the Cuban Constitutional Congress to cede the Bay of Guantanamo to United States control.

With the success of the Cuban Revolution, the Cuban Government has insisted on the abrogation of the Treaty. The United States has refused, leaning on the original terms that BOTH countries must agree on the termination of the Treaty. Since 1959, Cuba has not recognized the imposed treaty and has refused to cash the United States annual check for $4,085.00 in payment.

The United States has now turned Guantanamo into a torture chamber, a prison where the prisoners do not have any legal protections or rights, a shameful disrespect by the United States of human rights and international law.

Based on the Resolution unanimously adopted at our Conference Against U.S. Military Bases (please go to to read full text of the Resolution), we call upon on our Brothers and Sisters around the world to organize actions against U.S. illegal occupation of Guantanamo and demand that the United States Government promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from Guantanamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding control of Guantanamo Bay to the United States to be null and void.

Please send us the information about your planned events so we can publicize them for you on our web site.

Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases January 26, 2018



Russia's Syria conference to call for vote on country's future, opposition vow not to attend "IndyWatch Feed War"


Conference at Black Sea resort will call for Syria to remain a united country, but dozens of rebel groups have refused to join


Tesla Gigafactory Production Problems Worse than Previously Disclosed "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Hacker News comments on this are interesting. Via: CNBC: Teslas problems with battery production at the companys Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, are worse than the company has acknowledged and could cause further delays and quality issues for the new Model 3, according to a number of current and former Tesla employees. These problems include []


ANALYSIS: Trump's 'Muslim Ban' one year on "IndyWatch Feed War"


Muslim refugee flows to United States declined 94 percent in January to November last year


Turkey/Syria & Afrin: Syrian Troops Not Targets, Reconcilliation Council & More "IndyWatch Feed War"

 Frankly, I'm still a bit flummoxed at the suggestions that the move into Afrin was an entirely unexpected move.

Turkish FM Cavusoglu says......

....Afrin to Be Handed Over to Its Real Owners

Turkish foreign minister on Friday said the Afrin region in Syria would be handed over to Syrians once it was cleared from terrorists through Operation Olive Branch.

"After clearing them [terrorists], we will hand the region over to its real owners; namely, we will hand it over to Syrians," Mevlut Cavusoglu said at an event in southern Antalya.

Cavusoglu also slammed the U.S. over its double-faced actions, providing arms to PYD/PKK terrorists and expressing concern for civilians as well as the length of the operation.

"Do not be double-faced, be honest," Cavusoglu said.

He added that it is not possible to find a political solution with terrorist groups.

"From wherever terror threat comes, from Afrin [Syria], Sinjar [Iraq], Qandil [Iraq], Manbij [Syria] or Euphrates River's east, we will intervene and destroy it," the foreign minister said.
Turkish FM Cavusoglu says......Turkish Forces Have No Intention of Attacking Syrian Troops

Preservation of the territorial integrity of Syria is the common goal of Ankara and Damascus and the Turkish troops are not going to attack government forces in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

"Once they (the Syrian Armed Forces) shot down our aircraft and we responded. While they do not attack us, we do not need to consider them as our target. Up to this day, we have not taken such actions, Cavusoglu told reporters.

Damascus knows that the YPG militias (People's Protection Units) want to divide Syria. Whereas Turkey and Damascus as well as the opposition forces all support the territorial integrity of Syria within its current borders. We believe that the Syrian regime will not cooperate with terrorists," he added.
How about a possible Syrian/Turkish Reconciliation Council?
According to the politician, rig...


No More Deaths -- Attack on humanitarian aid: Arrests and prosecutions. Ataque a la ayuda humanitaria: arrestos y enjuiciamiento. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Para espaol ver abajo Photo: Carrot Quinn. Dear friend of No More Deaths, On January 17, just hours after the release of our report, a humanitarian-aid volunteer and two individuals receiving medical care were arrested by the Border Patrol in Ajo, Arizona. Scott Warren, 35, was preliminarily charged with a felony involving alien smuggling and appeared in court on January 18.

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To imagine a world free from fascism and Israel, imagine a world without the UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Greg Felton | January 27, 2018 Cowardice in the face of Zionist/corporate coercion is not confined to individual state actors; it is also found among groups of states. The crippling power of groupthink and the fear of reprisal for defying the hegemonic power can inhibit states from behaving ethically. To stand against tyranny is []


Detained Saudi Prince Alwaleed says he expects to be released in days "IndyWatch Feed War"


Several prominent businessmen detained in Saudi 'corruption' crackdown agree to settlements


Virginia Attorney General Attempting to Blacklist Activist & Political Organizations as Domestic Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Rutherford Institute | January 26, 2018 RICHMOND, Va. Warning that attempts by the political establishment to blacklist groups espousing unpopular ideas will endanger and undermine legitimate First Amendment activities across the political spectrum, The Rutherford Institute is calling on the Virginia General Assembly to denounce House Bill No. 1601. Introduced by Del. Marcia []


Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/01/26 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Is Kiev Headhunting for Georgian and American Mercenaries in Ukraine? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Kiev ( NEO) It is not hard to read between the lines of recent news articles in the Georgian press about so-called Georgian fighters in Ukraine fighting on the side of Kiev. Apparently a cleanup operation is going on, not to eliminate the alleged pro-Moscow separatists in the East of the country but with some elements within the ranks of those who came to fight in Ukraineon the side of Kiev.

Along with former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, they entered Ukraine to get another go at the Russians, closer to their home territory. Their presence there has nothing to do with Ukraine itself. The cleanup operation is a reflection of Georgian internal politics and overall US plans for the region, which Ukraine can do without being the theatre for.


Set up to be taken out

We are told by the above-mentioned Georgian link that a number of troops walked straight into an ambush, and that their Ukrainian commanders set them up to be eliminated by the separatists. This would be entirely consistent with previous developments in this story, as it is not new. We have been following it since 2014, and NEO and Veterans today were the first to report on the nexus between the indiscriminate murders in Maidan and Georgian-trained snipers, who mysteriously moved from Maidan Square to Syria, as if they would be interested in that conflict, on fake Georgian passports.

Those links were established, with supporting evidence, even before...


Uncle Sam Dumps the Kurds (Yet Again) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saker Unz Review January 26, 2018 The drama which is unfolding in northern Syria is truly an almost ideal case to fully assess how weak and totally dysfunctional the AngloZionist Empire has really become. Lets begin with a quick reminder. The US-Israeli goals in Syria were really very simple. As I have []


INCONCEIVABLE! - TTG "IndyWatch Feed War"

It's the summer of 2014. A hacker from the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD has penetrated the computer network of a university building next to the Red Square in Moscow, oblivious to the implications. One year later, from the AIVD headquarters...


UN Resolution 242s True Significance vs. Popular Zionist Myth "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United Nations Security Council Chamber in New York, also known as the Norwegian Room (Photo: Patrick Gruban)


Elite Syrian Hezbollah (Al-Rida) force deployed in Deir Ezzor for battles against ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Hijacked Egyptian Revolutions 7th Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Killing Yasser Arafat: Mossad propaganda in the New York Times "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Asad AbuKhalil | The Angry Arab News Service | January 25, 2018 The story in the New York Times (which is part of a book which is coming out) is a typical Mossad planted story in US media. Notice that there is an attempt to show that humanitarian consideration went into planning to kill []


ANALYSIS: Egypt set to continue economic 'reforms' "IndyWatch Feed War"


Experts say Egypt's government is committed to slashing spending and attracting investors



Antonio Davis, 25, was shot by cops in Spokane, Washington on September 18, 2017. Davis was unarmed.

Newly released body camera footage of the shooting was made available on Wednesday.

Officers Tucker Seitz and Chris McMurtrey were in a vehicle pursuit with Davis. Davis refused to stop because he had felony warrants.

Davis eventually wrecked his vehicle and took off on foot along with his passenger.

As Seitz and McMurtrey zerored in on Davis they yelled for him to stop and threatned to shoot him.
It was then that cops say Davis charged at Seitz prompting him to shoot Davis.

Seitz never turned his body camera on, so his vantage point is not avalable, but the video we do have is from McMurtrey.

Davis can be heard saying, You shot me, I aint gonna move. I aint gonna move. Oh, my god. Call an ambulance Call an ambulance, please.

Capt. Brad Arleth of the Spokane Police Department said that it is not uncommon for officers to forget to turn on their body cameras. The Captain went on to say:

Officers assumed Davis was armed based on previous bulletins from Nevada that said Davis was wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and shooting at a vehicle. The bulletin also mentioned Davis was a suspect in a homicide and that the weapon in that homicide had not been found.

A 9mm gun was found in Daviss vehicle upon the shooting.

On Dec. 5, 2017 prosecutors determined that the shooting was justified and decided not to press charges against Seitz. Prosecutors said it was,

Reasonable for Officer Seitz to use deadly force, because Davis presented a serious and immediate threat,

the prosecutors added,

There is no indication Officer Seitz acted out of malice or lacked a good faith belief in the correctness of his actions. Therefore, no criminal liability attaches and no criminal charges will be filed against Officer Seitz.

The other passenger of the vehicle that ran and got away was arrested a few days later. In October Davis posted a $75,000 bail.

The post WATCH: WASHINGTON COP SHOOTS UNARMED MAN, NO CHARGES appeared first on Photography is Not a Crime.


#YemenCantWait Rally: 28 Orgs Rallied Today at Schumer & Gillibrand's Office to End US-Backed Blockade & Bombing "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEDIA CONTACT: Isaac Evans-Frantz, Action Corps NYC Organizer, [at] (actio)

#YemenCantWait Rally Draws 28 Organizations and Reps from Schumer, Gillibrand Offices

"I long for the day when Yemen is free of war and destruction and where the Yemeni people can live in peace. It is incumbent on the UN and all nations to call for a cease fire and negotiations for peace in Yemen." - Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Yemeni American activist
Each day the US continues to aid the Saudi-led military operations in Yemen, children die from cholera, malnutrition, and US-made bombs.  - Kate Alexander, event organizer

Friday, January 26th, 12:00 PM EST

WHAT: On Friday, January 26th at 11:00 AM, activists from anti-war, Yemeni, human rights and interfaith communities gathered for a rally in front of the NYC offices of U.S. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, 780 Third Avenue, in solidarity with the Yemeni people to oppose all U.S. support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. Representatives from the offices of both senators were present at the rally.

The rally was organized by Peace Action New York State with support from Action Corps NYC, Veterans for Peace, the Catholic Worker, and other organizations. This demonstration was endorsed by the following 28 local, state, national and international organizations: Peace Action New York State, Action Corps NYC, Catholic Worker, Yemen Peace Project, Islamic Civic Association, CODEPINK, World Beyond War, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, Muslim Political Club of NY, War Resisters League, Win Without War, Veterans for Peace - NYC Chapter 034, Uptown Progressive Action, NYC Metro Raging Grannies,...


Israel thwarts PA bid to join UN nuclear disarmament body "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | January 26, 2018 Israel has thwarted Palestinian Authority efforts to obtain observer status at the UN Conference on Disarmament (UNOG), Israel Radio reported on Thursday. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has apparently been working behind the scenes with member states, including the United States, to prevent the PAs accession to the international body this []


Council of Europe tells PA to stop supporting prisoners families "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | January 26, 2018 The Council of Europe has called upon the Palestinian Authority to halt the payments it distributes to the families of Palestinian prisoners and those who have been killed by Israeli forces, the Jerusalem Post has reported. The Israeli narrative swayed the council during its parliamentary session, prompting it to make []


New Orleans repeals BDS resolution "IndyWatch Feed War"


Under fire from pro-Israel groups, New Orleans City Council rescinds measure to investigate corporations for human rights violations


Chris Hedges: Resist Internet Censorship "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chris Hedges, Socialist David North Discuss Internet Freedom

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Colorado: Convert to Islam, ISIS supporter, gets life in prison for murder of transit security guard "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yet another convert to Islam somehow gets the crazy idea that his new religion, which every right-thinking person knows teaches peace and tolerance, commands him to commit murder. Authorities, as always, have no interest whatsoever in this phenomenon. I do hope, however, that the learned imams Pope Francis and H.R. McMaster are preparing to travel []


Mainstream Media Is Now an Extension of Imperial Power "IndyWatch Feed War"


Mainstream Media Is Now an Extension of Imperial Power



Demonising Russia and RT - the dark effects of liberal authoritarianism "IndyWatch Feed War"


Demonising Russia and RT - the dark effects of liberal authoritarianism

The current political and media assault on Russia, fearmongering over Russian 'bots', and McCarthyite outing of  'Russia apologists' casts revealing light not only on the usual right-wing foghorns, but the more crucial role liberals play in upholding, reproducing and naturalising the dominant order.

Such is the rising liberal antagonism against Russia that leftist writer Glenn Greenwald has had to dismiss countless facile tweets casting him as a Kremlin stooge, while pointing out that Western liberal charges against Russia are now so hysterical and distorted that it's left even liberals in Russia itself perplexed and isolated.



Western Propaganda and Fake News "IndyWatch Feed War"


The common world of 'defence' chiefs, 'defence' journalists and 'defence' politicians 

General Sir Nick Carter, the British Army's Chief of General Staff, has been on the propaganda circuit, talking-up the 'Russian threat', promoting the UK's latest imperialist ambitions, and, of course, lobbying for more public money.

Delivered from the lofty Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Carter's speech is the latest top-brass military display of rhetorical weaponry and stealth evasion of...


Israel, are you a real state? "IndyWatch Feed War"

This week, three things related to Israel made my jaw drop:

1)     It turned out that centrist Israeli lawmaker (deputy minister and former Ambassador to the US) Michael Oren had not merely opined that the Tamimi family was not a real family, but that he had initiated a parliamentary committee investigation into this matter, already 2 years ago.

2)    Palestinian-Israeli lawmakers were expelled from Israels parliament plenum during US Vice President Mike Pences speech, for lifting signs of protest.Their expulsion took about 10 seconds from the moment they lifted signs, and the rest of the crowd cheered.

3)     The publication by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman (in The New York Times), of how Israel in the 1980s was so bent on assassinating Yasser Arafat, that it was willing to bomb a crowded stadium in Beirut where he was to speak, willing to down commercial airliners if he was aboard, and willing to have Israeli journalists killed (including Uri Avnery) as collateral, if they could only provide a trail to him when meeting the Palestinian leader.

And thats just in one week. Where do you even start, right? Lets start with Michael Oren.

Michael Oren and the Tamimi family

Haaretz revealed that Oren had been heading an inquiry by a Knesset subcommittee two years ago, into whether the Tamimis were a real family. The inquiry didnt reach unequivocal conclusions, and was prompted by suspicions that the family from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh was not genuine, and was specially put together for propaganda purposes by the Palestinians, a statement issued by Orens office said. The incident with the Tamimi family is simply exploitation of children, the statement added.

The final assessment of the investigation was that it apparently is a family, but slowly, [other] children who fit the profile they sought were annexed to it, a spokeswoman for Oren told Haaretz. Nevertheless, she added, there was no unequivocal conclusion on the matter.

Oren told Haaretz that the subcommittee also investigated many other aspects of the Tamimi phenomenon. For instance, there was a boy who ostensibly belonged to the family but has rather disappeared. He would come to demonstrations one day with a cast on his right hand and the next day with a cast on his left or no cast.

He said the committ...


UN Security Council to see missile parts and lunch with Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Associated Press

January 26 at 1:11 PM

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council is heading to Washington on Monday for lunch with President Donald Trump and to see missile remnants the U.S. says are proof that Iran is arming rebels in Yemen.

The U.S. Mission announced Friday that Ambassador Nikki Haley has organized the trip, which will also include a visit to the Holocaust Museum with national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

In November, Haley took journalists to an emptied-out hangar at a military base near Washington to see fragments recovered from missiles launched from Yemen.

Haley said the U.S. intelligence community concluded unequivocally the missiles were supplied by Iran.

The Trump administration is seeking to rally the world at the U.N. and elsewhere to punish Iran for funneling weapons to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen, which Tehran steadfastly denies.


US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley points to previously classified missile segments she says prove Iran violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by providing the Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms, during a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia in Washington, DC, on December 14, 2017. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley points to previously classified missile segments she says prove Iran violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by providing the Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms, during a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia in Washington, DC, on December 14, 2017. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)



In Global Currency Game, China Is Losing to U.S. "IndyWatch Feed War"


Jan. 26, 2018 5:44 a.m. ET

Fresh from its battle to defend the yuan last year, Chinas central bank is looking at another: how to rein in its recent fast ascent.

Driven by an unexpectedly prolonged softening of the dollar, the Chinese currency has surged to around its strongest level against the greenback since its surprise devaluation in August 2015. The yuan is now on track for its best monthly performance since December 1982, rising 3% against the dollar so far in January.

The yuans move is roughly in line with the euros 3.9% gain and yens 3.4% rise against the dollar thus far in January. The Chinese currency strengthened 0.2% against the dollar Friday, with one dollar buying 6.3227 yuan in recent trade.

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The yuans resurgence is making the currency a policy headache for the Chinese government once again. If it keeps going up, government advisers and analysts say, it could encourage speculative fund flows from overseas and hurt exports amid already rising trade tensions between China and the western world, particularly th...


Refugees arriving in Europe ask for wifi first, food and shelter second "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wifi? Isnt that a comparative luxury? One might almost get the idea that these werent actually desperate refugees fleeing a war zone. But that thought would be Islamophobic to think, so strike it. Refugees ask for wifi first, food and shelter second, by Anthee Carassava, The Times, January 26 2018: Refugees arriving at European migrant []


Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fin, Calls for Irish Government to Recognize Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gerry Adams, president of the Irish Republican political party Sinn Fin, has called upon the Irish government in Dublin to recognize the state of Palestine. Gerry Adams, president of #SinnFein, calls on the #Ireland government to recognize the state of #Palestine #FreePalestine #EndTheOccupation . (@naim_basem) January 26, []


Germany: Muslim teen stabs non-Muslim in the neck for looking at his mother provocatively "IndyWatch Feed War"

When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) According to the current state of investigations, the accused and his mother had an appointment with the schools community worker. According to the community worker, the 15-year-old has got a police record for violence, and was deemed aggressive and unfit for school, and had, for []


Organizing Tips Around the Olympic Truce "IndyWatch Feed War"

Between Feb. 2 and March 25, 2018, the UN has asked for a global Olympic Truce. Both Koreas have agreed, and the United States has agreed to forego its war rehearsals in Korea during the Truce. But other wars rage on, and South Korea and the United States plan to resume their exercises as normal after the Truce. We need to take this opportunity to mobilize voices for upholding the Truce and then continuing it indefinitely. Here are activity ideas:

Sign this petition online or gather signatures for it offline.

Print out the PDF of signatures on that petition page and deliver them to governments.

Same with the Peoples Peace Treaty.

Olympics watch parties gather friends and family in your home or a community venue to celebrate the Olympics. The opening ceremonies, main skating and skiing competitions are probably the best nights but do it whenever it makes sense for your group. Add a dollop of Korean culture and cuisine, and call for peace and diplomacy. Invite your local news media (in the United States, make it NBC, the television network of the Olympics).

Teach-ins, webinars, and other types of educational events, supported by fact sheets, articles, videos and podcasts. Some history is in order, if you can get a local professor who specializes in Korea or Asian history. Here are general event resources.

Vigils for peace, public protests where appropriate, visibility actions.

Lobby visits to legislators.

Publish letters to the editor and op-eds on the Olympic Truce and your local organizing.

Videos you can record short videos on the Olympic Truce and why its a crucial opportunity to move away from the brink of war with North Korea, and post via social media. Maybe also some person in the street interviews (that can be fun!)

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Israel behind car bombing that injured Hamas official, says Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed War"


Mohammad Hamdan was wounded when a bomb placed in his car exploded in Sidon


IMF chief Christine Lagarde finds common cause with Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

IMF chief Christine Legarde found common ground with US president Donald Trump on encouraging fair trade and protecting intellectual property rights. (AP)

LONDON: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde found at least some common cause with US President Donald Trump on Friday in supporting the global fight against intellectual property (IP) theft.

Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Lagarde echoed a similar sentiment delivered by Trump earlier in the day, stating that he would not tolerate IP theft.
Lagarde also stressed that it was important to tackle unfair trade practices.
We need to have more, better trade and fair trade, but for this we need international cooperation, she said. We need a reset,...


March 17 #Hamburg: Demonstration Against #NoG20 #Repression & Formation of Authoritarianism "IndyWatch Feed War"

This week there was another NoG20 related raid in Germany. On January 23 about 50 masked cops raided an apartment in Magdeburg, Germany. Today there will be a demonstration against repression in Magdeburg. The United We Stand campaign against NoG20 repression is not only calling for transnational days of action from from January 28th to February 4th, but also started to mobilize for a demonstration in Hamburg. This demo will take place on March 17, 2018, 02:00pm (14:00), Gaensemarkt, Hamburg, Germany.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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

Read all our NoG20 reports; here.

March 17 Hamburg: Demonstration Against NoG20 Repression & Formation of Authoritarianism

This week there was another NoG20 related raid in Germany. On January 23 about 50 masked cops raided an apartment in Magdeburg, Germany. Today there will be a demonstration against repression in Magdeburg. The United We Stand campaign against NoG20 repression is not only calling for transnational days of action from from January 28th to February 4th, but also started to mobilize for a demonstration in Hamburg. This demo will take place on March 17, 2018, 02:00pm (14:00), Gaensemarkt, Hamburg, Germany.



Opinion: Donald Trump unmasks World Economic Forum in Davos "IndyWatch Feed War"

There was not really anything essentially new in US President Donald Trumps speech in Davos. But his appearance there highlighted the well-known restrictions of the World Economic Forum, DWs Andreas Becker writes.

Donald Trump in Davos

There had been massive speculation about the much-anticipated speech of the US president on the final day of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Would he make any concessions? Praise the merits of free trade and multilateral treaties?

After all, participants at the forum had been meeting to help shape a joint future in a fractured world, according to the events motto, which was seen by many as a deliberate broadside against Donald Trumps policy agenda.

But, after his 15-minute address, it was obvious that Trump had said what hed been saying all along. He lauded his own policy, which he said was behind increased employment and economic expansion in the United States. He emphasized that the interests of his own nation were his top priority, adding that every other national leader in the room would also be well advised to care primarily about their own countries interests.

Trump insisted that there would be no free trade without fair accords. Nor did I hear anything new when he talked about migration, North Korea or Iran.

DW correspondent Andreas Becker


DW correspondent Andreas Becker

The president just didnt want to let his audience get distracted from his main message: Invest in the US! He repeatedly encouraged business and finance leaders to seize the opportunity and do more robust business in the United States. By the way, Ive seen many other heads of state and government touting their countries as good business locations too.

But Trumps campaign to...


From New Mexico to Palestine: Ending Israel/U.S. Police Exchange, Reclaiming Safety "IndyWatch Feed War"

From New Mexico to Palestine: Ending Israel/U.S. Police Exchange, Reclaiming Safety clock Friday, January 26 at 6 PM - 8 PM MST Starts in about 6 hours  48 Mostly Sunny pin Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice 202 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 From NM to Palestine: Ending Israel/U.S. Police Exchange, Reclaiming Safety One


FB dismisses Daniel Greenfield as spam "IndyWatch Feed War"

Greenfield recognizes that In the economics of identity politics, Hispanics, unlike African-Americans, are not an enduring group. Then FB dismisses Daniel Greenfield as spam. Read my post. Related: The Hispanic mirage.


'Protecting Sacred Chuska Mountains from Oil and Gas Industry' by Robyn Jackson, Dineh "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jan. 11, 2018 Fall 2017 Health, safety of communities behind the Red Valley tour BY ROBYN JACKSON, DINEH Censored News Last week's Navajo Times included an article about a tour of oil and helium well sites in Red Valley that I helped organize ("Tour finds toxic gas leaks in Red Valley," Jan. 18, 2018).This tour included community members from the Chuska region and elsewhere


UK spells out Brexit transition demands as pressure mounts on May "IndyWatch Feed War"


TEESPORT, England (Reuters) Britain wants to benefit from European Union trade deals and have a say over EU laws passed during its transition out of the bloc, Brexit minister David Davis said on Friday, seeking to defuse tension between senior ministers over the interim deal.

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Britains Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis 

Davis set out the governments position on a transition period, looking to offer something for both those who want to keep close ties with the European Union after leaving and those who want a more radical break.

The balancing act, designed to appease both business and Brexiteers, is a taste of things to come for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been unable to prevent divisions in her party repeatedly spilling out into the open.

On Thursday, finance minister Philip Hammond was rebuked by Mays office after saying he hoped Britain would diverge from the EU only very modestly after Brexit. He spoke hours before the head of a hardline group of Brexiteer lawmakers urged May to stop accepting negotiating terms set by the EU.

Its only by being outside the EU but continuing with the existing structures of rules and regulation that we can meet the requirements for a smooth, orderly and successful exit, Davis said in a speech at Teesport in northeast England.

The existing international agreements we are party to should continue to apply during this period. They are an important part of the existing EU structure of rules and regulations, to which we will remain a party during the implementation period.


Davis also said there needed to be some mechanism for Britain to query new laws introduced during the transition period, which it would be duty-bound to follow, and that the future jurisdiction of regulators needed to be clarified.

We will have to find a way, to agree a way, of resolving concerns if laws that are deemed to run contrary to our interests, and we have not had our say, he said.

There is little distance between Britain and the EU to overcome to agree the transitional deal, which will give the two sides time to prepare for t...


Jordan ends bread subsidy, doubling some prices, to help state finances "IndyWatch Feed War"

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King Abdullah II of Jordan arrives on stage during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

AMMAN (Reuters) Jordan said a decision to end subsidies on staple pitta bread that will lift its prices by between 60 and 100 percent will take effect on Saturday, the first such step in over two decades to ease the countrys budget woes.

The price of a kilo of white pitta bread was raised 60 percent to 0.40 dinars from 0.25 dinars and prices of large pita bread were nearly doubled. Other types of bread that most middle class Jordanians consume are not affected.

The government has put in place a mechanism to offset the impact on the poor by cash transfers.

The move, which takes effect after midnight, is the first major rise since 1996. A move to raise prices then sparked civil unrest when the government was forced to push for it to comply with International Monetary Fund requirements for extending new credit.

The bread move comes 10 days after Jordans cabinet announced a major package of IMF-guided tax hikes it says are crucial to gradually lower record public debt needed to get the economy hit by regional conflict growing again.

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Toying with the bread subsidy is never popular

Although lifting bread subsidies were not asked by the IMF this time, the Fund has long said Jordans ability to maintain a costly subsidy system was increasingly untenable in the absence of large foreign capital inflows or infusions of foreign aid.

Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki said the delay in implementing the much needed reforms to generate extra revenues would increase the already high financing needs and threatens to hit the countrys finances.

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Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg


The not-so-secret life of Mathilde Krim "IndyWatch Feed War"

On January 15, Mathilde Krim, a scientist and socialite, died on Long Island at 91, and the obituaries described her courageous leadership in the fight against AIDS. Krim was incensed by the widespread stigmatization of AIDS victims as somehow deserving the disease, and she worked to lift prejudice that kept our society from taking the illness seriously. (I saw her work for myself, attending a fundraiser at her East Side townhouse back in the 90s).

What the news has not told you about is Krims other great achievement: helping to swing the White House to Israels side in the 1960s. The no-daylight policy of U.S. alignment with the Israeli government, so obvious today in Trumps deference to Netanyahu, was born under Mathilde Krims dear friend Lyndon Johnson. In the feverish weeks surrounding the 1967 war, Krim, who had once emigrated to Israel, and her husband Arthur, a leading fundraiser, were continually at Johnsons side, and advised him on what to say publicly.

Johnson was the pivotal president for our relationship with Israel and I think Mathilde Krims sway over Johnson was such that it turned the entire relationship, allowing Israel to continue on, especially after the Six Day War, in a manner that defied not only the U.N. but the whole world with regard to Israels treatment of the Palestinians, says Martin Brod, a retired systems analyst in New York who has long studied the role of Israels American friends in cementing the special relationship. Here is that story.

Mathilde Krim was a person of depth, intrigue and compassion. Born Mathilde Galland in 1926 in Italy to parents of Swiss, Italian and Austrian background, she moved with her family to Switzerland as a girl and went on to be a brilliant student, earning a Ph. D. in genetics from the University of Geneva.

When she learned about the Holocaust as a teenager, Krim identified with Jews. She felt as she did for AIDS victims 40 years on, a need to protect them against bigotry, abandonment, and rejection from the wider community.

These feelings led Krim to support Zionist militants during and after the war. The New York Times obituary by Robert D. McFadden includes one reference to her Zionist zeal:

Appalled by newsreels of Nazi concentration camps in 1945, she sought out Jewish activists, joined the Zionist underground Irgun and spent a summer smuggling guns over the French border for resistance fighters against British rule in Palestine.

After earning a bachelors degree in 1948, she married an Irgun comrade, David Danon, a Bulgarian medical student, and converted to Judaism.

Danon had been exiled by the British from P...


Donald Trump came to Davos with a mission to reassure "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

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Few people knew what to expect.

Would this be belligerent Trump wagging his finger at the global elite about how divorced they were from reality, from what people really want?

Or would this be conciliatory Trump, setting a different tone? We heard the second.

The president touched many of the World Economic Forums erogenous zones. But many were not quite sure how to take it considering the pit bull they were expecting.

He talked about the voices of the forgotten a constant theme here among the super-haves who are coming to a creeping realisation that the system has to change if faith in the capitalist system is to endure.

He talked about economic success being about more than the sum of production, it was about the sum of its citizens.

Businesses, he argued, had to remember their obligations to the people who worked for them.

Critics will pick at the easy holes. For example, on those income tax cuts its the wealthy who will gain more.

And the business tax cuts are far larger than those for middle-income Americans.

Mr Trump said that America First did not mean America Alone. It was the key line of the speech.

Fair trade, not trade war

And it was a message echoed by other leading members of the White House power pack here, including Gary Cohn, the presidents chief economic adviser and head of the US National Economic Council.

This is all about trad...


Palestinian ambassador reveals details about Trumps meetings with Abbas, accuses the U.S. of backstabbing "IndyWatch Feed War"

The head of the Palestinian Mission to the United States accused President Donald Trump of backstabbing President Mahmoud Abbas in a talk yesterday, deepening a dispute over who is to blame for failure of a peace deal with Israel. That morning Trump said Palestinian leaders had abandoned pre-talk discussions, making the claim while seated next to Israels Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos at the World Economic Forum. Trump called Netanyahu a close personal friend, which served as a reminder to the Palestinians which side the administration has been on.

Hours later Palestinian Ambassador Husam Zomlot took the stage in Washington DC at the Middle East Institute, presenting an altogether different narrative: the Palestinians were bystanders to internal divisions within the Trump administration that prevented peace talks from starting months ago. 

It was the Americans who blocked the Americans from kick-starting negotiations with Israel, not the Palestinians, Zomlot said, revealing confidential discussions between the Trump and Abbas that took place last year. From the first sit-down between the two presidents in May 2017 until December, the Palestinian leadership had been nagging Trump to begin direct talks with Israel, he said. 

The rupture in relations between the Trump administration and the Palestinian leadership started on December 6, 2017 when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital, unilaterally, Zomlot pointed.

Yet prior to the fallout, Zomlot described many months of warm relations and flattery from Trump to Abbas. Zomlot was present for three meeting with Trump, and even stood next to Abbas while he was on the phone with him in the capacity of being Abbas then senior advisor.

Recounting a March 2017 phone call between Trump and Abbas, Zomlot said Trump told Abbas that he has been hearing great things about President Abbas from everybody. That he now believes that President Abbas is the man, is the statesman is the one who actually has been committed and will be committed to a vision of peace.

The second message that [Trump] delivered on the phone is that he also wants to make peace. That he has been watching this conflict since he was a child and that he thinks its senseless and must end. To our absolute happy surprise we were hearing the conversation, Zomlot said.

It was in this first call where Trump proposed his signature approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I am going to inter...


Eastern EU states tell Brussels to back off Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia want talks talks among all EU leaders on how to reform the bloc following Britains departure "IndyWatch Feed War"

BUDAPEST/BRUSSELS (Reuters) The four eastern European Union states who are often at loggerheads with the blocs executive told Brussels on Friday not to overstep its mandate in policing national capitals.

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Czech Republics Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Slovakias Prime Minister Robert Fico, Hungarys Prime Minister Viktor Orban attend a Visegrad Group panel discussion in Budapest, Hungary, January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Meeting in Budapest, the leaders of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic agreed a joint stance for talks among all EU leaders on how to reform the bloc following Britains departure next year.

The four ex-communist countries are pushing back as leading, western EU powers Germany and France, backed by the European Commission in Brussels, are floating proposals for more integration among the remaining 27 EU states.

Europe needs a new blueprint. We must speak about an alliance of free nations, said nationalist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

He was echoed by Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki who said a strong, integrated Europe should be based on a group of sovereign, national member states rather than an increasingly centralised federation as some western states want.

Warsaw and Budapest have become the enfants terribles of the EU under right-wing populist leaders who promote Catholic, conservative values and often clash with Brussels as it singles out deviations from EU standards on democracy and rule of law.

Poland has drawn the sharpest criticism from Brussels since the conservative, nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party won election in late 2015 and swiftly acted to tighten control over publicly-owned media, as well as the judiciary.

The bloc has taken unprecedented punitive steps against Warsaw, the largest, ex-communist EU state, for violating the rule of law and democratic principles. Warsaw has lashed back, accusing Brussels of double standards and saying its judicial overhaul is ridding Poland of lingering communist influence.

All four Visegrad countries have repeatedly rebuffed requests from Brussels and western EU states to host some of the hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim refugees that have streamed into the EU since 2015. The bitter row has undermined trust between the blocs members and weakened their unity.



Billionaire Omidyars Intercept: Government-Silicon Valley Nexus to Intercept & Censor Whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Newsbud Founder and Editor Sibel Edmonds is joined by Investigative Journalist Whitney Webb to discuss Webbs recent three-part investigative report exposing billionaire founder of the Intercept- Pierre Omidyar. Webb delves deep into Omidyars long-ongoing multi-billion dollar partnership with government agencies, including the CIA and NSA, questionable coincidences and ties between Omidyar-Snowden, Glenn Greenwalds hushed contract and arrangements with Omidyar to privatize Snowdens 500+K page leak, Freedom of Press Foundations betrayal of Wikileaks Julian Assange, and much more. Do not miss this explosive interview exposing the new trend in intercepting and neutralizing whistleblowers and their information.

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FBI Whistleblower on Pierre Omidyar and His Campaign to Neuter Wikileaks

Palantir: The PayPal-offshoot Becomes a Weapon in the War Against Whistleblowers & WikiLeaks

Omidyars PayPal Corporation Said To Be Implicated in Withheld NSA Documents

Glenn Greenwald Goes on Record: I Dont Doubt PayPal Cooperates with NSA!



Act Now In Solidarity With Honduras "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over 30 people have been murdered, many of whom were killed by the Military Police or other state security forces who fired live bullets at protesters, and hundreds of others have been injured or tortured.  According to human rights organization COFADEH (Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras), over one thousand people have been detained and many are facing criminal charges aimed at silencing dissent. Others have been victims of torture or have had to flee for their lives. Security forces have entered neighborhoods, setting off teargas inside homes with children present, and seizing adults for arbitrary arrests. Jesuit priest Father Melo has received death threats and he and other social movement leaders have been the subject of vicious defamation campaigns.


Yemeni forces move to break Houthi siege of Taiz "IndyWatch Feed War"


Backed by Saudi-led air strikes, pro-government forces are attacking Houthis on several fronts


US Capitalism Lets Children And Mothers Die "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of the authors of a recent study of U.S. childrens deaths told an interviewer that, The U.S. is the most dangerous of wealthy, democratic countries in the world for children  Across all ages and in both sexes, children have been dying more often in the U.S. than in similar countries since the 1980s. The report was published online January 8 in Health Affairs. Ninety percent of the deaths analyzed there were of infants and older adolescents. According to the authors, we examined mortality trends for [20] nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for children ages 019 from 1961 to 2010 using publicly available data. They discovered that, Over the fifty-year study period, the lagging US performance amounted to over 600,000 excess deaths.


Kurds in Lebanon march against Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lebanese Kurds wave flags and chant slogans on January 26, 2018, during a protest near the Turkish embassy in Rabieh, on the outskirts of Beirut, against the ongoing  Turkish military campaign in the Kurdish-held Syrian enclave of Afrin. Turkey launched an offensive against the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) on January 20 in their enclave of Afrin, supporting Syrian rebels with air strikes and ground troops. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO
BEIRUT: Hundreds of Kurds living in Lebanon have gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Lebanon to protest Turkeys ongoing military operation in northern Syrias Kurdish-controlled Afrin region.
Protesters carrying Kurdish flags chanted slogans on Friday denouncing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including: Down with Erdogan!
Lebanese policemen deployed around the embassy and erected barbed-wire barriers to prevent protesters from approaching.
All the Kurds here in Lebanon are supporting Afrin and saying long live the resistance of Afrin, said protester Hanan Osman.
Turkey launched the offensive against Afrin on January 10 and is vowing to expand the operation eastward, toward the border with Iraq.


John Pilger On Mainstream Media And Imperial Power "IndyWatch Feed War"

Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Pilger is among the most important political filmmakers of the 20th and 21st century. From Vietnam to Palestine to atomic war, Pilgers work has been on the cutting edge, and his stinging critique of western media has always be revelatory. And, no doubt, his biting analysis is more relevant and important now than ever.  His latest film, The Coming War on China powerfully presages the growing potential for war between the US and China. Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein spoke with Pilger on January 18 about the multiple failures of the corporate press in fanning the phony flames of Russiagate, and turning its back on Julian Assangeacting more like prosecutors than journalists, whose responsibility it is to monitor the centers of power and report back to the people.


TeleSUR Englishs Day In Facebook Jail Raises Doubts About Silicon Valley Hospitality "IndyWatch Feed War"

QUITO, ECUADOR  Facebook users who followed Latin American news outlet teleSUR English were confused on Tuesday when the fan page suffered a mysterious disappearance from the site that lasted nearly a full day. The pages deletion and subsequent reemergence raised questions about potential censorship by the California-based social networking giant, which has previously acted at the behest of repressive governments and faces pressure from U.S. officials and traditional media to crack down on so-called fake news. The page has a modest presence on Facebook about 400,000 followers as well as millions of social media interactions, such as comments, likes, shares and views. The page also hosts tens if not hundreds of hours of originally-produced video content including original programs, documentaries, and tightly-edited one-minute clips.


Orgs Call On FEMA To Address Critical Housing Needs Of Disaster-Impacted Families "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington DC  More than 250 national, state, and local organizations called on FEMA to implement proven disaster-recovery housing solutions like the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) for families with the lowest incomes. They note that the need for DHAP is underscored by FEMAs recent decision to abruptly end its Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) for displaced Puerto Rican families in Connecticut. In a recent letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long, the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC) comprised of more than 250 organizations led by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) called on FEMA to address the longer term needs of low income people displaced by the recent hurricanes and wildfires.


Dutch fight to shut down EUs largest gas field after earthquake "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Bryan Miranda

Protesters carried torches during a march against gas drilling in the Netherlands on Jan. 19. (WNV/Johann van der Geest)

A march against Shell and Exxons gas drilling drew thousands in the northern Dutch city of Groningen on Jan. 19, after a heavy earthquake rocked the region earlier this month.

Ten thousand people a record number for Groningen marched through the city with torches and chanted slogans scolding the government, as well as its partners Shell and Exxon, for the gas operations they say are responsible for the 3.4 magnitude earthquake felt throughout the province on Jan. 8.

Seismic activity has been recurrent in Groningen since the late 1980s in what scientific experts and numerous reports have long confirmed to be a direct repercussion of drilling in Europes largest gas field. But not since a heavy quake in 2012 after which the Dutch government was forced to halve its gas production has the magnitude been this intense. Up to 3,000 people reported cases of damage as a result of the earthquake this month.

No one saw this coming. We thought they [Shell and Exxon] had this under control, that they were extracting in such a way to produce less quakes, said Jelle van der Knoop, the co-founder and chairperson of the Groninger Bodem Beweging, the leading organization resisting gas production in the province. But then this quake came and reminded people this is not the case; it can get worse. Everyone is really fed up with it now. We are pissed off and ready for action.

With public opinion and mainstream media swaying in favor of the plight of Groningers, the pressure has mounted on the liberal conservative government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte to take tough measures regarding its gas production.

After a long controversial delay, the Minister of Economy and Climate Eric Wiebes finally released a public letter on Jan. 23 stating that gas production in Groningen must come to a halt by 2022. For me, the starting point here is that thi...


Brazils Democracy Pushed Toward The Abyss "IndyWatch Feed War"

The rule of law and the independence of the judiciary are fragile achievements in many countries and susceptible to sharp reversals. Brazil, the last country in the Wessstern world to abolish slavery, is a fairly young democracy, having emerged from dictatorship just three decades ago. In the past two years, what could have been a historic advancement the Workers Party government granted autonomy to the judiciary to investigate and prosecute official corruption has turned into its opposite. As a result, Brazils democracy is now weaker than it has been since military rule ended. This week, that democracy may be further eroded as a three-judge appellate court decides whether the most popular political figure in the country, former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva of the Workers Party, will be barred from competing in the 2018 presidential election, or even jailed.


Americas National Defense Is Really Offense "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 26.01.2018 On Friday, the Pentagon released an unclassified summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy report. On the same day, Secretary of Defense James Mattis delivered prepared remarks relating to the document. Reading the summary is illuminating, to say the least, and somewhat disturbing, as it focuses []


Honduran Anti-Fraud Protesters Clamor For Justice As State Killings Continue "IndyWatch Feed War"

Virgilio Yareth vila loved to sing. The 16-year-old high school student also played drums at his church. Thats where he was headed on a Monday afternoon last month. vila left the simple family home and walked up to the gravel road to cross the highway that bisects the town of Agua Blanca Sur, 10 miles south of El Progreso, Honduras. Minutes later, gunshots rang out. vilas mother started running up the road after her son. When she reached the highway, she found one of her older sons weeping in anguish. Police had opened fire on residents blockading the highway as part of ongoing nationwide protests against election fraud. vila had been shot in the head. He was still breathing, but in my heart I knew I was going to lose him, vilas mother told Toward Freedom. As she approached, she asked police not to shoot.


The ethical hollowness of Israel's liberals "IndyWatch Feed War"

When it comes to Palestinians, liberal Israelis sound little different from Netanyahu's supporters. Both are concerned about maintaining Israel as a fortress Jewish state


WATCH: The Unknown Putin part 1 "IndyWatch Feed War"

This two-part Russian documentary is pretty tabloid & makes no attempt at objectivity. Its also not easy to follow since a single female translator is used for both sides of every conversation and for the voice over, so you need to concentrate in order to follow whats going on. But with these caveats in mind its worth persevering for its take on the ruthless Western exploitation and infiltration of Russian oil assets in the 1990s, an outrageous abuse that doesnt get a lot of coverage. What at a first glance may appear as the slightly hysterical claims made in the documentary are, in fact, pretty much correct. More on the Product Sharing Agreement (PSA) that Russia signed with foreign nations in the immediate post-Soviet era, for the extraction and sale of its oil and gas reserves, can be found in The Sakhalin II PSA a Production Non-Sharing Agreement, a PDF document from 2004 by Dr Ian Rutledge. It largely confirms what is alleged in the program that Russia was cheated of vast amounts of


US Democrats Accusations Against Russia Distract Public From Real Problem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 26.01.2018 US Democrats have asked Facebook and Twitter for evidence of Russias involvement in an online campaign to release a politically charged memo. The move comes as Congressional Republicans have been calling for the public release of a four-page classified memo they claim reveals reported abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) []


In a Trump Hunt, Beware the Perjury Trap "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Pat Buchanan Unz Review January 26, 2018 Asked if he would agree to be interviewed by Robert Muellers team, President Donald Trump told the White House press corps, I would love to do it as soon as possible. under oath, absolutely. On hearing this, the special counsels office must have []


Escaping Yemen, 30 refugees drown en route back to Africa "IndyWatch Feed War"


At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel which left Aden in southern Yemen on Tuesday


Israeli forces ambush youths in Palestinian village, shoot 16-year-old in neck "IndyWatch Feed War"

Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian teenager in the neck in Nablus-area village
NABLUS (Maan) 25 Jan A Palestinian teenager was injured in the neck on Wednesday evening when Israeli soldiers opened fire at him at the entrance of Burqa in northwestern Nablus. An official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told Maan that Muhyi al-Din Abed al-Rahman Salah, 16, was injured with a live bullet in the neck at the entrance of the village as Israeli soldiers ambushed youths in the area. Daghlas added that Salah was transferred to the Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus City for treatment where his injuries were reported as moderate.

Army shoots two Palestinians after alleged stabbing attempt near Nablus
IMEMC 23 Jan Israeli soldiers shot, Tuesday, two Palestinians near Zatara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after they reportedly attempted to stab them, and refused to allow Red Crescent medics to provide them with the needed medical attention.
:  The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that the two injured Palestinians are children, identified as Mohammad Farhan Mohammad, 14, and Ahmad Said Zazouq, 14, from the al-Jadeeda village, south of Jenin. Both were shot with live rounds in their legs and remained bleeding on the ground after the soldiers prevented Palestinian Red Crescent medics from approaching them. The soldiers later called for an Israeli ambulance, and moved them to a hospital, while the extent of their injuries remained unknown.
Media sources in Nablus said the two Palestinians were shot in the lower extremities, and remained bleeding on the ground until an Israeli ambulance was called to the scene, even though Palestinian medics were there, but the soldiers refused to allow them to approach the wounded. Israeli sources claimed that the two Palestinians attempted to stab the soldiers at the military roadblock but were shot before reaching them. The soldiers then closed Zatara roadblock, while dozens of units were deployed in the area and around it. After the alleged stabbing attempt, the head of the so-called Regional Council of Settlements in northern West Bank, Yossi Dagan, said that terrorism will not deter Israel we will be and continue to expand, and demanded Israel to respond to this incident by boosting settlement constructions in the occupied West Ba...


Twitter dismisses Russian interference in Brexit referendum "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | January 26, 2018 A university study that proved Russias influence over the 2016 EU referendum has been thrown out by Twitter. The social media giant said one percent of the bots used during the lead up to the Brexit vote were actually Russian. The data compiled in a City University study, published in []


Veterans Challenge Islamophobia Campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

Veterans For Peace and the Veterans Challenge Islamophobia campaign are participating in the We Are All America week of action from January 27th through February 3rd to protest the one-year anniversary of the first iteration of the Muslim Ban and show solidarity with those still impacted by the current bans on people from nine Muslim-majority nations and refugees. Although all versions of the ban have been ruled to be discriminatory by multiple courts, Muslim Ban 3.0 is currently in effect and is causing heartbreak for American families and their relatives abroad. The Trump administration has also cracked down on refugee admissions by instituting more burdensome screening requirements, lowering the United States annual refugee cap to 45,000, and proposing more limits on family reunification.


As walls close in on FBI, the bureau lashes out at its antagonists "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Sharyl Attkisson | The Hill | January 25, 2018 What happens when federal agencies accused of possible wrongdoing also control the alleged evidence against them? What happens when theyre the ones in charge of who inside their agencies or connected to them ultimately gets investigated and possibly charged? Those questions are moving to the forefront []


Weekend long read "IndyWatch Feed War"

1) Grant Rumley writes about The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas at the Atlantic.

Picture a Palestinian leader in the twilight of his reign. Besieged on all sides and challenged by younger upstarts, he lashes out against Israel, his Arab brethren, and the United States. Other Palestinian officials jockey to replace him, convinced hes past his prime. This is how it ended for Yasser Arafat, whose insistence on waging the second intifada left him isolated in the final years of his rule. It may well be how it ends for Mahmoud Abbas.

2) At the JCPA Amb. Alan Baker discusses Palestinian Manipulation of the International Criminal Court.

International law does not recognize General Assembly resolutions as a source of legal authority for granting statehood. Following on from this, the Palestinians cannot give jurisdiction to the ICC over territory over which they do not exercise sovereignty and jurisdiction, and which is subject to an ongoing dispute and negotiation as to its final status.



Newsbud Exclusive- The Nuclear Insanity of the Trump Administration. "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trump and his generals are ready to use tactical nuclear weapons against North Korea and its hereditary leader, Kim Jung-un.

In early January, the Pentagon sent three B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bombers along with approximately 200 Airmen attached to the 509th Bomb Wing to the Andersen Air Force Base located on Guam in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean, according to Business Insider.

The nuclear capable B-2s join an unspecified number of B-1B Lancers deployed to Guam to support the US Pacific Commands (USPACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission. B-52 bombers are also stationed at the airbase.

The B-2 and B-52 comprise the air wing of the US nuclear triad. Both aircraft carry nuclear air-launched cruise missiles and also the B-61 gravity tactical nuclear bomb. It is currently the primary thermonuclear weapon in the Enduring Stockpile arsenal established after the Cold War. As of 2004, the arsenal included 5,886 strategic warheads and 1,120 tactical weapons. Of this number, 1,600 are B-61 and B-83 gravity bombs. The arsenal also includes 320 nuclear warheads for Tomahawk missiles.

The B-61 underwent modification and tests in October 2015. The bomb has two key difference from an earlier version, notes Russian military analyst Viktor Murakhovsky. It has the so-called scalable nuclear yield which allows for controlling the yield to a certain extent. In addition, its aerodynamic configuration and control surface makes the bomb extremely high-precision. The previous versions were developed several decades ago. Since nuclear warheads have limited operational time they need to be replaced from time to time. With the new bomb, the US has incorporated high-precision developments with the scalable nuclear yield technology.

Known as a nuclear bunker buster, the B-61 is designed to penetrate underground facilities, making it an ideal candidate for use against North Korea. It is estimated North Korea has hundreds of underground bunkers. In 2009, it was reported the regime planned to build over a thousand of these bunkers, many serving as decoys.

In 2010, it was reported by the Hong Kong bureau of the...


New Orleans City Council rescinds human rights resolution, igniting the movement for Palestinian rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

After pressure from local pro-Israel organizations, the New Orleans City Council yesterday voted unanimously to rescind a human rights resolution that the body passed exactly two weeks ago.

Pushed for months by the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee (NOPSC), Resolution 18-5 would have established a committee to assess all city contracts and terminate those with companies complicit in human rights abuses.

While the resolution mentions no specific country, company or person, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (JFNOLA) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed immediate outrage that the council would support anything put forth by the NOPSC.

Jewish Federation CEO Arnie D. Fielkow addressing the New Orleans city council with pro-human rights supporters holding up signs outside the meeting. (Photo: Chana Rose Rabinovitz)

In a joint-statement issued today, the JFNOLA, ADL and Jewish Community Relations Council thanked the City Council for its withdrawal of the resolution.

Still, in an attempt to save face they maintained that the decision in no way reflects a lack of commitment to human rights, from either Federation, ADL or the City Council.

Anna Baltzer, Director of organizing and advocacy with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, called the vote a travesty of justice, revealing the guilty parties disregard not only for Palestinian life but all human life.

The hoods are off. We see the way Zionist organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Federation are willing to kill a human rights resolution...


Monsantos Fingerprints All Over Newsweeks Hit On Organic Food "IndyWatch Feed War"

If that name sounds familiar Henry I. Miller it may be because the New York Times recently revealed a scandal involving Miller: that he had been caught publishing an article ghostwritten by Monsanto under his own name in Forbes. The article, which largely mirrored a draft provided to him by Monsanto, attacked the scientists of the World Health Organizations cancer panel (IARC) for their decision to list Monsantos top-selling chemical, glyphosate, as a probable human carcinogen. Reporting on an email exchange released in litigation with Monsanto over cancer concerns, the TimesDanny Hakim wrote: Monsanto asked Mr. Miller if he would be interested in writing an article on the topic, and he said, I would be if I could start from a high-quality draft. The article appeared under Mr. Millers name, and with the assertion that opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.


Erdogan has made his choice "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog It seems that Erdogan has already made up his mind, but the speculations about what deals have been and havent been done seem


Do Trump Tariffs Signal a Trade War? "IndyWatch Feed War"



The Trump administration didnt pulled any punches this month when it finally announced trade tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines. The tariffs target South Korea and China, two Asian countries the Trump base has often identified as free-riding on the US-led global order. The restrictions are aimed at boosting US manufacturing, but critics warn the tariffs will slow down the global shift to renewable energy whilst increasing consumer costs. A bigger question is whether the measures are simply red meat for the presidents base as he attends the World Economic Forum at Davos, or if they mark the start of a more directly protectionist turn in US policy and, eventually, international markets. The decision to put 30 percent tariffs on solar panel imports could usher in a downturn in relations with China for example, which have been growing uneasy as the presidents war-of-words with Chinese ally North Korea has escalated.

The post Do Trump Tariffs Signal a Trade War? appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy "IndyWatch Feed War"


We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

From the cover of "US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality." (Haymarket Books)


Refuser de rencontrer votre oppresseur, c'est se respecter soi-mme "IndyWatch Feed War"

Refuser de rencontrer votre oppresseur, c'est se respecter soi-mme : l'OLP rplique Trump

- Avec AFP
Refuser de rencontrer votre oppresseur, c'est se respecter soi-mme : l'OLP rplique TrumpNicholas Kamm Source: AFP
Donald Trump durant une runion avec Benjamin Netanyahou au forum conomique de Davos, en Suisse, le 25 janvier 2018. 


Stanford: Robert Spencer is dangerous "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zhao said that he believes speakers like Robert Spencer should be banned from speaking on college campuses, especially if countries like the United Kingdom have deemed them a national security threat. The question [of] whether this man is dangerous has already been settled, Zhao said. We have to draw a reasonable line between what is []


Russia could kill thousands and thousands and thousands with cyber attack on UK "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV January 26, 2018 The British defense secretary says Russia could kill thousands and thousands and thousands of Britons with a cyber attack that could cripple infrastructure and energy supply and cause panic and chaos across the United Kingdom. In an interview with The Telegraph, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson claimed Moscow had been researching []


Forget About Hollywood Endings For Movies About Our Neverending Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

Entertaining or not, movies like 12 Strong show the difficulty in trying to understand the Afghanistan War from within.

Another January, another film that plays off American fear of foreign invaders. Hot on the heels of 2017s Patriots Day and 2016s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,...


Finland looks set to stop arms sales to UAE over Yemen war "IndyWatch Feed War"


All eight candidates looking to become Finland's next president next month vow to halt arms sales to Gulf country


Korea, the Winter Olympics, and the Spirit of Queen Min "IndyWatch Feed War"

We are told by practically everyone that nationalism is an archaic, aggressive, and downright evil sentiment, one that causes wars, racism, bigotry, and probably the common cold as well. And we get this from both the right and the left. Nationalism of any kind, we are told, is a dangerous atavism, a throwback to primitive Continue reading "Korea, the Winter Olympics, and the Spirit of Queen Min"

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UK says funding cut to UNRWA could lead to instability "IndyWatch Feed War"


The UK said it remains committed to Palestinian aid agency but that it could be more cost-effective


Mongoose: Vaccinations as a Form of Triage 99% Get the Make You Stupid and Infertile Version "IndyWatch Feed War"


This 2009 article went viral and received over 300 million reads. It shut out Google for the first six thousand hits, got translated into every language, triggered policy changes in several nations and made it to publications from Pub Med to several major religions. This is the number one most read article this site ever released, and it remains true to this day though it has been superseded by a following report. I suggest you also read this article about bacteriophages which is the new direction they are taking destructive vaccines because the damage is more precise with this new method.

Tainted nightmare

Dr. Sarah Stone, Pharm-D
Jim Stone, Freelance Journalist
Russ Clarke, Editor

The H1N1 vaccination program, when put into the same frame as the engineered virus to go with it, appears to be a clear effort to divide humanity into two groups; those who have lost their intellect, health and sexuality via a tainted vaccination, and those who have not and are therefore superior.


Germany: Three Muslim migrants sexually assault mother with toddler in stroller "IndyWatch Feed War"

Are we diverse enough yet? They had a dark complexion and spoke in a foreign language. Thats the only clue that TAG24 gives as to the identity of the perpetrators, and it is enough for those who know how to read the tea leaves of the establishment media, but it does leave the unfortunate impression []


Saudi Arabia sentences two human rights activists to a total of 21 years in prison "IndyWatch Feed War"


The sentencing comes amid what is being presented as a reform drive in the kingdom


Berto Jongman: 10 Future Shock Emerging Risks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Future shocks: 10 emerging risks that threaten our world

1. Not enough food to go around
2. Algorithms shut down the internet
3. The end of trade as we know it
4. Democracy buckles
5. The extinction of fish
6. Another global financial crisis
7. The rise and rise of inequality
8. War without rules
9. Who are we?
10. The break-up of the internet


Congressional Research Service: Irans Foreign and Defense Policies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Irans Foreign and Defense Policies
Kenneth Katzman
January 19, 2018

PDF (65 Pages): CRS R44017 Iran Foreign Defense Policies

Phi Beta Iota: The Deep State party line. Neglects reality of US and Zionist terrorism across the board, US funding of dictators, 44 US bases around Iran, economic sanctions being war crimes, and more. CRS is totally unreliable and needs to be abolished or put under leadership with integrity capable of producing reports that are truthful, holistic, and representative of true costs. What the US does in the Middle East is both unaffordable, and a war crime.


CryptoRuble is Set to Prick on the CryptoBubble "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Russian crypto-currency is in its final stretch towards national implementation as the draft law is submitted to the Russian parliament. A draft law introducing the national cryptocurrency CryptoRuble as an official means of payment in Russia has been submitted to parliament. The amendments proposed by the draft law codify the digital financial asset Continue reading CryptoRuble is Set to Prick on the CryptoBubble


2018 Looks To Be Another Good Year for Weapons Makers "IndyWatch Feed War"

By: William D. Hartung

As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in bigly in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting sharp stock price increases and healthy profits driven by the continuation and expansion of Washingtons post-9/11 wars. But last years bonanza is likely to be no more than a down payment on even better days to come for the military-industrial complex.

President Trump moved boldly in his first budget, seeking an additional $54 billion in Pentagon funding for fiscal year 2018. That figure, by the way, equals the entire military budgets of allies like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Then, in a bipartisan stampede, Congress egged on Trump to go even higher, putting forward a defense authorization bill that would raise the Pentagons budget by an astonishing $85 billion. (And dont forget that, last spring, the president and Congress had already tacked an extra $15 billion onto the 2017 Pentagon budget.)  The authorization bill for 2018 is essentially just a suggestion, however the final figure for this year will be determined later this month, if Congress can come to an agreement on how to boost the caps on domestic and defense spending imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The final number is likely to go far higher than the staggering figure Trump requested last spring.

And thats only the beginning of the good news for the big weapons companies. Industry of...


Ton cnh l n B trng Quc phng Hoa K James Mattis thm Vit Nam "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Antisemitsm- Reality or Merely Statistics? "IndyWatch Feed War"

January 23, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon Last weekend, the Israeli press gave the impression that a new global pogrom is going  to burst any minute.  Hike in worldwide anti-Jewish incidents was Israels Ynetnews headline. Early on Sunday, the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs released the 2017 Anti-Semitism Report, which showed a substantial increase in racist incidents against []


Daily Sabah: Exclusive interview with Gilad Atzmon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Comment: Brother Gilad said: To survive is to win. I say: To Win is to Survive and to Survive is to Resist. To Win Palestinians should realize that Palestine is a Part of Greater Syria Bilad Asham. They should bury Afratats slogan about Palestinian Independent  Decision. Thanks to Syria and allies for keeping the Palestinian []



South Front By The Intercept, click to see the full-size map Israel is using several Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in a three phases-plan to impose a 40km-deep safe zone in southern Syria, the Intercept reported on January 23. According to the report, Israel already accomplished the first phase of its plan and it is []


The Essential Saker II Now Available (Administrative Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Administrative Update for Patreon Account Users   Remember I said I will make very sure that Patreon does not charge on a monthly basis if you purchase the book.  Well,


Economic Collapse and Dollar Hegemony How Did This Start? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gold had its own intrinsic value and was valid in every empire around the world; the same with silver and bronze. Gold had become not only a means of exchange and a measure of value but also a reservoir of value to be bequeathed to heirs. Above all it was a means of payment.


What is the US endgame in Syria? "IndyWatch Feed War"

If the US occupation of Syria cannot change the battlefield, protect its allies, or alter the policies of regional states, then what objectives can it achieve?


Synanon, the Brainwashing Game and Modern Transgender Activism: The Orwellian Implications of Transgender Politics "IndyWatch Feed War"

It appears as if the creation and promotion of trans cult activism and ideology is part of a larger social engineering agenda, and one that requires everybodys attention. Governments that engage in social engineering using deception and propaganda do not tell people why they are doing it. As was the case with the incubator baby slaughter fraud that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq by President George Bush Sr., we the people only find out after the fact, and in that case after hundreds of thousands of lives were lost. It thus becomes incumbent upon freedom loving citizens to speculate on the reasons why our leaders are supporting the mass delusion that is transgender activism, and this will be addressed in the final section of this essay.


Czech Republic: Imam and his relatives accused of jihad terror activity "IndyWatch Feed War"

An imam? Someone who had dedicated his life to understanding Islam properly? How could such a person possibly turn to jihad terrorism? Doesnt he know Islam is a religion of peace? Surely the imam Pope Francis and the imam H.R. McMaster are on their way to Mauritania now, so that they can explain to the []


Why Is the Israeli Army Suddenly Concerned About Gaza? "IndyWatch Feed War"

More than 10 years ago Israel tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the two million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.


America"s National Defense Is Really Offense "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pentagon planners clearly anticipate another year of playing at defense by keeping the offense on the field. An impetuous and poorly informed president is a danger to all of us, particularly as he is surrounded by general-advisers who see a military solution to every problem.


UN Security Council to Hold a Session on Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

UN Security Council to Hold a Session on Palestine The United Nations Security Council is made up of 5 permanent members (China, France, Russian Federation, UK, USA) and 10 non-permanent members (currently Bolivia, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and Sweden) The UN Security Council is meeting Thursday, 25 January, to []


Germany: Judge removes crucifix from courtroom in trial of Muslim who threatened a convert to Christianity "IndyWatch Feed War"

The man is on trial for threatening someone who converted from Islam to Christianity, but now he says: Im a normal person, Im not a [Muslim] believer, I have Christian friends. That seems unlikely in light of the fact that he is on trial for threatening to kill someone who left Islam for Christianity, in []


NATO Conflict in Syria Spotlights Illegal US Blundering "IndyWatch Feed War"

The American interloping in Syria increasingly looks like a brazen illegal occupation whose ulterior agenda is to further destabilize the Syrian state. Washington needs to be censured and sanctioned. Its policies are illegal, criminal and prosecutable under international law. It needs to get its military forces out of Syria now.


Undercover israeli Soldiers Attack Three Schoolchildren Near Ramallah "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Attack Three Schoolchildren Near Ramallah Childhood in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is anything but carefree. An everyday occurrence: Palestinian children often throw stones at Israeli army vehicles invading Palestinian land but even if they dont, they may be accused, arrested, or even abducted for allegedly doing so. from IMEMC News A []


Blackouts and Flashpoints in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

I want to argue from a different perspective, focusing on the increasing subdivision of markets, the deepening autonomy of political action from economic development, the greater threat of military interventions and increasing political accommodation. Read essay [...]


Reportback: The Barricade Evictions in #Hambacher Forest "IndyWatch Feed War"

A reportback by an activist in the Hambacher Forest of the barricade evictions on January 22.

Originally published by Hambi Bliebt.

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.

Reportback: The Barricade Evictions in Hambacher Forest

A reportback by an activist in the Hambacher Forest of the barricade evictions on January 22.

I arrived at 8.00 in the forest. When I wanted to go to tripod (Jesuspoint) towards Gaul, 3 policemen (presumably SWAT Hambach) arrived. They made derogatory and offensive remarks to the activists. When I arrived in Gaul, I met several local citizens and supporters. In Gaul, there were about 14 police officers from the evidence preservation units, they took pictures and videos(those are later used to prepare treehouse evictions and other large scale actions). When they were done they went back to Secustrae.



israeli torture of Palestinian children institutional "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli torture of Palestinian children institutional Israel tortures Palestinian children, Amnesty report says Israel News Israeli torture of Palestinian children institutional Confessions by Palestinians who have been tortured are regularly accepted by Israeli judges, rights groups say. by Ben White Methods of torture reportedly include slapping the head and forcing a handcuffed []


UN refugee chief says Europe must prepare systems to cope with bigger migrant flows "IndyWatch Feed War"

The hijrah continues to be escorted into Europe by the United Nations, which has signaled to Europe that whatever the price-tag, whatever the cost including mass rapes, violent no-go zones, jihad attacks and other abuses European citizens must accommodate Muslim migrants and expect more to flow in. United Nations refugee chief Filippo Grandi []


Erdogan: Islamic education will build new civilization for Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

The steady Islamization of Turkey is not new. Since 2002, the government has built 17,000 new mosques, and its goals stretch beyond Turkish borders. Robert Spencer speculated on January 16 that the reason why Erdogan has been so notably dilatory in fighting against the Islamic State may be that he wants to co-opt its caliphate []


#Hambacher Forest: Nine Activists Still in Pre-Trial Detention After Police Operation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nine activists from the Hambach Forest occupation are in pre-trial detention, accused of obstructing the work of police officers. They were arrested during the barricade evictions on January 22.

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Hambacher Forest: Nine Activists Still in Pre-Trial Detention After Police Operation

Nine activists from the Hambach Forest (between Cologne and Aachen, Germany) occupation are in pre-trial detention, accused of obstructing the work of police officers. They were arrested during the barricade evictions on January 22.


Arriving early in the morning on January 22, the cops had to face activists occupying blockading-infrastructure, including 2 tripods, 3 monopods, a skypod, and a 3 meter deep tunnel. The cops arrested several people, nine of them, the Hambi 9, are still in pre-trial detention.

The cutting of the Hambacher Forest was officially stopped early this season, on a court-decision, postponing cutting until October 1st 2018, however the risk of eviction of the occupation is as great as ever.

The Hambi 9 would love to get mail! Exact information, including adresses and languages, can be found on the blog of ABC Rhineland.



The network: A virtual hunt for Islamic State fighters fleeing Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"


Over a secret WhatsApp group, hundreds of Syrian volunteers work to stop IS members slipping away before justice is served


When It Comes to Davos, It"s Inequality, Stupid "IndyWatch Feed War"

For billions of people, the Groucho Marx rule applies when talking about Davos. This is the exclusive club, which meets in the luxury Swiss resort each year to discuss the global business environment.


Germany: Pants sold with alarm to ward off Muslim migrant rapes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germany has introduced pants with safety alarms to ward off Muslim migrant sex attacks, as Europe continues to descend into lawlessness and dhimmitude. UK police once advised potential victims not to harm their attackers, issuing a statement: You must not get a product which is made or adapted to cause a person injury. Possession of such []


israels Effective Colonization of the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Source A sitting US senator proclaimed allegiance to a foreign country, and nobody asked him to resign! This article originally appeared at Counterpunch, a leading left-leaning alternative site, in late 2016, but we just came across it and are running it as part of the ongoing debate about excessive Jewish influence of American media and []


US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map January 26, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is the newst update of the U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map January 26, 2018

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Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. Its composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the worlds oceans.

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Iran Seizes Hauls of Explosives Smuggled for Terror Attacks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tehran (TNA)  Iranian intelligence forces confiscated two consignments of bombs and explosives in separate operations east and west of the country, finding out that Saudi Arabias intelligence services were behind the smuggling of explosive devices from eastern borders.

In a statement on Wednesday, Irans Intelligence Ministry said its forces had seized two caches of explosives and ammunition smuggled into the country to be used for terrorist attacks in public places.

In the first operation, the security forces confiscated a consignment of 23 remote-controlled bombs, smuggled from east of Iran under the supervision of Saudi intelligence services, for the purpose of creating insecurity in Irans eastern provinces.


The second haul of explosives was captured by the intelligence forces in the city of Marivan in the western province of Kordestan from a separatist terrorist group whose elements had crossed the border from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in order to carry out attacks in Iran.

According to the statement, the cache included bomb-making equipment, TNT, C4, explosive kits, electronic detonators, grenades, AK-47 magazines, rocket-propelled grenades, and several assault rifles.

RELATED: The MEK: From Revolutionary Group to Imperialist Asset

In June 2017, members of Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group launched attacks on Irans parliament and on the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini south of Tehran, killing 17 people.

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Iran, as Supporter of Self-Determination, a Thorn in Imperial Washingtons Side "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tehran (MPN) Irans unapologetic self-determination, including its ballistic missile and nuclear energy program as well its resistance to economic imperialism, make it a constant thorn in Washingtons side.

Washingtons hostility towards the Islamic Republic of Iran dates back nearly 40 years to February of 1979 when revolutionary forces overthrew the Western-backed monarchy of Mohammad Reza Shah.

The United States consistently maintains that its involvement began with the hostage crisis in 1979 and continues today due to Irans ballistic missile and nuclear program, as well as meddling throughout the region in places like Syria, Lebanon, and now Yemen (albeit without evidence in some cases).

What the media and Western governments dont mention is that Irans core ideology stands directly opposed to U.S. military and economic expansion. The Islamic Republics promotion of self-determination indeed poses an existential threat to Washingtons dominance throughout the entire region similar to that of communism during the Cold War.

However, the Islamic Republic of Iran is nothing like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Despite the medias almost childlike ignorance, Tehran and Riyadh stand at direct odds due to pervasive ideological differences rather than simple Sunni-Shia sectarian disagreements.

But why is Tehran such a thorn in Washingtons side and why have tensions recently increased?

To answer this, its important to understand the key ideological differences between the United States and Iran, as well as how these differences play out on the geopolitical landscape.



Apartheid State: UNHRC Condemns Israel for Human Rights Abuses "IndyWatch Feed War"

Source A Palestinian journalist faces angry Israeli occupation soldiers in the West Bank. (Photo: File) Israels human rights record was put under the spotlight Tuesday during a major international review at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva as part of the bodys regular examination of Israels actions in Palestine. Israel is the only []


What Is "Safari Club II" and How It Can Change Middle East Dynamics "IndyWatch Feed War"

The CIA and its Cold War allies, in forming the original Safari Club, has provided an invaluable template to the besieged peoples of Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and the wider Middle East. The Safari Club II is giving the Saudis, Israelis, Americans, Egyptians, Moroccans, and others a taste of their own bitter medicine.


Playing Kurdish Card in Syria Backfires on US As Turks Move In "IndyWatch Feed War"

JAMES GEORGE JATRAS | 25.01.2018 | FEATURED STORY Playing Kurdish Card in Syria Backfires on US As Turks Move In What the result will be of Turkeys offensive against the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria may not be clear for a while, but two things are already certain. Bad decisions in Washington provided the trigger, []


Zionist Legislation "IndyWatch Feed War"

In West Bank, teenager's arrest sheds light on two-tiered legal system



Anarchists in the Trump Era: Scorecard, Year One : Achievements, Failures, and the Struggles Ahead "IndyWatch Feed War"

January 20, 2018 marked the conclusion of the first year of the Trump eraa string of back-to-back crises that made unprecedented demands on US anarchists. Despite limited numbers and resources, we rose admirably to those challenges. Congratulations on a roller coaster of a year! Now its time to analyze how we succeeded, identify the opportunities we missed, andabove allprepare for what comes next.

Over the past year, weve disrupted the far-right attempt to legitimize a more totalitarian strategy of governance and pushed back the threat of a street-level fascist movement. Neither of these victories are complete, but we achieved them against incredible odds. In 2018, well have to continue fighting those battles, but well also contend with centrists bent on re-legitimizing the political system, a resurgent authoritarian Left, and the next wave of ecological and geopolitical catastrophes. In order to succeed, well have to broaden our focus and expand our range of tactics.

For a detailed timeline of anarchist activity throughout 2017, consult this report by Its Going Down; Spencer Sunshine has also composed a timeline of fascist activity. The following analysis is hardly comprehensive; for example, it passes over anarchist participation in disaster relief, which played an important role in demonstrating our ethos of mutual aid this past year.

Dawn of a New Apocalypse

The election of Donald Trump marked the ascendancy of a new nationalist strategy for managing the state. Trumps nationalism is not centered in old-fashioned economic protectionism, but a neo-fascist model in which the violence necessary to sustain neoliberal capitalism is directed disproportionately at those outside the gated communities of citizenship, whiteness, and patriarchy. From the opening of his campaign, it was clear that he had no real plan to reverse the course of global development and bring factory jobs back to the US. Rather, he was promising voters the wages of whiteness, and they bought it hook, line, and sinker.

Anarchists in the US have...


BBC policy on use of term migrants ignored in WS report about Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

h/t BF

As readers may be aware, the BBC sometimes appends a footnote to relevant articles concerning its use of the term migrant.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

That editorial policy was also the subject of an article published on the BBC News website in August 2015.

However, listeners to the January 2nd edition of the BBC World Service radio podcast Africa Todayheard presenter Bola Mosuro repeatedly use terminology that does not conform to that editorial policy....


Trump Attends World Economic Forum "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Reuters: Donald Trump flew into the sanctum of the global elite on Thursday to promote his tax cuts and deregulation policies to CEOs and bankers, many of whom are eager to invest in the United States despite reservations about his turbulent presidency. The first sitting U.S. president to visit the World Economic Forum in []


Kolkata, India: International Anarchist Solidarity Action with Villawood Hunger Strikers "IndyWatch Feed War"


Received on 25.01.18: 

On 24 January, 2017, we, a group of anarchists from 3 different continents, undertook an action in support of the hunger striking prisoners in Villawood Detention Centre, so-called Sydney, Australia.

The solidarity action, which was undertaken in Kolkata, Bengal, India, involved a protest street theater action outside the Australian Education Fair. The aim of the action was to inform the general population, and prospective students considering study in Australia, of the vile racist policies of the government in relation to its ongoing treatment of refugees. Our goal was also to challenge the dominant rhetoric of Australia, as &#822...


He died because hes black! "IndyWatch Feed War"

We do it because otherwise they won't leave, Zurich functionary Mario Fehr (Social-democratic Party) recently explained.


Drunk Missouri Police Chief Arrested For Pointing Gun in Mans Face "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is unusual for a police chief to get arrested and tased, because they are the head of the department.

But the police chief of the Drexel Police Department in Missouri got drunk, started an argument with a man, pointed a gun in the mans face, and then was arrested for it; not to mention the police chief was tasered in the process. Drexel is about an hour south of Kansas City.

KMBC reports that Police Chief Jonathan R.G. Carpenter, 39, was arrested early Wednesday morning and booked into the Cass County jail. Carpenter was off duty at the time of his arrest.

Cass County deputies were called to a convenience store to meet with the victim. The call was for a domestic disturbance.

The 911 caller stated that a man had pointed a gun at another man. Upon deputies arrival the male victim said that Carpenter started a verbal argument with him, pulled out a gun and pointed it at his face. Additionally the victim stated Carpenter was intoxicated when the argument occurred.

The victim is the son of Carpenters longtime girlfriend.

Deputies then arrived at the home of Carpenter on East Hickory Street in Drexel at 3 a.m. As deputies moved in to make the arrest, Carpenter began to resist so much that a deputy had to shoot Carpenter with a Tazer.

Deputies were finally able to arrest Carpenter on scene and charged him with unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated and resisting or interfering with arrest. Carpenter is being held in jail on a $7,500 bond.

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News you may have missed #894: Economic warfare edition "IndyWatch Feed War"

The government of Qatar accuses the Saudi-led coalition of enacting an illegal embargo against it that amounts to "economic warfare". Does it have a point? Does economic warfare constitute a tangible part of the arsenal of modern nations, or is it a fantastical concept with little relation to reality?


Uncle Sam dumps the Kurds (yet again) "IndyWatch Feed War"

[This article was written for the Unz Review] The drama which is unfolding in northern Syria is truly an almost ideal case to fully assess how weak and totally dysfunctional


How the Pentagon Enlisted Trump To Continue Its Perpetual War on Terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

The speech by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on January 17 laying out a series of conditions that would make it possible to withdraw US troops from Syria confirmed what had already been revealed by the Pentagon itself: The Trump administration is planning to keep US troops in Syria indefinitely. Although it was not a Continue reading "How the Pentagon Enlisted Trump To Continue Its Perpetual War on Terror"

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Veterans in Politics: Its Not About Honor "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Atlantics Ronald Brownstein reports that a new political organization, With Honor, has launched a major effort to elect to the House more recent military veterans who commit to working across party lines. a bipartisan core of House Members who are inclined to seek common ground, whatever their personal views. The idea that veterans Continue reading "Veterans in Politics: Its Not About Honor"

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Facebook and Instagram are getting a Dose of their Own Medicine "IndyWatch Feed War"

A couple of days ago, while we were setting up a Facebook account for our new healthcare site,, it demanded that we submit a photo that clearly shows our face. Facebook promised that they will delete the photos from their servers afterwards. So far, this is the most aggressive imposition of the Deep State Continue reading Facebook and Instagram are getting a Dose of their Own Medicine


Seven arrests at Pentagon witness commemorate Massacre of the Holy Innocents "IndyWatch Feed War"

Report of December 27-28, 2017 Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat and Pentagon Witness  by Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House   On December 27-28, over 40 members of the Atlantic and Southern Life communities, and other peacemaking friends, gathered for a retreat at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church in Washington, D.C., and a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon to commemorate []


Seoul says military solution to N Korea crisis unacceptable "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV January 25, 2018 South Korea has hinted for the first time since the start of a standoff with the North over Pyongyangs nuclear program last year that a military solution would be no answer to the crisis and that differences should be settled diplomatically. South Koreas Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said on []


Too Big To Believe Massive Scandal Is Brewing At The FBI "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | January 24, 2018 As the Potemkin Village walls of The Lefts Trump Collusion narrative crash and burn along with special counsel Muellers credibility, The New York Posts Michael Goodwin sees far more wide-ranging problems ahead for Americas intelligence agencies as the anti-Trump secret society and lovers-texts-gate debacles threaten []


Syrian War Report January 25, 2018: Syrian Army Prepares To Clear Abu al-Duhur Pocket "IndyWatch Feed War" The Syrian military is deploying reinforcements to northern Hama and eastern Idlib reportedly preparing to launch a military operation to clear the militant-held pocket there. According to pro-government sources,


US creates task force to promote internet freedom in Cuba "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | January 24, 2018 The US has created a special task force to promote the free flow of information on the internet in Cuba, the State Department announced. The move was decried by Cuban media as an attempt to destabilize the island. The Department of State is convening a Cuba Internet Task Force composed []


From secret societies to flawed FBI probes, the Russiagate narrative is imploding "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Bridge | RT | January 24, 2018 The anti-Russia narrative is collapsing under the growing weight of evidence pointing to a concerted internal effort on the part of the US establishment to sabotage the Trump presidency. Russiagate the ongoing American witch hunt that imagines the Kremlin behind everything, up to and including []


A Conspiracy of Silence Assaults Privacy "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Andrew Napolitano Unz Review January 25, 2018 During the past three weeks, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law vast new powers for the NSA and the FBI to spy on innocent Americans and selectively to pass on to law enforcement the fruits of that spying. Those fruits can now []



Union Station, Washington DC Around noon on Saturday January 20th,  hundreds of activists gathered in support of the J20 defendants and the Black Lives Matter movement. In front of Union Station, two activists scaled the two opposing gargantuan flagpoles which fly the banner of this great nation.


These two activists had a banner drop in mind. Strapped in harnesses they performed a highly technical ascension of the poles about 30 feet high with a cord stretched in between them to secure the banner. One misstep could be fatal.



Resisting US Military Bases and Pentagon Strategies in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed War"

James Patrick Jordan The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty. Those words were written by Simn Bolivar, 189 years ago. The Great Liberator understood that liberation and the U.S. concept of liberty are not the same. When imperialists talk about liberty, they mean...


Hugh Fitzgerald: No Comment, Or, Read It and Weep "IndyWatch Feed War"

Margaret Johnson, sociologist, writer, and business owner, who is an acolyte of Fethulleh Gulen, recently delivered herself of an article entitled How Islam led me to reject toxic masculinity and realize my worth. Ive long been eager to reject my toxic masculinity, and theres nothing Id rather do than to realize my net worth. So []


Giulio Regeni: Italian prosecutor says student murdered for Cairo research "IndyWatch Feed War"


Without directly blaming government for student's death, prosecutor says Regeni attracted attention of 'Egypt's state apparatus'


Breaking Interview: Lead Author of Dirty Vaccines Study Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Collective Evolution

This article was written by James Lyons-Weiler, PhD  for Its republished here with their permission. For more information like this from Greenmedinfo, you can sign up for the newsletter here.

In a remarkable new study with potentially immediate and earth-shattering effects on the vaccine industry and the regulatory agencies that oversee their safety, researchers at the National Council of Research of Italy and the International Clean Water Institute, USA have found extensive and inexplicable widespread contamination of vaccines with particles that, according to the authors of the study, clearly should not be present.

The study, published in the International Journal of Vaccines and Vaccination, examined 30 vaccines (44 samples in total), and found particulate matter, in aggregates and clusters.  The composition of those clusters, the researchers say, are consistent with burnt waste.  They also found red blood cells of unknown origin, and extensive metal contamination, including lead, chromium and tungsten.

These findings come at time when vaccines are under increasing attack for their likely role in sudden-onset and long-term disorders, including autism, ADHD.  HPV vaccines have been linked to Guillan-Barre syndrome, premature ovarian failure (sterility).  There is also now a consistent pattern of reports of contamination of vaccines with unwanted viruses and retroviruses, residue from human and pig tissues, and pathogens like bacteria.  A...

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Oldest human remains outside Africa found in cave in Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"


Researchers believe jawbone from Homo sapien can be dated as far back as 194,000 years ago


Palestines Mamilla Cemetery and Israels colonial project "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Mustafa Fatih Yavuz | MEMO | January 25, 2018 Israel has many instruments with which to conduct its colonial project in occupied Palestine: cutting-edge military technology; its nuclear weapons and strategic alliance with the US that Israels deterrence factor relies on; and US diplomatic protection to contain countries attempting to stop the colonial-settlement of []


Ireland May Criminalize Trade with Israeli Settlements "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Chronicle | January 25, 2018 Ireland is set to discuss a new bill that seeks to prohibit the import and sale of goods originating in illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian Territory. Independent Senator Frances Black, yesterday, launched the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018, which is scheduled for debate in Seanad ireann []


Sleepless in Khmeimim or why Russians cant just pull out of Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

In December 2017, Russias president stated once again that the Russian army had won a victory in...

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How Uncle Sam Launders Marijuana Money "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a blatant example of do as I say, not as I do, the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits. Onerous reporting requirements are driving small local banks to sell out to Wall Street. Congress needs to harmonize federal with state law.

Thirty states and the District of Columbia currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. The herb has been shown to have significant therapeutic value for a wide range of medical conditions, including cancer, Alzheimers disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, glaucoma, lung disease, anxiety, muscle spasms, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, and arthritis pain. The community of Americans who rely on legal medical marijuana was estimated to be 2.6 million people in 2016 and includes a variety of mainstream constituency groups like veterans, senior citizens, cancer survivors, and parents of epileptic children. Unlike patented pharmaceuticals, which are now the leading cause of death from drug overdose, there have been no recorded deaths from marijuana overdose in the US. By comparison, alcohol causes 30,000 deaths annually, and prescription drugs taken as directed are estimated to kill 100,000 Americans per year.

Under federal law, however, marijuana remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance a deadly dangerous drug with no medical use and high potential for abuse and its possession remains a punishable offense. On the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump said the issue of marijuana legalization should be up to the states, continuing the hands off policy established under President Obama. Under the 2013 Cole Memorandum, the Department of Justice said it would not prosecute individuals and companies complying with robust and well-enforced state legalization programs. But on January 4th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded that memo and gave federal prosecutors the authority to pursue marijuana cases at their own discretion, even in places where the herb is legal under state law. The action has made banks even more afraid to take marijuana cash, which c...


Were going to have nothing to do with (peace process) any longer Trump threatens Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Today at joint press appearance with Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos, Switzerland, Donald Trump bragged that the U.S. had taken the toughest issue Jerusalem off the table with his embassy announcement. We dont have to talk about it anymore.

But if the Palestinians dont accept his Jerusalem announcement and dont agree to negotiate peace with the Israelis, the U.S. was going to have nothing to do with it any longer.

Trump issued that warning in the context of threatening to withdraw hundreds of millions of aid from Palestine unless its leaders negotiate.

When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great Vice President to see them and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support That money is on the table, and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace. Because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace. And theyre going to have to want to make peace too, or were going to have nothing to do with it any longer.

The president also said that the U.S. will have a small version of the Embassy opened in Jerusalem ahead of schedule in 2019.

Trump said Israel will pay for Jerusalem in negotiations to come, but expressed bewilderment at why the Palestinians take Jerusalem so seriously as to stop talking over it.

So I will say that the hardest subject they had to talk about was Jerusalem. We took Jerusalem off the table, so we dont have to talk about it anymore. They never got past Jerusalem. We took it off the table. We dont have to talk about it anymore. You won one point, and youll give up some points later on in the negotiation, if it ever takes place. I dont know that it ever will take place.

But they have to respect the process also, and they have to respect the fact that the U.S. has given tremendous support to them over the years, in terms of monetary support and other support.

Amir Tibon of Haaretz says that Trump undercut his administrations claims that Jerusalems borders and status as the Palestinian capital were all still on the table, despite the embassy announcement:

Trumps statement on Jerusalem today in Davos contradicts everything his own administration has been saying about the issue for the last month. It also makes his talk about a peace plan that would be great for the Palestinians very unconvincing.

Asked if he has a peace plan, Trump said everybody is going to be very happy in the end if the Palestinians would only talk:

Yes, we have a proposal for peace. Its a...


How the New York Times phrases Israeli orders to kill Arab civilians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Look at this: "In the wake of the Nahariya atrocity, Raful Eitan, the I.D.F. general, gave the regional commander Avigdor Ben-Gal a simple order: Kill them all, meaning all members of the P.L.O. and anyone connected to the organization in Lebanon."  Members of the PLO? There was no card carrying membership of the PLO. All Palestinians considered themselves members of the PLO. And if you add "anyone connected to the PLO in Lebanon, you have more than half the Lebanese population added to the Palestinian population in Lebanon. This explains why this order was translated into the murder of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian civilians in Lebanon. This is the nature of Israeli terrorism which Arabs won't forgive and why most won't settle for anything less than the dismantlement of the racist terrorist state of Israeli occupation.


Killing Yasser Arafat: Mossad propaganda in the New York Times "IndyWatch Feed War"

The story in the New York Times (which is part of a book which is coming out) is a typical Mossad planted story in US media.  Notice that there is an attempt to show that humanitarian consideration went into planning to kill Arafat. The most fervent effort by Israel to kill Arafat was in the summer of 1982 during the savage siege of Beirut.  As I lived those times, I remember how whole apartment buildings would be bombed by concussion bombs from the air ON THE SUSPICION that Arafat was in the building.   I remember that there were hundreds of people who were incinerated by Israeli fighter jets merely because they lived in apartments where Arafat was suspected by dumb Mossad agents of being there.  There massive sites of bombing that people visited and knew that this was due to wrong Israeli intelligence.  But in the article somewhere toward the end they mention this group:  "With Eitans blessing, Ben-Gal appointed the man he considered the I.D.F.s top expert in special ops, Meir Dagan, to lead the efforts in south Lebanon. The three of them set up the Front for the Liberation of Lebanon From Foreigners." The story says in passing that "hundred of people were killed" by them. But this is what they don't tell you: this front specialized in car bombs in crowded neighborhoods.  They would plant car bombs in West Beirut for purposes of sheer terror.  I would estimate that the number of innocent victims killed by this group was in the thousands and not the hundreds.  This is the record of Israel which many Lebanese and non-Lebanese Arabs won't forget. These are part of the war crimes for which Arabs hold Israel responsible, in addition to the illegal occupation of Palestine--all of Palestine.

PS The title of the book from which this was excerpted is "The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations".  T...


New York City truck jihadi refuses to stand for federal judge "IndyWatch Feed War"

He refused to stand because he recognizes only the authority of Sharia, which he regards as divine law and superior to the manmade law of the Manhattan federal court. Many other Muslims have in the past refused to stand for judges for the identical reason. Yet authorities have shown no interest in pondering the implications []


The Russiagate Stakes Are Extreme "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017 (The Kremlin)


Meet the spies injecting Israeli propaganda into your news feed "IndyWatch Feed War"

"It should be a big wake up call to all defenders of free speech and human rights when a peaceful civil society campaign is targeted by spy agencies responsible for hacking, torture, kidnapping and murder in Palestine and around the world." I want to create a community of fighters, Vaknin-Gil said soon after her appointment to the strategic affairs ministry. She said she planned to flood the internet with Israeli propaganda that would be publicly distanced from the government."


Germany's record-breaking arms exports "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Angela Merkel's government has approved over 25.1 billion ($30.9 billion) worth of weapons sales since taking power in 2014. This puts the current administration, a coalition of Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), above any other German government in modern history, public broadcaster ARD reported on Tuesday."


WaPo editor blames lack of U.S. leadership for famine caused by U.S. leadership "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Obama and Trump have logistically and politically supported the Saudi-led bombing and blockade of Yemen that caused the famine." (thanks Amir)


Playing Kurdish Card in Syria Backfires on US As Turks Move In "IndyWatch Feed War"

By James George JATRAS | Strategic Culture Foundation | 25.01.2018 What the result will be of Turkeys offensive against the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria may not be clear for a while, but two things are already certain. Bad decisions in Washington provided the trigger, and Washingtons regional position will suffer as a []


This is why the film by the silly Lebanese director got nominated for the Academy Awards: no mystery there "IndyWatch Feed War"

" "Three years ago, while I was watering my plants, I got in a fight with a Palestinian guy because the water was falling on him. And I told him, 'You know, [former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon should have wiped you all out.'"  Can you imagine if he were to say that about, say, Jewish people? Or blacks? Would he still be nominated and would he still be bragging about his bigotry?  


The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget "IndyWatch Feed War"

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, I Have a Dream, speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. (Public Domain)


Republicans Sitting On Evidence That Clears Trump: The Stupid Party Remains Stupid "IndyWatch Feed War"

FBI Director Robert Mueller in the Oval Office on July 20, 2012 (White House)


"Who Lost Turkey?" - The U.S.-Kurdish Project In Syria Endangers NATO "IndyWatch Feed War"

Back in the 1950s the U.S. political sphere was poisoned by a groundless smear campaign against country-experts in the State Department who were identified as those who lost China. If the Trump administration proceeds on its current course we may...



The first monkeys have been cloned in China... but is there a deeper story:
In a scientific first, cloned monkeys are born. Will they


Listening to Mattis "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Auslander for The Saker Blog I watched US Secretary of Defense General Mattis live on 19 January and Im reasonably sure a lot of us either watched him or


Hundreds protest Morocco trial of journalists "IndyWatch Feed War"


The journalists are accused of publishing excerpts of a parliamentary commission debate over a budget deficit


US Defense Secretary Paints a Misleading Global Picture "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Defense Secretary Paints a Misleading Global Picture


US Defense Secretary Paints a Misleading Global Picture

PARIS U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a remarkable admission last week while introducing the new National Defense Strategy.

We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that were engaged in today, Mattis said, but great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.

Using the term competition instead of war implies an economic component, since there are currently no direct military competitions between the U.S. and either...


Irans Fast Boats Stop Harassing U.S. Navy, Baffling Military "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tehran halts dangerous encounters in Persian Gulf amid tensions over nuclear deal

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Updated Jan. 25, 2018 11:46 a.m. ET

The Iranian military has halted the routine harassment by its armed fast boats of U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military said, a turnabout that officials welcomed but were at a loss to explain.

The boats for at least two years would dart toward the U.S. vessels as they passed through the Persian Gulf, risking miscalculation, but havent done so for five months, U.S. military officials said.


The officials said they hoped the respite would continue. I hope its because we have messaged our readinessand that it isnt tolerable or how professional militaries operate, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads U.S. Central Command, told reporters traveling with him in the Middle East this week. Iranian officials didnt respond to a request for comment.

The fast boats, typically armed with .50 caliber machine guns and rocket launchers, have come within shooting distance of American naval vessels, encounters that grew routine even though each one presents potential dangers to American vessels transiting through international waters.



To preserve our democracy we need freedom of speech and of the press "IndyWatch Feed War"



To preserve our democracy we need freedom of speech and of the press. Hence our Constitution itself provides that No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances (Article III Section 4).

Covered by this constitutional precept is every form of expression, whether oral or written particularly in print and electronic media, taped or recorded in a disc, including movies and symbolic speech such as wearing an arm band as a means of protest, peaceful picketing and holding rallies. And with the advent of information technology, blogs in social media are likewise included.

This freedom is observed and protected by prohibiting government restrictions on the press and other forms of expression in advance of actual publication and dissemination although in case of movies, censorship may be allowed with some procedural safeguards. This is the prior restraint rule which is a system of licensing administered by an executive officer. This prohibition however is not absolute especially when a nation is at war. On similar grounds the primary requirements of decency may be protected against obscene publications. Likewise the security of community life may be protected against incitement to acts of violence and the overthrow of the orderly government by force.

In order not to curtail this freedom, subsequent punishment of the expression is likewise prohibited. This prohibition does not apply however when the expression creates a dangerous tendency which the State has the right to prevent or when there is a rational connection between the speech and the evil feared. An example of this is the remark made during the American colonial rule by a Filipino who said: Filipinos like myself, must use bolos for cutting off Woods (the American Governor General at that time) head for having recommended a...


Kerry to Abbas Confidante: Stay Strong and Do Not Give in to Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

January 25, 2018 Ex-Secretary of State John Kerry has confided that he may make a second bid for the White House as he urged Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to resist President Trump, according to a report. [Abbas] should stay strong in his spirit and play for time that he should not break down []


We Will Remember Freedom : Why It Matters that Ursula K. Le Guin Was an Anarchist "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ive never liked the part of the story when the mentor figure dies and the young heroes say they arent ready to go it alone, that they still need her. Ive never liked it because it felt clichd and because I want to see intergenerational struggle better represented in fiction.

Today I dont like that part of the story because I dont feel ready.

Last week, I lived in the same world as Ursula Le Guin, a grandmaster of science fiction who accepted awards by decrying capitalism and seemed, with every breath, to speak of the better worlds we can create. On Monday, January 22, 2018, she passed away. She was 88 years old and she knew it was coming, and of course my sorrow is for myself and my own loss and not for a woman who, after a lifetime of good work fighting for what she believed, died loved.

Its also a sorrow, though, to have lost one of the most brilliant anarchists the world has ever known. Especially now, as we start into the hard times she said were coming.

To be clear, Ursula Le Guin didnt, as I understand it, call herself an anarchist. I asked her about this. She told me that she didnt call herself an anarchist because she didnt feel that she deserved toshe didnt do enough. I asked her if it was OK for us to call her one. She said shed be honored.

Ursula, I promise you, the honor is ours.

When I think about anarchist fiction, the first story that comes into my head is a simple one, called Ile Forest, which appeared in Le Guins 1976 collection Orsinian Tales. The narrative is framed by two men discussing the nature of crime and law. One suggests that some crimes are simply unforgivable. The other refutes it. Murder, surely, argues the one, that isnt for self-defense, is unforgivable.

The chief narrator of the story then goes on to relate a story of a murdera vile one, a misogynist onethat leaves you with both discomfort and with the awareness that no, in that particular case, there would be no justice in seeking vengeance or legal repercussions against the murderer.

In a few thousand words, without even trying, she undermines the readers faith in both codified legal systems and vigilante justice.

It wasnt that Le Guin carried her politics into her work. Its that the same spirit animated both her writing and her politics. In her 2015 blog post Utopiyin, Utopiyang she writes:

The kind of thinking we are, at last, beginning to do about how to change the goals of human domination and unlimited growth to those of human adaptability and long-term survival is a shift from yang to yin, and so involves accepta...


WaPo Editor Blames Lack of US Leadership for Famine Caused by US Leadership "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Adam Johnson | FAIR | January 23, 2018 American leadership is one of a long list of vague, seemingly benign pseudo-concepts our media throw around to justify increased spending on soft power and military adventurism. Its a difficult concept to pin down, but its almost always presented as something the United States is failing []


Trump: Money will be cut off to Palestinians if leaders dont engage in peace negotiations "IndyWatch Feed War"

At last some common sense in the Oval Office. The peace negotiations are useless and foredoomed, of course, but the point here is that President Trump is holding the Palestinians accountable, as no President has ever done before. We give billions of dollars away every year to countries and in many cases those countries dont []


100 Muslim organisations call on UK government to fire Sara Khan "IndyWatch Feed War"


Groups describe Khan as having 'no grassroots credibility' within the Muslim community


Celebrities express horror over Trump aid cuts to Palestinian refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"


Olivia Wilde attends the 5th Annual Save The Children Illumination Gala at The American History Museum on October 18, 2017. (AFP)

JERUSALEM: Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are among more than 25 celebrities and public figures expressing horror over President Donald Trumps decision to cut funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, an advocacy group said Thursday.

The real target of this lethal attack is the Palestinian people themselves...


Mattis just doesnt understand how US operates around the world "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Nebojsa Malic | RT | January 25, 2018 US Defense Secretary James Mattis is a Marines Marine and a respected military scholar. Yet his recent remarks to reporters about US conduct around the world smack of either hypocrisy or woeful misinformation. Mattis is visiting Indonesia and Vietnam this week, as part of a US []


Trump threatens to pull aid to Palestinians if they dont pursue peace "IndyWatch Feed War"


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DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to withhold aid to the Palestinians if they did not pursue peace with Israel, saying they had snubbed the United States by not meeting Vice President Mike Pence during a recent visit.

Trump, speaking after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland said he aimed for peace in the Middle East.

Palestinians shunned Pences visit to the region this month after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital and vowed to begin moving the U.S. embassy to the city, whose status is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trumps endorsement in December of Israels claim to Jerusalem as its capital drew universal condemnation from Arab leaders and criticism around the world. It also broke with decades of U.S. policy that the citys status must be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands that money is on the table and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace, Trump said.

Washington had already said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called Trumps Jerusalem declaration a slap in the face and has rejected Washington as an honest broker in any future talks with Israel. Abbas left for an overseas visit before Pence arrived.

Israels government regards Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the country, although that is not recognized internationally. Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Trump said Palestinians had to come to the negotiating table.

Because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace and theyre going to have to want to make peace too or were going to have nothing to do with them any longer, Trump said.

Trump said his administration had a peace proposal in the works that was a great proposal for Palestinians which covers a lot of the things that were over the years discussed or agreed on, without providing specifics.

Trump said that his declaration of Jerusalem as Israels capital took it off the negotiating table...


While complaining that Palestinians will starve because of Trumps cuts, PA buys Abbas $50,000,000 private jet "IndyWatch Feed War"

Both may be true. Palestinian children may starve, while their jihadi leaders spend the billions in aid they get from their easy marks in the West on private planes and other perks of authoritarian rule. Amid funding cut fears, PA purchases $50 million private jet for Abbas report, Times of Israel, January 24, 2018: []


New 2018 Pentagon Defense Strategy: From the War on Terror to Predatory Economics "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this edition of a Different View with F William Engdahl he goes into the real issues on the new Pentagon Defense Strategy document that was widely missed by mainstream media, namely how the Pentagon is now making economic rivals into its main "enemy image," and no longer focusing on the War on Terror. He discusses what in fact this means and how it represents a dangerous shift in US military priorities.

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DoD Secretary Mattis Didnt Get Indonesias Bizarre Message for Him "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is on an Asian tour to check the loyalty of his Asian counterparts. When he arrived in Indonesia, he was treated to a bizarre Special Forces martial art skills demonstration, including the live decapitation of snakes and the consumption of their blood. Unsurprisingly, he was very impressed by the unusual Continue reading DoD Secretary Mattis Didnt Get Indonesias Bizarre Message for Him


Fresh footage of Libya executioner at work, in spite of international arrest warrant "IndyWatch Feed War"


Mahmoud al-Werfalli is wanted by the ICC for war crimes


Davos: Inequality Rocks The Magic Mountain "IndyWatch Feed War"

A major cause of such inequality is tax havens which in the current casino atmosphere stand no risk of being regulated. The so-called globalized elites meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year under the specter of extreme turbulence. The WEF Global Risks Report is hardly reassuring. The top five most likely risks for 2018 all range from extreme weather/climate change disturbances to cyber-attacks. Yet, according to the report, in terms of impact, they are superseded by weapons of mass destruction a direct consequence of the Korean peninsula standoff. Global elites are somewhat paralyzed by political inaction facing the most pressing questions of our time, just as the global economy is inundated by liquidity. Quantitative easing was actually the only concrete response to political inaction, adhered to by every Central Bank, from the ECB to the Japanese.


Black Women Challenge White Feminism of Womens March "IndyWatch Feed War"

Black womens issues need to be at the forefront in order for this country to move forward, said Brittany Oliver, founding director of Not Without Black Women (NWBW), to many cheers from the crowd gathered at the Lincoln Memorial. About 10,000 people wrapped around the Reflecting Pool and stretched up the Memorials steps. Oliver said she was there to challenge white feminism and stress how important our voices are. Since we were here a year ago, there has been a seismic shift in the way women are dealing with the symptoms of gender bias, including the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, she said. She reminded them that #MeToo was founded a decade agoby a black woman. You saw #MeToo and Tawana Burke for over ten years, and [she] didnt get recognition for it until recently, Oliver said.


Myanmar says it terminated position of US diplomat Richardson He said he could not in good conscience sit on a panel he feared would only whitewash the causes of the Rohingya crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File / by Richard SARGENT | Myanmars State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi had hand picked US diplomat Bill Richardson to serve on a panel on the Rohingya crisis

YANGON (AFP)  Myanmar on Thursday said it made the decision to dump US diplomat Bill Richardson from an advisory panel on the Rohingya crisis, accusing the veteran politician of a personal attack on Aung San Suu Kyi in his stinging resignation letter.The war of words has heaped embarrassment on Suu Kyi whose star as a rights defender continues to plummet over her failure to speak out for the Rohingya in the face of overwhelming evidence of the Muslim minority groups suffering.

Suu Kyis office said that during discussions in Myanmars capital on January 22, it became evident that Richardson was not interested in providing advice as one of five international members of a new panel on a crisis that has seen nearly 690,000 Rohingya flee a military crackdown to Bangladesh.

In view of the difference of opinion that developed, the government decided that his continued participation on the board would not be in the best interest of all concerned, the office said in an English statement posted on Facebook.

Myanmars explanation stands in stark contrast to Richardsons, who after his three-day visit to the country said he could not in good conscience sit on a panel he feared would only whitewash the causes of the Rohingya crisis.

He tore into Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi for an absence of moral leadership over the problem, and described her furious response to his calls to free two Reuters journalists arrested while covering the crisis.

A Myanmar government spokesman hit back earlier on Thursday, accusing the former New Mexico Governor of overstepping the mark.

He should review himself over his personal attack against our State Counsellor, government spokesman Zaw Htay told AFP, using Suu Kyis official title.

Urging understanding instead of blame, Zaw Htay said the issue of the arrests was beyond Richardsons mandate and he should not have brought it up at his meeting with Suu Kyi.

The heated discussion left Myanmars leader quivering with rage, Richardson told the New York Times.

Tepid response

The Reuters journalists, Myanmar nati...


Trump: If Palestinians Dont Want Peace, The U.S. Has Nothing To Do With Them Sit down and negotiate peace. The money is on the table. "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Jerusalem Post
 JANUARY 25, 2018 17:12

He added that under the proposal, Israel would have to pay.

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Davos Switzerland

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. (photo credit: CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERS)

Unless the Palestinian Authority shows that it wants to make peace, the US will not have anything to do with them any longer, US President Donald Trump said Thursday in Davos before meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

I can tell you, Israel does want to make peace, and they [the Palestinians] are going to have to want to make peace too, or we arent going to have anything to do with them any longer, Trump said. This was not brought up by other negotiators, but it is brought up by me.

Trump did not hide his anger toward the Palestinians for snubbing Vice President Mike Pence during his visit in Israel this week, saying that the US will withhold aid funds to them until they return to negotiations.

The Palestinians, he said, disrespected us by not allo...


Sanctuary Cities Threatened With Federal Subpoenas "IndyWatch Feed War"

Twenty-three cities and states are facing subpoenas if they do not prove they are complying with federal immigration laws regarding sanctuary cities in a timely manner, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Letters were sent to each of the jurisdictions, which include California, New York City and Chicago, on Wednesday, demanding they provide documentation that proves they are not violating federal law. That law known as Section 1373  says state and local governments cant prevent their employees from communicating with Immigration and Naturalization Service officials about the citizenship or immigration status of any individual. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is threatening to pull federal grants from cities not demonstrating compliance, though multiple federal courts have blocked President Donald Trumps administration from withholding those funds; the issue is still being litigated.


Palestinians: Trump reneged on his promises and stabbed us in the back "IndyWatch Feed War"


Relationship with Trump was promising until he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinian envoy says


Iran Disrupts Saudi Bomb Plot, Seizes 23 Bombs and Bomb-Making Materials "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iranian security forces (file photo)Iranian security forces (file photo)

Iran has captured two large caches of explosives and powerful bombs that were supposed to be detonated in populated areas as part of two terrorist plots, one of them directly designed and led by Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry said in a Wednesday statement that in one operation, security forces discovered no less than 23 remote controlled bombs that terrorists were going to use in order to wreak havoc in the eastern parts of the country.

Terrorists had managed to carry the bombs over Irans eastern borders and sneak them into the country using help from Saudi intelligence agencies, according to the statement.

The ministry said another shipment of explosives complete with bomb-making equipment were seized from a terrorist group in the western province of Kordestan.

The materials, captured from a separatist militant group in the border town of Mariwan, included military-grade material such as TNT, C4, explosive kits and electronic charges.

The statement did not reveal further details about the identities of the terrorists or their possible targets.

Saudi officials have on several occasions made open calls for instability in Iran.



Trump kicked the Islamic world in the teeth today, and loved doing it. "IndyWatch Feed War"

"President Trump said Thursday that U.S. aid to the Palestinians won't continue until they're willing to "sit down and negotiate peace." At a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr....


We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices Inspiration For Young Activists "IndyWatch Feed War"

New York, NY  Random House Childrens Books will publish WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES, an empowering collection of poems, letters, personal essays, art, and other works from over 50 diverse, award-winning childrens book authors and artists in collaboration with Just Us Books, a Black-owned publisher committed to exclusively producing Black and multicultural childrens books. Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers, acquired world rights for publication from Just Us Books co-founders and anthology compilers Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. The beautiful, full-color keepsake collection will be available on September 4, 2018.


U.S. Officials Worried Jered Kushner Under Influence of Chinese Campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

 JANUARY 25, 2018 16:59


The crux of the concerns center on Kushners numerous encounters with Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai.

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Jared Kushner . (photo credit: REUTERS)

NEW YORK The US security establishment is reportedly concerned that senior White House adviser and son-in-law to the president of the United States, Jared Kushner, may be the subject of a Chinese influence campaign due to his personal business interests.

Those worries were revealed this week after The New Yorker reported that the 37-year-old has repeatedly held private meetings with Chinese government officials since the outset of the Trump administration.

The crux of the concerns center on Kushners numerous encounters with Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, with some meetings being accompanied by disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Cui and Kushner have also met alone on at least one occasion, according to The New Yorker, which intelligence officers say is a flagrant breach of security protocols.

The US usually conducts high-level talks with foreign governments in large groups, with experts on the American side present to ensure its interests are not manipulated or undermined.

But Kushn...


More Than 750 Communities Have Created Internet Networks "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new map from Community Networks shows that more communities than ever are building their own broadband networks to end big telecom's monopoly. Communities invest in telecommunications networks for a variety of reasons - economic development, improving access to education and health care, price stabilization, etc. They range from massive networks offering a gig to hundreds of thousands in Tennessee to small towns connecting a few local businesses. This map tracks a variety of ways in which local governments have invested in wired telecommunications networks as well as state laws that discourage such approaches. Our map includes more than 750 communities...


Turkey to U.S.: end support for Syrian Kurdish YPG or risk confrontation "IndyWatch Feed War"


ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) Turkey urged the United States on Thursday to halt its support for Kurdish YPG fighters or risk confronting Turkish forces on the ground in Syria, some of Ankaras strongest comments yet about a potential clash with its NATO ally.

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Turkish soldiers are pictured in a village near the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province, Turkey January 24, 2018. REUTERS Umit Bektas Reuters

The comments, from the spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogans government, underscore the growing bilateral tensions, six days after Turkey launched its air and ground operation, Olive Branch, in Syrias northwestern Afrin region.

Turkeys targeting of the YPG, which it views as a security threat, has opened a new front in Syrias multi-sided civil war.

Any push by Turkish forces toward Manbij, part of a Kurdish-held territory some 100 km (60 miles) east of Afrin, could threaten U.S. plans to stabilize northeast Syria and bring them into direct confrontation with U.S. troops deployed there.

Those who support the terrorist organization will become a target in this battle, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

The United States needs to review its solders and elements giving support to terrorists on the ground in such a way as to avoid a confrontation with Turkey, Bozdag, who also acts as the governments spokesman, told broadcaster A Haber.

The United States has around 2,000 troops in Syria, officially as part of an international, U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. Washington has angered Ankara by providing arms, training and air support to Syrian Kurdish forces that Turkey views as terrorists.

U.S. forces were deployed in and around Manbij last March to deter Turkish and U.S.-backed rebels from attacking each other and have also carried out training missions in the area.

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Erdogan on Wednesday to curtail the military operation in Syria, the White House said.

However Turkey has disputed that characterization of the conversation.

President Trump did not share any concerns about escalating violence with regard to the ongoing military operation in Afrin, a Turkish official said.

The two leaders discussion of Operation Olive Branch was limited to an exchange of views, the official said.

Six days into the campaign, Turkish soldiers an...


Without UNRWA we have nothing: Palestinian refugees speak out against US aid cuts "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bethlehem, occupied West Bank Palestinians in Bethlehems Aida refugee camp have expressed their mounting anxiety over a US decision to slash funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Earlier this month, the US State Department informed UNRWA that it would be withholding over $100 million from the organization. Heather Nauert, the departments spokesperson, said that the funds will be held for future consideration. Its money thats being frozen at this time. The US wants to see some revisions made in how UNRWA operates, she said.

She added that the decision was not aimed at punishing anyone.

Palestinians in Aida refugee camp disagree, telling Mondoweiss that the cuts are a continuation of US policies aimed at strangling the lifeline of Palestinian refugees.

UNRWA was established in 1949 to provide services to some 750,000 Palestinians expelled from their homes and lands during Israels creation in 1948.

The UNRWA refugee status is passed down to children via their fathers; the number of Palestinian refugees under UNRWAs responsibility is now more than five million all of whom are scattered across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.

Erosion of services

Aida refugee camp is located adjacent to Israels separation wall and an Israeli military tower in northern Bethlehem city. On the roof of some homes, an illegal Israeli settlement can be seen beyond the cement wall that snakes around the camp.

The camp is the site of frequent Israeli military raids and a recent study conducted by UC Berkeley School of Law concluded that the camp was the most tear-gassed area in the world.

The some 3,150 residents of Aida are dependent on UNRWA to provide food and cash programs to vulnerable refugees, school and healthcare.

Sajida Allan (Photo: Jaclynn Ashly)

Sajida Allan, a 24-year-old who voluntee...


Bad Weather Is No Reason For Climate Alarm "IndyWatch Feed War"

GWPF | Jan 24, 2018 2017 seemed like a year full of bad weather news. But a deeper look at the global data suggests that attempts to link the last years extreme weather to climate change are misleading.


Burger King Loves Net Neutrality (?!) And Other Whoppers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Some buzz-killers are complaining that Burger King doesnt really care about Net Neutrality and is just trying to exploit a hot-button topic. To them, I say: I know! Isnt it great?! Net Neutrality is so popular right now that its being used to sell hamburgers. This supposedly obscure issue, one that all the political experts spent years trying to dismiss and rename, is so prominent that Burger-freaking-King wants a piece of it. Right now Net Neutrality ranks high on the list of concerns of millennial voters right up there with marijuana legalization. If nothing else, BK knows its target demo. The unprecedented public response since Ajit Pais FCC moved to kill Net Neutrality in December has now seized the attention of Madison Avenue. This is new territory. And its delicious.


Norman Finkelsteins new book on Gaza is a meticulous account of Israels crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

GAZA: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom
By Norman Finkelstein
440 pp. University of California Press, $34.95

Norman Finkelstein has the moral gravity of an Old Testament prophet, the scrupulous attention to detail of a Talmudic scholar, and the mordant sense of humor of a Yiddish novelist. All these attributes are on display in Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom, an indictment of Israels crimes in the overcrowded Palestinian territory from 2008 up to the present.

The criminal pattern of Israels ongoing blockade, punctuated by murderous assaults against the civilian population of the beleaguered territory, will not be news to anyone who follows Israel/Palestine. But the cumulative impact of Finkelsteins meticulously-documented 408-page chronicle is devastating, and it will leave the reader stunned that the worldwide reaction is so muted.

Finkelstein does have one major new finding. He argues that the major international human rights organizations, after effectively denouncing Israels assault on Gaza in 2008-09, have since quieted down, to the point that Human Rights Watch issued only one feeble report after the biggest Israeli attack of all in 2014. Israels hasbara (propaganda), along with other kinds of pressure, is successfully whitewashing Israeli crimes.

Finkelstein deals in turn with Operation Cast Lead (2008-09; 1400 Gazans dead, including 350 children); the assault on the Mavi Marmara ship that was bringing medical and other supplies to the territory (9 dead); the less well-known Operation Pillar of Defense (2012; 100 dead, 35 children); and the most savage attack to date, Operation Protective Edge (51 days in 2014; 2200 dead, 550 children). He points out that by contrast, a total of 86 Israelis died in all these assaults, and of the 73 Israeli casualties in the 2014 invasion, fully 67 were Israeli combatants.

Throughout, Finkelstein thoroughly disproves Israels justification for its assaults, that they constituted self-defense. He points out that Hamas, the largest Palestinian political force in Gaza, did not start the regular hostilities; in fact, the organization showed growing signs of compromise with the reality of Israel, Hamass policy was characterized by what Finkelstein calls flagrant pragmatism. Hamas also signed on to a 2014 agreement to end its feud with its rival, Fatah. Israels prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, threatened by the specter of Palestinian unity, staged raids across the West Bank; Finkelstein explains that the rampage was patently tailored to elicit a violent response from Hamas, so as to prove it was a terrorist organization.



Turkey invades Afrin: the Kurds lose again "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog After weeks of belligerent rhetoric and preparations, Turkey finally invaded Afrin last week. It came as no surprise that Turkey would go for


Policing internet may do more harm than good, says UK terror watchdog "IndyWatch Feed War"


Max Hill says cracking down on online extremism could harm basic freedoms and force radicals onto untraceable 'dark web'


Trump, May Meet at Davos Amid Strained Relations "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.K. leader appeared to tread carefully during her speech but stressed Britains special relationship with the U.S.


By Jenny Gross
The Wall Street Journal

Updated Jan. 25, 2018 10:01 a.m. ET

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May strongly defended free trade and globalization in a speech Thursday at the World Economic Forum, implicitly distancing herself from President Donald Trump amid strained relations.

Mrs. May and Mr. Trump were meeting in Davos, Switzerland, their first since the U.S. president abruptly called off a planned trip to London earlier this month.

She needs Trumps support as the U.K. leaves the European Union and seeks to build economic relations with the U.S. But she also has publicly admonished him and sought to avoid the political fallout of appearing too close to a leader who is unpopular in her home country, including within her Conservative Party.

The U.K. leader is expected to tread a careful path. In her speech in Davos last year, May implicitly rebuked Trump with a strong defense of globalization and free trade. This year, May is instead expected to urge technology companies to do more to crack down on extremist material, according to excerpts of her speech sent by her office.

Its a special relationship not only in words, but its how we work together, really, on every issue. It is very, very hard to find any place where our interests dont overlap almost completely with those of the United Kingdom.

-White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

Downing Street has said the special relationship between the U.K. and the U.S. is long and enduring. White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster earlier this week sought to play down tensions, emphasizing the relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. remains special and that the president was prioritizing his meeting with May, the first of his four bilateral meetings with foreign leaders in Davos.

Trump was one of the few world leaders to support Brexit, and May wants to secure a quick and favorable trade deal with the U.S. to show that Britain can make up for the costs of leaving the blocs free trade zone.


Trump holds meeting with Israels Netanyahu at Davos Urges Palestinians to the negotiating table "IndyWatch Feed War"

Combines from Reuters, AFP and CBS News

Mr. Trump arrived in Davos and the World Economic Forum Thursday, hours after an impromptu press conference with reporters in which he said he is looking forward to being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and is open to a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was looking forward to opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world leaders.

One of President Trumps first official meetings in Davos was with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu.

Mr. Trump is greeting Netanyahu following the prime ministers visit with Vice President Mike Pence during his overseas visit to the Middle East. There, Pence had announced the U.S. embassy in Israel would be making its move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv earlier than planned.

While addressing the international media in Davos, President Trump said he had withheld several millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians in order to get them to the bargaining table. He also said he decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in order to remove that topic from the negotiating table.

More as it becomes available


WaPo Defends Its Owner Against Charges That Hes Very Wealthy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Awkwardly enough, one of the worlds six wealthiest people is the owner of the paper doing the factchecking. Or as the Postcoyly put it, (Among the names on the list: Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post.) The Posts Nicole Lewis didnt say that Sanders was wrong, exactly. Instead, she said that he has made a habit of relying on simplified statistics that are provocative but do little to illuminate the complexities of the US economic system. Or as she said of a similar statement Sanders made about US (not global) wealth, While technically correct, the condensed soundbite lacked nuance about wealth accumulation and debt in the United States. The factcheck started out by acknowledging that, yes, the six richest people, according to Forbes, have net wealth of $462.6 billion.


Narrm / Melbourne, So-Called Australia: Banner Action for Invasion Day 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Received on 25.01.18:

Banner drop. West Gate freeway. Melbourne. Solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.


Messianic Mike Pence spouts pseudo-biblical literalism in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Not long ago it seemed that the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority were eager to negotiate a peace deal. Secretary of State John Kerrys leadership of this effort from July 2013 to April 2014 will likely never be matched by the Trump administration. Over a period of nine months, Kerrys shuttle diplomacy raised eyebrows amidst strained relations between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama as he attempted to chart a proposal through almost a hundred meetings between Palestinian, Israeli, and American negotiators. The effort ultimately proved fruitless; yet it remains instructive.

Five months into the talks and after repeated leaks of intense discussions among the negotiators, the most scathing assessment came from Moshe Yaalon, then Netanyahus Defense Minister. In January 2014, he said the American security plan presented to us is not worth the paper its written on, and that the Secretary was acting out of incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling, cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.

Yaalons remarks were not unnoticed by the American team. The mutual disdain between Obama and Netanyahu had, by that point, fueled several instances of such derogatory public comments by Israeli officials. While Yaalon quickly apologized, his words soon proved a harbinger of the negotiations death. After all, no deal could materialize without the Defense Ministers approval. Moreover, Israeli approval of 14,000 illegal settlement units during those nine months of shuttle diplomacy undermined the confidence of the Palestinian negotiating team. Kerry himself admitted toward the end of his effort that the settlements approval was a cloud that made it very difficult for any leader to deal under.

Today, it seems that roles have been reversed. The U.S. is indeed on a messianic mission only of a different kind  and, this time around, Israel could not be any more supportive. This is especially so in light of the Trump administration campaign to upend fact with biblical prophecy and the stuff of fantasy.

Vice President Mike Pences speech at the Knesset on January 22, 2018, is only the latest display of his evangelical Christian worldview as it relates to Israel.


How Can We Bridge The Widening Global Inequality Gap? "IndyWatch Feed War"

For the past five years, I have carried Oxfam's call to tackle global inequality to the rich and powerful people attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. I don't sing alone there any more. I'm worried my message is almost mainstream, that I sound like I'm part of the choir. I bet nearly every politician and industry leader I meet in Davos this week will talk the talk about the evils of inequality and be very eloquent and believable, too. I mean, how could they not? The evidence is overwhelming. Surely, no stable genius attending Davos could possibly try to deny, minimise or justify 2018 levels of global inequality? Now that would be a controversial sideshow! Oxfam's report this year is as much about people's stories as it is about inequality's staggering statistics. These are the people around the world losing their lands and livelihoods as fast as ever.


Pakistan condemns US drone strike that killed two Islamic jihadis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yet more indication that Pakistan is no ally of the United States. Pakistan condemns US drone strike inside its territory, Reuters, January 24, 2018: The unmanned aircrafts missiles targeted an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistans northwestern Kurram region, a statement from the Pakistani foreign office said. Such unilateral actions, as that of today, are detrimental []


BBC's House of Saud: How much of it is real? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The film highlights the huge issues which endanger Saudi Arabia's survival over the medium term


No Indigenous Women, No Womens Movement "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is no secret that, beginning with the first wave of feminism, the womens movement has been a white womans crusade. While white women championed suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, black and indigenous women still were fighting for their personhood, not yet even considered human by the white race and simply not in the privileged position to be discontented with their inability to vote. Still today, white and upper-class womens issues stand in stark contrast to the issues of many indigenous and black women. In todays womens marches across the nation, scores of white women express their feminist vigor wearing pink pussy hats, a rebuff to Donald Trumps grab em by the pussy comment from a 2005 Access Hollywood recording that emerged publicly shortly before the 2016 presidential election.


AU summit 30: Should Africa worry about a growing foreign military presence? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Peter Fabrucius, January 24, 2018

From ISS Africa

The United States in particular, but also France, have had a lot of flak for their military presence in Africa. However a surprising number of other foreign powers have quietly been putting boots on African soil over the past couple of decades, though attracting little attention.

Does the African Union (AU) endorse all this activity? Is it monitoring it? Is it concerned about it? And if not, should ordinary Africans be worried and demand action from the continental body?

Alex Vines, head of the Africa programme at Chatham House, discerns a growing diversification of security partners on the continent. In 2000, security in Africa meant mostly France, a bit of the US and some niche deployments such as Morocco (as presidential guard) and the United Nations (UN), Vines told ISS Today.

We now have Djibouti hosting many military bases. China in 2017 joins other recent arrivals in Djibouti with military facilities. Japan too has its only foreign military base there as do the Italians. Troops from Germany and Spain are hosted by the French, but the Russians failed to negotiate a partnership with the Chinese to share their facilities. India is also considering opening its own base in Djibouti, as is Saudi Arabia.

But it isnt only Djibouti thats accepting new foreign military bases, he says. In February 2017, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) secured agreement for a fore...


Kentucky Medicaid Enrollees Sue To Block Work Requirement Waiver "IndyWatch Feed War"

Groups representing Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries sued the federal government Wednesday to block the state from implementing its Medicaid waiver program that includes a work requirement. The proposed class action complaint alleges the changes, which include premiums, cost-sharing and a controversial work requirement, will lead to substantial reductions in Medicaid coverage. The CMS approved Kentucky's Medicaid waiver application this month. The controversial work requirement means able-bodied beneficiaries will have to complete 80 hours per month of community engagement activities, such as employment, education, job skills training or community service to maintain their Medicaid eligibility.


Mexico: Cartels cripple the countrys refineries "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nearly ten years ago, one of this blogs readers was aware of this, THE REFINERY RACKET: Mexicos drug cartels, now hooked on fuel, cripple the countrys refineries Drug gangs pressure refinery workers to tap the lifeblood of Mexicos oil industry. One former worker fled the country. One former gang member helps authorities understand the racket. []


Clausewitz would approve ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

"This map provides a general look at the military situation in the area of Abu al-Duhur. The Syrian Arab Army and its allies have been working to secure their recent gains in eastern Idlib, including the town of Abu al-Duhur...


Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Jihad in Toronto? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Maybe, but we may never know. My latest at FrontPage: A 20-year-old Brampton man, the Canadian Press reported Tuesday, is facing dozens of charges, including seven counts of attempted murder, in what police describe as a string of unprovoked, random shootings in Toronto that narrowly missed being fatal. As it turns out, this could have []


Germany investigating whereabouts of main Turkey coup suspect: Reports "IndyWatch Feed War"


Adil Oksuz has been accused of being the primary conduit between Turkish military forces and US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen


Barnes & Noble offered al-Qaeda bomb instructions as a free download "IndyWatch Feed War"

Barnes & Noble took this down after this story first ran at PJ Media, but the message is clear nonetheless. Last August, while you could get al-Qaeda bomb instructions as a free download from Barnes & Noble, Jihad Watch applied for their Affiliate Program, by which we would have sold my books at this site []


The Emerging Militia-ization of Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed War"



Short-term, the announcement by President Nicols Maduro that he is seeking early presidential elections in April 2018 is just one more sign of Venezuela de facto slipping into a one party regime. But looking longer term, a more pressing problem is emerging: the combination of a collapsing economy and a weak and corrupt government is creating the ideal conditions for criminalized non-state actors to emerge as the primary powers within large pockets of the state. Political control in Venezuela increasingly rests with criminalized militia groups and state security services rather than the presidents own United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) as an institution. These groups are providing reliable muscle to the Venezuelan president, but they are increasingly acting in accordance to their own economic interests as well.

The post The Emerging Militia-ization of Venezuela appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


YouTube investing $5 million to counter hate and promote tolerance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Who decides what constitutes hate speech and what doesnt? That is the all-important question that Leftists who call for hate speech to be restricted in various ways consistently ignore. The grim reality is that those in power can label any opinion they dislike as hate speech, and proscribe it accordingly. That is the pathway to []


Venezuela: The eight armies behind Maduro "IndyWatch Feed War"

With a vested interest for the status quo, According to Otero, there are eight armed groups that make up the Maduro administrations muscle: Armed civilian militias that are uniformed and trained by the army The Bolivarian National Guard (Guardia Nacional Boliviariana GNB) The Bolivarian National Police (Polica Nacional Bolivariana PNB) The Bolivarian National Armed Forces []


German journalist: Like many other women in Germany, I no longer feel safe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Are we diverse enough yet? Interview with a German journalist: Like many other women in Germany, I no longer feel safe, Voice of Europe, January 24, 2018: We interviewed German journalist and model Anabel Schunke. She studied political science and history and is one of Germanys most well-known criticasters of the countrys migration policy. This []


Money for nothing: Riyadh's cash injection does little to revive Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"


Saudi Arabia last week poured $2bn into Yemen's central bank to save the rial and ease prices - but ordinary Yemenis have seen no change


Arabic press review: Has Abbas really bought a private jet? "IndyWatch Feed War"


Palestinian president reported by Israeli media to have signed deal for a $50m private jet for personal use


Al-Qaeda: Muslims Should Kill Americans Everywhere "IndyWatch Feed War"

Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Khalid Batarfi (Photo: video screenshot)

A senior Al-Qaeda leader has called on all Muslims to rise and attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere.

In a video released this week, Khalid Batarfi, a top commander with the groups  Yemen-based operation (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), said killing them is one of the most important things.

The response was ostensibly aimed at the decision by U.S. President Donald Trumps to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The next day, the State Department named Batarfi  a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. According to State, the designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Batarfis property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

In April 2015, Batarfi broke free from the Central Prison of al-Mukalla in Yemen when AQAP militants attacked the prison.

Here is a clip from the original 18-minute video:



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Stats defy the BBCs repeated portrayal of a siege on Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"

When, in the summer of 2014, the BBC began describing the counter-terrorism measures employed by Israel along its border with the Gaza Strip as a siege we noted that the definition of that term is a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling those inside to surrender and commented:

A besieging army does not ensure and facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid including food and medical supplies to those it surrounds. It does not supply them with 50% of their electricity supply, with oil and diesel or with cooking gas. It does not help them export their produce and give their farmers agricultural training. It does not evacuate their sick and treat them [] in its own hospitals.

The use of that inaccurate terminology is however still evident in BBC content both by unchallenged interviewees and by BBC journalists. For example:



Honduras: the Coup has the Seal of the United States "IndyWatch Feed War"

For over two months, the Opposition Alliance has claimed that their candidate, Salvador Nasralla, was the winner of the presidential elections of November 26. Gilberto Ros Grillo is a national leader from the LIBRE party, one of the parties that makes up the Alliance, whose secretary-general is Manuel Zelaya, the former Honduran president who was deposed in a coup in July 2009. After the announcement of further mobilisations from the Honduran society to protest against the government, Ros Grillo tells us about the recent developments in this social and political crisis that has already generated 34 casualties. He also stresses the international dimension to this crisis that Honduras is currently facing.


Alex Anfruns: In late December we saw these controversial statements from the US State Department, legitimising the fraud that had taken place in your country. How do you evaluate the situation from an international perspective?

Gilberto Ros Grillo: In general, the international situation we are witnessing is of struggle. Even though Honduras is a small country, it is quite important to the United States. So in this fight for hegemony Honduras is not allowed to join the struggle.

After the almost total loss of legitimacy by the Honduran institutions, especially after the 2009 coup, the 2013 fraud and the most recent fraud which is even more blatant than the previous one, the seal of approval for the elections came from the US Embassy itself through Mrs. Fulton, the charg daffaires.

The picture is very clear at the moment when she recognises the electoral triumph of Juan Orlando Hernndez, because the president of the Supreme Electoral Court, David Matamoros Batson, appears on television with his hands in his pockets, standing behind the US official, as if assuming that she is the one who needs to certify or rubber-stamp the electoral process. The American meddling right in the face of the international community and the need for them to directly intervene in Honduras is plainly evident.

AA: What is this struggle that you were mentioning?

GRG: In the past ten years there was clear progress for the left in Central America, with the victory of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the FMLN in El Salvador, even the left in Costa Rica. Also with the out of control situation seen in Guatemala, because even though the American will was to remove t...


Saudi VS the Victims Families of 9/11: The battle is not yet resolved! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ali Mrad 25-01-2018 | 08:03 Saudi Arabias print and broadcast media outlets as well as social networking sites have been celebrating the so-called Saudi victory for days now over the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Saudi media claims that US District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan has refused to accept []


Lebanon's Oscar hopeful: An insult indeed - to the Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the film Lebanese are depicted as ever benevolent, while the Palestinians are aggressive and entitled


Military Situation In Syrias Afrin On January 25, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a look at the military situation in Syrias Afrin. The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) are pressuring on Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces on mutliple frontlines. The most intense fighting is ongoing in Birsaya Mount.

Military Situation In Syria's Afrin On January 25, 2018 (Map Update)

Click to see the full-size map

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Palestinian prisoner who requires urgent medical care loses bid for freedom "IndyWatch Feed War"


Israa Jaabis's family, lawyer and supporters say they will now push for her to receive medical treatment inside the Israeli prison where she is being held



On April 26, 2017, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) Judge Rosemary Collyer issued a 99-page ruling, spelling out the conditions under which American citizens could be placed under electronic surveillance and the records retained by the FBI, the CIA, the...


Yoda: Introducing the Galactic Confederation of Stellar Nations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Phi Beta Iota: Recommended as a notional construct. The real thing appears to be much more violent and nuanced. Some sort of cosmic turning appears to have started in 2012 and is accelerasting in 2018. We have no direct knowledge.

See Especially:

Review: Project Human Extinction The Ultimate Conspiracy

See Also:

Extraterrestial @ Phi Beta Iota


How to Deal with Radical Islam at Home "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clarions David Harris speaks with Louisianas KPEL radio about the threats, the signs of radicalization in our homes and what we can do.




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Mongoose: Deep State, Shadow State, and Trump Progress "IndyWatch Feed War"

An alert reader provides a summary below the fold worth a full read!

ome say that Q is the horses mouth (Trump = POTUS = President Of The US). Listen to the stunning revelations, long before they (hopefully) become general knowledge. Stop at minute 42. The rest is a waste of time. Thanks Darrel Waldthausen, for finding and passing this along.

Louisa has trouble understanding why Trump is doing the Deep States bidding in the Middle East and Korea. I have learned that the simple answer is this: There is a distinction between the Deep State and the Shadow Government, both ruling and destroying the US (and the planet) for their own selfish purposes.

According to this brilliant article on Zero Hedge:                          Trump needs the (reluctant and unwitting?) support of the DS in his priority war with the SG.

DS = Military-Industrial-Security Complex, Corporate and Banking Lobby = Corrupted Congress, Netanyahu/Putin = Jesuits, Freemasons & Rothschilds

SG = Intelligence (and Media) complex, which controls 90% of the politicians by blackmail, controls the international drug trade, giving them an illicit private/independent income of around a trillion dollars annually.

Each of these groups has their inside fraternities of people with a conscience (white hats helping Trump), but the SG, which was in charge via Obama and Hillary was clearly much more dangerous for America, because of their end goal of a communist, monopolist, globalist, anti-human, depopulation tyranny, as you can hear in the YouTube discussion mentioned in the top line link...


Tomgram: Engelhardt, Send in the Clowns "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me...


The MEK: From Revolutionary Group to Imperialist Asset "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tehran (MPN) With the recent protests across Iran, some people are, for the first time, being exposed to a fringe group of Iranian exiles known as the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, and their political front group, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

While audiences of Western media may be seeing the group, they arent actually being provided the proper context of who the MEK and NCRI are. Instead, MEK protests are being shown across Western media as anti-regime protests representative of the general mood of Iranians. The problem with these protests which have been highlighted by outlets like Fox, Salon, and Vox  is that they arent actually taking place in Iran.

Instead of highlighting the concerns of the legitimate protests in Iran, multiple news outlets instead showed protests in cities like Paris, where the NCRI is based. MEK protests were highlighted due to their demand for the fall of the revolutionary government in Tehran, an agenda very different from that of the protesters in Iran.

But who exactly are the MEK and NCRI? How did this group which claims to be based on a strange, malleable blend of Shia Islam and Marxism, and was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. until 2012 become a close ally of the U.S. foreign policy establishment as a tool for applying pressure to Iran? To better understand how the MEK, which is almost universally rejected by the Iranian people, found itself in bed with nations like Israel and the U.S., it is worth examining MEKs full history.

Peoples Mujahedi...


Berto Jongman: Surveillance Capitalism and Silent War Kees Van der Pijl "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Surveillance Capitalism and Crisis

Makes the case that elite contrive perpetual crisis to keep the poor in a state of tension and unable to organize for political or financial power.


Kerry tells Abbas to be strong and not yield to Trumps demands "IndyWatch Feed War"

Moral support for a jihad leader. Kerry to Abbas confidante: Stay strong and do not give in to Trump,' by Ben Caspit, Jerusalem Post, January 24, 2018: While the White House has confirmed that since the Jerusalem Declaration there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration, it turns out []


Patrick Cockburn: Economic Sanctions = War Crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Patrick Cockburn

Its Time to Call Economic Sanctions What They Are: War Crimes

Economic sanctions are like a medieval siege but with a modern PR apparatus attached to justify what is being done. A difference is that such sieges used to be directed at starving out a single town or city while now they are aimed at squeezing whole countries into submission.

Sanctions are just as much a collective punishment as area bombing in East Aleppo, Raqqa and Mosul. They may even kill more people than the bombs and shells because they go on for years and their effect is cumulative.

Read full article.


Ethical Stardom: Pursuing Dreams in Cities Under The Shadow Of Gentrification "IndyWatch Feed War"

As cities become increasingly difficult to afford for middle-income Americans, how do we reframe the concept of ethical consumption to fit the requirement for creative people to move to a major cultural center to succeed?

Banksy, Follow your Dreams

The idea of moving to New York to pursue your dreams or a better life has a history dating back centuries. There are chefs from around the world who wanted to open a restaurant sharing their hometown cuisine with American audiences. There are artists, writers, and musicians from the Midwest who wanted to be in the biggest city in the country for the most opportunities.

Its a romantic story thats no less interesting and unique because its so common. While native New Yorkers rightly show off their stripes, go back a generation or two and youll find most of their families were based somewhere else.

This narrative continues as people arrive by bus, train, and plane every day. However, this is a different era with different conditions.

Im not talking about immigrants seeking refuge or people whove bravely fled war-torn countries for survival. Im talking about people who choose New York purposely, because of its cultural capital.

Where once this was a city to arrive in with a dollar and a dream, its now a city that requires you to save for months or years in advance to land on your feet.

Moving to New York, or most American cities, to pursue your dreams has become both a privilege and a requirement in many fields, especially the arts and humanities.

But with city populations ballooning and real estate prices skyrocketing, cities already have a great pool of talent vying for every position.  There are kids growing up in the Bronx struggling to get the change together to take a train downtown for an art or music camp their parents saved up to bring them to.

It takes a charming arrogance to presume that as a small kid from Minnesota, you could be better than every other dancer or poet living in New York. It makes for a great origin story. Sometimes it works out and its hard not to identify with that underdog story.

The only problem is that type of success is starting to look a lot less like luck and a lot more...


New Jersey public school teaches Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the last & final Messenger of God "IndyWatch Feed War"

We have seen this all over the country, and in every case, the school officials insist that the school is simply teaching the tenets of Islam, not proselytizing for them. But it is noteworthy that public schools never seem to teach, say, that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of the world without []


Pakistan Calls For Credible Probe into Taliban-Claimed Kabul Hotel Attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pakistan Calls For Credible Probe into Kabul Hotel Attack

Pakistans foreign ministry rejected claims by some circles that Pakistan militants had been involved in the attack.


The Pakistani government has called for a credible investigation into Saturdays deadly Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul that left at least 43 people dead and many more wounded.  

Reacting to the attack, the Pakistani ministry of foreign affairs rejected allegations by some Afghan circles that Pakistan-based militants were behind the attack.

We reject the knee jerk allegations by some Afgh...


Hottest Week Of The Year All Of Antarctica Below Freezing "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Tony Heller | Real Climate Science | January 24, 2018 This week is the hottest week of the year in Antarctica, and the entire continent is below freezing. In the map below, I have masked out all above freezing temperatures. Climate Reanalyzer Meanwhile, our fake news and fake science organizations tell us Antarctica is melting []


Philippine Police To Be Charged With Murder, Torture and Planting of Evidence in War On Drugs Case Palace Claims Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded very positively to President Dutertes comments about the Philippine governments war on drugs "IndyWatch Feed War"


Court orders arrest of cops for murder of Carl Arnaiz

The charges of murder, torture and planting of evidence are non-bailable

By Lian Buan

Published 12:13 PM, January 25, 2018
Updated 1:58 PM, January 25, 2018

DOUBLE MURDER. Carl Angelo Arnaiz is buried on September 5, 2017. The Public Attorneys Office (PAO) eventually filed a double murder case for the killing of Carl and his companion the night he went missing, Reynaldo De Guzman. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler



Hezbollah to Launch Four Thousand Rockets onto Israel Every War Day: Haaretz "IndyWatch Feed War"

January 24, 2018 The Zionist newspaper Haaretz published an article in which it presented a completely dark view about the serious threat posed by Hezbollah rockets during any upcoming war, stressing that the peril would be very destructive. The Israeli paper mentioned that Hezbollah would launch three to four thousand rockets on a daily basis []


German leftist rebels fight to sink Merkel power pact "IndyWatch Feed War"


dpa/AFP/File / by Frank ZELLER | Kevin Kuehnert says Social Democrats should break a cycle of repeated tie-ups with German Chancellor Angela Merkels party

BERLIN (AFP)  Germanys Angela Merkel hopes to form a new government by late March, half a year after inconclusive elections, but if there is one man who may yet torpedo the plan, its a 28-year-old Young Socialist.Kevin Kuehnert has burst onto the German political scene as the passionate leader of a guerrilla campaign against another grand coalition or GroKo government which now spells the greatest threat to the veteran leader.

The Berlin university student heads the youth wing of the Social Democrats (SPD), Germanys second biggest party, which has reluctantly agreed to once again negotiate a role as junior partners to Merkels conservatives.

To Kuehnert and other like-minded youth wing members such a power pact would spell a betrayal of the over 150-year-old labour partys cherished ideals that could consign it, after a string of election defeats, to the dustbin of history.

While SPD leader Martin Schulz has made his peace with the idea of playing second fiddle to Mutti Merkel, Kuehnert and other next-generation politicians are doing their best to derail the plan.

In his fiery speech at an SPD party congress last Sunday, Kuehnert said that repeated tie-ups with Merkels party over recent years were an endless loop that we have to break.

He urged party comrades to bite the bullet, go into opposition and be a dwarf today so we can be a giant again one day.

With the mood in the party glum and fragile, the plan to negotiate another loveless left-right alliance was backed with a dangerously thin margin, by 56 percent of the 600 party delegates.

Now Kuehnerts rebel alliance hopes to bomb the GroKo plan at the end of coalition talks, expected several weeks from now, when the partys 440,000 rank-and-file members get to have the final word in a vote.

If the young activists, and other internal critics, succeed with their #NoGroKo campaign, this would likely spark snap elections in Europes biggest economy, and probably the end of the Merkel era.


Merkels troubles started when, 12 years into her reign, September 24 elections left her short of a governing majority and in need of new coalition partners for a fourth term.



Harris Poll Says Most Americans Agree With President Trump on Immigration "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Mark Penn of the Harris Poll appeared on Fox and Friends this morning with Steve Doocy to say, Our polling shows that most Americans agree with president Trump on immigration.

Americans want an end to chain migration and the lottery and they want a meaningful barrier on the southern border, he said.

They also want us to get beyond DACA.

Makes one wonder why we had a government shutdown at all.


From NPR

Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley touted a Harvard Harris poll on Morning Edition Tuesday, saying that it showed Americans support the presidents agenda.

Its an 80-percent issue, people want to close down the borders, he told NPRs Rachel Martin. Its a 70-percent issue to end chain migration. [A] 68-percent issue to end the visa lottery program and ask people to come here on merit. Thats a 70-percent issue. And this is a study from Harvard.

First things first theres a lot more to these poll numbers than Gidley is saying.

That Harvard Harris poll didnt find that 8 in 10 Americans want to close down the borders. Rather, it asked Americans, Do you think we should have basically open borders or do you think we need secure borders?

Given the choice between open borders a position that no mainstream political leaders are proposing and a secure border, which is current U.S. policy, 79 percent of Americans agreed that the U.S. needs secure borders.

It is true that 68 percent of Americans said they oppose the lottery that randomly picks 50,000 people to enter the U.S. each year for greater diversity. And in fact, even more (79 percent) fa...


Theater Review: McResistance and the Government Shutdown of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The 2018 government shutdown is now over but Im thankful Democrats like Chuck Schumer got the chance to make announcements that expose just what the Democrats presently are and what they actually stand for. The party that is currently referring to themselves as the Resistance is, in reality, closer to being a movement of submissive obsequious corporatists. What Democrats are to the actual left is the same as what Nickelback is to Rock n Roll, nothing but a bland facsimile of something genuine with the primary purpose of selling something.

Democrats talk about compromise and bipartisanship while having no fundamental base of priorities. Who cares about bipartisan anything if what youre agreeing to is reprehensible. Lets take what I would call a somewhat important issue that the Democrats didnt feel worthy of shutting down the government over, I dont know, lets say providing more funds to address the impending ecological apocalypse surrounding topics like climate change and species extinction? Perhaps worthy causes to shutdown the government over?

However, climate change didnt even receive lip service from the party ostensibly representing the left. The Democrats adherence to fulfilling the will of corporations over the people is what amounts to a total abandonment of representation of Americans. The people have no voice in America. If youre into basic human issues, like a habitable planet, human dignity, and you dont agree with killing babies in senseless warfare overseas then you have no representation in the US government. None.

The Republicans were obviously not going to back anything related to tapping the brakes on unhinged slavery fueled resource extraction that is rapidly destroying all flora and fauna, but the Democrats didnt make a single whimper on any ecological issue publicly. Much like the presidential debates the Democratic party again showed they actually give zero shits about the natural world.

Part of Schumers Big things he touted the government could do if Republicans would just play oligarchy cooperatively is raising military spending to the highest level ever. Somehow increasing spending on the military, which is essentially a planetary genocide machine that is the worlds largest polluter doesnt seem congruent with caring about anything but war profiteering. If enthusiastically raising military spending to the highest level ever is the left, then we know the McResistance are themselves worthy of resisting.

No one stands for peace in our government. No one is anti-murder, and the Democrats are not only silent on the idea of peace, but they tout to anyone who listen how eager they were to increase military spendin...


Fotomovimiento on #Chios "IndyWatch Feed War"

We published many reports about the situation of refugees on Lesvos in the past weeks. Unfortunally we didnt manage to come to Chios or one of the other Greek islands to report about the situation there. At the moment the people of Fotomovimiento are on Chios and we re-publish a report that they published on their Facebook page.


Originally published by Fotomovimiento 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.

Read all our reports about #RefugeesGR; here.

Fotomovimiento on Chios

We published many reports about the situation of refugees on Lesvos in the past weeks. Unfortunally we didnt manage to come to Chios or one of the other Greek islands to report about the situation there. At the moment the people of Fotomovimiento are on Chios and we re-publish a report that they published on their Facebook page.

Day 9. Chios. The situation in the Vial camp is also an absolute disaster. On a wall there is the phrase of a boy who was here and who has remained as a sign of the suffering of so many people every day. Vial is very far from the center and there are few possibilities for people in the countryside to move.

People are crowded in a space surpassed among garbage. There are a few (but wonderful) volunteers who work tirelessly. The situation in Chios is harder than Lesbos, because it is even more forgotten and less visible. In one of the photos, you can see the space where 100 children (many minors) sleep, separated by plastics and blankets. They say its like being in a grave: Its like living d...


Ex-Montana House Majority Leader Gets 18 Years for Drug Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Great Falls Tribune: A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring. Michael Lange, the Republican House majority leader during the 2007 Legislature, arranged deliveries of at least 20 []


Sara Khan is not the issue, it is how the state treats radicalisation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sara Khan's appointment as the UK's counter-extremism chief is symbolic of how the problem of radicalisation is ultimately addressed by the state


Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 41 "IndyWatch Feed War"

In zijn column van 10 september 2007 op The Worlds Opinion Page van  Project Syndicate gaf Ian Buruma het volgende resum van de Amerikaanse buitenlandse politiek na 1945:  

South Korean democracy was not something the US gave to the Koreans, or even always encouraged. From the late 1940s to the late 1980s, the US played along with, and sometimes actively backed, anti-Communist authoritarian rulers, who grabbed and consolidated their powers through violent coups and the suppression of dissent.



Biggest Washington DC Lobbyist Is Now Google "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Register: For the first time, an internet company has become the largest lobbyist in Washington DC. With the release of fourth quarter lobbying figures a legal requirement it has been revealed that Google (well, Alphabet) spent no less than $18m in 2017 to lobby lawmakers in the US capital: a 17 per []


WATCH: Ron Paul warned of FBI corruption years ago "IndyWatch Feed War"

WATCH: Ron Paul warned of FBI corruption years ago



Americas Syria Trap "IndyWatch Feed War"

JAN 24, 2018

Americas Syria Trap

Remember when a ground invasion of a sovereign countryperpetrated by a NATO allywould constitute a big story?
Before Donald Trump, Russiagate and the mainstream medias apparent obligation to cover every presidential tweet, Turkish planes bombingand tanks rumbling throughSyria mightve been real news. These days hardly anyone has the energy to care. No, Washington pols have been too busy misappropriating the poor, underpaid military to bolster their own narrative around the three-day government shutdown. Neither side comes up fo...


Moscow accuses Washington of blackmailing Europeans into altering Iran nuclear deal Russia, China and Iran are together on this "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia Today (RT)

January 25, 2018

Protestor demonstrates outside the White House wearing a Donald Trump mask Jim Bourg / Reuters

Washington is essentially blackmailing European signatories to Irans nuclear deal to amend its conditions, Russias envoy to EU said, urging the parties to preserve the status quo created by the landmark agreement.

Following Donald Trumps repeated bashing of the historic 2015 deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced on Monday that the US is dispatching a diplomatic team to Europe to work out a joint initiative aimed at amending the P5+1 agreement. France, Germany and the UK, who earlier repeatedly urged the US to honor the deal, seemingly expressed some readiness to cooperate with the US administrations demands.

It is difficult to consider Trumps recent statements as anything other than an attempt to blackmail the European participants in the deal, Russias Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told TASS on Wednesday.

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Russias Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov

However, despite Washingtons incitement, so far there are no clear signs that the European members of the six-party group have changed their position, the Russian envoy said, adding that all the signatories continue to actively consult with each other and the Iranians.

Donald Trumps attacks against Iran have intensified this year. The US president began 2018 by accusing the previous administration of basically funding terrorism by signing the landmark nuclear accord with Tehran. While certifying for the last time on Irans compliance with Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Trump explicitly warned that the US would pull out of the agreement unless terrible flaws of the agreement were fixed. Tillerson is now on the mission that might kill the main foreign policy achievement of the Obama era.

The deal, sealed by the US, UK, Russia, France, China and Germany, places limitations on Irans controversial nuclear energy program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. The agreement among the P5+1 does not have any binding restrictions on Irans ballistic-missile program, which has since become the focus of growing criticism. Iran repeatedly stated that its missile program is not up for negotiation.

Considering the International Atomic Energy A...


Anger over Sara Khan appointment to lead UK counter-extremism commission "IndyWatch Feed War"


Campaigner described as 'a creation of and mouthpiece for the Home Office' as government faces criticism over controversial appointment


Monkeys Cloned in World First "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Independent: Two monkeys are the first ever primates to be cloned using the technique that created Dolly the sheep. The technique brings the prospect of cloned human beings even more closer. But scientists caution that there may be no good reason to create such clones, and that ethical and legal questions need to be []


EU top court dismisses class action suit against Facebook for privacy violations "IndyWatch Feed War"

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled an Austrian privacy activist can not bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook. Max Schrems had been seeking damages for himself and 25,000 others for privacy violations.

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Europes highest court ruled on Thursday that Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems could not bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook for what he claims is illegal use of private data.

With 25,000 signatories to his suit, Schrems case was highly unusual for Europe, where class action lawsuits are rarely recognized.

Read more: Mark Zuckerberg makes fixing Facebook a personal goal for 2018

The facts of the case:

     Since 2014, Schrems has been making assertions that Facebook violates the data protection rights of European users, including giving their data to a US intelligence agency.

     Facebook claims that it adheres to European Union privacy laws.

     The social media giant has also argued that Schrems, as an author and lecturer on privacy rights, has a professional interest in the case and thus cannot be treated as a normal customer under consumer protection laws.

     Schrems was seeking 500 euros ($620.55) in damages for each of his 25,000 co-plaintiffs.

Max SchremsSchrems first brought Facebook to court as a law student in 2011. Facebook was subsequently audited under EU law and forced to delete some of its files

Facebook knows they cant win

Ahead of the verdict, Schrems accused Facebooks lawyers of trying to stop the case from being heard: Facebook knows that they cant win this case when it will be heard....


US not concerned with short term dollar value: Mnuchin We are not looking to get into trade wars, on the other hand we are looking to defend Americas interests. "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, January 11, 2018

DAVOS (SWITZERLAND) (AFP)  US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said he had no particular worry about the dollars value in the short term, a day after he sent the US currency plummeting by appearing to back a weaker greenback.I thought my comment on the dollar was actually quite clear yesterday we are not concerned with where the dollar is in the short term, it is a very liquid market, Mnuchin told journalists at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

We believe in free currencies and that there are advantages and disadvantages where the dollar is in the short term. So I thought that was clear, the former Goldman Sachs banker said.

He added that over time for dollar, the long term reflects the strength in the US economy?.

The dollar was relatively stable in European trading Thursday morning after taking a battering on the back of Mnuchins comments Wednesday, with analysts suggesting it looked part of the Trump administrations America First policy to help US exporters.

Mnuchin also defended the White Houses tough talk on trade, which he said was consistent with its long-term agenda.

We are not looking to get into trade wars, on the other hand we are looking to defend Americas interests, he said.

This came after US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross defended new tariffs and warned Washington would be prepared to fight back in the future against countries it felt had flouted the rules.

Minutes after latest Mnuchins comments, at 0845 GMT, the euro was stable at $1.2402.



Jack Ma: Dont use trade as a weapon "IndyWatch Feed War"

  @AlannaPetroffJanuary 24, 2018: 8:37 AM ET

Includes video:

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has a warning for Davos: Trade wars are easy to start, but they can have devastating consequences.

Dont use trade as a weapon, Ma said Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Its so easy to launch a trade war, but its so difficult to stop the disaster of this war.

Ma, who has built a massive e-commerce platform with global ambitions, made his comments just days after President Trump slapped tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines.

Beijing, which expects to be hurt by the move, has said the tariffs aggravate the global trade environment.

Yet more U.S. actions are expected. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters in Davos on Wednesday that more trade actions are in the pipeline.

Related: Team Trump talks trade in Davos

Ma, who is chairman of Alibaba (BABA) and one of Chinas most prominent business leaders, acknowledged that globalization was going through some growing pains. But he said that tech advances and customer demand meant that free trade and globalization would continue.

I think it is impossible to stop the trade, he said. The world needs trade. If the trade stops, the wars s...


'Calls Upon' Trickery - How Europe Cheats on Iran's Nuclear Agreement "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administration wants to abolish the nuclear agreement with Iran. The big European countries want to keep the formal agreement but are actively looking for other reasons, specifically Iran's ballistic missiles, to put new sanctions on Iran. A detailed look into the issue reveals that those European countries are willfully misreading the relevant UN resolutions and mislead the public about their real motivations.


LG to hike washing machine prices in response to Trump-imposed tariffs China warns of retaliation over US tariffs "IndyWatch Feed War"

Increases of about $50 are likely on at least some washing machines and dryers

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Will Trumps Import Tariffs Cause Trade Wars?
President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that imposed tariffs on washing machines and solar panels. WSJs Gerald F. Seib examined whether these moves could ignite a trade war with South Korea and China. Photo: AP

Updated Jan. 24, 2018 11:51 p.m. ET

LG Electronics Inc. has told retailers it plans to raise prices on its laundry appliances following President Donald Trumps approval this week of steep tariffs on imported washing machines.

As a result of the trade situation, we will be initiating pricing actions, which will be sent under separate cover shortly, Thomas Yoon, an executive at the South Korean manufacturer, told retailers in a memo dated Wednesday and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal....



As you might have gathered, I've been watching the news this past week with an eye on financial and cyber-hacking stories. And this one

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North Korea planning military event on eve of Pyeongchang Games "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this April 15, 2017, file photo, a submarine missile is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is preparing to stage a major event to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military on Feb. 8, 2018 just one day before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. (AP/Wong Maye-E, File)
PYONGYANG, North Korea: North Korea is preparing to stage a major event to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military on Feb. 8 just one day before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Officials refuse to confirm what exactly is planned for the event.
A major show of military power could create anger in South Korea, which is hoping the games will be a symbol of peace and stability. Seoul has agreed to North Korean leader Kim Jong Uns last-minute proposal to send a delegation to the games and will have its athletes march together with the North Korean team under a blue-and-white unification flag.
Pyongyang residents have been assembling every day in temperatures hovering around minus 15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) to practice for what is expected to be a mass rally by civilians in Kim Il Sung Square, while open-source satellite imagery obtained by outside analysts suggests military units are training at an airfield on the outskirts of the city for a possible military parade.


Canada: Leaked intelligence documents show greater threat of Islamic terror than government admits "IndyWatch Feed War"

Leaked Intelligence Documents Show Greater Threat of Islamic Terror than Government Admits Breitbart Leaked documents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) show that the intelligence service is far more concerned with Islamic terrorism behind closed doors than the left-wing Trudeau government will admit in public. This is a confirmation of what was already []


UK morning show feature of childrens book about terrorism sparks outrage "IndyWatch Feed War"

A book aimed at teaching five-year-olds about terrorism sparked outrage today as parents demanded: Let kids be kids. Good Morning Britain viewers were horrified by Carole Liebermans cartoon-style guide which features an image of a masked jihadi with a Kalashnikov and a suicide vest. The US psychologist Lieberman defends her work by saying that []


Clarions Raza Takes on Naysayers; Wins Hands Down "IndyWatch Feed War"

The state Capitol building of Minnesota in St. Paul.The state Capitol building of Minnesota in St. Paul. (Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

When Clarions Raheel Raza began her latest tour of a U.S. city this time to Minneapolis little did she know of the storm it would whip up.

Scheduled to meet lawmakers from both houses in the Minnesota Capitol, a local paper broke the story that a local Democrat politician wanted Razas visit to be stopped because of allegations of Islamophobia made against Raza, who is a Sunni Muslim.
Undeterred by the story, Razas hosts, Republicans Rep. Roz Peterson and Sen. Warren Limmer, not only carried on with their plans but, in Limmers case, issued this statement to media:
Ms. Raza is a practicing Canadian Muslim and an outspoken opponent of radical Jihadism. She is a fierce advocate of womens rights and has dedicated her life to fighting against the radicalization of our youth. She was recently awarded Canadas 150th anniversary medal for service to the country, and has been invited to speak to governments around the world, including the U.S. Congress, UK House of Lords, Canadian Parliament, Swedish government, and the United Nations.

During her week-long tour, Raza is meeting leading figures in the Muslim community in Minnesota to discuss counter-radicalization and ways to ensure youngsters stay away from radical Islam in all its forms.

In 2018, Clarion will launch our new film Jihad Generation which tells the stories of radicalized children who became jihadis many of whom came from non-Muslim families. During the year, we will also launch an educationa...


Why Europe Must Reject U.S. Blackmail Over Iran's Nuclear Agreement - An Update "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administration has threatened to end the nuclear deal with Iran. In our last post we argued in detail that the attempt of the European 3, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, to soothe Trump by condemning Iran's ballistic...


Playing "Kurdish Card" in Syria Backfires on US As Turks Move In "IndyWatch Feed War"

What the result will be of Turkeys offensive against the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria may not be clear for a while, but two things are already certain. Bad decisions in Washington provided the trigger, and Washingtons regional position will suffer as a result of Ankaras Orwellian-named Operation Olive Branch.


Muslim US soldier watched bloody jihad videos for hours daily, laughed and insulted the victims "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Hawaii-based Army soldier was obsessed with videos depicting terrorism beheadings, suicide bombings and other violence and he watched them in his bedroom for hours every day. His aspirations were allegedly to be a jihad suicide bomber; he is said to have met with Islamic State agents and to have given them classified military information. []

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