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Monday, 21 May

22:42

U.S. Needs New War To Keep Military-Industrial Complex Going "IndyWatch Feed War"

OLITICS 

05/21/2018 10:45 am ET Updated 49 minutes ago


Mike Pompeo Promises To Crush Iran And Achieve A Better Deal

The secretary of state avoided specifics on how he would convince the rest of the world to abandon the existing nuclear accord.

22:15

Ramadan Day 5 thought for the day from Robert Spencers The History of Jihad "IndyWatch Feed War"

Todays holy month inspiration comes from the time of the Crusades. In 1268, as I recount in my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, when the jihad forces of the Mamluk sultan Baybars took Antioch from the Crusaders, Baybars was annoyed to find that the Crusader ruler, Count Bohemond VI, had []

22:11

Update from the Nicaraguan Insurrection : Horizontal Organizing vs. Left Neoliberalism and the Pitfalls of Nationalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two weeks ago, we published a report from the uprising in Nicaragua that began in April. Since then, the situation has only intensified. Here is an update from our comrades in Nicaragua, describing the most recent developments and the stakes of the struggle. In Nicaragua, we see an uprising against the neoliberal policies of a left government in which a movement is attempting to resist right-wing cooptation in the absence of an established anarchist or autonomous movement. We are concerned about the prevalence of nationalist and rhetoric and imagery, but we believe that it is important to support revolts against authoritarian governments in order to generate dialogue that could open up a revolutionary horizon. Just as it will not benefit leftists to support unpopular and oppressive left governments, it does not benefit anarchists to refuse to engage with insurgents whose goals are still evolving.

For the past month, Nicaragua has seen daily protests against the government of Daniel Ortega. This is being called La Insurreccion de Abril (the April Insurrection). Over the last two weeks, these protests have escalated to countrywide blockades and urban barricades. Organized students are occupying three public universities (UNA, UPOLI, UNAN). Nicaraguans in every major city have taken to the streets to demand complete systemic change, including the resignation of Daniel Ortega. Riot police and Sandinista Youth continue to carry out pro-government repression, although this has died down in Managua, Masaya, Matagalpa, and Jinotega.

Its been amazing to protest in the streets of Managua without government or Young Sandinista repression. Weve been able to do this for ten days now. Its the first time since Ortegas came to power that weve been able to take the streets in this way. I truly feel as if the city is ours. Were witnessing amazing street art, art projects, and interventions. We dont know whats going to come out of the dialogue. Government reform, police reform, new elections, autonomous regions?

I feel good, but it has been exhausting. We have good days and bad days. I feel emotionally drained, just working and working and working. Not really taking time to think. Its been exhausting to live on a day by day space and time. So many doors have been opened!


Classes began at UNAN, the largest public university in the country, on Monday, May 7. Students organized a protest inside the university campus, staging a sit-in and then spending t...

22:09

Israel detains Palestinian teen with severe head injury, again "IndyWatch Feed War"

As Mohammad Tamimi, 15, walked to the market near his home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh Sunday evening, he passed by a new white Hyundai.

Two men he assumed to be Palestinians were standing outside the parked car, speaking fluent Arabic on their phones. Two more were sitting inside the car, which had a green license plate (vehicles belonging to Israeli citizens have yellow plates).

Mohammad did not think much about this scene.

When he got close the men jumped Mohammed. One bent the youths right arm behind his back and covered his mouth. Then two men threw Mohammad into the car and drove out of the village.

Fadel Tamimi, Mohammads father, only learned of this when Mohammad was released later that night at around 11 p.m.

When Mohammad missed Iftar the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan Fadel felt something was wrong.

Its not like Mohammad to just go missing like this, he told Mondoweiss. We got scared about what happened to him.

There was no one on the streets at the time who witnessed the incident. The family was left in the dark regarding Mohammads whereabouts.

The family contacted the Israeli police and army, but they denied having detained the minor. The village then initiated a search campaign to find Mohammad.

Mohammad has been slowly recovering from a life-threatening injury he sustained five months ago, when Israeli forces shot him in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet at close range during a protest of Donald Trumps decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

He was put under a 72-hour medically-induced coma at that time, before doctors were forced to remove a portion of his skull owing to severe inflammation in his brain.

Mohammad underwent another critical surgery less than a month ago, and doctors have since reinserted the pieces of skull.

Everyone was so worried because Mohammad needs to take his medicine. He had missed one of his scheduled doses, Manal Tamimi, Mohammads aunt and a prominent activist in the village, told Mondoweiss. We thought maybe he had fallen and hurt himself.

Israeli authorities finally contacted Mohammads family to inform them that the minor was being held for interrogations at Shaar Binyamin detention center in the occupied West Bank. He was released soon after.

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21:57

Head of Portugals national theatre endorses BDS, cancels Israel cultural event "IndyWatch Feed War"

Portuguese director and playwright Tiago Rodrigues [PACBI/Twitter] MEMO | May 21, 2018 A Portuguese director and playwright who was scheduled to take part in next months Israel Festival, has announced that he is officially joining the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement (BDS). According to the Israeli Haaretz, Tiago Rodrigues was supposed to perform in Israel []

21:53

NSA triples spying rate "IndyWatch Feed War"

NSA triples spying rate on Americans phone calls, collects 530mn records in 2017

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21:53

It Was Our Israeli Allies Who Helped Trump Hijack the 2016 US Elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russiagate Flopped but Now Comes the Real Scandal: Israeli-Saudi-Emirati Gate

Donald Trumps eldest son Donald Jr. may soon be questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller over a possible conspiracy to collude with foreign entities in order to meddle in the 2016 US Presidential election which his father ultimately won.

While Muellers initial duty was to attempt and find collusion between the Trump campaign and entities from Russia, thus far the only evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was when the current US Presidents son-in-law Jared Kushner ordered disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to essentially beg then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to delay a UN vote so that the incoming Trump administration could vote at the UN in favour of Israel. As it were, Russia did not take the bait and the lame duck Obama administration cast a vote in favour of the Palestinian position.

In this sense, what was supposed to be Russiagate turned out to be Israelgate as the Trump campaign lobbied foreign governments, including Russia on behalf of a foreign power which happened to be the Tel Aviv regime. Here Russia was the victim rather than a co-conspirator. 

Far from the US mainstr...

21:36

France: Hooded gunmen open fire with Kalashnikovs in Marseille "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ramadan in Marseille? Possibly, and possibly not. But if it is jihad, we cannot be sure that French authorities will be forthcoming about that. Like authorities all over Europe, they appear intent upon covering up the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat. Marseille shooting: Hooded men open fire with Kalashnikovs, by Nicole Stinson, Express, []

21:22

Iran Endgame "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trumps decision to trash the nuclear agreement with Iran has set the stage for an endgame long envisioned by Israel and its neocon fellow travelers in the United States. The Israelis and the Saudis will settle for nothing less than the complete destruction of Iran. If the endgame becomes a reality, this will be a []

21:18

Iraq 2.0: New US Secretary of State Setting the Stage for Regime Change in Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iran Regime Change(CD)  In a speech at the right-wing Heritage Foundation on Monday that critics said should put to rest all lingering illusions that the Trump White House wants anything other than regime change in Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined a wildly unrealistic list of demands that Iran must meet if it wants nuclear talks with America []

21:13

Hamas: Israels rejection of UN probe evidence against it "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Information Center May 21, 2018 GAZA The Hamas Movement on Sunday said that Israels rejection of an investigation ordered by the UN Human Rights Council into the recent mass murders of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip was evidence that its forces committed war crimes against innocent civilians. The Israeli occupations rejection []

21:09

Downed Ka-52: How Russian generals decided not to spoil Putins inauguration "IndyWatch Feed War"

On May 7, 2018, in Moscow there was yet another inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin. As usual...

The post Downed Ka-52: How Russian generals decided not to spoil Putins inauguration appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

21:07

Syrian military in full control of Damascus for first time in years "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli-made weapons among arms handed over by militants in Damascus Al Masdar news reports: BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) For the first time since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the city of Damascus is fully under the control of the Syrian military. The long-time stronghold for the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), southern Damascus was the only part of the capital that was still outside of the Syrian governments control. However, that would change on May 19th, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) finally agreed to hold talks with the Islamic State in the area; this would lead to the latters surrender the next day. The remaining Islamic State terrorists and their family members will now be transported to the vast Badiya area that was located between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor. With ISIS gone, the Syrian Army now free up thousands of soldiers for the upcoming offensive in the southern provinces of Al-Quneitra and Daraa.  

21:07

Irelands book of condolence for Palestinians killed in Gaza blocked by pro-Israel groups "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | May 21, 2018 A request by the Irish Republican Party, Sinn Fein, to open a book of condolence in Belfast city council for Palestinians killed in Gaza last week was blocked by Unionists allied with the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel group. Denouncing the book of condolence as deeply shameful, the Israeli lobby []

21:00

FBI: 1,000 homegrown jihad terror investigations active in US, not counting Islamic State and al-Qaeda suspects "IndyWatch Feed War"

Outreach to the community. Yeah, thatll work. Hasnt it worked beautifully since 9/11? Meanwhile, hampering these investigations is the fact that even now, the clueless and compromised FBI includes no study of the motivating ideology of jihad terrorists in its counterterror training. It is working in the dark, and the consequences will inevitably beexplosive. FBI []

20:59

U.S. Calls for Fresh Sanctions Following Maduros Win in Venezuelan Elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuelan election with eight million votes securing a second term over three candidates. Closest competitors Henri Falcon and Javier Bertucci claimed the election illegitimate and demanded a re-election in October while the U.S. State department threatens further oil sanctions on the OPEC nation over the elections.

On Sunday, May 20th, Venezuela held elections to decide the president for the next six years. With a voter turnout of around 46 percent of eligible voters, incumbent president Nicolas Maduro took 67 percent of the popular vote. Former Lara state governor and unofficial opposition candidate Henri Falcon, a self-described socialist, came in second with 21 percent of the vote.

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Opposition Calls for Boycotts

Leading into the May 20th decision, the Venezuelan opposition coalition spearheaded by the Democratic Round Table (MUD) stated that they would boycott the election and called on their supporters to abstain from voting. Reports from polling stations say that while there was a low upper-class voter turnout due to the calls for abstention, working-class turnout was high showing that the PSUV (Nicolas Maduros party) still has mass support.

Presidential candidates Henri Falcon and Javier Bertucci claimed that the elections were illegitimate. Falon, who took second-place in the election, Tweeted that he was robbed of a potential victory due to the voter abstention and demanded a new round of elect...

20:50

Video from Pakistan: Muslims open fire on Christians who try to retake their homes that Muslims seized "IndyWatch Feed War"

The global human rights community will take little notice. After all, it isnt as if something important, such as Islamophobia, had been committed. In Punjab, Christians who tried to retake their homes grabbed by Muslims suffer gunshot wounds (video), by Kamran Chaudhry, Asia News, May 18, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Lahore (AsiaNews) []

20:49

Why a US-Iran clash was inevitable "IndyWatch Feed War"

Obama wanted to end his presidency on a positive note, but it was only a matter of time before a subsequent administration aimed to curb Irans regional expansion

20:46

Gender segregation and the West "IndyWatch Feed War"

You know what is ironic? Western governments used to complain against any manifestations of gender segregations among Muslims.  Now, Western governments encourage gender segregation. This is about a "women-friendly" (i.e., women-only) garden in Cairo.  It is funded by USAID.  According to this writer, this is unprecedented in Egypt.  

20:35

Ramadan Rage: Jihadists Kill 41, Injure 102 in First 4 Days "IndyWatch Feed War"

Breitbart, by Edwin Mora, May 21, 2018: Islamic terrorists have massacred at least 41 people and injured 102 in the first four days of the holiest month for Muslims, Ramadan, a time when some adherents of Islam believe jihad and martyrdom Continue reading

20:26

Wikipedia Is An Establishment Psyop "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Caitlin Johnstone | Medium | May 20, 2018 If you havent been living in a hole in a cave with both fingers plugged into your ears, you may have noticed that an awful lot of fuss gets made about Russian propaganda and disinformation these days. Mainstream media outlets are now speaking openly about the []

20:21

Trump's New Campaign Against Iran Will Not Achieve Its Aims "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administration made it perfectly clear today that it wants regime change in Iran by whatever means it has. In a well promoted speech at the Heritage Foundation Secretary of State Pompeo laid out twelve demands towards Iran. He...

20:20

Two peace activists arrested on Armed Forces Day at drone command center in Iowa "IndyWatch Feed War"

Veterans for Peace and Des Moines Catholic Worker 2nd Annual Armed Forces Day Stop the Killing Rally and Direct Action at Iowa Air National Guard Drone Command Center On May 19, Armed Forces Day, members of Veterans for Peace, Des Moines Catholic Worker and Iowas religious community held a rally and direct action at the []

20:11

Radicalism: The Real Shock Was the Reaction of the Americans "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gatestone Institute, by Majid Rafizadeh, May 12, 2018: Many extremist Muslims believe that their religious desire is coming true in in the US. Religiously speaking, for extremist Muslims, ruling America is Allahs (Gods) word. To them, a sacred promise is coming to fruition. Continue reading

20:04

The Humanitarian Hoax of the Muslim Brotherhood "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dr. Rich Swier, by Linda Goudsmit,  May 6, 2018: The Humanitarian Hoax is a deliberate and deceitful tactic of presenting a destructive policy as altruistic. The humanitarian huckster presents himself as a compassionate advocate when in fact he is the Continue reading

20:00

Framing the Trump Campaign as Lackey's of Russia by Publius Tacitus "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are still many unanswered questions, but the evidence that now is part of the public record removes any doubt that British and US Intelligence services collaborated in a devious and fabricated scheme to portray the Trump campaign as intent...

19:54

European national sovereignty under threat over Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

European national sovereignty under threat over Iran

Europe now faces its ultimate ideological fork-in-the-road, which it has thus far ignored but can no longer ignore.

19:54

Memo to Michigan: Part 2 Sharia the Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"

By TUW Media, May 21, 2018 Center for Security Policy, May 8, 2018: Part I:  Controversy erupts in Michigan gubernatorial race as barbs are traded over sharia. Part II: Controversy erupted in the Michigan gubernatorial race as barbs were traded over sharia. The Continue reading

19:44

Leaving US Sidelined "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia, Europe and China Discuss New Iran Nuclear Deal, Leaving US Sidelined

May 20, 2018 at 10:22 pm

19:39

19:37

An Extreme Climate Forces Extreme Measures "IndyWatch Feed War"

An Extreme Climate Forces Extreme Measures as Worst-Case Predictions Are Realized

Monday, May 21, 2018 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report 

19:30

Remembering the 2009 Little Rock Jihadist Attack and President Obamas Days of Silence "IndyWatch Feed War"

June 1, 2018 will be the ninth anniversary of two tragic events. The first event was the shooting of two United States Army privates by a Muslim convert outside the recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas; one private was killed and the other was wounded. The second event was the start of the multi-day silence []

19:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/05/21 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed War"

2018/05/21 17:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

19:21

Speakers Corner Islams Fiercest Critics "IndyWatch Feed War"

When speaking out against Islam at Speakers Corner, one immediately finds oneself surrounded by Muslims in a circle formation. Its akin to red Indians circling a cowboy wagon. It is intimidation tactics, and it ensures that there will be no escape for anyone who crosses the line. With this in mind, Id like to pay []

19:12

Israeli Snipers Kill Unarmed, Defenseless People: Isnt That Murder? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Snipers Kill Unarmed, Defenseless People: Isnt That Murder?

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News
21 May 18

Israeli Defense Forces Kill Coldly, Calculatedly, Then Cheer

sraels deliberate, methodical, selective assassination of unarmed, peaceful Palestinians in Gaza has gone on for years, punctuated by periods of deliberate but random killing with air strikes and artillery. Gaza is a prison, Gaza is a concentration camp, Gaza has been blockaded for a decade, Gazas occupation is a perennial crime against humanity, but most of all Gaza is a target. Gaza is a target because it suits the Israelis to have two million captive Palestinian men, women, and children (half of them are children) to despise, starve, deny medical supplies, reduce to inescapable and unlivable conditions, kill, and then brand as terrorists for not surrendering and disappearing from the face of the earth 70 years ago. From an Israeli perspective, Palestinians committed original sin by merely existing.
From a Palestinian perspective, Israelis committed original sin by merely existing. They are both right, in a narrow sense that is useless for moving forward. Neither has any moral authority in a wider perspective. But where does one go to find any wider perspective?
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19:08

Don't know much about Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Check out this great podcast to learn all about its politics, culture, and diaspora!

19:00

Arizona: School apologizes for yearbook in which Muslim student said he was most likely to bomb the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this case, school officials said there was no vote. Students filled in the blanks themselves, hence the 8th grader himself wrote in the words most likely to bomb the U.S.' In that case, why did the school issue an apology to parents? The school didnt add this tag to the 8th graders photo in []

18:59

Pentagon assessing potential responses to Iranian behavior "IndyWatch Feed War"

The U.S. military will take all necessary steps to confront Iranian behavior in the region and is still assessing whether that could include new actions or doubling down on current ones, the Pentagon said on Monday.

We are going to take all necessary steps to confront and address Irans malign influence in the region, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis

We are assessing if we are going to double down on current actions or implement new actions, Manning said.

He did not comment on specific actions.

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Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

18:51

Kings Bay Plowshares in court for arraignment, bond hearing "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Patrick ONeill, Kings Bay Plowshares At a May 17 bond hearing in United States District Court in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S. Attorney Karl Knoche told U.S. Magistrate Stan Baker that the government recommended that the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists be held without bond pending their federal trial for conspiracy, destruction of property on a Naval []

18:43

Japan: Directorate for Signals Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: The Intercept: The directorate has a history that dates back to the 1950s; its role is to eavesdrop on communications. But its operations remain so highly classified that the Japanese government has disclosed little about its work even the location of its headquarters. Most Japanese officials, except for a select few of the []

18:42

Mnuchin Urges Antitrust Review of Big Tech After Google Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

60 Minutes highlights frequent Google critics in EU, U.S.  Treasury secretary speaks in CNBC interview early Monday

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged the Justice Department to review the power that large technology firms such as Google have over the U.S. economy.

A 60 Minutes segment on Sunday devoted to assertions that Alphabet Inc.s Google wields a destructive monopoly in online search hammered home the notion of the companys dominance during a time of heightened public concern with technology giants. The report didnt include new allegations about the company.

These issues deserve to be reviewed carefully, Mnuchin said in a CNBC interview early Monday in response to a question about the CBS News report. These are issues the Justice Department needs to look at seriously, not for any one company, but as these technology companies have a greater and greater impact on the economy.

The report highlighted how critics and rivals, such as Yelp Inc., are trying to bring Europes antitrust approach to Google to the U.S. Margrethe Vestager, the European Union competition commissioner, told CBS that she is intent on stopping Googles illegal behavior in web search, suggesting that the regulator isnt appeased by the companys proposed solution for the hefty charges the EU filed last year.

You have to look at the power they have and its something the Justice Department I hope takes a serious look at, Mnuchin said, though he added that issues of monopolies are out of my lane and that its up to the Justice Departme...

18:40

South Africa Cato Crest: Blockades at Vusi Mzimela Road and Jan Smuts Highway "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Africa: Today at 3 am Abahlali baseMjondolo in Cato Crest took to the street and blockaded Vusi Mzimela Road and the Jan Smuts Highway.

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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.

South Africa: Abahlali took to the streets in Cato Crest this morning

Today at 3 am Abahlali baseMjondolo in Cato Crest took to the street and blockaded Vusi Mzimela Road and the Jan Smuts Highway. 

For a long time the community has been side-lined by the Ward Councillor when it comes to providing basic services, including those which are urgently required for basic human dignity and safety. The community has been living in the area without electricity, proper water and toilets. People are raising children in these dangerous conditions.

Earlier this year the current Mayor Zandile Gumede promised to speed up the process of providing electricity and sanitation in the settlement. These were empty promises. Politicians continue to lie to people to get their votes and then send in the police to attack people when they demand what was promised to them in the first place by politicians.

This is the very community where we lost Nqobile Nzuza, a 17-year-old girl who was brutally murdered by the police. This is the community where Nkululeko Gwala, the chairperson of Abahlali in the area, was assassinated

The Municipality continues to defy Abahlali. They dont regard the people of Cato Crest as human beings. We are seen as rubbish. The politicians are only interested in our votes, they are not interested in our dignity, or even our lives. 

The protest forced the officials from the Municipality arrived to address the community. The community were very clear that the politicians were continuing their lies.

The community in Cato Crest is sick and tired of being lied to by politicians. They want services to be provided to them now. Instead of providing services the Municipal...

18:30

Civilization Jihad in the USA: The Practicum "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gates of Vienna, by Baron Bodissey, May 18, 2018: The process of settlement is a Civilization-Jihadist Process with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and Continue reading

18:30

Erdogan in Bosnia: Are you ready to demonstrate strength of European Turks? Are you ready to give an Ottoman slap? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Are you ready to demonstrate to the whole world the strength of European Turks? Are you ready to give the terrorist organisations and their local and foreign henchmen an Ottoman slap? Of course, by terrorist organizations Erdogan means the Kurds and others whom the Turks are targeting. But what does he mean by an Ottoman []

18:21

Our Healthcare System Is So Broken, Even Non-Profits Are Failing Us "IndyWatch Feed War"

Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, there has been an unprecedented consolidation in the healthcare industry. Giant medical corporations are investing in "vertical integration," which basically means they own everything, including the hospitals, doctor's practices, long term care centers, pharmacies, insurances (both public and private), and more. This gives corporations the power to have control over hospitals and health professionals. Their interest is a healthy bottom line, not the health of patients and communities.

18:08

Strongest sanctions in history: Pompeo issues 12 demands to Iran, vows unprecedented pressure "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | May 21, 2018 Tehran will struggle to keep its economy alive if it does not comply with a list of 12 US demands, including Iranian withdrawal from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed on Monday. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing Washington think tank, Pompeo laid out a list of 12 []

18:06

US-China trade agreements are face-saving and lose-lose, says Moodys chief economist "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Triumphant tones coming from the White House over the weekend are face-saving, Moodys chief economist said Monday.
  • Trade experts have argued that Chinese demand for U.S. products will not sufficiently increase to the point where it would significantly up its purchases of American goods.
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Sunday that a looming trade war was on hold as the worlds two largest economies work toward reducing the U.S.-China trade deficit.

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Triumphant tones coming from the White House over the weekend are inconsequential, Moodys chief economist said Monday, deflating hopes that the U.S. is gaining major ground in its negotiations with China aimed at averting a trade war.

I think its a lose-lose. There are no winners here, Mark Zandi told CNBCs Squawk Box Europe on Monday. This is face-saving, because clearly theyre not going come to terms on anything at least, not in the near-team.

Zandi was referring to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchins announcement Sunday that a looming trade war was on hold as the worlds two largest economies agreed to drop their tariff threats and discuss parameters for a wider trade agreement.

China consented to continue discussing measures under which it would purchase more U.S. products in order to reduce the $335 billion annual trade deficit between the two, but no specific dollar number was put forward. Zandi pointed to this as evidence that neither Washington nor Beijing had a plan, nor did either know what it specifically was they wanted from the ongoing talks.

When you get right down to it, what exactly are they going to do? Are they going lower the Chinese-U.S. bilateral trade deficit? Its just not going to happen. Theyre kicking it down the road because they really dont know what they want, Zandi said.

A silly debate argument

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17:57

Spy agencies warn Turkish president of assassination attempt during Bosnia visit "IndyWatch Feed War"

A number of European intelligence agencies have reportedly warned the Turkish government of a possible assassination attempt against the countrys president, Recep Tayyip Erdoan, during an official state visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

17:56

New War Opponents "IndyWatch Feed War"

The White House (Diego Cambiaso/CC BY-SA 2.0)

17:55

Sweden to Issue If Crisis or War Comes Booklet For First Time in Decades "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 21.05.2018 The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) will issue a new pamphlet on public preparedness and security with guidelines to teach people how to behave in crisis situations, during terror attacks or in the event of war after a 57-year-long break. From May 28 to June 3 MSB will begin distributing the pamphlet []

17:54

Letter from Iran: Mr. Trump, you have been served "IndyWatch Feed War"

South front May 19, 2018 by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Top officials, including former CIA officers, Pentagon officials, US Army officers and former diplomats demand explanation of Israeli actions By Pepe Escobar May 19, 2018 11:57 AM (UTC+8) In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump, with copies to the International []

17:44

Call for Coup in Saudi Arabia: Dissident Prince Urges Uncles to Seize Power "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi ArabiaPrince Khaled: I have received a large number of emails from within the police and army in support of my call. (MEE)  A dissident Saudi prince has called on his uncles to depose King Salman and take over the country. Prince Khaled bin Farhan made the appeal to Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz and Prince Muqrin bin []

17:41

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, May 22, 2018 God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you

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Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.

Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 342

Reading 1 JAS 4:1-10

Beloved:
Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
Adulterers!
Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?
Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world
makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose that the Scripture speaks without meaning when it says,
The spirit that he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy?
But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.
So submit yourselves to God.
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you of two minds.
Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep.
Let your laughter be turned into mourning
and your joy into dejection.
Humble yourselves before the Lord
and he will exalt you.

Responsorial Psalm...

17:33

The Dispossession of Canadas First Nations and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed War"

Imagine that a group of bandits entered your house without permission and booted you and your family members out. Afterwards the bandits continue to occupy the house, but they graciously allow you and your family to stay in the cellar. Would you accept such a state of affairs? Would you not want your house back in its entirety? And would you not want the usurpers evicted?

Now imagine that the usurpers had some dubious code of honor whereby if they made any alterations to the stolen abode that they must consult with the original home occupants. Moreover, if the displaced first occupants sought to legally challenge their dispossession or alterations to their former domicile, the usurpers would graciously cover the legal expenses of the dispossessed original occupants from the largess of the goods befallen the usurpers through acts of dispossessing others. Of course, the legal proceeding is controlled by the usurpers and ruled according to usurpers law with judges appointed by the usurpers.

No intelligent person denies that the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America) were the original inhabitants. In fact, they precede the coming of Norsemen, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and conquistadors by several millennia. Yet the Catholic Church of later seafarers decreed (in the papal bull Inter Caetera, 1493) that non-believers were savages and that their territory would belong to European monarchs. This was largely overturned by the papal bull Sublimis Deus in 1537.

One might have thought that humankind would have evolved morally such that the egregious crimes of centuries ago would not be perpetuated in the 21st century. Nonetheless, at the very least, human morality wouldnt devolve, would it?

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In Canada, the American pipeline conglomerate Kinder Morgan desires to multiply the amount of fossil fuel carried from the province of Alberta to the British Columbia harbor city of Vancouver. Many First Nations and a multitude of British Columbians are opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project.

While the NDP-Green Party coalition in BC is opposed to the pipeline project, the federal government has approved it. However, chicanery has been unveiled in the process that led to federal approval.

Investigative...

17:32

Hundreds of New Yorkers take to the streets in support of Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"

New Yorkers turned Times Square into a ground for dissent Friday afternoon, taking to the streets in support of Palestinians actively resisting Israeli occupation and dispossession.

More than 200 joined the mobilization organized by NY4Palestine, to mark a confluence of somber events: seventy years of Nakba, the unprecedented move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and Israels recent massacre of scores of Palestinians in Gaza.

Since March 30, tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza have participated in the Great Return March, demanding their right to return to the land Zionist militias seized and in 1948 declared the state of Israel.

Raja Abdulhaq makes impassioned speech at Palestine solidarity rally, calling out both Republicans and Democrats for their many broken promises to Palestinians. (Photo: Jesse Rubin)

All [Palestinians are] doing is demanding their right to return, a right that is recognized by the international community said Fatin Jarar of the Al-awda Right to Return Coalition. They have just been going on the streets and marching and the response has been outrageous, its been brutal, its been sickening.

According to numbers compiled by the Ministry of Health, Israel has killed a total of 120 protesters since the Great March of Return began on March 30th, among them civilians, medics, journalists, and minors. At no point did the protest pose any tangible threat to Israels border or sovereignty.

The international community has proffered widespread, if not hollow, condemnation of Israels human rights violations in Gaza.

In the United States however, both the Trump administration and most Democrats have defended the mowing down of peaceful protestors, parroting the Israeli government line which justifies killing unarmed civilians by characterizing them as members of Hamas. At the height of the killings, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an impromptu trip to stand in solidarity with Israel, even as the number of wounded Palestinians passed 10,000.
Jarar stressed that NY4Palestine is founded on the principle of supporting the fundamental right of Palestinians under military occupation to resist by whatever means necessary.

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17:32

The Balkan route took a new turn: Next stop #Bosnia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Balkan route took a new turn , more than 3000 people came to Bosinia since January. On Saturday Riot Turtle will travel to Bosnia with people of the Cars of Hope collective.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

After almost all European states closed their borders, the Balkan route once again took a new turn. European state leaders seem to think that walls and fences will keep people away, but they underestimate the creativity of human beings. They only thing the policies of European governments produce is more suffering and more deaths.

More than 3000 peoplecame to Bosnia since January. From Greece more and more people pass through Albania, where autorities normally dont register people after they arrived. From Albania they move to Montenegro. Are You Syrious (AYS) reported earlier this month that a Small local feminist activist orgaization Bona Fide in Pljevlja, Montenegro, provides support to those who are travelling. This small local group started helping people who were crossing through their city in February this year.

We noticed a group of young men one evening, and after we approached them we learned that they are coming from Syria, over Turkey, Greece, and Albania, Sabina Talovi from Bona Fide told AYS.

Most people leave Montenegro again and travel to Bosnia. The other route for people to enter Bosnia is from Serbia. Some of them come from camps in Serbia, but most people come from Bulgaria and only crossed Serbia on their way to Bosnia.

For most people its getting increasingly hard to get to northern Europe. The massive police violence of the Croatian police at the border with Serbia a...

17:30

Saudi Arabia detains activists who pushed to end ban on women driving "IndyWatch Feed War"

This one goes out to all you MBS fans who thought that the Crown Prince was finally ushering in the dawn of moderate Islam in Saudi Arabia. In reality, he is overseeing reforms to a certain extent, as he wants to attract foreign investment and secure President Trumps support against the Islamic Republic of Iran. []

17:24

Pompeo as imperial proconsul "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Pompeos list of 12 requirements included many that Iran is highly unlikely to consider. He said Iran must stop enrichment of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the 2015 deal. Iran must also allow nuclear unqualified access to...

17:17

Maduro re-elected Venezuelan president; rival candidate challenges results "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV May 21, 2018 Nicolas Maduro has been re-elected for a second term in office as Venezuelas president in an election rejected as illegitimate by his main rival, who has also demanded that a repeat vote be held later this year. With more than 90 percent of the ballots cast in Sundays presidential []

17:05

Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Thomas L. Knapp | The Garrison Center | May 20, 2018 Since the Russiagate probe began, US president Donald Trump and his supporters have used lots of bandwidth raging against what they refer to as the Deep State. Does the Deep State exist? If so, what is it, and are its forces arrayed specifically []

16:54

US threatens to 'crush' Iran, outlines 12-point list for 'new deal' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened Iran with 'unprecedented financial pressure' if it fails to curb its activities

16:49

Paraguay: Is Israel's latest 'best friend' also a Hezbollah haven? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Lebanese residents of Ciudad del Este, a smuggling and shopping hub on Paraguay's border with Brazil, say they live under 'constant surveillance'

16:45

Likudism invades the academy: continued Zionist attacks on activism and scholarship at SFSU "IndyWatch Feed War"

San Francisco State University Professor Rabab Abdulhadi and Palestinian scholarship, pedagogy and research are fighting off yet another attack by the Lawfare Project, the Zionist group that maliciously sued her last year. When Judge William Orrick -Northern District of California, threw out the suit against Dr. Abdulhadi, the university, and a group of campus administrators and staff, the judge allowed Lawfare to refile only because court rules require that plaintiffs be given liberal chances to amend their suits. Judge Orricks order made clear that granting the plaintiffs another chance was [o]ut of an abundance of caution. This is Lawfares third effort at suing Dr. Abdulhadi and the other defendants.

In its earlier failed attempts Lawfare tried to blame Dr. Abdulhadi for a boisterous student protest when Jerusalems racist mayor, Nir Barkat spoke on campus at a Hillel-sponsored event. Hillel brought bogus complaints of anti-Semitic bias against the students and demanded that the university punish them. When Hillel was denied a table at a campus Know Your Rights fair nearly a year later, Hillel again claimed this was anti-Semitic, even though Jewish Voice for Peace had a prominent table at the event. As one student organizer observed Providing a table to Hillel, whose conduct has threatened the safety of campus Palestinians and other advocates for justice in Palestine, is akin to giving a table to ICE at a gathering of undocumented communities, or having the Ferguson Police Chief table at an event discussing police brutality against black teenagers.

Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi

In throwing out this malicious lawsuit Judge Orrick cautioned Lawfare that before it made its third attempt to sue Dr. Abdulhadi, it had to state actual facts rather than simply accusing her of anti-Semitism without any evidence. The federal court indicated that Lawfares McCarthyite guilt-by-association tactics would not work, and also cautioned them that if, as Dr. Abdulhadi pointed out, there were non-Zionist Jewish groups which had participated in the Know Your Rights Fair, Lawfare would fac...

16:37

Democrats Confirm Torturer as Director of CIA "IndyWatch Feed War"

The CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia (Carol M. Highsmith Archives collection at the Library of Congress)

16:35

Cartoonist Fired From German Newspaper Over Netanyahu Drawing "IndyWatch Feed War"

German Cartoonist(MEMO)  A leading German daily fired a cartoonist over anti-semitic views on Friday after he drew a caricature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The cartoon by Dieter Hanitzsch showed Netanyahu carrying a missile in his hand. He is dressed up as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, who won this years Eurovision contest. A speech bubble on top says: Next []

16:33

EXCLUSIVE: UK will use US embassy in Jerusalem despite condemning move "IndyWatch Feed War"

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British diplomats will attend meetings at the new American mission despite boycotting its opening ceremony

16:26

End Robert Muellers investigation: Michael Mukasey "IndyWatch Feed War"

It sounds harmless to suggest that the Mueller investigation be allowed more time to finish its work. But is it?

Lets review some history.

Recall that the investigation was begun to learn whether the Trump campaign had gotten help unlawfully from Russia. Justice Department regulations permit appointment of a special counsel only if (i) there is reason to think that a federal crime has been committed, and (ii) investigating it would present a conflict of interest for the Justice Department or there is another overriding public reason to take the investigation outside DOJ.

By Michael Mukasey
USA Today

May 20, 2018

Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had worked on the Trump campaign, he recused himself from the matter, and so the deputy Rod Rosenstein took the decision to appoint a special counsel. The regulations require that such an appointment recite the facts justifying the conclusion that a federal crime was committed, and specify the crime. However, the initial appointment of Robert Mueller did neither, referring instead to a national security investigation that a special counsel has no authority to pursue.

OUR VIEW: Muellers investigation is so serious, lets hope he finishes soon

Although Rosenstein apparently tried to correct his mistake in a new appointment memo, he has thus far refused to disclose, even to a federal judge, a complete copy of it. In other investigations supposedly implicating a president Watergate and Whitewater come to mind we were told what the crime was and what facts justified the investigation. Not here.

16:08

Detained Saudi women's rights activists could face death penalty - report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Charges of treason and conspiracy against the state could lead to capital punishment, legal experts warn

16:00

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Leftist Privilege: Poisoned in Iceland A Year Ago, No One Arrested "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unless youre a Leftist, youll get no justice in Iceland. My latest in FrontPage: Just over a year ago, a young Icelandic Leftist poisoned me in Reykjavik after I gave a lecture on the jihad threat. In the hospital thereafter, a Leftist doctor neglected to perform basic tests on me, such that I could have []

15:58

U.S. Lays Out Demands for New Iran Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mike Pompeo calls on Iran to stop enriching all uranium, halt support for militant groups

May 21, 2018 9:25 a.m. ET

WASHINGTONThe Trump administration escalated its demands on Iran on Monday, putting Tehran on notice that any new nuclear deal would require it to stop enriching all uranium and halt its support for militant groups in the region.

The administrations demands were outlined in a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which for the first time spelled out all of the administrations requirements for a new agreement.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/mike-pompeo-lays-out-next-steps-on-iran-1526909126

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Pompeo Says U.S. To Impose Strongest Sanctions In History Against Iran

Last Updated: May 21, 2018 13:36 GMT
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15:57

Map Comparison: Military Situation In Damascus Countryside In 2012 And 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

These maps allow to compare the military situation in the Damascus countryside in 2012 and 2018. On May 21, 2018, Syrian government forces liberated the Yarmouk refugee camp and nearby areas from ISIS and fully secured the Syrian capital. MORE HERE

Map Comparison: Military Situation In Damascus Countryside In 2012 And 2018

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15:49

Trump shares quote ripping Brennan: This guy is the genesis of this whole debacle "IndyWatch Feed War"

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President Donald Trump on Monday shared a quote from a former Secret Service agent and conservative commentator, Dan Bongino, who slammed former CIA director John Brennan.

By MALLORY SHELBOURNE
The Hill

John Brennan is panicking. He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community. He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of Americans faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the..top of the FBI. Trump wrote on Twitter.Brennan started this entire debacle about President Trump. We now know that Brennan had detailed knowledge of the (phony) Dossierhe knows about the Dossier, he denies knowledge of the Dossier, he briefs the Gang of 8 on the Hill about the Dossier, which.they then used to start an investigation about Trump, the president added.

While Trump was using Bonginos comments, he added in his own commentary by labeling the controversial dossier as phony.

It is that simple. This guy is the genesis of this whole Debacle. This was a Political hit job, this was not an Intelligence Investigation. Brennan has disgraced himself, hes worried about staying out of Jail. Dan Bongino, Trump said.

The president appeared to be loosely quoting Bongino from an appearance he made early Monday on Fox & Friends.

Bongino hosts his own podcast, called The Dan Bongino Show, and has unsuccessfully run for the House and Senate several times. He is also a host for NRATV.

Brennan, who served as the CIA chief during former President Barack Obamas second term, has publicly criticized Trump.

Mr. Trump: Your hypocrisy knows no bou...

15:38

Arizona Planning for Exodus of Californians to State in Event of Major Quake "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: NBC: Government agencies, businesses and other organizations in Arizona plan to participate in an exercise to practice how the state would respond to a migration of 400,000 people following a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California. The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs says participants in the National Mass Care Exercise in the coming []

15:38

Likud MK Pushes Israel to Recognize Kurdistan as Independent "IndyWatch Feed War"

'Cause when you just wanna get along with your neighbours taking every action to antagonize them makes perfect sense..... not! 
As US Congressman DeSantis pushes for the recognition of Syrias Golan as Israeli territory we have an Israeli MK pushing for Israel to recognize Kurdistan as an "independent" state.

 Can anyone deny that the US and Israel are being intentionally provocative pushing these concepts? It seems to me neither the US or Israel are hiding their desire for a regional war.

The move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem was a provocation

Flashback: May 14/18- PROVOCATIVE Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Flashback : Ivanka & Jared In Israel for US Jerusalem Embassy Opening: Palestinians Die

 The push to recognize annexed Syrian territory, as Israel's is a provocation

Earlier today:  Congressman urges US to recognize Syrias Golan as Israeli territory


And the idea of recognizing Kurdistan as independent is obviously yet another provocation- Not even hidden.

Jerusalem Post: Likud MK Pushes Israel to Recognize Kurdistan As An Independent State 

Amid tensions with Turkey, Israel should back Kurdish statehood, Likud MK Yoav Kisch proposed in a motion to the Knessets agenda this week.

Facing Irans increasing strength in the region, Turkeys extremism and the dissolution of Syria, Israel must lead and support the Kurdish effort to establish an in...

15:30

Rivalry in the land of the dragon blood tree: Saudi, UAE make plans for Yemen's Socotra "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The UAE arrived on the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean to help out after a cyclone - and then decided to stay

15:22

U.S. Stock Futures Jump With Dollar on Trade Truce "IndyWatch Feed War"

The dollar strengthened against most major peers and U.S. equity futures rallied as the worlds two largest economies appeared to step back from the brink of a trade war. Treasury yields climbed, and European shares advanced.

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The greenback rose after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. was putting the trade war on hold, amid progress in talks with China. The euro headed for a sixth day of declines after Italys two populist parties closed in on a pick for prime minister, while Italian bonds extended their decline. Media companies and retailers led advances in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index, though a number of countries are out for a holiday. U.S. oil futures handed back earlier gains after touching the highest level since 2014.

The latest agreement suggests that in the end logic will prevail between the U.S. and China, said Athanasios Vamvakidis, Bank of America Merrill Lynch global head of G10 FX strategy, in an interview on Bloomberg Television. This is good news for the dollar.

The easing protectionist tensions will offer some respite to traders as they grapple with the impact of rising Treasury yields and a stronger dollar. But the week ahead is loaded with risk events, including releases of the latest meeting minutes from both the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank, a slew of debt sales from the U.S., and preliminary purchasing manager indexes from the euro zone. Meanwhile, geopolitical stress lingers, with South Koreas president visiting Washington to discuss North Korea and Brexit negotiations ongoing.

Elsewhere, emerging-market currencies continued to come under pressure, with Turkeys lira falling more than 2 percent...

15:18

US anti-tank missiles found at former Al-Nusra facility in Syria Russian MoD "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | May 21, 2018 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles, along with other weapons, have been found in facilities once controlled by Al-Nusra militants in Syrias Homs province, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The trove was located in a former observation point of the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group in the liberated Zaafaran settlement in Homs province, []

15:16

Lawyer Giuseppe Conte tipped to be Italys new populist PM "IndyWatch Feed War"

A largely unknown lawyer and law professor, far removed from the cut-throat world of Italian politics, Giuseppe Conte is the favourite to lead the countrys nascent populist government.

Luigi Di Maio, head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, and far-right league leader Matteo Salvini are to present their choice for prime minister in separate meetings with President Sergio Mattarella beginning at 1530 GMT.

AFP/File | Leader of Italys populist Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio had named Giuseppe Conte, seen on the right, as one of his ministers in March, with the press speculating he will be named prime minister

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Mattarella has to agree on a prime minister with the parties before they can seek approval for their new government in parliament.

The pair have remained tight-lipped over their pick, but ahead of Mondays crucial meeting, the Italian media have gambled on 54-year-old Conte.

Born in 1964 in the tiny village of Volturara Appula in the southern region of Puglia, Conte has had an impressive career in law and academia.

Di Maio had presented Conte as part of his team of ministers ahead of the March 4 general election, putting him charge of simplifying the countrys infamous bureaucracy.

That was the general publics first and so far only encounter with Conte, who was subsequently invisible in the government talks that followed the inconclusive election, which later saw Five Star and the League striking a coalition government deal.

Contes CV includes study and research positions at some of the worlds most prestigious universities, including Cambridge University, the Sorbonne and New York University.

He runs a law studio in Rome, and currently teaches private law courses in Florence and at Luiss University in the capital.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Space Agency, a legal consultant to the Rome Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the supervisory board of a number of insurance companies in bankruptcy proceedings.

 

15:16

Rebel Cities 4: In Warsaw, Rights To The City Means Clean Air And Affordable Homes "IndyWatch Feed War"

We fight for a fair, more resident-friendly and greener city, which follows the principles of sustainable development," explained Justyna Kociska, board member of Warsaw's municipalist organization Miasto jest Nasze. Miasto jest Nasze means City is Ours. Started in 2013 by social activists, it is now a urban movement spreading from the capital across Poland. Kociska continued: "Since 2013, City is Ours has been actively searching for solutions to problems such as chaotic urban planning and architectural policy, and the deficiencies of the transport network and infrastructure in this rapidly developing city."

15:10

Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all The FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules "IndyWatch Feed War"

The deep state is in a deep state of desperation. With little time left before the Justice Department inspector generals report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming.

This is about cleaning out and reforming the deep state

 Mueller grilled pharma giant that paid $400K to Trump lawyer

15:06

Grandfather Scales Tree, Erects Mid-Air Camp To Stop Kinder Morgan Clear-Cutting "IndyWatch Feed War"

Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver)  Early this morning Terry Christenson, a 70-year old Grandfather of two, and former Juno nominee, scaled a tree on the inside of Kinder Morgans fence (Westridge terminal side) and erected a mid-air camp suspended from its trunk. Terry constructed the high-flying structure to stop Kinder Morgans proposed tree clearing which is being done to enable the companys drilling through Burnaby Mountain. This pipeline does not have consent of the Indigenous Nations it would pass through. It would endanger the livelihoods and economies of all those that depend on an oil free coast and I for one wont stand by and let it happen, said Terry Christenson. Im taking this action to protect my grandchildrens future. I care about this land, this coast and I wont let it be destroyed all so a Texas oil company can increase its profit share.

15:06

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part four "IndyWatch Feed War"

In previous posts we looked at how the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and the rioting along the Gaza Strip-Israel border were portrayed as they happened in the May 14th afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio flagship news and current affairs programme Newshour (available here).

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part one

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part two

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part three

In this post we will look at what BBC audiences worldwide were told in real-time about the context to the poorly portrayed violence along that border.

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14:58

Map Update: Military Situation In Damascus Countryside Following Liberation Of Yarmouk "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a look at the military situation in the Damscus countryside following the liberation of the Yarmouk refugee camp and the district of Hajar Aswad-Tadamon in southern Damascus from ISIS. MORE DETAILS

Map Update: Military Situation In Damascus Countryside Following Liberation Of Yarmouk

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14:52

Freedom Flotilla To Gaza Vessels In Copenhagen May 20-21 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Freedom Flotilla ship AlAwda (The Return), together with Ship to Gaza Swedenvessels Hurriya (Freedom) and Mairead (named for Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire who has previously sailed on three missions against the blockade of Gaza) are in Copenhagen on Sunday May 20 and Monday May 21. They will be joined later by another Swedish boat, Falestine(Palestine), and all four vessels will visit many European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza in late July. The Freedom Flotilla is sailing in 2018 for the right to a just future for Palestine. We challenge the Israeli blockade and to demand an end to our governments complicity with Israels war crimes and violation of human rights.

14:47

Killing Gaza Captures Culture Of Resistance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Westerners witnessed Israels massacre of protesters at the culmination of Gazas Great March of Return on 14 May mostly through bytes of imagery transmitted onto flat screens and smartphones. They saw montages of horse-drawn carts carrying bloodied bodies and zig-zagging through thick clouds of teargas, flashes of young men charging at the high-tech fences and militarized fortifications that hold their lives in a soul-sapping stasis, rescue workers overwhelmed by the sheer number of casualties, and grainy footage of snipers in olive drab hunting their prey with laser range finders and terminating 62 lives with the flick of a trigger.

14:39

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Faces Civil Rights Complaint After Key Permit Is Blocked "IndyWatch Feed War"

A federal court has invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline project, a step that could give civil rights advocates more time to build their environmental justice case against the $6 billion project to carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Opponents of the Atlantic Coast pipeline allege the Dominion Energy-led project would have a disproportionate impact on people of color living along its route. A group of community and statewide advocacy groups in North Carolina, along with the national Friends of the Earth, filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's External Civil Rights Compliance Office on Tuesday asking the agency to overturn North Carolina state permits for the pipeline and for a new environmental justice analysis of it.

14:32

After year of investigation, Trump can rightly claim some vindication (No Wonder Hillary Is Bitter The CIA and FBI Let Her Down) "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Former Secretary of State and former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds up a Russian fur hat, an ushanka, with a Soviet era hammer and sickle emblem, to the Yale College class of 2018 during her Class Day address at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Sunday, May 20, 2018. As a tradition, Yale students and faculty wear humorous and playful hats during a Senior Class Day ceremony. (Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register via AP) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

It was called Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI counterintelligence operation that targeted Trump figures as part of the investigation into possible campaign ties to Russia. It was a poignant choice of a Rolling Stones song, Jumpin Jack Flash, that describes a man born in a crossfire hurricane who howled at the morning driving rain.

By Jonathan Turley
The Hill

https://johnib.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/after-year-of-investigation-trump-can-rightly-claim-some-vindication-no-wonder-hillery-is-bitter-the-cia-and-fbi-let-her-down/

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14:30

Islamicize Me Day 5: Dunk Your Flies! "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Day 5, the gang learns about Muhammads command to dunk flies in their food! To visit Vocabs channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jons channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net

14:28

New Zealand: Northlanders Living in Cars as Housing Crisis Hits Hard "IndyWatch Feed War"

We had a couple with five children turn up to Playcentre. Theyre living in tents. They fled Wellington with a plan to build some sort of shack on a small piece of land that they bought a couple of valleys over from us. Until that happens: Tents. Both mum and dad had been in the []

14:25

State Sets Massive Precedent, Passes Law To Effectively Ban The NSA "IndyWatch Feed War"

It hangs up a sign on Michigans door saying, No violation of the Fourth Amendment, look elsewhere, Howrylak said. Democrats, as well as Republicans, would certainly stand very strong in our position on what this law means. While Howrylak said he thinks the law makes a strong court case saying this is what the state intends, he hopes other states will join in by passing similar legislation, in an effort to cripple the NSAs illegal activities. Next month marks 5 years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released a trove of classified documents revealing that the United States government was routinely collecting metadata from innocent American citizens without warrants, and using national security to justify its actions.

14:19

Police Union Is Lobbying To Expand Powers To Tase People Who Dont Pose A Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"

The San Francisco Police Officers Association is aggressively pushing a ballot measure that would allow police to use tasers on members of the public even if they aren't violently resisting. If passed, the citys police officers would be able to electrocute people who pose no physical threat or resist arrest as a result of mental illness. Last November, San Franciscos Police Commission approved tasers for the citys police. This March, it finalized a policy for how those tasers should be used. That policy, which is backed by Police Chief Bill Scott and San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, requires police to implement de-escalation tactics before using their tasers. However, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, with a membership of roughly 2,200, believes that these criteria are too narrow.

14:15

Yoda: Deep Throat II Fat Boy aka Cambridge Zero Stefan Halper Outed as FBIs Penetration of Trump Campaign UPDATE 1 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Shades of Java the Hutt the Deep States fat boy, former Iran=Contra banker, former Dirty Trickster against Jimmy Carter for Ronald Reagan, married into CIA, paid by the Pentagon, used by the FBI against our President, with a Turkish joy girl as his assistant paid to seduce marks? Cambridge Zero, not to be compared to the Cambridge Five.

Four links and commentary below the fold.

20180517 EXCLUSIVE: Cambridge Prof With CIA, MI6 Ties Met With Trump Adviser During Campaign, Beyond

20160518 Informant Spied on Trump Campaign Before the FBI Officially Began Its Probe

20180519 Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign

20180519 The FBI Informant Who Monitored the Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw a CIA Spying Operation in the 1980 Presidential Election

20180521 Say hello to the FBI mole inside the Trump campaign

20180521 Who Is Stefan Halper? Meet the FBI Informant Inside Trumps 2016 Campaign

Tip of the Hat to  Contributing Editor Berto Jongman for Sorcha Faal narrative

Phi Beta Iota: Fat Boy as President Donald Trump will no doubt label him, is the quintessential Deep State errand boy.  A careful reading of the various articles make it clear that he came up through the neo-conservative pro-Zionist ranks, was rewarded with a bank leadership positio...

14:13

The FBI Informant Who Wasnt Spying "IndyWatch Feed War"

A secret source insinuated himself with Trump campaign officials. Ho hum.

The FBI Informant Who Wasnt Spying
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Well, what do you know. The Federal Bureau of Investigation really did task an informant to insinuate himself with Trump campaign advisers in 2016. Our Kimberley Strassel reported this two weeks ago without disclosing a name.

We now have all but official confirmation thanks to current and former government officials who contributed to apologias last week in the New York Times and Washington Post. And please dont call the informant a spy. A headline on one of the Times stories says the F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims.

Well let readers parse that casuistic distinction, which is part of a campaign by the FBI and Justice Department to justify their refusal to turn over to the House Intelligence Committee documents related to the informant. Justice and the FBI claim this Capitol Hill oversight would blow the cover of this non-spy and even endanger his life. Yet these same stories have disclosed so many specific details about the informant whom...

14:12

Battling The Indignities Of Detroits Water Shut-Offs "IndyWatch Feed War"

I never considered myself a politically active type. In fact, I abhorred politics for three decades. But about 25 years ago, I realized that I couldnt fight my personal health insurance issues without dealing with the many other human rights issues Id heard people debate on C-Span not realizing how they were affecting my life. So I got involved with my local Democratic party here in Detroit, then in fighting for school reform. After that, I began speaking out as a volunteer advocate for people who face water shut-offs because they couldnt afford to pay their bills. This issue is finally making national headlines, but the city previously shut off Detroiters water 10 years ago, when large numbers of Detroiters began to struggle with the citys high water rates. The city council passed an affordability plan that adjusted water rates based on a percentage of income.

14:12

Arabic press review: Qatar considers paying Gaza workers "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Doha looks to bridge Palestinian pay gap, probe reveals discrimination in Israeli hospitals and a Saudi warehouse goes up in flames

14:07

An Arab Plan B for Containing Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

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Plan A was the nuclear deal. Thats over. Now key Gulf states want the U.S. to flex more muscle.

May 21, 2018, 12:01 AM EDT
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President Donald Trumps withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal didnt draw much international applause, but three U.S. allies in the Middle East  Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates  warmly welcomed the move.

Israel had long said that the deal didnt do enough to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, and Gulf Arab countries believed it gave Iran cover for an intensified campaign of destabilizing the Arab world. And they have plenty of ideas when it comes to drawing up a Plan B for a U.S.-led containment campaign against Iran.

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Houthi rebels launch an Iranian made ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia...

14:06

Palestinian foreign minister to press ICC on Israeli war crimes probe "IndyWatch Feed War"

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14:05

The Surprising Popularity Of Far Left Policies "IndyWatch Feed War"

There were a couple of other candidates who were categorized as far left by affiliation. In the Pittsburgh area, Summer Lee and an unnamed Sara Innamorato were described as card-carrying members of the Democratic Socialists of Americausing a phrase popularized by Sen. Joe McCarthys claim that he had the names of 57 card-carrying members of the Communist Party. Scott Wallace in Pennsylvania was described as the grandson of Henry Wallace, who was Franklin Roosevelts vice president for a term, and then ran against Harry Truman, who FDR dumped him for, from the far left in 1948. Aside from Scott Wallaces self-description as a proud progressive and his promise to make America sane again, genealogy was all the Post presented to tie him to the far left.

14:00

Amazon Kindle: Peace in the Middle East: Denuclearizing Israel, Restoring Palestine, and More (Trump Revolution Book 30) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Everybody has this wrong Trump is not bluffing and he is not Netanyahus puppet. What has really happened here is that Xi, Trump, and Putin agreed over a year ago to take down the Deep State. The denuclearization of Korea, combined with the destruction of the old banking order, will be followed by the denuclearization of Israel and the restoration of Palestine. We are at the beginning of a 1,000 year period of peace and prosperity for all.

It is difficult for those who are convinced that Trump is a moron, a loose-cannon, a ham-fisted bully, to see that there is a completely different positive interpretation of what Trump is doing in the Middle East. The unification and denuclearization of the Koreas, which no one wanted to believe when I brought that story back from Japan, is the truth-teller. If that is possible, anything is possible.

As China displaces France in Iran, as Iran, Iraq, and Turkey hold secret consultations on what to do about the Kurds (and the Zionists arming and training the Kurds at US expense), as Iran (and perhaps other Middle Eastern states) prepare to reveal the names of all European leaders accepting bribes since the 1990s to betray their respective publics, the time is right for a multinational Middle East Summit for Peace.

Here are the eight topics that I propose Putin discuss, first with Arab leaders as well as the leaders of Turkey and Iran, and then with Xi and Trump. This should be a presidential summit the staffs are inconsequential and an encumbrance.

  1. Denuclearization of the Middle East including Israel
  2. Peace between the Sunnis and the Shiites
  3. Jerusalem and perhaps Mecca as international cities
  4. Restoration of Palestine
  5. Creation of a Kurdish Confederacy (no changes to existing national borders)
  6. Repatriation of all unemployed Muslims from Europe back to Arabia, and reparations for Iraq
  7. Creation of a post-Western post-fossil fuel economy with unlimited desalinated water
  8. Creation of a regional Open Source Agency and network with information and engineering bureaus sufficient to create prosperity for all at 10% the cost of the failed Western economic paradigm.

13:55

Congressman urges US to recognize Syrias Golan as Israeli territory "IndyWatch Feed War"

Coming hot on the heels of the inflammatory embassy move to Jerusalem this type of recognition would simply 'up the game' in the region.

 (PT) A member of Congress has urged the US to recognize Syrias Golan Heights as an Israeli territory after Washington's relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds last week.

Republican Representative Ron DeSantis said in an interview published on Israels Walla news website on Sunday that he had brought the proposal before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, of which he is a member.
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Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically-important territory ever since, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.
DeSantis also said the proposal is a natural follow-up to the US embassys relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds last Monday.
He noted that as the embassy move would help take Jerusalem al-Quds off the negotiating table, the US recognition of Israels claim to the Golan would clarify it has no intention of forcing Tel Aviv to relinquish the territory.
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13:55

Rising Dollar Sparks Tumult in Emerging Markets "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. currencys rally puts spotlight on weaknesses in a broad range of emerging-market assets

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A resurgent dollar is exposing weaknesses in the developing world, pushing investors to unwind long-held bets on emerging-market stocks, bonds and currencies

Ripples from the dollars comeback have spread. Indonesias central bank on Thursday raised interest rates for the first time in four years to arrest a drop in its currency; Hong Kongs monetary authorities last week stepped in to prop up the territorys weakening dollar. The Turkish lira fell to fresh lows against the U.S. dollar, while Brazils real declined to its weakest level in more than two years. The MSCI Emerging Market Index, which measures stock performance, is down 11% from its January highs as of Friday.

Investors have piled into emerging-market stocks and bonds for the last several years, often glossing over important macroeconomic or political issues as they sought returns that dwarfed those found in the developed world. Now that the dollar is strengthening and U.S. yields rising, those shortcomings are becoming more glaring. A rising dollar makes it more difficult for countries to service debt denominated in the U.S. currency, while rising yields diminish the attractiveness of foreign assets.

The markets are now realizing they have to pay attention to fundamentals and assessing which countries are the most vulnerable, said Mark McCormick, North American head of FX strategy at TD Securities.

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13:38

Donald Trump at center stage in Mexican presidential debate "IndyWatch Feed War"

US President Donald Trump served as a punching bag in a late Sunday debate among the four leading contenders in Mexicos July 1 presidential election.

Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, from the MORENA party, faced off against his three rivals in a debate set in the far northern border city of Tijuana that focused on international affairs.

National Electoral Institute/AFP | This handout photo from Mexicos National Electoral Institute (INE) shows the presidential candidates L to R Jaime Rodriguez Calderon, Ricardo Anaya, INE head Lorenzo Cordoba, Jose Antonio Meade, and front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

As expected, the candidates took shots at Trump, whose often incendiary anti-immigrant rhetoric and vows to build a wall on the southern US border have riled up the Mexican electorate.

Lopez Obrador, who surveys show is 20 points ahead of his nearest rival center-right coalition candidate Ricardo Anaya said that if elected he would seek a friendly relationship with Trump, but he will have to respect us.

Anaya attacked President Enrique Pena Nietos decision to invite Trump to Mexico City during the 2016 presidential campaign, which helped boost the real estate magnates foreign policy credibility.

All four candidates including Jose Antonio Meade, third in the polls, with the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and independent Jaime Rodriguez Calderon agreed that Mexico should help Central Americans crossing the country on the way to the US border.

The next Mexican presidential debate is scheduled for June 12.

13:33

To Those Who Work It: Ricardo Flores Magn and the #EZLN "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Neo-Zapatistas brought in the New Year of 1994 with an insurrectionary spirit that the Mexican government was all too certain had been stamped out years before. 

Originally written for a Mexican History class. Published (online) by The Anarchist Library. Written by Ian Campbell.

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.

To Those Who Work It: Ricardo Flores Magn and the EZLN

The Neo-Zapatistas brought in the New Year of 1994 with an insurrectionary spirit that the Mexican government was all too certain had been stamped out years before. The Partido Revolucionario Institucional was supposed to be the fulfillment of all revolutionary energy left over from the struggles of the 1910s. Yet while the PRIs politicians spectacularly rang in the New Year, an army of mostly Mayan campesinos was storming San Cristobal de Las Casas and other cities in Southern Mexico with arms in hand. Shocked news media rushed to cover the story, acting as if the Zapatistas were something new instead of part of a long tradition of indigenous, anti-capitalist rebels drawing inspiration from their traditional culture and historical figures like Emiliano Zapata and the anarchist Flores Magn brothers. In the years since the Neo-Zapatista rebellion in 1994, autonomous communities in Chiapas, Mexico have built a society that marks the realization of many of the dreams Ricardo Flores Magn envisioned in 1911. They have rejected electoralism and the state as a vehicle for revolutionary practice, expropriated private property for communal benefit, and built self-governing communities where the ultimate authority lies with the people themselves.

As a small band of guerillas from Mexico City holed up in the mountains, their vanguardist views of social revolution were transformed by their close interactions with Mayan communal custom. They were forced to develop a critique of state power previously voiced by anarchists like Ricardo Flores Magn. The founding cadre of what would become the Ejrcito Zapatista de Liberacin Nacional (EZLN) arrived to the Lacandon Jungle in 1982. Their politics were deeply rooted in the Marxist-Leninist tradition and as a guerilla movement, they had as...

13:30

Ezili Danto: Windsors Last Gasp The Appropriation of Meghan Markle and Her Blackness to Extend Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Make no mistake. The royal wedding is a strategic move by the House of Windsor to rebrand and survive

zili Dants brief note on a Black woman marrying into the royal House of Windsor on Malcolm Xs birthday (below the fold)

Sooooo, England doesnt have a Black presence?

I wont give you a litany of the House of Windsors history with genocide, monopoly capitalism, enslavement of Blacks, plunder, pillage, the deceit, weaponized drugs, their imperialism templates, general destruction of Black history, people, information and artifacts worldwide nor Britains current participation in the recolonization of Africa through AFRICOM and Haiti with the UN proxy presence in Haiti. Lets just simplify and ask: What about justice for the Windrush generation? (Go to Britains Windrush generation threatened with deportation Deportation scandal hits thousands who helped rebuild U.K. after WWII https://goo.gl/hZ78MS).

Does the Empires love marriage today, between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, extend love to the Windrush generation in England who, like the 1929 Haitian-Dominicans in the DR, are threatened with civil genocide, ethnic cleansing, and expulsions? Extend to us? Or, is Meghan Markle an Obama with titswhere her personal success is used politically to emphasize the end of racism in England?

What does it mean that Markle maintained her cultural anchor in the middle of all that Buckingham Palace whiteness? That she didnt submerge her Blackness? Wasnt this royal wedding fanfare also a real political and strategic move by the House of Windsor to rebrand and survive? And how should we feel about the lone Black mother, who raised her child alone, standing alone at the wedding? Could Doria Loyce Ragland have followed protocol and, at least, accepted an escort from Buckingham Palaceto celebrate the marriage of her daughter, now the Duchess of Sussex. Where was her Black family, sister girlfriends? Was it choice, courage, feminism or what? These are questions involving the Black woman narrative. All this made the ceremony interesting and unique. But above all, this was also a teaching moment a US story related to the Black Civil-Rights industry integration stories. A mulatto factor/tragic Black elite story about re-entrenching collective Black op...

13:28

Gaza treated with contempt by international community "IndyWatch Feed War"

What chance Israeli authorities will ever be held accountable for the killings in Gaza? Will there be a proper, independent investigation of what has transpired since March 30, with Israeli soldiers killing 104 Palestinians and injuring 12,600, many with live fire? One Israeli soldier was injured by a stone, but no doubt accountability was already dished out to the perpetrator with a bullet. We may never know.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 18, 2018, at al-Omary mosque in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 18, 2018, at al-Omary mosque in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

By Chris Doyle
Arab News
Opinion

Let us start with a credit card. The theft of a cheap, lousy piece of plastic and its use to withdraw $398 was the sole crime the Israeli authorities admitted to during the entire 22 days of the 2008-2009 war on Gaza. The soldier was sentenced to seven-and-a-half months in a military jail. Israeli forces killed 1,383 Palestinians, more than 80 percent of whom were civilians, schools and hospitals were bombed, and white phosphorous was used, but somehow the only crime Israel admitted was petty theft.

Protesters in Gaza running (Reuters/I. Abu Mustafa)

Stealing money from Palestinians seems to be of greater concern than killing them. One Israeli soldier shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem and he got just a nine-month jail sentence. He did have to pay $14,000 damages to the family. Elor Azaria, who shot a Palestinian in cold blood as he lay on the ground in Hebron, must feel hard done by as he got a sentence, albeit curiously for manslaughter not murder, of 18 months, which was later reduced t...

13:25

Iran judge tells British woman to expect conviction on 'propaganda' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, already in jail on espionage charge, is told to expect sentence for spreading propaganda, Free Nazanin campaign says

13:21

Iran calls EU efforts to save nuclear deal inadequate "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tehran has said Europes attempts to save the 2015 nuclear deal are insufficient. Iran sees a particular problem with European companies halting investment in the country.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Europes attempts to salvage the nuclear deal were inadequate, in comments in Tehran on Sunday.

He said he was particularly concerned by the decisions of various European companies to halt their Iranian operations until the future of sanctions was clear.

Read more: European allies struggle to curb impact of US sanctions

13:17

Map Update: Military Situation In Northern Homs Following Liberation Of Rastan Pocket "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian government forces are working to secure the area of Rastan in northern Homs, which has been recently liberated from militants under a reconciliation deal reached between the opposition and the Syrian government with Russian help. MORE HERE

Map Update: Military Situation In Northern Homs Following Liberation Of Rastan Pocket

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13:15

Sweden: Man faces hate speech charges for satirizing Sharia punishments "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hate speech is not an objectively identifiable category. Any criticism of anyone or anything could be characterized as inciting hatred against the object of the criticism. The hate speech classification, as I have often pointed out, is simply a tool of the powerful to silence the powerless. These satirical childrens book covers focus upon matters []

13:13

Facebooks Zuckerberg agrees to live-stream European hearing "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEPs had balked at prospect of closed-door session tackling privacy concerns

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By Camilla Hodgson 


Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has bowed to pressure and agreed to allow his grilling in front of the European Parliament this week to be live-streamed, the president of the EU body said in a tweet on Monday.
Last week MEPs revolted against plans for Mr Zuckerberg to testify in a closed-door hearing, and demanded the session, due to take place on Tuesday evening, be live-streamed. Earlier in the week, Mr Zuckerberg had agreed to attend a private hearing with at least eight MEPs over Facebooks use of personal data following the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.On Monday morning, Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, said the Facebook founder had agreed to this proposal to webstream the hearing following discussions.I have personally discussed with Facebook CEO Mr Zuckerberg the possibility of webstreaming meeting with him. I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens. I thank him for the respect shown towards EP, he said.
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13:07

Philippines takes appropriate action over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Philippines expressed serious concerns over the presence of Chinas strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken appropriate diplomatic action, the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.

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BY MANUEL MOGATO

MANILA (Reuters) The Philippines expressed serious concerns over the presence of Chinas strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken appropriate diplomatic action, the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.

Chinas air force said bombers such as the H-6K had landed and taken off from islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of training exercises last week, drawing angry reactions from opposition lawmakers in Manila. The United States also sent ships to the disputed areas.

The Philippines could not independently verify the presence of Chinese bombers in the South China Sea, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

But we take note of the reports that appeared and we express our serious concerns anew on its impact to efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region, Roque told a regular media briefing at the presidential palace.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines said it was monitoring developments.

We are taking the appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect our claims and will continue to do so in the future, it said in a statement, but it did not elaborate.

However, the foreign ministry stopped short of condemning Chinas action, which Washington said could raise tension and destabilize the region.

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13:03

New War Opponents "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, May 20, 2018.

For those of us who fully expected most U.S. peace activists to vanish once Barack Obama became president but expected them to come back once Donald Trump ascended the throne, the failure of our second expectation has been hard, crushingly hard. But there are a few silver linings.

First, there is now a multi-issue campaign that, unlike the womens march or the climate march or so many other marches, and perhaps because it draws its platform in part from one written 50 years ago, opposes war and militarism. Its called the new Poor Peoples Campaign.

Second, there are large, well-funded organizations beginning to edge toward opposition at least to certain wars, organizations that as far as I know didnt oppose any wars when George Bush II was president, much less when Obama was.

One of these is the ACLU. Ive never known the ACLU to oppose any war, much less the institution of war, much less the military spending that generates many of the symptoms that the ACLU regularly does oppose. Im sending this article to the ACLU and requesting any updates or corrections. What is new, as far as I know, is this statement in which the ACLU rejects a U.S. attack on Syria as illegal without a Congressional authorization, plus this one in which the ACLU admits that Congress has no legal power to authorize something that is a crime under a treaty that the United States is party to in this case the UN Charter. The ACLUs recommendation, despite that admission, is that Congress authorize the war or decline to a position that is weak, nonsensical, and amoral, yet a gigantic step in the direction of the ACLU engaging with the existence of war and militarism in the world.

Another is Oxfam, which has actually set up an email action for urging your Congress member to block U.S. participation in the U.S.-Saudi...

13:00

Glazov Gang: Thank You President Trump for Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

This new edition of The Glazov Gang features Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Fellow at the Freedom Center and editor of The Point at Frontpagemag.com. Daniel joins Jamie in saying Thank You President Trump for Jerusalem, as both host and guest express heart-felt gratitude to our president. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube []

13:00

The U.S. wont say genocide but cares about Armenian democracy? "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Max Parry Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution? Mass demonstrations that have shut down Armenia leading to the replacement of its prime minister have queued the obligatory western media push for regime change. Already dubbed a Velvet Revolution after the 1989 protests that collapsed communist Czechoslovakia, there have been so many color revolutions in former Soviet states that the colors are being recycled by the NGOs. The first crowds gathered in April in response to the Republican Party of Armenias decision to nominate outgoing leader Serzh Sargsyan as the sole candidate for Prime Minister after having already served as the countrys President since 2008. Despite its constitutional legality, this was perceived by many to be a consolidation of power as he would have retained the same authority since the country just transitioned to a prime ministerial system. Predictably, the western media commentary has framed the protests in the context of the new Cold War by emphasizing the ruling partys links to Kremlin oligarchs and Armenias presence within Russias sphere of influence. However,

12:57

Italys populist parties to name future premier pick "IndyWatch Feed War"

 Italys anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League party prepared Monday to present their pick for future premier of the countrys new populist government to end more than two months of deadlock after inconclusive elections.

AFP/File / by Catherine MARCIANO | Anti-establishment M5S leader Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini, who heads the far-right League, will meet the president on Monday evening

They are due to meet President Sergio Matterella at the presidential palace on Monday evening to formally present their choice.

After a week of haggling, M5S leader Luigi Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini closed a coalition deal and announced a joint programme which turns its back on austerity measures.

Both Di Maio and Salvini dreamed of running the first anti-establishment government within a EU-founding nation, but a clash of egos and lack of majority in parliament forced them to opt for a third candidate.

Media reports say the pair will, however, lay claim to their top ministerial picks: Interior minister for the nationalist Salvini and Minister of economic development for Di Maio.

We have agreed on the leader and ministers of government and we hope that no one will veto a choice that represents the will of the majority of Italians, Salvini said Sunday.

Rumours are also swirling around the nomination for premier with the media betting on a handful of candidates.

Giuseppe Conte, 54, a lawyer who teaches law in Florence and Rome is among the rumoured top picks. Though little known in Italy, he has an impressive CV with teaching stints at Yale, Cambridge and Sorbonne.

Andrea Roventini, a 41-year-old economist teaching at the university of Pisa has also been touted as another contender as well as Paolo Savona, 81.

Minister for industry between 1993-94, Savona was staunchly opposed to the signing of the Maastricht Treaty which, in the M5S-League programme, is cited as the moment the EU went off track.

Berlusconi upset

Never afraid of a long shot, former premier Silvio Berlusconi, who is upset with his right-wing ally Salvini, has also offered himself up as future premier.

Following a recent court ruling, the ageing billionaire is once again legally allowed to hold public office and has expressed his discontent with the coalition programme, especially the strict measures against conflict of interests in parliament w...

12:55

The Baltic States Ask the US for a Bigger Military Presence on Their Soil "IndyWatch Feed War"

Exercises in the former Soviet republics are being staged to allow the forces to hone their skills for conducting offensive operations against Russia, not for fending off attacks from trenches dug along the lines of defense.

12:54

Haifa protesters released after footage of arrests shared on social media "IndyWatch Feed War"

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12:37

Oil Is The Enabler of Military Power "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is incorrect to say that oil is an unimportant reason to wage war - It may not be the only reason, but, it is an extremely important reason  for understanding why wars are fought.  Controlling access or denying access to oil is something that's been discussed at the blog. There is a vicious circle of needing oil to wage war- waging war to access oil. While all  along the way- profits are made. And most pathetically a free pass is given by the AGW cult to the war machine every single day-

Oil. Why is oil so important? Is it cars? What else? I just don't know....


Originally, it was the writings of Mahan and Mackinder on Naval power and geopolitics, combined with the final conclusion of the USS Maine inquiry that the explosion that destroyed it in Havana Harbor was most likely from a spontaneous fire in the coal bunker that overheated and ignited the ammo in the adjacent ammo bunker. Thus leading all of the major and wanna-be naval powers to race for control of oil to replace the more dangerous and harder to handle coal as fuel for their battle fleets.  

12:25

Italy Sets Course for Left-Right Populist Surge "IndyWatch Feed War"

Italy is wrapped up these days in the efforts of its two strongest political parties to forge a coalition government. Presumably they will succeed, though whether the resulting civic structure will have any staying power remains an open question. But in terms of the broad political trends in Italy, Europe, and the entire West (including the United States), it doesnt really matter much. Whatever happens with the emerging Italian government, Italy has set itself upon a new course. Its the path of populism, fueled by many things but primarily by the Wests immigration crisis.

11:58

China To The Rescue on Iran Nuclear Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iran has called on China to help safeguard the nuclear deal it reached with other major world powers, saying Tehran will resort to other options if its interests are threatened by US sanctions.

South China Morning Post
May 21, 2018

Iran has called on China to help safeguard the nuclear deal it reached with other major world powers, saying Tehran will resort to other options if its interests are threatened by US sanctions.

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The nations ambassador to China Ali Asghar Khaji said Beijing had a positive role to play in upholding the deal, and should boost economic cooperation with Tehran.

He also said the Iranian foreign minister chose Beijing as his first stop on a whirlwind diplomatic tour last week because of Chinas importance to Iran.

We expect other remaining members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, including China, to help implement and continue this deal, and fulfil their commitment and obligations according to this deal, Khaji said, referring to the plan reached in 2015 that will see Iran significantly reducing its uranium stockpile by 2030 in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

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11:57

Do not weep for Bernard Lewis, high priest of war in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

For decades, Bernard Lewis, who has just died, provided the intellectual and moral justification for bigotry and war in the Middle East

11:55

Trumpism Folds into Netanyahu-ism, or "Neo-Americanism" "IndyWatch Feed War"

Now that Trump has embraced the new neo-Americanism (per Russell-Mead), what will be the US strategy if neither North Korea nor Iran submit? Are military strikes then, on the agenda?

11:47

Poll Results: Should it Be Legal to Join Foreign Fights? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Peshmerga (Kurdish) fighter in Sinjar, Iraq. The Kurdish force recently liberated the Sinjar region of Iraq from ISIS.A Peshmerga (Kurdish) fighter in Sinjar, Iraq. The Kurdish force liberated the Sinjar region of Iraq from ISIS. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A Rhode Island father was recently sentenced to three years in prison for violating his probation and leaving the country to fight against ISIS. Barring these unusual circumstances, we asked you, our readers: Should it be illegal for U.S. citizens to go overseas to fight against terror. Here are the results of our poll (comments follow):

  • 31.1 percent said yes
  • 68.8 percent said no

 

Here are some of your comments:

Before the USA entered WWI and WWII, Americans joined French and UK forces to fight the Germans. What is the difference between fighting Germany in WWII and ISIS now?

Not when they are not on parole.

Are we free to make our own choices or not? If not, then we are not a free country.

How do you know what side they are fighting for could be ISIS for all you know.

As long as the cause doesnt contradict the values of this country (terror is defined differently by us and, say, Islamists)

As long as it is not an enemy of the U.S.

I would rather we fight terror overseas than having it to do in the U.S.A.

Absolutely illegal. If an American citizen joins a foreign military they should be banned from re-entry into the U.S.

It should be judged individually, based on the conflict.

It is something we have done in WWI and WWII and many other times. Usually for a good reason.

If freedom of conscience means actively following your right to self-determination there is no argument legal or otherwise which makes that a crime. In the UK we have seen brave people prosecuted for their convictions and ignoring political correctness to put...

11:44

China is winning Trumps trade war Zero curbs on Chinas high-tech plans "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was easy to miss the U.S.-China trade statement that the White House released Saturday, right in the midst of royal wedding mania. But its hard to hide that China looks as if its winning President Trumps trade skirmish so far.

The statement said that, after several days of talks, the Chinese agreed to substantially reduce the United States $375 billion trade deficit with China and that the details would be worked out later. It was noticeably vague.

By Heather Long
The Washington Post

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President Donald Trump and Chinas top trade negotiator Liu He

Notice China didnt agree to a specific amount. On Friday, Trumps top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, was telling reporters that the Chinese had agreed to reduce the deficit by at least $200 billion.China quickly denied that, and, a day later, the official statement didnt have a concrete number, a seeming victory for the Chinese.

What about the IP fight? The real battle against the Chinese was supposed to be over intellectual property theft, which the Trump administration says has been going on for years and costs the U.S. economy $225 billion to $600 billion a year. Trump was supposed to get the Chinese to stop stealing U.S. business secrets and technology. On this front, the statement was brief and lackluster, saying that both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation (diplomatic speak for not doing much) and...

11:36

Turkeys Lira Extends Slide to Record as Rising Treasury Yield Fuels Rout "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkeys lira tumbled, hitting new all-time lows against both the U.S. dollar and the euro, as increasing U.S. Treasury yields deepened a rout in the currency.

The Turkish president also urged Turkish people in Europe to take an active role in politics in their countries to counter anti-Turkish sentiment while protecting their values and traditions, during a rally Sunday in Sarajevo

The lira led losses in emerging markets to extend last weeks slide of around 4 percent. The higher U.S. yields are exacerbating the pressure by reducing the allure of riskier assets, while a lack of action by the Turkish central bank this month is disappointing investors hoping for rate hikes.

The lira was 1.3 percent lower at 4.5508 per dollar by 10:00 a.m. in Istanbul, after falling as much as 1.6 percent to touch a record low 4.5621. One-month implied volatility on the dollar-lira pair, an indicator of expected swings, surged to 22 percent, extending its surge to the highest level since January 2017. The yield on 10-year government bonds rose 11 basis points to 15.17 percent, a new record.

We do not want to sound like a broken record, but after the lira plunged to yet another record low it is evident that unless the central bank acts decisively and raises interest rates substantially at an emergency meeting, the sell-off is likely to continue, said Piotr Matys, an emerging-market currency strategist at Rabobank in London.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-21/lira-extends-slide-to-record-as-rising-treasury-yield-fuels-rout

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11:35

Paraguay becomes third country to open Israel embassy in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

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11:26

FTSE 100 touches new record high "IndyWatch Feed War"

Broad advance led by financial stocks takes UK index past January intraday peaked

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More broken records in London.

The FTSE 100 has hit a new intraday peak early trade, in a broad advance led by financial stocks. The rally takes the index up 0.6 per cent on the session to 7,830.87, representing a rally of almost 14 per cent from its March low. Over 2018, the blue-chip index is up 1.8 per cent.

The London index has been on something of a tear of late. It set a fresh closing high last week, and Mondays new intraday takes it past the 7,791.83 it touched in mid-January.

The advance has been helped by sterlings relative weakness since the UKs Brexit vote (a trend that is reasserting itself now), as well as by oils return to the $80, since the FTSE is home to an oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell as well as commodities trader Glencore and a range of international mining groups.

Nonetheless, the appeal of UK stocks is also somewhat more nuanced, as Will Hobbs, head of investment strategy at Barclays, observes:

There are some offsetting factors for the FTSE that help to relegate it down our pecking order of favourite equity indices.

The most important of these is that in a world where the cyclical prospects remain bright, outside of its commodities exposure, the FTSE leaves you with relatively less skin in the cyclical game than other stock markets.

Meanwhile, its banking sector lacks the recovery appeal of its more persistently troubled continental European peer group.

It could be that eurozone equities have further to run this year, once investors have factored in the rise to power of populist parties in Italy. In the meantime, it looks like UK stocks are ready for their moment in the sun.

https://www.ft.com/content/7d5eb2ca-5cc9-11e8-9334-2218e7146b04

See also: The BBC

http://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c9qdqqkgz27t/ftse-100

11:25

The Other Art of the Deal, Tehran-style "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Iranian governments response to the Trump administration boils down to a Sun Tzu variant; silence especially after the Fall of Flynn, who had put Iran on notice after a ballistic missile test that did not infringe the provisions of the Iranian nuclear deal, and the idea of an anti-Iran, Saudi Arabia-UAE-Egypt-Jordan mini-NATO. The Iranian naval drills from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean had been planned way in advance.

11:17

EU parliament pushes for Zuckerberg hearing to be live-streamed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Theres confusion about whether a meeting between Facebook  founder Mark Zuckerberg and the European Unions parliament which is due to take place next Tuesday will go ahead as planned or not.

The meeting was confirmed by the EU parliaments president this week, and is the latest stop on Zuckerbergs contrition tour, following the Cambridge Analytics data misuse story that blew up into a major public scandal in mid March.

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However, the discussion with MEPs that Facebook agreed to was due to take place behind closed doors. A private format thats not only ripe with irony but was also unpalatable to a large number of MEPs. It even drew criticism from some in the EUs unelected executive body, the European Commission, which further angered parliamentarians.

Now, as the FT reports, MEPs appear to have forced the parliaments president, Antonio Tajani, to agree to live-streaming the event.

Guy Verhofstadt the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats group of MEPs, who had said he would boycott the meeting if it took place in private has also tweeted that a majority of the parliaments groups have pushed for the event to be streamed online.

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11:09

Italy: Law professor Giuseppe Conte likely to become new Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed War"

Media tip law professor Giuseppe Conte ahead of announcement on Monday

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Giuseppe Conte is the favourite to become Italys prime minister, according to Corriere della Sera

James Politi in Rome

Giuseppe Conte, a little-known 54-year-old professor who specialises in public administration law and has hardly any political experience, has emerged as the frontrunner to be prime minister for Italys nascent populist government, according to Italian media.

Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, and Matteo Salvini, the head of the far-right League, were due to meet the Italian president, on Monday to secure his approval for their alliance to govern the eurozones third- largest economy.

After sealing a deal on a joint platform to run the country rife with measures that have unsettled EU policymakers and investors in Italian securities Mr Di Maio and Mr Salvini spent the weekend trying to find a compromise choice to implement their plan.

According to Corriere della Sera, Italys leading newspaper, Mr Conte a law professor at the University of Florence and Luiss University in Rome who is originally from Puglia in southern Italy had emerged as the top choice. Mr Di Maio and Mr Salvini have not confirmed the choice of Mr Conte, and people close to the negotiations cautioned that only the two leaders know the name.

President Sergio Mattarella, who has the final word on the choice of prime minister, could choose to rebuff Mr Contes candidacy if he believes his profile is too low to represent Italy on the international stage and to hold the government together at home. On Sunday, though, Mr Salvini issued a thinly veiled warning to Mr Mattarella not to stand in the way.

We hope no one will place vetoes on this persons name or surname. We wont accept it, Mr Salvini said. It wont be me, nor Di Maio. It will be a balanced name that satisfies us both, he said.

Other names for prime minister that were floated in the Italian press in recent days include Andrea Roventini and Paolo Savona, two economists.

On Monday, as the formation of the government drew nearer there was no relief for Italian sovereign debt. A brisk sell-off in Italys bonds, known as BTPs, sent the yield on benchmark 10-year paper up 4.2 basis points at 2.259 per cent and back to levels last touched in October and last exceeded in the summer of 2017. At the start of last week before the coalition proposals were published, the yield stood at 1.894 per cent.

Mr Di Maio,...

11:00

Treasury, USTR Send Mixed Messages Over Tariffs on Chinese Imports Our side is so confused. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mixed signals from officials could further complicate the Trump administrations trade agenda

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News on Sunday that the U.S. was putting the trade war on hold.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News on Sunday that the U.S. was putting the trade war on hold. PHOTO: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

WASHINGTONThe Treasury secretary and the administrations top trade official took markedly different positions over whether the U.S. will move forward with tariffs on Chinese imports, punctuating several days of negotiations between the worlds two biggest economies with a question mark.

Several hours after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News on Sunday that the U.S. was putting the trade war on hold and wouldnt assess tariffs on Beijing while the two sides talked, U.S....

11:00

Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Koreas Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations "IndyWatch Feed War"

London (MPN)  If there is any country on the list of U.S. adversaries about which almost everyone lacks critical understanding, it is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea). Unlike most countries, the DPRK has managed to stay fairly closed off to U.S. interference and intelligence-gathering whether by embassies and consulates, or other channels of soft-power such as NGOs (although some have gotten through). This means Western leaders lack a crucial ability to analyze what the DPRK is thinking based on what it says.
Korean Friendship Association Dermot HudsonDermot Hudson, Official Delegate of the KFA at the Pyongyang Cafe in Tarragona, Spain.
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The Western media, for their part, also leave Americans under-informed on North Korea, primarily covering the more sensationalist aspects of the story. The latest example of this is the coverage of U.S. President Donalds Trumps self-nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize and the return of three hostages (or spies depending on who you ask), which tend to be reported without the proper context of the events that have led up to this point.

While Trump is claiming credit for peace between North and South Korea, Dermot Hudson, a Delegate of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) in the United Kingdom has a different perspective. He tells MintPress, Trump deserves absolutely no credit at all for the latest steps towards...

11:00

OANNES THE OCTOPUS? PART ONE "IndyWatch Feed War"

You may or may not know this, but one of my favorite animals is the octopus. I've been fascinated by them since I was []

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Rights Groups Slam Saudis for Chilling Smear Campaign Against Activists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Riyadh (MEE Human rights groups questioned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans reform agenda on Saturday after prominent womens rights activists who campaigned for the right to drive were arrested and branded traitors by government-aligned media outlets.
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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on the authorities to release the detainees, identifying six of them as Eman al-Nafjan, Lujain al-Hathloul, Aziz al-Yousef, Aisha al-Manea, Ibrahim Modeimigh and Mohammed al-Rabea.

The activists, both women, and men have campaigned for a womans right to drive, which the conservative kingdom is set to grant from next month after banning it for decades.

The decision hailed as proof of a new progressive trend under Mohammed bin Salman, who has presented himself as a reformist but has been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent.

Saudi Arabia cann...

11:00

Transcript: Saudi's Khaled bin Farhan on reforms, crown princes and that purge "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Prince Khaled bin Farhan, an exiled member of the Saudi royal family, speaks to Middle East Eye about his fears for the kingdom's future

Call for coup in Saudi: Dissident prince urges uncles to seize power "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Prince Khaled: I have received a large number of emails from within the police and army in support of my call

10:58

Why Is This Being Taught in Public Schools? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Shahada (Photo: Flickr/Islamic Pictures/https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/)The shahada (Photo: Flickr/Islamic Pictures/https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/)

A West Virginia parent is upset after his daughter was asked to write the shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith, as part of calligraphy practice in her world religion class.

Rich Penkoski objected to the assignment that his seventh-grade daughter Brielle was given, saying the religious nature of the assignment was inconsistent with what students were asked to do while studying other religions.

I saw the assignment of writing the Shahada in Arabic. Their excuse was calligraphy, said Penkoski, speaking to The Christian Post. First of all, calligraphy was invented in China 3,000 years prior to Muhammad. The fact that they were trying to get my daughter to write that disturbed me.'

Upon complaining to the school, Penkoski was told the assignment was opt

10:55

How Russia and China Gained a Strategic Advantage in Hypersonic Technology "IndyWatch Feed War"

A hot topic in military prognostications regarding China, Russia and the United States revolves around the development and use of hypersonic technology for missiles or UAVs as an invulnerable means of attack. As we will see, not all three countries are dealing successfully with this task

10:54

Justice Department to Review FBI Probe of Trump Campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

President demanded such an investigation in tweets denouncing Mueller probe as a partisan witch hunt

Donald Trump, shown here at a campaign rally in June 2016, said Sunday he wanted to know if the FBI or Justice Department under the Obama administration infiltrated his campaign for political purposes.
Donald Trump, shown here at a campaign rally in June 2016, said Sunday he wanted to know if the FBI or Justice Department under the Obama administration infiltrated his campaign for political purposes. PHOTO: RICH PEDRONCELLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTONThe Justice Department asked its internal watchdog to examine if there was any impropriety in the counterintelligence investigation of President Donald Trumps 2016 campaign, after the president demanded Sunday that the department investigate the motives behind the inquiry.

Earlier Sunday, in one of a series of tweets targeting the probe into whether Trump associates colluded with Russia during the 20...

10:46

Many jihadis from Germany have German citizenship: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over 1,000 Islamists have left Germany to aid terror groups in Syria and Iraq, a report cites the government as saying. And it says more than half of them hold German passports.

    
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The German government knows of more than 1,000 Islamists who have left Germany for Syria or Iraq to support terrorist organizations there, media reported on Sunday.

The figure comes from an answer given by the government to a question from the parliamentary representatives of the Left Party, according to newspapers of the Funke media group.

The government also cited security authorities as saying that more than half of those who had left Germany for such conflict zones had German passports, the newspapers said in their report.

The figure given by the government shows a further increase in the number of those traveling abroad as jihadis, but indicates that the rate of departures has slowed considerably in comparison with two years ago.

According to the report, 243 supporters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) have also travelled abroad to support the coalition fighting the extremist group Islamic State (IS). Germany classes the PKK as a terrorist organization.

Read moreChildren of Islamic State struggle to integrate in Germany

Unconstitutional proposal?

Although dozens of German Islamists are in prison in Syria, Iraq and Turkey, many others, including women and children, have since returned to Germany.

The report said that during coalitio...

10:43

Germanys refugee agency faces new claims in asylum scandal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germanys migration office reportedly knew about improper asylum decisions in its Bremen branch earlier than previously admitted. Migration officials in Bremen are suspected of taking bribes to approve applications.

    
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The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) was informed about possible improprieties in the approval of asylum applications at its branch in the northern city of Bremen earlier than it admitted, German media reported on Monday.

The news magazine Der Spiegel reported that emails it had seen suggested that BAMF head Jutta Cordt had received internal information regarding massive irregularities in Bremen as early as February 2017.

Broadcaster NDR and the daily Sddeutsche Zeitung also reported on internal emails allegedly showing that BAMF headquarters knew about questionable procedures at that time but were reluctant to look into the matter.

They quoted an email from the responsible department head in which he called for an examination to be carried out without fuss and without too much detail.

On Friday, Cordt gave an account of internal investigations into the Bremen affair to the domestic affairs committee in the German parliament, but did not mention the correspondence of February 2017, the reports said.

Read more: Illegal African migration to Germany: What can and should be done

BAMF denial

BAMF has rejected the media claims.

The head of the federal office did not receive the mail stating that everything should not be examined in detail and where the words without fuss occur, a spokesman said on Sunday evening in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, where BAMF headquarters are situated.

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10:12

Debunking 18 Claims Justifying the Gaza Massacre "IndyWatch Feed War"

Debunking 18 Claims Justifying the Gaza Massacre By Riham Darwish, After spending a great deal of time online, I read and watched endless virtual conversations about whos at fault and whos not in the wake of the over 60 casualties in Gaza on Monday. Discussions varied from whether Israel is exercising a righteous act of []

10:05

israeli Government Justifies Killings of Palestinians Saying We Cant Put All of These People in Jail "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Government Justifies Killings of Palestinians Saying We Cant Put All of These People in Jail By Daily Sabah An Israeli government spokeswoman has come under fire for her comments on the situation in Gaza and trying to justify Israeli forces use of live fire and the shooting dead of Palestinian protesters. Speaking to RTs []

10:02

Syrian army moves into Yarmouk after IS evacuation deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Pro-government forces have been fighting since 19 April to recapture Yarmouk camp, Hajar al-Aswad and other areas of southern Damascus

09:44

israel, US Try to Block International Force for Gaza Strip "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel, US Try to Block International Force for Gaza Strip US intends to veto measure at UN Security Council A draft resolution backed by Kuwait and by the Palestinian Authority is headed to the UN Security Council this week, seeking the creation of an international force in the Gaza Strip to prevent further Israeli attacks []

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Video ton cnh m ci Hong gia Anh Royal Wedding United Kingdom Video "IndyWatch Feed War"

m ci Hong gia Anh c t chc trang trng vi s kt hp hon ho ca nhng yu

09:09

Iraq needs a majority government that will actually govern "IndyWatch Feed War"

What should be avoided during government formation is a return to the old failed ethno-sectarian politics that Abadi and Sadr routinely criticised and vowed to dismantle

09:02

Sean Swain on slavery, Nat Turner, John Brown, and drones: A statement for June 11 "IndyWatch Feed War"

In previous years, I have used the occasion of June 11 to roll out what I thought were pretty big ideas.

Originally published by June 11. Written by anarchist prisoner Sean Swain.

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.

Sean Swain on slavery, Nat Turner, John Brown, and drones: A statement for June 11

In previous years, I have used the occasion of June 11 to roll out what I thought were pretty big ideas. In 2015, for example, I described how blastblog.noblogs.org had posted the home addresses of Ohio prison officials, including those who had orchestrated the torture regimen I endured at Mansfield. In that statement, opposing torture, I suggested that we collectively adopt a policy of self-defense against state terrorists, that when they torture us, we burn their cars and houses down; that when they stop the torture, we stop the burning.

The ODRC claimed that what I said constituted a threat to every single employee of the ODRC and their families. As what I wrote was a statement opposing torture, to me, it seems like something of an admission that every single employee of the ODRC was threatened. This means that even the ODRC recognizes that all of its employees participate in torture.

At any rate, as fate will have it, in 2017 when I undertook at 50-day hungerstrike, those home addresses were still posted. I have it on good authority that prison officials received death threats at their homes, at all hours of the night and day, phoned in from exotic area codes. I have also heard a rumor that, at one of those state terrorists residences, an item of property of significant value somehow ended up getting torched. I dont know whose home, and I dont know whether the significantly-valued property was a house or a car or even a barbecue grill, but I know this: After that piece of property got torched, state terrorists began negotiating an end to my hungerstrike and I got all of my communications restored.

As a side note, I have also heard a rumor no telling how tr...

08:43

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: CAIR Enraged by ROTC Exercise Featuring Jihadis as Enemies "IndyWatch Feed War"

ROTCs got a lot of nerve to notice the global jihad. My latest at PJ Media: A ridiculous article last Thursday in UCLAs student newspaper, The Daily Bruin, reveals the mindset of those who believe that Islamophobia is a bigger threat than jihad terror, and reveals yet again the insidious agenda of the Council on []

08:41

Turkey bans Wikipedia for noting it supported the Islamic State in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unless youre a member of the Leftist establishment, Wikipedia is largely worthless for information on contemporary public figures, and its treatment of current events is also often one-sided and contentious. In this case, however, it has run afoul of the Turkish government for including information that government doesnt want disseminated, in keeping with its longstanding []

08:19

Saudi Arabia shoots down Houthi missile over Jazan "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Air defences shoot down 'Badr-1' missile heading for city's airport, says Saudi military

08:15

Report: Explosions heard at Iranian facility near Damascus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sky News Arabia says blasts target electronic warfare facility used by Tehran south of Syrian capital; no confirmation

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An explosion is seen coming from an army base, allegedly used by Iran-backed militias, outside the northern Syria city of Hama on April 29, 2018. (Screen capture; Facebook)
An explosion is seen coming from an army base, allegedly used by Iran-backed militias, outside the northern Syria city of Hama on April 29, 2018. (Screen capture; Facebook)

Explosions reportedly rocked an area thought to house an Iranian facility near Damascus early Monday morning, according to a report in Sky News Arabia.

There was no immediate confirmation of the explosion and it was not clear what may have caused the blasts, which came days after another mysterious explosion at a Syrian base.

Sky News said locals reported hearing explosions in the area of Najjah, a neighborhood south of Damascus which houses a military academy.

According to the report, the blasts are thought to have occurred at an Iranian electronic warfare facility there.

There was no immediate word from Syria, which was said to be on the verge of pushing the last pockets of Islamic State resistance out of southern Damascus on Monday.

Israel has increasingly taken aim at Iranian facilities in southern Syria over recent months as it attempts to keep Tehran from gaining a military foothold on its doorstep.

The sorties, which Israel rarely admit to openly, have led to increased tensions in the border region and earlier this month sparked a barrage of 20 missiles at northern Israel, drawing a massive Israeli reprisal attack.

The explosions were reported after mysterious blasts tore through weapons and fuel depots on Friday at a military airport in Syrias Hama province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, killing at least 28 people.

Syrian state media reported the blasts at the time but did not provide any details, while the Observatory h...

08:13

Cold War Mentality Alive and Well in Australia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Writing in The Australian newspaper under the headline Red Threats to Render White Paper just about Pass (18 May 2018) ANU emeritus professor Paul Dibb offers a commentary that exemplifies much of what is wrong with Australian strategic thinking. The problem is all the more acute because Dibb is regularly quoted in the mainstream media and his views are considered influential. In this latest article he calls for a re-evaluation of the premises underlying the Foreign Policy White Paper released only six months ago.

That White Paper was certainly flawed, although not in the manner that Dibb suggests in underestimating what Dibb calls an aggrieved and newly assertive Russia, as well as an aggressive rising power in China.

The White Paper failed to grasp the realities of a newly emerging multipolar world, and in particular failed to perceive how Australia might best respond in a manner consistent with both its national security and economic interests.

That challenge is not assisted by Dibbs contribution, which is full of faulty assumptions, factual errors, and grievous misinterpretations, not only of post-World War II history, but the current inevitable realignment away from the singularly dangerous exercise of hegemonic power by the United States.

Dibb quotes United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis with evident approval, saying China and Russia wanted to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian models.  China is alleged to be seeking regional hegemony and the displacement of the United States to achieve global preeminence in the future.

The evidence Dibb cites for these assertions are Chinas buildup of its military capabilities in the South China Sea; Russias territorial expansionism in Crimea and Ukraine; Putins aggressive attitude in defending Syria and its use of chemical weapons; and Moscows State sponsored assassination attempts in Britain reflecting Putins contempt for the sanctity of State borders. He even cites the reports of Beijing seeking to develop a military base in Vanuatu.  That the Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of Vanuatu and also the Chinese government have denied the latter report is of little consequence to Professor Dibb.

There is much more in Professor Dibbs commentary in this vein, but those examples illustrate not only the fact free environment that strategic advisors such as Dibb operate in, but also are reflective of strategic thinking in the Australian defence, foreign policy and defence establishments.

In the cited example of Chinas buildup of its military capabilities in the South China Sea there are several components of this allegation that put it in a different context from the viewpoint usually advanced in the Australian media. The so-called Nine Dash Line within which China has...

08:09

Philippines expresses serious concern over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Philippines expressed serious concerns over the presence of Chinas strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken appropriate diplomatic action, the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday

Chinas air force said bombers such as the H-6K had landed and taken off from islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of training exercises last week, drawing angry reactions from opposition lawmakers in Manila. The United States also sent ships to the disputed areas.

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The Philippines could not independently verify the presence of Chinese bombers in the South China Sea, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

But, we take note of the reports that appeared and we express our serious concerns anew on its impact to efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region, Roque told a regular media briefing at the presidential palace.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines said it was monitoring developments.

We are taking the appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect our claims and will continue to do so in the future, it said in a statement.

We reiterate our commitment to protect every single inch of our territory and areas which we have sovereign rights over, the statement said.

However, the foreign ministry stopped short of condemning Chinas action, which Washington said could raise tensions and destabilize the region.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which about $3 trillion worth of sea-borne goods passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have conflicting claims in the area.

China has built seven artificial islands in the Spratlys group in the South China Sea and turned them into military outposts with airfields, radars, and missile defenses.

Beijing says its military facilities in the Spratlys are purely defensive and that it can do what it likes on its own territory.

Roque said the Philippines has also reassured the United States it was not abandoning 70 years of security alliance after several senior officials met last week with U.S. Pacific Command officials in Hawaii.

Filipino lawmakers have criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for not confronting China in preference for his attempts to win Chinas friendship, despite a favorable ruling Manila received over the disputed waterway from an a...

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Prayer and Meditation for Monday, May 21, 2018 Woman, behold, your son. And he said to the disciple, Behold, your mother. "IndyWatch Feed War"

We must cling to Gods grace alone if we are to accomplish His mission and be united with Him in doing His will and find salvation.

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Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Lectionary: 572A

Reading 1GN 3:9-15, 20

After Adam had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to him and asked him, Where are you?
He answered, I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.
Then he asked, Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!
The man replied, The woman whom you put here with me
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.
The LORD God then asked the woman,
Why did you do such a thing?
The woman answered, The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
On your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
He will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.
The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

Or  ACTS 1:12-14

After Jesus had been taken up to heaven,
the Apostles returned to Jerusalem
from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
a sabbath days journey away.

When they entered...

07:46

At Yale, Hillary Clinton says shes still not over her election loss "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clinton trolls with Russian hat, says shes concerned about America

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Hillary Clinton speaks in December 2017 in Playa Vista, Calif.

By Chris Perez

Hillary Clinton says shes still not over the 2016 election, and she showed it Sunday during a speech at Yale cracking a joke about Kremlin interference and busting out a large Russian hat to boot.

If you cant beat them, join them, Clinton quipped.

The jab came during her commencement speech at Yales Class Day.

Keeping up with the universitys longstanding tradition of bringing an over the top hat to the ceremony, Clinton pulled out a black Ushanka and playfully went to put it on.

I see looking out at you that you are following the tradition of over-the-top hats. So I brought a hat, too, she said. A Russian hat.

Former Secretary of State and former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds up a Russian fur hat, an ushanka, with a Soviet era hammer...

07:41

Saudi air defenses destroy ballistic missile fired from Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Air Defense forces destroyed a ballistic missile fired by Yemens Houthi movement over the southern city of Jazan, the Saudi-led coalition said on Monday.

Earlier, the Houthis said the group had fired a Badr-1 ballistic missile at Jazans airport, without giving any further details.

The Houthis, an Iran-allied group that holds much of Yemen including the capital, Sanaa, have fired a series of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict in Yemen widely seen as a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

A U.S.-backed military alliance intervened in Yemens civil war in 2015 to fight against the Houthis on behalf of the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, who lives in exile in Riyadh. Iran and the Houthis dismiss Saudi accusations that Tehran arms the group.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said Saudi air defense forces destroyed the missile over Jazan and accused the Houthis of targeting residential areas, according to a report from the official Saudi Press Agency.

The Houthis have fired a salvo of missiles at Saudi Arabia in recent months, including the capital, Riyadh, while the coalition launched thousands of air strikes against Houthi-held areas, killing hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

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07:37

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part three "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week we looked at how the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem was reported live in the May 14th afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio flagship news and current affairs programme Newshour.

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part one

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part two

The same programme presented by Razia Iqbal and available here concurrently gave listeners a portrayal of events along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on that day as described in its synopsis.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and nearly 2,000 injured by Israeli forces on Gazas border. The clashes came as the United States formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem. We will hear from both Palestinian and Israeli voices.

That...

07:33

Hold the plane Stop the deportation charter flight to Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK: Call to stop a deportation flight on May 22.

Originally published by End Deportations Facebook event 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.

Hold the plane Stop the deportation charter flight to Pakistan

May 22, 2018, 17:00  19:00 UTC+01, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF London, UK.

In the wake of the Windrush scandal, ALL deportation charter flights must stop. Pakistan is a Commonwealth country, once colonised by Britain, and people whos homes and families are here have been subjected to the same brutal treatment by the Home Office as the Windrush generation who have been forced to Jamaica.

Come to the Home Office, 2 Marsham St, as close to 5pm as you can while staff on still in the office to call on them to stop the flight. If you have more information on the time of the flight please get in touch. We expect it to be between 10pm-11pm.

Bring banners, voices and love.

**FULL LIST OF SPEAKERS TBC, pls get in touch if you want to speak**

*Please share with your networks!*

And come to next weeks demo to stop a deportation charter flight to Nigeria:

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Deportation charter flights are a brutal, secretive and barely legal way of forcing people out of the UK. The Windrush scandal has shed light on just how many people are being ripped away from their homes, families and communities, when they may have lived here for decades. Their homes are here. They belong here. 

The scandal goes beyond Windrush. People from other Commonwealth countries, colonised by Britain, have been subject to the same, brutal, treatment by the Home Office. The Windrush scandal is not a mistake, nor an aberration. It is the intention of policy. Mothers, fathers, siblings, best friends and ne...

07:29

Whats Ahead for the U.S. and China on Trade "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trade-policy veterans Michael Froman and Claire Reade say the Trump administration has set the stage for change and exposed downsides of Chinas system

The Wall Street Journal
May 20, 2018 10:02 p.m. ET

Amid threats of tariffs and trade war, U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators do live in interesting times.

To gain some perspective, John Bussey, associate editor of The Wall Street Journal, spoke with two people deeply involved in U.S. trade issues in recent years: Michael Froman, vice chairman and president of strategic growth at Mastercard Inc., and U.S. trade representative from 2013 to 2017; and Claire Reade, senior counsel at the law firm Arnold & Porter, and assistant U.S. trade representative for China affairs from

07:25

U.S.-China Trade Truce May Be Fleeting as Tensions Linger Real structural change is necessary. Nothing less than the future of tens of millions of American jobs is at stake. "IndyWatch Feed War"

The newly-declared economic truce between the U.S. and China will prove temporary if the worlds two largest economies fail to deliver on vague commitments to re-balance trade.

Were putting the trade war on hold, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. Right now, we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we execute the framework.

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President Donald Trump and Chinas top trade negotiator Liu He

President Donald Trump had threatened to slap tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese imports, while Beijing vowed to respond in kind. For now, Mnuchins cease-fire declaration will soothe the nerves of investors worried that the worlds two biggest economies were on the verge of an all-out trade conflict.

The U.S. and China released a joint statement on Saturday, after two days of meetings in Washington between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and senior American officials, including Trump.

The statement was little more than a brief de-escalation of tensions, said Eswar Prasad, a trade policy professor at Cornell University and former head of the IMFs China unit. The fundamental differences on trade and other economic issues remain unresolved.

Asian stocks gained Monday as U.S. equity futures jumped in the wake of news that the Sino-American trade war is on hold for now. Treasury yields nudged higher, taking the dollar with them.

Read More on the Trade Talks:

Time to let...

07:22

Russia, Europe and China Discuss New Iran Nuclear Deal, Leaving US Sidelined "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia Europe China Iran Nuclear Deal(ANTIWAR.COM)  While previous reports have indicated that there was little interest in talking about a new nuclear deal with Iran, the withdrawal of the US from the existing deal appears to have changed things. Now, Russia, China, and the European Union are to hold talks on a major revision of the deal later this week. This new deal []

07:18

Imitation is the Highest Form of Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lucifer is the ultimate parodist. His projects are conducted always with One Eye trained on the heavens, head cocked, the better to render imitatio Dei. As above, so below.

Similarly the Qurans Dajjal can only ever commit one eye to the Earths field of play. The other, forever inward, is mimetically trained on his own every move. Such is the monocular fate of a self-studying pretender. The spirit of imitation lacks seminal force. Spontaneity is a stranger to parody.

The ubiquitous atmosphere of surveillance presently being erected above our heads by the Prince of This World is making an (ultimately) doomed bid for earthly omniscience and panopticon lockdown. We mustnt let cutting-edge technological advances obscure the ancient coordinates of this effort. The Deep State is the Beast. We encounter its minions in positions of power. The latter are Emanations only, not the Source.

God abides free will shot through with sin. Lucifer seeks consummate control and micromanaged conduct.

Until first-order spiritual governance is duly acknowledged, the universes Prime Movers (Pauls principalities) must forcibly impose themselves upon the secular debate, such terrestrial topics as geopolitics. They will not be invited. (I make it a habit to drag spooky actions, Biblical verse and poetry everywhere I go. People chuckle. Cest la vie.)

Indeed the intent of secularism is to sever the modern world from active recourse to this spiritually nourishing reservoir. Heck, the very intent of secularism is to insist on the reality of a modern world. When, in both fact and substance, nothing has changed. Superstition is not dead. It has been purposely excised from erudite conversation. Modernity is a calculated unmooring that awaits the restoration of ghosts.

We decipher malign human intent and motive from the flitting shadows cast by various bad actors on the wall, the bent politicians and bureaucrats: Clinton, Comey, McCabe, et al. The danger lies in making these characters the objects and termini of our inquiries. Spiritual myopia mixed with a media-saturated environment makes this an easy thing to do.

Even the dense and nettlesome Deep State Trump coup saga so ably served up to the Light by the unparalleled Conservative Treehouse blog stresses, almost by narrative necessity, the shadows on the wall when the malevolent backlight, The Deep State and the forces behind even it, are so clearly the Prime Movers.

The bad actors are epiphenomena. Hillary Clinton and her...

07:15

Jack Mas Ant Financial Fundraising Over-Subscribed Wanted $10bn, Found Pledges for $150bn "IndyWatch Feed War"

Investors include US buyout firms, wealth funds, venture capitalists and hedge funds

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By Henny Sender and Louise Lucas

Ant Financials over-subscribed $10bn fundraising has attracted investors from leading US private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, venture capitalists and hedge funds.

The fundraising values Ant at more than $150bn, according to those involved in the process. The demand to back the financial arm of ecommerce giant Alibaba has meant a valuation that even many of those willing to back the group describe as high and leading to suggestions that Ant would have no trouble going public as many investors expect next year with a similar value.

Ant executives still need to apportion shares in the fundraising and have not yet determined the final allocations.

Investors expected to take part include private equity groups Carlyle, General Atlantic, Silver Lake Partners, Sequoia Capital China and Warburg Pincus, sovereign wealth fund Temasek, and institutional funds including Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board and BlackRock, people familiar with the matter, including multiple investors, said. Many other investors were turned away, they added.

The fundraising also shows the extent to which private equity and venture capital are increasingly converging. Venture capitalists are increasingly taking part in later stages of fundraising rather than just the first few rounds.

Meanwhile, private equity groups are leaving traditional roles of buying control of mature companies to provide growth equity to younger companies in an effort to capture the huge profits that have accrued to start-ups and high-growth ventures in recent years.

In the last few years, we were not gong-ho enough and left too much money on the table

Chinese investor

But the valuation means that instead of making 10 times their money, returns are likely to be far less impressive. This is not going to bring returns of 10 times, said one investor. We calculate we will make 1.5 to 2 times our money in three years. But at least we can put a lot of money to work.

Investors in Ants $10bn fundraising will receive convertible instruments rather than equity, an acknowledgment of the grey legal area of foreign ownership in Chinese financial services platforms.

The instruments will convert into shares when the company lists, at which point Ant believes regulations will allow foreign ownership across its various...

07:07

Giuliani: Mueller to finish Trump obstruction probe by Sept. 1 "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trumps lawyer Rudy Giuliani said special counsel Robert Muellers Russia probe into obstruction of justice by the president will wrap up by Sept. 1 because allowing it to continue longer could improperly influence the mid-term elections in November, according to a report on Sunday.

Muellers office released a timeline of its investigation to him two weeks ago while he was negotiating with prosecutors over whether Trump would testify, Giuliani told the New York Times.

The former mayor of New York City urged that investigation end soon offering as an example the firestorm former FBI Director James Comey ignited when he announced weeks before the 2016 election that he was reopening the probe into Hillary Clintons email server.

Democrats and Clinton have blamed Comeys decision for costing her the election.

You dont want another repeat of the 2016 election where you get contrary reports at the end and you dont know how it affected the election, Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, told the newspaper.

The report said Muellers findings on obstruction would not mean that the special counsels work is completed.

He is also looking into Russias efforts to interfere in the election.

Giuliani told the Times he wants the case to come down to a question of Comeys credibility as opposed to Trumps.

Soon after Trump entered the White House the president asked the former G-man to drop the investigation into his national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to memos from Comey.

We want the concentration of this to be on Comey versus the presidents credibility, and I think we win t...

07:03

Spy cell in Saudi Arabia sought foreign financing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Members of a spy cell, arrested by Saudi Arabias state security presidency two days ago, sought to incite strife by communicating with foreign entities hostile to the Kingdom and to establish a false legal organization, according to information received by Asharq Al-Awsat from informed sources.

Saudi Arabias Presidency of the State Security arrested seven people for suspicious communication with foreign entities and actions against the state. (File Photo: AFP)
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The sources said most of the cells suspects claim to have religious obligations and were using human rights as a pretext to violate the countrys systems. One of the arrested suspects had volunteered to defend people who tried to produce chaos and incite strife inside the Kingdom, according to the sources.

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Another member of the cell had contacted a foreign entity hostile to Saudi Arabia, to receive financial support in exchange for continuing to incite trouble.

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Dr. Ibrahim Al-Nahas, member of Shoura Committee Council on Foreign Affairs, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday that the Kingdom is capable of overcoming many security challenges due to the vigilance of its security apparatus.

For his part, Dr. Yusuf Al-Rumaih, professor of criminology at Al-Qassim University told Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi Arabia is a state built on the foundations of justice and it enshrines the principal of equality for all before the law.

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Earlier, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the security spokesman of the Presidency of State Security as saying that seven people have been arrested for suspicious communication with foreign entities and actions against the state.

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It said authorities detected coordinated activities by a group of people, who carried out organized work to violate the religious and national principles of the Kingdom.

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They also had communications with foreign entities to support their activities and sought to recruit persons working in sensitive government posts as well as providing financial support to hostile elements abroad with the objective of undermining the Kingdoms security and stability, its social peace and national cohesion, the spokesperson added.

By: Asharq Alawsat http://ow.ly/hMpy30k5M9n

http://www.arabnews....

06:58

Santa Fe High School Shooting Details Emerge; Suspect Appears in Court "IndyWatch Feed War"

Santa Fe High School Shooting(TIM)  A 17-year-old high school student identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at the Houston-area Santa Fe High School with a shotgun and a handgun, killing 10 people and leaving another 14 people wounded including a school police officer who confronted the suspect during the attack at Santa Fe High School. The Associated Press reported that local []

06:54

Notes on Some Classical Thinking "IndyWatch Feed War"

Notice the notes in the title. Part 3 is no textbook. Part 3 is a miniscule Cliff Notes. Notice, too, that the title reads classical thinking, not early thinking. Theres a difference. Since I regard human transactions as the bedrock of any economy and economic system, were I to choose the latter over the former qualifier I would have a lot of ground to cover, namely, that of early humans and their thinking as deduced from artifacts. An impossible task for me.

Its not at all impossible for me, however, to skim the thinking of three classicists, Aristotle (384-322 BC), Adam Smith (1723-1790) and Karl Marx (1813-1883). Of the three, Marx came the closest to being a quasi-economist. He wrote about his vision of socialism 19 years before he wrote his Das Kapital, yet he began his career as a radical journalist that got him expelled by the governments of three countries. The same experience might have befallen me had I not kept my mouth mostly shut during my career.

Aristotles Thinking

Aristotle (384-322 BC) may just be the premium thinker of all time. And he thought a lot about the economies of his era. It behooves me, therefore, to consult with him through his writings and their interpretations since great minds (his, certainly not mine) live on.

In his day the Greek word for economy meant household management within the context of the community. Today in the USA economy means banksters and Wall Street.

Economic activity in his view consisted of individuals doing things necessary for survival and for the good life, which to him meant a moral life of virtue that leads to happiness. He criticized money-making as a way of gaining wealth, thought it was unnatural for people to use money to make more money the essence of capitalism-and considered usury, or predatory lending, to be the most immoral form of economic activity. Seeking wealth is justifiable, Aristotle thought, only if it amounted to no more than an accumulation of material goods sufficient for the household.

While there were banks in his day, there is a running debate by scholars over whether or the extent to which lending was done productively, that is, with the intent of making money from the loans. I cant imagine, though, any banking business done then as criminally as it is done today.

Its interesting to note that a totally free market was not the custom in ancient Greece. For instance, public officials monitored measurements, levied taxes on various transactions, and even fixed retail prices! Ancient Greece survived without a free market, Americas corpocracy couldnt survive with it! Ancient Greece had a fair market. America has an unfair market.

I feel a special bonding with Aristotle. Why? To him human action was the fulcrum of an economy. That is pr...

06:34

Unsettling the Summits: John Boltons Libya Solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

The inevitable stop, start and stuttering of the Korean peace process was bound to manifest itself soon after the hugs, expansive smiles and sympathetic back rubs.  Dates have been set the Kim-Trump summit is slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, though there is much time for disruptive mischief to take place.

One field of possible disruption lies in air exercises between the US and South Korea known as Max Thunder.  Such manoeuvres have been of particular interest to the DPRK, given their scale and possible use as leverage in talks.

The latest irritation was occasioned by claims in Pyongyang that the US had deployed B-52 Stratofortress bombers as part of the exercise despite denying that this would take place.  This was construed, in the words of Leon V. Sigal, as inconsistent with President Trumps pledge at President Moons urging to move toward peace in Korea.

The position against using such nuclear-capable assets had been outlined in Kim Jong Uns 2018 New Years Day address.  The South, he insisted, should discontinue all the nuclear war drills they stage with outside forces, a point reiterated in Rodong Sinmun, the Party newspaper, ten days later: If the South Korean authorities really want dtente and peace, they should first stop all efforts to bringing in the US nuclear equipment and conduct exercises for nuclear warfare with foreign forces.

While these matters were unfolding, President Donald Trumps national security advisor was being his injudicious self, doing his bit for global insecurity.  Never a diplomat in the true sense of the term, John Bolton remains a traditional head kicker for empire, the rustler of discontent.

Bolton, history teacher incarnate, wants to impress upon the North Koreans certain jarring examples.  A favourite of his is the so-called Libyan solution. How well that worked: the leadership of a country maligned but convinced in its international rehabilitation to abandon various weapons programs in the hope of shoring up security.  More specifically, in 2003, Libya was convinced to undertake a process US diplomats and negotiators parrot with steam and enthusiasm: denuclearisation.

We should insist that if this meeting is going to take place, claimed Bolton on Radio Free Asia with characteristic smugness, it will be similar to discussions we had with Libya 13 or 14 years ago: how to pack up their nuclear weapons program and take it to Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The problem with this skewed interpretation lies in its false premise: that US th...

06:00

What Will Iran Do Now? "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trump announced that the US is pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord and Iranians are really pissed. Thousands of Iranians demonstrated in Tehran chanting Death to America. Thousands more attended Friday prayers in Tehran to hear hardline leaders denounce Trumps actions. Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, an influential Friday prayer leader in Tehran, Continue reading "What Will Iran Do Now?"

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06:00

How Korea Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad "IndyWatch Feed War"

Heres a recent typical headline about the upcoming talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: "Will Trumps Ignorance (and Boltons Impetuousness) Doom the North Korea Summit?" When it comes to ignorance, there can be little question that the Trump administration is in a league all its own. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Continue reading "How Korea Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad"

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06:00

Back to the Future? Bolton, Trump, and Iranian Regime Change "IndyWatch Feed War"

Now that the Trump administration has derailed the Iran nuclear deal, the old issue of regime change in Iran is back again. National Security Adviser John Bolton is obviously the chief regime-change advocate in the administration, and there is every reason to believe he has begun to push that policy with Donald Trump in his Continue reading "Back to the Future? Bolton, Trump, and Iranian Regime Change"

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06:00

A Spy in the House of Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

The identification of a spy implanted in Donald Trumps presidential campaign by a murky cabal of spooks, both foreign and domestic, has given us a whole new perspective on the Russia-gate hoax. We know the FBI had a source within Trumps organization because Fusion-GPS chief executive Glenn Simpson testified before Congress on August 22, 2017 Continue reading "A Spy in the House of Trump"

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05:51

Eleven ISIS Militants Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eleven ISIS/Daesh militants were killed in separate operations.

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05:02

Is Wikipedia an Establishment Psyop? "IndyWatch Feed War"

WikipediaIf you havent been living in a hole in a cave with both fingers plugged into your ears, you may have noticed that an awful lot of fuss gets made about Russian propaganda and disinformation these days. Mainstream media outlets are now speaking openly about the need for governments to fight an information war against Russia, with headlines containing that peculiar []

04:02

Ramzan Kadyrov personally commands rescue of Orthodox hostages in a church in Gronzy "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT reports: Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack on an Orthodox church in Russias Chechen Republic, which left a worshiper and two

02:23

Israeli terrorism in Lebanon: the war years "IndyWatch Feed War"

"This is an essential account of Israeli record of terrorism in Lebanon while the Israeli occupation army used a fictitious name for its car bombs."

02:22

The first two political eulogies of Bernard Lewis "IndyWatch Feed War"

The first was from Middle East scholar, Mike Pompeo, while the second was from the Israeli scholar, Netanyahu. More to follow.

02:21

Iranian foreign policy options "IndyWatch Feed War"

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Limited Options for Iranian Foreign Policy".

02:04

Americans seen as invaders: Palestinian officials equate US embassy move to Israeli occupation "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | May 20, 2018 Palestinian politicians have condemned the US for moving its embassy to Jerusalem, likening the move to Israels seizure of Palestinian land. Feisal Abu Shahlaa, a member of the Fatah party, said the US is now viewed as invaders of Palestinian territories following President Donald Trumps decision to move the countrys []

02:00

Nicols Maduro Re-elected with 67.7% of the Votes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cuban News Agency The re-elected president stressed that this victory marks the beginning of a new period of consolidation of Chavista power in social, political and economic terms Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro Moros, candidate for the Frente Amplio de la Patria, was reelected this Sunday for a second term as head of the South American...

02:00

China, Russia Call for Respecting Venezuela Elections, Condemn US Intervention "IndyWatch Feed War"

A day after the Venezuelan general elections, China and Russia called Monday for respecting the countrys democratic process and rejected attempts of interfence by the United States and other regional powers. The parties involved must respect the decision of the Venezuelan people, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at a press conference in Beijing,...

02:00

The Losers Campaign Against Nicolas Maduros Election Victory "IndyWatch Feed War"

*Arturo Rosales Via Tortilla Con Sal According to the Observer these were sham elections For more than 2 years the opposition and the US were calling for early elections based on the fact that 80% rejected Maduro. When the poll was called in February they turned round and said that they did not want it...

01:51

From Palestine to Canada, the truth of indigenous narratives cannot be suppressed forever "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel has attempted to export its destruction of Palestinian memories to the indigenous peoples of the world

00:41

ISIS Suspected to be Leaving Yarmouk as SAA Secures Area [Photos & Video] "IndyWatch Feed War"

Damascus (GPA)  The Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus has nearly been cleared of the previously heavy Daesh presence.
yarmouk Daesh ISIS SyriaFighting inside Yarmouk
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Today may a victory for both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as well as Palestinians in the diaspora who have seen the Yarmouk refugee camp mostly cleared of the Zionist proxy, Islamic State. This comes after Yarmouk spent years as a live battlefield, first between the SAA and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on one side, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their allies within the camp, Liwa al-Asifa on the other in 2012.

The camp was later taken over by Daesh in April 2015, in what was known as the Battle of Yarmouk. The FSA was attacked by Daesh, possibly in cooperation with al-Qaeda Syrian affiliate Jahbat al-Nusra, and driven out of the camp, leaving Daesh in charge of the fight against the SAA for the past three years. During this period much of the camp was destroyed and the over 140,000 are estimated to have fled the camp.

Since then Yarmouk has been under siege by the SAA, with the Daesh forces refusing to surrender and hiding behind Palestinians.

Related: Syrian Government Offers Arms to Palestinian Refugee Camp

As of this weekend, this saga of takfiri violence finally seems to be nearing a close as at least some of the remaining fighters and their families boarded buses in fulfillment of an agreement with Damascus. According to...

00:27

On The Technical Aspects Of Voting, Venezuela Does It Right "IndyWatch Feed War"

Caracas, Venezuela - The voting system in Venezuela cannot be technically challenged in any serious way. It is open, transparent, leaves a voter-verified paper record and can easily be recounted if there are any questions about the results. It prevents voter fraud, as a fingerprint is needed to start someone's voting process. In the early 2000's, I was in the leadership of a group seeking to fix the poor voting system in Maryland. After the 'hanging chad' election in 2000 that put George W. Bush in the White House, many states rushed to paperless, computer voting systems.

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23:41

US says wont recognize Venezuela presidential election "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV May 20, 2018 The United States government says it is not going to recognize the outcome of Venezuelas presidential election which will be held on Sunday. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan made the announcement in a press briefing on Sunday and stressed that Washington was actively considering strict sanctions against []

23:39

Land of the Free. Home of the Brave "IndyWatch Feed War"


US State Passes Law Defining Any Criticism of Israel as Anti-Semitic Just As They Kill 60 Civilians

As many Americans criticize the number of civilian deaths on the Gaza Strip, a state has passed a measure labeling criticism of Israel as "anti-Semitism."
 
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23:08

Killing Gaza captures culture of resistance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Killing Gaza captures culture of resistance

Watch the trailer of Killing Gaza above or stream the whole film on demand here.
Westerners witnessed Israels massacre of protesters at the culmination of Gazas Great March of Return on 14 May mostly through bytes of imagery transmitted onto flat screens and smartphones.
They saw montages of horse-drawn carts carrying bloodied bodies and zig-zagging through t...

23:03

Ian Buruma on "Occidentalism" "IndyWatch Feed War"


Ian Buruma on "Occidentalism"

posted to www.marxmail.org on February 5, 2004

Dear Professor Ian Buruma,

As a Bard College graduate from the class of 1965, I continue to be impressed by the transformation of what Walter Winchell called "the little red whorehouse on the Hudson" into a wholly owned subsidiary of George Soros's Open Society. Along with your fellow NY Review of Books contributor Mark Danner on the Human Rights faculty, Bard seems uniquely positioned to lead the legions of the Cruise Missile liberal-left.

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23:01

Palestinians protest in Haifa against Gaza killings "IndyWatch Feed War"

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More than 10,000 Moroccans also protest against US embassy move to Jerusalem

22:48

Tomgram: John Feffer, Korea's Two "Impossibles" "IndyWatch Feed War"

When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack...

22:45

Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion "IndyWatch Feed War"

MAY 14, 2018TD ORIGINALS

The Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion (That's Not a Typo)

Then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during a 2008 visit to Kosovo with U.S. Army troops on foot patrol in the town of Gnjilane. (...

21:51

The Merkel Dilemma: Trump or Putin? "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the eighty-second edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda, and Moskovsky Komsomolets. He discusses the counter-measures against the U.S. economic sanctions approved by the Russian Parliament and how they present a very difficult dilemma for European businesses, especially the German []

21:38

Rights Group: Israeli Army Endangering Syrian Lives "IndyWatch Feed War"

IMEMC News & Agencies May 20, 2018 Following last weeks extensive military activity, which saw projectiles landing in the occupied Syrian Golan heights, Al-Marsad, the independent, non profit human rights organisation, reiterates its call for the removal of Israeli army posts from Syrian civilian areas. Since its occupation of the Golan heights in 1967, []

20:27

Syria seeks to crush Islamic State pocket and denies evacuation deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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20:22

Ramadan Day 4 thought for the day from Robert Spencers The History of Jihad "IndyWatch Feed War"

Todays Ramadan inspiration from my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS comes from Muslim Spain, that celebrated beacon of tolerance and multiculturalism. The tolerance of Abd al-Rahman III, the tenth-century Umayyad caliph of Crdoba, is illustrated by the eleventh-century Muslim historian Ibn Hayyan of Cordoba as he details a typical incident []

20:18

Trump demands an investigation into suspected FBI surveillance of his 2016 campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Trump plans to officially demand that the Justice Department probe reports that the FBI look into reported surveillance of his 2016 campaign.
  • Last week, Trump blasted reports that an informant was secretly feeding the bureau information as worse than Watergate
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Donald Trump

President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would demand an investigation into whether the FBI had placed surveillance on his 2016 campaign and whether such activity was ordered by his members of the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Ramping up a public war of words between the Oval Office and the law enforcement agency, the president said that he would formally request the Department of Justice probe the FBIs role in investigating his campaign. His remarks come amid reports that the agency had placed a confidential informant somewhere in Trumps organization, while he was a candidate.

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Trump says he will ask Justice Department to look into campaign surveillance "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would ask the Justice Department to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled.

I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration! Trump wrote on Twitter.

Reuters

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House. Credit Jonathan Ernst Reuters

20:13

Times Up for Israels Impunity "IndyWatch Feed War"

MAY 16, 2018TD ORIGINALS


Times Up for Israels Impunity


Israeli soldiers stand guard at a watchtower along the Israel-Gaza border Tuesday. ...

20:09

It's the End of the World, and I Feel Terrible "IndyWatch Feed War"

MAY 16, 2018TD ORIGINALS


It's the End of the World, and I Feel Terrible

Ivy Mike was a hydrogen bomb and the first thermonuclear weapon ever tested. The U.S. detonated it on Nov. 1, 1952, on the island of Elugelab in...

20:07

Chris Hedges: Killing Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"

MAY 13, 2018TD ORIGINALS


Killing Gaza

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19:59

UK: Use your vote or end up with Khan or Magid "IndyWatch Feed War"

Muslims are political animals, and by animals I mean they move in a pack (sorry to disappoint all you race-baiters out there; at no point am I suggesting they look like animals). In a recent Tower Hamlets by-election, a morbidly obese taxi driver who admitted he has no experience in politics or how to handle []

19:58

Saildrones "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Bloomberg: Engineer and adventurer Richard Jenkins has made oceangoing robots that could revolutionize fishing, drilling, and environmental science. His aim: a thousand of them.

19:40

US Sanctions On Iran Threaten Vital Indian-Afghanistan-Iranian Chabahar Project "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Sanctions On Iran Threaten Vital India-Afghanistan Chabahar Project

Chabahar is among a number of projects of transport and energy networks projects designed to boost Afghanistans trade.

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19:20

Iran's Zarif says EU efforts to save nuclear deal are 'not sufficient' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Tehran needs to attract $100bn in foreign investment to boost its oil industry and major Western investors have stayed away

18:59

The Search For A New Politics "IndyWatch Feed War"

For the last four decades, political discourse has been dominated by the ideas of neoliberalism. This ideology has been promoted by elites to direct public policy not only in the US, but worldwide. Neoliberalism offers a simple story of our times by which people can make sense of the world in which they find themselves. British journalist George Monbiot has pointed to the importance of such stories in his recent book Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. His aim is to construct a new story to mobilize people into political action and create social change.

18:52

Dangerous Liaison: Industrial Agriculture And The Reductionist Mindset "IndyWatch Feed War"

A minority of the global population has access to so much food than it can afford to waste much of it, while food insecurity has become a fact of life for hundreds of millions. This crisis stems from food and agriculture being wedded to power structures that serve the interests of the powerful global agribusiness corporations. Over the last 60 years, agriculture has become increasingly industrialised, globalised and tied to an international system of trade based on export-oriented mono-cropping, commodity production for the international market, indebtedness to international financial institutions (IMF/World Bank).

18:52

Theresa May announces the end of free speech in UK: We value free speechwe also value tolerance to others "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK: At last someone asked Theresa May the right questions on freedom of speech in the British Parliament. pic.twitter.com/GFFl88PM0w Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) May 19, 2018 Challenged in Parliament about why criticism of Christianity is taken for granted while criticism of Islam embroils one in societal (and legal) difficulties, British Prime Minister Theresa May answered: []

18:44

On Accountability in the Light of Israeli Brutality "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Gilad Atzmon | May 20, 2018 For the last few weeks Israel has displayed a new level of institutional criminality. Fearing that Palestinian protestors attempting to return to their land would cross the Gaza border fence, Israel deployed hundreds of snipers, scores of tanks and drones across the Gaza Strip border. The government ordered []

18:17

I Am Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed War"

Julian is not wanted because hes a spy, or even because he published a number of documents whose publication was inconvenient for certain people. He is wanted because he is so damn smart, which makes him very good and terribly effective at what he does. Hes on a most wanted list not for what hes already published, but for what he might yet publish in the future. He built up WikiLeaks into an organization that acquired the ultimate trust of many people who had access to documents they felt should be made public. They knew he would never betray their trust. WikiLeaks has to date never published any documents that were later found out to be false.

18:12

NDP MPs must stop being friends with Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Yves Engler May 19, 2018 Is it appropriate for NDP Members of Parliament to be working for greater friendship with a country that is killing and maiming thousands of non-violent protestors? Would it have been appropriate for any elected member of the party to be a friend with South Africas government during the []

18:12

Thousands in Sweden Have Implanted Microchips Under Their Skin "IndyWatch Feed War"

Microchips(ZHE)  More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday. The implant, which is about the size of a grain of rice, utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, also found in credit cards, debit cards, key []

18:10

What Palestinians? "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of the young Israeli men who were picking fights with young Palestinian men on the ancient streets of East Jerusalem a few days ago, assured a BBC journalist that there were no Palestinians in the city or anywhere in Israel for that matter in fact there were no Palestinians anywhere, they had never existed. There were only a bunch of Arab troublemakers. The young Israeli mans argument was bolstered by a 2010 book entitled The Complete History of the Palestinian People by Dr. Marcus Rose who follows what seems to be a perfectly sensible table of contents with eight blank pages...

18:02

Israeli police break activists leg while in custody: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV May 20, 2018 Activists say Israeli police have brutally beaten an Arab-Israeli NGO worker after arresting him at a Haifa demonstration, which landed him in hospital with a broken leg. Jafar Farah, the CEO of the Mossawa Center, was one of the 21 people arrested on Friday during a demonstration against the []

18:01

The Path To Victory On Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States Senate has voted to overturn the FCC and restore net neutrality protections, the fate of that measure currently rests in the House of Representatives. While many will think that the uphill battle there makes it a lost cause, that is simply not true. Together, we have the power to win in the House of Representatives. Now that the Senate has officially voted 52-47 to reverse the FCCs so-called Restoring Internet Freedom Order under an expedited procedure known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA). It is now pending a vote in the House of Representatives.

17:57

How Costa Rica Gets It Right "IndyWatch Feed War"

SAN JOS With authoritarianism and proto-fascism on the rise in so many corners of the world, it is heartening to see a country where citizens are still deeply committed to democratic principles. And now its people are in the midst of trying to redefine their politics for the twenty-first century. Over the years, Costa Rica, a country of fewer than five million people, has gained attention worldwide for its progressive leadership. In 1948, after a short civil war, President Jos Figueres Ferrer abolished the military. Since then, Costa Rica has made itself a center for the study of conflict resolution and prevention, hosting the United Nations-mandated University for Peace.

17:51

India: University to study Islamic terrorism, Muslim profs cry Islamophobia "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is a clear indication of what I have long contended, that charges of Islamophobia are used to shut down honest discussion of the ideological roots of Islamic jihad terrorism, with the result being that the global jihad is able to advance unopposed and unimpeded. JNU To Start A Study On Islamic Terrorism. Heres Why []

Why Are For-Profit US Prisons Subjecting Detainees To Forced Labor? "IndyWatch Feed War"

In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 paycheck was delayed. His punishment was solitary confinement for 10 days, where he was subject to deplorable conditions a cell with no access to other workers, only an hour of out of cell time per day and showers only three times per week.

17:50

EU, Iran Agree to Salvage Nuclear Deal Despite US Breach of Agreement "IndyWatch Feed War"

EU Iran Nuclear Deal(CD)  The European Union and Iran signaled on Saturday that they would not permit President Donald Trumps deeply unpopular decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal to deteriorate their own involvement in the agreement. We have sent a message to our Iranian friends that as long as they are sticking to the agreement the Europeans willfulfill []

17:34

Hundreds protest for Palestine in Kashmir amid Indian crackdown "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Kashmiri leaders condemned the Gaza Killings and likened Palestine to life under Indian occupation

17:28

Former CIA Operative & FBI Whistleblower on Covert Illegal Ops. & Out of Control CIA "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this edition of Probable Cause, Sibel Edmonds guest is Verne Lyon, a former CIA operative involved in Operation Chaos, in addition to covert operations in Cuba.  Lyon is the co-author of the brand-new book Eyes on Havana - Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA. Edmonds and Lyon discuss Lyons new book []

17:27

Turks flock to Bosnia to see Erdogan election rally "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Other European nations with large Turkish communities banned Turkish political rallies on their soil

17:24

Congress Ignores Israels War Crimes: Its the American Way "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Philip Giraldi | American Herald Tribune | May 20, 2018 While many European parliamentarians have been outspoken in their disgust at the horrific one-sided atrocity being clearly observed in the Israeli slaughter of Palestinian demonstrators last week, most of their U.S. counterparts appear to have lost their ability to express themselves over the egregious []

17:24

Call To Disband Baltimore Police Department In Wake Of Abuses "IndyWatch Feed War"

After the DOJ report, the Baltimore Police Department did not fundamentally change. They continued to have a War Room and were found to have engaged in secret aerial surveillance, facial scanning, and using Geofeedia and Zerofox to track activists on social media. They have secretly deployed a device called Stingray to capture all cell phone signals in an area effectively criminalizing entire communities, especially disinvested, redlined Black neighborhoods. Hence, the Baltimore Police Department is fundamentally a white supremacist organization that hurts Black Lives.

17:22

The MoA Week In Review and Open Thread 2018-25 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: May 14 - The 'Kingmaker' Is Back - Muqtada Al-Sadr Wins The Election In Iraq May 14 - Trump's Family Applauds Zionist Massacre Of Palestinians In Gaza May 16 - North Korea May...

17:18

Series of occupations in #Berlin: #Squat! "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Berlin activists squatted many buildings today. Until now the cops seem to be unable to cope and didnt evict the squatted buildings. Updated again and again. Refresh your browser to see the newest updates. Reminder: phone number of the legal team (EA) in Berlin is: 030 69 22222

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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Series of occupations in Berlin: Squat!

On May 16 we reblogged a report about the legal situation concerning squatting in so-called Germany. There was a good reason to do that. Today activists squatted 9 buildings in Berlin.

At 02:52pm today the following buildings were released:

Odenwaldstrae / Ecke Stubenrauchstrae (Steglitz) #OdenEckeStuben
Finowstrae / Ecke Frankfurter Allee (Friedrichshain) #EckeFinow
Bornsdorfer Strae 37b (Neuklln)...

17:14

San Francisco: Arrests At Book Event In Protest Of Massacres In Occupied Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

San Francisco, CA - 18 people were arrested on Wednesday for speaking out at a book event for the former prime minister of Occupied Palestine, Ehud Barak. The Palestinian Action Network (PAN), Arab Resource Organizing Center (AROC),  Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area and other groups shouted down former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, calling him a war criminal for his actions against Palestinians. Barak, who served as prime minister from 1999 to 2001 and as defense minister from 2007 to 2013, spoke at the Jewish Community Center to promote a new book.

17:07

Malaysia: Yet another man arrested for insulting Islam on Facebook "IndyWatch Feed War"

This keeps happening in moderate Malaysia. But in the West, we are much more enlightened. We dont arrest people for insulting Islam. We simply excoriate them as racists and Islamophobes, and ostracize them from polite society. We are much more advanced in the West. In case you missed it: Mahathir Mohamed, who has famously said []

16:53

Germany: Muslim migrant seriously injures two people, stabbing one in the neck "IndyWatch Feed War"

When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) Before long, we will be hearing that stabbing random people in the neck is an old German tradition, predating Oktoberfest. Danke, Merkel! Life-threatening relationship? Attacker brutally stabbed two people, translated from Lebensgefhrliche Beziehungstat? Angreifer sticht zwei Menschen brutal nieder, Tag 24, May 19, 2018 (thanks []

16:33

German broadcaster claims Ramadan is old German custom celebrated in the country longer than Oktoberfest "IndyWatch Feed War"

Oktoberfest, as the article below explains, dates from at least 1810, while the first mosque wasnt built in Germany until 1915. So Eren Gvercin is lying, and Deutschlandfunk Kultur is giving him a platform, and Germans ignorant (or ashamed) of their history will eagerly embrace his propaganda, which is, of course, designed to make them []

16:22

Show Solidarity With Corea Hunger Strike "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington, DC - The Corea Peace delegation reports that even though South Korea and North Korea had agreed to stop all hostilities against each other and pledged to lower military tension in the recent Panmunjom Declaration, the South Korea-U.S. joint war exercise, "Max Thunder" began on May 11. This was just a week after the Key Resolve/Foal Eagle war exercise had ended. The Max Thunder war exercise is proceeding in the largest-ever scale, including eight of the latest stealth aircrafts, named the F-22 raptor, which are built by Lockheed Martin.

16:19

Islamic State leader reportedly still alive, training children to murder for Allah "IndyWatch Feed War"

The caliph was killed at least four times, every year between 2014 and 2017. URGENT: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi allegedly killed by US airstrikes September 6, 2014 Radio Iran: Islamic States caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead of injuries from airstrike Pentagon denies hit him April 27, 2015 Is the Islamic States caliph al-Baghdadi []

16:16

Fantasma,clandestine anarchist newspaper, nr. 1, May 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fantasma: A new clandestine anarchist newspaper for free.

Originally published by Act For Freedom now.

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Fantasma,clandestine anarchist newspaper, nr. 1, May 2018

Introduction:

AMIDST SOCIETY

To appear here and there with the strong desire for intimacy, trust and complicity. Always in search of a life, that feels genuine. A life that does not have to censor in different shades. A life that through authenticity is ready to establish its own path to coherence joyfully. That wants to be more than an roaming shadow in the midst of society

The newspaper project in hand Fantasma is an expression of this search. It arised from the circumstance of involuntary but self-chosen clandestinity and is for that regard not bound by place.We, the authors, foster the desire as made-invisibles to talk about this be-invisible. About lived experiences and considerations in this situation. From us, as from other comrades and that would be extremly wonderful that find themselves on such a journey right now or have once. And because the invisible can not exist without its counterpart, we encourage all the visibles, that have been indirectly affected by a situation like this, to send in your  self-written contributions. To put the reflections and initiatives, away from concrete, technical questions, up for a public debate and t...

16:09

Socialist Britain will not be ripped off any more under Labour "IndyWatch Feed War"

Britains main opposition Labour Party wants to radically transform the economy, forming a Socialist society where were not going to get ripped off any more, its finance policy chief, John McDonnell, said on Sunday.

With Labour almost neck-and-neck in the polls with the governing Conservatives, who lost their majority in last years election, its leader Jeremy Corbyn and others are setting out their stall ahead of a new election not due until 2022.

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FILE PHOTO: Britains Shadow Finance Minister John McDonnell, speaks as he sets out Labours demands for the Spring Statement, in London, Britain, March 9, 2018.

McDonnell told the BBC that he had been talking to business leaders to offer them clarity on Labours policies.

Some of them you will like and some of them you wont like, I accept that, but there is nothing up my sleeve, he said of his message, adding: Youll get a fair rate of return but were not going to be ripped off any more, simple as that.

Asked about his entry in the Whos Who directory of influential people which lists his passion for generally fomenting the overthrow of capitalism, he said it was a joke about beer-making.

But he added: Its (about) transforming our economy.

I dont think there is (a difference with overthrowing capitalism) because I think at the end of the day I want a Socialist society and that means transforming in a way which radically challenges the system as it now is.

He also said Venezuela, which is reeling from hyperinflation and shortages, was not a Socialist country.

I think it took a wrong turn when (late leader Hugo) Chavez went, and I think unfortunately since then I dont think they have been following the Socialist policies that Chavez was developing.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Editing by William Maclean

Reuters

15:53

Criticize the Israeli Government, Or Criticize Individuals Who Put Israel First Ahead of the U.S., You're Breaking The Law. Goes Into Effect July 1 -- by J "IndyWatch Feed War"

Never thought I'd see it from a Southern State, but thanks to a Representative in their State Legislature, those citizens of that state are having their 1st Amendment Rights squashed (even though the legislation claims not), if they dare criticize...

15:44

Salehi: Iran to Remain Committed to Its Promises if EU Can Keep JCPOA Alive "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor 19-05-2018 | 15:13 Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said the Islamic Republic is more powerful than any time and cannot be easily pressured in the face of US plans to re-impose sanctions on the country. Irans authority and position are such that it cannot be easily pushed []

15:43

More Thoughts on the Poor Peoples Campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rev. William Barber is the closet thing to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that we have in our midst.
Prof. Cornell West on the PPCs Co-Founder

The Poor Peoples Campaign, modeled on MLKs original movement from fifty years ago, held its first rallies and direct actions this past Monday at 37 state capitals across the country. I was privileged to be arrested for blocking the roadway during the civil disobedience portion of our rally at the capitol building in Harrisburg, PA. These actions will continue every Monday for 40 days and culminate in a national mobilization at the nations capital in Washington, D.C. The campaign is non-partisan and politicians are not allowed on the platform.

The primary reason I joined the Poor Peoples Campaign and have encouraged others to do so is its potential for realizing basic structural change. So far, my personal experience with the PPC has been overwhelmingly positive. Hallmarks include dynamic leadership, superb organizational skills, a diverse membership and high morale. Ive also witnessed instances of MLKs beloved community when interacting with the members. And I agree with radical activist and writer Patrick Walker that We need to articulate the moral foundations of our political positions.

There is, however, one caveat and I offer it with only the best of intentions. The PPC is tantalizingly close to taking, for me at least, the next logical step for reaching its potential. Along with its powerful moral message, theres a need to be explicit about how the class and power structure of capitalism is inextricably linked to the PPCs Four Evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the cost of Americas war economy. Its not disparaging to either approach to advocate combining faith-based motives with a fact-based, political economy diagnosis of the problem. This symbiotic fusion would provide a formidable tool for advancing the PPCs objectives.

Doing so, would be entirely in keeping with Martin Luther Kings own political evolution. By 1966, when speaking to his staff, King offered some positive words about democratic socialism and then said, Youre really getting on dangerous ground here because youre messing around with the folks. You are messing around with the captains of industry. Two years later, in an interview with a NYTs reporter, King said In a sense you could say were involved with class struggle

This is why King was described as the most dangerous man in America. Jared Ball, writing for the Black Agenda Report described how Kings image has been sanitized (in Cornell Wests phrase, the Santa Clausification of King) when powerful forces came together to ensure that King would be separated from his anti-capitalist,...

15:38

Balance and Survival -- O'odham Ofelia Rivas on Tiokasin's First Voices Radio "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ofelia Rivas photo copyright Jason Jaacks The Christian missionaries enslaved and tortured them. The US government imposed a BIA tribal government that is complicit with the U.S. Border Patrol. Still, traditional O'odham survive with their songs and ceremonies in their homeland. First Voices Radio hosted by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota of Cheyenne River Article by Brenda Norrell Censored

15:36

Two Queen Victoria Statues Vandalised in #Montreal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Original anonymous communiqu by the Henri Paul* Anti-Monarchy Brigade, shared with subMedia.

Originally published by SubMedia.

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Two Queen Victoria Statues Vandalised in Montreal

Original anonymous communiqu by the Henri Paul* Anti-Monarchy Brigade, shared with subMedia:

In advance of colonial Victoria Day holiday, two Queen Victoria statues are (again) vandalized in Montreal

Racist and imperialist legacy of the British Monarchy denounced

May 18, 2018, Montreal Days before the outdated and insulting Queen Victoria holiday, two landmark statues to Queen Victoria in Montreal were vandalized last night.

The Victoria Memorial in downtown Montreal (erected in 1872) as well the bronze statue on Sherbrooke Street (erected in 1900) at McGill University were both sprayed in red paint.

This action is rooted in opposition to colonialism and imperialism, and a dislike of the parasitic British monarchy (and all monarchies). We are also directly inspired by the recent vandalism (with green paint) of the same Queen Victoria statues in advance of St. Patricks Day this past March by the Delhi-Dublin Anti-Colonial Solidarity Bridage

These statues represent, to quote the Delhi-Dublin Anti-Colonial Solidarity Brigade, a legacy of genocide, mass murder, torture, massacres, terror, forced famines, concentration camps, theft, cultural denigration, racism, and white supremacy.

The Queen Victoria statues should come down and be placed in a museum as a historical artifact. Public statues and monuments should not represent oppression. The presence of Queen Victoria statues in Montreal is, to again quote the Delhi-Dublin Anti-Colonial Solidarity Brigade, an insult to Indigenous nations in North America (Turtle Island) and Oceania, as well as the peoples of Afric...

15:36

Abbas hospitalised after complications from minor surgery "IndyWatch Feed War"

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It is the third time the Palestinian president has been admitted to hospital in one week

15:30

Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.

Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016. The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.

The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap Trump campaign aides. Papodopoulous has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, while Page was the subject of a federal surveillance warrant.

If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal, President Trump tweeted Saturday, calling for the FBI to release additional documents to Congress.

The Halper revelation also shows the Obama administrations FBI began prying into the opposing partys presidential nominee earlier than it previously admitted.

Halpers sit-downs with Page reportedly started in early July 2016, undermining fired FBI Director James Comeys previous claim that the bureaus investigation into the Trump campaign began at the end of that month.

Halper made his first overture when he met with Page at a British symposium. The two remained in regular contact for more than a year, meeting at Halpers Virginia farm and in Washington, DC, as well as exchanging emails.

The professor met with Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis in late August, offering his services as a foreign-policy adviser, The Washington Post reported Friday, without naming the academic.

Clovis did not see the conversation as suspicious, his attorney told the paper but is now unset...

15:24

EU sources deny report of proposed new nuclear deal with financial aid for Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Three European Union sources have denied that diplomats meeting in Vienna on Friday to salvage the imperiled Iranian nuclear deal after Washington withdrew will discuss offering Iran financial aid in exchange for concessions.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R), France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (2nd L), Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (R), EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and Britain's Foreign Secretary arrive for a meeting of EU/E3 with Iran at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 15, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Olivier Matthys)

Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R), Frances Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (2nd L), Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (R), EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and Britains Foreign Secretary arrive for a meeting of EU/E3 with Iran at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 15, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Olivier Matthys)

A German newspaper reported on Sunday that diplomats from Britain, Germany, France, China and Russia will meet in Vienna on Friday to discuss next steps after the May 8 decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran.

The Welt am Sonntag newspaper cited an unnamed senior EU official as saying that the diplomats would discuss a proposal for a new agreement between Iran and world powers that would be the same as the 2015 deal but with some additions to appease the United States.

These could include provisions to address U.S. concerns over Irans ballistic missile program and Tehrans support of armed groups in the Middle East, the source said.

We have to get away from the name Vienna nuclear agreement and add in a few additional elements. Only that will convince President Trump to agree and lift sanctions again, the senior EU official told the paper.

Such an agreement could in the future include financial aid for Iran, the report said.

But three EU sources who were part of negotiations to keep U.S. President Donald Trump from quitting the nuclear deal told Reuters later on Sunday that this was...

15:19

Is Gold Mine Next China-India Flash Point? "IndyWatch Feed War"

BEIJING: China has begun large-scale mining operations on its side of the border with Arunachal Pradesh where a huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals valued at about $60 billion has been found, a media report said on Sunday.

The mine project is being undertaken in Lhunze county under Chinese control adjacent to the Indian border, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet.

Projecting the mining operations as part of Chinas move to take over Arunachal Pradesh, the report said people familiar with the project say the mines are part of an ambitious plan by Beijing to reclaim South Tibet.

  • China has discovered a huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals on its side of the border
  • The mines could lead to a situation akin to another South China Sea, a report said
  • Mining activities would also lead to a rapid and significant increase in the Chinese population in the Himalayas


Chinas moves to lay claim to the regions natural resources while rapidly building up infrastructure could turn it into another South China Sea they said, it said.

The Post report, with inputs from local officials, Chinese geologists as well as strategic experts, comes less than a month after the first ever informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping that was aimed at cooling tensions to avert incidents like the Doklam military standoff last year.

The 73-day standoff marked a new low in bilateral ties.

Lhunze was in the news last October, just about two months after Doklam, when Xi in a rare gesture replied to correspondence from a herding family in Lhunze County underscoring Beijings claim to the area.

The family is based in Yumai, Chinas smallest town in terms of population located close to Arunachal Pradesh.

Xi thanked the father and his two daughters for their loyalty and contributions to China, and also urged the people of Lhunze to set down roots to develop the area for the national interest....

14:53

#ZAD #NDDL: The multiplicity of movement against the unity of the state "IndyWatch Feed War"

On the 17th of May, 19 squadrons of military police (that is, between 1,500 and 1,700 police) entered the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes for a second operation of destruction and eviction.

Originally published by Autonomies.

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ZAD NDDL: The multiplicity of movement against the unity of the state


We return to a reflection on the ZAD, on its significance as a struggle for autonomy

What is the ZAD the emergence of? What do we want to defend?

To anger. To exceed. To move forward.

(lundimatin 07/05/2018)

Since the abandonment of the airport project and the brutal offensive of the government, many strategic dissensions have broken out on the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Lundimatin readers who went there sent us these few thoughts.

The last months and weeks have, by turn, filled with joy, anger, enthusiasm, doubts, questions, approval, discouragement, determination, reserve, disappointment, misunderstanding all those who are convinced that the ZAD must be defended. We are among those who do not live there and yet are intimately connected. This ferment cul...

14:49

Montenegro may build fence on Albanian border to stop migrants "IndyWatch Feed War"

Montenegro, seeing a rise in the number of migrants passing through the country on a new route to the European Union, is considering building a razor wire fence on its border with Albania to stem the flow, a government official said on Sunday.

Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa are taking their chance to reach wealthier European countries after smugglers created a new Balkan route running from Greece via Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia to EU member Croatia.

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Bosnia is already coping with thousands of migrants who were stranded after a route via Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia was shut in 2016, when Turkey agreed to stop the flow in return for EU aid and other concessions.

In the case of a greater influx of migrants, we may raise a razor wire fence on the border with Albania, Vojislav Dragovic, the head of Montenegros department for state border supervision, told state television.

He said Albanian authorities had often refused to accept migrants turned back from Montenegro under their bilateral re-admission agreement.

Many countries on the migrant route have secured their borders with physical barriers. Hungary put up a razor wire fence on its borders with Serbia and Croatia during the crisis in 2015, when more than a million migrants came to Europe.

Reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic; Editing by Mark Potter

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14:47

A Primer on Islam - Marguerite and W. Patrick Lang "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Who are Muslims? What do they believe? Are their ideas and traditions so alien there cannot be reconciliation between them and Christianity? Are they united in their beliefs and attitudes? Are they uniformly and permanently hostile to the West? In...

14:15

Review: Our Towns A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James and Deborah Fallows "IndyWatch Feed War"

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6 Stars A Most Extraordinary Uplifting Account of the Reinvention of America One Flyover Town at a Time (42 Specific Towns Visited)

I know James Fallows he is best-known as a former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and as an author for The Atlantic.  I met him after reading three of his books, Blind Into Baghdad: Americas War in Iraq; National Defense; and Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel.

I have not read, but want to point out, his books, Breaking the News: How  the Media Undermine American Democracy, and More Like Us: Making America Great Again. He has others. My point is that James Fallows is one of the most earnest observers of American culture and American democracy alive today, a man of integrity, intelligence, and imagination, and I consider it both an honor to know him, and a blessed education anytime I encounter anything he writes.

In the case of this book, OUR TOWNS, he is considerably enhanced by his wife both together and alone, they explored 42 different towns east and west, north and south and most importantly, right in the middle of the country where most never tread. This quote (page 4) captures their method:

We have gone to town plays and musicals, sat in on civic meetings, hung out at coffee shops and brewpubs, spent days at schools, libraries and ball games, taken tours of downtowns, visited factories, startu-ups, and community college classes,  taken boat rides and bike rides, swum in local public pools, and run on high school tracks, borrowed cardss and stayed in motels, private homes, and one-off eco-hotels.

Forty two towns in four years.  Absorbing. Listening.  Observing. I am deeply impressed by the authenticity, inclusiveness, and truthfulness of this book. It is EPIC. This is Americas song of life, this is the book we have been waiting for, the...

14:14

Trump Should Get Details on Informant Before Mueller Interview, Giuliani Says "IndyWatch Feed War"

Presidents lawyer seeks information about person said to have been used by U.S. investigators

Rudy Giuliani in November 2016.
Rudy Giuliani in November 2016. PHOTO: CAROLYN KASTER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Donald Trump shouldnt agree to talk with special counsel Robert Mueller without knowing more about a man said to have approached Trump campaign aides in 2016 as part of the U.S. investigation into Russian election interference, his lawyer said Saturday.

Rudy Giuliani said Mr. Trump could be walking into a trap unless federal prosecutors make clear the role played by the suspected informant and whether the person compiled any incriminating information about Mr. Trumps associates.

Mr. Giulianis comments suggest the Trump legal team is seeking leverage in the latest rounds of monthslong negotiations with Mr. Mueller about the terms under which the president would testify.

What we intend to do is premise it on, If you want an interview, we need an answer to this, Mr. Giuliani said in an interview.

In recent days, Mr. Trump and his allies have been moving more aggressively to try to discredit the Russia investigat...

14:06

For Many Muslims, Israeli Occupation Is The Problem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washingtons decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem continues to cause harm and suffering. On May 14, 62 Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers and hundreds were injured. This is pretty much the end of the Donald Trump administrations role in the Middle East peace process.

The move has also undermined any remaining hope for a two-state solution. The Trump administration is giving full support to Israels long-standing policy of creating facts on the ground and then grabbing more Palestinian land for reasons of security and the Israels so-called natural growth needs. This mindset has never taken into account the security, freedom and prosperity of the Palestinian people. They are expected to accept the 70-year occupation without putting up any resistance or objections. No other modern political story has been as tragic and hypocritical as the story of Palestine under occupation.

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Palestinian people during the protest against the U.S. relocating its embassy to Jerusalem and the Israeli states occupation on their lands, Gaza Strip, May 15.

Not many believed that the U.S. was an honest broker in the Middle East peace process in the first place. Trumps Jerusalem decision is the last nail in the coffin. The Palestinians do not want to deal with the U.S. administration and they are right. The Trump administration has given them no hope, no encouragement, no support and nothing to keep them in the negotiations. Trumps officials have said for months without sharing any details that they have been working on a new road map for peace. As it turns out, the only road map that has emerged so far is one destined to end in a crash a crash that has the potential to set fire to the entire region. The Jerusalem move may have fulfilled the weird theological beliefs of some evangelical Americans and Zionists, but it has done immense damage already. The so-called Western liberal world order and its governments are either silent or utterly helpless when it comes to the Israeli occupation. They accept every Israeli claim at face value and design their policies according to the dictates of the Israeli lobbies in their respective countries. They have no desire or courage to confront the U.S. and Israeli governments to hold them accountable for their irresponsible, provocative and criminal actions. They just want the problem to go away. Countless U.N. resolutions condemning the Israeli occupation have been brushed aside. No other country or occupying force in the world has violated as many U.N. resolutions as Israel.

Given the political realities on the ground, Israel wil...

14:00

Review: Caught In Between by His Grace Riah Abu El-Assal Former Bishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

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5 Stars A Bishop Bears Witness in Palestine

Riah Abu El-Assal

From Gods lips to my ears. His Grace is both an Arab and a Christian whose life over several generations has been defined, on the one hand, by the love of God and on the other by the perfidy of the Zionists looting and destroying Palestine, and now including Jerusalem, a corpus separatum by any rational understanding.

His Grace and I have served together, on the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse, and I know from him directly the contradiction between how the Iranians treat both Christians and Jews, and (my own view) how the Zionists treat not just non-Jews, but lesser Jews. For those who are not fully consciousness of the bigoty of Zionism, please know that Progressive and Reform Jews and Netanyahu himself is on record to this effect do not count. Only Chabad Supremacist Cult Jews, and their Orthodox Jew helpers, count.

I recommend this book be read together with Professor Gary Fields new book, ENCLOSURE: Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical Mirror, which takes great care to show that the Palestinians, like English freemen and Native Americans, are the victims of a Western combination of guns and unjust law that conquers and disposseses with impunity. This latest book introduces the Zionist term cultural engineering as  the a synonym for genocide; the irony could not be more painful to witness.

The thirteenth Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, His Grace Riah Abu El-Assal is, as the Foreword by the Secretary General of the Anglican Commission states, the Nazarene. He is the embodiment of Gods grace on earth, a living testament to the good will of men regardless of ideological persuasion.

This book is a vice on the mind it sandwiches the reader between open love on the one hand, and a closed occupation society on the other, in which everyone is forced to bow to Zionist predation and many are ultimately forced to inform (bear false witness) on their neighbors. In the face of the massive on-...

13:48

Egypt arrests socialist activist on terror charges "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Amnesty International warns there is a 'real possibility' Haitham Mohamedeen is being mistreated in detention

13:45

Review: Child Hunters Requiem of a Childkiller by Carine Hutsebaut "IndyWatch Feed War"

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6 Stars Deep Dive into a Mind of a Murderous Pedophile with Solutions for All of Us

Carine Hutsebaut, known as the Clarise of Europe, is a profiler who has worked with all major law enforcement organizations, and endured great pain because she was decades ahead of her time. Now she is the single most knowledgeable person I know of on the matter of murderous child pedophiles (she prefers the terms pedosexual and pedocriminal as there is no love in what is being done to children by these monsters). She is a fellow Commissioner on the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse, I have watched her in action, she is the real deal.

There are seven major points to this book which should be read by every parent, every law enforcement officer, every employee of any airline, bus company or train company, and the managers and employees of fast food restaurants:

01 Not believing a child who alleges they have been abused is OUR CRIME. This book is a reference work laying out 6 types, 6 stages, any parent who does not read this book is not being the best parent they could be.

02 Pedocriminality is a MIND disease, not a SEXUAL disease. It is the mental fantasies that lead to the crimes, not the physical sexual urges. To this I would add that Hollywood from Shirley Temple onwards, has been actively spreading the pedosexual meme and the liberals in the USA really do not understand that making pedophilia and bestiality legal is a crime against all children.

03 Identifying children who are unwilling hostages in transit is easier than you might think, everyone has simply been oblivious and not thinking about the problem child kidnapping for illicit purposes in a global epidemic.

04 It is too easy for pedophiles to travel, kill, and get back home. There is no serious information sharing among law enforcement agencies, no watchlist, no real means of properly screening people who, for example, routinely travel from Europe to the US East Coast to consume children.

05 Pedopredators (my preferred term) who are in prison will talk and there is a wealth of information that could be harvested from them and from their files that no one up to this point has bee...

13:30

Review: A Legacy of Spies by John LeCarre "IndyWatch Feed War"

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4 Stars A Capstone Work But Only For Prior Readers

John LeCarre

This book has been over-promoted. The ga ga reviews from the fake news mainstream media led by the New York Crimes are probably paid for, and do not accurately represent the value of this book. In a nutshell, it is a good read but only for those who have read all of Le Carres prior work and particularly the George Smiley series.

Former spies like myself, and incoming trainees, might appreciate the sprinkling of tradecraft throughout the book.

The book earns four stars from in part because it is a ringing indictment of spying of the epic insouciance of callous deaths, daily betrayal, lives ruined, all for what, at the end of the day, is nothing.  I am reminded of the conclusion of one of the books on James Angleton, who at the very end of his life, having destroyed so many other lives with his demented witchhunts at CIA, concluded that his whole life had been worthless, in search of enemies that did not exist.

This is not to say that counterintelligence is not priceless the USA does not do counterintelligence and the US Government is totally penetrated by Wall Street (which created CIA for its own ends, see David Talbots excellent book The Devils Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of Americas Secret Government), the Vatican, the Zionists, the pedophiles, and more.

This is LeCarres last gasp.  He delivers it with, in his own words, a rectal grin.  At the very end he offers the final best insight:

So was it all for England, then? There was a time, of course there was. But whose England? Which England?

One could ask the same here in the USA.  US secret intelligence mostly good people trapped in a bad system has been owned by the Deep State for too long, and the crimes of that community, from torture to drone assassination to ignorance by design, are long overdue for redress.

13:24

U.S. Sells Thousands of Really Big Bombs To Tiny Piss Ant Excuse For A Real Country, Bahrain(for protestors or Iranians?) "IndyWatch Feed War"

US approves $45mn sale of 3,200 bombs & bunker busters to Bahrain

US approves $45mn sale of 3,200 bombs & bunker busters to Bahrain
The US has cleared the sale of 3,200 bombs valued at about $45 million, including powerful bunker busters, to Bahrain. The Persian Gulf monarchy is hosting the US 5th Fleet and has been involved in the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen.

The order would consist of 1,500 Mark-82 [500 pounds] general purpose bombs; 600 Mark-83 [1,000 lb] bombs; 600 Mark-84 [ 2,000 lb ] bombs; and 500 BLU-109 [2,000 lb. Penetrator] bunker busters,  bombs armed with special warheads designed to penetrate hardened targets, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Friday.

The ordnance is intended for Bahrains US-made F-16 combat jets, and would come directly from US government stocks. Bahrain will use these munitions as a deterrent to regional threats, strengthen its homeland defense, and execute counter-terrorism operations, the agency said, as well as operate with US...

13:17

Bombers in the South China Sea: Beijing Grows its Military Presence on Disputed Islands "IndyWatch Feed War"

China landed a heavy bomber in the Paracels, its latest military buildup as the world focuses on North Korea

Chinese H-6 bomber patrols near Scarborough Shoal in the Philippines. Xinhua photo

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Chinas first-ever landing of a heavy bomber on a disputed island in the South China Sea punctuates a steady buildup of military assets that has solidified Beijings claims to one of the worlds busiest shipping lanes.

On Friday, Chinas air force disclosed it had landed an H-6K bomber on an island in the area, which would help improve actual combat capabilities in responding to various security threats at sea.

Experts who track Chinas military moves said the landing was on Woody Island in the Paracels, an island chain where claims by Vietnam, China and Taiwan intersect.

13:10

France warns Italy against breaking EU commitments "IndyWatch Feed War"

The stability of the eurozone will be at stake if a populist new government in Italy fails to keep its financial commitments, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned Sunday.

AFP/File | French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire speaks gives a press conference after an informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers (ECOFIN) at the in Sofia on April 28, 2018

If the new government takes the risk of not respecting its commitments on debt and the deficit, but also the clean-up of the banks, the financial stability of the eurozone will be threatened, Le Maire told CNEWS television.

Everyone must understand in Italy that Italys future is in Europe and nowhere else, and if this future is to be in Europe, there are rules that must be respected, he added.

Le Maire said previous commitments by Italy would remain whichever government was in place.

Brussels is anxious that Italy continues with efforts to bring down its massive debts in line with EU rules, wary that a new government in Rome will seek to increase public spending.

The EU forecasts that Italian public debt will remain 130 percent above its GDP this year more than double the blocs 60-percent ceiling.

I respect the sovereign decision of the Italian people, but there are commitments which go beyond all of us, Le Maire said.

We will see what decisions are taken by Italian officials. I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep these commitments in the long-term to guarantee our common stability.

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and far-right League party, which are edging towards forming a government, called for deep changes in Italys relations with the EU in a joint policy programme published Friday.

Italy has been in political deadlock since inconclusive elections in March.

While an exit from the single currency mooted in leaked drafts of the document is no longer proposed, the document announced the parties intention to review with European partners the economic governance framework of the EU, including the euro.

The parties want a monetary union that is appropriate for the current geopolitical and economic imbalances and consistent with the objectives of the economic union, it said.

In a Facebook video, Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio said that the programme had received an approval rating of more than 94 percent after it was put to party members for a vote on M5S online platform.

The League was also offering a vote to anyone visiting p...

13:04

Russia Seeks Strong Foothold in Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Through a myriad of political and religious connections, Russia is seeking to establish its presence in Lebanon. In the first of a three-part exclusive for DW, Benas Gerdizunas traces Russias influence.

    
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Standing in front of a military parade to mark the day of Russias military saint, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow proclaimed: The war against terrorism is a Holy War.

That speech on May 4, 2016 by the head of Orthodoxy in Russia, left the fragmented Arab Christian Orthodoxy desperately trying to shed the enforced Crusader Church image.

Read more: Russian Orthodox Church tries to make hay

Even before those statements, 46 Lebanese Orthodox Christians signed a petition condemning the use of Christian protection as a pretext to serve nationalistic or political goals.

Moscows Christian Protection umbrella and the Orthodox posture already tried and tested among Europes far-right movements has now turned its attention to Lebanon.

Wikileaks, Sursock, and Gazprom

As far back as 2008, WikiLeaks exposed a cable by US Political Counselor Robert Petterson, warning of Moscows planned diplomatic return to the Levant.

By establishing a physical presence for the Russian state and Church, he wrote, Moscow will use returned property as soft power in the region.

Petterson also pointed to a bizarre,...

13:04

China Set To Launch Worlds First and Only Communication Satellite Into Stationary Orbit On Moons Dark Side "IndyWatch Feed War"

China Launching Relay Satellite Toward Moons Far Side Sunday

 

An artists illustration of Chinas Queqiao relay satellite, which will relay data between controllers on Earth and Chinas Change 4 lander-rover pair on the moons far side. Queqiao is scheduled to launch on May 20, 2018; the Change 4 duo will lift off in November or December.

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China will launch the next piece of its ambitious robotic lunar-exploration program on Sunday (May 20), if all goes according to plan.

The nations Queqiao relay satellite is scheduled to lift off atop a Long March 4C rocket on Sunday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at about 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT; 5 a.m. on May 21 local Xichang time).

Queqiao will then make its way to the Earth-moon Lagrange point 2, a gravitationally stable spot located 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) beyond t...

12:57

France May 22: Day of the Barricades Against Parcoursup For a wild May! "IndyWatch Feed War"

France is still boiling. The next major mobilizations are scheduled for May 22 and May 26. On May 22 students call to block all schools and universities and the public services are calling for a strike. Demos with black blocs are also planned and for May 26 there are also calls for a black bloc. May 22: Journe des barricades (Day of the barricades). Nothing is over its all beginning!

Published by Enough is Enough. Written and edited machine translations by Riot Turtle.

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

France May 22: Day of the Barricades Against Parcoursup For a wild May

As we reported more and more people discuss an indefenite general strike on the French territory. In the coming week there are two major mobilizations: on May 22 and May 26. On May 22 students are mobilizing for the Day of the Barricadesand the public services sector will go on strike.

On May 14 there was a first meeting in Paris about the current mobilizations and a general strike. The meeting was organized in less than two weeks by Front Social and about 300 people attended. There is now a proposal for another meeting with activists of various general assemblies (railway workers, postmen, students etc.) to meet in the evening of May 22. Gal Quirante (a union member of SUD Post 92) said during the May 14 meeting: It is time to discuss how we go on strike, how to amplify the strike, how we generalize it, how we build a general strike. And a general strike is something different than just not working, its not only for those who have a job: a general strike means that at some point, with or without job, is a strike that raises the question of who decides in our lives.

The number of mobilizations has been massive in the past weeks, but its almost as if there is a media-blackout across Europe. German media dont report much about the ongoing wave of strikes, occupations, demonstrations and other actions on the French territory. Even on websites like the......

12:55

Russia"s Navy Establishes Permanent Presence in Mediterranean Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

Like it or not, the Mediterranean Sea has ceased to be a NATO Lake dominated by US 6th Fleet. American vessels dont own these waters anymore.

12:48

America beware: dollar supremacy is not forever "IndyWatch Feed War"

Under Trump, the US is increasingly seen as an unreliable partner

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The dollar reigns supreme in global finance. It accounts for a dominant share of international financial transactions and is the ultimate safe haven currency. But the US currencys supremacy cannot be taken for granted. President Donald Trump may be sowing the seeds of its demise.

Mr Trump has often called for a weaker dollar, apparently to counter other countries that he claims are taking unfair advantage of the US by weakening their currencies to boost exports. Talk is cheap, however, and such statements by themselves will hardly derail the dollar. The real damage to its standing is more insidious and comes from policies that are eroding Americas fiscal stability, its trustworthiness and the strength of its institutions.

In times of financial turmoil including the global financial crisis, which originated in the US panicky investors flood into US bond markets. No doubt the sheer size of the American government and corporate bond markets is a key factor. But there is something subtler and more important that accounts for the dollars status.

It comes down to trust. Flows into and out of currency and equity markets, where people make consequential financial decisions, show how trust matters even in seemingly cold-hearted and dispassionate decision-making.

The institutions that engender and maintain the trust of both domestic and foreign investors include an open and transparent system of democratic government with checks and balances. This needs to be underpinned by a central bank free from direct political interference and the rule of law administered by an independent judiciary.

Trust in US institutions is why, despite the prospect of rising government debt levels and the economic uncertainty unleashed by Mr Trump, the dollar remains strong. But this strength could prove fleeting. At present, most international financial transactions are denominated and settled in dollars and often through American financial institutions. This would change rapidly if investors believed that reckless fiscal policies could heighten volatility and erode the dollars value.

As it is, the falling cost of transacting in other currencies and the rise of emerging market currencies such as Chinas renminbi are already reducing the dollars role in denominating and settling cross-border transactions. China and South Korea are conducting trade using their...

12:41

Islamicize Me Day 4: Finger Lickin Good! "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Day 4, the gang learns about Muhammads special method of cleaning fingers after eating! To visit Vocabs channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jons channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net

12:38

Blocked from western Europe, Erdogan takes his polarising rally to Bosnia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Supporters of Recep Tayyip Erdogan from across Europe will gather in Sarajevo this weekend, as the Turkish president mobilises potential voters ahead of elections next month.

The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is offering a platform that countries like the Netherlands and Germany have denied to Erdogan. But as is so often in the country, the decision has proved divisive.

Bozniak leader Bakir Izetbegovic will meet Erdogan, a fellow Muslim, at the event in the 20,000 seater Olympic Hall in the city. He has acknowledged that, even within his own ethnic group, the meeting has caused controversy among insecure Bosniaks.

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He said of Erdogan opponents at a gathering of the youth association of his Party of Democratic Action (SDA) last week: Their problem is that he is a powerful Muslim leader like no other has been for quite some time. They dont have a problem with Muslims who are primitive, uneducated, who are no competition to them.

However, Izetbegovics colleagues in the countrys tri-partite presidency, Bosnian Croat Dragan Covic and Bosnian Serb Milorad Dodik, have held off from commenting on the visit, leading to speculation that the event has become a political issue ahead of elections this autumn.

They (SDA) need Erdogan as an important, but also a symbolic figure in order to represent themselves as strong party as they face different internal problems, Enver Kazaz, a professor on the Faculty of philosophy at the state Universty in Sarajevo, told Euronews.

Bakirs wife Sebija may be a candidate for the Bosniak position in the Bosnian presidency, and could benefit from an association with a powerful foreign leader, Kazaz points out.

Sarajevo-based political analyst Ivana Maric says the rally may bring nothing more than problems to Bosnia.

Citizens of Bosnia will not benefit from this rally. It sends the wrong message to the EU, and if we consider Bosnias current image, it is clear that again, they [politicians] are ignoring their citizens here, Maric told Euronews.

The communication, or lack of it, around the decision-making process also points to a failure of collaboration among the members of the presidency, according to Maric.

We can now only wait for Covic and Dodik and their reactions to this visit, an...

12:31

What are the US Democrats big ideas? "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of the ongoing criticisms of Democrats since Barack Obama moved out of the White House is that the party has been defined by what it opposes, instead of what it wants to do.

Theyre not Donald Trump. Theyre against travel bans, border walls, trade wars, financial and environmental deregulation, corporate tax cuts and repeal of the Obamacare health insurance system.

But what are they for? What are their ideas?

By 
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May 20, 2018

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders appear together at a news conference.

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Those are the kind of questions the speakers at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference held in a Washington hotel were tasked with answering.

A long list of Democratic politicians some up for re-election in the mid-term contests this year; others possibly angling for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination took the stage in panels and set-piece speeches. Many offered variations on the a-word alternatives.

Were not going to win if we spend all our time bemoaning that hes there, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar said of Mr Trumps White House occupancy. Hes there. And we have to offer an alternative.

People ask how come youre not offering alternatives, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said at the conference. And I say we are.

More from Anthony:

But are they? After a day of statements and...

12:30

Hugh Fitzgerald: Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, My Life For Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

On April 28, at the Azadi (formerly Aryamehr) Stadium in Tehran, the crowd that filled the stadium it can hold 100,000 spectators chanted the last thing the ayatollahs wished to hear: Reza Shah! Reza Shah! over and over again. This chanting was a declaration of longing, of wanting back the late Reza Shah []

12:25

The Price for Peace in Syria Is Cooperation with Assad "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two unpleasant propositions about the lengthy civil war in Syria have been substantially absent from current policy discussions. It seems time to bring them forward and to take them seriously.

12:13

Washington, DC-Area Episcopalians Hate on Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fresh off an anti-Israel film series, Washington, DC-area Episcopalians at St. Johns Norwood in upscale Bethesda, Maryland and elsewhere have once again taken the lead in demonizing Israel by hosting Reverend Naim Ateek. This Palestinian Anglican known for his anti-Semitic outbursts against Israel addressed St. Johns on May 16, before participating in more vitriol the []

12:02

Canada bans Venezuelans living on its territory from electing their president "IndyWatch Feed War"

Canada has just notified Venezuela's ambassador of the prohibition on organizing polling stations for the Venezuelan Presidential elections. This decision contravenes the Vienna Treaty on Consular Relations. France and Germany mirrored this action in 2014: both these states violated the aforementioned treaty when they prohibited Syrian ambassadors from organizing polling stations when the Syrian Presidential election took place in June 2014 . Canada, France and Germany are claiming to (...)

11:58

Palestinian TV teaches children theres no alternative to return to 1948 homes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ad prepared for Nakba commemorations says Our return is certain, and Jerusalem is the eternal capital of our state

 

A video for children aired on Palestinian Authority TV as part of annual commemorations of the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israels founding, vows a return to lands that are today part of Israel.

In the clip, an elderly hand is seen passing on old house keys to the hand of a child. A title declares: From generation to generation, there is no alternative to the return.

In the background a singer croons, We shall return though time passes by and distances grow between us.

Jerusalems Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque are then seen, and a narrator says: Our return is certain, and Jerusalem is the eternal capital of our state.

The ad has been aired multiple times on official PA TV since May 10, and was translated by Palestinian Media Watch.

Israel has long insisted that the right of return for Palestinian refugees, as defined by the Palestinians, is a non-starter in peace negotiations. The UN categorizes as refugees not just those Palestinians who were displaced or expelled from their homes in 1947 and 1948, but also all of their descendants. No other refugee population is treated as such, and so the Palestinian refugee population increases each year, and is now in the millions, while the rest of the worlds decreases.

As a consequence, accepting the right of return would mean millions of Palestinians being allowed to enter Israel, ending Israels majority Jewish status.

Over the last six weeks, tens of thousands of Gazans, with the encouragement of the Hamas terror group that rules Gaza, have been undertaking weekly March of Return protests at the border. Some rioters have tried to damage and break the security fence and infiltrate Israel, while others have thrown petrol bombs and rocks, and burned tires.

Those clashes reached their most intense level yet on Monday, coinciding with the Jerusalem embassy opening, when Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry.

Israeli leaders have long said Palestinian leaderships unwillingness to well and truly accept a majority Jewish state in lands Arabs once claimed as their own as the chief roadblock to peace.

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11:55

US Press Coverage of a Royal Wedding: "Reporting" As Inane and Useless As Ever "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump and his assemblage of con artists, family grifters, embezzlers of public funds, hatemongers, and neocon war hawks have turned the corporate media into a acquiescent foil for Trumps reality television show that is masquerading as a four-year administration.

11:49

Erdogan in Bosnia for Election Rally "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold an election rally in Sarajevo Sunday for expatriate Turks, an event that has stirred controversy in Bosnia.

AFP / by Katarina SUBASIC | Erdogan has previously drawn controversy for electioneering in Europe, where there are some three million Turks eligible to vote in Turkish elections, including 1.4 million in Germany

Sarajevo was chosen for the rally after several European Union countries, including Germany, banned such rallies in the campaign for last years referendum on a new system enhancing the powers of the Turkish presidency.

The decision sparked tension between Ankara and Brussels.

Turkey heads to presidential and parliamentary polls on June 24.

Erdogan has previously drawn controversy for electioneering in Europe, where there are some three million Turks eligible to vote in Turkish elections, including 1.4 million in Germany.

According to Bosnian media, around 20,000 people are expected for the rally in Sarajevos largest sports venue Zetra.

Two giant portraits of Erdogan and Turkeys first president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, were placed in the hall on Saturday.

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In April, Austria and the Netherlands also said they would ban any campaigning by Turkish politicians on their soil for the June elections.

A similar ban was seen as unlikely in Sarajevo, however, given that Bosnian Muslim leader Bakir Izetbegovic attended the marriage of Erdogans daughter in 2016.

His SDA party is seen as close to Erdogans ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) which, according to Bosnian media, is planning to open a representative office in Bosnia soon.

We will show that he (Erdogan) has friends and that there are those who are proud of him, Izetbegovic, the Muslim member of Bosnias tripartite presidency, told his supporters last week.

The Turkish leader is not liked in the West and there are many frustrated Bosniak (Muslims) who do not like him in this country, Izetbegovic said.

What is the problem? The problem is that he is a powerful Muslim leader that we have not had for a long time.

A Facebook group supporting Erdogans arrival voiced welcome to the protector of Muslims in the world.

But the support is not unanimous.

Another Facebook group of Sarajevans called on citizens of Bosnia to raise their voices against the meeting and say no to Turkish foreign policy and its interference in Bosnias politics....

11:47

Drinking Baking Soda Could be an Inexpensive, Safe Way to Combat Autoimmune Disease "IndyWatch Feed War"

Warning: Nothing that appears on Cryptogon should be viewed as medical advice. Thanks to the Cryptogon reader who told me about taking sodium bicarbonate after my kidney stone disaster! Via: Agusta University: A daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists say. They have []

11:31

Chinese Bombers in the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

State-run Chinese newspaper Peoples Daily on Friday posted on its Twitter account a video of a long-range bomber landing in an island in the disputed waters.
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MANILA, Philippines The entire Philippines is now practically within striking distance of China following the deployment of bomber aircraft at a disputed island in the South China Sea.

State-run Chinese newspaper Peoples Daily on Friday posted on its Twitter account a video of a long-range bomber landing in an island in the disputed waters.

Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said the video was taken at Woody Island, Chinas largest base in the Paracel Islands that is also being claimed by Vietnam.

Chinese bombers including the H-6K conduct takeoff and landing training on an island reef at a southern sea area, read the Twitter post by Peoples Daily.

With its deployment in the Paracels, AMTI said the bombers could now reach almost the entire South China Sea.

Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all five Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, the AMTI said.

An H-6K, with its technical upgrades giving it a combat radius of nearly 1,900 nautical miles, would dwarf this radius, putting all of Southeast Asia in range of flights from Woody Island, it added.

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11:25

Making Excuses for Russiagate "IndyWatch Feed War"

As months turn into nearly two years and no solid evidence emerges to nail Russia for nabbing Election 2016, some big Russia-gate cheerleaders are starting to cover their tracks, as Daniel Lazare explains.

11:22

Israel: 200 nuclear weapons aimed at Iran, by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed War"

The din that surrounds the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal hides the real issues. The most important thing is this fundamental fact: Israel is a nuclear power while Iran is not one.

11:22

China, US agree to abandon trade war, will stop increasing tariffs on each other "IndyWatch Feed War"

WASHINGTON (AFP, BLOOMBERG, XINHUA) China and the United States agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from threatened tariffs, Chinas vice-premier Liu He said on Sunday (May 20).

Mr Liu, who led a high-level Chinese delegation to Washington last week said: The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other.

China also said that it will significantly increase purchases of US goods, the White House said.

A joint statement released by the White House following the talks between the two countries did not place a dollar figure on the increased purchases by China, or address a comment by President Donald Trumps top economic adviser suggesting that Beijing had agreed to slash its annual trade surplus with the US by US$200 billion (S$268 billion).

Mr Liu, a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, told reporters in Washington that talks with US officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, ended with a pledge not to engage in a trade war, according to a Xinhua news agency report.

Mr Liu said the two sides agreed to stop slapping tariffs on each other, Xinhua reported. He added that his trip to the US had been positive, pragmatic, constructive and productive.

Trade cooperation would be enhanced in such areas as energy, agriculture, health care, high-tech products and finance, a win-win choice for both nations.

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11:16

Mike Pompeo will lay out comprehensive strategy on Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to spell out a new comprehensive strategy toward Iran on Monday.

The speech in Washington, DC, comes after President Trump pulled out of the 2015 deal aimed at curbing Irans nuclear program.

Pompeo will cover how the US, Europe and other nations can rein in Irans nuclear and conventional weapons capabilities, Politico reported.

By Eileen AJ Connelly

Trump sees abandoning the nuclear deal as an opportunity, not the self-inflicted wound other world leaders have labeled it, said Brian Hook, senior adviser to Pompeo. The goal is a new framework thats going to address the totality of Irans threats, Hook added.

Trump insists the nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obamas administration is too narrow, since it focuses only on nuclear issues while ignoring ballistic missiles and Irans machinations throughout the Middle East.

European countries hope to salvage the pact despite the US withdrawal. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said Saturday if deal remains, his countrys oil exports would continue.

Following Trumps May 8 move to leave the Iran deal, the US Treasury said Washington would reimpose a broad number of...

11:05

Rabat suspends twin city plan with Guatemala over Jerusalem embassy move "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Moroccan capital's deputy mayor said the decision was taken 'in solidarity with the Palestinian people'

10:42

They dont miss a trick: Bill would spend Palestinian taxes on israeli families "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bill would spend Palestinian taxes on Israeli families Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman attends the Herzliya Conference in Herzliya, Israel, May 10, 2018. An Israeli bill would divert some of the revenue that Israel is obligated to hand over to the Palestinian Authority, to stay in Israel. This revenue is earmarked for social welfare payments []

10:37

Information wars: Europe aims to set the global standard with GDPR "IndyWatch Feed War"

The EUs rules for data privacy were once derided as restrictive, but after the Facebook scandal Brussels hopes they will help bring big tech to heel

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Sarah Gordon and Aliya Ram In London 


Vera Jourova, the EUs justice commissioner, describes it as a loaded gun in the hands of regulators. This week the bloc introduces the General Data Protection Regulation, which will, its advocates argue, dramatically improve the care with which organisations both within the EU and elsewhere treat our personal data.
GDPR will harmonise data protection rules across the worlds largest trading bloc, give greater rights to individuals over how their data is used, put in place significant protections for children and streamline regulators ability to crack down on breaches.When the new rules were first proposed, many executives in Silicon Valley derided them as restrictive and anti-competitive. But in the wake of the scandal over the use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, Europes approach to data privacy has started to appear much more relevant.

According to many companies and data protection authorities, GDPR could become the global norm, setting standards for behaviour not just in the EU but in countries where hitherto individuals have had few weapons to defend their rights online.

Europe was way ahead on this, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebooks chief operating officer, admitted last month.

Yet as the final countdown to May 25 begins, cracks in the EUs vision have appeared. Many businesses are unprepared for the new rules and several countries have failed to pass the necessary legislation to implement them nationally. Serious questions have also been raised about the ability of data protection authorities across the bloc to enforce the new rules adequately.

Everybody is leaving it until the last conceivable moment, despite the fact there was a two-year deadline, says Harry Small, head of data protection law at Baker McKenzie. Quite a lot of companies have not really woken up.

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10:31

Gaza and Palestine 101 for Americans "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gaza and Palestine 101 for Americans Chris Kanthan One should ask, Why are Palestinians protesting? before cheering for their death in Gaza. Blaming Hamas is a talking point that hides many facts and realities. In the last two days, 65 Palestinians have been shot to death and 2000+ have been shot or otherwise wounded []

10:27

If Israel were a State "IndyWatch Feed War"

May 17, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon Background:  Yesterday I was  in San Diego having fun at the beach. For a while I sat on the shore with my feet in the water reading The Diary of a Young Girl. Then a miracle happened. A score of  little bottles reached land  and assembled in between my bare feet. []

10:27

Evangelical Leaders are Wrong Todays israel Is NOT the Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Evangelical Leaders are Wrong Todays Israel Is NOT the Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy Chuck Baldwin Hagee and Jeffress and Robertson and LaHaye, et al. are wrong.   Netanyahu and his fellow Zionists are NOT Gods chosen people. The author is a prominent American Christian conservative who was a presidential candidate for the paleoconservative Constitution []

10:21

Trump Jr. met Saudi, UAE princes emissary for campaign help before 2016 US election: report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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In a Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump Jr., son of President-elect Donald Trump, walks from the elevator at Trump Tower, in New York. (AP Photo)

Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. presidents eldest son, met in August 2016 with an envoy representing the crown princes of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The meeting was first reported by the New York Times on Saturday and confirmed by an attorney representing Trump Jr.

The meeting was a chance for...

10:12

China Rejects U.S. Target for Narrowing Trade Gap "IndyWatch Feed War"

Beijing officials offer to step up purchases, but refuse to commit to Trump administrations specific $200 billion cut from bilateral deficit

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, speaking at the White House on May 18, said China offered to boost its annual purchases of U.S. products by at least $200 billion.
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Updated May 19, 2018 4:38 p.m. ET

A last-ditch effort by the Trump administration failed to get China to accept its demand for a $200 billion cut in the U.S. bilateral trade deficit, as Chinese officials resisted committing to any specific targets after two days of contentious negotiations.

The two days of deliberations in Washington ended with both sides arguing all night on Friday over what to say in a joint statement, people briefed on the...

10:10

UN says tropical cyclone causes destruction in northern Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

A powerful tropical cyclone which formed in the Gulf of Aden has caused heavy rains in northern Somalia in the past two days, destroying houses and leaving about 2,000 livestock dead, the UN said on Saturday. In its Flash Update on the Tropical Cyclone Sagar, the UN office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned []

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10:07

George Galloway explaining to a Jew that they have no right in Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gaza: Watch George Galloways incredible interview with Laura Loomer George Galloway explaining to a Jew that they have no right in Palestine The Balfour Declaration of 1917 (dated 2 November 1917) was a letter from the United Kingdoms Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild (Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild), a leader of the []

10:05

Germany to meet with France, Britain, Russia and China to save Iran nuclear deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a bid to save the Iran nuclear accord, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China will meet in Vienna this week. But one major player in the deal will not be attending.

    
Iran's Ghadr-F rocket and a huge portrait of Khomeini in 2016 (picture-alliance/AP Photo/V. Salemi)

Germany and four other nations will soon meet to discuss how to proceed with the Iran nuclear deal, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

The international community is scrambling to save a deal that keeps Iran from developing nuclear weapons after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact.

Read more: European allies struggle to curb impact of US sanctions

What the paper reported

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10:02

France, Britain, Germany Russia and China Working Deals With Iran financial aid to curb its ballistic missile development "IndyWatch Feed War"

Diplomats from Europe, China and Russia are discussing a new accord to offer Iran financial aid to curb its ballistic missile development and meddling in the region, in the hope of salvaging its 2015 nuclear deal, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

The officials will meet in Vienna in the coming week under the leadership of senior European Union diplomat Helga Schmid to discuss next steps after the May 8 decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper said, citing senior EU sources.

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Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China would participate in the meeting, but the United States would not, it said. It was not immediately clear if Iran which has resisted calls to curb its ballistic missile program in the past would take part.

Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of most Western sanctions. One of the main complaints of the Trump administration was that the accord did not cover Irans missile program or its support for armed groups in the Middle East which the West considers terrorists.

Concluding a new agreement that would maintain the nuclear provisions and curb ballistic missile development efforts and Tehrans activities in the region could help convince Trump to lift sanctions against Iran, the paper said.

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We have to get away from the name Vienna nuclear agreement and add in a few additional elements. Only that will convince President Trump to agree and lift sanctions again, the paper quoted a senior EU diplomat as saying.

No immediate comment was available from the German foreign ministry.

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09:58

Prevent police 'tried to recruit asylum seeker as mosque informant' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Kurdish asylum seeker tells Middle East Eye that officers offered him help with his immigration case if he worked for them

09:55

What happens to an innocent man swept up in a terrorism investigation? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Mahdi Rahimi was an asylum seeker with ambitions to go to university. But his life changed when police linked him to the Parsons Green bomber

09:52

US, South Korea Discuss Wat Forward After Kim Jong Un Balks Before Singapore Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday discussed North Koreas recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit with Washington, Seouls presidential office said.

AFP/File | Trump and Moon have agreed to work closely to ensure the US Presidents meeting with North Koreas Kim Jong Un is a success

After weeks of warm words and diplomatic backslapping, Pyongyang abruptly threatened to pull out of the planned summit next month because of US demands for unilateral nuclear abandonment, according to the Norths official KCNA news agency.

North Korea also cancelled at the last minute a high-level meeting with the South, protesting joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.

In a phone conversation on Sunday, Trump and Moon exchanged views on various actions taken by North Korea recently, Moons office said in a statement.

The two leaders agreed to work closely for the success of the landmark summit in Singapore on June 12, which would be the first meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.

They are due to meet in Washington on Tuesday.

North Koreas sudden shift in attitude followed a weeks-long charm offensive that has seen leader Kim Jong Un hold a historic summit with Moon and meet twice with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

At a dramatic summit last month in the Demilitarised Zone dividing their two countries, Kim and Moon pledged to pursue nuclear disarmament and a peace treaty.

Pyongyang also raised hopes ahead of the US summit by announcing it will destroy its nuclear testing site next week.

But the promise is open to interpretation on both sides and the North has spent decades developing its atomic arsenal, culminating last year in its sixth nuclear test by far its biggest to date and the launch of missiles capable of reaching the US.

09:47

israeli Racism & Zionist Apartheid "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Racism & Zionist Apartheid An Honest Conversation Did you know that Israel has been compelling black Jews to receive long-term birth control shots? This is a big controversy in Israel. In this video, I will discuss racism and apartheid in Israel.

09:35

IDF Snipers Ordered to Shoot Palestinian Children, Threat to Security of israel, according to israeli General "IndyWatch Feed War"

IDF Snipers Ordered to Shoot Palestinian Children, Threat to Security of Israel, according to Israeli General By Ali Abunimah GR Editors Note Lets be clear as to the implications. When they shoot at children, they are doing so deliberately, under clear and specific orders.  What this means is that the Netanyahu government ordered the []

08:18

Video ton cnh hin trng v my bay ri Cuba Panoramic video plane crash in Cuba "IndyWatch Feed War"

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07:41

Trump Warns Kim: Make A Deal or Suffer Same Fate as Gaddafi! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor 18-05-2018 | 08:29 US President Donald Trump threatened the North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un with the same fate as Libyas former dictator Muammar Gaddafi if he doesnt make a deal on his nuclear weapons program. Trump issued the threat at the White House when he was asked about the recent suggestion by his []

06:14

United Nations: Celebrating 70 Years of Human Rights and Condoning 70 Years of Israel Massacring Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

On 14 of May 1948 Israel declared unilaterally her independence in a foreign land called Palestine, supported by a UN Resolution sponsored by the UK (the United Nations Partition Plan of Palestine at the end of the British Mandate (euphemism for British colony), was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 29 November 1947 as Resolution 181 II). 1948 was also the year of the UNs Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, 2018, the UN declared Human Rights are, like Israel, celebrating their 70th Birthday (United Nations General Assembly, Paris, 10 December 1948, General Assembly Resolution 217 A). During 70 years of Human Rights, the UN has tacitly allowed Israels ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, who lived in their own land, Palestine.

The UN has allowed Israels massacre of Palestine against dozens of UN Resolutions to restrain Israel from their aggressions on Palestine, killing tens of thousands of unarmed Palestinians, women, children and men. Destroying their livelihood, schools, hospitals and living quarters. Worse, confining 2 million Palestinians in an open torture and terror camp, called Gaza.

All this under the watchful eye of the United Nations, thousands of Blue Helmets patrolling disputed, aka Israeli stolen territory from Palestine and surrounding Arab nations. And the world at large, by now 193 member-nations that make up the UN, watching, observing, but not saying beep loud enough to be heard.

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It is a shame. Israel is a miserable and criminal disgrace but a worse shame is the United Nations, the collectivity of 193 countries who hide behind the mantle of the UN. Those who have dared to protest in the defense of human rights and in defense of Palestinians self-determination are few and far between, risking the sword of the emperor and his poodles. Most have bent to, and are still bending to. the king bull, Washington, and to its master, Israel. This is what is lamentable, that humanity has become a spineless bunch of nations all kneeling in front of the big Satan, the torturing and killing monster, the US-armed to the teeth killing machine the little dog that counts on the unlimited support from the most horrific bulldozer. That is an atrocious and unspeakable shame. At least one honorable country, South Africa, has expelled Israels...

05:09

The US is Definitely Meddling in the Venezuelan Election "IndyWatch Feed War"

As Venezuelans go to the polls Sunday, the U.S. is working to disrupt the re-election of Nicolas Maduro and rollback left-wing governments in the region. (CN Op-ed)  Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro is the frontrunner in the presidential elections that will take place on Sunday. If past pronouncements and practice by the United States are any indication, []

04:39

New Democratic Party MPs Should Withdraw from Canada Israel Interparliamentary Group "IndyWatch Feed War"

Is it appropriate for NDP Members of Parliament to be working for greater friendship with a country that is killing and maiming thousands of non-violent protestors?

Would it have been appropriate for any elected member of the party to be a friend with South Africas government during the apartheid era?

Victoria area MPs Randall Garrison and Murray Rankin are members of the Canada Israel Interparliamentary Group (previously named Canada-Israel Friendship Group). Garrison is vice-chair of a group designed to promote greater friendship and cooperation between the two countries parliaments. The chair of the group is York Centre MP Michael Levitt, a former board member of the explicitly racist Jewish National Fund, who issued a statement blaming Hamas incitement for Israeli forces shooting thousands of peaceful protesters, including Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani.

The Interparliamentary Group is one of many pro-Israel lobbying organizations in Canada. In conjunction with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee, the Interparliamentary Group has hosted wine and cheese lobbying events on Parliament Hill. Three hundred parliamentarians and parliamentary staff attended their 2014 Israeli Wine Meets Canadian Cheese gathering in the East Block courtyard. The group regularly meets the Israeli Ambassador and that countrys other diplomats. Representatives of the Group also regularly visit Israel on sponsored trips. For their part, Garrison and Rankin both participated in CIJA-organized trips to Israel in 2016.

The Interparliamentary Group works with its Israeli counterpart the Israel-Canada Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group. In 2016 the Group sent a delegation to the Israeli Knesset and last year they organized a joint teleconference with Isra...

03:57

The Education End-Game; Transformative Changes Are Needed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Just as private corporations mine the earth for metals and minerals to sell on the market, they have now also turned to mining our children's information for the purposes of selling it to marketers and to design new products to sell to schools and parents. As Morna McDermott states, and Forbes confirms, "Data is the new oil." If we take this a step further, it is easy to envision that the data collected on children from pre-school on up, which includes not just what they know but also their emotions and behavior, even their "grit and tenacity," can be used to dictate their futures.

02:27

Democrats Confirm Torturer As Director Of CIA "IndyWatch Feed War"

How did a person who should be in the criminal dock both in the US and in the International Criminal Court for running a torture prison get appointed the Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency? What is all the Washington talk about defending human rights when a torturer is put in charge of covert operations?

Slobodan Miloevi, the Serbia leader who tried to defend his country from Washingtons aggression, was sent by Washington to the war crimes tribunal or some such place that only tries victims of Washingtons aggression. He died in prison, some say he was murdered by Washington. The court ended up clearing him of the faked American charges. But little good that did a dead man.

But now Washington has a real criminal, a real person who has committed without any doubt crimes against humanity confirmed by the US Senate as CIA director. That tells us a lot about the hypocrisy, double standards, and utter mendacity of the government in Washington.

As some Republicans voted against the torturer in chief, it was the Democrats that put a torturer at the head of the CIA.

Listen to their excuses:

West Virginias Joe Manchin said: Haspel prioritizes the safety of America. She is an unbelievable public servant.

North Dakotas Heidi Heitkamp said that Trump had picked the directer best suited to the job. Heidi said she would make sure that Congress conducts oversight of Haspels job, an ambivilent statement if the job is torture, which seems to be enshrined in US practices.

Indianas Senator Joe Donnelly said that he believed Haspel has learned from the past, and that the CIA under her leadership can help our country confront serious international threats and challenges.

What threats? What challenges? This is bla-bla talk. Think about it for a minute. Imagine a criminal before the judge saying I have learned from my past crimes and am now fit to be an upstanding citizen who can help our country.

Floridas Bill Nelson covered his collapse as a moral person by meeting with Haspel personally and arriving at the conclusion that she was fit to serve.

According to Newsweek these four US Democratic senators face tough re-elections and voted to clear Haspel in order to appease the Trump deplorables. In other words, these four senators think that the deplorables, who voted for Trump because he said he was for peace in Syria and with Russia and was against the US being policeman of the world, want to have a torturer confirmed as CIA director. The Democrats voted for a torturer because they are afraid of Trump voters. If Trump voters want a torturer in office, the senators would be honor bound to stand up to the Trump voters.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D,...

02:22

Who is Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Whats at Stake in the Turkish Election? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ankara (GPA)  Who is Recep Tayyip Erdogan and what does this upcoming snap election mean for Turkey?
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Many readers with this site are likely familiar with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but that knowledge may be limited to his appearances in matters involving other countries like Syria and Russia. Yet even when you do hear about Turkey, the coverage primarily revolves around the statements of one man (or his underlings backing him up), Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

This coverage limited to the boisterous Turkish President is perfectly reasonable due to the mans stranglehold on control over the Turkish government, society, and policies. But it wasnt always this way, and may not always have to be this way and the upcoming snap election scheduled for June may be a final chance to stop Erdogan from further expanding the powers of his imperial presidency.

As previously written here, it is important to understand that many of Erdogans foreign policy decisions are driven by the mans domestic political concerns. Whether it is support for Palestine, or whipping up anti-Kurdish nationalist fervor, Recep Tayyip Erdogans decisions are made to strengthen his position at home.

Related: Turkish Snap Elections Set for June as Erdogan Looks to Secure Power

Despite this, Erdogan still only has the support of around half of Turkish society, and if the opposition to the President and his Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Justice and Development Party (AKP) play their cards right they may be able to finally remove Erdogan from the positions of power he has held since 2003. To better understand how Turkey reached this point and what is at stake in this election it is important to understand the rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and what he stands to gain from this election.

Who is Recep Tayyip Erdogan?

Skipping over Recep Tayyip Erdogans early life, we can start his biography back in the 1990s w...

02:00

Nicaragua: Extortion, Dialogue and a Longing for Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tortilla con Sal Recent experience confirms that the Latin American and the Caribbean right wing, like US government, cannot be trusted to comply with agreements. That has been true for Cubas revolutionary government in its direct talks with the US authorities, for Colombias FARC former guerrillas  over government implementation of the peace agreement and for...

01:53

Special Services Agent: Attack On Russia is Being Prepared "IndyWatch Feed War"

While the Pentagon accuses Russia of fomenting false fears of a Daesh/ISIS threat in Central Asia see Sputniks article on this new reports of an American push to attack Russia militarily via Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and are now emerging.  Were reposting here Catehons May 19 article on this topic by Andrey Afanasyev. Sources in the Russian law enforcement agencies, citing data from closed communication channels with the Defense Ministries of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, say that the operation to prepare a large-scale hybrid offensive against Russia through Tajikistan and Uzbekistan is in the final phase. Reports of this have been received earlier, in particular, this was mentioned at a recent security conference held in Tashkent. Then the head of the Tajik Foreign Ministry Sirodzhiddin Aslov openly announced the activation of terrorists in the region: The activation of terrorist groups, their advancement to the northern regions of Afghanistan, especially in the territories bordering Tajikistan, the increase in the number of ISIS supporters, as well as the participation of a certain number of citizens of

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23:57

Trump Jr met with Gulf emissary offering help to win presidency: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Meetings are first indication countries other than Russia may have offered assistance to Trump campaign, The New York Times says

23:53

How American Media Blames the Victims of Israels Gaza Massacre "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gaza Casualties(FAIR)  Israel massacred 60 Palestinians on Monday, including seven children, bringing to 101 the total number of Palestinians Israel has killed since Palestinians began the Great March on March 30. In that period, Israel has killed 11 Palestinian children, two journalists, one person on crutches and three persons with disabilities. Mondays casualties included 1,861 wounded, bringing total injuries inflicted []

23:31

Hassan Nasrallah on Trump, Iran and Syrian Strikes in Occupied Golan "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saker 1454 ViewsMay 19, 2018 Hassan Nasrallah: Trump only cares about US and Israeli interests Hassan Nasrallah: Syrian strikes in Golan frightened Israel and broke its prestige Hassan Nasrallah: Trump only cares about US and Israeli interests Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 14, 2018, commemorating the second anniversary of []

23:31

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Cant. "IndyWatch Feed War"

You really shouldn't have this garbage in your home. 
Your private dwelling. Your own little oasis- Your sanctuary.

 Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apples Siri, Amazons Alexa and Googles Assistant.
BERKELEY, Calif. Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too
Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that they can send hidden commands that are undetectable to the human ear to Apples Siri, Amazons Alexa and Googles Assistant.
So for two years now.... researchers have demonstrated they too can send "hidden commands" that are UNDETECTABLE to your human ear directly to your wifi connected creepy home spy system
Inside university labs, the researchers have been able to secretly activate the artificial intelligence systems on smartphones and smart speakers, making them dial phone numbers or open websites.
In the wrong hands, the technology could be used to unlock doors, wire money or buy stuff online simply with music playing over the radio.
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23:23

Amidst Threats and Defiance, Venezuelans head to the Polls "IndyWatch Feed War"

Closing rally of the Maduro campaign (Photo: Presidential Press)

May 17 marked the end of the political campaign for the upcoming presidential and legislative council elections that will take place on Sunday May 20. In Caracas, in the traditional rally-holding place in Avenida Bolvar, Nicols Maduro gave his closing campaign speech, surrounded by a large crowd that had mobilised in the early hours of the morning and converged from multiple locations in Caracas.

In his speech, Maduro reiterated some of the main tenets of his campaign: the promise to take on the economic mafias and to bring forth an economic revolution1, the rejection of foreign interference in Venezuelan affairs, and a call for participation in the upcoming elections. He also renewed a call for dialogue addressed to all sectors of Venezuelan society.

This final rally brought the curtain on a campaign that saw Maduro all over the country, supported by what has become an impressive electoral machine, with a big ability to mobilise people. Multiple sectors inside the heterogeneous chavismo also voiced their support for Maduro. Even groups that have kept a critical line with regard to government policy in recent times have it clear that only a Maduro victory can guarantee the continuity of the Bolivarian Revolution and the possibility to continue the struggle for socialism.

Maduro delivering his final campaign speech (Photo: Ricardo Vaz)

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