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Tuesday, 04 December


Why Can the CIA Assassinate People? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jacob G. Hornberger | FFF | December 3, 2018 Given that we have all been born and raised under a regime that has the CIA, hardly anyone questions the power of the CIA to assassinate people. The CIAs power of assassination has become a deeply established part of American life. Yet, the Constitution, which []

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Monday, 03 December


A free Palestine from river to the sea: Marc Lamont Hills call for justice has consequences "IndyWatch Feed War"

I confess I had never heard of Marc Lamont Hill until CNN fired him for his November 28 speech at the United Nations on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People before the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)   

If truth be told, I had not heard of CEIRPP either. It was established by UN Resolution 3376 in 1975 to formulate a program to enable the Palestinian people to exercise (1) their inalienable right to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty, and (2) the right of Palestine refugees to return. So the long knives must have been out for Professor Hill (his day job is at Temple University in Philadelphia) when he agreed to fly back from a trip to Palestine and address CEIRPP in the first place, since Israel and the American Jewish establishment must consider the very existence of CEIRPP and its raison dtre to be an existential challenge to the Jewish State.

When I went to the web for the speech, I saw a young black American who knew his stuff and did not shrink from a powerful articulation of the Palestinian plight and a passionate appeal for international solidarity on their behalf. The first third of the 21 minute speech summarized the myriad ways in which Israelis have oppressed Palestinians in the 70 years since the Nakba, including the expulsion, murder, and the permanent dislocation of more than a million Palestinians, in derogation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights also 70 years old which says that all people are born free in dignity and rights.  

There was nothing new in his survey of rights violations the Nation-State law and the 60-some-odd earlier laws that privilege Jews and discriminate against Palestinians in housing, education and family reunification; the use and judicial acceptance of torture in violation of the UN Convention on Torture ratified by Israel in 1991; the killing and maiming of peaceful protesters; the view of all Palestin...


CIA chief Haspel to brief Senate on Khashoggi murder: Reports "IndyWatch Feed War"


Haspel will brief bipartisan leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Appropriations committees on Tuesday


Athens: Event-Discussion about the means of struggle at the occupied #HambacherForst "IndyWatch Feed War"

Athens, December 8: Event-Discussion about the means of struggle at the occupied Hambacher Forst and bar and vegan kitchen. Introduction and presentation by comrades who are involved in the struggle in the forest.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia.

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.

SATURDAY 8/12 at 19:00 in Papoutsadiko squat, Haidari (Davaki 20), Athens, Greek territory.


Hambacher Forst is an ancient forest in the area of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany that is approximately 12,000 years old and where a big variety of plant and animal species live, some of which are close to extinction. Defenders of the earth have occupied the forest for six years now, since April 2012, fighting against the destruction of the forest and the extraction of lignite. They have to face the multinational energy company RWE which legally owns the forest, the local government of North Rhine-Westphalia and the central government of Germany.



Protests Urge Sen. Schumer to Oppose Bernard McNamee As FERC Commissioner "IndyWatch Feed War"

Leaders representing hundreds of community, social justice, environmental and climate organizations have written an open letter to Democratic Party US Senate leader Chuck Schumer urging him to take two immediate actions: Take steps to ensure that President Trumps latest nominee to become a FERC commissioner, Bernard McNamee, is not approved by the Senate without a full debate on the floor of the Senate; and, Do not appoint Joe Manchin to be the ranking member for the Democrats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.


Qatar Exiting OPEC "IndyWatch Feed War"


Qatar reported Dec. 3 it would withdraw from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries on Jan. 1, 2019, putting an end to its 57-year membership of the oil producers cartel. Qatar, which said it intends to focus on its natural gas production, made the announcement ahead of the Dec. 6 OPEC meeting.
Lynn Morris-Akinyemi, research analyst at Wood Mackenzie, said, The news should not come as a huge surprise. Qatar is OPECs smallest Middle East oil producer, and the groups fifth smallest producer overall. Its total 2018 oil production is estimated at 600,000-650,000 b/d, less than 2% of OPECs oil output.
Ann-Louise Hittle, vice-president, macro oils, said, Qatar has minimal spare capacity so its exit wont affect the volume of oil supply in the market during 2019 or risk OPECs goal of reducing output next year. However, it does come at a time when OPEC needs to hammer out a deal in the face of market scepticism in the cartels ability to control production.
More positive for OPEC is the statement from [Russian] President Vladimir Putin in Argentina at the G20 that Russia has agreed to cooperate with OPEC to ensure production restraint during 2019 as needed.
Hittle said, Rather than being a reaction to the 18-month long regional blockade against it, Qatars withdrawal is more likely a result of its effort to focus on its place as one of the worlds leading gas producers. The smaller nations of OPEC have a relatively quiet role in the groups decision-making and Qatar may also see that it has less to gain from its membership now that is not involved in the GCC.
 So this exit by Qatar has some political motivation. Qatar is not involved in the GCC?
GCC has always been interesting for their combined cooperation with NATO, so Qatar is not involved with the GCC any longer? Does this suggest anything to us about the NATO/ GCC relationship?

Older article documenting shared cooperation: NATO & GCC 
And a 2018 article:  Russia split GCC: Next NATO and EU



US urges EU to sanction Iran over ballistic missile test "IndyWatch Feed War"


France and Britain request closed-door meeting UN Security Council meeting on Iran's ballistic missile test


#France on the brink: Either we topple the system or it will crush us! Translated statement from French radicals "IndyWatch Feed War"

Things are rapidly hotting up in France. The Gilets Jaunes or Yellow Vests (Yellow Jackets, EIE) movement, which started as a protest of hard-up working people against spiralling petrol prices, has transformed itself into a full-on uprising against the neoliberal regime of President Emmanuel Macron.

Originally published by Lundi matin. Translated by Winter Oak.

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.

Here we (Winter Oak) offer a slightly-rushed translation of a significant article published earlier today on the website, which is close to the Invisible Committee, authors of The Coming Insurrection.

Contrary to all that weve been hearing, the mystery is not that we are rising up but that we havent done so before. The abnormality isnt in what we are doing now, but in what we have put up with so far. Who can deny that the system has failed on all accounts? Who still wants to be fleeced, robbed, reduced to precarity for nothing? Who is going to shed any tears over the fact that posh areas of Paris are being looted by the poor or that the bourgeoisie have seen their shiny new 4X4s go up in flames? As for Macron, he should stop complaining since it was him that suggested we come and see him. A State cannot claim to draw legitimacy from the corpse of a glorious revolution only to moan about vandalism when a revolution gets underway.

The situation is simple: the people want the system to fall. The system intends to keep going. This defines the situation as insurrectional, as the police themselves are now admitting. The people have numbers, courage, joy, intell...


Refugees at risk amid weak labour protections in Lebanon and Jordan: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"


Construction companies receiving international funding have no policies to protect workers, Business and Human Rights Resource Center finds


The People Of France Reject Macron's Policies - How Long Can He Survive? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The current wave of protests in France, which started two weeks ago, is growing in impact and applied violence. On Saturday some 120,000 people took part in demonstrations around the country. The movement was initiated from the political right but...


The Hague, #Netherlands: Banner-drop and graffitti to commemorate #Alexis "IndyWatch Feed War"

10 years ago Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot dead by police in Athens. In this context a banner was hung up and graffiti was sprayed in the city center of The Hague.

Originally published by Indymedia NL. Translated by Enough is Enough. Image above: Text on banner says: These nights are for Alexis. For the revolt! For Anarchy!

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.

You will find the all articles of our series 10 years after police murder on Alexis: here.

The text on the banner reminds everybody about the death of Alexis an that the state can turn against us at each moment. Lets not passively wait and see but start with the revolt now. 

At one of the most busy cross-ways in The Hague was written: These nights are for Alexis.

Remembrance means fighting. We should not stand on the sidelines until we are affected. Not stand on the sidelines when our comrades perish in prisons and when the state kills the last thing we will do is dwell on that. Commemoration and solidarity through struggle!

For the revolt!

For a black December!

Banners and leaflets in Amsterdam:

Netherlands: Poster 10 Years after Alexis was murdered and the Greek revolt:



Socialist Faces in High Places: Elections & the Left "IndyWatch Feed War"

A critical collection of writings looking at left electoralism and strategy in the US and internationally.

Originally published by Black Rose Anarchist Federation.

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.

Download a free copy: PDF | ibook

(Introduction Below)


  • Introduction, Black Rose/Rosa Negra Social Media Team
  • The Lure Of Elections: From Political Power To Popular Power by Frank Ascaso, Enrique Guerrero-Lpez, Patrick Berkman, and Adam Weaver
  • Why Elections Fail To Bring About Real Change, Andrew Flood
  • Campaign In Poetry, Govern In Prose: Interview With A Former Campaign Consultant
  • Boots Riley: Power Is Not In Elected Office
  • A Socialist On City Council A Look At The Career Of Kshama Sawant Sawant, by Michael Reagan
  • Wild, Unprecedented Reformism: The Case Of Larry Krasner, Tim Horris
  • Power To The People, Not Politicians! A Critique Of Socialist Electoralism by First of May Anarchist Alliance
  • Electoral Pursuits Have Veered Us Away Kali Akuno On Movement Lessons From Jackson, Mississippi, Introduction Adam Weaver
  • ...


Chile: Mapuche Leaders Meet, Call For Demilitarization "IndyWatch Feed War"

teleSUR | December 2, 2018 A group of Mapuche leaders Saturday met in Temucuicui to decide next possible steps after the assassination of Camilo Catrillanca on Nov. 14 by Chilean Carabineros (police). The leaders decided on four demands they will put forward to the Chilean state. We demand the current government to urgently dismantle and []


Hidde J. van Koningsveld. Zonder Dollen: Wees Gewaarschuwd! 16 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Neo-Nazis desecrate places of worship, cemeteries, beat innocent people and write racist slogans. That is what they do in Europe, and that is what they do here... I think the time has come to see that there is no difference between what our neo-Nazis do and what neo-Nazis do in Europe...  there are Hebrew neo-Nazi groups
Amos Oz over de terreur van Joodse fanatici in Israel.

Toen ik in 2009 de joods-Israelische filmmaker Eyal Eitan vroeg waar het huidige zionisme op uit zou lopen, antwoordde hij zonder een greintje ironie: 



Hidde J. van Koningsveld. Zonder Dollen: Wees Gewaarschuwd! 15 "IndyWatch Feed War"

An Israel of Pride and Shame
By Roger Cohen
Dec. 29, 2017

Banners thanking President Trump were on display in Israel in December.
Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency

In 1919, David Ben-Gurion, who 29 years later would become the founding prime minister of Israel, dismissed the possibility of peace.

Speaking at a public...


Third Yellow Vest Protest In France Defies Government Crackdown "IndyWatch Feed War"

The third Saturday protest held by protesters, clad in yellow vests to show their opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron and his anti-worker policies, spread across France. In downtown Paris, the protesters faced an unprecedented police crackdown, the most violent since May 1968, when police assaults on student demonstrations triggered the French general strike. The movement is rapidly developing into an international political protest against social inequality, the high cost of living, and the policies of austerity and war across Europe. After protests in France and Belgium, protesters also donned yellow vests to oppose state policies in Maastricht, Nijmegen and The Hague in the Netherlands.


Military Situation In Eastern Ukraine On December 3, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in eastern Ukraine on December 3. The Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) have started a buildup near the contact line with forces of the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk Peoples Republic (LPR) following the November 5 incident between Russian coastal guard and a Ukrainian naval group in the Black Sea, south of the Kerch Strait.

Military Situation In Eastern Ukraine On December 3, 2018 (Map Update)

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Neturei Kartas long history of solidarity with Palestinians is subject of upcoming documentary "IndyWatch Feed War"

Heather Tenzer is a filmmaker straddling three worlds: she grew up in a modern Orthodox Jewish community that was Zionist, she left it for non-religious life in New York, and shes an activist for Palestinian freedom. Her upcoming film, The Rabbis Intifada (, uniquely stitches together these three vantage points. Tenzer follows the strictly-Orthodox rabbis of Neturei Karta long-time supporters of Palestinian rights, and opponents of Israeli colonialism from the US to Jerusalem and Gaza. 

In this interview, Tenzer talks about navigating tensions in the Palestine solidarity movement between religious and progressive frameworks for liberation and about her own challenges as a female documentary filmmaker making boundary-pushing work.

Emmaia Gelman: Why is Neturei Karta important in the Palestine solidarity movement?

Heather Tenzer: Neturei Karta has a long history of standing in solidarity with Palestine. Over the years, theyve built a reputation among Palestinians and their supporters as a Jewish voice with a consistent presence at Palestine solidarity demonstrations. They unequivocally express support for Palestinian rights. They speak out against Israeli occupation, violence, and colonization. Because of that, they are appreciated by many many Palestinians but especially religious Palestinians.

Documentarian Heather Tenzer, at Israel Day Parade May 2018. Photo by Alex Laser.

Palestinians are diverse. The Palestine solidarity movement is perhaps even more diverse. And I think that Neturei Karta has a unique role to play in that movement. Because NK are deeply religious Jews with socially conservative values, they are able to identify with and relate to the sector of the Palestinian community which is also deeply religious and also socially conservative. Muslims in Gaza who are suffering under Israeli occupation were so touched by NKs visit and by their expressions of support.  I saw it with my own eyes not just in Gaza, but also in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan Religious Middle Eastern communities appreciate their support, perhaps even more deeply than expressions of support from Lef...


Yemens Oil-Rich Shabwa Province Declares Independence, Orders Saudi-Allied Government Out "IndyWatch Feed War"

SHABWA, YEMEN  Shabwa governorate, an oil-producing province in eastern Yemen, announced its independence from Yemen on Wednesday. A national council headed by the Chairman of the Peoples Assembly of the Sons of Shabwa, Ahmed Musaed Hussein, has been reportedly formed to manage the affairs of the province. The National Council issued a statement and has given the government loyal to former Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and his officials in the province three days to hand over power to the Council, which will run Shabwa until a local government can be established. There has been no comment yet from Hadis government.


Popular Power In A Time Of Reaction: Strategy For Social Struggle "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last year in Below and Beyond Trump: Power and Counterpower, we argued that the U.S. ruling class is in the midst of a destabilizing political crisis, leading to increasing politicization and polarization across the country, and that the Trump regime is both a symptom and a cause of the current divisions playing out at the top of the political food chain. In response to the rise of Trump, we noted that social movements, particularly those driven by the institutional left (nonprofits, business unions, etc), have been characterized by retrenchment, militant reformism, and a sharp turn toward electoral politics. In this context, we highlighted the growing potential for advancing a libertarian socialist vision and strategy that speaks to the needs and desires of the current moment.


METRO in #Athens, #Exarchia: Discussion about the resistance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Athens, Exarchia: On the 10th of December, the final offers for the construction of the METRO line 4 will be submitted. One of the stops of the metro is scheduled to be built on Exarchia square.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Image above: Archive image from Exarchia.

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.

The plateia is the heart of a neighborhood which is a historic and living site of the anti-state movement. This free space has been fought for for decades and maintained through constant struggle. This social movement in Exarchia, as everywhere, has been under constant repression by police and by the forced assimilation into state and capitals plans for gentrification and pacification.

It is ovbious what this construction will bring with it: surveillance, policing, constant state scrutiny and of course greater commercialization and gentrification of the entire neighborhood. The total occupation of the square by a contruction site for many years means from day one the abolition of a public meeting space. The devouring of this public space, will finally result in its replacement with a transit point, to serve the unhindered flow of consumption and production. It is also clear that this is a strategic plan to extinguish all the struggling projects of social self organization from the neighborhood, but also to push out the marginalized who find refuge here. Besides, the Athens METRO is already a site of class exclusion and control, having finally implemented the electronic ticket and barrier system.

The expansion of the metro comes together with announcements of fancy plans of urban development for the whole of Athens. The story is the same everywhere: violent displacement of the poor and of the struggling subjects that give free public space its true meaning, to make way for commercial exploitation. A prime example is their designs for Prosfygika Alexandras.

Where the opressed build communitites against state domination, refusing to be subsumed in its institutions, their homes and streets are treated as abandoned sites, as deserts. Even more so, where there is active resistance against state domination, they systematically target such neighborhoods a...


US, Britain Push Yemen Ceasefire As Tactic To Defeat Houthis "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 16, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -   At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemens atrocious war. Washington and London are also calling for warring sides to enter into peace negotiations within a month. Whats wrong with that, you may ask? Well, as Houthi rebels who took over Yemen at the end of 2014 are saying, the country has been under aggression for the past three years from a Saudi-led coalition supported militarily by the US, Britain and France.


America Has Desegregated In Name Only "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its a little-acknowledged reality that housing markets distribute more than mere dwellings. Thats because peoples place in the social order is intimately related to their geographic location generally, and where they live specifically. Housing quality functions both as a reflection and driver of inequality. Beyond that, however, better homes come with better neighborhoods that afford other opportunity-expanding advantages: good, well-funded schools; high-quality and readily available health care; agreeable recreational facilities and parks; full-service grocery stores with healthy foods; excellent retail outlets; nice sit-down restaurants; well-kept roads and other infrastructure; safe distance from pollutants, major transport and cargo routes...


Ukraine. Westen macht Kriegs-Reklame "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ukraine-Wahlkampf. Westen macht Kriegs-Reklame

Von Ulrich Gellermann.
Noch kein Krieg mit internationaler Beteiligung in der Ukraine. Noch keine NATO-Waffenhilfe fr den Wahlkmpfer Poroschenko, den Noch-Prsidenten der Ukraine. Aber es steht schlecht um den Kiewer Oligarchen. Wenn Wahlen wren, sagen die Umfragen, wre der Mann nicht mehr Prsident. Und pnktlich zu Beginn des Wahlkampfes sendet Poroschenko seine Marine zur Kampftour durch die Meerenge von Kertsch, und die russische Marine reagiert prompt: Denn die Kriegsmarine der Ukraine hatte nicht die Gte, ihre Flotille so anzumelden, wie es im 2003 abgeschlossenen Vertrag zwischen der Ukraine und Russland zur Nutzung des Asowschen Meeres und der Strae von Kertsch vorgesehen ist. Ein schner Krieg knnte Stimmen gewinnen. Und da der militrische Zwerg Poroschenko nur geringe Chancen gegen den militrischen Riesen Russland hat, versucht der Ukrainer auf die Schultern der NATO zu klettern und aus dieser scheinbar sicheren Position in den Kampf zu ziehen. Dass es da eine Weltkriegsschwelle gibt, bei ihrer berschreitung gar ein atomares Risiko? Kmmert doch den Gefhrder aus Kiew nicht.
Leider ist der grenwahnsinnige Prsident nicht allein. Nato-Generalsekretr Jens Stoltenberg hat der Ukraine schon mal die Untersttzung der Militrallianz im jngsten Konflikt mit Russland zugesagt. Der deutsche Draussen-Minister, Heiko Maas, twittert lauthals: Eine russische Blockade der Durchfahrt ins Asowsche Meer ist nicht akzeptabel. Von der deutschen Verantwortung fr den wildgewordenen Z...


Canadian Jewish News Promotes Terror Tourism "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Yves Engler | Palestine Chronicle | December 3, 2018 What should we make of a media outlet that praises those who join or give money to a foreign army, which occupies territory belonging to another people, terrorizes the local population by destroying houses, restricting their movement, subjecting them to military courts and shooting unarmed []


UN evacuates wounded Houthis ahead of planned peace talks "IndyWatch Feed War"


Fifty rebels were flown out of Sanaa on Monday, as the UN seeks to get Yemen's warring parties to attend negotiations in Sweden


The Guardians Bush obituary plumbs new depths of sycophantic hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed War"

We're no longer supposed to examine the lives, characters or morals of our leaders. Only "honor their memory" and be "grateful for their service". History is presented to us, not as a series of choices made by people in power, but as a collection of inevitibilities. Consequences are tragic, but unavoidable. Like long-dead family squabbles - To dwell on them is unseemly, and to assign blame unfair.


How Graduate Unions Are WinningAnd Scaring The Hell Out Of BossesIn The Trump Era "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a 1,035 to 720 vote, Columbia Universitys graduate student union has agreed to a bargaining framework with the universitys administration, a milestone victory in the unions nearly five-year campaign for recognition. The vote outcome, announced earlier this week, follows Columbias November 19 announcement that it would bargain with the union, ending long-standing efforts to halt graduate unionization on campus and in the courts. Columbias decision is the latestand one of the most notablein a string of concessions by university administrators at private institutions across the country. Its a wave of labor action that belongs to the Trump era: The NLRBs Columbia University ruling, extending bargaining rights to graduate workers at private universities...


A Good Step Forward But Not Enough, Say Climate Campaigners Of EUs Proposal To Go Climate Neutral By 2050 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Climate campaigners welcomed what they saw as a "step forward" and "glimmer of hope" following the European Commission's announcement Wednesday that it had set a goal of 2050 to get to net zero climate emissions. But, they warned, the plan still doesn't go far enough to avert planetary crisis. "Going climate neutral is necessary, possible, and in Europe's interest," statedCommissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Caete. He added that it "is in Europe's interest to stop spending on fossil fuel imports and invest in meaningful improvements to the daily lives of all Europeans." The latest IPCC report, Arias Caete told reporters, was "a real wake-up call," and "today we are responding to this call."


No connection between Judaism and Al-Aqsa, suggests UN resolution "IndyWatch Feed War"

Muslims arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to perform the Friday prayer in Jerusalem on 26 October 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency] MEMO | December 3, 2018 The UN General Assembly has apparently rejected any connection between Judaism and the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. In a vote held on Friday, the General Assembly passed six resolutions condemning []


#Netherlands: Poster 10 Years after the Greek revolt "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dutch territory: This December its 10 years ago that 15 year old Alexis was shot dead by police in Athens. In this context and the month long revolt that followed a poster was made, printed and spread. We publish this article as part of our 10 years after police murder on Alexis series.

Originally published by Autonomen Den Haag. Translated by Enough is Enough.

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

You will find the all articles of our series 10 years after police murder on Alexis: here.

The poster is not only meant to commemorate Alexis but especially to spread the fire of the revolt and the power of self-government. Let the fire spread! 

Below the text of the poster and above the possibility to download it:

On December 6, 2008 15 year old Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot dead by the fascist Greek police in the Exarchia district of Ahens. His death was the straw that broke the camels back for many youth in Greece. At the evening after his death a revolt started that lasted for one month across the country. massive demonstrations took place, heavy riots and a general insurrection.

The revolt eliminated the control by the state over certain districts and people found a new world in their hearts. Everday life was rejected a new life was started and build-up. Without any negotiation with the state of any demand to whatever politician. The apathy and despair that seem to dominate in the months before seem to have disappeared. People felt free to experiment with a free and solidary world.

Betweeen the petrol bombs and stones the Greek youth raised their voices: We are an image from the future. The future is unknown for everybody. Even for those who claim that they have made a plan, line or strategy for their perfect utopia. But during a revolt twilights and blurred images of what could be show up: fragments of...


The Real Economics Of Migration "IndyWatch Feed War"

Their strategy, while often electorally successful, is laying a foundation for weaker growth and higher levels of inequality across the worlds aging advanced economies. Debates about immigration are roiling the worlds democracies. In the run-up to the US midterm elections this year, President Donald Trump sought to rally his base by making an issue out of a caravan of impoverished Central Americans making its way on foot to the southern border. In the United Kingdom, warnings of imminent mass immigration of Turkish people contributed to the June 2016 vote in favor of leaving the European Union. In Italy, Hungary, Austria, and elsewhere, populists have tightened their grip on power by politicizing flows of migrants and asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa.


The Guardian Publishes More Blatant MI6 Lies About Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 27, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -   The right wing Ecuadorean government of President Moreno continues to churn out its production line of fake documents regarding Julian Assange, and channel them straight to MI6 mouthpiece Luke Harding of the Guardian. Amazingly, more Ecuadorean Government documents have just been discovered for the Guardian, this time spy agency reports detailing visits of Paul Manafort and unspecified Russians to the Embassy. By a wonderful coincidence of timing, this is the day after Mueller announced that Manaforts plea deal was over. The problem with this latest fabrication is that Moreno had already released the visitor logs to the Mueller inquiry. Neither Manafort nor these Russians are in the visitor logs.


Arabic press review: Saudi crown prince delays visit to Jordan "IndyWatch Feed War"


Meanwhile, a lawsuit against the Abu Dhabi crown prince moves forward in a French court and Bahraini female politicians win big in polls


Iran opposes US-drafted resolution against Palestinian resistance Hamas: FM "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV December 3, 2018 Iran has voiced its objection to a US-drafted resolution condemning the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, saying the Islamic Republic would do its utmost to prevent its ratification at the United Nations General Assembly. In a telephone conversation with Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh on Monday, Iranian Foreign []


Why The U.S. Threatens China As A New Superpower "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinas growth into the worlds second-largest economy is being evaluated by all the corporate media, reflecting debates in U.S. ruling circles and the U.S. top military command. They are forced to admit that most of their hopes and dreams that the Chinese government could be easily overwhelmed, and that Wall Street would find an open road into China, are now dashed by the reality of a stable government that seems to have wide mass support and growing prosperity. The New York Times Sunday edition ran a 20-page special supplement titled China Rules on Nov. 25. It begins with the admission: The West was certain China would fail. Government-controlled economies stifle growth. Oppression smothers innovation. The Internet is an untamable force. A new middle class will demand a vote.


Who is at home and who is in exile: a review of Fractured Destinies "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Rabia al-Madhoun, Translated by Paul Starkey
264 pp. Hoopoe $18.95

To be Palestinian in Israel is to inhabit an oxymoronic existence: simultaneously at home and in exile. Which is more painful: to be forced to abandon your homeland, or to remain, watching strangers erase all traces of your culture and history?

This dilemma forms the crux of Rabai al-Madhons Fractured Destinies, a nested narrative tracing the interconnected stories of the Dahman family. Walid, born in al Majdal Asqualan but raised in a refugee camp in Gaza, has returned from his emigre life in London with his wife Julie, who hopes to return her Palestinian-Armenian mothers ashes home to Acre. Meanwhile, in Jaffa, Walids cousin Jinin wrangles with her husband Bassim, who chafes at his inability to gain residency. Jinnin is writing  (and Walid reading) a novel about her father Mahmoud Dahman, known as The Remainer for his refusal to leave after the Nakba, a decision which has earned him both praise and scorn. Al-Madhouns characters all grapple with the question: who is at home and who is in exile?

Fractured Destinies (Image: Hoopoe)

The novel unfolds in four movements, slipping back and forth in time and occasionally veering into a fantasy future, when Israel has become a homeland for everyone. (p. 234) As Walid and Julie travel through Jerusalem, Haifa, and Al-Majdal; Julie, the only one of the characters to have been raised abroad, is enchanted by the beauty of the land, but fails to appreciate Walids sharp discomfort and anger at its creeping Judaization( p. 30); street signs emphasizing the Jewish history of neighborhoods with no acknowledgement of their former Palestinian inhabitants;  a door dotted with holes, just as the geography of Palestine is dotted with Jewish settlements. (p. 65)

Likewise, Jinnin and Bassim struggle to find common ground. Bassim has an American...


The History of Jihad shows that were betting our future on wishful thinking "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dan Perkins is a master storyteller and author of the Brotherhood of the Red Nile trilogy, which centers on Islamic nuclear terrorism against the USA. He has written a terrific new review of The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, which you can get here. With jihad, were betting our future on wishful thinking, []


The right to maim: the interstitial existence between biopolitics and necropolitics "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is the third post in our symposium on Jasbir Puars The Right to Maim, by TDOTs very own Nivi. Previous posts in the symposium can be found here.

I came to Jasbir Puars The Right to Maim: Debility| Capacity| Disability just as I was wrapping my head around Afro-pessimism, and specifically the claim by some of its proponents (see for instance this interview with Frank Wilderson) that any meaningful comparison (and by extension abiding solidarity) between Palestinians and black populations is at its crux misguided. This comes from the belief that the regime of violence that subsumes Black bodies is different from the regime of violence that subsumes hyper-exploited colonial subalterns, exploited workers and other oppressed peoples. I found this provocative, but also deeply unsettling: does the condition of blackness preclude worthwhile parallels from being drawn with those suffering under a brutal settler colonial occupation with no respite in sight? Indeed, does the mass incarceration of black bodies in the US not face its equal in Gaza the worlds largest open-air prison, as the common refrain is wont to remind us or is blackness antithetical to humanity whilst indigeneity can still be, albeit conditionally, enfolded within humanity?



Robot Janitors Are Coming to Mop Floors at a Walmart Near You "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: MSN: Robots are coming to a Walmart Inc. near you, and not just as a gimmick. The worlds largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines. []


Muslim researcher says Muslim women are specifically targeted by appeals for equality between men and women "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Quran teaches that men are superior to women and should beat those from whom they fear disobedience: Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded []


#Amsterdam: Banner-drops and leaflets for #Alexis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Statement about an action to commorate Alexis in Amsterdam during the weekend. We publish this article as part of our 10 years after police murder on Alexis series.

Originally published by Indymedia NL. Translated by Enough is Enough. Image above: Text of the banner is: These nights are for Alexis! For the revolt!

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.

You will find the all articles of our series 10 years after police murder on Alexis: here.

During the weekend several banners were hung up in the city center of Amsterdam. The banners had slogans in the context of Alexis, who was killed by Greek police 10 years ago.

This December 10 years have past since Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot dead in Athens. After Alexis was murdered a revolt started across Greece that lasted for one month.

On the places where the banners were hanging hundreds of leaflets against prsisons and in solidarity with anarchist and insurrectionary prisoners were spread. 

Earlier a text and a poster about the murder of Alexis and the following revolt was published:

For the revolt!

For a black December!

These nights are for Alexis.



The US Military Is Genetically Engineering New Life Forms To Detect Enemy Subs "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Defense One: How do you detect submarines in an expanse as large as the ocean? The U.S. military hopes that common marine microorganisms might be genetically engineered into living tripwires to signal the passage of enemy subs, underwater vessels, or even divers. Its one of many potential military applications for so-called engineered organisms, a []


Military Situation In Yemen On December 3, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to speculations in mainstream media outlets, peace talks between Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) and representatives of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition may start this week, in particular on December 5. Ahead of the talks, which still remain in question, Ansar Allah declared that the movement will not participate in any kind of negotiations if there are preconditions from the Saudi-UAE-led coalition.

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Islamic State threatens NYC: Soon, Allah willing, the disbelievers will see the very thing they feared: 1-1-2019 "IndyWatch Feed War"

And there will appear to them the evils they had earned, and they will be enveloped by what they used to ridicule. (Quran 39:48) So they denied the truth when it came to them, but the very thing they laughed at will be brought home to them. (Quran 6:5) ISIS Groups NYC New Years Threat: []


Controlling the Israel Message: How to Manage the American Sheeple "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Philip Giraldi | American Herald Tribune | December 3, 2018 There has been another defenestration of a television-based political commentator for touching the only real electrified third rail remaining in reporting what passes for the news. Marc Lamont Hill, a Temple University professor of Media Studies and Urban Education, who is a regular political []


Lavrovs interview and answers to questions for the programme Moscow. Kremlin. Putin "IndyWatch Feed War"

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovs interview and answers to questions for the programme Moscow. Kremlin. Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, December 2, 2018


After Soros Flees Turkey, Will He Flee The Rest Of The Global South Too? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Andrew KORYBKO Oriental Review 03/12/2018 Soros Open Society Foundation decided to leave Turkey. The organizations representatives said that it was due to the recent accusations that theyve meddled in the countrys internal affairs, which is an allusion to President Erdogans claims last week about their involvement in the 2013 Gezi Park Color []


Australia: Muslims defy court order to demolish illegal religious compound, say theyre not bound by Australian law "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mustapha Kara-Ali is basing his claim to be above Australian law on Australian law: The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Act 2012 stipulates that when it is carrying out religious activities that are related to the practice, study, teaching or propagation of its religious beliefs, or other activities ancillary to them Diwan Al []


Doctors dispatch: house calls in Aida refugee camp "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rainstorms drape over the hills of Bethlehem, slowly tumbling over the wall separating Israel from the city. The grey-blue deluge blurs the boundary between land and sky, occasionally highlighting a white stone minaret in the distance. Drinking coffee on the roof of the Refugee Center in Aida refugee camp, time is most clearly marked by afternoon calls to prayer reverberating off the billowing clouds or the church bells echoing in the distance, chiming the hours it takes for the storm to creep past.  

Badra Abu Akr, a refugee living in the camp, is too busy to keep track of time. Always putting the needs of others before her own, she thinks about little aside from her family and imprisoned sons. For Badra, time can never go quickly enough. If you were coming in the fall, Emily Dickinson once wrote, Id brush the summer by[ ]As housewives do a fly.

Early in the summer, four of her sons were in prison. Two were released, one after the other, after the court-imposed fines were paid, the heaviest about $4,000. Already impoverished, the Abu Akr family scrimped for months for the prison fines, at the expense, unfortunately, of treatment for their complex medical problems.

Badra wasnt seeing a doctor then, saying she couldnt afford it. For even if a visit is free, the taxi fare there and back is too steep. Instead, she would take some of her husbands medication whenever she felt a headache or strange symptoms like dizziness. Her haphazard self-treatments a blood pressure pill here, a shot of insulin there were dangerous but just enough to keep her going to put dinner on the table, go grocery shopping or visit her sons.

Maryam Darwish and Ashgan Ewise, two community health workers (CHWs) visiting the Abu Akrs since June, are working together to help Badra and her husband Mustafa focus on their health despite the tempest of life in the camp. As part of Health for Palestine, theyre building off of the Refugee Centers prior success in improving water quality and building safe spaces for children to play.



World BEYOND War News: Stop Murdering Yemenis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Halt the Mass Murder in Yemen

Denmark, Finland, and Germany have stopped selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. The United States, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Georgia, China, and South Africa [and Belgium] have not. If you are in or have any connection to any of those countries, demand that they halt weapons sales!

The U.S. Congress is considering legislation that would end or reduce U.S. military participation in the war on Yemen. Email Congress. Phone: 1-202-899-8938.

Read: Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal

Celebrating Peace on Armistice Day #100

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on November 11, World BEYOND War activists organized events around the globe. From a bell ringing ceremony in Alaska, making pinwheels for peace in Oregon, to arranging white poppy wreaths in Suffolk, people worldwide reclaimed Armistice Day as a day to promote peace, the joyful end to WWI. And in the U.S., activists celebrated the cancellation of Trumps proposed multi-million dollar military parade.

Over 70 people gathered in Nagoya for a photography exhibit and lecture with Japanese photojournalist Kenji Higuchi, organized by World BEYOND War in collaboration with Mamademo, a local group. Kenji Higuchis exhibit exposed Japans manufacturing of poison gas during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1931-1945). Watch the full event (in Japanese).

Video of Book Launch Event in Washington, D.C., Nov. 29th

Alternative Approaches to Global Security: A book launch and symposium on rethinking global security and alternatives to war with Tony Jenkins, David Swanson, Madison Schramm, Samantha Matta, Kendall Silwonuk, and Annelieske Sanders.

Watch the video.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggests Medicare for all be paid for by Pentagon waste "IndyWatch Feed War"

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested that Medicare for all costs be covered by money allocated to the Department of Defense.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The New York Democrat over the weekend referenced a Nation magazine report about problems with a Pentagon audit due to bookkeeping deficiencies, irregularities, and errors.

In all, at least a mind-boggling $21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be traced, documented, or explained, the progressive publication reported.

$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions could not be traced, documented, or explained. $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon. And thats before our premiums, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, citing the Nation article.

Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist, is an advocate for universal healthcare. Long a goal on the Left, practical proposals about it frequently run into obstacles about how it would be paid for.


U.S. 63 percent of non-citizens on welfare, 4.6 million households "IndyWatch Feed War"

A majority of non-citizens, including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up to help poor and ailing Americans, a Census Bureau finding that bolsters President Trumps concern about immigrants costing the nation.

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In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they dont get off it.


The Center for Immigration Studies said in its report that the numbers give support for Trumps plan to cut non-citizens off welfare from the public charge if they want a green card that allows them to legally work in the United States.

The Trump administration has proposed new public charge rules making it harder for prospective immigrants to qualify for lawful permanent residence green cards if they use or are likely to use U.S. welfare programs, said CIS.

Concern over immigrant welfare use is justified, as households headed by non-citizens use means-tested welfare at high rates. Non-citizens in the data include illegal immigrants, long-term temporary visitors like guest workers, and permanent residents who have not naturalized. While barriers to welfare use exist for these groups, it has not prevented them from making extensive use of the welfare system, often receiving benefits on behalf of U.S.-born children, added the Washington-based immigration think tank.

The numbers are h...


Yemen: Children take up arms, scream Allahu akbar, Death to USA, Death to Israel, curse on Jews, triumph of Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

Note that they see the conflict they are being trained to fight exclusively in Islamic terms. Cue the establishment counterterror analysts to explain to us that they dont really mean it. Imagine the fun when these children meet the children who will go to, say, Stanford, or the University at Buffalo, or any other college []


Manufacturing Truth "IndyWatch Feed War"

By CJ Hopkins | Consent Factory | December 3, 2018 If youre one of the millions of human beings who, despite a preponderance of evidence to the contrary, still believe there is such a thing as the truth, you might not want to read this essay. Seriously, it can be extremely upsetting when you discover []


Old Coal Mines Can be Perfect Underground Food Farms "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: BBC: Abandoned coal mines across the UK could be brought back to life as huge underground farms, according to academics. Mine shafts and tunnels are seen as the perfect environment for growing food such as vegetables and herbs. The initiative is seen as a way of providing large-scale crop production for a growing global []


Muslim boy, 11, waves knife, says Allah created me to lift up high the banner of Allah with the help of blood "IndyWatch Feed War"

He meant it, too: he was shortly thereafter killed after a vehicular jihad attack on police. But there are many others like Mukhamad-Amin Akhmatkhanov. Just imagine the fun that will ensue when they meet the children who are being raised to run to safe spaces at the first sign of any microaggression. Boy, 11, vows []


This Middle East passport gets you into the most countries without a visa "IndyWatch Feed War"


New online index ranks the UAE passport as the most valuable in the world, ahead of Singapore and Germany


Latest Report on Tariq Ramadan: Sexual Relationships with Three Students Aged Between 15 and 18 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Here is the latest from The National, a paper that appears in the Emirates, where the Muslim Brotherhood is despised and so, too, is Tariq Ramadan, as the loyal grandson of the Brotherhoods founder, Hasan Al-Banna. Confidential report unearths Tariq Ramadans foul past, The National, November 29, 2018: A devastating new report summarising Swiss investigations []


Huge Unexplored Cave in British Columbia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Canadian Geographic: A massive pit that was spotted in a remote high alpine valley in British Columbias Wells Gray Provincial Park earlier this year is the entrance to a previously unexplored cave of national significance, say two members of a Canadian team that helped conduct a preliminary exploration of the site in September.


How will the story of your life end? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The story is told about a medium who told a rich golfer: I have good news for you! I see you playing golf in heaven on a 36-hole golf course, with 24-hour access, with your own personal caddy. The bad news is that you are due to tee off tomorrow at 10 a.m.

In todays Gospel (Lk. 21, 25-28, 34-36), Jesus talks about the end time. It will be the time for victory for us, but there will be tribulations that will accompany it. Such too is our human conditionheaven awaits us, but first we must pass through the valley of tears, and experience death, the great letting go.

By Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD

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Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the time for preparation for Christmas, and a looking forward to Christs second coming. It is a time for repentance, but also a time for joy and hope.

Focus on joy, not on the worldly stress that the Christmas season brings. As we have often said, focus on the humor, not on the tumor we encounter in our lives.

The first of the four Advent candles which signifies hope will be lighted today. Let us not give in to hopelessness and depressions. Let us continue to believe, and keep on believing that all will be well, and that there is a reason and a mission in everything that happens, no matter how senseless things may seem.

I graduated from chemotherapy last Nov. 28, filled with gratitude, and hope that it will be my last in my lifetime.

I praise the Lord for all the people who have helped, prayed, encouraged, and supported me in my journey these past four months. God is good, loving,
and merciful!

Weak this week. The nausea, dizziness, and lack of appetite are side effects of chemotherapy. But immunotherapy helps to ease this. More so, it is prayer therapy, which I call prayotherapy, that really lifts up our weak body and spirit. With prayer, we know we are not alone, and there is meaning in our weaknesses, and sufferings.

Gone too soon. Canzmate (cancer mate) Dr. Rodolfo Ogie Frez, went home to the heavenly Father last Nov. 25, Feast of Christ the King, after a four-year battle with cancer. To the very end, he was a picture of gentleness, silent suffering, and complete trust in the Lord. He was such a generous person, doing a lot of charity especially for the poor and the needy, reminding all of us to use our time, talents, and treasures for the good of others.

Christmas wont be the same this year for Ogies wife, Lorna, and only child, Regine, who is getting married this January 2019. There are many things we cannot explain nor understand, but we continue to trust and believe that through it all, God is in comp...


Muslim cleric: Israeli national anthem says we will go where Allah wants when we see our enemies severed heads "IndyWatch Feed War"

Massive projection from Musa Abu Jleidan. But notice that all his hatred of the Jews is based upon the Quran. The Jews are treacherous and conniving cheaters. Allah said about them: Is it not true that every time they enter into a pact, a group from among them casts it aside? In fact, most of []


China Is the Only One in the Race to Make Electric Buses, Taxis and Trucks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinese makers produced 99% of electric buses deployed globally from 2014 to 2017. Via: Wall Street Journal: A national project to replace millions of gasoline-fueled taxis, buses and trucks with new electric models is boosting Chinas ambitions to lead the global shift to battery-powered transportation. Signs of progress can already be found on American, as []


Must Listen! Emeritus Professor Kees van der Pijl on Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Must Listen! Sussex University Professor On Israels Involvement on 9/11 & More!

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UK intelligence chief 'perplexed' over UAE imprisonment of Matthew Hedges "IndyWatch Feed War"


Comments come as Hedges' family reacts with anger to news of PR agreement signed between UK and the UAE days after arrest


Ukraine and U.S. Want War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ukraines Proposal to Have NATO Warships in Azov Sea Finds Receptive Audience in US


Ukraines Proposal to Have NATO Warships in Azov Sea Finds Receptive Audience in US

The Ukraines goal has always been to internationalize the situation in the Azov Sea. The President Poroshenkos recent call for other countries involvement was immediately rejected by German Chancellor Angela Merkel but it found a receptive audience in the US. On N...


CNN and Israel Hasbara "IndyWatch Feed War"

The tragedy of Marc Lamont Hills firing

 on December 2, 2018



Military Situation In Afghanistan On December 3, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Afghanistan.

  • The Kabul government continues arrests of its own commanders under pretext of combating with organized crime and irresponsible behaviour.
  • Airstrikes of the US-led coalition reportedly eliminated Mullah Mohammad Rahim Mannan, also known as Mullah Abdulmannan Akhund, head of the Talibans military commission and designated governor of Helmand and 4 other Taliban members.
  • The Taliban has recently released an official statement denying that it receives weapons from Iran.
Military Situation In Afghanistan On December 3, 2018 (Map Update)

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PHILIP M. GIRALDI: Pushback Against Israel Is Beginning "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pushback Against Israel Is Beginning

Pushback Against Israel Is Beginning

The Anglophone Israel Lobby benefits from its ability to mold the media narrative while at the same time using financial incentives to corrupt the political class. For those who do not succumb to the corruption, there is always the option of direct pressure, which in the United States and Britain consists of targeted interference in the political system to remove critics either through promotion of scandal or by supporting well-funded alternative candidates in the following election. In the United States, this has led to the removal of a number of congressmen who had dared to criticize the Jewish state, terrifying the remainder into silence. All of this goes on with little or no debate in the media or in congress itself.
There are signs, however, that the general tolerance of Israeli misbehavior might be ending. The election of at least three Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who ...


Germany: Muslim child stabs 8-year-old girl, last in her class who speaks German at home, teacher covers up incident "IndyWatch Feed War"

Danke, Merkel! Diversity is our strength! 8-year-old German girl bullied and stabbed by Arab child at migrant majority school Teacher covers it up, Voice of Europe, November 30, 2018: A news item from German broadcaster Sat 1 tells about the traumatic experience 8-year-old Yara had at a migrant majority school. She became an outcast, []


Israels new war of attrition on Jerusalems Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahus ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade centre, Czech House, just outside Jerusalems Old City walls.

At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If so, the Czech Republic would become the first European state to follow US President Donald Trumps lead in moving the US embassy in May.

It is this kind of endorsement that, of late, has emboldened Mr Netanyahus government, the Israeli courts, Jerusalem officials and settler organisations to step up their combined assault on Palestinians in the Old City and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

Israel has never hidden its ambition to seize control of East Jerusalem, Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967 and then annexed, as a way of preventing a viable Palestinian state from emerging.

Israel immediately began building an arc of Jewish settlements on Jerusalems eastern flank to seal off its Palestinian residents from their political hinterland, the West Bank.

More than a decade ago, it consolidated its domination with a mammoth concrete wall that cut through East Jerusalem. The aim was to seal off densely populated Palestinian neighbourhoods on the far side, ensuring the most prized and vulnerable areas the Old City and its environs could be more easily colonised, or Judaised, as Israel terms it.

This area, the heart of Jerusalem, is where magnificent holy places such as the Al Aqsa mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are to be found.

Under cover of the 1967 war, Israel ethnically cleansed many hundreds of Palestinians living near the Western Wall, a retaining wall of the elevated Al Aqsa compound that is venerated in Judaism. Since then, Israeli leaders have grown ever hungrier for control of the compound itself, which they believe is built over two long-lost Jewish temples.

Israel has forced the compounds Muslim authorities to allow Jews to visit in record numbers, even though most wish to see the mosque replaced with a third Jewish temple. Meanwhile, Israel has severely limited the numbers of Palestinians who can reach the holy site.

Until now, Israel had mostly moved with stealth, making changes gradually so they rarely risked inflaming the Arab world or provoking western reaction. But after Mr Trumps embassy move, a new Israeli confidence is tangible.

On four fronts, Israel has demonstrated its assertive new mood. First, with the help of ever-more compliant Israeli courts, it has intensified efforts to evict Palestinians from their homes in the Old City and just outside its historic walls.

Last month, the suprem...


Despite major setbacks, Palestinians in Silwan continue their fight against eviction "IndyWatch Feed War"

After years of fighting to save their homes, Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalems Silwan neighborhood were hit with a devastating loss last week: the Israeli High Court denied their petition against claims on their homes by an Israeli settler organization, paving the way for the eviction of 700 residents of the Batn al-Hawa area of Silwan.

The residents have been fighting against efforts by Ateret Cohanim to evict them from homes, under the pretext that they live on land previously owned by Jews.

Despite owning the deeds to their homes, which they have lived in for more than 50 years, the Palestinian residents of Batn al-Hawa were told by the High Court that they would have to continue their battle with Ateret Cohanim in Jerusalem District Courts, which have historically ruled in favor of Israeli policies aimed at Judaizing East Jerusalem.

We were surprised by the decision, Zuhair al-Rajabi, the spokesperson of Batn al-Hawas local council, told Mondoweiss.

We filed the appeal in the high court hoping that they would help save the people who are under threat of demolition, he said.

Al-Rajabi and his fellow community members see their neighborhood as the frontline in the fight  against settler organizations like Ateret Cohanim, which seek to evict Palestinians from East Jerusalem using dubious tactics in order to replace them with Jewish settlers.

If Batn al-Hawa falls into the hands of the settlers, it will only be a matter of time before they take the rest of Silwan, al-Rajabi said. And we cannot let that happen.

Zuheir al-Rajabi (Photo: Saleh Zghari)

The battle for Batn al-Hawa

While the residents of Batn al-Hawa say they have been consistently handed eviction notices since 2015, their problems with the Ateret Cohanim date all the way back to the early 2000s.

Up until 1938, Batn al-Hawa was a Jewish neighborhood managed by the Benvenisti Trust a Jewish organization established in the late 1800s for the purpose of building homes for Yemenite Jews . The Jewish residents eventually sold their homes to Palestinians in Silwan, and moved to West Jerusalem and other areas of the city.

In 2001, the Jerusalem District court quietly approved a decision to appoint three members of Ateret Cohanim to run the Benvenisti Tru...


Mozambique: Muslims mount 50 jihad attacks in the last year, killing 200 people "IndyWatch Feed War"

So far, the violence has been concentrated in the northern coastal areas where the majority of the population is Muslim. The fact that Islamic jihadists kill Muslims has led many Western analysts to conclude that the jihadists are not actually Muslim, since the Quran forbids Muslims to kill other Muslims (4:92). But heresy, apostasy, and []


A story BBC audiences are unlikely to be told "IndyWatch Feed War"

As has often been noted here most recently in relation to the Airbnb story according to the BBCs chosen narrative, any place which fell on the Jordanian side of the 1949 ceasefire lines is Palestinian land (regardless of the fact that the Armistice Agreement specifically stated that the ceasefire lines were not borders) and any community populated by Israelis in those areas is a Jewish settlement in either East Jerusalem or the West Bank which is portrayed as being illegal under international law regardless of its history.

There is no place at all in the BBCs simplistic and politically partisan narrative for nuances such as the fact that Jews lived for centuries in the Old City of Jerusalem before being ethnically cleansed by the Jordanian army. Neither is there any room in that frequently promoted portrayal for facts concerning places such as Neve Yaakov  or Gush Etzion where Jews legally purchased land years before the belligerent Jordanian invasion.

Last week a 22 year-long legal case came to an end....


Video: After 8 months, Palestinians vow to continue the Great March of Return until the siege of Gaza is lifted "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 30th marked the 8 month anniversary of the Great March of Return. Every Friday since March 30th, thousands of Palestinians in Gaza have taken to the borders with Israel to demand the right of return of refugees to their ancestral homelands in present day Israel, and an end to the siege on Gaza. Israel has imposed an 11-year land, air, and sea blockade on Gaza, crippling the coastal enclaves economy. Gazans suffer from lack of access to clean water, high unemployment rates, and electricity for only a few hours a day contributing to growing frustrations in the coastal enclave. Despite reported efforts from political officials to bring the Great March of Return to a close, protesters maintain that they will continue demonstrating until the siege is lifted once and for all.


Geopolitical Cultural Wars: Why the Crisis in the Orthodox Church Should Worry US Policymakers "IndyWatch Feed War"

The global leadership of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, recognized the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church within the Orthodox religion and, more importantly, from the Russian Orthodox Church. This decision triggered an immediate backlash from the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church, which subsequently cut ties with the Orthodox leadership in Constantinople, and compared Constantinoples decision to the Great Schism of 1054 that split western and eastern Christianity. Although the management structure of the Orthodox Church may seem trivial, it is the latest in a series of escalating cultural clashes between Kyiv and Moscow.

Undeniably, ecclesiastical independence from the Russian Orthodox has long been a political goal of Ukraine especially since the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. It has heightened geopolitical tensions and is fueling nationalistic sentiments during a critical period in Ukrainian politicsas the country has parliamentary elections early next year. Accordingly, US policymakers should be wary of the intensifying cultural friction between Russia and Ukraine as the two countries remain in a long-simmering military conflict.

As clerical expert Sergey Chapnin notes, the Ukrainian church has long sought independence as it has second largest population of Orthodox Christians in the worldbehind Russia. However, unlike many other major Orthodox countries, its church has remained subservient to the Moscow based leadership within the churchs hierarchy. This is despite their mutual historical and religious ties, and that Kyiv is considered the founding place of the Christianity in Russia. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraines religious leadership has pushed for autonomous status, but always lacked the political will to achieve this goal.

Nonetheless, the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has pushed the Ukrainian government to sever cultural ties with Russia. For instance, the current government in Ukraine has begun removing historical monuments to the Soviet Union that are perceived as reminders to when Kyiv was ruled from Moscow, and, more controversial, has passed laws that favor the teaching of the Ukrainian language over other languages, most notably, Russian in schools. Although these policies have alienated minority groups in Ukraine and angered its neighbors, they have nonetheless served as sign...


International Law vs. Institutional Disarray on Palestine & Kashmir "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recently, the US for the first time voted against an annual UN resolution condemning Israels occupation of the Golan Heights, dropping its past practice of abstaining in the vote. Roundly ignoring two other glaring precedents the UNSC and International Court of Justice (ICJ) prohibition of Israeli construction on Palestinian-occupied territories and UN condemnation of Indias human rights atrocities in IOK both Tel Aviv and New Delhi continue to commit violations in Palestine and Kashmir.

Its obvious that the world community today faces multiple challenges in discharging its role toward global justice governance. The crucial challenge in the domain of International law is to rightly impart its role via institutional capability, capacity, and authority thereby overcoming the main flaws that undermine global justice and the human rights order. The truth is that the international law regime is institutionally immature because of political intervention by superpowers.

States created the UN and its Security Council to help to ensure the global public good of international peace and security. The most salient challenge internationally is that we lack legitimate, centralized institutions with general taxing and regulatory powers. We thus have traditionally depended on cooperation between nation states involving decentralized forms of implementation and enforcement to advance collective goals. International law facilitates this cooperation by creating international institutions and common norms and rules, thereby reducing transaction, monitoring, and enforcement costs and building shared understandings.

One reason for the Security Councils failure in bringing about a permanent resolution to the Kashmir conflict is the Councils view of the conflict as being political rather than legal. From the beginning, the Security Council framed the problem as primarily a political dispute rather than looking into a major legal underpinning of the dispute: the Instrument of Accessions validity or lack thereof.

The Security Council, unlike the International Court of Justice (ICJ), often deals with dispute resolution in a political mode and does not have the capacity to adjudicate on purely legal terms. Nevertheless, the Kashmir dispute represents a situation where the Security Council could have given a stronger voice and stiffer backbone to its binding recommendations by taking a quasi-judicial stance and referring to the legal basis of the conflict. But, in its side-stepping of overt references to the Instrument of Accession that lies a...


France: Fuel supplies, schools hit on Week 3 of yellow vest protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dozens of French yellow vest demonstrators blocked access to a major fuel depot and several highways on Monday on the third week of anti-government protests which led to major riots in Paris at the weekend.

Around 50 people blocked the fuel depot in the port of Fos-sur-Mer, near Marseille, where police have repeatedly intervened to dislodge demonstrators since small-town and rural France erupted in protests over rising living costs on November 17.

AFP/File | The protests spread to around a hundred schools nationwide on Monday

Traffic was also backed up on highways leading to the southern cities of Aix-en-Provence, Orange, Montpellier, Nimes and Sete as the movement, which began over fuel tax increases but has morphed into a broader wave of resistance to Macrons pro-business policies, rumbled on.

On Monday, the protests spread to around a hundred schools nationwide, which were partially or totally blocked by teenagers piggybacking on the demonstrations to air frustration over new university entrance requirements.

Around 1,000 students shouting Macron resign! some clad in the high-visibility vests that have become the emblem of the movement demonstrated in the city of Nice on Monday, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

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Protesters  most of whom were wearing yellow vests  clashed with police on streets leading onto the iconic Champs-Elysees avenue.

Photographer: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images

Union backing

The situation also remained tense on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, which has been one of the flashpoints of the protests.

Police fired tear gas to repel demonstrators around the islands sole container port in the west, which has been blocked for 15 days, leading to shortages of imported wheat, medication and other necessities.

Frances biggest public sector union, the CGT, waded into the fray on Monday, calling for a nationwide day of protest on December 14 to press for an immediate increase in the minimum wage, pensions and social benefits.

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Muslim defense contractors, big Democrat donor, indicted: swindled billions from Pentagon, violated Iran sanctions "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Soros-founded university says forced out of Budapest "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hungarys Central European University announced Monday it had been forced to move its most prestigious programmes to Vienna after a long and bitter legal battle with Prime Minister Viktor Orbans government.

CEU has been forced out, Michael Ignatieff, rector of the university founded by US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros, said in a statement. This is unprecedented. A US institution has been driven out of a country that is a NATO ally.

The entrance to the Central European University (CEU) stands in Budapest.  Photographer: Atila Kissendeck/AFP via Getty Images

The university said it would begin teaching all US-accredited programmes in a new site in Vienna starting in September 2019.

However, CEU will keep its Budapest campus and those students who have enrolled there will be able to complete their studies.

George Soros

Attracting students from over 100 countries and mainly offering US-accredited masters programmes, CEU has long been regarded by the nationalist Orban as a hostile bastion of liberalism.

Founded by the Hungarian-born Soros in 1991 and chartered in the US state of New York, the CEU says it was the target of a law passed April 2017 that placed tough requirements on foreign universities.

The bills adoption, seen by critics as a blow against academic freedom, was cited in a recent scathing EU report on Hungary that prompted the European Parliament to launch unprecedented so-called Article 7 legal action against Budapest in September.

CEU says it has since complied with the law by opening a facility in New York State that US regulators have confirmed as hosting educational activities.

But a government spokesperson has called the American site a Potemkin campus that fails to satisfy the new rules and has refused to sign an agreement with the USA authorities that would let CEU continue to operate.



One state for all: The only alternative to Israeli apartheid "IndyWatch Feed War"

Justice and peace can only be achieved in the context of a single democratic state that would include, and benefit equally, all residents and repatriated refugees


Yoda: Empty Churches The Loss of Americas Soul "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Philippine President Duterte, whose war on drugs has killed thousands of Filipinos, jokes about marijuana use "IndyWatch Feed War"

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs has killed nearly 5,000 suspected drug dealers and users since taking office in 2016, said on Monday he used marijuana to stay awake and then said he was just joking.

The comment is bound to upset families of the victims of his crackdown on narcotics. Marijuana is illegal in the Southeast Asian nation and is not a stimulant.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

I use marijuana to keep me awake, Duterte said in a speech, complaining about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore last month.

In Singapore, he skipped some meetings and took power naps to catch up on sleep, according to his spokesman.

The more that the crescendo becomes faster, the more you cannot sleep because you are catching up on readings, Duterte said.

Duterte, after his speech, told reporters he had been joking but a human rights activist criticized the attempt at humor.

This will definitely anger the families even more. There is a disconnect between what the president admitted to do and what the president said he will do to those who use drugs, Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher with the New York-based Human Rights Watch, told Reuters.

Now, if the president admitted probably in jest then that demolishes the credibility of this whole thing.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Manuel Mogato; Editing by Nick Macfie



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Donald Trump: I Want My Own TV Network "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump proposes launching state-run media network

While CNN doesnt do great in the United States based on ratings, outside of the U.S. they have very little competition. Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way, he tweeted.

Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!

Phi Beta Iota: They will fuck it up.  The new guy from Fox does not know what he does not know, and they do not understand the next generation integration of Trumpets (instead of Twitter), USPS email with identify lock, BitChute one stop placement of all Fireside chats on all video platforms with one click, and so on.

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Yellow vest blockade leaves French gas stations dry "IndyWatch Feed War"

At least 75 gas stations have run out of fuel due to a blockade at major depots, French energy giant Total said. The situation is likely to get worse if protests dont stop soon, according to officials.

French gas giant Total on Monday said yellow vest protesters continue to block 11 major fuel depots, resulting in 75 gas stations running out of fuel.

A company spokesman said that if the blockade werent lifted soon, more petrol stations could run out of fuel. In the region of Brittany, local officials have considered imposing restrictions on how much gas motorists can buy to prevent more stations from going dry.

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France has been gripped by anti-government protests since French President Emmanuel Macron introduced sweeping measures to combat climate change, including a fuel tax hike. On Saturday, riots broke out in Paris, leaving scores injured and costly devastation in its wake.

Macron wont give in

Protesters believe Macron needs to withdraw the reforms, citing high living costs in the country. But the government has refused to back down. Instead, Macron said last week that the protests show that we shouldnt change course because it is the right one.

I understand the demands of these citizens, but I wont give in to those who want destruction and disorder, he said.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that Saturdays violent protests in the capital were having knock-on effects to the economy. The impact on the French economy was serious, Le Maire said, noting that some sectors reported a decline in sales of up to 25 percent.

Read more: Will the yellow vest protests push France further to the right?


MI6 chief warns Russia: Dont underestimate the West "IndyWatch Feed War"

The head of British foreign intelligence set to deliver speech warning Russia should not underestimate UK capabilities.

MI6 chief Alex Younger speaks at MI6's Vauxhall Cross headquarters in central London [Reuters]
MI6 chief Alex Younger speaks at MI6s Vauxhall Cross headquarters in central London [Reuters]


Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Opens a New Front in the Cloud Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Amazon Opens a New Front in the Cloud Wars

Vice president of infrastructure Peter DeSantis introduced the AWS Graviton Processor Monday night, adding a third chip option for cloud customers alongside instances that use processors from Intel and AMD. The company did not provide a lot of details about the processor itself, but DeSantis said that it was designed for scale-out workloads that benefit from a lot of servers chipping away at a problem.

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Map Update: Military Situation In Syria On December 3, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria:

  • Over 270 ISIS members have been eliminated in the area of al-Safa since middle of November, according to the Russian military.
  • Last night, the US-led coalition reportedly struck SAA positions southwest of al-Bukamal with a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.
  • Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is deploying reinforcements to get full control of the rebel-held part of the Aleppo-Hama highway.
  • Low intensity clashes between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and ISIS are ongoing in the area of Hajin.
Map Update: Military Situation In Syria On December 3, 2018

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Apple Will Wait Until at Least 2020 to Release a 5G iPhone "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Next IPhone wont connect to new faster networks, people say
  • Company risks falling behind as rivals push speedier service
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Apple Inc. plans to hold off until at least 2020 before offering an iPhone that can connect to the next generation of high-speed phone services coming next year, according to people familiar with its plans.

The delay may make it easier for rivals like Samsung Electronics Co. to win over consumers to phones that connect to 5G networks, which will provide a leap forward in mobile data speeds when they are introduced in 2019.

As with 3G and 4G, the two previous generations of mobile technology, Apple will wait as long as a year after the initial deployment of the new networks before its main product gets the capability to access them, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the companys plans.

Apples previous calculations proven correct were that the new networks and the first versions of rival smartphones would come with problems such as spotty coverage, making consumers less compelled to immediately make the jump. This time, 5G boosters argue the switch is a much bigger speed upgrade, making Apples decision to wait riskier. The networks will open the floodgates to new types of mobile computing, 5G advocates say.

The decision to sit on the sidelines may be related to the companys feud with Qualcomm Inc., the leader in 5G-enabled chips, and its a......


UN plane to evacuate wounded Yemen rebels ahead of peace talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fifty wounded rebels will be evacuated from the Yemeni capital for medical treatment Monday, a Saudi-led military coalition said, as the UN envoy flew to Sanaa ahead of planned peace talks in Sweden.

The evacuation on a UN chartered plane marks a key step in kickstarting stalled negotiations as world powers press for an end to the brutal four-year conflict that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

The fate of wounded rebels had been a stumbling block to the start of a previous round of aborted peace talks in September. The UN is trying to persuade the warring sides to sit down at the negotiating table this month.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said a UN chartered flight would evacuate 50 wounded combatants, accompanied by three Yemeni doctors and a UN doctor, from Sanaa to the Omani capital, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Brian Hook said the US had fresh evidence of Iranian weapons supplied to its proxies in the region, including the Houthis. (File photo/AFP)

Wounded militants were transported across the capital, controlled by Yemens Iran-backed Huthi rebels since 2014, in ambulances as they made their way to the long-defunct Sanaa International Airport on Monday.

Inside the airport departure hall, other wounded rebels some in suits and wheelchairs lined up awaiting their evacuation to Muscat.

Confidence building

UN envoy Martin Griffiths was expected to hold talks with the Huthis in Sanaa on Monday, a UN source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

His visit comes as pressure mounts to reopen the rebel-held airport, which has been shut for more than three years following air raids by the Saudi-led alliance.

The coalition agreed to facilitate the medical evacuations at Griffithss request for humanitarian reasons and as a confidence building measure, the spokesman said.

There was no immediate reaction from the Huthi rebels or the United Nations.

The UN source said the reopening of Sanaa International Airport was a priority at the planned peace talks.

A UN panel of experts this year said the effective closure of Sanaa airport since 2015, when the Saudi-led alliance intervened in the Yemen war, constituted a violation of international humanitarian law.

The Huthis had announced at the weekend that the airport could now meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to receive civilian flights.

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Six Palestinians sentenced to death in Gaza Strip over spying for Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"


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Trump is disarming America in the face-off against China "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the United States and China face off, President Trump seems determined to disarm his own country to undermine our greatest strengths.

Im not talking about tariffs or trade rules, soybeans or steel, or whatever else Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping jawboned about Saturday in Buenos Aires as they negotiated a 90-day truce in their commercial disputes.

Im talking about something more fundamental. Long after the truce expires, China will be promoting its authoritarian model throughout the world as a superior alternative to Western democracy.

In that competition, China boasts that one-party rule enables long-term planning and follow-through. It can complete huge infrastructure projects without pesky citizen opposition or time-sucking environmental studies. It can offer loans to small-country dictators without bothering about corruption, transparency or human rights. Its huge internal market, shielded from outside competitors, nurtures homegrown companies. Its vast storehouse of data on every citizen, collected without permission or respect for privacy, gives its companies an invaluable resource.

By Fred Hiatt
Washington Post

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Im skeptical about some of those claims. Central planning has not generally been associated with efficiency, and one-man rule can enable massive mistakes as well as massive achievements.

But Chinas record of development over the past four decades is astonishing in fact, unmatched in human history in the sheer number of people...


Giulio Regeni: Egypt refuses to accuse police over Italian student's murder "IndyWatch Feed War"


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Syria is a launching pad for US perpetual war in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US has approached Syria as an opportunity to expand and deepen its military presence in the region


Twitter Now Enforces Pakistani Law? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Twitter flagged a tweet by Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, for violating Pakistani law.

After posting a picture of a woman in a face veil, Haidar tweeted Retweet if youre against niqab.

In response to the tweet, Twitters legal team wrote Haidar a letter telling her she was in violation of Pakistan law.

Haidar posted the letter on Twitter, which provoked a social media storm deriding the social media giant.

Since when is Pakistani law applicable to the rest of the world? tweeted journalist Nazrana Yousufzai.

Haidar herself responded, Jack (Dorsey) [co-founder and CEO of Twitter] tries to silence everyone who tells the truth while he acts blind on the Anti-Semitic and the hate speech in the Arab world! In the end @TwitterMENA is ran by some extreme radical staff and Jake know that well!

Haidars husband, a liberal blogger, was arrested in 2012 and charged with insulting Islam through electronic channels for moderating an internet forum that encouraged participants to voice their opinion about religion in the kingdom.

He was also eventually charged with apostasy. In 2013, he was convicted on several charges and sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. But in 2014, his sentence was increased to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of $266,000. The flogging was to be carried out over 20 weeks, but after the first 50 lashes were publicly administered in January 2015, the next set was postponed.

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Lots to Protest About at the G20 Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Public anger is all about opposition to predatory capitalism, globalization adversing affecting billions of people worldwide, neoliberal harshness, ecocide, and endless wars of aggression, among other issues.


Ukraine"s Proposal to Have NATO Warships in Azov Sea Finds Receptive Audience in US "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Ukraines goal has always been to internationalize the situation in the Azov Sea. President Poroshenkos recent call for other countries involvement was immediately rejected by German Chancellor Angela Merkel but it found a receptive audience in the US.


Assad Flaunts US Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Assad Flaunts US Sanctions With Appointment of Executioner of Ghouta as Interior Minister Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appointed Muhammad Khalid Rahmun as his new interior minister. Known as the executioner of Ghouta, Rahmun was sanctioned by U.S. in 2017.

Rahmun was directly responsible for the massacres of those protesting the regime in Ghouta and adjacent Damascus neighborhoods beginning in 2011. Other massacres followed of which he was responsible. He is also known as the chemical weapons official and the director of the death branch division of the Syrian regime government.


Pentagon Warns Russia Not to Block Access to Site of Chemical Weapons Attack in Aleppo Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia)

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The Guardian/Politico Psyop Against WikiLeaks "IndyWatch Feed War"

We must keep bringing up the undeniable fact that The Guardian published false claims about a longtime target of western intelligence and defense agencies, then was backed up by a longtime insider from one of those agencies who was permitted to publish anonymously in an ostensibly unrelated outlet.


Chinas Xi in Panama on mission to bolster clout in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Panama which broke ties with Taiwan last year and switched its allegiance to Beijing for a visit aimed at extending his countrys political and economic influence in Latin America.

Xi is set to meet Monday with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, and sign an array of cooperation agreements. He will also meet with business leaders and visit the Panama Canals new Cocoli Locks.

In a column written for the Estrella de Panama, a local newspaper, Xi said he had high expectations for the visit, the first ever by a Chinese leader to the country.

AFP | Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela in Panama City on December 2, 2018, upon Xis arrival in the country

We must be cooperative partners of mutual benefit and shared profits, wrote Xi, who arrived in Panama late Sunday from Argentina, where he attended the G20 summit.

Beijing hopes that Panama can be a logistics hub for the expansion of trade in Latin America and the Caribbean an idea that the business community here has fully embraced.

Panama usually generates a lot of interest because of its strategic location in the region and because of the canal, Severo Sousa, president of the National Business Council (Conep), told AFP.

These factors along with Panamas political stability, growing economy and deep financial network are very attractive to China, Sousa added.

China is the second-biggest user of the Panama Canal after the United States.

Varelas government is hoping that Beijing will make multi-million-dollar investments in infrastructure projects. The two countries are negotiating a free trade agreement.

In June 2017, Panama established diplomatic relations with China, breaking off ties with Taiwan.

China and Taiwan have been governed separately since the end of a civil war on the mainland in 1949, but Beijing sees the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification.

Beijing and Taipei have been engaged for years in a diplomatic tug-of-war in developing countries, with aid and economic support often used as bargaining chips to gain diplomatic recognition.

Washington, which has accused the Chinese of trying to use aid to drive a wedge between Taipei and its Western Hemisphere partners, recalled its envoy to Panama City in September this year.

Varela, who visited China last year, promptly asked the US to respect his countrys sovereignty.



Who profits from the incident in the Strait of Kertch?, by Valentin Vasilescu "IndyWatch Feed War"

Valentin Vasilescu, an expert on military affairs, comments on the role of the Israeli and US reconnaissance planes in the incident at Kertch. These facts have been confirmed by the Russian FSB (which the Russian Federation's Coast-Guards depend on) and which has disclosed videos recorded during the interrogations of the captured Ukrainian marines and a document seized on board one of their ships.



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Qatar Quits OPEC; Sends Signal to Trump, Saudi "IndyWatch Feed War"

Oil prices rose five percent in early trading on December 3 after Qatar announced its plan to leave OPEC, the worlds largest oil-producing bloc of nations. While Qatar says the move is economic not political, Clarion analysts say it is a clear signal to President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia and is deeply political. David Harris reports as Qatar quits OPEC:




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1 December 2018: Insurrection Day in the centre of Paris, Marseille and Avignon "IndyWatch Feed War"

The French Movement, the Yellow Gilets has been tirelessly demonstrating throughout France without a break since 17 November 2018. On 1 December, it organized its second national demonstration in Paris. This resulted in riots and arson. These started on the Champs-lyses, and broke out in several other districts, right in the heart of Paris. During the afternoon, disorder spread to the South of France, erupting in the cities of Marseille and Avignon. This resulted in more than a hundred (...)


Italy, the EU, and the Fall of the Roman Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

The global explosion of debt is a macro problem that vastly transcends the microcosm of Italy. Like the ancient Roman Empire, the EU has atrophied in its order to become an obstacle to change.


Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks: Pakistani minister "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. President Donald Trump has written a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan asking for the South Asian nation to help with Afghan peace talks, Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday.

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President Trump has written a letter. He has asked for Pakistans cooperation to bring the Taliban into talks, Chaudhry told Reuters.

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Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal by DavidSwanson While U.N. figures suggest that it would take 1% of U.S. military spending to provide the world with clean drinking water, the United States could end the worst cholera epidemic in recorded history (in Yemen) for far less than that and far less than what []


In Defense of Conspiracy Theories: From Fake News to the Art World "IndyWatch Feed War"

To remain innocent may also be to remain ignorant.
John Berger, Ways of Seeing

At no point in time have conspiracy theories been as stigmatized as in the wake of the 2016 U.S. election. Incidentally, what is classified as such is no longer consigned to the societal fringe or ever been more popular. It is alleged that the spreading of fake news on social media, featuring debunked viral conspiracies like Pizzagate, was what tipped the voting scales in Donald Trumps favor. Or was it the very real conspiracy revealed in leaked emails published by WikiLeaks that the Democratic National Committee rigged the party primary for Hillary Clinton? Were supposed to consider that fake news too, apparently. Regardless, what is consistently never addressed is the reasons why people turn to unofficial narratives because it would require the media to address its own negligence to hold those in power to account.

An examination of the medias systemic failure would draw attention to its actual role in society as a tool of mass persuasion on behalf of the ruling elite. Perhaps if the official doctrines of the over-staged Warren and 9/11 Commission Reports were not treated as articles of faith, people wouldnt be suspicious of a rogue shadow government hidden behind such obvious dog-and-pony shows. If there is no incriminating evidence in the JFK files, why on earth is the public forbidden to see them half a century later? Instead, it is the working class who are demonized for expressing the human need to grasp the social totality denied by a corporate-controlled media that performs the opposi...


Top court gives israel (apartheid state) even broader powers to use torture "IndyWatch Feed War"

Top court gives Israel even broader powers to use torture By Edo Konrad   Nearly 20 years after it banned torture, Israels High Court is finding new ways to justify using physical force in the interrogation of security suspects. Israeli activists participate in an action protesting the use of torture, 2011. (photo: Oren Ziv/ Israels High Court of []


UN General Assembly urges israel (apartheid state) to end their illegal occupation of the Golan Heights "IndyWatch Feed War"

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY URGES ISRAEL TO COMPLETELY WITHDRAW FROM GOLAN HEIGHTS Source: The vote followed US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haleys announcement that Washington plans to reject a UN General Assembly resolution on the Golan Heights region given the documents anti-Israel bias. A resolution urging Israel to withdraw from the entirety of the Golan Heights has been []


Israeli Police Recommend Netanyahu and His Wife be Charged with Corruption "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tel Aviv  Israeli police have said they have found evidence to recommend pursuing bribery and corruption charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife.
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Authorities claimed on Sunday that Netanyahu gave favorable contracts to Bezeq Telecom in exchange for better coverage of the prime minister and his wife on its news website.

The latest round of allegations comprises the third corruption case to be leveled against the Israeli leader.

The decision on whether to charge Netanyahu rests with Israels attorney-general, who is still weighing whether to indict the prime minister in the other two cases.

Netanyahu has denied all charges of corruption, claiming these recommendations were determined and leaked even before the investigations began.

Related: Former Netanyahu Aide Turns States Witness in (Both) Corruption Cases

In a statement on Sunday, the Israeli leader said that the allegations had no legal basis.

Im sure that in this case the relevant authorities, after examining the issue, will reach the same conclusion: that there was nothing because there is nothing, he said.

Police said there was evidence to charge Netanyahu with bribery, fraud, breach of trust and unlawful acceptance.

They also recommended his wife, Sara Netanyahu, face charges of bribery, fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of evidence.

In a joint statement with the Israel Securities Authority, police said they had also found sufficient evidence to charge Bezeqs controlling shareholder with bribery as well as other officials at the company.



israeli (apartheid state) Army Puts Humanitarian Workers at Risk in Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Army Puts Humanitarian Workers at Risk in Gaza Supplies being prepared for shipment into Gaza (ChameleonsEye via Shutterstock) by Yael Marom Israeli troops impersonated humanitarian workers in order to carry out an intelligence operation deep inside the Gaza Strip, according to details of the botched operation leaked by Hamas and reported by the Israeli []


The West Slips Down Another Step "IndyWatch Feed War"

Apart from the dangers of building up battle fever against a power that could obliterate the West, the "Russia information war" is a telling indication of the decline of the West.


148 Nations Disavow Jewish Ties To Jerusalem, Temple Mount "IndyWatch Feed War"

148 Nations Disavow Jewish Ties To Jerusalem, Temple Mount The Jerusalem Post A general view of Jerusalems old city shows the Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, October 25, 2015. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS) The UN General Assembly in New York on []


Qatar to withdraw from OPEC early 2019 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Qatar is withdrawing from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as of January 2019, Saad al-Kaabi, the countrys energy minister said on Monday.

The decision came after Qatar, one of OPECs smallest producers but the worlds largest liquefied natural gas exporter, reviewed ways to enhance its role internationally and plan long-term strategy, including focusing on its gas industry, he said.

The decision to withdraw from OPEC came after Qatar reviewed ways to enhance its role internationally and plan its long-term strategy. (File/AFP)

Qatar has decided to withdraw its membership from OPEC effective January 2019 and this decision was communicated to OPEC this morning, he told a news conference, adding that Qatar would still attend an OPEC meeting in Vienna this week.

The announcement comes ahead of the meeting by OPEC and its allies including Russia on Dec. 6-7 to discuss cutting supply.

The minister said the decision was not easy as Qatar has been in OPEC for 57 years, but that the countrys impact on OPEC production decisions was small.

He stressed that Doha would continue to abide by all its commitments like any other non-OPEC oil producer.

The withdrawal decision reflects Qatars intent to focus its efforts on developing its natural gas industry, the minister said, as the Gulf Arab state moves to increase LNG production from 77 million to 110 million tons annually.



US-led coalition kills Islamic State leader linked to hostage murders "IndyWatch Feed War"


The US coalition in Syria killed Abu al-Umarayn, who was involved in the murder of US aid worker Peter Kassig in 2014


Elizabeth Warren Takes a hard Stand on China, Russia in National Security Policy Speech "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Trump: China to Reduce and Remove Tariffs on American Cars "IndyWatch Feed War"

China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S. Currently the tariff is 40%, president says

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SHANGHAIChina agreed to cut tariffs on American cars, President Trump said on Twitter.

The announcement came after a weekend dinner between Mr. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires at which the U.S. postponed its threat to increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25% from 10%.

U.S. cars, which are now set at 40%.

Donald J. Trump


Bush Family Links to Nazi Germany: A Famous American Family Made its Fortune from the Nazis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bush Family Links to Nazi Germany: A Famous American Family Made its Fortune from the Nazis By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Image: George W. Bushs Grandfather, Senator Prescott Bush This article was first published on GR in March 2016. * A  famous American family made its fortune from the Nazis, according to John Loftus documented historical analysis.     The []


Why is Pakistan Chasing Away Foreign Investors? "IndyWatch Feed War"

With a population of more than 200 million people, Pakistan may be a growing market for foreign electronic goods and mobile phones. But a host of issues relating to the business environment, taxation and low purchasing power of consumers continue to keep them from investing in the manufacturing industry here.

Pakistan is a strategic market for us but it still remains a very small market for electronic goods because of the low purchasing power of consumers, TCL Pakistan General Manager Sunny Yang said in response to a question whether her company planned to invest in TV parts manufacturing in Pakistan. She went on to list problems that foreign companies have to take into account when the time for making such a decision comes up.

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A small market size or the low purchasing power of consumers isnt the only issue a company has to consider the country situation as well, added the executive of the worlds third largest LED TV manufacturer from China, which entered the Pakistan market back in 2013. Before that, it marketed LED TVs in Pakistan as a vendor of the Nobel brand 2006 onwards.

Customs duty on TV assemblers rose from 5pc to 30pc in five years

The ever-changing customs tariffs, exchange rate volatility leading to economic instability and a growing grey market of illegal and under-invoiced goods hurt a manufacturers pricing structure and its ability to plan for future, she argued. On top of these, there is this issue of inconsistency in policies. Every (foreign) investor wants to have a reliable policy environment and tax and other incentives for the next 20 or 25 years to plan for the long term.

Just consider the example of the customs duty for TV assemblers in Pakistan. When we came here five years back, it was five per cent. Today it is 30pc, including 10pc regulatory duty (RD). Similarly, the dollar was priced at Rs99. Today it has fallen to Rs140. Can we pass on the full impact of higher tariffs and exchange rate depreciation to consumers? No, we cannot. The presence of illegal, grey market makes it even more difficult for a company like ours to recover the cost. These things dont affect us alone. Every business in Pakistan is facing these problems, she says.

Although total investment as a percentage of GDP has increased slightly in the last five years from 14.6pc in 2014 to 16.4pc in 2018 it is half the investment-to-GDP ratio of 30pc in India and Bangladesh. On top of that, private gross fixed investment (GFI) has decreased by 10 basis points from 9.9pc to 9.8pc during the same period.

TV sales by different foreign and local brands are believed to be aroun...


The Bottomless Dishonesty of CNN on Palestine and Marc Lamont Hill Firing "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Bottomless Dishonesty of CNN on Palestine and Marc Lamont Hill Firing By Juan Cole, CNN has fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill for a speech he gave on Palestinian rights at the UN. The speech can be found here. You can protest this outrageous firing at this petition site. And here is a link to []


China is going further backwards under Xi Jinping Chinese people do not benefit from his rule "IndyWatch Feed War"

Exiled Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng has lived a good life in the United States for more than 20 years.

But the man often called the father of his countrys modern democracy movement still welcomes visitors the Chinese way by offering them a cigarette.

Wei Jingsheng

Chinese Human Rights activist and dissident Wei Jingsheng speaks during an interview with AFP on November 28, 2018 in Fort Washington, Maryland, near Washington DC. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP.

In a lengthy interview with AFP at his home in a Maryland suburb south of the US capital, he lights one for himself and starts unleashing harsh criticism of the one-party dictatorship in power in Beijing.

Its a familiar battle cry: for four decades, Wei has railed against state oppression of the Chinese peoples democratic aspirations.

That battle cost him 18 years of his life, spent in a series of prison cells. In 1997, after international pressure including a plea from then US president Bill Clinton he was released, ostensibly on medical grounds, and put on a plane to America.

Now 68, Wei is hooked on Gauloises strong French cigarettes that are hard to find in the US but is otherwise in good shape. He runs his namesake foundation from his home, battling for human rights in China.

On Wednesday, he will mark a landmark anniversary on December 5, 1978, he posted The Fifth Modernization on a wall in Beijing.

The essay said that Deng Xiaopings Four Modernizations did not go far enough, and called for democracy to be a goal for China alongside the four Deng cited: the development of industry, agriculture, science and technology, and national defense.

Deng is considered the architect of Chinas opening up to the world.

But Wei, whose essay landed him in prison, says that Deng gets too much credit.

Reforms only went halfway 

I should correct a popular saying, both inside China and internationally, whic...


Israeli Drones Violate Lebanese Airspace to Loom Over Beirut "IndyWatch Feed War"

Beirut (GPA) Israeli drones loomed at a low range overhead Beiruts southern suburbs Thursday after briefly circulating locations in Naqoura and Lebanons south, according to local sources.

Witnesses and residents reported hearing a loud and droning buzzing noise that spanned the duration of the planes circulation of the southern regions adjacent to Baabda, colloquially called the Dahiyeh or suburbs, referring to the southern neighborhoods of Beirut.

According to a Lebanese Army statement, Israeli enemy airplanes circled various locations in Lebanon from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday. The first planes, sighted Wednesday at around 1:30, was spotted flying over various locations in the South of Lebanon, starting at Naqoura and including Rmeich, Keserwan, Metn, Zahle, and Riyak.

On Thursday, the first plane for that day was spotted again at Naqoura, and then, around 9 am, made its way over the suburbs, staying until sunset.

Residents described a loud buzzing noise throughout the duration of the planes duration over the suburb (Dahyeh) area. Many took to Twitter to express their reaction to the proximity of the enemy planes in the residential airspace.


Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo to meet Monday "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels later on Monday, the prime ministers office said in a statement.

It said the meeting was arranged last week and that developments in the region would be discussed, although it did not provide details. Pompeo is an outspoken critic of Irans nuclear program and he condemned on Saturday the latest missile test by the Islamic republic.

Netanyahu often uses meetings with international officials to push his agenda of halting Irans nuclear ambitions. Israel also sees Tehrans moves to set up bases in neighboring Syria as a regional threat.

Netanyahu will be accompanied by the head of the Mossad spy agency, the Israeli national security adviser and his military attache, the statement said.

Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Paul Tait



Netanyahu to meet US Secretary of State Pompeo in Brussels later Monday

Reportedly urgent sit-down comes amid heightened tensions with Iran, and with Washington reportedly gearing up to release its peace plan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the UN in New York on September 26, 2018 (Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the UN in New York on September 26, 2018 (Avi Ohayon/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly to Brussels for a brief trip Monday in order to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Officials in the Prime Ministers Office told the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom daily that the evening sit-down was urgent. A brief statement from the PMO only said the two men would discuss regional developments.

The prime minister will be joined by Moss...


Video game rehab is just an excuse for lazy parents "IndyWatch Feed War"

The kids are not alright, and parents are hoping someone else will do something about it. Last week, Bloomberg reported on parents seeking out rehab for children addicted to the popular video game Fortnite. One Michigan mom told of how her son had been logging 12 hours a day on the video game.

This wasnt the first time Fortnite addiction created a stir. In June, there was a story out of the UK about a girl who had wet herself because she didnt want to stop playing the game. When her parents tried to take away her Xbox system, she hit her father in the face. Seemingly out of options, the parents sent their daughter to rehab to treat her video-game addiction.

That girl was 9 years old. The idea that her parents couldnt just force her to stop playing by, say, taking away the video game console that they bought her didnt seem to be entertained. She needed professional help.

This game is like heroin, Lorrine Marer, a British behavioral specialist, told Bloomberg.

By Karol Markowicz

Except it isnt like heroin at all. Theres no physical addiction, and, unlike with heroin, parents pay for the fix in the first place. You can smash the Xbox, and the addiction is over. Kids wont be able to snag another XBox on some shady corner.

Parents dont know how to parent anymore, and so they are glad to hand the reins over to someone else. Conscious of not wanting to be the dreaded helicopter parent, moms and dads seem to be moving dramatically in the other direction.

Unparenting, or parenting without rules, was briefly a hip parenting ideology circa 2012. Now we are moving past even that into a new non-parenting style. Parents are washing their hands of parenting altogether.

It doesnt help that parents are frequently told that their parenting is all wrong. Last week...


Qatar: We're quitting OPEC in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed War"


Qatari energy minister says withdrawal not driven by politics, but takes apparent swipe at Saudi Arabia in comments to media


French Government seeks course of action after weekend of violent clashes with Yellow Vests "IndyWatch Feed War"

The French government is organising emergency meetings to respond to the wave of violence that broke out across the country over the weekend as part of the Yellow Vest movement.

Prime Minister douard Philippe cancelled his appearance at the COP24 climate change summit in Katowice, Poland, and will instead meet on Monday with French political leaders in an attempt to manage the crisis and formulate the governments response.

President Emmanuel Macron held emergency talks with the prime minister, interior minister and top security service officials at the presidential palace in Paris after flying in from the G20 summit in Argentina on Sunday.

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The government has not ruled out imposing a state of emergency.

On Sunday Macron assessed the damage at the Arc de Triomphe, the massive monument to Frances war dead at the top of the famous Champs-lyses avenue, where rioters scrawled graffiti and ransacked the ticketing and reception areas.

The president also saw the wreckage of burnt-out cars and debris from rioting at other sites, where he praised the police but was also booed by sections of the crowd.

Paris police said 412 people were arrested on Saturday, with 378 remaining in custody, during the worst clashes for years in the capital.

A total of 263 people were injured nationwide, with 133 injured in the capital, including 23 members of the security forces who battled rioters for most of the day in famous parts of the city.

I will never accept violence, Macron told a news conference in Buenos Aires before flying home.

No cause justifies that authorities are attacked, that businesses are plundered, that passers-by or journalists are threatened or that the Arc du Triomphe is defiled, he said.

Yellow Vests will win



Morning Prayer for Monday, December 3, 2018 In Thee, O Lord, I have put my hope. Let me never be confounded. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fret not your mind with puzzles that you cannot solve. The solutions may never be shown to you until you have left this life.

The loss of dear ones, you may not know the inequality of life, the deformed and the maimed, and many other puzzling things until you reach the life beyond. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Only step by step, stage by stage, can you proceed in your journey into greater knowledge and understanding.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may be content that things, which I now see darkly, will some day be made clear. I pray that I may have faith that someday I will see face to face.


Christianity established a a rule and order and the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.

G. K. Chesterton (In his book Orthodoxy)



BBC misleads young audiences on Middle East geography "IndyWatch Feed War"

h/t RC

Newsround described as the BBCs news magazine keeping young viewers up to date with the latest stories and events happening at home and abroad produced an article titled Everything you need to know about St Andrews Day on November 30th.

In a section sub-headed Who was Saint Andrew? the corporations younger audience was told that:

We dont actually know a lot about St Andrew.

It is believed that he was born between the years 5 AD and 10 AD in a place thats now called Palestine, in the Middle East. []

Andrews brother, Simon Peter, was also one of the disciples. They both lived in Galilee, where they were fishermen.[emphasis added]

According to Christian tradition including ...


Markets Cheer, Tentatively, After U.S.-China Trade Truce "IndyWatch Feed War"

Asian markets jumped on Monday after President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China reached a deal to put their trade war on pause, a sign of exuberance tempered by the broad consensus that the fragile peace may not last long.

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Chinese shares led the rise, rising as high as 3 percent in morning trading, with the market in Hong Kong following closely. Investors in other markets were more restrained, sending shares up less than 2 percent in places like Japan, Australia and South Korea.

Futures contracts that try to predict the performance of the S&P 500 stock index were up more than 1 percent on Monday, suggesting Wall Street would also open with a bounce.

Other kinds of financial markets also responded to the truce, which was reached Saturday. Soybeans rose on commodities markets on the prospect that China would begin buying American-grown crops again. Chinas currency, the renminbi, strengthened against the United States dollar.

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The truce, forged over a dinner in Buenos Aires between the leaders of the words two largest economies, merely postpones a reckoning over trade. Under the deal, the United States will postpone an increase in tariffs set for Jan. 1, and it sets a March 1 deadline for the two sides to reach a more extensive pact.

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Warren and Chris Ford in their soybean field

But the deal leaves in place American tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods as well as retaliatory measures enacted by Beijing. It remains unclear whether the two sides will be able to resolve thorny questions such as Chinas government support for sensitive industries, a group of policies that the Trump administration has criticized, and protections for American-created intellectual property.



#CUPW #IWW Holding the line: supporters picket #Canada Post after back-to-work legislation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Union members and community supporters across Canada have been organizing militant and effective pickets at Canada Post facilities ever since legislation came down on Monday making strikes by Canada Post workers themselves illegal.

Originally published by Organizing Work. Image above: Picket at Hamilton processing facility, November 28. Image by Dan.

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.

Vancouver, Hamilton, Edmonton, Halifax, Windsor, and Mississauga have all seen cross pickets or solidarity pickets blocking mail trucks from entering or leaving processing plants for hours at a time. The actions have mobilized between 30 and 80 people and targeted key distribution centers.

The solidarity pickets have been made up of a broad coalition of political activists, and labor and community supporters. Major unions and labor councils have turned out dozens of their members.

In several cases, IWW branches and members have been instrumental in coordinating the pickets, and in setting the tone on the line.

Tara, a picketer in Edmonton, said IWW people were the ones taking the hard stance of not letting the trucks through. Once the first truck with mail in it was parked on their property, a couple of IWW people went over and said this is a bad idea, weve got to park them someplace else. So then we started making the trucks park on the street.



Prayer and Meditation for Monday, December 3, 2018 Saint Francis Xavier "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

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Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest and Patron Saint of Missionaries
Lectionary: 175

Reading 1 IS 2:1-5

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.In days to come,
The mountain of the LORDs house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
Come, let us climb the LORDs mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the LORD!

Responsorial Psalm  PS 122:1-2, 3-4B, 4CD-5, 6-7, 8-9



Democratic Socialists have become a political force in New York City "IndyWatch Feed War"

Spurred by the election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress and Julia Salazar to the state Senate, the Democratic Socialists of America has become a potent political force to be reckoned with in New York City politics.

The far-left group was once seen as part of a fringe movement. But at least eight candidates for public advocate considered a stepping stone to the mayoralty have filled out the DSAs 42-page questionnaire in a bid to win its endorsement in the special election to replace incoming state Attorney General-elect Letitia James, who currently holds the post.

In a special, nonpartisan election that will take place in the middle of winter and could include as many as a dozen candidates, a bloc of votes from committed Democratic socialists could determine the winner.

Among the candidates cozying up to the DSA are Brooklyn Councilmembers Jumaane Williams and Rafael Espinal, Assemblyman Daniel ODonnell of Manhattans West Side and liberal activist and DSA member Nomiki Konst.

The candidates answers show they back nearly the entirety of the DSAs leftist agenda, including: giving noncitizens the right to vote in municipal elections; supporting illegal strikes by government workers; allowing public funding for pro-Palestinian groups that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions [BDS] movement against Israel; a pledge to refuse campaign contributions from the real-estate industry; endorsing government-controlled universal rent control and health care; lessening criminal sentences for violent criminals; protecting sex workers; and providing free CUNY tuition for all.

James will become AG on Jan. 1, and Mayor de Blasio is expected to schedule the election for sometime in February.

Analysts said the surge in popularity for democratic socialism has been propelled by younger voters first inspired by the 2016 presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders.

But it was Ocasio-Cortezs stunning upset victory over veteran Queens-Bronx Rep. Joe Crowley in the June Democratic primary that provided clear evidence of the DSAs growing clout...


UN jet to evacuate 50 wounded Houthi rebels to Oman "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi-UAE coalition says arrangement requested by UN envoy Griffiths as goodwill gesture ahead of Sweden peace talks.

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The fate of wounded rebels had been a stumbling block to the start of a previous round of aborted peace talks [File: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters]
The fate of wounded rebels had been a stumbling block to the start of a previous round of aborted peace talks [File: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters]


Yemen Peace talks tin Sweden to begin Wounded Houthi fighters to be evacuated "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saudi-led coalition said it approved evacuating wounded Houthi fighters for treatment on Monday, meeting a key condition for the group to attend U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden this week aimed at ending Yemens nearly four-year-old war.

Prospects for convening talks have increased as Western allies press Saudi Arabia, leader of the Sunni Muslim alliance battling the Iranian-aligned Houthis, over a war that has killed more than 10,000 people and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) holds joint press conference with Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. (SPA)

The talks could start on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the matter said, after U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths shuttled between the parties to salvage a previous round that collapsed in September after the Houthis failed to show up.

Western powers, which provide arms and intelligence to the coalition, may have greater leverage to demand action on Yemen after outrage over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadhs consulate in Istanbul increased scrutiny of the kingdoms activities in the region.

The coalition agreed to a U.N. request to facilitate the evacuation of 50 wounded Houthis for humanitarian considerations and as part of confidence-building measures ahead of the talks, spokesman Turki al-Malki said in a statement.

He said a U.N. commercial plane would land in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Monday to transport them to Oman, along with three doctors.

The Houthis have said they would head to Sweden once the wounded were evacuated and if their delegations plane was not inspected by the coalition. The Saudi-backed government has said it would follow the Houthis for the talks, which are also due to focus on a transitional governing body.

The alliance intervened in Yemen in 2015 to restore the internationally recognized government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and push back the Houthis who control most population centers. These include Sanaa and the port city of Hodeidah, now a focus of the war.

Griffiths hopes to reach a deal on reopening Sanaa airport and securing a prisoner swap and a ceasefire in Hodeidah as a foundation for negotiations for a wider truce in Yemen, which is grappling with the worlds most urgent humanitarian crisis with an estimated 8.4 million people facing starvation.



Hong Kong: an experiment under strain "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The business community warns that Beijings steps to silence critics threaten the rule of law

By Ben Bland in Hong Kong

When Chinese agents abducted a bookseller critical of Beijing and a politically connected tycoon from semi-autonomous Hong Kong, many foreign investors said privately that they were thorns in Beijings side who would inevitably have trouble with the authorities.

As the Hong Kong government ratcheted up the pressure on the citys democracy movement, prosecuting activists, blocking opposition politicians from running in elections and banning a political party, investors said that local politics did not impact business.

Corporate executives have looked the other way as Beijing has emphasised its comprehensive jurisdiction over Hong Kong, reversing the self-restraint that marked the early years of the one country, two systems arrangement, under which China granted the city a high degree of autonomy and civic freedoms for 50 years after the British handed it back in 1997.

Victor Mallet

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But the Hong Kong governments decision to in effect expel Victor Mallet, the Asia news editor for the Financial Times, has finally pushed some representatives of the international business community to confront the growing threats to Hong Kongs rule of law, the cornerstone of the citys success as a global financial centre. As the issues mount up, its getting more difficult to sweep them under the carpet, says Tara Joseph, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

The free flow of data and information is absolutely crucial to the reputation of this financial market. The government declined to renew Mr Mallets work visa and then refused to let him enter the city in November after he hosted a talk at the citys Foreign Correspondents Club by Andy Chan, an advocate of the citys independence whose Hong Kong National party was subsequently banned.

Charles Mok, a former IT executive who represents the sector in Hong Kongs partially democratic Legislative Council, says that investors have been shaken by the decision. Previously when I went aboard to promote investment, people asked me whether they could make money, but now they are asking about freedom of expression and rule of law-related problems, he says.

Hong Kong is much less important to Beijing in terms of economic output than it was...


#Chile: Solidarity Poster for Anarchist Prisoner Joaqun Garca "IndyWatch Feed War"

Translation of the text on the solidarity poster for anarchist prisoner Joaqun Garca.

Originally published by Contra Info. Translated by Anarchists Worldwide.

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

Text of poster (Image above):


The anti-authoritarian comrade Joaqun Garca was arrested in November 2015, accused of an explosive attack against a police station. After being placed under house arrest, the comrade decided to escape but was recaptured carrying a revolver, and sent to prison again. Finally the courts decided to condemn him for these two acts to 13 years of prison.



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The Empire of Death "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States is an empire of death. Americans now have the ability to learn the truth about the foreign policy of the United States, but many remain in the dark, unaware that the US killing machine is responsible for the murder of millions of people. The CIA and the Pentagon were organized under the []


Former Philippine National Police chief booed at senatorial debate for defending Dutertes anti-corruption record "IndyWatch Feed War"

Former Philippine National Police chief Ronald Bato Dela Rosa, who is running for senator in the 2019 midterm elections, was booed at the CNN Philippines forum Sunday night for defending President Rodrigo Dutertes progress on fighting corruption in government.

The president is kawawang kawawa talaga (the president is a pity), Dela Rosa said when asked what he planned to do about corruption. The audience at the University of the Philippines Diliman booed and jeered the vocal Duterte supporter and former top cop.

Former Philippine National Police chief and current Bureau of Corrections is booed overh his comments defending President Rodrigo Dutertes anti-corruption record.. Leandicho

Listen to me first. Has there been a president that had taken out the whole board of the BOC (Bureau of Customs), removed them, and then placed soldiers there? Has anyone done that in the history of the Philippines? Dela Rosa asked.

In October, Duterte transferred Customs chief Isidro Lapea to head the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and placed the entire agency under military control after the bureau became embroiled in controversy over the alleged smuggling of P11 billion worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu).

READ: Duterte places customs under military control

If I were to win,...


Yemen hospital struggles with number of malnourished children "IndyWatch Feed War"

Twenty Yemeni children huddle together outside Khokha hospital, hoping to be let into a clinic that serves as a lifeline for tens of thousands.

On the narrow pavement, a boy dressed in purple leans limply against his mother. In her lap is a baby with expressionless eyes.

The hospital, located in a government-controlled western province, is one of the war-torn countrys better-resourced clinics.

AFP | Yemeni mother Nadia Nahari holds her five-year-old son who is suffering from severe malnutrition

It receives supplies and aid from the United Nations and donors including the United Arab Emirates, a main ally of the internationally recognised Yemeni authorities.

But nearly four years into a war that has pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of starvation, even Khokha hospital cannot meet the needs of all the malnourished children who arrive daily.

We take the phone numbers of the patients when there arent enough beds for them, and when a case is discharged, we call them back for treatment, says Abdullah Zuhair, a doctor in the childrens ward.

Too weak to chew

The United Nations calls Yemen the worlds worst humanitarian crisis.

The long-impoverished country has been crippled by a blockade, economic collapse and the war between Iran-backed rebels and government forces propped up by a Saudi-led coalition.

Khokha hospital is located just 100 kilometres a two-hour drive south of port city Hodeida, the target of a pro-government offensive against Yemens Huthi rebels which has sparked fears of a fresh humanitarian collapse.

The hospital serves as the main facility for health services in the district, home to 30,000 people, as well as Yemenis in neighbouring areas.

And every day, without fail, new cases of acutely malnourished children turn up for the doctors to treat.

Inside the hospital, staff work around the clock, weighing children, taking measurements and injecting nutrients for those too weak to chew.

One-year-old Yahia weighs in at 5.5 kilograms (12 pounds) nearly half the average weight of children his age.

As the baby waits for emergency treatment, he cries inconsolably in his mothers arms.

Appeal to everyone

Cartoon characters adorn the walls of one hospital room that is painted pink and blue.

Three mothers wearing niqabs, a veil that covers the face, sit on beds with their malnourished babies.

We receive a large number...


CIA report says Saudi crown prince sent text messages to Khashoggi killer "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least eleven text messages to the man in charge of the 15-member hit team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, according to a classified report produced by the United States Central Intelligence Agency.


Four Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Four people were killed in Iraq.

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Democracy Is Sacred Except When It Isnt "IndyWatch Feed War"

On both sides of the Atlantic the regnant elites have launched a furious regime change campaign not all that different from the ones they started in the former Soviet republics. The formula seems to go like this: hold an election in which the full resources of the EU states and their upper classes are brought Continue reading "Democracy Is Sacred Except When It Isnt"

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I Was Right About Paedophilia, And I Am Right About The Far Right "IndyWatch Feed War"

David Lindsay I have spent more than 20 years, since I was just about still in my teens and had never seen the Internet, trying to get the story out about Harriet Harman and the Paedophile Information Exchange. I have paid a terrible journalistic and political price for it, but I have no regrets. Media that always knew about it simply ignored the whole thing, banning me from their websites and what have you, until a period of no more than two weeks when they needed to distract attention from Patrick Rock. Normal service was rapidly resumed, and it has continued ever since. No one has done more on this issue than I have. No one. And now, the plan is advancing to make Harman the next Speaker of the House of Commons. Not only would I oppose her election, but, were she already in post, then I would oppose her re-election at the start of the next Parliament. I have always been right about this, and I am now being proved right about something


Alex Acosta, Jeffrey Epstein, and the Real Dirt on Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

Alex Acosta Jeffrey EpsteinTrumps Labor Secretary, Alex Acosta, gave serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart deal that protected all co-conspirators (one of which was Donald Trump). (SCG)  Ten years before Alex Acosta was nominated as Trumps Labor Secretary, he served as federal prosecutor on a case which implicated Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and a vast network of rich and powerful men []


Senate Tumult Reflects Popular Discontent With Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Im on a low-budget book tour, sleeping in spare bedrooms and munching granola in the kitchens of progressives all along the East Coast. Many had felt beaten down and pessimistic from two years of Trumpism. But I now sense some optimism and a renewed fighting spirit. Just look at the surprising battle in the Senate Continue reading "Senate Tumult Reflects Popular Discontent With Yemen War"

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Netanyahus Predicament: The Era of Easy Wars Is Over "IndyWatch Feed War"

When Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, ordered his army to carry out a limited operation in the besieged Gaza Strip on November 12, he certainly did not anticipate that his military adventure would destabilize his government and threaten the very survival of his right-wing coalition. But it did, far more than the multiple police investigations Continue reading "Netanyahus Predicament: The Era of Easy Wars Is Over"

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At Least 206 Civilians Killed in November by US Airstrikes in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Civilians Killed Airstrikes Syria(ANTIWAR.COM)  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a new report over the weekend summarizing the massive civilian death toll of US-led airstrikes against a handful of eastern towns in Syria. At least 206 civilians were killed in November in those strikes. The strikes center on three towns and some adjoining villages under ISIS control along []


Iran vows to continue with missile tests despite US accusations "IndyWatch Feed War"

US secretary of state had said Tehran fired projectiles that can deliver multiple nuclear warheads throughout Middle East, parts of Europe

In this photo provided Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, by the Iranian Army, a Sayyad 2 missile is fired by the Talash air defense system during drills in an undisclosed location in Iran. (Iranian Army via AP)
In this photo provided Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, by the Iranian Army, a Sayyad 2 missile is fired by the Talash air defense system during drills in an undisclosed location in Iran. (Iranian Army via AP)

Iran said Sunday that it would continue to develop its missile program after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the Islamic state of testing a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, which he said could strike anywhere in the Middle East and even parts of Europe.

Missile tests are carried out for defense and the countrys deterrence, and we will continue this, Brigadier- General Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for Irans armed forces, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency, according to Reuters.

We will continue to both develop and test missiles. This is outside the framework of (nuclear) negotiations and part of our national security, for which we will not ask any countrys permission, Shekarchi said.

He did not confirm or deny Iran had tested a new missile.

Earlier, another Iranian insisted the tests were defensive and not in violation of UN resolutions.

Irans missile program is defensive in nature There is no Security Council resolution prohibiting the missile program and missile tests by Iran, the official state news agency IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying in response to Pompeos statement, the Reuters news agency reported....


Maureen Dowd: The Clintons struggle coming to terms with the passing of their relevance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bill and Hillary Clintons star power has faded, but that has done little to humble their egos, according to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

After attending a recent event in Toronto for the political power couple, Dowd described a depressing sight in which organizers cordoned parts of the Scotiabank Arena because of poor ticket sales.

The opinion piece published Saturday explores how former President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary Clinton, a former senator, ex-secretary of state, and failed presidential candidate, used to attract massive crowds in Canada and elsewhere and could command top-dollar ticket prices. While they still insist on embarking on the speaking circuit, with some VIP seats for speaking tour events have gone as high as $700, the fanfare isnt what it used to be.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton with moderator Frank McKenna, right can still command a stage, writes Rosie DiManno.  (LIVE NATION / TOM PANDI)

Their pathological need to be relevant in America is belied by a Canadian arena, where stretches of empty seats bear witness to the passing of their relevance, Dowd writes.

Dowd could not help but note the sad contrast with the sold-out boffo book tour of Michelle Obama, whos getting a lot more personal for the premium prices.

Dowd also has some harsh words for President Trump, whom she calls an orange puffer clown fish who will go down as one of the most destructive forces in American history and says shes been told that former President Barack Obama has expressed regret for putting so much faith in Hillary Clinton in 2016 and misreading voters.

In a June opinion piece, Dowd wrote that Obama believed he was too good for Americans who were constantly disappointing him.



Two US Police Departments Cancel Training With Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Police Departments Israel(MEMO)  Two police departments in the New England region of the United States canceled their annual visit to Israeli police forces and engagement in training, amid pressure from organisations affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Vermont State Police and the Northampton Police Department in Massachusetts both canceled their planned trip to Israel for []


Asia markets rally on US-China trade detente "IndyWatch Feed War"

Equities and renminbi climb, while oil jumps on Russia-Saudi Arabia co-operation

US, China reach 90-day ceasefire in their trade dispute

Donald Trump listens to Xi Jinping speak during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit on Saturday, in Buenos Aires AP

Equities rally on US-China trade detente Oil surges after Putin agrees to co-operate Renminbi jumps, dollar dips Analysts temper optimism Hot topic Asia-Pacific equities rallied, the Chinese renminbi rose and the dollar eased as markets reacted to the temporary truce in the US-China trade dispute struck by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The moves came after the US agreed to not increase tariffs on more than $200bn of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent in January, as had been planned. However, analysts were wary about how long the positive market response will last. Imposition of no new tariffs is not the same as retracing the existing tariffs that have come into play this year, said Kerry Craig, a JPMorgan Asset Management strategist.

The ideology behind the trade tensions is still about strategic positioning of the two economies, which means until issues around technology transfer and IP [intellectual property] are resolved, nerves will persist, Mr Craig added. According to ING economist Iris Pang, an escalation in trade tension was the key risk to China in 2019 and still seems like the most probable scenario.

This will hurt exporters, manufacturing and logistics services, therefore slowing economic growth directly, Ms Pang said.

Equities Equities rallied across Asia on the news of the US-China trade detente, and got an additional boost by a surge in oil prices after Russia signalled it would continue to co-operate with Saudi Arabia on managing production.

In China, the CSI 300 index of major stocks in Shenzhen and Shanghai climbed 2.7 per cent, while Hong Kongs Hang Seng index gained 1.9 per cent and the Hang Seng China Enterprises index of major Chinese stocks listed in the city was up 2.3 per cent.

The S&P/ASX 200 in Sydney was 1.5 per cent higher while Tokyos Topix added 1.4 per cent. Forex The dollar lost ground to its Asia-Pacific peers. The onshore Chinese renminbi exchange rate, which moves within a trading band of 2 per cent either side of a daily mid point set by the Peoples Bank of China, was up 0.4 per cent at Rmb6.9254 per dollar.

The offshore rate was 0.4 per cent higher at Rmb6.9210.

The Australian dollar, which is seen as exposed to regional trading volumes, gained 0.6 per cent to $0.7356 a...


US Military Contractor Posts Job Offering for Classified Contingency Operations in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Classified Contingency Operations Ukraine(ZHE Op-ed)  The geopolitical analysis site SouthFront has unearthed from the pages of LinkedIn an incredible public job offering by a US defense contractor which reveals potentially sensitive information. The job posting mentions classified Contingency Operations in Ukraine and was posted a mere 15 days ago  just prior to last Sundays incident between the Russian and Ukrainian navies in the Kerch Strait. Writes SouthFront, the US-based []


Spains Socialists secure win in regional election "IndyWatch Feed War"

For the first time in decades, a far-right party has won enough votes to enter a Spanish regional parliament. The result is a blow to Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who was facing his first major electoral test.

Spain's far-right VOX party regional candidate Francisco Serrano delivers a speech next to leader Santiago Abascal as they celebrate results after the Andalusian regional elections in Seville, Spain (Reuters/M. Del Pozo)

Spains Socialist Workers Party secured the most votes in Sundays regional election in Andalusia, but fell well short of a majority.

Five parties winning seats in the 109-seat parliament:

  • The Socialists: 33
  • The conservative Peoples Party: 27
  • The center-right Ciudadanos party: 20
  • The far-left Podemos party and its allies: 17
  • The anti-immigrant Vox party: 12

Voter turnout was down, with only 46.5 percent out of the regions nearly 6.3 million voters casting a ballot by 6:00 p.m. local time (1700 UTC), according to local election authorities. That figure was down 5 percentage points from the last regional election in 2015.

Andalusia, Spains most populous region, has some of the highest unemployment rates in Europe. It also serves as the main arrival point for migrants and refugees making the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean Sea.

Read more: Spain proves sterile ground for far-right parties

Far-right enters regional parliament

Sundays election marked the first time the radical right Vox party has managed to win seats in a regional chamber.

We are the ones who will bring about change and progress, Vox candidate Francisco Serrano (pictured)...


As industry falters, Pakistans lack of policy comes to light "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this photograph taken on November 16, 2016, Pakistani workers operate a machine at a textile factory in Faisalabad. AFP
In this photograph taken on November 16, 2016, Pakistani workers operate a machine at a textile factory in Faisalabad. AFP

I am not aware of any progress on this count. If something is happening I am not in the loop, Azhar Ali Choudhry, federal secretary industries told Dawn. He called again to inform that the country never had an industrial policy.

According to information I was able to gather, in later half of...


Macron tells PM to hold talks after worst unrest in Paris for decades "IndyWatch Feed War"

French President Emmanuel Macron ordered his prime minister on Sunday to hold talks with political leaders and demonstrators, as he sought a way out of nationwide protests after rioters turned central Paris into a battle zone.

Riot police on Saturday were overwhelmed as protesters ran amok in Pariss wealthiest neighborhoods, torching dozens of cars, looting boutiques and smashing up luxury private homes and cafes in the worst disturbances the capital has seen since 1968.

The unrest began as a backlash against fuel tax hikes but has spread. It poses the most formidable challenge yet to Macrons presidency, with the escalating violence and depth of public anger against his economic reforms catching the 40-year-old leader off-guard and battling to regain control.

After a meeting with members of his government on Sunday, the French presidency said in a statement that the president had asked his interior minister to prepare security forces for future protests and his prime minister to hold talks with political party leaders and representatives of the protesters.

A French presidential source said Macron would not speak to the nation on Sunday despite calls for him to offer immediate concessions to demonstrators, and said the idea of imposing a state of emergency had not been discussed.

Arriving back from the G20 summit in Argentina, Macron had earlier rushed to the Arc de Triomphe, a revered monument and epicenter of Saturdays clashes, where protesters had scrawled Macron resign and The yellow vests will triumph.

The yellow vest rebellion erupted out of nowhere on Nov. 17, with protesters blocking roads across France and impeding access to some shopping malls, fuel depots and airports. Violent groups from the far right and far left as well as youths from the suburbs infiltrated Saturdays protests, the authorities said.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux had indicated the Macron administration was considering imposing a state of emergency. The president was open to dialogue, he said, but would not reverse policy reforms.

We wont change course. We are certain of that, he told Europe 1 radio.

As he spoke, workmen in the upper-crust district of central Paris set about cleaning the defaced Arc, removing charred hulks of cars and replacing the shattered windows of banks, restaurants and glitzy boutiques.

While the protests were initially against Macrons fuel ta...


Asia stocks in relief rally after China-US deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hong Kong and Shanghai led a surge across Asian markets Monday after the United States agreed to suspend imposing tariffs on China for three months, while oil prices soared on expectations of a big production cut.

In a much-anticipated meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the weekend, the heads of the worlds two biggest economies hammered out a deal that will see them hold off on their tit-for-tat tariffs row, which has roiled global equities for most of the year.

AFP | Donald Trump hailed his meeting with Xi Jinping as amazing and productive, with news the US was stalling increasing tariffs providing a boost to Asian markets

The US will hold off raising levies on Chinese goods on January 1 while China promised to buy more from the US and enter a 90-day period of talks to bring an end to the dispute.

If the negotiations, fail tariffs will jump from 10 percent now to 25 percent.

Trump hailed the meeting held on the sidelines of the G20 in Buenos Aires as amazing and productive with unlimited possibilities for both the United States and China.

The news lit a fuse under Asian markets, with Hong Kong and Shanghai each rallying more than two percent, while the Chinese yuan, which has tumbled this year on worries about the trade row, jumped.

Tokyo climbed 1.4 percent by the break, Sydney and Seoul each rose 1.6 percent, Singapore was 1.9 percent higher and Taipei piled on two percent.

This is the best outcome that we had hoped for out of this meeting, said Frances Cheung, head of Asia macro strategy at Westpac Banking Corp.

Oil prices surge

However, while the early reaction was positive, observers warned there were still major issues that need to be resolved.

The imposition of no new tariffs is not the same as retracing the existing tariffs that have come into play this year and will gradually have an impact on the US economy, said Kerry Craig, global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management.

Moreover, the ideology behind the trade tensions is still about strategic positioning of the two economies, which means until issues around technology transfer and (intellectual property) are resolved, nerves will persist.

We anticipate that things are still likely to get worse before they get better, and that the negative sentiment impact created by the trade narrative will create additional market volatility.

The news also provided a boost to oil prices, which have been battered by concerns the trade war would hit demand for the commo...


Street at Saudi Arabias US Embassy May Soon Be Renamed Jamal Khashoggi Way "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jamal Khashoggi Way(MEE)  Local officials in a Washington, DC, neighbourhood have unanimously voted to rename a street outside Saudi Arabias embassy in honour of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The measure now goes to Washingtons city council, which will decide on the advisory commissions measure to rename a stretch of road going past the expansive embassy building in []


Yemen Be Damned, Pompeo Doubles Down on US Support for Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mike Pompeo Saudi Arabia(CD)  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doubled down on continued U.S. support for Saudi Arabia to continue its devastating war on Yemen. Pompeos comments to CNN on Saturday come days after the U.S. Senate advanced legislation to bring an end to U.S. involvement in the 3-year war, as a United Nations official warned that Yemen is on the brink of a major []


Israel wages a New War of Attrition in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jesus is a monkey By Jonathan Cook | The National | December 2, 2018 Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahus ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade centre, Czech House, just outside Jerusalems Old City walls. At the opening, he expressed hope it would []


Climate Crisis Made Worse By Presidential Mis-Leadership This Century "IndyWatch Feed War"

Barack Obama, speaking to the Baker Institute, made sure the audience of wealthy Texans, many in the oil business, gave him credit for making the United States a world leader for oil and gas production. He said, "American energy production . . .went up every year I was president. And . . . suddenly Americas like the biggest oil producer, that was me, people," eliciting cheers.  Throughout this century, even though the climate science was clear, presidential leadership has escalated the dependence on oil and gas, built infrastructure for pipelines and compressor stations, encouraged fracking in the US and around the world and prevented a global response to reducing carbon gas emissions.


Israel wages a New War of Attrition in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahus ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade centre, Czech House, just outside Jerusalems Old City walls.

At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If so, the Czech Republic would become the first European state to follow US President Donald Trumps lead in moving the US embassy in May.

It is this kind of endorsement that, of late, has emboldened Mr Netanyahus government, the Israeli courts, Jerusalem officials and settler organisations to step up their combined assault on Palestinians in the Old City and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

Israel has never hidden its ambition to seize control of East Jerusalem, Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967 and then annexed, as a way of preventing a viable Palestinian state from emerging.

Israel immediately began building an arc of Jewish settlements on Jerusalems eastern flank to seal off its Palestinian residents from their political hinterland, the West Bank.

More than a decade ago, it consolidated its domination with a mammoth concrete wall that cut through East Jerusalem. The aim was to seal off densely populated Palestinian neighbourhoods on the far side, ensuring the most prized and vulnerable areas the Old City and its environs could be more easily colonised, or Judaised, as Israel terms it.

This area, the heart of Jerusalem, is where magnificent holy places such as the Al Aqsa mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are to be found.

Under cover of the 1967 war, Israel ethnically cleansed many hundreds of Palestinians living near the Western Wall, a retaining wall of the elevated Al Aqsa compound that is venerated in Judaism. Since then, Israeli leaders have grown ever hungrier for control of the compound itself, which they believe is built over two long-lost Jewish temples.

Israel has forced the compounds Muslim authorities to allow Jews to visit in record numbers, even though most wish to see the mosque replaced with a third Jewish temple. Meanwhile, Israel has severely limited the numbers of Palestinians who can reach the holy site.

Until now, Israel had mostly moved with stealth, making changes gradually so they rarely risked inflaming the Arab world or provoking western reaction. But after Mr Trumps embassy move, a new Israeli confidence is tangible.

On four fronts, Israel has demonstrated its assertive new mood. First, with the help of ever-more compliant Israeli courts, it has intensified efforts to evict Palestinians from their homes in the Old City and just outside its historic walls.

Last month, the suprem...


Nations as Foreign Capital Corporations "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Francisco Fernndez-Bulln for The Saker Blog As shadow banks become authentic governments of countries, the nations gradually turn into foreign capital corporations or companies, which enslave the workforce. Capital


UN to evacuate wounded Houthi rebels from Yemen before planned peace talks "IndyWatch Feed War"


Authorities in Sanaa sterilising water supplies at wells, distribution networks and houses to help stem world's worst outbreak of cholera


The US-Saudi Alliance: Drenched in Blood, Oil, and Deceit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Joyce Chediac Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, and the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead). Source: Wikimedia Commons. Why do Donald Trump and the CIA disagree about the recent killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in...


Brazil: Court Suspends Eviction Warrant that Could Displace 450 MST Families "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brasil de Fato Produce grown by Quilombo Campo Grande residents in Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil / MST A court suspended on Friday, Nov. 30, the execution of an eviction warrant of the old Ariadnpolis Mill, in southern Minas Gerais, Brazil, where approximately 450 families more than 2,000 people have been living and working...


When Collapse Becomes the New Normal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ral Zibechi California fire tornado had 143 mph winds, possibly states strongest twister recorded We are entering a new normal. Things are not like they were 10 years ago. Phrases dont belong to any intellectual, but rather to someone really important: the chief of a California countys firefighters. They integrate the reporting of the Hispanic-American...

Towards a New Dawn of Working Class Internationalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nate Singham Towards the end of November, activists, scholars and community leaders from around the world convened in New York City at the newly inaugurated Peoples Forum as part of efforts to build working class internationalism. The venue, which was officially inaugurated in September, hosted four separate events, including workshops, cultural performances, lectures and public...


Israels New War of Attrition on Jerusalems Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jonathan Cook Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahus ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade center, Czech House, just outside Jerusalems Old City walls. At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel...


The DNA Industry and the Disappearing Indian "IndyWatch Feed War"

Aviva Chomsky DNA, Race, and Native Rights Amid the barrage of racist, anti-immigrant, and other attacks launched by President Trump and his administration in recent months, a series of little noted steps have threatened Native American land rights and sovereignty. Such attacks have focused on tribal sovereignty, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and the...

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G20 Leaders' Buenos Aires Declaration "IndyWatch Feed War"

Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development 1. Ten years since the first G20 Leaders' Summit we met in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 30 November- 1 December 2018 to build consensus for fair and sustainable development through an agenda that is people-centred, inclusive and forward-looking. 2. This year we have focused on the following pillars: the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and a gender mainstreaming strategy across the G20 agenda. (...)


Die Transformation vom chinesischen Drachen zu einem weltgrssten Datenkrake "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Ypsilons 378

Die chinesische Regierung plant das eigene Volk mit einem umfassenden Sozialkreditsystem zu berwachen. Damit will sie Ehrlichkeit und Aufrichtigkeit frdern, um den konomischen und sozialen Fortschritt voranzutreiben. Dabei sollen Vertrauensbrecher hart bestraft werden.

Im Reich der Mitte entsteht momentan ein digitaler Datenkrake, was die zgellose Datensammelwut und den zuknftigen Umgang mit Big Data in einem bedenklichen Licht erscheinen lsst. Das chinesische Sozialkreditsystem soll gemss Planung 2020 offiziell in Betrieb gehen. Ab diesem Zeitpunkt soll sich niemand der annhernd 1,5 Milliarden Einwohnern dem staatlichen Bewertungssystem mehr entziehen knnen.

Erziehung zum guten Menschen
Zhang Zheng, Leiter der Forschungsstelle fr Chinas Sozialkreditsystem an der Universitt Peking, ist ein wichtiger Vordenker und Theoretiker des chinesischen Sozialkreditsystems. Seine Denkweisse wurzelt in seiner eignen Sozialisierung, denn der Wirtschaftsprofessor hatte ursprnglich Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften studiert, was einen rationelle und analytische Denkweise voraussetzt. Der Umgang mit Menschen und mit ge...


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