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Monday, 18 September

20:34

Lily Tomlin speaks out for Standing Rock at Emmys "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lily Tomlin, who rallied with Standing Rock water protectors, in a divestment action, spoke out at the Emmys. Censored News celebrates everyone's efforts in the struggle, even the wealthy ones. Thank you to everyone from all walks of life. https://www.wmagazine.com/story/jane-fonda-dolly-parton-lily-tomlin-reunion-2017-emmys Watch videos Part I and Part II: NO DAPL Action Los

20:30

Israel gets first joint US military base "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Israeli soldiers patrol near an Iron Dome defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, in this picture taken on January 20, 2015

JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israel on Monday inaugurated with its US ally a joint missile defence base on Israeli soil, the first ever, a senior Israeli air force officer said.

The new facility, at an undisclosed location in southern Israel, was announced as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to meet US President Donald Trump in New York on the fringes of the UN General Assembly.

We inaugurated, with our partners from the United States Army, an American base, for the first time in Israel, Brigadier General Tzvika Heimowitz, head of Israeli missile defences, told journalists.

An American flag is flying permanently over a US army base situated inside one of our bases.

Heimowitz said the move was not a direct response to any specific incident or immediate threat, but was a combination of lessons learned in the 2014 war in Gaza and intelligence analysis of future dangers.

We have many enemies around us, near and far, he said.

The outgoing Israel air force chief in June warned neighbours of the unimaginable military power at the countrys disposal.

On September 7 Syrias army accused Israeli warplanes of hitting one of its positions, killing two people in an attack that a monitor said targeted a site where the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons.

Israel, without confirming it was behind the attack, indirectly warned Syria and Iran that it would not tolerate any Shiite corridor from Tehran to Damascus.

Israel accuses Iran of building sites to produce precision-guided missiles in both Syria and Lebanon and Netanyahu is expected to reiterate the point in his talks with Trump.

The country has bought 50 F-35 stealth fighters from the United States.

Israel has a sophisticated anti-missile defence system, including the Iron Dome short-range interceptor which has successfully brought down rockets fired from Syria, Lebanon, Egypts lawless Sinai region and the Gaza Strip.

It also has the medium-range Davids Sling and the Arrow missile defence system, designed to counter more distant threats.

Heimowitz did not comment on the specific role of the ne...

20:26

Phase Three of Operation Big Dawn - TTG "IndyWatch Feed War"

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has kicked off the third phase of Operation Big Dawn, tonight, a source told Al-Masdar News. According to the Syrian military, the army is going to push from the Hamimah...

20:22

Giant Coca-Cola Bottling Plant Sucks Wells Dry in Mexico, Causing Water Shortage "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA)  Soft drink giant Coca-Cola is mired in controversy over wells installed in Southern Mexico that are causing water shortages for local communities there, Truthout reports.

Nestled three miles from the Mexican municipality of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, lies San Felipe Ecatepec, an indigenous town currently experiencing water insecurity.  In the past four years, our wells have started drying upsays Juan Urbano, who has just come off a three-year term as the president of the Communal Territory of San Felipe Ecatepec. People sometimes walk two hours a day to get water. Others have to buy their water.

The missing water can be traced to a Coca-Cola bottling plant in between San Felipe and San Cristobal operated by FEMSA, a multinational beverage and retail company headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2016, the plant consumed over one million liters of water per day. As a result, urban development in the region has stalled.

Chiapas, which has the highest renewable water resources per capita in all of Mexico, currently has more than one in three people without safe drinking water. We have been asking the government to install a deep well in the community for 12 years, says Urbano. Weve gone to the municipal, state and federal governments, but theyve done nothing.

According to Article 115 of the Mexican constitution, the government is required to provide all municipalities with clean water and proper waste management, however, Mexican authorities have flouted their responsibilities. According to a study out of ECOSUR, a Mexican research university, salmonella is now an issue. In its research, ECOSUR found high levels of bacterial pathogens in the water, including coliforms, which indicate the presence fecal matter in the water.

The situation in Chiapas has also garnered global attention. Lo Helle...

20:13

The Limits and Deficiencies of Dialectical and Historical Materialism "IndyWatch Feed War"

With all its emphasis on materiality, physicality and corporeality as the prime origin of all conceptualities, dialectical-historical-materialism is, first and foremost, a concept, that is, a philosophy. No matter how much it claims otherwise and continuously stresses the importance and objectivity of materiality as a priori and prima causa for all ideas, perceptions and consciousness, dialectical-historical-materialism always resorts to language, philosophy and concepts in order to elucidate its principles, its conclusions, and, in addition, in order to validate its fundamental premise. Namely, to quote Marx, that the mode of production of material life conditions the social, political and intellectual life [of society]. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.1

In actuality, dialectical-historical-materialism is a theory of history that relies principally on a material and a dialectical conception of history, namely, that it is the material conditions of a society; i.e., the principal mode of production for this society, that shapes historical development and social relations, whether these developments and social relations are political, legal, religious, technological and/or philosophical etc. As Marx states, intellectual production changes its character in proportion as material production is changed.2 It is the manner by which a society produces and reproduces human existence that fundamentally determines its organization, its thoughts, its ideals and its historical development; i.e., its history and its ruling ideas. Subsequently, for dialectical-historical-materialism, it is the unity of the productive material forces and the social relations of production organized around these productive material forces that shape, initiate and guide social developments and ideational developments. As Joseph Stalin states in Dialectical and Historical Materialism, paraphrasing Marx and Engels:

The chief force in theconditions of material life of society, which determines the physiognomy of...

19:42

Syrian War Report September 18, 2017: Syrian Army Crossed Euphrates River "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-september-18-2017-syrian-army-crossed-euphrates-river/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront The Syrian Arab

19:40

Israel opens first joint US military base "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

The new facility, at an undisclosed location in southern Israel, will be a permanent home for US troops in the country

19:36

Whatever Happened to America? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC (Jeff Kubina/CC BY-SA 2.0)

19:29

Regime instability in Iran is aim of young Israel advocates memo to White House "IndyWatch Feed War"

After meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today in New York, Donald Trump told the press, Youll see very soon what he will do with the Iran deal. Meantime, neoconservatives are lobbying the president to decertify Irans compliance with the deal, and launch a new era of sanctions against Iran.

A leader of this effort is a young operative from the heart of the Israel lobby, Richard Goldberg, who has worked with Stand With Us and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is now pushing regime instability in an influential confidential document.

A report at Foreign Policy by Jana Winter and Dan De Luce, which of course says little to nothing about the Israel lobby, says that opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in Congress and the Trump administration are relying on a Goldberg memo that calls on the president to threaten an unprecedented economic embargo designed to rattle the regime.

The memo demands access to Iranian military sites something that has nothing to do with nukes, and something Iran would never agree to.

The document, which has been circulating on Capitol Hill and in the White House, says the president should declare to Congress next month that the deal is no longer in the national security interest of the United States. Then the president would make clear his readiness to hit Iran with a de-facto global economic embargo if it failed to meet certain conditions over a 90-day period, including opening military sites to international inspectors.

The unsigned memo was written by Richard Goldberg, a former Republican congressional aide who has long advocated tough action against Iran. The document has been shared with officials in the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers in Congress, sources familiar with the memo told FP.

This is a hand grenade thrown into the middle of the Iran debate, said a source who has discussed the proposal with congressional offices.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is feeling the pressure. Even he is making the bridge from Irans nuclear capabilities to Irans supposed threats in the region:

President Trump has made it clear. We must take into account the totality of Iranian t...

19:05

103 Palestinian prisoners died since signing of Oslo "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Information Center September 18, 2017 RAMALLAH A report issued by a Palestinian human rights organization on Sunday revealed that around 110,000 arrests against Palestinians have been documented since the signing of the Oslo Accord in 1993. Nearly 16,000 of the arrests recorded involved juveniles while 1,700 arrests targeted females. Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners []

18:42

The Key Question at the U.N.: What Does North Korea Want? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off the nuclear path at this point

In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.
In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. PHOTO: KCNA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

As President Donald Trump and other world leaders gather at the United Nations this week, a lot of important questions hang in the air, but none more important than this one: What does North Korea want?

That is, what is North Koreas real goal in its relentless, reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons as well as missiles that can carry them as far as the United States? The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off...

18:40

Bahrains king denounces boycott of Israel, says citizens free to visit Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV September 18, 2017 Bahrains king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah has called for an end to the Arab boycott of Israel, days after the Israeli premier said relations with the Arab world were better than any other time. According to Israeli media, King Hamads made the remarks at an event hosted by []

18:34

Turkey Deploys Armored Military Vehicles and Troops Along Syrian Border "IndyWatch Feed War"

The deployment of 80 military vehicles includes tanks and comes after Russia, Turkey, and Iran agreed to send additional forces to Syria in the coming weeks.

(ANTIWAR.COM) In a move rebel officials say is part of the de-escalation deal reached at Astana peace talks, Turkey has begun massing troops and armored vehicles along the Syrian border. The deployments include multiple different convoys heading to different border crossings.

The vehicles were mostly armored personnel carriers, but also included some tanks. Turkey, Russia, and Iran have agreed to set up new de-escalation zones for the next six months to try to facilitate more peace talks.

Turkey is expected to control parts of the Idlib Province under this deal, which stands to be a very complicated process, both because of the large number of rival Islamist rebels packed therein, and especially because the Nusra Front says they dont intend to de-escalate.

The new zones intend to include Idlib, Homs, Latakia, Aleppo, Hama, and Eastern Ghouta, which if successful would cover a lot of the areas of non-ISIS combat in the country, and would bring much of the war into a state of de facto ceasefire.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

 This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

18:30

Pull Down That Statue of the U.S. Constitution "IndyWatch Feed War"

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Jeffrey M. Vinocur/CC BY 2.5)

18:26

WHO urges Yemen to accept vaccines as cholera crisis deepens, much of the country near famine "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | A child suspected of having cholera is checked by a doctor at a makeshift hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the northern district of Abs in war-battered Yemens Hajjah province, on July 16, 2017

GENEVA (AFP)  The World Health Organization on Monday urged Yemen to approve cholera vaccinations it has offered to help contain an epidemic that could affect nearly a million people by years end.

Yemen, where a multinational conflict has caused a humanitarian crisis, had asked the UN health agency earlier this year for doses of the vaccine, said Dominique Legros, the agencys cholera specialist.

The WHO sent a million doses in June only to see the Yemeni government change its mind, leading the United Nations to reassign the vaccines to Somalia and Sudan, Legros told reporters in Geneva.

Asked about Yemens reversal, Legros said only that discussions with countries about vaccinations could be complicated, noting the lack of familiarity with them in affected communities, especially in the case of newer vaccines like the one for cholera.

We are still in negotiation with the government in Yemen to make sure we can also use (vaccines) to help control the outbreak, he said.

Last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the rampant cholera crisis in Yemen had reached colossal proportions, warning that it could affect 850,000 people by the end of the year.

More than 2,000 people have perished from the disease, according to the WHO.

The epidemic has put further strain on a ravaged health system in Yemen, where less than half of healthcare facilities are functioning as the conflict drags on.

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has been waging a war on behalf of the internationally recognised government against Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

More than 8,000 people have been killed, including at least 1,500 children, and millions displaced in the conflict which has pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine.


18:24

Jewish state of Israel has become Jewish city-state of Tel Aviv Rahm Emanuel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel gave an interview to the Times of Israel, in Tel Aviv, last week and said that Jews are a majority in Israel chiefly in Tel Aviv, and have given up on settling other parts of the country.

When I was growing up, [coming here] obviously two days after the [start of the] Six Day War, [there was] the sense that we were going to explore, and go everywhere, from Beersheba in the Negev to Kiryat Shmona and everything between, and Jews are going to be everywhere. Were going to go and populate the land of Israel. Today, you have gone from a nation-state to a city-state, where everybodys coming in to Tel Aviv and Jews are not even a majority in certain parts of Israel or even near a majority. And thats a different thing, as somebody that watched it in 1967, to where it is in 2017. As we come to the 70th anniversary. Thats just an observation.

Emanuel has a larger (and self-serving) theory about this: that cities everywhere have taken over from nations as the corporate entities.

Heres why I actually wanted to become mayor. People feel that the nation-state we grew up in, me and you, is no longer what it was before. Its not operable. Mayors, cities, have something that nation-states dont have. They have legitimacy.

The mayor of London has more legitimacy than the national government does with the British people. The mayor of Paris has more legitimacy than the national French government, and more legitimacy than [the European parliament in] Brussels.

The interview is also remarkable because while Emanuel insisted on the prevalence of anti-Semitism in modern society, and said he was surprised by the reemergence of neo-Nazis in the U.S., he acknowledged that Jews have never been so powerful as they are in the U.S. today and are less likely to be the victims of such intolerant movements:

If you look at Jewish history, never has the Jewish community been more influential, more powerful, in the history of the Jewish community in America

I never thought that we would see neo-Nazis. Not just neo-Nazis. Explicit language of hatred toward whether its African-Americans, Mexican-Americans or those aspiring to be Americans. I never thought of it. Not in my lifetime.

And I believe as a Jewish American Im an elected official we are of more influence economically, politically, culturally, than in any other place in the world in world history, in our own history as a people. And the reason I didnt include [American Jews] in [my point about] African-American and Mexican-American or aspiring Americans is b...

18:14

Paul Craig Roberts 303 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Whatever Happened to America?

Dear Friends and Supporters, this is my quarterly call for your financial support. There is no one who will write for you more frankly and truthfully than I do. This article is long. Read...

18:13

Hillary: Kathy Griffin with Trump head was play on Perseus holding the head of Medusa "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hillary Clinton and her ghostwriter may be the only two people in America today, outside of the last few besieged university classics departments, to have any idea who Perseus and Medusa are. It is safe to say that when the overwhelming majority of people saw Kathy Griffins grotesque image, they thought not of Perseus and []

18:13

Jewish Tribalism "IndyWatch Feed War"


Israel lobby is never a story (for media that is in bed with the lobby)

US Politics 
 on September 16, 2017

One of the challenges to the claims about the power of the Israel lobby is: What about liberal Zionists? They are very critical of the Israeli occupation and of Netanyahu. In what sense do they constitute a lobby for Israel in the U.S.? The answer is that they establish red lines on criticism of Israel inside the Democratic Party. They work to marginalize progressives who have fundamental criticisms of Israel as a Jewish state or as a burden on American foreign policy.
Here are three recent examples of the ways that liberals set these red lines.
Last week Daniel Biss, an anti-establishment candidate for the Democratic nomination to be governor of Illinois, ditched his running mate over his support for BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting Israel; and many of us thought it was a big story. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the movement for Palestinian human rights, has become an issue in the ongoing Illinois gubernatorial race, Jewish Voice for Peace...

18:09

Diplomats guarded over Donald Trumps inaugural UN visit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trumps maiden speech at the UN is being viewed with cautious optimism by diplomats in New York City. The US president has been critical of the organization in the past, but his presence counts for something.

President Donald Trump takes his seat as he arrives with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (picture-alliance/AP Photo/E. Vucci)

Even under ordinary circumstances, it can be challenging to get diplomats and officials to openly speak their mind about the occupant of the White House and shaper of American foreign policy.

But the US president is a man who has called the United Nations a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time and demanded drastic cuts to Washingtons contribution to the organizations budget. In the era of Donald Trump, these are no ordinary circumstances.

Thats why it was little surprise that of the half-dozen officials from various UN member countries who were approached for this article in New York, none was prepared to talk on the record about the expectations for Trumps maiden speech at the General Assembly. But even without attribution, diplomats from around the world remained guarded and hesitant to expound on what they think he will say in his first address to the organization.

General reluctance

To be fair, what can be described as a general reluctance to preview Trumps visit is understandable to a certain degree since the president is widely seen as unpredictable particularly when it comes to last minute changes to the content of the speeches he gives.

Donald Trump speech in Utah (Getty Images/G.Frey)Trump was critical of the UN during his presidential campaign

 

The key sentiment shared by officials from North America, Europe, Africa and Asia was relief that Trump was actually coming to t...

18:01

In first visit, Trump urges reform so U.N. can meet full potential Bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement needs reform "IndyWatch Feed War"

US President Donald Trump and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shake hands during a meeting on United Nations reform | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first visit on Monday to U.N. headquarters, calling for truly bold reforms so it could be a greater force for world peace.

Ahead of his maiden speech to the annual U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump hosted a short event to boost support for changes to the United Nations.

In recent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement, while the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 percent and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, Trump said.

The United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistleblowers and focus on results rather than on process, Trump said.

I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just and greater force for peace and harmony in the world, Trump said in his first remarks at the U.N. in New York since his inauguration as president in January.

In a building where long statements are commonplace, Trump spoke for just four minutes. More than 120 countries were invited to attend Mondays reform meeting after signing on to a U.S.-drafted 10-point political declaration backing efforts by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to initiate effective, meaningful reform.

Businessman Trump, who complained during his 2016 election campaign about the United States paying a disproportionate amount of money to the United Nations, made the point again on Monday.

We must ensure that no one and no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden and thats militarily or financially.

The United States is the biggest U.N. contributor, providing 22 percent of its $5.4 billion biennial core budget and 28.5 percent of its $7.3 billion peacekeeping budget. The contributions are agreed on by the 193-member General Assembly.

...

17:58

Egypt: Muslim cleric says fathers can marry off their newborn daughters "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why? Because child marriage is Islamic. Islam has no age barrier in marriage and Muslims have no apology for those who refuse to accept this Ishaq Akintola, professor of Islamic Eschatology and Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Nigeria There is no minimum marriage age for either men or women in Islamic law. The law []

17:47

Coalition Talks to Impact Economy, EU Policy in Germany "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Summary

German general elections on September 24 are poised to sweep Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party back into power for a historic fourth term. But thats where the certainties end. Merkels party will likely fall short of an absolute majority, opening the door for intense negotiations over forming the new government.

This situation report explores how coalition talks with the FDP and other potential partners may reverberate in government policy. The impact of these talks goes well beyond the economic sphere, and they could come to frustrate Angela Merkels plans to cement her legacy in the European project.

 

 

The post Coalition Talks to Impact Economy, EU Policy in Germany appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

17:39

Boris stirs up Brexit debate ahead of PM Theresa Mays big speech The ridiculous pretence that all is well in her administration has been decisively and brutally punctured "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Alice RITCHIE | Britains Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been accused of misusing official statistics in setting out his vision for Brexit

LONDON (AFP)  In setting out his own vision for Brexit, Boris Johnson has stirred up colleagues and increased the pressure on British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of her big speech on Europe later this week.The foreign secretary was accused of backseat driving by a fellow minister and rebuked by the statistics watchdog for his article outlining how glorious life will be outside the European Union.

But his 4,000-word essay also drew praise from eurosceptic members of the ruling Conservative party for his demand for a clean break with the EU, in particular on the fraught issue of financial payments.

Some saw it as an attempt to force Mays hand ahead of Fridays speech in Florence, when she will give an update on her plans and the progress of negotiations with the EU.

You could call it backseat driving, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, a senior cabinet minister who campaigned to stay in the EU, told BBC television on Sunday.

Mays grip on power remains fragile after losing her parliamentary majority in the June election.

Johnson, meanwhile, was a leading voice for Brexit in last years referendum and has long been tipped for the top job.

A Downing Street spokeswoman sought to downplay the importance of his article, and stressed he had Mays full confidence.

The foreign secretarys views are well known. He was clear that he was united behind the prime ministers plan for Brexit, she said.

Punctured the gloom

Johnson has been silent on domestic issues for several months, but a number of newspaper articles last week suggested he was disgruntled with the progress of Brexit.

With questionable timing on Friday night, hours after a bomb attack in London he laid out the opportunities of Brexit with his usual flair in an article for the Daily Telegraph.

Johnson argued against paying for continued access to Europes single market a possibility other ministers have left open.

He also drew criticism for reviving a hotly contested referendum campaign claim that Britain would regain 350 million a week to spend on public services once it stops paying into the EU budget.

The head of the inde...

17:33

Myanmar: Imam blessed jihadis before they struck police post "IndyWatch Feed War"

The New York Times, like all the establishment media, takes the jihadis side, portraying the conflict in Myanmar as Buddhist terrorist raging out of control. And so here the Times quotes the imam Nazir Hossain: As imam, I encouraged them never to step back from their mission. I told them that if they did not []

17:30

Science aims to destroy rational fear of Islamic invasion by drugging Europeans "IndyWatch Feed War"

Vlad Tepes Blog, by Eeyore, Sept. 17, 2017: From the Daily Mail: Giving people oxytocin alongside positive social pressure increases kindness toward refugees, even in those with a fear of foreigners, new research has found. The hormone is released naturally by Continue reading

17:24

Bangladesh Will Set Aside Disagreement With Myanmar to Ease Rice Shortage The Chinese government says the Rohingya issue doesnt affect us and by supporting Aung San Suu Kyi we dont lose anything. "IndyWatch Feed War"

DHAKA Bangladesh is to buy rice from Myanmar, putting aside worsening relations over the Rohingya refugee crisis as the government races to overcome a shortage of the countrys staple food.

Normally the worlds fourth biggest rice producer, Bangladesh has become a major importer this year after floods hit its crops, sending domestic rice prices to record highs.

The government has already secured deals to buy rice from Vietnam and Cambodia as domestic stocks diminished.

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Well buy 100,000 tonnes of white rice from Myanmar at $442 a ton, its food minister, Qamrul Islam, said on Monday.

It will take some time to complete formalities. Then shipment will start, he told reporters.

Rice is a staple food for Bangladeshs 160 million people and high prices pose a problem for the government which faces a national election next year.

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17:23

Stanislav Petrov: Soviet Officer Who Averted Nuclear War Dies at Age 77 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Im amazed by how few people are aware of this incident. It makes for great dinner time conversation! Via: Russia Today: A Soviet officer who prevented a nuclear crisis between the US and the USSR and possible World War III in the 1980s has quietly passed away. He was 77. In 2010 RT spoke to []

17:20

How The Military Defeated Trump's Insurgency "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump was seen as a presidential candidate who would possibly move towards a less interventionist foreign policy. That hope is gone. The insurgency that brought Trump to the top was defeated by a counter-insurgency campaign waged by the U.S. military....

17:18

Somalia Regional State Sides With Saudi Arabia Over Qatar "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOGADISHU, Somalia A Somali regional state has declared its support for Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar, in a new challenge to Somalias efforts to stay neutral in the dispute.

In a statement issued Monday, Somalias Southwestern state criticized the Somali governments recent stand to stay neutral in the Gulf crisis which it said was made without much consideration and consultation with the regional states. The statement also said that the United Arab Emirates and Somalia have centuries of historical, cultural and commercial relationships.

The development is a new challenge for Somalias central government which has rejected multiple attempts by Gulf states to support one side or the other. Somali officials were not available for comment.


17:12

Air Force Planes to Spray Harris County with Dibrom "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: AP: Harris County officials say Air Force Reserve cargo planes will be spraying much the county beginning Thursday to combat the mosquito threat left by Harveys heavy rains and floodwaters. Modified C-130 planes from Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio are to spray about 600,000 acres in roughly the northern and southern thirds []

17:02

U.S. Navy/National Security Agency Submarine Flies Jolly Roger, For Morale "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Ottawa Citizen: US Navy Commander Corey Barker told the UKs Daily Mail that the flag was flown for morale, and has no further significance. There was no real reason for flying the flag, just a part of morale, he explained. When submarines come into and leave port they are authorized to fly flags as []

16:59

A week after Liz Sly posted a false report that Israel only once violated Lebanese airspace since 2006 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Liz Sly was promoted a week after posting a false report that Israel violated Lebanese airspace only once since 2006 (when the real number is over 7000 by 2012).  Real journalism warrants real rewards in the US, especially when Zionism is concerned.

16:55

The US May Be Closer to Ending the Warfare State Than You Think "IndyWatch Feed War"

For the first time in years we saw US Senators on the Senate Floor debating whether the president should have authority to take the US to war anywhere he pleases.

(RPI)  Last week, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reminded Congress that in matters of war, they have the authority and the responsibility to speak for the American people. Most Senators were not too happy about the reminder, which came in the form of a forced vote on whether to allow a vote on his amendment to repeal the Afghanistan and Iraq war resolutions of 2001 and 2002.

It wasnt easy. Sen. Paul had to jump through hoops just to get a vote on whether to have a vote.

That is how bad it is in Congress! Not only does Congress refuse to rein in presidents who treat Constitutional constraints on their war authority as mere suggestions rather than as the law of the land, Congress doesnt even want to be reminded that they alone have war authority.

Congress doesnt even want to vote on whether to vote on war!

In the end, Sen. Paul did not back down and he got his vote. Frankly, I was more than a little surprised that nearly 40 percent of the Senate voted with Rand to allow a vote on repealing authority for the two longest wars in US history. I expected less than a dozen no votes on tabling the amendment and was very pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Last week, Rand said, I dont think that anyone with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes that these authorizations from 16 years ago and 14 years ago authorized war in seven different countries.

Are more Senators starting to see the wars his way? We can only hope so. As polls continue to demonstrate, the American people have grown tired of our interventionist foreign policy, which burns through trillions of dollars while making the world a more dangerous place rather than a safer place.

Some might argue that losing the vote was a defeat. I would disagree. For the first time in years we saw US Senators on the Senate Floor debating whether the president should have authority to take the US to war anywhere he pleases. Even with just the small number of votes I thought we might have gotten on the matter, that alone would have been a great victory. But getting almost 40 percent of the Senate to vote our way? I call that a very good start!

The first step toward rebalancing the separation of powers is for Congress to re-assert its authority and responsibility for declaring war. To this point, Congress has preferred to transfer its war responsibility to the president.

The second step, once Congress understands its o...

16:51

NYTimes opened up its pages for the Saudi regime to justify its repression "IndyWatch Feed War"

Can you imagine the New York Times providing free space for the Iranian or Syrian regime to justify their repression, the way the Times provided free space for Saudi regime to justify its repression?  

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Map: ISIS Empire Shrinks by 70 Percent in Syria Since Start of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Damascus (AMN) Since the beginning of 2017, the Islamic States empire in Syria has shrunk by about 70 percent. Most of this achievement can be attributed to the Syrian Arab Army, its paramilitary allies and Russian intervention forces.

In mid-January of this year, the Syrian Arab Army and its allies, backed up by Russian airpower, commenced an offensive against ISIS in eastern Aleppo Governorate in the north of the country. At the same time, pro-government forces in the center of the country also re-started their push into eastern Homs Governorate.

The immediate objectives of these campaigns were to liberate the remainder of Aleppo province that was still under ISIS control and re-liberate ancient city of Palmyra (respectively).

RELATED: Pentagon Boosts Funding for Syrian Rebels

In the event, not only were these objectives achieved, but the offensives in both the north and center of Syria never really stopped Syrian Army forces simply kept on rolling.

If any parallels in modern military history can be drawn to what is being witnessed in Syria, then the current military and territorial state of ISIS can be compared to that the Third Reich in the winter of 1944 after a number of summer and autumn offensives carried out earlier in the year (namely those which took place on the Eastern Front) devastated its armies throughout Europe and forced the Nazi polity to cede vast tracks of land it had otherwise held onto for years.

With the Syrian Armys recent lifting of the siege on Deir Ezzor city, the war against ISIS now appears to have reached its terminal stage.

RELATED: Russia: Syrian Military has Liberated 85% of Country

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Just like the Nazis, the Islamic State believed it could fight the entire world and win, considering providence to be on its...

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Why the US allowed ISIS convoy to proceed "IndyWatch Feed War"

So when Hizbullah expelled ISIS terrorists from the Lebanese borders, Western correspondents in Beirut were up in arms (taking their cues from propagandists of the Saudi regime camp in the Middle East--as they always do).  Yet, when the US allowed the ISIS convoy to proceed, they simply provided justifications.

16:49

Jewish Tribalism in New York "IndyWatch Feed War"


New York TV stations smear Roger Waters who praises BDS as one of most admirable pieces of resistance world has seen

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16:46

European Attacks Show the Difficulty in Tracking Soaring Terror Suspect Numbers "IndyWatch Feed War"

IPT News, by Patrick Dunleavy, September 18, 2017: Three separate radical Islamic terror attacks took place Friday in Europe. The most serious was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) placed on a London underground train in the Parsons Green station which Continue reading

16:45

Trump Renews Post-9/11 State of Emergency "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: USA Today: President Trump has become the third president to renew a post-9/11 emergency proclamation, stretching what was supposed to be a temporary state of national emergency after the 2001 terror attacks into its 17th year. But the ongoing effects of that perpetual emergency arent immediately clear, because the executive branch has ignored a []

16:42

Iraq after the Islamic State: The era of all-out revenge "IndyWatch Feed War"

The multiplicity of victims and perpetrators in Iraq makes it difficult to analyse the ongoing violence, which becomes only more complicated with time. Above all, violence has made revenge a way of life

16:41

Iraq Supreme Court Orders Suspension of Kurdistan Referendum "IndyWatch Feed War"

Baghdad (TNA) Iraqs Supreme Court on Monday ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, to examine whether such a poll would be constitutional.

The supreme court has issued the order to suspend organizing the referendum set for September 25 until it examines the complaints it has received over this plebiscite being unconstitutional, it said in a statement.

The court took the decision after it reviewed requests to stop the referendum, the statement said.

RELATED: Iraqi Parliament Preemptively Declares Kurdish Referendum Invalid

Court spokesman Ayas al-Samouk told AFP, We have received several complaints and this is why we decided to suspend the referendum.

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A source in parliament said at least three lawmakers had filed complaints against the poll.

Neighbors Iran, Turkey, as well as the United States and United Nations, have pleaded for the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq to settle its differences with Baghdad through negotiations rather than secession.

Authorities in Iraqs Kurdish region have announced that the northern territory will hold the independence referendum on September 25.

RELATED: Threats everyday: Iraqi Kurds Opposing Independence Vote Face Threats

The referendum on whether to secede from Iraq is planned to be held in the three governorates that make up the Kurdish region and in the areas that are disputed by the Kurdish and Iraqi governments but are currently under Kurdish military control.

The disputed areas include the key oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

This post originally ran on Tasn...

16:40

Guess who is back? And guess who Hizbullah commanders and fighters chose to confide their secrets to? "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is what a seasoned Western correspondents in the Middle East told me about his/her theory regarding all those Western correspondents in Beirut who claim that Hizbullah fighters and commanders confide in them although they all have a record of hostility to Hizbullah and sympathy for Israel.  He/she believes that those correspondents rely on fixers--as we all know and on local translators and drivers and bodyguards and cooks and groomers and butlers--and those fixers for a fee would produce "Hizbullah commanders" who in reality are local thugs and who are willing to play the role for a fee.  I remembers when I worked with NBC News back in the 1980s how local "fixers" in Beirut would also claim that they have tapes with American hostages in Lebanon and would sell them before screening to NBC office in Beirut only to find out that the tapes were blank.  The same here.  Also, why do Hizbullah commanders and fighters sound so markedly different in tone and bravado than real Hizbullah commanders and fighters in the rare occasions when they talk to reporters in Lebanon IN ARABIC?    Notice this claim by Israeli terrorist commanders how it went unchecked and refuted in the same article: "Israel adopted a policy of specifically targeting Hezbollah and trying to avoid the Lebanese army as well as the countrys infrastructure and citizens."  Of course, Israeli terrorist state did target Lebanese Army even at their headquarters in Yarze.  And notice how the Israeli occupation state casually threatens to destroy Lebanon: "Lebanon will be destroyed in a few days."

16:37

America's PC Plague a 'National Catastrophe' "IndyWatch Feed War"

America's PC Plague a 'National Catastrophe' - Russia's #1 Anchor (Kiselyov)

"It is impossible to speak today in the United States about the atrocities of the northerners, in particular, about the "scorched earth" tactics of General Sherman during the American Civil War."
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16:35

Iran Accuses U.S. of Sabotaging Nuclear Deal Ahead of U.N. Talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Comments by Iranian Vice President escalates clash with Washington ahead of talks

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VIENNAIranian Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday accused the U.S. of violating the spirit and letter of the 2015 nuclear deal, escalating a clash between the two countries at the start of a crucial week of talks on the accords future.

President Donald Trump has said he expects not to certify Irans compliance with the accord when a decision comes due next month, a move that could unravel the agreement.  Failure to certify the accord would give Congress an opportunity to decide whether to re-impose U.S. sanctions that were suspended as...

16:32

If Our Planet Was A Mere Fraction Further From the Sun It Would be Never Ending Ice Age "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yet, according to the carbon cult flunkies the sun is not a factor, major or otherwise, in our climate. That is ABSURD!

 More on the infantile mindset of this crowd after the main news.....  

Take note of the size of our earth relative to the Sun- Fortunately we are at just the right distance :)
Wired changed their spin headline to one that related a bit more to actual content- 
check the url for yourself ! We're lucky Earth isn't caught in a permanent Ice Age

Why are we lucky? Because we are at the ideal distance from the Sun! 

" If we were just a fraction further from the Sun, life on Earth would be very different... or probably non-existent"
 The Earth might be more special than we previously thought. A new scientific study has found that if we were just a fraction further from the Sun, our planet would be locked in a never ending Ice Age.

The findings, published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, will help us understand what criteria to look for in Earth-like exoplanets.

For years, scientists have discovered a huge amount of evidence that shows the Earth is the perfect place for life.

It has a magnetic field that protects us from the solar wind, says Martin Turbet, from Sorbonne Universitsin Paris. It has an ozone layer that shields us from UV light, it has the right amount of water on the surface for both lands and oceans to exist.

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16:32

Mecca imam slammed for claiming Trump 'steering world to peace' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Abdul Rahman al-Sudais claims Saudi Arabia and US are leading world to peace and security, sparking outcry on social media

16:30

BREAKING: Syrian Army assaults huge ISIS-held island east of Deir Ezzor, reach east bank of the Euphrates "IndyWatch Feed War"

OVERVIEW OF BATTLE FOR DEIR EZZOR ON SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2017 (MAPS, PHOTOS, VIDEOS)   Click to see the full-size map The situation is rapidly developing in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. While the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have not reached the bank of the Euphrates, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have []

16:26

Vatican Recalls Washington Diplomat Amid Child Pornography Investigation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Reuters: A Vatican diplomat working in Washington has been recalled to the Holy See after the U.S. State Department said the priest may have violated child pornography laws, the Vatican said on Friday. Prosecutors in the Vatican have opened an investigation into the case, which represents a fresh blow to the Roman Catholic Church []

16:26

President Trump Speaks About United Nations Reform at Day One of the General Assembly "IndyWatch Feed War"

United States President Donald Trump speaks at an event on UN reform, along with representatives from Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

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16:22

Iraq prepares to expel 500 foreign Islamic State wives "IndyWatch Feed War"

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16:21

Putin Attends Military Drills That Worry Russias Neighbors "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending military maneuvers that have worried his countrys neighbors.

Putin, accompanied by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, attended the Zapad (West) 2017 drills on Monday at the Luzhsky range in western Russia, just over 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) east of Estonias border.

Russian and Belarusian troops are participating in the exercises that started last week.

Some nervous NATO members, including the Baltic states and Poland, have criticized an alleged lack of transparency about the war games and questioned Moscows intentions.

Russia and Belarus say the exercises, which run until Wednesday, involve 5,500 Russian and 7,200 Belarusian troops. Some NATO countries have estimated that up to 100,000 troops could be involved.

Moscow has rejected the claim and insists the maneuvers dont threaten anyone.


16:15

The Lucy Stein Gang Rides Into Moscow "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Israel Shamir for the Unz Review Can the Putin Fans League win municipal elections in New York City? Not bloody likely, youll murmur, and probably justifiably so. However, in

16:05

Corruption-plagued Brazil gets new chief prosecutor "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File | Raquel Dodge, seen here at commission hearings in July, vowed to defend democracy as Brazils new chief prosecutor

BRASLIA (AFP)  A new chief prosecutor took over Monday in Brazil to oversee an avalanche of corruption investigations, including against President Michel Temer, and promised that no one would be above the law.Raquel Dodge replaced the hard hitting Rodrigo Janot who last week rounded off his dramatic term in office by charging Temer with racketeering and obstruction of justice.

Dodge, 56, was nominated by Temer and some analysts see the changeover as heralding a slowdown of Brazils huge Car Wash anti-graft operation. Temer has railed repeatedly against what he calls an out of control judiciary, a theme echoed by many in Congress who also have been accused of corruption.

At her swearing in ceremony in Brasilia, attended by Temer, Dodge vowed to defend democracy and said that her office would make sure that no one is above the law and that no one is below the law.

But indicating at the very least a less abrasive approach than Janot, she stressed the need for harmony between the different branches of government as a requirement for the stability of the nation.

She barely mentioned her predecessor and never referred specifically to Car Wash.

One of Dodges first big tasks as prosecutor general will be to oversee the latest charges brought against Temer by Janot last Thursday. The charges will soon be sent to the lower house of Congress for debate and, if approved, sent back to the Supreme Court which would open a trial, resulting in Temers suspension for 180 days.

A first criminal charge of bribe-taking filed by Janot in June was handily rejected by Temers allies in Congress. And analysts agree overwhelmingly that legislators will likewise toss out the latest charges.

Beyond the Temer charges, Dodge inherits the enormous case load of Janots probes and prosecutions targeting scores of other politicians and executives.

About a third of Temers cabinet is under investigation. Another high profile target is former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been convicted of taking bribes and faces five more graft trials.

The switch in head prosecutor also comes at a crucial time in domestic politics.

Temer is attempting to steer through far-reaching pension reform to strip back what his government...

16:05

US Missile Machinations Undoes Non-Proliferation Efforts "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ulson Gunnar New Eastern Outlook 18.09.2017 When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not the more the merrier. Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those that do exist have been ongoing since the []

15:56

Saving al-Nusra "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the United States is protecting Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra. Lavrov said the US has broken a promise to separate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham from other supposedly moderate Syrian groups attempting to overthrow Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. French intelligence reported months ago US air strikes against the Islamic State have avoided targeting positions held by al-Nusra. In 2016, an al-Nusra unit commander told a German newspaper the terror group has received sophisticated weapons indirectly from the United States, including TOW rockets. This assistance and preferential treatment has made al-Nusra the most effective and vicious of the so-called rebel groups. Over the last couple months, the Syrian Arab Army has made significant gains against the Islamic State and other jihadi terrorists. Trump is not only continuing the wars Obama inherited from Bush, he is expanding them under the advice of his senior policy advisor, H.R. McMaster. Since Trump assumed office the Pentagon has killed nearly as many civilians in Syria as were killed during Obamas eight years in office. The effort to save al-Nusra is an effort to keep war and its profit going for long as possible.

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Lavrov Blasts US-Led Coalition for Trying to Protect Nusra Front in Syria

US protecting Syria jihadist group - Russia's Lavrov

 Americans Are On Our Side: Al-Nusra Commander Says US Arming Jihadists Via Thir...

15:53

Look Whos Fighting Extremism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Austrian imams sign declaration against terrorism.Austrian imams sign declaration against terrorism. (Photo: ALEX HALADA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

One of Indonesias most influential leaders, Yahya Cholil Staquf, is advocating for a moderate, modern Islam. He is the general secretary of the Nahdlatul Ulama, the countrys biggest Muslim organization with 50-million members. (See #2 below for more on the work of Nahdlatul Ulama to promote moderate Islam).

In a recent interview, Yahya spoke frankly, saying that to fight extremism, Western politicians should stop pretending that extremism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam.

Yahya explained, There is a clear relationship between fundamentalism, terrorism, and the basic assumptions of Islamic orthodoxy. So long as we lack consensus regarding this matter, we cannot gain victory over fundamentalist violence within Islam.

Speaking words that would most likely be branded as bigotry if said by a non-Muslim, Yahya stated forcefully,

The relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, the relationship of Muslims with the state, and Muslims relationship to the prevailing legal system wherever they live Within the classical tradition, the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims is assumed to be one of segregation and enmity.

Perhaps there were reasons for this during the Middle Ages, when the tenets of Islamic orthodoxy were established, but in todays world such a doctrine is unreasonable. To the extent that Muslims adhere to this view of Islam, it renders them incapable of living harmoniously and peacefully within the multi-cultural, multi-religious societies of the 21st century.

Yahya noted the damage done by that those who denounce any talk about the co...

15:49

Americas Unelected Deep State Pushes Hidden Agenda, Says Judicial Watch Panel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Epoch Times, by Joshua Philipp, Sept. 17, 2017: A group of career politicians often referred to as the Deep State or the permanent government is pushing an agenda that goes against the Constitution and U.S. law, while also selectively leaking information to Continue reading

15:49

Author: Soon Therell Be No-Go Zones in the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

No-go zones are coming to America at alarming speed, according to the author of a new book on neighborhoods that are becoming Muslim-only areas where others fear to tread.

The politically correct try to deny their existence, the shocking reality of there No Go Zoneswhere Sharia law can prevail and local police stay awaycan be attested to by its many victims, reads part of the marketing blurb for No Go Zones: How Sharia Law Is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You.

If you think this book is just about places in Europe such as Sweden with its reported 55 no-go zones, you are mistaken. The cover of this work shows the Statue of Liberty wearing a niqab full face veil.

Author Raheem Kassam, who is Breitbarts London editor, explains more in the interview on this page.

While of course there is much cause for concern with the spread of radical Islam through Europe and indeed in North America, Clarion is always careful to take one step back and ask whether it is the right tactic to instill fear in Americans by projecting what might come to pass.

Our guiding principle is not to go down that path which doesnt of course mean others should not.

At Clarion, we believe the best way forward is through education about what is happening on the ground today in the United States and beyond.

We feel that if Americans of any political opinion truly understand the differences between Muslims whove chosen to embrace American democracy and those who push political Islam, then together we can challenge those who seek to change our value system and replace it with sharia-based law.

By educating yourself about realities on the ground today, you have the necessary tools to turn to your elected officials and in turn educate them, so they are sufficiently informed and empowered to make the right decisions.

There could well be sharia-linked, no-go zones at some point in the U.S., but for now lets concentrate on the reality as of September 18, 2017. That means please get yourself informed and then educate others.

What are your thoughts? Comment here....

15:41

Climate Change An Existentil Threat To Humanity By 2050 "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Gary Robbins for The San Diego Union-Tribune - Theres a very small but distinct possibility that rapid global warming could pose an existential threat to the survival of humans by 2050, UC San Diego said Thursday in one of the most dire forecasts yet about climate change. The schools Scripps Institution of Oceanography published a paper that said there is a 5 percent chance of catastrophic change within roughly three decades, and a smaller chance that it would broadly wipe out human life. Scripps made the claim while proposing two new classifications for climate change: catastrophic and unknown, or existential. Catastrophic means that most people would have trouble adapting to such change. The latter terms means that they would not be able to. Other people have used the word catastrophic, but I have resisted doing so until now, said the studys lead author, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a renowned climate scientist who helped influence Pope Francis to urge the world to fight global warming in 2015. I changed my mind because, over the past five years, I have gone back and reviewed data that we began collecting from satellites in the 1980s and data from aircraft and changes in the intensity of storms, and studies about the possible health affects of rapid global warming. There is a low probability that the change will be catastrophic. But you would not get on an airplane if you thought there was a 5 percent chance that it was going to crash.

15:35

Sacred Stone Healing Gathering Begins Today, Sept. 18, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

A time for healing, a time for a new beginning, week long healing gathering begins today. Chief Arvol Looking Horse will be present for the gathering, with Cheyenne River Charmian Harold Frazier, and water protectors, along Porcupine Creek at Standing Rock. .

15:30

We Lived Better Then "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Stephen Gowans Over two decades ago Vaclav Havel, the pampered scion of a wealthy Prague family, helped usher in a period of reaction, in which the holdings and estates of former landowners and captains of industry were restored to their previous owners, while unemployment, homelessness, and insecurityabolished by the Reds were put back on the agenda. Havel is eulogized by the usual suspects, but not by his numberless victims, who were pushed back into an abyss of exploitation by the Velvet revolution and other retrograde eruptions. With the fall of Communism allowing Havel and his brother to recover their familys vast holdings, Havels lifehe worked in a brewery under Communismbecame much richer. The same cant be said for countless others, whose better lives under Communism were swept away by a swindle that will, in the coming days, be lionized in the mass media on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Unions demolition. The anniversary is no time for celebration, except for the minority that has profited from it. For the bulk

15:22

Now the White House Is Pushing an Even Larger, Tougher, and More Specific Travel Ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

No information has been released about the nationalities of two suspects arrested in connection with Fridays subway bombing.

(COMMONDREAMS)  While no information has been released about the nationalities of two suspects in Fridays subway bombing in London, national security advisor H.R. McMaster indicated Sunday that the Trump administration is eager to use the attack to bolster its argument for a ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries.

Appearing on ABCs This Week Sunday morning, McMaster said the White House is examining how to protect the American people better, how to ensure that we know who these people are who are moving.

His comments came two says after Trump tweeted about imposing a larger, tougher, and more specific ban on travelers to the U.S. than the one he proposed in January. Trump made his comments as authorities were investigating Friday mornings attack and was chastised by British officials for the unhelpful remarks.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday but no evidence or proof of its connection has been found.

The travel ban has come up against widespread protests as well as legal challenges, with federal courts blocking the executive order and states filing lawsuits. The Supreme Court allowed a suspension of travel from the six countries in question Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Iran, and Sudanfor 90 days, making exceptions for certain family members. Last week, the high court ruled that the travel suspension can apply even to refugees who have connections with resettlement agencies in the United States.

The court will hear arguments next month regarding the constitutionality of President Trumps original ban.

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15:14

Faith Leaders Protest Pipelines Statewide "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Augusta Free Press - In an unprecedented mobilization of clergy and other faith leaders, Virginia congregations turned out in seven cities today with music, prayer, and silence to honor recent hurricane victims while protesting Governor McAuliffes Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines for fracked gas. Kicking off two consecutive days of statewide protest, faith leaders gathered outside of seven regional Department of Environmental Quality offices in Richmond, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Virginia Beach, Abingdon, Glen Allen, and Woodbridge. Observers cannot recall such a large organized faith protest on any environmental issue in the history of Virginia. The action today set the stage for additional protests tomorrow where citizens in the same seven Virginia cities will deliver official letters of protest to the Governors DEQ offices representing regional concerns over the pipeline, from Northern Virginia, to the coast, to the mountains. In Richmond, two dozen activists are expected to peacefully sit in at the Virginia DEQ headquarters until arrested. At todays event in Roanoke, Reverend Brad Delaney said: This pipeline (Mountain Valley Pipeline) will create carbon emissions going into our environment. God created us as human beings to care for our home, which is Gods creation and by doing that to care for one another and particularly for the least and the last, those that are poor. So I come here today to stand for them.

15:14

Will Mexico Go the Populist Route in 2018 Presidential Elections? "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

In less than a year, Mexico will have its presidential election and the country may well elect leftist Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador (AMLO) as its new president. AMLO faces a weakened ruling party and a deeply divided National Action Party (PAN).

AMLO winning Mexicos presidency on his third attempt since 2000 is a prospect that thrills many Mexicans and terrifies others. Mexico may now be ready for more extreme politics since the majority of the population has stopped believing that either of the two political parties that have previously ruled Mexico, PAN and the Institutional Revolutionary Party, (PRI) will do anything different to change the current situation.

The PRIs nominee, whoever it will be, will be tainted by association with the current administration and the 71-year dirty baggage of the PRI regime; the likeliest candidate of the PAN, Margarita Zavala is the wife of a former president blamed for the upsurge of violence triggered by his clumsy crackdown on drugs. AMLO has ranted against privilege, corruption, and what he calls the political establishment consisting of every single political actor bar his newly created party, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). Sweep away all that and, according to him, Mexico will suddenly improve. Many others hear in that message the latent call of a charismatic populist who would only weaken institutions and roll back reforms.

AMLO has capitalized on the fact that people are fed up with graft, and he has presented himself as an honest politician committed to curing Mexico of the cancer of corruption. His political career and performance though show a different story. He has displayed a common contempt for norms, separation of powers, and the rule of law. Obradors lack of respect for institutions and the easiness with which he is willing to discredit rules that do not suit him would make him an ineffective corruption-fighter. He has also been involved in several acts of corruption: Ren Bejarano, now a close supporter of AMLO, was taped several years ago receiving enormous amounts of money. At the time he was a personal assistant of AMLO. He backed AMLO in the presidential elections of 2000 and 2006, and has now again made it public he is ready to work closely with him again. The finance minister of AMLO when he was the mayor of Mexico City, Gustavo Ponce, was also shown betting huge amounts of public money in a casino in Las Vegas. Carlos Imaz, husband of Claudia Sheinbaum, the most likely candidate of AMLO for the governorship of Mexico City, was also taped being bribed by the businessman Carlos Ahumada. AMLO has also received the continuous support of the Abarca family of Guerrero, who were suspected to be involved in the Iguala incident where 48 stu...

15:13

LIVE Lockdown 'Halt Enbridge Line 3' Wisconsin Minnesota Border, Sept. 18, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

. . Locked down, Censored News screenshot of Unicorn Riot live video Live Monday morning, Sept. 18, 2017 by Unicorn Riot: Alberta tarsands pipeline threatening water, gathering of wild rice, and hunting and fishing rights of local Native American Nations. At 8 a.m., no security was on site. "Storms are really bad, the carbon in the atmosphere is causing this," says the man who is

15:12

Islamic State jihadis from Malaysia waging jihad against Myanmar government "IndyWatch Feed War"

The international media is only interested in one side of the story in Myanmar. But there is another side. Malaysian IS members carrying out holy war against Myanmar government, Bernama, September 18, 2017: MELAKA: A number of Malaysians backed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group is engaging the Myanmar government in a holy war []

15:10

When will Congress finally debate our strategy in Middle East? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Conservative Review, by Daniel Horowitz, Sept. 14, 2017: The only thing worse than not having a strategy in the Middle East is sending our troops into harms way indefinitely without a strategy or even an understanding of who we are Continue reading

15:08

ISIS Defense Collapes On Multiple Frontlines In Deir Ezzor Under Government Forces Pressure (Maps) "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISIS Defense Collapes On Multiple Frontlines In Deir Ezzor Under Government Forces Pressure (Maps)

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Syrian government forces have liberated 4 more villages northwest of Deir Ezzor city from ISIS as the terrorist groups defense collapses on multiple frontlines in the city countryside.

According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies liberated Hawi, Zughayr, Hamad and Shumaytah villages and set a foothold for advancing on the nearby oil wells.

Earlier today, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Syrian forces have crossed the Euphrates River east of Deir Ezzor and liberated some villages on the eastern bank of the river.

ISIS Defense Collapes On Multiple Frontlines In Deir Ezzor Under Government Forces Pressure (Maps)

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15:03

Inside Qatars $20+ million a year lobbying effort in Washington "IndyWatch Feed War"

Conservative Review, by Jordan Schachtel,  Sept. 13, 2017: The small Gulf nation of Qatar is investing millions of dollars into influential Washington, D.C., lobbying groups in order to rehabilitate its image with the American people and the Western world. As Continue reading

14:58

UN seeks $10 million as Nigeria cholera outbreak worsens Boko Haram many areas too dangerous for humanitarian workers "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File | Cholera cases are rising in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, mainly in camps for people internally displaced by Boko Haram violence

MAIDUGURI (NIGERIA) (AFP)  At least 44 people have now died in a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, the United Nations said Monday, calling for nearly $10 million to keep the disease from spreading.To date, the outbreak has claimed at least 44 lives, out of close to 2,300 confirmed and/or suspected cases, the world body said in a statement.

About $9.9 million (8.3 million euros) is needed as part of the relief effort, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

The first cholera case was identified in Borno State on August 16 and has since spread, mainly in camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Water-borne diseases are a constant threat because of a lack of adequate sanitation as well as stagnant groundwater during the current rainy season.

The agencys deputy humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, Peter Lundberg, said that despite new treatment centres and sanitation measures, more needed to be done.

The camps for displaced persons are congested, there is not enough water, sanitation facilities are poor, and the health care system is weak, he said.

We must tackle this urgently to avoid preventable suffering and loss of life.

Additional funding would help to implement a cholera response and prevention plan in the coming months, including providing access to clean water and a vaccination programme.

Northeast Nigeria is already in the grip of a humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency, which has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million.

The UNs head of humanitarian affairs and emergency relief, Mark Lowcock, said last week that the threat of famine caused by the conflicts impact on farming had been averted.

But 8.5 million people in the northeast, out of 17 million in the wider Lake Chad region comprising Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, needed humanitarian assistance, he said.


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14:56

Superficial BBC reporting on Hamas-Fatah unity returns "IndyWatch Feed War"

Visitors to the BBC News websites Middle East page on September 17th found the headline Hamas says it is ready to hold elections under which they were told that:

The Palestinian militant group signals it is ready to end its feud with Fatah and hold elections.

The link leads to a similarly titled report Hamas says it is ready to hold first elections since 2006 which in its original version included closing sentences wrongly implying that the policy document published by Hamas in May replaces its 1988 charter.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas says it is ready to dissolve the committee that rules Gaza and hold a general election for the first time since 2006.

BBC audie...

14:55

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Opponents Turn To God To Stop Project "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Martha Quillin for The News and Observer - Builders of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will need to give more information to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality before the agency can decide whether to approve the part of the disputed gas line that would run through the state, the agency said Thursday. The pipeline is a project of Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas, who had hoped to begin clearing land for construction in November, build in 2018 and have the pipeline in use in 2019. DEQs request, issued Thursday, could push that schedule back. While the pipeline would need additional state and federal approvals before construction could begin, the water quality permit is a major hurdle. Meanwhile, pipeline opponents are stepping up their campaign to try to stop the project, saying its a religious crusade for which they are willing to lay their bodies down. At its core, its a moral and spiritual issue, said Greg Yost, a ninth-grade math teacher from Madison County who is working full-time to try to stop the pipeline. Yost began fasting two weeks before DEQs Sept. 18 deadline to respond to the permit application, and this week has spent his days outside the departments Jones Street office in downtown Raleigh. Where a political issue might hold interest for a short while, he said, By saying this is a moral issue, were signaling that were in it for the long haul. We will fight to the end, and if that means we have to put ourselves physically in the way of the pipeline, were ready to do that.

14:55

UTT Storms Nebraska & Iowa Leaving Hamas/CAIR in Its Wake "IndyWatch Feed War"

Understanding the Threat, by John Guandolo, Sept. 18, 2017: Understanding the Threat (UTT) stormed Nebraska and Iowa last week speaking to several audiences and educating them about the threat of the Islamic Movement in the United States. The multi-day trip, Continue reading

14:53

Ken Burns' Vietnam series "IndyWatch Feed War"

I watched the first installment of this last night. There is another tonight. IMO this is an exceptional piece of work that will probably become the base line of understanding of "what happened." I, nevertheless reserve the right to argue...

Egypt acquits Irish citizen held for four years for 'terrorism' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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14:48

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Taking care of the Church of God Jesus Brings a Widows Son Back to Life at Nain "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 444

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Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain and brought a man back to life by saying, Young man, I tell you, arise!

Reading 1 1 TM 3:1-13

Beloved, this saying is trustworthy:
whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.
Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,
married only once, temperate, self-controlled,
decent, hospitable, able to teach,
not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,
not contentious, not a lover of money.
He must manage his own household well,
keeping his children under control with perfect dignity;
for if a man does not know how to manage his own household,
how can he take care of the Church of God?
He should not be a recent convert,
so that he may not become conceited
and thus incur the Devils punishment.
He must also have a good reputation among outsiders,
so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devils trap.

Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,
not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,
holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
Moreover, they should be tested first;
then, if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons.
Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers,
but temperate and faithful in everything.
Deacons may be married only once
and must manage their children and their households well.
Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing
and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm PS 101:1B-2AB, 2CD-3AB, 5, 6

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14:41

China Plans To Ban Sales Of Fossil Fuel Cars Entirely "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch - Chinas big electric vehicle push is about to get even bigger: The country is planning to end the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles entirely, with regulators working currently on a timetable of when the ban will ultimately take effect, according to Bloomberg. China is the worlds largest auto market, with 28.03 million vehicles sold last year, a boost in demand of 13.7 percent vs. 2015 sales numbers. The nation has already done a lot to incentivize manufacturers to develop and sell new EVs, including allowing foreign automakers to create a third joint venture with local automakers (a standard requirement for doing business in the country for auto OEMs) so long as its dedicated to the creation of EVs exclusively. The government has also created a number of incentive programs for OEMs, including subsidies. This will add to its positive efforts to drive more EV sales in China with the ultimate negative condition on the other side at some point, automakers just wont be able to do business at all in the country if theyre still selling a mix of fossil fuel and electrified vehicles. This isnt the first time a governing body has said it would eventually phase out the sale of traditional fuel vehicles: France said it will stop selling fossil fuel cars by 2040 in July, and the UK has committed to the same timeline for sales of those vehicles.

14:31

Trump Fans Just Held The Mother Of All Rallies On Capitol Hill And Got Upstaged By Clowns "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Colin Taylor for Verified Politics - Add your name to millions demanding that Congress take action on the Presidents crimes. IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP! Around 150 200 people showed up for a rally that was billed as a crowd of millions, drawing the usual assortment of racist idiots like rape apologist Gavin McInnes Proud Boys and the Three Percenter sovereign citizen militiamen. The MOAR wasnt even the only rally in Washington D.C. today. The MAGA chuds were overshadowed by the March of the Juggalos, the fans of the Insane Clown Posse hip-hop group known for their clown face-paint, their love for Faygo soda, and their hatred for fascists and Confederates. The Juggalos are marching to protest their unfair designation as a gang by the FBI, which has made life very difficult for some prominent Juggalo fans, including making it harder for them to get jobs. Warriors for civil rights in general, the unifying tenet of the Juggalo Family is tolerance for everybody, no matter their race, sexuality, class, or gender, all united in their love for the music of ICP. It is beyond outrageous that the FBI has labeled them a dangerous gang.

14:28

China Widens Bitcoin Crackdown Beyond Commercial Trading The most draconian measures any government has taken to control bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed War"

The plan represents some of the most draconian measures any government has taken to control bitcoin

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BEIJINGChinese authorities are moving toward a broad clampdown on bitcoin trading, testing the resilience of the virtual currency as well as the idea its decentralized nature protects it from government interference.

Regulators have decided on a comprehensive ban on channels for the buying or selling of the virtual currency in China that goes beyond plans to shut commercial bitcoin exchanges, according to people familiar with the

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-widens-bitcoin-crackdown-beyond-commercial-trading-1505733976

The People's Bank of China in Beijing. The PBOC maintains close control of the currencys value onshore and allows the yuan to swing just 2% around the level it sets each day.
The Peoples Bank of China in Beijing. The PBOC maintains close control of the currencys value onshore and allows the yuan to swing just 2% around the level it sets each day. PHOTO: ZHANG HAIYAN/IMAGINECHINA

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Most Draconian Measures Ever: China Expands Bitcoin Crackdown Beyond Exchange Trading

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14:19

Military Situation In Central Syria On September 18, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in central Syria on September 18, 2017. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have crossed the Euphrates River and are now developing momentum against ISIS on its eastern bank.

Military Situation In Central Syria On September 18, 2017 (Map Update)

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14:11

Academics Against the Arms Fair: An Open Letter "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week, about 1500 weapons manufacturers and representatives of more than 100 states descended on London for Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) the worlds largest arms fair. The companies have exhibited products ranging from crowd control equipment and ammunition to fighter jets and military vehicles, which they displayed to militaries, police forces and border agencies from around the world. DSEI is a major event for the international arms trade, and the deals done there play a major role in reinforcing Western militarism, fuelling conflict, repressing dissent and strengthening authoritarian regimes.

Two weeks ago, the Stop the Arms Fair coalition held a week of action in an attempt to prevent the arms fair from taking place. Anti-militarist groups, working in solidarity with activists from countries which have suffered the brutal consequences of the arms trade, held a series of events to disrupt the setup of DSEI. One event during this week was Conference at the Gates, an academic conference held in front of the arms fair, where participants debated ideas about militarism while taking action to resist it.
We support this week of action and Conference at the Gates, and call on the UK government to end its support for DSEI. As academics working on topics related to war, conflict, security, human rights, and international relations, we are opposed to the presence of this arms fair in London, and to the substantial support provided by the UK government to make it happen. It is wrong to argue, as the government does, that the arms trade contributes to security it fuels conflict, facilitates repression, and makes the world a more dangerous place. In a world of complex challenges militarism should be regarded as part of the problem, not the solution.

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14:03

Energy Forecast Sees Global Emissions Growing, Thwarting Paris Climate Accord "IndyWatch Feed War"

By John H. Cuahman JR. for Inside Climate News - The U.S. government's energy forecasting branch issued its formal international prognosis on Thursday, and it paints a picture of a world still so addicted to fossil fuels that emissions of global warming pollution continue to increase for the foreseeable future. The Energy Information Agency (EIA) projected that worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels would grow 16 percent by the year 2040 from the levels of 2015, the year that the nations of the world agreed to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change that is intended to reverse the trend. Absent any policy changes, the business-as-usual "reference case" findings at the heart of the agency's International Energy Outlook 2017 report can't be squared with the ambitions of Paris, which demand quick action to bring emissions down sharply and avoid the worst risks of a warming planet. The EIA, despite being part of the U.S. Department of Energy, conducts its analyses without regard to the policy agenda of the administration that happens to be in office. In this case, that's the Trump administration, which the report noted has announced its intention to quit the Paris accord, has jettisoned the emission pledge presented by the Obama administration during the treaty negotiations, and has announced that it wants to rewrite the centerpiece of federal climate policy, the Clean Power Plan, which is being challenged in court by the fossil fuel industry and its mainly Republican political allies.

14:00

William Binney: Big Data Analysis "IndyWatch Feed War"

William Binney

Big Data Analysis

As published in European Data Protection Law Review, Vol 3 (2017), pp. 13-15.

My experience in working with Big Data over the last 40 plus years involves data produced by communications or transactions between people, not machines talking to other machines or themselves, or machines taking measurements.

In the realm of transactions between people the problem is content volume. If you attack Big Data by looking at content first, then you quickly become overwhelmed by the content. Instead, by using the metadata associated with content to help define how the content is related and clustered, this gives a view into the content without having to look at it. Also, the metadata associations, often referred to as social networks or graphs, organise content into related clusters of communities. This makes selecting content for further study a much more focused effort. These social networks or graphs are created by attributes that are associatedwith individuals or organisations like: phone numbers, IPV4/IPV6 numbers,MAC numbers,
account numbers, passport numbers etc. These relationships in the graphs/social networks show the scope of interactions that people have in the world and help to define groups of people participating in an acti...

13:58

Mexico: Location scout for Netflixs Narcos shot to death "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netflix scout for Narcos TV show found shot dead in Mexico. Company confirms death of location manager Carlos Muoz Portal in Temascalapa in central Mexico A location manager working for the Netflix series Narcos has been killed while searching for places to film when the show moves from Colombia to Mexico for its fourth season. Carlos Muoz []

13:57

The NFL Players Union Just Awarded Colin Kaepernick Week 1 MVP "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Grant Stern for Verified Politics - The NFL Players Association just picked a free agent quarterback as their Week 1 MVP for his charity work, even though he didnt even make it onto the field. Colin Kaepernick has been blackballed by the NFLs ownership 97% of which is composed of enormously wealthy, mostly conservative white males over his controversial stand to peacefully protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem while playing for the San Francisco 49ers last year. Kaepernick guided the Niners to a Super Bowl just four years ago, turning in a stellar performance while his team came up just short against the Baltimore Ravens. Now, hes still making good on his pledge to donate $1 million to charity, even though hes unemployed. The Chicago Tribune reports: The NFLPA found particularly impressive, Kaepernicks continued donations to charity, including a Sept. 7 gift of $100,000 split between four organizations. Kaepernick, who some say hasnt been signed by an NFL team due to his political activism, gave $25,000 each to DREAM, a New York City after-school program that promotes sports in urban neighborhoods, the Gathering for Justices War on Children, a forthcoming initiative to tackle child incarceration, United We Dream, an organization focused on empowering immigrant youth and the Coalition for the Homeless.

13:46

The Unaccompanied Muslim Minor Refugee Terror Attack in London "IndyWatch Feed War"

Taking in refugees causes terror. Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, Sept. 18, 2017: Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. Last decade, Continue reading

13:45

William Binney: The Way Ahead in Big Data Exploitation Lawful Electronic Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed War"

William Binney

THE WAY AHEAD IN BIG DATA EXPLOITATION: LAWFUL ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE

When contemplating next steps in the discussion about the collection and monitoring of electronic data (both content and metadata), we are obligated to look to two areas of knowledge for guidance the law and technology. How can these two areas come together to provide an improved, yet lawful way ahead?  The good news is that a roadmap to a solution already exists. It just needs to be implemented.

From law, we draw guidance from the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, in particular the clause that requires that probable cause must be demonstrated before the personal information of a person can be lawfully searched. From technology we will draw from a robust, knowledge-centric capability to manage large amounts of information such that the identifying information of any innocent entity innocent person, place, or thing need not ever be revealed to law enforcement or national security authorities in the absence of fact-based suspicion of terrorism or other illegal activities meeting probable cause criteria approved by a duly constituted court of law.

In a word, it is eminently possible to protect the identities of the innocent while at the same time, ensuring the national security.  There is no balance neither security, n...

13:43

In Bangkok: No Speak Your Language, Speak Thai or Die "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is hard to calculate the cost of the stubborn refusal of the Thai population to learn foreign languages. Some daring estimates, however, calculate that the losses could be in tens of billions of dollars, annually. And the situation is not getting any better.

Bangkok wants to be the center of Southeast Asia, and by many standards it has already achieved this goal.

Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand, Hive of Western Opinion Makers (Photo: Andre Vltchek)

Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the second busiest in the region. Almost all of the international news agencies are here, and not in Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur. Several UN agencies are now located in Bangkok, as well as mega malls and top private medical facilities, catering mostly for people who live in Burma, Cambodia, Laos and as far away as the Middle East.

For years and decades, Thailand was busy promoting itself, capturing the imagination of millions all over the world.

New Bangkok Skyline (Photo: Andre Vltchek)

Some wonder whether it could really do even better than it is already doing. According to Forbes, Bangkok recently became the most visited city on Earth:

According to Mastercards Global Destinati...

13:41

Mind Hack How Corporations Took Over Our Bodies And Brains "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Dr. Joseph Mercola for Organic Consumers Association - The science is in: Processed food is addictive, can make you extremely unhappy and will prematurely kill you. How did this happen? And how have food manufacturers been able to deceive the world about these facts? Dr. Robert Lustig has written a new book, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, in which he explains how and why this occurred. He is perhaps most well-known for his brilliant research into sugar and obesity, and his previous book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease, was a New York Times Best Seller. Lustig is an emeritus professor of pediatrics in the division of endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies. Since the last time I interviewed him, hes also completed a masters in public health law. The Genesis of Hacking of the American Mind.' The motivation for The Hacking of the American Mind began some 30 years ago, while still a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Rockefeller University.

13:41

Norway electronics retailer Elkjp to sell solar panels in stores "IndyWatch Feed War"

Norway electronics retailer to sell solar panels in stores
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Solar panel units for the roofs of Norwegian homes are to be sold in-store for the first time by electronics retailer Elkjp.

The electronics chain has noticed a strong growth in demand for the solar units in its online stores, reports Dagens Nringsliv.

Now the technology will be available in physical shops for the first time.

Solar panel power in Norwegian homes has tripled in the last year in terms of overall effectivity, according to the report.

Buyers of the units can be split into three groups, according to Andreas Thorsheim, founder of Otovo, the supplier of the solar cells.

There are those who want to be innovative and have everything new, there are the environmentally friendly and finally those interested in good economy, Thorsheim said to Dagens Nringsliv.

The technology developer said that he wanted to take solar power from the niche market to the mass market.

The strongest indicator of someone wanting to buy solar panels is that they have an electric car. The second is that their neighbour has one, he added.

https://www.thelocal.no/20170918/norway-electronics-retailer-to-sell-solar-panels-in-stores

READ ALSO: Half of new cars in Norway now electric or hybrid

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13:34

Malaysia Stops Beer Festival Islamist party warned it would turn the city into the biggest centre of vice in Asia "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

dpa/AFP | The worlds largest beer festival is held annually in Munich, Germany
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)  Malaysia has canned an annual craft beer festival after an Islamist party warned it would turn the city into the biggest centre of vice in Asia.

Drinking alcohol is common among the large ethnic minorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia but there have been a growing number of protests against activities and events seen as un-Islamic by politicians and hardliners.

The Better Beer Festival, billed as Malaysias biggest craft beer festival, was due to take place on October 6 and 7 at a shopping mall on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

But last week the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), which often protests events seen as against Islam, warned the event could lead to criminal acts, free sex and rape.

We cant bear it if Kuala Lumpur is known by the world as the biggest centre of vice in Asia, PAS central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor was cited as saying in the Malay Mail Online.

It is something that is shameful for an Islamic country like Malaysia.

The organisers Monday announced with disappointment that the festival would not go ahead after city officials instructed them to cancel it due to licensing issues and the political sensitivity surrounding the event.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall confirmed the cancellation and said legal action could be taken if it went ahead.

It was the latest sign of creeping conservatism in Malaysia, where critics say increasingly vocal Islamic hardliners and politicians are eroding a traditionally moderate brand of the religion.

About 60 percent of Malaysias more than 30 million inhabitants are Muslim, and the country is also home to substantial ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities.


13:31

Three on trial for murder, abuse at German care home "IndyWatch Feed War"

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dpa/AFP | Three care workers are on trial for murder and abuse at the Seniorenhaus Lambrechter Tal home for the elderly in Lambrecht, western Germany in 2015 and 2016
FRANKFURT AM MAIN (AFP)  Three care home workers went on trial Monday in Germany accused of killing two elderly residents and abusing a string of others, with prosecutors saying they acted out of boredom.

The case could take on a larger dimension with investigators now looking into 40 deaths at the care home in the western town of Lambrecht.

The alleged crimes in the trial that opened Monday came to light when a co-worker discovered mobile phone footage of the abuse, according to DPA news agency.

The suspects, two men and a woman, stand accused of suffocating an 85-year-old woman with a pillow, after deliberately injecting her with insulin.

The two male defendants face a second murder charge for fatally injecting a 62-year-old woman with insulin.

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All three are accused of attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill an 89-year-old woman with insulin and morphine injections, as well as a case of serious sexual assault.

The offences are said to have taken place in 2015 and 2016.

Prosecutors allege that the trio also mistreated the elderly in their care by throwing items at them and unnecessarily administering drugs such as laxatives, and took pictures and video footage of the abuse on their phones.

The accused acted out of boredom. They wanted to exercise power over the residents out of base motives and malice, prosecutor Herbert Stroeber was quoted as saying by Bild newspaper.

The trial is scheduled to run until the end of November, according to DPA.


13:30

ANSWERS for Javad Heiran-Nia on Kurdistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

1. The Kurdish Referendum is to be held on September 25 despite the opposition of Kurdish movements such as the Gorran Movement. How will this referendum influence Kurdish movements within the region?

The Kurdish Referendum is long over due and must be respected. Kurdistan is a cultural, ethnic, and economic reality even if  the political powers controlled by the Deep State (Rothschilds, Vatican, City of London, Wall Street and their government puppets) do not wish it so.  I anticipate the practical foundation of Kurdistan within five years if the surrounding powers do not collaborate I anticipate all of them falling into a state of civil war; Turkey will not survive in its present state.

2. Concerning the objection of Baghdad and the Prime Minister himself to this referendum which described the referendum as playing with fire, is there a possibility of military conflict between Baghdad and Arbil following the independence referendum?...

13:25

Top German Politicians Want US Nuclear Weapons Out "IndyWatch Feed War"

By John Laforge for Counter Punch - A series of anti-nuclear weapons actions between March and August at Air Base Bchel in Germany brought widespread media attention to the 20 US nuclear weapons still deployed there. Surprising demands for the bombs removal soon came from high-ranking political leaders including Germanys foreign minister. A timeline of events between July 12 and 18, involving a Nukewatch-organized delegation of 11 US peace activists, shows how the work may have moved the officials to speak out. July 12 Upon its arrival, four members of the US group held a press conference in Frankfurt accompanied by Marion Kpker, international coordinator for DFG-VK Germanys oldest anti-war group and organizer of the five-month peace camp. News of the unprecedented US group was reported in the daily Frankfurt Journal (Activists from the US land in Frankfurt: Campaign against US nuclear weapons), the online magazine FOCUS (Nuclear fighters receive support from the US) and picked up around the country. July 15 Headlines like Today in Bchel: Action day against nuclear weapons, and Konstantin Wecker sings for the peace, was news across southwest Germany when the well known singer-songwriter drew about 400 to his performance near bases main gates. The US delegates all spoke briefly to the gathering through interpreters.

13:23

China Communist Party Complains About Fabricated Twitter Account Sarcastic comments about the Communist Party are unbearable "IndyWatch Feed War"

BEIJING The youth wing of Chinas ruling Communist Party on Monday said it had complained to social network Twitter about a fake account set up in its name that has tweeted sarcastic comments about the Communist Party.

China blocks Twitter and other Western sites, such as Facebook and Google, but that has not stopped some state media and government departments from setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts in Chinese and English as they seek to expand their global footprint.

In a brief statement on its Weibo account, Chinas answer to Twitter, the Youth League labeled the @ComYouthLeague Twitter account completely fabricated, saying it had asked for it to be handled. The statement did not elaborate.

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It displayed a screenshot of the account with the phrase fake goods stamped across it in Chinese.

A second picture showed the Youth Leagues official social media accounts, including those on Weibo and WeChat. It did not include any foreign social media sites.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The account the Youth League labeled as fake sent its first tweet on Sept. 12, and has sent 10 tweets to date.

One linked to an article on the official Xinhua news agency about a Chinese being detained for selling VPN services that help people skirt internet curbs and asked why people needed to do this, if China had such a wonderful internet culture.

It is not clear who set up the account, but it calls itself the Youth Le...

13:16

The Day Of The Generals: Winning Armageddon "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Phil Butler for NEO - In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Armys Chief of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein. At such a meeting theres no doubt that Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford attended seeing hes the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The agenda for this meeting was serious as a heart attack Americas most brilliant and powerful military men gathered that day to discuss Armageddon. The minutes of this fateful meeting are top secret. Only a handful of people will ever know what was discussed. But the end result of the strategy session was revealed on September 15, 2017 before the people of the United States. The top generals of the most powerful nation on Earth advised congress that America could in fact win an all-out war with Russia and China. It must have been a scene right out of Director Stanley Kubricks classic Cold War film, Dr. Strangelove.

13:09

Duterte Invites U.N. Rights Body to Open Philippine Office as Drug Killings Climb "IndyWatch Feed War"

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday invited the United Nations human rights monitor to set up office in the country and join all anti-narcotic operations, amid growing public and global criticism of his bloody war on drugs.

I will personally through an official channel invite the human rights commission to set up a satellite office here, Duterte told reporters after attending the wake of a slain policeman, referring to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

I will tell police station commanders, do not operate without a representative of the U.N. human rights commission and everybody must wear a camera so it will all be transparent.

The comments were a marked change from Dutertes usual disdain for the United Nations, which he once threatened to withdraw from after U.N. human rights experts and rapporteurs expressed concern about the huge death toll in his signature war on drugs.

Thousands of people, mostly poor urban Filipinos, have been killed since he took office in June 2016.

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 Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions

The OHCHR had no immediate comment on Dutertes remarks.

Duterte has also made a public debate with U.N. envoys a prerequisite for any visit or investigation related to the anti-drug campaign.

His outreach to the United Nations comes as the Philippine National Police (PNP) comes under heavy criticism over the deaths in August of two teenagers. Police say they were killed in self defense, but activists and political opponents hav...

13:08

Government Troops Liberated 12 Villages East Of Salamiyah From ISIS Last Week (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Government Troops Liberated 12 Villages East Of Salamiyah From ISIS Last Week (Map)

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The article is provided by Islamic World News exclusively for SouthFront

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies liberated a large area from ISIS in the eastern countryside of Hama, north of the Homs-Palmyra highway, during the last week.

Government forces liberated Qulayb ath-Thawr, Abu Hanaya, Abu Jurays, Al-Shandakhiya Shamaliya, Janubiya, AlAmudiya, Nabatiya, Umm Tin Al-Muallaq, Abu Tababir, Khalid Hilal, Umm Rajm and Rasm Sawwan.

On Monday, government troops continued their operation against ISIS aiming to clear the entire ISIS-held pocket.

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13:00

Iraqi PM demands suspension of Kurdish referendum "IndyWatch Feed War"

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12:55

Kurds: one stateless people across four countries "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Iraqi Kurds fly Kurdish flags during an event to urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 16, 2017

ARBIL (IRAQ) (AFP)  The Kurds, a non-Arab ethnic group, number between 25 and 35 million people who are spread across four countries but without a state of their own.

Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in northern Iraq, is to hold a non-binding independence referendum on September 25 that has stirred concern of separatist aspirations in neighbouring states.

Mountain people

The Kurds inhabit mainly mountainous regions that cover almost half a million square kilometres (200,000 square miles), spanning from southeast Turkey through northern Syria and Iraq to central Iran.

They number around 12 to 15 million in Turkey, (about 20 percent of the overall population), six million in Iran (less than 10 percent), 4.7 million in Iraq (15-20 percent), and more than two million in Syria (15 percent).

The Kurds have preserved their culture, dialects and clan-based social structures. Large expatriate communities exist in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Germany and Lebanon.

Although predominantly independence referendum, some are Christians and their political structures are often non-denominational.

Tense ties with host states

Kurdish ambitions of a unified nation are seen as a threat to the main host countries.

In Turkey, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has been labelled a terrorist organisation by the European Union and United States. More than 30 years of fighting with Turkish forces has killed more than 40,000 people.

In Syria, the US-backed Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) are one of the most effective forces against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. They control more than 10 percent of the country in the north and northeast, and three quarters of the border region with Turkey.

In Iraq, Kurds are an important US ally, and after having resisted the army of dictator Saddam Hussein for decades, now lead the fight against IS.

They control roughly 40,600 square kilometres (15,600 square miles) of territory, including many of northern Iraqs oilfields and the cities of Arbil and Kirkuk.

In Iran, where the army crushed a fledgling Kurdish republic in 1946, the Party for Free Life in...

12:45

Turkey Faces Threats for Inking Landmark Arms Deal with Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The long awaited deal has taken place. A deposit has already been paid. Turkey has finally signed the $2.5bn (1.9bn) contract with Russia to buy S-400 advanced missile defense system. With a range of 400 kilometers (248 miles), the system can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one, at an altitude of up to 30 km.

12:37

Tom Engelhardt 254 "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 17, 2017
Tomgram: Michael Klare, The New Face of "War" at Home

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12:35

Apocalyps Nu!: Naomi Klein "IndyWatch Feed War"

Naomi Klein: Neen zeggen tegen Trump is niet genoeg

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12:30

Sabra-Shatila "IndyWatch Feed War"


This week commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Wednesday, Sept. 15 to Saturday, Sept. 18, Sabra-Shatila Massacre in the Fakhani neighborhood of Beirut. For many of the families and loved ones of the victims, as is certainly the case with this observer, it seems as though the Sabra-Shatila Massacre was committed at most four or five years ago. So vivid still in our memories are the horror images of that orgy of slaughter. - Thirty-Five Years after the Sabra-Shatila Massacre wheres The Resistance - Franklin Lamb Counterpunch

4 jaar geleden een terugblik op www.alexandrina.nl: Het bloedbad van Sabra en Shatila 

'Op 16 september 1982 werd er een bloedbad aangericht in de vluchtelingenkampen Sabra en Shatila in Libanon. In deze kampen bij Beiroet zaten vooral Palestijnen. In twee dagen werden een paar duizend ongewapende burgers op beestachtige wijze afgeslacht door christelijke milities met hulp van het Isralische leger. De toenmalige minister van Defensie van Isral, Ariel Sharon, had de kampen in West-Beiroet eerder laten omsingelen. Toen er niemand meer in of uit kon stuurde Sharon de falangisten naar binnen in de avond van 16 september, waarbij het Isralische leger ervoor zorgde dat er niemand kon ontsnappen en de moordenaars met lichtkogels bijlichtte.'[..] ' daar lagen vrouwen in huizen met hun rokken...

12:29

Martin Oei "IndyWatch Feed War"

Geachte heer Van Houcke,

Gisteren verscheen onderstaand artikel op de website van Sonja van den Ende. Wellicht vindt u deze interessant om te lezen. 

Gisteren kwam er een interview met mij op YouTube bij Caf Weltschmerz.

Misschien vindt u het leuk om te weten.

Hartelijke groet,

Martin



Geachte heer Van Houcke,

Graag wil ik u op het volgende artikel attent maken.
http://gerritherders.blogspot.nl/2017/09/steun-het-palestijnse-verzet.html

Het komt uit onderstaande website en het...

12:21

Vietnam jails former political prisoner for five years "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | All media in Vietnam is government-controlled, but activists have turned to social media in recent years to voice grievances, with many including prominent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh arrested or jailed as a result
HANOI (AFP)  A former political prisoner in Vietnam was jailed Monday for a second time after being found guilty of violating the terms of his house arrest, as the one-party state cracks down on critics.Rights groups say at least 15 dissidents have been arrested since January in Vietnam, where a new administration in charge since last year has been accused of tightening already tough controls on freedom of expression.

Catholic activist Nguyen Van Oai was sentenced to five years in jail on Monday for failing to comply with terms of his house arrest and resisting public officers, his lawyer told AFP after the half-day trial in the central province of Nghe An.

Vietnam arrest human rights defenders Tran ThiNga & Nguyen Van Oai

The court delivered a very unfair verdict based on its biased views, attorney Ha Huy Son said.

Oai, 36, was convicted in 2013 along with 12 other activists of plotting to overthrow the government a common charge levied against government critics.

He was sentenced to four years in jail and ordered to serve another four years under house arrest.

He was re-arrested in January after he violated the terms of his house arrest and strongly resisted the orders of local officials, the state-run Ho Chi Minh City Law online newspaper said.

Vietnam has long been criticised by advocacy groups for its dismal human rights record. It routinely jails bloggers, lawyers and activists accused of criticising the state.

Though all media in Vietnam is government-controlled, activists have turned to social media in recent years to voice grievances and promote freedom of expression.

Many have been arrested or handed heavy jail terms as a result.

In June prominent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as Mother Mushroom, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for anti-state propaganda for her online posts about the environment and politics, including an investigation into deaths in police custody.

The following month anti-China activist Tran Thi Nga was given nine years in jail for posting online articles deemed critical of the state.

In late Ju...

12:20

Deplorable Ignorance and Indifference of Most Americans "IndyWatch Feed War"

Americans are the most over-entertained, uninformed people on the planet mostly know-nothings about domestic and geopolitical issues mattering most.

12:14

Israels Liberman says West Bank Settlements Needed for israels Defense "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY TOVAH LAZAROFF
 The Jerusalem Post
SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 06:08

The Palestinians have insisted that settlement activity is a stumbling block to peace and the US has frowned on such building.

Liberman: West Bank settlements are necessary for Israels defense

DEFENSE MINISTER Avigdor Liberman participates in a Rosh Hashana toast yesterday in the West Bank settlement of Vered Yeriho.. (photo credit:TOVAH LAZAROFF)

West Bank settlements ensure Israels security even in the era when Israel is under threat from missile and cyber attacks, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Sunday evening.

From my perspective its clear that the settlements in Judea and Samaria and those here in the area of Jericho and the Dead Sea are the State of Israels true defensive wall, Liberman said.

This is true even in the cyber age and the mi...

12:04

Syrian man identified as suspect in London train bombing "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Yahyah Farroukh, a 21-year-old originally from Damascus, pictured being arrested over explosion on London Underground

12:00

Anti-Communist Mob Attacks Indonesia Meeting, 22 Arrested "IndyWatch Feed War"

JAKARTA, Indonesia A mob opposed to public discussion of Indonesias 1965 massacre of communists tried to force its way into a Jakarta building where they believed communists were meeting, injuring five policemen.

Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 22 people were arrested early Monday for rioting and five officers were injured in the confrontation.

The melee came a day after police blockaded the building on Saturday to stop a public forum on the massacre, in which historians say half a million people were killed, from going ahead.

Bonnie Setiawan, an organizer of the forum, said about 200 people were trapped in the building, which is home to a legal aid institute, for hours on Sunday night while more than 1,000 people protested outside.

The protesters shouted that the people inside were members of the long-outlawed Indonesian Communist Party and threw rocks, breaking windows, he said.

Indonesia held a ground-breaking symposium on the massacre last year, breaking a half century of near silence on the issue, but the military, Islamic groups and senior figures in the government are opposed to unearthing the truth, saying it could revive communism.

The Indonesian Communist Party was the third largest in the world with an estimated 3 million members when an unsuccessful coup by pro-communist military officers in 1965 triggered a monthslong bloodletting by the army and Islamic groups that engulfed the country and ushered in the Suharto dictatorship.

Yuwono said police blockaded the forum on Saturday because organizers hadnt requested permission fo...

11:51

The Ayatollahs Ventriloquist Dummies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iranian President Rouhani waves from under a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah KhameneiIranian President Rouhani waves from under a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

 

By Mohammad Alzoubi

Another four years of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ensures the Iranian presidential chair will make no difference on the general expansionist policy of Iran and its acts of interference in other countries affairs. Ditto on a domestic level, where the Iranian people continue to suffer from poverty, unemployment and oppression.

It became clear during Rouhanis first term that the presidential seat is only perfunctory meaning, the Iranian president is only a dummy controlled by a higher position called the Supreme Leader (or Guardian Jurist). In other words, the elected presidents who represent the Iranian peoples will are all ruled by one hand of power (ie, a dictatorship).

The Iranian president does not have the real power that people think he has to improve the situation in the country or to make crucial decisions on the thorny issues. We should also not forget that the Revolutionary Guards and Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijanis legislature, have both served to suppress the press and intellectuals.

The views of the Iranian people fluctuate. Some think Rouhani has power, at least in the economic sphere. Here, they see he has failed to improve the countrys economic situation and reduce unemployment and poverty rates. (The economy has worsened under Rouhani so that many Iranian people are actually going hungry.)

Yet, even in the economic sphere, the Iranian president cannot change anything in Khameneis monarchy, especially since the majority of economic and industrial institutions follow the directions of the Supreme Leader and his Revolutionary Guards.

For the Iranian people, however, the elections are very important psychologically, offering a narrow port to express their freedom of choice (however suppressed, forced and directed these opinions are).

Khamenei is t...

11:46

Strong Philippine priest smiles after IS hostage ordeal ends "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Mynardo MACARAIG | Catholic priest Father Teresito Suganob (2nd L) was taken hostage along with about 13 parishioners from a local cathedral in Marawi city

MANILA (AFP)  A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamic State supporters when they seized parts of a southern Philippine city nearly four months ago smiled and declared himself strong Monday after escaping.Father Teresito Suganob called for prayers at a press conference at military headquarters in Manila after he was rescued late on Saturday when the military said it overran the militants control centre inside a mosque in Marawi city.

Thank you and I pray for you, God bless you all. Pray for me, for my recovery, said Suganob, 51, as he smiled and waved to reporters.

In a jocular mood despite his ordeal, the heavily bearded but apparently well-fed Suganob declared: I am physically strong and handsome. Thats it for now.

Hundreds of gunmen rampaged through Marawi, the main Muslim city in the mostly Catholic Philippines, on May 23 and then occupied key districts in what authorities said was an attempt to establish a Southeast Asian base for IS in the Philippines.

More than 850 people have been killed and large parts of Marawi destroyed in the ensuing fighting, which has seen the gunmen defy a US-backed military campaign that has included heavy bombing.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern region of Mindanao in response to the crisis.

Suganob, a parish priest in Marawi commonly known as Father Chito, was taken hostage along with about 13 parishioners from a local cathedral on the first day of the fighting.

The militants later released a video showing themselves vandalising the cathedral.

Another video released by his captors in late May showed Suganob standing in the rubble of buildings in Marawi asking President Duterte to withdraw troops and stop the military offensive.

Prisoners of war

Suganob said at the time that the gunmen were holding 240 prisoners of war, including teachers, carpenters and household workers. They were mostly Christians and local tribespeople.

We want to live another day. We want to live another month, Suganob said in the video as gunfire was heard in the distance.

One escaped hostage later told authorities that Suganob had been forced to...

11:45

Flags, Symbols, and Statues Resurgent As Globalism Declines "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the forces of globalism retreat after numerous defeats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and other nations, there is a resurgent popularity in national, historical, and cultural symbols...

11:44

Anti-Democratic israeli Laws "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anti-Democratic Israeli Laws by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) Ziofascists and religious fundamentalists dominate Israels Knesset. It shows in deplorable racist, anti-democratic legislation, hardening repression against Palestinians. Key measures enacted this year and in 2016 focused on land ownership and use, free expression and association, as well as civil and political rights. []

11:43

Arabic press review: Houthis 'ban journalism' in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Newspaper reports Houthis threaten journalists with arrest, while Saudi Arabia offers mediation in Iraqi Kurdish independence crisis

11:39

Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force against North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

North Korean leader Kim Jong-UnIMAGE: NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG-UN AT A PHOTO SESSION WITH THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE 8TH CONGRESS OF THE KOREAN CHILDRENS UNION (KCU) IN PYONGYANG, ON JUNE 6, 2017. (STR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) The U.S. military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises ahead of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Koreas nuclear threat is likely to loom large.

The flurry of military drills came after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday and the reclusive North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3 in defiance of United Nations sanctions and other international pressure.

A pair of U.S. B-1B bombers and four F-35 jets flew from Guam and Japan and joined four South Korean F-15K fighters in the latest drill, South Koreas defense ministry said.

The joint drills were being conducted two to three times a month these days, Defence Minister Song Young-moo told a parliamentary hearing on Monday.

In Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said China and Russia began naval drills off the Russian far eastern port of Vladivostok, not far from the Russia-North Korea border.

Those drills were being conducted between Peter the Great Bay, near Vladivostok, and the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, to the north of Japan, it said.

The drills are the second part of China-Russian naval exercises this year, the first part of which was staged in the Baltic in July. Xinhua did not directly link the drills to current tension over North Korea.

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File photo of combined Russia and China naval exercises

China and Russia have repeatedly called for a peaceful solution and talks to resolve the issue.

On Sunday, however, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the U.N. Security Council had run out of options on containing North Koreas nuclear program and the United States might have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

11:37

Help Wanted: Experienced Diplomats to Resolve Worst Nuclear Crisis in 55 Years, Rookie Presidents and Secretaries of State Need Not Apply "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Kevin Martin, September 18, 2017.

With North Koreas alarming escalation of its nuclear weapons and missile programs, humanity faces our most dire nuclear situation since the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. We narrowly, and most historians agree it was mostly matter of luck, averted catastrophe then, and there have been many other close calls since. Those were usually caused by technology failures giving false indications of a nuclear attack, forcing nuclear missileers (and on at least one occasion Russian President Boris Yeltsin) to decide the fate of humanity with only a few minutes notice.

At this point in time, we cant count on our luck holding, that there will be no miscalculations by US, North Korean, South Korean, Japanese, Chinese or Russian leaders or military personnel that could lead to a regional or global calamity. We need diplomats.

Some will see this as partisan, but our concern needs to be for humanity, not for Republicans or Democrats. Simply put, obviously-way-out-of-his-depth President Donald Trump and oil-magnate-turned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are not up to the job of negotiating a peaceful resolution with North and South Korea, and there is no reason to expect them to be, as theyve never done anything remotely like this before. Theyve done real estate and oil deals. Even those who support Trumps domestic agenda can surely see he cant do this part of the job (he just referred to North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un as Rocket Man in a tweet, Im sure Sir Elton John isnt amused and neither should anyone else be). No baseball team would send all rookie pitchers to the mound in the World Series, nor should the United States rely on novices...

11:36

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 17-18, 2017 (Maps, Photos, Videos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 17-18, 2017 (Maps, Photos, Videos)

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The situation is rapidly developing in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. While the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have not reached the bank of the Euphrates, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have crossed the river.

On September 17, the SAA and its allies fully liberated Jafrah, Ayyash, the Hujeif mount, Muraieiah, Hawayej, Hawayej Abu Arab, Ain Abu Jumah and Hajj Hammoud as well as some nearby points on the both northwestern and southeastern flanks of the city.

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 17-18, 2017 (Maps, Photos, Videos)

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At the same time, the SDF, backed up by the US-led coalition, seized the 7 Kilo roundabout and factories around it north of Deir Ezzor. The key SDF problem is that al-Husayniyah village, locaed on the bank of the Euphrates, is still contested. US-backed forces have not been...

11:36

Nine Targets Of US Regime Change Now Top The List Of Least Peaceful Nations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nine Targets Of US Regime Change Now Top The List Of Least Peaceful Nations Posted by Whitney Webb The 2017 Global Peace Index has declared Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan to be among the least peaceful countries in the world. Incidentally, all four have been targets of U.S.-led destabilization efforts that were used to []

11:31

QE with a twist? In 2016, the Supreme Leader of the Revolution distributed more than 1 billion dollars around the world "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Leader of the Revolution is an institution, specific to Iran. Inspired by the Government of the Wise Men in Plato's Republic, the Guide holds the following concurrent powers: The power to veto any decision made by political leaders in his country; and The power to take initiative abroad. His budget is made up of extraordinary revenues from oil. As it happens, when, pursuant to the nuclear deal, the ban on selling Iranian oil, was lifted, Iran and this Leader both benefitted: (...)

11:29

Is Washington Finally Reining in the United Nations? "IndyWatch Feed War"

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

There are many in the U.S. who believe we should stop funding the United Nations. Its a wasteful organization that largely ignores and even fights against U.S. foreign policy, they say. If we remove the 22 percent the U.S. contributes to the U.N. budget, they argue, the New-York based body will have to seriously rethink the way it operates.

In this podcast, Clarion suggests an alternative especially given the remarkable performance of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley.

 

 

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11:29

Susan Rice admits that she spied on Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor, has admitted before the House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee that during the transition period, she had spied on Donald Trump and his team when they were in Trump Tower, New York. She also admitted that she had had the names of Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon deleted from summaries of the tappings. Mrs Rice has guaranteed that her intention was not to find out the secret plans of the Team Trump. She (...)

11:28

Maliki says Iraq wont allow creation of second israel in country Updated "IndyWatch Feed War"

Source SULAIMANI Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki said Iraq will not allow the creation of a second Israel state in northern Iraq, calling for the prevention of Kurdistan independence referendum. Malikis office released a statement on Sunday (September 17) saying VP met with U.S. Ambassador to Baghdad Douglas Silliman to discuss the latest development []

11:28

Operation Barkhanes Secret to Success "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canadas Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and as an Associate Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. He has also served as an infantryman in the Canadian Forces.

Member states of G5 Sahel.

Member states of G5 Sahel.

More than three years ago, France launched Operation Barkhane, intended to combat terrorism throughout West Africa. Although the mission was initially launched in response to the threat posed to Mali by a collection of militant Islamist groups al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Ansar al-Dine, and...

11:28

Linda Sarsour Appears on the Glazov Gang! "IndyWatch Feed War"

This special edition of The Glazov Gang presents: Linda Sarsour Appears on the Glazov Gang! In a bit of a strange twist, our show is joined by Robert Spencer, the Director of JihadWatch.org, who demonstrates, with chilling mystery and nail-biting suspense, that if Linda Sarsour can claim to be black, then Robert Spencer can claim []

11:27

Russia shines light on the shady anti-Syrian coalition of the US, Kurds and jihadists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia shines light on the shady anti-Syrian coalition of the US, Kurds and jihadists Russia has made a statement with only two logical conclusions: Either the US and its Kurdish proxies are lying about the nature of an alleged strike on SDF positions or otherwise, the Kurdish led SDF is embedded among ISIS. Russia has []

11:26

Interior Report Recommends Cuts or Changes to Seven National Land Monuments Changes to nearly half the geographic national monuments "IndyWatch Feed War"

White House has yet to act on the recommendations

Updated Sept. 17, 2017 11:18 p.m. ET

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended cutbacks or other changes to nearly half the geographic national monuments he recently reviewed at the request of President Donald Trump, according to a report sent to the White House and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The report recommends reducing the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante preserves in Utah, and reopening hundreds of thousands of square miles of protected oceans in both the Pacific and Atlantic to commercial fishingin actions numerous environmental groups would likely fight to block.

Those are the findings in a report the secretary sent to Mr. Trump in August. The details of the report werent released at the time.

Officials at the Interior Department referred requests for comment to the White House, which declined to comment.

The Trump administration does not comment on leaked documents, especially internal drafts which are still under review by the president and relevant agencies, White House spokeswoman Kelly Love said in a statement Sunday.

Besides Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, the list of land monuments recommended for downsizing or otherwise made less restrictiveincluding by allowing traditional activities including ranching and loggingare Oregons Cascade-Siskiyou; Nevadas Gold Butte; Maines Katahdin; and New Mexicos Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande Del Norte. The ocean preserves Mr. Zinke wants reopened to commercial fishing include Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the Massachusetts coast and both Rose Atoll and the Pacific Remote Islands.

Mr. Zinke recommended no changes to 17 other national monuments that the president included in the review, which he ordered after complaining some of his predecessors had locked up too much land and water in the preserves that can be created by presidents or Congress under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Most of the monuments that Mr. Zinke reviewed were created by two of Mr. Trumps Democratic predec...

11:20

OVERVIEW OF BATTLE FOR DEIR EZZOR ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 (MAPS, ANALYSIS) "IndyWatch Feed War"

  Russian servicemen The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG), Hezbollah and their allies are consolidating their gains in the Deir Ezzor countryside, on the western bank of the Euphrates River. On Sunday, pro-government forces fully secured the areas of Jafrah, Ayyash, Tal Kuriya on the both northwestern and southeastern flanks of Deir Ezzor []

11:20

Boris Johnson Shakes Up Brexit Plan of Theresa Mays Government Foreign Secretary to tell PM 30bn divorce bill is not acceptable Prelude to a leadership challenge? "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

Brexit: Boris Johnson and stats chief in row over 350m figure

Boris Johnson during the referendum campaignGETTY IMAGES

The UKs statistics watchdog has stood by its criticism of Boris Johnson in a growing row over the possible financial windfall the NHS may get from Brexit.

Sir David Norgrove said he was disappointed the foreign secretary had revived Vote Leaves pledge of 350m a week extra for the NHS.

Mr Johnson hit back at a wilful distortion of the text of my article, asking for the claim to be withdrawn.

The mention of 350m came in a Daily Telegraph piece by Mr Johnson.

In it, he wrote: Once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly 350 million per week.

It would be a fine thing, as many of us have pointed out, if a lot of that money went on the NHS.

The article, in which he also said he opposed paying the EU to secure temporary access to the single market during a transitional phase after the UKs departure, divided Tory MPs.

Some claimed it undermined Theresa Mays leadership ahead of a crucial speech later this week and amounted to a leadership challenge.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd accused her cabinet colleague of being a Brexit back-seat driver, telling the BBC that while it was fine for Mr Johnson to show his enthusiasm for Brexit, he should remember he was not driving the car.

The chair of the UK Statistics Authority wrote on Sunday to Mr Johnson setting out his concerns about the 350m figure.

The authority, which is an independent statutory body, previously criticised use of the figure which was displayed on the side of a campaign bus  during the 2016 referendum campaign.

...

11:19

On International Day, Collective Action to Protect Ozone Layer Important and Needed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

16 September 2017 Commemorating the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General Antnio Guterres highlighted the contributions of the Montreal Protocol an international environment agreement on the elimination of ozone depleting substances.

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The Earths protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades. Photo: UNEP

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When scientists found that everyday products were destroying the fragile ozone layer, the world responded with the Montreal Protocol, said Guterres in his message on the International Day.

It rallies Governments, companies, doctors, scientists and citizens to reverse the damage [and] saves millions of people from skin cancer and cataracts each year.

Also in his message, Guterres underscored the importance of Montreal Protocol to help combat poverty, address climate change, and protect the food chain. He also noted that new business opportunities have been created by the treaty, highlighting that it will save the global economy over $2 trillion by 2050.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which was agreed on this day in 1987.

As part of the celebrations, the Ozone Secretariat (which supports parties to the Protocol in implementing actions to protect the ozone layer) in partnership with Marvel, the compa...

11:15

Former Diplomat Fears War on Horizon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Japans postwar foreign policy has not been awash with Henry Kissingers persons of status who can secretly or privately negotiate major policy changes with hostile regimes. But if Japan was to have one such person it would be Hitoshi Tanaka, a former deputy foreign minister and the man who secretly negotiated a breakthrough in relations with North Korea, operating through a mysterious Mr. X whom he met repeatedly at secret locations, mainly in China.

11:13

Bahrain tells Arab states to be nice to Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

  By  Brecht Jonkers 18/09/2017 DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:20) King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah has stated that he believes it is time to end the Arab boycott of Israel and to normalize ties between the zionist entity and the states in the Arab Gulf. This was reported by Israeli media. The king of []

11:10

Act to Eliminate Sexual Exploitation and Abuse UN Official Urges Political Leaders "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

17 September 2017 Ahead of a high-level United Nations meeting on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, the Organizations Special Coordinator on the issue is urging global leaders to join the Circle of Leadership, lend the political weight of their offices, and act both at the national and international levels to eradicate the scourge.

United Nations work with local communities in Kavumo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to sensitize the population on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. Photo: MONUSCO/Alain Likota

Sexual exploitation and abuse is not an issue that is only concerning peacekeeping or military or uniformed personnel, it is a scourge that exists everywhere across our system, Jane Holl Lute, the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse, said in an interview with UN News.

Through this initiative [we are] asking political leadership, to personally, associate with this agenda and lend the political weight of their office to its success.

The High-level Meeting on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, to be held on Monday at UN Headquarters on the eve of the high-level segment of the General Assemblys 72nd session, will see Secretary-General Antnio Guterres announce the Circle of Leadership on the prevention of and response t...

11:08

London Tube jihad bomber was spoken to by police several times "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yesterday it was revealed that he was held by police two weeks ago, but freed. Now we learn that police spoke with him a number of times. He was obviously a source of great concern. Yet no one was watching him closely enough to prevent his planting an IED on the London Tube. Police just []

11:00

STILL ROTTEN TO THE (COMMON) CORE: INSPIRATIONAL ROBOTS ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

A few years ago, when Gary Lawrence and I wrote Rotten to the (Common) Core, two of our chief concerns about the whole program

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10:58

Tomgram: Michael Klare, The New Face of War at Home "IndyWatch Feed War"

Posted by Michael Klare at 4:22PM, September 17, 2017, TomDispatch.

The United States just experienced its largest rainfall event in memory. For the first time in recorded weather history, two category 4 hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, hit in a single season (not yet over). And San Francisco, famed for its chilliness, experienced an unheard of 106 degree day as September began, while a record West Coast heat wave, essentially an unending Irma or Harvey of wildfires, left parts of the region, from Los Angeles to British Columbia, enwreathed in a pall of smoke and ash (without even an El Nio year to blame for it). And did I mention that both states hit by those recent hurricanes have climate-change denying governors? Or that the man now in charge in Washington also denies the reality of climate change (a Chinese hoax!) and has stocked his administration with a remarkable cast of fervent deniers (the latest such appointment being the head of NASA), who have essentially wiped all references to the phenomenon off every imaginable federal...

10:58

London Tube jihad bomber is Muslim refugee Yahyah Farroukh "IndyWatch Feed War"

But remember: if you oppose the Muslim migrant influx, youre a racist, bigoted Islamophobe. First pictures of arrested Tube bomb suspect, by Philip Whiteside, Sky News, September 18, 2017: These are the first pictures of a suspect being held by police investigating the Parsons Green bombing. Yahyah Farroukh, 21, is listed as living at an []

10:51

In Libya, Islamic State Seeks Revival in Gateway to Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Small cells of fighters are operating in the country a year after the group lost its main Libyan stronghold

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Libyans attended a funeral west of Tripoli last month for people killed in an attack the previous day that was claimed by Islamic State.Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Image

Updated Sept. 17, 2017 8:01 p.m. ET

Islamic State has formed a number of clandestine cells in Libya a year after losing its main stronghold in the chaotic North African country, part of the militant groups efforts to regroup on Europes doorstep.

The small cells, some comprised of up to several dozen fighters, have set up new bases outside Libyan towns in the past several months and started making money by hijacking commercial trucks and extorting migrant smuggling rings, according to Libyan and European security officials.

Islamic State has also told fighters to go to Libya from Syria, where a U.S.-led coalition is pushing the terror group from its de facto capital of Raqqa, according to a defector and security officials.

They consider Libya to be the main entrance to Europe, said Abu Baara al-Ansari, a Syrian who defected from Islamic State in June.

Mr. al-Ansari said he worked in Raqqa for Islamic State in the office that tracked visitors to the groups territory. He is now in Turkey and was interviewed via the Telegram messaging system.

The groups efforts to stage a comeback in Libya after losing control of the coastal city of Sirte last year have sparked concern among European officials. Attackers who traveled from Syria to Europe have taken part in a number of deadly terroris...

10:50

World Citizenship Is More Popular Than You Might Think "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, September 18, 2017

Has nationalism captured the hearts and minds of the worlds people?

It certainly seems to have emerged as a powerful force in recent years.  Trumpeting their alleged national superiority and hatred of foreigners, political parties on the far right have made their biggest political advances since the 1930s.  After the far rights startling success, in June 2016, in getting a majority of British voters to endorse BrexitBritish withdrawal from the European Union (EU)even mainstream conservative parties began to adopt a chauvinist approach.  Using her Conservative Party conference to rally support for leaving the EU, British Prime Minister Theresa May declared contemptuously: If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.

The tilt toward an aggressive nationalism was particularly evident in the United States, where Donald Trumpamid chants of USA, USA from his fervent supporterspromised to make America great again by building a wall to block Mexicans, barring the entry of Muslims to the United States, and expanding U.S. military might.  Following his surprise election victory, Trump told a rally in December 2016:  There is no global anthem.  No global currency.  No certificate of global citizenship.  We pledge allegiance to one flag and that flag is the American flag.  After wild cheering from the crowd, he added: From now on it is going to be:  America First.  Okay?  America first.  Were going to put ourselves first.

But the nationalists suffered some major setback...

10:48

Zanzibar: We rounded them up because we suspect they were engaged in homosexuality "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Quran contains numerous condemnations of homosexual activity: And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.And We rained upon them a []

10:47

The History of israeli Support for Oppression and Genocide across the World (Part II) "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Part II) The history of supports that the Zionist regime has provided for dictatorships around the world is filled with examples that should be registered in a long list. The Israeli regime, weak at the beginning in the mid of twentieth century, made attempts to favor the countries from which it could get a mutual []

10:47

Priest rescued as Philippine troops retake parts of Marawi Our troops gained the upper hand, the terrorists were forced to withdraw "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Marawis vicar-general Father Teresito Chito Soganub waves to the media and soldiers at a military camp, after soldiers rescued him from the Islamic State-linked rebels stronghold in Marawi, during a news conference in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao

MANILA (Reuters) Philippine troops rescued a catholic priest held hostage for almost four months by Islamic State-linked rebels after an offensive that captured a stronghold of the militants in southern Marawi City, defense officials said on Monday.

Marawis vicar-general Father Teresito Chito Soganub was kidnapped along with other Christians as militants rampaged through the city on May 23, burning churches and schools, releasing prisoners and seizing arms in a well-planned assault.

Soganub, flanked by Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and military chief General Eduardo Ano, appeared to be in good health and high spirits when he was presented to the media in Manila. He expressed his thanks but gave no statement.

Our troops gained the upper hand, the terrorists were forced to withdraw to nearby structures on the periphery of the mosque, Lorenzana told a media briefing in Manila, referring to the Bato mosque held by the rebels for 117 days.

Troops had opportunity to snatch Father Chito

The appearance of Soganub is some rare good news for a military that has suffered a string of setbacks in Marawi, from deadly accidents during a controversial campaign of air strikes to repeatedly missing deadlines on when the battle would be won.

The siege of the city by an alliance of rebels from the island of Mindanao, and numerous foreign fighters, has been the biggest internal security crisis in years for the Philippines, a country used to separatist and communist rebellions.

Marawis vicar-general Father Teresito Chito Soganub smiles as he is flanked by Philippine Armed Forces chief Eduardo Ano (L) and Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, after soldiers rescued him from the Islamic State-linked rebels stronghold in Marawi, during a news conference in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao

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10:43

The History of israeli Support for Oppression and Genocide across the World (Part I) "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Part I) Source For Israel, any sort of political, military or moral code could be violated if it leads to benefits for Zionist extremists. Since taking the office in January 20, 2017, Donald Trump made many remarks that should have been reacted by Israelis in a normal condition. While avoiding any reference to Jewish victims []

10:37

Chinas Commerce Ministry says EU solar panel decision is a positive step "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Workers walk past solar panels in Jimo, Shandong Province, China, April 21, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) Chinas Ministry of Commerce said on Monday that the European Unions decision to lower the minimum price for imported Chinese solar panels is a positive step for market normalization.

The E.U. decided on Sept. 16 to lower the minimum price that Chinese solar panel makers are allowed to sell into Europe, the ministry said in a statement on the its website.

The ministry added that it hopes the E.U. will terminate all anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs against Chinese solar panel imports.

Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Christian Schmollinger


10:36

Religious bigotry is alive and well in israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Religious bigotry is alive and well in Israel Huge Spike in Number of Israelis un-Jewed by Chief Rabbinate in Past Two Years Trend appears related to new practice of re-examining and revoking religious status of citizens already recognized as Jewish Judy Maltz, Haaretz 17 September 2017 The number of Israelis featured on a blacklist of  []

10:33

Saudi Israeli cooperation in the Kurdish secession "IndyWatch Feed War"

  There will be no tolerance with the formation of the secession even if it leads to war; it is the decision of Syria, Iraq, the region, and according to Russia. Let the Israelis and the Saudis pay attention well that they will not cover their defeat with an alternative war, since the unity of []

10:31

Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Governmental Controls "IndyWatch Feed War"

They marched him to a police station and made their demand: Hand over your Facebook password. Mr. Tuan, a computer engineer, had recently written a poem on the social network called Mothers Lullaby, which criticized how the communist country was run.

One line read, One century has passed, we are still poor and hungry, do you ask why?

Mr. Tuans arrest came just weeks after Facebook offered a major olive branch to Vietnams government. Facebooks head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, met with a top Vietnamese official in April and pledged to remove information from the social network that violated the countrys laws.

While Facebook said its policies in Vietnam have not changed, and it has a consistent process for governments to report illegal content, the Vietnamese government was specific. The social network, they have said, had agreed to help create a new communications channel with the government to prioritize Hanois requests and remove what the regime co...

10:25

Encouragement for: The Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed War"

Encouragement for: The Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from Anthony Donovan on Vimeo.

Please let you Representatives from city to state to nation know that they need to turn around and listen and take a stand to save the planet, and civilization. Tell them we need our tax money to answer the tremendous challenges before us, not annihilation. It is time. The nuclear arguments are all disarmed, when you look into it.
Thank you for watching and sharing this. Join any of the wonderful organizations gathering together for this, our childrens lives and planet. Onward Together.

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ps. When you hear the lead nation of these murderous devices say they want no nukes but need verification, just know thats exactly how theyve denied and delayed every major attempt along the way over decades. We can do verification. But for nuclear weapon states, its come to mean, We keep ours, and modernize, and we need to be sure no one else gets them.

You will hear the NWSs say we must have a step by step process. All good, but they have denied or forgotten all the legitimate worthy steps taken over the past 50 years and more.

Yu will hear them saying this Treaty interferes with years of diplomatic efforts and other vital treaties. simply not true. the NWS have maintained a stalemate and have not lived up to the obligations nor made sincere disarmament moves for decades. Its time to get facts out and start the process of protecting life.

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10:24

Growing Unease as India Shuts Down the Internet Necessary for maintaining public order "IndyWatch Feed War"

MUMBAI First he tried messaging friends, but WhatsApp was down. Then, the credit card readers at his clothing store werent working. Ride-sharing apps were offline too.

Harsh Madhok, who runs a clothing business in Jaipur, a city of three million people, had read about internet shutdowns elsewhere in India.

Now he was in the middle of one in his city in central India, as authorities tried to damp down unrest following a traffic incident that led to clashes between police and locals.

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Its very frustrating, said Madhok, 45, of the Sept. 9 shutdown. These things leave you feeling like you dont know whats going on.

Under the rule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indias Hindu nationalist leader, Internet shutdowns have escalated sharply in the worlds largest democracy.

According to a database maintained by the Software Freedom Law Centre, an online advocacy group in New Delhi, government officials ordered shutdowns 42 times between January and August in 2017. That compares with six times in all of 2014, when Modi first came to power.

This year the shutdowns were spread over 11 states, compared to just one in 2012.

The disconnections, which state governments have said are necessary for maintaining public order, typically happen without official explanation.

They have followed farmer agitations, protests by a minority community calling for government jobs, and public violence sparked by a Facebook post.

The frequency of the shu...

10:21

Saudi Arabia blocks Al Jazeera on Snapchat "IndyWatch Feed War"

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10:15

Russia Emerges As Victor in Syrian War "IndyWatch Feed War"

No matter what was the US initial goal in Syria, the plans have ended up in failure. Two investigative documents have emerged stating that the United States have been supplying arms and ammunitions purchased from several Eastern European countries to terrorist groups in Syria under the guise to fight the Islamic State (IS). The weapons included AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, mortars, and other weapons and ammunition purchased in the Czech Republic, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. The supplies did not result in victories.

10:14

Turkish Army Conducts Military Drill at Iraqi Border One week before a referendum on Kurdish independence "IndyWatch Feed War"

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ANKARA Turkish armed forces started a military drill at the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence in northern Iraq which Turkey has asked to be called off.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the planned Sept. 25 referendum was as an issue of national security, and warned that Turkey would take any necessary steps in response.

Turkey, the United States and other Western powers have advised authorities in the semi-autonomous region to cancel the vote, worrying that it would create tensions that would distract from the war on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

With the largest Kurdish population in the region, Turkey also fears that a Yes vote would fuel separatism in its southeast, where militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have waged an insurgency for three decades.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi this week to discuss their concerns about the referendum.

In a statement, the military said its operations targeting militant groups in the Iraq border region would continue at the same time as the drill.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dominic Evans)


10:04

AP Interview: Mahathir Says Opposition Can Win Malaysia Vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Former Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad says the opposition alliance campaigning to topple the countrys corruption-tainted leader can win the next general elections and pull Malaysia back from a slide into kleptocracy.

The energetic 92-year-old, Asias longest-serving leader before stepping down in 2003, has made a high-profile return to politics in a bid to oust his protege, Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has clung to power despite an epic corruption scandal that involved hundreds of millions of dollars passing through his bank accounts.

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is back on the campaign trail

Mahathir told The Associated Press in an interview that the disparate opposition coalition he has spearheaded to contest elections due by mid-2018 is tapping into anger at the corruption scandal and the rising cost of living.

Lots of people feel that Najib has destroyed much that has been built for this country, he said.

People are calling our leader a crook. That is not something I would like to see perpetuated. It must change back to the days when we were doing well.

Najib has sacked critics in his own government including an attorney-general and deputy prime minister and muzzled the media since the corruption scandal erupted two years ago. The U.S. and several other countries are investigating allegations of cross-border embezzlement and money laundering at 1MDB, a state investment fund set up and previously led by Najib to promote economic development but which accumulated billions in debt.

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09:52

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya atrocities "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP | The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children

YANGON (AFP)  Pressure tightened on Myanmar Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on the countrys military, which is accused of driving out more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated ethnic cleansing campaign.The call from Human Rights Watch came as the UN General Assembly prepared to convene in New York, with the ongoing crisis in Myanmar billed as one of most pressing topics.

The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children.

There are acute shortages of nearly all forms of aid, with many Rohingya huddling under tarps as their only protection from monsoon rains.

Myanmars government hinted Sunday that would not take back all who fled across the border, accusing those refugees of having links to militants whose raids on police posts in August set off the army backlash.

Any moves to block the refugees return will likely inflame Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina, who will press the UN General Assembly for more global pressure on Myanmar to repatriate all of the Rohingya massing in shantytowns along her border.

Human Rights Watch also called for the safe and voluntary return of the displaced as it urged governments around the globe to punish Myanmars army with sanctions for the ongoing atrocities against the Rohingya.

Call for arms embargo

The United Nations Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims, the group said in a statement.

It called on the UN General Assembly to make the crisis a priority, urging countries to issue travel bans and asset freezes on Myanmar officers implicated in the abuses, as well as expand arms embargoes.

Burmas senior military commanders are more likely to heed the calls of the international community if they are suffering real economic consequences, said John Sifton, HRWs Asia advocacy director.

Myanmars government has defended the military campaign as a legiti...

09:51

US Interference in Foreign Elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Interference in Foreign Elections Reagan documents shed light on The routine Meddling. Article by Robert Parry. Secret documents, recently declassified by the Reagan presidential library, reveal senior White House officials reengaging a former CIA proprietary, The Asia Foundation, in political action, an intelligence term of art for influencing the actions of foreign governments. The []

09:31

As Thousands Left Homeless from Hurricanes, Trump Sends $75 Million MORE to israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

As Thousands Left Homeless from Hurricanes, Trump Sends $75 Million MORE to Israel Free Thought Project by Rachel Blevins   As many Americans struggle to get back on their feet after their homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the United States government has insisted that the only way to raise money for []

09:06

Turkish army drills near Iraqi border ahead of Kurdish referendum "IndyWatch Feed War"

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08:25

08:20

BBCs Hardtalk revisits antisemitism and anti-Zionism "IndyWatch Feed War"

As we know the BBCs record on preventing, identifying and correcting  antisemitic discourse in its own content is worryingly dismal. Likewise, the BBC has been unable to explain anti-Zionism to its audiences adequately and attempts to do so have been repeatedly marred by promotion of the Livingstone Formulation. Not surprisingly therefore, the BBCs coverage of the issue of antisemitism in the ranks of the UK Labour party has also repeatedly been unsatisfactory and unhelpful to its funding public.

Against that backdrop, parts of the September 11th edition of Hardtalk (broadcast both on television and BBC World Service radio) with the British writer Howard Jacobson were noteworthy....

08:11

Iraq VP Warns against Second Israel in Kurdistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 17, 2017 An Iraqi vice president warned Sunday that Baghdad would not tolerate the creation of a second Israel after the Zionist entity became the only country to support a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq. The leaders of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan must call off the (September 25) referendum that is contrary to []

07:56

MADE In Russia VII September 1 15 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

  by Scott Humor What does Russia produce? 1 What does Russia produce? 2 What does Russia produce? 3 Made In Russia SITREP IV Made in Russia V Made in

06:29

Santiago, Chile: Invitacin y Difusin del Encuentro Anarquista 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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INVITACIN AL 6TO ENCUENTRO DEL LIBRO Y LA PROPAGANDA ANARQUISTA DE SANTIAGO 2017

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Pensamos que como individuos que se posicionan desde una postura anrquica y revolucionaria, la nunca suficiente pero siempre irreductible difusin de herramientas para nuestra liberacin debe continuar construyendo caminos cada vez ms anchos dando a conocer imaginarios y perspectivas de diversos tiempos y lugares. Imaginarios
donde podamos contrastar nuestras propias experiencias portando esas ideas y herramientas prcticas al terreno donde se pueda probar su coraje en nuestras vidas individuales y colectivas.

Tanto en este territorio que habitamos como en el resto del mundo corren das cada vez ms difciles para quienes tenemos que vender nuestros cuerpos y mentes a la acumulacin de capital. Los ndices de contaminacin de todo tipo se hacen ms difciles de esconder para las grandes empresas y sus absurdas campaas de ahorro, mientras siguen su curso proyectos mega devastadores como el IIRSA o el MAPA. La preca...

06:01

South African spy agency cant account for over $100 million in expenses "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Africas National Treasury threatened to terminate all funding for covert operations last year, after the countrys spy agency refused to account for tens of millions of dollars in expenses, saying the money had been put to secret use.

06:00

In Catalonia: A Spanish Tiananmen Square? "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of those crises that no one saw coming is about to rear its head in a very unlikely locale: Catalonia, Spains richest province, where the local government has scheduled an independence referendum on October 1.  Of course, some observers e,g, Julian Assange did see it coming, but the current trend to find fascists Continue reading "In Catalonia: A Spanish Tiananmen Square?"

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06:00

Nikki Haley Meltdown: Assad Must Go and War With North Korea! "IndyWatch Feed War"

There must be something about being named US Ambassador to the UN that brings out the inner mass murderer in people. Madeline Albright famously admitted that she thought 500,000 dead Iraqi children due to US sanctions was worth it. John Bolton never met a disagreement he didnt want to turn into a war. Samantha Power Continue reading "Nikki Haley Meltdown: Assad Must Go and War With North Korea!"

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05:53

ISIS Families Relocated Without Warning; 387 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Operations in Anbar left hundreds dead, but in Mosul ISIS wives and children were transferred without warning.

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05:50

Tearing Down St. Louis BLM Rioting And Violence Continues As Activists Protest Acquittal Of Police Officer "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tearing Down St. Louis BLM Rioting And Violence Continues As Activists Protest Acquittal Of Police Officer by Susan Duclos All News Pipeline Violent BLM activists and protesters have been rioting since Friday when ex-officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of...

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05:30

A US-China Trade War will End US Financial Monopoly | Jim Rogers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trump was reported to have halted the Chinese purchase of a US chipmaker last week. This is, of course, in line with his America First campaign speech. But there is also a grand plan to start a mini nuke war with North Korea, if only that is even possible. The ultimate objective, of course, Continue reading A US-China Trade War will End US Financial Monopoly | Jim Rogers

02:59

Greece: From Charlottesville to Athens Antifa Riot 4 Years After the Murder of Pavlos Fyssas by Neo-Nazis "IndyWatch Feed War"

(For Pavlos Fyssas, Heather Heyer, Clement Meric, Carlos Palomino, Guillem Agull, Sonia, Roger and to all the fallen antifascist comrades)

On September 16, 2017 thousands of antifascists in Athens, Greece marched towards the headquarters of the Golden Dawn fascist party, four years after the murder of antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas by approximately 40 neonazi members of Golden Dawn, on September 18, 2013 in the Keratsini area of Athens.

When the antifascist protest in memory of Pavlos Fyssas reached the Golden Dawn HQ people were faced by dozens of riot policemen protecting the neonazi offices, and a wall of riot police busses blocking any access nearby. The protection of the murdererss offices -that remain free during their judicial trial that has been going on for almost three years now, contrary to the majority of political prisoners that remain in prison for years until finally their trial takes place- ignited the peoples sentiment and escalated the protest into a riot.

More antifascist protests have been scheduled all over Greece on September 18, 2017, the day when Pavlos Fyssas was murdered by the neonazis exactly 4 years ago to that day.

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02:15

More Flotilla Photos "IndyWatch Feed War"

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02:06

Flotilla Photos! "IndyWatch Feed War"

More here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/coolrevolution/with/37292618025

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01:21

Newsletter: Chelsea Manning v. US War Criminals "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance. Chelsea Manning saw crimes and exposed them. Her detractors are aware of the crimes and even commit them. Rather than self-evaluation they continue to hide the crimes even though they are in the public and people can read them. For her part, "Manning said Harvard's decision signaled to her that it's a "police state" and it's not possible to engage in political discourse in academic institutions. "'I'm not ashamed of being disinvited,'" she said. "'I view that just as much of an honored distinction as the fellowship itself.'" The so-called Deep State of Security, Intelligence and foreign policy agencies could learn a lot from Manning about shame. Unlike her, they fear people knowing the truth about them, indeed they fear looking in the mirror and seeing the unpatriotic truths about themselves.

00:24

Argentina Sentences 6 to Life in Prison for Crimes Against Humanity During US-Backed Dirty War "IndyWatch Feed War"

teleSUR | September 16, 2017 In a landmark ruling, Argentinas Court of Tucuman sentenced 17 people with crimes against humanity including issuing 6 life terms for their role in Operation Independence during the U.S.-backed Dirty War in Argentina in the 1970s and 80s. The six given life sentences include Roberto El Tuerto Albornoz, Luis []

00:23

Aid officials 'gravely concerned' over fate of relocated IS families in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

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00:18

Mohawk Nation News 'Military Occupation of Canada' "IndyWatch Feed War"

MILITARY OCCUPATION OF CANADA Posted on September 16, 2017 Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. MNN. 16 SEPT. 2017. We have a right to defend ourselves and our homeland. There is no justification for mowing down, clear cutting our trees, flooding our lands and removing us and all our relations. It is slaughter of people and all life. We refuse to move from land coveted

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23:53

WATCH: PINAC Correspondent Kicked Out of Free Speech Rally in Oregon "IndyWatch Feed War"

PINAC correspondent Mike Smith attended a free speech rally in Portland only to be physically thrown out by police.

Smith was at the Patriot Prayer rally at the waterfront last Sunday, which is a popular place in the Oregon city for events and protests. There were several other groups counterprotesting the Patriot Prayer group which is why police were there to keep the peace.

The police sectioned off an area for media personnel in the middle of the protests but when Smith attempted to enter the media area, cops told him he wasnt allowed because he was a counterprotester. Smith repeatedly told the cops that he was on assignment as a correspondent with PINAC News and not a counterprotester.

Police kept Smith from covering footage as seen in picture.

Smith even showed the cops his PINAC issued press pass, but they still assumed that he was a counterprotester at the rally to start trouble.

It was then that Sergeant Mirau told Smith that he could enter the press area on the other side of the gate, as seen in the video.

Smith walks all the way to the other side of the media entrance area and crossed the yellow line for media only to be told by a different set of officers that he still was not allowed in the media area.

And this time officers even threatened to arrest Smith.

Smith tried getting the name and badge numbers of the officers but then other officers came to physically remove Smith from the general protest area.

Meanwhile, the corporate media reporters who were allowed to enter the area were photographing the altercation but it does not appear as if they were published.

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23:49

Top Russian and US generals discuss Syria bombing allegations: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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23:03

Head of YPG/PKK /SDF Damascus Declared War on Us "IndyWatch Feed War"


This news was published about 12 hours ago according to the site. (Its 2:30 pm est)
Head of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units Siban Hamo condemned the Syrian regime or Russian shelling of a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position east of the Euphrates River, questioning how they can target forces that have been combating the ISIS terrorist group.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the shelling is a
declaration of war.

Siban Hamo condemns either or both the Syrian regime/Russian Shelling of SDF east of the Euphrates by claiming this is a declaration of war

Pretty certain that the news from two days ago had the Kurdish terrorists declaring war on Syria. Lets go back to my previous post and reread the threats made by PKK/YPG on the 15th of September..

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has the right to fight in any area under Daesh (IS) control in Syria and liberate it, he said.

We do not allow the regime or its militias to cross to the eastern riverbank.


 So, two days ago the YPG/PKK/SDF (pick your brand) were threatening the Syrian army as they move to retake Syrian territory. Sure sounds to be a declaration of war. Today the YPG/PKK/SDF (pick your brand) are claiming Syria taking its territory back is a declaration of war against the YPG/PKK/SDF (pick your brand?)

Russia says that it wants to combat terrorism, so why is it fighting an effective side that is working against the terrorists? he wondered.

Therein lies the BIG LIE the one thats been spread by so many the Kurds fighting ISIS - working against terrorism- BIG, BIG...

22:23

Pakistan army pushes political role for Islamic supremacist groups "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new Pakistani political party controlled by an Islamist with a $10 million US bounty on his head is backing a candidate in a by-election on Sunday, in what a former senior army officer says is a key step in a military-proposed plan to mainstream militant groups. And Pakistan is a U.S. ally. Sure. Pakistan []

22:22

Tomgram: Michael Klare, The New Face of "War" at Home "IndyWatch Feed War"

Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadnt even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean...

22:20

Libyan coastguard intercepts more than 3,000 migrants in past week "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Until last week, Italy had recorded only 6,500 arrivals since July, 15 percent of same period in past three years

22:11

More Bases and Military Exercises : The (Para)military Option Against Venezuela in Action "IndyWatch Feed War"

Misin Verdad Translated By Tortilla Con Sal The military option against Venezuela mentioned recently by President Trump has been active since even before he made his remarks. In an unconventional warfare scenario, conventional military action as such is not to be expected. The Petri dish nutrient is humanitarian crisis cultured by agents of anti-Chavismo both...

21:29

Austria: 90% of asylum seekers end up on welfare "IndyWatch Feed War"

Surprised? Dont be. Thought that the Muslim migrants were coming to Europe to serve as a work force for the aging population? Dont be naive. Non-Muslims paying for the upkeep of Muslims is a Quranic dictate: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden []

21:16

Sept 26-27: The Internet Descends On Washington. DC "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Fight For The Future for Battle for the Internet. The FCC is set on killing net neutrality. But Congress is key. They can stop the FCC and block the bigger threat: ISP-backed bills that would end net neutrality forever. We're organizing Internet users to meet with members of Congressin DC, or locallyand we're helping to cover travel costs. Are you in? On September 26-27 Internet users from across the country will converge on Washington, DC to meet directly with their members of Congress, which is by far the most effective way to influence their positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists and campaign contributions. First you can attend a training hosted by Public Knowledge who will share years of experience on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to participate in meetings with key lawmakers. If you can't make it to DC, join us by getting involved locally.

21:15

Internet Raises $80,000 for Hot Dog Vendor Mugged by Government "IndyWatch Feed War"

To be handed an arbitrary citation is one thing, but to have your cash simply snatched by an officer of the law is especially egregious.

(FEE) Like all entrepreneurs, Beto Matias saw an opportunity to support his family while simultaneously creating value for his community.

Finding a prime spot right outside UC Berkeleys football stadium, Matias began selling his craft hot dogs to willing consumers. No one complained about the quality of Matias hot dogs, nor did anyone have any objections to his presence outside of the stadium. But that didnt stop the state from intervening.

Street Theft

Officer Sean Aranas approached Matias as he was going about his business and asked to see identification. Matias, in complete compliance with the officers demands, began sifting through his wallet in search of his identification. But this is where the story took a devastating turn.

Before Matias was given the opportunity to hand Aranas his ID, the wallet was ripped from his hands. And instead of merely examining his identification, Officer Aranas proceeded to confiscate the $60 Matias had in his wallet at the time. It was not until after this strong-arm mugging that the officer finally explained to Matias that he was being cited for failing to obtain a business permit.

Luckily, one of Matias customers filmed the entire encounter on his smartphone and the video has since gone viral.

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UC Berkeley Police Take Every Dollar From Street Vendor's Wallet

UC Berkeley Police confronted this street vendor for selling hotdogs to football fans. He didn't have a permit, so it's understandable that they gave him a ticket.What doesn't makes sense is this cop (Officer Sean Aranas) flipping through the man's wallet and taking every dollar he has on him.Officer Aranas: "This is law and order in action." How can Aranas get away with this? Civil forfeiture laws give cops the legal authority to rob unlucky people like Juan, who just wanted to work hard and make a living. This legalized thuggery has pretty much always existed in America, but the difference now is that we're able to film thes...

21:08

The Siege of Deir ez-Zor Is Over: What Next? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The lifting of the siege of Deir ez-Zor by Islamic State (IS) militants quite rightly raised hopes that the civil war in Syria would soon be coming to an end. As soon as it became clear how the battles for the city were going to end, however, Kurdish forces from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), wanting to get a slice of the pie, began to interfere.

20:58

Driver Speeds Through Convict Stockley Protest in Kirkwood, Mo "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Sarah Fenske for Riverfront Times. A protest in Kirkwood last night took a potentially ugly turn when an SUV barreled through the crowd, horn honking. The protesters had assembled in the St. Louis suburb to advocate for the conviction of former police officer Jason Stockley, who has been tried on a charge of a first-degree murder. The city is now in its fifth week of waiting for a verdict, a decision in the hands of a judge after Stockley waived his right to a jury. "Stand up! Fight back!" the protesters shouted, with some brandishing signs reading, "Black Lives Matter." The protest appeared to be well under control; the video shows police lights flashing nearby. But one driver in a white SUV got fed up with the chanting and took off into the crowd.

20:56

Iran warns Iraqi Kurds independence would mean end to border deals "IndyWatch Feed War"

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'Iran would then prepare itself to enter areas deeper than the border in response to anti-security actions'

20:51

Operation Moldova: A New NATO Anti-Russia War Project "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the forty-seventh edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Kommersant, Izvestia, and Nezavisimaya Gazeta. He discusses the escalating political and constitutional crisis in Moldova, the site of another proxy war-in-the-making between NATO and Russia in Eastern Europe, and the statements on North Korea made by the Russian president Vladimir Putin, the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and the South Korean president Moon Jae-in during the Far Eastern Economic Forum. In addition, he chronicles the significant increase of Russias food exports and explains why China has been more successful than Russia in bringing into the country thousands of Ukrainian military industry engineers and specialists and their families.

NOTE: The Russian newspaper Kommersant wrongly reported the president of Mongolia as Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. The current president of Mongolia is Khaltmaagiin Battulga.
 

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Rossiyskaya Gazeta September 11, 2017

Kommersant September 8, 2017

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20:39

People Are Radicalizing The Bolivarian Revolution "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Farooque Chowdhury and Fred Magdoff for Monthly Review. Amidst imperialist interference, the people in Venezuela are carrying on the task of reorganizing their society. Real-life picture in Venezuela is far different from new-reports the mainstream media continuously circulates. The following interview of Christina Schiavoni, a researcher and food sovereignty activist, provides a different view of the life of the Venezuelan people than we normally get from the media. The interview covers food and health situations as well as on-going politics and peoples participation in the politics. The interview was conducted by Farooque Chowdhury and Fred Magdoff, in August 2017.

20:35

Spanish police seize pro-Catalan referendum pamphlets "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Josep LAGO / AFP | Catalan regional vice-president and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (CL), President of the Catalan Government Carles Puigdemont (C) and president of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell (CR) lead a pro-independence demo.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-09-17

Spanish police on Sunday seized 1.3 million pamphlets and posters supporting Catalonias independence referendum, the latest move to try to block the vote.

Cataloniapro-separatist government is determined to hold a referendum on October 1, despite it being banned by Spains Constitutional Court.

The documents were seized at an advertising distribution company near Barcelona, the Spanish interior ministry said in a statement.

Among the documents were about 700,000 leaflets promoting a yes vote in the referendum and 370,000 flyers with logo of the Catalan government along with 138,000 posters for the far-left Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party.

Faced with a determined Catalan government, Spain has multiplied its efforts to crack down on the referendum, having previously seized propaganda material and threatened to arrest Catalan mayors who allow the vote.

We are not afraid

Also on Sunday, hundreds of people attended a meeting in Madrid to show support for the referendum, some waving pro-independence leaflets.

The meeting was held in a small theatre in the central district of Lavapies after a court banned holding it in a cultural centre owned by the town hall.

Faced with their ban, we are determined,  Jordi Cuixart, head of Omnium Cultural, a Catalan cultural organisation, said to applause from the public inside and outside the theatre....

20:23

Haley Warns World: Mattis Will Take Care of North Korea If UN Diplomacy Fails "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ZHE)  During an appearance CNNs State of the Union Sunday morning, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley admitted something that most of the international community perhaps including Kim Jong Un himself has known for weeks: The United Nations Security Council has just about reached the limit of its ability to economically punish North Korea.

Responding to a question by CNNs Dana Bash about whether President Donald Trumps famous fire and fury remark was an empty threat, Haley insisted that the US has held back out of a sense of responsibility. But now that diplomatic solutions appear to be dwindling, she would be perfectly happy handing the situation off to Defense Secretary James Mattis, the source of some of the USs harshest rhetoric against North Korea. Mattis, Haley said, would take care of it.

What were doing is being responsible where North Korea is being irresponsible and reckless. We were being responsible by trying to use every diplomatic possibility that we could possibly do. Weve pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point.

I said yesterday Im perfectly happy kicking this over to General Mattis because he has plenty of military options. So, I think that the fire and fury while he said this is what we can do to North Korea we want to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first. If that doesnt work, General Mattis will take care of it.

At least one member of the Trump administration, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, has admitted that the White House doesnt have a viable military strategy for North Korea where ten million people in Seoul dont die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons.

But the all options remain on the table line has been key to the USs posturing. Haley reiterated that, should the North strike the US or its allies, [it] will be destroyed.

Youd have to ask the President what fire and fury meant. If the US has to defend itself, or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed. We dont want that. Something is going to have to be done. Were trying every other possibility that we have but there are a whole lot of military options on the table.

However, Haley did praise the latest round of UN sanctions, ignoring the fact that the US had to capitulate on several of its demand including cutting off the Norths oil supply and its trading partners to win the support of Russ...

20:21

Washington Continues Transforming Afghanistan into Massive Graveyard "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Vladimir Platov New Eastern Outlook 17.09.2017 On August 31, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis signed an order to deploy additional US troops in Afghanistan. He noted that this decision was made in accordance with the overall strategy in South Asia that was approved by US President Donald Trump. This means that []

20:17

London subway jihad bomber held by police two weeks ago but freed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Just too many jihadis to keep track of. And many, many more are coming, courtesy of the weak and feckless immigration policies of UK leaders, who are much more concerned about keeping out foes of jihad terror than keeping out jihadis. Refugee foster boy, 18, arrested at Dover port over Parsons Green bucket bomb was []

20:14

Ultra-orthodox Jews protest against army Israeli draft "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Court decision strikes down law exempting ultra-orthodox men engaged in religious study from military service

20:11

Syrian Government Forces Liberate Two More Villages East Of Salamiyah From ISIS (Maps) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Government Forces Liberate Two More Villages East Of Salamiyah From ISIS (Maps)

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the villages of Um Teen Al-Muallaq and Nabatiyah from ISIS in the eastern Salamiyah countryside, north of the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway.

Earlier today, government forces took control of Abu Hanayah in the southern part of the ISIS-held pocket.

Syrian Government Forces Liberate Two More Villages East Of Salamiyah From ISIS (Maps)

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20:09

Somalia needs Result Based Performance Measurement Policy (RBM) Op-Ed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Result Based Performance Management (RBM) is an organization-wide process to ensure that public Service agencies to focus work efforts towards achieving countries leadership Vision, Mission, and Values (VMV). It is also a systematic approach for continuous and consistent work improvement and individual growth[1]. Somalia has been without effective government for last 27 years. Various forms []

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19:59

August 2017 report: 522 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network September 16, 2017 Palestinian prisoners institutions released their monthly report on Palestinian prisoners and detainees of the Israeli occupation for August 2017. The Palestinian Prisoners Society, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and the Prisoners Affairs Commission compiled the report below. Translation by []

19:59

Trumps Raid On AfghanistanThe Mask Of The US Empire Is Falling "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trumps Afghanistan Raid: The

Mask Of The US Empire Is Falling

 

 

Donald Trump found his reason to continue the catastrophic 16-year war in Afghanistan: up to $ 3 trillion of natural resources in the country. His new Afghanistan strategy means more deaths in a war-torn country. Trump is the embodiment of the hostile US Empire, writes Jakob Reimann.

In 1776, the British historian Edward Gibbon wrote in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire:

They endeavored to convince mankind that their motive was not the temptation of conquest but was actuated by the love of order and justice.

What Gibbon writes about the Imperium Romanum is a general mot...

19:54

Aerial Pesticide Spraying on Texas in Wake of HarveyHealth Risk to Humans, Boon to Agro-Chem Industry "IndyWatch Feed War"

[ Ed. note I guess the US Air Force is reliving its glory days when it rained Agent Orange down on the jungles of Vietnam. The Pentagon has embarked upon an ambitious project to spray approximately 6 million acres of the state of Texas in an effort at controlling the mosquito population in the []

19:48

Abedins mom made sure Clintons Saudi speech omitted freedom and driving for women "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is well established that there is a hierarchy of Leftist values, and Islam trumps feminism. Hillary Clinton, not surprisingly, is on board with this. Abedins mom made sure Clintons Saudi speech omitted freedom and driving for women, emails show, by Brooke Singman, Fox News, September 14, 2017: Huma Abedins mother helped to water down []

19:42

Sanders Health Bill: Cover For Democratic Party Deals With Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Patrick Martin for WSWS. Senator Bernie Sanders took his campaign to whitewash the right-wing character of the Democratic Party to a new level Wednesday, introducing single-payer, Medicare for all legislation, co-sponsored by 15 Democratic senators, on the same day that House and Senate Democratic leaders were to visit the White House for cozy talks with President Trump on corporate tax cuts. The bill was given full-scale media promotion, including an op-ed column by Sanders in the New York Times, lengthy articles in all the major daily newspapers, and reports on the network and cable television news programs. This for a bill which has not the slightest chance of passage by the Republican-controlled Congress, which will never even hold a committee hearing, let alone bring it to a vote. This makes co-sponsorship an opportunity to strike a left pose without actually incurring the wrath of the insurance companies and other giant corporations that control the provision of health care in the United States. Accordingly, a half dozen Democratic senators who are beginning to promote themselves as potential 2020 presidential contenders signed on as co-sponsorsup from zero co-sponsors the last time Sanders introduced such a bill.

19:41

NGO says Israels censoring of online content has no legal basis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Maan September 17, 2017 BETHLEHEM Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has called on Israel to shut down its so-called Cyber Unit, which collaborates with social media platforms to censor content, saying the unit has no legal authority. The Israeli government launched the unit in the second half of []

19:20

Nazis Threaten: St. Louis Jews Shielding Protestors From Police "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Rafael Shimunov for Medium. When protesters were caged in by an abusive police force, the Central Reform Congregation of St. Louis served as a model to all congregations and opened their doors to protect them. The people of St. Louis took to the streets in response to the acquittal of ex-cop Jason Stockley for the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley, when engaged on a police chase of Smith was recorded premeditating his killing of Smith. Police responded to protests withunhinged violence. Here is a video of at least 40 militarized forces attacking an elderly woman with a shield, then overrunning her and others under them. Rather than administering first aid, they continue to overrun her and eventually force her up for detainment.

18:33

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State To Go Cashless For Marijuana Sales "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Aaron Kesel for Activist Post. Hawaiian state officials announced Tuesday that Hawaii will be the first state to require the sale of marijuana to be cashless, paid with a special debit card payment system next month. Oct. 1 is our target date to try to go cashless as much as we can, Iris Ikeda the states financial institutions commissioner, told reporters at a news conference. While marijuana is legal for medical use in Hawaii, the feds still consider it a Schedule I drug. This status has brought problems for many banks and credit unions, which is the reason why cannabis dispensaries have been cash-only. Instead of cash, customers will have to download and install CanPay, a mobile app that processes payment for medicinal marijuana shops using a Colorado-based credit Union, Safe Harbor Private Banking. The app is already an option for marijuana transactions in six states, including California and Colorado. Now a battle begins with credit card processing companies like Visa and Mastercard who say they wont allow their cards to be used to buy cannabis or marijuana-related products.

18:32

Danish government on Muslim migrant crime: Worst situation since 2nd World War "IndyWatch Feed War"

The rule of law is imploding in Denmark as low-tech jihad and migrant gangs take over the streets. The Danish government should not be surprised. But it appears to be. Thousands of incidents involving loosened wheel bolts on cars, large rocks or cinder blocks thrown from highway overpasses, and thin steel wires strung across bicycle paths []

18:25

Why Peace is Alien to the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Youd have to laugh if it were not so grave. The Trump administration says that it is running out of patience for a diplomatic solution to the Korea crisis. This pseudo piousness comes from a US government that continually refuses to enter into direct negotiations with Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). By Finian Continue reading Why Peace is Alien to the US

18:20

18:20

Police Arrest 32 In St Louis After Acquittal Of Police Officer Jason Stockley "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Amanda Holpuch for the Guardian. Mostly peaceful demonstrations followed a not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer who shot and killed a black motorist St Louis police said 32 people had been arrested during demonstrations against the acquittal of a former police officer, who had been charged with murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Ten law enforcement officers were injured in the mostly peaceful protests, which began after the not-guilty verdict was handed down by circuit judge Timothy Wilson on Friday morning. The demonstrations quieted early Saturday morning, having taken place in different parts of the city, including outside the home of mayor Lyda Krewson. At one point, the crowd around her home swelled to about 1,000 people, including some who pelted the home with red paint and broke at least two windows.

18:19

The lies and fabrications of the Israeli lobby "IndyWatch Feed War"

AIPAC says: "In addition to extortive taxes and fees levied against the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese Shia under its jurisdiction".  A blatant lie. As if Hizbullah is not the people of South Lebanon--or some of them anyway.  The extended members of the AbuKhalil family in Tyre and Qulaylah village live in areas where Hizbullah is dominant and they don't pay a penny to Hizbullah.

18:15

When the US almost invaded Lebanon in 1969 "IndyWatch Feed War"

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "When the US almost invaded Lebanon in 1969: a new document".

PS I am grateful to James Stoker for alerting me to this document that he found in the archives.

18:07

Food Companies Fail to Protect Environmental Activists in Supply Chains "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Benjamin Dangl for Toward Freedom. Industrial farming of food ingredients such as soy and palm oil, for example, have led to massive deforestation and displacement of rural communities in Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, and elsewhere throughout the globe. Activists standing up against such industries in defense of forests, rivers, land, and the livelihoods of local communities have been threatened and murdered at an increased rate in recent years. Four environmental activists were murdered each week in 2016 for defending their communities and environment from the impacts of agribusiness, mining, and logging industries, according to a report from the human rights organization Global Witness. In Colombia, activists standing up against the impacts of El Cerrejn, Latin Americas largest open-pit mine, have faced regular threats and violence. Jakeline Romero has organized against the water shortages and displacement caused by this mine, which is owned by Glencore, BHP Billiton, and Anglo-American. They threaten you so you will shut up, Romero told Global Witness. I cant shut up. I cant stay silent faced with all that is happening to my people. We are fighting for our lands, for our water, for our lives.

18:05

Monetary Disorder "IndyWatch Feed War"

Monetary Disorder by Doug Noland SafeHaven Global Credit, Bubble and market analysis is turning more interesting. China August Credit data were out Friday. Total (aggregate) Social Financing jumped to 1.48 TN yuan ($225bn), up from Julys 1.22 TN and...

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18:03

SDF Liberated 63km, Captured 14 Settlements During Deir Ezzor Operation (Map, Photos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

SDF Liberated 63km, Captured 14 Settlements During Deir Ezzor Operation (Map, Photos)

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On Sunday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) and the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC) captured the 7 Kilo roundabout and all factories around it north of Deir Ezzor city, according to pro-Kurdish sources. 

The roundabout is located 7km north of the western bank of the Euphrates River.

The SDF announced in an official statement that it has advanced 63km towards Deir Ezzor city so far, and captured over 14 villages, towns and farms.

The SDF said that its forces have come under 8 ISIS VBIED attacks and destroyed 5 VBIEDs them before they reach their targets. Furthermore, the SDF has evacuated over 4000 civilians.

The SDF captured al-Mowasat hospital between al-Amin and al-Thakana districts in the center of Raqqa city, according to the SDF. The SDF also said that its fighters killed 32 ISIS fighters during the operation.

Kurdish sources claimed that the SDF launched an attack on ISIS positions in the northern part of Raqqa city on Sunday. However, its more likely that the SDF will continue its main attack in the center of Raqqa city for now.

SDF members near Deir Ezzor:

SDF Liberated 63km, Captured 14 Settlements During Deir Ezzor Operation (Map, Photos)

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17:57

UK to Supply Qatar With 24 Fighter Jets in New Billion-Dollar Arms Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Qatars defence ministry is set to purchase 24 of the advanced Eurofighter Typhoon jets from BAE Systems.

(MEE)  The British government and defence giant BAE Systems have agreed a major new deal to supply Qatar with Eurofighter Typhoon jets, despite fears of regional instability.

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon signed a letter of intent with Qatar on Sunday that will see BAE Systems provide 24 Typhoon jets and support capabilities worth billions of dollars.

The move has shocked observers as it comes only three months after UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on Qatar to do more to clamp down on the funding of militant groups.

The wealthy Gulf state is at the heart of a regional dispute over the funding of terrorism, and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have since June imposed sanctions on Qatar, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with Iran, arch-foe of the Gulf Arab states allegations Doha denies.

Speaking in Qatar on Sunday, where he met with Qatari defence minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Attiyad, Fallon said he hoped the deal would enhance security within the region.

This will be the first major defence contract with Qatar, one of the UKs strategic partners, said Fallon. This is an important moment in our defence relationship and the basis for even closer defence co-operation between our two countries. We also hope that this will help enhance security within the region across all Gulf allies.

Human rights groups are likely to be dismayed by the move, which comes as the UKs $16bn defence industry is facing intense scrutiny over exports to Saudi Arabia and other states accused of major human rights violations.

The UK has exported more than $6bn in arms to authoritarian states since the summers general election, with a huge increase in arms exports to Saudi Arabia and exports worth $160m to Qatar, where political opposition is banned and where the hereditary emir currently Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani  holds all executive and legislative power.

The strategic let...

17:57

CIA Whistleblower: Harvard Picks Torture Apologists Over Chelsea Manning "IndyWatch Feed War"

Aaron Mate for The Real News. Chelsea Manning is celebrated around the world for exposing the secrets of U.S. foreign policy, including war crimes, and going to prison for it, all the while standing up for her rights as a trans woman. One of the most prestigious U.S. schools has taken a different view. The Harvard Kennedy School has rescinded an invitation to Manning as a Visiting Fellow after a backlash led by current and former officials. Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell resigned as a Harvard Fellow in protest, writing, "I have an obligation to my conscience." The current CIA director, Mike Pompeo, withdrew from a Harvard forum where he was set to speak. Pompeo said, "It has everything to do with her identity as a traitor to the U.S. and my loyalty to the officers of the CIA." This prompted Harvard Kennedy School dean Douglas Elmendorf to announce he would still invite Manning to speak on campus, but he's withdrawing her designation as a Visiting Fellow.

17:51

Tunisia's Ennahda party says municipal polls postponed "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Rached Ghannouchi said the electoral commission will 'probably' announce that the polls will be held in March 2018

17:35

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 17, 2017 (Maps, Analysis) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 17, 2017 (Maps, Analysis)

Russian servicemen

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG), Hezbollah and their allies are consolidating their gains in the Deir Ezzor countryside, on the western bank of the Euphrates River.

On Sunday, pro-government forces fully secured the areas of Jafrah, Ayyash, Tal Kuriya on the both northwestern and southeastern flanks of Deir Ezzor city. With these gains, the SAA and the SRG fully encircled ISIS units inside Deir Ezzor city on the western bank.

Furthermore, the SAA and its allies continued their advance against ISIS in the both directions and seized additional positions near Jafrah and Ayyash. ISIS counter-attacks were repelled.

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 17, 2017 (Maps, Analysis)

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A fighting was also reported inside Deir Ezzor on the frontline between government forces and ISIS units. However, no gains were made by the both sides.

Control over Jafrah also opens an additional opportunity to advance on the ISIS-held Sakr island. If the SAA and its allies choose this way, the island could be turned in a useful foothold for further operations on the other bank of the Euphrates.

17:33

Benjamin Lay A Dwarf Who Challenged The Big Issues "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Natasha Frost for Atlas Obscura. During his life and after his death, many people, Rediker says, thought of Benjamin Lay as deranged. [Historians] thought he was not sane, and this was a very effective way of putting him at the margins. Ableism, too, seems to have factored in this general unwillingness to take him seriously. But some of those in the abolitionist movement did feel the need to celebrate this Quaker comet, as he came to be known. Benjamin Rush, one of his earliest biographers, said Lay was known to virtually everyone in Pennsylvania; his curious portrait was said to hang in many Philadelphia homes. This early abolitionist burned bright, and, despite his exclusion from many abolitionist narratives, refuses to be extinguished from history.

17:31

Young Gaza musicians break the Israeli siege by accident "IndyWatch Feed War"

Heres a kind of a sunshine story which is really a stroke of luck, and no thanks to Israel.

Yesterday, Nigel Wilson reported in Al Jazeera that two Gazan musicians, violinist Sofiya Radwan and trumpetist Raslan Ashour (both 16), managed to complete a tour with the Palestinian Youth Orchestra, and perform in the West Bank, although they were originally barred from entering the West Bank by Israel (and told that they could only participate in the Jordanian leg of the tour).  

As I had reported about this case last month, in an article titled Israels siege on Palestinian music, this case went all the way up to the Supreme Court (thanks to the Israeli NGO Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement), as the Israeli military government first refused to allow the two to participate at all. Amira Hass noted it in her coverage of the case (8th of August) how the Israeli decision was produced by a cohort of officials, consisting of control addicts enamored of their power, sitting in the offices in the Defense Ministry compound in Tel Aviv: 

This cohort decided that letting a trumpeter and violinist, both 16, to leave the Gaza Strip does not meet the criteria that were handed down on Mount Sinai excuse me, that were drawn up by COGAT [Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories] because thus the Lord commanded: No Gazans are allowed to leave. 

But following the petition to the court, in a preliminary response to the petition, the State Prosecutors Office partially revoked the ban, announcing that the two musicians were permitted to go to Jordan but not to Ramallah in the West Bank (God forbid, as Hass added).

The Supreme Court ruled that there were no grounds for the court interfering in the states decision, especially in view of the states extraordinary granting of permission for the musicians to take part in the portion of the tour that was in Jordan, and noted finally:

[M]usical development [] is not necessarily bound by location.

So it was, that Radwan and Ashour were meant to say farewell to their colleagues at the border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank (Allenby Bridge), and go home to Gaza without completing the tour last month.

But then a miracle happened: ...

17:21

Australia: Muslim leaders demand more taxpayer cash to fight extremist recruiters "IndyWatch Feed War"

But Islamic Council Vice president Adel Salman said parents are crying out for the service and the Islamic community wanted to take ownership of the issue. To achieve the best outcomes it should be a community-led response, not a police or justice response.' If Adel Salman were sincere and consistent in this, he wouldnt want []

17:11

Israeli government to celebrate 50 years of return to Judea and Samaria for eternity at a settlement "IndyWatch Feed War"

Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlements

Israel to mark 50 years to return to historical lands with state ceremony
Ynet 17 Sept by Itamar Eichner Israel will hold a large-scale event in late September to mark 50 years to the return to the historical lands of Judea and Samaria, the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights. The hasbara center, led by Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, will organize the event, which will be held in Gush Etzion on September 27. It will feature stories about the lands and the Jewish communities established there alongside videos telling the historical, cultural and human story of these lands, along with pyrotechnics. The state ceremony will be attended by Israels top officials, including the president, the prime minister, ministers, members of Knesset, judges, IDF General Staff members, regional council leaders and more. All in all, some 4,000 guests will be in attendance To the different forces in the world and in Israel trying to undermine the Jewish peoples connection to its country, we say you wont succeed, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said. Fifty years ago, we returned to Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley and the Golan. We returned home to our ancestral lands, and we are here to stay for all of eternity. Our belonging to these lands should be above political or diplomatic dispute, she continued.
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5017663,00.html

Bedouin in unauthorized West Bank village urged to relocate, warned of evictions
Haaretz 17 Sept by Yotam Berger The Civil Administration this week warned the residents of the unauthorized Bedouin village of Khan al-Amar, whose structures have no building permits, that they could expect to be removed shortly. Civil Administration employees came to the village on Wednesday and urged the residents to evacuate to an alternative site at Jabal. The residents refuse to move to that location, saying it isnt suited to their needs. Khan al-Amar, located near Maaleh Adumim, has become a symbol of the Bedouin settlement in the region against which Israel is battling. The Bedouin around Maaleh Adumim live in areas that Israel considers strategic for building and expanding settlements and establishing a territorial link between Maaleh Adumim and Jerusalem. The government has long expressed its desire to evacuate Khan al-Amar, but has delayed doing so for fear of international criticism. Around 150 people live in Khan al-Amar in tempor...

17:10

Newsbud Exclusive- Attorney General Sessions Demands a Permanent Surveillance State. "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trumps Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent a letter on September 7 to the leaders of the House and Senate demanding Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) be made permanent. The act faces a sunset provision later this year. Under Section 702, the government is allowed to circumvent the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and obtain general warrants issued by the secret FISA court. Proceedings before the FISA court are ex partein other words, the government is the only party presentand non-adversarial.

According to senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, the federal government relies on "secret legal interpretations" to claim all-encompassing surveillance powers. The secret court permits interception of electronic communications of unidentified targets anywhere in the United States. Moreover, there are no real limits on how the government uses, retains, or disseminates the information that it collects. This means the government can create huge databases that contain information about U.S. persons obtained without warrants and then search these databases at a later point, the American Civil Liberties Union notes.

Sessions and Coats argue the law is limited to the collection of vital information about international terrorists, cyber actors, individuals and entities engaged in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other important foreign intelligence targets located outside the United States.

In fact, the government has used the law to surveil political activists in the United States, activists that have nothing to do with terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. [READ MORE]

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17:04

There Is No Normality Only Different Shades And Depths Of Existence And Experience "IndyWatch Feed War"

It all boils down to character and personality,
coloured and flavoured by lessons learnt or ignored,
along Lifes strange, crooked pathways.
You evolve or stagnate, flow or rupture,
all is Change and Change is everything!
No one remains the same longer than an Action,
unless stubbornly repeating unhelpful cycles.
That Stingy Nettle stung, that Fire burnt,
the Liar lied and the Player played you
now, off you go, better and stronger than before,
armed with the power of knowledge and experience.
I like my Scars they show that I have lived
and not shied away from anything.
Nothing is ever Carved In Stone except Birth and Death,
all in between is mere chance, opportunity and gamble.
The clever man points judging fingers inwards
but, only for constructive reasons.
Negativity, depression, insecurity and grief
are not ABSOLUTES to be endured
but, unpleasant trials to be fought your way through.

17:03

The Final Conclusion "IndyWatch Feed War"

If lost was a place
and heaven was found
would you be willing
to be paradise bound?

With blind expectations
we continue to search
truth always evasive
leaving us in the lurch

Words hidden in hours
phrases lost in days
as life pushes forward
time dissolves in the haze

With so many questions
few answers have we
in the final conclusion
we just wait and see

17:03

On Lexington "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trading Lexington
Once for Mott
Trading the city
For what its not
Trodding mornings
To the lake
Do not a handsome
athlete make
Gurgling coffee
In the corner
Sleep disrupted
Peace obstructed
Finally caffein
Turned to ink
Trading places
For space to think.

17:02

The Other Side of the Coin "IndyWatch Feed War"

Some people want to read
about the Holy Spirit;
others would rather God
never be mentioned.

Some people want to see
the inner workings of crystalline visions;
others just close their eyes
to attempt escape.

Some people want to bleed
their hearts and souls upon the page;
others spend entire lives
running from pain.

Some people want to seethe
openly to release their anger;
others always hold hatred in
until they explode.

Some people want to breathe
the purest air of meditation;
others couldnt calm their nerves
if they were paid.

Some people want to clean
all their sins away in absolution;
others just keep repeating
the same mistakes.

17:02

world politics "IndyWatch Feed War"

pseudo-sincerity
flows from their pores
as they invoke their deitys name
natural disasters
terrorism
war
famine
and other evils
are their favorite subjects for invocations

while
corruption
poverty
injustice
exploitation
neglect
abuse
adultery
etc.
remain whispers in poorly illuminated halls of justice

17:02

To the World Trade Center Dead "IndyWatch Feed War"

Where should I take my body?
Now that the Moment has come.
Should I take it to the flames?
Or to be crushed by falling walls?
Or should I fly
For just a few seconds in this heavy life,
And hope the godless wind
Sets me gently down
On the rivers ever-rolling waves.

17:02

The Hurricane in Arizona "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pictures of the hurricane
wash across a television screen
with a diagram revolving
in one corner
showing red and yellow
energy like anger
that doesnt care which way it goes.
A news anchors voice

is audible from the porch at a house
in dry country, whose monsoon
season is fading to a final
rumble from across
the mountains to the south
as hummingbirds around
suspended glass feeders
are constantly in motion. The Rufous

are pausing from migration
and the Broad-billed preparing for theirs.
While they anticipate
the flight and water
has its way with Florida
the hills close by
dont know the plans
to strip and drill into them, using
a billion gallons in a year

of prying silver from darkness
beneath the summer swallows,
oak trees and mesquite
that survive on seventeen inches
of annual rain. A six foot
storm surge is making easy work
of the Keys, weaving power lines
into a tangle, and taking trees at will.
The forecast is for
more destruction as the eye
steers north; buildings swept aside;

diesel in the air when
a column of trucks carries off the daily
waste on the once quiet roads; poison
in the water, and a monumental appetite
for minerals. In their brightly
colored anoraks, reporters
sway on their feet

and describe what water
is doing right now. The view
across the valley here
is almost lush in its September glow
and the streams that run there
are clean. We say
still clean, as everything is still
what it has been
for life above ground, for the Violet-crowned

hummingbird suspended
from the sky
like a drop of bright moisture
with wings.

17:02

After Irma "IndyWatch Feed War"

I want to help
Rain suffuses my perspective
I am caught where I am
Gazing at you
Whom I do not know but recognize
Battered and indifferent
Fluttered like an absent twig
In Martian weather

All you see is empty sky
And a road so covered with debris
You dont know where to begin
Or how to move forward

I am lucky to see things
Have them still

So I will help you
Clear paths
Create shelters
Stay warm
Until the storm calms
If it ever calms

We will be strangers together.

17:01

The Creed of Ryan "IndyWatch Feed War"

With peacock pride Speaker Ryan reminisces,
Recalling memories of fellow keggers pissing,
Standing at urinals, dispelling their brews.
Back in the stalls some not holding their booze.

Trashing lessers who feed at public troughs,
His own entitlements not of the very same cloth,
The tax breaks and tuition he got at the time,
His later plans removed for those in their prime.

Most of us remember our moonlight reflections,
Sharing with others our romantic dejections,
Our cramming, then taking the bothersome tests,
They often were occasions for weekend fests.

We were mostly thankful and supporting of others,
Celebrating mutual triumphs and their daily bothers,
We had no thoughts or plans of taking away,
The futures of others who seek fair play.

Selfish frats, pledges weve always known,
Who feel theyre entitled like selfish gnomes,
They revel in the failure of lesser beings,
Seeming to praise while they plot their sting.

Paul rose to Speaker of the lower body,
Pushing legislation best known as shoddy,
Growing body muscles in a furnished gym,
While his reasoning and heart are very thin.

Always seeing self as the grand achiever,
While cutting social programs with a cleaver,
Seduced by the rich and licking their favor,
But treating others like a plantation slaver.

He follows the gospel made for corporate lust,
While taking tax money for rich mans trusts,
He justified his actions with the brew of Rand,
A merciless script that wastes public land.

Abandoning sacred doctrine like dental floss,
He gives policy a twist of his Catholic cross,
Greed is good and selfless is bad,
This corporate creed is ironclad.

17:01

Young Lovers in the Park "IndyWatch Feed War"

The velvety lawn is lush and green,
free of crabgrass, dandelions or weeds.
Warning! announces a yellow sign.
Lawn has been sprayed with Atrazine.
A young couple sprawling on the grass
clad in tee shirts and cutoff jeans
gaze into one anothers eyes,
whispering sweet nothings,
smiling, blowing kisses, laughing.
Their heads move close together,
then closer, their lips touch.
I half expect to hear romantic music
soft piano, mellow horns, violins
like in love scenes in the movies,
but that pounding in my ears
is not the sound of drumbeats.
Its the thumping of my heart
as I suppress my urge to interrupt
their kisses and warn them of the danger.
The lawn is lethal, I want to tell them.
Atrazine turns male frogs into females!
It is linked to sterility, birth defects
and cancer! It is banned in Europe!
How badly I want to blurt it out,
but, alas, I am unable to do so.
Both decency and decorum forbid
intrusions, especially by strangers,
into the private moments of lovers
even when they occur in a public park
on a verdant, meticulously manicured lawn
that has been befouled by atrazine.

16:37

Hamas to hold free elections as Israel waits to pull the trigger "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Inlakesh Al-Masdar 17/09/2017 Hamas have released in an official statement that they are ready to hold free elections for the first time since 2006 and are going to dissolve their administrative committee. After a series of talks held in Cairo in a bid to start repairing the relationship []

16:27

Trumps Deal Rejection Puts U.S. Policy on Chinese Investment in Focus "IndyWatch Feed War"

The presidents decision to block a Beijing-backed funds attempt to buy a U.S. chip firm is highlighting a national-security debate in Washington over Chinese money

President Donald Trump rejected last week a Beijing-backed funds attempt to buy Lattice Semiconductor, citing national-security concerns.
President Donald Trump rejected last week a Beijing-backed funds attempt to buy Lattice Semiconductor, citing national-security concerns. PHOTO: THOMAS WHITE/REUTERS
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Sept. 17, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

President Donald Trumps rejection last week of a Beijing-backed funds attempt to acquire a U.S. semiconductor company was for many in Washington an easy call because it involved a sensitive sector and funding from the Chinese government.

The decision did little, however, to settle a growing debate on Capitol Hill over how the U.S. should approach foreign acquisitions that the government perceives to be less clear cut. At issue is how to balance the need to protect...

16:23

Michigan: 15-year-old Muslim accused of killing mother to please strict Muslim father "IndyWatch Feed War"

The father wasnt happy that his children were becoming Americanized. He always returned home but was more like his father, a traditional Muslim, Markowitz said. The girls were happy to go shopping with their mother, have electrolysis. But he was very much like his father, didnt believe in living the American culture. His father even []

16:18

BBC contributor on ME links up with UK Hamas supporters "IndyWatch Feed War"

Next month an organisation linked to Hamas (which is of course proscribed by the EU and in part by the UK) will hold an event titled Palestine, Britain and the Balfour Declaration 100 years on at the British Library in London.

The 1917 Balfour Declaration is widely regarded as one of the most formative and far-reaching documents in the modern history of the Middle East. It was the cornerstone of the Zionist project to transform Arab Palestine into a Jewish state. The Declaration and subsequent events changed not only the demographic map of the region but also its political, social and military configuration as well.

Join Middle East Monitor on the 7th of October at the British Library in Central London to learn more about and discuss the declaration, how it came about, its [sic] legal standing and consequences, and to look at Britains role in the continu...

16:13

Army Liberates Abu Hanayah Village In Eastern Hama (Syria Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

On September 17, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) liberated Abu Hanayah village in eastern Hama from ISIS terrorists.

On September 16, the SAA, the NDF and their allies re-took control of the villages of Hanutah, Mushrifah, Khalid Hilal, Abu Jurays, Shindaghiyah and Shamaliyah.

Army Liberates Abu Hanayah Village In Eastern Hama (Syria Map Update)

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16:09

Nikki Haley Says U.N. Has Exhausted Options on North Korea Could she replace Tillerson? "IndyWatch Feed War"

WASHINGTON The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the U.N. Security Council has run out of options on containing North Koreas nuclear program and the United States may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point, Haley told CNNs State of the Union, adding that she was perfectly happy to hand the matter to Defense Secretary James Mattis. Were trying every other possibility that we have but theres a whole lot of military options on the table.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Mary Milliken)

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Tillerson heads to U.N. gathering with Haley waiting in the wings

The former South Carolina governor is widely seen as a leading candidate to succeed the Texas oilman as secretary of state should he leave the Trump administration.

Politico

09/17/2017 06:58 AM EDT

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As grounds for accepting the U.N. post, now-Ambassador Nikki Haley insisted that it maintain the Cabinet-level status it enjoyed under President Barack Obama a rare elevation in a Republican administration. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The disagreement am...

16:03

France: 4 female American tourists attacked with acid in train station "IndyWatch Feed War"

Uncovered women and others have frequently been attacked with acid by Muslim hardliners in Pakistan, so this could be more of the glories of mass Muslim migration to the West. 4 American tourists attacked with acid in Marseilles train station, prosecutor says, Fox News, September 17, 2017: Four female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid []

16:00

Is Sri Lanka being used by big powers to make the Indian Ocean another South China Sea? "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Lasanda Kurukulasuriya, September 17, 2017, via Defend Democracy Press The Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) organised by the India Foundation and held at the Sri Lankan Prime Ministers official residence Temple Trees from Aug. 31 to Sept.1, was billed as a gathering of Indian Ocean Region countries and other concerned nations with a view to advancing Peace, Progress and Prosperity in the Indian Ocean. While this is no doubt a laudable goal, the absence of perspectives from regional players like China and Pakistan points to somewhat more partisan objectives than those advertised. The delegate described as Principal, Ambassadors LLC Group, China was actually an American citizen, and while there was ambiguity as to the interests she represented it would be safe to surmise that she did not represent the Peoples Republic of China. However, the US, also an external power, was represented by its Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia, Alice Wells. A post on the Conferences Facebook page points to objectives not revealed elsewhere. It describes the gathering as being

15:55

The Dream of Kurdistan leads where exactly? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Iraqi Kurdish parliament has voted for a referendum on the 25th of this month. The present Barzani leader of that parliament says that they might postpone that a bit if the somewhat frightened concerned powers propose an actual alternative...

15:42

Iran wont bow to US bullying on nuclear deal: Khamenei "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

KHAMENEI.IR/AFP/File | Iran will not give in to US bullying as Washington attempts to undermine Tehrans nuclear deal with world powers, the Islamic republics supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said

TEHRAN (AFP)  Iran will not give in to US bullying as Washington attempts to undermine Tehrans nuclear deal with world powers, the Islamic republics supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday.

Iran, which is a powerful nation, will not give in to pressure and will not bow, Khamenei said in an address to police officers in Tehran.

The corrupt, lying, deceitful US officials insolently accuse the nation of Iran of lying, whereas the nation of Iran has acted honestly and will continue on this path until the end in an honest manner, said Khamenei.

The enemy should know that bullying may work in other parts of world, but it will not work in the Islamic republic.

President Hassan Rouhani left on Sunday for the UN General Assembly in New York, where he is set to hold crucial talks on the 2015 nuclear deal, which eased international sanctions in exchange for curbs to Irans atomic programme.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up the deal and his administration has been looking for grounds to declare Iran in non-compliance, despite repeated UN declarations that Tehran has stuck to its commitments.

You are the liars. The nation of Iran is standing firm and any wrong move will face a reaction by the Islamic republic, said Khamenei.


15:39

Not My Wonder Woman: The Zionist Agenda in US Mainstream Feminism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Most women will agree that female representation in the media is incredibly important for a plethora of reasons, not only in media but as well as politics, and other platforms lacking opportunity for female participants. Providing women of all ages a strong and positive role model could break a toxic habit and pattern of accepting and expecting degrading societal roles and standards that have been appointed to us. A struggle that many women face, especially women of color, members of minority faiths, or members of the LGBTQ community, is the women presented in the media for the sake of progressiveness have never stood with or supported either groups of people. For me, and many other women, female representation seems useless for these reasons.

When it comes to the new film Wonder Woman, many questions arose for me personally:  Would I ever take my hypothetical Palestinian daughter to see a film lead by a woman who works and supports the genocide and ethnic cleansing of her people? Would my hypothetical daughter forget all the immense damage Gadot has done in Palestine, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Syria, etc, due to the fact that she is female? The omnipresent term White Feminism comes to mind in cases such as these. The powerful, white, upper class, has not faced the oppression and devastation that Gal Gadot and her comrades in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) have caused, in fact, they have and continue to profit from it, whether that be in political backing from the Zionist lobby, brutal arms deals, etc.

It is quite easy to feel hopeless in situations as this. What power does a university student in Seattle have? One factor many forget that carries power and impact is our financial and monetary support of companies, corporations, films, etc. Along with the list that the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) movement has provided, I made the choice to avoid this film completely. Gal Gadot does not support women. DCs decision to cast Gadot was not motivated by feminism, but by their support of the prevailing Zionist and White Supremacist agenda in the media and the United States as a whole. If they wanted to make a feminist political statement, they wouldnt let the member of an anti-Arab (and anti-African for that matter) army, that practices the ethnic cleansing and genocide of indigenous peoples; play the role of an Amazonian woman an Indigenous woman.

It comes down to what women truly need out of the feminist movement, not only in the United States, but globally. In the eyes of many Americans, women of color dont enter their minds in relation to the feminism conversation; resulting in them feeling no sense of betrayal when they hear that Gal Gadot is the perfect white woman lead to the new Wonder Woman film.

If Americans are truly committed to seeing their...

15:38

Four American tourists suffer acid attack outside Marseilles train station "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Four American tourists suffer acid attack outside Marseilles train station
  • Two female victims, aged 20 and 21, were sprayed with acid in their faces
  • Reports say a 41-year-old man was arrested and the victims rushed to hospital 
  • Fourteen fire fighters rushd to the scene it is not thought to be terror related 

Two female American tourists suffered facial injuries in an acid attack that left two others nursing burns, outside a train station in Marseille.

The four tourists, in their early twenties, were travelling between Marseilles and Paris when a 41-year-old man sprayed them with hydrochloric acid, according to reports.

It is understood the tourists were in gare Saint-Charles station just after 11am this morning when the attacker struck.

Two American tourists, aged 20 and 21, have had acid hurled into their faces outside Marseille train station this morning, according to reports

Two American tourists, aged 20 and 21, have had acid hurled into their faces outside Marseille train station this morning, according to reports

According to witnesses, no slogans were shouted out during t...

15:30

Terror in Myanmar as US faces off against China "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Sean Stinson Chinas Belt and Road Initiative portends a monumental transformation of the global economic order; one which poses an existential threat to the Pax Americana which has existed since the end of the Cold War. Understanding this context is critical to making sense of the current hysteria gushing from the NGO-Industrial complex and being fuelled by Western liberal punditry. As Ive argued previously, decisions taken by the Trump administration since January indicate a shift in US foreign policy. No longer concerned with waging petty wars on behalf of the Israel lobby and the billionaire class, attention has been focused acutely on Asia, and in particular China. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was quite forthright about this in his August 16 interview with American Prospect magazine in which he stated unequivocally To me, the economic war with China is everything. We have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, were five years away, I think, 10 years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which well never

15:29

Qatars foreign minister to keynote US-Islamic World forum Emir of Qatar publicly visiting US forces at big Al Udeid base "IndyWatch Feed War"

Al Jazeera

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani will deliver a keynote address at the US-Islamic World Forum in New York on Sunday.

The annual forum, now in its 13th year, is organised by the Brookings Institution in conjunction with the state of Qatar. This years theme is Crisis and Cooperation and discussion topics include ending conflicts in the Middle East and the future of pluralism in the Arab world.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/qatar-diplomatic-crisis-latest-updates-170605105550769.html

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Emir of Qatar publicly visiting US forces at big Al Udeid base 

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Emir of Qatar publicly visiting US forces at big Al Udeid base, September 17, 2017


15:14

Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar More About Generals, China and Less About Suu Kyi "IndyWatch Feed War"

This ethnic cleansing in Asia is the most brutal the world has seen in years


Rohingya refugees wait for food and clothing in Tankhali, Bangladesh, on Friday. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
The washington Post
September 16 at 5:55 PM

IN JUST three weeks, the long-simmering conflict between the Burmese government and the persecuted Rohingya minority has exploded into the most massive and brutal episode of ethnic cleansing the world has seen in years. Since a militant attack on Aug. 25 provided a pretext, Burmese troops have driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya across the border to Bangladesh by systematically burning scores of villages and terrorizing their residents. Last week, more than 380,000 people were reported to have crossed the frontier; on Friday, U.N. officials said many thousands were still waiting to pass. An estimated 240,000 of the refugees are children, according to UNICEF.

What U.N. Secretary General Antnio Guterres rightly called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing is the culmination of years of discrimination by Burmas government and Buddhist majority against the Ro...

15:01

The Apps and Downs of Challenging Radical Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

The new IPhone X, which uses face recognition to unlock the phone, has aroused anger among women in the Arab world who wear niqabs and hijabs, since they prevent these women from using the device in public places.

Pro-niqab and hijab activists in the Arab World criticized the technology using the slogan, Apple is Fighting the Niqab. They predicted that Apple, whose phones are the most popular with women in the Gulf States and especially in Saudi Arabia, will lose a significant amount of business because of the new technology.

 

A woman lawyer in Saudi Arabia developed an app that allows women to check their legal and religious rights in the judicial system in the kingdom. The app covers topics from family law to inheritance, insurance and child custody.

A tweet about the app sent by Clarion Projects Arab affairs analyst garnered tremendous interest in the Arab-speaking world. Reactions to the app were varied:

Its the first step awareness. Its excellent and it means they are moving forward. Much luck and appreciation.

I wish for further development of this app so women can benefit from it even more.

A positive example of change.

Im afraid to download this app, because I might find out something that brings more damage than good.

I down...

15:01

Is Iran the new North Korea? Not even close "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel is alarmed about Irans intentions but thats nothing new. Flawed as it is, the nuclear deal is holding

By Steven A. Cook
Salon

Is Iran the new North Korea? Not even close

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Credit: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

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Last Monday, the Washington Post ran a short article headlined Israeli Official: Netanyahu Must Push Trump to End Iran Deal, which covered remarks made by Yisrael Katz, Israels minister of intelligence and strategic affairs, at a conference near Tel Aviv. Perhaps signaling what to expect when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travels to New York this week to attend the UN General Assembly, Katz advised his boss to press President Donald Trump to alter or walk away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

According to the story, Katz used the North Korea crisis to make the case that the JCPOA is defective and in the process declared that Iran is the new North Korea. That Israels leaders are counseling the Trump administration to change or bust the Iran deal is hardly news. They spent the better part of President Barack Obamas second term in office lobbying against the diplomacy that led to the deal and then working to undermine the JCPOA after it became a fact of life.

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It is also not exactly news that the Israelis have legitimate reasons to be concerned. The Iranians routinely threaten Israel and seemed determined to develop nuclear technology, at least until the JCPOA. Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist group, functions as an Iranian expeditionary force fighting in Syria, Iraq, and even Afghanistan, and has tens of thousands of rockets that can reach every part of Israel. This is particularly troublesome for the Israelis on two levels. First, there is the obvious specter of mass civilian casualties and infrastructure damage that those rockets can do to Israel. Second, the combination of a nuclearized Iran and a well-armed Hezbollah greatly diminishes Israels freedom of action to pursue its interests.

Since the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, the Israelis have acted with impunity around the Middle East as they saw fit. It has not always worked out well, but thats beside the point. Israel faced few constraints when it decided to bomb Iraqs nuclear facilities in 1981, invade Lebanon in 1982 and t...

14:57

London subway jihad attack: Police raid home of couple who took in Muslim refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

It appears that the young man who left the IED on a London subway, injuring 30 people, was a Syrian refugee. I am confident that Pope Francis and H.R. McMaster are on their way to London right now to explain to this young man that authentic Islam and the proper understanding of the Quran reject []

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Iran leader Khamenei warns against US 'wrong move' on nuclear deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Washington extended sanctions relief for Iran on Thursday but said it had yet to decide whether it would maintain the 2015 nuclear deal

14:38

When the Terrorists Come Home "IndyWatch Feed War"

Islamic State foreign fightersIslamic State foreign fighters (Photo: ISIS Propaganda video)

 

British security services estimate that of the 850 Brits that left the country to fight for ISIS in Iraq and Syria, 400 have returned. Yet, none of them to date have been charged with war crimes.

The Council of Europes legal affairs committee recently ruled that merely joining ISIS is enough for prosecution at The Hagues International Criminal Court (ICC). Still, no prosecutions, not even any reported arrests.

Even though while these jihadis were in the Middle East, they were outside the jurisdiction of the ICC, once they returned, they could legally be deported to The Hague.

This cannot possibly be justice. The government must look again at throwing the full weight of international law at those who took part in crimes against humanity, said Labour MP Liam Byrne, expressing the sentiments of many.

While inaction is clearly not the solution to the problem of returning jihadis, the question remains, what is?

It is something that will become increasingly relevant as the jihadis that escape the resounding defeat at the hands of coalition forces seek to reenter their countries of origin. It is also a question with far-reaching consequences that will haunt these countries for decades if they fail to get it right.

Yet, getting it right is profoundly complicated.

Writing in The Guardian, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini , co-founder and executive director of the International Civil Society Action Network, lays out the different options and the drawbacks of various solutions, which basically look like this:

 

1.Bar ISIS Fighters From Returning

Some countries, like the UK, have passed laws to strip returning jihadis of their citizenship if they were naturalized or hold dual citizenship. While this strategy is good for self-preservation certainly a sane approach in todays world it also means that ISIS fighters, alive and well, will be devising plans to enter other countries and potentially wreak their havoc there.

This approach has also been fraught with politics. Take the case of Canada. Addressing the problem of returning as well as internal jihadis, the previous Conservative government passed a la...

14:27

Why Would 58% Favor U.S. Bombing of North Korea? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new Gallup poll indicates that 58% of U.S. residents polled say they favor U.S. military action against North Korea if the U.S. cannot accomplish its goals by more peaceful means first. Like most polls it is tendentiously worded.

What are its goals? U.S. goals? What national, discussed and decided, goals do we have (as a nation) as regards the Korean peninsula?

Im actually a U.S. citizen and a specialist in East Asian history. Frankly, I know a lot about Korea. But I was never consulted about those goals.

In the past the goals have included defeating North Korea; remember how Dick Cheney and John Bolton said the U.S. doesnt negotiate with evil but defeats it? (But arent these guys long-discredited assholes, to anyone paying attention?)

Gallup ought to have asked its respondents: Would you favor U.S. military action of Korea, if it doesnt stop its nuclear weapons program, which North Korea says is designed to protect it from U.S. attack?

The corporate media is telling the people that Pyongyang has to back down on its goal of a nuclear program (for deterrence purposes) or face more (vaguely conceptualized) consequences. It is stoking the traditional American penchant for wild violence in response to any remote threat, and the unique 21st century tactic of using weapons of mass destruction fears to legitimate regime change imposed by the country with the most weapons of mass destruction on earth, and the most experience in their use.

Meanwhile this cherished CNN reporter (with unique unprecedented exposure to North Korea) Will Ripley is reporting (in his vaunted documentary to air Saturday night) that North Korea in contrast to Western historians blames the Korean War (1950-1953) on the United States.

Tokyo-based Ripleys the crme de la crme of mainstream DPRK reportage. He interviews teenage kids practicing militaristic video games indicating the U.S. as adversaryas though this were somehow troubling and hard to comprehend.

He might not know that the best Western historians on Korea (including most notably Bruce Cumings) do, in fact, blame the Korean War mostly on the U.S. Because thats the truth.

The U.S. opposed the reunification of Korea after its partition in 1945. It installed in power its puppet Synghman Rhee, who alarmed Congress by his vicious repression and threats to invade the north. The norths push into the south in June 1950 (which actually received widespread support in the south) could have resulted in the rapid reunification of the country and its final attainment of independence from imperialist overlords.

Instead it was met with a horrific, racist assault that killed three million Korean people and rendered the peninsula a moonscape.

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14:18

ISIS Encourages Attacks on US Hurricane Relief Centers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Relief from Hurricane Harvey in HoustonRelief from Hurricane Harvey in Houston (Photo: BRETT COOMER/AFP/Getty Images)

 

ISIS is encouraging its members to attack Hurricane Harvey relief centers in Houston. A social media post by the terror group and quoted by Newsweek reads:

To all the (lone mujahids) in the U.S. (warrior), pop down to Houston and drop in at any of the relief centers housing displaced people from the Houston floods, make sure to bring lots of supplies/gadgets/toys to see if you can help put any (unbeliever) out of their misery.

One analyst quoted by CNBC says that these posts appear to be more aspirational than operational, with hopes that their followers would then act on calls for attacks. Incidents involving lone wolf attackers have demonstrated the potential danger, lethality and effectiveness of a rehearsed small arms or knife attack that can be carried out by a single individual with little or no training. It also underscores the potentially higher consequences of an assault attack involving multiple operatives.

An alert put out by Homeland Security in Florida warns police officers to maintain situational awareness of their surroundings.

ISIS jihadis not only view centers set up for those displaced by the recent hurricanes as ripe for attack opportunities, they also view the devastation wreaked by the storms as divine retribution by Allah.

Ahmed Mansour, an Egyption journalist for the Qatari-based Al Jazeera channel, wrote that Hurricane Irma was  a display of Gods greatness which many dare to deny.

On Facebook, Mansour posted a picture of cars backed up on a Florida highway driven by people evacuating from the hurricane with the caption, The grand escape from Florida20 million America...

14:16

Campaign Nonviolence Mounts Nationwide Week Of Actions "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over 1,000 Events To Culminate On International Peace Day

From paceebene.org

Corvallis, OR (September 15, 2017) Over 1000 marches, actions, events and rallies are poised to take place in all 50 states nationwide as part of Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions September 16-24. This unprecedented campaign of grassroots activism calls for nonviolent action against racism, war, poverty, and environmental destruction. In its inaugural year of 2014, 230 events took place. In response to the hate speech presently dividing our nation, this year people will join together in more than 1,000 rallies, to spread the word of unity and peace.

People across the United States and beyond are taking Campaign Nonviolence to the streets to end violence and injustices, and begin peacemaking, said Dr. Ken Butigan, co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence and professor at DePaul University. This unified voice calls for concrete policy shifts to build peace, economic justice, and environmental healingand insists on being heard.

Campaign Nonviolence is sponsored by Pace e Bene, a non-profit organization committed to building a culture of peace through active nonviolence and shared understanding and partnerships to protect human rights, abolish war as well as nuclear weapons, end poverty, challenge injustice, heal the planetand meet todays profound spiritual task: to build a just, peaceful and nonviolent world. To be true to the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , and resolve conflicts nonviolently at home and abroad.

Americans want a positive vision of hope and peace for our country and the world, said the Rev. John Dear, co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence, nationally known peace activist, author of 35 books, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. During this week of national action, w...

14:10

Google is now disapproving ads containing the keyword jihadwatch "IndyWatch Feed War"

I heard from two writers Saturday who told me that Google had banned their book ads because they contained the keyword jihadwatch. Note that both writers say that their ads had not been active for years. Ive written a great deal lately about how the Left is using Charlottesville as its Reichstag Fire moment to []

13:58

Syria Summary - Eliminating ISIS' Remains "IndyWatch Feed War"

The last Syria Summary was headlined A New Clash Looms in Syria's East. It stated: Critical oil fields are north and east of Mayadin. The Omar oil field in the east is the biggest one in all Syria. The U.S....

13:45

Mongoose: Harvard Pretends to be Shocked US Political System Hijacked "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been Hijacked

A new case study by Harvard Business School asserts that U.S. politicians have rigged the system to such a degree that the U.S. is becoming a failed democracy. The authors of the case-study use the word hijacked to describe what the political parties have done to governance in the United States.

Their election reform recommendations:

  1. Institute nonpartisan top-four primaries.
  2. Institute ranked choice voting with instant runoff in general elections.
  3. Institute nonpartisan redistricting.
  4. Rewrite debate access rules for presidential elections
  5. Run (centrist) independents at all levels.

Phi Beta Iota: Harvard, Yale, and Princeton as well as Stanford are among the primary academic foundations for the Deep State unchallenged power...

13:42

UK to supply Qatar with Eurofighter jets in billion-dollar deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Qatar's defence ministry set to buy 24 jets from BAE Systems

13:30

Tom Atlee: The Fall and Rise of Truth, Trust, and Societys Capacity for Wisdom "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tom Atlee

The fall and rise of truth, trust and societys capacity for wisdom

We are in a period that is sometimes called the post-truth era, with a disturbing subtext that it might also be post-trust. Where do we turn for people, information, institutions that we can fully trust, that are dependably truthful especially for ALL of us diverse people who find ourselves sharing public spaces and challenges with others we dont understand and may even detest or fear as driven by evil designs and deranged narratives?

13:30

Underwriters - republished 17 September 2017 - Not an appeal for donations "IndyWatch Feed War"

(re-published as a re-statement of SST policy) Having had 17 million, 200 thousand visits in the last 12 years, (now - 17 September, 2017 - half a million more page views) I have decided once again to seek underwriters (sponsors)...

13:25

Kuwaiti diplomats move to expel North Korean envoy "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Kuwait has given North Korea's ambassador a month to leave the Gulf state and will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Pyongyang

13:13

Prayer and Meditation for Monday, September 18, 2017 The Humility of the Centurion "IndyWatch Feed War"

Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 443

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Reading 1 1 TM 2:1-8

Beloved:
First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers,
petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,
for kings and for all in authority,
that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life
in all devotion and dignity.
This is good and pleasing to God our savior,
who wills everyone to be saved
and to come to knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God.
There is also one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as ransom for all.

This was the testimony at the proper time.
For this I was appointed preacher and Apostle
(I am speaking the truth, I am not lying),
teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray,
lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 28:2, 7, 8-9

R. (6) Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
Hear the sound of my pleading, when I cry to you,
lifting up my hands toward your holy shrine.
R. Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is my strength and my shield.
In him my heart trusts, and I find help;
then my heart exults, and with my song I give him thanks.
R. Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is the strength of his people,
the saving refuge of his anointed.
Save your people, and bless your inheritance;
feed them, and carry them forever!
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13:07

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 16 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two of Americas most populous states, Texas and Florida, are in hurricane ruins, and Washington is fomenting more wars.

The US national debt is now over $20 trillion, and Washington is fomenting more wars.
Paul Craig Roberts. Behold a Pale Horse, and its Rider is Death. 12 september 2017

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13:06

Ex-Muslim Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi dies at age 34 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nabeel Qureshi was that rarest of things today: an honest man. A man who would pursue the truth no matter where it took him, and no matter what the cost. I didnt know him well. I had the honor of meeting him in Ohio in 2009, at Pamela Gellers rally for his fellow ex-Muslim, Rifqa []

13:05

Tom Engelhardt 253 "IndyWatch Feed War"




[Note for TomDispatch Readers: Dont forget our special offers on historian Alfred McCoys just-published Dispatch Book (already in its second printing!): In the...

12:50

I Agree With Jimmy Carter, Talk To North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

I Agree With Jimmy Carter, Talk To North Korea

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12:47

Guerre au Ymen : l'armement occidental de la coalition arabe en question "IndyWatch Feed War"


Dernire modification : 14/09/2017

Guerre au Ymen : l'armement occidental de la coalition arabe en question


Depuis mars 2015, l'Arabie saoudite est la tte d'une coalition de pays arabes qui mnent une guerre au Ymen pour renverser les milices Houthis, proches de l'Iran, qui ont pris le contrle notamment de la capitale Sanaa. Mais deux ans et demi plus tard, c'est un chec et la guerre a fait des milliers de morts, dont de nombreux de civils. Des ONG dnoncent la responsabilit des tats-Unis et des pays de l'Union europenne qui fournissent des armes la coalition arabe.

Une mission prpare par Patrick Lovett et Christopher Davis.


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12:31

Muslim Brotherhood Men in DC to Push Political Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

People attend the Muslim-Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 2017. People attend the Muslim-Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 2017. (Photo NOVA SAFO / AFP / Getty Images)

 

Not only does the Muslim Brotherhood have numerous affiliates operating in the United States, but now this leading Islamist organization is trying to influence American policy.

The Muslim Brotherhood supports terrorist organizations and seeks to impose a caliphate on Western society. Brotherhood entities are designated terrorist organizations in Russia, the UAE, Egypt and Saud Arabia. But not in the U.S.

A detailed report in the London-based Al-Arab highlights the lengths to which the Brotherhood is going to change perceptions in the U.S.

Since Donald Trump entered the Oval office, theres been growing concern in the movement about the negative way in which it is viewed on Capitol Hill.

The Brotherhood is reaching out to past and present officials from the Obama administration who were sympathetic towards the cause of political Islam, a Washington source told the weekly paper.

Former Egyptian government minister Omar Daraj and Cordoba Foundation CEO Anas Altikriti reportedly sent out feelers in D.C. to arrange meetings with high-profile Americans. The former British prime minister is among those who believe Cordoba is a Brotherhood front in the UK.

 

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12:01

Sunday palate cleanser: Jonasmania "IndyWatch Feed War"

First, prime Jonas, Wiener Opernball 2017, and with full timpani, Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, Plus three Making of videos, Dolce Vita, LOpra You Mean the World to Me Dear friends, it is such a pleasure to tell you that my new album LOpra is now available worldwide! Get it here: https://t.co/Z9jclwMLL1 pic.twitter.com/kZUOcbqZqq Jonas []

12:00

The NYT"s Yellow Journalism on Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The New York Times descent into yellow journalism over Russia recalls the sensationalism of Hearst and Pulitzer leading to the Spanish-American War, but the risks to humanity are much greater now, writes Robert Parry.

11:58

Dozen Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led coalition raid "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A local official says the coalition air raid hit a vehicle carrying the 12 civilians in Hareeb Al-Qarameesh in Marib province

11:54

Myanmar: Suu Kyi to address Rohingya crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Aidan JONES | More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims had fled a military-led crackdown in Myanmar. Now Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi is readying to address the nation on the crisis for the first time, looking to balance domestic and international pressures

BANGKOK (AFP)  As Rakhine state burns and Rohingya flee, Aung San Suu Kyi is preparing to address Myanmar on the crisis for the first time a high wire act seeking to soothe global outrage without baiting an army that is again showing its teeth.Suu Kyi took office last year as Myanmars first civilian leader after 50 years of junta rule.

She has since focused her energy on the delicate political dance between her civilian government and the generals who still hold many of the levers of power.

On Tuesday the Nobel laureate will give the biggest speech of her time in office.

The nationally-televised turn will break a near silence since the ulcerous ethnic and religious hatreds in western Rakhine state erupted into killings on August 25, sending 400,000 Muslim minority Rohingya fleeing into Bangladesh.

Some 30,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus have also been internally displaced.

In an interview with the BBC, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the stakes were high for Tuesdays speech, calling it a last chance to stop the unfolding humanitarian calamity.

If she does not reverse the situation now, then I think the tragedy will be absolutely horrible, and unfortunately then I dont see how this can be reversed in the future, he said.

Ethnic cleansing

The latest violence was sparked by Rohingya militants raids on 30 police posts in Rakhine state.

The UN calls the army fightback a textbook example of ethnic cleansing with villages set ablaze to drive Rohingya civilians out.

Many abroad are puzzled as to how rights can be flagrantly denied to a specific group by a people who once nobly demanded their own in the face of a junta.

Suu Kyis televised address likely at least in part to be in English comes ahead of a meeting at the UN General Assembly in which Myanmar is expected to be hammered over the crisis.

But analysts say her power to stay the military is limited, and her response thus far indicates she is choosing the lesser of two evils.

Shes signalling t...

11:49

Kurds Fly Israeli Flags at Independence Events "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN
 SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 10:51
The unprecedented embrace of the Israeli flag comes amidst Israels support for Kurdish rights and historic connections between the two nations.
In Photos: Kurds are flying Israeli flags at independence rallies

People celebrate to show their support for the upcoming September 25th independence referendum in Kirkuk, Iraq September 11, 2017. (photo credit:AKO RASHEED / REUTERS)

In recent weeks Israel flags appeared frequently among the sea of Kurdish flags at pro-independence rallies across Europe and in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. In Cologne in late August and then Geneva and Oslo, Israel flags were waved proudly by attendees. On September 16 the blue and white appeared at rallies in Brussels, Hamburg and Stockholm. The unprecedented embrace of the Israeli flag comes amidst Israels support for Kurdish rights and historic connections between the two nations.

11:44

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11:43

Syrian army, allies close in on Islamic State in Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A military source said Syrian army's Tiger Forces killed Abu Obeidah al-Najdi, a Saudi who led IS forces in the Deir Ezzor countryside

11:39

US Broke German Law, Armed Syrian Rebels (Terrorists) via Ramstein Airbase Without Asking Berlin "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Broke German Law, Armed Syrian Rebels via Rammstein Airbase Without Asking Berlin Expect the German government to ignore it all, same as the massive illegal spying on German leaders Snowden revealed New reports on the ongoing US program to arm Syrias rebels have brought focus on several different operations. Among these is evidence that the US used the Ramstein []

11:15

Hamas says ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Statement pointing towards end of decades-long split comes after Hamas leaders held talks with Egyptian officials last week

The Dilemma of Having Two Nuclear Koreas "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was probably inevitable that South Korea would entertain the development of nuclear weapons in the face of North Koreas relentless push for them itself. That conversation is now increasingly widespread on TV and in the media here. Unsurprisingly, conservatives are calling for it; they have for awhile. But other, more moderate voices are kicking it around too, and television pundit shows are filled with this now. An alternative to this is the demand to bring American tactical nuclear weapons back to South Korea. A debate that has been on the fringe of South Korean political life for decades is now having its most robust public discussion ever. For the first time, a clear majority of South Koreans want this capability.

11:12

Second man arrested over London Underground bombing claimed by IS "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd said US President Donald Trump's comments over the attack were 'pure speculation'

11:10

Letter to my American friends "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saker Introduction by the Saker: During my recent hurricane-induced evacuation from Florida, I had the pleasure to see some good friends of mine (White Russian emigrs and American Jews who now consider themselves American and who fully buy into the official propaganda about the USA) who sincerely think of themselves as liberals, progressives and []

11:00

THAT CUBAN SONIC WEAPON MYSTERY JUST BECAME MORE ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

If you've been following that strange mystery surrounding the so-called :"sonic weapon" attacks on the American embassy in Havana, Cuba, then the story just

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11:00

TIDBIT: THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mr. R.B. found this one, and it's fun, and thought-provoking as well. Enjoy: (Copy and paste: https://www.boredpanda.com/museum-lookalikes-gallery-doppelgangers/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=BPFacebook)

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10:57

Iraq will deploy troops if Kurdish referendum turns violent "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraq will intervene militarily if the Kurdish regions planned vote leads to bloodshed

10:56

China Spreads Its Wings (Further) With $10 Billion Credit Line for Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

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A poster of a map with a dotted line showing Chinas claimed territory in the South China Sea on a street in Weifang in east Chinas Shandong province. (AFP)

Tehran A Chinese state-owned investment firm has provided a $10 billion credit line for Iranian banks, Irans central bank president said on Saturday.

The contract was signed in Beijing between Chinas CITIC investment group and a delegation of Iranian banks led by central bank president Valiollah Seif.

The Iran Daily said the funds would finance water, energy and transport projects.

Iran is vital to Chinas trade ambitions as it develops its trillion-dollar One Belt, One Road strategy aimed at dramatically boosting its ties to Europe and Africa.

In addition to the credit line, the China Development Bank signed preliminary deals with Iran worth $15 billion for other infrastructure and production projects, Seif announced.

The contracts reflect a strong will for continuation of co-operation between the two countries, Seif said.

The credit line will use euros and yuan to help bypass US sanctions that have continued despite the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in 2015.

China was a signatory to the deal that lifted sanctions in exchange for curbs to Irans nuclear programme.

President Xi Jinping visited Iran a week after it came into effect, vowing to boost bilateral trade to $600 billion within a decade.

Irans biggest oil customer

Although trade was just $31 billion in 2016, it has jumped more than 30% in the first six months of 2017.

China is already Irans biggest oil customer and accounts for a third of its overall trade.

Since the lifting of sanctions, Beijing has opened two credit lines worth $4.2 billion to build high-speed railway lines linking Tehran with Mashhad and Isfahan, Iran Daily reported.

The latest move follows an eight-billion-euro credit deal signed with South Koreas Exim bank last month.

European banks remain wary of penalties from Washington for working with Iran, but talks are said to be at an advanced stage for $22 billion in credit deals with banks from Austria, Denmark and Germany.

Chinas new $10 billion credit line will go to Irans Refah Kargaran, Sanat va Madan, Parsian, Pasargad and Tosee Saderat banks.

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10:50

If Nikki Haley doesnt drop her nonsensical pro-israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed War"

If Nikki Haley doesnt drop her nonsensical pro-Israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon Robert Fisk The Independent Under a broiling hot midday sun on the south Lebanese-Israeli border this summer, an extraordinary and very angry meeting took place between two major generals: the 60-year-old Irish UN force []

10:37

Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Emal HAIDARY | Anti-Taliban Afghan fighters listening to their commander during a patrol against Taliban insurgents at Jamshedi, on the outskirts of northern Faryab province

KABUL (AFP)  Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out, officials say, sparking fears the local forces could become another thuggish militia.The proposal for a government-backed armed group that would protect its own communities from the Taliban and the Islamic State group comes as Afghanistans security forces, demoralised by killings and desertions, struggle to beat back a rampant insurgency.

But the proposal has raised concerns that the local forces could become unruly and turn into another abusive militia terrorising the people it is supposed to defend.

The Afghan governments expansion of irregular forces could have enormously dangerous consequences for civilians, said Patricia Gossman, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.

The New York-based group said Western diplomats in Kabul familiar with the plan modelled on the Indian Territorial Army that supports the countrys regular forces said Afghan officials had expressed concerns the militia could be used by powerful strongmen or become dependent on local patronage networks.

American and Afghan officials told AFP the fighters would come under the command of the Afghan army and be better trained than the Afghan Local Police a village-level force set up by the United States in 2010 and accused of human rights violations.

Right now we rely on commandos and air strikes to retake the lost territories but after the commandos leave we don?t have enough forces to hold onto the territories, said a senior defence ministry official who asked not to be named.

The force will operate under an army corps and will be used to fill the gaps. They will be recruited from the locals and will be numbered around 20,000.

Defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri confirmed to AFP that a plan for local forces was being discussed.

People will be recruited from their areas because they know their regions and how to keep them, Waziri said, but added there was no guarantee it would be implemented.

A spokesman for NATOs Resolute Support train and assist mission also confirmed a proposal for an Afghan territorial army wa...

10:20

Second Man Arrested Over London Train Attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

LONDON A second man has been arrested over Fridays bomb attack on a London underground train that injured 30 people, police said.

The 21-year-old man was arrested in the west London suburb of Hounslow just before midnight on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police force said in a statement.

He was detained under Britains Terrorism Act and taken to a south London police station, the force added.

Earlier on Saturday, British police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover and raided a property in Sunbury, a small town outside London, as they hunted for whoever planted the device.

Hounslow is about four miles from Sunbury where police raided and searched a building on Saturday in connection with the bombing.

The home-made bomb shot flames through a packed train carriage at west Londons Parsons Green train station but apparently failed to detonate fully.

(Reporting by Andrew Heavens; Editing by William Schomberg)


10:16

Vladimir Putin and Russia versus Zionist Fairytales "IndyWatch Feed War"

Vladimir Putin and Russia versus Zionist Fairytales By Phil Butler New Eastern Outlook 16.09.2017 Did you read the latest news that Vladimir Putin is rich and evil? Oh, you dont read anymore, more power to you. Fake news has it that the Russian president has a new secret holiday mansion worth untold millions. []

10:11

Sheikh Tamim: Qatar ready to talk to end Gulf crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Al Jazeera

Qatari emir restates readiness to sit at the negotiating table during meeting with German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin.

Merkel says she is concerned there is still no solution to the crisis [Michael Sohn/AP]

The Qatari emir says he is ready to sit at a negotiating table to solve the three-month-long regional crisis.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is on his first foreign trip since Qatars diplomatic rift with its Arab neighbours.

As you know we have had a siege of more than 100 days against Qatar, Sheikh Tamim said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday.

We spoke about Qatars readiness to sit at the table to solve this issue.

Merkels government has announced efforts to mediate in the crisis, which saw Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severing diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June.

READ MORE: Qatar presses UN to take action against blockade

The Arab states accuse Qatar of backing terrorism, an allegation Qatar denies.

Germany has been supporting diplomatic efforts to try and defuse the crisis, with Merkel inviting all sides to sit at the table.

She said she was concerned that there was still no solution to the crisis, adding she supported efforts by...

10:06

Emails Indicated Saudi Plan To Attack Qatar To solve everyones problems "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Saudi Arabia was preparing for a military attack on its neighbour Qatar, leaked emails dated May 2017 appear to show.

The emails between UAE Ambassador in Washington, Yousef Al-Otaiba, and US diplomat Elliott Abrams in May 2017 claim that Saudi came close to conquering Qatar and this would solve everyones problems, according to the Emirati official.

Al-Otaiba added that deceased Saudi monarch King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz came pretty close to doing something in Qatar a few months before his death in January 2015.

Abrams was surprised by the revelation, the emails show, declaring: I did not know that. It is dramatic.

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10:06

Ignore the spin, the siege of Gaza endangers everyone, israelis included, so end it now "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ignore the spin, the siege of Gaza endangers everyone, Israelis included, so end it now By Alastair Sloan | MEMO | September 16, 2017 Save the Children reckons that the Israelis have delivered a major project in record time, with the Gaza Strip described in the NGOs latest report as unliveable. The United Nations made []

09:59

U.S. Says Russia Attacked Site Near American-Led Coalition in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian forces hit a target near Deir Ezzour

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Russian military forces on Saturday attacked a location in Syria where they knew troops from the U.S.-led coalition and allied Syrian rebels were operating, the U.S. military said.

The strike injured several Syrian Democratic Forces troops but didnt wound any members of the U.S.-led coalition, according to the statement from the Combined Joint Task ForceOperation Inherent Resolve, after the Russian forces hit a target east of the Euphrates River near Deir Ezzour.

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said such an incident wasnt possible but didnt elaborate.

American and Russian forces have an open communications line to discuss operations that could overlap, especially air operations, to prevent midair collisions or the targeting of troops incorrectly. The communications line apparently wasnt used in this instance.

Coalition officials are available and the deconfliction line with Russia is open 24 hours per day, said the top-ranking American officer in the coalition, Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, in the statement released Saturday.

The coalition didnt respond to requests to clarify whether the attack was an airstrike and provided no further details on the matter.

The statement didnt say whether the coalition troops threatened to fire at the Russian forces, but it reiterated that coalition forces and partners always retain the right of self-defense.

Russia has recently stepped up its military efforts in Deir Ezzour where Islamic State still has a stronghold. The Russians have taken journalists on one of their Navy frigates to watch the launch of cruise missiles into Deir Ezzour as a public demonstration of their capabilities and as a rebuke to U.S.-led coalition forces, who Russians say arent doing enough.

Russian forces have also ramped up their air campaign, sending more sorties into Syria to bomb Islamic State-held areas and to show their support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad. That has included actions against moderate groups opposed to Mr. Assad, not just Islamic State.

The re...

09:53

North Korea: Why Peace is Alien to the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why Peace is Alien to the U.S. By Finian Cunningham Youd have to laugh if it were not so grave. The Trump administration says that it is running out of patience for a diplomatic solution to the Korea crisis. This pseudo piousness comes from a US government that continually refuses to enter into direct []

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09:49

Iran claims to have father of all bombs, Forget the American mother of all bombs, meet the Russian-made daddy "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A top commander of Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) claims that the country possesses the father of all bombs which overshadows the most powerful non-nuclear ordnance of the US.

The bomb was developed under a special request of the IRGC, the corps Aerospace Force commander, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said in an interview on Friday.

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Following a proposal by the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), [Irans] Defense Industries [Organization] manufactured a 10-ton bomb. These bombs are at our disposal, PressTV cited the commander as saying.

They can be launched from Ilyushin aircraft and they are highly destructive, he added, without providing any further details on the capabilities of the ordnance.

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09:38

Trump Signs Iran Sanctions Waiver Despite Concerns "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump at a September 2015 rally against the Iran deal (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Trump at a September 2015 rally against the Iran deal (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

 

The Trump Administration signed waivers for sanctions against Iran that were agreed as part of then-president Barack Obamas landmark nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. The sanctions were due to snap back into place if President Donald Trump did not agree to sign off on the waivers by September 14.

However, at the same time as the president signed the waivers, the Treasury Department placed sanctions on 11 Iran-linked individuals and companies, accusing them of cyber-attacks and proliferation, according to ABC News.

Trump slammed Tehran for failing to keep to the spirit of the nuclear deal, BBC News reported.

The Iran deal is one of the worst deals Ive ever seen, certainly at a minimum the spirit of the deal is atrociously kept, the president said. The Iran deal is not a fair deal to this country. Its a deal that should not have ever been made.

The nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1, consisting of the five permanent members of the U.N. security council (the United States, China, the UK, France and Russia) and Germany. The deal saw the world power...

09:37

South Korea and US agree on need for stronger N. Korea sanctions "IndyWatch Feed War"

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STR, KCNA VIA KNS, AFP | North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. Photo released from N. Koreas official news agency on September 16, 2017.

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South Koreas President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to exert stronger pressure through sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear and missile tests, South Koreas presidential office said on Sunday.

The two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation, and exert stronger and practical sanctions on North Korea so that it realises provocative actions leads to further diplomatic isolation and economic pressure, Blue House spokesman Park Soo-hyun said in a televised briefing.

The announcement followed a telephone call between Moon and Trump.

The Blue House said Moon and Trump had strongly condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, and agreed that the two nations would work with the international community to implement the latest UN Security Councils resolution 2375, Park said.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)


09:26

Philippines Duterte Asks Head of Human Rights Agency: Are You a Pedophile? These are remarks that do not show respect for the dignity of others. The public must understand that the death of children concerns us all as they are especially vulnerable and need state protection "IndyWatch Feed War"

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte taunted the head of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Saturday, asking if he was a pedophile because of his focus on the killing of teenagers in the governments bloody war on drugs.

Duterte also suggested to lawmakers that the CHRs proposed 678 million Philippine peso ($13.2 million) budget could be used to equip police with body cameras if the legislators preferred not to restore funding for the agency, with which he has repeatedly clashed over his anti-drugs campaign.

Duterte again hit the CHR for allegedly being so concerned with the killing of teenagers in the governments war against drugs but ignoring other cases of abuse. PCOO/Released

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The CHR requested a budget of 1.72 billion pesos for 2018, but the government proposed 678 million instead. Dutertes allies in the lower house of Congress then voted to allocate it just 1,000 pesos ($20), in what critics of the drugs war said was retaliation for its efforts to investigate thousands of killings in the past 15 months, including those of two teenagers in August.

Why is this guy so presuffocated with the issue of young people, especially boys? Are you a pedophile? Duterte asked, refer...

09:19

Japans PM Abe Mulling Snap Election as Early as October "IndyWatch Feed War"

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering calling a snap election as early as next month to take advantage of an uptick in approval ratings and disarray in the main opposition party, domestic media reported on Sunday.

Abes ratings have recovered to the 50 percent level in some polls, helped by public jitters over North Koreas missile and nuclear tests and chaos in the opposition Democratic Party, struggling with single-digit support and defections.

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Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after north Korean ballistic missile launch toward Japan, May 29, 2017. Reuters

Abe told the head of his Liberal Democratic Partys junior coalition partner, the Komeito party, that he could not rule out dissolving parliaments lower house for a snap poll after the legislature convenes for an extra session from Sept. 28, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing unidentified informed sources.

Until now, it appeared the election would be next autumn, but we must always be ready for battle, media quoted Komeito party chief Natsuo Yamaguchi as telling reporters on Saturday during a visit to Russia.

Speculation has mounted over a snap election on Oct. 22, when three by-elections are scheduled, although other possibilities are later in October or after U.S. President Donald Trump makes a likely visit in early November, media said.

Abes ratings had sunk below 30 percent in some surveys in July, battered by suspected cronyism scandals and a perception that he had grown arrogant after more than four years in office.

His popularity rebounded a bit after an early Augu...

09:07

Hamas Dissolves Gaza Administration in Palestinian Unity Bid Changing the leopards spots? "IndyWatch Feed War"

CAIRO Palestinian Islamist Hamas group said on Sunday it has dissolved its administration that runs Gaza and agrees to hold general elections in order to end a long-running feud with President Mahmoud Abbass Fatah movement.

The last Palestinian legislative election was held in 2006 when Hamas scored a surprise victory, which laid the ground for a political rupture. Hamas and Fatah fought a short civil war in Gaza in 2007 and since then Hamas has governed the small coastal enclave.

Numerous attempts since 2011 to reconcile the two movements and form a power-sharing unity government in Gaza and the West Bank have so far failed. Hamas and Fatah agreed in 2014 to form a national reconciliation government, but despite that agreement, Hamass shadow government has continued to rule the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said in a statement on Sunday that it has dissolved its shadow government, that it will allow the reconciliation government to operate in Gaza and that it agrees to hold elections and enter talks with Fatah.

Mahmoud Aloul, a senior Fatah official welcomed cautiously Hamass position. If this is Hamas statement, then this is a positive sign, he told Reuters. We in Fatah movement are ready to implement reconciliation.

Hoping to pressure Hamas to relinquish control of Gaza, Abbas has cut payments to Israel for the electricity it supplies to Gaza. This means that electricity has often been provided for less than four hours a day, and never more than six.

Representatives for Abbas, who is in New York ahead of the U.N. General Assembly this week, could not be reached for comment, nor could Fatah representatives presently in Egypt, which has been hosting talks with Hama...

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08:41

US Sanctions Continue to Backfire "IndyWatch Feed War"

In another slap in the face against US hegemony, China just opened up a $10 billion credit line for Iran. This means that, while the US Congress was forced to raise the debt ceiling again, this time way beyond the $20 trillion mark, the Eastern Alliance member countries are moving ahead with the massive Eurasian Continue reading US Sanctions Continue to Backfire

08:23

BBCs inconsistent follow-up reporting on terror trials continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

Earlier this year we noted the BBCs inconsistent follow-up reporting on terror incidents. While audiences have seen reporting on related legal proceedings months or years later in cases when the perpetrators were Israelis, arrests, trials and convictions relating to attacks carried out by Palestinians very rarely receive follow-up coverage.

Last week three of the perpetrators of an attack that was reported by the BBC nearly two years ago were convicted of manslaughter.

The Jerusalem District Court convicted Muhammad Abu Kaf, Walid Atrash and an additional unnamed minor of manslaughter for the killing of Alexander Levlovitz on Rosh Hashanah eve two years ago, in an attack marking the beginning of the lone-wolf wave of terrorism.

After the holiday meal, Levlovitz drove two guests home, and was later killed when Palestinians pelted his car with rocks.

As...

07:56

Chevrons Amazon Chernobyl Case moves to Canada "IndyWatch Feed War"

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    15 September, 2017 (Greenpeace)*  After perpetrating what is probably the worst oil-related catastrophe on Earth a 20,000 hectare death zone in Ecuador, known as the Amazon Chernobyl the Chevron Corporation has spent two decades and over a billion dollars trying to avoid responsibility. 
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    In 2011, Indigenous and peasant villagers won an $9.5-billion compensation judgment in Ecuador. Chevron, despite accepting jurisdiction in Ecuador to avoid a US jury trial, refused to pay.

    The company sold its assets in Ecuador to avoid seizure, left the country, and threatened the victims with a lifetime of litigation if they pursued compensation. The 30,000 plaintiffs, however, have not given up. The case now moves to Canada, where Chevron holds assets, and where the victims hope, at last, to gain justice.

    This tragic story reveals almost unthinkable corporate irresponsibility, intimidation, and arrogance, not just by Chevron executives, but by their 60 law firms, 2,000 lawyers and paralegals, six public relations firms, squads of private investigators, thugs and bribed witnesses, and at least one severely compromised US judge....

07:22

UN Refugee Agency Shocked by Killings in Eastern DR Congo "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Expressing shock and sadness over the violent death of numerous Burundian nationals among them likely refugees and asylum seekers in Kamanyola town, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency called for an investigation into the incident.

Burundian refugees prepare food over an open flame at a settlement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (File) Photo: UNICEF/Seck

According to initial reports more than 30 have been killed and over100 injured, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on 16 September 2017 said* in a news release.

The precise circumstances are not yet clear [but] reports indicate that in the course of a confrontation with Burundian demonstrators, Congolese security forces opened fire on the crowd, the UN agency added.

The town hosts some 2,005 refugees and asylum seekers from Burundi, most of whom arrived in 2015. There are a total of 43,769 Burundian refugees living in DRC.

The news release also noted that UNHCR and its partners have sent teams to Kamanyola, including medical staff, to treat the injured. (*SOURCE: UN).

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07:08

UN Migration Agency Calls for Coordinated Response as Nearly 400,000 Stream into Bangladeshs Coxs Bazar "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh (IOM)*  The UN Migration Agency on 14 September highlighted the need for a coordinated humanitarian response to the massive inflow of destitute people fleeing Myanmar and arriving in Coxs Bazar.

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People arriving are in urgent need of life-saving assistance, including food, water and sanitation, health and protection. Photo: Saikat Biswas / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Estimated new arrivals have reached 391,000 and there is no sign of the flow of people drying up, as smoke from burning villages in Myanmars North Rakhine State remains clearly visible from the Coxs Bazar district.

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07:00

Anbar Operations Begin; 38 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iraq launched a major operation against Daesh/ISIS in Anbar province on Satudday.

The post Anbar Operations Begin; 38 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

05:05

Is it really true that Americas richest 1% are overwhelmingly Jewish? (UPDATED: Saker post-scriptum) "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Eric Zuesse On September 8th, an article I wrote for Strategic Culture Foundation, What Americas Aristocracy Want, was republished at the Donbass (far-eastern formerly Ukrainian) website, South Front. The

03:48

No, Antifa: This is not the 1930s and we dont need to punch a Nazi "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Battle of Cable Street is a key event in the creation myth of the anti-fascist movement. It goes like this:

On Sunday, October 4, 1936, about 5,000 members of the British Union of Fascists (BUF), led by Sir Oswald Mosley, planned to march in full Blackshirt regalia through several Jewish neighborhoods in Londons East End. Six thousand police were assigned to protect them from about 100,000 anti-fascist protesters. The anti-fascists fought the police and erected barricades to block the marchers. When the fascists saw there was no possibility of moving beyond the barricades, they abandoned the march and dispersed.1

Some accounts of the battle claim that the fascists and anti-fascists fought hand-to-hand, but Reg Weston, a journalist who was in his early twenties when he actually participated in the battle, makes it clear that the two sides never clashed. The police and barricades kept them apart. Its a myth, Weston says, that the battle was between the protesters and the Blackshirts. It was not it was a battle with the police.2

Nevertheless, the crowd celebrated that day. The Battle of Cable Street went down in history as a victory for anti-fascist forces and to this day is part of the heroic mythology of the ultra-left: For many members of contemporary anti-Fascist groups, the incident remains central to their mythology, a kind of North Star in the fight against Fascism and white supremacy across Europe and, increasingly, the United States.3

But was it really a victory?

On the surface, the battle appears to justify the preferred tactic of the ultra-left: direct physical confrontation in the streets. However, like all myths, the battle and its outcome have been distorted and embellished over the years. When we look at what actually happened in the weeks, months and years following the battle, two things become clear.

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03:30

Sayyed al-Houthi Warns Saudi-led Coalition: Our Missiles Can Reach Abu Dhabi "IndyWatch Feed War"

Darko Lazar 16-09-2017 | 08:19 In March 2015, the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen was ambitiously named Operation Decisive Storm. Nearly three years into the conflict, and Riyadhs war can be described as anything but decisive. Sparking the worst cholera epidemic in generations and leaving millions facing starvation, the Saudis and their allies have killed []

02:31

Single Payer Is On The National AgendaAnd Its Thanks To Peoples Movements "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ben Palmquist for In These Times - As Senator Bernie Sanders introduces a bill for universal, publicly financed healthcare on Wednesday, he has growing political momentum behind him. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are cosponsoring the bill, and even former Senator Max Baucuswho shut down consideration of single payer during the drafting of the Affordable Care Actis now saying that universal healthcare is going to happen. These statements among leading Democratic Senators mark a potentially momentous shifting of the political winds, but most media coverage of the Senators statements is misplaced: It ignores the powerful corporate and ideological forces that have long driven both parties opposition to universal healthcare. It ignores widespread public frustration with both parties and the tectonic social and economic changes transforming American politics. It ignores how people all over the country are organizing to channel popular anger into peoples movements that are independent of both political parties. And it ignores how these movements are beginning to completely upend the politics of healthcare. Across the United States, communities are organizing for universal healthcare. One of the most innovative and dynamic campaigns is led by Put People First!

02:15

Harvard Kennedy Succumbs To CIA Pressure, Revokes Chelsea Mannings Fellowship "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Kevin Gosztola for The Guardian - The Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School revoked an invitation for United States military whistleblower Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow after intense pressure from the CIA. According to the Harvard Crimson, the school newspaper, "high-ranking current and former CIA officials" convinced the Dean of the Kennedy School of Government to reverse course. Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director, canceled his appearance at the school on September 14. He wrote a letter to the director of the Intelligence and Defense Projects at Harvard Kennedy that declared, "Ms. Manning betrayed her country and was found guilty of 17 serious crimes for leaking classified information to Wikileaks. Indeed, Ms. Manning stands against everything the brave men and women I serve alongside stand for." Former CIA director Mike Morell resigned from his position as a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. His statement bore a distinct similarity to Pompeos statement. "Please know that I am fully aware that Belfer and the IOP are separate institutions within the Kennedy School and that, most likely, Belfer had nothing to do with the invitation of Ms. Manning to be a fellow at IOP," Morell stated. "But, as an institution, the Kennedy School's decision will assist Ms. Manning in her long-standing effort to legitimize the criminal path that she took to prominence, an attempt that may encourage others to leak classified information as well."

02:09

Chelsea Manning Hung Up Phone On Harvard Dean Who Delivered Fellowship Snub "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ed Pilkington for The Guardian - Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of state secrets and served seven years in military prison, abruptly terminated a phone call with the dean of the Harvard Kennedy school in an expression of her dismay at his decision to revoke her visiting fellowship in the face of severe pressure from the CIA. Manning ended the conversation on Thursday as the dean, Douglas Elmendorf, tried to justify to her his decision to cancel the fellowship only a day after it had been announced. The dean had said he needed to talk to Manning urgently after CIA figures first raised their objection to Harvard offering the whistleblower a place among its 2017-18 visiting speaker program raising the prospect that one of Americas most prestigious academic institutions had kowtowed to pressure from the intelligence services. Mannings invitation to address students of the schools Institute of Politics was denounced by Mike Pompeo, the CIA director who cancelled an appearance at Harvard on Thursday, and by former deputy director of the agency Mike Morell, who resigned his own visiting fellowship in protest at what the two men described as the honoring of a traitor. Details of the phone call were shared with the Guardian by a source who was present at the time of the conversation. Manning had just stepped off stage in San Francisco where she was receiving a global freedom of information award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

02:00

The Voice of Indigenous Resistance in Oaxacalifornia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The iconic street murals mark a new manifestation of Indigenous history in the U.S. that addresses the Oaxacalifornian Indigenous experience of migration. South Central Dreams mural in Los Angeles. | Photo: Los Tlacolulokos Activos Alicia Vargas The journey into the art galleries of Los Angeles, California for two muralists from the collective Los Tlacolulokos Activos...

02:00

Brazil: Shots Fired on Homeless Workers Encampment "IndyWatch Feed War"

Organizers of the occupation, now comprised of 7,000 people, indicate that shots came from a condominium complex located beside the mega-encampment. Brazils MTST encampment of homeless people in an open plot of land that hasnt been used for 30 years. | Photo: MTST Shots were fired at the Fearless People of Sao Bernardo Occupation, initiated...

02:00

The Silencing Of Chelsea Manning Puts Power Before Freedom Of Speech "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Benjamin Clayton for Independent - There are difficult questions for Chelsea Manning to answer. As a visiting fellow someone expected to speak publicly, answer questions, and be confronted by different opinions everyone might have benefited. It is ironic that the most powerful most fear powerlessness. Enter Harvard University. This week, wobbled by pressure from the CIA and other institutions, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government rescinded its invitation to Chelsea Manning to become a visiting fellow at its Institute of Politics. With that, the most powerful university in the world silenced a twenty-nine-year-old transgender traitor-cum-hero. The facts of the case are these. In 2007, then-Bradley Manning enlisted in the Unites States Army. Six weeks later, she was almost discharged, partly due to the effects of being bullied by recruits. Amidst a national deficit of soldiers, however, the discharge was revoked and she was later trained in intelligence before being deployed to Iraq. Her first contact with WikiLeaks occurred in January 2010, and on 3 February she sent them roughly 490,000 documents. Over time, she sent more, including footage of a helicopter attack on Iraqi civilians in 2007. Manning was arrested in May 2010, convicted by court-martial in July 2013, and sentenced to thirty-five years confinement in August 2013; ultimately, this sentence was commuted by Barack Obama shortly before he left office.

01:49

Chelsea Manning At Harvard: The Fear Of Veritas "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Binoy Kampmark for Global Research - The last assertion is precisely the reason why Manning should be garlanded with floral tributes of acknowledgement on getting to the Kennedy School. Even President Barack Obama, whose administration proved crack addicted to prosecuting whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, had to concede as a presidential candidate that revealing abuses and corruptions were indispensable to the health of the republic. Despite hardening on getting to the White House, Obama did issue an executive order and sign a law beefing up whistleblower protections in 2012. As ever, he preferred to keep the intelligence community in its traditional, singular nook, where officials remain squeamish about notions that a whistleblower might be anything better than a flag tarnishing traitor. Obama did make one concession on Mannings legacy in reducing her draconian 35-year old prison sentence, deeming it very disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received. Not exactly the sort of statement to expect for a person who had supposedly put US soldiers at such mortal risk. The president, nevertheless, made it unquestionably clear that Manning was an example of gold standard deviance, what should not be done when advancing a cause. I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and that a message has still been sent. The Manning appointment cast an eager cat amongst very puzzle pigeons. Appearances were cancelled, notes sent more in sorry than anger.

01:40

What America Would Look Like If It Guaranteed Everyone A Job "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Dylan Matthews for Vox Magazine - Imagine if a well-paying job, with benefits and a high enough salary to pay for rent, transportation, and food, were a human right. Imagine the US federal government established a policy whereby anyone who didnt have a job and wanted one could go into a local office for a government agency call it the Works Progress Administration and walk out with a regular government position paying a livable wage ($15 an hour, perhaps) and offering health, dental, and vision insurance, and retirement benefits, and child care for their kids. Different people would do different things: teaching or working for after-school programs or providing child care or building roads and mass transit or driving buses and so on. But everyone would be guaranteed a job, including during recessions. Involuntary unemployment would be a thing of the past. No one who works would be in poverty. Thats a truly radical policy idea. But it has deep roots in the Democratic Partys past, from the New Deals emergency employment programs to the Humphrey-Hawkins Act, a 1970s proposal that, as originally written, would have given unemployed Americans the right to sue the government. Today, there are even some actual proposals on the table. In May, the Center for American Progress issued a report calling for a "large-scale, permanent program of public employment and infrastructure investment." But some labor economists, even left-leaning ones, are skeptical. None of the programs, they argue, have done enough work on the details.

01:22

These Corporations Have The Biggest Influence On Climate Policy "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Lorraine Chow for Eco Watch - For better or worse, corporations have a major influence on climate change policy. Just look at Koch Industries, a multinational conglomerate owned by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch that has contributedhundreds of millions to federal candidates and lobbying over the last 25 years. The "Corporate Carbon Policy Footprint," a new analysis from U.K. nonprofit InfluenceMap, now ranks Koch Industries as the company with the strongest opposition to the Paris climate agreement and most intensely lobbies against policies in line with the landmark global accord. The InfluenceMap scoring system does not measure a company's actual greenhouse gas emissions. Rather, it measures "the extent to which a corporation is supporting or obstructing the climate policy process." For the InfluenceMap report, researchers analyzed more than "30,000 pieces of evidence" on 250 global companies and 50 major trade associations on their lobbying records, advertising, public relations and sponsored research, according to Bloomberg. The research group gave the Wichita-based company an "F" grade for its anti-climate actions: "Koch Industries appears to be actively opposing almost all areas of climate legislation. In 2014 in the US, they were reportedly active in their opposition to a carbon tax, funding politicians and campaigns to oppose the tax.

01:14

Insurance Industry Pays Senators To Not Support Improved Medicare For All "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Andrew Perez for MapLight - Democratic senators who havent signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders Medicare for All proposal have received twice as much cash from the insurance industry as the bills sponsors, MapLight has found. The insurance industry has donated an average of $23,600 since 2010 to senators who have co-sponsored Sanders bill, according to a MapLight review of campaign finance data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Democratic senators who have not yet supported his legislation, including Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent, have received an average of $55,500 from the industry. The independent senator from Vermont has been pitching a government-run, single-payer health care system since 1993. But the idea became popular among progressive voters during his 2016 primary campaign against eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and is picking up support. About one-thirdof American adults polled in June said they now support a single-payer health care system. Sanders, who formally proposed his Medicare for All plan on Wednesday, has picked up support from 16 of the Senates 46 Democrats. Supporters include potential 2020 presidential contenders, such as Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Cory Booker, D-N.J.; and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. A majority of House Democrats are backing a similar proposal introduced in January by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.

01:06

Campaign Nonviolence Mounts Nationwide Week Of Actions "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Aggie Perilli and Jeanine Genauer for Pace e Bene - Corvallis, OR (September 15, 2017) Over 1000 marches, actions, events and rallies are poised to take place in all 50 states nationwide as part of Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions September 16-24. This unprecedented campaign of grassroots activism calls for nonviolent action against racism, war, poverty, and environmental destruction. In its inaugural year of 2014, 230 events took place. In response to the hate speech presently dividing our nation, this year people will join together in more than 1,000 rallies, to spread the word of unity and peace. People across the United States and beyond are taking Campaign Nonviolence to the streets to end violence and injustices, and begin peacemaking, said Dr. Ken Butigan, co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence and professor at DePaul University. This unified voice calls for concrete policy shifts to build peace, economic justice, and environmental healingand insists on being heard. Campaign Nonviolence is sponsored by Pace e Bene, a non-profit organization committed to building a culture of peace through active nonviolence and shared understanding and partnerships to protect human rights, abolish war as well as nuclear weapons, end poverty, challenge injustice, heal the planetand meet todays profound spiritual task: to build a just, peaceful and nonviolent world.

00:42

Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally held in in Cologne "IndyWatch Feed War"

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00:21

Principles of Persecution: Indias Systematized Human Rights Violations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Arbitrary detentions, torture, mass graves and mass rapes. No, you are not reading about a rogue third world authoritarian dictatorship. Instead these are words that describe matters recurrent in the worlds largest democracy, India. The country, over time, has developed a mechanism to extend and tighten its hold on disturbed regions, specifically those states that carry visible secessionist sentiments. This apparatus of oppression is pillared through draconian legislation, which is painted and repainted from time to time.

The development of such legislation in India seems to exhibit a specific pattern, which is marked by evasive moves in the face of public pressure, and even scrapping the law when under fire, but all the while preserving the crux or its original spirit. Draconian laws such as Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) and Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act (POTA) have never been completely rooted out. Instead they have merged from one form to the other over time.

TADA, introduced in 1985, empowered the state to keep anyone accused under its ambit within detention for up to a year, without a formal charge sheet. It freed the police of the compulsion to present the accused within 24 hours of the arrest. The power of arresting on mere suspicion and confessions derived during police custody being considered admissible evidence in courts of law, all together contributed to the horror of this legislation. The secret and closed courts that undertook trial under TADA made public accountability even more rare. It has been reported that a decade under this law had passed and 76,000 arrests had been made during that time, but only 35 percent of the cases were brought to trial and the conviction rate was 2 percent, exposing the reality of the huge remaining percentage of arbitrary convictions and arrests.

The eventual repeal of TADA was not an end to this terrorizing anti terror reign.  Instead a Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act was introduced through a joint session in 2002. Ironically, it consisted of most of the same provisions as TADA. It once again allowed for long detentions without formal charges and empowered confessions to police as admissible evidence. This law also put the burden of proof on the accused instead of the prosecution. The law was employed to detain and arrest leaders in the state of Jammu and Kashmir such as Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik, not to mention the arbitrary implementation of the laws in regions that are formally states of the Indian federation, unlike disputed J and K.  The immense misuse led to public pressure building on the legislature.

In 2004, POTA had been repealed by the congress government, which was one of their electoral promises. But at the same time, they continued to amend the countrys Unauthorized Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). This, and amendments in 2004, 2008...

Saturday, 16 September

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Peace Through All People "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 16, 2017

Especially on the anniversary of 9/11, we are honored to launch Peace Through All People, a stunningly beautiful and moving video of our song Peace Salaam Shalom. Pat began writing the song on this day, 12 years ago, and weve been singing it ever since. Read the full story here: http://mad.ly/80ea04?pact=53543631756 Peace Through All People Peace, Salaam, Shalom by Emmas Revolution (http://emmasrevolution.com) Performed by Community of Christ (http://www.cofchrist.org) members and friends Produced by Major Oak Productions (https://www.facebook.com/majoroakprod) Peace, Salaam, Shalom Words and music by Pat Humphries & Sandy Opatow; Spanish translation John Glase, French translation Ervelyne Bernard (c) 2001 Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow/Moving Forward Music BMI. Used With Permission. All Rights Reserved. Peace Through All People (c) 2013 Community of Christ

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