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Sunday, 18 February


Public hearing and written comments on draft registration "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ed Hasbrouk | The Practical Nomad | February 16, 2018 For the first time in decades, a Federal commission is holding open-mike public hearings throughout the USA (starting next Friday, 23 February 2018, in Harrisburg, PA) and taking written testimony (through 19 April 2018, Patriots Day) on whether draft registration should be ended or []


Tillerson's Sweet Nothing's to Turkey. Israel & Syria. Lavrov insights "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tillerson went to Turkey.  He said he'd work on the Manbij situation... "work on it"
Yah, yah, there will be a 'working group" which will begin working no later then mid march- That's a whole month away............ 

Sweet Nothing's ..... affectionate but unimportant or meaningless words spoken to a "lover" (or not)

 Manbij: "It's geographically important. That's why the US has left a troop presence in Manbij to ensure that that city remains under control of our allied forces and does not fall into the hands of others," Tillerson said. "So that will be a topic of discussion in terms of how we go forward to ensure Manbij remains within our control because of its strategic importance."

He said the working group on Manbij will begin work no later than mid-March.
If you've been a long term reader here you know that the US has been paying lip service to the Turks regarding Manbij for a long, long time now. Going back to the Obama administration!

Covered August 2016- Yup, August 2016- 18 Months ago

flashback: Turkey: US to Keep Manbij Promise? 3 Step Road Map: Assad Stays. Cooperating with Iran & More

 1st: US, Keep Your Word on Kurd Withdrawal from Manbij:

avusoglu s...


Netanyahu rips 'outrageous' Holocaust remark by Polish PM "IndyWatch Feed War"


Poland passed law this month imposing jail terms for suggesting country was complicit in Holocaust

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The Black Sea Development Navy Brief 2/18 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

by LeDahu for the Saker Blog   Unprecedented show of power projection by the US Navy with 2 Arleigh Burke class DDGs now deployed in the Black Sea.  The USS


Mueller Indictment Part of Information Warfare Cycle Between US and Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Information Warfare Russia(SP)  Thirteen Russian nationals allegedly involved in an information warfare operation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The indictment [PDF] claims the Internet Research Agency engaged in a conspiracy from 2014 to the present that was funded by Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and companies he controlled, including Concord Management []


Kurds in France protest against Turkey, demand Ocalan release "IndyWatch Feed War"


March has taken place each year since Ocalan was detained in 1999


Bernie Sanders makes no comments about Russias alleged support for him in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV February 17, 2018 US independent Senator Bernie Sanders has remained silent towards allegations by special counsel Robert Mueller about Moscows support for him ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The Vermont lawmaker released a statement to announce stance in the wake of Muellers Friday revelations coming from months of investigation into ties []


France: Muslim reformer and accused rapist Tariq Ramadan hospitalized, may be too ill to remain in jail "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tariq Ramadan has only just now started claiming that he has multiple sclerosis, just a week after he was denied bail on the rape charges he is facing. How convenient that he would suddenly turn out to be too ill to remain behind bars. It could be that his teams failure to impugn the accounts []


Parasites Which Take Over Their Hosts "IndyWatch Feed War"

The fact that Israel receives billions each year from the US taxpayer as our politicians in Washington endlessly pledge their devotion to the special relationship,  has led many observers to liken the pro-Israel lobby in America to a parasite that has invaded a host. Its a powerful analogy, so much so that even books have []


Nigeria: Muslims murder 19, injure 50 in jihad suicide bombings at fish market "IndyWatch Feed War"

The BBC adds in a photo caption: The continuing attacks are being blamed on Boko Haram casting doubt on official claims the group has been defeated. Boko Haram, the Party of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad, has been declared defeated before. The Nigerian government vowed to defeat Boko Haram by []


Celebrating Victory at Ward Valley: Western Shoshone Corbin Harney 'Sing to the Water' "IndyWatch Feed War"

. (Photo 1)  Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone, Wally Antone, Quechan and Lleweyllen Barrackman, Fort Mojave. (Photo 2) Curly Has Two Feathers Walks Alone, Navajo leading the morning circle.  Curly was our fire keeper. (Photo 3) Bird Singers and Dancers from Fort Mojave.  (Photo 4) Group picture of the people that were camped at Ground Zero. --Photos by Molly Johnson Twenty years


Laguna Pueblo Dorothy Purley Exposed Nuclear Holocaust on Native Lands, in Censored 'Trespassing' Film "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dorothy Purley's words will again ring out as one victory is celebrated in the Mojave Desert at Ward Valley By Brenda Norrell Censored News Before her death from cancer, Laguna Pueblo uranium miner Dorothy Purley, exposed bow the Anaconda uranium mine sent Pueblos to their deaths, working in the uranium mines without protective clothing. Dorothy's words still ring out in the film


Pressure Mounts on FBI Director to Quit Over Florida School Shooting Failures "IndyWatch Feed War"

FBI Director Florida Shooting(ZHE)  The White House is probably regretting its decision not to show FBI Director Christopher Wray the door when he reportedly threatened to resign last year over the administrations push to oust now-former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe In what the bureau has called a failure of protocol, Wray admitted that the bureau had failed to follow up on an []


De NAVO "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turks leger begint militaire operatie tegen Grieken



Mueller Indictment - The "Russian Influence" Is A Commercial Marketing Scheme "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yesterday the Justice Department indicted the Russian Internet Research Agency on some dubious legal grounds. It covers thirteen Russian people and three Russian legal entities. The main count of the indictment is an alleged "Conspiracy to Defraud the United States"....


Zionistische Tereur "IndyWatch Feed War"

Verdrijving in slow motion

De documentaire Sumoud laat zien hoe Isral het bestaan van een bedoeenenfamilie in de Palestijnse Jordaanvallei ondermijnt, met de bedoeling dat zij vroeg of laat vertrekt.


Four Israelis wounded in Gaza border explosion; military retaliates "IndyWatch Feed War"


It is most Israelis wounded in single attack since 2014 Gaza war


The Berri-Basil conflict "IndyWatch Feed War"

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "The Constitutional and Sectarian background of the conflict between Tayyar and Harakat Amal".


A rare long report about the heavy Israeli military intervention in the Syrian war on the side of (some) rebel groups "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Another major shift in Israeli policy occurred during this time as well, according to Syrian activists and rebels I have interviewed, as well as pro-regime and opposition media reporting. Rebels from Quneitra and western Daraa, as well as media activists in those regions with ties to the rebels, told me that Israel began providing more military support to a greater number of rebel groups affiliated with the Free Syrian Army. This support came in the form of weapons, ammunition and money to purchase weapons on the black market. All of my sources confirmed the identity of at least seven factions receiving Israeli support, on the condition that the groups would not be named. However, two of these groups have been publicly identified before: Liwaa Fursan al-Jolan and Firqat Ahrar Nawa. Israeli officials have vehemently denied support to jihadist groups, leaving open the possibility that the government supports these non-jihadist groups. Some of the groups that started getting Israeli support in late 2017 were previously supported by the Military Operations Command, a CIA-directed center in Amman. Until January 2018...


Putins Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alastair CROOKE | Strategic Culture Foundation | 17.02.2018 Israel is climbing up a high horse, Alex Fishman (the veteran Israeli Defence Correspondent) wrote in the Hebrew daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, last month, and is approaching with giant steps a war of choice: Without mincing words, its an initiated war in Lebanon. In Fishmans article, he notes: Classical []


Polish Restitution Law Holocaust vs. Nakba "IndyWatch Feed War"

February 14, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon Reported by Gilad Atzmon We learned today that the Polish Justice Ministry is reviewing draft legislation regarding the restitution of Jewish property confiscated during and after the Holocaust. On Wednesday, the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) expressed concern over the delay of the law. Elderly Jewish and non-Jewish claimants who have waited over 70 years for justice []



Who is burying the Olympic Movement and Why? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By the time the 2018 Winter Olympic Games opened in PyeongChang last week, the masterminds behind the so-called Russian doping scandal had finally lost their control of the narrative, causing irreparable damage to the Olympic movement and to sports in general.  The politically motivated actions of a tiny group of functionaries in the sports industry have discredited the very concept of the purity of athletics and have resulted in a sharp drop in the worlds interest in the Games in PyeongChang.  This is evident in the disastrous attendance figures (a month before the competitions began only 60% of the tickets had been sold, and the most popular events, hockey and figure skating, had the highest number of unclaimed seats) and could also be seen in the significant drop in the IOCs ad revenues.

The reason for this downward spiral is obvious, when some athletes are discriminated against based on their nationality while others run mad with impunity, this not only ruins the element of suspense in the competitions, it also kills off spectator interest and advertising contracts.


Lets take a quick look back at the time line of events.  After the Russian Olympians stunning victories in 2014, which did much to spur the success of the Russian Spring in Crimea three weeks after the closing ceremonies in Sochi, influential Western players began investing serious money into hyping the scandal over the so-called Russian doping file.  

Back in December 2014, Germanys ARD television channel produced a documentary featuring Russian track and field athlete Yuliya Stepanova and her husband, Vitaly Stepanov, a former employee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), in which they exposed the system of doping in Russia.  The fact that one year previously Stepanova had been disqualified in Russia, losing her eligibility for two years for doping, and that her violations had only been revealed after her husband left RUSADA in 2011, had somehow escaped the attention of the documentarys creator Hajo Seppelt (for more information on the first round of efforts to promote the doping scandal,...


Newsbud Exclusive- DOJ Indictment of Debunked Russian Influence Op Reeks of Hypocrisy. "IndyWatch Feed War"

On February 16, the US Justice Department indicted more than a dozen Russian nationals for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign. It singled out a Russian company, the Internet Research Agency (also known as Glavset) based in Saint Petersburg, which is said to be responsible for influence operations on behalf of the Russian government.

The indictment, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, charges the defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates and engaged in operations to support the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The DOJ claims the activity had the stated goal of spread[ing] distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.

According to the indictment, the activity amounts to information warfare against the United States of America launched on social media, primarily on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. By 2016, the size of many [Internet Research Agency]-controlled groups on social media, primarily Facebook, had grown to hundreds of thousands of online followers.

Federal prosecutors said the influence operations began in 2014. They accused Russian trolls of posing as Americans on social media platforms. These groups and pages, which addressed divisive U.S. political and social issues, falsely claimed to be controlled by US activists when, in fact, they were controlled by defendants.

This alleged operation, however, pales in comparison to propaganda efforts initiated by the US government.

Programming produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks is viewed and listened to in more than a hundred countries in 61 languages. The propaganda effort covers a wide variety of political issues, including human rights abuses in Iran, human trafficking in Asia, self-immolation in Tibet, to name but a few.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was funded by the CIA and received broad policy directives from the CIA and the US State Department. [READ MORE]

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New York City: Muslim migrant tried to join Islamic State, wanted to stage jihad massacre in Times Square "IndyWatch Feed War"

Are we diverse enough yet? Remember: stopping, even temporarily, migration from jihadi hotspots is racist, bigoted, and Islamophobic. Yemeni man pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to join Islamic State, by Brendan Pierson, Reuters, February 16, 2018: NEW YORK (Reuters) A Yemen-born New York City resident on Friday pleaded guilty to attempting to provide []


From PyeongChang To Lasting Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sometimes, art can point to answers that the stuffy logic of policy wonks cannot. Those who have truly felt, even for a passing moment, the pain of seventy years of artificial national division, probably felt a stir in the pit of their hearts at seeing the ninety-year old North Korean statesmans rare display of emotion. The sense of excitement at the fleeting inter-Korean reunion, followed by pain and sorrow at not knowing when or if the two Koreas will ever meet again, is shared by Koreans on all sides of the division. And therein may be the answer to the perpetual and seemingly unresolvable conflict on the Korean peninsula. That shared sense of longing for reunification will ultimately prevail over threats of maximum pressure and a bloody nose strike.


Tariq Ramadan is hospitalised in France "IndyWatch Feed War"


Islamic scholar in custody in France on rape charges will undergo medical evaluation to determine if he will remain in jail before trial


Florida High School Students Stage Walkout To Protest Gun Violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. Theyre furious about political stonewalling, and most of them arent yet old enough to vote. Two days after a gunman used an assault-style rifle to kill 17 people at a nearby school, the students of South Broward High School protested in solidarity. Just a couple of dozen miles down the road in Parkland, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was still sealed off as investigators pored over the horrors inside. About 50 teenagers gathered on the street Friday, rallying around the common causes of gun control and school safety two issues politicians continue to ignore even though polls show most Americans support them.


Polish PM draws ire with claim of Jewish Holocaust perpetrators "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | A new law in Poland sets a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who describes Nazi German death camps, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, as being Polish
MUNICH (GERMANY) (AFP)  Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sparked a storm of criticism Saturday after defending his countrys new law concerning the Holocaust, which he said had involved Jewish perpetrators as well as Polish.The controversial law passed by Polands senate this month sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone ascribing responsibility or co-responsibility to the Polish nation or state for crimes committed by the German Third Reich.

Appearing at the Munich Security Conference, Morawiecki was questioned by a journalist who told of his mothers narrow escape from the Gestapo in Poland after learning that neighbours were planning to denounce them.

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 Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives a speech during the Munich Security Conference on February 17, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. (AFP PHOTO)

The journalist, Ronen Bergman, asked if by recounting this, I am a criminal in your country? garnering a round of applause from the audience.

Morawiecki responded: Its not going to punishable, not going to be seen as criminal, to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukraine and German perpetrators.

He reiterated that the point of the law was to defend Polands honour by making clear that people knew there were no Polish death camps There were German Nazi death camps.

But we cannot agree with mixing perpetrators with victims, because it would be first of all an offence to all the Jews and all the Poles who suffered greatly during the Second World War.

Several attendees later took to Twitter to assail the remarks.

Bergman himself tweeted that the Polish premiers answer was unbelievable.

Francois Heisbourg, a London-based diplomacy expert, called the reference to Polish perpetrators like there were Jewish perpetrators' a shameful response.

Noa Landau, a correspondent for the Israeli daily Haaretz, denounced an outrageous scene, noting the audien......


China wants to name 142 ocean features near the Philippines If The Two Nations Cans Agree On Names, Just Wait Until They Try To Share Natural Gas and Oil "IndyWatch Feed War"


A map, viewed using mapping tools from the National Centers for Environmental Information, shows the location of the undersea features in Benham or Philippine Rise that were named by China from 2014 to 2016. Details on undersea feature names were sourced from the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans.

Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) February 18, 2018 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines The Chinese names given to five undersea features in Benham or the Philippine Rise were just the tip of the iceberg, The STAR has learned.

In what some quarters see as a bid to cement its status as a maritime power, Beijing has proposed names to other undersea features in the South China Sea (SCS) and the Pacific Ocean, including in areas where China has territorial disputes with other countries.

Documents from the Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN) of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) showed that China has proposed names to 142 undersea features worldwide since 2013.

The number of proposals made by China significantly increased in recent years, rising from 10 in 2013 to 19 in 2014, 21 in 2015, 50 in 2016 and 42 last year.

Most of the features are located in the Pacific Ocean, although a number are also in the South China Sea, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Out of the 142 proposals, the SCUFN approved the names for 84 u...


Putins Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It? "IndyWatch Feed War"

ALASTAIR CROOKE | 17.02.2018 | FEATURED STORY Putins Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It? Israel is climbing up a high horse, Alex Fishman (the veteran Israeli Defence Correspondent) wrote in the Hebrew daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, last month, and is approaching with giant steps a war of choice: Without mincing words, its an initiated war in Lebanon. In []


New Infrastructure Plan Will Make It Much Harder to Fight Pipelines "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fight Pipelines(COMMONDREAMS)  As green groups continue to denounce the Trump administrations recently unveiled infrastructure plan as a scam thats designed to keep the nation trapped in its dirty and destructive past, analysts are also warning the proposal will make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement to launch successful legal challenges to new fossil fuel projects. The plan aims to not only []


Macron and Muslims in France: Vaste Programme, Monsieur "IndyWatch Feed War"

Many years ago, Charles De Gaulle was addressing a political rally when an enthusiast in the crowd shouted out Mort aux cons!, a term first used by the French military in addressing the enemy, and which means  Death to the idiots or Death to the dopes. De Gaulle turned slowly to where the shout had []


Lawyers Who Fight Corporate Predators For The People "IndyWatch Feed War"

I first heard about William M. Shernoff in the mid-nineteen seventies when he was pioneering a field of law known as insurance bad faith litigation. That bad faith occurs is when insurance companies deny legitimate claims or try to use deceptive fine print clauses to escape policy coverage. He was starting to collect both compensation for his clients and large punitive damages when the evidence showed insurance companies were imposing these abuses on many thousands of their customers. One day I called Attorney Shernoff and said that if he would match my $25,000 donation, we could start the National Insurance Consumer Organization (NICO) headed by the former Federal Insurance Commissioner, J. Robert Hunter, the pro-consumer actuary who served under both Presidents Ford and Carter.


Statement From DSC, AEJ And J4J On Tragedy At Stoneman Douglas High School "IndyWatch Feed War"

A tragedy of this magnitude will be felt in the Parkland community long after the news cameras leave and our attention is drawn elsewhere. It is hard to fathom the pain that students, educators, and families in Parkland are feeling right now, but our communities are familiar with the trauma, pain, and difficulty of navigating the healing processes that are needed to come together after inter-communal violence shakes a community to its core. We know that prioritizing comprehensive social, emotional, and mental health supports, trauma informed care and community building practices are necessary for rebuilding the sense of safety, love, and communal care that should be the foundation of our learning environments and neighborhoods.


UK: Muslim doctor sexually assaults five female patients over 10-day period "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sexual assault occurs in all cultures, but only in Islam does it have divine sanction. The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and []


Potomac Pipeline Fight Zeroes In On Maryland Governor "IndyWatch Feed War"

Annapolis, Md. Those opposed to gas infrastructure in Maryland have stepped up their campaign to influence Gov. Larry Hogan, and he may be feeling the pressure. About 250 people rallied on Lawyers Mall in front of the Maryland Statehouse on the evening of February 15, then surrounded the Governors Mansion with signs, candles and light boards spelling out Hogan, No Potomac Pipeline. A bagpiper played and circled the mansion as protesters yelled, No Potomac Pipeline! Many rally speakers warned about dangers posed by TransCanadas Eastern Panhandle Expansionthe 3.3-mile pipeline that would traverse Maryland and bore underneath the Potomac Riverand the Mountaineer Gas pipeline it would connect to in West Virginia. One by one they called on Hogan to stop the project.


Interview of Redneck Activist and Grassroots Organizer, Dr. Zac Henson By Jae Em Carico "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jae Em Carico: What got you initially interested and active in social justice?

Zac Henson: Its hard to put my finger on because I think it was a gradually process.  I wasnt always a community organizer.  In my early adulthood, I was an auto mechanic and a plant work, which I got really tired of because of shithead, oppressive bosses and terrible, dirty and hot working conditions.  I went to Auburn University at 24 mostly because I just wanted to try something different and because I loved Auburn football.

At Auburn, I took a couple of social justice type classes including anthropology and a Feminist lit class.  I loved both, but I really loved anthropology because of the concept of cultural relativism, which seemed to me to solve a lot of problems, particularly coming from my background in the Church of Christ, a very conservative evangelical sect.  Cultural relativism seemed like the exact opposite of what Id been taught and I think thats why it appealed to me.  I also started reading Marx and Foucault.

I already had a latent radicalism from listening to Rage Against the Machine as a teenager.  When 9/11, I blamed the meddling American government to my friends chagrin and I think going to college and falling in with liberal arts types really activated that radicalism.  I would say that I entered into organizing work through the study of it when I conducted research with one of my two mentors, Conner Bailey.  We studied activism against industrial hog farming on Sand Mountain and the published research brought a threat from the Klan.  So, long story short, my window into activism and organizing was through activist scholarship in academia and basically just by studying the methods and tactics people used to accomplish change.

I would go on the Berkeley to study with who I consider to be the greatest influence on my life, activist scholar, Carolyn Finney.  I would use my time at Berkeley to further study activism and organizing, focusing on popular education, which I would use when I began my more serious organizing work in Birmingham in 2009.

Jae Em Carico: What beliefs did you have before you became a far leftist or were you always radical?

Zac Henson: I considered myself conservative when I was working class, but I think that I was basically apolitical.  I grew up very conservative.  I believed in neo-Confederacy.  I listened to Rush and even won caller of the day on the Hannity Show when he was in Huntsville.  I was part of a very conservative church, hated gay people, was rigidly moral, believed women should more or l...


Austin Vecomes 1st City In Texas To Mandate Paid Sick Leave "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Austin City Council voted early Friday to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers, making Austin the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave. The highly anticipated vote came after more than 200 people testified at City Hall, with a large majority in favor of the ordinance. It passed 9-2 with council members Ora Houston and Ellen Troxclair against. For me, so much of this is about widening inequality and our fight against it, said Council Member Greg Casar, the author and lead proponent of the ordinance. The vote was greeted with thunderous applause and singing as the council adopted a compromise ordinance Casar offered Thursday that addressed many concerns brought forward by Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and others earlier this week.


Trumps Tax Cuts, Budget And Deficits: Recession 2019? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump tax cuts and Trumps budget will exacerbate U.S. budget deficits and debt and cause the central bank to raise interest rates even faster and higher. Lies and misrepresentation of facts have become the hallmark of U.S. politics in recent years more than ever before. Not just lies of commission by U.S. President Donald Trump and his crew, but lies of omission by the mainstream media as well. In Trumps recent package of tax cuts for corporations, investors and millionaires, the lie is that the total cuts amount to US$1.5 trillion when the actual amount is more than US$5 trillion and likely even higher. And in his most recent announcement of budget deficits the amounts admitted are barely half of the actual deficits and consequent rise in U.S. national debt that will occur. Even his US$1.5 trillion so-called infrastructure spending plan, that Trump promised during his 2016 election campaign, and then throughout 2017, amounts to only US$200 billion.


NGO Crimes Go Far Beyond Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed War"

In 2008 some of us had written to Barbara Stocking, then Oxfam chief executive, objecting to a report that it sponsored, Rule of Rapists in Haiti, which labelled Haitians as rapists while hiding rapes by occupying UN forces. The year before, 114 soldiers had been sent home for raping women and girls, some as young as 11. No one was prosecuted. We wrote: NGOs like Oxfam have known about rapes by UN forces, as well as by aid and charity workers, for decades. Its the pressure of victims, women and [children] in the most impoverished communities, who had the courage to speak out that finally won public acknowledgement. There was no reply. The latest revelations of sexual abuse by major charities (Report, 13 February), are but one facet of NGO corruption.


Indonesia: Muslim cleric ordered jihad massacre that left four dead in Jakarta "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Muslim cleric? But hasnt Oman Rohman, popularly known as Aman Abdurrahman, devoted his entire life to studying Islam and communicating it properly? How did he get the idea that Islam called upon him to order jihad suicide attacks and murder people he regarded as infidels or apostates? We can only hope that learned imams []


Disability Activists Crash Congress To Stop Bill Undermining Their Civil Rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anita Cameron remembers the Capitol Crawl like it was yesterday. It was the spring of 1990, and Congress was dragging its feet toward a vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark piece of legislation protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities. To call attention to the bill and the accessibility challenges that people with disabilities face on a daily basis, Cameron and dozens of other activists left their wheelchairs and walkers at the steps of the Capitol building and crawled their way to the top before filling the rotunda with their chanting voices. Cameron and more than 100 others were arrested that day. The protest had an impact: President George H. W. Bush signed the ADA into law a few months later. However, the ADA has not been a magic bullet and is now under threat.


Achieving a Palestinian Right Of Return "IndyWatch Feed War"

February 15, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon By Eve Mykytyn The Middle East Monitor reported this week that The Committee of the March of Return has announced that Palestinian refugees will start peace marches towards Israel to return to their homes. The Monitor quotes the Committee: The 1948 war ended 70 years ago and there is no reason that refugees []


US Stumbled Into Torture, Says NYT Reporter "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two clauses stand out for their confident attribution of benevolent motives to US foreign policy. First, theres the idea that America stumbled into torture, rather than planned, plotted and spent over 15 years carrying out a policy of torture. This pretends that the USs massive global torture regimewhich involved drownings, beatings, sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation, among other techniques, along with extraordinary rendition to allied countries for less refined torture methodswas something other than a deliberate policy initiative. As FAIR (6/22/17) noted last year, corporate media routinely assert that the US stumbles, slips or is dragged into war and other forms of organized violence, rather than planning deliberate acts of aggression.


Explosion in Gaza Wounds Four Israeli Soldiers "IndyWatch Feed War"


JERUSALEM (Reuters) An explosive device wounded four Israeli soldiers, two severely, near the border fence with the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Israeli military said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which occurred along the southern frontier of the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory.

In response, an Israeli tank struck an observation post in Gaza, causing no injuries.

Israeli media said it was the highest number of Israelis wounded in a single attack since the 2014 Gaza war.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Edmund Blair



Israeli army shells Rafah in Gaza after a bomb explosion injured its soldiers


File Photo for an Israeli soldier standing near a tank near the border with the Gaza Strip



Mueller or DoJ should reach and announce closure on ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Editorial Comment) The indictment concerning the Russian information ops campaign should not be the end of Mueller's enquiries and the announced public results of his efforts. For example: 1. Did Trump and/or his associates conspire with Russia or Russians to...


US National Security Adviser McMaster says now is the time to act against Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"


Herbert Raymond McMaster, National security adviser to the US President, delivers his speech on day two of the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Feb. 17, 2018. (AFP)
MUNICH: Iran is building and arming an increasingly powerful network of proxies in countries like Syria, Yemen and Iraq that can turn against the governments of those states, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday.


The Result of Muellers Investigation: Nothing "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Paul Craig Roberts Institute For Political Economy February 16, 2018 Robert Mueller discredited himself and his orchestrated Russiagate investigation today (Friday, February 16, 2018) with his charges that 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies plotted to use social media to influence the 2016 election. Their intent, Mueller says, was to sow discord []


This Is Why No Good Deed Goes Unpunished "IndyWatch Feed War"

This January, nine members of the humanitarian group No More Deaths went to court for aiding immigrants who had crossed one of the most unforgiving and treacherous parts of the U.S./Mexico border. They were charged with abandoning private property i.e. water jugs and the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in a national wildlife refuge. The most recently charged, Scott Warren, committed the crimes of giving food and water and even wait for it even providing migrants with beds and clean clothes. In court, this translated to a charge of bringing in and harboring undocumented immigrants. And while members note that since Trumps election, there has been a sharp rise in the harassment and surveillance of organizations working with immigrant rights, a report released just before Warrens arrest outlines a long-term fight against do-gooders.


Turkish Troops Accused of Hitting Kurds With Toxic Gas After Crossing Into Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkish Troops Toxic Gas(ANTIWAR.COM)  Multiple reports emerged on Friday claiming that Turkish troops used shells containing poisonous gas in their attacks in Afrin, hitting the town of Aranda with such shells, and hospitalizing six civilians with breathing problems. Details are still scant, and there are no details on what chemical they were exposed to, but similar accounts have been made []


Muellers Investigation A Farce: Files Joke Indictment Against Russian Trolls "IndyWatch Feed War"

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images By Elizabeth Vos | Disobedient Media | February 16, 2018 If one needed proof that Muellers investigation was an utter farce, they were in for a treat this morning when the Deputy Attorney General announced the indictment of indicted 13 Russian trolls, for allegedly interfering in the 2016 Presidential election []


PINE RIDGE -- Celebrating Young Social Change Makers, Gathering on the Homeland "IndyWatch Feed War"

CELEBRATING YOUNG SOCIAL CHANGE MAKERS OF YESTERDAY and TODAY PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, South Dakota The "Gathering on the Homeland: Solidarity, Decolonization and Celebrating Acts of Resistance" is a two-day event being held in the heart of native resistance in Indian Country, the Oglala Lakota Nation. "Along with the beauty and power of 10,000 people


A Good Day on Wall Street Is a Bad Day for Most American "IndyWatch Feed War"

FEB 16, 2018

A Good Day on Wall Street Is a Bad Day for Most Americans

The stock market recently had one of its worst single-day plunges in history: 1,600 points at one point. All the corporate media heads ran around telling you everything will be OK and not to panic because your bichon fris puppy still will be able to afford his mani-pedi. But the mainstream media are careful to avoid telling you the censored side of this story.
Theyre not telling you that we have an economy that, at its core, is based on death, misery and hardship. Its not based on health and happiness and life. When its humming along, that means our obliteration of the planet is running full steam ahead, and average workers are being appropriately repressed and held down, hoping to collect enough food stamps to papier-mch a cast on their broken arm. In fact, The Washington Post admitted it this weekbut acted surprised when they said it: Many analy...


Sale of $5bn lithium stake to test electric car hype "IndyWatch Feed War"

PotashCorp plans to sell a big stake in Chiles SQM, a key supplier of the metal

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Henry Sanderson

Financial Times (FT)
February 16, 2018

When Canadian fertiliser company PotashCorp acquired shares in Chiles SQM almost 20 years ago, the latters lithium business appeared an afterthought.

Controlled by Julio Ponce, the well-connected son-in-law of Chiles former dictator, Augusto Pinochet, SQM was known as a fertiliser company. However, the then obscure lithium business is why the 32 per cent stake is now valued at $4.7bn.

Lithium has hitched a stunning ride on the wave of interest in electric cars, making it one of the worlds hottest commodities. SQMs lithium business generates about 60 per cent of the profits for the company, which is in talks with Elon Musks Tesla over a deal to supply lithium, a key ingredient in electric car batteries.

It is against this backdrop that Potash is being forced by regulators to sell the stake as a condition of its merger with rival Canadian fertiliser producer Agrium. While only a handful of companies are likely to compete for the stake, the eventual price will be an important measure of how seriously the hype around electric cars is being taken.

Its a good barometer of where lithium is today, Simon Moores, founder of London-based consultancy Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, says. Anyone investing $5bn has to invest for the long term, on a 10- to 20-year horizon, and so theres no doubt you have to be extremely bullish on lithium.

The appeal of owning the stake is clear. It offers the buyer significant exposure to one of the lowest-cost producers of lithium in a country with the largest reserves of the metal in the world. Sociedad Qumica y Minera de Chile (SQM) accounts for more than 20 per cent of the worlds lithium supply, making it one of five companies that dominate the global market alongside Chinas Ganfeng, Tianqi Lithium, FMC and Albemarle.

What is more, last month SQM and the Chilean regulator reached a deal that allowed it to more than quadruple its output by 2025, breaking with a previous practice in which SQM had to pour lithium-rich brine back into the desert to avoid exceeding its quota.

Those with a potential interest include Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto, according to people familiar with the matter. Chinas Tianqi Lithium, which snapped up a 2 per cent stake in SQM for $38 a share in 2016, has also shown interest, they said. Chilean pension funds could also buy some of the shares, according to analysts.



Turkey denies chemical weapons use, calling accusations 'black propaganda' "IndyWatch Feed War"


Diplomatic source says Turkish military operations in northern Syria take 'utmost care' of civilians


US Accuses Syria of Using Chemical Weapons, Warns of Iranian Influence "IndyWatch Feed War"

(MEE)  U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that public reports showed Syria was using chemical weapons and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account. Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assads chemical weapons use is continuing, McMaster said at the annual Munich Security []


Muellers indictment of 13 Russians perfectly timed to be buried in media cycle "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ting Shen / Xinhua / Global Look Press RT | February 17, 2018 The latest not-so-smoking gun in the Mueller time saga the indictment of 13 Russian nationals suspected of interfering with American democracy comes at a time when it is certain to get the least media coverage. FBI Special Counsel Robert []


Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections is beyond dispute, H.R. McMaster tells international group including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov "IndyWatch Feed War"


Published 8:32 a.m. ET Feb. 17, 2018 | Updated 9:39 a.m. ET Feb. 17, 2018

President Trumps national security adviser said Saturday that Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections is beyond dispute, marking a sharp reversal of Trumps frequent dismissal of alleged Russian cyber-meddling as a hoax.

H.R. McMaster was speaking at an international conference in Munich in response to a question from a Russian delegate.

H.R. McMaster in Munich

H.R. McMaster

He spoke shortly after an appearance at the same gathering by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who had dismissed as just claptrap allegations of Russian meddling found in U.S. indictments handed down Friday.

More: Read Robert Muellers indictment of 13 Russian nationals for election meddling

More: Takeaways from Muellers indictment of Russian nationals who meddled in election

More: Meet the 13 Russians charged in Mueller probe

Referring to the indictment of 13 Russians, McMaster said that with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible of Russia cyber-meddling.

McMasters sharp accusations were the most pointed from a high White House official regarding charges of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

The comments also reflected a decided shift from the Trump White House regarding Rus...


Libya: 7 Years since February 17 "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Yuriy Zinin New Eastern Outlook 17.02.2018 On February 17 it will be 7 years since the start of the events in Libya which led to the overthrow of its leader Muammar Gaddafi. These years have been full of dramatic and often bloody events, which, according to a number of different indices []


If you dont like it here, get out: Why Hong Kongs downtrodden domestic helpers can never win "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yonden Lhatoo asks what hope there is for this marginalised but vital sector when, instead of addressing their grievances, we argue they are welcome to leave if life here is unbearable

By Yonden Lhatoo
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 February, 2018, 4:01pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 February, 2018, 10:31pm


McMaster says Syria using chemical weapons, warns of growing Iranian influence "IndyWatch Feed War"


It is time for international community to hold Syria accountable for chemical weapons use, says US national security advisor


Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Operating in the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

ABOARD THE USS CARL VINSON: With a deafening roar, the fighter jets catapulted off the US aircraft carrier and soared above the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), as its admiral vowed that the mighty ships presence was proof America still had regional clout.

SHOW OF FORCE An F-18 Hornet fighter jet prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as the carrier strike group takes part in a routine deployment mission in the South China Sea, one hour away from Manila. AFP PHOTO

US presence matters, Rear Admiral John Fuller told reporters on board the USS Carl Vinson. I think its very clear that we are in the South China Sea. We are operating.

The Carl Vinson, one of the US Navys longest-serving active carriers, is currently conducting what officials say is a routine mission through the hotly contested waters where years of island reclamation and military construction by Beijing has rattled regional nerves.

Following criticism that the Trump administrations commitment to the Asian region has been distracted by North Korea, reporters were flown onto the ship Wednesday as it sailed through the sea.

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In a rapid series of take-offs and landings, F18 fighter jets roared off the deck, traveling from zero to 290 kilometers (180 miles) per hour in a dizzying two seconds.

Fuller, commander of the Carl Vinson Strike Group, said the 333-meter-long ships presence was a way to reassure allies.

The nations in the Pacific are maritime nations, he said. They value stability Thats exactly what we are here for. This is a very visible and tangible presence. The United States is here again.

Strategic competitor

But the location of the strike group which includes a carrier air wing and a guided-missile cruiser is also a very direct message to China, whether US officials admit it or not.

Its voyage comes just a month after the Penta...


Resistance front will purge US from eastern Euphrates: Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV February 17, 2018 A senior Iranian official says the resistance front in the region will push the United States and Israel out of the eastern side of the Euphrates River, which flows from Turkey through Syria and into Iraq. Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah []


Public reports clearly show Assads use of chemical weapons: McMaster "IndyWatch Feed War"


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U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski Reuters

MUNICH (Reuters) U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account.

Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assads chemical weapons use is continuing, McMaster said at a major international security conference taking place in Munich.

It is time for all nations to hold the Syrian regime and its sponsors accountable for their actions and support the efforts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, he said.

McMaster did not specify which public accounts or pictures he was referring to.

Earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Syrian government had repeatedly used chlorine gas, but stressed that the U.S. did not have evidence of sarin gas use.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that France will strike if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict in violation of international treaties, but that he had not yet seen proof this is the case.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons and said it targets only armed rebels and militants.

In recent weeks, rescue workers, aid groups and the United States have accused Syria of repeatedly using chlorine gas as a weapon against civilians in Ghouta and Idlib.

Earlier this month, Syrian government forces, who are backed by Russia and Iran, bombarded the areas, two of the last major rebel-held parts of Syria.

Diplomatic efforts have made scant progress towards ending a war now approaching its...


Mueller indicted 13 Russians to drag probe out and keep his position State Senator Black "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | February 17, 2018 By indicting Russian nationals and entities for meddling in the 2016 US election, FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller seeks to drag the probe out for his own gain, Virginia State Senator Richard Black told RT. Thirteen Russian individuals and three entities, were accused of attempting to advance the presidential bid []


Americas Bizarre Income Distribution For Children "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the Nordic countries, they have relatively few children in the lower class (and even fewer in the extreme lower class). They also have relatively few children in the upper class. But they have big middle classes. Around 65 percent of children in those countries have incomes that are 150% to 300% of the poverty line, which is equivalent to 75% to 150% of the median income. In the US, on the other hand, there is a big lower class that is even larger than the middle class (so defined). And then there is also a relatively large group of children with incomes well above the US median, i.e. rich kids. While the Nordic distribution looks like a bell curve with the overwhelming majority of kids clustered near the middle, the American distribution is a pyramid. If you want to fix this bizarre distribution, the way forward is pretty simple.


Bangladesh: Muslims targeted converts from Islam to Christianity for murder "IndyWatch Feed War"

Islam mandates death for those who leave the fold, so Nuruzzaman Labu and Nazmul Islam Shaon were simply carrying out the dictates of Islamic law. The implications of that fact are far-reaching, but no authorities in the West will ponder them. RAB arrests two JMB militants, thwarts plan to kill converted Christians, by Nuruzzaman Labu, []


Israeli Army Fires at Gaza Target After Device Explodes Near Border "IndyWatch Feed War"


More details to follow

Israeli soldiers patrol the Gaza border, December 15, 2017.
Israeli soldiers patrol the Gaza border, December 15, 2017.\ Ilan Assayag

An explosive device was detonated near Israeli army forces at the fence bordering the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, the military said.

In response, the military attacked an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip with tank fire.

More details to follow.




1,595 Militants Neutralized In Turkeys Olive Branch Operation In Aleppos Afrin Northern Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Prepared By : Wissam Al-Ahmed Edited By : Talal Kharrat

 Updated : Saturday 17 February 2018 | 12 : 11AM Damascus Timming


Saturday 17 February 2018

(Qasioun) The Turkish Army General Staff said in its daily statement on Thursday that a total of 1,595 militants followed to the Peoples defense units YPG and ISIS militant groups have been neutralized since the beginning of the running operation of Olive Branch launched in cooperation between Turkish army TSK and Free Syrian Army FSA.


Also, 674 YPG targets have been destroyed in air strikes since the start of the operation, the military said.


The statement added utmost importance is being placed on not harming any civilians.


According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and in the region as well as to protect Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

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Russian Mercenaries in Syria Abandoned by Putin, Says Mother "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Mercenaries(MEMO)  The mother of a Russian man who is believed to working as a military contractor in Syria said on Friday the Kremlin had abandoned her son and those fighting alongside him. Around 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked private military contractor were killed or injured in Syria last week, sources told Reuters, indicating Russia is more deeply involved in Syrias []


Hezbollah says it is Lebanons only tool in Israel gas dispute "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks on a screen via a video link during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the death of Hezbollah leaders in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP)



French government uses Islamic jurisprudence to calculate housing benefits for Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

On the official website of the CAF, the government mentions a form of Islamic jurisprudence known as Kafala as being valid alongside other documents to prove guardianship of children, leading some to question if the government is following Islamic law. There isnt really any question about it: if the French government treats kafala as valid to establish guardianship []


Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, a plume of smoke rises from inside Syria, during Turkish forces bombardment, on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, Syria, as seen from the border with Syria, in Kilis, Turkey. (AP)
BEIRUT: Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, Syrian Kurdish news outlets and Syrias state-run news agency re...


London raises the stakes to secure Brexit deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

By ANDREW HAMMOND | Published  Saturday 17 February 2018 

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Britains Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP) The Associated Press

UK Prime Minister Theresa May restated her nations unconditional post-Brexit security commitment to Europe in a landmark speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.  Her address, and her visit to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, are key parts of a major attempt by the UK government this month to seize back the initiative from Brussels in UK exit negotiations with talks on a transition deal about to begin.

There had been growing business and political confidence, since December 2017s first phase Brexit deal, that such a transition deal can be secured, potentially quickly by March.  But this is becoming tougher, in part because of the significant, continuing divisions in Mays government.

While the prime minister had been temporarily buoyed in Westminster by Decembers deal, she remains in a weak political position overall.  And it is this that makes her already poor hand of cards on Brexit even more difficult to deal, let alone win with, against Brussels in coming negotiations not just over the transition, but also any final settlement with the EU 27.

May had hoped last June that a big general UK general election victory would allow her to smooth over the deep divisions in the Cabinet and forge a consensus on Brexit strategy.  But there is significantly less chance of that now, despites Decembers deal, and the fundamental disagreements within her senior ministers on the nature and length of any transition may not ultimately be resolved until the second half of the year at the earliest.

Underlying these key disagreements between pragmatists such as finance minister Philip Hammond and ideological Brexiteers such as foreign secretary Boris Johnson is the deeper, crucial issue of what the UK will actually transition to in terms of its relationships with the EU 27.  Remarkably, more than a year and half after the Brexit referendum, Mays government appears to have no firmer idea of where the nation is ultimately headed than when she gave her landmark Lancaster House speech in January 2017, and indeed the first time the Cabinet had a formal discussion on this topic was in December.



Judge: Australia under attack from Muslims wanting to kill as many unbelievers as they can "IndyWatch Feed War"

Australia has been under attack from a group of Muslim men wanting to kill as many unbelievers as they can for about 15 years, a Supreme Court judge has said. Justice Desmond Fagan added that their goal was to impose the Sharia. He referred to verses in the Quran that he said described the duty []


Human Rights Watch Says Philippine President Dutertes Condom Joke was Not Helpful in Light of HIV/AIDS Growing Epidemic in the Philippines Philippines has the fastest growing epidemic of HIV in the Asia-Pacific region. "IndyWatch Feed War"

By:  Reporter / @jgamilINQ
 / 06:36 PM February 17, 2018
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President Rodrigo Duterte (File photo from an RTVM video)

International rights watchdog Human Rights Watch took President Rodrigo Duterte to task for his latest off-color joke telling returning overseas Filipino workers to use birth control pills and not condoms as contraceptives because condoms arent pleasurable.

In a statement on Saturday, Human Rights Watch Philippines researcher Carlos Conde said it was irresponsible for the Philippine president to downplay the importance of condoms at a time when the Philippines is experiencing the fastest growing epidemic of HIV [human immunodeficiency virus] in the Asia-Pacific region.

Conde cited the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) as having identified condoms as one of the most cost-effective tools for preventing sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

Policies restricting access to condoms are a threat to public health. International law obligates states to ensure access to condoms and related HIV prevention services as part of the human right to the highest attainable standard of health, Conde said.

Instead of criticizing condoms as a pleasure inhibitor, Duterte should take meaningful action to protect the health of Filipinos by backing urgently needed policy changes to expand the accessibility and use of condoms in the Philippines, Conde said. /atm

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Germany: Muslims on trial for jihad terror offenses attended same mosque as Berlin jihad mass murderer "IndyWatch Feed War"

Four alleged Islamic State supporters on trial for terror offences are said to have been radicalised at the same mosque that was frequented by Berlin terror attacker Anis Amri, who ploughed a truck into a Christmas market, murdering 12 and injuring 56. The impotence of authorities in the face of jihadists is sickening. Every day, []


Polands Premier: There Were Polish Perpetrators in the Holocaust Just as There Were Jewish Ones "IndyWatch Feed War"


Answering a question from an Israeli journalist regarding the controversial Holocaust bill, Mateusz Morawiecki reiterated that the Polish people aided their Jewish brothers and sisters

.Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in the Munich Security Conference, February 17, 2018
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in the Munich Security Conference, February 17, 2018THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP

MUNICH Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday that the Holocaust had Polish perpetrators, just as it had Jewish ones.

This was said while answering a question during a discussion in the Security Conference in Munich by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman regarding the controversial Holocaust bill that criminalizes mention of Polands complicity in t...


Belgium: New Muslim political party supports Turkeys Erdogan and Turkish ambitions "IndyWatch Feed War"

A newly formed political party in Belgium has expressed its support for Turkeys counter-terrorism operations against the PKK as well as the fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), a group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey. This shameless anti-democratic deceiver, Dyab Abou Jahjah, is an overt supporter of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose political views should []


How Israel Could take The Fight Directly To Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"


 FEBRUARY 17, 2018 01:15

While conventional military options targeting Iran are unlikely, Israel nevertheless has options.

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as members of Iranian armed forces take part in a rally ma

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as members of Iranian armed forces take part in a rally marking the anniversary of Irans 1979 Islamic revolution, in Tehran, Iran, February 11, 2018. (photo credit: PRESIDENT.IR/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

he conflagration this past weekend between Israeli and Iranian forces is being billed as a new stage in the longstanding, albeit to date largely covert, war between the two adversaries. For the first time, Iranian troops perpetrated a direct attack on Israel, initially by sending a drone across the border from Syria and then by firing the anti-aircraft missile that downed an IDF jet which had reentered Israeli airspace after conducting a retaliatory mission.

The events were significant both because of the success in downing the Israeli warplane, the first such occurrence...


Bookmark and visit it often "IndyWatch Feed War"

The death penalty for those who leave Islam is based upon the Quran: They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you []


Review: The Trident The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Jason Redman with John R. Bruning, Foreword by Robert M. Gates

5 Stars Authentic, Humble, Healing, NOT Your Normal Leadership Story

This book brought tears to my eyes by page 71.  This is not your normal leadership story. It blends three leadership stories from one personal experience: a personal failure of leadership stemming from the mix of arrogance and alcohol; a positive enabling leadership environment (not at all the norm for the Department of Defense) that helped this warrior grow; and finally, the personal triumph of being one with God, country, team, and family after being broken by wounds that would have killed most others.

While the book is honored by a Foreword by Robert M. Gates, I consider Gates to be the epitome of toxic military leadership, a posturing neoconservative all too ready to condemn hundreds of thousands to the kinds of grievous wounds suffered by the author, in pursuit of vast profits for the military-industrial complex, never mind the cost in national blood, treasure, and spirit. Skip the Foreword Gates is a serial liar who fails to live up to the one leadership absolute I have learned across 65 years in the military, in espionage, in the corporate world, and now in the non-profit world: The truth at any cost lowers all other costs.

I found the authors personal tale to be totally authentic and very moving, aided by a most eloquent delivery, perhaps the signal contribution of the supporting author.

The three words that sum this story up are LISTEN, LEARN, LEAD.

Here are some quotes that represent the quality of the book:

QUOTE (135): I felt so disgraced that I stayed in my room twenty-two hours a day, venturing out only at odd hours to get food when the chow hall was virtually empty.

QUOTE (173): A good leader will tell the truth regardless of the outcome.

QUOTE (216): Over the succeeding days, I did more listening and learning than leading.

QUOTE (367): Our [Wounded Wear] mission is to help wounded warriors, their families, and the families of the fallen.  We help them rediscover the hero within them [with clothing that reconnects them to the public with slogans such as Scarred so that Others May Live Free.}

QUOTE (371): Above all, in the years ahead, Ill do everything I can to show our nation that the American Dream still burns bright. We veterans have always believed in it, have defended it, and have given our lives for...


Review: EPIDEMIC Americas Trade in Child Rape "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lori Handrahan, PhD

5 Stars Compelling Overview of Government-Approved Child Abuse

I am a Commissioner on the treaty-mandated Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse.  I was not able to get the Commission to drop the Sex word because it is too limiting. Child abuse includes not only kidnapping and slavery and sex as well as physical abuse, but also torture, ritual murder, casual murder, and the harvesting of child blood, bone marrow, and body parts. This is the first book I have found that does three things:

01 Paints a compelling picture of how pervasive child rape and abuse are across the USA.

02 Makes it crystal clear that all of this is approved by the government (local to national).

03 Repeatedly makes the point that we have failed to document all of these instances there is a massive cover-up of the known facts and a deliberate attempt, led by the FBI (in my view) to not collect the data, not process the data, not publish the data.

Since this is precisely what the Commission I am serving intends to do, starting with the USA and the Commonwealth countries, among whom Australia is second only to England for its judicial and political pedophiles in number, I gladly recommend this book to every citizen with a conscience who wants to understand that at root, the government is quite fine with pervasive child abuse.

The author does superbly in making the case that child abuse including not only the rape of children (including bestiality I speculate that my Marine Corps returned from Afghanistan with both a taste for children, and dogs trained in Afghanistan to rape children for brutal voyeurism) but the broad sharing of child pornography including brutality and murder (snuffing), starting with new-born babies as the new new thing, is prevalent across all elements of the US national security community as well as down into local law enforcement and particularly including police chiefs and sitting judges, some of whom have been caught masturbating to child pornography being watched in the middle of an adult murder trial.

I dont make this stuff up. Pages 52-53 of this book are missing, I believe deliberately, those appear to be the pages that discuss the authors marriage, her discovery that her husband was raping her child, and the pathos of a US judicial system that would not bring him to justice.

Among highlights of the book, which is carefully documents at a post-PhD level...


Technology Can Redefine the Mass-Shooter Problem "IndyWatch Feed War"

We dont have the votes to control guns, but we have the votes to control our public spaces.


One way to stop school shootings would be to restrict the ability of 249 million American adults to buy and own firearms, including by confiscating millions they already possess. That might work, but promoters have demonstrated with great reliability that they cant raise the votes. They cant get Democratic votes for such a policy, much less Republican votes.

Look closely at the lesser gun-control tweaks being proposed in the wake of Wednesdays atrocity in Parkland, Fla. They all meet some checklist of gun-control desirables but are irrelevant to the specific problem of the carefully planned mass-casualty attack.

To some people, that doesnt matter. The gun issue draws out us-vs.-them distinctions that are eminently exploitable for fundraising and political purposes. But what about the rest of us? When a problem seems insoluble, redefine it, enlarge it or shrink it in some way. Thats often good advice.

The American electorate may not tolerate draconian...


Author Coll Documents Unbroken Chain of American idiocy in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Author Coll chronicles American idiocy in Afghanistan

Directorate S, the sequel to Ghost Wars, provides an inside look at the gradual diminution of American hopes in its longest running war, writes Heather Mallick.

- In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan.
In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. The U.S. could not make things go its way in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan, writes Heather Mallick. Part of the reason was Directorate S, a secret covert unit within ISI, the Pakistani intelligence agency that had long been backing the Taliban, tho...


Penguin: Open Source Bellcycle "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dare To Be Free!

Bellcycle: The New Open Source Modular Bike

A Bellcycle is a new kind of bicycle that is built from a DIY kit and lets you ride with a straight back and hands kept in a natural position. Its modular and can even be set up to carry cargo.

The Bellcycle is a concept from Labs Bell and has been designed by Alex Bell, an engineer who was born and raised in NYC, US.



In Gaza PressTVUK Published on Feb 15, 2018  Independent journalist Eva Bartlett explains how the mainstream media lies about events in Syria. RELATED LINKS: Some comments on when the protests began.  Excerpt: Lulwa Kasawat: No one is listening Eva!! I told many people how the demonstrators under my house would scream and shout and the []


US charges three with exporting drone parts to Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed War"


An indictment alleges the suspects, two of whom have been arrested, illegally exported material via South Africa and the UAE


South Koreas Moon says too early for Pyongyang summit "IndyWatch Feed War"


YONHAP/AFP/File | President Moon Jae-in (R) met Kim Jong Uns sister Kim Yo Jong in the South but says it is too early for a summit
PYEONGCHANG (SOUTH KOREA) (AFP)   South Koreas President Moon Jae-in on Saturday said it was too early to think about a summit with North Korea despite the Olympic-driven rapprochement with its nuclear-armed neighbour.Moon last week received an invitation from the Norths leader Kim Jong Un for a summit in Pyongyang. The invitation was extended by his younger sister Kim Yo Jong, who visited as part of a high-level delegation to attend the Winter Games in the South.

There are high hopes for a North-South summit but I think it is a bit rushed, Moon told reporters in Pyeongchang during a visit to the main press centre.

We have a Korean saying (on acting prematurely), which is looking for hot water beside the well, he added.

The North is subject to multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its banned nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and conducted dozens of weapons test last year.

But the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have seen Moon and Kims younger sister cheering a unified Korean womens ice hockey team, enjoying a concert and dining together.

However Moon said the so-called Peace Olympics have highlighted the need for engagement between Washington and Pyongyang.

The general consensus on the need for dialogue between the US and North Korea is gradually increasing, he said.

We are waiting for the current inter-Korean talks to lead to dialogue between the US and North Korea, and to denuclearisation.

Washington insists that Pyongyang must take concrete steps towards denuclearisation before any talks can begin, while Moon has long argued for closer involvement to bring it to the negotiating table.


Theresa May wants new security treaty with EU next year "IndyWatch Feed War"

British PM seeks treaty on post-Brexit military, intelligence and counter-terrorism cooperation

Theresa May delivers her speech at the 2018 Munich Security Conference.
 Theresa May delivers her speech at the 2018 Munich security conference. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

Theresa May has called for a new security treaty with the European Union that should be up and running next year to ensure military, intelligence and counter-terrorism cooperation after London leaves the bloc.

The key aspects of our future partnership in this area will already be effe...


Ethiopia declares state of emergency to last six months "IndyWatch Feed War"

This file photo taken on June 10, 2015 shows Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attending the closing session of an African summit meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. (AFP)
ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia said Saturday that a state of emergency will remain in place for six months, as the authorities move to quell chaos and unruliness.
The council of ministers declared the countrys second emergency decree in two years on Friday evening.
It capped a tumultuous week that saw Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resign, a strike in the countrys largest region and a massive prisoner amnesty.
The state of emergency will be for six months and will be approved by parliament, state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) wrote on Facebook, quoting Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa.
The government had cited ethnic-based clashes and chaos and unruliness as the reasons for the declaration.
To be able to protect the constitutional system, declaring a state of emergency has become necessary, EBC said, quoting a government communique.
While the decree is already in effect, parliamentary approval for the requested six-month period appears likely as the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its allies control all the seats in the House of Peoples Representatives.
Ethiopia last declared a s...


What Cant Be Debated on Campus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pilloried for her politically incorrect views, University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax asks if its still possible to have substantive arguments about divisive issues.

What Cant Be Debated on Campus

There is a lot of abstract talk these days on American college campuses about free speech and the values of free inquiry, with lip service paid to expansive notions of free expression and the marketplace of ideas. What Ive learned through my recent experience of writing a controversial op-ed is that most of this talk is not worth much. It is only when people are confronted with speech they dont like that we see whether these abstractions are real to them.

The op-ed, which I co-authored with Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego Law School, appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Aug. 9 under the headline, Paying the Price for the Breakdown of the Countrys Bourgeois Culture. It began by listing some of the ills afflicting American society:

Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. Male workin...


Investors withdrew $6.3 billion from U.S. junk bond funds "IndyWatch Feed War"

REPORT: Investors withdrew $6.3 billion from U.S. junk bond funds



Americas Long History of Political Delusion "IndyWatch Feed War"

Still Crazy After All These Years

Americas Long History of Political Delusion

In the spring of 2011, Donald Trump began suggesting that U.S. President Barack Obama had not been born in the United States. Why doesnt he show his birth certificate? Trump asked on ABCs The View. I would love to see it produced, he told Fox News On the Record. Im starting to think that he was not born here, he announced on NBCs Today Show. Despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, Trump kept repeating his nonsense. To this day, polls show that some 70 percent of registered Republicans doubt Obamas citizenship. Welcome to what Kurt Andersen calls Fantasyland. 
In his new book, Andersen takes a dizzy, mordant trip through five centuries of magical thinking, bringing a novelists gaze to make-believe Americana. The hucksters and the suckers tumble through the pages. John Winthrop announces a City upon a Hill, with nothing less than the future of all Christianity at stake. The Puritan ministers Increase Mather and his son, Cotton, hunt witches in Salem Village. Andersens story runs through P. T. Barnum, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan, and, finally, Trump himself, who beats them all by managing an average of over five untruths a day. 


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As in Iraq, Syria, Libya, the results of US-led Western meddling in Yugoslavia/Serbia, and, specifically, Kosovo, have been unmitigatedly disastrous. Kosovo is truly a black hole.


What Left-Wing Educators Don't Teach During 'Black History Month' "IndyWatch Feed War"

Apart from the bizarre notion that educators should set aside one month to salute the historical achievements of one race apart from and above the historical achievements of other races, Black History Month appears to omit a lot of black history.


Brazil: Army takes control of Rio security in bid to squash gang violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brazils military has taken full control of security in Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding state in an effort to fight gang violence. The move comes after the Defense Ministry said security in the city was broken.

A military officer in the Barbante slum of Rio de Janeiro

President Michel Temer has signed a decree giving the military control of security in Rio de Janeiro in response to spiraling drug gang violence.

The military already supports police in favelas, large slums overrun by drug gangs. It had previously helped provide security during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

But the decree, which went into effect immediately, hands the military power over all police operations in Rio state. It must be approved by both chambers of Congress within 10 days.

Organized crime nearly took over in the state of Rio de Janeiro. This is a metastasis that is spreading in our country and it threatens our people. Thats why we decided on the intervention, Temer said at the presidential palace in Brasilia on Friday. Our administration will give a tough, firm answer.

The military mission will last until the end of the year.

Broken security

The dramatic decision in a country that was ruled by a military dictatorship from 1964-1985, comes after Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said last month that the security system is broken.

Brazilian military police in a Rio favela (Getty Images)Military units already support police in patrols in Rio slums

On Friday, he said the decree will put in place a more robust, better coordinated security system, with a better intelligence service. It would not impact the countrys democracy, he said.

Highlighting the dire state of security in Rio,...



South Front 17.02.2018 On February 16, Hussain Murtada, a correspondent of the Iranian al-Alam TV, reported that a reconnaissance unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had entered the Afrin area under an agreement, which had been supposedly reached by the Damascus government and the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG). Murtadas report is still not []


Trump Administration Proposes Stiff Penalties on Steel and Aluminum Imports Would China Retaliate? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Workers at a Nucor steel plant in Huger, S.C., using a crane to lift rolled steel into storage before it is shipped for further processing. The Trump administration wants to impose tariffs on steel imports. Credit Stephen B. Morton for The New York Times

WASHINGTON The Trump administration for the first time declared imports of steel and aluminum from China and other nations a threat to national security, laying the foundation for President Trump to impose the types of punitive tariffs he has long championed.

In a report released on Friday, the Commerce Department said a recent influx of foreign metals posed a risk to national security by threatening the viability of American manufacturers who make planes, armored vehicles and other products for the military. It outlined an array of recommendations the president could take to help domestic manufacturers struggling to stay competitive, including a sweeping tariff of 24 percent on steel imports from all countries.

The recommendations hand Mr. Trump an opportunity to make good on the get-tough approach to global trade th...



Philippines: Call for justice as Filipinas body returns home from Kuwait "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | Eva Demafelis (front 2nd L) weeps as the coffin containing the body of her daughter Joanna, who was found inside a freezer in Kuwait, arrives at Iloilo International Airport


More than a hundred relatives and supporters of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait brandished banners demanding justice as her coffin was returned home on Saturday.

The family of Joanna Demafelis openly wept as the white casket was unloaded at an airport cargo terminal in the central city of Iloilo.

Justice for Joanna D. Demafelis, was emblazoned on banners and on T-shirts worn by the crowd which included a congressman and local officials expressing their anger over the death of the Filipina whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait earlier this month.

The incident worsened a diplomatic flap between the Philippines and Kuwait with President Rodrigo Duterte alleging that Arab employers routinely rape their Filipina workers, force them to work 21 hours a day and feed them scraps.

He has also banned the deployment of new workers to Kuwait and ordered airlines to fly home any of the 252,000 Filipinos working there who wish to return.

About 10 million Filipinos work abroad and the money they remit back is a lifeline of the Philippine economy. Their treatment abroad is often a political issue at home.

Kuwaits foreign minister previously condemned Manilas escalation, of the issue but Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday the Kuwaiti ambassador had assured him his government was outraged over the killing and determined to find those responsible.

A distraught Eva Demafelis could only say I am sad, when asked by reporters about the death of her daughter.

She does not deserve the manner in which she died. She was beaten up, said an aunt, Rosela Demafelis Taunan, referring to local news reports about the 29-year-old maids death.

She decided to go abroad because she wanted to help her parents repair the house that was damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), in 2013, the aunt recalled.

The slain maid also wanted to finance the college education of her youngest sister, Joyce, the aunt said.

Residents lined the highway as the funeral convoy escorted by police cars and mo...


Putin"s Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel, having backed the losing side, wants to limit its losses. It fears the changes taking place across the northern tier of the region.


Solzhenitsyns Damning History of the Jews in Russia a Review "IndyWatch Feed War"

Solzhenitsyns Damning History of the Jews in Russia a Review Solzhenitsyns Damning History of the Jews in Russia a Review The Jews accumulated wealth by cooperating with each other. (p. 31). They made profits by taking the peasants grain to the point of impoverishing them (and causing famine), turning it into brandy, and []


Had Hillary Won: What Now? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Then Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, would be president of the United States, but the Senate, probably, and the House of Representatives, certainly, would have remained under Republican control.


Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, February 18, 2018 First Sunday of Lent Repent, and believe in the gospel. "IndyWatch Feed War"

First Sunday of Lent
Lectionary: 23

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Reading 1 GN 9:8-15

God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
See, I am now establishing my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
and with every living creature that was with you:
all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals
that were with you and came out of the ark.
I will establish my covenant with you,
that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed
by the waters of a flood;
there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.
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God added:
This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,
of the covenant between me and you
and every living creature with you:
I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign
of the covenant between me and the earth.
When I bring clouds over the earth,
and the bow appears in the clouds,
I will recall the covenant I have made
between me and you and all living beings,
so that the waters shall never again become a flood
to destroy all mortal beings.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.

R. (cf. 10) Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.


Sayyed Nasrallah: US Biased, Ready to Stop Israeli Oil Extraction within Hours "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zeinab Essa 16-02-2018 | 22:24 Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Friday a speech in which he tackled various regional and local topics. Addressing a huge crowd commemorating the anniversary of Resistance Martyr Leaders, Sayyed Nasrallah stated: We Preserved the will is title of our commemoration as we are emerging from []


February 17th, 7 years after the destruction of Libya by NATO & the USA "IndyWatch Feed War"

Libya: 7 Years since February 17 On February 17 it will be 7 years since the start of the events in Libya which led to the overthrow of its leader Muammar Gaddafi. These years have been full of dramatic and often bloody events, which, according to a number of different indices (effective sovereignty, []


Florida Shooter Excelled at NRA-funded Rifle Training; FBI Admits Ignoring Early Tip "IndyWatch Feed War"


Nikolas Cruz was part of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, one of thousands of youth shooting clubs supported by pro-gun group

.Photo used as profile picture on the Instagram account of Nikolas Cruz, who was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Photo used as profile picture on the Instagram account of Nikolas Cruz, who was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018/AP

The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation. It was part of a multi-million dollar effort by the pro-gun group to support youth shooting clubs....


Florida Governor calls on FBI director to resign over missed signs "IndyWatch Feed War"

FBI has admitted failing to investigate a tip about suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz

By Jeremy B White
The Independent

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP

Floridas Governor is calling on the FBIs director to resign amid revelations the agency failed to follow up on a tip about a suspected school shooter.

The FBIs failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable, Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray

Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isnt going to cut it, Mr Scott aded. An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain.


Theresa May to warn EU lives will be put at risk if it lets deep-seated ideology block new post-Brexit security deal Could tangle with Merkel "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Telegraph

Theresa May

Theresa May, the Prime Minister CREDIT: MARKUS SCHREIBER/AP

By James Crisp

Theresa May will today warn the European Union that lives will be put at risk if it lets its deep-seated ideology act as a barrier to a new post-Brexit security treaty.

In a landmark speech in Munich the Prime Minister will say that there will be damaging real world consequences if it puts political doctrine before co-operation on security.

The EU is threatening to bar Britain from joining the European Arrest Warrant and limit access to a European police database containing information about criminals and terrorists after Brexit.

Its approach is being viewed with increasing concern by member states, who believe that co-operation with Britains world-class security services is vital.

Read the rest (Paywall):
BBC News

Theresa May warns EU not to block post-Brexit security deal



Syria Chemical Weapons Attack Fake Fail "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syria Chemical Weapons Attack Fake Fail If you want to use a toxic gas false flag attack for your war propaganda, make sure that you dont take the pretended victims to the hospitals before the pretended time of attack. Seventh report of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (OPCW, JIM, []


Examining Ten Myths about israel, by Ilan Pappe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Examining Ten Myths About Israel, by Ilan Pappe This review of the book Ten Myths About Israel by Ilan Pappe will appear in the Winter 2018 ISSUES, the quarterly journal of the American Council for Judaism. The book is published by Verso.  The Middle East remains a subject of increasing examination and debate.  The []


54. Mnchner Sicherheitskonferenz Verteidigungszusammenarbeit innerhalb der EU und mit der NATO "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zwischen dem 16. und dem 18. Februar 2018 fand die 54. Mnchner Sicherheitskonferenz statt. Es ist eine der wichtigsten sicherheitspolitischen Konferenzen whrend des Jahres. Als beispielsweise der russische Prsident Vladimir Putin an der Mnchner Sicherheitskonferenz von 2007 alle diplomatischen Gepflogenheiten auf die Seite stiess und unverblmt die USA fr ihre internationale Politik kritisierte, da zeichnete sich bereits ein neuer Ost-West-Konflikt ab. Andererseits haben an der Mnchner Sicherheitskonferenz von 2011 die US-Aussenministerin Hillary Clinton und ihr russischen Amtskollege Sergei Lawrow die Ratifikationsurkunden des News START Abkommens zur Verringerung strategischer Atomwaffen ausgetauscht, womit der Vertrag in Kraft trat. Oder grad letztes Jahr versuchte der US-amerikanische Vizeprsident Mike Pence nach der whrend des US-Prsidentschaftswahlkampfs Donald Trumps teilweise heftig geusserte Kritik an der NATO die europischen Ver...


Henry Giroux: The Ghost of Fascism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Henry A. Giroux | The Ghost of Fascism in the Age of Trump

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | News Analysis 


Jewish terrorism: israeli Soldiers Attack Palestinians Planting Olive Trees Near Nablus, Injure Many "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Soldiers Attack Palestinians Planting Olive Trees Near Nablus, Injure Many     16 Feb 9:41 AM           Israeli soldiers attacked, Thursday, many Palestinians, who were planting olive trees in Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured many of them. Fuad Maali, the head of []


Protesters in Tel Aviv Call on Crime Minister Netanyahu to Step down "IndyWatch Feed War"

February 16, 2018 Israeli demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv on Friday to urge the enemys Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign after police recommended he be charged with bribery in two corruption cases. Police said on Tuesday enough evidence had been found for Netanyahu to be charged, saddling the four-term premier with one of the []


Philippines wont recognize Chinese names for Benham Rise ocean features China stole most of the South China Sea and Philippine EEZ; But now the words matter "IndyWatch Feed War"


We will not accept it, thats why we used the word object and protest, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.


Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) February 17, 2018 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines The Philippines will not recognize foreign names for undersea features in the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) regardless of what the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) would say, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday.

He also said the Philippines has already informed China of its position.

We will not accept it, thats why we used the word object and protest, Cayetano said.

The IHO is the international body that documents and compiles names of underwater features.

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The Philippines invited the Chinese ocean survey ship to do research at Benham Rise and by all accounts the Chinese acted in accordance with international law

He said the Philippines is preparing to give Filipino names to undersea features in the Philippine Rise and will submit its list to IHO.

We have communicated to China that we understand for them it is purely scientific. But it is not a good time to have Chinese names in the features because we have a live dispute in the South China Sea, Cayetano added.

Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, said the IHO approved the names proposed by China last year.

He said three of the features were reported to have been discovered during a 2004 survey by the Li Shiguang Hao of the China Navy Hydrographic Office, which submitted the names for consideration by the IHO in 2014.

As this developed, a battalion of Marines was deployed in Cagayan Valley to help secure the countrys northern maritime border.

The deployment by the Northern L...


Jack Ma to Partner With Philippines Duterte to Improve Countrys Technology "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Cecilia Yap

February 16, 2018, 11:14 PM EST
  • Alibaba could help boost Philippines-China ties: Dominguez
  • Philippine officials trained by Alibaba on Mas invitation

The Philippines has invited Jack Ma and his Alibaba Group to partner with President Rodrigo Duterte in helping to improve technology for governance and to assist in building an inclusive financial system that would aid small businesses, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said.

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Jack Ma

Ma, in a meeting with Philippine government officials in Hangzhou on Feb. 1, said the Philippines had huge potential to embrace the technology revolution because e-commerce was specifically designed for developing economies, according to a statement from the Philippine finance department.

Dominguez said Duterte was impressed with Ma when they met in Manila in November, and the Philippine leader issued instructions to pursue discussions with the technology entrepreneur to find common areas that Alibaba and the Philippine government could pursue together.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

I will report to the president that there are many elements here that we could use in the Philippines, said Dominguez, who was with key government officials at Alibaba Business Schools Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 new economy workshop.

The insight from the training would help the Duterte administration understand how to optimize the use of technology to improve governance and prepare Filipinos for the future under a digital economy, Dominguez said. Among issues discussed was how cloud computing and big data platforms could be applied from improving traffic flow and la...


The Russian Indictments Where were James Clapper and John Brennan when the Kremlin was meddling? "IndyWatch Feed War"


Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Jan. 29.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Jan. 29. PHOTO: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Justice Department on Friday indicted three Russian companies and 13 individuals for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the man who should be most upset is Donald J. Trump. The 37-page indictment contains no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, but it does show a systematic effort to discredit the result of the 2016 election. On the evidence so far, President Trump has been the biggest victim of that effort, and he ought to be furious at Vladimir Putin.

The indictment documents a broad social-media and propaganda campaign operating out of Russia and involving hundreds of people starting in 2014 that had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system. It certainly succeeded on that score, as Democrats and the media have claimed that Mr. Trumps election is illegitimate because he conspired with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton. The charge has roiled American politics and made governing more difficult.

The good news for Mr. Trump is that the indictm...


Promising money, EU hopes to woo Syrias Bashar al-Assad into peace talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy arrives for the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Affairs ministers (Gymnich) in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday. (AFP)



Nine dead in fire at waste facility in southern China: Xinhua "IndyWatch Feed War"


BEIJING (Reuters) Nine people have died in a fire at a waste processing facility in southern China that is suspected of being sparked by fireworks residue, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday.

The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning in Qingyuan city in the southern province of Guangdong, Xinhua said, citing the local government.

The fire has been extinguished and a survivor with serious burns was sent to hospital, the report said.

Police have detained several suspects in connection with the fire, Xinhua said, without giving details.

Preliminary investigation showed that fireworks residue initially caused the fire. When three workers were trying to put out the flames, an explosion occurred, killing more people living nearby, it said.

The victims consisted of workers at the facility and their families, who lived in makeshift wooden rooms on the second floor, Xinhua said.

The garbage burnt quickly and discharged heavy smoke. The victims were unable to escape.

China has just begun a week-long holiday for the Lunar New Year, when fireworks and firecrackers are traditionally let off in celebration.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Tom Hogue


US and Coalition Aid to Iraq Is Ungenerous and Self-Interested "IndyWatch Feed War"

At the donor conference for the post-ISIL reconstruction of Iraq which just ended in Kuwait, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talked about Iraqi corruption and insecurity, which he claimed had to be tackled for rebuilding investments to be feasible. He said nothing about donations or reparations for the immeasurable damage the US inflicted on Continue reading "US and Coalition Aid to Iraq Is Ungenerous and Self-Interested"

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Will Netanyahu Be Indicted? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pity the almond tree, especially when it is in full bloom. The bloom of the almond is, in German, Mandelblt. That is also the name of Israels chief legal official, called "the Legal Advisor of the Government". The Legal Advisor is appointed by the government, but is supposed to be completely independent. He is in Continue reading "Will Netanyahu Be Indicted?"

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Peace Through Strength Is a Racket "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trump has embraced the popular peace through strength doctrine (PTSD) with his characteristic panache: Im going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody absolutely nobody is gonna to mess with us, Trump says. On other occasions hes said similar things: We want to defer, avoid and prevent Continue reading "Peace Through Strength Is a Racket"

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Fundraiser: Help the Anak Bukit Free School in Bali "IndyWatch Feed War"


Received on 17.02.18:

My name is Fatahillah Nur Bintang. Most of my friends call me Bintang. I was born and grew up in a small town Blora, central Java, Indonesia. I am a passionate surfer and have a very strong connection with the ocean.

Beside that I am a person who is passionate about social work and I dream for the world to become a better place. Most of my job experiences have been with different NGOs (Non-Government Organizations), from community empowerment and development, Orangutan conservation to gender and sexuality issues. I worked for Orangutan conservation between 2011-2012 in Borneo. Between 2012-2014 I worked for an organization that focuses on sexuality and reproductive health rigths in Yogyakarta as an unplanned pregnancy administrative counselor. From 2012-2016 I was part of Needle and Bitch collective, a community space and cooperative group that promotes gender equality, sexuality and womens rights.

In 2016 I moved to Bali to work. Because of the calling of my heart to do something meaningful to the community I started my project ANAK BUKIT FREE SCHOOL in the beginning of November, 2017. It is a non-official and non-profit project which focuses on Children education, located in Desa Ketapang, Banjar Adat Tengah, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Ba...


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Like a local mafia that breaks car windows by night and repairs them by day, the United States has enlisted its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates to rebuild in Iraq in the wake of the defeated, self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) these same states Continue reading US Wants ISIS Sponsors to Rebuild Iraq


Russians Spooked by Nukes-Against-Cyber-Attack Policy "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ray McGovern and William Binney | Consortium News | February 16, 2108 Moscow is showing understandable concern over the lowering of the threshold for employing nuclear weapons to include retaliation for cyber-attacks, a change announced on Feb. 2 in the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). Explaining the shift in U.S. doctrine on first-use, the []


CrossTalk: Syria on Fire "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | February 16, 2018 The stakes couldnt be higher. And it is happening in Syria. The goal of destroying the Islamic State is largely complete. Now the Syrian proxy war is entering a new stage. Who are the players and what are their aims? And what does winning mean? CrossTalking with Abdel Bari Atwan, []


Comment Set Free: the Mueller indictment "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are three stories about the Justice Departments Internet Research Agency indictment headlining at the Guardian right now, and, at the point of writing, none of them are open for comments. So here is our latest Comment Set Free. Please let us have your thoughts on the following (or any related articles that appear): 1) Robert Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help Trump 2) Muellers indictment of 13 Russians strikes at the heart of the meddling matter 3) Ten key takeaways from Robert Muellers Russia indictment The full text of the Justice Departments Internet Research Agency Indictment can be read here


Virginia Port Authority Officer Arrested on Child Pornography Charges "IndyWatch Feed War"

A married Virginia Port Authority officer was arrested on Feb. 14 after police searched his home and charged the officer with 40 counts of child pornography.

WTKR News reports that Officer John Princeton, 51, of the Virginia Port Authority Police Department was specifically charged with 27 counts of possessing obscene material with a minor, and 13 counts of producing, distributing or financing child pornography.

The officer is facing charges from incidents dating back to 12 months.

Details are not yet available, but the Port Authority issued this statement on Thursday:

The Port of Virginia has been advised by the Virginia Beach Police Department that a Virginia Port Authority Police officer was arrested on Feb. 14, 2018. At this time, the port has placed the officer on unpaid administrative leave and is conducting an internal investigation. The Virginia Port Authority Police Department will cooperate with the Virginia Beach Police Departments ongoing investigation.

Princeton is currently being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

His trial is set for April 12.


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Escalation in Syria how far can the Russians be pushed? "IndyWatch Feed War"

February 16, 2018 [This analysis was written for the Unz Review] Events in Syria have recently clearly taken a turn for the worse and there is an increasing amount of evidence that the Russian task force in Syria is being targeted by a systematic campaign of harassing attacks. First, there was the (relatively successful) drone and mortar []


Sayyed Nasrallah: We can Disable Israels Offshore Installations within Hours "IndyWatch Feed War"

Should the Higher Defense Council decide that Israels offshore oil installations should cease to operate, I promise you that we can disable them within hours, February 16, 2018 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday delivered a televised speech commemorating the anniversary of Hezbollah martyred leaders tackling several local and regional issues. The ceremony, under []


Several Million Afghans Seek War Crimes Investigation at ICC "IndyWatch Feed War"

More than one million statements from Afghan people and organizations have been submitted to the International Criminal Court alleging war crimes were committed by several actors in the country including the U.S. military, the CIA, Afghan forces and the Taliban, local groups working with the Hague-based tribunal said Friday. Abdul Wadood Pedram, an official at...


Afghanis Submit Over a Million Complaints of Crimes Against Humanity During Afghan War "IndyWatch Feed War"

ICC Afghans War Crimes(COMMONDREAMS)  International Criminal Court (ICC) judges are weighing over one million statements from Afghans who allege they are victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by actors in the armed conflict there, including Afghan forces, the Taliban, the CIA, and the U.S. military. The victims began submitting their statements to the ICC judges in late November []


Breaking: Six People Hospitalized After Turkish Gas Attack? "IndyWatch Feed War"

I don't believe this claim at all.

That said, it was was almost predictable that the PKK/YPG would make this claim

After Tillerson's visit- where nothing was resolved between NATO allies this was predictable!
Looked as if Turkey was making advances in cleaning house of terrorists on their border
Factor in the distraction of yet another school shooting.
Macron's constant threatening. 
The US continuously playing the chemical weapons card...
With an ice pack tied to my carpal tunnel we go

Lie/Propaganda via sputnik

"Reports have surfaced that a Turkish chemical weapon attack in the Northern Syrian city of Afrin has hospitalized six civilians. The Turkish military is doing battle with US-backed Syrian Kurdish militias over control of the border city.
The Kurds in question are members of the People's Protection Units (YPG), a militia that formed the bulk of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who have acted as US proxies in Syria.
On Tuesday, Turkey accused Kurdish forces of using chemical weapons against their Syrian allies in the Free Syrian Army, injuring 20. Although allegations of the use of chemical weapons have been commonplace during the Syrian Civil War, the Kurds have rarely been accused of such war crimes.
The YPG denied the report, arguing that Ankara and the FSA were trying to "fabricate a cover for their fiasco in the north of Afrin." They added that the Turks had launched a chlorine-gas attack against the Kurds, but hit the FSA instead.
The Daily Sabah, an independence Turkish outlet, then reported that no such chemical attack occured, and the FSA had instead inhaled smoke"
More details to follow



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Turkey carries out suspected gas attack in Syria's Afrin: Reports "IndyWatch Feed War"


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Cecilia Martin: Lakota Matriarch, American Indian Movement Grandmother Passes at 98 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Iran will only involve itself in a defensive war if it is attacked directly by Israel and the survival of the Islamic Republic is seriously threatened


Big Pharma Still Tries to Push Dangerous Drug Class "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Martha Rosenberg | CounterPunch | February 16, 2018 Bisphosphonate bone drugs are among the most harmful and misrepresented drug classes still on the market. But that has not stopped Pharma-funded medical associations like the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Bone Health Alliance from periodically wringing []


FBI Ignored Multiple Warnings "IndyWatch Feed War"

fbi warned florida shooter nikolas cruz(ANTIMEDIA) Parkland, FL  The FBI issued an official statement on Friday admitting their mishandling of a tip about Nikolas Cruz a month before he murdered 17 people on Valentines Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. According to the statement: On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBIs Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to []


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Morocco acquits former Guantanamo detainee "IndyWatch Feed War"


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US indicts 13 Russians for 2016 election meddling, but no allegations they influenced outcome "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | February 16, 2018 A US federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with US elections and political processes. However, there are no allegations they influenced the 2016 election. The indictment accuses the defendants of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging []


US Stumbled Into Torture, Says NYT Reporter "IndyWatch Feed War"

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FBI failed to follow up on Florida shooting suspect tip in January "IndyWatch Feed War"


02/16/2018 12:43 PM EST

Updated 02/16/2018 03:14 PM EST

The Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged on Friday that some protocols were not followed after it obtained a tip in January that Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the Florida school attack, had the potential of conducting a school shooting.

Chris Wray is pictured. | AP Photo


FBI Director Christopher Wray Andrew Harnik/AP Photo


We are still investigating the facts, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public.

Nikolas Cruz

The FBI said a caller had provided the bureau with information about Cruzs gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts on Jan. 5.

But because of a lapse in procedure, the bureau said, the information was not provided to its regional field office in Miami and no further investigation was conducted at that time.


The announcement prompted a wave of backlash by public officials, with Gov. Rick Scott of Florida issuing a call for Wray to step down.

The FBIs failure to t...


SANDY HOOK HOAX Pedophiles and Child Trafficking? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Russia Will Have Exclusive Rights Over Oil and Gas Production in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Witness Out of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson | World Beyond War | February 14, 2018 Anna Baltzers amazing book Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories has been updated over the years, and Ive just read it for the first time. Rather unfairly, and as it turns out wrongly, my first response upon turning the []


#LA: Koreatown Popular Assembly: Shutting Down ICE, Building Popular Power "IndyWatch Feed War"

About 70 activists and community members surrounded and blocked an ICE van in front of LAs Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles the evening of Thursday, February 15. The action was called for by the Koreatown Popular Assembly 24 hours prior as an emergency response to reports of ICE detaining over a 100 individuals across the city.

Originally published by By Black Rosa/Rosa Negra LA and BRRN Social Media Team.

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LA: Koreatown Popular Assembly: Shutting Down ICE, Building Popular Power

About 70 activists and community members surrounded and blocked an ICE van in front of LAs Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles the evening of Thursday, February 15. The action was called for by the Koreatown Popular Assembly 24 hours prior as an emergency response to reports of ICE detaining over a 100 individuals across the city.

The mass escalation of raids by ICE are seen as part of the Trump regimes promised targeting of sanctuary cities as punishment for not cooperating with immigration authorities. This is why it is essential to organize a popular response and resistance to targeted raids which are intended to strike fear in and demobilize immigrant communities. Even the small act of blocking a single van with two officers inside shows that its possible to disrupt ICEs activity in Los Angeles and organizers are looking to expand this tactic.

Koreatown Popular Assembly: Popular Power in Action

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Who Is Lying? John Brennan or James Comey? by Publius Tacitus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sorry to belabor the point of the Deep State conspiracy, but the tenacious insistence of TTG in clinging to Democrat talking points and refusing to step back and objectively look at the facts demands an answer. He is upset because...


The Next Logical Step: General Assembly Intervention Plan to End the Maritime Siege of Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"

Break the Maritime Siege of Gaza | February 15, 2018 Gaza is the largest open air prison in the world, with 2 million people, mostly children. Now it is lacking potable water, with only 2-4 hours of electricity per day. There is severe widespread physical and psychological trauma and illnesses from numerous Israeli bomb attacks []


Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

 Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
Russians used information warfare against the US election process

Thirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation.

Three of those named have been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated identity theft.

The announcement was made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling.

Three Russian companies are also named in the indictment.

One of them is the Internet Research Agency, based in St Petersburg, which the 37-page indictment said had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election.

Speaking at a news conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said there was no allegation that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity nor was it alleged that the meddling altered the election outcome.

What does the indictment say?

It says a group of Russians:

  • Posed as Americans, and opened financial accounts in their name
  • Spent thousands of dollars a month buying political advertising
  • Purchased US server space in an effort to hide their Russian affiliation
  • Organised and promoted political rallies within the United States
  • Posted political messages on social media accounts that impersonated real US citizens
  • ...


Video: Liverpool soccer fans chant Ill be Muslim too in honor of soccer star "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yes, its all in good fun. But yes, yes, they will be Muslim, too. Before too very long, when things fall apart in the shattered, staggering, dhimmi UK. Ill be Muslim too!: Mohamed Salah fans inspires new chant, Siasat, February 16, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): LONDON: Liverpool fans really love Mohamed Salah []


#Hambacher Forest; As the Hambi 4 Approach a Month in Jail, Solidarity and Support Needed "IndyWatch Feed War"

As Hambi Comrades have now been thrown into a jail for going on a month, not just in record numbers and for charges such as not identifying themselves and obstructing police for which all before were release pending trial.

Originally published by Hambi Bleibt.

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Hambacher Forest; As the Hambi 4 Approach a Month in Jail, Solidarity and Support Needed

As Hambi Comrades have now been thrown into a jail for going on a month, not just in record numbers and for charges such as not identifying themselves and obstructing police for which all before were release pending trial.

What they are really guilty of in the eyes of the State is resisting the opening up of the Forest for destruction, yes the one year hold on cutting this season does not mean anything if RWE is able to use the police this year to try to get rid of us and then continue to cut the forest in the next 2018 to 2019 logging season dumping into the atmosphere mega tons of Carbon and other toxins in contained in the lignite that rests under the forest floor. The Hambi9 and now still the Hambi4 are not just for these infractions that were never before used to hold people in jail for so long and also had their inquest for pretrial hearing on the validity of their detention rejected and not heard. They are there not just for these unprecedented infractions, they are there for protecting the forest, the climate and their homes in the ancient Hambacher Forest. Once again please support them and spread the world of their struggle and imprisonment.

Next week will be a month that they have been incarcerated.

There is presently problems with the Hambacher Forest twitter account so any crossposting of this would be very appreciated. Also if anybody would like to translate or share any statement and solidarity actions for the German side of this blog that would also be great help and support for the cause and attention of and for the Hambi 4.


Global Warming Zaps Oxygen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Take a deep breath. A recent scientific study reveals disturbing loss of ocean oxygen. Unnerving climatic events like this justify ringing and clanging of the bells on the Public Square, all hands on deck. In particular, and as expected, the culprit is too much anthropogenic-induced global warming or idiomatically speaking, human activities such as planes, trains, and automobiles burning tons of coal. Somebody must do something to fix it ah-ah-ah!

According to Denise Breitburg, lead author marine ecologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center:

The decline in ocean oxygen ranks among the most serious effects of human activities on the Earths environment.1

A team of scientists with GO2NE (Global Ocean Oxygen Network) created by the UN Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission conducted a sweeping all-encompassing study of the state of ocean oxygen:

In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. Scientists expect oxygen to continue dropping even outside these zones as Earth warms.2

According to Vladimir Ryabinin, executive secretary of the International Oceanographic Commission that formed GO2NE:

Approximately half of the oxygen on Earth comes from the ocean.

Today, there are actual dead zones where oxygen has plummeted so low that life suffocates. Not only low oxygen that doesnt suffocate life still stunts growth, hinders reproduction, and promotes disease. In short, low oxygen stresses the entire ecosystem. According to the legendary ocean researcher Dr. Sylvia Earle, as recognized by the Library of Congress, and referred to as Her Deepness by The New Yorker and former Chief Scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) but resigned and started Mission Blue to save the ocean: The ocean is dying All of us are the beneficiaries of having burned through fossil fuels, but at what costs?  If we continue business as usual, were in real trouble.

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Mueller Just Indicted 13 Russians, 3 Companies for Helping Trump Beat Hillary "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/02/16 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Stories not told about Sheikh and Sayyed & photos published for the first time "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Moscow Finally Admits US Killed Russians in Syria, but Denies They Were Military "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Barbarians: Disordered Insurgence by Chrissus and Odotheus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Barbarians by Chris and Odotheus is a text of some importance for anarchists and anyone else who sincerely desires the destruction of this social world of exploitation and domination. It presents a devastating critique of a book that has become one of the most significant theoretical influences on a major part so-called anti-globalisation movement, Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Hardt and Negri claim to be post-dialectical and post-Marxist. It merely takes a slight rip of the veil to expose a historical determinism and a rigid dialectic of class struggle that reflects one of the crudest versions of Marxism.

Originally published by Digital Elephant. Original title: Barbari: linsorgenza disordinata, Edizioni NN.

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Barbarians: Disordered Insurgence by Chrissus and Odotheus

Barbarians by Chris and Odotheus is a text of some importance for anarchists and anyone else who sincerely desires the destruction of this social world of exploitation and domination. It presents a devastating critique of a book that has become one of the most significant theoretical influences on a major part so-called anti-globalisation movement, Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Hardt and Negri claim to be post-dialectical and post-Marxist. It merely takes a slight rip of the veil to expose a historical determinism and a rigid dialectic of class struggle that reflects one of the crudest versions of Marxism.


Translators preface
A Biographical Note on Toni Negri.
Why take the trouble to criticize the theses of Empire, when reality has so generously seen to it? Certainly not because it is a s...


Philippines Wants Joint Sea Resource Research With China Justice Carpio Asks Why do you want to share whats exclusively yours? Phil Constitution bans joint developmentwithin the Philippines exclusive economic zone "IndyWatch Feed War"

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is looking to a precedent deal from 2015, actually still being challenged before the Supreme Court

Published 5:49 PM, February 16, 2018
Updated 5:49 PM, February 16, 2018
SEA DISPUTE. The Philippines and China discuss their sea dispute in the second meeting of their bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, held in Manila on February 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

SEA DISPUTE. The Philippines and China discuss their sea dispute in the second meeting of their bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, held in Manila on February 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

MANILA, Philippines Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the Philippines is aggressively pursuing joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) with China, following a 2005 precedent that became contr...


Is There a Secret US Hand Supporting Daesh in Afghanistan? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Commenting on the claim made by the Iranian military that the US has provided direct assistance to Daesh in Afghanistan, political analyst Ahmad Wahid Mozhda told Sputnik that many Afghan politicians and ordinary Afghans are saying the same thing. According to the observer, the USs likely goal is to cause...


Iran at 39 years old: drones in Israel (?), trade with Europe, calm on the streets "IndyWatch Feed War"

February 15, 2018 by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog The Iranian Revolution turned 39 on February 11. Its about time to get married! At least thats what people tell me I recently turned 40. Married to the revolution is indeed a good description for Iranian society at 39but the fullness of Irans marital bliss []


Anti-Semitic hate speech incidents in Austria at all-time high, watchdog says "IndyWatch Feed War"

Vienna-based Forum Against Anti-Semitism says expression of hatred towards Jews has become more socially acceptable

An illustrative photo of a spray-painted swastika on a window (ADL/JTA)

An illustrative photo of a spray-painted swastika on a window (ADL/JTA)

A watchdog on anti-Semitism in Austria reported an increase in hate speech incidents and a decrease in physical assaults last year over 2016

In its annual report Thursday, the Vienna-based Forum Against Anti-Semitism counted five cases of physical assault of people and 51 vandalism incidents in 2017. The previous year, the same watchdog documented seven assaults and 68 cases of vandalism.

But hate speech cases, including threats and insults on social media, climbed from 375 in 2016 to 402 last year, the report said.

In total, the Forum documented 503 cases in 2017, which it said in a statement is the highest tally on record. In 2016, the total number of incidents was 477.

Seen relative to other European countries, the figures in Austria are particularly high, owing possibly to differences in methodology by people collecting the data, in motivation on the part of victims to complain or the actual prevalence of incidents.

Austria has approximately 10,000 Jews.

In France, with more than half a million Jews, the SPCJ watchdog on anti-Semitism recorded 335 cases in 2016. The French interior ministry recorded 311 cases in 2017.

People hold up placards during a protest against Austrias far-right Freedom Paty in Vienna on January 26,...


The battle that never happened "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian casualties at the hands of US forces reveal depth of Putin's war of choice


U.S. Liberals and Ta-Nehisi Coates "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why do white people like what I write?

Pankaj Mishra


US eyes heavy tariffs on China, Russia to counter steel, aluminum glut "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross believes that cheap steel and aluminum imports from places like China and Russia threaten to impair our national security

WASHINGTON (AFP)  The US Commerce Department said Friday it recommended imposing tariffs on China, Russia and other countries to counter a global glut in steel and aluminum which it says threatens national security.In a report to President Donald Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross includes among the options a nearly 24 percent tariff on all products from China, Russia and three other economies.

Other options would impose either high tariffs or quotas on steel and aluminum imports.

The findings are part of an investigation into the impact of the oversupply of steel and aluminum, and whether it undermines US national security.

In each case the imports threaten to impair our national security, Ross told reporters in a conference call about the so-called Section 232 investigation.

China and Russia are primary targets, but many other countries are included in the recommended sanctions, which are sure to spark fears of a global trade war if implemented.

Ross said the sanctions were designed to be broad to prevent targeted countries from circumventing the limits by shipping through a third country.

He said serial offenders can evade these orders by transshipment through another country.

For steel, Ross recommended three possible options: a 24 percent tariff on all steel from all countries; a 53 percent tariff on imports from 12 countries, including China, Russia and Brazil; or a quota on steel from all countries.

For aluminum, he recommended either a 7.7 percent tariffs on the metal from all countries; a quota for all countries; or, perhaps the most shocking of all the options, a 23.6 percent tariffs on imports of all products from China, Russia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Venezuela.

Ross submitted the two reports to the White House in late January.

Trump has until mid-April to decide on any possible action, which he acknowledged likely would prompt action by US trading partners in the World Trade Organization.

US industries have urged the administration to take care since high import tariffs would raise the cost of supplies for major industries.

But Commerce said the goal of the measures is to boost domestic aluminum...


Special Council Robert Mueller Indicts Russians for Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections Supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russians indicted in special counsels probe for operations allegedly supporting Donald Trump in election

The special counsels office said Friday that a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in the probe into interference in the 2016 elections.

The indictment says that the defendants allegedly, by early to mid 2016, were supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

An announcement from special counsel Robert Muellers office said that the government accuses all the defendants of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Five defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

Read the indictment:


Palestine, Israel and the US: Puppets and puppeteers "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States has added its weight to the Israeli side of the scales, accentuating the imbalance and deepening Palestinian hopelessness


Iranian military official says West used lizards to spy on Irans nuclear program "IndyWatch Feed War"

The former chief of staff of Irans Armed Forces has said that foreign governments used different species of lizards, including chameleons, to spy on the Iranian nuclear program.


U.S. Weighs Tariffs and Quotas on Steel, Aluminum Imports "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump administration weighs different options, ranging from a global tariff of at least 24%, to a more targeted approach focusing on China and other nations

Feb. 16, 2018 12:19 p.m. ET

The Trump administration on Friday said it was weighing broad-based tariffs and quotas to curb imports of steel and aluminum to protect national security, though officials stressed no final decisions had yet been made and the ultimate policy could be considerably more limited.

The recommendations were part of internal administration reports released Friday laying out the options for President Donald Trump as he considers how to fulfill a campaign promise to take a more aggressive stance than predecessors to shield domestic steel and aluminum makers from growing foreign competition.

The recommendations suggest the president choose among several options. One of them is a global tariff of at least 24% on all steel imports from all countries. Another is a tariff of at least 53% on steel imports from a dozen countries. Under the latter, targeted option, the tariffs of 53% would be applied on steel from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

The report from the Commerce Department also included, as an alternative, a quota on steel products from countries equal to 63% of the countries 2017 exports to the U.S.

I am glad that we were able to provide this analysis and these recommendations to the president, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. I look forward to his decision on any potential course of action.

The recommendations are opposed by many lawmakers and businesses who worry that the tariffs risk provoking a trade war and raising prices on a range of domestic products.

The recommendations sent sector stocks soaring Friday. Nucor Corp, the largest U.S. steel producer by sales, rose almos...


Australia: I mean to take as many of them down as I can Muslim teen planned maximum fire jihad massacre "IndyWatch Feed War"

His jihad group wanted to kill as many unbelievers as they can and impose Sharia law. Do Australian authorities ever stop to ponder where young Muslims keep getting the idea that this is a good thing to do? Do authorities in any non-Muslim country? Do they really think that showering money on Tamim Khaja and []


#Berlin March 3: United Against the Turkish Attacks Against #Afrin! #Facebook Censors NAV-DEM "IndyWatch Feed War"

On March 3 there will be a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Berlin. People from across Germany will come to Berlin and the difference with many other demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin is that many German organizations and initiatives are also calling for the demonstration. This comes after German police authorities again and again demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin and police authorities in Cologne even announced that they will ban all future demonstrations that are organized by the Kurdish NAV_DEM association. Immediately after the announcement by the police authorities in Cologne, Facebook started to censor postings on the NAV-DEM Facebook page. 

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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#Berlin March 3: United Against the Turkish Attacks Against #Afrin! #Facebook Censors NAV-DEM

On March 3 there will be a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Berlin. People from across Germany will come to Berlin and the difference with many other demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin is that many German organizations and initiatives are also calling for the demonstration. This comes after German police authorities again and again demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin and police authorities in Cologne even announced that they will ban all future demonstrations that are organized by the Kurdish NAV_DEM association. Immediately after the announcement by the police authorities in Cologne, Facebook started to censor postings on the NAV-DEM Facebook page (Warning Facebook link).

Many different organizations, groups, intiatives and individuals from civil society are calling for the demonstration in Berlin and that will make it more difficult...


Global powers must address episodes of cyberwar: UN chief An existential threat for humankind. "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | UN secretary general Antonio Guterres warned the Munich Security Conference of the dangers of cyberwar

MUNICH (GERMANY) (AFP)  World leaders must lay the groundwork on how countries respond to cyberattacks that have proven to be a daunting threat, whether by state actors or criminal enterprises, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said Friday.It is clear we are witnessing in a more or less disguised way cyberwars between states, episodes of cyberwar between states, Guterres said during one of the opening speeches at the Munich Security Conference.

Its high time to have a serious discussion about the international legal framework in which cyberwars take place, he said.

The fact is we havent been able to discuss whether or not the Geneva convention applies to cyberwar and whether international humanitarian law applies to cyberwar.

The United States and Britain on Thursday blamed the Russian military for last years devastating NotPetya ransomware attack, calling it a Kremlin effort to destabilise Ukraine, which spun out of control.

The attacks ended up crippling computer networks in the United States and Europe, including those of some big companies.

Washington has also blamed North Korea for the huge WannaCry ransomware attack last May in which more than 300,000 computers were struck in some 150 nations.

How to respond in cases of permanent violations of cybersecurity? What are the different uses that criminal, terror organisations are making of the web? Guterres said.

Finding a consensus on how to respond to such attacks is urgent, he said, especially now that artificial intelligence, that is providing enormous potential for economic development, social development, for the well-being of all, is also in the opinion of many an existential threat for humankind.

It is necessary to bring together governments, the private sector, those involved in civil society, academics, research centres, in order to be able to establish at least some basic protocols to allow the web to be an effective instrument for the good, he said.


JROTC, Military Indoctrination and the Training of Mass Killers "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Pat Elder, February 16, 2018

Nikolas Cruz, the south Florida shooter, was enrolled in the Armys Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program as a 9th grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Army taught Cruz to shoot lethal weapons at a very young and impressionable age.

Few in America have connected the dots between military indoctrination and firearms instruction on the one hand, and the propensity for training mass killers, whether their crimes are committed as enlisted soldiers in atrocities overseas or in American high schools.

Lets examine the JROTC program and the militarization of Floridas schools as a contributing factor to the Parkland massacre. When Cruz was apprehended he was wearing his JROTC polo shirt, sending a message to the world of his affiliation with the military program.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School practice in the schools firing range.

There are 1,600 American high schools that enroll students in military-run marksmanship programs, teaching children as young as 13 to shoot lethal weapons. Its probably not the wisest public policy. The kids shoot .177 caliber lead pellets at 600 feet per second using CO2 propelled rifles. The Daisy Avanti 887, a cousin of Ralphies Red Ryder BB gun, is classified as a lethal weapon by the Army. Florida, along with a dozen other states, specifically prohibits carrying pellet guns into high schools, although the prohibition does not extend to the military. Pellet rifles are extremely dangerous and some are powerful enough to kill a boar.

Good guns and bad guns?

It must be confusing to the 13-year-old mind. Broward County Schools has a strict anti-gun policy in place. The school system classifies pellet rifles as a Class A weapons, along with a variety of rifles, hand guns, and shotguns.

The use of lead projectiles in the nations high schools also threatens public health by spewing minute lead articulate matter into the air and on the floor at the muzzle end of the gun and at the target backstops.  Children track the deadly particulates throughout the building. There is a linkage between firing pellet rifles indoors and elevated blood lead levels among participants.

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Is There a Secret US Hand Supporting Daesh in Afghanistan? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik February 16, 2018 Commenting on the claim made by the Iranian military that the US has provided direct assistance to Daesh in Afghanistan, political analyst Ahmad Wahid Mozhda told Sputnik that many Afghan politicians and ordinary Afghans are saying the same thing. According to the observer, the USs likely goal is to cause []


Venezuelas man-made disaster rolls along "IndyWatch Feed War"

All of which is exactly what one would expect from what dead dictator Hugo Chvez named 21st Century Socialism. Read my post, Venezuelas man-made disaster rolls along



South Front 16.02.2018 The Western mainstream media is in rage after television footage has showed US State Secretary Rex Tillerson sitting in a room alongside an empty seat before Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has walked into the room. The incident took place on February 15, ahead of Tillersons meeting with President Michel Aoun at the presidential []


Netanyahu and Trump to Meet in March; White House Closer to Revealing Peace Plan "IndyWatch Feed War"


U.S. dubs police recommendations an internal Israeli matter Trump set to meet Netanyahu when he flies to U.S. for annual AIPAC conference

.FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump, left, waves with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump, left, waves with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Sebastian Scheiner/AP

WASHINGTON   The White House said Friday that U.S. President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to meet on March 5th, when Netanyahu will be in Washington t......


Korea and U.S. Intransigence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Korean Olympic Diplomacy Moves Forward Despite U.S. Intransigence



NYTs Really Weird Russiagate Story "IndyWatch Feed War"

NYTs Really Weird Russiagate Story




South Front On February 15, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) achieved a major breakthrough in their battle against Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces in the area of Afrin. The TAF and the FSA captured the villages of Karri, Sharbanli, Kamrash, Shadia, Khara Suluq, Jaqla Tahtani, Durakili and Diwan al-Fawqani. The YPG []



Illustrative image Written by Dennis M. Nilsen exclusively for SouthFront As has become worldwide news, on February 10 the Syrian Air Defense Forces succeeded in causing, directly or indirectly, the downing of an Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-16I.  The warplane comprised part of an eight-plane attack group returning from a raid on the Tiyas Military Airbase just west []


Qatar calls for EU-style security pact for Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"


'We can mirror efforts of the European Union, its ability to find common ground to rebuild and prosper,' emir says


Exacerbation of Tensions in Syria: Who Stands to Gain? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Peter KORZUN | Strategic Culture Foundation | 16.02.2018 French President Emmanuel Macron has said he would order airstrikes against Syria if the rumors that its government has used chemical weapons (CW) against civilians are confirmed. Never backed up with any solid evidence, such reports crop up from time to time in the Western media. In some []


Eva Bartlett: Everything Youve Been Told About Syria is a Lie "IndyWatch Feed War"

Every time you start to feel yourself losing faith in the human race, just remember that there are human beings like Eva Bartlett. Syrian War Report: One of the guests on the following program predicts that a guerilla war is about to be launched against US forces in Syria:


Playboy Model Details 9-Month Covert Affair With Trump: Bombshell Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

Playboy Model(ZHE)  In a bombshell New Yorker report from Ronan Farrow, who was the first reporter to expose Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein for his decades-long history of sexual assault, Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Model who first met President Trump in 2006 during a pool party at the Playboy mansion, shared details about her alleged relationship with the president, []


Falsehoods and Lies: Inciting War Is a War Crime "IndyWatch Feed War"

Strategic Culture Foundation | February 16, 2018 The torrent of reckless false accusations against Russia made by the US and its NATO allies is hitting warp speed. This week saw more baseless allegations of Russian cyber attacks on American elections and British industries. There were also crass claims by US officials that Russia was behind so-called sonic attacks on []


`Why America doesnt win wars anymore "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why America doesnt win wars anymore

An expert explains why the US struggles with modern wars.

Former President George W. Bush addresses the nation aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln May 1, 2003, as it sails for Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, CA.STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images


A month into his presidency, Donald Trump lamented that the US no longer wins wars as it once did.

When I was young, in high school and college, everybody used to say we never lost a war, Trump told a group of US governors last February. Now, we never win a war.

Dominic Tierney, a professor at Swarthmore College and the author of multiple books...


The ultimate rent-a-war being fought in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Thomas L. Friedman

Two weeks ago, standing on the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights, I wrote a column positing that this frontier was the second most dangerous war zone in the world after the Korean Peninsula.

Id like to revise and amend that column. Having watched the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, where North and South Korean athletes marched last week into the stadium together in a love fest; and having also watched Israel shoot down an Iranian drone from Syria, bomb an Iranian base in Syria and lose one of its own F-16s to a Syrian missile; and after US jets killed a bunch of Russian contractors who got too close to our forces in Syria, I now think the Syria-Israel-Lebanon front is the most dangerous corner in the world.

Where else can you find Syrian, Russian, American, Iranian and Turkish troops or advisers squaring off on the ground and in the air along with pro-Iranian Shiite mercenaries from Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan; pro-US Kurdish fighters from northern Syria; ISIS remnants; various pro-Saudi and pro-Jordanian anti-Syrian regime Sunni rebels and I am not making this up pro-Syrian regime Russian Orthodox Cossack contractors who went to Syria to defend Mother Russia from crazy barbarians all rubbing against one another?

As The Washington Post pointed out, In the space of a single week last week, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Israel lost aircraft to hostile fire in Syria.

The term powder keg was invented for this place. But if this story has crept up on you and left you confused as to what United States policy should be, let me try and untangle it for you. The bad news and the good news about the war in Syria is that all the parties involved are guided by one iron rule: You dont want to own this war.

This is the ultimate rent-a-war.

Each party wants to maximise its interests and minimise the influence of its rivals by putting at risk as few of its own soldiers as possible and instead fighting for its goals through air power, mercenaries and local rebels.

Theyve all learnt Russia from Afghanistan, Iran from the Iran-Iraq war, Israel from south Lebanon, and the US from Iraq and Afghanistan that their publics will not tolerate large numbers of body bags fighting any ground war in the Middle East.



U.S. appeals court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

Islamic jihadis unlawfully discriminate against the Infidels they murder, but that is not important for this appeals court. There are two hard choices: either keep out some harmless people, or let in some harmful people. For years we were told that we had to let in the harmful people, or else we were racist and []


Seven Years into the Civil War: What is left of the "Syrian Arab Army" ? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Patrick BAHZAD Time and again since 2011, there have been reports about the erosion of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), with some observers even arguing that there is not much left of it. The influx of pro-regime foreign fighters...


EU joins US call for Turkey restraint in Syria operation "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | Federica Mogherini, the EUs diplomatic chief, has been in Sofia for an informal meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers

SOFIA (AFP)  The EU on Friday urged Turkey to show restraint in its military operation against Kurdish militia in northern Syria, telling Ankara its efforts should focus on the Islamic State group.The European Unions diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said they recognised Turkey faced real security concerns, but echoed US Secretary of State Rex Tillersons call for Ankara not to go over the top in its response.

Turkeys offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has caused alarm in Washington, which views the fighters as important allies in the struggle against IS.

But after talks in Ankara, Tillerson and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said they had agreed to work together in Syria, easing tensions.

Mogherini said EU foreign ministers had raised the offensive with Turkish European affairs minister Omer Celik, who joined them at a meeting in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

We have expressed as the European Union and member states in recent days and weeks concern about first of all the civilian casualties, about the humanitarian consequences of this military operation, Mogherini said.

The target of military operations needs to continue to be Daesh (IS) and the UN-listed terrorist organisations. I would subscribe to the words that Rex Tillerson said, that we urge our Turkish friends to show restraint in their military actions.


Cameroon: Muslim converts to Christianity, his wife calls for him to be beheaded "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last October, his wife levied a case against him, causing the sultan of his area to summon him. Abduls wife reminded the sultan that he deserved to be beheaded, according to sharia law, because he had abandoned Islam. The death penalty for those who leave Islam is based upon the Quran: They wish you would []


Philippines, China eye joint exploration in disputed waters "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | Activists protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila on February 10, 2018, against Beijings claims in the South China Sea

MANILA (AFP)  China and the Philippines are discussing joint mineral exploration in the South China Sea despite an ongoing territorial conflict over the strategic waterway, Manilas foreign secretary said Friday.The two countries, long embroiled in a dispute over their competing claims to the area, are hoping talks will open the door for them to jointly tap its resources, Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.

We are pushing it aggressively because we need it, Cayetano told reporters, adding the countries would each form a working group to explore options for joint exploration.

Then we will find a framework under our constitution that will allow us joint exploration, he said.

We both want it.

The South China Sea is a major trading route and fishing ground believed to have vast mineral resources, and is also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Beijing asserts sovereignty over almost all of the area but in 2016 a UN-backed tribunal acting on a case brought by then-Philippine leader Benigno Aquino rejected its claims.

Current president Rodrigo Duterte, who took office in mid-2016, has since alarmed defence analysts and lawyers by down-playing the Philippine claim and largely setting aside the ruling so as to accomodate China which is promising military and economic aid.

But on Friday Cayetano said the Philippines would consult with international legal experts to make sure any accord would not hurt Philippine sovereign rights.

Whatever we do, it will not only (be) in accordance with Philippine law but also the UNCLOS, referring to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

He stressed the talks would only cover exploration, not actual development.

Right now, we have not (been) discussing developments. We are discussing exploration first. Whats the use of the debate whether or not the constitution allows a joint development if we dont know if there is anything we can harvest, he said.

As a model for the possible accord, Cayetano cited a tripartite deal between the oil companies of the Philippines, Vietnam and China for joint exploration of part of the South China Sea that was signed under the government of then-president Gloria Arroyo in 2005....


Russian Oligarch Walks Away From His $8 Billion Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"


By Ilya Khrennikov

February 16, 2018, 8:44 AM EST
  • Galitskiy sells 29 percent of Magnit to state-controlled VTB
  • The sale was an emotional rather than a rational decision
Sergey Galitskiy Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

In 1998, Sergey Galitskiy opened a small grocery in his hometown of Krasnodar, 800 miles south of Moscow. Over the next two decades he expanded that modest operation into an empire with almost $20 billion in sales and 16,000 stores across Russia, amassing a fortune valued at some $5 billion in the process. On Friday, he walked away.

Galitskiy will quit as chief executive officer of Magnit PJSC after selling 138 billion rubles ($2.5 billion) of shares29 percent of the companyto the state-controlled VTB Group, Magnit said in a regulatory filing. Though he had been cutting his stake in the chain in small increments in recent years, the market was surprised to see him bail almost entirelyselling his shares at 3.9 percent below Thursdays closing price. After Fridays deal, Galitskiy owns about 3 percent of Magnit.

The disposal comes after Magnit had struggled to manage its rapid expansion and fend off competitors, especially X5 Retail Group NV, controlled by rival billionaire Mikhail Fridman. With its sales growth slowing, Magnit in 2016 ceded the title of Russias largest retailer to X5, and its shares have fallen by...


Brazil Military Takes Control of Rio de Janeiros Security "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Bloomberg: Brazils military will take control of public security in the state of Rio de Janeiro as a wave of violence rattles the population and dominates media coverage ahead of this years presidential election. President Michel Temer will issue a decree on Friday putting the military in charge of Rios security forces, his press []


Texas: Plano councilman pressured to quit for calling for banning of Islam from schools "IndyWatch Feed War"

Harrison has issued an embarrassing, pleading apology: I want to sincerely apologize to the Plano Muslim Community for the unintentional hurt I caused by reposting something on my personal Facebook page that wrongfully implied I am anti-Muslim This has not, of course, mollified those who want him to resign. But amid all his cringe-making groveling, []


Thousands of Israeli Protesters Call for Benjamin Netanyahu to Step Down "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Protesters Netanyahu(MEMO)  Israeli protesters gathered in Tel Aviv today to urge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign after police recommended he be charged with bribery in two corruption cases. Police said on Tuesday enough evidence had been found for Netanyahu to be charged, saddling the four-term premier with one of the biggest challenges to his long dominance []


Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held without trial or charge launch boycott of Israeli courts "IndyWatch Feed War"

BETHLEHEM Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention Israels widely condemned policy of detention without charge or trial launched an open-ended boycott of Israeli courts on Thursday.

The 450 administrative detainees released a joint statement announcing the boycott, saying the core of resisting administrative detention policy comes from boycotting this Israeli legal system.

We put our faith and trust in our people, their power and institutions, and in the civil society which will not leave us alone in this fight, the statement said, adding that this is a national patriotic act that should not be violated by any individual or institution.

The prisoners also called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to make a submission to international criminal court on the issue of administrative detention as soon as possible.

Administrative detention allows for a detainee to be sentenced for up to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence. The practice is used almost exclusively against Palestinians.

Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns.

Rights groups, however, have disputed these claims, saying instead that the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence to justify their imprisonment.

According to rights groups, the policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.

Charade of Justice

Among the 450 administrative detainees are three women, one minor, and seven politicians, with two more expected to receive administrative detention orders, according to Dawoud Yusef, advocacy coordinator for prisoners rights group Addameer.

Yusef told Mondoweiss that from the get go, the boycott has had the support of lawyers from organizations like Addameer, with other organizations expected to follow suit.

Essentially, lawyers and clients will simply stop turning up to their slated hearings. If the occupations forces clients to attend by force, they will simply remain silent and not participate at all, Yusef told Mondoweiss.

The goal of the boycott, according to Yusef, is twofold: Firstly, the prisoners are seeking to end completely the utilisation of this policy. Not only is the Israeli practice in violation of international law, it constitutes cruel and unusual treatment.

Secondly, the prisoners want to make clear the arbitrary nature of this process. The whole machine will keep spinning, with...


Escalation in Syria how far can the Russians be pushed? "IndyWatch Feed War"

[This analysis was written for the Unz Review] Events in Syria have recently clearly taken a turn for the worse and there is an increasing amount of evidence that the


Video: Susiya calls for greater international solidarity to stop demolitions following Israeli high court decision "IndyWatch Feed War"

On the top of the hill, at the edge of the village, Najah Moukhanam is looking with melancholy at her almond trees and blooming flowers that she planted. Her garden and tent can be destroyed at any time by the Israeli army. I am tired. My body, my heart and my mind are tired, Moukhanam told Mondoweiss. Its impossible that they demolish and I leave my homeland, because if I left they will take it. [So] they demolish and I build again, I will put in all my effort and stay in this land.

The inhabitants of Susiya are farmers, or so called fellahin in Arabic. In 1986, they were expelled from their village in the south Hebron Hills of the West Bank when it was declared an archaeological site by Israel. They were forced to settle a hundred meters away in tents on their farmland. Considered illegal by the Israeli state, the village of 350 residents and 107 structures including 32 houses has been dismantled several times and is constantly under demolition threat, though this has made the village a symbol of steadfastness.

Susiya has been engaged in a legal fight since 2012. The villagers, with the support of Haqel: In Defense of Human Rights, an Israeli/Palestinian interfaith human rights NGO, commissioned a master plan to legalize the village, which has been rejected several times by the Israeli authorities.

Adena Ben-Reuven Co-Director of Haqel said villagers build illegal structures due to Israeli building permits being impossible for Palestinians to obtain. They continue to build for humanitarian need, such as the extension of family or repaires needed following damage sustained from harsh weather conditions. Yes its true that they are building illegally, but its for basic humanitarian needs, they are not building a villa, Adena Ben-Reuven told Mondoweiss.

On the 5th of February, the Israeli High Court of Justice decided that seven structures out of the 15 under demolition threat could be demolished without delay by the Civil Administration. The court also determined the village medical clinic must not be demolished until July, stating that weight needs to be given to humanitarian considerations in applying laws of building and planning. We have some victory here, before this decision, the army wanted to demolish everything, Susiya spokesperson Nasser Nawajah told Mondoweiss.

But these seven structures are home to 42 residents of the village, of which half are children. As stated in a press release by Haqel; The court took the decision despite the fact that there are no alternative living arrangements or basic...


Macron puts army general in charge of national service "IndyWatch Feed War"


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French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the AlbOru cultural centre in Bastia, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Reuters

By Sophie Louet

PARIS (Reuters) Emmanuel Macron has placed an army general who led U.N. operations in Mali in charge of rolling out mandatory national service, sources said, a sign of the French presidents desire to stamp the militarys mark on the exercise.

Macron, Frances first post-war president not to complete military service, bills national service as a way to foster patriotism and heal social divisions by bringing together youngsters from rural areas, wealthy cities and gritty suburbs.

But his plans have irritated the army, which is already stretched fighting Islamist militants in Africa and the Middle East as well as combating home-grown jihadists.

The president wants it to have a military feel and its exactly that which is causing problems, said one lawmaker from Macrons Republic on the Move party who is familiar with the planning.

Emmanuel Macron veut un service national obligatoire dune dure de trois six mois. | Archives Ouest-France

The lawmaker and a military source said Macron had picked Brigadier General Daniel Menaouine, who commanded U.N. peacekeepers in Mali and served as chief of staff to Frances top land army general from 2010-2014.

Military officers privately express concerns about both the cos...


Belgium: Muslim couple beat up their four children because they were too Western "IndyWatch Feed War"

What are the chances that this couple and their children will assimilate, adopt Western values, and become loyal, stable, productive members of Belgian society? Right, there is no chance of that whatsoever. And how many more Muslim migrants are there just like this couple in Belgium already, with many more on the way? []


Palestinian mental health professionals in Israel say international conference should not be held in Tel Aviv "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last summer, three mental health clinicians in the USA joined together to launch an organization, the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network, dedicated to publicizing the impact of the Israeli occupation on the well-being of the people of Palestine. As mental health workers, we aim to make known the pervasive psychological damage inflicted by Israeldirectly through means such as extrajudicial assassinations, torture of detainees, house demolitions, and nighttime raids upon homes as well as indirectly through the strangle-hold control of the Palestinian economy, resources, and historical narrative. Our organization is co-sponsoring trips to Palestine to acquaint small groups of American mental health workers with professional colleagues living there and have listed on our website a large body of helpful resources such as books, articles, organizations, and websites devoted to the impact of the occupation on Palestine.

In December 2017, we became aware that a professional organization, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP), had made a plan to hold its 2019 international conference in Israel. With a colleague in East Jerusalem, the psychiatrist Samah Jabr MD, the three founders of the USA-P MHN co-authored a letter directed to IARPPs Board of Directors, asking them to reconsider their choice of site for this conference. They refused, and an exchange of letters ensued. The four co-signers then distributed our initial letter of protest as a petition, gathering over 1000 signatures from mental health workers internationally.

In addition, a group of Palestinian mental health workers who are citizens of Israel have written a separate Statement  in support of the protest. We understand that other groups of mental health workers are also in the process of gathering signatures on their own statements in support of the protest, available very soon. All of these events and the various letters and petitions are featured on our website and the website of our sibling organization, the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network, as Recent Posts. Throughout, we have been supported in our work by the UK-P MHN and by the organization Jewish Voice for Peace, which has provided to us the technical platform for the petition.

Here is our website and below is the statement from Palestinian mental health workers in Israel.

February 6 2018

Dear IARPP Board Members,

We, the undersigned, are Palestinian mental health profession...


Weekend long read "IndyWatch Feed War"

1) MEMRI provides a translation of an article appearing on a pro-Hizballah website.

A February 9, 2018 article on the pro-Hizbullah Lebanese website Dahiya claims that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad recently rejected an Israeli demand, relayed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, to remove some 70,000 Iranian long-range missiles that Hizbullah has deployed throughout Syria and are aimed at Israel. The article claimed further that Syria and Hizbullah will wage a joint missile campaign against Israel, and that Iranian experts are ready to launch missiles at Israel from every part of Lebanon and Syria. According to the article, Assad has instructed his army to help Hizbullah construct and camouflage missile silos across the country; moreover, intense activity is underway to bring more Iranian missiles to Syria via Iraq, so that within a year Hizbullah will have 500,000 missiles in Syria, in addition to the ones it has already deployed in Lebanon.

2) Writing at the JNS, Yaakov Lappin discusses Hizballahs influence on the Lebanese military.



Europe must be able to stand alone on defence: Paris/Berlin "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | France has announced plans to bolster its defence spending, earmarking nearly 300 billion euros ($370 billion) of investments by 2025

MUNICH (GERMANY) (AFP)  EU countries need to ensure they have the strategic autonomy to respond to security threats, even while bolstering commitments to the NATO pact, the French and German defence ministers said Friday.

When we are threatened in our own neighbourhood, particularly to the south, we have to be able to respond, even when the United States or the (NATO) alliance would like to be less implicated, French defence chief Florence Parly said in Munich.

To achieve that, we need strategic autonomy, Parly told the Munich Security Conference, alongside her German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen.

The EU announced in December a permanent structured cooperation on defence agreement, known as PESCO, aimed at developing new military equipment and improving cooperation and decision-making.

And French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a European Intervention Initiative (EII) that would let individual nations band together for operations outside of existing EU or NATO structures.

In particular, Paris feels it is bearing the brunt of efforts to stabilise Mali, Niger and other Sahel nations in Africa from jihadist groups that could attempt to strike Europe.

That has prompted warnings from NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg that the EU must not undermine the alliance.

But Parly said EU nations must be ready to act without asking the United States to come to our aid, without asking them to divert their ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities or their supply craft from other missions.

Forget about the routine worries of those who try to say its either the EU or NATO: Its a false debate, she said.

Von der Leyen agreed that building up Europes military autonomy was compatible with shoring up the NATO alliance, adding that the goal was to stay trans-Atlantic.

It is about a Europe that can also add more weight militarily so that it can be more autonomous and carry more responsibility also within NATO, she said.

France in particular has announced plans to bolster its defence spending, earmarking nearly 300 billion euros ($370 billion) of investments by 2025.

That would take the defence budg...


Utah: American flag destroyed, replaced with Islamic State flag at high school "IndyWatch Feed War"

Images of the ISIS flag were then sent to the FBI for analysis. Considering that the FBI wouldnt know jihad terrorism from a hole in the ground, that isnt exactly reassuring. [B]ased on information we received from the FBI we do not believe this act was perpetrated by someone linked to the Islamic State, Hurricane []


Decades-long battle continues, as Susiya braces for more Israeli demolitions "IndyWatch Feed War"


The latest demolition order has been handed down to the residents of Susiya, who have been embroiled in legal battles for decades


Korean Olympic Diplomacy Moves Forward Despite U.S. Intransigence "IndyWatch Feed War"

By many accounts, the Koreans North and South have prevailed over the disruptive desires of the United States, coming together in a series of very public actions, clearly meant to turn down the political heat generated by President Donald Trump and the U.S. pressure for military action. This pressure can be seen as a continuation of President Barack Obamas Asia Pivot, a policy that called for full U.S. dominance in the region, including by containing China and the new emerging regional powers through a set of expansive, coordinated, and aggressive military alliances with Japan and other Pacific Rim countries.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Uns sister Kim Yo Jong as they watch a concert by Pyongyangs Samjiyon Orchestra at a national theater in Seoul on February 11, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

The high-profile actions taken by the North and the South both acting independently of Washington left U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pouting and twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines during some very effective international diplomacy. In this regard, there does indeed seem to be a new and genuine desire on the part of the president of South Korea to forge a more peaceful and cooperative relationship with the North, even though U.S. officials and commentators seem to be dead set against it, portraying the warming relations between North and South as an attempt by the North to subvert the long and close relationship with the South.

In congressional hearings this week, the moves toward North-South de-escalation were dismissed by a leading Republican, Sen. James Risch of Idaho, as a smile campaign.

The South Korean people seem to have been charmed to some degree, some of them seem to have been captivated by it, Risch fretted.

Meanwhile, on the media front, CBS reported that its rival network NBC was forced to fire one of its Olympic analysts after he inexplicably said Koreans are grateful for Japans role in their economic development while ignoring the one-time imperial powers brutalization of the peninsula.

I spoke to writer and regional expert, K.J. Noh, about the Olympics and the big-power politics swirling around the Olympic Games in Seoul. Noh is a special correspondent for Flashpoin...


Hardly Anyone at All Is Reporting Their Bitcoin Gains to the IRS "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bitcoin IRS(TMU)  According to a recent study from Credit Karma Tax, a very small percentage of the people who own cryptocurrency are actually reporting it to the IRS. Fewer than 100 of 250,000 federal tax returns prepared and filed so far this year through the company have reported cryptocurrency gains and losses, Credit Karma told CNBC on Tuesday. Generally, []


Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, February 17, 2018 If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted Then light shall rise for you in the darkness. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Lectionary: 222


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Art: Walk With Me by Greg Olsen

Reading 1 IS 58:9B-14

Thus says the LORD:
If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the LORD will guide you always
and give you plenty even on the parched land.
He will renew your strength,
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring whose water never fails.
The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,
and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;
Repairer of the breach, they shall call you,
Restorer of ruined homesteads.If you hold back your foot on the sabbath
from following your own pursuits on my holy day;
If you call the sabbath a delight,
and the LORDs holy day honorable;
If you honor it by not following your ways,
seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice
Then you shall delight in the LORD,
and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (11ab) Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
for I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God.
R. Teach me your way, O Lord,...


Extracting a legacy of Black, Southern organizing for Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

In 1967 the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), arguably one of the most influential organizing groups in the South in the 1960s, published a two-page pamphlet titled Third World Round-up: The Palestine Problem: Test Your Knowledge. The short yet controversial pamphlet included 32 facts about Israels June 1967 war and described Israel as a colonial state backed by U.S. imperialism, and Palestinians as victims of racial subjugation, as writer Robin D.G. Kelley puts it in his 2014 essay Another Freedom Summer.

In the aforementioned essay, Kelley describes how the conditions of Mississippis 1964 Freedom Summer, a statewide and summer-long campaign aimed at registering as many disenfranchised Black people to vote as possible, played a monumental role in creating a paradigm shift among how Black organizers saw their position in world politics, including the Israel-Palestine conflict. SNCCs experiences in Mississippi would have a profound effect on the way many activists viewed the rest of the world, Kelley states, referring to the violent, racist repression that was the response to the Freedom Summer campaigns that spread across the state and included dozens of church bombings, over 100 beatings and shootings, and many were left dead, fired, evicted, and thrown off their welfare rolls for attempting to register to vote.

A SNCC newsletter from 1967

What emerges three years after the June 1967 war, with that small two-page pamphlet setting the stage in many ways as Kelley suggests, is then SNCC Chairman Kwame Tures leading of the organizing into becoming a large hub of support to the anti-Zionist movement in the Southern U.S. What was once a longstanding tradition of Black intellectuals and activists identifying with Zionism as a movement for self-determination, most notably Marcus Garveys Black Zionism movement, gave way to a radical critique of Zionism as a form of settler colonialism akin to American racism and South African apartheid.

It is in this vein t...


Paris suburb becomes jihadi breeding ground and recruitment zone for the Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed War"

Once branded a no-go zone by authorities, the Paris suburb of Trappes has gone beyond that to become a recruiting ground for Islamic State.a breeding ground for jihadists..largely immune to French laws..where hardline Salafism and Wahhabism are widely practiced. Integration is a useless venture to Islamic supremacists who view France (and other Western nations) as []


Preparing the hearts how the Temple Mount movement works towards their goal of building the Third Temple over the ruins of Al Aqsa "IndyWatch Feed War"

After failing to blow up the Dome of the Rock in 1984, Yehuda Etzion of the Jewish Underground messianic terrorist group realized his mistake while in prison.

Their plan to destroy the abomination, was appropriate; the only problem was that they acted ahead of their time, Etzion argued.

The generation was not ready, Etzion wrote in a letter while incarcerated.

Once out of prison Etzion established the Chai Vekayam (Alive and Existing) movement, which believes in shaping public opinion as a prerequisite for building a Third Temple in the religious complex in Jerusalems Old City where Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are located, otherwise known as the Noble Sanctuary. In addition to housing Islams third most holiest site in the world, the compound is also one of Judaisms most sacred sites and the desired location for the Third Temple.

According to messianic belief, building the Third Temple at the Al Aqsa compoundwhere the First and Second temples stood some 2,000 years agowould usher the coming of the Messiah.   

In his prison letter he explained, destroying the Dome of the Rock could be part of the plan,

We must build a new force that grows very slowly, moving its educational and social activity into a new leadership. Of course I cannot predict whether the Dome of the Rock will be removed from the Mount while the new body is developing or after it actually leads the people, but the clear fact is that the Mount will be purified [from Islamic shrines] with certainty

Three decades later, the process of preparing the hearts that precedes the practical stage of removing the Dome of the Rock is now underway in full force, noted Israeli NGO Ir Amim in their 2013 report, Dangerous Liaison.

Since then dozens of organizations have formed with the goal of promoting temple awareness- raising awareness about the Third Temples importance and its construction. In 2013 Ir Amim...


Raymond Ibrahim: The Hate Behind Muslim Tears and Outrage "IndyWatch Feed War"

A sense of supremacism permeates everything in the Muslim supremacists life even those things that Western media portray as laudable, humanitarian, or understandable. Consider the rape and strangulation of Zainab Ansari, an eight-year-old Muslim girl whose mangled body was found in a dump last January in Pakistan. The tragic incident sparked mass outrage in []


Olympic Games Make US Regime Paranoid and Unpredictable "IndyWatch Feed War"

Despite all the efforts of a paranoid and unpredictable US regime, the Koreans are making peace not war during the 2018 Winter Olympics. The US is furious and pulling out all the stops to tarnish the Games, and it is trying to put South Korea back on the US colonial leash. South Korea's democratically elected peace-president Moon Jae-in is showing signs that he is not an America poodle on a short leash.


Aden hitmen pick off Yemen president's supporters, one by one "IndyWatch Feed War"


Shawqi Kamadi this week became the latest pro-Hadi preacher killed on the streets of Aden. Many are pointing the finger at the UAE


Sweden: Pro-Sharia advocate of polygamy and wife-beating gets green light to open Islamic school "IndyWatch Feed War"

After protracted deliberations, the Islamic School Foundation has been ultimately granted the right to open a contested Muslim free school in the city of Bors. The project was driven by Abdirizak Waberi, a former Conservative politician of Somali descent, who has been open about his views supporting polygamy and wife-beating. So Sharia values will form []


Liz Sly of the Post "IndyWatch Feed War"

Liz Sly (who blocked me on Twitter) is by far one of the worst Western correspondents to cover the Middle East. By far.  Look at this article: she assembled three experts to talk about Syria: one is an Israeli, one is far right-Lebanese, and the 3rd is GCC think tank type. Not one person of the other side. Also notice, that while Israel admits that it raised and bombed Syria more than 100 times, Sly insists that Israel is merely watching developments in Syria with great alarm but not interfering at all.  Sly has eliminated the thin line separating some Western correspondents from Western propagandists.


Head of Irans al Quds Force threatens to wipe out Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the extraterritorial wing of the Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), threatened Thursday to wipe out the State of Israel on the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh. Although Soleimani presents his threat as if it is a call to avenge the []


Why Tunisia landed on the EU's tax haven blacklist - and how it got off "IndyWatch Feed War"


Tunisian minister says secretive EU group listed country on blacklist because a letter came in after office hours on day of deadline


Glazov Moment: Joy Behar Mocks Jesus (But Not Mohammed) "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this new edition of the Jamie Glazov Moment, Jamie focuses on Joy Behar Mocks Jesus (But Not Mohammed), reflecting on where cowardice, hatred and darkness meet. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate through our Pay Pal account to help The Glazov Gang []


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UN: Over 10,000 Afghan Civilian Casualties in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Afghan Civilian Casualties(ANTIWAR.COM)  The UN has offered their official accounting of Afghan civilian casualties in 2017 on Thursday, with more than 10,000 casualties including 3,438 killed, and 7,015 wounded. The overall toll was 9% lower than the previous year. The decrease was mostly the result of fewer civilian deaths in the course of ground combat, likely because the fighting []


New York Teamsters Become A Sanctuary Union "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trump is selling his proposal to dramatically cut immigration to the US as a necessary protection for the blue-collar workers of the US. Fewer immigrants would mean higher wages for American workers, and more opportunities for them to flourish, White House officials told reporters during a Feb. 14 call about the presidents plan. At least 120,000 workers are not buying that argument. Teamsters Joint Council 16, a union that represents workers in New York City and surrounding areas, has declared itself a sanctuary union to protect its undocumented members. Like some of the cities and states that have implemented sanctuary policies, it is refusing to cooperate with federal officials attempting to deport them, and will not collect any information that could be used for that purpose.


Close The Forever Prison At Guantanamo "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was with heavy hearts that we, as members of Witness Against Torture, listened to Trumps State of the Union address Tuesday evening. We heard him attempt to stoke fear in his listeners with wave after wave of references to terrorists and criminals. He began by linking terror to illegal immigrants, border walls, chain migration, and visa lotteries, before moving on to ISIS, Al Qaida, rogue regimes, unlawful enemy combatants and more. By the time he mentioned the prison at Guantanamo, he had already clearly connected the foreigner and the immigrant with the idea of danger in his listeners minds. He had already skillfully set the stage when he announced his executive order to keep open the detention facilities at Guantnamo Bay. In Guantanamo, he reassured his listeners, we would have all necessary power to detain terrorists wherever we chase them down.


Texas High Schoolers Walk Out To Protest ICE Detaining Of Student "IndyWatch Feed War"

HOUSTON, TX Dozens of high schoolers in Houston walked out of class on Wednesday in support of a classmate who was living in the United States illegally and was detained by federal immigration authorities following a fight at school. Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a 19-year-old student at Stephen F. Austin Senior High School in the Greater Eastwood neighborhood, was arrested on Jan. 30 on a charge he assaulted a student. Court documents allege Rivera-Sarmiento struck a female in the head with his fist, KTRK-TV reported. But the immigrant advocacy organization United We Dream says Rivera-Sarmiento was defending himself against bullies who were making fun of him over his immigration status. The group says the bullies even threw bottles at him.


Netanyahu is in trouble, but who will replace him? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The unfortunate truth is that no Israeli political leader - nor the electorate at large - is willing to take any risks for peace


Robert Steele in Tehran Times: Zionists Control US National Security, New Nuclear Policy is About Spending Billions (Stealing from the Poor, Giving to the Rich) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Steele, Robert with Javad Heirannia. Zionists control U.S. national security policy: ex-CIA officer, Tehran Times, February 13, 2018.

I am a patriot, true to the US Constitution. The truth at any cost lowers all other costs. The Zionists own the Congress as well as the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security as well as Treasury and Commerce. The US Government is, generally speaking, in enemy hands. That is the truth.  Deal with it.

The absolute first step in cleansing the US Government is the elimination of the Zionist parasite. The Vatican (which should lose its diplomatic status), the Federal Reserve (which should be nationalized), the Rothschilds (who are seeking an exit strategy) are all secondary. Eliminating Zionist influence over US national security policy and eliminating Zionist blackmail of Members of Congress and eliminating Zionist electronic espionage advantages across both US Government and US commercial networks is Priority One.

See Especially:

Robert David Steele

See Also:

Steele, Robert, Zionism in America Steven Strikes & Counting, Veterans Today, 14 December 2017.

Steele, Robert, War in the Middle East, A strategic survey of possibilities, winners, losers, Veterans Today, November 18, 2017.



ADAPT Condemns The Passing Of HR 620 Bill In The House "IndyWatch Feed War"

Today, 59 million Americans with disabilities witnessed the U.S House of Representatives torpedo their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. HR620 was passed, and civil rights of disabled and older Americans went down in defeat. Over 27 years after passage of the worlds first comprehensive civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability the business-backed House of the people chose profits over people. The House decided that the burden of getting justice for discrimination against people with disabilities lies with the victim. Where is the justice in that? Even though more than 500 disability organizations sent letters to Congress opposing the bill, the Representatives who voted for the bill decided that the people with disabilities are second class citizens whose rights do not matter.


University Of Nebraska Faces Growing Calls To Expel Violent Neo-Nazi Dan Kleve "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lincoln, NE Administrators at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) are facing mounting criticism over their choice to ignore safety issues posed by 23-year-old biochemistry major Dan Kleve. Anti-racists have been calling for Kleves expulsion from UNL since last summer, when images of him surfaced after the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville. Public pressure on administrators has been building again after the recent release of a video from a Google Hangouts session in which Dan Kleve describes himself as the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area and says I want to be violentreally violent. A similar video shows Kleve discussing his desire to murder a black man who asked him about his pagan tattoos. Kleves former roommate recently told Newsweek that the young man would keep an assault rifle in plain view and discussed wanting to kill black people...


Henry Makow: Feminism Created by US Communist Party/Cabal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Feminism Was Created by the US Communist Party

For newbies, I am reposting this key article, a review of Kate Wiegands Red Feminism: Communism and the Making of Womens Liberation (2002) as a reminder that the  transformation of society in our lifetime was quite literally Communist-inspired. Communism, in turn, was a creation of the Masonic Jewish world banking cartel that controls all other corporate cartels and seeks to impose its satanic tyranny on mankind. The essence of Communism (Cabalism, Freemasonry) is that humans do not have a soul or there is no God (moral order or spiritual purpose in creation.) The Cabalist is God and inverts reality so his material interests and perversions are paramount.

Recommended! Read full post.


Why Were Underestimating American Collapse "IndyWatch Feed War"

February 15, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - You might say, having read some of my recent essays, Umair! Dont worry! Everything will be fine! Its not that bad! I would look at you politely, and then say gently, To tell you the truth, I dont think were taking collapse nearly seriously enough. Why? When we take a hard look at US collapse, we see a number of social pathologies on the rise. Not just any kind. Not even troubling, worrying, and dangerous ones. But strange and bizarre ones. Unique ones. Singular and gruesomely weird ones Ive never really seen before, and outside of a dystopia written by Dickens and Orwell, nor have you, and neither has history. They suggest that whatever numbers we use to represent decline shrinking real incomes, inequality, and so on we are in fact grossly underestimating what pundits call the human toll...


America's new nightmare: The deadly alliance of Islamophobia and gun culture "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Valentine's Day school massacre has all the hallmarks of a new type of killer, with a love of guns, and motivated by the ideology of white supremacy and hatred of Muslims


Berto Jongman: Pentagon Plans $500M for Guantanamo UPDATE 1: Deep State Use? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Trumps Pentagon wants to spend almost $500 million on Guantnamo construction

Phi Beta Iota: Criminal insanity is alive and well under the leadership of Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The Pentagon consumes 60% of our disposable budget, is 50% waste, and cannot win wars.  Say what?

On a positive note:


Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: I am acutely aware of the claims that this money is to prepare for the possibility of Deep State prisoners 13,000 of them. If that is even remotely true, it is also criminally insane. Guantanamo needs to be turned over to Cuba as soon as possible and the promise to close Guantanamo honored. If indeed we are to have 13,000 Deep State prisoners, they need to be put somewhere such as Fort Leavenworth, and be accessible and visible within the USA. Spending a half billion dollars on Guantanamo is a bad decision that is out of touch with reality and the future.


The Army Of The EU "IndyWatch Feed War"

The current president of the European Commission wants it. So did his predecessors. And now the whole EU is taking steps towards the creation of a unified European military, along with unified defence research. Since our vote to Leave, the EU establishment has moved rapidly towards setting up an EU army with a single central command, without any national, democratic controls. Given the EUs aggression in the past look at Kosovo, Ukraine, and the bellicose stance against Russia this is a dangerous development. It would give the EU, acting as a bloc, a free hand to beat the drums of war where it chooses in the world. Our governments act aggressively too, of course. But they are subject to control by the people, when we choose to exercise it. Brexit should bring increasing awareness and exercise of our power to do so.


Johan Galtung: 15 Cases of Constructive versus Destructive US Foreign Policies "IndyWatch Feed War"

15 Cases: Constructive vs Destructive U.S. Foreign Policies

The right column is sadly familiar; add more recent cases. The left column also carries an element of sadness but nothing really radical; more like common sense that could easily be translated into political practice. A theory is something tested along its edges (Quine); what you deduce from the theoryand to me the key edgeis its action-consequences.

Read full posts with table.


Scholars For Social Justice Launches With 100+ Members "IndyWatch Feed War"

Scholars for Social Justice (SSJ) is a new formation of progressive scholars committed to promoting and fighting for a political agenda that insists on justice for all, especially those most vulnerable. We are clearly living in dangerous times with the election of Donald Trump and the empowerment of a set of rabidly right wing and racist forces. Trump, Pence and the Republicans have made it clear that not only will they usher in a radically conservative policy agenda threatening any incremental advances won under the Obama presidency, but more fundamentally reactionary right-wing supporters will directly target the rights, status and lives of people of color, Muslims, women, immigrants, LGBT communities, the poor, indigenous and differently-abled and all who have been forced to live on the margins in this country.


Myths About Teachers: We Need More Police In Our Public Schools "IndyWatch Feed War"

Public schools are plagued by gangs and ghting, assault and battery, drug dealing, and other criminal behavior, including, in extreme instances, actual shoot-outs between students. All of these hard realities demand an active and alert police presence to maintain safety, order, and discipline. Schools must be safe havens for all kids, as well as for all school personnel. The good kids who want to learn and feel secure must be shielded from the actions of a minority of bad kids who get no discipline at home and have no respect for their classmates, the teacher, or learning itself. Suspending kids for bad behavior and sending them home may have made sense decades ago, but its no longer an adequate control: too often parents dont believe in strong management and probably arent home anyway because the mother may be working two jobs, and in many cases the father isnt home because he has left or is in prison.


Turkish court sentences six journalists to life, frees another pending trial "IndyWatch Feed War"


Deniz Yucel still faces up to 18 years in jail as Berlin says it has not agreed to 'dirty deals or other arrangements' to secure the release


Wall Street: Bullish Mood Returns as Investors Shrug Off Big Price Swings "IndyWatch Feed War"

For many, the rout eased their concerns that valuations were getting too high

Feb. 16, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

U.S. stocks, emerging markets and other risky investments are rallying again after last weeks big declines, a sign that bullish sentiment remains intact despite the volatility of the past two weeks.

U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday for the fifth consecutive session. The S&P 500 has now recovered more than half the losses that sent it into correction territory last week, when the broad index suffered declines of more than 10% from its January peak. For the year, the index is up 2.2%.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is also up more than 5% from its recent low, oil prices have edged higher, and copper is back near the roughly four-year high it reached in December. Even the price of bitcoin has come roaring back. The cryptocurrency was recently trading at $9,875.51, about 43% higher than its recent low on Feb. 5, according to CoinDesk.

The markets sudden resurgence is giving many investors whiplash as they try to make sense of the wild price moves that have left many confused.

If youve been a bull its pretty good, and if youre bearish, youre starting to question your thinking, said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at research firm Leuthold Group. If you go back five days ago, it would be just the opposite.

For some, this weeks rebound makes sense. The rout reflected concerns that valuations were getting too high, and the sudden spike in...


Florida Shooters JROTC Took NRA Money, Excelled At Marksmanship "IndyWatch Feed War"

Whether the latest school shooters participation in a JROTC program that took NRA money and trained in marksmanship contributed to the shooting or not, it is symptomatic of a culture in which many schools are forgetting that The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Is Not a Substitute for Education. The worst kept secret in our gun-mad and war-mad culture is that U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans. Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer. Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say)...


UK to push EU for City of Londons favored Brexit plan "IndyWatch Feed War"


A European Union flag in front of the Elizabeth Tower

LONDON (Reuters) Britains government is ready to push for the kind of Brexit plan for financial services that the City of London has long favored, but which has already run into opposition in Brussels, two government officials said on Friday.

London is expected to signal in the next few weeks that it wants a mutual recognition system to regulate financial services after Brexit, in the hope of preventing a hit to the City of Londons access to the bloc, they said.

It is obviously in everyones interest to not just totally turn on its head the pan-European banking system, one of the officials said. Everyone has a lot to lose from this if we cant get a deal.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has previously said Britain and the EU should adopt a system of mutual recognition or run the risk of a hit to financial services across Europe.

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

With little more than a year to go before Brexit, many banks have begun activating contingency plans to move some operations out of the country.

Frustrated that there was little sign of how Britains government intended to protect the industry, London bankers came up with their own plan to the keep the single market open by Britain pledging to honor global standards.

But Brussels has rejected that industry proposal, meaning Londons bankers may have to rely instead on what is known as the equivalence system for regulation.

That legal mechanism allows countries from outside the EU to access the single market in limited circumstances. Access is patchy and can be revoked at short notice.

The government officials said that the mutual recognition plan was still favored by London because it would retain access for firms based in Britain to the EUs single market while allowing some flexibility from EU rules.

The announcement could also ease the concerns in the finance industry that the government does not have a plan for the sector, the officials said.

One of the government officials said there were reasons to believe that Britains f...


China New Year (Year of the Dog) Starts Quietly Firecrackers, fireworks banned in the name of lessening air pollution "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | A man prays with incense sticks to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which has had an unusually subdued start in Beijing
BEIJING (AFP)  Beijing began the Year of the Dog Friday with eerily silent streets, as the usual thunderous bursts of firecrackers and fireworks were silenced by a strict ban that sacrifices tradition in the name of an anti-pollution campaign.Overnight, police patrolled deserted neighbourhoods in the Chinese capital normally abuzz with excitement as the country welcomes the arrival of the Lunar New Year.

I never imagined it would be this quiet! Its usually packed, said a Beijing resident surnamed Wang who had been out in the city centre following a traditional New Years Eve family dinner.

A migrant worker from neighbouring Hebei province surnamed Zhu said that without the firecrackers, the magic of the New Year is gone.

The low-key celebrations were in stark contrast to previous years, when the streets were crammed with Beijingers setting off firecrackers and the sky was lit by near-constant firework displays, unleashing a deafening thunder until dawn.

But the tradition, conceived as a way to ward off evil spirits, has this year been targeted by authorities anxious to lower winter pollution levels.

Some 440 Chinese cities have banned the use of firecrackers and fireworks which are also set off during weddings or when moving house since last year. Beijing introduced a ban in December.

Like all Beijingers, I have been lighting firecrackers since I was a child. But times have changed () air quality is what matters most to people now, said a man who gave his surname as Zhang.

The government has launched a huge campaign to reduce pollution during the winter, ordering polluting factories to leave Beijing and its surroundings, and designating no-coal zones where more than three million homes have abruptly switched to gas or electric heating.

In 2017, the level of PM2.5 particles which penetrate deep into the lungs in Beijing over the New Year was 26 times higher than the level recommended by the World Health Organisation.

But on Friday the sky was a brilliant blue.

It (the ban) is a good thing, given the disastrous state of the environment, said Xi, a young student, before adding: Even if it deprives us of a little pleasure.

Peace and quiet

Safety i...


Dutch Lies Over Putin's "Aggression" Expose NATO War Agenda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dutch Lies Over Putin's "Aggression" Expose NATO War Agenda



US Buys More Bombs to Target Nuclear Weapons Stored Underground "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 14.02.2018 The US just ordered a lot more of the bombs tailored for missions of reaching and destroying our adversaries weapons of mass destruction located in well-protected facilities, scenarios that call to mind potential military foes like Iran or North Korea. The Pentagon is paying Boeing for about $21 million worth of Massive []


Notorious israeli settlers attempt to kidnap Palestinian children "IndyWatch Feed War"

Notorious Israeli settlers attempt to kidnap Palestinian children Settlers from Yitzhar are notoriously hardline and violent [Getty] Israeli settlers from the fanatical Yitzhar settlement allegedly attempted to kidnap two Palestinian children as they raided the nearby village of Madma. from The New Arab Palestinian villagers thwarted an attempt by Israeli settlers  to kidnap two Palestinian []


Israel is hanging on to its illegal occupation of the Golan "IndyWatch Feed War"

On 6 February 2018, Israel bombed a Syrian Military Research Centre at Jamraya near Damascus . The justification the Israeli army used for this operation: the important aim of destroying a centre of research on chemical weapons. This rhetoric has been rejected by the US Defense Secretary, General Jim Mattis, who declared to a journalist from Newsweek that there was absolutely no evidence that Syria had ever used chemical weapons . In actual fact, the centre at Jamaraya was home to (...)


A referendum in Iran to repeal the office of the Guide of the Revolution? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Islamic Republic of Iran has just celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Revolution. Once again, through out Iran, millions of Iranians have descended onto the streets to demonstrate their support for the anti-imperialist ideals of Imam Khomeiny. The Iranian President, Hassan Rohani, for his part, has called for unity after a wave of protests challenging him in January. He has notably called for respect for ethnic and religious minorities some of which are fully involved in these (...)


#Hannover: According to the Cops Chanting Freedom for #calan! is a Crime in #Germany "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Germany police forces again repressed demonstrations of the Kurdish movement. Many people took the streets in several German cities yesterday to protest for the freedom of Abdullah calan (who was captured on February 15, 1999) and in solidarity with Afrin. Cops in Hannover banned chants, banners and flags.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle. Image and videos by ANF News.

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

Read all the reports by Riot Turtle; here.

Afrin: German Police Attacked Right of Assembly Again

In Germany cops again repressed demonstrations of the Kurdish movement. Many people took the streets in several German cities yesterday to protest for the freedom of Abdullah calan (who was captured on February 15, 1999) and in solidarity with Afrin. Cops in Hannover banned chants, banners and flags.

Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim is in Germany at the moment and visited Angela Merkel yesterday. The Turkish prime minister praised the German ban policies on Kurdish demonstrations during his flight to Germany.  Today Yildirim will attend at the security conference SiKo in Munich (tweet below). 


Nikki Haleys Big Lies on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nikki Haleys Big Lies on Syria by Stephen Lendman ( Home Stephen Lendman) US ambassadors notoriously lie for their country. Haley does it repeatedly, again during a Wednesday Security Council session on Syria a beginning-to-end recitation of Big Lies fooling no one. Haley: Earlier this week, Iranian-backed militias in southern Syria launched []


Hundreds hold vigil for victims of Florida school shooting "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Exacerbation of Tensions in Syria: Who Stands to Gain? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The illegal presence of the US in Syria has become more complicated and fraught with many dangers. The need to fight the Islamic State became a flimsy pretext after the jihadist groups defeat. Now the alleged threat coming from Iran is being used to justify US military operations in a faraway country.


Israelis Give Mike Mike Huckabee A Lesson in Gun Control and Security After Florida School Mass Shooting "IndyWatch Feed War"


The contributor to Fox News tweeted that Israel pretty much eliminated shootings by training people to find not the weapon, but a person with intent

Arkansas Governor, and former presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee visits a settlement in east Jerusalem on August 17, 2009 as part of his tip to the Holy Land. Huckabees views on Israeli Policy Conflict with Presidents Obamas.
Arkansas Governor, and former presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee visits a settlement in east Jerusalem on August 17, 2009Maya Levin, Jini

Mike Huckabee, formerly the governor of Arkansas, got a lesson in Israeli gun laws Wednesday after claiming in a tweet that armed Israelis frequently put an end to attacks, following Florida high school shooting, in which at least 17 students were killed.

Huckabee, currently a contributor to Fox News and once....


US Defense Secretary, General Mattis, acknowledges that Syria had never used chemical weapons "IndyWatch Feed War"

General Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense, declared that he did not have any proof that Syria had ever, at any time, used chemical weapons neither in 2013 nor in 2017 when the White House ordered the bombing of the airbase at Shayrat as a reprisal measure for the chemical attack that the Syrian government had allegedly undertaken against the base at Khan Sheikhoun. However, only two weeks before this declaration, that is on 23 January, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, participated (...)


De Misturas attempt to promote the document of five "IndyWatch Feed War"

  15, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, The difference between the UN resolution 2254 about the political solution in Syria and the document of five drawn up by Washington and signed by France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan and in which Israel seems a secret partner, and Turkey a half partner is that the []


Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with EU consumer rules Talk of sanctions "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | The European Commission says that US social media giants have made an effort to comply with EU consumer protection rules, but that Facebook and Twitter have not made all the required changes

BRUSSELS (AFP)  The European Commission said Thursday that US social media giants have made an effort to comply with EU consumer protection rules, but that Facebook and Twitter have not made all the required changes.While Googles latest proposals appear to be in line with the requests made by consumer authorities, Facebook and, more significantly, Twitter, have only partially addressed important issues about their liability and about how users are informed of possible content removal or contract termination, the Commission, the EUs executive arm, said in a statement.

The three major internet companies had published on Thursday the changes they are making to comply with the demands of European regulators, which must be implemented in all languages by spring.

Some of those changes include having the right to withdraw from an online purchase, being able to lodge complaints in Europe rather than in California where the companies are based, and the platforms being responsible towards EU consumers in the same way as offline services.

I am pleased that the enforcement of EU rules to protect consumers by national authorities is bearing fruit, as some companies are now making their platforms safer for consumers; however, it is unacceptable that this is still not complete and it is taking so much time, said Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

The European Unions demands to the US internet giants were made in November 2016 following numerous complaints by consumers in Europe about being hit with fraud and scams when using their websites.

There were also concerns by consumer protection authorities about requesting the removal of illegal content.

The Commission said unlike Google, Facebook and Twitter have not set up deadlines to deal with the requests of national authorities.

We have worked with the Consumer Protection Cooperation Network (CPC) and the European Commission to ensure our Terms and Conditions are more transparent, a Facebook spokesperson said in reply to an AFP inquiry.

Were grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the CPC to put appropriate changes in place, and will make further updates to our terms later in the year....


Genocide? As Gaza Dries Out, israel Turns Off Fresh Water Spigot "IndyWatch Feed War"

Genocide? As Gaza Dries Out, Israel Turns Off Fresh Water Spigot Rather than heeding the warnings from the UN to open up Gazas blockade and allow vital aid, what we have witnessed over the course of the last decade is a periodic all-out Israeli assault on Gazas vital infrastructure. by Darius Shahtahmasebi GAZA  (Analysis) []


From Mexico to Africa, israels dark history of training war criminals, gangs and oppression "IndyWatch Feed War"

FROM MEXICO TO AFRICA, ISRAELS DARK HISTORY OF TRAINING WAR CRIMINALS, GANGS & OPPRESSION 12.02.2018 Middle East Kit OConnell Despite its apartheid policies toward Palestinians and other minorities, Israel is often cited as the Middle Easts only democracy and a preserver of human rights within the region. Not only does this public image sharply contrast with []


Why America Shouldn't Try to Influence Iran's Future "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington should tread very carefully in its statements and actions given that recent reports indicate that there are an increasing number of deaths and continued detentions across dozens of Iranian cities. It must scrupulously avoid the temptation to make the protests about American policy or desired outcomes.


Palestinian women haunted by abuse, including rape, in israeli jails "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinian women haunted by abuse in Israeli jails #Occupation Sometimes they feel shame, even though we know that they are our enemy and they do this to break us, said one former woman prisoner Prisoners gesture from their cell at HaSharon high-security prison, some 40 kilometres northeast of Tel Aviv, on 23 February 2014 (AFP) []


Turkey proposed Turkish, US troops station together in Syrias Manbij "IndyWatch Feed War"

American troops looking toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria. (AP)
ISTANBUL: Turkey has proposed to the United States that Kurdish YPG fighters withdraw to east of the Euphrates river in Syria and that Turkish and US troops be stationed together in the countrys Manbij area, a Turkish official said on Friday.
The official, who declined to be identified because the information had not been made public, said the United States was considering the proposal, which was made to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his two-day visit to Ankara.
Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for two days of what o...



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Terrorizing Russia and China "IndyWatch Feed War"

China and Russia Have Long Endured Massive Threats

The United States holds the right to position missiles and troops wherever it chooses.

Region: ...


U.S., Turkey agrees to normalize relations, Turkish Foreign Minister says "IndyWatch Feed War"


ANKARA (Reuters) Turkey and the United States have decided to establish mechanisms to normalize relations between them, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday, after weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from Ankara.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Cavusoglu said Turkey and the United States will hold another meeting by mid-March.

Tillerson met with President Tayyip Erdogan and had a productive and open talk on late Thursday, according to a U.S. State Department spokesman traveling with Tillerson.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by David Dolan

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Demonstrators chant anti-US slogans during a rally near the building where Turkeys Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. The group protested U.S. support to Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the Peoples Protection Units, or YPG_ the top U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State. Turkey considers them a terrorist group linked to Kurdish rebels fighting inside Turkey. AP Photo)


Erdoan conveys Turkeys regional priorities to Tillerson in meeting


Erdoan conveys Turkeys regional priorities to Tillerson in meetingTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan on Feb. 15 clearly told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about Turkeys expectations on Syria and Iraq as well as the fight against terror in an over three-hour meeting in Ankara, presidential sources have said.

According to a Turkish presidential source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, Erdoan and Tillerson also exchanged views on the fight against terrorism.

During their meeting at the presidential complex, Erdoan clearly told Tillerson about Turkeys priorities and expectations from the U.S. on bilateral ties and regional developments, the source added.

Meanwhile, Tillerson and Erdoan had a productive, open conversa...


Dutch Support Zionist Terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinian victim sues Dutch supplier of Israeli attack dogs

A Palestinian from the occupied West Bank is suing the Dutch company that supplied the dogs Israeli soldiers used to attack him when he was a child.
For more than 20 years, Four Winds K9, a company based near the city of Nijmegen, has annually provided the Israeli army with dozens of dogs trained to attack civilians.
The military dogs are intentionally used by Israeli occupying forces to terrorize and bite Palestinian civilians, especially during protests and night house raids,&...


Assange, Judge Arbuthnot and the Arrest Warrant "IndyWatch Feed War"

Justice is an elastic concept.  Like other terms in law, it has room to expand and contract.  But one weakness burdens legal strictures that supposedly have an objective reality to them: power.  Power brutish, power as a spectral force, and power arbitrarily exercised.

Any reading of Julian Assanges case must be, to that end, understood as a dynamic less of law than power.  Having challenged its operations in the international system, he was bound to be its recipient.  In assessing his conditions of detention on the Ecuadorean embassy in London, black letter lawyers prefer an interpretation without the influence of power, clean and clear.  Focus is had on individual volition and purpose: up stakes, Assange, and face the legal music!  That music remains the score sheet of a warrant for his arrest.

Such reasoning is woefully inadequate given the feathers the man has rustled.  A number of states, the United States most preeminent amongst them, has demanded his pound of flesh.  Mike Pompeo of the Central Intelligence Agency has admitted with refreshing candour how US authorities are considering avenues on prosecuting Assange and those associated with WikiLeaks.

Having soiled many a stable with the work of WikiLeaks and disclosures of classified information, treating Assange as a minor offender, one merely deserving of a parking ticket, is entirely erroneous.  But it is a view that persists, even after the collapse of the Swedish case against him.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, taking a view shared by many members of her profession, proved inelastic in assessing Assanges appeal against the arrest warrant.  She did not, for instance, feel that the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had much truck in its 2016 decision favourable to him.

Assange, she was more or less surmising, was an unconscionable brat, a person who believed laws insufficient to bind him.  I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Mr Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years.  The arch manipulator had to come clean and descend from his Olympus.

The impression I have, and this may well be dispelled if and when Mr Assange finally appears in court, is that he is a man who wants to impose his terms on the course of justice.  He appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law and wants justice only if it goes in his favour.

Some observers were not immune to the sense that the judge had gotten personal.  Rather than focusing on the finer points of the ruling, a moral asses...


The israel Lobby an Epidemic of Wholesale Corruption "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Israel Lobby an Epidemic of Wholesale Corruption It is political corruption on an epidemic scale, perpetrated by powerful figures from the worlds of gambling, share dealing and international banking: all conducted without any official or public scrutiny or inquiry. Oprah Winfrey in her powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes awards said that Speaking []


Falsehoods and Lies: Inciting War Is a War Crime "IndyWatch Feed War"

The relentless propagation of lies by the West is an appalling incitement to tensions, conflict and war. Engaging in war fever is not only irresponsible. It is in fact a war crime, according to Nuremberg legal standards.


Nancy Pelosi expected to step down from leadership next year after apparent medical difficulties "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Democratic opposition to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has been increasing both in public and behind the scenes in recent months, and now even some of the minority leaders supporters predict she will soon step aside.

Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.) told the Atlantic he expects Pelosi to step down from leadership next year, no matter who wins the House.

She would love nothing more than to win, and then shell get out, Pascrell said.

A number of Democratic lawmakers and insiders spoke to the Atlantic both on and off the record about the desire among some Democrats for Pelosi to step aside, with some saying it should even happen before the 2018 midterms.

While some of the Democrats who are critical of Pelosi have been consistently against her leadership, Pascrells prediction is notable because he has been both for and against the California congresswoman over the years. He also hails from a heavily Democratic district and therefore has no risk of blowback for supporting the unpopular leader.

Pelosi previously said she might have retired had Hillary Clinton won the presidency in 2016.


A Daesh Commando stopped in Trinidad-and-Tobago "IndyWatch Feed War"

A group of Daesh fighters was arrested on 8 February at Trinidad and Tobago while they were preparing a mega-attack during the night stretching from 13 to 14 February when the carnival was in full swing. In Trinidad-and-Tobago there is a strong minority presence of Indian Muslims who arrived during the British colonization. Over time, Afro-Americans and Arabs have been added to the community. This magnificent Caribbean island has equipped Daesh with several hundred combatants. It is the (...)


Al-Shabaab terrorists kill 3 teachers in Kenya "IndyWatch Feed War"

NAIROBI, Kenya: Three teachers are confirmed dead after Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorists attacked a primary school in northeastern Kenya early Friday, police confirmed. The al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group operating in the Horn of Africa is said to have entered the Qarsa school in Wajir County through the porous Kenya-Somali border, some 175 kilometers (109 miles) from the []



WATCH: israeli Soldiers arrest Palestinian children for throwing stones without proof "IndyWatch Feed War"

WATCH: Soldiers arrest Palestinian children for throwing stones without proof Israeli soldiers arrest two Palestinian boys for allegedly throwing stones even though the only soldier who could identify them admits that he cant identify them. By Yael Marom There should be nothing normal about holding Palestinian children in detention for hours on end, simply []


Bannon Stays Mostly Mum in House Hearing, Prompting Bipartisan Ire Committee weighing whether to hold Bannon in contempt "IndyWatch Feed War"

Continued refusal to provide full testimony comes amid Trump administration concerns of privacy and executive privilege

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Updated Feb. 15, 2018 4:03 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONFormer White House adviser Steve Bannon drew bipartisan ire on Capitol Hill Thursday by refusing to answer a range of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, with lawmakers vowing to take more drastic steps to compel his testimony.

Mr. Bannon, a onetime confidant of President Donald Trump who has since become estranged from him, appeared under subpoena before the committee as part of its continuing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.



Bannon stonewalls House panel after WH advised him to invoke executive privilege



White House: "Iraq Has Antrax Virus" "Russia Launched NotPetya" "IndyWatch Feed War"

Late last night the White House accused the Russian military of having launched the destructive "NotPetya" malware which in June 2017 hit many global companies: Statement from the Press Secretary In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive...


Somali forces destroy Al-Shabaab bases in southern Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOGADISHU- Somali forces backed by African Union forces destroyed Al-Shabaab bases in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia, the military said. Lower Shabelle region military commander Ibrahim Aden Najah told journalists on Thursday that the forces raided the bases in Kurtunwarey and destroyed the bases used by the militants to attack Somali and Amisom []



Atlas Shivered "IndyWatch Feed War"

A recent article by Matthew Moore appeared in The Times titled Trumps philosopher is heading for your local. The piece not only suggests that Donald Trump is capable of reading a book, which seems unlikely enough, but that hes also capable of reading a philosophical book. Quite frankly, that would be stretching credulity a little too far.

The so-called philosopher in question is Ayn Rand, a White Russian migr to the US who died almost forty years ago. Her two best-known books are The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged, both novels, rather than philosophical tomes. I read them when Rand was still alive. Im now ashamed to admit that I thought they were pretty good at the time, but then I was young, and living a privileged five percenter existence at the time in a racist, semi-fascist country, and didnt know any better. Today the suggestion that Rands writing is enjoying growing popularity is truly scary.

Rands so-called philosophy is easy to summarise: selfishness to the point of total exclusion of anyone or anything else is the highest form of morality. If Donald Trump ever actually read Ayn Rand, rather than have some flunky tell him about her, I can see why he might find her appealing. She does pretty much sum up the principle behind the fabled American Dream. Theres nothing commendable about Ayn Rands work, and I know from personal experience it can cause seriously conflicted emotions in young people.

In 1980 I worked on a kibbutz in Occupied Palestine for a few weeks. One of the kibbutzniks I remember was a young chap who had grown up on the kibbutz. Ill call him David. He had recently discovered Rand, and was totally confused by the message in her writing. David liked talking to me because I was one of the few people who had also read her, and could understand the conflictions he was suffering. Here he was, raised from birth in a totally communist environment, where everyone was treated equally, and shared everything, and now he was being taught by Ayn Rand that these values were not only wrong but that they were almost evil. He seemed to me almost at the point of nervous breakdown. I dont know if I helped him, because my experience was the exact opposite. I had been raised in an environment which was not very far away from Rands ideal, and was then living real-life communism. I too was being blown away by new lessons, but in a totally different direction. We were ideological ships crossing in the night.

I could almost have ignored The Times article were it not for one very worrying part of it. Towards the end of the article, we learn that:

Last year Rand was added to the A-level (the UKs matriculation level examination)...


Philippines aggressively pursuing joint exploration in South China Sea China is there and building but has no leagal rights in the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"


Chinas construction activities on Subi Reef is seen from Philippine-controled Pagasa Island in the South China Sea off Palawan province on April 21, 2017. AP, File photo
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Patricia Lourdes Viray ( February 16, 2018 3:51pm

MANILA, Philippines The Philippine government is consulting international experts in its bid to pursue joint exploration with China in disputed areas in the South China Sea, the Philippines top diplomat said Friday.

The possibility of joint exploration was among the agenda in the recently concluded second meeting of the bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea in Manila.

Pursuing joint exploration in disputed areas would entail talks with other claimant countries, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a press conference.


I can tell you that were pursuing it aggressively because we need it, Cayetano said.

Cayetano revealed that the Philippine government is currently discussing joint exploration first to ensure that it is in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

RELATED: Joint venture with China on South China Sea violates Charter l China seen to push states to withdraw South China Sea claims

The DFA secretary said that the Philippines cannot explore undisputed areas alone due to financial concerns.

Unless we can do it by ourselves without starting a war or worse without a massacre, it will be prudent to do it in partnership without violating our s...


Qatar Charity provides drinking water to Somalis "IndyWatch Feed War"

DOHA: Qatar Charity has drilled and rehabilitated 316 artesian and surface wells last year to provide safe drinking water to as many as 350,000 people in Somalia, which made 2017 the most abundant year yet in the field of water and sanitation. Qatar Charity implemented these projects in needy and poor areas of Somalia to []



UNHCR Special Envoy for Somalia commends South Africa for hosting Somali refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

PRETORIA, South Africa The generosity of the South African government has ensured that over 300,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in the country in a free and safe environment, noted UNHCR Special Envoy to the Somalia Refugee Situation. South Africa has a generous policy that grants asylum seekers and refugees free movement, access to jobs []



The Jewish anti-historical narrative timeline from Moses to Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Jewish timeline from Moses to Netanyahu Gilad Atzmon writes: The Jewish timeline is a peculiarly one-sided, anti-historical narrative that inevitably begins at the point when Jewish suffering is detected and ignores the prior circumstances that may have led to that suffering. In Jewish history, the members of the chosen tribe are never the []


China"s "New Silk Roads" Reach Latin America "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, told his audience that the worlds second-largest economy and Latin America should join efforts to support free trade. This was about opposing protectionism and working for an open world economy, he said.


Fast Europe Open: UK retail sales, Czech Republic GDP "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Alice Woodhouse in Hong Kong 0800 GMT, February 16, 2018

Beware the pollutants in your bathroom cabinet.

Volatile chemicals from everyday consumer items such as cleaning products, aerosols and even perfumes now rival vehicle emissions as a cause of air pollution.

A research team led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached the surprising conclusion after assessing the source of chemicals that reacted in the air to form fine particles and other lung-damaging pollutants in the US city of Los Angeles.

As transportation gets cleaner, those other sources become more and more important, said Brian McDonald, the project leader. The stuff we use in our everyday lives can impact air pollution.

In markets, Japanese stocks rallied as the rebound in global equities showed little sign of slowing following the sharp sell off last week. The Topix was 1.2 per cent higher although Australias S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.1 per cent. Markets in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam were closed for the lunar new year.

Meanwhile, the dollar resumed its downward trajectory with the dollar index, a measure of the greenback against a basket of peers, falling 0.3 per cent to 88.305, a three-year low. The yen strengthened further to 105.75, a 15-month high.

Futures tip the FTSE 100 to open 0.5 per cent higher, while the S&P 500 is set to open up 0.2 per cent.

Corporate earnings and updates for Friday include Air France, EDF, Danone, Renault and Allianz. The economic calendar believes three is the magic number (all times London):

08.00: Czech Republic Q4 gross domestic product
08.20: European Central Banks Benoit Coeure speaks in Macedonia
09.30: UK retail sales


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The economy had a strong showing in 2017: Growth picked up pace in three consecutive quarters, and indicators suggest the momentum carried over into the...


Regime Change Fails: Is A Military Coup Or Invasion Of Venezuela Next? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Speaking at his alma mater, the University of Texas, on February 1, Secretary of State Tillerson suggested a potential military coup in Venezuela.  Tillerson then visited allied Latin American countries urging regime change and more economic sanctions on Venezuela. Tillerson is considering banning the processing or sale of Venezuelan oil in the United States and is discouraging other countries from buying Venezuelan oil. Further, the US is laying the groundwork for war against Venezuela.

In a series of tweets, Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican from Florida, where many Venezuelan oligarchs live, called for a military coup in Venezueala.

How absurd remove an elected president with a military coup to restore democracy? Does that pass the straight face test? This refrain of Rubio and Tillerson seems to be the nonsensical public position of US policy.

The US has been seeking regime change in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998. Trump joined Presidents Obama and Bush before him in continuing efforts to change the government and put in place a US-friendly oligarch government.

They came closest in 2002 when a military coup removed Chavez.  The Commander-in-Chief of the Venezuelan military announced Chavez had resigned and Pedro Carmona, of the Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce, became interim president. Carmona dissolved the National Assembly and Supreme Court and declared the Constitution void. The people surrounded the presidential palace and seized television stations, Carmona resigned and fled to Colombia. Within 47 hours, civilians and the military restored Chavez to the presidency. The coup was a turning point that strengthened the Bolivarian Revolution, showed people could defeat a coup and exposed the US and oligarchs.

US Regime Change Tactics Have Failed In Venezuela

The US and oligarchs continue their efforts to reverse the Bolivarian Revolution. The US has a long history of regime change around the world and has tried all of its regime change tools in Venezuela. So far they hav...


The West Attacks Russia on the Eve of the Munich Security Conference: Blind to the Truth "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alex GORKA | Strategic Culture Foundation | 15.02.2018 So, Russia is the biggest threat to European security? And this is what the West, which has done nothing to provoke Moscow, is concerned about? Moscow is to blame for the erosion of arms control, the military deployments in Europe, the close calls during military exercises, []


Remembering Fallujah: War Crimes Committed Under Jim Mattis and Jim Molan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bagdhad (AHT) Ross Caputi, a former Marine who was witness and accomplice to the atrocities committed in Fallujah in November 2004 during Operation Phantom Fury, wrote this about his units entry into the city:

Perhaps it was just too painful of a realization for many of us to make, because we saw ourselves as the liberators, the good guys, and to admit that we were hurting innocent people would have contradicted everything that we claimed to stand for. I can only speculate about what the motives were for the people who dreamed up that mission and decided to make the people of Fallujah flee into the desert. Was it also too painful for the decision makers to admit to themselves that we were hurting innocent people? Or were they so evil that they just did not care who we were hurting? Whatever their reasons for doing it were, the fact of the matter is that our entire command was aware that we had forced the majority of the citys population, about 200,000 people, into refugee status, but nobody took responsibility for their wellbeing, as international law required of us.


Central to that command was Major General Andrew Jim Molan, an Australian who was seconded to the US military in 2004 and took overall command of US coalition forces in Iraq, alongside the current US defense secretary Jim Mattis.

What happened in the so-called second battle of Falluja however, went far beyond a failure to attend to the needs of the civilian population who were able to flee...


A Tribute to the Seldom Heard Of Female Warriors in the Syrian Arab Army "IndyWatch Feed War"

Damascus (TRH)  I would like to extend a personal and heartfelt thank you to the women in the Syrian Arab Army. These women are our mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters that selflessly took up arms to protect their families and country.
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In 2015 Sputnik News reported, Al Mahavir is an all-volunteer unit. After undergoing a special training course, the female soldiers immediately join the war effort, fighting against the Daesh forces in hotspots across the country, including the pitched battle fought in the city of Daraa near Damascus.

We came to fight by our own volition. We knew that it would be difficult, but still we came, one of the servicewomen told RT.

When I joined the battalion, I clearly understood that Syria is my mother. And if the mother is ill, her daughter must be at her side, said another. Syria is ill now. And thats why Im here, in this battalion. I will fight for my mother. I will cure her so that we can leave together in peace like before.

May God protect these amazing women that risk their lives daily to protect my birth country, heritage, and my family back in Syria. Thank you for fighting against the terrorists that invaded Syria and started this bloody senseless war almost 7 years ago.
This imposed war has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, billions in destruction including priceless historical monuments such as in Palmyra, the destruction of beautiful mosques and churches, homes, schools etc.


Guantanamo Bay Prepared for New Inmates: US Admiral "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington (MEE A top US military official said on Thursday that the prison at Guantanamo Bay is prepared to take new detainees, but has not yet received the order to do so.

The prison, which was opened by former President George W Bush to hold terrorism suspects captured overseas after the 11 September 2001 attacks, has come to symbolize harsh detention practices that opened the United States to accusations of torture.

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His successor Barack Obama ended the use of enhanced interrogation techniques via executive order in January 2009, and reduced the inmate population to 41, but fell short of fulfilling his promise to close the jail.

President Donald Trump last month signed an executive order reversing Obamas ultimately fruitless 2009 directive to shutter the prison.

We have 41 detainees who are there right now. We are prepared to receive more should they be directed to us, Admiral Kurt Tidd, who oversees the militarys Southern Command that includes Guantanamo, told lawmakers.

Related: Guantanamo Bay Prison Using Banned Torture Methods: UN

As of today we have not been given a warning order that new detainees might be heading in our direction, but our responsibility will be to integrate them in effectively.

US military officials have been openly discussing the fate of Islamic State (IS) group detainees, mainly foreign fighters, held by US-backed militias in northern Syria.

Guantanamo has not received any new inmates since 2008 but on the campaign trail, Trump vowed to load the facility with bad dudes, and said it would be fine if US terror suspects were sent there for trial.

During his State of the Union speech in January, Trump said IS captives would in many cases end up in Guantanamo.

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ANALYSIS: Bashir turns to 'old guard' enforcer to quell rising threats in Sudan "IndyWatch Feed War"


Salah 'Gosh' Abdullah, a notorious former security chief, brought in from the cold as president faces growing internal and external pressure


Weekly report on israels terrorism against the State of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory    (08- 14 February 2018) Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (08 14 February 2018)   Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt 43 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, were wounded in the West Bank []


Hezbollah is destabilizing Lebanon, region: Tillerson Threaten Lebanons stability, independence and sovereignty. "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Saad Hariri said that he assured Tillerson of Lebanons right to explore, invest and develop our natural resources in our territorial waters. (AP)
BEIRUT: American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that the US regarded Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and we do not differentiate between its military and political arms, and it is unacceptable for militias like Hezbollah to act outside the rule of law.


A Stock Market Primer in Six Easy Steps "IndyWatch Feed War"

What is the stock market?

  1. Its not real economic activityits a form of mass hysteria or mass psychosis.
  2. Stock prices reflect a mass-hysteria impression of the worth of a piece of paper you holda stock certificate. The worth of that piece of paper is sometimes tethered to some economic reality of some corporationat least partiallybut sometimes not. Often a stock price bears little relation to the economic health of a company, as illustrated in the wildly gyrating stock price-to-earnings ratios through the decades. Hence the stock price is often a matter of caprice, covert manipulation, and/or unfathomable crowd psychology, not necessarily real economic health or productivity.

If, say, you are fortunate enough to own a stock that has doubled or tripled in price, this does not mean that you have accrued new wealththat stock valuation is meaningless as long as you still own the piece of paper (the stock certificate); you realize that wealth only by selling the stock. And if you do cash outsell the piece of paperto someone else, you are transferring to another person the hazard of seeing that valuation drop or evaporatean opportune fobbing off of risk to someone else, a transfer of cash to you, but no real creation of wealthjust the passing on of a piece of paper in exchange for currency. Eventually, down the road, your gain will be someone elses loss when the music stops playing and the last holder of the piece of paper finds there is no chair for him to land onthe stock market as Ponzi scheme.

If everyone or most people decide to sell their pieces of paperto take their profitsall at once, then the stock prices tumble, so the idea that everyone can cash out and realize this imaginary wealth equally and universally is a mirage: if everyone tried to access it at once, it would evaporate. Hence the common notion that rising stock prices indicate a general increase in wealth or national prosperity is delusional. A stock crash does not erase billions or trillions in wealth overnight, as we are commonly told. There was never any wealth there to begin with, in the sense that a stock price rationally or measurably reflects the worth of tangible goods or services; that price is just a mass fever dream, a collective, chaotic, bidding war about the worth of pieces of paper.

  1. The stock market is a swindle. Much of the movement of these equities markets originates in the decisions of large funds or high-speed traders who have access to esoteric information, advanced algorithms, or trading networks from which Joe Trader, playing the market at home...


After Florida Shooting, Trump Plans Summit on School Safety But many begging for more gun control laws "IndyWatch Feed War"

President says he will visit Parkland, points to difficult issue of mental health but makes no mention of gun laws


Updated Feb. 15, 2018 2:53 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump said he planned to convene a meeting of the nations governors and state attorneys general in which he would make school safety our top priority, in the wake of a school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

The president made no reference to gun laws during a six-minute speech at the White House on Thursday. Instead, his speech aimed to console those shaken by the latest mass shooting in the U.S. and vowed to tackle the difficult issue of mental health.


Fewer gun-free zones or fewer guns: Missouri lawmakers split on whats safer

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JEFFERSON CITY A day after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school, Missouri lawmakers were split on what action could be taken to keep such a tragedy from happening here.

A 19-year-old armed with a semi-automatic rifle on Wednesday pulled a fire alarm at a high school in Parkland, Florida and opened fire as people streamed into the hallways. The Valentines Day mass shooting resulted in the deaths of 17 people and revived a national conversation centered on how and why mass shootings occur in America more often than anywhere else in the developed world.

The Parkland massacre seems unlikely to spur action in Missouri, where the laws are thought to be weak by proponents of more stringent gun control and strong by advocates for lawful firearms ownership. Stat...


#Russia: Anarchists Yelena Gorban and Alexei Kobaidze Suspects in Vandalism Committed Outside of United Russia Office Sent to Temporary Detention Facility "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yelena Gorban and Alexei Kobaidze, suspects in the vandalism case (Russian Criminal Code Article 214) opened after a protest outside a United Russia party office on January 31, have been sent to Temporary Detention Facility No. 1 (Petrovka) in Moscow, as reported to OVD Info by their defense lawyers, Svetlana Sidorkina and Maxim Pashkov.

Originally published by OVD Info. Translated by the Russian reader.

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

Russia: Anarchists Yelena Gorban and Alexei Kobaidze Suspects in Vandalism Committed Outside of United Russia Office Sent to Temporary Detention Facility

Yelena Gorban and Alexei Kobaidze, suspects in the vandalism case (Russian Criminal Code Article 214) opened after a protest outside a United Russia party office on January 31, have been sent to Temporary Detention Facility No. 1 (Petrovka) in Moscow, as reported to OVD Info by their defense lawyers, Svetlana Sidorkina and Maxim Pashkov.

Gorban and Kobaidze have been jailed for 48 hours. On February 14, investigators plan to pursue their investigation, perhaps by confronting the detainees. According to the lawyers, Gorban has confessed to violating Article 214 Part 1 (vandalism) of the Criminal Code, while Kobaidze has refused to testifying, invoking his right not incriminate himself under Article 51 of the Russian Constitution.

Police arrived at Gorbans home early in the morning. They searched the flat she shares with her parents, confiscated all electronic storage devices, and took the young woman to the Preliminary Investigation Office of the Interior Ministrys Moscow Directorate. Gorban has problems with her eyesight, but was not allowed to take contact lenses or eyeglases with here. The activist was delivered to the Preliminary Investigation Office and interrogated as a witness. Her attorney, Svetlana...


Turkey, US fail to resolve differences over YPG, to continue talks "IndyWatch Feed War"


Washington says it is considering plan that would move Turkish and US troops in and Kurdish YPG militia out of strategic crossing point


EU decision to curb palm oil imports could impact Malasian elections Is the future of palm oil cooked? "IndyWatch Feed War"


KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) An EU decision to curb palm oil imports was the last thing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak needed ahead of a coming election, with rural voters already aggrieved over financial scandals at state-owned palm oil agency Felda.

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Palm harvest in Malaysia

Around 10 percent of Malaysias 30 million people belong to families who own smallholdings dedicated to harvesting palm oil, and they account for the majority of voters in nearly a quarter of the national assemblys 222 seats.

Girding for a general election due by August, Najib was given a taste of the discontent rife in the countryside when hundreds of farmers flocked to Kuala Lumpur last month to protest a pending EU move to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuel.

I will not support the government if they dont resolve this issue, said Abdul Rahman, a farmer who runs a smallholding in Negeri Sembilan, a state an hours drive south of the capital.

The failure and inexperience of the government led to the EUs boycott of our palm oil, hen told Reuters.

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Malaysian President Najib Razak with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Najib can ill-afford to lose votes from Malays in rural areas that have hitherto been a rock-solid votebank for the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), the party that has led every multi-ethnic coalition since Malaysia emerged from British colonial rule in 1957.

Aged 92, and having stood down in 2003 as Malaysias longest serving premier, Mahathir Mohamad has come out of retirement to lead the campaign against his one-time protege Najib, having forged an unlikely alliance with jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Malays loyalty to UMNO has been tested by the steady flow of stories over the past three years about 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), a state investment firm w...


Zapad 2017 demonstrates the modernisation of the Russian armed forces "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Patrick Truffer. He has been working in the Swiss Armed Forces for more than 15 years, holds a bachelors degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zrich (ETH Zurich), and a masters degree in international relations from the Free University of Berlin.

Russia and Belarus held a large-scale military exercise between 14 and 20 September 2017 under the name Zapad (West, because it was held in Russias Western Military District). According to the Belarus Ministry of Defence, no more than 13,000 soldiers took part in the exercise. However, it is likely that this claim was only made in response to the OSCE Vienna Document. According to this agreement, exercises with more than 13,000 soldiers can be observed by its member states (OSCE, Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, 30 November 2011). However Michael Kofman, an expert on Soviet and Russian armed forces at the Center for Naval Analyses, estimates that as many as 45,000 soldiers took part in Zapad 2017. Although the exercise was therefore larger than officially announced, it was still smaller than the major Russian exercises carried out in the past 4-5 years. Such joint exercises provide interesting insights. Based on Zapad 2017, especially in comparison with the Zapad exercises held in 1999, 2009 and 2013, we must ask what perceived threats are driving the strategic and operational planning of Russia and Belarus (the so called Union State), how developed the two states collaboration has become, and what conclusions about Russias military capabilities the exercises allow us to make.



US authorities block Chicago Stock Exchange sale Chinese company Chongqing Casin Inability to identify who exactly would control the exchange became an issue "IndyWatch Feed War"


GETTY/AFP/File | Founded in 1882, the Chicago Stock Exchange is one of the oldest in the United States
NEW YORK (AFP)  US regulators on Thursday blocked the purchase of the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) by a group of investors including the Chinese company Chongqing Casin.Two years after the announcement of the deal, US Securities and Exchange Commission regulators cited a lack of clarity in the details of the deal, including an inability to identify who exactly would control the exchange.

US congressmen last summer expressed concern at the prospect of a Chinese company being among the largest shareholders of a US stock market while President Donald Trump also raised the issue during his campaign.

The decision comes as commercial relations between Washington and Beijing remain tense.

US President Donald Trump, denouncing unfair trade, once again threatened trade sanctions against China Tuesday. The next day, Beijing warned against any sign of unilateralism or protectionism from Washington.

According to CHXs proposal, Chongqing Casin would have acquired 29 percent of the Chicago Stock Exchange. The son of Chongqing Casins board chairman, a US citizen, would have bought 11 percent of the company. The rest would have been divided among various American groups and individuals.

The SEC assessed that there was not enough information to prove those parties were not somehow linked to the Chinese company.

It also argued it could not be certain that it would be able to access the Chinese shareholders accounts if necessary.

Faced with suspicion from the authorities, three other Chinese groups initially looking to invest pulled out last autumn.

Founded in 1882, the Chicago Stock Exchange is one of the oldest in the United States, handling less than 1 percent of daily trading according to Bloomberg.


The EU is on the verge of political chaos, and Britain could be the loser "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Liam Halligan

The Telegraph

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel is hanging on by her fingertips CREDIT: FLORIAN GAERTNER/PHOTOTHEK

Theresa May visits Germany Friday, for crunch talks with Angela Merkel. Embattled, wounded and clinging to power, the German Chancellor has much in common with her UK counterpart. Having led the worlds fourth largest economy since 2005, Mrs Merkel is a political giant. But her Christian Democrats (CDU) stumbled badly in last Septembers election and Mutti could soon be out of office.

Some Brexiteers, given the tough line Berlin has taken in our Article 50 talks, take pleasure in Germanys political misfortune. There is no English word for schadenfreude, but most of us know what it is.

Such gloating is wrong. That the EUs commercial powerhouse and paymaster has been without a government

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Germanys economy is growing so why are voters turning against politicians who brought them this success?

By Hamish McRae
The Telegraph

While Germany has been good at creating jobs, it has not been so good at passing along the benefits of those jobs to the people doing them




Layoffs Arrive in Brexit Britain, and Auto Workers Are Up First Globalization killing British industry? "IndyWatch Feed War"


By Suzi Ring and Christopher Jasper

February 16, 2018, 12:00 AM EST

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In his 50 years working in Britains car industry, John Cooper has survived plenty of upheavals. None is scarier than the prospect of Brexit.

Being split off from their biggest market means the job cuts and production slowdown U.K. carmakers have imposed the past few months could be just a prelude to wholesale shutdowns.

The shock is only beginning to hit. Since October, 650 of Coopers colleagues have lost their jobs at the factory where Vauxhall Motors churns out Astra hatchbacks. The remaining 1,200 staff worry the plant may close if the U.K. loses tariff-free access to Europe. Across the River Mersey from Vauxhalls factory, Jaguar Land Rover is planning production cuts.

People shouldnt underestimate the dangers that Brexits bringing, Cooper, a union representative, said outside the sprawling factory in the town of Ellesmere Port, near Liverpool, where hes worked since he was 18. Why would Nissan continue to invest in the north east when its got a plant in Spain where it can build the same car without a 10 percent tariff?

If Prime Minister Theresa May gets her way, by next year Britain will start severing ties with the bloc over a transition period, including quitting the customs union its been part of since 1973. Whether duties are imposed after that is still up in the air as London and Brussels wrangle over the...


The Parkland Massacre and the Air We Breathe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Whats gone wrong with our culture that produces such atrocities? Its a very long list.

Feb. 15, 2018 7:11 p.m. ET

We discuss motives, but isnt it always the same motive? I have murder in my heart. Why do so many Americans have murder in their hearts?

That is my question after the St. Valentines Day shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. We all know it is part of a continuing cultural catastrophe. A terrible aspect of the catastrophe is that so many central thoughts about it, and questions, have been flattened by time into clichs. People stop hearing when you mention them. We talked about that during


Greeces Colossal Cave In "IndyWatch Feed War"

Europes Left has finally renounced the Syriza Party (acronym for Coalition of the Radical Left), as Jean-Luc Mlenchon of France Insoumise or Unsubmissive France calls for Greeces Syriza booted out of the Alliance of Leftists. Greeces PM Tsipras of the Syriza Party faux Left is way too far Right!

In stark contrast to Syrizas Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, Monsieur Mlenchon, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), calls for (a) an end to presidential monarchy in France, (b) enhanced environmental protections, (c) increased labor rights, and in harmony with his hard left sympathies, lo and behold, (d) a 100% income tax on those earning over 360,000 a year.

As for Syriza, Mlenchon says it has become impossible to rub shoulders with Syriza and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras given attacks on working people. Unfortunately for hard working Greeks, that may be a gross understatement. It now appears they were sold a bill of goods by PM Alexis Tsipras representing the Left since January 2015, as he infamously serves to please, time and time again, whenever Wolfgang Schuble (DE), the Eurozones notorious Hatch Man, frowns, oh so frequently!

According to

In January 2015, the Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, was swept into office on a huge tide of votes in national elections. There was immense hope that the new government led by a party that had remained uncompromising in its opposition to austerity would finally stand up to the European Union and defend working class living standards ravaged by the economic crisis and the punishing Memorandums demanded by the lenders. Yet by July of that year, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had capitulated, signing up to a new Memorandum. The attacks on workers, the poor and immigrants have continued unabated.

After years of bending over to spread-em, Greece is so bloody exhausted from hard right European Troika aka: European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF screwing that the country resembles a haggard dark-eyed nymphomaniac hard-core heroin addict at the first break of dawn, squinting into blinding brightness, too hacked to sit up in bed. Now, after years of raw naked brutality, Greece has morphed into a forlorn soulless zombie with nothing more to lose.

In its latest installment of Robbing Greece Blind, big bad Troika has instituted (1) a new raft of privatizations and (2) benefit cuts, including cuts to child care, as well as disability benefits, (3) the sale of 14 additional public assets, and (4) stern measures to facilitate repossession and sale of properties of families who fall behind in payments. Oh yeah, also, (5) longer working hours for teachers; thus, providing some kind of arrangement for kids when their parents are evicted.

In order to approxim...


Key background absent from BBC reporting on Israel PM allegations "IndyWatch Feed War"

On February 14th the BBC News website published a lengthy article titled Israel PM Netanyahu defiant in face of bribery allegations on its Middle East page in which readers were told that:

A police statement on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to indict him for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

The attorney generals office could take months to decide if Mr Netanyahu should face charges.

Following sub-sections titled What was Netanyahus response? and What are the allegations?, readers found a section headed What has the reaction been? in which comments from members of four political parties were highlighted, including the following:

Earlier, Israels centre-left opposition alliance, the Zionist Union, called on the prime minister to resign.

The last section of the article was titled What happens now?.



Israel to Deny Tax Breaks, Government Bids From Local Groups Calling for Boycott Blacklists Being Compiled "IndyWatch Feed War"


Implementation would require compiling a blacklist of Israeli boycott supporters, sources say, on top of an existing list of foreign activists and groups

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is set to approve in the coming days new regulations to prevent organizations and individuals who support a boycott of Israel from receiving various tax breaks or from participating in government bids. The new regulation will apply to Israeli citizens too.



As China takes center stage, Europe stands at a crossroads "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinas position as a global superpower is indisputable. As leaders gather to set the agenda of global security at the Munich Security Conference, the EU is at a crossroads between Washington and Beijing.

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Global leaders are converging on Germany this week for the 2018 Munich Security Conference at a time when the declining US influence in international politics continues to play out under President Donald Trump.

China, meanwhile, has increasingly been defined by a growing presence on the world stage, from the fight against climate change to global trade rules. The countrys rise to the position of a superpower may not be a new phenomenon, but the past year has seen its status cemented.

In a speech described by risk consultancy Eurasia Group as the most geopolitically noteworthy event since Mikhail Gorbachev formally dissolved the Soviet Union, Chinese leader Xi Jinping pronounced Beijings newfound status during Chinas 19th Party Congress in October.

With decades of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era, Xi said. It will be an era that sees China moving closer to the center stage and making greater contributions to mankind.

Images of China's past and present leadersDuring the 19th Communist Party Congress in October, Xi Jinping (pictured right) consolidated his rule in China

World leader, at all costs

In the 1990s, under the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, Beijing implemented a foreign policy that lean...


Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded Russia will pretend nothing happened. "IndyWatch Feed War"


MOSCOW (Reuters) About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

A Russian military doctor said around 100 had been killed, and a source who knows several of the fighters said the death toll was in excess of 80 men.

The timing of the casualties coincided with a battle on Feb. 7 near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor where, according to U.S. officials and associates of the fighters involved, U.S.-led coalition forces attacked forces aligned with Moscows ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russian officials said five citizens may have been killed but they had no relation to Russias armed forces.

The clashes show Moscow is more deeply involved in Syria militarily than it has said, and risks being drawn into direct confrontation with the United States in Syria.

American special forces in Manbij, Syria, near the border with Turkey, this month. Credit Mauricio Lima for The New York Times

The casualties are the highest that Russia has suffered in a single battle since fierce clashes in Ukraine in 2014 claimed more than 100 fighters lives. Moscow denies sending soldiers and volunteers to Ukraine and has never confirmed that figure.

The wounded, who have been medically evacuated from Syria in the past few days, have been sent to four Russian military hospitals, according to five sources familiar with the matter.

The military doctor, who works in a Moscow military hospital and was directly involved in the treatment of wounded men evacuated from Syria, said that as of Saturday evening there were more than 50 such patients in his hospital, of which around 30 percent were seriously wounded.

The doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to disclose information about casualties, said at least three planeloads of injured fighters were flown to Moscow between last Friday and Monday morning.

He said they were flown back on specially equipped military cargo planes which can each accommodate two or three intensive care cases and several dozen less severely wounded patients.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said initial information was that fi...


Indonesia eyes lax palm oil rules in EU trade deal Wants to continue to harm the environment by crop burning Jakartas goal leaked out in papers marked not for publication "IndyWatch Feed War"



AFP/File / by Harry PEARL | Palm oil producers in Indonesia stand accused of burning areas of rainforest to make way for plantations, in fires that often spread and devastate the local environment

JAKARTA (AFP)  Palm oil giant Indonesia is pressing the European Union to abandon plans to apply strict environmental standards to the sector and silence negative criticism about the commodity, documents obtained by AFP have revealed.The papers, marked not for publication and for distribution only on a need to know basis, reflect Jakartas wish list for a critical industry as the two sides hammer out new rules for a trading relationship worth $35 billion a year.

Indonesia is the worlds largest producer of palm oil used in everything from food to cosmetics and vast swathes of rainforest have been destroyed to make way for plantations that are the backbone of Southeast Asias biggest economy.

This annual slash-and-burn clearing threatens endangered species and fuels annual forest fires that plague the region.

Indonesia and the EU kick off a fourth and possibly final round of negotiations covering a wide range of trade, investment and intellectual property rules from Monday in the archipelago nation.

The documents outline a call for the EU to apply Jakartas own government sustainability standard despite serious concerns about its credibility rather than a tougher European certification scheme that was proposed in April last year.

Only a minority of Indonesian palm oil plantations currently even meet Jakartas relatively lax standards.

Separately, Indonesia and neighbouring Malaysia another major palm oil producer have slammed the European Parliaments move to ban the use of the commodity in biofuels from 2021.

They say that the ban would devastate rural communities where many small-scale farmers survive by cultivating the crop.

Indonesias trade ministry declined to comment on the leaked text, which is dated June 2017.

The last round of talks were in September last year, and it is not clear if the documents reflect Jakartas latest position in negotiations, which began in mid-2016.

European Commission officials said they would not comment on an alleged leak. However, they said any final deal would not come at the expense of acceptable environmental or labour standards.



The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost "IndyWatch Feed War"

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israels support among ordinary Americans. Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Continue reading "The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost"

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The US Returns to Great Power Competition, With a Dangerous New Edge "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administrations new National Defense Strategy is being touted as a sea change in US foreign policy a shift from the war on terrorism to great power competition, a line that would not be out of place in the years leading up to World War I. But is the shift really a major Continue reading "The US Returns to Great Power Competition, With a Dangerous New Edge"

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The Hidden Costs of Americas Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

Originally posted at TomDispatch. When it comes to Americas wars, more than 16 years later our generals are victorious. Not, of course, in the distant lands where those conflicts grind on unendingly, but in the one place that matters: Washington, D.C. Could there be a more striking sign of that than the elevation of three Continue reading "The Hidden Costs of Americas Wars"

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Syrian War Report February 15, 2018: Israel Claims Half Of Syrian Air Defenses Is Destroyed "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the village of Qude from YPG/YPJ forces in the Afrin area. Separately, reports appeared that the TAF and the FSA had deployed additional troops and equipment west of the Jandaris district indicating the upcoming offensive there. Pro-YPG sources said that Kurdish []


Imad Mughniyah. The philosophy of the war : "IndyWatch Feed War"

Imad Mughniyah. The philosophy of the war 15, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, Imad Mughniyah the most prominent leader of the resistance in Lebanon at the military level neither was one of the former officers in one of the armies and has joined the resistance supported by his knowledge and experience, nor was a []


How 1960s French Nuclear Tests Are Still Claiming Lives in Algeria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 15.02.2018 On February 13, 1960, France carried out its first nuclear test in Algerias southern Reggane region. According to official statistics, 17 nuclear tests were carried out in total over the next 6 years. The area remains affected, and local scientists say that radioactive contamination has caused genetic mutations and irreversibly changed the []


Spain falls short of apologising for 1920s use of chemical weapons in Morocco "IndyWatch Feed War"

Spanish soldiers are seen during the Rif War in 1922 [Military Archive of vila/Wikipedia] MEMO | February 15, 2018 Spain has said it will respond to the Amazigh World Assemblys (AMA) request concerning the use of chemical weapons by Kings Alfonso XIII military during the Rif War from 1921-1926 but has fallen short on agreeing to apologise []


Solari Report interview with the Saker: Neocons & the War Lobby "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dear friends, Here is the latest installment of my quarterly conversations with Catherine Austin Fitts.  This time the topic was The Emerging Multipolar World with The Saker Neocons &


Illegal US Bases In Raqqa, Syria- Canadians/Brits/French/US Occupiers "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the US makes permanent it's occupation:
Inside Syria Media Centre:

Inside Syria Media Center has obtained information on the location of U.S. military bases which are illegally located in Syria.

1- Muhammed Faris military base is located in Syrias At-Tabqa (28 miles south- west of Raqqa city). Currently, it has military personnel from the U.S. (22), France (12) commanded by U.S. Sergeant Scott Suaima. The primary task of the unit is to monitor government troops movement and Kurdish forces in the region, as well as training the Kurds.

The second U.S. military base is also located in Syrias At-Tabqa. It has servicemen from
Canada (12), Austria (17), and the U.S. (44) commanded by Erik Butnar from the U.S. Marine Corps. Its main task is to coordinate the activities of the U.S.-led Coalition in the Governorates of Raqqa and Al-Hasakah.

3-Another military base, Ain Isa, hosts combatants from France (35),  Britain (35), and the U.S. (73) commanded by Jason Afrashid. There are also deployed 6 Abrams tanks, artillery and mortars. The base has a runway strip. The base is used to control the air situation in Raqqa Governorate with the help of radars, observe and photograph the activities of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), and to cooperate with Rumeilan base in Hasakah Governorate.
Of course the Canadians are present in Syria- of course! Not that I had ever doubted it

flashback : US Creates Yet Another Base in Syrian Annexed Territory: SDF/PKK

flashback : US Increases Military Posts in Kurd Annexed Syria: Vindicated Again

etc., I've talked and written to the point of exhaustion about American bases and plans to annex Syria- along with the duplicity of the PKK/YPG- years and years now 

earlier today:



It's not "mad" to question the hidden power of the global elite "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Guardian had an interesting oped- I can take a pass on most of it.

Here's the basic concept: Julian Baggini is a British philosopher

"Questioning the hidden power of elites whether big pharma or secret societies is really quite sane"
Of course it's sane. That's why you and I are here. But questioning alone doesn't go far enough.
Accepting this reality and then making appropriate changes is key

"The wrong moral to draw from this would be that anyone who sees hidden power being influenced is crazy. Rather, we should see the Hellyers of this world as the price we pay for being willing to question the manifest order and to expose the secretive interest groups who seek to manipulate the world for their own benefit.
When we dig for the truth, we flirt with madness. But in a world where hidden power is all too real, its the only sane thing to do."

I don't think digging for truth is flirting with madness-

I do think digging for truth is living in reality, being sane and can be empowering.  

Anything else is just mass delusion.


This is not a billboard. "IndyWatch Feed War"

How many times do I have to tell you that? Comments that consist in the main of quotations will not be published. pl


Mexico: Indigenous Candidate, Marichuy, Injured in Traffic Accident "IndyWatch Feed War"

Highway accident of Marichuy and her team in BCS; 1 dead and at least 8 injured Antonio Heras and Raymundo Len One of the three vehicles on the caravan of Mara de Jess Patricio, spokesperson for the Indigenous Government Council (CIG, its initials in Spanish) and an aspirant to be an independent candidate to the...


The Role of Working Groups in US Destabilization Policies Towards Cuba "IndyWatch Feed War"

Omar Prez Salomn Translated by Internationalist 360 The Presidential Memorandum signed by White House tenant Donald Trump on June 17, directed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to organize a working group to examine the technological challenges and opportunities to expand Internet access on the island. It is not the first time that the government of...


Old Movies and Patriarchy from the Days of HUAC and the Blacklist "IndyWatch Feed War"

Watching old movies is a journey back through time, revisiting the social attitudes of our past.  A lot has changed during the last six or seven decades, much of it for the better. Thank goodness I dont have to wear a white shirt and necktie just to go downtown nowadays, but back in the 1950s that was the norm, the required male attire. I remember my father somewhat awkwardly putting on his dress-up clothes, struggling with his necktie. Being a former fisherman, Dad was skilled at tying all sorts of complicated knots, but that necktie was one he never quite mastered.

The differences between then and now are many, among the most significant being the gender roles.  Male dominance was the accepted norm; this comes out in most movies of the era, in some more intensely than others.  One that really lays it out thick and heavy is Fritz Langs 1952 film Clash by Night, produced nearly two decades before the feminist revolution of the late 1960s.

Clash by Night was filmed on location in Monterey and opens with picturesque shots of the seacoast, the fishing fleet, and Cannery Row, back then the center of a thriving fishing industry. The characters in this movie are fishing folk, the story centering on a love triangle in which Barbara Stanwyck plays a woman having an affair with her husbands best friend. The lover, played by Robert Ryan, is an angry, cynical fellow, the kind of guy whod seduce his best friends wife. The husband, Paul Douglas, is just the opposite; hes a trustworthy, amiable guy, good-hearted but rather childlike and simple-minded. Ryan says to Stanwyck, Your man is the salt of the earth, but hes not the right seasoning for you.

While Stanwyck, Douglas and Ryan are an ill-starred threesome who get things wrong, the movie also presents us with a counter-example of a couple who get things right, at least according to the ethos of the time. This couple, played by Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes, have their conflicts, but they work things out: she accepts him as the boss, the dominant partner. Andes portrays the proper masculine ideal of that era a guy who knows how to handle his woman and keep her in line.

Andes is Stanwycks younger brother; together they own a house, presumably inherited from their parents. Hes a crewman on a fishing vessel a purse seiner. Douglas is the owner and skipper. We see the two men (Douglas and Andes) on deck, repairing nets, using the traditional wooden net-needles.

Monroe, Andes girlfriend, works in one of the sardine canneri...


Israeli Parliament Votes Against Bill Recognizing Genocide of Armenians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik February 15, 2018 The Knesset on Wednesday voted against a draft law implying the recognition of the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, Israeli media reported Wednesday. According to the Jerusalem Post newspaper, the legislative body rejected the bill proposed by the Yesh Atid party. The media outlet added that Yesh Atid chairman Yair []


France: Muslim leader warns Macron not to meddle with Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is as expected. When Macron first announced that he was planning a reorganization of Islam in France, I wrote: Macron clearly still knows nothing of Islam. As any Islamic supremacist might have told him, Islam reorganizes, it is not reorganized. That is clearly Ahmet Ogras view as well. INTERVIEW-Muslim leader urges Macron not to []


Nobody Wants to Admit to the Real Reasons Behind American Mass Shootings "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nikolas Cruz mass shootings(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) Parkland, FL  There was mass casualty event at an American high school yesterday that took the lives of 17 students, and Im unfortunately not surprised at this point. Mass shootings have become commonplace in America as of late, and after every one of them, the political blame game spins round and round, even before we send []

Thursday, 15 February


Is it curtains for Israels Netanyahu? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | February 15, 2018 The corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sarah and son Yair seem serious. RT carried a resume on the charges against him. Netanyahus fortunes hang by a thread now. The attorney general Avichai Mandelblit will now take a []


Malaysia: Chinese Year of the Dog images removed to avoid offending Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

It seems as if authorities the world over, with very few exceptions, have determined that this is the one group to whom everyone must kowtow. And that is because some of them have a disturbing tendency to react to being offended by murdering people. In the fifth grade, everyone was told that the way to []


NDP could break elite consensus against Palestinian rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Yves Engler February 15, 2018 The anti-Palestinian consensus among Canadas three main political parties is crumbling and NDP members could bury it this weekend. After taking an all-expense paid trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committees conference in Washington and participating in a Jewish National Fund event in Israel 14 months ago, []


Watch: Florida Student Says She Talked to Nikolas Cruz During the High School Shooting "IndyWatch Feed War"

Florida High School Student Nikolas Cruz(ANTIMEDIA) Parkland, FL  Yesterday, a local CBS News affiliate conducted an interview about Wednesdays school shooting with Alexa Miednik, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Miedniks account adds additional context to the narrative and raises some interesting questions. Heres what she told KHOU-TV reporter Matt Musil about the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, on Valentines Day. #KHOU11 After shifting []


Another response to Publius Tacitus concerning those meddlesome Russians - TTG "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the latest posting by Publius Tacitus concerning this subject, he made the following claim. In other words, if the Russians really were in a full court press beyond their normal propaganda activities, then the intelligence community should have been...


Dutch Lies Over Putins Aggression Expose NATO War Agenda "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation | 15.02.2018 Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte was this week forced to bear a parliamentary vote of no confidence after his foreign minister finally came clean over a dangerous lie he has been telling for two years concerning Russian President Vladimir Putin. Halbe Zijlstra quit in shame on []


Trump 'Muslim ban' violates US Constitution: Court "IndyWatch Feed War"


The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, on a 9-4 vote, became the second federal appeals court to rule against the ban



Summary: Great attendance at this months meeting. Date of activity: 12/02/2018 Location of activity: London Main text: On Monday 12th Feb, members of VFP packed out the Housemans bookshop meeting room leaving standing room only for the second monthly meeting of 2018. At the meeting we covered the following agenda: Statement of Purpose Names of attendees and []



Purpose of activity: Annual Summer Camp for members and their families. Starts: Friday 24 August at 1500 Location: Lynsters Farm, Old Uxbridge Road, West Hyde, Herts, WD3 9XJ Finishes: Sunday 26 August at 1800 This will be the third year we have run a summer camp. The previous camps have been great. Free food, drink & live music []

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