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Saturday, 24 September

23:07

US apologizes to Assad for airstrikes against Syrian army "IndyWatch Feed War"

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US apologizes to Assad for airstrikes against Syrian army: Russian FM

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Source:Xinhua

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that the United States had apologized to Syrian President Bashar Assad for the airstrikes against Syrian government troops.

“Yes, they have apologized,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Rossiya 1 television channel.

Commenting on restoring truce in the war-battered country, Lavrov said it is only possible on a collective basis, which need the “sincere” cooperation from Washington to separate the so called moderate opposition from terrorist groups.

On Sept. 17, the US-led coalition airstrikes killed over 60 Syrian government troops and injured some 100 others in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, incurring a strong response from Moscow, which accused Washington of violating the cease-fire accord in Syria.

On Sept. 10, Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a nationwide cease-fire in Syria, which demands all warring sides stop attacks and airstrikes, and allow access to besieged areas, including Aleppo.

However, crossfire has resumed in the first hours after the truce deal expired on Monday.

22:48

Islamic State deploys female snipers in desperate bid to hold Libya's Sirte "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Islamic State sniper was was 'big, tall woman, like a gladiator, and she looked Arab'

22:07

President al-Assad’s interview given to Associated Press "IndyWatch Feed War"

SANA | September 22, 2016 Damascus – President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to Associated Press published Thursday, following is the full text: Journalist: President Assad, thank you very much for this opportunity to be interviewed by the Associated Press. President Assad: You are most welcome in Syria. Question 1: I will start by talking […]

22:01

Sharon Letter to Saudi King Revealed as Crown Prince Slams «Israel» at UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor In the most recent revelations of Saudi-“Israel” normalization and alliance, a letter written by Ariel Sharon ten years ago has been revealed as the Saudi Crown Prince in an attempt to wash his hands of barbarity, slammed the entity’s brutal measures in the Occupied Palestine. Though the stain of shame haunts the […]

21:59

U.S. is using white phosphorus that kills by burning to the bone "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Photos posted on a Pentagon-managed public affairs website show a U.S. Army artillery unit in Iraq using white phosphorous munitions, specifically M825A1 155mm rounds." "The United States has used white phosphorus in Iraq before, notably in the 2004 battle for Fallujah, when Marine artillery batteries were scrutinized for firing the munitions on entrenched insurgents. In Afghanistan, white phosphorus was used by U.S. troops, primarily in the country’s restive east. In 2009, NATO forces there were accused of burning an 8-year-old girl with the munitions."

21:59

On the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, the Nation Magazine, Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat and Al-Riyadh have all become indistinguishable.

21:58

Russia Announces Publication of Agreement with US on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

All information about the agreement between Russia and the US on Syria will be made public, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. Earlier, the US stated that it is no necessary to publish these documents. Some of them have already been published by the Associated Pressnews news agency.

Photo: RIA Novosti / Yevgeniy Biyatov

All information about the agreement on Syria, concluded between Russia and the US, will be published, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York. The Russian Minister expressed misunderstanding of Washington’s position, which “deviates” from the publication of these documents.

“All that was enshrined by the UN Security Council resolutions, the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and the Russian-American documents, all this information will be published. I do not know why our American colleagues shy away from this,” the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov’s words.

The agreements on Syria between Russia and the US was achieved on September 9, as a result of the 15-hour talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. On September 12, the ceasefire came into effect in Syria, however, documents remained classified.

On September 13, Lavrov said that Moscow supports an idea to publish the agreement with the US on Syria in order to avoid doubts about implementation of the agreement by Russia. Washington opposed declassification of the documents. The US side explained its decision by the fact that details of the agreement are “too sensitive” to give it publicity.

On September 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Washington does not publish the agreement on Syria because then “the international community will understand who and what really does not perform.”

On September 22, the Associated Press news agency published a document entitled ‘Reducing violence, restoring access and creation of joint implementation center’, containing five items. As spokeswoman for Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said, the document is a part of the package agreement between Russia and the US.

“It is strange that it was done in such a way, and the document was not published, for example, on the official websites of the US State Department or the US Department of Foreign Affairs… Instead, there was a leak. But it is in the style of our American colleagues,” Zakharova said.

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21:58

NYT's support for wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

"However, it’s worth noting, The New York Times‘s editorial board has supported every single US war—Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Libya—for the past 30 years."

21:57

German-Israeli covert operations "IndyWatch Feed War"

"According to the documents — which were submitted for the trial of a former German spy — Western surveillance agencies, Israel likely among them, operated a tax-haven company to fund various security-related operations." "Mauss claims that the fund in question was opened in the mid-1980s in Panama by Western security services for various activities, and has served since then for covert security operations around the world."

21:57

Facebook disables accounts of Palestinian editors "IndyWatch Feed War"

" “There has been no given reason for closing the accounts,” Quds’ al-Akhras said. “We believe this is the result of the agreement between Israel and Facebook. It is very strange that Facebook would take part in such an agreement, given that it is supposed to be a platform for free expression and journalism.” Al-Akhras said that it was particularly dismaying that Facebook would take this action as Quds got its start in 2011 as a Facebook-only platform." 

21:57

Israel & Paraguay "IndyWatch Feed War"

"And while Paraguay stands little chance of ousting Colombia as Israel’s regional BFF — the current Colombian president has, after all, boasted of being “the Israelites of Latin America” — Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has put a lot into the relationship, particularly during his recent visit to Israel." "Cartes himself, meanwhile, was described in a leaked cable from the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires in 2010 as the head of an “organization believed to launder large quantities of United States currency generated through illegal means, including through the sale of narcotics, from the TBA (Tri-Border Area) to the United States.” All the more reason, presumably, to shift the blame for illicit Tri-Border Area activity to other parties. Looks like Paraguay and Israel will make one hell of a team." (thanks Amir)

21:55

This is how the US ignited the Lebanese civil war "IndyWatch Feed War"

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "This is how the US Ignited the Lebanese Civil War: Secret Negotiations with Israel in the Administration of Franjiyyah."

21:53

Ian Black citing Faysal Qasim of Aljazeera "IndyWatch Feed War"

Faysal Qasim of Aljazeera has become known for posting the most sectarian, vulgar, sexist, and exterminationist posts about Syria (he used to be pro-Syrian regime by the way).  Ian Black is citing him below.  But in this week, I have noticed that most if not all Western correspondents on the Middle East have lost all sense of pretense of professionalism and are posting crude propaganda.
Ian Black (@ian_black)
‎Putin and friends who "kneel only before God״ ⁦‪twitter.com/kasimf/status/…‬⁩

21:24

Syrian Army Controls Entire Camp of Handarat in Northern Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 24, 2016 [Map] Syrian Army makes significant progress in northern Aleppo The Syrian army and allies managed on Saturday to regain control over Hanadart camp in northern Aleppo, killing dozens of terrorists and destroying their weapons. SANA mentioned that the engineering units were dismantling mines and explosives planted by terrorists and the army was […]

21:20

New Jordanian MP says election gains by women reflect genuine Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Jordan's Islamic Movement MP Tahboub speaks with MEE about gains by women in recent election, plans for reforms

21:07

Indian PM Modi Agitating For “War” w/Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

[Former Gujarat Minister Writes To SIT
To Probe Modi’s Role Into Gujarat Pogrom]

[Pakistan Media Calls PM Modi’s Speech Venomous]

Will not forget Uri attack, ready to fight 1,000-year war: Narendra Modi

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By: IANS | Kozhikode

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday squarely targetted Pakistan, saying India will not forget the sacrifices of 18 soldiers killed in the Uri terror attack and will work to isolate Pakistan globally for exporting terror. (ANI)
Addressing the BJP National Council meet here, Modi said that the Pakistan government was “misleading” its people on Kashmir.

He said Pakistani leaders had been talking of a “thousand years’ war” with India. “Let me tell you that there is a government in Delhi that accepts your challenge.”

However, he mellowed down the rhetoric, saying both countries should “fight the war”, but against poverty, unemployment and illiteracy — and “let’s see who wins”.

“The people of Pakistan should ask their rulers… PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) is with you, you can’t even manage that. Earlier, East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, was with you, you could not manage that. You are unable to manage PoK, Sindh, Gilgit- Baltistan and Balochistan, and you are talking of Kashmir… They are misleading you on Kashmir,” he said.

Modi said he wanted to remind the people of Pakistan that before Partition in 1947, their forefathers also considered this land as their own.

“I want to speak to the people of Pakistan. I want to remind them that before 1947 your forefathers too used to consider this country as your motherland, worship it. Keeping that in mind I want to ask a few things.”

He said both countries became independent at the same time. “So how is it that India exports software, but you (Pakistan) export terrorists.”

He also said the “Sacrifice of 18 soldiers” killed in the Uri attack “will not go in vain”.

“We will make efforts to isolate Pakistan” and force it to remain alone in the global stage”.

Earlier in his speech, Modi said there is one nation in Asia which does not want peace or development.

“There is one country which is exporting terrorism in the world from Asia.”

He said that terrorism is affecting India’s neighbours, including Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

“In the world when reports of terrorism come, then this news also follows that the terrorists came from that (neighbouring) country, or like Osama bin Laden, have found a hideout there.”

He said Indian forces were giving befitting reply to all terror acts.

20:54

Iraqi Forces Secure Areas South of Shirqat. ISIS Retreating "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have taken control of the areas along the Tigris south of the strategic town of Shiqat.

These areas had been controlled by the ISIS terrorist group. However, the Iraqi forces secured them under the banner of ongoing operations against the terrorist group near the ISIS-controlled town of Mosul.

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20:51

The US and Syria SitRep September 24th, 2016 by Auslander "IndyWatch Feed War"

The war in Syria is in fact a war between US and RF in microcosm. Russia Armed Forces have demonstrated masterful tactical skill and her diplomats have shown they are

20:47

Russia Defense Report: Army-2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/russia-defense-report-army-2016/

20:42

Terrorists Capture Ma’an in Northerh Hama "IndyWatch Feed War"

Joint forces of the Jund al-Aqsa terrorist group and US-backed ‘moderate oppositioneers’ have captured the village of Ma’an from the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces in the northern part of Hama province.

The terrorists’ advance took place amid significant gains of the pro-government forces in Aleppo city. Most likely, the terrorists are seeking to draw some attention of the Syrian military from the battle for Aleppo.

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20:39

Turn the Pentagon into a Hospital "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States government recently gave more than a million dollars to the family of one victim it had killed in one of its wars. The victim happened to be Italian. If you were to find all the Iraqi families with any surviving members who had loved ones killed by the United States it might be a million families. A million times a million dollars would be enough to treat those Iraqis in this respect as if they were Europeans. Who can tell me — raise your hand — how much is a million times a million?

That’s right, a trillion.

Now, can you count to a trillion starting from one. Go ahead. We’ll wait.

Actually we won’t wait, because if you counted one number per second you would get to a trillion in 31,709 years. And we have other speakers to get to here.

A trillion is a number we can’t comprehend. For most purposes it’s useless. The greediest oligarch doesn’t dream of ever seeing a fraction of that many dollars. Teeny fractions of that many dollars would transform the world. Three percent of it per year would end starvation on earth. One percent per year would end the lack of clean drinking water. Ten percent per year would transform green energy or agriculture or education. Three percent per year for four years, in current dollars, was the Marshall Plan.

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20:26

How President Putin returned the ownership of Sakhalin II to Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

How President Putin returned the ownership of Sakhalin II to Russia A bit of political humor Sakhalin II operates the Piltun-Astokhskoye and Lunskoye oil and gas fields. Sakhalin II project

20:25

Turn the Pentagon into a Hospital "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson
Remarks at #NoWar2016

The United States government recently gave more than a million dollars to the family of one victim it had killed in one of its wars. The victim happened to be Italian. If you were to find all the Iraqi families with any surviving members who had loved ones killed by the United States it might be a million families. A million times a million dollars would be enough to treat those Iraqis in this respect as if they were Europeans. Who can tell me — raise your hand — how much is a million times a million?

That’s right, a trillion.

Now, can you count to a trillion starting from one. Go ahead. We’ll wait.

Actually we won’t wait, because if you counted one number per second you would get to a trillion in 31,709 years. And we have other speakers to get to here.

A trillion is a number we can’t comprehend. For most purposes it’s useless. The greediest oligarch doesn’t dream of ever seeing a fraction of that many dollars. Teeny fractions of that many dollars would transform the world. Three percent of it per year would end starvation on earth. One percent per year would end the lack of clean drinking water. Ten percent per year would transform green energy or agriculture or education. Three percent per year for four years, in current dollars, was the Marshall Plan.

And yet the United States government through numerous departments dumps a trillion dollars per year into preparing for war. So that works out perfectly. Take one year off and compensate Iraqi victims. Take some additional months and begin compensating Afghans, Libyans, Syrians, Pakistanis, Yemenis, Somalis, etc. I’m well aware of not listing them all. Remember the 31,709 years problem.

Of course you can never fully compensate a destroyed country like Iraq or a family anywhere that has lost a loved one. But you could benefit millions and billions of people every year and save and improve millions and billions of lives for less than is spent on preparing for more wars. And this is the number one way in which war kills — by taking away the funding for anything else. Globally it’s $2 trillion per year plus trillions in damage and destruction.

When you try to weigh the good and the bad to decide whether starting or continuing a war is justified, on the bad side has to go the cost: financial, moral, human, environmental, etc., of war preparations. Even if you think you can imagine how there could be a justifiable war some day, you have to consider whether it’s justifiable in the way that a corporation that pollutes the earth and abuses its workers and customers is profitable — namely by writing off most of the costs.

Of course, people like to imagine that there have been a few justifiable wars, so that the chance of another one outweighs all the destruction of endless war preparation plus all the unjustifiable wars it produces. The United States simply had to fight a revolution against England although nonviolent corrections to injustices were working well, and the reason that Canada didn’t have to have a war with England is because there are no touchdowns in hockey, or something. The United States simply had to kill three quarters of a million people and then end slavery, even though slavery did not end, because all those other countries that ended slavery, and this city we’re in that ended slavery, without killing all those people first now lack the valuable heritage of Confederate flags and bitter racist resentment that we so cherish, or something.

World War II was totally justifiable because President Roosevelt was 6 days off in his prediction of the Japanese attack he’d worked to provoke, and the U.S. and England refused to evacuate Jewish refugees from Germany, the Coast Guard chased a ship of them away from Miami, the State Department deni...

20:22

Standing Rock Stakes Claim for Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mainstream media would have most of us believe that the current struggle at Standing Rock, North Dakota is all about clean water – that its only focus is stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from running through Indigenous reservation land. And, yes, it is about these things. But while such a narrative may create “hot headlines,” it fails to capture the full truth and essence of what‘s really going on there.

On September 9 through September 12, our Workers World Party delegation gathered with 8,000 others to support the national call to mobilize for support.

Resistance, unity and mass consciousness

Shortly after our flight into Bismarck, North Dakota, we drove directly to the State Capitol Building for a local protest there.  I began to realize that this was much bigger than just a fight for water. Is water a central component to this struggle? Yes! Yes, it is. But as local members of the Indigenous community began to gather, as school-aged Native youth began marching down the street in pouring rain, I quickly realized that the current developments at Standing Rock were not only politically and culturally significant, but that this moment in time was becoming historic. This “local protest” had indeed become monumental.

Representatives of Indigenous Nations began pouring into Bismarck from all over the country. In spite of the rain, more and more people just kept coming. A protest had become a reunion, a reunion for some who had never even spoken to each other, a reunion many thought would never happen again. The struggle for water had performed the miracle of bringing nations together from all over the Western Hemisphere. Resistance had created both unity and mass consciousness.

It was Friday and we had just arrived. So much was unfolding, and we hadn’t even made it to the encampment at Standing Rock yet. We had merely decided to support a local protest we heard about via Facebook. We still needed to get settled and set-up for the evening. After the protest, we finally arrived at Main Camp of Standing Rock late Friday afternoon, just a few hours before dark. We debated for a half hour about where to pitch our tent, and finally, collectively found a spot.

Word broke during camp that evening that the Obama administration and U.S. government had decided to temporarily “halt” further construction of the DAPL in the immediate Lake Oahe area by Standing Rock. But the overall project had not been “ceased” in North Dakota, or elsewhere.

Indigenous Nations came from all over: Ontario and Vancouver (Canada), Hawaii, Ecuador, Jamaica, Arizona, Alaska, Massachusetts, California. There were elders and small children, women and men. Some drove. Some flew. Some even came in by canoe.

Main Camp organizers noted that over 260 nations had gathered, the largest of any such gathering since Wounded Knee in 1973. Morale was high from the decision to “halt,” but leaders and organizers were still quite leery. After 500 years of colonial lies, false promises and broken treaties, many of their elders had seen this story before. They reminded the media and informed the various nations to stay vigilant.

As organizer and Standing Rock Sioux elder, Phyllis Young stated: “Our freedom is in our DNA. Our culture is bigger than the U.S. Constitution. When one nation’s rights are violated, we are all violated.” On the subject of...

20:14

We Must Be Antiwar Activists "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Leah Bolger
Remarks at #NoWar2016

How many people here consider themselves peace activists? Now, how many people here consider themselves anti-war activists? Although the terms “pro-peace” and “anti-war” are often used interchangeably, are they really the same thing? I don’t think so and that’s what I want to talk to you about.

Everyone says they are for peace, even people like President Obama, and Prime Minister Netanyahu—men who are directly responsible for the killing of thousands and thousands of people. Of course everyone says they are for peace…everyone wants kindness, empathy, communication, fairness, justice, human dignity, and beauty. Some examples of peace activism are: environmentalism, gun control, support of whistle blowers, working against racism, sexism and all forms of discrimination, working for open democracy, supporting health security and basic human rights such as clean air and water, housing and education, and working for freedom of speech and an uncensored and unbiased media. At the community level, activities which promote peace include: planting community gardens, installing peace poles, food drives, holding poetry, essay or art contests, singing, praying, –all of those things which make the world a better, nicer and more peaceful place, however they don’t speak directly against war. There are a great number of famous peace activists who have worked very hard on peace issues, such as Cesar Chavez, Julia Ward Howe, Henry David Thoreau and Nelson Mandela, but not directly against war. Even those who are known as anti-war activists such as Joan Baez, William Sloane Coffin, Pete Seeger, and Ron Kovic have concentrated their resistance to specific wars or weapons, not the institution of war itself.

Not everyone is against war. Many people believe that there are such things as a just war, or a necessary war. Although most people like to believe that they think of war as a last resort, in reality, they do not. Due in large part to the corporate-owned media, they often think that it is an either/or situation—go to war, or do nothing. Many people don’t know about, or understand the power of non-violence, or are aware of the other tools that can be used in place of violence, militarism and war. Another reason that people think of themselves as peace activists instead of anti-war activists, is that they don’t believe that war can really be abolished, so they almost feel like their efforts are a waste of time, and so they focus their energies into issues in which they feel they can make a difference.

The mission of World Beyond War was created very deliberately to be an anti-war organization as part of an international movement to abolish war forever and to create a lasting and just peace. Our intention was not to reinvent the wheel—we know there are thousands of peace organizations around the world. But we did not know of any international organizations whose mission is to eradicate war itself. Our intention is to build a movement focused directly on addressing the institution of war. Of course, we are opposed to specific wars like the U.S. war on Afghanistan, and we are opposed to weapons systems like drones, but that is not where World Beyond War concentrates its efforts.

World Beyond War believes that to eradicate war itself, we have to go beyond protesting specific wars–indeed by the time that the shooting and bombing start, it’s too late—scores of people will be killed or injured, there will be massive destruction of homes, businesses and infrastructure, and enormous sums of money will be spent before it is ended. As our buddy H.R. Haldeman said, “You can’t put toothpaste back into the tube.” Although protest and legislation can lead to the conclusion of a specific war (for instance anti-war activists are largely credited with putting an end to the Viet Nam...

19:57

19:46

Guardian sells space to war-profiteers to promote war "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Kit | OffGuardian | September 24, 2016 It seems like all I do these days is skim through the “about” pages of an endless list of NGOs with countless varieties of the same name, looking for the same half-a-dozen funds, endowments, organisations, slogans, mottos and buzzwords that always appear. It’s got to the point […]

18:59

Monkeys to Operate Robots "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: IEEE: As if quantum computing wasn’t mind-bending enough, one of D-Wave Systems’ founders is now pursuing another futuristic idea: using artificial intelligence and high-tech exoskeleton suits to allow humans—and, at least according to one description of the technology, monkeys, too—to control and train an army of intelligent robots. Geordie Rose is a co-founder and […]

18:44

10-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Tells US, ‘Stop Selling Weapons to Saudis’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Richard Edmondson “Blocking this sale of tanks will be interpreted by our Gulf partners, not just Saudi Arabia, as another sign that the United States of America is abandoning our commitment to the region and is an unreliable security partner.” –Sen. John McCain “The Saudis in many, many ways […]

18:06

Canadian firm sells Bahrain software to censor Internet "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV – September 24, 2016 A Canadian company has sold Bahrain technology used to block opposition websites and human rights content on the Internet, Canadian activists say. Specialists from internet watchdog Citizen Lab said in a report that Canadian Netsweeper website-blocking applications had been identified on nine internet service providers (ISPs) in Bahrain. The […]

17:56

‘There is no stronger disorganizing force in American Jewish life than Israel’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

As we often proclaim on this site, a historical divide is now occurring between American Jews who feel that their obligation to support Israel is a “sacred” mission (as Dershowitz put it) and American Jews who want no part of that. As Israel approaches the 50th anniversary of the occupation, more and more American Jews are discovering that they do not share values with the Jewish state. And Benjamin Netanyahu is driving the divorce by making racist, Islamophobic rightwing statements at every turn.

As we also say, the mainstream media are ignoring this trend, in some measure because older editors are in the tank for Israel. So here are a few recent news items that are evidence of the divorce. Notably, two are anguished statements from rightwing ideologues, Yossi Klein Halevi and John Podhoretz. It’s just what Peter Beinart said, the crisis of Zionism.

First, here is a Times of Israel report on Zionism 3.0, a conference at a Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto aimed at rekindling the love affair between American Jews and Israel. Yehuda Kurtzer, a liberal Zionist, was blunt about the way that Israel has gone from being a binder of American Jewry to being a disrupter. Emphasis mine:

“Two generations ago, the State of Israel was probably the strongest organizing force for the American Jewish community,” he said. “Today, there is no stronger disorganizing force in Jewish life, no single greater source of tension in the American Jewish communal politics than the State of Israel.”

Yossi Klein Halevi, the author and Jerusalem settler, also spoke at this conference and said it was imperative that American and Israeli Jewish communities remain a family, sharing “Jewish citizenship”. Then he lamented the many divides between those communities. For one thing, American Jews are white collar while Israeli Jews are blue collar.

Israelis are tough, American Jews are not.

Each community has devised an opposite strategy for coping. Our strategy is to be tough, the American Jewish strategy is to be flexible. Our dilemma in Israel is that the strategy that works for us in the Middle East– the tougher we are the safer we are– that that same strategy backfires for us in the liberal west.

We are a militarized society… American Jewry is a demilitarized society. This is an American Jewish generation that does not know the military experience.

Klein Halevi said it’s not healthy if American Jews don’t have the right to criticize Israel. But only to a point.

Criticism is not a substitute for a healthy relationship. If criticism becomes the sole basis for an American Jewish relationship with Israel and we are seeing signs of that developing in certain circles, where the only relationship is, we oppose you…. What I need from American Jewish critics is a sense of understanding of the agonizing complexity of Israel’s dilemmas, not to trivialize our dilemmas.

But when Klein Halevi described those dilemmas– well, very few young American Jews can relate to this dilemma:

Most Israelis feel today that we have exhausted our options on the Palestinian issue, which is why there is virtually no debate in Israel today about the Palestinians.

And “a deep divide… opened between us” with the Iran deal. Here comes the...

17:22

How One Man Held off Nuclear War "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Cesar Chelala | CounterPunch | September 23, 2016 As the possibilities for confrontation between Russia and the United States seem to increase, it is worth remembering how close the world was to a nuclear disaster as a result of the nuclear missiles installed in Cuba by the Soviet Union. At the time, the world […]

17:15

Syrian War Report – September 23, 2016: Operation to Clear Eastern Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Arab Army announced renewed operations in eastern Aleppo on September 22nd. Hezbollah announced their participation shortly after the SAA General Command.  The operations are reportedly coordinated with Russian military advisers deployed in the area. The Syrian Air Force has delivered up to 45 air strikes on militant targets in the Aleppo neighborhoods of […]

16:41

US Media: Trump’s Advisor Discussed Lifting of Sanctions with Officials from Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are more and more legends that Donald Trump is a Kremlin agent.

Photo: AP / Chuck Burton

US media reported that adviser of Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump, a big businessman Carter Page held a series of meetings with Russian senior officials.

According to US media, during the meetings Page allegedly promised representatives of Russia to lift economic sanctions against the country in the case of Trump’s election victory. The only source of this information is ‘own unnamed sources’ of US journalists.

Page is a founder and managing partner of the Global Energy Capital Company, which is engaged in investment in the energy sector of developing countries. For a long time he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the US National Center for Policy Analysis. Page spent three years in Moscow, where he was responsible for the opening of Merrill Lynch office and was an adviser on key transactions of Gazprom, RAO UES and other companies. Currently, he is an advisor to Trump on foreign policy.

Statements that Trump cooperates with Russia and even is sponsored by Moscow are regularly heard by his rivals from the Democratic Party. The country’s media have also repeatedly speculated that Russia wants to influence the outcome of the elections in the US. At the same time, officials, including President Barack Obama, warn that the final conclusion has not been done in this regard.

Earlier, Trump stated that he intends to “get on” with the Russian President, as he believes that the two countries can work together more effectively in order to deal with a number of global threats, including terrorism. This approach caused a sharp criticism from Hillary Clinton and all the US Democrats, who even claimed that Russian authorities allegedly support the Republicans in the election. Moscow rejects accusations of any interference in the electoral campaign in the US.

However, US media find more and more ‘irrefutable’ facts that prove links between Trump and the Russian government, as the presidential election approaches.

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16:36

Jeremy Corbyn Wins Convincing Victory Over Owen Smith "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Heather Stewart and Rowena Mason for The Guardian - Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to “wipe the slate clean” after winning a convincing victory in Labour’s bitter leadership battle, securing 62% of the vote. Speaking after the result was declared in Liverpool, Corbyn thanked his rival, Owen Smith, and urged the “Labour family” to unite after the summer-long contest. “We have much more in common than that which divides us. Let’s wipe that slate clean from today and get on with the work we’ve got to do as a party together,” he said.

16:31

The Riots Will Continue "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Vincent Emanuele for Counter Punch - In 1917, white supremacists, the National Guard and the St. Louis Police killed an estimated 150-200 blacks in what is commonly referred to as the “East St. Louis Massacre.” Much like St. Louis, Chicago was an up-and-coming industrial city that was experiencing massive demographic shifts as a result of the “Great Migration” north at the beginning of the 20th century. Similarly, Chicago experienced its own race riots in 1919, where 38 people were killed and 500 injured.

16:28

Dakota Access Blackout Continues On ABC, NBC News "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jim Naureckas for FAIR - The Sacred Stone Camp established by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota has brought together thousands of demonstrators in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile conduit designed to carry some 200 million barrels of crude oil per year from fracking fields in North Dakota to Southern Illinois. An unprecedented coalition of hundreds of Native American tribes has faced down attack dogs and pepper spray in defense of sacred and historic sites, irreplaceable water resources and the planet’s climate.

16:27

Government Forces Achieve Massive Gains in Northern Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

Developing the momentum in northern Aleppo, the Syrian government forces have seized the strategic Handarat refugee camp east of the Mallah Farms. The refugee camp had been controlled by militants of Fatah Halab (a joint operations room of jihadists factions operating in Aleppo). Now, the Syrian army is securing the area. Liwaa Al-Quds (a Palestinian pro-government militia) is supporting the army in the area.

Separately, the Syrian army and Hezbollah have set a fire control of the Shuqeif undustrial zone in northern Aleppo and launche an offensive on the militant-controlled Kindi Cancer Hospital building (this building is no more a hopsital). The Shuqeif undustrial zone and Kindi Cancer Hospital are controlled by joint forces of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and the US-backed Free Syrian Army.

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16:26

What the CIA Does When The Other Side Won’t Fight "IndyWatch Feed War"

How do you start a fight when your opponent doesn’t want a fight with you? You force it… you create …

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16:24

Shattering Charlotte’s Myth Of Racial Harmony "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David A. Graham for The Atlantic - This is clear in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week, where intense demonstrations and riots have followed the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer on Wednesday. The banking mecca—the Southeast’s second-largest city—has tended to see itself as an avatar of modernity and moderation in a state where both are uneven. Although Uptown’s gleaming skyscrapers and chain restaurants seem to suggest a city that is both without, and untethered from, history, the Queen City was built on slavery and its racial politics remain fraught

16:21

Big Bank ‘Greenwashing’ Exposed As Major Climate Week Sponsors Fund Fossil Fuels "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Deirdre Fulton for Common Dreams - Big bank sponsorship of Climate Week 2016, which kicked off Monday in New York City, "amounts to little more than greenwashing," according one environmental organization, given financial institutions' business-as-usual investment in fossil fuels. Indeed, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) charges three major sponsors—Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of the West (BNP Paribas)—with "helping [to] drive the climate crisis" through their ongoing funding of extreme fossil fuels such as coal and tar sands oil.

16:18

Palestinian boy was shot in both legs after threat by Israeli officer to disable every youth in refugee camps "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Violence / Detentions — West Bank / Jerusalem

13-year-old Palestinian shot in Duheisha last month detained, medically neglected
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 22 Sept — A 13-year-old Palestinian who was shot and seriously injured last month by Israeli forces during a raid into al-Duheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem, and then detained from his home on Tuesday, remained in a dire medical condition, local sources reported on Thursday. Ramzi Abu Ajamiyeh was detained from his home two days ago, during massive military raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem when 40 other Palestinians were detained, including six other minors. The raid into al-Duheisha early Tuesday morning also sparked clashes during which two Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli fire. Meanwhile, Ramzi was shot in both of his legs during a detention raid in the camp in the beginning of August, and he remained in a “difficult” medical condition as of Thursday as he was being held in Israel’s Ofer military prison. Local sources added that since the boy was shot, he has had to undergo six surgeries due to his injuries. Throughout his detention over the past two days, Israeli forces have reportedly prevented Ramzi from taking his medication, despite Israeli authorities being informed of his medical condition. While it could not immediately be confirmed when in early August Ramzi was shot, Ma‘an reported on three separate detention raids in al-Duheisha last month that sparked clashes between local youths and Israeli forces, all the three of which resulted in locals being shot and injured … The raids in August came as reports emerged of an Israeli army commander responsible for Bethlehem’s three refugee camps making repeated threats to make “all youth in the camp disabled.” The commander, known to locals as “Captain Nidal, ” has made statements such as: “I will make half of you disabled, and let the other half push the wheelchairs,” and “I will make all of you stand in line at the ATM waiting for your disability subsidies and assistance,” according to an investigation by BADIL, the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights….
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Soldiers injure a young man near Ramallah, assault a physically challenged man near Jenin
IMEMC 23 Sept — Israeli soldiers shot and injured, Friday, a young Palestinian man with live fire east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, while a number of soldiers assaulted a physically challenged man at a military roadblock near Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank. Medical sources said the soldiers invaded an area close to Yabroud bridge, between Silwad and Yabroud towns, east of Ramallah, and clashed with many locals. The soldiers fired several live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, and wounding a young man with a live round in his leg. Palestinian medics moved the wounded young man to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, suffering moderate but stable wounds.
In addition, soldiers stationed at the al-Jalama military roadblock, northeast of Jenin, assaulted a physically challenged young man, causing various...

16:17

Syrian Army Discovers Turkish Manual Instructing Terrorists in Use of Nukes "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the course of a recent operation to liberate a terrorist-held enclave in northern Latakia, Syrian Army troops discovered a 'manual for terrorists'. Printed in Turkey, the book teaches jihadis "the proper conduct of war on foreign soil," up to and including the use of nuclear weapons. The manual, printed in Arabic and called 'Zad al-Mujahed' (roughly, 'Fruits for the work of God's Warriors') was published in Istanbul, with its publishers making no attempt to even try to hide the book's origins. It features the logo of the Istanbul-based Guraba publishing company, contact information, and even an ISBN, inside its front cover. Speaking to Sputnik Arabic, the Syrian Army soldier who discovered the book said that it was filled with hatred and calls to war against people who don't share jihadists' faith, as well as instructions on what must be done with "enemies and their property." "The book describes how to properly burn cities captured by jihadi fighters, how to cut down all the trees, destroy all life, how to execute prisoners in the correct manner", the soldier explained... ... ...

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16:15

Sacred Burial Grounds Sold To Dakota Access Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Georgianne Nienaber for The Huffington Post - Water and sacred land protectors near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota are facing a formidable foe. Months of prayerful and peaceful protest have come under additional assault with the sale of private land adjoining the protest area to Dakota Access LLC. The Dakota Access Pipeline now owns the Cannonball Ranch, where there are known and unknown burial grounds.

16:13

Assad's forces advance in Aleppo amid crushing bombardment "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Scores of people were reportedly killed in east Aleppo on Saturday as opposition leader accused Russia of 'genocide'

16:10

Joining Trend, NY Suspends Review Of Oil Train Terminal Permit "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Zahra Hirji for Inside Climate News - New York environmental regulators have suspended their review of two proposals to renew and expand operations at a Port of Albany oil terminal until Global Partners LP addresses a laundry list of concerns over environmental, public health, safety and climate change. Officials at the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) told the company in a letter on Sept. 16 it has three months to provide plans for the following...

16:06

1200 Archeologists & Museum Directors Sent Letters To President Obama "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Indigenous Rising - In a new letter sent to the Obama administration, over 1,200 museum directors, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians expressed solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight against the Dakota Access pipeline. In response to a groundswell of opposition to the pipeline project both on the ground and across the country, the administration released a statement on September 9th announcing that the Army will not authorize construction of the pipeline on Corps land until it can assess whether a more thorough analysis should be conducted.

16:01

France And The Struggle Over Labour Reforms "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Maxime Benatouil for The Bullet - The so-called Labour Law, passed en force by the French government on 20 July, is the most serious attack against the “Code du Travail,” already undermined for the past thirty years. A short historical overview is necessary to better grasp the destructive scope of this law, promoted and enforced by a socialist government – cruel irony!

15:56

Footage Shows Fatal Encounter Between Police, Keith Lamont Scott "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of NBC NEWS - It's at that moment that four gunshots can be heard, as Scott's wife screams: "Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?" Wife's Video Shows Deadly Encounter Between Keith Scott and Police 4:41 Unsettling footage obtained by NBC News shows the moments leading up to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.

15:48

Why I Am On The Women’s Boat To Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Lisagay Hamilton for Counter Punch - Sunday night, September 18, 2016. As my “industry” colleagues attend Emmy parties and dress for the red carpet, I stand on the chilly docks of Ajaccio, Corsica, in the wee hours of the morning awaiting the arrival of a small sailboat called the Zaytouna-Oliva. The boat arrives just after 2AM, and the passengers and crew, all women, disembark. The trip from Barcelona was rough. Everyone had gotten sick and it showed on their faces.

15:43

Sergey Lavrov talks to journalists after U.N. General Assembly address ~ [very important speech] "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian FM Lavrov press conference following UNGA speech  Filed under: Lone Bear, Sergey Lavrov, UN Security Council, United Nations, USA …

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15:40

Open Fracture in Syria War "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US-Russian agreement on Syria – how could it shape the ongoing conflict?

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Originally appeared at VPK, translated by Vox Veritatis exclusively for SouthFront; Edited by Desi Tzoneva

The signing of the US-Russian agreement on the settlement of the situation in Syria has ended the period during which Washington could not come to terms with the failure of the ‘Arab Spring’ and the defeat of its allies there: Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The key role in changing the geopolitical situation in the region was played by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). Without its destruction of the terrorists in Syria and attacks on their oil production and transport infrastructure, the activation of the anti-terrorist coalition, led by the United States, is extremely dubious. Jealousy of the US over Russia’s success turned out to be a more effective stimulus for war on terrorism than the regional competition with Iran.

Nevertheless, the position on the front is ambiguous. Turkey’s actions on the Syrian border have set for the US a nearly impossible objective of maintaining a balance between Ankara and the Kurds. The Islamist groups in Aleppo and in the region of the Jordanian border demonstrate independence, which certainly does not please the Saudi curators. Additionally, there is discord in pro-Qatar IS (organisation banned in Russia) between jihadist-foreigners, Iraqi Baathists and the Syrian clans. With all the surprises that may be brought on by the civil war, a turning point in the minds of Washington (if not of the Arabian monarchies) occurred – and the fact that the talks between Lavrov and Kerry have led to a concrete result, are testament of this. Let’s consider the current situation in Syria and some of its prospects of the development on the basis of materials of U.B. Scheglovin (prepared for the Middle East Institute – MEI).

Damascus – business climate

The development of the operational situation in Syria is characterised by the surveillance of MEI experts, who assessed the situation in Deir ez-Zor which is controlled by IS supporters. The refinery continues to operate. It was not damaged as a result of the air raids, but due to the reduction in supply of raw materials, production has dropped to only one-third. The number of trucks that carry the fuel (the main part of it goes to Turkey) has decreased – they are all extremely worn out – an entire park of oil tankers suffered from the actions of the RF’s VKS. IS buys half of the produced fuel at a lower price and sells it to the Turks. IS and factory owners are looking for a source for technological renovation of the manufacture, the operation of which will end in a year or two. The degree of oil refining at the plant is 20% to 25% – extremely low values.

The relationship between IS members and the general population has significantly softened, and the extrajudicial killings and executions have, in fact, stopped. Roadblocks are manned by local residents without the presence of Iraqi insurgents and foreign fighters. This is also associated with the outflow of IS foreign insurgents from the Syrian territory due to the decrease in their financing (from $800 per month to between $250 and $300, depending on the rank). The Qatari preachers and imams have also disappeared from the region controlled by the IS – a year ago there were many, one Qatari in every mosque.

In the areas controlled by the IS, Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo, Saudi emissaries and traders that kept their mobile shops have...

15:38

Corbyn re-elected in landslide win as Britain’s Labour leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV – September 24, 2016 British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has retained the leadership of the opposition political party after a bruising campaign. Corbyn, who was initially elected last year, took 62 percent of the vote, beating challenger Owen Smith on Saturday. Surveys had indicated that Corbyn would easily defeat his challenger as […]

15:32

Afghanistan–NATO’s failed experiment "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Afghanistan was always an experiment for NATO. The country’s only forward-thinking, socially progressive, inclusive government which provided opportunities and public services for all in the 1970s was assailed by marauding gangs of terrorists crawling over the border from Pakistan, sponsored by NATO, with the aim of creating a soft underbelly to attack the Soviet Union.

The phenomenon of western-backed terrorists

The result was a desperate plea from this socially progressive government, under which women had full rights, under which children were encouraged to go to school instead of being shot at, stoned or decapitated, to its friend, the Soviet Union, to defend itself against what had started to show its ugly head: Western-backed terrorists.

The rest is history and is well-documented. The Mujaheddin morphed into the Taliban, a mixture of Wahhabism, Islamism, Islamic law and Pashtun lore. Afghanistan’s massive natural resources were intact, ripe for the taking and so was the opium poppy trade, to flood Russia’s cities with cheap heroin and make billions in funds from the sale of drugs.

Shocking report from the UNO

As we had seen with the escapades of the British Empire in the nineteenth century, as we saw with the Soviet Armed Forces over a decade in the second half of the twentieth century, as we have seen with NATO’s combined force of dozens of countries over a decade and a half in the twenty-first, Afghanistan is untenable. NATO entered the country in 2001, supposedly as revenge for 9/11, although there continue to be huge questions over this event and in 2016, fifteen years later, the United Nations has just released the following report:

afghan-studentThe report, Education and Healthcare at Risk: Key trends and incidents affecting children’s access to healthcare and education in Afghanistan (based on data collected between January 2013 and December 2915), was drawn up by UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. The UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, has concluded: “The report’s findings are deeply troubling. It is simply unacceptable for teachers, doctors and nurses to be subjected to violence or threats, and for schools and medical facilities to be misused or attacked.”

The report shows a worsening trend in access to healthcare and educati...

15:24

Sergey Lavrov: “Situation in Syria cannot be resolved without eliminating ISIS, al-Nusra, and other terror organizations” "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed the need to realize the Security Council’s request to separate the “moderate opposition” from terrorists, and that the responsibility for doing this lies on the United States and its allies. In a speech at the UN General Assembly on Friday, Lavrov asserted that the situation in Syria cannot be resolved without eliminating ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the other terror organizations that merged with them, affirming that holding intra-Syrian talks without preconditions cannot be delayed, and any attempt by “external opposition” groups to delay them will have negative repercussions on settlement attempts. Lavrov also said that there are attempts to shelter Jabhat al-Nusra away from strikes, which is a blatant violation of Security Council resolutions, stressing the need to have objective investigations into the incidents that took place in Deir Ezzor and Aleppo.... ... ...

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15:14

Turkish President: Half of Weapons Delivered by US to Syrian Kurds Fell into Hands of ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, almost half of the weapons, which the US has delivered to the defense forces of Syrian Kurds, fell into the hands of members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that almost half of the weapons, delivered by the US to the defense forces of Syrian Kurds, fell into the hands of terrorists.

“Three days ago, three aircraft with US armaments for Syrian Kurds’ forces landed in the Syrian city of Kobani. Half of these weapons fell into the hands of terrorists of the Islamic State [IS] group. We warned Barack Obama about this, but could not convince him. Now, unfortunately, they play the same games. This will not lead to concrete results, but will just continue the bloodshed in Syria,” the Anadolu news agency quoted the words of the Turkish President.

In addition, the president urged to hand power in Syria over to Syrian people, and called Bashar al-Assad the cause of the death of 600,000 compatriots.

It seems that Erdogan has finally found reasons to explain the recent failures of controlled by him militants in northern Syria. The offensive on Al Bab clearly does not develop as it is wanted – terrorists are in no hurry to allow Turkish tanks and ‘green’ militants to reach their last outpost in northern Syria.

Despite rumors that the IS has surrendered the border to Turkey in the framework of unofficial arrangements with Erdogan, in fact IS terrorists carried out a planned retreat to the positions, from which they plan to resist Turks and Kurds.

Due to Turkey’s threats against Kurds and the termination of a direct support of Kurds from the US side, the Kurds’ offensive on Al Bab has been almost stopped. It would seem that now Erdogan has all the advantages, but traditional military weakness of the Syrian Revolutionary Forces, high efficiency of suicide attacks, and effective countermeasures of the IS at the tactical level do not allow the Turkish President to use the situation to his advantage.

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15:08

The “12 Commandments” of the israel Lobby "IndyWatch Feed War"

Source By Lawrence Swaim | InFocus News* Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania is the latest to take heat from the Israel Lobby, mainly because he once attended a meeting with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and also refused to sign a letter written by AIPAC. So they created a TV ad that tries […]

15:04

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14:39

Third World War has never been so close "IndyWatch Feed War"

Third World War has never been so close

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20.09.2016

As we have already said many times, the main aspect of this political season is not elections, but war. But if elections do have importance somewhere, then this is in the US where, once again, they are closely connected to war. Two days ago, on Saturday, September 17th, the likelihood of this war was breathtakingly high. As we know, American troops, who no one ever invited to Syria, bombed the positions of the Syrian army at Deir ez-Zor. As a result of the bombing, 60 Syrian soldiers were killed.

This strike was extremely important for ISIS militants, whom the US is informally advising and arming while supposedly fighting them. This crossed the line. Bombing Syrian soldiers is one thing, but this means declaring war not only against Syria, but also Russia, which is fighting in Syria on Assad’s side. And this means that we have reached a climax.

Sure, the US leadership immediately reported that the airstrike was a mistake and warned the Russian leadership not to express any emotions. But Americans can only be lying, as modern technology allows satellite objects to be seen from a desktop. Theoretically, American bombers could not have simply confused such a strike. And what’s most important: if they had told you that they were preparing to bomb you, and you said nothing, then does that mean you agree?

It is completely obvious that the US is preparing to start a war against Russia. Border incidents represent reconnaissance operations. But how will Moscow, Putin, and the Kremlin react? The point of no return has not yet been crossed, but did Moscow’s reaction not show just how many Russians are ready for a direct, frontal confrontation with the US and NATO? This was why the airstrike was launched against Syrian army positions.

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14:35

Palestinian Quds Forces have finally re-entered the Handarat Palestinian Camp in Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinian Quds Force have finally re-entered the Handarat Palestinian Camp in Aleppo (by Paul Antonopoulos) Filed under: al-Quds Brigade, Aleppo, …

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14:00

Yoda: Riot Not Slack (Open Source Tool Integration) "IndyWatch Feed War"

yoda with light saberWould you buy a C4I system from the same people that built the F-35 and the USS Gerald Ford? Of course you would. That’s why you are  dysfunctional.

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Phi Beta Iota: $1.2 trillion dollars and a quarter century after Diane Webb and other defined the eighteen functionalities needed for all-source workstation, we still do not have them. “Not an expensive enough problem.” At the same time, the existing C4I system is — as Robert Steele told the National Research Council in 1994 when looking at the US Army’s multi-billion futures architecture — so insular as to be deaf, dumb, and blind in relation to accessing the 95% or so of the information that is outside the wire (and generally not secret, not in English, and not online). NATO has been thinking about Alternative C4I — that’s code for totally open (but secure) C4I that anyone can afford, anyone can use, allowing anyone to share and make sense together across all boundaries.

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See Especially:

2015 Robert Steele – Foreword to Stephen E. Arnold’s CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access

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13:43

Russia Hopes Next US President to Push for Ratification of Nuclear Test Ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik – 23.09.2016 Russia hopes that the next US president will be more committed to ratification by his country of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which Moscow has already ratified, Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaliy Churkin said Friday. “We hope that the next president of the United States will be more strident in […]

13:32

In Kerry’s Own Words: “Syria Prohibited from Attacking al-Qaeda” [+Video] "IndyWatch Feed War"

No wonder the United States insisted that its Syria ceasefire deal with Russia remain secret! It turns out that one of the U.S. demands was that the Syrian air force must be prohibited from attacking al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria). Crazy conspiracy theory? Listen to John Kerry's own words at the UN yesterday... Kerry: "Now, I have said to Russia many times it’s very hard to separate people when they are being bombed indiscriminately " Does this make any sense? It seem much more logical to argue that the threat of being bombed alongside al-Qaeda would be the greatest incentive for "moderates" to separate themselves from al-Qaeda as soon as possible!... ... ...

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13:32

Falsehood in War Time "IndyWatch Feed War"

Falsehood is a recognized and extremely useful weapon in warfare, and every country uses it quite deliberately to deceive its own people, to attract neutrals, and to mislead the enemy.

Who do you suppose wrote that? Noam Chomsky? Perhaps Gore Vidal in one of his grandiloquent moments? Or William Blum, as a preamble to his chronicling US military and CIA interventions in Killing Hope? No, it was none of our contemporary antiwar critics. It was Arthur Ponsonby, British Lord and pacifistic MP, in his 1928 tome, Falsehood in War-Time.

The war-time which inspired Ponsonby’s In-war-truth-is-the-first-casualty observation was the First World War; the falsehood exposed in his book, “the fraud, hypocrisy, and humbug on which all war rests, and the blatant and vulgar devices which have been used for so long to prevent the poor ignorant people from realizing the true meaning of war.”

“Finding now that elaborately and carefully staged deceptions were practiced on them,” Ponsonby hoped, would instill in the British people a resentment which “not only served to open their eyes but may induce them to make their children keep their eyes open when next the bugle sounds.” Sadly, we know Ponsonby’s hope was not fulfilled. The “concealment, subterfuge, fraud, falsehood, trickery, and deliberate lying” used to inject “the poison of hatred into men’s minds” which the good Lord chronicled for the first war in which mass propaganda was employed have been mimicked and further perfected – and enjoyed great success – in subsequent conflicts up to our own day.

The first requirement of any government bent on war is to convince their people that their cause is just:

Facts must be distorted, relevant circumstances concealed, and a picture presented which by its crude colouring will persuade the ignorant people that their Government is blameless, their cause is righteous, and the indisputable wickedness of the enemy has been proved beyond question. (Has America – or any country – in modern times ever gone to war for other than noble reasons?)

That “a moment’s reflection would tell any reasonable person that such obvious bias cannot possibly represent the truth” is irrelevant, as “the moment’s reflection is not allowed; lies are circulated with great rapidity.” (This before 24-hour news channels invaded every home in the nation, beating unsuspecting minds senseless with the drumming of lies endlessly repeated.)

Critical to a government’s success in convincing their citizens of “the indisputable wickedness of the enemy” is to embody that wickedness in one person:

As a nation consists of millions of people and the absurd analogy of an individual criminal and a nation may become apparent even to moderately intelligent people, it is necessary to detach an individual on whom may be concentrated all the vials of the wrath of an innocent people who are only defending themselves from ‘unprovoked aggression’. Naturally, the country’s leader is chosen as that individual, no matter how bombastic (Kaiser Wilhelm in Ponsonby’s context) or nerdish (Bashar al-Assad in ours) he may in reality be.

To bolster the characterization of the leader as evil incarnate must come stories of atrocities committed by his minions. In this endeavor, writes Ponsonby, “Prominent people of repute, who would have shrunk from condemning their bitterest personal enemy on the evidence, or rather lack of evidence, they had before them, did not hesitate to lead the way in charging a whole nation with every conceivable brutality and unnatural crime.” (e.g., Iraqi soldiers taking babies from their incubators and throwing them on the cold, hard, hospital floor – the infamous Incubator Babies Story of the first Gulf War, still told by Bush the Elder long after it had been exposed as a PR firm’s fabrication.)

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13:30

Stephen E. Arnold: The Dishonesty of Harvard (on Sugar) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Stephen E. Arnold

Above headline by Phi Beta Iota editors. Below is original headline.

Harvard: Does the University Sell What the Customer Wants?

Consider fat and sugar. The answer is my reaction to “Sugar Industry Secretly Paid for Favorable Harvard Research.” For the moment, let’s assume that this article is spot on.

The write up informed me:

As nutrition debates raged in the 1960s, prominent Harvard nutritionists published two reviews in a top medical journal downplaying the role of sugar in coronary heart disease. Newly unearthed documents reveal what they didn’t say: A sugar industry trade group initiated and paid for the studies, examined drafts, and laid out a clear objective to protect sugar’s reputation in the public eye.

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12:59

In your dreams. In Kerry’s Own Words: Syria Prohibited from Attacking al-Qaeda "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Kerry’s Own Words: Syria Prohibited from Attacking al-Qaeda By Daniel McAdams No wonder the United States insisted that its Syria ceasefire deal with Russia remain secret! It turns out that one of the US demands was that the Syrian air force must be prohibited from attacking al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria). Crazy conspiracy theory? […]

12:55

WikiLeaks Bombshell: Hillary’s Brain Injury Caused By ‘Near Fatal Plane Crash’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

>>Secretary Clinton who was reportedly unconscious and “bleeding profusely.”<< If an unclassified email leaked by WikiLeaks is any indication, it appears that there may be much more to the story of what happened to Hillary Clinton back in 2012. We’ve … Continue reading

12:44

Turkish families mark 600 weeks of despair and searching for their disappeared "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Mothers who have waited decades for information about disappeared loved ones see little hope of justice under current government

12:40

Hillary cackles like a witch about taking a neurological test, then tells another bald-faced lie "IndyWatch Feed War"

Several physicians have spoken out and offered their professional assessment of Hillary’s health. Some say she has Parkinson’s disease — a neurological disease that is progressive, i.e., it’s incurable and only gets worse. None other than Obama’s former physician, Dr. … Continue reading

12:36

How a church was smeared for an exhibition about Israeli occupation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Modest checkpoint recreation, made from chicken wire to 'explore aspects of human rights', labelled as 'antisemitic' by Israeli cheerleaders

12:15

Here’s How CIA Puppet Masters Are Deliberately Picking a World War III Level Fight "IndyWatch Feed War"

It’s really quite embarrassing on a global scale when members of our own government seem to be deliberately trying to pick fights with people who aren’t interested in fighting with us. If you’ve traveled outside of the United States much, … Continue reading

12:00

Shock Video: Mom Collapses From Overdose, Bystanders do Nothing to Help Crying Toddler "IndyWatch Feed War"

Child desperately tries to revive mother after she ODs on heroin Shock video out of Massachusetts shows a 2-year-old toddler trying to wake up her mom who has just collapsed from a drug overdose as bystanders refuse to comfort the … Continue reading

11:59

44 Staged Photos of White Helmets Carrying Kids "IndyWatch Feed War"

“Dramatic Rescue! Man With Kid Runs Towards Camera!”

– 44 Staged Pictures

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A man with a kid in arm runs towards the camera. The kid’s face is heavily colored, but it looks otherwise fine. On the lower left we see the back of a man with a “White Helmets” logo on his vest. Dust in the background. Always dust or smoke. A bunch of men looking very busy. But are they actually doing anything?

That would be a lucky by-chance photo shot for any normal photographer. Even in country where rubble from a fresh bombing may be around some near corner.

I have done, years ago, press photography for a living. Real accidents or bombings look way more bloody than any of these pictures. And that read color in the girls face is anything but blood.

The photo above is a typical “White Helmets rescue kid” propaganda picture. Except for maybe the old rubble, it is likely completely staged.

There the 43 similar pictures below the fold to demonstrate that. Just ask yourself this: Could these allegedly “by-chance” pictures, taken within a year, really be all as alike as they are if they were all taken at real incidents? Really?

 

UPDATE (August 18): Another photo of the scene below, from a different angle, was found and proves that it was not staged. Unfortunately the boy seems to have lost his right arm.

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11:55

“Crazy Eyes” Clinton Refuses to take Neurocognitive Tests in New, Awkward Interview "IndyWatch Feed War"

Back to the weirdest election in the history of America, all of Hillary’s interviews now consist of two standard questions: how can she get the American people to trust her as president after the whole email server, “above the law” … Continue reading

11:40

Living In A Van Down By The River – Time To Face The True State Of The Middle Class In America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Do you remember the old Saturday Night Live sketches in which comedian Chris Farley portrayed a motivational speaker that lived in a van down by the river?  Unfortunately, this is becoming a reality for way too many Americans.  As the … Continue reading

11:40

Turkish Army Opens Heavy Fire on Kurdish Fighters at North of Raqqa "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkish artillery units targeted and shelled positions of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the town of Tal Abyadh.

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Positions of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) near Tal Abyadh, a key border town in northern Syria, were shelled by Turkish Army’s artillery units. As result, infrastructures of YPG sites were destroyed.

A headquarters of the Kurdish YPG forces near the Syrian border city of Tal Abyadh was targeted by Turkish artillery units. The Turkish Armed Forces also pounded YPG security checkpoints in Munbateh town in Tel Abyad suburb. As result, at least four YPG fighters were wounded.

According to military sources, earlier, more than 20 attacks were launched by the Turkish Army on Kurdish positions in northern Syria. YPG-held areas in Kobani, northern Raqqa and Aleppo were targets for most of the attacks.

Earlier this month, six US-backed Kurdish militants were killed, as well as several civilians were wounded during a heavy Turkish shelling across the border into Syria. According to Syrian Kurdish news websites, Kurdish-controlled Afrin area in the northwest part of the province of Aleppo was struck by the artillery fire.

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11:15

Obama’s Muslim Convert CIA Director Admits to Supporting Communist Party "IndyWatch Feed War"

Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Soebarkah’s Muslim convert CIA Director John Brennan has admitted to giving his support to the Communist Party in the 1976 election. Last week, during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference, Brennan admitted that he was … Continue reading

11:05

Media Blackout: ABC, NBC Still Refuse to Air Single Word About Dakota Access Protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nick Bernabe | ANTIMEDIA North Dakota — I didn’t want to be right last month when I predicted the media’s blackout of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests after the blockade first started generating a buzz on social media — but … Continue reading

11:00

That’s all we need, israel Opens Mission at NATO Headquarters in Brussels "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel Opens Mission at NATO Headquarters in Brussels Israel has opened a mission at NATO headquarters in Brussels, aiming to step up ties with the alliance led by the United States. Israeli ambassador to the European Union Aharon Leshno-Yaar presented his credentials Friday to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Israel’s embassy said. The diplomatic mission is […]

10:58

Obama Used a Pseudonym in Emails with Clinton, FBI Documents Reveal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Politico: President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday. The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. The 189 pages the bureau […]

10:57

US F-35A 5th-Generation Fighter Caught Fire During Training Flight "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Friday, the US F-35A fifth-generation fighter jet caught fire during a training flight at a military base in the US state of Idaho.

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The F-35A fifth-generation fighter caught fire during a training flight at the Mountain Home military base in the US state of Idaho, the Defense News informational website reported, citing the US Air Force.

The incident happened at around noon on Friday. According to the US Air Force, a fire occurred in the aft section of the aircraft. The fire was quickly extinguished, resulting in no injuries.

As spokesman for the US Air Force Capt. Mark Graff said, as a precautionary measure, the pilot of the fighter jet and three aeronautical engineers were transported to a medical center for standard examination procedures.

Circumstances of the accident are currently being investigated.

According to the informational website, seven F-35A fighters have been delivered to the Mountain Home air base for conducting air defense exercises from 10th to 24th September.

The fire in the aft section is not the only problem of the F-35A. Recently, 15 strike fighters were taken out of operations due to a problem with the coolant line insulation. As it was reported, the insulation around the coolant lines was breaking down inside the fuel tank. According to US military officials, the reason was the use of incorrect materials for manufacturing of the insulation by the supplier.

The insulation issue also impacts 42 F-35s on manufacturer Lockheed Martin’s production line. However, on Friday, when the problem was made public, US military officials said they were certain no other planes had been affected.

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10:54

Militant attacks north of Iraq's Tikrit kill at least 12 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks in the city, which was reclaimed from Islamic State militants last year

10:53

70% Of Arrested Protesters in Charlotte from Out of State "IndyWatch Feed War"

I am all opposed to senseless killings, including those perpetrated by police officers. I’m also opposed to staged protests, especially when provocateurs come in to “protest” something that is not even happening in their community. It’s now being reported that … Continue reading

10:50

Prince Charles to ‘strengthen ties’ with Gulf dictators. What a wonderful Ambassador he is "IndyWatch Feed War"

Prince Charles to ‘strengthen ties’ with Gulf dictators Brian Whitaker Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, will pay an official visit to Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates in November. An official announcement yesterday said their tour will “help to strengthen the United Kingdom’s warm bilateral relations with key […]

10:36

Third Yemen drone strike in a week kills 5 al-Qaeda suspects "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The US rarely comments on its drone operations in Yemen, which have continued throughout the country's civil war

10:35

Netanyahu’s Litany of General Assembly Big Lies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netanyahu’s Litany of General Assembly Big Lies by Stephen Lendman Just societies would arrest and detain him straightaway if arriving in their countries, followed by prosecution for crimes of war, against humanity and slow-motion genocide against defenseless Palestinians. Under Universal Jurisdiction (UJ), nations may investigate and prosecute foreign nationals when their country of residence or […]

10:28

Election pantomime: Farcical US Presidential Debates, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson excluded "IndyWatch Feed War"

Farcical US Presidential Debates by Stephen Lendman On September 26, the first of three farcical presidential “debates” will be held, Independent candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson excluded, American-style “democracy,” assuring duopoly power stays unopposed. So-called debates are political theater, nothing else, featuring pre-arranged questions, excluding ones most important to ask and demanding answers, not […]

10:25

Obama Vetoes Bill, Prevents 9/11 Family Members’ Lawsuits "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Obama has vetoed a bill which would allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. On Friday, President Obama kept his promise to veto legislation that would allow the 9/11 victims’ family members to sue Saudi Arabia, … Continue reading

10:11

Overview of Military Situation in Aleppo City On September 24 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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After the announcement of operations inside and outsede Aleppo city on September 23, the Syrian army, the National Defense Forces, Hezbollah and other pro-government paramilitary groups have launched offensives in Almeria, Sheikh Sa’eed, around the Aleppo Citadel and at the Handarat  refugee camp.

Inside Aleppo city, the main activity of the pro-government forces is focused on securing the southern supply road to the government-controlled western neighborhoods of Aleppo. This is why the Syrian army and its allies are expanding buffer zone near the Ramouseh roundabout and roads there.

Separately the pro-government forces achieved minor gains near the Aleppo Citadel. Most likely, the Syrian military has decided to divide the militant-controlled areas into 2 separate parts in case of successfull advance in the area.

The pro-government forces have also attempted to approach the strategic town of Khan-Tuman in southwestern Aleppo. Now, the pro-government forces are holding Mushrifah, Tel Uhnud, the Army Defense Base and Quarriers at the Ramouseh-Khan-Tuman road.

On September 24, the pro-government forces have also intensificated operations in the 1070 Apartment Project and nearby Hikmah Hill, engaging Jaish al-Fatah militants in the area. Firefights are reportedly ongoing in the area.

It’s important to note that up to 8,000 fighters of various Iranian-backed militants have been recently deployed to Aleppo city. This allows pro-government forces to conduct few separate advances in the area.

Operations of the pro-government forces in Aleppo are supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces. Pro-militant sources argue that the Russians make 40-50 air strikes on various targets per day.

The Russian marines are also still in control of a significant part of the strategic Castello Highway in nortwestern Aleppo. Russia has also announced that it is strengthening the military grouping involved in operations in Syria, deploying a carrier strike group led by the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” to the country’s shores. Admiral Kuznetsov ‘s air grouping is going to perform air strikes on terrorist targets in Syria.

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10:05

The German Anti-Immigrant AfD Party Is On The Rise "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The events in the recent few years, and the erratic and irresponsible policies of the ruling German party and Chancellor Angela Merkel, have led to the rise of the right-wing, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. The recent polls suggest that the AfD is now the 3rd most popular party, while the leading two parties of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social-Democratic Party (SPD) are gradually losing popularity among the German citizens.

After the party made a huge breakout in the recent elections, their results aren’t that shocking when having in mind the growing unpopularity of the Chancellor’s “open doors” policy towards migrants.

The recent polls show that about 16% of the German population approve the AfD, while the SPD have 22% and the CDU have 32%.

The party expresses the opinion of the right, conservative traditionalists people who are against the neo-liberalism in Western Europe. As the neo-liberalism shows and continues to harm the Western societies, AfD’s popularity will grow and grow more. Similar parties in other Western European countries are also gaining popularity like Marine Le Pen’s National Front, or UK’s UKIP.

A few months ago, a video went viral as the AfD rejected a proposal in the Brandenburg Parliament in an interesting and non-traditional manner:

The resistance of the real right-wing will continue to grow in Europe, but will it be enough to save the continent is yet unknown.

Viktor Stoilov,

SouthFront

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10:02

In last 5 days israel has shot 4 Palestinian children dead "IndyWatch Feed War"

Five days, four children shot dead Ramallah, September 22, 2016—Israeli forces shot dead four Palestinian children in Hebron, during the most concentrated period of deadly violence in the West Bank since June. In separate incidents between September 16 and September 20, four Palestinian teenagers were fatally shot by Israeli soldiers in Hebron. Seven Palestinians have […]

09:38

USA already spends over 10 TIMES on military than Russia but apparently another $1 trillion is needed "IndyWatch Feed War"

House Panel: $1 Trillion Needed to Reboot U.S. Military Brian Jenkins, senior advisor to the Rand Corporation’s president, gives his assessment on how the United States is doing in its fight against Islamic State terrorism, Sept. 21, 2016. Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes Stars and Stripes | Sep 22, 2016 | by Travis J. Tritten WASHINGTON […]

09:31

More USA interference in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nicaragua Says US Intervention Ahead of Elections Violates International Law U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Laura Dogu met with U.S. lawmaker IleanaRos-Lehtinen, who co-sponsored a bill targeting Nicaragua. Nicaragua sharply criticized a proposal by U.S. lawmakers that would require the Central American country, which will hold elections in November, to make political changes in order to […]

09:21

Election pantomime: “Les Deplorables”, USA “democracy” is the laughing stock of the world "IndyWatch Feed War"

Les Deplorables By Pepe Escobar “Sputnik” –  Perplexed global public opinion holds its breath at the (circus) best American “democracy” is able to conjure. The first cage match this coming Monday between a Queen of War profiting from a mighty (Clinton) Cash Machine and a billionaire uber-narcissist adored by a “basket of deplorables”. This is a circus quite fitting for a […]

09:15

To Stop Terrorism, End U.S. Occupation Of The Middle East (And Europe, Asia, Latin America) "IndyWatch Feed War"

To Stop Terrorism, End U.S. Occupation Of The Middle East By Chris Hedges “RealNews” – “The Clintons, along with Barack Obama, along with George W. Bush, are the people who created this process of endless war in the Middle East. … The rhetoric of a Trump, the rhetoric of a Clinton is largely irrelevant to […]

09:10

You Must Be Kidding! The USA’s obsession with war and destruction "IndyWatch Feed War"

You Must Be Kidding! By Tom Engelhardt “Tom Dispatch” –  Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose life regularly […]

09:08

Government Forces Take Control of Signal Military Base in Eastern Ghouta "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have been developing momentum in the Eastern Ghouta region near the Syrian capital, Damascus. The pro-government forces have taken control of the Signal Militaryh Base near the militant-controlled village of Rayhan.

If Rayhan is liberated by the Syrian army and the NDF, a militant grouping in Tel Kurdi will become encircled and will likely surrender in the nearest future. This will set a ground for an advance on Duma, a major militant stronghold in the Eastern Ghouta region.

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09:03

The Russians Discover That Negotiation With Washington Is Pointless. The USA cannot be trusted "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Russians Discover That Negotiation With Washington Is Pointless By Paul Craig Roberts “Information Clearing House” – If the dumbshit Western peoples and the corrupt EU, UK, Canadian, Japanese, and Australian political puppets don’t wake up ASAP, war will be upon us, a war that cannot be won. The criminal neoconservatives must immediately be removed […]

08:29

Puerto Ricans Lose Electricity as Debt-Saddled Gov Fails to Respond to Fire "IndyWatch Feed War"

What would happen if the government was so broke that it couldn’t even afford to maintain the basics – including keeping the electricity on? That’s essentially what’s happened in debt-ridden and poorly-managed Puerto Rico, where a fire took hold at … Continue reading

08:19

Russia Defense Report: Army-2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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While the Russian defense industry demonstrates its wares around the world at a variety of international arms exhibitions, the largest single event is the annual Armiya event, held this year on September 6-11 at a variety of locations, including the “Patriot” Armed Forces Culture and Relaxation Park near Moscow, the Kronshtadt naval base, and the Kadamovsk Training Area near Rostov. The Armiya-2016 is so far the largest of these annual events, attracting over one thousand firms and organizations with 11 thousand exhibits, as opposed to slightly more than 800 organizations and seven thousand exhibits last year. While most of the vendors are Russian firms, the event has an international dimension too. Foreign participants this year included entities from the friendly states of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, strategic partners China and India, as well as Germany, Israel, Pakistan, Switzerland, Malaysia, Thailand, and France.  Altogether, 86 countries participated in the event in some form, with 45 of them sending official delegations. This conspicuous display of international interest in Russian defense products and exploring security cooperation with Russia was most likely the reason this event was not noticed by Western media, usually on the lookout for sensationalist stories from Russia, because it belies Obama’s declaration that Russia has been “isolated” on the international arena. If any country appeared isolated it was Ukraine which, in spite of its extensive defense cooperation with Russia in the past, and because of its recent political turmoil, was absent, much to the detriment of its own arms industry.

The purpose of this annual exhibition is straightforward enough. The cost of modern weapons systems means that the burden of research and development should be spread along as many finished products as possible. From the perspective of non-Western countries, procuring the more affordable and just as capable Russian systems is a tempting proposition even under the conditions of anti-Russian  “sanctions”  imposed by Western powers. This appears to be true even for countries which have been reliable purcha...

08:00

Department of Homeless Security "IndyWatch Feed War"

Busy weekend for terrorism. Nine people stabbed in a shopping mall in Minnesota (meh), and the big one in New Jersey/New York. It was there Afghan American Ahmad Rahami made up a bunch of pipe bombs and pressure cooker IEDs, distributed them in four separate locations, and set off two explosions. The one detonation in […]

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08:00

The Saga of Sisyphus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Shimon Peres is a genius. A genius of impersonation. All his life he has worked on his public persona. The image replaced the man. Almost all the articles written about him since he fell ill are about the imagined person, not the real one. As the Americans like to say: He is so phony he […]

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08:00

The War Against the Assad Regime Is Not a ‘Pipeline War’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

The reason put forward by the Obama administration for the war against the Bashar al-Assad regime – saving the Syrian people from suffering and death at the hands of Assad – has no credibility with anyone familiar with the record of US interventions for regime change around the world. As has been the case with […]

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08:00

Bombing Everything, Gaining Nothing "IndyWatch Feed War"

What, precisely, is the US military for, and what, precisely, can it do? In practical terms, how powerful is it? On paper, it is formidable, huge, with carrier battle groups, advanced technology, remarkable submarines, satellites, and so on. What does this translate to? Military power does not exist independently, but only in relation to specific […]

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06:21

Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony "IndyWatch Feed War"

via The Saker September 23, 2016 The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria […]

06:19

Crosstalk: The Media’s Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Published on Sep 23, 2016 Conflicting narratives and competing agendas – this is the tragedy of the Syrian conflict. Western media coverage is focused on forcing political outcomes. In the

06:09

Russian FM Lavrov press conference following UNGA speech (Streamed live) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian FM Lavrov press conference following UNGA speech (Streamed live) Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions following the ISSG meeting, New York, September 22, 2016 Question: What has

05:57

Georgia Cop Gets Shot, Blames Black Man, Gets Charged with Fabricating Story "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sherry Hall was two months into the job as a Georgia police officer when she came across a scary black man who shot her before escaping into the woods, sparking an intense manhunt that was followed by the usual condemnation of Black Lives Matter on social media.

But as we’ve seen so many times before, Hall had fabricated the entire story.

And now the Jackson police officer is facing four felonies.

Hall, who was careful to keep her dash camera turned off, did not realize investigators could still find ways to expose her lies.

Or maybe she didn’t expect the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to spend 600 hours investigating the shooting that took place on September 13, 2016 where she reportedly was shot in the abdomen, but protected by her bulletproof vest.

According to a statement released from the GBI Friday.

Earlier today, the GBI secured four criminal arrest warrants through the Superior Court of the Towaliga Judicial Circuit on Sherry Hall. They are as follows: False Statements, Tampering with Evidence, Interference with Government Property, and Violation of Oath of Office.

After following the leads and evidence, the investigation has now revealed that there is no, and never was, a suspect shooter at large in Jackson, Georgia.

The GBI was requested by the Jackson Police Department to independently investigate both the Officer Involved Shooting/ Use of Force and the alleged Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer. The GBI Milledgeville Office committed all available assets and resources, which included personnel from two regional offices. To date, there have been in excess of 600 investigative work hours expended on this investigation and certain aspects of this investigation are still ongoing.

The alleged incident began at approximately 12:08 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 when Sherry Hall called out over the radio that she had been shot. Several law enforcement officers from the Jackson Police Department and the Butts County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to assist in the officer down call. Sherry Hall alleged through three separate interviews with the GBI that she was shot by a black male subject who was positioned near the wood line at the cul-de-sac on Camellia Court. Sherry Hall further advised that she did not engage her in car video and audio recording equipment.

As part of this investigation, the GBI solicited input from the manufacturer of the in car camera system as well as a GBI Digital Forensic Investigator, in an effort to further this investigation. Video and audio evidence was recovered from the hard drive of the unit. After hours of subsequent examination of that video evidence, it was revealed that inconsistences existed with regard to Sherry Hall’s statements, witness statements, physical evidence, and later examination of forensic evidence.

As of late Friday, Hall was staying in “private facility, of her own volition,” where she will be arrested upon release.

Hall who began working at the Jackson Police Department on July 3, 2016 previously worked with the Griffin Police Department as well as with the Butts County Sheriff’s Office.

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05:55

Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, UN Speech "IndyWatch Feed War"

Speech at the 71st General Assembly in New York, Sept. 23, 2016  

05:54

Syrian War Report – September 22, 2016: Russia to Test Modern Weapon Systems in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

22.09.2016 The Syrian army, Hezbollah and Liwaa Al-Quds, supported by Russian warplanes, launched an attack on Jaish al-Fatah militants in the Old Ramouseh Neighborhood of Aleppo city. Following an intense firefight, the pro-government forces took control of the Ramouseh Bakery. If the Old Ramouseh Neighborhood is secured, the Sheikh Sa’eed Neighborhood will become the next […]

05:42

Syrian Air Force unleashes hell on jihadists in Deir Ezzor and Hama "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AlMasdarNews reports: Deir Ezzor, Syria – Heavy airstrikes by the Syrian Arab Air Force proved devastating to the Islamic State’s terrorists on Friday as the terror group lost seven technical vehicles, three tanks, and dozens of fighters. Air strikes mostly targeted ISIS positions in Thardah mountain, Al-Mariyah, and Hattah.

Meanwhile, jihadist groups splintered across the northern countryside of Hama did not rest up either as the SyAAF destroyed four tanks, three technical vehicles, one armored vehicle, and 22 elite fighters on the Ma’ardes, Taybat Al-Imam, and Zour Taybah axes.

The aforementioned strikes have been the deadliest for the Islamist factions for a very long time, especially after the abysmal failure of the Russian-American ceasefire that had only managed to escalate violence all across Syria from Quneitra to northern Hama and Deir Ezzor where US airstrikes killed and injured about 200 Syrian soldiers enabling ISIS to capture Mt. Thardah which overlooks the imperative Deir Ezzor Airport.

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05:40

UK Ramps Up Strikes; 16 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United Kingdom has ramped up its air operations on Islamic State targets.

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05:16

Ill Informed House Dem Wrongly Blasts “Ill Prepared” DHS Official "IndyWatch Feed War"

IPT News, September 22, 2016 Last Saturday, a Somali Muslim in St. Cloud, Minn. slashed 10 people in a local mall. ISIS claimed him as a “soldier of the Islamic State” and Dahir Adan reportedly asked people whether they were Muslims … Continue reading

04:39

Russia Bombs 30 CIA, Qatari, Mossad Officers in Secret Allepo Bunker "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the covert hybrid WW3 continues, Russian offensives can be felt both in the diplomatic fronts as well as in the battlefields in Syria. Just as the Syrian ceasefire collapsed five days ago, Russia moved its primary aircraft carrier to augment the naval forces already in the area. Identified targets in Western Aleppo were then … Continue reading Russia Bombs 30 CIA, Qatari, Mossad Officers in Secret Allepo Bunker

04:34

Arrest of 'IS emir' in Lebanon led to foiling bomb plot, security officials say "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Lebanon has been targeted by militant organisations amid struggles to contain spillover from war in neighboring Syria

04:29

Russia Does Not Rule Out Airstrikes Against Jaysh al-Islam & Ahrar Al-Sham "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Russia admits the possibility of airstrikes against groups that have merged with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, in Syria.

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Russia admits the possibility of airstrikes against groups that have merged with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday.

“We are witnesses to the continuing merger of these groups [the Jaysh al-Islam and the Ahrar Al-Sham] with the organizations that have been universally recognized as terrorist. It goes without saying that the task of struggle against terrorism remains a key one for us,” he said, answering a question about if these groups might now be regarded as legitimate targets for the Russian Aerospace Forces. “I would not rule out any options in that sphere. But normalization of the situation requires implementation of what has been agreed on.”

Meanwhile, on Monday, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoy said that neither Russian nor Syrian sides had any role in the last week’s alleged airstrikes in Syria.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that militants, supported by the US, are being bombed by the Syrian government, and demanded Russia to stop these violations of the truce, signed on September 9.

“I feel we must respond to State Secretary John Kerry’s ungrounded accusations, concerning ‘indiscriminate bombing’ by the Syrian Air Force. Neither Russian nor Syrian Air Force carried out airstrikes in the past week against areas identified in the Geneva agreement,” Rudskoy said.

According to the Lieutenant General, the truce is regularly violated by militant groups, and for this reason there is no point in unilaterally abiding by the ceasefire regime for the Syrian government.

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04:06

Washington Seeks a ‘We Fly, You Don’t’ Zone Over Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

US officials are loudly calling for–demanding almost, although we haven’t quite reached that point yet, it seems–a no-fly zone over all of Syria–a no-fly zone in which Russian and Syrian planes would be grounded, while US coalition planes would continue to carry out bombing missions. If the US continues to press this demand, Russia will […]

04:02

TIDBIT: DARK JOURNALIST INTERVIEW ON ROTTEN TO THE COMMON CORE "IndyWatch Feed War"

5/5 (3) The interview with Dark Journalist, Daniel Liszt, on Rotten to the (Common) Core is out:

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03:45

ISIS Terrorists Are Blocked in 2 Quarters of Sirte City (Photos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group are pressed to the sea and completely blocked in two quarters of the Libyan city of Sirte.

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Terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group are completely blocked in two quarters in the north-east part of the Libyan city of Sirte, the Command of the Al-Bunyan Al-Marsus pro-government armed group reported from Misrata.

IS terrorists are pressed to the sea in the districts of Al Giza and Al Bahriyia, the territory, controlled by them, is less than 1 square kilometer. Terrorists have nothing to lose, they ferociously resist. The Misrata’s Brigade and its allies lose tens of fighters every day. Over the past four days, more than 80 soldiers of the government forces were killed. At least 19 soldiers were killed only during the first half of the day on September 22.

Libyan and US fighter jets strike IS positions in Sirte, artillery operates in the city, but the progress is very slow. If during the fighting in 2011, Sirte was destroyed partially (mainly central quarters were severely affected), after the fighting in 2016, the city is almost completely destroyed.

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03:00

Propaganda spin cycle: ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ is funded by US and UK governments -By Beau Christensen "IndyWatch Feed War"

For 5 years, bloody mayhem has been going on in Syria, and in all that time only independent media has picked up on the really obvious flaw in the official narrative about the “Syrian civil war” …

Officially, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) is a UK-based organization providing data to the Western press about troop movements, government policy and public sentiment in Syria. The Western press then reprints the information they are given – no questions asked:

What Western media editors conceal from the public however, is that the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” is neither based in Syria nor is it an observer of what actually goes on there. It is essentially one man – Abdul Rahman, aka Rami Abdulrahman, aka Osama Suleiman – a three-term convicted criminal in Syria, based out of a small house in Coventry, England, and his ‘team of four activists in Syria’.

Apparently all it takes to inform the entire Western media about everything that is happening on the ground in Syria is four people. Four people could, theoretically, provide reasonably objective reports, but only if they were open to receiving information from many sources, including ones supportive of the Syrian government. They might even be able to produce – using objective discernment – reliable statistics of casualties, refugees and terrorists/rebels. But SOHR has consistently reported the ‘civil war’ from only the perspective of the so-called ‘rebels’, discounting Syrian government reports out of hand, as well as reports from civilians that reveal rebels’ crimes.

That fact alone makes SOHR about as reliable a source of information on the Syrian conflict as the US State Department and the British Foreign Office, who have a vested interest in spinning the war to produce one end: the death or removal of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

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Yemeni Army Kills & Wounds 40 Saudi Mercenaries in Response to Saudi Airstrikes in Hudaydah "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Houthi-Saleh alliance’s forces killed and wounded at least 40 Saudi mercenaries in the country’s southwest in response to Saudi airstrikes in the city of Al Hudaydah.

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At least 40 Saudi mercenaries were killed or wounded by the Houthi-Saleh alliance’s forces in the country’s southwest. The attack became a response to Saudi air raids that left dozens of civilians dead in the province of Hudaydah.

According to the al-Masirah TV-channel, on Thursday, rockets were launched by the Yemeni Army, backed up by fighters of the Popular Committees, at positions of Saudi mercenaries in Taiz city.

The attacks came a day after Saudi airstrikes killed at least 32 civilians, including women and children, and wounded scores of others at a busy marketplace in the district of Hawak of Hudaydah.

The AP news agency reported, citing a medical official at al-Thawra hospital in Hudaydah, Sami Motair, that “scores of bodies were buried under at least three houses, destroyed by Saudi missiles.” According to Motair, the death toll is expected to rise as a search of bodies is still underway.

On Thursday, the Saudi airstrikes were condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The UN chief “once again reminds all parties to the conflict that they must fully respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the fundamental rules of distinction, proportionality and precaution,” his spokesman said.

The Saudi raid also was condemned by the Iranian government, according to which, “the West is a complicit of Saudi crimes by remaining silent.”

However, right after the bombing of Al Hudaydah, the US Senate has acted very significantly, refusing to limit the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia. US senators have voted against a resolution, calling for a blocking of the deal, according to which Saudi Arabia should receive arms worth about $1.15 billion.

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02:34

Russian Troops Conduct Exercises w/Pakistan and India, Simultaneously "IndyWatch Feed War"

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[Russia cancels joint military drill will Pakistan in PoK post Uri; to conduct drill only at Cherat near Peshawar

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The 11-day exercise being conducted at the Sergiveskey of the Russian Federation will be held from September 22 to October 2. (Source: Facebook/ ADGPI – Indian Army)

Yes, Russia is engaged in military exercises with India and Pakistan, at the same time

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Indra, a portmanteau of the names of both the countries, is a biannual exercise which has been carried out between the two allies since 2003.

by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi

The eighth edition of the Indo-Russia joint military exercise ‘Indra 2016’ was flagged off in Vladivostok in Russia on Friday. Indra, a portmanteau of the names of both the countries, is a biannual exercise which has been carried out between the two allies since 2003. This year, the focus is on Counterterrorism Operations in Semi Mountainous and Jungle Terrain under United Nations Mandate. Interestingly though, Russian troops arrived in Pakistan the same day for the first-ever Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise.

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A total of 250 troops from the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army are participating in the Exercise Indra 2016. A same number of Russian troops from the 59th Motorised Infantry are participating in the joint exercise. The Indian Army contingent reached Vladivostok on 21 September. The 11-day exercise being conducted at the Sergiveskey of the Russian Federation will be held from September 22 to October 2. Both countries are old strategic allies and India is one of the largest purchasers of Russian defence equipment as well as defence technology.

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02:14

Russian Aerospace Forces Support Offensive of Kurds in Aleppo: 100 ISIS Terrorists Killed "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Russian Aerospace Forces have supported an offensive of Kurds in Aleppo province. As result, about 100 terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group have been killed and their military equipment has been destroyed.

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Over the past day, the situation in the city of Aleppo remained tense. The Russian Aerospace Forces supported an offensive of Kurds. As result, about 100 terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group were killed, and their strongholds and military equipment were destroyed.

According to a military source of the Russkaya Vesna informational website, the main efforts of terrorists from various groups, operating under supervision of commanders of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as the Al-Nusra Front or the Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorist group, were focused on holding positions in the areas of the 1070 Apartment Project, al-Ramusi and Al-Ameria neighborhoods. After redeployment of reinforcements, they were going to launch an offensive on positions of government troops.

However, these plans were thwarted by powerful artillery strikes, after which assault troops of the Syrian Army and the pro-government forces went into a battle.

As result, the government forces moved deeper into the district of Old Ramusa in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo, taking control of a number of office buildings and the territory of a fertilizer plant.

An operation in the direction of Afrin district also was continued. Last night, the Russian Aerospace Forces struck reserves and the front edge of the IS defense line. According to the Syrian Air Force’s Intelligence, 90-100 terrorists were killed and wounded in the area of the localities of Vahshia and al-Hasia, while their strongholds in the village of Hasajek were destroyed.

As a result of the strikes of the Russian Aerospace Forces, 14 pickup trucks of terrorists, equipped with heavy machine guns, as well as five mortar points (about 13 mortars of various calibers) and four firing points, equipped with the ZU-23 anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannons, were also destroyed.

After successful operations of the Russian Aerospace Forces, the assault forces of Afrin’s Kurds launched an offensive on positions of terrorists in the area of a poultry farm, located near the village of Hasia.

Taking advantage of disorganization of the enemy, its losses in manpower and military hardware, caused by the actions of the Russian Aerospace Forces, troops managed to advance in 500 meters and gain a foothold in the occupied positions.

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02:00

Police Treat Police Crimes Like Workplace Incidents Shrouded in Secrecy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Police double standard number 3,427. Police crimes are crimes.  NOT simply workplace incidents. It would seem like the most simple of expectations.  If a cop is accused of committing a crime, it gets treated the same as when a non-badged citizen is accused of committing a crime. Right?

Wrong. Let’s look at a generic process.

If you feel that a crime has been committed by anyone other than police, you let the PD know, and they will put you in contact with a detective. The detective will have you give a statement that describes your interpretation of what happened. The detective will then discuss the details of the incident. This is an important element of the investigation because they need to ensure all the facts are noted, vetted, and understood, versus a skewed subjective statement. Obviously, a simple statement rarely gives all the details, otherwise, we wouldn’t need detectives for any crime. At that point, you will be given a report number that allows you to keep up with the investigation.

This is rarely a quick, one conversation process. Their work really begins after they get both sides of the story. From there, they take all the information and investigate the details. During the process, you can call in with your report number, and get information about the progress of the case. Transparent and open.

So, how do they handle things if the person accused of committing a crime wears a badge?

One might think the standard and transparency would be raised to a much higher level of scrutiny. Instead, things are taken behind closed doors and handled more like a workplace incident.

When you attempt to get in contact with a detective, you are immediately cut off by superiors and told that you have to file a complaint against the officer. That’s it. From there, you are out of the loop. They don’t call you to get further details, or make any attempts to help you with your claim of a crime. In Carrollton, TX, Internal Affairs is a one man operation. A superior who certainly has a vested interest in any negative optics associated with the department.

It’s understandable that the superiors want to know what’s going on with one of their officers, but should the standard process (criminal investigation) only be considered if the superiors decide they want it to be exposed? The investigation should be performed simultaneously so details are logged, and on the books. By having a superior look at it first, they get to sweep it under the rug by making it a “private” employee document as opposed to a public criminal investigation. CYA is undeniably here.

Effectively, the “criminal” entity gets to see all of your claims BEFORE they even have to make a legal statement. They can take all of the details without any legal scrutiny, and decide what kind of story they want to give. They ultimately are allowed to get together with all the information about the case, and build a story of innocence that will be good enough to prevent it from actually getting investigated. With no investigation, there is no information subject to FOIA. With no FOIA, they aren’t exposed to media scrutiny or potential litigation....

01:52

Is the US Effectively Under Military Rule? "IndyWatch Feed War"

[ Ed. note – The “accidental” airstrike against Syrian Army forces last Saturday raises some serious questions about who is really in control of the US government at this point. In the following article, Finian Cunningham argues that the US military has in essence usurped control over the campaign in Syria from the president. ] […]

01:46

Seven Reasons to Reject the Israel Arms Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, May 18, 2009 (Pete Souza/White House)

01:44

Gulen calls for international commission to probe coup charges "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Turkish president urges world leaders to act against what he calls Fethullah Gulen's 'terrorist network'

01:21

Additional Eyewitness Videos of Keith Scott Shooting Via Charlotte Cop Block "IndyWatch Feed War"

New video footage and information from the police shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte has been uncovered by the Facebook Page of the Charlotte Cop Block affiliate of the CopBlock Network. The first is obviously a legitimate cell phone video of the scene where Keith Scott was shot immediately after it took place recorded by an unidentified bystander. In the second video included below, a woman being interviewed says that she actually witnessed the shooting.

The original Facebook posts from the Charlotte Cop Block FB page, as well as Youtube uploads of the videos are both embedded below. I’ve also included the newly released video taken by Keith’s Scott’s wife from CopBlock Network contributor ‘ earlier video post.

In addition to the video taken by Keith Scott’s wife Rakeyia that the Scott family released earlier today, another video taken by an eyewitness to the shooting showing the moments after Scott was shot has been made public:

Another video from a witness shot from a distance shows the scene right after the shooting…. You can see officers doing a whole lot… Handcuffing, emptying pockets, pulling his pants down, but NO CPR!!

Also, a video interview of a woman who claims she witnessed the shooting has surfaced. In that video, Tracey Mclain disputes several aspects of the official story from the Charlotte-Mecklenberg police, including the identity of the officer that shot Scott. She also states that the police threatened to shoot bystanders and didn’t start doing CPR on Scott right away, although eventually they did:

A woman who identifies herself as Tracey Mclain says she was there, she witnessed the shooting and says that the #CMPD are lying and a white officer shot him not the black officer and that they also lied about giving CPR right away… The ...

01:19

Yellen To Trump: The (Jewish run) Fed Is Above The President "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yellen To Trump: The Fed Is Above The President By James Corbett Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. After Rate Hike Fake Out, Yellen Responds To Trump and Clinton Tells Trump to Shut […]

01:17

Netanyahu: The U.N. Is a Global ‘Moral Farce’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington Free Beacon, by Jack Heretic, Sept.22, 2016: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu castigated the United Nations on Thursday in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, calling the organization a “moral farce.” After stating that he believes Israel has a … Continue reading

00:57

John Bolton on Obama’s Internet Handover: ‘Within Ten Years, the Internet as We Know It Will End’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Breitbart, by John Hayward, Sept 22, 2016: On Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton predicted that the impending transfer of Internet domain control from American supervision to an international body will mean the end of … Continue reading

00:38

Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

US President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria, September 29, 2015 (Kremlin/CC BY 4.0)

00:38

Muslim Brotherhood’s ties to the Obama Administration "IndyWatch Feed War"

Family Security Matters, by Slater Bakhtavar, Sept. 23, 2016: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest aspiration.” The above is … Continue reading

00:11

Challenges to Rule of Law in Emerging Market Enterprise "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at the White House, August 5, 2014 (Amanda Lucidon/White House)

00:06

Obama vetoes bill allowing 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi "IndyWatch Feed War"

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23:47

Ted Cruz Endorses Donald Trump for President "IndyWatch Feed War"

Breitbart, by Michelle Moons, Sept. 23, 2016: Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump for President four months after dropping out of the race for president, returning to his work in the U.S. Senate, and beginning to campaign for re-election … Continue reading

23:35

al-Battar Media -The Exile of Islam and Brussels Attacks "IndyWatch Feed War"

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23:33

Oil prices tumble as Saudis reportedly doubtful on output limits "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Russia, members of OPEC led by Saudi Arabia will attend International Energy Forum in Algiers beginning on Monday

23:29

The Haqqani Network’s Continuous Deadly Strikes in Kabul "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the Haqqani Network.

23:17

Your Time Is Up “Professor” Wadhams "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Paul Homewood | Not A Lot Of People Know That | September 17, 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/sep/17/arctic-collapse-sea-ice Time’s up, so-called Professor Wadhams. It is now exactly four years ago that you forecast the demise of Arctic sea ice this summer: One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice […]

23:12

Man pleads guilty to plotting to help Islamic State group behead popular conservative blogger "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Blaze, Sept. 22, 2016: BOSTON (AP) — A man charged with plotting to help the Islamic State group pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy charges, including a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller. Nicholas Rovinski, of Warwick, Rhode Island, … Continue reading

23:08

A Warming of US-Turkish Relations? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan with US President Barack Obama at a NATO summit in Wales, September 5, 2014 (Glenn Fawcett/US Department of Defense)

22:59

NYTimes & Zika: a brief case study on climate change hype "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Wojick | Climate Etc. | September 20, 2016 The folks who make their living by hyping the supposed threat of runaway global warming use a lot of scary language in the process. Here the ever creative New York Times has set what may be a new standard in scary climate change hype, by […]

22:53

Kosovo hacker gets 20 years in US for helping Islamic State militants "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Ardit Ferizi, 20, hacked personal data of more than 1,000 US military and government personnel

22:50

Russia Has No Partners in the West "IndyWatch Feed War"

US President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria, September 29, 2015 (Kremlin/CC BY 4.0)

22:44

Why The Food Movement Is Unstoppable "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jonathan Latham for Independent Science News - In 1381, for the first and only time, the dreaded Tower of London was captured from the King of England. The forces that seized it did not belong to a foreign power; nor were they rebellious workers – they were peasants who went on to behead the Lord Chancellor and the Archbishop of Canterbury who were, after the king, the country’s leading figures. A tad more recently, in the U.S. presidential election of 1892 a radical populist movement campaigned for wealth redistribution and profound economic reform. The populists won five states. All of them were rural.

22:37

Western Media Credibility in Free Fall Collapse "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Washington Post building in D.C. (Michael Fleischhacker)

22:36

Canadian firm sells Bahrain software used to censor Internet "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Report says Internet filtering technology exported from Canada being used to block political, news and human rights websites in Bahrain

22:35

Hungarian PM: Deport Millions of Migrants To Remote Island "IndyWatch Feed War"

Breitbart, by Chris Tomlinson, Sept. 23, 2016: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has railed against the political establishment’s migrant policy, calling for the deportation of over a million migrants from the European Union (EU). Regularly at odds with EU leaders in … Continue reading

22:30

Employees Held Protests Outside Wells Fargo Years Ago On Fraud "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of RT - Calling into question why Wells Fargo was only recently fined $185 million for fraudulently opening more than 2 million accounts, the US Senate is now hearing reports that employees and customers blew the whistle on the Wall Street bank’s illegal activity several years ago. After settling with regulators for $185 million over signing up its customers for more than 2 million accounts without their knowledge and subsequently charging them fees, Wells Fargo became the focus of a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

22:23

Industry Blames ‘Mob Politics’ For Roadblocks To Pipeline Success "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Mark Hand for DC Media Group - Former Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon may no longer be with us, but his old message about anti-fracking activists continues to echo in the meeting rooms of industry conferences. Five years ago, McClendon, who died in a car crash in March, told the audience at the Shale Gas Insight conference in Philadelphia that life would be cold, dark and hungry if the protesters outside the Philadelphia Convention Center succeeded in stopping shale gas drilling.

22:23

France: The Great Wall of Calais "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gatestone Institute, by Soeren Kern, September 23, 2016: Around 200 migrants from Calais, the principal ferry crossing point between France and England, are successfully smuggled into Britain each week, according to police estimates cited by the Telegraph. In recent months, masked … Continue reading

22:23

Mideast Quartet: Israeli settlements eroding two-state solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The group, which includes the US, UN, EU and Russia, said settlement activity is an obstacle to peace

22:16

Dakota Access Pipeline Will Lock-In Emissions Of 30 Coal Plants "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Lorne Stockman for Oil Change International - The Dakota Access pipeline would carry oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to Gulf Coast refineries and export terminals via Patoka, Illinois. With a maximum capacity of 570,000 barrels per day (bpd), it could carry over 50% of North Dakota’s current oil production. Ultimately, the net greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of the pipe would depend on what future actions we take to end our fossil fuel addiction and address climate change.

22:08

Is Obama’s ‘Narrative Battle’ with ISIS or Reality? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Front Page Magazine, by Raymond Ibrahim, Sept. 23, 2016: According to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, “When it comes to ISIL, we are in a fight—a narrative fight with them. A narrative battle.”  Earnest said this the day after … Continue reading

22:08

Tulsa Police Officer Charged With First-Degree Manslaughter "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Justin JuozaPacivious and Sean Murphy for AP - TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a white Oklahoma police officer with first-degree manslaughter Thursday, less than a week after she killed an unarmed black man on a city street and just days after police released graphic videos, saying in court documents the officer "reacted unreasonably." Tulsa officer Betty Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16.

22:07

Breaking News: Keith Scott Shooting Video Released "IndyWatch Feed War"

A video of the fatal encounter between Charlotte police officers and Keith L. Scott has been released by the family. The cell phone footage was recorded by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia. The video, however, does not show Scott in the moments before a police officer opened fire, so it remains unclear whether he had a firearm. The gunshots can be heard, but Scott and the officers are not visible in the video at that moment. (Read the previous article here)

Full Transcript:

OFFICER: Hands up!

RAKEYIA SCOTT: Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon. He has no weapon. Don’t shoot him.

OFFICER: Don’t shoot. Drop the gun. Drop the fucking gun.

RAKEYIA SCOTT: Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him.

OFFICER: Drop the gun.

RAKEYIA SCOTT: He didn’t do anything.

OFFICER: Drop the gun. Drop the gun.

RAKEYIA SCOTT: He doesn’t have a gun. He has a T.B.I. (Traumatic Brain Injury).

OFFICER: Drop the gun.

RAKEYIA SCOTT: He is not going to do anything to you guys.

RAKEYIA SCOTT: He just took his medicine.

OFFICER: Drop the gun. Let me get a fucking baton over here. [muffled]

RAKEYIA SCOTT: Keith, don’t let them break the windows. Come on out the car.

OFFICER: [muffled]

OFFICER:Drop the gun.

RAKEYIA SCOTT: Keith! Don’t you do it.

OFFICER: Drop the gun.

RAKEYIA SCOTT: Keith, get out the car. Keith! Keith! Don’t you do it! Don’t you do it! Keith!

OFFICER: Drop the gun.

RAKEYIA SCOTT:Keith! Keith! Keith! Don’t you do it! [SHOTS]

RAKEYIA SCOTT: Fuck. Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? He better not be fucking dead. He better not be fucking dead. I know that fucking much. I know that much. He better not be dead. I’m not going to come near you. I’m going to record, though. I’m not coming near you. I’m going to record, though. He better be alive because …I come You better be alive. How about that?Yes, we here, over here at 50 … 50 …9453 Lexington Court. These are the police officers that shot my husband, and he better live. He better live. Because he didn’t do nothing to them.

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22:02

SEC Probe Called Possible ‘Moment Of Reckoning’ For Exxon’s Climate Crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Lauren McCauley for Common Dreams - Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that "[t]he SEC sought information and documents in August from Exxon as well as the company’s auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The federal agency has also been receiving documents that the company submitted as part of a continuing probe into similar issues begun last year by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman."

21:54

Black White Wage Gap Worse Than In 1979 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Above Photo: Low wage workers take part in a protest organized by the Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage outside the offices of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, May 30, 2013. The workers from restaurants and other trades who say there are rampant violations in minimum wage and other labor laws in New York were calling on Governor Cuomo to take action to ensure that all workers in New York receive a real increase in the minimum wage including workers who rely on tips from customers. Cuomo recently signed legislation to increase New York State’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour over the next three years. REUTERS/Mike Segar

As income inequality increases so does the difference in wages between blacks and white

What this report finds: Black-white wage gaps are larger today than they were in 1979, but the increase has not occurred along a straight line. During the early 1980s, rising unemployment, declining unionization, and policies such as the failure to raise the minimum wage and lax enforcement of anti-discrimination laws contributed to the growing black-white wage gap. During the late 1990s, the gap shrank due in part to tighter labor markets, which made discrimination more costly, and increases in the minimum wage. Since 2000 the gap has grown again. As of 2015, relative to the average hourly wages of white men with the same education, experience, metro status, and region of residence, black men make 22.0 percent less, and black women make 34.2 percent less. Black women earn 11.7 percent less than their white female counterparts. The widening gap has not affected everyone equally. Young black women (those with 0 to 10 years of experience) have been hardest hit since 2000.

Why it matters: Though the African American experience is not monolithic, our research reveals that changes in black education levels or other observable factors are not the primary reason the gaps are growing. For example, just completing a bachelor’s degree or more will not reduce the black-white wage gap. Indeed the gaps have expanded most for college graduates. Black male college graduates (both those with just a college degree and those who have gone beyond college) newly entering the workforce started the 1980s with less than a 10 percent disadvantage relative to white college graduates but by 2014 similarly educated new entrants were at a roughly 18 percent deficit.

What it means for policy: Wage gaps are growing primarily because of discrimination (or racial differences in skills or worker characteristics that are unobserved or unmeasured in the data) and growing earnings inequality in general. Thus closing and eliminating the gaps will require intentional and direct action:

Consistently enforce antidiscrimination laws in the hiring, promotion, and pay of women and minority workers. Convene a high-level summit to address why black college graduates start their careers with a sizeable earnings disadvantage. Under the leadership of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, identify the “unobservable measures” that impact the black-white wage gap and devise ways to include them in national surveys. Urge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to work with experts to develop metropolitan area measures of discrimination that could be linked to individual records in the federal surveys so that researchers could directly assess the role that local area discrimination plays in the wage setting of African Americans and whites. Address the broader problem of stagnant wages by raising the federal minimum wage, creating new wor......

21:15

Largest Prison Strike In U.S. History Enters Its Second Week "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alice Speri for The Intercept - THE LARGEST PRISON strike in U.S. history has been going on for nearly a week, but there’s a good chance you haven’t heard about it. For months, inmates at dozens of prisons across the country have been organizing through a network of smuggled cellphones, social media pages, and the support of allies on the outside. The effort culminated in a mass refusal to report to prison jobs on September 9, the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising.

21:10

Health Care Costs Rise By Most In 32 Years "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Patrick Gillespie for CNN - Prices for medicine, doctor appointments and health insurance rose the most last month since 1984. The price increases come amid a broader debate about climbing health care costs and high premiums for Obamacare coverage. A recent report by Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits forecasts that the average family health care plan will cost $18,142, up 3.4% from 2015. That's faster than wage growth in America.

21:03

Campaign Nonviolence Week Of Actions "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ryan Hall for Pace E Bene - The third annual Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions was launched September 18 through September 25, 2016. Events are taking place across the United States and beyond. This year we’ve got over 700 nonviolent actions in all 50 U.S. states and in 18 other countries See some of the images from these 2016 events in this slideshow below.

20:58

Facebook bans pro-Palestinian pages "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinian Information Center – September 23, 2016 GAZA – Facebook administration has banned a large number of pro-Palestinian pages and accounts including Hamas-affiliated pages. The Facebook administration closed over the past few hours several pro-Palestinian pages and accounts, some of which were banned for the tenth time. A number of online activists accused the administration […]

20:55

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 21, 2016: GOVERNMENT FORCES ADVANCING OUTSIDE ALEPPO – By Uprooted Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

On September 20, the Syrian army, the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, repelled an attack of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra/Al-Nusra Front) and its ‘moderate allies’ in southwestern Aleppo.

Terrorist infantry, supported by battle tanks and artillery, attacked the government forces’ positions in the 1070 Apartment Project and in the Ramouseh Artillery Base. However, they were not able to break the army’s defenses.

Separately, the joint terrorist forces attacked the Syrian army positions at the strategic Castello Highway and in the al-Layramount Neighborhood in northwestern Aleppo without any significant gains there.

The Russian centre in Syria said that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies lost four battle tanks, three infantry combat vehicles and nine pickup trucks with heavy guns during this failed advance. About 100 militants were killed, accodring to pro-government sources.

By September 21, firefights have been ongoing at the Ramouseh Artillery Base, al-Layramount and near the Handarat refugee camp. The Syrian army and its allies also launched an advance on the 1070 Apartment Project – Hikmah School – Tell Uhud axis, southwest of Aleppo city. Clashes are ongoing in Sooq al-Jebes.

Separately, the Syrian army repelled an ISIS advance on the village of Nasrallah located near the Kuweires Military Airport, killing some 14 ISIS terrorists.

In the northern part of Aleppo province, the Turkish Armed Forces and Ankara-backed militants have continued operations against the ISIS terrorist group. On September 20, ISIS launched a series of counter-attacks east of Al Rai, capturing from the Ankara-led forces over 9 villages. By September 21, the Turkish forces have not been able to regain the ground that they had lost. Meanwhile, pro-Turkish sources report that all is ‘ok’ and the Turkish artillery hit over 50 ISIS targets in northern Syria.

In the northern part of Homs province, the pro-government forces launched an advance on ISIS positions at Jabal Al-the Sha’er hilltop located near the strategic hilltop of Tal Sawwan. The Syrian army and its allies also advanced on the ISIS-controlled Al-Sha’er Gas Fields. Clashes are ongoing there.

20:34

Anti-Palestine Media Bias Remains Untouchable Even to Canada’s Media Critics "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Yves Engler | September 23, 2016 Media coverage of world affairs mostly focuses on Ottawa/Washington’s perspective. While the dominant media is blatant in its subservience to Canadian/Western power, even independent media is often afraid to challenge the foreign policy status quo. A recent Canadaland podcast simultaneously highlighted anti-Palestinian media bias and the fear liberal […]

20:32

Who knew! Israel almost started war with Hezbollah in 2015, IDF officer reveals at NY synagogue "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel’s dependence on American Jews produces some farcical situations, and this is one of them. An Israeli intelligence officer touring American Jewish spaces to brief American Jews about threats to Israel tells a bunch of old Jews (me included) at an Upper West Side synagogue what no one knew at the time: Israel was “really close to opening a war against Hezbollah” in January 2015.

The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is a Reform synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with a reputation for liberalism, boasting of visits from MLK and Archbishop Tutu. But its Israel committee listed an event last night with an Israeli intelligence officer called Captain Nativ:

Take part in a discussion on intelligence information and terrorism led by the chief of an intelligence section in the Central Command of the IDF who focuses on acting against the terror threats that Israel faces from the West Bank.

“Captain Nativ” had had a busy week. He’d addressed this pro-Israel counterterrorism conference at the Yale Club on Monday, described as “Chief of an Intelligence Section in the Central Command of the IDF.” There, his identity was shrouded with the picture above. Nativ also spoke to the NYU Law Students for Israel— a closed event. And he spoke to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations earlier in the week.

But last night he was addressing a bunch of ordinary Jews on the Upper West Side. And he told the inside story about a Hezbollah attack of January 2015 that killed two Israeli soldiers in retaliation for an Israeli attack that had killed a Hezbollah fighter named Jihad Mugniyeh ten days earlier.

The news coverage of this attack did not reveal what the captain did last night: “we were really close to opening a war against Hezbollah that day.”

We had an intelligence alert that Hezbollah would retaliate from Lebanon. All the ground forces knew that something would happen. But sadly and I really remember that day, something went wrong and Hezbollah launched two antitank missiles. And hit an army vehicle. Two soldiers died, seven were injured. I remember sitting in my office getting– we have what we call red phones in your offices. And the red phone rang from the situation room. And they told me there was an explosion…. I remember really getting emotional. You have to understand that when you know that something will happen and still we couldn’t prevent that from happening, then you get frustrated. I remember sitting in my office getting frustrated at what happened, but at the same time I have a really important job. I have to get all the information, all the intelligence… [on] what Hezbollah wants to do next. I have to brief my boss, my commander, who’s a really important guy. Before he goes to brief the prime minister, or the minister of defense, or the IDF chief of staff, and then they will have to decide what they want to do, if they want to retaliate or not, how they want to retaliate. So you have to understand, that it’s really difficult… On the one hand you’re really emotional. On the second hand you have to be professional and do our job.

But just to end that story: We were really close to opening a war against Hezbollah that day. But luckily we had good decision-makers in Israel who acted right and managed to lower the flames. And we didn’t get into a war with them.

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20:14

Why Wrongful Police Killings Are Murder & Not Manslaughter "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the rare cases in which police are charged with a crime after needlessly killing an innocent citizen, prosecutors typically pick the much lesser charge of manslaughter, though often it is murder according to our legal definitions.

 

When a human kills another human, that is a homicide. When it is accidental or a crime of passion, it is ruled manslaughter by our justice system. When the killing was intentional and premeditated, it is labeled a murder. Now let us examine why most of the police killings are actually murder. It’s really quite simple.

I FEARED FOR MY LIFE + POLICE TRAINING = MURDER

“I feared for my life,” indicates an intent to kill. It is an admission that your actions were considered and decided upon as a conscious being with free will.

Police training is premeditation. When police train themselves to have killer instincts, that is planning ahead on when and how to kill a citizen. When they are pumped full of magical badges, special costumes, police union propaganda and then made to believe that their lives are the most important consideration – AND THAT YOU CANNOT TAKE ANY CHANCES – they are being trained to kill you. They are premeditating it.

Police are taught to kill when they fear for their lives. They chose this training. So unless they are shooting at someone who was an actual (substantiated by evidence) threat to their lives, killing people that make them jumpy is murder – pure and simple. And that is according to the existing legal definitions.

Read: What If Police Training Is the Problem and Not the Solution?

So why do cops who murder, when they are rarely charged and convicted, get manslaughter charges? Public relations. This is the system doing the bare minimum to appease the public. Police can commit the highest of wrongs, but even when they are held accountable, it is to the lowest of standards.

Accountability is futile.

Abolish the police.

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20:11

Lavrov: Important Not to Let US-Russia Agreements on Syria Collapse (Video) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in New York that it’s important crucial to avoid the collapse of the US-Russia agreements on Syria.

“The main thing now is to prevent the collapse of those arrangements, objectively and impartially investigate the undermining incidents in Deir Ezzor and Aleppo, particularly, that there’s many who want to sabotage the agreed approaches to the Syrian settlement,” he said during the general debate.

Lavrov emphasized that “it’s essential to fulfill the UN Security Council demand to dissociate the so-called moderate opposition from the terrorists. Here, special responsibility rests with the US and the members of their coalition.” “Their refusal or inability to do this in the present circumstances can’t but strengthen the suspicion that it’s being attempted to remove Jabhat al-Nusra out of harm’s way and that the plans for a regime change are still on the table.”

This September, US-led coalition warplanes hit Syrian government troops in Deir Ezzor, and a UN humanitarian convoy was destroyed in Aleppo.

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20:07

Lawsuit Claims Corrections Officers Gassed and Tortured Inmate to Death "IndyWatch Feed War"

inmateIn all, he was subjected to 600 grams of chemical agents in a confined space, well over lethal levels.

20:04

WATCH: New Video Surfaces from Keith Lamont Scott Police Shooting Death in North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new video surfaced from the North Carolina police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, showing Charlotte police officers holding him at gunpoint, ordering him to “drop the gun” before they open fire and kill him.

The footage, recorded by his wife, does not show any gun nor does it prove he was not holding a gun.

But it captures his wife telling officers he has no gun.

Rakeyia Scott can also be heard telling her husband, “Keith, don’t you do it” as he steps out of an SUV.

The video is at times shaky and not at a direct angle, but in the frames containing her husband, he is not lifting his arms nor pointing anything at them.

The actual shooting is not captured on camera because she has it pointed downwards but the sounds of gunshots are captured.

According to NBC News, who obtained the video:

It’s at that moment that four gunshots can be heard, as Scott’s wife screams: “Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?”

In the aftermath, police officers can be seen attending to Scott’s prone body as his wife apparently calls 9-1-1. No gun can be seen in the footage, which appears to have been recorded from a nearby patch of grass.

The footage was obtained by NBC News amid conflicting reports about whether a gun was found at the scene of the shooting. Police say he had a handgun on him and posed “an imminent, deadly threat.” The family says he was not armed and did not pose a threat to the officers.

A photo, previously obtained by NBC News from local affiliate WCNC, appears to show a gun at the scene.

The photo of the dark object people are saying is the gun was taken after the yellow crime ribbon tape was up. If you look at the video below, you will see that the black object was not near Scott’s feet in the moments after they shot him before the crime tape went up.

In watching the video, it appears it could be a black glove dropped by one of the cops towards the end of the video. Or could it have been a gun?

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19:28

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 21, 2016: GOVERNMENT FORCES ADVANCING OUTSIDE ALEPPO "IndyWatch Feed War"

On September 20, the Syrian army, the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, repelled an attack of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra/Al-Nusra Front) and its ‘moderate allies’ in southwestern Aleppo. Terrorist infantry, supported by battle tanks and artillery, attacked the government forces’ positions in the 1070 Apartment Project […]

19:19

At least 300 bodies recovered from Egypt migrant shipwreck "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Survivors have said that between 450 to 600 migrants and refugees were on board the overcrowded fishing vessel

19:10

Netanyahu at the UN: The pariah state becomes the arbiter of justice "IndyWatch Feed War"

With Israel voted onto the UN's legal committee with Arab support, Palestinians have been abandoned again by the international community

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Government Forces Seize Al-Shaher region near Handarat Camp in Aleppo (Photos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Following the announcement of wide-scale operations in Aleppo, the Syrian army and Liwa al-Quds (Palestinian militia) have seized the al-Shaher region near the strategic Handarat Refugee Camp northwest of Aleppo city.

Pro-government sources report that the Syrian forces took control of a number of hill tops in the area and deployed at the eastern entrance of Handarat.

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19:01

How Shimon Peres Stole the Nuclear Bomb with a Bluff, and Why Military Censor Doesn’t Want Israelis to Know about It "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Richard Silverstein Global Research, September 23, 2016 Richard Silverstein 16 September 2016 Shimon Peres had a severe stroke two days ago and while his health has improved since he entered the hospital, at age 93, he is in the twilight of his years.  It’s appropriate to take stock of his legacy as an epochal figure who spans the founding […]

19:01

France: Human Rights vs. The People "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gatestone Institute, by Yves Mamou, September 22, 2016: French politicians seem to believe they are elected NOT to defend French people and the French nation, but to impose a “human rights ideology” on society. The rule of law is there to protect … Continue reading

18:58

Colombia: Santos presents FARC peace agreement to UN Security Council "IndyWatch Feed War"

LAHT reports, Santos submitted the document to the Security Council’s president in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who confirmed that he would travel to the northern Colombian city of Cartagena next week for the signing of the peace agreement. It’ll be interesting to see who actually gets to sign the agreement; the document […]

18:56

New Video Dialogue: Presidential Election, Designated Survivor, and ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

TOPICS COVERED:

Conspiracy theories from a presidential candidate

JEB Bush & Ted Cruz’s father involved in JFK assassination
Antonin Scalia murdered
Birtherism & Hillary responsible for Birtherism

Hater vs. “Greater” and Referendum on the Secret State…

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18:55

In full page NYT ad, liberal Zionist group calls for ethnic segregation to retain Jewish majority within Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Daniel S. Abraham Center for Peace, a prominent liberal Zionist Israel lobbying group, purchased a full-page newspaper advertisement in Friday’s edition of the New York Times, calling for the immediate separation of Israelis and Palestinians into separate countries to keep Israel as a Jewish majority state.

“Separation between Israelis and Palestinians is Essential. No separation today means a Palestinian majority by 2020,” warned the public service announcement.

Israel’s population is about 20 percent Palestinian, so what the ad rejects is Israel having to be responsible for millions of more Palestinians who are now living in-not-their own state. At the same time, the head of the organization, Clinton ally former Florida Congressman Robert Wexler, denies that there is something called an occupation in the West Bank. There is the not-so-subtle Trumpian suggestions that the Palestinian citizens of Israel will be living elsewhere if the two-state solution happens. Maybe they’ll go willingly to live in a country now foreign to them. Maybe not. Remains to be seen. But this suggests large, (maybe coerced who knows?) transfers of people are the only way to ensure peace and order between Jews and Arabs, as the ad refers to them.

“It’s Time for Separation,” the advertisement explains. “Separation today means a Jewish majority, State of Israel now and for Generations ahead.” 

Or, as Alabama Gov. George Wallace put it: “Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!” 

In 1968, Wallace ran for president of the United States as a “Dixiecrat,” a dissident Southern Democrat outraged by their party leadership’s support for ending segregation in the South. (Like the Confederates he idolized, he also lost, but carried five Deep South states.) Democrats are coming to a similar impasse over the question of Palestinian rights, and how much they matter. Some Democrats are on the side of the segregationists, but this time they’re the leadership. And the Times helped get the word out about Two State Segregation. 

The Daniel S. Abraham Center for Peace, run by a former Democratic Florida congressman Robert Wexler, bought the advertisement to run during the United Nations General Assembly, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday renewed his own call for a two-state solution, and invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to speak before the Knesset. President Abbas said settlements were destroying any chance of a two-state solution, and he would bring the matter up at the United Nations. 

This isn’t the first time the Center has bought advertising in the Times. In 2015, around Hannukah, the group had said the creation of “demilitarized Palestinian state is not a gift to the Palestinians,” but in Israel’s best interest. “The only way Israel can remain a Jewish, democratic state is the Palestinians have a Palestinian state.”

How the “demilitarizing of the Palestinians” was going to work, the advertisement didn’t explain.” The Abraham Center for Peace has all sorts of charts and helpful brochures about the numbers of “Core Jews,” “Arabs,” and “Others” living there. The map and text in the

The map and text in the Times makes clear the reason the group is so determined to implement a two-state solution is the fear o...

18:43

Why the Recent Developments in Syria Show that the Obama Administration Is in a State of Confused Agony "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Written by TheSaker; Originally appeared at his blog

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and, possibly, elsewhere.  Let me just re-state what just happened:

First, after days and days of intensive negotiations, Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov finally reached a deal on a cease-fire in Syria which had the potential to at least “freeze” the situation on the ground until the Presidential election in the USA and a change in administration (this is now the single most important event in the near future, therefore no plans of any kind can extend beyond that date).

Then the USAF, along with a few others, bombed a Syrian Army unit which was not on the move or engaged in intense operations, but which was simply holding a key sector of the front.  The US strike was followed by a massive offensive of the “moderate terrorists” which was barely contained by the Syrian military and the Russian Aerospace forces.  Needless to say, following such a brazen provocation the cease-fire was dead.  The Russians expressed their total disgust and outrage at this attacked and openly began saying that the Americans were “недоговороспособны”.  What that word means is literally “not-agreement-capable” or unable to make and then abide by an agreement.  While polite, this expression is also extremely strong as it implies not so much a deliberate deception as the lack of the very ability to make a deal and abide by it.  For example, the Russians have often said that the Kiev regime is “not-agreement-capable”, and that makes sense considering that the Nazi occupied Ukraine is essentially a failed state.  But to say that a nuclear world superpower is “not-agreement-capable” is a terrible and extreme diagnostic.  It basically means that the Americans have gone crazy and lost the very ability to make any kind of deal.  Again, a government which breaks its promises or tries to deceive but who, at least in theory, remains capable of sticking to an agreement would not be described as “not-agreement-capable”.  That expression is only used to describe an entity which does not even have the skillsetneeded to negotiate and stick to an agreement in its political toolkit.  This is an absolutely devastating diagnostic.

Next came the pathetic and absolutely unprofessional scene of US Ambassador Samantha Powers simply walking out of a UNSC meeting when the Russian representative was speaking.  Again, the Russians were simply blown away, not by the infantile attempt at offending, but at the total lack of diplomatic professionalism shown the Powers.  From a Russian point of view, for one superpower to simply walk out at the very moment the other superpower is making a crucial statement is simply irresponsible and, again, the sign that their American counterparts have totally “lost it”.

Finally, there came the crowning moment: the attack of the humanitarian convey in Syria which the USA blamed, of course, on Russia.  The Russians, again, could barely believe their own eyes.  First, this was such a blatant and, frankly, Kindergarten-level attempt to show that “the Russians make mistakes too” and that “the Russians killed the cease-fire”.  Second, there was this amazing statement of the Americans who said there are only two air forces which could have done that – either the Russians or the Syrians (how the Americans hoped to get away with this in an airspac.....

18:36

Should politicians run campaign ads in a foreign language? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Let’s not ignore the one fact that even Politico begrudgingly acknowledged: the majority of Latino voters are English-speaking. Read my post, Should politicians run campaign ads in a foreign language?

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Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony "IndyWatch Feed War"

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are

18:21

White Helmets Deceive “Right Livelihood” and CodePink "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Rick Sterling | Dissident Voice | September 23, 2016 Manipulation of public perception has risen to a new level with the emergence of powerful social media. Facebook, Twitter and Google are multibillion dollar corporate giants hugely influencing public understanding.  Social media campaigns include paid ‘boosting’ of Facebook posts, paid promotion of Tweets, and biased […]

18:17

VIDEO: Sisi meets Trump. What could possibly go wrong? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Egyptian president met Donald Trump during visit to New York. Much backslapping ensued.

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Ethiopians are crying out for Freedom and Justice "IndyWatch Feed War"

Usually September 11th, or 1st of Meskerem on the Ethiopian calendar, is a day of celebration. It is the Ethiopian new-year. However, this year there was a distinct shortage of happy gatherings or collective jubilation to mark the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, either inside the country or amongst the diaspora.

The country is in crisis and the majority of Ethiopians believe there is little to celebrate; instead many people spent the day in quiet reflection, dressed in black. Prayers were said at church services in Ethiopia and abroad for those who have been killed protesting (a constitutional right), by security forces of the ruling regime.

As the movement for democratic change grows, the government continues to try to put it down by violent means. Security forces indiscriminately shoot peaceful protestors in the streets, beat and intimidate others. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says they receive “daily accounts of killings and arbitrary arrests”, and estimate that up to 500 protestors have been killed since November 2015, although many inside the country put the figure higher.

Thousands have been arrested and falsely imprisoned; young people – who are leading the charge for democracy – are being specifically targeted. Torture is widespread in Ethiopian prisons, and for those detainees who have expressed political dissent, it is virtually guaranteed. Witnesses have told ESAT News (an independent broadcaster based in Europe and America) that some detained protestors have died as the result of torture, and are buried in the prison grounds.

The ruling EPRDF party (in power since 1991) was not democratically elected, and has remained in power by stealing one election after another. They demonstrate no concern for democratic principles or human rights, and like all dictatorships, will do anything to remain in power. They seem unable to grasp the severity of the current situation, or understand the feeling among the population, the vast majority of whom despise the regime and are desperate for fundamental change. Protestors are calling on the government to step down, and for real and honest democratic elections to be held.

Government ministers and spokespersons repeatedly claim that ‘outside forces’, and ‘anti peace elements’ (whatever they may be) are behind the popular uprising. This, of course, is nothing more than propaganda; complete lies promulgated to appease the EPRDF’s benefactors and maintain the false image of a democratic government, concerned with national and regional stability and the wellbeing of its citizens. They refuse to enter into meaningful discussions with opposition leaders and activists, and have sanctioned a policy of violence, which they presumably hope will frighten the people into collective submission once more. But the democratic genie is out of the bottle and the regime’s heavy-handed, not to say criminal actions, are only serving to inflame the situation.

In an action that reveals their crude and bullish approach, over a thousand regime soldiers have now been stationed in Bahir-Dar in the Amhara region, where a dignified ‘stay-at-home’ protest has been taking place for weeks. Such an intimidating presence will further antagonise local people, and strengthen already existing anger. Troops were transported on Ethiopia Airlines commercial planes on September 1st, and are now receiving their deadly orders from the Chief of Staff, Samora Yunis, who has set up base in the city. The Internet (which is controlled by the government) in the region remains largely shut down, and locals suspect telephone calls are being monitored.

Growing Unity

Freedom and justice are like healthy seeds – once planted their growth and realization is inevitable. It is a question of when they blossom, not if. The desire for these basic human rights, so long denied, is now f......

18:06

SYRIA FIGHTS COLONIALISM: AUSTRALIA, UK, DEMARK CONFIRM ROLES IN BRUTAL DEIR EZZOR MASSACRE "IndyWatch Feed War"

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 MADDCOLDSONOFKUFA by Jonathan Azaziah Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective […]

18:01

Weaponized Immigration "IndyWatch Feed War"

Front Page Magazine, by Michael Cutler, Sept. 22, 2016: The United States is at war with international terrorists, who, as the 9/11 Commission noted, must first enter the United States in order to attack it. Consider the preface of the official … Continue reading

17:52

The US Attack near Deir ez-Zor as Seen from the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Yuriy Zinin – New Eastern Outlook – September 23, 2016 “The American bombing in Deir ez-Zor, pieces of evidence and responses”, “An outrageous back stab”, “What is behind the American onslaught?” – those are the headlines one could run across while looking through the Middle Eastern media sources on the recent raid of the […]

17:41

Map Update: Military Situation in Aleppo City on September 23, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The map below depicts the military situation in Aleppo city, including directions of the ongoing government offensive, on September 23, 2016.

Click to see the full-size map

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17:39

Gollum 'not evil' say Turkish experts, over Erdogan comparison controversy "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A panel of experts ruled that Gollum was an 'innocent victim', as judge decided case is arrested over alleged 15 July coup links

17:35

Ventura County Probation Officer James Schmitt Arrested For Child Pornography "IndyWatch Feed War"

James Richard Schmitt, a senior deputy probation officer, has been arrested on two felony charges of possessing child pornography. Officer Schmitt has been on paid vacation administrative leave since February, when the FBI seized computers at his home, which contained the child pornography.

Officer Schmitt was busted when internet service provider Yahoo, turned over records to the FBI. Schmitt remains in custody at the Ventura County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Ventura County Superior Court. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to three years and eight months in state prison.

The chief probation officer for Ventura County said that, “ … everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence” and that “this is not reflective of the good women and men of the probation agency who work every day to keep our community safe and to help rehabilitate thousands of adults and juveniles entrusted to our supervision.”

Officer Schmitt’s last assignment, before being busted with child pornography, was juvenile investigations, which prepares reports for Juvenile Court and in which Schmitt had contact with juveniles.

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Officer James Richard Schmitt

According to Yahoo, seller accounts based in the Philippines offered pictures, videos, and even real-time online sex shows with underage children. One of the accounts identified in purchasing the child pornography items was traced to Schmitt and his residence.

The Ventura County Probation Agency said the following in a statement released to the public on Thursday:

“The allegations against Mr. Schmitt are serious and concerning. We want to ensure the citizens of Ventura County that this is not reflective of the good women and men of the Probation Agency who work every day to keep our community safe, and to help rehabilitate thousands of adults and juveniles entrusted to our supervision. We take allegations of officer misconduct seriously and strive to maintain the trust of our community in all that we do.”

“We will continue to cooperate in any way possible to learn the truth of this matter. While we remind the public that everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence, we also believe in accountability for misconduct and will seek administrative sanctions if supported by facts.”

“As this is a confidential personnel matter, we will not be able to discuss any specifics of the administrative investigation.”...

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Dr. Sebastian Gorka: Chelsea Bomber Is ‘A Man Who Has Taken Sides in a War,’ Not ‘Just Another Criminal’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Breitbart, by John Hayward, Sept. 23, 2016: Breitbart News National Security Editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka, author of the best-selling book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, addressed the idea of treating Chelsea bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami as an enemy combatant, rather than … Continue reading

17:00

Abbas and Levy issue calls to end Nakba denial "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yesterday, coincidentally, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli columnist Gideon Levy both spoke of the burden of the Nakba on their societies, and the world. Excerpts below. The only reflection on reading these commentaries is, Why are these thoughts not being published in our mainstream American journals?

For as Levy says, the Nakba cannot be compared to the Holocaust, but their denials can, and: “Nakba denial beats denial of the Holocaust.”

Abbas at the UN General Assembly:

Realization of a historic reconciliation between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples requires that Israel acknowledge its responsibility for the Nakba inflicted on our people to this very day. This will open a new era of coexistence and will serve to build bridges rather than walls…

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

By the end of this coming year, 100 years will have passed since the Balfour Declaration, and 70 years since Al-Nakba of the Palestinian people, and 50 years since Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Yes, 100 years have passed since the notorious Balfour Declaration, by which Britain gave, without any right, authority or consent from anyone, the land of Palestine to another people. This paved the road for the Nakba of Palestinian people and their dispossession and displacement from their land. As if this were not enough, the British Mandate interpreted this Declaration into policies and measures that contributed to the perpetration of the most heinous crimes against a peaceful people in their own land, a people that never attacked anyone or partook in a war against anyone.

Therefore, we ask Britain, as we approach 100 years since this notorious Declaration, to draw the necessary lessons and to bear its historic, legal, political, material and moral responsibilities for the consequences of this Declaration, including an apology to the Palestinian people for the catastrophes, miseries and injustices that it created, and to act to rectify this historic catastrophe and remedy its consequences, including by recognition of the State of Palestine.

In addition, Israel, since 1948, has persisted with its contempt for international legitimacy by violating United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 (II), the partition resolution, which called for the establishment of two States on the historic land of Palestine according to a specific partition plan…

In this 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, I call on you to declare 2017 as the international year to end the Israeli occupation of our land and our people, as we approach in June 2017 a half century of this abhorrent Israeli occupation…. the international community is called upon to exert all efforts, more than any other time in the past, to bring an end to the Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, which, as you all know, is the longest and last occupation in contemporary history.

Gideon Levy in Haaretz:

Peace is not going to come before the Israelis know about and understand how it all began. Peace is not going to come before Israel accepts responsibility, apologizes and compensates. There is no peace without this.

Perhaps there could be truth and reconciliation commissions like in South Africa, or a bended knee and reparations like in Germany. This could be the expression of an apology to the Palestinian people, partial return and partial compensation for the property stolen in 1948 and ever since. Just not denial and shirking of responsibility.

Peace is not going to be prevented because the Palestinians are insisting on the right of return. It will be prevented mainly because Israel is not prepared to...

16:56

Les Deplorables "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Pepe Escobar for Sputnik News Perplexed global public opinion holds its breath at the (circus) best American “democracy” is able to conjure: the first https://sputniknews.com/columnists/20160729/1043757805/us-election-clinton-trump.html cage match this coming

16:54

Turkish-backed rebels lose over 20 villages to ISIS in northeast Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Leith Fadel – 23/09/2016 Turkish-backed rebels lose over 20 villages to ISIS in northeast Aleppo ALEPPO, SYRIA (11:45 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and their Islamist allies are in serious trouble in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo after losing more than 20 villages east of the Euphrates River to the Islamic […]

16:49

Russia’s Inskander-M Tactical Ballistic Missile System (Infographics) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iskander-M is a variant of the Russian tactical missile system 9K720 Iskander (NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) used by the Russian Armed  Forces. It can fire two types of missiles:

  • the quasi-ballistic 9M723;
  • the cruise 9M728.

Both types can maneuver quickly on their flight path to make more difficult interception by enemy anti-missile weapons.

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Who Is Afraid of Iskander-M?

The Iskander-M has no shortage of admirers. They include the Islamic State and other Islamist entities in Syria, Poland, Turkey, NATO as a whole, and of course the United States. Seemingly no other Russian weapon system is as likely to steal a headline as soon as it makes an appearance somewhere on the global chess board. To what does it owe its worldwide fan base?…

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16:45

Syrian War Report – September 23, 2016: Operation to Clear Eastern Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-september-23-2016-operation-to-clear-eastern-aleppo/

16:32

Portland Cops Target and Unlawfully Arrest CopBlocker James Peach "IndyWatch Feed War"

Video is of the arrest and post-release interview of Cop Blocker James Peach.


On September 9th, 2016 approximately a hundred protesters assembled across the street from Portland Oregon’s ‘Justice Center’. The meeting place before a march through the streets. The protest was in solidarity with the prison strikes happening right now around the country.

As protesters began to gather, a group of people approached the park with three large banners painted on plywood. Before they were able to enter the park however, they were confronted by two cops on bikes. The cops told them they were ‘confiscating’ the signs for safety reasons. Naturally the theft was met with resistance, but ultimately the signs were seized as over ten other cops arrived and strong armed the otherwise peaceful sign holders.

After the signs were taken they were leaned on a light pole as the cops told the protesters off. At this point I, James Peach, along with other observers were standing next to the signs. That apparently was unacceptable because a bike cop came around and started hitting me with his bike from the street side. I ignored the attempt to move me and turned away from the bike cop. Another officer then told everyone to “move or you will be arrested”, at which I attempted to reply “Please explain to me what grounds you have to arrest us”. Before I could even finish that sentence I was grabbed and pulled from behind by a sergeant who gave no warning or notification that he was even there. Naturally I fell into the sergeant, who then said “oh you shouldn’t have done that”. The sergeant and the bike cop then begin to pull me into traffic as cars drove by. We ended up across the street where I repeatedly said I would not calm down when they are trying to kidnap me. I ended up detained for a little while and then arrested. The charges of the arrest were: harassment, interfering with a peace officer, and criminal mischief 2. The charges were of course not filed because they were complete bullshit.

In the featured video at 11:15 you can see the sergeant that initiated the assault approach the cops that have me detained. He asks if I had been searched. He says he knows I have a conceal carry permit and wonders if I am armed.

Now what’s interesting about that, is I have not given anyone my name or any information about me. Which means he knew who I was before he assaulted me. And he not just knew who I was, but had done some research about me. Knowing that I have a concealed carry permit takes a bit of digging considering I don’t use my legal name on anything. This then leads me to wonder when and why a sergeant of the Portland police had looked into me, someone who has never been arrested before.

It doesn’t take much wondering to figure out that the Portland police have a few reasons not to like me. I’ve publicly called out the East Precinct, torn down their gang colors, and I film them on the job all the time. As I said though, I’ve never even been arrested, nor have I ever threatened a cop. So why would members of the Portland Police Bureau be looking into my personal information so closely that they found my conceal carry permit? It also begs the question of what else they have looked up and what they plan on doing with...

16:31

Lebanese Army Arrests Daesh Emir in Ain al-Hilweh "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lebanese Army Arrests Daesh Emir in Refugee Camp Local Editor The Lebanese Army detained Thursday Daesh’s [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”] emir in Ain al-Hilweh after gun battles between extremists and Fatah movement rocked Palestinian refugee camp overnight. According to the Daily Star, the Army Commando Unit entered the Taware neighborhood in a stealth […]

16:31

President Bashar al-Assad: “U.S. attack on Syrian troops not an accident, definitely intentional” ~ [FULL Transcript and Video] "IndyWatch Feed War"

FULL VIDEO in ENGLISH (Arabic subtitles) President al-Assad’s interview given to Associated Press (VIDEO available also here) (Damascus, 22 September 2016) President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to ‘Associated Press’ ~ following is the FULL TRANSCRIPT: Journalist: President Assad, thank you very much for this opportunity to be interviewed by the Associated Press. President Assad: You are most […]

16:30

John Kerry explains why the alliance between his "moderate" Syrian rebels and Jihadi terrorists is perfectly logical "IndyWatch Feed War"

"But, he said, “it’s very hard to separate people when they are being bombed indiscriminately and when [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad has the right to determine who he’s going to bomb, because he can, quote, ‘Go after Nusra,’ but go after the opposition all at the same time because he wants to. You create a confusion that is impossible to separate out.”"

16:28

Saudi rehabilitation of terrorists "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this interview with the mouthpiece of King Salman, Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat, an American official praises the Saudi program for the rehabilitation of terrorists, which recently produced the successor to Abu Muhammad Al-`Adnani.

16:27

This dude makes it sound as if 20 books per year is a lot of books "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Since we’re well aware of how much the president reads — something like 20 books a year, I’m told — it would be presumptuous of me to suggest anything to him."

16:25

When Nation magazine covers the Syrian war: Syrian writers against US and Russian military intervention in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Is this a joke? I know that you can't trust anything on the Middle East from the Zionist Nation magazine but this is like a farce.  The signatories to this statement, like Sadiq Al-Azm, have been advocates of NATO intervention from the very beginning and most of the writers here work in Gulf regimes media, which have been calling for MORE--not less--US intervention in Syria.  Burhan Ghalyun is even one of the signatories.  Their protest is not against US military intervention in Syria but against US agreement with Russia over the cease-fire.  But those nuances are too inconvenient fro the Zionist policies of the Nation magazine.

16:25

Aleppo onslaught: Scores dead, buildings turned to dust in bombardment "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Huge offensive continues into third day, with at least 25 civilians reported killed on Saturday morning

16:21

Ukraine Crisis: A New Peace Plan for Donbas "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Summary

The last few days have seen renewed and arguably the most significant attempts to speed up the peace process in Ukraine than anytime earlier this year.  Germany and France have come up with essentially a new peace plan, which if implemented in full should make a difference.  On the table is their proposed tactic of small steps, which aims to reach a settlement in several stages and through reciprocal moves forward rather than by waiting for a full-scope implementation of the ceasefire agreement, as has been the case to-date.

Apparently, the international mediators have lost patience over the lack of progress reached so far to resolve the conflict that has been ongoing in the east of the country for over two years now, between the central Ukrainian authorities and Russia-backed separatists from the self-declared “republics.”  This conflict remains effectively frozen, with little sign of readiness to compromise from both sides – each of which sticks to its entrenched positions.  There are no longer large-scale military clashes, but the front-wide ceasefire, concluded in February 2015 as part of the Minsk II deal, has been regularly – albeit with a varied intensity – violated.

However, the new plan is hinged on many “ifs,” the primary one being a standpoint taken by Ukraine.  It looks as though the latest German-French initiative to move forward in parallel on both political and security issues is running counter to Kyiv’s prolonged insistence that security should come first.  This insistence has allowed the Ukrainian side to avoid making concessions on such sensitive issues as local elections in Donbas and a special autonomy status for the rebel territories, something Russia has been demanding all along.  As a result, more than ever before Kyiv is now under pressure to agree to what it considers to be Russia-favoured terms.  Such terms could prove unacceptable to the current Ukrainian authorities.

 

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16:21

World War Two Was Not a Just War "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson | September 20, 2016 Excerpted from the just released book War Is Never Just. World War II is often called “the good war,” and has been since the U.S. war on Vietnam to which it was then contrasted. World War II so dominates U.S. and therefore Western entertainment and education, that “good” […]

16:17

When the Syrian rebels impose sectarian sieges: rarely in the US press: not in the WP or the NYT "IndyWatch Feed War"

"A punishing siege imposed by Islamist rebels has cut off these two sister towns in northwest Syria for the last 18 months, leaving them at the mercy of truck bombs, mortar barrages, and the terrifying staccato of sniper fire.
The two towns lie in Idlib province, a predominantly Sunni Muslim region southwest of Aleppo. In March 2015, the entire province was overrun by a powerful jihadist coalition known as the Army of Conquest.  The exception was Fuah and Kefraya, two Shiite villages whose roughly 17,000 residents have remained, even under a devastating blockade, loyal to the government. For most, there has seemed to be little choice: Shiite Muslims are seen as apostates by Islamist hard-liners, and the Army of Conquest has threatened to wipe them out.  “A massacre is inevitable — maybe not for everyone, but certainly for the young men. They are always sending them threats on walkie-talkies,” said Mohammad Hassan Taqi, head of the towns’ crisis committee. “But all the possibilities are there: killing, rape, imprisonment of some, to be used as bargaining chips with the government,” he said. The plight of these two Shiite towns says much about how Syria’s sectarian mosaic has been fractured since the onset of the war. In a country where Shiite and Sunni villages were once spread across the landscape in relative harmony, more and more Syrians are being uprooted into sectarian blocs, their borders becoming new fault lines in the greater Sunni-Shiite conflict. A key to the fate of Fuah and Kefraya — and one of the only things keeping the towns intact — is the Four Towns Agreement, a complex truce forged in September 2015 linking the fate of the two Shiite communities in Idlib province to that of Zabadani and Madaya, a pair of Sunni towns controlled by Syrian rebels near the capital, Damascus. Those towns have also been subjected to a relentless siege, in this case by pro-government forces, that has left residents on the verge of starvation."

16:15

Rights group: Strip searches at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport are illegal "IndyWatch Feed War"

For Arab travelers through Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, it is common knowledge that lengthy questioning and strip searches come before boarding. As it turns out, forcing passengers into airport back rooms and requiring them to remove clothing is illegal under Israeli law, says the legal rights group Adalah.

Adalah lawyer Fadi Khoury found Israel’s policies on flight security stem from a 1977 law that, “does not authorize Israeli airline security personnel to ask passengers to strip naked and to conduct searches or to escort them to the boarding gates,” he said. 

Khoury filed a complaint earlier this month with Israel’s Airline Authority, which is tasked with enforcing security at Ben Gurion airport. The agency responded in writing that it does not conduct “any improper practices including stripping passengers and/or obligating them to be escorted by security guards following the conclusion of the security procedures they are required to undergo.”

Yet Adalah spokesperson Mati Milstein said anecdotal evidence shows otherwise. He commented the practice is “widespread” and “systematic,” although indicated no official master count exists of strip searches, his group has found numerous complaints.

 

There is also reported examples in media, including an apology from the Israeli state-owned El Al airlines for strip searching an American professor flying into Israel as an invited guest to Hebrew University in 2010. The following year Israel’s ministry of foreign affairs denounced the strip search of a Spanish traveler invited by the Israeli government to participate in that year’s gay pride parade. 

Tourism blogs are full of anecdotal tales of horrors: requests to remove clothes and the dreaded so-called “Arab room,” a side quarter where incoming flyers of predominately Arab or Muslims backgrounds are made to wait for additional screens. 

Mondoweiss has reported on the practice extensively, so have most major newspapers. 

Last month a 17-year old American of Moroccan heritage wrote for Mondoweiss of her being made to remove her bra during a strip search. In a 2010 case Nabil Khattab, a Palestinian lecturer at the Hebrew University, was asked to undergo a strip search. Security officials probed beneath his underwear with a baton. “That was already intolerable,” Khattab told Haaretz. He then left the airport and returned days later for another flight, this time undergoing another strip search but without the device.

The Arab American Institute has an online a self-reporting system for American citizens of Arab and non-Arab backgrounds subjected to undue searches while traveling through Ben Gurion. Of their 46 documented cases, 13 of the complaints included strip searches.

“I was well aware of this problem,” Communications Director of the Arab American Institute Jennifer...

16:10

U.S. forces will be in the Middle East long after ISIS, Carter says "IndyWatch Feed War"

"The Pentagon's two top leaders said Wednesday that the U.S. military will keep forces deployed to the Middle East long after the defeat of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria."

16:09

more U.S. soldiers sent to Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

"If President Obama signs off on the military’s plan for more troops, the number would rise above 5,000. There are other U.S. troops inside Iraq that the Pentagon claims are on “temporary” assignments, though some of these deployments last up to one year in country. Counting these troops, the new forces going to Iraq will push the unofficial number of American forces on the ground in Iraq to over 6,000 troops." (thanks Amir)

16:08

The politics of US aid to Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Grants started to replace loans in 1974. The U.S. government shortly afterwards started to permit Israel to spend twenty-six percent of the annual military grant on purchases in Israel—a unique arrangement, since by law recipient countries must spend all of their Foreign Military Financing in the United States. The result of this has been the build-up of a large Israeli military industry. This industry often relies on U.S. technological inputs, and the United States forbids Israel from manufacturing crucial heavy weaponry, such as fighter jets, in order to maintain control over Israel.
It trusts Israel—a settler-colonial state—with its own weapons industry since the chances of a peoples’ revolt amongst the dominant Jewish sector of the Israeli population is slim-to-none; the weapons will not be turned against the Israeli elite, let alone the United States, as they might one day in Arab countries where revolt is more likely. But it trusts the Israeli elite only so far—for that reason it maintains a monopoly on many of the production lines the Israeli army needs, in order to maintain a veto over Israeli foreign policy.
Furthermore, as the Times suggests, public U.S. military aid can be embarrassing for the Arab states. Several of these states have pretended to be at war with Israel even while maintaining friendly terms with the United States, Israel’s main patron. Although this dynamic was less of an issue after the Camp David Accords with the Anwar Sadat dictatorship in Egypt in the ‘70s, the 1994 peace treaty with Jordan and increasing ties between Israel and the Gulf States, Israel’s colonial repression of the Palestinians continues to be an issue for the surrounding Arab populations. Hence the need for some subterfuge as to who’s actually building Israel’s weapons, and indeed for the United States’ commitment to the peace process—a shadow-play meant mainly for the consumption of the Arab popular classes.
Earlier U.S. military grants, in the 1970s, often went to subsidiaries of U.S. corporations based in Israel, which devoted a significant portion of its budget to developing a trained and educated work-force, capable of aiding in technological development and working in highly-skilled positions in the arms industry.
Later U.S. military grants to Israel were often a quid pro quo, as Israel increasingly took on the work for which the United States could not publicly take responsibility, given popular unease in the States over aid to fascist dictatorships. As the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network note in their well cited report, ...

16:07

Selective definition of terrorism "IndyWatch Feed War"

"The US has spent the bulk of its war-on-terror existence raining terror on various parts of the globe - a factoid that should have by now become tiresome to repeat, save for the fact that it has not yet managed to cross the threshold of mainstream discourse. Even before the attacks of 11 September 2001, the US had already carved out a name for itself in the realm of extremely violent behaviour, ranging from more blatantly violent campaigns of indiscriminate bombing to the less overt starvation of an estimated half a million Iraqi children via sanctions."

16:06

Zionist and racial/ethnic purity "IndyWatch Feed War"

Max Blumenthal: "Explicitly racist and quintessentially liberal Zionist full page ad in NY Times by @AbrahamCenter warns of Israel's loss of ethnic purity"

15:52

Hugo Chavez mural up in the Bronx "IndyWatch Feed War"

Inaugurated, for all to see, “The young artist knows nothing about the character, he gets paid to paint” El joven pintor no sabe absolutamente nada del personaje, le pagan por pintar pic.twitter.com/A2pkrCSrKk — maibort petit (@maibortpetit) September 22, 2016 Paid by the Communist Venezuelan regime. Independent journalist Maibort Petit tweeted that only journalists pre-approved by […]

15:50

Syrian Army Liberates New Areas in Eastern Ghouta "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Armed Forces have liberated more areas in the Eastern Ghouta region in Damascus countryside and pushed terrorists back from the region.

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Control over more areas in the Eastern Ghouta region in Damascus countryside was established by the Syrian Army after driving terrorists back from the region.

According to a military source of the Fars news agency, Syrian soldiers established control over new parts of al-Rayhan farms, located in the northeastern parts of Douma city in the Eastern Ghouta region, after fierce clashes with terrorists. The source noted that the cause of the clashes was an attempt of terrorists to attack a number of military posts in the farms. As result, tens of terrorists were killed, many others were wounded and their weapons and equipment were destroyed.

Last week, offensives of the Faylaq al-Rahman in the Eastern Ghouta were repelled by the Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF), as well as the terrorists were pushed back from more positions and building blocks in a rapid counterattack.

A few hours after, an unsuccessful attack on government positions in Jobar in the eastern countryside of Damascus was launched by the terrorist group. Syrian troops, backed up by the NDF and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), started a joint counterattack against the Faylaq al-Rahman. As result, three important buildings near the Jobar Electrical Company were captured by the Army. In addition, a number of points around the Mail Depot and Tayba Mosque were also captured by the Syrian Armed Forces and its allies.

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15:49

African elephants – attempted tightening of ivory trade rules at CITES could create trade loophole "IndyWatch Feed War"

Daily Maverick

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Photo: A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) worker carries a tusk of an elephant as they offload them from a container to a burning site at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, 20 April 2016. Containers loaded with ivory tusks from various parts of the country such as Mombasa, Voi, Nanyuki and other places are being offloaded at the burning site ahead of the ivory burning event on 30 April 2016 where 105 tonnes of ivory is set to be burned. This would be the single biggest haul ever to be burned. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Let’s be clear: there IS a ban on the commercial international trade in ivory. There are no legal loopholes. This might come as a surprise given the increasingly loud calls for governments to adopt a “complete ivory ban” at the world’s most important wildlife trade meeting – the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – which starts this week in South Africa. By CARLOS DREWS.But an international ban is in place. It is the cornerstone of global efforts to save elephants and must be strictly maintained. Measures to stop the poachers and traffickers and close down domestic ivory markets have to be strengthened. But there is no way to make the ban stronger on paper – it can only be enhanced through effective enforcement.

Some countries and conservation organisations dispute this. With around 20,000-30,000 elephants being poached across Africa each year, they are pushing hard for the large elephant populations in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to be upgraded to Appendix I of CITES in line with the rest of the continent’s elephants, arguing that this would provide them with the highest level of protection.

However, these elephant populations already benefit from this top level protection thanks to a special condition attached to their existing Appendix II listing. This prohibits these countries – which harbour over half the continent’s remaining elephants – from trading any ivory for commercial purposes. So, as the CITES Secretariat has pointed out, adding these elephants to Appendix I would have no practical effect.

Except for one critical caveat. It could inadvertently make the situation worse by opening a back door to the resumption of legal international ivory trade.

At the moment, the only way to reopen the trade is by a two-thirds majority vote of all 182 Parties at a CITES conference. Namibia and Zimbabwe are angling for this, having submitted proposals to allow them to trade ivory from their legal stocks. WWF does not support these proposals because this is not the time to contemplate even a limited resumption of the international ivory trade, and it is extremely unlikely that the world will back them.

However, there is another way that pro-trade countries could bypass the ban. Ironically, all this would require would be a change to the existing elephant listings; exactly what many anti-trade countries, conservationists and campaigners are calling for. Altering the current position in any way would automatically open up a 90-day window for countries to lodge reservations.

If this were to happen it is likely that some countries – potentially both African countries with ivory stockpiles and Asian countries with ivory consumers – could do so. This would exempt them from the current restrictions regarding elephants, so.....

15:32

BSO Sergeant Arrested For Fraud, Grand Theft, And Official Misconduct "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Broward Sheriff’s Office sergeant has bonded out of jail, Thursday, after being accused of fraud by falsifying his work hours on multiple occasions. Forty-eight-year-old BSO Sgt. Ivan Roiz, who works out of Pompano Beach, was arrested earlier Thursday and placed behind bars.

According to police, for several months, BSO Internal Affairs investigated Roiz after he claimed to be working a security detail at the Isles of Weston community when he was actually home. BSO investigators have charged Roiz with organized scheme to defraud, grand theft, and official misconduct.

It all began when a supervisor realized Roiz wasn’t calling into dispatch while working his off-duty detail in Weston, as he was supposed to. According to the arrest affidavit, “[The public corruption unit] placed a mobile tracking device on the defendant’s BSO vehicle … to track the vehicle movements in ‘real time.’”

After reviewing a dozen three-hour details from late July to early September, investigators found, “The defendant submitted invoices for additional police services (detail vouchers) purporting to have worked the Isles at Weston HOA detail, while the tracker showed his BSO vehicle to be at the defendant’s home address.”

On a side note, it seems that SGT Roiz is on the board of directors for the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, where they are against wearing body cameras. In fact, the PBA president stated, “There is no benefit for a deputy or officer to wear one of these devices (body cameras)”. Maybe if Sgt. Roiz was wearing one, the county wouldn’t have wasted tens-of-thousands of taxpayer’s dollar to investigate this bad cop.

The arrest affidavit states, for all of those security detail shifts, the Isles of Weston homeowners association paid about $1,500. Roiz got about $1,100 of that amount. He posted $3,000 bond and is currently suspended without pay.

You can leave messages for Sgt. Roiz on his facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ivan.roiz.9 or on BSO’s facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/browardsheriffsoffice

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15:22

Syrian War Report – September 23, 2016: Operation to Clear Eastern Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Syrian Arab Army announced renewed operations in eastern Aleppo on September 22nd. Hezbollah announced their participation shortly after the SAA General Command.  The operations are reportedly coordinated with Russian military advisers deployed in the area.

The Syrian Air Force has delivered up to 45 air strikes on militant targets in the Aleppo neighborhoods of Sakhour, Hanano, Al-Sukkari, Bab Al-Maqam, and Bustan Al-Qasr.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that some 3,000 Russian soldiers have been deployed at a base in the south-eastern suburbs of the village of Al-Safir, citing an unknown ‘reliable source’. There is no confirmation of this information, except the ‘reliable source’. Russian troops are officially deployed only in the north-west of Aleppo at the Castello Highway.

Last night in the province of Homs, Ahrar al-Sham managed to overrun the checkpoint at Shukarah, manned by the SAA and the National Defense Forces, thanks to the help of an armored contingent. This move was aimed to cut off the strategic Homs-Salamiyah highway. However, the government forces recaptured the positions lost in Shukarah.

40 fighters of the Islamic State were killed in 20 airstrikes by the Turkish Airforce that had intensified air strikes against the group amid setbacks of the Ankara-led forces in northern Syria.

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15:18

EU parliament chief says Egypt IMF loan should be tied to migrant deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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President of the European Parliament said Egypt cannot be given $12bn in IMF loans if it does not 'cooperate' on curbing migrant flows to EU

15:12

The Shocking Truth About Hillary’s October Surprise "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 22, 2016 Saker comment: I have to admit that I agree with every word Paul Joseph Watson speaks in this video. Filed under: AngloZionist Empire, Clinton, Putin, Russia, Trump, USA, War on Syria

15:12

Israeli troops shoot alleged Palestinian attacker in West Bank "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Man in serious condition after being shot at bus stop outside illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron

15:10

Iran and Saudi: Edging towards outright conflict "IndyWatch Feed War"

As tensions rise between the two regional powers, their capacity to avoid direct clashes is growing weaker

15:08

Unpredictability and Uncertainty Reign in the Middle East ~ [interesting, objective analysis] "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why the Sykes-Picot system proved to be unviable? Is it possible to overcome the nation state and identity crisis that …

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15:00

Palestinian fishermen struggle to survive next door to Netanyahu’s palatial suburb "IndyWatch Feed War"

“So I want you to know, Barack, that you’ll always be a welcome guest in Israel.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is speaking with President Obama at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, a few blocks from Rockefeller Center and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

The Prime Minister continues: “And, by the way, I don’t play golf, but right next to my home in Caesarea, in Israel, is a terrific golf course.”

It’s true that Caesarea, an ancient Roman port that’s now a high-income suburb, is known for its golf greens. But caddies aren’t the Prime Minister’s only neighbors.

The day before the exchange at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, Khalid Jurban is dripping as he steps out of the ocean. He shakes the worn plastic crate and ten skinny fish slip around the bottom.

Khalid Jurban's catch (Photo: Skylar Lindsay)

Khalid Jurban’s catch (Photo: Skylar Lindsay)

“Look,” he says, his dreadlock-framed face showing exasperation. Today’s catch is too small to sell. Khalid dumps the fish from the crate, rinses them and sets them on the barbecue. Before going off to shower, he turns.

“Have you seen Netanyahu’s house?” he asks, jokingly. “See? Here there are Palestinians and Israelis living right beside.”

Khalid is a fisherman in Jisr al-Zarqa, the only town on the coast of Israel today with an entirely Arab population. But despite being on the Mediterranean, Jisr al-Zarqa is trapped. Fourteen thousand residents occupy a little 1.5 square kilometer strip of coastline, pushed up against the sea by Highway 2. The town is squeezed by a kibbutz from the north and by Caesarea from the south. A few hundred meters away from luxurious Caesarea and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s private residence, 80 percent of families in Jisr al-Zarqa are living below the poverty line.

Khalid and his neighbors eat the day’s catch with toasted Arab pita and briny olives at a wood picnic table, just off the beach. The row of beachside homes that comprise the fishermen’s quarter of Jisr al-Zarqa – qariya al-saeediin – is a mix of old stone and sheet metal structures. The houses are solid. The fishermen are quick to point out the stark contrast between their homes and that of Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Jisr al-Zarqa is another world. The average income in Jisr al-Zarqa is half of the Israeli average and at least one third of the town’s residents are unemployed. It has some of the highest crime rates in the country. The primary entrance to the town is a tunnel under Highway 2, originally built to carry water, not cars. A mural decorates the outside entrance to the tunnel. There is a dove, a sunset, calming waves and a sign that warns incoming traffic of a 3.8-meter height limit.

After lunch, Khalid sits inside on a wood stool....

15:00

Iraqi Forces Achieve Massive Gains along Euphrates "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have conducted a successfull military operation against the ISIS terrorist group in the area of Shirqat, located north of the ISIS last stronghold in Iraq, Mosul.  The army and the PMU pushed ISIS terrorists from the areas along the Euphrates (green at the map) and almost secured the strategic town of Shirqat. Some resistance of ISIS is still reported in eastern Shirqat. However, it will be overcomed in the nearest future.

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14:57

Lavrov Makes History: ‘Ceasefires’ were bogus, nixes future ‘unilateral measures’ [+VIDEO] "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov made history [...] at the UN's meeting of the Security Council, declaring that future unilateral pauses couched as 'ceasefire agreements' are off the table. He has skillfully referred to the mounting factual evidence of the US's continued flagrant violations on any number of points of agreement over the course of this conflict. These include primarily the violations of the ceasefire itself, in conjunction with officially leaked elements of the 'secret text' of the recent ceasefire which evidence that the US has been unable to reign in a number of groups signing onto previous ceasefires, let alone those groups the US claims to be moderates but did not sign onto the ceasefire, both of which continue to work closely with either ISIS or Jabat Al-Nusra. Russia has no doubt pointed out successfully that several of these groups are fictional entities, and are but operational synonyms of Al-Nusra (formerly called Al-Qaeda of the Levant), itself. The impossible to ignore context here naturally is the ceasefire ending US joint attack alongside ISIS upon the Syrian Arab Army position at Deir ez-Zor which was sustained and lasted over an hour, despite calls from the Russian coordinating hotline which existed pursuant to standing agreements on deconfliction.

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14:48

How the Pentagon sank the US-Russia deal in Syria – and the ceasefire "IndyWatch Feed War"

Was the first ever US strike against Syrian government forces an intentional hit by the Pentagon to block military cooperation with Russia?

14:36

A Reformation Won’t Remove Politics From Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

Podcast — democratic Islamic countries all pay some respect to Sharia law

14:35

French mayor wants to kick all terror list suspects out of town "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | September 23, 2016 A mayor of the French town of Évreux has come up with a radical suggestion to evict all the potentially dangerous individuals tracked by police out of town. The proposal comes after the official’s request to reveal the names on the watchlist had been rejected. Guy Lefranc, the head of […]

14:34

Constitutional Audits, Open Carry Protests & Other Tired Activist Cliches "IndyWatch Feed War"

Okay macho liberty bros you’ve made your point. Now can we please move onto more productive pursuits and stop jockeying for face time and popularity?

 

Here at CopBlock.org we promote all kinds of different methods of exposing the police state, even though not all of us always like everything that happens and sometimes grow weary of the endless activist cliches. That’s just how it goes, we are a diverse disorganization. No one is forced to accept everything and no one is forced to read. Our services are secured and provided on a completely voluntary basis. Unlike police and the state.

Nonetheless, I kind of wish it would stop. The tough guy antagonism repeated endlessly through decades old activists tropes might get attention, but it doesn’t really make sense. In a movement that desires that individuals not get antagonized for the sake of something to do, maybe we should be doing the same.

Constitutional audits, open carry protests, paying fines in pennies – these were all once great ideas for publicly exposing the police state. But there has been no shortage of contributions to these actions. They have become stale cliches that offer nothing new to our message. And those that participate in them usually seem either intellectually and creatively stifled, or to be searching for internet wins.

You can please old dogs with old tricks, but you can’t change the world throwing bones everyone already knows the flavor of.

On top of that, all of these cliches are de facto recognition of the state’s power. You want cops to uphold the constitution? You believe that the constitution is worth recognizing? You believe in the authority it recognizes? You want to challenge it based on its own dictates?

All you did was help validate it.

Being confrontational in the search for accountability just helps empower that tired narrative. Accountability is futile. If the best you have to add to our cause is to try to appeal to their system, then you are validating that system and making things worse. You are just banking on the weaknesses of outrage junkies and skeptical police supporters.

“I used to support Cop Block back when you were just against bad cops, but now you are a joke.”

These are the people the cliche antics appeal to. These are not people who want to see the police paradigm toppled. They do not want privatization or abolition or any of the other alternatives suggested here. They just want to be emotionally gratified by their rage while still depending on the police state.

By feeding them, we are starving any progress in the fight against the police state. This conservative activism, which repeats history rather than writes the future, simply traps people in a cycle of statist limbo; working against innovations that will make the monopoly on force obsolete.

These activists that appeal to outrage junkies are not creating change. They are creating cults of personality that give credence to the police state. They appeal only to tired traditions because they, like police supporters, are afraid to view a future they cannot understand. They cling to ancient documents and lulz remixe...

14:32

The Insidious — and Legal— Way Industry Infiltrated Congress "IndyWatch Feed War"

From nuclear weapons contractors to I.T. engineers, there’s big benefits in getting employees congressional fellowships

14:23

Footage: Turkish Troops & Tanks Operating in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Footage has appeared in the social media, showing Turkish troops, battle tanks and other military equipments active during the Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria.

The Turkish Armed Forces are focused on provinding military support to Ankara-backed militang groups that clash with the ISIS terrorist group and the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG). Despite this, the Ankara-led forces have recently lost some 20 villages to ISIS in the Syrian province of Aleppo.

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14:10

Top US General: No-fly Zone would Require War with Syria, Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor Not far from the chess game of claims played by the US top officials on the Syrian field, the Pentagon’s leaders admitted that they “had no facts” to blame Russia for the Aleppo aid convoy attack. Only US coalition planes should be allowed over Syria, they said, though that would require war against […]

14:09

PARLIAMENT MEMBERS: HILLARY IS ‘BUTCHER OF LIBYA’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Shibani accused Clinton of being the architect of the deplorable condition in which Libya now finds itself, under the control of competing radical Islamic militia with close ties to al-Qaida and ISIS. He asserted the motive of “Clinton and her group” was to gain control of Libya’s oil field for the Muslim Brotherhood, using the…

14:00

Robert Steele: Reflections on China, Open Source, & the Craft of Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The below article is important to those thinking about open source software in Europe:

Why China is the next proving ground for open source software

The article, from TechRepublic, focuses on the Chinese taking the lead in open source software related to big data infrastructure.  “China scale” is a term that should be noted.

My comments:

01: China, Iran, and India are all at various stages of software development, at this point still in competition with one another. If and when they decide to collaborate, Western proprietary software will die overnight.

02 Most have lost sight of the low-key announcement by the BRICS that they intend to create an alternative Internet. Given the insecurity of the Western Internet including SCADA systems foolishly linked to the Internet, and the increased “control” over language and content being imposed by censors within Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, what this really means is that the way is open for an UNCENSORED but SECURE Internet built in Europe. The de-Americanization of communications and computing software world-wide should be a priority, along with the avoidance of an alternative Balkanized Internet sponsored by the BRICS.

03 Big Data today is a fraud. We process less than 1% of big data in hand, and that big data in hand is less than 1% of the big data potentially collectable and exploitable. Exascale processing is unlikely in our lifetime unless a distributed uncensored secure Internet is created that provides rights of anonymnity, identity, privacy, and security to individuals, eschewing the mass surveillance culture of the Western governments.

04 We still do not have a desk-top integrated analytics tool-box that enables informaton sharing and sense-making across all boundaries. The CIA’s 1989 unclassified publication, Computer-Aided Tools for the Analysis of Science & Technology (CATALYST) remains the best requirements document available.  I provide additional current (2015) comments in my Forword to the book, Cyber-OSINT: Next Generation Information Access. Creating an open source software AND open source hardware analytics tool-kit that is free to every INDIVIDUAL, should be a regional priority.  It should join Open Access, Open Cloud, and Open Spectrum as a regional competitiveness initiative.

05 The fastest  way for Europe to achieve all these goals is to create an Open Source (Technologies) Agency in partnership with China and India and I would go so far as to also su...

13:56

UAE to take in 15,000 Syrian refugees over five years "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Nearly 250,000 Syrians are currently living in the Gulf state, but were selected to live there as workers rather than as refugees

13:50

China Presents Its New Radar Capable to Detect ‘Invisible’ Targets at Distance up to 100 Km "IndyWatch Feed War"

A top Chinese military technology company has announced the creation of a new form of radar capable to detect stealth planes at a distance up to 100 km away.

A US Air Force B2 stealth bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri in May 2012 (Photo: AFP / US Air Force / Robert Trubia)

This week, physicists all over the world were shocked by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), a top Chinese military technology company that announced the creation of a new form of radar capable to detect stealth planes at a distance up to 100 km away.

A ghostly phenomenon, known as quantum entanglement, which Albert Einstein dubbed ‘spooky action at a distance’ has become the basis for the new equipment.

According to CETC, targets 100 km away had been detected by the new radar system’s entangled photons in a recent field test. That’s five times more than the ‘potential range’ of a laboratory prototype, developed by researchers from the US, Canada, the UK and Germany last year.

Nanjing University physicist, Professor Ma Xiaosong, who has studied the quantum radar, said that he had “not seen anything like this in an open report”. According to the expert, the actual range of the new radar could be even greater than it was announced by CETC.

According to CETC, the quantum radar’s advantage was not limited to the detection of stealth planes. As the statement on the official website of the company read, a “completely new area of research” had been opened by the field test, as well as potential for the development of highly mobile and sensitive radar systems capable to survive the most challenging combat engagements had been discovered.

The developer also noted that quantum radar systems could be very small and would be capable to evade enemy countermeasures such as anti-radar missiles because the ghostly quantum entanglement could not be traced.

Reportedly, the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has funded similar researches, and quantum radar systems for combat purposes are also being developed by US military suppliers, such as Lockheed Martin. But the progress of these military projects is still unknown.

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13:35

White House Admits That Obama Will Veto 911 Survivors’ Bill Later Today "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Protected Saudi Arabia Officials Involved in 9/11: New York Post

US Protected Saudi Arabia Officials Involved in 9/11: New York Post

Obama to veto Saudi 9/11 prosecution bill

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The government of Saudi Arabia is a US ally but also home nation to 15 of the 19 hijackers

US President Barack Obama on Friday will veto a bill that both houses of Congress passed which would allow survivors and families of victims of the September 11 attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, the White House confirmed.

“We believe this is a bad bill,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “It’s why the president’s going to veto it.”

The White House argues the legislation would undermine sovereign immunity and potentially expose US officials and service members to litigation.

That technical legal argument will struggle to be heard over emotive accusations that Obama is putting relations with Saudi Arabia before 9/11 victims.

The government of Saudi Arabia, a US ally but also home nation to 15 of the 19 hijackers, has worked hard to see the bill defeated.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was approved in the House by unanimous voice vote earlier this month, some four months after its Senate passage — and two days before the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Republican nominee Donald Trump has already tried to paint Obama and his would-be successor Hillary Clinton as weak on terrorism.

Bryan R. Smith (AFP)Bryan R. Smith (AFP)  “Family members gather for the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York on September 11, 2016”

Clinton has preemptively voiced support for congressional efforts “to secure the ability of 9/11 families and other victims of terror to hold accountable those responsible,” according to Jesse Lehrich, a campaign spokesman.

But with the election less than 50 days away, the Republican-led Congress will try to deal Obama a significant political blow by overriding his veto.

Such overrides are rare and this one would show the White House to be almost cripplingly weak as Obama tries to tick off remaining legislative goals in the twilight of his presidency.

Obama has issued 11 vetoes so far in his presidency, none of which have garnered the two-thirds opposition needed for an override.

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13:30

Noblesville PD Ignores Alcoholic Lieutenant, Investigates Identity of Person Who Exposed Her "IndyWatch Feed War"

The following post was shared with the Copblock Network by Jeremy Sipes, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. This submission is a follow up to a previous submission from June.

According to Jeremy, the Noblesville Police Department is much more interested in finding out who sent a previous submission exposing the drinking problems of one of their Lieutenants than they are in addressing the fact that a high ranking officer in their department has such severe a drinking problem.

Date of Incident: August 1, 2016
Officer Involved: Lt. Shannon Trump
Department Involved: Noblesville (IN) Police Department
Department Address: 135 S 9th St. Noblesville, IN 46060

Poor, poor Lieutenant Trump of the Noblesville Police Department is suffering from a severely chapped ass because of the Copblock post exposing her drunken adventures. Since she experienced her 15 minutes of social media fame, Lt. Trump has sworn vengeance on all of those responsible for bringing her binge drinking endeavors to the public’s eye.

In between coating Lt. Trump’s burned bottom with ointment, Noblesville detectives have been working feverishly to find the source of this post. Rather than focusing their attention on their officer’s obvious problem with booze, the department has initiated an “official” police investigation.

In Hamilton County, Indiana, law enforcement officers aren’t trained on the state’s law and the U.S. Constitution. Rather, they are taught how to get around those rights, how to violate them and get away with it. In Hamilton County, when an officer see’s his or her name in/on a Copblock post, it’s grounds for the issuance of subpoenas for IP addresses, Facebook accounts and probable cause for search warrants so that these patriots can be brought to justice! You know what they say; “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the time.

Lt. Trump seems to think that her embarrassment over a submission exposing her misconduct and obvious issues with alcohol, “Trumps” that of a concerned citizen’s right to free speech. So fellow Copblocker’s beware; In Hamilton Co., IN., if you expose police corruption or utilize your  First Amendment rights, your personal accounts could be compromised by these thugs with badges and you could be charged criminally for hurting a police officer’s feelings.

– Jeremy Sipes

 

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13:17

Chile: Two years since proceedings began against anarchist comrades Juan, Nataly and Enrique "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Two years since the kidnapping of the comrades for the Bombs Case 2 we recall the events that have occurred in this case.

At dawn on September 18, 9 police bastards of the carabineros brutally raided the residence of Nataly Casanova, a home she was sharing with Juan Flores and Guillermo Duran. Having seen police pointing rifles, Nataly fled along the roofs of neighboring homes however her flight was in vain as the police captured her in a nearby house.

The three comrades were arrested by the police, who demanded their names and addresses, since their names weren’t known, in order to raid the houses of the direct relatives of the comrades to search for and seize phones, computers, sim cards and any black clothing that could be used to incriminate them.

Nataly’s house was partially destroyed in the raid and her basic belongings were completely destroyed.

Despite the fact that the case was being investigated by the southern prosecution office, the comrades were taken to a police station in Ñuñoa, specialists in setting people up, and had their blood samples forcibly extracted from them.

The next morning the feeding frenzy was detonated by the bourgeois mass media who demonized the existence of the three comrades. The detention controls against the comrades were extended for 5 days until Tuesday, September 23rd to allow sufficient time to assemble the charges against them.

The comrades were accused of the following attacks:

– terrorist attack against police station number 39 in the commune of El Bosque. This attack occurred on August 11, 2014. This charge was later withdrawn.

– terrorist attack on a subway car at Los Dominicos metro station on July 14, 2014.

– the most significant charge is the explosion at the SubCentro shopping center at Escuela Militar metro station that occurred on September 8, 2014. (Months later 25 victims have come forward claiming a range of injuries including hearing damage, loss of a phalanx finger bone and exposed fractures. The prosecution has convinced them that they will all receive compensation at the end of the trial). In order to increase the criminal charges and years of jail for the comrade Juan Flores the prosecution sought out victims of the attack, there are also complaints from private lawyers against the comrades. The office of the prosecutor and the attorney general are betting on a strategy of shocking the public rather than showing incriminating evidence.

– possession of black gunpowder that was supposedly buried in the courtyard of the house.

On Tuesday September 23 following 4 hours of fantasies, preventative detention was ordered for Juan and Nataly. Night house arrest was ordered for Guillermo, this was later appealed by the prosecution, resulting in total house arrest.

And so they spent 7 months in the dungeons, isolated from supporters. Violent raids, destruction of diverse expressions of comradeship, surveillance and harassment of relatives and close friends then culminated with a new detention.

On April 6, 2015 a new raid ended with the arrest of Enrique Guzmán who was a close friend and active supporter of the comrades who visited them in jail and organized solidarity events etc. Just like the arrests of September 18, the prosecution extended the detention period until April 13, and then ordered preventative detention.

On April 14 the comrades Nataly, Juan and Guillermo reacted quickly and began a hunger strike to demand the immediate release of Enrique Guzmán, an end to the isolation regime Nataly was being held under and an independent investigation to determine the veracity of the DNA evidence. Several other imprisoned comrades joined this initiative. After...

13:10

No-fly zone would ‘require war with Syria and Russia’ – top US general "IndyWatch Feed War"

The latest proposal by Secretary of State John Kerry involves grounding only Syrian and Russian airplanes, Carter told Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire). “There can be no question of grounding US aircraft” over Syria, he said, adding that US jets conduct their strikes “with exceptional precision… that no other country can match.” Sen. Roger Wicker…

13:00

Associated Press Obtained Part of Syria Ceasefire Deal Text. US & Russia Confirm "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Associated Press (AP) has ‘accidentially’ obtained one of the 5 Syria ceasefire documents signed by Russia and the United States.

The released text is a part of the ceasefire agreement signed between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry.

It’s also interesting to note that AP’s post includes a direct lie:

When the agreement was struck, the former Cold War foes decided to keep it confidential.

The AP said that both the US and Russia opposed to publish the full text of documents while the US was the only power opposing this. In turn, Russia called to publish the text.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, commented the situation saying that Russia had always called for the documents to be made public.

“We believe that the publishing of these documents will contribute directly to their implementation and the way toward the Syrian settlement,” she said.

After the AP leak, the US State Department released documents about the Syria ceasefire, including the same one released by AP as well as those dated earlier this year (find them here).

The text below is released by AP (Sept. 9 at 10 p.m):

Reducing Violence, Restoring Access and Establishing the JIC

The Russian Federation and the United States (hereafter – “the Sides”) intend to undertake joint efforts to stabilize the situation in Syria, with special measures for the Aleppo region. Delineation of territories controlled by ISIL, “Jabhat Al-Nusra,” and moderate armed opposition forces remains a key priority, as does separating moderate opposition forces from Nusra.

The Sides will designate a date and time at which the following measures will go into effect (designated as Day “D”).

1. On Day “D,” all parties to the cessation of hostilities (CoH) in Syria will recommit to the CoH and honor its terms in full, as set forth in the February 22, 2016 Joint Declaration of the Russian Federation and the United States, for a 48 hour period. In particular, these terms include: ceasing all attacks with any weapons, including aerial bombardments, rockets, mortars, and anti-tank guided missiles; refraining from acquiring or seeking to acquire territory from other parties to the CoH; allowing humanitarian agencies rapid, safe, unhindered and sustained access throughout areas under their operational control and allowing immediate humanitarian assistance to reach all people in need; employing proportionate use of force (i.e. no greater than required to address an immediate threat) if and when responding in self-defense. The Sides will agree and inform all parties as to the date and time for “Day D.”

2. On D+2, if the CoH in Syria has continued to hold to the mutual satisfaction of the Sides, they will extend it for a mutually agreed upon period of time. Subsequently, the Sides may decide to extend the CoH indefinitely, under the same terms. The Sides will use their influence with the parties to fully honor the terms of the CoH.

3. Special measures will also go into effect for the Castello Road area in A...

12:55

Barack Obama Just Proved “Conspiracy Theorists” Right! "IndyWatch Feed War"

I would like to give President Obama a big “thank you” from all of us “conspiracy theorists.” For years now, we have been warning people that the United Nations was plotting to institute a global government on the pretext that … Continue reading

12:45

Syrian Politician: “WW III Has Begun, And It’s Being Fought In Syria” "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Social Nationalist Party representative Tarek Ahmad says that the war in Syria has reached a dead end, with the intervention of foreign powers turning the situation into a chaotic mess. Moreover, the politician says that Syria is just one front in a Third World War being waged by Washington and its allies. from Zero…

12:44

Former al-Qaeda affiliate urges Syrian rebels to oppose Turkish invasion "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Jabhat Fateh al-Sham statement stands in contrast to other rebel groups who have supported the Turkish operation

12:40

This One Picture Shows Why You Absolutely Must Own a Gun: ‘He Was Allowed to Drive Away Alive’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

If you still had any doubts as to why the 2nd Amendment must be protected, and why self defense must be respected as the priority that it is, then just take a look at what happened during the already insane … Continue reading

12:19

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map – September 22, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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

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

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12:16

Claim that israel pays Hebron young to escalate violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Claim that Israel pays Hebron young to escalate violence This posting has three articles. They contain a lot of information some of which is also highlighted here: 1) Ma’an: Hebron mayor: Palestinians detained for collaborating with Israel to ‘escalate violence’ 2) Breaking the Silence: Video on the purpose of checkpoints; 3) JTA: 20 Jewish settler […]

12:16

International Appeal "IndyWatch Feed War"

I want to appeal to each and every individual on the planet to take personal responsibility for stopping the insanity that the world is fast approaching. The utter madness of these warmongers will seriously affect all 7 billion of us. All 7 billion of us need to stand up and protest in every and any…

12:15

Video: Charlotte Riots – What They’re NOT Telling You "IndyWatch Feed War"

Media calls rioting thugs “peaceful protesters” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says the rioting thugs in Charlotte are “peaceful”! This is NOT a protest, it’s a violent riot by criminal, gang-members. Why are MSNBC and CNN calling it a “peaceful protest”? Please … Continue reading

12:09

Secret israeli Documents Reveal Violation of Geneva Convention "IndyWatch Feed War"

Secret Israeli Documents Reveal Violation of Geneva Convention THIS I BELIEVE IS THE SECRET DOCUMENT https://www.soas.ac.uk/lawpeacemideast/resources/file48485.pdf Israel tried to redefine the terms of its military occupation of Palestine. (Photo: ActiveStills.org) Israeli officials have acknowledged systematic violations of the Geneva Conventions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, secret documents disclosed by Israeli newspaper Haaretz have revealed. The […]

12:05

Syrian and Russian Air Forces Carry Out 60 Air Raids over Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

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According to pro-militant sources, the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out up to 60 air raids on terrorist targets in the city of Aleppo since the Syrian army’s announcement of wide-scale military operations to liberate the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city.

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12:00

“Trump Will Go 26th”: Is This Eerie Radio Transmission Part of Plot to Assassinate Trump at the First Debate? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Here’s a bizarre, creepy conspiracy theory mystery for you… Jet Wintzer uploaded the video below to YouTube September 20th. Apparently this robotic transmission about Donald Trump came out of an AM station in New Jersey. He wrote: So this weirdness … Continue reading

12:00

WAS THERE A FOURTH MAJOR PYRAMID AT GIZA? "IndyWatch Feed War"

4.67/5 (6) Now this is a fun story that was shared by Mr. C.S., and I simply have to report on it, and offer my two cents' worth (and it's not worth much more than that)…

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11:59

Muslim Brotherhood wins quarter of Jordan votes but only 12 percent of MPs "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Islamist group calls new proportional representation system 'unfair' but acknowledges it will be largest party in new parliament

11:55

“Why Aren’t I Fifty Points Ahead?!” Watch Unhinged Hillary Go Full Psycho in Most Bizarre Tirade of the Election Yet "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sure, this is only a minute long, but it’s a minute-long glimpse into the unmitigated, PTSD-inducing nightmare that will be life under Madam President Hillary Clinton for the next four years. Whatever you do, don’t listen with the volume up … Continue reading

11:47

US Govt Just Legalized Operation Mockingbird — FBI Can Now Impersonate the Media "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last Thursday, the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General published what’s become the subject of outrage for journalists, civil and constitutional rights advocates, and legal experts — “A Review of the FBI’s Impersonation of a Journalist in a Criminal … Continue reading

11:45

Tukey-led Forces Lost 20 Villages to ISIS in Northern Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

On September 22, the ISIS terrorist group seized 4 more vilalges from Turkish-backed militants and the Turkish Armed Forces in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The seized villages – Qantara, Qeragoz, Tal shair and Tatahumus – are located west of the strategic Turkish-controlled town of Al Rai. ‘Opposition sources’ claim that 15 Turkish-backed militants (allegedly from the Free Syrian Army) were killed in the recent claashes.

In total, ISIS has seized over 20 villages from the Ankara-led forces in northern Syrian since the start of the group’s counter-offensive few days ago. Ankara-backed militants are retreating from the ISIS forces despite the support of Turkish artillery units, battle tanks and warplanes.

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11:39

Who said the Nazis had been defeated? israeli troops photographed beating unarmed Palestinian during ‘routine check’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli troops photographed beating unarmed Palestinian during ‘routine check’ Published time: 22 Sep, 2016 10:33 Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian during a searching raid by Israeli troops, in the West Bank city of Hebron September 20, 2016 © Mussa Qawasma / Reuters Israeli soldiers have been photographed brutally detaining a Palestinian man in Hebron on […]

11:15

Shock Video: Mob Of Rioters Try To BURN WHITE REPORTER ALIVE In Charlotte "IndyWatch Feed War"

The protests in Charlotte, North Carolina are devolving into exactly what you might expect – total chaos and pandemonium. From looting to hate-filled violent attacks, the situation continues to deteriorate. In the following video we see a crowd gathered around … Continue reading

11:12

Al-Qaeda suspected of abducting three westerners in Libya "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Security sources say they have warned expatriates about the greater risk of abduction and attack in the region

11:07

Syrian Army’s Offensive in Eastern Aleppo Progressing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Meanwhile, the ‘moderate’ opposition has appealed to terrorist groups and the Syrian government in order to resume negotiations on reconciliation of the sides on fronts of Aleppo.

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Leaders and activists of the ‘moderate’ opposition used social networks to appeal to the command of terrorist groups and the Syrian government in order to resume negotiations on reconciliation of the sides on fronts of Aleppo, the FAN news agency reported on Friday.

The main reason for the appeal was an operation of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), which began a few hours ago in the eastern part of the city and its suburbs. The start of the operation was announced by the General Command of the Syrian Arab Army, Hezbollah-affiliated media and social networks. According to them the Syrian Army and Russian Aerospace Forces has begun an intense bombing on the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.

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A fertilizer factory was captured by the Syrian Army and the Syrian people’s militia in the area of Ramusi during a half-hour assault. At the moment, there is a battle for approaches to the area of Sheikh Said – the Syrian Army is backed up by Russian fighter jets.

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11:00

Surprise! (not): NFL is losing viewers in Kaepernick blowback "IndyWatch Feed War"

On August 26, 2016, San Francisco 49ers black quarterback Colin Kaepernick pointedly knelt, instead of standing, during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Colin Kaepernick He then followed his kneeling protest with wearing “pig” socks to … Continue reading

10:59

Pakistan PM condemns India over its brutality in Kashmir "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pakistani PM condemns India over its brutality in Kashmir Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaking at the UN General Assembly drew world’s attention to India’s brutality and occupation in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir Valley. Sharif said that his government wants peace with India but the ruling BJP and its Hindu extremist allies are not reciprocating in […]

10:52

To Rewind the Clock "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Appeared in Bulgarian at A-specto, translated by Valentina Tzoneva exclusively for SouthFront

Angela Merkel acknowledged that the government had acted erroneously since mid-2015, when the Cabinet simply observed the flow of refugees in Germany and Europe increasing and then announced the open-door policy.

The wave of criticism that poured over Merkel from “within” and “without” made her correct the course. “If I could, I wish I could rewind the clock,” the German Chancellor said. The commentators rated this statement as a readiness to make concessions to restore the unity of the party and the coalition – both the conservative (with the Bavarian Christian Social Union, whose leader, Horst Seehofer, has almost become the most vocal opponent of Merkel) and the ‘big coalition’ with the Social Democrats. Regardless of this, there is a more common aspect beyond the political pragmatism (in a year, federal elections are due in Germany and Angela Merkel intends to participate). This aspect is related to the change in the political atmosphere in the leading country of the European Union, which will have profound consequences across the Old World.

The European integration, as it was conceived in the middle of the last century, combined in itself two inseparable components. From one side, this is, to a large degree, the idealistic aspiration of the founding fathers to end the terrible strife that brought Europe to world wars twice in the 20th century. And on the other side, this is a totally functional scheme of institutional and judicial mechanisms, which would allow for combining the mercantile interests of the big players, without harming the smaller players, if possible. The great success of this project in the second half of the last century (and what was achieved in Western Europe seems like a miracle) was due to this combination. And of course, the availability of an external consolidating threat in the form of the USSR, with the addition of the watchful guardian, the USA.

After the Cold War, the political landscape was transformed. The Soviet threat disappeared, America assumed the role of world leader, European integration rose to a new level trying to deepen and expand. Much has been said about the hopes and disappointments, ambitions and failures of this period, as well as the not very encouraging results. However, it is important that during these 25 years, the project was based on two ‘pillars’. On the one hand, taking the maximum practical benefits of a united Europe; and on the other, its moral and ethical positioning as a prototype of a new model of interstate relations as a whole.

This does not lead us to believe that all is a primitive hypocrisy. Giving instructions is typical of the European political culture. And in the era of integration, it was enhanced by the impressive progress in politics and the economy, and also in the feeling that the Old World has managed to escape the most devastating political and ideological manifestations, which reached their zenith in the first half of the 20th century. Thus, the pride of the achievements served as a base for stimulating the project and assertively patronising relations with external partners.

Reaching its peak, however, integration began to face increasing difficulties. Suddenly it turned out that the political model is not able to cope with the rather complicated and non-homogeneous unification; the economic model did not provide sufficient growth; and the declared noble principles of this background started to hang in the air.

These circumstances took Germany to the front line in the role as leade.....

10:52

False Flag? US-NATO-ISIS Coalition Appear to Have Fabricated UN Convoy Evidence "IndyWatch Feed War"

False Flag? US-NATO-Rebel Coalition Appear to Have Fabricated UN Convoy Evidence Washington’s Meaningless Confidence On September 19, someone attacked a convoy of trucks delivering aid to a rebel-held area of Aleppo. Anti-government activists were emphatic the helicopters [were] dropping barrel bombs, followed by fighter jet strikes, which also used cluster bombs and-or machine gunned the […]

10:41

Syrian Army Reinforcements Arrive Quneitra to Fuel Ani-Terrorist Operations "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The pro-government forces the Syrian province of Quneitra have reportedly received large reinforcements amid preparations for large-scale operations aganist terrorists in the region. According to uncofirmed information, the units, that had arrived to support the pro-government forces in the area, belonged to the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division.

Experts believe that the vilalge of Jubata Al-Khashab will likely become the first target of the Syrian army. Now, Jubata Al-Khashab is controlled by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies from the  US-backed ‘modrate opposition.’ Pro-militant sources report about increased artillery shellings and air raids by the government forces in the area.

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10:35

Election pantomime: Why the Trump vs Clinton Election is a Complete Sham "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why the Trump vs Clinton Election is a Complete Sham On one side: A billionaire accused of racism and xenophobia. On the other: A puppet completely sold to the world elite. And in the middle, voters who wonder why their democracy is forcing them to choose between two terrible options. I am sometimes asked why I […]

10:31

Muslim Refugee Terror is Changing America "IndyWatch Feed War"

The wave of Muslim refugee terror began with a bomb targeting a U.S. Marine charity run in New Jersey. By evening a pressure cooker full of shrapnel has exploded outside a Manhattan building for the blind. An hour later, a … Continue reading

10:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/09/23 … Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed War"

2016/09/23 08:30:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

10:22

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (08 – 21 September 2016)   Hebron: Israeli Forces Close Entrances to Beit Ommar Village Photo by: Mohammed Elayan   Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt 8 civilians were […]

10:09

Anti-Palestine Media Bias Remains Untouchable Even to Canada’s Media Critics "IndyWatch Feed War"

Media coverage of world affairs mostly focuses on Ottawa/Washington’s perspective. While the dominant media is blatant in its subservience to Canadian/Western power, even independent media is often afraid to challenge the foreign policy status quo.

A recent Canadaland podcast simultaneously highlighted anti-Palestinian media bias and the fear liberal journalists’ face in discussing one of the foremost social justice issues of our time. The media watchdog’s discussion of the Green Party’s recent resolutions supporting Palestinian rights started strong with Canadaland publisher Jesse Brown laying out three “facts”:

  • In an editorial titled “[Elizabeth] May must renounce anti-Israel resolutions” the Vancouver Sun (reposted on the Ottawa Citizen and Calgary Herald websites) called Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) “an anti-Israel group that uses the fig leaf of Jewishness to lend support to Iran, deny the Holocaust, participate in anti-Semitic Al-Quds protests, encourage terrorism against Israelis and promulgate lies about Israel’s history, society and policies.” When IJV sent a letter threatening libel action Postmedia removed the editorial from its websites.
  • A B’nai B’rith article described left-wing news outlet Rabble.ca as a “racist, white supremacist and antisemitic website”, which they erased after a media inquiry.
  • Not one of a “couple dozen” reports examined about the Green Party resolution calling for “the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (BDS) that are targeted to those sectors of Israel’s economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the OPT [Occupied Palestinian Territories]” quoted a supporter of the successful motion.

Instead of seriously considering these “facts”, one Canadaland panellist partially justified suppressing Green Party voices favouring the BDS resolution and opposed talking about pro-Zionist media coverage because it contributes to stereotypes of Jewish control over the media. Diverting further from his “facts”, Brown bemoaned anti-Semitism and how Israel/Palestine debates rarely lead to agreement while another panellist mocked people from small towns who express an opinion on the subject. Aired on dozens of community radio stations across the country, the episode ended with a comment about how people shouldn’t protest those killed by Israel if they don’t take a position on the conflict between “North and South Sudan”.

(“North Sudan”, of course, doesn’t exist. And the ongoing war in that region is between two political/ethnic groups within South Sudan, which gained independence five years ago. But, even if they’d gotten their Sudan facts right, the statement is akin to saying Canadaland shouldn’t discuss major advertiser Enbridge pressuring the Vancouver Province to remove a cartoon critical of its Northern Gateway pipeline project because the show didn’t say anything about Tata Motors removing ads from the Times of India over their auto reporting.)

After detailing stark anti-Palestinian media bias, the Canadaland panellists cowered in the face of the “facts” presented. They failed to discuss whether the examples cited reflect a broader pattern (they do),...

09:52

Election pantomime: Despite zero evidence, Democrats Demand Russia Stop Trying to Hack Vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

No Evidence: Dems Demand Russia Stop Trying to Hack Vote Dems Have Been Accusing Russia of Such a Plot All Summer Capping off a summer in which a substantial part of the Democratic Party’s campaign for president has been accusing Russia of plotting to get the Republican nominee elected, a pair of Democrats who are […]

09:46

USA Rewards israel’s Bad Behavior "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Rewards Israel’s Bad Behavior Benjamin Netanyahu has been perhaps the most anti-Palestinian Israeli prime minister in a large rogue’s gallery dedicated to driving the aggrieved Palestinians out of the land they and their ancestors have lived in and worked for millennia. This oppression – which has included ethnic cleansing, savage war on the people […]

09:37

An American in Latakia, Syria: “this was no revolution” "IndyWatch Feed War"

An American in Latakia, Syria: “this was no revolution” By Lily Martin | OffGuardian | September 21, 2016 As an eye witness to the entire war in Syria, from March 2011 to present, I can state this was no revolution. I am an American citizen living permanently in Syria, which is my husband’s birthplace. I have […]

09:36

White Helmets Deceive “Right Livelihood” and CodePink "IndyWatch Feed War"

Manipulation of public perception has risen to a new level with the emergence of powerful social media. Facebook, Twitter and Google are multibillion dollar corporate giants hugely influencing public understanding.  Social media campaigns include paid ‘boosting’ of Facebook posts, paid promotion of Tweets, and biased results from search engines. Marketing and advertising companies use social media to promote their clients.  U.S. foreign policy managers hire these companies to influence public perception to support U.S. foreign policy goals. For example, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made sure that Twitter was primed for street protests in Iran following the 2009 election. She insured that Twitter was ready to spread and manage news of protests following the election and strange killing of a young woman. (p 423, Hard Choices hardback).

The results of media manipulation can be seen in the widespread misunderstanding of the conflict in Syria. One element of propaganda around Syria is the demonization of the Syrian government and leadership. Influenced by the mainstream and much alternative media, most in the West do not know that Bashar al Assad is popular with most Syrians. There were three contestants in the Syrian presidential election of June 2014. Turnout was 73% of the registered voters, with 88% voting for Assad.  In Beirut, the streets were clogged with tens of thousands of Syrian refugees marching through the city to vote at the Syrian Embassy. Hundreds of Syrian citizens from the USA and other western countries flew to Syria to vote because Syrian Embassies in Washington and other western capitals were shut down. While John Kerry was condemning the Syrian election as a “farce” before it had even happened, a marketing company known as The Syria Campaign waged a campaign to block knowledge of the Syrian election.  Along with demonizing President Assad, they launched a campaign which led to Facebook censoring information about the Syrian election.

The Syria Campaign was created by a larger company named “Purpose”. According to their own website they “incubated” The Syria Campaign.

The major achievement of The Syria Campaign has been the branding and promotion of the “White Helmets”. The “White Helmets”, also known as “Syria Civil Defense”, began with a British military contractor, James LeMesurier, giving some rescue training to Syrians in Turkey. Funding was provided by the US and UK. They appropriated the name from a real Syria Civil Defense.

The “White Helmets” are marketed in the West as civilian volunteers doing rescue work. On 22 September 2016 it was announced that the Right Livelihood Award, the so called “Alternative Nobel Prize”, is being given to the US/UK created White Helmets “for their outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians from the destruction of the Syrian civil war.”

The Right Livelihood organizers may come to regret their selection of the White Helmets because the group is not who they claim to be. In fact, the White Helmets are largely a propaganda tool promoting western intervention against Syria. Unlike a legitimate rescue organization such as the Red Cross or Red Crescent, the “White Helmets” only work in areas controlled by the armed opposition. As shown in this video, the White Helmets  pick up the bodies of individuals executed by the terrorists, they claim to be unarmed but are not, and they falsely claim to be neutral. Many of the videos from AlQaeda/terrorist dominated areas...

09:31

USA Coast Guard Violates Venezuela Airspace "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Coast Guard Violated Venezuela Airspace: Defense Minister teleSUR | September 21, 2016 Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino condemned Tuesday the recent violation of the country’s national airspace by foreign aircraft. “An aircraft crossed our flight region without informing our control center,” said Padrino in a press conference in Caracas Tuesday, adding that the craft […]

09:19

Hamas should be removed from EU terror list "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hamas should be removed from EU terror list: Lawyer Press TV – September 22, 2016 A top European Union lawyer says Hamas should be dropped from the bloc’s blacklist, citing lack of concrete evidence showing the involvement of the Palestinian resistance movement in alleged terrorist activities. Eleanor Sharpston, an advocate general at the European Court of […]

09:15

Air strikes pound rebel-held Aleppo after fresh military campaign declared "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Syrian military has warned residents to stay away from 'terrorist sites', launching at least 100 strikes on Friday morning

09:01

Court Documents Expose Mark McConnell as a Government Informant against Oregon Occupiers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Court documents now prove that Mark McConnell, the man who was allegedly arrested the day LaVoy Finicum was murdered and then claimed he was not an informant, was a government informant. Oregon Live reported: Mark McConnell, the driver of the … Continue reading

08:59

Obama to block bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Controversial Republican-backed bill has caused concern among Gulf states and the EU, which warns that it may break international law

08:00

The Crazy Years "IndyWatch Feed War"

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” While I’m […]

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08:00

War, Peace, and Absurdity "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose life regularly meets commonplace roadblocks, at which point she always says… well, […]

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08:00

US Rewards Israel’s Bad Behavior "IndyWatch Feed War"

Benjamin Netanyahu has been perhaps the most anti-Palestinian Israeli prime minister in a large rogue’s gallery dedicated to driving the aggrieved Palestinians out of the land they and their ancestors have lived in and worked for millennia. This oppression – which has included ethnic cleansing, savage war on the people of the Gaza Strip, routine […]

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07:48

Joseph Stiglitz: Separation from the Euro may be Needed to Save the European Project "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Nobel Laureate in economics and former World Bank chief Joseph Stiglitz speaks to the media after his lecture “The Price of Inequality” at the Center for The New Economy Annual Conference at a hotel in San Juan, February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ana Martinez (PUERTO RICO – Tags: BUSINESS EDUCATION) – RTX199SV

Appeared in Bulgarian at Svetoven.pogled.info, translated by Borislav exclusively for SouthFront

“Germany’s exit from the eurozone is the easiest solution. The other countries can not continue to suffer just because Germany refuses solutions through mutual assistance, which most economists today support.” In the book, which comes out in France today, Nobel laureate in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, offers unorthodox solutions for reforming Europe.

Published in Britain ten days ago, Stiglitz’s last book has reached top sales, according to its publisher. It is true that its subject matter is extremely current: the future of Europe and in particular the euro zone. For this critic of neoliberalism, harsh austerity and inequality, who also has been an adviser to several social democratic governments in Europe, the ill-conceived single currency has caused more harm than good. With the perspective that an American citizenship gives him, the 73-year-old Joseph Stiglitz, professor at Columbia University in New York, offers unorthodox solutions to Europe: divorce amicably with Greece or an even more original solution, Germany’s divorce with the euro. “Le Figaro” originally published the interview with the economist.

– You recommend that several countries should abandon the euro. As a respected Nobel laureate in Economics, considered to be left, do you think that Marine Le Pen rightly wants France to part with the euro?

– No. One of the key moments in my book is that the euro must be a means to an end, in the case of a more integrated and prosperous Europe. But the euro has become an end in itself. It even became the antithesis of the purpose for which it was intended. The problem is that as it was built, the euro did not lead to prosperity but to stagnation, and it undermined solidarity between Europeans.

– You did not answer the question of Marine Le Pen …

– My thesis is that it may be necessary to leave the euro to save the European project. The best solution would be to create institutions that will make the euro work, and on this issue I and Marine Le Pen are clearly in disagreement. I am for a more integrated Europe.

– You are very harsh toward the euro. Did the single currency not bring any benefits? For example, by facilitating trade?

– With some irony, the euro was set up right as the obstacles before the trade of goods and services had begun to almost disappear. With the digitalisation in the world, with e-currency, the difficulties of foreign exchange began to lessen. Example: I come to Europe, I use my credit card and the price of transactions is very low. Ultimately of course, the single currency facilitated trade, but the bene...

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Syrian journalist: Here’s how Israel, the US, al-Qaeda and ISIS work together in Syria – By Afra’a Dagher "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Simultaneous US and Israeli airstrikes on Syrian military positions in the eastern city of Deir-ez-Zour and in Al-Quneitra show how the US and Israel manipulate ISIS and Al-Qaeda to wage their war of aggression against Syria.

The Syrian battlefield is now witnessing an escalation of the war. This is despite the fact that it is supposed to be a time of cessation of hostilities brokered by the US and Russia.

The Syrian war has two major fronts. The first and most important is in southern Syria, on the borderline with Israel and the occupied territories of the Syrian Golan Heights. This area is divided into two areas: the liberated area of Al-Quneitra, and the occupied area of the Golan Heights where Jabhat Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda’s base their fighters.

Israel has been attempting to drive the Syrian army out of Al-Quneitra. Israel’s objective is to join this part of the Golan Heights to the territory it controls, thereby creating a buffer zone like the one it once had in southern Lebanon. In order to achieve this objective Israel regularly bombs Syrian military positions in the area, including Syrian Arab Army artillery positions, radar stations, etc.

There is a UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC Resolution number 338) dated 22nd October 1973, which supposedly established a Syrian-Israeli ceasefire in this area. There is also a UN force – UNDOF – set up in 1974, which is supposed to supervise the ceasefire line. However, Israel has forced out most of UNDOF from the area, and in practice Israel simply ignores the terms of Resolution 338 and violates it at will.

By attacking the Syrian Army in Al-Quneitra Jabhat Al-Nusra – Al-Qaeda’s local franchise – is helping Israel. Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda fighters are attacking Syrian military positions important for the defence of Syria and of the Arab nation from Israeli aggression.

These Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda attacks would not be possible without air support from Israel. Indeed, Israel has admitted many times that it supports these terrorists, whom it calls “moderate rebels”.

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06:35

“Stephen Hawking Wants to Find Aliens Before They Find Us” "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Cnet: In his new half-hour program “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places” on science-themed subscription service CuriosityStream, the world’s most famous theoretical physicist flies by the potentially habitable exoplanet Gliese 832c in a CGI spaceship as part of his hypothetical dream itinerary for a tour of the universe. The super-Earth is only 16 light-years away and […]

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NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM SEPT 22 2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

4.86/5 (7) In the wake of the "accidental"(?) US bombing of Syrian military forces, Russia is asking touch questions, the USA is dodging answering, and the Russian military has just issued new rules of engagement for…

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06:33

Syrian Military Announces Military Operations to Liberate Eastern Neighborhoods of Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Syrian Defense Ministry has announced wide-scale operations in order to liberate the militant-controlled neighborhoods of Aleppo city. According to pro-government sources the Syrian army coordinated the operations in eastern Aleppo with the Russian military, including adisors deployed in the area.

The announcement took place while the Syrian Air Force was massively targetng militant targets in the eastern Aleppo neighobrhoods of Sakhour, Hanano, Al-Sukkari, Bab Al-Maqam, and Bustan Al-Qasr. From 35 to 45 air strikes were made by Syrian warplanes in the city last night.

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06:32

Real Headline: “Get Ready for Freeways That Ban Human Drivers” "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sure, they lead with the safety argument, but what you’re going to wind up with is something like this: Didn’t pay taxes? “Driving disabled. Would you like to pay overdue taxes, penalties, fees and interest now?” Didn’t pay parking fine? “Driving disabled. Would you like to pay your fine now?” Children not vaccinated? “Limited destinations. […]

06:30

Crimes against Humanity: US Provides Skin-Melting Chemical to Saudi Arabia for Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Telesur Global Research, September 22, 2016 teleSUR 20 September 2016 Saudi Arabia is using white phosphorus, a skin-melting chemical, in its conflict with Yemen, according to social media reports, and the U.S. acknowledges that it has supplied the kingdom with the chemical. It is unknown exactly how Saudi Arabia is using the napalm-like chemical, but […]

06:06

Militants Cut Important Highway in Homs, Syrian Army Fights Back "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AlMasdarNews reports: On Thursday evening, Islamist rebels stormed and seized a checkpoint held by Syrian government troops along the Homs-Salamiyah highway, thus temporarily closing the road.

Backed by armored vehicles and scores of fighters, Ahrar al-Sham captured the Shukarah checkpoint around 9 p.m. after overwhelming the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 333th Regiment and the National Defence Forces (NDF).

However, within minutes of withdrawing from the site, the 333th Regiment and NDF called upon elements of the SAA’s Tiger Forces stationed at Salamiyah to reinforce for a mounting government counter-offensive.

By 10 p.m. the SAA and NDF had fully recaptured the Shukarah checkpoint, forcing Ahrar al-Sham to retreat to positions on the outskirts of the largely Alawite village of Khunayfis which neighbours the Shukarah checkpoint.

A military source briefing Al-Masdar News by phone about the clashes said 1 Syrian soldier was killed while 6 were injured. Ahrar al-Sham’s casualties are unbeknownst.

Despite an hour-long closure, the government-held Homs-Salamiyah highway is now reopened to the public.

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04:35

Attorney seeks access to accused New York bomber Rahami "IndyWatch Feed War"

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New York's top federal public defender says Ahmad Khan Rahami has not yet had legal advice

03:41

Join the Movement for Community Control Over Police Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Dave Maass | EFF | September 21, 2016 From cell-site simulators in New York to facial recognition devices in San Diego, law enforcement surveillance technologies are spreading across the country like an infectious disease. It’s almost epidemiological: one police department will adopt a new, invasive tool, and then the next and the next, often […]

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The shaping of a new anti-terrorist alliance: China joins Russia in Syria – By Andrei Akulov "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US has failed to fulfil its commitments in accordance with the Russia-US agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. On September 19, Syrian government forces said they were pulling out of the agreement in view of multiple violations by the rebels the United States was responsible for. On September 17, the US-led coalition delivered air strikes against Syrian government forces near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor in gross violation of the deal.

The failure to keep its side of the bargain has put into question the credibility of the United States and raised the issue of America’s future role in the post-conflict peacebuilding. With Turkey, a US NATO ally, padding its own canoe and US-supported rebels hurling insults at American special operators, the clout of the United States in Syria seems to be far from being overwhelming.

With its credibility greatly damaged, America can hardly be viewed as a reliable partner anymore.

The US is certainly not the only major player in the field. With the government of Bashar Assad firmly in power, the post-war settlement is no longer seen as a pipe dream but Washington will hardly be the one to call all the shots.

In a major policy shift, China has launched the pivot to the Middle East aimed at increasing its involvement in the region by providing military training and humanitarian aid in Syria. In April, China appointed a special envoy to Damascus in order to work toward a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Before the assignment Chinese envoy Xie Xiaoyan had praised «Russia’s military role in the war, and said the international community should work harder together to defeat terrorism in the region».

On August 14, Rear-Admiral Guan Youfei, the head of the Office for International Military Cooperation under the Central Military Commission that oversees China’s 2.3 million-member armed forces,...

02:21

Syria no-fly zone beneficial to Takfiri militants: President Rouhani "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV – September 22, 2016 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ruled out the establishment of a no-fly zone in Syria, stressing that such a measure would merely complicate the ongoing crisis in the Arab country and strengthen foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants on the ground. “A no-fly zone (in Syria) will benefit terrorists, who have everything except […]

02:13

Iran's Rouhani uses UN address to denounce US over nuclear deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Tehran accuses Washington of continuing to block Iran from global banking system, limiting its ability to benefit from end of sanctions

02:06

Syrian Air Force & Army Continue to Pound Jaish al-Fateh in Hama Province "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Air Force and the Syrian Army continue its advances in Hama province, killing tens of terrorists and destroying their military hardware.

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Control over the strategic Tal al-Aboudi heights in the eastern parts of Maardas region in northern Hama was returned by the Syrian Army, supported by the National Defense Forces (NDF), after a tough battle with terrorists. At the same time, the Syrian Air Force struck terrorists’ positions in several areas of Hama. As result, terrorists suffered heavy losses and their military equipment was destroyed.

According to a military source of the Fars news agency, the Syrian Armed Forces also regained control over al-Mathana region in northern Hama. The source noted that it means that the town of Maardas has collapsed in a military meaning.

The source added that positions of the Syrian Army and the NDF in the region were fortified during a preparation for operations to recapture the silos, located in the western parts of Maardas.

Gatherings and fortifications of the Jaish al-Fatah terrorist group were targeted by Syrian fighter jets in Taibet al-Imam, as well as in Tal Bazam, Zour Abu Zaid, Maardas, Zour al-Taibeh and Souran, north of Hama city.

A series of airstrikes was launched on hideouts and positions of the terrorist group in al-Zakat village, the town of al-Latameneh and the north part of Kafr Zaita. Terrorists’ fortifications in the village of Hor Benafseh in the southern parts of Hama province were also targeted by Syrian warplanes. As result, tens of terrorists were killed, as well as their vehicles and positions were destroyed.

On Wednesday, large-scale operations, aimed to drive terrorists out of the town of Maardas near the fortified village of Maan, were started by Syrian troops. Terrorists’ positions inside the town were hit by missile and artillery units of the Army, concurrent with the start of the operations. According to the source, Syrian soldiers continue to advance towards the town.

At the same time, terrorists were driven back from the southern parts of Maardas by the Syrian Forces, and Jabal al-Akrad, al-Ebada, and al-Khazan farms were cleaned from terrorists.

On Tuesday, more than 25 terrorists of the Jaish al-Fateh group were killed by the Syrian Army in the northern parts of the province of Hama, as well as three their vehicles, equipped with heavy machine guns, and one bulldozer were destroyed during reflection of an attack of terrorists on military posts, located in al-Kabbaria village, north of Maan.

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01:54

Women and Muslim Brotherhood make gains in Jordan's elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Women increased their political representation, taking 20 out of 130 seats; Tuesday's vote featured 252 female candidates

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Samantha Power, the ‘unintentional’ act of war against Syria, and Western silence on the blockade of Deir ez-Zor – By Paul Mansfield "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power last weekend unleashed a tirade of vitriol at the emergency session of the UN called by Russia following US-led coalition airstrikes which killed approximately 80 Syrian soldiers in Deir ez-Zor last Saturday.

Vile bizarre, ugly, is how Jason Ditz described her performance in AntiWar.com. I think he is only scratching the surface, as the petulant, almost childish performance of Power left the visibly shaken Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, to front the media, explaining that Power said she was not interested in what he had to say as what he had to say was “a stunt.” Churkin said: “I have never seen such an extraordinary display of American heavy-handedness.”

As well as labelling calling the emergency session a “stunt,” Power said Russia was grandstanding, hypocritical and accused it of killing civilians and hitting hospitals and refugee camps. The Syrian government was not spared her acid tongue either; she accused it of routinely using chemical weapons, intentionally striking civilian targets, preventing the delivery of humanitarian supplies, and brutal torture. Power glossed over the horrendous crime of the day, the slaughter of 80 Syrian soldiers, before launching into her full frontal attack on Russia and Syria. It was a slap in the face of Syrian families who have lost their fathers, husbands, brothers and sons, and of the ceasefire now hanging on tenterhooks.

It is hard to overestimate how disastrous these airstrikes were for the Syrian Army as it desperately defends a city of 200,000, where fierce battles have periodically been fought between forces loyal to Assad and the terrorists. Control of the city is divided between the two, but in addition ISIS control of routes in and out of the city effectively means the city is under blockade – by ‘ISIS’ since March 2014, but the blockade actually began two years prior to that, in mid-2012, by largely the same terrorists, but fighting under the ‘Free Syrian Army’ banner. On the few occasions when Western media has reported on Deir ez-Zor in all these years...

01:44

Turkey arrests prominent journalist hours after his release "IndyWatch Feed War"

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01:38

Israeli-Canadian Thought Police Take Aim…. At Me "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Prof. Tony Hall | American Herald Tribune | September 21, 2016 In recent days I discovered that the Canadian branch of the Israeli-US-based Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith is reporting that I am “well known for using academic credentials to deny the Holocaust.” On August 29, Daniel Leons-Marder mirrored the Canadian B’nai Brith report […]

01:33

Massachusetts Police Refuse to Disclose Internal Affairs Records for Cops Named in Lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Amherst Police Department in Massachusetts has refused to comply with a public records request from PINAC that asked for the internal affairs records for two police officers who were named in a civil rights lawsuit this month.

According to the suit filed by Joshua Sampson, Amherst police officers Marcus Humber and Jamie Reardon refused to provide the teen with his epilepsy medication after arresting him in June 2014, which led to life-threatening seizures that caused language and short-term memory problems.

PINAC requested the officers’ internal affairs files to see if they have histories of misconduct.

In response, the department refused to turn over any of the documents, citing the privacy exemption to the Massachusetts public records law. However, the department’s response is at odds with Massachusetts case law. In the 2003 case Worcester Telegram & Gazette vs. Chief of Police, a state appeals court found that internal affairs records are public records.

According to the ruling, which was written by Judge Joseph Grasso, internal affairs records are public records because their purpose is to inspire public trust. Writes Grasso:

The internal affairs procedure fosters the public’s trust and confidence in the integrity of the police department, its employees, and its processes for investigating complaints because the department has the integrity to discipline itself. A citizenry’s full and fair assessment of a police department’s internal investigation of its officer’s actions promotes the core value of trust between citizens and police essential to law enforcement and the protection of constitutional rights.

That case dealt with the personnel exemption, not privacy exemption, but made it clear that internal affairs records are generally considered public records in Massachusetts.

Additionally, according to a guide by the Massachusetts Secretary of State, which oversees the public records law, “The denial [of a public records request] must include a citation to one of the statutory exemptions upon which the records custodian relies, and must explain why the exemption applies” (emphasis added).

However, the Amherst Police Department’s response does not explain why the officers’ internal affairs records are exempt; it merely contains general information about the exemption.

Even if some of the information in the officers’ files is exempt, the police department is required to redact the exempt information rather than withhold the records in their entirety if possible.

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01:20

SOHR’s “Reliable Source”: 3,000 Russian Soldiers Placed at Base in Aleppo Province "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to unknown ‘reliable source’ of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 3,000 Russian soldiers have been placed at a base in the south-eastern suburbs of the village of Al-Safir, in the area of Aleppo.

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Three thousand Russian soldiers were sent in the area of Aleppo, and currently they are placed at a base in the south-eastern suburbs of the village of Al-Safir, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), based in London, stated on September 21, citing a ‘reliable source’.

According to the SOHR, Russian troops were arriving to the base in As-Safir during the last four weeks. At the same time, according to the title of the SOHR article, fighters, arrived to the base, are Russian soldiers, but in the text they are already called as militia.

There is no confirmation of this information, except the ‘reliable source’. Representatives of many different countries: Iraq, Lebanon and Iran, fight as a part of Syrian government troops in the area of Aleppo. It is possible that volunteer military units of these countries could be sent to the base in As-Safir.

Russian troops are officially placed only in the north-west of Aleppo near the Castello Highway.

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01:03

Lavrov Says Ceasefires were ‘Bogus,’ Nixes Future ‘Unilateral’ Meausres "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fort Russ News | September 22, 2016 Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov made history today at the UN’s meeting of the Security Council, declaring that future unilateral pauses couched as ‘ceasefire agreements’ are off the table. He has skillfully referred to the mounting factual evidence of the US’s continued flagrant violations on any number of […]

00:32

Muslim expert TORCHES Obama’s ‘countering violent extremism’ agenda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Conservative Review, by Nate Madden, September 22, 2016: The United States should ditch its current efforts at “countering violent extremism” and focus instead on “countering violent Islamism” (CVE), a prominent Muslim reformist told Congress on Thursday. “Our current direction and lack … Continue reading

00:02

Lebanon’s foreign minister slammed for anti-refugee comments "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Gebran Bassil opposes Lebanese women passing citizenship to their Syrian or Palestinian husbands and children

00:01

Israeli forces expand Beit Ummar military watchtower, narrowing main street "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ma’an – September 22, 2016 HEBRON – Israeli forces reopened the northern entrance to the village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron City on Thursday, after the road had been closed by Israeli authorities for four days to carry out maintenance work on an Israeli military watchtower stationed there. Local activist Muhammad Ayad Awad said […]

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23:54

10-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Tells US, ‘Stop Selling Weapons to Saudis’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

“Blocking this sale of tanks will be interpreted by our Gulf partners, not just Saudi Arabia, as another sign that the United States of America is abandoning our commitment to the region and is an unreliable security partner.” –Sen. John McCain “The Saudis in many, many ways have been good allies of the United States […]

23:47

Hamas should be removed from EU terror list: Lawyer "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV – September 22, 2016 A top European Union lawyer says Hamas should be dropped from the bloc’s blacklist, citing lack of concrete evidence showing the involvement of the Palestinian resistance movement in alleged terrorist activities. Eleanor Sharpston, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), urged on Thursday the removal of […]

23:19

Tulsa Cop Who Killed Terence Crutcher Now Faces A Manslaughter Charge "IndyWatch Feed War"

Betty Shelby, the law enforcement officer who shot and killed an unarmed man who had commited no crime and was complying with orders in Tulsa, Oklahoma is now facing a manslaughter charge.

 

The announcement was made by Tulsa County Prosecutors on Thursday afternoon, less than a week since the innocent man was brutally killed. If convicted of manslaughter she would face up to four years in an Oklahoma prison.

His killing and the video has sparked nationwide outrage. It is one of the most clear cases of a wrongful police killing ever recorded. Crutcher had not broken any laws, but was treated immediately like a suspect in a crime. Even though he complied with unlawful orders by Tulsa police, he was tased then shot. He died a short time later.

Since most officers who kill never face any kind of discipline or legal recourse, many will rejoice this turn of events. However I would like to point out that this was not manslaughter.

From The Law Firm of Oklahoma:

Any time one person takes the life of another, a homicide has occurred. While not every act of homicide is criminal—self defense or military combat, for example—intentional deaths or accidental deaths resulting from criminally negligent acts are prosecuted as felonies.

Murder, which may be charged as either first degree or second degree murder, is often marked by intent. Manslaughter, on the other hand, may occur as a result of criminal negligence or rash actions in the heat of passion.

Criminal negligence refers to an accident which leads to an unintended crime. The firing of Shelby’s weapon was by no means an accident.

Rash actions in the heat of passion does not seem to apply either. This is usually what would be claimed if a lover killed their spouse or someone they were sleeping with. It is also used in mutual disagreements that escalate, and end with one party acting irrationally criminal. In this case, Crutcher was not involved with Shelby or her passions in any way. Her passions arose from her own fear and stupidity – and her police training.

That training guided her. It was her intent, her motivation. This was murder.

To call this an act of manslaughter is to somehow make Crutcher complicit in his own death. He was not.

This is not justice. This is a bone thrown to distract us. And if these charges stick all the way to trial, and she somehow loses, you can bet she will not receive the maximum penalty. Do not extinguish your outrage, this justice is cold and unsatisfying. We will not be placated.

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23:19

Ukrainian Armed Forces Fired More Than 20 Mortar Shells on DPR for Past Night "IndyWatch Feed War"

Several villages of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) were shelled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces during the last night. Meanwhile, OSCE observers reported about soldiers of the Georgian Legion near the contact line in Donbass.

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Last night, the Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the village of Zaytsevo in the north of Gorlovka, the village of Zhabichevo in the northern suburbs of Donetsk, and outskirts of Dokuchaevsk.

“Zaytsevo is again under fire. About 11 shots of 82-mm and 120-mm mortars. There are no casualties and destruction,” acting head of the Administration of Gorlovka, Ivan Prikhodko, told the Russkaya Vesna information website.

“Around 22:00 pm the Ukrainian side opened fire on Dokuchaevsk. At 23:00 pm Zhabichevo village north of Donetsk was shelled by the enemy,” the DAN news agency quoted the words of a source in the power structures of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

According to the source, the enemy was shooting from the areas of the occupied villages of Peski and Novotroitskoe, using 82-mm mortars. During the shelling, 11 mortar shells were fired from the positions of the Ukrainian units. Along with mortars, the Ukrainian Armed Forces also used light weapons, grenade guns and weapons of infantry combat vehicles.

Meanwhile, observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) reported about soldiers of the Georgian Legion near the contact line in Donbass.

“On September 20, members of the patrol of the mission saw two soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with symbols of the Georgian Legion on their uniform in the village of Troitskoye, controlled by the [Ukrainian] government, [located about three kilometers from the contact line],” the SMM press service told the RIA Novosti news agency.

According to the observers, the soldiers spoke Georgian.

“Three local residents told the observers that soldiers of Georgian origin live in some houses in their village,” the press service noted.

Earlier, official representative of the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Andrey Marochko, reported about Georgian mercenaries, fighting on the Ukrainian side in the village of Gorskoe near the contact line in Donbass.

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23:16

How Black Athletes Could Create a Watershed in Activist History "IndyWatch Feed War"

There’s the potential at this juncture for bold black athletes to blend many identity issues and address concerns about Mother Earth simultaneously.

— Organizer for the 2016 Facing Race national conference, which will take place November 10-12 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Let’s think about fighting the good fight really well ringing the public bell from an entirely new angle.

In the 60s, when I was writing for Nat Fleischer, the Ring Magazine publisher and eventual inductee into the Boxing Hall of Fame, the old man told me about how Heavyweight Champion of the world Jack Johnson managed to secure a shot at the title in an age when white heavyweight champions routinely avoided the stiff competition offered up by “Negroes” of the day. Johnson had his way with racist champ Tommy Burns once he caught up with him in Australia — having followed him throughout England, Ireland and France — but he wouldn’t have had a chance in hell at winning that championship belt if he had not shamed him into defending his title, brazenly belittling Burns in public. Calling a spade a spade, as it were.

Boastful, arrogant and in-the-face of whites who cruelly ruled the roost and supported the racist professional pugilistic scene in North America, Jack Johnson forced himself into a position where he could be successful, and achieve the legendary status that he eventually did. He even went so far as to intermingle sexually with white women in the journalistic spotlight*, something that was totally verboten in the early 1900s, and for a long time afterwards. In fact, his proactive profile of snubbing traditional societal mores and refusing to play the expected role of a black athlete risked death by lynching.

*Johnson did get slapped with a year and one-day prison sentence for violating the Mann Act in 1912, the authorities having to torture and twist legal parameters to do so.

He wasn’t a Joe Louis or a Floyd Patterson toeing the proper line. And he certainly wasn’t cut of the same cloth as the best black fighters of his time, “Good Negroes” like West Indian Peter Jackson (“shadow” champion during the reign of John L. Sullivan, the first heavyweight champion) and Canadian George “Old Chocolate” Godfrey; they both knew their place, and didn’t push any envelopes. Harry Wills (“shadow” champion during the reign of Jack Dempsey), most boxing experts agree, would have humiliated the racist Manassa Mauler champ in much the same fashion that Johnson humiliated Burns in 1908. And that was true for a number of polite blacks who were denied championship fights, strong legitimate contenders. But they didn’t make any waves outside the ring, like Johnson did (with a smirk), and they so didn’t secure the opportunities they sought.

You might — understandably — ask why I’m going off on all of this boxing history. Well, I could cite counterparts to the history above, as you may know, by drawing from other sports realms too, spotlighting what happened to black jockeys around the same time, and many other sports figures.. The thing is, ALL black athletes today should understand the point that Nat Fleischer made to me shortly before his death. That is, that the blacks who toed the line as per the parameters set by the whites of their times got nowhere. That the breakthrough for Johnson, who became the first Black Heavyweight Champion of the World, becoming a model for Muhammad Ali, was possible only because he took a grand risk.

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23:12

Assad Says US Attack Was Intentional, Lasted for More Than an Hour "IndyWatch Feed War"

Launching an aerial attack on military personnel of another country and then claiming afterwards it was an accident –sounds like a familiar story. Has Ashton Carter taken a page out of the Israeli playbook? According to the findings of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty, the combined air […]

22:52

Emergency international meeting to reinstate Aleppo ceasefire fails "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gathered 23 other countries for another failed Aleppo ceasefire attempt

22:43

Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby Charged with Manslaughter in Shooting Death of Terence Crutcher "IndyWatch Feed War"

Five days after Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher after the 40-year-old placed his hands in the air, the Oklahoma cop was charged with first-degree manslaughter, according to Fox 23.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced the news moments ago in a press conference, which you can view here.

Crutcher, whose car had broken down in the middle of the road, was unarmed when he was shot and killed.

A dash cam video as well as a video from a police helicopter captured the shooting, showing Shelby fired her gun after another cop tasered the man.

There is no video from the initial encounter between Shelby and Crutcher because police say her dash camera was not activated since her emergency lights had not been activated.

And no body cam video exists because the Tulsa Police Department has not purchased any, despite receiving a federal grant last year to do just that.

Shelby is claiming that she suspected Crutcher of being high on PCP, which made her fear for her life, but she never mentioned that to dispatchers when she initially confronted the man, who was standing on the side of the road near his stalled car, which was in the middle of the road.

Police later claimed they found a vial of PCP in Cruthcher’s car, but even if that is true, it still would not justify shooting him.

They also claim Shelby shot Crutcher because he was reaching into his vehicle, but the video from the helicopter seems to show it was rolled up because a streak of blood can be seen on it after she kills him.

The Huffington Post reported earlier today that Shelby not only admitted to smoking marijuana twice on her job application, but she has a history of domestic disturbances.

Shelby joined the Tulsa police force in 2011 after she became a deputy for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in 2007, according to NBC News. Her husband is also a police officer and was on duty the night Crutcher was shot. In fact, Shelby’s husband, Dave Shelby, was in the helicopter that flew overhead and recorded the moments leading up to the shooting, which was released by the Tulsa Police Department on Monday. In the video, an officer is overheard describing Crutcher as a “bad dude,” however Tulsa police spokesman claims Dave did not make the comment.

Shelby has divorced and been re-married at least once. According to the job application she submitted to the sheriff’s office in 2007, the new wife of Shelby’s ex-husband noted that she filed a protective order against her in 2002 to help put an end to harassing phone calls she claims Shelby made to her. The order was eventually denied and Shelby maintained her innocence.

Nearly a decade earlier, Shelby also noted on the same application that she experienced a breakup in 1993 with her then-boyfriend. She said the split led to the two damaging each others cars and that temporary restraining orders were filed, which were eventually tossed out.

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22:42

British Cop Block Cheeriness Makes America Look Like the Texas of the World "IndyWatch Feed War"

The following video was sent to us from Marcus Potter at our Submissions Page and details interactions he had with London Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom.

 

Okay, so I do not want to downplay the horrors of police anywhere. No matter where they exist, their foundations are corrupt. Even the most well-behaved police in the world rely on theft and force to exist, so their good is outweighed by their basic premises.

Yet in many places around the world, police are not jumping out of their socks and shooting at anything that moves anywhere near them. And they generally have better manners. The officer who shoves Marcus in this video appears to be above average on the tyranny scale of British law enforcement, but even his heavy hand is far softer than what we are accustomed to in America.

On top of that, we Americans are far more abrasive and confrontational in general. I must admit I am not a huge fan of the machismo confrontational attitudes of some American police and liberty activists. The open carry, audit and coin-dumping videos annoy me because it is a citizen doing the same thing I hate police doing; which is going out of their way to fuck with someone. I can certainly appreciate using humor in police interactions, but using police interactions as a way of getting Lulz Points on your viral video just seems selfish, over-played and boring to me.

Of course Marcus is not using humor to interact with police, although he is laughing a lot for some reason. His approach is much closer to the auditors I just discussed. But being British, and in comparison to its American counterparts, there is something hilarious about it nonetheless. Just watch, you’ll see.

 

 

Marcus also contributed the following text to accompany his video:

I saw a Police riot van which was mostly filled with officers and approached it so I could ask officers “Is the driver using his mobile phone with the engine running?” to which they replied that it was but as the van was in park it was perfectly legal for him to use his phone.

I then saw some coppers up the street, walked around them and then began following from a reasonable distance. One of those officers, PC Paul Todd 425CO was not exactly impressed at my filming and turned around. He then said “Right that’s it. We’ve had enough. Come on, go away now.” before pushing me in the chest. PC Todd then walked away after receiving some looks from his colleagues which suggested that they were not exactly impressed with his behaviour.

I then approached the van load of officers I was talking to earlier and asked an officer who appeared to witness the whole thing, PC 782YR whether she got the guys collar number to which s...

22:03

Tomgram: Engelhardt, War, Peace, and Absurdity "IndyWatch Feed War"

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22:01

Sorry, I Cannot Help You & Neither Can Anyone Else – Abolish the Police "IndyWatch Feed War"

A response to all of the victims of the police state who reach out to us as counsel and advisers.

 

Many of the submissions we get, as well as a great number of the guest posts to our Facebook Page, are attempts by folks to get assistance in their police and legal entanglements. Although we wish we could help, there are many reasons we cannot. First and foremost is that we are writers and direct action activists, not lawyers or advocates. It is not within our skill set, nor within our power.

Today a reader shared the following plea with us…

I need help,
I live in Polk County , Florida.
Two of my sons were attacked on August 28th by a group of teenagers. Reports were made however the attacks continue.
On September 12 I was arrested for False Imprisonment for detaining 2 of the attackers for throwing rocks and threatening to kill my sons.
The cops wouldn’t look at the reports against the attackers or even list to my sons about being attacked again on September 12th.
The cops got security footage from a local store without a warrant .
Im not able to get a lawyer because I had to bond out of jail.
Please can anyone help me or tell me how to fight this.

I responded…

You cannot fight this. The state and police monopoly on force is an impediment to actual justice. Until we abolish police, this is how it will be. This is why I fight so hard to do so. I am sorry this is happening to you.

That is really all there is to it. I have already explained it numerous times. Police are incompetent at their jobs. They are not motivated to solve actual crimes. And only with the frequency of a double lightning strike do they ever just happen to be there when you need them, and then to actually provide assistance instead of making things worse.

And it is not just that they cannot and will not do their jobs – protecting, investigating, securing, etc. – they will arrest you for doing it yourself. You are not free.

There is no fixing this. This is the system serving itself perfectly. You are nothing to it. You are its nutrient and excrement. Accountability is futile. Reform is a lie. There is only one solution…

Click the banner to discover ideas for a better world by abolishing the police.

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21:18

Lawsuit Says Florida Inmate Gassed To Death As He Begged For Help "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a shocking new federal lawsuit, it is claimed that a Florida inmate was killed by corrections officers, who tortured, beat and gassed him to death.

According to the lawsuit, 27-year-old Randall Jordan-Aparo was serving time at Franklin Correctional Institution for credit card fraud where he was found dead in his cell wearing only his boxer shorts in March 2010.

Jordan-Aparo suffered from a genetic blood disorder, which had flared up and worsened. After doctors and nurses refused to treat him, he complained – and as a result – was forced into an isolation cell, where he was gassed until he could no longer breathe, the lawsuit states.

According to a Miami Herald investigation, Jordan-Aparo was subjected to 600 grams of chemical agents (pepper spray and tear gas) in a confined space, well over lethal levels. He was found in his cell coated with an orange residue.

Filed on behalf of Jordan-Aparo’s 12-year-old daughter on Monday, the lawsuit alleges murder by the corrections officers and accuses nurses, doctors and the warden of the prison of a cover up by which they removed evidence, doctored reports and threatened witnesses.

The FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is still investigating the death. Additional lawsuits have been filed by FDC’s investigators who say the Florida Department of Corrections conspired to cover up what occurred and then retaliated against them for pursuing the truth.

A state panel ruled in June that the prison agency violated its own policies by spending more time investigating inspectors than it did looking into claims of abuse like those alleged in the Jordan-Aparo case. A total of four inspectors are suing the agency, accusing it of cover-ups, inmate abuse and political interference that goes up the chain all the way to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

One of the inspectors even detailed the cover-up surrounding Jordan-Aparo in a tape-recorded interview in 2013 – but to date, no one from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the FBI has interviewed him or other witnesses in connection with the death.

According to the lawsuit, Franklin Correctional Institution warden, Diane Andrews, prevented investigators from interviewing witnesses and authorized the gassing of Jordan-Aparo, even though his medical records stated that he suffered from a disability that complicated his breathing.

The lawsuit also provides witness statements from several inmates who say that Jordan-Aparo had been begging and crying for medical help – and had threatened to sue the nurses, demanding that they take him to the hospital – when officers began s...

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