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Friday, 15 December

00:10

WATCH: Georgia Deputies Kill Dog, then Order Owner to Decapitate it "IndyWatch Feed War"

Georgia deputies forced a man to cut off the head of his dog after shooting it.

Or go to jail.

The man chose to decapitate his dog  named Big Boy.

Big Boys owner Joe Goodwin recorded the incident with his cell phone.

Crawford County sheriffs deputy James Hollis arrived at Goodwins home after Big Boy allegedly bit two people.

A Crawford County deputy shot the dog moments earlier.

The video begins with Hollis telling Crawford hell take him to jail unless he cuts off his dogs head.

Goodwin wanted to take his dog to the vet.

I tell you what, Hollis yells at Crawford.

I will (sic) takes you to jail and charge you and well see how much a lawyer is then.

Charge me for what?

When I get therewhen I get there and give you the charges.

With what? Are you going to make it up

I dont make up anything. Im gonna give you Georgia law, OK? Hollis threatens.

Whats the Georgia law? What law did I break? Crawford asks.

I tell you what, sir. You can sit there and try to record all you want, OK. We asking you to cut the dogs head.

And you refusing right?

I aint even got a fucking knife to cut the mother fucker off, Crawford tells the deputies before he begins to narrate.

I have to cut my dogs head off.

Because the cop just told me to.

Or if not, Im going to jail, yall.

That man right there. Then when I told him I did not want to cut my dogs head off. He grabs me  by the damn shirt and slams me against the truck, because Im cussing.

Its not against the law to cuss.

Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker said Hollis shouldnt have told Crawford to behead is dog.

They did get someone on the phone with the health department that made an attempt to tell the gentleman what he would need to do, Walker said.

Walker said its standard protocol to call the health department when they think a dog might be rabid.

That shouldnt have been done on the scene from what I gathered, says Walker told 13WMAZ.

We would not transfer an animal in that situation. Thats up to the health department. We would respond, and we would notify them, says Walker.

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Thursday, 14 December

23:49

China Just Ridiculed the US While Confirming Most Important Partnership With Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA)  This week, the Chinese ambassador to Russia, Li Hui, praised the increasingly cooperative relationship between China and Russia, also taking the opportunity to take a stab at the U.S., Newsweek reports.

Speaking on Wednesday at a government news conference organized in response to the overwhelming success of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress in October, the ambassador lauded the progress the two countries have made in pursuing greater relations in recent years, particularly with regard to their efforts to modernize their armies and inject themselves into the international political arena.

The Chinese-Russian relations of comprehensive strategic cooperation and partnership are the most important bilateral relations in the world and, moreover, the best relations between big countries, Li reportedly told the Russian state-owned TASS news agency, which played host to the conference.

One can say that they are a classic example of the healthiest and most mature interstate relations and an important force to protect peace and stability throughout the world, Li also added.

It is not unusual for Russian and Chinese officials to make statements like these, which are clearly intended for Washington in more ways than one. First, the statement is crafted to make Washington pay attention to Russia and Chinas growing relationship so the U.S. knows it cannot realistically get much done on the world stage without confronting either of the nuclear powers first. Second, the statement itself is directed at the United States government with its use of terms such as healthiest and most mature interstate relations, an effort to ridicule Americas approach to global politics, which arguably lacks those qualities. The foundation of the U.S.-led world order is based on forced submission through direct bullying as opposed to maintaining healthy and mature relations intended to protect peace and stability.

According to the ambassador, one of the core reasons why Russia and China are having success lately is that they have both abandon[ed] the thinking of the Cold War and a zero-sum game policy. Aga...

23:30

Haneyya: Three means to thwart Trumps decision over Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Information Center December 14, 2017 GAZA The head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Ismail Haneyya has outlined three means to confront Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital and topple the deal of the century, stressing that the Palestinian people, Hamas, and the resistance will work to []

23:28

Fuck Abuse, Kill Power : Addressing the Root Causes of Sexual Harassment and Assault "IndyWatch Feed War"

The past year has seen a wave of revelations about powerful peoplenearly all menperpetrating sexual violence against those beneath them. The #MeToo moment has provided a platform for countless courageous survivors. Yet although some men have been made to face consequences for the harm they have done, we are far from being able to solve the problem of male sexual violence. Focusing on the wrongdoings of specific men tends to exceptionalize them, as if their actions took place in a vacuum. This is consistent with the mechanisms of a criminal justice system focused on individual guilt and a reformist politics premised on the idea that the existing government and market economy would serve us perfectly if only the right people were in power. But with the bad behavior of so many men coming to light, we have to consider the possibility that these are not exceptions at allthat these attacks are the inevitable, systemic result of this social order. Is there a way to treat the cause as well as the symptoms?

Trigger warning for descriptions of sexual violence.

Virtually all recent mainstream coverage has treated sexual harassment and assault as an issue distinct from capitalism and hierarchy. When writers admit that capitalism and hierarchy play some role, they imply that what is harmful about these systems can be fixed through reform. They exhort us to appeal to power to solve the problems power causes: we are to pressure corporations to fire their executives, to use the media to shame media moguls, to use democracy to punish politicians. In short, we are supposed to use the very structures through which our abusers hold power to take it away from them.

On the contrary, we cant be effective against rampant sexual assault without confronting its root causes.

A tattoo by Charline Bataille inspired by Jenny Holzer.

A Very Brief History of Sexual Assault in the United States

Sexual assault and rape are woven into the very origins of the United States. The original colonists did not consider the indigenous inhabitants worthy of the same moral considerations as white Europeans. Sexual assault and rape were systematically employed as colonial tools. Michele de Cuneo, a nobleman and a shipmate of Columbus, described the following sc...

23:05

Israel passes anti-infiltration law to speed up the deportation of African refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Monday, the Israeli parliament, Knesset, passed an amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Act, aimed at African refugees from mainly Eritrea and Sudan, so that it could continue to coerce African refugees to be deported to a third country, against the threat of indefinite incarceration. The law was promoted after the Supreme Court criticized the state practice of incarcerating refugees for indefinite periods, in attempt to coerce them to leave to a third country. Well have to enact new laws that will enable us to send the illegal infiltrators out of our country, said Prime Minister Netanyahu three months ago, on his mission to give back south Tel Aviv to the Israeli residents (from the African infiltrators who had supposedly taken it over).

What we are seeing here is not really new legislation. The state is simply bent upon deporting the African refugees, and if it can make new legislation and enact immediate deportation it might get away with it before in a race against the courts. The state had already declared a week ago, even before the passing of the law, that it will be enacting the deportations within the next few weeks, as Haaretz reported. Netanyahu has also reportedly cut a deal with Rwanda, wherein also refugees deported against their will would be taken by Rwanda. 

The bill passed in second and third readings on a count of 71-41 (out of 120 Knesset members).

Some of the Labor lawmakers, whom were forced to support the bills first reading by their leader Avi Gabbay, had apparently made some rebellion in the ranks, and were permitted to vote according to conscience in the final readings, as reported in Kan and Israel Hayom (Hebrew).

The law entails a closing of the desert detention facility Holot within three months, and yet, with its closing, the detained refugees will face two options indefinite detention, or deportation to a third African country. In other words, the state is simply continuing its policy.

The law was sponsored by Minister of Interior Arye Deri and Minister of Public Security and Hasbara Gilad Erdan.

Deri said when submitting the bill:

As I had promised the residents of south Tel Aviv and...

22:53

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM DEC 14 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

While Bitcoin soars, the intelligence community bores... into your bitcoin accounts:
Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital

The post NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM DEC 14 2017 appeared first on Giza Death Star.

22:38

Appropriation of Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Photo by Kristoffer Trolle | CC BY 2.0 By Liaquat Ali Khan | CounterPunch | December 14, 2017 In recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a state formed by native Jews and Jewish settlers from Europe and America, President Trump and the U.S. Congress have validated the Jewish appropriation of a disputed city. This []

22:38

Qatar blockade taking toll on ordinary citizens: Amnesty "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Crisis has split families, raised food prices for foreign workers and made visits to Islamic holy sites in Saudi difficult, rights group says

22:30

Americas Refuseniks "IndyWatch Feed War"

One year ago, the news was awash with Billy Willson, a 4.0 GPA student from Kansas State University who decided to drop out of university after his first semester with this Facebook message: YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will see it some day.  His post is still being shared and there are close to 9,000 comments mounting on this thread.  And as someone who has spent a long time in academia as a student and as a university professor, I cant help but agree with Willson.  As the average increase in university tuition has exceeded that of the increase of salaries or the cost of living, we must begin to ask the tough questions as to why university fees in the US are outpacing the rise of inflation or cost of living increases, and why so many universities are playing a heavy hand in the student loan debt crisis.

As it stands today there are now several generations of university graduates unable to pay for their loans, from the millennials to those who graduated thirty years ago. And with the student loan debt in the United States at $1.3 trillion this year there is an alarmingly high percentage of graduates who are unable to command a salary high enough to pay back these loans.  The delinquency or default rate is approximately 17% and the non-payment rate at 43%. The end result is that new and older university graduates are facing a lifetime of living like Ross and Phoebe (without all the spare time to meet up with friends in the local caf) and in order to get out of financial woes, many will be forced into debt consolidation or into a federal relief program.

And the situation of increasing amounts of student loans over the years was no accident.  In the US from 1997-2017, tuition increased to incredible proportions: at private universities tuition rose 157 percent, at public universities out of state tuition rose by 194 percent, and in-state tuition at public Universities has increased by 237 percent.  In the UK the figures are almost as grim as in the US where the average increase in university tuition in the UK grew by 2...

22:27

What Happened in #Portland: Joey Gibsons Assault Victim Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed War"

While many were celebrating the defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama, a neo-Fascist group called Patriot Prayer was protesting a Hillary Clinton appearance in Portland, Oregon. Joey Gibson, the leader of Patriot Prayer who reportedly assaulted one woman countering them. This is her account.

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What Happened in #Portland: Joey Gibsons Assault Victim Speaks Out

While many were celebrating the defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama, a neo-Fascist group called Patriot Prayer was protesting a Hillary Clinton appearance in Portland, Oregon. Joey Gibson, the leader of Patriot Prayer who reportedly assaulted one woman countering them. This is her account.

For more information about the Portland Rally...

22:10

WATCH: Florida Bail Bondsmen Beat Man with Metal Pipe for Missing Court over Suspended License "IndyWatch Feed War"

Florida bail bondsmen were busted on video beating a man with a metal pipe, punching and macing him after he missed a November court date for a suspended license.

This is how they act when they dont know theyre being recorded, Lara Laign, the woman who recorded the video on December 13 told NBCMiami.

It was just insane.

I was just so disturbed and disgusted by what I just saw, she said.

Video shows AAA Star Bail Bondsmen from Palm Beach County brutalizing Anthony Hall and then smashing the window to his home with the same metal pipe used to beat him.

I dont care if youre the baddest person in the world, Laign said.

Theres no reason to beat someone while theyre on the ground with their hands behind their backs and then break their window.

It doesnt make any sense.

Bail bonds agent Brandon Gaines said he was only defending himself.

I was defending myself, Gaines said during a telephone interview.

My partners and my life was in danger. We were dealing with a 265-pound kid that has a criminal past history.

According to the agents, they used the metal bar to bust open the door of Halls home.

But Hall picked up the bar before they were able to get it back.

The agents stated theyre trying to file charges against Hall for biting and punching them.

But Halls attorney Russell Williams says the video speaks for itself and will file a complaint against the bond company.

The video speaks for itself, if you get past the fact he missed court he still has rights in the state of Florida, Williams said.

Williams said his client suffered a broken nose during the incident.

Hall, who was unarmed, was treated at the hospital and then taken to jail.

Watch the video below.

The post WATCH: Florida Bail Bondsmen Beat Man with Metal Pipe for Missing Court over Suspended License appeared first on Photography is Not a Crime.

22:07

Syrian Army Captures Strategic Hills, Isolates Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Western Ghouta (Map, Video) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Army Captures Strategic Hills, Isolates Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Western Ghouta (Map, Video)

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On December 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured the hills of al-Ahmar, al-Maqtul and Khazan north of the town of Beit Jinn in the Western Ghouta region, according to pro-government sources.

Thus, the SAA fully isolated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) positions in the town of Beit Jinn from the reconciliation area, which includes the villages of Beit Tima, Beit Saber and Kafr Hawr north of it.

Syrian pro-government activists claimed that the SAA has destroyed an vehicle of HTS and killed or injured several HTS fighters during its advance. The SAA also shelled positions of HTS north of Beit Jinn with mortars and Syrian-made Golan heavy rockets.

On December 13, HTS and its allies called for a popular mobilization to stop the SAA advance in Western Ghouta. The HTS statement proves that HTS will not be able to resist the SAA for a long time. Due to this, HTS might soon agree to withdraw its fighters from Western Ghouta to Idlib governorate.

The post Syrian Army Captures Strategic Hills, Isolates Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Western Ghouta (Map, Video) appeared first on .

22:00

A $21 Trillion Global Pandoras Kitty? "IndyWatch Feed War"

As US federal debt approaches $21 trillion in a matter of months, an eye-popping equivalent amount seems to have gone cumulatively missing from government coffers over the past two decades.

The missing $21 trillion was tabulated by a team of researchers led by Dr. Mark Skidmore, Morris Chair of State and Local Government and Policy at Michigan State University.  Skidmores team tallied up undocumentable adjustments a euphemism for accounting prestidigitations at the US Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) between 1998 and 2015. The study was verified by no less authority than Catherine Austin Fitts whose mainstream credentials included a stint in the George H.W. Bush presidential administration.

The most shocking instance of such book-keeping legerdemain, amounting to a colossal $2.3 trillion, was admitted by then Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld on the noteworthy date of September 10, 2001. Rumsfeld was very specific in identifying Americas adversary: It was closer to home; it was the Pentagon bureaucracy.

The September 11 terror attacks the very next day, however, consigned these trillions into a black hole of oblivion. Yet, the black hole kept accruing ominous mass over the years; readying itself for an event horizon that may suck in nations, stock markets, livelihoods and lives into a fatal vortex.

Several imponderables remain: Who controls this hidden stash? Has the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) sought closure over this issue?  Is the internecine civil war within the US deep state in reality a tussle over this slush fund? Whatever the hypothesis, make no mistake: An undocumentable $21 trillion in limbo somewhere can fund revolutions, regime changes and wars anywhere.  It can not only fix spot prices for global markets but spot narratives in the global mainstream media as well.

It can ensure any days of rage planned over US President Donald J. Trumps recognitio...

21:50

Golden opportunity missed at Syria peace talks: UN mediator "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Nina LARSON | UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gives a press conference after the eighth round of UN-brokered talks broke down in Geneva

GENEVA (AFP)  The latest round of Syria peace talks in Geneva was a golden opportunity missed, the countrys UN mediator lamented Thursday, accusing the Syrian government of not really seeking dialogue.UN envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters that negotiations did not take place, blaming in particular the government delegations apparent lack of interest in discussing anything besides the fight against terrorism.

His statement came at the end of the eighth round of indirect talks in Geneva between delegations representing Damascus and the opposition in Syrias brutal, nearly seven-year war.

Seven previous rounds of talks mediated by De Mistura have also gone nowhere and rival sides have not yet met face-to-face.

The UN mediator, who describes himself as a chronic optimist and highlights incremental progress where others see stalemate, had voiced hope that the eighth round that opened on November 28, would mark the first real negotiation.

Disappointed

But as the round fizzled out Thursday, he acknowledged he was disappointed.

In spite of lots of efforts of my whole team, we did not have real negotiations. We did however have bilateral discussions, he told reporters.

While the opposition, which was united in one delegation for the first time, had seriously engaged in all subjects on the table, he said the government engaged sadly only on one subject terrorism.

Asked about the next steps, De Mistura said he would discuss the matter with UN chief Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council, but that he hoped to organise a new round of talks next month.

A parallel process organised by Moscow and including fellow government ally Iran and rebel backer Turkey, is set to resume next week in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The Kremlin also hopes to convene a political congress in the Black Sea resort of Sochi which would bring together regime officials and the opposition to reinvigorate a hobbled peace process.

The opposition and Western diplomats are concerned that the Sochi meeting might be part of an effort by Moscow to circumvent the UN talks and impose a solution favourable to Assad.

De Mistura said he did no...

21:45

China Says War Must Not be Allowed on Korean Peninsula "IndyWatch Feed War"

Beijing (TNA) War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of sleepwalking into conflict.

Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in just days after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions.

But the White House said on Wednesday that no negotiations could be held until North Korea improved its behavior. The White House has declined to say whether President Donald Trump, who has taken a tougher rhetorical line toward North Korea, approved Tillersons overture.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillersons offer of direct contacts with North Korea was a very good signal, while warning that a US strike on the North would have catastrophic consequences, Reuters reported.

North Korea tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile on Nov. 29, which it said could put all of the United States within range, in defiance of international pressure and UN sanctions.

The United States has said all options were on the table in dealing with North Korea, including military action.

RELATED: UNSC: Russia and China Call for Peace Condemn DPRK Nuke Test

While South Korea and China share the goal of getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and stop testing increasingly sophisticated long-range missiles, the two have not seen eye-to-eye on how to achieve this.

Meeting in Beijings Great Hall of the People, Xi told Moon that the goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula must be stuck to, and war and chaos cannot be allowed, Chinese state media said.

The peninsula issue must, in the end, be resolved via dialogue and consultation, Xi was cited as saying.

China and South Korea have an important shared interest in maintaining peace, and China was willing to work with South Korea to promote talks and support North and South to improve relations, Xi said.

South Koreas Yonhap news agency said Xi and Moon agreed war on the peninsula would not be tolerated and they would cooperate in applying sanctions and pressure on North Korea.

The apparently warm tone of their talks followed nearly a year of tense relations between the two countries.

DRAMATIC CIRCUMSTANCES

China has been furious ab...

21:45

Solecast: Long Live The Olympia Fracking Blockade "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this episode of the solecast I chatted with 4 participants from the Olympia Fracking Blockade, an occupation that shut down the port of Olympia for 2 weeks in November 2018. We take a look back on the occupation in the wake of its raid.

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Solecast: Long Live The Olympia Fracking Blockade

In this episode of the solecast I chatted with 4 participants from the Olympia Fracking Blockade, an occupation that shut down the port of Olympia for 2 weeks in November 2018. We take a look back on the occupation in the wake of its raid.

In this interview we discuss:

The history of shutting down the Olympia Port from anti-war resistance to environmental actions...

21:44

US provides proof of Iran arming Houthis "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley briefs the media in front of remains of Iranian Qiam ballistic missile provided by Pentagon at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. (Reuters)
JEDDAH: The US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Thursday unveiled declassified evidence that Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi militias in Yemen.

The evidence included segments of missiles launched at Saudi Arabia from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen.

Haley said the parts bear markings showing that they originate in Iran, and have technical specifications that are specific to Iranian-manufactured weapons.

She said it was proof of blatant violations of UN Security Council resolutions while the international community was looking the other way because of the nuclear deal.

The US will build a coalition to really push back against Iran and what theyre doing, Haley told a news conference.

Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Seal said: The US has long believed that Iran is providing weaponry to proxies and partners and militias throughout the region, and what we have here to show you today is proof.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE had recovered the arms and loaned them to Washington, she added.

The unprecedented presentation by the Pentagon is part of its follow-through on President Donald Trumps new Iran policy, which promises a far harder line toward Tehran.

Katie Wheelbarger, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international...

21:40

Worker Solidarity with Camp Makwa and the Movement for Environmental Justice "IndyWatch Feed War"

Faced with environmental dangers on a local and global scale, marginalized communities of workers are left with few choices except direct action.

21:19

The Pricing of Bitcoin vs. Gold Is Meant to Herd the Masses "IndyWatch Feed War"

Based on core global economic fundamentals, the gold price should be well north of $10,000 an ounce. Yet because gold is rare, is hoarded by governments and very wealthy, very private plutocrats, because it is intimately related to the value of interest rates and the perception of paper currencies themselves, its price is tactically suppressed.  Meanwhile, Bitcoin - a purposeful distraction from gold - is, in turn, strategically run up to $10,000 at an unprecedented pace, quite possibly by the Deep States financial and technological arms, in part so that you feel like you're 'missing out'.

In this latest episode of Money and Fear, well review the power that the pricing of each particular asset class has over the minds of investors and savers, alongside the praise or admonitions issued by banks and pundits which are issued in wider efforts to mold public perceptions of both cryptocurrencies and precious metals.  Tons of data and citations in this show so that you can be armed with knowledge against the urgently assigned hype.  So that you can think about money with some historical sobriety.  If youre not a Newsbud member yet, please sign up, tune in and spread the news

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Bitcoin (USD) Price

Is Bitcoin Standing In for Gold?

 We talked to an economist who predicted the Great Recession about the next financial crisis

Is Bitcoin a Threa...

21:11

Widows in Syria's Idlib told to move in with male guardian "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is backing Syrian Salvation Government to enforce strict interpretation of Islamic law

21:10

Lavishing Money on the Pentagon "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jonathan Marshall | Consortium News | December 14, 2017 Wise parents who celebrate Christmas advise their young children not to make unreasonably grandiose requests of Santa. After all, he has to squeeze down a rather narrow chimney to deliver their presents. But as Christmas approaches this year, leaders of Congress, the Pentagon, and the []

20:55

20:44

Anti-Homeless Robot Deployed in San Francisco "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA)  As the homeless problem continues to surge in San Francisco, an animal advocacy and pet adoption clinic has taken the novel, if dystopian, approach of hiring an autonomous security robot unit to clear out vagrants. The SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) deployed a K5 robot manufactured by Knightscope, a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, to help discourage homeless people from erecting tents on the sidewalks and streets near the clinic. Though it has reduced the number of encampments, the robot has drawn overwhelmingly negative reactions from city residents.

Resembling a Whovian Dalek, the K5 security robot moves at around three miles per hour and is equipped with four cameras and an array of lasers, thermal sensors, and GPS. It can be rented for $6 an hour as opposed to the $16/hr a security guard costs.

Representatives for the SPCA say homeless encampments were making the area dangerous for staff members.

Over the summer our shelter was broken into twice. The inside was vandalized and property and cash donations were stolen, S.F. SPCA spokesperson Krista Maloney remarked. Furthermore, many staff members and volunteers have filed complaints about damage to cars and harassment they experienced in our parking lot when leaving work after dark. We currently employ security guards, but we have a large campus and they can only be in one area at a time.

Bill Santana Li, CEO of Knightscope, which has 19 clients in five U.S. states, also defended the use of the robot, calling it an effective crime deterrent.

If I put a marked law enforcement vehicle in front of your home or your office, criminal behavior changes, he said.

Despite its efficacy, many have criticized the move, calling it draconian and even dystopian.

In a tweet, journalist B...

20:44

Lavishing Money on the Pentagon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wise parents who celebrate Christmas advise their young children not to make unreasonably grandiose requests of Santa. After all, he has to squeeze down a rather narrow chimney to deliver their presents.

20:42

Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression "IndyWatch Feed War"

Journalists and protesters hold placards outside an Istanbul court on October 31, 2017, calling for the release of jailed colleagues, including Turkish reporter Ahmet k. Turkey is the worst jailer of journalists in 2017. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the worlds worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

20:41

Bantoestans in Midden-Oosten "IndyWatch Feed War"


En Palestijnse staat? Welnee: tien Palestijnse thuislanden

Onderzoek door de New York Times werpt licht op het vredesplan dat de regering-Trump voor de Palestijnen in petto heeft. De tweestatenoplossing blijkt daarin vervangen door het Isralische bantoestan-scenario.
...

20:32

Saudi Arabias Vision 2030: Bin Salmans High-Risk Privatization Plan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Riyadh (MPN) The pro-Saudi media isnt lying when they say Vision 2030 is an ambitious plan, but they fail to explain just how high the stakes really are.

Its been nearly two years since Saudi Arabias Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) unveiled his Saudi Vision 2030 to reduce the Kingdoms reliance on oil in hopes of reviving its declining economy. The move was undertaken with the goal of transforming Saudi Arabia into an international investment powerhouse through non-oil trade, as the Kingdoms oil exports reach a record low and U.S. shale producers rise to the top of the oil industry.

The Saudi Kingdom is also promising to begin restoring Islam to its origins, which they hope will have an effect on the wider world.

However, with massive neoliberal economic reforms on their way, what remains unclear is how this rush to privatization will affect the general population of a country plagued by record high unemployment, with a quarter of the nation living below the poverty line; increased distrust of the government after years of brutal crackdowns on dissenters; and a dwindling cash supply drained by Riyadhs aggressive war on Yemen and funding of terror groups.

Nobody can be sure what these changes in Riyadh will mean for the country, the region or the wider world, but the Saudis have made some grandiose promises.

RELATED: Saudi Arabia: The Coming Crisis in the Kingdom

The Saudi Vision sales pitch

MBS has called Saudi Vision 2030 an ambitious yet achievable blueprint for moving his country into the future.

A good source for information on Vision 2030 is the official marketing site set up by the Saudi state, in an effort to attract investors and explain this new vision for Saudi society. According to the open for business section of the Vision website, this vision will improve our business environment, restructure our economic cities, create special zones and deregulate the energy market to make it more competitive.

Theres a lot there to unpack but the most important takeaway is that Riyadh is looking to create a much more business-friendly environment in an attempt to become a major hub for global capital, while also breaking an oil dependency and digging themselves out of a national debt that has...

20:24

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 14 DECEMBER 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

CIVIL SOCIETY. If you believed the Western media you'd think that Putin did everything in Russia from writing editorials to planning the state doping program and that whatever feeble civil society existed was the creation of selfless foreign NGOs now...

20:21

FCC Votes to Dismantle Net-Neutrality Rules "IndyWatch Feed War"

Agency approved new policy that would unwind Obama-era regulations on internet traffic as part of regulatory rollback

GOP lawmaker breaks with party, calls on FCC to cancel net neutrality vote https://t.co/qs39iPL4oi

Updated Dec. 14, 2017 2:01 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONThe Federal Communications Commission Thursday voted to roll back far-reaching rules governing how internet-service providers treat traffic on their networks, a move expected to empower cable and wireless providers and transform consumers online experience.

The 2015 net neutrality rules were one of the signature regulatory actions of the Obama administration, requiring broadband providers to treat all traffic equally, without blocking or slowing content, or providing fast lanes for favored sites and services.

The FCC Votes to Kill Net Neutrality, Dismantle Title II Rules Governing ISPs https://t.co/8RO01vQ4Aq

https://www.wsj.com/articles/fcc-readies-unwinding-of-net-neutrality-regime-1513247401

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20:15

Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein Threatened to Kill Me When I Refused Him "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA)  In a New York Times op-ed titled Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too, Salma Hayek shared shocking details of her interactions with disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein during the making of the 2002 film Frida.

In the op-ed, published Wednesday, Hayek revealed her experiences with Weinstein, including numerous sexual demands from the ousted producer. For example, she claimed Weinstein wanted to shower with her, attempted to enter her hotel room, requested to perform oral sex on her, and made a threat on her life.

Hayek wrote of the numerous instances when she declined Weinsteins advances during filming. She wrote:

No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasnt even involved with. No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman. No, no, no, no, no.

I dont think he hated anything more than the word no, Hayek continued. In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasnt even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body.

Her rejections quickly wore on Weinstein. She recalled that in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, I will kill you, dont think I cant.

According to Hayek, Weinstein forced her into a sex scene with a female co-star that resulted in a nervous breakdown. The actress took a tranquilizer to continue filming. She says she was so emotionally distraught she was vomiting and sobbing uncontrollably.

A spokesperson for Weinstein responded to Hayeks allegations in a statement to BuzzFeeds Kate Aurthur.  The representative claimed the disgraced movie executive denied all of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma.

Mr. Weinstein does...

20:01

Italy-Israel: the Fighter-Jet Diplomacy, by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed War"

European Leaders from the EU's foreign representative Mogherini to Premier Gentiloni, from President Macron to Chancellor Merkel have formally stepped back from both the US and Israel on the status of Jerusalem. Is a rift between the allies emerging? The facts would indicate quite the contrary. Just before Trump took his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, yet at a time when the dye had already been cast, Operation Blue Flag 2017 was executed. This is the biggest (...)

19:55

Study finds anti-Semitism rampant among Muslim migrants in Germany "IndyWatch Feed War"

The dimensions of the problem are much larger than expected. The expectations were naive. The Quran depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, []

19:48

New Video Dialogue #273 is Out "IndyWatch Feed War"

TOPICS COVERED:

Christmas and Paganism

Banning Christmas

Theological Literacy

Disruption: Viet Nam War Era 1955-75

Reagan Era 1981-1989

Victorian Era 1837-1901

1929-1939 Great Depression

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19:41

Pentagon's colossal works are funded by us, by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed War"

Colossal works are emerging on our territory both in Northern Italy and Southern Italy. Are we talking about those for which the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport is responsible? Works that has every tongue wagging? Not at all! We're talking about those thought up by the Pentagon that no one mentions. And yet most of these works are funded with our money and bring with them growing risks for us Italians: At Ghedi's military airport (Brescia): the plan kicks off to spend more than 60 (...)

19:39

Still Waiting For An Antiwar Awakening "IndyWatch Feed War"

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his own and the misdeeds with which they were charged at least as reprehensible. In the relatively recent past, a roster of prominent offenders would include Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill OReilly, and, of course, Donald Trump. Throw in various jocks, maestros, senior military officers, members of the professoriate and you end up with quite a list.

19:30

Gentiloni the African Now conquering neo-colonies, by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed War"

I think it is very clear particularly to us Italians, that for historical and geographical reasons, Europe's future is at stake in Africa. So declared Paolo Gentiloni, President of the Council while on his African tour, from 24 to 29 November, travelling through Tunisia, Angola, Ghana and the Ivory Coast. By making this statement, he unintentionally disclosed the truth to us: today Italy and Europe consider Africa to be crucial for the same historical and geographical reasons that arose in (...)

19:29

US F-22 Fires Flares to Warn Russian Jets in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is an anonymous report.

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U.S. F-22 fighter aircraft fired warning flares on Wednesday after two Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area in airspace east of Euphrates river, a U.S. official said.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident involved two F-22 jets and the Russian jets departed from the area after the flares were fired.

Independent:

One official said that the aerial encounter lasted "several minutes", as the Russian jets crossed the de-confliction line several times.

US Air Force Central Command has indicated in the past that Russia regularly crosses these lines, which were established in an effort to avoid conflict between US-coalition forces and Russian forces. Russia crossed the line near the Euphrates River six to eight times a day in late November.



It doesnt appear that Russia acknowledges this deconfliction zone. Not according to the "official" To my knowledge there is no agreed upon deconfliction zone east of the Euphrates..
At least not one publically acknowledged or necessarily agreed to as such.
However, Ive long maintained the US has created and attempts to enforce a no fly zone east of the Euphrates. 


June 23, 2017:  Syria: Second SAA Jet Deterred by US Over An Obvious No Fly Zone
June 20, 2017:  Did the US, Again, Enforce a No Fly Zone over Annexed Syrian Territory?

From Yesterday.

Was the Missing Argentinian Sub Being Chased By British Helicopter Before it Disappeared?

How An Arctic Current Could Cool the Climate in Europe

 

19:27

US Has Taken 70% Of Worlds Wealth Gains Since 2012 "IndyWatch Feed War"

America's super-rich are taking not only from their own nation, but also from the rest of the world. Data from the 2017 Global Wealth Databook (GWD: Table 2-4) and various war reports help to explain why we're alienating people outside our borders. From 2012 to 2017, global wealth increased by $37.7 trillion, and U.S. wealth increased by $26 trillion. Thus, largely because of a surging stock market, our nation took nearly 70 percent of the entire global wealth gain over the past five years. Based on their dominant share of U.S. wealth, America's richest 10% -- much less than 1% of the world's adult population -- took over HALF the world's wealth gain in the past five years.

19:24

Saudi regime is really angry at Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

The protests by Palestinians in Palestine and elsewhere inlaced chants against Muhammad bin Salman. This really angered the regime and it unleashed the Saudi Mabahith goons on social media to vomit racist anti-Palestinian trash talk.  Mahmoud Abbas (the puppet) had to intervene and declare yesterday that the Saudi King assured him that the regime won't accept except (East) Jerusalem as capital of Palestine.

19:22

Changes at the New York Times "IndyWatch Feed War"

I resent the suggestion that A.G. Sulzberger was selected for his new post at the New York Times for any reason other than sheer talent. Nepotism didnt enter the picture at all. This isnt some Saudi royal dynastic rule.

19:19

"Russian Influence" - $0.97 That Changed The Fate Of Britain "IndyWatch Feed War"

A big bear broke into a house, allegedly. The bear trashes the interior - it is said. Enraged authors write extensive pieces about the bear and how much damage it causes. The authors and their big bear scare are amplified...

19:16

2017 A Year In Courage "IndyWatch Feed War"

As we approach the end of a year that saw increased threats on freedom of the press, right-wing governments on both sides of the Atlantic launch attacks on civil liberties, and the continued persecution of hackers, whistleblowers, and truthtellers of all stripes, we look back on the highlights and lowlights from the front lines of the war for information and the publics right to know. January: after years of international pressure and outrage against her unprecedented sentence and degrading treatment, Chelsea Mannings 35-year prison sentence is commuted in one of President Obamas final acts in office. As we noted at the time, Chelseas physical freedom could not be more welcome but because she wasnt pardoned, Chelseas legal appeal against her egregious sentence, and the dishonorable discharge that comes with it, continues and continues to need support.

19:16

Daimler delivers its first all-electric trucks in Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Among the first customers for Daimlers Fuso eCanter light-weight truck was express delivery service DHL

FRANKFURT AM MAIN (AFP)  German carmaker Daimler on Thursday delivered its first fully electric lorries to companies in Europe, as the global race to mass produce the first generation of green trucks heats up.Among the first customers for Daimlers Fuso eCanter light-weight truck was express delivery service DHL, which said it would use its six vehicles to navigate Berlins innercity traffic.

The keys to eight other eCanter trucks were handed over to German logistics and transport firms DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser.

With the Fuso eCanter our customers now operate not only quietly and without locally emitted CO2, they also save money on operating costs, said Marc Llistosella, head of Daimler Trucks Asia.

This is the future of urban distribution transport.

With a load-bearing capacity of 4.5 tons, the eCanter is equipped with six batteries and has a range of 100 kilometres (62 miles), the Mercedes Benz parent company said.

Package-shipping giant UPS has put eCanter trucks on the road in the United States, while in Japan convenience-store chain Seven-Eleven and Yamato Transport will each operate 25 of the trucks, according to Daimler.

Large-scale production of the fully electric, zero-emissions truck is set to begin in 2019.

Daimlers announcement comes as carmakers and tech firms around the world jostle for dominance in the rush to meet a growing demand for clean, quiet delivery trucks as cities grapple with smog and noise pollution.

Tesla last month unveiled an all electric semi-truck that it billed as quicker and more economical than todays diesel-powered trucks.

It can travel 800 kilometres between charges. Production however is not set to start until 2019, with the first deliveries slated for 2020.

Volkswagen, Nikola and Einride are also among the pioneers in developing electric truck prototypes, some equipped with autonomous driving functions and futuristic designs.

Daimler did not disclose the price of its eCanter, but said the vehicle offered savings up to 1,000 euros per 10,000 kilometres on operating costs in comparison with conventional trucks.

Models destined for European and US clients will be produced in Tramagal, Portugal.


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19:12

US Stealth Fighters Fire Warning Flares at Russian Jets as They Nearly Collide Over Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ZHE On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported an Incident had taken place involving USAF F-22 jets over Syria, which according to the Russians, actively prevented the Russian pair of Su-25 attack aircraft from carrying out a combat mission to destroy the Daesh stronghold in the suburbs of the city of Mayadin in the airspace over the western bank of the Euphrates River on November 23.

The F-22 fired off heat flares, according to the Russian statement, and released brake shields with permanent maneuvering, imitating an air battle to which we said that in the apparent eagerness by the US to re-engage Russia, it is likely that more such near-incidents will take place.

Sure enough, on Thursday morning, a Pentagon official confirmed that a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters fired flares to chase two Russian Su-25 fighter jets out of restricted airspace over Syria on Wednesday.

  • U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS U.S. F-22 JETS FIRED WARNING FLARES ON WEDNESDAY AFTER RUSSIAN JETS ENTERED AGREED UPON DECONFLICTION ZONE OVER SYRIA

As the Washington Examiner adds, the aerial encounter occurred when the Russian jets strayed into airspace east of the Euphrates River, putting them on the wrong side of a deconfliction zone established between Moscow and Washington to avoid confrontation in the skies over Syria.

The Russian jets immediately left the area after the intercept and warning flares from the F-22s, an official confirmed to the Washington Examiner. Meanwhile, the Pentagon could not provide an account of how many or how often Russian violations of the deconfliction zone occur.

So far, neither Russian or US military officials commented on the issue, although the fact that there have been two near-combat incidents in the span of a week virtually assures that it is only a matter of time before the worst case scenario becomes reality, and a dogfight between US and Russian fighter planes ends in tragedy.

By Tyler Durden / Republished with permission / Zero Hedge / Report a typo

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18:55

US calls for anti-Iran coalition as it presents Yemen weapons 'evidence' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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US ambassador Nikki Haley called for world powers to 'push back' at Iran's influence in the Middle East

18:53

Seattle Municipal BankA Future For US All "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was in early August 2016, as bulldozers desecrated grave sites and sacred lands along the Cannonball River on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.  As private security unleashed attack dogs on water protectors, it became clear our efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline through our moral, Tribal and environmental arguments were less and less effective. Just one day before the mass desecration, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes historic preservation officer handed to a judge a detailed map of where these burial sites and sacred sites were located.  To Energy Transfer Partners, the Army Corp of Engineers and the State of North Dakota, the destruction of the bones of our ancestors, sacred sites, violation of Treaty rights and the contamination of our drinking water were simply not compelling enough reasons to not build the massive oil pipeline.

18:53

Yemen, Afghanistan in focus as landmine casualties spike "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV December 14, 2017 Landmines killed 8,605 people in several countries in 2016, despite an international ban on the deadly device, a monitoring group says. According to the annual report released Thursday by Landmine Monitor, about three-quarters of the known casualties were civilians, including more than 1,000 children who were injured and nearly []

18:51

Shedding Diplomacy, Roberto Savio Speaks about Fear as a Tool to Gain Power "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

This op-ed by Roberto Savio, IPS founder and President Emeritus is adapted from a statement he made as a panelist on Migration and Human Solidarity, A Challenge and an Opportunity for Europe and the MENA region held on 14 December at the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue.

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ROME, Dec 14 2017 (IPS) At the outset my thanks to Dr Hanif Hassan Ali Al Kassim, and Ambassador Idriss Jazairy who lead the Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue for organizing this panel discussion at a critical moment in history.

The Centre, is one of the few actors for peace and cooperation between the Arab world and Europe....

18:46

In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iranian weaponry from Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Phil Stewart

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions.

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A missile that the U.S. Department of Defense says is confirmed as a Qiam ballistic missile manufactured in Iran by its distinctively Iranian nine fueling ports and that the Pentagon says was fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen into Saudi Arabia on July 22, 2017 is seen on display at a military base in Washington, U.S. December 13, 2017. Picture taken December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Reuters was given advanced access to the military hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling just outside of Washington where the U.S. Defense Department put the fragments of weaponry on display and explained how it concluded that they came from Iran.

The arms included charred remnants of what the Pentagon said was an Iranian-made short-range ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Nov. 4 at King Khaled International Airport outside Saudi Arabias capital Riyadh, as well as a drone and an anti-tank weapon recovered in Yemen by the Saudis.

Iran has denied supplying the Houthis with such weaponry.

The U.S. has long believed that Iran is providing weaponry to proxies and partners and militias throughout the region, and what we have here to show you today is proof, said Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Seal, adding Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had recovered the arms and loaned them to Washington.

Saudi-led forces, which back the Yemeni government, have been fighting the Iran-allied Houthis in Yemens more than two-year-long civil war.

The unprecedented presentation by the Pentagon is part of its follow-through on President Donald...

18:44

She Fought As Black Panther. Will Gentrification Force Her Out? "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Americas hottest housing market, one womans fight to keep her home has become a rallying cry against the displacement of communities of color. One by one, Frances Moore has watched friends and neighbors move into cars, tents and encampments. Many in crisis often turn to the 62-year-old Oakland woman, who provides free meals to the homeless, but she has found it increasingly difficult to hear their stories of displacement. Thats because she knows she could soon be next. Moore, known locally as Aunti Frances, is now fighting an eviction from the community where she was born and raised, in the heart of a neighborhood recently named the hottest real estate market in the US.

18:35

Divergences between Peking and Washington over North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

Peking sent a note Washington assessing the points of conflict over North Korea. The US Position China's position North Korea is developing an offensive nuclear programme to reconquer South Korea. North Korea is developing a defensive nuclear program to protect itself from an operation orchestrated by Washington, to bring about a regime- change. North Korea has violated the 1994 Protocol which placed a ban on manufacturing atomic bombs by launching a space satellite that works using (...)

18:32

The BRICS countries plan to set up their own Internet "IndyWatch Feed War"

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are going to set up their own system for Internet governance so as to by pass US control. What we know as the Internet today, has been governed by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a para-administrative association of the US Trade Department. The new system of Internet governance is a proposal from Russia's National Security Council. We do not know how it will link up with the system of alternative DNS (...)

18:26

Turkey reclaims Muslim leadership "IndyWatch Feed War"

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | December 13, 2017 The Istanbul Declaration of the Organization of Islamic Conference declaring East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine is a landmark event. The Turkish initiative to convene an extraordinary summit in Istanbul today targeted such an outcome. The summit was well attended, []

18:21

As China Courts Neighbors, New Images Show More Building in Disputed Waters "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dec. 14, 2017 12:01 p.m. ET

China has built more infrastructure on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea in the past year, including underground tunnels and radar installations, even as it has sought to repair relations with other claimants, according to an analysis of fresh satellite images.

Beijings construction of the seven islands in the Spratlys archipelago since 2014 has raised deep concern in the U.S. and much of Asia that China could use them to try to enforce its claims to almost all the South China Sea, one of the worlds busiest shipping routes.

China completed land reclamation in the Spratlys in early 2016, but continued such work to expand outposts in the Paracel Islands until mid-2017, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, or AMTI, which released the images.

China also continued construction work designed to transform the three larger Spratly outposts into fully functional joint air and naval bases, and to upgrade at least three more Paracel outposts that could be used to bolster its control of the South China Sea, AMTI said.

The continued Chinese construction suggests that, even as regional tensions are focused on North Korea, Beijing remains determined to enhance its ability to defend its territorial claims, and to hamper U.S. military intervention in the South China Sea.

AMTI, which is part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, shared the images and its analysis exclusively with The Wall Street Journal. Chinas foreign and defense ministries didnt immediately respond to requests for comment.

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18:19

Microbusinesses: Real Victims Of Net Neutrality Vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

Imagine trying to buy your mom the perfect holiday gift from her favorite small designers website, only to find that youre browsing at dial-up speeds and the images wont load. Chances are, you wont stick around to make a purchase and that small business will lose a critical sale. Now, multiply that experience by the 1.9 million Etsy sellers and 29.6 million small businesses who depend on the open internet to compete with much larger, more established brands. Nine out of ten of our sellers are women, and most are running businesses out of their homes, many of them in rural communities. These are the people who stand to lose the most when the FCC votes to overturn net neutrality protections this week. Under the FCCs new proposal, businesses that cant pay off big cable companies could find themselves in the internet slow lane or blocked altogether.

18:16

Libya: Up to One Million Enslaved Migrants, Victims of Europes Complicity "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Dec 13 2017 (IPS) European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya, Amnesty International charged in the wake of global outrage over the sale of migrants in Libya.

In Libya, dozens of migrants sleep alongside one another in a cramped cell in Tripolis Tariq al-Sikka detention facility. Credit: UNHCR/Iason Foounten

In its new report, Libyas dark web of collusion, Amnesty International (AI) details how European governments are actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants by the Libyan Coast Guard, detention authorities and smugglers in order to prevent people from crossing the Mediterranean.

The Geneva-based UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimates that the number of migrants trapped in Libya could amount to up to one million, and it is now rushing to rescue the first 15,000 victims through a massive repatriation emergency plan. A major airlift is underway as IOM starts flying 15,000 more migrants from Libya before year end.

European governments have not just been fully aware of these abuses they are complicit in them John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International

Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants trapped in Liby...

18:16

We swear to break your necks: Islamic State depicts Trump and Netanyahu kneeling before jihadi executioner "IndyWatch Feed War"

Meanwhile, the Left decries as racist and Islamophobic any effort by Trump to take steps to prevent more Islamic State jihadis from entering the country. We swear to break your necks: ISIS releases sick propaganda poster of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu kneeling before Jihadi John-style executioner, by Jon Lockett, The Sun, December 12, 2017 []

18:15

Neoconservatives may finally get their war with Iran, from Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

The very day Donald Trump was to deliver on Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech about  the Iranian threat to the entire world.

If Iran continues unabated, they will have a nuclear arsenal of 100 bombs and more. . . .  This has to be stopped. Not merely because Iran calls for the annihilation of Israel, but because Iran wants to conquer the entire Middle East and go even beyond that. Its developing ICBMs to reach any point on earth.

Netanyahu seems to hope that after delivering on Jerusalem, Trump will also deliver on Iran the attack that Netanyahu was unable to convince George Bush or Barack Obama to undertake.

And today Nikki Haley echoed Netanyahu: giving a fire-and-brimstone speech about Iran arming terrorists in the region as a pretext to end the Iran deal.

One sure sign of Netanyahus influence in Washington is the march of the neoconservatives. Of course, many neoconservatives have been Never Trumpers. But if Trump is a hawk for Israel who knows how much theyd be willing to forgive! The Weekly Standard, the magazine led by the biggest Never Trumper of em all, Bill Kristol, celebrated the Trump speech on Jerusalem as a noble statement. Hmmm.

Neoconservatives are poised to gain more influence in the administration. Two weeks ago the major newspapers were filled with reports about the reported plan to remove Rex Tillerson as secretary of state as part of a shuffle that would promote two unrestrained militarists: CIA director Mike Pompeo in place of Tillerson, and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton to succeed Pompeo at the CIA. If this shuffle comes to pass, the main purpose will be to grease the run-up to war with Iran, the generational dream of the neocons.

Pompeos elevation would make it a virtual certainty that Trump will withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal and put the U.S. at odds with its closest European allies, Eli Clifton writes. Tom Cotton was mentored by Bill Kristol on foreign policy, and his rise to the Senate was underwritten by Kristols Emergency Committee for Israel (with a cool million) as well as by Trumps pro-Israel coffer-bearers, Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer. Cotton organized the fa...

18:14

US-led coalition securing Daesh terrorists, targeting civilians: Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV December 14, 2017 Syrias Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has censured the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh terrorist group, saying the military alliance is indeed targeting civilian facilities and providing the extremists with cover. In two separate letters addressed to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the rotating president []

18:05

How New Orleans Hospitality Workers Organize Their Industry "IndyWatch Feed War"

On a chilly evening just before Thanksgiving, about a dozen New Orleans Hospitality Workers Committee (NOHWC) members were gathered around a long table in a well-worn Claiborne Avenue meeting room papered with signs from other activist projects ("Reproductive Rights Are Not for Sale," "Homes for People, Not for Profits"). One by one, members took turns speaking up: not to give thanks, but to say what they hoped to change at their job or in the hospitality industry. Stopping the manager who skims tips from employees, someone said. Waitstaff not paying for kitchen mistakes out of their paychecks. Getting a guaranteed 40-hour work week and a chance to earn overtime.

18:03

US envoy Haley to show Iran deliberately violated obligations "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Haley has called on the UN Security Council to take a tougher stance toward Iran, accusing Tehran of making illegal arms deals in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria

WASHINGTON (AFP)  US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday will present evidence that Iran has deliberately violated its international obligations, the Pentagon said.Haley, who is appearing at a Washington military base, will hold a press conference on Irans ongoing destabilizing activities in the Middle East and elsewhere, the Pentagon said in a statement.

During the briefing, Ambassador Haley will offer irrefutable evidence that Iran has deliberately violated its international obligations and has tried and failed to cover up these violations?, the statement read.

Haley has called on the UN Security Council to take a tougher stance toward Iran, accusing Tehran of making illegal arms deals in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.

A confidential report to the council says UN officials had examined debris from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia which pointed to a common origin but there was no firm conclusions as to whether they came from an Iranian supplier.

The report from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, which was obtained by AFP, said the officials were still analyzing the information.

A separate team of UN experts who inspected the missile fragments during a visit to Riyadh last month found a possible link to an Iranian manufacturer, the Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group, which is on the UN sanctions blacklist.

The experts, who report to the sanctions committee, found a component marked by a logo similar to that of the banned group, which is a subsidiary of the Iranian Aerospace Industries Organization.

In his report, Guterres said officials had seen the logo but that they were still analyzing the information.

Recent Iranian missile launches have triggered US sanctions and accusations they violate the spirit of a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

A Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen imposed a blockade of Yemens air and sea ports and borders after the missile was fired at Riyadh, citing concerns that weapons were being smuggled into Yemen.


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17:56

British troops breached conventions in Iraq, rules high court "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The court ruled that Britain implemented a flawed and unlawful approach to the detention of civilians during the Iraq war

17:46

Investors Finally Facing Up To Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over 200 companies have pledged greater transparency on reporting climate-related risks in their businesses as part of a voluntary program led by U.S. billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The former New York mayor and Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England and chairman of the Financial Stability Board, said Tuesday that the number of companies supporting the program had more than doubled since its recommendations were first published in June. The 237 companies, with a combined value of over $6.3 trillion, include construction firms, energy companies and financial institutions from 29 countries. Carney said the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures plans to report on its efforts when leaders of the Group of 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies meet in Argentina in a year.

17:35

Syrian War Report December 14, 2017: Syrian Army Prepares For Idlib Operation "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-14-2017-syrian-army-prepares-for-idlib-operation/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces have established control over the hilltops of al-Ahmar, al-Madjahan and al-Khazzan inside the Beit Jinn pocket in southern Syria.

17:34

Tax Bill: Stealing Money From College Education For Tax Cuts For Wealthy "IndyWatch Feed War"

New tax bills Congress just passed with zero input or support from Democrats hit higher education hard, but new legislation House Republicans are crafting will likely worsen the damage. As The Wall Street Journal reports [paywall], the House education committee recently gave a preview to its new legislation, a long overdue reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Like recent tax bills passed by the GOP-controlled House and Senate, this proposed rewrite of HEA will have the effect of further constricting learning opportunities for students, adding to the costs students and families take on for education, and steering more public money for learning to private businesses.

17:32

Eviction of #Ohlauer #Refugees Squat in #Berlin Announced "IndyWatch Feed War"

The squatted Gerhart Hauptmann schoo on Ohlauer Strl in the Kreuzberg district in Berlin will be evicted next year. The squatters received an eviction note that they have to leave the building on January 11, 2018. The building was squatted by refugees activists in December 2012. On Saturday December 16 there will be a demonstration in Berlin.

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Eviction of Ohlauer #Refugees Squat in Berlin Announced

The squatted Gerhart Hauptmann school on Ohlauer Str in the Kreuzberg district in Berlin will be evicted next year. The squatters received an eviction note that they have to leave the building on January 11, 2018. The building was squatted by refugees activists in December 2012. On Saturday December 16 there will be a demonstration in Berlin.

Demo against structural racism! Grasping things at the root!

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17:30

Tom Engelhardt 271 "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 14, 2017
Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Wider World of War

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: Weve come to that moment again.  You know, the one at year's end when I ask all of you for money to keep this website afloat.  Its hell to do (and no fun to read Im sure), but your contributions do truly keep us going.  Ive written an end-of-year funding letter to all TomDispatchsubscribers that begins this way: If you just heard a deep sigh, that was me. Right now, if we're not in the world from hell, then where the hell are we? You know perfectly well what I think about it all, as I write weekly at TomDispatch on that president, those wars, those plutocrats, and the environmental crisis that's going to make our grandchildren's world, the one I will have long left, a potential nightmare of the first order. It includes, of course, the necessary plea for donations. If youre not a TD subscriber but visit this site regularly, you can click here to read my whole letter. Or you can just go directly to the ...

17:28

Arctic Report Card Shows Transition Toward Not-Normal Polar Environment Continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

NOAAs 2017 Arctic Report Card Shows Transition Toward Not-Normal Polar Environment Continues

The Arctic shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen region of recent past decades. NOAA
Reading this [Arctic Report Card], I feel physically sick. I feel so anxious. Im not sure how many more years or months Im going to be able to work daily on climate change.  Eric Holthaus
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During 2017, the Arctic experienced much warmer than normal winter and fall temperatures. Meanwhile, according to NOAAs 2017 Arctic Report Card, somewhat cool late spring and early summer temperatures did little to abate a larger ongoing warming trend.
NOAA notes:
The average ...

17:27

Istanbul to change names of up to 200 streets that have Gulen-linked words "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Association with name of the US-based cleric has been highly controversial since the July 2016 coup attempt

17:23

St. Louis Mayor: Give Us Your Guns, Well Give You Groceries We cant incarcerate our way out of this situation. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Breitbart

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21: St. Louis city Mayor Lyda Krewson speaks at the Concordance Academy Gala at Ritz Carlton St. Louis on October 21, 2017 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images for Concordance Academy of Leadership)

She will do this via the kind of buyback program that Democrats in other cities have unsuccessfully implemented around the country.

On December 8, 2017, KSDK reported that St. Louis had witnessed more murders in 2017 than in any year since 1995. On December 11 the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department listed the number of murders, year-to-date, at 197.

The SLMPD shows that 185 of those 197 murders were carried out with firearms. One hundred sixty-two of the victims were black males and 22 were black females. Ten victims were Hispanic. One hundred twenty-seven of the suspects in the killings were black, and one suspect was white.

Victims were predominantly aged 20-29. Victims aged 30-39 made up the second largest group.

According to Newsweek, Mayor Krewson said, We cant incarcerate our way out of this situation. So she plans to offer the citizens of St. Louis grocery cards in exchange for their guns. She also plans to increase funding for recreational activities.

State Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis) reacted t...

17:19

Tax Bill: More Secret Campaign Cash In Elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week Senate Republicans passed a tax bill that hands massive tax breaks to corporations and the rich at the expense of low-income and middle-class Americans. Written behind closed doors with the help of 6,000 lobbyists and rammed through before anyone could read it, the bill offers Christmas presents for special interests, like eliminating a tax that private jet owners have fought the federal government over and tax breaks hedge-fund managers living in the Virgin Islands. And it sets the stage for a sweeping attack on the New Deal and Great Society reforms of the past century that built Americas middle class. But as bad as that is, things could get even worse.

17:09

Kiev hails US & Canada for greenlighting lethal arms supplies that could kill Ukraine peace process "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | December 14, 2017 By including Ukraine on the list of countries approved for lethal weapons sales, Canada has become a side in a bloody civil war, undermining a shaky peace process, a senior Russian senator said, as Ukraines President Petro Poroshenko applauded the move. Poroshenko praised the US and Canadian governments for stepping up []

17:08

Half the World Lacks Access to Essential Health Services UN-Backed Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

13 December 2017 At least half of the worlds population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.

Strong primary health care is the lifeblood of every health system and no country can achieve Universal Health Coverage without it. Photo: WHO

It is completely unacceptable that half the world still lacks coverage for the most essential health services, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in a press release.

A solution exists: universal health coverage allows everyone to obtain the health services they need, when and where they need them, without facing financial hardship, Mr. Tedros added.

The study, Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report, co-authored by the World Bank and WHO, notes that 800 million people spend at least 10 per cent of their household budgets on health expenses for themselves, a sick child or other family member.

A solution exists: universal health coverage allows everyone to obtain the health services they need, when and where they ne...

17:00

VIDEO: Putin Q&A 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

For those who missed it, here are all 3+ hours of Russian president Putins 2017 live Q&A with the words press. This year he took questions from Russian mainstream media, from opposition outlets such as Echo Moscow and from western media agencies. Whatever the shortcomings of the Russian political system may be, we have to remind ourselves that their head of state is prepared to spend several hours answering unscripted questions from potentially hostile journalists. None of our western leaders is prepared to undertake anything even approaching that amount of personal and political risk. Filed under: latest, multipolar world, Russia

16:58

Putin must nudge Syria into U.N. peace deal, mediator says Defiant Syrian envoy blames West, Saudis and UN Talks end "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.

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UN Special Envoy to the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura

De Mistura, speaking on Swiss television station RTS, said failure to make peace quickly through United Nations mediation could lead to a fragmentation of Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a surprise visit on Monday to Russias Hmeymim air base in Syria, declared that the work of Russian forces was largely done in backing the Assad government against militants, following the defeat of the most battle-hardened group of international terrorists.

De Mistura, asked what signal Putin could give from his position of force, said: Convince the (Syrian) government that there is no time to lose. You can think you win territory militarily but you have to win the peace.

Naser al-Hariri, Head of the Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC), attends a round of negotiations with United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura (not pictured), during the Intra Syria talks, at the European headquarters of the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Xu Jinquan/Pool

And to win the peace, you have to have the courage to push the government to accept that there has to be a new constitution and new elections, through the United Nations, he said.

The nearly seven-year civil war in Syria has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven more than 11 million from their homes. All previous diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict have ended in failure over the oppositions demand that President Bashar al-Assad leave power and his refusal to go.

The Kremlin first launched air strikes in Syria in September 2015 in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turning the tide of the conflict in Assads favor.

Now that it regards that mission complete, Putin wants to help broker a peace deal and is keen to organize a special event...

16:39

George Will: Trump is now the worst-ever president "IndyWatch Feed War"

By REBECCA SAVRANSKY
The Hill

12/14/17 08:56 AM EST
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George Will: Trump is now the worst-ever president

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Washington Post columnist George Will said in a new op-ed that President Trump is now the nations worst president.

Will, a conservative pundit who is often critical of Trump, ripped the president for supporting GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama, who faced sexual misconduct allegations.

Will said Moores actions as a public official by themselves sufficed to disqualify him from any pubic office.

He is an anti-constitutional recidivist, twice removed from Alabamas highest court for his theocratic insistence that his religious convictions take precedence over U.S. Supreme Court decisions, so he could not have sincerely sworn to support and defend the Constitution and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same,' he wrote.

Will wrote that when Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore in the Alabama Senate race on Tuesday, a gross national embarrassment was narrowly avoided.

But curb your enthusiasm because nationally, as in Alabama, most Republicans still support the president who supported the credibly accused child molester, he wrote.

After the presidents full-throated support of the grotesque, he should be icily shunned by all but his diehard collaborators.

Will wrote that Trumps support of Moore earned him the ranking of the nations worst president.

By joining Stephen K. Bannons buffoonery on Moores behalf, the 45th president planted an exclamation point punctuating a year of hitherto unplumbed presidential depths, he wrote.

He completed his remarkably swift it has taken less than 11 months rescue of the 17th, Andrew Johnson, from the ignominy of ranking as the nations worst president.

Trump earlier this month endorsed Moore in the Alabama Senate race, despite the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations that he had inappropriate contact with women when they were teenagers.

On Wednesday, Trump s...

16:38

Journalists assaulted covering protests in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undercover Israeli security personnel detain a Palestinian demonstrator during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 13, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

At least 13 journalists were injured while covering protests and violence that broke out in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem over U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on December 7, 2017 that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to local and regional press freedom groups and news reports. At least two journalists in Lebanon were also injured during a protest in Beirut.

16:32

Fake News, Sedition and Public Apathy by Publius Tacitus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Where is the outrage? The evidence is quite clear. It is no longer a matter of informed speculation that during the final year of Barack Obama's Presidency, key leaders of the intelligence and law enforcement bureaucracies conspired and collaborated to...

16:31

Turkey switches to full defiance of US, continues Putin courtship "IndyWatch Feed War"

By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | December 14, 2017 On Monday, US National Security Advisor HR McMaster added to tensions in the Middle East when he condemned Turkey and Qatar as prime sponsors of extremist Islamist ideology. He tore into the Turkish leadership, saying the countrys growing problems with the West are largely due []

16:30

In Kids Climate Lawsuit; Gov Effort To Dismiss Case "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administration's efforts to block a major climate change lawsuit that was brought on novel grounds by a group of young people appeared to suffer a setback Monday at a hearing before a federal appeals court. The lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 youths who are accusing the government of violating their constitutional rights by failing to address climate change and continuing to subsidize fossil fuels. A federal district judge earlier this year set a trial date for February. But in July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals paused the case after the Justice Department invoked an unusual legal maneuver to try to block the lawsuit.

16:26

Nepals government-in-waiting to revive scrapped Chinese dam project "IndyWatch Feed War"

Leftist alliance will take fresh look at the Budhi Gandaki dam scheme, but it is not clear if the Chinese developer will regain the contract, official says

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 December, 2017, 8:02pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 December, 2017, 8:09pm

16:24

US weapons supplied to Syrian rebels ended up with Islamic State: report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A study of 40,000 weapons and equipment shows CIA-funded products passed through rebels hands to IS

16:18

China summons Australias ambassador over influence row "IndyWatch Feed War"

China and Australia have traded claims of undue political influence and racial prejudice. Opposition politicians in Australia have accused Prime Minister Turnbull of jeopardizing the countrys biggest trade relationship.

Australian flag at China's Great Hall of People (Getty Images/F. Li)

Australias Ambassador to China was summoned to a meeting as the Foreign Affairs ministry, officials confirmed Thursday, following a diplomatic dispute in which Canberra accused Beijing of undue influence in Australian politics.

Australia recently began a crackdown on foreign donations to political causes. Announcing the measures, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China for its unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in his country.

Read moreAustralian publisher pulls book amid China backlash fears

Fears of Chinas influence were revived in recent weeks after it emerged that Senator Sam Dastyari, who had previously defended China in disputes over the South China Sea, had warned a Chinese businessman that his phone was being tapped by intelligence agencies. He was later forced to step down over his ties to Chinese officials.

Australien Politiker Sam Dastyari in Canberra (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Tsikas)

Former Senator Sam Dastyari

Beijing then accused Turnbull of prejudice. The opposition Labor Party said that the government was showing anti-China bias that could jeopardize trade relations.

Turnbull responded by saying that the opposition was using the situation for leverage ahead of a key by-election on Sunday that will determine the prime ministers political future.

China accused Australia of raci...

16:17

Protests Intensify Before FCC Net Neutrality Vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington, DC Over 200 Net Neutrality supporters braved bitter cold at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wednesday to make sure Commissioners know they wont stand by quietly if it cedes control of the Internet to a handful of telecoms. The rally came a day before a critical vote on a proposed rollback of regulations governing broadband providers. On the sidewalk outside FCC headquarters, protesters built a memorial to the Internet with a bed of flowers, candles and a wreath and chanted slogans. FCC staff took pictures of the memorial as they passed by and watched from windows above. Among protesters concerns is the possibility that five corporations may end up with the keys to the Internet and be able to decide what data flows through the U.S. communications network, who has access to it and how fast it can be downloaded.

16:13

Disney says to buy parts of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 bn "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | The Fox Studios in West Los Angeles, California, pictured on December 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AFP)  Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it had reached a deal to buy 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion (44.3 billion euros) in stock, solidifying its position as a producer of entertainment content as it faces new rivals from Silicon Valley.

The deal will see Disney acquire film and television studios, cable entertainment networks and international TV businesses, bringing popular entertainment properties including X-Men, Avatar, The Simpsons, FX Networks and National Geographic into Disneys portfolio.

21st Century Foxs television stations and Fox News channel will be spun off before the sale, however.

Disneys chief executive, Robert A. Iger, is steering the company into streaming services to compete with Netflix, Apple, Amazon and Facebook. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before,? said Disneys chief executive Robert Iger in a statement.

Iger, who was previously expected to step down in 2019, will now stay on through 2021.

Disney has been seen as trying to bolster its Hollywood and television positions by getting the Fox library of content to strengthen its arsenal against Netflix and other rivals.

The rise of streaming services and the so-called cord-cutting movement against cable television, together with declining advertising revenue, have contributed to a rapidly changing landscape for media companies.

Disney, which owns the ABC television network, ESPN and has major studios in Hollywood, is set to launch its own streaming services aimed at competing against Netflix and Amazon.

The deal also gives it a controlling interest in Hulu, another popular streaming service.

The news comes as another major media deal, between AT&T and Time Warner, has been challenge...

16:03

Brazils Paid Social Media Users Aiming to influence "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

  • 13 December 2017
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I used to spend the whole day in front of the computer, starting early in the morning, says 21-year-old Pedro from the city of Vitoria, in south-eastern Brazil. KAKO ABRAHAM/BBC

I posted pictures, wrote about my days, added people. And then I would give my opinion about some politicians, especially when there were debates between candidates going on on TV.

It might sound like an average day for an ordinary young social media user, but Pedro (not his real name) is actually describing his time as a cyborg, someone who is paid to run fake social media accounts to influence public opinion.

Three years ago, during Brazils hotly contested general election campaign, Pedro says he worked for a Rio-based PR company whose clients include a number of leading politicians.

He says that for around $360 (270) per month, he ran 20 fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter designed to create a buzz around the companys clients.

BBC Brasil spoke to Pedro as part of an investigation into the way fake social media accounts were used during the countrys highly charged 2014 general election.

Read the full investigation (in Portuguese): Investigao revela exrcito de perfis falsos usados para influenciar eleies no Brasil

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16:02

Young Turks Reporter Fired Over Sexual Allegations Sues Huffington Post for $23.5M "IndyWatch Feed War"

(SP Former Young Turks reporter Jordan Chariton filed a defamation and libel lawsuit against Huffington Post and its owner, Oath, over a contributor posting that publicized sexual allegations against him.

The post was taken down by editors but not immediately removed from Googles indexing for news websites. It ultimately led to the Young Turks firing Chariton on November 17.

The lawsuit [PDF] argues Huffington Post and Oath were active participants and co-conspirators in the libel.

HuffPost Contributor articles do not get indexed and show up in Google search engines until an editor at HuffPost approves it and decides to promote it, the lawsuit contends. The article in question was indexed to Google not once, not twice, but three times overon Googles regular page, on Googles mobile site, and on Googles newsafter the promoting editor took overt acts to enter each listing on Google.

It also asserts that Huffington Post has a registration and approval process for becoming a HuffPost Contributor. Everyone who applies is not approved, and a person cannot go online right now and become a HuffPost contributor. This establishes that being a branded HuffPost Contributor is a selective process.

The post was removed one day after it was published. Huffington Post did not issue a retraction, even though representatives of Chariton made a request on November 20. They were also asked to delist its Google indexing of the story yet Oath General Counsel Jeff Grossman declined these requests a day later.

Bill Moran, an attorney for Chariton, told Shadowproof that Huffington Post will likely argue their content is covered under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1995, which cover folks like Reddit or Twitter [users]. If someone says something horrible on Twitter, its not attributable to Twitter. But Moran insists Huffington Post isnt covered by the law in this instance.

This was on their contributor platform, and they mark their contributors as HuffPost Contributors, which is extremely deceptive because people dont know whether this is a HuffPost employee or just some random person posting on the internet. They also have a selective process in determining who can become a contributor, Moran noted.

Moran added, It is an open secret that HuffPost does not index their stories until they are promoted by an editor. A large sum, perhaps the majority, of HuffPost articles are never indexed or [the...

15:51

Germany: Two Muslims arrested, raids in Berlin over Islamic State jihad mass murder threats "IndyWatch Feed War"

Just another day in beautiful, diverse, multicultural, Merkelian Germany. Diversity is our strength! Note that these two jihad plotters are Palestinians, no doubt peaceful men driven to jihad terror by the unlawful, immoral German occupation of Palestine. Germany: Arrests, raids against suspected IS supporters, Associated Press, December 14, 2017: BERLIN (AP) Authorities in Germany []

15:44

New York City subway jihad bomber attended jihad terror-linked mosque in Brooklyn "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why hasnt this mosque been shut down? Because to do so would be Islamophobic. Islamophobia overrides national security concerns. We Assume He Became Radicalized in New York: NYC Subway Jihadist Attended Terror-Linked Mosque, by Edwin Mora, Breitbart, December 13, 2017 (thanks to Ken): The failed New York City subway bomber reportedly attended a terrorist-linked mosque in []

15:20

How did BBC radio frame the US announcement on Jerusalem? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week we looked at the way in which the story of the US presidents statement recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital city was framed in reports on the BBC News website even before that announcement had been made.

BBC radio stations likewise devoted coverage to that story prior to the actual announcement. BBC World Service radio, for example, aired items about that story in four different programmes in the twenty-four hours before the statement was issued.

December 5th:

1) Newshour presented by Tim Franks (from 00:34 here).

In that item listeners heard from the BBCs Yolande Knell who did note the existence of the USs Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, its recognition of Je...

15:16

Robert Spencer video: Is opposition to Muslims-only Maryland housing development just Islamophobia? "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this new video, I discuss the controversy that has broken out over a Maryland housing development that advertised and sold homes only to Ahmadiyya Muslims. Predictably, those who object to this are being accused of Islamophobia. And just as predictably, there is nothing to the charge, and plenty to be concerned about regarding this []

15:10

Saudi Arabia, UAE hold talks with Yemen's Islah Party "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Observers say that the Gulf move to engage with the MB-linked Islah points towards an attempt to review their Yemen strategy

15:09

Muslim who attacked Amsterdam kosher restaurant fought with jihad groups in Syria, came to Netherlands as refugee "IndyWatch Feed War"

And he has declared his readiness to die for Allah. How many more refugees are there like Saleh Ali in the Netherlands? No effort was made when he entered to determine whether he had jihadist sensibilities. Any such effort would have been Islamophobic. Europe has imported in large numbers the jihad warriors who will bring []

15:09

US Never Stopped Torturing People at Guantanamo Bay, Warns UN Expert "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIWAR.COM)  UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has issued a new statement on Wednesday claiming information that Gitmo detainee Ammar al-Baluchi continues to be subjected to torture by US forces, including treatments banned under international law.

Baluchi is being accused of having facilitated 9/11, and worked as a courier for Osama bin Laden. During his detention at a CIA black site, he was repeatedly beaten by interrogators and subjected to multiple enhanced interrogation techniques.

Though the US nominally banned torture 10 years ago, Melzer indicated that the information he has is that Baluchi continues to be subjected to sleep deprivation and other mistreatment, and not given access to proper medical care for the torture he suffered in the past.

The Pentagon denied that this was the case, saying they see no credible evidence any torture took place. That theyre presenting this with the same language as the reports of civilian deaths in US airstrikes is bizarre, because while the US doesnt have access to victims of their strikes on the ground, they certainly know about the treatment of detainees within their own facilities. Yet instead of categorically denying that torture is taking place, they simply deny that the evidence exists.

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

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

15:06

The two Hayeks: Madame Pinault (finally) speaks out on Weinstein "IndyWatch Feed War"

Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed Mexican actress Selma Hayek for a decade. She finally spoke out in a NYT article, Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too. I had already mentioned that Im done with the sex scandals, since they are a distraction from the great moral question of our times, but Ill make an exception. Clearly, []

15:05

Arabic press review: Israeli forces arrest and beat man with Down's syndrome "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar slammed Istanbul summit as meaningless chatter

15:03

The Me Too Movement, Sexual Politics and Unnatural Justice "IndyWatch Feed War"

The overthrow of iniquitous power relations is a point many would celebrate. But such overthrows are themselves marked by the contradiction of their origins. Any revolution must, by its very nature, suffer inconsistency, defeats and weaknesses.

In the United States, a different sort of sexual revolution is taking place.  It is not linked to liberation in the way sex was linked to the emancipation of the body in previous decades. There is something distinctly sombre, calculating, and determinedly forceful about the movement to wrest control from men who generally have had it good in the power stakes. Cloaks and covers are being blown.

The problem with such matters is that the allegation has started to assume a substitute force of conviction. It has become sufficient for individuals to lose their positions because allegations, untested by the wearing rigour of cross-examination and investigation, have assumed the force of de facto law.

Even within this accelerating movement, there are disagreements about how far one should go in dismembering the order and its attributes. Are some of the figures being scalped in this business receiving unjust attention?

Take last months disagreement shown by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner behind the series Girls, both taking to the barricades defending a friend and writer on the show, Murray Miller, against the accusations of Aurora Perrineau.

To be fair to Perrineau, she has not left it at a mere accusation, hoping to get away with easy gain. According to Deputy Charles Moore of the LA County Sheriffs Department, she has gone so far as to file a police report against Miller citing sexual assault.

Miller, through his lawyer, rubbished the claims, deeming them outrageous. But the point of interest here, at least from the heady consequences arising from Me Too righteousness, is the disagreement it has caused those who would otherwise have taken the torches to the bundles.

Dunham and Konner are careful to pay appropriate tribute.  During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many womens voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified.

As with every feminist, claimed the...

15:00

Documentary: Life Without Water "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Ruwaida Amer and Sanad Abu Latifa, via Electronic Intifada We live in an area where there is no water, says Ibrahim al-Majaida, a resident of al-Mawasi, an agricultural area near Khan Younis in the southern Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. The average Palestinian family in Gaza receives running water only four to six hours, every three to five days, due to chronic electricity shortages resulting from Israels decade-long siege. This forces many to buy water from expensive and unregulated private sources. We travel two kilometers to bring water to our homes, al-Majaida says. More than 96 percent of Gazas water supply is unsafe for drinking. Desalination plants are functioning at 15 percent of their capacity due to electricity shortages. The diminished capacity of water and wastewater treatment facilities means that 108 million liters of raw sewage are being dumped into the Mediterranean Sea every day. The disrupted operation of treatment facilities has led to sewage spills in various areas of Gaza, such as al-Mawasi. Even plants and vegetables dont survive in it because of the contamination, says Rasha al-Majaida, another resident of al-Mawasi. Not even

14:57

With IS in tatters, Syria Kurds fear US to abandon them Erdogan has made it crystal clear that as soon as the Americans are no longer in the way, he intends to crush the Syrian Kurds. "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Delil Souleiman | Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her groups flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqa on October 17, 2017

 QAMISHLI (SYRIA) (AFP)  Syrias Kurds fear the steadfast ally they found in the US to successfully take on Islamic State group jihadists may now leave them to face threats from Turkey and Damascus alone.

Across Syrias north, Kurdish authorities have spent more than four years steadily building public institutions including elected councils, security forces, even schools.

They felt they had found an international sponsor in the United States, which relied primarily on the fighters of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) to roll back IS in northern and eastern Syria.

But with IS holding just five percent of Syria, Kurds worry the US could withdraw support, costing them the key political and territorial gains they scored in the chaos of war.

We are afraid of America, which has been using us as a card to play for a long time, said Rafea Ismail, a 37-year-old who sells womens accessories on the hood of his car in the city of Qamishli.

When theyre done using us, theyll forget us, he said.

Qamishli is the main hub of the autonomous administration the Kurdish authorities have run since regime forces withdrew from swathes of northeast Syria in 2012.

All countries should support us because we fight terrorism. We liberated Raqa, and America should not abandon us and ally with Turkey, said Nawal Farzand, a 45-year-old Kurdish language teacher.

In March 2016, Kurdish parties announced they would seek to establish a federal system there after ousting IS from much of the area with the help of the US-led coalition.

Their biggest win was Raqa, once ISs de facto Syrian capital but captured in October by the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

Weeks later, the US announced it was pulling 500 Marines from its nearly 2,000-strong force in Syria and amending its support to the YPG.

But the jihadists are not finished yet, said Nassrin Abdallah, a commander in the militias female branch, the Kurdish Womens Protection Units (YPJ).

Sleeper cells still stage attacks and IS fighters are active in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, she said.

It is important for the coalition forces to stay to gu...

14:52

Erdogan and Abbas bark about Jerusalem, but their threats have no bite "IndyWatch Feed War"

Times of Israel

In Istanbul, Islamic leaders denounce Israel, vow drastic steps to enable Palestinian statehood, and declare an end to US peace-brokering. But they know theres no alternative

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, flanked by Jordan's King Abdullah II, left and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, poses for photographs with other leaders during a photo-op prior to the opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, December 13, 2017. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, flanked by Jordans King Abdullah II, left and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, poses for photographs with other leaders during a photo-op prior to the opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, December 13, 2017. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

At the Organization of Islamic Cooperations Extraordinary Islamic Summit Wednesday in Istanbul, many leaders from Arab and Muslim-majority countries spoke out harshly about the US administrations recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

But, despite their bluster, the forecast calls for mostly calm conditions. Many of the threats they issued are rendered meaningless by the rules of the UN or the dynamics of Middle East diplomacy; others have no teeth to begin with.

The summits host, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, once again called Israel a terror state, denounced the US and issued a long list of pro-Palestinian statements. But he did not act on last weeks thr...

14:44

Iranian Missile Factories: Israel says it can strike them at any time "IndyWatch Feed War"

Haaretz

By Noa Landau and Hagar Shezaf Dec 14, 2017 9:59 AM

Israeli Intel Minister to Saudi Media: Israel Can Strike Iranian Missile Plants in Lebanon, As Is Happening in Syria

Yisrael Katz invites Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to visit Israel Describing Saudi Arabia as leader of Arab world, Katz proposes that kingdom would be sponsor of Israeli-Palestinian peace process

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria, Credit ImageSat International (ISI)

Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz told Saudi Arabian media that Israel will act to prevent an Iranian military presence in Lebanon on Wednesday, and invited Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit Israel.

Katz confirmed to Haaretz that he extended the invitation in an interview to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph, however, the online publication chose to edit the invitation out.

Saudi Arabia does not have official diplomatic ties with Israel.

Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Katz proposed that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Katz added that Israel would be happy to participate in such negotiations.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.Faisal Al Nasser/REUTERS

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Katz said Israel is aware that Iran has been building weapons plants in Lebanon. We have information that Iran is building advanced missile plants in Lebanon, and I want to emphasize that we have drawn a new red line, and we will not allow them to do this at any cost.

leader to south of Lebanon as an Iranian attempt to send a message to Israel, Katz said Iran doesnt need to send a message, adding that Israel knows exactly what the Iranians are doing in the region. When his interviewer asked whether Israel could bomb the missile plants in Lebanon, Katz replied: Yes. We will also act militarily and prevent them, as is happening in Syria.

The more accurate that Hezbollahs missiles get, the stronger and wider Israels strike will be. This time, all of Lebanon will b...

14:40

Raymond Ibrahim: Islams Three Worst Doctrines "IndyWatch Feed War"

Because Islam gets criticized for many things from hostility to modernity and democracy to calls for theocratic rule, radical patriarchy, misogyny, and draconian punishments, to name a few it is helpful to step back and distinguish between those (many) doctrines that affect Muslim society alone, and those that extend to and affect Western []

14:34

Chain migration imported 120,000 foreign nationals from terrorist-funding countries since 2005 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nearly 120,000 foreign nationals have been allowed to enter the United States since 2005 despite coming.from the three countries that the State Department recognizes as state-sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Syria, and Sudan. It happened through chain migration, by which new immigrants can bring an unlimited amount of foreign family members with them to the U.S. []

14:29

Hamas spokesman calls Trump racist and hateful, calls for blessed intifada "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hamas spokesman Abdullatif Al Qanoua has called Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital racist and hateful, and is calling for a blessed intifada. His appeal echoed the order of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, who summoned an organized uprising in the face of the Zionist enemy. Whats racist and hateful is that Hamas does []

14:25

Hungarians overwhelmingly reject Soros Plan for mass migration in National Consultation "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Hungarian public has overwhelmingly rejected the Soros Plan for mass migration to Europe in a National Consultation that saw millions of notorised responsespoured in by post alone. This news is important and welcome for Hungary in its ongoing battle with the EU and Soros over mass migration. A Soros-backed human rights group reportedly tried []

14:16

Iran: Trumps Jerusalem Move Will Hasten the Destruction of Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
IRANS SUPREME LEADER Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The West needs to be careful not to let Iran gain from

IRANS SUPREME LEADER Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The West needs to be careful not to let Iran gain from the crisis with Qatar. (photo credit: REUTERS)

BEIRUT Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital will hasten the countrys destruction, Irans defense minister said on Monday, while a top Revolutionary Guards commander phoned two Palestinian armed groups and pledged support for them.

Leaders of Iran, where opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution, have denounced last weeks announcement by the US president, including a plan to move the US embassy to the city.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

(Trumps) step will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and will double the unity of Muslims, Irans defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said on Monday, according to state media.

The armys chief of staff, General Mohammad Baqeri, said Trumps foolish move could be seen as the beginning of a new intifada, or Palestinian uprising.

Iran has long supported a number of anti-Israeli militant groups, including the military wing of Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which the deputy commander of Irans elite Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said was stronger than the Zionist regime.

Similarly,...

14:07

Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Wider World of War "IndyWatch Feed War"

We dont know exactly where were at in the world, militarily, and what were doing, said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October...

14:04

Greek anarchists target Saudi embassy over Yemen conflict "IndyWatch Feed War"

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14:00

CounterPunch: Jim Kavanagh on Zionism (and Zionist-Occupied America) in the Light of Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zionism in the Light of Jerusalem

Donald Trumps official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment.

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America has become a Zionist country. And it shows. And its discomfiting. For the most powerful people and institutions in the United States, Zionism has become a core component of American ideology and politics, married, like nothing else is, to capitalism and imperialism as a co-equal existential imperative.

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13:57

US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

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KCNA VIA KNS/AFP | Thailand says it has drastically slashed trade with North Korea

BANGKOK (AFP)  The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear-armed pariah state.General Wanlop Rugsanoah, secretary general of Thailands National Security Council, told AFP the request was made during his meeting with US special envoy for North Korea Joseph Yun, who arrived in Bangkok Wednesday evening for a two-day trip to the kingdom.

The US asked Thailand to put more pressure on North Korea, put more trade and diplomatic pressure, Wanlop said after his sit-down with Yun in Bangkok.

He stressed that Bangkok had already significantly reduced its trade volume with Pyongyang down to around $1.5 million a year and would curtail visas to North Korean citizens.

Thailand, one of Americas oldest allies in the region, is one of several Southeast Asian countries to host a North Korean embassy, and once enjoyed valuable economic ties with the reclusive regime.

But the UN and the US have increasingly leaned on regional leaders to do more to squeeze North Korea as international sanctions have not resulted in Pyongyang halting its nuclear and long-range ballistic missile tests.

Yuns visit is part of a December 11-15 trip to Asia including a stop in Japan to discuss ways to strengthen the pressure campaign following the DPRKs latest ballistic missile test, the US State Department said, referring to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, the Norths official name.

The US embassy in Bangkok confirmed Yuns meeting with the National Security Council chief took place but declined to provide more details on the discussion.

Wanlop insisted there were no meetings planned between American and North Korean officials in Thailand.

In August, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stopped in Bangkok to pressure the government to crack down on North Korean shell companies that use the Thai capital as a trading hub.

Thailand said this week it had drastically slashed trade with North Korea this year, down 94 percent compared with 2016.

Pimchanok Vonkorpon, director of the Thai Commerce Ministrys Trade Policy and Strategy Office, said there will be no export...

13:45

Berto Jongman: US Homeless Population Jumps Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Its the Inequality, Stupid: Growing US Homelessness a Result of Economic Growth

The homeless population in the United States has risen this year, the first time since the 2008 Great Recession, as Wall Street continues to tout historic profit-based milestones.

13:38

Southern Syria faces more uncertainty as US pulls funding for anti-Assad militias "IndyWatch Feed War"

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13:30

Steven Aftergood: Foreign Agents Registration Act "IndyWatch Feed War"

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FOREIGN AGENTS REGISTRATION ACT

In the wake of the 2016 election, concerns have been raised with respect to the legal regime governing foreign influence in domestic politics, a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. The central law concerning the activities of the agents of foreign entities acting in the United States is the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Significantly, that law does not prohibit representation of foreign interests or limited distribution of foreign propaganda. Instead, the Act provides only for public disclosure of any such activities. FARAs legislative history indicates that Congress believed such disclosure would best combat foreign influence by informing the American public of the actions taken and information distributed on behalf of foreign sources. See The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA): A Legal Overview, December 4, 2017.

13:30

It's personal: How Trump betrayed both Abbas and Abdullah of Jordan "IndyWatch Feed War"

For once the Jordanian king and Palestinian president have earned their position as Arab leaders

13:07

Free and Open Indo-Pacific Remains U.S. Goal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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WASHINGTON: The US has elevated its engagement with India as part of its effort of a free and open Indo-Pacific, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said amid Chinas increasing assertiveness in the region.

The US for long has been favouring a larger role for India in the Indo-Pacific region to pursue common interests in the strategically key area.

As part of the free and open Indo-Pacific, we have elevated our engagement with India, Tillerson said.

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Weve long had a trilateral relationship in the Indo- Pacific between Japan, Australia, and the US, and were now working towards whether this will become a quad relationship to include India because of the importance of Indias rising economy as well and I think shared national security concerns that we have with India, he said.

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On Americas relationship with China, he said the administration now have a very active mechanism in which it can put complex issues on the table.

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And we have differences, such as the South China Sea and Chinas building of structures, militarisation of these structures, and how that affects our allies in the region as well in terms of free and open trade, he said.

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China claims almost all of the South China Sea but Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the waterway.

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The Indo-Pacific includes South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
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As weve said to the Chinese, we hope we can find a way to freeze this particular activity. Whether we can reverse, it remains to seen. But it is not acceptable to us that these islands continue to be developed, and certainly not for military purposes, Tillerson said.
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In Southeast Asia, we put forth a policy here not too long ago of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and this was built on the back of some of our views about Chinas One Belt, One Road policy. Chinas One Belt, One Road, we understand, is a policy they have to continue their economic development, and our policies do not seek to contain Chinas economic development, Tillerson s...

13:02

Help Legal Centre #Lesvos Crowdfund to Secure Justice for the Moria 35 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Legal Centre Lesbos is urgently raising funds to provide effective legal defence for Refugees facing criminal charges following a peaceful protest in Moria Detention camp on Lesvos, Greece. Help them defend their human rights.

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13:01

Plant Een Olijfboom "IndyWatch Feed War"

Olijfboom onder de kerstboom - Kerstreis - Mooi Verhaal - Johan Feitsma
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13:00

Was John Brown Sane? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By: Chris Calton
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The exploits of John Brown have long fascinated historians. His actions, for better or worse, certainly had a significant effect on the country prior to Southern secession, but the fascination with Brown is largely driven by the enigma the man himself has proven to be. In trying to explain his actions and motives, historians have wrestled with questionable and biased testimonies by the people who knew him, and many of the mysteries surrounding John Brown have been explained then and now by mental disorders.

But was John Brown crazy? Diagnosing historical figures is an ambitious task, but the history of where the insanity claim for John Brown came from is insightful.

Psychiatry was evolving in the medical field in the beginning of the nineteenth century. For centuries, physicians in the western world acknowledged four basic psychological illnesses. The first was mania, which was exhibited through erratic behavior, irritability, and wild, racing thoughts. Second was melancholia, which was essentially depression. The third was dementia, defined much as it is today. And finally, there was delirium, which was characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disorientation.

In 1838, Isaac Ray published his Treatise on the Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity. This work was used largely to aid psychiatric diagnoses for legal purposes. For mania, Ray offered sub-categories that sought to refine this classic form of madness. Partial intellectual mania described what was, at the time, commonly being referred to as monomania. Symptoms for monomania varied, describing cases that would likely be diagnosed by modern psychiatrists under various distinct labels. In one class of cases of monomania Ray wrote about, the disorder would breed a train of morbid ideas, with one insane notion disappearing to give place to another and another.

In a later section, Ray writes, Though monomaniacs are generally ready enough to declare their predominant idea, yet when sufficient inducement exists, such as interests, fear of ridicule etc., they will occasionally conceal it.

Ray also devoted a chapter to what he termed moral mania, which included a...

12:55

Social Media Is a Tool of the CIA "IndyWatch Feed War"

Social Media Is a Tool of the CIA. Seriously

Last Updated Jul 11, 2011 8:12 AM EDT
You don't need to wear a tinfoil hat to believe that the CIA is using Facebook, Twitter, Google (GOOG) and other social media to spy on people. That's because the CIA publishes a helpful list of press releases on all the social media ventures it sponsors, via its technology investment arm In-Q-Tel.
The companies that take In-Q-Tel's money aren't shy about publicizing what they're up to, either. Most recently, GeoSemble announced an update to its GeoXray product, which monitors social media chatter based on location:
This capability benefits business users who may be monitoring competition, supply chain activity or business opportunities in a county, neighborhood or border region.
For governments at the city, local and Federal levels it brings the ability to visualize activity in a given area filtered by topic, time and location.
... we can d...

12:53

Rise and Decline of the Welfare State in America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rise and Decline of the Welfare State in America

Class Struggle and Imperial Wars as the Motor Force of US History

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12:51

War against North Kora "IndyWatch Feed War"


Russia wont be surprised by war in North Korea, its been preparing for it Security Council head

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12:50

China: Xinjiang Authorities Collecting Residents Biometric Data "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Rights Watch has reported on a program which has gathered biometric dataincluding fingerprints, iris scans, blood-type, and DNAon millions of residents in six regions in Xinjiang in 2017 under the guise of a free public health program providing physical examinations. HRW earlier this year voiced concern over a lack of privacy protections related to the planned expansion of DNA collection and indexing targeting vulnerable populations in  and other parts of China.  is the frontline of a long-running and highly controversial crackdown on terrorism that has been criticized by human rights advocates for targeting members of the Uyghur ethnic minority, and exacerbating ethnic tensions.

For all focus personnel those authorities consider threatening to regime stability and their family members, their biometrics must be taken regardless of age. Authorities are gathering the biodata in different ways. DNA and blood types are being collected through a free annual physical exams program called Physicals for All. It is unclear if the participants of the physicals are informed of the authorities intention to collect, store, or use sensitive DNA data.

Xinjiang authorities should rename their physical exams project Privacy Violations for All, as informed consent and real choice does not seem to be part of these programs, said Sophie Richardson, China director. The mandatory databanking of a whole populations biodata, including DNA, is a gross violation of international human rights norms, and its even more disturbing if it is done surreptitiously, under the guise of a free health care program.

The biometric collection scheme is detailed in an official document called The [Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous] Region Working Guidelines on the Accurate Registration and Verification of Population (...

12:49

Facebook and social destruction "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ex-Facebook chiefs deplore its social destruction and its got nothing to do with Russia!

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Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he is a Masters graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. For over 20 years he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organizations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Now a freelance journalist based in East Africa, his columns appear on RT, Sputnik, Strategic Culture Foundation and Press TV.
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12:46

Facebook Collaborates With US State "IndyWatch Feed War"


Facebook opens special Russia portal to help safeguard US democracy


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12:46

18 attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote for fake comments investigation "IndyWatch Feed War"

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BY MALLORY SHELBOURNE 12/13/17 09:37 PM EST
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Eighteen attorneys general on Wednesday called on the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold off on the upcoming net neutrality vote pending an investigation into fake comments.

In a letter, the attorneys general asked Chairman Ajit Pai and the commissioners to take immediate action regarding the fake comments.
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A careful review of the publicly available information revealed a pattern of fake submissions using the names of real people, the letter reads. In fact, there may be over one million fake submissions from across the country. This is akin to identity theft on a massive scale and theft of someones voice in a democracy is particularly concerning.

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The letter is signed by attorneys general from Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington and Vermont.

It is essential that the Commission gets a full and accurate picture of how changes to net neutrality will affect the everyday lives of Americans before they can act on such sweeping policy changes, the attorneys general write.

The letter comes after a separate letter from the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said as many as 2 million comments regarding net neutrality filed to the commission were falsified.

But, if the well of public comment has been poisoned by falsified submissions, the Commission may be unable to rely on public comments that would help it reach a legitimate conclusion to the Page 2 rulemaking process, the 18 attorneys write.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/364833-18-attorneys-general-ask-fcc-to-delay-net-neutrality-vote-for-fake-comments


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12:40

Chinese dissidents widow sends desperate letter "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Shenyang Municipal Information Office/AFP/File | Liu Xia (C) holds a portrait of her late husband, Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, after his death in July 2017

BEIJING (AFP)  Friends of the late Chinese democracy advocate and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo voiced concern about his widows health on Thursday after she sent a letter showing signs of deep depression.The poet Liu Xia, 56, has been under police watch without charges since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, a recognition that deeply angered the Communist regime.

In a letter written in the form of a poem to the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize Laureate Herta Mueller, Liu said she was going mad.

Too solitary / I have not the right to speech / To speak loudly / I live like a plant / I lie like a corpse, the poem read.

Exiled Chinese dissident and author Liao Yiwu posted a photo of the letter on his Facebook account on December 9.

The Chinese handwriting appeared to match previously published letters from Liu, who has been under de facto house arrest in her Beijing home for the past seven years.

I shared her words in the hope of urging Western governments to talk with the Chinese government on this issue and let her go as soon as possible, Liao told AFP by phone from Berlin.

Liao said the widow had sent the poem recently, but declined to say how she was able to get it out.

She is taking a lot of medicine to control her depression. If she doesnt take medicine, her heart will jump like crazy. She fainted once, he added.

Another friend, who declined to give his name because he lives in Beijing, said he has not been able to reach Liu since August.

She must be under tight police control, he said.

The United States and European Union have called on President Xi Jinpings government to free the widow and let her go abroad.

Foreign governments should press for Liu Xias release publicly and at the highest level to let the Chinese government know that she is not forgotten, Human Rights Watch researcher Maya Wang told AFP.

Her husband was a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and was detained in 2008 after co-writing Charter 08, a petition calling for democratic reforms.

Following Liu Xiaobos terminal cancer diagnosis, the democracy advocate requested to receive treatment abroad a wish that friends believe was in reality for his w...

12:35

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, December 14, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. Its also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

The crisis was the Nazi treatment of Jews. The representatives of 32 nations and 63 organizations (plus some 200 journalists covering the event) were well aware of the Nazis desire to expel all Jews from Germany and Austria, and somewhat aware that the fate that awaited them if not expelled was death. The decision of the conference was essentially to leave the Jews to their fate. (Only Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic increased their immigration quotas.) The decision to abandon the Jews was driven primarily by anti-Semitism, which was widespread among the diplomats in attendance and among the publics they represented.

These nations were represented at the vian Conference: Australia, the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Italy refused to attend.

Australian delegate T. W. White said, without asking the native people of Australia: as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.

The dictator of the Dominican Republic viewed Jews as racially desirable, as bringing whiteness to a land with many people of African descent. Land was set aside for 100,000 Jews, but fewer than 1,000 ever arrived.

In The Jewish Trail of Tears The Evian Conference of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer concludes that the conference was set up to fail and put on for show. Certainly it was proposed by and chaired by a representative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt who chose not to make any seri...

12:31

White House Corrects Tillerson on Whether U.S. Will Talk to North Korea The White House distanced itself from Tillersons overture "IndyWatch Feed War"

WASHINGTON President Trump and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson are once again at odds over how to deal with nuclear-armed North Korea after Mr. Tillerson declared on Tuesday that the United States was ready to open talks with the North without precondition.

The secretarys comments were remarkably conciliatory for an administration that has repeatedly threatened North Korea with military action, and ruled out any negotiations, if it did not curb its missile and nuclear programs. But a few hours later, the White House distanced itself from his overture.

In an unusual statement released to reporters on Tuesday evening, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Mr. Trumps position on North Korea had not changed namely, that talks were pointless if the Norths leader, Kim Jong-un, continued to menace his neighbors.

North Korea is acting in an...

12:28

PAKISTAN: WE WILL SHOOT DOWN US DRONES "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pakistan this past week took its diplomatic dispute with the United States out to the open when it announced that it will from now on shoot the drones flying in its skies. The announcement was made by the head of Pakistan Air Force who said the countrys military would act against any US unmanned aerial vehicle violating Pakistans airspace. This could be a clear affront to the Americans that have been using drones to attack what they describe as terrorist targets inside the Pakistani territory for some 13 years now. But it could to the same degree be a relief to the Pakistanis given rising criticisms that the attacks which are launched from US bases in Afghanistan had already taken huge tolls on civilians.

 

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12:25

Young South Koreans increasingly giving up job search "IndyWatch Feed War"

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By Jennie Oh  |  Updated Dec. 14, 2017 at 5:33 AM
A record number of South Korean youth gave up on looking for a job last month. Photo by Yonhap/UPI

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 14 (UPI)  A record number of South Koreans youth have given up on looking for a job, according to Statistics Korea.

Last month, 1.72 million South Koreans didnt seek employment, the highest number seen for the month of November.

The number also marked an increase of 219,000 from the same month last year.

Among the demographic, there was a notable increase in the number of young people in their twenties. Those who gave up on the job hunt came to 284,000, up by nearly 20 percent on year.

This reflects the overall employment situation for young people which isnt very good, an official at Statisics Korea said.

The number of unemployed youth between the ages of 15 and 29 grew by 46,000 in November, driving up the jobless rate for young people by a percentage point on year to 9.2 percent.

It seems fewer jobs were available, as the number of young people who found jobs last month was 39,000 less than the previous year, JoongAng Ilbo reported.

The real jobless rate which includes those with the potential to seek a job and those with unsteady employment conditions reached 21.4 percent.

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12:15

#SF Bay Area: Palo Alto March on Verizon Started at Site of Censored Political Art "IndyWatch Feed War"

Protests to save net neutrality burst upon the San Francisco Bay Area on December 7. The proposal at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll back Obama era rules would fundamentally change the internet by favoring carriers over internet content providers. It would allow internet service providers to establish fast and slow lanes which favor certain types of content over others.

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12:15

Prayer and Meditation for Friday, December 15, 2017 If you would hearken to my commandments your prosperity would be like a river. To what shall I compare this generation? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Friday of the Second Week of Advent
Lectionary: 185

Do we listen to the world instead of listening to the wisdom of God?

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Reading 1 IS 48:17-19

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

R. (see John 8:12) Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.

Alleluia

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12:07

Greece strikes against budget cuts, labour reforms Live well and let others pay "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP | A woman walks in a train station during a 24-hour general strike in Thessaloniki on December 14, 2017

ATHENS (AFP)  A general strike in Greece on Thursday has paralysed the civil service, trains and ships and will also disrupt some domestic flights as well as the operation of public hospitals and schools.Greek unions called the 24-hour labour action against new budget cuts and plans to revamp labour mobilisation rules. Separate protests will be held in Athens and major cities during the day.

The mobilisation is aimed against the latest budget, which goes to a vote in parliament on December 22.

The Greek finance ministry is maintaining high taxation with the aim of collecting a budget surplus equivalent to 3.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), excluding debt payments in 2018.

The countrys EU-IMF creditors have also demanded a revision in labour law, setting a higher worker participation requirement for strikes to be held at primary union level.

Greece has tougher targets to meet this year, as the primary surplus goal mandated by its international creditors is 3.5 percent, up from 1.75 percent this year.

The ministry last month said that enough fiscal room has achieved to permit tax cuts after 2018, when the country is scheduled to exit its third multi-billion EU-backed bailout.

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11:45

Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince the Wunderkinds Wreak Havoc "IndyWatch Feed War"

Kushner, a dodgy property dealer with no diplomatic experience, is Trumps unelected top aide, assigned to seal the deal of the century meaning bring peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. Like the Saudi Crown Prince, with whom Kushner is said to be close friends, the two neophytes think of themselves as creative innovators. Wunderkinds.

11:43

A communist win in the Nepal elections is bad news for India (but great for China) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A man casts his vote during the parliamentary and provincial elections in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on December 7. | Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

By Shoaib Daniyal
December 13, 2017


The final results of Nepals first parliamentary elections held ince 1999 are expected some time in mid-December. But on Saturday, the countrys election commission announced that a coalition of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist and the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre had won more than three-fourths of the seats in the federal assembly. This is not good news for India, which has long exerted an influence on the mountain-countrys politics and economy. The Left coalition, which will now take office, is likely to lean far more towards China than the incumbent Nepali Congress, the grand old party of Nepali politics.
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In 2006, with the end of the Nepalese civil war between the government and Maoists opposed to the constitutional monarchy, India took a commanding role in events in the Himalayan state. In 2015, it was first off the block in helping Nepal recover from a devastating earthquake that left close to 9,000 people dead. A year before that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a much-publicised trip to Nepal.

But the India-Nepal relationship hit a hurdle in September 2015 when Kathmandu announced a new Constitution that gave less than adequate powers to ethnic groups such as the Madhesis in the countrys Terai region. The Madhesis speak Maithili, Bajika and Bhojpuri and share close ties with Matihili, Bajika and Bhojpuri groups across the border in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

In response, a Madhesi border blockade stopped all essential supplies from India from reaching the hills of Nepal a pressure tactic reportedly supported by New Delhi. The five-month blockade had a devastating effect on Nepal, which depends on India for almost all of its supplies. The country experienced severe shortages of petrol, medicines...

11:35

'Why they hate us': The Arab side of the story "IndyWatch Feed War"

Decades of US foreign policy in the region offered the Arab world ample reason to engage in anti-Americanism - recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital is the straw that broke the camels back

11:34

US to display evidence of Iran backing Houthis in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Telegraph

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, says she will produce evidence of Iran arming the Houthi rebels in Yemen CREDIT:  DREW ANGERER/GETTY

The United States is reportedly set to unveil what it says is  evidence of Iran giving missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador tot he United Nations, was set to show in Washington parts of a short-range ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia, NBC News reported.

Mrs Haley was also expected to present other examples of Iran flouting UN sanctions.

 
 Scud-type ballistic missiles

On November 4 the missile launched form Yemen was shot down by a Saudi surface-to-air missile, and came down near Riyadh airport. Saudi Arabia said it held Iran responsible, with Iran calling the claim malicious.

The latest US move came as suspected Saudi-led...

11:26

Mauro: Port Authority Terror May Lead to Political Scandal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Prof. Ryan Mauro, Clarion Projects Shillman Fellow, talks to Heather Childers about the Bangladeshi terrorist who tried to bomb the Port Authority in NY.

He predicts there will be a major political scandal in the coming days if it is discovered that the bomber and his family have links to a Bangladeshi extremist group known to operate in New York. The Bush and Obama Administrations stopped the unit that helped vet immigrants for links to Tablighi Jamaat.

 

 

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11:25

Marco Rubio: Vladimir Putin chose to interfere in US elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Senator Marco Rubio, who ran against President Donald Trump during the Republican primaries, tells DWs Zhanna Nemtsova that talk of US President Donald Trumps impeachment over alleged Russian ties is premature.

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DW talks to US Senator Marco Rubio

DW:US President Donald Trump is making headlines across the world because of his Russia connections [the Robert Mueller-led investigation into alleged US collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election the ed.]. What might be the final political consequences for him?

Marco RubioWell, one thing about the US, compared to Vladimir Putins government, is that we have a system of checks and balances and a system of rule of law. Right now there are suspicions and allegations that have been made that are being investigated by professional investigators who will make decisions based on the facts. Ultimately, we will let it play itself out and go wherever the truth takes us, thats the way our system works.

And the people that are accused have a right to defend themselves and prove their innocence. And the government has a burden to prove that. We ar...

11:20

Merkel under pressure as coalition partners bide their time "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nearly three months after the elections, Merkel is struggling to form a government. Seen by many as an anchor of stability in Europe, Merkel needs to deliver, but her preferred partners at the SPD are biding their time.

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Chancellor Angela Merkels Christian Democrats (CDU) with her Bavarian CSU allies were clear in their intentions as the parties issued a statement late on Wednesday after talks in Berlin.

The CDU and CSU representatives made clear that they wanted to begin exploratory talks with the SPD on creating a stable government, the conservatives said in a statement.

But an official with the Social Democrats (SPD) said the party would first hold consultations before it announced a decision on Friday.

After spending four years in a grand coalition and suffering its worst election result since 1933, the SPD said after the September polls it would go into opposition.

But after talks for a coalition between the CDU/CSU, the Greens and pro-business FDP failed, the SPD responded to encouragement from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to reconsider a coalition.

Route to a grand coalition

Cooperation or a grand coalition?

Some SPD party members favor a cooperation coalition. This would offer Merkel support on some areas such as the budget, Europe and international affairs but oblige her to find support for other policies.

Leading Social Democrat Carsten Schneider told German television ahead of the talks: A decisive point for the SPD is that the social agenda has more prominence in Germany.

Commentators have identified three m...

11:15

Why the Doug Jones Victory Is Overblown "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nothing less than accusations of fondling a fourteen-year-old, along with copious proof of dating sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds, was needed to stop Roy Moore from becoming the next U.S. Senator of Alabama.

11:06

israeli military kills five Palestinians, injures 1,778 since Monday "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli military kills five Palestinians, injures 1,778 since Monday Image taken in the Old City of Jerusalem Demonstrations continue, casualty numbers are on the rise since Trumps announcement on Monday, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. from IMEMC News The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that Israeli soldiers have killed four Palestinians, and injured 1,178 []

11:00

US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES FULL AUDIT "IndyWatch Feed War"

You'll recall that yesterday I blogged about a story in which the U.S. Department of Defense was unable to account for about 44,000 people,

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10:54

In Tunisia, many see EU tax haven blacklisting as political move "IndyWatch Feed War"

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10:52

Israel closes Gaza border crossings after Palestinian rocket strikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital stoked Palestinian anger.

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An Israeli military jeep drives near the area where the Israeli forces said a significant cross-border attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip, which was being dug by the enclaves dominant Islamist group, Hamas, was destroyed, near Israels border with the Gaza Strip December 10, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli aircraft struck three facilities belonging to Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, before dawn on Thursday after the latest rocket attacks, Israels military said.

It said it targeted training camps and weapons storage compounds. Hamas usually evacuates such facilities when border tensions spike.

Two of the rockets fired by militants were intercepted by Israels Iron Dome anti-missile system and a third exploded in an open area. There were no reports of casualties on either side of the frontier.

The military said in a statement that due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments Kerem Shalom crossing the main passage point for goods entering the Gaza Strip, and the Erez pedestrian crossing would be shut as of Thursday. It did not say how long the closure would last.

Some 15 rockets have been fired into southern Israel since Trumps Dec. 6 announcement, and none of the projectiles has caused serious injury or damage.

The attacks have drawn Israeli air strikes that have killed two Hamas gunmen. Two other Palestinians have been killed in confrontations with Israeli troops during stone-throwing protests along the border.

Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said on Israel Radio that while Hamas, which last fought a war with Israel in 2014, was not carrying out the rocket strikes, it needed...

10:47

Map Update: Progress Of Syrian Army Advance Towards Abu al-Duhur Airbase "IndyWatch Feed War"

On December 13, government forces resumed their military operation in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and liberated Syriatel Hill and the village of Rsm al-Kabarah from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). Government troops also advanced on Rsm Sayala and Ramlah. According to reports, positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Tell al-Daman and Umm al-Amad were hit by Russian airstrikes. The HTS-linked agency Ibaa claims that 5 SAA troops were killed during the clashes in Syriatel Hill.

Map Update: Progress Of Syrian Army Advance Towards Abu al-Duhur Airbase

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10:45

Why America"s Law Enforcement Empire Resembles Secret Police in a Dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed War"

Americas law enforcement empire has all the characteristics of secret police in a dictatorship. It is not transparent in its actions, has a history of bending the rules to obtain convictions, and its officers are rarely held accountable.

10:43

Former Facebook exec feels tremendous guilt for what he helped make We kind of knew something bad could happen. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chamath PalihapitiyaChamath Palihapitiya. Brian Ach/Getty Images for TechCrunch

  • Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive, said during a November interview at Stanford that social networks were destroying how society works.
  • Other early Facebook executives have criticized the company in recent weeks as well.

Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive, said in an interview at Stanfords Graduate School of Business that social media was damaging society.

The November talk, which was picked up by The Verge on Monday, is another example of early Facebook executives criticizing what they created.

Palihapitiya said a lot during the interview about Facebooks effect on society, but heres the money quote:

The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse. No cooperation. Misinformation. Mistruth. And its not an American problem. This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. So we are in a really bad state of affairs right now, in my opinion.

Palihapitiya also said that people building Facebook in the early days knew in the back of their minds that the platform could be abused...

10:32

WATCH: israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys "IndyWatch Feed War"

WATCH: Israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys Video shows armed Israeli forces attempting to drag the children into their jeeps in a West Bank refugee camp. Israeli Border Police officers were filmed dragging very young Palestinian children into their jeep in a West Bank refugee camp on Tuesday. The footage, provided by []

10:26

US to Give Lebanese Army $120m "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The United States will give the Lebanese army $120 million in aid, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard announced December 13.

The aid includes six MD 530G light attack helicopters, six Scan Eagle drones, and communication and night vision equipment, as reported by Middle East Eye.

America has long worried that the Syrian Civil War will spill into Lebanon and destabilize the country. There is also the problem of Hezbollah. Originally an Iranian-backed terrorist group established to fight Israel, Hezbollah is now part of the government of Lebanon as well as a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Citing fears over Hezbollahs influence, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned last month while in Saudi Arabia, prompting speculation he was forced to resign by the Saudi government. His stated reason for resigning was that Hezbollah had taken over the country and he feared for his life.

However, Hariri withdrew his resignation a week ago and will continue to serve as prime minister.

There is also the risk of another war between ...

10:20

Wheres My Day of Rage? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Young Muslim extremists engage in an anti-Semitic riot in Paris, France, in 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

On Friday December 8, an imam in New Jersey took to his pulpit and called on Allah to wipe out all Jews. He prayed that Allah would Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one.

In a just world, this would be unacceptable. It would elicit swift and harsh condemnation from the rest of the Muslim community leadership. Especially since this is the third time an imam has led such a call from the pulpit of a mosque in America this year.

Yet left wing darling Linda Sarsour failed to address these concerns in her recent highly-controversial speech appearance in a panel discussion about anti-Semitism at the New School. Instead both she and the other panelists used the event to argue that calling out Muslim and left-wing anti-Semitism only serves to distract from the real enemy white supremacists and the alt-right.

This is a laughable claim. Yes the far-right remains anti-Semitic. But they simply do not enjoy the kind of political and numerical clout that Islamists do. All over the world, Islamist leaders incited their followers into public displays of rage against President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for three such days of rage. Whatever you think of Trumps decision (or the president in general), it is worth remembering two things: 1) the statement changed nothing on the ground and explicitly left the final borders up to a negotiated settlement between the two parties 2) the move is being used to incite hatred and v...

10:15

Silk Road Fever Grips the Russian Far East and Boosts Economy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Now, with the integration of BRI and the EAEU, Russia has a great chance of fulfilling part of its Pacific Destiny... Today, that vision is alive with gold and timber in the mountains north of the Amur, fish in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, and gas reserves from Sakhalin island all part of a modern export chain.

10:08

U.S. airstrikes rise sharply in Afghanistan and so do civilian deaths "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. airstrikes rise sharply in Afghanistan and so do civilian deaths How could they not see there were women and children in the truck? By Shashank Bengali Zafar Khan lost six family members in a bombing in Afghanistan. The U.S. military said that its Aug. 10 strike in Nangarhar province targeted militants who were []

10:03

Palestine is no longer a priority for Saudi Arabia and the UAE "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new regional axis spearheaded by Turkey and Iran aims to put the Palestinian question at the forefront of its priorities

10:02

Genocide: 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar only in one month: MSF "IndyWatch Feed War"

6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar only in one month   A Rohingya refugee reacts while holding his dead son after crossing the Naf River from Myanmar into Bangladesh, in Whaikhyang, on October 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The international medical charity Doctors Without Borders says at least 6,700 members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority []

10:01

SOMALIA: Suicide bomber kills 17 at Somali police academy in Mogadishu "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOGADISHU, Somalia The bomber, disguised as a police officer with hidden explosives strapped around his waist and torso, infiltrated Gen. Kahiye Police Academy and targeted officers gathering for special morning exercises, Capt. Mohamed Hussein said. The officers were rehearsing for Somalias Police Day celebrations scheduled for Dec. 20, Hussein said. A Somalia police officer []

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10:00

Israeli TV: Saudi Arabia, Egypt Gave Trump Green Light on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tel Aviv (MEMO Israels News 10 said Saudi Arabia and Egypt gave US President Donald Trump the go-ahead to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The channel said the Arab parties reactions and condemnations are not genuine and are misleading.

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Israeli journalist and head of the Arab desk at the news channel, Zvi Yehezkeli stressed that the announcement could not have been made without coordination between Trump and his regional allies.

I am not sure about the Arab countries reactions to this resolution, Yehezkeli said, adding that the responses issued so far were not serious.

Related: Updated: The World Responds to Trumps Jerusalem Decision

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels new capital adding that the American embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

World leaders, from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, slammed the decision as a unilate...

10:00

Guantanamo Bay Prison Using Banned Torture Methods: UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

Havana (TeleSUR Guantanamo Bay detention camp is still torturing prisoners using techniques that have been outlawed since 2010, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warns in a new report.

His torture and ill-treatment are reported to continue, the U.N. Human Rights Office said in a statement, referring to Al-Baluchi, a Kuwaiti-born Pakistani citizen also known as Abdul Aziz Ali. Hes the nephew and alleged co-conspirator of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the prime suspect behind the September 11th, 2001, attacks on the Twin Towers.

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The official statement by the independent UN investigator cited Al-Baluchis case as indicative of the ongoing use of torture techniques that were banned by the Obama administration in 2009 on the U.S.-controlled Cuban territory. Al-Baluchi has been tortured for almost three-and-a-half years on the CIAs Black Site.

In addition to the long-term effects of past torture, noise and vibrations are reportedly still being used against him, resulting in constant sleep deprivation and related physical and mental disorders, for which he allegedly does not receive adequate medical attention, the statement noted.

Guantanamo Bay detention camp was reopened by then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the September 2001 attacks, and currently house just over 40 detainees, several of whom were arrested during Barack Obamas second term as U.S. president.

The enhanced interrogation techniques include waterboarding, walling, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation and cramped confinement.

Related: How Come Military Contractors Are Doing All of Washingtons Dirty Work?

In January, Trump released a draft to lift the ban on CIA Black Sites. The three-page draft executive-order, entitled Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants, sought to undo some of Obamas policies on Guantanamo.

Melzer says the use of such banned torture techniques is unjustifiable, and he is calling for all U.S. officials faili...

09:53

More Rockets From Gaza, More Israeli Air Strike in Retaliation Israel, Militants Trade Fire for Eighth Straight Day "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | A Palestinian child rescues belongings from his home which was damaged in an Israeli air strike on a nearby Hamas base in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on December 13, 2017

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP)  Israel carried out a series of air strikes against Islamist group Hamas in Gaza early on Thursday, the army said, hours after rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave.In a statement, the Israeli army said it had targeted three Hamas military facilities in different parts of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

The military facilities were used as training and weapons storage compounds, the army said.

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This was in response to the projectiles fired at Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian security source said there were more than 10 strikes on the targets, which included a Hamas naval facility and a military base near the Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza.

The source said there had been significant damage to the targets, as well as lesser damage to nearby houses, where some residents suffered minor injuries.

There was no immediate confirmation of the injuries from the health ministry in Gaza.

The strikes came hours after Israels air defence system intercepted two rockets fired from Gaza.

Such rockets are generally fired by fringe Islamist groups but Israel holds Gazas Hamas rulers responsible for any fire from the territory.

The army also announced it would close the border crossings between Gaza and Israel Kerem Shalom for goods and Erez for people from Thursday due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments.

A military spokeswoman could not say whether the closure would be for one day or more.

There has been an uptick in violence from Gaza since US President Donald Trump announced he would recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital last week.

Four Gazans have been killed, two in clashes along the border and two Hamas militants in an Israeli air strike in retaliation for rocket fire.

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09:45

Ivan Gren: New Amphibious Ship to Enter Service with Russia"s Navy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Naval infantry units from the Black Sea Fleet and the Northern Fleet have been carrying out important missions in Syria, such as providing security for the Russian naval base in Tartus.

09:40

US vice president delays Middle East trip after Palestinians rebuff him "IndyWatch Feed War"

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09:33

In Opioid Fight, Should States Consider Involuntary Rehab? Failed opportunities can be fatal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Proposals goal is to buy more time for addicts facing imminent risks to accept treatment

Alicia DeMarco died from an opioid overdose in 2014. Her mother said Ms. DeMarco had often been treated in emergency rooms but then would jump up and leave, run out and get high again.
Alicia DeMarco died from an opioid overdose in 2014. Her mother said Ms. DeMarco had often been treated in emergency rooms but then would jump up and leave, run out and get high again. PHOTO: MARY DEMARCO

Dec. 13, 2017 8:00 a.m. ET

When Julia Raposa overdosed on opioids last year, she was rushed to a hospital in Leominster, Mass., where her aunt says she was treated and released within 90 minutes. Days later, Ms. Raposas next overdose killed her.

A big challenge in the opioid crisis is getting overdose patients from emergency rooms into treatment. Failed opportunities can be fatal.

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09:31

Tracing ISIS Arms Supply Chain Back to the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tracing ISIS Arms Supply Chain Back to the US Habibi! Aluminium! The call echoes through the courtyard of a trash-strewn home in Tal Afar, a remote outpost in northern Iraq. It is late September and still hot, the kind of heat that seems to come from all sides, even radiate up from the ground, []

09:31

Cartoon: Masks of outrage over Jerusalem worn at the Arab Parliament "IndyWatch Feed War"

Feeble reaction, weak response, scared of angering Washington, this is how Arab governments responded to Trump's decision on Jerusalem

09:22

China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations Allegations full of prejudice against China could jeopardize bilateral trade "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) China summoned Australias ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberras allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday.

Relations between Australia and China became strained in recent weeks after Canberra said it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics, sharpening the focus on Chinas soft power.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China as he said foreign powers were making unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in Australia.

In response, China summoned Ambassador Jan Adams to a meeting at the Chinese Ministry for Foreign Affairs on December 8 to lodge a complaint, the source said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang confirmed the ministry had an important discussion with the Australian ambassador.

The Australian side should be very clear about Chinas position on the relevant issue, Lu told a daily news briefing, without elaborating.

Chinas Foreign Ministry said last week Turnbulls allegations were full of prejudice against China, were baseless and poisoned the atmosphere of China-Australia relations.

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveiled new anti-interference laws on Dec 5 where he expressly referred to concerns about Chinas influence.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Turnbulls allegations have been criticized by Australias opposition Labor Party as showing an anti-China bias that could jeopardize bilateral trade.

China, which is easily Australias biggest trading partner, bought A$93 billion ($70 b...

09:17

Yes, the FBI is Americas secret police "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yes, the FBI is Americas secret police By James Bovard The Hill 12/11/17 Politifact delivered a pants on fire slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become Americas secret police. The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats []

09:17

China angered as U.S. considers navy visits to Taiwan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) China accused the United States on Thursday of interfering in its internal affairs and said it had lodged a complaint after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law an act laying the groundwork for possible U.S. navy visits to self-ruled Taiwan.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang drinks a cup of water at a regular news conference in Beijing, October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Tensions have risen in recent days after a senior Chinese diplomat threatened China would invade Taiwan if any U.S. warships made port visits to the island which China claims as its own territory.

On Monday, Chinese jets carried out island encirclement patrols around Taiwan, with state media showing pictures of bombers with cruise missiles slung under their wings as they carried out the exercise.

On Tuesday, Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2018 fiscal year, which authorizes the possibility of mutual visits by navy vessels between Taiwan and the United States.

Such visits would be the first since the United States ended formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979 and established ties with Beijing.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said while the Taiwan sections of the law were not legally binding, they seriously violate the One China policy and constitute an interference in Chinas internal affairs.

China is resolutely opposed to this, and we have already lodged stern representations with the U.S. government, Lu told a daily news briefing.

China is firmly opposed to any official exchanges, military contact, or arms sales between Taiwan and the United States, he added.

Proudly democratic Taiwan has become increasingly concerned with the ramped up Chinese military presence, that has included several rounds of Chinese air force drills around the island in recent month...

09:10

The Foundering Russia-gate Scandal "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Parry | Consortium News | December 13, 2017 The disclosure of fiercely anti-Trump text messages between two romantically involved senior FBI officials who played key roles in the early Russia-gate inquiry has turned the supposed Russian-election-meddling scandal into its own scandal, by providing evidence that some government investigators saw it as their duty []

09:04

US continues torture in Guantanamo: UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

US continues torture in Guantanamo: UN Press TV December 13, 2017 The photo shows the razor wire-topped fence and the watch tower of Camp 6 detention facility at the US Naval Station in the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 8, 2014. (Photo by AFP) An inmate at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is []

08:59

The U.S. is Not a Democracy, It Never Was "IndyWatch Feed War"

The U.S. is Not a Democracy, It Never Was By Gabriel Rockhill Regarding elections, they are run in the United States as long, multi-million dollar advertising campaigns in which the candidates and issues are pre-selected by the corporate and party elite. Photo by Daniel Huizinga | CC BY 2.0 One of the most steadfast beliefs []

08:58

As ISIS Recedes, U.S. Steps Up Focus on Iran Trump administration is retooling its strategy in the Mideast "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump administration is retooling its strategy in the Mideast

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, the head of Irans elite expeditionary Quds Force, was sent a warning last month by CIA chief Mike Pompeo that he would be held responsible for any attacks on U.S. interests in Iraq by forces under Iranian control. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dec. 13, 2017 5:23 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONAs the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State winds down in the Middle East, the Trump administration is turning its focus to what it sees as a bigger threat: Iran.

U.S. officials are wrestling with where and how to repel what they describe as a significant Iranian military expansion across the region, a development of increasing concern in Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

Our leadership has set as an objective not to allow Iran and its proxies to be able to establish a presence in Syria that they can use to threaten our allies or us in the region, one senior U.S. administration official said. There are different ways to implement that, and we are still working through them.

President Donald Trumps national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, is considering giving a policy speech on Syria early next year that would outline the new administration strategy, according to people familiar with his thinking.

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08:52

Xi to Discuss North Korea and Trade With South Koreas Moon Wants an end to U.S. military exercises "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Kanga Kong

December 13, 2017, 11:48 PM EST Updated on December 14, 2017, 2:05 AM EST
  • Moon seeks engagement, while Xi wants U.S. drills suspended
  • Leaders to sign agreement to start stalled FTA talks today
Xi Jinping Photographer: FRED DUFOUR/POOL

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in Beijing later Thursday for talks on North Korea and trade, as tensions between the two major Asian economies begin to thaw after a spat over Seouls deployment of a U.S. missile shield.

North Koreas missile and nuclear program will likely dominate Moons first state visit to China since coming to office in May. Moon is seeking engagement with the isolated nation, but has backed pressure to bring Pyongyang to the negotiating table. Beijing has made a suspension-for-suspension proposal that involves North Korea suspending weapons tests while the U.S. halts military drills with South Korea.

Tensions rose between the nations last year after then President Park Geun-hye decided to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad, missile shield on South Korean soil. That move led Beijing to retaliate economically, suspending sales of package tours and hindering the operations of South Korean companies.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system at the Osan Air Ba...

08:45

Australia adds to money laundering claims against Commonwealth Bank "IndyWatch Feed War"

Australias financial crimes watchdog has accused Commonwealth Bank of Australia of failing to comply with anti-money laundering laws. (Reuters)

MELBOURNE: Australias financial crimes watchdog has added more than 100 new claims against the Commonwealt...

08:41

Syrias Geneva Peace Talks Hijacked By Assad Forces: The regime delegation is afraid to negotiate transition because it knows that leads to freedom. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd-R), his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad (2nd-L), Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), and Syrian Armed Forces chief of staff Ali Abdullah Ayyoub. (AFP)

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08:33

Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub "IndyWatch Feed War"

Above, Palestinians walk by a national flag in east Jerusalem. Palestinians make up 37 percent of Jerusalems population of 866,000, up from 26 percent in 1967 when Israel captured east Jerusalem. (AP)

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08:30

Comparing two BBC Radio 4 Today interviews part two "IndyWatch Feed War"

As we saw in part one of this post, the December 6th edition of the BBC Radio 4 flagship news and current affairs programme Today included an interview with the mayor of Jerusalem concerning a statement which at the time had yet to be made by the US president announcing recognition of the city as Israels capital.

Later on in the same programme listeners heard another segment relating to the same topic which began (from 02: 10:16 here) with presenter John Humphrys telling audiences that:

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Humphrys: The world has grown used to Donald Trump making provocative comments since he became president of the United States usually in his endless flow of late-night Tweets. What hes planning to say today will not be in a spontaneous Tweet but in a scripted speech and it has the potential to change the course of the peace process in the Middle East many say to...

08:27

The FBIs Trump Insurance "IndyWatch Feed War"

More troubling evidence of election meddling at the bureau.

Dec. 13, 2017 7:22 p.m. ET

Democrats and the media are accusing anyone who criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller as Trumpian conspirators trying to undermine his probe. But who needs critics when Mr. Muellers team is doing so much to undermine its own credibility?

Wednesdays revelationstheyre coming almost dailyinclude the Justice Departments release of 2016 text messages to and from Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent whom Mr. Mueller demoted this summer. The texts, which he exchanged with senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, contain

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07:54

Russia Offered to US to Exchange Non-Interference Letters, US Refused Moscow "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 13.12.2017 Russia has proposed to the United States to exchange letters on non-interference in each others affairs, but Washington refused, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday. According to Maria Zakharova, Russia did not invent anything new, this is not some kind of revolutionary proposal or some kind of innovation. She noted []

07:54

No to Sharia Courts in North America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Raheel Raza says no to parallel sharia courts in North America following her trip to the UK and President Donald Trumps recent tweets.

 

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07:43

Muslim World Leaders Declare East Jerusalem the Capital of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

(MEE)  The biggest grouping of Islamic nations put aside differences and recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of occupied Palestine, the most concrete response yet to the American move of recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The surprise announcement came despite Saudi Arabia and its allies sending low-level officials to the heads of state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul on Wednesday, suggesting an unwillingness to adopt a strong position.

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The final communique declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine and invited all countries to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital.

It stated it rejected and condemned in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the President of the United States America recognising Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the so-called capital of Israel, the occupying power.

It said the move was considered null and void legally and an attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people, a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts, an impetus to extremism and terrorism, and a threat to international peace and security.

I believe that we showed the world today that Jerusalem is not alone nor abandoned, a triumphant Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced at a post-summit news conference flanked by Palestines president, Mahmoud Abbas, and OIC secretary general, Yousef al-Othaimeen.

I want this display of unity over Jerusalem to be a lesson to everyone. As 1.7 billion Muslims we rejected Trumps decision today. We will never give up on Palestine.

Todays su...

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06:20

Debunking the flagwaving myths about an attack on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

(This analysis was written for the Unz Review) First, the bragging dummies Trump and Haley are still at it.  The want to force China to take action against the DPRK

06:00

Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber "IndyWatch Feed War"

For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. According to police, at the height of the Monday morning rush hour this week, in an underground pedestrian walkway that I have used many times, Continue reading "Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber"

The post Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:00

Trumps Jerusalem Decision Rubber Stamps 70 Years of Israeli Violations "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trumps decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns. While we have all grown weary of hearing the overused mantra this is the end of the peace process, Trumps decision may, in Continue reading "Trumps Jerusalem Decision Rubber Stamps 70 Years of Israeli Violations"

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06:00

Here Comes the Next Defense Shakedown "IndyWatch Feed War"

Today with the signing of this defense bill, US president Donald Trump said as he affixed his signature to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on December 12, we accelerate the process of fully restoring Americas military might. Is Trump truly under the mistaken impression that US military might is ailing? Or is he mindlessly Continue reading "Here Comes the Next Defense Shakedown"

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05:06

Western leaders misled Gorbachev with promises that NATO wouldnt expand released archives "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | December 14, 2017 In 1990, Western politicians repeatedly assured Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO wouldnt expand east of Germanys borders, but broke that promise less than a decade later, say insider archives from both sides of negotiations following the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. Researchers from the respected George Washington University-based National []

04:19

WATCH: Michigan Cops Handcuff 11-Year-Old at Gunpoint "IndyWatch Feed War"

Body cam footage shows Michigan cops handcuffing an 11-year-old at gunpoint while looking for an attempted murder suspect on December 6.

The only problem: the murder suspect was a 40-year-old white woman named Carrie Manning.

Footage from the 45-second clip shows Grand Rapids cops treating Honestie Hodges like an adult suspect as she screams in terror.

Honestie approaches police with  her hands up, but apparently approached too quickly for one of the officers.

He tells her to put her hands on her head, instructing her to turn around and walk backwards towards him.

Youre fine. Youre not going to jail or anything, one officer tells Honestie while he cuffs her as her mother screams at officers in the back ground.

Thats my child!

Shes 11 years old!

I didnt know what was going on, Honestie, who was on her way to the store with her mom when police confronted them outside of their door, said.

I didnt do anything wrong, she told WXMI.

Ive never got in trouble by the Grand Rapids Police. I used to want to be a Grand Rapids police officer, but ever since that happened, I want nothing to do with them.

Grand Rapids Police Chief  David Rahinsky said the officers acted incorrectly during a press conference, which can be seen below.

Are there incidents where you deal with young people who present a danger to either other people or themselves? Yes, Rahinsky told reporters.

But I dont believe this is one of them.

You listen to the 11-year-olds response, it makes my stomach turn, he said.

It makes me physically nauseous.

I think we need to take a look at everything we do because if an officer can point to policy or can point to training or point to hiring and say, This is what I was told, this is how I was taught, this is consistent with practice, then weve got a problem.

 

 

 

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03:04

LISTEN Dine' CARE on KTNN Forestry, Fracking and the Water "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://nmtribune.com/news/radio-forum-focuses-on-environmental-issues/ Wednesday December 13, 2017

02:59

World Beyond War Hawkes Bay "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand/Aotearoa, chapter of World Beyond War is being organized by Liz Remmerswaal Hughes, who wants your help.

Contact her below.

Liz Remmerswaal Hughes is a mother, journalist, environmentalist activist and former politician, having served six years on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

The daughter and granddaughter of soldiers, who fought other peoples wars in far flung places,she never got over wars stupidity and became a pacifist.Liz is an active Quaker and currently co Vice-President of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has strong links with the Australian peace movement and the Swords into Ploughshares group.

Liz prefers a creative and community approach to peacemaking, starting from within, and has enjoyed such activities as biking to the gates of the Pine Gap American military spy base in Alice Springs, Australia, planting an olive tree for peace in the Peace Palace in the Hague on the centenary of Anzac, singing peace songs outside military bases and making tea parties beside warships during the NZ Navys 75th birthday,

In 2017 she was awarded the Sonia Davies Peace Award which enabled her to study Peace Literacy with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara , attend the Wilpf triennial Congress in Chicago, and a workshop on Peace and Conscience in Ann Arbor.

Liz lives lives with her husband on a wild and stony beach on the East Coast of the North Island.
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02:58

North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated "IndyWatch Feed War"

The DMZ from the North Korean side (courtesy of yeowatzup / Flickr)

Donald Trump is contemplating wars that would dwarf anything that his immediate predecessors ever considered.

He has dropped the mother of all bombs in Afghanistan, and hes considering the mother of all wars in the Middle East. He is abetting Saudi Arabias devastating war in Yemen. Many evangelicals are welcoming his announcement of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a sign that the end of days is nigh. The conflict with Iran is about to heat up early next year when Trump, in the absence of any congressional action, will decide whether to fulfill his promise to tear up the nuclear agreement that the Obama administration worked so hard to negotiate and the peace movement backed with crucial support.

But no war has acquired quite the same apparent inevitability as the conflict with North Korea. Here in Washington, pundits and policymakers are talking about a three-month window within which the Trump administration can stop North Korea from acquiring the capability to strike U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

That estimate...

02:49

Peace on the Far Side of Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert C. Koehler, December 13, 2017, Common Wonders.

. . . real security can only be shared . . .

I call it news in a cage: the fact that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has been awarded this years Nobel Peace Prize.

In other words, how nice, but it has nothing to do with the real stuff going on across Planet Earth, like North Koreas recent test of an ICBM that puts the entire U.S. in the range of its nukes, or the provocative war games Trumps America has been playing on the Korean peninsula, or the quietly endless development of the next generation of nuclear weapons.

Or the imminent possibility of . . . uh, nuclear war.

Winning the Nobel Peace Prize is not like, say, winning an Oscar accepting a big, flashy honor for a piece of finished work. The award is about the future. Despite some disastrously bad choices over the years (Henry Kissinger, for Gods sake), the Peace Prize is, or should be, utterly relevant to whats happening at the cutting edge of global conflict: a recognition of the expansion of human consciousness toward the creation of real peace. Geopolitics, on the other hand, is trapped in the certainties of same old, same old: Might makes right, ladies and gentlemen, so you gotta be ready to kill.

And the mainstream news about North Korea is always, solely about that countrys small nuclear arsenal and what should be done about it. What the news is never about is the slightly larger nuclear arsenal of its mortal enemy, the United States. Thats taken for granted. And get real its not going away.

What if the global anti-nuclear movement was actually respected by the media and its evolving principles continually worked into the context of its reporting? That would mean the reporting about North Korea wouldnt simply be limited to us vs. them. A third global party would be hovering over the entire conflict: the global majority of nations that last July voted to declare all nuclear weapons illegal.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN a coalition of non-government organizations in some one hundred countries, led the campaign that resulted, last summer, in the United Nations treaty prohibiting the use, development and stockpiling of nuclear weapons. It passed...

02:28

Leftist Community Coalition Disrupts ALEC Conference in Nashville, Tennessee "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Thursday, December 7th, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held their Nation and States Policy Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. A coalition of Leftists including Democratic Socialists of America, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Middle Tennessee Autonomous Network, Anarchist Black Cross Nashville, Nashville AntiFa, local workers collectives, anticapitalists, and antifascists from throughout the state of Tennessee assembled to disrupt and obfuscate the ALEC conference. The purpose of the disruption was to send a message to lawmakers and corporate interests that ALEC is neither welcome in Nashville, Tennessee nor is their continued influence over politicians acceptable.

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02:02

4 Reasons Why Democrats Shouldnt Be Celebrating Doug Jones Win in Alabama "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIMEDIA) Birmingham, Alabama  The people of Alabama have spoken. Doug Jones will become the first Democrat to represent the Heart of Dixie in the United States Senate in over 20 years.

Tuesday nights election signaled a change in American politics, in our nations ideals, and the hope for our future. The blue team won and sent a message bellowing across the political stratosphere that if Alabama can go Democrat, the rest of the country could soon succumb to the youthful and progressive values of the party. Roy Moore and the Grand Old Party were rejected by one the reddest states in the union. Surely, the lefts time has come. Or has it?

Sorry for the bubble bursting reality check, but once the emotions of Moores defeat fade into history, Jones victory wont mean a whole lot for the Democrats. Sure, Moore wont become one of two voices in the U.S. Senate for almost 5 million Alabamians. If that was your ultimate and only goal, congratulations. Many Republicans, including Mitt Romney, also wanted Jones to win, but bipartisan high-fives are certainly not a victory for Democrats in the divisive world of politics. For those who believe Jones win marks the beginning stages of a progressive revolution, all you really achieved was a single night of cheers alongside other naive voters.

For Doug Jones election triumph to mean anything moving forward, he has to win reelection in 2020. Thats right, he doesnt get six years in office, as is the normal term for a U.S. senator. He gets less than two due to Jeff Sessions appointment as Attorney General, which led to Alabama holding a special election. Theres good news, though Democrats. Doug Jones did win once, and he can replicate those results and procure victory in 2020. Heres how:

Doug Jones will need to behave more like a moderate Republican than a progressive democrat. Doug Jones will be free to cast his votes in the Senate as he chooses, and hell possibly vote along Democratic lines to be a wrench in Trumps agenda. But if he has any political aptitude and ambition to win in 2020, he will have to bend to and placate conservative voters who sat out Tuesdays election. This is probably not what Democrats were voting for. Jones even actually campaigned on expanding an already bloated military budget and for increasing the size of the military-industrial complex...

01:43

Diphtheria outbreak: New deadly threat to war-torn Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

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01:41

The US Military Is the Biggest Big Government Entitlement Program on the Planet "IndyWatch Feed War"

By JP Sottile, December 10, 2017, Truthout.

(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

The US economy is caught in a trap. That trap is the Department of Defense: an increasingly sticky wicket that relies on an annual, trillion-dollar redistribution of government-collected wealth. In fact, its the biggest big government program on the planet, easily beating out Chinas Peoples Liberation Army in both size and cost. It is not only the nations largest employer, with 2.867 million people currently on the payroll, but it also provides government benefits to 2 million retirees and their family members. And it actively picks private sector winners by targeting billions of dollars to an elite group of profit-seeking contractors.

The top five overall recipients collectively pulled in $109.5 billion in FY2016, and their cohorts consistently dominate the governments list of top 100 contractors. They reap this yearly largesse through a Rube-Goldberg-like system of influence peddlers, revolving doors and wasteful taxpayer-funded boondoggles. Finally, it is all justified by a deadly feedback loop of perpetual warfare that is predicated on a predictable supply of blowback.

But this belligerent cash machine doesnt just produce haphazard interventions and shady partnerships with a motley assortment of strongmen, proxies and frenemies. It also has Uncle Sam caught in a strange cycle of taxpayer-funded dependence that may ultimately be the most expensive and least productive jobs program in human history.

That fact came into focus on June 14, 2017. Thats when Donald J. Trump enthusiastically participated in one of the presidencys most time-honored traditions: he sold weapons to a foreign power. This time it was a...

01:24

Was the Missing Argentinian Sub Being Chased By British Helicopter Before it Disappeared? "IndyWatch Feed War"

 aha.....The plot thickens, as is commonly said!

The claim is being made by the sister of one of the deceased sailors. She is reporting that her brother (missing & deceased)  had sent her a message  that a British Military Helicopter was pursuing the sub. She spoke to an Argentinian news outlet- The report was picked up by the MirrorUK.
She is passing her brother's message on to investigators.

The sister of one of the missing sailors has revealed she had received a "strange" WhatsApp message from her brother but the Royal Navy has dismissed the claims.

The Argentine submarine that disappeared with 44 crew members on board was being "chased by a British helicopter" before it vanished, it has been claimed.

Jesica Medina, the grief-stricken sister of missing sailor Roberto Daniel Medina, revealed she had received a "strange" message from her brother days before the vessel's last known communication.
In a WhatsApp message he told her that the ARA San Juan had travelled close to the Falkland Islands, and claimed that a British helicopter was trying to track them.
Second sub-officer Roberto told her they were now heading for home, writing: "On Monday an English helicopter was looking for us, and yesterday the Chileans, there has been a lot going on."

A Royal Navy spokesman has dismissed the woman's claims as "untrue".
Jesica told Argentina's La Gaceta newspaper that "many" other families of other missing crew members also received reports from their loved ones that they had been fleeing a British helicopter.
Headline from La Gaceta:" Sin rastros del ARA San Juan: uno de los submarinistas haba advertido que los persegua un helicptero britnico"

She said: "It was a strange message in which he told us a British helicopter and a Chilean ship had been chasing them.

"I don't know why he said it. but unfortunately we didn't continue with that conversation, we started talking about...

01:04

PLO Issues Response to Vice President Mike Pence and His Press Secretary "IndyWatch Feed War"

[ Ed. Note The Palestine Liberation Organization has issued a response to the vice president of the United States, and specifically to a statement issued by his press secretary on Sunday, December 10. It is very hard to take issue with what the PLO is saying here. ] PLO-DCI responds to the statement by []

01:00

Honduran Crisis: What is at Stake? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Just as the 2009 coup in Honduras was a setback for all Latin America, the outcome of the current crisis will have consequences far beyond Honduras. Rick Sterling For seven months in 1969, I hitch-hiked around the U.S., Mexico and Central America with my best friend from high school. Some class-mates from our school in...

00:45

Sacred Christian Site in Jerusalem Vows to Refuse Entry to Mike Pence "IndyWatch Feed War"

I absolutely refuse to officially welcome the American Vice President Mr. Mike Pence at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and I will not be physically in church during his visit.

(COMMONDREAMS)  Vice President Mike Pence will not be permitted to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem when he visits the Middle East next month, as a result of the Trump administrations decision to recognize the city as Israels capitol, according to the man who holds the keys to the building.

I absolutely refuse to officially welcome the American Vice President Mr. Mike Pence at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and I will not be physically in church during his visit, wrote Adeep Joudeh, the custodian of the churchone of the worlds most sacred Christian sitesin a letter to Israels Channel 2 News on Wednesday. This is an expression of my condemnation of President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trumps decision, announced last week, set off protests not just in Gaza and the West Bank, where Palestinians view East Jerusalem as their future capitol city, but throughout the Middle East. Demonstrators in Turkey declared that the Israeli occupation of land that Palestinians view as theirs is a fundamental issue for all Muslims.

Joudeh is not the only Christian in the region to denounce Trumps move. Egypts Coptic Christian Church has also said it would not meet with Pence, citing the United States decisison at an unsuitable time and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people.

Prior to Trumps announcement, several Christian churches in Jerusalem joined the international community in urging the president not to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the city. Opponents warned him not to inflame tensions by appearing to side with Israel over the status of the city after decades of U.S. policy that urged peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians to resolve their conflict.

The action, the churches said, would yield increased hatred, conflict, violence, and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Landand cause irreparable harm.

Since the announcement, several Trump administration officials have......

00:30

#Australia: Song for #Elijah "IndyWatch Feed War"

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

 

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Australia: Song for Elijah

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

The driver whose name has been suppressed probably for his own safety admitted to driving too closely to the boy but says he hit him because the motorbike veered in front of the car.

The chase began because the motorbike Elijah was riding was stolen from him the previous day. However, there is no evidence Elijah had stolen the bike.

Elijah died from multiple fatal injuries.

Racial tensions in Kalgoorlie erupted after the incident.

A day after the boy was killed a protest occurred outside the Kalgoorlie Courthouse.

Approximately 200 people, some armed with rocks and bottles, broke down the gates of the court and surrounded police; who used pepper spray and riot shields in response.

Twelve police officers were injured during the disorder, with one requiring stitches, while several demonstrators were arrested. Five police cars and a local business were damaged.

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00:15

UN expert says torture continues at Guantanamo Bay "IndyWatch Feed War"

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23:51

A short commentary on Trumps latest SNAFU "IndyWatch Feed War"

Okay, I admit it: Trump is a Russian agent.   I tried really, really hard to deny it, but now I cant continue anymore because I am presented with an absolutely

23:49

What is Real #Anarchism? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A lot of people probably would add things and/or say things different, or dont share all views in this piece.  We still think its a good read for people who didnt look a lot into the subject until now and thats why we decided to reblog this article that was orginally published by the comrades of Winter Oak.

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What is Real Anarchism?

Anarchism is a philosophy which, over the years, has often been seriously misunderstood, thanks largely to the efforts of its enemies. But the si...

23:33

Leaked FBI Texts Reveal Insurance Policy to Prevent Trump Presidency "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ZHE)  The lead FBI official at the heart of the rapidly unraveling Trump-Russia probe sent a text message to his FBI mistress last year which discusses some sort of insurance policy against Donald Trump becoming president.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andys office that theres no way he [Trump] gets elected  but Im afraid we cant take that risk. writes FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair while spearheading both the Clinton email inquiry and the early Trump-Russia probe, adding Its like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youre 40.

Clearly Lisa Page thought there was no way Trump would win during a conversation in then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabes office, yet Strzok clearly states to Page that he cant take that risk in the unlikely event Trump was elected, and that an insurance policy of some type existed to presumably undermine Trump. If this is the case, it would constitute an active measure taken by the FBI against one candidate for US President, while aiding the other. 

The text message which references an insurance policy is all the more controversial when you consider another exchange in which Peter Strzok says I am riled up. Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherrent answer, and I CANT PULL AWAY, WHAY THE F*CK HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page responds I dont know, But well get it back.

23:19

Luxembourg to further-probe Jean-Claude Junckers role in spy scandal "IndyWatch Feed War"

A judge in Luxembourg has launched a criminal investigation into whether officials working for the countrys former Prime Minister and current European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, tried to conceal his role in a spy scandal.

23:10

Marwan Barghouthi ordered to solitary confinement after statement on Intifada "IndyWatch Feed War"

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network December 13, 2017 Marwan Barghouthi, member of the Fateh central committee and a prominent Palestinian national leader, was transferred by Israeli prison officials into solitary confinement at Hadarim prison, reported the campaign for his release on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. The campaign said that this decision to isolate him []

22:56

US pledges $120m in aid to Lebanese army "IndyWatch Feed War"

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22:48

South Africas Response to Trumps Jerusalem Announcement "IndyWatch Feed War"

From Burning Issue, December 12, 2017

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Over the past few days, we have been closely watching developments in the Middle East following US president Donald Trumps announcement that he would recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests have erupted across the occupied Palestinian territories with thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets in what has been called the Day of Rage. Thousands have been injured in scuffles with Israeli forces who have used firebombs and teargas on protesters. On Wednesday, Capetonians are set to march to Parliament, in a protest organised by the MJC, Al Quds foundation and other solidarity organisations. In this programme, we ask how South Africa should respond? Pro-Palestinians activists say they are tired of empty meaningless lines from the South African government expressing its support for Palestinians and the two state-solution. As ANC branches are expected to meet at this weeks ANC Elective Conference in Johannesburg, what resolutions on Israel and Palestine should be taken?

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22:43

70% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign immediately "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | December 13, 2017 Some 70 per cent of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign immediately, according to a new poll by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research conducted 7-10 December. The poll, conducted in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in the immediate []

22:35

SYRIAN WAR REPORT DECEMBER 12, 2017: GOVT FORCES LIBERATED 67,000KM2 OVER 7 MONTHS "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front Over 1,000 localities, 78 oil and gas fields and two deposits of phosphate ores have been liberated in Syria over the past 227 days, commander of Russias military group in Syria Colonel-General Sergey Surovikin has told Russian President Vladimir Putin during this visit to the Khmeimim airbase on December 12. In total, the []

22:33

Renowned South African university cuts ties with Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Information Center December 13, 2017 PRETORIA The Council of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has resolved that TUT will not forge any ties with the State of Israel or any of its organizations and institutions, TUT spokesman on the issue Professor Rasigan Maharajh told the African News Agency (ANA) during an []

22:30

Rouhani: Were Ready for Cooperation with Muslim States to Defend Al-Quds "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic is prepared to join hands with other Muslim countries and help defend the holy city of al-Quds against US-Israeli plots with no strings attached. 7 The Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to cooperate with each one of the Muslim countries to defend the holy []

22:22

Turkish police summon FBI official over US trial "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Witness in US case against Turkish banker over alleged scheme to help Iran evade sanctions says he received $50,000 from FBI

22:19

Solidarity From #Wuppertal University to #RefugeesGR on Greek Islands: #OpenTheIslands! "IndyWatch Feed War"

As we are approaching the date that some of the Enough team will join the Cars of Hope collective to travel to Lesvos, Greece, more and more solidarity activities are taking place in Wuppertal, Germany. Today activists went to the university in Wuppertal to discuss the situation of refugees on the Greek islands. Many students supported the demand for the freedom of movement for all people and to open the islands.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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

Read all the Enough is Enough reports about RefugeesGR; here.

Solidarity From Wuppertal University to #RefugeesGR on Greek Islands: #OpenTheIslands!

As we are approaching the date that some of the Enough team will join the Cars of Hope collective to travel to Lesvos, Greece, more and more solidarity activities are taking place in Wuppertal, Germany. Today activists went to the university in Wuppertal to discuss the situation of refugees on the Greek islands. Many students supported the demand for the freedom of movement for all people and to open the islands.

Students sold wafer and the typical christmas hot wine punch. The profits will be used to support refugees on Lesvos and in Athens. Last Saturday activists of the Cars of Hope activists had a similar (with coffee, juice and pie) event in the Vohwinkel district in Wuppertal

During Erdogans meeting with Greek prime minter Tsipras both agreed on extending the EU/Turkey deal. The Greek state can now also deport people from the Greek mainland under the Turkey deal. Shortly after that the Greek government started to transport some of the refugees on the Gree...

22:11

Relentless Saudi Attacks on Homes, Prison Kill Dozens in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) Saudi Arabia has accelerated their attacks on Yemen over the past week and shows no sign of slowing down.

Airstrikes have pounded Yemen relentlessly day and night without ceasing. In just the past 48 hours, dozens of civilians have died in multiple massacres from the US-backed coalition. The number of airstrikes and casualties is so high Geopolitics Alert is having a hard time documenting them all.

The most devastating attack took place yesterday when nearly 10 airstrikes targeted a police station and prison in Sanaa. Over 30 people died including both prisoners and staff while more than 80 were injured.

The National Committee for Prisoners Affairs condemned the attack. Stating that it violates all international norms and humanitarian laws. The committee also said they would hold the United Nations accountable for their complacency and complicity.

Shortly after the prison attack, warplanes targeted a civilian area in Taiz killing 11 including a small child. Another two died in Taiz when additional airstrikes targeted a car.

RELATED: White House Statement Ignores US Role in Yemen and Blames Iran

Airstrikes continued in Saada as per usual striking a farm which destroyed the home and killed livestock. Additional attacks targeting a highway in Saada killed another three civilians.

Strikes also targeted Hodeidah where bombs destroyed multiple homes and a farm.

Warplanes also destroyed a solar panel system used for pumping water. Yemen is in the midst of a cholera and diphtheria outbreak. Nearly one million civilians have contracted cholera and thousands have lost their lives. Doctors Without Borders is monitoring at least 318 suspected diphtheria cases while nearly 30 have died. Nearly 95% of deaths are children under 15.

Riyadh imposed a land, sea, and air blockade over Yemen shortly after launching their war in 2015. As a result, nearly 17 million Yemenis are food insecure and seven million face direct famine. The blockade restricts foodstuffs, medical supplies, fuel, sanitation equipment, and flow of movement.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

Riyadhs deadly airstrikes and military campaign have killed nearly 13,000 since the beginning of the war. Saudi Arabia accelerated airstrikes last week after the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The...

21:53

What does Trumps Jerusalem decision actually mean? "IndyWatch Feed War"

US President Donald Trump at the white house, November 28, 2017 [Samuel Corum/Facebook] By Hassan Ben Imran | MEMO | December 13, 2017 We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign []

21:33

Zionism In The Light of Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jim Kavanagh | The Polemicist | December 13, 2017 Donald Trumps official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment. Its a clumsy, all-too-obvious unmasking of decades of bipartisan U.S. policy whose contempt for Palestinians has been cloaked with a smile and a handshake. As such, its an []

21:27

Trump still committed to a two-state solution, says Saudi foreign minister Jubeir "IndyWatch Feed War"

OPINION | GEORGE J. MITCHELL AND ALON SACHAR

Enduring belief in the two-state solution as a path to peace

.Jewish settlers (left) and a Palestinian family (right) watched as Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in the street below in the Arab quarter of Jerusalems Old City on Friday.

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Jewish settlers (left) and a Palestinian family (right) watched as Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in the street below in the Arab quarter of Jerusalems Old City on Friday.

Two months ago President Trump said, I want to give [the peace process] a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Last week, without explaining why, the president reversed himself. His decision was premature and unwise, given the circumstances in the Middle East today. The announcement adversely affects longstanding US policy and interests. Every recent president, including Trump in his statement, has favored direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians as the only feasible route to an agreement to end their longstanding conflict. That has already proved to be difficult; the president made it more difficult, as the worldwide adverse reactions of Arab and Muslim leaders and our other allies make clear.

Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Israel. That is not in doubt. The real and more difficult question is what the boundaries of Jerusalem will be and whether, through negotiations, there can emerge an independent, sovereign state of Palestine with a capital in the eastern part of Jerusalem. Fortunately, the president did not exclude that outcome. Indeed, to the contrary, he said that the United States is not taking a position on any final-status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty i...

21:11

Former al-Qaeda affiliate pushes to assert control in northwestern Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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In recent power grab, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham forms civilian authority to take over opposition-held areas of Idlib province

20:59

Brexit defeat for Theresa May as MPs back curbing government powers What Theresa Mays Brexit defeat means "IndyWatch Feed War"

LONDON (Reuters) MPs defeated Prime Minister Theresa Mays government on Wednesday, voting to change her Brexit blueprint in a move which could complicate her efforts to sever ties with the European Union.

The parliament voted 309 to 305 in favour of an amendment to demand parliament pass a separate bill to approve any final deal with the EU.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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The Guardian

What Theresa Mays Brexit defeat means

20:45

Direct Action Campaigning Today: Manual For Organizers "IndyWatch Feed War"

For the past year Ive been book touring to over 60 cities and towns across the United States and have been asked repeatedly for a direct action manual that addresses challenges we face now. The requests come from people concerned about a variety of issues. While each situation is in some ways unique, organizers in multiple movements face some similar problems in both organization and action. What follows is a different manual from the one we put out over 50 years ago. Then, movements operated in a robust empire that was used to winning its wars. The government was fairly stable and held great legitimacy in the eyes of the majority. Acknowledge that the United States has not seen this degree of political polarization in half a century. Polarization shakes things up. Shake-up means increased opportunity for positive change, as demonstrated in many historical situations.

20:38

The Likelihood of War with Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington DC (NEO) The analytical group SouthFront recently released a remarkable video about the possibility of a war involving Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, and Israel. Of course, this inevitably means that the war would involve Russia and the United States as well.

To understand the context of this scenario, one first needs to understand what has happened in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries in recent years. The original plan of the US and Saudi Arabia (behind whom stood an invisible Israel) was the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad and his replacement with Islamic fundamentalists or takfiris (Daesh, al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra). The plan involved the following steps:

  • sweep away a strong secular Arab state with a political culture, armed forces and security services;
  • generate total chaos and horror in Syria that would justify the creation of Israels security zone, not only in Golan Heights but also further north;
  • start a civil war in Lebanon and incite takfiri violence against Hezbollah, leading to them both bleeding to death and then create a security zone, this time in Lebanon;
  • prevent the creation of a Shiite axis of Iran/Iraq/Syria/Lebanon;
  • continue the division of Syria along ethnic and religious lines, establish an independent Kurdistan and then to use them against Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
  • give Israel the opportunity to become the unquestioned major player in the region and force Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and everyone else to apply for permission from Israel in order to implement any oil and gas projects;
  • gradually isolate, threaten, undermine and ultimately attack Iran with a wide regional coalition, removing all Shiite centers of power in the middle East.

It was an ambitious plan, and the Israelis were completely convinced that the United States would provide all the necessary resources to see it through. But the Syrian government has survived thanks to military intervention by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. Daesh is almost defeated and Iran and Hezbollah are so firmly entrenched in Syria that it has driven the Israelis into a state of fear bordering on panic. Lebanon remains stable, and even the recent attempt by the Saudis to abduct Prime Minister Saad Hariri failed.

As a result, Saudi Arabia and Israel have developed a new plan: force the US to attack Iran. To this end, the axis of good (USA-Israel-Saudi Arabia) was created, although this is nothing new. Saudi Arabia and the other Arab States in the Persian Gulf have in the past spoken in favor of interven...

20:34

House, Senate Negotiators Strike Deal in Principle on Tax Bill "IndyWatch Feed War"

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By Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong
The Hill

December 13, 2017

Negotiators strike deal in principle on tax bill

Senate and House Republicans have struck an agreement in principle on a sweeping tax-cut bill that if passed would be the first major piece of legislation signed by President Trump.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told reporters about noon Wednesday of the deal between Senate and House negotiators on taxes.

Were going to talk to our members of conference about it at noon, said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Senate Republican leaders say they have the votes to pass the legislation next week.

Im confident well pass the bill next week, Cornyn said. Earlier is better.

GOP sources familiar with the conference committee talks said negotiators are now just cleaning up some of the details on paying for last-minute changes to the bill, which would lower the top individual tax rate to 37 percent and set the corporate tax rate at 21 percent, according to a person briefed on the package.

Thats slightly higher than the 20 percent initially favored by President Trump, a rate that outside groups have lobbied to keep in the package.

House conservatives said they didnt like the bump in the corporate rate. But with a tax victory so close, they said the tweak would not be a deal breaker.

We dont like it; it causes some consternation. I am concerned about the business rate, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative 155-member Republican Study Committee caucus, told The Hill on Wednesday. When these business communities are looking to build, every percentage point is a major factor in this, so we want to be careful in going in that direction.

But its not a deal breaker, he added.

The bill would also cap the popular mortgage interest deduction at $750,000, a midpoint compromise between the Senate and House bills.

Senate Republicans planned to hold a meeting midday Wednesday in the Mike Ma...

20:28

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: ISIS: The Caliphate Dream Is Over "IndyWatch Feed War"

But the killing isnt. My latest in FrontPage: The caliphate is dead. Last Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that the Islamic State (ISIS) had been driven out of Iraq: Today, our troops were able to purge islands of Nineveh and Anbar in full, and they (the forces) are now fully controlling the Iraqi-Syrian []

20:24

Net giants must pay for news from which they make billions European press agencies say "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File | European press agencies say internet giants such as Google reap vast profit from from other peoples work by soaking up between 60 and 70 percent of advertising revenue
PARIS (AFP)  Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits.The call comes as the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news articles they use or link to.

Facebook has become the biggest media in the world, the agencies said in a plea published in the French daily Le Monde.

Yet neither Facebook nor Google have a newsroom They do not have journalists in Syria risking their lives, nor a bureau in Zimbabwe investigating Mugabes departure, nor editors to check and verify information sent in by reporters on the ground.

Access to free information is supposedly one of the great victories of the internet. But it is a myth, the agencies argued.

At the end of the chain, informing the public costs a lot of money.

News, the declaration added, is the second reason after catching up on family and friends for people to log onto Facebook, which tripled its profits to $10 billion (8.5 billion) last year.

Yet it is the giants of the net who are reaping vast profits from other peoples work by soaking up between 60 and 70 percent of advertising revenue, with Googles jumping by a fifth in a year.

Meanwhile, ad revenue for news media fell nine percent in France alone last year, a disaster for the industry.

Pillar of democracy at risk

Years have passed (without anything being done) and free and reliable newsgathering is now threatened because the media will simply no longer be able to pay for it, the news agencies added.

Diverse and reliable news sources, a pillar of democracy, risk being undermined.

Attempts by news outlets in France, Germany and Spain to force internet giants to pay have only resulted in them coughing up a few symbolic crumbs, they added.

The press agencies insisted that some of the vast imbalance could be rectified if the EU gives them and other media related rights copyright to their work.

However, some European Parliament members were worried that the proposed directive would t...

20:06

Germany: Muslim migrant who raped and murdered EU officials daughter is 33, not a teenager as he claims "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hussein Khavari was arrested and sentenced to ten years for attempted murder in Corfu in 2013 before coming to Germany seeking refuge in 2015. He entered Germany as an unaccompanied minor. He was 31 years old. He is a symbol of the abject indifference of German officials to the protection of their own citizens. Defendant []

19:50

How Israel represses the internet in Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced a plan to repeal government regulations which ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data equally. This principle is known as net neutrality, and is intended to prevent ISPs from blocking or slowing down certain content, or charging additional fees to access them.

This decision has sparked outrage among many American citizens who fear that ending net neutrality would allow ISPs to limit competing internet content, or worse, to suppress certain political opinions and freedom of speech. The FCC will vote on the proposal on December 14, 2017. As this critical issue unfolds in the U.S., it is worth looking at the case of internet freedom for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank.

Published by the United Nations, the ICT Development Index ranks countries based on various information and communication technology indicators. For the 2016 year, Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza) ranked 123 out of 176. Israel, on the other hand, is up at the top at number 23. East Timor ranked 122, even though Palestines GDP is at least double its size, and the average Palestinian has completed twice the number of years of schooling than the typical person in East Timor.

This anomaly is a direct result of Israels occupation and control of Palestinians, and the severe technological gap is just another example of how Israel dominates and restricts almost all aspects of Palestinian life.

This total control is most apparent when looking at Palestinian access to mobile broadband services, specifically to 3G (Third-Generation) cellular technology, which is a minimum requirement for most smartphone functions. Astonishingly, Palestine was one of only four countries (along with Cuba, Comoros, and Eritrea), which had zero access to mobile broadband in 2016. Since then, Comoros has rolled out 3G and 4G services in the tiny island nation.

Palestinians are still stuck on outdated 2G technology (first introduced in Finland in 1991) because Israel maintains full control over the radio frequencies needed to operate cellular networks. Israel also restricts the development of Palestinian infrastructure and the entry of necessary equipment for such projects. For years, 3G equipment has been...

19:47

Rosenstein stands by Mueller probe as Republicans fume over insider bias "IndyWatch Feed War"

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stood by Special Counsel Robert Muellers Russia probe Wednesday, despite a newly unearthed trove of damning text messages and other details that Republicans said show an insider bias on the investigative team.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has overseen the Russia probe since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, testified before the House Judiciary Committee and faced a grilling from GOP lawmakers.

They zeroed in on anti-Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI agents who once worked on the Mueller team.

This is unbelievable, said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, voicing concern that the public trust in the probe is gone.

Republicans for weeks have raised concerns that some investigators may be biased, citing everything from their political donations to past work repr...

19:42

UK: Muslim dentistry student had bomb-making material and video on tactics for stabbing and beheading "IndyWatch Feed War"

Where did Mohammed Awan learn his understanding of Islam? Has his mosque been investigated? Almost certainly not. Doing so be Islamophobic. First picture of Sheffield dentistry student found guilty of terrorism offences, by Sarah Marshall, The Star, December 13, 2017: This is the Sheffield student who was this afternoon found guilty of three terrorism offences []

19:39

Afghan drive to seize illegal weapons amid Kabul crime wave "IndyWatch Feed War"

A member of Afghan police special forces takes part in a military exercise in Logar province, Afghanistan November 30, 2017. (Reuters)

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19:33

EU refugee quota row flares up ahead of summit The paper prepared by President Tusk is unacceptable, it is anti-European. "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File | Refugees protest outside the German embassy in Athens to demand a faster family reunification process in Germany

BRUSSELS (AFP)  A row over controversial quotas for the sharing out of refugees across EU countries broke out on Wednesday on the eve of a summit where leaders will discuss the way forward on migration.EU President Donald Tusk said in a pre-summit letter to leaders that mandatory relocation was ineffective and highly divisive, recommending that efforts should instead be directed to securing Europes borders.

Under a scheme introduced in 2015, asylum seekers from the frontline states of Greece and Italy were moved to other EU countries under a quota system, but Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic have refused to take almost any.

Plans by the European Commission to introduce a permanent mechanism for refugee-sharing for any future crises have been stalled for months due to fierce opposition from some member states.

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos launched a stinging attack on Tusk on Tuesday, saying that the paper prepared by President Tusk is unacceptable, it is anti-European.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas returned to the subject on Wednesday, insisting there was no dispute, no drama.

But Schinas said the commission, the executive arm of the EU, firmly disagrees with the statement that relocation as an emergency response has been ineffective.

He said that over 32,000 people had been relocated under the plan, or 90 percent of those eligible. The scheme was originally meant to relocate 160,000 refugees.

Germany and Sweden lead the states backing a permanent quota system under a reform of the EUs asylum rules in the wake of the biggest migration crisis in its history.

But many central and eastern European states are against them, promising a long night of talks on the issue on Thursday.

We can expect a very lively and maybe controversial debate, one EU diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

Reflecting the divisions, another European diplomat said that Avramapoulos had overstepped the mark by far with his comments, but a third said that there had been criticism of the balance in Tusks note.


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19:30

French documentary filmmaker arrested in Kashmir "IndyWatch Feed War"

Indian paramilitary soldiers and a policeman, second from left, guard a checkpoint during a strike to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar, India, on December 10, 2017. State police arrested french filmmaker Comiti Paul Edwards on December 9, in Srinagar while he was shooting a documentary on people injured by pellet guns. (AP/Mukhtar Khan)

New Delhi, December 12, 2017-- Authorities in India's Jammu and Kashmir state must immediately release French documentary filmmaker Comiti Paul Edwards from custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

19:29

OIC recognizes East Jerusalem al-Quds as Palestines capital "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV December 13, 2017 The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has invited all nations to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Palestine, blasting the United States for disregarding Middle East peace by moving its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city. The 57-member organization issued a communique at the end []

19:25

Robert Spencer Video: Why Has ISIS Threatened to Behead the Pope of Islam? "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this new video, I discuss the recent threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) to behead Pope Francis, explaining how anomalous it is in light of his many statements downplaying and denying the reality of jihad terrorism.

19:24

Syrian Army Rsumes Its Advance In Southwestern Aleppo, Engages Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Fierce Fighting (Videos, Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

On December 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) resumed their military operation in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and captured Syriatel Hill and the village of Rsm al-Kabarah southwest of Khanasir town, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

The media outlet added that the SAA and its allies also started their attack on the vilalges of Rsm Sayala and Ramlah south of Syriatel Hill.

Syrian Army Rsumes Its Advance In Southwestern Aleppo, Engages Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Fierce Fighting (Videos, Map)

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Russian warplanes conducted over 20 airstrikes on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham positions in the southwestern Aleppo countryside supporting the SAA advance, according to oppositions sources. Most of the Russian airstrikes targeted the villages of Tell al-Daman and Umm al-Amad, according to the sources.

From its side, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)-linked news agency Ibaa claimed that HTS fighters repelled the SAA attack in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and recaptured Syriatel Hill. Ibaa said that five soldiers of the SAA were killed during the clashes in the hill.

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19:20

Philippines: President Duterte wont rule out nationwide martial law "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Duterte peers through the broken muzzle of a rifle after weapons confiscated during the Marawi siege were destroyed at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig yesterday. Krizjohn Rosales

MANILA, Philippines Martial law in Mindanao can be expanded outside the region if enemies of the state converge and consolidate forces to topple the government, President Duterte said last night, with a warning to terrorists and rebels that the government would be ruthless against those who sow terror in the country.

Backed by the authority to impose military rule in Mindanao for one more year, Duterte did not discount the possibility that martial law could be expanded to the entire country.

The government will not wait until the dying days of its existence. The government can always prevent that disaster to what extent, level of atrocities or attacks, it is not for me to say but the armed forces or the police, Duterte said at a press briefing in Taguig.

He said he would not wait until the enemies are about to slit our throat....

19:17

Two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bangkok, December 13, 2017--Two Reuters reporters were arrested on Tuesday evening by police in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon, Reuters and other news outlets reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for the reporters' immediate and unconditional release.

19:12

WATCH: Ohio Cops Taser Two Men for not Sitting Down "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recently released body cam video shows two Ohio cops using their tasers to punish two brothers for not sitting down in their own home, even though neither of them were under arrest for committing a crime.

One of them suffered a collapsed lung, according to Cincinnati.com.

The incident left both men, who had clean records, with criminal convictions.

Cincinnati police officers Richard Sullivan and Lawrence Johnson responded to a call from Angela Brown, who called police to have her sons, Richard Coleman and James Crawley, removed from her apartment.

Their mother never specified why she wanted her sons out of her house, but Coleman says in the video that his mother is drunk.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer:

The men told city investigators they were at their mothers apartment to help her grocery shop, with one saying Brown previously invited him to live there.

 

One of the experts said that the videos show the two officers actively escalating the situation instead of calming things down and eventually using the Tasers as a form of torture to get them to do what they wanted them to do.

 

Anyone with any common sense can see the officers never give the kids a chance and they immediately turned to a weapon that is one step below using lethal force, said Gary A. Rini, a longtime police officer and commander from suburban Cleveland who now works as a police consultant and expert witness.

 

Following the incident, one of the brothers made a complaint to the Citizen Complaint Authority, which was created as part of the 2001 Collaborative Agreement to investigate allegations against police. Fraternal Order of Police President Hils requested that city investigators hold off on interviewing the officers until after the two men were fully prosecuted.

Officers Sullivan and Johnson arrived around 3:30 p.m. on August 8 to find Coleman, 24, sitting on the couch and his half-brother Crawley, 25, sitting nearby.

Whats going on with you fellas? one officer asks.

We just chillin, Coleman replies.

Coleman then stands up, approaching the officers in an attempt to explain the situation.

But officer Sullivan orders him to sit down....

19:09

Al-Shabaab kept women as sex slaves, subjected them to gang rapes and forced abortions "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why have we seen not just the Islamic State, but also Boko Haram and now al-Shabaab take sex slaves? Because it is sanctioned in Islamic law. The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Quran. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take captives of the right hand []

19:09

Tajik journalist arrested after alleging official corruption "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon at the Independence Palace in Minsk, Belarus on November 30, 2017. Tajik authorities arrested journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov weeks after he published an open letter to Rahmon and several other officials asking them to crack down on corruption. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

New York, December 13, 2017--Tajik authorities should immediately release journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

18:58

FLASH: Violence in Honduras after Disputed Election "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Summary

A full two weeks have passed since polls closed in Honduras presidential election and still there is no official winner.

According to the final tally, the incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernandez leads rival Salvador Nasralla by around 1.6%. Nasralla has refused to accept the result, urging his supporters to take to the streets and protest until a new vote is held. He points to a day-long pause in vote counting where his initial lead of over 5% disappeared as evidence of fraud.

Monitors from the Organization of American States (OAS) said the election was marred with irregularities and a separate analysis from The Economist found suspicions over the vote count to be credible.

The countrys electoral tribunal has until December 26 to declare an official winner.

 

 

The post FLASH: Violence in Honduras after Disputed Election appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

18:54

ALABAMA HAS THE WORST POVERTY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD "IndyWatch Feed War"


ALABAMA HAS THE WORST POVERTY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, U.N. OFFICIAL SAYS

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18:54

The Costs of War: counted in TRILLIONS "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Phillyguy for the Saker blog Introduction The US came out of WWII as the worlds dominant military and economic power. Since that time, US hegemony has been predicated on:

18:52

NYC subway jihad bomber wrote O America, die in your rage in his passport "IndyWatch Feed War"

But as everyone knows, it would have been racist, bigoted and Islamophobic to prevent him from coming here. Port Authority Subway Bombing Suspect Faces Court Hearing, CBS New York, December 13, 2017: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) The man accused of setting off an explosion in a subway passageway under the Port Authority Bus Terminal is []

18:48

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, December 14, 2017 Fear not, I will help you. Whoever has ears ought to hear. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 184

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The dry ground into springs of water.

Reading 1  IS 41:13-20

I am the LORD, your God,
who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, Fear not,
I will help you.
Fear not, O worm Jacob,
O maggot Israel;
I will help you, says the LORD;
your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
I will make of you a threshing sledge,
sharp, new, and double-edged,
To thresh the mountains and crush them,
to make the hills like chaff.
When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them off
and the storm shall scatter them.
But you shall rejoice in the LORD,
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain,
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, the LORD, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open up rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the broad valleys;
I will turn the desert into a marshland,
and the dry ground into springs of water.
I will plant in the desert the cedar,
acacia, myrtle, and olive;
I will set in the wasteland the cypress,
together with the plane tree and the pine,
That all may see and know,
observe and understand,
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 145:1 AND 9, 10-11, 12-13AB

R. (8) The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.
I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever and ever.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R...

18:45

Red Cross says life has stopped in Myanmars Rakhine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV December 13, 2017 The International Committee of the Red Cross says life has stopped in Rakhine state due to the fear of violence, nearly four months after a new wave of crackdown by the government erupted against the persecuted Rohingya Muslims. The ICRC director of operations, Dominik Stillhart, said Wednesday that tensions []

18:40

Military Situation In Area Of Abu Al-Duhur On December 13, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in the area of the town of Abu al-Duhur and the nearby airbase. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are steadily setting a foothold for a large-scale opeartion to re-take this strategic area from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). Recently, the SAA has made a series of advances in northeastern Hama and reached the village of Zahra and the nearby hill.

Military Situation In Area Of Abu Al-Duhur On December 13, 2017 (Map Update)

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18:38

Ukraine, Poland in effort to defuse historical dispute "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tried to ease recent tensions at the meeting with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda

KIEV (AFP)  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda on Wednesday said they would work to defuse recent tensions over the wartime killing of Poles by Ukrainian nationalists.The Polish presidents visit to Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine came after Warsaw denounced Kiev for banning the exhumation of victims of massacres in the Ukrainian Volyn region, which borders Poland.

The move was a tit-for-tat response in protest against Poland destroying a number of memorials to Ukrainian nationalists.

I called on President Poroshenko to agree that exhumations be started again, Duda told reporters after meeting with the Ukrainian leader.

We agreed to approve and lift as soon as possible the ban on exhumations, the Polish president said.

I consider this as the first step to overcome the impasse that has appeared.

Poroshenko said the two leaders came to the mutual opinion that history should not influence the strategic aspect of relations between the two countries.

One side wins from historical conflicts between Ukraine and Poland, and this is neither Ukraine, nor Poland, but Russia, Poroshenko said.

That is why we have to find a clear way out of this situation.

Ukraine and its western neighbour Poland have close ties.

Warsaw was a firm supporter of Kiev after the ouster of a pro-Russian president set off Moscows annexation of Crimea in 2014 and a Russian-backed insurgency in the east of the country.

But in past months there has been renewed rancour over historical disputes, including the killing of Poles by Ukrainian nationalists during World War II in Volyn.

Polands rightwing-dominated parliament last year stirred Ukrainian anger by recognising as a genocide the massacre of some 100,000 Poles by Ukrainian nationalists more than seven decades ago.


18:37

Russia arrests three Muslims plotting jihad massacre targeting the holiday season "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hitting the Infidels over the holiday season seems to be an international initiative for the Islamic State this year. ISIS Cell Preparing Holiday Attacks Using Bombs, Guns and Grenades Arrested, Moscow Police Say, by Damien Sharkov, Newsweek, December 12, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Russia has arrested what it said were three members []

18:34

And now for the Roy Moore post-mortems "IndyWatch Feed War"

Moore lost, And now for the Roy Moore post-mortems Read my post

18:30

TOSCA: World Beyond War Lodi "IndyWatch Feed War"

World Beyond War in Lodi, California, is called TOSCA.

Its being organized by Richard Oxman who would like your help.

Contact him at aptosnews AT gmail.com

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18:29

CPJ calls on Guatemala's attorney general to release immediately and drop all charges against Jerson Antonio Xitumul Morales "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Honorable Thelma Aldana
Public Ministry
15 avenida 15-16 Zona 1, Edificio Gerona 8 Nivel
Ciudad de Guatemala, 01001 Guatemala

December 12, 2017

By email: taldana@mp.gob.gt

Dear Attorney General Thelma Aldana,

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent press freedom organization, asks you to release immediately and drop all charges against Jerson Antonio Xitumul Morales, a journalist currently detained in the province of Izabal.

18:24

New York City subway jihad bomber is follower of Bangladeshi Muslim cleric linked to murders of atheists "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Muslim cleric who leads an Islamic group linked to the murders of atheists. How strange! How did this man who has dedicated his life to understanding his religion properly somehow get the idea that it mandated violence against unbelievers? We can only hope that Pope Francis is on his way top Dhaka now to []

18:19

Muslim leaders urge recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) Muslim leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who hosted the summit of more than 50 Muslim countries in Istanbul, said the U.S. move meant Washington had forfeited its role as broker in efforts to end Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

From now on, it is out of the question for a biased United States to be a mediator between Israel and Palestine, that period is over, Erdogan said at the end of the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states.

We need to discuss who will be a mediator from now on. This needs to be tackled in the UN too, Erdogan said.

A communique posted on the Turkish Foreign Ministry website said the emirs, presidents and ministers gathered in Istanbul regarded Trumps move as an announcement of the U.S. Administrations withdrawal from its role as sponsor of peace.

It described the decision as a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts, an impetus (for) extremism and terrorism, and a threat to international peace and security.

Leaders in...

18:17

HARPER: WHEN MOORE IS LESS "IndyWatch Feed War"

The defeat of Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election in Alabama, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, was a welcome development. But Democrats should not rush to congratulate themselves and draw too many unwarranted conclusions about...

18:17

Child of 12 is roughed up, then detained, by Israeli forces in occupied Hebron "IndyWatch Feed War"

The world is beginning to pay attention to Israeli crimes against children. Earlier this week a photograph of a blindfolded and disoriented Palestinian boy of 16, surrounded by 20 Israeli soldiers who had arrested him, drew international outrage. The boy, Fawzi al-Junaidi, has been charged with throwing stones.

Fawzi al-Junaidi, 16, has been accused of throwing stones. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

Meantime in the U.S., Congresswoman Betty McCollum and 20 others have introduced legislation to cut off U.S. funds when Israel spends them detaining children, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. This week, McCollum writes in the Nation:

Children as young as 12 years old are taken from their beds at night by Israeli soldiers and police. They are bound, blindfolded, and taken to detention centers. Under Israeli military law they are denied access to lawyers during interrogation, and even the youngest children are regularly denied access to their parents during interrogations. This happens to around 500 to 700 Palestinian children every year.

Just such a thing happened three days ago to the family of a leading Hebron anti-occupation activist, Badia Dwaik.

Two of Dwaiks brothers, Wadea and Monqaz, were on t...

18:11

Benjamin Fulford: Fires in Santa Rosa, California and Waldo Canyon, Colorado "IndyWatch Feed War"

Benjamin Fulford

Dear Benjamin,

Here is a picture of the devastation of Waldo Canyon in Colorado in an incredible wild firestorm in 2012.  The reason I bring it up is because its the first time we see multitudes of houses burned and cars melted without touching the trees and grasses around the houses;  very close to the Santa Rosa fires of California recently.  At the time, everyone was remarking about melted cars but untouched trees.  First time ever.  I suggest it was the first time DEW weapons were turned onto the U.S. and her people.

More investigation into the two fires has to be done, I realize, but now that many are coming up with pictures of the laser beams hitting in the Santa Rosa area, maybe there were folks who got the same types of pictures for the Waldo Canyon fires without realizing what they were looking at, as it was the first time.  I just wanted to point out the similarities and my suspicions, even in 2012 when I saw these pictures.  Thanks for your time.

Whistleblower (now deceased) from 2011 Explains California Fires

Debora Tavares interview with Jeff Rense in 2015 conclusively provides documented proof of premeditation of fire destruction of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, in Northern California using microwave weaponry.

This article (Benjamin Fulford: Fires in Santa Rosa, California and Waldo Canyon, Colorado) was originally published on...

18:11

What a failed civil rights campaign can teach climate activists trying to stop Kinder Morgan "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Cam Fenton

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In early December, Canadas National Energy Board gave Texas pipeline company Kinder Morgan permission to ignore local laws and permits while starting construction on its Trans-Mountain pipeline. Scheduled to ship nearly 900,000 barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia by 2019, the project is a potential lightning rod for the climate movement.

As someone with more than a decade involved in campaigns to stop tar sands expansion, Ive been struggling with a simple question: How do we stop Kinder Morgan now that its been approved?

On the one hand, there is a newly minted provincial government in British Columbia that took power with a promise to use every tool at its disposal to stop the project. On the other, the federal government, in support of Alberta and Kinder Morgan, has argued the province has no real recourse for action.

The movement, especially indigenous peoples, have pledged fierce resistance. In the last few months of 2017, weve started seeing sparks of disobedience a mass flotilla shutting down Kinder Morgans terminal construction, a series of actions bird-dogging the same federal leaders who approved the pipeline and the launch of the Tiny House Warriors project, an indigenous-led strategy to construct tiny homes along the path of the pipeline.

As inspiring and important as these actions have been, we still dont have a clear answer to the question at hand: What is the end-game for stopping Kinder Morgan once and for all? Drawing from all my experiences from campaigns, both successful and failed, I see only two ways that the Kinder Morgan pipeline doesnt get built.

The first way is for the federal approval, and the permits that come with it, to be overturned or revoked. If one of the ongoing court challenges to Kinder Mor...

18:10

Ex-Muslim Says: Ban the Niqab "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ex-Muslim Says: Ban the Niqab
Life today for Muslim women in the UK is very different from when I was growing up as a Muslim girl in a Muslim household. You know you are getting old when you start talking about the good old days in relation to your past, but life in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 70s and 80s []

18:10

Talking to the Media : Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Guide for Anarchists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anarchists have appeared in the corporate media a lot this year, from the first breathless reports on resistance to the rise of the far right to recent appearances in the fashion pages. But not all visibility is good visibility. The Trump regime is looking to popularize an image of anarchists and other activists as a major threat to public order in order to legitimize further crackdowns; fascist organizations have worked hard to capitalize on a media profile of antifa as violent and mysterious in order to draw more people into their ranks. Corporate media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are notorious for catering to the reactionary politics of their owners, while even the most sympathetic media coverage can be useful to law enforcement agencies seeking information to use against activists.

Anarchists and others have long been critical of the function of the media itself. Yet its not always possible to avoid press coverage; in the information age, its spin or be spun. When we act effectively in pursuit of social change, media outlets will seek to represent us to the general publicand unless we can disrupt their narratives, most people will see us through their eyes.

Corporate media is not a neutral space in which we can present ideas the way we can in direct conversation with our coworkers and neighbors. It is a strategic terrain on which the authorities position themselves to legitimate the use of force. To step in front of the cameras is to enter a hostile territory controlled by a class that is determined to use our images against us. If we enable media outlets to depict us as violent, alien, or extremeno matter how strong the arguments we make in favor of our tactics or ideasthe ultimate result will be that the authorities are emboldened to step up their attacks on us.

When we engage with the media, we must not imagine that they will promote our ideas; we have to accomplish that on our own through our own channels. (At best, we can use media appearances to direct people to those channels, like the organization that insisted on only answering interviews in front of a banner displaying their website.) Rather, we are engaging in a subtle war of position in which we seek to prevent the authorities from alienating others from us and to undermine the narratives that legitimize their violence. We must always balance the possible gains...

18:03

Chris Hedges: The Israeli Occupation of Palestine with Mohammad Sabaaneh "IndyWatch Feed War"



Chris Hedges and Cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh on the Israeli Occupation of Palestine (Video)

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18:02

Yemen: Saudi Airstrikes Kill Dozens "IndyWatch Feed War"

teleSUR | December 13, 2017 Renewed Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, mainly in the capital city of Sanaa, have resulted in the deaths of dozens of people. At least 39 people died and 90 others were left injured, Reuters reported. Yemens al-Masirah TV reported that at least 51 people died and 80 were left injured. The []

18:00

From Direct Democracy to Centralization: the Swiss Health Care Experiment "IndyWatch Feed War"

By: Marc Fouradoulas
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The problem of health care

No part of the economy seems as convoluted as the health care sector. It comprises a vast array of services and procedures, and is usually embedded in a complex legal framework, influenced by powerful interest groups and state monopolies. Medical expertise, gained over years of education and training, seemingly invalidates consumer choice. The complexities of health disorders and its terminology further dis-empower the individual from understanding and autonomous decision making.

On the other side, strong emotions act as a driving force, too. The fear of suffering and inaccessible care leads to a demand for safety in the hands of experts who ideally act under a medical ethos. It is probably our deepest fear as humans to become ill and not receive care, to deteriorate, face job loss, or even social exclusion. And of course, in the face of suffering one does not want to be at the mercy of profit-driven experts. Finally, neoclassical economists utilized the arguments of market failure (information asymmetry, uncertainty of outcomes, the principal-agent problem, moral hazard etc.) to claim health care is unsuitable to markets. Demands for government controls soon followed. 

A brief history of Swiss health care

And so it has also happened in Switzerland. By the end of the 19th century liability disputes over work related accidents triggered the call for mandatory insurance. The simultaneous introduction of health and accident insurance in its bigger neighbor Germany (under Chancellor Bismarck) in 1884 served as a role model for unions and corporative organizations. In 1914 a peoples referendum led to the introduction of mandatory accident insurance for certain industries. Further, health insurance companies were put under federal supervision and the countrys 26 cantons (or federated states) were given authority to subsidize and organize health care institutions. Apart from subsidizing, however, the government had little say in health care. In fact, 26 different health care systems emerged. Over the 20th century several referendums by social democrats were warded off by a traditional, but fading liberal mindset. The countrys government, the Federal Council, usually advocated individual responsibility and competition as hallmarks of this sector. Finally, in 1994, under the pressure of steadily rising costs and premiums, a slim majority of voters (51.8%) approved a new, more collectivist and interventionist law, leading to a typical tragedy of the commons by politically mutualizing....

17:59

Does the United States Have a Future? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Does the United States Have a Future?

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump at the APEC Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, in November. (Jorge Silva / AP)
Editors note: Gilbert Doctorow is a historian, political analyst and expert in Russian affairs going back to 1965. A graduate of Harvard College in 1967, Doctorow did his graduate research in Moscow as a Fulbright Scholar and got a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975. He later worked in international business, including eight years as managing director of Russia for multinationals, beginning in 1994. Doctorow began writing on international affairs in 2008 and was a visiting scholar at Columbia in 2010-2011. Doctorow, who has a new book called Does the United States Have a Future, delivered the following talk at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7. Following the talk was a Q&A with Doctorow and former CIA analyst ...

17:45

Top Justice Department Official Defends Russia Investigation Amid Republican Criticism DOJs reputation as an impartial arbiter of justice has been called into question. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rod Rosenstein says the agencys employees are honest and trustworthy, with very few exceptions

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A top Justice Department official on Wednesday defended the integrity of the agencys investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, telling Congress he was working with special counsel Robert Mueller to ensure the investigation wouldnt be affected by the political affiliations of any of its prosecutors.

We have employees with political opinions. It is our responsibility to ensure those opinions do not influence our actions. I believe Mr. Mueller understands that. He is running that office appropriately, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at the start of a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. He told Congress the agencys employees are with very few exceptions honest and trustworthy.

Mr. Rose...

17:42

Absolutely Ignored: US Veterans Who Cleaned Up H-Bomb Accident Seek Benefits "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 12.12.2017 Yale Law School students have requested a US court to permit a class-action lawsuit on behalf of US Air Force veterans who responded to the catastrophic 1966 hydrogen bomb accident in the Mediterranean Sea, but who have been denied disability benefits. The 1966 accident occurred when a USAF B-52 carrying four hydrogen []

17:32

Rod Rosenstein, No. 2 official at Justice Department, faces grilling by House Judiciary Committee Takes heat on Mueller investigation, Pro-Clinton FBI agent Peter Strzok, potentially improper FBI questioning of Hillary Clinton on private email server "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Rod Rosenstein

  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing.

    Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel after President Trump decided to fire FBI Director James Comey in May. Mueller has been overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Mr. Trumps former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, recently pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI. The presidents former 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, Manaforts former business associate, were also indicted by a federal grand jury in the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election in October and another Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.

    Follow Rosenstein testimony updates below:


     

  • Steve King asks about FBI interview with Hillary Clinton

    Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, asked Rosenstein about the July 2016 interview with Clinton. Rosenstein said he doesnt know who conducted the interview or how many people were in the room. He said that typically at least two agents conduct interviews. He said that records as kept of that interview with a report compiled, but he said that there is a generally no video, audio or transcripts.

    It needs to become the practice, King said about video or audio recordings.

  • Rosenstein says no one has asked him to remove Mueller

    Speaking with Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, Rosenstein said, Nobody has communicated to me a desire to remove Robert Mueller as special counsel.

  • ...

17:23

Republicans Tax Bill Nearing the Finish Line Heres the latest "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump dines with Republican lawmakers at the White House before giving a speech at 3 p.m. on the $1.5 trillion tax plan moving through Congress

The Senate and House conference committee holds a public hearing on the tax bill at 2 p.m.

A final deal could be announced today, ahead of a vote next week

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, during a news conference at the Capitol on Tuesday. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

House and Senate Republicans are moving closer to a final deal on their $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, with both chambers working feverishly to resolve key differences between the two bills. The looming loss of the Republican seat in the Senate from Alabama adds to the pressure that party members in Congress face to ensure that their tax overhaul faces no last-minute hiccups that push the bill into next year. On Wednesday, they will look to keep the momentum going in the face of Democrats who are feeling newly emboldened.

The conference committee meets

At 2 p.m. the conference committee that was created to merge the House and Senate tax bills will hold its one public meeting. The committee members are a mix of Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate.

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17:23

Syrian War Report December 13, 2017: Trump Declares Victory Over ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-13-2017-trump-declares-victory-isis/ On December 12, ISIS conducted a surprise attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the western bank of the Euphrates in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to

17:17

Peru prosecutor probing alleged abuse seeks to jail Catholic society founder "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Mitra Taj

Lima Cathedral in Peru.
 Lima Cathedral in Peru. Photograph: Domingo Leiva/Getty Images

LIMA (Reuters) A public prosecutor in Peru is seeking the pre-trial detention of Luis Figari, founder of an elite Catholic society who is accused of sexually and physically abusing children and former members of the group, the attorney for the victims of the alleged abuse told Reuters on Wednesday.

The prosecutor will ask a judge to order Figari and three other former leaders of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae to spend up to nine months in jail ahead of trial, said Hector Gadea. Gadea said he received a copy of the prosecutors so-called preventive prison request on Wednesday.

A hearing on the request has yet to be scheduled, Gadea said.

The prosecutors office did not immediately respond to request for comment.

17:12

ActionNYC for Yemen: Twenty Hours In The System "IndyWatch Feed War"

by David Felton, December 12, 2017

This Monday, the New York City Police Department arrested 15 people for blocking entry to the US Mission to the United Nations, while others protested at the Saudi mission, the Saudi office in Los Angeles, and at the Hart Senate Offices in DC, all under the #LetYemenLive protest name. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, reported there was a demonstration in Houston, too. The demonstration in New York included approximately 50 people, while the one in DC included 15, and the one in LA 10. Those in DC sang Christmas carols with original lyrics to US Senators.

I and my fellow protestors just spent a long twenty hours in the system, as the process from the precinct through the labyrinth of basement holding cells, to the courtroom at 100 Centre Street is known. My vest photo of Nora Al-Awlaki was taken by the officers of the Strategic Response Group at the US Mission, and put into an envelope with my house keys, belt and shoelaces, then returned to me outside the courtroom. The officers told me that unless someone showed up at court with my real ID, I would not be released or get any property back. The guys in the holding cell, most from a drug sweep in Washington Heights, were among the rowdiest group of arrestees that I have ever had the privilege of doing time with. Jumping up and down to stay warm, calling out to the correctional officers for toilet paper, smacking each other around, slamming down the pay phone trying to get through to friends and family, and last but not least, going around the cell to figure out who in their circle was going to get charged with what. They assured me that the DA would not ask for bail in my case, whether or not I identified myself, but in fact, when we were all brought upstairs and into the courtroom, the DA did ask for $1000 bail, given my numerous open cases, and extensive interstate contacts.

A much more thorough discussion of the issues involved in present-day antiwar efforts took place in the holding cell than will ever take place in the courtroom, as I tried to explain the context for our demonstrati...

17:11

#NoG20 Prison Was a Tough Experience Interview With Fabio After his Release "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is the english translation of Fabios tellings, who is finely free, after more than four month of imprisonment.

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Originally  published by Osservatorio Repressione. Translated by United We Stand.

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

Read all our NoG20 reports; here.

#NoG20 Prison Was a Tough Experience Interview With Fabio After his Release

This is the english translation of Fabios tellings, who is finely free, after more than four month of imprisonment.

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17:10

Norway first country to switch off FM radio "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

NTB Scanpix/AFP | Authorities say the transition to digital allows for better sound quality and more channels

OSLO (AFP)  

Norway on Wednesday completed its transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network despite some grumblings.

As scheduled, the countrys most northern regions and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the late morning, said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norways public and commercial radio.

The transition, which began on January 11, allows for better sound quality, a greater number of channels and more functions, all at a cost eight times lower than FM radio, according to authorities.

The move has however been met with some criticism linked to technical incidents and claims that there is not sufficient DAB coverage across the country.

In addition, radio users have complained about the cost of having to buy new receivers or adapters, usually priced around 100 to 200 euros ($117 to $235).

Currently, fewer than half of motorists (49 percent) are able to listen to DAB in their cars, according to DRN figures.

According to a study cited by local media, the share of Norwegians who listen to the radio on a daily basis has dropped by 10 percent in one year, and public broadcaster NRK has lost 21 percent of its audience.

Its a big change and we have to give listeners time to adapt to digital radio, the head of DRN, Ole Jorgen Torvmark, said in a statement.

After each shutdown (in a region), we noticed that the audience first dropped but then rose again, he added.

The transition concerns only national radio channels. Most local stations continue to broadcast in FM.

Other countries like Switzerland, Britain and Denmark are due to follow suit in the coming years.


16:52

U.S. Economic Expansion Could Become Longest on Record "IndyWatch Feed War"

Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal see 43% probability of a recession in the next three years

A stack of the current income tax regulations sits on the dais during a House Ways and Means Committee markup of the Republicans' Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the Longworth Building in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 6
A stack of the current income tax regulations sits on the dais during a House Ways and Means Committee markup of the Republicans Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the Longworth Building in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 6 PHOTO: TOM WILLIAMS/CQ ROLL CALL/ZUMA PRESS
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Forecasters are increasingly optimistic the U.S. economic expansion could continue beyond the 2020 presidential election, aided by Republican tax legislation that is expected to lift growth over the next several years.

The slow-but-sturdy expansion that began in mid-2009 already is the third-longest in U.S. history and, if it continues into the second half of 2019, will exceed the 10-year record set by the 1990s economic boom.

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16:46

IMF Warns on Chinas Financial System (Again) "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Summary

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that Chinas financial stability is at significant risk. On December 6, the IMF released its 2017 Financial Sector Stability Assessment benchmarking the health of Chinas financial sector since its last assessment in 2011. While praising Chinas economic growth, the assessment found that there are many areas that Chinas financial system is vulnerable to instability.

 

The post IMF Warns on Chinas Financial System (Again) appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

16:43

A Thousand Voices for Truth. Add Yours! "IndyWatch Feed War"

When I started working with Mondoweiss in 2008 we had two writersPhil Weiss and me.

Today, Mondoweiss has more than 1,000 contributors sharing the facts from Palestine and Israel: A Thousand Voices for Truth. We are rejoicing at our communitys size and strength, and were working to raise $160,000 by year-end to keep the growth going. Im writing to ask you to celebrate with usto contribute to help us make our goal.

Donate buttonDo you remember the first meetings you attended to work with others for Palestinian rights? I first became involved in Palestine solidarity during the second intifada in 2000. I vividly remember sitting in a small living room with a few friends, strategizing how to challenge American hostility and indifference toward Palestinians. Some of you, I know, had been fighting for decades already in 2000but you too, I imagine, went to your share of tiny, intimate gatherings.

And just as vivid is the memory of how isolated and beleaguered we felt. We were fervent advocates for justice, eager to change minds, but it was hard to see a path to those changes.

Its 2017, and while horrors greet us every day in the news, one thing has visibly improved: the meetings of people committed to justice in Palestine cant fit in living rooms anymore. We over-flow large lecture halls! And we show up at legislatures, universities, on the op-ed pages and in the streets with increasing strength and frequency. And last month Mondoweiss reported on the first bill for Palestinian rights ever introduced in the U.S. Congress. Long overduebut real progress.

Credit for our movements growth goes to many heroes, over many years. Let me ask you: have you seen the impact of Mondoweiss in that growth?

Phil Weiss started writing impassioned, thoughtful critiques of U.S. foreign policy and the price it exacted from Palestinians back in 2006. And he didnt stop at just expressing his own thoughtshe sought out experts, talented neophytes, and those steeped in the issue. Today, almost twelve years later, Mondoweiss provides an intellectual home for more than 1,000 writers, artists, scholars and activists. We are so very proud to spread the messages of voices like yours: A Thousand Voices for Truth!

Take Richard Falk, former...

16:43

Jordan is boiling: How to contain the popular anger at Trump's Jerusalem decision "IndyWatch Feed War"

With tension rising, Jordanian MPs are due to put the peace agreement signed in 1994 under review in a strong message to Israel

16:40

Israeli undercover unit breaks up Palestinian protest "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | An undercover Israeli policeman detains a Palestinian protester in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 13, 2017
RAMALLAH (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP)  An Israeli undercover unit infiltrated a Palestinian protest on the outskirts of Ramallah on Wednesday before dispersing it by firing into the air.AFP journalists witnessed the operation during the protest by around 100 to 150 Palestinians, including some who threw stones at Israeli soldiers, near a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

The operation saw a few dozen soldiers move from further down the street towards the crowd.

Suddenly, several men wearing keffiyehs or balaclavas, including one with a Palestinian flag wrapped around his head, pulled out pistols.

One threw a smoke grenade while others fired in the air. The army then rapidly moved towards the remaining protesters, who fled.

Medics on the scene said three Palestinians had been injured during the protests.

Israels military had not immediately responded to a request for comment.

Rare video footage of the operation was captured by an AFP journalist.

Israeli forces regularly carry out such operations against stone-throwing protests in which agents pretend to be demonstrators before turning on the crowd.

Such agents are referred to by Palestinians as mustarabeen, a word used to refer to those who disguise themselves as Arabs.

Wednesdays protest was part of demonstrations and clashes that have occurred in the Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital a week ago.

Four Palestinians have been killed so far in clashes or Israeli air strikes in response to rocket fire from Gaza. One Israeli has been seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.

 


16:40

Leftist Israeli general threatens to tear the Palestinians apart and toss them across the Jordan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amiram Levin, a retired Israeli general, is a strong supporter of Labor leader Avi Gabbay.

Recently Levin unfurled his murderous views about Palestinians in an interview with Maariv (Hebrew), which will be published in full this coming weekend. In it, he opined that the Palestinians deserved the occupation. He said that we justly conquered Judea and Samaria [sic]. They did not accept the partition borders [referring to UN Partition plan 1947] and opened a war. They dont deserve anything.

Levin speaks about peace process, saying that peace is hope: We need to conduct strict negotiations and not return to 1967 lines. He speaks of a time after Palestinian President Abbas, about a young Palestinian leadership that sat in jail and saw that we [Israel] cant be defeated.

Well give it a carrot in the form of a state, and if it doesnt want it, well tear it apart. I would also have wanted the whole of Israel [referring to the whole of historical Palestine]. Many times I have said that if they violate agreements, the next time well fight here they will not remain, we will toss them across the Jordan. Thats how you need to fight. We were way too nice in 67.

Yes, thats right thats a Zionist leftist saying those things. They are not very different from what Likud minister Tzachi Hanegbi said recently, that the Palestinians may be bringing a third Nakba upon themselves.

Its not so strange either, that these words come from Levin. In the past, he has said about Palestinians, that most of these people are born to die anyway, we just need to help them to it. 

What may appear strange to some, is how such a person can be considered a leftist and a liberal. Indeed, Levin has come out in defense of Breaking the Silence, an organization that gathers stories and testimonies from Israeli soldiers, stories which amount to evidence of prima facie war crimes. He apparently enjoys the notion of shooting and crying. But he really hasnt got much tears to spare for Palestinians.

His position resembles much the Israeli historian Benny Morris, who opines that there are circumstances in history that justify ethnic cleansing, that if Dav...

16:37

S. Arabia pledges $100 million and UAE $30 million for Sahel anti-terror force "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

Ludovic Marin, AFP | Malis President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Frances President Emmanuel Macron take part in a press conference on December 13 at La Celle-Saint-Cloud, near Paris.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-12-13

Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million towards a five-nation anti-terror force in the Sahel region of West Africa, while the United Arab Emirates has offered $30 million, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.

Macron made the announcement at a meeting to drum up support for the G5 Sahel force, an initiative pooling troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

The leaders of the five nations, which are among the worlds poorest, joined Macron and other leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the talks at a chateau in La Celle-Saint-Cloud outside Paris.

Former colonial power France is fighting against jihadists in West Africa with its 4,000-strong regional Barkhane force, but is keen for the countries affected to take on more responsibility.

>> Video: FRANCE 24 follows the forces fighting Sahel jihadists

We must win the war against terrorism in the Sahel-Sahara region, Macron told a press conference after the meeting.

There are attacks everyday, there are states which are currently in jeopardy We must intensify our efforts, he said.

(AFP)


16:33

U.S. Military Promotes New Genetic Extinction Technology "IndyWatch Feed War"

Talk Nation Radio: U.S. Military Promotes New Genetic Extinction Technology

Jonathan R. Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral r...

16:30

France to Ban Use of Mobile Phones in Schools from September "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Guardian: The French government is to ban students from using mobile phones in the countrys primary, junior and middle schools. Children will be allowed to bring their phones to school, but not allowed to get them out at any time until they leave, even during breaks. A proposed ban was included in Emmanuel Macrons []

16:30

La France complice dun crime de masse au Ymen "IndyWatch Feed War"

La France complice dun crime de masse au Ymen

ACTU
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16:28

Jeremy Corbyn does not support blanket boycotts of Israel, says spokesperson "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Days after shadow international development secretary tweets BDS support, Corbyn's position highlights Labour party splits

16:25

Times super-Zionist Bret Stephens commits fallacy and falsehood, on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

In his oped for The New York Times on December 9, 2017, entitled Jerusalem Denial Complex, Bret Stephens, the new super-Zionist Times oped columnist, supported Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital by arguing that Trump was simply acknowledging reality.  This echoes Trumps own justification for the move from his speech announcing the new policy last week.  After listing the many pieties, as Stephens puts it, that Trumps announcement finally lays to rest, he gives us the following description of Jerusalem:

What Jerusalem is is the capital of Israel, both as the ancestral Jewish homeland and the modern nation-state. When Richard Nixon became the first American president to visit the country in 1974, he attended his state dinner in Jerusalem. Its where President Anwar Sadat of Egypt spoke when he decided to make peace in 1977. Its what Congress decided as a matter of law in 1995. When Barack Obama paid his own presidential visit to Israel in 2013, he too spent most of his time in Jerusalem. So why maintain the fiction that Jerusalem isnt the capital?

Whats interesting about this passage is that it embodies both a fundamental fallacy and a fundamental falsehood.  Pretty good for one paragraph.

The fallacy is one of equivocation, in this case on the word recognition.  One commits this fallacy when one takes an ambiguous term in this case, recognition   and constructs an argument in which one uses the terms in one sense in a crucial premise and then in a different sense in the conclusion. Recognition has two, admittedly related, meanings.  In one sense, the one expressed when it is said its time to recognize reality and stop believing in fictions, the premises of Stephenss argument, recognize just means acknowledge what is the case.  And in this sense all of us know, indeed recognize, that Jerusalem has functioned as Israels capital for many years, so if you want to talk to government leaders, of course thats where you have to go.  So from this premise, together with the premise that you ought to acknowledge facts that are staring you in the face, Stephens (and Trump) conclude that you ought to recognize that Jerusalem is Israels capital.  Sounds almost reasonable when you put it that way.

However, recognition has a different sense when describing political acts carried out by representatives of nation-states.  In this sense it means formally agreeing not to challenge the situation in question, to sanction it and treat it as legitimate. So Trumps act wasnt a mere cognitive achievement, it was a political act of officially acquiescing and condoning Israels annexation of the city against international law.  The point is that when governments recognize they are not mere...

16:22

Trump nominee Kenneth Marcus has a career of trying to criminalize campus free speech "IndyWatch Feed War"

As Jews, we generally take great pride in the support we have shown for civil rights and free speech. The 1964 sit-in of thousands of students in UC Berkeleys Sproul Hall, which catapulted the free speech movement into the headlines, included a Hanukkah service. We still talk  about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel praying with his legs in 1965 as he marched with Dr. King in Selma. Even as recently as 1995, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) proudly announced its position in defense of the first Amendment, we cherish these protections, not only because they are the hallmark of true freedom, but because we also know that the vibrant political discussion they foster strengthens our nation. We like to think of ourselves as long time champions for justice and equality. And so, we should be appalled at the nomination of Kenneth Marcus for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education.

Kenneth Marcus, President and General Council of the Brandeis Center, is well-known for his attacks on university students who campaign for Palestinian rights. In complete disregard for the First Amendment, Marcus spends his time trying to trying to convince lawmakers to classify student activism critical of the Israeli government as inherently anti-Semitic. Using a tactic coined lawfare, Marcus and the Brandeis Center championed Title VI complaints to the Department of Education, asking universities to punish student activists and prohibit their activities.

In 2011, Brandeis Center lawyers filed a complaint with the Department of Education on behalf of UC Berkeley alumna Jessica Felber. The complaint alleged that the constructing a mock Israeli checkpoint created an unsafe environment for Jewish students. The suit was dismissed...

16:10

Congress takes no action on Iran sanctions as deadline passes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV December 13, 2017 The US Congress misses a deadline to decide on re-imposing anti-Iran sanctions, which were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, with reports saying the lawmakers sought to kick the decision on the issue back to President Donald Trump. On October 13, Trump refused to certify that the Islamic Republic []

15:45

Abbas slams 'dishonest' America and casts it aside as partner in peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Palestinian president's speech at OIC denounces Trump and Israel, and announces a Palestinian state freed of US straitjacket

15:41

How An Arctic Current Could Cool the Climate in Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yup, an Arctic current, that exists. In the  real world. Not computer simulation.- Its not a wayward current either,  despite the Yale headline- Thats spin/lie/manipulation. Which is why I wont use it for the post headline! The current was identified as existing, on the planet, more then 50 years ago, by Russian scientists  

Im dumping all the spin and hyperbole to give you the facts alone- Which means I will include what is known and either omit or note the wild speculation.

How a "Wayward" (manipulative) Arctic Current Could Cool the Climate in Europe


Some sorely needed background on the Beaufort Gyre

The first confirmation of the Beaufort Gyres existence came in the 1950s when Soviet scientists conducted research in the region. Carmack first visited the gyre in 1971. At that point, the gyre had weakened and had set in motion the Great Salinity Anomaly.

Great Salinity Anomaly- What is that?!


A similar event, known as the Great Salinity Anomaly, occurred from the late 1960s into the 1970s, when a surge of water out of the Arctic Ocean freshened and cooled the top half-mile of parts of the North Atlantic. According to British oceanographer Robert R. Dickson, the Great Salinity Anomaly represented one of the most persistent and extreme variations in global ocean climate observed during the past century. (not AGW) The surge of ice and freshwater cooled Northern Europe dramatically and disrupted the North Atlantic food chain, which, in turn, caused a collapse of the lucrative herring fishery. Between 1951 and 2010, as many as eight of 18 exceptionally cold European winters occurred during the period of the Great Salinity Anomaly.


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15:35

Comparing two BBC Radio 4 Today interviews part one "IndyWatch Feed War"

The December 6th edition of BBC Radio 4s flagship news and current affairs programme Today included several items relating to what was at the time an anticipated announcement by the US president concerning Jerusalem and the transfer of his countrys embassy to that city.

In addition to reports from the BBCs own Yolande Knell, Barbara Plett-Usher and Jon Sopel, listeners heard two interviews conducted by presenter John Humphrys in which very different styles of interviewing were evident.

The first interview (from 01:34:40 here) was with the mayor of Jerusalem and in his introduction Humphrys erased the religious significance of that city to Jews from the picture presented to listeners.

[emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Humphrys: There is no more sensitive issue in Middle East p...

15:30

Labour Party denies it supports Assad remaining in power in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Shadow foreign secretary's question has been read as a proposal, allowing Assad to remain in power as part of peace deal with Iran

15:26

Salman lifts Saudi cinema ban: Here are the films Twitter would love to see "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Saudi Arabia announced it's lifting the 35-year-ban on public cinemas and social media users are revelling in it

15:24

Donald Trumps China Hawk Clown College Now in Session! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trumps China Hawk clown college is officially in session!  The China hawks are getting their way on Korea, Australia, and Taiwan.  But look for US China policy to overpromise, underdeliver, and screw up in what we now love to call the Indo-Pacific Region.

Its hard to push around the Peoples Republic of China.  Maybe thats why the US China hawk community has concentrated on whipping Australia into shape.  The Australian battle to combat PRC influence and ignore US influence passed an important milestone with Malcolm Turnbull taunting the Chinese in Mandarin and ASIO gearing up for stage two of its witch hunt against pro-PRC politicians.

Meanwhile, US Korean policy drifts into a frozen conflict.  Will Trump turn that aroundby flipping the switch on red hot radioactive Armageddon?

And China hawks want to do something bold and provocative on Taiwan.   But will China play ball?

Finally, the myth of Hambantota: the BS getting peddled about the PRC and the Sri Lankan debt trap.  Who really put Sri Lankas wallet in the wringer?  The answer will probably surprise you.

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Show notes

US will take North Korea into its own hands if China doesnt do more -- Haley

North Korea: Urgent need to open channels, UN says after visit

The Sellout in Oz My China Watch special report on the most consequential and under-reported Asia story of the year: the coordinated US-Australian deep state campaign t...

15:22

China vs Google, Facebook and other US internet giants: a lesson in internet oversight for the West Chinese value social stability more than consumer choice "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jesse Friedlander says while the US government is playing catch-up with the globally powerful tech companies of Facebook, Google and others, Beijings tight grip on cyberspace appears to be paying off

By Jesse Friedlander
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 5:36pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 6:52pm
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15:11

South Korea, U.S. and China Unite to Give Talks With North Korea Another Chance "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Koreas Moon visits Beijing in effort to repair ties with China

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15:04

UK Colder then Moscow- One World Banker/Oligarch Climate Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Were supposed to believe the planet is warming and this is all because of carbon and very bad humans- Yet  very cold, cold temperatures in Britain. That unusual snow in the deep south.
 Rare Snow Storm Hits Deep South: Travel Warnings And colder then usual temps in my locale. -9 Celsius right now! 6:50 pm est. Our usual low -4 Celsius. And it's set to get colder still tonight! Warming hardly seems an issue.
December 13/2017 awoke to a frigid -14  C or 6 Fahrenheit
December 12/2017  Max (high) : -1.5C / 29.3 F 
Min (low) : -12.1C/10.2F
Averages for December 12..Max 2C. Min -4C..   or    Max 36F. Min 25F.
As you can read we're much colder yesterday and today!
 
Freezing Temps Make Britain Colder then Moscow

"Temperatures in parts of the UK have dropped to below those currently recorded in Moscow, following the coldest night of the year so far.
The mercury dropped to as low as -13C in Shrop...

15:00

North Korea is Not a Threat to the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

by David William Pear, via OpEdNews Like Pavlovs dog, the mainstream media slobbers platitudes every time North Korea launches another test missile. Listening to the blather one would think that once Kim Jong-un has a missile capable of reaching the US, he is going to use it in an unprovoked nuclear attack on the US mainland killing millions of Americans. For Kim to attack the US he would have to be insane, paranoid, and suicidal. Top officials in the US intelligence agencies say he is not. Director of Intelligence Dan Coats has said publicly that Kim is acting very rational; the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Kim is not insane ; the CIA deputy director of the Korea Mission Center, Yong Suk Lee, says that Kim is not suicidal, either. So we can rest with ease that Kim Jong-un is highly unlikely to wake up one morning and nuke America because he can. According to Yong, Kim wants to rule for a long time and die peacefully in his own bed.[CNN, October 6,

14:55

We Saved Net Neutrality Once. We Can Do It Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

Democracy lives or dies on the quality of public conversation. Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, Thomas Jefferson wrote, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Today it doesnt take the smarts of a Jefferson to realize that our public conversation, filtered through corporate-controlled, often-fractured media, is faltering. While analyzing how to fix our broken news system, from the promotion of public broadcasting to eliminating fake news, is complex, right now is a critical moment to hold the line. If we hope to reinvigorate our media, today democracy defenders are called upon to play defenseand quickly.

14:54

Looking To Portugal For the Road Leading Out of the Opoid Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Portugals radical drugs policy is working. Why hasnt the world copied it?

Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.

 

By

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14:51

Israeli Intelligence Minister Invites Saudi Crown Prince to Visit Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Yisrael Katz proposes that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

By Noa Landau Dec 13, 2017 2:18 PM
Haaretz

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017. Faisal Al Nasser/REUTERS
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Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz invited Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Israel.

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Katz confirmed to Haaretz that he extended the invitation in an interview to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph, however, the online publication chose to edit the invitation out.
Saudi Arabia does not have official diplomatic ties with Israel.

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Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Katz proposed that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Katz added that Israel would be happy to participate in such negotiations.

Also on Wednesday, Saudi Arabias King Salman commented on U.S. President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, saying that the Palestinians have a right to East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Salman made his comments as Arab and Muslim leaders gathered in Istanbul to discuss Trumps decision.

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King Salman appointed his son, 32-year-old Mohammad bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS, as Saudi Arabias heir to the throne in June. Many expect that in the not-too-distant future, King Salman, who is elderly and ill, will step down and hand the scepter to bin Salman.

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The princes firm anti-Iranian position makes him an important partner to the U.S. and Israel. Several Arab websites have reported in the past few years that bin Salman has met with several top Israelis.

According to these reports, one such meeting took place in Eilat in 2015; another on the margins of the Arab summit in Jordan this March, and there are regular meetings between Saudi and Israeli officers in the joint war room where Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States coordinate.

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Last month, Elaph published an unprecedented interview with the Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, marking the first time any senior Israel Defense Forces officer, let alone the chief of staff, was interviewed by a media organization in Saudi Arabia.

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In the interview, Eisenkot called Iran the real and largest threat...

14:50

Two People Locked Themselves To Crane At Port Of Tacoma "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two protesters have locked themselves to a crane at the construction site of a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) liquefied natural gas facility at the Port of Tacoma this morning, according to activist group 350 Seattle. A spokesperson for the Port of Tacoma confirmed that Tacoma Police and the fire department have responded to the scene. Climate activists and the Puyallup Tribe have been protesting the facility for years. It sits on the tribe's ancestral land at the Port of Tacoma, between two stretches of the Puyallup reservation. Two years ago, the tribe filed a lawsuit against the City of Tacoma, PSE, and the Port of Tacoma, claiming that the project would impact tribal members' ability to fish in treaty waters.

14:45

Exxon To Disclose Climate Risks Under Pressure From Investors "IndyWatch Feed War"

Under pressure from investors, prosecutors and global regulators, ExxonMobil Corp. agreed on Monday to strengthen its analysis and disclosure of the risks its core oil business faces from climate change and from government efforts to rein in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. That will require Exxon to face squarely the implications of reduced oil demand if the world makes good on the pledges of the Paris climate agreement to cut carbon emissions practically to zero fast enough to avoid the worst effects of global warming. In a one-paragraph filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the oil giant said it would stop resisting motions filed by dissident shareholders seeking this kind of risk disclosure.

14:44

British PM facing rebellion over key Brexit bill Its not over until its over "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Britains Prime Minister Theresa May managed to strike a deal in Brussels last week to move onto the next stage of Brexit negotiations, but is already facing more problems
LONDON (AFP)  

British Prime Minister Theresa May was Wednesday facing a rebellion from her own MPs over whether parliament will have a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal in what would be a damaging defeat.

A vote is expected later on Wednesday on an amendment to a landmark bill ending Britains membership of the European Union and incorporating thousands of pieces of EU legislation into the British statute books.

Dominic Grieve, an MP in Mays Conservative Party, proposed the amendment requiring any Brexit deal to be made law by a binding parliamentary vote.

Ten Tory MPs have signed Grieves amendment.

If the government loses, that would deal a heavy blow to May less than a week after she struck a deal in Brussels to move onto the next stage of negotiations.

The government needs to listen to whats being said to them, Grieve told Sky News on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, my impression of the last few days, when Ive been talking to the government, is that it seems to be a bit of a dialogue of the deaf. Theyve turned this into a battle of wills.

Keir Starmer, chief Brexit spokesman for the main opposition Labour party, has tweeted that his MPs will back the amendment if pushed to a vote.

Government committed to vote

Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith, a hardline Brexiteer, earlier accused Grieve of looking for ways to derail the bill, saying the amendment would tie the governments hands in negotiations with the EU.

The row revolves around Clause 9 of the bill, which hands the government Henry VIII powers to implement the Brexit deal without parliamentary approval.

Brexit secretary David Davis has promised to give MPs a final vote, and issued a statement Wednesday in a bid to head off the rebellion.

The government has committed to hold a vote on the final deal in parliament as soon as possible after the negotiations have concluded, he said.

This vote will take the form of a resolution in both Houses of Parliament and will cover both the Withdrawal Agreement and the.

The stateme...

14:40

How Movements Can Turn Money Into Victories "IndyWatch Feed War"

As an organizer in the climate movement, I dont usually have a lot of spare cash to donate to the cause. (Still waiting on that Soros money!) But since the people doing the work are my friends and comrades, I know when theyre not getting support for vital, underappreciated stuff. So on the occasions when I can afford it, I throw a little money their way, and they do the same for me and for groups Im working with. Often, this means giving to a bail fund after a successful direct action, for example, or helping a veteran organizer come up with a months rent to get on their feet during a hard time. In other words, its the kind of thing that a philanthropic foundation is unlikely to touch. But for the scrappy, grassroots groups that are most effective at stopping new fossil fuel projectsand that are also proposing the most creative, promising alternativesits precisely the kind of thing that can make or break a campaign. Thats because smaller organizations are much less able to weather the kind of spur-of-the-moment expenses that inevitably come up.

14:36

FBI Agent, Lawyer Disparaged Trump and Supported Clinton Then Appointed By Mueller Team To Investigate Trump, Russia Ties Raises specter of bias in the investigation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a fundraising event for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Boston. (AP)

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14:30

LA Brings Social Equity To Marijuana Sellers "IndyWatch Feed War"

LOS ANGELES  Beginning in January in Los Angeles, individuals who are low-income and/or have had a conviction for a marijuana-related offense will enjoy priority status when it comes to applying for a license to legally sell the herb. Cultivators or manufacturers will also have such status, thanks to the Los Angeles City Council.  On Wednesday the council voted to repeal a four-year-old ban on such businesses in the city, and that repeal is accompanied by what supporters are saying is the most aggressive and progressive social equity clause in the nation. In the movement to decriminalize marijuana, attempts to apply social equity standards to cannabis have been talked about but have not made much progress.

14:30

Germanys Angela Merkel and SPD start grand coalition talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germanys conservative and Social Democratic leaders are meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a new grand coalition government. After initial cold feet from the SPD, what are the chances of success?

Seehofer, Merkel and Schulz (picture-alliance/dpa/G. Fischer)

Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of Germanys conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), is set to meet Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz on Wednesday evening for the first unmediated discussions about whether to extend the countrys current grand coalition government.

After their worst electoral performance in post-war German history, the SPD is wary about signing on for another stint as the junior partners to the CDU, along with their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). Indeed, Schulz twice categorically dismissed another grand coalition before being forced to change his position.

It certainly wasnt a very good idea to rule out entering into another grand coalition so soon, political scientist Lothar Probst of Bremen University told DW. But naturally the SPD still feels the pains of two grand coalitions in nine years, and many members of the grass roots and not only there  feel that another one would be to their detriment.

Read more: What you need to know about another Angela Merkel-led grand coalition in Germany

Negotiations expert Wolfgang Bosch advertises himself as someone who assists people in overcoming feelings of helplessness in the face of overwhelming partners a phrase that could accurately describe the Social Democrats at present. What would his advice be to Schulz and company?

Id encourage them to go into talks without too many preconceived notions and free themselves from their misgivings after four years of a grand coalition, Bosch told DW. They should go into the talks with confidence and inner strength and say: Were the SPD  weve been around for 150 years.

Bosch added that its very important for Merkel, CSU leader Horst Seehofe...

14:28

Central European Gas Hub explosion halts Russian gas transit to Austria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Central European Gas Hub explosion halts Russian gas transit to Austria

The blast that rocked the gas hub at Baumgarten in Austria has reportedly left one dead and several injured, forcing the operator OMV to shut the facility

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Transit deliveries of Russian gas to Austria via Slovakia are temporarily suspended because of the explosion on the gas hub near Baumgarten an der March (Lower Austria) occurred on Tuesday, Slovensky Rozhlas radio station said on Tuesday.

Gas deliveries to the Czech Republic are implemented in full scope, CTK news agency said at the same time.

Natural gas supplies to Austrian regions are implemented normally, Austrias EAA Gruppe said in its turn.

Provision of gas to Austria after the explosion in Baumgarten is taking place from reserves in Austrian gas storages. Enterprises of EAA Gruppe prudently accumulated large gas volumes for its consumers in required quantity, press service of EAA Grup...

14:28

Islamic countries declare East Jerusalem capital of occupied Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

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OIC summit statement condemns US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital, and brands Israel 'racist'

14:25

Mussolini Era Law Used By Italy Against Pipeline Protesters "IndyWatch Feed War"

Italian authorities are using a Mussolini-era law to put an entire town under lockdown while they force through a gas pipeline against the wishes of the local community, activists have said. A so-called red zone was declared around Melendugno by the central governments military police force this month, after months of protests against the effect of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on the local area. Activists on the ground who contacted The Independent say the police swooped in the middle of the night and barred people from leaving their homes, blockaded streets, and fenced off olive farms. Some locals have been expelled and cannot access Melendugno... for the next three years, Sabina Giese, one resident of the town said.

14:23

GOP Eyes Cut for Top End, 21% Corporate Rate: Tax Debate Update "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

December 13, 2017, 4:00 AM EST

President Donald Trump plans to make what his staff members called a closing argument for tax-overhaul legislation Wednesday as congressional Republicans consider last-minute revisions to key provisions. Here are the latest developments, updated throughout the day:

GOP Eyes Cut for Top End, 21% Corporate Rate

Million-dollar earners would get a bigger tax break, and corporations would get a slightly smaller one under changes Republican tax writers were discussing behind closed doors Tuesday changes that would revamp their overhaul legislation as it nears final votes next week.

Lawmakers and congressional staffers worked into the night Tuesday, amid discussions of setting the top individual tax rate at 37 percent down from the current 39.6 percent and lower than the Senates plan to set the top rate at 38.5 percent. Discussions of that potential boon for the highest earners confirmed by two people familiar with the talks come as Trump plans to pitch the bills benefits for American families during a White House speech on Wednesday.

Despite strong support for the tax plan among Republican lawmakers, who are rushing to complete the bill for Trumps signature next week, polls show the plan is unpopular with Americans amid perceptions that the tax changes would favor the wealthy. Administration officials say the polls have been skewed and they predict the plans popularity would grow as Americans focus on the legislations specifics.

But lawmakers were considering changing those details on Tuesday as people familiar with the secret negotiations described various potential revisions:

  • Cutting the top individual income tax rate to 37 percent, which would help address top earners complaints about losing certain tax deductions, but could also damage claims by Trump and others that the measure is mostly aimed at middle-class relief.
  • Setting the corporate tax rate at...

14:20

FCC Does Not Understand Internet, Flawed Analysis "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal "is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology," a group of inventors and technologists told members of Congress and the FCC in a letter today. The letter's 21 signers include Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf; World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, public-key cryptography inventors Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman; RSA public-key encryption algorithm co-inventor Ronald Rivest; Paul Vixie, who designed several widely used Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications; and security expert and professor Susan Landau, who has fought against government attempts to make phone encryption less secure.

14:17

Trump punted the Iran deal to Congress. Congress just punted it back. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trumps big decertification strategy hasnt borne fruit yet.

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When President Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal, he was punting the question of whether it should be torn up to Congress. Congress just punted it back to him and hes back to square one, with the deal he promised to scrap still in place.

Thats because Tuesday was the deadline for Congress to take advantage of a law that made it incredibly easy to impose the kind of sanctions on Iran that would likely kill the deal. Republican lawmakers didnt do that. Nor have they made any progress on a bill that would have imposed stricter conditions on Tehran. In other words, the deal remains as it always was, despite Trumps fiery criticism of it.

The fight over the nuclear deals future began in October, when Trump declared that Iran was not complying with all the terms of the Obama administrations pact with Tehran and that the deal itself was not in Americas national security interest.

But instead of torpedoing the deal himself, he decided to put the fate of the bill in Congresss hands.

When Trump decided to decertify the Iran deal under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, it opened a 60-day window for Congress to easily reimpose old sanctions on Iran that would end the deal. During that time, Republicans were able to use...

14:15

Infiltration And Intense Law Enforcement At Standing Rock Camp "IndyWatch Feed War"

AS LAW ENFORCEMENT officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a camp in the pipelines path, two sheriffs deputies broke formation to tackle a 37-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gunshots allegedly went off alongside her. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies lunged toward her left hand and wrested a gun away from her. Well before that moment, Fallis had been caught in a sprawling intelligence operation that sought to disrupt and discredit opponents of the pipeline.

14:15

Jon Rappoport: Ten Elements of a Covert False Flag Operation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jon Rappoport

Ten essential elements of a covert op

List below the fold. For expansion, click on headline.

ONE: Compartmentalization.

TWO: Gaining tremendous media coverage for the effect of the op (even exaggerating the effects), while hiding the cause and the players who planned it.

THREE: Blaming the wrong people as the originators of the op. Relentlessly discrediting truth tellers who see whats really going on.

FOUR: Developing and promoting a false cover story to describe the details of the op; in many cases, those details are wrong.

FIVE: Laying down false trails for investigators and independent researchers.

SIX: At least several goals.

SEVEN: Testing public response.

EIGHT: Controlled opposition.

NINE: Distraction.

TEN: Limited hangout.

Read full post with expansion of each of the above elements.

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False Flag @ Phi Beta Iota

14:10

CODEPINK Protests Democrats Supporting Saudi Weapons Deals "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its the holiday season in Washington, and Christmas carolers with bells and funny red hats are everywhere. But CODEPINKs carolers werent interested in decking the halls with boughs of holly on Monday. Instead: nows the time to stop the killing. CODEPINK visited Senate offices against a record-breaking arms deal with Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing Yemeni civil war and deepening proxy conflicts with Iran. Washington and Riyadh concluded the largest arms deal in American history in May, immediately providing the Saudis with billions in combat-ready equipment. Thousands protested the deal in the Yemeni capital, and a Saudi blockade imposed following an attempted missile attack by Houthi rebels stocked fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

14:05

How Baltimore Prosecutors Pursued A Police Shooting Victim "IndyWatch Feed War"

Victory, the Baltimore States Attorneys Office tweeted in October after Keith Davis Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder. Keiths wife Kelly and members of the activist group Baltimore Bloc who have been advocating for Davis for years called attention to the language: the SAO, headed by celebrated, purportedly progressive prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, best known for indicting the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, declared Victory instead of invoking Justice. It was evidence that, in Kelly Davis words, Mosby and the SAO have a vendetta against her husband. Keith Davis Jr.s story begins on June 7, 2015, when he was shot by the Baltimore Police three times near the Park Heights neighborhood in West Baltimore.

14:02

Palestinians have right to east Jerusalem as capital: Saudi king "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, a highly contested site at the centre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seen in a general view of Jerusalem on December 1, 2017

RIYADH (AFP)  Palestinians have the right to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, Saudi King Salman said Wednesday, echoing calls at an Islamic summit in Istanbul from which he had stayed away.The kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian peoples legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital, the king said.

Salmans address to the kingdoms Consultative Council came as the worlds main pan-Islamic body held an emergency summit in Istanbul in response to last weeks US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The king renewed his condemnation of President Donald Trumps decision, saying it represents an extreme bias against the rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem that have been guaranteed by international resolutions.

At Wednesdays summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the world to recognise east Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, while Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas warned there could be no peace in the Middle East until such a move was made.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a Saudi arch foe used his speech to make a thinly veiled jab at Washingtons Arab allies.

Some countries in our region are in cooperation with the United States and the Zionist regime in determining the fate of Palestine, he said.

Jordanian King Abdullah II, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait and the presidents of Afghanistan and Indonesia all joined the summit.

But Saudi Arabia, which hosts the pan-Islamic blocs secretariat, sent only a senior foreign ministry official.


14:00

Mongoose: Bullshit from Little Minds Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mongoose

Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency

Phi Beta Iota: The headline says it all, read the idiocy direct if you want to waste your time.  Below the fold are slams from John McAfee and Defango. Waiting to hear from William Binney.

John McAfee on the record:

I find it unlikely. Most analyses of Satoshis white paper indicate it was written by one person not a committee. I also personally know the first Bitcoin miner, who is a personal friend of Satoshi.  The miner is a computer Geek, and, allegedly, so is Satoshi. Both are long time members if Anonymous.

Defango on the record:

 

That Article is a Piece of Garbage and this Mike Adams guy doesnt know his ass from his face. Ill break it down

First off Bitcoin was created to fix the double spend problem Digital Cash had in 1993. Maybe years before the Idiot that wrote this said it was created. (1997).

By this logic hes talking about some things that arent connected. The People Behind RSA are the ones that wrote the OG Digital Cash paper Im my opinion and none of them worked for the NSA.

The NSA or CIA or whoever didnt start researching into Digital Cash until 2012 after the creation of bitcoin and the fabled CIA meeting was in 2013

SHA-256 this guy doesnt know what hes talking about and is providing examples for RSA encryptions when Bitcoin used ECC. Which is a completely different animal and created to fix the problems with RSA. Its not the end all but it is a clear problem in this logic.

Hope that helps.

13:57

U.S., Japan Express Concern Over Chinas Interest in Saudi Oil Giant "IndyWatch Feed War"

Officials urge international offering for Aramco, rather than selling a stake to Beijing, which they fear would boost its standing in Middle East

Dec. 13, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

The U.S. and Japan have urged Saudi Arabia to pursue an international listing for oil giant Aramco, fearing the possible sale of a stake to China would give Beijing too much sway in the Middle East, people familiar with the matter said.

Saudi Arabian Oil Co., or Aramco, was slated to become the worlds largest-ever public offering, with a domestic and international listing next year. More recently, Riyadh has instead considered selling a private placement to a Chinese consortium of state-held entities, people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. and Japanese concerns come amid increased tensions in the region, where Saudi Arabia and its allies are facing off against Iran and Riyadh is dealing with domestic political turbulence.

The U.S. is concerned that a Chinese stake in Aramco would create a close bond between Beijing and Riyadh, a longstanding American ally, by cementing Chinas status as a big and steady consumer of Saudi Arabian oil, one of the people familiar with the matter said.

China is the worlds top oil importer and is looking to secure a steady supply of crude as its economy continues to race ahead. Aramco holds around 16% of the worlds proven crude reserves and is one of the biggest oil exporters.

For Tokyo, any move that could potentially give China preferential access to Saudi Arabian oil is alarming, given Japans dependence on that crude for more than a third of its supply, another person familiar with the matter said.

China will have a little...

13:48

We believed our cleric: Kids contract polio after Muslim clerics say vaccination is un-Islamic "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Pakistani Muslim cleric has said that polio vaccinations are un-Islamic. And such extremist clerics are not just in Pakistan: in Nigeria, a Muslim cleric was arrested for playing a role in sparking the murders of polio workers. We Believed Our Cleric: Pakistani Polio Victims Regretful Father Urges Others To Use Vaccine, by Ron Synovitz []

13:45

Berto Jongman: ISIS Weapons Traced to USA "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Exclusive: Tracing ISIS Weapons Supply ChainBack to the US

Most next-generation terrorism and future-of-war scenarios focus on artificial intelligence, drones, and self-driving car bombs. But those are, at best, only half the story, projecting white-collar Americas fears of all the possible dystopian uses of emerging technology. The other, and potentially more worrisome, half lies in the blue-collar technicians of ISIS. They have already shown they can produce a nation-states worth of weapons, and their manufacturing process will only become easier with the growth of 3-D printing.

13:42

Poll Results: Should Radical Islam Be Criminalized? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Islamic State foreign fightersIslamic State fighters (Photo: ISIS Propaganda video)

earlier this week we asked if you think radical Islam should be criminalized?

We posed the question after we heard of such a law being proposed in Bulgaria designed to weed out radical Islam and its promoters in their country.

The law would criminalize the promotion of radical Islam, including the advocating for violent jihad, a caliphate or sharia law.

The law would also make criminal promoting any ideology of violence or the replacement of the nations laws or constitution. It would also outlaw the forcible application of religious principles, promoting a [violent] sacred war against non-Muslims and agitating for the creation of an Islamic State [i.e., caliphate].

Here are the results of our poll in which we asked you: Should the U.S. criminalize the promotion of radical Islam? Some of you comments follow.

  • 91.6 percent said: Yes, promotion of an ideology that advocates the replacement of the U.S. Constitution with sharia law is treason.
  • 5.7 percent said: Only if the promotion of radical Islam includes advocating violent jihad.
  • 2.7 percent said: No, until violence is committed, the promotion of radical Islam is protected under the constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech.

Comments

No otherwise illegal activity ever becomes OK because it is yoked to religion (i.e. child rape, cannibalism). Period.

This would help protect moderate Muslims who denounce theocracy and live in peace in our country and other western nations.

Radical Islam is no different from gang warfare and the law should try to eliminate such antisocial behavior.

The UN should have declared radical Islam and its various components on a list (including Al-Qaeda, Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc.) of criminal enterprises that commit crimes against humanity and not only terrorist organizations. So yes, the USA should lead the way because the UN hasnt enough morality left to lead anyone.

Any person who advocates a violent war (Jihad) against people of other faiths and replace the constitional liberties of the United States with Sharia law ought to face the full brunt of such a law.

Immigrants who want to relocate must honor and pledge allegiance to the host country....

13:39

Nigel Farage says Brexit will have to be fought all over again "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nigel Farage told MEPs that Britain will effectively, once transition is granted, have left the EU at the end of March 2019 in name only

Brexit will have to be fought all over again after the great deception of a transition deal pushing back the date of the UK-EU divorce, Nigel Farage said today in a fiery debate in the European Parliament.

MEPs in Strasbourg were debating ahead of Fridays Brussels summit, where EU leaders will formally agree that Britain can move on to trade and transition talks after making sufficient progress on the financial settlement, citizens rights and Ireland.

Theresa May asked for a transition deal of about two years in her Florence speech, which would mean Britain would not leave the EU until 2021. During that time it is expected Britain will pay into the EU Budget and observe EU law but lose its voting rights.

I fear Brexit at some point in the future will need to be refought all over again, said Nigel Farage, an MEP and former leader of the UK Independence Party.

We will effectively,

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13:36

US Security Head Singles Out Brotherhood as Grave Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"

Muslim Brotherhood supporters in JordanMuslim Brotherhood supporters in Jordan (Photo: AWAD AWAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Declaring the ideology of radical Islam an obvious and grave threat to all civilized people, U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster singled out the Muslim Brotherhood and its brand of political Islam as a specific threat.

McMaster made the remarks in a speech at Policy Exchange in Washington, D.C. where he spoke alongside his British counterpart Mark Sedwill.

While acknowledging not all Muslim Brotherhood groups are alike, McMaster mentioned two particularly dangerous branches of the Brotherhood those in Turkey and Egypt where the Brotherhood controls powerful political parties.

In Egypt, McMaster noted how the Brotherhood took advantage of the power vacuum created by the

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White HouseNational Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White House. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images...

13:30

Paul Adams: Trump Report Card "IndyWatch Feed War"

Paul Adams

About Paul Adams: In the mid-80s, he co-founded Tracking Technology Inc., a forerunner to GPS. He became a stockbroker for eight years, then segwayed to project finance, consulting for such notables as Darryl Quarles (writer/director of Family Ties & Fresh Prince of Belair), Larry Namer (founder of E!Entertainment), Joseph Nikolson (founder of TradeStation and Bonds.com), and Richard Waryn (former Investment Manager of the World Banks private arm, the IFC), through his company New Planet Group (NPG LLC). He has lived in nine countries and knows three languages.

Trump Report Card Below the Fold (JPEG & PDF)

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13:19

Here's what Muslim leaders said at the emergency summit on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the US had a role in peace talks 'no more'

13:07

Can Comedy Fight Terror? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Late Show's host Stephen ColbertThe Late Shows host Stephen Colbert (Photo: video screenshot)

Comedians took to the airwaves after the December 11 attack in New York by Islamist terrorist Akayed Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh.

Ullah, who was inspired by ISIS, detonated his homemade and apparently defective bomb in midtown Manhattans Port Authority bus terminal, causing damage to himself but little to others.

The attack provided fodder for The Late Show host Stephen Colbert and Comedy Centrals Jordan Klepper, both of whom used the occasion to praise the resilience of New Yorkers and poke fun at the everyday hazards of commuting through Port Authority and the plans of the terrorist himself.

While we can assume that if there had been any serious injuries or deaths, the tone would have been more subdued (as in a spot by Late Night host Seth Meyers following the truck ramming in lower Manhattan the day of Halloween that killed eight and injured at least 11), the show raised a question about the place of comedy in fighting terror.

Does being able to make fun of terrorists give power back to the victims and create an infectious resilience in the population or does it trivialize the real issues and create a false sense of security?

Wed like to hear your opinion.

Enjoy the videos and take our poll below:

12:58

Saudi-led raids kill dozens in Houthi police prison camp, says official "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The strike is part of an air campaign by the Western-backed coalition on the Iran-allied Houthis

12:55

CAIR Criticizes Police Over New York Terror Attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

Illustrative picture. (Photo: Andre Gustavo Stumpf/Creative Commons)Illustrative picture. (Photo: Andre Gustavo Stumpf/Creative Commons)

The family of the terrorist who carried out yesterdays attempted bombing in New York slammed the police investigation into the attack. The criticisms were made in a statement issued by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family, Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for CAIR New York read in a statement from the attackers family. Our family like all families is committed to the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers, the family said in a statement provided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York.

But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials during this investigation. Today, we have seen our children, as young as four years old, held out in the cold, detained as their parents were questioned, the statement continued. One teenage relative was pulled out of high school classes and interrogated without a lawyer, without his parents. These are not the actions that we expect from our justice system, and we hope to see better in the days and weeks to come. We also ask the press to respect our privacy and to give our family ti...

12:52

Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But. "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, December 13, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

According to the Washington Post, Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But . . . .

Is that a statement that should ever be followed by a but? I contend that it isnt. There isnt something that can outweigh risking millions of casualties. The Washington Post thinks otherwise. Heres a fuller quote:

If Mr. Kim is creating the foundations for a biological weapons program, it should serve as one more warning of the escalating threat he poses. Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But his malign intent cannot be tolerated forever. Through sanctions, diplomatic pressure and other means, the burden of Mr. Kims despotic and reckless reign must be brought to an end.

Malign intent. The malign intent of one person. Thats what outweighs millions of casualties.

The Washington Post begins its case with unproven speculation that North Korea may want to develop chemical and biological weapons may even have already secretly created vast stockpiles of them in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

The Post stresses the illegality and the horrifying threat posed by these theoretical weapons that literally nobody has threatened to use on anyone. It does this on behalf of the very U.S. government that, since World War II, has killed or helped kill some 20 million people, overthrown at least 36 governments, interfered in at least 83 foreign elections, attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders, and dropped bombs on people in over 30 countries including the destruction of North Korea by massive bombing plus the deployment of biological weapons.

The Post fervently opposes illegal actions while advocating the crimes of war, overthrow, and the risking of millions of casualties.

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12:48

New Jersey Imam Prays for Death of Jews "IndyWatch Feed War"

Imam Aymen Elkasaby of the Islamic Center of Jersey City. (Photo: Screenshot from video)Imam Aymen Elkasaby of the Islamic Center of Jersey City. (Photo: Screenshot from video)

A New Jersey imam was caught on tape delivering a fiery sermon exhorting Allah to kill the Jews.  Imam Aymen Elkasaby delivered the sermon at Friday prayers on December 8 at the Islamic Center of Jersey City.

So long as the Al-Aqsa mosque remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews, he told the crowd, this nation will be humiliated. As long as the Al-Aqsa mosque remains under the feet of the apes and pigs, this nation will be humiliated.

Allah, make us among your armies Allah, we ask you to grant us martyrdom on the threshold of Al-Aqsa Mosque Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one. Do not leave a single one on the face of the Earth.

He told his congregation that supporting the Al Aqsa mosque is a religious obligation.

Elkasaby has only been employed at the Islamic Center of Jersey City since August, according to Islamist Watch, a group affiliated with the Middle East Forum that monitors extremist views among religious and academic Muslim leaders. They report the mosque even held an Interfaith Gathering of Unity last month, at which Elkasaby was a featured participant. Mosque president Ahmed Shadeed was also invited to be the special guest of Cory Booker at President Obamas State of the Union address in 2016.

Elkabasy follows two other American imams who earlier this year incited their congregations to hate Jews.

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12:48

Will Trump finish off the special relationship? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Differences over Jerusalem show again that Theresa Mays rush across the Atlantic to hold hands with the new president was ill-judged. A Trump visit to the UK is a disaster waiting to happen

12:35

Once Upon a Time a Planet "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

11 December 2017 (Wall Street International) Sorry for disturbing you at this time of the day! But.

The only Planet we actually know
The only Planet we actually know | Photo reproduced  from Wall Street International
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  But the reality is there and we cannot turn a blind eye on it, at least not always. And the reality says that we are seven billion inhabitants plus of the only Planet we actually know and live inMother Earth.
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And that we are all involved either as perpetrators or victims, either actively or passively- in an amazing, unstopped process of self-destruction.
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See what happens, based in the findings of scientists, experts and the United Nations specialists:

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12:28

Zionist Psychosis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its Not Simply Jerusalem, Its All of Palestine

By Rima Najjar
Global Research, December 12, 2017

Url of this article:
https://www.globalresearch.ca/its-not-simply-jerusalem-its-all-of-palestine/5622460

Whats going on in Jerusalem is what has always been going on in Palestine since 1948 the forced dispossession of Palestinian Arabs of their identity, land and heritage.
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12:26

Zionist Terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

Abduct, imprison, repeat: Israel systematically imprisons Palestinians on false or no charges

Eva Bartlett
Eva Bartlett is a freelance journalist and rights activist with extensive experience in the Gaza Strip and Syria. Her writings can be found on her blog, In Gaza. 
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12:22

Americas War Machine "IndyWatch Feed War"

WaPo Urges Increased US Spending for Militarism and Warmaking
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org  Home Stephen Lendman)
Whats euphemistically called defense spending is all about funding Americas war machine always active, never idle, inventing enemies to attack.
None existed since imperial Japan formally surrendered in 1945. Yet America is permanently at war directly or indirectly at home on streets in minority (mainly Black) communities turned into battlegrounds, abroad in multiple theaters, new ones pending.
The Washington Post (WaPo): The Pentagon and the welfare state have been locked in brutal combat for decades, and the Pentagon has gotten clobbered.
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12:12

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11:45

Poll: 2-to1 Americans Oppose Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

A reliable scientific poll of 2,000 Americans taken during 1-6 November 2017 just a month before US President Donald Trump announced that Americas Embassy will move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv showed that 63% of Americans were opposed to the move, and 31% supported it. Here was the question, as asked:

11:24

Trumps Doomsday Jerusalem Speech "IndyWatch Feed War"

In 1995, a few short years after the official end of the Cold War when hope-filled nations were focusing on peace and prosperity, the United States Congress unanimously passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act into law.  The law recognized Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. The passage of this law was left unnoticed by most. Few objected to a law passed by the preeminent power of the new unilateral world order. Fewer still understood the consequences of the law.

On December 6, Donald Trump reminded the world of the decision made years ago.  There was outrage, but the true implications of this decision were not discussed. Predictably, stories centered on Palestinians  and Jews.  Some justified the decision while others condemned it. Many reasoned that the Palestinians had to be defended.  While others thought that it was up to the Arabs and Moslems to challenge Americas decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The Jerusalem question raised legal challenges to religious claims.  The cacophony of protests and cheers obscured the approaching doomsday scenario that had been in the making for decades.  Few understood.  None listened.  Others are in denial, believing religious zealotry to be a geopolitical game.  But what has been taking place under our noses is not a fight over real estate, or international law.  It is the power of madness, or the mad in power, that is enabling religious fanaticism to prevail at a cost to our collective humanity.

How could we not have seen this coming? Perhaps our logic challenged it; or our sense of decency denied the reality of what was happening.  It would seem too improbable, simply too far-fetched that we should denounce God with our science and yet usher in rupture to bring back the God science had disproved (Big Bang).  But how do we ignore Senator Broxon telling a cheering crowd Now, I dont know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem where the King of Kings where our soon coming King is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel.

And how do we ignore Benjamin Netanyahu taking ownership of Jerusalem stating that the Bible, the holy book for Jews and Christians, had justified it.  Should we then be surprised that rabbis sent a letter of gratitude to Trump, praising him for fulfilling prophecies.  Prophecies do not sit well with modernity; nonetheless, they exist.  And attempts to fulfill them are not new.

In 1990, there was an attempt by the Temple Mount Faithful to bring a cornerstone for a reconstructed Third Te...

11:15

Democrats Have a Chance to Revive the Party. Will They Seize It? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last weekend, members of the partys Unity Reform Commission voted on final recommendations for reforming the national party. The commission is the creation of an agreement made by Sanders and Clinton at the 2016 national convention to help heal the deep wounds the primary had left with Sanders supporters.

11:00

UHM MISSING TRILLIONS? NOW ITS MISSING SOLDIERS "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ms. S.H. found this one, and I have to file it under the ""call it conspiracy" and "you tell me" categories because, quite frankly,

The post UHM MISSING TRILLIONS? NOW ITS MISSING SOLDIERS appeared first on Giza Death Star.

10:59

Do Black Students Need White Classmates? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A news report worries about the racial makeup of charter schools, despite their better performance.

Students at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, Oct. 20.
Students at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, Oct. 20. PHOTO: CARRIE ANTLFINGER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Associated Press published a hit piece earlier this month that blamed charter schools for perpetrating racial segregation. No shock there. The mainstream press has long been sympathetic to left-wing critiques of school choice, and racial imbalance in the classroom is regularly trotted out by union leaders like Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers as a reason to ban charter schools, however high-performing.

More interesting (and somewhat encouraging) was the backlash to the AP analysis from others on the political left. Shavar Jeffries of Democrats for Education Reform, an outfit that advocates school choice, faulted the reporters methodology, among other issues. The AP makes apples-to-oranges comparisons that contrast the demographics of individual charter s...

10:58

Abduct, imprison, repeat: israel systematically imprisons Palestinians on false or no charges "IndyWatch Feed War"

Abduct, imprison, repeat: Israel systematically imprisons Palestinians on false or no charges A Palestinian demonstrator holds an anti-U.S. President Donald Trump poster during a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, near Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 22, 2017. Reuters People around the world []

10:53

Bonfire of the academies: Two professors on how leftist intolerance is killing higher education "IndyWatch Feed War"

At colleges and universities all over the country, students are protesting in increasingly virulent and som...

10:48

Erdogan turns guns on US at summit on Jerusalem marred by feuds "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Turkish president says Jerusalem is a 'red line', but Saudi Arabia and allies send only low-level delegations to Istanbul heads of state summit

10:45

Trump, Netanyahu and Mohammad Bin Salman: Destroyers of the Neoliberal World Order "IndyWatch Feed War"

The neoliberal world order has been in crisis for some years now, with no signs of recovery. Trump's victory is an expression of a breach of trust between the American people and the national elites.

10:44

Mideast Peacemaking is No Longer Made-in-America (Was it ever?) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mideast Peacemaking is No Longer Made-in-America The U.S. lost the military gamble in Syria; now it appears to be ceding its diplomatic edge, too. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L), Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shake hands prior to the Syria talks in Sochi. ( Credit: CreartiveCommons/www.kremlin.ru. As 2017 []

10:32

Putins Syria Victory Lap Teaches Middle Eastern Leaders One Important Lesson: Russia not leaving anytime soon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Visiting Syria, Egypt and Turkey in one day, Putin establishes himself as the only world leader with real influence in the Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer Dec 13, 2017 10:14 AM
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.828367

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and Syrian President Bashar Assad visiting the Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province, Syriam December 11, 2017.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and Syrian President Bashar Assad visiting the Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province, Syriam December 11, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik via Reuters
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As Russian President Vladimir Putin landed Monday morning at Khmeimim air base in Syria, the first person to greet him as he stepped onto the tarmac was a Russian military officer. Only then was he approached by Syrian President Bashar Assad, and together they walked down the runway, passing Russian bomber jets and attack helicopters.
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The message was clear. The first visit to Syria in seven years by a foreign leader wasnt a regular state visit: Putin was there to inspect Russias latest outpost.
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He may have taken the opportunity to announce that Russia is to begin withdrawing most of its troops from Syria. But that was mainly a statement for domestic consumption back home, the idea of foreign wars isnt very popular.
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On the ground in Syria, though, the message was very different. Russia now has its permanent base in the Middle East, and just because the battle against the Islamic State is winding down, that doesnt mean the Russian aircraft will be leaving anytime soon.

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Putins short stop in Khmeimim, on his way to a longer visit to Cairo in Egypt and Ankara in Turkey, was very much a victory lap. Twenty-seven months since the Russian deployment to Syria began, no one has any illusions that, as far as the Kremlin is concerned, this has been a resounding success. There were expectations that this foreign intervention in a Mideast war would end in tears, as so many previous ones had. But not this time.

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10:25

War on Palestines food supplies: Gaza Fishing Zone Decreased to Six Nautical Miles "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gaza Fishing Zone Decreased to Six Nautical Miles 0 .singleblog-contan .summary-image:not(:first-child){ display: none; } 13 Dec 2:22 AM         The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has condemned an Israeli decision to once again decrease the fishing area to 6 nautical miles, off the area from the Gaza Valley to Rafah City []

10:21

Abbas: Whole World Stands Against Trumps Jerusalem Recognition Erdogan calls on world powers to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

From Haaretz, The Associated Press and Reuters

Abbas calls Trumps decision the greatest crime and says Jerusalem will always be the capital of Palestine

Dec 13, 2017 11:02 AM (In Jerusalem)

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Mahmoud Abbas. FILE photo

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday morning that the whole world stands against U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

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Abbas called Trumps decision the greatest crime and said Jerusalem will always be the capital of Palestine.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Washingtons decision last week as a reward for Israeli terror acts and said the city was a red line for Muslims.

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Erdogan called on world powers to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and said the United States should reverse its decision.

The two leaders made the remarks at a summit in Turkey of leaders and top officials from Islamic nations that is expected to forge a unified stance against Washingtons policy shift.

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The summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation could also offer the Muslim worlds strongest response yet to Washingtons move.

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Turkey, the summit host, has sharply criticized what it described as weak Arab response so far on the issue of contested Jerusalem.

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read more: https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.828687?utm_source=Push_Notification&utm_medium=web_push&utm_campaign=General


10:15

230 Recently Abducted Palestinians Subject To Torture, Bad Conditions And Humiliation "IndyWatch Feed War"

230 Recently Abducted Palestinians Subject To Torture, Bad Conditions And Humiliation 0   13 Dec 11:00 AM               The Palestinian Detainees Committee has warned of the significantly increasing number of Palestinians, who were abducted by the Israeli army in one week, since Trumps illegal recognition of occupied Jerusalem as []

10:15

Aleppo"s Liberation One Year Ago Anybody Ashamed Today? "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 12, 2017, marks the anniversary of the liberation the West called it fall of Aleppo in Syria. What happened is conveniently forgotten today by the West.

10:12

Russia ready to consider easing arms embargo for Libya "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

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Libyas UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (left) and Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar are seen with French President Emmanuel Macron (center) during talks to facilitate a political agreement July 25, 2017 in France

MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia is ready to consider easing an arms embargo for Libya, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Wednesday.

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said this month he was hopeful that a U.N.-imposed arms embargo would be partially lifted against some branches of the countrys military.

The Libyan government is allowed to import weapons and related materiel with the approval of a U.N. Security Council committee overseeing the embargo imposed in 2011.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; writing by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by Polina Devitt


10:06

Records of Jerusalem Deeds Found in Ottoman Archives: The Deeds Prove that Palestine Belongs to Palestinians. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Records of Jerusalem Deeds Found in Ottoman Archives: The Deeds Prove that Palestine Belongs to Palestinians. By Yeni Safak,     Featured image: Sultan Abdul Hamid II (Source: Pinterest) There are 171,306 deeds recorded in 46 registries of Jerusalem in Ottoman archive records. Of these, 133,365 are private property and 37,671 belong to foundations. In []

10:05

Harsh Singapore laws stifling free speech: HRW "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Singapores government has previously said its laws are aimed at maintaining peace and public order

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)  Singapore is increasingly using harsh laws to severely restrict freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, urging authorities to let people publicly debate matters of national interest.A report from the New York-based rights group said that while the financial hub was an economic success, it was time to relax tough regulations which are not in line with international human rights standards.

Singapore promotes itself as a modern nation and a good place to do business, but people in a country that calls itself a democracy shouldnt be afraid to criticise the government or speak out about political issues, said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The city-state has long been accused of using tough laws to stifle dissent but Robertson said its use of them had been stepped up in recent times.

Last month prominent human rights activist Jolovan Wham was charged with organising public protests without a permit over three small demonstrations staged in the last year.

Singapore does not allow protests without approval from police, except in one corner of a downtown park.

In August, the government launched legal action against the grandson of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew over a Facebook post linked to a feud in the ruling family.

In its first major report on Singapore since 2005, HRW also described the case of a news website that was probed for allegedly breaking election rules and a blogger sued for defamation after writing about social and economic issues affecting Singaporeans.

Singapores government did not immediately respond to request for comment. It has previously said its laws are aimed at maintaining peace and public order.

The report, which drew on interviews with activists, journalists and academics, called for Singapore to drop prosecutions and investigations that violate the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and change laws inconsistent with international rights standards.

The report was launched in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of neighbouring Malaysia, as HRW did not believe they would have got permission from authorities to release it in Singapore, Robertson said.


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10:00

David Davis says Brexit divorce will become UK law after avalanche of criticism from Brussels "IndyWatch Feed War"

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David Davis

The Telegraph

By 

David Davis was forced to change tack on the legality of the Brexit deal on Tuesday as he admitted the agreement would become British law as soon as possible following an avalanche of criticism from EU officials for comments he made this weekend.

Senior diplomats and MEPs, along with the blocs chief Brexit negotiator, unleashed a series of rebukes against Mr Davis over his suggestion that the UK could backtrack on promises made in the divorce agreement, which was finally agreed on Friday after months of deadlocked talks.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliaments chief Brexit coordinator, accused the Brexit secretary of scoring an own goal with the unacceptable comments and claimed he had really undermine[d] trust between Brussels and London.

Michel Barnier, the EUs Brexit negotiator, stressed that there could be no backtracking on Britains part in the next phase of the talks. 

Read the rest (Paywall):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/12/guy-verhofstadt-claims-david-davis-scored-goal-undermined-trust/

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10:00

'They can't fight without us': Iraq's Shia-led groups refuse to down weapons "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Iraq's powerful Hashd al-Shaabi brigades reject calls to demobilise despite apparent end of war against IS

09:48

US-backed Forces Gain More Ground In Euphrates Valley As ISIS Fiercely Attacks Syrian Army (Maps) "IndyWatch Feed War"

US-backed Forces Gain More Ground In Euphrates Valley As ISIS Fiercely Attacks Syrian Army (Maps)

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The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have sucecssfully used the December 12 ISIS attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to expand own influence in the Euphrates Valley.

While the SAA was clashing with ISIS in the villages of al-Jalaa, Saiyal, Salihiyah, Mujawdah,  Abbas and al-Harsa on the western bank of the Euphrates, the SDF launched an attack on positions of the terrorist group on the eastern bank of the river and captured a number of villages including Haraij, Jishiyah, Jadlai and al-Bahran.

US-backed Forces Gain More Ground In Euphrates Valley As ISIS Fiercely Attacks Syrian Army (Maps)

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This advance allowed the SDF to consolidate further its recent gains in the Euphrates Valley. However, ISIS still controls a large chunk of the area near the border with Iraq.

09:47

Turkey says world must recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ali Kucukgocmen

09:45

Saudi Arabia pumps $100m into West African force to battle militants "IndyWatch Feed War"

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UAE also setting up 'war school' to train French-backed G5 Sahel - composed of armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad

Iraqi Shia Militias Threaten to Strike US Forces: Assessment and Implications "IndyWatch Feed War"

Akram al-Kaabi, the leader of the Iran-backed Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba Shia group, said that President Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a legitimate reason to attack US forces in Iraq.

09:43

Britain must obey EU environment rules for post-Brexit air deal: campaigners "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Danny KEMP | As part of the European aviation area, Britains industry has soared, with low-cost EasyJet battling with the UKs historic carrier British Airways.

BRUSSELS (AFP)  The EU must make Britains air industry sign up to the blocs environment rules if it wants to keep access to European skies after Brexit, a campaign group warned in a report Wednesday.Airlines should stay in the EUs emissions trading scheme and follow rules against subsidies to prevent Britain becoming a carbon haven, Brussels-based group Transport and Environment said in the report seen by AFP.

The group which has had meetings with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barniers task force warned that without a deal British planes could be unable to land in the bloc the day after the UK leaves.

As London works out its future relationship with the EU, it should be able to keep its current level of access to Europe?s aviation market by agreeing to maintain EU rules designed to curb flying?s environmental impact, said Kristina Wittkopp, legal analyst at Transport and Environment (T&E) who wrote the report.

The publication of the report comes on the eve of a European Union summit at which leaders are expected to approve the opening of talks on a future relationship with Britain, including on a trade deal.

T&E said Britain should stay in the European Common Aviation Area which allows planes from EU states and some neighbouring countries to operate anywhere within the bloc even though it would mean overriding Londons Brexit red line of being free from EU law.

British Brexit Minister David Davis said on Sunday that he wanted a Canada-style arrangement between Britain and the EU, with individual specific arrangements for sectors including aviation.

As part of the aviation area, Britains industry has soared, with low-cost EasyJet battling with the UKs historic carrier British Airways.

Outside the area, Britains airline industry could be forced to set up new bases within EU territory. Without a Brexit deal it would not be allowed to fly there at all.

Carbon haven

But the group said that if Britain does want to stay in the aviation area, the EU should make it a condition that it also remains in the EUs emissions trading scheme (ETS), which is aimed at reducing the impact of global warming.

Under the scheme, carbon producers buy allowan...

09:40

Taking Thirty pieces of silver, advocating for israel pays well: Salaries of nonprofit heads "IndyWatch Feed War"

Advocating for Israel pays well: Salaries of nonprofit heads If Americans Knew | December 12, 2017 Rabbi Marvin Hier (center) and his wife Marlene with actor Dustin Hoffman at the premiere of Against the Tide on February 4, 2009 in Los Angeles. The Hiers and their son receive total annual compensation of $1.4 million. If Americans []

09:36

With Alabama Loss, Trump and GOP Face Political Reckoning We remain bitterly divided. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Democrat Doug Joness Senate win may further drive a wedge between the president and party leaders

Roy Moore telling his supporters that he wouldnt yet concede defeat late Tuesday in Montgomery, Ala.
Roy Moore telling his supporters that he wouldnt yet concede defeat late Tuesday in Montgomery, Ala. PHOTO: DAN ANDERSON/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

The Donald Trump /Steve Bannon takeover of the Republican Party will have to be put on hold.

Instead, Roy Moore, the candidate Messrs. Trump and Bannon fully supported, lost in a state Republicans had controlled comfortably for most of the past two decades. Mr. Moore was a seriously flawed candidate, controversial enough to have b...

09:34

Germany: 21st of December Day of Solidarity with Imprisoned Comrade in Cologne "IndyWatch Feed War"

solidarity

DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH IMPRISONED COMRADE IN COLOGNE

21st of December we call to let the imagination flow and
to express solidarity in its multiple forms. Once again we will show
that our imprisoned comrades are not alone but present and on the
streets with us.

They want to raise even higher walls, not only of concrete and iron, but
also of loneliness and isolation. And these walls we want to break down,
with love, affection, rage and solidarity for our comrade Lisa.

You can sand pictures and audivisuals to  solidaritatrebel@riseup.net

Having received a sentence does not imply that the imprisoned person is only at the mercy of the prison system. The policial and judicial machine of the State continues to investigate, observe, analyse, and decide over the fate of the imprisoned. Especially when the prisoner has not fallen to her knees asking for mercy in front of the court, has not humiliated herself by some kind of gesture seen by the enemy as reconciliation, the ways in which the justice system can demonstrate that they are not through with her yet are numerous. The refusal to cooperate wi...

08:36

Jerusalem terror attack gets 21 words of BBC coverage "IndyWatch Feed War"

On December 10th the IDF announced that it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel constructed by Hamas.

The Israel Defense Forces this weekend destroyed an attack tunnel coming from the southern Gaza Strip that entered Israeli territory, the army announced on Sunday.

photo credit:IDF

The military said the kilometer-long tunnel was constructed by the Hamas terrorist group. It began in the Gazan city of Khan Younis and extended hundreds of meters inside Israeli territory. Israel demolished another cross-border tunnel, which was being dug by the Islamic Jihad terror group, six weeks ago.

IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus would not specify where exactly the newly destroyed was located in Israel, but said it ended...

08:36

French special forces prepare to battle Sahel militants "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

France 24 screengrab

Video by Karim HAKIKI Armelle CHARRIER

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2017-12-13

FRANCE 24 reporters have been following French special forces in the Sahel as they prepare to battle Islamist militants. Its the first time the French special forces allow journalists to film them during their mission in the Sahel region.

French special forces have been fighting Islamist militants for years in the Sahel, whose porous borders are regularly crossed by jihadists, including affiliates of al Qaeda and Islamic State. Their missions are secret and the forces do not communicate on the missions outcomes. Their goal is to prevent militant and terrorist groups from creating sanctuaries.

Special forces members are deployed in the Sahel for four months. They need to get used to the terrain, to the climate, and to the vegetation anything that could play a role in their missions. Commandos are flexible and the chain of command is short, so everything can change in the blink of an eye. Operations can be prepared for weeks, or launched in just an hour.

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a summit in Paris on December 13 aimed at widening support for the G5 Sahel  a regional anti-jihadist force composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.

 http://www.france24.com/en/20171213-video-french-military-special-forces-prepare-battle-sahel-militants

Click on the video player above to view FRANCE 24s e...

08:31

Tehran accused of trying to carve out regional axis "IndyWatch Feed War"

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. (AP)

PARIS: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday hit out at Iran, accusing it of trying to carve out an axis of influence stretching through Syri...

08:23

Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Seat in Upset "IndyWatch Feed War"

Victory in down-to-the-wire special election shrinks GOP majority

Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate seat in a hotly contested special election Tuesday over Republican Roy Moore.
Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate seat in a hotly contested special election Tuesday over Republican Roy Moore. PHOTO:JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES
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Updated Dec. 13, 2017 12:32 a.m. ET

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama Tuesday scored an upset win in a deeply Republican state, capturing the U.S. Senate seat here in a special election that drove a wedge within the Republican party and gave Democrats another burst of momentum ahead of the 2018 midterm races.

The result was a defeat for President Donald Trump, who had endorsed Republican Roy Moore, and for his former White House strategist, Steve Bannon, who had made this the first major test of his strategy of supporting anti-establishment...

08:15

Russia defense ministry delegation arrives in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) A Russian defense ministry delegation has arrived in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the Interfax news agency cited North Koreas embassy to Russia as saying on Wednesday.

No details of the visit were immediately available.

writing by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by Polina Devitt


08:12

Israel hits Gaza after rocket fire: army "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Palestinian protesters watch on during clashes with Israeli forces near the border fence with Israel, east of Gaza City on December 12, 2017 as demonstrations continue over US President Donald Trumps declaration of Jerusalem as Israels capital

JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israels air force hit the Gaza Strips Hamas rulers early Wednesday after Palestinians fired at southern Israel on Monday, the army said.Late Tuesday night the military said that an undefined projectile was fired from Gaza towards southern Israel.

A spokeswoman told AFP that it was very probably a rocket but that it was not clear where it fell.

Palestinians in the coastal territory have recently fired both rockets and mortar rounds into the Jewish state.

On Wednesday an army statement gave Israels reply to the latest fire.

IDF strikes Gaza terror target following rocket fire

An Israeli Air Force F-35 fighter jet flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli airforce pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel December 29, 2016.. (photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

In response to the projectile fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel earlier, the Israel Air Force targeted a Hamas military compound in the southern Gaza Strip, it said, without elaborating.

There were no reports of casualties on either side.

A wave of rocket fire follows US President Donald Trumps statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

See also: The Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/IDF-strikes-Gaza-terror-target-following-rocket-fire-517885


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08:04

Transparency: Facebook to declare certain ad revenues in the country where they are made and not in Ireland Big revenue plus ups for France, Germany "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP/File | The social networking giant said the move was in response to pressure from governments and policy makers for greater visibility into sales made in their countries

NEW YORK (AFP)  Facebook, in a bow to transparency, has announced it plans to declare certain ad revenues in the country where they are made and not in Ireland, where it has a greater tax advantage.

The social networking giant said the move was in response to pressure from governments and policy makers for greater visibility into sales made in their countries.

In simple terms, this means that advertising revenue supported by our local teams will no longer be recorded by our international headquarters in Dublin, but will instead be recorded by our local company in that country, Dave Wehner, Facebooks chief financial officer, said in a statement released Tuesday.

He said the changes in tax reporting would be made by mid-2019 in countries where Facebook has an office supporting advertisers.

Rules for corporate taxes, as conceived for traditional economic activity, are based on the principle of permanent establishment.

To be taxed, a company must have a physical presence in a country, but digital enterprises can offer their services over the Internet from a country of their choice, like Ireland, which offers Facebook tax advantages.

Facebooks taxes on ad revenues in 2015 were minimal in France and Germany, but amounted to nearly 7.9 billion euros in Ireland, where there are fewer Facebook accounts.


07:38

Athens, Greece: A Fierce Riot Unfolds 9 Years Since the Murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos by Cops (6/12/2017) [Video] "IndyWatch Feed War"

Footage from the riot that exploded in Athens on December 6, 2017, commemorating nine years since 15 years old Alexis Grigoropoulos was murdered in cold blood by a policeman in the Exarchia area of Athens, on December 6, 2008.
 
Back in 2008 the police murder sparked a string of riots that spread like wildfire all over Greece and inspired countless of solidarity actions and riots all over the globe for more than a month.
 
Everything started a few minutes after 9 pm, on the night of 6 December 2008, when a tensed argument between two cops and a group of youngsters ended with the policemen leaving the scene, but only for the murderers to park their patrol car a few blocks away and return to confront the kids with their guns. One of the two cops (Korkoneas) aimed towards the kids and fired two shots. One of the bullets struck 15 years old Alexis Grigoropoulos in the heart and he fell dead.
 
This murder in the heart of Exarchia, an area of Athens frequented by anarchists in Greece, sparked a string of riots that spread like wildfire all over Greece and inspired countless of solidarity actions and riots in more than 70 cities around the world for more than a month.
 
For most Greeks this is a moment marked deeply in memory, since most remember exactly what they were doing when the news of the police murder shook them like a collective electric shock. During those first days, the tens of thousands of protesters that took part did not realize that they were taking part in something that would profoundly define the years to come.
 
The events were recorded in modern history as The December Revolt or The December Rebellion.
 
The moment of the murder has been captured in the following video at
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06:18

UN Probes Right Abuses in Restive Tuz Khormato; Seven Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

As mortars continued to fall on Tuz Khormato on Tuesday, the UN said is it launching a probe into rights abuses in the city.

The post UN Probes Right Abuses in Restive Tuz Khormato; Seven Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:07

Ice Cream, Concrete, and Squats "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gentrification is class war from above which must be answered with struggle from below. This requires accessible projects that can establish a broad and militant praxis.

06:00

How the US Could Provoke a New Korean War "IndyWatch Feed War"

In April 2002, about a year before the invasion of Iraq, then-president George W. Bush told a group of assembled reporters that Saddam Hussein had to go. When asked how he would accomplish this, Bush replied cryptically, Just wait and see. I was reminded of this quote when President Trump was asked about North Koreas Continue reading "How the US Could Provoke a New Korean War"

The post How the US Could Provoke a New Korean War appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:00

Why Are Democratic Senators Enabling One of Trumps Worst Decisions? "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trumps announcement stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and directing the State Department to begin moving the embassy sparked anger and protests across the world. One would think that Democrats would be be jumping at the chance to hammer Trump for his reckless plans that violate international law and needlessly add more Continue reading "Why Are Democratic Senators Enabling One of Trumps Worst Decisions?"

The post Why Are Democratic Senators Enabling One of Trumps Worst Decisions? appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

05:49

Record number of jailed journalists for second year, CPJ census finds "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey, China, Egypt continue to top list

New York, December 13, 2017--For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world's worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists found.

As of December 1, 2017, CPJ found 262 journalists behind bars around the world in relation to their work, an increase on last year's historical high of 259. Turkey is again the worst jailer, with 73 journalists imprisoned for their work as the country continues its press freedom crackdown. China and Egypt again take the second and third spot, with 41 and 20 cases respectively. The worst three jailers are responsible for jailing 134--or 51 percent--of the total.

"In a just society, no journalist should ever be imprisoned for their work and reporting critically, but 262 are paying that price," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "It is shameful that for the second year in a row, a record number of journalists are behind bars. Countries that jail journalists for what they publish are violating international law and must be held accountable. The fact that repressive governments are not paying a price for throwing journalists in jail represents a failure of the international community."

03:42

Sweden: Leftist group says recently arrived Muslim migrants firebombed Gothenburg synagogue "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Soros-funded Leftist group says that the President of the Swedish Western Regional Police, Ulla Brehm, confirmed that those arrested for firebombing the synagogue in Gothenburg while a youth party was going on inside were recently-arrived Muslim migrants. Ordinarily I would never trust what such a group said, but it is hard to imagine why []

03:42

Another freedom of expression case that you won't hear about in Western or Arab media "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mustafa Sbayti wrote (under the influence of alcohol by his admission) a poet comment on Facebook in which he expressed his desire to "sleep with Virgin Mary".  Of course, the Christian AND Muslim religious establishment called for a severe punishment of him although he quickly removed the comment and profusely apologized.  He has been in jail for the last few weeks, and was released today.  Here is m article on the matter: "Between the Bishop and the Poet".   Naturally no one in Lebanon lifted a finger for the poet because he is a secular communist who posts Lenin's picture on his Facebook.  Human Right Watch's office in Beirut--increasingly part of the Hariri coalition camp-- would have made a stink about the matter if the poet was a pro-Hariri right-winger.

03:38

When Anne Barnard linked Lebanese secular leftists with Hizbullah "IndyWatch Feed War"

From Alfred: "...Those who demonstrated outside the US Embassy in Beirut were not only secularists. More importantly to Anne Barnard, they are from organizations that are NOT listed by the US as "terrorist organizations". She wants to link those who are anti-Israel in Lebanon with Hizbullah...you know the organization that killed Americans and are called terrorists. "

03:26

The Next Great Recession? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The transnational capitalist class is pouring billions of dollars into the rapid digitalization of global capitalism as the latest outlet for its surplus accumulated capital and hedging its bets on new investment opportunities in a global police state. But will these ballooning sectors of the global economy allow the world capitalist system to avoid another catastrophic crisis?

There is good reason to believe that recovery will be ephemeral and that another crisis looms on the horizon.  The underlying structural conditions that triggered the Great Depression of 2008 remain in place and a new round of restructuring in the global economy now underway is likely to further aggravate them.  These conditions include unprecedented levels of inequality, public and private debt and financial speculation.   A new crisis could be triggered by a bursting of the current stock market bubble, especially in the high-tech sector, by defaults in household or public debt, or by the outbreak of a new international military conflict.

Growth has plodded forward since 2008 through monetary instruments such as quantitative easing (essentially, printing money and making it available as credit) and bank and corporate bailouts, along with escalating consumer debt, a wave of speculative investment, especially in the high-tech sector, and ever increasing levels of financial speculation in the global casino. Now, however, central banks are running out of monetary instruments to promote growth.

In the United States, which has long been the market of last resort for the global economy, household debt is higher than it has been for almost all of postwar history. U.S. households owed in 2016 nearly $13 trillion in student loans, credit card debt, auto loans and mortgages. In just about every OECD country the ratio of income to household debt remains historically high and has steadily deteriorated since 2008.  The global bond market an indicator of total government debt worldwide has escalated since 2008 and now surpasses $100 trillion.

Meanwhile, the gap between the productive economy and fictitious capital grows ever wider as financial speculation spirals out of control.  Gross world product, or the total value of goods and services produced worldwide, stood at some $75 trillion in 2015, whereas currency speculation alone amounted to $5.3 trillion a day that year and...

03:21

US ready for talks with North Korea without preconditions, Tillerson says "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Julian Borger, December 12, 2017, The Guardian.

Secretary of states remarks appear to mark shift in state department policy, which had previously required proof North Korea was giving up nuclear arsenal.

Rex Tillerson at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Rex Tillerson has said that the US is ready to begin exploratory talks with North Korea without preconditions, but only after a period of quiet without new nuclear or missile tests.

The secretary of states remarks appeared to mark a shift in state department policy, which had previously required Pyongyang to show it was serious about giving up its nuclear arsenal before contacts could start. And the language was a long way from repeated comments by Donald Trump that such contacts are a waste of time.

Tillerson also revealed that the US had been talking to China about what each country would do in the event of a conflict or regime collapse in North Korea, saying that the Trump administration had given Beijing assurances that US troops would pull back to the 38th parallel that divides North and South Korea, and that the only US concern would be to secure the regimes nuclear weapons.

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