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Wednesday, 22 November

22:07

Accident At Compressor Station Fuels More Pipeline Concerns "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Reverend Mac Legerton of the North Carolina Alliance To Protect Our People and the Places We Live. Prospect, North Carolina - As reported in the ROBESONIAN, Jennifer Sharpe, a communication specialist with Piedmont Natural Gas, stated that the accidental leak caused by a malfunctioning valve at the Prospect Compressor Station in Robeson County was detected at about 3:40 AM on Tuesday at the Natural Gas Control Room at the companys headquarters in Charlotte. She stated that the situation was never unsafe and no local emergency personnel were called to the Compressor Station. The leak was finally stopped at 5:00 am.

22:06

Divest Black Friday "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Mazaska Talks - Keystone I just leaked 210,000 gallons of oil on the Sisseton Wahpeton Reservation; Nebraska just approved Keystone XL; First Nations in British Columbia are building tiny houses in the pathway of Trans Mountain; and Enbridge has loaded the state of Minnesota with pipe, even though Minnesota hasnt approved Line 3 yet. Hundreds of indigenous people have formed camps and occupations of spaces in the paths of these pipelines, with dozens of arrests already. Treaties are remarked as Supreme law of the land in Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, yet law enforcement is protecting and serving oil corporations instead of the constitution. Wall Street clearly hasnt learned their lesson from the #NoDAPL movement, as they continue to finance these repressive corporations. So, were getting together this Takesgiving to remind them...

22:03

Labor fights back against end to temporary protected status for 59,000 Haitians "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Max Zahn

SEIU 1199 Vice President Gerard Cadet speaks at a press conference in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. (WNV/Max Zahn)

Wilna Destin, a UNITE HERE organizer, fled political unrest in Haiti 17 years ago for asylum in the United States. After arriving on her own in Miami, Florida, she worked restaurant and hospitality jobs in Orlando, eventually gaining accreditation as a nursing assistant. She married and had two children. She built a life.

When the Trump administration announced on Monday night that it would end temporary protected status, or TPS, for approximately 59,000 Haitians in 2019, Destin learned that she will have to leave in a matter of months.

I was shocked, she said. Im not ready to go back.

Labor advocates across the country arent ready to see her and her fellow Hatians go either. In the latest surge of labor opposition to the Trump administrations immigration agenda, union leaders and rank-and-file members rallied on short notice Tuesday, vowing to fight the TPS decision and seek a path to citizenship for the Haitians affected by it.

TPS is an immigration status granted to foreign-born residents unable to return home due to dangerous or challenging circumstances in their native countries. In 2010, the Obama administration granted TPS to Haitian-born residents after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti that year.

This is a very, very terrible moment for us in the labor movement, said Gerard Cadet, vice president of Service Employees International Union 1199, at a press conference in lower Manhattan on Tuesday morning. According to Cadet, who was born in Haiti, over 12 percent of SEIU 1199 members are Haitian immigrants.

Haitians tend to gravitate toward healthcare when they come into this country, he said. Immigrants built up our union, just like immigrants built up our country.

Cadet spoke alongside immigrant rights leaders and SEIU 32BJ President Hector Figueroa, who echoed the sentiment.

The Haitian TPS recipients are our brothers and sisters, he said. They are members of 32BJ. They are members of many of our unions. Their absence would result in a quarter of a billion dollars lost from the economy.

Later on Tuesday, approximately 400 demonstrators marched to Mar-a-Lago, Trumps reso...

21:54

Monopod Blocks Tree Clearing & Construction Of Pipeline In PA "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Earth First! Newswire - A monopod has been erected to block the heavy machinery that is currently clearing and chipping trees in South Central Pennsylvania to make way for Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) Mariner East 2 pipeline. The monopodwhich is made out of a tree that ETP cut down last yearis currently about 200 feet from the encroaching heavy equipment. This action is being carried out by Camp White Pine in South Central Pennsylvania. Camp White Pine has been physically blocking pipeline construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline since February, and the Gerhart family, whose property the camp is on, has been resisting the pipeline project since 2015. The treesits that activists have been occupying for months are located on the west end of the property, while this new monopod blockade is on the east end. This latest phase of cutting and clearing off the east end of the property began in late October and has been moving closer to the camp each day.

21:54

Media Lens "IndyWatch Feed War"

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22 November 2017

Survival? Symptoms Of Breakdown

If the human species survives long enough, future historians might well marvel at what passed for ...

21:49

French Canadian meat stuffing for fowl. "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Regimental Color of the VanDoos) "Put all ingredients in large pan except crackers. Cook on medium heat until meat is well cooked, approximately one hour stirring occasionally, so it will not stick to bottom of pan. Add 1 ladle of...

21:49

Net Neutrality Protests Hitting Verizon Stores In U.S. During Holiday Season "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Evan Greer for Fight for the Future - Ajit Pais plan is expected to contain a total repeal of net neutrality protections, posing a grave threat to the future of freedom of expression, access to information, and small businesses particularly for communities of color and low income communities. The December 7 protests represent growing grassroots backlash to the FCCs plan, which polls show is wildly unpopular with people from across the political spectrum. The events are supported by Team Internet, a grassroots network of nearly half a million volunteer activists spearheaded by Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund, three of the groups behind the massive July 12 net neutrality day of action that drove millions of comments, emails, and phone calls to the FCC and Congress. Over recent months the groups behind the protests have organized thousands of constituents to attend more than 600 town halls and meetings with lawmakers to demand their support for net neutrality. A phone call campaign through BattleForTheNet.com has generated nearly 250,000 phone calls to legislators offices. At the protests participants will be encouraged to take a group photo and tweet it at their local members of Congress. Where possible, protesters will march to a nearby lawmakers office and deliver petition signatures. Protests are currently planned in Phoenix, Denver, San Francisco, New York City, Indianapolis, Miami, Boston, Seattle, and several other cities across the country.

21:41

The Faces Of Yemen Where Is American Outrage? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Brandon Turbeville for Information Clearing House - The calculations were made before Saudi Arabia tightened an already severe blockade on rebel-held parts of the country in response to a missile fired from rebel territory towards Riyadh airport. The blockade has closed the port of Hodeidah, a key entry point for food, and the airport in the capital Sanaa, where humanitarian flights have been landing to deliver aid and medicine. Mr Kirolos warned that unless the blockade is lifted immediately more children will die. Food shortages in Yemen have filled overcrowded hospitals with malnourished children, their skin often loose from hunger and with ribs jutting out. Malnourished children are especially vulnerable to death as a result of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases. But while the mainstream Western press only mentions the Yemeni crisis in isolated articles, absent are the images of the Yemeni people who are being bombed, shot, tortured, starved and otherwise suffering from malnutrition and other war-related illnesses. There is no American outrage over the dying children in Yemen because Americans are not being told by their televisions, politicians, and entertainers to be outraged about the children in Yemen. There are no calls to enact revenge on the perpetrators of the violence in Yemen (mainly because the perpetrators are Americans and American allies). Yemenis are not even worthy of Americas thoughts and prayers or I Stand With Yemen hashtags and profiles.

21:29

Indictment of NYC truck jihadi treats ISIS as if it were a mafia family, charges jihadi with racketeering "IndyWatch Feed War"

More denial and willful ignorance. The Islamic State is not a mafia family, and jihad mass murder is not racketeering. This is a war, and the New York City truck jihad massacre was one battle in that war. Yet authorities continue to prosecute these jihadis as if they were a series of criminals committing separate []

21:25

Walk for the Salmon at InterTribal Friendship House in Oakland -- Photos by Bad Bear "IndyWatch Feed War"

Western Shoshone Johnny Bobb joined walkers of the Walk for the Salmon, at the InterTribal Friendship House in Oakland, last night. Walkers walked from Seattle to San Francisco for the salmon, the rivers and the water. Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco 2017 Photos on the walk at Santa Rosa, and at InterTribal Friendship House in

21:23

Stop Obama- And Trump-Supported War On People Of Yemen! "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of the Black Alliance for Peace - Barack Obamas administration gave the green light to the Saudi war on Yemen. Back then, this war could not have been launched and executed without direct support from the U.S. military. That remains the case to this day. The United States provided intelligence sharing and targeting, air-to-air refueling, logistics support, while participating in the naval blockade and selling billions of dollars in weapons. We in the Black Alliance for Peace call on the people of the United States to demand an end to all military support to the murderous Saudi dictatorship. We demand that the blockade be lifted, and humanitarian aid be provided. We demand that the United Nations Security Council move to resolve the war in Yemen by calling for an immediate cessation of military actions, followed by a diplomatic resolution of the governmental crisis in that country. We call on the U.S. Congress to launch an immediate investigation into the Saudis possibly violating U.S. law by using U.S. arms to commit crimes against humanity.

21:12

The Thanksgiving Myth "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Cliff DuRand for The Center for Global Justice - In many ways the Thanksgiving celebration is a unique festivity. As harvest festivals go its not particularly unusual: families gathering for a special meal to enjoy the bounty of nature and the fruit of the growing seasons labor. Most societies in the temperate zones of the earth have such harvest festivals. In the more northerly latitudes of Canada it comes in October as it does also in north China at the time of the harvest moon. At the latitudes of the United States Thanksgiving comes in late November, after the harvests are in. So what is so special about the Thanksgiving celebrated there? Unlike most of our other holidays, which are religious, Thanksgiving is secular. Neither is political like the 4th of July which marks the beginning of the political entity called the United States of America. Thanksgiving is a more private holiday, celebrated with family around the dinner table. Yet it is also a celebration of families together in community with others.

21:03

No way to treat a child "IndyWatch Feed War"

Imagine you are a family of four: two parents and two children aged, say, 11 and 15. You are all sleeping when at 3:45 a.m., there is a loud bang at your front door.  Before youve reached the door, four heavily-armed soldiers have broken it down and barged into your home with no warrant and no explanation.

One soldierbarely older than your children himselfgrabs your 15-year-old son, binds his arms behind his back, and blindfolds him. Without a word to you, the soldiers haul the boy outside to their vehicle and throw him onto the floor at the back, pistol-whipping him before speeding away.

Hours later, your sons blindfold is removed but his arms remain bound. From the moment he is kidnapped, he is not permitted to use the bathroom or given water or food. He is surrounded by foreigners speaking a language he cannot understand, and he is denied legal counsel. Your child is taken to an interrogation room and bullied into confessing a crimeinsulting the honor of a soldier, for instance, or throwing stones at a wall. Like you, your son was born into a military occupation and under military law a soldiers honor is worth 10 years of your sons life.

This is a system of calculated dehumanization. Young people such as your son are held in detention for 24 hours before a military trial. If he were 18, he might wait up to 96 hours. At 15, your son might get a plea agreement of eight months; if he were 16 or 17, it might be a 10-20 year sentence. Fines run from $100 to a few thousand, and release on bail is rare under military law. A sentence could be suspended so that there is an early release with a 2 to 5-year probationary period in which, if your son were arrested again, in 5 years, the full 10-year sentence would go into effect.

The mathematical symmetry is in the fines: they cover the entire cost of this system, ensuring that the victims of these gross violations of due process, the rules of evidence, and international law pay for the kangaroo courts.

You and your family live in an area surrounded by armed checkpoints, soldiers, and hostile and aggressive settlers living on land in violation of international law. Children must be accompanied and protected by adults in your community as they make their way, on an unpaved path, to their school; settlers walk or drive on wide paved roads.

You might have guessed by now Im describing what happens when living in the occupied Palestinian territory. Since 1967, Israel has operated separate legal systems in the same territory: in the occupied West Bank, Israeli settlers are subjec...

20:48

Now Available: 2017 Workers To Owners Impact Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Democracy At Work Institute - The collaborative came together in 2016 to respond to a moment of generational opportunity. In the next 15 years, hundreds of thousands of businesses employing millions of people will be sold, consolidated or closed as Baby Boomer business owners retire. Our goal is to ensure the safety of these community economic anchors and local jobs, and to catalyze a wave of business conversions to cooperative employee ownership, which has been proven to increase equity in our most vulnerable communities says Democracy at Work Institute Executive Director Melissa Hoover. This report shows tangible outcomes of the worker cooperative model, including growing press coverage, interest from minority business support organizations, implementation by the economic development community, and policy support at federal, state, and regional levels. The data contained in this report includes the latest data available, with the majority of information through Q2 of 2017 and select information we have collected from Q3 2017. Throughout the report we see a coordinated, strategic effort that, even in its short life, has moved the dial on employee ownership conversions, raising awareness and enlisting partners. The report points toward a promising future, prompting a greater investment of time and resources paired with a close eye on trends and deeper analysis.

20:48

SurkovLeaks (part 3): analysis of the correspondence of Surkovs first deputy Inal Ardzinba "IndyWatch Feed War"

In January 2017, the popular Russian business newspaper Vedomosti reported that Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov accepted...

The post SurkovLeaks (part 3): analysis of the correspondence of Surkovs first deputy Inal Ardzinba appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

20:44

Besieged Syrians eating trash, fainting from hunger: UN survey "IndyWatch Feed War"

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At least four people have died from hunger, including a child in Douma who took his own life due to hunger, according to the report

20:31

Zimbabwe Witnessing An Elite Transition As Economic Meltdown Looms "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Patrick Bond for Counter Punch - In Harare, Bulawayo and smaller Zimbabwean cities, hundreds of thousands of citizens joyfully took to the streets on Saturday, November 18, approving a Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) military semi-coup that resolves a long-simmering faction fight within the ruling party and ends the extraordinary career of Robert Mugabe at the age of 93. Initially refusing to resign, his rambling speech the following evening revealed a man either out of touch with reality, or attempting to compel from his enemies a full-fledged coup, or as CNN speculated delaying to ensure legal immunity and protection of his property from confiscation. Still, he faces a parliamentary impeachment process on November 21. After more than 37 years in power in the Southern African country he led to liberation in 1980, Mugabe is being replaced by his long-standing Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) comrade, Emmerson Mnangagwa (aged 75). On Sunday at Zanu-PFs emergency central committee meeting, Mnangagwa was made president. To ease his departure, Mugabe might be offered exile in South Africa where his family and cronies also possess abundant luxury real estate, such as a seaside mansion near Durbans airport. But concerns immediately arise that celebration of the coup and at least momentary popular adoration of the army will relegitimise Mnangagwas brutal Zanu-PF network and thus slow a more durable transition to democracy and economic justice.

20:20

NAFTA Renegotiation More Important Now Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Celeste Drake for AFL-CIO - The need to fundamentally improve the labor provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement took on a new urgency over the weekend, as a group of armed civilians, calling themselves the Tonalapa Community Police, (Polica Comunitaria de Tonalapa) attacked striking workers, killing two, at the Media Luna mine in Guerrero, Mexico. The murders occurred just five hours south of Mexico City, where representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico are in the midst of their fifth round of talks about rewriting NAFTA. The aggressors, meanwhile, were released after being briefly detained by an army squadron. The striking workers, who want to be represented by the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Related Workers of the Mexican Republic (Los Mineros) and are demanding the removal of the employer-dominated "labor" federation CTM (Confederacin de Trabajadores de Mxico), identified local CTM leaders as among those responsible for the attack. The practice of false unions siding with the employer over workers is a common feature of Mexicos failed labor relations model. Employer-dominated "labor" federations are antithetical to the idea of democratic worker-led unions whose goal is to help workers build better lives.

20:18

Turkey, Iran Agree To Putins Plan for a Syrian Peoples Congress "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY REUTERS
 NOVEMBER 22, 2017 19:26

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Iranian and Turkish presidents had agreed to support a Russian proposal for a Syrian peoples congress.

Turkey, Iran agree to support Putin-proposed 'Syrian people's congress'

Irans President Hassan Rouhani, Russias Vladimir Putin and Turkeys Tayyip Erdogan meet in Sochi, Russia November 22, 2017. (photo credit: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL METZEL/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS)

SOCHI, Russia/RIYADH Russias Vladimir Putin hosted the presidents of Turkey and Iran to discuss Syria on Wednesday, launching a major diplomatic push to finally end a civil war that has been all but won by the government of President Bashar Assad.

Syrian opposition groups, meeting in Saudi Arabia to seek a unified position ahead of peace talks, decided to stick to their demand that Assad leave power, Al Arabiya television reported, following speculation they might soften their stance after their hardline leader quit.

Putin, who hosted Hassan Rouhani and Tayyip Erdogan in the Black Sea resort of Sochi two days after being visited there by Assad, said the Iranian and Turkish presidents had agreed to support a Russian proposal for a Syrian peoples congress.

Russia wants the congress, also to be held in Sochi, to open dialog alongside a formal UN-sponsored peace process in Geneva.

Syrias civil war, which is in its seventh year, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and created the worlds worst refugee crisis, driving more than 11 million people from their homes.

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20:11

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition to reopen Hodeidah port, Sanaa airport for aid "IndyWatch Feed War"

File: A cargo ship moored at Yemens rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida. (AFP)
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DUBAI: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting against the Houthi movement in Yemen said on Wednesday it would allow aid access through the port of Hodeidah and UN flights to Sanaa airport.
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The coalition closed all air, land and sea access to Yemen earlier this month following the interception of a missile fired toward the Saudi capital.
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It said it had to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran, seen by Riyadh as the movements main backers.
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The port of Hodeidah will be reopened to receive food aid and humanitarian relief, and Sanaa airport will be open for UN flights with humanitarian relief, a statement from carried by the Saudi state news agency SPA said.
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It added the decision would take effect from Nov. 23.
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The coalition allowed the resumption of international commercial flights and opened Aden port last week, but it said the main aid route into the country (Hodeidah) would stay closed until it was satisfied its Houthi opponents could not use it to bring in weapons.
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The Houthis, drawn mainly from Yemens Zaidi minority and allied to long-serving former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, control much of the country including the capital Sanaa.
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Saudi Arabia and its allies have been waging war against them on behalf of the government of President...

20:04

Sochi Meeting: Turkey, Russia, Iran Back Syria's Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed War"

I'm not certain how sovereignty is being defined here, but, nonetheless, that's the claim.

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"Turkey, Russia and Iran have reiterated their support for Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
"The heads of state reaffirmed their strong commitment to sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic," according to a joint statement released following a trilateral meeting between the presidents of the three countries Wednesday.
 The presidents called on the representatives of the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the opposition that are committed to the sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity and non-fractional character of Syrian state to participate constructively in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi in the near future", it added.
 "The presidents expressed satisfaction with the current level of tripartite coordination on maintaining and strengthening the cease-fire regime in Syria, of which Iran, Russia and Turkey are guarantors," it said.
"The presidents emphasized that the creation of the de-escalation areas established in Astana process in Syria have been quite efficient and greatly help to reduce violence, alleviate the humanitarian suffering, curb the flow of refugees, and start working to provide conditions for the safe return of refugees and internally-displaced persons," it added.
"The presidents decided that Iran, Russia and Turkey would continue their coordinated efforts to ensure that the progress in reduction of violence is irreversible. ...

19:57

AIM WEST LIVE on Spirit Resistance Radio! Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Today, Wednesday: With the passing of our friend and brother in the struggle, Dennis J.Banks last October 29, we decided to combine the annual dinner Feast with Oakland Inter-Tribal Friendship House into a memorial celebration to honor his life. -- Tony Gonzales, AIM West Time: 4 pm Intertribal Friendship House: 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606 (510) 836-1955 AIM WEST LIVE ON

19:46

Debate: The end of Daesh and its caliphate "IndyWatch Feed War"

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19:43

40% Of Detroit Has No Internet, They Are Creating Their Own "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Kaleigh Rogers for Motherboard - Being stuck without access to the internet is often thought of as a problem only for rural America. But even in some of Americas biggest cities, a significant portion of the population cant get online. Take Detroit, where 40 percent of the population has no access to the internetof any kind, not only high speedat home, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Seventy percent of school-aged children in the city are among those who have no internet access at home. Detroit has one of the most severe digital divides in the country, the FCC says. When you kind of think about all the ways the internet affects your life and how 40 percent of people in Detroit dont have that access you can start to see how Detroit has been stuck in this economic disparity for such a long time, Diana Nucera, director of the Detroit Community Technology Project, told me at her office. Nucera is part of a growing cohort of Detroiters who have started a grassroots movement to close that gap, by building the internet themselves. Its a coalition of community members and multiple Detroit nonprofits. Theyre starting with three underserved neighborhoods, installing high speed internet that beams shared gigabit connections from an antenna on top of the tallest building on the street, and into the homes of people who have long gone without. They call it the Equitable Internet Initiative.

19:40

China denounces new U.S. sanctions on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Elizabeth Shim  |  Nov. 22, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday Beijing does not welcome unilateral U.S. sanctions against Chinese firms. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

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Nov. 22 (UPI)  China voiced its opposition to new U.S. sanctions on Wednesday, a day after the United States Treasury announced a blacklist of North Korean and Chinese firms.

Beijings foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the Chinese government views unilateral sanctions as misconduct.

During the regular press briefing, Lu also defended Chinese efforts in curbing North Korea, South Korean news service EDaily reported.

I would like to point out again China has consistently opposed the misconduct of other countries, or enforcing unilateral sanctions based on their own laws, Lu said.

The U.S. Treasury includes an embargo against Chinese trading companies that the United States says have helped North Korea circumvent existing sanctions.

These designations include companies that have engaged in trade with North Korea cumulatively worth hundreds of millions of dollars. We are also sanctioning the shipping and transportation companies, and their vessels, that facilitate North Koreas trade and its deceptive maneuvers, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said.

Chinas foreign ministry said it has no issues with implementing international sanctions, and that the sanctions are being activel...

19:23

Its my Jewish duty to put aside differences with Trump and advocate for Israel, says CEO of American Jewish Committee "IndyWatch Feed War"

The head of the American Jewish Committee said on Monday that he has a Jewish duty to put aside whatever political differences he has with Donald Trump, and the Republican Congress, too, so as to advocate for Israel.

When Im on Jewish duty, AJC duty, our job is to represent our interest to whoever sits in the White House, whoever controls the Congress and the key committees, whoever the decision makers might be that will affect the fate of those matters of greatest concern to us, David Harris said at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners, N.Y.

A crowd of 170 people, surely most of them Westchester liberal Jews who cannot abide Donald Trump, filled the august sanctuary of the Reform synagogue, where Harriss own sons were bar mitzvahd. Harris tipped his hat to one of those listeners, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who has been relentlessly critical of Trump from Day One.

Harris played to Lowey and the crowd when he took a jab at Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner. Asked by a member of the audience, Has Jared Kushner sought your counsel? Harris shot back: Youd have to ask Moscow.

But Harris was introduced by a fellow AJC official as the representing the State Department of the Jewish people, and he emphasized how important it is for the AJC to advocate for Israel no matter who is president.

We as Jews, as advocates, as friends of the state of Israel, may have our partisan inclinations. I get that. But when it comes to the work of an organization like the AJC, we leave those at the door.

You dont get to pick your moments in history, Harris said. In 1948 when Israel was recognized minutes after its establishment by President Harry Truman, Harris said, We needed not Harry Truman per se, we needed the president of the United States of whichever party to do the right thing. Jewish advocates were able to convince Truman to meet Chaim Weizmann to press Truman for that recognition when Harry Truman tried to slam that door shut.

And when Richard Nixon was president in 1973, Israel needed the American government to resupply it with arms after the initial setbacks of the October war. Harris said thats when he learned the lesson about his Jewish duty:

Richard Nixon was not a terribly popular president among American Jews. Many proudly distanced themselves from Richard Nixon. But for those who cared about Israel in 1973, the question was not whether he was popular or not, but would he do the right thing or not. In the end he did. In the end, Israel went on to win an extraordinary military victory. As a young man in my 20s at the time, I learned my lesson in advocacy. I may vote this...

19:20

Chairman Pais Plan To End Net Neutrality Built On Lies "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Timothy Karr for Free Press - WASHINGTON Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai plans a full repeal of Net Neutrality protections, exposing internet users to blocking, throttling and paid prioritization of online content by the handful of internet service providers that control access in the United States. Pai will release his proposed rule changes on Wednesday. According to reports, the chairman will seek to overturn nearly all of the Net Neutrality safeguards put in place during the Obama administration. In 2015, the FCC grounded its Open Internet Order in Title II of the Communications Act, a move that follows the laws Congress wrote and that federal appeals courts have twice upheld. Pai is planning to eliminate the bright line rules, which prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization. His proposal would also take away the general conduct rules and other protections against cable- and phone-company discrimination. Under the current rules, ISPs cant unreasonably interfere with or unreasonably disadvantage peoples ability to access and use the lawful content, applications, services or devices of their choosing. This broader mandate to prevent unreasonable ISP discrimination, even when it doesnt fall neatly under a bright-line prohibition, is crucial to preventing interference with internet traffic at interconnection points and other upstream bottlenecks that ISPs can abuse. Even worse, Pai plans to remove Title II classification of broadband internet access service providers.

19:17

China is exporting authoritarianism globally, and the West is losing the old tools to stop it "IndyWatch Feed War"

Xi Jinpings recent speech was of vast importance to the future of world power  CREDIT: ANDY WONG/AFP

By William Hague
The Telegraph
20 NOVEMBER 2017 9:30PM

In Zimbabwe and beyond, our best hope is to reform our own politics to set an example worth following

One of the minor successes of my time as Foreign Secretary was that I managed never to meet Robert Mugabe, despite having to sit only feet away from him at the UN General Assembly. A predecessor, Jack Straw, was severely embarrassed after shaking his hand and was reduced to the much-derided excuse that it had happened in a darkened room.

Since I was required to meet many of the worlds despotic, power-crazed autocrats, giving Mugabe a miss was a relief. He has demonstrated once again the truth that while the power of government to do good is limited, its ability to cause harm is infinite, bringing poverty and hyper-inflation to a country rich in natural resources and human talent.

A predecessor, Jack Straw, was severely embarrassed after shaking his hand and was reduced to the much-derided excuse that it had happened in a darkened room.

Since I was required to meet many of the worlds despotic, power-crazed autocrats, giving Mugabe a miss was a relief.

He demonstrated once again the truth that while the power of government to do good is limited, its ability to cause harm is infinite, bringing poverty and hyper-inflation to a country rich in natural resources and human talent.

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19:15

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: Massachusetts Rabbi Invites Hamas-Linked CAIR, Others to Mislead His Congregation "IndyWatch Feed War"

The CAIR leader was even allowed to ask for financial donations. My latest at PJ Media: Rabbi Howard Jaffe of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Massachusetts, recently illustrated how, all too often, efforts at interfaith dialogue are futile and self-defeating. Jaffe staged an event entitled Out of Many, One, featuring Nadeem Mazen of the Council on American-Islamic []

19:12

Translated Doc Debunks Narrative of Al Qaeda-Iran Alliance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Exclusive: Media fell into neoconservative trap, again.

Imam Khomeini Street in central Tehran, Iran, 2012. Credit: Shutterstock/Mansoreh

For many years, major U.S. institutions ranging from the Pentagon to the 9/11 Commission have been pushing the line that Iran secretly cooperated with Al Qaeda both before and after the 9/11 terror attacks. But the evidence for those claims remained either secret or sketchy, and always highly questionable.

In early November, however, the mainstream media claimed to have its smoking guna CIA document written by an unidentified Al Qaeda official and released in conjunction with 47,000 never-before-seen documents seized from Osama bin Ladens house in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The Associated Press reported that the Al Qaeda document appears to bolster U.S. claims that Iran supported the extremist network leading up to the September 11 terror attacks. The Wall Street Journal said the document provides new insights into Al Qaedas relationship with Iran, suggesting a pragmatic alliance that emerged out of shared hatred of the United States and Saudi Arabia.

NBC News wrote that the document reveals that, at various points in the relationship Iran offered Al Qaeda help in the form of money, arms and training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon in exchange for striking American interests in the Gulf, implying that Al Qaeda had declined the offer. Former Obama National Security Council spokesman Ned Price, writing for The Atlantic, went even further,...

19:07

DECAMERON: And Now, Calling to Start US War in Syria All Over Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are only a couple of dozen hardcore BORG-ists (to use Col Langs useful description) trolling for war against Iran, but they are irrationally consistent. The names are familiar: Ledeen, Richard Perle, Woolsey, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD),...

19:06

WTO to hear Qatar's complaint against UAE over blockade "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Qatar's representative said the UAE had used "provable fabrications, and rhetoric not befitting of this House"

19:03

Support This Poor Poet! "IndyWatch Feed War"

[This post is pinned to the top. Scroll down for fresh content.] A recent BBC Breaking "Exclusive" showed how the U.S. and its proxy forces made a deal with the Islamic State. Under U.S. supervision hundreds of ISIS fighters in...

19:02

Google Does Evil "IndyWatch Feed War"

Up to about 2006 or 2007 Google provided an excellent search engine. It then started to prioritize and present more general results even where one searched for very specific information. It became cumbersome to search for and find details. The...

18:54

Cidade do Mxico, Mxico: Sparring em solidariedade com Fernando Brcenas "IndyWatch Feed War"

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13 de dezembro de 2013, uma rvore de natal da coca-cola incendiada durante um protesto contra o aumento dos transportes pblicos na Cidade do Mxico, vrixs detenidxs, todxs foram liberadxs alguns dias depois, com exceo de um, Fernando Brcenas Castillo, jovem estudante na poca da CCH Vallejo.

4 anos depois o companheiro segue preso. Quatro anos que so contados facilmente, mas tem sido de terror absoluto para seus familiares e para ele mesmo; greves fome, protestos, manifestaes, marchas, rodadas, tocadas, rifas, panfletos, cartazes, projees, coletas, risos, choro, tochas, mais encontros, discusses, peridicos anticarcerrios, bibliotecas autnomas dentro das prises, oficinas com os presos, tatuagens solidrias interminveis atividades, denunciando, acompanhando, nos solidarizando, querendo ultrapassar essas malditas barras, querendo dinamitar este maldito sistema carcerrio, econmico, social, que nos obriga a sobreviver nas suas prises, em seus trabalhos, na sua misria cotidiana que arrebata nossxs companheirxs que lutam, que manifestam, que materializam seus pensamentos, por todas partes lhes encarceram, assa...

18:47

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Anuj Chopra with Layal Abou Rahal in Beirut | Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (R) sits next to the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (C), during Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh

RIYADH (AFP)  Syrian opposition figures met in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in a bid to form an overhauled delegation to peace talks that analysts say may be more willing to compromise on key demands.The meeting came as Iran, Russia and Turkey held a summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, pressing their diplomatic dash to resolve Syrias six-year conflict with a new round of UN-brokered peace talks set to open in Geneva next Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Irans Hassan Rouhani had agreed to a congress of Syrian regime and opposition forces in Sochi, aimed at boosting the Geneva process.

The Riyadh meeting was co-chaired by the UNs Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who said the aim was to reach a fair solution to the conflict.

De Mistura said the goal was to give momentum to next weeks talks in Geneva by forging a unified opposition delegation, as long demanded by the Syrian government.

He said he would travel to Moscow on Thursday for talks with Russian officials.

Im always optimistic especially in this moment, he said.

The 140 or so delegates from a wide range of opposition platforms are under heavy pressure to row back on some of their more radical demands after a series of recent battlefield victories that have given President Bashar al-Assads regime the upper hand.

Absent are several former leading figures who were seen as unwilling to compromise.

Among them is Riad Hijab, who stepped down as leader of the Saudi-backed opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) ahead of the meeting complaining that there were attempts to lower the ceiling of the revolution and prolong the regime.

Multiple rounds of talks hosted by the UN have failed to bring an end to the war in Syria, which has killed more than 330,000 people since 2011 and forced millions from their homes.

Factions opposed to Assad have been plagued by divisions throughout the maelstrom.

Participants in the Riyadh meeting include members of the Istanbul-based National Coalition as well as of rival Cairo- and Moscow-based...

18:36

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico: Sparring en solidaridad con Fernando Brcenas y sus luchas "IndyWatch Feed War"

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13 de diciembre del 2013, un rbol navideo de la compaa Coca-Cola es incendiado durante una protesta contra el alza al transporte pblico en la Ciudad de Mxico, varios detenidos, todos fueron liberados das despus, a excepcin de uno, Fernando Brcenas Castillo, joven estudiante en aquel entonces del CCH Vallejo.

4 aos despus el compaero sigue preso. Cuatro aos que se cuentan fcil, pero que han sido de terror absoluto para sus familiares y para l mismo; huelgas de hambre, protestas, mtines, marchas, rodadas, tokines, rifas, panfletos, carteles, proyecciones, colectas, risas, llanto, antorchas, ms apaones, discusiones, peridicos anticarcelarios, bibliotecas autnomas dentro de las crceles, talleres con los presos, tatuajes solidarios un sinfn de ms y ms actividades, denunciando, acompaando, solidarizndonos, queriendo traspasar esas malditas rejas, queriendo dinamitar este maldito sistema carcelario, econmico, social, que nos obliga a sobrevivir en sus crceles, en sus trabajos, en su miseria cotidiana que nos arrebata a nuestrxs compaerxs que luchan, que se manifiestan, que materializan sus pensamientos,...

18:31

Philippines President Duterte says he will return drug war lead role to National Police "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 65th League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) General Assembly at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017, reads a briefer on the effects of various illegal drugs as he explains how some illegal drug suspects tend to turn violent especially when accosted by law enforcers. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo
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MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is bent on bringing back the police to his brutal war on drugs as he reiterated the need to dismantle the narcotics apparatus in the country.
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Duterte said the Philippine National Police has to be involved in the anti-drug crackdown to prevent the proliferation of methamphetamine or shabu.
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When you say all-out war, (that means) the order is to destroy the organizations because shabu involves organized crime, the president told Army troops Wednesday in Fort Magsaysay.
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But as of now, just to parry, I placed it under PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency). But whether I like it or not, I have to return that power to the police because surely, it will increase the activity of the shabu, he added.
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18:30

Heroism and Horror in the Mediterranean "IndyWatch Feed War"

There was nothing like "every man for himself" here. Even 5-year-old kids were helping any way they could. I dont know how to explain it. The horrifying conditions in Libya have developed a strong sense of community among the people.

18:27

The Hotwire #14: November 22, 2017 : Olympia blockadeJ20 opening statementsBuild the Base call to action "IndyWatch Feed War"

Listen here. This weeks episode is packed with resistance news from across Turtle Island and beyond. Struggles led by water protectors against gas and oil infrastructure are happening, seemingly, everywhere. This past week, students have been busy, while prisoners have not. We have a brief update on the work stoppage and Holman Prison. We also have interviews with a comrade at the anti-fracking blockade in Olympia, WA, and with a J20 supporter about the trials that have just begun. Stay tuned until the end for CrimethInc.s call for January 20, 2018: Build the Base, Take the Initiative. A Call to Expand Our Capacity.

18:27

Lebanon sees off Saudi blackmail "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saad Hariri returns to Lebanon as PM Lebanon sees off Saudi blackmail

Lebanon has shown political maturity and national resilience in the face of childish blackmail.

18:26

President Aoun on Independence Eve: Nation That Defeats Israel & Terror Cannot Be Violated : PM Hariris Resignation on Hold after Talks with President "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lebanons President Michel Aoun addressed the nation Tuesday on the eve of Lebanons 74th independence anniversary, stressing that all the Lebanese must cooperate to protect the countrys sovereignty and stability. The sovereignty of the nation that defeated Israel and the takfiri terror can never be violated. President Aoun considered that the crisis of the Prime []

18:25

Mainstream Media Love Saudi dictator "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mainstream media falls in love with Saudi dictator Mohammed bin Salman

Mainstream media paints power-grabbing Saudi dictator as a visionary reformer

18:23

The Senate Tax Bills Chances Just Got Better "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Steven T. Dennis and Sahil Kapur

November 22, 2017, 8:47 AM EST Updated on November 22, 2017, 11:03 AM EST
  • Murkowski agrees to kill Obamacares individual mandate
  • Hurdles remain, including concerns about deficit effects
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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowskis decision to agree to smash Obamacares individual mandate may remove one obstacle to passing the Senate Republican tax bill next week.

I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed, she wrote in an op-ed in Alaskas Daily News-Miner newspaper posted online Tuesday.

Murkowski didnt mention the tax bill in the article. But she previously said she preferred not to...

18:22

Lockheed Martin: A global giant in supporting of Israeli War Crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"


Weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin literally makes a killing off of killing. Last year, while the company was grossing $43.4 billion in arms sales, an estimated 157,000 peoplearound the globe were killed in violent conflicts. For leadership of this industry of death, CEO Marillyn Hewson was paid $20 million. The federal contracts Lockheed Martin receives total more than the budgets of 22 US states (not surprising, given that the company spends around  $13 million lobbying annually) and does business with 70 nations.
Lockheed Martin boasts on its website that it has been selling arms to Israel since 1971. The companys notorious F-16 fighter jet came into Israels possession in 1980, two years before Israels first war with Lebanon. Since that time, the companys fighter jets have been integral to Israels brutal military campaigns in Lebanon and Palestine.
Israels 2006 invasion of Lebanon involved wide use of F-16 fighter jets and the Lockheed Martin Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) which sprayed cluster bombs across the Lebanese countryside. Between July 12 and August 14 2006, over 1,000 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, were killed. Comparatively...

18:22

Syrian Army Crushes ISIS Defenses And Captures Nine Villages South Of Mayadin (Map, Photos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Army Crushes ISIS Defenses And Captures Nine Villages South Of Mayadin (Map, Photos)

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On November 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces captured the villages of Ajrama, al-Safsafah, Ksu Umm Saba, al-Jahlah, al-Dwair, Wadi Abu Jasim, Surat al-Kshma, Subaykhan and Gharbiyah on the western bank of the Euphrates River, south of the city of Mayadin in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

Pro-government sources also reported that the SAA and Hezbollah launched a military operation north of al-Bukamal city to capture the villages located between al-Bukamal and al-Salihiyah. However, the SAA and its allies didnt advance yet.

Syrian Army Crushes ISIS Defenses And Captures Nine Villages South Of Mayadin (Map, Photos)

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18:02

UK aid workers stripped of passports in Syria should be applauded as heroes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Citizenship removal for British aid workers in Syria reminds me how the lessons of the Bosnia war havent been learned

18:01

Virginia: Islamic conference decries US as land of infidels, says Americans should be forced to accept Quran "IndyWatch Feed War"

They are ignorant and there is no need for dialogue with them, God has given them two options, one is the holy book and one is the stick [Force] and if one does not accept the holy book they have to be forced. What a pity that learned imams such as Pope Francis or H.R. []

17:56

Iranian and Turkish leaders arrive in Russia for Syria talks with Putin "IndyWatch Feed War"

By 
The Guardian

Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdoan visit Sochi two days after Russian president hosted Syrias Bashar al-Assad

Recep Tayyip Erdoan and Hassan Rouhani in Sochi
 Recep Tayyip Erdoan and Hassan Rouhani in Sochi, Russia. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Irans president, Hassan Rouhani, and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoan, have arrived in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi for talks with Vladimir Putin that are expected to focus on a political settlement for postwar Syria.

The mini-summit of the three countries which this year helped broker a truce between Syrian government troops and the opposition in several areas comes two days after Syrias president, Bashar al-Assad, visited the Russian president in Sochi.

Russia, which holds a military advantage in Syria, appears to want to bypass the UN process and focus on diplomatic efforts with the other regional guarantors to end the six-year war. Iran and Russia have been Assads main backers, while Turkey supports the Syrian opposition.

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17:50

Chancellor Philip Hammond announces an extra 3bn will be set aside for Brexit preparations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chancellor says he will stand ready to allocate further sums to ensure UK ready for Brexit

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that an extra 3bn will be set aside for Brexit preparations over the next two years to allow for every possible outcome.

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Mr Hammond kicked off the Budget with a major spending pledge for the EU withdrawal process, saying he stands ready to allocate further sums if and when needed to ensure the UK was ready for Brexit.

The pro-EU Chancellor has been a focal point for anger from pro-Brexit Tories over his reluctance to spend millions of pounds preparing for the event that Britain walks away with no deal from the EU.

Speaking as he delivered his make-or-break Budget, Mr Hammond said: While we work to achieve this deep and special partnership we are determined to make sure the country is prepared for every possible outcome.

We have already invested almost 700 million in Brexit preparations and today I am setting aside over the next two years another 3 billion and I stand ready to allocate further sums if and when needed.

No one should doubt our resolve.

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Brexit negotiations are approaching a critical phase and the best way to provide security for business and families was to make progress on trade talks, he said.

Treasury aides said the 3bn figure had emerged after requests from Whitehall departments for extra cash to cope with Brexit, including HM Revenue & Customs, the Home Office, Defra and the Department for Transport.

The Chancellors promise to spend billions preparing for Brexit will go down well with hardline Euro...

17:48

Protest at ZOA Bannon gala shows, Zionism does not unify Jewish community "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last Sunday, November 12, Mort Klein of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) welcomed Steve Bannon to speak at a ZOA gala, along with Alan Dershowitz, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, ex-Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and Sen. Tom Cotton (D-AR).

The Times of Israel website reported,

Speaking to the ZOA, Bannon said Trumps election victory would not have come without one other person besides Donald Trump Sheldon Adelson.

In particular, he said Adelsons advice helped Trump overcome the release of the Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump boasted about sexually assaulting a woman.

Sheldon Adelson didnt cut and run, Bannon said, regarding the time after the scandal broke. Sheldon Adelson had Donald Trumps back. Sheldon Adelson offered guidance and counsel and wisdom of how to get through it. He was there for Donald Trump about how to comport oneself and how to dig down deep and it was his guidance and his wisdom that helped get us through it.

The next day, Adelson issued a statement separating himself from Bannons campaign to purge establishment Republicans from the party, and did not attend, although Bannon specifically was at the gala to introduce Adelson, according to the program.

Guests at the ZOA dinner included former White House figures Sebastian Gorka and Sean Spicer.

The ZOA gala inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel on E 42nd Street, next to Grand Central Terminal, was matched by protesting Jews outside.                    

The circumstance of IfNotNow and cartoonist Eli Valley protesting in front of the ZOA gala showed a fine Jewish disunity, consistent with American Jewish history, where a wide spectrum of identity, from Jewish nationalist to American of the Jewish faith, has always existed, as well as Jews finding that other Jews exhibit Nazi-like behavior.

The unitary peoplehood of Jews is a mirage, as well as the idea that there is a single spokesperson or organization.

The mainstream American...

17:41

Putin Hosts Turkish, Iranian Presidents in Bid to Shape Syria Sochi conference signals Moscows determination to mold Syrias future in favor of Bashar al-Assad "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sochi conference signals Moscows determination to mold Syrias future in favor of Bashar al-Assad

Nov. 22, 2017 10:33 a.m. ET

Russian President Vladimir Putin pressed his efforts to shape a postwar political settlement in Syria at a summit Wednesday with the leaders of Turkey and Iran in Sochi.

Russian state television showed Mr. Putin greeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a palatial Soviet-era sanatorium in the Black Sea resort city on Wednesday afternoon.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/putin-hosts-turkish-iranian-presidents-in-bid-to-shape-syria-1511364822


17:34

Syrian Opposition Demands Assads Ouster Before Talks on Future of Syria Spoiling Putins Plan "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY REUTERS
 NOVEMBER 22, 2017 17:37

Since Russia joined the war on behalf of Bashar Assads government three years ago, Damascus has recaptured all of Syrias major cities from anti-Assad rebels.

Syrian President Bashar Assad depicted as a refugee

Syrian President Bashar Assad depicted as a refugee. (photo credit: ABDALLA AL OMARI)

RIYADH Syrian opposition groups will stick to their demand President Bashar Assad leave power at the start of any political transition, Al Arabiya television reported on Wednesday, despite speculation they could soften their stance in light of the governments strength on the battlefield.

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17:30

A gold trader, a president and an Iranian conspiracy: The US case shaking Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Reza Zarrab is accused of running a bank racket to funnel millions from Turkey to Iran. Erdogan is named in evidence. Now Turkey is hitting back

17:25

How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Pepe Escobar of the Asia Times (cross-posted by special agreement with the author) A pacified Syria is key to the economic integration of Eurasia through energy and transportation connections

17:19

France demands emergency UN meeting on treatment of migrants in Libya "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Paris threatened to impose sanctions on Libya if it failed to address "slave markets" inside the country

16:58

Britain hikes Brexit pot, slashes growth outlook "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Roland JACKSON, Ben PERRY | Britains Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond holds up the ministerial budget box

LONDON (AFP)  Britain on Wednesday substantially hiked its funds for Brexit preparations, as it slashed growth forecasts over a five-year period in a key annual budget update.The government will put aside another 3.0 billion ($4.0 billion, 3.4 billion euros) ahead of its exit from the European Union, Conservative finance minister Philip Hammond told parliament.

I stand ready to allocate further sums if and when needed, the chancellor of the exchequer said, after Britain had already put aside 700 million prior to Wednesdays additional amount.

The negotiations on our future relationship with the EU are in a critical phase, he told lawmakers, ahead of Britains scheduled departure in March 2019.

Hammond said the government would make progress on achieving agreement on implementing Brexit a top priority in the weeks ahead.

At the same time, he warned that Britains economy will grow much slower than expected over the next five years, as it faces Brexit uncertainty and weak productivity.

Gross domestic product will grow 1.5 percent this year, by 1.4 percent in 2018, 1.3 percent in both 2019 and 2020, and 1.5 percent in 2021, Hammond revealed in a raft of GDP downgrades.

Budget unravels

Main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose anti-austerity policies won greater than expected public support in Junes general election, blasted Hammond over the budget.

I believe as the days go ahead and this budget unravels, the reality will be a lot of people will be no better off and the misery many are in will be continuing, Corbyn said in response.

Wednesdays budget comes after Prime Minister Theresa Mays Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority earlier this year.

The government unveiled its annual budget against a backdrop of difficult Brexit negotiations with Brussels, already sluggish UK economic growth and high UK inflation that is stretching household incomes.

The London stock market rose following the budget and sterling edged higher.

British inflation has jumped this year as a Brexit-hit pound ramped up import costs, which led the Bank of England to raise its key interest rate for the first time in a decade last month....

16:47

FLASH: Lebanon PM Hariri Changes His Mind "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Summary

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri is just full of surprises.

His sudden resignation while in Saudi Arabia shocked the political establishment in Lebanon, leaving even his closest aides dumbfounded at the decision. Fast-forward two weeks and the prime minister has decided not to resign following a Paris visit and a closed-door conversation with President Michel Aoun, a political ally of the Hezbollah-Iran axis that was supposedly trying to assassinate Hariri in the first place.

The whole saga comes off as bewildering, but its markedly less so if you consider whos pulling the strings behind the scenes.

 

The post FLASH: Lebanon PM Hariri Changes His Mind appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

16:44

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, November 23, 2017 With Abraham Lincolns Thanksgiving Proclamation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thanksgiving Day
Lectionary: 943-947

The following are a selection of the readings that may be used on this day.

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Jesus cures 10 lepers but only one comes to give thanks

Reading 1 SIR 50:22-24

And now, bless the God of all,
who has done wondrous things on earth;
Who fosters peoples growth from their mothers womb,
and fashions them according to his will!
May he grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you;
May his goodness toward us endure in Israel
to deliver us in our days.

Responsorial Psalm PS 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11

R. (see 1) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Generation after generation praises your works
and proclaims your might.
They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
and tell of your wondrous works.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds
and declare your greatness.
They publish the fame of your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your justice.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
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16:41

What is Behind the Military Coup in Zimbabwe? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Photo Credit: Daily Star

Long-roiling factional conflict within Zimbabwes ruling ZANU-PF political party exploded last week in a military coup that quickly seized control of the government and state media. The coup was led by Commander of Zimbabwe Defense Forces Constantino Chiwenga, who is closely aligned with former vice president Constantino Chiwenga.

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Emboldened by President Robert Mugabes declining mental sharpness and physical health in recent years, Mnangagwa actively maneuvered to ensure that he would succeed the president. Mnangagwa served as one of Zimbabwes two vice presidents. From that position, he and his supporters, known as Team Lacoste, became embroiled in a bitter struggle with younger party members who coalesced around Secretary of Womens Affairs Grace Mugabe, wife of the president, and whose group was known as Generation 40, or G40.

As early as 2015, Mnangagwa began reaching out to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to discuss plans to implement a five-year transition government, in which both men would play a leading role. The unity government would compensate and reintegrate dispossessed former owners of large-scale farms. Reuters obtained hundreds of internal documents from Zimbabwes Central Intelligence Organization that revealed the plan. Key aspects of the transition planning described in the documents were corroborated by interviews with political, diplomatic and intelligence sources in Zimbabwe and South Africa, reports Reuters. The same sources left open the possibility that the government could be unelected. In one report, it was said that Mugabe feared that Mnangagwa would attempt to reverse land reform.1

According to the documents, senior military officials met with Tsvangirai, many of whom were saying it is better to clandestinely rally behind Tsvangirai for a change. Security officials also secretly met with Mnangagwa to discuss Mugabe. They all agree that Mugabe...

16:30

Venezuela Detains Four U.S. Citizens for Alleged Corruption "IndyWatch Feed War"

Arrests are likely to further complicate Caracass relationship with the Trump administration

Nov. 22, 2017 9:34 a.m. ET

CARACAS, VenezuelaFour of the six oil executives arrested in Caracas for alleged corruption are U.S. citizens, a Citgo Petroleum Corp. official said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Venezuelas military intelligence agency arrested six top executives of the U.S. subsidiary of state-oil company Petrleos de Venezuela SA, as part of what authorities are calling an anticorruption purge.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuela-detains-four-u-s-citizens-for-alleged-corruption-1511361280

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Venezuela arrests head of U.S. refiner Citgo in graft sweep

16:18

San Diego State University professor Khaleel Mohammed on Robert Spencer: Satanic ignoramus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Professor Khaleel Mohammed of San Diego State University appeared in the film Obsession: Radical Islams War With the West, but then had the realization that he was aiding Islamophobia and repented publicly of his participation. Whether his coreligionists threatened him or he decided on his own to join the jihad, I do not know. In []

16:18

The Thanksgiving Myth Hides The Original Sin "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Cliff DuRand for the Center for Global Justice. As the founding myth of our nation, Thanksgiving conceals from view the ambiguous legacy of the country. Barack Obama has called slavery our original sin. But the historical fact is that slavery was our second sin. The original one was the taking of this continent and the near annihilation of its original inhabitants. The Thanksgiving Myth covers this over with a story of brotherhood and generosity. It induces a historical amnesia. Where does this iconoclastic look at Thanksgiving leave us? Was Henry Ford, right? Is history bunk? I have spoken of the Thanksgiving myth. What do I mean by calling it a myth? A myth is a made-up story, an invented narrative often hung on a few selected historical pegs. Certainly, any truthful history of our nation would have to highlight the reality of the theft of the continent from its original inhabitants and the genocide against them. After all, the settlers were colonists, convinced of their divine destiny. They did not win the land by brotherly love. Were talking about colonialism.

16:17

A hero's welcome: Hariri returns to Lebanon and reneges on resignation "IndyWatch Feed War"

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After his disappearing act in Saudi Arabia, the Lebanese PM is back. And his message: he's staying

16:13

Britain slashes growth forecasts over five years "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Britains GDP will expand 1.5 percent this year, by 1.4 percent in 2018, 1.3 percent in both 2019 and 2020 and 1.5 percent in 2021, finance minister Philip Hammond revealed in a raft of forecast downgrades in his annual budget

LONDON (AFP)   Britains economy will grow far more slowly than expected over the next five years as it faces Brexit uncertainty and weak productivity, finance minister Philip Hammond said Wednesday.

Gross domestic product will expand 1.5 percent this year, by 1.4 percent in 2018, 1.3 percent in both 2019 and 2020 and 1.5 percent in 2021, Hammond revealed in a raft of forecast downgrades in his annual budget.

The predictions, from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) fiscal watchdog, contrasted with prior growth guidance of 2.0 percent, 1.6 percent, 1.7 percent, 1.9 percent and 2.0 percent respectively.

Despite the bleak outlook, Hammond pointed to an economy still growing as the country enjoys its lowest unemployment rate since 1975.

I report today on an economy that continues to grow, continues to create more jobs than ever before and continues to confound those who seek to talk it down, Hammond told lawmakers.

An economy set on a path to a new relationship with our European neighbours outside the European Union, he added.

Turning to borrowing, Hammond downgraded his official forecast for the deficit.

Government borrowing was expected to hit 49 billion in the current fiscal year which runs through to April. That was 8.4 billion lower than given previously.

We are on track to meet our fiscal rules, Hammond noted.

He added: After taking account of all decisions since the spring budget, the OBRs GDP revision and the measures I announce today, borrowing will fall in every year of the forecast.


16:08

Irish minister floats Hong Kong solution for post-Brexit N.Ireland "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Britain has until early December to make sufficient progress on three key Brexit divorce issues to move on to trade talks

BELFAST (AFP)  Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Wednesday said the arrangement linking Hong Kong with China could be a possible solution for addressing the fate of Northern Ireland after Brexit.The border between EU member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland is becoming an increasing concern in divorce talks with Britain, with Dublin demanding that the frontier remain completely open, or risk endangering the peace process.

Ireland fears that any divergence of Northern Ireland from EU law will automatically require the creation of cross-border controls, hitting the economy and reviving memories of when military checkpoints split the island.

Britain must take on their responsiblity to Northern Ireland and we will try to help them design that in a way that is fair to both communities, Coveney told reporters while on a visit to a community centre in the Northern Ireland city of Belfast.

This isnt entirely new by the way, there are other parts of the world whereby one country has difficult jurisdictions in terms of customs arrangements and trading arrangements, Coveney added.

Hong Kong is an example of that. I think there is probably no country in the world that defends its sovereign borders more aggressively than China does, he said.

Yet China lives with (and) functions with Hong Kong which has very much been part of Chinese territories, but operating under a different set of rules, he said.

Im not sure whether the Hong Kong solution is appropriate, for Northern Ireland or not, but it is an example, of ironically a British-designed solution, he added.

Britain the former colonial power in both Hong Kong and Ireland handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997.

Since then Hong Kong has been governed under a one country, two systems deal which allows citizens rights unseen on the mainland, including freedom of speech and a partially directly elected parliament.

The EU has given Britain until early December to make sufficient progress on three key Brexit divorce issues Northern Ireland, its exit bill and the rights of EU citizens living in Britain in order to move on to trade talks at a summit on December 14.


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16:08

Russia's Putin says 'new stage' reached in Syria, concessions needed "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The summit with Turkey's Erdogan and Iran's Rouhani comes two days after Putin hosted surprise talks with Syria's Assad

16:07

Peter Kassig the Untold Story "IndyWatch Feed War"

Originally posted on caged but undaunted:
Peter Kassig the Untold Story {Previously published in Arabic in Newsweek Middle East & in English by The MideastWire Blog *By Stanley Cohen The life of a radical defense attorney in the United States is a seamless journey of never ending, tense, often complex battles with implications that extend

16:03

BBC News and the Saudi newspaper that isnt "IndyWatch Feed War"

An article published on the BBC News websites Middle East page on November 21st under the headline Israeli mans photos in holy Muslim site cause social media rage ends with the following paragraph:

The Israeli armys chief of staff, Maj Gen Gadi Eizenkot, recently told an online Saudi newspaper that Israel was prepared to share intelligence information with Riyadh.

The use of the words online Saudi newspaper obviously leads readers to understand that the publication concerned is headquartered and produced in Saudi Arabia. Those who bothered to click on the link leading to a Reuters article would find the publication described as an Arabic language online newspaper that is privately Saudi-owned.

However, the publication concerned ...

16:00

Austria: Muslim migrants in Vienna receive more money than working class pensioners "IndyWatch Feed War"

You get what you pay for. And so, since there is an unknowable number of jihadis among the Muslim migrants in Austria, Austria is buying more jihad terror. Austria: Migrants in Vienna receive more money than working class pensioners, Voice of Europe, November 11, 2017 (thanks to the Geller Report): Recently Austrias finance minister, Hans []

15:44

Who Stole Trumps Brain? The Chinese Communists or the CIA? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump China brainspace is in play.  Whos going to claim it? Xi Jinping? Or the China hawks?

In official Washington China containment is the flavor of the month, which means that the worlds China analysts, anti-Chicom advocates, milsec entrepreneurs, arms sales hustlers, and hustlers are flooding the Western media to get in their two cents, compete for the attention of the Trump White House, and make a buck.

This week on China Watch, we look at dams in South Asia, regime change in the Philippines, and of course, the Donald J. Trump circus.  And head transplants.

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15:36

Turkey: Pro-government columnist says Turkey will fight NATO, Turkish conflict with US inevitable "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey should indeed leave NATO. It is not a reliable ally or friend of the United States, but has rejoined the jihad force. It is long past time for a reconfiguration of our international alliances on the basis of a recognition of the reality of the jihad threat. Erdoans advisor: NATO behind all coups, Turkey []

15:34

Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Ratko Mladic began shouting at the judges before his sentence was read out

Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war.

Known as the Butcher of Bosnia, Mladic led forces during the massacre of Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) in Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo.

The UN tribunal in The Hague convicted him on 10 of the 11 charges.

Mladic, 74, was not in court when the sentence was read out. He had been removed for shouting at the judges.

They had rejected a request by his team to halt proceedings because of Mladics high blood pressure. At the start of the session, he appeared relaxed, smiling and gesturing to the cameras.

Mladic has denied all the charges and his lawyer said he would appeal.

What were the crimes?

Mladic was the military commander of Bosnian Serb forces against Bosnian Croat and Bosniak armies. He had been on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) since 2012.

It found that Mladic significantly contributed to the genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, where more than 7,000 Bosniak men and boys were murdered, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.

He was cleared of a second count of genocide in other municipalities. The other charges included war crimes and crimes against humanity.

15:22

The Ongoing Agony of the Obama-Trump War on the People of Yemen! "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Ajamu Baraka, November 21, 2017

From The Dissident Voice

We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation.

Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam

Yemen, the poorest Arab nation on Earth, is the victim of a savage, illegal war waged by the Saudi Arabian monarchy.  Armed to the teeth with the most sophisticated weapons in the world manufactured and supplied by the merchants of death in the United States, the Saudis are providing another grotesque example of what happens when a powerful nation with modern weapons is unrestrained by law and basic human decency.

Flying hundreds of sorties and targeting the civilian infrastructurewater and sanitation plants, the electrical grid, agricultural fields, food storage facilities, hospitals, roads, schools the result is over 20 million people, or 70 percent of the population,  are now dependent on food imports; 7 million of them are facing famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid to survive. Conservative reports put the number of dead from the Saudis barbaric air war since March 2015 at over 11,000, with the vast majority being innocent civilians. Meanwhile, untold millions have been displaced.

All of the above acts against the Yemenis are war crimes.

But the trauma and devastation of the people doesnt end here.

For the last two weeks, the gangster family running the Saudi state has imposed a murderous air, sea and land blockade preventing vital aid to those millions now dependent on it for their basic survival.

However, the Saudis are not the only ones implicated in this unfolding international crime. Like most of the egregious, international human-rights crimes of the late 20th and 21st centuries, the U.S. state is once again complicit.

The fact is the Obama administration gave the green light to the Saudi war on Yemen. This is a war that could not then or today have been launched and executed without direct support from...

15:17

Syrian War Report November 22, 2017: Army Launches New Military Operation In Euphrates Valley "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-22-2017-army-launches-new-military-operation-in-euphrates-valley/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront ISIS cells have unexpectedly

15:16

Trump nominee Kenneth Marcus seeks to undermine the very rights hed be enforcing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Comedian Noah Trevor has said of Trump nominees, Its almost like before he hires anyone, Trump Googles opposite of, and then he just gets that person. At first glance, Kenneth Marcus seems an exception to a panoply of appointments in which for example, the head of Labor is an anti-labor CEO, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency denies climate change, the head of the Department of Education opposes public education, and so on. Marcus, Trumps nominee to head the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education, actually has a background in civil rights. However, a closer look reveals something well known to anyone who advocates for Palestinian rights: Kenneth Marcus actively works to pass and enforce legislation that suppresses civil and human rights and criminalizes constitutionally protected free speech.

Marcuss nomination points to the increasing convergences of white supremacy, fascism, and Zionism. Zionism is a political ideology that, in promoting the belief that Jewish welfare depends upon a Jewish state, erases Palestinian rights, especially to self-determination. Marcus has spent years pressuring universities to punish students who advocate for Palestinian rights. He has done so as founding president and director of the Washington, D.C.-based Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. As Assistant Secretary of Education at the Office for Civil Rights and as Staff Director at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights under George W. Bush, he focused on abuse of Title VI, and on codifying the State Department Definition of antisemitism in order to equate criticism of Israel with antisemitism. Marcus has worked to try to deny Middle East studies departments funding if they do not make a platform for pro-Israel stances. Particularly targeting BDS organizers, through the Brandeis Center and through his civil rights work, Marcus has promoted a racist and rabidly Zionist agenda that, in particular, targets BDS. Should Marcus be appointed, we can expect a ramped up enforcement of this agenda, including the strengthening of legislation criminalizing BDS, a return to the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, and enforcement of the State Departments definition of antisemitism that includes any criticism of Israel.

Because Marcuss positions are so clearly unconstitutional (boycott has repeatedly been held up in the courts as a protected form of free speech), his nomination exposes how the question of Palestine, and attacks on BDS, cannot be bracketed or ignored in attempts to confront fascism, and in arguments over free speech. Even as the boycott of Israel is increasingly criminalized, neo-Nazi organizing and speakers such as Richard Spencer who foment violence are protected under...

15:10

China is flying bombers and spy planes near Japan and telling Japan to not make a fuss about it Tokyo needs to get used to it. "IndyWatch Feed War"

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By Ben Brimelow

Chinese H H-6K bomber

On Saturday, a Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Tu-154MD electronic-intelligence aircraft flew between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako an area known as the Miyako Strait. The following day, four Xian H-6K long-range bombers and one Shaanxi Y-8 electronic-warfare aircraft also flew through the strait.

The H-6K bombers can carry a payload of up to 12 tons and can be armed with either seven YJ-12 supersonic antiship missiles or CJ-10A (KD-20) land-attack cruise missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

Japanese fighter jets were scrambled on both days, but they reported no violations of Japanese airspace.

The flights are just the latest PLAAF flights through the Miyako Strait.

in July, Chinese H-6Ks flew through the area, angering both the Taiwanese and Japanese governments. Though no violation of airspace was recorded in that incident, the Japanese government sent formal protests to China, which responded in a statement that Japan should not make a fuss about nothing, and that Tokyo needs to get used to it.

In August, the PLAAF flew six H-6Ks near Kansais Kii Peninsula, close to the Japanese mainland, for the first time, according to Japans Defense Ministry.

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15:01

US Planned to Buy Soviet Planes to Carry Out False Flag Attacks "IndyWatch Feed War"

JFK Files Reveal US Planned to Buy Soviet Planes to Carry Out False Flag Attacks

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14:57

JFK-Dokumente: USA planten False Flag-Operation "IndyWatch Feed War"

JFK-Dokumente: USA planten False Flag-Operation mit sowjetischen Flugzeugen als Pretext fr einen Krieg

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14:56

Congressional Investigation Into Russian Meddling Lacks Discussion On Solutions for Countering Future fForeign Disinformation Campaigns "IndyWatch Feed War"

GOP rep: We need a counter to Russian disinformation
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Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) thinks theres something missing from the congressional investigation into Russian election meddling: solutions for countering foreign disinformation campaigns.

Were not talking enough about disinformation and how we counter disinformation, Hurd said in a recent interview in Capitol Hill office. That is where a broader conversation needs to be happening here in Congress. Because we do not have a strategy on dealing with disinformation from a nation state actor.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are ten months into their parallel investigations into Moscows interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As the committees sift through documents and conduct interviews, the conversation has largely centered on whether President Trumps campaign colluded with the Russian government.The U.S. intelligence community in January identified disinformation as a key prong of Russias influence campaign against the election. Moscow leveraged state-run media outlets, third-party intermediaries and paid social media trolls to spread propaganda, the unclassified assessment stated.

But it wasnt until September that Russias disinformation campaign started to come into full focus, when Facebook revealed that it sold roughly $100,000 in political advertisements to Russia-link...

14:55

Dont Just Give Thanks: Pay It Forward One Act of Kindness at a Time "IndyWatch Feed War"

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

Its been a hard, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning kind of year filled with violence and ill will.

Its been a year of hotheads and blowhards and killing sprees and bloodshed and take downs.

Its been a year in which tyranny took a step forward and freedom got knocked down a few notches.

Its been a year with an abundance of bad news and a shortage of good news.

Its been a year of too much hate and too little kindness.

Now we find ourselves approaching that time of year when, as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, were supposed to give thanks as a nation and as individuals for our safety and our freedoms.

Its not an easy undertaking.

How do you give thanks for freedoms that are constantly being eroded? How do you express gratitude for ones safety when the perils posed by the American police state grow more treacherous by the day? How do you come together as a nation in thanksgiving when the powers-that-be continue to polarize and divide us into warring factions?

Its not going to happen overnight. Or with one turkey dinner. Or with one day of thanksgiving.

Thinking good thoughts, being grateful, counting your blessings and adopting a glass-half-full mindset are fine and good, but dont stop there.

This world requires doers, men and women (and children) who will put those good thoughts into action.

It says a lot (and nothing good) about the state of our world and the meanness that seems to have taken center stage that we now have a day (World Kindness Day) devoted to making the world more collectively human in thoughts and actions. The idea for the day started after a college president in Japan was mugged in a public place and nobody helped him.

Unfortunately, you hear about these kinds of incidents too often.

A 15-year-old girl was gang raped in a schoolyard during a homecoming dance. As many as 20 people witnessed the assault over the cou...

14:53

The Case Against Americas Brand of 'Ethical War' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Case Against Americas Brand of 'Ethical War'


Our country would benefit greatly if every soldier and every citizen engaged in conversations about the morality of our wars. Those conversations would be more productive if their participants agreed on five elements of common moral ground: that sometimes peace isnt an option; that fighting to resist an evil is good; that just wars are fought to protect human rights; that mixed moti...

14:49

R.I.P. Dmitri Hvorostovsky UPDATED "IndyWatch Feed War"

Notice from the great baritones Facebook page, On behalf of the Hvorostovsky family, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky beloved operatic baritone, husband, father, son, and friend at age 55. After a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer, he died peacefully this morning, November 22, surrounded by []

14:47

Residents of Swedish No Go Zone suburbs afraid to leave their homes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sweden was reportedly on the verge of civil war this past summer; its national police chief cried out help us, help us, but nothing has been done to control the problem with Muslim migrants. At least 80 percent of Swedish police want to quit their jobs, and now: Almost half the residents in many troubled []

14:46

U.S. calls Myanmar operation against Rohingya ethnic cleansing "IndyWatch Feed War"

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) The United States called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population ethnic cleansing on Wednesday and said it would consider targeted sanctions against those responsible, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

Referring to horrendous atrocities that have occurred, Tillerson said, After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.

Reporting by Doina ChiacuEditing by Chizu Nomiyama


14:44

Somalilands Fading Chance for Recognition "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

When Somaliland went to the polls last week, the self-declared state had more at stake than a transfer of power. The vote, if conducted in a peaceful and orderly way, would have been a chance for the self-declared state to make a compelling bid for international recognition. While the polls themselves occurred without major hiccups, violence erupted afterwards, when the Wadani opposition party to the ruling Kulmiye party claimed serious polling irregularities. In the ensuing chaos, seven people were killed amid outgoing President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyos pleas for all sides to show restraint.

The recent developments are an unexpected tragedy for a would-be country known for its relative stability since it declared independence from Somalia in 1991. For seasoned observers, it wasnt surprising that in the electoral run-up, the authorities seemed committed to get things right. Unlike neighboring Kenya, whose electoral process was flawed from the very beginning, the Somaliland government sought to avoid such attacks by using biometric voter registration in a bid to ensure the legitimacy of the vote. Whats more, outgoing President Silanyo banned government staff from using state funds for campaigning, and urged state media to provide equal coverage of all candidates. The nominees also participated in a presidential debate that was live-streamed from the capital, leading international observers to brand the process a success.

However, all these accomplishments are now on the verge of being undone. The accusations of vote-rigging levied against Kulmiye by Wadani party candidate Abdiraham Irro are threatening to throw Somaliland into political disarray. Not only is this undermining the states claim to legitimacy and recognition, it also has potentially far-reaching consequences. Without international recognition, Somaliland will face difficulties gaining international assistance to achieve a lasting peace accord with Somalia. Strategically located at the Gulf of Aden, Somaliland is crucial for achieving greater stability and security in the region.

Along with the allegations, Wadani offici...

14:41

Trump Takeaway on Tech: Enforcement Over Regulation "IndyWatch Feed War"

By fighting AT&T-Time Warner deal and lifting net neutrality, administration signals plan to enforce old rules, not make new ones

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By John D. McKinnon
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WASHINGTONOver just two days this week, the Trump administration has both sued AT&T Inc. to block its planned takeover of Time Warner Inc. and proposed allowing internet-service providerslike AT&Tto form closer alliances with content companies, like Time Warner.

The two government moves seem to go in opposite directions, on the one hand restricting a major telecommunications merger and on the other giving internet providers broad new powers to shape their customers online experiences.

But the actions reveal one consistency, and what might be viewed as an emerging Trump administration regulatory philosophy: Instead of new bright-line rules, such as those put in place under the Obama administration, it is stressing the enforcement of longstanding laws and regulations.

The moves are a shift in emphasis from the approach taken by the Obama administration, which in 2015 adopted highly specific rules governing internet providers in the name of net neutrality, the principle that all web traffic be treated equally. The providers were prevented from cutting deals, known as paid prioritization, that would give fast lanes to some kinds of content in return for a price.

And the Obama administration carried that approach into the antitrust realm, insisting in Comcast Corp.s acquisition of NBCUniversal, Inc. earlier this decade that Comcast live up to elaborate net-neutrality restrictions, as part of the so-called behavioral remedies that were conditions of antitrust approval.

In other words, net-neutrality regulation took the place of an antitrust challenge.

Now the tables are turned. When it comes to internet policing, the FCC will ease back on its rules and turn a measure of oversight authority to the antitrust cop, the Federal Trade Commission, a deliberate action outlined Tuesday by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

As a result of my proposal, the Federal Trade Commission will once again be able to police [internet providers], protect consumers and promote competition, just as it did before 2015, Mr. Pai said. Notably, my proposal will put the federal governments most experienced privacy cop, the FTC, back on the beat to protect consumers online privacy.

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14:36

Kremlin vows to stand up for Russian billionaire arrested in France "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Dagestani born tycoon Suleiman Kerimov watches a soccer match between Anzhi and Spartak in Moscow April 22, 2012. Kerimov built his multi-billion-dollar fortune with an appetite for risk, debt and excellent political connections. Yet there are signs that the secretive mining tycoon has used up his credit with President Vladimir Putin, who exerts a tight grip over the strategic natural resources that fuel Russias $2 trillion economy. The 47-year-old from Dagestan has found himself in a tight spot after his company Uralkali pulled out of a potash cartel with Belarus in July, upsetting the market and infuriating a close if difficult ex-Soviet ally. Picture taken April 22, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer (RUSSIA Tags: BUSINESS HEADSHOT PROFILE) GM1E99C15ZV01 Reuters

By Katya Golubkova and Polina Devitt

MOSCOW (Reuters) The Kremlin said on Wednesday it will spare no effort to defend the rights of Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian businessman and lawmaker who was arrested in the French Riviera resort of Nice in connection with a French tax evasion case.

Shares in Polyus, Russias biggest gold producer which is controlled by Kerimovs family, were down on the news of his detention.

We will do everything in our power to protect his lawful interests, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a regular conference call with reporters. Intensive work is now being undertaken by the foreign ministry.

A representative for Kerimov in the upper house of parliament, where he sits as a lawmaker, declined to comment on the case on Wednesday when contacted by Reuters. Polyus declined to comment.

Russias state-run Rossiya 24 TV station, citing an unnamed source, reported that the 51-year-old billionaire had denied any guilt.

In the lower house of parliament, lawmaker Rizvan Kurbanov asked the Russian foreign ministry to make represe...

14:35

Truman State University officials worked actively to sabotage Robert Spencer event "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stanford University officials are by no means the only academic fascists on the scene today. Last April, I spoke at Truman State University in Missouri. University officials did all they could to sabotage the event. After learning that YAF was sponsoring Robert Spencer to speak at their school, Truman State administrators crafted a plan to []

14:32

Ben Hubbard reporting on Lebanon: Saudi regime propaganda "IndyWatch Feed War"

When Saudi regime summoned Hariri and detained him, they fabricated a threat to his life (while all politically divergent Lebanese security services denied that there was any threat to his life).  In fact, Ben Hubbard, dutifully described Saudi summon to Hariri as "he fled to Riyadh", for his safety.  Whatever happened to the threat to his life?  How come it is now suddenly safe for him to return to Lebanon and to even address crowds from an open window?

14:30

Lebanons Hariri tells supporters Im staying with you "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP | Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri greets cheering supporters outside his home in Beirut on November 22, 2017 after announcing he had agreed to put his shock resignation on hold

BEIRUT (AFP)  Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, back in Beirut after a mysterious odyssey that saw him announce his resignation in Saudi Arabia, told cheering supporters on Wednesday that he was staying.Im staying with you were continuing together, to be the first line of defence for Lebanon and its stability, Hariri, looking buoyed and combative, told a large crowd gathered in front of his home.

Youre teaching the world loyalty, thank you, thank you, thank you, he said, wearing a dark blue sports jacket as he addressed hundreds of supporters waving flags with the colours of his Future Movement.

He flew in late Tuesday after spending around two weeks in Saudi Arabia in yet to be clarified circumstances and making stops in France, Egypt and Cyprus on his way back.

Lebanons politicians, including some of his staunch adversaries, were uncharacteristically united in calling for his return.

He told reporters earlier Wednesday that President Michel Aoun had asked him to put his resignation on hold pending further consultations and that he had agreed to do so.


14:00

Worth a Look: The Truth-Seekers Handbook A Science-Based Guide "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why do so many people prefer comfortable lies over inconvenient truths? After all, holding such false beliefs can cause bad decisions with tragic consequences for ones personal life, relationships, careers, and our society as a whole. Recent research provides the answer: the human mind make mistakes in predictable and systematic ways. These mental errors called cognitive biases by scholars cause people to form misconceptions about the world and thus make poor decisions that may lead to catastrophe. Fortunately, cognitive and behavioral scientists have recently uncovered many useful strategies for overcoming these mental flaws. This book relates those strategies in a clear, straightforward and engaging manner. It uses everyday life examples to show you how to train yourself and guide others in avoiding these mental flaws, preventing disasters and facilitating success and happiness for yourself and those you care about.

Tip of the Hat to Berto Jongman

Phi Beta Iota:  Science sucks at multiple levels.  It does not do holistic analytics, true cost economics, or Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE), and it works with 1% (published) of 1% (written) of 1% (known).

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13:57

Thanksgiving for JFK "IndyWatch Feed War"

If he had lived, President John F. Kennedy would have been 100 years old this year.  At Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, his family would be raising a glass in his honor.

But as we all know, he was murdered in Dallas, Texas on this date November 22nd in 1963.  A true war hero twice over, he risked his life to save his men in World War II, and then, after a radical turn toward peace-making in the last year of his life, he died in his own country at the hands of his domestic enemies as a soldier in a non-violent struggle for peace and reconciliation for all people across the world.

But we can still celebrate, mourn, and offer thanksgiving for his courageous witness.  When we gather tomorrow to give thanks, we should remember today the profound significance of the date and the absent presence of a man whose death, dark and bloody as it was, is a sign of hope in these dark times. For if John Kennedy had not had the spiritual conscience to secretly carry-on a back channel letter correspondence with Nikita Khrushchev, facilitated by Pope John XXIII, we very well might not be here, having been incinerated in a nuclear holocaust.

Hope?  Not because he was assassinated, but why he was assassinated.

While there is much media focus on the release of more of the JFK files, they are beside the point.  They were withheld all these years to dribble out the clock on an endless pseudo-debate about who killed President Kennedy.  We know who killed him: the national security state, led by the CIA, killed him, not Lee Harvey Oswald.  It was a coup dtat purposely conducted in plain sight to send a message that every president since has heeded: Your job is to make war and threaten nuclear annihilation for the Deep State elites.  Follow orders or else.  They have followed.

If you find my assertion about the CIA audacious and absurd, first read James Douglasss JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, a book widely regarded as the best book on the assassination and its meaning.  Read it very closely and slowly.  Check all his sources, read his end notes, and analyze his logic.  Approach his meticulous research as if you agreed with Gandhis saying that truth is God and God is truth. Try to refute Douglass. You will be stymied. Then read David Talbots The Devils Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of Americas Secret Government for further clarification. You will come away from these two books profoundly shaken to your core.  Be a truth-seeker, if you are not one already.

Or if you prefer, call me a conspiracy theorist, as the CIA wants, since it was the Agency that produced CIA Dispatch # 1035-960.  Most Americans, writes Professor Lance deHaven-Smith of Florida State University, will be shocked to learn that the conspiracy theory label was...

13:55

Irans Rouhani calls Macron, denounces Israel & adventurism of some inexperienced princes in region "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rouhani is attempting to shore up support amid Irans quest for regional hegemony and its escalating tensions with Saudi Arabia, and further his countrys propaganda against Israel; he has found a listening ear in France, and is advising Macron not to fall for Israels trap. France can play a productive role in the Middle East []

13:48

How Israel is cleansing Palestinians from Greater Jewish Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Measures aim to annex settlements to city and turn Palestinian areas into a no-mans land, warn rights groups

13:45

KINDLE: War in the Middle East [February 2018]: A strategic survey of possibilities, winners, losers (Trump Revolution Book 19) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Israel Plans War in February 2018: We now know that Benjamin Netanyahu believes he can command the votes in the US Congress to declare war and demand that our Secretary of Defense James Mattis introduce US forces including troops on the group in support of an Israeli and Saudi Arabian war on Iran, Lebanon, and Syria in early 2018. Some among my Trump-era friends of the President believe this is why the sealed indictments and various other activities are being rushed as we enter the holiday period: the objective is to gut the Deep State the Deep State rooted in Zionist bribery and blackmail before February 2018, in time to prevent a US Congress captive to the Zionists from declaring war on the basis of lies much as the 935 lies told after 9/11 led to war on Iraq.  Read full description.

13:43

Robert Spencer: The Islamic State Releases Image of Pope Francis Beheaded "IndyWatch Feed War"

He has already lost his head. This would just make it official. A new one in FrontPage: The Islamic State (ISIS) last Friday released a poster depicting Pope Francis beheaded, following quickly after its threat to attack the Vatican and draw Christmas blood. If the Pope has been apprised of this, he must feel piqued []

13:38

Bosnia: How the Dayton Agreement created a divisive nightmare for Bosnians "IndyWatch Feed War"

The international community left Bosnia to endure the consequences of the 'temporary' solution that has ossified into a permanent one

13:31

60% of Muslim marriages in Britain are not legal, women forced into polygamous relationships "IndyWatch Feed War"

Almost two-thirds of Muslim wives in Britain were married in Nikah ceremonies which are not legally binding, leaving them unprotected by family courts. Among these marriages are forced marriages, child marriages and polygamous marriages. Meanwhile, it was discovered that a website that helps Muslim men find second wives in Britain has more than 100,000 users registered. []

13:30

Berto Jongman: Digital Media Crash in Progress "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Theres a Digital Media Crash. But No One Will Say It

The big picture is that Problem #1 (too many publications) and Problem #2 (platform monopolies) have catalyzed together to create Problem #3 (investors realize they were investing in a mirage and dont want to invest any more). Each is compounding each other and leading to something like the crash effect you see in other bubbles.

13:24

Anni Cyrus Video: Sharia Hunting the Survivor to the West "IndyWatch Feed War"

On this new edition of The Glazov Gang, we are running a stirring speech that our very own Anni Cyrus recently delivered in Omaha, Nebraska, for the Global Faith Institute and 88 Tactical. Anni focuses on Sharia Hunting the Survivor to the West, exposing the horrifying and sadistic reach of Islam. Dont miss it! Subscribe []

13:17

Pakistan trying to create communal tensions in India ahead of state elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan, failing to achieve desired goals in Kashmir, is trying to polarise atmosphere in India including creating communal tension ahead of Gujarat elections, according to experts who closely follow Islamabads India policy.

Pakistan is trying to create more trouble in India including communal tension ahead of the state elections, the experts said hinting at Gujarat polls. They are trying their level best to set up their activities, using various devious means, the experts who did not wish to be quoted said. Efforts are ongoing to create tension in Punjab as well.

Islamabad is trying its best to internationalise Kashmir, but not getting the required support, one the experts quoted above noted.

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Use of yuan for common use in any part of Pakistan or exchangeable like dollar has to be on a reciprocal basis, said Pak govt official.

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Pakistan is fighting a lot of unexpected internal troubles including in PoK, Gilgit Baltistan and the local opposition to the Pakistan-China economic corridor.

While the government is anticipating further support for subversive activities from across the border, 66 terrorists were killed till November this year who were tried to infiltrate across the Line of Control.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/pakistan-trying-to-create-communal-tensions-in-india-ahead-of-state-elections/articleshow/61745804.cms

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13:00

Turkey in dilemma over what to do with scattered IS family members "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Ankara needs urgent answers on the future of Turkish IS families, and faces foreigners being dumped on and infiltrating its borders

12:40

Italy: Start of the Scripta Manent Trial 16.11.2017 Statement of Anarchist Comrade Gioacchino Somma to the Court "IndyWatch Feed War"

INSURRECTOCATITALY

To the Court of Turin 

Today, as well as for all the future hearings of this trial that sees me accused along with my brothers, sisters, but above all anarchist comrades, I will not give you the satisfaction of seeing my face in a courtroom of this tribunal.

I have never gone to the courtrooms where my funeral was being prepared in the past and I will not do so now!

I am an anarchist, individualist, anti-authoritarian and above all I am for the insurrection, which has as one of its primary goals that of destroying places of death like this one and the prisons.

I will not be part of the spectacle set up by a judge who, suffering from hunger cramps, has put himself on the payroll of a State that I do not recognize, being a citizen of the world in flight from its borders; I will not be there to listen to his delusions nor wait for the end to hear someone judge me guilty or innocent.

For any authoritarian State I will always be guilty because in the society I want there will be no room for you, your buildings and your institutions.

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12:34

Are Tweets Making Everyone Twits? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, November 22, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Childish oversimplification seems to be spreading throughout public discourse. Maybe its the character limits on tweets. Maybe its the second limits between commercials. Maybe its two-party politics. Maybe its an excess of information. Maybe its presidential example. Maybe it is, in fact, thousands of different things, because reality is actually very complicated.

In any case, the phenomenon Im observing has been growing for some time. I recently found a professor willing to publicly debate me on the question of whether war is ever justified. Now Im having the hardest time finding a university willing to host the debate or even to recognize the concept of civil nonviolent debate. But where would anyone go to observe such a thing? Not television. Not most text journalism. Not social media.

Theres no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.

The Democrats and the Republicans have nothing in common.

These are both ridiculously stupid statements, as are these:

Women always tell the truth about sexual assault.

Women always lie about sexual assault.

Its not new for people to oversimplify, exaggerate, or create straw man arguments. Its not new to try to correct a perceived misconception in one direction by declaring an absurd absolutism in the other direction. Whats new, I think, is the degree to which statements are shortened by time constraints and the limitations of the medium used, and the degree to which swearing by the resulting ridiculous position is made a matter of principle.

Take the example of current U.S. discussions of sexual assault and harassment as possibly the most extreme case. The big story seems to me to be that something wonderful is happening. A widespread injustice is being exposed and stigmatized and possibly reduced going forward.

That doesnt change any of these other indisputable facts:

Some people will be falsely accused, and studies showing a large percentage of accusations to be true wont seem like much consolation to them.

Some people being held accountable for sexual harassment are demonstrably guilty of things like promoting war, making movies that glorify murder, producing rightwing propaganda, and creating public policies that have harmed millions; in an ideal world they might be held accountable for some of those othe......

12:33

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise Opposition still demands Assad step down "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Anuj Chopra with Layal Abou Rahal in Beirut | Syrian government forces advance on rebel-held territory west of second city Aleppo on November 11, 2017 buoyed by a string of battlefield victories that have put the opposition under pressure

RIYADH (AFP)  

Syrian opposition figures met in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in a bid to form an overhauled delegation to peace talks that analysts say may be more willing to compromise on key demands.

The meeting comes as Iran, Russia and Turkey hold a summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, pressing their diplomatic dash to resolve Syrias six-year conflict with a new round of UN-brokered peace talks set to open in Geneva next Tuesday.

The Riyadh meeting is being co-chaired by UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who said the aim was to reach fair solution to the conflict.

De Mistura said the aim was to give momentum to next weeks talks in Geneva by forging a unified opposition delegation, as long demanded by the Syrian government.

He said he would travel to Moscow on Thursday for talks with Russian officials.

Im always optimistic especially in this moment, he said.

The 140 or so delegates from a wide range of opposition platforms are under heavy pressure to row back on some of their more radical demands after a series of battlefield victories in recent months gave President Bashar al-Assads regime the upper hand.

Absent are several former leading figures who were seen as unwilling to compromise.

Among them is Riad Hijab, who stepped down as head of the opposition High Negotiations Committee ahead of the meeting complaining that there were attempts to lower the ceiling of the revolution and prolong the regime.

Multiple rounds of talks hosted by the UN have failed to bring an end to the war, which has killed more than 330,000 people and forced millions from their homes.

Factions opposed to Assad have been plagued by divisions throughout the maelstrom.

Participants in the Riyadh meeting include members of the Istanbul-based National Coalition as well as of rival Cairo- and Moscow-based groups seen as more favourable to the regime, and independent figures.

Forming the right opposition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he expected that the withdrawal of Hijab and other hardliners in recent days woul...

12:07

Third journalist killed in India in three months "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Indias media has been hit by a series of killings this year
NEW DELHI (AFP)  An Indian soldier shot dead a journalist following a dispute, police said Wednesday, the countrys third high-profile media killing in barely three months.Sudip Dutta Bhaumik died Tuesday at a paramilitary base in the remote northeastern state of Tripura, where his editor said he was investigating allegations of financial fraud by the force.

Local police chief Abhijit Saptarshi said the soldier shot and killed Bhaumik after they argued and scuffled over some issue and had since been arrested.

He was shot dead inside the office of the commander by a soldier, Saptarshi told AFP, adding the soldier claimed Bhaumik had tried to snatch his rifle.

The editor of the newspaper that employed Bhaumik, the Bengali-language Syandan Patrika, said the reporter had gone to the headquarters of the Second Tripura State Rifles near the state capital Agartala to speak to a senior officer allegedly involved in fraud.

The commandant called him to his office after we published four stories on his alleged role in a scam, Subal Kumar Dey told AFP.

He then ordered his bodyguard to shoot him before firing another shot himself.

Dey said soldiers then took Bhaumiks body to a nearby area of ground, where it was later discovered, and cleaned the scene of the alleged shooting.

Indias media has been hit by a series of killings this year.

One reporter was lynched by a mob on September 20 during clashes between police and warring political factions near Agartala.

His mutilated body was found the next day.

Also in September gunmen shot dead renowned journalist Gauri Lankesh in the southern city of Bangalore, amid allegations that she was targeted for her views on right-wing Hindus.

No arrests have been made in that case.

India was ranked the deadliest country in Asia for journalists by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in 2015.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says 41 reporters have been killed in India since the early 1990s, a figure that excludes the two latest deaths in Tripura.

In April, RSF ranked India 136th of 180 countries in its world press freedom ratings.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly voiced his commitment to...

12:02

Pressure mounts on SPD to ease German political chaos "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz has repeatedly said his party would not return as the junior coalition partner in a German government led by Angela Merkel after suffering a stinging defeat in Septembers election

BERLIN (AFP)  Pressure mounted Wednesday on Germanys Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz to reconsider an alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives to stop Europes biggest economy from sinking into months of paralysis.Schulz has repeatedly said the SPD would not return as the junior coalition partner in a government led by Merkel, after suffering a stinging defeat in Septembers general election.

But after Merkels bid at forming a coalition with other parties fell apart, plunging Germany into a political crisis, voices within and outside the SPD have grown louder in questioning Schulzs decision and push for early elections.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who holds the power to call snap polls and who is himself a senior Social Democrat, has said that this is the moment when all participants need to reconsider their attitude.

Steinmeier will meet Schulz on Thursday.

The president has held talks with the leaders of parties in the failed coalition talks the pro-business FDP and the ecologist Greens.

He is due to meet the leader of Merkels Bavarian allies the CSU later Wednesday.

As the crisis shows no signs of abating, the Sueddeutsche daily reported that in the SPD, unease is growing over its clear refusal of a grand coalition.

One must speak with the president openly, without already insisting on your own point of view, Johannes Kahrs, who leads the right-leaning wing of the SPD, told Bild daily.

Resistance is growing against Schulz, Bild reported, adding that the most prominent secret advocate for a new grand coalition is deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.

Schulz has declared that he was ready for a snap poll, but latest surveys show that an early election would likely deliver similar results to Septembers.

Seemingly backpedalling from Schulzs snap polls call, SPD parliamentary group chief Andrea Nahles said on Monday she would not rule out backing a Merkel-led minority government.

The partys rank and file are also wondering if Schulz is the best man to lead them into any new election campaign, according to media reports two weeks before the S...

12:02

Muslim Brotherhood-backed party submits legal complaint over Egypt executions "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Freedom and Justice Party is appealing to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights over 'flaws' in the judicial process

11:56

Facebook still lets ads discriminate against Jews and other minorities "IndyWatch Feed War"

 November 22, 2017, 9:57 am
A year after site said it would stop prejudicial advertising, landlords are still able to exclude certain people from seeing rental ads

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Facebook

 A year after Facebook vowed to stamp out discriminatory advertising, landlords can still exclude specific races, minorities and other categories of people from seeing rental ads on the social media site.

ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads last week and had no issue filtering out Jews, African-Americans, Spanish speakers and many more groups from viewing them, the news site reported Tuesday.

One ad excluded Facebook users with interests such as Judaism, Hasidic Judaism, Orthodox Judaism and Reform Judaism.

This was a failure in our enforcement and were disappointed that we fell short of our commitments, Ami Vora, Facebooks vice president of product management, said in a statement to ProPublica. The rental housing ads purchased by ProPublica should have but did not trigger the extra review and certifications we put in place due to a technical failure.

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to publish housing advertisements that indicate any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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11:45

President Putin: Russia to End Military Operation in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

All the hard efforts applied and successes achieved in Syria so far may go down the drain. While Russia, the only actor to announce its intention to partially withdraw military forces from Syria, is leading the peace process, the Middle East region is being pushed to war.

11:40

ANALYSIS: Deadly food stampede exposes Morocco's hidden poverty "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A year after fishmonger was crushed to death, the killing of 15 women in a food line revives criticism and concerns over desperate conditions

11:36

How to end Syria's sieges "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syria's sieges cannot be solved with aid drops alone. It would need determination and political bravery to confront the greatest humanitarian crisis of our age

11:15

How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India Are Playing the New Silk Roads "IndyWatch Feed War"

...Away from intractable war and peace issues, its even more enlightening to observe how Turkey, Iran and Russia are playing their overlapping versions of Eurasia economic integration and/or BRI-related business.

11:05

Lebanon PM Hariri says resignation on hold pending talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Saad Hariri originally announced his resignation on 4 November from the Saudi capital Riyadh

11:04

Hariri Back In Beirut, Withdraws Resignation "IndyWatch Feed War"

[Hariri says postpones resignation upon Aouns request]

Hariri back in Beirut to tackle political crisis

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Beirut late Tuesday night, 17 days after he announced his shock resignation from Riyadh where his stay had raised fears over his freedom of movement and the countrys stability. Upon arriving at Beirut airport shortly before midnight, Hariri was received by a number of security officers before he headed in a convoy to the tomb of his late father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, on Martyrs Square in central Beirut where he paid his respects on the eve of Lebanons Independence Day.

I tell the Lebanese Thank You, MTV quoted Hariri as saying.

The prime minister had flown from Paris via Egypt and Cyprus, where he held talks centering on maintaining stability in Leb...

11:01

Fear Us Women: Canadian Model Fights Against ISIS in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hanna Bohman, 48, is a former Canadian model who has been fighting with a unit of Kurdish women in Syria since 2015. In a new documentary film called Fear Us Women, actress Olivia Wilde teams up with Bohman to tell the story of the women who are on the front lines against ISIS.

Watch the trailer:  

 

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11:00

AGAIN!?!? ANOTHER US NAVAL COLLISION IN JAPAN "IndyWatch Feed War"

OK... it's the day before the American thanksgiving holiday, and in trying to sort through all the articles in my inbox (and believe me,

The post AGAIN!?!? ANOTHER US NAVAL COLLISION IN JAPAN appeared first on Giza Death Star.

10:56

US Kills 100 Terrorists in One Airstrike "IndyWatch Feed War"

An American fighter jet. (Photo: www.airforce.com)An American fighter jet. (Photo: www.airforce.com)

The United States air force killed more than 100 terrorists in a manned air strike on Sunday in Somalia. The terrorists belonged to the al-Qaeda-linked Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab. The strike was followed up with an attack by Somali ground troops, according to the local news agency SONNA.

Al-Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the government of Somalia and impose a theocratic state ruled according to their interpretation of sharia law. Al Shabaab was responsible for a truck bombing that killed at least 358 people in Mogadishu in October, among many other horrific terror attacks.

U.S. Africa Command stated the strike was carried out against an al-Shabaab camp some 125 miles north of the capital Mogadishu. There have been 29 such strikes so far this year. Of these, seven took place between November 9 and 14.

President Trump authorized precision airstrikes against al-Shabaab targets in March. He designated parts of Somalia as zones of ...

10:53

Message in Solidarity with the Resistance in Greek Prisons from the Bulgarian Prisoners Association "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Received on 22.11.17:

International Solidarity with the Greek Prison Resisters Now!

There have been rolling strikes and protests throughout Greek prisons in reaction to the SYRIZA Party led coalition governments plans to bring into force increased repressive legal measures into the prison law codes.

In May, prisoners from A, B and C wings of Korydallos Prison, Greeces main prison located in Piraeus, announced the formation of the Coordinating Struggle Committee to express the opinions of prisoners from Korydallos and other prisons who have decided to join the protests, to issue regular updates regarding prisoner protests and to communicate with people outside the prisons who stand in solidarity with the ongoing struggle of the prisoners. This statement was translated into English and can be read on the Enough Is Enough blog here.

Over two months ago protests began in Korydallos. These protests have now spread to other wings of Korydallos, including the w...

10:45

Who Is Jared Kushner: Trump Loyalist or 'Deep State' Kissinger Protege? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Never before in the annals of US politics has a top presidential adviser had more of an inside track for influencing the White House than Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. And this could be just the ticket the Deep State ordered.

10:34

China and Pakistan agree to push forward economic corridor plan after dam deal scrapped "IndyWatch Feed War"

Analysts say disputes over individual projects wont get in the way as officials sign long-term plan for US$57 billion scheme

By Liu Zhen
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 8:39pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 10:00pm
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10:21

Trump and Putin discuss Syria, North Korea in phone call "IndyWatch Feed War"

UPI

By Daniel Uria  |  Nov. 21, 2017 at 5:06 PM
President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour on Monday, as they discussed Syria, North Korea and other security issues. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Nov. 21 (UPI)  U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Syria, North Koreaand other security issues during a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, the White House said.

Trump and Putin spoke for more than an hour and discussed their support for the United Nations plans to achieve peace in Syria as well as North Koreas nuclear program, peace in the Ukraine and fighting terrorism.

The call came a day after Putin hosted a surprise visit from Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to discuss a shift from military strategy to political resolution for a country thats been savaged by terrorism and civil war for years.

During the call they agreed to pursue plans to peacefully resolve the Syrian...

10:20

MI6 chiefs used secret slush fund to finance operations, document shows "IndyWatch Feed War"

Successive directors of the Secret Intelligence Service used a secret slush fund to finance spy operations without British government oversight after World War II, according to a top-secret document unearthed in London.

10:16

Angela Merkels German government crisis: German president seeks solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

The German chancellor may now need Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the holder of a largely ceremonial office of the presidency, to retain power. So who is Steinmeier and what will his role be in the tense weeks to come?

Deutschland Merkel und Steinmeier Debatte zum Asylpaket II (picture-alliance/dpa/W. Kumm)

The German chancellor is, under normal circumstances, the countrys most powerful politician and de facto leader, but the German president is the actual head of state. Although largely symbolic, the office of the presidency carries the responsibility of ensuring that German democracy functions. That makes President Frank-Walter Steinmeier crucial to solving the impasse that is blocking the formation of the next German government.

The German system operates on the principle that politicians have a responsibility to put the will of the voters, expressed in elections, into practice. Thats why Steinmeier pointedly reminded the political parties on Monday that they had a duty to compromise and form governing alliances rather than just call for a new election. Talks to create a so-called Jamaica coalition between Angela Merkels conservatives, the center-right, pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens acrimoniously broke down on Sunday.

Read more: The FDPs Christian Lindner: the coalition killer

Steinmeiers first move is to summon the heads of those parties, plus the Social Democrats (SPD), to discuss their issues and try to broker a compromise. The president spoke with the Greens and the FDP on Tuesday and has an appointment with SPD leader and defeated chancellor candidate Martin Schulz on Wednesday.

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10:14

Military Situation In Iraq On November 22, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have driven ISIS out from the Euphrates Valley and are now preparing to launch a major-scale operation to retake the rest of the Syrian-Iraqi border from the terrorist group.

Military Situation In Iraq On November 22, 2017 (Map Update)

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10:12

The Real Winner in America's Russia Crisis Is China "IndyWatch Feed War"

The current demonization of Russia as a global threat to American interests and values, and of President Putin as the worlds leading arch-villain, can be explained as an extension of the Cold War, of auto-piloting a foreign-policy paradigm that Republicans and Democrats feel comfortable with. But that is intellectually dishonest, considering American partnerships with mass-murderers like Stalin and Mao, and runs contrary to U.S. interests.

10:09

Palestinian Reconciliation Hangs in the Balance as Hamas, Fatah Meet in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed War"

Haaretz

A long road lies ahead for the reconciliation deal as key issues remain unsolved and both sides accuse each other of evasion

Jack Khoury Nov 22, 2017 10:00 AM

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Palestinian young men hold up their passports as they wait to cross at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, November 20, 2017. SAID KHATIB/AFP

Talks between Hamas and Fatah will continue in Egypt on Wednesday in an effort to reach agreement on implementing the next phases of their reconciliation deal.

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The talks, which are being brokered by Egyptian intelligence, opened Tuesday at an Egyptian intelligence facility. Along with Hamas and Fatah, the smaller Palestinian parties also sent representatives.

Fatahs delegation was headed by Azzam al-Ahmad. Hamass delegation was led by the deputy head of its political bureau, Saleh al-Arouri, and its leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar.

The Egyptians managed to prevent any leaks from the meeting, so it remains unclear whether the parties will actually be able to reach agreements on the main issues: Establishing a unity government, convening the Palestinian National Council and holding general elections.

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Senior officials from both Fatah and Hamas said that, at least on a declarative level, all parties are committed to the reconciliation. Nevertheless, many obstacles must still be overcome.

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Shortly before the talks began, a senior Fatah official told Haaretz that despite Hamass talk of being committed to the reconciliation which calls for the Palestinian Authority to resume authority in Gaza Hamas still controls the territory in practice. Not only are Hamass forces effectively in charge of security, he said, but the senior officials it appointed to various government offices in Gaza still see themselves as the people in charge of civilian affairs.

One issue that hasnt yet arisen in the reconciliation talks, he added, is a dispute over land. Shortly before the first phase of the agreement was implemented, Hamas distributed tens of thousands of dunams of Palestinian government lands in Gaza, including lands where Israeli settlements once stood, to various armed militias, first and foremost its own military wing.

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The Fatah official termed this a very significant issue. Almost a third of the territory went to the armed factions, and this proves that Hamas isnt ceding substantive power, he explained.

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Hamas, for its part, accuses the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority of evading its own...

10:03

Mueller Investigating Kushners Efforts to Combat UN Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the lead-up to the vote on the resolution, there were speculations that Russia could veto it, thus protecting Israel after the Obama administration decided to abstain

Amir Tibon (Washington, D.C.) Nov 22, 2017 8:07 AM
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Washington, D.C., U.S., November 21, 2017. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

WASHINGTON Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russias interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, is reportedly examining actions taken by Jared Kushner against a UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Mueller is looking into efforts made by Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trumps senior adviser and son-in-law, against the resolution, which passed in December 2016, during the transition period between the Obama and Trump administrations.

The UN resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank was proposed by Egypt, and the Obama administration controversially decided not to veto it. Israeli officials reached out at the time to the Trump transition team, asking the president-elect to try and exert influence over different countries to block the resolution.

Trump, in turn, attacked the resolution on his social media accounts and called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, requesting he reverse his countrys support of the resolution.

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In the lead-up to the vote on the resolution, there were speculations in the Israeli media that perhaps Russia could veto it, thus protecting Israel from the lack of a veto by the Obama administration. Eventually, however, Russia voted in favor of the resolution, as did all the 14 other members of the UN Security Council, except the U.S., which chose to abstain.

Trump took to Twitter following the vote, writing, in reference to his slated inauguration date: As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.

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The White House, in turn, blamed the passage of the resolution on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus settlement policies. If we didnt see acceleration in settlement activity and wouldnt hear that kind of rhetoric from the Israeli government then maybe the U.S. would have taken take a different view, then-Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said.

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Netanyahu, for his part, called the resolution cra...

10:00

'This will never be accepted': Palestinians condemn Saudi meddling in their future "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Palestinians in Lebanon's Ain el-Helweh say right of return is sacrosanct, amid reports of a Saudi plan to dump it as part of new peace deal

EXCLUSIVE: Trumps 'ultimate deal' seen as ultimatum to Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Crown prince offered Mahmoud Abbas more cash for new state as Saudi Arabia pushes for Israeli support against Iran, say sources

09:56

"Planting olive trees is my form of resistance. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Olive trees are synonymous with Palestinian resistance, and our friends at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights are raising money to plant as many olive trees for Palestinian farmer families as possible!

09:54

The Left Changes Its Mind on Bill Clinton "IndyWatch Feed War"

It isnt clear what is causing Democrats to re-evaluate their support for the former president.

Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function, released by the House Judiciary Committee, Sept. 21, 1998.
Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function, released by the House Judiciary Committee, Sept. 21, 1998.PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday became the latest liberal luminary to scurry away from Bill Clinton some 20 years too late.

If it happened today there would have been a very different reaction, said the mayor in reference to the White House sex scandal involving Mr. Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. I dont think you can rework history. I think if it happened todayif any president did that todaythey would have to resign.

The mayors comments follow those made last week by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who told the New York Times that she, too, now believes that Mr. Clinton should have resigned after his affair with Ms. Lewinsky was revealed. The senator used the things have changed explanation as well, then added that in light of this conversation, we shoul...

09:45

Washington"s Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

The marching bands play on, although often the buglers play Taps at military funerals, and most American citizens seem content to accept expansion of Washingtons wars, which will continue to destabilise the regions in which they are waged.

09:41

Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Eric Newcomer

November 21, 2017, 4:58 PM EST Updated on November 21, 2017, 10:21 PM EST
  • Company paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet
  • Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and another exec ousted

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.

Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around th...

09:34

Saudi Arabia backs Arab League stance to check Iranian interference "IndyWatch Feed War"

King Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)

RIYADH: The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday reaffirmed the statement issued by the emergency meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo and their condemnation of all terror acts committed by Iran and its continued interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries.

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The Cabinet meeting, which was held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, also stressed that Iran should refrain from supporting groups that fuel sectarian conflicts, notably in the Arab Gulf states, and to stop funding militias and armed parties in the Arab countries.
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The Cabinet also stressed the Kingdoms continued stance at the UN on the Palestinian issue.
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The Cabinet said the Kingdom will vote in support of a decision to allow the Palestinian people to keep their permanent sovereignty in the occupied Palestinian lands, including Eastern Al-Quds; to support the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan to exploit their natural resources; and to support the Palestinian people to regain their usurped lands and reject Israeli policies, which do not respect international laws and norms.
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On other international issues, the Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdoms position on the UN framework agreement on climate change in its 23rd session in Bonn in its commitment in taking necessary measures to address climate change to achieve the objectives of sust...

09:29

Uber admits covering up data hack that hit 57m users and drivers "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

Getty Images / AFP (file photo) | Personal data from some 57 million Uber riders and drivers was compromised in a hack that took place more than a year ago.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-11-22

Uber said Tuesday that hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year.

None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it, said a statement from chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over at the ridesharing giant in August.

Two members of the Uber information security team who led the response that included not alerting users that their data was breached were let go from the San Francisco-based company effective Tuesday, according to Khosrowshahi.

The Uber chief said he only recently learned that outsiders had broken into a cloud-based server used by the company for data and downloaded a significant amount of information.

Stolen files included names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers for riders, and the names and driver license information of some 600,000 drivers, according to Uber.

Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to destroy the data, not telling riders or drivers whose information was at risk, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Co-founder and ousted chief Travis Kalanick was advised of the breach shortly after it was discovered, but it was not made public until Ubers new boss Khosrowshahi learned of the incident.

You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later, Khosrowshahi said.

I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it.

Khosrowshahi said that what he learned about Ubers failure to notify users or regulators prompted corrective actions.

Need to change

Uber is notifying d...

09:22

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Reckless or Genius? "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY IAN MAY/THE MEDIA LINE
 NOVEMBER 22, 2017 09:47

 

Lots of Israelis see Mohammad bin Salmans assertiveness favorably and as a positive thing. But I think this conduct is reckless.

Secret ties? A guide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (photo credit:AUDI PRESS AGENCY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

Reports circulating that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz plans to abdicate as early as this week and crown his son, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), have left many wondering how the young prince managed to ascend to power so quickly.

So who is this young heir to the Saudi throne?

...

09:03

Little green men in the unmarked Russian uniform cordoned the center of Luhansk "IndyWatch Feed War"

On November 21, a large number of armed and well-equipped militants in the Russian uniform without any...

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08:44

Reviewing BBC portrayal of Hizballah in Hariri resignation reports "IndyWatch Feed War"

The story of the Lebanese prime ministers stunning resignation as the BBC described it when news of Saad Hariris announcement broke on November 4th can obviously only be fully understood if one is familiar with one of the other major players in that story: Hizballah.

Essential context to that story of course includes the background to the current political landscape in Lebanon a story that was reported very superficially by the BBC at the time. Clearly too it is important to understand the extent of Hizballahs influence within the Lebanese government and armed forces as well as the effects that Hizballahs intervention and actions in other countries has had on Lebanon. An understanding of which countries and bodies designate Hizballah as a terrorist organisation is also crucial, as is familiarity with the extent to which Hizballah is financed and supplied by Iran and how that translates into Iranian influence in Lebanon.

As one Middle East analyst put it:

Over the last 11 months, Hariri became a fig-leaf for Hezbollah. As one of the main leaders of the opposition, his appointment as prime minister ostensibly proved Lebanon was maintaining its independence vis-a-vis Iran.

Now, however, the charade is over, and Lebanon remains as it was without the disguise pro-Iranian, pro-Syrian, and with Hezbollah firmly in control. The Lebanese pre...

08:40

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The talks come as key members of the Syrian opposition step down and while Russia, Turkey and Iran hold top-level talks

08:16

08:02

The Ongoing Agony of the Obama-Trump War on the People of Yemen! "IndyWatch Feed War"

We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation.

Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam

Yemen, the poorest Arab nation on Earth, is the victim of a savage, illegal war waged by the Saudi Arabian monarchy.  Armed to the teeth with the most sophisticated weapons in the world manufactured and supplied by the merchants of death in the United States, the Saudis are providing another grotesque example of what happens when a powerful nation with modern weapons is unrestrained by law and basic human decency.

Flying hundreds of sorties and targeting the civilian infrastructurewater and sanitation plants, the electrical grid, agricultural fields, food storage facilities, hospitals, roads, schools the result is over 20 million people, or 70 percent of the population,  are now dependent on food imports; 7 million of them are facing famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid to survive. Conservative reports put the number of dead from the Saudis barbaric air war since March 2015 at over 11,000, with the vast majority being innocent civilians. Meanwhile, untold millions have been displaced.

All of the above acts against the Yemenis are war crimes.

But the trauma and devastation of the people doesnt end here.

For the last two weeks, the gangster family running the Saudi state has imposed a murderous air, sea and land blockade preventing vital aid to those millions now dependent on it for their basic survival.

However, the Saudis are not the only ones implicated in this unfolding international crime. Like most of the egregious, international human-rights crimes of the late 20th and 21st centuries, the U.S. state is once again complicit.

The fact is the Obama administration gave the green light to the Saudi war on Yemen. This is a war that could not then or today have been launched and executed without direct support from the U.S. military. The United States provided critical support in the form of intelligence sharing and targeting, air-to-air refueling, logistics support, participation in the naval blockade, and billions of dollars in weapons sales.

That support continues under the Trump administration, including the finalization of the multi-billion-dollar arms deal with the Saudis that was initiated under the Obama administration.

Starvation is rampant, and the innocents are dying but who cares when there is money to be made and geopolitical interests to protect. As the indispensable nation, the nation above all nations, it is of no real concern that starvation is a war crime. Rogue states, especially...

07:49

israel has good reason to fear ICC "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel has good reason to fear ICC If, as Israel claims, its actions in the West Bank are lawful, why is the US administration fighting the Palestinian effort to have the matter heard at the International Criminal Court? Its hard to fathom why the US administration rushed to Israels defense against Palestinian urging for Israeli officials []

07:37

#BDS India Scraps $500M Military Deal With israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

India Scraps $500M Military Deal With Israel Amid Rising Popular Concern About Indias Complicity in Israeli Crimes BDS | November 21, 2017 In anticipation of this deal to produce missile systems, Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems had entered into a joint venture with its in Indian partner. (Representative Image: Reuters) Yesterday, media reported that the Indian []

07:36

How to Beat Your Wife "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thanks to our friends at MEMRI who scour the web for videos that show the evil embedded in radical Islam, heres some advice on how to beat your wife. This is not a new video but is worth watching nonetheless.

Of course Clarion utterly deplores the suggestions made in this clip by Egyptian cleric Sad Arafat on Al-Nas TV. If you are concerned that someone you know is subject to such sharia-based punishment please contact us.

 

 

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07:20

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective.

Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have of sovereignty, and unfettered sovereignty, is applicable everywhere in the world.

It is not the first time that Netanyahu discredits the idea of a Palestinian state. Despite clear Israeli intentions of jeopardizing any chances for the creation of such a state, the US Administration of Donald Trump is, reportedly, finalizing plans for an ultimate peace deal. The New York Times suggests that the anticipated plan will have to be built around the so-called two-state solution.

But why the wasted effort, while all parties, Americans included know that Israel has no intention of allowing a Palestinian state and the US has no political capital, or desire, to enforce one?

The answer may not lie in the present, but in the past.

A Palestinian Arab state had initially been proposed as a political tactic by the British, to provide a legal cover for the establishment of a Jewish state. It continues to be used as a political tactic, though never with the aim of finding a just solution to the conflict, as is often propagated.

When British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, made his promise, in November 1917, to the Zionist movement to grant them a Jewish state in Palestine, the once distant and implausible idea began taking shape. It would have been effortlessly achievable, had the Palestinians not rebelled.

The 1936-1939 Palestinian rebellion revealed an impressive degree of collective political awareness and ability to mobilize, despite British violence.

The British government then dispatched the Peel Commission to Palestine to examine the roots of the violence, hoping to quell the Palestinian revolt.

In July 1937, the commission published its report, which immediately ignited the fury of the native population, who were already aware of the British-Zionist collusion.

The Peel Commission concluded that underlying causes of the disturbances were the desire of the Palestinians for independence, and their hatred and fear of the establishment of the Jewish national home. Based on that view, i...

07:19

Drums Along the Euphrates - TTG "IndyWatch Feed War"

Earlier today this tweet by Elijiah Magnier caught my eye. USA protects SDF and ISIS east of the Euphrates and agreed that Russia won't fly over the area occupied by the US Forces in north-east Syria. USA is officially an...

07:08

Raheel Raza Fights Islamism Every Day What Drives Her? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Raheel Raza, womens and human rights advocate, fights radicalization while promoting the Muslim Reform Movement, to challenge radical Islam from within the community.

 

Bring Clarions Raheel Raza to speak in your community.

 

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06:42

Situation on Australian Offshore Processing Centre Deteriorates by the Day UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

21 November 2017 Three weeks following the closure of the Manus Island regional processing centre, the situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorates by the day, a senior United Nations official on protection of refugees has said.

Offshore processing centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Australian Government DIBP |Source: UN News Centre

Without distribution of food and clean water over the last three weeks [and] significant accumulation of waste and rubbish in the hot and humid weather, the health and sanitation is becoming a very significant issue, Nai Jit Lam, Deputy Regional Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), currently on Manus Island, told journalists in Geneva over the phone.

The people that we have spoken to are extremely angry and they see this as an opportunity to tell the world and to show the world, years of anger about how they have been treated over the four years, after being forcibly transferred to Papua New Guinea, he added.

According to the UN refugee agency, the conditions and the lack of medicines, increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers at the former facility are falling physically and mentally unwell. Alternative accommodation and services outside the facility are still under construction and it could be anothe...

06:31

White Elephants and the Urban Challenges of Brasilia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mario Osava

BRASILIA, Nov 21 2017 (IPS) Two white elephants a huge football stadium that draws almost no fans and an empty 16-building complex that was to be the new headquarters of the district government reflect Braslias challenges as a metropolis, beyond its role as the capital of Brazil.

Part of the Administrative Centre built by two private companies between 2013 and 2014, to be the new seat of the government of the Federal District, in Brasilia. The 16-building complex with 3,000 parking spaces is not being used, due to an order by the courts, which are investigating allegations of corruption. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

Part of the Administrative Centre built by two private companies between 2013 and 2014, to be the new seat of the government of the Federal District, in Brasilia. The 16-building complex with 3,000 parking spaces is not being used, due to an order by the courts, which are investigating allegations of corruption. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

The Administrative Centre, where the 15,000 officials of the Federal District (DF), and from foundations and public companies, were to be based, was built in Taguatinga, one of the largest cities surrounding the Pilot Plan, another name for the planned city of Braslia, which was inaugurated in 1960, after it was carved out of the jungle.

It would be good to have the government here, able to get a closer look at the areas where most of the population lives, generating more jobs and benefits for us, Laura Morais, a young assistant at a hairdressing salon in the centre of Samambaia, a city next to Taguatinga, told IPS.

It would be good to have the government here, able to get a closer look at the areas where most of the popula...

06:26

06:24

NATOs Plans for persuasion and impacting the media "IndyWatch Feed War"

In his excellent NATO, a Monstrous Institution Karel van Wolferen writes:

Having survived Afghanistan, NATO continued to play a significant role in the destruction of Gaddafis Libya, and in the destruction of parts of Syria through covertly organising, financing, and arming Isis forces for the purpose of overthrowing the Assad government. And it continues to serve as a cover for the war making elements in Britain and France. Americas coup in the Ukraine in 2014, which resulted in a crisis in relations with Russia, gave NATO a new lease on life as it helped create entirely uncalled for hysterical fear of Russia in Poland and the Baltic states. (Emphasis added.)

Professor van Wolferen puts his finger on an often forgotten fact. NATO has to continually seek a new lease of life, a raison detre. If factions predominately Western and US led were not encouraged, or inspired by oil and other natural resources to be bloodily carpetbagged, NATO would be redundant. When the Berlin Wall came down and the world rejoiced, things must have looked bleak in NATO-land.

Nothing could make this more cynically, starkly clear than a letter, written in June 1979, from General Alexander Hague, NATO Secretary General, on handing over the position to his successor Joseph Luns. The letter reads:

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Grand Quartier General des Puissances Alliees en Europe
Belgium

26 June 1979

His Excellency Joseph M.A.H. Luns
The Secretary General
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Brussels/Zaventem Autoroute
B-1110 Brussels, Belgium

Dear Joseph,

On leaving the post of Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, I feel it my duty to stress once again certain aspects of allied strategy which demand our further attention and effort.

Yet in my view, planning for the deployment and use of modernized nuclear forces in Europe can adequately be accomplished only if full understanding and cooperation are achieved. It is therefore necessary to prepare systematically and persistently, a basis for making a success of the NATO council meeting in December, bearing in mind primarily the crisis inside the Alliance over neutron weapons deployment. Every effort should be made to counter any hesitation or vacillation among the allied nations during decision making meetings.

We will never be able to put inapprovto effect our joint plans in this vital area unless quite exceptional efforts are made to check European tendencies toward neutralism, pacifism and unila...

06:14

Truck Bombing in Contested Town; 88 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

More than 800 alleged Islamic State wives and their children were transferred from a remote location in northern Iraq to Baghdad. About 700 remain at the controversial camp in Tal Keif. Kuwait and the United Nations have accepted Iraqs reparations payment plan. Reparations for the 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait were suspended in 2014 due to Continue reading "Truck Bombing in Contested Town; 88 Killed in Iraq"

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06:03

HEZBOLLAH FORCES ARE ON HIGH COMBAT READINESS TO CONFRONT POSSIBLE ISRAELI ATTACKS "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front 21.11.2017 The situation in the Middle East is developing. The expected conflict between the resistance axis, primarily Hezbollah, and the Saudi-Israeli block is the current center of attention. Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran wants to deploy its troops in Syria on a permanent basis with the declared intent of using []

06:00

Donald Trump, Congress, and War with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

On August 8th Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen." He ordered the Pentagon to prepare for all military options. In the interim, he has ordered mock invasion war games with South Korea on North Koreas borders and coasts, sent nuclear weapons-capable bombers to fly over the Continue reading "Donald Trump, Congress, and War with North Korea"

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06:00

A Beginners Guide to the Unrecognized Villages of Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its no secret that there is an occupation happening in and around Israel. Most people agree that the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been occupied since 1967. Much less thought and literature is dedicated to the treatment of Palestinians living inside modern-day Israel proper. I decided to head over there and see for myself. Continue reading "A Beginners Guide to the Unrecognized Villages of Israel"

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06:00

Syria, Experts, and George Monbiot "IndyWatch Feed War"

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter has published two exclusives whose import is far greater than may be immediately apparent. They concern Israels bombing in 2007 of a supposed nuclear plant secretly built, according to a self-serving US and Israeli narrative, by Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Although the attack on the nuclear reactor occurred a decade ago, Continue reading "Syria, Experts, and George Monbiot"

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05:40

Recent Trip To Syria Discussed by Brandon Turbeville "IndyWatch Feed War"

Posted on November 20, 2017  by Richard Edmondson American writer Brandon Turbeville has recently given an interview about a trip he made to Syria back in early October. In listening to his account I was struck by the rather marked similarities to my own impressions formed when I journeyed to Syria in 2014. Here is a bit []

05:23

Protest Disrupts Snowbowl as Ski Area Opens with Sewage Snow "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tuesday, November, 21, 2017 By Protect Peaks Censored News Contact: protectpeaks@gmail.com www.protectthepeaks.org Protest Disrupts Snowbowl as Ski Area Opens with 100% Treated Sewage Flagstaff, AZ Continuing it's years-long desecration and assault on Indigenous Peoples' ways of life, ecological destruction, and threats to public health, Arizona Snowbowl ski area opened with

05:02

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04:49

Berta Caceres Post-Humous Award by All African Peoples Revolutionary Party "IndyWatch Feed War"

Photo taken Monday at AIM West Coast Annual Conference in San Francisco meeting November 20-21, 2017 at 2969 Mission/26street from 10 am-6 pm. Here Akubundu of "All African Peoples Revolutionary Party" (AAPRP) with Bill Means, David Escobar (Lenca), Madonna Thunder Hawk and Tony Gonzales gives award at the AIM West Coast conference with acknowledgement of Berta Caceres bravery Awarded on

04:13

JFK at 100: The War on Our Heroes Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Kit | OffGuardian | November 21, 2017 In the first half of this article, published on JFKs centenary, I discussed the general degradation of the intellectual and moral character of figurehead politicians, the concomitant societal decay, and whether or not this is a deliberate policy or a by-product of promoting sociopaths above their ability []

02:57

Monbiot Still Burying his Head in Sands of Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jonathan Cook | Dissident Voice | November 21, 2017 Investigative journalist Gareth Porter has published two exclusives whose import is far greater than may be immediately apparent. They concern Israels bombing in 2007 of a supposed nuclear plant secretly built, according to a self-serving US and Israeli narrative, by Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Although []

02:52

Israel to pay Rwanda $5,000 for every African refugee it accepts "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Israel currently houses 40,000 asylum seekers, which includes 27,500 Sudanese and 7,800 Eritrean refugees

02:41

My story with Lebanese PSP Union Leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is a true story of my days at American University of Beirut when I was involved with a strike of the janitors.  As we were preparing for the strike day, I was contacted by the leader of the Union of workers and employees at the university, who it turned out was a leader in the Progressive Socialist Party (call it Jumblat Party).  He wanted to dissuade me.  The dogmatic fanatic leftist that I was, would not be dissuaded, of course.  

02:34

Apple iPhone X Is Reportedly Assembled with Illegal High-School Student Labor "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: CNBC: Apple supplier Foxconn has been employing students illegally work overtime to help assemble the iPhone X, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. Six high school students told the Financial Times they would usually work 11-hour shifts to help manufacture Apples flagship phone at a factory in Zhengzhou, China. The long hours breach Chinese laws []

01:53

Minnesota: CAIR top dog refuses to denounce Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood "IndyWatch Feed War"

No surprise here, except to the terminally blinkered, and of course, there are so very many of those. Not just this time, but many times in the past CAIR officials have refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case  so named by the Justice []

01:49

MI6s Secret Multi-Million Pound Cold War Slush Fund "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: BBC: What was it for? Cs answer in 1952 is revealing. He thought it right to have a large sum to meet such contingencies as (a) a very large inducement to some person in an absolutely key position, or (b) the Vote for the Service being drastically cut in some political emergency in a []

01:37

Saad Hariri Lands, On a Well Chosen Eve, in Lebanon- "IndyWatch Feed War"

Guardian

Lebanons prime minister, Saad Hariri, returned to his home country late on Tuesday, on the eve of its independence day and after a nearly three-week absence dominated by his surprise resignation

His plane touched down at Beirut international airport shortly before midnight, a statement from his office said.

Hariri had promised he would return to Lebanon in time to mark its 47th independence day on Wednesday and would clarify his position.

On Tuesday he travelled to Cairo to see the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whom he thanked for his support for Lebanon.

Hours later Hariri flew from Cairo to Larnaca in Cyprus where he met late at night with President Nicos Anastasiades, said a Cyprus government spokesman.
After a brief visit he flew on to Beirut where he is expected to take part in the independence day military parade early on Wednesday and the customary reception at the presidential palace.

 A dual Saudi citizen who has previously(??) enjoyed Riyadhs backing, Hariri resigned in a mysterious broadcast from the Saudi capital

Questions remain over whether the resignation will stand, forcing negotiations on a new government, or if he might withdraw it.

Under Lebanons constitution the president is bound to accept a premiers resignation however it is tendered, according to the Lebanese constitutional expert Edmond Rizk.

Although it is not outlined in the constitution, Rizk said, custom dictates this resignation is supposed to be submitted to the president of the republic.

A resignation brings down the government and the president then engages in consultations to select a new prime minister to form a cabinet.

In Lebanon, divided for more than a decade between a pro-Saudi camp and a Tehran-backed alliance, that process typically takes months of political wrangling.

But the discussions also aim to strike a balance between the countrys diverse religious communities.

As part of Lebanons presidential-parliamentary system, the premier must be a Sunni Muslim, the president a Maronite Christian and the speaker of parliament a Shia Muslim.

More than a week ago Hariri said he could walk back from his resignation if Hezbollah withdrew from regional conflicts, including Syria.

Hezbollah, whose forces are fighting in neighbouring Syria along government...

01:36

Googles Eric Schmidt, arbiter of news, has long history with Obama & Clinton "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | November 21, 2017 Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Googles parent company Alphabet, announced that his company will de-rank RTs articles online, calling them propaganda. Is he concerned for the integrity of news, or are his motives more partisan? The 62-year-old, with an estimated wealth of $11.1 billion, has never hidden his political []

01:32

Zimbabwe Coup: Mugabe Out- Mnangagwa In "IndyWatch Feed War"

Link

Emmerson Mnangagwa
 
Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa congratulated Zimbabweans after former President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday evening as pressure mounted for him to step down.
Mnangagwa said that he is on his way back to Zimbabwe after going into self-imposed exile following his dismissal on 6 November. Said Mnangagwa:
I want to congratulate the people of Zimbabwe on reaching this historic moment. Together we will ensure a peaceful transition to the consolidation of our democracy, and bring in a fresh start for all Zimbabweans and foster peace and unity. As I make my way back home, I look forward together with you the people of Zimbabwe to tackle the political and economic challenges facing our beloved country Zimbabwe. God bless Zimbabwe.

Recall my mention of Mnangagwa being in South Africa? 
Flashback: What did South Africa Know About the Zimbabwe Coup?

"She said Mnangagwa was allowed to enter South Africa after he was fired and was then allowed to return to Zimbabwe after the military made its move on Tuesday, suggesting that South Africa had some knowledge of the developments" 

Clearly South Africa's government was aware that a coup was going to take place, giving shelter and protection to Mnangagwa.What other nations shared that awareness?

Flashback : Mugabe under "house arrest" Emmerson Mnangawa, Man of the Hour

In this post I touche...

01:31

The Driverless Revolution May Exact a Political Price "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Los Angeles Times: In its race to embrace driverless vehicles, Washington has cleared away regulatory hurdles for auto companies and brushed aside consumer warnings about the risk of crashes and hacking. But at a recent hearing, lawmakers absorbed an economic argument that illustrated how the driverless revolution they are encouraging could backfire politically, particularly []

01:25

Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: National Geographic: Seventy-eight-year-old Mauro Morandi often walks along the rocky shores of Budelli Island and looks out over the disconsolate sea, feeling dwarfed by the phantom forces that tug and twist the tides. We think we are giants that can dominate the Earth, but were just mosquitos, Morandi says. In 1989 on a stretch []

01:03

Google Collects Android Users Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled "IndyWatch Feed War"

Shocker. Via: Quartz: Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, havent used any apps, and havent even inserted a carrier SIM card? Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google []

01:01

JFK at 100: The War on Our Heroes Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the first half of this article, published on JFK's centenary, I discussed the general degradation of the intellectual and moral character of figurehead politicians, the concomitant societal decay, and whether or not this is a deliberate policy or a by-product of promoting sociopaths above their ability to function. In this half we will re-examine the death of JFK, not just as a simple assassination, but as an act of psychic-warfare on the general populace, and explore the long-lasting effect on the American psyche.

00:51

Zionisms Violent Legacy "IndyWatch Feed War"

[ Ed. note The article below was originally published in January of 1996. It discusses, among other things, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which had occurred only a few months earlier. The author, Donald Neff, was a journalist who worked many, many years in the mainstream media, including a term as []

00:22

Monbiot Still Burying his Head in Sands of Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter has published two exclusives whose import is far greater than may be immediately apparent. They concern Israels bombing in 2007 of a supposed nuclear plant secretly built, according to a self-serving US and Israeli narrative, by Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

Although the attack on the nuclear reactor occurred a decade ago, there are pressing lessons to be learnt for those analysing current events in Syria.

Porters research indicates very strongly that the building that was bombed could not have been a nuclear reactor and that was clear to experts at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) even as the story was being promoted uncritically across the western media.

But and this is the critical information Porter conveys the IAEA failed to disclose the fact that it was certain the building was not a nuclear plant, allowing the fabricated narrative to be spread unchallenged. It abandoned science to bow instead to political expediency.

The promotion of the bogus story of a nuclear reactor by Israel and key figures in the Bush administration was designed to provide the pretext for an attack on Assad. That, it was hoped, would bring an end to his presidency and drag into the fray the main target Iran. The Syrian nuclear reactor was supposed to be a re-run of the WMD deception, used in 2003 to oust another enemy of the US and Israels Saddam Hussein of Iraq.

It is noteworthy that the fabricated evidence for a nuclear reactor occurred in 2007, a year after Israels failure to defeat Hizbullah in Lebanon. The 2006 Lebanon war was itself intended to spread to Syria and lead to Assads overthrow, as I explained in my book Israel and the Clash of Civilisations.

It is important to remember that this Israeli-neocon plot against Syria long predated in fact, in many ways prefigured the civil war in 2011 that quickly morphed into a proxy war in which the US became a key, if mostly covert, actor.

The lefts Witchfinder General

The relevance of the nuclear reactor deception can be understood in relation to the latest efforts by Guardian columnist George Monbiot (and many others) to discredit prominent figures on the left, including Noam Chomsky and John Pilger, for their caution in making assessments of much more recent events in Syria. Monbiot has attacked them for not joining him in simply assu...

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US warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

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22:57

Hariri returns to Lebanon following abrupt resignation "IndyWatch Feed War"

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22:47

From Aleppo siege to Manchester attack: Now this surgeon is treating the Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Syrian doctors are using skills learnt in Syria to treat Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar

22:39

RT, Sputnik and Media Censorship in America "IndyWatch Feed War"

OffGuardian | November 21, 2017 Just a few days ago RTAmerica was forced to register as a foreign agent in the United States. Using this designation as justification, Twitter and Facebook have now banned RT and Sputnik from advertising on their services. This is all over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, for []

22:27

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November 21, 2017

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Annals of Rehabilitation


[Note for TomDispatch readers: The next TD post will be on Sunday, November 26th. Have a fine Thanksgiving! Tom]

Who even remembers that, back in September 2002, Lawrence Lindsey, then President George W. Bushs chief economic adviser, offered an upper limit estimate on the cost of a future war in Iraq at $100 billion to $200 billion?  He also suggested that the successful prosecution of such a war would be good for the economy. That December, Mitch Daniels, director of the Office of Management and Budget, contradicted Lindsey, indicating that the real costs of such a war might be only $50 billion to $60 billion.  And the top officials of the Bush administration werent particularly worried about paying for the occupation that was slated to follow since, as Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz put it in May 2003 after Baghdad had been taken by the U.S. military, Iraq was ...

21:33

By not allowing the examination of jihad on its own terms Stanford chose to enable it "IndyWatch Feed War"

His mere presence was alleged to make Muslims feel unsafe and yet only Spencer needed a sizeable security detail. His contention all along has been that detractors resort to smear tactics because they cannot engage on the level of facts and ideas. Stanfords walkout proved his point in spades Yes. Find out where the []

21:25

Trumps ultimate deal only offers hard choices for Abbas "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jonathon Cook The National November 20, 2017 The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trumps ultimate deal, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians. The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr []

21:21

Minnesota: Muslims investigated for ISIS ties include theater student, father of four, and jujitsu instructor "IndyWatch Feed War"

Everyone around them no doubt assumes they are moderate, because if they dont, you know, the Islamophobia charges come down fast. Father, hacker and jujitsu instructor among Minnesotans under investigation for ISIS ties, by Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, November 19, 2017 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur): The former Edison High School theater student had changed []

21:14

Rain Walkers, Walking for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco, Photos by Bad Bear "IndyWatch Feed War"

. Water is truly life, the water of the rain, the water we drink, the water where the salmon swim -- Censored News Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson, as walkers today are near Santa Rosa, California, and near their destination of Alcatraz The Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco 2017

21:06

Germany: Muslim migrants destroy their free housing, repairs will cost $23,000 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The place must not have been nice enough for them, and so they made the Infidels know their displeasure. They no doubt considered this free housing to be their due, in lieu of the jizya that the Quran says that Muslims should collect from subjugated non-Muslim People of the Book. In Islamic law, it is []

21:01

India Scraps $500M Military Deal With Israel Amid Rising Popular Concern About Indias Complicity in Israeli Crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

BDS | November 21, 2017 Yesterday, media reported that the Indian Ministry of Defense scrapped the $500M deal with Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for its missile systems. Years in the making, the deal had been celebrated in international media and was finalized after Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Israel in July. In August, Rafael Advanced []

21:00

WATCH: Texas Cops Brutalize 15-year-old Bullied for his Sexual Orientation on School Bus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Video from a school bus shows Texas police brutalizing a 15-year-old boy after an altercation with another student who bullied him because of his sexual orientation on April 21, 2016.

Footage of the incident, released today, shows Killeen cops Stephen Frucella and Travis Lundt responding, pulling the boy off the bus, banging his head in the bus entry way and body slamming the teen outside without first giving him any instructions or warning.

Im not resisting! Im not resisting! the boy can be heard trying to explain to the officers before one slams him to the ground.

The boy, a high school freshman at the time, suffered injuries, causing him to bleed from his head.

After being bullied by fellow students and then brutalized by police, he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest. But those charges were dropped in December 2016.

Frucella and Lundt responded to a call from the bus driver, but neither of them pointed their dash cams towards the bus to capture the incident.

We see this as standard procedure more and more with police departments, attorney Robert Ranco, who is representing the boy, told PINAC.

They dont want their actions to be documented on video. Thats certainly what I glean from their actions.

The bus camera shows the bus driver pointing, telling police the student in the back of the bus started the physical altercation.

The student in the back shouts back, that faggot started it!

Upset after being bullied for being gay, the boy shouts he didnt start the fight.

Thats when Frucella grabs the boy, pulls him off the bus and body slams him.

A body slam is never an approved means of force, Ranco said.

These officers have never been trained to do that.

Every police chief Ive ever deposed, they all say when police officers abandon their training, thats when bad things happen.

Ranco pointed out his client never tried to go to the back of the bus to further the altercation even though he was obviously agitated after being bullied.

He also said police never gave his client instruction before dragging him off the bus and slamming him on the ground.

If they had any concerns he had violent propensities, they should have said put your hands behind our back and get on the ground,' Ranco explained.

They never gave him instructions.

They should have used an approved method for a take down. Thats what makes it so frustrating. They know better.

Watch the video below.

 

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20:51

The consequences of symbolic recognition of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ramona Wadi | MEMO | November 21, 2017 Seeking recognition of Palestine has been one of the Palestinian Authoritys diplomatic strategies which lose significance when juxtaposed against Mahmoud Abbass collaboration with the Israeli occupation. Behind statements of recognition lies silence and the tacit acceptance of Israels colonisation of Palestinian land and forced displacement of []

20:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/11/21 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed War"

2017/11/21 19:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

20:03

A state without a state and an authority without authority "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Rasem Obidat | Al-Quds News | November 20, 2017 Israels Channel 2 has revealed the features of the American plan to resolve the Palestinian issue. The essence of the solution is based on Netanyahus economic project, a state without a state. The Palestinian issue and the rights of the Palestinian people are also being []

19:45

The Islamic State calls on Muslims to murder Barron Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pro-ISIS internet channels are calling for the assassination of President Donald Trumps son, Barron, and have shared personal details of the childs life on its social media networks, including the address of his school We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He []

19:35

Putin is My Flunky (satirical essay) "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Patrick for the Saker blog Its amazing to see so many normally sane people foaming at the mouth about Russian interference in American politics. According to their reasoning, the

19:18

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ramzy Baroud | MEMO | November 21, 2017 In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective. Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have []

19:15

Anti-Fracking Protest Shuts Down Traffic At Energy Companies Offices "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Julia Conley for Common Dreams - The protesters set up two tripod structures in the middle fn a main intersection leading to Southpointe, a 589-acre property in suburban Washington County, Pennsylvaniahome to companies including Halliburton, Chesapeake Energy, and Range Resources, all of which participate in fracking and mining. Two community members climbed onto the tripods while three others sat between them with their arms in lockboxes for about four hours before police broke up the demonstration, according to Rising Tide North America, a grassroots environmental group. A woman who was seated between the structures said the companies that operate at Southpointe are "impacting our lives every day in our communities. I've been run off the road twice because of truck traffic. I have to wonder about the health of my daughter every day living within a half mile of gas wells." She added that "the coal operator here is also destroying our only state park," referring to the efforts of Consol Energy, another company at Southpointe, to obtain a mining permit for Ryerson Station State Park. A community member named Patrick Young said that the disruption of traffic into the office park can't be compared to the damage being done by the companies.

19:04

Noam Chomsky & Robert Pollin: Imagining A New Social Order "IndyWatch Feed War"

By C.J. Polychroniou for Truthout - We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, the rise of the "alt-right," and growing resistance to Trumpism and financial capitalism. Yes, the present age is full of contradictions of every type and variety, and this is something that makes the goals and aims of the left for the reordering of society along the lines of a true democratic polity and in accordance with the vision of a socialist reorganization of the economy more challenging than ever before. In this context, the interview below, with Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin, which appeared originally in Truthout in three separate parts, seeks to provide theoretical and practical guidance to the most pressing social, economic and political issues facing the United States today. It is part of an effort to help the left reimagine an alternative but realistic social order in an age when the old order is dying but the new has yet to be born. Noam Chomsky is professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT and laureate professor in the department of linguistics at the University of Arizona. Robert Pollin is distinguished professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

19:00

RT, Sputnik and Media Censorship in America "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Kit Just a few days ago RTAmerica was forced to register as a foreign agent in the United States. Using this designation as justification, Twitter and Facebook have now banned RT and Sputnik from advertising on their services. This is all over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, for which there is still not a single piece of clear evidence. This is the United States of America, where freedom of the press is literally one of the founding principles of the nation. They celebrate their freedom every time theyre forced to stand through their national anthem. What would the press reaction have been if Russia had forced the BBC, for example, to register as a foreign agent? In fact, how many American or European media outlets have ever been forced to register as foreign agents in autocratic Russia where Putin has allegedly shut down the free press? Zero. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has operated in Russia and Eastern Europe for nearly 70 years. Its an American destabilization programme. Thats not a conspiracy

18:57

Harvard Experiment Finds Large Effects From Small News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jason Alcorn for Media Shift - Even small publishers have a large effect on the national discourse, according to a new paper published in Science on the effects of news. Exposure to the news media, the study states, causes Americans to take public stands on specific issues, join national policy conversations, and express themselves publicly. The research aims to quantify the effect of news media. Put in terms that are increasingly common when talking about journalism: What is the impact of news organizations? The act of publishing news is influential in still-surprising and robust ways. The study by Harvard professor Gary King and collaborators found that a few, mostly small news outlets publishing simultaneously in a broad area of public policy concern increased the volume of conversation on social media by 19 percent the day after publication. Over a full week, the volume was increased 63 percent relative to the average days volume. The number of unique authors increased as well, and the composition of opinion changed in the direction of the published articles. News outlets it appears, even in the face of social media algorithms, the echo chambers of political polarization and a barrage of digital information, have a profound and measurable effect on national discourse.

18:54

AIM WEST LIVE on Spirit Resistance Radio "IndyWatch Feed War"

Madonna Thunderhawk, Lakota, at AIM West 2017 Madonna spoke on the strength at Standing Rock camps and how Indigenous delegations came from thought the Americas and the world. Govinda is live at AIM West in San Francisco on Spirit Resistance Radio.  Bill Means, Lakota, is among the speakers today. Listen live at: http://www.spiresradio.com/listen/ . Bill Means, Lakota .

18:52

Russia In Syria - Military 'Failure' Sets Off Intense Diplomacy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Western media predicted that the Russian military campaign in Syria would end in `failure`. That - presumably - has been achieved (not). Now follows a push of diplomatic efforts to settle the war. In September 2015 the "west" prepared for...

18:50

False News: 60 Minutes Treats US As Yemen Savior "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Adam Johnson for FAIR - In one of the most glaring, power-serving omissions in some time, CBS News 60 Minutes (11/19/17) took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating and prolonging a crisis thats left over 10,000 civilians dead, 2 million displaced, and an estimated 1 million with cholera. Correspondent Scott Pelleys segment, When Food Is Used as a Weapon, employed excellent on-the-ground reporting to highlight the famine and bombing victims of Saudi Arabias brutal two-and-a-half year siege of Yemen. But its editors betrayed this reportingand their viewersby stripping the conflict of any geopolitical context, and letting one of its largest backers, the United States government, entirely off the hook. As FAIR has previously noted (10/14/16, 2/27/17), US media frequently ignore the Pentagons role in the conflict altogether. Pelly did not once note that the US assists Saudi Arabias bombing campaign with logistical support, refueling and the selling of arms to the tune of $400 billion. The US also routinely protectsSaudi Arabia at the UN from condemnationa shield that may have vastly prolonged the war, given that it signals the support of the most powerful country on Earth.

18:43

Amazon's special cloud services "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Amazon Web Services on Monday introduced cloud service for the CIA and other members of the U.S. intelligence community."

18:42

60 Minutes ignores Washington's role in Yemen Carnage "IndyWatch Feed War"

"American complicity in the war is so broad in scope, it merited a warning last year from the USs own State Department they could be liable for war crimesyet it hardly merits a mention in major media accounts. The war just is, a collective moral failing on the part of all partiesirrational sectarian Muslims lost in a pat cycle of violence caricature." (thanks Amir)

18:41

Call To Action: Promise To Protect Join Resistance Against Keystone Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of No KXL Promise - State authorities in Nebraska just approved a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. Were still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this pipeline cant be built. Our allies in Nebraska will challenge this decision, and theyre confident the pipeline will never get built. But the rest of us are out of agencies or governments to appeal toinstead, weve got to rely on each other. Together weve stopped them for many years, and we are going to keep stopping them. But we need everyones help. We need you to take a stand no matter what land you live or work on. The struggle to save Mother Earth begins with you. In fact, we need everyones help to do something hard: sign up today to commit to creative peaceful resistance along the pipeline route when called upon by frontline leaders, likely next spring. When the time to resist comes, youll get an invite from leaders along the routein particular the leaders from the Dakotas. If you cant come to the upper Midwest to help, we still need you, and there will be other ways to engage from where you live. We Indigenous leaders, farmers and ranchers, students, scientists, faith leaders, and more will make a series of peaceful stands along the proposed pipeline route; resolute displays of our continuing opposition to a plan that endangers the waters of the Midwest and the climate of our one earth. Water is life; climate is lifethose will be our rallying cries against a project that will endanger both.

18:22

Relative Poverty Rate Increased By 1.3 Points In 2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Matt Bruenig for People's Policy Project - Every year the Census Bureau publishes the official poverty rate and the supplemental poverty rate. The official rate groups all related people in a household into one unit, adds up all the cash income that flows into that unit (except tax credits), and then compares that income amount to a poverty line that varies based on the number of people in the unit. The supplemental rate works similarly except that it takes the cash income concept from the official rate, adds cash-like benefit incomes and tax credits to it, and then subtracts taxes paid, child support paid, child care expenses, work expenses, and medical out-of-pocket expenses. The supplemental rate uses a poverty line that varies geographically and by the number of people in the family unit. In addition to the official and supplemental rates, it can be useful to look at something called a relative poverty rate, which is more commonly used across the world. The relative poverty rate figures provided below are derived in the following manner: Each familys income is determined by adding cash income, cash-like benefit income, and tax credits, and then subtracting taxes paid and child support paid.

18:20

Israeli Labor sells out African refugees, as infiltrators "IndyWatch Feed War"

What has become of you? Are you the Zionist Union or the expelling union? Have you gone mad? In your tactics for wooing votes, youve abandoned your fundamental values and ability to tell right from wrong.

Tamar Zandberg, a lawmaker from the leftist Meretz Party, shouted that at the left-bloc Zionist Union members who yesterday backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus draconian legislation to forcibly deport the remaining roughly 40,000 African asylum seekers to a third country Rwanda. 

Zandbergs party leader Zehava Gal-On, added that the Zionist Union leader, Avi Gabbay, has forgotten what it means to be human playing a bitter pun on the Gabbays recent echoing of Netanyahu, where he said that the left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish. 

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the cabinet on Sunday that it is time to increase the pace of deporting African migrants, as the Jerusalem Post reported, introducing a bill which passed 53-10 on Monday much thanks to Gabbays support of a policy that is contrary to Labors former position.  

Jerusalem Post Gil Hoffman yesterday summarized Gabbays many shifts rightwards since his being elected chair of Labor this summer:

Gabbay said recently that there would be no need to evacuate settlements in a peace deal, that he would not sit in a coalition with the Joint (Arab) list, that he was not sure if there was a partner on the Palestinian side, that the Left forgot what it means to be Jewish, and that the whole land of Israel is ours, because it was promised to our patriarch Abraham by God.  

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18:18

YouTube Bans Donbass News Agency, Cutting Crucial Ukraine Coverage "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donetsk (GPA) In the latest sweeps on pro-Russian fake news, Donbass News Agency has been removed from YouTube for covering Ukrainian war crimes.

Western censors targeted a crucial source of information yesterday, shutting down the English language YouTube channel for the Donbass News Agency (DONi). DONi is one of the top sources documenting Ukrainian war crimes and ceasefire violations, yet according to YouTube, their channel was guilty of violations of many or serious types of spam, fraudulent activity, and misleading content or other YouTube practices.

This move by YouTube is an outrage since DONi was not biased but just recorded the war crimes of Kiev in a conflict most westerners dont even remember is happening. Geopolitics Alert has used DONi as a source several times due to their coverage of events western media fully ignores.

The removal of the DONi channel on YouTube is just part of a larger ongoing crackdown against independent media. YouTube is not only trying to clear up independent news as they try to push customers towards their premium content plans but is also facing backlash from the US government for allowing Russia to interfere in the election.

Related: Censorship Of RT And Sputnik Shows US Hypocrisy On Subversion

Its not just YouTube

All of the major social media sites appeared in front of Congress recently, where they were all threatened with regulation if they didnt begin self-censorship.

This censorship is now across all social media platforms and doesnt just apply to pro-Russian content. Censors have also begun deleting profiles that report the truth about countries like Syria and Yemen. The new censorship rules arent just pro-US but also meant to keep disparaging news about regimes in places like Israel and Saudi Arabia away from the masses.

The editors of Geopolitics Alert have also not been immune with one editor having their Facebook deactivated for a week for showing terrorist images, relatin...

18:16

Lebanons Hariri in Egypt amid resignation crisis at home "IndyWatch Feed War"

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18:16

Haaretz Fears Hezbollahs New Generation of Commanders in next War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor 20-11-2017 | 12:21 Haaretz Israeli daily warned that the list of senior appointments in the Israeli army drew an extraordinary amount of attention from the public last week. First came the joint announcement by Israeli War Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot on new appointments to the []

18:14

Zionist Indignation "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Miko Peled for Tear Down the Wall - Zionist righteous indignation would be a lot more convincing if it wasnt covered with so much crap. In response to an upcoming lecture planned in London where Dr. Azzam Tamimi and I are to speak at University College of London, UCL, the Jewish Chronicle came out with an article titled: Jewish UCL students horrified by anti-israeli event. They never seem to be horrified by the reality Israel imposes on Palestinians. They are not horrified by the racist laws, the slow death by lack of water and medical care imposed on people in Gaza, they are not horrified by the bombing and killing of innocents, nor are they horrified by thousands of political prisoners tortured by Israeli secret police. What horrifies them is, apparently Dr. Tamimi and I pointing these things out. Well, they ought to brace themselves because the truth can be horrifying. I recently returned from Palestine where as always I left my Palestinians friends behind and personally I cannot help but feel a combination of anger, sadness a sense of disgust by a world that seems to care very little for Palestinian lives. Palestinian mothers and fathers may at any moment be arrested or shot, may at any day and any moment see their children arrested or shot, may at any moment have their home demolished; Palestinian kids are being pulled over, beaten and harassed by police and soldiers who are motivated by racism and hate and armed to the teeth with the finest weapons.

18:04

Justice, Clean Air And Water In The Age Of Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Oliver Milman for The Guardian - The Trump administration is peeling away rules designed to protect clean air and water, fueling a growing urgency around the struggle for environmental justice, say political leaders, academics and activists. The Trump administrations dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Black, Latino and disadvantaged people have long been disproportionately afflicted by toxins from industrial plants, cars, hazardous housing conditions and other sources. But political leaders, academics and activists spoke of a growing urgency around the struggle for environmental justice as the Trump administration peels away rules designed to protect clean air and water. What we are seeing is the institutionalization of discrimination again, the thing weve fought for 40 years, said Robert Bullard, an academic widely considered the father of the environmental justice movement. There are people in fence-line communities who are now very worried. If the federal government doesnt monitor and regulate, and gives the states a green light to do what they want, we are going to get more pollution, more people will get sick. There will be more deaths. Activists and some in Congress now view the blight of pollution as a vast, largely overlooked civil rights issue that places an unbearable burden on people of color and low-income communities. Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, recently said: Civil rights have to include, fundamentally, the right to breathe your air, plant tomatoes in your soil. Civil rights is the right to drink your water. If your children dont have access to clean air and water, all the ideals we preach in this country are a lie. Environmental justice must be at the center of our activism in our fight to make real the promise of America.

17:59

How Syrian-Nuke Evidence Was Faked "IndyWatch Feed War"

How Syrian-Nuke Evidence Was Faked

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17:55

Robert Parry: The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate

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17:54

FLASH: Merkels Future in Question after Coalition Talks Collapse "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Summary

Coalition talks have collapsed in Germany after the Free Democratic Party (FDP) walked out on Angela Merkels attempts to form a new government. Negotiations between the CDU/CSU, FDP, and Greens had been ongoing since the general election of 24 September produced a stalemate.

The talks sought to bridge huge ideological gaps between the free-market FDP, the CDU/CSU, and the Green party; it was never going to be easy. However, the collapse cant be pinned on policy disagreements alone. Merkel was wounded at the ballot box in September and the other major players can sense theres blood in the water. Is this the beginning of the end of the Merkel era?

 

 

The post FLASH: Merkels Future in Question after Coalition Talks Collapse appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

17:51

Charles Manson and The Beach Boys "IndyWatch Feed War"


How a Stolen Beach Boys Song Helped Lead to Charles Manson's Murderous Path


"I gave Dennis Wilson a bullet, didn't I?," Manson says in clip from ABC doc 'Truth and Lies: The Family Manson'



17:51

First Nations occupy fish farms in British Columbia to force government action "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Brandon Jordan

Indigenous people camping in a section of the Midsummer Island fish farm in British Columbia, Canada. (WNV/Musgamagw Dzawadaenuxw Cleansing Our Waters)

The sign outside the protest encampment on Midsummer Island in British Columbia, Canada, is a blunt summation of what its inhabitants indigenous people from various First Nations tribes have been trying to accomplish for the past two months: Get Fish Farms Out. Yet, due to a Supreme Court ruling issued last week, it is not the fish farms that must leave the island, but rather the demonstrators and their camp, which consists of two small houses with beds, solar panels and a replenishing supply of food.

The court made its decision after receiving an injunction, or demand for removal request, by Marine Harvest, the Norwegian seafood company that operates the facility. Demonstrators were given three days to dismantle the camp and 30 days to leave the island or risk arrest. As the decision was being handed down, more demonstrators gathered outside the court in Vancouver to tell reporters and supporters that they are still committed to their demand of removing fish farms on indigenous territory.

That doesnt mean the occupation is over, said Ernest Alfred, hereditary chief of a few First Nations tribes in British Columbia. We just have to strategize and come up with a plan of relocation.

The plan that unfolded saw a handful of First Nations people remove and transport all their Midsummer Island supplies, including the homes, to another encampment at nearby Swanson Island, which is also the site of another Marine Harvest facility. Fish farm facilities are actually housed in the ocean, where species such as smelts and salmon are raised in open pens surrounded by nets. Operation permits can only be obtained through federal and provincial governments, not First Nations tribes even if firms are working in their territory.

First Nations people have been frustrated with these facilities for years, seeing them as threats to native livelihoods. According to the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture, the region has experienced a near 80 percent decline in wild salmon since 1990. Fi...

17:50

Americas Wealth Inequality Has Reached Staggering New Levels "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie for IPS - We tracked the rise of todays uber-wealthy in a new report, Billionaire Bonanza 2017: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us, published by the Institute for Policy Studies. We compared those at the top to the rest of the nation, whose economic condition isnt plastered on the glossy pages of Forbes magazine, but instead buried in a study the Federal Reserve releases every three years. We looked specifically at wealth the money left over after totaling a familys assets and subtracting their debt. Wealth is where the past meets the present. Its a more accurate depiction of economic status than income, which just shows how much money one makes in a given year. When Forbes first started compiling their famous list of the 400 wealthiest Americans in 1982, just $75 million would get you ranked. Even after accounting for inflation, thats still less than $200 million in todays dollars. These days, the price of admission is a record $2 billion more than 10 times higher. This group of just 400 multi-billionaires owns a combined $2.68 trillion. Thats trillion with a T. And its more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the U.S. population, an estimated 204 million people. Thats more people than the populations of Canada and Mexico combined. On the other side of the economic spectrum, where the rest of the country resides, economic conditions are largely stagnant. The median family owns about $80,000 in wealth, excluding durable consumer goods like cars and appliances. This figure is essentially unchanged from 1983, when the Federal Reserve first started tracking household assets using a uniform survey.

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17:37

US Military Fraud Endemic in Overseas Operations "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Wayne MADSEN | Strategic Culture Foundation | 21.11.2017 History shows us that when empires over-extend themselves, military commanders become semi-independent warlords who usher into place systems of graft and corruption. Such was the case in the Roman Empire in 193 A.D., when Emperor Pertinaxs Praetorian Guard  a combination personal security force for the emperor and []

17:29

UK ministers agree in principle to higher Brexit bill "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

POOL/AFP | Prime Minister Theresa May  has promised no EU state would have to pay more because of Britains exit

LONDON (AFP)  Senior British ministers have agreed to offer more money to Brussels in Brexit negotiations, but only as part of a final deal on leaving the EU, a government source said Tuesday.Leading eurosceptics were among ministers who signed off on the idea at a cabinet sub-committee meeting late Monday in a bid to move the withdrawal negotiations onto trade.

The source told AFP that no numbers were discussed, and stressed that the agreement to up the financial offer was dependent on a wider deal on future relations being struck.

A Downing Street source said: It remains our position that nothings agreed until everythings agreed in negotiations with the EU. The UK and the EU should step forward together.

Britain wants EU leaders meeting in December to agree that sufficient progress has been made on the financial settlement, the issue of Ireland and EU citizens rights, to move the talks onto a future EU-UK trade deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised that no European Union member state would have to pay more because of Britains exit.

This would suggest Britain will continue its payments under the current budget cycle, for around two years after Brexit in March 2019 about 20 billion euros ($23.5 billion).

British media reports suggest the government could double this to 40 billion euros although that would still fall short of EU estimates of around 60 billion euros.

May has to tread carefully, as there is strong opposition from her backbench Conservative MPs to handing over a large sum, even if Brussels says the money is simply Britains share of four decades of EU membership.

Former Conservative minister Robert Halfon said the public would go bananas if Britain committed huge sums at a time of tightened public spending.

Former Brexit minister David Jones, who left Mays cabinet in the summer, confirmed at a conference in London Tuesday that the new financial offer would be linked to moving the talks forward.

As I understand it, it will be made absolutely clear by the government that the payment of any further sums of that nature will be subject to there being an agreement as to our future relationship, he said.

However, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney warned his...

17:16

Irans Rouhani: Middle East Must Not Fall For Israels Trap "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY REUTERS
 NOVEMBER 21, 2017 16:07

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron that Hezbollah is an integral part of the Lebanese people.

Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani. (photo credit:STEPHANIE KEITH/REUTERS)

BEIRUT France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a realistic and impartial approach, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday, according to Iranian state media.

Tensions between Iran and France increased last week after Macron said that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify its ballistic missile program.

Iranian state media said Rouhani told Macron that the Islamic Republic was ready to develop its relations with France on all bilateral, regional and international issues based on mutual respect and shared goals.

Rouhani referred to the adventurism of some inexperienced princes in the region- an allusion to Irans arch geopolitical rival Saudi Arabia and said France could play a positive role in easing the situation.

We are against adventurism and creating division in the region and believe that France, by keeping an independent vote and its position in the region, can, with a realistic and impartial approach, have a productive role, he said.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shiite Muslim ally He...

17:12

Syrian Army Restores Full Control Over Armored Vehicles Base In Eastern Ghouta After Repelling Major Militant Attack (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has restored a full control over the Armored Vehicles Base in Damascus Eastern Ghouta after repelling a major militant attack there.

According to pro-government sources, the SAA has regained all positions which they had lost to Ahrar al-Sham and its allies earlier.

Syrian Army Restores Full Control Over Armored Vehicles Base In Eastern Ghouta After Repelling Major Militant Attack (Map)

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17:06

At the UNO - US inability to admit reality, by Thierry Meyssan "IndyWatch Feed War"

While Presidents Putin and Trump continue to make progress on the question of Syria, the United States senior civil servants in service at the UNO have locked into a round of arm-wrestling with Russia. Refusing to investigate a crime that they have already tried a priori, they provoked not one, but four vetos at the Security Council. For Thierry Meyssan, the schizophrenic behaviour of the United States on the international stage is a demonstration of the divisions within the Trump administration and the decline of US imperialism.

17:01

The Justin Trudeau Lovefest Gets a Reality Check "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Josh Wingrove

Midway through the prime ministers first term, once-charmed Canadians are asking hard questions about health care, taxes, and the budget deficit.
November 21, 2017, 4:00 AM EST
Trudeau in Mexico City on Oct. 13.

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So far, Canada has largely avoided the kind of populist upheaval that put Donald Trump in the White House, undercut Chancellor Angela Merkel, and gave rise to Brexit. Much of the credit for this lands on Justin Trudeau, the buoyant 45-year-old heartthrob prime minister with a penchant for selfies and quirky socks who champions free trade and welcomes refugees. Hes cultivated an image of a tolerant, open, progressive Canada that, incidentally, boasts the...

16:39

Morocco regulator bans bitcoin payments "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | A screen displays images of Bitcoin and US dollars at the Interpol World Congress in Singapore on July 4, 2017
RABAT (AFP)  Moroccos currency regulator has announced a ban on transactions in bitcoin and other virtual currencies, in a country where foreign exchange flows are tightly controlled.Transactions via virtual currencies constitute a breach of regulations, punishable by penalties and fines, the Offices des Changes said in a statement on its website.

The announcement came a week after Moroccan digital services company MTDS said it would accept payment in bitcoin.

MTDS said it was the first time the regulator had taken a clear position on bitcoin payments.

MTDS head Karl Stanzik said the company had dropped its proposal in order to comply with Moroccan law but that it would be very difficult to control bitcoin transactions due to the currencys secretive nature.

Unlike physical currencies, bitcoin and other so-called crypto-currencies are not backed by states or regulated by central banks.

Instead, they derive their value from decentralised ledger systems known as blockchains for verifying transactions and the contents of virtual wallets.

As secretive payment systems not backed by financial institutions virtual currencies involve significant risks for their users, the Offices des Changes said.

It added that all of Moroccos financial transactions with foreign countries must go through intermediaries approved by the authorities and be carried out in foreign currencies listed by Bank Al-Maghrib, the countrys central bank.

Local media outlets have estimated that virtual payments worth around $200,000 (170,000 euros) pass through Morocco each day, although an exact figure is extremely difficult to verify.

One bitcoin was worth over $8,200 (7,000 euros) on Tuesday, up from less than $1,000 at the start of 2017.


16:36

US/Israeli military supply relations - Symbiosis or parasitism? "IndyWatch Feed War"

"The biggest element of US-Israeli military-technical cooperation is military aid. Israel is the main recipient of US military aid in the form of grants and direct deliveries of equipment on advantageous terms. Since 1976, Israel has been the biggest recipient...

16:28

US/Saudi/Israeli Alliance for Greater Regional Turbulence? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Global Research, November 20, 2017 VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE:  stephenlendman.org  (Home Stephen Lendman).  Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. The alliance is beset by failures. Longstanding US/Israeli plans to redraw the Middle East map failed to achieve its objective so far. Libya in North Africa remains an ungovernable cauldron of violence. Shias close to Iran []

16:15

Palestinians 'freeze' meetings with US over office row "IndyWatch Feed War"

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US says they hope to keep open PLO's Washington office

16:01

Backgrounder: Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Summary

Lebanons Hezbollah (Party of God in Arabic) is a Shia politico-military grouping at the forefront of Irans bid for control of the Middle East. The militant group serves to bolster Iranian influence via operations in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. These activities have made the group a sworn enemy of Saudi Arabia, which has tried to isolate and pressure Hezbollah wherever it operates. The Saudi-backed prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, recently resigned from office in protest of Hezbollahs influence in Lebanon and Iranian expansionism in the region. Two days later, Saudi Arabia accused Hezbollah and Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) of being directly responsible for a missile attack on Riyadh from Yemeni territory. Furthermore, the United States has also sought to ramp up pressure on Hezbollah by implementing new sanctions against the group, which is already designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

While anti-Iranian powers regard Hezbollah as a threat, the group has established itself in Lebanon as an armed political movement with strong support from the Lebanese Shia community.

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15:56

Idle No More In Solidarity With Indigenous Taiwanese "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of Idle No More - Idle No More stands in solidarity with Indigenous Taiwanese who are currently occupying the 228 Peace Memorial Park/. This current occupation has been for more than 260 days. INM calls for the Canadian government to impose immediate trade restrictions on Taiwan. Indigenous people have lived in Taiwan for at least 6,000 years. The languages they speak belong to the Austronesian language family. From Taiwan, people speaking Austronesian languages moved into the Pacific, settling islands from the Philippines to Indonesia, all the way from Hawaii and Easter Island to New Zealand and even Madagascar. Since the arrival of the first colonial settlers in Taiwan 400 years ago, tribal land has been shrinking with colonial regimes that include Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, and Han Chinese. Most tribal land is now government-owned, and some become privately-owned, by descendants of Han settlers. President Tsai Ing-wen apologized to the Indigenous peoples (August 1, 2016) and promised to designate indigenous traditional territory. According to a survey completed in 2007 by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) under the Executive Yuan, indigenous traditional territory was around 1.8 million hectares of land.

15:51

Googles Censorship of Sputnik and RT Very Dangerous Psychologist "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 21.11.2017 Google is deciding what people see, which is very dangerous since they are legally a tech company and do not adhere to any type of editorial standards our guidelines, research psychologist Robert Epstein told Sputnik following Googles announcement that it was working to make Sputnik and RT articles less visible on its []

15:50

BBC WS claims Israeli pressure and incentives led Jews to flee Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

The November 19th edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Weekend asked what happened to the Jews of Baghdad? but listeners hoping to get an accurate and full answer to that question would have been disappointed.

Presenter Julian Worricker introduced the item (from 43:47 here) as follows: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Worricker: Now in 1917 a third of the people living in the Iraqi city of Baghdad were Jewish. A hundred years on, among the citys six and a half million people only a handful are Jews. There was more than one factor behind the exodus of Baghdads Jewish population and a new documentary that premiered in London last week has been exploring what happened to some of them, among them Edwin Shuker. In 1971 he left Baghdad as a child and came to Britain with his parents and he says he still want...

15:49

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Feast of St Cecilia, Patron of Musicians! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
Lectionary: 499

Bartolome Esteban Murillo - The Return of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), Seville, Spain, 1670, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.

Reading 1 2 MC 7:1, 20-31

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
to force them to eat pork in violation of Gods law.Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
she exhorted each of them
in the language of their ancestors with these words:
I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
it was not I who gave you the breath of life,
nor was it I who set in order
the elements of which each of you is composed.
Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe
who shapes each mans beginning,
as he brings about the origin of everything,
he, in his mercy,
will give you back both breath and life,
because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law.Antiochus, suspecting insult in her words,
thought he was being ridiculed.
As the youngest brother was still alive, the king appealed to him,
not with mere words, but with promises on oath,
to make him rich and happy if he would abandon his ancestral customs:
he would make him his Friend
and entrust him with high office.
When the youth paid no attention to him at all,
the king appealed to the mother,
urging her to advise her boy to save his life.
After he had urged her for a long time,
she went through the motions of persuading her son.
In derision of the cruel tyrant,
she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language:
Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months,
nursed you for three years, brought you up,
...

15:45

Argentina: Search for sub continues UPDATED "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of Argentinas three submarines has been missing since November 15. The BBC has details, Argentinas navy says it will take advantage of improved weather conditions to further step up its search for a submarine that vanished last Wednesday in the Atlantic Ocean. Strong winds and high waves have hampered the search for the ARA []

15:39

Why Are Police In The USA So Terrified? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert J. Burrowes for TRANSCEND Media Service - 15 Nov 2017 In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect the mans neighbour but went to the wrong address. See Police kill innocent man while serving warrant at wrong address. For those who follow news in the United States, the routine killing of innocent civilians by the police has become a national crisis despite concerted attempts by political and legal authorities and the corporate media to obscure what is happening. See Killed by Police and The Counted: People killed by police in the US. So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See Fatal police shootings. Of course, these murders by the police are just the tip of the iceberg of police violence as police continue to demonstrate that the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment have been eviscerated. See What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies. So why are the police so violent? you might ask. Well, several scholars have offered answers to this question and you can read a little about what they say in these articles reviewing recent books on the subject. See The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go and Our Ever-Deadlier Police State.

15:39

Rouhani tells Macron Iran not seeking to dominate Mideast "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Frances President Emmanuel Macron (left) meets with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in New York on September 18, 2017

TEHRAN (AFP)  Iran is not seeking to dominate the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, according to the Iranian presidency.

Our presence in Iraq and Syria is at the invitation of the governments of those countries to fight terrorism, Rouhani was quoted as saying in a telephone call with Macron.

Rouhani said Iran does not seek to dominate the region, but was instead working for peace and security and to avoid the dismembering of countries.

The comments come days after Frances foreign minister sparked Tehrans ire by accusing it of hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East.

Macron who has pledged to visit Iran in 2018 on Friday insisted that France wants a dialogue with Tehran.

Macron has been heavily involved in trying to defuse a crisis in Lebanon over the resignation of premier Saad Hariri that ramped up tensions between Iran and regional rival Saudi Arabia.


15:38

Googles plan to isolate Russian media is an act of information warfare "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | November 21, 2017 Googles announcement that it is working to reduce the presence of Russian media in its news feeds has been slammed by lawmakers and political commentators as an act of aggression which will have a global impact on the freedom of speech and thought. This is an open form of information []

15:38

Tortured for Faith: Pastor Seeks Sanctuary in US "IndyWatch Feed War"

The deteriorating situation of minorities in Pakistan is leaving few options for their survival in the country. Every year, more than 5,000 families from religious minorities leave Pakistan.

Pastor Siddique Sindhu is just one example of a Christian who fled after surviving brutal torture due to his work as a Christian pastor. He is currently in the U.S., hoping to seek asylum.

The following is his personal account of what he endured as a Christian that forced him to flee his home and country:

I am an ordained and theologically trained pastor 

Pastor Siddique Sindhu,, recovering from two broken legs and multiple other injuries from being tortured for his faith, is surrounded by his family.Pastor Siddique Sindhu,, recovering from two broken legs and multiple other injuries from being tortured for his faith, is surrounded by his family. (Photo: courtesy)

from Pakistan. I started my career as a government servant in the 90s working for the Motorway Project of the National High Authority.

I experienced a calling to serve God, and therefore, I resigned from my job and trained for year to be a pastor. I was ordained in August 2001.

After two years working in the Christian community, local Muslims started accusing me of converting Muslims to Christianity. In my many talks with them, I tried to make it clear that I was a messenger only, and that if people accepted Christianity, it was God working.

My wife, children and I started worrying that the situation was becoming dangerous for us. On April 19, 2007, while coming from my church, I was kidnapped and taken to a location I did not recognize.

I soon realized that many of the kidnappers were the same people who had send me threatening messages during my work as pastor. As they had demanded before, they wanted just one thing that I accept Islam. I refused straightaway.

Thats when they started torturing me, eventually breaking both of my legs. Afterwards, they screamed at me and tried to force me to stand up. (I was semi-conscious and incapable of obeying them.) They continued to hit me, trying to fracture my skull.

I remember hearing one of the leaders say I should be left in the middle of the road so people would know what happens to people who try to...

15:30

From rail and airports to its first overseas naval base, China zeroes in on tiny Djibouti "IndyWatch Feed War"

President of African nation will visit China this week

By Kinling Lo
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 8:03am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 3:00pm
...

15:25

Northam Hid Dominion Execs & Lobbyists In Transition Team "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Itai Vardi for Desmog Blog - Virginias Democratic governor-elect, Ralph Northam, announced his transition committee this week. In a press release, his office listed 85 individuals who will comprise the bipartisan committee, representing Virginians from across the Commonwealth who will join him over the course of the next two months to lay the groundwork for a successful administration. But there is something odd about the list of people and their affiliations, or lack thereof. Dominion Energy the states most powerful corporate player who will need certifications from the Northam administration for its pivotal Atlantic Coast pipeline doesnt appear once on the list. If approved by the states regulatory bodies, the mammoth 550-mile interstate pipeline is planned to transport natural gas from West Virginia, through Virginia, and into North Carolina. Yet a closer look at the people on the transition team reveals that some have been presented in a selective way that fails to mention their various affiliations with Dominion. The list includes Carlos Brown, who is presented as Member, Commonwealth Transportation Board. But Brown has another job. Hes Vice President and General Counsel at Dominion Energy. Next, the list includes Eva Hardy, who is presented as Former Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Yet Hardy served in that capacity between 1986 and 1990. Afterwards she worked as a longtime Dominion executive, most recently as a vice president. Though not currently an official company executive, Dominion still retains Hardy as a lobbyist.

15:25

Dozens dead after truck bomb hits northern Iraqi town "IndyWatch Feed War"

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At least 24 people were killed when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit and vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu

15:19

Trumps Middle East peace plan: Dead on arrival? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump's peace plan will be highly favourable to Israel and dismissive of the Palestinians

15:16

Irans Rouhani Says France Can Play Productive Role in Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

BEIRUT (Reuters) France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a realistic and impartial approach, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday, according to Iranian state media.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting of the Social Council of Iran, in Tehran, Iran, October 31, 2017. President.ir/Handout via REUTERS

Tensions between Iran and France increased last week after Macron said that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify its ballistic missile program.

Iranian state media said Rouhani told Macron that the Islamic Republic was ready to develop its relations with France on all bilateral, regional and international issues based on mutual respect and shared goals.

Rouhani referred to the adventurism of some inexperienced princes in the region- an allusion to Irans arch geopolitical rival Saudi Arabia and said France could play a positive role in easing the situation.

We are against adventurism and creating division in the region and believe that France, by keeping an independent vote and its position in the region, can, with a realistic and impartial approach, have a productive role, he said.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shiite Muslim ally Hezbollah at talks in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian influence.

Rouhani also highlighted the importance of maintaining stability in Lebanon and, in the phone call with Macron, noted what he characterized as the threat posed by Israel.

Hezbollah are a part of the Lebanese people and are incredibly loved in this country. Their weapons are only defensi...

15:14

Israel Minister Discloses Covert Ties with Saudi Arabia for First Time "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 20, 2017 An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia, a first disclosure by a senior official from either side of long-rumored secret dealings. In an interview on Army Radio, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitzs, a member of Netanyahus security cabinet, did not characterize the contacts []

15:10

Lockheed Martin: A global giant in supporting of Israeli war crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin literally makes a killing off of killing. Last year, while the company was grossing $43.4 billion in arms sales, an estimated 157,000 people around the globe were killed in violent conflicts. For leadership of this industry of death, CEO Marillyn Hewson was paid $20 million. The federal contracts Lockheed Martin receives total more than the budgets of 22 US states (not surprising, given that the company spends around  $13 million lobbying annually) and does business with 70 nations.

Lockheed Martin boasts on its website that it has been selling arms to Israel since 1971. The companys notorious F-16 fighter jet came into Israels possession in 1980, two years before Israels first war with Lebanon. Since that time, the companys fighter jets have been integral to Israels brutal military campaigns in Lebanon and Palestine.

Israels 2006 invasion of Lebanon involved wide use of F-16 fighter jets and the Lockheed Martin Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) which sprayed cluster bombs across the Lebanese countryside. Between July 12 and August 14 2006, over 1,000 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, were killed. Comparatively, 12 Israeli soldiers and 43 Israeli civilians were killed by Hezbollah rockets. Human Rights Watch concluded that the cause of such a high civilian death rate was Israels frequent failure to abide by a fundamental obligation of the laws of war: the duty to distinguish between military targets, which can be legitimately attacked, and civilians, who are not subject to attack.

Lockheed Martin weapons played a major role in Israels 2008-2009 and 2014 assaults on Gaza. An extensive investigation by Amnesty International into Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, which killed 1,394 Palestinians, including 345 children, found that Israels at....

14:57

Russia-hosted Syria talks: what to expect Chemical weapons and war crimes wont come up "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Maria Panina with Maya Cebeily in Beirut and Stuart Williams in Istanbul | Syrians carry for burial the bodies of victims who died following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma in eastern Syria. The conflict has claimed over 300,000 lives.

SOCHI (RUSSIA) (AFP)  

The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet on Wednesday for a summit aimed at bringing peace in Syria.

Here is what you need to know about the trios summit at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, hosted by Vladimir Putin ahead of parallel UN-led talks in Geneva set to be relaunched on November 28.

Building on Astana talks

Syrian regime backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey have co-sponsored peace talks in Astana, the capital of Russian ally Kazakhstan.

With seven rounds of negotiations this year, the Moscow-initiated talks brought together representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition, including some key armed groups who had previously steered clear of other negotiations.

Unlike the Geneva talks which were politically focused and led to deadlock, the Astana diplomatic push concentrated on military issues.

While unable to halt fighting altogether, the talks did lead to a lowering of violence on the ground with the creation of four de-escalation zones.

Following its military intervention that allowed Damascus regime forces to get the upper hand on the ground, Moscow now wants to use the Astana result to relaunch a political process.

There are three countries setting the future trajectory of Syria, and none are the US or an Arab country, said Randa Slim, an expert at the US-based Middle East Institute.

Summit agreement?

Ahead of the summit the trio in no way forms a united bloc: ongoing major dif...

14:45

Rex Tillerson accused of violating law on child soldiers By State Department Staffers "IndyWatch Feed War"

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 Rex Tillerson accused of violating law on child soldiers
WASHINGTON A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters.

A confidential State Department dissent memo not previously reported said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U.S. list of offenders in the use of child soldiers. This was despite the department publicly acknowledging that children were being conscripted in those countries.

Keeping the countries off the annual list makes it easier to provide them with U.S. military assistance. Iraq and Afghanistan are close allies in the fight against Islamist militants, while Myanmar is an emerging ally to offset Chinas influence in Southeast Asia.

Documents reviewed by Reuters also show Tillersons decision was at odds with a unanimous recommendation by the heads of the State Departments regional bureaus overseeing embassies in the Middle East and Asia, the U.S. envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the departments human rights office and its own in-house lawyers.

Beyond contravening U.S. law, this decision risks marring the credibility of a broad range of State Department reports and analyses and has weakened one of the U.S. governments primary diplomatic tools to deter governmental armed forces and government-supported armed groups from recruiting and using children in combat and support roles around the world, said the July 28 memo.

Reuters reported i...

14:30

How Obama and Hillary Clinton Weaponized the Dossier "IndyWatch Feed War"


How Obama and Hillary Clinton Weaponized the Dossier

15-19 minutes
 
The Trump-Russia collusion story was a joint invention of the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign. It enabled the Obama administration to make use of the nations security and intelligence services to spy on Trump and his associates and to use whatever information they thereby gleaned to try to get Hillary into the White House. The failure of the scheme didnt stop either Obama or the Clintons. Following the election debacle, an enraged Obama administration sought vengeance by disseminating the dossier as widely as possible with a view to undermining the incoming Trump administration and to ensuring that no rapprochement with Russia would be possible. In doing so, Obama and Clinton have thrown American politics into turmoil and have perhaps pushed the United States and Russia toward armed confrontation.
 
We have known the basic outlines of the Steele dossier story since January. The Steele dossier, we have been told, started off as a piece of opposition research prepared by Fusion GPS and financed by a Republican rival of Trumps or perhaps a GOP NeverTrumper. Following Trumps victory in the GOP primaries, the Democrats took over its funding. Fusion hired Christopher Steele, a former head of the Russia desk at MI6 who now ran his own corporate intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence. Using the leads Steele h...

14:28

Sayyed Nasrallah: ISILs State is Over, AL Statement Ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 20, 2017 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denounced an Arab League statement describing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization as ridiculous and absurd, denying their claims that the resistance group was sending ballistic missiles to Yemen. In a televised speech delivered on Monday, Sayyed Nasrallah said the allegations in the AL statement issued by Arab []

14:25

The Sheikh of Ethiopia: How Saudi purge could disrupt an African country "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi, one of Ethiopia's biggest investors, among those arrested in Saudi anti-corruption campaign

14:17

Lebanese Army placed at full readiness to counter Israeli enemy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lebanese Army placed at full readiness to counter Israeli enemy

Lebanese Army placed at full readiness to counter Israeli enemy
The head of the Lebanese Army has asked the military to be at full readiness to face the Israeli enemy at the southern border. The announcement comes as Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, vow to tighten their grip on Lebanons Hezbollah militia.

The army needs to be prepared to confront the threats and violations of the Israeli enemy and its hostile intentions against Lebanon, Joseph Aoun said on Tuesday. He also urged the army to cooperate with United Nations forces in Lebanon under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, adopted to resolve the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.

The statement comes after Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that Israeli targeting...

14:16

Heavy flooding hits Jeddah sparking memories of deadly storm "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Jeddah police received 11,000 calls on 911 on Tuesday morning with tunnels, schools closed

14:15

Worth a Look I: Going Somewhere Truth About A Life in Science "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amazon Page

Going Somewhere is a dynamic autobiographical narrative about Andrew Marinos career in science. With a depth and drama that arise from personal involvement, the book explores an exceptionally wide range of science-related matters: the relation between electrical energy and life; the influence of corporate and military power on science; the role of self-interest on the part of federal and state agencies that deal with human health, especially the NIH and the FDA; the importance of cross-examining scientific experts in legal hearings; the erroneous view of nature that results when the perspective of physics is extended into biology; the pivotal role of deterministic chaos theory in at least some cognitive processes.

These matters arise in the long course of the authors scientific and legal activities involving the complex debate over the health risks of man-made environmental electromagnetic fields. The book offers far more than a solution to the contentious health issue. The story provides a portal into how science actually works, which you will see differs dramatically from the romantic notion of an objective search for truth. You will understand that science is a human enterprise, all too human, inescapably...

14:06

Syrian Troops Develop Momentum In Countryside Of Al-Bukamal (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah have been developing momentum in the countryside of al-Bukamal since the liberation of the city from ISIS on Sunday. ISIS has conducted a series of counter-attacks against the SAA near al-Bukamal, but has not been able to stop the goovernment advance.

The SAA, Hezbollah, the Tiger Forces and their allies, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, are now working to drive the remaining ISIS members out from the villages located on the western bank of the Euphrates.

Syrian Troops Develop Momentum In Countryside Of Al-Bukamal (Map)

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13:58

Ann Coulter on Robert Spencers Confessions of an Islamophobe: Brilliant! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Here is Ann Coulter on my new book Confessions of an Islamophobe: Dont want to get run down by a truck on a New York street by a maniac screaming Allahu akbar? Object to polygamy and female genital mutilation? You must be an Islamophobe. Whether you are a dedicated Islamophobe or merely Islamophobia-curious, Robert Spencers []

13:53

British aid workers in Syria could be on drone 'kill list' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Concerns for safety of aid workers deemed 'risk to national security' over past drone strikes targeting individuals stripped of British citizenship

13:49

Germany: Six Muslim migrants arrested over plot for jihad massacre at Christmas market "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are reports the target may have been a Christmas market in the north western town of Essen on December 19, but this has not been confirmed by authorities. On the same date last year, Tunisian ISIS fanatic Anis Amri hijacked a truck to murder 12 revellers at the packed Breitscheidplatz Christmas market. Jihad mass []

13:44

Putin to talk with Saudis King Salman following Assads Russia meeting "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as seen in Damascus, Syria November 14, 2017. (Reuters)

(Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)

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UK: Muslim road rage driver who hadnt eaten for 20 days during Ramadan has jail sentence cut "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a case of unreasonable accommodation and kowtowing to Muslims, a Muslim road-rage driver who sent five men flying like skittles after mowing them down in his van during Ramadan has had his prison sentence cut. Aslam was deemed a quiet family man and had been fasting for 20 days at the time of the []

13:35

Bashar Assad warmly embraces Vladimir Putin and thanks him "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrias Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia to express thanks for Moscows help in the fight against terrorism.

13:32

Palestinians freeze meetings with US over office row "IndyWatch Feed War"

This Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 photo shows the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

This Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 photo shows the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

The Palestinian Authority freezes all meetings with the United States after Washington decides to close the PAs representative office in the US, officials say on Tuesday.

In practice by closing the office they are freezing all meetings and we are making that official, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki tells AFP.

A spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization confirms that it had received instructions from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas regarding closing down all communication lines with the Americans.

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Berto Jongman: Twitter to Sanction Off-Line Behavior "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Report: Twitter to Start Sanctioning Users for Their Offline Behavior

According to the Verge, Whats new is that Twitter now plans to do at least some monitoring of verified users offline behavior as well, to determine whether it is consistent with its rules.

13:28

New School hosts anti-Semitism panel featuring two foes of Israel: Linda Sarsour and head of Jewish Voice for Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Linda Sarsour, who has stated in past that nothing is creepier than Zionism, not only has family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, but is herself connected to it. She has declared that her inspiration is imam Omar Suleiman, a known Muslim Brotherhood hate preacher who: made her more proud to be a Muslim and a []

13:27

China Snubs Pakistan After Top Army General Accuses India Of Plans To Sabotage "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinas rebuff over the allegation against India is significant considering that Beijing and Islamabad regard themselves as iron brothers sharing all-weather ties.

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After General accuses India of trying to sabotage CPEC, China snubs Pak, says no such relevant reports

BEIJING:  China today dismissed a top Pakistani Army Generals allegation that India has established a special intelligence cell at a cost of $500 million to sabotage the strategic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC, saying that it does not have any such report.

Chairman of Pakistans Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mehmood Hayat on November 14 had accused India of stoking chaos and anarchy in the region.

He alleged that Indians external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing or RAW has established a special cell at a cost of $500 million to sabotage the CPEC.

We have no such relevant reports, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing when asked about the allegation.

Chinas rebuff over the allegation against India is significant considering that Beijing and Islamabad regard themselves as iron brothers sharing all-weather ties.

Also in an apparent reference to Indias objections over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK, Mr Lu said we hope that CPEC could win more recognition and support from regional countries and the international community.

Pakistans top officials have been accusing Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of sabotaging the CPEC as the Pakistani security forces had to battle numerous attacks by the Balochistan nationalist forces as well as the Islamic State in Balochistan province.

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13:20

U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout "IndyWatch Feed War"

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13:05

Public jittery as Turkish lira slides rapidly over political, economic issues "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The lira was trading at around 3.95 to the US dollar on Tuesday. In May 2013, it traded at approximately 1.92 to the US dollar

13:04

French Free Thinkers who denounced Christian cross now plead for Islamic mosque "IndyWatch Feed War"

Groups such as the National Federation of Free Thought (FNLP) are anything but free thinkers. Instead, they are cultlike; their followers operate like zombies, believing any propaganda preached to them and not questioning  gross discrepancies such as this one: In a bizarre turn of events, the group of free thinkers that fought to have a []

13:04

Summary of News About Chinas Rise in the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

EDITORS NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.

SE ASIA, CHINA AGREE TO TALKS ON CODE OF CONDUCT

Leaders of Southeast Asian countries and China have agreed to launch talks on a code of conduct aimed at controlling disputes in the South China Sea, a step they described as a milestone, but which some experts said was unlikely to bring concrete results.

The agreement reached during a two-day summit last week in the Philippines comes more than 15 years after the adoption of a preliminary Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, which has yet to be fully implemented.

A separate statement issued after a meeting between leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, and Chinese Premier...

12:47

Philippines Navy Stopped Patrolling Scarborough Shoal in January 2016 in Part of Great Giveaway To China Philippines government practically surrendered the countrys rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

The AFP was ordered to desist from conducting aerial patrols over Panatag Shoal. However, the AFP insisted otherwise, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said. Philstar.com, file

MANILA, Philippines  The Philippine Navy has stopped sending ships to patrol the Panatag or Scarborough Shoal in the disputed West Philippine Sea for almost two years now, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said Tuesday.

This revelation came in response to the statement of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. that the government recently stopped sending Navy ships to Panatag Shoal.

The recent halt in Navy patrols was meant to ease tensions with China and prevent harassment from Chinese forces, according to Esperon

Alejano, meanwhile, claimed that he has received information that the Philippine Navy has not conducted a single mission to Panatag Shoal since January 2016.

The frequent visits of Philippine Navy ships were noted in 2012 during a standoff with the Chinese Coast Guard. In the years that followed, very few patrols were conducted. In 2016, the government eventually ordered the complete halt of patrols in the area, Alejano...

12:32

NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Drug company Concordia overcharged the NHS by millions for a key thyroid treatment, the Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found.

The CMA said that last year the NHS spent 34m on its drug, liothyronine, up from about 600,000 in 2006.

The amount the NHS paid per pack rose from around 4.46 in 2007 to 258.19 by July 2017, an increase of almost 6,000%.

Concordia said it did not believe that competition law has been infringed.

The price change occurred in the years after the drug was de-branded in 2007. The CMA said the price rise took place despite broadly stable production costs.

Canadian drugs giant Concordia sells drugs to patients in more than 100 countries.

Liothyronine tablets are primarily used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormone affecting at least two in every 100 people and which can lead to depression, tiredness and weight gain.

Until earlier this year, Concordia was the only supplier of the drug.

CMA chief executive, Andrea Coscelli, said: Pharmaceutical companies which abuse their position and overcharge for drugs are forcing the NHS and the UK taxpayer to pay over the odds for important medical treatments.

We allege that Concordia used its market dominance in the supply of liothyronine tablets to do exactly that.

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Analysis: Michelle Roberts, BBC News Online health editor

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Prescription medicines that are still under patent can be expensive, bu...

12:28

Boston Islamic Seminary Training Next Gen Extremists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anti-Semitic Teachers at the Boston Islamic Seminary (left to right): Hisham Mahmoud, Yahia Abdul Rahman, Amr El-Fass and Suheil Laher.Anti-Semitic Teachers at the Boston Islamic Seminary (left to right): Hisham Mahmoud, Yahia Abdul Rahman, Amr El-Fass and Suheil Laher. (Photos: social media)

New research by the Middle East Forum has uncovered evidence of extreme antisemitism among faculty members and guest speakers appointed by the Islamic Society of Boston to teach and promote its latest project: the Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS).

BIS was established in 2016 to equip future religious leaders with the intellectual, spiritual and practical training to serve the American Muslim community. Currently, it offers continuing education classes, but it hopes to offer an accredited graduate degree program by 2019, which will train chaplains, imams, and other leaders to serve in a variety of contexts.

And what exactly will this next generation of chaplains and imams learn at BIS?

Faculty listed on the BIS website include Yahia Abdul Rahman, who is described as an expert on sharia-compliant banking. On his social media accounts, Abdul Rahman has posted stories from The Ugly Truth, a website that describes itself as intelligent anti-Semitism for thinking Gentiles.

Elsewhere, Rahman has shared claims that any Muslim who fails to oppose Israel is no longer a Muslim and is afflicted with a Jewish heart. Other posts of his clai...

12:19

Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists blamed "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File / by Aminu ABUBAKAR | Nigeria maintains Boko Haram is a spent force but its continued attacks underline the lingering threat, particularly to civilians

KANO (NIGERIA) (AFP)  At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital, Yola.

So far we have at least 50 dead from an attack at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP.

Several people were injured. We dont have the figure now because they have been taken to several hospitals for treatment.

It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.

It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives.

Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: We all know the trend. We dont suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.

The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.

Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.

They gave lower death tolls but both said the number of those killed was likely to rise.

Another emergency services official described the blast as devastating. He said only that there were high casualties.

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Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he had just returned home when he heard the blast.

I was there when the rescue was on and 40 people died on the spot and several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries, he added.

The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.

This is obviously the work of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its...

12:17

Russias past, Americas future? Jews Admit The Bolshevik Revolution Was A Jewish Plot Against Christian Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jews Admit The Bolshevik Revolution Was A Jewish Plot Against Christian Russia  ED-NOTE Something to think about: Czar comes from Caesar and the last Russian dynasty was named the ROMANov. J.POST Moses led the Jews out of Egypt, Stalin led them out of the Politburo, whispered veterans of the Bolshevik Revolution, as winter []

12:14

A History of Idiocy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

18/11/2017

I am furious. And I have good reason to be furious.

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I was going to write an article about a subject I have been thinking about for a long time.

This week I opened the New York Times and lo, my yet unwritten article appeared on its opinion pages in full, argument after argument.

How come? I have only one explanation: the author I have forgotten the name has stolen the ideas from my head by some magical means, which surely must be branded as criminal. A person once tried to kill me for doing the same thing to him.

So I have decided to write this article in spite of everything.

THE SUBJECT is idiocy. Particularly, the role of idiocy in history.

The older I get, the more convinced I am that sheer stupidity plays a major role in the history of nations.

Great Thinkers, compared to whom I am a mere intellectual dwarf, have pursued other factors to explain what has turned history into a mess. Karl Marx blamed the economy. The economy has directed humankind from its earliest beginnings.

Others blame God. Religion has caused awful wars, and still does. Look at the Crusades, which for almost two hundred years raged in my country. Look at the 30-year War which devastated Germany. No end in sight.

Some accuse Race. Whites ag...

12:11

israeli demolition of entire Palestinian villages continues with no end in sight "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli demolition of entire Palestinian villages continues with no end in sight (includes videos)   Image of Israeli forces demolishing the Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb for the 111th time in August 2017 Stories keep pouring in of Israel demolishing Palestinian villages; many of the buildings destroyed were donated by EU organizations; schools have been razed; []

12:09

#RefugeesGR Protests on #Lesvos Continue: #OpenTheIslands! "IndyWatch Feed War"

The protests of refugees on Lesvos island continue. In the past days conditions at the Moria refugee camp even got worse because of heavy rainfall. According to a post by Arash Hampay on Facebook. Hesam (who is on hunger strike) was questioned about his refusal to eat. Hesam replied that, Until you set me free I will stay on hunger strike, because I didnt do any crime, and if you deport me I might die there, to which the policeman replied, Ok. So you will die. 

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12:08

U.S. Throws Out Playbook on China Trade "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cheered on at home, Robert Lighthizer readies a sledge hammer of punitive measures

Nov. 21, 2017 6:01 a.m. ET

SHANGHAIBill Clinton called it a hundred-to-nothing deal for America.

U.S. advocates of Chinas entry to the World Trade Organization in 2001 saw no downsideZero. Zip. Nothing. Nada, exclaimed the Business Coalition for U.S.-China Trade. After all, China would have to tear down its barriers to trade, while American markets were already wide open.

In a 2010 testimony to Congress, Robert Lighthizer, then a trade lawyer, outlined the loss of U.S. jobs, factories and intellectual property that ensued, along with exploding trade deficits, concluding that the optimists had been simply wrong and advocating a significantly more aggressive approach. Now, as the Trump administrations chief trade negotiator, he is readying a barrage of punitive measures. Much of the U.S. political establishment, including both Republicans and Democrats, are cheering him on.

Will Mr. Lighthizer spark a trade war with China and blow up the WTO in the process?

This months U.S.-China summit saw the first signs of his strategy at work, with a departure from the old negotiations-based playbook.

The first effort to rebalance tradea 100-day review that took place after an inaugural summit between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Mar-a-Lago in Aprilwas overseen on the U.S. side by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Its results were underwhelming. The second try, at an annual economic dialogue in July, was a total bust.

Now, say White House aides, Mr. Lighthizer is leading the charge against Chinese mercantilism; he has formally launched an inquiry into Chinese intellectual-property abuses. At the Beijing summit, these aides say, he shocked the Chinese hosts by declining their proffered trade concessions including a financial-opening package that Beijing announced after Mr. Trump left the Chinese capital. His message: Half-measures wont work for a White Hous...

12:07

israels Religious Fanaticism Is Infiltrating America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Source Election rally for Israels ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism political party. The slogan reads: We are all ultra-Orthodox followers of God and His Torah. 17 Jan 2013 (Ahikam Seri) Radical separatism, so prevalent in Israel, is infecting the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in New York City, with Mayor Bill de Blasios shameful blessing. Many of the 57,000 []

11:56

Bitcoin Falls on $31 Million Hack of Cryptocurrency Peer Tether "IndyWatch Feed War"

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By Justina Lee

November 21, 2017, 1:22 AM EST Updated on November 21, 2017, 4:36 AM EST
  • Theft follows a string of hacks on cryptocurrency exchanges
  • Tether is used by bitcoin venues to help facilitate trades

Bitcoin slipped from a record after the $31 million theft of a cryptocurrency peer renewed concern about the security of digital coins.

The company behind tether, a cryptocurrency used by bitcoin exchanges to facilitate trades with fiat currencies, announced the theft on Tuesday. It said in a statement that a malicious attacker removed tokens from the Tether Treasury wallet on Nov. 19 and sent them to an unauthorized bitcoin address. The company said its trying to prevent the stolen coins from being used.

Bitcoin dropped as much as 5.4 percent to $7,798.72, before paring declines to 0.7 percent at 9:20 a.m. in London.

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11:56

Germany detains six Syrians suspected of planning attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Police detained the suspects aged between 20 and 28 during raids in the cities of Kassel, Hanover, Essen and Leipzig

11:55

ISIS Opens Sex-Slave Market in Turkeys Capital "IndyWatch Feed War"

Haifa, a 36-year-old woman from Iraqs Yazidi community who was taken as a sex slave by Islamic State group fighters, stands on a street during an interview with AFP journalists in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk on November 17, 2016. Haifa and her family were among thousands of members of the Yazidi minority shown no mercy by IS when it swept through areas north and west of the Iraqi capital in 2014. As the extremists advanced, they was singled out for especially cruel persecution in a campaign of violence and kidnapping which the United Nations has branded a genocide. Men were gunned down and thousands of women including Haifa and her younger sister were taken as sex slaves. (Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

You may think ISIS demise in Iraq and Syria would mean an end to its sex-slave trading, but a new report says Islamic State has merely transferred its slave business into Turkey including a market in Turkeys capital Ankara. This means ISIS is involved in the slavery industry in a European country.

During its years of power in parts of Iraq and Syria, ISIS held slave markets both in private and public. With its loss of power, Islamic State began smuggling Yazidi women across the border into Turkey. It imprisoned them with ISIS families it had shifted from Iraq and Syria into Turkey previous to the major losses in territory.

ISIS is also said to be negotiating with the close relatives of these women to release them after years of captivity, torture and sexual slavery. The ransoms are believed to amount to thousands of dollars, which for many Yazidi families are sums they simply cannot afford.

It is understood that when the families dont meet the ransom demands, ISIS sells the women to the highest bidders.

ISIS slavery operation is already up and running in three Turkish cities Gaziantep, Urfa and Ankara said Yazidi human rights campaigner Ali el-Hansouri speaking to Sputniks Arabi...

11:54

An Escalating Afghan Crisis of Profit over Life "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hakim Young, MD*

20 November 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service  My familys water well has dried up, 18-year-old Surkh Gul said.

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11:48

Dont miss a trick, israel fines PA $18m over killing of 3 israelis in 2001. So how much does israel owe for their Gaza genocide in 2014? "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | November 20, 2017 The Israeli District Court in Jerusalem has ordered the Palestinian Authority (PA) and six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to pay NIS62m ($18m) in compensation for Israeli settlers killed in 2001, Quds Press reported on Sunday. Reporting Israeli media, Quds Press said that the six Palestinians, from the former Fatahs []

11:47

Global medical watchdog complicit with israeli abuses/torture "IndyWatch Feed War"

Global medical watchdog complicit with Israeli abuses   Derek Summerfield The Electronic Intifada A boy wears tape on his mouth reading Break the silence during a protest against the torture of Palestinian prisoners in the West Bank city of Ramallah in November 2013. Issam Rimawi APA imagesIt is now more than 20 years since Amnesty []

11:46

Whitefish Energy: Power company halts Puerto Rico work due to $83m Owed By Puerto Rico Power PR Electricity Official Resigns "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Damaged power lines in Puerto RicoImage copyrightAFPImage captionTwo hurricanes all but wiped out Puerto Ricos power grid

An energy firm is halting work restoring power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in a dispute over pay.

Whitefish Energy says payments have been delayed from Puerto Ricos bankrupt power authority.

The power authority, known was Prepa, says it is reviewing invoices and has stopped payments after receiving a complaint from a subcontractor.

Whitefish Energy has been at the centre of a contracting controversy that reached the Trump administration.

The company said in a statement it had been promptly turning over payments to subcontractors but outstanding invoices for work performed in October made it impossible to continue in this manner.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity a Whitefish official told the BBC that $83m (67m) was owed by Prepa.

In a statement, Prepa spokesman Carlos Monroig, said Whitefish had paralysed restoration efforts, and that the power authority was in the process of reviewing and auditing invoices submitted by Whitefish.

Contracting row

The power restoration deal struck with Whitefish quickly after the storms came under scrutiny last month after revelations in the media.

Among other peculiarities, it was revealed that the two-year-old company had little experience with work on this scale and was headquartered in the tiny Montana hometown of US Interior Secreta...

11:45

Germany"s Government Impasse: End of Merkel Era Is Within Sight "IndyWatch Feed War"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a crushing defeat. On Nov.20, she informed the president of her failure to form a coalition government. This is a shock for Germany with its postwar record of government stability and political consensus and the entire Europe as well.

11:34

ISIS Cells Surprisingly Capture 4 Villages In Northern Hama (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISIS cells have surprisingly captured 4 villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the northern Hama countryisde.

According to reports, the villages of Abu Hariq, Masarah, Abu Kusur, Tulayhat fell into the hands of ISIS last night. The situation in the area remains unclear.

The incident confirms that the ISIS keeps a strong presence in the so-called opposition-held area in Idlib and northern Hama.

ISIS Cells Surprisingly Capture 4 Villages In Northern Hama (Map)

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11:29

America Has Become a Nation of Incompetents "IndyWatch Feed War"

America Has Become a Nation of Incompetents George Bush remains the ultimate symbol of ascendant stupidity A once-proud nation which was the envy of the world now suffers from a kind of omni-present dementia Having grown up during the second half of the 20th century, I dont recognize my country today. I experienced life in a []

11:23

U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Take Aim at Taliban Opium Labs B-52 bombers and F-22 warplanes took part in the strikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

WASHINGTON American and Afghan warplanes conducted a series of strikes on Sunday night at what American officials said were Taliban drug depots, as part of what is expected to be a sustained campaign targeting the groups $200 million-a-year opium trade.

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the commander of the United States operations in Afghanistan, said that B-52 bombers and F-22 warplanes took part in the strikes, the first such attacks under new authorities granted by President Trump to officials conducting the war in Afghanistan.

Heroins become a global issue, General Nicholson told reporters on Monday during a teleconference news briefing from Afghanistan. These criminals living in Afghanistan who are closely linked to the Taliban are responsible for 85 percent of the worlds opium.

He said that the campaign against Taliban drug labs, which he said numbered about 400 to 500 across the country, would continue into the foreseeable future. The United States alone spends more than $8 billion to fight the drug trade.

Regional experts suggest that the campaign is necessary, as the drug trade, estimated to make up at least 60 percent of the Talibans income, has helped sustain the war. The Taliban have recently turned to refining heroin from the countrys vast poppy production, which greatly increases their profits.

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11:19

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live Three hundred Palestinians have been ordered to leave their homes and take with them all their belongings within the next eight days. Where are they supposed to go? The military order provides no answers. In the meantime, they wait for the rain []

11:15

The Saudi System and Why Its Change May Fail "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saudi response to the competition of the Iranian system is a move towards more authoritarian rule. This is hoped to allow for more agile policies and responses. But the move breaks the traditional ruling system. It removes the sensible impediments to impulsive foreign policies. It creates the contitions for its very failure.

11:06

What Charles Manson Teaches Us About Terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Charles Manson is dead at 83. The seven murders he inspired and orchestrated in 1969 and the race war he tried to incite gripped the American psyche both at the time and in the intervening years.

You can read about the details of his shocking crimes quite easily elsewhere. What were focusing on here is what we can learn from his story when it comes to understanding radical Islam.

 

1.Myth Matters More Than Reality

In terms of body count, Manson does not rank. It was the aesthetic of his crimes that captured the national imagination and caused people to fixate on him. His story was capitivating because his followers murdered beautiful celebrities, listened to hip music and were on the cutting edge of pop culture at the time.

Mansons ability to craft a cool image that drew in followers is what gave him the power to inspire them to commit horrible crimes.

So too with Islamism, the ideology draws its power from a compelling narrative which posits that Muslims are currently in a degraded state as a result of Western oppression, but can restore their glorious past through sacrifice and great deeds.

You may think these narratives are being sold in spite of their bloodthirsty nature. In fact the opposite is more likely true

 

2.Violent Revolution is an Extremely Compelling Narrative

The young people who were drawn into Mansons web were sold a narrative of a coming race war between black people and white people in which black people would overthrow their oppressors. This war, Manson reasoned, would devastate America and enable him to take over and rule over the shattered remnants of civilization.

Apocalyptic cults almost always find follo...

11:05

Fear American Complacency, Not China "IndyWatch Feed War"

Today just 8% of U.S. businesses are startups, down from about 12.5% in 1980.

Nov. 20, 2017 7:10 p.m. ET

The last time I visited China, I had tea with Deng Xiaoping. It was 1978, and the Chinese leader outlined for me a plan to modernize his country by unleashing its enormous entrepreneurial energies. At the time, I thought his approach seemed pie-in-the-sky.

But today, having just returned from my first visit to China in 40 years, Im a believer. Back when I met Deng, the number of private automobiles in all of China could be counted in the thousands. Today there are about 200 million. Since 1978, Chinas economy has grown more

 https://www.wsj.com/articles/fear-american-complacency-not-china-1511216055

11:03

Israel minister discloses covert ties with Saudi Arabia for first time. Does that go all the way back to 9-11? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel minister discloses covert ties with Saudi Arabia for first time Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has for the first time revealed that Tel Aviv has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia. We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually [we are] []

11:02

President of ISNA Addresses Extremist Group in India "IndyWatch Feed War"

One of Americas top Muslim leaders recently met with the leaders of a leading Indian Islamist group while on a trip to Hyderabad.

Azhar Azeez is the President of the Islamic Society of North America, (ISNA), the largest Islamic organization in America. While on a recent trip to India, he met with the leaders of Indian Islamist group Jamaat e-Islami.

Jamaat e-Islami was founded by Abul Ala Maududi in 1941 with the goal of promoting Islam as a total code for life. It recently altered its doctrine and says it supports democracy and secularism in India. However, it is still primarily an ideological movement with limited impact in the political sphere.

Jamaat e-Islamis branch in Bangladesh was involved in war crimes against non-Muslims during Bangladeshs  1971 war of independence.

ISNA was founded in part by members of the Egyptian Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood. Declassified FBI memos reveal that ISNA was identified as a Brotherhood front as early as 1987. One memo cites a source that has traveled worldwide on behalf of ISNA and other Brotherhood entities who is convinced that this organization has a secret agenda which includes the spread of the Islamic Revolution to all non-Islamic governments in the world which does include the United States. but has no formal ties to that or any other Islamist group.

The president of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood from 1984 to 1994, an Egyptian named A...

11:01

Japans Abe welcomes US move on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Associated Press

People watch a TV screen showing file footage of North Koreas missile launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Koreas

The Latest on the U.S. declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (all times local):

3:45 a.m.

Japans leader has welcomed Americas re-designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (SHIN-zoh AH-bay) tells reporters in Tokyo that Japan supports the move as a way to increase pressure on North Korea.

His statement Tuesday followed President Donald Trumps announcement in Washington that the U.S. is putting North Korea on Americas terrorism blacklist. Trump said the designation is long overdue, and promised a new wave of sanctions as part of a maximum-pressure campaign.

Japan is increasingly nervous about North Korean advances in developing nuclear weapons. North Korea has sent missiles over Japan twice this year in tests into the Pacific.

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The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation.

North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration a...

11:00

MERKEL MUSS WEG!?? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Well the few days before the American Thanksgiving holiday, and I have to admit, the news and articles have been piling into my inbox

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11:00

A Third Saudi Failure in Foreign Policy? "IndyWatch Feed War"

London (AHT)  Since 81year old Salman bin Abdelaziz was crowned king of Saudi Arabia in early 2015 and appointed his 32-year-old son, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), as Minister of Defense and later on crown prince, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has undertaken three attempts aimed at reducing Irans expansion in the Middle East.

Soon after becoming Defense Minister, MBS started a war with neighboring Yemen with the declared purpose of defeating the Iranian backed Houthis.  With an almost three year ongoing war, it is difficult to understand how the richest nation on earth with the capability of purchasing the most sophisticated weapons has failed so far to defeat the poorest nation in the world.  Instead, the Houthis seem to have upgraded their defenses and are now capable of sending ballistic missiles to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.  More than 5,000 Yemeni civilians have, to date, lost their lives in Saudi air raids.  Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are suffering from malnourishment and diseases such as cholera due to the war which continues with no end in sight.

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The second failed Saudi attempt to reduce Iranian influence in the region is the Saudi led blockade imposed on Qatar earlier this year.  The Saudis, with the support of their Gulf allies and Egypt, intended to isolate Qatar as a means of reducing Iranian influence and to put Qatar under the umbrella of the Gulf Cooperation Council lead by Saudia Arabia.   Qatar had been known for its freelance foreign policy which had elevated the county in the international community largely thanks to its enormous resources in gas and oil.  However, this attempt backfired on Saudi Arabia and actually f...

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'Al-Dub al-Dasher': The birth of a Saudi nickname "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The recent purge in Saudi has fuelled all kinds of name calling on social media. One furry unusual nickname for MbS has taken off

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With the USAs help, Saudi War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day by Juan Cole Screen shot / YouTube The Saudi-led coalition is waging total war on Yemen in a bid to defeat the guerrilla group, the Houthis or the Helpers of God. The Houthis took power in Sanaa in fall of 2014 and consolidated it in []

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Moscow Vetoes Security Councils Resolution on Syria: Saving Credibility of United Nations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Moscow Vetoes Security Councils Resolution on Syria: Saving Credibility of United Nations   On November 17, Russia vetoed a UN resolution that would extend the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM. The vote came one day after the Russian Federation blocked a US effort to extend the inquiry for one year. As usual, it triggered accusations from []

10:45

US Military Fraud Endemic in Overseas Operations "IndyWatch Feed War"

When it comes to the US military operating in its overseas locations, the Latin phrase popularized by the Roman poet Juvenal, perhaps wise to the corruption of the Praetorian Guard of his time, comes to mind. Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen?

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UN envoy warns new war likely if Palestinian reconciliation fails "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nickolay Mladenov says failure of Fatah-Hamas deal could lead to breakdown of law and order in Gaza, ending in devastation and suffering for all

Nikolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, speaks during a press conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City, September 25, 2017. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)
Nikolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, speaks during a press conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City, September 25, 2017. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)

UNITED NATIONS The UNs Mideast envoy said reconciliation talks between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas must succeed, warning that failure will most likely result in another devastating conflict.

Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council Monday that critical intra-Palestinian talks are scheduled to open in Cairo on Tuesday.

He said the October 12 agreement between the rivals, aimed at restoring the Fatah-led Palestinian Authoritys rule in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, started a long road that could lead to reconciliation.

But he pointed out that other reconciliation efforts had fallen short, warning of dire consequences if this one did as well.

We cannot allow this current effort to become another missed opportunity, he said. If it does, it will most likely result in another devastating conflict. Whether that conflict would be triggered by a meltdown of...

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Russia says retreat of Syrian opposition figures good for peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOSCOW (Reuters) Moscow believes that resignation of Syrian opposition figures such as Riyad Hijab will help unite Syrias internal and external opposition on a more constructive platform, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gestures during a meeting. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Hijab, the head of the Syrian oppositions High Negotiations Committee (HNC) resigned on Monday, nearly two years after he was picked to chair the Saudi-backed umbrella group that brings together the armed and political opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

The retreat of radically minded opposition figures from playing the main role will make it possible to unite this motley opposition internal and external on a more reasonable, realistic and constructive platform, Russias Rossiya 24 state television showed Lavrov saying at a news briefing.

We will support the efforts made by Saudi Arabia in this respect.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alison Williams


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Lebanon army chief warns of 'threats of the Israeli enemy' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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General Joseph Aoun calls for 'full readiness' on southern border to preserve stability and face 'agressive intentions' of Israel

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Merkel aide gives German parties three weeks to find way out of crisis SPDs parliamentary group does not want to prop up Merkel with another grand coalition "IndyWatch Feed War"

BERLIN (Reuters) Chancellor Angela Merkels right-hand man, Peter Altmaier, appealed to political parties on Tuesday to decide in the next three weeks whether they can form a stable government and drag Germany out of a political impasse.

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FILE Photo:  Martin Schulz talks to Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) during an European Union leaders summit in Brussels October 23, 2014.REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The collapse of talks between Merkels conservative bloc, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens has thrown Germany into political uncertainty and raised the prospect of new elections.

It has also cast some doubt over whether Merkel, Europes most powerful leader after 12 years in office, will serve a fourth term after her conservatives won the most seats in a Sept. 24 election.

We must be in a situation in next three weeks where there is clarity about whether there can be a stable government on the basis of this election result, Altmaier, head of the chancellery and acting finance minister, told ZDF television.

He said it was clear that his conservatives had a mandate to govern and that the parties should support President Frank-Walter Steinmeiers appeal to parties to take responsibility and come together to form a government.

Steinmeier is meeting leaders of the main parties this week, including the Greens and FDP later on Tuesday.

We stand by our responsibility to ensure this country has a stable and reliable government, Altmaier said. Like Made in Germany, we are known for having a stable and reliable government.

He made a thinly veiled appeal to the Social Democrats (SPD) to rethink their refusal to form a government with Merkel after voters punished them for sha...

10:22

Desperate Need to Halt Worlds Largest Killer Pollution "IndyWatch Feed War"

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ROME, Nov 20 2017 (IPS) Now that the lights of the UN climate change summits meeting rooms have been turned off in Bonn, after a week of intense negotiations and some partial results, another major environmental event is now scheduled in Nairobi, this time to search for ways to halt the worlds major killer pollution.

Birds scavenging for food amidst the debris at the landfill in Danbury, Connecticut in the United States. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The argument is clear: every part of the planet and every person is affected by pollution, the worlds largest killer, and while solutions are within reach, new policies, enhanced public and private sector leadership, redirected investments and massive funding are all desperately needed, a major UN report has warned.

The new UN Environment Programme (UNEP)s 2017 Executive Directors Report: Towards a Pollution-Free Planet, which was made public on 16 November by UNEPs Executive Director Erik Solheim, analyses impacts on human health and ecosystems brought on by air, land, freshwater, marine, chemical and waste pollution.

None of us is now safe, so now all of us have to act, said Solheim while presenting the report to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, 6-17 November, explaining that it provides a clearer picture than ever before of the scale of the pollution menace and the scale of action that will be needed.

Ways to undertake such action are scheduled to be on the agenda of hundreds of governments, business sector and civil society representatives as well as...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry israelis dont want peace with Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israelis don`t want peace with Palestinians, former US secretary of state says The Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence. By Jason Lemon Managing Editor Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has criticized Israeli leaders for being uninterested in peace while praising Palestinians for their commitment to nonviolence. The recordings []

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Germanys Political Impasse Will Stymie Further European Change "IndyWatch Feed War"

Prospects for overhauling the EU and its currency, already slim, become even more remote

Updated Nov. 20, 2017 10:03 p.m. ET

BERLINThe prospects for overhauling the European Union and its currency, the euro, have hit further trouble as Germany grapples with newfound political instability and its leaders brace for potential early elections.

Germanys inability to agree on a governing coalition since the nations inconclusive ballot in September raises the likelihood of another vote and shows how the growing fragmentation of Europes political landscapes has reached the EUs most important member, casting doubt on Berlins ability to shape change on the continent.

Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor for the last 12 years now reduced to running a caretaker administration, said on Monday she would rather contest another election than lead a new government that lacked a majority in parliament.

If it comes to a new election, thats something you have to accept, she told German public television. Im not afraid of it.

The center-left Social Democrats on Monday again ruled out forming another governing pact with the Ms. Merkels conservative Christian Democrats, at least while she remains their leader. The Social Democrats have been junior partner in her cabinet for eight of the last 12 years, but have seen their voter support fall heavily in that time.

No obvious coalition options remain. The collapse of talks on Sunday between Ms. Merkels Christian Democrats and two ideologically disparate parties, the pro-business Free Democrats and the environmentalist Greens, followed a weekslong impasse on issues including immigration, energy and taxes.

Germanys political disarray, unprecedented in the postwar era, shows that the Sept. 24 elections were a watershed for the country and for Europe. The rise of the far right and the weakening of established parties have made it significantly harder to form a government in a coun...

10:15

Doomsday Scenarios: the UK"s Hair-Raising Admissions About the Prospect of Nuclear War and Accident "IndyWatch Feed War"

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published several reports over the last few years. They discuss geopolitics and related themes, one of which is the likelihood of nuclear war or accident, including what it means for long-term survival.

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Report: israeli Soldiers Killed 14 Palestinian Children This Year "IndyWatch Feed War"

Report: Israeli Soldiers Killed 14 Palestinian Children This Year   19 Nov 11:47 AM           Marking the World Childrens Day (November 20th) the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed 14 Palestinian children since the beginning of this year, while 300 children are still imprisoned []

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israel was founded by theft: israeli Soldiers Ransack Ramallah Jewellery Store, Steal Merchandise "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Soldiers Ransack Ramallah Jewelry Store, Steal Merchandise 0 .singleblog-contan .summary-image:not(:first-child){ display: none; } 21 Nov 7:10 AM             Israeli forces raided central Ramallah on Monday, before dawn,  and broke into homes and shops, including a jewelry store from which the soldiers stole gold merchandise, according to Palestinian security sources []

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White House Denies That McMaster Called Trump Idiot in Conversation With Israeli CEO "IndyWatch Feed War"

White House Denies That McMaster Called Trump Idiot in Conversation With Israeli CEO

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Oracle CEO Safra Catz was part of Trumps transition team. Now a report says she told people one of Trumps closest advisers mocked the president in her presence

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WASHINGTON White House National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster reportedly described U.S. President Donald Trump as an idiot and a dope in a private conversation with the CEO of one of the largest software companies in the world. McMaster denies making the comments to Safra Catz, the Israeli-born CEO of Oracle, who has also issued a denial after the allegations were reported on Monday by Buzzfeed News.

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Catz and McMaster met for dinner in July in Washington, D.C., and discussed a range of national security issues. Catz was born in Israel, grew up in the United States, and is currently one of the most powerful executives in Silicon Valley. Last year, she joined Trumps transition team ahead of his inauguration as president.

According to Buzzfeed, four people who heard from Catz about the conversation with McMaster, claimed she had told them that McMaster mocked Trump and also made disparaging comments about other senior members of the administration. The White House issued a strong denial of these claims, stating that actual participants in the dinner deny that General McMaster made any of the comments attributed to him by anonymous sources. Those false comments represent the diametric opposite of General McMasters actual views. This story is just more fake news. Oracle also issued a denial to the story.

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The sources who claimed to have heard about the conversation from Catz, said she considered McMasters comments jaw-dropping and inappropriate. Besides allegedly calling the president and idiot, the sources claimed Catz also recalled McMaster comparing Trumps intelligence to that of a kindergartener.

It should be noted that in August, gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson, one of the largest donors to Trump and the Republican Party, and a strong supporter of Israels right-wing, also mentioned a conversation he had with Catz about her meeting with McMaster.

Adelson wrote an email on that subject to Mort Klein...

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Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tblisi (EAN The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as Washington searches for new ways to encourage Georgians to continue on their pro-Western path in spite of ever-receding hopes of joining NATO.

Starting next spring, US Army officers will train Georgian soldiers on defensive tactics. The new initiative, to be called the Georgia Defense Readiness Program, differs from previous American military aid programs in that it aims not to prepare Georgian troops for participation in foreign missions, in particular, the coalition operation in Afghanistan, but to defend their own territory against a potential invasion.

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The point of this is to show any potential aggressor that you wont be able to just walk in here, there will be costs imposed on you, a senior US official told Eurasianet.org, speaking on condition of anonymity.

For the last decade and a half, Georgia has done everything it could to ingratiate itself with its Western military partners. Most visibly, it has been a significant contributor to US- and NATO-led missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a per-capita basis, Georgia is the leading troop contributor in Afghanistan, with 871 soldiers deployed there.

In this sense, Georgia is an example for all, said US Defense Secretary James Mattis, meeting his Georgian counterpart Levan Izoria at the Pentagon on November 13. Thirty-two Georgians have died in Afghanistan

The ultimate aim of these sacrifices NATO membership for Georgia remains as far away as ever. US officials say they worry about strengthening voices in Tbilisi that are questioning Georgias Western orientation. The countrys pro-Western striving has brought little benefit to date, these critics contend, adding that Tbilisi would be better off accommodating Russias hegemonic desires.

As it became clear that NATO [membership] was not going to be in the near term, to put it mildly, it was getting more and more difficult to counter the accommodationist argument, that these guys are selling you down the river. Why are you putting all yo...

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His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

BEIRUT: His nation is a smoldering ruin, much of it held by rival armed factions, domestic or foreign. Half the population is di...

09:45

The Theresa May Brexit Showdown "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mrs. May's survival as UK Prime Minister is to a large extent predicated upon her being able to secure a good divorce deal and transition agreement that satisfies both the Remain and Leave wings of her Party as well as its ardently hard-line Leave grassroots.

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Merkel Tells Her German Rivals: Back Me or Face Voters Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

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By Arne Delfs, Birgit Jennen and Rainer Buergin

November 20, 2017, 11:00 PM EST Updated on November 21, 2017, 2:41 AM EST
  • Chancellors past haunts her as former partners shun coalition
  • German president will seek to cajole parties to resume talks
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PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has failed to form a coalition government. (Reuters: Fabrizio Bensch)
The video looks at the options German Chancellor Angela Merkel has after she failed to form a new government.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said shes ready to face voters again to break the countrys political stalemate, betting they wont blame her for failed talks on forming a coalition.

Regaining her footing after th...

09:25

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Challenging AT&T-Time Warner Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Government alleges combination could raise prices and slow innovation

Updated Nov. 20, 2017 7:41 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONThe Justice Department sued to block AT&T Inc. from taking over Time Warner Inc. on Monday, a sweeping challenge to a deal it says would give one company too much control in a rapidly evolving media landscape.

AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said the suit defies logic and that the company would fight the case, the first major antitrust action under the Trump administration.

Few cases in recent memory have challenged vertical combinations that link companies in different parts of an industry. The governments lawsuit claims this megadeal would hurt consumers and competition because AT&T could wield its power to charge cable-TV rivals higher prices for HBO, Turner sports and other popular Time Warner programming.

It also alleges that AT&T, which two years ago bought DirecTV, could use the deal to squeeze out new streaming services like Sling TV that could threaten its traditional pay-TV profits.

This merger would greatly harm American consumers. It would mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new, emerging innovative options that consumers are beginning to enjoy, said Makan Delrahim, chief of the Justice Departments antitrust division.

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Speaking at a hastily arranged press conference at Time Warners headquarters, Mr. Stephenson said: Ive done a lot of deals in my career but Ive never done one where we have d...

09:24

The Last Post: The Arab in the background of BBC colonial drama "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Yemen set drama told the story of the British soldiers and their wives in the last years of British rule, but its Arab characters did not really get a look in

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North Korea rebalancing power away from the military "IndyWatch Feed War"

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KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/File / by Hwang Sunghee | Hwang Pyong-So is the latest to fall victim to a purge by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who analysts say is rebalancing power away from the military

SEOUL (AFP)  A purge of senior North Korean military figures is part of a bid by leader Kim Jong-Un to reduce the influence of the powerful army and further tighten his grip on the country, analysts said Tuesday.Since taking power in 2011, North Koreas young leader has brutally removed anyone perceived as a potential challenge to his authority, including ordering the execution of family members.

But observers say the latest move appears aimed at curbing the overgrown influence of the military, which blossomed under his late father Kim Jong-Ils Songun (military-first) policy.

The head and deputy head of the militarys powerful General Political Bureau, Hwang Pyong-So and Kim Won-Hong, have been punished for impudence towards the ruling Korean Workers Party, which Kim Jong-Un heads, the Souths spy agency has said.

The bureau is tasked with ensuring loyalty to the Party among the ranks of the Korean Peoples Army, Yonhap reported, citing lawmakers briefed by the National Intelligence Service.

This is another Kim Jong-Un play aimed at tightening his grip on, and taming, the military, Yang Moo-Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told AFP.

Kim is moving away from the Songun policy and reaffirming the principle that the party is always above the military Yang said.

Professor Koh Yu-Hwan at Dongguk University added: The Songun policy has always been a double-edged sword and Kim is reorganising the military that became overgrown under his father and is restoring the system of party dominance.

The NIS said the level of punishment meted out to the two men was not known, but South Korean lawmakers who attended the closed-door briefing suggested they might have been sent to provincial farms for re-education through labour.

Hwang was once seen as the second most powerful man in North Korea. He led the high-level delegation that visited the South during the Incheon Asian Games in 2014, and made his last public appearance in October.

Kim Won-Hong had returned to office earlier this year after being sacked as minister of state security, for power abuse and corruption in mid-January.

Kim, who served as the spy chief since 2...

09:15

US Approves Long-Sought Sale of Anti-Tank Missiles to Georgia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The State Department has approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Georgia. The approval is a big win for Tbilisi, which for years has sought the American weapons as a means of protecting itself from a potential Russian invasion.

The U.S. approved the sale of 410 of the missiles and 72 launch units, according to the November 20 announcement. "This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Georgia," the statement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said.

The Javelin has long been at the top of Georgia's wishlist since the 2008 war with Russia over South Ossetia, when Georgia was unable to prevent Russian tanks rolling into Gori. 

"We dont really need small arms, we have plenty of them and actually there are many alternative sources to shop for them," then-President Mikheil Saakashvili told Foreign Policy magazine in 2011. "What Georgia really needs is something that it cannot get from anywhere else and thats anti-air and anti-tank [weapons] and thats completely obvious thats where should be the next stage of the cooperation."

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09:14

Russia's Putin hosts Syria's Assad for talks, Kremlin says "IndyWatch Feed War"

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09:12

Israel Will Have No Peace With Arabs Until Palestinians Get Statehood, U.N. Envoy Says "IndyWatch Feed War"

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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov speaks to The Jerusalem Post 

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT NOVEMBER 20, 2017: GOVERNMENT TROOPS LIBERATED AL-BUKAMAL FROM ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front On November 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias restored control over the border city of al-Bukamal after a week of intense fighting with ISIS terrorists there. The Russian Aerospace Forces actively supported the SAA advance. Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General, Qasem Soleimani, was also filmed in the city. []

09:04

World Toilet Day: Focus on Sanitation, Wastewater Treatment "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

Even in wealthier countries, where people have access to toilets and faecal material is contained, treatment and final disposal of wastewater can be far from perfect, leading to polluted rivers and coastlines, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a World Toilet Day event on 20 November 2017.

The French Red Cross provides water, sanitation and toilets for 11,000 IDPs at the Centre dHebergement Provisoire Automica Dahaitsu in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: MINUSTAH

 Where does our poo go? [] This years Toilet Day observance encourages people to think about the sanitation chain, said Mohammed in her remarks at a panel discussion on toilets and wastewater, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Singapore, UN-Water and the International Chamber of Commerce.

World Toilet Day is observed on 19 November, and events are held around that day to raise awareness of the importance of safe sanitation.

Mohammed said that nearly 900 million people worldwide practice open defecation not because they want to but because they have no choice.

Regardless where we are from, we all have the right to safe and dignified toilets, she said, noting that she stressed this point during a recent dialogue with community members in Saint-Michele de LAtalaye in Haiti.

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Guess what the BBC News website tells audiences is preventing peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Those visiting the BBC News websites Middle East page over the last few days may have noticed that an article by Yolande Knell first published in July 2016 has on two separate occasions been recycled as related reading.

On November 18th and 19th the article was promoted under its original title.

On November 19th and 20th it was promoted using the authoritative sounding heading The issues preventing peace.

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06:48

We are told to Prepare for Earthshaking Events Next Year "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unconfirmed rumors surfaced over the weekend that the CIA headquarters in Langley was raided by some elements of the US Marine Expeditionary Unit, but until today theres no single video clip that would suggest it indeed happened. Nonetheless, we are being told to prepare for some earthshaking events for next year. UPDATED 2:23 PM EST Continue reading We are told to Prepare for Earthshaking Events Next Year

06:20

Large Operation Against ISIS in Hawija; 30 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Despite the "defeat" of ISIS/Daesh in Rawah last week, a major operation was conducted in northern Iraq, not far from Kirkuk.

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06:13

Trumps Ultimate Deal Only offers Hard Choices for Abbas "IndyWatch Feed War"

The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trumps ultimate deal, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.

The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr Trumps arrival in office. Other reports suggest it may be delayed until March. But all seem sure it will be upon us soon.

Neither Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, appear keen to enter another round of fruitless dialogue.

But for good reason, Mr Abbas is far more reticent.

This month, in statements presumably directed at Washington, he insisted he would not agree to a Palestinian state without Gaza, or one restricted to Gaza. He also warned again that, in the absence of a two-state solution, Israel would face demands from Palestinians for equal rights in one state.

That was presumably the context for Mr Abbas being called to Riyadh earlier this month, doubtless after the White House urged Saudi Arabia to use its leverage with the Palestinian leader to bring him onside. According to Palestinian sources cited by Israeli reporter Ben Caspit, Mr Abbas was told in no uncertain terms that he had to respond positively to the coming peace initiative.

Strong-arming Mr Abbas was doubtless also the motive behind US threats at the weekend to shut down what is effectively the Palestinians embassy in Washington unless the Palestinian leader agrees to peace talks.

Outrage from Palestinian officials, who referred to the White House move as extortion, was an indication of their mounting exasperation.

Given that Mr Abbas is invested exclusively in diplomacy, his resistance to this round of US-led peacemaking should serve as warning enough of how bad a Trump peace is likely to prove.

At the weekend Israeli media offered the first substantive clues of what might be on offer.

The headline news is not entirely bad so long as one ignores the small print. Most significantly, if reports are accurate and Washington and Israel claim they are not the US is said to be ready to recognise a Palestinian state.

It is a move characterised by the kind of bullishness that is Mr Trumps trademark and has left Mr Netanyahu anxious. But everything else should reassure him.

The US will apparently agree that no one will be forcibly moved from their home. That may prove the answer to Israels prayers. It will finally have US blessing for all its illegal settlements, which have eaten into the bulk of the West Bank, turning it into a patchwork of Palestinian enclaves.

After five decades of Israel clearing most of the Palestinian population from t...

06:00

Whos A Foreign Agent? "IndyWatch Feed War"

You know lifes become a joke when the US Department of Justice starts requiring foreign media to register as foreign agents. Will the BBC be forced to issue a disclaimer with every broadcast and web posting: Proceed with caution British propaganda ahead? Dont bet the ranch on it. Such distinctions are reserved for the Continue reading "Whos A Foreign Agent?"

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06:00

How To Stop a Rogue President From Ordering a Nuclear First Strike "IndyWatch Feed War"

On November 15, US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and US Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced one of the shortest bills in the histories of their two parliamentary bodies. Shorn of the obligatory be it enacted, blah, blah, blah boilerplate, the bills content comes to 14 words: It is the policy of the United States to Continue reading "How To Stop a Rogue President From Ordering a Nuclear First Strike"

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06:00

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains to us that, its a complicated story Continue reading "Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?"

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05:58

Sayyed Nasrallah Slams Silence over Yemen Misery: Daeshs State Toppled with Albukamal Victory "IndyWatch Feed War"

  Zeinab Essa 20-11-2017 | 21:54 Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Monday a televised speech in which he tackled the latest political developments in the region and Lebanon. At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah condoled both the Iraqi and Iranian people over the victims who fell due to []

05:22

The Science of Subterfuge "IndyWatch Feed War"

Following the devastation of WWII, many survivors of the armed sieges sought refuge in lands that were not their own. Among them were not just the beleaguered, but also the ordained. Here I write not of the papacy, but of an equally powerful cabal of power-holders who envisioned the continual progression of Western-and indeed non-Western, as well- societies towards Edward Bernays coveted ideal of a modern democracy. This would be a democracy wherein political power wouldnt arduously be fought for, but graciously accepted from those who would be convinced to relinquish it to a technocratic ruling class.

Following the legacy of Wellington House and the Tavistock Institute in the United Kingdom, the United States would have its own intelligence operations working towards uncovering the mechanics of individual and collective consciousness, thereby enabling it to take the reigns of political power, ad infinitum. This military imperative was eventually handed over to the CIA, where it flourished like a bud during a verdant springtime. As part of the directive, the CIA would enlist the expertise of some of the most fortunate emigrants from war-ravaged Germany. These vanguard scientists, who were interested in elucidating the most valuable methods of effecting mind-control, would not only be given entrance into the United States, but would actually be actively sought and recruited by the United States military under an expedited immigration program known as Operation Paperclip; the greenlighting of this program should serve as fact to completely debunk the veneer of justice ostensibly achieved by the Nuremberg Trials, during which the United States spearheaded prosecutions, as nothing but a total sham. This ominous project would lay the fertile ground for intelligence (covert war) operations both domestically in the United States, as well as abroad.

Under the presidency of Harry Truman, the pretext for authorizing the operation was that it would serve as a maneuver to confer advantage to the United States during the spurious Cold War, given that the imported scientists possessed a profundity of knowledge surrounding interrogation and espionage techniques. Indeed, it was these scientists, among whom are such notable figures as former NASA director Wernher Von Braun, who enabled Germanys infiltration of the Soviets during WWII, a tool that would undoubtedly serve the United States. However, the full scope of the War Departmentsthe Department of Defence of days past- interest in these post-Nazism neo-Nazis wasnt entirely, if at all, about fortifying national security.

Among the earliest of the programs funded by the CIA and staffed by the immigrant Nazis was project MKUltra, a Cold-War era data mining operation comprising 149 known subcategories, spanning several decades and involving all manner of criminal coercion, manipulation, and torture. It is...

03:10

Syrian War Report November 20, 2017: Government Troops Liberated Al-Bukamal From ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-20-2017-government-troops-liberated-al-bukamal-from-isis/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront On November 19, the

03:06

Libyan Revolutionary Committees Movement: A Message to Our Brothers and Sisters in Africa and the Diaspora "IndyWatch Feed War"

Salem Zubeidy Libyan Revolutionary Committees Movement A Message to our Brothers and Sisters in Africa and the Diaspora This letter is addressed to our brothers, officials, and residents of the sub-Saharan African countries, who are characterized by dark features. There have been many reactions and statements by African leaders, politicians, organizations, and institutions following an...

02:00

Syrian opposition leader abruptly resigns ahead of Saudi meeting "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Riyad Hijab, who headed Syrian opposition group High Negotiations Committee, did not explain his reasons for stepping down

01:58

Libyan Peoples National Movement Statement About Media Coverage of the Slave Trade in Libya "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unofficial Translation Official Statement in Arabic The Libyan National Peoples Movement About the Media Coverage of the Slave Trade in Libya The Libyan Peoples National Movement (LPNM) has followed the recent news about the sale and purchase of human beings in the southern and western regions, the great alarm of the leaders of African countries...

01:44

The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Parry | Consortium News | November 20, 2107 A danger in both journalism and intelligence is to allow an unproven or seriously disputed fact to become part of the accepted narrative where it gets widely repeated and thus misleads policymakers and citizens alike, such as happened during the run-up to war with Iraq []

01:00

World community has a collective responsibility to stop human trafficking, support victims "IndyWatch Feed War"

Editorial Comment: While the plight of black-skinned Libyans and African migrants cannot be ignored, let us not forget that the cause of the dire conditions faced by African refugees in Libya today is NATO and the UN Security Council itself, that passed resolutions 1970 and 1973 sanctioning military intervention that destroyed the Jamahiriya. To fully...

01:00

Haiti: In the Face of an Illegitimate Government "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mara Torrellas Resmen Latinoamericano Interview with Henry Boisrolin, member of Haitian Democratic Committee MT: Haiti is now in a difficult situation because, while the UN occupation force MINUSTAH left the country, another one arrived. The country is indirectly ruled by the United States and private corporations and is going through a new intervention, whats your...

00:40

French postal service refuses to deliver to Muslim migrant No Go Zone, citing danger to staff "IndyWatch Feed War"

It wasnt very long ago that French authorities and others in Europe were indignantly denying that there were any No Go Zones. The postal workers of Chronopost cannot afford the luxury of political correctness. French Postal Service Refuses to Deliver to Migrant No Go Zone Citing Danger to Staff, by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, November 20, []

00:31

Trudeau Government's "Returning Terrorist Integration" "IndyWatch Feed War"

So, let me get this straight? The government of the day, which happens to be the Liberals, are all set to "provide the appropriate disengagement and reintegration" for those that joined ISIS/Daesh. Superficially (on the surface/externally or outwardly ) we're supposed to believe that ISIS are brutal killers, that had to be ruthlessly put down but - we're going to be real nice to them all.

This concept only makes sense when one realizes these persons and their families were employed as an irregular mercenary army. Hired to destroy, destabilize and kill on behalf of Canada, as full participants, in a larger political agenda. Known as remake the middle east and north africa. Yah, that same agenda I've talked about for years now.

Accept reality boys and girls. Our government employed brutal killers to destroy nations, displace people and redraw borders. And now they are going to bring them home!

CBC: Radio Canada International

Farah Mohammed Shirdon of Calgary was featured in a Daesh video burning his Canadian passport and declaring jihad on the west. He was apparently killed in Mosul in 2015

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00:29

UKs Christmas in the age of jihad: Armed guards, concrete barriers and metal detectors around festive markets "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why is this necessary? Because of right-wing extremism? No, because of jihad. Why is there jihad in Britain? Because of the Muslim immigration policies pursued by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Theresa May. Will those policies be changed? Absolutely not, and even to suggest such a thing makes you a racist, bigoted Islamophobe. []

00:17

France seeks to ban Muslim street prayers in Paris after clashes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Holding prayers in the street is not the result of mosque shortages. Throughout the history of Christianity, Christians established house churches when they didnt have a church to pray in that is, they would just go to someones house and hold services there. There were no ostentatious prayers in the street. These street prayers []

00:16

DUI Checkpoint Activism + College Know-Your-Rights Outreach "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recently I wrote the eulogy for Cop Block, the national police accountability activist news website. Nothing lasts forever, especially in the world of activism, where doing the right thing rarely means one can make a living at it. Burnout is real and has happened to some of the brightest activists to ever hit the Cop Block scene.

Cop Block as a national organization may have died, but its not dead here in New Hampshire, where it was incubated according to founder Pete Eyre in Keene.

Though regular Cop Blocking patrols are more rare these days and more likely to happen in Keene than anywhere else, large numbers of activists still participate in the ongoing DUI checkpoint countering that happens multiple times a year in Manchester.

Toward the end of this summer, state and local police set up DUI checkpoints in Cheshire county for the first time in five years. Thomas Parisi from The Jail Paper came out with the group to document the checkpoint. It was set up just a few hundred feet from the bridge to Brattleboro, VT so we had multiple Cop Blockers on both points of entry to the checkpoint with multiple reflective signs alerting peaceful motorists to the upcoming harassment. Not surprisingly, state police statistics reported zero DUIs were found during the checkpoint, though they did write a bunch of motor vehicle violation tickets and make a few drug possession arrests. So, all victimless crimes another huge waste of taxpayer dollars.

The Jail Paper also reported on Cop Block know-your-rights outreach that regularly happens in the Keene State College neighborhood. Here are both videos in one, courtesy of The Jail Paper:

DUI Checkpoint Activism + College Know-Your-Rights Outreach is a post from...

Monday, 20 November

23:46

Israel to deport 40,000 African asylum seekers without their consent, many to Rwanda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel will begin deporting 20,000 African asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea and the Sudan, to an unnamed third-party country without their consent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday in a cabinet meeting. According to Israeli media the refugees will be sent to Rwanda, in return for which Israel will pay the African nation $5,000 per head. 

Using the term infiltrators to refer to Africans who crossed into Israel through the Sinai, Netanyahu said he had reached stage three of a plan to remove all asylum seekers.

Regarding infiltrators, we will discuss one of the aspects of this topic at the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said. Our policy towards infiltrators is three staged: Stage one is halting. We built a fence and enacted laws that completely blocked the flow of infiltrators and today we have zero infiltrators. Second stage is removal. We removed approximately 20,000 out of the existing infiltrators using various measures. Stage three is increased removal.

The prime minister added that Israel will no longer require asylum seekers to sign a document authorizing their deportation, a controversial practice done in the past and known as voluntary deportation, in which Africans were sent to third-party countries Rwanda and Uganda. Refugee groups have alleged the deportations were coerced; the refugees faced imprisonment in Israel, or deportation.  

This removal is enabled thanks to an international agreement I achieved, which allows us to remove the 40,000 remaining infiltrators without their consent, Netanyahu continued. This is very important. It will enable us later to make the Holot facility unnecessary and to use part of the vast resources we allocate there for inspectors and increased removal. That is why we are succeeding here. But our goal is to continue removing significantly more then what we have until now.

Holot is a desert detention facility. At Holot asylum seekers may leave during the day, but must return by evening to be locked behind Holots gates. Under orders announced Sunday, the facility will be closed in the next three months. In the weeks leading up to the shut-down, the refugees say they believe they will be deported. 

For years we have been saying the Holot detention facility was not built for a proper purpose, it is meant to break the spirits of asylum seekers [and force us] to leave, said refugee organizer Mutasim Ali from Darfur on social media. Ali is the first and only Sudanese national who was granted asylum by Israel in a surprise move in 2016. Before receiving his protective status he resided in Holot prison for one year.

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23:44

Canada to help returning IS fighters let go of that terrorist ideology "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada plans to prosecute returning militants but also will help reintegrate them into society

23:00

JFK Files Reveal US Planned to Buy Soviet Planes to Carry Out False Flag Attacks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik November 20, 2017 The recently released batch of files related to the Kennedy assassination includes a curious document revealing secret plans by the US government to purchase or build Soviet aircraft for the purpose of staging false flag attacks on the US or its allies, thus giving Washington the pretext it needed to []

22:48

Irans top military commander arrives in Russia for talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV November 20, 2017 Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has arrived in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi to attend a tripartite meeting with his Turkish and Russian counterparts. The sides are scheduled to exchange views about ways to enhance trilateral defense cooperation on []

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22:37

Nasrallah: US did what it could to help Daesh in Syrias Bukamal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV November 20, 2017 The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says despite the US claims about fighting terrorism, it spared no effort to help Daesh forces in the Syrian town of al-Bukamal. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised address to the Lebanese nation in capital city of []

22:16

Yemen Quietly Slips Away, Much Like its Starving Children "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Michelle Shephard, November 19, 2017

From The Toronto Star

These are the stark facts, and the only simple ones, about the situation in Yemen: The country has suffered the worlds worst cholera outbreak in modern history and people do not have access to food.

Cholera is spread by contaminated water, which is all that is now available in many parts of the country. More than 2,000 have died. The World Health Organization estimates there will be a million cases by the end of the year.

The lack of food is now endemic. Food prices have soared, the economy has collapsed, and government employees havent been paid for nearly a year, which has forced more than 20 million Yemenis, or about 70 per cent of the population, to rely on aid.

This month, a Saudi-led military coalition stopped most of that aid from entering the country by blocking airports, ports and borders. Ostensibly the blockade was to halt the shipment of arms. But illegal smuggling routes ensure the flow of weapons, and it is food, medicine and fuel that are being held back.

The heads of three UN agencies World Food Program, UNICEF and the World Health Organization issued a joint statement Thursday saying seven million Yemenis, mainly children, are on the brink of famine.

Children who die of starvation do not cry; they are so weak they quietly slip away, their deaths often unnoticed at first in hospitals overwhelmed by patients.

Which is also an apt description for Yemens slow demise.

Its not about us we have no power to stop this war, says Sadeq Al-Ameen, an aid worker based in Yemens capital, about the countr...

22:14

Lebanon has right to resist, foil Israeli plans: Aoun "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lebanese President Michel Aoun Press TV November 20, 2017 Lebanese President Michel Aoun says his nation has the absolute right to resist and foil Israels aggressive plans by all available means as Tel Aviv continues targeting the Mediterranean country. President Aoun made the remarks via his official Twitter account on Monday, a day after []

22:11

The Trump Doctrine: Making Nuclear Weapons Useful Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

Author Michael Klare

Author Michael Klare

by Michael T. Klare, November 19, 2017

From TomDispatch

Maybe you thought Americas nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the U.S. with nukes of their own. Well, it turns out you were wrong.

The Pentagon has been fretting that the arsenal is insufficiently intimidating.  After all so the argument goes its filled with old (possibly unreliable) weapons of such catastrophically destructive power that maybe, just maybe, even President Trump might be reluctant to use them if an enemy employed smaller, less catastrophic nukes on some future battlefield.  Accordingly, U.S. war planners and weapons manufacturers have set out to make that arsenal more usable in order to give the president additional nuclear options on any future battlefield.  (If youre not already feeling a little tingle of anxiety at this point, you should be.)  While its claimed that this will make such assaults less likely, its all too easy to imagine how such new armaments and launch plans could actually increase the risk of an early resort to nuclear weaponry in a moment of conflict, followed by calamitous escalation.

That President Trump would be all-in on making the American nuclear arsenal more usable should come as no surprise, given his obvious infatuationwith displays of overwhelming military strength.  (He was thrilled when, last April, one of his generals ordered, for the first time, the most powerful nonnuclear weapon the U.S. possesses...

22:09

US sanctions businesses linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards "IndyWatch Feed War"

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US Treasury Department says a network of individuals and companies counterfeited Yemeni bank notes for Irans Revolutionary Guard

22:03

At North Carolinas State Capitol, Bells Toll for Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Swords to Plowshares Memorial Belltower in Raleigh, North Carolina. Courtesy of Roger Ehrlich

The Swords to Plowshares Memorial Belltower in Raleigh, North Carolina. Courtesy of Roger Ehrlich

By Roger Ehrlich, November 9, 2017

From News & Observer

Ninety-nine years ago, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bells tolled around the world, and people poured into public squares to celebrate the end of what was called The War to End All Wars. For many years, Armistice Day was observed as a day to remember the dead of WWI and rededicate ourselves to never letting war happen again.

This week, aided by a grant from the N.C. Humanities Council, a bell has been tolling from the 24-foot-tall Swords to Plowshares Memorial Belltower, a touring memorial that has been erected, for the fourth consecutive year, on the lawn of our State Capitol in Raleigh. The public has been adding inscriptions to the monument to bear witness to how war has affected their lives. These silver plaques, fashioned from recycled cans and glistening in the wind, bear heart-rending inscriptions in many different languages.

The Belltower was dedicated on Memorial Day 2014 by the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace with former N.C. State University alumni director and Air Force veteran Bob Kennel presiding. Its inspiration was the bronze door on the NCSU Belltower, which bears the inscription And They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares. This Old Testament passage, sacred to Jews, Christians, Muslims and others, is a reminder of the original spirit of Armistice Day.

In 1953, President Eisenhower said, Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. But one year later, he signed a proclamation renaming Armistice Day as Veterans Day. Since WWI, with the days original intent...

21:58

Google exec says new algorithm will suppress RT and Sputnik, those kinds of sites "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 20.11.2017 Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet, announced Saturday that the company will engineer algorithms that will make it harder for articles from Sputnik News and RT to appear on the Google News service. We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites its basically RT []

21:55

Marine veterans letter of support for RT America keep fighting the good fight "IndyWatch Feed War"

From Russia Times, November 20, 2017

US governments demand that RT America register as a foreign agent was greeted by loud silence from human rights watchdogs and press freedom groups. Former US Marine captain Matthew Hoh sent us this letter of support.

My fellow Americans working at RT America,

With RT being forced to register this week I wanted to send a note of encouragement to you and your colleagues.

Please dont let the attacks on RT, and on your work, have an effect on your individual journalism and your purpose as a person of conscience. Although it must be trying, exhausting and maddening for you, try and keep the perspective that this is to be expected and such Manichaean formulations by the US government, both major political parties and vast segments of the American population have an extensive and cyclical history of continued occurrence. You and your colleagues are just the latest people to be targeted for discussing publicly and openly many of the ugly wounds, oppressive history and pernicious ongoing injustices, corruption and crimes of American society, government and foreign policy.

Take comfort that in previous eras your guests would have been people like Harriet Tubman, Crazy Horse, Susan B Anthony, Eugene Debs, Martin Luther King, Rachel Carlson and Cesar Chavez and the issues you covered would have been their issues.

I know you are not a stooge for the Russian government and I know you know that. So do many millions of people who can understand the reasons for your work and the subjects that you cover. I have been on RT and have expressed my disapproval of Russian foreign policy, just as I have expressed it in other forums. However...

21:51

At the State Capitol, bells toll for peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

21:41

JOHN KERRY: 'ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT PEACE' "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT PEACE WITH THE PALESTINIANS, JOHN KERRY SAYS

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21:20

ISRAELS MILITARY EXPENDITURES AND MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX OVERVIEW AND DYNAMICS "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front 20.11.2017 Over the course of decades, the US and Israel have maintained close bilateral relations based on long-term, stable pro-Israel US policies. Traditionally they have rendered strong support to Israel, since the two countries are allies, have shared strategic interests in the Middle East (concern with Iran, Assad regime in Syria, and Islamic []

21:02

U.S. sanctions individuals, entities for Iran-linked counterfeiting "IndyWatch Feed War"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday sanctioned a network of individuals and companies it said counterfeited Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Iran Revolutionary Guards Qods Force.

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The network circumvented European export restrictions in order to provide the counterfeiting supplies and equipment, according to a Treasury statement.

President Donald Trump last month declared Irans Revolutionary Guard a supporter of terrorism and authorized Treasury to impose tough sanctions limiting its access to goods and funding.

Republican Trump has been critical of the 2015 agreement his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, reached with Iran and said the United States must take stronger steps to ensure the country does not acquire nuclear weapons.

The counterfeiting scheme exposed the deep levels of deception that the Qods Force, a Revolutionary Guard unit carrying out missions outside the country, employs against companies in Europe, governments in the Gulf, and the rest of the world to support its destabilizing activities, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

According to Treasury, Pardavesh Tasvir Rayan Co.  is a printing operation controlled by businessman Reza Heidari and owned by Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding that procured equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni rial bank notes.

Qods Force used the currency to support its activities.

Heidari used front companies and other methods to keep European suppliers in the dark about their ultimate customer. He coordinated with Mahmoud Seif, Tejarats managing director, on the logistics of procuring materials and moving them into Iran, Treasury said.

Treasury sanctioned both men and both companies, as well as ForEnt Technik GmbH, which Heidari owns, and Printing Trade Center GmbH for serving as front companies in the operation.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert, editing by G Crosse and Cynthia Osterman


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