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Thursday, 18 October

23:43

Zionist Democrats Demand That Ecuador 'Hand Over' Assange "IndyWatch Feed War"

Leading US House Democrat demands that Ecuadors president hand over Julian Assange

By Mike Head 
18 October 2018
The US is increasing its pressure on Ecuador to evict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its London embassy, where he took political asylum in June 2012. He would then be arrested immediately by British police and subjected to extradition proceedings to face trumped-up espionage charges in the US that could see him jailed for life or even executed.
On Wednesday, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee sent a threatening letter to Ecuadorian President Lenn Moreno insisting that he hand over Assange to the proper authorities as a precondition for improving relations with the United States.
In a bipartisan letter, Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat (fanatic zionist. svh), and former Foreign Relations Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican (fanatic zionist. svh), declared: We are very concerned with Julian Assanges continued presence at your embassy in London and his receipt of Ecuadorian citizenship last year.
Julian Assange
Engels role makes even more explicit the leading part being played by the Democrats in the drive to lo...

23:21

The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election

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23:17

Boycott Facebook, Twitter, and Google. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Boycott Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Heres Why

ERIC ZUESSE | 17.10.2018 | WORLD / AMERICAS

Boycott Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Heres Why

NATO the neoconservatives, the marketeers for firms such as Lockheed Martin and BAE has taken over the social-media giants and much of online international news-reporting, including that of virtually all independent news-sites and blogs.
Facebook, Twitter, and Google, in recent days, delivered what might be the death-blows.
NATOs main PR agency, think-tank, and lobbying organization, is non-profit a legal tax-dodge thats financed by donations from those weapons-making firms and their supporting firms and their non-profits, so that the taxes that it doesnt pay will need to be paid instead by the general public. Billionaires know how to avoid taxes, and they hire politicians who write the laws with all the right loopholes for them and only for the very richest to use. This PR agency is called ...

23:09

'ABN AMRO EN RABOBANK BETROKKEN BIJ MILJARDENROOF' "IndyWatch Feed War"

INTERNATIONAAL

'ABN AMRO EN RABOBANK BETROKKEN BIJ MILJARDENROOF VAN EUROPESE BELASTINGDIENSTEN'

Vandaag, 08:39Update: vandaag, 14:49
Dit schrijft journalistiek platform Follow the Money. Tientallen jaren zouden groepen van bankiers, beurshandelaars, investeerders en pensioensfondsen met dividendbelasting gefraudeerd. Ook de Nederlandse Belastingdienst zou slachtoffer zijn, ABN Amro en Rabobank zouden betrokken zijn. Zakenbank MorganStanley zou onze fiscus voor 152 miljoen hebben getild, BNR sprak met hoofdredacteur Eric Smit van Follow the Money. 
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22:49

The Terrible Trump Portrait "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Terrible Trump Portrait That Explains Everything

22:44

Water Protectors just shut down an Energy Transfer Partners shareholders meeting in Dallas "IndyWatch Feed War"

BREAKING: Water Protectors just successfully shut down an Energy Transfer Partners shareholders meeting in Dallas, Texas  L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou BridgeAll the shareholders were forced to evacuate!Kelcy Warren, ETP CEO, fled when frontline leaders Ellen Gerhart, Cherri Foytlin and Waniya Locke spoke out about the gross misconduct of ETP projects on the Mariner East, Bayou Bridge, and

22:38

Trump says it 'certainly looks' like Jamal Khashoggi is dead "IndyWatch Feed War"

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US president's comments mark stunning shift, as US officials have to date refused to answer questions about Saudi journalist's purported murder

22:28

Canada brings Venezuela to International Criminal Court "IndyWatch Feed War"

Requesting the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuelas government is a significant escalation in Ottawas campaign of interference in the domestic affairs of another country.

Supported by five like-minded South American nations, its the first time a member state has been brought before the ICCs chief prosecutor by other members.

In Canada the campaign to have the ICC investigate the Nicols Maduro government began in May. I would like to see the states from the G7 agreeing to refer the matter of crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court for a prospective investigation and prosecution, said Irwin Cotler at an Ottawa press conference to release a report on purported Venezuelan human rights violations. The former Liberal justice minister added, this is the arch-typical example of why a reference is needed, as to why the ICC was created.

Cotler was one of three international experts responsible for a 400-page Canadian-backed Organization of American States (OAS) report on rights violations in Venezuela. The panel recommended OAS secretary general Luis Almagro submit the report to the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC and that other states refer Venezuela to the ICC. In a Real News Network interview Max Blumenthal described the hyperbolic  and propagandistic nature of the press conference where the report was released at the OAS in Washington. Cotler said Venezuelas government itself was responsible for the worst ever humanitarian crisis in the region.

Worse than the extermination of the Tano and Arawak by the Spanish? Or the enslavement of five million Africans in Brazil? Or the 200,000 Mayans killed in Guatemala? Or the thousands of state-murdered subversives in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, etc.? Worse than the tens of thousands killed in Colombia, Honduras and Mexico in recent years? Worse than the countless US (and Canadian) backed military coups in the region?

Or perhaps Almagro, who appointed Cotler and the two other panelists, approves of the use of military might to enforce the will of the rich and powerful. He stated last month: ...

22:20

October 18, 2018: Israel Is Preparing To Challenge S-300 In Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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22:18

Treasury official charged with leaking classified info to feed Russia meddling narrative "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | October 18, 2018 A US Treasury official was arrested and charged with conspiracy for leaking secret banking documents to the press, feeding a everlasting stream of often bogus bombshell reports about Muellers notorious Russian meddling probe. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, 40, was named in the criminal complaint filed in the federal court in []

22:10

Anne White Hat -- 'Energy Transfer Partners tried to kill us in the Atchafalaya' "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anne White Hat --'Energy Transfer Partners tried to kill us in the Atchafalaya' By Anne White Hat Published with permission Censored News Talk about #BayousOfResistance!!  (Oct. 17, 2018) The past 72 hours with our Leau Est La Vie Crew have been nothing less than equal parts prayer, love, Ohitika, raw courage, and badassednessicity - to say the least. Those Energy Transfer

22:05

What sanctions on Russia and China really mean "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Pentagon may not be advocating total war against both Russia and China as it has been interpreted in some quarters by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times

21:34

The Dark Story Behind "Human Forced Global Warming" Rebrand "Climate Change" "IndyWatch Feed War"

Following up on:  F-f-f-f-f Freezing! Yup, the heats on in the house!


F. William Engdahl

Just part of his very informative article:

The new IPCC report, SR15, declares that global warming of 1.5C will probably bring species extinction, weather extremes and risks to food supply, health and economic growth. To avoid this the IPCC estimates required energy investment alone will be $2.4 trillion per year. Could this explain the interest of major global banks, especially in the City of London in pushing the Global Warming card?

This scenario assumes an even more incredible dimension as it is generated by fake science and doctored data by a tight-knit group of climate scientists internationally that have so polarized scientific discourse that they label fellow scientists who try to argue as not mere global warming skeptics, but rather as Climate Change deniers. What does that bit of neuro-linguistic programming suggest? Holocaust deniers? Talk about how to kill legitimate scientific debate, the essence of true science. Recently the head of the UN IPCC proclaimed, The debate over the science of climate change is well and truly over.
 
What the UN panel chose to ignore was the fact the debate was anything but over. The Global Warming Petition Project, signed by over 31,000 American scientists states, There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earths atmosphere and disruption of the Earths climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.
Chicken Little
The most interesting about the dire warnings of global catastrophe if dramatic changes to our living standards are not undertaken urgently, is that the dire warnings are always attempts to frighten based on future prediction. Whe...

21:20

#FreeHumanitarians: On the Moria 3 and Fortress Europes Crackdown on Aid Workers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Long term prison-abolitionist strategies are not necessarily the same as those we'll need to free individual prisoners in the short run. But in Sara and Sens case as in any other, it is important that we have critiques of the oppressive nature of prisons in mind while thinking about the specificity of their context.

21:00

Jamal Khashoggi: or why you dont trust the MSM even if they say what you want to hear "IndyWatch Feed War"

The alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a mass media rollout, every bit as sparsely verified and every bit as questionable as the official Skripal narrative, but this fact is being overlooked due to the cognitive dissonance involved in who is being blamed.

20:39

Mockingbirds Usurper Eggs: Media Psyops & The Further Subordination of Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

 The Khashoggi psychological operation just goes on and on. The pressure on Saudi Arabia is very immense.  Its been quite a show. An eye opener in how disinfo spreads through the media.
Alt and msm.


Khashoggi was killed by the Saudis?

 It was clear that this news was laid, like an egg, in the media, most likely by the CIA, aided by their mockingbirds in the so called real news media and the alt media.

Mockingbird

 What's with the bird analogy?


 Mockingbirds often hatch the eggs of other kinds of birds- Most often cowbirds.

 Mockingbirds do this because it gives their eggs an advantage for survival.


 Mockingbird media is like this as well. 

  Think of  actual mockingbird eggs as real news and usurper eggs as fake news. 
  Interested parties, lay fake news eggs in among the real news eggs.  All eggs are given equal care by the Mockingbird (media)
 Eventually both fake news and real news eggs are hatched (reported on)  leave the nest (disseminated) and spread off to new territories, places and or spaces (further spreading via the so called alt media)


Lets get back to the origins of the Saudi consulate killers story...

20:30

The New Samizdat "IndyWatch Feed War"


New Samizdat: RT brings you a new censorship buster

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New Samizdat: RT brings you a new censorship buster
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20:10

Jamal Khashoggi called for freedom of expression in final column "IndyWatch Feed War"

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In piece for Washington Post, Khashoggi decried Arab governments for 'silencing the media' and jailing critical voices

20:05

Give Us All Your Money : Or, Better, All of Someone Else's "IndyWatch Feed War"

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20:04

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM OCT 18 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Nefarium has been busy in Joseph's absence: the CSU was handed its walking papers in the Bavarian state elections in Germany, the AfD []

The post NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM OCT 18 2018 appeared first on Giza Death Star.

19:58

US to Impose Sanctions on Russia Every Month or Two Volker "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 18.10.2018 Russia has faced several rounds of sanctions from the United States and the European Union over its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections, and alleged involvement in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK city of Salisbury in early March. US Special []

19:50

Turkish claim that Khashoggi recorded his torture inside Saudi consulate almost certainly impossible "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saudis have admitted killing him. But the Turks claims about the circumstances of the killing cannot be taken at face value. The Turks and the Saudis are rivals for leadership of the Sunni Islamic world, and so both have an interest in dissembling about what happened here and exploiting Khashoggis death for their own []

19:43

US Supreme Court Takes Case That Could End Internet Censorship, Expand First Amendment "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Carmine Sabia | Citizen Truth | October 17, 2018 After the recent purge of over 800 independent media outlets on Facebook, the Supreme Court is now hearing a case that could have ramifications for any future attempts at similar purges. The United States Supreme Court has agreed to take a case that could change []

19:36

Italian authorities monitoring schools for jihad recruitment "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is a wise move, but is certain to be condemned as Islamophobic. Schools monitored for jihad recruitment, ANSA, October 18, 2018: (ANSA) Rome, October 18 Italian authorities said Thursday that they had started monitoring schools for the risk of jihadi recruitment. According to anti-terror investigators, the young are among the vulnerable individuals []

19:29

Cologne: Muslim migrant doused hostage with gas and strapped homemade bomb to her "IndyWatch Feed War"

But its not terrorism, as far as German authorities are concerned, because the hostage-taker appeared disheveled. Horror of Cologne hostage situation revealed: Syrian had pledged allegiance to ISIS, doused captive woman with petrol and strapped home-made BOMB to her when police shot him, by Sara Malm, MailOnline, October 16, 2018 (thanks to the Geller Report): []

19:26

Trump Threatens to Use Military to Shut Southern U.S. Border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border on Thursday as more Hondurans and Salvadorans joined thousands of migrants in Guatemala headed north. I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught and if unable to do so I will call []

19:23

The People Stopping Election Interference Are the Ones Who Are Actually Rigging the Election "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Daisy Luther | Organic Prepper | October 15, 2018 Last week, Mark Zuckerberg made the media rounds to give a rather shady explanation of why Facebook suddenly closed hundreds of incredibly popular pages in whats being called The Alternative Media Purge. Zuckerberg accused the closed pages, many of which had millions of fans, of spreading []

19:19

Arabic Press Review: Raqqa reduced to rubble "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Anonymous Saudi clerics call for MBS to be removed and Syria-Jordan trade begins anew after border crossing reopens

19:17

The demise of Davos in the Desert - TTG "IndyWatch Feed War"

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just announced he will not be attending the Future Investment Initiative Summit in Saudi Arabia next week. Obviously he didnt decide this on his own. His announcement stated that this was done after consultation with Trump...

19:13

Alqasem is free and her representatives Wasserman Schultz, Rubio, and Nelson can take no credit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Todays news that the Israeli Supreme Court is allowing Lara Alqasem of Florida to come into Israel to study for her Masters at the Hebrew University is great news for the 22-year-old Palestinian American student who has spent two weeks detained at Ben Gurion Airport, even though she had a visa.

It is also a victory for liberal Zionist advocacy groups who turned up the heat on Israel in recent days to say that the countrys battle against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is misguided if the government thinks it is winning anyone over by denying entry to an American who says she wants to learn about Israel and who though she once supported BDS says she no longer does, and wouldnt be studying at the Hebrew University if she did. The LetHerStay pressure campaign mounted by J Street, New Israel Fund, and Americans for Peace Now among others seems to have paid off.

And Benjamin Netanyahu and his minister for public security Gilad Erdan, who kept doubling down on keeping Alqasem out, lost big, and have been publicly humiliated.

The people missing from the Alqasem victory parade, though, are all those American elected officials who usually stand up for citizens in a bind overseas.

I am not aware of any Members of Congress or candidates for federal office speaking out about Lara Alquasem, Jessica Rosenblum of J Street says.

Two weeks ago the Miami Herald quoted US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alqasems congresswoman, defending the Israeli government:

On Thursday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Herald: Israeli law prohibits entry of individuals involved in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. I support Israels right to do that, as a sovereign state. Ms. Alqasem is my constituent, and her family has reached out to my office seeking assistance. We have opened a constituent case, and are gathering information regarding this situation.

I repeatedly emailed Wasserman Schultzs staff to get updates on what they were doing. They never responded.

Meantime, Cody ORourke, a friend of Alqasem, circulated a petition over the last few days saying that People are working at all levels and around the world to free Lara, and calling on her representatives to speak up.

To date, none of Alqasems elected officials from Florida have publicly supported her or defended the fundamental principles of democracy...

19:11

How to Prevent, Identify and Address Vicarious Trauma  While Conducting Open Source Investigations in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

Whether it involves victims of a chemical attack or a bombing, open source investigators are required to watch and interact with raw footage from the field it lies at the core of online open source investigation. As a consequence of the increase in eyewitness media, investigators come in contact with a high amount of graphic footage. While this is potential evidence for investigative and accountability purposes, we must be mindful of the effects that traumatic media can have on those coming in contact with it on a regular basis. The consequence of repeated exposure to eyewitness media or testimony is secondary, or vicarious, trauma. It is mental distress that is experienced as an outcome of interacting with graphic online media.

This guide is intended to serve as an educational tool for those working in the open source investigative field. It includes research of Sam Dubberley, Manager at Amnesty Internationals Digital Verification Corps/contributor to the EyeWitness Media Hub, as well as the authors experience at the Open Source Investigations Lab in the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley Law School. The guide focuses on themes from investigative work as related to the Middle East, but can be adapted to other geographic areas.

Preventing Secondary Trauma

Content from open source investigations in the Middle East is often very graphic in nature. Knowing how to prevent secondary trauma is the first step in slowing burnout caused by vicarious trauma in the human rights field.

One key feature of preventing secondary trauma is knowing yourself, and thus knowing what images affect you the most. For some people, the sound of crying children is particularly traumatic. For others, it is explicit physical injuries. Understanding your own sensitivities is critical for preventing trauma as it allows for mental preparation. One is particularly vulnerable to secondary trauma when the mind is not prepared for or surprised by what it encounters. As a result, it is imperative that you compose yourself mentally for what you are about to see, as well as warning colleagues about traumatic media you intend to show them.  

Another important factor in...

19:01

Palestinian Sharia judge: The war is not only over this strip of land "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinian leaders keep telling the world that their jihad against Israel is based on Islam and is not over land. Western policymakers continue to refuse to listen. Note also Muhannad Abu Runis projection: They want to subjugate us. Actually its Islam that has an imperative to subjugate nonbelievers: Fight those who do not believe in []

18:37

US student Lara Alqasem will be allowed to enter Israel, Supreme Court rules "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Alqasem had been detained since 2 October after Israeli officials accused her of supporting boycott movement

18:35

Live Q&A: Why Khashoggi? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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MEE's Dania Akkad answers the important questions surrounding the suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

18:15

The Trump Administration is part of the problem, not part of the solution: US shutters Jerusalem diplomatic mission to Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administration will not longer have separate U.S. diplomatic posts for Israel and the Palestinians, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement this morning. The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem that services Palestinians will be folded into the embassy in Israel and headed by the U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

Palestinian leaders responded to the closure by accusing the Trump administration of taking a step towards the recognition of Greater Israel, a single state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, and permanently abandoning Palestinian statehood.

Pompeo said the single diplomatic mission will assist Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem with consular support through a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside U.S. Embassy Jerusalem.

The unit will be located at the former U.S. consular site on Argon Road in West Jerusalem.

The move does not change the U.S.s position that boundaries or borders are a final status issue, Pompeo said.

This decision is driven by our global efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations. It does not signal a change of U.S. policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank, or the Gaza Strip, Pompeo continued.

The former U.S. Consulate on 18 Agron Road, now a branch of the U.S. embassy of Jerusalem that will service Palestinians through a special Palestinian Affairs Unit. (Photo: Djampa/Creative Commons/Wikimedia)

Within minutes of the announcement, PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat said, This decision...

18:04

Salvini: The next European elections will start epochal changes for the future of Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Will these elections spell the end of EU tyranny and the mass Muslim migrant influx, such that free societies in Europe can be preserved? We can only hope. Were no longer puppets manipulated by Brussels Italian Interior Minister, Voice of Europe, October 17,2018: Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini predicts a massive change after next []

17:59

US's Mnuchin, Fox Business Network pull out of Saudi investment conference "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Long list of government officials, business leaders and media groups have withdrawn from event, dubbed 'Davos in the Desert'

17:58

69 Of The Richest 100 Entities On The Planet Are Corporations, Not Governments "IndyWatch Feed War"

Top corporations continue to accrue revenues far in excess of most governments, figures compiled by Global Justice Now show. Comparing 2017 revenues, 69 of the top 100 economic entities are corporations rather than governments. The top 10 corporations a list which includes Walmart, Toyota and Shell as well as several Chinese corporations raked in over $3 trillion last year. When it comes to the top 200 entities, the gap between corporations and governments gets even more pronounced: 157 are corporations. Walmart, Apple and Shell all accrued more wealth than even fairly rich countries like Russia, Belgium, Sweden.

17:50

FLASH: European Commission Expected to Reject Italy Budget "IndyWatch Feed War"

European Commission head Guenther Oettinger has said its very likely that Italys draft budget will be rejected, a development that would trigger a high-profile showdown between Rome and Brussels.

The post FLASH: European Commission Expected to Reject Italy Budget appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

17:49

Occupy The SEC Submits Letter To Financial Regulators On The Proposed Weakening Of Volcker Rule Regulations "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Volcker Rule was passed as part of the Dodd Frank Act of 2010 in order to help avert another financial crisis similar to the Great Recession of 2008. That crisis was caused in large part by excessive bank speculation in trading markets, and the Volcker Rule seeks to reduce the risk associated with these activities by prohibiting proprietary trading by government-backstopped banks. In October 2011, the Agencies proposed regulations implementing the Volcker Rule. In February 2012, OSEC issued a 325 page comment letter to the banking regulators urging vigorous and robust implementation of the Volcker Rule. OSEC also issued letters to members of Congress in the summer of 2012 during the governments investigation into JP Morgans London Whale $6 billion trading loss...

17:41

Israeli press review: Right-wing politicians jostle in war of words "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Haaretz's defence correspondent says Lieberman's threat of Gaza strikes just posturing, as election season heats up

17:38

Trump The Eurasianist? How Trump Pushed Europe To Get Closer To Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Paul Antonopoulos On Oct 17, 2018 Trump appears to act in the interests of multipolarity, whether or not these are conscious decisions. Certainly all the members of his administration continue act along the lines of business as usual carrying forward the old Cold War mentality and attitude towards international relations. But Trump has numerous powers as []

17:37

For first time in decades, Iranian women allowed to enter football stadium "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A select number of women were allowed to enter the Azadi Stadium in Tehran to watch a friendly football match between Iran and Bolivia

17:36

A Judge Is Considering Letting Monsanto Off The Hook In Historic Roundup Case "IndyWatch Feed War"

A judge in San Francisco last week announced that she is considering overturning the historic verdict that would lead to Monsanto being held accountable for manufacturing dangerous cancer-causing weedkillers. Although San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos hasnt formally ruled on a decision, she did conduct a two-hour hearing to consider the BigAg companys demand to toss out the entire jury verdict, which called for Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages. The hearing was scheduled after Bolanos wrote a tentative ruling stating her intention to strike down the punitive damages and schedule a new trial. In August a jury found that Monsanto knew, or should have known, its best-selling weedkiller, Roundup...

17:32

Officials hesitate to call Cologne hostage-taking terrorism because migrant jihadi appeared disheveled "IndyWatch Feed War"

He told people he was with the Islamic State, but Cologne officials are discounting that because he may have been suffering from psychological problems, appeared dishevelled with unkempt long hair and a three-day beard, and was under the influence of alcohol. That only clean-shaven people with neatly combed hair can be jihadis is actually unproven. []

17:29

Freedom Rider: Jamal Khashoggi And U.S. Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed War"

The disappearance and presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi puts the corrupt relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States in high relief. The two countries have been partners in crime over many years. Together they used jihadist proxies to make wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria that furthered U.S. interests. The brutal Saudi attack on neighboring Yemen could not happen without U.S. diplomatic and logistical support. The Donald Trump presidency has brought the two even closer. The relationship is now a true love affair complete with personal dealings between Saudi royals and the Trumps. Khashoggi was a member of a prominent Saudi family with strong ties to the royal house. His uncle, Adnan Khashoggi, was an arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra and BCCI scandals.

17:22

New York Attorney General Subpoenas Industry Groups, Lobbyists Over Fake Net Neutrality Comments "IndyWatch Feed War"

The New York Attorney Generals office has subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors and Washington advocacy organizations, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether they were behind the flood of fake public comments submitted before the Federal Communication Commissions decision to revoke net neutrality rules last year. Barbara Underwood, who became the states attorney general earlier this year after predecessor Eric Schneiderman resigned in disgrace, wants to see whether industry groups were behind a huge effort to pollute the 22 million letters filed to the FCCs electronic comment filing system with fraudulent submissions.

17:16

All Laws That Make It A Crime To Be Homeless Should Be Repealed "IndyWatch Feed War"

When San Diego resident Gerald Starks rent increased and he couldnt afford another apartment, the retired union pipefitter moved into his RV. But because he lacked an address, San Diego law made it almost impossible for him to park his RV legally. Soon the city confiscated it, leaving him out on the streets. There, he was ticketed for violating another law prohibiting sleeping in public. Faced with thousands of dollars in fines and fees he was unable to pay, Stark lived every day in fear of being arrested for simply trying to survive. Hes not alone. There isnt a single county in the United States where you can rent a two-bedroom, market-rate apartment working a full-time, minimum-wage job.

17:14

Ben Rhodes finally acknowledges we were wrong on support for Saudi war in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ben Rhodes, the foreign policy wunderkind under President Obama, recently published a book on foreign policy with the bracing-realist title, The World As It Is, but Rhodes barely mentioned U.S. support of the war on Yemen. He left out mass starvation, war crimes, even Saudi Arabia. Rhodess three Yemen references were all to al Qaedas presence. For instance, Rhodes said that the Obama administration was criticized in 2011 for fighting al Qaeda in Yemen while the president there faced his own protest movement.

Then two weeks ago the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and is now presumed murdered, and like so many others in the foreign policy establishment, Rhodes has taken the opportunity to attack Donald Trumps embrace of Saudi Arabia in a piece titled, The Abandonment of American Leadership, on October 12 in the Atlantic.

Rhodes is now far more forthcoming than he was in his book about Obamas policy in Yemen. He informs us that beginning in 2015, Obama tried to restrain Saudi Arabias war on Yemen, but all that restraint then disappeared under Trump; and in hindsight, the Obama administration was wrong to have trusted the Saudis.

Rhodes also finally mentioned the high price that Yemeni civilians have paid for U.S. policy. Some excerpts:

MbSs [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salmans] first foray into foreign policy as defense minister was a war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemena war that seemed to have no clear objective other than confronting an Iranian-supported faction. Repeatedly, the Obama administration had to put restrictions on the weapons we provided in support of this effort or apply diplomatic pressure on the Saudis and Emiratis to show restraint, as the war escalated and civilian casualties continued to mount.

What followed [under Trump, following his trip to Saudi Arabia] was the full expression of all of the policies that had been sources of tension under Obama. In the absence of any U.S. pressure related to the conduct of the war in Yemen, the conflict escalated, and a humanitarian crisis spiraled out of control with no political endgame in sight

Looking at the increasing death toll in Yemen [in 2017, Khashoggi] argued that the longer this cruel war lasts in Yemen, the more permanent the damage will be.

[S]o we are seeing, once more, what happens when the worlds oldest democracy abandons its role of promoting democratic values around the globe

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17:12

US shutting down consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

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US claims concerns for 'efficiency' are behind closing consulate for Palestinians, but is accused of further siding with Israelis

17:09

Phillip Cross: The Mystery Wikipedia Editor Targeting Anti-War Sites "IndyWatch Feed War"

Apart from Cross, in the 17 years we have been working on Media Lens, only one other person has subjected us to a relentlessly negative campaign that is in any way comparable. Almost ten years ago, we documented how Oliver Kamm had been pursuing us relentlessly across the internet writing blogs about us, posting grisly comments about our genocide denial under online interviews with us, and often warning journalists who mentioned our work or who, god forbid, praised our work or who interacted with us in any way, that we were blood-drenched genocide deniers and/or seedy misogynists.

17:08

The Khashoggi Disappearance and the Stalled Vision 2030 Plan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Our Vexed and Bitter Masters Seek Regime Change Again By Scott Creighton | nomadiceveryman | October 18, 2018 Back in April of this year, a journalist in Gaza wearing a vest marked PRESS was deliberately shot and killed by IDF snipers. That brings the total number killed to 18 since the start of the Second []

17:06

Germany: Woman converts to Islam, tries to recruit women to marry ISIS jihadis so they can enter the country "IndyWatch Feed War"

Marcia M. is one of the steady stream of converts to Islam who somehow get the idea that their new religion calls them to commit treason and mass murder. Authorities remain, as always, resolutely uninterested in this recurring phenomenon. German intelligence foiled 2016 Islamic State terror attack, DW, October 18, 2018 (thanks to The Religion []

16:55

The New Womens Health: Shut Up & Breed + A Rally To Jump Start Anti-War Work "IndyWatch Feed War"

The purge is here. Facebook, Twitter and the silencing of anything that goes against the state. Next up, women's health and rights are under attack. A backwards, theocratic reworking of Title X threatens women's already dwindling rights over our bodies and our life choices. Finally, the Women's March on the Pentagon challenging militarization at home and abroad.

16:48

Glyphosate Found In Human Hair As Unique Testing Project Releases First Results "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Kudzu Science mass spectrometry gold standard method used for testing glyphosate, AMPA and glufosinate is fully validated, which gives these results even more significance. The Detox Project Director, Henry Rowlands, stated Wednesday; Even at this early stage of testing we believe it is vital to warn the public and regulators that glyphosate is being found in human hair. The levels found are surprising to everyone involved, as we have been working on urine testing with university and commercial laboratories over the past four years and we have never seen such results. One of the main questions now for the public, scientists, regulators and the pesticide industry, is how are such levels of the worlds most used herbicide first entering the blood stream and then ending up in our hair?

16:39

Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies in Suspicious Car Accident "IndyWatch Feed War"

Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies(ZHE)  A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a suspicious car accident in Riyadh, according to Turkish media. Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabias Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 during Khashoggis visit, before the []

16:33

Venezuela Ditches Dollar After US Sanctions Hit Private Sector "IndyWatch Feed War"

Venezuela is replacing the dollar with the euro or yuan in its international business endeavors, Bolivarian Minister of Industries and National Production, Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday. The newest round of sanctions imposed by the United States against Venezuela is making international financial interactions impossible, Aissami said during a press conference with Calixto Ortega, the president of the Central Bank of Venezuela. International financial transactions using foreign currency were reportedly blocked, agroindustrial and pharmaceutical sectors said, showing that the U.S. financial sanctions have now extended to affect both the private and public sectors. From his personal Twitter account, Aissami said, We have to generate new conditions to overcome these aggressions on the part of the governments of the USA...

16:31

Bolsonaros Lead Widens in Brazil Run-off Polls "IndyWatch Feed War"

Summary

First round results showed that the far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro had a clear path to the presidency, but few expected that it would be this easy. According to a recent Ibope poll, 59% of the public will vote for Bolsonaro in the upcoming second round and just 41% for his opponent, Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party.

The post Bolsonaros Lead Widens in Brazil Run-off Polls appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

16:27

The Housing Revolution We Need "IndyWatch Feed War"

Are we on the brink of a revolution in housing policy? In the three-quarters of a century since Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised Americans the right to a decent home, the housing market has remained both a cause of Americas racial and economic inequality and a woefully inadequate solution to it. Today, a decade after the financial crash of 2008, even in a period of rapid economic growth, the home-finance and rental markets are failing millions of Americans. But, as in the Depression, a new generation of politicians are putting housing inequality at the center of the national agenda. Congressional candidates ranging from Minnesotas Ilhan Omar to Hawaiis Kaniela Ing have called for Housing for All, including rent-stabilization programs and a new infusion of federal subsidies for the construction of affordable housing.

16:20

Why Is The CBC Lying About Venezuela? Anna Maria Tremonti Manufactures Dissent "IndyWatch Feed War"

While in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly during the last week of September the Prime Minister of Canada spoke about Venezuela. As he defended the government of Canadas outrageous decision to lead the right-wing attempt to bring the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro to the International Criminal Court Trudeau said, "The message is that the situation in Venezuela is catastrophic. There is a humanitarian crisis going on in a country that used to be one of the most successful and prosperous countries in South America." Interestingly, with this one rhetorical and inflated lie, meant to justify Canadas intervention in the internal affairs of the sovereign and independent country of Venezuela, Trudeau has nicely summed up a recent report on Venezuela on the CBC Radios The Current.

16:19

Why UAE's Mohammed bin Zayed cancelled his Paris visit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mounting pressure on Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi might account for Mohammed bin Zayed's decision to cancel Paris visit

16:09

The US Meddles In Syrias Constitutional Reform Process By Threatening Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Andrew KORYBKO Oriental Review 18/10/2018 The US is threatening to further sanction Syria if Damascus doesnt make progress in Americas preferred direction during the ongoing constitutional reform process. The US special representative for Syria James Jeffrey conveyed this intention on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly after his country and a []

16:01

The killers are associated with MBS "IndyWatch Feed War"

"On October 16th, unnamed Turkish officials reportedly provided the Washington Post with scans of passports supposedly carried by seven men who were part of the 15-person team suspected in the disappearance and likely killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The passports...

15:54

'Forced to hide our names': Anonymous Saudi clerics call for bin Salman to go "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Group claiming to speak for scholars opposed to government policies say crown prince should carry blame for Jamal Khashoggi's suspected killing

15:49

Australias Familiarity With Chinese Influence Sounds Alarm for Canada "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Clive Hamiltons book Silent Invasion details communist regimes quest for control of Australia
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BY RAHUL VAIDYANATH, EPOCH TIMES
October 18, 2018 Updated: October 18, 2018   

OTTAWACanada risks becoming a client state of China unless it stops being nave to growing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence undermining its democracy and sovereignty. Thats the lesson from Clive Hamiltons new book, Silent Invasion, which details how pervasive Chinese influence has softened Australiaone of Canadas closest alliesinto becoming more supportive of Beijings mercantilist views.

Hamilton, a public ethics professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, laid it all out in frightening detailhow Chinas United Front work was infiltrating all aspects of Australian society so as to break up the America-Australia alliance.

He was one of four panellists at an event hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), a public policy think tank, in Ottawa on Oct. 16.

Silent Invasion details how China feels it has a right to take over the world and how it has re-characterized itself as a historical victim of other powers such as Japan and the United States.

Silent Invasion: China's Influence in Australia

The United Front, an arm of the CCP, works to influence the choices, direction, and loyalties of its targets by overcoming negative perceptions and promoting favourable perceptions of CCP rule in China, explained Hamilton.

His book almost went unpublished, as three publishers feared reprisals from China. It was eventually published this February.

The panellists focused on the first step for Canadas protection: greater awareness of the growing Chinese threat.

It really is fundamentally important that the nature of CCP influence activities in Canada be exposed over and ov...

15:39

How the Vatican Is Preparing to Launch a Religious War in Ukraine with the Help of the Constantinople Patriarchate and the Uniats "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Aleksandr Voznesensky Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/vatican-war-ukraine-constantinople/ source: https://cont.ws/@alexandrpasichnik/1085946   The other day the Uniate website RISU, which is based in the Ukrainian

15:32

Is Africa starting to choke on Chinas lending glut? "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was a time for smiles and handshakes as the delegations from Sierra Leone and China Exim Bank sealed a loan to provide the impoverished West African state with a new airport.

Just months later, the much-trumpeted Mamamah International Airport scheme, estimated to cost $400 million (347 million euros), has gone up in smoke.

Sierra Leones new government has scrapped the contract, bluntly declaring it uneconomical. Instead it will use an existing, underused airport and improve access to it.

AFP | Construction work on the Chinese-built Maputo-Katembe Bridge, linking the two sides of the bay of Mozambiques capital. The three-kilometer, $725-million structure, scheduled to open this year, will be Africas longest suspension bridge

The decision coincides with concern internationally about Africas mounting debts with China fears that are sometimes voiced by individual Africans, but rarely their governments.

We need Chinese development, but not at the expense of our unborn children who will be paying the debts, said Hassan Dumbuya, a taxi driver using a partly-completed Chinese-built toll road between Freetown and Masiaka.

So is Sierra Leones U-turn on the airport the dawn of an African revolt against Chinese-funded projects?

Not so fast, say analysts.

Its not a revolt because African countries cannot revolt they are seeking finance, said Ivorian political analyst Jean Alabro in Abidjan.

Michael Kottoh, managing partner at Konfidants, an international consultancy firm, explained that the airport cancellation had a limited, local, context.

True, it could be seen as yet more evidence that many African governments are rushing to grab Chinese deals without seeking serious transaction advice to guide their negotiations, he told AFP.

That said, this particular airport project cancellation is more about local politics and less about any major policy shift on China by the new government.

During the campaign for presidential elections in March, opposition champion and eventual victor Julius Maada Bio blasted Chinese-funded schemes as a sham that yielded no economic and development benefits.

In this light, scrapping the airport may simply be a prelude to deals with China which align with Bios electoral promises, Kottoh told AFP.

The countrys China portfolio mix will merely change; the portfolio itself will not shrink significantly, said Kottoh. It might even increase in size and value in the long run.

China is likely...

15:30

Hungarian Parliament: EU attacks Hungary on the grounds that it didnt take in migrants "IndyWatch Feed War"

Indeed. For the EU, its commit civilizational suicide or face economic and other pressure for not doing so. Hungary passes resolution: EU report attacks us because we didnt take migrants and criminalised the organisation of illegal migration, Voice of Europe, October 17, 2018: Hungarian lawmakers passed a resolution which urges the government not to give []

15:24

Trump Threatens to Call Up the U.S. Military If Mexico Doesnt Stop Migrants "IndyWatch Feed War"

President asks southern neighbor in the strongest terms to stop the onslaught of Latin American migrants heading to U.S.

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A caravan of Honduran migrants crossing into Guatemala on their march to the United States, on October 17, 2018. AFP photo

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Thousands of Honduran migrants move north after crossing the border from Honduras into Guatemala on October 15, 2018, in Esquipulas, Guatemala.
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Honduran immigrants, some of more than 1,500 people in a migrant caravan, travel north on Tuesday near Quezaltepeque, Guatemala. A caravan of Central Americans, the second of its kind in 2018, began in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with plans to march north through Guatemala and Mexico to the U.S.
Honduran immigrants, some of more than 1,500 people in a migrant caravan, travel north on Tuesday near Quezaltepeque, Guatemala. A caravan of Central Americans, the second of its kind in 2018, began in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with plans to march north through Guatemala and Mexico to the U.S...

15:23

Open Thread 2018-54 "IndyWatch Feed War"

News & views not related to Khashoggi ...

15:15

Feds Monetary Policy About Right, No More Hikes Needed St. Louis Fed President James Bullard says "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Federal Reserves most recent interest rate increase put monetary policy about where it should be, with no further hikes required in an economy where inflation remains weak, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Thursday, pressing an argument he has made over the past two years.

The current level of the policy rate is about right, Bullard said of the U.S. central banks current short term policy rate, which is set in a range of between 2.00 percent and 2.25 percent. Maintaining the current level of the policy rate would be an appropriate policy, for the foreseeable future.

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Policymakers expect to raise rates again in December, and several times next year before the central banks benchmark overnight lending rate reaches a restrictive level of around 3.40 percent sometime in 2020, according to the most recent set of Fed economic projections.

The minutes from the September policy meeting, released on Wednesday, showed there was broad agreement on the need for a rate hike last month, as well as on continued gradual rate increases to manage an economy in which unemployment is near a 50-year low and economic growth has been stronger than expected.

Inflation, however, remains controlled, and Bullard has focused on that and several other aspects of the economy in recent years to argue that the Fed should basically stop in place until something changes.

While a standard Taylor Rule would recommend much higher interest rates than the Fed currently envisions a fact often used to criticize the relevance of policy rules in general Bullard said that adjusting the rule for changes in the economy shows that current policy is on target.

Bullard is not currently a voting member of the Feds rate-setting committe...

15:13

Khashoggi probe: Suspicious Saudi van leads Turkish police to woodland "IndyWatch Feed War"

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15:06

Africas Budding Democracies Are Taking Shape, But Not without Challenges "IndyWatch Feed War"

Since last November, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, home to two of the oldest authoritarian governments in Africa, have both began to shift dramatically towards democracy. While the initial changes in leadership were peaceful, regional violence in Ethiopia and a contested election in Zimbabwe have made the political transitions increasingly turbulent. For the moment, Ethiopia has been able to overcome these challenges. And although Zimbabwe has shown signs of backsliding into authoritarianism, the countrys recent election had more freedom than any election since independence, and the whole process was less violent than other recent elections in the region.

At a time when democracy appears to be declining globally, the cases of Ethiopia and even Zimbabwe should be studied and cannot be discounted.

On June 23, one of the largest-ever public gatherings in Ethiopias Meskel Square transformed into chaos when an explosion erupted near the rallys speaker, newly elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who had recently become the first person from Ethiopias majority Oromo ethnic group to hold the position. On the same day in Zimbabwe, an explosion in Bulawayo targeting interim President Mnangagwa occurred in the run-up to the countrys first democratic elections in decades.

For the past 40 years, we would have anticipated a brutal reaction from both governments in response to any act of violence that threatened to undermine state power. Zimbabwes dictator Robert Mugabe became infamous for his massacre of alleged members of the opposition party PF-ZAPU in the 1980s. Until recently, any anti-government sentiment in Ethiopia would have been met with an immediate government crackdown, including prolonged internet shutdowns, government-imposed states of emergency, and the arrests and deaths of protestors more than 1,000 of whom have been killed since 2015.

Abiys moves towards liberal democracy are not without opposition. In light of the opening political space, Ethiopias more ethnically factious regions are experiencing increased violence as underrepresented groups jockey for...

15:00

Our Saver-In-Chief "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Yesterday the White House tweeted: In todays Cabinet meeting, President @realDonaldTrump directed each member of his Cabinet to streamline their agencys budget by 5 percent this fiscal year. In a similar vein, Donald Trump finds outrageous the amounts of money the American government spends for defense while other countries, our supposed allies, persist in not []

15:00

Australia and its Israel Embassy: What are they Thinking? "IndyWatch Feed War"

James ONeill According to recent media reports, the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth (Sydney) by-election, former diplomat David Sharma said he was open to the idea that Australias embassy in Israel could be shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a separate tweet he went further and said Australia should consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital. The ostensible reason is that it would be following the lead of the United States. In separate reports, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is said to be making an announcement in Canberra on 16 October also suggesting that Australia should follow the US lead. Sharma did qualify his suggestion that Australias embassy shift to Jerusalem should be looked at in the context of a two-state solution (to Israel-Palestine). It is possible that both Sharma and Morrison have timed their statements to coincide with the by-election by making a pitch for the Jewish vote in that electorate. According to census data, Wentworth has 12.5 percent of its population professing the Jewish faith, a significant figure in electoral terms. That is the

14:30

Netherlands: Islamic State jihadi on trial after posing next to beheaded body "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why was he allowed back into the Netherlands in the first place? Although Breitbart identifies him here as Dutch, Oussama A. almost certainly doesnt think of himself as Dutch, and almost certainly has nothing but contempt for the Dutch as unbelievers, the most vile of created beings (Quran 98:6). Oussama A. almost certainly thinks of []

14:30

Yoda: Supreme Court to Hear 1st Amendment Case Against #GoogleGestapo "IndyWatch Feed War"

Supreme Court agrees to hear a case that could determine whether Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies can censor their users

  • The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds.
  • The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor which can be sued for First Amendment violations.
  • The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the countrys largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits.

14:05

Rocket attack on Beer Sheva home ignored by BBC "IndyWatch Feed War"

At 03:38 on the morning of October 17th sirens warning of incoming missiles sounded in the southern Israeli town of Beer Sheva and surrounding areas. Minutes later a direct hit on a house in Beer Sheva was identified. Fortunately, the mother had managed to get her three sleeping children to their safe room before the Grad rocket hit their home. They and several other civilians were taken to hospital. 

At 05:30 it became clear that an additional rocket had been fired from the Gaza Strip at the same time towards the Tel Aviv area but had landed in the sea. The IDF responded to the attacks with strikes on terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Later in the morning sirens also sounded in the districts closer to the border with the Gaza Strip and school was cancelled for the day.

As reported by the Times of Israel and others:

The rocket used in the attack [on Be...

14:00

Moscow ready for larger-scale provocations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Moscow ready for larger-scale provocations by the West, says Lavrov

Western provocation, the prospect of WWIII, and Chinas closer stance with Russia are just some of the topics that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has spoken about with RT France.
We will be ready for larger-scale provocations too. But our answer is very simple if they talk to us through the media, we will respond through the media too, but specifically and in a correct manner, Lavrov said, answering questions from RT France, Paris Match and Le Figaro.
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14:00

Andrew Garfield: 2018 Mid-Term Warning for Republicans II "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Commenting on the article you sent, Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture:

I think the numbers on the Conservative/Trump base at 25% of the electorate is about right. As is the number for the hard left. But this study strongly smacks of a group of academics with a theory that they used a survey to prove.

Despite its flaws, I do think this survey reveals a cause for great concern to the GOP. With up to 50% of the electorate tired of political correctness but also imbued with shared social values, that include moderate to very moderate views on the social issues that matter the most to the hard left and hard right. Thats a huge swing vote. Much bigger than traditional analysis suggests. This is born out by issue based attitude research, which strongly suggests that a majority of Americans no longer oppose a total ban on abortion or gay marriage; who refute racism; and who support equal rights for women for example.

Those swing voters are not going to feel comfortable with a further move to the right and/or support a President who only ever plays to the 25% of hardcore Conservatives. Any more then they would support a swing to the hard left.

Assuming Trump does not shoot himself in the foot over the next 2 years or a world changing event occurs, with 50% or more of the electorate in play, 2020 will in my view come down to one simple thing. Who the Dems select to run against Trump. If its Warren or Saunders or someone of their ilk, then its anyones election. If its Biden or someone credible from the moderate wing of the Dems, I think Trump and the GOP are in real trouble.

In two years they will not be able to rely on the benefits of the tax cuts because those will have dissipated and they will have begun to seriously bloat our national debt. When the economy is doing ok to well, the electorate are also free to focus on other issues. So if the economy stays at the current level, I dont think the economy is a winning issue. However, growing national debt, the negative impact of the tariffs, rising commodity costs, global instability resulting from our retreat from global leadership; rises in interest rates and or inflation could all seriously undermine the economy and that is definitely...

14:00

Tomgram: Belle Chesler, The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its been three weeks since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the nation and Im still struggling to move on...

13:55

Chinas currency fell on Thursday to its lowest level since the start of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. stops short of labeling China a currency manipulator

Chinas currency dropped on Thursday to its lowest level since the start of 2017

By Emma Dunkley in Hong Kong

Chinas currency fell on Thursday to its lowest level since the start of 2017. Investors watched nervously as it moved towards Rmb7 per US dollar a level not seen since the global financial crisis and analysts fear it could be a tipping point for further weakness. What has happened to the renminbi?

The renminbi has been among the worst-performing currencies in Asia Pacific this year. Both the onshore (CNY) and offshore (CNH) currencies are down about 6 per cent, although they have not fared as badly as Indias rupee, which has weakened about 13.5 per cent over this time. The sell-off gathered pace from mid-June in tandem with escalating trade tensions between China and the US.

The onshore currency has weakened about 8.4 per cent since then. What is the difference between the onshore and offshore currency? Each weekday morning the Peoples Bank of China sets a rate for CNY, allowing the market to trade in a band 2 per cent either side of this midpoint value.

The PBoC opened Hong Kong as an offshore venue in 2010 for investors to access renminbi-denominated assets, as a way for foreign companies and banks to raise funds using CNH. The offshore currency has traditionally lagged behind its onshore counterpart, as the relative lack of CNH assets left holders with few options to invest their cash, damping demand for the currency. What has driven the sell-off? Trade tensions with the US, as well as deteriorating fundamentals, has increased pressure on the Chinese economy and currency.

Monetary policy differentials with the US have widened this year: the Federal Reserve has raised rates and China suffered its first current account deficit since 2001 in the first quarter. Economic data published in the past few months have indicated a slowdown in growth. A report on Wednesday from the US Treasury that reiterated its concerns about weakness of the renminbi stopped short of labelling China a currency manipulator.

The recent depreciation could boost Chinas trade surplus with the US, but the report said direct intervention by the PBoC this year had been limited. The Treasury report was more positive than expected, so although CNY weakened it was not as aggressive as it could have been, said Jackit Wong, an analyst at MUFG.

There is some irony here: market watchers agree that China is working to limit the pace of the currencys fall, but the US is typically more concerned about countri...

13:45

Portland White Trash Could Blacks Be Joining the GOP to Get Away from Them? (Over 6M Views) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tip of the hat to the fit, muscled Slav who would not allow himself to be baited.

Three Things the President Can Do for a November 2018 Bump:

01 Appoint Carol Mosely Braun to the UN post.

02 Pardon our last remaining political prisoners twelve Black Panthers.

03 Commit, NOW (before Election Day), to passing #UNRIG Election Reform Act in 2019 to achieve a Congress in 2020 that is one third NOT Republican or Democratic that is the ONLY way we will get to evidence-based legislation in the public interest. That is how we give Independents, Libertarians, Greens, and others a fair deal. This will inspire the fence-sitters.

13:45

Khashoggi Crisis Widens Trump Rift With Congress on Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Distrust of Riyadh in Washington dates to Sept. 11 attacks

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President Donald Trump is facing increased pressure from Congress over his handling of journalist Jamal Khashoggis disappearance, exposing a widening rift between the White House and Capitol Hill over the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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Lawmakers from Trumps own party, including the presidents ally Senator Lindsey Graham, are openly voicing their discontent and threatening to sanction the Saudi government over the objections of the president, who has sought to build a closer relationship with Riyadh.

The stark differences underscore that Saudi Arabia enjoys far greater respect in the Oval Office than in the Capitol. Many lawmakers harbor a distrust of the kingdom dating back to its connection to the Sept. 11 attacks. Its bloody involvement in Yemens civil war and interference in Lebanese politics have cost it further U.S. support.

The Trump administration, meanwhile led by the presidents son-in-law, Jared Kushner has drawn ever closer to the Saudis as it fashions a strategy in the Mideast that revolves around the kingdom.

There are a number of constituencies in Congress that are hostile to Saudi Arabia, said Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. U.S. lawmakers have complained about the kingdoms egregious human rights record, its suppression of religious freedom and civilian deaths in the Yemen war.

QuickTake: All About the Saudi Prince Now Being Called Brutal

The Khashoggi case provides a central rallying point for all of these people to criticize the Saudis and the presidents relationship with them, he said.

Should Congress act against Saudi Arabia despite Trumps reservations, it would mark yet another defeat in Washington for the kingdom. Just two years ago, Congress passed legislation allowing Saudi Arabia to be sued for its involvement i...

13:34

Chinas Commerce Ministry: Were holding out hope for better-than-ever US relations "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • (We) hope the U.S. and China can look beyond the current situation and realize an even closer economic and trade cooperation with mutual benefits that resonate between the two business communities, Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng said during a press briefing Thursday, according to a CNBC translation.
  • While the effect on most Chinese companies is limited, those whose products have a weaker competitive edge will face a definite impact, he said.
  • At this time, most businesses are still full of confidence in the face of these challenges, Gao said. Individual governments will also implement appropriate measures to help businesses and workers cope any difficulties that may appear.

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Gao Feng, spokesperson with Chinas Ministry of Commerce, speaks at a press conference on April 6, 2018 in Beijing, China.

China would still like to have a close economic relationship with the U.S. despite current trade tensions, the Asian nations Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.

We believe the overall trend (toward deeper exchange) will not reverse, spokesperson Gao Feng said during a press briefing, according to a CNBC translation. (We) hope the U.S. and China can look beyond the current situation and realize an even closer economic and trade cooperation with mutual benefits that resonate between the two business communities.

In the last several months, the Trump administration has levied tariffs on an increasing amount of imports from China. The rat...

13:30

Mongoose: 10 US Companies Active in Genocide of Palestinians, Israel Assassination Program More than All Other Nations Combined? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters

These companies are knowingly supporting war crimes, and are complicit in state-orchestrated murder. Tom Anderson, researcher for Corporate Occupation

Caterpillar, Inc.    Combined Systems, Inc.    Ford Motor Company    Monsanto    G4S plc    Hewlett Packard    HSBC Bank plc    Motorola Solutions, Inc.    Remington    Sabra Dipping Company, LLC

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Israels secret assassinations (book review)

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court might want to consider this book Exhibit A if Israeli government and military officials are ever indicted for war crimes. It contains open admissions of guilt in plotting and executing extralegal assassinations in violation of international law.

It was not just assassinations. Bergman writes, state security was used to justify a large number of actions and operations that, in the visible world, would have been subject to criminal prosecution and long prison terms: constant surveillan...

13:25

The People 'Stopping Election Interference' Are the Ones Who Are Actually Rigging the Election "IndyWatch Feed War"

I believe that it is Facebook itself that is tampering with the election by manipulating what they want people to see. If the alternative media changed everything in the 2016 election due to the availability of more information, Facebook will change future elections due to their manipulation of the information users are allowed to see.

13:24

China, US defence chiefs meet on sidelines of Asean meeting in Singapore "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinas Defence Minister Wei Fenghe held talks with his US counterpart James Mattis at a key regional security summit on Thursday, after a meeting between the two men scheduled for earlier in the month was cancelled due to growing tensions between the two countries.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with Chinas Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, Thursday, October 18, 2018, in Singapore. Associated Press Photo

The officials talked for almost 90 minutes on the sidelines of the annual Association for Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) defence ministers meeting in Singapore, the main focus of which was the disputed South China Sea.

Randall Schriver, a US assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, told reporters after the meeting that Mattis described the meeting as straightforward and candid and that he had made clear Washingtons views on Chinas increased militarisation of the strategic waterway.

Thats an area where we will continue to have differences and talk through, Schriver said.

On the possibility of Wei visiting the US for more talks, he said there was a commitment on both sides to try to find a time.

The high-level meeting came after planned talks between Mattis and Wei were cancelled by Beijing, apparently in retaliation for Washington sanctioning a unit of Chinas military for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles in September.

It also came amid rising tensions between the two powers, the temperature of which rose still further when a Chinese warship and a US destroyer almost collided in the South China Sea last month.

In another move that could escalate tensions, the US Pacific Air Force conducted routine exercises over the South China Sea on Tuesday, operations that have previously drawn Beijings ire.

Chinas foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing was verifying the situation, but reiterated it would take resolute measures when necessary to defend our sovereignty and security interests.

China always respects and safeguards freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea that all countries enjoy under the international law, he said.

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13:15

In Final Column, Jamal Khashoggi Laments Dearth of Free Press in Arab World "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Final Column, Jamal Khashoggi Laments Dearth of Free Press in Arab World


The Washington Post published a column by the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday, more that two weeks after he disappeared.  Middle East Monitor, via Reuters

By Jacey Fortin 

 

The dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just over two weeks ago, and evidence increasingly suggests he was brutally murdered.

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13:15

Plastic piling up in Japan after China waste ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

Japan said Thursday it was facing a growing sea of plastic waste with limited capacity to process it after China stopped accepting foreign waste imports.

The environment ministry said about a quarter of major regional and municipal governments surveyed reported seeing accumulating plastic waste, sometimes going beyond sanitary standards.

The costs of processing waste plastic were rising, according to more than 100 local governments and 175 waste processing firms that responded to a ministry survey.

AFP/File | Plastic waste has been piling up in Japan since Chinas new policy came into force

The worlds developing nations are also scrambling for ways to process plastic refuse after China stopped accepting it.

Nearly three-quarters of all plastic waste produced globally since 1992 has ended up in China and Hong Kong, according to a study in the journal Science Advances.

But since January, China has closed its borders to most paper and plastic waste in line with a new environmental policy pushed by Beijing.

Before the ban, Japan exported about 1.5 million tonnes of plastic waste per year, most of it to China.

The Japanese ministry said it will expand domestic capacity to process plastic waste, while also preventing illegal dumping.

The government also intends to boost efforts to encourage recycling, the survey added.

AFP

13:08

The Curse of Silicon Valleys Community Standards "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cupertino, CA: Launch of a new Apple iPhone products on September 12, 1010. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)Cupertino, CA: Launch of a new Apple iPhone products on September 12, 1010. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Silicon Valley, as the governing realm over cyberspace, has grown to have the most far-reaching censorship capability in human history. Its community standards for posting on its social media platforms have become dangerously subjective.

This is in part due to a cocktail of artificial intelligence and algorithms unable to offer human perspective along with other factors, including the political Lefts pilgrimage to Northern Californias tech oasis. What we are now finding are hard-line boundaries against any deviancy in current progressive thought.

Ironically, these same boundaries can be found in the worlds most draconian theocracies, fascist regimes or the dirt and rubble empires of forgotten Third World warlords. 

In Silicon Valleys case, normative behavior is defined as leftist-friendly politics. Deviation from that now results an ever-quickening rate of censorship censorship of conservative voices as well as voices openly critical of a number of rigid systems, including Islamism that masks its barbarity through the cover of religion.

I know this because it happened to me. I was silenced by Facebook for daring to publicize vitriolic messages I received from a Muslim misogynist. While he had enough awareness on how to manipulate Silicon Valleys no...

13:02

Unmasking Phony Values Campaigns by the Corporatists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Corporatist candidates like to talk up values without getting specific and without drawing attention to how their voting records put the interests of big financial backers against the interest of most voters. This election season is no exception, from Florida to Texas to California to Ohio to Wisconsin. In 2004, I wrote the following article for the Louisville Courier-Journal comparing Kentucky values to the starkly opposing record and behavior of Senator Mitch McConnell.

All current candidates for elective office who stand for we the people and believe that big corporations should be our servants, not our masters, may find this list of values applicable in their states. Corporatist opponents voting records, positions, and their campaign contributors interests can be clearly compared with civic values and any other values voters and candidates wish to highlight. This kind of comparison can only help to turn out larger numbers of voters who want to elect candidates who will champion consumer, worker, children, and small taxpayer causes.

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From my travels throughout Kentucky, starting with the late 60s campaign for coal miners health and safety laws, Ive observed that Kentuckians would like their politicians to be driven by Kentucky values. This election season, voters must be wondering: How has Sen. Mitch McConnell lived up to key Bluegrass State commitments?

  1. Rewarding hard work

Kentuckians dont want handouts they believe in working for a living. Thats why they believe in a fair days wage for a fair days work.

Mitch McConnell is worth more than $27 million, but has blocked efforts to prevent the minimum wage from seriously eroding due to inflation. He would rather allow McDonalds and Walmart have taxpayers, through the earned income tax credit, pay for their workers public assistance than raise their minimum wages to meet workers basic needs.

  1. Honoring your elders

Many Kentuckians follow the Fifth Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother. They believe our elders, after a lifetime of work, deserve a decent living standard.

Mitch McConnell dishonors our fathers and mothers when he says that the government should cut funding for Social Security and Medicare, programs that give Kentucky elders, who paid into these safety nets, much-deserved security in their golden yea...

12:55

Merkel Coalition Gets Overdue Spanking in Bavaria but 5 years Too Late to Save Germany "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germany appears to be on a collision course between those who accept the idea of being the worlds welcome center for refugees, and those who think Germany must not only close its borders, but perhaps even send back many refugees. After all, if the German people do not like instability, then the specter of their borders being violated on a daily basis such be simply unacceptable to them.

12:54

Prince Harrys Invictus Games, Brought To You By Arms Dealers, Figuratively And Literally "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Nick Deane, October 15, 2018, newmatilda.com.

Prince Harry pictured at the 2017 Invictus Games, in Toronto.

Its one thing to celebrate the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Its another thing altogether to let the weapons manufacturers who helped create the adversity sponsor the celebrations. Nick Deane explains.

The Invictus Games will be familiar to all who watch the ABC, their promoter and sponsor. The Games will be taking place in Sydney in October, the participants being injured service personnel from 18 countries.

It is highly inspiring to see the human spirit triumph over mutilations of the human body. Who can fail but be impressed by the fortitude of the participating athletes? As the Story of the Games tells us, they have faced life-changing injuries but have somehow found the motivation not to let those injuries define them.

From what we can see, they appear to be in comparatively good health both mentally and physically, despite the terrible wounds they have suffered. This is wonderful. And it is entirely fitting that sport plays a positive role in their rehabilitation.

Admirable also is the skill and dedication of those who brought them back to comparative health and the ability to rejoin society the surgeons and nurses, the technicians who create the equipment and prostheses, and the carers and family members who keep them in their current state of well-being. There is clearly a whole team of people behind each, individual participant.

This part of the story is displayed for the general public in a brilliant light. Under it, we see the heroism of the individuals who have had to face extraordinary misfortune and feel pride in their accomplishments. We are, however, discouraged from exploring the shadows this light casts, where lie aspects that would otherwise complete the picture.

Of...

12:35

No Journalists Anymore "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hold The Front Page. The Reporters Are Missing. by John Pilger + Julian Assange on the Future of Cyber Security

Chris Hedges and Barrett Brown: The War on Journalism, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Others
Screenshot by Dandelion Salad via Flickr
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12:28

Ian Buruma en de 'Joden' 2 "IndyWatch Feed War"


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Wanneer de mainstream-journalist Ian Buruma stelt dat gedwongen emigratie het lot van de Joden [is geweest] sinds de achtste eeuw voor Christus vormt dit tevens zijn belangrijkste argument om Stephen Miller, the US presidents senior policy adviser af te schilderen als een afvallige afstammeling van Joden. In zijn bombastisch taalgebruik is Miller 

een bedreven agitator, wiens opruiende retoriek tegen immigranten en vluchtelingen de massas tijdens Trumps bijeenkomsten tot razernij opzwepen,

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12:25

The Killing of Khashoggi: Why the Consulate Was Chosen as the Scene of the Crime "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jeremy Salt Source [Update: The publication of this article was delayed because of a Gmail block on the American Herald Tribune website, as part of what is a general assault on dissident media and blog sites.  The article was sent to the closed Gmail address by mistake. Since its writing, more details have spilled out through []

12:25

When Saudi Arabia"s Credibility is Damaged, So is America"s "IndyWatch Feed War"

The alleged murder of Mr Khashoggi is only the latest of a series of Saudi ventures since 2015 that have failed to turn out as planned... The importance of all this is that the essential political underpinnings of sanctions are being eroded.

12:14

Gory Details of Khashoggi Murder Complicate US Response "IndyWatch Feed War"

A protester dressed as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman decries the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi believed to be at the hands of the Saudi government (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)A protester dressed as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman decries the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi believed to be at the hands of the Saudi government. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

As gory details emerge about the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hand of the Saudis in the kingdoms consulate in Istanbul, political and financial matters complicate any response America may be contemplating. At present, confirmation of the murder is all but a given.

See video below for a discussion of some of those financial complications

Politically, Saudi Arabia is an essential part of President Donald Trumps strategy to isolate Iran and bring its mullahs to their knees. The kingdom is also a major player in the Saudi-Israel-U.S. alliance to increase American influence in the Middle East and sideline not only Iran, but its allies Russia and Turkey. Any response that weakens that alliance will necessarily give strength to Iran, Russia and Turkey and their dangerous union. It is doubtful the United States would be willing for that to happen.

On the home front, Saudi Arabia wields enormous power over the U.S. economy, with the ability to wreak havoc on Trumps thus far successful economic  program. This is another risk Trump would not be willing to take when deciding how to respond to the charges against the Saudis.

There are obviously details we dont know and most likely never will concerning this story. One thing that seems clear is that Khashoggi was not the simply dissident journalist the mainstream media is painting him to be.

We know a number of things about wh...

12:13

The final word in the region will remain for Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

The final word in the region will remain for Syria 16, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, The only true criteria of progress or decline of any alliance in the region and the world is the progress and decline in geography. Even if the area of this geography expands, the importance is the geography which []

11:55

Killing Jamal Khashoggi Was Easy. Explaining It Is Much Harder "IndyWatch Feed War"

Getting to the bottom of the Jamal Khashoggi disappearance is a bit like peeling an onion. The trick will be to see how a bit of extreme brutal behavior by the Saudis can be manipulated by all interested parties to produce a solution that doesnt damage anyone too much.

11:32

Jordan says nearly 300 Syrian White Helmets leave for resettlement in West "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Rescue workers and their families who fled Syria three months ago have left for new lives in Canada, Germany and Britain

11:05

I shook Jamal Khashoggi's hand. Days later he was murdered "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saudi Arabia I knew as a child would not have carried out such a heinous act as the brutal murder of a patriotic intellectual

11:04

US B-52 bombers fly over South China Sea ahead of Asean defence summit, Mattis meeting with Chinas defense chief "IndyWatch Feed War"

General Wei Fenghe, Chinas defense minister, meets with his US counterpart James Mattis in Beijing, June 27, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

B-52 exercise over disputed waters risks Beijings ire as Pentagon chief James Mattis is expected to meet Chinas defence minister Wei Fenghe in Singapore

South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 October, 2018, 11:45am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 October, 2018, 2:37pm
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11:01

Dont laugh: Netanyahu says that israel (apartheid state) Wants Peace but that Abbas and the Palestinians Make It Impossible "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netanyahu says that Israel Wants Peace but that Abbas and the Palestinians Make It Impossible Netanyahu says that obstacles to peace lie with the Palestinians and not with Israel As discussed here on many occasions, Israel will not (nor does she need to) launch any preemptive screeching campaigns against Trumps proposed ultimate peace deal. To []

11:00

Trump v Congress: How Khashoggi Case Sets Up Battle over US-Saudi Ties "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington (MEE Some members of Congress have expressed outrage over what happened to Saudi journalist.
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The United States has for decades turned a blind eye to human rights abuses carried out by Saudi Arabia.

However, since the disappearance and purported murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, US mainstream media, businesses and politicians have denounced Riyadh and questioned Washingtons alliance with the Saudi royal family, in particular.

Various members of the US Congress have also been among those expressing outrage over what may have happened to the Washington Post columnist.

We need answers; were not getting them, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell told Middle East Eye on Wednesday.

Related: Saudi Story Unravels as Turkey Applies Pressure over Journalist Khashoggi

Last week, Dingell was among 27 members of Congress who sent a letter to Saudi Arabias ambassador to Washington, Khalid bin Salman, requesting an independent investigation into Khashoggis whereabouts.

Were going to have to sort this out, but its unacceptable pure and simple, Dingell told MEE.

The White House, however, has sounded far less alarmed amid a barrage of questions about Khashoggis disappearance, what Saudi officials know about it and its close ties to Saudi rulers and the countrys powerful crown prince,...

11:00

THE FORGOTTEN KHASHOGGI CONNECTIONS "IndyWatch Feed War"

If you've been following the Khashoggi disappearance case, you're probably like me: baffled by it all. After all, there's not much about it that []

The post THE FORGOTTEN KHASHOGGI CONNECTIONS appeared first on Giza Death Star.

10:55

Moscow Plays Big Role in Korean Peace Process "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia is working on its own plans to host North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Moscow or Vladivostok. Moscow can offer lucrative economic projects that will make Pyongyang more amenable to dismantling its nuclear and missile programs.

10:38

Anti-Semitism as a Sword: The Danger of Undermining Democracy for israels (apartheid state) Benefit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anti-Semitism as a Sword: The Danger of Undermining Democracy for Israels Benefit Attacking the cherished principle of free speech not only threatens Jews standing in their home countries, it does not help Israel move towards cherished values of democracy and peaceful co-existence either. by Ian Berman LONDON  Following the flimsy accusations of anti-Semitism discussed in []

10:30

#Khashoggi -VT Sources: Trump, Pompeo Have Had Murder Audio for 4 Days and Lied and Lied and Lied "IndyWatch Feed War"

VT Sources: Trump, Pompeo Have Had Murder Audio for 4 Days and Lied Gordon Duff, Senior Editor US Intelligence Contractors (NSA) monitoring the comm spectrum in Istanbul listened to the murder in realtime Editors note:  VT has known about these recordings all along as has President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo.  While defending []

10:12

Missing journalist has made Trumps Saudi bet much riskier "IndyWatch Feed War"

US president has leaned heavily on kingdom for his Middle East policy, but ties now face bipartisan scrutiny over Jamal Khashoggi affair

The Associated Press
In this photo from May 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds a sword and dances with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
In this photo from May 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds a sword and dances with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) US President Donald Trump put a big and risky bet on Saudi Arabia and its 33-year-old crown prince. Its now become much riskier.

From the early days of his presidency, Trump and his foreign policy team embraced the kingdom and Mohammed bin Salman as the anchors of their entire Middle East strategy. From Iran and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the administration gambled that Saudi Arabia, effectively run by the prince, could credibly lead, and willingly pay for, a Pax Arabica in a part of the world from which Trump is keen to disengage.

For nearly two years, through an ongoing crisis with Qatar and international outrage over civilian casualties in the Saudi-led campaign against Yemeni rebels, the prince has managed to keep Washingtons confidence. But now, the tide is turning amid growing outrage over the disappearance and likely death of a US-based journalist inside a Saudi Consulate in Turkey, and that confidence appears to be waning. The Trump administrations grand strategy may be upended with far-reaching ramifications that extend well outside the region.

10:08

Jewish terrorists stone to death Palestinian woman in West Bank "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli settlers stone to death Palestinian woman in West Bank This file photo shows Palestinian woman Aisha Mohammed Aravi. (Photo by IMEMC) A middle-aged Palestinian woman has been stoned to death by Israeli settlers in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, reports say. Aisha Mohammed Aravi, 47, was driving in her vehicle along []

10:00

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/10/18 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed War"

2018/10/18 08:00:01Welcome 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

09:49

Iran Deserves Credit for the Ruin of ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iran Deserves Credit for the Ruin of ISIS  by Scott Ritter But is the U.S. now allowing its last remnants to survive in Syria to spite Tehran? Michael Wick / Shutterstock Until recently the United States viewed the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as a major threat to regional stability in the Middle East. Barack []

09:41

Report: Saudis Dismembered Journalist While He Was Still Alive, Audio Recording Shows "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recording: Saudis Dismembered Journalist While Still Alive Pompeo gives Saudis a few more days to finalize report on killing Turkish media has gained access to an audio recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The recording reportedly reveals that Khashoggi was dismembered by the Saudi interrogation team while []

09:37

U.S. Economy Not Overheating, Inflation Low Is Trump Right and Fed Chairman Powell Wrong? "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • President questions why rates are rising when inflation is low
  • Fed chair says inflation may not be best signal of overheating
  • Federal Reserves campaign to raise interest rates
Trump Blames Crazy Federal Reserve for Stock Selloff
Trump returned to his criticism of the Fed, claiming its responsible for the stock selloff. Kevin Cirilli reports.
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Fox Business Networks Trish Regan pressed President Donald Trump. Video photo grab

Donald Trump has attacked the soft underbelly of the Federal Reserves campaign to raise interest rates, exposing what Jerome Powell himself probably recognizes is a potential vulnerability.

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09:30

Caught in the Cross Hairs: Media Lens and the Mystery of the Wikipedia Editor "IndyWatch Feed War"

In June, the BBC reported that someone operating under the name Philip Cross had been extraordinarily active in editing Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit:

Philip Cross has made hundreds of thousands of edits to Wikipedia pages. But in the process hes angered anti-war activists and critics of British and Western foreign policy, who claim hes been biased against them.

Political analyst and former UK British ambassador Craig Murray described the scale of Crosss activities:

Philip Cross has not had one single day off from editing Wikipedia in almost five years. He has edited every single day from 29 August 2013 to 14 May 2018. Including five Christmas Days. Thats 1,721 consecutive days of editing.

133,612 edits to Wikipedia have been made in the name of Philip Cross over 14 years. Thats over 30 edits per day, seven days a week. And I do not use that figuratively: Wikipedia edits are timed, and if you plot them, the timecard for Philip Crosss Wikipedia activity is astonishing if it is one individual.

So who is Philip Cross? The BBC commented:

BBC Trending has been able to establish that he lives in England, and that Philip Cross is not the name he normally goes by outside of Wikipedia.

The excellent Five Filters website looked deeply into these issues and noted of the person writing as Cross:

After George Galloway, Media Lens is his second most edited article on the site. Cross is r...

09:29

More Italians Move Savings To Switzerland "IndyWatch Feed War"

With the euro weakening against the Swiss franc (recently trading at session lows of 1.14) and Italian stocks and bonds tumbling once again on reports that the European Commission is planning to reject the Italian draft budget plan submitted earlier this week a repudiation of Italys populist leaders that was widely anticipated  the Telegraphs Ambrose Evans-Pritchard offered a glimpse into how middle-class Italians are reacting to the deteriorating relationship between Italy and the EU, and its attendant impact on the countrys banks and capital markets. In a trend thats eerily reminiscent of the banking run that precipitated the near-collapse of the Greek banking system (most recently in 2015), Italians are scrambling to convert their euros into Swiss francs and stash them across the countrys northern border with Switzerland.

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Right now, the movement has mostly been limited to the wealthy. The big players have already gotten out

The Swiss group Albacore Wealth Management told Italys Il Sole had received a wave of inquiries from Italians with 5m to 10m in liquid capital. The super-rich are already a step ahead. The big fish have been organizing the expatriation of their wealth for some time, it said.

Kinesis is not just a cryptocurrency, Kinesis combines the best of the old world and the new, bringing the most stable and secure forms of currency, gold and silver, to the consumer, in digital form.

and those with between 200,000 euros and 300,000 euros in assets are moving more quickly, inspired by memories of desperate Greeks struggling with capital controls that restricted ATM withdrawals.

There is fear creeping in, said Massimo Gionso, head of family wealth managers CFO Sim in Milan.

People are concerned that if we get into the same situation as Greece, they might find the banks are closed and they can take out only 50 a day from cash machines. They dont want to risk it, he told the Daily Telegraph.

These are families with sa...

09:27

Attacks on Palestinians by israeli settlers (jewish terrorists) on the increase "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli settlers assault Palestinians in Nablus SEE ALSO Palestinian injured in settler attack NABLUS (Maan) Israeli settlers assaulted several Palestinians near the Burqa village in western Nablus district of the northern occupied West Bank, on Wednesday. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Maan that Israeli settlers []

09:22

China Stock Market Rocked by Forced Sellers; Yuan Hits Fresh Low "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Extreme pessimism is pervading the market, fund manager says
  • Shanghai Composite Index has dropped about 30% since January
Renminbi Will Hold Onto Recent Levels, Says Ample Capitals Wong
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Alex Wong of Ample Capital discusses the U.S. not labeling China a currency manipulator and the yuans outlook.

Chinese shares extended the worlds deepest slump and the yuan touched its weakest level in almost two years, testing the governments ability to maintain market calm as risks mount for Asias largest economy.

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09:21

Turkish investigators search Saudi consulate overnight in Khashoggi case "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Forensic team earlier searched the consul's residence, including the roof and garden, leaving the building with several boxes

08:59

Trump Spins Cover-up For Saudi Killing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump Spins Cover-up For Saudi Killing By Finian Cunningham Senior congressional lawmakers are calling for a radical overhaul in US relations with Saudi Arabia. But Trumps indulgence to let Saudi rulers off the hook shows the strategic alliance is too important for US power interests. Some 22 US senators have invoked the Global Magnitsky Act []

08:53

Errico #Malatesta: Anarchists have forgotten their principles #anarchism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two essays by Errico Malatesta an The Manifesto of the Sixteen from 1914 and 1916.

Originally published by Elephant Archives.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Anarchists have forgotten their principles (1914)

Pro-government anarchists (1916)

Appendix: The Manifesto of the Sixteen (1916)

Anarchists have forgotten their principles

At the risk of passing as a simpleton, I confess that I would never have believed it possible that Socialistseven Social Democratswould applaud and voluntarily take part, either on the side of the Germans or on the Allies, in a war like the one that is at present devastating Europe. But what is there to say when the same is done by Anarchistsnot numerous, it is true, but having amongst them comrades whom we love and respect most?

It is said that the present situation shows the bankruptcy of our formulasi.e., of our principlesand that it will be necessary to revise them.

Generally speaking, every formula must be revised whenever it shows itself insufficient when coming into contact with fact; but it is not the case to-day, when the bankruptcy is not derived from the shortcoming of our formulas, but from the fact that these have been forgotten and betrayed.

Let us return to our principles.

I am not a pacifist. I fight, as we all do, for the triumph of peace and of fraternity amongst all human beings; but I know that a desire not to fight can only be fulfilled when neither side wants to, and that so long as men will be found who want to violate the liberties of others, it is incumbent on these others to defend themselves if they do not wish to be eternally beaten; and I also know that to attack i...

08:51

Italys Salvini says may run for EU Commission presidency "IndyWatch Feed War"

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, head of the League party, was quoted as saying he may consider running for the presidency of the European Commission at the next elections.

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Its true, friends from several European countries are asking me to, Salvini told la Repubblica daily in an interview. May is still far away. We will see, Ill think about it.

The next European elections are due May 2326.

Salvini, who was visiting Russia, also reiterated that Italy would oppose renewing indefinitely sanctions against Moscow.

Reuters

Reporting by Valentina Za, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

08:49

Embassy Disappearances: Jamal Khashoggi and the Foreign Policy Web "IndyWatch Feed War"

Do this outside. You will put me into trouble.

Mohammad al-Otaibi, Saudi consul, to Saudi agents, Istanbul, October 2, 2018

It smells, but anything wedged between the putrefaction of Saudi foreign policy, the ambition of Turkish bellicosity, and the US muddling middleman is bound to.  Three powers tussling over image and appearance; all engaged in a wrestle over how best to seem the least hypocritical.  US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi already seems to have found his name into the books of martyred dissidents, but we have no body, merely an inflicted disappearance suggesting a gruesome murder.

The journalist, a notable critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen on October 2 entering the residence of the Saudi consul-general in Istanbul, ostensibly to obtain a document necessary for his upcoming nuptials.  A senior Turkish official put forth a brutal scenario on Wednesday based on obtained audio recordings.  Saudi operatives, probably numbering 15 from the intelligence services and the Royal Guards, were waiting for Khashoggis arrival at 1.15 pm.  Within a matter of minutes, Khashoggi was dead, decapitated, dismembered, his fingers removed.  The entire operation took two hours.

The New York Times pondered how the brutality was inflicted.  Whether Mr. Khashoggi was killed before his fingers were removed and his body dismembered could not be determined.  The Saudi consul Mohammad al-Otaibi was revealed to be squeamish and worried, suggesting the agents ply their craft elsewhere.  The reply from one of the company was curt and unequivocal: If you want to live when you come back to Arabia, shut up.  A Saudi doctor of forensics, Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, a worthy addition to the crew, got to work disposing of the body.  His advice to any companions feeling wobbly: listen to music, soothe the savage breast.

A danse macabre has developed between the various power players.  US president Donald Trump has asked his Turkish counterparts for any audio or video evidence that might shed light on the journalists fate.  To date, these have been drip fed with tantalising timing, disturbing the White Houses neat and comfortable acceptance of the account put forth by Riyadh.  But Turkeys Recep Tayyip Erdoan, an individual never shy to exploit a jingoistic moment, has remained cautiously reticent.

This is where the world of image, supposition, and make-believe, comes into play.  The procuring of evid...

08:45

Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid tensions "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Thursday after earlier talks were scrapped amid soaring tensions between the nuclear powers over trade tariffs and sanctions.

The much-anticipated meeting between the Pentagon chief and General Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of a regional security summit in Singapore is expected to see the men pursue more durable military relations that can better withstand political and economic crises.

General Wei Fenghe, Chinas defense minister, meets with his US counterpart James Mattis in Beijing, June 27, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

The fact that Mattis is meeting with Minister Wei is some evidence that the Chinese are interested in keeping things normal and stable as are we, Randall Schriver, the Pentagons assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, told reporters.

We need to make sure that when we step on one anothers toes it doesnt escalate into something that would be catastrophic.

A meeting between Mattis and Wei was supposed to take place in Beijing last weekend, but it fell through after China declined to make Wei available.

China had reacted angrily after Washington imposed sanctions following Beijings purchase of Russian fighter jets and missiles, and a close encounter between warships in the South China Sea raised the spectre of a mishap.

Beijings other actions have included scrapping a planned port visit of a US warship to Hong Kong and cancelling a meeting between the head of the Chinese navy and his American counterpart.

If Mattis does strike a conciliatory tone, it will stand in contrast to the anti-Chinese rhetoric from the White House.

President Donald Trump has frequently assailed China over its economic policies and earlier this month, US Vice President Mike Pence issued a litany of complaints, accusing Beijing of predatory trade practices and military aggression, among other charges.

Sort of a Democrat

Mattis has made eight trips to what he calls the Indo-Pacific region as Pentagon chief, and a primary mission has been to encourage countries to stand up to Chinas vast claims of sovereignty in the strategically vital South China Sea.

Schriver indicated that countries arent doing enough on this front, and said Mattis would be encouraging them to assert a presence in the areas which Beijing claims.

We will fly sail and operate where international law allows but we are also looking for partners to give voice to keeping internationa...

08:35

Morning Prayer for Thursday, October 18, 2018 Humility opens the door to compassion and service to others "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Not until you have failed can you learn true humility. Humility arises from a deep sense of gratitude to God for giving you the strength to rise above past failures. Humility is not inconsistent with self-respect. The true person has self-respect and the respect of others and yet is humble. The humble person is tolerant of others failings, and does not have a critical attitude toward the foibles of others. Humble people are hard on themselves and easy on others.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may be truly humble and yet have self-respect. I pray that I may see the good in myself as well as the bad.

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Reflection by The Most Rev Msgr William Goh Archbishop of Singapore

18 OCTOBER, 2018, Thursday, St Luke, Evangelist

STAYING FOCUSED UNDER TRIAL

SCRIPTURE READINGS: [ 2 TIMOTHY 4:10-17LUKE 10:1-4  ]

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08:24

BBC framing of Jerusalem embassy stories continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

On October 16th the BBC News website published a report titled Australia considers following US on Jerusalem embassy on its main homepage, its World page and its Australia and Middle East pages.

The Australian prime ministers statements were presented in its opening lines as follows:

Australia will consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital and moving its embassy there from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. []

Mr Morrison said Australia remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Political opponents said Mr Morrisons comments were a deceitful ploy for votes ahead of a crucial by-election.

Readers were also told that:

If acted upon, the move would follow a re...

08:23

Saudi Arabia Transfers $100,000,000 to the US as Khashoggi Crisis Deepens "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Arabia $100 Million(MEE)  When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew into Riyadh to discuss the disappearance and likely death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia transferred $100m to the State Department for US efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group, the New York Times reported late Tuesday. While the funding was approved earlier in the summer, critics []

08:22

Weve Grown Accustomed to Trump Staying enraged seves no good end "IndyWatch Feed War"

Even progressives treat the president as a familiar monster. And he hasnt destroyed the world yet.

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President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Oct. 10. PHOTO: SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Its hard to prove intangibles, harder still when they are in motion, like October clouds, moving rapidly across millions of minds.

One obvious but neglected intangible is worth noticing in the weeks before the elections: The countryconsciously or unconsciouslyhas gotten used to Donald Trump. Twenty-one months into his administration, Mr. Trump has been processed, or half-processedeven subtly domesticatedby the large, complicated American mind, which is improvisational and on the whole incoherent except in moments of national crisis.

Even progressives to whom he is a monster treat him now as, at least, a familiar monster, another of the many disruptive, destructive realities of the 21st century. Life is a matter of learning to live with monsters...

08:12

Trump demands to see Khashoggi murder proof amid reports of recording "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not want to abandon close ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist and government critic, and he needed to see evidence to prove Turkish claims he was killed by Saudi agents.

Trump said he was waiting for a full report on what had happened to Jamal Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to meet with officials over the disappearance.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the authoritarian kingdoms Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and his body removed. The Saudis have denied the allegations.

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Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. He has not been seen since entering the building.

Turkeys pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper on Wednesday published what it said were details from audio recordings that purported to document Khashoggis torture and interrogation.

Khashoggi was killed within minutes and his torturers severed his fingers during the interrogation, the newspaper said. His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it said.

Turkey has not shared with the U.S. government or European allies graphic audio or video evidence, seven U.S. and European security officials told Reuters.

The United States and allies have collected some intelligence through their own sources and methods, which partly confirms news reports based on leaks of audio recordings, four of the sources said.

A New York Times report cited a senior Turkish official confirming the details published by Yeni Safak.

Two Turkish government officials contacted by Reuters declined to confirm the report.

Trump, who has forged closer ties with Saudi Arabia and the 33-year-old crown pri...

07:56

Leaked Documents Reveal Julian Assange Planned an Escape to Moscow in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Julian Assange(ZHE)  A month after the Associated Press published internal WikiLeaks files which suggested the transparency organizations founder Julian Assange had since 2010 contemplated moving to Russia  outside the reach of US and UK authorities  newly released Ecuadorean government documents have revealed a more elaborate plan to escape to Moscow by using Ecuadorean diplomatic cover. The documents show that the plan was being pursued as []

07:33

EU shelves plans for Brexit divorce deal summit citing lack of progress "IndyWatch Feed War"

EU leaders have dropped their plan to hold a Brexit divorce deal summit in mid-November. Europes Brexit negotiator said much more time was needed for decisive progress to be made.

    
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, right, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, center, during a round table at an EU summit in Brussels (picture-alliance/AP Photo/P. van de Wouw)

European Union leaders on Wednesday noted that despite intensive negotiations, not enough progress has been achieved for an extraordinary summit on November 17-18.

The heads of government said they would call a summit to finalize a Brexit divorce deal if and when an agreement was in sight, according to an official source.

British Prime Minister Theresa May had delivered a 15-minute speech to her counterparts, pitching her vision of how talks could be saved after a dramatic breakdown on Sunday.

May was reported to have said the last stage would require courage, trust and leadership on both sides when it came to striking a deal.

Lack of new proposals

EU diplomats said May appeared to show a greater understanding of the EUs concerns, including Irelands requirement for a backstop insurance clause that would mean there would be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

However, the speech, which was followed by a dinner of the 27 leaders that May did not attend, was deemed to contain none of the substantial new proposals that had been called for by European Council President Donald Tusk....

07:25

Trump says US has asked for Khashoggi tapes "IndyWatch Feed War"

But US president says he does not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, left, with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday

By Katrina Manson in Washington, and Laura Pitel and Ayla Jean Yackley in Ankara

Donald Trump said the US had asked for a recording of Jamal Khashoggis purported killing if it exists, but stressed that Washington did not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia as it comes under mounting pressure over the case.

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Jamal Khashoggi

Asked if the US had requested video or audio evidence of Mr Khashoggis death, Mr Trump said on Wednesday: We have asked for it, if it exists. We have asked.

He was speaking as Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, returned from a trip to Turkey and Saudi Arabia that highlighted the USs desire to balance concern over Mr Khashoggi with a desire to preserve economic and security ties to Saudi Arabia. In a separate interview with Fox Business Network, the US president said: We need Saudi Arabia in terms of our fight against all of the terrorism, everything thats happening in Iran.

Asked if the US would walk away from the kingdom, he said: No I dont want to do that, I dont want to do that.

The president said he was waiting for a briefing from Mr Pompeo, who met Saudi Arabias King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the countrys de facto ruler, as well as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Referring to Mr Khashoggis disappearance, Mr Trump said: I hope that the King and the Crown Prince didnt know about it, thats a big factor in my eyes.

But he denied he was giving cover to Saudi Arabia, telling reporters later in the Oval Office: I want to find out what happened. Mr Pompeo had reiterated the USs willingness to aid a probe into the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi as lurid new claims emerged about the Saudi journalists fate.

US officials said they expected Saudi Arabia to soon announce publicly that Mr Khashoggi was killed. Riyadh under pressure over Jamal Khashoggis disappearance Sooner is better than later, yes, for everyone, Mr Pompeo said. He said there had been a couple of delays in preparing the report, but that the Turks said the Saudis had co-operated with their investigation and seemed pretty confident that the Saudis would allow them to do the things they need to do.

Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish officials have used a series of leaks to Turkish and international media to allege that Mr Khashoggi, 59, was killed at the consulate by a 15-man hit...

07:08

Washington Post publishes final Khashoggi column warning of media intimidation "IndyWatch Feed War"

In op-ed written just before he went missing, dissident Saudi writer warns Mideast governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate

In this January 29, 2011, photo, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
In this January 29, 2011, photo, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate.

The Post published the column Wednesday, more than two weeks after Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and only hours after a gruesome account in Turkeys Yeni Safak newspaper alleged that Saudi officials cut off Khashoggis fingers and then decapitated him inside the consulate while his fiancee waited outside. The Saudi government, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has denied any involvement.

In a note affixed to the top of the column, Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah said she received the essay from Khashoggis translator and assistant a day after he was reported missing. Khashoggi first began writing for the Posts opinion section in September 2017, and his columns criticized the prince and the direction of the Saudi kingdom.

In the op-ed, titled Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression, Khashoggi recounted the imprisonment of a prominent writer who spoke against the Saudi establishment, and cited an incident in which the Egyptian government seized control of a newspaper.

These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international com...

07:03

US government refrains from calling China a currency manipulator "IndyWatch Feed War"

China could bolster confidence in the yuan by engaging in more market-friendly reforms. (AFP)
The US government on Wednesday refrained from naming China or any other trading partner as a currency manipulator, as it leans on import tariffs to try to cut a trade deficit with China.
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In its semi-annual currency report, the US Treasury Department said a recent depreciation of Chinas yuan currency will likely exacerbate the US trade deficit, but US officials found Beijing appeared to be doing little to directly intervene in the currencys value.
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US President Donald Trump has claimed that Chinas rise as an exporting powerhouse has hurt US workers and since taking office he has ordered tariffs on more than $200 billion in Chinese imports.
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Of particular concern are Chinas lack of currency transparency and the recent weakness in its currency, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
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Since the Treasurys last currency report was issued on April 13, the yuan has fallen by more than 9.0 percent against the US dollar.
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In the last week, the currency has pushed closer to the key 7 to the dollar threshold, a level not breached since 2008. Some currency derivatives show market participants expect the yuan to weaken past that level within a year.
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The Treasury noted reports that China was trying to counter some of the yuan depreciation and said China could bolster confidence in the yuan by engaging in more market-friendly reforms.
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Treasury is deeply disappointed that China continues to refrain from disclosing its foreign exchange intervention, the department said in its report.
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It added that China should advance macroeconomic reforms that support greater household consumption growth and help rebalance the economy away from investment.
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Chinas multi-decade investment boom has helped make it the worlds factory and fueled a trade surplus in goods with the US of $390 billion in the 12 months through June.
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Some China experts have speculated that Beijing could use yuan devaluation as a weapon in a broader trade war with the US.
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The Treasury also said it was keeping China, India, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Switzerland on a monitoring list for extra scrutiny.
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The Treasury said it was concerned that South Korea stepped up interventions in...

06:55

Trump reluctant to abandon Riyadh over missing journalist, wants evidence "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not want to abandon ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist and has asked for audio recordings Turkish sources say indicate he was killed by Saudi agents.

Trump said he was waiting for a full report on what had happened to Jamal Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to meet with officials over the disappearance of the Saudi government critic. Trump and Pompeo are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the authoritarian kingdoms Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and his body removed. The Saudis have denied the allegations.

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia

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Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. He has not been seen since entering the building.

Turkeys pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper on Wednesday published what it said were details from audio recordings that purported to document Khashoggis torture and interrogation.

Khashoggi was killed within minutes and his torturers severed his fingers during the interrogation, the newspaper said. His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it said.

Turkey has not shared with the U.S. government or European allies graphic audio or video evidence, seven U.S. and European security officials told Reuters. The United States and allies have collected some intelligence through their own sources and methods, which partly confirms news reports based on leaks of audio recordings, four of the sources said.

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A New York Times report cited a senior Turkish official confirming the details published by Yeni Safak. Two Turkish government officials contacted by Reuters declined to confirm the rep...

06:49

Protesters confront Israel envoy at Queens University in Belfast "IndyWatch Feed War"

Originally posted on Rebel Voice:
Students have long been to the fore of movements for social change across our world, and Ireland is no different. As an ambassador for the rogue state of Israel recently visited Queens University in Belfast, in the Irish Occupied Six Counties, he was met with strong protest by both students

06:44

U.S. Economic Growth Is on the Ballot "IndyWatch Feed War"

Democrats may use the 2019 debt-limit debate to prod Trump to raise tax rates.

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If [Donald Trump] were elected, I would expect a protracted recession to begin within 18 months. The damage would in all likelihood be felt far beyond the United States.

Lawrence Summers, Washington Post, June 6, 2016

U.S. Is Worlds Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade

Wall Street Journal headline, Oct. 16, 2018

Nearly 21 months into the Trump Presidency, the recession that the chief economist for the Democratic Party predicted would start three months ago still hasnt arrived. Instead the economy is growing at a rate of 4% a year, and the World Economic Forum has the U.S. back at the top of its global competitiveness ranking. We dont cite Mr. Summers prediction to embarrass himeveryone makes mistakesbut to point out what almost no one is talking about during this midterm election campaign: Pro-growth economic policies are on the ballot.

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06:37

Pakistan and China Share the Same Fight Against Extremism and Extreme Disinformation "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Adam Garrie Source Not long ago, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in north-west Pakistan was a no-go area where a combination of foreign terrorists and local extremists ruled the roost. Frequent attacks against civilians continued to scar the landscape while poorly coordinated US drone attacks on civilians only served to add to the blood bath. []

06:30

Honduran migrant caravan defies Trump to continue march north "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thousands of Honduran migrants marched north Wednesday in a bold attempt to reach the United States, defying threats from US President Donald Trump to stop aid to countries that let them pass.

Orlando Estrada / AFP | Honduran migrants aboard a truck, belonging to a caravan heading towards the United States in Zacapa, Guatemala, on October 17, 2018.

Trump who took aim at Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Tuesday kept up his attacks on the march the following day, saying it should be an important issue for Republican candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.

Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border walking unimpeded towards our country in the form of large caravans, that the Democrats wont allow legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country.

Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the border, a part of the midterms, the US president said on Twitter.

Temporary refuge in Guatemala

Exhausted by tramping for hours in the sun and rain, a vanguard group of around a thousand Hondurans took refuge Wednesday in a church-sponsored shelter in the center of the Guatemalan capital.

This is the beginning of an avalanche that is coming, because we can no longer endure so much violence, said Denis Contreras, who fled Honduras with his sister and two nieces.

Contreras, wearing the red shirt of the Honduran national soccer team, said theres no going back to his Central American country he says is strangled by poverty and violence. Leaving the country is already frowned upon by Honduras gangs and returning would be a death sentence, he said.

Their objective now is to regain strength and press on towards the border with Mexico.

A second group moved across the border into Guatemala on Monday afternoon and have reached the city of Esquipulas.

A third of more than 400 Hondurans crossed El Salvador to join up as well, according to Salvadoran migration officials.

The or...

06:18

Israel Waging War on Gaza Without Declaring It "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Source Under international law, blockades are acts of war waged by Israel on Gaza, suffocating its two million people, destroying the strips economy, creating humanitarian crisis conditions. Gazans are held hostage to Israeli viciousness, solely for political reasons. Hamas poses no security risk to the state. Claims otherwise are bald-faced lies, []

06:06

Saudis Aid US Combat Terrorism, Says Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Source All politicians lie affirmed every time Trump tries justifying unjustifiable US policies. Interviewed by Fox Business on Tuesday, he disputed whats increasingly indisputable. Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) clearly was behind Jamal Khashoggis elimination. Instead of accepting reality, Trump defended MBS, saying royal family responsibility for what happened []

06:00

Jobs Are No Excuse for Arming a Murderous Regime "IndyWatch Feed War"

If the Saudi government is indeed behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi there should be consequences political, military, economic, and reputational. Unfortunately, President Trump begs to differ. His reaction to questions about whether the United States would cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia if Riyadh is proven to be behind the killing Continue reading "Jobs Are No Excuse for Arming a Murderous Regime"

The post Jobs Are No Excuse for Arming a Murderous Regime appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:00

Not Worth Another Life: An Afghan Anniversary To Lament "IndyWatch Feed War"

The absurd hopelessness was the worst part. No, it wasnt the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) blowing limbs off my boys, or the well-aimed gunshot wounds suffered by others; it wasnt even the horror of ordering the deaths of other ("enemy") human beings. No, for a captain commanding 100 odd troopers in Southwest Kandahar province at Continue reading "Not Worth Another Life: An Afghan Anniversary To Lament"

The post Not Worth Another Life: An Afghan Anniversary To Lament appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

05:59

Why Israel Gets Away with Murder in Occupied Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Source Israel brutalizes defenseless Palestinians as viciously as Nazis mistreated Jews. Since creation of the Jewish state, theyve endured virtually every form of indignity, degradation, and crime against humanity imaginable, including land theft, political imprisonments, brutal torture in detention, and cold-blooded murder, among other serious offenses. Law Professor Francis Boyle earlier accused []

03:43

Mysterious IPCC Expertise "IndyWatch Feed War"

The IPCC publishes the citizenship and gender of its authors but says nothing about their scientific expertise By Donna Laframboise | Big Picture News | October 17, 2018 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims to be a scientific organization. But its really a political one. An obvious tell is how it describes []

03:40

US spy agencies increasingly convinced MBS played role in Khashoggi's fate: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Information leaked to public helping US intelligence agencies with assessment of Khashoggi case

03:29

The UN Sheriff: Nikki Haley Elevated Israel, Damaged US Standing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nikki Haley (Office of the Governor of South Carolina/Public Domain)

03:24

Radioactive, but safe? Japan to dump Fukushima wastewater in Pacific despite objections "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | October 17, 2018 Running out of space to store water contaminated by fuel that escaped during the Fukushima meltdown, the Japanese government is preparing to release it into the Pacific Ocean despite the presence of radioactive elements. Currently, 1.09 million tons of contaminated water is stored in 900 tanks near the Dai-Ichi []

03:00

The Milagro of Oscar Romeros Sainthood "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lately when you read the news about the Catholic Church, its really bad. But on October 15, the Pope canonized a truly remarkable person, Oscar Romero. This is a saint whose life you should study, even if you arent Catholic.

02:54

Saudi Arabia transfers $100m to US State Department as Khashoggi crisis deepens "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Washington says funds for US efforts against Islamic State group were approved months ago but critics claim transfer's timing suspicious

02:00

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the Glorification of Nazism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Draft resolution of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly Glorification of Nazism: Inadmissibility of certain practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance The delegation of the Russian Federation with other sponsors plans to introduce the traditional draft resolution, Glorification of Nazism: Inadmissibility of certain practices...

01:57

David Swanson at Resource Center for Nonviolence, Santa Cruz "IndyWatch Feed War"

David Swanson at Resource Center for Nonviolence, October 12, 2018

David Swanson spoke at the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, California on October 12, 2018, one month before Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Swanson read his article We Need a New Armistice Day, which can be read in full here.

Here is a complete video of this event at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.

Here are several more videos from the same event.Finally, heres the text from another recent David Swanson appearance at Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, California on October 13, 2018: Making the World Great For The First Time.

The post David Swanson at Resource Center for Nonviolence, Santa Cruz appeared first on World Beyond War ....

01:26

Robert Steele: 10 Moves To Hold the House UPDATE 1 Projected Moves 3-10 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

I predict that President Donald Trump will make ten moves, one every 2-3 days, that will assure GOP holding the House.

Trumps communications team has failed terribly. He seems to understand this and is now his own communicator.

That is a very good thing.

I have modified this post to insert my dream Moves 3-10, lets see what the President actually chooses to do.

Actual Moves 1-2 Posted

Hypothetical Moves 3-10 Posted

Moves with Images and Links Below the Fold

01 20181017 President delivers Medal of Honor to black USMC Sergeant Major (Retired) John Canley for heroism in Hue, Viet-Nam, as Gunnery Sergeant commanding a company under seige.  Sample article.

02 20181017 President tells Cabinet they will find a 5% cut in their budget.  Sample article.

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00:55

Netanyahus words are a preparation for the aggression on Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netanyahus words are a preparation for the aggression on Iraq 16, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, For more than a month the leaders of the occupation entity added Iraq to the list which includes Iran, Syria, and Lebanon, they threaten of targeting the positions of the resisting weapons in them. From the platform of []

00:52

F-f-f-f-f Freezing! Yup, the heats on in the house! "IndyWatch Feed War"

And it has been since this Sunday. October 12/18.
With colder then usual weather getting off to an early start.
We've had two frost warnings this week with night time temps hitting 32F or 0C
Tonight we have our second frost warning- with rain or wet snow depending on how cold it gets. Yes, I said snow. We are below our so called seasonal norms or averages.

I reside in an area of Canada, atop the escarpment, that should have some buffering from this early cold because the two great lakes, Erie and Ontario,  both warm over the summer and generally moderate the climate in this area. 

The Niagara Escarpment

 I've said before and I'll say it again the trend is colder where I reside.

We garden, forage etc., and notice the later garden starts, from say 20 years ago. 
Spring comes later and later. Summer is short. Then it gets too cold too soon.

This is what I've observed over an extended time period.
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The brow of the escarpment

00:06

Behind The Khashoggi DisappearanceLets Not Throw Out The Baby With The Bath Water "IndyWatch Feed War"

Center for Security Policy, by Clare Lopez, October 17, 2018: Originally published on The Daily Caller: While we await clarification of what exactly happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2, there are still some important insights that may be gleaned from what is already Continue reading

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23:25

Chris Hedges: 'America: The Farewell Tour' "IndyWatch Feed War"

From Hedges aptly titled new book, 'America: The Farewell Tour' (2018):
The destruction of democratic institutions, places where the citizen has agency and a voice, is far graver than the ascendancy to the White Hose of the demagogue Trump. A creeping corporate coup detat has destroyed our two-party system. It destroyed labor unions. It destroyed public education. It destroyed the judiciary. It destroyed the press. It destroyed academia. It destroyed consumer and environmental protection. It destroyed our industrial base. It destroyed communities and cities. And it destroyed the lives of tens of millions of Americans no longer able to find work that provides a living wage, cursed to live in chronic poverty or locked in cages in our monstrous system of mass incarceration.
This coup also destroyed the credibility of liberal democracy. Self-identified liberals such as Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama mouthed the words of liberal democratic values while making war on these values in the service of corporate power. The revolt we see rippling across the country is a revolt not only against the corporate system that has betrayed workers, but also, for many, liberal democracy itself. This is very dangerous. It will allow the radical right to cement into place an Americanized fascism. 

23:17

Ian Buruma en de 'Joden' "IndyWatch Feed War"


Stephen Miller, die, volgens Ian Buruma, een 'gladde' afstammeling van 'Joden' is. Miller is een belangrijke politiek adviseur van Trump, en is, aldus Ian B., behept met een jewish-far-right-nativism. 


Geobsedeerd door Joden die hij gezien de hoofdletter als een volk aanmerkt, ook al zijn ze Nederlander of Brit of Chinees etc., beweert opiniemaker Ian Buruma op the worlds opinion page van Project Syndicate van 5 oktober 2018: 

Emigration, by no means always voluntary, has been the fate of Jews since the 8th century BC. Open societies, religious tolerance, and freedom of movement have been rare blessings. Hence the traditional appeal of places...

23:05

How the FBI Silences Whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed War"

By John Kiriakou Consortium News October 16, 2018 The idea of whistleblowing has been in the news a great deal. Is the anonymous author of a recent New York Times op-ed eviscerating the president a whistleblower? Is the victim of an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a whistleblower? Im []

22:44

Trump v Congress: How Khashoggi case sets up battle over US-Saudi ties "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Some members of Congress have expressed outrage over what happened to Saudi journalist

22:34

NAVO-Bombardementen "IndyWatch Feed War"

UITEINDELIJK HEBBEN DIE BOMBARDEMENTEN ZELF DE HUMANITAIRE RAMP ENORM VERGROOT

21:52

UN to send aid convoy to Rukban refugee camp in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Tens of thousands of people, mostly women and children, are trapped in Rukban near Syria's borders with Jordan and Iraq

21:21

How Many Yemenis is a DC Pundit Worth? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jamal Khashoggi offers remarks during POMEDs Mohammed bin Salmans Saudi Arabia: A Deeper Look. (Photo: POMED)

Saudi Arabia has dominated the news cycle after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and, according to Turkish sources, murdered by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents. The public relations backlash might spell trouble for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), while Western governments have scrambled to express concern about the case, in what is more about protecting their interests and Western corporate dealings in Saudi Arabia than any genuine concern for human rights.

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It seems that having Khashoggi, a former insider, dish out criticism from the Beltway was too much embarrassment for MBS, who is the most powerful man in the country, to tolerate. The West had let MBS get away with everything until now, as he was their man, the one who would deliver some window dressing reforms to appease Western public opinion while facilitating billionaire dealings for corporations, especially weapons manufacturers. However, this final stunt seems to have backfired, at least for MBS.

Human Rights Concerns?

It is impossible not to compare the reaction to this episode to the corresponding ones to Saudi war crimes in Yemen. When the Saudis bombed a market, when they launched a double-tap strike1 on a funeral, when they hit a Yemeni......

20:54

The Hotwire #41: October 17, 2018 : Proud Boys assaultsHurricane Michael autonomous reliefsquats and rent strikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Listen here. Our features for this Hotwire are interviews about the Proud Boys attacks in New York City and Portland, Oregon, and we have an interview about autonomous relief after Hurricane Michael, which is also seeing organizing from neo-confederate fascists. We have a whirlwind of headlines from around the world, with breast-baring feminists burning barricades in Argentina, squatters from Ireland to Germany, and indigenous resistance in Canada. Connor Stevens of the Cleveland 4 is getting out soon, Jalil Muntaqim could use letters of support for his parole hearing, and we have calls to action from the Leau Est La Vie anti-pipeline camp, plus much more! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

20:44

US sanctions 'out of control', Iran's foreign minister says "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Javad Zarif says US has 'addiction to sanctions' a day after Washington imposed new measures against several Iranian banks and businesses

20:41

Facebook Censors Viral Video Detailing the True Legacy of Christopher Columbus "IndyWatch Feed War"

Christopher ColumbusThis piece of journalism was about the airbrushing of history. Therefore, there is a great irony in the fact it has now been airbrushed from Facebooks platform. (CD)  With nothing but a vague violation of community standards note and offering no ability to appeal the decision, Facebook has once again blocked a piece of critical journalismthis []

20:36

Sharia Crime Stoppers Webinar, Week 7: DAWA THE 5 PHASE PLAN OF CIVILIZATION JIHAD "IndyWatch Feed War"

Todays Webinar will present: An examination of the common characteristics of MB front Groups A close look at CAIR CAIRs close association with the FBI How CAIR influences local law enforcement MB penetration into government institutions And the infiltration of Sharia into our legal system

20:29

Khashoggi and Demetracopoulos "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the early seventies, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were torn to distraction by a Greek refugee journalist living in the U.S. named Elias Demetracopoulos. He had been definitively documenting on an ongoing basis the ties they had with the corrupt junta ruling the cradle of democracy in unprecedented authoritarian fashion.

No matter what one thinks of Christopher Hitchens in general, prior to his apostasy he wrote a really convincing account (in his The Trial of Henry Kissinger) of how U.S. federal agencies (with the encouragement of Nixon and Kissinger) conspired with the extreme right-wing dictatorship of generals (under psychopath Brigadier Ioannidis) to kidnap and kill Demetracopoulos by luring him to their embassy.

Wow, the more things move along the more they remain the same, yes?

One of the things that has gotten lost in the shuffle with regard to Khashoggis disappearance is the legal responsibility the CIA has for warning residents of the U.S. when they know that such dynamics have been set in motion; early reports indicated that there was definitely some serious question about whether or not federal agencies knew what was about to come down. Regardless, the fact that none of what was attempted with Demetracopoulos many decades ago would have been considered without approval from the highest levels of our government should give everyone pause in responding to the abomination of Khashoggis disappearance. For the same is true today, and has always been true whether it involved the murders of Rene SchneiderSheik Mujibur Rahman or Archbishop Makarios.

Murder is murder, and no amount of arms sales should preclude the prosecution of criminality, especially when war criminality is intimately associated with the kind of horrific act inflicted on an individual; Im thinking of Yemens current crisis, for one.

Trump was lying when he claimed that the Saudis could simply buy weapons elsewhere if we rubbed them the wrong way over Khashoggis disappearance; arms supplied by the West for decades have components which make it impossible to turn easily to Russia or China as a supplier. Dealing with all that would take decades. And the impact of losing $100 billion plus for our economy was enormously exaggerated. No matter what, though, we cannot afford to use jobs or anything like that as the bottom line for our moral compass.

20:22

Supporting Palestine Can Now Get You Denied Entry to the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Supporting PalestineI have been a severe critic of the current US administrations policy towards the Palestinians. But does this make me a possible security threat to the US? Of course not. (MEE)  In April 2017, while travelling for a routine family holiday to Jerusalem, I was denied entry upon arrival at Tel Aviv airport. Israeli authorities official and bizarre []

20:19

The Strategic Role of Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Security Studies Group, by Brad Patty, October 16, 2018: The editorial boards of newspapers rarely employ strategists, so it should be no surprise when we see both the New York Times and the Washington Post openly wondering what America needs with Saudi Arabia. They have a handle on some of the facts America is increasingly energy independent, and Continue reading

20:15

Why is Holocaust Education Failing? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Gilad Atzmon | October 17, 2018 Despite the vast amount invested in Holocaust education and in spite of the fact that the Holocaust is the only compulsory subject in the British national history curriculum, British pupils seem not to follow the message of the rigid topic. For some reason, they struggle to buy into the primacy []

19:58

How the FBI Silences Whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed War"

FBI WhistleblowersSpeaking truth to power has ruined Darin Jones, a former FBI contract specialist who reported evidence of serious procurement improprieties. He should be the last federal whistleblower victimized. (CN)  The idea of whistleblowing has been in the news a great deal. Is the anonymous author of a recent New York Times op-ed eviscerating the president a whistleblower? Is the victim []

19:47

Saudis Stonewall On Khashoggi But Pressure Will Increase "IndyWatch Feed War"

The most interesting aspect of the botched assassination of Jamal Khashoggi is the insight it creates into political conflicts in U.S. domestic and international policies. The Saudi clown prince Mohammad bin Salman unwittingly did a huge favor to Turkey's president...

19:02

Trump: Saudis Unfairly Deemed Guilty Until Proven Innocent Like Kavanaugh "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump Saudi Arabia(CD)  As a new flurry of evidence from the Turkish government established direct ties between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and those who allegedly carried out the gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. President Donald Trump continued groveling at the feet of the murderous kingdom Tuesday night by claiming that the Saudis have been deemed guilty []

18:39

U.S. Planning To Impose Sanctions On Iranian, Russian, Russia will respond "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia will respond to any US sanctions on companies participating in Syrias reconstruction: official By Leith Aboufadel   2018-10-17 BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) Russia will respond to any potential sanctions imposed on companies participating in Syrias reconstruction, Vladimir Jabbarov, the Deputy Head of International Committee in the Federation Council of Russia, said this morning. Jabbarov []

18:31

Self-Censorship: Where The Real Damage Is Being Done "IndyWatch Feed War"

Self-Censorship(CJ Opinion)  I was going to write another article today about a different topic, but I backed down because I didnt think I could deliver the kind of fiery, forceful, unmitigated argument it would need to be without risking getting banned from social media and blogging platforms. The article I was planning on writing, which youll []

18:28

Malcolm Hoenlein on fostering Jewish power, inoculating 5-year-olds for Israel, and preventing intermarriage "IndyWatch Feed War"

Earlier this year Malcolm Hoenlein announced that he will step down as executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, though he will stay in office as the group looks for his replacement. Hoenlein, 73, is one of the most powerful Jews in America. When Barack Obama wanted to name Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, he reached out to Hoenlein first.

In recent months, the Jewish leader has given interviews and speeches (posted online, links below) that convey his generational world view. Hoenleins parents escaped Germany but his grandparents were killed in the Holocaust; and Hoenleins core beliefs are: The importance of Jewish power to save Jews; the importance of Jewish unity to maintain that power and produce miracles in Israel. Hoenlein is baffled by young Jews indifference to his causes. His response is that we have to inoculate our kids younger and younger as early as five so that they understand why the news features pictures of an Israeli killing a kid or an adult.

Here are some of Hoenleins statements. On the Holocaust forming his belief in Jewish power:

I know how strongly I was influenced by the Shoah, and from the time I was ten or eleven years I got involved politically because I believed that only when Jews could have control of their own fate and future and understood the political process and got involvedas Abba Eban said, In World War Two, Jews had influence in many places but power in none. I knew that Jewish power was the key to our survival. And I remember my parents getting the telegram that my grandparents had been killed. As a very young child when those yellow telegrams came and those of our neighbors and others who received them, I know it made a lasting impact. So much of what I have done is to avoid another situation where Jews will live at the sufferance of others, that Jews will not determine their own fate.

On Jewish unity as a key to Jewish action:

Nobody [in the Soviet Jewry movement] cared who was orthodox, reform or conservative.  We understood that achdus [unity in Hebrew] is the one precondition to every great miracle that happened to the Jewish people, and achdus is not attained by putting labels on people, but by finding the common aspirations, the common hopes, common drive that people have and building on that. Its not what differentiates us, its what unites us, and thats when we succeed.

The fact is that on ninety percent of the issues we can find a common ground. If you understand, most people whether they are extreme left or extreme right...

18:16

Nigeria: Jihad group murders Red Cross worker, says kidnapped Christian girl will be their slave "IndyWatch Feed War"

From today, ISWAP said, Sharibu, 15, and Ngaddah, a mother of two, are now our slaves. Based on our doctrines, it is now lawful for us to do whatever we want to do with them. Boko Haram is saying it is Islamic for them to keep these non-Muslim women as slaves. Surely some Islamic organization []

17:59

Rutgers apologizes for canceling foreign policy speech after Leftists brand speaker Islamophobe, bigot "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its great that Rutgers apologized. Usually universities and colleges shun those who have been smeared as Islamophobes, with no right of appeal or any chance for open discussion. But note this: The petition calling on the school to block Daftari misquoted the 2015 speech she gave at the Heritage Foundation when she said Islamic terror []

17:57

Former Yemen allies furious as UAE assassination campaign exposed "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Members of Saudi ally al-Islah lash out at the Emiratis after revelations that American mercenaries were hired to kill its leaders

17:55

Lara Alqasems lawyers optimistic after first hearing in Israeli High Court "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lara Alqasem appeared for her first hearing before the Israeli High Court on Wednesday morning to appeal her deportation from the country.

The 22-year-old Palestinian-American graduate student, who was accepted to a Masters program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has been stuck in a holding cell at Tel Avivs Ben Gurion Airport since she arrived in the country on October 2.

She was denied entry by the Israeli government for her alleged previous involvement in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, despite having obtained a valid visa from the Israeli consulate in Miami prior to traveling.

Alqasems attorneys, Leora Bechor and Yotam Ben-Hillel, have filed two appeals over the past two weeks in Israeli district courts, both of which were rejected.

The nature of Wednesdays hearing, according to Bechor, was not an appeal, but motion to get permission to appeal Alqasems case before the High Court,  because they are legally not granted another appeal unless the High Court permits them to do so.

No deadline has been set for the court to announce its decision, but Bechor said she expects the decision to happen soon, given the fact that Alqasem is still sitting in a detention facility.

Alqasems attorneys asked the three high court justices on Wednesday to take into consideration the weight of the fact that she was issued a valid Israeli visa ahead of traveling.

They also argued that the current anti-BDS law in place gives the government the permission to deny entry to leading activists working in a consistent and continuous manner a criterion that does not apply to Alqasem, who has been accused by the state of previously participating in student organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) which support BDS.

When asked by the justices if Alqasem currently supports a boycott of Israel, Ben-Hillel responded by saying that his client has publicly stated during previous court proceedings that she is not a BDS activist, nor would she call for a boycott of Israel while studying in the country.

Bechor has stated that Alqasem does not meet the evidentiary test of what it means to be an activist, adding that there is no paper or digital trail that she is a BDS activist, and that she has made no public statements in support of the movement.

One of the arguments that was raised by the state today, was that they were unable to prove she engaged in activities in 2018 because she erased her Facebook page, and the erasing of the page shows shes a BDS activist because thats what BDS activists do, Bechor told journalists in a press briefing on Wednesday.

But the court said Facebook is not the only source of evidence, you [the state] have no positive evidence t...

17:39

US Will Walk Out of Nuke Treaty Again if Iran Agrees to New Deal Scholar "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 17.10.2018 Six months after Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Washington is proposing to sign a new agreement with Tehran. The US is ready to give a whole lot to sign a new treaty with Iran that would take into account all of Washingtons concerns, including []

17:36

Peace Congress To End US Wars At Home And Abroad "IndyWatch Feed War"

On November 10 in Washington, DC, there will be an historic gathering of groups and people to launch the Peace Congress to End US Wars at Home and Abroad. The Peace Congress will bring together advocates for peace and economic, racial, environmental and climate justice to develop a strategy, goals and actions based on the principles of unity. The Peace Congress arose from the successful effort to stop President Trump's military parade scheduled for November 10. The Peace Congress is open to all who want to participate.

17:34

US general: Little progress has been made in addressing the underlying conditions that lead to violent extremism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Indeed not, because the U.S. military is still committed to ignoring, downplaying, or denying outright the motivating ideology that leads to jihad terror. Dunfords use of the Obama-era euphemism violent extremism, when he means Islamic jihad, is one indication of this. As long as the U.S. is committed as a matter of policy to not []

17:29

The Inner Dimensions of Socialist Revolution "IndyWatch Feed War"

The social revolution has to precede the political revolution. Personal self-realization has to precede the social revolution.

Achieving social change in America through political change legislatively as, for example, with the Civil Rights legislation of 1964 to 1968, is too slow a process today for overturning American capitalism to American socialism in time to effectively respond to climate change and global environmental degradation, by shifting American civilian energy production from fossil and nuclear fuels to solar, wind and geothermal sources, and ocean-wave-and-tidal and river hydroelectric sources, accompanied by a wide spectrum of energy conservation strategies and materials recycling and reprocessing methods, instead of indiscriminate and polluting waste disposal.

In fact, the political path to social change may be completely plugged shut today, with the fanatical obstructionism by capital interests who collectively own Americas two major political parties, and whose various outmoded environmentally catastrophic schemes of wealth generation are fossilized in place within an overarching 19th century paradigm of CO2-producing industrialization and labor exploitation, directed by frantic casino-style banking and financial speculation.

So, the timely development of a popular, scientific and effective national response to counteract the global geophysical crisis we call climate change must occur outside the arcane political machinery of our money-corrupted representative democracy. Basically, the people would have to independently develop a sense of national solidarity, overcoming all regionalisms and bigotries, and independently get organized to shift the ways they live and the ways they earn their keep, from a reliance on black versus green energy, and from a reliance on adversarial-capitalist economics versus cooperative-socialist economics. Given such a social revolution, it would then be possible to mount a massive campaign to counter climate change.

But, is such a social revolution possible? Can a majority of the national population actually free itself from the many shackles, control methods and seductions of corporate capitalism, by willfully bonding into one massive mutually tolerant and mutually helping cooperative, independent of the existing government: into a self-directed revolutionary socialism? This would require an incredible unanimity of vision and an amazing degree of commitment and discipline among hundreds of millions of people, to independently coalesce into a self-sustaining socialized mass able to overcome the opposition of the intransigent corporate capitalist establishment.

Any clear-thinking person will see that the idea of a spontaneous eruption of popular revolutionary socialism that independently counteracts climate change is impossible, and by chained logic such a clear-th...

17:25

Salvini calls Macron an international embarrassment after France drops off migrants in Italian woods "IndyWatch Feed War"

For all his pious posturing, Macron doesnt want the migrant inundation, either, but that doesnt stop him from endlessly virtue-signaling as he drives France over the cliff. France deliberately dropped off migrants in Italian woods, Salvini says, RT, October 16, 2018 (thanks to Norbert): Italian anti-immigration leader Matteo Salvini has labeled French President Emmanuel Macron []

17:21

Iran calls US efforts to cut its oil exports to zero political bluff "IndyWatch Feed War"

Statements by the United States that it would reduce Irans oil exports to zero are a political bluff, the head of state-run National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said, according to a report published by Tasnim news agency on Wednesday.

US previously said they aim to reduce Irans oil exports to zero. (AFP)

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US officials have said they aim to cut Irans oil exports to zero to force its leaders to change their behavior in the region. US sanctions on Irans oil exports are scheduled to kick in on Nov. 4.

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NIOC head Ali Kardor said US President Donald Trump had been trying to reduce Irans oil exports for months.

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The president of America has done whatever he can and he knows very well that getting Irans oil exports to zero was a political bluff, Kardor said.

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The US administration has been pushing its allies to cut Iranian oil imports and encouraging Saudi Arabia, other OPEC states and Russia to pump more oil to meet any shortfall.

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Kardor said Iran did not have any difficulties receiving payments for oil exports and said the Islamic Republic could accept payments in euros instead of dollars if necessary.

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There is no problem on this issue, Kardor said, Irans ISNA news agency reported. With European support there will not be a problem.

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European powers have been trying to salvage a nuclear accord with Iran after the United States withdrew in May.

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The European Union said last month it was considering setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to facilitate trade with Iran and said it could be in place before November.

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European diplomats have said the SPV would create a barter system, similar to one used by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, to exchange Iranian oil for European goods without money changing hands.

Kardor said Iran was scheduled to sign a new oil contract with a foreign company within two weeks, ISNA reported. He did not provide any additional information.

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17:03

Israeli effort to punish BDS activists for Lorde cancellation is backfiring "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last year the New Zealand pop star Lorde cancelled her performance in Israel due to the persuasion of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists (BDS), sparked by a letter written by New Zealand activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who are respectively of Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian background. Sachs was offered the full kapo (Nazi-traitor) treatment in the Israeli press .

Meantime, Israeli lawfare organization Shurat Hadin, an NGO, carried out a legal crusade to sue the activists, even though they were not in Israel when they penned the letter, and even though Lorde made up her own mind and was neither forced to perform nor to cancel. Shurat Hadin represented three teenage girls, demanding damages be paid by the activists for bringing about the cancellation.

Lorde at the 2014 St Jeromes Laneway Festival in Sydney, Australia (Photo: Annette Geneva/ Wikimedia)

Last week an Israeli court ruled that Sachs and Abu-Shanab must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totaling more than NZ $18,000 ($11,700). The court found the two New Zealand women damaged the artistic welfare of the three Israeli teenagers, and perpetrated damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, who filed the suit called the ruling precedent-setting:

This decision makes it clear that anyone who calls for a boycott against the state of Israel could find themselves liable for damages and need to pay compensation to those hurt by the boycott call, if theyre in Israel or outside it. 

But Shoshana, Ayelet and Ahuva, whose artistic welfare and good name are now damaged beyond recognition, can apparently go and cry themselves a river because Justine and Nadia are...

17:02

'Just ink on paper': Assad's offer of amnesty leaves Syrian 'runaways' cold "IndyWatch Feed War"

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17:01

UN Syria envoy to step down next month "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Staffan de Mistura said he would be leaving the role at the end of November for 'purely personal reasons'

16:48

Nonviolent Afghans Bring a Breath of Fresh Air "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iqbal Khyber and Badshah Khan bring a breath of fresh air

Grade 12 Afghan student Jamila Omary asked, Do you have any plans to arm yourselves, because of the threats and dangers you have faced?

Iqbal Khyber answered, No. Though it is easy to buy weapons today, arming ourselves will worsen the war. Weapons will make us less secure.

What a breath of fresh air in the stench of war-as-usual!

Iqbal and his fellow Peoples Peace Movement (PPM) representative, Badshah Khan, had an unusual and delightfully different conversation with the young Afghan participants of the Youth on the Road to Peace Conference on the 26th of September 2018, organized by the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs) in Kabul.

Many governments and corporations have a thriving weapons business. I feel that this is dangerous because as they seek greater profits, they are threatening not just Afghanistan, but the whole world. We human beings may soon destroy ourselves, Iqbal Khyber had said to me afterwards.

We acquiesce to continued international arms sales because we are comfortable in our pet beliefs and fixed ideas about defeating terrorists through superior warfare. Just as we preserve our fossil-fuel habits despite our awareness of climate science, we ignore U.S. congressionally-mandated evidence that the war against terrorism has, in fact, increased terrorist attacks five-fold.

The majority of us are not the ones being killed, so we casually get used to wars festering in other places. But the smoke of war is catching up on all of us, making us sick at two minutes to midnight, as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have warned. Eventually the business of war can stifle and kill all of us, just as Iqbal fears.

It is remarkable that amidst wars unforgiving flames, Iqbal and Badshah wish to douse the inaccurate and unimaginative beliefs about the Afghan war.

They want fellow Afghans and the people of the world to consider nonviolence as a pragmatic solution, and they are walking their talk beautifully.

So that we can consciously open our shut ears, Iqbal, Badshah and five other ordinary Afghan folk initiated t...

16:32

It is an honor to suffer for Jesus Christ Andrew Brunson "IndyWatch Feed War"

In October of 2016, as part of the paranoia following a failed coup attempt, the Turkish government arrested American pastor Andrew Brunson and charged him with espionage and aiding Turkeys enemies. Pastor Brunson, a Presbyterian minister and Wheaton College graduate, had led a Christian congregation in the overwhelmingly Islamic nation for more than 20 years.

To say the charges were bogus is to understate what was obvious to just about everyone except Turkish authorities. In reality, Brunson became a hostage in Turkeys steady march toward a more radical Islamism. Not only was he threatened with life imprisonment, but was used as a political pawn. Turkey demanded that in exchange for Brunson, the U.S. extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who now lives in Pennsylvania, and whom Turkish President Erdogan claims was behind the failed military coup in 2016.

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US pastor Andrew Brunson prays for US President Donald Trump as they meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, October 13, 2018. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

We pray for you often, as a family, Brunson told the president as he asked if he and his wife, Norine, could pray with him. My wife and I pray for you.

But President Trump and his administration werent interested in bargaining. Instead, the U.S. slapped sanctions on Turkey, a member of NATO, which was a move the BBC called unprecedented. As Turkish-U.S. relations soured, again, as the BBC reports, the sanctions and looming tariffs took their toll on the Turkish lira, stoked inflation, and brought the Turkish economy to the brink of an economic crisis.

Realizing that improved relations with the U.S. might be a good thing, Turkey released Pastor Brunson from confinement on Friday, citing good behavior and time served as an excuse to let him go without finding him not guilty.

Throughout the ordeal, Pastor Brunson maintained his innocence. Let it be clear, he wrote, I am in prison not for anything I have done wrong, but because of who I ama Christian pastor.

I desperately miss my wife and children. Yet I believe this to be true: It is an honor to suffer for Jesus Christ, as many have before me. My deepest thanks for all those around the world who are standing with and praying for me.

Thanks be to God, who has heard the prayers of His people.

This is another way in which President Trump has been delivering on a promise to promote religious freedom abroad and here at home.

As Ed and I mentioned, we were initially skeptical back in 2017 when the president issued his first executive order on religious freedom....

16:29

Diplomatic Deadlock: Can U.S.-North Korea Diplomacy Survive Maximum Pressure? "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Korean President Moon Jae-ins meeting with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un on September 18-20 culminated in the signing of the Pyongyang Declaration, which marked a significant advance towards peace and heralded a welcome warming in relations. Since that time, however, contradictions within the Trump administrations North Korea policy threaten to forestall further progress and test the patience of its South Korean ally. Among the measures outlined in the Pyongyang Declaration, the two sides agreed to expand the cessation of military hostility in regions of confrontation such as the DMZ, with the goal of removing the danger of war across the entire Korean Peninsula.

16:25

American mercenary boasts of role in targeted assassination program in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | October 17, 2018 A Hungarian-Israeli security contractor based in the US, Abraham Golan, has claimed he ran a targeted assassination program in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition currently waging a proxy war against Iran-backed Houthis. The US is supplying weapons, intelligence, and other support to the coalition, but Golans account, as []

16:21

UNC Student Who Poured Blood And Ink On Silent Sam Confederate Statue Found Guilty "IndyWatch Feed War"

HILLSBOROUGH - UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Maya Little has said all along that she smeared her blood and ink on the Silent Sam Confederate statue on April 30. So the question Littles attorney posed during a daylong trial Monday wasnt whether she defaced the controversial monument, but whether her actions were justified by serving a greater good. Ultimately, Orange County District Court Judge Samantha Cabe found Little guilty of a misdemeanor charge, but the judge did not hand down a sentence or punishment.

16:10

The False Doctrine Of Humanitarian Intervention Comes To Nicaragua "IndyWatch Feed War"

I am really angry that passage of the NICA Act in its even worse form, the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 (S. 3233), appears to be a fait accompli and by unanimous consent at that! If this Act has not passed by the time you receive these NicaNotes, please call your Senators using these talking points. If you are leaving a message, don't forget to include your name and zip code.

16:08

Pastor Brunson: I began to see there was value in my suffering "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brunson tells Fox News Sean Hannity that he realized the Lord was going to do something with my suffering

As the months dragged on while Turkey kept American pastor Andrew Brunson in a jail cell, his thoughts started drifting to a dark place.

Brunson, who recently returned to the United States after two years of incarceration, described his efforts to maintain his sanity.

It seemed that there was no way out, he told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening. And I lost a lot of hope. And what helped me I began to see there was value in my suffering, especially as time went on. I saw that many people around the world began praying for me.

It was his wife and God who got him through the ordeal, Brunson said.

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President Donald Trump meets with American pastor Andrew Brunson, left, in the Oval Office of the White House, Saturday Oct. 13, 2018, in Washington.

The evangelical pastor said his wife was his only contact with the outside world. Turkish authorities allowed her to see her husband through glass for half an hour each week.

She would bring encouragement to me and tell me that people are praying for me, he said. And as I learned that, I began to see that God was involved in this and that God was going to do something with my suffering.

I began to see that God was involved in this and that God was going to do something with my suffering.

Brunson found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time after Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoan survived a coup attempt in 2016.

Suddenly, Brunson (pictured above) was in custody, charged with terrorism and aiding the overthrow of the government. The charges were false, Brunson said, and a bit disorienting.

The truth is, we had been preaching Jesus Christ, sir. Thats why we were in Turkey for 23 years, up until that time to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Turks, he sai...

16:08

Netherlands: School replaces Easter tradition with celebration of Islamic Sugar Holiday "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Islamic Sugar Holiday is decidedly off-brand; the two primary Islamic celebrations, and the only ones that some Muslims say are legitimate, are Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. But it isnt hard to see where this is tending. What holidays will this school be celebrating in ten years? Or fifty years? What Islamic hero will []

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EXCLUSIVE: Seven of bin Salman's bodyguards among Khashoggi suspects "IndyWatch Feed War"

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MEE reveals the military ranks of Saudi men suspected of killing Jamal Khashoggi - and their close links to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

16:07

#NetNeutrality: Turns Out 99.7 Percent Of Unique FCC Comments Wanted To Keep The Internet Open "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the Federal Communications Commission prepared to repeal the laws of net neutrality last year, 22 million comments were left on its website expressing arguments either for or against keeping the open internet protected and in place. A new report says that 99.7 percent of the unique comments left on the agencys site were pro-net neutrality. Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC about Net Neutrality Repeal is a study completed by Ryan Singela Media and Strategy Fellow at Stanford Law Schools Center for Internet and Societyin which he took a state-by-state, district-by-district look at linguistically unique comments fled to the FCC in the 2017 repeal proceedings.

15:57

Germany grants early release to Muslim convicted of aiding 9/11 jihad terrorists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sure, he is an accessory to the murder of nearly 3,000 people, but German authorities dont want to appear to be Islamophobic. Meanwhile, what will Mounir el Motassadeq do in Morocco? Learn a trade and become a loyal, productive citizen? Or return to the jihad? Man convicted of helping 9/11 terrorists is all smiles after []

15:57

New Supreme Court Ruling Could Make It Easier To Hold Corporations Liable For Things Like Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new ruling from the Supreme Court in two cases, ConAgra Grocery Products v. California and Sherwin-Williams v. California has the potential to open the door for the public to hold corporations accountable for knowingly endangering public health or the planet. On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from paint manufacturers, Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra, and NL Industries, on a ruling that requires them to pay over $400 million for lead paint inspections and removals in California homes and for their role in promoting lead paint over several decades. The cases were brought against paint manufacturers by ten California governments, including Los Angeles County, in the form of a product-liability suit back in 2000.

15:49

Coverup Deal Will Blame Khashoggi Death On Extreme Torture "IndyWatch Feed War"

One might expand on that fairytale: "The Saudi general who allegedly botched the interrogation of Jamal Khashoggi mysteriously died in a Saudi air force plane crash on the same day the coverup story was floated." But that would probably take it too far. The floated story will of course not be believed. A deadly interrogation - extreme torture - in the Saudi consulate is not plausible. One does not need to fly in 15 operators, including a specialist for autopsies, to twist someone's arms and ask a few questions. The intent was either to kidnap the guy or to outright kill him. The trial ballon seems to come from U.S. sources, not from the Saudis. Trump yesterday spoke of "rogue killers" who may have caused the incident. No one near Mohammad bin Salman dares to go rogue.

15:46

Khashoggi Is Not The Only One Reason The US Should Cut Its Saudi Ties "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Arabia has made headlines recently for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to Khashoggi is certainly tragic, but its far from the only crime committed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Despite its history of thuggery, the US has been cozy with the kingdom for decades. Heres 10 reasons to sever this nefarious alliance with the Saudi kingdom.

15:45

FLASH: October Brexit Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

In what is undoubtedly a bad sign, Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU are sputtering ahead of what is supposed to be a key summit this week. British negotiators apparently disengaged from the preliminary proceedings of the summit, prompting Brussels to scramble to save face by saying it was giving London some breathing space to work out its position.

The breakdown itself isnt the only omen suggesting were headed toward a hard Brexit. Theres also the matter of what is behind these new disagreements. Prime Minister May has recently become singularly focused on revisiting the Northern Ireland border backstop plan; indeed, disagreements over the backstop are causing friction ahead of the summit, specifically whether or not the backstop will expire at some point in the future.

The post FLASH: October Brexit Summit appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

15:41

Canard du Jour: Antisemitism and the denial of Jewish self-determination "IndyWatch Feed War"

For a truly jaw-dropping admixture of sophistry and chutzpah its hard to top the claim made by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliances (IHRAs)  Working Definition of Antisemitism that, Denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor, represents a dispositive indicator of anti-Semitism.

But because this assertion has now become an endlessly repeated Zionist talking-point; and because the U.S. State Department and Department of Education have adopted the IHRAs working definition, while an  Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, incorporating the IHRA standard, is currently pending in Congress; its imperative to analyze the various ways in which the IHRAs deployment of self-determination is dangerously obfuscatory.

To begin with the most obvious: If denying Jews the right of self-determination is evidence of anti-Semitism, then what should we call denying the same right to those indigenes who have lived in Palestine for centuries?  Netanyahus Likud party has never endorsed a sovereign Palestinian state.  More revealingly, however, the vast majority of Israelis that has endorsed some kind of two-state solution has done so on for purely pragmatic reasons and not as a matter of right. Proponents have argued that two states would eliminate the demographic threat to Israels Jewish character. Theyve claimed it would reduce the level of violence and bring about peace. Theyve maintained that a Palestinian state would allow Israel to continue (sic) being democratic. What all these ostensibly enlightened arguments share in common is the presumption that Israel (which is to say, Israeli Jews) should, for self-interested reasons, grant some sort of state to (some) Palestinians. The idea that Palestinians have a right to a state, a right derived from the principle of national self-determination; and the acknowledgment that such a right, like all rights, is not for Israeli Jews  (or for anyone) to grant or negotiate; has never been part of this discourse.

Theres a genuinely breathtaking hypocrisy in asserting that the denial of a Jewish right to  self-determination is wickedly anti-Semitic while the denial of the same right to Palestinians is justifiable or irrelevant.

But thats only part of the problem.

According to the IHRA a tell-tale sign that the denial of a Jewish right to self-determination is an expression of nefarious anti-Semitism is provid...

15:38

No Chance Congress Will Vote On USMCA This Year "IndyWatch Feed War"

The free trade deal between Canada, the United States and Mexico that leaders from all three countries agreed to in principle recently is a long way away from becoming law, as the man in charge of the U.S. Senate says there's no chance lawmakers will vote on the pact before next year. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg in an interview Tuesday that there's no chance the logistics can be worked out to ensure that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement or USMCA  will make it to the floor of either the Senate or House of Representatives before the end of the year, so it can be ratified by lawmakers. The statements come against the backdrop of U.S. midterms next month, elections that could see the Democrats take back one or both arms of the federal government.

15:28

Glasgow: Thousands Of Women To Strike Over Pay Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thousands of women council workers across Glasgow plan to bring the city to a standstill this week in what is believed to be the biggest equal pay strike seen in the UK. More than 8,000 workers, mostly women who have never been on a picket line, will take part in the two-day action that starts next Tuesday and will affect homecare, schools and nurseries, cleaning and catering services across the city. While Glasgow city council insists there is no justification for the planned disruption, which it says will jeopardise the care of its most vulnerable residents, unions say that a failure of negotiations has left the women with no choice but to strike and make visible the decades-long pay discrimination that has affected this largely unseen workforce.

15:14

Consular immunity or impunity? Jamal Khashoggi's murder puts diplomatic privileges in doubt "IndyWatch Feed War"

If evidence of the journalists killing was cleared out before Turkish police could conduct a search, then the sacrosanct nature of the consular building effectively obstructed justice

15:08

Turkey, Saudis Spar Over Missing Journalist Probe as U.S. Eases Pressure "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S.s Mike Pompeo says it is reasonable to believe Saudi denials of involvement in Jamal Khashoggis disappearance

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at their meeting in Ankara. Photo: Turkish presidential press office/Shutterstock
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15:00

Please Remember Not to Vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

So, its three weeks before the US midterm elections, and it looks like we have got ourselves a horse race! Thats right, folks, once again, its time to start playing with those forecast maps on Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight, and obsessively following the fluctuating poll numbers of congressional candidates you have never heard of competing in districts you couldnt locate if someone held a gun to your head. You need to start doing this immediately, if not sooner, as the stakes in these midterms could not be higher. Nothing less than the continued existence of American democracy hangs in the balance, so the ruling classes need every last one of us to get out there and vote for somebody!...

14:50

CAMERA Arabic prompts BBC Arabic correction on US and Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last month the BBC Arabic website published a report about the relocation of the Paraguayan embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv (Paraguay returns its embassy to Tel Aviv, September 6th), which included the following phrase (translated):

 the recognition of the United States in Jerusalem as Israels united capital

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14:49

EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia bars Palestinian refugees in Lebanon from visiting Mecca "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Some fear new visa restrictions are part of broader Saudi pressure to push forward US 'deal of the century'

14:48

Saudi people suffer greatest embarrassment: Inside the kingdom, Saudis rattled by handling of Jamal Khashoggi case "IndyWatch Feed War"

Exclusive: Jamal Khashoggi was caught up in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salmans attempts to consolidate his power, eliminate rival royals, and seize the assets of his countrys billionaires

The dissident Saudi journalist who disappeared after entering his nations consulate in Istanbul may have run afoul of the Saudi leadership over family business dealings rather than his public criticism of the kingdom, sources have told The Independent.

Jamal Khashoggi, scion of a powerful Saudi family, was caught up in the paranoid machinations of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, in his zeal to consolidate his power, eliminate rival royals, and seize the assets of his countrys billionaires to finance his ambitious vision for the kingdom, according to two sources.

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Mohammed bin Salman

It was decided that Jamal no longer had protection, said one source, a businessperson based abroad who said he was told by a senior Saudi royal family member that the prince wanted to question Mr Khashoggi over whether he was collaborating with powerful royal factions seeking to weaken his rule. There is no middle ground in the court now. You are either friend or enemy. For Jamal, he got caught in the middle.

A US-based analyst with extensive ties to the kingdom cited Saudi sources as s...

14:42

When NGOs Go Rogue "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director and spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director and spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The purpose of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is to take up issues to help combat war, poverty, civil unrest and human rights abuse and the like around the world; but what happens when NGOs go rogue?

What if the mission of the NGO is in direct conflict with, and against the very values and security of the countries we live in?

This discussion comes at a very key time in Canadian history. For the first time, a former Canadian intelligence officer has filed a formal complaint with Canadian police about funds from NGOs being channeled towards extremism and terrorism.

According to a well-researched and detailed report by Thomas Quiggin a highly respected court expert on terrorism with experience in the Canadian police the individuals responsible for the terrorism funding were previously outside of the government.

In some cases, those directing the money are now operating inside the government. The report identifies the following:

  • The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN) had its charitable status revoked by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in 2011. It was later declared a terrorism entity in 2014 for its willful funding of Hamas. Tens of millions of dollars were sent to Hamas by IRFAN in goods and services. This was done by a group of Canadians who knowingly were breaking Canadian law to fund terrorist activity. IRFAN was, in the view of CRA, set up deliberately to circumvent Canadian laws on funding terrorism to fund Hamas. The bottom line is that Canadian taxpayers money was being used to fund terrorism, including suicide bombers.
  • The roots of IRFAN, trace back to the Jerusalem Fund for Human Services, which by 1992 was already reporting a history hundreds of thousands of dollars in fund raising.
  • Other federally-registered charity program...

14:40

Blasphemy case: Pakistani Islamists push for womans execution "IndyWatch Feed War"

Radical Islamists in Pakistan are up in arms over the likely release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 on blasphemy charges, which she has repeatedly denied. The Supreme Court judges who heard her appeal against her death sentence have also been threatened with dire consequences.

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), an anti-blasphemy party headed by the firebrand preacher Khadim Hussain Rizvi, has spearheaded a fierce campaign since Friday to influence the verdict and pressure the judiciary to send Asia Bibi to the gallows. Pakistans Supreme Court, which reportedly heard a final appeal against her death sentence, reserved its judgment last week. The top court did not announce a date for the ruling and restrained the media from guesswork on the reserved order until the court makes it public.

The TLP rose to prominence last year when it paralyzed the capital Islamabad by staging a three-week sit-in against ostensible modification of the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat (finality of prophethood) oath. The sit-in protest culminated in the resignation of federal law minister Zahid Hamid through a written agreement among TLP, the government, and the military establishment. The distribution of largesse among the participants by a serving Pakistan Army major-general raised eyebrows as well. Thus critics put a big question mark on the neutrality of the establishment.

Asia Bibi, a mother of five, was born and raised in Ittan Wali, a small rural village in Sheikhupura district of Punjab province where she used to work in agricultural fields along with Muslim women. In 2...

14:34

China May Have $5.8 Trillion in Hidden Debt With Titanic Risks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Bloomberg: Chinas local governments may have accumulated 40 trillion yuan ($5.8 trillion) of off-balance sheet debt, or even more, suggesting further defaults are in store, according to S&P Global Ratings. The potential amount of debt is an iceberg with titanic credit risks, S&P credit analysts led by Gloria Lu wrote in a report Tuesday. []

14:30

China Continues To Tighten Internet Control, Censorship and Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed War"

A series of punishments doled out to internet companies and individuals within the span of a month indicate that Beijing is tightening its suppression of free expression online.

The latest crackdown targets 360doc.com, a Chinese site where registered users can create their own digital library and share saved articles and online information with others.

Beijings cyberspace authorities, a local branch of the central Cyberspace Administration of China, ordered 360doc.com to halt its operations until Nov. 15, because the site contained information in serious violation of Chinese regulations, according to an Oct. 15 article by Chinas state-run newspaper Beijing News.

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During the one-month shutdown period, Beijings cyberspace office demands that the site clean up its content and thoroughly revamp its operationactions the agency indicated were long overdue, to eliminate problematic content, the report said.
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The website is run by Beijing Liuzhi Information Technology Corp., a company listed on Chinas NEEQ, an over-the-counter system for trading in companies not listed on the Shanghai or Shenzhen stock exchanges. The site doesnt charge users to register for an account and mainly relies on advertising for revenue.

The shutdown of 360doc.com follows a recent detention of a well-known Chinese blogger by Shanghai police.

Yang Kaili, a 20-year-old blogger with more than 44 million followers, was placed in five-day detention on Oct. 7, after police found a light-hearted performance in one of her live-streaming videos disrespectful to the national anthem. In the video, she can be seen wearing a reindeer-antler headset and singing a snippet of Chinas national anthem while waving her hands, as if she were conducting an orchestra.

The basis of Yangs detention is Chinas National Anthem Law, which took effect in October 2017: Anyone found to be deliberately distorting or falsifying the lyrics or music of Chinas national anthem can be subject to...

14:30

Anna Von Reitz: Karen Hudes, The World Bank, and Your Gold Restoring Primacy of We the People as Creditors Against the Cabal "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Truth About Karen Hudes, The World Bank, and Your Gold

As the Federal Code Title 5 makes very clear the World Bank and IBRD were two of the three (Federal Reserve being the third) banking cartels that caused the bankruptcy of The United States of America, Inc. in 1933.

As is also clear, the American People were the Priority Creditors of the
bankrupt federal corporation (See House Joint Resolution 192 and the
Emergency Banking Act of 1934) and also clear that the banks were
Secondary Creditors.


When that bankruptcy was finally discharged and settled the World Bank
received the actual gold the physical assets confiscated from our ancestors
and which we are heir to as its part of the loot. Notice that the gold should have come back to the Priority Creditorsthe American people but one the Secondary Creditors, The World Bank, claimed it instead.

For seventy years that gold was used as the backing and basis for all the Federal Reserve Notes and loans. The Federal Reserve, of course, received all the interest and profit generated as its part of the loot. And we, the legitimate heirs, received nothing. Zip. Nada. Not even a thank you. This is because the Federal Reserve and its minions serving as corporate officers of the new federal governmental services corporation made sure that we were
misrepresented and that our political status was changed without our knowledge or consent to that of a mere inhabitant- a British Crown subject.

And what right would a British Crown subject have to inherit American gold?
Everything was going along according to plan..and then, the Americans finally
figured it out. It must have been a tough night in Brussels. The World Bank was caught red-handed in possession of the stolen goods, just like a Pawn Shop owner in the same position, so they turned to their trusted attorney, Karen Hudes, to get them out of this bind. Karen Hudes is a card-carrying member of the Bar Association. Hello? What do lawyers do best?

Phi Beta Iota:  Karen Hudes is a graduate of Yale Law School and she worked in the legal department of the World Bank for more than 20 years.  When she was fired for blowing the whistle on corruption inside the World Bank, she held the position of Senior Counsel.  See Karen Hudes online. On balance we find that Hudes has a useful deep view on one aspect of the problem but does not see the entire probl...

14:15

Worth a Look: The Day Amazon Murdered History and Banned Books with Capricious Abandon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amazon Page

Phi Beta Iota: Amazon is indeed banning many books (as well as reviews and entire reviewer channels), not only on the Holocaust but on Sandy Hook and other US Government atrocities, but its more  complicated than that.  To make the point, note that this book is sold by Amazon.

By Germar Rudolf Amazon is the worlds biggest book retailer. It rakes in some 50% of all consumer spending on books in the U.S. and dominates several foreign markets as well. Pursuant to the 1998 declaration of Amazons founder Jeff Bezos to offer the good, the bad and the ugly, customers once could buy every book that was in print and was legal to sell.

That changed on March 6, 2017, when Amazon banned more than 100 books with dissenting viewpoints on the Holocaust, after having been pressured by Jewish lobby groups for years to do so.

While Amazon ignored those lobby groups in years gone by, things were different in early 2017. At that time, a series of anonymous bomb threats had been made against synagogues and Jewish community centers in the U.S. Although there is no link between iconoclastic historical research and anti-Semitic acts, Israels Yad Vashem Holocaust Center took these acts as a pretext in order to urge Amazon to take down history books they dont like.

The mass media were quick to join into this campaign, and Amazon promptly fell for it, wiping its sites clean of hundreds of books containing Holocaust research. A few weeks later, in a surprising turn of events, even the mass media revealed that those ominous bomb threats originated not from deranged neo-Nazis but from an Israeli-American Jew. Yet still, ever since this Yad-Vashem initiative, Amazon has insisted on deleting any history book from its stores that Jewish lobby groups disapprove of.

Here is the whole story.

 

14:15

Yoda: Water Desalination Breakthrough "IndyWatch Feed War"

Desalination Breakthrough: Saving the Sea from Salt

A chemist finds a way to cut supersalty discharge and CO2 as the Middle East relies ever more on seawater desalination

Read full article.

Phi Beta Iota: This is a game changer.  It ends the likelihood of war over water providing that China, India, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, among others, get serious about water desalination.  The US must stop funding foreign dictators and foreign militaries and instead invest heavily in water desalination and organic farming.

See Especially:

Reference: WATERSoul of the Earth, Mirror of Our Collective Souls

Search: Aquifers of the World + Water RECAP

Eagle: Work at Risk from Water Top Ten Cities Threatened with Disaster + Future of Water Overview Links

Reference: US IC Global Water Security Study

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14:13

Supporting Palestine can now get you denied entry to the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

I have been a severe critic of the current US administration's policy towards the Palestinians. But does this make me a possible security threat to the US? Of course not

14:00

Berto Jongman: Why Trump Will Win Second Term (And Comment on Just How Stupid the Left Can Be) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Why Donald Trump Will Likely Win A Second Term As President

Benjamin Waddell

The U.S. political system is institutionally rigged in favor of conservative white voters who drastically diverge from the political values of most Americans.

Supporters of the Electoral College argue that the system insulates the executive branch from the whims of an uninformed public and balances power between sparsely populated rural states and densely populated urban states. As benign as this arrangement may seem, however, its steeped in the legacy of slavery, discrimination and racism.

The Electoral College was designed to buttress the power of white rural voters, and true to that purpose, it continues to suppress the power of minority voters today.

Read full article by this intellectual idiot.

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14:00

Paul Craig Roberts: Erasing History, Diplomacy, Truth, and Life on Earth "IndyWatch Feed War"

Paul Craig Roberts

Erasing History, Diplomacy, Truth, and Life on Earth

One of the reasons that countries fail is that collective memory is continually destroyed as older generations pass away and are replaced by new ones who are disconnected from what came before.

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Astonishingly, neither the Times nor the Post give any credence to the emphatic statement made at least one week before by Bob Woodwardnormally considered the most authoritative chronicler of Washingtons political secretsthat after two years of research he had found no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia.

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ROBERT STEELE: Well worth a full read. Will and Ariel Durant, in The Lessons of History, end with the thought that the only inheritance worth passing down is true deep education, the accumulated knowledge of...

13:53

The Company She Keeps: Arizona Senate Candidate "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Senate candidate from Arizona Krysten Sinema (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)Senate candidate from Arizona Krysten Sinema (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)

Controversy surrounds the Democrats Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema for comments and actions she made in the past supporting Islamists and terrorist sympathizers.

Sinema, who currently represents Arizonas 9th district in the House of Representatives is running a tight race against Republican Rep. Martha McSally (Arizonas 2nd district rep).

In 2003, Sinema, then co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited members of a (now-closed) Yahoo group to attend events featuring radical lawyer Lynn Stewart.

Stewart was under indictment at the time for helping her client Islamist Omar Abdel Rahman (known as the Blind Sheikh) communicate to his terror group in Egypt, including passing on messages to his followers to commit terror attacks.

Rahman was the spiritual leader and one of the founders of Gamaat al Islamia, the Egyptian terror organization responsible for the massacre of 58 foreign tourists and several police officers in Luxor, Egypt. The group also participated in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat.

Rahman was convicted in the U.S. of orchestrating a terrorist war against the U.S. (including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing) and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks, soliciting attacks on U.S. military installations and conspiring to murder Egypts then-president Hosni Mubarak.

Stewart was eventually convicted and ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sinema said at the time that Stewart was emphatically not gui...

13:49

Iran calls US sanctions on paramilitary force blind vindictiveness "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iran called new US sanctions against its paramilitary Basij group an act of blind vindictiveness on Wednesday.

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Americas new sanctions are a clear insult to international and legal mechanisms and a result of the American governments blind vindictiveness against the Iranian nation, said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

Members of Irans paramilitary Basij group parade in front of the former US embassy in Tehran in this November 25, 2011 photo. (AFP)

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He called Washingtons lack of adherence to international legal mechanisms a threat not only to the Iranian peoples interests but also the worlds stability and security.

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On Tuesday, the US Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Basij paramilitary group along with a network of more than 20 businesses that were providing it financing.

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The US pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers in May and is reimposing punishing sanctions on the Middle Eastern country, hoping to pressure Tehran into what President Donald Trump calls a better deal.

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Contrary to the American governments hypocritical claims in support of the Iranian people, such acts obstruct the peoples ability to benefit from economic relations with the international community, Ghasemi added.

AFP

13:36

Yesterday was World Food Day! "IndyWatch Feed War"

In case you missed it, we're catching up with our ally Friends of the Earth.

13:35

America Is Authoritarian by Design "IndyWatch Feed War"

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America Is Authoritarian by Design

Supporters cheer President Donald Trump as he arrives at a campaign rally in Erie, Pa. (Evan Vucci / AP
So often, underlying structures and institutions of oppression escape serious scrutiny amid our countrys most high-profile poli...

13:34

Churchill's Perverse Place in the American Imagination "IndyWatch Feed War"

OCT 15, 2018
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Winston Churchill's Perverse Place in the American Imagination


British Prime Minister Winston Churchill circa 1942. (Steven Buyanksy / Flickr
One of the only nice things to ever result from Americas propensity for insane, seemingly pointless acts of defiance is that we wriggled free from the grasp of the British royal family. This glorious emancipati...

13:25

What"s Going On in Idlib, Syria"s Demilitarized Zone? "IndyWatch Feed War"

US forces continue simulat(ing) fighting against ISIS terrorists they support. Days earlier, their fighters abducted 700 civilians during an attack on a refugee camp near al-Bahrah, holding them hostage as human shields.

13:15

Hugh Fitzgerald: The Saudis and the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi (Part Two) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The killing of Jamal Khashoggi reminds us that the Saudi rulers, and the Crown Prince, are well-versed in the use of violence. They are determined to keep themselves in power, and to keep the colossal wealth to which they help themselves. The 15,000 Saudi royals are collectively worth $1.7 trillion; they are not about to []

13:01

Pakistan: Muslims call for jihad against the Dutch and infidels over Muhammad cartoons "IndyWatch Feed War"

A diplomatic rift opened between Pakistan and The Netherlands after populist right-wing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders announced in June a Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition with a $10,000 prize. That row was fueled by Pakistans new leader Imran Khan, who vowed to stop Wilders before he canceled his event, and to take the matter to the []

12:55

EU Sets Up New Sanctions Regime on Chemical Weapons: Targeting Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Western media is very busy nowadays circulating new fantasies about that perfidious Moscow having a finger in every pie. Now the EU has a new instrument in place to disseminate chemical stories.

12:46

Kenya: Muslims storm school, murder Christian teachers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over 20 suspected Al Shabaab jihadis in Mandera County (on Kenyas border with Somalia) stormed into a housing complex where non-local teachers live and detonated a bomb, which instantly killed two Christian teachers. Two other Christian teachers managed to escape. Jihadists have routinely terrorized local churches and schools where Christian teachers are found. The world []

12:45

Glazov Moment: Asia Bibi and #MeToos Callous Betrayal "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this new Jamie Glazov Moment, Jamie focuses on Asia Bibi and #MeToos Callous Betrayal, and as he unveils how Islam is viciously targeting a Christian womans life, he asks: Where are the feminists? Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate through our Pay Pal []

12:25

Why China Will Win The Artificial Intelligence Race "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two Artificial Intelligence-driven Internet paradigms may emerge in the near future. One will be based on logic, smart enterprises and human merit while the other may morph into an Orwellian control tool.

12:21

Brexit Provides Early Proof of Deglobalizations Costs "IndyWatch Feed War"

Norwich Stays pro-EU anti-Brexit rally, 7 July

A study comparing Britain to peer economies finds its output is 2.1% below what it would be without Brexit

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A pro-EU demonstrator wore an EU flag styled as a hat, with a British Union flag pinned to it, outside the Palace of Westminster as the British government held a cabinet meeting on Brexit on Tuesday.
A pro-EU demonstrator wore an EU flag styled as a hat, with a British Union flag pinned to it, outside the Palace of Westminster as the British government held a cabinet meeting on Brexit on Tuesday. PHOTO: ALASTAIR GRANT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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For outsiders, Brexit has the feel of a long-running soap opera: a mash-up of plot twists and tragic characters loaded with entertai...

12:15

Syria destroying homes in ex-rebel areas to block residents from returning: HRW "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Government using 'notorious' property law to prevent people returning to homes around Damascus, rights group says

12:07

Global Warming: Carbon Capture "IndyWatch Feed War"

Carbon Capture: What We Dont Talk About When We Talk About Climate Change

11:56

Who Has the Widest Censorship Reach in Human History? "IndyWatch Feed War"

July 2016: Aerial view of Silicon Valley, California. (Photo: Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images).July 2016 aerial view of Silicon Valley, California (Photo: Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images).

When tech companies take measures to crush the very dialogue they once needed to grow reaching a point where they have amassed the widest censorship reach in human history its time to sit down and have a serious conversation about Silicon Valley.

Professor Noam Chomsky, linguist and co-founder of cognitive science, has long claimed that America is a nation run by corporations. That assertion was well supported nearly a century ago by the rise of Americas elite class its first millionaires who, soon after amassing their fortunes, turned to investing in elections to help shape favorable policies.

While corporations and their elites have long-shaped public policy by funding one candidate over another, the questions for our generation are:

  • Are we now also directly overseen by corporations themselves, whose billionaire founders have created innovations that allow for policy to bypass government rule?
  • Are the unelected leaders of billion-dollar tech industries in Silicon Valley now the very people that determine how societies are shaped?
  • And if so, are we reaching a crisis point in human civilization where the widest censorship ability in human history is not at the hands of any fascist government, but those of a handful of tech overlords swayed not by the First Amendment, but by personal politics and profit?

Freedom of speech, a right granted to us by the First Amendment of the Constitution, is something guaranteed to us by our government. It is not guaranteed...

11:55

Turkey begins search of Saudi consul-general residence after delay "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Skripal and Khashoggi: A Tale of Two Disappearances "IndyWatch Feed War"

Grotesquely, the way things are shaping up in terms of hypocritical lack of action by the Americans, British and others towards the Saudi despots, the latter might just get away with murder. Not so Russia.

11:45

Russia accuses US of allowing ISIS Sanctuary to grow east of Euphrates "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia accuses US inaction of allowing ISIS to grow east of Euphrates

Terrorists have managed to establish complete control over a 20-kilometer territory on the Euphrates east bank in Syria due to the inaction of pro-American groups, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties Vladimir Savchenko said on Monday.

As a result of inaction of pro-American groups, terrorists have managed to establish complete control over a 20-kilometer strip on the Euphrates east bank between the settlements of Hajin and al-Susa, he said.

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11:42

Jamal Khashoggis Murder: 7 Minutes of Sawing while Listening to Music! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jamal Khashoggis Murder: 7 Minutes of Sawing while Listening to Music! Local Editor 7 Minutes It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalists last moments told Middle East Eye. Khashoggi was dragged from the Consul Generals office at []

11:23

#Amsterdam: Gedempt Hamerkanaal 92, Spijkerkade 2 squatted "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amsterdam: A building on Spijkerkade 2 and Gedempt Hamerkanaal 92 that was squatted in December 2006 and later eviced again, was re-squatted on October 14.

Originally published by Squat Net.

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On Sunday October 14, 2018, the building on the Spijkerkade 2 and Gedempt Hamerkanaal 92 has been resquatted. Not much happened there since it was for a first time squatted on 17 December 2006.
More news to follow

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11:21

Public sentiment rising against accusers one year after #MeToo begins: Poll "IndyWatch Feed War"

False accusations are a bigger problem than unreported assaults, people tell polling group

The #MeToo movement may be having the opposite of its intended effect.

The results of a recent poll show that one year after the beginning of the campaign, public opinion is rising against those speaking out about the sexual abuse theyve experienced.

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The poll, which was conducted on 1,500 people in late 2017 and again in October, revealed a growing minority of people, both men and women, who agree with the ideas that false accusations are a bigger problem than unreported assaults, women who make sexual harassment complaints cause more problems than they solve, and men who sexually harassed women 20 years ago should not lose their jobs.

The Economist commissioned YouGov to conduct the two polls,one shortly after actress Alyssa Milano sent the #MeToo hashtag viral and then another following the conclusion of Brett Kavanaughs confirmation to the Supreme Court, which proved to be a contentious time pitting groups that believe survivors unconditionally and the legal precedent of innocent until proven guilty.

This is a poll from YouGov and the Economist about sexual harassment, sexual assault, and victim blaming.
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Both respondents who voted for Hillary Clinton and for President Trump in 2016 increasingly agreed with the negative statements related to #MeToo, although Trump voters overwhelmingly believe that men should not lose their jobs for complaints more than two decades old the only question where more than half of respondents agreed with the statement. On that question, Clinton voters were the only demographic of respondents who agreed with that sentiment less than in 2017.

Across all polled adults in 2018, 36 percent believe men should keep their jobs against 20-year-old complaints, up from 28 percent in 2017. There was a two-point growth in respondents who a...

11:09

Israel Strikes Gaza After a Rocket Is Fired, in a Sharp Escalation of Tensions "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli fighter jets attacked targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the military said, hours after a rocket fired overnight by militants in the territory struck a house in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, a sharp escalation after months of simmering tensions along the Israel-Gaza border.

The residents of the house a woman and her three young children were treated for shock, according to the Israeli emergency services, and the Israeli military said a second rocket fell into the sea after it was fired overnight toward the crowded coastal area of central Israel.

Members of the Hamas terror groups military wing attend the funeral of six of its fighters at a cemetery in the Deir al-Balah refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on May 6, 2018. (Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

The Israeli military said it had struck 20 targets in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas sites, but Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the other main militant group in Gaza, issued a joint statement soon after the first Israeli strikes denying responsibility for the rocket fire against Israel.

It would be unusual for a smaller, rogue group to fire longer-range rockets that can reach the central coastal area and, in any case, Israeli officials said they held Hamas responsible for the attacks.

By  Isabel Kershner
The New York Times

Smoke billowed from the Gaza city of Rafah on Wednesday after an Israeli airstrike. Credit Said Khatib/Agence France-Presse Getty Images

Hamas controls Gaza, and Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said only Hamas and Islamic Jihad possessed the midrange, locally produced rockets that were used overnight, which narrows it down.

Israel has fought three wars against Palestinian militant groups in Gaza over the last decade, with deadly and devastating consequences. The most recent was in 2014, a 50-day war in whi...

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11:00

RIGGED CRYPTOCURRENCY MARKETS?? SAY IT ISNT SO! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Most regular readers of this site know that I've been skeptical from the beginning about cryptocurrencies for a variety of reasons. It's not that []

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10:55

Boycott Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Here"s Why "IndyWatch Feed War"

The way to boycott Facebook, Twitter, and Google, is to NOT respond to their ads, but instead to blacklist their advertisers and all media that rely upon those giant social-media sites.

10:41

Theresa Mays Brexit night "IndyWatch Feed War"

A possible extension for the transition period could buy the Brits more time to come up with a future trade deal

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By Mehreen Khan in Brussels

We need a new method of thinking. .

That was Donald Tusks plea to Theresa May as she heads to Brussels on Wednesday for what had been previously billed a moment of truth for Brexit negotiations. Instead it looks like treading water before everyone is ready for that real political reckoning.

First, the choreography of the night: Mrs May will address leaders on the third floor of the Europa building at around 6pm local time. When shes done, the rest of EU27 will decamp to another part of the Space Egg building to talk about her while dinner is served.

The prime minister will have to find nourishment elsewhere in Brussels.  Michel Barnier will join the 27 for a debrief on 10 days of tunnel negotiations and a weekend of drama. Discussions are likely to focus on Mrs Mays address, if theres enough momentum to go ahead with an extraordinary summit in November, and the state of no-deal preparations.

Mr Barnier told EU27 ministers in Luxembourg last night that Mrs May needed more time to sort out her domestic troubles. He also praised the courageous PM but warned of the improbable arithmetic she faces in mustering up parliamentary majority to do a deal, according to diplomats.

Mr Tusks call for fresh ideas is a push for Mrs May to prevent a complex standoff on the Irish border becoming a Gordian knot with no Alexander the Great to slice through it. One official says there is time, but not a huge amount of it.

Mrs May will see Mr Tusk privately just before she meets the EU27. One of the creative ideas doing the rounds is a possible one-year extension of the 21-month Brexit transition period. That would keep the UK in the customs union and single market until the end of 2021 but buy the Brits more time to come up with a future trade deal that would avoid the need to trigger a Northern Irish backstop.

The extension is an example of how we could be flexible to help the British side if they want it, one diplomat tell...

10:34

The UN Sheriff: Nikki Haley Elevated Israel, Damaged US Standing "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has made her post a more glamorous position than her predecessors as President Donald Trump described Haleys 2-year term at the UN, following her resignation announcement.

We may never know the nature of Haleys purported glamour at the UN, but we certainly know that, during her relatively brief stint, Haley has further diminished her countrys struggling reputation, entrenching US isolation in the worlds most vital international political body.

In her own words, Haley concluded that her mission at the UN was accomplished, commending herself on three achievements: the US has become more respected; it saved a lot of money and strongly defended Israel against UN bias.

All of those things have made a huge difference in the US standing, she said. The US is strong again. And the US is strong in a way that should make all Americans very proud.

Nothing could be further from the truth and Haley, who is suspected of engineering a run for the White House in the future, has no evidence to back up her claim of new-found strength and respect.

During his speech before the General Assembly on September 25, Trumps preposterous claims were not met with thundering applause but humiliating laughter. So much for respect.

However, there is no question that Haley was a good fit to be Trumps representative to the international community. Her aggressive and self-aggrandizing language tallies with the political discourse emanating from the White House.

That aside, considering the violations of human rights committed by Israel during Haleys time at the UN, her relentless defense of Israel is no laughing matter.

Haleys supposed achievements of saving money and supporting Israel are intrinsically linked. Indeed, the US saved $1.3 billion dollars by cutting off funds to organizations that were critical of Israel or supportive of the Palestinian people.

Haleys political outlook is not influenced by true conviction.  In his bestselling book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff describes Haley...

10:24

Death of Jamal Khashoggi Middle East Eye reveals gruesome details "IndyWatch Feed War"

It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalists last moments told Middle East Eye.

Khashoggi was dragged from the Consul Generals office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said.

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Horrendous screams were then heard by a witness downstairs, the source said.

The consul himself was taken out of the room. There was no attempt to interrogate him. They had come to kill him, the source told MEE.

The screaming stopped when Khashoggi who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on 2 October was injected with an as yet unknown substance.

Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who has been identified as the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, was one of the 15-member squad who arrived in Ankara earlier that day on a private jet.

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Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggis body up on a table in the study while he was still alive, the Turkish source said.

The killing took seven minutes, the source said.

As he started to dismember the body, Tubaigy put on earphones and listened to music. He advised other members of the squad to do the same.

When I do this job, I listen to music. You should do [that] too, Tubaigy was recorded as saying, the source told MEE.

A Turkish source told the New York Times that Tubaigy was equipped with a bone saw. He is listed as the president of the Saudi Fellowship of Forensic Pathology and a member of the Saudi Association for Forensic Pathology.

In 2014, London-based Saudi newspaper Asharaq al-Awsat interviewed Tubaigy about a mobile clinic that allows coroners to perform autopsies in seven minutes to determine the cause of death of Hajj pilgrims.

The newspaper reported that the mobile clinic was partly designed by Tubaigy and could be used in security cases that requires pathologist intervention to perform an autopsy or examine a body at the place of a crime.

These are the first details to emerge of the Saudi journalist...

10:14

Larry Summers Trips Out "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a recent Financial Times article, Harvard economics professor and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers describes his excellent adventure driving from Chicago to Portland. As Summers writes, it was a trip different to any I had ever taken, full of revelations for someone who usually only travels long distances by plane.

Summers and his wife took two weeks to drive on two-lane roads across prairies and mountains, from Dubuque to Cody to Bozeman and beyond, marveling at how much of this vast country is uninhabited. They were sometimes far from any gas stations and even farther from phone chargers. Occasionally they had no mobile phone service at all!

Okay, so not exactly a Jack Kerouac odyssey, but well outside the Summers Comfort Zones of Cambridge, the Vineyard, Georgetown, Manhattan, et al.

Braving flyover country, separated from his usual tribe of business leaders and cosmopolitan elites who are more worried about the concerns of their conference mates in Davos than those of their fellow citizens, Summers marveled that local people in bars and restaurants where he stopped did not seem concerned with the ongoing saga of Brett Kavanaughs Supreme Court confirmation process.

And Summers noted with some puzzlement that People in most of the places we visited have tended to vote Republican in recent decades.

By far the most surprising revelation of the Summers travelogue was how surprised he seemed to be by what he was seeing.

Because, Larry, Larry, Larry, youre the reason! Those were your economic policies during the Clinton years that shaped the country many of us have long known, but where youre just now arriving. You were a senior Treasury official during that entire era and top dog, Secretary of the Treasury, from 1999 to 2001.

You advocated repealing key provisions of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act that regulated banks for more than sixty years. And you helped frustrate efforts to regulate the derivatives that many analysts blame for the 2008 financial crisis. Foreshadowing Trumpian environmentalism, you argued that the U.S. should not honor the Kyoto Protocol or take the lead in greenhouse gas reductions.

You signed off on NAFTA! Even Ross Perot knew that was a bad idea, sending millions of jobs overseas and creating many of those romantic ghost towns and abandoned cafes, gas stations and hotels across the nation you are now so astonished to behold. From such ruins an opioid epidemic has arisen, with its suicidal rituals of despair. Did you happen to catch any whiff of that?

How complicit were you? Did you also advise Bill to end welfare as we know it, destroying the safety net for millions of our poorest citi...

10:11

Advanced Notice: Israel Is the Victim "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over the coming days youll likely see newspaper headlines and articles suggesting Israel is the aggressor in a never-ending cycle of violence with the Palestinians. Were here to tell you Israel is the victim.

Earlier this morning, October 17, terrorists fired at least two rockets from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip toward two of Israels largest cities. One landed on a house in Beersheba, leaving six wounded, while another that targeted the Tel Aviv area thankfully landed in the Mediterranean Sea.

In this podcast, Clarions David Harris explains how events in the region could well unfold and predicts how the media will choose to report them:

 

 

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10:07

Trump Rejects Halting Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia as Punishing Ourselves "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump Rejects Halting Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia as Punishing Ourselves Alwaght US President Donald Trump rejected on Saturday halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia over alleged murders of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdoms consulate in Turkeys Istanbul. Responding to calls for blocking military sales to Saudi regime, Trump reporters at the White []

10:06

Chief Justice John Roberts Breaks Silence on Brett Kavanaughs Contentious Confirmation Process "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chief Justice John Roberts spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about Justice Brett Kavanaughs contentious ascension to the U.S. Supreme Court, vowing to protect the Courts independence and impartiality.

Delivering remarks at the University of Minnesota Law School, Roberts opened by alluding to Kavanaughs confirmation. He noted that the justices shake hands with one another before entering the courtroom for oral argument or gathering for private conferences, in keeping with a tradition established by Chief Justice Melville Fuller, who led the Court from 1888 to 1910.

Its a small thing, perhaps, but it is a repeated reminder that, as our newest colleague put it, we do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle, we do not caucus in separate rooms, we do not serve one party or one interest, we serve one nation, the chief said, referencing remarks Kavanaugh made during his ceremonial installation at the White House.

I want to assure all of you that we will continue to do that, Roberts added.

Protesters demonstrate on first day with newly sworn in Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the court at the Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Protesters demonstrate on first day with newly sworn in Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the court at the Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

He declined to expressly condemn the confirmation process, however, out of deference to the popular branches of government. Though Supreme Court justices are often asked about their confirmations in public, they usually couch their answers in general terms to avoid being seen as unduly partisan. (RELATED: Supreme Court Weighs Trump Administrations Power To Detain Criminal Migrants)

I will not criticize the political branches, Roberts said. We do that often enough in our opinions. What I would like to do is emphasize how the judicial branch is and must be very...

09:58

Arabian Game Of Thrones Heats Up "IndyWatch Feed War"

The reported torture, murder, and dismemberment of Washington-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate-general in Istanbul reminded the world that an intense power play is now taking place within the monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula and between them.

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

In November 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the arrest and detention at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton Hotel of over 200 members of the Saudi royal family, including eleven rival princes, as well as government ministers and influential businessmen. That came after an October 2017 meeting in Riyadh between MBS and Donald Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, conclave that lasted well into the early morning hours. At the meeting, Kushner is said to have turned over to MBS a list of the names of the Crown Princes opponents: leading figures of the Saudi royal house, government, and major businesses.

Investors may want to look at the hedge potential of gold when dealing with global inflation. While gold has had a rough first-half, the metal may rally in the latter half of the year.

The list may have also contained the name Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi.

The list of Saudi names was, reportedly, compiled by Kushner from top secret special code word documents he had specifically requested from the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency. The documents were specifically requested by Kushner, not because he was an expert in communications intercepts, but because he likely had a control officer who told him what files to obtain. The Kushner family have longstanding ties to the Israeli Likud Party, as well as the Mossad intelligence service. The Mossad enjoys a close working relationship with the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate, which is now firmly committed to MBS after a previous purge of its upper ranks following MBSs rise to the heir apparent position in the House of Saud.

Those on the list handed over to MBS by Kushner were all subjects of NSA and CIA communications intercepts of phone calls, video conferences, and emails.Kushner is said to have had a phone conversation with MBS a day before Khashoggi was murdered.

Reports from U.S. intelligence sources report that the NSA had intercepted high-level communications between the Saudi government in Riyadh and the Saudi consulate-general in Istanbul indicating thatthere was a plot afoot to either kidnap Khashoggi...

09:47

Europes Not-So-Swift Diplomacy "IndyWatch Feed War"

The U.S. and Brussels head toward a needless sanctions showdown.

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The logo of global secure financial messaging services cooperative Swift. PHOTO: CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

Another trans-Atlantic showdown is looming as the Trump Administration prepares its next tranche of financial sanctions on Iran, and the puzzle is why Europe keeps backing itself into a corner. Brussels and European Union states seem ready to stage a battle with Washington over an obscure but important financial-service networkagainst Europes own interests.

The looming brouhaha concerns Swift, the Belgium-based cooperative that manages the global system that banks use to communicate with each other for cross-border transactions. The Trump Administration will soon lay out its plans for financial sanctions on Tehran to take effect in November, as Washington reintroduces sanctions lifted under the Obama Administrations 2015 nuclear deal. One question is whether the new sanctions include Swift.

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09:42

Israeli air strikes kill Palestinian in Gaza after rocket attack on Beersheba "IndyWatch Feed War"

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09:39

China Backs Pakistan At IMF No reason to keep CPEC shrouded in secrecy "IndyWatch Feed War"

THE public endorsement is likely a result of a great deal of behind-the-scenes lobbying.

It is welcome that China, via its foreign ministry spokesperson, has announced its support for the IMF making an objective evaluation of Pakistan based on professionalism and earnestly helping it properly address the current difficulty.

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For Pakistan, walking a familiar IMF tightrope has been significantly complicated by the increasing competition and hostility between China and the US on the global stage and in this region. The US, which at least until the Trump administration touted its adherence to a so-called rules-based world order, had initially come out in an almost ugly American fashion against CPEC, virtually demanding that Pakistan limit the scope of the project if the IMF is to be allowed to deliver a bailout package to Pakistan.

Take a look: US arrogance

At least publicly, the hostile and threatening US rhetoric has been toned down in recent days and it is, instead, the IMF leadership that has underlined the need for greater Pakistani transparency on its CPEC-related financial commitments.

What is not known is the extent to which China is resisting Pakistan sharing CPEC data with the IMF or, indeed, if there are binding covenants that prevent Pakistan from making public such data.

Worryingly, the PTI federal government may not have the expertise or the clarity necessary for navigating such fraught international political and financial challenges though arguably no other Pakistani government would be considered well placed to deal with such complex challenges either.

Read: Rearranging CPEC

At a minimum, however, the federal government ought to use the imminent IMF bailout as an opportunity to draw some new lines in this countrys fiscal dealings with the outside world and transparency at home. The US hostility towards and seemingly the IMFs scepticism of CPEC aside, there is no plausible reason for the PTI to continue with the excessive secrecy that characterised the PML-Ns approach to CPEC.

If binding commitments have been made regarding the secrecy of certain contracts and they can be justified in light of international best practices, the PTI government should publicly say so. If not, why is the PTI seemingly reluctant to place before parliament and other appropriate forums the...

09:32

Cruz mocks ORourke for dodging questions on border security "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, mocked Rep. Beto ORourke, D-Texas, for dodging questions Tuesday night about what the federal government should do to boost border security, and said the Democrat trying to win his Senate seat would prefer to tear down barriers that keep Americans safe.

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The two Texas lawmakers faced off in San Antonio, where ORourke was asked what border security measures he would try to impose short of the border wall that he opposes. But ORourke replied by saying only that he has worked to boost security at official ports of entry, not outside those ports where illegal immigrants routinely try to cross.

Thats where more than 90 percent of everyone and everything that ever comes into the United States first crosses, he said of legal U.S. ports of entry. Having a better idea of who and what comes into our country demonstrably makes us safer, and at the same time, those customs officers are able to facilitate legitimate trade and travel thats connected to more than 1 million jobs in the state of Texas.

But Cruz said his answer dodged the heart of the question.

Everyone should notice in his answer that he wanted to talk about trade, he wanted to talk about customs, he wanted to talk about everything except border security, Cruz said, noting that law enforcement is backing his own campaign, not ORourkes.

Congressman ORourke not only opposes a wall, but he has said we have too many fences and walls already on the border, he wants to tear down the ones we have, Cruz said.

When asked again by the moderator how he would boost border security aside from a border wall, ORourke again said he has worked to beef up official ports of entry.

As I just told you, Sen. John Cornyn and I have worked to invest in our ports of entry, ORourke said. He then argued that Congress should take steps to help the Dreamers, who are immigrants who entered the country illegally at a young age with their parents.

We cannot use this idea of border security to be an impediment to moving forward on those issues that are also demanding our action, and which Texans know better than perhaps any other people of any other state, ORourke said. On issues of immigration reform, the fate of Dreamers, more than 200,000 in the state of Texas.

Cruz has been holding onto a lead of about 9 points in some of the latest polls on the race.

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09:25

Miguel Amors: The period of decline "IndyWatch Feed War"

Miguel Amors was friend and collaborator of Jaime Semprun, working with him on the Encyclopdie des Nuisances.  And it is as such that we share a reflection by him inspired by and in continuity with Sempruns essay, The abyss repopulates itself.

Originally published by Autonomies.

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Capitalism, in the late stage of globalization, has abolished all communitarian bonds, autonomous cultures, sociability, collective practices, group identities, etc., stripping individuals of any direct and profound relation with their kind and their environment, and instead setting them at odds. Postmodern man, privileged or marginalized, is a psychological pauper, an unfeeling narcissist with an absolute lack of empathy; when you strip away the appearances and his function is terminated, when face to face with himself he really has nothing but loneliness and emptiness. The most widely-verified social experience in the technological world colonized by the commodity is that of absence and nothingness. This is what alienation is like during the period of decline. Most people try to escape, whether by demanding more security in order to plunge even deeper into a wretched private life, largely virtual and based on a flashy and affected pseudo-individualism [frikiderived from the English word, freak], or else by resorting to carefully constructed, and therefore fictitious, identities, seeking refuge, as people did in the past, in ideologies or religions. The times are favorable for both militant escapism and schizophrenia (the two were already connected by Gabel), for both false consciousness as well as for psychopathological reactions against a society that is viewed as a foreign and hostile environment. The doors are equally open to both the opportunity to enclose ourselves in an air-conditioned shell and the opportunity to throw ourselves off a cliff.

The revolutionaries of the sixties and seventies underestimated the capacity for survival of the capitalist regime, but they were not mistaken in their diagnosis. The fact that the critical minorities of that era were incapable of transmitting their views to a broader public, does not obviate the circumstance that the degree of dissatisfaction is increasing...

09:22

Trump Defends Saudi Arabia again in Khashoggis Case "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump Defends Saudi Arabia again in Khashoggis Case Local Editor US President Donald Trump once again defended the Saudi government over the mysterious disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, considering that pinning the blame on Riyadh before knowing all the facts is yet another case of guilty until proven innocent. Trump Tuesday criticized people blaming []

09:15

The Apartheid State of israel and the Palestinian Resistance "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Apartheid State of Israel and the Palestinian Resistance Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return. (Photo: Abdallah Aljamal, Palestine Chronicle) By Nwabisa Sigaba When you look at the history of the South African struggle for liberation one cannot help but notice the tremendous role played by youth in fighting against the apartheid []

09:13

California Governors Race Turns To Homeless This is 21st century California. This is not Bangladesh. "IndyWatch Feed War"

After months of criticizing his opponent for his record on homelessness as mayor of San Francisco, Republican John Cox took his campaign for governor to Los Angeles skid row on Tuesday, where he promised to provide more housing and services for Californians in need.

As he toured the downtown neighborhood, home to a large homeless population, Cox likened the area to a third-world country.

It is absolutely not compassionate to let people live on this street, Cox told reporters. This is 21st century California. This is not Bangladesh.

The Rancho Santa Fe businessman, who said he had driven through the neighborhood before, visited skid row with a group of Los Angeles police officers.

Wow, look at this, he said as he walked down the middle of the street, gazing at rows of tents. It extends for blocks.

By Dakota Smith
Los Angeles Times

Republican candidate for governor John Cox on tours skid row in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Republican candidate for governor John Cox o...

09:08

israels (apartheid state) Psychological Obstacles to Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israels Psychological Obstacles to Peace By Lawrence Davidson Understanding is Not Excusing There is a difference between understanding and excusing. I might understand the arguments of Donald Trump and John Bolton, but by virtue of that very understanding I find their arguments inexcusable. The same goes for the arguments of the Israeli leadership and their []

09:00

Pompeo says Saudis committed to complete probe into journalists disappearance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Arabia has committed to conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday before departing the kingdom for Turkey.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to the media before leaving Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. ( REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Pompeo said he would meet with President Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital Ankara, two weeks after Khashoggi vanished when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect documents he needed for his planned marriage.

Earlier, President Donald Trump gave Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt in Khashoggis disappearance, while U.S. lawmakers pointed the finger at the Saudi leadership and Western pressure mounted on Riyadh to provide answers.

In Saudi Arabia, Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman, the crown prince and the foreign minister.

In each of those meetings I stressed the importance of them conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. They made a commitment to do that, he told reporters traveling with him after boarding the plane for Ankara.

They said it would be a thorough, complete and transparent investigation, he said. They indicated they understood that getting that done in a timely, rapid fashion so they could begin to answer important questions.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was murdered and his body removed, which the Saudis have strongly denied. Khashoggi was a U.S. resident who wrote columns for the Washington Post and he was critical of the Saudi government, calling for reforms.

Earlier, in a Twitter post, Trump said Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denied knowing what happened in the Saudi consulate.

I think we have to find out what happened first, Trump told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. Here we go again with, you know, youre guilty until proven innocent. I dont like that.

How the crown prince, often referred to as MbS, emerges when the dust settles over Khashoggis disappearance is a test of how the West will deal with Saudi Arabia in the future. At issue will be to what extent the West believes responsibility lies with MbS for Khashoggi.

They made no exceptions to who they would hold accountable. They were very clear: they understand the important of this issue, the...

08:59

israeli (apartheid state) Policewoman Shot Palestinian For Fun "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Policewoman Shot Palestinian For Fun } 16 Oct 8:23 PM             An Israeli border policewoman has been arrested over shooting and wounding a Palestinian man just, as she recognized, for fun, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. While she was on a patrol near the Israeli military checkpoint called Al-Zaim, []

08:53

Another false flag intended to justify more israeli (apartheid state) aggression? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unknown Palestinians fire rocket into Israel For the first time in months, a Grad rocket was fired from Gaza at around 4 am on Wednesday, hitting the yard of a house in the city of Beersheba, causing no injuries or damage. Various Palestinian armed resistance movements rejected responsibility for the rocket. They issued a statement []

08:48

Morning Prayer for Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Finding God in Silence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Today look upward toward God, not downward toward yourself. Look away from unpleasant surroundings, from lack of beauty, from the imperfections in yourself and those around you. In your unrest, behold Gods calmness: in your impatience, Gods patience; in your limitations, Gods perfection. Looking upward toward God, your spirit will begin to grow. Then others will see something in you that they also want. As you grow in the spiritual life, you will be enabled to do many things that seemed too hard for you before.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may keep my eyes trained above the horizon of myself; I pray that I may see infinite possibilities for spiritual growth.

From the book Twenty Four Hours a Day

All of humanitys problems stem from mans inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

Blaise Pascal, from his book Penses

See also:

God Speak Through Silence

https://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/miracles/gods-grace/can-god-speak-through-silence

And

God Speaks in Silence

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-god-speaks-in-silence

08:46

Iran: Mastermind of Ahvaz Terrorist Attack Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps [IRGC] announced that a high-ranking commander of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, who apparently masterminded the recent deadly terror attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, has been killed in Iraqs eastern province of Diyala. The IRGC public relations department announced in a statement released on Tuesday []

08:33

Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping israel (apartheid state) Massacre Gaza Protesters "IndyWatch Feed War"

Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters Joe Catron Mint Press Oct 12, 2018 Israelis open fire on Palestinian protesters. Click to enlarge As Israeli soldiers gun down unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in the Great March of Return, their lethal operations depend on an array of contractors and suppliers, many of them companies []

08:29

Have your say: a public consultation on the BBC Editorial Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed War"

The BBC has launched a public consultation on the topic of its Editorial Guidelines.

The BBC has opened a consultation on a revised draft of the Editorial Guidelines which set the content standards for the BBCs programme makers and other content producers for BBC services.

The Guidelines cover impartiality, accuracy, fairness, privacy and harm and offence, and further sections deal with a range of topics such as religious programming, war, terror, conflicts of interest, competitions, votes, relationships with other organisations and commercial references.

The Guidelines evolve over time to take account of changes in BBC regulation as set out in the BBCs Royal Charter and Agreement; changes in legislation, developments in editorial thinking and lessons learnt from editorial rulings as well as reflecting changes in public attitudes and technology. The BBC therefore periodically reviews the Guidelines to ensure they keep pace with both our legal requirements and with changing audience expectations.

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08:27

Suspects in disappearance of Khashoggi linked to Saudi security services "IndyWatch Feed War"

Three days before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in the United States this year for a nationwide tour, another Saudi traveler who identifies online as a member of the Saudi Royal Guard also arrived in Washington, passport records show. His stay overlapped with that of the prince.

Two times before that, this traveler had made other trips to the United States that coincided with top members of the Saudi royal family, including King Salman and another one of his sons.

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Two weeks after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Posts Global Opinions section and critic of the Saudi government, there is mounting scrutiny of the 15 men identified by Turkey as members of the Saudi team involved in his death. (Hasan Jamali/AP)

That same traveler, Khalid Aedh Alotaibi, has now appeared on a list provided by Turkish officials of 15 Saudis who Turkey alleges participated in the disappearance and alleged killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Sa...

08:23

Some good news: Video: israel (apartheid state) Grounds Its F-35 Stealth Jet Fighters, Unable to Challenge Syrias S-300 Air Defenses? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Video: Israel Grounds Its F-35 Stealth Jet Fighters, Unable to Challenge Syrias S-300 Air Defenses? On October 11, the Israeli military announced that it had halted flights of F-35I stealth fighter jets following the crash of the US Marine Corps F-35B jet in South Carolina on September 28. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) stated that []

08:15

The Origins of Progressive Agony "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the wake of Obama, the Democratic party was a shipwreck, to be saved only by Hillary and the Supreme Court . . .

What has transformed the Democratic party into an anguished progressive movement that incorporates the tactics of the street, embraces maenadism, reverts to Sixties carnival barking, and is radicalized by a new young socialist movement? Even party chairman Tom Perez concedes that there are no moderate Democrats left, and lately the rantings of Cory Booker, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez confirm that diagnosis.

Obama, the Fallen God

Paradoxically, Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 and 2012 and yet helped to erode the old Democratic party in the process. He ended up in opulent retirement while ceding state legislatures, governorships, the House, the Senate, the presidency, and the Supreme Court to conservative Republicans.

Obama had promised leftists in his prior brief tenure in the Senate he had compiled the most partisan record of his 99 colleagues that his social-justice methods and agendas would lead to a proverbial permanent Democratic majority. Do we remember the February 2009 Newsweek obsequious cover story We Are All Socialists Now?

By Victor Davis Hansen
National Review

Protesters gather in front of the doors of the Supreme Court as Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in, October 6, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Supposedly, changing demography, massive illegal immigration, and identity politics had preordained a permanent 51 percent Other whose minority statuses, as defined by gender and race, had now become a majority, given the destined demise of the white working classes. If Obama had not existed, someone like Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, or Kirsten Gillibrand was supposedly foreordained to be president anyway.

But while Obama sermonized about our predestined arc of history and how its moral curve bent this way and that, he managed to lose both his supermajority in the Senate and the House itself by 2011. By 2015, the Senate lost its Democratic majority.

Ruling by pen-and-phone executive order only took the country more leftward. And it came at the price of stagnating the economy, acerbating social, cultural, and racial differences, raising taxes, and recalibrating foreign policy....

08:02

For the Pacific its always about cash: Australian Environment Minister in diplomatic incident over climate change "IndyWatch Feed War"

Environment Minister Melissa Price has been accused of offending a key Pacific leader by declaring the region was always seeking cash from Australia, sparking a political dispute over her alleged remarks at a Canberra restaurant on Tuesday night.

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Environment Minister Melissa Price

Ms Price is said to have told former Kiribati president Anote Tong, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, that she had her chequebook ready to deal with his demands for cash.

The ministers office has declared the account to be completely untrue but the contested exchange triggered a rebuke over the ministers treatment of a key friend of Australia in the Pacific.

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Former Kiribati president Anote Tong

Ms Price told Parliament she 100 per cent disagreed with the account of her remarks to Mr Tong.

Mr Tong, who led Kiribati from 2003 to 2016, was dining with Labor senator Pat Dodson, Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning and Oxfam climate change expert Simon Bradshaw at La Rustica restaurant in the Canberra suburb of Kingston and was introduced to Ms Price, who was dining with staff close by.

Mr Glendenning told Fairfax Media that Ms Price discussed a possible meeting with Mr Tong and then made a remark about demands for cash.

Ms Price asked Mr Tong why he was in Canberra and was told by Senator Dodson that the former Kiribati leader was in Australia to talk about climate change and was hoping to have a meeting with her.

Is it about the cash? Ms Price replied, according to Mr Glendenning.

Its always about the cash. Ive got my chequebook over there. How much do you want?

A spokesman for Ms Price denied this account and said the minister told Mr Tong that Australia cared very deeply about the Pacific, before suggesting they set up a meeting at some point.

Senator Dodson wrote to Ms Price on Wednesday to criticise the discourteous and offensive behaviour and to ask her to apologise to Mr Tong.

In his letter, Senator Dodson relayed his account of the words the minister spoke.

I know why youre here. It is for the cash. For the Pacific its always about the cash. I have my chequebook here. How much...

07:51

Taiwan to hold independence rally in challenge to Beijing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Taiwan independence campaigners will take to the streets Saturday for what they hope will be a major rally in a rebuke to Beijing and a challenge to the islands already embattled government.

The protest in central Taipei comes as China increasingly pushes its claims to the self-ruling democratic island and President Tsai Ing-wen struggles to appease Beijing and independence factions.

Organised by new group Formosa Alliance, which is backed by two pro-independence former Taiwan presidents, Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian, the rally will call for a public vote on whether the island should formally declare independence from China.

AFP | Pro-Taiwan independence activists demand a referendum as they ride through the streets of Taipei earlier this year. Protesters will stage another rally Saturday

It is the first potentially large-scale protest calling for an outright independence vote since Taiwan first became a democracy more than 20 years ago.

Organisers say they aim to draw 100,000 people.

Every Taiwanese should get to choose Taiwans future. It should be a decision by the 23.57 million Taiwanese people, not by China or Xi Jinping, said veteran independence activist Kuo Pei-horng, head of the alliance.

China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since the end of a civil war on the mainland in 1949.

Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, with its own currency, political and judicial systems, but has never declared formal independence from the mainland.

Beijing has warned it would respond with force if Taiwan tried an official split.

Chinese authorities have already said the Formosa Alliance should not go down what they called a dangerous path.

But Kuo, 63, who was blacklisted by Taiwans authoritarian Kuomintang government in the 1980s for promoting independence, says it is worth the gamble.

I think if (Chinas President) Xi were ready to invade Taiwan, his troops would have already come or he could have found any excuse to do it, Kuo told AFP.

New Power Party chairman and lawmaker Huang Kuo-chang, who made his name as a leading activist during the anti-China Sunflower Movement rallies of 2014, said the public should join Saturdays rally to say no to Chinas ambitions to annex Taiwan.

Rising frustration

Beijing is already incensed by a referendum that will take place in November...

07:47

A merit-based argument for making immigration great again "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump was holding one of his signature Make America Great Again rallies when he began sounding off on immigration.

We want a system that is merit-based, he said. They come in on merit. They dont come in a lottery system. How about the lottery system, folks? Do you see that? The crowd responded by booing the lottery and cheering merit.

Reihan Salam isnt President Trump. The son of Bangladeshi immigrants, the National Review executive editor is measured and judicious in his arguments, rigorous and data-driven in his conclusions, sensitive to the experiences of foreign-born people of color like his own parents. The diversity visa lottery is not his main target.

By W. James Antle III

Opinion
Washington Examiner

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Nevertheless, Salam also wants an immigration system that is merit-based as opposed to a status quo that exacerbates our countrys divisions by increasing competition for the poorest among us, immigrant and native-born alike, for the benefit of the rich while inflaming the racist.

Thats the point of Salams superb new book Melting Pot or Civil War: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders. He patiently sorts through the nonsense and hyperbole that permeates the immigration debate to offer a reasoned defense of borders, sovereignty and both cultural and economic assimilation.

Melting Pot or Civil War? by Reihan Salam. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Civil war reference in the title aside, this isnt a hardline restrictionist polemic. Salam favors a limited amnesty. He doesnt advocate immigration reduction. He doesnt exaggerate, and sometimes understates, what the evidence says about the effects of continuous mass immigration into the United States on public safety, wages, and jobs.

Still, Salam is writing in a climate where all but the most modest immigration restriction and enforcement is increasingly treated as illegitimate. And if Trump can be tendentious and inflammatory in his campaign talk about immigration, so too are his critics who reject in principle the right of rich countries to moderate the flow of poor immigrants for the benefit of their own residents of all races, origins, and backgrounds.

If the worst fears abo...

07:37

U.S. sets January trade talks with Japan, targeting tariff and nontariff barriers "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. President Donald Trumps administration plans to start negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement with Japan in mid-January, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress on Tuesday.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Lighthizer suggested the administration will push Japan to address both tariff and nontariff barriers in sectors such as automobiles and agriculture, and to achieve fairer, more balanced trade.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

We intend to initiate negotiations with Japan as soon as practicable, but no earlier than 90 days from the date of this notice, he wrote.

Citing the $68.9 billion U.S. trade deficit in goods with Japan in 2017, Lighthizer said, U.S. exporters in key sectors such as automobiles, agriculture and services have been challenged by multiple tariff and nontariff barriers for decades, leading to chronic U.S. trade imbalances with Japan.

In a meeting last month in New York, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to start negotiations for a trade agreement on goods, or TAG, between the two countries.

The move is a concession by Tokyo, which dropped its earlier insistence on a multilateral approach to trade issues.

Senior U.S. officials have thrown hardballs even before the start of the trade talks, with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicating the United States will push Japan to reduce tariffs on farm products beyond levels agreed to under a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union.

Perdues call for better terms in a trade deal with Japan than the Japan-EU FTA came despite the understanding between Trump and Abe that Washington would not demand deeper farm tariff cuts than levels Japan has agreed in other trade pacts, also including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-member regional FTA.

Vice President Mike Pence has described the prospective deal with Japan as a free trade agreement, contradicting Japans assertion that the bilateral accord sought by the two governments will not be as comprehensive as an FTA.

The two governments are arranging a meeting between Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso in mid-November in Japan to pave the way for the upcoming trade negotiations involving Lighthizer and Toshimitsu Motegi, Japans economic revitalization minister.

Also on Tuesday, Lighthizer notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union in mid-January, and for a separate pact with Britain as soon as it is ready after it exit...

07:29

The weaponisation of the dollar is alienating many governments "IndyWatch Feed War"

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One consequence of the America First policies will be to create a bipolar financial world

By Henny Sender

A glance at the foreign-exchange markets suggests that the US dollar looks as powerful and dominant as ever.

However, taking a much longer-term view suggests that this impregnable position and the economic heft that comes with it will come under assault. One consequence of the America First policies of US President Donald Trump will be to create a bipolar financial world, with China at one end and the US at the other.

That will mean smaller financial flows between the two, and a much more robust effort from Beijing to eventually challenge the dollars status as the worlds reserve currency. That, in turn, potentially has implications for everything from the status of US Treasury securities as the safest assets in the world to how oil is priced.

The Trump administrations America First policy will encourage a long-term move away from the US dollar, according to Christopher Wood of CLSA, the arm of Beijing-based Citic Securities, pointing to the growing American practice of using the dollar as a weapon via the implementation of sanctions and the like.

But this more explicit weaponisation of the dollar has not only incurred the wrath of China, it is increasingly alienating government officials and politicians in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as infuriating some bank executives. Some of the latter believe the US has been able to impose exorbitant fines for violating US laws because authorities can threaten to lock them out of the dollar-driven financial system.

At the Milken Institutes Asia Summit last month, former French prime minister Franois Fillon spoke of the need for Europe to push its currency as an alternative to the dollar in an effort to bolster European sovereignty.

A world in which the dollar is the dominant reserve currency means Washington can chose to dictate policy to Europe as it has, for example, on the question of doing business in Iran.

Europe has no choice but to go along or risk becoming the object of sanctions itself. Yet is it wishful thinking to believe the euro, which according to recent data from the International Monetary Fund has about a 20 per cent share of central bank reserves, can play anything but a minor role. Instead Europe, like the rest of Asia, will have to decide where its future lies with China or a shrill but shrinking US.

When China began trading renminbi-denominated crude oil futures out of Shanghai in March, it was a signal...

07:22

Saudi-led military aggression left over 15,000 civilians dead: Rights group "IndyWatch Feed War"

Picture, provided by Yemens Houthi Ansarullah movement, shows aftermath of Saudi airstrike against Gabal Ras area in Yemens western coastal city of Hudaydah on October 13, 2018. Press TV October 16, 2018 The Legal Center for Rights and Developments in Yemen says the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against the impoverished and conflict-plagued Arab country []

07:17

IMFs Lagarde Defers Trip to Saudi Arabia as Crisis Continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

The head of the International Monetary Fund deferred her trip to Saudi Arabia, where she had planned to attend an investment conference, adding to a growing number of business and finance leaders whove decided to skip the event after the disappearance of a Saudi journalist.

Managing Director Christine Lagardes previously scheduled trip to the Middle East is being deferred, a fund spokesperson said by email. Lagarde had said last week that she still intended to attend the Future Investment Initiative, which opens later this month.

Christine Lagarde   Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The one-sentence statement from the IMF didnt give a reason for the change or mention the summit.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared two weeks ago after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkey suspects that he was murdered there, according to the New York Times and other media. The Saudi leadership denied any knowledge of his fate, but promised to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after meeting with the kingdoms leaders.

string of financial and business leaders has pulled out of the summit, which is organized by the Saudi crown prince, including JP Morgan Chase & Co.s Jamie Dimon and Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam.

With assistance by James Mayger

Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-17/imf-s-lagarde-defers-trip-to-saudi-ar...

07:07

Israeli Ambassador to France Slammed for Attempt to Censor News "IndyWatch Feed War"

Aliza Bin Noun(ANTIWAR.COM)  Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza bin Noun is under fire for attempts to censor a news report on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The report aired on France 2, despite her demands that it never be aired. The report, titled Gazas disabled teens, was an investigative story on Palestinian teens who had been crippled by []

06:52

Khashoggis Killing Took 7 Minutes, Chopped Into Pieces While Alive: Turkish Source "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jamal Khashoggi(MEE)  It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalists last moments told Middle East Eye. Khashoggi was dragged from the Consul Generals office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, []

06:45

1090 MHz ADS-B Mode-S Military Aircraft Logs "IndyWatch Feed War"

Military aircraft transponder logs from January 2014 to present (17th October 2018), using 1090 MHz ADS-B Mode-S receiver located near Manchester International Airport. Regularly updated.

06:41

Czech spy agency says it neutralized Hezbollah cyberespionage network "IndyWatch Feed War"

Officials in the Czech Republic have announced that the countrys spy agency headed an operation in several countries, aimed at neutralizing a cyberespionage network operated by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

06:11

Trumps Alliance with Body-Choppers, Death Squads and Child Killers "IndyWatch Feed War"

The White House warmly greeted the electoral success of Brazilian Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, ardent champion of torturers, military dictators, death squads and free marketers.

President Trump grovels, grunts and glories before Israel, as his spiritual guide Benjamin Netanyahu celebrates the Sabbath with the weekly murders and maiming of hundreds of unarmed Palestinians, especially youngsters.

These are President Trumps natural allies. They share his values and interests while each retains their particular method of disposing of the cadavers of adversaries and dissenters.

We will proceed to discuss the larger political-economic context in which the trio of monsters operate. We will analyze the benefits and advantages which lead President Trump to ignore and even praise, actions which violate Americas democratic values and sensibilities.

In conclusion, we will examine the consequences and risks which result from Trumps embrace of the trio.

The Context for Trumps Triple Alliance

President Trumps intimate ties with the worlds most unsavory regimes flows from several strategic interests. In the case of Saudi Arabia, it includes military bases; the financing of international mercenaries and terrorists; multi-billion-dollar arms sales; oil profits; and covert alliances with Israel against Iran, Syria and Yemen.

In order to secure these Saudi assets, the White House is more than willing to assume certain socio-political costs.

The US eagerly sells weapons and provides advisers to Saudis genocidal invasion, murder and starvation of millions of Yeminis. The White House alliance against Yemen has few monetary rewards or political advantages as well as negative propaganda value.

However, with few other client states in the region, Washington makes do with Prince Salman the salami slicer.

The US ignores Saudi financing of Islamic terrorists against US allies in Asia (the Philippines) and Afghanistan as well as rival thugs in Syria and Libya.

Alas when a pro-US collaborator like Washington Post journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated, President Trump was forced to adopt the pretense of an investigation in order to distance from the Riyadh mafia.He subsequently exonerated butcher boy bin Salman: he invented a flagrant lie-blaming rogue elements in charge of the interrogation, read...

06:06

ISIS Commander Blamed for Iran Attack among 18 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iran claimed an ISIS commander who was killed in Iraq was responsible for an attack in Iran.

The post ISIS Commander Blamed for Iran Attack among 18 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:00

The UN Sheriff: Nikki Haley Elevated Israel, Damaged US Standing "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has made her post a "more glamorous" position than her predecessors as President Donald Trump described Haleys 2-year term at the UN, following her resignation announcement. We may never know the nature of Haleys purported "glamour" at the UN, but we certainly know that, during her relatively Continue reading "The UN Sheriff: Nikki Haley Elevated Israel, Damaged US Standing"

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05:26

Kudrin offers to surrender to the West for the lifting of sanctions, by Ruslan Ostashko "IndyWatch Feed War"

Translated and subtitled by Scott Humor The Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin had actually offered to surrender to the West in exchange for lifting of sanctions. This is

04:32

Whats Going On in Idlib, Syrias Demilitarized Zone? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By  Stephen Lendman Source In mid-September, Putin and Turkeys Erdogan agreed on establishing a 15 20 km-wide demilitarized zone in Idlib province along the Turkish border. Russian and Turkish forces will control the zone, an offensive to liberate Idlib put on hold at least until later this year, maybe not until 2019. Full withdrawal []

04:20

Bush & Blairs Iraq war was key that opened door to Syrias current hell "IndyWatch Feed War"

The ruins of buildings near the Clock Square in Raqqa, Syria, October 18, 2017 Reuters / Erik De Castro By John Wight Source As with the Vietnamese people, so with the Syrians. Their struggle against imperialism and hegemony has earned them a place at historys table that can never be relinquished. Because, if you []

04:15

Before the Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

The limited formal and negative generality of law under liberalism not only makes possible capitalist calculability but also guarantees a minimum of liberty since formal liberty has two aspects and makes available at least legal chances to the weak. For this reason there develops a conflict between the law and the liberties based thereon on the one side, and the requirements of a monopolistic economy on the other side. Under monopolistic capitalism private property in the means of production as the characteristic institution of the entire bourgeois epoch is preserved but general law and contract disappear and are replaced by individual measures on the part of the sovereign.
Franz Neumann, The Change in the Function of Law in Modern Society, 1937

Large Capitalist firms banks as well as monopoly concerns long ago ceased to depend on court proceedings to conduct their affairs with members of other social groups.
Otto Kircheimer, State Structure and Law in the Third Reich, 1935 pamphlet

What is legalism? It is the ethical attitude that holds moral conduct to be a matter of rule following, and moral relationships to consist of duties and rights determined by rules.
Judith N. Shklar, Legalism: Law, Morals, and Political Trials, Harvard University Press, 1964

Do not the bourgeois assert that the present-day distribution is fair? And is it not, in fact, the only fair distribution on the basis of the present-day mode of production? Are economic relations regulated by legal conceptions or do not, on the contrary, legal relations arise from economic ones?
Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program

Watching the Kavanaugh circus the last few weeks I kept thinking about the way in which the general public now views law and justice. I suspect most Americans think of law and legality in terms they have learned from Hollywood TV. Perhaps there is no other area in which the general public relies so extensively on assumptions and cliche as the judicial system. But it also raises questions about the law that I suspect even relatively well educated people never ask themselves.

The entire narrative that is manufactured each time a justice is nominated to the Supreme Court is among the more overblown and hysterical versions of political theatre we are granted but also the most opaque. For the vast majority of people have no real legal knowledge, nor do they understand the intricacies of the entire appellate courts system. Like most things that pass for politics in America, the nomination is treated as a form of American Idol or a beauty pageant.

But there is another issue attached to the spectacle that accompanies Supreme Court nominations and that has to do with a more...

04:09

Israels Apartheid Wall And 7 Of Its Myths Debunked "IndyWatch Feed War"

Originally posted on Rebel Voice:
Much has been written about the segregation wall that the rogue state of Israel has erected across Palestine. Not only is the wall in of itself an abomination, it is also illegal under international law. Not that Israel cares about any laws, other than the Apartheid ones that it creates

03:53

Saudi finance conference: Now IMF chief Lagarde says she's not going to attend "IndyWatch Feed War"

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03:28

Diplomatic Deadlock: Can U.S.-North Korea Talks Survive Maximum Pressure? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Gregory Elich | Counterpunch | October 16, 2018 South Korean President Moon Jae-ins meeting with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un on September 18-20 culminated in the signing of the Pyongyang Declaration, which marked a significant advance towards peace and heralded a welcome warming in relations. Since that time, however, contradictions within the Trump administrations []

03:19

Talk Nation Radio: Mark Dworkin on Navy Jet Noise Over Washington State "IndyWatch Feed War"

Plane Truths movie promo

From Talk Nation Radio, October 16, 2018

Mark Dworkin is, together with Melissa Young, an award-winning documentary film director, and the director of an important new film called Plane Truths. You can find Mark and Melissa at movingimages.org and this movie at planetruths.org. Plane Truths looks at the increased activity at the U.S. Navy base on Whidbey Island in Washington state activity that is making life unbearable for locals and wildlife collateral damage in the ever increasing militarization of society. Watch the trailer here, and email us at greta@worldbeyondwar.org to host a film screening. Use coupon code WBW for a 15% discount.

Talk Nation Radio interview:

Total run time: 29:00
Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

 

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03:14

Khashoggi case: Saudi suspects who went to Istanbul are close to MBS, says report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Some members of the 15 Saudi suspects that travelled to the country's Istanbul consulate are close to crown prince, says New York Times

03:00

Showtime in America: Idiots Delight A Quasi Review "IndyWatch Feed War"

Edward Curtin The making of a journalist: no ideas and the ability to express them. Karl Kraus, Half-Truths & One-and-a-Half Truths Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Mark Twain All cats die. Socrates is dead. Socrates is a cat. Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros If believability is your gauge for discerning truth, you are living in a fantasy world. But that is the reality of life in the United States today. This is the land of make-believe in which actors and audiences are engaged in a vast folie deux full of sound and fury signifying a nothingness that passes for intelligence. Assertions made convincingly enough are the new facts for a population hypnotized by a stage-managed reality show. The recently closed Kavanaugh/Blasey Ford Show that mercifully had a short run at the National Comedic Congressional Theater is the latest case in point. The believability of the actors was said to be the key issue. In other words, who seemed to be telling the truth. Demeanor

02:49

The Tyranny of Fashion: Shredding Banksy "IndyWatch Feed War"

The modern art world is filled with pranks and pranksters, the clowns who have decided that play counts for art.  Brattish artists foist a range of projects and conceptual themes upon art galleries who, foolishly, see emperors decked in the finest wear. They refuse to consider that the wear is absent, an expensive mirage that tells to an old tale of the imperial ruler without clothes.

This is a world of transaction, appearance and display, based on conceit and seduction, the toying by the super star artist of the necessarily gullible, and the acceptance on their part they are bearing witness to the exceptional.  When Banksys Girl with Balloon was shredded at Sothebys (a sort of art styled seppuku), it was subsequently, and all too quickly, transformed into Love is in the Bin.  Technicians in the room did not seem too fussed by the occurrence, and diligently went about their business of retouching the new piece for the market amidst nervous laughter and much tittering.  Banksys own company Pest Control granted the work a new certificate. Another prank had been played.

The anonymous woman who had initially bid for the previous painting at the point of shredding found herself in raptures, but had to play along as initially shocked.  (She may well have been, but this posture seemed distinctly contrived.)  The 1,042,000 was well spent, thank you very much.   When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realise that I would end up with my own piece of art history, came the observation from the buyer.

Marketing executive Stephanie Fielding feels that Sothebys would have been in on it.  One would hope in an age of security consciousness they would have known that such a contraption was inside the artwork.  Sothebys did little to dispel this notion, boasting that the new work had been created in our salesroom, and was the first work in history ever created during a live auction.  Its employees also added to the tattle, a layering of playfulness.  I dont think we knew, came the guarded receptionist, but were not allowed to say anymore.

Put another way, in an age constipated by its preoccupation with health and safety mania, Banksy would never have been able to pull this off without collaborating insiders and complicit agents.  Not that it convinces the likes of photographer Matteo Pe...

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Permanent Representative of Cuba to the UN, Anayansi Rodrguez Camejo, Denounces New Anti-Cuban Action "IndyWatch Feed War"

Granma International news | informacion@granma.cu On Tuesday, 16 October, 2018, the United States of America has once again sullied the name of the United Nations. The United States, in another action of contempt for human rights and this Organization, has preferred to create absurd lies about Cuba rather than recognize and promote a campaign to...

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Black Agenda Book Forum: Shadaab Rahemtullas Quran of the Oppressed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor A central aim of liberation theology, in both the Christian and Muslim faiths, is to wrestle theology away from the elites and their privileged pontification. This is a book about siding with the oppressed and of speaking truth to power. In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer...

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Congo in the Abyss "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ann Garrison The imperial aggressions of western governments have inflicted multiple holocausts on the Congolese people. In Congo, globalized capitalism creates permanent chaos. This week I spoke to Swiss Congolese historian and activist Bndicte Kumbi Ndjoko about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ann Garrison: On February 12, 2018, the UN High Commissioner...

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Deadly, Cowardly US Drone Wars in Africa "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mark P. Fancher The anticipated reduction of US troops in Africa will be matched by an increase in killer drones. War is romantic only when it is limited to the confines of a sanitized imagination. Movies that portray heroic soldiers vanquishing demonic enemy combatants or rescuing fallen comrades may whip up jingoistic war fever, but...

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Robert Steele: Did Zionists Execute King Salman and MBS in April and Set the Khashoggi Killing Up? Is Donald Trump Extorting Saudis for Trillions? UPDATE 3: Everyone Talking About MBS Is Out of Touch "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Both King Salman and MBS were executed back in April, and two pretenders have been leading Saudi Arabia with the probably complicity of the US and Israel. This was just confirmed to me by a second source.  I have asked Russian and Iranian sources for their view. There do not appear to be recent pictures the ones I am seeing are recycled from 2017.

Mike Pompeo could be playing a role. I strongly believe that Senator Graham Born Again Lindseys call for the end of MBS not normal at all is a sign that both Pompeo and Lindsey know MBS is dead and are going through the  motions.

I do not have any more information but speculate that this was a Zionist-led coup and that the Zionists may have set the Khashoggi killing up to help the US loot the Saudi wealth now on deposit in the USA and score some major points with President Trump to stave off denuclearization. I have no direct knowledge.  If I had to guess  I would speculate that CIA and the Zionists used talking rocks and other channels to lead the existing Saudi leadership to go nuts and issue a fatwa on Khashoggi. The ultimate end: to take a one trillion dollar cut from the Saudi wealth now in trust with the USA, and castrate the illegitimate Saudi leaders going into the mid-terms.  Way cool.

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Immigrant caravan organizer detained after Trump threatens Honduras "IndyWatch Feed War"

The organizer of a migrant caravan from Honduras was detained on Tuesday in Guatemala after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw funding and aid from Honduras if the flow of migrants north to the United States was not stopped.

Guatemalan police officers detained Bartolo Fuentes, a former member of the Honduran Congress, from the middle of a large crowd he and three other organizers had led from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, since Saturday, bound for Mexico.

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The Honduran security ministry said Fuentes was detained because he did not comply with Guatemalan immigration rules and would be deported back to Honduras in the coming hours.

Up to 3,000 migrants, according to organizers estimates, crossed from Honduras into Guatemala on Monday on a trek northward, after a standoff with Guatemalan police in riot gear and warnings from Washington that migrants should not try to enter the United States illegally.

Guatemalas government has not given official figures for how many migrants are in the group.

The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately! Trump wrote on Twitter.

It was Trumps latest effort to demonstrate his administrations tough stance on immigration.

The message was driven home by Vice President Mike Pence, who wrote in a tweet that he had spoken to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

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Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez

Delivered strong message from @POTUS: no more aid if caravan is not stopped. Told him U.S. will not tolerate this blatant disregard for our border & sovereignty, Pence tweeted.

The move could further encourage Honduras to move closer to China because of what the Central American country sees as weak U.S. support, amid intensified efforts by Beijing to win recognition from Central American countries currently aligned with Taiwan.

Hernandez said last month that cuts in U.S. support for Central America would hinder efforts to stem illegal immigration. He welcomed Chinas growing diplomatic presence in the region as an opportunity.

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"Who needs Saudi Arabia?" Washpost editorial "IndyWatch Feed War"

"As for arms sales, someone needs to brief Mr. Trump on the actual results of the promises made to him when he visited Riyadh last year. As Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institution sums it up, The Saudis have not...

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New BBC documentary Dangerous Dynasty ignores the Wests role in destabilizing Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Neil Clark | RT | October 16, 2018 The new BBC2 documentary, A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad, should be contrasted with the 2010 BBC4 series Syrian School, which eschewed neocon propaganda and allowed us to make our own minds up about Baathist Syria. Whatever happened to objective film making? Why does everyone today []

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U.S. Is Worlds Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade "IndyWatch Feed War"

Country regains top spot in World Economic Forum rankings thanks to strong economic growth; report says room for improvement on social issues

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The U.S. is back on top as the most competitive country in the world, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2008 in an index produced by the World Economic Forum, which said the country could still do better on social issues.

America climbed one place in the rankings of 140 countries, with the top five rounded out by Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. All five countries scores rose from 2017, with the U.S. notching the second-biggest gain after Japans.

The top spot hasnt gone to the U.S. since the financial cri...

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White House: We back Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump heaped praise on Saudi Arabia and cast doubt on their involvement

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US sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain "IndyWatch Feed War"

US officials announced Tuesday negotiations for separate trade agreements with Britain, the European Union and Japan as part of efforts by President Donald Trumps administration to rebalance global commerce.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the administration notified Congress of its intent to negotiate the three separate trade agreements.

We are committed to concluding these negotiations with timely and substantive results for American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses, Lighthizer said in a statement.

AFP/File | US Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer seen with US President Donald Trump, said trade talks will seek to end imbalances with the EU and Japan

The move follows the Trump administrations renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and its push to correct what Trump maintains is an unbalanced trade picture.

In the notifications to Congress on Japan and the EU, Lighthizer cited chronic US trade imbalances and said that US exporters have been long challenged by tariff and non-tariff barriers in Japan and in Europe.

The goal, he said, is to achieve fairer, more balanced trade with the US trading partners.

Lighthizer said the US would seek a trade agreement with Britain as soon as it exits the European Union in 2019.

The letter to Congress said Washington would seek to address tariff and non-tariff barriers and achieve free, fair and reciprocal trade with the United Kingdom.

Playing hardball

Trump has been playing hardball with US trading partners, using tariffs and threats in an effort to boost US exports and curb the longstanding deficit in merchandise trade, despite warnings from many US lawmakers and the International Monetary Fund.

Trump in May had ordered Commerce to investigate the possibility of imposing tariffs of up to 25 percent on foreign autos and auto parts, a prospect that alarmed the industry and could have serious repercussions for Japan and Europe.

We need to work together to de-escalate and resolve the current trade disputes, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said at an IMF and World Bank gathering in Bali last week.

Trump has levied or threatened tariffs on goods from economies around the world, notably China, but also on traditional allies such as the European Union.

More tariffs and their countermeasures could lead to a broader tightening of financial conditions, with negative implications for the global economy and financial stability, the fund warned.

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The Dark Story Behind Global Warming aka Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed War"

By F. William Engdahl New Eastern Outlook 16.10.2018 The recent UN global warming conference under auspices of the deceptively-named International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded its meeting in South Korea discussing how to drastically limit global temperature rise. Mainstream media is predictably retailing various panic scenarios predicting catastrophic climate change because of []

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African Penguin Decline BBC Fake News "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Paul Homewood | Not A Lot Of People Know That | October 16, 2018 As we found out last week, the directive has come down from on high at the BBC to ramp up climate alarm at every opportunity they get. The memo has evidently been received in the BBC newsroom, who broadcast this []

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The role that Donald Trump has played in emboldening Saudi Arabia's policies "IndyWatch Feed War"

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White House's 'uncritical' support for Mohammed bin Salman gave 'greater range' to Saudi crown prince, analysts say

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Trumps Alliance with Body-Choppers, Death Squads and Child Killers: Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

The White House warmly greeted the electoral success of Brazilian Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, ardent champion of torturers, military dictators, death squads and free marketers. President Trump grovels, grunts and glories before Israel, as his spiritual [...]

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MEF Uncovers Obama-era Scandal; Congress Investigates "IndyWatch Feed War"

THE OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROLS ROLE IN THE AWARD OF TAXPAYER FUNDS TO AN ORGANIZATION INVOLVED IN SUPPORTING TERRORISM RAISES QUESTIONS. Middle East Forum, by Sam Westrop, October 16, 2018: PHILADELPHIA October 16, 2018  An investigative report by the Middle East Forum has prompted the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to Continue reading

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Iranian Front Group Funds Institutions Across US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro and Justin Charters, October 16, 2018: The Alavi Foundation is an Iranian front group that funds mosques and educational institutions in the U.S. and Canada. In 2009, federal prosecutors charged that the Alavi Foundation was a front group for the Iranian government and violated U.S. law by transferring rental income from its properties to Irans Bank Melli, which Continue reading

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Trump Admin Sanctions Iranian Paramilitary Group Training Child Soldiers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo, October 16, 2018: The Trump administration on Tuesday leveled a bevy of harsh new sanctions on a top Iranian fighting force known to be training children and other soldiers that are engaging in terrorism Continue reading

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American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"



American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East

There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it. We did it.
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There Is No Future Left in Syria: A Conversation With a Family of Refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

In September of 2008 I went to Syria for a few weeks. I only had two contacts in the country, and one of them was F, a middle class Christian and the prominent owner of local bakeries and a local pizzeria who lived in Syrias Western province of Latakia.

I had never met F before, but according to friends at the University of Leuven, F would most likely be willing to take me in for a few days. F worked for years with the University of Leuven Archeology Department, and my friends promised that F would receive me.

After visiting Damascus, Homs, and a few Crusader castles like Krak des Chevaliers, I arrived in the city where F lived and worked. Not only did F provide me with a place to sleep, but during that week he and his family were the emblem of generous hospitality. Every time I reached for my wallet to share in the cost, F gave me the proverbial slap on the wrist. When I went north, to Aleppo, we exchanged phone numbers. We would stay in contact and I was told I was welcome back in Syria at any time.

Not even three years later, the Arab Spring swept throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Soon, it looked as if the Syrian revolution would turn into a full-scale, bloody war. When I contacted F, he initially said that there were no rebels in his province, and no sign of jihadists. That would soon change.

From all over the world would-be fighters, inspired by the promise of international jihad, travelled to Syria. F and his family managed to survive through all of the upheaval, but on several occasions were in grave danger. Sometime in 2013 I called F, warning him about fighters of Jabhat an-Nusra and ISIS who were active in the province.  

On different occasions, my friends and I tried to get F and his family out of Syria, but our efforts initially failed. About half a year ago I decided to contact the Belgian Secretary for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken. After a few months, I got some good news at last: F and his family would receive a humanitarian visa and would be granted asylum in Belgium. What follows below is a part of their story, as told to me by F and his wife, whom I will refer to as L.

For safety reasons, the names of the family members and the name of their home town are not included. Some portions have been edited for clarity.

P: Could you tell me about March 2011, when the revolution started in Syria ?

F: The war changed everything Islamists from all over the world came to...

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