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Thursday, 13 December

21:12

#Argentina: All 12 Anarchist Comrades Detained in November Are Being Held in Preventive Detention "IndyWatch Feed War"

Note from the Chilean blog PublicacionRefractario: Despite the continuous contrdictory information that hascome to us from different factions regarding the detained comrades onthe other side of the mountain range, which is related to the factthat their situation is not being publicized- their names, thecharges, everything that happened has been silenced.

Originally published by Union of Lawyers and Attorney Facebook page. Translated by Anarchists Worldwide

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.

As you might have noticed we published several articles from Anarchists Worldwide.  You will find all articles by Anarchists Worldwide we have published here. Soon the comrades will have their own blog but you can already follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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21:10

Trump Vows Consequences for GM, Says China Car Tariffs Too High "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trump reaffirmed his promise to punish General Motors Co. for plans to close an auto factory in the electoral battleground of Ohio and said Chinas plan to lower tariffs on U.S. cars to 15 percent doesnt go far enough.

General Motors is not going to be treated well, Trump said in a Fox News interview Thursday. He said GM chief executive Mary Barra was nasty to announce the factory-closing plan shortly before the holidays.

I dont like what she did, I think it was nasty, Trump said. It doesnt really matter because Ohio is under my leadership from a national standpoint. Ohio is going to replace those jobs in like two minutes.

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GM announced in November it planned to cut more than 14,000 jobs and close seven factories worldwide, including one in Lordstown, Ohio, that produces the Chevrolet Cruze. The announcement drew immediate criticism from Trump and he later said he would seek to block any federal subsidies the carmaker receives.

Trump also said he would seek further reductions in the tariff China charges on U.S.-made automobiles.

Its not acceptable, 15 is still too high, Trump said.

proposal to reduce tariffs on cars made in the U.S. to 15 percent from the current 40 percent bringing the U.S. back in line with what other countries pay has been submitted to Chinas Cabinet for review, according to people familiar with the matter.

https://www.bloomberg.com/

21:05

Senate votes to end US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Yemen vote comes amid growing anger in Washington at Saudi Arabia's domestic and regional policies

21:00

Conflict in the Kerch Strait, Information War, and Destabilization of Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed War"

on 01.12.2018 The attack by the Russian forces on the Ukrainian navy ships, the recent strengthening of...

The post Conflict in the Kerch Strait, Information War, and Destabilization of Ukraine appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

20:59

Trump blasts General Motors for move toward electric vehicles "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump said Thursday that car companies should not switch wholly to making electric vehicles while arguing U.S. job loses in the industry are not acceptable and that France is burning down because of clean-energy policies.

Trump, during an interview with Fox News, blasted looming General Motors job cuts in the Midwest and mentioned ongoing fuel-tax protests in France.

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They are changing the whole model of General Motors. They going to all electric. Thats not going to work, Trump said. I dont run a car company, but all electric isnt going to work.

Its wonderful to have it as a percentage of your cars, he continued, but to tell me a couple weeks before Christmas that [GM is] going to close in Ohio and Michigan? Not acceptable to me.

In the same interview, Trump said the international Paris climate accord, from which he withdrew the U.S., is not working out too well for Paris.

That whole country is burning down. I was the one who kept us out of the Paris accord. If I was in the Paris accord, we would be paying trillions of dollars. Trillions of dollars for nothing, he said.

[Read more: Trumps GM threats put electric vehicles at risk]

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20:46

Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian War Report Dec. 13, 2018: Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups

20:26

British Spies Infiltrated Bernie Sanders' Campaign? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Integrity Initiative, a British pseudo-NGO tasked with running anti-Russian propaganda operation, was recently exposed. Further digging into it revealed a much wider operation. It seems to involve a mole British spies inserted into the Bernie Sanders campaign. Three weeks...

20:15

Philippines: Fake News List Features Everyone Who Has an Ax To Grind Against President Duterte (Those in Favor of Rule of Law, Human Rights, things like that.) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Easily the most laughable post to hit social media this week was a list of people supposedly behind a plot to oust President Duterte.

Posted by no less than the Presidents controversial son, Paolo Polong Duterte, the list identified as Anti-Administration Group, Oust Duterte Movement the strangest of bedfellows

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Philippine Inquirer

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Paolo Polong Duterte

Vice President Leni Robredo, Supreme Court Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Marvic Leonen, Sen. Leila de Lima, Bishops Pablo Virgilio David and Broderick Pabillo (misspelled on the list as Pabilo), Inquirer columnist Randy David, journalists Maria Ressa, Ellen Tordesillas and Ed Lingao, former chief justice Hilario Davide, former vice president Jejomar Binay, Cabinet members of the Arroyo administration, retired generals, business entities, millennial students studying at Jesuit-run schools and mutant/cause-oriented groups.

What set social media on fire was the inclusion of Jollibee among those cooking up a supposed ouster plot. The image of the beloved Filipino icon as a government destabilizer proved too much even for a people known for their extreme patience and deprecating humor.

Soon, many memes of the jolly coup-plotter bee were being shared online, in a hilarious takedown of the bizarre list peddled by the Presidents son.

Not a few people also became instant fact-checkers. Foremost of them was Father David Reyes, parish priest of the St. Joseph Patriarch Parish in San Pedro, Laguna, who pointed out that: (1) Bishop Leo Drona was already retired and wheelchair-bound; (2) Bishop Julio Labayen died on April 26, 2016, or before Duterte became President; and (3) Bishop Arturo Santos simply does not exist.

Lingao, meanwhile, pointed out that Jim and Ducky Paredes are two different people, while Don Ramon Pedrosa is not the husband of Carmen Pedrosa, who, last I heard is a Duterte die-hard who was appointed to the board of Pagcor. And so on with the lists inanities.

But, past the laughter, Robredo and Sen. Nancy Binay asked the pertinent questions: Who drew up the document? Was this sloppy list the work of intelligence agencies? What did the Presidents son hope to achieve by sharing the ridiculous listing?

For fun, he said in the original post that he had since deleted after the social medi...

20:14

Brave Poroshenko the Worse It Is for Him, the More Dangerous He Is For Others "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 11, 2018 By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with https://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-brave-poroshenko-the-worse-it-is-for-him-the-more-dangerous-he-is-for-others/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20181211/1022049102.html In recent days, in connection with the frank violation by Poroshenkos regime of all international norms, and also of the articles of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine regulating relations between the church and state, experts and politicians []

20:08

Wake Up Arabs! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hussein Samawarchi The Lebanese Resistance, with its pivotal role in representing domestic and Arab nationalism, faces two kinds of injustice. The first originates from the Israeli war machine and the second from the treason of regional dictators. In a nutshell, the Israelis invade, steal, kill, destroy, and commit every imaginable crime against the Lebanese people. []

20:05

Committee to Protect Journalists: 251 journalists have been jailed around the world in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 251 journalists have been jailed around the world in 2018.

This number, CPJ says, [suggests] the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the worlds worst jailer.

The majority of those imprisoned globally70 percentare facing anti-state charges such as belonging to or aiding groups deemed by authorities as terrorist organizations, CPJ also says.

The number imprisoned on charges of false news rose to 28 globally, compared with nine just two years ago. Egypt jailed the most journalists on false news charges with 19, followed by Cameroon with four, Rwanda with three, and one each in China and Morocco. The increase comes amid heightened global rhetoric about fake news, of which US President Donald Trump is the leading voice.

December 8, 2018

A Myanmar court will hear the appeal later this month of two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, a lawyer said Saturday.

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were found guilty under a state secrets act in September after exposing the extrajudicial killing of 10 Rohingya men during a brutal military crackdown in Myanmars western Rakhine state last year.

The pair who have been held behind bars for nearly a year since their arrest last December were sentenced to seven years in jail, a verdict that drew widespread condemnation, including from US Vice President Mike Pence.  AFP

Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone after their sentencing in September 2018Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone have been in prison for one year. AFP photos
December 5, 2018

Turkey is seeking the arrest of two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who were dismissed amid the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkeys official Anadolu news agency says a court approved arrest warrants for former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, who are believed to have overseen the team that killed and dismembered...

20:00

Maria Butina Endgame "IndyWatch Feed War"

I wrote in some detail in Off-Guardian on 29 July about the 15 July arrest by the FBI in Washington DC of a 29 year old Russian national, a postgraduate student in Washington DC and gun enthusiast, Maria Butina. I was not expecting Maria Butina to be still languishing in solitary confinement in a high-security prison in Virginia awaiting trial as an agent of foreign influence, over four months later. Yet this is what has happened to this unfortunate young aspiring lobbyist for better US-Russian relations.

19:53

Pakistan willing to use little influence it has with Afghan Taliban to help peace talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pakistan is willing to use its little influence with the Afghan Taliban to resurrect faltering peace talks between the Kabul government and the insurgency, foreign office officials said, just days before Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to visit Kabul to meet with top civilian and military leaders.

US officials have long pushed Pakistan to use its influence with Taliban leaders, who Washington says are based inside Pakistan, to bring them to the negotiating table and end a 17-year war. Islamabad vehemently denies it is covertly sheltering Taliban leaders.

We can facilitate the peace process by using our little influence over the Afghan Taliban, a foreign office official with knowledge of the talks told Arab News on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media about the issue.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to visit Kabul to meet with top civilian and military leaders. (Reuters)

Pakistan is willing to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table but obviously is not in a position to forge a peace agreement with them. The modalities and all other relevant things are to be decided by the US as it is the major stakeholder, he said.

However, he said that the Taliban seemed least interested in engaging with the Afghan government at a time when the next presidential elections were scheduled to be held in April next year. He said the US and Afghanistan had to mutually decide if they wanted to delay the presidential elections so the present dispensation could better engage with the Taliban or if they wanted a new government with a full five-year mandate to broker a peace deal.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump asked for Pakistans help with Afghan peace talks in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The peace process has started and the good thing is that the US has finally agreed to find a negotiated settlement to the Afghan conflict, foreign office spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal told Arab News. Pakistan is ready to play its role and our foreign minister will convey this to the Afghan leadership.

Addressing a ceremony in Multan last week, Foreign Minister Qureshi said it was a testament to the robustness of Pakistans foreign policy that the US had asked for assistance in resolving the Afghan conflict, adding that he would visit Kabul on Dec. 15 to hold talks with the Afghan leadership on political reconciliation and durable peace in Afghanistan.

Pakistan is committed to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace pr...

19:34

Brazils Bolsonaro under pressure over suspect payments to family "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brazils president-elect Jair Bolsonaro faced growing scrutiny Thursday as a government financial crime unit questioned payments made to his son and wife that totalled more than $300,000.

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Bolsonaro easily won Brazils presidential elections in October amid widespread public disenchantment over a series of mega corruption scandals that tarnished his predecessors.

At issue are 1.2 million reais ($300,000) in payments made to Bolsonaros son Flavio, a lawmaker for Rio de Janeiro state who will be a federal senator from next year.

Bolsonaro avoided questions on payments for days

The payments were made by Queiroz, a police officer who had served for years as Flavio Bolsonaros chauffeur and bodyguard. They raised suspicions because they exceed his income.

COAF is also looking into 24,000 reais ($6,200) Quieroz deposited via checks into the account of Bolsonaros wife, Michelle Bolsonaro. The future president has said they were reimbursements for a loan he had made to his sons aide but not declared.

Bolsonaro had been for days avoiding journalists who wanted to question him about the matter. Quieroz, who has also avoided the media, is to speak to authorities next week.

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19:19

Trump: Michael Flynns great deal is because of how he was treated "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump defended his former national security adviser Thursday, saying Michael Flynns light sentence recommendation is because prosecutors are embarrassed by how Flynn was treated.

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They want to scare everybody into making up stories that are not true by catching them in the smallest of misstatements, Trump tweeted.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

They gave General Flynn a great deal because they were embarrassed by the way he was treated the FBI said he didnt lie and they overrode the FBI. They want to scare everybody into making up stories that are not true by catching them in the smallest of misstatements. Sad!

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19:16

Lebanon's Hariri says relationship with Saudi Arabia 'couldn't be better' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Speaking in London, the Lebanese premier also discussed Israel border tunnels and his country's precarious economy and political positions

Khashoggi murder: New US Senate resolution aims to condemn MBS "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The US Senate 'believes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi', motion states

18:51

US wants Africa to chip in more on anti-terror ops, John Bolton says "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unfortunately, billions upon billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars have not achieved the desired effects. They have not stopped the scourge of terrorism, radicalism, and violence.

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The Trump administration is pushing African nations to take on a greater role fighting the terrorist groups that threaten them, White House national security adviser John Bolton said Thursday.

What wed like to do is empower the African countries to do more of their own security, to do it in coordination with one another, Bolton said during an address on the Africa strategy at the Heritage Foundation. Theyre the ones who know the neighborhood rather than have the deployment of American forces who are comparatively very well paid and well equipped.

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John Bolton

The Pentagon announced last month it will draw down the roughly 7,200 U.S. military personnel in Africa by 10 percent over the next several years, even as it continues support counterterrorism operations and airstrikes in places such as Somalia.

Al-Qaeda linked al-shabab recruits walk down a street on March 5, 2012 in the Deniile district of Somalian capital, Mogadishu, following their graduation

Al-Shabab is an al-Qaeda-linked group fighting to overthrow the UN-backed Somali government. AFP photo

The U.S. has a main base in Djibouti and conducts military operations including advice and assistance to partner forces across Africa. The operations, often conducted out of the public eye, sparked controversy last year when four U.S. troops were killed in an ambush in Niger.

A Somali security officer looks toward the scene of twin car bombs that exploded within moments of each other in the Somali capital Mogadishu on November 9, 2018. (AFP)

Bolton pointed to the G5 Sahel Joint Force as a model for the continents new independent counterterror operations. Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad formed the joint force last year to fight terror groups and curb organized crime.

Presid...

18:50

israels war of Palestines food supplies: israeli (apartheid state) military attacks farmers on Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli military attacks farmers on Gaza border The Israeli occupation army rolled on Thursday morning dozens of meters into the besieged Gaza Strip and attacked farmers south of the enclave. Local sources said four Israeli military bulldozers moved into the northern borders of Beit Lahia, north of Gaza Strip, and leveled Palestinian lands in the []

18:42

Jordan's riot police lie in wait for anti-IMF austerity protesters "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Protests have resumed in the last two weeks after a summer of mass demonstrations against severe austerity measures

18:21

The USA is preparing for a confrontation with Russia and China, by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US Commission on the National Defense Strategy was created in 2017 in order to provide Congress with some expertise on the subject. However, its principal source of information is the US Institute of Peace, the equivalent of the NED for the Secretary of Defense. As a result, its bipartisan attitude is in reality the point of view that the Pentagon wants to defend via the Democrat and Republican Parties.

18:14

The War Against Globalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 13.12.2018 We are the Little Folkwe! Too little to love or to hate. Leave us alone and youll see How we can drag down the State! A Pict Song, Rudyard Kipling Belgium has joined the list of countries that are rebelling against their elected leadership. Over []

18:10

The Abolition of War Requires New Thoughts, Words, and Actions "IndyWatch Feed War"

David Swanson in Albuquerque, New Mexico

By David Swanson
Remarks in Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 12, 2018

Theres action happening now in the U.S. Senate on ending U.S. participation in the war on Yemen. Theres a big loophole in the bill. Theres the matter of selling Saudi Arabia its weapons. Theres the House of Misrepresentatives to worry about. Theres the veto threat. Theres the question of getting compliance out of a president youve pretty well promised never to impeach, at least not for any of dozens of documented offenses unrelated to Russia. All that being said, the current action is a very good thing, and New Mexicos senators have thus far been on the right side of it.

If the U.S. Congress were to stand up to a president on one war, people might raise the question of every other war. If the U.S. were to stand up to Saudi Arabia, not by giving it weapons and military assistance and protection from international law while asking it gently to mend its ways, but by refusing to be its partner in crime, somebody might ask why the same couldnt be tried with Israel or Bahrain or Egypt, and so on.

But you cant just end a war, can you? What should we replace the war on Yemen with? This is a question I get asked. When this war was what President Obama called a successful drone war, the question was usually something like this: Hey, would you rather have a real war? With a drone war at least nobody gets killed! Without commenting on who counts as nobody and who doesnt, Ill just recall that I would respond that Id replace it with nothing whatsoever, but that it would eventually replace itself with a worse war as it has now done.

Wars are different from other things one might propose to end. If I say we should get rid of mass incarceration or gerrymandering or fossil fuel subsidies or livestock or nations or religions or war...

18:02

Palestine: Several blows to the enemy in several positions and at the same time "IndyWatch Feed War"

Three Israelis Killed in Heroic Operation near Ramallah December 13, 2018 Three Israelis were killed on Thursday and two others was critically injured in a shooting in Silwad in Ramallah. Two occupation soldiers were killed and two others were critically injured in the drive-by shooting at a bus stop near Silwad, Israeli media reported adding []

18:00

Nations face extinction without instant climate action "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dozens of nations threatened with catastrophe from unchecked climate change warned Thursday they face extinction without immediate action to rein in mankinds emissions, as UN climate talks limped towards their conclusion.

Representatives from nearly 200 nations are locked in negotiations in Poland over how to make good on the promises they made in the landmark 2015 Paris agreement aimed at limiting global temperature rises.

Talks have however hit a wall over a host of disputes ranging from adopting the newest environmental data to how the fight against climate change will be financed in future.

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17:58

UK efforts to deport Gaddafi foes akin to 'throwing them to the devil', judge says "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Libyan exiles sue British government over their detention and threatened deportation as a result of spy agencies' secret pact with Gaddafi

17:55

Israel: Palestinian Muslim stabs and wounds two police officers in Jerusalems Old City "IndyWatch Feed War"

And the UN will issue another condemnation ofIsrael. Assailant stabs and wounds two police officers in Jerusalems Old City, by Yvette J. Deane, Jerusalem Post, December 13, 2018 (thanks to the Geller Report): An assailant stabbed two police officers in Jerusalems Old City early Thursday morning, according to the Police Spokespersons Unit. The two police []

17:30

Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi removed from Interpol 'wanted' list "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Interpol found that the charges against Qaradawi were 'of a political character'

17:24

Christien Brinkgreve en het Academisch Opportunisme 6 "IndyWatch Feed War"


In 2014 vertelde Christien Brinkgreve: 

Zolang ik me kan herinneren heb ik willen weten hoe het zit en hoe het zo gekomen is.

Die drang tot weten dreef me naar de universiteit, maar eenmaal daar beland bleken de zaken complexer te liggen. Er was niet zoiets als de waarheid, afgezien van eenvoudig vaststelbare gegevens als aantal en omvang, plaats en moment
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17:23

Zionist Terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Essential news about Palestine, Israel, and related topics  IsraelPalestineNews.org

17:21

IS vernielde opzettelijk Iraakse landbouw "IndyWatch Feed War"

IS vernielde opzettelijk Iraakse landbouw

Islamitische Staat (IS) saboteerde opzettelijk irrigatiesystemen en vernielde de landbouwinfrastructuur van de jezidi-minderheid in het noordwesten van Irak. Daarmee maakte de gewapende groep zich schuldig aan oorlogsmisdaden en misdaden tegen de mensheid. Dit zegt Amnesty International in een nieuw onderzoeksrapport, Dead Land: Islamic States Deliberate Destruction of Iraqs Farmland.
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17:17

Joods Terrorisme Westbank "IndyWatch Feed War"

Isralische kolonisten beplakken Westoever met posters: Vermoord president Abbas!

Extremistische groepering van kolonisten roept op de Palestijnse president en andere financiers van terrorisme te elimineren.
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17:16

720 cops hunting for Strasbourg jihad murderer, who has been convicted of 27 crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

And he was calling for practising a radical form of religion (of course the hopeless Laurent Nuez doesnt dare name which religion), but he still wasnt considered a threat to carry out an act of jihad violence. All the relevant authorities in France should be fired for this, but they wont be. French police release []

17:14

Genocide in Yemen Must End Now "IndyWatch Feed War"

Conflict in Yemen Must End Now

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17:13

Four Palestinians, two Israeli soldiers killed in a day of violence in the West Bank "IndyWatch Feed War"

Four Palestinians and two Israelis were killed between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon in a series of attacks and search and arrest operations in the central occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In the late hours of Wednesday night, Israeli special forces raided the Ramallah-area town of Surda to detain 29-year-old Saleh Omar Barghouthi, who the Israelis claim was responsible for a shooting attack on Sunday near the Ofra settlement that left seven Israelis injured.

Barghouthi was reportedly injured while attempting to flee, and later succumbed to his wounds. His body has yet to be returned to his family.

Israeli media and officials have widely reported that Barghouthis father, Omar Barghouthi, is a senior Hamas leader in the West Bank, implying that his affiliation with Hamas could have influenced his alleged participation in the attack.

Barghouthis family members however told both Haaretz and Middle East Eye that Saleh was not influenced by his fathers politics, and casted doubts as to whether Saleh was the actual perpetrator of Sundays attack.

A few hours after Barghouthi was killed, Israeli special forces conducted a second operation in the Askar refugee camp in Nablus, in the northern West Bank, where they killed 23-year-old Ashraf Naalwa, who had been on the run from Israeli security forces for two months.

Naalwa shot and killed two Israelis in October in the Barkan Industrial Zone in the West Bank, where he worked.

The families of the Israeli victims have openly supported plans by the Israeli government to punitively demolish Naalwas family home, and have called for his family to be expelled from Palestine in order to deter copycat attacks.

A week ago, the Israeli High Court rejected a petition by Naalwas family appealing the decision to demolish their home.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fast-tracked punitive home demolitions in an effort to deter attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals since a wave of unrest peaked in the occupied Palestinian territory in late 2015.

The move came despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that the practice did not deter attacks.

Israeli rights group BTselem has condemned the practice of punitive home demolitions as court-sanctioned...

17:12

US And Israeli Police Are Sharing Violent And Repressive Tactics "IndyWatch Feed War"

In communities throughout the United States, law enforcement agencies are choosing to send officers to Israel on exchange programs to share violent practices of surveillance and repression. But as communities learn of these trips and their content, they are quickly backing out. Just last week, the Vermont State Police and Northampton Massachusetts Police Department pulled officers from a recent trip sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a self-proclaimed civil rights organization. Yet, in the face of community outrage and criticism, the ADL continues to stand by these deadly exchanges.

17:04

Did Huawei Violate Iran Sanctions? "IndyWatch Feed War"

CFO Meng Wan Zhou was arrested supposedly for violating Iran sanction. This has to be the most grotesque distortion of justice. After all, the United States was the country which unilaterally pulled out in VIOLATION of an agreement they had solemnly signed with Iran alongside multiple nations under UN auspices earlier! In other words, the guy who broke a solemn promise made, violated the agreement; then made sanction an American domestic law, and is now force-feeding this draconian law arbitrarily upon the rest of the world by arresting someone who refuses to violate a UN-endorsed agreement!

16:45

Trump insists Mexico is paying for the border wall "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trump insisted on Thursday that he is keeping his campaign promise to build the wall and have Mexico pay for it.

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Central American migrants planning to surrender to U.S. border patrol agents climb over the U.S. border wall from Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, late Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in the Mexican city of Tijuana after undertaking a grueling, weeks-long journey to the U.S. border. (Rebecca Blackwell | The Associated Press)

In a tweet, he said the new trade agreement to replace NAFTA would save the U.S. so much money, that Mexico is effectively buying the border wall for America.

I often stated, One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall. This has never changed, Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I often stated, One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall. This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!

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16:30

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM DEC 13 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

French President Macron has lost his mind, and Russian sociologist Alexander Dugin weighs in on the cultural paradigm behind the Yellow Jackets protests in []

The post NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM DEC 13 2018 appeared first on Giza Death Star.

16:18

As evidence of Googles hard-Left, pro-Sharia bias mounts, Google top dog claims Google isnt biased "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pull my other leg. See my article on Googles pro-Islam bias below the Breitbart excerpt. Google CEO Sundar Pichai Claims Employees Cant Manipulate Algorithms and Arent Biased, by Charlie Nash, Breitbart, December 11, 2018: After Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai about reports of Googles bias against conservatives during Pichais hearing in []

16:16

The War On Huawei "IndyWatch Feed War"

The context of the arrest matters enormously. The US requested that Canada arrest Meng in the Vancouver airport en route to Mexico from Hong Kong, and then extradite her to the US. Such a move is almost a US declaration of war on Chinas business community. Nearly unprecedented, it puts American businesspeople traveling abroad at much greater risk of such actions by other countries. The US rarely arrests senior businesspeople, US or foreign, for alleged crimes committed by their companies. Corporate managers are usually arrested for their alleged personal crimes (such as embezzlement, bribery, or violence) rather than their companys alleged malfeasance. Yes, corporate managers should be held to account for their companys malfeasance, up to and including criminal charges; but to start this practice with a leading Chinese businessperson, rather than the dozens of culpable US CEOs and CFOs, is a stunning provocation to the Chinese government, business community, and public.

16:14

Tale of two uprisings: Ukraines Maidan got McCain & cookies, French Yellow Vests get shunned "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Bridge | RT | December 13, 2018 Unlike the 2014 Ukraine uprising, which witnessed invasive meddling on the part of US politicians and diplomats, Western support for the French Yellow Vest protests has been conspicuously missing in action. With the streets of Paris ablaze for a fourth weekend in a row, as a []

16:00

A Report From Hell: Seine Saint-Denis (Part Five) "IndyWatch Feed War"

France has, after all, been open to the world. It has welcomed millions of other, non-Muslim migrants refugees from the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, Portuguese workers in the 1950s, Italian miners throughout the 20th century, and more recently, Latin Americans, Chinese, Vietnamese, Christians from black Africa and the Caribbean, Hindus, Buddhists, even Americans []

16:00

A Latin American Marshall Plan, At A Discount "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lpez Obradors $20 billion development plan gives Washington a chance to help rectify the historic damage its done to the living conditions of people in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. With President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatening to shut down the government if he doesnt get his wall, its good that someone in a position of authority actually has a workable solution to the migrant crisis festering on the Mexican border with the U.S. The day after Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador took office as Mexicos president on Dec. 1, his foreign minister flew to Washington to propose a $20 billion development plan to make Central America a place for people to stay rather than flee.

16:00

The left-right debate in Israel is over the speed of colonization, not how to end it "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bibi, its time to divorce the Palestinians,

says a banner by the liberal-Zionist organization Commanders for Israels Security, which is now up on their main website page, having gone up on billboards across Israel.

This organization, endorsed by former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, has been out with a similar campaign last year, with billboards in Arabic featuring Palestinians and Palestinian colors, saying we are soon the majority.

They thus show a particular taste, or rather lack of it, for gimmicks which are supposed to catch the Israeli nationalist mind and it is very important to emphasize that this is not right-wing Zionism, this is the left and center.

The organization, which advocates for unilateral separation from the Palestinians, started the recent campaign last week with videos which went under a Youtube channel of Israel Israeli, supposedly a private name, meant to mark their ultra-nationalist Zionist leaning. The logo features a likening of a wedding photo, which is being torn in the middle. The series of videos featured half-minute clips (Hebrew) of people who are supposedly speaking about their private lives. This recent one for example (from yesterday), features a man around his 30s, saying:

Im trying to remember when we last had it good between us. Trying, trying, trying, and not succeeding. I think about our future and only see black, and Im tired of it tired of it! Thats not the life I want. Dont want mediation, dont want consulting, theres no one to talk to! I want freedom, I want to live, and Im not willing to wait any longer I want to divorce.

A slide then appears saying its time to divorce and to separate from millions of Palestinians, revealing the organization (Commanders for the Security of Israel) and inviting to enter their website.

All the videos basically follow this pattern, with that final sentence I want to divorce and the campaign promotion.

The vision  Bantustans, with a contractor

In a recent interview with TV host Avri Gilad one of the organizations leaders, Uzi Arad, former head of the Institute for National Security Studies, laid out the groups vision and said they hope the campaign is hitting the awareness of people. The vision is the notion that the Jewish and democratic state is under threat a demographic threat. The whole discussion is framed against the no...

15:51

Refused Right To Seek Asylum, Honduran Refugees Demand Reparations For Destructive US Foreign Policy In Central America "IndyWatch Feed War"

"It may seem like a lot of money to you. But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras." A month after arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes of being granted asylum in the U.S, about 100 refugees from Honduras marched to the U.S. Consulate in the border city of Tijuana on Tuesday to tell officials that they will return to homebut only if the country that's refused to observe their right to asylum pays them reparations for the destruction and destabilization its foreign policy has caused in their home country and throughout Central America.

15:47

Thank you to Haaretzs David B. Green for forcing me to research the Arabs in Andalusia "IndyWatch Feed War"

I owe the veteran Haaretz journalist, David B. Green, thanks for forcing me to search the internet for some quick and simple information about the Arabs in Andalusia.

I am not a historian and, for decades, my medical and public health education and practice had limited my intellectual forays to related scientific fields. With that narrowed vision, I had forgotten what little relevant historical information I had learned in elementary school under the British Mandate. And anything I learned after that was filtered clean either through the Zionist sieve or through my professional focus. I now recall reading some of Maimonidess original writings in the Arabic Language at the Harvard Medical School Countway Library. I recall reading about the First Aid approach to cases of snakebite and being amazed how, in fact, such approach hadnt changed in near a millennium. Or was it Avicennas treatise that I read on the subject of snake bite? At least to me, the two are equidistant culturally, emotionally and as sources of pride. Wouldnt you know it, some uppity modern-day Emergency Medicine physician had gone and changed that. You no longer put a tourniquet proximal to the bite.

But I digress. Not only that there was little in our school curriculum after the Nakba about Arabs as a whole, what with our Old Testament and Jewish History studies and needing to convert all relevant dates to different eras of the first or second temple, but also that there was an undeclared ban on applause when teachers spoke of Arab history. I know of at least one teacher in my village in Galilee, who was fired for singing the praises of the Arabs in Andalusia to his students. A student ratted on him. He had such a difficult time finding another job that he up and left to Norway where he got a PhD in anthropology and commenced, among other things, to document life in erased Palestinian villages in Israel on the eve of their destruction. Go figure! What can you do to stop those Palestinians from muddying your pure springs of knowledge?!

David B. Green (Photo: Twitter/@davidbeegreen)

But I digress again. Nearly ten years ago, I corresponded with Mr. David B. Green who, at the time, was in charge of the English-language editorial page in Haaretz. He assured me then that he intended to give my voice the chance to be heard. After I h...

15:45

MBS said to be plotting Camp David-style handshake with Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Task force dealing with Khashoggi fallout working on 'game-changing' photo with Israeli PM that would cast prince as peacemaker, sources say

15:43

Baby, Its Cold Outside ban shows intersection of Islamic and #MeToo sensibilities "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Baby, Its Cold Outside, ironic in this age of gangsta rap lyrics full of violent rape imagery and open and unapologetic misogyny, are being rolled back here and there after listener outcries, but theyre still instructive. They show an intersection of Sharia sensibilities with the harsh and angry puritanism of some radical feminists. The []

15:42

Fake News Is Fake News. "IndyWatch Feed War"

The people who created Facebook and Google must be smart. Theyre billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about fake news. Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff. That didnt last too long at all before the company announced that it wasnt comfortable deciding which news sources are the most trustworthy in a world with so much division. We all could have told them that, couldnt we?

15:40

#YellowVests: The Time for wishy-washy coalitions is over "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Gilets Jaunes movement on the French territory caught the left, including many anarchists, by surprise. Current discussions in many anarchist and other leftist circles show that this could happen anywhere Soon?

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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

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Read all our Gilets Jaunes articles: https://enoughisenough14.org/tag/yellow-jackets/

Macrons presidency is the result of a second election round where people could vote between two neoliberals: Macron and the far right AND neoliberal Le Pen. So people who oppose neoliberalism actually didnt have a choice at all.  The Gilets Jaunes movement is also result of the fact that the social democrats, the CGT and other unions betrayed people who resisted the neoliberal loi t...

15:40

Russian Mapping Service Accidentally Reveals Locations Of Israeli and Turkish Secret Military Facilities "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Mapping Service Accidentally Reveals Locations Of Israeli and Turkish 'Secret' Military Facilities

Source: fas.org

Blurring of satellite images by Russian mapping service Yandex maps reveals secret military facilities, Matt Korda a Research Associate for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, discovered.

According to Korda, Google Earth also occasionally applies the blurring at the request of governments, who would wish to keep their facilities secret.

France, for example, has asked Google to obscure all imagery of its prisons after a French gangster successfully conducted a Hollywood-inspired jailbreak involving drones, smoke bombs, and a stolen helicopter(!)and Google has agreed to comply by the end of 2018.

Yandex maps is Russias leading mapping service, and it evidently also agreed to selectively blur out specific sites; however, it has done that only for Israel and Turkey. The areas range from large complexes, like airfields and arms and munition warehouses, to small inconspicuous buildings in city blocks.

According to the report, blurring out specific sites is unusual, it is normal for satellite imagery companies to downgrade the resolution on certain sets of imagery before releasing them to platforms like Yandex and Google Earth. An example is given, of how downtown Toronto is always in very high resolution and viewers can make out very specific details, while downtown Jerusalem is always much, much blurrier.

15:32

Blacking Out The Yellow Vests On Cable News: Corporate Media Doing Its Job "IndyWatch Feed War"

The deletion of events that dont fit with the reigning ideology is part of how ruling class-owned media works to manufacture mass consent to unjust hierarchy. I spent much of last week in a cable-television-equipped U.S.-American apartment with CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News at my fingertips. As I inhabited this abode, flicking between sports and cable news, a political crisis of the state was unfolding in one of the worlds richest and most powerful states.  France was gripped by an historic working- and middle-class uprising.  In the biggest popular unrest seen there since May of 1968, many hundreds of thousands of Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) took to French roadways and other public space in their fourth straight week of explosive mass protests.

15:26

Migrant Groups March To U.S. Consulate In Tijuana Demanding Reparations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home. On the one-month anniversary of their arrival into Tijuana, caravan members are pressing the United States to take action but they are dwindling in numbers since more than 6,000 first arrived to the citys shelters. Approximately 700 have voluntarily returned to their country of origin, 300 have been deported, and 2,500 have applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico, according to Xochtil Castillo, a caravan member who met with Mexican officials Tuesday.

15:23

Lebanons Hariri hopes for new government by end of year (The election was held on 6 May 2018) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday he hoped a new government would be formed by the end of the year, seven months after a general election.

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri speaks during a news conference in Beirut on Nov. 13. (Reuters)

Hariri, who was speaking at Chatham House in London, said negotiations on the formation of the new national unity government were in the last 100 metres.

15:19

Life In The Most Militarized Zone In The World "IndyWatch Feed War"

A special episode dedicated to the most militarized land in the world one that you may not even have ever heard of. Yet despite the seemingly global indifference, this place and these people are calling out for recognition for basic human rights, for an end to a violent and brutal occupation. It's well past time that we listen.

15:16

Harvards $39B Endowment Is Reportedly Buying Up Californias Vineyardsand Their Water Rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Fortune: Harvard Universitys endowment is reportedly buying up vineyards in Californias wine country, along with the water rights belonging to those properties. Instead of making the land purchases in its own name, Harvard is using a wholly owned subsidiarynamed Brodiaea after the scientific name for the cluster lilyto buy vineyards. Harvard created Brodiaea in []

15:13

France in a Nutshell: The Government Stopped Listening to the People 20 Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Of Two Minds: The elites clever exploitation of politically correct cover stories has enthralled the comatose, uncritical Left, but not those who see their living standards in a free-fall.

15:11

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: Huffington Post Enraged: UN Pick Heather Nauert Has Relationship With Me? "IndyWatch Feed War"

HuffPo offers its usual distortions and hysteria against a Trump nominee. My latest in PJ Media: President Trump has chosen Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as the United States ambassador to the United Nations, and the Huffington Post is in a fine froth. It tapped the intrepid Rowaida Abdelaziz to write a hit piece []

15:10

Confronted By Black Lives Matter Activist, Tennessee Governor Says Hes Considering Clemency For Cyntoia Brown "IndyWatch Feed War"

Questioned by a Black Lives Matter activist during a recent speaking engagement, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced that his office is considering offering clemency to Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. Tennessees outgoing governor gave a speech on Monday at the Nashville Public Library on the importance of education. During the question-and-answer part of the event, Justin Lang, described as a higher-education professional and member of Black Lives Matter Nashville, stepped up to the mic and asked the governor about Cyntoia Browns plight...

15:02

We Have To Make Sure The Green New Deal Doesnt Become Green Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves in late November when she called for a Green New Deal (GND)a plan to transition the U.S. economy to become carbon neutral over the course of 10 years. In a draft resolution, she proposes the formation of a Select Committee to develop a plan for massive public works programs, powered by a jobs guarantee and public banks, with the goal of meeting 100 percent of national power demand through renewable sources. According to Ocasio-Cortez, the plan aims to eliminate poverty, bring down greenhouse gas emissions...

14:59

The Mule review Clint Eastwoods drug running drama is a slow misfire A Gran Torino car crash "IndyWatch Feed War"

The directors second film in a year is a strangely inelegant tale cursed with a clumsy script, uneasy politics and a lethargic pace

Theres been an air of mystery lingering around Clint Eastwoods drug-running drama The Mule, which, despite some considerable star power and an effectively tense trailer, has been kept from critics until the very last second. Its become a rather telling sign of a studio either unsure of how to position a film or, more likely, a studio aware that they have a disaster on their hands.

Released in the middle of awards season, its clear that despite some Oscars prognosticators suggesting it could be a contender, The Mule is most definitely not. But exactly what it is remains difficult to decipher. That aforementioned trailer, pushing it as a ner...

14:58

The dead-end politics of exclusion: Islam in France according to Hakim el-Karoui "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is no surprise that Hakim el-Karoui has failed to give Islam in France a viable direction

14:55

Welcome To The Eocene, Where Ice Sheets Turn Into Swamps "IndyWatch Feed War"

Our current rate of warming will quickly lead us back to a climate that predates the evolution of modern humans, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That kind of rapid change has no direct comparison in all of Earths multi-billion year history. The only thing that comes to mind is a meteorite impact, says co-author Jack Williams, a paleoecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The researchers analyzed the current, near-past, and near-future climates for every part of the planet, and then compared them to what likely existed during similar warming periods of the distant past. The results were shocking, even to Williams.

14:52

More BBC reporting on terror against Israelis without use of the word terror "IndyWatch Feed War"

As documented here earlier in the week, the December 9th terror attack at Ofra junction did not receive any coverage on the BBC News website.

Early on the afternoon (local time) of December 13th a report relating to another terror attack which had taken place a few hours earlier near Givat Asaf appeared on the BBC News websites Middle East page under the headline Two Israelis killed amid spate of West Bank attacks.

By the time the BBCs article was published local media had reported that two people had been killed and two severely wounded...

14:49

California Considering Text Messaging Tax "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: CBS: Californians may or may not type OMG at the news, but texting may soon come with an extra fee on their mobile phone bills. State regulators are weighing a tax on text messaging to help fund a program that makes phone service available to low-income residents. A texting surcharge could help sustain the []

14:47

Shut the down government for real border control not for the wall "IndyWatch Feed War"

Both sides need to grow up and get to work.

Improvisation isnt Sen. Charles Schumers forte. When President Trump surprised the senator and Rep. Nancy Pelosi by broadcasting their acrimonious Oval Office meeting, the anguine gentleman from New York was caught off-guard.

Schumer and Pelosi invoked the word shutdown as though it were a magical incantation. Trump said that hed be proud to shut down the government if he doesnt get funding for a border wall. As Trump bellowed and berated the Democrats, Schumer sat staring forward and not meeting the presidents eyes, as CNBC put it. The promise of that kind of spectacle is about one half of why Donald Trump was elected.

Illegal immigration is the other half. If the federal apparatus serves any purpose at all, providing for national security beginning with securing the borders is it.

Washington should do its damned job. Which it will, once it has exhausted every other option. Republicans have the chance to take some of those options away.

By Kevin D. Williamson
Commentary
The New York Post

Disorder is always undesirable in government. And this years installment of shutdown theater finds many different currents of chaos adjoined: a dysfunctional constitutional order; a border that in practice is defended by very little more than strong language; a broken congressional budgeting process in which the regular order of appropriations has been supplanted by a series of continuing resolutions, stopgap measures that have now been passed more than 100 times in this still-young century.

The abandonment of what budget geeks refer to as regular order keeps Washington effectively in a state of constant fiscal emergency.

Republicans used to fear being blamed for these things, a part...

14:37

French Interior Minister says Strasbourg jihad murderer was being watched in a relatively serious manner "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clearly they werent watching him seriously enough. In any case, French security forces have said it would be impossible to keep an eye on all 12,000 listed for suspected Islamist views or even the 4,000 considered problematic.' This is exactly in accord with the jihadi plan. As I explain in detail in my book The []

14:33

French govt urges end to yellow vest protests after Strasbourg attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

The French government on Thursday urged yellow vest protesters not to hold another round of demonstrations this weekend as police hunted for a second day for the fugitive gunman who attacked a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux called on the anti-government protesters to be reasonable, citing the strain on security forces after the attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening.

Police across several European countries have launched a manhunt for the main suspect, a 29-year-old Strasbourg native, who killed two and injured 13 after opening fire on shoppers.

The suspected killer, identified as Cherif Chekatt, is thought to have been injured after exchanging fire with soldiers, but managed to escape and has not been seen since.

...

14:24

UK governments adoption of UN migration pact all but violates its pledge to cut immigration "IndyWatch Feed War"

A leading immigration think tank has said that the United Kingdoms adoption of the UNs migration pact all but violates the governments pledge to cut immigration. Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, stated: No government serious about reducing migration should be committing to it. As for our government, by signing up to the []

14:15

Penguin: Is EU Killing #GoogleGestapo? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Most do not understand that the EUs new regulations are not really about privacy and copyright, they are about killing #GoogleGestapo and particularly Google, Instagram, and YouTube. Any image, any video, that displays any brand leads to an all stop that requires checking and approval by the brand owner before publishing. This could be interpreted as the Deep States very clever  way of shutting down the Internet social media complex.

On the bright side

no one can control the emerging federated Internet with hundreds to tens of thousands platform instances that cannot be censored and can be accessed without interference from central authorities. To take one example, NextCloud is now providing global support for ActivityPub. This is enterprise-grade fist class cloud software that is completely free. In a federated universe tens of millions will flock to BitChute (which was just shut down by PayPal), PeerTube, and others.

The seismic shift has begun. The post-GoogleGestapo Internet has arrived.

See Especially:

Robert Steele...

14:06

Tomgram: Nomi Prins, A World That Is the Property of the 1% "IndyWatch Feed War"

As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but across the planet...

14:00

R. Evan Ellis: The Impact of China on the Latin American Security Environment "IndyWatch Feed War"

Evan Ellis

The Impact of China on the Latin American Security Environment

To frame the nature of Chinas impacts on the Latin America and Caribbean security environment, it is important to understand that the rise of the PRC is
simultaneously affecting the region in multiple interdependent ways, often indirect and unintentional. These include altering its economic structure,
changing the dynamics of the regional arms market, and contributing to transpacific organized crime, among other. Perhaps most importantly, however, it is also impacting the perceptions and calculations of political, military leaders and business elites in the region, non-state actors and others, and by affecting those perceptions, it is altering their actions and the dynamics of the countries in which they operate.

the erosion of U.S. influence as China expands its economic presence, military interactions and public diplomacy in the region, is magnified by self-inflicted wounds, from sustained strategic overreach by the U.S. government (principally expensive wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, which have contributed to sustained fiscal deficits and limited options for future engagement), questionable executive-level strategic communications which have confused allies, eroded goodwill toward the U.S., and undermined trust in the nations commitments to and intentions toward the region), the absence of key US leaders from important events such as the Summit of the Americas and the G-20 ministerial summit...

14:00

Trump is reviving the 1953 coup plan against Iran. It won't work twice "IndyWatch Feed War"

In seeking to isolate and weaken Iran today, in alliance with Israel, UAE and Saudi Arabia, the US administration is threatening regional and international peace and stability

13:46

Trump administration places Pakistan on list of worst violators of religious freedom "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administration has put Pakistan on its annual list of worst offenders for nations that it says infringe on religious freedom, largely because of its infamous blasphemy laws. The high profile case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was recently acquitted of blasphemy but has been unable to leave the country due []

13:41

Saudis hold International Conference on Islamic unity and perils of exclusion in city where non-Muslims banned "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rejecting hatred, extremism, all forms of discrimination, exclusion and division is good, right? Not when such words are manipulated by stealth jihadists, far-Leftists and hate-filled Black Lives Matter revolutionaries. And an even starker reminder of this nefarious manipulation has now occurred in Saudi Arabia. This international group of Islamic leaders isnt assembling to figure out []

13:36

Yemen's warring parties agree to end hostilities in Hodeidah "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Guterres said all fighting forces will be withdrawn from Yemen's port city of Hodeidah and open humanitarian corridors to besieged Taiz

13:30

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Update Including Lockheed Martin Satellite Grid Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stephen E. Arnold

Amazonia for December 10, 2018

  • Whats with Amazon in the space data game? We learned  about Amazons Plan to Profit from Space Data from the Daily Herald. Heres the plan: Rather than build its own satellite dishes and ground stations, the company has brokered an exclusive multiyear strategic business agreement with Bethesda-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin, which manufactures and operates satellites for the U.S. military. Useful for policeware and intelware use cases, dont you think? Nah.
  • How much money does Amazons Prime video generate?...

13:13

Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano: N.Y. prosecutors think they can prove Trump felony "IndyWatch Feed War"

Under the rules, they cant tell that to a federal judge unless they actually have that hardcore evidence.

Fox News Channels senior judicial analyst said Wednesday that the Michael Cohen sentencing makes it clear that prosecutors in New York think they can prove President Trump has committed a felony.

Image result for Andrew Napolitano, photos

Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey state judge and prolific legal author, told Fox News that federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York tipped their hand in their legal filings in the Cohen case, in which Mr. Trumps longtime fixer was sentenced to prison for paying hush money to women who claimed affairs with the then-tycoon.

Andrew Napolitano wearing a suit and tieProvided by The Daily Beast

Weve learned that federal prosecutors here in New York City have evidence that the president of the United States committed a felony by ordering and paying Michael Cohen to break the law, the judicial analyst said. How do we know that? They told that to a federal judge.

Under the rules, they cant tell that to a federal judge unless they actually have that hardcore evidence, he said, adding that they must also move against Mr. Trump legally.

Under the rules, they cant...

13:03

Apple to build $1 bln campus in Texas "IndyWatch Feed War"

Apple announced Thursday it will build a $1 billion campus in Texas as part of a nationwide expansion.

The facility will be less than a mile from the tech giants existing facility in Austin and initially accommodate 5,000 additional employees, with room to grow to 15,000.

As it stands, 6,200 people now work for Apple in the Texan capital the largest cluster outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Apple will spend $1 billion on its new Texan campus

Apple will spend $1 billion on its new Texan campus Apple will spend $1 billion on its new Texan campus AFP/File

Employees at the new campus will work in fields including engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales and cus...

12:47

You Might Believe in the Power of Love After Watching This "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bob Marley (Photo: Keystone/Getty Images)Bob Marley (Photo: Keystone/Getty Images)

The power of love is usually a wishful cliche. Yet sometimes, something happens that is so extraordinarily positive that we have to share it with you cliche or not.

Most of our time at Clarion is spend exposing human rights abuses and agitating for change to make the world a better place. Here, we have just a little proof that could happen.

The following video is just a small light in what may seem like an endless night, but light it is.

A little background on the video, as reported in The Algemeiner: For the last 14 years, Israelis have held a Bob Marley festival to celebrate the music of the late reggae legend. Each year, the festival producers make a video featuring one of Marleys classic songs.

This year to mark the festival, videographers filmed not only Israelis (including a gospel group composed of Israelis from Eritrea and Sudan as well as members of the Breslev Hasidic sect and children from an Arab school) singing Marleys classic song One Love, but also children in Gaza and Iraq.

[The Gaza children] knew they were filming an Israeli clip that would be broadcast on YouTube to the whole world, said the videos producer Bella Malkin, speaking to the news site Mako. They were very enthusiastic about this idea and the possibility of sending a message of peace from Gaza.

Malkin got the idea to film them after seeing news reports of children from Gaza who sent messages of peace to Israelis through carrier pigeons.

The Iraqi children were tapped to participate in the video by Lisa Miara, an Israeli woman who has spent most of her time in Iraq the past few years. Miara founded and runs Spring of Hope, an organization that rehabilitates kids rescued from ISIS.

...

12:45

Celebrating Another Regulatory Conviction in the Anti-Russia Brouhaha "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Pentagon and the CIA have made it clear, especially through the mainstream press, that Russia is to be considered, once again, an official enemy of the United States. Maria Butinas conviction for befriending the United States without having first registered her name with U.S. officials confirms that.

12:25

Emmanuel Macron"s Free Fall "IndyWatch Feed War"

The beginning of the end: Emmanuel Macrons free fall commences - and he has been the last hope for, and the primary symbol of, neoliberal, democratic, progressive EU Nomenklatura and its scriptwriters

12:19

Law farces: Khashoggi and the US sanctions : "IndyWatch Feed War"

Law farces: Khashoggi and the US sanctions 12, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, The positions raised by the dependent political legal titles worth some interest because they spread intellectual and moral pollution that cannot be controlled. Among these titles is what is taking the first place in the international situation today especially the case []

11:55

Ukraine Wants Nuclear Weapons: Will the West Bow to the Regime in Kiev? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The idea of Ukraine resuming its production of nuclear weapons is currently being floated by minor figures, but it could take hold in the coming months.

11:44

Tunisian PM visits Saudi Arabia after invite from Mohammed Bin Salman "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Trip comes two weeks after a visit by the controversial Saudi crown prince to the North African country

11:25

Islamists and the Current Wave of Anti-Semitism in the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Clarion Project)(Clarion Project)

Islamists and their rhetoric play a big part in the current wave of anti-Semitism affecting the U.S. in general and on college campuses, in particular.

Earlier this month, less than a mile from the University of Michigan campus, a demonstration of anti-Semitism was on full display as people protested outside Ann Arbors Beth Israel synagogue.

The individuals were carrying an Israeli flag with a red circle and a line crossed through the center and signs claiming Israel: No Right to Exist.

In a viral Facebook post, U of M student, Lacey Modell describes seeing the protests. I felt personally attacked, scared, and deeply disturbed. It was a true shock and something Ill never forget, she wrote.

Beth Israels website does not take or advertise any position

Anti-Semitic protest outside the Beth Shalom synagogue in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Anti-Semitic protest outside the Beth Shalom synagogue in Ann Arbor, Michigan on

on the State of Israel.  The anti-Israel protest, which occurred in front of the synagogue during Sabbath services, specifically targeted the Jewish community and disturbed prayer services.  The protesters were confronted by a single counter-protester holding an I Stand With Israel sign.

Beth Israel is not a stranger to this anti-Semitic/Islamist targeting....

11:25

Conservatives Own the Ongoing Disaster That Is Brexit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Regardless of what happens, all of this is just the beginning of a divorce that will take years to fully carry out, despite the British publics apparent exhaustion from months of murky negotiations.

11:07

Tulsi Gabbard Seriously thinking of running in race for the White House in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Im concerned about the direction of our country.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, doesnt know what would stop her launching a race for the White House in 2020.

Im seriously considering it, the 37-year-old told MSNBC Wednesday when asked directly about her presidential ambitions. Im concerned about the direction of our country.

Gabbard, who is among 30 to 40 Democrats weighing whether to campaign for the partys nomination in 2020, didnt say whether there were any obvious impediments to her candidacy.

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I dont know, the Congressional Progressive Caucus member told host Chris Matthews when pressed for an answer.

Gabbards comments Wednesday are more pointed than remarks she made to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser earlier in December during a trip to New Hampshire.

Im seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country, the Hawaii Democrat said, who has also visited Iowa, another early-voting state.

Her MSNBC interview follows a Daily Beast report Tuesday regarding efforts her advisers have made to reach out to 2016 staff of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., based in New Hampshire. Gabbard stood down as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 to endorse Sanders over Hillary Clinton.

Gabbard, who served in Iraq and Kuwait as a member of the Hawaii National Guard, became the first Samoan-American and Hindu elected to Congress in 2012.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/millennial-congresswoman-im-seriously-considering-running-in-2020

11:00

THE ARCHEOLOGY WARS CONTINUE IN SYRIA "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mr. C.D.M. spotted this story on China's Xinhua news agency site, and I want to talk about it for today's high octane speculation: Syria []

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11:00

How can #Brexit be about democracy after this? "IndyWatch Feed War"

How can Brexit be about democracy after this? By Graham Vanbergen: I have written endlessly about the involvement of dark money and right-wing free-market fundamentalists agitating for Brexit who secured positions in high office and the very corridors of power. In my recent book, Brexit A corporate coup detat I highlighted how they established, built []

11:00

US and Canada Violate International Law with the Arrest of Chinese Huawei Exec "IndyWatch Feed War"

Col. Larry Wilkerson explains that it's not the Chinese Huawei executive that violated law when circumventing US sanctions, but it is the US that violates them by imposing sanctions that were never agreed to on an international level.

10:55

The War Against Globalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Belgium has joined the list of countries that are rebelling against their elected leadership.

10:49

Vive La France "IndyWatch Feed War"

Are the Gilets Jaunes Todays Sans-Culottes?

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10:48

Israeli press review: New poll shows rampant racism in israel (apartheid state) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli press review: New poll shows rampant racism in Israel A man in the Bedouin village of Abu Nuwar in the occupied West Bank with the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the background (AFP/File photo) An Israeli television channel conducted a poll which found that Israeli Jews have a high level of anti-Palestinian prejudice. []

10:42

Apple to invest $1 billion in new Texas campus added 6,000 jobs to its U.S workforce in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Apple will invest $1 billion in a new campus in Austin, Texas, the company announced on Thursday.
  • The 133-acre campus will be located in North Austin and will accommodate an initial 5,000 employees, with capacity for 15,000 employees in total.
  • Apple also announced plans to open new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California over the next three years.
  • Apple Reportedly Weighing Move Away from Manufacturing in China Due to Tariffs
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Apple will invest $1 billion in a new campus in Austin, Texas, the company announced on Thursday.

The 133-acre campus will be located in North Austin and will accommodate an initial 5,000 employees, with capacity for 15,000 employees in total. The new campus will be located less than one mile from Apples existing Austin facilities and will house a range of jobs in engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales and customer support.

Apple said the expansion will make it the largest private employer in Austin.

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Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin, A...

10:39

Welcome to #NRW, where people can be imprisoned up to 28 days without being charged "IndyWatch Feed War"

After Bavaria, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) will be the second German state with a new police law. On Wednesday NRW state parliament voted in favour of the new police law. Cops can now imprison people up to  28 days without being charged. But thats not all

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Of course the social democrats of the SPD betrayed the people of NRW once again. Its a kind of tradition of the SPD that is lasting for more than 100 years now. The SPD which is an opposition party in NRW state parliament voted in favor of the new police law, together with the governing CDU und FDP. 

With the new police law cops cannot only imprison people for up t...

10:38

Dutch ministry calls on Jews around world to criticize israeli (apartheid state) occupation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dutch ministry calls on Jews around world to criticize Israeli occupation (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski) Official document on funding for Breaking the Silence includes objective of urging Jewish communities globally to voice their opposition By Cnaan Liphshiz Published on the Times of Israel The Dutch Foreign Ministry is officially urging Jews no matter where they are []

10:22

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, December 13, 2018 The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness "IndyWatch Feed War"

Whoever has ears ought to hear

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St. Lucy stained glass Holy Trinity Church Skipton, North Yorkshire, England

She had a place prepared by God.

God is not only the Lord of history but He also has a personal interest in the lives of His people.

We all have a greater opportunity than John the Baptist. Bishop Goh says we are GREATER than John the Baptist!

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Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
Lectionary: 184

Reading 1 IS 41:13-20

I am the LORD, your God,
who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, Fear not,
I will help you.
Fear not, O worm Jacob,
O maggot Israel;
I will help you, says the LORD;
your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
I will make of you a threshing sledge,
sharp, new, and double-edged,
To thresh the mountains and crush them,
to make the hills like chaff.
When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them off
and the storm shall scatter them.
But you shall rejoice in the LORD,
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
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The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain,
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, the LORD, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open up rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the broad valleys;
I will turn the desert into a marshland,
and the dry ground into springs of water.
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10:17

Bahrain: a quiet conflict continues to simmer "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Bernd Debusmann Jr.

Over the past several years, Shia militants have waged a low-intensity insurgency against the Sunni rulers of the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, an important frontline in the proxy war between Iran and its rivals in the region. The Iranian-backed insurgency is rooted largely in a problem that has long plagued Bahrains ruling Al Khalifah dynasty: how to govern over a majority Shia population that for decades has been seething with hostility.

Hostility first turned into action in 1981, when the Tehran-backed Islamic Front for the Liberation of Bahrain (IFLB) launched a failed coup attempt. US-American and Bahraini intelligence services maintain that Bahraini militants were being trained in Iran throughout the 1980s and 1990s, an assertion backed up by the occasional discovery of weapons caches throughout the kingdom.

However,...

10:17

Three Palestinians and two Israelis killed in spate of deadly incidents "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Deaths occurred in four separate incidents across the West Bank and East Jerusalem between Wednesday night and Thursday morning

10:10

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes israel (apartheid state) -Backed Attacks on US Activists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Al Jazeeras undercover film The Lobby USA, censored by Qatar, has finally been published by The Electronic Intifada. Editor Ali Abunimah discusses the documentarys explosive revelations, exposing Israel-backed attacks on US activists.

10:05

The great game revived power politics in the ex-East Bloc I. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Doctor Somkuti is joining us as a guest author. We welcome this Hungarian point of view. pl ------------ "The russians are coming in, the americans are slowly getting out, and the germans are already up." by Balint Somkuti, PhD The...

10:03

#Indonesia: Comrade Brain Valentino, imprisoned for the #Mayday riots, is free "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brain Valentino, Ucil, the last of the imprisoned anarchists of the Mayday 2018 mutiny in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has been released.

Originally published by Publicacion Refractario. Translated by 325.

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Ucil (Brain Valentino, EIE), the last of the imprisoned anarchists of the Mayday 2018 mutiny in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has been free since December 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Congratulations, comrade and congratulations to the Palang Hitam crew for all their hard work as well as all the comrades who showed solidarity from so-called Australia.


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10:02

Thanks to Google, Blasphemy App Is Now A Thing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Audience using smartphones. (Photo: Mauricio Santana / Getty Images)Audience using smartphones. (Photo: Mauricio Santana / Getty Images)

Thanks to Google, blasphemy app is now a thing for folks in Indonesia who dont approve of each others behavior.

Journalist Laura Loomer (who herself was kicked off Twitter for blasphemy against Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar) reports the app was approved by Google at the request of the Indonesian government.

While Indonesia has strict blasphemy codes against hostility, hate and contempt against religion, its also the country which sourced the Islamic renewal movement. Islamic renewal is in the vein of Muslim reform and urges tolerance and critical thinking within the context of faith and theology.

However, technological surveillance communities initiated by peers within that community is a very slippery slope, particularly when the app is used to address deviant behavior, which can mean anything. For Islamic scholar Rushd as-Safaa, this trend of peer-to-peer surveillance and reporting is particularly devastating:

Deviant can of course be anything anyone wants it to be. It could be the Ahmadiyyah, who have already been restricted by the MUI [Indonesias top Muslim clerical body]; it could be religious minorities by someone bigoted or really anyone just looking to settle a score. These are Islamist tactics: They cannot capture the state, but they can create agitations and count on secular complacency or coopting from state authorities and/or the public.

When asked why this is happening in Indones...

10:02

Yemen peace talks go down to the wire in Rimbo, Sweden "IndyWatch Feed War"

Both sides in the Yemen conflict agreed on Wednesday to reopen Sanaa airport and resume oil and gas exports.

But agreement on the Red Sea port of Hodeidah and a cooperation deal on the crumbling economy remained elusive as the clock ticked down to the last day of talks.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due in Rimbo, Sweden, for Thursdays closing round of consultations. Another round of talks has been tentatively scheduled for January.

A UN spokeswoman said both sides had received a final package of agreements on the status of Hodeidah, a political framework and shoring up the economy. We hope to receive positive responses, she said.

The two parties agreed that international flights would stop at a government-held airport for inspections before flying in or out of Sanaa. They have yet to agree on whether those inspections will be in Aden airport or Sayun.

Houthi delegate Abdelqader Mourtada, left, and the Yemeni government delegate Brig. Gen. Asker Zaeel, shake hands during the peace talks near Stockholm. (AFP)

Yemens Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed said there may not be enough time for full agreement on Hodeidah before the talks, the first in over two years, conclude on Thursday.

We talked about it a lot but with the limited time we have, we cant talk about all the points in this round. The important thing is to build confidence and then go into the details of the Hodeidah file, he said.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths is trying to avert a full-scale assault on Hodeidah by Yemen government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition, and is asking both sides to withdraw from the city.

His proposal is for an interim entity to run the city and port and for the deployment of international monitors.

Both sides have agreed to a UN role in the port, but differ on who should run the city. The Iran-backed Houthi miitias want Hodeidah declared a neutral zone, but Yemens government argues it is a matter of sovereignty.

The devil is in the details withdraw how far from Hodeidah, the sequence, who governs and delivers services, said one diplomat.

Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1419701/middle-east

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10:00

At least 30 Afghan civilians killed in US air strike in Helmand province "IndyWatch Feed War"

At least 30 Afghan civilians killed in US air strike in Helmand province The latest casualties come from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks Nov. 28, 2018: An injured boy receives treatment at a hospital after an airstrike in Helmand province killed 30 civilians. (Photo: Abdul Khaliq/AP) The Latest []

09:55

Saudi to make biggest foreign investment in Pakistans history "IndyWatch Feed War"

Finance Minister Asad Umar says an incoming foreign investment package from Saudi Arabia will be the biggest in Pakistan's history. AFP/File
Finance Minister Asad Umar says an incoming foreign investment package from Saudi Arabia will be the biggest in Pakistans history. AFP/File

He added that he keeps getting messages from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman through other people to hurry up.

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Jamal Khashoggi

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been in talks recently over a bailout package for Islamabad. At a time when various foreign countries and business delegations were pulling out of an investment conference in Saudi after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Prime Ministe...

09:55

Spinning Against Russia and Reality "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia is the only country that has held open talks with the governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria and the US.

09:41

israels (apartheid state) alleged impersonation of Gaza aid workers raises concern "IndyWatch Feed War"

  Israels alleged impersonation of Gaza aid workers raises concern Ben White Al Jazeera Dec 11, 2018 Israeli commandos operated undercover in Gaza disguised as aid workers. Click to enlarge Since the exposure of Israeli undercover forces by Hamas fighters in the occupied Gaza Strip on November 11, an incident that triggered the most intense []

09:39

Solidarity with the #Stansted15 from #Minneapolis "IndyWatch Feed War"

On December 10 a court on the UK territory convicted the  Stansted 15 activists, who stopped a government deportation flight from taking off in March last year, guilty of breaching terror laws. Comrades in Minneapolis showed their solidarity.

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To our friends across the pond facing a lifetime prison sentence, we send you our love, our rage, and our unyielding solidarity. Their jails and their borders will never contain us.

Free the Stansted 15!
Until every border and every prison is a faint memory


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09:35

US sponsored terrorist groups in Syria taking a battering and close to total defeat "IndyWatch Feed War"

Video: Mopping Up ISIS and Al Qaeda Terror Groups: 96.5% of Syrian Territory Retaken by Pro-Government Forces and Russia Military? By South Front 1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said []

09:35

Cultural Protection and Development in Xinjiang "IndyWatch Feed War"

Preamble China is a unified multi-ethnic country. In the course of a civilization that dates back more than 5,000 years, the various ethnic groups of China have created a long history and a splendid culture. Since ancient times many ethnic groups have made their way to Xinjiang, and it has become their home and a place for cultural integration. Various ethnic cultures of Xinjiang have their roots in the fertile soil of Chinese civilization, advancing their own cultural development while (...)

09:34

Interpol removes Egyptian Muslim scholar Qaradawi from wanted list; Close friend of Jamal Khashoggi "IndyWatch Feed War"

Interpol has removed Yousef al-Qaradawi, head of the Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, from its wanted list.

A source from Qaradawis office confirmed receiving an official notification from the Interpol of lifting the scholars name from the list, describing the motion as a positive step.

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Interpol removed red notice for Qaradawi on Nov. 30 and dropped arrest warrants issued by Iraqi and Egyptian authorities.

The Egyptian authorities had accused Qaradawi of having perpetrated a range of crimes including murder and theft after Egypts 2013 military coup, prompting Interpol to issue a warrant for his arrest.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain designated dozens of people with alleged links to Qatar as terrorists, including Qaradawi.

Qaradawi is known for being a vocal critic of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who as defense minister led the 2013 coup, which ousted Egypts first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

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Mohamed Morsi

Since the coup, during which hundreds were killed, Interpol has issued arrest warrants for several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood of which Morsi was a leading member at Cairos request.

https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2018/12/13/interpol-removes-egyptian-muslim-scholar-qaradawi-from-wanted-list

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Then-general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, at a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. December 15, 2014

Then-general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, at a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. December 15, 2014. AFP...

09:25

Frances Yellow Vests Are Starting to Enjoy the Radical Life "IndyWatch Feed War"

A yellow vests protestor watches as the barricades burn in Le Mans on Dec. 11. Photographer: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP via Getty Images

The morning after Emmanuel Macron ditched his entire budget strategy to appease the protesters who have roiled France for the past month, some 20 Yellow Vests gathered at their usual spot at a roundabout outside a small town in Burgundy.

They didnt really agree on what they hoped to achieve, but they were there all the same in the high-visibility jackets that have become a symbol of their dissent.

The Yellow Vests gathered at their usual roundabout spot.

Photographer: Gregory Viscusi/Bloomberg

Well still be here next July 14, said 63-year-old Jean-Marc Foyard, a retired railroad worker, grinning at his reference to the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.

What started as a textbook tax revolt has morphed into something much more dangerous for the French president: a cultural movement.

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09:17

Review of Peter Gelderloos, Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation "IndyWatch Feed War"

A review of Peter Gelderloosanarchist analysis of how states are formed and developed.

Originally published by Anarkismo. Written by Wayne Price.

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It it important for anarchism to have a theory of the state, the fundamentals of government, its origins and development. This is my third essay on this topic, the first being a presentation of the class theory of the state, as held by both anarchists and Marxists (Price 2018a). The second was a review of a post-anarchist analysis of the state, proposed by Saul Newman (Price 2018b). This is a review of Peter Gelderloos analysis of the nature of the state and its origins. 

Gelderloos defines the state as a bureaucratic, territorial, coercive organization with multiple levels of administration, in which power is institutional rather than personal, and power-holders monopolize () the legitimate use of force. (5) The state [is] a centralized, hierarchical system of political organization based on coercion and alienation. (14) These are fine definitions. 

In his broad overview of state formation, Gelderloos has two fundamental hypotheses. The first is his opposition to any specific theory of state origins. States are not the result of any one special force, but are the end result of all sorts of factors, he argues. State formation is a multilineal process and not a teleological progressive evolution. (Gerderloss 2016; 234) Statesarea social arrangement that evolved following a wide variety of evolutionary pathways, in very different conditions, on different continents. (13) His book is a hotch-potch collection of accounts of state formations, in no particular order, covering all sorts of possible causes in specific cases. This includes cultural and religious factors, as well as military, political, and geographic factors, among others. He ends up with no less than fifteen models of state formation. (233234) That many factors go into the formation of each specific state is undoubtedly true. The question is whether any underlying generalizations can be made about the main facto...

09:16

Democrats plot to revive earmarks Get ready for Pork! "IndyWatch Feed War"

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House Democrats are eager to revive the notorious earmark, which is any provision that allocates cash to a pet project in a particular congressional district, when they take back the majority in January.

There is no House rule banning earmarks, but the Republican majority curtailed the practice in 2011 following allegations of corruption and years of bad publicity about projects like Alaskas bridge to nowhere that came with a $320 million price tag.

Now that Democrats are poised to take charge in January, there is nothing to stop them from inserting earmarks in the fiscal 2020 spending bills next year, and lawmakers said they are hoping to soon get a piece of the federal spending pie for specific needs in their districts.

I hope they come back, Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., who will take over as majority whip next year, told the Washington Examiner. I was against them ever leaving.

Clyburn and other proponents believe the earmark moratorium imposed by Republicans usurped the authority of Congress to direct spending.

Republicans and Democrats alike have argued that the earmark ban left directed spending up to the executive branch, which does not have the same ability or motivation to fund the needs of individual congressional districts. Lawmakers want the power back in order to give them more control over federal spending for their constituents.

Thats my argument, Clyburn told the Washington Examiner.

Democrats in particular are eager to wrest back control of the executive branch because most are so vehemently opposed to President Trump.

Having the Trump administration decide what is going to happen in various congressional districts is not necessarily the right approach, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., told the Washington Examiner.

Returning earmarks requires no congressional action, but Democratic leaders would have to give the green light when appropriations bills are drafted next year. They are poised to do so, top leaders said this week.

But Lofgren and other veteran lawmakers in both parties are wary of simply going back to the old earmarking practices that were deemed wasteful or outright corrupt.

According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, earmarks quintupled between 1996 and 2005 and included spending that earned public disdain.

In 2006, Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham was sentenced to eight years in prison for using his perch on the House Appropriations Committee to earmark money for military contractors in exchange for bribes.

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09:16

Shocking testimonies released about israeli (apartheid state) crimes at Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Shocking testimonies released about Israeli crimes at Gaza border Palestine Information Center December 12, 2018 On the 70th anniversary of UN resolution 194, the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) issued a new report entitled Voices of Return: Documenting Israels Repression of the Great March of Return. The new report is based on a PRC submission to []

09:09

Does Washington have an exit strategy? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Does Washington have an exit strategy? 12, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, In the Winograd Committee report, the government of Ehude Olmert and the leadership of the occupation army were reprimanded for the absence of a strategy for the exit from the war. It means in politics the exit strategy with alternative to confront []

08:59

Miss Venezuela pageant seeks new inspiration Here are our nominees "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Miss Venezuela beauty pageant goes ahead Thursday seeking to brush off a tumultuous sex scandal and present a humbler tone attuned to a nation with a crippled economy.

With the organizers seeking to cut costs, the 65th edition of the pageant is being moved from its historic home at the Caracas Polyhedron Arena capable of holding an audience of 20,000 to a cosy 200-seat television studio.

Its not a moment to have an opulent Miss Venezuela, because what the country is going through doesnt justify it. But we dont want to give up, event manager Nina Sicilia told AFP.

We are adapting to the resources we have, said Sicilia.

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The economic crisis means much of the glamor has had to go, and some of the Misses have been turning up to rehearsals by bus or metro, Sicilia says, reflecting this years leaner feel.

These 24 young people are suffering the same problems as the rest of society, said Sicilia, runner-up in the 1985 contest.

Still popular

The contest is still hugely popular with Venezuelans. They will watch the TV extravaganza in their millions, despite slogging through the fifth consecutive year of a severe economic crisis that has seen shortages of basic foods and medicines and forced 2.3 million to emigrate.

Make-up and hair-styling deals have been sealed with sponsors in return for TV advertising, and costume costs are being shared with designers.

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Music and choreography are being performed by young Venezuelan talents, some of them appearing on television for the first time.

Gone are the days when Latin American or Spanish stars like Celia Cruz, Raphael, Camilo Sexto and Raul di Blasio were fixtures at gala performances.

As a metaphor for the pageant itself, contestant Juliette Lemoine representing the state of Vargas, near Caracas took a tumble during the dress rehearsal on Tuesday. Much like the show itself, a tearful Lemoine bravely got up and carried on with her routine.

The trimmed down contest will aim to erase any trace of a sex scandal that dogged it just months ago.

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The organizers...

08:57

What will the US midterm elections say? "IndyWatch Feed War"

What will the US midterm elections say? 12, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, The semi-impossible winning of the Democrats in the Houses of the Senate and the representatives will not change the powers of the President Donald Trump and his pivotal role in drawing the policies and taking decisions, especially because the differences are []

08:51

Prime Minister of Somalia arrives in Doha "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Ali Khairi, and his accompanying delegation arrived in Doha yesterday, on a visit to the country. Upon his arrival at Hamad International Airport, the Somali Prime Minister was welcomed by the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Yousef bin Mohammed Al Othman Fakhro, []

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08:50

#Stockholm: Support event for antifascists who are imprisoned in Russia! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stockholm: On January 27, 2019 there will be an support event for the imprisoned and tortured comrades in the Russian cities St. Petersburg and Penza. There will also be a solidarity action in front of the Russian embassy.

Originally published by Gatorna Info.

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Date: 2019-01-27 14:00
Location: Caf 44, Tjrhovsgatan 46, Stockholm

Youre welcome to join an info event about and for our detained and tortured comrades in the Russian cities S:t Petersburg and Penza. We will 
meet at Caf 44 at 14.00 and go through the events of the past year and the current situation that our neighboring comrades and friends are 
going through. At 16.00 we will have a solidarity manifestation outside the russian embassy. We will go there together from Caf 44.

More information about the case: https://rupression.com/en/

Contact: fgsyd @ riseup.net


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08:46

690 Police Reservists to be deployed along Kenya-Somalia border "IndyWatch Feed War"

The government has recruited an additional 690 National Police Reservists (NPR) to enhance security along the Kenya-Somalia border. Speaking during the 55th Jamhuri Day celebrations held at Garissa Primary on Wednesday, County Commissioner Joshua Chepchieng said affected areas will receive 30 police reservist who will be stationed within the villages. The recruitment follows request from area []

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08:42

Nine dead after Turkish high-speed train crashes in Ankara "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Dozens more injured as train collides with another locomotive and then crashes into a pedestrian overpass at a train station in the Turkish capital

08:41

Somalias GDP expanding to 3.1 percent in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

NAIROBI- Somalias economic growth is expected to pick up in 2018 as it recovers from drought that had reduced farming output, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. It said it projected gross domestic product at 3.1 percent this year from 2.3 percent in 2017. Somalia exports bananas and also produces sorghum. Economic activity in []

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08:39

Morning Prayer for Thursday, December 13, 2018 Making the Right Choices With The Help of God, Trusted Others "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Spiritual Connection: Prayer, Meditation and Mental Health

The Higher Power can guide us to the right decisions if we pray about them. We can believe that many details of our lives are planned by God and planned with a wealth of forgiving love for the mistakes we have made. We can pray today to be shown the right way. We can choose the good, and when we choose it, we can feel that the whole power of the universe is behind us. We can achieve a real harmony with Gods purpose for our lives.

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Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may choose aright today. I pray that I may be shown the right way to live today.

 

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We have to make choices, between good and bad/life and death, every day.  Who we are depends on the choices we make.  We are also where we are now because of the choices we have made in the past.  The choices we make will determine the circumstances we end up with in our future.  Our choices will hold responsibility and consequences.  We will be held accountable for the choices we make.  We are not victims.  We are not a product of our environmentWe are a product of our choices.  So how can we help people we care about that are making bad choices?

Prayer Before Tough Choices

Lord, bless me and help me to follow your commands from deep within my heart.  Help me to never do wrong or turn from you.  Keep me from doing something foolish.  Help me to live a clean life by obeying your word.  Keep me from being the fool who thinks his own way is right, and show me wisdom by listening to the advice and counsel of others and the Holy Spirit. 

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08:38

BBC News side-lining cross border tunnels story "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News website reporting on Operation Northern Shield has to date been confined to the one article published on the day the operation began, December 4th.

Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said the activity was focusing on the border town of Metulla, with the area declared a closed zone.

He said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were concentrating on a tunnel which began in a Lebanese civilian home, was at least 200m (650ft) long, and ran 40m inside Israel.

The IDF announced the start of the operation, dubbed Northern Shield, on Twitter, with video footage showing heavy machinery boring in unidentified locations.

As noted here previously, ...

08:34

China gets fishing rights in Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Somalis government has granted 31 fishing licenses to China. This is the first time that President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajos government has given fishing rights to foreigners since taking office last year. The China Overseas Fisheries Association, which represents 150 companies, will be allowed to fish for tuna in Somali waters. The move has raised concern []

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08:07

Huawei Freezes Orders From Japan Supplier Huawei is turned upside down internally "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Yaskawa Electric Corp., which supplies industrial robots for Huaweis smartphone and telecom gear factories, saw all orders for its machines put on hold after the arrest, President Hiroshi Ogasawara said in an interview on Wednesday. Of Yaskawas 448.5 billion yen ($4 billion) in revenue for the fiscal year that ended in February, 23 percent came from China.

My people on the ground in China say that Huawei is turned upside down internally, Ogasawara said. All kinds of capex deals are temporarily on hold as they figure things out.

Hiroshi Ogasawara Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Huawei declined to comment. Yaskawas stock erased earlier gains in Tokyo trading, falling as much as 4 percent. Shares of other factory automation companies Fanuc Corp., SMC Corp. and Nabtesco Corp. have also paired gains.

Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities for allegedly violating sanctions related to selling technology to Iran. While her detention has become an international incident, this is the first indication that it is beginning to affect Huaweis operations. The arrest has further undermined the international standing of the company, which was already under suspicion in the West because of its ties to the Chinese government.

Separately, the Japanese media reported earlier this week that the countrys top three carriers NTT Docomo Inc., SoftBank Group Corp. a...

07:57

Trump sets terrible precedent by crossing red line on Huawei case "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Presidents remark is extremely disturbing Crossing the red line of the rule of law.

China will see the arrest as a plot to gain leverage in the [trade] negotiations, a plot to embarrass China, a plot to go after Huawei any number of plots, pick your plot.

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President Donald Trumps suggestion that he might use an arrested Chinese tech executive as a bargaining chip in trade talks with Beijing drew rebukes for setting a terrible precedent crossing the red line that separates American politics from the rule of law.

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The remark triggered pushback from law enforcement officials, criticism from lawmakers and concern from legal and business analysts who said its not only a weak bargaining move that might create more friction with allies, but it represents a poisonous precedent that could eventually undermine the safety of Americans overseas.
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The US, like Canada, were both rule of law countries based on a constitution, legal principles, rule of law, said William Reinsch, the Scholl chair for international business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Our history is that things like this proceed through the criminal justice system and justice is blind. Trump is basically saying he might interfere with this process, which is a terrible precedent.

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In an interview with Reuters Tuesday, Trump said he would intervene in the case against Meng Wanzhou if it proved beneficial in securing a trade deal that has splintered relations between the two countries in recent months.
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The CFO of Chinese tech giant Huawei was arrested December 1 in Vancouver for violating US sanctions on Iran the same night Trump was dining with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 summit in Argentina.
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07:53

A Historic Opportunity To Transform Trade When We Stop NAFTA II "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trump was right when he said that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a disaster for the United States and promised to renegotiate it when he became president. However, the renegotiated NAFTA-2 is worse than the original NAFTA and should be rejected.

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On December 1, NAFTA-2 was signed by President Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Mexican President Enrique Pea Nietos. This started the process of approval by the legislatures of each country.

Our movement for trade that puts people and planet first now has two synergistic opportunities: We can stop NAFTA II and replace corporate trade with a new model that raises working conditions and protects the environment.

Join our No More Rigged Corporate Trade campaign and take action now.

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Stopping NAFTA-2

When NAFTA became law on January 1, 1994, it began a new era of trade written by and for transnational corporations at the expense of people and planet. President George H.W. Bush failed twice to pass NAFTA. During Bushs re-election campaign, independent Ross Perot described NAFTA as the giant sucking sound that would undermine the US economy.

President Clinton was able to get it through Congress. The Los Angeles Times described that vote as a painfully divided House of Representatives voting a 234-200 for NAFTA. A majority of Democrats 1...

07:43

Strong Muslim Women: A Conversation With Mujgan Khan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mujgan Khan (Photo: Complimentary)Mujgan Khan (Photo: Complimentary)

Professional Muslim fitness competitor and mom of four, Mujgan Khan, sits down with Clarion Projects Shireen Qudosi for a heart-to-heart on family, fitness and faith.

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Clarion Project: Youre a professional fitness competitor, who I might add, hosted an entire Thanksgiving dinner for a household of 30 people and didnt even have a bite. Instead, you ate boiled fish because you had a competition coming up. Thats dedication. Where did you compete?

Mujgan Khan: I competed for the National Physique Committee (NPC) muscle contest. NPC is the premier amateur physique organization in the world. I won first place a couple of times and third place once in one of their bigger contests called Excalibur.

The shows I did were in Southern California, in Orange County and San Diego. I was nationally qualified, but never did a national show because the national show lands in the summer in Vegas and I could not bring myself to train and focus on myself during the summer when the kids are out of school. I didnt want to mess with their summer, but the national show is where I would have gotten a pro card if I won.

Clarion Project: Was fitness always a part of your life growing up? 

Mujgan Khan: Fitness was not something new to me. I have been always working out and trying to eat well. Even in college, I used to utilize the gym at the University of California, Riverside, in between my classes. But, I never really looked into bodybuilding.

Clarion Project: How did you get into bodybuilding? 

Mujgan Khan: I trained with a good friend of mine at 24-Hour Fitness and even attended her first body building competition, but I never thought this would be something I would do. However, this all changed a few years later when I joined UFC gym. I worked out harder than normal for many reasons. One reason was I just had my third baby, and I wanted to be in the best shape ever. Another was me thinking, This isnt new to me. I should be able to transform my body into the next level.

As I trained at UFC gym,...

07:32

Huawei arrest perceived as a political kidnapping in China "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

South China Morning Post

  • Foreign business executives face greater risks as US decides to target individuals in corporate misconduct cases
  • Donald Trump says he may intervene in the case, feeding into a popular belief in China that Mengs arrest was a political kidnapping for trade war leverage
  • US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a speech on November 29 that under the revised Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, pursuing individuals responsible for wrongdoing will be a top priority in every corporate investigation
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UPDATED : Thursday, 13 December, 2018, 1:15pm
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07:28

The Noose Tightens Around the EUs Neck "IndyWatch Feed War"

TOM LUONGO | 12.12.2018 The Noose Tightens Around the EUs Neck Last weekends protests across France may have done far more damage than just smashed windows and stolen iPhones. The depth of French anger at the neoliberal globalist policies of President Emmanuel Macron has finally been heard. And Macrons response may be exactly the thing needed []

07:19

Michael Spavor: Second Canadian missing in China China now confirms he is being questioned "IndyWatch Feed War"

Canadas foreign ministry says it is trying to make contact with a second Canadian who is believed to have been detained in China.

Michael Spavor, a businessman based in Dandong near the North Korean border, had contacted Canadian officials this week to say he was being questioned.

Foreign ministry spokesman Guillaume Brub said Canada was working hard to determine Mr Spavors whereabouts.

It comes after former diplomat Michael Kovrig was arrested in China this week.

Michael Spavor (L) in North Korea with former NBA star Dennis Rodman (right) (3 Sept 2013)Michael Spavor (left) helped arrange ex-NBA star Dennis Rodmans trip to North Korea in 2013. AFP photo

 

Canadian officials say the reason for Mr Kovrigs detention remains unclear

But Chinese state media have reported that Mr Kovrig is being held on suspicion of engaging in activities that harm Chinas state security.

Mr Kovrig currently works for a think thank, the International Crisis Group (ICG), which has said it is concerned for his health and safety.

At a news conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Foreign Minister...

07:12

Amnesty says Daesh group decimated rural Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Daesh groups deliberate destruction of agriculture in northern Iraq has hindered the return of hundreds of thousands of residents, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday.

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The New York-based rights group said Daesh fighters burnt or chopped down orchards and sabotaged wells by filling them with rubble, oil or other materials. The militants also stole or destroyed pumps, cables, generators, transformers and vital electricity lines.

Amnesty warns that the failure to address rural poverty could allow the extremist group to stage a comeback. (File/AFP)

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Amnesty called on the Iraqi government to repair rural infrastructure and compensate the displaced so they can return to their homes.

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Daesh seized control of much of northern Iraq in the summer of 2014. US-backed Iraqi forces gradually drove the militants from all the territory under their control, declaring victory a year ago after a costly campaign that destroyed entire neighborhoods and towns.

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The damage to Iraqs countryside is as far-reaching as the urban destruction, but the consequences of the conflict on Iraqs rural residents are being largely forgotten, said Richard Pearshouse, senior crisis adviser at Amnesty.

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He said the report focuses on the deliberate, wanton destruction around the area of Sinjar, where the extremists massacred and enslaved thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority. About half of Sinjars residents have returned, with many others saying they have nothing to go back to.

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Beyond Sinjar, Amnestys report gave sobering figures for all of Iraq.

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The conflict against IS eviscerated Iraqs agricultural production, now an estimated 40 percent lower than 2014 levels, it said. Before IS, around two-thirds of Iraqs farmers had access to irrigation only three years later, this had fallen to 20 percent. Around 75 percent of livestock was lost, spiking to 95 percent in some areas.

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Syrian and Iraqi forces have gradually driven Daesh out of nearly all the territory it once held. But the group still maintains a presence in the Syrian desert and remote areas along the border. Many have warned it could stage a comeback if economic grievances are not addressed.

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Unless there is urgent government assistance, the long-term damage inflicted on Iraqs rural environment will reverberate for years to come, Pearshouse said. When IS tore through Iraq in 2014, it thrived off rural pove...

07:08

Hamas claims deadly Ofra terror attack after Israel kills suspected shooter "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hamas says Salih Barghouti carried out the shooting attack and hails him as a heroic martyr; he shot a pregnant woman resulting in the death of her baby

A poster published by Hamas claiming the December 9, 2108, Ofra terror attack and praising the 'martyr' Salih Barghouti, posted on Hamas's official Twitter account, December 12, 2108. (Twitter)
A poster published by Hamas claiming the December 9, 2108, Ofra terror attack and praising the martyr Salih Barghouti, posted on Hamass official Twitter account, December 12, 2108. (Twitter)

The Hamas terror group early Thursday claimed credit for the deadly shooting attack outside the Ofra settlement earlier this week, saying the suspect shot dead by Israeli forces several hours earlier was one of its members.

Hamas announces with great pride the death of its martyr Salih Omar Barghouti, the perpetrator of the heroic Ofra operation, the terror group wrote on its official Twitter account early Thursday morning.

While Hamas claimed Barghouti, it did not specifically say that it orchestrated the attack.

Seven people were wounded in the drive-by shooting attack on a bus stop outside of Ofra on Sunday night, including a 30-weeks pregnant woman who was seriously injured. The baby was delivered in an emergency operation, but died earlier Wednesday.

Barghouti, 29 and a resident of Kobar, a village near Ramallah, was killed Wednesday evening after he tried to attack troops while escaping arrest and was shot, the Shin Bet security agency said, adding that he was believed to have carried out the Ofra terror attack.

Four other people suspected of being involved in the attack were arrested, the Shin Bet also said.

Palestinian news outlets said Barghouti was killed when troops opened fire on a taxi he was traveling in on a road in the town of Surda, a village also near Ramallah.

For the past three days, soldiers have been carrying out intensive searches for suspects involved in the terror attack....

07:03

Hope is very much in the air: Asad Umar on Pakistans economy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Finance Minister Asad Umar said both the monetary and fiscal policies were moving in the direction of reforms that are required by the IMF. BBC News screengrab
Finance Minister Asad Umar said both the monetary and fiscal policies were moving in the direction of reforms that are required by the IMF. BBC News screengrab

When asked how well the government was doing to keep up with the promises made by Imran Khan before coming into power, especially given the fact that the prime minister had previously remarked that he would be ashamed to go abroad and ask for money, Umar responded by saying:

When the government came into power, it was a well-known fact that Pakistan needed some kind of a bailoutthe real challenge, the real decision is and thats how we will be judged in the future ...

06:58

US warns Turkey against Syria operation targeting Kurds "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Turkish president has announced a fresh offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria is just around the corner. But the US has warned that such action would harm efforts to destroy the Islamic State in the region.

    
An armored vehicle drives through the city of Raqqa, Syria after the Kurdish-led SDF drove out the 'Islamic State' militant group from its de facto capital

The US on Wednesday warned Turkey over launching an operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria, saying such action would be unacceptable.

Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern, said Commander Sean Robertson, a spokesman for the Pentagon.

Robertson said Washington was committed to Turkish border security, but noted that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) remained a committed partner in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

We should not and cannot allow ISIS to breathe at this critical point or we will jeopardize the significant gains we have made alongside our coalition partners and risk allowing ISIS to resurge, Robertson said, referring to the militant group by an alternative acronym.

But Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the terrorist-designated Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and views its consolidation of territory in parts of Syria as a threat.

Read more: Is the Islamic State making a comeback in Iraq?

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06:48

China to Replace Made in China 2025, Increase Access for Foreign Companies "IndyWatch Feed War"

China plans to replace an industrial policy savaged by the Trump administration as protectionist with a new program promising greater access for foreign companies, according to people briefed on the matter, in a move to resolve trade tensions with the U.S.

By  Lingling Wei in Beijing and  Bob Davis in Washington
The Wall Street Journal
Updated Dec. 12, 2018 7:21 p.m. ET

The Tech Arms Race Driving the U.S.-China Trade Dispute

The Tech Arms Race Driving the U.S.-China Trade Dispute
Made in China 2025 is Beijings industrial plan to dominate high-tech industries including robotics, aerospace and computer chips. The Trump administration argues China is using the plan to give its tech companies unfair advantage over foreign rivals. But what is it exactly?

Chinas top planning agency and senior policy advisers are...

06:45

Analysis: Strasbourg attack raises serious security concerns in Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Should Tuesdays attack in Strasbourg mark the beginning of a sustained terrorism campaign by the Islamic State, December could prove to be a deadly month in Europe.

06:42

Asian markets build on trade optimism, pound faces pressure "IndyWatch Feed War"

Asian markets enjoyed more gains Thursday as investors are cheered by the more conciliatory noises from China and the US on trade, while uncertainty over Brexit continued to pressure the pound.

While the tariffs row between Beijing and Washington is far from being resolved, there is a lot more optimism on trading floors this week that the worlds top two economies can make headway in talks over the next three months.

The latest buying queues came from a report that Beijing is considering replacing its Made in China 2025 programme that aims to boost its technology sector, a key point in anger for Washington.

The Wall Street Journal said authorities were looking at putting back the schemes timetable by a decade to concentrate on improving standards.

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06:11

Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo is led handcuffed from a court in Yangon in September. He and colleague Wa Lone are serving seven-year prison sentences in Myanmar. (Reuters/Ann Wang)

For the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, suggesting the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the worlds worst jailer. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

06:09

Saker 2018 man of the year: the American dissidents "IndyWatch Feed War"

[Cross-posted with the Unz Review] Once a year I like to pretend like my blog is some kind of respectable mainstream outlet and I engage in the (admittedly totally silly!)

06:04

Hundreds of jailed journalists the new norm, CPJ census finds "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey, China, and Egypt responsible for jailing more than half of all journalists

New York, December 13, 2018--For the third consecutive year at least 251 journalists are behind bars for their work, as authoritarian regimes increasingly use imprisonment to silence dissent, the Committee to Protect Journalists found.

05:41

Netanyahu between tunnels and sea gas "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netanyahu between tunnels and sea gas 12, 2018 Written by Nasser Kandil, Perhaps, it is surprising that the government of the occupation entity and its prime minister decided to focus on Lebanon which is the most dangerous front, after the developments of the confrontation in Syria and Gaza were not at their favor. Thinking []

05:28

Bellingcats Kerch Gaff -Kurt Volker bought Ukraines Lie "IndyWatch Feed War"

by GH Eliason for The Saker Blog For 5 years Ukraine has bamboozled supporters by using independent researchers like Bellingcat that work with Ukraines Intel to fabricate its innocence. On

05:18

The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canadas New Jews? "IndyWatch Feed War"

How does one explain Canadas contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel?

On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canadas commitment not to follow the footsteps of the US Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

But there is little worth praising here. Respecting the internationally-recognized status of Jerusalem is a legally-binding commitment to international law. The fact that the US chose to violate the law, hardly makes the opposite act heroic in itself.

Only five days earlier, on November 30, Canada joined a tiny minority of states, including Israel, the US, Australia and the Marshall Islands to vote no against a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution titled, Peaceful Settlement on the Question of Palestine. The Canadian government that is keen to present itself as a model, neoliberal, progressive country, even the antithesis to the US hawkish policies, voted against a resolution that calls for intensified efforts by the parties to conclude a final peace settlement.

If you find such behaviour confusing, then you are not paying attention. Canada has not changed at all. It is our understanding of Canadian foreign policy that has almost always been marred with a true lack of understanding.

And there is a good reason for that. The Canadian government has mastered the art of political branding. The only period in modern American history that is comparable to Canadas successful political propaganda was the presidency of Barack Obama.

Obama deported 2.5 million immigrants, compared to the 2 million deported by his predecessor, George W. Bush; he dropped more bombs and did his utmost to bail out Americas most corrupt financial institutions; yet somehow many liberals thought of him as the ideological marriage of Che Guevara and Malcolm X, with the refined eloquence of James Baldwin.

Canadas Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau seen as the human face of neoliberalism is an even...

05:16

Dr. T. J. Coles: Unlike War, Peace Is Not a Profitable Pursuit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your masterful book Britains Secret Wars, you demonstrate the hidden face of British politics and its direct involvement in major conflicts via its intelligence services. Do not you think that Britain is responsible, like its US ally, for the chaos that reigns in areas like the Middle East and the Sahel? Dr. T. J. []

05:09

US Political Prisoner Maria Butina "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Source Thousands of political prisoners languish in Americas gulag, Russian nationals among them subjected to abusive and humiliating treatment. The US wrongfully imprisoned Konstantin Yaroshenko, Vadim Mirerin, Victor Bout, Maria Butina, and other Russian nationals for political reasons alone. Actions against them reflect bipartisan Russophobia, Russian nationals subjected to cruel and []

05:02

Times Person of the Year Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Source On Tuesday, Time magazine announced its annual Person of the Year Award, honoring what it called Guardianswho have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths. Times editors ignored the most highly deserving investigative, muckraking, truth-telling journalists of our time, focusing on major issues mattering most polar opposite establishment reporting Time and []

04:55

Bail for Chinese Official in Canada Not Good Enough "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Stephen Lendman Source Arresting and detaining Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou on December 1 by Canadian authorities was flagrantly illegal and offensive. Done on orders from the Trump regime, it was all about the US wanting Chinas aim to become an economic, industrial, and technological powerhouse undermined. Privately owned Huawei is []

04:07

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater, December 12, 2018

From Common Dreams

In the spirit of a new year and a new Congress, 2019 may well be our best and last opportunity to steer our ship of state away from the twin planetary perils of environmental chaos and militarism, charting a course towards an earth-affirming 21st century.

The environmental crisis was laid bare by the sobering December report of the UN Climate panel: If the world fails to mobilize within the next 12 years on the level of a moon shot, and gear up to change our energy usage from toxic fossil, nuclear and industrial biomass fuels to the already known solutions for employing solar, wind, hydro, geothermal energy and efficiency, we will destroy all life on earth as we know it. The existential question is whether our elected officials, with the reins of power, are going to sit by helplessly as our planet experiences more devastating fires, floods, droughts, and rising seas or will they seize this moment and take monumental action as we did when the United States abolished slavery, gave women the vote, ended the great depression, and eliminated legal segregation.

Some members of Congress are already showing their historic mettle by supporting a Green New Deal. This would not only start to reverse the damage we have inflicted on our collective home, but it would create hundreds of thousands of good jobs that cannot be shipped overseas to low wage countries.

Even those congresspeople who want to seriously address the climate crisis, however, fail to grapple with the simultaneous crisis of militarism. The war on terror unleashed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack has led to almost two decades of unchecked militarism. We are spending more money on our military than at any time in history. Endless wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere are still raging, costing us trillions of dollars and creating humanitarian disasters. Old treaties to control nuclear arms are unraveling at the same time that conflicts with the major powers of Russia and China are heating up.

Where is the...

04:00

The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed War"

CJ Hopkins So it appears the privatization of France isnt going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or yellow vests), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-lyses disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising. It took a while for the Golden Boy of Europe to fully appreciate what was happening. In the tradition of his predecessor, Louis XVI, Macron initially responded to the gilets jaunes by inviting a delegation of Le Monde reporters to laud his renovation of the Elyse Palace, making the occasional condescending comment, and otherwise completely ignoring them. That was back in late November.

03:47

George H.W. Bushs Bitter Legacy in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

By As`ad AbuKhalil | Consortium News | December 12, 2018 Any sober assessment of late President George H.W. Bushs political legacy was drowned last week by the avalanche of hagiography by the mainstream media. This served, in part, the role of catharsis. The more loudly the members of the media praised Bush, whose family has []

02:52

Desire - By Richard T. Sale "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was a tall, unbelievably beautiful tree, finely shaped, with a great, green spreading crest, black dark green leaves, pales blossoms and long, sharp thorns. But in spite of its being a splendid sight, some said it was deadly. Certainly...

02:17

Stand With Okinawa "IndyWatch Feed War"

The devastation of Henoko is part of a larger, world-wide U.S. imperialist footprint. What happens in Okinawa matters for Indigenous peoples everywhere. (Photo: AFP)

The devastation of Henoko is part of a larger, world-wide U.S. imperialist footprint. What happens in Okinawa matters for Indigenous peoples everywhere. (Photo: AFP)

By Mo Yonamine

From Common Dreams, December 12, 2018

Dont cry here, an 86-year-old Okinawan grandmother I had never met before told me. She stood next to me and took my hand. I had been visiting my family in Okinawa with my four children early in August and had traveled to Henoko, in the northeastern region of our main island, to join the protest against the U.S. militarys relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from Futenma, located in the center of an urban district, to Camp Schwab, in a more remote coastal region. My teenage daughter, Kaiya, and I had spent the day with a crowd of elders holding protest signs in front of the gates of Camp Schwab. Rows and rows of more than 400 trucks hauling large rocks passed by, ready to outline an ocean area for the new base, equivalent to the size of 383 football fields. Our beautiful, tropical ecosystem with all of its internationally proclaimed and protected biodiversity was to soon be crushed, destroying coral and marine life. This, despite the overwhelming opposition of Indigenous island people. I began to cry as I held up my protest sign.

Grandma is going to cry when I get home tonight so I will be crying with you, she said squeezing my hand. Here, we fight together. We watched as trucks flooded through the gate of the military base where Japanese police had pushed us away moments before. With tears in her eyes she said, It wouldnt be strange if we all jumped in front of every one of those trucks, because this is our ocean. This is our island.

Four months have passed since I joined the Okinawan elders back home and so many have continued to hold sit-ins every week for some, every day despite being forcefully removed by Japanese riot police. Meanwhile, the concrete blocks an...

02:15

Pentagon: Turkish Unilateral Action in Northeast Syria Would Be Unacceptable "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 13.12.2018 WASHINGTON A Turkish unilateral military operation in northeast Syria if launched would be unacceptable and Ankara should consult with the United States to address the security situation, Defense Department spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson told Sputnik. Earlier, Ankara announced that the Turkish military would launch an operation against Kurdish forces. Unilateral military []

01:53

Crying Wolf Over The Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Dr Peter Ridd | The Global Warming Policy Forum | December 12, 2018 Scientists from James Cook University have just published a paper on the bleaching and death of corals on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and were surprised that the death rate was less than they expected because of the adaptability of corals []

01:50

Under Trump, U.S. Debt Grew by Size of Brazilian Economy in Just Two Years "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Los Angeles Times: U.S. government debt is on track this year to rise at the fastest pace since 2012, as a stronger economy fails to keep pace with the wave of red ink thats rising under the Trump administration. Total public debt outstanding has jumped by $1.36 trillion, or 6.6%, since the start of []

01:07

The EU Defense Industry: Consolidation toward an EU Army? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Summary

The idea of collective EU defense has been around since the abortive European Defense Community of 1952. Yet over 50 years later, the continent still lacks the shared vision and organizational structures required to turn its oft-cited goal of strategic autonomy into a reality. The challenge is compounded by the state of the European defense industry, which is fractured, organized along national lines, riddled with inefficiencies, and largely unable to maintain the extensive manufacturing base necessary to compete with global arms sales giants in the United States and Russia.

Yet the geopolitical shocks of the Ukraine crisis and the Trump presidency have shattered old paradigms, breathing new life into History on a continent that has been happy to ignore security matters since the end of the Cold War. Now the EU has its vision, but can Brussels push through integration in the ever-sensitive security sphere right when populist nationalism is surging across the continent? EU leaders are hoping that by incentivizing voluntary cooperation, they can induce the kind of industrial consolidation that would allow the EU to take greater responsibility for its own defense (and incidentally emerge as a major player in the global arms market).

 

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01:00

US Foreign Policy in Latin America According to William Blum "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brasil Wire On December 9th 2018, historian, analyst and long term critic of US Imperialism and Foreign Policy, William Blum, died at the age of 85. Author of Rogue State, Killing Hope, and others, rather than a regular obituary, we compile some of his writings and observations, both historical and contemporary, on Brasil, its neighbors,...

01:00

Peasant Women of Bolivia Declare Themselves in a State of Emergency "IndyWatch Feed War"

La Paz, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian peasant women are in a state of emergency due to the recent acts of vandalism developed by opposition groups against the Departmental Electoral Tribunal (TED) of Santa Cruz and other state entities. We have made a statement and we declare ourselves in a state of emergency and on...

01:00

How George H.W. Bush Made Guantanamo a Prison, Starting with Haitians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Kim Ives Part II Part I: George H.W. Bushs Grim Legacy in Haiti After George Herbert Walker Bush died on Nov. 30 at age 94, the mainstream press favorably contrasted him to Donald Trump, portraying the former Republican president as kinder and gentler, two watchwords from his inaugural speech. But, Trumps signature aggressivity towards immigrants...

01:00

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/12/13 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed War"

2018/12/13 00:00:03Welcome 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

00:59

A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

We will proceed to identify great power confrontations and then proceed to discuss the stages of proxy wars with world war consequences. Read essay [PDF]

00:44

A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

We face a world of multiple wars some leading to direct global power conflagrations and others that begin as regional conflicts but quickly spread to big power confrontations.

We will proceed to identify great power confrontations and then proceed to discuss the stages of proxy wars with world war consequences.

In our times the US is the principal power in search of world domination through force and violence. Washington has targeted top level targets, namely China, Russia,and Iran; secondary objectives include Afghanistan, North and Central Africa, Caucuses and Latin America.

China is the prime enemy of the US for several economic, political and military reasons: China is the second largest economy in the world; its technology has challenged US supremacy; it has built global economic networks reaching across three continents. China has replaced the US in overseas markets, investments and infrastructures. China has built an alternative socio-economic model which links state banks and planning to private sector priorities. On all these counts the US has fallen behind and its future prospects are declining.

In response the US has resorted to a closed protectionist economy at home and an aggressive military led imperial economy abroad. President Trump has declared a tariff war on China; and multiple, separatist, and propaganda wars; and an aerial and maritime war of encirclement.

The first line of attack is exorbitant tariffs on Chinas exports to the US and its vassals. Secondly, is the expansion of overseas bases in Asia. Thirdly, is the promotion of separatist clients in Hong Kong, Tibet and among the Uighurs. Fourthly, is the use of sanctions to bludgeon EU and Asian allies into joining the economic war against China. China has responded by increasing its military security, expanding its economic networks and raising economic tariffs on US exports.

The US economic war has moved to a higher level by arresting and seizing a top executive of Chinas foremost technological company, Huawei.

The White House has moved up the ladder of aggression from sanctions to provocation, it is one step from military retaliation. The nuclear fuse has been lit.

Russia faces similar threats to its domestic economy and its overseas allies, especially China and Iran .Moreover the US has broken its compliance with the interm...

00:42

US warns Turkey against 'unilateral action' on Kurdish fighters in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Pentagon warning came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country plans to launch new military operation in Syria

00:21

Shocking testimonies released about Israeli crimes at Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Information Center December 12, 2018 On the 70th anniversary of UN resolution 194, the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) issued a new report entitled Voices of Return: Documenting Israels Repression of the Great March of Return. The new report is based on a PRC submission to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the []

00:02

U.S. Muslim Leaders Headline UAE Conference at Expense of American Muslim and Palestinian Rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

American Muslims for Palestine | December 12, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. Last Wednesday, a group of prominent and select American Muslim leaders traveled to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the fifth annual conference of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies (FPPMS), which is sponsored by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah []

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Maidan in France, or a national uprising? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog Before diving into the topic of this article I would like to pay a special tribute to the late William Blum. For those

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23:59

Who does Emmanuel Macron owe? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Emmanuel Macron did not feel destined for a career in politics. As a young man, he hoped to become a philosopher, then a senior civil servant, then a business banker. To help him on his way, he frequented Uncle Sams fairy godmothers the French-American Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. []

23:51

Warming Arctic Causes Arctic Ice Growth- Seriously NASA? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Go back to the post: Propaganda is the Art of Overwhelming Logic
And yes, it's relative.
(outlink at above post) Contradictions (A and not-A)

In classical logic, the law of non-contradiction (LNC) (also known as the law of contradiction, principle of non-contradiction (PNC), or the principle of contradiction) states that contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time, e.g. the two propositions "A is B" and "A is not B" are mutually exclusive. It is the second of the three classic laws of thought.
Contradictory Statement: Warming Arctic Causes Arctic Ice Growth

Warm
a: having or giving out heat to a moderate or adequate degree warm weather a warm fire
b : serving to maintain or preserve heat especially to a satisfactory degree a warm sweater
c : feeling or causing sensations of heat brought about by strenuous exertion

Ice Forms: How does the water freeze?

Freezing happens when the molecules of a liquid get so cold that they slow down enough to hook onto each other, forming a solid crystal.

Ask a scientist
Liquids boil when their molecules heat up to the point that they start moving so quickly that they can vaporize and turn into a gas. For water, this happens at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Freezing happens when the molecules of a liquid get so cold that they slow down enough to hook onto each other, forming a solid crystal. For pure water, this happens at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
For salt water it's lower.
 
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23:42

The Macron Implosion: Will it Spread to Other EU Members? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Yellow Vest Movement weekend 8 and 9 December Round 4. Some say they are the worst riots in France since the student-driven mini-Revolution of May 1968. Over the four weekends, hundreds of thousands were in the streets, middle class people, from students to workers to outright employees and housewives. The police force increases by every new Round and so do the demonstrators. Today more than 8,000 police, a considerable increase from last weekends 5,000-plus. Tens of thousands Yellow Vests demonstrated; police reported more than 1,600 arrests.

There are tanks in the streets not seen for at least ten years burning cars and shop fronts, vandalized buildings. The police are fighting them with teargas, water cannons and rubber bullets. Police brutality seems to be unavoidable, However, apparently more moderate than on other occasions. Nevertheless, a Youtube is circulating, where a group of riot gear protected police beat up a helpless Yellow Vest, already on the ground and defenseless. These are the pictures you see on TV.

And the globalized everybodies throughout Europe and the (western) world sit comfortably in their fauteuils, shaking their heads the French again; they are never content, always want more having apparently no idea that what they, the French workers, had rightfully accumulated in terms of social funds and public infrastructure hospitals, schools since WWII (instead of paying for a heavy army) is being legally stolen by a small elite who put a Rothschild banker Macron in power to pass the necessary legislation to make the fraud legal.

Voil. So simple. Most of the fauteuil warriors have no idea that the hangmen are stealthily coming to them too. By the time they wake up and see the light irradiated by the French Yellow Vests it might be too late. Its not for nothing that Europe, under the command of the unelected European Commission (EC), has become increasingly militarized and a conglomerate police state, to be ready when general discontent spreads and political and social upheavals start. We may be at that point.

For now, the Hot Spot is Paris, in particular the lush Champs lyses, symbol for the rich and powerful, the French elite. But the movement is spreading rapidly to other cities in France, and would you believe, to other EU countries, like Belgium and the Netherlands. They have seen the yellow light and realized that what the French claim back has been stolen from them too.

The malaise is not just French, Belgian, Dutch or German, but, of course, also persists in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece, the latter countries and people about whom you hardly hear and read anymore.  They are done with. The banking cartel has them under control. No public attention needs to focus on their plight anymore. Except for Italy, their brazen resistance to Brussels, is still a problem...

23:25

The U.S. Governments Plan Is to Conquer Russia by a Surprise Invasion "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 11, 2018 by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog The following combination of articles explains and they link to conclusive evidence proving that the United States Government is actually designing its nuclear forces now with the intention to win a nuclear war against Russia (World War III), and no longer (if they []

23:25

US lawmakers urge Pompeo to take action over arbitrary detentions in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed War"

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In letter to secretary of state, dozens of US lawmakers say at least 15 citizens and permanent residents are detained in Egypt

23:00

Top IOF Official: Israeli Army Not Ready for War with Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed War"

  Local Editor Israeli Occupation Forces [IOF] Ombudsman General Yitzhak Brick has once again warned that the IOF is unprepared for the challenges it faces. Brik spoke Wednesday before the Knesset Oversight Committee, telling Israeli MKs that he was concerned that the Israeli entity may repeat the catastrophe we had before the Yom Kippur War. The []

22:59

Why Russia Has No Right to Surrender to the West "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Aleksandr Neukropny Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/why-russia-has-no-right-to-surrender-to-the-west/ source: https://topcor.ru/4060-pochemu-rossii-net-smysla-kapitulirovat-pered-zapadom.html The ultimatums that are sounded by the US and NATO towards Russia become more

22:59

Kushner: Peace plan to provide safety to Israelis, hope to Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Maan December 12, 2018 BETHLEHEM The much-anticipated Middle East peace plan, also known as Deal of the Century, will be released in the next couple of months, according to Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and son-in-law of the United States President Donald Trump. Kushner spoke to Fox News, on late Monday, []

22:45

US erects observation posts on Syria-Turkey border despite Ankaras dissent "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV December 12, 2018 The US military says it has established observation posts in northern Syria with the purported aim of preventing clashes between Turkish forces and US-backed Kurdish militants, despite Ankaras strong opposition to the plan. At the direction of Secretary (James) Mattis, the US established observation posts in the northeast Syria []

22:30

As Israel crimes on Gaza border hit zenith, US backs bill targeting Palestinian anti-occupation leaders "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Information Center December 12, 2018 RAMALLAH The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would target for sanctions Hamas resistance movement and Hezbollah over allegations of using civilians as human shields, guaranteeing that it will become law, JTA reported. The bill describes Hamas and Hezbollah groups as repeated practitioners []

22:13

Israel to build Embassy Quarter in occupied Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | December 12, 2018 Israel is to build an embassy complex in occupied Jerusalem, a year after US President Donald Trump announced his plans to relocate the American Embassy to the city. Israels Construction and Housing Ministry announced today that it plans to build a complex with space for nine separate embassies in occupied []

22:06

Lebanons President Discusses with Hezbollah Delegation Cabinet Formation Process "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 11, 2018 Source The Lebanese President Michel Aoun received on Tuesday Hezbollah Secretary Generals political aide Hajj Hussein Al-Khalil and head of Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Mohammad Raad as the discussions tackled the latest developments of the cabinet formation process. After the meeting, MP Raad told the reporters that it was a brainstorming []

22:01

Hezbollahs Psychological War Leaves Israeli Soldiers Panicked! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor Hezbollah intensified a psychological warfare against the Zionist occupation entity as the so-called Operation Northern Shield enters its second week, leaving the enemys soldiers traumatized with what is really happening on the ground. In further details, the resistance movement has been releasing footage of Israeli soldiers on the occupied territories, but the point []

21:51

Serbian investigative journalist targeted with arson attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

A man passes by the high court building in Belgrade, Serbia, on November 14, 2017. The home of a Serbian investigative journalist was targeted with an arson attack in the Belgrade suburb of Vrin on December 12, 2018. (Reuters/Djordje Kojadinovic)

New York, December 12, 2018--Serbian authorities must ensure the safety and well-being of investigative journalist Milan Jovanovi and bring those responsible for today's arson attack on his property to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

21:50

US and Iran trade barbs at UN over Iranian ballistic missile programme "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Mike Pompeo claims Iranian missiles can strike US, while Irans deputy UN ambassador says Tehran's missile programme is defensive in nature

21:48

US Senate moves ahead with Yemen motion, while House blocks similar effort "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Motion to halt US aid to Saudi-led coalition in Yemen clears second hurdle in Senate, while House of Representatives blocks similar measure

21:39

Yemen's warring parties to reopen Sanaa airport, resume oil exports: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Delegates from Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebels told Reuters that Sanaa airport will be reopened

21:19

Demand Investigation Before New Base Built In Okinawa "IndyWatch Feed War"

Okinawa is heading for a crisis.  After decades of delays, the Japanese Defence Ministry is poised to begin dumping earth into the pristine coral garden of Okinawas Oura Bay to build a super base for the US Marines.  The Prefectural Government opposes it, the grassroots vigil at the construction site has continued for more than 5000 days, the actual sit-in (blocking construction vehicles) over 1000 days.  The Okinawa Chapter of Veterans For Peace is launching a campaign to persuade the US Government Accountability Office to launch an investigation of this flawed project, which, with a nudge from Congress, they just might do.

21:17

Thanks To NATO: Organ Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed War"



African slaves cut open for their kidneys in Libya's burgeoning organ 

trafficking market

An undercover operation exposed Libya's slave market where desperate immigrants are sold as manual labourers.

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20:49

The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed War"

So it appears the privatization of France isnt going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or yellow vests), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-lyses disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising.

It took a while for the Golden Boy of Europe to fully appreciate what was happening. In the tradition of his predecessor, Louis XVI, Macron initially responded to the gilets jaunes by inviting a delegation of Le Monde reporters to laud his renovation of the Elyse Palace, making the occasional condescending comment, and otherwise completely ignoring them. That was back in late November. Last Saturday, he locked down central Paris, mobilized a literal army of riot cops, preventatively arrested hundreds of citizens, including suspected extremist students, and sent in the armored military vehicles.

The English-language corporate media, after doing their best not to cover these protests (and, instead, to keep the American and British publics focused on imaginary Russians), have been forced to now begin the delicate process of delegitimizing the gilets jaunes without infuriating the the entire population of France and inciting the British and American proletariats to go out and start sett...

20:30

SPECIAL: WWIII Starts 14 December 2018 in Ukraine? Russian Military Briefing Video (English Captions), Nuclear Analysis by Eric Zuesse, Comment by Robert Steele "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Executive Summary: Ukraine attacks Russia 14 December after a false flag. US nuclear capabilities not quite ready, US military aviation is at 40%, US naval vessels are totally vulnerable to electromagnetic neutralization, and US ground forces are vulnerable to geospatial neutralization, hence US under Trump may not respond. This is however a wild card event and must be recognized as a potential trigger event. This is a counterintelligence alert.

Below the fold: Zuesse analysis, Steele Comment.

The U.S. Governments Plan Is to Conquer Russia by a Surprise Invasion

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20:07

William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture.  Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a victorious general of the Union forces in the Civil War and US president, could reflect that his country might, some day, face its comeuppance from those whose lands had been pinched.

In the garrison state that emerged during the Cold War, the New Left provided antidotes of varying strength to the illusion of a good, faultless America, even if much of this was confined to university campuses.  Mainstream newspaper channels remained sovereign and aloof from such debates, even if the Vietnam War did, eventually, bite.

The late William Blum, former computer programmer in the US State Department and initial enthusiast for US moral crusades, gave us various exemplars of this counter-insurgent scholarship.  His compilation of foreign policy ills in Rogue State: A Guide to the Worlds Only Superpower, was written with the US as sole surveyor of the land, all powerful and dangerously uncontained.  To reach that point, it mobilised such familiar instruments of influence as the National Endowment for Democracy and the School of the Americas, a learning ground for the torturers and assassins who would ply their despoiling trade in Latin America.  The imperium developed an unrivalled military, infatuated with armaments, to deal with its enemies.  Forget the canard, insists Blum, of humanitarian intervention, as it was espoused to justify NATOs bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

His Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II, remains his best and potently dispiriting affair, one in which Washington and its Christian warriors sought to battle the International Communist Conspiracy with fanatical, God-fearing enthusiasm.  In this quest, foreign and mostly democratically elected governments were given the heave-ho with the blessings of US intervention. Food supplies were poisoned; leaders were subjected to successful and failed assassinations (not so many were as lucky as Cubas Fidel Castro); the peasantry of countries sprayed with napalm and insecticide; fascist forces and those of reaction pressed into the service of Freedoms Land.

The squirreling academic, ever mindful of nuts, has been less willing to embrace Blum. This has, to some extent, been aided by such curious instances as the mention, by one Osama bin Laden, of Rogue State in a recording that emerged in 2006.  If I were president I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently.  Sales surged at this endorsement from t...

19:59

Presence of Foreign Forces in Yemen Unjustifiable: Ansarullah "IndyWatch Feed War"

Al-Manar | December 12, 2018 Spokesman for Yemens revolutionary Ansarullah movement Mohammad Abdulsalam, who heads a delegation in the ongoing peace talks in Sweden, said the presence of foreign forces in the Arabian Peninsula country cannot be justified. Speaking to the Arabic-language al-Masirah TV on Tuesday night, Abdulsalam said the foreign troops presence in Yemen []

19:52

Afghan forces abandon western district after Taliban pressure "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | December 12, 2018 Afghan forces have abandoned a remote district in the west of the country, leaving the area to Taliban insurgents. The government had failed to re-supply dozens of troops stationed there, provincial officials said on Wednesday. The Shebkoh district of Farah province, bordering Iran, has been under Taliban siege for months. []

19:04

Help Boycot Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"


 
Dear supporter,

Israels far-right government and its lobby groups are pumping tens of millions of dollars into efforts to silence advocates of Palestinian human rights. They are waging a war of repression on the BDS movement precisely because with your support, our movement is effectively exposing and challenging Israels grave violations of Palestinian human rights and its brutal regime of military occupation and apartheid.

Please donate to help us continue our critical work despite Israels repression. 
See here for 18 highlights of the BDS movements impact in 2018.

Israels expensive campaign to bully, smear and repress supporters of Palestinian rights has backfired. It has in fact strengthened the resolve of BDS activists who, with your support, took the movement to a new height in 2018. It has also triggered unprecedented condemnation by prominent human rights organizations and civil rights networks concerned with freedom of expression.
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19:00

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Jihad in Strasbourg "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cherif Chekatt reminds Emmanuel Macron that climate change is not the only threat France faces. My latest in FrontPage: Emmanuel Macron, Frances youthful wunderkind, Europes poster child for globalism and socialism, has been absorbed lately with furious protests and riots over a confiscatory new tax he placed on gasoline in order to fight what he []

18:50

Erdogan: Turkey will launch new military operation against YPG in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Kurdish People's Protection Unit is a US-backed militia and one of the main sources of tension between Turkey and the United States

18:43

MSM Trying to Call Routine US Black Sea Activity Strategic Manoeuvre Admiral "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 12.12.2018 In an interview with Sputnik, Retired Rear Admiral of the Turkish Navy Cem Grdeniz has commented on CNN reports that the US is preparing to send a warship to the Black Sea. The message emphasises that the US may require Turkey to allow its military ships to pass through the Bosphorus into []

18:39

US lawmakers to hold hearings on Saudi Arabia next year, House Democrat says "IndyWatch Feed War"

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US House committee hearings will examine 'all aspects of Saudi Arabia' and its relationship with US, Congressman Eliot Engel says

18:38

Groundbreaking poll: American support for one democratic state equal to support for two state solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new poll conducted by Shibley Telhami at the University of Maryland shows unprecedented support among Americans for the one-state solution in Israel/Palestine, and stronger sanctions against Israel for the occupation, as well as growing criticism of the Israeli role in U.S. politics.

Here are some of the findings of the poll (PDF), which was conducted in September and October among 2,352 Americans:

  • 35 percent support a single democratic state in which both Jews and Arabs are full and equal citizens;
  • 36 percent support Israeli and Palestinian states side by side;
  • 11 percent support maintaining the occupation indefinitely;
  • 8 percent support Israeli annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories without offering equal citizenship to Palestinians.

And when broken down by age the results are even more stark; among 18-and-34-year-olds support for one state climbs to 42 percent.

In addition, the poll asked what a two-state supporter would back if the two-state solution was no longer possible. In this scenario, 64 percent supported a single democratic state and only 26 percent supported the continuation of Israels Jewish majority in the government even if it means that Palestinians will not have citizenship and full rights.

The poll also reveals support for stronger U.S. sanctions against Israeli colonization of the West Bank, and rising criticism of the Israeli role in American politics.

When asked How do you believe the U.S. should react to new settlements? 40 percent of poll respondents support economic sanctions against Israel, and this number rises to 46 percent among registered Democrats.

And finally, when asked How much influence do you believe the Israeli government has on American politics and policies? 38 percent of Americans say too much influence and this number goes up to 55 percent among Democrats.

There is...

18:26

For The First Time Social Media Outpaces Print Newspapers As News Source "IndyWatch Feed War"

Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers. Social medias small edge over print emerged after years of steady declines in newspaper circulation and modest increases in the portion of Americans who use social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year.

18:21

Meet the activist who brought the Monopoly Man meme to life "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

Monopoly Man lurking just above the shoulder of Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Tuesdays House Judiciary Committee hearing. (Twitter / Ian Madrigal)

On Tuesday morning, when Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee about his companys data collection practices, there was a familiar mustachioed face in the crowd. To most people, this person also wearing a monocle and toting a bag of cash is none other than the famous board game character most commonly known as Monopoly Man. But behind the fake mustache and provocative message about capitalist greed is a dedicated activist for economic justice.

Ian Madrigal, who uses they/them pronouns, gained internet fame when they first dressed up as Monopoly Man during an October 2017 Senate Banking Committee hearing with the CEO of credit reporting agency Equifax, following its massive data breach. Their creative stunts which have taken on powerful figures from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen are effective, in part, because they understand how to strategically draw the worlds of politics, art and activism together. With a background in music and improv plus a law degree from UCLA Madrigals Monopoly Man has inspired activists around the country, as well as people on both sides of the aisle.

Why was the hearing with Googles CEO an important place for Monopoly Man to make an appearance?

My appearance as Monopoly Man aims to highlight the need for regulation and antitrust action to rein in Googles monopoly in many areas of tech. Im also hoping to call attention to the controversy raging over Googles development of Project Dragonfly, a censored search engine that would endanger dissidents and human rights defenders in China, as well as internal battles over sexual harassment, racial discr...

18:19

AFRICOM: A Neocolonial Occupation Force? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amid the George HW Bush imperial death-orgy, the endless saga of Midtown Mussolinis daily news cycle, the seemingly unprecedented political upsurge in France, and countless other show-stopping news stories, you likely missed three very sad, yet revealing, incidents out of the Sahel region of West-Central Africa. First, on November 18th, a massive offensive against a Nigerian military base by a faction of the Boko Haram terror group known as the Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) killed upwards of 100 soldiers. The surprise attack came at a time when Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who famously (and repeatedly) has declared victory against Boko Haram and terrorism...

18:16

Reviving The Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal "IndyWatch Feed War"

In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger exemplified by the collapse of arms control and disarmament agreements, vast nuclear modernization programs by the United States and other nuclear powers, and reckless threats of nuclear war has stirred remarkably little public protest and even less public debate during the recent U.S. midterm elections.

18:12

The Heresy Of White Christianity "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual lifethe writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the impoverished son of a woodcutter who had only a sixth-grade education. With an almost superhuman will, Cone clawed his way up from the Arkansas cotton fields to implode theological studies in the United States with his withering critique of the white supremacy and racism inherent within the white, liberal Christian church.

18:07

We Gonna Rise Up, Rise Up Til Its Won!: 140+ Arrested At Pelosi And Hoyer Offices As Youth-Led Protests Demand Green New Deal On Capitol Hill "IndyWatch Feed War"

Before presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) even appeared at her office to hear from young Americans who had traveled from all over the country to urge her to back a Green New Deal, Capitol police arrived Monday and arrested more than 60 of the protesters. As of this writing, at least 143 demonstrators had been arrested as they lobbied in 50 congressional offices. More than 1,000 young people and allies flooded the Capitol Hill hallways and offices of Democratic representatives to demand that elected officials listen to their youngest constituents as well as some of the worlds top scientists  and back the bold proposal to shift the U.S. to a zero-carbon energy system by 2050 in order to save the planet from an irreversible climate catastrophe.

18:00

Egypt: Muslim mob screaming Allahu akbar attacks Christians, forces closure of church "IndyWatch Feed War"

The subject peoples are forbidden to build new churches. (Reliance of the Traveller, o11.5). Islamic law also forbids Christians to repair existing churches. Koum al-Raheb church closed, Copts attacked, by Nader Shukry, Watani International, December 10, 2018: The police has caught an unspecified number of Copts and Muslims in the village of Koum al-Raheb []

17:58

Turkey Warns of Impending Anti-Kurd Offensive in North, East of EuphratesUS Stolen Territory "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syria war: Turkey warns of fresh anti-Kurd offensive in north

Turkish soldiers stand near armoured vehicles as a man waves a Turkish national flag during a demonstration in support of the Turkish army's Idlib operation near the Turkey-Syria border near Reyhanli, Hatay, on 10 October 2017GETTY IMAGES

Turkey will launch a new operation against US-backed Kurdish militias in northern Syria in the next few days, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.

The move, which he said would focus on territory to the east of the Euphrates river, risks confrontation with the US.

Americas support for the Kurdish YPG forces has strained relations with Turkey, which considers the YPG to be part of a terrorist group.

Turkey has launched two offensives against the Kurds in Syria since 2016.

The Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) currently controls large swathes of the north-east of Syria on Turkeys southern border.

What did President Erdogan say?

We will start the operation to...

17:53

UK: 150 houses evacuated as cops foil Islamic State-inspired Christmas jihad massacre plot "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tis the season to be jihady, fa la la la la, la la la la. Time for the UK police to begin a new crackdown on Islamophobic speech online. ISIS-inspired Christmas bomb plot is foiled in Newcastle as man, 33, is arrested and homes put on lockdown, by Rebecca Camber and Eleanor Hayward, Daily Mail, []

17:49

'Partners in crime': UK spies worked with Gaddafi against Libyan exiles, court hears "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Lawyers say British officials indicated willingness to 'engage in covert operations outside the rule of law' and 'turn a blind eye to torture'

17:29

3 Hezbollah Tunnels Found Since Start Of Israels Operation Northern Shield (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Since the start of Operation Northern Shield, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have declared that they have found 3 Hezbollah tunnels heading from Lebanon to Israel. According to pro-Lebanese sources, the IDF is carrying out works in at least 5 areas on the Israeli-Lebanese border.

3 'Hezbollah Tunnels' Found Since Start Of Israel's Operation Northern Shield (Map Update)

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17:27

Some Words About the Movement of the #YellowVests "IndyWatch Feed War"

While the medias and the revolutionaries around the world look at what is happening in France, a lot of information is lost and it is not always easy to follow the facts because of the number of videos and comments which are following each other on social networks. Here is a recap of events for over a month, by a French person who has collected the information of all mainstream medias and radical left medias, to make a synthesis.

Originally published by Gothenburg ABC.

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

Read all our Gilets Jaunes articles: https://enoughisenough14.org/tag/yellow-jackets/

The movement of yellow vests was born on social networks several months ago already. First, there was a petition that received over a million signatures, followed by a call to wear yellow vests (anyone who had a vehicle had to have one of these vests in case of accident) in cars in protest against the increase in fuel prices, which has reached record price in recent months.
An event was created on Facebook as a national day of mobilization against rising fuel prices. Like many other motions coming from the popular classes, this idea was very quickly taken up by the extreme right and Marine Le Pen herself called to join this mobilization. That is why, from the beginning, many people refused to join the movement saying that it was a movement led by the extreme right. However, the first day of the event, on 17 November, was extremely well attended, with nearly 300,000 people mobilized throughout France. Yellow vests blocked roundabouts, blocked access to highways and slowed down a lot of road axles.

During this day, the medias went to meet the demonstrators to understand who they are and most have claimed to be apolitical, even if some said they were supporters of the National Front (some even helped in this day to stop some migrants). In view of the extent of the mobilization, representatives of several parties joined and called for support. The answer was that yellow vests is a peoples movement that refuses connections with political parties. What most foreign media reported on this day of protest is that the French complain that they can not use th...

17:26

CPJ to release annual report on killed journalists "IndyWatch Feed War"

New York, December 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its annual report on journalists killed in relation to their work.

17:23

Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers To Testify, Deep State MSM Silent "IndyWatch Feed War"

Following allegations of sloppy accounting, potential tax fraud and pay-to-play, the Clinton Foundation will be under a Congressional microscope this week after three whistleblowers have come forward and agreed to testify one of whom secretly submitted 6,000 pages of documents to the IRS and FBI in August of 2017, and all three of whom Continue reading Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers To Testify, Deep State MSM Silent

17:21

Israeli Knesset rejects bill to maintain equal rights amongst all its citizens "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Knesset voted down today, by a margin of 71-38, the Basic Law: Equality bill, tabled by MK Mossi Raz (Meretz). The text of the bill was clear and concise: The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex. This is a direct quote from Israels Declaration of Independence.

Following the resignation of Defense Minister Lieberman a few weeks back, the governing coalition has a razor-thin margin of one vote: it controls 61 one votes out of 120. However, the coalition enjoyed the support of Yesh Atid, led by Israels Trump wannabe, Yair Lapid. Its eleven votes are unlikely to have delivered victory to the opposition, however, as many members of the Zionist Camp fled the hall before the vote.

Despite one the greatest political cons in history Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East Israeli law never recognized equality between citizens. An attempt to enter an equality clause to the Human Dignity and Freedom Basic Law, back in 1992, failed mostly due to the opposition of the religious parties. The Israeli Supreme Court, doubling as the countrys High Court of Justice, found or, rather, invented emanations of equality in Israels Basic Laws; doing so often required the court to fall back on the equality clause of the Declaration of Independence, claiming it was the expressed will of the Founders.

Doing so after todays vote will require extraordinary powers of judicial juggling. And the court, which was never that great shining light its supporters portray it (see, for damning example after another, Michael Sfards superb The Wall and the Gate) is becoming less emboldened to face the government.

Following the tumult of the Nation State Law, when the Druze filled the streets in protest claiming, correctly, the law made them second class citizens Netanyahu promised them hed grant them an exemption somehow. Perhaps hed declare them honorary Jews. Today, Netanyahu closed the gate of equality before them.

He did so with the votes not only of his ultra-nationalist coalition, but also with those of Lapid, whose party claims to be a center party while serving as a gateway drug to the extreme right. And by the absent votes of the frightened members of Labour. Those 71 votes represent the hard core of practical Zionism Zionism as it is, not as it may be who decided Israel would be a Jewish country and not a democratic one.

The Knesset told 20% of the countrys citizens that it would demand their loyalty, but would not grant them equality. They would have second class citizenship, dependent on the whim of the Jewish majority. Next ti...

17:11

#Berlin: Film about #Liebig34 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berlin: On January 9, 2019 we will show the premiere of the movie Indoor in SO36. A movie  about the queer-feminist houseproject Liebig34 in Berlin.

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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.

This is the timetable for the evening:

7:00pm doors
7:30pm lecture from Prof. Dr. Margrit Meyer
8:15pm screening Indoor
9:00pm discussion


Synopsis

Indoor is a short first person Point-Of-View documentation of the 28-year-old self-organised, anarcha -queer feminist house-project Liebig34
in Berlin. The film deviates from the common documentary formats. Instead, it opts for a short film, guiding the viewers through a journey to an alternative space.

Through the eyes of a person walking around the house, the viewers get to experience the vibrant life within Liebig34. They accompany the person as she walks through the rooms and staircases and drawn into the stories and scenes happening around the house. The journey gets artistic, emotional, political and erotic.

Liebig34 faces eviction later this year, like 30 other project houses who were evicted in the last decade in Berlin. This film seeks to raise awareness to the disappearance of such alternative spaces in the face of gentrification. The film avoids portraying the soon to be evicted
characters as victims, nor does it try to invoke pity. It seeks to allow viewers a glimpse into one of the free spaces Berlin is increasingly
losing- spaces that are safer for the marginalised, where art and resistance can thrive and where another world is possible.

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17:11

UN urged to act on Egypt's reprisals against citizens who met rapporteur "IndyWatch Feed War"

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A coalition of rights groups has condemned Egypt for targeting those who met UN housing rapporteur

17:05

Voxs Zack Beauchamp goes full fascist, celebrates censorship of dissenters from Leftist agenda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last year the hard-Left journalist Zack Beauchamp wrote a windy and mendacious piece attacking various foes of jihad mass murder and Sharia oppression of women, gays, and others (including me). Now he is joining the Lefts gleeful vultures chorus over Milo Yiannopoulos financial woes, from which he happily concludes that the controversial no-platforming tactics []

17:00

Juan Cole Invents a Peaceful Quran "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a November 27 address at Georgetown Universitys Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole discussed his new book, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires. His sympathetic audience of about forty in ACMCUs conference room included ACMCU Professor John Voll, Georgetown University imam Yahya Hendi, and []

16:58

Unprecedented Decline In US Jewish Youth Refusing Birthright Tours "IndyWatch Feed War"

Haaretz reported Tuesday that the Birthright program has seen a sharp drop in participation rates this winter season, mainly among Jews from the U.S., the country that provides by far the largest number of participants. Birthright is a free 10-day trip offered to young Jews ages 18 to 26 (now raised to age 32). It has brought hundreds of thousands of Jewish youth from around the world to Israel with the goal of increasing their identification with the Jewish State. Haaretz says the plummeting numbers are unprecedented, and although the program has seen dips before, it has never experienced a downturn of this magnitude, unrelated to any security situation.

16:51

The Strange Case Of The Guardian & Brasil "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Guardian is of course the closest thing that the UK has to a mainstream progressive newspaper, and it had, until relatively recently, a rich history of quality investigative reporting. In the 1970s its coverage of Latin America, with writers the calibre of Richard Gott, was responsible for fixing stories like that of Chiles in the public consciousness, and with that fuelling solidarity movements for the regions oppressed peoples, suffering under sub-fascist imperial rule. It continues to host important and talented writers, and publish valuable material, particularly in its comment is free section.

16:46

Macron, La Marseillaise, and Les Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Aux armes citoyens! Formez vos battaillons!" etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIxOl1EraXA It would appear that Macron had not seriously contemplated his country's national anthem, nor its bloody history of popular revolt in the streets. Fortunately for him the guillotine is long gone. The...

16:43

Robber barons kidnap Chinese princess for ransom "IndyWatch Feed War"

Huawei HQ, Shenzhen, China By M. K. BHADRAKUMAR | Indian Punchline | December 12, 2018 The best thing about US President Donald Trump is his transparency. It immensely helped the world community through this past two-year turbulent period to see Americas real face. Behind the veil of exceptionalism, the US statesmen right down to Barack []

16:42

Pigs, From Crisis To Self-Organisation "IndyWatch Feed War"

In his brilliant book about the history of Latin America Las Venas Abiertas de Amrica Latina, (The Open Veins of South America) originally published in 1971 Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015) starts by writing that the international division of work consists of defining that some countries specialise in winning and others in losing. Galeano describes a history of the region that is made by its own People, a history that does not depend on the greatness and the richness of the Country. A system where development deepened inequalities and popular sovereignty had to be bonded because There Is No Alternative. Its a problem of mindsets, would declare the canny eurocrat after reading Galeanos introduction.

16:23

Ukraine sets up for a possible winter offensive in LDNR "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 11, 2018 by GH Eliason for The Saker Blog Everything is pointing to Ukraine starting a winter offensive in Donbass and the possible use of a chemical weapon false flag event to kick it off. The Ukraine of 2018 is far different than what Europe was expecting. Instead of economic and social reform that []

16:23

Record for High-Temperature Superconductivity "IndyWatch Feed War"

Room temperature superconductors belong in the same basket as fusion power plants artificial general intelligence: They were only a couple of decades away when we read about them in Omni magazine in the 1980s. Via: MIT Technology Review: Chemists found a material that can display superconducting behavior at a temperature warmer than it currently is []

16:22

The US Is Worried About China Spying Via Huawei Because It Did The Same In The Past "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US is again warning its allies about the risks of using telecom equipment made by Chinas Huawei. American officials have briefed their counterparts in countries like Germany, Italy, and Japan about what they argue are potential cybersecurity risks, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywall). This follows previous warnings, such as a claim earlier this year that American citizens shouldnt use Huaweis phones. The US may be concerned about Chinese government influence embedded in Huaweis technology because Americas spy agencies have done the same thing in the past. Western governments have long been wary of Huawei, which was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former Peoples Liberation Army soldier.

16:15

Financing The Future Of Cooperative Low-Income Housing "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, New York City went through a devastating financial crisis. Buildings in neighborhoods across the city were essentially abandoned by their landlords. In some cases, tenants banded together to take over managing their buildings. Clusters of such buildings emerged in some neighborhoods, including Manhattans Lower East Side, East Village, and Harlem. The city created the Housing Development Fund Corporation program, offering reduced property taxes to cooperatively-owned buildings reserved for low- and moderate-income residents, known as limited-equity cooperatives.

16:06

Chile: 36 Former Pinochet Intel Agents Sentenced "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Court of Appeals of Santiago de Chile sentenced 36 former agents of the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) for their participation in the forced disappearance of hundreds of opposition leaders during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). At least 32 former agents of Pinochet's secret police were sentenced Monday to 10 years and one day in prison for their involvement in the disappearance of hundreds of members of the Communist Party, the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) and activists of the Christian community of Villa Francia de Santiago. All of them are already serving prison sentences for other state crimes.

16:00

A Report From Hell: Seine-Saint-Denis (Part Four) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pulling down the makeshift camp at Calais had to be done, for the good of the French being threatened in Calais. The fault here is with those breaking the law with their makeshift camp, not with the French authorities who dare to enforce it. So what can be done? Extreme circumstances have prompted extreme responses, with one []

15:49

Berlin treads softly-softly on Macron over deficit (Italy is happy!!) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germany is taking a softly-softly approach to French President Emmanuel Macrons use of government largesse to calm violent yellow vest protests, government sources say, as Berlin puts European stability above fiscal discipline.

A reluctance to criticise publicly contrasts with complaints about France from Italy whose populist coalition government is in a stand-off with Brussels over its own big-spending budget which includes a sharp spike in the deficit.

Its good news that things are calming down. France is Germanys most important partner and we have no interest in seeing it destabilised for the long term, a senior German government source said.

Ministers have been urged not to stoke confrontation with Paris as Macron attempts to end mass demonstrations against his pro-business reforms, promising tax and spending measures for the lowest earners worth billions of euros (dollars).

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15:43

Nikki Haley: MBS 'responsible' for Jamal Khashoggi's murder "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Trump continues to support Mohammed bin Salman and stands by the Saudi royal accused of ordering Khashoggi's murder

15:40

Trade-Talk Progress Lifts U.S. Stocks "IndyWatch Feed War"

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*Stock Futures Rise on WSJ Report That China Plans to Boost Access for Foreign Companies

*S&P Futures Up 1.3% Vs. 0.9%

*DJIA Futures Up 1.4% Vs. 0.9%

(This article will be updated)

Global stocks gained Wednesday on a fresh wave of trade optimism and climbing oil prices, shrugging off a leadership challenge against U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

U.S. futures put the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average on course to rise 1% at the open, with trade-sensitive stocks like Caterpillar and Cisco up 2% and 1.1% in premarket trade, respectively. Meanwhile rising oil prices helped push Exxon Mobil stock 2.1% higher ahead of the market open.

Brent crude oil prices rose 1.6% to $61.18 a barrel and West Texas Intermediate Futures were up 1.5% at $52.58 a barrel, after weekly American Petroleum Institute figures released Tuesday revealed a larger-than-expected fall in U.S. inventories.

Stocks in Europe built on Tuesdays gains, with the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 index up 1.3% in afternoon trade, while the British pound edged up 0.7% but remained near its lowest level in 20 months.

Lawmakers in the U.K.s ruling Conservative party initiated a no-confidence vote against Mrs. May. On Monday, she postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit bill, which prompted a new volley of criticism over her handling of the countrys exit from the European Union. The yield on U...

15:31

Reviewing a BBC slap to the face of impartial journalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the years end approaches we will be taking a look at some of the topics that the BBC chose to promote during 2018 in a manner that went beyond ordinary reporting both in terms of the amount of content produced and adherence to standards of due impartiality.

One of the BBCs campaigns began in late December 2017 and continued until March 21st 2018, with an encore on July 29th. It related to Ahed Tamimi who, together with other members of her activist family, had been featured in BBC content in the past.

However, in this case the supposedly impartial BBC elected to lend its voice and considerable outreach to promotion and amplification of a blatantly political campaign. 

19th December 2017, BBC News website:...

15:29

European Parliament backs trade pact with Japan "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Cars for cheese agreement to create trade zone covering 630m people French Camembert cheese. Bloomberg

By Jim Brunsden in Brussels 2 HOURS AGO Print this page

European Parliament has given its backing to the EUs cars for cheese trade deal with Japan, a pact that will remove more than 1bn in duties for European exporters while creating an open trade zone covering 630m people.

The vote by MEPs in Strasbourg means that the trade agreement, the largest ever struck by the EU with another country, is set to come into force on February 1. EU chiefs have said that the deal shows the blocs determination to fight protectionism and its ability to win new export opportunities for businesses. Under the agreement, Japan will scrap many of the tariffs it currently imposes on EU agricultural goods, including for wine, meat and many cheeses.

Europe in turn will remove duties on Japanese cars and car parts. Some of the most sensitive market openings will happen gradually over a period of years, or be limited by tariff-free quotas. Cecilia Malmstrom, the EUs trade commissioner, told the FT that the deal sends a very powerful signal and that reflected both sides desire to reinforce relations.

Donald Trumps decision to pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, as well as his stance that trade wars are good, and easy to win had galvanised the negotiations on the deal, she said. The pact will stimulate trade flows across two economies that collectively account for almost a third of the worlds gross domestic product.

As well as scrapping nearly all tariffs on trade in goods, the deal also includes measures to remove regulatory barriers to trade, and to open up access to public procurement markets. EU exporters currently pay close to 1bn in Japanese customs duties every year.

https://www.ft.com/content/f380dc4a-fe08-11e8-aebf-99e208d3e521

15:26

Russian Military Govt. Forces, Militia Retook 96.5% Of Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian War Report Dec. 12, 2018: Russian Military Govt. Forces, Militia Retook 96.5% Of Syria 1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of

15:26

France: Along Comes A Suspiciously, Conveniently Timed Christmas "Terror" Shooting... "IndyWatch Feed War"

   After reading Gallier's comments from the previous post, I became intrigued with this latest "terror" incident. It's so well packaged. Marketable. Terror. Christmas. What's with the repeated occurrence of Christmas attacks? Who hates Christ-mas that much?
Certainly not the retailers..

France hunts terror suspect who killed 3 at Christmas market  

Security Forces in Strasbourg, France
The timing of this incident is so favourable to the Macron government. It's just a fact can't be missed or brushed away:

  1. Takes the focus of attention away from the grievances of the people (Yellow Vests)
  2. Takes the focus of attention away from the arrogant King Jupiter Macron
  3. Makes public gatherings restricted in that part of France.
  4. Plays the identity politics card which benefits the rulers.
Who benefits from this shooting?

Interesting too that France's Minister of the Interior said the shooter was convicted of unmentioned crimes in Germany, but, Germany denies the alleged shooter is an Islamist. without confirming or denying the criminal aspect either. Strange

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 Suspect convicted in Germany

According to French media reports, the alleged perpetrator is a 29-year-old man who was born in Strasbourg.

The French Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, had announced last night that the man was known to the police and had already been ...

15:23

France: Strasbourg jihadi screamed Allahu akbar, Interior Minister still unsure he had terrorist motivations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez earlier told Inter radio station that authorities could not confirm that the suspect had terrorist motivations.' Perhaps to admit the obvious would show Nuez, and the French authorities in general, to be so catastrophically feckless and willfully ignorant that they just cant bring themselves to do it. At least Strasbourg []

15:14

Criticise Israel and you immediately trigger its army of outraged partisans "IndyWatch Feed War"

An army of social media trolls are at the ready to denounce legitimate criticism of Israels occupation and settlement enterprise

15:11

Art Laffer: Government spending way out of control "IndyWatch Feed War"

Conservative economist Art Laffer, who loves the Trump administrations economic policies, brought up the subject a lot of congressional Republicans have apparently lost interest in: The government is spending too much.

At Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Laffer and co-author Stephen Moore were celebrating the launch of their new book, Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy, Laffer said Tuesday that government spending is way out of control.

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Art Laffer

He said in a short conversation with me that its something hes addressed directly with President Trump, who Laffer advised during the 2016 campaign.

Its a real problem, he said. Its the one we havent addressed.

The Congressional Budget Office puts the federal deficit for 2018 at $793 billion. Thats up from the previous fiscal years $666 billion deficit.

The CBO puts the public debt at nearly $16 trillion.

Laffer said, though, that he didnt know if Trump would tackle the problem in his first term and he didnt want to share what Trump has told him about government spending.

You should ask him, he told me. Ill tell you what I say. I say that government spending is taxation. I dont want to tell you what he says. Thats not kosher, if you know what I mean.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/art-laffer-government-spending-way-out-of-control

15:07

Markets Conclude the U.S. Is Riskier Than China "IndyWatch Feed War"

Now the Treasury has to pay a premium over Chinese bonds to attract investors. They see four major red flags in U.S. debt.

December 12, 2018, 5:00 AM EST
Beijing is having its moment.   Photographer: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News, writes about markets.

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Heres another reason Donald Trump is not at all happy with the Fed and will continue to be frustrated by the worlds No. 2 economy. He is the first president to suffer the new normal of China becoming more creditworthy than the U.S. Thats right: America now pays more to borrow money...

15:00

Twitter warns foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression that their tweets violate Pakistani blasphemy laws "IndyWatch Feed War"

People have long debated the question of how a free society can lose its freedom without a fight. It doesnt happen overnight. It happens in full view as people help usher in authoritarianism, such as modern-day Leftists who ally with Islamic supremacists and those who continue to deny the reality that it is indeed happening. []

15:00

Trump says China back in the market for U.S. soybeans U.S. Farmers look for new buyers "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that China was buying a tremendous amount of U.S. soybeans and that trade talks with Beijing were already under way by telephone, with more meetings likely among U.S. and Chinese officials.

Trump told Reuters in an interview that the Chinese government was back in the market to buy soybeans after a Dec. 1 truce in the U.S.-China trade war.

But traders in Chicago said they have seen no evidence of a resumption of such purchases following Chinas imposition of a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans in July.

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I just heard today that theyre buying tremendous amounts of soybeans. They are starting, just starting now, Trump said in the interview.

Trump also said he believes China will soon cut tariffs on U.S. autos to 15 percent from the current 40 percent level.

I think theyre looking to do it immediately, very quickly, he said.

A Trump administration official earlier told Reuters that Chinas plan to cut car tariffs was outlined in a phone call between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

SOYBEAN SALES AWAITED

U.S. government data has not shown any soybean sales to China since July, when Beijing imposed tariffs on U.S. supplies of the oilseed in retaliation for U.S. duties on Chinese goods.

Traders have been watching closely for signs of confirmation of a resumption of Chinese buying of U.S. soybeans, particularly after Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that very productive conversations were going on with China. Watch for some important announcements! he added.

Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures edged higher on Tuesday on hopes that new deals would be signed soon, but there were no signs of increased activity in the cash markets, traders said.

U.S. Agriculture Department rules require exporters to promptly report sales of 100,000 tonnes or more of a commodity made in a single day.

China last year purchased about 60 percent of U.S. soybean exports in deals valued at more than $12 billion. With those exports gone, soybean prices had tumbled to their lowest in a decade, heaping pain on U.S. farmers, a key Trump constituency.

Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping called a temporary truce in their trade war on Dec. 1. Trump agreed to postpone for 90 days a Jan. 1 increase in tariffs on Chinese goods while the two sides negotiated over increased Chinese purchases of American farm and energy commodities, an end to forced technology transfers and stronger protections for U...

14:53

Scotland wants to trade as freely as possible with Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU in 2016. As the Scottish Trade Minister Ivan McKee explained in an interview with DW, the country is eager to promote itself in the face of ongoing UK political chaos.

    
A women in a Scottish dress

Ivan McKee is a member of Scotlands devolved Parliament and is the Scottish governments Trade, Investment and Innovation Minister. He is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which advocates for Scottish independence from the UK.

He recently completed trade trips to Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland and France as part of his ministerial role and he explained to DW that despite the ongoing political chaos and uncertainty around Brexit, Scotland is eager to maintain and promote its trade links with the rest of the EU.

DW: You recently visited Hamburg in your capacity with the Scottish Executive. What was the aim of your visit?

Ivan McKee: There were a number of messages we wanted to get across and one of the key ones is that Scotland is very much open for business. We have got long and deep trade links with Europe, with Germany and with Hamburg in particular and it was important to reinforce those and to look for opportunities to increase trade between Scotland and that part of Germany.

Read more: Scotland wants to avoid Brexit but doesnt know how

Is the intention to promote Scottish-only trade or do you include UK-wide trade as part of the remit?

Our job in the Scottish government is to promote trade links between Scotland and the rest of the world and thats what we are doing. Clearly Brexit and the confusion around that makes our job even harder but we are working as hard as we can to make sure we maintain and enhance those links everywhere we can, particularly in Europe.

When you talk to representatives of European countries, is it difficult to isolate Scottish interests and the Scottish angle from the wider UK one, given that Scotland is not yet an independent state?...

14:49

Pakistan rejects politically motivated listing as violator of religious freedoms by US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Faisal. File photo
Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Faisal. File photo

The Foreign Office (FO) today issued Islamabads reaction to the listing, saying: Pakistan rejects the US State Departments unilateral and politically motivated pronouncement Besides the clear biases reflected from these designations, there are serious questions over the credentials and impartiality of the self-proclaimed jury involved in...

14:46

Pakistan rejects US blacklist for religious freedom violations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pakistan on Wednesday rejected Washingtons decision to place it on a blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, branding the move politically motivated and defending its treatment of minorities.

The US move to designate Pakistan among countries of particular concern comes at a difficult time for relations between the nations, with the Trump administration accusing Islamabad of failing to act against Islamist militants on its soil.

Pakistan does not need counsel by any individual country (on) how to protect the rights of its minorities, a statement from the foreign ministry said, adding that Islamabad rejects the designation.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the move to blacklist Pakistan in a congressionally mandated annual report released Tuesday.

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14:40

Google CEO: Scrutiny of tech companies is here to stay "IndyWatch Feed War"

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Wednesday that scrutiny of big technology companies is here to stay, a day after he rejected assertions from lawmakers that Googles search algorithm is biased against conservatives.

I think a broader scrutiny of technology at a high level, I think, is actually important, Pichai told Axios in an interview after he testified before Congress. I personally have always felt so.

Pichai says he wants people other than just engineers to be able to weigh in on issues related to tech regulation and user security.

Sundar Pichai

I think privacy is an area where you have constantly evolving user expectations, Pitchai said. I think, as a company, we have grown a lot I think people may legitimately have questions saying, I do want a different construct.

The CEO said Google is looking to change user settings so it would not default to collecting data that fuels its ad-targeting technology. Rather than an opt-out option, Google is exploring a way for users to have to opt-in to have their data collected in certain instances.

The balance, however, could be difficult because, although people want more privacy, they may also need to sacrifice accuracy. For example, location services allow Google to accurately translate languages when users locations show they are in a different country.

Pichai said people get very upset when Google gets little things like that wrong.

We are trying to respond to user needs, he said.

Pichai testified for three hours on Capitol Hill Tuesday in a hearing similar to the one Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went through earlier this year.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/technology/google-ceo-scrutiny-of-tech-companies-is-here-to-stay

14:27

Message from #YellowVests #Commercy: The time of the communes still rings out! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Commercys Yellow Vests offer a political solution to the movement: autonomous local committees, direct democracy, sovereign general assembly, delegates with a precise mandate revocable at any time, rotating responsibilities. We replubished this piece that was originally published by Open Democracy on December 7.

Originally published by Open Democracy. Written by Pierre Bance.

About the author 
Pierre Bance is a 70-year old anarchist activist who supports yellow vests in Commercy, in the Meuse department in Grand Est, north-eastern France. In 2017, he published Un autre future pour le Kurdistan ? Municipalisme libertaire et confdralisme dmocratique (Another Future for the Kurdistan. Libertarian Municipalism and Democratic Federalism) (Paris, Noir et Rouge).


This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

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14:24

Military Situation In Syria On December 12, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Tukey has once again threatened a Kurdish part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with a military operation. The supposed military operation will be launched east of the Euphrates soon.
  • The SDF continued clashing with ISIS in the Hajin area in the Euphrates Valley. The situation in the area remains unclear.
  • The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has repelled several militant attacks in northern Hama.
Military Situation In Syria On December 12, 2018 (Map Update)

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14:20

Strasbourg Attack and the Failure of Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

French police search for the terrorist who escaped after killing 3 and wounding 13 in three separate attacks in Strasbourg (Photo: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)French police search for the terrorist who escaped after killing 3 and wounding 13 in three separate attacks in Strasbourg (Photo: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)

Clarion Project Editor Meira Svirsky and Arab Affairs Analyst Ran Meir talk about the Strasbourg attack and the failure of Europe to offer security to their citizens in the short term and stamp out the ideology of Islamist extremism in the long term.

Clarion examines why France let a criminal with 27 prior convictions who was an Islamist extremist on a high-level security list on the street.

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14:15

Robert Steele: TIME Magazine Beneath Contempt a CIA Mossad Asset as a Guardian of Truth? Seriously? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

I dont make this stuff up. TIME Magazine has once again prostituted itself to CIA and the Mossad while failing to tell the truth about global events and domestic traitors.

How unethical do you have to be (TIME Editors are not stupid, far from it) to put a known triple agent (CIA, Mossad, Saudi intelligence) on the cover of TIME as a guardian of truth?  Seriously?

The others are highly questionable as well. Some died to random violence or mind control what they published was not particularly worthwhile and others may be intelligence agents.

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14:00

Far-right Salvini: I dont have to justify myself every time I go to Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

The growing anti-Semitism goes together with Islamic extremism, to which no one is paying attention. Salvini also addressed the criticism of his visit to Israel, saying, I dont have to justify myself every time I go to Israel. This should be understood and accepted by now, but the willfully blind are now bolder than ever []

13:45

Tom Atlee: In a wise democracy, who are stakeholders and what is their role? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tom Atlee

In a wise democracy, who are stakeholders and what is their role?

Stakeholders are citizens involved with a specific issue or domain, whose activities actually constitute that issue or domain. Thus the stakeholders of a domain collectively have the potential IF they collaborate to make whatever difference is most important to be made in the domain they have hitherto been fighting over. Full-spectrum stakeholder collaborations thus offer a powerful complement to citizen engagement on the road to an effective wise democracy.

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13:44

Military Situation In Afghanistan On December 12, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Afghanistan. According to pro-government sources, the Afghan National Army and its allies have carried out a series of successful operations against the Taliban in the southern part of the country.

Military Situation In Afghanistan On December 12, 2018 (Map Update)

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13:39

France: Strasbourg jihad mass murderer was radicalized in practice of Islam, but cops still searching for motive "IndyWatch Feed War"

The terrorist motivation of the act, as we speak, is not yet established, said Laurent Nuez, the deputy interior minister. But Nuez also said this of Strasbourg jihad mass murderer Cherif Chekatt, who is not referred to by name in this article: He had several stays in prison, and it is during those stays that []

13:39

Jamie Glazovs Jihadist Psychopath #1 Amazon New Release in Islam Category "IndyWatch Feed War"

We are excited to announce that Jamie Glazovs new book, Jihadist Psychopath: How He Is Charming, Seducing, and Devouring Us, is, at this moment, as indicated in the screen shot on the left, Amazons #1 New Release in the Islam category. To be released on December 18, 2018, Jihadist Psychopath offers a unique perspective on the []

13:30

Stephen E. Arnold: French Replace Google with Qwant #GoogleGestapo Crumbling? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stephen E. Arnold

French Wash Out Google. Recruit Qwant

Last year, we took note when the privacy-centric search engine Qwant, a French and German company, declared its intention to take on Google for internet search dominance. Now, The Sun reports, France Declares War on Google as Military Replaces Search Engine with Untrackable Qwant. Apparently, officials feel their nations very (digital) independence is at risk. Reporter Felix Allen writes:

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13:16

Russian antifascists under attack: urgent fundraiser launched "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian anti-fascists are struggling against a brutal wave of repression which has featured kidnappings, savage beatings, torture and fabricated court cases.  Up to date, eleven antifascists are facing lengthy jail sentences. In response,  a group of activists centred in London and with the shared goal of organising solidarity action and fundraise for the release of the antifascist political prisoners is calling on everybody opposed to racism, xenophobia, fascism and the upsurge of far-right populism sweeping the world to help raise funds in solidarity with Russian comrades. Please donate now at the link below. Solidarity is a weapon.

Originally published by Freedom News.

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The repressions of antifascists in Russia began in Autumn 2017, when six a...

13:13

Syria seizing opponents' property using little-known anti-terrorism law "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Government seizes property from dissidents and their families as it takes back control of rebel areas, rights groups say

13:09

Italian government says its budget will prevent scenes like weve seen in Paris Macrons money give away will put France in EU doghouse on spending with Italy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fiscal restrained in the EU may be dead.

Italian government says its budget will prevent 'scenes like we've seen in Paris'
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (C) with his deputies Luigi Di Maio (L) and Matteo Salvini (R). Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
Frances yellow vest protests have given the Italian government new ammunition in their budget battle with Brussels, as ministers say higher public spending is needed to prevent social unrest.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday that there will be a French problem on top of an Italian one if Frances deficit breaches EU rules after Emmanuel Macron unveiled measures to quell protests.

France will have to increase its deficit and there will be a problem for France, if the rules are the same for everyone, said Di Maio, whose own governments big-spending budget is facing EU disciplinary measures.

And speaking at his rally in Rome on Saturday, Co-Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said the Italian government was taking a very different path to Paris.

Do people in Italy want scenes like weve seen in Paris? No. I want to prevent this, he said.

Yellow vest protesters in Paris. Photo: AFP

Frances yellow vest protesters  have taken aim at French President Emmanuel Macrons liberal economic policies, and have so far forced the French government to pay for an increase in the minimum wage  a potentially costly measure as well as cancel a planned rise in taxes on petrol and diesel.

Italian ministers seized on the anti-government demonstrations rocking Paris as further justification for their peo...

13:07

Short Term Thinking Dooms U.S. Anti-China Strategy "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States issued an arrest warrant against the chief financial officer and heir apparent of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou. At issue is a six years old alleged violation of sanctions against Iran. Mrs. Meng was arrested in Canada. She has...

13:00

Discuss: Kerch Strait and Azov Sea Tensions "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Guardian has a an opinion piece today, titled: The EUs response to Russia must be bold and unanimous. It is written by German politician Norbert Rttgen, head of the Bundestag foreign affairs committeeand it is simply massively dishonest and one-sided. The mainstream narrative on Ukraine has been corrected to death in the alternate media, there is no need to go back over old ground, suffice to say, here are just few of the relevent facts which Mr Rttgen leaves out of his article: The Kerch Strait is incredibly shallow, it has a canal carved into to the sea bed to allow deep-draft ships to pass. Using the canal requires a pilot, and ships can only go in single file. The Ukrainian naval ships ignored these rules. Ships using the Kerch strait are required to give 72 hours notice, due to the narrowness of the passage and the shallowness of the sea. These rules have been in place for years. Ukraine ignored them. There have been calls both inside and outside Ukraine to

12:54

Turkey will start operation east of Euphrates in Syria in a few days, Erdogan says "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey will start an operation east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria in a few days President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, a move that could further complicate relations with the United States.

Turkey will start an operation east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria in a few days President Tayyip Erdogan said. (File/AFP)

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We will start the operation to clear the East of the Euphrates from separatist terrorists in a few days. Our target is never US soldiers, Erdogan said in a speech.

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Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria policy, where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Daesh. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist organisation.

Reuters

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From Daily Sabah

Turkey will carry out a military operation east of the Euphrates River in Syria in a couple of days, and this step will facilitate the countrys political solution, President Recep Tayyip Erdoan said Wednesday.

Speaking at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit held at the Betepe Presidential Palace Complex in capital Ankara, Erdoan said it is time to realize Turkeys decision to dissolve terrorism groupings east of the Euphrates River, referring to areas controlled by the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) terror group in northern and eastern Syria.

We have completed our preparations, Erdoan said.

Erdoan said the operation will target terrorist organizations operating in Syria, adding: Our targets will never be U.S. soldiers.

Turkey shares a 711-kilometer (442-mile) border with Syria and considers the presence of the YPG, the Syrian affiliate of the PKK terrorist group and the dominating force in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), on its southern border a grave threat to its national security.

Almost all the territory in the east of the Euphrates, comprising some one-third of the territory of Syria, except for the Assad regime-controlled area near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour and the Daesh-held area near the Iraqi border, is controlled by the SDF. The SDF also controls the districts of Manbij and Tabqah on the right bank of the river.

The YPG has direct control in northern Syrian border towns of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), Tel Abyad, Ras al-Ain (Sari Kani), Al-Darbasiyah, Amuda and Al-Malikiyah. In northeastern cities of Qamishli and Hassakah, the Assad regime has symbolic control in limited areas in city centers, in addi...

12:45

Clashes Between US-backed Forces And ISIS In Hajin. Coalition Reportedly Carried Out 230 Airstrikes (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clashes are ongoing between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the area of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley. Over the past few days, the SDF has slowed down its advance in the area and it seems that ISIS has stabilized the frontline in the town at least partly.

The ISIS-linked news angency Amaq reported  that the US-led coalition carried out at least 230 airstrikes on positions in the area in the period from December 1 to December 10.

If the situation develops in this direction and the SDF is not going to contribute additional efforts, ISIS may remain in control of the Hajin pocket for another month or even few.

Clashes Between US-backed Forces And ISIS In Hajin. Coalition Reportedly Carried Out 230 Airstrikes (Map Update)

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12:43

Chinas Quit the [Communist] Party movement may be more than 321 million people "IndyWatch Feed War"

When you are an illegitimate regime, you have a problem; and that is fear of your own people.

While the less-than-peaceful rise of communist China and its dream of reshaping the world order have alarmed the world in recent years, a grassroots movement has taken shape that could peacefully disintegrate the Chinese Communist Party, say human-rights experts. Yet this movement has gone unnoticed by many.

By Jennifer Zeng
Epoch Times
December 11, 2018

Now the number of Chinese people who have published declarations with the Tuidang (meaning Quit the Party) movementand thus have renounced all association with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizationshas topped 321 million. Last week, the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party brought together a panel of experts and human rights activists to discuss what the Tuidang movement means to China and the world.

Averting World War III

Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand expert on socialism and contributor to The Epoch Times, spoke to the Dec. 4 forum on Capitol Hill via telephone, saying that out of all the beautiful movements of the world right now, the Tuidang movement is the most important, because the Communist Party in China is the No. 1 threat to global peace.

If people were saying Get out of the Nazi party, Dont join the Nazi party, Abandon the Nazi party, if we had such a movement in those days, we possibly could have avoided WWII, Loudon said.

This is the situation we are in right now. The CCP today is the Nazi party of the 1930s.

The only movement in the world that is trying to stop the CCP is you people. If you can keep on making more and more people desert the party, then we can peacefully avert World War III. We can avert what I think is one of the greatest looming disasters that we face, and that is a global war involving China and its allies against the West.

One of the Greatest Human-Rights Stories

Jeffrey Imm, founder and director of Responsible for Equality and Liberty, noticed that the number of people who have quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations is almost equal to the population of the United States.

Jeffrey Imm, founder and director at R.E.A.L. (Responsible for Equality and Liberty), speaks at the Deteriorating Human Rights and Tuidang Movement in China forum on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2018. (Samira...

12:34

Egypt jails human rights lawyer for possessing five yellow vests "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Mohamed Ramadan posted a Facebook picture of himself with a yellow vest days before his arrest

12:31

Japan, US silent over ending ballistic missile patrols "IndyWatch Feed War"

Both have reason to keep mum as the move would shift the defense burden and alarm Russia and China

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The land-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, interceptor is one of the alternatives being discussed. Photo: AFP/Missile Defense Agency

The land-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, interceptor is one of the alternatives being discussed. Photo: AFP/Missile Defense Agency

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12:30

Tunisia is under threat from a Gulf-backed coup. Will the world let it happen? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The presence of a peaceful Islamist movement in Tunisia is a thorn in the side of the dictatorships in the Gulf and Egypt, who seek to end the country's fragile experiment with democracy

12:25

Note from America: Christmas Has Become Yet Another Trigger Word "IndyWatch Feed War"

Opt for kindness over curtness, and civility over censorship. Choose peace over politics, and freedom over fascism. Find common ground with those whose politics or opinions or lifestyles may not jive with your own.

12:23

President Trump still has an opportunity to challenge the military spending status quo "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Dec. 3, President Trump tweeted a statement that got defense hawks in Washington incredibly nervous.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I am certain that, at some time in the future, President Xi and I, together with President Putin of Russia, will start talking about a meaningful halt to what has become a major and uncontrollable Arms Race. The U.S. spent 716 Billion Dollars this year. Crazy!

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Apparently, Trump has already changed his mind.

After meeting last week with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the chairmen of the armed services committees, the White House has reversed course. According to Politico, Trump will now propose to Congress a $750 billion military budget for fiscal year 2020, a $50 billion hike f...

12:06

What Terror Group Is As Dangerous and Just as Close as ISIS? "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Illustrative photo: Marti Gatlin/DoD)(Illustrative photo: Marti Gatlin/DoD)

The State Department warned that Hezbollah, an international terror organization originating in Lebanon and a proxy of Iran, is as dangerous and just as close to countries in the Western Hemisphere as ISIS.

The warning came from Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, who was speaking to delegates from 12 nations attending the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial in Washington, D.C.

As Clarion recently reported, Hezbollah is ramping up south of the U.S., as witnessed by the numerous arrests of the groups operative in countries ranging from Bolivia to Peru, where large caches of military equipment and explosives belonging to Hezbollah terror cells have been discovered.

Closer to home, here are three developments concerning the encroachment of Hezbollah in the West:

A Lebanese businessman pleaded guilty in a U.S. court last week to helping finance Hezbollah. Kassim Tajideen, 63, was sanctioned by the U.S Treasury Department in 2009 for supporting the terror group. Tajideen made close to $1 billion in illegal transactions since he was put on the Treasurys list nine years ago.

 

Hezbollah operatives will seek many ways to enter the U.S. Just this week, the...

11:57

UN reports more suspected Iranian missiles found in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

More suspected Iranian-made weapons have been found in Yemen, the UN says in a report that will be discussed Wednesday by the Security Council.

The Gulf monarchies and United States accuse Iran of supporting Huthi rebels in Yemen and see this as justification for the military campaign they have been waging in Yemen since 2015.

Iran supports the rebels politically but denies supplying them with arms.

Iran supports the Huthi rebels in Yemen politically but denies supplying them with arms

Iran supports the Huthi rebels in Yemen politically but denies supplying them with arms Iran supports the Huthi rebels in Yemen politically but denies supplying them with arms AFP

The report from UN Secretary General Antonio G...

11:55

Despite Macron"s TV Mea Culpa, France Set for Showdown "IndyWatch Feed War"

When Macron lectures there is no excuse for violence his words sound trite and hypocritical given the levels of violence that the French state has licensed itself to use.

11:54

WHY MAJOR COUNTRIES ARE SHUNNING THE UN COMPACT ON MIGRATION "IndyWatch Feed War"

KASSAM: WHY MAJOR COUNTRIES ARE SHUNNING THE UN COMPACT ON MIGRATION

4:00 PM 12/04/2018 | OPINION
Raheem Kassam | Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute

What do you do if youre a supranational behemoth with a multi-billion dollar budget coupled with a vast number of subsidiary entities that focus on migration?

If youre the U.N., you publish the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and seek to set up more supranational government entities to duplicate the work youre already doing, at a gargantuan cost to (mostly Western) taxpayers.
The report  a subject of consternation around the world, and wisely nixed by President Trump in 2017 is due to be signed in Marrakech on Dec. 11.
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11:45

Nigerias anti-corruption policy a joke, disaster "IndyWatch Feed War"

PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, Vice presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, on Tuesday, lampooned the anti-corruption policy of the President Mohammadu Buhari-led federal government, saying the country has receded in attempt to frighten and muscle the opposition with anti-graft campaign.

Peter Gregory Obi The Anambra state former governor told the federal government that fight against corruption was not economic policy, and could boomerang when it is fought with intent to be vindictiveness.

Obi spoke at the 3rd South East Economic Summit with the theme, South East Nigeria: An Investment Destination.

Peter Obi

Peter Gregory Obi

He gave an instance that when peoples businesses that employ thousands of people and which render crucial services to the society are shut down in guise that they were established through corrupt means, the nation would lose more than the value of the looted money, if any.

He blamed the nations poverty on over dependence on oil revenue to the detriment of other resources, arguing that oil has become a declining asset which many nations are dumping. Obi gave the example of Venezuela, which he noted has the largest deposit of oil in the world, with 23 million population but is economically a failed nation because it failed to adopt modern economic model like developed countries that run knowledge-based economy.

He said Nigeria in the past three years actually came down from GDP of 520 billion to a GDP of less than 400 million, and that was why I was worried when people say we are doing well fighting corruption is not an economic policy; its a disaster

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President Mohammadu Buhari

The PDP presidential candidate said that South East and South South geopolitical zones of the country have the capacity to change Nigeria economically as they have the regions with the fastest growing cities in the country.

Knowledge economy is the driver of the word today. Nobody is talking about baggage (oil) economy; in our own, its even a diminishing asset.

People are now trying to build vehicles, they dont need petroleum and we are still busy arguing everything, price of oil went up, price of oil went down; when we have talented young men that can change this place if supported, and this is what we need to look at and support them.

Like I always said to people, your country in 2016 had 70 something million poor people and India had 76 million poor people. Within three years...

11:34

U.S. designates Boko Haram, ISIS entities of particular concern "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States has announced the designation of the Boko Haram terrorist group as an entity of particular concern. The U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in a statement, designated Boko Haram alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaida and al-Shabab.

Boko Haram

Pompeo also designated Saudi Arabia, Iran, Burma, North Korea, among countries of particular concern, while Comoros, Russia, and Uzbekistan were placed on special watch list.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/12/u-s-designates-boko-haram-isis-entities-of-particular-concern/

11:25

The War on Huawei "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Trump administration's conflict with China has little to do with US external imbalances, closed Chinese markets, or even Chinas alleged theft of intellectual property. It has everything to do with containing China by limiting its access to foreign markets, advanced technologies, global banking services, and perhaps even US universities.

11:22

Philippines Shame and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

Seventy years ago last Monday, on Dec. 10, 1948, the Philippines was one of the first 48 nations to sign what would become the worlds most translated document: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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It contains perhaps the most resonant and beautiful words of any international agreement, that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, said former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein.

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These economic, social, political, cultural and civic rights are inalienable entitlements of all people, at all times, and in all places, he added.

Those were the heady days. The human rights situation in the world today, alas, runs in the opposite direction, with the very notion itself under attack, and democracy in retreat in many parts of the globe.

Editorial

Who knew the Philippines, once a beacon of the freedom struggle in Asia and a charter supporter of the UDHR, would end up where it is now with a President who looks at the idea of human rights with outright hostility, and has responded to any criticism of his worldview and governance with threats of violence and repression?

As late as October this year, President Duterte was still at it, spewing venom against human rights defenders both here and abroad.

If his foreign critics were in the country, he said, he would have them salvaged the Marcos-era term for summary killings.

How the President said it in the vernacular was even more unsettling: Pakabugok nitong mga put*ng in*ng to oy. Patawarin sana sila ng Kaya kung dito yan sa Pilipinas, sinalvage ko na yan. Anak ng p*ta.

The fact that the countrys Commission on Human Rights is an office established by the 1987 Constitution, reflecting the sovereign importance the Constitution places on the protection and preservation of...

11:13

Philippines: Exiled Communist Party Leader says President Duterte To Blame for No Peace talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Joma Sison said President Dutertes Executive Order No. 70 was another stumbling block in the possible reopening of the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

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Jose Maria Joma Sison

EO 70 is one more presidential issuance to terminate and prevent the resumption of peace talks at the appropriate national level between authorized representatives of the GRP (government) and NDFP, Sison said in a statement from his base in Utrecht, The Netherlands on Wednesday.

Under the EO, which was signed on Dec. 4, Duterte directed the adoption of a national peace framework and institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to attain inclusive and sustainable peace in the country to supposedly address the root causes of the armed conflict.

Sison added: It is in line with the anti-peace Proclamations 360 and 374, Memorandum Order 32, the arrest of NDFP peace consultants and the deployment of Duterte death squads in both urban and rural areas against suspected revolutionaries and critics of and opposition to the
tyrannical and corrupt Duterte regime.

On Nov. 23 last year, President Duterte signed Proclamation No. 360 that terminated the peace talks with NDFP.

The President accused the CPP of insincerity and denounced its armed wing, the New Peoples Army for its continued attacks on government forces that also victimized civilians.

Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1062444/executive-order-70-another-duterte-anti-peace-move-joma#ixzz5ZSlqes1S
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11:00

Live Now. Pay Later "IndyWatch Feed War"

REPORT: Average U.S. credit card debt surges 5% from last year

11:00

THE SEMI-LATEST FROM RUSSIA ON TUNGUSKA, FROM 2004 "IndyWatch Feed War"

If you're one of those fascinated by the Tunguska event like I am, then this story will definitely arch your eyebrows. And even if []

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11:00

TIDBIT: AND SPEAKING OF OUMUAMUA "IndyWatch Feed War"

...Mr. T.M. found this one: Radio Search for Artificial Emissions from 'Oumuamua

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10:57

Zionist Terror "IndyWatch Feed War"


In the Dead of Night, By Brute Force 

IDF Raids in West Bank Show How Occupation Becomes Routine 


Theres barely a Palestinian family that isnt familiar with this practice. Israelis dont get abducted from their homes. This is a feature of the apartheid system

10:55

The Noose Tightens Around the EU"s Neck "IndyWatch Feed War"

The depth of French anger at the neoliberal globalist policies of President Emmanuel Macron has finally been heard.

10:52

Anathema A #Philadelphia Anarchist Periodical: Volume 4 Issue 11 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anathema: A Philadelphia Anarchist Periodical. Volume 4, Issue 11, December 2018.

Originally published by Anathema.

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Volume 4 Issue 11

n this issue:

  • Cash Bail
  • Yellow Vests From Afar
  • Brosnan Security In Chico
  • Welcome To The Future
  • Revolutionary Letter #18
  • On Splitting
  • N17 Report
  • Black December
  • Phones & Security Culture

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How Egypt became hot spot for Chinese firms in wake of US trade war "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Cheap labour, US-China tensions and controversial tax-free access to the US market increasingly draw garment manufacturers and buyers to Egypt

10:45

Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas is free after seven months in custody "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Wael Abbas had been held at the infamous Tora prison since May on charges of 'spreading false news'

10:30

THATS A RUSSIAN! "IndyWatch Feed War"

THATS A RUSSIAN: Everyone is a Russian bot who dares question the state

By: Karl Friedrich-Israel
Last September a very informative paper was published by the neoconservative Atlantic Council. In connection with this institution are such important public figures as Collin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Henry Kissinger. The paper, written by John T. Watts, summarizes the main conclusions drawn at this years Sovereign Challenges Conference in Washington, DC. The text allows for a deep look into some of the minds of the American elite and their allies. Its reading is therefore highly recommended. The inclined reader, however, should sometimes overlook empty phrases and distracting rhetoric to get to the heart of the matter.
At its core, its about maintaining power. According to Watts, the big problem is disinformation, which is disseminated through new and alternative media. It...

10:26

Yachts, fast cars and Instagram: Iran's rich kids enrage sanctions-hit citizens "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The 'good genes' and their ilk are nothing new, but as sanctions take their toll, Iranians struggle with outrageous displays of wealth

10:02

New episode of the Guillotine: #YellowVests Protests and the Cyntoia Brown Case "IndyWatch Feed War"

New episode of the Guillotine podcast. Episode 24 is about the Yellow Vests movement and the Cyntoia Brown Case. Hosted by a Marxist Red Spectre and an Anarchist Swamp Wizard

Originally published by The Guillotine.

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.

Since people are asking. Heres the most recent address for #CyntoiaBrown that I have.

Cyntoia Brown

#410593

Tennessee Prison for Women

2 North, B49

3881 Stewarts Lane

Nashville, TN 37218-3302

WRITE A LETTER SUPPORTING CYNTOIAS BID FOR CLEMENCY AND MAKE 2 COPIES. MAIL ONE COPY EACH TO:

The Honorable Bill Haslam

Governor of Tennessee

State Capitol, 1st Floor

600 Charlotte Ave

Nashville, TN 37243

Transition Music: Lurch by No Thanks

Outro Music: All Your Bases by Sole

The Nashville tattoo artist who created our logo can be found here: https://www.brimsytattoos.com

Channel Zero Network can be found here:...

10:00

Honest debate needed about legacy of israels (apartheid state) expulsion of the Palestinians Ken Livingstone "IndyWatch Feed War"

Honest debate needed about legacy of Israels expulsion of the Palestinians Ken Livingstone Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa  Reuters Having fought to get a deal between the IRA and Britain for over a decade before that was achieved, I cant see any difference with the current situation in between Israelis and Palestinians in []

09:55

Multipolar World Order in the Making: Qatar Dumps OPEC "IndyWatch Feed War"

Qatars decision is unconnected to the feud triggered by Saudi Arabia against the small emirate. However, it is evident that a host of factors has led to this historic decision.

09:51

Jewish Israeli Fascist Demands Genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

Senior Israeli Lawmaker Calls for Killing All Palestinians, Because they are just Nazis Anyhow

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said that the number [of peaceful Palestinian protesters] killed does not mean anything because they are just Nazis anyhow.

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09:48

Indian PM Modis BJP loses key state elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

BJP suffers embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its stronghold just months before national elections. AFP
BJP suffers embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its stronghold just months before national elections. AFP

Voting in the three states was spread over the past two weeks.

The setback to Modis Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to revive the political fortunes of the Congress party under Rahul Gandhi, who took over as party president from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, a year ago.

Indias national elections are due by April.

AFP

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09:46

US Switching to Ukraine as Location to Start World War III Against Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Switching to Ukraine as Location to Start World War III Against Russia Eric ZUESSE The United States Government is now treating Ukraine as if it were a NATO member, and on September 27th donated to Ukraine two warships for use against Russia. This is the latest indication that the US is switching to Ukraine as the []

09:34

The Punishing Truth About Donald Trumps Policies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Source Before long the world will act typically numb when President Donald Trump announces a hit on a prominent public figure via his Twitter account. The American administrations of the past few decades have already made an art out of the mafia-like military and economic sanctions on people from Kiev to Kandahar, so its only []

09:33

Beto ORourke narrowly tops wide-open MoveOn 2020 presidential straw poll; Biden is runner-up "IndyWatch Feed War"

The progressive group had backed Bernie Sanders in 2016 over Hillary Clinton.

Image: U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), candidate for U.S. Senate speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in El Paso

Rep. Beto ORourke, D-Texas, then a candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in El Paso on Nov. 5.Mike Segar / Reuters

Dec. 11, 2018 / 11:21 AM EST / Updated Dec. 11, 2018 / 11:26 AM EST
By Alex Seitz-Wald

An early straw poll of members of the progressive group MoveOn.org shows a wide-open competition for liberal voters in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, with Rep. Beto ORourke narrowly beating out former Vice President Joe Biden.

The poll, obtained by NBC News, shows a plurality of respondents 29 percent either said they did not yet know whom they would support or wanted someone else not listed among the groups more than 30 potential candidate choices.

The most popular potential candidate was ORourke, D-Texas, who was selected by 15.6 percent of respondents, followed by Biden at 14.9 percent, and then Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with 13.1 percent.

It...

09:33

Paul Craig Roberts 309 "IndyWatch Feed War"

9/11: The Evidence

9/11: The Evidence
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09:30

U.S. Congress pushes legislation to sanction Hamas and Hezbollah for using human shields "IndyWatch Feed War"

Legislation calls for sanctions on both terror organizations as repeated practitioners of action that violates international law

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The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that would target for sanctions Hezbollah and Hamas for using civilians as human shields, guaranteeing that it will become law.

This critical and timely legislation mandates new sanctions against Hamas, Hezbollah and foreign state agencies that use civilians as human shields or provide support to those doing so, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said in a statement Tuesday after the House passed the bill. The Senate passed the measure in October.

IDF footage of unearthed Hezbollah attack tunnel on the northern border (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF footage of unearthed Hezbollah attack tunnel on the northern border (Israel Defense Forces)

The bill castigates Hezbollah, a terrorist Lebanese militia backed by Iran, and Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group controlling the Gaza Strip, as repeated practitioners of an action that violates international law. It notes reports that Hezbollah is concealing missiles in villages in Lebanon and that Hamas routinely launches missiles at Israel from densely populated areas.

The bill, which had bipartisan backing, now goes to US President Donald Trump for his signature.

Israel last week launched a military operation to find attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah under the border with Israel. Operation Northern Shield has so far uncovered three such tunnels, one of which originated in the Lebanese village of Kafr Kila and another in the village of Ramiyeh.

The army has also said it is aware of the existence of other tunnels, but has yet to fully expose them.

Israel has accused Hamas, which is sworn to destroy the Jewish state, of fighting from within civilian areas and storing munitions under residential buildings.

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09:25

Child dies of wounds after being injured during Gaza protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Four-year-old Palestinian boy dies after his uncle said he was injured by shrapnel when his father was shot by Israeli forces on Friday

09:19

West Bank: Settler (jewish terrorists) posters call for Palestinian president killing "IndyWatch Feed War"

West Bank: Settler Posters Call for Palestinian President Killing Notices posted by Jewish settlers feature Mahmoud Abbas in the crosshairs and labelled a supporter of terrorists. Settlers put up posters calling for the assassination of President Abbas reading kill the financier of terror [Al Jazeera] Hardline Jewish settlers have hung posters of Palestinian Authority President []

09:11

UK: Theresa May to face leadership Coup Vote of no confidence "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership later on Wednesday. EPA photo

Tory rebels secure 48 names needed to trigger confidence vote against prime minister

By George Parker

Theresa May is facing a dramatic vote of confidence in her leadership on Wednesday evening, after Eurosceptic MPs launched a coup against the prime minister to try to seize control of the final stages of Brexit. .

Tory rebels have secured the 48 names needed to trigger a confidence vote and Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 committee, has announced it will take place between 6pm-10pm on Wednesday.

Mrs May is expected to fight for her job, but support has been draining away from the prime minister since Monday when she abandoned a planned vote in the House of Commons on her Brexit plan.

If Mrs May fails to secure 158 votes a majority of Tory MPs she will be forced to stand down and a full Tory leadership contest would take place.

https://www.ft.com/content/59508ea2-fde2-11e8-aebf-99e208d3e521

See also: The BBC

Theresa May to face vote of no confidence from Tory MPs

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-46535739

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UK prime minister to face no-confidence vote as Brexit hangs in the balance

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09:06

The Movement to Suppress and Impoverish Critics of israel (apartheid state) is Racist "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Paul Larudee Marc Lamont Hill, Tim Anderson, Steven Salaita, Rabab Abdulhadi, Hatem Bazian, Ahlam Muhtasib, Norman Finkelstein and other academics have all been targets of the movement to silence their criticisms of Israel and their defense of Palestinians. This includes threats and legal actions to try to deny them employment, in violation of their []

09:05

From wars to Duterte: Philippine journalist holds the line "IndyWatch Feed War"

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who was named this week as a Time magazine Person of the Year, has extensive experience in conflict zones, but is now fighting a war to fend off government moves to put her behind bars.

Hours after meeting bail Tuesday on fresh tax fraud charges that the 55-year-old insists are manufactured, Ressa was named to the prestigious award.

The accolade, also given to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, imprisoned Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, including five members killed in a June shooting, highlighted those taking great risks in pursuit of greater truth, Times chief editor said.

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08:53

Whats immoral about caring for Americas poor first? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Congressional Dems are butting heads with President Trump over his demand for $5 billion to continue building a wall along the southern border. Likely incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vows she wont spend one dollar for a wall and calls the idea immoral.

Not building the wall is whats truly immoral. Allowing poor migrants to flood across the southern border forces taxpayers to toil longer and pay more taxes to feed and house them, accommodate their children in public schools and pay for their medical care.

By Betsy McCaughey
Opinion
New York Post

Americans are already maxed out caring for our own needy, including the homeless sprawled on city streets. This nation has some 40 million people in poverty, one out of every eight people and one of every six children. Thats far higher than the share of people living in poverty in Canada or the UK.

Our country doesnt need to import more poverty.

For the same reason, Trump is proposing that only legal immigrants who can support themselves without government handouts be granted green cards.

Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted Trumps proposal as un-American. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the plan is ugly, it is cruel.

Really? Why should Americans be compelled to provide a safety net for throngs pressing to get into the country?

Milton Friedman warned two decades ago that America can have open borders or a generous welfare system but not both. Open borders boost a growing economy by providing a source of labor. But that works only so long as immigrants are barred from government benefits.

Trump is tightening regulations under a longstanding law, on the books since 1882, that bars immigrants likely to need government benefits from obtainin...

08:44

Pressure builds on Yemens warring parties as peace talks focus on port "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yemens warring parties are being pressed to agree thorny confidence-building measures, including the status of a strategic Red Sea port, in consultations on Wednesday before the close of the first U.N.-led peace talks in two years.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due to attend final talks in Sweden on Thursday to support his envoys efforts and meet delegates from the Iran-aligned Houthi group and the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Ambassadors from countries that are permanent members of the Security Council China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States joined talks with delegation heads on Tuesday, sources said.

Western nations, some of which supply arms and intelligence to the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, want an end to nearly four years of war that have killed tens of thousands of people and pushed millions to the brink of famine.

Hodeidah port, Yemen The area could be put under the control of a joint committee and supervised by the United Nations. (File/AFP)

President Donald Trump told Reuters on Tuesday he could abide by legislation being considered by the Senate to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war effort following outrage over the Oct. 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdoms Istanbul consulate.

I hate to see whats going on in Yemen, Trump said. But it takes two to tango. Id want to see Iran pull out of Yemen too. Because and I think they will.

The nearly four-year-old conflict is largely seen in the Middle East as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and its rival, Shiite Muslim Iran, which has welcomed the peace efforts.

The Western-backed Sunni Muslim Arab coalition intervened in the civil war to restore Hadis government which was ousted from the capital Sanaa in 2014 by the Houthis, who now control most population centers, including the Red Sea city of Hodeidah.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS

U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths, trying to avert a full-scale assault on Hodeidah, where coalition forces have massed on the outskirts, is asking both sides to withdraw from the city.

His proposal envisions an interim entity be formed to run the city and port, and international monitors deployed.

Both sides agree to a U.N. role in the port, the entry point for most of Yemens commercial imports and vital aid, but differ on who should run the city. The Houthis want Hodeidah declared a neutral zone while Hadis governmen...

08:38

3 in 5 Filipinos believe US will defend Philippines in a crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Three in five Filipinos believe that the United States defense commitment to the Philippines is strong, according to a Social Weather Stations survey released Wednesday.

The survey found that 61 percent (31 percent strongly believe, 30 percent somewhat believe) believe the Philippines long-time ally will defend the country, 9 percent said they do not believe to such commitment while 30 percent were undecided.

The poll also showed that 47 percent of those who believe in Washingtons commitment to Manila have been previously aware of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the two countries. The remaining 53 percent only learned about the agreement when the survey was conducted.

Among those already aware of the MDT, 80 percent said they believe the US will defend the Philippines if there was an invasion.

Awareness of Mutual Defense Treaty

Metro Manila recorded the highest number of those previously aware of the MDT with 58 percent, followed by balance Luzon with 53 percent, Visayas at 41 percent and Mindanao at 31 percent.

In urban areas, 55 percent were aware of the treaty while 38 percent were aware in rural areas.

Among socioeconomic classes, 51 percent of class ABC were aware of the MDT while class D and class E...

08:23

BBC again passes up on Palestinian affairs reporting "IndyWatch Feed War"

When, on October 23rd, the BBC News website recycled an NGOs report about torture carried out by Palestinian forces we observed that:

While it is obviously refreshing to see this issue getting some exposure on the BBCs website [] it is nevertheless notable that this is not a report by the BBC informing its funding public about the serious topic of torture conducted by Palestinian factions but the recycling of a report by an external organisation.

And so, BBC audiences still await serious, original BBC reporting on this issue as well as on other aspects of internal Palestinian affairs.

Since that article was published the opportunity for the BBCs locally based reporters to produce just such original reporting has arisen.

A Palestinian court on Thursday extended the detention of a hunger-striking Palestinian-American activist who claims she was tortured in captivity.

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08:00

Morning Prayer for Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Making Love, Not Fear Dominant in Our Lives "IndyWatch Feed War"

The clergy speaks of the spiritual fellowship of the church. Such a fellowship is based on a common belief in God and a common effort to live a spiritual life. We try to get down to the real problems in our lives. We try to open up to each other. We have a real desire to be of service to each other. We try to go deep down into the personal lives of our members. Do I appreciate the deep personal fellowship?

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Meditation for the Day

Love and fear cannot dwell together. By their very natures, they cannot exist side by side. Fear is a very strong force. And therefore a weak and vacillating love can soon be routed by fear. But a strong love, a love that trusts in God, is sure eventually to conquer fear. The only sure way to dispel fear is to have the love of God more and more in your heart and soul.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that love will drive out the fear in my life. I pray that my fear will flee before the power of the love of God.

07:54

Trump-Pelosi brawl sends Congress back to the drawing board on spending "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Trumps threat to shut down the government over border wall money left lawmakers scrambling on Tuesday for a deal to fund the remaining 25 percent of the government before a Dec. 21 deadline.

Weve got ten days. I think something will break between now and then but I could be wrong, said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala. He spoke soon after Trump, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi made it clear in a public feud at the White House that a deal was nowhere in sight.

There are a lot of proposals floating around, Shelby said. A lot of them are just thoughts today.

By Susan Ferrechio
Washington Examiner

Senate Minority Leader Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Pelosi, D-Calif., said they told the president they could agree to extend temporary funding for the Department of Homeland Security until next year, when House Democrats are in the majority. Their only other option was a deal that keeps border security funding at $1.6 billion, which is below the $5 billion Trump wants to complete a wall along the Mexican border.

But Trump told Pelosi and Schumer hed be proud to shut down portions of the government and take the blame if he cant get $5 billion.

During a closed-door lunch with Republicans Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence described the meeting between Trump and the Democrats as memorable. But it also creates a real puzzle for lawmakers who want to figure out a deal over the next 10 days and go home.

Does it cause a wider breach or does it cause some people to go home and say weve got to get this done? Shelby wondered about Trumps open battle with Democrats. Sometimes an impasse brings us together, sometimes it drives us apart.

The impasse leaves Republicans with few options. If no deal emerges, they could pass a temporary spending bill, but there is no guarantee the president would sign it. And if Trump refused to sign it, a supermajority in both Republican-held chambers would be needed to override his veto.

I would think it would be difficult for a Republican majority to override a Republican president and probably unwarranted, Shelby said about that idea.

Republican leaders have always been eager to avoid a shutdown or any threat of one, even if Trump is willing to take the blame.

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07:27

America Is Leading the World to Total Militarization "IndyWatch Feed War"

Arabic media review(Photo: Clarion Project)

What is the Arab media saying about the U.S.? Here is a a round-up of op-eds that appeared in the weeks Arab media:

America Is Leading the World to Total Militarization Arabi 21, Egypt

President Trump is embodying a one-of-a-kind, unprecedented political trend based upon Darwinistic diplomacy. Ever since he was nominated, he revealed his affection for generals and his hate for diplomats. The White House started putting military personnel in every vital and sensitive position. This speaks to pure imperialism and is based on the principle of America First and a strategy of imposing peace by force to guarantee an all-American global regime.

 

George Bush, Sr. the Last of the Great Ones  14 March, Lebanon

In his time, the end of the Soviet Union was officially announced, leaving George Bush, Sr. to deal with one of the most important events of the 20th Century. America was left as the only superpower in the world, and Bush reacted in a very honorable way without gloating about it. This type of upstanding behavior can only be seen in people who are made from the stuff of George Bush, Sr., one of the great American presidents and one of the greatest in the White House.

 

From New York to The Hague, Palestine Is Trying to Foil the American Scheme Alalam, Iran

In a new development in the Palestinian arena, the head of the political branch of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, made a series of successful calls to a number o...

07:04

Take No Prisoners: The Brotherhoods Comeback in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed War"

Supporters of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood's party clash with police after Morsi's ouster (Photo: MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)Supporters of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhoods party clash with police after Morsis ouster (Photo: MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

The Brotherhoods comeback in Egypt can no longer be ignored. Even though the current Egyptian government under President al-Sisi confiscated most of the Muslim Brotherhoods funds they could get their hands on (based on a law passed in 2014) and closed down hundreds of businesses and other institutions run by the Brotherhood, the Brotherhood is staging a comeback.

This assessment was made by a report on the Saudi-owned TV station Al-Arabiya on the program Sinat al-Mawt (Industry of Death),which aired November 16, 2008.

According to the report, the Brotherhood in Egypt is raking in tens of billions, or even a 100 billion annually.*

The reporter went on to say that Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Brotherhood in 1928, initiated the Brotherhoods forays into the economic and financial worlds.  Over the years the Brotherhood founded hundreds of front companies which, in turn, run everything from factories to schools and mosques.

And, in spite of the Egyptian governments efforts to shut down this economic empire, the Brotherhood has been able to continue running their secret economy, according to the report.  This financial empire is managed by Brotherhood members, allies and sympathizers in the U.S. and Europe.

The report stated that much of the Brotherhoods income comes from donations by individuals worldwide, from as far away as China, Eastern Russia and South Africa as well as from the U.S. and Europe as well.  Also much of the zakat (charity) given to mosques sympathetic to the Brotherhood is funneled to the organization as well.

The tiny state of Qatar is the Brotherhoods largest donor.  NATO member Turkey provides ad...

06:18

How Big Brother Grips Americans Minds to Support Invasions "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Eric Zuesse Source On November 29th, Gallup headlined Democrats Lead Surge in Belief US Should Be World Leader and reported that Three-fourths (75%) of Americans today think the United States has a special responsibility to be the leading nation in world affairs, up from 66% in 2010. The surge is driven by Democrats, whose belief in []

06:14

Asian markets perked up by positive China-US trade news "IndyWatch Feed War"

Asian markets enjoyed healthy buying interest Wednesday on much-needed good news on the China-US trade talks, while energy firms rallied with oil prices, though the pound remained beaten down by Brexit woes.

A flurry of positive developments in the tariffs stand-off between the worlds top economies provided some early Christmas cheer on trading floors, fuelling hopes they can avert an all-out trade war.

Canada on Tuesday released on bail Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, whose arrest last week sparked fury in Beijing and worries about a truce agreed at the G20 by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping this month.

Providing some extra support to the news of Mengs release was an interview in which Trump said he could intervene in the case if it helps seal a trade pact with China, adding: Whatevers good for this country, I would do.

China added to market-friendly noise by saying it had agreed to cut tariffs on US autos to 15 percent from 40 percent wiping out a levy imposed earlier this year in response to US measures.

Investors welcomed the headlines despite news China had detained a former Canadian diplomat who served in Beijing fuelling a surge in regional markets.

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06:09

Russian spies launched major cyber attack on Ukraine prior to naval incident "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia paved the way for last Novembers seizure of Ukrainian Navy ships by launching a major cyber attack and disinformation campaign aimed at Ukraine, according to a cyber security firm and the European Union.

06:00

The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canadas New Jews? "IndyWatch Feed War"

How does one explain Canadas contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel? On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canadas commitment not to follow the footsteps of the US Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But there is little worth praising here. Continue reading "The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canadas New Jews?"

The post The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canadas New Jews? appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

06:00

First they came for the socialists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Philip Roddis Its ten to one you read in my title the opener to a much cited quote about Nazi Germany. And two to one that even if you couldnt identify the author, Pastor Martin Niemller, you could give an approximation of how the rest of it goes: I did not speak out because I was not a socialista trade unionista Jew Though anchored in time and place, in history at its darkest, the pastors remorse he was not speaking rhetorically but in penitence points to a truth neither finite nor spatially bound but universal: what goes around comes around. To look the other way as others are cruelly treated is not only cowardly and immoral. It is dangerously myopic. No man, opined one of Englands finest poets, is an island. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. Then they came for the intellectuals Mao targeted these. So, in more distilled and chilling form, did Pol Pot. And long before Hitlers doctors injected the disabled life unworthy of the name with

05:31

Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Federico Pieraccini Source On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. In the incident, the Russian Federation employed Sobol-class patrol boats Izumrud and Don, as  well as two Ka-52, two Su-25 and []

05:11

Israels Crimes against Humanity Will End Just As Haleys Tenure Ended "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Fantina Source The United States, under the bizarre leadership of its unhinged and unstable president, Donald Trump, has finally removed the facade of any semblance of balance in the Palestine-Israel conflict. For decades, the U.S. has supported Israels crimes and allowed them to happen with complete impunity. This, as its spokespeople hypocritically proclaimed []

04:33

Ahmad Saadat: Palestine Will Be Freed by the People, Not the Elites "IndyWatch Feed War"

The following interview with imprisoned Palestinian leftist leader, Ahmad Saadat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was published first in the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto on November 9, 2018. Saadat has been imprisoned in Israeli prison since 2006, when he was seized along with several comrades in a violent...

03:59

Khashoggi murder: Trump reiterates support for Mohammed bin Salman "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Despite CIA assessment linking Jamal Khashoggi's murder to Saudi crown prince, Trump says he stands by Mohammed bin Salman

03:14

Foreign agent Butina has no ties to Russian intel, was jailed for nothing Putin "IndyWatch Feed War"

Facebook / mvbutina RT | December 11, 2018 Maria Butina, a Russian national arrested in the US on charges of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist, has no ties to Russian intelligence services and the whole case against her was thin, President Vladimir Putin has said. This poor girl is jailed faces []

02:49

Budapest is Taking Euro-Atlantic Interests into Account in Ukraine Education Row "IndyWatch Feed War"

A deepening diplomatic row between Ukraine and Hungary is beginning to draw the attention of the US foreign policy establishment. Tensions have increased recently between Kiev and Budapest in connection with a new Ukrainian education law and the issue of dual citizenship for ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine. The main reason why Washington has been paying increasing attention to the debate stems from a Hungarian decision to take the issue to the North-Atlantic Council, and to block all high-level NATO-Ukraine dialogue until the dispute over the education law is resolved.

From Washingtons perspective, Budapest is threatening the strategic interests of the Alliance, namely the goal of bringing Ukraine closer to Euro-Atlantic institutions, for narrow national interests with no relevance to strategic and geopolitical considerations during a time of crisis. Although Washington certainly is correct in considering the significance of Ukraines future geopolitical orientation and, as the leading NATO power with decades of investments in European security, the U.S. has legitimate interests in the region, its still worth taking a more careful view of the Hungarian perspective in this debate.

At the center of Hungarian-Ukrainian tensions is an education law adopted by Ukraine in the fall of 2017, which obliges secondary schools to teach only in the Ukrainian language. The new regulation would seriously harm the rights of ethnic minorities to education in their native language.

In its dispute with Kiev, Hungary is not demanding new rights for ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine or questioning Ukraines sovereignty, but defending existing rights guaranteed by the Ukrainian constitution and by international conventions to which Ukraine is a signatory. From this perspective, Hungary is not only stepping up for its own legitimate interests, but for the predominance of European conventions and for the international obligations of Ukraine, such as the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The issues at stake are thus not narrow-minded Hungarian interests, but the relevance of Euro-Atlantic norms and keeping Ukraine substantively on a Euro-Atlantic path.

Hungary never questioned the sovereign right of Ukraine to take measures for the protection of its state language; rather, it based its criticism along with other countries, such as Romania and Poland on legitimate legal arguments, primarily on the opinion of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. In its legal opinion about the controversial law, the Venice Commission stated:

Criticism seems justified due to a number of reasons Article 7 contains important ambiguities and does not appear to provide the guidance needed from a framework law in the appl...

02:20

NATOs Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 7, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci NEO) The recent Kerch Strait incident marks a new low amid the US-led expansion of NATO eastward. The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating protocol for passing through the Strait protocol previously agreed upon by Kiev []

02:15

The Strategic Approach of Turkey-Venezuela Relations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Caracas (ONT The arrival of Recep Tayyip Erdoan to Venezuela means a new chapter in international relations in a world that reconfigures its maps of political, commercial and financial alliances. Turkey is willing to strengthen economic ties with the Venezuelan State and strongly assumes it in the Binational Business Forum in Caracas.
turkey-venezuela relations maduro erdogn tukrey venezuelaTurkish President Recep Erdogan (L) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

The Turkish president confirmed this with his speech, in which he supported the government of Nicols Maduro against the US sanctions policy and said he saw a great potential in the future Turkish-Venezuelan trade relations, framed in an investment plan of around 4,500 million euros.

In order to bring together the related economic sectors of both countries, especially in the areas of tourism, energy, culture, agriculture, etc., Erdoan and Maduro shake hands to implement a plan that increases the levels of exchange in a Venezuelas momentum, which seeks to mark its own path to avoid the financial blockade and at the same time build geopolitical relations according to the interests of our nation.

The visit of the Turkish president, however, reveals a new scale of relations with Latin America and Venezuela, in which different aspects of current geopolitics intersect, as well as the approaches in which both countries seek to resize their role in the chaotic current international order. In that, we will delve into below.

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Rapid history of a new geopolitical approach

From 2007 onwards, with the strengthening of the AKP ruling party of President Recep Tayyip Erdoan, the Republic of Turkey has been increasing its geopolitical presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, representing a paradigm shift in its role in international relations today.

The young Republic, built after the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire, maintained a relationship marked by pragmatism towards the Western powers in...

01:59

France: Strasbourg jihad murderer Cherif Chekatt was born in the city "IndyWatch Feed War"

Initial reports that he was a migrant were apparently incorrect; this Reuters report says Cherif Chekatt was born in Strasbourg. Now authorities should be asking why and how he learned to hate his native land to the extent that he carried out this jihad attack. But they almost certainly wont. Gunman kills at least two []

01:44

Thats How Israeli Army Became a Joke on Lebanons Border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mohammad Salami December 10, 2018 Since the Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah of storing and developing missiles in residential areas and at civil facilities, Lebanon and the whole world expected a military escalation on the Lebanese-Palestinian border caused by any Israeli mad move. The expectations were substantiated by the Zionist claims about alleged []

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01:33

Bolivia: Extreme Right Shock Troops Escalate Violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Morales condemns criminal and racist acts of the right in Santa Cruz President Evo Morales today condemned the criminal and racist attacks carried out yesterday by groups of shock of the right, which promoted the attack of the Electoral Departmental Court (TDE) of Santa Cruz and two other state entities, which resulted in destruction...

01:20

How the American Left Failed Brazil "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brian Mier, Sean T. Mitchell, and Bryan Pitts Why did the US left media bash a successful democratic socialist party during a right wing coup? On November 29, 2018, the socialist magazine and news site Jacobin co-sponsored a public interview with Fernando Haddad, the 2018 presidential candidate of Brazils Workers Party (PT). The former So...

01:11

Do You Know You Are A Wage Slave? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The majority of people in the United States are in a position of wage slavery, in which they depend on their boss for the ability to survive, but it has been so normalized that many do not question this arrangement. We bring back an interview with John Curl, author of "For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements and Communalism in America." He writes about the long history, that isn't often taught, of people who created cooperative structures to counter the power of industry and finance. Cooperative movements often parallel social movements. We discuss why this matters today.

01:00

Dilma Rousseff on Challenges for 2019: Institutional Struggle is Not Enough "IndyWatch Feed War"

Leonardo Fernandes Since the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, a new scenario has been unfolding for peoples struggles in Brazil. As the far-right rises in the country, progressive forces need to reorganize and find common values to stop the setbacks. That is what ex-president Dilma Rousseff envisions for the political scenario emerging in 2019. The...

01:00

CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair "IndyWatch Feed War"

Larry Chin Should William Barr serve as the highest law enforcement official of the country? For a presidential administration whose mandate was the eradication of corruption, the draining of the swamp, and the restoration of law? With the nomination of William Barr for attorney general, that is what President Donald Trump wants American citizens and the...

00:59

Full Extent of Russian Meddling on Google in 2016? $4,700 Spent on Ads "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 11.12.2018 Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the full extent of so-called Russian meddling activity that took place on the platform during all of 2016 was $4,700 spent on some digital advertisements. Does Google now know the full extent to which its online platforms were exploited by Russian actors in the election two []

00:27

France: Strasbourg Christmas market jihad mass murderer is Muslim named Cherif Chekatt "IndyWatch Feed War"

UPDATE: Reuters reports that Chekatt was born in Strasbourg. - Watch in the coming days for the handwringing establishment media stories about how the local mosque in Strasbourg fears a backlash, and that Muslims are the real victims of jihad terror attacks. The assassin of Strasbourg is Cherif Chekatt, 29 years old and registered by []

00:18

Canada grants bail to Huawei chief sought by US for alleged Iran sanctions breach "IndyWatch Feed War"

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00:14

Strasbourg terrorist known as security risk, cop says so many people, you cant keep meaningful surveillance "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Islamic State (ISIS) years ago announced its intention to mount so many jihad attacks that Western law enforcement and intelligence agencies would not be able to keep up with them all, and would collapse. Theyre well on their way to attaining their goal. Inevitable threat? Strasbourg gunman was on terror watch list, had grenades []

Tuesday, 11 December

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And now, a message from our Neocon crazies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Note: I just saw this in Commentary Magazine online.  It is too good to pass.  I have to share that with you. And just for funzies, I bolded out the

23:17

France: Strasbourg on lockdown, 4 dead, manhunt for terrorist on security threat list, grenade found in his home "IndyWatch Feed War"

The death toll is now four. Given the fact that virtually all of the security threats in France are jihad-related, this is very likely to have been a jihad attack. Strasbourg shooting: Two dead, several injured in attack at Christmas market latest news, by Henry Samuel, David Chazan, and Victoria Ward, Telegraph, December 11, []

23:16

Egypt bans yellow vests fearing copycat Gilets Jaunes protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | December 11, 2018 The Egyptian authorities have quietly clamped down on the sales of reflective yellow vests fearing that they could prompt copycat protests inspired by the Gilets Jaunes demonstrations taking place in France. The measure was taken as a precaution as Egypt approaches the seventh anniversary next month of the revolution that []

23:14

Up to 250,000 Syrian refugees may return home in 2019: UNHCR "IndyWatch Feed War"

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UN refugee agency forecasts that 250,000 Syrian refugees may return next year, but a litany of issues have to be resolved before then

23:13

Biological Annihilation: A Planet in Loss Mode "IndyWatch Feed War"

Subhankar Banerjee If youve been paying attention to whats happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, youve likely heard the term the Sixth Extinction. If not, look it up.  After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert, has already gotten a Pulitzer Prize for writing a book with that title....

23:02

Argentine Court: Ex-Ford Execs Guilty of Kidnapping, Torture During Dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed War"

Telesur | December 11, 2018 The Federal Oral Court of San Martn ruled that ex-directors of the Ford multinational Pedro Mller and Hector Sibila were found guilty in connections with the kidnapping and torture of workers at the plant that the carmaker had in General Pacheco city during the last military dictatorship. It is the []

22:46

The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canadas New Jews? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Justin Trudeau speaking in front of a packed crowd at the Humanities Theatre at the University of Waterloo in March 2006. (Mohammad Jangda)

22:45

Jewish temple activists set up altar for animal sacrifice in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Information Center December 11, 2018 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM Jewish activists, who hope to see the temple mount built in place of the Aqsa Mosque, unveiled a new altar in Occupied Jerusalem Monday, which they say is intended to be placed in the future on the mount after removing the Mosque and used to []

22:40

CIDI Durft Niet te Discussiren over Zionistische Terreur "IndyWatch Feed War"

Op de CIDI twitter site laat de CIJO-propagandist Hidde J. van Koningsveld weten:


22:37

Militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham threatens to execute Syrian journalist Amjed al-Maleh "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Syrian militant group is threatening to execute journalist and media activist Amjed al-Maleh. (Zaman al-Wasl)

Beirut, December 11, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about the fate of Syrian journalist Amjed al-Maleh. According to news reports, Syrian militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham threatened to execute al-Maleh, a Syrian freelance journalist and media activist from the southwestern Syrian city of Madaya whom the group had been holding captive for nearly a year.

22:29

France: Gunman known to police murders two, injures eleven at Christmas market "IndyWatch Feed War"

This may not be a jihad attack, but jihadis like to target Christmas markets for their symbolic value as celebrations of Christianity. Suspected gunman identified with manhunt underway after French Christmas market attack, by Clark Mindock and Clmence Michallon, Independent, December 11, 2018: At least one person has been killed and a number of others []

22:23

At least one dead and several injured in Strasbourg shooting, police say "IndyWatch Feed War"

At least one person was killed and six others injured in a shooting at a Christmas market in central Strasbourg on Tuesday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman had been identified and was on the run.

Shooting in central Strasbourg. Please stay at home until the situation has been clarified, deputy mayor Alain Fontanel said in a tweet.

The interior ministry called on the public to remain indoors amid a serious security event in the city centre while local authorities in the Grand-Est and Bas-Rhin region tweeted for the public to avoid the area of the police station, located close to the citys Christmas market.

Reporting from Strasbourg, FRANCE 24s Catherine Bennett said people in restaurants were told to shelter in place and remain quiet.

Police in Strasbourg. 11 Dec 2018

One person has been killed and 10 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, police say. Reuters photo

The European parliament, which was holding its plenary session before the winter holidays, also went on lockdown, with MEPs told to stay inside.

The shooter started near Place Klber and advanced toward the GrandRue, one of the citys main shopping streets,said Bennett.

There were gun shots and people running everywhere, one local shopkeeper told BFM TV. It lasted about 10 minutes.

A source at the prosecutors office said the motive behind the shooting was not immediately clear and that an investigation was under way to see if it was terrorism-related.

Solidarity and support for the people of Strasbourg, French Ecology Minister Franois de Rugy tweeted. Our support too for the security forces. We are united and determined to protect the French people.

French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a meeting with parliamentarians at the lyse Palace following the events in Strasbourg and dispatched Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to the scene, the lyse said in a statement.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

See also the report from the BBC:

Strasbourg shooting: One dead, 10 wounded and gunman at large

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-...

22:11

Pt.4: Gilet Jaunes/Yellow Vests: Jupiter Buys Time As the EU Watches "IndyWatch Feed War"

The last installment, for now.


The EU Watches
EU economics affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Tuesday said Brussels will keep close watch over France's new spending plans, a day after President Emmanuel Macron unveiled new measures to quell violent protests.

"The European Commission will closely monitor the impact of the announcements made by President Macron on the French deficit and any financing arrangements," Moscovici told AFP.

From Sans Culottes to Gilets Jaunes: Macrons Marie Antoinette Moment

Translated from a French article 

Keep in mind Macron is just another banker and basically a technocrat.

Sign of the Times?
"He and his ministers failed to read what Frances citizens know quite well. From the outset, a clear majority of the French supported the Yellow Vests. In Revolution, the plainly titled book he...

22:02

Seeking protection for the Palestinians at the UN empowers the criminals "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ramona Wadi | MEMO | December 11, 2018 The debate on whether Palestinians should be granted international protection continues. Adalahs November 2018 Report to the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 Protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories says that, since Israel failed to exercise its criminal jurisdiction over those responsible for the []

21:59

Israels Netanyahu warns Hezbollah of unimaginable blows if anti-tunnel operation attacked "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netanyahu tours the tense northern border as a third attack tunnel is uncovered and and vows that Israel will continue to act until the threat is completely removed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) tours the northern border to see IDF operations to uncover the Hezbollah attack tunnels on December 11, 2018 (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) tours the northern border to see IDF operations to uncover the Hezbollah attack tunnels on December 11, 2018 (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned the Hezbollah terror group that it would face an unimaginable response if it tried to interfere with the Israeli militarys efforts to uncover and destroy what it says is a network of cross-border tunnels snaking into the country from Lebanon.

Netanyahu made the threat while touring the northern border, where troops have been working since last week to find the attack tunnels and render them unusable.

If Hezbollah makes the mistake, and decides, in any way, to attack us or to oppose our operation, they will be hit with unimaginable blows, Netanyahu vowed, as the army said it uncovered a third Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnel that penetrated Israeli territory from southern Lebanon.

The army said it had drilled into the passage and planted explosives inside it to ensure it cannot be used.

...

21:40

Military Situation In Nihm Area In Yemens Sanaa Governorate (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a close look at the military situation in the Nihm area In Yemens Sanaa Governorate.

Military Situation In Nihm Area In Yemen's Sana'a Governorate (Map Update)

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The post Military Situation In Nihm Area In Yemens Sanaa Governorate (Map Update) appeared first on .

21:33

Brave Poroshenko the Worse It Is for Him, the More Dangerous He Is For Others "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with https://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-brave-poroshenko-the-worse-it-is-for-him-the-more-dangerous-he-is-for-others/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20181211/1022049102.html In recent days, in connection with the frank violation by Poroshenkos regime of all

21:25

Tsipras Has Betrayed the Greek People "IndyWatch Feed War"

Alexis Tsipras Failed Attempt at Democratic Socialism


The prime minister who lost his bluff with international creditors in 2015 is now striking another radical pose by giving holidays to assassins, writes John Kiriakou. 

Tsipras Has Betrayed the Greek People
...

20:55

Rick Perry urges Iraq to work with US firms as Iran sanctions waiver nears end "IndyWatch Feed War"

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US energy secretary says Iraq should partner with US companies to become energy independent during visit to Baghdad

20:53

More than 3,000 illegals caught in one day: DHS "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. border is under siege

The government snared more than 3,000 illegal immigrants in just one day last week, the administrations top border official told Congress on Tuesday, saying the situation qualifies as a full-blown crisis.

Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said more than 1,100 of those caught either jumping the border or trying to come through a border crossing without permission were children, either traveling alone or with parents, and forced on the treacherous journey.

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He said the 3,029 people caught on Dec. 3 was the highest total in years, and said at the rate illegal immigration across the border is running right now, the numbers of families and children could be double the record rate recorded last year.

It is indeed both a border security and a humanitarian crisis, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

His testimony came as Congress is debating President Trumps request for billions of dollars in new money for border security chiefly for a major chunk of his planned border wall.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/11/more-3000-illegals-caught-one-day-dhs/

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20:51

The U.S. Governments Plan Is to Conquer Russia by a Surprise Invasion "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog The following combination of articles explains and they link to conclusive evidence proving that the United States Government is actually designing

20:46

UK: Muslim who attacked cops while screaming Allahu akbar told family to struggle against the enemies of Allah "IndyWatch Feed War"

In his suicide note which he left on his sisters laptop on the night, Chowdhury wrote: Tell everyone I love them and that they should struggle against the enemies of Allah with their lives and their property. Indeed, those who have believed and emigrated and fought with their wealth and lives in the cause of []

20:12

Trump, Pelosi, Schumer have extraordinary exchange over border wall "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

President Trump Tuesday sparred with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over the presidents demand to fund a border wall, threatening a government shutdown if he does not get the money he has requested.

Watch the exchange in the video above.

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20:01

So viel kostet die USA der Anti-Terror-Krieg "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pentagon Building, Pentagon, 9/11 U.S. Dep. of Defense 

Reparatur des Pentagon-Gebudes, Sitz des US-Verteidigungsministeriums, nach den 9/11-Anschlgen.

So viel kostet die USA der Anti-Terror-Krieg mindestens

Daniela Gschweng / 11. Dez 2018 - Das US-Verteidigungsministerium weiss nicht, wo sein Geld hingeht, ein Forschungsinstitut aber, was der Anti-Terror-Krieg kostet.
Das US-Verteidigungsministerium hat sich ein Audit verordnet. Und ist krachend gescheitert. Wir haben nie erwartet, dass wir die Prfung bestehen, sagte der stellvertretende Verteidigungsminister Patrick Shanahan Reportern im Pentagon ber das Audit, das fast ein Jahr gedauert hat. Die gesetzliche Anforderung dafr gab es seit 1990, ein umfassendes Audit des gesamten Department of Defense (DoD) wurde jedoch immer wieder verschoben nicht zuletzt mit dem Argument, eine solche berprfung sei wegen der Grsse und Komplexitt des Ministeriums gar nicht mglich.
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19:54

Emergency briefing of the head of Donetsk Peoples Republic Militia Basurin on the situation on 10.12.2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front December 11, 2018 I would like to make the following statement. Our intelligence obtained irrefutable evidence about the Armed Forces of Ukraine AFU preparation to attack us at the direction of Mariupol. The information obtained from reliable sources fully reveals the plans of the Ukrainian security forces. The purpose of this planned attack []

19:48

All smoke and mirrors: Yellow Vest protesters reject crumbs offered by Macron "IndyWatch Feed War"

Placating the disruptive protests that have rattled France was always going to be a hard sell for embattled President Emmanuel Macron. His long-awaited concessions on Monday left most protesters dissatisfied and the broader public on the fence.

In a solemn address to the nation on Monday, Macron sought to reassert control over a country wracked by four weeks of increasingly violent protests over fuel costs and an array of other grievances. His pitch included immediate relief measures aimed at struggling workers and pensioners, along with a rare act of contrition from a president often criticised as being out of touch.

Whether Macrons compromises will turn public opinion against the protest movement remains to be seen. But at roadblocks across France, Yellow Vest activists responded with defiance on Monday night, variously describing the presidents concessions as a charade, a bluff or a drop in the ocean and vowing to press on with their protests.

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Many expressed dismay that a president so prone to delivering lengthy speeches on the virtues of globalisation and European integration should after two weeks of deafening silence spare a mere 13 minutes to address the worst domestic crisis of his presidency.

Concessions, but no U-turn

Named after the neon safety jackets that are mandatory in all French vehicles, the so-called Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement began as a protest against fuel tax increases and soon mushroomed into a wider revolt against stagnant wages and the high cost of living. Scattered and leaderless, it is strongest in neglected peripheral regions but has brought rallies and rioting to some of the poshest districts of Paris.

Macron promised immediate steps to address the economic and social state of emergency highlighted by the protests. They included a state-funded 100 supplement to the minimum wage starting at the New Year along with the abolition of taxes on overtime pay a measure previously introduced by former president Nicolas Sarkozy and then scrapped by his...

19:48

Frances Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, December 10, 2018 Global Research 9 December 2018 Updated, December 10, 2018 The Western media in chorus upholds Frances President Macron against the Yellow Vests Movement, which it describes as Climate Deniers. The New York Times casually describes the fuel tax hike as a carefully formulated economic policy to fight []

19:43

19:09

Muslim cleric claims that story of Muhammad killing 900 Jews is a Holocaust-like lie fabricated by the Jews "IndyWatch Feed War"

Is it really? Then they [the Jewish Qurayzah tribe] surrendered, and the apostle [Muhammad] confined them in Medina in the quarter of d. al-Harith, a woman of B. Al-Najjar. Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them []

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17:57

Yemen: 60,000 dead in armed violence since 2016, research group says "IndyWatch Feed War"

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November was the deadliest month so far this year, due in large part to fighting in the port city of Hodeidah, ACLED reports

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