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Erdogan said that Turkey is considering other markets and political alternatives to its strategic partnership with Washington. Trump is seriously underestimating the potency of Turkish nationalism, which is rising to a crescendo.
RT | August 15, 2018 Qatar has pledged $15 billion of direct investment in Turkeys financial markets and banks. The news comes in a statement released on Turkeys Presidents website following his meeting with Qatars Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Turkish President and Emir of Qatar met today [Wednesday] in the presidential complex 
Ral Capote Fernndez | email@example.com The United States has some 800 military bases around the world, and 76 of these are in Latin America. Among the best known are 12 in Panama, 12 in Puerto Rico, nine in Colombia, and eight in Peru, with the greatest number concentrated in Central America and the Caribbean. In...
This Aug. 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the murderous alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Va. The mainstream media have been bursting with commentary, but almost all of it misses the most important lesson from that infamous event: that it was a tremendous victory. A year later, the national fascist movement is greatly weakened. Its divided by infighting. It lacks an agreed-upon leader, let alone a program. This weekend in Charlottesville there were hundreds of anti-racists on the streets and virtually no fascists. The attempt to hold a rally in DC instead also failed miserably.
On August 12, Charlottesville fascist Jason Kessler attempted to hold the sequel to last years Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. It did not go well for him. In the end, 2000 police struggled to protect two dozen fascists from thousands of anti-fascists and other foes of tyranny. To get some perspective on these events, we spoke with David Thurstonarts director for No Justice No Pride, a member of the steering committee of the DMVs Movement for Black Lives, and a core organizer with Resist Thisand also with an anonymous anarchist involved in organizing the anti-fascist bloc, among other aspects of the mobilization. The interview follows our comments below.
The US government spent $2.6 million to force the fascist rally upon the people of Washington, DC. Lets do the math: thats over $100,000 per fascist for a rally that lasted at hour at most. Would the US spend anything like that to protect a rally organized by any other sector of the population? On the contrary, when anarchists and other advocates of liberation organize public events, the government usually invests millions of dollars in repressing us, even illegally. This shows what a farce the free speech defense of fascist recruiting drives isthis is not an abstract question of rights, but a concrete matter of the US government asymmetrically investing resources in promoting the spread of fascism.
To put a number on it, then, the kind of free speech that enabled Kessler and his like to recruit someone to murder Heather Heyer is worth $100,000 per hour per fascist to the US government. Thats your tax dollars at work.
We were especially inspired by the fierceness with which the black population of DC turned out to face down the police and fascists on August 12. We have some questions about whether it makes sense for anarchists to act separately in a distinct anti-fascist contingent when other sectors of the population are mobilizing so courageously and assertively. It might be more effective for some anarchists to seek to connect with other rebels on the street, in order to bring about an interchange of tactics and ideas. Hopefully, this is already taking place.
Weve seen some alarmist commentary on the clashesfor example, from the person who posted the following video. Permit us to repeat that the US government is forcibly extorting money from its population to fund the violent imposition of fascist rallies on communities that only stand to suffer from...
(ANTIMEDIA) Police in Chatsworth, Georgia, tasered an 87-year-old woman after an employee at the local Boys and Girls Club called them to complain that she was carrying a knife and looking to cut vegetation on their property. The caller said Martha al-Bishara did not appear to be a threat. Shes old so she cant get around too well, 
Elson Concepcin Prez | firstname.lastname@example.org I have attempted to find a formula that synthesizes Fidel Castro, who is now 92, and continues at our side, and whose imprint touches every aspect of life, every sector of society, friends and enemies, young and old, the healthy and the sick, heads of state and the homeless of...
The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab is based in a 12-foot-by-12-foot office in the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the nearly 60-year-old Council http://www.atlanticcouncil.org, a think tank devoted to studying serious and at times obscure international issues. Facebook is using...
Firas Tlass: SAA Will Invade Idleb with Russian and Turkish
When I stumbled across this latest article my first thought was wow, thats a blast from the past Long, long time readers might remember the spin around the man named Manaf Tlass and his exit from Syria. Firas Tlass is Manafs brother. According to the information Ive had access to.
There was very big media spin in 2012 about the significance of this mans defection and what a betrayal it was to the Assad government. I could only conclude, at that time, it had all been one big western media spin/propaganda/perception management psyop.
Irish-based companies are making a killing in the multi-billion euro global arms and defence market. Export orders linked to military, armaments and defence industries are now worth a staggering 2.3bn a year, and firms with links to the global arms sector employ hundreds here.
Described by anti-war activists as Irelands dirty little secret, Ireland has become, by stealth, a vital hub in the supply chain of international arms manufacturers.
Whether its armoured vehicles designed by Meath-based Timoney Technology, unmanned military drones powered by technology developed at Dublin-based firm Innalabs, or Apache helicopter gunships using components made by DDC in Cork, our smart economy is providing the brains to bolster the military brawn of armies across the world.
And with cyber warfare set to replace more conventional battlefields in future war zones, Irelands top software firms are now taking up a frontline position in the burgeoning cyber security market as nation-states bulk up their technology defences.
Ireland is a small but burgeoning part of the global arms and defence industry, said one sector analyst. And its only going to get bigger.
Although Irelands neutrality means that fully-functioning weapons systems cant be manufactured here, the individual components, designs and software that comprise these systems can be shipped out from factories and R&D units located all around the country under Irelands dual use...
A reconciliation agreement has been fully implemented in the areas of Bir Ajam and Burayqah east of the Golan Heights, in southern Syria thus putting an end to any kind of opposition groups presence in the area.
According to pro-government sources, all members of militant groups, who have decided to leave, have left the area. The rest is working to settle their legal status with the Damascus government.
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By Robert Skidelsky | Asia Times | August 15, 2018 Liberal revulsion at US President Donald Trumps mendacious and uncouth politics has spilled over into a rigid defense of market-led globalization. To the liberal, free trade in goods and services and free movement of capital and labor are integrally linked to liberal politics. Trumps America 
(MEMO) A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law. The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince 
The frog supposedly does not feel the slow increase of temperature until the water it sits in boils. In a similar vein people to not feel the loss of their freedoms when the observation and control instruments used on them...
The one nation, indivisible referred to in the pledge is not only unconstitutional, its contrary to the entire idea of the America the Founders sought to create. (FEE) An Atlanta, Georgia, charter school announced last week its intention to discontinue the practice of having students stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance during its schoolwide morning meetings at 
By Danielle Ryan | RT | August 15, 2018 In a stunt that would have made Joe McCarthy proud, a Brussels-based think tank endeavoured to brand Twitter users posting about a scandal involving French President Emmanuel Macrons former bodyguard as Russophiles. EU DisinfoLab, whose raison detre is to fight disinformation with innovative methodology, published a 
Thank you to the 12 jurors who listened attentively and critically, during long days of testimony, then deliberated with care, and ultimately did the right thing. Thank you to the lawyers who invested countless hours in investigative work and trial preparation, and who argued rationally and intelligently on behalf of the plaintiff, science and ethics. Thank you to those media outlets and advocacy organizations who covered the case, pored over the Monsanto Papers and took seriously their obligation to inform the public. But most of all, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dewayne Lee Johnson, the plaintiff in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto case. For his persistence in getting to the bottom of what caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
(MEE) Israels small Druze community, long seen as loyal to the state, is on a collision course with the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu over a new law guaranteeing superior citizenship rights for Jews, according to analysts. Israel has traditionally cited the Druze, a secretive religious sect whose men serve in the Israeli army, as proof 
A year has passed since highly credentialed intelligence professionals produced the first hard evidence that allegations of mail theft and other crimes attributed to Russia rested on purposeful falsification and subterfuge. The initial reaction to these revelationsa firestorm of frantic denialaugured ill, and the time since has fulfilled ones worst expectations. One year later we live within an institutionalized proscription of proven reality. Our discourse consists of a series of fence posts and taboos. By any detached measure, this lands us in deep, serious trouble. The sprawl of what we call Russia-gate now brings our republic and its institutions to a moment of great perilthe gravest since the McCarthy years and possibly since the Civil War. No, I do not consider this hyperbole.
SADAA, YEMEN Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sadaa, northern Yemen, to hold a funeral procession for the children who were killed on August 10 by U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes in Dhahian city next to a crowded market. The deadly attack came while they were on a picnic to Dhahians outskirts after graduating from summer school. The mourners, who came from across the country, walked in a long convoy next to vehicles that carried the bodies of more than 30 children, as participants carried pictures of the attack and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and the United States. America Kills Yemeni Children, read several banners. A source in Yemens Health Ministry, based in Sana`a, said in a statement that 51 people were killed in the raids, including 40 children.
Whats likely to happen to depositors money in a major commercial bank in another 2008 crash? And for months, financial pundits and experts such as William Cohen have been warning an even bigger one is on its way because nothing has essentially changed. If its one of those giant too-big-to-fail types that caused that global catastrophe, chances are theyve been planning whats called a bail-in system to seize depositors moneytemporarily, of course. But whether depositors want to withdraw $50 from the ATM for the weekend, write a cheque at the supermarket, or cash in a CD, theyll be shut out by their banks. And when the furious confront those banks, theyll be told its an emergency and, until Monday, would they like to start procedures with the FDIC for a refund? Or accept the banks IOU (stocks) immediately for it?
People have been asking me: Yossi, whats the mess with the right to marriage in Israel? I cant make head or tail of it. Well, the issue is complicated. Lets start with the basic facts: there is no way for anyone in Israel to marry in a civil service. Judges and mayors do not have the power to marry you. You need your local rabbi, priest or qadi. Why? Theres a long and tiresome explanation at the end. Lets deal with the facts first.
The only courts which are allowed to perform marriages in Israel are the religious courts. A rabbinical court can marry Jews (well, some of them; see below for more.) A church court (of which each Christian sect has its own) can marry Christians, and the sharia courts can marry Muslims. There is also a Druze religious court, which you guessed it deals with marriage of the Druze.
The important bit is, theres no possibility of intermarriage. A Jew cannot marry a Christian here. One of the couple will have to convert. If youre unwilling to convert, or if youre unwilling to submit yourself to a religious court, you will have no option but to marry in another country. The most common option is Cyprus, which is very close and where a small cottage industry related to Israelis coming to get married has already developed; Prague, in the Czech Republic, is also a popular option.
The Israeli government will then begrudgingly acknowledge your marriage. If youre a Christian marrying a Muslim, a Buddhist marrying a Christian, or a Bahai marrying a Mormon, the state will probably ignore you afterwards. But if one of the partners is a Jew and the other isnt, then the couple should brace themselves for harassment by the Interior Ministry. If the non-Jewish partner is also not a citizen, this can and often does end in an attempt to expel him or her from the country.
Hey, you wanted a Jewish state, right?
Enough theory. Lets look at practice. So, who wont the Rabbinate marry?
Gay couples, obviously. You love someone of the same gender? Get the hell out of here and be thankful we didnt sto...
The sense of indignation among Turks should not be underestimated, which makes this an exceptional rupture By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | August 15, 2018 The Turkish lira fell 22% on Friday before recovering to 17% on the backdrop of the Trump administrations announcement to double the tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and 
When Mike Treen, the National Director of the Unite Union in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. For them, Mike, as all of those who set sail aboard the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza last July, were heroes. But the truth is Mike Treen and his comrades were not the only heroes for braving the sea with the aim of breaking the hermetic Israeli military blockade on the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip. Without those who were present at the Auckland airport, upon Mikes arrival, and without the thousands of supporters all across the world who have mobilized as a community - held numerous meetings, raised funds, created a powerful media discourse, and so on...
I survived because I was walking to a building that was behind a small hill that faced downtown. I was standing in such a way that the building was to my right and the stone garden was to my left. It was my daughters wedding day and I was pushing the wedding dresses in a wheelbarrow to the wedding hall. All of a sudden, for no obvious reason, I was just knocked to the ground. I never heard the bomb. . . I was about to get up when suddenly wood and debris fell from the sky and hit me on the head and back, so I stayed on the ground. . . . I couldnt even hear the wood falling. . . . When I did start to hear, it was an odd sound. I ran to a hill area where I could look down to the city. I couldnt believe my eyes. The whole city of Hiroshima was gone. And the noise I heard it was people...
Ive recently received fundraising letters from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Chuck Schumer on behalf of their Democratic Partys campaign committees. Mostly, all they ask for is money, though Schumers letter includes a short tough letter to President Trump for us to sign which they promise to deliver to the White House.
Although politicians review and sign fundraising letters, rarely do they write them. That lucrative task is left to political consulting firms that also profitably consult for corporations. Thats why the letters are so formulaic.
Over the years I have urged incumbents and candidates for elected office to do more than ask people for money. Why not ask them for their time, their minds, and their dedication by having time-raisers, not just fund-raisers? Great idea they uniformly say. This never gets done. Their consultants think asking for anything other than money diminishes donations. So the dreary letters continue to arrive with grand promises and few specifics. For example, both letters mentioned the need for higher minimum wages. Wages have been stagnant for many years while corporate profits and executive bonuses have skyrocketed on the backs of millions of American workers. But there is no mention of how high a minimum wage (gutted by inflation since the 1970s) these Democrats are committed to supporting. Similarly, there are no specifics that address protecting health care, social security, reversing huge tax cuts to big business, debloating military budgets and stopping costly, reckless wars. If politicians dont give you specifics and timetables, theyre creating their own loopholes should they be elected.
Now comes the spanking new Peoples Budget released by the House of Representatives Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party (see The Peoples Budget). It is 40 pages with charts that rebuke and reject the cruel and vicious agenda of the corporatist, war-mongering, deficit-booming Republican toadies of Wall Street, and the fossil fuel and nuclear industries. The organized lobbies against the modest necessities of workers, consumers, and defenseless communities dominate the federal budget process.
But the CPCs Peoples Budget has its own infirmities. It doesnt address very weak corporate crime enforcement, to repealing specific anti-labor laws, like the Taft-Hartley Act, to being number-specific in cutting the bloated, corporate crime-ridden military budget, or even giving a number to a higher minimum wage.
Showing both large expenditures for restoring social safety net programs and large savings by reducing corporate welfare, restoring corporate taxes, and adding some new ones such as a speculation tax on Wall Street transactions, the Peoples Budget still comes off as a blizzard of funding...
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is set to testify Thursday in front of a Senate oversight committee. He's certain to have to respond to questions while there about false statements he and some of his subordinates made to lawmakers about an incident last year in which the agency's computer systems got overwhelmed during the comment period for its then-ongoing net-neutrality proceeding. Pai has tried to distance himself from those false statements, blaming them on the agency's former chief information officer, David Bray. But lawmakers are sure to want to know when Pai knew the statements were false and why he didn't retract them earlier. Perhaps more importantly, lawmakers may well try to delve into the role the incident played in Pai's effort to overturn the FCC's net-neutrality rules.
OffGuardian | August 15, 2018 Just a week or so after Spotify, Google, Apple and Facebook made the curiously synchronized move to kick Alex Jones and InfoWars off their platforms, and just days after Facebook shut down Venezuelan news network TeleSurs facebook page (for the second time), the war on the free internet has opened 
Turkeys currency crisis continues to shine the spotlight on emerging market vulnerability.
Interest rate normalization in the United States is fueling a capital flight to the relative safety of the developed world, leaving some emerging markets on precarious economic footing. The stakes are higher in certain countries, particularly those which are running a large current account deficit, are dependent on oil imports, have limited foreign exchange reserves, have large USD-denominated debt burdens, and/or are experiencing high levels of inflation.
Looking beyond Turkey, here are a few emerging markets to keep an eye on:
Listen here. Our first episode of the new season! This week, we look back at the long, hot summer and give an update on antifascist clashes, pipeline resistance, and ICE occupations. Hundreds gathered in Charlottesville on the anniversary of the defeat of Unite the Right, drawing attention to the increasing cozy relationship between white supremacists and the police.
We interview someone from Washington, DC about opposition to the Unite the Right 2 Rally held there this past weekend. Accused ELF and ALF member, Josephy Dibee was extradited to the US from Cuba and is being held in jail in Oregon. There are updates on the nationwide prison strike set to start on August 21 and list a whole slew of solidarity events you could attend. Finally, we wrap up the show with political prisoner birthdays and next weeks news. Were glad to be back! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at email@example.com.
August 13, 2018 by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Stories about corruption and internally government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at large start a malicious rumor circuit. Which, in turn is taken over by the MSM, so that their lies are pushing in 
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant Sometimes its just better to let people off the hook
I did as I was told.
During the day I brought out my baggage
as though it were that of an exile,
and at evening I dug a hole through the wall with my hand
and, while they looked on, set out in the darkness,
shouldering my burden.
Then, in the morning, the word of the LORD came to me:
Son of man, did not the house of Israel, that rebellious house,
ask you what you were doing?
Tell them: Thus says the Lord GOD:
This oracle concerns Jerusalem
and the whole house of Israel within it.
I am a sign for you:
as I have done, so shall it be done to them;
The Political Program of the Campaign
One Democratic State in Historic Palestine
In recent years, the idea of a one democratic state in all of historic Palestine as the best solution to the conflict has re-emerged. It started gaining increased support in the public domain. It is not a new idea. The Palestinian liberation movement, before the catastrophe of 1948 (the Nakba) and after it, had adopted this vision, including the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The PLO abandoned this idea in the framework of the diplomatic negotiations at the late eighties that led to the Oslo agreement of 1993. The Palestinian leadership hoped that this agreement would enable the building of an independent Palestinian state on the territories that Israel occupied in 1967. But on the ground Israel has strengthened its colonial control, fragmenting the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza into isolated cantons, separated from one another by settlements, checkpoints, military bases and fences.
The two-state solution, which is basically an unfair solution, is clearly dead. Israel buried it deep under its colonial settlement policies in the territories that were supposed to become the independent Palestinian state. Israel has imposed a single repressive regime that extends over all the Palestinians who live in historic Palestine, including those with Israeli citizenship.
In view of these dangerous developments, and, more important, based on the values of justice, freedom and democracy, we contend that the only way to achieve justice and permanent peace is dismantling the colonial apartheid regime in historic Palestine a...
Trumps conduct in office has sapped the belief that race could be transcended
Kamala Harris, a senator from California and presidential prospect, resents the term identity politics AFP
By Janan Ganesh
The world did not always notice, so absorbed was it in the fact of his blackness, but Barack Obama sought to de-emphasise race. Had events not forced him into memorable orations on the subject, there is no reason to think he would have given them.
Bill Clinton was another US president who saw his nation through the lens of economics rather than blood. It was the outside observer, namely the novelist Toni Morrison, who read racial significance into him. Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, we would now be well into yet a third technocratic government in as many decades.
For all that identity politics has permeated the wider left, the upper reaches of the Democratic party have remained mostly resistant. Some of this is down to a belief that Americans must be addressed as Americans, not as ethnic subsets, as per the ideals of the republic. Some of it is electoral prudence: a party too identified with minorities is asking for trouble with white voters. These two impulses explain the respectful distance between Democrats and the racialised politics of the university campus.
Among the legacies of Donald Trump is the narrowing of this distance. Eminent Democrats are embracing race as a cause. Elizabeth Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, calls the criminal justice system racist.
Elizabeth Warren. Credit Gerald Herbert Associated Press
Kamala Harris, a senator from California and another presidential prospect, resents the term identity politics. It belittles the seriousness of race (and gender) inequities, she argues. Georgias Stacey Abrams, who could become the first black woman to govern a state, is building a coalition of minority voters, topped up with liberal whites. If it works in November, it could be a template for the national party.
After Mr Trumps election two years ago, Democrats were advised by the likes of Mark Lilla, a professor of humanities at Columbia University, to reject the Balkanisation of the electorate in favour of a universal offering.
The most obvious reason why they did not was Mr Trumps conduct in office. It sapped the Democrats belie...
War is hell. War is often unnecessary, but through the evil in our hearts we let it be and we encourage it, we engage it in fantasy primarily through Hollywood and gamer culture while imposing its deathly reality on people far weaker than us. We in these United States rarely see the suffering, the death, the disease, the famine that we impose on other nations. That we imposed on those peoples who are original to this continent. In the eyes of popular culture the soldier is not a harbinger of death, but a youthful soul seeking adventure who toughens up through the grim reality of combat. Nothing could be further from the truth. War is death. War is hell on earth. In war we all die. Some of us physically, some of us mentally, some of us spiritually. In war, death is the only guarantee.
On 20 July, Cyprus marked the 44th anniversary of the Turkish military occupation of the Northern part of the island, which followed the Cypriot Greek-supported coup of 15 July, 1974. On the occasion, the Greek Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos, quoted by Kathimerini, assured the Greek people, the Greek nation, whether here in Cyprus or in the motherland, that the armed forces are ready to tackle any threat. The 1974 events led to the establishment, in 1983, of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a de facto state recognized only by Turkey.
One of the protracted conflicts of Europe, the Cyprus conflict has defied resolution over the past four decades. Yet, until recently, it remained rather latent and attracted little attention outside the United Nations and the main state actors involved: Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, and Britain, the last three being Cyprus guarantor powers under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee.
However, Cyprus has once again taken center stage in the geopolitical debates surrounding the Eastern Mediterranean, fueled by vivid discussions of possible new resource wars in the region, and the evolving role of Turkey. But what happened to trigger this change? First of all, Cyprus struck gas, twice: in 2011 and in 2018. Second, the Cyprus peace talks, led by the UN, collapsed dramatically in 2017 and left the international community in a state of pessimism regarding a possible reunification of the island. And third, Turkey decided to play a more assertive role in the regional energy game.
So what drives the Cyprus natural gas issue? Does it fall under the complex network of gas-conflict-cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean? Or is it a consequence of Cyprus ongoing division, amplified by the involvement of the two regional competing actors, Turkey and G...
LOS ANGELESImmigration courts from Boston to Los Angeles have been experiencing fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has caused some deportation orders to be tossed and cases thrown out, bringing more chaos to a system that was already besieged by ballooning dockets and lengthy backlogs. The little-known ruling addressed what might seem like a narrow procedural issue over how to properly provide notices to immigrants to appear in court for deportation proceedings. But it is having broader implications in immigration courts that are in charge of deciding whether hundreds of thousands of people should be allowed to stay in the United States. Since the decision was issued in June, immigration attorneys have been asking judges to throw out their clients cases.
Jeremy Corbyn has never ordered anyone's assassination. He's never ordered an invasion of a foreign country. Benjamin Netanyahu has
Five months after Ron Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress, was granted a platform on the New York Times op-ed page to warn that Israels leadership was isolating the country through its unending settlement project and growing intolerance, Americas leading newspaper gave him the page again yesterday, this time to decry Israels new nation state bill and its indifference to the opinion of liberal American Jewry. Israel, This Is Not Who We Are we cannot allow the politics of a radical minority to alienate millions of Jews worldwide.
Here are some interpretations of Lauders second coming.
The New York Times as a mouthpiece for the American Jewish establishment has decided to take on Benjamin Netanyahu hammer-and-tongs as a threat to Israels future and implicitly, as a pox on the Jewish image globally.
Does Netanyahu care? Probably not. He needs to appeal to his rightwing base to win reelection and escape corruption charges. Hes just another tinhorn martinet indifferent to world opinion.
The piece is significant as another marker of divorce between American Jews and Israel. Jewish Insider stresses how intentional it was of the Times to run the articles, and quotes the passages in which the old conservative Likudnik who helped make Netanyahu warns him that American Jews are not on board: [A]s a loving brother, I ask Israels government to listen to the voices of protest and outrage being heard in Israel and throughout the Jewish world. As president of the World Jewish Congress, I call upon Israeli leaders to rethink their destructive actions during this summer of disharmony. This is not who we are, and this is not who we wish to be.
The article contains one very important concession: Israel discriminates against LGBT community. This is the exact opposite of Israels claims!
If present trends persist, young Jews might not acquiesce to an affiliation with a nation that discriminates against non-Orthodox Jews, non-Jewish minorities and the L.G.B.T. community.
The article is frank about the fact that young Jews wont fight BDS. So BDS is not about anti-Semitism.
They may not fight the...
The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel known as BDS has been driving the world a little bit mad. Since its founding 13 years ago, it has acquired nearly as many enemies as the Israelis and Palestinians combined. It has hindered the efforts of Arab states to fully break their own decades-old boycott in pursuit of increasingly overt cooperation with Israel. It has shamed the Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah by denouncing its security and economic collaboration with Israels army and military administration. It has annoyed the Palestine Liberation Organization by encroaching on its position as the internationally recognised advocate and representative of Palestinians worldwide.
Just a week or so after Spotify, Google, Apple and Facebook made the curiously synchronized move to kick Alex Jones and InfoWars off their platforms, and just days after Facebook shut down Venezuelan news network TeleSurs facebook page (for the second time), the war on the free internet has opened up another front. Small independent blogs are being shut down, seemingly without reason and certainly without explanation. AmericanEveryman.com has been closed without notice or warning, according to the blogs owner Scott Creighton. Allegedly for violating WordPress terms of service, although they have apparently been entirely vague about how. Other such blogs fellowshipofminds.com and jaysanalysis.com have suffered the exact same fate, on the exact dame day. There is undeniably a push to silence dissent and purge it from the internet. There may well be dozens even hundreds of other examples. If you object to censorship, of any kind, please fill out a form on automattic.com and request that these blogs are reinstated. Please support our friends who wish to do nothing but
(please click on cc to see the English language subtitles) A big THANK YOU to Eugenia for translating and subtitling this excellent video!
Metals sell off while Turkish lira rallies for second day
U.S. stocks fell Wednesday as investors weighed the latest trade tensions and an accelerating selloff in industrial metals.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 135 points, or 0.5%, to 25165 shortly after the opening bell, while the S&P 500 declined 0.6%. Both indexes were on track for a fifth decline in the past six sessions. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.8%.
Stocks Sink on Tech Weakness, Rout in Commodities : Markets WrapBy Olivia Schaber
"Turkeys resolve to acquire the Russian strategic defensive weapon system S-400 Triumf raises the prospect of a severe damage to NATO and, by extension, to transatlantic security.
The Turkish American bilateral relationship is in a deep crisis. An alliance that took shape in the early post-War years has entered a period of heavy turbulence with an ever-growing set of unresolved disputes. This unprecedented cumulation of bilateral disputes is burdening a relationship vital to transatlantic security. It is also compounding efforts to settle differences with linkages being established between unrelated topics leading to an ever more difficult environment for diplomatic negotiations. The way forward requires a willingness to disconnect these problems from each other so that some confidence building can be engineered by individually resolving these disagreements.
With this understanding, this report will focus on one of these disagreements. Turkey is planning to acquire an advanced Russian strategic defensive weapon system, known as the S-400 Triumf. There is however rising concern in the US about this purchase by a NATO ally. Indeed the fear is that, even if not networked, potential backdoors in the S-400 system could study critical operational data and electromagnetic signatures of the high-end aircraft, and transmit them to the Russian military intelligence.
"So if the US does not plan to attack Turkey or support those who intend to attack it, they don't need to be afraid of the S-400 deal. If the American goal is to deprive Turkey of the defense system and attack it, then this is a completely different matter," Bozkurt concluded.
CE: "The prospect of sanctions has therefore been raised in addition to Congressional initiatives to prevent deliveries of the F-35 Lightning II to Turkey due to the risks of operating the S-400 and the F-35 together. Yet Ankaras resolve regarding its potential acquisition of the S-400 seems unaffected despite the rising political and military costs.
Both Ankara and Washington are so far acting in a way that is oblivious to the real consequences of such a scenario of divergence.
The case that we make in this detailed report is that a failure to eventually reach an understanding on the now interlinked S-400 & F-35 issue can potentially affect Turkeys capability to ac...
Mexico is offering a 30 million pesos ($1.56 million) reward for information leading to the arrest of drug lord Nemesio Oseguera whose cartel is blamed for driving heroin shipments to the United States, the attorney general said on Wednesday.
Known as El Mencho, Oseguera has risen to become Mexicos most-wanted drug lord after Joaquin El Chapo Guzman was extradited to the United States last year to face trial.
In March, U.S. agents in Chicago named El Mencho public enemy No. 1 and blamed his gang for using extreme violence to expand their share of the heroin trade. The United States is offering $5 million for information leading to his capture.
Osegueras Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion is considered by authorities to be the most powerful Mexican drug cartel, with operations in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion is known to produce multi-hundred kilogram quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, and traffics in multi-ton quantities of cocaine, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Mexico arrested Osegueras wife in May on charges of laundering funds for his cartel.
($1 = 19.1810 Mexican pesos)
Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Susan Thomas
Indexes in China, Hong Kong down 1% or more; Nikkei pulls back as yen weakens
Asian stock markets started lowed Wednesday, even as worries eased over Turkeys currency crisis. Benchmarks in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China were down about 1%, with tech stocks continuing to sell off.
Japans Nikkei NIK, -0.68% fell 0.7% after jumping 2.3% Tuesday. The pullback comes as the yen has weakened some; the dollar USDJPY, -0.53% was last at 111.30 versus 111.15 in late New York trade. The oil and coal-products sector was off 0.5% amid fresh declines in crude prices, with Japan Petroleum Exploration 1662, -1.43% down 1.4%. Also, highflying SoftBank 9984, -2.63% pulled back 2.6%, as tech stocks retreated as well.
A BBC report published July 20, 2018 accepts the framing of killing of Palestinian civilians as a defense of a borders. But Gaza is not a country, and so Israel cannot be protecting its borders. Rather, Gaza is an enclave, an imprisoned neighborhood where its borders are controlled by Israel. Israel decides who moves in and out of Gaza, which includes everyone from students and the sick, to foreign diplomats, to NGO workers. Israel controls what goods move in and out of Gaza. All infrastructure and utility projects for water, electricity and gas etc., even if internationally funded are reliant on Israeli approval.
Gaza is an enclave inhabited by Palestinians, most of whom are refugees. Gaza does not have sovereignty, rather it is under occupation. As such, while Western media outlets like to portray this as a war, it is not. Under International law and conventions the occupying power first has a responsibility to those citizens under its control, which Israel has neglected completely. Second, under international law those under occupation have a right to resist through whatever means available to them.
The controlling narrative of the two-state framework of the post-Oslo period engenders a purposefully confusing political context for Palestinians. While the Agreement on Gaza Strip and Jericho Area 1994 explains that there will be disengagement from Palestinian territories, it simultaneously outlines all the ways in which Israel will maintain control, and as such sovereignty over these territories.
Outside actors pretend as if Palestine is a state, and thus they use phrases such as Hamas, they run Gaza (quoted from the aforementioned BBC article). Hamas does not run Gaza. It receives its salaries from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah who withhold these salaries f...
Ankara raises tariffs on US cars, alcohol and cigarettes as row escalates
The lira has lost more than 40% of its value against the dollar this year
By Laura Pitel in Istanbul and Adam Samson in London
Turkey has cracked down on short selling of the lira, helping the currency recover against the dollar as Ankara seeks to fight back against what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described as economic war.
The lira rose on the day by around 4 per cent to TL6.09 to the dollar in afternoon trading after Turkish authorities took measures to curb banks ability to supply lira to foreign financial institutions. At the beginning of the week the currency had fallen to an all-time intraday low of TL7.2149.
But in a signal that Ankara was unwilling to back down on the confrontation with Washington that exacerbated the currencys slide by more than 20 per cent last week, the Turkish government also announced new tariffs on US imports.
Mr Erdogan has to date refused to give in to Washingtons demands to release an American pastor whose detention has led to US sanctions, or to back an increase in headline interest rates to bolster the lira.
Basically what theyve done is effectively raised offshore interest rates without raising rates, Peter Kisler, who runs an emerging market fund at North Asset Management, said of Turkeys rule changes on short selling. The ability of Turkish banks to supply lira to the market has been reduced by half.
Under the changes, Turkish banks will be prevented from entering into currency swaps and foreign exchange forward dealing where the activity exceeds 25 per cent of the banks regulatory capital. On Monday, the Turkish authorities had limited the ratio to 50 per cent.
Investors described Ankaras moves as a short-term measure, arguing that the country needed to take more fundamental steps to slow down the economy and recapitalise banks and companies struggling with foreign currency debts.
Wednesdays measures were announced by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, which will also allow banks to reclassify some loans from at-risk to performing and give banks greater latitude to use a fixed exchange rate to calculate their capital adequacy ratios.
Banking analysts have warned the weakening lira risks wiping out capital buffers held by the banks as the value of their lira-based equity declines against their foreign currency loans.
The banking authority also sought to rein in consumer spending, by shorteni...
Stories about corruption and internal government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at large start a malicious rumor circuit. Which, in turn, is taken over by the MSM, so that their lies are pushing in open doors. The war drums start beating. The populace wants foreign imposed order, they want blood and regime change. The consensus for war has once more worked. And the blood may flow. Instigated by outside forces, such as the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) and USAID, which train and fund nationals clandestinely in-and outside the country where eventually they have to operate. They are commandeered by Washington and other western powers and act so as to blame the non-obedient governments, whose regime must be changed. They constitute part of the Fifth Column.
A Fifth Column is a group of people who undermine the government of a country in support of the enemy. They can be both covert and open. The term Fifth Column originates from the Spanish Civil War, when in October 1936 nationalist rebel General Mola initiated the coup dtat against the legitimate Republican Government. This marked the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. General Mola besieged Madrid with four columns of troops and claimed he had a Fifth Column, hiding inside the city. The term was henceforth used for infiltrated enemies within a legitimate government. Mola, the mastermind behind the coup, died in a 1937 plane crash, and General Francisco Franco became Spains dictator for the next almost 40 years. He prevailed over the Republican resistance thanks to Hitlers and Mussolinis air support.
Now whats the true story behind the violence-plagued Nicaragua and Venezuela, and the treacherous new Moreno government in Ecuador?
Take Nicaragua it all started with the Board of Directors of the Nicaragua Social Security Institute (INSS) on 16 April 2018 approving an IMF-imposed social security reform, modified and then supported by President Ortega. The reform maintained social security at its current level, but would increase employer contributions by 3.5% to pension and health funds, while only slightly increasing worker contributions by 0.75% and shifting 5% of pensioners cash transfer into their healthcare fund. These reforms triggered the coup attempt initiated by the business lobby and backed by the Nicaraguan oligarchy.
Student protests were already ongoing in different university cities in connection with university elections. These protests were re-directed against the Ortega government with the help of US-funded NGOs and the Catholic Church, an ally of the wealthy in most of Latin America. Some of the students involved in re-directing the protests were brought to the US for training by the Freedom House, a long-time asso...
This week on China Watch: the Chinese Communist Partys Plan to de-Uyghurize and Sinicize Xinjiang In this special edition of China Watch we look at perhaps the most extreme exercise in ethnic assimilation ever attempted: the Peoples Republic of Chinas campaign to Sinicize its far west holding, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, through bleeding edge 
The momentous decision taken in 2017 by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain to sever all ties with Qatar sent shock waves through the whole world. The so-called Boycott Quartet justified its drastic move by singling out Qatar as the primary source of instability in the already volatile Arabian Peninsula. While numerous countries from the Middle East to Africa scrambled to take sides and curry favor with either Qatar or the Quartet, the row represented an ill-timed nuisance for Tunisia.
Indeed, in 2017, Tunisia was still in the throes of a delicate diplomatic effort aimed at weaning itself away from Qatar. Undoubtedly, as a result of the 2011 revolution, Tunisias relationship with Doha blossomed into a full-fledged friendship. Al Jazeera, the notorious Qatar-funded news outlet, applauded the 2010-2011 protests against secular President Ben Ali and immediately welcomed the subsequent electoral success of the Islamist Party Ennahda. In contrast, the advent of political Islam drove Saudi Arabia and the Emirates away from Tunis.
Even though Dohas financial backing provided an indispensable respite, Tunisia realized that it couldnt solely rely on Qatar to tackle the intractable economic issues produced by the 2011 turmoil. Therefore, Tunisia strove to attract investment from both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, while preserving its friendship with Doha. Just as this diplomatic gambit seemed to pay off, the Gulf crisis broke out. In light of the dtente that it was painstakingly cultivating with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Tunisia could not afford to openly side with Qatar in the Gulf row. Therefore, Tunis reasoned that neutrality represented the best course of action.
Eventually, Tunisias neutrality didnt pan out as it hoped. Saudi Arabia partially accepted to play along but, from July 2017 on, Tunisia-UAE relations deteriorated to the point where the North African country found itself at square one, i.e. hanging on to Dohas support to get by.
The ascent of Ennahda: Tunisia flirts with Qatar and Turkey
Cracking down on Islamism and striving to preserve Tunisias secular identity had been the two elements that best characterized Ben Alis rule since he assumed power in 1987. While succeeding in preventing Islamism from creeping into Tunisias political and social life, Ben Alis repressive approach toward the movement fueled the resentment of many and eventually backfired. It is no wonder, then, that both moderate and radical Islamist organizations played a crucial role in precipitating the collapse of Ben Alis regime. In 2011, therefore, Islamism was poised to fill the vacuum that the implosion of the Democratic Constitutional Rally (Ben Alis party and instrument of power) w...
RT | August 15, 2018 Controversial right-wing commentator Alex Jones has been banned from tweeting after he posted a link to a video of himself calling on President Trump to take action against tech companies censoring his content. Infowars Editor Paul Joseph Watson tweeted a screenshot of the notification sent by Twitter staff to Jones. 
What are the roots of the New Mexico Islamist cult? Radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Sr. is the father of the arrested jihadi cultist Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. We explore his influence in the following infographic.
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In part one of this post we looked at how the story of the UK Labour Party leaders participation in an event in Tunisia in 2014 that had been the subject of a report in a British newspaper three days earlier was presented to the BBCs domestic audience on BBC Radio 4 on the evening of August 13th.
Later the same evening the BBC Radio 4 programme The World Tonight also aired a long item on the same story:
Jeremy Corbyn attacked by Benjamin Netanyahu over laying a wreath in memory of Palestinians suspected of 1972 Munich massacre.
In her introduction to the item (from 16:28 here) presenter ...
Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
South Africas rand headed for its biggest drop against the dollar since 2016, buffeted by headwinds including a downbeat assessment of the economy by Moodys Investors Service and a plunge in the biggest company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
The currency sank as much as 3.4 percent against the dollar after Moodys said the pace of South Africas fiscal consolidation will be slower than government forecasts as weaker-than-expected economic growth and a rising public sector wage bill act as fiscal headwinds. The statement came shortly after central bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said growth projections were worrying and hinted policy makers arent about to raise rates.
A drop in commodity prices and concerns about the governments plan to seize land for redistribution also weighed on the rand at a time when Turkeys woes are damping investor demand for emerging-market assets.
Its a combination of factors, said Warrick Butler, a currency trader at Standard Bank Group Ltd. Take your pick.
Naspers, which accounts for 18 percent of the benchmark stock index, tumbled after Tencent Holdings Ltd., in which it owns a 31 percent stake, missed earnings estimates. That raise...
The Aquarius rescue ship was due to dock in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.
The ship was set to arrive in the Maltese port of Valletta at around 1.30 pm (1130 GMT), according to SOS Mediterranee, a French charity which charters the ship along with Doctors Without Borders.
The Aquarius had rescued the migrants off the coast of Libya in two separate missions last Friday, only for Italy and Malta to refuse access to their ports.
SOS MEDITERRANEE/AFP/File | Aquarius crew members hand over life jackets to migrants on a boat in the Mediterannean last week
The standoff was a repeat of that seen in June when the vessel was at the centre of a heated diplomatic crisis between European governments.
Stranded with 630 people onboard after Rome and Valletta turned it away, the Aquarius had finally been allowed to dock in Spain.
On Tuesday, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain agreed to take in its latest passengers, along with 114 others who arrived in Malta on Monday.
The agreement is the fifth of its kind between Western European governments since June when Italy until now the main landing point for rescue boats began turning them away.
Italys new populist government says it has had enough of migrant arrivals, having taken in 700,000 people since 2013.
Far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has vowed that the Aquarius will never see an Italian port again, though the Italian coastguard continues to rescue migrants.
NGOs say they have a moral obligation to rescue people making the perilous crossing, who could otherwise join the estimated 1,500 killed en route this year alone.
Most of the 114 people onboard the Aquarius are from Somalia or Eritrea, and many of them are unaccompanied children.
Aloys Vimard, a coordinator with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) onboard, told AFP that the passengers were exhausted and in many cases mentally scarred from harrowing journeys.
One 13-year-old Somali boy had seen his parents killed in front of him. After finally making it to Libya he suffered horrendous abuse, tortured for months with electric shocks.
Wrong, dangerous, immoral
Maltas government said the military would help disembark the passengers, and that health authorities, immigration police and welfare officials would be at the scene.
The migrants would be medically screene...
It is the rare intellectual who can withstand the pressures of groupthink. This is a fundamental truth, or a truism, borne out not only by daily experiences in an academic or other intellectual context (e.g., the newsroom or editorial board of any establishment media outlet) but also by critical scholarship from the likes of Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky. Left-wing intellectuals tend to be vigilantly aware of irrational groupthink among mainstream, establishment types, or even among other leftist sects with which they dont identify; but, like all intellectual cliquesindeed, like nearly all individual intellectualstheyre reluctant to turn their critical gaze on themselves. They imbibe certain ideas and ideologies in their formative years and perhaps refine them as they mature, but on the whole their commitment to the ideology is apt to become rigid and uncritical.
This complacency has always most disturbed me with regard to Marxists, whose system of thought, if correctly formulated, is precisely the most critical, the most self-critical, the most democratic and revolutionary ideology ever devised. I expect intellectual laziness from most postmodernists, from liberals and centrists, from all witting or unwitting servants of power. Im disappointed, though, when I see it in Marxists and semi-Marxists. Theres a pronounced dogmatism in most Marxist circles. Personally, Ive tried to stimulate some critical rethinking of Marxism in various publications, including my book Worker Cooperatives and Revolution: History and Possibilities in the United States and this distillation of some of its arguments (though disregard the editors oversimplified summary at the top of the page), but I havent had much success. These writings appear to have been ignored.
Which is unfortunate, because Im convinced its necessary in the twenty-first century to revise the Marxian conception of revolution. Conditions have changed from what they were a hundred or a hundred and fifty years ago; Marx would likely be appalled by the lack of creative rethinking that has met these altered conditions. Its an unfortunate situation when millions of activists across the world are struggling to build new modes of production, new modes of politics, and Marxist scholars and thinkers still confine themsel...
I am writing in solidarity with Alex Jonesin support of his right to speak freely on YouTube, Facebook, and other internet platforms without being censored, as protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While Jones has not been consistent in his comments about the Sandy Hook Elementary School event, he has expressed the idea that the shooting was not real, and in this he was correct. Adam Lanza did not kill 28 people in Newtown, CT, on December 14, 2012. This was a drill, presented by officials and the media as an actual shooting. Following the event, a group of investigators compiled a list of ten reasons that, taken together, show that Sandy Hook was staged. These are published in detail in the banned book, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook: It Was a FEMA Drill To Promote Gun Control (Moon Rock Books, 2015). Although more evidence has since emerged, the original top ten reasons still ring true:
(1) Proof of death was suppressed.
(2) Emergency protocols were not followed.
(3) Drill protocols were followed instead.
(4) There was foreknowledge of the event.
(5) There were contradictory reports about the weapons.
(6) Adam Lanza cannot have done the shooting.
(7) Key participants displayed inappropriate behavior.
(8) Photos at the scene and of victims look staged or fake.
(9) The crime scene was completely destroyed.
(10) Deceased children sang at the Super Bowl.
To summarize, first of all, there is no proof of anyones deathnot for the children or adults at the school, Nancy Lanza, or Adam Lanzano photos or footage confirming the official story (1). In June 2013, the state of Connecticut outlawed disclosure of photos or video images of homicide victims, along with other records.
There is no evidence of any frantic attempt to save lives at the scene (2), which looked largely calm and bloodless. START triage protocol for a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) was not followed. Emergency vehicles were jammed together at the Firehouse, impeding access to the school and possible rescue. Inste...
As the level of frustration escalates, military repression may lead to the militarisation of Egypt's youth
Death penalty contradictions in the declaration of the Pope
Condemnations to future death admissible within the new dispensation?
Assessing the unpredictable: faith-based death warrants effectively authorised?
Consequences of human overpopulation?
Dominion over every living thing upon the earth but not of self?
Failure of global coping capacity as failure of collective dominion of self
Metaphorical implications of death penalty
Metaphorical implications of capital punishment
Population bomb as a ticking time bomb
Dangerous conflation of canon law with cannon law?
Metaphorical entanglement of canon fodder with cannon fodder?
Canons as the cannons of memetic warfare?
Time wars, Death Stars and Canon Law?
Being a punitive system of belief a canon
The day after 9/11 the President told everyone it was safe to return to New York City. He was wrong.
Phi Beta Iota: Instead of taking down the Twin Towers safely once they were condemned around 1990, at a cost of $2B+, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey elected to be complicit in a false flag terrorism event organized by the Zionists and approved as well as overseen by Dick Cheney, toward commercial insurance fraud yielding $7-12B for the criminal conspiracy that carried out 9/11, never mind the cost to the local public, never mind the $7 trillion dollar cost of war in the Middle East, of, by, and for the Zionst State of Israel that continues to treat the USA as its shiksa (gentile whore). President Trump has done well at defeating the Deep State on the financial front his looming take-over of the Federal Reserve is long overdue. What he has NOT done is shown the public the truth about 9/11 such that the public will join the President in smashing the fake news mainstream and Zionist-controlled social media, while reforming the elections process so that 100% of our voters are engaged, instead of the current 50%,
Authoritarian leaders meddling in monetary decisions often goes this way
Turkeys ongoing financial crisis has primarily been caused by a preponderance of foreign debt. The severity of the crisis has rocked other emerging markets, raising questions of possible knock-on effects.
Turkeys financial crisis has been expected for quite some time. Fears over the countrys reliance on foreign currency to keep its economy moving grew throughout 2018, and the Turkish liras collapse in value last week, while spectacular, was not entirely surprising.
With one of the largest current account deficits in the world, Turkeys banks and big companies have battled against that gap by borrowing heavily in foreign currency to maintain activity in the economy.
However, as fears over Turkish economic policies under authoritarian President Tayyip Erdogan have increased, that debt has come under severe pressure. Foreign investment has dramatically slowed in the country and the lira is being sold off rapidly.
The Turkish situation has raised questions about the state of other emerging economies with high levels of foreign currency debt. Although the lira recovered somewhat on Tuesday, the currencies of other emerging economies have taken a nosedive since the Turkish currency chaos erupted.
On Tuesday, the Indian rupee fell to a record low of 70 against the US dollar, while the Argentine peso, South African rand and Brazilian real also lost value earlier this week after a wave of selling.
Indonesias central bank hiked interest rates on Wednesday in an attempt to halt a sell-off in its rupiah while the Chinese yuan has also suffered, falling to a 15-month low against the dollar.
Its the usual classic emerging markets story where people wake up, see bad news i...
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Beyond its financial aspect, there is currently a psychological war between the two countries through high-level rhetoric, says expert
ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has raised the stakes in a diplomatic stand-off between his country and the US with a call to boycott US electronic goods such as iPhone.
The call is in retaliation for recent sanctions imposed by Washington over the detention of an American pastor for almost two years.
Whatever we buy from abroad we are going to produce here in better quality and export it. We are going to boycott US electronics, said Erdogan on Tuesday. If they have iPhones, there is Samsung on the other side, and we have our own Venus, Vestel here, he said in a speech to members of his AK Party. The call resulted in a 5 percent increase in the share value of Turkish electronic company Vestel.
However, Erdogan is known for his use of Apple products, with his famous appeal on the night of the July 2016 failed coup calling on citizens to take to the streets carried out through FaceTime, an iPhone app.
By MENEKSE TOKYAY
Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat who chairs the Istanbul-based Center for Economics and Foreign Policy, said Erdogans latest gamble was not the right way to tackle the countrys economic challenges.
At this point what is needed is to reassure markets and investors that the government is aware of the difficulties and the structural problems of the Turkish economy, Ulgen told Arab News.
The presidents combative remarks are more focused on maintaining the support of Turkish public opinion at a time of economic duress. But these remarks also nurture a perception abroad that Ankara is failing to evaluate the needs and essential steps to avoid a more severe economic downturn, he said.
Turkeys current account deficit, which has widened to 6.3 percent of GDP, is a chronic problem as the country imports more goods and services than it exports, forcing it to borrow foreign money to make up the difference.
Paul Levin, director of Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies, said that any positive effects of patriotic action by tradesmen, retailers and ordinary Turks to defend the lira will be tempo...
One year later, the VIPS memo contending that the DNC emails were leaked and not hacked has yet to be successfully challenged. Meanwhile, the country sinks deeper into the morass of the new McCarthyism, comments Patrick Lawrence.
Israel reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks pressed ahead.
The crossing is a vital lifeline for Gazans and their crippled economy, but Israel had closed it to goods except for food and medicine to pressure Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the blockaded Palestinian enclave.
The opening came as speculation increased over negotiations mediated by Egypt and UN officials to reach a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.
AFP | A truck carrying goods for Palestinians arrives at Kerem Shalom crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on August 15, 2018
Israels security cabinet was reportedly meeting Wednesday to discuss the indirect talks, but Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said any deal must include Hamas returning the remains of two soldiers it is believed to be holding a major sticking point.
Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, including Hamas, have fought three wars since 2008 and tension since late March has led to fears of yet another full-blown conflict.
There have been three severe military flare-ups since July, the latest occurring on Thursday, when Israel responded to some 180 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza with widespread air strikes.
In your hands
Lieberman warned that the crossing would again be closed if there was further violence and called on Gazans to pressure Hamas.
Our message is that you must put pressure on the Hamas leadership, he told Israeli public radio.
It is all in your hands. If calm prevails, you benefit. If the violence resumes, you will lose.
An AFP journalist at the goods crossing, known as Kerem Shalom, said dozens of trucks carrying various types of goods began passing into the Gaza Strip.
Israel also returned the fishing zone it enforces off the strip to nine nautical miles in the south of the enclave. The limit is six nautical miles in the north, which borders Israel.
On July 9, Israeli authorities closed the crossing to most deliveries, partly in response to kites and balloons being flown across the border carrying firebombs to burn Israeli farmland, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
Food and medicines have been allowed through, but fuel and cooking gas had been intermittently blocked, including since August 2. All other goods were turned away.
The fuel ban exacerbated an electricity crisis in the Gaza...
Mystery surrounds the fate of some 36 Syrians captured in the As-Suwayda area in southern Syria. And now, a small girl recorded a heartfelt please to the United Nations: Free my family now.
Sumina Rafeh Abu Ammars relatives are among those taken most of whom are from the countrys Druze minority. Initial reports suggested the hostages were taken by ISIS but now the picture is less clear, with the distinct possibility that fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may also be involved. Its thought thats why Sumina makes her plea to the UN rather than any local parties.
Below the video is a translation of her words.
I am Sumina Rafeh Abu Ammar from the village Shbiki.
I call on countries of the world and the UN Human Rights Council to try to release the women and children that were kidnapped.
I need them. I cant go to school without them. And the school is close-by.
Im pleading with you: Dont deprive them of going to school like the rest of the worlds children.
I miss them a lot.
I miss my uncles children [she lists their names]. I miss my friends in school [she lists their names]. I miss my friend Rayde Gbei.
I am pleading with you to listen to what I am saying and bring them back in good health.
The Sweden Democrats rise on the back of anti-immigration sentiment mirrors gains for right-wing, populist and anti-establishment parties in other European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.
China appears to have halted approvals of new online game licences, with reports Wednesday that a government shake-up was causing paralysis in the worlds biggest gaming market.
The hold-up has battered shares of market leaders like Tencent, which have plunged since the company said it had been ordered to remove hit game Monster Hunter: World from sale, only days after its debut.
Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that China had stopped approving any new mobile games as part of a wider shake-up of the market.
AFP/File | Chinas gaming market is worth around $38 billion dollars, analysts say, making it the worlds largest
Checks of the National Radio and Television Administrations online list of approved games showed that no new titles had been added since May. The list is normally updated regularly.
Quoting unnamed sources, Bloomberg said approvals for online, console and mobile games have been stalled for months by regulatory personnel changes linked to President Xi Jinpings ongoing consolidation of power, leaving developers stranded.
Chinas Economic Daily in June had quoted the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the other state body involved in approvals, as saying the agencies were undergoing organisational adjustments.
Regulators have also balked at approving games featuring violence and gambling, Bloomberg quoted a source saying, as Xi pushes a purification campaign in media and entertainment.
Hong Kong-listed shares in Tencent, which derives much of its income from games, dropped more than three percent on Wednesday and are down around 10 percent since last weeks announcement.
A Tencent spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Other Chinese game developers also lost ground on Wednesday after reports of the approval freeze emerged. Perfect World ended 0.11 percent lower and 37 Interactive was down 0.86 percent, after both fell more than one percent earlier in the session.
Alpha Group shed 2.27 percent.
For new game approvals, there will continue to be a drag, Alicia Yap, a Citigroup internet research analyst told Bloomberg.
If they previously didn?t get an approval, it seems that there will continue to be a hold on that.
China is the world?s largest gaming market, with an estimated $37.9 billion in revenue, according to research by Newzoo.
Xi dramatically strengthened his grip at a Communist Party leadership congress late last year, becoming the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao...
Police patrol the area where protesters from the so-called Bureau of American-Islamic Relations (BAIR) take part in a demonstration in front of the Islamic Association of North Texas at the Dallas Central Mosque on December 12, 2015 in Richardson, Texas. About two dozen members of the group protested in front of the mosque, as counter-protesters demonstrated across the street. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)
There are talented and non-extremist Muslim Americans seeking to serve in public office, yet the goal of getting more Muslims elected is also a steadfast Islamist objective. On August 14, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) shared a fundraising email campaign in which they request donations to:
CAIR also claims donations to CAIR qualify as zakat. Zakat is charity given to only Muslims, and in good faith to the most destitute in the community.
A turbulent political season ushered in by the contentious 2016 presidential elections ...
THE SERVICE OF MARY, OUR MOTHER
If I wanted to, I would show you that in all walks of life there have been great servants of the Blessed Virgin. I would find for you, among them, those who begged their bread from door to door. I would find for you, among them, those who lived in much the same sort of state in life as many of you. I would find them for you among the wealthy, and in great number, too. We read in the Gospel that our Lord always treated people with great tenderness, except for one type of people whom He treated with severity; these were the Pharisees, and they were so treated because they were proud and hardened in sin. They would willingly have hindered, if they could, the accomplishment of the will of the Father. What is more, our Lord called them whited sepulchers, hypocrites, brood of vipers, offspring of vipers, who devour the breasts of their mothers.
We can say the same thing on the subject of devotion to the Blessed Virgin. All Christians have a great devotion to Mary except those old and hardened sinners who, for a very long time, having lost the faith, wallow in the slime of their brute passions. The Devil tries to keep them in this state of blindness until that moment when death opens their eyes. Ah! If they had but the happiness to have recourse to Mary they would not fall into Hell, as will happen to them! No, my dear children, let us not imitate such people! On the contrary, let us follow the footsteps of all those true servants of Mary. Belonging to this number were St. Charles Borromeo, who always said his rosary on his knees. What is more, he fasted on all vigils of the feasts of the Blessed Virgin. He was so careful about saluting her on the stroke of the bell that when the Angelus rang, wherever he was, he went down on his knees, sometimes even in the middle of the road when it was full of mud. He desired that his whole diocese should have a great devotion to Mary and that her name would be uttered everywhere with the utmost respect. He had a number of chapels built in her honor.
Now then, my dear brethren, why should not we imitate these great saints who obtained so many graces from Mary to preserve them from sin? Have we not the same enemies to fight, the same Heaven to hope for? Yes, Mary alw...
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.
From: LK 1:39-56
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15 AUGUST, 2018, Wednesday, The Assumption of the B.V. Mary
Clarions Ryan Mauro and Fox News unveil more chilling details about the Islamist compound of the New Mexico cult. We also hear about a judge whose ruling in the case my put the public in considerable danger. Watch the video:
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Flag carrier Turkish Airlines and Turk Telekom made their announcements after a campaign on Twitter calling for an end to advertising in US media outlets.
The moves came as President Tayyip Erdogan, whose government is locked in a dispute with Washington over the fate of a US evangelical pastor on trial in Turkey, today announced a boycott of US electronic goods.
An official at one of the companies said the advertising boycott would encompass all written, visual and social media, although existing advertising campaign agreements would not be affected.
We as Turkish Airlines are taking our place alongside our state and people, senior vice president for media relations Yahya Ustun wrote on Twitter with the hashtag #ABDyeReklamVerme, meaning dont give advertisements to the USA.
Hamdi Ates, corporate communications director at Turk Telekom, shared a similar message on Twitter.
The current focus of tensions between the two countries is the trial in a Turkish court of US pastorAndrew Brunson, who is accused of taking part in a failed coup in 2016. He denies the charges.
The lira has plunged against the dollar as the r...
Before Attack on Corbyn for Wreath-Laying, Netanyahu Celebrated Terror Attack that Killed 28 Brits Netanyahus criticism of Jeremy Corbyns wreath-laying ceremony to honor those killed in an Israeli airstrike is entirely disingenuous, not just because the accusations made were inaccurate, but because Netanyahu himself has attended a ceremony celebrating a terror attack. by Whitney Webb 
Blueprint to establish road and rail links comes amid faltering progress on denuclearisation
South Koreas Moon Jae-in (R) has outlined plans to establish road and rail links with the North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un (L) by the end of the year AP
Bryan Harris in Seoul
South Korea is planning to establish road and rail links with North Korea by the end of the year as Seoul seeks to bolster economic engagement with the regime amid faltering progress on denuclearisation.
The plan, however, is likely to raise eyebrows in the US, which has remained steadfast about maintaining stringent sanctions on Pyongyang in a bid to coerce the regime to abandon its nuclear weapons.
If completed, the infrastructure projects would represent a concrete step towards the economic integration of the Koreas a prospect that economists believe could in the long-run dramatically improve growth in both countries.
The approval rating of President Moon Jae-in has fallen to 58 per cent from 79 per cent in June amid growing concerns his policies are not doing enough to revitalise South Koreas sluggish economy.
Even though political unification may be a long way off, establishing peace between the South and the North and freely visiting each other, and forming a joint economic community is true liberation to us, Mr Moon said on Wednesday at an event to mark the countrys independence day.
With a nod to the origins of the EU as a simple trading bloc, the 65-year-old leader added that he wished to create a Northeast Asian railroad community that would bring together the two Koreas, the US and four other Asian countries, most likely China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia.
This community will lead to an energy bloc and economic bloc in Northeast Asia by expanding our economic area to the northern continent and becoming the foundation of coexistence and prosperity in Northeast Asia. And this will mark the start to a multilateral security system in Northeast Asia, he said.
Since North Korea and the US pledged to pursue peace following a landmark summit in Singapore in June, Seoul has barrelled ahead with proposals to link the two Koreas. This has included a plan to develop three economic belts along the west and east coast of the peninsula and across the demilitarised zone.
Such integration could effectively end South Koreas island status by integrating it into energy and transport networks in Russia and China.
According to a report by the IBK Econ...
US Supplying Massive Amounts of LNG Gas to Europe is More Hot Air than Reality In his latest effort to present himself as bigger than better than all other presidents combined, in stark contrast to the likes of George Washington, Donald Trump has announced that the US will build more than 10 liquid gas ports 
DURING A RECENT APPEARANCE at Dillard University in New Orleans, Senator Elizabeth Warren offered what she called the hard truth about our criminal justice system: its racist. . . . I mean, all the way, front to back.
She then detailed the systems inequities, such as disproportionate arrests and sentencing for African-Americans, and laws that keep convicted felons from voting, even after they have served their time.
No lies detected.
Elizabeth Warren. Credit Gerald Herbert Associated Press
Of course, Warrens statement got Fox News and other conservatives frothing. Yarmouth Police Chief Frank G. Frederickson called her comments disrespectful and divisive. With his sights on reelection in November, Governor Charlie Baker told the Boston Herald that police absolutely feel like theyve been on the wrong end of a lot of this rhetoric thats gone on in this country for quite a while.
As the backlash reached a boil, Warren did something I found maddening she sought to clarify comments that needed no clarification. I spoke about an entire system not individuals and I will continue to work on reforms to make the criminal justice system fairer.
Warrens detractors know exactly what she meant. The criminal justice system is racist this isnt a debatable point. Why, then, is it so hard to call a thing a thing when it comes to racism?
White anxiety is racism. Economic anxiety is racism. White nationalism is racism. Some people wrack their brain...
Hezbollah S.G. Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah addressing crowds via video link during ceremony held on the occasion of Divine Victory in 2006 (August 14, Marwa Haidar Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said it clear on the 12 anniversary of the 2006 Divine Victory: The Lebanese resistance today is more powerful than the Israeli army and 
Chinas regulators have frozen approval of game licenses amid a government shake-up, according to people familiar with the matter, throwing the worlds biggest gaming market into disarray.
The halt follows a restructuring of power among departments, said the people, who asked not to be named because they dont have approval to discuss the issue publicly. Regulators have also been concerned about violence and gambling in some games, according to one person. Online, mobile and console games have all been affected.
The whole sector has been rattled as gaming companies from online giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. to small developers await approvals. Tencent, the countrys gaming and social media goliath, has shed more than $150 billion in market value since its January peak, while smaller players complain they are struggling to survive without new titles.
China has one of the worlds most stringent approval processes for video games, an extension of Beijings obsession with maintaining control over online content so it can root out dissent and other ideas it considers undesirable, from sex to graphic violence. But its massive smartphone and web population also makes it the worlds largest gaming market with an estimated $37.9 billion in revenue, according to research by Newzoo.
For new game approvals, there will continue to be a drag, said Alicia Yap, Citigroup Global Marketss head of pan-Asia internet research. If they previously didnt get an approval, it seems that there will continue to be a ho...
Part of Genoas Morandi motorway bridge collapsed on August 14, killing at least 35 people and sparking a huge rescue operation. Experts say that the bridge has been riddled with structural problems since its construction in the 1960s.
On Tuesday specialist engineering website Ingegneri.info published a piece that highlighted how the bridge had always presented structural doubts, calling it a tragedy waiting to happen.Valery Hache, AFP | Rescuers inspect the rubble and wreckages by the Morandi motorway bridge after a section collapsed earlier in Genoa on August 14, 2018
Lending support to the website was Antonio Brencich, a professor of reinforced concrete construction at the University of Genoa, highlighting the constant maintenance the bridge needed.
It was affected by extremely serious corrosion problems linked to the technology that was used (in construction). Morandi wanted to use a technology that he had patented that was no longer used afterwards and that showed itself to be a failure, Brencich told Radio Capitale.
Brencich has long been a critic of the bridge. In 2016 he spoke with Ingegneri.info about construction going over budget and poor calculations over concrete viscosity that led to an uneven road surface which wasnt fully corrected until the 1980s.
At the time of the accident, maintenance work was in progress.
The Morandi bridge was built between 1963 and 1967. It has a maximum span of 219 metres, a total length of 1.18 kilometres, and concrete piers (vertical structures that support the arches of a bridge) that reach 90 metres in height.
The technology of pre-stres...
The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car crash has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.
The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, is being questioned in south London.
Police have been searching three addresses in Birmingham and Nottingham as part of their investigation.
Three people were injured after the vehicle hit cyclists and pedestrians during Tuesday mornings rush hour.
The silver Ford Fiesta then crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament just before 07:40 BST.
The suspect is not believed to have been known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police, but is understood to have been known to local police.
He did not co-operate with officers after his arrest, Scotland Yard said.
Two people were taken to hospital after the crash and later discharged while a third was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Police searched three addresses in central England as part of an investigation into what they said appeared to be a terrorist attack outside Britains parliament when a man drove a car into pedestrians and cyclists.
A 29-year-old driver, a British citizen who had originally come from another country, was arrested on Tuesday morning after ramming his car into barriers outside parliament in Westminster, injuring three people.
Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident, London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told reporters shortly after the crash.
Police said the incident appeared to be the second terrorist attack at the building in just under 18 months, after Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge in March 2017. He stabbed an unarmed police officer to death before being shot dead.
That was the first of five attacks in Britain last year that police designated as terrorism, three of which used vehicles as weapons.
Police said late on Tuesday they were searching three addresses, two in Birmingham and one in Nottingham, in a bid to understand the full circumstances and motivation behind this incident.
The suspect, who has not been formally identified, is not believed to be known to security forces, and police have said he is not cooperating with detectives.
The BBC, citing unnamed sources, have reported that the man was from the Birmingham area and known to police, although not to intelligence or counter-terrorism agencies.
No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the...
Members of the news media are increasingly working together as they try to turn up the heat on President Trumps White House.
On Thursday, more than 100 newspapers around the country are set to publish editorials in a coordinated push back against Trumps repeated complaints of fake news and his remark that many in the press are the enemy of the people.
The Boston Globe initiated the campaign, and contacted local and national papers around the country to get them to join the effort.
We have some big newspapers, but the majority are from smaller markets, all enthusiastic about standing up to Trumps assault on journalism, Boston Globes deputy editorial page editor Marjorie Pritchard...
Why Does Israel Keep Destroying Cultural Heritage Sites in Gaza? By Celine Hagbard, On Thursday August 9th, the Israeli airforce dropped ten missiles on a building in Gaza City, turning the five-story building into rubble. Was this a Hamas training center, or somehow associated with the Palestinian armed resistance? No. Like the building targeted by 
The envoy emphasised that peaceful relations with all Pakistans neighbours, including India, were accorded high priority in the foreign policy vision outlined by the incoming leadership in Pakistan.
Narendra Modis call to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to congratulate him for winning the elections is a positive development, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood said on Tuesday and expressed hope that such steps could lead to betterment of ties.Prime Minister
Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling PTI chairman Imran Khan after the results of the general elections is another positive development. And it is hoped that such positive developments will lead to the betterment of ties between the two countries, Mahmood said during an event at the Pakistan High Commission to mark the countrys 72nd independence day.
The envoy emphasised that peaceful relations with all Pakistans neighbours, including India, were accorded high priority in the foreign policy vision outlined by the incoming leadership in Pakistan.
During the celebrations, the envoy hoisted his countrys flag to the tune of the Pakistan national anthem. As people greeted each other, students of the Pakistan High Commission School presented a medley of songs.
According to a statement issued by Pakistan High Commission, the Pakistan High Commissioner pointed out that the peculiar trajectory of India-Pakistan relations over the past 71 years had often led to political and military tension and prevented the two countries from re...
(CD) In the wake of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalitions horrific bombing of a school bus last week that killed 40 Yemeni children and amid reports on Tuesday of dozens more civilian deaths after a new wave of Saudi bombings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has sent a detailed letter (pdf) to the Department of Defense Inspector General demanding an investigation into whether 
Why Confronting Israel Is Important The Jewish state is no friend By Philip Giraldi Unz Review August 14, 2018 I am often asked why I have this thing about Israel, with friends suggesting that I would be much more respected as a pundit if I were to instead concentrate on national security and political 
August 13, 2018 By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-formats-of-friendship-russia-vs-america/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20180809/1020784827.html The US arbitrarily and contrary to the opinion of the world community not only left the nuclear deal with Iran, but also imposed new sanctions on it, which were declared to be much more extensive and severe than 
(TT) Even as federal officials were supposed to reunite separated immigrant children with their parents, the number of children in Texas privately run shelters fell by only 88 between July 13 and August 7. The Trump administration said it would reunify families separated under the now-paused zero tolerance policy, but new data shows the number of 
On the early evening of August 13th members of the BBCs domestic audience listening to BBC Radio 4 heard reports about the UK Labour Party leaders participation in an event in Tunisia in 2014 that had been the subject of a report in a British newspaper three days earlier.
Listeners to Radio 4s PM heard presenter Chris Mason introduce an item (from 36:15 here) with the inaccurate claim that the story was about antisemitism. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]
Mason: Jeremy Corbyn has been talking about antisemitism. Our correspondent Jonathan Blake is at Westminster. Whats he said, Jonathan, and specifically about what?...
The decision by Democrat party president Harry Truman to bomb the cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on the 9th with the newly developed nuclear weapon signaled to the world that the U.S. was prepared to use military force to back up its new-found position as the leader of the Western colonial-capitalist powers, now referred to as the Western alliance. The main audience for that grotesque display of racist violence in 1945 was the Soviet Union but some 73 years later, militarism and war continue to be the central instruments of U.S. foreign policy.
This is the lesson we must stress continually as the public is being subjected to a constant barrage of incitements to support the use of military force by the U.S state against a growing array of enemies and potential enemies from Russia and China to Iran and the never-ending war on terror. Working-class and poor people must oppose war in part because they are the expendable cannon fodder used to advance ruling-class dominance under the banner of protecting the national interests, which are really only those of the economic elites. Fighting for those interests means killing poor and working-class people in other parts of the world.
In this era of economic warfare between competing capitalist nations and newly forming capitalist blocs, taking an anti-war position is a pro-working class, pro-poor, pro-displaced peasant/farmer, and internationalist position. The economic sanctions (a form of warfare) that the U.S. levies against various nations have nothing to do with concerns for human rights official rationales notwithstanding but everything to do with undermining economic competitors and non-compliant states and movements as in Venezuela. It should be clear that supporting U.S. aggression in the form of economic warfare, subversion, proxy war and direct military intervention is, in fact, supporting the interests of the U.S.-based transnational capitalist class. Yet many leftists have embraced a crude national chauvinism and joined liberals in demonizing various peoples and nations and thus objectively providing support to and political cover for the capitalist/imperialist system that they pretend to oppose.
The structural crisis of international capital is also a crisis of the nation-state, especially in the centers of global capital from London to New York. The imposition of neoliberal economic restructuring in the West generated a crisis of legitimacy for the neoliberal global architecture that was carefully crafted over the last four decades. The post-war compromise between capital and labor that was officially negated with the economic crisis of 1973-75 and the turn to neoliberalism produced the conditions and politics that produced Donald Trump in 2016.
But the crisis of legitimacy also produced something else a more pronounced dependency by the state on the use of force, be i...
(PP) The Department of Defenses internal watchdog is launching an investigation into the militarys heavily polluting practice of open burning and detonating hazardous explosive materials on its properties, as well as its frequent reliance on federal contractors to carry out that work. The inquiry, announced Aug. 10 on the website of the departments Office of Inspector General, will 
(ZHE) The TSA has broken its silence to defend its alarming domestic surveillance program called Quiet Skies which allows the agency to use teams of armed Air Marshals to follow, track and surveil virtually anyone. TSA administrator David Pekoske told CBS news in a recent interview that the program makes an awful lot of sense, to be able to look at 
The Islamic State has recovered from some of its recent defeats in the battlefield and has as many as 30,000 committed members in Iraq and Syria, according to two reports by American and United Nations experts.
(ANTIWAR.COM) US officials at a UN conference expressed deep suspicion of Russia for its advancement in the creation of space weapons. Assistant Secretary of State Yleem Poblete called Russias developments disturbing. Russian officials dismissed the claims as unfounded and slanderous, saying they want to avoid a new arms race in outer space. US officials say a 
On August 8, The New York Times Magazines C.J. Chivers published a lengthy pre-mortem of the failures of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, noting how "Aside from displacing tyrants and leading to the eventual killing of Osama bin Laden, none of this turned out as pitched. Prominent successes were short-lived." This faint praise of Continue reading "Plans To Memorialize a War Without End"
When Mike Treen, the National Director of the "Unite Union" in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. Continue reading "How Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing"
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On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Saada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Saada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at Continue reading "US Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen"
Deep State-sanctioned Israel bullying against inferior Gaza and Saudis airstrike against Yemeni civilian targets continue. The global communitys attention is somewhere else. While America has grown numb to the fact that its own government is complicit in all of these genocidal crimes that sometimes victimize its own people, too. Nevertheless, its still wise to keep Continue reading Holy Cow Israel Continue to Have its Way, So is Saudi Arabia
An incoming member of Mexicos Congress was kidnapped at gunpoint on Tuesday (Aug 14), an official said, the latest violent episode surrounding the Jul 1 elections, the bloodiest in the countrys history.
Azucena Rodriguez Zamora, who was elected to the lower house of Congress for the eastern state of Veracruz, was driving on a highway in the neighboring state of Hidalgo when gunmen in another car opened fire on her vehicle, said a police source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The car flipped over, injuring two people who were traveling with Rodriguez.
The gunmen then pulled her from the car and abducted her, said the source.
It is the second such kidnapping in Hidalgo in recent days.
On Aug 6, the mayor of the town of Naupan, in Puebla state, was found dead after being abducted at gunpoint on a Hidalgo highway.
At least 152 politicians were murdered in the run-up to Mexicos elections, according to the consulting firm Etellekt.
The murders mostly of local-level politicians, the most frequent targets for Mexicos powerful drug cartels were recorded between September, when candidate registration opened, and election day.
It is by far the most violent election on record in Mexico.
The country also registered a record number of murders across the board last year: 28,711.
And the record is on track to be broken again in 2018.
Mexico has been hit by a wave of violence since the government deployed the army to fight drug trafficking in 2006.
Since then, more than 200,000 people have been murdered. Another 30,000 are missing.
Foreign ministers slam Western sanctions, as Erdogan plans boycott of U.S. electronic goods
ISTANBULPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey stepped up his attacks on the U.S. on Tuesday, calling for a boycott of Apple Inc.s iPhones and other U.S. electronic goods, while his foreign minister joined his Russian counterpart in criticizing Western sanctions.
Turkey, a longtime North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally, has been caught between the West and Russia. This week, officials in Ankara were leaning decidedly toward Moscow.
In recent weeks, Turkey and Russia have been the targets of U.S. sanctions while their currencies,...
Failure by Iraq to comply fully with tough new US economic sanctions against Iran would be insane, analysts told Arab News on Tuesday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi risked incurring US wrath after contradicting himself in the space of a few hours over whether his country would comply.
Amid diplomatic maneuvers, as he negotiates for a second term in office after divisive and contested elections, Abadi offended both Tehran and Washington with conflicting statements on the US sanctions, which were reimposed last week.
First, the prime minister said that while Iraq disapproved of the new sanctions, it would reluctantly comply. We dont support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them, he said.
Our economic situation is also difficult and we sympathize with Iran. But. at the same time, I will not make grand slogans that destroy my people and my country just to make certain people happy.
His position provoked anger in Iran. An intended visit to Tehran on Tuesday to discuss the issue was canceled, and Abadis office denied that the visit had even been planned.
There was also criticism inside Iraq, especially from groups close to Tehran, such as the Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Badr paramilitary movements.
Within hours, however, Abadi had reversed his position. I did not say we abide by the sanctions, I said we abide by not using dollars in transactions. We have no other choice, Abadi told a news conference in Baghdad.
Asked if Baghdad would stop imports of commodities, appliances and equipment by government companies from Iran, he said the matter was still being reviewed. We honestly have not made any decision regarding this issue until now, he said.
Michael Knights, the Lafer Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told Arab News: Iraq cant afford to be cut off from the dollar-based global financial system, so it makes sense to avoid sanctioned Iranian financial entities. Iraq should also protect its dollar reserves.
These are the only sane options for a country that desperately needs international investment.
Iraq is the second-largest purchaser of Iranian non-oil exports, and bought about $6 billion worth of goods in 2017. It also buys...
Canadians are giving the federal government mixed reviews for its handling of the diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, a new poll shows.
A poll done by Forum Research shows that 44 per cent say they approve Ottawas response to the surprise tiff, with almost one-quarter saying they strongly approve.
But almost one-third of those surveyed (30 per cent) say they disapprove and of those, 21 per cent said they disapprove strongly. And more than half (54 per cent) said they are concerned about the impact of the dispute on Canada.
The diplomatic tussle began after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland went on social media earlier this month to protest Saudi Arabias detention of several social activists and call for their release.
Saudi Arabia reacted angrily to the comments, which had been posted on Twitter, and took punitive action that started with the expulsion of Canadas ambassador in Riyadh and the freezing of future trade and investment. Other measuresfollowed, including the decision to end studies by more than 15,000 Saudi students at Canadian universities and ending flights to Toronto by Saudis national airline.
By William Boardman | Reader Supported News | July 24, 2018 One of the poorest countries in the Middle East, Yemens war has pushed it to the brink of famine. A Saudi blockade has slowed the flow of food and helped push prices up. Markets and businesses are ruined from airstrikes. Millions are destitute. Special 
S. Naipaul, the Nobel winning author who just died, was, like so many people, an enigma, at least in his writing. Lauded for his prose style and exquisite way with words, he was seriously criticized for his demeaning of Islam, women, Africans, and others in post-colonial countries, including the Caribbean from whence he came. Such criticism was amply justified. He seems also to have been bigoted and irascible personally, while charming when he wished. A strange character, many of whose political and cultural views I find abhorrent.
Nevertheless, if one only looked for beauty and truth in writers whose politics one agreed with, one would miss out on a lot. For sometimes, despite themselves, writers pen words that come from a place where art and inspiration and personal anguish subvert their worst inclinations. As Leonard Cohen has written: Theres a crack in everything, thats how the light gets in. This is true for Naipaul.
He once said that fiction never lies, and while this may or may not be true, it is true that writers whose politics one may find repulsive can also, despite their conscious intentions, write books that glow with an extraordinary prose luminescence that mesmerizes and reveals deep insights. This is the case with Naipauls The Enigma of Arrival, a work he calls a novel but that reads like an autobiography. While his novel, A House for Mr Biswas, is considered his finest work and the book that made him famous, I think The Enigma of Arrival is a masterpiece. Deeply melancholic, it allows Naipauls shadow side to reveal truths that go far beyond the man himself.
The prototype for all journeys is life itself. This being so, it follows that every destination prefigures death and of necessity poses an enigma. For although one travels in part to arrive, at the same time ones anticipation of arrival harbors the fear of cessation. It is because every elsewhere contains the worm of death that some people never embark on the voyage, while others go from place to place in search of paradise.
Naipaul cast anchor at the age of 18, leaving Trinidad for a scholarship at Oxford in Engla...
Sputnik 15.08.2018 The BBC was caught red-handed engaging in manipulation after it declined to invite a potential guest for a segment on computer security, turning the expert down because he refused to state why it would be a good idea to put back-doors into cryptographic systems. When the UK Home Secretary outlined her plans 
Via: Reuters: Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused thousands of children over a 70-year period and silenced victims through the weaponization of faith and a systematic cover-up campaign by their bishops, the state attorney general said on Tuesday. An 884-page report made public by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro after a two-year investigation contained 
Argentinas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that social leader and member of the Mercosur Parliament Milagro Sala be returned to house arrest, after being sent to a federal prison in Northwestern province of Salta last week. In the ruling, the president of the supreme court Ricardo Lorenzetti and four other justices instructed the Supreme Court of...
MEMO | August 14, 2018 Israeli occupation forces yesterday gave the Palestinian Authority tonnes of post which it has been holding since 2010, Felesteen.ps reported. PA Minister of IT and Communications, Allam Mousa, said in a statement that Israel stopped tonnes of Palestinian mail arriving from Jordan since 2010. Palestine signed an agreement of direct 
MEMO | August 14, 2018 Israels Culture Ministry has been funding a Jewish religious institute whose founders illegally took over a Palestinian home in the central West Bank, reported the Times of Israel. According to the report, an investigation into the financials of the Mishpetei Eretz (laws of the land) institute revealed that it has 
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The five states surrounding the sea Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan have reached
Wikimedia Commons/gloucester2gaza By Ron Forthofer | Boulder Weekly | August 2, 2018 The illegal Israel blockade of Gaza begun in 2007 and the three major Israeli attacks on Gaza since then have created a living hell for Palestinians there. In 2006, before the siege was implemented, Dov Weisglass, senior advisor to then Israeli Prime Minister 
Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australias legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document, remains silent on many important liberties; the common law is relied upon to fill in gaps (think of that conjuration known as the implied constitutional right to freedom of communication on political subjects). Parliament, mystically wise, is meant to be the grand guardian.
In terms of citizenship, Australias parliament has been rather cavalier on the idea of citizenship, exploiting the absence of any specific reference to the term in the arid document that grants it legislative powers. In 2015, national security considerations became the basis for legislation stripping individuals of citizenship in certain instances where terrorism was an issue. While citizenship can be lost in certain instances common to other countries, the arbitrary revocation of citizenship via executive fiat is possible under the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth).
The relevant minister, goes the wording of s. 35A, may determine in writing that a person ceases to be an Australian citizen in various instances involving convictions for certain offences, including terrorism. But convictions might not be necessary; the minister might deem it against the public interest for the person to remain an Australian citizen. This is all made ever vaguer on the issue of what constitutes recruitment and the status of foreign fighters. We remain at the mercy of security considerations.
Parliament did stop short of rendering citizens stateless, making the provisions apply to dual nationals. But it yielded two outcomes: that the relevant minister would be effectively governed by the consideration that the Australian citizen might have citizenship of another country, however tenuous that link would be, and that any powers to deprive that person of Australian citizenship could be exercised to limited review.
This curiously venal formulation was always problematic; for one, such laws are not, specifically, with respect to aliens or with respect to immigration, terminology that is to be found in the constitution.
Khaled Sharrouf became the debutant to lose his Australian citizenship under the amendments, his reputation marked by a spectacularly gruesome display of images sporting his son holding a severed head....
(SP) President Donald Trump signed a $717 billion military spending bill on August 14. What made headlines was not the size of the bill or what is in the bill. Rather, most were upset that Trump did not thank Senator John McCain, whose name was put on the bill by his colleagues in Congress to honor 
Is the U.S. government evil? You tell me. This is a government that treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually eliminated once theyve outgrown their usefulness. This is a government that treats human beings like lab rats to be caged, branded, experimented upon, and 
FEDERICO PIERACCINI | 14.08.2018 | WORLD / AMERICAS, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST The End of the US Unipolar Moment Is Irreversible The past weeks have shown how part of the American establishment is weighing the pros and cons of the Trump administrations strategies around the world. I have a strong feeling that in the coming weeks we will see the destabilizing effects of 
Yesterday in Central New York, the Trump administration officially signed a $716 billion dollar "defense" bill that includes $21 billion for nuclear weapons programs, funding for a border wall, and setting the infrastructure for the U.S. military's newest addition: "Space Force." To celebrate, the administration's planned a military parade for this November, showing off the U.S. military for all it's worth: billions and billions of our wasted resources.
War Resisters League, along with 187 other organizations committed to peace + justice, condemn this administration and any others that continue prioritizing "defense" and weapons contractors over real human needs. While superpowers continue playing their war games, including these extravagant shows of military might (which is less a celebration than it is a warning), we're not addressing the real problems that we're faced with every day: our infrastructure, our education, or our healthcare.
President Trump has ordered a military parade to be held in Washington, DC to showcase the price of freedom on November 10, 2018. This glorification of war, which will cost millions of dollars, comes at a time when the United States is provoking more war and the military-industrial complex is consuming a growing proportion, now almost two thirds, of our discretionary spending. Militarism has invaded our communities where police treat residents as the enemy, demonstrators are met with tanks and recruiters are allowed into schools. Militarism has also infected our national psyche by normalizing violence as armed men shoot and kill in our schools, stores, and offices.
We reject this gross display of power and violence. We call on you to stop the military parade.
We have had enough of war and are ready to put an end to it. Its basic purposes are to enrich the weapons-makers and to secure cheap resources and labor for global corporations. War is killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and displacing millions of people. US aggression is causing increased...
(ANTIMEDIA) On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a grand jury report detailing over 300 clergyman accused of misconduct over 70 years, including abuses against at least 1,000 children. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said during a press conference that the report shows a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican, the Washington 
By Martin Armstrong | Armstrong Economics | August 13, 2018 Senate Democrats are circulating a proposal based upon their claim of Russian hacking that will completely takeover the internet and social media which has been leaked. They are adopting the EU approach to silence political criticism. They claim it is necessary, just as the EU argued, 
From Popular Resistance, August 14, 2018
A network of 187 organizations has come together to urge a mass protest against the military parade in November called for by President Trump. The military parade is widely opposed. Army Times conducted a poll of its readers; 51,000 responded and 89 percent said, No, Its a waste of money and troops are too busy. A Quinnipiac University poll found 61 percent of voters disapprove of the military parade, while only 26 percent support the idea. The national consensus is there should not be a military parade.
The organizations signed on to a letter that calls for the parade to be stopped, We reject this gross display of power and violence. We call on you to stop the military parade. If the parade goes forward, the organizations will urge their members to come to Washington, DC to protest the parade or to organize sister-protests in their communities. Urge organizations you are a member of to sign on. This is an issue that impacts the economy, jobs, the environment, as well as wars and militarism. Sign on here.
The groups call on the nation to divest from war and invest in peace. The United States military budget is growing, now constituting 57% of federal discretionary spending, while programs for domestic needs such as food, education, housing and health care are being cut and US militarization is impacting most of the countries of the world, as well as our schools and communities.
President Trump plans to spend more than $10 million dollars to parade troops and military vehicles and weapons through the streets of Washington, DC on Veterans Day, which this year is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Armistice Day used to be a day to reflect on the impacts of war and to build toward war no longer being an instrument of foreign policy, not a day to glorify war with a military parade. Veterans and military families are organiz...
NY Times, Natalie Portman and Bernie Sanders also blacklisted by Heritage House for crimes committed against the Jewish people
A hostel in Jerusalems Old City has published a list of haters of Israel who have been banned because of crimes committed against the Jewish people, drawing derision and ridicule from those blacklisted.
The Jerusalem Heritage House describes itself as an institution that provides warm and comfortable accommodations for Jewish travelers in the heart of the Old City for a nominal fee. It boasts of having hosted more than 60,000 guests since 1985.
Posted on Twitter by journalist Jacob Kornbluh, the list includes figures such as US comedian Jon Stewart, politician Bernie Sanders, former Obama administration ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, and actress Bette Midler. Also banned are members of the media including the staffs of The Times of Israel, Haaretz, CNN, and The New York Times, as well as the heads of the Anti-Defamation League and the Reform movement.
A network of 187 organizations has come together to urge a mass protest against the military parade in November called for by President Trump. The military parade is widely opposed. Army Times conducted a poll of its readers; 51,000 responded and 89 percent said, No, Its a waste of money and troops are too busy. A Quinnipiac University poll found 61 percent of voters disapprove of the military parade, while only 26 percent support the idea. The national consensus is there should not be a military parade. The organizations signed on to a letter that calls for the parade to be stopped...
Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, August 14, 2018: In a shocking ruling, a judge released four of the five adults arrested from the Islamic extremist compound in New Mexico that was raided last week. Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the father of Continue reading
Since November 2017 the U.S. largely stopped the fight against ISIS in north-east Syria. It gave ISIS the chance to regain power. A new report to the UN Security Council now confirms that ISIS in north-east Syria recuperated. It again...
(GPA Op-ed) Read any article about the Russian hacking or U.S. election interference and you will likely see some reference to the United States own long history of election interference. Yet most of these articles defend the U.S. by claiming that such interference campaigns dropped off significantly since the end of the Cold War. This assumption, 
Sputnik 14.08.2018 MOSCOW All new Russian armaments are consistent with the letter and spirit of international agreements, Russia has never violated them, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. The president has said that all new armaments are fully consistent with the spirit and letter of relevant international documents. Russia has never violated 
RT | August 14, 2018 High-ranking members of the Russian parliament have stated that Washingtons refusal to cooperate with Moscow on the Open Skies Treaty is based on unfounded charges as Russia has always stuck to its obligations. The United States accusations in our address are completely unfounded. Russia is acting strictly in accordance with 
Yesterday Peter Beinart, the liberal Zionist writer, disclosed that he had been detained at Ben Gurion airport on August 12 for an hour of questioning of his political opinions/activities. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promptly released an unprecedented statement saying the detention had been a mistake, and Beinart said he would accept Netanyahus apology only if he apologized to Palestinians who are subjected to far worse. Many Zionists have responded angrily to the news by saying that the country is damaging itself in the eyes of the world by harassing leftleaning Jews who want to visit. And the Israeli attorney general says she is looking into the detention incidents.
Today Reza Aslan, the bestselling writer on religion who was born in Iran and lives in LA, was moved by Beinarts experience to tell his own story on twitter:
Peters experience has spurred me to share mine. 2 weeks ago, as I was crossing back into Israel from Jordan, I was separated from my family and detained by Shin Bet. We can make it so you dont see your kids for a long time I was warned. This is what happened next.
The Shin Bet lady, who already knew everything about me and my familys journey around the world, began with You think because youre a public person I cant do whatever I want with you? I was floored. This is how interrogations begin in police states.
Why do you hate Israel? She asked. I dont hate Israel, I replied. But you hate our Prime Minister. Im sorry is your Prime Minister Israel? He was democratically elected! (No he wasnt but lets just drop that) So was Trump and I hate him and still love America.
Oh I know all about you and Trump, she spat. I forgot the Israeli Right Wings affection for our racist Neo-Nazi loving president. You dont think Israel should exist yes? Thats absurd. Im against the occupation not Israel. Then the police state part began in earnest.
Write down names of Palestinians you know Write down names of journalists you associate with Write down names of Palestinian organizations you support And constantly, repeatedly, this threat: if you dont cooperate it will be a long time before you see your kids again.
I tried to cooperate the best I could. It was 104 degrees. My wife, my two 6yr olds, my 3yr old, and I my two elderly in-laws had been waiting for me in the sun for hours. But (again the police state tactic): every answer I gave she told me was lie. ...
One of the poorest countries in the Middle East, Yemens war has pushed it to the brink of famine. A Saudi blockade has slowed the flow of food and helped push prices up. Markets and businesses are ruined from airstrikes. Millions are destitute. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson smuggled herself across front lines to report on whats happening inside the worlds worst humanitarian disaster.
PBS NewsHour summary, July 2, 2018
This is what American tax-supported propaganda looks like when an organization like the PBS NewsHour wants to maintain a semblance of credibility while lying through its intimidated teeth. Yes, Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world, long dependent on imported food and other life support. But to say Yemens war is major league deceit, and PBS surely knows the truth: that the war on Yemen is American-backed, initiated illegally in March 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE (United Arab Emirates). The US/Saudi war is genocidal, creating famine and a cholera epidemic for military purposes. These are American and Arab war crimes that almost no one wants to acknowledge, much less confront.
The Saudi blockade is also a US Navy blockade. The blockade is a war crime. Starving civilians is a war crime.
The most amazing sentence is: Markets and businesses are ruined from airstrikes. Seems rather bland. But this is a tacit admission of more war crimes Saudi bombing of civilian businesses, as well as civilian hospitals, weddings, and funerals. But PBS makes it sound like the airstrikes sort of come out of nowhere, like the rain. PBS omits the American culpability that makes the airstrikes possible: mid-air refueling, targeting support, intelligence sharing, and the rest. Think of Guernica, the fascist bombing of civilians that inspired Picassos painting. Now think of Guernica lasting three years. Thats what the US has supported in Yemen and thats what PBS helps cover up.
Yes, Millions are destitute, and yes, this is the worlds worst humanitarian disaster. But an honest news organization might go on to note that the destitution and the disaster are deliberate results of the worlds most relentless war crime.
From a journalistic perspective, getting the perky blonde reporter Jane Ferguson into northern Yemen, where the Houthis have been in control since 2014, is an accomplishment of note. There has been little firsthand reporting from Houthi Yemen, where the worst war crimes have been committed and the worst suffering continues. Fergusons presence was certainly an opportunity for serious i...
The national movement for improved Medicare for All is gaining momentum, which means that we have the real potential to win a national universal public health insurance and means that our opponents will double down on preventing this. We speak with Dr. Carol Paris, outgoing president of Physicians for a National Health Program, about how the single payer healthcare movement has changed in the Trump era and where it needs to go. We also cover recent news, including the successful anti-racist actions in DC, the recent verdict against Monsanto and an update on the UPS worker fight for a contract.
Sputnik 14.08.2018 WASHINGTON US demands for Russia to accept new inspections for chemicals weapons as a condition for not imposing sanctions are absurd since an international authority has confirmed Moscow scrapped all of them, former Canadian diplomat Patrick Armstrong told Sputnik. On Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement said that US 
An interesting new study:1 lays out the pathway for Earth entering a Hothouse Climate State.
Our planet is still in danger of becoming a Hothouse Earth despite our current efforts to manage global warming.
Counter-intuitively, that sounds like a breath of fresh air, meaning, get the bad news out of the way ahead of time so people can brace for it, no surprises. Assuming the Hothouse Planet happens, certain areas would be uninhabitable as global temps crank up to 4C-to-5C beyond pre-industrial. The planet would be gnarled and unattractive, a nasty place to live, no more Goldilocks climate. And, all kinds of warfare would breakout as mobs vie for tillable land.
The articles general thesis is that, as of today, the planet retains its Goldilocks not too hot, not too cold swagger because of a series of natural mechanisms that maintain a balance, for example, carbon sinks, like the ocean or like the Amazon Rain Forest keep the balance in place. In fact, the study identifies ten tipping elements that maintain a balance for the planet, any one of which, once out of whack, would cascade into all the others, bringing on the onset of a hothouse planet.
Assuming the world exceeds the 2C pre-industrial marker set by the Paris Agreement, the study envisions a dangerous out of control spiral downwards, as planetary mechanisms crash in domino fashion, resulting in a planetary climate hothouse. Maybe thats what happened to Venus (865F, CO2 950,000 ppm) millennia ago.
According to the PNAS article, hothouse prevention is reducing carbon emissions ASAP with countries working together towards a common goal, including decarbonization, enhancement of carbon sinks, blah-blah-blah. Stop right there! The U.S. is already out of the deal and furthermore its a pipe dream to assume countries will come together globally to save the planet. Since the dawn of civilization, tribes, then empires, then nation/states have been fighting like cats and dogs locked together in a crowded teeny-weeny room.
Heres the issue as outlined by the study: It only takes one of the mechanisms to break down and topple all of the others. Ipso facto, that presents a problem today. The tipping elements, of which there are ten, include: (1) thawing permafrost (2) loss of coral reefs (3) loss of Arctic summer sea ice. Those three mechanisms alone, according to some pretty smart scientists, are already goners, or very, very close to goners....
Two years ago, major media outlets started to pay attention to a group of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members demonstrating along the Cannonball River located in North Dakota. They were demonstrating against the Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) construction of the 1,880 km Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on their territory. The tribe said they were never consulted on the pipeline's re-route from Bismarck into their sovereign and sacred lands. The Standing Rock feared the line would leak crude into their main aquifer, Lake Oahe, part of the Missouri River. From March 2016 the Sioux, who would be joined by over 300 other Indigenous 'water protectors' and international allies, set up camp on the North Dakota prairie to resist the pipeline despite government food blockades, massive arrests, police dog and water cannon attacks well into the frigid Midwest winter of that year.
Hysteria reigned supreme after the first round of US sanctions were reinstated against Iran over the past week. War scenarios abound, and yet the key aspect of the economic war unleashed by the Trump administration has been overlooked: Iran is a major piece in a much larger chessboard. The US sanctions offensive, launched after Washingtons unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies Chinas New Silk Road arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century and overall Eurasia integration. The Trump administrations maneuvers are a testament to how Chinas New Silk Road, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threaten the US establishment.
Via: PBS: An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 minutes during the worlds largest yearly hacking convention, DEFCON 26, organizers of the event said. Thousands of adult hackers attend the convention annually, while this year 
This week is the fourth anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, and the protests that spread across the nation after that tragedy. In the years since Ferguson placed police behavior under the national microscope, confidence in the police has risen and plummeted. Overall mistrust in some communities is a constant, especially among African-Americans. And recent incidents of white people calling the police on black people for simply living their lives havent helped the situation. Our nation is in the midst of a volatile moment, and its crucial literally a matter of life and death that we identify how we got here and how we can get out. Im a former Salt Lake City police chief. I believe we should start with the officers. In the last four years, weve learned an undeniable truth: Americas police departments do not always hire and retain the best officers.
During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." "We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook." Judd Legum, ThinkProgress. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read "Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
By Olgu Okumus | Oilprice.com | August 13, 2018 The two-decade-long dispute on the statute of the Caspian Sea, the world largest water reserve, came to an end last Sunday when five littoral states (Russia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan) agreed to give it a special legal status it is now neither a sea, 
Israeli naval forces enforce Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza by boarding a civilian vessel sailing for Gaza on June 5, 2010 (IDF/Public Domain)
ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA A group of refugees from Central America, who faced beatings and abuse while detained at a California detention center last year, are pursuing legal action in hopes of drawing attention to the systematic abuse of migrants who are being confined in a growing network of concentration camp-style facilities across the United States. The civil rights lawsuit alleges that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau, for-profit prison operator GEO Group, and the City of Adelanto are responsible for considerable damages inflicted on the group of eight asylum-seekers, one of whom remains imprisoned. The notorious GEO Group a multinational for-profit prison operator with nearly 150 prisons across the globe, and one of the largest contractors for ICE has long been accused by human rights monitors of utterly neglecting the well-being of their detainees as they rake in billions in revenue.
It takes a remarkable force to keep nearly a million people quietly indoors for an entire day, home from work and school, from neighborhood errands and out-of-town travel. It takes a remarkable force to keep businesses closed and cars off the road, to keep playgrounds empty and porches unused across a densely populated place 125 square miles in size. This happened not because armed officers went door-to-door, or imposed a curfew, or threatened martial law. All around the region, for 13 hours, people locked up their businesses and sheltered in place out of a kind of collective will. The force that kept them there wasnt external there was virtually no active enforcement across the city of the governors plea that people stay indoors. Rather, the pressure was an internal one expressed as concern, or helpfulness, or in some cases, fear felt in thousands of individual homes.
Journalist Emily Badger, The Psychology of a Citywide Lockdown, April 22, 2013
It has become way too easy to lockdown this nation.
Five years ago, the city of Boston was locked down while police carried out a military-style manhunt for suspects in the 2013 Boston Marathon explosion.
Four years ago, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, was locked down, with government officials deploying a massive SWAT team, an armored personnel carrier, men in camouflage pointing heavy artillery at the crowd, smoke bombs and tear gas to quell citizen unrest over a police shooting of a young, unarmed black man.
Three years ago, the city of Baltimore was put under a military-enforced lockdown after civil unrest over police brutality erupted into rioting. More than 1,500 national guard troops were deployed while residents were ordered to stay inside their homes and put under a 10 pm curfew.
This year, it was my hometown of Charlottesville, Va., population 50,000, that was locked down while government officials declared a state of emergency and enacted heightened security measures tantamount to martial law, despite the absence of any publicized information about credible threats to public safety.
As Tess Owen report...
By Vicki Batts
President Donald Trump recently announced that a multi-billion dollar financial aid plan for farmers would soon be coming down the pike. The subsidies for farmers are intended to help farmers whove been hit hard by new, retaliatory tariffs. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the three-part, $12 billion plan will help ensure that farmers and ranchers arent overly burdened by the Trump administrations vigorous efforts to restore balance to the United States trade affairs.
Keeping American farmers in business is a top priority, no doubt. But many are wondering why this administration hasnt tried to shift focus onto a more profitable plant for farmers: hemp. It was recently revealed that the Senates 2018 Farm Bill included legislation which would legalize the cultivation of hemp here in the U.S. If passed, the bill would allow for hemp to be sold as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of federally controlled substances.
Further, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnells office reports that the bill would give hemp researchers the ability to apply for grants from the Agriculture Department and make hemp farmers eligible for crop insurance and states would be allowed to regulate hemp, too. This is all great news; hemp is a plant with enormous potential for profits. Why isnt it legal yet?
For farmers, hemp could be the next big thing. In fact, cultivating hemp could help restore agricultural economy in the U.S. While it may be illegal, hemp does not have the same psychoactive properties as its closely related (and also federally prohibited) cousin, cannabis. But it does share many of the same health benefits: Hemp contains cannabidiol (CBD) and can be used to make medicinal but non-psychoactive CBD extracts. Many people have turned to CBD extract as a last line of treatment for diseases like cancer.
But CBDs biggest claim to fame may be its ability to help children with intractable seizure disorders; the plant compound has been proven as an effective treatment for seizure disorders like Dravets syndrome. The FDA has even given a CBD synthetic produced by Big...
The risk of a no-deal Brexit has been increasing and the European Union commission needs to change its attitude if a deal is to be reached, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday.
Everyone needs to prepare for the possibility of a chaotic no-deal Brexit, Hunt told reporters in Helsinki.
With less than eight months until Britain quits the EU, the government has yet to agree a divorce deal with Brussels and has stepped up planning for the possibility of leaving the bloc without any formal agreement.
I think the risk of a no Brexit deal has been increasing recently there is absolutely no guarantee that we will get a deal, Hunt said after a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Timo Soini.
But its not what anyone wants and I hope very much that well find a way to avoid that the British government has been doing everything it can to avoid that outcome, he said.
The frustrated assassination attempt against President Nicols Maduro Moros on August 4 in Caracas will decisively strengthen the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and make it invincible. It would seem that such a crime was all that was left for the Venezuelan counter-revolution to completely lose the credibility it has enjoyed among the few sectors of the population that have been supporting it. They are interested in recovering the privileges they enjoyed before the Chvez revolution. They also want to win over those who had been won over by the siren songs of Washington, whose endless capitalist propaganda about the possibility of maintaining the social benefits recently achieved by the revolution in a more just, but still unequal, society in which they could already be part of a less poor class.
Leaders of the two Koreas will have their third summit in North Korea's capital next month, representatives of the two countries said in a joint press statement Monday. "South Korea and North Korea agreed to hold the summit in September in Pyongyang," the statement said, although the exact date was not mentioned. The agreement was made during a ministerial-level meeting at the request of North Korea held on the North's side of Panmunjeom within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). "During the meeting, the two Koreas discussed issues that need to be actively dealt with. They also talked on how to implement follow-up measures to the Panmunjeom Declaration," said the statement. In a media briefing, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, who led the South's delegation, said the North reaffirmed its commitment for permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula and explained its denuclearization measures.
While some emerging markets crises spread, others remain contained. It is still unclear which type Turkeys is
Sharp declines in the Turkish lira, Indian rupee and other currencies have raised the prospect of a self-reinforcing flight from riskier emerging markets.
While the lira recovered slightly on Tuesday, and so did many peers, Indias currency tumbled past 70 per dollar, a historic low. Across the world, the Argentine peso fell another 2.1%, even...
Newly released declassified documents prove once and for all that CIA Director Gina Haspel oversaw torture in Thailand, which the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee knew all along. Newly released official documents obtained by the National Security Archive showing that CIA Director Gina Haspel directly supervised waterboarding at the first CIA Black Site simply confirm what Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) already knew as he orchestrated the charade that was Haspels confirmation hearing. Burr allowed her to classify her own direct role in waterboarding and other torture techniques so that it could be kept from the public and secure her confirmation-further proof that this Senate oversight committee has instead become an overlook committee.
The EU on Tuesday stepped up its legal threats to Poland over its controversial supreme court reforms, giving Warsaw one month to comply or risk being hauled before the blocs top court.
The move raises the stakes in a bitter, long-running confrontation between the European Commission and Polands right-wing government over the rule of law in the former communist state.
Brussels launched so-called infringement proceedings against Warsaw on July 2 over the controversial changes that critics say put the judicial system under government control and are a threat to the countrys democracy.
AFP/File | People demonstrate in support of the Supreme Court judges in Warsaw, Poland, on late July 3, 2018
The European Commission said that after carrying out a thorough analysis of Warsaws response, it had now decided to begin the second step of legal action against Poland.
The response of the Polish authorities does not alleviate the Commissions legal concerns, the European Commission said in a statement.
The Polish authorities now have one month to take the necessary measures to comply with this Reasoned Opinion. If the Polish authorities do not take appropriate measures, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Poland could face huge fines if the EUs top court rules against it.
The retirement law came into effect last month and lowers the pension age of judges from 70 to 65.
It affects 27 of the Supreme Courts sitting 73 judges including chief justice Malgorzata Gersdorf, who has refused to step down, slamming the measure as a purge that breaches her constitutionally guaranteed six-year term ending in 2020.
In December Brussels triggered unprecedented Article 7 proceedings against Poland over systemic threats to the rule of law, which could eventually see Warsaws EU voting rights suspended.
Prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan on Tuesday extended his support to Turkey which is embroiled in an intense dispute with the United States that has seen the lira tumble.
In a tweet, Khan assured Turkeys President Recep Erdogan and the Turkish people that we (the people of Pakistan) are praying for their success in dealing with the severe economic challenges confronting them.
Prices for U.S. farm exports dropped in July by the most in more than six years as a trade war with China heated up, Labor Department figures showed Tuesday.
Agricultural export prices fell 5.3 percent from the prior month, the biggest drop since October 2011, as soybean prices plummeted 14.1 percent. Export prices for corn, wheat, fruits and nuts also slumped in July. The overall export price index dropped 0.5 percent, the most since May 2017, the department said. The figures exclude the price effect from any tariffs.
China in July slapped 25 percent tariffs on American soybeans and also targeted other farm goods in retaliation for U.S. duties on a range of merchandise. The worlds biggest buyer of soybeans has shunned U.S. supplies amid the escalating trade conflict, threatening to curb exports after the harvest.
The report also showed that import prices were unchanged from the previous month, matching the median estimate of economists. Prices were up 4.8 percent from a year earlier, the biggest advance since 2012, driven by a 40.7 percent rise in fuel import prices.
With assistance by Kristy Scheuble
By David Swanson, August 13, 2018
Weve been given a rare opportunity. While the United States military has slaughtered innocents by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East over the past couple of decades, almost never have U.S. television viewers seen images of the victims, in particular images of them alive just moments before death rained down on them.
Now we have video footage of dozens of little boys on a bus less than an hour before U.S.-made Raytheon bombs murdered many of them, wounded others, and traumatized survivors.
As with a racist police murder, what is rare here is not the crime but the video. This bus was bombed by the U.S.-Saudi alliance. The weapons used by Saudi Arabia are U.S. weapons. The U.S. military aids the Saudis in targeting and refuels their U.S.-made airplanes in midair, so that the bombing need never cease. This was a bus full of little boys in the middle of a crowded market. The tens of thousands of people who attended the boys funeral are certain to have recognized the crime of mass murder.
Dozens of U.S. Senators recognized the outrage months before it happened, because its one blip in an ongoing mass-murdering forever-war. Back in March, numerous Senators took to the floor of the U.S. Senate and denounced ongoing U.S. participation in this war. I wrote at that time:
The facts of the matter were presented very clearly in the debate by numerous U.S. senators from both parties. They denounced war lies as lies. They pointed out the horrendous damage, the deaths, the injuries, the starv...
Malta on Tuesday said it agreed to let the Aquarius humanitarian ship dock in one of its ports and disembark 141 migrants rescued off the coast of Libya last week, ending a European standoff over who should accept the ship.
Malta will be making a concession allowing the vessel to enter its ports, despite having no legal obligation to do so, a government statement said.
Malta will serve as a logistical base and all of the reportedly 141 migrants on board will be distributed amongst France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain, it said.
The government also pointed out that a further 114 migrants were rescued at sea and brought to Malta on Monday. Sixty of them will be distributed among other EU member states.
Reporting by Chris Scicluna, writing by Steve Scherer
Irans supreme leader on Monday accused President Hassan Rouhanis government of mismanagement, after a string of angry public protests over the dire state of the economy.
Ayatollah Ali Khameneis statement was an apparent attempt to deflect public anger over the plunging worth of the rial the currency has lost about half of its value since April and wider economic woes due to tough new US sanctions on Tehran.
More than the sanctions, economic mismanagement is putting pressure on ordinary Iranians I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management, Khamenei said.
The leaders speech adds to the growing pressure on Irans beleaguered government. Aside from the economic concerns, footage of protests indicates a more fundamental dissatisfaction with the regime, with chants of slogans such as death to the dictator and demands for an end to Irans costly regional interventions in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen while Iranians suffer economic pain.
The Iranian leader also ruled out any talks with the US, following last weeks reimposition of sanctions after President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 deal aimed at curbing Irans nuclear program.
Thousands of Iranians have protested in recent weeks against sharp rises in the prices of some food items, a lack of jobs and state corruption.
The rial has lost about half of its value since April in anticipation of the renewed US sanctions, driven mainly by heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings.
Meanwhile, Iran on Monday unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile. State broadcaster IRIB said the new Fateh Mobin missile had successfully passed its tests and could strike targets on land and sea. Previous versions of the missile had a range of about 200 to 300 kilometers.
Theodore Karasik, a security analyst and senior adviser to Gulf State Analytics in Washington, said Iran was developing a robust defense industry despite the countrys severe economic problems.
The missile is launched from a mobile launcher that provides for denial and deception tactics to hide such launchers from overhead surveillance much like the Houthi militias are doing in Yemen, he said.
For an event forecasted by media as the next Charlottesville, indicating a possible tragedy resulting from clashes between Patriot Prayer and anti-fascist protesters, the scene on Aug. 4 was remarkably familiar. Over the past couple of years, as protest movements in response to Trump and the alt-right have ramped up in intensity in Portland, Oregon, so has the aggressive use of dispersal tactics on leftist demonstrators by police.
There was yet another event from the far-right organization, Patriot Prayer, and its leader, Washington State Senate candidate Joey Gibson on Aug. 4. (Gibson lost the primary election on Aug. 7, receiving only 24,029 votes, or 2.3 percent of the votes counted.) Over the past two years, Patriot Prayer has led frequent demonstrations with the apparent support of white nationalist organizations and the Proud Boys, a radical-right fraternity. Often mixing in far-right talking points and alt-right agitation, the organization has become a thorn in Portlands side, prompting mass-organized counter-protests that the Patriot Prayer attendees use as an invitation to attack demonstrators.
At another event on June 30, the Patriot Prayer crowd, led largely by the Proud Boys, initiated a series of attacks in clashes with anti-fascist protesters leading to a level of brutality unprecedented in Portlands recent history. The violence had been escalating as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer continued to stoke resentment against the relatively progressive city, and what they felt was unfair treatment at their rallies by both police and community members.
As the dust settled from the June 30 attack, which left several people arrested and in the hospital, Gibson announced the follow up for Aug. 4 while denouncing the polices response. This surprised many counter-protesters, who insist that the Portland Police Bureau focused their crowd-dispersal methods including chemical weapons and exploding flash grenades almost exclusively on the left while actively protecting Patriot Prayer from advancing crowds.
In response to Gibsons Aug. 4 announcement, a mass coalition organized by Pop Mob, short for popular mobilization, and anti-fascist groups lik...
A motorway bridge, reported to reach around 50 meters over the northwestern city, has collapsed. Italys deputy transport minister has said at least 22 people have died in the tragedy.
FACEBOOK/AFP | The Italian fire service said that the viaduct, located in an industrial area in the west of the city, collapsed at around 1200 (1000 GMT)
Part of a motorway viaduct in the northwestern Italian city of Genoa collapsed on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring eight, according to officials.
Speaking to local media, Italian Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi said that the death toll was likely to rise. Earlier local ambulance officials said they feared the collapse had killed dozens.
Luca Zennaro AP
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The Labour leader's opponents don't care about anti-Semitism. They'll just do anything to remove Corbyn
Teslas board of directors said Tuesday it formed a special committee to consider chief executive Elon Musks proposal to take the electric auto giant private.
Musk disclosed on Monday that he had been in talks with Saudi Arabias sovereign wealth fund and other potential investors on a plan that would delist Tesla from the stock market.
By going private, Tesla could operate without requirements for financial reports and other pressures of a publicly traded firm. But it could also lose visibility and limit its ability to raise capital.
A statement Tuesday from Teslas board said the special committee has the full power and authority of the board of directors to take any and all actions on behalf of the board of directors as it deems necessary to evaluate and negotiate a potential going private transaction and alternatives to any transaction proposed by Mr. Musk.
It added that no transaction would be consummated without the approval of the special committee.
No assurances can be given regarding the likelihood, terms and details of any proposal or potential going private transaction, that any proposal made by Mr. Musk will be accepted by the special committee, the statement said.
Musk said that the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund has approached me multiple times starting in early 2017 about taking Tesla private and had already taken a stake of nearly five percent though share purchases.
He said the Saudis were interested because of the important need to diversify away from oil and added that the sovereign fund has more than enough capital needed to execute on such a transaction.
California-based Tesla has become one of the most valuable automakers on expectations it will disrupt the industry, although it produced only slightly more than 100,000 vehicles last year.
The company has been struggling to boost production of its Model 3, which is less expensive than its first models and could held expand Teslas base.
Col. Erran Morad, Sacha Baron Cohens Israeli character from his new Showtime series Who Is America?, is a die-hard counterterrorism expert hell-bent on sharing his tactics with conservative America. But at the same time that Baron Cohens latest alter-ego is revealing the wingnuttery of American politicians, he is also stirring a debate in Israel, as people there are realizing that the joke might also be on them.
While there is consensus among Israelis on the accuracy of the archetypethe heavy accent, the flagrant machismo, the inherent misogynyopinions across social media and the press are divided as to whether Baron Cohen, until now a beloved son of Israel, is turning his back on his mothers country of origin. While some think that Baron Cohens parody is a chance to reflect on Israels growing militarism and international isolation, others like Shmuel Rosner (Does Sacha Baron Cohen Understand Israel? August 9th) complain that the character misrepresents todays Israeli society and brings harm to the countrys already struggling image in the world. Perhaps Rosner should seize this opportunity to look at the Morad within himself.
Everyone in Israel knows a Morad, Rosner admits, but he also claims that these types are a breed heading towards extinction. He recalls a story about a Morad-like retired Israeli officer whom he heard lecturing a Canadian audience in a heavy accent, You know, we could throw all the Arabs into the Jordan. But the world wont let (the typos are in the original script.) That reference to the officers overt desire to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians from their homeland, Rosner tells us, has become a running joke in his familysomething to be repeated in any number of circumstances: I truly tried to convince the pigeons to get off the balcony, I might say to my wife, but the world wont let. A cute joke maybe, but focusing on the officers broken English instead of his appalling genocidal plansnow rapidly infiltrating the political mainstream in the countrysuggests that the relevance of Baron Cohens Morad character is either something that is over Rosners head or that he has chosen to actively ignore.
The same might be said for the irony of Rosner boasting that his two soldier sons thoroughly approve of Baron Cohens jokes. To defend his point that the military is not as dominant in Israeli culture as it used to be, although it lives in his house, Rosen cites Israels capitalistic economy (which is responsible for the third highest gap between rich and poor in the world) and its focus o...
US President Donald Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin at a press conference on July 16, 2018 (The Kremlin)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Ankara yesterday for talks that will continue today to discuss issues related to Syria.Erdogan at a BRICS summit announcing a meeting of parties opposed to Iranian sanctions.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would visit Ankara on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the four-way meeting with his Turkish counterpart.
The statement also said that a four-way Syria summit "is planned in the upcoming future," with the leaders of Russia, France, Turkey and Germany attending. The summit is of great significance as the four countries have taken an initiative to resolve regional issues at a fragile time.
The summit was first announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 28 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he attended the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit. Erdogan underlined that the four countries will take up a wide-ranging set of issues, including Iraq. The summit focusing on Syria and the wider region will be held in Istanbul on Sept. 7 with participation of the most senior representatives from Turkey, Russia, France a nd Germany.
The four countries are also known to have been opposing the sanctions of the United States on Iran. Turkey, Russia and the European Union are against severing economic ties with Iran.
The Jewish state is no friend By Philip Giraldi Unz Review August 14, 2018 I am often asked why I have this thing about Israel, with friends suggesting that I would be much more respected as a pundit if I were to instead concentrate on national security and political corruption. The problem with 
Using the hashtags, #SanctionsAreWar & #EndVenezuelaSanctions, we are asking people to take a selfie or group photo, and send it with a short message urging an end to the destructive and counterproductive economic blockade by the United States, Canadian and Western nations that are having a devastating impact on the people of Venezuela. Post the photo on social media and send us your picture at EndVenezuelaSanctions@gmail.com
A report which appeared on the BBC News websites UK Politics page on the afternoon of August 13th was initially headlined Jeremy Corbyn pressed over terror memorial claims. Roughly two hours later the word terror was dropped from the headline, which was amended to read Jeremy Corbyn wreath laying attacked by Israeli PM. The report was also posted on the websites Middle East page.
As noted on these pages last September, for decades BBC News has refrained from describing the members of the PLO faction that perpetrated the Munich Olympics massacre as terrorists. Surprisingly, the word terror was used in this reports opening line:
Xinjiang holding group misses debt payment signalling end of implicit state bailout
A coal factory in western Chinas Xinjiang region Reuters
Gabriel Wildau in Shanghai
An investment arm of western Chinas Xinjiang region has failed to repay a Rmb500m ($73m) bond, marking the first public default by a Chinese government-linked holding company.
The default by the Sixth Agriculture State-Owned Assets Management Co is the first by an investment holding company and a signal to investors that even state-owned groups that are agents of fiscal policy considered closer to Beijing than commercially operated state-owned enterprises are not guaranteed to be bailed out by the state.
Sixth Agricultural is a holding company for state-owned enterprises in the city of Wujiaqu, including cotton trading, coal mining, real estate, finance and logistics.
Bond defaults have risen sharply in China this year as Beijing has mounted a fierce campaign against excessive debt. The central government keeps a tight lid on direct fiscal borrowing by local governments but has allowed them to skirt these limits by borrowing via investment vehicles such as Sixth Agricultural.
Using traditional accounting, Chinas budget deficit was a modest 3.9 per cent of gross domestic product last year, but when such off-budget spending was included, the augmented deficit was 10.8 per cent of GDP, according to the IMF.
In 2014, the finance ministry authorised direct borrowing by local governments for the first time in a bid to encourage them to establish clearly-defined debt limits and phase out the use of opaque, off-budget vehicles.
The explosion of local borrowing since the 2008 financial crisis local government debt has risen from 27 per cent of GDP in 2013 to 45 per cent in 2017, according to the IMF has sparked warnings from global watchdogs and Beijing officials.
Borrowing through local government financing vehicles has continued, however, serving as a crucial source of financing for infrastructure-led fiscal stimulus. Yet even as Beijing allowed the practice to continue, authorities said they must operate on a commercial basis with no expectation of a bailout if they were unable to repay their debt.
Previous defaults by both state-owned and private companies were often followed by bailouts days or weeks later. But analysts said imposing losses on investors would reduce moral hazard by forcing them to evaluate borrowers fundamentals rather than relying on expecta...
Eric Zuesse On Friday, August 10th, CNN headlined Saudi-led strike kills dozens of children on school field trip in Yemen and reported as if the United States doesnt have any important role to play in targeting and supplying the bombs and missiles for what the news-report refers to as the Saudi-led coalition. It even says at 0:15 in the video, Saudi Arabia, through air strikes, leads the coalition, including the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Sudan and doesnt even mention there the main party, other than the royal Saud family the U.S. Government itself which provides not only detailed authorization of each target but also the weapons and the training on how theyre used. The accompanying printed CNN news-article says nothing at all about the U.S. Governments involvement until the very end of the article, where a U.S. propagandist is quoted: After the strike, the United States, which largely supports the coalitions campaign, issued a statement. US military support to our partners mitigates noncombatant casualties, said Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich, according to the statement.
A bridge on the main highway running down the Italian Mediterranean coast in the port city of Genoa has collapsed, and reports said at least 20 people died with others trapped in the rubble.
Shares of Atlantia SpA, which runs the stretch of highway, fell almost 11 percent in Milan, the companys biggest intraday drop since 2008.
Atlantia Chief Executive Officer Giovanni Castellucci said the company had not received any specific reports or alerts regarding the bridges solidity. Speaking to state-owned radio network RAI, he also said that there are absolutely no issues regarding the maintenance of the highway network across the country.
A police video showed the viaduct completely cut in two in a heavy rainfall. A post on Twitter from the Transport Ministry said traffic was interrupted in both directions on the A10 highway, with the incident happening near the turnoffs for the A7 highway to Milan and the Genoa airport. The heavily traveled highway is both a major route from northern to central Italy,...
Police detained driver, in his late 20s, at the scene; cyclists and pedestrians injured
LONDONA car crashed into barriers outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning in a suspected terrorist attack, injuring several people just yards away from the site of an attack last year.
Police said the driver, in his late 20s, was detained at the scene and later arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses. The man isnt cooperating with police and hasnt been formally identified, police said.
It certainly appears this was a deliberate act but what the motivation is we cant say, said Neil Basu, the head of the London polic...
In its response to Ottawas row with Saudi Arabia, the EU is repeating past mistakes
By JUDY DEMPSEY
Saudi Arabias reaction was swift last week when Canadas foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, called in a tweet for the release of Samar Badawi, a leading Saudi womens rights activist. It dumped assets, expelled the Canadian ambassador and told the 10,000 Saudi students studying in Canada to pack their bags.
This was a test case for the wests commitment to defending human rights activists in semi-democratic and authoritarian countries. But instead of standing up for Canada, Europe backed away from a Nato ally and a country that recently forged a major trade deal with the EU.
A spokesperson for the EUs foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Brussels was seeking clarification from the Saudi authorities about Ms Badawis arrest. The UK said both Canada and Saudi Arabia are close partners and urged restraint during the current situation. Britain and Saudi Arabia recently set a target of $90bn in trade and investment deals over the next decade.
From Germany there was silence. Berlin had its fingers burnt last year when Sigmar Gabriel, the former foreign minister, criticised Saudi Arabias adventurism in Lebanon and Yemen. Since then, Daimler, Siemens, Deutsche Bank and other companies have been cold-shouldered by Riyadh.
As it did before the Arab uprisings of 2011, the EU is putting economic interests and stability before human rights and the rule of law.
Take Iran. The EU is determined to save the nuclear deal that Mr Trump has disowned. His recent decision to impose new sanctions on Iran has horrified the Europeans. Their fear is that hardliners will become emboldened and walk away from a nuclear deal that had put the non-proliferation regime back on the agenda.
Meanwhile, inside Iran there is increasing...
By Lori Alton
For millennia, holy basil or tulsi has been revered in the Ayurvedic medical system for its healing capabilities. Scientifically known as Ocimum sanctum, holy basil is currently earning respect from modern researchers for its abilities to alleviate the effects of chronic stress while inhibiting the growth of cancer.
Today, well focus our attention on the many health benefits of this therapeutic plant.
To be classified as an adaptogen, a substance must strengthen the immune system, help the body function optimally during times of stress and even help prevent diseases such as cancer. Holy basil, with its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing effects, does this in spades.
But, be aware: holy basil is not to be confused with sweet basil, or Ocimum basilicum, the flavorful and beneficial Mediterranean kitchen herb sold in grocery stores. Holy basil sometimes called Asian basil is a plant of Indian origin, and features some different constituents and properties.
In cellular studies, holy basil has shown the ability to repair cells damaged by oxidation and even to repair cell DNA damaged by radiation, giving it chemopreventive effects. One of its compounds, BCP, or (E)-beta-caryophyllene, acts as a strong anti-inflammatory agent.
In fact, researchers say that holy basil, much like pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs, works to suppress levels of the pro-inflammatory chemical COX-2, helping to relieve pain and inflammation but without unwanted side effects.
In addition, holy basil can help alleviate stress-induced anxiety, depression and insomnia. University of Maryland Medical Center talks about this calming herb as a therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, and many integrative physicians recommend it for adrenal support.
As scientists have long known, the effects of ongoing stress can be devastating. Chronic stress damages the nervous system, suppresses the immune system, and can even cause increased appetite and weight gain. When it comes to relieving effects of stress, holy basil just might be the gold standard of soothing herbs.
Holy basil has been shown to decrea...
Clarions Raheel Raza with Dr. Tawfik Hamid at the Aspen meeting of progressive Muslims (Photo: Clarion Project)
A revolution in Aspen, Colorado took place August 8, 2018.
The event was a meeting of modern Muslim minds titled Reform in a Politically Correct World. I would be understating this to say that it was mind blowing.
Hosted by the JCC (Jewish Community Centre) and CCAT (Canadian Coalition Against Terrorism) with generous donors, it was attended by over 250 people who were informed, well read and curious.
However they had never experienced or heard anything like this.
Since 9/11, there have been many conferences held on progressive Islam and reform by moderate Muslims. Unfortunately their message and voices have been drowned out by the hysterical din of the Islamist narrative which attracts mainstream media like a bee to honey.
Added to these voices of jihad-ism, are the other Islamist culprits like Linda Sarsour, Siraj Wahhaj, CAIR and more promoting a victim ideology and Islamophobia supported by the regressive left and politically correct leaders.
In this atmosphere of denial, the gathering in Aspen was unique in every way, and something shifted on that day.
What made this meeting so different and electrifying?
To begin with, the participants came from diverse backgrounds and showed the spectrum of diversity within the Muslim world. Syrians, Yemenis, Bangladeshis, Egyptians and Pakistanis all on one platform. Despite different opinions, varied organizations and nationalities, the binding factor for all of us was that we mutually embrace the values of a liberal democracy, gender equality,...
Filip Liu, a 31-year-old software developer from Beijing, was traveling in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang when he was pulled to one side by police as he got off a bus.
The officers took Lius iPhone, hooked it up to a handheld device that looked like a laptop and told him they were checking his phone for illegal information.
Lius experience in Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital, is not uncommon in a region that has been wracked by separatist violence and a crackdown by security forces.
But such surveillance technologies, tested out in the laboratory of Xinjiang, are now quietly spreading across China.
Government procurement documents collected by Reuters and rare insights from officials show the technology Liu encountered in Xinjiang is encroaching into cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
Police stations in almost every province have sought to buy the data-extraction devices for smartphones since the beginning of 2016, coinciding with a sharp rise in spending on internal security and a crackdown on dissent, the data show.
The documents provide a rare glimpse into the numbers behind Chinas push to arm security forces with high-tech monitoring tools as the government clamps down on dissent.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Public Security Bureau, which oversee Chinas high-tech security projects, did not respond to requests for comment.
The scanners are hand-held or desktop devices that can break into smartphones and extract and analyze contact lists, photos, videos, social media posts and email.
Hand-held devices allow police to quickly check the content of phones on the street. Liu, the Beijing software developer, said the police were able to review his data on the spot. They apparently didnt find anything objectionable as he was not detained.
The data Reuters analyzed includes requests from 171 police stations across 32 out of 33 official mainland provinces, regions and municipalities, and appears to show only a portion of total spending.
The data shows over 129 million yuan ($19 million) in budgeting or spending on the equipment since the beginning of 2016, with amounts...
Burgeoning trade wars and the U.S. summit with North Korea have dominated the headlines over the past few months. However, the U.S. decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May warrants renewed attention now that economic sanctions have been reimposed on Iran.
The Iran nuclear deal, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed by the U.S., Iran, United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, Germany and the European Union in 2015. In a nutshell, the deal restricted Irans ability to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting some economic sanctions. Although critics believed the deal failed to effectively curtail Irans bomb making ability, international reaction to the agreement was largely positive since most experts felt it wrung tangible concessions from Iran.
The deals critics believe that it didnt adequately curtail Irans nuclear program because the enforcement mechanisms were too weak, leaving the Iranian threat to the U.S. and its allies unacceptably high, especially for Israel. Moreover, critics felt that the deal failed to address other U.S. goals vis--vis Iran, such as limiting the Islamic Republics regional influence and restricting its ballistic missile program. Removing economic sanctions, a powerful piece of leverage, just to curtail the nuclear program was seen as an unbalanced trade-off. They also felt the deal was an act of appeasement toward the Iranian regime, similar to Neville Chamberlins Munich agreement with the Nazis before World War II.
When the U.S. exited the agreement, it announced it would reimpose economic sanctions against Iran this summer, which it has now done. The U.S. government also declared that any company still doing business with Iran by November would be prohibited from conducting business with the U.S. Naturally, this threat could have a chilling effect on foreign economic activity in Iran since the U.S. market is significantly bigger than Irans; Daimler-Chrysler already announced it would cancel its Iranian expansion plans.
However, it is hard to countenance the critics logic. First, the agreement mandated that the U.S. lift only some economic sanctions several others remained on the books. Since the U.S. had not relinquished all levers of economic pressure, the degree of sanctions relief was commensurate with the goals achieved.
Second, the idea that removing all inspectors, freeing Iran to do as it pleases, enhances U.S. security rather than weakens it strains ones credulity. If enforcement mechanisms were too weak under the deal, how does removing all nuclear supervision improve that situation? It would be akin to simply unlocking the prison door because one felt the current locks were insufficient. The more rational approach would be to bank the accomplishments one has attained and seek additional ones later.
British police said they believe a man deliberately drove a car into pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday before ramming it into barriers outside Londons parliament in what appeared to be the second terrorism attack on the building in just under 18 months..
Three people were injured after the vehicle was driven through a group of cyclists and pedestrians during the early morning rush hour before smashing into a protective barrier on a lane used for accessing parliament.
The driver, a man in his 20s, was arrested by armed officers at the scene moments later.
Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident, London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.
In March 2017, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge and stabbed to death an unarmed police officer in the grounds of parliament before being shot dead.
It was the first of five attacks on Britain last year which police blamed on terrorism, three of which involved vehicles being used as a weapon.
Basu said the suspect in Tuesdays incident was in custody but was not co-operating with detectives. Although he had not been formally...
As President Donald Trump reflects on whether to take the Zionists and Deep State down in his speech on 11 September 2018, using 9/11 Truth (and ideally also Sandy Hook and other domestic false flag truths) to protect the 2nd Amendment and destroy the fake news mainstream media and the Zionist-controlled social media known as #GoogleGestapo, we will continue to build on the series of memoranda to the President, and will deliver a second volume on false flag truth to the White House on or about 5 September 2018.
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Up to 80 cars were set on fire overnight across western Sweden by masked vandals, police said Tuesday, in what they suspect was a coordinated attack weeks before a general election.
Most of the cars were burned at around 20 locations in Swedens second largest city of Gothenburg late Monday.
Authorities said no suspects have been arrested so far and no motive has been established.
But police said they had identified several people in connection with the blazes, which they believe were organised on social media.
Weve never seen this many cars set on fire before, Hans Lippens, police spokesman in western Sweden, told AFP.
The incident triggered outrage among Swedish politicians who are busy campaigning for the September 9 general election.
Im furious. My question to (the perpetrators) is: what the hell are you doing? Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told public broadcaster Swedish Radio on Tuesday.
Youre ruining things for yourselves, your parents and your neighbourhoods, Lofven said, adding the incident looked very coordinated, almost like a military operation.
Cars set ablaze is common in Sweden. In Stockholms suburbs alone, such crimes happen almost on a daily basis, usually attributed to disadvantaged youths.
Last year, 1,457 cars were deliberately set on fire across Sweden, compared to 1,641 in 2016, according to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agencys figures.
Sweden has tolerated this for too long. This must end now, Ulf Kristersson, leader of the conservative opposition party, the Moderates, wrote on his Facebook account.
Last year in February, two days after US President Donald Trumps baffling comments linking crime to immigration in Sweden, riots broke out in the immigrant-heavy northern Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby.
Dozens of youths clashed with police after they arrested a suspected drug dealer in Rinkeby. The rioters threw stones at police, burned cars and looted shops.
Hats Off to State of the Nation and Mike Adams of Natural News for two excellent summaries of how mainstream and social media fake news, the digital assassination of Alex Jones, Mike Adams and tens of thousands of conservative voices by the ADL (the Zionist secret police and trusted flaggers for #GoogleGestapo yes, we note the irony), and a possible false flag event are all converging as we approach Election Day 2018.
The goal: suppress all right of center votes, mobilize all left of center votes and the 47% who did not vote in 2016. My concern: President Trump is not engaging with the 99%, not confronting the Deep State on 9/11 and the many domestic false flag operations; not creating his own two-way Trump Truth Channel and public information ecology; not pressing for #UNRIG the Election Reform Act which would at a minimum mandate (and pay for) paper ballots counted publicly on site. If there is a major false flag event I predict it will be in Chicago where Rahm Emanuel, ubber-Zionist, can be trusted to do a Rudy Guliani and completely cover up the Deep State / Zionist contruction of the false flag or in Los Angeles, where there are so many pedophiles beholden to the Deep State that both law enforcement and the media will be easily controlled.
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We learn that the Atlantic Council is directly advising Facebook on identifying and removing "foreign interference" on the popular platform. While the initiative was initially revealed last May through an official Facebook media release, more details of the controversial think tank's role have been revealed.
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Justice Minister Shaked orders police documents be produced; calls on two health and welfare organizations to publish any material they have
Disputed by scholars and seemingly refuted by three state commissions that examined the affair and concluded that most of the children had died, the case has kept resurfacing, not least because most of the families were not given their childrens bodies or informed of their burial places.
The next logical thing after the 2015 deal should have been the normalization of US-Iranian relations and the commencement of a comprehensive engagement without pride and prejudice. Such an opening again may now have to wait for the departure of Trump.
In a shocking ruling, a judge released four of the five adults arrested from the Islamic extremist compound in New Mexico that was raided last week.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the father of the disabled boy who died from being denied his medication, is the only one still being held because he faces an additional charge since he was a fugitive.
Judge Sarah Backus ruled the prosecutors failed to prove the four individuals would pose a direct threat to the community and thus they did not need to be held until trial.
She released them to house arrest and on a $20,000 "signature bond," which means they just have to sign a document promising to return to court when it is time for trial. If they do not show up to court, they will face arrest and be required to pay $20,000 as a penalty.
All five suspects Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhannah Wahha......
The New Mexico compound where cultish Islamist extremists were found; inset: American imam and al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki (Photo: Clarion Project)
At least one of the women at the Islamist cult compound in New Mexico had links to al-Qaeda in that she was a big fan of al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, according to a public account from a Muslim activist and reports from sources who spoke to Clarion Projects Clarion Intelligence Network.
One woman also reportedly claimed to be the mahdi, a figure in Islamic end times prophecy who is supposed to join forces with Jesus to win a final apocalyptic war that ends with global Islamic rule.
Anwar al-Awlaki was an American imam who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011. He became al-Qaedas biggest recruiter because of his English-language, digital magazine Inspire that provided instructions used for carrying out terrorist attacks like the Boston Marathon bombing, among other items of inspiration.
One source recalled seeing Imam Siraj Wahhaj, whose children and family members resided at the New Mexico compound, preach at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia when it was run by Anwar al-Awlaki.
Since the story about the jihadi compound in New Mexico broke, the media has focused mainly on Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of the Brooklyn-based Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who abducted his son, denied him his prescribed medication and performed an Islamic exorcism-type ritual on him. The boy, named Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, is believed to have died in February.
However, several sources say that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was not the ideological leader of the cult that housed themselves at the compound.
The actual leader was most likely a woman from Haiti named Jany Leveille, who cult members called Maryam (or Mary), a name adopted to equate her with a modern incarnation of the mother of Jesus. She is the second wife of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.
In 2017, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj went on a trip to Saudi Arabia. W...
Jerusalem official quoted as saying Gaza ceasefire virtually done, as defense minister mulls lifting border restrictions
Israel and Hamas are reportedly on the verge of reaching a ceasefire agreement following a lull in fighting after a major flareup last week that saw the sides on the cusp of a full-scale military confrontation.
An Israeli official told the Los Angeles Times that a deal with the terror group that rules the Strip is virtually done.
There was no official Israeli confirmation of progress toward a deal, but senior defense officials are set to discuss easing a closure of the Palestinian enclave later Tuesday.
Israeli and Hamas officials have reportedly been engaged in intensive efforts via Egypt and the UN in recent weeks to reach a long-term deal to return calm to the restive border region in exchange for easing restrictions on the Strip. Last week a Hamas official predicted a truce would be inked by the end of the month.
Israel has officially been mum on the talks with Hamas, which Jerusalem and others label a terrorist group.
Last week, Hamas announced it had reached an Egyptian- and UN-brokered ceasefire agreement with Israel, after a day in which dozens of rockets and mortar shells rained down on southern Israel and the military responded with extensive airstrikes.
Jerusalem officially denied that a deal had been reached, but the days since Hamas announcement have seen a significant decrease in violence in Gaza.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is set to...
By Jodi Parker
Can you feel the chaos? I know I canbut even more so, its effecting the kids. Helping children and families heal is my passion above all else. As a Mom of super-sensitive children myself, I have walked this road. As I type this my 8 and 12 year olds are bickering with each other. And while that is normal childhood behavior among siblings, lately I have lots of clients who are seeing escalating behavior and emotional swings in their children, and my kids havent been immune either. I see lots of kids being diagnosed with everything from autism to sensory processing disorder to ADHD to oppositional defiant disorder.
The struggle between light and dark on the planet is intensifying. We are seeing larger disparity between the haves and have nots, larger polarity between social issues (pick one: politics, education, marriage, skin color, medical decisions.), and increasing illnesses of the mind and body. Our food supply, water supply, and even the air we breathe are getting increasingly toxic. Our children, above all else, are the ones suffering most.
In previous blog posts I have talked about my quest towards purity in my environment. We eat organic, we drink filtered water, we use holistic medicine, we use organic personal care products, we avoid toxins whenever possible, and we drink lots of green drinks to help us process the toxins we cant avoid. And I will go into some of that information here. But what if you are doing everything right and your kids moods are still unbalanced? Whats your next step? Lets explore my three point plan to healing.Continue Reading
This article (How To Help Your Children Manage Earths Chaotic Energy) was originally published on Higher Living Journey and syndicated by The Event Chronicle. Via Conscious Life News.
Last week, left-wing politicians, activists and columnists gleefully rejoiced that they had unlocked the easy path to single-payer health care in America: Just cut reimbursement payments to health providers by 40 percent and then raise taxes by $32 trillion over the decade. You know, nothing difficult or controversial.
These liberals are cheering and broadly misinterpreting a new report by Charles Blahous of the Mercatus Center. The reports purpose was to estimate the cost of Sen. Bernie Sanders recent Medicare-For-All health plan.
Blahous estimates that, in the fantasy world of this proposal, projected national health spending over the 2022-2031 period would dip from $60 trillion to $58 trillion. However, by nationalizing health care, the share of health spending paid by the federal government and our federal taxes would rise by $32.6 trillion.
By Brian M. Riedl
Liberal opinion leaders seized on the reduction in national projected health spending as proof that single-payer health care saves money and is thus a bargain. They should not spike the football yet. Under any fair reading of the report, single-payer health care remains as implausible as ever.
First, the 40 percent reduction in provider payments is wildly unrealistic. Sanders assumes that hospitals, physicians and others can be reimbursed at Medicares payment rates, which at the time of implementation would be 40 percent below what private insurers receive. Yet Medicare already underpays providers. Blahous explains that [I]n 2014, hospitals were reimbursed just 89 percent of their costs of treating Medicare patients and 90 percent of their costs of treating Medicaid patients losses that were offset by hospitals collecting private insurance reimbursement rates equaling 144 percent of their cost.
Cutting all hospital and medical providers to Medicare rates without the ability to recover those losses by charging higher insurance rates to others would bankrupt many health providers....
The argument must be re-framed to reflect what it is actually about: not anti-Semitism, but Palestine. Corbyn mustnt surrender
Voters know what our democratic priorities should be: ensuring that elections are free from the influence of big donors. Having a secure electoral register. Providing balanced media coverage. Transparency online. We may be little wiser as a result of the governments voter ID trials. Yet we do know where the real dangers lie in our politics.
Israel normalizing war crimes in Gaza Maureen Clare Murphy Palestinian medics treat a wounded protester after he was shot by Israeli soldiers during Great March of Return protests in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 10 August. Ashraf Amra APA images Gazas fuel crisis remains unresolved a week after a United Nations humanitarian official warned that 
Ex-soldiers demand public inquiry into UK involvement in US torture program Velar Grant/ Global Look Press A public inquiry into Britains complicity in torture must be ordered by Prime Minister Theresa May, a cross-party group of ex-soldiers, including Andrew Mitchell, Dan Jarvis and Crispin Blunt, has demanded. In a letter to May, the group 
President Trump won the election on his promise to overthrow financial capitalism and restore productive capitalism. From this standpoint, he considers that war damages owed to Syria should not be paid by the United States, but by transnational corporations. Is this revolution in international relations desirable or even possible?
The idea that Swalwell and his ilk peddle, that what has ended American democracy is the Russians instead of Americas own aristocrats, isnt merely false; it is proven false.
Democrats have a more favorable view of socialism than capitalism, according to a poll released by Gallup on Monday.
Of the Democrats who responded to the questionnaire, 57 percent view socialism positively while 47 percent view capitalism positively.
Just two years ago in 2016, 56 percent of Dems had a positive view of capitalism. But there has been little movement on their feelings towards socialism since 2010, when 53 percent of poll respondents had a positive view.
On the other hand, Republicans feel very positive about capitalism, according to the poll. In a minor bounce from 2016, 71 percent of Republicans are now in favor of capitalism while only 16 percent have positive sentiments towards socialism.
The poll comes as the popularity of self-identifying Democratic socialists like Sen., I-Vermont, and New York congressional candidate remains high.
Socialism was most popular with the 18-29 age group, with 51 percent saying they held a positive view, while only 28 percent of the 65+ crowd support the concept.
Results of the survey come from a random sample of 1,505 adults living in the United States ages 18 and up who were polled between July 30 and August 5, 2018. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points at a confidence level of 95 percent.
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Facebook has "hired" the Atlantic Council - a NATO, US government, and foreign funded "think tank" to determine whether posts or members are authentic or whether they are "agents of a foreign power." How is it possible that US government's directly funded entities are collaborating with corporations to decide what speech is to be prohibited?
Source Resulting from Russias declaration that it would be establishing eight militarized outposts along the de facto Syria-Israel border, the UN has been prodded into action, and is re-engaging its own responsibilities to monitor the region. The UN previously was unable to perform, due to pressure from the US, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia chiefly, 
The Turkish lira has joined the Iranian rial in freefall in the face of Washingtons punitive economic measures. Clarion takes an in-depth look at Trumps economic war and asks who is coming to the rescue of the Turks.
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Antifascists, according their own doctrine, fight fascism. Sounds simple enough.
Granted, members of the loosely organized Antifa movement define fascism vaguely to include not just Nazis and neo-Nazis, but also white supremacists, white nationalists and the broader population of racists.
As for the fighting, Antifa takes that part of the doctrine literally. Claiming that even a small public gathering of fascists is a threat to freedom, the movement condones physical violence against them. Its anonymous, black-clad members routinely crash far-right demonstrations to brawl.
Journalists photograph a type of smoke grenade placed by Antifa activists in the middle of 17th street during a rally in Washington on Sunday. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
So you might expect that when Antifa cant find any fascists, it has nothing to fight. That seemed to be the situation this weekend, when a long-planned rally for far-right extremists fizzled into a paltry gathering of a few dozen white supremacists, unapproachable and nearly invisible behind a police blockade as they met without incident in a Washington D.C. park.
And yet Antifa still managed to fight not fascists this time, but reporters.
Sundays event had been advertised as a sequel to the massive, deadly Unite the Right rallies in Charlottesville last year. Organizers had hoped to draw hundreds of racists from across the country, but instead managed to bring fewer than 40 people to Lafayette Square.
By contrast, thousands of protesters surrounded the park to shout the racists down and drown out their speeches.
A few blocks away, several dozen masked Antifa members marched up 13th Street in the early afternoon. They carried the movements red-and-black flag, and some wore makeshift body ar...
Jeremy Corbyn Faces Attacks by UKs Pro-Israel Lobby 14 Aug 1:59 AM Frontrunner for Englands Prime Minister spot Jeremy Corbyn has been at the center of controversy over his criticism of the state of Israel, specifically for refusing to adopt certain provisions of a new definition of Anti-Semitism that extends to what he sees 
A number of people were injured when a car collided with security barriers outside Londons parliament building on Tuesday and the driver was arrested, police said.
Police said they could not immediately determine whether the incident was terrorism-related.Ewalina Ochab, AFP | This grab taken from a video posted by Twitter user @EwelinaUO shows armed police surrounding a silver car after it crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament on August 14, 2018.
Source By Stephen Lendman, Saudi/UAE terror-bombing a bus in Yemens northern Saada province Thursday was the latest mass atrocity in the country. According to an updated ICRC body count, 51 Yemeni civilians were killed, including 40 children 79 others injured, including 56 children. When terror-bombed, the bus was heading home from a picnic. The 
China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of a U.S. panel that reviews foreign investment proposals.
Flanked by troops from the Armys 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., President Donald Trump signed the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. | AP Photo
Chinas complaints about the act come as the worlds two biggest economies engage in an increasingly bitter fight over trade, levying tariffs on each others products.
U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716-billion defense policy act on Monday that authorizes military spending and waters down controls on U.S. government contracts with Chinas ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd .
The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, strengthens the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews proposals to determine if they threaten national security. That measure was seen as targeting China.
Chinas Commerce Ministry said it had noted the inclusion of CFIUS in the act and would comprehensively assess the contents, paying close attention to the impact on Chinese firms.
The U.S. side should objectively and fairly treat Chinese investors, and avoid CFIUS becoming an obstacle to investment cooperation between Chinese and U.S. firms, the ministry said in a statement.
Chinese and U.S. companies seek greater cooperation on investment, it added, urging the two countries governments to heed the voices of their companies, and provide a good environment and stable expectations.
Mondays legislation also calls long-term strategic competition with China a top priority for the United States, which should improve the defense capabilities of self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as a wayward province.
In a separate statement, Chinas foreign ministry said the United States passed the act despite Chinas strong objections and it was dissatisfied with the negative content related to China.
China urges the United States to abandon Cold War thinking and correctly and objectively view relations, and not implement the acts negative clauses about China, so as to avoid harming cooperation, the ministry added.
Chinas Defense Ministry also weighed in, saying the act exaggerated Sino-U.S. antagonism, damaged trust between the two militaries and involved the most important and sensitive issue in bilateral ties, namely Taiwan....
Ultimate Racists: A Catalogue of Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the British Conservative Party, 2015-2018 T.J. Coles Please share this article as widely as possible T.J. Coles British media have singled out the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour party for relentless and unprecedented accusations of widespread anti-Semitism. The same media have almost completely ignored far 
Alice Speri Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept A Palestinian Bedouin Village Braces for Forcible Transfer as Israel Seeks to Split the West Bank in Half Alice Speri August 13 2018, 10:00 a.m. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept Rayyah has lived in Khan al-Ahmar all of her 47 years. She raised nine children there, and 
Iranian and right-leaning newspapers are running the headline Iran Launches New Missile. Iran is keen to show off its military prowess. The political right is trying to show just how evil the current regime in Tehran truly is.
Iran is constantly developing new missiles such as the Fateh Mobin, unveiled on August 13. What is always worth watching is the timing of these formal ceremonies. The Iranians are under the cosh right now after a tougher U.S. sanctions package kicked in on August 6, with the countrys currency in freefall.
Presenting the new missile right now sends a clear message to the White House and Pentagon: Dont mess with us.
High on the list of fears in D.C. and among the Arab Gulf states lead by Saudi Arabia is any Iranian threat to the Strait of Hormuz the key waterway out of the oil-rich Gulf region.
The Fateh Mobin is reportedly capable of hitting land and sea targets, can evade radar detection and was successfully tested for pinpoint accuracy.
Heres a video of a test of the short-range missile (its actual range was not made public at its unveiling):
Erdogan accused the United States of seeking to stab Turkey in the back over a diplomatic row sparked by the detention of an American pastor that has sent the lira into a tailspin, AFP reported.
You [US President Donald Trump] cannot say I did it and thats it. You may be a president. You cannot wake up in the morning and say I put such and such an amount of tax on steel and aluminum. You are a strategic partner on the one hand, and you shot us in the foot on the other, Erdogan said, speaking to Turkish ambassadors in Ankara.
We are together in NATO, and then you seek to stab your strategic partner in the back. Can such a thing be accepted? Erdogan added, challenging US sanctions.
After imposing economic sanctions on two Turkish ministers on Aug. 1 for their role in the detention of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, President Trump on Aug. 10 ramped up sanctions on Turkey by doubling US tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports to 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively.
As tension between Ankara and Washington continues, the Turkish lira, which on Friday tumbled by as much as 18 percent at one point, its biggest daily drop since 2001, plunged to a new record low in Mondays early Asia Pacific trade, with the total loss in value exceeding 45 percent this year.
Claiming that the fall of the Turkish lira has no basis in economic fact, Erdogan said: Our economy has been under siege. This started with the Gezi [park protests in 2013] resistance. We prevented it with our nation by standing back to back.
We all agree that the developments conce...
Most regular readers here know I have my concerns about GMOs, and particularly about the most notorious player in that game, I.G. Farbensanto. Indeed, 
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I was present when it was laid. I dont think I was actually involved in it, Corbyn said.
Britains right-leaning Daily Mail on Friday reported that Corbyn, on a visit to Tunisia in 2014, had laid a wreath at the graves of members of a Palestinian group that killed 11 Israeli athletes and a German policeman at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
It said the cemetery houses a memorial to the dozens killed in the 1985 Israeli bombing of the Palestine Liberation Organisation headquarters in exile in Tunis, as well as the graves of members of Black September, a PLO splinter group that carried out the Munich attack.
The Daily Mail story prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tweet on Monday that Corbyns presence requires unequivocal condemnation.
Corbyn later responded, saying that Netanyahus words were false.
Israeli PM @Netanyahu's claims about my actions and words are false.
What deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children.https://t.co/H5nXqi3pnU
Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 13, 2018
Corbyn said he went to the event in Tunis in 2014 as part of a wider event about the search for peace, according to a BBC report.
I was there because I wanted to see a fitting memorial to everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere because we have to end it, Corbyn said.
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid said Corbyn should re...
This assumption, however, is fundamentally wrong. In the past 15 years alone, there are many cases of the U.S. interfering in the Democratic process of foreign nations. Below are some of the worst examples of this election interference.
While the mainstream media blames Russia for the civil war in Ukraine, the truth is that the West started the conflict. The crisis began in 2013 when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an EU offer of closer economic cooperation and instead chose to pursue closer economic ties with Russia
The U.S. then decided it was time for a new government in Kiev. In an entirely illegal process, pro-western politicians seized power from the democratically elected Yanukovych. It was later revealed in a leaked phone call that the U.S. handpicked leaders of this new illegal government. The U.S. even supported Ukrainian neo-nazis and other far-right fascist organizations that supported the Western coup. When Ukrainian rebels in the east took up arms against the new Western-backed government, the country plunged into a civil war that continues to this day.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan attacked China as an empire trying to annex and destroy the city in a no-holds barred speech Tuesday at the citys press club which Beijing wanted cancelled.
In comments that will incense Chinese authorities, Chan, who leads the tiny Hong Kong National Party, said Beijing was semi-autonomous Hong Kongs colonial master.
We are a nation that is quickly being annexed and destroyed by China, Chan told a packed Foreign Correspondents Club.
He said he had been under increased surveillance by groups of people he did not know, who had been following him and knocking on his familys door to take pictures of them in the lead-up to the speech.
Hong Kong enjoys freedom of speech and assembly unseen on the mainland under a handover agreement between Britain and China.
AFP | The pro-Beijing groups gathered outside waved Chinas national flag, chanting Get out of Hong Kong! We Chinese people dont welcome you!, describing the FCC as thieves
But Beijing has become increasingly intolerant of any mention of independence for Hong Kong as President Xi Jinping emphasises territorial integrity as key to Chinas resurgence.
Rival protesters gathered outside the FCC, with pro-independence activists clashing with police, saying they had been given no space for their rally, while dozens of pro-Beijing supporters chanted slogans including Gas the spies!
The lunch address entitled Hong Kong Nationalism: A Politically Incorrect Guide to Hong Kong under Chinese Rule drew objections from Chinas foreign ministry and Hong Kongs leader Carrie Lam, as fears grow that freedom of speech in the semi-autonomous city is increasingly under attack.
The club stood by its decision to go ahead with the event, saying the views of different sides in any debate must be heard.
Chan called on Britain and the United States to help Hong Kong and said Taiwan was an inspiration for his party as it had gone from a dictatorship to a democracy.
China still sees self-ruling Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting reunification, using force if necessary.
Ahead of Chans talk Chinas foreign ministry had said: We resolutely oppose any external forces providing a platform for Hong Kong independence elements to spread fallacies.
The Hong Kong government said Tuesday that while it backs freedom of the speech and the press, it deeply regrets the event since advocating independence contravened the citys Basic Law, or mini...
The commonwealth of Massachusetts is legalizing marijuana.
What could possibly go wrong?
Just about everything, as it turns out. Totally predictable, except for one thing: Marijuana is turning out to be an even bigger cluster-bleep than everything else this corrupt kleptocracy of a state touches and turns to excrement think the RMV, Mass. State Police, MBTA, DCF, DCR, crooked judges, crooked pols, state Senate scandals, higher-ed hackerama, etc., etc., etc.
Ten words sum up the brave new world we are entering:
Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving.
By Howie Carr
What a marvelous idea, to legalize a substance for which no real tests exist for measuring intoxication. As if we dont have enough problems with drunken drivers.
Think about it judges in this state already refuse to jail illegal immigrant Dominican heroin dealers on welfare caught red-handed peddling poison. Its not PC. These same judges reduce bank-robbery charges for illegal immigrant career criminals to larceny so they can remain free in this country to murder physicians in cold blood.
And you think the corrupt judges of Massachusetts are going to fine, let alone jail, a stoner because some drug recognition expert swears they were high when they ran over a few schoolchildren at a bus stop?
And by the way, whos going to teach these drug recognition courses? Judge Bibeaus daughter? Judge Lawtons son? Trooper Genduso? Granted, we have an unlimited number of hacks already feeding at the public trough who recognize drugs all too well.
Of course, the alternative is to do chemical tests, at the state drug labs. More work for Annie Dookhan and Sonja Farak, right?
And now you have the so-called experts saying there may be a problem with weed-stoned drivers. Theres already at least one dead state trooper out on the Pike allegedly run down by a stoner on his way back from a medicinal spleef-a-torium in Brookline Village.
The quagmire that legalization has become is already a boon for lawyers. Endless billable hours. Lawsuits over anti-weed zoning, NIMBY regulations in the towns, proposed reparations-type set-asides for allegedly oppressed communities
Its like a stamp...
Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts became the latest politician to push back on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warrens comments that the criminal-justice system is racist front to back, giving a full-throated defense of police.
They absolutely feel like theyve been on the wrong end of a lot of the rhetoric thats gone on in this country for quite a while, Baker said when pressed by the Herald yesterday about Warrens statements.
Baker said he often hears complaints from police about a lack of public support.
A lot of these folks they feel like, yeah, they come to work every day, they put their lives on the line, they do what they need to do to keep us safe and some people dont appreciate it, Baker said
Baker reiterated yesterday he intends to push for measures in Massachusetts to crack down on the release of dangerous career criminals an issue highlighted by recent killings of police officers in which suspects had been previously bailed while also noting that the system should include more ways of helping people who made a mistake.
Thats a better way to talk about this stuff, Baker said of Warrens remarks.
Warren was speaking recently at Dillard University in New Orleans when she said that the justice system is racist front to back. After coming under blistering criticism from police officers and her political opponents, the Democratic senator dialed back her criticism on Saturday, praising the bravery of individual cops while maintaining that there remain structural issues in the justice system that need to be addressed.
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a Salem Democrat whose name like Warrens is often bandied about for a 2020 presidential run, sided with the senator.
There are aspects of the justice system that are clearly racist in their results. That doesnt mean that everybody who works in the justice system is a racist, Moulton told the Herald yesterday. There are some real racial disparities in our justice system that need to be fixed.
Comedy, Boris Johnson, and the Tories these three share a certain comforting, if chaotic, affinity, lobbed together in some nightmarish union that risks consuming itself. But times are serious profoundly so, we are told: Brexit exercises the nerves as if Britannia were a patient about to expire, and there is the cultural irritation posed by those naughty elements who refuse to do the good thing and integrate themselves into the land of her Britannic majesty.
Thus far, Britain has resisted the moves of other states in Europe to impose public bans on such religious coverings as the burka and some of its more expansive cognates. But there is a prevailing appetite for such measures in a climate suffused with notions of civilisation, irate outsiders and insecure insiders. France was a pioneer in that regard, initiating a ban in 2004. In Denmark, rough measures have been implemented punishing those who don such headdress in public spaces.
A perfect chance for Johnson, who remains a smouldering menace to Prime Minister Theresa May, to strike form, even if only to rile critics and keep the blogosphere busy. In Britain today there is only a tiny, tiny minority of women who wear these odd bits of headgear, he noted in his regular Daily Telegraph column last week. Confidently, he claimed that, One day, I am sure, they will go.
His has little time for assuming that women have any choice in the matter. If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree and I would add that I can find no scriptural authority for the practice in the Koran.
Nothing is spared. The whole show is given, and any social or academic nicety is given over to a populist punchiness. I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes. But Johnson returns to a traditional stance taken to such articles of wear: they should not be banned. The only resort, then, is to mock.
It becomes clear what this exercise was about. The burka, and Islamic dress, might well have found themselves objects of pure, unalloyed opportunism for yet another push for recognition from fellow Tories that Johnson remains a relevant contender for high office. He might have resigned from the front bench in an act of calculated sabotage, but he glows.
The Conservative Party has found itself in a bind. Something needed to be done, as the current wisdom goes, but what? An investigation is currently being taken, a fairly pointless exercise that serves to supply valuable oxygen to Johnsons flame of embellished martyrdom. Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire told...
The Trump administration has made some dangerous changes to environmental policy, but the damage so far has been less than it initially appeared, former Vice President Al Gore said in an interview Monday.
He (President Trump) has had less of an impact so far than I feared that he would. Someone said last year his administration is a blend of malevolence and incompetence, Gore said in an interview with The Associated Press in Greensboro. I think theyve made some mistakes in some of the moves theyve made. The courts have blocked some of what they wanted to do as a result.
Al Gore. AP photo
Even the Republican-controlled Congress has stepped in at times, he said. The U.S. system has a lot of inherent resilience, Gore said. Its hard for one person, even the president, to change things very quickly if the majority of American people dont want them changed.
Gore was in North Carolina on Sunday and Monday to speak on behalf of the Poor Peoples Campaign, which names ecological devastation as one of the problems hurting poor people. Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his campaign to protect the environment. He authored a 1992 book on the climate, Earth in the Balance, just before he became vice president. His work also includes the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. More recently he founded The Climate Reality Project .
Historians say a 1982 campaign against a PCB landfill in North Carolinas majority-black Warren County helped give birth to the environmental justice movement so its especially appropriate that the Poor Peoples Campaign has its roots in the state, Gore said. The campaigns co-chair is the Rev. William Barber, who founded the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina and has served as president of the state NAACP chapter.
Low-income communities typically suffer the brunt of environmental damage because they lack the economic and political clout necessary to make their case and defend themselves so theyre more likely to become locations of these pollution streams and waste sites, Gore said.
He said current dangers include the loosening of regulations for dumps for coal ash, which contains toxic metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic. The new acting secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, was quick to ease rules for handling the toxic ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants. Coal ash is a particular issue in North Carolina, where a major leak from a Duke Energy site in 2014 left coa...
Water Works in Gaza Destroyed What is left of the Water and Sanitation Works, al-Mughrraqa City, Gaza. Overnight on August 8-9, Israeli warplanes bombed the Water and Sanitation system for al-Mughraqa City in Gaza. from Quds News Network There are several possible explanations for this heinous act: Someone accidentally hit this site multiple times 
The Indian government has denied a report that a Chinese company would be printing its currency notes, calling it baseless amid social media outrage.
The report by the South China Morning Post claimed a Chinese company had been contracted to print international currencies, including the Indian rupee.
The news spread quickly on social media, prompting outrage over how this could endanger national security.
India prints all its currency in four high-security presses.
Reports about any Chinese currency printing corporation getting any orders for printing Indian currency notes are totally baseless. Indian currency notes are being and will be printed only in Indian government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) currency presses, an official from the Department of Economic Affairs told news agency ANI.
The Chinese report quickly gained traction on social media, briefly causing the hashtag #ChinaPrintingRupee to trend worldwide.
Many angry users demanded an explanation from the government and questioned the wisdom of the decision given recent tensions between the two countries.
India and China were involved in a weeks long stand-off along part of their 3,500km (2,174-mile) shared border last June.
By Gideon Levy Israelis regard him as a sort of alien the left here has never been led by an Israeli Corbyn, nor by anyone who can hold a candle to him Jeremy Corbyn is a paragon of a leftist, one who has fought his whole life for the values he believes in. Israelis 
U.S. is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen By Kathy Kelly On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Saada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Saada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people. According to 
Canada Saudi Arabia relations: Saudi Arabia has suspended diplomatic relations with Canada
Mr Trudeaus comments come days after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic relations with Canada and expelled the Canadian Ambassador following a series of tweets from the Canadian government, which criticised the arrest of certain social activists in the Gulf kingdom.
The tweets have instigated a diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada, spearheaded by Canadas censure of the kingdoms human rights record.
The feud, which has resulted in the suspension of direct Saudi flights to Canada, is showing no signs of easing following a quarrel that was exacerbated by Canadas foreign ministers criticism of the recent arrests of 11 prominent human rights activists in Saudi Arabia.
When asked about the diplomatic dispute on Monday, Mr Trudeau said: We continue to engage diplomatically, but as Ive said, Canada will always be very clear on standing up for human rights.
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His ambition to establish an Islamic welfare state might get muddled, and produce more religious agenda than welfare
Pakistan is on the verge of getting a new prime minister, the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Many of the social media accounts linked with the Pakistan Army are presenting the victory of Khans Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) as a new era in the countrys politics, outlined by the emergence of a non-dynastic leadership (similar to what was said about Narendra Modis election in 2014) and the breaking up of the clout of the Bhuttos Pakistan Peoples party (PPP) and Nawaz Sharifs Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).
Khans victory is certainly not decisive since the PTI has not swept elections in either the Centre or in Punjab province, which represents the core of Pakistans politics. The PTI has managed to get 116 seats in the National Assembly against 64 by PML-N and 43 by the PPP. In Punjab, the PTI is behind the PML-N (129) with 123 seats. Khans victory comes amidst the uproar by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the European Union election observers that the polls were less fair than in 2013. It is worth mentioning that Khan had acrimoniously contested the last elections as being rigged in favour of the PML-N. Even the PPP and PML-N had claimed in 2013 that elections were rigged.
Khan will be sworn in at the Centre this week and the chances of his party forming a government in two other provinces (Punjab and KP) are bright. This is primarily because the Opposition parties are divided and under pressure from unseen quarters to let Khan lead the country. The PML-N under its new de facto leader, Shahbaz Shari...
Erdogan announced Turkey was preparing to conduct trade through national currencies with China, Russia and Ukraine as ties with the U.S. continue to crumble
The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favored bilateral trade with all countries in their national currencies, rather than the dollar, but that the idea needed detailed work before being implemented.
On Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey was preparing to conduct trade through national currencies with China, Russia and Ukraine....
By Robert Willmann Update: As has been reported, the judge denied the motion for a judgment of acquittal. The minutes for the court clerk's docket sheet for today, 14 August, are here-- http://turcopolier.typepad.com/files/manafort_trial_day_11.pdf The trial will continue tomorrow, with the...
Readers based in the UK may be interested in attending an event organised by UK Lawyers for Israel which is to be held in London on September 26th.
Lord Trimble will reflect on the continuing relevance of the Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May 2010. The Commission was set up by the Israeli Government to investigate the arrest of the Gaza flotilla and the controls imposed by Israel on the transfer of goods to Gaza. It was led by retired Israeli Supreme Court Judge Jacob Turkel and Lord Trimble was one of the two international observers.
Lord Trimble is former first Minister of Northern Ireland, one of UKLFIs patrons, and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
The Turkel Commission investigated whether Israels actions in preventing the arrival of ships in Gaza were in accordance with international law. It examined the security considerations for imposing naval restrictions on the Gaza Strip and the actions taken by the organisers and participants in the flotilla. The first part of the findings, released in January 2011, concluded that both Israels naval blockade of Gaza and its actions when it intercepted the flotilla were in accordance with internation...
Foxconn posted second-quarter net profit well below expectations as a rise in component costs and unsold inventory weighed on the performance of the Apple supplier and worlds top contract electronics maker, analysts said.
The company, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd, reported net profit of T$17.49 billion ($567.25 million) late on Monday, 20 percent short of analyst expectations and slightly below the year-earlier results. Foxconn shares fell more than 3 percent on Tuesday.
Analysts said the results reflected concerns about a loss of momentum in global smartphone sales. Last week, Foxconn unit FIH Mobile Ltd. posted a wider first-half loss and acknowledged that it faced a high risk of saturation in the smartphone market.
Foxconns results showed that its gross margin narrowed in the second-quarter in part owing to the cost of carrying unsold inventory of the iPhone X. Overall global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent to 350 million units in the April-June quarter compared with a year earlier, market research firm Strategy Analytics says.
However, Vincent Chen, an analyst at Yuanta Research, predicted a brighter outlook projected by Apple would benefit Foxconn and boost its margins in the third quarter.
Apple has forecast above-consensus revenue for later in the year, when it typically launches new iPhone models. Reports suggest these models will use OLED screens, which can display colors more vividly.
The companys report also illustrates its moves to diversify by pushing into new areas such as display screens it bought Sharp Corp. earlier this year autonomous car startups and investments in cancer research.
Still, Foxconn earns most of its profits from manufacturing smartphones for Apple and other brands and from Foxconn Industrial Internet, a unit that makes networking equipment and smartphone casings, among other things.
Investment in factory automation and component price hikes capped gross margin, said Fubon Research analyst Arthur Liao. Foxconns operating costs jumped 18.8 percent in the quarter.
Liao noted that Foxconn absorbed some...
The Indian rupee hit a record low of 70 to the dollar on Tuesday as emerging market currencies are sold off by investors spooked by the Turkish financial crisis.
The under-pressure rupee touched 70.09 briefly during mid-morning trade as fears grow that the plight of Turkeys lira will spread to other emerging countries.
South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Russia have all seen their currencies slip over the past week because, like Turkey, they remain heavily dependent on foreign capital, especially the dollar.
The rupee has been on a downward spiral throughout 2018 after starting the year at 63.67.
India is a massive net importer of oil, securing more than two-thirds of its needs from abroad.
Analysts say the high crude prices are squeezing the Indian currency, making it less appealing to investors.
The fall in the rupee is leading to a widening of Indias current account deficit, when the value of imports exceeds the value of exports, they say.
The famous Lex Dornbusch of financial crises is that they take longer to hit than you think, but then unfold much faster than you ever thought possible.
Every hedge fund in Mayfair knew that Turkey was an accident waiting to happen. It was odds-on favourite to be the first of the big emerging market economies along with Argentina to face trouble as the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates and drained the pool of global dollar liquidity.
The foreign currency debt of Turkish companies, banks, and the state had reached 55pc of GDP, roughly the danger threshold in the Asian crisis of 1998. The country had become dangerously reliant on short-term dollar loans to cover a current account deficit.
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When it comes to overseeing the FBI and Justice, hes all tweet and no action.
Even a summer respite from Washington at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey couldnt keep Donald Trump off Twitter.
Over the weekend the president went on a tear, here tweeting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scared stiff and Missing in Action, there demanding to know why the Federal Bureau of Investigation is refusing to hand over Andrew McCabes text messages, here again complaining about the Media coverup of the biggest story of our timeby which he means the FBI and Justice Departments program to keep Donald Trump from becoming President. On Monday, after the FBI finally gave agent Peter Strzok th...
Unless you turn and become like children you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate is a thief and a bandit
It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me,
in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me.
It was covered with writing front and back,
and written on it was:
Lamentation and wailing and woe!
He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you;
eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel.
So I opened my mouth and he gave me the scroll to eat.
Son of man, he then said to me,
feed your belly and fill your stomach
with this scroll I am giving you.
I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.
He said: Son of man, go now to the house of Israel,
and speak my words to them.
The question is finally being asked, by the president himself: whats wrong with collusion? Or at least his lawyer asks the question, while Trumps tweets:
Collusion is not a crime, but that doesnt matter because there was No Collusion.
The problem, of course, is that of collusion with an alleged adversary. Russia, we are constantly informed, is one such adversary, indeed the main state adversary, with Putin is its head.
Adversary is a very strong term. The Hebrew word for adversary is Satan. Satan is the ultimate symbol of evil in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Satan tempted Eve at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, causing her to eat the fruit, and so evil entered the world.
Just like some want you to think that evil entered the (good, pristine) U.S. electoral process due to this Russian adversary in 2016.
(Sometimes listening to TV pundits vilifying Putin I find Luthers famous hymn floating through my head:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe.
His craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.
Luthers referring to Satan, of course. But the current mythology around Putin as someone who still, like Lenin and Stalin before him, and the tsars of old, wishes us harm; is an unbridled dictator with a powerful great nuclear arsenal; is the wealthiest man on earth; and hates democracy resembles the mythology around the Adversary in the Bible.)
But let us problematize this vilification. When did Russia become a U.S. adversary? Some might say 1917 when in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution Moscow became the center of the global communist movement. But surely that period ended in 1991 with the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR.
Throughout the 1990s the U.S. cultivated Boris Yeltsins Russia as a friend and even aided the drunken buffoon in winning the 1996 election. Bill Clinton and Yeltsin signed the Start II treaty. Harvard professors advised Moscow on economic reform.
The Russians were not pleased by U.S.-NATO involvements in the former Yugoslavia, a traditional Russian ally, in 1995 and 1999, and the expansion of NATO in the latter year (to include Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary) in violation of the agreement between Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989 that in return for Russias acceptance of German reunification NATO would not spread one inch towards Russia. They protested meekly. But Russia was not an adversary then.
Nor was it an adversary when, in 2001, under its new president Vladimir Putin, it offered NATO a route through Russia to provision...
Post-election anger centred on Basra has spread across the country in street protests
Demonstrators protest outside Basras provincial council building to demand jobs and better state services Reuters
Simona Foltyn in Basra
Ali Lafta turned to growing tomatoes to eke out a living after he was abruptly dismissed from the Iraqi army, along with hundreds of thousands of others, following the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Now, 15 years on, the 57-year-old is jobless once more. The government ordered him to vacate his small patch of land last month to make way for foreign oil companies that have slowly encroached on his plot in Basra province. The oil ministry owns the land and Mr Lafta had no right to appeal against the eviction.
Disillusioned, he took to the streets to vent his anger, one of thousands across southern Iraq who have joined the most serious anti-government protests to hit the country in years.
The compensation they offered isnt enough to buy a new farm, said Mr Lafta. What can I do? Im powerless.
The unrest erupted just weeks after Iraqs inconclusive parliamentary elections in May. The first vote since the government declared victory over Isis last year, many hoped the election would allow the nation to build on its success over the jihadis. Instead, the election was marred by a record low turnout as Iraqis showed their disillusionment with their politicians.
Baghdad has struggled to contain the protests as demonstrators have laid siege to government buildings, ports and oil companies, while demanding sweeping reform to end the corruption and mismanagement that have crippled the economy of Opecs second-biggest crude producer.
Iraqi riot police prevent protesters from storming the provincial council building during a demonstration in July AP
While Basra has been the centre of the protests, it should be one of Iraqs most prosperous regions. Home to the countrys only seaports and about 70 per cent of its oil reserves, the province pumps out 3m barrels of crude a day.
The provinces capital and Iraqs third largest city, Basra once boasted an educated middle-class and rich cultural history. Located in Iraqs predominantly Shia south, it was spared Isis three-year reign of terror and the devastating war to uproot the jiha...
Welcome to the age of self-congratulatory media. Donald Trump didnt invent deep mistrust of the media, he merely capitalized on it.
Democracy dies in darkness goes the ridiculous tagline on The Washington Posts front page. Reporters openly call themselves heroes and firefighters.
Yet when it doesnt fit the standard left-wing narrative, our Guardians of the Galaxy are MIA.
On Sunday, the Unite the Right II rally of white supremacists fizzled out. Antifa demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., who gathered to mark the anniversary of the first Unite the Right rally, threw eggs at Secret Service, were arrested for assaulting a man wearing a Make America Great Again hat, launched fireworks and smoke bombs at police and assaulted NBC reporter Cal Perry. Perry had his camera knocked out of his hands while the protester screamed profanities at him.
By Karol Markowicz
The story appears on various media sites, and several reporters tweeted about the attack, but the outrage was muted. Instead, nearly every outlet went out of their way to gently describe the Antifa mob. The headlines at CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post made sure to call the group anti-hate protesters.
After two years of constant self-applause, and furrowed-brow concern about President Trump sowing mistrust in the media as well as possibly instigating violence against its members, where is the outrage when a reporter is physically assaulted?
Had it been an alt-right member doing the attacking, is there any doubt the story would lead all news shows and make the front page of all the major newspapers?
Also on Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio sat down with...
When Mike Treen, the National Director of the Unite Union in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance.
For them, Mike, as all of those who set sail aboard the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza last July, were heroes.
But the truth is Mike Treen and his comrades were not the only heroes for braving the sea with the aim of breaking the hermetic Israeli military blockade on the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip. Without those who were present at the Auckland airport, upon Mikes arrival, and without the thousands of supporters all across the world who have mobilized as a community held numerous meetings, raised funds, created a powerful media discourse, and so on Treens attempted trip to Gaza would not have been possible in the first place.
The first boats to successfully break the Gaza siege, in October, 2008 were the Free Gaza and the Liberty. They carried 44 people from 17 countries. The activists wanted to push their countries to acknowledge the illegality of the Israeli blockade on Gaza and to, eventually, challenge the siege.
Their triumphant arrival in Gaza ten years ago, marked a historic moment for the international solidarity movement, a moment, perhaps, unparalleled. Since then, Israel has launched several massive and deadly wars on Gaza. The first war took place merely weeks after the arrival of the first boats, followed by another war in 2012 and, the deadliest of them all, in 2014. The siege grew tighter.
Also, since then, many attempts have been made at breaking the siege. Between 2008 and 2016, 31 boats have sailed to Gaza from many destination, all intercepted, their cargo seized and their passengers mistreated. The most tragic of these incidents was in May 2010 when the Israeli navy attacked the Mavi Marmara ship which sailed alongside other boats killing 10 activists and wounding many more.
Even then, the stream of solidarity boats continued to arrive, not only unhindered by the fear of Israeli retribution, but also stronger in their resolve. Palestinians consider the killed activi...
(ANTIMEDIA) A crowdfunding campaign has succeeded in raising the funds necessary to pay a Freedom of Information Act request fee for documents related to the CIAs controversial MKUltra program. John Greenewald of Black Vault, a website that publishes government documents, appealed to the internet for help after the agency refused to waive the $425 fee it was 
Turkeys lira remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday but markets in the region enjoyed a little more stability after the previous days turmoil.
Nervous investors are keeping an eye on developments in Ankara after Mondays bloodletting that saw the lira hit record lows against the dollar and euro, and equity markets go into freefall on concerns Turkeys financial crisis could spread globally.
In early Asian trade the Turkish unit was at 6.91 to the dollar and 7.89 to the euro, well off the 7.24 to the dollar and 8.12 to the euro seen Monday but still uncomfortably high. The unit is down about a fifth against the greenback since Friday.
The crisis has been sparked by a series of issues including a faltering economy the central bank has defied market calls for rate hikes and tensions with the United States, which has hit Turkey with sanctions over its detention of an American pastor.
There was some optimism from news that Donald Trumps national security advisor John Bolton met Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic to discuss the detention of the pastor.
Traders remain nervous, though, and the central banks announcement that it would provide lenders with liquidity and lower the amount of cash they needed to keep in reserve largely disappointed as it made no clear promise of rate hikes, which is what most economists say is needed.
Still, Ray Attrill, head of foreign-exchange strategy at National Australia Bank, was hopeful the crisis will not spread.
Its a large local difficulty, but so far the contagion has been relatively limited, he told Bloomberg Television.
Were seeing a little bit of signs of contagion within the eurozone, within the spreads of those government bonds in countries where the banking sector appears to have the biggest exposure as far as Turkey is concerned. Youd have to say that Turkey is relatively contained.
On equity markets Tokyo ended the morning 1.2 percent higher as the safe haven yen eased against the dollar, providing some support to exporters.
Sydney added 0.8 percent and Seoul was 0.1 percent higher, with Wellington and Taipei also up.
Shanghai was flat but Hong Kong slipped 0.6 percent.
Emerging market currencies, which took...
(ZHE) This is not at all comforting: during a week that witnessed Alex Jones social media accounts taken down by Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google, and what appears to be a growing crackdown against alternative media figures including several prominent Libertarians, notably the Ron Paul Institute director, and the Scott Horton Show, who found their Twitter accounts suspended we learn that the Atlantic Council is 
Two Canadian brothers, whose Russian-born parents fraudulently acquired Canadian citizenship before being arrested for spying on the United States for Moscow, are not entitled to Canadian citizenship, according to the government of Canada.
Are President Trumps senior cabinet members working against him? Its hard not to conclude that many of the more hawkish neocons that Trump has (mistakenly, in my view) appointed to top jobs are actively working to undermine the presidents stated agenda. Especially when it seems Trump is trying to seek dialogue with countries the neocons Continue reading "Trump vs. His Own Administration?"
Newly released official documents obtained by the National Security Archive showing that CIA Director Gina Haspel directly supervised waterboarding at the first CIA Black Site simply confirm what Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) already knew as he orchestrated the charade that was Haspels confirmation hearing. Burr allowed her to classify her own direct Continue reading "Senator Richard Burr: A Longtime Fan of Torture"
Friday, deep into the 17th year of Americas longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar. The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, including a B-1 bomber, into the battle. "As the casualty toll in Ghazni appeared to Continue reading "Americas Lengthening Enemies List"
At least six people were killed, and one child was wounded in recent violence: Three bodies were discovered in the rubble of a blown-up house in Saniya. It is unclear how long ago the victims had died. In Sinjar, the bodies of two young men bearing torture marks were discovered. A child was wounded during Continue reading "Child Injured in Checkpoint Attack; Six Killed in Iraq"
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Seventeen years of sacrificing young people to a counter-productive effort is far too long. (FEE) On September 11 of this year, those who werent yet born at the time of the 9/11 attacks will finally be old enough to fight in the war on terror. In 2012, U.S. Marines killed Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for 
(MEE) Jeremy Corbyn attended a wreath laying ceremony in 2014 for the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack, the UK Labour leader said on Monday, but added that he did not actively participate in laying a wreath down himself. I was present when it was laid. I dont think I was actually involved in it, 
(CD) During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has 
(ANTIWAR.COM) A new report from the United Nations on ISIS estimates that despite the defeat of the group in both Iraq and Syria, somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters remain in the two countries, roughly half of them in each. Having lost all towns and cities, ISIS has mostly sent its fighters into the deserts along 
MARTIN SIEFF | 13.08.2018 | WORLD / EUROPE The Judgment of Jeremy Corbyn For a man who is assailed and accused of lacking judgment even more than US President Donald Trump, its amazing how often British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has already been proven courageously and presciently right. In 1990, Corbyn opposed the most powerful and successful peace 
The Jimmy Dore Show | August 13, 2018 VIPS Professional Bill Binney sets the record straight on Guccifer 2.0 and Muellers latest indictments. Heres How You Can Support Our Show & Independent Media: Check Us Out On Steemit http://bit.ly/2H99uTF Become a PATRON https://www.patreon.com/jimmydore Become a Premium Member http://bit.ly/JDPremium Upcoming Live Shows http://bit.ly/2gRqoyL
by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Stories about corruption and internally government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at
By Patrick Lawrence | Consortium News | August 13, 2018 A year has passed since highly credentialed intelligence professionals produced the first hard evidence that allegations of mail theft and other crimes attributed to Russia rested on purposeful falsification and subterfuge. The initial reaction to these revelationsa firestorm of frantic denialaugured ill, and the time 
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming, 1919
Apocalyptic thinking has been with us for a long time, and it sometimes ushers in actual apocalypses, albeit at human scale, without biblical finality. For a century now, the Yeats poem above has served as an increasingly common reference point for those who fear apocalyptic events approaching. Today such fears are varied, the threats are real, and reactions range from crisis-mongering to self-serving denial, making any rational, coherent societal response almost impossible.
Weve been heading this way for decades. We finally got here in 2016. Its taken awhile, but the forces of chaos and greed seem to be cohering, tightening their grip on power, on government and culture, facing little or no effective opposition. An election is coming. It will matter. But how?
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
Worse, things are under attack, the center is the enemy. The US president veers toward dictatorial powers and seeks out new targets to disrupt or destroy. The US wages war around the world in at least 7 countries (with combat forces in 146 according to Seymour Hersh). The US Environmental Protection Agency wages war on the environment along with public health and safety. The US Education Department wages war on public education. The US Justice Department wages war on Justice, turning law enforcement into a profit-making, human-trafficking criminal enterprise. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development wages war on the poor, as do other agencies. The US Labor Department wages war on labor. The US Supreme Court wages war on pretty much 99% of the population. And so it goes: almost everywhere one looks, there is almost no center left to hold. Resistance is scattered, ineffective, inconsistent, fragmented mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
This is our country that has loosed a blood-dimmed tide across the globe for decades. This is American exceptionalism that has flooded countries from Iran to Guatemala with its citizens blood for American ends. This endless flow of American violence and death has drowned our innocence, and still so many of us pretend there is no b...
Mokhtar Haddad On the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Resistance in the July 2006 war, Iranian officials congratulated the government and people of Lebanon. In an exclusive statement to Al-Ahed news website, the Deputy Chief of the Judiciary for Islamic Affairs in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hojatoleslam Sheikh Hadi 
Among the many commemorative events all around the Peace Park in Hiroshima, Japan on August 6 was an evening memorial service for victims of both the Bomb and nuclear power by Go West, Come West. It is a civic association of evacuees from the March, 2011 Fukushima disaster and their supporters who are challenging the 
Whitney Webb @_whitneywebb SANAA, YEMEN Last Thursdays horrific bombing of a bus full of school children in northern Yemen was carried out using a weapon sold to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition by the United States, photo evidence of the bomb site has revealed. The photos taken at the scene by Ahmed AbdulKareem for MintPress...
Sputnik August 13, 2018 The Arch enemies entered into talks following the successful implementation of a three-day ceasefire in June for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. A Senior Taliban official has described peace talks held last month with the US as very helpful in envisaging a path out of Afghanistans seventeen year old war. The leader, 
Claudio Fabian Guevara Translated by Internationalist 360 The colonial administration of Mauricio Macri in Argentina has unleashed a new wave of arrests based on another judicial mega-case specially designed for its media impact: the notebooks of the chauffeur Oscar Centeno. The story argues that the driver of a Kirchner second-line official patiently recorded for ten...
Imam Khamenei: No Negotiations with the US August 13, 2018 Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that there would be neither war nor negotiations with the United States. Recently, US officials have been talking blatantly about us. Beside sanctions, they are talking about war and negotiations, he said. Speaking in a meeting 
Hussein Samawarchi At 8:15 in the morning of a beautiful spring day, a young man sits with his adorable little sister in the garden of their South Lebanon home. They chat and laugh while waiting for their mother to serve breakfast; the old walnut trees branches above them offer soothing shade. A lady carrying her 
August 13, 2018 A deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison (Photo by AP) Over 49 detainees have been tortured to death in clandestine prisons run by the UAE in southern Yemen where brutal interrogation techniques, including physical and psychological torture, are used by Emirati forces, a report says. The report provided 
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